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Kneehill County council approves $17,778 in community grants

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Kneehill County council approved the first round of community grants for non-profit organizations, totalling $17,778 which will be allocated to six community organizations and groups, during the regular Tuesday, April 25 council meeting.
Round one applications were previously presented during the April 18 Committee of the Whole meeting, at which time council recommended approving all applications in the full amount requested.
Round one applications:
Three Hills Minor Softball $2,000 Purchase of new softball equipment for girls between seven and 13
Three Hills and District Agricultural Society $3,884 Purchase of a snow dog track setter with cross-country attachment
Swalwell Ladies Town and Country Club $1,200 Complete a project to mark unmarked cemetery plots at the Swalwell Cemetery
Kneehill Bow Hunters and Archers Society $1,500 Purchase of new archer targets for the club
Trochu Golf and Country Club $5,925 Replace three irrigation controllers
Trochu Pottery Club $3,269 Purchase of new kiln for club

Council has an allocated budget of $50,000 to support non-profit community organizations and groups and in January had previously allocated $17,500 to the Trochu and District Agricultural Society to support the purchase of new bleachers.

The county has provided funding to most of these organizations in the past with previous grant funding applications. However, it was noted, if approved, this would be the first time the county would be supporting the Kneehill Bow Hunters and Archers Society and Trochu Pottery Club.
Council unanimously approved the funding requests totalling $17,778; this will leave $14,722 for round two applications.

DNA evidence leads to conviction of Drumheller man sentences for break-ins


A Drumheller man was given a 12-month suspended sentence after DNA was used to identify him on two break and enters.
Brian Douglas McHugh appeared in the Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Friday, May 12. He pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a curfew and guilty to break and enters and theft.
McHugh was sentenced to two years in prison for property-related crimes stemming from a residential housebreaking and break-in to industrial sites near Carbon and the Wintering Hills in March of 2021.
As part of his sentence, a DNA sample was taken.
His DNA was tied to a break-in from March 2019, when a home in Newcastle was broken into and guns, fuel cards, and currency were taken. A cigarette butt left at the scene matched McHugh’s DNA, and he was charged in January 2022.
This also tied him to a break and enter which happened in February 2019 where a resident came home from out of town to find currency missing.
A cigarette butt in a litter box matched McHugh’s DNA.
The Crown and defence agreed on a joint submission of a conditional sentence order. The Crown noted while the aggravating factors included a related record, there was a substantial quid pro quo in coming to the agreement.
McHugh was a serving inmate at the time the charges were laid, and there was an error in swearing the information which caused the immediate revocation of his parole eligibility.
Alberta Justice Keelaghan imposed a 12-month conditions sentence order where McHugh will spend a portion of time abiding by house arrest and then a curfew.
There is also a restitution order.

Exhibition commemorates Liberation of Netherlands

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A new exhibition at the Western GM Gallery at the Badlands Community Facility wants to open a dialogue between historical and contemporary concepts of freedom.
The exhibition featuring works by artists from the Burns Visual Arts Society (BVAS), Canada’s oldest artists’ studio cooperative, opened on Friday, May 5. Liz Sullivan, one of the artists featured explains members of the BVAS were invited by a Dutch artists’ cooperative called Platform Edese Kunstennars to collaborate and coordinate simultaneous art exhibitions that commemorate 75 years of the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II. This was about three or four years ago.
“Seven of us were really excited to be part of this project, so seven of us created work for this,” said Sullivan. “My parents are Dutch and immigrated in the 1950s. They were children in World War II living close to the German border. My mom was 10, my dad was 15.”
Her contribution was about a half dozen works telling her parents’ stories.
She noted that May 5 is Liberation Day, and in the Netherlands, they are still celebrating liberation and expressing their appreciation of the Canadian war efforts.
Beyond marking the liberation and the role Canada played, the works of the seven BVAS artists, embody a broader concept of freedom.
According to an artists’ statement, “Today, defining freedom is as difficult as achieving it, keeping it relevant and remembering it all comes with responsibility.
The main idea behind this exhibition is to create a dialogue between historical and contemporary concepts of freedom. We wish to challenge and celebrate the concept of freedom from both the personal and societal levels.”
Viewers are invited to contribute their thoughts on what freedom means and leave their comments on cards provided at the gallery.
They have created a video that has been shared with the cooperative in the Netherlands and as shown in their exhibit.
The art was shown at the BVAS gallery in Calgary, however, just a week later, the pandemic hit. A year and a half later, it was shown at a gallery in Calgary with the Alberta Association of Artists.
“This is our next stop, and we are waiting to hear of other places to be shown around Alberta,” said Sullivan.
The gallery is open and on display until May 30.


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