As Luke Bryan sings in the song "Rain is a Good Thing", we must remember when it feels like we are going to grow webbed feet - not only does rain make corn and corn make whiskey - it also waters the earth, refills streams, rivers, and our lakes, most importantly it prevents the wildfires like the ones that Northern Alberta is currently facing. Our thoughts go out to all the men and women currently working day and night to keep the fires at bay. On that note, on behalf of County Council, I would like to congratulate our very own Fire Chief Randy Schroeder on his recent appointment as President of the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association (AFCA). Thank you for your service to all Albertans, we appreciate your dedication to the fire industry.
Recently the County had asked the public to participate in a "Social Needs Assessment", which we are happy to report, had a decent response. Council is currently working with Community Services and RC Strategies to determine the top five social issues within our communities. We want to thank those that participated and will be looking deeper into this as the year goes on.
As the end of June approaches, so does Graduation. On behalf of County Council and myself, we would like to congratulate each and every one of the students graduating from the Mayerthorpe and Onoway High schools, and all of the post-secondary institutions. Your journeys are just beginning, and as I told all the Grade Six student's that attended Council this Spring, you come from an amazing school system and are very fortunate to have the education that you do - go out in the world and make something of yourself! The sky is truly the limit, congratulations!
With graduation, also comes the end of the school year which means that the buses will be off the roads and the playgrounds will be filled with little ones running around. Be safe and watch out for the kids and each other on the roads.
The Summer Adventure Guide has been created and delivered to all the schools and is available on our website at LSAC.ca/Adventure which means that you can start registering your kids for some of the cool camps, day trips, family tours, special programs or one of the many drop-in programs being offered through Lac Ste. Anne County this summer. Registration starts Monday, June 24th, 2019, get them registered early!
And finally, the summer months are coming up which means that many people, including the staff at the County office, will be taking holidays. Please be patient and enjoy your summer vacations wherever they may take you. Watch for all of your local Councillors participating in the many parades going on this summer!