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People

Stories about people and groups in our community.

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Sturgeon County Division 4 Councillor Jerry Kaup said, “The Big Yes” that he is running again. His love for the County and its future and all of the people asking him to run again are some of the reasons he is throwing his hat back in for re-election as Division 4 Councillor.

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by Stephen Dafoe When Channel 8: Morinville Evening News released its first online broadcast, we published an editorial welcoming them to the area’s growing media...

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On Sunday family and friends gathered at the Rendez Vous Centre for the 100 Birthday Celebration in honour of Oscar Joseph Hittinger. Some travelled from as far as North Vancouver, Vancouver Island to Regina SK. to be present. Among the attendees was Hittinger's 101 year old sister Justine Hergott from Youville, where he also resides. His daughter Carol Kaup was the emcee for the event. She said they are a musical family and her son Rob and his wife Danielle of the Two Bad Apples entertained the crowd with some of her Dad's favourite songs as he was a musician and had his own band in later years. His Great Granddaughter Natalie LaBuick sang You Are My Sunshine. Eddie Bulger sang a few numbers including the Aberta 100 song titled, Ourr Community, Our Heritage, Our Pride which he dedicated to Oscar Hittinger. Speakers included the four children of Oscar Hittinger,Mary Lou Kastelic,Lorne and Wayne Hittinger and Carol Kaup. Ron Cust spoke of his Goddfather Oscar Hittinger, how they share the Oscar name, the naming Committee, a district in Morinville named after the Hittinger family and the contributions the family has made to Morinville. Certificates and Congratulatory messages from the Pope, the Queen, Governor General of Canada,Prime Minister of Canada, and Premier of Alberta were on display. Oscar is the grandson of the original Hittinger who had a homestead in Morinville in 1891. In 1891 Peter Hittinger moved from North Dakota with his parents Mr and Mrs. Michael Hittinger. He homesteaded here and in 1904 married Katharine Steffes.They had five sons, Mathias, Michael, Oscar, Anthony and Vernon and three daughters. Oscar married Katherine Cust, daughter of James and Daisy Cust in June 1946. The legacy includes 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

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Above: Bumper to Bumper/ Home Hardware presented a cheque for just shy of $6000 to the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation Wednesday. The money raised came from registration fees for the vehicles, the hot dog stand (donated by Spiker Equipment) and t-shirt sales. Additional monies were generated from a 50/50 and birdhouse sales.

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Bumper to Bumper/ Home Hardware presented a cheque for just shy of $6000 to the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation Wednesday. The money raised came from registration fees for the vehicles, the hot dog stand (donated by Spiker Equipment) and t-shirt sales. Additional monies were generated from a 50/50 and birdhouse sales.

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Gib Boddez was one of two people selected from Morinville to receive the Senator's Contribution Award. The Award is in recognition of his outstanding dedication to the Town of Morinville community through volunteerism and civic engagement. The certificate and accompanying letter are signed by The Honourable Douglas Black, Q.C. Senator- Alberta.

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Under the Cemeteries Act, there are two groups that can operate a cemetery - municipalities and religious organizations. Since the late 1800s, when Catholic settlers first came to the area, that service has been provided in Morinville by St. Jean Baptiste Church. Since 1976, they have provided the service for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

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Above: Brian Hutchings, Sheila Scharmann, Kristine McDonnell and Lisa Cooke were happy to chat and provide lunch Saturday.

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Photos by Lucie Roy Murray Knight, Director with the Morinville Historical and Cultural Society, said this was the 7th year for the event and that...

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The Morinville Legion held an Open House on Canada Day with displays in the hall, door prizes, food and karaoke in the Fox Hole Lounge. The 3061 (1CER) Morinville Royal Canadian Army Cadets had their video of their trip to Vimy playing in the background.