Trochu News July 14, 2010

The Calgary Stampede is well underway so shouldn't we be picking saskatoons and haying? Do you remember when the first competition to decide which chuckwagons would compete in Calgary was held in Trochu? Some of the names that come to mind of participants are Lauders, Glass, Swain and Chapins. It was an exciting event that drew good crowds but eventually had to be moved to larger centres. Trochu's track could only accommodate three chucks at a time as figure-eights around barrels took up a lot of space. Volunteers worked hard to make the day a success which usually ended with a dance at the Community Hall (now the Dog Tired Inn).
Elizabeth Hoppins has taken on her duties serving Seniors Outreach representing the communities of Huxley, Torrington, Trochu and Wimborne. She had a display of information for help available to Seniors at the Trochu Drop In. She's anxious to receive ideas that would assist her in arranging local activities for clients. An Outreach Draw was held at the Drop In. Two names were picked for free pie and coffee at the Sweetgrass Cafe at the Arboretum. The lucky winners were Kent Knudsen and Agnes Meding. If you have any ideas or need information, just give Elizabeth a call at 403-588-8731.
The first Farmer's Market at the Arboretum on July 8 was deemed a success with folk coming from surrounding areas, along with locals, to stock up on goodies. Another market is scheduled for July 15. You can treat yourself to a hamburger and tour the grounds while there.
The Arboretum annual supper is set to go July 22. Since it's a catered affair, tickets should be purchased a few days ahead. They are available at Balkwill's Pharmacy.
Les and Arlene Denomme enjoyed a few days at Yellowknife packed with activity as they visited their son Jeff, his wife Nancy and celebrated their granddaughter Taylor's second birthday. Jeff is CEO of Great Slave Helicopters so they experienced a flight by regular plane from Calgary, a helicopter flight and a trip to an island and a float plane. Arlene reports that she caught the biggest fish on this outing.
Phyllis Steinbach became a great-grandmother for the second time this year when Oliver Murray arrived July 3. He is the son of John and Erica Christie of Slave Lake. Proud grandparents are Val and Gord Steinbach of Sylvan Lake and Terry and Bill Christie of Red Deer. Sally Brown of Olds is also a great-grandmother.