• Strathor TmeS • January 14, 2011 www.StrathorTis.co
With 2011 being the centennial year for Strathmore, members of the cen-tennial committee are working hard tocome up with ideas to celebrate andcommemorate the milestone.One of the ideas the committee hascome up with is a park reecting thecentennial year.“There was a couple of different loca-tions, but ultimately we had to make adecision if we’re going to get this done,”said Councillor Bob Sobol, a member of the centennial committee. The narrow space across from Chi-nook Credit Union between the CuttingCrew hair salon and Wheatland DentureClinic on Second Street, is the area thecommittee has selected. Sobol said thecommittee was unanimous about leav-ing something that would exist long pastthe centennial year, and they felt this was the prime location for it.“There was some improvements made by the town last summer, we really wantto kick that up a notch,” said Sobol. The committee has not decided on aname for the new park. Sobol said theplan is for the name to eventually reectthe fact that it is basically a legacy parkin Strathmore. The committee is still in the plan-ning stages of what they would like todo with the park. One of the ideas is tofront the park with a clock. Another is toincorporate a time capsule for the Townof Strathmore.“Possibly as well, we’re leaning to- wards providing the citizens with an op-portunity to have their own time capsulein that same area,” said Sobol.He said a resident suggested the ideaand he is quite “enthralled” with it. Now it is a matter of seeing how many timecapsules can t. He said they are alsohoping to have a water feature, a few picnic tables, and a walkway throughthe park.“We have a limited amount of spacethat we can use, but it is very long and we really want to have it as somethingthat is going to accent and be appreci-ated by the people using the downtownarea,” said Sobol.Family Day will mark the beginningof the centennial celebrations, though what residents can look forward tohasn’t been made public yet.“There will be a celebration, it will bethe rst centennial year celebration. It will be down at Kinsmen Park. We’ve setthe hours as 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a whole gambit of activities includ-ing skating and stuff and there will bereworks at 6 p.m.,” said Sobol. As for the park, Sobol said the com-mittee’s goal is to have the park to openon either July 2 or July 3.
Centennial committee working hardto create new park
The centennial committee has found an area tocreate a type of legacy park for the town. Thecommittee chose the park across from JoylandTheatre, on Second Street in between the hair sa-lon and the dental ofces.
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On January 6, people goingpast Kinsmen Park were sur-prised to see a Zamboni out onthe ice, being manned by theStrathmore Fire Department,SFD. Raymack Waters Ltd. is anindependently owned company that rents, sells and services iceresurfacers located near Stan-dard.“Raymack Waters Ltd. haveread the articles in the paper and they wanted to donate aZamboni to help us prepareour ice for Family Day Feb. 21,”said Fire Chief Muir Furzer.“Ray, from Raymack Water Ltd. came in and taught the reghters how to use it and allthat type of stuff.”Raymack Water Ltd, donatedthe Zamboni to help the com-munity for the year, not neces-sarily ending after the Family Day centennial celebrations.“It was just something I couldnot walk away from,” said Ray.“It is so nice to (help) the redepartment with this”Ray said it is nice to experi-ment on outside ice resurfac-ing. He said manufacturersmainly think about indoor re-surfacing and it will be neat tosee how it works with all of the variables the weather presents. The machine that the re de-partment is using was built in1987, and Ray is the only per-son to have ever maintained themachine.“That’s were I get my glory,”said Ray when he heard aboutall the people who were outskating on the lake. The re ghters were volun-teering their time to help clear the ice. Furzer said the depart-ment has been talking aboutpossibly holding a fundraiser and offering Zamboni rides.Furzer said many people haveexpressed interest in riding onit.
Strathmore Fire Department re ghters volunteered their time to clear thesnow off the ice at Kinsmen Park on Jan. 6.
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