Happy New Year to all! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, New Years and school break.
The Christmas Eve candlelight service at Knox United Church was a very well attended sharing of readings and carols. The Zimmerman household was delighted to host four extra adults and three dogs this Christmas. Angela and Richie with pups Buddy and Crystal from Red Deer, and Catherine and Cody, with pup Willow from Revelstoke B.C.
Kevin and I spent Christmas and New Year’s with my Mom and sister in Melville, SK. The weather was the same there as here, thankfully the two days we traveled were not nearly as cold as the ones in between!
Once we returned, I ran into couple university students home for the Christmas break. I know Desirae Hewitt-Anderson was home to celebrate with family, as was Kallista Doolaege.
Sierra Grant went to Revelstoke, B.C. for Christmas with her grandparents Lynea and Bill Schaffner from Dec. 23/17 to Jan. 1/18. They were joined by Sierra’s Uncle Brandon Schaffner and Aunty Felicity Mannix. Sierra’s Mom and Dad, Ashley Schaffner and Gavin Schuurman, were in Edmonton at the Royal Alexandra Hospital as they welcomed their baby boy a little earlier than expected. Jackson Everett James Schuurman was born on Dec 20/17 at1:41 a.m. weighing just 3lbs 10oz. He was approximately 16.5 inches long. Proud grandparents are Bill & Lynea Schaffner of Castor, and Holly Holmberg and Tracy Smith of Rocky Mountain House, AB. Great grandparents are Jim and Jeanette Schaffner of Castor, Joanne Wiechnik of Stettler, and Riender Schuurman of Sedgewick, AB. Jackson is doing well and is getting stronger each day.
Castor & District FCSS brought in and subsidized the Home Alone Workshop for kids on Friday, Jan 5. The facilitator, Tammy Phillion with Magnified Training Services Ltd. had this to say about the event: “It was fantastic! There are amazing kids in Castor, we found out a few things that we needed to know and they already had a great understanding about how to be home alone – and as always, I found the kids and parents of Castor to be warm and friendly! It’s always a pleasure to come to your little community. Thanks for having me out there and I look forward to meeting more families in March!”
Eighteen people braved the cold weather to have some fun at the Castor Elks held at the Castor Golden Circle on Wednesday, Jan. 10. The next bi-weekly bingo is on Wed Jan. 24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., pre-call starts around 7 p.m. Anyone 18 or older is welcome to attend. Coffee is free and snacks are available for purchase.
Ben & Simon’s Pie Shoppe hosted another gathering of the kids’ book club. This group of girls are nearing the end of this book series, so keep an eye out for their completed dioramas.
Castor FCSS is holding an after-school movie on Monday, Jan 22 for kindergarten age kids and older. They must be able to sit and watch the movie.
Did you know? There is also card games and coffee time every Monday morning at 9 a.m. at the Golden Circle.
Have a wonderful week!