By Les Stulberg
Halkirk’s Shane Doan was selected as one of the pallbearers for U.S. Senator John McCain’s funeral. McCain, a senator from the state of Arizona for 31 years and a U.S. presidential candidate and Shane Doan, former long-time captain of the Phoenix Coyotes, who was raised at Halkirk, Alberta, had formed a close friendship. This is quite an honour for Shane and his family.
Harvest operations are in full swing. Farmers are busy bringing in the harvest and finishing up gathering winter feed for their stock.
So consequently, there are few community events to report on during this busy time of year.
Word was received of the passing of Reverend Donald Axford on Aug. 24 at his home in Calgary. He was 81. Rev. Axford was well known in the Byemoor community where he served the parishioners of St. Paul’s Anglican Church for 15 years, as he did at St. George’s Anglican Church in Stettler as well.
Our thoughts of sympathy are with Rev. Axford’s family and friends in their time of loss.
Congratulations to Brittany Woelk and Liam Malloy who were married on Aug. 25. The ceremony took place on the property of the bride’s parents Chad and Kim Woelk northeast of Stettler, overlooking a picturesque coulee. The reception and dance were held in Stettler. Several relatives from Endiang attended.
We wish Brittany and Liam all the best for a long and happy married life.
Happy 86th birthday wishes are sent to Ben Starling, of the Hackett district, who celebrated on Aug. 29. Best wishes for many more, Ben.
Play School will be starting at the Byemoor School on Oct. 1 and will be held on Monday and Wednesday from 9-11:30 a.m. Any parent interesting in enrolling their three to five year old children in Play School are asked to contact the school or Paige Jones for registration or any questions.
Happy 65th birthday wishes go out to Joann (Campbell) Gonda on Sept. 3. Enjoy being on the government payroll, Joann.
Sympathy is extended to Joe and Beth Knowles and family on the passing of Beth’s sister Germaine Van Straten on Aug. 29. She was 79.
Ladies interested in getting out and joining an amazing workout session with a vibe and empowerment coaching are welcome to register for six weeks of BooTy sessions from Sept. 5 – Oct. 10 at the Big Valley School Gym. Contact Kae-Lynn Sorensen on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/486814395071267/posts/578763245876381/ for further information.
Big Valley Historical Society meets every the third Tuesday of the month for its regular meeting at the Big Valley Train Station Museum. Anyone interested in history and preserving Big Valley and area’s past is welcome to join in. The next meeting is Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.
The Big Valley Memorial Golf Tournament is on Sept. 8 with registration at 10 a.m. and tee-off time at 11 a.m.
Folks are invited to join Bible Study beginning Sept. 13 from 7-9 p.m. at the Big Valley Library. Pastor Allan and Asaph Ken will host the study every Thursday. If you have questions please text Pastor Allan at 403-740-6540 or Asaph Ken at 403-740-2632.
Autumn quotes — “Fall is always my favourite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
“Fall is my favourite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.”