Music, events and election keep Stettler busy in the second half of 2015 – Part 2

As the new year dawns bringing with it new horizons to conquer, Stettler Independent captures the latter half of the year gone by.

As the new year dawns bringing with it new horizons to conquer, Stettler Independent captures the latter half of the year gone by.

New doc on the way for Stettler – Jul. 1A new doctor will be setting up shop in the next few months here in Stettler, with two more on the way in the new year.

‘Celebrate Canada’ with Loose Change in concert and spectacular fireworks – Jul. 8It was a fusion of colours as people came out early in droves to West Stettler Park on Wednesday, July 1, to celebrate 148th Canada Day.

Road Use Agreement revisited as county moves to annual permits – Jul. 15County of Stettler council has decided that the current Road Use Agreement should be rewritten and updated to accommodate the changes that have occurred since it was last reviewed 10 years ago.

Town of Stettler competes in the 2015 Edition of Communities in Bloom – Jul. 22The Communities in Bloom (CiB) judges will be evaluating Stettler once again on Wednesday, Jul. 22 in the International Challenge (medium) category.

Increased development activity in the County of Stettler – Jul. 29There has been an increase in development permits issued by the County of Stettler as compared to last year this time.

Annual Métis Hivernant rendezvous celebrated with great revelry – Aug. 5The 12th annual Métis Hivernant Rendezvous was celebrated over three days in Big Valley from Friday to Sunday, Jul. 31-Aug. 2, with great success and an abundance of fun.

Town continues to grow despite oil industry troubles – Aug. 12For the first six months of 2015, the Town of Stettler issued permits worth $6,132,085 in all building categories, a 117 per cent increase over the same period last year.

County rejects call to declare ag disaster zone – Aug. 19A motion made by councillor Dave Grover to declare the County of Stettler an agricultural disaster zone was not supported by county staff at the Wednesday, Aug. 12 meeting.

Town council recognizes unbeaten soccer champs – Aug. 26Town of Stettler council recognized the undefeated provincial champions in U12 soccer during their latest meeting, held Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Stettler P&H Elevator Preservation Society hosts it second annual fundraiser – Sept. 2On a pleasant, windy Saturday afternoon, Aug. 29, the community of Stettler and surrounding neighbourhoods came together to raise funds for the Stettler P&H Elevator Preservation Society.

Council moves to support gym club – Sept. 9A request for funding for the gymnastics club caused the longest discussion amongst town councillors at the Town of Stettler council meeting on Sept. 2.

Stettler’s third community garden launched officially – Sept. 16Members of Stettler community gardens committee, town councillors and administrative staff were all on hand Monday, Sept. 14 for the official launch of Stettler’s third community garden.

Council debates downtown park’s final finishes – Sept. 23Town of Stettler councillors discussed the final touches of the downtown park, located on Main Street, during their Sept. 15 regular meeting.

Hawaiian pig roast fundraiser draws 300 – Sept. 30The Hawaiian pig roast supper, which was organized as a fundraiser for St. Geroge’s Anglican Church at the Stettler Community Hall on Saturday, Sept. 26 brought together 300 people from the community and neighbouring areas.

Five Bronze Blooms for Stettler in Communities in Bloom – Oct. 7Another year and another five blooms for Stettler in the Communities in Bloom international competition, though a new grading system means the town now has a better idea of how to improve.

Election debate enthusiastically followed – Oct. 14The federal election debate hosted by the Stettler Regional Board of Trade and the Stettler Library on Tuesday, Oct. 6 saw the Stettler Community Hall comfortably full, with almost all the seats set out full of people from the riding, including a strong contingency of students.

Sorenson wins again but Liberals to form new government – Oct. 21Canada’s longest ever election campaign ended in a resounding defeat of the Conservative Party as voters sent Prime Minister Stephen Harper his notice to move out of 24 Sussex Drive. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Canada’s new Prime Minister, will be moving in.

Standing ovation for Citizens of the Year – Oct. 28It was a packed house at the Stettler Community Hall as local businessmen and women and their families gathered to celebrate their own at the annual Stettler Business and Citizenship Awards Gala.

Stettler’s new playground, KIN Park, ready for play – Nov. 4Stettler’s new playground at the West Stettler park has been in operation since its inauguration on Monday, Oct. 26. One of Stettler Kinette Club’s major projects this year, the facility was successfully funded and completed with the help of the community and volunteers.

Botha’s future as a municipality under focus – Nov. 11The future of Botha as an independent municipal unit is being questioned and county is part of a process to assess the possibility of dissolving the village administration.

Remembrance Day service attracts hundreds – Nov. 18It was a packed house at the Performing Arts Centre in Stettler on Wednesday, Nov. 11 as community members gathered for the Remembrance Day ceremony, despite the sub-zero temperature.

HATS production entertains community – Nov. 25The Heartland Arts Troupe Society (HATS) production Happily Ever Once Upon drew crowds from Stettler and neighbouring communities to the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) from Nov. 18-21, keeping it packed.

Stettler dons its Christmas costume – Dec. 2As the snow blanketed the streets of Stettler and the Christmas tree at the centre of Main Street was lit up in then evening on Friday, Nov. 27, the town donned a festive look, being transformed into a Christmas wonderland.

Distant experiences inspire musical Christmas decoration at Stettler home – Dec. 9It was while separated from his family, sitting in the sweltering heat of the Egyptian desert, that the idea came to Steve Maruk. He was satiating his longing for Christmas decorations and snow by watching Christmas videos on YouTube when he discovered houselights set to music.

Cost of keeping old facilities running weighed against cost of new facilities – Dec. 16Discussions over plans for the new County of Stettler offices and workshop dominated the county council’s Wednesday, Dec. 12 meeting, though final decisions were delayed until January at the request of absent councillor Ernie Gendre.

Skating with Santa makes kids happy – Dec. 23The blue rink of the Stettler Recreation Centre was transformed into a hub of winter activities on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 19 as the Stettler community came out to participate in the fourth annual Skate with Santa event.

Night Before the Night Before Christmas celebrates community spirit – Dec. 30It was a busy day Dec. 23, as shoppers and fun seekers thronged to Stettler’s Main Street for the annual “Night Before the Night Before” extravaganza.