Farewell 2021: a year in review

Judy Birdsell
Judy Birdsell, a former Stettler resident was selected to the Order of Canada in January. (Photo submitted)Judy Birdsell, a former Stettler resident was selected to the Order of Canada in January. (Photo submitted)
Members of the Stettler RCMP, Stettler and District Ambulance, and Heartland Victim Services joined forces to conduct a Charity Check Stop on Dec. 11, 2021. the event ran from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and raised funds to support victims of crime or tragedy. (Photo submitted)Members of the Stettler RCMP, Stettler and District Ambulance, and Heartland Victim Services joined forces to conduct a Charity Check Stop on Dec. 11, 2021. the event ran from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and raised funds to support victims of crime or tragedy. (Photo submitted)
2021 witnessed inroads for the establishment of a new major industry, Alberta BioBord, to be established in Stettler. Though the progress is ongoing, the process is slow. (File photo)2021 witnessed inroads for the establishment of a new major industry, Alberta BioBord, to be established in Stettler. Though the progress is ongoing, the process is slow. (File photo)
Stettler Wildcat Callum Levers tries to protect the ball from Lacombe Rams defense during the teams final home game of the fall 2021 season. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Stettler Wildcat Callum Levers tries to protect the ball from Lacombe Rams defense during the teams final home game of the fall 2021 season. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Stettler resident Jaden Norman is pictured here outside of the Stettler Learning Centre where she lends a helping hand as a volunteer. (File photo)Stettler resident Jaden Norman is pictured here outside of the Stettler Learning Centre where she lends a helping hand as a volunteer. (File photo)
Scott Douglas hand-cyclced in June from Stettler to Red Deer to raise mone for Spinal Cord Injury Alberta. (File photo)Scott Douglas hand-cyclced in June from Stettler to Red Deer to raise mone for Spinal Cord Injury Alberta. (File photo)
Officials gathered at the Stettler Hospital on June 23, 2021, to celebrate the completion of emergency room renovations. (Mark Weber/Stettler Independent)Officials gathered at the Stettler Hospital on June 23, 2021, to celebrate the completion of emergency room renovations. (Mark Weber/Stettler Independent)
Calgary-based singer Ollee performed at West Stettler Park in July as part of the entertainment in the park series. (File photo)Calgary-based singer Ollee performed at West Stettler Park in July as part of the entertainment in the park series. (File photo)
Master of Ceremonies Rosalind LaRose makes some closing remarks before the retiring of the colours and the closing of the Remembrance Day 2021 ceremony in Stettler. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Master of Ceremonies Rosalind LaRose makes some closing remarks before the retiring of the colours and the closing of the Remembrance Day 2021 ceremony in Stettler. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Even the County of Stettler got in on the action with this display at the 2021 edition of the Town and Country Museum “Light the Night” Event. The event ran through Friday and Saturday night’s in December until the week before Christmas. (Photo submitted)Even the County of Stettler got in on the action with this display at the 2021 edition of the Town and Country Museum “Light the Night” Event. The event ran through Friday and Saturday night’s in December until the week before Christmas. (Photo submitted)
Kevin Falkenberg of the Rotary Club of Stettler presents a $5,000 cheque to Wm. E. Hay Secondary teacher Darren Fleischhacker and students Erin Mercier and Bianca Brugman to go towards finishing off the upgrades at the Performing Arts Centre . The funds will be used to convert the theatre lights to LED lighting. The Cheque presentation was made Nov. 29,2021. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Kevin Falkenberg of the Rotary Club of Stettler presents a $5,000 cheque to Wm. E. Hay Secondary teacher Darren Fleischhacker and students Erin Mercier and Bianca Brugman to go towards finishing off the upgrades at the Performing Arts Centre . The funds will be used to convert the theatre lights to LED lighting. The Cheque presentation was made Nov. 29,2021. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

By all accounts, 2021 was another brutal year for everyone.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which everyone had hoped would fade into history hung on as wave after wave of variants popped up.

Still, 2021 was not all bad.

The community of Stettler has shown its resilience through the pandemic, and there were even some highlights in the news to report.

Here are some of the top stories highlighted in the Stettler Independent during 2021:

January

-The year started off strong with a former Stettler resident, Judy Birdsell, being selected to the order of Canada.

-Mayor Sean Nolls reflected on 2020 and shared his vision for 2021.

-The community builders initiative continued to take shape.

February

-Plans began forming to bring a major industry to the community.

-The Stettler Hospice Suite opened its doors.

-Heartland Youth Centre Director Winnie Bisset celebrated 32 years with the agency.

March

-Heartland Victims Services continues to broaden its reach across the region.

-An online auction is started to raise funds for a service dog for a Stettler Family.

-A Points West residents celebrated their 101st birthday.

-Local fabrication students donated a creation to Heartland Youth Centre auction.

April

-Alberta BioBord plans continue to move forward.

-Stettler’s Renegade Station released a new single.

-Jaden Norman discovers the many joys of giving back to the community.

-A new subdivision by the agricultural grounds began edging closer to reality.

May

-A Gadsby resident fought the county to keep chickens on their property.

-A Stettler resident reflected on their journey with Multiple Sclerosis.

-County and Town jointly proclaim International Economical Development Week.

-Poem allegedly written by convicted Stettler murderer Robert Raymond Cook surfaces in Athabasca County.

June

-Stettler District Ambulance donates medical equipment to Ghana hospitals.

-Stettler’s Scott Douglas hand-cycled from Stettler to Red Deer, raising money for Spinal Cord Injury Alberta.

-Forestburg’s Area 53 raceway geared up for another racing season.

July

-The new Emergency Room at the Stettler Hospital was officially opened.

-Calgary-based singer Ollee prepared to take the stage in West Stettler Park.

-A pared down Steel Wheels Stampede took place.

-The Stettler Antique Tractor Club hosted their annual tractor “pull” at the agricultural grounds.

August

-Tap 9 performed at West Stettler Park

-St. Peter’s Lutheran Church celebrated 100 years.

September

-Stettler welcomed a new ice hockey team, the Stettler Imperials.

-Work was done to bolster the profile of Big Brothers and Big Sisters in the community.

-The Heartland Arts Troupe geared up for its production of Too Manny Cooks in November.

-MP Damien Kurek won the riding in the federal election.

-The long-awaited community builders monuments were unveiled.

October

-Saving Grace Animal Society has a busy season.

-Anonymous benefactor responsible for Rochon Sands attraction steps forward.

-Mayor Nolls is enthusiastic to continue serving the residents of Stettler.

-Stettler Wildcats win their final home game of the season in a tight win under the lights against Lacombe.

November

-Remembrance Day and the “No Stone Left Alone” ceremonies were held in Stettler.

-The Maruk Family Christmas Light display begin gearing up for another festive season.

-Heartland Victim Services ensures no one goes through crime or tragedy alone.

December

-County of Stettler Reeve Clarke reflects on the just completed past term and planning for the future.

-Clearview Public Schools announces that they will not be offering the COVID-19 vaccine to their students in school.

-The Stettler Rotary donates $5,000 to the Performing Arts Centre for lighting upgrades.

-The Stettler RCMP, Stettler District Ambulance Association, and Heartland Victim Services held a charity check stop.

-Stettler’s Town and Country Museum hold a successful “Light the Night” display through December.

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