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2017 has been the most successful year at Brooks Food Bank
The Brooks Food Bank Foundation appears to be in the best shape it has been in for a very long time with physical changes inside the building that are improving both the work and client environments and new funding in place that will see 1,900 sq. feet added to the bank along with community support.
Foundation president Cindy Simpson, who has been involved with the organization for four years, including three years as president, told members of the board at last week’s annual general meeting, 2016-17 was the most successful year.  Full Story >
Business owners express concerns about small business tax
About 1.17 million small businesses across Canada are celebrating Small Business Week this week, yet there seems to be nothing but concern regarding the federal government’s proposed tightening of tax rules, a proposal that was introduced in July.
Business owners and chambers of commerce across the country have been sending the same message: the tax will kill family businesses and retirement savings.  Full Story >
County distributes more regional dollars
During last year’s budget discussions county council agreed it is important to continue sharing funds with surrounding communities.
In previous years the county issued cheques to each municipality to do what they wanted with the funds. This year the county wants cost sharing from municipal coffers for capital projects prior to distributing the funds.
At the end of September council approved $56,967 for upgrades and a new playground at Rosemary’s recreation complex.  Full Story >
County reopens two roads to the public
Since there was no one for or against motions to open two roads to the public, county council agreed to reopen the roads landowners no longer want to lease.
Alyce Wickert, the county’s manager of planning and development, said the bylaws to reopen the roads came as a result of organizing and going through the leased roads files.
“These two came up as the adjacent landowners no longer wanted to lease them. The next step is to reopen them to public travel through a bylaw,” she said.  Full Story >
Flu immunization season starts in Brooks on Oct. 24
It’s flu season and that means it’s time to get immunized.
Flu shots will be available across the province on Oct. 23 with the first Brooks clinics at the Flex Hall in the JBS Centre on Oct. 24 followed by Flupalooza the following day.
Clinics have also been set for Nov. 9, Nov. 23 and Dec. 21.
The immunization dates in Brooks are from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. No appointment is required.  Full Story >
Get to know your family through history
The Brooks and District Branch of the Alberta Genealogy Society will be celebrating National Family History Week with activities for families.
The week runs from Oct. 15 to 21. During the week the society will host a display on the history of the Mennonite Church in Duchess.
During October and November the branch is hosting workshops for children and youth between the ages of six and 18 as a way to introduce children to genealogy.   Full Story >
Partnership signed to support advocacy of future high school at college
The county, city, Grasslands school board and the Medicine Hat College governors have received a partnership agreement to promote cooperation for the construction of the future Brooks high school on the college grounds.
“We’re not forming a new entity. We are partnering,” said Cindy Slenders, director of the Brooks campus and regional stewardship.  Full Story >
Priorities set by students at Minister’s Youth Council
Bilan Abdulkadir of Brooks and 31 other students from around the province presented eight priorities to the Education Minister David Eggen during the recent Minister’s Youth Council which is the first of three meetings.
The students, who were selected earlier in the year, gathered in Edmonton from Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, the same time period as an attack in Edmonton in which a 30-year-old has been charged with five counts of attempted murder.  Full Story >
Three newcomers elected to Brooks city council
Three challengers and three incumbents will sit at the city council table following Monday’s municipal election.
John Petrie, who stepped down as a Grasslands School board member to seek a seat on city council, collected the most votes with 1,360. Two-term incumbent Norm Gerestein was second with 1,064 votes.  Full Story >
Three newcomers elected to Brooks city council 

Business owners express concerns about small business tax 

2017 has been the most successful year at Brooks Food Bank 

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