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Gofundme campaign set up for family who lost home in fire

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    A Gofundme campaign has been set up for a family starting from scratch after a fire destroyed their home last week.
     On  Monday, May 13 the home of Dean and Kayla Brett and their two children Livi, and Ethan, burned. The roof collapsed and fire also damaged a neighbouring house on 1st Street South East.
 Dean says right now they don’t know if the home is salvageable. They lost many irreplaceable family items.
        “We lost pretty well everything due to the water. Many things that were meaningful were in the basement. This was memorabilia from my father who passed away,” he said. “I put them in our crawl space thinking they would be safe.”
    He is grateful to the firefighters who helped salvage some keepsakes.
    ‘The firefighters were really good, they managed while the house was on fire to get in and to grab photographs and photo albums and stuff that was meaningful to us,” he said.
    On top of that Dean recently started a home renovation business he operated out of his garage. Because of the fire, he is not able to access his equipment to get back to work.
    “We are starting from scratch,” he said. “I’m in a state of shock, you don’t expect these things to happen, and you are not prepared for it.”
        The fire is still under investigation.
    A friend of the family has set up a Gofundme campaign to help the family through this difficult time. Dean says the family is grateful for the support from the community.
    “The community has come

together,” he said. “It is very much appreciated.”
    Not long after the fire Drumheller residents have been offering support to the family to get them back on their feet. They have received

clothing and toy donations and food.
    He says if there are people hesitant about donating to Gofundme, they can contact Dean or Jay Moody via Facebook.


Hussar Show and Sale Sunday

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    There is nothing better to sink your teeth into than a juicy steak raised by a dedicated 4-H Beef club member.
    This Sunday you will have a chance to bid on the best at the annual Hussar 4-H Beef Club Show and sale.
    This year 42 dedicated club members have raised some incredible steers and they will be on the auction block this Sunday, May 26 at the Hussar Arena.
    The show celebrates the year for club members and is a chance to show the fruits of their labour. The show starts at 10 a.m. This is when expert judges will be inspecting and adjudicating the steers and awarding prizes.
    This year there will also be a People’s Choice award. This allows spectators to use their best judging skills and select what they feel is the best in show. This will be drawn following the grand champion class.    
    Following the show, the auction begins at about 3 p.m. On offer there will be 42 steers, plus a fundraising steer, a black Angus raised by Dexter, Jayna, and Brody Hale. At last year’s sale, the proceeds of the fundraiser steer went to the Emma Armstrong Memorial Fund.  The recipient this year will be announced at the Show and Sale.
         Following the show and sale, there will be a  Roast Beef Buffet Dinner at the Arena.

Final service Sunday at Morrin United Church

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    The final service at Morrin United Church this Sunday will mark the end of an institution dating back more than 100 years.
    The Morrin United Church board made the difficult decision to amalgamate with the United Church in Drumheller and this Sunday, May 26 they will be holding their final service in their community.
    “Our congregation is pretty small now so we are going to amalgamate with Knox United Church in Drumheller,” said Marilyn Trentham. “It was a very tough decision. It has been coming for quite a while. We just got to the point we had to do something.”
    This faith community in Morrin began with the building of the Union Church in 1911, representing Methodist, Presbyterians, Baptist, and Anglicans. Harry Jackson was the first minister. In 1925, the Methodists, Congregational, and Presbyterians joined together to become the United Church. In 1953, work on a new church began with the existing church adjoined to the new construction to be used as a church hall and Sunday School.
    Up until the closing, the church had a minister come twice a month for services. Compounded on the small congregation is the lack of finances.
    “It is just the way of a lot of small communities. A lot of their churches had to make difficult decisions,” said Trentham.
    She explains, for the amalgamation to happen they had to approach Knox United in Drumheller to get its blessing.
     “We contacted them and had a meeting with them and they were very receptive to having us join, so that has worked out well,” she said. “That’s what one of the advisors said to us, ‘first you look after the people,’ and then you look after the property, your possessions, and artifacts you have collected over 100 years.”
    They are also looking at options for what to do with the church building in the community.
    “We are putting it out to the community to see if we can find someone who might like to take it over for some kind of a museum or something,” she said.
    At the Wednesday, May 15 Village Council meeting it was brought up for discussion.
    The final service is to be this Sunday, May 26 at 2 p.m. The congregation is inviting everyone to this special service. They have invited some of the former ministers including Mary Ellen Moore and Harold Hunter. There will be refreshments and fellowship following the service.


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