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Former students of Georges P. Vanier School are being invited to attend a weekend-long reunion during this year's St. Jean Baptiste (SJB) Festival. The event runs June 19 to 21.

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Anyone who has watched AMC’s The Walking Dead or any of the old George Romero zombie flicks will likely agree $5 is a small price to pay for 10 tips on how to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Of course, those who do not believe in the potential of such things will have to be content that their $5 will be well spent on an evening’s entertainment.

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Gibbons, Alberta - Earlier this evening, on May 15th, 2015, Morinville RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 28A at the junction of Highway 643, east of Gibbons.

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Members of the Morinville Enforcement Services, Morinville RCMP, and Alberta Health Services were on hand volunteering their time for the annual Giddy Up and Go Bike Rodeo May 14. The free event ran from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and was open to children between the ages of 6 and 12.

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Ed Toupin, Manager of North Stations at AltaLink, gave a brief presentation to Council at their May 12 regular meeting. AltaLink is Alberta’s largest transmission company and is responsible for servicing electrical transmission lines that end up delivering power to 85% of Albertans, including those who live in Morinville.

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Stand up comedy returns to the Morinville Community Cultural Centre June 19 to kick off the annual St. Jean Baptiste Festival weekend. After a successful inaugural year, the Morinville Community Library and board are once again trading checking out books for promoting a live comedy show.

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Those looking up to the sound of cracks and bangs during this year’s St. Jean Baptiste Festival may be surprised to see they are the sounds of wood chipping and not the sound of fireworks exploding over head. The SJB Festival Committee recently voted in favour of shifting the $5000 usually allotted for a fireworks display to part of the prize package for an international lumberjack competition the group believes will draw spectators out to the normally soft Sunday time slots.

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The Town of Morinville is looking to borrow $1 million to go toward purchase of land for the new/arena recreation centre.

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The Morinville Public School Community Carnival has kicked the summer off for the past three years a week before the annual St. Jean Baptiste (SJB) Festival. This year, the highly successful event will take place during the latter festival weekend.

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Georges H. Primeau held their Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Graduation for Grade 6 students Friday. The five classes of students lined up to receive their certificates and to be congratulated by Morinville Community Peace Officer Cody Rossing, Principal Allan Menduk, RCMP Constable Jaimie Short, and teachers Scott Raypold and Stacey Schiller.

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It was a busy week for the arts in Morinville last week. MCHS performed their spring play, the cultural centre hosted two bands as part of National Youth Week, and Dance Connections put on back-to-back recitals on Saturday. Below are some photos and video of the week's events.

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Building relationships is going to be the major focus in the immediate future for newly elected Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Glenn van Dijken. According to Elections Alberta figures the Wildrose Party candidate topped the polls with 7,205 votes, followed by the NDP’s Tristan Turner with 6,233 and Progressive Conservative incumbent Maureen Kubinec with 4,878.

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The recent snowfall might have momentarily diverted people from thinking about summer, but Sobeys Morinville are laying out their summer best with an in-store food fair Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. "It's to get people to come in and try all our great new items," said franchise owner Shaun Thompson. "We have seven new burgers that have launched in the meat department,

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