Knee­hill marks 75 years

The Drumheller Mail - - Front Page - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Knee­hill County is mark­ing a mile­stone this year, cel­e­brat­ing 75 years as a Mu­nic­i­pal District.

Knee­hill County was formed in 1944 when the district of Stauf­fer #309, Norquay #279, Ghost Pine #308 and Car­bon #279 were dis­solved to cre­ate the Mu­nic­i­pal District of Knee­hill #278. The first meet­ing of the newly formed Mu­nic­i­pal District was on March 7, 1944.

The com­mu­nity has a lot to cel­e­brate af­ter 75 years. For Reeve Jerry Witt­stock, what makes Knee­hill County spe­cial is the peo­ple.

“It’s the en­tre­pre­neur­ial peo­ple that live in the county. Most peo­ple don’t rely on the gov­ern­ment, they go out and make things hap­pen and that’s what it takes—risk tak­ers and peo­ple who look to the fu­ture and say this is where I want to be,” he said. “we don’t just sit back and wait for things to hap­pen, we make things hap­pen.”

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Chris­tine An­der­son says they have a num­ber of things planned to make the cel­e­bra­tion spe­cial. Al­ready there is a his­tor­i­cal dis­play at the county of­fice with his­tory books and mem­o­ra­bilia.

One ac­tiv­ity which is go­ing on right now is a photo con­test which is open to res­i­dents of the county and towns and vil­lages therein. It closes at the end of July.

She says the win­ners of the con­test will be an­nounced at the County’s 75th An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions on Septem­ber 13 at the Three Hills curl­ing rink from 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

“We are go­ing to have beef on a bun, his­toric dis­plays, present the photo con­test win­ner and more,” said An­der­son.

The County is also un­der­tak­ing an ex­ten­sive brand­ing project com­ing up with a new logo for its sig­nage as a last­ing legacy.

An­der­son ex­plains that coun­cil has se­lected four lo­gos they will be putting out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion. In the next week, there will be an on­line sur­vey where Knee­hill County res­i­dents will be able to vote on the logo of their choos­ing.

“Res­i­dents will have un­til the end of Au­gust to vote on that and we hope to un­veil the new

logo at the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions as well,” said An­der­son. “Ba­si­cally we will be re­fresh­ing the whole or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

She says Knee­hill is a spe­cial place.

“There is a lot of com­mu­nity here, which is amaz­ing, and the ru­ral qual­ity of life that we cel­e­brate here, I think that makes Knee­hill spe­cial, it’s a beau­ti­ful place,” she said. Witt­stock praises the County’s re­silience.

“Knee­hill County has done very well over the years. There are chal­lenges for ev­ery municipali­ty in Al­berta and we’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some chal­lenges too and it’s how you ad­dress those chal­lenges and how to go for­ward. We al­ways look to the fu­ture and we see the fu­ture as be­ing bright.”

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