Talk about the towns

Compiled by Étienne Thevou

This past week and weekend has certainly been a busy one for people being recognized both for their achievements and for attending a multitude of events.

A Sub-sational achievement
Bhagyesh (left) and Rimpal Patel, owners of the Morinville Subway franchise, were honoured by Mayor Lloyd Bertschi and Morinville Town Council Sept. 14. The two men, together with their wives, were recently honoured by being selected as North American Subway franchise of the year. Council presented the Patels with a framed certificate from the Town and Mayor Bertschi commended the local businessmen on their achievement.

A triple opener
Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Ken Kowalski and Westlock-St. Paul MP Brian Storseth were on hand in Legal Friday night to officially open two playgrounds and a trail.

The three recently-completed recreational projects were funded by federal, provincial and municipal dollars.

Gathering for a ribbon cutting at the Knights of Columbus Playground, and interspersed among some appreciative children, were from left: Councillor Gena Bennett, Councillor Cassandra Ouellette, Brian Storseth, Ken Kowalski and Legal Mayor Albert St. Jean.

Both the Knights of Columbus and Centennial playgrounds benefited from $31,500 in Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) dollars from the province, $17,000 in funding through the federal government’s Recreational Infrastructure Canada program (RINC). Additionally, the Town of Legal contributed $2,500 to each of the two parks.

The ribbon cutting also symbolically opened the Legal walking trail. The trail project was funded by the federal and provincial governments, with the province contributing $32,305 through MSI and the feds contributing $16,142.50 through RINC.

The federal government also contributed $8,000 in RINC dollars to Legal’s gazebo, a project that was mainly built with volunteer labour and MSI contributions from the province.

Six-year-old Evan Charrois, dressed like a scarecrow, takes a hard look at one of the entries in the Cob-Toberfest scarecrow making competition.

Legal gathers to meet the community

The Town of Legal held its annual meet the community night Friday evening. This year’s event was called Cob-Toberfest – a play on words between Octoberfest and the fact that there was plenty of corn for residents to eat, along with lots of other fine foods.

The annual event is an opportunity for Legal residents to come out for an evening of community spirit and fellowship. This year’s Meet Your Community Night had a home-made scarecrow competition with prizes from Prairie Gardens Adventure Farm and a scavenger hunt and scarecrow dress up contest hosted by ExamBank.

Talkin’ about art
The Morinville Public Library celebrated Alberta Arts Days over the weekend. Saturday afternoon saw a number of young artists gather to discuss art and to employ their techniques. From left: Alexis Ebert, Nicole Savoie, Rory Turner and Colette Bachand.

Additionally, the library had a performance from a local rapper and a display of photographs by owner and editor Stephen Dafoe.

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