The week in photos

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Poster winners
Dolly Bolen, Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch Poster Contest Coordinator with the SRCW Grade 6 winners: first place, Skyla Belanger from Primeau School, second place Caleb Lutz from Camilla and third place winer Ashley Oloske of Legal School. Assisting in the presentations, Past President and Chair Margaret Romanowski. SRCW awarded each first place winner $50, second $40 and third $30 and each received a Certificate.

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Good neighbours
The Morinville Fire Department got a call Thursday night to visit their nextdoor neighbour Guardian Drugs to deal with a small electrical motor fire. The department did not have far to go, nor did they take long to respond to the matter. Firefighters are seen here setting up fans to clear smoke out of the local drug store.

– Stephen Dafoe Photo

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Open house, open wound
MCHS Drama teacher Vanessa King mugs for the camera at the school’s Open House Thursday night, which drew record attendance numbers. In addition to providing students with info from colleges, universities, Canadian Forces, PCL Construction, EMS, RCMP, and the Morinville Fire Department, visitors had the opportunity to sample school activities including cheerleading, the school’s TV studio, haridressing and the new urban agriculture program.

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Glasses to go
The Morinville Lions club have been collecting used glasses from Morinville and area residents and from a number of drop off points in town for a few years. It has resulted in more than 3,056 pairs of glasses being collected and distributed around the world. It costs the Lions International less than eight cents US to change someone’s life by providing a pair of recycled eyeglasses. The glasses are sorted at a Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center by volunteers, separating the sunglasses, broken frames and single lenses from intact pairs.

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Hearing the WORD
A member of the Remnant Sons, a Christian motorcycle club, listens to speaker Matty Coppin’s presentation God’s Not Dead Saturday morning during the Father’s House’s CARE Conference 2014. The weekend long conference had five speakers delivering a variety of topics from a faith perspective and ended Saturday night with a Youth Rally.
– Stephen Dafoe Photo

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Youth Rally
Keynote presenter Anthony Greco leads prayer at the end of a youth rally held at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre Saturday night. The event drew about 125 youth and adults to hear Greco, the senior pastor of Calgary Life Church, a man who has spoken in some 30 countries. The rally was the conclusion of a Care Conference put on by the Father’s House Christian Fellowship.
– Stephen Dafoe Photo

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The grand band finale
Georges H. Primeau Grade 5 and 6 Final Concert was held Mar. 11 in the school gymnasium before a packed audience. The Grade 5 Semester Band performed sectionals in trombones, flutes, clarinets, saxophones and trumpets and a few members performed First Blues and Solid State Soloists. The Grade 6 Semester Band performed sectionals on low brass, flutes, trumpets, saxophones and clarinets with soloists performing That Fateful Night and Night Riders.

Above: Members of the Grade 5 Band perform.

– Lucie Roy Photo

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What a difference a half hour makes

The house and garage located at the corner of 100 Street and 97 Avenue (across from Drayden Insurance) was demolished Thursday afternoon to make way for a new building for the law firm of Putnam and Lawson. The demolition took 30 minutes.

– Lucie Roy Photo

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Fire Chief Ron Cust recognized on his retirement after 35 years of service

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A silver firefighter helmet, helmet-shaped cake and kind words awaited retired Fire Chief Ron Cust Mar. 11 during a special presentation from Morinville Town Council.

Cust, Morinville’s Fire Chief for the past 12 years, started with the town as a firefighter in 1976 and progressed through various firefighting, emergency medical and fire management positions, culminating with his appointment to Fire Chief in April 2002.

“We wanted to take the opportunity on this, your official last day, to recognize your 36 years of service to the community,” said Mayor Lisa Holmes in making the presentation to Cust. “You haven’t just been the chief fire fighter, you have been the chief protector to the whole community.”

The Chief was visibly moved by the show of support from friends, family and fellow firefighters. “When you talk about leaving something behind, its not about leaving the equipment, it’s about leaving the…men who are leading into the future,” Cust said.

Deputy Brad Boddez is now Acting Fire Chief.

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