The 37th ISA Is Being Held in High River Alberta, Canada!! How Did It Come About??? Part 1


I thought I would tell you a little about High River!!  High River is a town within the Calgary Region of Alberta, Canada with a population of 13,584 (2016).  It is 67.7 kilometres (42.1 mi) south of the City of Calgary, at the junction of Alberta Highways 2 and 23.

Some History: The community takes its name from the Highwood River, which flows through the town. The area was originally inhabited largely by the Blackfoot First Nation, who called the site Ispitzee (or the “place of high trees along running water”). By 1870, after the arrival of the North-West Mounted Police and after Treaty Number 7 had been signed in 1877, settlers began arriving into the region.  High River’s development centered on a convenient location for people, horses and cattle to cross the Highwood River – a location known as “The Crossing”.

Development of the town was supported by the completion of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway in 1892. High River incorporated as a village on December 5, 1901, and was incorporated as a town on February 12, 1906.  Although growth slowed during the First World War, it continued after the war with the building of brick structures and a number of industries. One of Canada’s first Air Force stations was constructed to the east of the town in 1921.  The establishment of a British Commonwealth Air Training Plan elementary flying training school at the same air station helped boost High River’s economy during the Second World War.

High River continued to grow throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1970s the downtown saw some major redevelopment, and redevelopment is continuing.

The Highwood River is subject to frequent flooding. Flood events of exceptional magnitude occurred in 1894, 1899, 1902, 1908, 1912, 1923, 1929, 1932, 1942, 1995, 2005 and 2013. Most recently during the 2013 Alberta floods, thousands of people in Alberta were ordered to evacuate their homes after the rise of the Highwood River, Bow River, Elbow River Sheep River, and numerous others. In 2013, three people died as a result of the flooding of the Highwood River.  

Did the flooding of 2013 have an impact on Shuffleboard??? YOU BET IT DID!!!  

I am going to insert an article which clearly indicates the IMPACT of the most recent flood. Click:  Shuffleboard club folds after 800 WARDLEYS  AND TO END ON GOOD NEWS: Ken Wardley Speaks: “Hello Stan: It has been some time since we communicated with each other. I do hope that the club will go ahead I am sure it will. We have an organizational meeting planned for the 15th of June, and are very hopeful that we will have a good turn-out.
It has been a long hard struggle but we have some people like me who are very enthused about the game and can only hope that we can build the club to where it was before this all happened. We believe by dealing directly with the Town will be much better for us.
They [the town] are in the process of writing up a lease agreement for the 4 months that we will have the space available to us., on the basis of a 5 year lease Equipment has been ordered and we are awaiting for it to arrive.
The thought of hosting an ISA or and IP is in the back of my mind, and I will bring this up at one of our meetings
Great to hear from you, Good Luck in Goderich” ((2015 06 13))

TO-DAY, 2015 06 16, I receive this update from Ken:

“Hello Stan: Good news last evening we had our meeting with about 50 people showing up. This gave us a good
indication that Shuffleboard is not dead in High River. We also new of other people who could not attend but are very supportive and willing to get us going again.
I have ordered 12 new boards and Jim Allen expects that we should have this new equipment by the end of June.
At last evenings meeting I brought up about hosting an ISA tournament , and I received very good comments from
the group. So, now the seed is planted; will see if it grows from there.
That is about all the news from here for now, will keep you posted as we continue on in our journey. Ken.”

Stan Speaks on 2018 02 02: I like to think 3 factors are important in dealing with an issue: JUDGMENT, ENTHUSIASM, AND DETERMINATION.  It is clear to me that Ken and his immediate advisors demonstrated all 3 in what can only be described  as a terrible dilemma!!  Hosting the 37th ISA is indeed their Wonderful Reward.

Article put together from the archives of Stan McCormack.  2018 02 02








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