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Familiar face at familiar grocery store

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – There is a familiar face roaming the aisles of the Morinville Sobeys these days. Stuart Trenchard is back to run the store but this time as franchise owner.

A long-time resident of Morinville, Trenchard worked his way up through the grocery business starting as a stock boy in the local IGA at the age of 14. Over the next six-and-a-half years as he worked his way through school Trenchard also worked his way through various positions in the store. After graduating from NAIT with a major in marketing… […]

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Arts & Culture

Community Cultural Centre opens with heart

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – With the keys to the under budget and ahead of completion date Community Cultural Centre in hand, Morinville’s business community had the opportunity to be the first to be wined, dined and toured through the new facility ahead of its official opening June 11 and 12… […]

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Morinville parent delivers cookies to Dave Hancock

By Stephen Dafoe

Edmonton – Morinville parent Thomas Kirsop arrived at the Alberta Legislature Thursday morning with enough cookies to feed plenty of politicians and government employees as well. But the delivery of biscuits and cookies wasn’t intended as a coffee break snack, it was a symbolic gesture to advise Education Minister Dave Hancock that – in Kirsop’s opinion – he is not doing his job with respect to the secular education issue in Morinville… […]

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Ron Cust Morinville Rotary’s third Integrity award recipient

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – When Morinville Fire Chief Ron Cust walked into Wednesday night’s Rotary meeting in Morinville, he fully expected to deliver a speech on this year’s St. Jean Baptiste Festival and how groups like Rotary can attract and retain volunteers. But Cust was brought to Rotary on false pretences – the real reason for his being summoned was to receive the club’s Integrity Award, the third the Morinville service club has given out in its 15-year history… […]

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Sturgeon County Fire Update

Submitted by Sturgeon County

Sturgeon County – Emergency Services crews, along with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) crews are continuing to work at extinguishing the fires in the area… […]

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Morinville looking to set some community standards

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Residents who fight in public, loiter or disturb the peace could find themselves with a stiff fine if a new bylaw coming before Morinville Town Council is passed. So too could property owners who don’t look after their lawns or who release unpleasant odours into their neighbour’s yards.

Morinville Town Council spent part of their May 17 Committee of the Whole meeting discussing and asking questions about a new Community Standards Bylaw administration will bring to council for first reading sometime in June… […]

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Morinville comes through for Slave Lake evacuees

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Trucks and trailers loaded with food and clothing donations for Slave Lake evacuees left the Ray McDonald Sports Centre for Westlock, Athabasca and Alexander First Nation Tuesday afternoon. A Champion Petfoods trailer was more than half full with donations for Westlock, while a smaller trailer was full of donations for Athabasca. Two pickup trucks were also loaded with materials for evacuees being brought to Alexander… […]

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Sturgeon County fire update

The wildland fire that is burning north of Township Road 560 along the Sturgeon River, between Range Roads 224 and Range 225, south east of Casa Vista is currently under control. Sturgeon County Emergency Services crews, along with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) crews are continuing to work at extinguishing the fire…. […]

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Arts & Culture

Caring clowns choose connections over comedy

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – It’s a Friday night in Morinville and Chiklit takes the stage during an open mic night at the Higher Grounds coffee house. She starts with a couple of mind reading numbers and follows it up with an impressive little rope trick that gets the crowd applauding and cheering. But for Chiklit and her clowning partner Odelia, the real magic is what lies deep beneath the grease paint – a caring heart and a strong desire to make a connection with others… […]