Celebrations marking the country’s 150th anniversary are planned for several area communities.
Osler, Warman and Martensville all have day-long events featuring music, entertainment, children’s activities, food, and fireworks.
Osler kicks off the day with a Firefighters’ pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the community hall, followed by a parade beginning at 11 a.m. The Osler Seniors are offering their ever-popular watermelon and rullkuchen, and the afternoon features family and children’s activities.
The evening show at the Osler north end soccer field features a skit on Osler local history beginning at 7:30, followed by old-school country and gospel music and a feature performance by Back 40, Canada Day cupcakes and coffee and fireworks at dusk.
This marks the ninth year that volunteers from Martensville Information and Visitor Centre (MIVC) have organized that community’s Canada Day celebration. Kristee Lynn Adrian, coordinator of the MIVC, said this year is special.
“We have lots of great free activities for all ages,” she said. It starts at 10 a.m. with a morning coffee break for adults, along with an art show and historical display. The action kicks up a notch at 1 p.m. with both indoor and outdoor family activities at the North Ridge Centennial Community Centre. At 2 p.m. there is a sports safety presentation by a member of the U of S Huskies.
At 1 p.m., the entertainment stage features live music that goes till 3:30, when the traditional Canada Cake and ice cream is dished out to the first 200 people.
The evening concludes with an indoor dance party, fireworks at dusk and an outdoor cinema under the stars.
In Warman, Canada Day festivities are slated for Lion’s Park. There’s a pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30, followed by opening ceremonies and cake cutting at 11 a.m. Children’s activities run from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with an entertainment stage featuring live music in the afternoon. The day ends with fireworks and an outdoor movie in the park.
Osler firefighters responded to a vehicle fire on 1st Street in Osler on Friday, June 23.
No one was injured in the incident, which happened at about 3:30 p.m. A 2006 Dodge Caravan minivan caught fire while heading southbound on 1st Street. The male driver and a male passenger in the van were able to exit the vehicle before the fire spread.
The fire apparently started in the engine.
By the time Osler firefighters arrived, the front end of the vehicle was fully involved, with flames and black smoke pouring from under the hood.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in a few minutes.
Warman RCMP are investigating the incident.
Shovels will be in the ground this summer on a long-awaited storm water drainage system in Osler.
The infrastructure upgrade is being jointly-funded by the federal, provincial and municipal governments. The feds are contributing $432,458 and the province is chipping in $216,229 under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) and the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component.
Osler Chief Administrative Officer Sheila Crawford said tenders for the completion of the project will be going out shortly. The final cost of the project, and the amount to be contributed by the municipality, will depend on the winning bid.
“It’s a partnership by the three levels of government,” said Crawford. “There will be money coming from property taxes, for sure. We don’t have the exact figure yet. We will have to wait till the actual tenders come in, and when the winning tender is chosen, we will know exactly what it will cost us and we can put the money in the budget. Hopefully it will come in under what our engineers have estimated.”
Crawford said under the terms of the federal-provincial grant, the project must be completed by March 31, 2018. That means the work has to begin as soon as possible in order to get the excavation work done by fall.
She said while a portion of the municipal share will come from property taxes, the town may have to go in to its line of credit to come up with the balance.
“It has to be done this year,” she said. “We cannot say no to these funds. The federal and provincial grant is very important to making this happen.”
Crawford said the project is critical because it impacts other infrastructure components.
“This is really important to the Town of Osler,” she said. “We have struggled with drainage issues for years. Our engineers tell us that Osler is their biggest challenge because it’s so flat. The grade difference between the north end and south end of town is only a couple or three inches, and the groundwater level right now is very high, so the water has nowhere to go.
“In dry years, it doesn’t matter, but when there’s a lot of runoff, heavy rain event, or high water table, it creates problems.
“This new drainage system should alleviate those issues.” Continue reading “Groundwork set to begin on Osler storm drainage project”→