THE STETTLER INDEPENDENT DISTRICT
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Gadsby shows spirit of festive season Gadsby came alive last Saturday with close to 40 children at the bank building, accompanied by parents and grandparents. Visits with Santa, hayrides, hot chocolate and hotdogs, as well as candy bags, were the highlights of the day. Not to mention pictures with Santa. More than 125 people gathered at the community hall later that day for the turkey and ham supper, and then back to the bank building where 42 lucky people tried to win a turkey or ham or maybe the loonie pot. Bill and Joyce Hansel hosted a family pre-Christmas dinner at the community hall on Sunday with 30 family members able to come from Cadogan, Provost, Red Deer, Beaumont and Drayton Valley. Among them were eight of Bill and Joyce’s great-grandchildren and Santa was on hand to hand out presents to all the wee ones. Pictures, games and laughter were prevalent, and then everyone headed safely home despite the heavy snowfall that began early in the afternoon. Westwoods Recreation and Ag Society will be having their an-
nual general meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Agrilot. Memberships available at 7 p.m. Everyone is urged to come. Then on Sunday, Dec. 16, Santa Claus will be at the Agrilot at Westwoods from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free hotdogs at noon. Everyone welcome! Rene Blackmore helped her Uncle Dick Herbert celebrate his 93rd birthday, which was held at Lousana. And her aunt Peggy in Kelowna recently turned 90. Their youngest sister Dorothy is Rene’s mom. There will be an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, for Iona Berg in honour of her 90th birthday. This will be held at Heart Haven Lodge in Stettler, where she lives. Come and have a piece of birthday cake with Iona. Friends and family are invited to attend. A short program is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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Brothers Jacob Goudreault, four, and Tristan Goudreault, 10, tell Santa what they want for Christmas during the annual Santa Day in Gadsby last week. The event included a sleigh ride. Word has come of the passing of George Richman Jr. in Red Deer. He was 84 years old. The Richman family (George Sr. and Edith) lived in the Westwoods area, where the children grew up. Sympathies to his family,
which includes Hazel Ann Yucker of Stettler. The community was saddened with the passing of Ruth Goodkey, who, along with her husband George and their family, farmed south of Gadsby for many years.
Funeral services were held on Saturday at the Stettler Funeral Home. Sincere sympathies from the community to her sons Victor (Julia), Lyle (Betty Jean), Russell and Murray (LaDonn) and their families.
Daylong snowfall adds to Christmas feel in Donalda By Darlene Tantrum Donalda and District Museum It was a very busy weekend in Donalda, with the “Village Christmas” held on Saturday. The weather was perfect. With the snow falling all day, it really felt like Christmas. The event was wellattended, with children and adults out enjoying the Christmas Market
at the hall. There were 28 tables set up and lots to chose from —baking, home preserves, handmade doll clothes, handmade socks, blankets and home décor. Thanks to the Donalda Parent Group for making lunch available. The Santa Shopping Centre was an opportunity for the children to shop, and it was also well-attended, with about 190 gifts going out the door. The Donalda Community Arts Society had the gallery open, displaying nativity scenes and a Village Christmas. The gallery offered apple cider and ginger cookies. A light parade was held at 5 p.m., followed by fireworks. It was apparent a good
time was had by all. The art gallery will be open for viewing on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays until Christmas, if you did not get in during the Village Christmas celebration. The Donalda Coulee Friendship Club will have a Christmas pancake and jam session this Sunday, so mark your calendars and come out to enjoy pancakes and music. Doors open at 11 a.m. The Donalda Ag Society will hold its annual general meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the hall. New members are always welcome to help make the society more vibrant. They are a hub in our community. If anyone is looking for stocking stuffers, the muse-
um has the centennial playing cards and beverage cup still available. Happy Birthday wishes go out to Kirby Massey, Kyle Van Haga, Lawrence Clarke, Louise Boyson, Nicole Bergstrom, Parker Van Haga, Sara Erickson, Emily Cartier, Garnett Schoettler, Murray Dyck, Tracy Dietrich, Sarah Andres, Lexi Dietrich, Brayden Hofer, Samson Bailey, Bev Getzlaf, Jon Hillestad, Kim Salmon, Lee Crumly, Tracey Klatt and anyone else celebrating a birthday this week.
Toy show builds Christmas culture Winter is settling in this season, with many layers of snow to carpet the ground. Sunday afternoon’s storm slowed
down traffic for many hours. I saw the high school production of Grease this past weekend in
Stettler. It was an amazing show, with great actors, singers and dancers. Erskine hosted a toy show over the weekend to bring in curious onlookers, setting the stage for getting ready for Christmas. Erskine School elementary students are also busy preparing for their Christmas concert, set for Dec. 20. Crazy hair day is this Friday, Dec. 7. The Something Cool after School activity is on Friday at the library. Birthday wishes goes out to Trevor Coleman on Dec. 6, Mark Neitz on Dec. 7 and Bill Armstrong on Dec. 8.
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