LED bilingual board landmarks Legal centennial

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Mayor Ken Baril, Maureen Kubinec, MLA Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock cheque presentation to David Frechette, President of ACFA Regionale de Centralta.

by Lucie Roy

Legal will soon have 360 square feet of bilingual digital message area, thanks to a contribution from the province. The Association Canadienne-Francaise de l’Alberta (ACFA)-Regionale Centralta were presented a cheque in the amount of $42,960 by Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Maureen Kubinec Friday afternoon. Kubinec made the presentation to David Frechette, President of ACFA Regionale de Centralta, on behalf of the Honourable Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture.

Genevieve Lehoux, ACFA Regionale de Centralta Administrator, said the double-sided digital display board will be approximately 18 feet tall by 10 feet wide. Location has yet to be determined, but will be similar in appearance to the display boards operated by the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce.

The LED Community Board, the first bilingual board in Legal, will be available for use by all organizations, and will help promote programs, concerts, shows, sporting and fundraising events, to more than 21,000 people from the communities of Legal and surrounding area. The board will advertise in French and English to show a strong Francophone presence and as a reminder of the francophone pioneers.

Lehoux said ACFA Centralta has also received support from major financial partners, Alliance Pipeline and Monsanto Funds, as well as support of numerous community partners, including the Citadelle`s Parent Council, the Economic Development Council of Alberta (CDEA) and the Knights of Columbus. Lehoux said the approximately $90,000 LED Community Board is a homage to the pioneers and settlers of Legal. This is ACFA Centralta 100th anniversary gift to the town, ACFA`s legacy.

“Your organization is to be commended on its hard work in connection with this project,” Kubinec said in presenting the cheque. “It will have a positive effect on the quality of life in the Community.”

The cheque is part of the Community Initiatives Program that assists Albertans in partnership with the Government of Alberta to enrich the quality of family and community life in the province.

In attendance for the presentation was Legal Mayor Ken Baril, Carol Tremblay, ACFA Regionale de Centralta President David Frechette, Director Cathy Pellerin, Advisor Yannick Cimon and Administrator Genevieve Lehoux and from the Centralta Tourism Society, President Jules Jasmin and Ernest Chauvet.

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