Santa bound for Gadsby as part of pre-holiday fun

The Gadsby District Hobby Club members are hard at it, selling raffle tickets and preparing for the 16th annual Santa Claus Day

The Gadsby District Hobby Club members are hard at it, selling raffle tickets and preparing for the 16th annual Santa Claus Day to be held Saturday, Dec. 1.

Santa is scheduled to arrive at the bank building at 2 p.m. There will be hayrides, candy bags, hotdogs and hot chocolate, and a chance to have your photo taken with Santa.

There’s a turkey and ham supper at the hall, starting at 5 p.m. The admission charge is $10 for adults, $4 for young people and free for those five and under. There’s also a $25 family rate (two adults, plus children).

Then it’s back to the bank building for a turkey and ham bingo, and the loonie pot will be more than $100.

Gadsby welcomes anyone, from anywhere, to come and enjoy the pre-Christmas fun.

Congratulations to Trey and Chris Quance on the birth of their baby girl Nov. 7.

Joyce Hansel and Betty Stotz motored to Innisfail last Tuesday to help sister Marian Blackmore celebrate her birthday. Happy Birthday, Marian.

Also, birthday greetings go out to Cooper Bigney and Piper Davits, who both turned three years old this month.

It was a shock to the community to hear of the sudden death of Steve McKnight on Friday. Steve taught school in Gadsby for many years and was a favourite with many of the students. He was also the physical education teacher, as well as a coach and friend to many. Sincere sympathies go out to his wife Patti and their family.

Also, sincere sympathies are extended to Joanne Hoopfer on the loss of her father, Gordon McLeod. It has been a sad time for Joanne and Dewey and family, who are still recovering from the loss of Joanne’s mother, Ruth McLeod, in October.

Five boys from the Gadsby area are part of the Stettler Panthers football team that won the provincial Tier 4 championship just last Saturday in Edmonton.

Gadsby boys with the Panthers are Lincoln Carey, Austin Jacobson, Colton Ansorger and Cole and Steele Nichols. And I can’t help but mention my young cousin, Justin Hankins of Botha.

After beating Sylvan Lake in the central Alberta qualifier, the Panthers went on to defeat Lloydminster and St. Albert, respectively, to take home provincial honours.

Percy and I, along with Dale Van Straten, attended the diamond jubilee medal awards ceremonies at the Stettler Legion on Nov. 12 to witness Percy and Dale’s cousin, Alan (Tom) Coultis, receive a medal for lifetime community and veterans’ work.

Also there in honour of Alan were his wife Vi and daughter Marlene, all of Camrose.