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December 24 - Happy Holidays
to all. K & C Graphics will be closed until January 3, 2005.
December 18, 2004 -
It was a wee bit brisk for Skating with Santa. A bit of complaining
about the cold, from the adults of course and not the kids who
were having fun. You can click
here to see some photos of the outing.
December 15, 2004 -
Don't forget the family skate
and draw at Rotary Park this Saturday. Start time is 11:30. Don't
drink and drive. Have a happy and safe holiday.
7, 2004 - Anniversary edition
of Whitecourt Advisor mailed out. Look for your UNIQUE contest
number in your copy. Hundreds of dollars worth of prizes are available.
Winning numbers will be announced in January. Click here
to read on the web.
3, 2004 - Town of Whitecourt briefs - Town Council
recently attended Alberta Urban Municipality Association (AUMA)
meeting in Edmonton. Best practices for various issues discussed.
Awaiting formal report from Alberta Transportation on Highway
43 issues. Also meeting held by Town Council to identify priorities
for short and long term visions for Whitecourt. Council is also
investigating the feasibility and possible tax implications for
options regarding the multi-use recreational facility. Councillor
Schlosser working to get youth more input and involvement with
community. Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) was developed and organized.
Contact Derek Schlosser at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
26, 2004 - The Christmas Parade had a great turnout.
for photo gallery. Santa is at the Midtown Mall November 27 and
November 17, 2004
- Don't forget the advance polls are open for the Provincial election
on November 18, 19 and 20th, at the Public Library. On November
22, Whitecourt divisions 41 through 48, along with division 56
vote at the Whitecourt Senior's Circle. Divisions 49 to 55 vote
at St. Joe's. For details on which division you live in, you can
November 12, 2004
- Walmart's grand opening was a crowded affair. Downtown revitalization
should become a priority, now that this store is open.
11, 2004 - There was standing room only for Remembrance
Day ceremonies at the Community Centre at Whitecourt Central School.
Laying of wreath participants honoured soldiers from WWI, WWII,
the Korean War and current peacekeeping soldiers in Afghanistan
and elsewhere. For more photos of the day, you can click here.
For Whitecourt's Honour Roll of soldiers who signed up from the
Whitecourt area to serve, please click here.
November 3, 2004
- Despite limited notice, there was a fair turnout at the
candidates forum for the provincial election. Represented were
David Dow from the Alliance Party, Leah Redmond of the NDP and
incumbent George Vanderburg of the Progressive Conservatives.
The NDP supported a dramatic hike in oil royalties, with the PC's
opposed and the AA advocating studying the issue of royalty payments.
Regarding the softwood
and BSE trade issues with the U.S., the AA suggested Alberta basicaly
start a trade war by threatening to withhold gas and oil exports,
while the PC position was to emphasize strenghtening trade ties
through commissions and the opening of a trade office. All parties
were in general agreement on issues such as finishing the twinning
of Highway 43 and supporting long-term health care in Whitecourt.
The PC's promised to look at ending Alberta Health Care Premiums,
while the NDP and AA proposed getting rid of this regressive tax.
For general policy details you can click on the websites of the
Conservatives here. The Alberta Social Credit Party is also
looking for a candidate in this riding. There is more information
on this available here
for interested parties.
2, 2004- There is a candidates forum for the provincial
election at 7:00 p.m. tommorrow at the Whitecourt Senior's Circle.
The new Advisor is also posted on the web and will be mailed out
October 29, 2004
- On October 25, the third election of the year was called. First
Federal, then Municipal and now Provincial. So far there are only
two declared candidates for our riding of Whitecourt-Ste Anne.
George Vanderburg is running for re-election for the PC's and
David Dow, from Onoway, is running for the Alliance party.
Tuesday October 26, 2004
Whitecourt Pre- Remembrace Day and Remembrance Day Activities,
please click here. Past
Legion President Don Smith served on the HMCS Haida, pictured
Thursday October 21, 2004
Whitecourt Chamber of Commerce elected its new executive. Janet
Kuehn continues as President, with Jim Rennie continuing as Vice
President. New volunteers include Gayle Mombourquette as Treasurer,
new Mayor Trevor Thain as Policy rep, Ted Tardiff for Membership
and Christine Fairfield for Business Promotions. Elmer Harke and
Darcy Trigg shared honours for Whitecourt's citizen of the year
Friday October 15, 2004
The Woodlands County election Forum was last night. It was not
so well attended as the Whitecourt election forum, but there was
a lot of
good information on local governance to be had from questions
asked by the audience. The pace was kept brisk, with candidates
given one minute for their responses to the questions.
here for photos
of the aftermath of the St. Joes' fire on September 14.
for photos of the 2004 Whitecourt Terry Fox Run. Best turnout
Wednesday October 6, 2004
The election forum at the Seniors Circle had a full house; one
more demonstration of the high interest in this year's Whitecourt
municipal election. Don't forget to get out and vote on October
Wednesday September 29, 2004
There is lots of signs, buttons and election activity around
town. Quite a change from the last municipal election, when acclamation
was the rule.
You can read up on the candidates in the Whitecourt Advisor coming
out on October 5 and hear them speak at a candidates forum at
6:30 on October 6 at the Whitecourt Senior's Circle just behind
the town offices downtown.
Wednesday September 22, 2004
There's a race for Town Mayor this year, as well as 13 candidates
competing for 6 positions on town council. Incumbent Willard Strebchuk
is running against challenger Trevor Thain for mayor, while Deb
Edney, Harold Eglinski, Don Guenette, Elmer Harke, Adrian Makowecki,
William (Bill) McAree, Neil Mombourquette, Cindy Preston, Michael
Roloff, Shannon Rosnau, Derek Schlosser, Scott Woodman and Nieta
World are candidates for Town Council. For details of where to
vote, click Calendar Tab above and look under October 18.
The official word is in on the fire at St Joe's Catholic Church
and arson is held to be the cause. Developing.
Wednesday September 15, 2004
Edmonton news media, including the Edmonton Journal, is reporting
that arson is suspected in the fire that destroyed St. Joseph's
Church early Tuesday morning. The church was built in 1985 with
the Knights of Columbus hall added in 1994. About 350 families
belong to the church. Photos of the devastation can be viewed
here. Don't forget
this weekend is the Terry Fox run. Details can be found by clicking
on the calendar tab above. Ditto for the Cats Football weekend.
Wednesday September 8, 2004
With the first snow dusting, its time to think of winter activities
in Whitecourt. You can click the Sports and Recreation tab above
to see some of the clubs and facilities that are available for
fall and winter fun and learning. Remember tomorrow is the Blood
Donor Clinic at the Senior's Circle. Details can be found with
the Calendar tab above.
Wednesday September 1, 2004
The new issue of the Whitecourt Advisor is posted online. Click
on the appropriate Tab above to read or print off. Welcome to
Whitecourt for Katimavik participants arriving today. Help is
needed for billets and some household furnishings. If you can
be of assistance, give Martin a call at 778-4774.
Wednesday August 26, 2004
The Office Lounge and Open Door Cafe has re-opened for business,
after renovations. Music and shrimp nite as usual on Thursday.
Check the Out on the Town tab above for full details. August 29,
there is a motorcycle toy run, starting at the IGA parking lot.
Free donuts and coffee, with a draw for a leather jacket and helmets.
Starts at noon. Please come by with a toy for charity.
Wednesday August 18, 2004
are losing their shady parking spot, with the removal of trees
on 52 Ave. For the weekend, The Party Store is having its grand
opening on Friday & Saturday. There are discounts, draws and
a clown will be at the store from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The
Office Lounge and Open Door Cafe renovations will be finished
for Monday. Also on Monday the 23rd, the RCMP Whitecourt and Community
Golf Tournament takes place at Whitecourt Golf and Country Club.
Wednesday August 11, 2004
Lots happening this weekend, with the Riverboat Races and Summer
Wind-up Sidewalk Sale. Check out the times and places from the
calendar tab above. Renovations Happening: The Office
Lounge and Open Door Cafe will be closed starting August 16th
for a week for renovations. Come by to check out the new look
after the re-opening on Monday, August 23.
Wednesday August 4, 2004
New Whitecourt Advisor now out. You can read the August 2004
edition by clicking on the Whitecourt Advisor tab above.
Wednesday July 27, 2004
New Whitecourt Census puts population at 8,747. Full details
to follow on the Town of Whitecourt web site.
Wednesday July 21, 2004
Click on the Calendar Tab above for details of the Cancer Awarness
Rock concert coming up this Friday.
Wednesday July 14, 2004
YR Radio now has a location in Whitecourt. They are situated
at the north end of Main Street.
Saturday July 10, 2004
for a gallery of Rodeo Parade photos.
Wednesday, July 7, 2004
Don't forget this weekend is Rodeo weekend. Downtown parade starts
at 10:30 on Saturday.
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
The July Advisor is now online here,
with commentary on the national election and the usual bad jokes.
Have a happy Canada Day. Fireworks and more will be down at Graham
Acres on July 1. Click on the Calendar tab above for more details.
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Call 779-6779 for tickets and info on the July 23 Rock Bash at
the Community Centre. Three bands and a good cause are involved.
Watch for the opening of The Party Store next week on Main Street
(in the old Home Hardware building).
Thursday - June 18, 2004
Denis Gallant and Friends play every Thursday at the Office Lounge
in the Midtown Mall. The music is a good mix of Bruce Cockburn,
Jethro Tull, and other acoustical gems. Bev Foster sometimes comes
by to sing. There can be as many as five musicians on stage some
nights. Denis is the owner/operator of Melody Music, opposite
the Town Office.
Tuesday - June 16, 2004
The latest Downtown Revitalization Meeting resulted in a decision
to go ahead with an outdoor garage sale on Saturday, June 19th
from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can rent a table for $10.00 if
you want to sell items. Call Amy at 778-5363 for further information.
WhitecourtWeb.com is now experimenting with a WeatherCam, which
shows outdoor conditions in Whitecourt, updated at 30 second intervals.
You can access it by clicking on the WeatherCam tab above or here.
Wednesday - June 9, 2004
Whitecourt resident Keith Peskett is seeking volunteers for a
soup kitchen and drop-in centre. You can get involved by calling
K & C Office Services at 778-3949 or click here
Wednesday - June 2, 2004
The June edition of the Whitecourt Advisor is now out. You can
read the online version by clicking here.
Wednesday - May 26, 2004
The Downtown Revitalization working group has set June 19th as
the tentative date for a Flea market and sidewalk sale, pending
approval by Town Council.
Regardless of the date, the event promises to be a fun day of
music, games, activities and sidewalk shopping. In addition to
store specials, there will be tables set up that can be rented
by individuals or groups for flea market items, food and more.
For more information on this, you can contact Amy at 778-5363.
The project to promote late night Friday shopping in the downtown
For downtown beautification, the planters will be filled by early
June, with hanging baskets up by the middle of the month. Whitecourt
will also be participating in the Communities in Bloom contest.
If you have a green thumb, you can check out this concept at http://www.communitiesinbloom.ca/whatiscib/
and get involved.
Wednesday - May 19, 2004
Between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. there will be a bicycle training
course held. Call 778-6610 for location and registration. Cost
is $34.00. You can see other planned events for this and next
month by clicking on the Calendar tab at the top of the page.
Friday - May 14, 2004
Extreme skateboarding tonight at 5:30. Location is the skateboarding
park. Cost is $8.00. Womens conference tomorrow at from 12:30
to 9:00 p.m. at Hilltop High School. Cost is $40.00.
Tuesday - May 11, 2004
Did you know the hours for Repeat Boutique are 11:00 a.m to 4
p.m. Wednesday and Saturday? Recycle by dropping off unneeded
items. Volunteers also welcome.
Thursday - May 6, 2004
Tonight, and every Thursday, Dennis Gallant plays some great
acoustic music at The Office Lounge.
Monday - May 3, 2004
The World of Whitecourt Trade Show was well attended. You can
for photos of this event. The May issue of the Whitecourt Advisor
has been mailed to every home and business in Whitecourt and Blueridge.
Call 778-3949 if you did not receive yours.
Wednesday - April 28, 2004
Get ready for the World of Whitecourt on April 30, May 1 &
2 at the hilltop arena. The Advisor, along with the rest of the
K & C Media team will be in booth 46, just to the right as
you come in the main entrance.
Friday - April 23, 2004
The latest suggestions for downtown revitalization from Whitecourt
residents is to create a broad, paved walkway from the north end
of Main Street into Rotary Park; see if the Travelodge Hotel owners
are interested in making a clock tower out of the cupola on top
of the Travelodge Hotel; having a music festival in Rotary Park;
and creating a combination soup kitchen, drop-in centre for less
fortunate members of society. The connection between Mainstreet
and Rotary Park could be lined with old fashioned looking street
In a larger sense, the Whitecourt river valley could be modeled
along the lines of Edmontons river valley. Riverboat Park
and Rotary Park could even be joined by a pedestrian/bicycle bridge
over the MacLeod and a walkway along the river. There might have
to be some distance between the walkway and the river for safety
The golf course and baseball diamonds would also fit in well
with such a river valley concept.
Tuesday - April 21, 2004
WhitecourtWeb.com is building a fishing guide, complete with
links to detailed area lake depth maps. Click here
to view or contribute.
Friday - April 16, 2004
A 7 a.m. weekday opening is part of the new hours being introduced
at the Open Door Cafe downtown. The lounge will also be opening
earlier, at 10:00 am. A no-smoking policy is being introduced
on the restaurant side.
Wednesday - April 14, 2004
The wintry weather we are experiencing has been forecast to continue
into the weekend. For indoor activities, check out your local
library and the Whitecourt sports complex on the hill. Click
this link to order any book
in Alberta delivered to the local library.
Saturday - April 10, 2004
Whitecourt resident and community stalwart Dorothy Stephenson,
54, died Thursday night when the van she was riding in was struck
by a suspected impaired driver in Jasper National Park. Arnie
Stephenson, Publisher of the Whitecourt Star, sustained serious
injuries in the accident and was flown by air ambulance to Edmonton's
University of Alberta Hospital. The staff at K & C Media would
like to express their deepest condolences to the Stephenson family
Thursday - April 8, 2004
In the downtown area, Melody Music has moved to more spacious
quarters opposite the Town of Whitecourt Building. If you get
a chance to hear Denny & friends from Melody play at a local
pub, check it out. Its good stuff.
At the Open Door Cafe and Office Lounge in the Midtown Mall,
there is a new owner. Welcome to Brad.
There's also a new shop, called The Picket Fence, selling home
furnishings that opened next to Dynamic Amusements.
If you get a chance, have a look at the automated, life size
butler at the front of Majestic Frames and Furnishings on 51st
There was also a meeting last week where views were expressed
on the location for the new recreational centre. Possibilities
include locating the centre by the swimming pool, which would
result in the loss of a tennis court and skateboard park; or situating
the building down the hill, either in the flats area, or by Rotary
Monday - April 5, 2004
Suggestions passed on to the Advisor regarding downtown revitalization
include: instituting a mini-golf course; setting up an outdoor
water park; reopening the old ski hill near Dahl Drive for snowboarders;
allowing ATVs the same privileges as snowmobiles regarding use
of area roads; and hosting snowmobile races at the rodeo grounds
if the track is big enough.
Thursday - April 1, 2004
Welcome to Whitecourt Advisor news briefs online, a supplement
to the Whitecourt Advisor print edition, mailed to every home
and business in Whitecourt. Click here
or on the tab above to access these editions online.
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