Sunday afternoon recap

For those who were too busy during the week to keep caught up on local news, here’s a Sunday afternoon recap of the main stories and their links from this past week, preceded by this week’s Adopt-a-Pet feature.

fern adopt a pet
Fern is a 1-year-old Domestic Shorthair Brown Tabby. She has been spayed, microchipped, dewormed and has all her vaccines up to date. She is very nervous and scared, but a very lovely little kitty. If you are interested in meeting her, do not hesitate to ask the staff at the clinic or give the Morinville Veterinary Clinic a phone call at 780-939-3133.

Here Are Last Week’s Main Stories

Churches unite for World Day of Prayer
Christians from three local churches will unite with followers from around the world on the first Friday in March for the Annual World Day of Prayer. The Catholic Women’s League from St. Jean Baptiste Church, Morinville United Church and host St. Andrews Anglican Church will put their hands and their prayers together at Heritage Lodge Mar. 7. The event takes place at 1:30 p.m. and all are welcome.

Morinville woman to receive International Women’s Day recognition
Morinville mother Brandi Robertson (not actual last name) was nominated in the Child Advocate and Unsung Heroine categories by Morinville and Sturgeon County residents Leah Elzinga, Eva Scrimshaw and Sarah Hall.

Another Morinville woman to receive International Women’s Day award
Morinville resident Rebecca Balanko was selected as the recipient in the Youth Empowerment category. She was nominated by Dayna Hryhirchuk, Nicholas Valcourt and former Women’s Day award recipient Sarah Hall.

Third Morinville woman up for Women’s Day award
Kaileen Chisholm is this year’s recipient in the Youth category. Jessica Baily and Terra Bell nominated her for her dedication to making a difference in the world.

Council Applies New Math to 2014 Budget
After adding and subtracting many items, Council unanimously passed Second Reading of the 2014 Capital and Operating Budget, decreasing the proposed budget by $45,500, the difference between 98,000 in cuts and 52,500 in additions.

Morinville Council Briefs
Council approved Second Reading of the Waste Management Bylaw, which establishes the rates and pick-up schedules for solid waste and organics collection. Councillor Dafoe pressed Administration for options for the high-volume solid waste producers that can’t wait two weeks for garbage pick-up.

Local schools join in Pink Shirt Day movement
Nearly two weeks after Morinville students shaved their pink hair for the Annual Hair Massacure cancer fundraiser, students were once again sporting the pink for the Annual Pink Shirt Day, an Anti-Bullying Awareness initiative that began in Nova Scotia in 2007 and has since spread across the country with some provinces taking part the last Wednesday in February, others on the second Thursday in September

MCHS offering university classes
MCHS students are now benefitting from a five-year agreement signed last year between the Greater St. Albert Catholic School District and MacEwan University School of Business that allows students to earn university level credits while attending high school, a program that is the first of its kind in the region.

Champion Petfoods wins provincial award
Champion Petfoods is the recipient of an Alberta Chambers of Commerce Award of Distinction in the Export Category. The local manufacture of premium pet foods was presented with the award at a gala dinner Friday night at the Radisson Hotel Edmonton South.

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