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Rowley receives grant for elevator preservation

The Rowley Community Hall Association (RCHA) has restoration plans underway to preserve three historical grain elevators, the first of which was built in 1915.
When the elevators were closed in 1989, due to the discontinuation of the railway service, the RCHA negotiated the purchase of them, saving them from being demolished. In 2008, the elevators were designated a “Provincial Historical Resource” by the Province, and they provided a large grant to have the exteriors of all three restored. The cost of the project then was approximately $500,000.
Over the years since, many new issues have surfaced, causing major repairs needed to the foundations, windows, siding and shingles. Blue Bonna Painting LTD, a contractor approved by the Province, provided an estimate for the cost of the repairs, leaving the RCHA the need to secure provincial funding through a grant.
The provincial grant awarded must be matched by the RCHA, who were successful in raising $78,560, so their total funds to start on the work needed is $157,120. The total project is estimated at $500,000, so the work will be done in three or more phases, depending upon how many more future funds and grants can be secured.
The RCHA was officially registered as a Society in 1976 and has been mandated to preserve the history of Rowley, maintaining the community hall, along with many other historic buildings filled with historical artifacts. The school, train station, saloon and church are just a few of the buildings that thousands of visitors tour each year. Students are hired every summer to give these tours. There are also many volunteers who donate hundreds of hours every year. They have been hosting a monthly Pizza Nite Fundraiser to help pay for the maintenance of the buildings. These same volunteers are counted on to help with the cleanup and hauling away debris with the elevators project.
“The volunteers, as well as the local community, are very proud of the preservation efforts put forth in this little hamlet. There is so much history here of our forefathers and our group is working very hard to preserve it here in Rowley aka ‘Rowleywood’”, states the Director of the RCHA Shirley Bremer about the preservation of the elevators.
The next fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, April 13 where the RCHA is hosting a Murder Mystery, Silent Auction and Supper Event at the Rowley Community Hall. All funds raised will go directly towards the Elevator Preservation Project.

Growing Kneehill events in the works

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Multiple markets and an AG Celebration are coming to Kneehill County this summer. At the Tuesday, March 12, 2024, Council Meeting, council heard a presentation from Administration about what ideas and options have been planned so far.
“The concept of ‘Growing Kneehill’ has been an ever evolving one. Council, through the Committee of the Whole, has had considerable discussions around the purpose and intent of these events and has explored a variety of options to meet their standards and expectations of a successful event.”
Horseshoe Canyon is being cited for the first ever Horseshoe Canyon Country Market, where local agri-food and artisan businesses can gain exposure. With vendors, an agricultural information booth, fun for kids, live music and door prizes/raffles, visitors will get a full agricultural experience. There is also talk happening about Open Farm Days, a possible food market with live entertainment in Trochu.
There are two options being discussed about an AG Connection Day or AG Community Celebration where the first would have an Agricultural Learning Show, where people can learn more about where their food comes from, and the other would have an open catered dinner and entertainment. Both options will include entertainment, fun for kids and door prizes.

Wheatland appeals court decision over Koester sanctions


Glenn Koester had his day in Court, but it appears there may be more.
The Mail reported in its March 14 edition that Wheatland Councillor Koester has successfully appealed sanctions put upon him by Wheatland County.
The Mail reported he was first accused of Code of Conduct Violations in March of 2022. An independent investigation was completed. He was sanctioned and asked to provide a written apology to the Wheatland County Council; he was also removed from all previously appointed boards and committees.
He launched a Judicial Review Application, and it ruled in his favour.
“The Court ruled that no reasonable body would have found that Councillor Koester had breached the Code of Conduct, and the process used by Council in passing the sanctions was not transparent, intelligible, or justified. The Court also found breaches of procedural fairness, including reasonable apprehension of bias on the part of Council,” states a post on the Getz Collins and Associates social media, which represented Koester. On Friday, March 15, Wheatland County issued a press release indicating it would be appealing the decision.
“With great respect to the Court, Wheatland County and its legal counsel have concerns with this decision after careful review of the findings,” states the release. “It is the responsibility of Council to protect the integrity of county governance in order to best serve our community and the public interest. We do so through a commitment to transparency and by upholding the principles of fairness and accountability.”
“Therefore, on March 15, 2024, council approved a motion to appeal the court’s decision in the matter of Koester v Wheatland County, 2024 by a vote of 4-2. We believe an appeal is the most appropriate step to bring this matter to a fair conclusion for all parties, including the residents of Wheatland County whom we serve.”


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