- Published on Saturday, 20 October 2012 09:00
- Written by submitted
The 2012 Delia Fall Fair was a great success thanks to many volunteers, exhibitors, trade show participants, judges, and the Delia District Ag Society.
Linda Hoover was the winner of the Grand Aggregate Award; Michelle Hoover the Junior Aggregate Award: and the Jason Reed Family won the Family Award.
Scholarships were presented and a Live Auction concluded the day. The best pie of the day sold for $70.
The Delia Skating Club cooked up tasty delights for the Concession, and 4-H ran the Mini Carnival. Musical entertainment was provided by the Keister Family Fiddlers. Even the weather cooperated with blue skies and warm temperatures. Added all together, the Delia Fall Fair was a busy, fun event.
The arena was filled with exhibits including bread, pies, jams and jellies, photography, woodworking, needlecraft, sewing, grains and many more.
There are lots of talented people in the area to produce such excellent exhibits. Hope to see you all next year at the Delia Fall Fair 2013.
- Published on Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:05
- Written by © DrumhellerMail.com
The losses suffered in Special Areas this summer due to flooding were declared a disaster, paving the way for some financial relief for the area.
On October 4 an Order In Council was approved under the Fiscal Accountability Act. The order “declares the extraordinary losses, damages and emergency response costs caused by overland flooding and groundwater seepage experienced in Special Area No. 2, Special Area No. 3 and Special Area No. 4 from June 26, 2012 to June 30, 2012 to be a disaster.”
“There is funding available, as much as $8.6 million for Special Areas,” said Cameron Traynor, communications for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. “A good amount goes to the municipality itself to recover their costs but some of it is available for individuals as well if they have uninsurable losses.”
The help coming to Special Areas is one of six regional disaster recovery plans to help municipalities, residents and farmers. The estimated provincial commitment is in the area of $58 million.
“This funding will go a long way to help the communities and Albertans who experienced uninsurable losses because of this severe weather,” said Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Plans are already moving forward to establish registration centres for Albertans who may qualify for assistance.”
According to a release, the recovery program is designed for uninsurable losses and property damages caused by the weather events to communities, businesses, residents and producers. Local authorities apply to disaster recovery programs on behalf of their residents.
Traynor explains there will be registration centres set up in the area and directs those affected by the disaster to the Alberta Emergency Management agency’s website at www.aema.alberta.ca.
“There is contact information on the website on how people can fill out the necessary forms and apply for funding,” he said.
- Published on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:02
- Written by Michael James | © DrumhellerMail.com
The Village of Delia is hoping to continue cashing in on the abundance of sunlight in the area. Plans are in the works to expand the solar system presently in Delia.
The Village has partnered with the Henry Kruger Water Commission to build another solar array in Delia. The goal is to attach it to another municipal building, likely the Village Office, to help reduce the utility costs of the Village.
“The municipalities that work with them are supporting the project and possibly putting up another solar system in the village,” said Caroline Siverson, Delia CAO. “They’re trying to do some alternate energy to reduce power costs.”
Delia currently has a solar array attached to and powering its pump house. When the array produces more energy than what is needed, the excess is sold to the grid. Since the array was installed, the Village saves roughly $600 per month on utility costs.
“We’ve got the solar array up on the pump house and it’s running great,” said deputy mayor Jeff Collins. “When I step under the shower I’m grateful for the sun, because that’s generating the power that allows us to pressurize our water supply.”
The first array cost nothing to village residents, thanks to grant funding.
“We didn’t pay anything for the solar array we have in the back. We provided the land and it came to us through federal, provincial, and county grant money,” said Collins.
Plans to install more solar power have been stymied by the lack of grants available, but the Village is on the lookout for more.
“When we put the first one in here it was over $100,000, so the costs have come down significantly. Like all technology, the longer it’s around, the cheaper it gets. We’re keeping our eyes open for grants,” said Siverson.