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By: Sue Coatham On: August 01, 2018 In: Updates Comments: 0

SEPTEMBER 2018

We’ve had a great summer in Calgary but now it is time for the kids to head back to school and get ready for their fall activities.  Adults get to take a deep breath and be happy the busy summer is behind them.  Let’s hope we have an extended summer and mild fall and winter.

At the time of writing this letter, Sandstock 2018 (Music in the Park) was still in the planning changes so I will comment next month.

We have received several emails from folks concerned about the two brick signs on sandstone drive (one on the north side of the bus loop and the other across from Sandstone Park).  There has been significant overgrowth on both areas for several years and we are happy to say the work has started on the sign across from the park.  The SMCA board only recently learned the other sign is under the responsibility of Calgary Transit and we work with them to have the area cleaned up.  Thanks very much to the folks who emailed volunteering to clean up the area.  If there is an area that you have noted has been neglected, please email us at info@sandstonemacewan.com and we will be happy to review the concern with you.

The Mobile Skateboard Park is installed at our hockey rink for the first two weeks of September.  While it is a bit costly, it is none the less one of the more popular events the SMCA board sponsors.   Please feel free to provide us feedback if you or your kids have taken advantage of this.

As usual, we will be looking for volunteers to assist with the hockey rink this year.  Last year there were evenings with only a couple of volunteers cleaning and flooding the rink and it’s too much work.  This rink is available to all individuals, regardless of age, so whether you play hockey or not, please consider assisting when you can.  It typically works to clean and flood in the evening however it can certainly happen during the day if there are individuals available.

Please think about attending our Annual General Meeting October 18, 2018 at the Berkshire Citadel Church on Sandarac Drive and getting involved. We keep active throughout the year and always welcome newcomers.

The SMCA board sent email requests to individuals requesting that you opt into our email distribution list in line with Canada’s anti-spam laws.  Our distribution list is growing fast so if you have not yet responded, please consider opting into this list as it is one more way for us to communicate important information to you.

Check us out on Facebook, Twitter @sandstonemac, the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

AUGUST 2018

I hope you are all having an enjoyable summer.

The SMCA supported three Neighbor Day parties in the Sandstone and MacEwan communities this June 16th and we hope to continue to build on this initiative.   If you want to host a neighbor or community event, the SMCA is happy to assist with sponsorship and support, just drop us an email.

Unfortunately, the Parade of Garage Sales was negatively impacted by winds and rain this year and I’m sure many hosts put away their goods for a better day.

Monsignor Neville Anderson starts classes for year-round school August 2nd, 2018 on Sandarac Drive.  PLEASE pay attention when you are driving in our communities and do not hesitate to report erratic driving either through calling 311 or 911 if it is an emergency.

August 6th is Heritage Day in Alberta and while it is not a formal statutory holiday, many businesses close on this day. In 1974 the Alberta Government declared the first Monday of August an annual holiday to recognize and celebrate the varied cultural heritage of Albertans.

The SMCA board is very excited to announce Home By Midnight will be playing at the 6th Annual Sandstock (Music in the Park) on August 19th from 200 pm-400 pm at the park on Sandstone Drive.   This Blues and Rock band plays many of the favorite cover songs and was very popular when they played for us in 2013. We have sold more Artisan tables than ever and the Vivo play ambassadors will be on hand again getting the kids up and moving during music breaks.  As usual we will have a bouncy house for the kids as well as raffle draws and 50/50 draws.  Please contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com  if you are interested in volunteering for this event.

The SMCA board is happy to say we have booked the Mobile Skateboard Park to be installed in our hockey rink for the first two weeks of September.  This is an event the board likes to sponsor given the popularity of the event.  Get the kids out to blow off some steam before they need to head back to school.

The SMCA board sent email requests to individuals requesting that you opt into our email distribution list in line with Canada’s anti-spam laws.  Our distribution list is growing fast so if you have not yet responded, please consider opting into this list as it is one more way for us to communicate important information to you.

We have hit nearly 700 likes on Facebook! A special thanks to Trevor Bacon for his excellent and timely posts on Facebook @sandstonemacewan as well as Twitter @sandstonemac.  Check out the website at www.sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

JULY 2018

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

The SMCA board sent email requests to individuals requesting that you opt into our email distribution list in line with Canada’s anti-spam laws.  Please consider opting into this email distribution list as it is one more way for us to communicate important information to you.

June 5th was bike to school day and several SMCA board members along with Sean Chu, Andrew Chan, Megan Farrell, Dennise Roach and Annisa Lim were available handing out SMCA reflectors and snap bands to kids from MNA and SVS.  A special thanks to Sean Chu for assisting in the sponsorship of the event, as well as community member Sven Stuwe for his leadership in Bike to School.  Sven also coordinated a group of volunteers to ride with kids from the Kincora area.  Finally, thanks to AP Gina Davidoff from SVS for her ongoing and very enthusiastic support of this event and other SMCA events.

In this month’s newsletter you will see there is special recognition for Peter Massier, a resident of MacEwan Glen.  Peter goes above and beyond by working on the gardens and cleaning up garbage in and around his community.  It is individuals like Peter who, through their quiet effort, make our communities a better place to live.

There will be additional work on the Sandstone Park island this summer.   While we are not going to install snow fence again please respect it is a work site and avoid the direct area.

Darren Way, a former Sandstone resident and SMCA President, was chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Calgary Nose Hill Canada 150 Award.  This award recognizes deserving individuals who offer a significant contribution to their community.  As many of you who know Darren can attest, he worked tirelessly to make our community a better place to live and will receive this award July 1, 2018 at MP Michelle Rempel’s Canada Day Celebration.

The community flower pots have been placed at various Sandstone/MacEwan entrances again this year.  We need individuals to adopt a pot and water for us as necessary.    Please help us continue this initiative by helping water plants by your home.    Please email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com if you can assist with watering.

We will be hosting Sandstock (Music in the Park) August 19, 2018 on Sandstone Drive from 200-500 pm.  This will be our sixth year hosting this event and we hope you can stop by. Contact Trevor Bacon at info@sandstonemacewan.com if you would like to volunteer or purchase a vendor’s table at this event.

Follow us on Facebook @SandstoneMacEwan and Twitter @sandstonemac.  Check out the website at www.sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online. When you purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) you will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Happy Stampeding!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

JUNE 2018

June is one of the busier months of the year.  Kids are busy finishing up their activities and starting to say goodbye to their friends, teachers and another year of school.  The SMCA board would like to send a big thank you to both the administration and kids from Monsignor Neville Anderson (MNA) and Simons Valley School (SVS) for cleaning up the garbage in and around their schools this past month.    The 224 Scouts did an excellent job of cleaning up around the pleasure rink on Sandstone Drive and several kids from Sir John A McDonald (SJAM) Junior High helped clean up the pathways in our communities as part of their Leadership Program.   Teaching kids to take pride in their communities starts at this age and parents should be proud of the kids who took part in the cleanup.

Did you know that June 5th is World Environment Day? India is the global host of 2018 World Environment Day and “Beat Plastic Pollution” is the theme for this year’s edition.   Please think of ways you can reduce the use of plastics in your home.

The Ride Your Bike to School Day is Tuesday June 5th, at various Calgary schools including MNA and SVS.  Members of the board and volunteers will be at the schools handing out goodies to the kids wearing helmets.   Hey parents, why don’t you blow the dust off your bikes and ride to school with your kids?

I’ve received several emails from community members expressing their disappointment that we are unable to host a community clean up this year.  I really appreciate the feedback and in particular the offer to volunteer to assist in future.   The SMCA board relies on volunteers for everything we do and the numbers are definitely down which is forcing us reevaluate what we can realistically offer to the Sandstone MacEwan Communities in the next year.

Saturday June 16, 2018 is Neighbor Day in Calgary and is a great excuse for neighbors to come together. This could be in the form of a front yard barbeque, garden party, picnic, and so on to celebrate community spirit.  If you are interested in hosting an event on this date, or any date, please contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com and the SMCA board will be happy to support you with advertising, organizing, and a bit of cash as well.

Follow us on Facebook @sandstonemacewan and Twitter @sandstonemac.  Check out the website at www.sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online. When you purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) you will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Happy Father’s Day, we hope all you Dads get the attention you deserve!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

 

MAY 2018

Then came fair May, the fairest maid on ground,
Deck’d all with dainties of the season’s pride,
And throwing flowers out of her lap around.

Edmund Spenster

Welcome to May! I hope the cold weather and snow are far behind us and we are out enjoying warmer days.   After this long winter of record breaking snow fall, we are starting to see our yards and gardens again.  Get out and enjoy some well-deserved fresh air around our communities. Please consider picking up garbage around our neighborhoods that has collected over the winter.

The SMCA board will be supporting the planter program again this year given the excellent feedback we receive by residents. Depending on the weather, you will start to see the Planters being placed around the communities and once again we’ll be asking for volunteers to assist in watering the ones around your house.  If you can assist, please contact Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

I want to skip ahead to June and provide the heads up for a couple of important dates.

Do your kids go to either Monsignor Neville Anderson (MNA) or Simons Valley Elementary (SVS)?  The SMCA board will be supporting both schools for the 3rd Ride Your Bike to School Day Tuesday June 5th, 2018.  We will be on site to provide goodies to kids wearing helmets who have come to school on wheels. Get on your bike and ride to school with your kids!

Saturday June 16, 2018 is Neighbor Day in Calgary and is a great excuse for neighbors to come together. This could be in the form of a front yard barbeque, garden party, picnic, and so on to celebrate community spirit.  If you are interested in hosting an event on this date, or any date, please contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com and the SMCA board will be happy to support you with advertising, organizing, and a bit of cash as well.

Happy Mother’s Day and I hope you enjoy the first long weekend of the season!

Follow us on Face book and Twitter @sandstonemac.  Check out the website at www.sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online. When you purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) you will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

APRIL 2018

I hope parents with kids in school enjoyed their Spring and Easter Breaks and were perhaps fortunate enough to get away for some rest and relaxation.  The winter sports have wrapped up and we’ll soon be seeing the soccer and baseball teams filling up the fields.  The kids from MNA and SVS will be more active and on bikes or scooters so please be mindful when driving around the school and playground areas.

What an amazing amount of snow we’ve seen in February and March! So much for out like a lamb.  The SMCA board would like to put out a very special thanks to Colin May, Jeff Schroeder, Joe Tofani, Kevin Swaby, Pierre Donald, Terry Hutchins, Tim Huston and Trevor Bacon for the countless hours they spent clearing and flooding the hockey rink.  Our cadre of rink volunteers has dropped drastically this year leaving many days when clearing or flooding did not happen.  If not for these guys who were out more times than their families wanted, the rink would have been in rough shape.  Please consider volunteering a few hours a week next year so we don’t face the prospect of losing our rink.

The pleasure rink was very popular this year thanks to Brad Beckett and Joe Wensink, who consistently cleared and flooded the rink.  Some of you may have noticed a foul smell and uneven brown spots on the surface after a warm period?  This a natural process that occurs when the surface warms allowing organic matter (leaves, grass) to decay and gases are released.    This is a natural consequence of flooding an organic surface in a city where the weather goes through drastic changes throughout the winter months.

Do you recall the photos that were posted by Crime Stoppers several months ago of the two men spraying graffiti at our hockey rink?  For reasons only they can explain, they created thousands of dollars damage to our rink as well as seven other areas in neighbouring communities.  Thanks to the great photos captured by our security cameras these culprits were identified and charged!  A very special thanks to Director Shayne Chidlaw for working diligently with the Calgary Police Service ensuring justice was served.  We will continue to pass on information from our cameras when we see illegal activities in and around our rinks.

Unfortunately, the SMCA was not provided with a date to host a community clean up this year which is a significant disappointment given how popular this event is in our community.  Hopefully this is an anomaly and we’ll be up and running again next year.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @sandstonemac.  Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online. When you purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) you will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

MARCH 2018

What makes you feel proud of your home, your neighborhood and your community?  When you talk about where you live, what do you tell people? Do you enjoy driving by the rinks and seeing Christmas lights? Are you able to make use of the ice rinks, community clean up, music in the park, mobile skatepark, etc.?

Do you access the community website, twitter or Facebook for information? Eleven volunteers sit on the Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) board and these are activities managed by the group. Throughout the month of March, the City of Calgary and the Federation of Calgary Communities encourages residents to “be part of it” and think about what your community associations can do for you and what you can do for your community associations.   Please consider providing us feedback or offering to get involved.

In between bitterly cold then warm weather with poor ice conditions, we managed to organize a family skate night at our Sandstone rink in January.  Thanks to a social media blitz we had many families come out for a skate and enjoy hot dogs and hot chocolate.  Thanks Brad and Joe for doing a great job getting the rink ready.

Balzac Billy did not see his shadow February 2nd, meaning, we are in for an early spring! For those not familiar with Groundhog Day, it is held every February 2nd throughout various cities and towns and folklore indicates if the groundhog sees his shadow we are stuck with six more weeks of winter, if he doesn’t, we luck out with an early spring.

With the record snowfall we received in February I think more than a few of us are ready to see the end of winter.  Having said that, I think all the snow gave people an excuse to stay in and cheer on the Olympic athletes competing in PyeongChang.

Families are going to get a long break at the end of March with the weeklong school breaks going into the Easter long weekend.

Neighbor Day, held on the 3rd Saturday of June, is a time for Calgarians to celebrate our neighborliness and strong community spirit by organizing community events such as front yard barbecues or garden parties in a local park.  If you are interested in celebrating Neighbor Day, the SMCA board will be happy to support you with advertising, organizing, and a bit of cash as well.

Thanks to you we have over 650 followers on Facebook and nearly 300 followers on Twitter @sandstonemac.  Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. For questions contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online. When you purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) you will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

May the luck of the Irish be with you on St. Patrick’s Day!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

FEBRUARY 2018

Happy Valentines Day to you all!  For all of you sports fans the long awaited winter Olympics are finally here and many of our home grown athletes are representing Canada.

January was a month of wacky weather not unlike November and December.  The poor rink guys continued to make ice as soon as the temperature cooled, only to watch it melt away with the Chinook winds.  Unfortunately, our planned Christmas family skate at the rink could not be arranged because of the cold weather.  We have not given up hope to plan something before the skating season has ended.

The SMCA board is looking for a social media person to help us manage and grow our website.  If you are skilled in this area and have an interest in becoming involved, please send me an email.

It has been a year since we implemented the paypal system to purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online and we have received positive feedback. Just a reminder that those who purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Last month I mentioned the graffiti problem and our frustration with the fact that the two individuals causing the damage likely lived locally and used the rink for recreation purposes.  The Calgary Police Service created a Crime Stoppers poster with the photos of the vandals gathered from our video feed who sprayed the hockey rink with graffiti. The poster was put on our facebook page and website but unfortunately they have not yet been identified.  Please take a look on our facebook page and website to see if you recognize these males.

The Calgary Police Service (CPS) have indicated there has been a rash of car thefts as a result of people warming their vehicles unattended.  In essence, the CPS have indicated that you can count on having your vehicle stolen if you leave it idling given there are criminals who drive through neighborhoods looking for vehicles to steal.

Many prowlings and house break-ins occur during the day when most folks are either at work or in school.  If you see something suspicious in your neighborhood, do not hesitate to contact the CPS on the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or call 911 if you are witnessing a crime in process.

Please consider your neighbors when shoveling your sidewalks, especially if they are unable to shovel their walks themselves. One small act of kindness is so meaningful.

For any questions about your community including volunteering, or information about purchasing a membership, please check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. Don’t forget to like us on Face book and follow us on Twitter.  You can also contact Carolyn Gomez the Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

JANUARY 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you had a festive (and restful) Christmas break.

At the time of writing this letter the weather was unseasonably warm, balmy and without snow, making it difficult to keep the kids entertained.  The rinks melted and froze many times since November and the rink volunteers were out as soon as it was cool enough to flood.

The SMCA elections were in November our executive and board are as follows: Sue Coatham-President

Trevor Bacon-Vice-president (Rink Management, Sandstock)
Phil Nantais-2nd Vice-president (Vivo Liaison)
Willa Wu-Secretary
Sharon Mazurkewich-Treasurer
Joy Zimmerman-Director at Large
Jennifer Bidlake-Schroeder-Director at Large
Carolyn Gomez-Memberships
Sarah Meagher-Bromley-Newsletter
Pinky Nantais-Casino
Shayne Chidlaw-Asset Management

Welcome to Joy, Jennifer and Sharon, we look forward to working with all of you and hearing your ideas.

The SMCA board will be finalizing goals and priorities for 2018 and I will report on that next month. Last year we supported two larger projects in the Sandstone and MacEwan communities.  Our website was completely revamped and now has the infrastructure to become a creative and interactive website.  The Sandstone Park upgrade was completed and quickly became a source of pride.

At the very least, you can look forward to Ride your Bike, Community Clean Up, Neighbor Day, and Music in the Park in 2018. The Christmas lights on the island are beautiful to look at and we will continue to support this initiative as well.

As previously mentioned, we hope to organize occasional family fun skates, however, because of our changing weather conditions there may not be significant notice.  Please keep an eye on social media (facebook, website and twitter) for events we will be planning this winter.

The SMCA board is looking for a social media person to help us manage and grow our website.  If you are skilled in this area and have an interest in becoming involved, please send me an email.

We will get snow so please consider your neighbors when shoveling your sidewalks, especially if they are unable to shovel their walks themselves. One small act of kindness is so meaningful.

Last month I mentioned the graffiti problem and our frustration with the fact that the individuals causing the damage may live locally and use the rink for recreation purposes.  The Calgary Police Service have created a Crime Stoppers vignette of the crimes using our video feed. Once this is released, we will be posting photos and looking for information to pass on to police.

As an aside, we received an incredible amount of feedback from individuals recommending various methods of punishment once the perpetrators are caught.  Although highly entertaining many suggestions are not likely legal in Canada!  Several people suggested just leaving the graffiti however, Calgary has a bylaw and we must have any graffiti removed within two weeks of finding it.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

 

DECEMBER 2017

Merry Christmas!

November came in like a lion with centimeters of snow and cold weather that lasted for some time.  The rink volunteers took advantage of this weather and both the hockey and pleasure rinks were flooded in record time.  Stop by and thank these individuals if you see them out flooding, I know they would appreciate it.   Check out the flooding schedules on our website.

Just a reminder there are rules that must be followed, including no pucks on the hockey rink until 4:00pm during school days to ensure the safety of the kids walking back and forth.  The pleasure rink on 99 Sandstone Drive is meant for recreational skating so please keep sticks off the rink.

Our hockey rink is extremely popular with 18-24 year olds and few are from our communities.  We are happy people are out getting exercise but they need to make room for younger kids, especially on weekends and into the evening hours.   The SMCA Board does not have the manpower to police this but have found these individuals to be good at sharing the ice.  Our goal is to encourage families to come out and enjoy their community rinks.  If you witness behaviour that is threatening or inappropriate, please contact the Calgary Police Service. We encourage their presence as a reminder to everyone that we are a law-abiding community and do not tolerate anything less.

The McKnight Hockey Association is the hockey club that supports Sandstone and MacEwan communities. We allow team practices on occasion however; teams must contact the SMCA board for permission and demonstrate they have community memberships.  This allows the younger ones the opportunity to use the rink and get more comfortable going on their own. If you have time to help out at the rinks, and in particular during the holiday break please send us an email at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

We hope to organize occasional family fun skates however because of our changing weather conditions there may not be significant notice.  Please keep an eye on social media (Facebook, website and Twitter) for events we will be planning this winter.

We are fortunate that Sandstone and MacEwan are very safe communities with low crime rates. However, the fall months were trying times for the SMCA board as we had to deal with persistent vandalism (graffiti) on our buildings and hockey rink boards. This has been an unexpected cost of thousands of dollars for the SMCA. Please contact the Calgary Police Service if you notice anything that looks suspicious in our neighborhoods and let’s keep our communities safe.

I am very pleased to note the light warning system at the intersection of Sandstone Dr. and Sandstone Hill has been operational since the beginning of November.  I’m sure the individuals using the bus transportation must feel much safer getting across that intersection now that the warning lights are present.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

NOVEMBER 2017

The SMCA board postponed the AGM until November 21, so I will post the 2017-2018 board members next month.  The current board consists of ten volunteers who are responsible for two rinks, the community clean up, music in the park, ride your bike to school day, the planter program, the Christmas light program, managing the casino fundraiser, memberships, as well as managing a budget and providing financial support to a variety of clubs in Sandstone and MacEwan.  Each one of us are proud to contribute and look forward to the positive feedback we receive from community members.  Hope to see you at the Berkshire Citadel Church on Sandarac Drive at 7:00pm and our regular monthly meeting will follow.

The community planters have been put away for another year and we would like to thank the many folks who assisted by watering through this hot and dry summer.   Thanks again to Carolyn Gomez for coordinating this for SMCA.

As I mentioned in April’s message, the City of Calgary would be installing a crosswalk light warning system at the intersection of Sandstone Dr. and Sandstone Hill.  The construction has been completed and the timing is great given many of us will soon be traveling to and from work and school in the dark.  In February 2013, Rachel Wong, a resident of Sandstone, was crossing the street at this intersection when she was struck and killed by a motorist.

Remembrance Day is November 11th and because it is on a Saturday this year more families will be able attend one of the many ceremonies that will take place in and around Calgary to recognize this important date. The first world war formally ended at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Please take the time for two minutes of silence at 1100 am in honor of all those who fought and lost their lives fighting for their country.

We are heading into winter and the volunteers who maintain the two rinks throughout the winter will be busy preparing for another skating season!  There will be a call out for volunteers to assist with the rinks so please consider offering a couple of hours a week to assist.  We had a great turn out of young families using both rinks last year and hope to see more of you this year!

Given the great response we have had from the community we will be putting up Christmas lights at both rinks again this year.

Please go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your SMCA memberships online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.  Those who purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

OCTOBER 2017

Sandstock 2017 was another great success thanks to the Bow River Band and the vendors.  A very special thanks to the following sponsors: City of Calgary, Vivo, Councillor Sean Chu, MLA Karen McPherson and Purr Energy. It takes many volunteers to make the event a success, however one volunteer stands out. Trevor Bacon is the coordinator of Sandstock and he worked tirelessly to ensure everything was planned to perfection. The SMCA board would like to thank Trevor for his ongoing commitment to this event.

Fire Prevention week is from October 8-14, 2017 and the theme this year is ‘Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out’! Get your kids involved by helping test your smoke detectors and practice your fire escape plan so they learn to appreciate the importance of maintenance and safe planning. Check out the National Fire Prevention website at http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week-2.

Did you happen to notice the posters for The Backpack Program this summer?  The Berkshire Citadel Church was seeking donations to support 50 students in need with new backpacks, lunch kits and school supplies.   The Sandstone MacEwan Community Association assisted with this program and they ultimately helped 86 students from low income families!  Given the great support for this initiative, the Church plans to continue this program in 2018 and would like to help 100 students.

The Play Café started up again September 12 and is a fun, informal place for parents/caregivers to bring their children from ages 0-5 every Tuesday from 0930-1130. There are toys available for all ages, crafts and snacks and of course tea and coffee for the adults. The address is 222 Sandarac Drive NW.

Fall is a great time of year as the trees start to turn, leaves fall and gardeners harvest the last of their yields.  This year we have the green carts to use for all our food, yard and pet waste.  The City of Calgary will be selling compost to recover some costs for this program but also there will be a portion of free compost available community gardens and Calgarians starting in the spring of 2018.

Speaking of the green carts, are you having a hard time remembering which day they come to collect the black, blue and green carts?  Do what I do and see what the neighbors are doing or download the Calgary Garbage Day app!

Our SMCA Annual General Meeting is on November 21, 2017 at the Berkshire Citadel Church on Sandarac Drive at 7:00pm.

Please go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your SMCA memberships online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.  Those who purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

The Sandstone MacEwan Community Association meets the third Tuesday of every month from 700-900 pm and would welcome any newcomers.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

Where did the summer go? September is an exciting month of new challenges. Kids dressed in their new garb anxiously head into their next grade and navigate their way around new schools, classrooms and of course teachers.  Outside of the classrooms, they are busy trying out for their fall/winter activities and hoping they make “that team”.  Adults come out of their vacation slumber and begin to execute projects and expectations.

The skating oval at the Sandstone Park has been redone and the grass is nearly grown.  We have received many compliments on the improvements including folks honking and giving us the thumbs up as they see us watering.  Having the community show their appreciation for our efforts is very much appreciated.  As mentioned previously, Gary Habiak took care of flooding and clearing the oval for 30 years and this year he has decided to retire.  Brad Beckett is a long time Sandstone resident who has graciously agreed to assume responsibility for the rink.  The SMCA is always looking for volunteers to assist in watering the oval as well as the hockey rink so if you have time this winter please send us an email.

Vivo left a bin full of toys attached to the brown shed at the pleasure rink for kids to play with on their own this summer.  We’ve seen many photos of kids playing with the toys but we would love to see more if you want to forward any photos of the kids playing.

I am writing this letter in preparation of Sandstock (Music in the Park) 2017 so you can anticipate hearing all about the event in next month’s letter.

I want to give you plenty of time to think about attending our Annual General Meeting October 17, 2017 at the Berkshire Citadel Church on Sandarac Drive.  We want to keep building on the beautification of our communities so if you have some practical ideas you think we could implement please let us know.   I would love to hear from you if you have experience in writing grant proposals along with some time to dedicate towards this.  As mentioned previously, Darren Way our Past President moved on so we will be looking to fill a Directors position on the SMCA board. Contact me in advance if you are interested in learning more about the board.

Please go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your SMCA memberships online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.  Those who purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

We have hit over 600 likes on Facebook! A special thanks to Trevor Bacon for his excellent and timely posts as well as keeping our community sign updated. Let’s keep that number growing so don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

AUGUST 2017

A special thanks to those who helped us out at the Casino June 28 and 29! The funds we earned will assist us in the many activities and initiatives we have that benefit Sandstone and MacEwan residents for the next 18 months.

I hope your kids got a chance to play at the mobile skate park we had at the rink for two weeks.

Thanks to those who have adopted a community flower pot to water.  Our poor plants have taken a beating with the wild winds and we appreciate the extra watering that is required. A special thanks to Golden Acre Garden Centre for providing a discount to the SMCA for the purchase of the plants.  Contact Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com if you can assist with watering.

The SMCA supported four Neighbor Day parties this year and we hope to continue to build on this initiative.   If you want to host a neighbor or community event, the SMCA is happy to assist with sponsorship and support, just drop us an email.

Construction is near completion at the Sandstone Park on Sandstone Drive! Many people have taken the time to stop and thank us for the work we are doing and we really appreciate the feedback. The snow fence will remain around the oval to allow the grass seed to grow.  Thanks Brad Beckett for watering the area consistently!

Don’t forget to take the kids to the Vivo Play Ambassador Program at Sandstone Park this summer every Tuesday and Friday from 11:00-2:00 and every other Thursday from 5:00-8:00 starting the week of July 2nd.

With the June and July activities behind us our focus is now on SANDSTOCK (Music in the Park) August 20, 2017 from 100pm-500pm at the park on Sandstone Drive.  Plan to come out and be entertained by the very popular Bow River Band!  The first one hundred families with community memberships (can also purchase them on site) will receive free burgers and a drink (maximum six per family) along with other goodies. We will have commemorative Sandstock/Canada 150 t-shirts for sale for a very nominal price.   The Vivo play ambassadors will be on hand entertaining the kids during the show as well as at the intermission. Bring money because there will be an area for local craftspeople to sell their wares.  If you are interested in renting a table or volunteering at our event, contact Trevor Bacon at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Monsignor Neville Anderson is a year round school and their classes start August 3, 2017 so please be on the lookout for kids heading back to school.

Please go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your SMCA memberships online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.  Those who purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @sandstonemac. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

See you at Sandstock!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

JULY 2017

HAPPY CANADA 150 DAY TO YOU ALL!

What a crazy time June was for the SMCA. The Community Clean up on June 4th  was a huge success raising nearly $900.00 in cash and memberships!  Thanks to all who volunteered including the scouts and Beddington community members.  Sorry about the long line ups, we worked as fast as we could within the tight confines of the parking lot.  The take it/leave it area was a success again and next year we hope to have more bikes dropped off given the apparent need for bikes in this community.

June 6th was ride your bike to school day and we were at both elementary schools handing out SMCA reflectors and snap bands.  This year Andrew came with his EMS vehicle and the kids were thrilled to walk through, that is, once they realized he was there for show. A special thanks to EMS, Sean Chu for assisting in the sponsorship of the event, as well as Sven Stuwe for his unending support of this initiative, including offering bike clinics prior to the event. Finally, thanks to the administration of both MNA and SVS for their hands-on support as well as the teachers from Simon Fraser for coming to Simons Valley to ride with the diehards to school!

Community flower pots have been placed at various Sandstone/MacEwan entrances.  Email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com if you can assist with watering.

Neighbor Day parties and our SMCA Casino had yet to occur at newsletter deadline so I will update you next month on this.  Remember, if you want to host a community party, the SMCA is happy to assist with sponsorship and support, just drop us an email.

The Sandstone rink is a construction zone and once completed there will be a stone retaining wall surrounding the island and a new natural skating oval. We hope everything is completed for Sandstock (music in the park) August 20, 2017.  The 5th annual event will be bigger given we are celebrating CANADA 150.  Plan to come out and be entertained by the very popular Bow River Band!  There will be commemorative CANADA 150 t-shirts for SMCA members and volunteers along with other memorabilia.  Contact Trevor Bacon at info@sandstonemacewan.com if you would like to volunteer or purchase a table at this event.

The SMCA is proud to sponsor the 1st annual Gorrill Camp 3 on 3 ball hockey tournament at the hockey rink from July 8-9, 2017. For more information please look on our website, email Megan at gorrillscholarship@gmail.com or call 403-714-5612.

Please go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your SMCA memberships online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.  Those who purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @sandstonemac. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Have a safe and fun July!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

JUNE 2017

Happy belated Mother’s Day! I was so excited to highlight the events planned for June, I forgot about all of us moms! So, before I forget about Father’s Day, let me give a big shout out to all the dads out there!

The Ride Your Bike to School Day is Tuesday June 6 th , at various schools including Monsignor Neville Anderson and Simons Valley Elementary (SVE). We’ll be there handing out snap bands and reflectors to the kids wearing helmets. Last year SVE stored bikes in the gym as an overflow and for those who did not have bike locks. Sorry, I had the wrong date last month.

The Scouts have made great gains at the Pleasure Rink by cleaning up the island, removing old boards on the benches and picnic benches and spraying the frames. They are doing a fantastic job, and I’m sure by the next letter I will have excellent progress to report on.

I’m happy to announce a couple of neighborhoods in Sandstone and MacEwan have taken us up on the offer to sponsor their upcoming neighborhood party! If you are interested in hosting an event on Neighbor Day, June 17, or any date, please contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com and the SMCA board will be happy to support you with advertising, organizing, and a bit of cash as well as CANADA 150 memorabilia.

Darren Way, past president of SMCA, who is a long time resident and stalwart supporter of the Sandstone MacEwan Community Association will be moving to another part of Calgary. As he describes in his goodbye note in this newsletter, he found these communities to be a great place to raise a family and give back to the community. Darren is the type of volunteer who gives it all and he worked tirelessly for these communities and we need two or three volunteers to make up for his efforts. Thanks again Darren, we are going to miss you!

Speaking of volunteering, what are you doing June 28 and 29? Come help us out at the Casino! The SMCA is very fortunate to benefit from Casino fundraisers roughly every 18 months that allow us the operating funds to support our many community initiatives. Pinky Nantais is our Casino Director and can be reached at nantais@telus.net .

You will start to see the Planters being placed around the communities and once again we’ll be asking for volunteers to assist in watering the ones around your house. If you can assist, please contact Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com .

The SMCA is proud to sponsor the first annual Gorrill Camp 3 on 3 ball hockey tournament at the hockey rink from July 8-9, 2017. If you don’t play, make sure you stop by! For more information please look on our website, email gorrillscholarship@gmail.com or call 403-714-5612.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @sandstonemac. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com .

See you at the Community Clean Up!

Sue Coatham

President

president@sandstonemacewan.com

 

MAY 2017

Happy May! I hope your Easter was enjoyable and the kids left some chocolate for you to sample!

We started an upgrade at the pleasure rink last fall by building up the berm around the oval and installing power for the Christmas lights that were aglow throughout the season. Throughout the spring and summer, we will be continuing to beautify the area, including cleaning up the island and installing a new shed with a sitting area. The #224 Scouts troop will be assisting us with some of the improvements at the rink so please give them a honk and a wave when you see them working hard on the rink.

June is a very busy month for us in Sandstone MacEwan and I want to give you the heads up on our upcoming events.

Our SMCA annual Community Clean up is Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 355 Sandarac Dr NW from 0900-200pm.  We have secured collectors for waste and composting, electronics as well as metal recycling.  We will not accept the following goods: chemicals, paints, tires, or appliances.  Please show your appreciation for this convenience by offering cash donations that will be returned to the community.

We will have a “leave it/take it” area for goods you feel could be used by another family.  Bikes were very popular so please bring any unused bikes you may have to drop off.

Do your kids go to either Monsignor Neville Anderson (MNA) or Simons Valley Elementary (SVS)?  On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the SMCA board will be supporting both schools for the 2nd Ride Your Bike to School Day.  We will be on site to provide goodies to kids wearing helmets who have come to school on wheels. Get on your bike and ride to school with your kids!

Saturday, June 17, 2017 is Neighbor Day in Calgary, a good excuse for neighbors to come together. This could be in the form of a front yard barbeque, garden party, picnic, and so on to celebrate community spirit.  If you are interested in hosting an event on this date, or any date, please contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com and the SMCA board will be happy to support you with advertising, organizing, and a bit of cash as well as CANADA 150 memorabilia.

The SMCA is very fortunate to benefit from Casino fundraisers roughly every 18 months that allow us the operating funds to support our many community initiatives.   The proceeds we receive pay for the rinks, provide funds for Christmas hampers, the Scouts, Community Clean up, Sandstock and so on. This is a call out for volunteers and there are a variety of positions and shifts Wednesday June 28th and Thursday June 29th. Please take the time to meet and work alongside your neighbors to benefit the Sandstone MacEwan Communities.  Pinky Nantais is our Casino Director and can be reached at nantais@telus.net.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @sandstonemac. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President

president@sandstonemacewan.com