During his committee report at the Oct. 20 Stettler Town council meeting, Coun. Malcolm Fischer informed council that the redesigned Stettler parade float had won several awards this summer while attending community parades. Fischer, as well as the rest of council, was unaware of the awards. Fischer learned of them after chatting with the float’s builder, local craftsman Dave McCourt.
According to a Stettler Board of Trade press release, the redesigned float earned the following parade awards: first for civic organization at Red Deer’s Westerner Days, best visiting community entry at Camrose, first place at Coronation, second at Alix and Sylvan Lake and third at Drumheller.
In the release, Executive Director Stacey Benjamin stated, “ The Stettler Board of Trade is very proud of how well the new float placed at the attending parades but even more so of how it represented our town in surrounding communities. We are looking forward to growing the list of parades the float will be attending in the summer of 2016.”
More bloomin’ awards
Rob Spencer of the Heartland Beautification Committee visited council to answer a number of questions regarding Stettler’s recent award from Communities in Bloom.
Stettler received the ‘5 Blooms – Bronze’ award from the 2015 National Symposium held in Kamloops, BC.
As well, Stettler received a special mention for ‘Pride, Partnerships & Promotion’ and an Outstanding Achievement Award for youth involvement.
The town is judged in six categories: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral display. Stettler received 84.03 per cent putting it in the bronze category.
This year’s Pheasant Festival was another great success with 500 hunters participating in 162 hunts. A number of councillors attended some aspect of the festival.
According to a Stettler Board of Trade press release, the banquet alone grossed $15,605.75. The final tally of how much the festival brought in to the Stettler area hasn’t been completed yet.
The Stettler Transfer Station will be open seven days a week, up from five, following approval by the Stettler Waste Management Authority. The change will happen once another full time employee is hired.