Fall Update

hallowThank you to everyone who came out to our Halloween Party. It was another fun night with lots of kids (and ghosts) with smiles on their faces. Thank you as always to École la Mission for making the school available for the event. Finally, thank you to all of the volunteers who gave of their time to run a game and help in any way needed to make this event possible.

Our next event will be the annual Christmas Party. It will be held on Thursday, December 4th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. We will need a few volunteers to help out so please let us know if you would like to volunteer. Look forward to seeing everyone there!

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Canada Day Fun

Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the Canada Day Pancake Breakfast. The turnout was once again record setting and we thank everyone who had to wait for breakfast for their patience.

We owe a huge thanks to the many volunteers who gave of their time to help out with this event. From pancake flippers to ticket takers to servers, our volunteers make this event possible. A special thanks to École la Mission and its Principal Claude Viel for both opening the school for the event and for spending the entire morning helping out.

Look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

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Spring Updates

Join us for our Annual General Meeting

The Heritage Lakes Community Association will be holding our AGM on Wednesday, April 16th from 7-8pm at École la Mission. Our guest speaker will be Kathleen MacKinnon from Just Be Friends. Kathleen will be sharing information about a new online service that can be used to connect people in our neighbourhood.

We will also be electing our new Executive for the 2014/15 Year. Positions that need to be filled include President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Director. The time commitment is just one fun-filled meeting per month. This a great way to get involved in your community and get to know some of the people in the neighbourhood. If you have any questions about the various roles, please feel free to reply with your questions.

The AGM will also be an opportunity to renew your memberships, share your ideas and purchase discounted magazine subscriptions (read on for details!). We hope to see you all there!

Spring Clean Up

Our Annual Spring Clean Up will take place this year on Saturday, May 10th from 10am – noon. Meet at the Gazebo on Harwood Drive to grab your map, gloves and garbage bags. Bring your kids along to help teach them the importance of caring for their community.

QSP Magazine Subscriptions

One of the benefits of purchasing a $20 membership to our Association includes this great opportunity to renew and/or purchase new magazine subscriptions, books and CD-ROMs from QSP at an incredible 35% OFF the listed price.  As well,$2.00 from each magazine sold will be donated to our Heritage Lakes Community Association (HLCA).

The selection includes over 600 titles and you may order as many as you like.  These subscriptions can be for you, or sent as gifts to family and friends anywhere in Canada. If you would like to receive a catalogue or order form, please let us know. The deadline for orders is Friday, May 16th. You can also pick up a catalogue at our AGM.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions regarding the Heritage Lakes Community Association, please don’t hesitate to share them!

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Fire in Heritage Lakes

fireAs 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 stalberthousefirefamily@gmail.com. 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.

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Volunteers Needed for Creek Restoration

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:

 

  1. Bring your own pressure washer to remove debris from the large rocks that will be excavated by machines from the creek bed.
  2. Hand excavation of material under the foot bridge, because it cannot be done by the machines.
  3. Helping to roll out geotextile material in the bottom of the new stream bed.
  4. 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: dfetterly@shaw.ca).

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