Our village has a namesake in Scotland

The Halkirk Elks held their annual pancake “ breakfast with Santa“ on Sunday morning with almost 100 adults and 45 very excited youngsters.

Halkirk Herald

The Halkirk Elks held their annual pancake “ breakfast with Santa“ on Sunday morning with almost 100 adults and 45 very excited youngsters.

Santa, who was traveling with one of his elves, gave each of the children a book and a bag of goodies. The school students held a bake sale fundraiser along with the breakfast. As usual, it is a great place to meet up with the grandparents and celebrate the start of the holidays.

Our school will be taking part in the Silent Santa program again this year, sharing a toy with those less fortunate. Anyone wishing to support this program has until Dec. 18 to donate a new, unwrapped gift to the school.

Basketball season is underway. Coaches Kevin Perry and Sheldon Grice have been working with the junior high teams and they will have their first exhibition game on Wednesday at Gus Wetter.

Doris Cordel, administer of the village, has received an interesting e-mail from a reporter who works with a couple of newspapers in Caithness, which is the area or county in which the town of Halkirk, Scotland is located. He is looking for information on why our town was named after their town.

Sympathy is extended to Aileen and Jody Anderson on the passing of Aileen’s uncle, Jack Temple of Lacombe this week.

Dan and Clara Fowler and their family, Dean, Lee and Becky as well as Amanda, Steve, Brody and Kaylee attended the baptism of Justin and Renee’s daughter, Grace Marie on Sunday, Nov. 30 in Red Deer.

Dennis and Doris Cordel were in Calgary on Saturday, where they visited with Doris’s aunt Lena Knight of Chilliwack, who was visiting with her son Dan and Elaine. Lena and family were in Halkirk to attend the funeral of her brother, Louie Engel on Monday. Lena and her husband, the late George Knight, left Halkirk in 1958. At that time they were regular subscribers to the Stettler Independent and they have continued to renew their subscription every year. Lena tells me it costs a little more now and the mail service isn’t as reliable. She often gets two or three weeks paper on the same day. But she still loves to read the Halkirk news. Thanks Lena, we appreciate that. Have a great winter.

Raymond and Charlene Stirling are spending a few days holidaying in Vegas. While they are away, Char’s mom, Deb and Rob Chamberlin from Lundbreck are tending to the grandchildren, Colter and Jayda.

Dan Fowler and sons, Justin, Dean and Lee are curling the square draw in Erskine. They recently entered the Oilman’s spiel in Hanna bringing home a 2nd in the 1st event. Nice start to the season guys! Sandra Johnson has a team in the square draw in Castor. The Halkirk curling rink doesn’t put their ice in until the new year.

Coming up: Dec. 11 – Ham and Turkey bingo at the hall at 7:30; Dec. 16 – Seniors’ Christmas pot luck at the Senior centre at 5 p.m., this time only; Dec. 16 – Mother Teresa school annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m.