City Briefs: Winter Walk 2015 kicks off

Each year on a day in February, thousands of Albertans celebrate winter and physical activity

Each year on a day in February, thousands of Albertans celebrate winter and physical activity by participating in Winter Walk Day.

This year, Winter Walk Day lands on Feb. 4th. On this day, the City of Lacombe encourages residents to record and report the total minutes they or their group walked.

Everyone is encouraged to participate, including schools, seniors’ centres, commuters, individuals and families. Dress warmly, get outside and enjoy the fresh, crisp winter air.

To enter minutes walked, visit the City’s web site at www.lacombe.ca/winterwalkday.Last year, the City placed third for most participants province-wide.

KRAFT HOCKEYVILLE NOMINATIONS OPEN

Nominations for this year’s Kraft Hockeyville program have begun.

More than just a game, hockey has built many Canadian communities and in turn, those communities have defined the sport, officials say. It can regularly bring together fans, neighbours, friends and family. However, without repairs and upgrades these rinks may disappear along with a critical part of Canada’s cultural identity.

Kraft Hockeyville is committed to investing in community arenas to keep the game, and community spirit that comes with it, alive from coast to coast.

Canadian communities are invited to begin submitting to vie for the title Kraft Hockeyville 2015. The nomination period ends Feb. 8th.

Through the program, communities can receive a grand prize of hosting a NHL preseason game and $100,000 for arena upgrades.

The second place community will also receive funds for arena upgrades along with the remaining eight prize winners, totaling over $400,000.

Last year, the community of Sylvan Lake was named Kraft Hockeyville 2014 and received a $100,000 grant towards rebuilding their arena.

For contest rules and complete program details visit KHV2015.ca. Kraft Hockeyville can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

RECREATION AND CULTURE GRANTS AVAILABLE

Businesses and non-profit groups in the City of Lacombe are encouraged to apply for a Recreation and Culture grant in February.

The City has provided funds to facilitate the Recreation and Culture Master Plan identified programs and services to be initiated through a grant program.

The purpose of the grant is to support new and local programs and services that enhance the quality of life for Lacombians through recreation and culture.

The grant is open to businesses and non-profit groups. The available funding for 2015 is $12,500.

Submissions of funding applications are reviewed during regular Lacombe and District Recreation, Parks and Culture board meetings. All applications must be received by Feb. 28th.

For more information, visit www.lacombe.ca/living/recreation-culture/recreation-culture-grant.

SNOW REMOVAL CONTINUES THROUGHOUT CITY

Despite seasonally warm winter temperatures, the City is still working hard on clearing snow and ice off the streets. Director of Planning and Operations for the City of Lacombe, Matthew Goudy, said City staff are currently working on clearing residential streets and plan to remove snow from all streets within the City.

“We are trying to limit snow removal to our regular hours,” he told City council on Jan. 26th. “In past years we have used overtime hours, so it hasn’t been as fast this year as previous years.”