Black Diamond Digest
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Black Diamond Digest – Jan 2018

Hello, Black Diamond. Well we sure had a nice December for the most part. However, towards the middle of the month everyone was hoping for snow as the ground was so dry. This prompted a fire ban east of the city in Wheatland County. Some of my friends are taking a holiday to Mexico and hoped for a blizzard while they were gone. Well thanks a lot, isn’t it enough you are going on a nice holiday without me, now you want us to freeze while you’re gone?!!!

Black Diamond’s annual Light-Up was a huge success this year, with the warm weather. Downtown was packed with people enjoying all the festivities. Santa arrived on the top of the firetruck and was swarmed by children when he descended. A good time was had all around. Thanks to all the hard work from the Town and volunteers, and special thanks to the Foothills Lions Club, Pharmasave, Cobs Okotoks, 1st Oilfields Cubs, Rachel Ellen Photography, Larry Kaputska and Anchor D. Outfitting.

Dance the night away to support Rowan House Society. Rowan House is a shelter for women and children in the Foothills, and their goal is to build a Violence Free Community. They are hosting along with Broncabilly Entertainment a Fundraiser on Saturday, January 27th. The entertainment features DIVA!, a fabulous entertainer with many different costume changes and eras of music. I have seen this girl perform along with her full band and sang along with every single song. There will be raffle tickets available at the event with full proceeds going towards Rowan House, and the prizes are valued at over $2000. The show will be held at the Heritage Inn in High River, the doors open at 6:00 and the show and dance runs from 7-11. For tickets and reservations, please call 403-612-7046 or you can get your tickets at the Sobey’s in Okotoks or High River.

Friends of the Bar U Ranch are hosting their annual Stockmen’s Dinner on Saturday January 27th. They will be celebrating Pioneer Family Honouree’s Robertson, Feist, H.I. Thomson, and the Stoney Tribe from Eden Valley. The Dinner will be held at the Highwood Memorial Centre with cocktails at 5:30and the Prime Rib Dinner starting at 6:30. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased through Sandul’s Pharmacy in Black Diamond, Co-op High River, or Classic Rodeo Boutique in Nanton. Or you can call 403-933-5500 or email

Seniors, if you enjoy a walk but the weather is inclement, Oilfields High School invites to you join their Hall Walkers Team. Open every day that school is in session, you can socialize with others while getting your exercise, and some seniors end up volunteering with the students as well. If you are interested in this service, please give the school a call at 403-938-4973, or drop by the school to fill out a consent form. They will give you a tour of the school of your first walk and also a list of class changes and school closures.

Another walking group is the Sheep River Ramblers. They are a walking and hiking club at the Sheep River Library. They also snowshoe and cross country ski in the winter. Founded in 2013, with the financial assistance of a New Horizons Grant through the Government, the group has acquired walking poles, snowshoes, foldable nature guides and a number of other great items that Ramblers (who have first priority), and other library patrons are welcome to borrow. It’s never too late to join! For more information, please call Gita at the Library at 403-933-3278 or email her at

Once again this year Sandul’s Pharmacy is sponsoring free skating at the Oilfields Arena on Sundays. The free skate runs from 2:45-3:45. Helmets are mandatory. Sandul’s has been sponsoring this event for more years than I can remember, thanks Ron and Rose and your staff!

The Town of Black Diamond will take your used Christmas trees again this year. Just make sure that all tinsel and decorations are off of it, and leave it out by your regular garbage. They will be picking up the used trees from January 2nd – 26th. The trees are mulched and then used for underneath trees at the schools and walking paths.

If you have any events happening February 1st– March 1st that you would like to see in the High Country News, please email Elaine at The deadline for this issue is January 15th.

Elaine Wansleeben

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