January has passed quickly and is going out on a cold note. We have been fortunate not to have had the storms that have plagued some other parts of Canada. The plus temperatures we experienced last week have made walking treacherous in some places.
Visits to places with warmer temperatures take up a good part of the news.
Earlier in January, Bill Pike and some friends spent time in Las Vegas and other points in that area.
Laurie and Dana Kopes and René and Terry Pike are presently enjoying a week's holiday in Mexico.
Karen Johnston is presently in Camrose, Alta. She accompanied her daughter, Kara, who, with her team, is taking part in the Alberta women's provincial curling play downs.
Florence Pike is once again enjoying the local hockey games in Maidstone. Her grandsons, Ryan, Troy and Tyler Johnston, play with the Maidstone Jets. Rick Johnston coaches the team.
Christine Pike and her sister, Maureen Bexson of Strome, Alta. attended the Camrose Bull Congress held Jan. 20 to 23. There they set up a display honouring Mary Lindsay and Bill and Eileen Lamont, the people who laid the foundation for the breed of beef cattle known as Speckle Park. The display acknowledges what they accomplished.
The breed is now well known in many parts of the world. Some of these breeders were attending the Camrose Bull Congress and visited the display. A group from Ireland was interested and visited the display several times, looking of more information.
Christine was a guest at Maureen's home during the congress. She and Maureen visited with relatives in the area as well.
Local dance enthusiasts, Linda and Bill McGilvery, are passing on their talent to Grade 4 students in Maidstone Ratushniak Elementary School. They visit the school once a week, teaching social dances such as polkas and the two step.
Gully Gus says, "There must be peace in each heart before there can be peace on Earth."