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August 4, 2020

 Lakeland College Alumni Hall. Photo Elaina John

Lakeland College is returning in the fall with a blended learning experience.
Due to COVID-19, the college has revised occupancy loads and have various measures in place to ensure social distancing guidelines are met. Classrooms will have fewer students with desks and work areas spaced out according to the six-foot government recommendation, with plexiglass barriers directional g...

August 4, 2020

 Youth barrel racing. Photo Elaina John

3 Cities Fairgrounds in Paradise Valley hosted a Gymkhana event on July 28.
Many participants in the gymkhana events were returning from Paradise Valley’s Horse Camp, which took place from July 14 to July 16. The gymkhana events were for all ages, divided into the groups: peewee (nine and under), youth (10-14), and intermediate (14-17). Adults were able to participate in all open events....

August 4, 2020

COVID-19 cases in Central Alberta continue to climb.
Central Alberta has identified 173 new cases from July 24-30, leaving the region at a total of 254 active cases.
As of July 30, there are no longer any active cases in the County of Vermilion River, the Municipal District of Bonnyville, or the County of St. Paul. However, the Municipal District of Wainwright is now up to 11 active cases and sadly one death. Flagstaff County...

August 4, 2020

The golfing season is looking abundant for Mannville Golf course this year.
“We’re having a great year, the course is selling itself,” said golf course manager Kent Staden. Staden credits COVID-19 for the busy season, as golfing is a sport that is easy to do while social distancing. Riverview’s campgrounds have also been busy, as Staden reports that they have been sold out since the May long weekend.

August 4, 2020

 Horse Camp attendees. Photo submitted

3 Cities Fairgrounds in Paradise Valley hosted a horse day camp from July 14 to 16.
The Paradise Valley Horse Camp started when older members of the Light Horse Committee passed the torch to a younger generation, who wanted to create an environment to teach horse showing, horsemanship skills, and equine maintenance. Thus, the new Light Horse Committee members organized an annual horse camp...

July 28, 2020

 Rhonda Berg, truck draw winner. Photo submitted

On July 22, the Lea Park truck draw was held.
This year would have been the 66th Rodeo, but due to COVID-19, the rodeo was cancelled this year. Tickets for the draw were sold in a 50- mile radius, with proceeds of the truck draw going towards the upkeep of the facilities at Lea Park.
“We feel gratified that the surrounding community supports us so well,” stated Rick Hozack, treas...

July 21, 2020

Reflections Funeral and Cremation Services Staff. Back row from left: Joe Bucharski, Colleen Berg, Gerald Martin, Alison Bete, and Rob Pulyk. Front row from left: Bill Poliakiwski, Michelle Feist, Bethany Jacula, Candice Anderson, Jim Storch, and John Lawrence. Missing from the photo is Sherry Martin. Photo Elaina John

Reflections Funeral and Cremation Services will begin to offer funeral services on August 1, but due to renova...

July 21, 2020

Songshan Flint with Flint Farms selling honey products. Photo Elaina John

The Farmer’s Market reopened on July 14 with new management, new guidelines, and new hours.
The Farmer’s Market was originally run by Evelyn Throndson and Betty Selte, however, the two decided to retire from the role of management, and may come back as vendors at a later time. Soon after the announcement that Throndson and Selte were stepping down, the El...

July 21, 2020

As of July 20, we are witnessing a slow, steady increase of local cases.
There is now one active case in the County of Vermilion River, three active cases in the Municipal District of Wainwright, one active case in the Municipal District of Bonnyville, four active cases in the County of Two Hills, two active cases in the County of Minburn, three active cases in Flagstaff County, eight active cases in Camrose, and four active c...

July 21, 2020

From left: Keith Fransson (Urban Systems), Mayor Mary Arnold, Deputy Mayor Don Berquest, CAO James Warren, Ryan Verwey (Chandos project manager), and Matt Boucher (Chandos project superintendent). Photo Elaina John

After four years of coordinating funding, permits, and contracts, Paradise Valley is finally able to begin construction on a new water treatment plant, and they celebrated with a sod turning on July 13.
The village h...

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