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Tom Henihan Express Staff Kristen Blanchette, a teacher of science and biology at G.P. Vanier is among twenty teachers from across the province to receive a 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award. Alberta Education presents the Excellence in Teaching Awards annually…
Hope abounds after tale of tragedy

Chris Clegg Spotlight There is always hope. And by banding together, all people, regardless of age, can make a difference when it comes to bullying. Those were a few of the important messages delivered by Carol Todd, mother of Amanda…

The Smoky River Mud Bogs were held in Donnelly during July 30 & 31, which included a lawn mower race. Here are several photos to highlight the event. Look for a story about the mud bogs in the August 10…

The annual Smoky River Mud Bogs got underway at the Smoky River Agriculture Society’s grounds by Donnelly on July 29. Part of the event is a lawn tractor race, as found in this photo. The race consists of several heats,…

Government of Alberta News release Alberta’s new Seniors Advocate, Sheree Kwong See, will help bring the issues and concerns of seniors to government. Kwong See has worked on behalf of seniors as an educator, researcher and policy expert for more…

Family and Community Support Services – In Focus Georgia Dubois Director Smoky River Family and Community Support Services Fun and fitness August 2-5 Week 5 kicks off in McLennan. During this week, the theme is fun and fitness. Youth will experience…

Dan Dibbelt Smoky River Regional Economic Development We don’t often think of volunteers as an important component of economic development, but they are in fact an essential to a community’s social and economic success. It is true volunteers do not…
From the Ground Up

Diane Chiasson, Director, Rural Development and Entrepreneurship at “Conseil de dévelopement économic de l’Aberta” applied for the EcoConnexions grant from CN last September for the Town of Falher and the FaBuLas. CN EcoConnexions, with its partners and , help Canadian…

Sumitted by: Lorraine Des By definition, festivals attract visitors. And visitors spend money, which positively impacts the local economy both on and off the festival site. On-site spending for things such as admission fees, food, beverage and purchases from onsite…

Shelleen Gerbig Smoky River Express Cole Bremont was one of 28 swimmers chosen to represent Zone 8 at the Alberta Summer Games in Leduc. Swimmers aged 12 to 15, from around the province competed in a two day swim meet…

Canada News Wire News release Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, issued the following joint statement with Canadian companies that are new private sector partners of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition: “Today (July 15), we have…