Nice weather brings out Halloweeners in Halkirk

A lovely fall evening made it a good year for the ghosts and goblins to tour the town. Up to 30 trick- or-treaters were roaming about. The Friday night dance party at the hall was cancelled.

Maxine Baird will be returning to the 37th C.F.R. in Edmonton on Nov. 10 for her 22nd year of timing events during the five- day, six-program rodeo. She was voted as cowboys’ choice for the position. Maxine and her husband, Bob, are a part of the company “Outlaw Buckers” who will have 24 head of stock at the rodeo. Maxine’s week is busy as she is also involved in the Friday night fashion show at the Westin that raises money for the Cowboys Benevolent fund that supports injured cowboys when they can’t compete.

Our sympathies go out to the family of Bill Howe, who passed away in Castor on Oct. 26. Bill will be be missed, not only by his family, but by the coffee drinkers and the Bingo players. Services were held on Saturday at the United Church in Castor.

Word has been received on the passing of Barb Fiedler on Oct. 19 in Calgary. Barb and her husband Herb lived northeast of town while Barb taught at the Halkirk school from 1959 to 1967. She is survived by her children Karen and Kent and families. The Fiedler story is on page 317 of Halkirk Home Fires.

Congratulations to Mary Stewart on the safe arrival of an 8 lb 1 oz great-grandson, Wyatt John, born on Oct. 21 to parents Michael and Lavina Stewart of Lacombe.

On Oct. 27, local author Killarney (Kelli) Sheffield and Nancy Bell, publisher and author, with Muse-it -up publishing were at the school to present awards to students from grades four to eight who had participated in a writing workshop and submitted Halloween stories that were judged by real authors and publishers.

In the Grade4-6 group, the winner was Tiana Gamroth with Madelyn and Mikenna Schauer as runners up. In Grade 7-8 group, the winner was Jillian Schaffner with Jacey Gamroth, Twyla Sheffield and Haley Grice as runners up. Prizes were distributed and their stories will be published online. Mrs. Sheffield is looking forward to working with the area schools next spring where she will encourage reading and writing skills in the students. Kelli is excited that she will have three books published in 2011.

Volunteers are needed to help out at the casino for the curling club. The dates are Dec. 15 and 16, if you can help out, give JD or Sandra a call at 884-2250. Your help is appreciated.

Wally and Linda Lehmann had Jim and Claudette Watt from Creston B.C. visiting with them recently.

Birthday wishes to Elizabeth Raher, who celebrated her 80th birthday at the weekend with a houseful of family around her. Stan and Dorothy Anderson were happy to have gate- crashed the event.

Coming up: Nov. 4 – Halkirk Hall Bingo at 7:30; Nov. 7 – Community fall turkey supper – 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hall; Nov. 27 – Potluck followed by southern gospel concert at the hall; Dec. 5 – Elks’ annual breakfast with Santa – 9 to 11 a.m. at the hall.