Visitors could not make it to the final of annual tournament

At the Elks’ final meeting before their summer break, they were treated to a scrumptious steak BBQ prepared by Bill and crew

At the Elks’ final meeting before their summer break, they were treated to a scrumptious steak BBQ prepared by Bill and crew with help from the Royal Purple ladies. Even without their regular meetings, this summer is proving to be very busy for the Big Valley Elks, beginning with Canada Day as they are off to Trochu to cook at their annual breakfast. On July 14 and 15 they have a casino date in Red Deer and then they will be at Petrussa Farms for their 100th anniversary. At Big Valley’s upcoming centennial/homecoming celebrations on the August long weekend, the Elks will be hosting beer gardens on both Friday and Saturday with musical entertainment both evenings. Any admissions will be by donation only at these functions.

Bill Smillie gave a run down on the recent convention he attended and reported on the resolutions that passed or were defeated. Kurtis Kaiser was initiated as a new brother to the lodge. He was lucky enough to win the club draw, which he then donated to the Fund for Children. Also a disbursement was made to the 4-H club in Rumsey.

Club 200 winners for June are Sue Boswell, Trevor Kirtley, Dustin Houston and Neil Sandburg.

It has been a very competitive season for Big Valley’s slo-pitch league this year. As the regular season begins to wind down, there are a few make-up games to be played. With six teams participating, league playoff games are slated for July 4 and 7 with finals to be played on July 11.

The Big Valley Ag. Society held their annual ball tournament on the weekend of June 20, 21 and 22 with 24 teams participating. With teams coming from as far away as Cold Lake, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and the surrounding area, it was an all-Big Valley A final that saw the Stealers squeak out a one run win over the Vintage All Stars.

The community was invited to a steak supper which was served Saturday evening, and approximately 80 people attended.

The Ag Society would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the community who supported their efforts. Many thanks to Mel Dods for moving shale and to John Balcom who has been doing a terrific job in keeping the diamonds cut this year.

July birthday wishes go out to Karen Daymen – 2, Abby Tizzard – 14, Ernie Petrussa – 14, Jim Paul Jr. – 16, Craig Gordon – 18, Allan Rowland – 19, Blair Stewart – 20, Sonny Stewart – 20, Wilf Dressler – 21, Jack Skocdopole – 22, Scott Schell – 22, Lacey Dyck – 23, Rick Tizzard – 26, Jenny Houle – 26, Lorne Fraser – 27, Les Mulbach – 29, Kelsey Mailer – 29, Margaret Lane – 31 and Bob Spence – 31.

Happy Anniversary to Wayne & Phyllis Garrison – 1, Albert & Lori Reule – 7, Jim & Marie Brenchley – 10, Edgar & Gabby Siegrist – 19, Doug & Crystal Bardwell – 20, Paul & Ariane Jensen – 28 and Ron & Vi Milton – 29.