Tofield wins Minor Baseball Small Association of the Year Award

baseballaward-picCraig Neufeld, President of Tofield Minor Ball, was on hand at the River Cree in Edmonton on Nov. 26 to accept the Small Association of the Year Award from Base-ball Alberta.

An added bonus for the Tofield ball player, coach and avid baseball fan, was that he was presented the award by Toronto Blue Jays’ broadcast team Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler. Buck is the play-by-play announcer, former MLB catcher and former Blue Jays Manager, while Tabler is the colour commentator for the Jays, and a former MLB player who was a member of the 1992 World Series Champion Toronto Blue Jays.

Neufeld felt very fortunate to have been able to meet the personable Blue Jays broadcasters, especially since he was just elected to the president’s position this past summer.

“Jody Lutz is the past president, and she’s done a lot of the work that has brought Tofield Minor Ball back to life,” he said. Craig mentioned that it wasn’t that many years ago when there were only 30 kids registered in minor baseball. But, he said, when Lutz took over a few years ago the association began to re-gain its stature in town… FOR MORE SEE THE DEC 6/16 MERCURY

Winterfest tree lighting ceremony culmination of celebrations

winterfest-treelightThe culmination of the 2016 Tofield Winterfest celebrations on Saturday was the Christmas tree lighting ceremony following the parade downtown. Carolers sang Christmas songs, Tofield Mayor Harold Conquest welcomed everyone as county councillor Sieko Scott also greeted the crowd. People sang Christmas carols and cheered as Santa Claus officially pulled the switch to light up the tree. Children shared their treats with one another, went on hay wagon rides and enjoyed the family dance inside the hall. Please see Pictorial Pages and other related news on the weekend’s activities, including Breakfast with Santa, Stuff the Bus, C.W. Sears XMas Market and Chili Cook-off competition, all inside this edition!

Ministik School XMas Market great success even with notice of vote on closure review next week

ministikschool-xmasmarketThe halls and gymnasium at Ministik Elementary School were ringing Saturday with fun and laughter as the school held its annual Christmas Market.

The school was part of a “Christmas in the Country” bus tour starting from Sherwood Park that tours south rural Strathcona County to take in musical performances, family activities and fireworks.

But beneath the sounds of holiday joy there was the knowledge by students, parents and staff that the school is once again being considered for possible closure. That is, the Elk Island Public School Board will meet Dec. 15 to vote on whether to set in motion a process that could result in the school’s closure at the end of this school year in June 2017.

With close to a full enrollment, the students appear to enjoy their time from Grade 1 to 6 at the school. Indeed, Grade 6 students Karlee Jorgensen and Kaylee Masini must move on to another school next year and are sad to go.

“Yes, I love it here,… FOR MORE SEE THE DEC. 6/16 MERCURY

Here’s what else is making news in the Dec. 6, 2016 edition of The Tofield Mercury, on news stands now!

– Two-Page Pictorial Spread of Tofield Winterfest Parade, Light Up the Tree and Family Dance Photos;

– C.W. Sears holds annual Christmas Market in conjunction with Winterfest activities;

– Stuff the Bus campaign does brisk business at IGA parking lot Saturday;

– Loose Ends columnist Carol Livingstone discusses how “Beauty is only Skin Deep;”

– The Tofield United Church gets a full house at its Christmas Tea, Craft and Bake Sale;

– Opinion Page: Editorial – Well done on Winterfest!; Cartoon: Stockholm Syndrome outbreak in Alberta;

– This Week on the Web: Man spends over a year building a tiny paper town; Mundare church saved from being burned down; Lamppost in Poland credited for saving a life; and Dutch village the home to new ways to care for people with dementia;

– Sports: 16/60 Hockey News – Tofield Bantam’s Justin Beaudoin among league scoring leaders;

– Tofield RCMP busy with checkstops and patrols – arrest woman on numerous charges;

– Staff confront robber at ATB in Holden – man leaves without money;

– Two-Page Shop Local at Christmas advertising spread with many local businesses;

– Over 110 children visit with Santa at Breakfast;

– Ministik School up for possible closure review;

– 2016 Tofield Mixed Doubles Bonspiel photos and winners;

– Residents throw out the welcome mat at Long Term Care Centre Christmas Bazaar;

– Beaver County Chronicle: BMS wins chili cook-off competition at Tofield Winterfest; Lots of vendors, goodies and food at Ryley XMas Market; 2016 Christmas Bird Count underway in Tofield on Saturday, Dec. 17;

– Also inside the Mercury are Business and Directory Pages, Classified and Blanket advertising; Real Estate for sale; Help Wanted Ads; Tofield and Area Church Directory; Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association ads; local community events; and much more!!!!!

Christmas season begins in Tofield – Winterfest coming this weekend!

xmasmarket-santagirlsThe good news is that the Tofield Christmas Market is going to keep going with its annual extravaganza in the Tofield Community Hall that attracts people from around the region.

The Friends of Tofield put on this year’s market, said Terri Mack, who still participates but bowed out last year as the main organizer.

“They want to keep it going,” she said, with Continue Reading

Here’s what else is making news in the Nov. 29, 2016 edition of The Tofield Mercury, on news stands now!

– Two-Page Pullout on all the fun at the Winterfest this coming weekend!

– Loose Ends columnist Carol Livingstone discusses the Gray Jay in “A True Canadian;”

– Katchemut Creek Family Horse Club holds its annual Awards Night;

– Tofield Curling Club has Mixed Doubles tournament on weekend – results in next week’s edition;

– Opinion Page: Letter – Reward offered for return of plaques stolen from Frontiersmen Cenotaph; Letter – Writer understands reluctance to use alternate power sources;

– RCMP lay numerous charges against persons from Two Hills and Medicine Hat;

– 16/60 Hockey League: Gates and Perrott combine for 7 points in Tofield Pee Wee win;

– Village of Holden raises sewer and garbage rates by three per cent;

– Holden supports access ramp application for The Gallery;

– Tofield girls help their Ardrossan soccer team take tourney Gold;

– Round Hill School students show big hearts with packing and shipping of 58 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child;

– Tofield Titan Jr. Boys and Girls volleyball wrap up their season of play;

– Beaver County Chronicle: Beaver County donates $1,800 to Xmas Hamper Program; Spilstead Hall Christmas Bazaar; County Council notes – 2016 ASB scholarships awarded; mowing program to start in June next year; Request for Proposal to be issued for landflood control services; barrel racer gets $500 for participating in racing finals; recreation and culture master plan implementation to be spurred by grant application;

– Also inside this edition of the Mercury: Two-Page Christmas Shop Local Spread; Real Estate Ads, Help Wanted Ads, community events, legal and land sales; Blanket and Classified advertising; Tofield and Area Church Directory; Business and Professional Directory; and much more!!!

Ryley School Leadership Annual Dessert Night – funds raised for mission to Mexico

dessert-thankyouHow much is a pie worth?

That all depends on the value placed by the bidder on helping a family in Mexico enjoy living in their own home, courtesy of the Ryley School Leadership group. The group is fundraising to return to Mexico and build another home for an impoverished family in April of 2017.

The Annual Dessert Night put on by the Leadership Group is Continue Reading