‘Random acts of kindness’ rampant in Rumsey

I would like to extend my personal congratulations to Allan Johnston of Big Valley

I would like to extend my personal congratulations to Allan Johnston of Big Valley for his being awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award certificate.

Since his retirement from teaching, Johnston has put in many hours of volunteering and building his town of Big Valley. This award was created in 1995 to recognize those who have made a “significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to the community, in Canada and abroad.”

Johnston is known to most folks up and down the line, and we congratulate him on being recognized.

An interesting event happened at our farm a few days ago when Ken, our son, who was working with his Dad, Ernie, came across a pocket knife that Ernie had lost perhaps 20 years ago. It was a special knife, as it was an “Old Timer.”

After several phone calls, here are the names of the kindergarten students starting school this year. Caul Johnson will be going to Morrin School and Careese Primrose will start her schooling in Big Valley.

The kindergarten class from last year are going into Grade 1; Easton Watts, Zeth Walker, Taylor MacFarlane, and Joey Avramenko. We wish them all the best as they start on the best times of their lives.

There are several unique classes at the flower show, and “the mistakes” is one of them. Another is “A Random Act of Kindness,” which is a basket made up of home-baked goodies and given to a special person. This basket comes with a gift card, so the recipient knows who is thinking of them. This year, I believe there were three such baskets.

Church services are scheduled to begin after the summer break on Sunday, Sept. 16, with Judy and Jerry Beskewine leading the service and music. Time of the service will be 10:30 a.m. Services are planned for the first Sunday of the month and the third Sunday. Rev. Mervyn Penfound of Stettler and Jerry Beskewine from Drumheller plan to alternate days.

Fire crews from the Rumsey fire department were called out last week when Dwayne Griffiths’ baler caught fire. Crews were able to dump the bale in the dugout to put out the fire. The baler was a write-off, but the tractor was OK. It’s a no-win situation. You can’t bale if it’s too wet, and if it’s too dry, then there is such a danger of fire.

Jean Richmond of Trochu has had a fun summer with visiting her families in Yellowknife and Calgary. One special event was attending the wedding of her granddaughter, Lindsay (Pam’s daughter)when she married Sheldon Adams from Calgary.

Her other daughter, Debbie, and Jeff Anderson live in Yellowknife.

While shopping in Drumheller the other day, we happened to see Helen Todor. She is looking very well and enjoying her home at Sunshine Lodge. We also saw John and Laura Griffith at the store and had a nice visit with them. They seem to be happy with their new location. Nice to see folks from “home.”

Sympathy to Anna Kashuba and family on the passing of her dear brother in Ireland.

Sympathy also this week to Sharon and Ken Goddard and their families on the passing of Sharon’s Dad, Elgin Lifeso, of Sherwood Park and more recently, the St. Albert Extended Care.

There has been cremation and the memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Glenwood Memorial Gardens in Sherwood Park. Anyone wishing the address, give me a call.

Elgin will be buried beside his dear wife, Alelene, who passed away a couple of years ago.

Harvesting continues in full swing, with farmers working long hours into the night. Watch for them.