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December 14, 2009

Hythe Regional School Student a Western Canadian Champion

Twelve-year-old Margaret Besuijen, a student at Hythe Regional School, is Western Canada's NRHA Champion in the 13 & under class.

After travelling to three NRHA qualifying shows over the summer, Margaret qualified, as a Prince George affiliate, to enter the Western Canadian Finals. The Central Canadian Reining Association's Slide N Spin Show, and Western Canada's Affiliate Runoff, were held in late September in Brandon, Manitoba. Margaret made her championship run with her 5-year-old Quarterhorse mare "She's One Famous Chic".

"She's One Famous Chic" was raised in the Peace by Tom and Kathleen Kulicki, and at the age of three years she was sent to Elaine Besuijen-Wyatt in Hythe to train for Canadian Supreme Reining. Elaine really liked the mare and, since Margaret needed a horse, the decision was made to purchase "She's One Famous Chic" last July. Margaret is extra proud to be riding a Peace-bred and trained horse.

Margaret's victory in her Western Canadian division has qualified her for the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate championships, which will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the beginning of December. Reining is a hard discipline to train for in the Peace as we don't have an indoor arena that will cater to the type of ground needed for the sliding stops. Although it will be difficult to keep the mare in training now that our weather has turned wet and cold, Margaret is proud to be going south to represent Western Canada's youth.

              Congratulations and good luck in Oklahoma, Margaret!

SPCM & IC Annual Report

By Mavis Breitkreutz

              The South Peace Centennial Museum & Interpretive Centre had a good opening day on Saturday, May 16th, with the Peace Draft Horse Club working our east field. Sunday was cancelled due to snow.

              In June we hosted a museum workshop that was well-attended by museums in the County. We also constructed a campground with 10 gravelled sites and fire pits, which paid for itself over the summer. We had lots of school tours in June, and we even took 10 interpretive displays to Beaverlodge Elementary for a full day on learning the old-fashioned ways.

              We participated in the Grande Prairie parade on July 1st, as well as in the County parade and parades in Hythe and Beaverlodge later on in the summer.

              We had a good "Pioneer Days" on July 18th and 19th, with the weather being our biggest obstacle. A storm at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday blew down our interpretive demo tent, but thankfully no one was hurt. It then rained on our Sheep Dog Show, but people stayed to watch anyway, and it was great to see the dogs work the sheep. By noon on Sunday the sun came out and all things went fine.

              In August we partnered with Beaverlodge's "100 Years of Settlement" committee and together produced a wonderful show with a barn dance, a BBQ supper, a play on our bandstand, breakfast for the descendants of the Bull Outfit, and performances by the Grande Prairie Marching Band.

              In September the home-schooled group came to our site for interpretive learning of how people who came over the Edson Trail cooked, did laundry, and many other things. We also held a Harvest Festival featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, along with interpretive demos.

              We had lots of tourists through the summer from many parts of the world. I think our ads in the camping and accommodation guides paid off. We had funding from federal and provincial student work programs, so, with our caretaker in the lead, our students got a lot of painting and maintenance done. 2009 was an excellent summer weather-wise to get things done. Our daily admissions were up, and so were the sales in our concession.

              As manager, I feel proud of our successes. See you next year!                         

September 27, 2009

Beaverlodge Cultural Centre


The upcoming show and sale at the Beaverlodge Cultural Centre will be a selection of current works by members of the Peace Watercolour Society. The show opens on Sunday, September 27th at 2:00 p.m., and continues through until October 29th. See the painting by Marjorie Henn (bottom right) for a sample of the wonderful art that you will experience. Everyone welcome!

              The Peace Watercolour Society was formed and first exhibited in the spring of 1976 in Dawson Creek, B.C. with seven founding members. Shows are held each year by the group at galleries throughout the Peace Country. This year marks the 33rd annual show and sale of the PWS, whose common goal in the use of original, transparent watercolour is to express impressions of our environment, our people, and our history.

              The Peace Watercolour Society has members from both sides of the Alberta / British Columbia border, making it a very unique group. For information about and/or to become a member of the PWS, please contact the Peace Watercolour Society, c/o Box 28, Site 9, R.R. #1, Sexsmith, AB   T0H 3C0, or e-mail

              Activities at the Cultural Centre have calmed after a wonderfully hectic and successful summer. We are having renovations done in the basement, which means that we are experiencing a delay in the scheduling of classes. Thank you to our clientele for their patience.

              Come in and enjoy the art and the refreshments in our Gift Shop, Gallery and Tea Room.

              Our hours of operation are 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. We are closed on Mondays and on statutory holidays.


      34th Annual Hythe & District Ag Fair Wrap-up
--By Lori Hewitt

Well, what can I say? Another awesome Fair -- with a bit of thanks to the weather. Of course, the weather wasn't the only contributing factor. The Fair would not have been as successful without all the volunteers. Thank you to everyone who had a part, big or small, in the Fair. Thank you to:

  •  Taylor, Leonard and the summer crew from the Village for sprucing up the Village, and for setting up and taking down tables and barricades.
  •  the Curling Rink and the Athletic Association for the use of their facilities. - the Hythe Elks and the Volunteer Fire Department for the wonderful breakfast
  • Kristen Bass for putting up posters and handing out letters inviting businesses to participate in the parade;
  • Judy Amendt, Christene Livingstone and Rod Pitman for judging the parade; and Frank Webb and Eldon Shail for getting the parade lined up and moved out.
  • Eldon Shail, Bennie Everton and Dave Armstrong for carrying the banner in the parade; and Tom Brown for portraying Kelly Sunderman and leading the parade.
  • Debbie Oakford for organizing the Tradeshow.
  • Vi and Jarvis Shail and staff for running the Arena and Horse Rings concessions.
  • Terry Hatfield and Leonard & Kristine Chapman for the wonderful Church service. The beautiful singing could be heard throughout the Fair.
  • Randy & Patti Nichol, Kim Moodie and Carla Kraig for organizing the Heavy and Light Horse Shows. I heard participation was again up this year.
  • all the people who set up the school work, and all the convenors and judges of the Exhibit Show. A special big thank you to Audrey Crichton and Michelle Huey for taking on the Exhibit venue. I heard you were up until midnight tallying the results. There were a few minor glitches, but nothing Audrey couldn't handle. Kudos!
  • the Hythe Curling Club for the ice cream and treats in the Curling Rink, and for the fabulous ham supper. Once again I was not going to be doing any cooking on Fair day, so thank goodness there are people out there looking out for my family! (My son won a package of licorice at the supper and carried it around for three days. You would have thought he'd won a bar of gold!)
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2009 Hythe Swimming Pool Report

posted Sep 8, 2009 5:31 PM by Judy Amendt   [ updated Sep 8, 2009 5:34 PM ]

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Hythe Minor Ball season wraps up

posted Aug 13, 2009 2:27 PM by Arthur Amendt

The Hythe Minor Ball teams had a great season this year. There were players from 4 to 14 years of age. They learned not only slow pitch skills, but also a lot about playing as a team and showing great sportsmanship. Hythe Minor Ball is for fun, and fun was certainly had. Thanks to the dedicated coaches who came out every week and helped the kids grow as players. This year's coaches were: Brian Antonio, Greg Kjemhus, Courtney & Donna Besuyen, Loyd Bartsch, Byron Lowen and Stacey Schuett. Thank you to our team T-shirt sponsors G & S Pressure Truck, Tirecraft, Craig Hewitt Consulting, and Jim Third Contracting. Thanks also to Tags for sponsoring medallions for all the teams. The season came to a close with team BBQs and games against the parents. Hope to see you at the ball diamond next year!

BACK: Coach Brian Antonio, Caden Horseman, Ty Giebelhaus, Ryan Hewitt, Owen MacAulay, Coach Greg Kjemhus

FRONT: Jackson Alcock, Colton Tycholiz, Khai Lacey, Matthew Kjemhus, Sam Antonio

BACK: Coaches Courtney & Donna Besuyen

MIDDLE: Logan Kjemhus, Colton Hewitt, Randell Besuyen, Brennan Horseman, Layton Guise, Georgina Mineault, Tona Glover

FRONT: Justine Voss, Daymion Hounsell, Logan Tycholiz, Patrick Mineault, Maddison Peterson, Kiana Horseman

BACK: Coach Loyd Bartsch, Toni Savard, Alexandra Peterson, CJ Lind, Tyler Vig, Deanna Funk, Ryan Fletcher, Johnny Davis, Coach Byron Lowen

MIDDLE: Baeley Lowen, Troy Morgan, Matthew Peterson, Desmond Howe, Samantha Brozny, Kelsey Funk, Coach Stacey Schuett

FRONT: Riley Schuett, Ty Oakford

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August 12, 2009

posted Aug 11, 2009 5:17 PM by Judy Amendt   [ updated Aug 13, 2009 2:12 PM by Arthur Amendt ]

Laureen Dane hard at work


Laureen receives a semi load of furnishings selected by her in cooperation with architect Denzal Lobo and Chief Administrative Officer Arta Juneau. Final touches are being completed on the new wing at the Hythe Pioneer Home, which should be ready for occupancy very soon. The new medical clinic and pharmacy are expected to open by September 1, 2009. Laureen has done a wonderful job of interior decorating our new facility. She has concentrated on using as many local artisans as possible.

Hythe Public Library celebrates 25 years

posted Jun 4, 2009 2:41 PM by Judy Amendt

              Twenty-five years ago, on what was likely a snowy and cold February 21st, the Hythe Public Library opened its doors to the community. This year, the library board decided to host an Open House to celebrate that milestone -- but they decided to have the event take place on May 20th, when the weather was more likely to cooperate. Imagine the board's consternation when, on the day before the event, winter made a brief comeback and dumped several inches of snow on the Village!

              Fortunately, the snow melted with amazing rapidity, and by the time the Open House started at 4:00 p.m., it was a mild, slightly windy day. The fact that it was too wet to work in the yard proved a boon for the library, as approximately 75 people came out to enjoy the festivities.

             The Open House started with words of welcome by the Library Manager, Karen Bass, followed by greetings from MLA Wayne Drysdale; County Councilor Frank Lowen; Peace Library System Director Linda Duplessis; and Mayor Rhonda Tofteland. MP Chris Warkentin overcame vehicle problems to arrive a few minutes late, and shared impromptu greetings anyway. Richard Harpe, Chairman of the County Library Board, arrived later to present the library with a commemorative clock.

              After the speeches, and while the current and previous board members were having their pictures taken, people enjoyed coffee, cake, desserts, and the chance to visit. Those who were able to stick around (or who showed up late) got in on a barbecue, with EnCana providing both the barbecue and the burger flipper, Stan Vig.

              Door prizes were also handed out. Steavie Lind won a book bag. Brandon Messenger, Marie Lowen, and Jannie Nyland of La Glace each won individual books. The big prize, which was a 12-volume set of Alberta in the 20th Century, was won by Brock Smith.

              The Open House finished up with an author talk and slide show by Dawson Creek photographer Don Pettit. He talked about his book The Peace: a history in photographs, which was a fitting choice in the year that the area is celebrating 100 years of settlement. The room was packed and the audience attentive.


             The library board was thrilled with the response from the community, and very pleased to see how many previous board members (along with previous librarian Dorothy Berg), were able to come and help the library celebrate a truly momentous occasion.


By Karen Bass

May 21, 2009 -- Hythe Area Continues to Celebrate “100 Years of Settlement”

posted May 16, 2009 1:05 PM by Judy Amendt

Submitted by Lori Hewitt

Well, I only have two newspaper editions (including this one) left to write in before the summer holidays, and I want to save the last one for a special story about a special lady. In this edition, I would like to showcase some of the local businesses that were started and operated here during the early years.

I have more pictures this time than I do stories, but I have been told by many people that they really enjoy the pictures that have been in the paper lately, so perhaps no one will complain.

Over the years, Hythe has been home to hotels, half way houses, cafés, restaurants, elevators, grocery stores, hardware stores, clothing stores, farm dealers, fuel stations, mills, banks, insurance agents, livery stables, schools, hospitals, an arena, post offices, garages, a train station, and many other businesses. Some still exist today, and some have vanished with the times -- but hopefully none will be forgotten. The pictures on this and the following page just go to show that Hythe has indeed had many businesses come and go over the years. All were built with great hopes for prosperous times and a better future for Hythe, and each contributed in its own way to the Hythe we live in today. This year, we are not only celebrating 100 years of settlement in Hythe and area, but on August 31st, 2009, Hythe itself will be 80 years old.


  1. Hythe Half Way House (used before the 1920s)

  2. Oakfords' Store, formerly owned by Salmers (note both water trough and fuel pumps out front)

  3. Bird's eye view of Main Street, Hythe in the early years

  4. Keep sending me your pictures and stories so I can have them available for all to see at the Fair on August 16th, and then later at the Tourist Information Centre. You can contact me (Lori Hewitt) at 780-356-3238 (evenings). To book a table at the Trade Show, please contact Debbie Oakford at 780-356-3921.

May 7, 2009 --More “100 Years of Settlement” Celebration Stories

posted May 16, 2009 12:47 PM by Judy Amendt   [ updated May 16, 2009 1:18 PM ]

Submitted by Lori Hewitt

Well, I've learned a lot of history in a very short while, but I hope to learn even more. Please contact me at 780-356-3238 (evenings) if you have any pictures or stories you would like to share. They may not make it into the Headliner as there are only two more publications until summer, but they will for sure be on display at the Hythe Fair in August, as well as at the Tourist Information Booth after the Fair.

I received an interesting story about Cliff Henderson from Elaine Baker, but I will have to condense it for the paper. The complete story and pictures I received will be on display at the Fair, so please come down and check it out.

The story started off with the trail from Edson to Grande Prairie in 1910. It took A.H. McQuarrie, a government employee, one year to cut a path through more than 250 miles of dense forest and, of course, mud. Steep hills, such as Breakneck Hill, were treacherous, and even the snowshoe hares were enemies as the salt from sweat-soaked boots and horse equipment attracted them, and they would steal all the food at night. Swamp fever and hoof rot claimed many of the oxen and horses, and the mosquitoes drove both people and animals crazy. This led the settlers to favour travel in the winter months, even though they had to endure -40 degree weather, deep snow, having to melt snow for water, and trying to keep the snowshoe hares out of the water.

By the summer of 1911, a stagecoach started up and, for the price of $60.00, one person could travel from Edson to Grande Prairie. They could bring up to 60 lbs of luggage -- for an extra fee, of course. This journey would take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months.

This was when Cliff Henderson and his brother Ernie decided to head west. In 1911, Cliff was hired on a road crew, and he started at Mile 100 (north of Edson). He travelled up to Lake Saskatoon and made this his headquarters while he travelled the area. He met up with Rutabaga Johnson in "Lower" Beaverlodge, and was told about "Upper" Beaverlodge. He and a friend went to explore the area and really liked it -- it was what is now known as the Hythe area.

On July 15th, 1911, a Land Office opened at Bear Creek, and Cliff filed on SW-19-73-10-W6M for the price of $10.00. On this day there were seven applications filed in Hythe. They were: Sidney Day, Walter Fizmarten, Carman "Cliff" Henderson, Oscar Lely, George O'Dell, Gabriel Tjensvold and Howard Tucker.

Cliff served in World War I at the age of 29. He arrived in England for combat training on October 14th, 1918, and the war ended on November 11th of the same year. After returning from the War, Cliff was granted a quarter section of land to farm through the Soldier Settlement Act, and went on to work with the Department of Public Works under A.H. McQuarrie as bridge foreman. On May 2nd, 1934, he married Josephine Gass, daughter of Ignatz and Katherine Gass.

  1. Cliff Henderson during World War I

  2. Cliff and Josie Henderson making their first garden in 1934

Another season comes to an end for the Hythe Figure Skating Club

posted May 1, 2009 5:29 PM by Judy Amendt   [ updated May 1, 2009 5:36 PM ]

The 2008-2009 season ended with some FUN in the SUN. Members of the 16-person skating club skated their hearts out at this year's carnival on March 20th. The 'Fun in the Sun' theme showcased the skaters' talents and some incredibly colourful costumes.

This year's talented head coach, Cheryl Sterkenburg, graced us with her rendition of 'O Canada'. Brian Peterson lent his voice and comical comments as Master of Ceremonies, while Jennifer Peterson looked after the music. A generous donation from the Hythe Thrift Shoppe was greatly appreciated and went a long way towards ensuring that fun was had by all. Thanks very much to all of you for helping make the carnival a success.

This year's skaters were: Kristin Dodd, Deanna Funk, Kelsey Funk, Layton Guise, Emily Harvey, Talia Harvey, Kiana Horseman, Owen MacAulay, Tyra MacKinnon, Sydney Morgan, Maddison Peterson, Karly Post, Arris Trottier, Ateya Trottier, Madison Williams and Matthew Williams. They all skated hard and had lots of fun. We would like to thank our coach, Cheryl Sterkenburg, and our assistant coaches Deanna and Kelsey Funk, for all their hard work this year.

We would also like to thank Dorothy Flaten and Darlene Stilwell for keeping us well-fed, and John Ross for keeping the ice nice and clean. We would also like to extend a big thank you to Marilyn Funk, the executive, and all of the hard-working parents. We would not be able to do it without you.

Come and join the fun next year. We look forward to seeing you!

Hythe PeeWees attend Provincials

The Hythe PeeWees were very excited to have earned the opportunity to attend Provincials in Hardisty, Alberta. The bus left on March 19th and the team played three very competitive games of hockey throughout the weekend. Their positive team spirit and strong work ethic won the team the Play Smart Award (Shaping Minds, Attitudes and Respect Together), which recognizes the good sportsmanship of the coaches, players and fans. Attending Provincials was a team-building experience the players will remember forever.

The players and parents would like to thank Lee Wiebe, Kenny Moon, Ross Hogg and Trevor Loberg for coaching and managing our team. Your endless hours of commitment to our children made this year a huge success. Your knowledge and enjoyment of hockey shone through our team.

Thank you to Andrew Tofteland for driving our bus to Provincials. We are grateful you brought us all home safely through the treacherous weather conditions.

Thank you to Hythe Tags (Sherri & Travis Peterson) for sponsoring team track suits. The team looked fantastic for Provincials!

Thank you to our sponsors for Provincials (Alliance Pipeline, Frank Baker, CIBC, CNRL, Dick's Sand & Gravel, Dowland Contracting, Hythe Elks, Hythe Golden Age Club, and Jackie & Lynn Wells), and everyone else who helped make this trip possible.

Finally, thank you to our fans -- the family and friends who cheered our team on. Go, Mustangs!

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posted Mar 11, 2009 4:22 PM by Arthur Amendt

Ms. Bradshaw's Grade 3/4 class LOVED their recent Science in Motion experience. As they said, they "got to build roller coasters, worked together, and had a great time!"

Here are a few of the things each of the students said about their morning:

Bailey - It was really fun building the wall roller coaster.

Brandon - I had a great but frustrating time. It was great, but the hill was the hard part.

Chelsey - I liked it so, so much I want to work there. It was so awesome.

Dustin K. - Thank you for a good time.

Dustin P. - I really loved to build the roller coaster.

Laura - I had a lot of fun. The only bad part is it kept falling, but I kept trying.

Logan - The only problem with ours was I was so tall, we made our track so steep that it fell off.

Neil - I really appreciated it. It was a blast.

Shania - It was fun making and helping out with roller coasters.

Shaylin - In some parts it was frustrating because my partner kept moving things, but for most of the time it was good.

Sterling - I had fun with you. I liked the part when I gave you a hug.

Sydney - I know everyone in my class loved it. I wish I had that stuff so I could build my own roller coaster because I think I would be very good at it.

Tassi - A lot were good. I wish you could come back soon.

Travis - It was fun, but hard to make.

Vincent - It was the fastest track I ever made with my friends.

February 28, 2009


Hythe Minor Hockey is proud to announce that both their ATOM MUSTANG and PEEWEE MUSTANG teams have been successful in making it to PROVINCIALS. The Atoms will be in Legal, AB from March 12th through 15th, and the PeeWees will be in Hardisty, AB from March 19th through 22nd, 2009.

We are proud of the teamwork, great sportsmanship and dedication all these players have shown this year. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our coaches, who share in the success of both of these teams. We wish them lots of luck in their games, and hope their participation in Provincials turns out to be a great experience they'll always remember.

CONGRATULATIONS from all of Hythe Minor Hockey -- from the Executive, to the parents, to all the other players on each of the other teams.