One of southern Alberta’s largest farmers’ markets returned to Exhibition Park this past weekend, with crowds of people eager to shop all of the local vendors.
The doors to the pavilion open Saturday mornings for people to shop for locally grown and made food, clothing, decorations and many more items. The process to bringing the Farmer’s Market to life may have been a long process, but organizers are excited to see the market back.
“It feels good to have the market back,” says Lisa Ludwig, Exhibition Park event co-ordinator and farmers’ market manager. “I have dedicated three straight months getting this market up and running for this weekend. It has been a long time coming and it has been very busy for the first market and everything is looking good.”
The first market of the year celebrated Mother’s Day with mom and daughter bracelet making, carnations given to the first 150 moms, giveaway baskets, live music and many more activities. Many people see the farmers’ market as a good way to begin their weekend, as the market draws over 3,000 people every Saturday.
The Lethbridge Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday until Oct 26, with new times running from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.. There is no admission or parking fee to attend the market and people can look forward to the 14th annual Downtown Summer Farmers’ Market beginning on Wednesday, July, 3.
O’Brien named to hall of fame
A product of Lethbridge has been named to the Alberta High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Cal O’Brien was inducted into the hall last week.
O’Brien began his high school coaching career in 1971. The many positions he held included coaching girls’ basketball at Catholic Central in addition to serving as the school’s athletic director.
College unveils animation technology program
With official approval received, Lethbridge College is enrolling students in its cutting-edge architectural animation technology diploma program.
Building on the college’s successful interior design technology program, the new course will offer the specialized production knowledge and visual communication skills now used for architectural projects.
“This is a one-of-a-kind architectural communication program with a strong focus on virtual reality, augmented reality and animation,” explains instructor Cherie Reitzel.
“Students will create dynamic, immersive experiences and visual presentations for a variety of industries centred on architectural space.”
Graduates of the two-year program are expected to find work assisting architects and clients with building code-compliant spaces for residential, hospitality, institutional or retail uses, in addition to landscaping designs. They’ll also be able to present those concepts as “extended reality three- and four-dimensional experiences.”
Now that Alberta Advanced Education officials have given approval, applications are being accepted from students who hope to start the new program this fall.
Local transport firm sold
Lethbridge’s largest highway transport company has been sold to a British Columbia operator.
Officials say H&R Transport, founded in Lethbridge in 1955, will “merge its over-the-road business unit” with iHaul Freight, a full-service transportation company based in Surrey.
H&R chief executive officer David Thiessen says its intermodal business unit will be sold to the Canadian National Railway. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.
The long-haul company began as a three-man operation transporting fruit and produce to Alberta and the Prairies from the Fraser Valley, the Okanagan and Washington state. By the 1970s, its website says, H&R had become “a sizeable niche carrier” in the temperature-controlled transport field, and it purchased a meat trucking company to carry fresh and boxed beef from Lethbridge’s small meat-packing houses to markets across Canada and the U.S.
After the first NAFTA agreement between Canada and the U.S. was completed, the company was able to expand its reach into new markets. By the early 2000s, the company says, a further growth initiative saw H&R develop in the intermodal (truck to rail) temperature-controlled sector.
Liberals name federal candidate
A management consultant with a master’s degree in global affairs will carry the federal Liberals’ banner in Lethbridge.
Lethbridge-born Amy Bronson has won the party’s nomination for this fall’s national election. She’s looking forward to a number of campaign and public events over coming months.
And Bronson — who’s volunteered with local Rotary members on projects around the world — sees great opportunities for Lethbridge as a leader in the emerging economy. It’s already home to people from many nations and cultures, she points out.
And thanks to its college and university, there are Lethbridge residents who are ready to create new economic opportunities and jobs in emerging fields.
“We have the talent that the world is clamouring for,” like computer science graduates who could succeed in a wide variety of enterprises. They want to put down roots in Lethbridge, Bronson points out — but too many have to leave to find suitable employment.
“I really think Lethbridge is staged with the ability to succeed in the new economy.”
New logo for District 51
A new, multi-colour logo will now represent Lethbridge School District 51.
A stylish book — with pages waving in a western wind — will replace a representation of the globe, the railway bridge and an open book used on school district documents until now.
Designers say the new logo’s colour scheme includes black, representing coal and the city’s famous bridge, while green represents the rolling prairie landscape.
Two shades of blue represent the Oldman River along with the blue skies which Lethbridge residents often enjoy.
“Recognizing it was time for a refresh, we are proud to take the symbolic step in presenting our new logo as part of the continual evolution our school district,” says board chair Clark Bosch.
“We continue to remain respectful of where we have been, committed to where we are and thrilled with where we are going in our efforts to provide the best education possible for the students of Lethbridge.”
Irving released from custody
A former Milk River woman charged with animal cruelty more than four years ago has moved back to the small southern Alberta community.
During a bail hearing May 10 in Lethbridge provincial court, the Crown consented to the release of April Dawn Irving from custody on $1,000, no-cash surety, and the promise that she live with the named surety in Milk River.
A surety is a person who promises a judge to supervise an accused person while out on bail. The surety is also on the hook to pay the bail amount should the accused violate her terms of release.
Irving, who appeared in court by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, applied through her lawyer to ban the media from publishing any information presented during the hearing, and to exclude the public from the courtroom. Lethbridge lawyer Bjoern Wolkmann said Irving fears for her safety, and is concerned what people might do should they discover where she is living.
Crown prosecutor Tyler Raymond opposed the publication ban, and Judge Derek Redman ruled there is no basis in evidence or law to support it.
The former Milk River-area resident faces one charge of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code and 13 counts under the Animal Protection Act relating to the lack of care of animals previously in her possession. She was charged early in 2015 after she voluntarily surrendered 60 dogs to the SPCA in December 2014, and after another 141 dogs were seized Jan. 13, 2015.