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Army Cadet Corps holds change of command ceremony

by Lucie Roy

A Change of Command Ceremony for the 3061 1 CER RCACC (Combat Engineer Regiment Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps) took place May 27 at the Morinville Curling Club with incoming Commanding Officer Captain Doug Marietta taking over for outgoing Commanding Officer Captain Ed Bishop…. […]

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The week in photos

by Morinville News Staff

Another week of varied activities in Morinville. Here is a snapshot of what our camera lenses uncovered this past week. … […]

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Collision scenario once again drives impaired driving message home [VIDEO]

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Sirens screamed through the streets behind Morinville Community High School (MCHS) Wednesday morning as police, paramedics and firefighters arrived at the scene of a two-vehicle collision that claimed the life of two teenagers, sent another to hospital, and saw a fourth charged with impaired driving. The upside to Wednesday’s student tragedy was the fact the deceased took off the theatrical makeup and walked away, the injured student climbed out of the ambulance and returned to class, and the impaired student’s charge was purely for show… […]

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Arts & Culture

Aspen residents get theatrical

Lucie Roy photos

The Aspen Drama Club put on a production of The Goat Who Hated Easter by Mary Engquist May 15. The comedic skit was produced and directed by Aspen Recreation Aide Patti McLelland. Cast members included Vera Uchacz as Mama Duck… […]

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People

MCHS students show off their SKILLS

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville Community High School sent two competitors to this year’s Skills Alberta competition held May 14 and 15 in Edmonton. The annual competition pits the province’s best students in a number of trades and skills against one another in a two-day competition. Alyson Benson is competing for the third time in the Graphic Design category and Samantha Ringuette will represent the school in Photography for the second time. Both students are hoping for a win in their respective SKILLS division, a victory that would send them on to national competition in Toronto June 4 to 7… […]

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Bike ride pedals on in memory of fallen Morinville resident

by Stephen Dafoe with files from Lucie Roy

Morinville – It has been many years since Roger Champagne was gunned down in Las Vegas by a man looking to feed his drug habit, but the Morinville man – well known for his dedication to the community – has never been forgotten by friends, family or the hundreds of Morinville Community High School (MCHS) students who have taken part in an annual mountain bike journey that carries his name… […]

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Business

Morinville’s newest barber is really cut out for the job

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – There is a new full-service barber in town, one who brings with him 40 years worth of experience standing behind his barber chair. Mike Aboudib opened Mike’s Barber Shop at the beginning of April in the former M&M’s Hair Design location on 100 Street, next to Kelley’s Deli and Bakery… […]

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Business

Morinville mechanic to test his skills at provincial competition

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – A local mechanic, Morinville resident and NAIT student is getting ready to compete in the provincial leg of the annual Skills Canada competition. Albert Paquette, who is currently apprenticing to be an auto service technician at Technical Automotives in Morinville’s industrial park, will compete in his field at Skills Alberta May 14 and 15 in Edmonton… […]

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Candlelight vigil honours Morinville woman’s passing

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Five years to the day after a Morinville woman was slain by her common law husband, a candle light vigil will be held in her memory and to raise awareness of domestic violence and the work the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation (JMMF) is doing to help women in need. The event will take place Apr. 29 at 7 p.m. at Morinville Christian School and all are welcome to attend. Martel’s mother, Lynne Rosychuk, said the event is an opportunity to remember her daughter a half decade after her passing… […]

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Arts & Culture

Local comedian making name for himself one laugh at a time

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Sitting at a table, coffee in hand, 18-year-old Wyatt Zieger looks like any other recent high school graduate. But as soon as he opens his mouth, one quickly realizes there is something a little theatrical about the man. The way he talks, the way he moves his hands, the slight smirk on his face and an underlying edginess are sure signs this guy has held a mic and done some comedy. […]

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Arts & Culture

From real estate to reality TV – local realtors to appear on HGTV

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Set your PVRs. A well-known real estate couple will be appearing on your TV screen later this month. Don Summers and Doris Jolicoeur of Professional Reality will be on HGTV’s Caribbean Life Apr. 27 at 8 p.m.

The couple recently did three full days of filming in St. Lucia to create the 30-minute program. … […]

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Local News

Morinville gathers to recognize its volunteers

Lucie Roy photos

Morinville – Hundreds of local volunteers gathered for food, entertainment and recognition Friday night. The annual Volunteer Appreciation Night took place at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre once again. This year’s theme was I Just Called To Say Thank You. […]

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Morinville News

Morinville man a flood hero

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville resident David LeBel was the recipient of a citation from the province last week for his efforts assisting last summer with flood relief in High River. The 25-year-old welder and front man for the band Edgore said he was surprised to receive the package in the mail, but grateful for the recognition. “It was really unexpected,” LeBel said. “I opened it up and there was this award. At first I didn’t know how to react… […]

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Morinville News

Raising funds for local sports proves to be snow much fun

by Stephen Dafoe

Cardiff – Though many slo-pitch players would probably wish the snow would just go away so they can put cleats to grass and shale, it did not stop softball players from hitting the snowy fields at Cardiff Hall recently for the annual Sno-Pitch fundraiser for Youth Basketball. Sixteen teams took to eight makeshift diamonds for the yearly tournament, an afternoon of sports followed by an evening of food and music. Parents of local youth basketball players volunteer to make the event a success…. […]

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Arts & Culture

Hjelsvold living the blue collar dream

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – There is a spring in Darcy Hjelsvold’s step as he walks in for his interview. Fresh from work and decked out in coveralls, the 35-year-old mechanic is the picture of a blue collar worker, an ap- propriate look for a man whose first CD is titled Blue Collar Dream. The co-founder and front man for the local band Ain’t No Rodeo launched the CD to country radio stations across the county Mar. 24 and has already gotten some airplay with the EP’s first single, Knew You When… […]