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BRZ sets budget, city sets mill rate
Budgets and mill rates have been set for 2015 as it related to the downtown business revitalization zone or BRZ.
“Council must consider the annual budget as prepared by the BRZ board and provide notice to ratepayers of the budget,” said manager of administration Amy Rommens.   Full Story >
City cuts down 18 elms along 1st Ave. E
Rita Scheuerman went to get the mail last week and was devastated by what she saw on 1st Avenue.
“I was absolutely sickened,” she says.
Scheuerman was driving downtown when she noticed crews taking down 18 elm trees she says were planted more than 100 years ago by her grandfather Andy Young.
“These elms were planted in 1906 and are some of the very first in Brooks. The first tree planted in the city is next to (the elms) in a yard.”  Full Story >
FCSS finds another $43,400 for Ashton’s Place
One group’s loss is often another group’s gain and in this case the benefactor is Ashton’s Place Youth Centre.
Last week the centre received $43,400 in funding from Grasslands FCSS and they were also notified of a $23,000 grant from the Medicine Hat Housing Association.
The FCSS funding is $43,400 in unused program funds from the SPEC Association resulting from closure of Kids Club and the Mom’s Matters programs.  Full Story >
Grasslands hands out first operator of the year award
Grasslands School division handed out its first operator of the year award Wednesday to bus driver Shelly Matthews.
Transportation supervisor Bill Best made the presentation on behalf of the division’s transportation department and senior staff.
Supts. David Steele and Rhian Schroeder were also in attendance. Best said Grasslands’ safety record is attributed to its many bus drivers, mechanics and support staff.  Full Story >
Jackson stays as chair of Communities In Bloom
Marilyn Jackson was returned as chair of Communities in Bloom at the organization’s annual general meeting last Wednesday.
Joining Jackson on the board are Gail Anderson as vice-president, Tom Krahn as treasurer and Darlene Healy as secretary.
Healy told the board Communities in Bloom has 18 raised flower beds with 17 sponsors and 23 sponsors for the hanging basket program.  Full Story >
Jessica Fletcher named Grasslands’ Edwin Parr Award nominee
A new bell adorns the desk of first year Duchess Public School teacher Jessica Fletcher, a reminder of her nomination for the Edwin Parr Award and the fact she was chosen as one the best new teachers in the Grasslands Regional School district.
“They chose me to represent Grasslands,” said Fletcher.
A Medicine Hat Public School teacher later won the award.  Full Story >
Top prizes for cellist Mari Coetzee
Former Brooks resident Mari Coetzee earned the three top prizes including the opportunity to perform with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) following the two day Shean Strings Competition in Edmonton.
“I feel very honoured to play as soloist with the ESO at a later date. This opportunity means a lot to me. Performing amazing works of music with orchestra is always exciting so I am really looking forward to this concert,” said Coetzee.  Full Story >
FCSS finds another $43,400 for Ashton’s Place 

Jackson stays as chair of Communities In Bloom 

BJHS student is Texas bound for Bowl game 

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