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St. Jean Baptiste Festival gearing up for bigger 2011 event

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Record turnouts to this year’s St. Jean Baptiste Festival, combined with the praise heaped upon organizers by the Town, businesses and residents, indicate that the event was a resounding success. But organizers of next year’s festival are suggesting that perhaps Morinville hasn’t seen anything yet … […]

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Schools and youth

Morinville gets new fire chief … for a day

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Fire Chief Ron Cust rolled up, lights and siren activated, to the doors of Smith Music in Morinville Wednesday night. But there was no emergency. The chief had come to pick up his replacement for the evening – eleven-year-old Smith Music student Emily Short … […]

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Town looking to curb roaming cats

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Although the town has a bylaw against roaming pets, many residents are still not getting the message, particularly those who let their cats run free. But Donna Tona, Morinville’s interim manager of enforcement services said there is a crack down coming on uncurbed cats … […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Town needs to sink money into economic development not a pool

MorinvilleNews.com Editorial

Perhaps with the almost certainty that Morinville Town Council will not be given their seats by acclamation this time around, perhaps the words “community pool” will be tossed around like the waves after someone has taken a dive into the deep end. If they are, those politicians espousing such ideas may be playing to a small audience and may well be taking a dive off the high board into the shallow end. […]

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Arts & Culture

Best Garden Competition picks winners

By Stephen Dafoe

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Morinville – The third annual Best Garden Competition wrapped up this morning with judges viewing the handiwork of seven local gardeners, competing in four separate categories.

As has been the case in previous years, there was no shortage of horticultural creativity in the front and back yards of Morinville homes. […]

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Local News

Grocery store helps town with program funding

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – A Town program that helps low income families gain access to Community Services programs got a healthy injection of funding, thanks to the owners, staff and customers of the local No Frills grocery store.

Owners Chris and Tracey Mansbridge presented Morinville’s Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Coordinator, Amy Dribnenky, with a cheque for $1,586 Aug. 6 … […]

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Arts & Culture

Morinville looking for residents to show off gardens

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Local gardeners have less than two weeks to register for the Town of Morinville’s Annual Best Garden Competition. Once again this year, judges will be looking to reward gardeners for the design and maintenance of their gardens, but also those who are practising environmental sustainability.

“I think what it does is it showcases some of the yards and what some of our residents do to beautify Morinville,” said Morinville’s Recreational and Cultural Coordinator Melonie Dziwenka. […]

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Arts & Culture

Festival numbers higher than anticipated

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The figures are in from this year’s St. Jean Baptiste Festival and festival chair Joel Chevalier couldn’t be happier with the results.

“Our goal was about 2,000 and we have estimates anywhere between 2,500 and 3,000-something went through,” Chevalier said of this year’s festival goers, adding that reports indicate there were times when the popular children’s game and craft tent had approximately 200 children under the awning. “You couldn’t move.”

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Morinville approves new phone system

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The town office and some of Morinville’s outlying facilities will be getting a new $200,000 state-of-the-art telephone system after council voted 6-1 in favour of the proposal at its June 22 regular meeting.

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Peace light now lit in Morinville park

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The town’s military families in particular and Canada’s armed forces in general were honoured June 27 with a new lamp post erected in St. Jean Baptiste Park and lit during last weekend’s festival. But unlike the other lights in and around town this one won’t turn on and off with the sun and moon.

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Chamber president says more support of local businesses needed

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Sitting behind his counter beneath a sign advertising 40 per cent off, Wyatt Waters’ face carries a certain degree of sadness for which there is good reason. After seven years in Morinville, Waters will be closing his GOBIKE business in a couple months, a business that has long supported community events, most notably and ironically Waters was one of the main people that lobbied for the town’s skateboard and bicycle park.

GOBIKE is the latest in a string of business closures in town and … […]