The month of May is here, and Summer is on its way! I hope that everyone had a chance to get out and enjoy the Victoria Day long weekend, doing what you love to do with friends and family. Whether it was camping in one of our many beautiful campgrounds that are now open, spending time out on the lake, or just gathered around a kitchen table, I hope you were able to make some happy memories. As many of you know this last month was a very sad one here in Lac Ste. Anne County. It was with heavy hearts, that Lac Ste. Anne County and Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services sadly announced the sudden and tragic passing of active Firefighter Joshua Pare-White on April 26, 2019. A funeral service was held in memory of Joshua Pare-White on Monday, May 6, 2019. We are ever-grateful for Firefighter Pare-White’s dedication and Service to the Lac Ste. Anne County community. May he rest in peace.
Things have been very busy around the County office as Council and Staff have been hosting the Grade Six students from Onoway, Mayerthorpe, Alberta Beach, Rich Valley, Darwell, and Sangudo schools. They have had the chance to engage and learn about local government. Many laughs have been shared as we engage in mock Council Meetings with the students voting on items like "Should we build a Tim Horton's in Darwell or Sangudo?" or "Should we build a new Library?". Needless to say, they are getting a hands-on understanding of how local government processes work. Not to mention, the students gained first-hand knowledge from department representatives on horticulture, land use, mapping, road maintenance and more before breaking for a BBQ lunch provided by the staff. We have thoroughly enjoyed sharing our days with the students and wish them nothing but the best in the future.
As a reminder, with continued dry and windy conditions the Fire Hazard Rating for Lac Ste. Anne County is high. We ask that you use common sense and adhere to the advisories when posted. Please report any wildfire to 9-1-1 with the exact location to assist Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Personnel in locating and extinguishing these fires in a timely fashion. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Additional information may be found at www.albertafirebans.ca.
The Animal Control Services has been exceptionally busy with the uncharacteristically large volume of beavers in the County this season. We would like to remind the public that our number one priority in the control of these animals is to focus on infrastructure and fields yielding crops.
And finally, in honour of the past, present and future contributions of the seniors of this community and throughout the Province of Alberta, Lac Ste. Anne County Council hereby declares June 2 - 8 2019 as Seniors Week in Lac Ste. Anne County. To celebrate, the 2019 Seniors’ Tea will be hosted at the Lessard Lake Outdoor Education Centre on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. A light lunch, including dessert and refreshments, will be available so please join us for some entertainment and a fun afternoon. Until next month, remember "The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention." -Duguet