Adelle Ellis

Times Reporter


Community members are invited to attend the first ever Town of Strathmore information open house on April 10 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Strathmore Civic Centre.

The Information open house will be filled with displays to showcase the town’s plans for their Canada 150 projects that coincide with Canada’s birthday. 

“We are holding an open house to let the public know what we are doing for big projects this year,” said Jennifer Sawatzky, municipal clerk for the Town of Strathmore. 

Showcased projects will include plans and displays for Strathmore downtown revitalization. Planned improvements in the town’s parks – Kinsmen Park, Gray’s Park and Lambert Park – include new energy efficient lighting, playground upgrades, a community pavilion, pathway connectivity upgrades and a lake clean up. 

There will also be several facility upgrades, including plans for the aquatic centre to provide mobility access to the second floor, enclosing the water slide so it can be used year-round, and the addition of a steam room and sauna. 

The library and farmers market building will also receive some upgrades which will be detailed on April 10.

At the open house, the town will showcase plans for the new K-9 public school and the new regional recreation facility fieldhouse. 

“There are a lot of big capital projects that we want to showcase and show the public what we are doing this year,” said Sawatzky. 

Also at the event will be information from town departments on different programs and services offered, and the RCMP will have a recruitment booth. 

Town vehicles will be on display, including graders and fire trucks. There will be a kid’s zone with different things for kids to do surrounding the Canada 150 theme. 

“This is being done with the public’s tax dollars and so it’s good for them to know what we do, see how much actually goes into the community and what council’s plans are for the community,” said Sawatzky. “It’s a great way to stay informed and to know what is going on.” 

The event will include refreshments and door prizes.

“This is the first time we’ve ever done this so we are pretty excited about it,” said Sawatzky. “There are some pretty major big things happening so we thought it’s great for the community to know what we are doing for them.”

Adelle Ellis

Times Reporter


The Wheatland West Firefighters Association (WWFA) will be presenting a Spring Formal Ball fundraiser on May 6 at the Lyalta Community Centre. 

This will be the first year the Spring Formal Ball is held. Fire department members hope to make it an annual event to replace the fall Ladies Night that was held in the past. 

“We want to be able to include our spouses and to have something a little more upscale and upbeat,” said Perry Lewin. “We want to make it more of a non gender-specific event and to get people dancing and having a good time.” 

There are 184 tickets available at a cost of $50 each, which includes a prime rib dinner with all the fixings, dessert, entertainment and a safe ride home. 

A live auction will take place with Frank McInenly Auctions donating their time and resources to conduct the auction. 

The WWFA is still looking for both monetary and auction item donations. They are currently looking for a big-ticket item, as well as some local art pieces. Money raised will go towards a new bush buggy, the equipment to go with it and training. 

“We are looking for some local artistic pieces that are created by people within our boundary so that we can showcase what the people here can do,” said Lewin, who added that the association wants to make the night about the community as much as about raising funds for the fire station. 

“We need support from the businesses and the landowners around us,” said Lewin. “It’s nice to have the support from the people that we are there to help in cases of emergency. As much as no one wants to think they may be involved in (an emergency), we have to think about our neighbours and to step up and think of our local fire department.”

After dinner, Lori Kole will play four 45-minute sets with her full band to keep the party and the dance going until around 1 a.m.