All posts by Talea Medynski

Talea is the Rat Creek Press editor. She loves sharing the stories of our diverse neighbourhoods.

Spruce Ave celebrates community and history Harvest Festival brings residents together to learn about community

For over 20 years, Spruce Avenue Community League has held a Harvest Festival in September.

“It started off with a very low attendance,” said Verna Stainthorp, secretary and treasurer of the league. Since then, the festival has grown in popularity, with around 150 people expected to attend this year. “It’s been well-received by people. It’s a time for people to get together,” said Stainthorp.

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Creating a village in our communities A strong social network makes a difference in living a long, happy life

It’s no secret our society has moved away from face-to-face contact. With the arrival of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, we’ve become accustomed to interacting with people digitally rather than in person.

I’m no different. I work from home and often keep in touch with people through Facebook, texting, and emailing. For the most part, I’m okay with my alone time. But I crave in-person contact and feel more satisfied when I actually see my friends and family.

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Local resident’s garden is a labour of love Andrea Ruelling grows food and brings neighbours together

Every spring, Andrea Ruelling reads Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life for inspiration.

Her garden is inspirational as well. The front yard is divided into raised beds, two of which are self-watering. Peas and squash plants climb lattices, ripe strawberries tempt passersby, lettuce and carrots flourish. That’s but a sampling of the front yard, never mind a backyard full of potatoes, dill, tomatoes, sunflowers, raspberries, rhubarb and more.

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Tackling invasive plants and common weeds Knowing the difference between harmful and useful plants makes a difference

Himalayan Balsam is a beautiful flower, but its seeds launch six meters and quickly overtakes other plants.

“Invasive plants don’t grow naturally here, they’re brought in intentionally or unintentionally,” said Daniel Laubhann, environmental technician with the city. “In a natural environment, other factors keep the plants in check.”

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City holds open house for 122 Avenue plans Residents view city's recommended concept plan at Delton Community Hall

The city’s plans for 122 Avenue construction from 107 Street to Fort Road are drawing closer to completion.

At the April 27 open house at Delton Community Hall, the city’s recommended concept plan was displayed for community members. The reconstruction will “include the complete removal and reconstruction of the roadway, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bus stops, and streetlights.” Five neighbourhoods between 107 Street and Fort Road access 122 Avenue, which is a collector road.

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Closing a decade-long chapter on a festival Bridge Songs gave artists a chance to share work

On June 18, Bridge Songs will celebrate its 10 year anniversary and its last year.

Bridge Songs focuses on music, poetry, and visual art and has given artists an opportunity to gain exposure.

“It feels like the right time and it’s felt like the right time potentially for the last couple of years,” said Dave Von Bieker, event organizer. Many early artists are either no longer making music or have become established. Von Bieker is also getting busier with his art gallery, Bleeding Heart Art Space.

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City councillors vote to extend moratorium Administration will once again consult with five neighbourhoods

On April 12, city councillors voted to extend the moratorium on using city money for non-market and affordable housing in five neighbourhoods.

The moratorium began in 2012 when the Alberta Avenue, Eastwood, Queen Mary Park, Central McDougall, and McCauley neighbourhoods protested over the amount of social housing in their neighbourhoods. After that, the city consulted with them to determine housing needs and opportunities.

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Housing grants still available for homeowners Funding helps homeowners explore options and generate extra income

Homeowners considering building a separate suite or needing to make essential home repairs can still access city housing grants.

Throughout 2016, funding is available from the city’s Cornerstones II grant program, which includes the Secondary Suites, the HOPE program, and Curb Appeal grant.

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Alberta Avenue offers Nordic walking lessons Explore your neighbourhood, learn a new sport, and get fit

Community residents have the opportunity to try out urban poling this summer and fall.

Urban poling, also known as Nordic walking, utilizes ergonomic walking poles. According to Valerie Parr, the organizer, “urban poling combines the upper body technique of cross-country skiing with the lower body technique of walking.” The exercise provides a cardiovascular workout and helps improve posture.

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