Saying goodbye to 2018 – September

Club des Pionniers, president Cecile Turcotte, receiving on behalf of the club the MSSA nomination certificate from the Minister of Energy McCuaig-Boyd.

September 5, 2018 –
Villa Beausejour hosts annual corn roast and barbecue with other seniors’ lodges
As the end of summer nears, it’s a perfect time to hold a barbecue and savour some corn-on-the-cob.
The Villa Beausejour in Falher hosted such an event with seniors from Pleasant View Lodge in High Prairie and Red Willow Lodge in Valleyview on Aug. 29. Manager Aline Roy is pleased they could host this event.
“It’s so nice to have other lodges come, it’s really nice,” says Roy.
Lise Roby, the activities coordinator for the Villa Beausejour, started planning for it in early August. Roby is also pleased with the event, especially as approximately 100 people attended.
“I’m really pleased with the turnout, and the other lodges coming too,” says Roby.
“They’re our sister lodges.”

September 12, 2018 –
Damage to traffic counter/classifier units a serious setback for MD data
Without giving much thought to the matter, we occasionally drive over a pair of rubber tubes set apart on the road.
These road tubes are attached to a traffic counting machines equipped with pneumatic sensors to record vehicle traffic.
The machines provide a precise means of discovering the volume of traffic and the weight and length of the vehicles using the roads.
The Municipal District of Smoky River No. 130 is currently collecting traffic counting data, which is essential to keeping up with road maintenance.
For instance, roads with greater heavy vehicle traffic such as the ones that go towards Cargill and Viterra experience more wear and tear and require more regular maintenance.
Occasionally, people are curious, open the case housing the traffic counting machines to take a look, then close it again and carry on, which does not a problem.
Unfortunately, two of these machines, located at the junction between Rage Road 214 and Township Road 782, about 150m north and west from the intersection were irreparably damaged recently.

September 19, 2018 –
Henry Wawrzonek from Guy and Club Des Pionniers in Donnelly receive MSSA nominations
Following her stop in McLennan, Marg McCuaig-Boyd visited the Club Des Pionniers to make presentations to two nominees for the Minister’s Seniors Service Awards (MSSA) on behalf of Minister of Seniors, Lori Sigurdson.
The Minister’s Seniors Service Awards nominees were honoured at a formal occasions in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary in August.
One of the local MSSA nominees in the “organization category,” the Club des Pionniers were unable to send any representatives to the honour ceremony in Edmonton on August 8.
However the local MSSA nominee in the individual category, Henry Wawrzonek from Guy did make the trip to Edmonton for the occasion.
Wawrzonek was also present at the Minister McCuaig-Boyd’s presentation at the Club de Pionniers in Donnelly at which he also received an award certificate .
The Minister’s Seniors Service Awards recognize exceptional volunteers and outstanding organizations.
This year, 29 individuals and 10 organizations from across the province were nominated for the awards with one nominee in both categories coming from this area.

September 26, 2018 –
Ol’ Tyme Family Nite heads into its 12th year with lots of pep in its step
Entering its twelfth year in January, Ol’ Tyme Family Nite began its 2018-2019 season on Friday September 14 at its longtime venue in McLennan’s Elks Hall.
There was an excellent turnout for the season’s opening night with an interesting blend of people of all ages.
FCSS Community Development Coordinator and Ol’ Tyme Family Nite founding organizer, Jean Moore-Lemoine, welcomed everyone to the opening night and thanked them for their continuing support.
She also acknowledged the vital contribution of those who volunteer to make the event a continuing success and reiterated her appreciation for the musicians without whom the event would not be an enduring success for going on twelve years.
In thanking Dwain Isert and the other members of the Ol’ Tyme Family Nite band Moore-Lemoine, also gave special mention to a new generation of musicians who are joining the line up, fiddler Cheryl Isert and base player Shaun Strom.
Ol’ Tyme Family Nite takes place every second and last Friday each month from September to the end of May, with the last Friday of the month also featuring a potluck supper.


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