At the Endmoor Drop-in Centre’s crib match last Tuesday, it was Gladys McLeod who posted the top score while Doug Harold was second. For those who don’t know Gladys and Doug, they live in the former Norm and Lorraine Kelly home in the hamlet of Byemoor. The next crib meet will be on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Ray and Stacey Gutsche of Kamloops, B.C. were recent visitors with Ray’s parents Herb and Helen Gutsche in Hanna. They also visited Ray’s sister Marlene and Lorne Wallace on the home farm at Endiang.
We extend sympathy to the family of Louie Engel who passed away on Nov. 21 at age 90. Louie grew up at Leo and Endiang. He attended Ideal Valley School (across the road from where Gordon and Marilyne Boehlke used to live). Louie married a neighbour girl, Fern Duncan, and they later took over operation of the Engel farm, just north of where Jim and Leanne Sorensen live today. Here Louie and Fern’s four children were born — Don, Doris, Wayne and Dianne. The Engels moved to Halkirk where Louie started a construction business. Our thoughts are with the Engel family in the loss of this fine gentleman who was well-known by many in a large area.
A funeral service for Louie will be held in Halkirk on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.
Shannon Knowles is visiting with long-time friend and former classmate Peggy (nee Ackerman) Byatt at Victoria, B.C. Peggy’s husband George along with some of his family and friends are visiting the Endmoor area on their annual deer hunting excursion.
The next Byemoor School parent council meeting is on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the school. All interested parents/guardians and community members are welcome to attend.
Santa Claus Day is coming up in Byemoor on Dec. 6 and runs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The 4-H beef club are selling Christmas trees starting at 11 a.m. It is a good opportunity to get in some Christmas shopping as there will be a variety of merchandise, craft tables and a bake sale at the hall. Pictures with Santa begin at 2 p.m. A concession booth will be open. Plan to attend this annual event.
If you haven’t already purchased your tickets for the Calgary Fiddlers’ Christmas Concert at the Endiang Hall on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m., be sure to do so soon. This talented group of young fiddlers are 14-18 years of age and have toured the world and played for the Prime Minister of Canada. Tickets are $20 and available at Ruthie’s Roost café in Endiang or at the Byemoor Store.
In local hockey news, the Peewee Thunder team won against Alix, with a score of 5-1, on Saturday. On Sunday the Peewees continued their winning streak with a 7-0 win over Sedgewick in Big Valley.
The Atom Swordmen’s game against Stettler on Saturday ended in an 8-8 tie.
The Endmoor Minor Hockey Association together with the Big Valley Minor Hockey Association is sponsoring a fundraiser known as the Hockey Survivor Pool. Participants pick one winning NHL team per day from the schedule. It costs $20 to play. If your pick loses you are voted off. The last person standing is the survivor and is the winner of the 50/50 payout. To play purchase a sheet from any minor hockey member or at the Byemoor Store prior to Dec. 1. For more information contact Sandra Schell at 403-741-6633. This is a good way to support minor hockey and have some fun besides.
Christmas trivia — “Christmas trees are known to have been popular in Germany as far back as the sixteenth century. In England, they became popular after Queen Victoria’s husband Albert, who came from Germany, made a tree part of the celebrations at Windsor Castle.