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Dragons split weekend

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The Dragons had a strong weekend of hockey, extending their winning streak to four games, but it all came crashing down on Sunday afternoon.
The Dragons hosted the Olds Grizzlys on Friday, March 26. After a scoreless first period, the Dragons put the pressure on in the second, outshooting the Grizzlys 13-8. Despite this, they remained scoreless after two periods of play.
In the third period, defenseman Ben Christian scored his first goal as a Dragon, assisted by Kiano Robinson and Tyson Gross, 7:43 in. Kent Anderson followed this up at the 9:20 mark with an assist from Kasey Hiemstra, and Robinson’s second. The Grizzlys answered back with less than four minutes to go, but Drumheller’s Luke Fennig scored with 35 seconds left, assisted by Anderson to seal the Grizzlys’ fate.
This win made it four in a row for the Dragons. But the weekend was only half over, and on Sunday afternoon, they were in Camrose to take on the Kodiaks.
Fennig opened the scoring with eight seconds left in the first period, but that was all the Dragons could muster, and Camrose scored three in the second period, and four in the third, despite the Dragons outshooting the Kodiaks 31-22. Camrose won 7-1.
The Dragons are now sitting at a 4-4 record and are in fourth place in the Viterra AJHL South Division. They have two more games playing in this cohort, heading to Olds this Friday, April 2 to play the Grizzlys, and then back home on April 3 to host the Camrose Kodiaks.


Starland nominated for 2021 Friends of Education Award

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The Prairie Land Public School Division (PLSD) Board of Trustees have nominated Starland County for the Alberta School Boards Association, 2021 Friends of Education Award.
School boards across the province nominate one candidate for the Friends of Education Award to their ASBA zone committee each year. The Friends of Education Award recognizes organizations in the community that have made a special contribution to education in local communities. The successful nominees from each Zone are honoured at the ASBA Fall General Meeting in November.
Prairie Land students have been the benefactor of many years of funding support for the schools within the borders of Starland County, as well as contributing to programs to enhance education to all students within the school division.
Over the past two years, the division has been fortunate to have two new schools being built within Starland County. In both communities, non-profit societies were formed and launched two huge fundraising campaigns to enhance those schools. Starland County pledged $200,000 to each of those campaigns, totaling $400,000. They did this despite huge negative financial impacts in its own budget.
In addition to this, they also directed approximately $60,000 of funding to PLSD, which enabled it to preserve its incredible FRW programs. Without this funding, those programs may have been in jeopardy.
Starland County has worked very closely with the Prairie Land Family Resource Worker program in addition to its Mental Health Capacity Building Project (Project REACH) by supporting both the individual and universal programming for the Health and Wellness of the school communities. They have supported the board notion that healthy schools equate to healthy communities and recognize that support by way of resources and in-kind contributions is critical for their sustainability.
In addition to providing supports and resources for programs and initiatives within Prairie Land, Starland has been an active partner with their involvement in the Board of Trustees Advocacy Plan by creating a relationship that sustains rural education and viability. By demonstrating this involvement and understanding, Starland is a valued partner in supporting educational initiatives that are proposed by the Prairie Land Board of Trustees.

Wheatland County issues call to action for Calgary Metropolitan Region Board draft growth plan

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Wheatland County is asking residents to get involved with the final round of public engagement for the draft growth plan by the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB) before the plan is submitted to the Minister of Municipal Affairs.

Council members previously expressed their concerns over the draft plan and the benefits--or lack thereof--for the county during the regular council meeting on Tuesday, February 16 and reiterated these concerns in their call to action on Wednesday, March 24.
Wheatland County Reeve Amber Link told the Mail, “Wheatland County is mandated by the provincial government to sit on the CMRB. We continue to advocate for reconsideration of the CMRB structure and are asking Alberta Municipal Affairs to remove Wheatland County from the CMRB based on a number of considerations, including the fact Wheatland County has relatively insignificant growth to manage in the timeframe of the growth plan.”
Wheatland County is one of 10 municipalities incorporated in the growth plan, including Rockyview County and the nearby Town of Strathmore. However, only approximately one-eighth of Wheatland County’s total landmass--a “panhandle” connected Calgary to Strathmore--is included in the growth plan.
Council was presented with the draft growth plan by consultants from HDR Calthorpe during the Tuesday, February 16 regular council meeting.
The draft showed predicted growth over the next 50 years for CMRB municipalities; however, Wheatland County is not projected to see any growth and Strathmore would also see minimal growth opportunities.
Wheatland County council has several concerns regarding the proposed draft, in particular the disproportionate growth and opportunities given to urban municipalities over rural areas.
Another concern has been the costs associated with being part of CMRB.
“What we’ve invested comes out, over the last year, at $25 to $30 on the tax bill to each and every one of our ratepayers in Wheatland County,” Reeve Link said during the February meeting.
Since the board was established in January 2018, Wheatland County estimates more than $235,000 has been contributed to CMRB through staff and elected officials’ time involvement. According to the call to action, this equates to approximately $262 to the approximately 897 residents within the panhandle.
Wheatland County is not the only municipality with reservations against the drafted growth plan. Rockyview County and the Municipal District of Foothills County have also expressed opposition to the current growth plan. M.D. Foothills County has also put forward a call to action to its residents, asking them to get involved and reach out to their MLAs.
CMRB must submit the growth plan to Minister of Municipal Affairs Ric McIver by June 1.
The final public engagement is open until Friday, April 8.


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