Morrin Community Calendar
Hope you all had a Happy Hallowe’en... October is a busy and personally, a happy month for me. Before I put it away, I wish to say Happy 16 Anniversary to my dear husband... Bob and together with him, we wish to say happy birthday to our beautiful daughter Charly who just turned 13...you make us proud teenager! And just like that...it is November.
Anyway, lots of news today, so pour a cup of coffee and read on. I wrote a bit about the Morrin School Awards night that was celebrated Friday, October 20 in the school gym. I received a few more details from Principal Don Yavis that he asked me to pass on. Serena Michie, Jack Adams, and Alia Neilson dreamed up and organized a neat thing called “Bocce Ball for All” and, in competition with 19 other projects, the students won themselves the PLRD Inclusivity Award. It was a worthwhile endeavor with some grand prizes...Jack Adams chose the scholarship to go to his post secondary studies and the young ladies chose a two-week trip to Abu Dhabi...how great is that! After all the awards, certificates, scholarships and bursaries were tallied up, the total amount handed out was just over $10,000.00...an amazing accomplishment and sponsorship for our little school! And nice to see that councillor elect, M’liss Edwards agreed to present the Deputy Mayor Award that former Deputy Mayor David Macleod had set up and provided on his own accord in years past, separate from the Village award and accounts. Thanks M’liss for your generosity if you choose to continue this. And, one more tidbit of productive school news...the Grade 10/12 classes went around to the surrounding communities of Morrin, Munson, Rowley and Rumsey for the annual Initiation day STARS fundraiser. The Grade 10 students dress up and, led by the older students, do light chores for a donation. This year, the goal they set for themselves was $1500, and they brought in $2255, bringing the total amount they have donated to STARS over the years, to $44,397.77...really well done school on so many levels!
And, the first meeting of the new council for the Village of Morrin was held last Wednesday. CAO Annette Plachner had records and forms in order, ready to go, ready to sign. Her knowledge prevailed and she assisted the new team from start to finish. She was consulted on every point, and knew the answer to every question.. .thank you Annette! The group began with some planning and decided that because Howard Helton received the most votes that he would be the Mayor. Bob Graham collected the second most votes but was overlooked for the Deputy Mayor position by Howard in favor of M’liss Edwards. Bob said, “What about me?” He was outvoted. Then on behalf of the village, they chose the committees they wished to serve. Mayor Helton chose Starland Regional FCSS, Drumheller Community Futures, Starland Morrin/Munson Water Authority, Drumheller and District Solid Waste and, together with Bob, will sit on the Starland/Morrin Planning Study. Deputy Mayor Edwards picked the Morrin Fire Department, Drumheller District Seniors Foundation, and the Fire Protection Committee Starland/Morrin/Munson/Delia. Councillor Graham agreed to work alongside the Morrin AG Society, Palliser Regional Municipal Planning, and Starland/Morrin Planning Study, together with Mayor Helton, and, the Morrin Library as he has done a lot of volunteer work there...new deck, ceiling repair etc.
After that, the group reviewed the village accounts, and all was in order. Correspondence was next and Mayor Helton read a letter from resident David MacLeod requesting a motion for an apology from, and council reprimand to, M’liss Edwards as, prior to the election, she had responded to a legitimate question on the Morrin Corner and Area Facebook page regarding Top Waste picking up the village residential garbage with this comment, “Picking up garbage is beneath this current council. Vote for me.” After Mayor Helton finished reading the letter, he asked for proof. Deputy Mayor Edwards admitted she said “something like that” and agreed to write an apology, for... as the letter described, the “damning, hurtful, heavyhanded and uneducated public statement.” It was noted in MacLeod’s letter that the reason for the Top Waste contract, was that he himself was recovering from back surgery... Foreman David Benci had just gone through heart surgery, former Mayor Suzanne Lacher was out of province dealing with a tragedy with extended family and, Council Member Al Bremer had passed away. And in fact...many of us have seen Sue Lacher pick up garbage several times over the years, in her long-time council service to our village, when we have been without a Foreman. M’liss Edwards and Howard Helton both campaigned on the need for council to be open, transparent, and held accountable by the residents of the village of Morrin. The meeting went in-camera for 20 min. and was adjourned.
And also during the village council meeting, there was some important discussion about the Morrin AG Society. They are in need of some money to fix the Morrin Sportsplex Arena (replace header) and the village council has offered $5000.00 to help with that. And the AG group is bringing in “Duelling Pianos” March 24, 2018 for a major fundraising event. They hope they get people out to buy tickets and donate to this very worthy cause in our community. The cost to replace the header is $50,000.00 and fundraising this year will be very important. If you wish to help or donate, you may call Kendra at 403-820-0598 or Tracy at 403-772-0000 and they would be so appreciative! There will be a donation board set up soon in the Morrin Arena, so, if you go get a burger & rings or fish & chips from Crystal’s Cantina, then check out the donation board as well.
And, thanks to those who cleaned up the mess, and are working to repair the roof and replace shingles on the Sod House after that big wind a few weeks ago.
And, lastly, The Morrin Community Hall Association sends out a message of gratitude to all the volunteers who helped with food or service and to all who came out to enjoy a Harvest Celebration and delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings last Wednesday. If anyone is game for another...the Rumsey Fall Supper is coming up on Saturday, November 4. So there you have it for today folks...cheers!