Southern Gospel concert draws large crowd

A large crowd enjoyed the third annual Southern Gospel concert held at the hall on Sunday. The musical evening featured the Tapley family band from Red Deer; Stu Spencer and Wendy Walker from Lacombe; Castors quartet, four for him; Gerry and the Atrics, a quartet from around central Alta; Banjo picker Barrie Brewer from Leslieville; Dorothy Fisher and Ruth Hays and Jim Culham from Castor plus a few others filling in for flu patients.

A large crowd enjoyed the third annual Southern Gospel concert held at the hall on Sunday. The musical evening featured the Tapley family band from Red Deer; Stu Spencer and Wendy Walker from Lacombe; Castors quartet, four for him; Gerry and the Atrics, a quartet from around central Alta; Banjo picker Barrie Brewer from Leslieville; Dorothy Fisher and Ruth Hays and Jim Culham from Castor plus a few others filling in for flu patients.

The evening began with a pot luck supper which was organized by Pastor Jim Culham, who conducts monthly services at Halkirk’s Community Church, and many helping hands.

The Battle River Research Group, the County of Paintearth and the County of Flagstaff organized an alternative energy workshop held on Friday at the seniors’ centre with 50 plus persons attending.

Guest speakers included Gordon Howel of Edmonton, who is a leading advocate of solar power as well as Dave Sedmek from Calgary, whose interest is in solar hot water heating. The meeting concluded with a tour of the wind turbine located on Steve and Patti McKnight’s farm north of town. The turbine, situated north of McKnight’s buildings, is 126 feet tall and generates up to 5 Kw of power per hour which supplies more than enough power to meet their needs.

The Mother Teresa school students participated in Operation Christmas Child and this year 20 boxes of goodies were sent to children in Latin America.

Congrats to the boys ( with four girls) junior high volleyball team who placed first in a mini tournament at Gus Wetter on Wednesday. The team is playing in a tournament in Provost on Monday and will compete in Erskine this weekend at the CARA playoffs.

The junior high hosted a dance on Friday evening with guests from Gus Wetter and Theresetta schools attending for a total of 41 dancers.

The Halkirk Elks hosted a District 11 meeting on Saturday. Ten members representing clubs from Hanna, Trochu, Castor and Halkirk were in attendance.

Reminder: There are several pots and pans left at the hall following the community fall supper.

Councilors Dennis Cordel and Ross Elsasser and administrator Doris Cordel attended the AUMA convention in Calgary mid-week.

Our community sends sympathy to the family of Jim Blackmore of Gadsby, who passed away last Sunday. Services were held on Saturday in Stettler.

Belated birthday greetings go out to Lorna Schilling, who celebrated the big 4-0 with a surprise party of family and friends on October 31.

Samantha Vockeroth was awarded by the Alberta Colleges Athlete Conference as the best defensive player for the south division, women’s soccer; and nominated (one of five nominees) by ACAC for the All-Canadian-Player of the Year Award for CCAA(Canadian Colleges Athletic Association). The All Canadian award is based on a player’s performance and contribution to both their sport and their team. She attended the soccer championship all Canadian awards banquet at Humber College in Etobicoke, Ontario last week, where she was recognized for her achievements. Parents Peggy and Terry were also in Ontario. Samantha is in her final year of Education at Red Deer College and a graduate from Gus Wetter School in Castor.

Anne Neilson and her floor curling team of Shirley Brodersen, Dora Morasch and Elizabeth Raher entered their first bonspiel of the season at Galahad last Tuesday.