Paper Bag Skirt hits all the right notes

Lena Knight from Chilliwack , B.C., accompanied Deb Nill of Calgary to our area for a visit with her brother and sister-in-law

Lena Knight from Chilliwack , B.C., accompanied Deb Nill of Calgary to our area for a visit with her brother and sister-in-law, Louie and Fern Engel, and family.

Lena had just returned from a trip to Nova Scotia with Irene Strader where they had visited Irene’s son, Randy.

While in Halifax, they had toured Pier 21, which was where the Engel family passed through the Canadian immigration system en route to Alberta, “the land of milk and honey.”

Alexander and Elizabeth Engel and their four children, Pauline, Louie, Lena and Elvira, arrived at Craigmyle on April 24, 1929, from Romania.

Lena got a copy of their landed-immigration statistics. What a keepsake for future generations.

Our local teen band, Paper Bag Skirt, competed in the “battle of the bands,” an all-day session June 8 in Consort, placing third out of 12 bands.

Band members are Luke Nibourg, Max Schaffner, Jonathan Muncy, Elliott Mabbott, Daniel Godbersen and Jillian Schaffner.

Last Thursday, Paper Bag Skirt played a challenge gig against a Stettler band, Intense Reality, at the Performing Arts Centre, where each band played four songs and the winner was determined by text voting.

Congratulations, Paper Bag Skirt, on your win.

Several from our area attended the farm show held recently in Regina.

A pat on the back goes out to our son, Rod Anderson, who participated in the Enbridge bike ride to conquer cancer this past weekend. He was part of Brian Dyki’s Castor team, which started from Spruce Meadows in pouring rain on Saturday morning, riding south and west in view of the Foothills, and circling back to Spruce Meadows by Sunday afternoon. They had covered almost 230 kilometres, and were wet and cold, but proud to be among the riders who raised almost $8 million for cancer research.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Mary Ann Theaker, who passed away June 17 in Stettler.

Mary Ann was known for her artistic endeavours, especially music, playing and singing and accompanying her five daughters.

Services were held from the United Church in Stettler, with interment in Halkirk. The Theaker story is on Page 722 of the Halkirk history book.

Condolences to the family and friends of Jean Plouvier, who passed away Tuesday at the Castor hospital.

One of the six Duncan girls, Jean spent most of her life in the Halkirk area, where she devoted many hours tending to her flowers, garden and yard. Services were held on Tuesday at the United Church in Castor, with lunch and burial in Halkirk. Jean’s story is on Page 498 of the history book.

We extend sympathy to the Brodersen family on the passing of Marjorie Brodersen (wife of Bill), who was living in Beaumont. Services were held Monday in Drayton Valley. The Brodersen story is on Page 756 of the history book.

Congratulations to Tyron and Amanda (Krautt) Mossing on the arrival of a seven-pound, 13-ounce baby boy, Thomas James, on June 22 in Calgary. Proud grandparents are Jim and Kathy Krautt. The Mossings also have a five-year-old daughter, Claire, and a two-year-old son, Reid.

Margret Rowland had a yard full of friends and family to help her celebrate a milestone on Saturday night. We wish you a happy 65th birthday, Marg.

Marjorie Baker was in town recently, visiting with Irene Schilling. Marjorie lives in Penhold.

COUNTDOWN to Halkirk’s big 100th birthday bash — seven days.

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