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Andy (father) and Adam Yuke, along with friends and brothers Chris and Tyler Couillard were kings of the hill during a fun outing Sunday afternoon at Hillside Park in Lamont. Fresh powder, sunny skies and very light breeze made for ideal snowboarding and tobogganing conditions for these outdoor enthusiasts.
MP Leon Benoit hosts local town hall meeting in Lamont Michelle Pinon Editor
MP Leon Benoit was in Lamont Nov. 14 for a town hall meeting at the New Horizons Drop In Centre. A total of 14 people attended the afternoon meeting which featured a brief speech followed by a question and answer session. Lamont was one of nine communities which had town hall meetings hosted by Benoit, who has been
represented the Vegreville-Wainwright Constituency for more than 20 years. Benoit briefly outlined the governing party's plan for the next years, and touched on the finances and taxes, and how the Harper government plans to balance the budget and streamline the regulatory process, cut the red tape for businesses and focus on responsible resource development. While prospects for
economic development look encouraging, with an estimate of $650 billion expected over the next 10 years in Canada, Benoit pointed out: "I'm fairly confident we will get the investment we need, but we will have to earn it." Benoit said three companies would be building new pipelines, and several others constructing new pump stations in the future. "We all know Keystone will go. We don't know if Obama
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Leon Benoit, MP for the Vegreville-Wainwright Constituency, (left), chats with folks following his town hall meeting at the New Horizons Seniors Centre Nov. 14. A variety of topics including Senate reform, oil and gas pipelines, and record crops were discussed.
will still be President by then." Being the second largest exporter of heavy crude oil to the US is also good for Canada, he added. More upgraders will also be coming on stream, added Benoit, which will help with the supply and demand of diesel. Benoit also spoke in favour of the West to East pipeline, and emphasized the importance of expanding the size and scope of a wide variety of trade agreements between Canada and other countries in the future. One participant gave Benoit, and the federal government a bouquet for the Tax Free Savings Account, and had a beef for its party's practice to pay legal fees for members. The discussion referenced paying for Mike Duffy's legal fees. "At the time the money was paid, we didn't know he was guilty." Benoit added that it would be up to RCMP and the
Auditor General's department to determine if there was any criminal activity. Benoit agreed that the rules are unclear and poorly written that expenses and entitlements are harder to understand than one may think. But one audience member begged to differ, and said that Duffy knew what he was doing, and suggested the Canadian Revenue Agency oversee those claims, and report any irregularities and fraud, so that senators are under the same scrutiny and regulations as other Canadian taxpayers. Benoit said he felt the Auditor General's department would be more appropriate, but conceded that something like what the participant was suggesting may work, but in any event: "Any senators who have done wrong should pay the price," whether that means paying back the money they owe, and/or
jail time. "Whatever is deemed necessary." He agreed there was a need for Senate Reform, and if that couldn't be accomplished then it (the Senate), should be abolished. Benoit said he was still in favour of having a Triple E Sentate. Benoit moved onto the topic of crop prices and delivery to ports via rail. He said he had spoken to higher ups with CN and CP Rail that morning, and said shipments were being moved at a record rate. "If there isn't a major storm, we can expect loads will move quicker," he added. As far as the CBC goes, Benoit said he would like to see a plan developed so that it could become self sufficient, perhaps, even adopting the publicly funded model that some stations have adopted in the United States. "I'd like to see it happen, but there is not the appetite for it in caucus."
2 - The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Lamont and District Chamber of Commerce throws Christmas gala Jazmine Inkster Staff Reporter
With the Christmas in Lamont County Christmas party fast approaching, members of the Lamont and District Chamber of Commerce (LDCC) definitely have a lot to look forward to. The party will be held on the evening of December seventh, and as Chamber of Commerce member Brett McNelly explained to the Lamont Leader, there are a number of positive changes that have been made to the party by the LDCC this year. Firstly, although this is an adult only event, there is more of a push to see everyone in the community take part in the fun filled night, not only members of local businesses as it has been in previous years. McNelly explained that he hopes to see local couples able
to come out and simply enjoy a local Christmas party. “We wannt to see this thing sell out,” he adds. Another big change that is sure to draw even more residents to the upcoming event is the pull of professional entertainment. This year, as well as the music and meal that had been involved in previous years events, the LDCC and the ID VIP Team have put together a full stage show to entertain guests during the function. According to McNelly, the show will last around an hour and a half and is complete with singers, dancers and entertainment. The show follows the theme of three different classics rolled into one production; Holiday Inn, White Christmas, and the USO Christmas Tour. Along with the stage show, Justin Littlechild,
a professional MC / Comedian will be there to entertain the audience during all of the in between times. McNelly also explained that this was not going to be like some of the comedy shows that utilize crude humour, instead the LDCC is hoping for a truly well rounded evening that will hold appeal for all who attend. “It’s a really good value,” stated McNelly. “A full catered meal, a full stage show, and professional entertainment for $40.” A value he feels is truly hard to beat anywhere. Tickets for the Christmas in Lamont County event can be purchased at multiple businesses around Lamont such as the Lamont Grocery, Lamont Home Hardware, ATB Financial, Price Automotive, and Heartland Hotel.
Leon Benoit, MP for the Vegreville-Wainwright Constituency shakes hands with Lamont town councillor Steve Sharun during a visit to the community Nov. 14. Benoit was on hand to formally anounce the continuation of the federal government’s Gas Tax Fund. For the 2013 budget year, the Town of Lamont received $92,735 which was put towards the construction of water and sewer lines across Highway 15. The program, which began in 2006 under the Liberal government has continued on since then, and Benoit assured it would continue on indefinitely. In 2011 the amount of money invested in the fund increased and was indexed at two per cent to take into account inflation.
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Bruderheim School boundary review open houses popular with local residents Michelle Pinon Editor
A total of 44 people attended the two boundary review open houses at Bruderheim School Nov. 7 and 8. As well, six of the nine
trustees representing Elk Island Public Schools attended the open houses. A total of 26 paper surveys and 27 online surveys were completed, and staff will be analyzing the feedback collected, categorizing the
responses and incorporating the information into a report for the board of trustees to consider at it next meeting slated for Dec. 19. Board chair Trina Boymook said she had been hearing consistent-
ly that parents residing in Lamont County want their children to attend Lamont High School (LHS), which serves students from Grade 7 to Grade 12. "They like that small town feel and want that rural experience."
Boymook said physical proximity to the school and shorter bus times were also factors parents cited. LHS is well below capacity, and could accommodate another 200 plus students, noted Boymook. Most of the current and proposed elementary and junior/senior high boundary maps included within this review span portions of both Lamont County and Strathcona County. In total there are three options for elementary boundaries and three options for junior/senior high boundaries outlined in the boundary review. Some of the options would require an additional bus at a cost of $63,000 per year, and
would affect between 18 and 48 students, depending on the option. Ride times would also be taken into consideration as well as the grandfathering process. Boymook said finances, along with logistics will also have to be taken into account when the board deliberates on the boundary review. Soon, staff at EIPS will be reviewing the actual survey data (both online and paper form), theming the responses, and incorporating this feedback into the full package of information the trustees will consider when they make a decision in a month's time.
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Elk Island Public Schools trustee Barb O’Neill, left, and vice-chair Colleen Holowaychuk, middle, pose for a photo with Bruderheim resident Sherry Cote. A total of 44 area residents attended the two open houses at Bruderheim School on Nov. 6 and 7.
Church Calendar For more information call 780-895-2780 Lamont United Church 5306 - 51 Ave., Lamont 780-895-2145 Sunday Worship time 11:15 a.m. Rev. Deborah Brill Everyone Welcome! Next Church Supper: November 22 Adults 12$
Reaching out to those in need, we support: Local Food Bank, Elementary School Lunch Program, Bissell Centre, Kindred House AA Meetings Thursdays at 8:30 pm
Orthodox V Parishes All services start at 10:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted Sunday Divine Liturgy 10:00 am 780-895-2149
Sunday November 24: Shishkovtzy Tone 5 -2nd after Pentecost
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Lamont Alliance Church 44 st. & 50 Ave. 780-895-2879 Pastor Ron Wurtz Sunday Service 10:00 am
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5008 - 50 St. Bruderheim 780-796-3543 Pastor Richard Williams
“The small family church on the far east end of town” Come join us!
Childrens Church, Brand new DVD series Youth Group Weekly Ladies and Men’s Bible Studies Introduction to Christianity, "The Alpha Course" starting October, call the church for information on any programs. Men’s month Breakfast Meeting
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Cluster of Parishes of Our Lady of Angels
Bruderheim Moravian Church
Fort Saskatchewan Roman Catholic Services
Lamont Auxiliary Hospital Saturday Evenings 4:00 pm Our Lady of Good Counsel - Skaro 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays 8:30 am St. Michael the Archangel - St. Michael 2nd and 4th Sundays 8:30 am For further information please call O.L.A. Fort Saskatchewan at 780-998-3288
Welcomes You! 780-796-3775 Sunday Worship 10:30 am Sunday School 9:15 am. Classes for ages 3 - Adult Junior Youth: Wednesdays 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm kindergarten to grade 6 Grief recovery support group meets Tuesdays 7:00 pm starting Oct. 8 call to register
Located at the 4-way stop in Bruderheim www.bruderheimmoravianchurch.org
Sunday Service 9:30 am Bruderheim, Ab. “Come as a guest, leave as a friend”
Bethany Lutheran Church 20577 TWP 550 Fort.Sask. (7km East of Josephburg) 780-998-1874 Pastor Richard Williams
Worship Service 11:00 am Sunday School 11:15 am
4 - The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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Economic Update and middle class challenges Dear editor, The federal government’s recent Economic Update proves once again that MP Leon Benoit and the Conservatives are out-oftouch with the challenges facing middle class Canadians. It didn’t include anything for middle class families who are struggling under record levels of household debt. The average Canadian household now owes $1.66 for every dollar of disposable income. It didn’t include anything to help young Canadians, or the parents who are financially supporting them. Today there are still 225,400 fewer jobs for young Canadians than before
the downturn. And it didn’t include anything to help kickstart the economy. The Conservatives are sitting back and defending the status quo, despite the fact that Stephen Harper's growth record is the worst of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett in the 1930s. Instead, the Tories chose to concoct a budgetary surplus on the eve of the next election. But almost half of that surplus comes from asset sales that have not taken place. It’s a little bit like selling the furniture to pay for the groceries. They also imposed countless tax hikes on the middle class over the past three years, raising taxes on everything from
credit unions to employment insurance (EI). In fact, the Economic Update inadvertently revealed that the Tories are keeping EI premiums artificially high in order to further pad their numbers—the same EI taxes that are, in the words of the Finance Minister, “direct job killers.” Canada can do better. The recession ended more than four years ago, but Mr. Benoit’s economic message has been that Canadians should be happy that we’re not Spain. That’s just not good enough. Yours sincerely, Scott Brison, MP Liberal Party of Canada Finance Critic
Turning a blind eye to negativity Many times the media is looked down upon for its intrusiveness into people's lives and the perceived negativity that surrounds certain issues and/or events. But often media have to be the medium to shine a light in the dark seedy spaces that no one can or dares to go. So it was nice to hear a few people say they were glad media kept investigating, poking and prodding into Rob Ford's dealings and behaviours as well as what would be deemed personal and private affairs; that is if they didn't reflect on his ability to do his job and represent the taxpayers of Toronto. When a person's char-
acter, values and ethics are not only called into question, but clearly documented as crude, offensive and demeaning then it is time for people to decide what is and isn't acceptable and do what they deem necessary. So now comes the debate whether he should stay or leave public office. The interesting truth is that without clear legislation, then action by other elected officials, taxpayers and the general public cannot take action themselves. Under Alberta's Municipal Government Act (MGA) Section 174, most items refer to violations of other laws, but disqualification
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from council can only occur upon conviction, and only if the offense is punishable by imprisonment for five years or more. The MGA goes onto describe what can be done to remove a member of council who is disqualified, but who then refuses to actually leave council. Either council or an elector must make motions with the courts to have the person legally removed from council. So you tell me if it is better to have brought this type of enlightenment to the masses, or to turn a blind eye and turn away? -Michelle Pinon
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License plates to honour veterans available 2014 The province has announced a new license plate, available for preorder in the new year, created to allow all Albertans to show their support for men and women of the Canadian Forces. The plates will bear the Yellow Ribbon and the ‘Support our Troops’ slogan. The new plates will cost $150. which includes the regular registration fees as well as expenses for production and delivery. The province says all revenue beyond these costs will go directly to the Support our Troops campaign to assist members of the Forces and their families in Alberta. "Albertans admire the men and women of the Canadian Forces who
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put their lives on line, away from the comforts of family and home, as they stand up for the rights and freedoms of Canadians and people around the world. “The Alberta government is honoured to offer a new license plate as a way we can demonstrate our gratitude to them and give back to members and their families through the Support our Troops campaign,” says Manmeet S. Bhullar, Minister of Service Alberta. “Our troops are proud of their service to Canada and appreciate the recognition from Albertans.” “I know they will be honoured when they see these license plates on the vehicles of Albertans and the proceeds will
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help provide essential support to those who need it,” says BrigadierGeneral Christian Juneau, 3rd Canadian Division Commander, the Army in the West. The new license plate complements Alberta’s veterans’ plates, which are only available to former or currently serving members of the Canadian Forces, as well as members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or other Canadian police departments who served under NATO or the United Nations. Nearly 21,000 veterans’ plates have been issued since the program began in February 2005, and in 2011, the Alberta government extended availability of the plates to motorcycles.
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Providence Grain makes donations
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Pictured from left to right are: Dean Pawlick (BASF representative), Cody Hrehoretz, Tammy Pickett (President of the Andrew School Foundation) and Andy Teslia (Providence Grain). In front is Cody’s young daughter, Isabelle. STORY SUBMITTED Providence Grain Solutions and their growers, in conjunction with BASF - reinforced their commitment to supporting local community initiatives with the presentation of a cheque to the Andrew School Foundation in the amount of $500. The presentation was made as part of the AGSI and Partners “Grow With Your Community”program, which provides growers with the latest fungicide technology and leading edge agronomic support for their canola crop. In its third year, the
program provides clients with BASF Headline as part of their overall agronomic business plans. The treated fields are analyzed at harvest and any increase in production is donated in the grower’s name to the Stollery Childrenís Hospital Foundation. BASF matches the donations from the grower with the highest yield increase. Also included is a $500 donation on behalf of the participating grower Cody Hrehoretz - to the Andrew community, supporting the Andrew School Foundation. “Providence Grain Solutions is very excited
to be working with our growers and BASF with the Grow with Your Community program,”explains Andy Teslia, with Providence Grain Solutions in Waskatneau. “This is an excellent way for growers to support their local communities and a very worthwhile organization in the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Teslia went onto say: “It reinforces the importance that we as a company and as a group and certainly our growers place on making sure our communities are great places to live and work in.”
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6 - The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Elk Island Public Schools and Alberta Teachers Association Local No. 28 sign new agreement Board vice chair Holowaychuk says both groups brought forward ideas for change Both the Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Board of Trustees and Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) Local No. 28 have approved the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for a new collective agreement for teaching staff covering the period of September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2016, ensuring four years of labour peace and stability for students and families. As per the terms and conditions of the Framework Agreement between the provincial government and the provincial ATA, teachers’ salaries remain unchanged for the first three years and increase two per cent effective September 1, 2015. Teachers will also receive a one-time, lump-sum payment of one per cent of the annual salary effective
November 15, 2015. “The negotiation process has been respectful, professional, and collaborative,” says Colleen Holowaychuk, negotiations committee chair and board vice-chair. “Our two groups worked cooperatively to
bring forward ideas for change, to overcome barriers where they existed, and reach a place where we could all agree on the best collective agreement to move forward.” In addition to the wage increase, which applies to teachers’ salaries and
EIPS vice-chair Colleen Holowaychuk
allowances as well as substitutes and Continuing Education teachers. Highlights of the agreement include: * Increasing the teachers’ professional development fund to $218,000, effective September 1, 2014. * Increasing the travel allowance for teachers teaching at more than one school at least 1.0 km apart (to $1,500) or more than one school on the same campus (to $600), effective September 1, 2014. *Changing the required days of consecutive instruction substitutes must work, from five to four, before they move to grid salary on day three, effective September 1, 2014. *As part of the Framework Agreement, adding a new Letter of Understanding granting principals two paid leave
days per year, effective September 1, 2013. “The provincial Framework Agreement outlined a number of elements for our Negotiations Committee, but they did a lot of work to negotiate complex, local components of the Collective Agreement while remaining within a specified envelope of funding,” notes Board Chair Trina Boymook. “I’d like to acknowledge the dedicated work of the Committee and the outstanding relationship our Board has with the Local ATA. This ratified agreement ensures stability for our division in the coming years, and allows us to return our focus to our first priority. Providing quality education to our students.” “Like our Board of Trustees, Elk Island Public School’s teachers are pleased to have a
new collective agreement and to be getting our focus back on educating students,” says President of ATA Local No. 28 Bill Shields. “Our teachers are particularly pleased with the increase to funding for professional development. It demonstrates the Board’s recognition of the many ways education is changing and, consequently, the need for its teachers to have means and opportunities to keep pace.” EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving more than 16,600 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.
Snowplows busy on local highways
When you make influenza immunization an annual event, 13113KA0 you protect yourself, your family, and our community.
Influenza Immunization FALL INTO THE ROUTINE
Alberta’s annual inﬂuenza immunization program is ongoing. Inﬂuenza immunization is available, free of charge, to all Albertans six months of age and older. MICHELLE PINON PHOTO
Many motorists found themselves their in front of or behind snowplows this past weekend. This plow was headed north of the railways tracks on Highway 831 shortly after lunch. With a hefty dump of snow, it looks like winter is here to stay for at least another five months.
In your area, immunization continues to be offered at your local Public Health Ofﬁce or Community Health Centre. For more info, visit www.albertahealthservices.ca or call Health Link Alberta at 1.866.408.5465 (LINK).
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Bruderheim green thumb earns national title Bruderheim resident Oletha Lukawesky lets her green thumb do the talking. The results speak for themselves as Lukawesky had the best residential edible garden along with Sheila Natha of Ashcroft, BC in the 2013 Scotts Miracle-Gro Garden Contest that was part of the popular Communities In Bloom (CIB) annual competition. The Town of Bruderheim also received a four bloom rating and a special mention for positive partnerships during the 2013 National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies at Canada's Capital Region, Ottawa-Gatineau recently. We want to thank and congratulate all the participants for their achievements: it was truly a challenge to select the winners. We also want to take this opportunity to thank you for adding to the quality of life in your community. Within the context of climate change and environmental challenges, communities and individuals involved in Communities in Bloom can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society," stated Bob Lewis, national chair of CIB. "All I can say is we are truly blessed, we have a fantastic volunteer base in our community and it is
indeed the lifeblood of our community," stated Mayor Karl Hauch. "For the CIB in our town, this volunteer base starts with the Cotes. Bob & Sherry are the key cornerstones that make our CIB volunteer group what it is today! Hat’s off to them for the tremendous success we have achieved in a very short time for our community! Well done and congratulations Bruderheim CIB!" The community participated in the 1,001 - 2,000 population category. Following the evaluation, volunteer judges Lorna McIlroy and Ted Zarudny wrote: "Bruderheim (home of the brethren) is in the centre of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. This town is a great place to live and to visit because of the many positive partnerships that are built and maintained. Town council, administration, staff and volunteers all work together to accomplish great projects. Bruderheim also partners with neighbouring towns to coordinate environmental programs and emergency services. The town partners with surrounding industries to ensure that air quality, environmental sustain-
This is a picture of Oletha Lukawesky’s lush and bountifulgarden she grew this past summer.
Dinner Of Hope
ability and quality of life are maintained. Local businesses, churches, schools, service clubs and the agricultural society all work together for the betterment of the community. Most of these partnerships and programs involve the youth of the community." For the past 19 years, CIB has been honouring municipalities across Canada, the United States, Asia and Europe. CIB is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering cvic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces in communities.
Bruderheim resident Oletha Lukawesky poses with her certificate she received after winning the special contest.
A donation of toys, food, or cash will get your belly full while helping make a smile on Christmas .
All donations will go to the Lamont Food bank.
• Dinner starts at 7pm • • Karaoke following for those feeling the spirit • • Draws and specials •
November 29, 2013 Chipman Hotel
Lamont Christmas Light Up Committee will be opening the NEW Winter Wonder Lights and then hosting the Light Up Tour. Join Santa at 5:00 by the Town Office to take in this event and of course join the tour and see all the beautiful lights around town. We look forward to seeing everyone.
Lamont Christmas Light Up November 30th, 2013
8 - The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Mundareâ€™s new mayor Charlie Gargus ready to move forward with long-term plans Michelle Pinon Editor
Charlie Gargus, may be the new Mayor for the Town of Mundare, but he is not new to elected office or community service, and has the future in mind for this strong and vibrant community. "I felt very comfortable about joining the Mundare council in 2008, and now accepting the responsibilities of the Mayor's office because of the good work that was done by former Mayor Mike Saric, and the previous members on council. "It only makes sense to continue to move forward with the long range plans that were established at that time." Some of those plans included a Municipal Development Plan. "Main street work was completed and the upgrade to the storm sewers and sidewalks is often on display at conferences around the province. It is nice to see our hard work is recognized as a model for other small communities." Gargus went onto say that: "A town with a
small population does not have a large enough tax base to fix everything at once, so prudent budgeting is essential to address major projects. Three such major projects were done to complete the infrastructure in the Whitetail Subdivision, a sewage lift station, an aeration system at the lagoon and the access road upgrade at Highway 855." On the radar for upcoming projects are paving and upgrading the streets in town. "This process has begun with cleaning and inspection of the main line along 52 Ave. Over time, more work will be done as monies become available through grants and allotments from the province." In addition to these upgrades, council and administration will continue to work toward making the Town of Mundare an attractive place not only to visit, but to live, raise a family and start a business, says Gargus. "Our recreational components include sports such as curling, hockey, softball and camping for our residents and the
many who come to Mundare to use the hockey rink (run by the members of the Agricultural Society), the campsite and ball diamonds. Our museum is unique and special events held at the Ukrainian Catholic Church (Vidpust) attracts visitors as well." Gargus says the library board continues to enrich the lives of residents that love to read, and special interest groups such as the Parks and Playground Committee have built a spray park and will be following up with a skateboard and bike park. He adds, "Playground additions and upgrades with connecting walking/jogging trails are also being planned." With the renewal of Farmer's Day, and new events like Canada Day celebrations and the Motorcycle Ride for Dad, all add to the richness of life in Mundare and promote community building. "As a result of the all of the above, we are attracting young families to fil in the new school which will be completed in
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Jim Fitt, left, director with the Andrew Community Centre Association (ACCA) accepts a $1,000 cheque from Andrew Lions Club President Ron Stratichuk. The cheque will go towards the purchase of a new compressor for the ACCAâ€™s refrigeration system. 2014. Opportunities are here for involving more young people in their community. Several are already serving as volunteers with Mundare Fire and Rescue and with the playground committee." Gargus believes the interest to live in a clean and healthy environment is common among young and old, and there is an opportunity to partner with the ARSAN group to promote sustainable practices through the establishment of a HUB for sustainability education. "As a new mayor, I strongly believe in the
empowerment of those around me. All of those community members that work to run organizations that serve Mundare and district residents need the space to do what they love to do and the assistance that occasionally arises. As a team, mayor and council are here to help make this happen. Our
challenge is to work as a team to debate and examine the proposals before us, explore all options, and vote to provide the best service for the majority of the residents. I am so lucky to already have this in place and not have to expend copious amounts of energy to build a cohesive team."
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