People

People

Stories about people and groups in our community.

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by Stephen Dafoe with files from Lucie Roy Morinville – It has been many years since Roger Champagne was gunned down in Las Vegas by a man looking to feed his drug habit, but the Morinville man - well known for his dedication to the community - has never been forgotten by friends, family or the hundreds of Morinville Community High School (MCHS) students who have taken part in an annual mountain bike journey that carries his name...

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by Stephen Dafoe Morinville - There is a new full-service barber in town, one who brings with him 40 years worth of experience standing behind his barber chair. Mike Aboudib opened Mike’s Barber Shop at the beginning of April in the former M&M’s Hair Design location on 100 Street, next to Kelley’s Deli and Bakery...

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Robert Gaetz, a retired RCMP officer from Whitehorse, currently serving as a reservist, was visiting his brother in Morinville and wound up alerting police to the crime in progress. ...

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by Stephen Dafoe Morinville - A local mechanic, Morinville resident and NAIT student is getting ready to compete in the provincial leg of the annual Skills Canada competition. Albert Paquette, who is currently apprenticing to be an auto service technician at Technical Automotives in Morinville’s industrial park, will compete in his field at Skills Alberta May 14 and 15 in Edmonton...

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by Stephen Dafoe Morinville - Five years to the day after a Morinville woman was slain by her common law husband, a candle light vigil will be held in her memory and to raise awareness of domestic violence and the work the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation (JMMF) is doing to help women in need. The event will take place Apr. 29 at 7 p.m. at Morinville Christian School and all are welcome to attend. Martel’s mother, Lynne Rosychuk, said the event is an opportunity to remember her daughter a half decade after her passing...

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by Stephen Dafoe Morinville - Sitting at a table, coffee in hand, 18-year-old Wyatt Zieger looks like any other recent high school graduate. But as soon as he opens his mouth, one quickly realizes there is something a little theatrical about the man. The way he talks, the way he moves his hands, the slight smirk on his face and an underlying edginess are sure signs this guy has held a mic and done some comedy.

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by Stephen Dafoe Morinville - Set your PVRs. A well-known real estate couple will be appearing on your TV screen later this month. Don Summers and Doris Jolicoeur of Professional Reality will be on HGTV’s Caribbean Life Apr. 27 at 8 p.m. The couple recently did three full days of filming in St. Lucia to create the 30-minute program. ...

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Lucie Roy photos Morinville - Hundreds of local volunteers gathered for food, entertainment and recognition Friday night. The annual Volunteer Appreciation Night took place at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre once again. This year's theme was I Just Called To Say Thank You.

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by Stephen Dafoe Morinville resident David LeBel was the recipient of a citation from the province last week for his efforts assisting last summer with flood relief in High River. The 25-year-old welder and front man for the band Edgore said he was surprised to receive the package in the mail, but grateful for the recognition. “It was really unexpected,” LeBel said. “I opened it up and there was this award. At first I didn’t know how to react...

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by Stephen Dafoe Cardiff – Though many slo-pitch players would probably wish the snow would just go away so they can put cleats to grass and shale, it did not stop softball players from hitting the snowy fields at Cardiff Hall recently for the annual Sno-Pitch fundraiser for Youth Basketball. Sixteen teams took to eight makeshift diamonds for the yearly tournament, an afternoon of sports followed by an evening of food and music. Parents of local youth basketball players volunteer to make the event a success….