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Year in Review: August 2018
Year in Review August 2018 Peace Country Beef and Forage Association hosted a research day at the Fairview Research Farm to explain some of the research they have been doing there, including variety trials for cocktail mixtures, as well as hemp, corn, wheat, oats, and barley. There were also a few activities for kids to make it family friendly and some demonstrations. Harvest Lodge residents held an Alzheimers Walk to raise money to fight Alzheimers Disease, raising $2,065. Prairie Coast Equipment in Fairview held a birthday bash and invited the community as they celebrated the dealership’s 25th anniversary. The Village of Berwyn held a street dance to celebrate summer Aug. 2 with live bands pumping out music and activities for kids scattered through the afternoon – including a live reptile petting zoo. There was also a skipping demonstration by the Alley Katz skipping club who will be hosting the 2019 Skipping Championships in April 6-7, 2019. The Canso took to the air and travelled to Whitecourt for the 10th Hometown Heroes Air Show, and had about 400 people tour the plane. The Canso was also scheduled to fly to Vanderhoof and Villeneuve for airshows. The tractor parade at the Hines Creek End of Steel Museum was the star attraction, but displays, a pancake breakfast and demonstrations of historical activities such as weaving, rope making also attracted people to the event. Tom Spicer, representing Ring Creek, appeared before town council to ask for a change of scope for the non-profit company’s contract with the town to manage Cummings Lake Recreation Area. His request was to increase the number of acres included to make it easier to add some improvements to the park. Some of his plans included more pull-through camping sites for larger RVs and trailers, a swimming area for dogs, a wedding venue, improvements to water quality in the lake to make it easier for fish to survive, and cabin rentals. Fairview Health Complex Foundation announced they had funded the purchase of a wheelchair bike to make it possible for staff to take long-term care residents out for some fresh air and a turn around the walking trails. The “bike” connects the back half of a bicycle with a specially designed wheelchair and included an electrical assist motor to make it easier for staff to get up hills. Fairview and District Victim Services was celebrating 25 years of service in the community with a free barbecue at Freson Bros on Aug. 16. Fairview Golf Club hosted the annual Men’s Open Golf Tournament Aug. 11 with a 10 a.m. shotgun start for the 55 golfers registered for the event. In the end, the top golfers in the Championship Flight were: first place – Tim Watchorn, second – Jamie Hemstock, third – Dwight Moskalyk and fourth – Brady Hemstock. Historic Dunvegan held its annual Fresh Air Market with a wide variety of vendors setting up tents in the park offering everything from alpaca wool to books by local authors, clothing, jewellery and other handicrafts. Park staff dressed in historical costumes, offered guided tours of the restored buildings on site. Peace Country Beef and Forage Association held a tour of its experimental cocktail cover crops. They made no secret of the fact that a late heavy rain had saved some of their crops and made them much more impressive than they would have been otherwise. Fairview Pioneer Museum recognized several donations to their collection: a tractor and combine from George and Pat Monner, 41 iron wheels, a windlass, a manual pump, a well-digging scoop and bucket from Ed Luken and a cook wagon used by threshing crews from Ray and Shelley Skrepnek. The Midsummer Knight’s Read Program at Fairview Library finished with a medieval feast. Led by library staffers, youngsters dined on medieval food including apple fritoures, heathen peas, mac and cheese (loosyns), beef stew, welsh cakes and grape juice. The 2018 version of the Dare to Dream Drama Camp presented their production of “Shipwrecked: rescued by Jesus” which tells the story of four unfortunates washed up on the shore of a desert island, joining a fifth person who was already there, hoping for rescue. Fairview Legion was taking orders for banners to honour military veterans, the banners to be decorated with a photo of the veteran and the basic details of their service. Worsley celebrated Heritage Day with a parade, followed by games, a public market and other events at the Pioneer Museum. The Summer’s End Festival was a great success. The Peace Classic Wheels Show and Shine alone brought in 87 vehicles and there were many different performers on the Main St. stage – musical and otherwise, including the hula-hoop performers who wandered the streets dancing and performing for everyone. Mary Lambert did a few shows, holding the attention of kids of all ages and Charlene Morrison and her reptiles likewise delighted all, even those who might feel a bit squeamish about snakes and toads. There was a market for home-based businesses in the old True-Value Hardware building as well as the Farmer’s Market in the Legion Community Hall. The parade brought hundreds of people to line the streets to watch and try to catch candy thrown from parade floats or handed out by people walking alongside the floats. A new doctor – Dr. Susie Lindquist – had arrived in Fairview and was accepting patients. Originally from Victoria, Dr. Lindquist received her degree at the U of A and completed her medical residency at McGill University. Mitelka Folkloric Theatre and Dance company announced they were ready for a new season, offering lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, folk, swing and musical theatre. Fairview and District Victim Services Unit celebrated its 25th Anniversary with cake and hotdogs at Freson Bros, donations gratefully accepted. Elite Volleyball Camp set up in the gym at Fairview High for a week, teaching high school volleyball players some of the physical and mental skills they need to play the game. Instructors Mitch Schneider and Clark Booth kept the players busy, filling in for camp founders Gavin and Tiffany Little.