Sunday, October 30, 2016

Beiseker Says Goodbye to Leo Berreth

It's been a couple of rough weeks here in the village. 

We had to say farewell to another long standing citizen of Beiseker on Friday, as Leo Berreth had passed away.  Leo and his wife Eunice had moved away, first to Airdrie then to Olds, but I know their hearts and souls were still here in Beiseker. 

Leo was a veteran, a husband, a farmer, a father, and grandfather.  He worked at the KIBA Seed Cleaning Plant for many years.  They lived on our street over here in Beacon Heights before going west to be closer to medical services.

Leo returned to his beloved Beiseker last Friday.  He was 93 years old.  Rest in peace Leo.  Our sincere condolences to his many family and friends.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Bob Hoover Passes

It was with deep sorrow that I heard that one of my all-time heros has passed away.  R.A. (Bob) Hoover died this morning at the age of 94. 

Bob was probably the best pilot to have ever lived!  He flew in the Second World War. As a P.O.W. he escaped, stole a German fighter plane and flew it to freedom.  He was Chuck Yeager's wing man during many of that famous aviator's exploits including the breaking of the sound barrier. 

Bob flew air shows across the continent for many, many years.   He flew a brightly painted yellow P-51 Mustang though an unbelievable performance that awed everyone and inspired thousands to become pilots.  His other plane was a twin engine executive plane.  He would fly it down to the runway with its wheels retracted, shut both engines off and perform a series of stunning aerobatic maneuvers!

I first met Bob at the Medicine Hat Air Show.  When he wasn't talking airplanes and flying, he was looking for a place to go trout fishing!  Over the years he and I touched base often, usually at our annual air show convention..  He'd always have a new story to tell about something that happened in his storied career.  He knew all those who have made aviation what it is today; everyone from Orville Wright to Neil Armstrong!  He was probably the world's most active aviation ambassador.

The world is a little darker today without Bob Hoover.

Clear skies Bob! 

We'll miss you!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Beiseker is Open for Business

Beiseker's Main Street is looking a little empty lately.  The loss of a couple of businesses have really impacted the heart of our village's commercial district.

We need help!  I read often of other small communities reinventing themselves after similar losses and economic slumps.  There's the Manitoba community of Swan River, which now houses a gourmet mustard factory!  How about the New Brunswick village of Gagetown that's now making jams and jellies based on local recipes!  How about the Alberta town of Vulcan, who have used the popularity of Star Trek to advance their town!  There are many other such examples.

Beiseker has much to offer!
We have plenty of property to be bought or rented for residential, commercial or industrial endeavors.
We have a very active Chamber of Commerce.
We have excellent access to roads going in every direction on the compass!
We are on the main CN rail line between Calgary and Edmonton.
We have an airport!
We have good water.
We are on a major tourist route from Calgary to the Canadian Badlands!
We have an excellent workforce here of all skill levels, and a K to 12 school for their families!
And, we have a fascinating history. 

All we need are folks to recognize that there are plenty of opportunities here.

If you hear of someone or know someone who is thinking of starting a business, mention our village as a possible venue for their enterprise.

Here are a few ideas to think about;
  • An aviator who wants to live close to his airplane
  • A sausage maker wanting to make some locally inspired sausages.
  • A baker wanting to open a small village bakery
  • An aviation mechanic wanting to own and operate his or her FBO (fixed base operation)
  • Someone wanting to open and operate a independent hardware store
  • Someone wanting to promote Beiseker's connection to Sam McGee and Robert Service
  • An entrepreneur wanting to make something of a local resource.
Just to mention a few!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Barb Morden's Memorial

It has been a sad day in the village of Beiseker.  Today we said goodbye to Barb Morden

I did not know Barb well, but many in our village did.  She was remembered in a very touching ceremony at Beiseker's Baptist Church.  It was obvious that she was loved a respected by those who knew her well.  She touched many lives of her family, friends and neighbors. 

Our village is poorer by her loss.  She will be missed by all of us.  My sincere condolences go out to her family and friends.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Tragic Death of Jim Prentice

I was totally shocked when I heard that former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice was killed in a plane crash last night near Kelowna, B.C

I was a big supporter of Premier Prentice.  I had the opportunity to talk to him on a couple of occasions, and I was impressed with his ability to see a reasonable compromise between groups that seemed otherwise at loggerheads.  I truly believe he would have become one of Alberta's best premiers ever, had he won the last election. 

That loss really hurt Jim and he dropped out of the political fray for a long time.  He was enjoying his private life and his family now he was semi-retired. 

My sincere condolences to his family and many friends both here in Alberta and in Ottawa.