As most of you know, a devastating fire hit a home on Hamilton Crescent on Friday night. Thankfully, the residents were not home at the time and their pets got out safely. Many people have asked how they can support the family through this difficult time.
A PayPal account has been set up to accept financial donations to help out the van der Merwe family. If you have a PayPal account, you can send a donation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note this is not a formal charity, so you will not receive a tax receipt.
Donations of cash or gift cards can also be dropped off at the Sturgeon Valley Baptist Church from Tuesday to Friday this week. Their church family is taking care of meals and clothing for the family and their children.
Francois would also like to pass along his thanks for the incredible support that he has received from the community.
More than two years after planning started, the Heritage Creek rehabilitation project is finally underway. Grants totalling $72,310 ($49,620 from the City of St. Albert and $22,690 from the Province) have been awarded, but they are conditional upon community volunteers contributing labour valued at $10,560. Therefore, we need your help to perform the following activities:
- Bring your own pressure washer to remove debris from the large rocks that will be excavated by machines from the creek bed.
- Hand excavation of material under the foot bridge, because it cannot be done by the machines.
- Helping to roll out geotextile material in the bottom of the new stream bed.
- Laying of small rocks in the new stream bed.
If your property backs onto the creek, then you can also help by allowing us to connect the pressure washers to your water and electricity outlets. After disturbed areas are seeded or sodded, the contractor will also need to connect sprinklers to your water outlets because the sidewalk was not designed to support heavy trucks carrying water.
Dates when volunteers are needed will depend on the contractor’s progress and weather conditions, but if you give us your name and contact information we will notify you a day or two in advance. The anticipated dates (subject to change) are:
September 29 – October 6: pressure washing (bring your own pressure washer)
October 3 – 4: excavation under the footbridge (bring your own shovel).
October 5 – 6: help lay rolls of geotextile material in the new creek bed.
October 11 – 20: set small rocks in new creek bed by hand.
Volunteers are required to bring sturdy footwear (steel toed boots are highly recommended) and must sign a waiver form and receive safety orientation before going to work.
If you can volunteer or would like more information, please contact Dale Fetterly (phone: 780-460-4276 or email: email@example.com).
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a number of community members, the creek that runs from Heritage Drive to Heritage Pond will be restored to its original look over the coming weeks. We will be looking for some volunteers to help out with this project. Please read on for additional information and details.
Photo Credit: St. Albert Leader
A big thank you to everyone who came out to our Annual General Meeting this week. Special thanks to our guest speaker (and HLCA member) Dale Fetterly for providing us with a demonstration of the “Disorder Reporter.”
Special thanks were also given to our outgoing President Peggy Lynkowski for all of her years of dedication and commitment to our community. Our new Board of Directors for the 2013/14 year was elected as follows:
President: Tim Osborne
Vice-President: Jody Mathon
Treasurer: Ian Kerr
Secretary: Joanne Pudlowski
Director: Carol Poulin
Director: Betty Hahn
Director: Dale Fetterly
Director: Meg Tosto
Our next event will be the Spring Clean Up on Saturday, May 11th. If you’d like to come help out, we’ll be meeting at 10am at the Gazebo on Harwood Drive. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided. Bring out the whole family and do your part to help keep our neighbourhood looking great!
Just a reminder that our annual Family Day Event is fast approaching. As always, we’ll have a range of activities including sleigh rides, games and refreshments. The event will run on Family Day from 1-4pm at École la Mission. This event is open to all residents of St. Albert.
To help make sure things run smoothly, we need about 10 volunteers on the day of the event. Please let us know if you’d be willing to spare a few hours to help out.