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St. Anthony's honours athletes

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St. Anthony’s School Celebrated the success of its athletes at its 13th annual awards ceremony on Thursday, September 8. Recipients were Dallas Mackenzie Jr. Titans Football MVP, Kieran Wilson Sr. Titans Football Sabre, Paige Swain Cross-Country Running Saint, Eli Eddy Cross-Country Running MVP, Brithany Castro Jr. A Girls Volleyball MVP, Kaia Wilson Jr. A Girls Volleyball Saint, Ryah Sutcliffe Jr. A Girls Volleyball Most Improved, Samantha Seafoot Sr. Girls Volleyball MVP, Shaylen Farwell Sr. Girls Volleyball Sabre, Grace Brost Sr. Girls Volleyball Most Improved, Ian Pedregosa Sr. Boys Volleyball MVP, Joshua Galleon Sr. Boys Volleyball Sabre, Rylan Masson Jr. B Boys Basketball MVP, Mason Leslie Jr. B Boys Basketball Saint, Joseph Makse Jr. B Boys Basketball Most Dedicated, Wesley Donison Jr. B Boys Basketball Most Improved, Ryker Straub Jr. B Boys Basketball Top Defensive Player, Adrian Candelaria Jr. B Boys Basketball Top Scorer, Ian Pedregosa JV Boys Basketball MVP, Hayes Armstrong JV Boys Basketball Sabre, Caleb Fisher JV Boys Basketball Most Improved, Aryan Chand JV Boys Basketball Heart & Hustle Award, Luke Pascut Jr. High Badminton MVP, Brahmleen Kaur Jr. High Badminton Saint, Ian Pedregosa Sr. High Badminton MVP, Joshua Galleon Sr. High Badminton Sabre, Nathan Boland Alexander Graf Memorial Winner, Ryah Sutcliffe Saint of the Year, Joshua Galleon Sabre of the Year, Hayes Armstrong Jr. High Male Athlete of the Year, Brithany Castro Jr. High Female Athlete of the Year, Charli Calon Sr. High Female Athlete of the Year and Ian Pedregosa Sr. High Male Athlete of the Year.

Survey says, Wheatland County residents prefer digital, newspaper communication

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Results of the Wheatland County communications survey, which was conducted to capture the effectiveness of the county’s current communications tools and better understand how its residents would prefer to receive communications going forward, were presented to council during the regular Tuesday, August 16 council meeting.
The survey, held between April 25 and July 12, was open to Wheatland County residents only, and respondents were asked a total of 11 questions - two optional and nine required; a total of 280 respondents fully completed the nine required questions.
Among the questions asked, respondents were asked how they preferred to receive county news and information. About 75 per cent of respondents preferred to receive information electronically, either through email or social media, while nearly 21 per cent preferred to receive their information through newspapers.
Six of the 280 respondents said they preferred radio and phone calls, while four stated they preferred in-person town hall meetings.
In a follow up question, respondents were asked to rate their preferred method of communication from eight options; the survey found the most preferred method was the Wheatland County website, followed by social media and newspapers, along with paper mail outs.
Telephone was the least preferred method for county residents to receive communications.
Respondents were also given the opportunity to provide written feedback at the end of the survey. Several comments questioned what the Wheatland County Connector community newsletter mentioned in the survey was, or commented on its “sporadic” and “unreliable” delivery.
Reeve Amber Link questioned what the cost is to the county to print and mail out the County Connector community newsletter and whether it may be within the county’s capacity to offer it as an electronic newsletter to those residents who would prefer to receive it by email.
Council unanimously accepted the survey report as information and directed administration to bring back additional information regarding the cost to produce and deliver the County Connector.

Old trees given new life with carving

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The sound of chainsaws buzzing and whirring could be heard in Downtown Drumheller on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17 as professional carver Marina Cole of Chainsaw Spirit went to work at the Downtown Plaza shaping trees, downed throughout the Drumheller Valley for flood mitigation work, into works of art. Several trees were cut down to facilitate flood mitigation work throughout the Drumheller Valley, and in March the Mail reported the Flood Mitigation Community Advisory Committee were marking some of the trees slated for removal to be used in a community art installation. Ms. Cole has participated in numerous international carving competitions across Canada, the United States, and Australia, recently placing first in the Kootenai Country Montana International Chainsaw Carving Championship earlier in September. Her chainsaw carvings can be seen throughout Medicine Hat, parts of Alberta and British Columbia, and the Chainsaw Spirit Gallery in Irvine - some 280 kilometres southeast of Drumheller near the Saskatchewan border.


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