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B&E at golf club
Thieves hit the Brooks Golf Club sometime in the early morning hours Wednesday, gaining entry by breaking a lower level window and making off with a small safe.
RCMP Staff Sergeant Tom McNulty said the safe contained an undisclosed amount of cash. It was later recovered in the Tilley area.
Lethbridge RCMP identification members were called to the clubhouse to assist with the investigation, said McNulty. He said there are no suspects at this time.  Full Story >
City passed over to host tree conference
The City of Brooks will not be hosting the Canadian Urban Forestry Conference next month.
Economic development officer Jessica Surgenor told the County of Newell/City of Brooks joint services committee last week the bid was given to another municipality.
Surgenor said she received a call from the president of Tree Canada who said the bid committee was thoroughly impressed with the city’s submission and urban tree management. So much that it made members of the committee want to visit Brooks.  Full Story >
December date set for new executive director
The SPEC Association for Children and Families hopes to have a new executive director in place by December.
Board chair Deb Larocque made the announcement at the organization’s annual AGM last Wednesday.
Larocque said the SPEC Association’s mission is to reveal potential in kids through positive pro-active programs for children and their families.
“We envision a caring and committed community where kids are resilient and valued,” she said.
To make this a reality, SPEC focused on the key priorities including financial sustainability.  Full Story >
Linda Ohama’s latest film to premiere in Calgary
Linda Ohama’s newest film, A New Moon Over Tohoku, will premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival on September 30 with a second matinee screening on October 1.
A native of Rainier, Alberta, Ohama is known for several films including Last Harvest, the story of the Ohama farm and family farmers set in Rainier and Obaachan’s Garden.
A New Moon Over Tohoku documents the lives of the survivors and the thousands who were left homeless after a magnitude nine earthquake and sunami that hit the region in March 2011. Over 17,000 lives were lost.  Full Story >
Minimum wage hike a concern for BAPS
Wages continue to be a source of worry for the Brooks Animal Protection Society (BAPS) as the minimum wage continues to rise, said chair Amanda Gilbert.
The current minimum wage is $11.20 per hour. As of Oct. 1 the province will increase it to $12.20 an hour making Alberta the province with the highest minimum wage. By 2018, it will be $15 an hour.
Gilbert, manager Serena Pennings and treasurer Diana Petersen were on hand last Tuesday to update the County of Newell/City of Brooks joint shared services committee.  Full Story >
Women only swim at aquatic centre
The City of Brooks will now be offering Women Only Swims at the EID Aquatic Centre. These special swim times will accommodate women who are not able to participate during regular swim times due to their cultural or religious beliefs and appeal to women who feel more comfortable swimming with other women.
Where applicable, viewing windows will be covered for the privacy of patrons. Regular swim times will not be affected as these sessions will be offered at new morning sessions, every 3rd Sunday of the month.  Full Story >
Women only swim at aquatic centre 

City passed over to host tree conference 

Linda Ohama’s latest film to premiere in Calgary 

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