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The latest from Byemoor/Endiang

News for the week of Mar. 10

By Les and Rosemary Stulberg

The Farmer’s Bonspiel hosted by the Byemoor Curling Club wrapped up on Sat, March 5. It was a pair of teams from Rumsey that swept the “A” Event with the Betty Primrose rink winning top spot of the bonspiel over the Doug Hodge team.

In the “B” Event, it was Donna Johnson of Delia placing first and John Schoferof Byemoor, second.

“C” Event winners were: 1. Kent Holowath, Rumsey 2. Justin Jones, Byemoor 3. Robin Walker, Byemoor 4. Angie Warwick, Hanna.

A roast beef banquet and awards presentations concluded the bonspiel on Saturday evening.

Remember to spring ahead and set your clocks ahead one hour on Sun, March 13 as Daylight Savings Time begins.

Local curling fans Luann Buchwitz, Betty Campbell, Doreen Nixon and Ann Schuler travelled to Lethbridge to take in the Canadian Brier curling.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Don Gannon who passed away in Red Deer on Jan. 27 at the age of 56 years.

Don was the youngest of six children born to Paddy and Eileen Gannon. He moved to Byemoor in 1990 to care for his mother following the death of his father. Don was employed in the oilfield industry and was also a volunteer fireman and Fire Chief of the Byemoor Fire Station until health issues in 2016 forced his move from the community.

Our thoughts are with Don’s family and friends in their sad loss. A memorial celebration of Don’s life will be held in Byemoor at a later date.

Congratulations to Eric and Maureen Smith of Silversmith Farms / Mappin Simmentals on an excellent bull sale at their farm at Byemoor on Sat, March 5.

Longshore’s Bar-E-L Angus bull sale is coming up at their farm north of Byemoor on Thu, March 10.

Found an interesting tidbit of history from the files of The Castor Advance from its March 27, 1919 issue regarding Sullivan Lake.

The article related the Dominion Government (Federal today) was investigating a plan to drain Sullivan Lake via Berry Creek.

The lake, 18 miles long and seven miles across at its widest point, was shallow and the water of too poor a quality for watering livestock.

Although officials didn’t think the lake bottom would be suitable for farming it would make way for roads to be built to connect farming communities on the east and west sides of the lake as the lake blocked travel for 20 miles. The article went on to say engineers found the project feasible and surveyors would be sent from Ottawa soon.

I am not sure if it was ever surveyed or if the results deemed it unsuitable for draining or if the government changed its mind, but Sullivan Lake remains as it always has, home to flocks of Canada Geese as it is in the migratory flight path of their annual migration.

Another government project considered using Sullivan Lake as a reservoir for an irrigation project for East-Central Alberta to irrigate 30,000 acres.

Water would be diverted by pipelines and canals from the Red Deer River near Nevis and stored in a dam in the north portion of Sullivan Lake.

This project never got off the ground either.

Humour for the day —

“If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to see it a Chihuahua 500 miles away will bark at it.”

“My dog will eat anything until you put a pill in it. Then he’s Gordon Ramsey.”

“I do all my own stunts. But never intentionally.”