DECEMBER 2012: Halkirk wind project ready to roll

The Halkirk wind farm has taken shape, with 83 turbines between Halkirk and Castor projected to make it the largest wind farm

  • Jan. 2, 2013 6:00 a.m.

The Halkirk wind farm has taken shape, with 83 turbines between Halkirk and Castor projected to make it the largest wind farm in Alberta operated by Capital Power Corporation.

The 150-megawatt facility is poised to generate clean, renewable energy for Albera, and enough electricity to meet the average annual power needs of 50,000 homes.

 

The Stettler Hospital and Care Centre welcomed Diane Palmer as the new site manager. She succeeds Peggy Hearonemus, who resigned after 11 years in the role to take a position with the Alberta Health Services in the central provincial zone.

 

Stettler Middle School received $3,429.20 from Toyota Evergreen to beautify the school grounds with landscaping gardens, trees, benches, picnic trails and walking paths. It’s designed to enhance the overall school experience for students and members of the community.

 

The 16th annual Stettler RCMP Charity Checkstop collected $5,031 in cash, along with one van-load of food and one van-load of toys and clothing for Christmas hampers.

The effort was a partnership involving the Stettler Regional Fire Department, Stettler Emergency Medical Services, the Heartland Victim Services, Students Against Drunk Driving from William E. Hay Composite High School, County of Stettler peace officers and Alberta Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.

 

Gracenotes choir singers Jaycee Davidson and Dacia Gramlick of Stettler and Sonya Marquart of Castor have been selected to sing in the American High School Honour Performance Series choir in New York at Carnegie Hall in February 2013.

 

Upgrades to Stettler Recreation Centre, including a new seniors’ centre and a new skatepark nearby, highlight a $4.9-million capital budget for 2013 for the Town of Stettler.

A new seniors’ social centre upstairs in the SRC conference room has been pegged at $300,000, while upgrades to the SRC have been budgeted for $250,000, and projected to be totally funded by utility surplus.

 

Stettler-and-area residents filled 120 Christmas hampers for people facing tough economic times. Monetary donations, however, were down by about $5,000. About 75 hampers supported families with an average of five people, while the balance were delivered to couples and singles.

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