Party causes people to get neighbourly

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One-year-old Chase Letourneau enjoys some grub during a block party on 86 Street Friday night. See story and photos on Page XXX. – Stephen Dafoe Photo

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Morinville – A party in the neighbourhood can sometimes lead to bad blood between neighbours and a phone call to the police, but for 86 Street resident Andre Houle and about 17 families on his street, the idea of a party was welcomed.

Houle and his wife Lisa organized Friday night’s block party on 86 Street, one which was well attended. Kids played while dogs grilled and an entire street got to know one another a little better.

“Basically it was just to get to know everybody,” Houle said, adding he built his home six years ago when there was no one living in the cul-de-sac. “We decided to meet some neighbours. With 11 or 12 younger kids on the block – they get to know each other and hopefully get to play together over the summer when school gets out.”

Houle said he went door to door inviting his neighbours. “Everyone was able to attend but one family. “It worked out really well. We got really good attendance,” he said.

Neighbour Andre Letourneau said he was pleased to be part of the event. “It’s a really good idea,” he said. “You see sometimes that everybody kind of keeps to themselves, but it was a good idea from our neighbours Andre and Lisa. “It got everybody together and it kind of brings us together to look out for one another. Once you get to now everybody, I’m sure it’s going to be handy.”

Houle said based on the success of the first event, they may extend next year’s block party further into the neighbourhood. The block party organizer said he received strong support from the Town of Morinville to close the road for the event.

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Above: Andre Letourneau (left) receives a freshly grilled hot dog from neighbour and block party organizer Andre Houle Friday night. Eighteen families participated in the block party on 86 Street. – Stephen Dafoe Photos

Above right: Neighbours get to known one another in the middle of the road.

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