The 2018 Alberta Milk Dairy Conference was held in Calgary on November 21st and the East of Olds Dairy Farmer Study Club was recognized with the Dairy Industry Achievement Award (DIAA). According to Alberta Milk, the award seeks to convey the respect that Alberta's dairy farmers hold for the people and organizations that go above and beyond to help sustain and grow the dairy industry.
The Dairy Industry Achievement Award was recently presented to the East Olds Dairy Farmer Study Club.
Secretary Miranda Verhoef says they are a group of dairy producers that started the Club about 15 years ago.
They meet around the kitchen table to discuss various topics with about 20 farms involved.
Verhoef says one of their big initiatives is Breakfast on the Dairy Farm which started 5 years ago.
About 300 people came out to the inaugural event at Huntcliff Dairy near Olds in 2012, now other dairy farmers around the province have hosted their own breakfast on the farm. You can visit Breakfast on the Dairy Farm on Facebook for more information.
Verhoef says it is great to be supported by fellow producers.
The East Olds Dairy Farmer Study Club involves about 20 farms. Verhoef is a dairy farmer from near Bowden.
According to Alberta Milk, the group inspires other farmers and closes the gap between farmers and consumers.
It is the busiest time of year for the Olds & District Christmas Angels Society and you can make donations at the Alberta Junior Hockey League game between the Olds Grizzlys and the Camrose Kodiaks at 7:30 on Friday, December 14th or by stopping by the annual stuff a bus event in the Canadian Tire parking lot from 10am until 4pm on Saturday, December 15th.
The upcoming budgets for the town of Olds were approved as presented during the regular town council meeting on Monday, December 10th. The 2019 operating budget is $29.5 million dollars while the 2019 capital budget is $7.8 million and for 2020 its $11.8 million. Chief Administrative Officer Michael Merritt says a large portion of the 2020 budget is earmarked for the operations centre. He adds a cost of living adjustment (COLA) had to be made and as a result there will be a 2.5 percent tax increase in 2019.
Olds RCMP say 37 year old Robert John Poole from Wimborne - who was wanted on several outstanding warrants for arrest - was apprehended by Sherwood Park RCMP and RCMP Police Dog Services on December 8th.
Devin Dreeshen has been acclaimed as the UCP candidate for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake for next year's Alberta election. United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney issued a statement following Dreeshen's nomination as the party's candidate for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake on Friday, November 30th. Dreeshen says anytime between February and May of 2019 is when Premier Rachel Notley could call a provincial election.
The 2018 edition of the Crazy Carstairs Christmas is slated for Friday, December 7th. Businesses will be open later to help you get your holiday shopping done, plus there are many fun activities, entertainment and more.
About 90 presents were handed out to residents at the Mountain View Lodge last year thanks to the Senior Secret Santa program, according to Steven Bowie with the CLC Fitness Centre. He says they are back to do it again as 2018 will be the program's third year.