Milder temperatures and bountiful rain Friday have increased hope for the future of crops, hayfields and gardens. There was hail reported south of the highway, gardens damaged and cars stopped on the highway.
It was a busy weekend in Gadsby, traffic so thick on Saturday that main street was hard to navigate! Hard to believe…
The annual Red Eye Ball Tournament started Friday night in the wet, with 12 teams participating. The parking and overflow was filled with RVs; close to 200 people in attendance. Winners were: First in the “A” , taking home $1000 – Politically Incorrect (Edmonton); Second place $500 went to Bam Bam (Bashaw). In the “B” group it was first going to Ball Busters out of Red Deer taking home $600 and second in the “B” , $300 to Dirty Pitches (Edmonton).
The Ball Association appreciated all the volunteers who helped in the kitchen, special mention to Wolf Pak who were a great help over the weekend. Thank goodness for the great umps in the wet field. And the sponsors who moved equipment and helped with set up.
The Club is looking forward to the September long weekend family fun tournament. Everyone is invited to watch and cheer on your favorite team.
The second Quance family reunion was held at the Quance family farm (Stan and Bonnie hosting). The weekend started Friday night with registration and a barn dance. The Quance, Stenberg, Payne and McKay families were in attendance. 176 people came to enjoy the weekend. Saturday was the BBQ and fireworks by Bill Payne, Sunday morning wrapped up the weekend with church service led by Doug McKay and Vivian (Stenberg) Holtby. Bruce and Riley Quance were home for it. Riley is now principal at the Alix High School.
Meanwhile, in Gadsby the Church Building, Heritage Place was the scene of a renewal of vows for Marie Vance’s daughter Teresa and Ken. This was a celebration of their 25th anniversary with Joanne Pinder officiating and about 50 in attendance. Then it was back to the farm for a luncheon and get together. The church has had a fresh coat of paint. Ron Senft and Gordon Reynolds redid the 1910 sign over the door. The ceiling inside has been recently redone. Looking good.
Last weekend while at Craven, Saskatchewan, Fred and Velvet also enjoyed the company of Velvet’s family: sister Faye (her daughters Jillian and Kathleen), sister Vicki and daughter Daynen and friend McKenna.
Gadsby welcomes Ian Goodkey who has bought and moved into the Erickson place west of town (in what used to be Bokerville). He’s been busy painting and fixing up his new home.
The Omega Circle was held at the home of Viola (Hansel) Imrie in Stettler where three new members were welcomed into the circle. The dry weather and some hail has made tending the cemetery a challenge; Dale and Melody Kent are hard at it, keeping the cemetery a beauty spot east of Gadsby.
A reminder: The Heritage Society is having a crib tournament at Heritage Place (Gadsby church building) this Thursday beginning at 1 p.m. Singles or couples, all welcome.