Newcomers have been receiving welcome packages

There was a terrific turn out at the annual Elks Memorial Golf Tournament on May 31.

There was a terrific turn out at the annual Elks Memorial Golf Tournament on May 31. Fifty enthusiastic golfers participated in this popular local event. After the dust cleared, the champs for this year were Tim Skocdopole, Lynne Palmer, Doug Duncan and John Paul. The runners up were Bob Boswell, Tim Duncan, Shirley Stormoen, and Kyle Switzer. Most honest was the team of Dan Brown, Cheryl Bartley, Martina Gendre, Corey Raugust and Larry Meyer. Several “hidden hole” prizes were also given out to the following: At hole #1, the “Closest to Line” prize went to Brent Bartley and Shirley Stormoen. At hole #2, “Closest to Pin” went to Ron Milton and Sue Boswell. At hole #5 the “Long Drive” winners were Dustin Houston and Erin Mailer. At hole #8 “Closest to Circle” went to Rick Cartier and Cheryl Bartley and at hole #9 the “Long Putt” winners were Bryan Cartier and Teresa Greig.

Thank you to everyone who turned out and made this such a fun event. This year, we returned to the original format of the tournament due to the passing of Brother Lloyd and we sincerely thank the Kerbes family for gracefully accepting the need for this. Both Elmer Kerbes and Lloyd Duncan did so much for the Elks and for this community and we are so happy this annual tournament will be carried on to remember them.

Len Currie once again did a bang up job in organizing this event. Thanks also to all those who ably assisted him in any way and to Bill for all the great “Eats” and supplies. Thanks to Kent Butterfield and Sharon who supplied the fuel at the 5th hole to keep the tanks full, and we also would like to acknowledge the Big Valley Inn for the 19th hole beverages; your input to community functions is much appreciated. See you all next year.

Thanks to the Big Valley Historical Society, we share with you this interesting historical tidbit. According to the “Big Valley News” of May 8, 1918, we notice a reminder from Alberta Motor Vehicles that all vehicles must be licensed. Apparently cars had to be licensed in Alberta since 1912. However, Alberta drivers’ licenses were not issued until June 12, 1929 and the first Alberta drivers’ licenses were printed on linen. It seems sort of backwards that before 1929, vehicles were required to be licensed but it appears any “man, woman or child” could drive them legally. We’re not sure what age drivers in 1929 needed to be, but it would be interesting to find out.

Wow! Big Valley’s new welcome packages have been flying out the door. Seven have given away so far, which means there are quite a few new people here in our village. Be sure to take the time to welcome them to Big Valley. If you have recently moved to the area – please stop by the Village Office and pick up a welcome package to find out more about our great community.



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