Quilting days come apart at the seams

It is with a sad heart that the community of Rumsey sends their condolences to the Richmond family

It is with a sad heart that the community of Rumsey sends their condolences to the Richmond family with the passing of Leonard Richmond. The funeral will be held at the Rumsey Hall on Thursday, March 28, at 2 p.m.

The annual quilting days at the Drop-in have been cancelled this year due to lack of interest. This was a worthwhile endeavour because every quilt that was sewn on these days were then used for emergency situations in the community like a house fire or accident with the majority of the quilts sent over to Red Deer to the women’s’ shelter, Grace House for men and Ronald MacDonald House. At this point the ladies in charge are hoping to revive it next year so please get in contact with Lorraine Foesier or Helen Steen if you want to take part.

Well, the Mixed Doubles Bonspiel has concluded and the following teams were declared the best: 1st in the 1st – Phil McBride and his sister, Gail. 2nd in the 1st – Alan Hampton and Jackie Watts, 1st in the 2nd – Marcus Herd and Jorden Ferguson, 2nd in the 2nd – Deena Smyth and Mike, 1st in the 3rd – Bradley Nelson and Katie Primrose, 2nd in the 3rd – Mike Steen and Bonny Nelson. 28 teams competed in this bonspiel attending from Drumheller, Trochu, Olds, Red Deer and Rumsey.

The young men’s High School Curling Team, as well as the Mixed, will be curling in Bonnyville to compete for Provincials this weekend, March 1 and 2. The men’s team consists of Bradley Nelson, Matt McNaughton, Marcus Herd and Garrett Holowath. The Mixed team consists of Evan Hampton, Caitlyn Wolf, Lowell Nelson and Jorden Ferguson. The young ladies team has chosen to forfeit their opportunity to go to Provincial Curling because of a conflict with basketball where they will be competing for Zones level at Rolling Hills. The Junior High boys’ team will be going to Carbon for their Zones competition. Julie Primroses’ Red Deer College Curling Team competed for Provincials in Olds and secured a Bronze. There was an All-Star competition at the College Provincials and Julie was chosen for an All-Star award for her position of 2nd at the college level. Way to go!! It is great to see so many former Rumsey Junior curlers competing at this higher level.

The Mixed Bonspiel will be next on the books. It is scheduled for March 4 to the 9 and the people in charge of booking your teams are Brooks and Jackie Watts at 403-368-2357. Get your team entered early because if there is enough interest, the draw masters will be planning to start on Sunday, March 3.

If you have been watching the Scotties Curling Tournament, you may have heard about a backdoor connection to Rumsey. Carol Wilkins friend, Sandy Pederson, has two nieces; skip – Jill Shumay and 3rd – Kara Johnston from Maidstone, Saskatchewan, curling in this top-notch bonspiel. They have been doing very well.

Helen Steen called in with lots of news. The St. Mary’s Birthday Parties are humming along with February being hosted by Lois Kiemele, Linda Helmer and Helen Steen. The residents celebrating their birthday for the month of February were Bernie Boyden, Elmer Wik, Bessie Fraser, Phyllis Simpson and Bell Tindal. The ladies would like to thank their extra help; Pat Hatt, Pat Holowath, Jean Primrose and, the Haul-all guy, Ernie Goddard. Linda Helmer has volunteered to take over the job of coordinator and Jean Richmond has volunteered to host February of next year. This means that there is now a hostess for each month of the year and they welcome any help on the third Monday of each month from the community. Helen Steen will be hosting the Birthday Party for the month of March on the 18th from 2 to 4 p.m. She will welcome any extra hands for the serving, come and enjoy the music of Marion Stickle.

Jim Nelson celebrated his 85th birthday this past weekend. I would like to extend wishes of good health from all the Rumsey Community.

Quote for the week: “Always remember that you are unique; just like everyone else.”