One man’s journey

On July 16, 1912, Fred Brewer departed Edmonton on a trip to the Peace River Country. He arrived in Grouard on Aug. 16 after an arduous trip. Following is a journal he kept during the trip, which highlights the many…
A great show of community support at fundraiser tourney

Tom Henihan Spotlight The ninth annual Joey Cunningham Golf Tourney Fundraiser took place at Smoky River Regional Golf Course, September 2 with a 9 am registration and a shotgun start at 10am. Although it was an extremely wet morning and…
McLennan Terry Fox Run 2017, still going at full momentum

Tom Henihan Express Staff @SmokyRiverExprs The annual McLennan Terry Fox Run took place on September 17 with the first group of participants leaving Ecole Providence parking lot at approximately 1pm. Unlike last year’s event, which had cold, wet weather, the…
New teachers,wellness coach at Georges P. Vanier

Mac Olsen Express Staff @SmokyRiverExprs Georges P. Vanier has three new teachers and a new wellness coach for the 2017/18 school year. Here are their profiles and what motivates them to work with students. Lindsay Lehman is the new art…
Ol’ Tyme Family Nite waltzes its way into its eleventh season

Tom Henihan Express Staff @SmokyRiverExprs Now into its eleventh year, Ol’ Tyme Family Nite began its 2017-2018 season on Friday September 8 at its regular venue in McLennan’s Elks Hall. Founding organizer, FCSS Community Development Coordinator Jean Moore-Lemoine, welcomed everyone…
How susceptible are jackpines to the pine beetle?

Experiment by Hwy. 2 hopes to find out Joe McWilliams For Spotlight Mountain pine beetle has started making its way into the jackpines of northern Alberta. But it’s far from clear how susceptible the jackpine is, compared to its mountain…
Ecole Routhier holds welcome back barbecue for families

Mac Olsen Express Staff @SmokyRiverExprs Kids and their parents lined up for a big meal, courtesy of the teachers and support staff. Ecole Routhier held a welcome back barbecue in the evening of Sept. 14. Hamburgers, juice and healthy snacks…
Peerless Lake teacher receives Edwin Parr Award

Spotlight Staff A Peerless Lake School teacher is this year’s Alberta School Boards Association Zone 1 Edwin Parr Teacher Award winner. “As soon as they announced [Northland School Division] it didn’t really register at first; but then Lois [Official Trustee…
Fall Parade of Programs a one-stop shopping opportunity

Mac Olsen Express Staff @SmokyRiverExprs The Falher Curling Rink was the place to check out on Sept. 14, for available programs and services. The Fall Parade of Programs was held there in the afternoon, and various organizations participated. “It’s great…
NL College gets funds to aid mental health

Richard Froese Spotlight A government funding boost will help ensure Northern Lakes College students have access to quality mental health programs and care, says a government news release dated Sept. 8. The province has granted $290,000 each year for the…
New SARDA storage building almost complete

Mac Olsen Express Staff @SmokyRiverExprs SARDA Ag Research in Falher will soon have a new storage building for their research equipment. Site preparation took place in July, construction began on Aug. 28 and was close to being finished late last…