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The latest news from Byemoor and Endiang

Les and Rosemary Stulberg

On Dec. 19, 2021, the Church at Endiang hosted its annual Christmas Carol Service at the Endiang Community Hall.

The theme for this year’s service was “I’ll be Home for Christmas.”

Several people travelled from many miles around to join local folks in enjoying the service.

The hall was beautifully decorated in a country-Christmas theme with the added touch of home to create a warm and welcoming ambiance.

The hall and stage decor was an amazing sight to experience and words can’t do it justice.

Each family group attending had a table of their own and there were two separate services at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to allow for social distancing.

Allan Ironside led the congregation singing with his powerful singing voice and was accompanied by his wife, Angie, on piano and son, Craig, on guitar.

Christmas messages of scripture were given throughout the carol service.

Following the service, individually wrapped treats were handed out for all the guests to enjoy or take home.

Special thanks goes out to Karyn Ironside Tateson for her incredible direction and organization of the Christmas Carol service and the Church of Endiang for hosting, allowing the community to gather together at this special time of year.

Upon driving south of Endiang on Highway 855 recently, I noticed the former Albert Baes farm site has been demolished, buried and levelled out.

It had outlived its life and was necessary, but marks the end to another pioneer farm of the area, now gone.

The farm was originally homesteaded by Jacob and Louise Bossert in 1911 and was built into a fine looking farm.

They raised a family of four – Marie, Bertha, Albert and Johnny — there, with the children attending nearby Annasheim School.

Bertha married Martin Baes and they took over operation of the farm in 1939, bringing with them their children Albert, Freda, Edward and John.

Son, Albert Baes took over the farm in 1961 and farmed it until his retirement to Hanna many years later.

Albert was a life-long bachelor and eventually the farm was sold to the Tatesons.

Happy 80th Birthday wishes are sent to Carol Yates, marking her special occasion on Dec. 30.

Your friends and family of the Endmoor community send congratulations and best wishes on your milestone birthday, Carol.

May you enjoy many more.

Happy Birthday greetings are sent to Irene Brooker, who celebrated her 81st birthday on Dec. 22.

We hope you had a great day, Irene.

As 2021 draws to an end, we take time to reflect back on the year that had many challenges yet provided many blessings as well.

We hope 2022 brings better things ahead for everyone.

May good health and happiness prevail for all.

Happy New Year to the editor and staff and all readers of the column from far and near.

New Year’s Humour —

“May all your troubles last no longer than your New Year’s resolutions.”

“I was going to quit all my bad habits for the New Year. Then I remembered no one likes a quitter.”

“My New Year’s resolution is to break my resolutions, that way I succeed at something.”

“I’m staying up until midnight New Year’s Eve. I want to make sure the old year leaves.”