Ho-Ho-Ho- Merry Christmas. This is your jolly old reporter wishing you the best of the holidays and may you have a prosperous new year. Please have a safe and happy time with family and friends. By the time this paper comes out on Wednesday, the 23, you should be all ready for the big day with all your baking and shopping, and wrapping done. Ha,Ha.
In one of our Christmas letters, we learned of the passing of Noreen Blackerman on Oct. 27. Her husband Joe lives in own home in Edmonton.
Tuesday evening, Dec. 15 was the annual Christmas meeting of the Big Valley Elks and Royal Purple lodges. The evening began with a delicious supper, after which the ladies went over to the Big Valley United Church to take in the program there which consisted of a choir that will be travelling to New York in May to choir competitions.
Wednesday, Dec. 16, members and friends gathered at the Rumsey drop-in center to enjoy a Christmas potluck dinner together. It was great. Friends came from the Delburne area and made nice music for everyone to enjoy: Bill Werner, with his fiddle, Rose on keyboard and Steve Potter on guitar. Steve also did a lot of singing. We are so grateful to all those folks who will share their talents with others.
There will be no drop-in until the new year at which time the dues are due..
After the Christmas dinner at the drop-in, the president, Jacqui Goddard made a presentation to Ella on behalf of the drop-in commemorating their 50th anniversary.
Much belated congratulations to Ella and Vaughn Gliesier on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary in November. They slipped away to Camrose and celebrated over the weekend at the Ramada Inn there with most of their family joining them.
Friday, Dec. 18, Margo Masse of Drumheller held a clothing show and sale in the Rumsey Drop-in. Carol Kashuba is planning a repeat showing at her home on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.
In the evening, some folks travelled to Morrin to the community hall hear the community choir with their presentation “And Glory Shone Around.” The event was very well attended and very much enjoyed.
The Super League curling, which began in Rumsey the first part of November finished up this week. The league play finished on Friday evening, and the playoffs were Saturday and Sunday.
The top six teams played off for the first, second and third place winnings on Sunday. The team of Jim Krywcun, with his sons, Derreck, Dallas and Jim Taylor won first place, beating out the Rob Davidson rink from Three Hills. Coming in third place was the team which Allen Hampton was the skip. Good curling, who needs TV.
On Sunday, Dec. 20, the Morrin United Church held their Christmas church service with a dinner to follow. Due to other commitments, Rev. Mervyn and Marilyn Penfound from Stettler weren’t able to attend. The Christmas celebration with them was scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2 and had to be cancelled due to the extreme cold. The Morrin United Church will try again to celebrate Christmas with them on the first Sunday in January, which is Jan. 3.
Best wishes to Leonard Steen as he continues his stay in Red Deer hospital.He is out of ICU now and able to take walks around the ‘block’ with his dancing partner, the IV pole.
Jean and Eric Primrose and their daughter Teresa Smith from Champion travelled to Edmonton on Saturday, Dec. 19, to attend the memorial service for Jean’s brother Ed Look, who passed away in November. Ed made his winter home in Palm Springs, where he had a traumatic fall which resulted in his passing in Edmonton a few days later. Again, our sympathies to the family.
Sunday, Dec. 20, a very enjoyable evening was spent in the Rumsey community hall when parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles gathered to share in the annual Christmas concert. The children were all decked out in the festive finery and with their eyes sparkling, sang their songs in anticipation of the arrival of Santa.
Gratitude to everyone who had a part in the program. It is a wonderful night. The snowflakes were falling at the time of the concert, making the evening a winter wonderland.
There won’t be any news for Rumsey in the next paper due to the way the holidays fall, unless everyone phones me with their holiday visitors. Do have a safe holiday season and all the best in the coming year of 2010.