News ‘n’ Views from Baljennie

Take a drive through the village Christmas lights at the Western Development Museum in North Battleford. They opened their gates Nov. 21 and will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. until the first week in January.

The BUH Foundation Festival of Trees opens Nov. 25. It will end Dec. 5.

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Our deepest thoughts and sympathy go out to the Ken Pernala family of North Battleford on his recent passing at the age of 74. Ken, grandparents Harry and Minnie Leech, were pioneer farmers in the Baljennie area. His grandfather, Harry Leech, served overseas in the First World War. On returning he continued to farm.

Due to health problems they retired to live in Glenora Park in North Battleford in 1945. Harry passed away and was interred in the soldiers’ plot in the North Battleford cemetery. Their daughter, Betty Leech, married Victor Pernala and made their home in North Battleford. Ken was their son. He married Marilyn and raised a family of three children. Ken and his partner Terry did a lot of construction work, digging basements and demolishing old buildings along with many other jobs. Funeral service was held at the Dillabough Centre in Battleford.

Sympathy goes out to Elsie Voegeli on the recent passing of her husband Ernie (Ernest) Voegeli of North Battleford, formerly of Ruddell.

Ernie farmed at Ruddell then to retired to North Battleford. He was always busy in his workshop and making metal items. Ernie and Elsie were members of the Battlefords Treasure Hunter club and went on many hunting tours, searching for coins and other items of interest with metal detectors. Funeral service was held at the Zion Lutheran Church in North Battleford.


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