Participants sought for centennial parade

“What a great party” and “Haven’t seen you forever” and “Isn’t this great” were among the remarks made at the Gadsby Community Hall on Saturday afternoon when friends and neighbours met to help celebrate Bill and Joyce Hansel’s 50th wedding anniversary. Over 100 people signed the guest book. Pictures (by Gordon Reynolds) were taken of Bill and Joyce with everyone as the entered the building, refreshments were on hand. Son, Larry Hansel introduced the family: starting with himself and Erica from Drayton Valley and their family; daughters Marylou and Stan from Cadogan and their family, Sandra from Provost and her family and Sue and Brad of Stettler and their family.

Everyone enjoyed the power point presentation with laughter, tears and many memories. At the head table were Bill and Joyce and Joyce’s sister Betty Stotz who stood up for Joyce when they were married. Also mentioned and fondly remembered, was Bill’s best man and brother, Vic Hansel. Larry also told a few stories of growing up on the farm and remarked on how a now large family started with two people. Some from farther away were Joyce’s cousin Susan (Wilson) and Loren Enzie of Innisfail, friends Rocky and Dorothy Biggelaar of Camrose, Marie (Miller) Vance of Bowden and Shirley (Chick) and Jack Nixon of Athabasca. A family supper followed at the hall.

Gordie and Shirley Reynolds enjoyed last weekend in Edmonton, celebrating Mother’s Day and daughter Kathy’s birthday.

The second organizational meeting for the Gadsby 100th anniversary was met with a good crowd, lots of neat ideas and lots of enthusiasm. We are looking for participants for the parade which will be held on the Saturday, Aug. 28th. Contact Rosalind at 403-742-5205 or myself at 403-574-2442. Tell all your family and friends … help us get the word out! Also if you have any old photos of Gadsby, we are looking for copies only, we don’t want to lose the originals and anyone wishing to set up a kiosk of items of interest we will find you a space to do so! Any and all volunteer help is most welcome. Our next meeting will be Monday, June 7 at 7 p.m. Please come and help us reminisce.

The Gadsby Ball Association held their Annual Fund Raiser at Westwoods on Saturday night with over 100 people coming out to support them with over 100 shrimp supper was excellent. Sylvie Tremblay went home with a Blu Ray surround sound system and the silent auction was busy. Music was provided by DJ Dean Fowler. A fun time for all. The proceeds will go towards the continuing improvements at the Gadsby ball diamond and for minor ball. And this year there are 41 local children involved in minor ball. Practices are Monday and Wednesday evenings 6:30 to 7:30 in Gadsby. Come out and watch and cheer them on. I will have a schedule of games next week.

Cash Bingo at the Bank Building Saturday night with 14 players and the loonie pot is now at $150! There will be a supper and Bingo on June 19, menu to follow.