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Column: Joe Morinville

Been two weeks in a row now that I’ve got an email from the owner of this rag asking me to get my thoughts together on account of he’s going to need them for the paper. I told him he’d have to pay me double on account of it being Seniors’ Week when he asked me to write this, and I didn’t want to interrupt the festivities. […]

Arts & Culture

SJB Festival ready to kick off summer

It’s another weekend of something for everyone June 24 to 26 as the seventh annual St. Jean Baptiste Festival kicks off summer in Morinville.

Organizers of this year’s volunteer-run community festival are pretty confident this will be the best one yet, despite a variety of changes. […]

Local News

Council slashes and burns before passing budget 2016

Council has unanimously passed second and third reading of Budget 2016 after making hundreds of thousands worth of cuts and a few additions to the budget. The budget as passed would represent approximately a 3 per cent tax increase for Morinville property owners, but 2016 tax rates will not be set until spring. […]

Arts & Culture

SJB Festival taking the axe to annual fireworks show

Those looking up to the sound of cracks and bangs during this year’s St. Jean Baptiste Festival may be surprised to see they are the sounds of wood chipping and not the sound of fireworks exploding over head. The SJB Festival Committee recently voted in favour of shifting the $5000 usually allotted for a fireworks display to part of the prize package for an international lumberjack competition the group believes will draw spectators out to the normally soft Sunday time slots. […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Letter: Festival Chair offers his thanks

With another fun filled St. Jean Baptiste Festival finished the Morinville Festival Society committee would like to thank everyone who makes this community effort possible. The dedicated volunteers who pitch in, sponsors who generously give cash and in kind, town staff who work tirelessly side by side with us make this event a success each year… […]

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Arts & Culture

St. Jean Baptiste Festival ready for record crowds

by Morinville News Staff

Morinville – It’s another weekend of something for everyone this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The fifth annual St. Jean Baptiste Festival kicks off Friday afternoon in and around the Ray McDonald Sports Center (arena). Organizers of this year’s volunteer-run community festival are confident this will be the best one yet… […]

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Arts & Culture

Festival going to the dogs, cats … and hamsters

by Morinville News Staff

Morinville – Sponsors Champion Petfoods and Noah’s Ark Pets and Supplies are teaming up this year to bring a wide range of animal activities to this year’s St. Jean Baptiste Festival. Organizer Tammy Frieze said in addition to the Hamster Races … […]

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Arts & Culture

Morinville Festival Society requests funding

by Tristan Turner

Morinville Festival Society Chair Paul Smith gave a grant request presentation to Town Council at their regular meeting Feb. 11. The non-for-profit society hosts the annual St. Jean Baptiste Festival as well as the Farmers Market, among other events. The Society is requesting a $50,000 grant to cover costs of the 2014 St. Jean Baptiste Festival and a $18,386 budget shortfall from last year’s event… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Letter: Festival Chair grateful for festival response

It seemed like Festival 2013 officially began Thursday morning when Councillor Sheldon Fingler and I drove to Edmonton to talk about this year’s event. Our excitement to spread the news outside the community kicked up and kicked off the excitement for all of us. The rest of the weekend was a complete whirlwind of awesome activity, one where records were broken everywhere festival was… […]

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Arts & Culture

Sweeney Todd’s Nick Gilder still loving it

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Saturday night’s fireworks will be a fitting backdrop to the evening’s major St. Jean Baptiste Festival concert. Nick Gilder and the Sweeny Todd Group take to the stage of the Morinville Community Cultural Centre June 22 for the second night of high energy festival entertainment. Opening for Gilder and his band are Whiskey Boyz…. […]

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Morinville’s big weekend almost here

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Our Community, Our Heritage, Our Pride is the slogan of three days of festivities this weekend. The 2013 St. Jean Baptiste Festival will run June 21 to 23 at the Ray McDonald Sports Centre and other venues in town… […]