Messages from the Ermineskin Community League Board
Community League Upgrades
Wishing you all a belated Happy New Year!
We had a fabulous New Years Day Family Skate with the gift of a balmy day and 70 plus neighbours skating, playing hockey and sledding and visiting. There was some serious conversation about starting up a dedicated night for pickup hockey. Please watch the Ermineskin Community League Facebook page for details. Of course, we cannot have a family skate, City sponsored skate lessons or pick up hockey without great ice. On behalf of the Board, I would like to express our appreciation to Piet den Besten for making and maintain the ice at the time of this going to print, looks like we timed it just right!
During 2018, we had some great activities that brought our community together. The 34th Annual Ermineskin Community Craft Fair attracted 1,200 people, more than 400 in the first hour. That raised over $8,000 that will go towards building a new skate shack and we all know that our poor old skate shack is in rough shape! Thank you to all the volunteers and to the community for your financial support.
We have had great community volunteers who have helped put on all of the activities and we thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to help make these events happen.
Volunteers have stepped up to start up soccer within our League. Watch our website for more information.
We have appreciated our experience working with EPCOR on finding a suitable location for a flood mitigation pond. EPCOR held a public open house and welcomed your feedback. At this time, the most likely scenario is that two ponds will be built. One would be constructed in the northeast corner of Ermineskin Park and the other in the southwest corner of the Steinhauer School field. We look forward to working with EPCOR as their planning work continues.
In the last few issues of the Enlightener, I have highlighted the rising crime rate in our neighbourhood. At the December Board meeting our Edmonton Police Service Community Liaison Officer took an hour to talk about the issues. Many of the incidents of crime that are happening are deemed nuisance crimes.
The most important thing that we can do to reduce nuisance crime is to get to know our neighbours and keep a look out for unusual activities. We were reminded to 1) keep your cars locked, 2) do not keep a garage door opener in your car, and 3) don’t leave valuables in your car. If you are the victim of a crime it is important that you report it to the Edmonton Police Service so they can watch for trends and patterns. Please go to http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/ContactEPS/OnlineCrimeReporting to report any incidents.
As always we welcome volunteers to help with planning our events and programs. If you have interest in volunteering and helping to build the community that we all want to live in, please visit the office, Monday – Thursday, from 5 to 9 pm. You are always welcome to attend the Board Meetings and the dates of all upcoming meetings are posted in the Ermineskin Enlightener.
Kind Regards, Kent McMullin—President