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Hello Hand Hills…. March went like a baby, but just a few days before the end of the month, the Leo showed up and gave us some wet snow. The geese are flying, the willows are out and I hear stories of crocuses, so it must be spring!

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I’m still into small town living and to add to my amazement of where we’re lucky enough to live is Stage Hanna. The theater production they put on this year was two weekends of sold-out shows and I know why. The acting was superb, the play was funny and kept the spirit engaged and the meal was outstanding. I had been to a few of their shows over the past few years and really enjoyed them, but this year Tony (yes, Tony went) and I had a special reason to go. Her daughter Jenny, affectionately known as Maude, one of the Old Broads, was in the room. Jenny has always loved the stage, whether acting, singing or reciting poetry, but it has been over 20 years since she performed. But judging by what this biased mother saw, Jenny didn’t miss a step. The other actors did an amazing job and brought us right into the story. Thank you, Stage Hanna. Good game!

The 4-H Speak Off for the Hanna Rangeland Club saw some hill dwellers doing just fine. The Cody Quaschnick family of Levi, Kenzy and Ronan all placed in the presentations. Taylor and Callie Mashon also ranked in presentations. Logan and Lacey Miller placed in the Intermediate and Senior speeches. Also present were Austin and Lincoln Nelner. Congratulations to all. It is a talent that you will carry with you into many parts of your life. 4-H…learning to do by doing!

Congratulations to the Hanna Pee Wee Colts, U11, for winning their Tier Three League banner. They then competed for a spot in the provincial playoffs, but were defeated. A good year all the same. William Benedict and Zachery McAfee, grandsons of Belinda and Lawrence Haugen, were coached by Curtis Benedict. Yeah foals!

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The Hanna Midget Colts’ season is history and after real league success they lost in their round to go to the Provincials. Next year’s boys. Coaches Clint Mohl and Brandon Cuddie have done a good job with this group of young men. Two players, linked to the Hills, played their last minor hockey game. Gavin Brady and Jaeden Roncin, grandson of Jean Keay, have many memories to take with them as they move forward without hockey. Grandma Jean will surely miss seeing her grandson perform as she was his biggest fan.

Shiloh Cattle Company held a very successful bull sale last weekend. Their Sale Barn was full of potential buyers and lots of family, neighbors and friends. The highly sold Red Angus bull remained in the country when the Neu Muehl Colony purchased him. Good bulls make a lot of money. Hats off to Shiloh!

Don’t forget to register your team for the Hand Hills Slo-Pitch Tournament and plan to attend the 104 Stampede. Parking reservation is open on May 29and after 6 p.m.

I had a very nice visit with Mildred Werner as we were both at Elaine Finnimore’s 80’sand Birthday party at Senior Circle in Hanna. At 86, this amazing lady had just traveled to Toronto to visit her grandson Kerry Wells. Of course, the great-grandchildren also occupied their time during their stay. Her daughter, Patty Wells, traveled with her. On another adventure, they went to Calgary to attend a gender reveal party. Grandson, TJ. and his wife are expecting a girl! What exciting times for all!

The craft day at the club was great fun. Some manual work was done, but the visit was the priority today. Meals and snacks were top notch. It was so fun that another one is being planned. Get ready, it’s a lot of fun and you might just want to join in. Watch for details next week.

Until next week… Fairly short and sweet this week so hope to hear from you with some news.