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Bezanson Athletes From The Past: Featuring Dusty LaValley

The LaValley’s were early pioneers in the Beznason area having arrived from International Falls, USA in 1917. Dusty, born on May 30, 1981, is the 3rd child of Bernice and Grant LaValley of Bezanson. Dusty has two sisters; Laura and Amanda and one brother, Trevor. They lived on the family farm where they raised horses. The children all attended Bezanson Consolidated School followed by High School at Sexsmith. Most young boys, at one time or another, have dreamt about joining the rodeo and Dusty was no exception. By the age of 10, he decided he wanted to be a bareback bronc rider. At age 14, Dusty crawled on his first bucking horse and knew immediately that this was what he wanted to do for a career.

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Racing Through the Woods

The Bezanson Bog, the local cross-country race held at the Old Bezanson Townsite, has became a huge community event for the hamlet and surrounding areas over the past 9 years. Racers from all over, including Peace River, Tumbler Ridge, Grande Cache and Valleyview, all came to run the muddy trail and try to conquer Buffalo Hill (a steep climb alongside the fence on the north end, which was not used in some of the previous years). This event has become very popular, but for now, it will have to come to an end.

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Bezanson Athletes From The Past: Featuring Patty Patten

Patricia “Patty” Patten was born on December 12, 1982 in Williams Lake, BC. Her parents, Dan and Karen, moved to Bezanson when Patty was three. The Bezanson Consolidated School has always emphasized the importance of students participating in sports. Dennis Maxwell, principal of the Bezanson School, recognized Patty’s talent and instilled in her the value of hard work and the love of competition. Patty participated in all the team sports that the school offered and excelled at track and field. Following Grade 9 at Bezanson, Patty attended High School at Sexsmith where she graduated.

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Bezanson Athletes From The Past: Featuring Lawrence Nellis

Lester and Stella Nellis, originally from West Duluth, Minnesota, arrived in the Bezanson area in 1916. The second youngest in the family, Harry, enlisted in the Army and while stationed in England, met and later married Grace Taylor. After Harry was discharged on demobilization, the young couple settled on a farm in Bezanson where they raised a family of three sons; Leslie, Lawrence (born on July 1, 1950) and Edward.

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