Around the town – midweek edition

Queen for a day
Four Morinville women got the royal treatment at the Royal Canadian Legion on Family Day during a Queen Elizabeth II lookalike contest. From left are Marylou Wagler, Claire Yvonne Keane, Amanda Lambert and Mary Gibeault, the latter of whom took first place in the competition. Gibeault has often been told she looks like the Queen and even shares the Monarch’s birthday, although Gibeault is a year younger. Morinville’s top royal lookalike received $100 plus a crown necklace. The other winners each received $50. A total of nine would-be queens entered the competition, part of a Diamond Jubilee event held at the Legion and organized by the Ladies Auxiliary. – Lucie Roy Photo

Man of the hour
Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta,the Honourable Ken Kowalski,was honoured at the Queen’s Jubilee Celebration held at the Morinville Legion Feb. 20. Kowalski, who is stepping down when the next election is called, shared the cake cutting duties with his wife Kristina and daughter Lori Ann. Approximately 100 attended the Diamond Jubilee event. –Lucie Roy Photo

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Shrove Tuesday
Primeau Student Council member Rachel Bourque helped serve up 800 waffles on Shrove Tuesday. Student Council members were at the school by 7 a.m. to be ready to start serving the entire school by 8 a.m. Shrove Tuesday is observed by Catholics throughout North America on the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. – Lucie Roy Photo

Let your French flag fly
Mary Krykowsky and Yvonne Regimbald of Legal look over the
Franco-Albertan flag. For the fourth consecutive year the Franco-Albertan
flag raising will be simultaneously held in 23 communities across Alberta on Mar. 2 at 11 a.m. In Morinville the event will be held at Ecole Georges P. Vanier School. From Mar. 9-25 festivities will be held nationally during Rendez-vous de la Francophonie. Statistics Canada data from 2006 shows 68,435 Albertans who listed French as their mother tongue. Total French speakers were recorded as 66,995. – Lucie Roy Photo

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