The Good Ol’ Summertime

For me, summer is the most relaxing time of the year. I spend a lot of time doing little in the summertime. In my youth, my grandfather and my dad would take my brothers and me fishing to Long Lake up near Newbrook, or to Lac la Nonne northwest of Morinville. My brothers and I would spend a lot of time in the forest, making huts and tree houses, playing hide and seek, and skinny dipping in the creeks and the North Saskatchewan river. We would also build rafts to float in the creeks.

In my adult life, I have spent a lot of time at Teen Time camps, driving teams on a wagon train, camping with 15-17 year old kids, or being an instructor in riflery, archery, canoeing, and fishing. I have travelled with family, and sometimes my brothers and I would travel to B.C. or Saskatchewan to visit relatives and friends, attend weddings and funerals, or for family reunions. I helped with a cattle drive one summer with my cousins in High River. Those were awesome times because I have always loved horses and spending time in the saddle or driving team. I’ve driven chuckwagons a few times in some races. This year I will again drive team for the wagon train camp in August. If any readers want to sponsor a teen to go to camp, contact Teen Time of Edmonton ( and they will give you more details.

More in this issue

Neighbourhood Views

  • Pride Parade 2017 – The 2017 Pride Parade took place on June 10. This year’s Grand Marshalls were Edmonton’s two-spirit community. Paula E. Kirman  

  • Cecily Mills Receives Public Interest Award – Boyle Street resident and Boyle McCauley News contributor Cicely Mills received the 2017 Public Interest Award at the Public Interest Alberta (PIA) AGM on June 19. From left: Larry Booi (PIA Board President), Joel French (PIA Executive Director), Cicely, and John Wodak (Chair of the Seniors’ Action Liaison Team - SALT). Cicely was nominated for the award by SALT. Each year the Public Interest Awards are awarded to individuals and/or organizations who are working to strengthen Alberta’s public sphere and public interest. Public Interest Alberta

  • Annual Homeless Memorial – Gary Moostoos places a flower at the Homeless Memorial sculpture during the Edmonton Homeless Memorial on June 2, organized by the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ECOHH). ECOHH identified 106 deaths in 2016 due to homelessness, with a total of 599 deaths documented since the first memorial service 12 years ago. Paula E. Kirman

  • Hallelujah Garage Sale – The Hallelujah Garage Sale on June 17 featured tables of goods for sale in front of many of the churches along Church Street, as well as in the McCauley Rink. The event was supported by McCauley Revitalization. Dan Glugosh

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