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St. Anthony’s awarded for quality daily physical education program

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    St. Anthony’s School has been recognized for providing quality physical education.
    The school has been awarded a Quality Daily Physical Education Award. This program recognizes schools that are able to provide daily quality programs that encourage excellence in school physical education programs.
“All of our staff at the school do a really good job to make sure student are physically active, with a lot of events or activities at our school such as the after school flag football program, we have always done the Terry Fox Run and the after school cross country run program,” said athletic coordinator Gavin Makse.
    The school was awarded one star which means it offers well-planned lessons incorporating a wide range of activities that address the provincial curriculum learning outcomes/objectives, a variety of assessment and evaluation strategies that enhance student learning, emphasizes student learning, personal success, fair play, and personal health and wellness, adheres to provincial student safety guidelines, appropriate learning activities for the age/stage of development of each student that reflect current research and best practices and meets or exceeds provincial curriculum recommendations for minimum instructional time in physical education.
    The award is offered by Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada). It champions healthy, active kids by promoting and advancing quality health and physical education opportunities and healthy learning environments. Supporting community champions with quality programs, professional development services, and community activation initiatives, PHE Canada inspires all to live healthy, physically active lives.
    “The biggest thing with our school is our entire staff wants kids to be active,” said Makse. “The kids feel better when they are physically active so it makes for a better well managed experience at school.”

Rockyford takes measures in light of Coronavirus pandemic


    The Village of Rockyford is finding its new normal in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    With the spread of the Coronavirus throughout the country, villages are reacting to the threat of the pandemic. In Rockyford, Mayor Darcy Burke says the cancellation of their annual events will hurt the community.
    The Mail reported in April that the annual Rockyford Rodeo and the annual Bullarama have been cancelled by the Rockyford Lions Club. Burke notes, not only will the loss of these events make it a less festive season, but these are also important fundraisers for non-profit groups in the community.
    The loss of traffic of visitors could affect the bottom line of local business. Some local businesses have closed during the pandemic, while a few have been able to adjust and open for take out and delivery. Burke notices there has been more local shopping. Last week the province is looking at beginning to reopen some businesses which could be a good sign for the local economy.
    The Village has made some concessions for residents who are dealing with  the COVID-19 pandemic. Council passed a motion to allow those affected by COVID-19 to defer their utility payments for three months, and there will be no penalties or threat of utilities being cut off. Residents need to register for the deferral and will have to contact the Wheatland Regional Corporation to sign up. They also allowed residents to repay the deferred amounts over six months from July to December.
    In the midst of the pandemic, the Village was able to pass its operating budget and this year residents will get a bit of a break, with a 3.5 per cent reduction in property taxes. There however was a 2 per cent increase in utilities. The flat rate for water increased from $30.70 to $38.38.
    The village has no immediate plans for infrastructure projects this year, after doing extensive work in the years leading up to its centennial last summer. However, the province has called upon municipalities for shovel-ready projects in the event there are some programs put in place to stimulate the economy. Council asked MPE Engineering to look at some potential projects including water and sanitary replacement and possible paving.
    Burke is most encouraged by the spirit of the community, with neighbours pitching in to support each other through this tough time.

Carbon copes with COVID-19 pandemic


    Like all communities, the Village of  Carbon is finding a new normal in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    This will be a summer for all to remember, including residents of Carbon. As the outbreak began to spread in Canada, the Village took some proactive measures including closing the village office and public works shop to the public and the Carbon Emergency Management Agency enacted its business continuity plan. It has also been busy keeping residents updated through its social media and website channels.
    Council has also waived all utility penalties until the September billing cycle, and those who are having difficulties making utility payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic can contact the Village Office to make payment arrangements.
    Mayor Bryan Peever says he is seeing residents taking care of each other throughout this emergency, whether it be picking up items for neighbours or helping out. The Carbon Valley Community Church has been offering food hampers for families in need. The Carbon Fire Department has also been active doing its drive-by birthday celebrations. Those in need of a bit of support can call the village office and they will connect with volunteers.
    Like many villages, a number of spring and summer events have been cancelled, including Sports Days. The swimming pool has also been closed for the season, and the library and playgrounds have closed for the time being.
    Businesses in the community have been creative in finding ways to serve the community and their customers. The Carbon Grocery Store is open but has implemented measures including social distancing and asking customers to wash their hands. The Bottle Depot has also remained open and many restaurants have adjusted to offering take-out or delivery orders. The province eased some restrictions to businesses last week, which may see some shops reopen or offer greater services.
    The Village of Carbon made the decision to open the campground on June 1. Peever says the reservation system has been open since February, and they will have to make some adjustments due to Public Health Orders. Camping will be a lot different from the normal. The campground will operate at 50 per cent capacity to allow safe spacing for each unit. The tenting sites are closed.
    All camping will be in self-contained units, and shared facilities at the campground such as washrooms and showers are closed. So are playgrounds, group sites, group fire pits, and ball diamonds. Campers will be responsible for the disposal of all their garbage or recycling. Each site will be sanitized after each use by the attendant.


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