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2014-04-08 : Kirriemuir News

The big news in the Kirriemuir area for the past week has been discing. It’s bonspiel week at the Kirriemuir Community Hall! I decided to look up the history of discing and discovered that it doesn’t seem to be widespread! If you look at the local history site, ourroots.ca, you’ll only find about five books from Western Canada that mention it, mostly from villages in rural Alberta and Saskatchewan. (You get Google hits from Ontario if you spell it ‘disking’, which gets Mom ‘tsking’.)

I did look up ‘bonspiel’ and learned that it originally involved curling using big stones on frozen freshwater lochs. I don’t know if you can use a frozen slough instead of a loch, but after this nutso winter we just had, who would want to?!? Sliding wooden discs around a nice WARM hall and pretending you’re curling seems like a great idea to me.

A big shout out to everyone who pitched in working a kitchen shift, selling goodies, tending the bar, or just helping out wherever and whenever. Thanks also to everyone who donated food all week, and a special nod to Loretta Oxamitny for her donation of a lovely bird house. Very much appreciated!

The bonspiel even lured in some visitors. Rick & Jeanne Beier of Edmonton had a sleep over at Jim & Bernie Ference’s during the week and even managed to get in on the disking, much to Jeanne’s delight

Here are the results of the bonspiel:

1st Event  1st – Tyler Evans  2nd – Robin Cootes  3rd – Robin Kosh  4th – Tyler Ference

2nd Event  1st – Dan Beier  2nd – Larry Flaht   3rd – Don Gramlich   4th – Doug Ference

3rd Event – 1st – Rob Herron   2nd – Albert Adams   3rd – Matt Ference  4th – Dale Evans

When they weren’t discing, the folks at the K.A.C. Ag Society were busy investigating the installation of a new weigh scale in Kirriemuir. Mark Guay of Toledo Scales from Red Deer made a presentation to everyone at the Kirriemuir Hall on April 2nd.

Home for the weekend at Ed and Isabel Ference’s were Mike, Tara, and the boys. They also took in Uncle Steve’s 60th birthday bash. Isabel was relieved that Curtis Ference arrived home safely on Monday after spending a couple of weeks in the Honduras.

The Kirriemuir community was well represented at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) training workshop held at Altario School on Saturday April 5th. Sean McCormick, Jennifer McCormick, and Tanner MacGregor all achieved Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) certification, and also got a chance to try out the new archery equipment that the K.A.C. Ag Society helped the school fund the purchase of. Everyone there felt it is an excellent program that will be a real boon to area children and even adults.

Birthday wishes go out to Greg Formanek and Joyce Ference, who both became eligible for birthday bumps last week. We can’t say how many as we are still waiting for the lab to send back the carbon dating results!

Carissa and Reanne Schuetzle are gearing up for musical mayhem. They are playing at Rocky Mountain College in Calgary on April 11th with a friend for one of her school assignments due to her band members not being able to attend. They are also playing with their band ‘Redeemed’ on April 12th in Trochu for a school fundraiser, because two of their band members live in Trochu and attend that school. If anyone feels tremors around Range Road 31 south of Kirriemuir this week, don’t panic! It’s just Reanne’s guitar amp cranked up.

And that’s it for this week’s news! This Ashlyn McCormick up past her bedtime and getting stink eye from her dad because of it. (I can’t help it if the news came in late this week! Cut me some slack!)

(Published in the April 8th, 2014 edition of the Consort Enterprise.)

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