Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Darcy Gra­ham 403-772-3747

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!

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