December 14, 2009
Hythe Regional School Student a Western Canadian Champion
Margaret Besuijen, a student at Hythe Regional School, is Western
Canada's NRHA Champion in the 13 & under class.
travelling to three NRHA qualifying shows over the summer, Margaret
qualified, as a Prince George affiliate, to enter the Western Canadian
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".
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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;
Amendt, Christene Livingstone and Rod Pitman for judging the parade;
and Frank Webb and Eldon Shail for getting the parade lined up and
Shail, Bennie Everton and Dave Armstrong for carrying the banner in the
parade; and Tom Brown for portraying Kelly Sunderman and leading the
- 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!)
For More Pictures Click Here
posted Sep 8, 2009 5:31 PM by Judy Amendt
updated Sep 8, 2009 5:34 PM
posted Aug 13, 2009 2:27 PM by Arthur Amendt
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!
Coach Brian Antonio, Caden Horseman, Ty Giebelhaus, Ryan Hewitt,
Owen MacAulay, Coach Greg Kjemhus
Jackson Alcock, Colton Tycholiz, Khai Lacey, Matthew Kjemhus, Sam
Coaches Courtney & Donna Besuyen
Logan Kjemhus, Colton Hewitt, Randell Besuyen, Brennan Horseman,
Layton Guise, Georgina Mineault, Tona Glover
Justine Voss, Daymion Hounsell, Logan Tycholiz, Patrick Mineault,
Maddison Peterson, Kiana Horseman
Coach Loyd Bartsch, Toni Savard, Alexandra Peterson, CJ Lind, Tyler
Vig, Deanna Funk, Ryan Fletcher, Johnny Davis, Coach Byron Lowen
Baeley Lowen, Troy Morgan, Matthew Peterson, Desmond Howe, Samantha
Brozny, Kelsey Funk, Coach Stacey Schuett
Riley Schuett, Ty Oakford
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
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.
posted Jun 4, 2009 2:41 PM by Judy Amendt
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
posted May 16, 2009 1:05 PM by Judy Amendt
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.
Hythe Half Way House (used before the 1920s)
Oakfords' Store, formerly owned by Salmers (note both
water trough and fuel pumps out front)
Bird's eye view of Main Street, Hythe in the early
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.
posted May 16, 2009 12:47 PM by Judy Amendt
updated May 16, 2009 1:18 PM
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
Cliff Henderson during World War I
Cliff and Josie Henderson making their first garden in
posted May 1, 2009 5:29 PM by Judy Amendt
updated May 1, 2009 5:36 PM
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.
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.
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.
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.
and join the fun next year. We look forward to seeing you!
PeeWees attend Provincials
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.
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
you to Andrew Tofteland for driving our bus to Provincials. We are
grateful you brought us all home safely through the treacherous
you to Hythe Tags (Sherri & Travis Peterson) for sponsoring team
track suits. The team looked fantastic for Provincials!
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.
thank you to our fans -- the family and friends who cheered our team
on. Go, Mustangs!
posted Mar 12, 2009 11:22 AM by Arthur Amendt
THANK YOU TO THE HYTHE SENIOR NOVICE ...
posted Mar 12, 2009 11:19 AM by Arthur Amendt
updated Mar 12, 2009 11:21 AM
HYTHE PIONEER HOMES EXPANSIN PROJECT NEWS
HYTHE PIONEER HOMES EXPANSIN PROJECT NEWS
posted Mar 11, 2009 4:22 PM by Arthur Amendt
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!"
are a few of the things each of the students said about their
- It was really fun building the wall roller coaster.
- I had a great but frustrating time. It was great, but the hill was
the hard part.
- I liked it so, so much I want to work there. It was so awesome.
K. - Thank you for a good time.
P. - I really loved to build the roller coaster.
- I had a lot of fun. The only bad part is it kept falling, but I
- The only problem with ours was I was so tall, we made our track so
steep that it fell off.
- I really appreciated it. It was a blast.
- It was fun making and helping out with roller coasters.
- In some parts it was frustrating because my partner kept moving
things, but for most of the time it was good.
- I had fun with you. I liked the part when I gave you a hug.
- 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.
- A lot were good. I wish you could come back soon.
- It was fun, but hard to make.
- It was the fastest track I ever made with my friends.
February 28, 2009
TWO HYTHE MINOR HOCKEY TEAMS OFF TO PROVINCIALS!
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
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
CONGRATULATIONS from all of Hythe Minor Hockey -- from the Executive,
to the parents, to all the other players on each of the other teams.