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Arts & Culture

Fogeys looking to jam

by Morinville News Staff

Guitars, drums, and other instruments will soon be put in the hands of middle-aged Morinvillians looking to get their musical groove on. Fogey Jam is a new initiative of Higher Grounds Espresso Bar in Morinville’s downtown core. Coffee shop manager Crystal Terhorst is hoping to pool as many as eight quadragenarians, quinquagenarian, sexagenarians and beyond to jam together… […]

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Local News

45-gallon drum of can tabs is largest donation in 65 years

by Lucie Roy

For years Lions Club members have been collecting can tabs and other aluminum items to be sent to the Devon Lions Club, from where they are sold in bulk. The funds received are placed in a wheelchair account to be used to purchase a manual or powered wheelchair for an individual in need nominated by one of the participating Lions Clubs. On Aug. 17, the Morinville Lions Club received their largest donation in 65 years; a 45-gallon drum filled to the top with the aluminum pull-tabs… […]

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Local car enthusiasts assist with local cancer fundraiser

Lucie Roy photos

A Morinville woman turned adversity into hope with a fundraiser in aid of the Alberta Cancer Foundation over the weekend. The Leap of Faith Golf Tournament, Silent Auction and Show and Shine took place Aug. 16 at Terrae Pines Golf Course and the Morinville Royal Canadian Legion Branch 176. Although organizer Tina Gougeon had hoped to raise $5,000 for the cause, local support ballooned that amout to more than $8,200 when the numbers were tallied Saturday night… […]

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PPCLI celebrates 100th Anniversary

Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry celebrated their 100th Anniversary over the weekend. The four-day event included a PPCLI Parade at Edmonton Garrison Saturday as well as Military Heritage Day at the base Saturday. Below are some photos from the day… […]

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Local News

Service dog helps with PTSD

by Lucie Roy

Ret’d Medric Cousineau, SC, CD poses with his Service Dog, Thai. Cousineau suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and was slipping into despair before family and friends put him together with Thai, a service dog trained to deal with PTSD…. […]

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People

Wounded Warriors Weekend supports those with PTSD

by Lucie Roy

More than 175 veterans, caregivers and first responders from Canada, the United States, Australia, and England, arrived at the Edmonton International Airport on five different flights Friday. The group were in Alberta for the Wounded Warriors Weekend, seeking and giving support for those facing the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)…. […]

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Young gardener eager to grow

by Morinville News Staff

A 10-year-old Morinville gardener wowed judges in this year’s Best Gardens Contest, so much so that they made a special category on the spot to reward the boy. .. […]

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Morinville woman’s battle with cancer leads to fundraiser to help others

by Stephen Dafoe

A Morinville woman is turning adversity into hope with an upcoming fundraiser in aid of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. The Leap of Faith Golf Tournament, Silent Auction and Show and Shine will take place Aug. 16 at Terrae Pines Golf Course and the Morinville Legion, and is seeking to raise $5,000 for the cause. The tournament, a four-ball / best-ball game, is open to golfers of all ages. Cost of the tournament is $80 per person and includes green fees, golf cart, and a steak dinner…. […]

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Priest leaving Morinville after six years

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – After six years of serving local Catholics at St. Jean Baptiste Church, Father Ignacy Warias, OMI, is leaving Morinville to take on pastoral duties at St. Albert Parish. Father Warias came to Morinville from his last parish in Bonneyville, and though he still holds a big place in his heart for his former parish, he has greatly enjoyed his time in Morinville… […]

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Local volunteer returns to El Salvador to lend a hand

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Pleasant Homes co-owner and Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce President Simon Boersma leaves for El Salvador July 8 on a humanitarian trip. The journey is his sixth trip with the Flying Doctors of Canada, a non-governmental, non-profit registered charity made up of general volunteers, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers, each committed to helping those most in need. Boersma is part of a group that will spend 10 days in the Central America nation seeing patients, teaching them how to build special stoves, and making a significant contribution to the local economy while they are there… […]

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Legal

Pilgrimage from Legal to Morinville could become annual event

by Lucie Roy

Legal – Fifteen people started the 20 km walk on a pilgrimage from St. Emile Parish in Legal to the St. Jean Baptiste Parish in Morinville on Saturday 28 June. The adults and three children from St. Albert, Morinville and Legal met at the St. Emile Church in Legal at 8 a.m. to receive a blessing from Father Ignacy Warias, OMI and Father Brian Bricker, OP. The walk started an hour later and was completed as a team effort by 2:30 p.m. Each pilgrim received a certificate and souvenir to attest they had completed the journey… […]

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Young Naturalist embracing their tree hugging ways

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – A relatively new group for youth and families is offering its members an opportunity to learn about nature while having fun at the same time. The Morinville and Area Young Naturalist Club (YNC) is part of Nature Alberta’s YNC network, a nature-focused program with the goal of teaching children between the ages of 5 and 13 as well as their families about nature… […]

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People

Bus drivers reflect on a career of service

by Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – Riviére Qui Barre residents Frank and Catherine Comeau were recently recognized by the Sturgeon School Division for 47 years of service in providing school bus services to children. The honour has caused the couple to reflect back on nearly five decades of getting students to and from school… […]

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Arts & Culture

St. Jean Baptiste Festival 2014 in photos

Photos by Lucie Roy and Stephen Dafoe

The weekend’s St. Jean Baptiste Festival wrapped up sunday night after three days of activities. From Friday night to Sunday afternoon our cameras covered the majority of events. Here are some highlights from the weekend’s events… […]

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High flying weathervane honours memory of friend

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Motorists travelling south of town on Highway 2 have a new land marker in their peripheral vision: a full size airplane elevated 20 feet off the ground. The plane not only provides an interesting addition to the landscape in front of Syd and Nettie Spiker’s property in Sturgeon County; it serves as a fully functioning weathervane. But there is more to the plane than merely marking the entrance to the Spiker home or marking the direction the wind is blowing. The plane is a tribute to the builder, Mike Schiller, a friend Syd Spiker knew for more than 50 years, a man who passed away from cancer last year… […]