Storms bring free fireworks show alongside material damage

The district received some wild electrical storms on Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings.

The district received some wild electrical storms on Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings. They provided free fireworks courtesy of Mother Nature. Some farmers lost a few hay bales in their fields after they were struck by lightning. The accompanying rain varied greatly throughout the district. Anywhere from just a few tenths up to two to three inches of rain that fell in a cloud burst northeast of Endiang Thursday, resulting in a road near Schellenbergs being washed out.

The Byemoor Fair is fast approaching on Aug. 16-17. The 32-team slo-pitch tournament is nearly full but there is still room for a few more teams to enter. If you want to be part of the fun or know of any prospective teams that may be interested give Bobbi Buchwitz (403-579-2432) or Raelynn Knowles (403-579-2166) a call ASAP.

Now is the time to be thinking of your entries for the fair parade. The theme this year is “Safety First.”

Dave and Luann Buchwitz hosted the Viste family reunion at their Pigeon Lake property last weekend.

Les and Rosemary Stulberg attended the funeral of Rosemary’s uncle Ken Diprose Sr. in Edmonton last Tuesday.

Fred Gardner’s estate sale will be held on Aug. 16 at the Annett Auction Centre in Brooks at 10 a.m. Fred’s car and tractor collection, tools and small equipment will be in the offering. A convoy of flat-deck trucks and trailers moved the sale items from the Hunt ranch to Brooks last week.

A note of interest from the Petrussa Farms 100-year farm celebration — there was $525 collected for STARS. Ernie Petrussa and his late brother John Petrussa were staunch supporters of STARS, so the family decided instead of a cash bar people could make donations to STARS.

Congratulations to Jonathan and Delaine (nee Green) Bennett on the arrival of their son Jackson Daniel Bennett on Aug. 2 in Calgary. Jackson weighed seven pounds five ounces. He was a special birthday present for his dad as he was born on Jonathan’s birthday. Congratulations also to the local grandparents Dale and Dee Green and great-grandparents Bob and Eileen Green.

We send congratulations to our neighbouring communities of Big Valley and Delia on their centennial celebrations held on the long weekend. The two villages were both incorporated in 1914 and looked their finest as they celebrated their 100-year milestones. Local folks were among those attending the festivities. These small rural communities definitely know how to throw a party and are justly proud of their history.

Bob, Janet and Ian Campbell spent the long weekend at St. Paul with the Palmer family. The family was celebrating Ed and Marilyn’s 40th wedding anniversary, Ed’s 65th birthday and daughter Rhea’s wedding last October.

The festivities were held at the farm of their daughter Sarah. A big surprise to the guests came when a Justice of the Peace arrived and the Palmer’s youngest daughter Abby and her fiancée Jordan were married. Many will remember the Palmers when they lived in Byemoor and Ed was the elevator agent.

Julie and Paige Jones spent a week in New York City. They were there for the wedding of Paige’s cousin and also enjoyed much sight-seeing of the major attractions that New York has to offer.

Krissy Jack and her daughters are having a busy summer with their mobile speciality coffee and concession unit — “Jacked-up Coffee.” The Delia centennial on the weekend was one of the many stops for their new business.

Lloyd and Audrey Hausher and friends of Duchess spent the weekend at the “Goose Pit” — their camping spot on the old Tucker homestead, east of Endiang.

Canadian trivia — In 1921, Irene Parlby, leader of the United Farm Women of Alberta and member of the “Famous Five,” broke through yet another barrier for women when she was elected to the Alberta Legislature.



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