Happy birthday: Derek Dickau

Bentley celebrates centennial birthday

The huge tent set up outside the town office was none too small for the crowd who gathered together Aug. 8.

The huge tent set up outside the town office was none too small for the crowd who gathered together Aug. 8 for a supper to celebrate Bentley’s centennial birthday.

The well-attended event provided the opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy a delicious meal, visit with friends and neighbours and listen to speeches from representatives from the centennial committee, the town and Lacombe County.

Derek Dickau, president of the centennial committee gave credit to the pioneers who settled in the area, adding it is important to keep the history alive and pay tribute to those hardworking, dedicated men and women. He added young people should listen to their parents and grandparents and remember their stories.

“Our ancestors were a proud bunch,” he said.

“We need to learn all we can from them.”

Bentley mayor Linda Haarstad Petten said the weather angels seemed to have smiled down on the community throughout the celebration.

“Maybe our ancestors are still looking after us,’ she said.

She noted there are many descendents of the original ancestors still living in and around Bentley.

“There is something special about Bentley. It has a magic that grabs hold of your heart.”

The mayor expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the volunteers and town staff who helped out with making the centennial celebration a special event.

Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law presented a framed print to Haarstad Petten and Dickau.

“It has been a pleasure to work with each and every one of you,” she said.