Craigmyle hosts a fine pancake breakfast the first Sunday of each month and our neighbour to the west, Delia, serves up their great breakfast on the second Sunday of each month. A number of Craigmyle locals were found enjoying the Delia breakfast this past Sunday. You might want to mark your calendar for the two upcoming breakfasts: Craigmyle on March 5 and Delia on March 12. How much better can it get than to have a home cooked breakfast two Sundays in a row?
Coming up quickly is the next Craigmyle Historic Society meeting on February 23 at 1:00 pm in the church basement. All are invited to come out to this meeting.
Best wishes go out to Mabel Burrows who, at the time of this writing, is a patient in the Drumheller Hospital. I am confident that by the time this article hits the “street”, Mabel will be back working hard for the Historic Society.
It is with sadness that I report the recent passing of Noreen (Metzger) Hill who was a long-time member of the Craigmyle community. Noreen, a registered nurse, was the “go-to” resource during the 1960’s, 1970’s and early 1980’s. Locals with questions about health issues often checked them out with Noreen before deciding if it was necessary to see a doctor. She undoubtedly saved the medical system substantial money with no financial gain to herself. Noreen was an active volunteer in community organizations and events and a valued and faithful friend to many. A celebration of life service was held in the Craigmyle Church this past Saturday. Despite the sad occasion it was great to see Carmen and Dale and their families back in the community.
The Delia Library continues to be a busy place. For information about the following activities and programs, contact the library at 364-3777. Jazzercise and yoga classes ongoing on a regular basis Leapfrog and Tadpole pre-school story time: February 7 and 28 Mom’s Morning Out: February 14 Baby Play: February 3, 10 and 17 Preschool Library Visit: February 15 at 1:00 pm
Birthday greetings go out to Nichole Clayholt on February 17 and Mabel Burrows on February 22. Happy Anniversary to Larry and Linda Norlie on February 17; Tim and Carol Lenfesty on February 21 and Don and Connie West on February 22. Have a great day!
Last month, the government quietly ‘pulled a fast one’ on taxpayers. Claiming to consult with Albertans for the upcoming budget, the Notley Administration used the public purse to fund invite-only campaign-style meetings with friends of the government. This partisan use of public funds clearly does not pass the smell test.
As a member of our Official Opposition, a key part of my role within our Parliamentary Democracy is holding the government to account. Furthermore, one of the core principles of our conservative movement is fighting for open and transparent government. So, of course, I take issue with government’s sham budget consultations.
In addition, our Official Opposition believes that simply challenging the government on such issues is not enough. We can’t just talk the talk, we must also walk the walk. We must go the extra mile to truly listen to Albertans. There certainly is plenty to talk about. 2017 will be a transformative year for governance in our province. A carbon tax opposed by the majority of Albertans has been imposed, a tax that unfairly penalizes rural regions.
The upcoming budget will have real and lasting implications for our economy. What is the future of rural healthcare? Will government defend or destroy parental choice in education? Will our youth be able to find jobs at home, or even in Alberta?
In the midst of all of this, we know that all conservative-leaning folks will face some soulsearching decisions in the weeks and months to come. What is the best path forward?
Over the past two years our Official Opposition has sought not only to oppose the government, but to provide alternatives. I am more than happy to answer your questions about our policies. However, I firmly believe this is not a time for pushing specific proposals. This is a time for listening.
Our Official Opposition wants to hear from you, from all of you, on the future of our regions and our province. Over the next month our MLAs are hosting a series of town hall meetings to listen your ideas, your thoughts, and your concerns. I will personally be holding seven of these events across Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills. These events are open to everyone. Here is a list: Feb. 15 7-9 p.m. Crossfield Community Centre, 900 Mountain Ave Feb. 16 7-9 p.m. Irricana KIK Centre, 519 1st Ave. Feb. 21 7-9 p.m. Olds Evergreen Centre, 5237 52 St. Feb. 22 7-9 p.m. Acme Community Centre, 139 Allison St. Feb. 23 7-9 p.m. Didsbury Five-0 Club, 2500 15th Ave Feb. 28 7-9 p.m. Carstairs Community Centre, 1100 Lackner Way
If you are not able to attend, I also encourage you to stop by office, give me a call, write me a letter, or drop me an email. In such turbulent times, it is more important than ever for elected officials to take the time to reach out to all Albertans. This is a time for listening, and that’s why I’m here.