THE YEAR IN REVIEW: March 2013

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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March 1

Roy McDougall took the reins on a Telemiracle fundraiser that saw him and a caravan of supporters take a horse and carriage from Prince Albert to Saskatoon. McDougall, who has raised $7,300 so far, is hoping to make $8,000.

 

March 2

Initially slated to close its doors in mid-March, the Prince Albert Zellers actually closed its doors on March 30th due to having more merchandise that needed to be sold.

 

March 4

Police officer Rhonda Meakin was inducted in the Prince Albert Council of Women’s Hall of Fame for her community involvement in Prince Albert.

 

March 5

Prince Albert officials praised the Saskatchewan government’s decision to maintain the province’s legal drinking age at 19.

 

Regina-based Hope’s Home saw the grand opening of their Prince Albert chapter at the old Prince Albert Family Church. Hope’s Home is a non-profit organization that provides subsidized childcare to families who apply for governmental assistance.

 

March 6

The Prince Albert Lions Club made a significant contribution to Victoria Hospital, donating $11,000 to the hospital’s purchase of a new electrocautery unit. The equipment has been a long time coming, with local ophthalmologist Dr. Todd Buglass saying that it has been necessary for over a decade.

 

March 7

St. Mary High School student Danielle Mitchell organized a 24-hour fast-a-thon fundraiser to raise money for Women for Peace and Democracy-Nepal. Alongside fasting, participants can join in activities like yoga, dreamcatcher weaving and pottery spinning classes, and hear from guest speakers.

 

March 8

The Red River Roping and Riding Club building is to be demolished, as opposed to repaired, following a decision made by the board of the club. Plans began for a replacement facility and the club hopes to be able to raise between $500,000 and $600,000 to rebuild.

 

Local country music star Donny Parenteau garnered the highest number of nominations for this year’s Saskatchewan Country Music Awards. Parenteau was nominated a total of 10 times, including male vocalist of the year and song of the year.

 

 

March 9

Hundreds of dogs and their owners congregated at the P.A. Exhibition Centre as the Prince Albert Obedience and Kennel Club 2013 All Breeds Dog Show was held.

 

March 11

Pinehouse residents traveled to Prince Albert over the weekend to protest a proposed nuclear waste repository in the northern community. The residents joined other nuclear waste and uranium mining opposition groups at a two-day Idle No More workshop.

 

March 12

The First Nations Summer Games, at this point 123 days away, kicked off their volunteer drive today. The Games are looking for 500 volunteers in total. Volunteering perks include a Volunteer Appreciation Night and barbeque.

 

March 13

Madeline Just, Prince Albert resident from 1952 until the late ‘90s, received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in Saskatoon for her extensive volunteer work. The ceremony was presided over by Saskatoon-Humboldt MP Brad Trost.

 

March 14

The Chrystal Rivet Memorial Framed Talent Art Gala raised over $13,000 by auctioning the art of preschoolers. The event is in its fourth year, and saw attendance up by around 100 people. The biggest ticket item, a table painted by Chrystal and her classmates, went for $1,000.

 

March 15

The Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League’s volunteer of the year was Daily Herald sports reporter Dave Leaderhouse. Leaderhouse spends much of his time organizing various fundraising activities for the club and has also set up 50/50 and raffle ticket sales at multiple businesses around the city.

 

March 16

New NDP party leader Cam Broten outlined his priorities going forward. In terms of Prince Albert, Broten said that he supported the bid for a second bridge and maintained that it needed to become a government priority for the well-being of the city and the northern region.

 

March 18

A revelation made during Saturday’s budget meeting suggested that an underwater pier inspection has never been performed on the Diefenbaker bridge. This news only fueled the criticisms Coun. Don Cody and other city officials had for the Prince Albert Area Second Bridge River Crossing Study.

 

 

 

March 19

Nine Ecole Vickers students, out of 1,284 city-wide entries, received awards for their participation in the annual Remembrance Day Essay Poetry and Poster contest.

 

The city initiates discussions regarding a set dates of operations for the Art Hauser Centre to avoid making extensions in the future.

 

March 20

The Prince Albert Cosmopolitan Club held its annual Home and Leisure Show Sale from April 5th-7th at the Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club, which helped raise funds for diabetes.

 

The first annual SIAST Winter Relay Challenge tested the winter survival prowess of dozens of SIAST students. The event was organized as a team-building activity by the Aboriginal Student Achievement Plan committee, and featured 10 different challenges for students to participate in that would test their skill.

 

March 21

Former Prince Albert firefighter Ron Norfield launched the I.A.F.F Local 510 Captain Vern Norfield Memorial Bursary with a $25,000 donation. The donation will fund bursaries that will revofnize the children of past and present Prince Albert firefighters who have made a meaningful contribution to their society.

 

March 22

The Prince Albert Premier’s Dinner took place, and Premier Brad Wall was able to spend much of his speech outlining the successes of the Saskatchewan Party. Among those successes was a $100,000 funding increase for the Prince Albert Safe Shelter for Women.

 

March 23

The annual Prince Albert Wildlife Federation fish fry was held as a fundraiser for the first time, with proceeds going to buy a new dishwasher. Instead of a guest speaker, the federation hosted a dance with a live band and also had a silent auction, raffles, and special draws throughout the evening.

 

March 25

Members of judo clubs from across Saskatchewan streamed into Prince Albert this weekend for the Saskatchewan Provincial Judo Championships.

 

March 26

Revisions to the 2002 Prince Albert and Area Food Coalition’s Food Charter were unanimously endorsed by council. The charter, which outlines both the accomplishments of the city and the areas for improvement, is now more of a call to action than was previously.

 

 

March 27

A transport truck collided with a power pole in front of the Riverside Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Kia Motors car dealerships, resulting in a business day’s loss of power for the companies.

 

March 28

Unanimous support was given to the council’s decision that Habitat for Humanity will no longer have to pay municipal taxes.

 

Prince Albert A&W Restaurant entrepreneur Leo Fontain was honoured with a Samuel McLeod Business Award Legacy commendation.

 

March 30

Though the Pulp Mill was originally slated to open in the fall of 2013, it was announced that the new projected completion date is between 12 and 18 months away.

 

 

Compiled by Kristen Bueckart

 

 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Prince Albert Council of Women, Hope Prince Albert Family Church Victoria Hospital Mary High School Red River Roping and Riding Club P.A. Exhibition Centre First Nations Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League Daily Herald Art Hauser Centre Aboriginal Student Achievement Plan committee I.A.F.F Local 510 Saskatchewan Party Prince Albert Wildlife Federation Area Food Coalition Jeep Kia Motors Habitat for Humanity

Geographic location: Saskatchewan Country, Saskatoon, Bridge River

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