Halkirk Herald. FILE PHOTO

Halkirk Herald. FILE PHOTO

Former Halkirk School sold

Student pic- up and drop-off sites to change.

Dorothy Anderson and Rose Koenraadt

Halkirk Herald

The Halkirk school, building and land, have been sold and the buyers are from out of town. Though plans are never definite or absolute, the site has been purchased by a family interested in making the building into a residence in our community.

The school closed on Sept. 1, 2016 when the student enrolment fell below 40. Students were then bused to Castor to Gus Wetter or to Theresetta schools, with some students choosing to attend school in Stettler. For 100 years a school house had sat on that piece of land, the last 20 years as the Mother Teresa Catholic school.

New classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Two school buses will transport students to Castor. Darcy Mabbott will pick up students in north Halkirk and head east picking up students en route to Castor schools. Melody Kent will pick up south Halkirk students, county students near the village and all village students. The pick-up and drop-off destinations will be changed and the village parents and students will be notified of the new time and place.

Drivers are, once again, reminded to slow down, take extra care as everyone gets used to the new meeting place, watch out for school buses with flashing red or amber lights. Remember it is illegal to pass a school bus that is loading or unloading children.

It looks like an early harvest is underway due to the warm weather and lack of rain. The countryside is a beehive of activity now.

Battle River Watershed Alliance (BRWA) is planning a bike riding tour from Tuesday, Sept. 5 to Thursday, Sept. 7. Join the discussion on the future of energy in our changing climate. Day 1 of the tour leaves Camrose heading to Heisler and Forestburg with a tour of the Camrose PAC solar installation. Day 2 leaves Forestburg heading to Halkirk and includes tours of ATCO-Battle River generating station, Big Knife Park, Nibourg farm solar project and the Capital Power Halkirk wind farm. Day 3 leaves Forestburg heading to Hardisty’s oil tank farm. Anyone wanting to be involved can call Nathalie at 780-672-0276 or e-mail her at nathalie@battleriverwatershed.ca.

Village STEP student Meghan Coulthard and Melody Kent have been busy this week painting the gas meter pipes at each business and residence. Meghan will finish work this week. It’s a job well done. Thanks!

We are happy to welcome Roland and Sharla Stirling and their three youngsters, Annabelle, Kelsey and MacKenzie back to our community. They recently moved here from Castor.

Congratulations to Brook and Nicole Doan on the birth of their fourth child, a 10 lbs. 1 oz. baby boy, Tyus Bernie, born on Wednesday, Aug. 16, in the Stettler hospital. Tyus is welcomed by his big brother Casson and his sisters, Nevaeh and Talia. Proud grandparents are Bernie and Bernice Doan as well as Albern and Janet Bergstrum from Donalda.

Jan and Rose Koenraadt attended the 50th birthday party of Jan’s brother, Peter on Saturday. Though Peter’s birthday isn’t until mid-October his wife, Karin and family planned the celebration early to take advantage of the good weather. Peter farms near Bashaw.

Coming up: Sept. 5 – sirst day of school; Sept. 5 – Elks first meeting of the season at 8 p.m. in the Hall; Sept. 10 – Ride-a-thon fundraiser at the Circle Square; Sept. 14 – first hall board bingo commencing at 7:30 p.m. sharp.