Week of bidding farewells

There are only four weeks of school left in this term and the students at Byemoor School have been very busy.

There are only four weeks of school left in this term and the students at Byemoor School have been very busy. On Wednesday the Grade 4-6 class travelled to Rocky Mountain House for a science field trip. The kindergarten class went on a year-end trip to Drumheller on Thursday. The school presented its spring concert on Friday afternoon. All students participated with songs, stories, slide presentations and other forms to showcase their interests and year’s work. The graduating kindergarten and Grade 9 students were also recognized. The concert was well-received by parents, grandparents and guests attending.

The students from Cornwall, Ont. will arrive on June 6 to complete the exchange with the Byemoor School. The local families will be busy showing Alberta to their central Canada guests.

We send congratulations to Bryce Stewart and Rachel Yates on showing the champion and reserve champion 4-H steers respectively for the Byemoor club. Special congratulations to Bryce on exhibiting the reserve grand champion steer of the Stettler District 4-H Show. A tip of the Stetson goes to all 4-Hers on a job well done.

Ruthie Ratcliffe had an extremely busy day on Friday, her last day of business, before closing the doors on Ruthie’s Roost. Lois Ballinger of Paragon Place lodge in Stettler was one of those attending. When Lois lived in Endiang she was always the first to walk through the door when a new proprietor opened the restaurant.

In fact, the whole week was busy for Ruthie. Al and Karen Copeland of Hanna were in on Wednesday. It was the Copelands who initially opened the Endiang Tea House 15 years ago. They reclaimed the abandoned and deteriorating general store once known as the Endiang Trading Co. built by the Shaben family in 1925, to turn it into a popular dining establishment.

After the Copelands left the community Sheila Buchwitz, Terry Gallant and Lynnette Schellenberg operated it as a restaurant, followed by Les and Rosemary Stulberg and Byron and Linda Wilkie, and lastly Ruthie Ratcliffe. We bid Ruthie a fond farewell and wish her well in her new location. Her cheerful personality is definitely going to be missed. Hopefully, someone will re-open the café soon.

We also bid farewell to Rob and Sherry Carlgren and family who moved to Stettler on the weekend. The Carlgrens took an active part in the community and will be missed. We wish them all the best in their new community.

The Endiang community welcomes Kyam Shapcott of Australia who is on a 10-week work placement in our area in an agricultural program. He is staying with host family Rob and Laurie Somerville.

All seniors of the community are reminded to attend an afternoon coffee social gathering at the Endmoor Drop-In Centre on June 5 at 2 p.m. to mark Seniors’ Week. The County of Stettler will be providing the fruit tray and all are welcome to attend.

Winnie Paulsen attended the graduation ceremony for her grandson Paul DeMaere in Red Deer on Friday. Paul is a graduate of Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School.

It was a full house at the Byemoor hall Sunday evening as Byemoor Dance School presented the “I Believe” dance recital and talent show. The crowd was pleasantly entertained with about 25 numbers on the program, which included dance routines and piano and guitar selections. All performers did a fantastic job — we have some amazing talent in our little community. Hats go off to all the participants and to dance instructors Krissy Jack and Terri Simpson for a fun and entertaining evening.

Get well wishes go out to Barbara Schilling who is a patient in the Stettler hospital.

Dale Tucker is on a northern Alberta fishing trip with some of his hunting friends.

The granddaughter of Matt Joiner and her husband from Hope, B.C. were passing through Hanna last week and stopped to inquire where Endiang was located. By chance the person they asked was Rob Boehlke, who was raised here. He took the couple to visit with his mother Marilyn Boehlke who remembered the Joiner family. The Joiners were early homesteaders of the Endiang district coming here in 1908. They lived where Carol Stulberg lives today. The couple plans to return to Endiang this summer and bring their grandchildren.

The hamlet of Endiang is going to increase in size this weekend when it welcomes the Alberta Explorers RV club to town.

Canadian Trivia — A wealthy Canadian couple invented the game “Yahtzee”— a dice game they played aboard their yacht.