Talk of the Town

Above: A bird of another colour – Barbara MacArthur sent us this photo of a female Evening Grosbeak that she snapped in her backyard bird feeder.

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We like Mike
Everybody loves Mike Porlier at Home Hardware and this group of Notre Dame students were no exception. The students visited Home Hardware for a tour and to plant flowers for Mothers’ Day. Thanks to Kindergarten teacher Desiree Samchuk for sending us the photo.

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We’re silly about the Dilly

The Dairy Queen crew was spotted last Wednesday night at the Fire Hall handed out free Dilly Bars to fiRefighters and guests. The new location opens in town May 14. The last time we saw people this excited about something opening in town was when we got our beloved Tim Hortons.

New principal coming to town

Everybody we’ve talked to are pretty sad to see Mr. Todd Eistetter leaving Morinville Community High School at the end of this school year. He’s been a great principal for the school and made sure to connect the school with the community and the community with the school. We hear that Mr. Don Hinks has been appointed as the principal of MCHS beginning in August. He is currently the principal of Eleanor Hall School in Clyde. We’re pretty sure he’ll receive a good welcome from the students, staff and everyone else involved at MCHS.

A Rosie future for this one

Morinville’s Braden Rooke was the recipient of a Rosie award for his documentary Long Road Home along with director Stephanie Volk.

Rooke received the award at the Alberta Media Production Industries Association Awards. The documentary, which Morinville News did a story on a few weeks ago, tells the story of Canadian pop star Alfie Zappacosta.

Locals earn recognition for free throws

Free throws earned some Morinville and area youth provincial recognition in the Annual Knights of Columbus Alberta – Northwest Territories Free Throw Championship. Jules Froment took 2nd place in the Girls Aged 12 category, and Hayley Deveau took third spot in the Girls Aged 13 category. Ayakah Paziuk took fourth place in the Girls Aged 10 category and Andrew Seguin placed third in the Boys Aged 13 category.

People doing the right thing

A big tip of the hat to the residents of Morinville and Sturgeon County that have stepped up to help Fort McMurray residents who have taken refuge in our community. Though we managed to capture a few stories in our Page 2 feature story this week, there are just too many people and businesses that are are helping those needing help to thank them all.


Demonstrating their skills
National Firefighters Awareness Weekwas last week and the Morinville Fire Department invited residents to their Open House & Vehicle Extrication Demo Wednesday night. The same day, the Department sent three firefighters to assist in Fort McMurray.

– Stephen Dafoe Photo


Knockin’ down the house

A house at 103 (Jacques Cartier) Street and 102 (Morin) Avenue located in Olde Towne Morinville, almost across from the Legion, was demolished May 4. The infill development will have a side by side duplex with two parking spots per unit on the property.

– Lucie Roy Photo


Digging the new location

Work is underway on the new Circle K convenience store and gas station on 100 Avenue and Grandin. Canadian-based Alimentation Couche-Tard announced in the fall of 2015 that it would be replacing its Mac’s chain of stores with Circle K stores. The Mac’s brand began in 1962 as Mac’s Milk, but evolved into the present day Mac’s in 1975. The company plans to have the rebanding in place throughout Canada by spring of 2017.

– Stephen Dafoe Photo

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