Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Calendar

Darcy Gra­ham 403-772-3747

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN -

So, a lit­tle rain, a lit­tle sun, a lit­tle wind and even a lit­tle thun­der and light­en­ing storm! Don’t re­mem­ber too many of those in Spring sea­sons past...didn’t think it got warm enough for the big sparks to fly but that shower of rain was quite re­fresh­ing. And I love it when we hit the good tim­ing as we just got our lawn mowed, aer­ated, weed-whipped and fer­til­ized by land­scaper Cody Kelm.

And speak­ing of lawns, the Rum­sey Red-Deer-River-Gar­denClub-73rd-An­nual-Gar­den-Show is set for Au­gust 30 this sum­mer and is open for all kids ages 6-15. You may reg­is­ter your 12’ x 12’ gar­den plot with Mary New­ton (403-368-2121) and please in­clude a sign with your name and age. It’s a great way to learn to grow and keep a diary of a va­ri­ety of veg­eta­bles and flow­ers. If you plan to join up, you need to plant car­rots, cu­cum­bers, beans, corn and an­other of your choice...also, pan­sies, sweet peas, marigolds, zin­nias, and an­other of your choice. And so young gar­den­ers...go, go, go... or should I say grow, grow, grow!

And last week, I an­nounced the May 13 Grand Open­ing for the Bad­lands Bucks and Bows Mor­rin Archery Range. And this past Satur­day, the com­mu­nity event was well at­tended with a happy buzz and right on tar­get with the food haha! The com­pli­men­tary beef on a bun and cup­cakes pro­vided for lunch were yummy and re­ally hit the spot on a cool windy day. Thanks to ev­ery­one who came out for the fun com­mu­nity event, to those who helped with setup and cleanup and to those who do­nated an item for the silent auc­tion.

So, this new lo­cal club got go­ing with the brain­storm­ing of a few key peo­ple...Me­lanie and Ryan Monaco and the Charl­ton fam­ily and Dr. Gra­ham has been pretty keen to help when­ever he could as well. The Archery Range unof­fi­cially was all ready to go a cou­ple of months ago with mem­bers meet­ing ev­ery Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day evening and the ex­cite­ment and in­ter­est is re­ally catch­ing on. The Mor­rin Lions made a gen­er­ous dona­tion that went to the pur­chase of ex­tra youth size bows so that young kids from the area may come out and give it a shot. Dur­ing the Grand Open­ing, a thank you was given from Mor­rin Mayor Suzanne Lacher, to ac­knowl­edge the good com­mu­nity team­work and vol­un­teer ef­fort to pro­duce a safe and sat­is­fy­ing re­sult. We also heard from Ryan and Me­lanie Monaco and Mike Charl­ton about what it took to get the range up and run­ning and the club’s plans to fur­ther im­prove the in­door shoot­ing area with en­hanced light­ing and a more de­vel­oped floor. Or­ga­niz­ers are hop­ing that our com­mu­nity peo­ple and Mor­rin school stu­dents will be able to put the fa­cil­ity to good use for many years to come. I just love hav­ing this kind of good news to re­port to you all, so keep it com­ing!

And some more re­ally great news to pass on to you all is that the Mis­soula Theatre has come to town and they haven’t been here since 2002...15 years! Thanks so much to Mrs. Nor­man for con­tact­ing the group and lin­ing things up for the act­ing team to come once again and work with our school kids. The Mor­rin School and Mor­rin School Coun­cil are jointly funding the project. The Arts/Drama Com­pany will be at the Mor­rin School all week do­ing au­di­tions and host­ing work­shops on “cre­at­ing char­ac­ters” and “de­vel­op­ing act­ing skills” and they will wrap up the coach­ing ses­sions with a show on Fri­day, May 19. All stu­dents will be in­volved in at least one work­shop and a sin­gle per­for­mance of “Trea­sure Is­land” will be hap­pen­ing Fri­day evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Mor­rin School Gym­na­sium. A sil­ver col­lec­tion will be taken to off­set pro­duc­tion costs and fund fu­ture cul­tural events at the school. So, if you are not head­ing away for the May long week­end come and see! It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for the Mor­rin stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers are wel­come!

So, I hope you all had a lovely, happy, sunny Mother’s Day Sun­day. The Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Hall As­so­ci­a­tion put on a de­li­cious brunch and many came out to en­joy the good food and vis­its. The Hall mem­bers would like to ex­tend a thank you to Me­lanie Nel­son and the 4H helpers who did a great job as al­ways pitch­ing in serv­ing and clean­ing up. Some of the 4H vol­un­teers stayed for the whole 4 hours and your steady work, ap­pre­ci­ated as al­ways!

And lastly, I per­son­ally wanted to say thank you to the Mor­rin School teach­ers and class­room as­sis­tants for mak­ing crafts year af­ter year for spe­cial oc­ca­sions such as Mother’s Day and next up, Fa­ther’s Day. I am al­ways so impressed with the hand­made gifts that come home with our daugh­ter. I cher­ish and save each prize. Each year since kinder­garten through Grade 6, it is all she can do to con­tain her se­cret and ex­cite­ment in pre­sent­ing her spe­cial trea­sure to me on my day and her Dad on his day. And this past Sun­day, I was de­lighted to open my eyes to a beau­ti­ful bou­quet of col­or­ful hand­made pa­per flow­ pretty! This is why I was dis­mayed to hear about a school...AL MCMAHON ELE­MEN­TARY SCHOOL lo­cated in Mis­sion, B.C., where the Grade 1 & 2 “team” made the de­ci­sion to NOT cel­e­brate these time-hon­ored tra­di­tions/hol­i­days any longer in class, so as not to of­fend a non-tra­di­tional fam­ily. Rather than let the young stu­dents make a gift to give to some­one they may love and ad­mire as a mother or fa­ther, they have de­cided to cut it out all to­gether. Makes me won­der...was this par­tic­u­lar ele­men­tary “Team” re­ally that con­cerned about be­ing po­lit­i­cally cor­rect or were they just not in­clined to plan out and put the time and ef­fort into help­ing the young kids make a gift? At any rate I think it was a very un­for­tu­nate choice and many par­ents (and I imag­ine many girls and boys as well) were not happy about it. Af­ter hear­ing about this from the Global news, I took it upon my­self to send a let­ter to this school. I also called their of­fice to ex­press my dis­ap­point­ment and was told the prin­ci­pal would call me back. That was two weeks ago. I have yet to re­ceive a call.

Any­way, to the staff at Mor­rin School, thank you for com­ing up with fresh ideas, and for us­ing class time, year af­ter year to honor par­ents and ful­fill a tra­di­tion our na­tion has prac­ticed for over 100 years! Thank you for con­tin­u­ing to nur­ture and en­cour­age parental/child re­la­tion­ships, dur­ing school hours in this lovely, pos­i­tive way. You are very much ap­pre­ci­ated...carry on! Cheers!

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