Legal Mayor Ken Baril, Centennial Planning Committee Chair Wilma Weiss, and Town of Legal CAO Robert Proulx were presented a $1,000 cheque from Dora L’Heureux on behalf of Fortis Alberta Friday morning. The donation will go towards the Legal 100th anniversary celebrations to take place Sept 5-7. – Lucie Roy photo
by Lucie Roy
The Town of Legal will hold their centennial celebrations Sept. 5 to 7, and held a press conference Friday morning to announce a few details about the plans for that event. Some of the weekend’s activities include a concert with country singer Aaron Lines, military displays, an on-site museum of Legal’s history, family games, and fireworks.
Mayor Ken Baril said he is really excited with the events planned for the town’s centennial and said they will be inviting all the founding families, acknowledging previous mayors and providing a weekend-long celebration with many family events. “Community is not community without family,” Mayor Baril said.
Centennial Planning Committee Chair Wilma Weiss said her committee is also excited to recognize and acknowledge Legal’s military presence because 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.
Incorporated as a village on Feb. 20 1914, Legal was granted town status by the province Jan. 1, 1998. In 1994 the parishioners of Legal celebrated the centennial anniversary of the November 1894 arrival of the first two pioneers in Legal: Mr. Theodore Gelot and Eugene Menard. Those first settlers had read a pamphlet on colonization published by Morinville’s founder, Father Jean Baptiste Morin, and decided to come and visit the region north of Morinville. Father Morin would make his first trip to Legal in 1898.
The community has come a long way since those days, and Legal’s Chief Administrative Officer Robert Proulx said he was thankful to the past mayors and staff that lead the community to the “nice, clean family-oriented town” it is today. However, it hasn’t been elected officials and employees that have built the community alone. “Volunteerism is huge,” Proulx said. “We are very fortunate.”
The press conference included a $1,000 cheque presentation to the Centennial Planning Committee from Dora L’Heureux, Stakeholder Relations Manager, Customer Service on behalf of Fortis Alberta.