Students soak up lessons on farm-safety practices

Bob Angevine was at Halkirk’s Mother Teresa Catholic School last Friday to do a farm-safety presentation for grades 1 to 6.

Bob Angevine was at Halkirk’s Mother Teresa Catholic School last Friday to do a farm-safety presentation for grades 1 to 6.

The course is taught each year, and deals with quad and machinery safety, the equipment needed for safe operation, and awareness of the dangers around horses and cattle, as well as other farm animals.

Students were surprised to hear about the number of youngsters injured or killed each year in farm-related accidents. They said the greatest number of accidents dealt with horses.

The school deserves applause for offering such courses in the community.

Wet, heavy snow fell in our area Saturday.

These are very difficult times for the farmers and ranchers who are calving and lambing during spring storms.

We’re sure it’s hard times for the returning birds, too, but they’re used to fending for themselves.

Kendra Richardson gave each classroom a mini-boot camp experience Thursday, teaching warm-up activities, stretches and relay circuit drills. She said it’s necessary to work up a sweat and get your heart pumping for maximum effect.

The Elks spring district meeting scheduled for Saturday in Halkirk was cancelled because of road conditions.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Shirley McKnight, who passed away April 9 at the Stettler health-care facility. Services will be held at a later date. The McKnight story is on Page 382 of the Halkirk Home Fires.

Participating in the fun floor-curling ’spiel in Endiang on Monday were Darrell and Wendy Ashbacher, Paul and Jacquie Dietrich, Rose Koenraadt, Edna Luft, Anne Neilson and Irene Schilling.

Katelyn Dahmer, a member of the Castor Raiders club volleyball team, played at the Saville Centre in Edmonton last weekend.

There were 21 teams in the Raiders’ division and the girls brought home the bronze medal. Congratulations, Katelyn. She and her sister, Alison, stayed with their grandma, Hazel Brook of Leduc, over the weekend.

The East-meets-West supper was at the Halkirk Hotel. The special was Korean food.

Dick and Ann Creasey hosted an open house at their farm on Sunday afternoon, serving coffee to prospective buyers.

The Halkirk school is collecting Campbell’s soup labels until May 1, so be sure to donate your labels prior to that date.

COMING UP: April 18 — regular bingo is at the hall at 7:30; everyone is welcome; April 26 — the Helping Hands playschool family bingo fundraiser is set for the hall at 7 p.m.; May 12 — Mother’s Day is celebrated, with pancakes and all the trimmings at the hall, courtesy of the Halkirk Elks.