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Council approves changes to rates, fees and charges Bylaw

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At the January 29, 2024, Regular Council Meeting, Town Council approved the changes made to Bylaw 01.24 - Rates, Fees and Charges Bylaw.


In a media release from Town Council on February 2, 2024, it states The 2024 Fee Schedule changes include increases in Recreation, Administrative Services, Pet Licensing and Cemetery fees. Due to inflation, Council approved a 5 per cent increase in fees correlated to residents and a 15 per cent increase in non-resident fees. A few changes made to Recreation Fees include the addition of a $2 admission fee for preschoolers going to the Aquaplex, the introduction of “Private Pool Rentals” for large groups looking to book the Aquaplex for private functions and the reduction of mobile vendor fees.


The fees for permits and applications are outlined in the Fee Schedule, along with the costs of services offered by the Town, and can be found on their website.


A 66 year prairie romance

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If there's something for certain courting has changed over the years. What has not changed is the love that springs from those early days of relationships.
Bryce and Rosalie Nimmo celebrated their 66th anniversary on Monday, February 12. Their story starts out in Estevan Saskatchewan.
“This was small town Saskatchewan, there were no bars, only beer parlours for men. About the only way in Estevan that you met a girl was getting invited to house parties, That’s how Rosalie and I met,” explains Bryce Nimmo.

He grew up all over Saskatchewan in a railroad family, but by 23 he was already working in the men’s clothing industry establishing himself in Estevan.
After a while, they met at a few parties, and love developed over time. Sometimes they would go “across the line” to North Dakota to go to bars for date night.
Estevan was only 5,000 people at the time and he said outside of parties, and church there weren’t many ways that people connected. Nonetheless, their love grew. It was a two-year courtship.
“Not necessarily all of that would have been courtship, we were in each other’s company for two years, but we didn't get engaged until well into the second year,” he said.
The proposal was unique.
“I told her there was something in the glove compartment and there was the ring,” he said. “She thought it was alright. I don’t know if I ever made the last payment on that ring or not.”
While today lavish celebrations for the bride and groom leading up to the wedding are the norm, for Bryce, it was a little different for his stag. The hotel was closed in the winter, but they managed to rent the beer parlour, and in the dead of winter they gathered around a space heater to celebrate his upcoming nuptials.
The Valentine’s Day adjacent wedding was no coincidence. Rosalie’s father was a florist, and it was an important time for his business. Rest assured there were lots of flowers at the wedding.
The wedding reception was at a restaurant called the Thieve’s Kitchen, and then they had a party in the garage at Rosalie’s parent’s home. It was a mild day, so they had the door open and had a lot of fun.
Bryce attempted to safeguard his car from revellers by parking it in the police chief’s garage, but it didn’t seem to help.
After the wedding party, they jumped in the car and went across the border to the San Way Ve Motel in Kenmare North Dakota for their honeymoon.
The couple were married in 1958 and moved to Calgary in 1961, already with three kids in tow. He started at Don Forsters Men's Wear and worked at another couple of stores until he and a partner struck out on their own, and continued raising their now family of four. In the mid-1970s he began working for then Premier Peter Lougheed. He was director of the Office of the Premier in Calgary, and then went to Houston and was the Alberta Trade director under the Getty government. Rosalie was trained as a lab tech, but when the kids were raised, she went to work at the Royal Bank and eventually worked her way up to working in the Vice President's office.
Eventually, they retired to the valley in 1996, when they opened the Taste the Past Bed and Breakfast.
When asked what the secret to a successful 66-year marriage is, his answer is simple.
“Rosalie.”
“When you take a, look at the anchors of a family, there is no question Rosalie brought the kids up and put up with me,” he said.
“You think of 66 years and it goes by just like that, but at the same time. For 66 years everything we have done we have done together.”

Love endures for seven decades

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Our lives are made up of milestones; birth, first steps, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, the list goes on. One milestone that very few reach takes love and dedication.

Joe and Delores DeMott marked their 70th wedding anniversary on Saturday, February 10. The couple have lived raised a family, and worked together for seven decades, all in the valley. “We were born and raised here and lived here all of our lives,” said Joe. Social protocols were different seven decades ago, so the place to meet members of the opposite sex was dances.

“There were a lot of dances, and boy could she dance, he said.”There were dances all over in the communities, and every Saturday night at the Elks,” he said. He explains there wasn’t really any formal dating. “There used to be loads of single people at those dances at the Elks and the only thing you could do is give her a ride home or say’ ‘see you next Saturday.’” 

Joe was busy working all kinds of jobs, mostly in carpentry. “I never had enough time for school I was too busy.” He grew up on a farm in Michichi and he stayed in school until Grade 10, and from there began working and never looked back.
Delores worked at the Bank of Commerce in Drumheller when they met. “We seemed to get along alright,” he chuckles. “Her mother wanted to get rid of some of those daughters she had, so she talked me into taking one of them.”  

Sports were also another place to recreate and socialize, and they were involved in curling, hockey and baseball. The couple were married at Knox United Church. He was 24. He worked in Calgary for a short while, building engineered homes, and they moved back to East Coulee in 1958. This was about the time they started in the flooring business. 

They had two boys already, Wayne and Jeff, and in 1962, their daughter Karen was born. Their family and business flourished, and eventually, they moved their home into Drumheller. Later they built a new house in North Drum. When asked what the secret of a 70-year marriage is, he said, “My theory wouldn’t be worth a damn.” He does concede, “We didn’t ever seem to have too much of a problem with having a conflict or anything. It is a give-and-take thing. You could be wrong as much as you’re right ”

"I think a lot of people nowadays have so much of everything they don’t really seem to figure out what they want.” He also credits much of his commercial success to the support of his wife.

“There are people that think I were quite successful. Before I got my wife into the business looking after the money side of it, I was just working because it was time to go to work. If it wasn’t for her, we probably wouldn’t have ever done as well as we have.”


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