July 2018 Letter to Citizens

Mayor Kronen's Letter to Citizens - July, 2018

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Council has been hard at work these past few months. A conservative budget has been passed. The tax season has come and gone and from our point of view, it appears that taxpayers have recognized the efforts of council to maintain a high quality of services without seeking additional revenues.

It is hard to believe that we have been working over 8 months as a new council. Our Deputy Mayor Councillor Barnes has diligently fulfilled his duties and we want to thank him for his good services. Councillor Bengry will assist me these next eight months chairing the first Council Committee meeting of the month, and acting on my behalf when requested. We wish him well in fulfilling his added duties!

Are you ready for Heritage Week? Such a busy and fun time!  Make sure to wake up early and come hungry to feast on the great pancake breakfast events during the week and throughout town! Kudos to all sponsors and volunteers! Participate in as many activities as possible with friends and families. And take a little time to reflect on the wonderful legacy created by our pioneers …

 Let me highlight two great events during Heritage Week!

On August 8, the 11th Cardston-Kainai Pow Wow will take place in Lion’s Park. Grand entry times at 1PM and 6PM. The first Pow Wow was the brainchild of the late Blood Tribe Councillor Oliver Shouting. His vision was that a Pow Wow could have healing effects on both sides of the Highway that separates our communities. He viewed the Pow Wow as a means to work on improving relationships, seeking common ground and building bridges on the foundation of mutual respect. We have made good strides forward. With much effort on both sides to develop stronger relationships and trust, the future will be brighter for our two neighboring communities.

We offer many thanks to The Blood Tribe, the Town of Cardston, volunteers and sponsors for their strong and continued support for this unique, cultural, and most colourful event.  

So take your friends and family and  come down to Lions Park,  feel the drum beat, marvel at the beauty of the pageantry of the grand entries, the Princess pageants admire the exquisite craftsmanship of the regalia, and appreciate the incredible performance and skills of the dancers and singers! And on the cue of our professional local announcers, come and join the dancers in the arena and participate in the intertribal and round dances. You don’t need to know how to dance, you just need a desire to join in and enjoy the moment (Sh…Promotional gifts will be given to all dancing participants)! Food vendors and crafts vendors will be there to satisfy your taste buds and shopping desires! This year, the Standoff Foodbank will sell Indian Tacos with all proceeds to contribute to support the Standoff Food Bank. You will also find booths that will promote Education at Red Crow College (No need to be Indigenous to take classes) and at the Lethbridge Agricultural Research Center. You won’t be disappointed! Mark your calendars!

On Saturday Aug 11th, it is Parade Day in Cardston starting at 10 AM.  Come and line up along the route. There will be much candy for all, but it will not be thrown from the Remington horse drawn carriages due to new safety regulations. Once again, the Parade will offer a great variety of beautifully decorated floats from Town and out of Town. The marching band and the Parade Marshal will lead us through Town. Discover our Citizens of the Year and our 2018 Lifetime Citizen in their beautiful Remington Museum carriage.  Many thanks to them for their gift of service to the Town and its citizens! And what could be more fitting but to conclude Heritage Week with spectacular fireworks in Lions’ Park! Kudos to the Rotary Club, the Remington Carriage Museum and Town employees for making this event a great success!

By the end of the day, you will be exhausted, but filled with precious memories of another Heritage Week gone by.

Enjoy the heat while it lasts, the beauty of the gardens while in bloom, and a few more lazy days of holidays…

Be safe and see you soon!

Always at your service,

Mayor Kronen