Despite protests EIPS Board shuts down Ministik School

After a couple of public hearings and well organized opposition by protesting parents, Elk Island Public Schools did what it decided in the first place and stuck to its plan to close Ministik School, 25 km west of Tofield on Highway 14.

Parent Pauline Gurnett said that now it is up to the Minister of Education to approve the decision. “We wait in anticipation of his decision.

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Former junior roller derby star with Highway 14 Roller Derby Association, Fallaine Matula from Tofield recently won the MVP Jammer Award for the A-level Edmonton E-ville Dead team in its win over Anarchy Angels of Vancouver at Lynden, Washington at the end of February.

Fallaine’s team crushed the BC competitors 306-72 after having the fortune of a couple of their key players dropping out with injuries before the contest. But the 19-year-old said it was likely her Edmonton team (ranked 78th out of 322 teams playing in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, WFTD) would have still won the game.

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Music Royalty was celebrated as the Tofield Skating Club put on its year-end Ice Carnival in front of proud and excited friends and relatives at the Tofield Arena on Saturday.

The boards were covered in a black backdrop highlighted in blue lights, while a castle was set centre stage with knightly banners hung for Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Sir Elton John, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin.

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Here’s what else is happening in the March 21/17 Mercury on news stands now!

• Letter: Health Foundation needs to work on follow up with Dr.s

• Letter: Cats causing havoc in Tofield

• Letter: Response to reeve’s letter about carbon levy

• Beaver County gives tax breaks to Fish & Game Club

• Final budget could be approved at April 24 Beaver C meeting

• Beaver County councillor wants roads built

• Roof on top of a roof at Tofield Arena

• Vimy Ridge 100th anniversary being honoured in Tofield

• Obituary: Patricia Marlene Eunice Bratrud

• Goalie Josh Whitbread has big game in Tofield Pee Wees’ come back win

– Also inside this week’s Mercury: Business and Professional Directory, Community Events, Real Estate sales; Help Wanted ads; Classified and Blanket advertising; Tofield and Area Church Directory; and much more!

Ryley/Daysland 2A girls’ team heads off to Zones

This past week the Ryley/Daysland 2A girls’ combined high school team finished league play with a win in Tofield to complete their league play, earning a solid record of 5 wins and 1 loss.

They also finished up their tournament play with a gold medal in Redwater and an overall strong effort going 3 and 0.

The team competed in 7 tournaments over the year, starting off with gold in Vermilion.

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Here’s what else is making news in the March 14, 2017 edition of The Tofield Mercury, on news stands now!

– BRSD board adds more collaboration and learning days – making school days longer to compensate for lost class time; ASBA welcomes Bill 1 tabled to reduce school fees;

– Spicing it up at the Market: Telsie Dascavich, 7, checks out the spices at a new Farmers’ Market display;

– Opionion: Letters – Tofield School principal responds to letters about bullying; Abuse of power in Holden alleged by couple over road;

– Loose Ends columnist Carol Livingstone asks: “Are You an Archie or a Jughead?”

– Tofield Curling Club hosts Ladies Bonspiel – A, B and C Event winners;

– Tofield RCMP reports B&Es, vehicle theft and impaireds; RCMP alerts public to fraud tricks;

– Tofield Tier 5 Atoms make 4-goal late game comeback for win;

– Tofield Country Quilters welcome LA Sewing Centre;

– Pictorial: 17 teams compete for prizes at Tofield Ladies Bonspiel;

– Beaver County Chronicle: Donations by Ryley Lions to Holden Ag Society and Victim Services; Upgrades coming to Tofield and Holden seniors’ facilities; Agrologist works with DUC and beef industry to find grassland synergies;

– Also inside this week’s Mercury: EXTRA ads from three sister newspapers in Lamont, Viking and Flagstaff; Business and Professional Directory, Community Events, Real Estate sales; Help Wanted ads; Classified and Blanket advertising; Tofield and Area Church Directory; and much more!!!

Tofield Welcome Initiative survey results released – more needed in community for young people and their families

A committee set up to help make Tofield and area an inviting, safe and accessible community has released the results of a recent survey.

The Tofield Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Committee was formed in 2014, and has since held a workshop resulting in the formulation of four top priorities the committee would work towards.

These include the need to advertise and communicate events and activities in the community; work with surrounding communities; host more community events and cultural celebrations; and, address rental and housing challenges some may find in moving to the area.

The survey was conducted to help Continue Reading