Two 80th birthdays marked over weekend

GADSBY/WESTWOODS NEWS -- A "winter-like" storm hit Monday morning with strong north winds, reminding us the seasons are changing.

GADSBY/WESTWOODS NEWS — A “winter-like” storm hit Monday morning with strong north winds, reminding us the seasons are changing.

A reminder that the last Sunday in August (28th) starts with the annual pancake breakfast at the old church building in Gadsby hosted by Gadsby Heritage Society. This is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone welcome. Then at 2 p.m., the 86th annual Decoration Day Service starts at the Gadsby Omega Cemetery. Following the Legion service, there will be coffee and donuts. Raffle tickets will be available for the coming bazaar.

This past weekend saw two important milestone birthdays: A large crowd of family and close friends met at the home of Dale and Corina Derr’s to celebrate Dale’s mom Grace Selinger’s 80th birthday. All her sons were there, Larry, Barry, Kevin and Dale along with brother Fred and Idella (Jensen) Clarke from Ontario. All 16 great-grandchildren were there and all but two of her 13 grandchildren were there. Family pictures and family dinner were two highlights of the day. Weather was perfect.

Frank and Eleanor Dahlgren have enjoyed the annual visit from daughter Brenda Laboucan and her four grandchildren from Slave Lake. They arrived Thursday. Then on Sunday, with food and birthday cake in hand, came daughter Elva and Roger McAllister of Innisfail; Darcy, Tammy, Kayla and Luke Hronek. Son Neal and Lorna, son Cecil and Pat; Tanner, Megan and Paige of Pincher Creek; daughter Bonnie and Kristina. All for dinner and a surprise 80th birthday celebration. A perfect birthday surprise with all her kids there.

Happy birthday, Eleanor and Grace!

Anniversary greetings to Percy and Paulette’s daughter and husband Christy and Curtis Wideman, who celebrated their 24th anniversary on Monday, Aug. 22.

Last weekend Corina Derr and her sister Denise Nichols and their families gathered for a camp out at Boss Hill.

Saturday, Aug. 27, Bill and Joyce Hansel headed to MaryLou and Stan Botting’s cabin at the lake for a wonderful smoked turkey dinner. Ryan and Leila and their family (Bentley and Dusty) and daughter Natasha were there as were Sandy Trennery and Rod; Curtis and Corine along with Cadee and Heather Trennery; Denee and Jason and Shaya; all gathered for the day. Then on Sunday, Bill and Joyce headed for Cadogan to celebrate great grandson Brett’s second birthday with “mom and dad” Kathy and Jeff, and baby Cameron; Grandparents MaryLou and Stan, Ryan and Leila and family all there.