On behalf of Mayor and Council we would like to invite interested Magrath and area residents to attend a meeting at the Town office at 5:30 pm on Thursday, February 4th to help plan the Town’s upcoming Chautauqua event on August 11th. A four day regional tourism event will be occurring in Stirling, Magrath, Raymond and Cardston on successive nights starting this year, and we need to arrange a number of interesting events for the Magrath leg of what is expected to be an annual event involving each of our communities. (Chautauqua’s are historical events that typically include a combination of political, recreational, lifestyle, religious and related activities. Things that have been suggested for Magrath so far have been slip-scraper demonstrations, late 19th century political stump speakers, an old fashioned fishing derby, a sheep dog competition, and so on.) A major theatrical event will cap things off on Saturday, August 13th in Cardston, with earlier events being held in Stirling on August 10th, Magrath on August 11th, and Raymond on August 12th.
The Town of Magrath and Cardston County are participating in an intermunicipal trail planning activity being conducted by Oldman River Regional Planning Services Commission. The goal of this project is to provide an intermunicipal trail and recreation corridor that connects to the current historical and recreational trail loop on the south side of the Town and that eventually will completely surround the Town. Our goal is to provide an outstanding multipurpose recreation resource for both Town and County residents.
The majority of this trail network as currently conceived would be following existing Town of Magrath right-of-ways and could potentially extend along some segments of the former Galt Canal corridor on the southern and eastern edges of the community. The letter which follows is requesting feedback from potentially impacted area residents before recommendations are made on the potential routing of this corridor. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Planner, Ryan Dyck, or the Town office.
The Sustainable Agriculture Education Partnership (SAEP) was incorporated by the Town of Magrath in January 2016. This partnership was initiated by the Town of Magrath and Westwind School Division in collaboration with representatives from leading agriculture corporations, the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College. The capital portion of this project is also being supported by Cardston County.
The standalone Career and Technology Studies facility that is currently under construction near the high school will be housing the partnership both during and after completion of our schools modernization. The main goals of the SAEP are to develop curricula and programs that will enable young people to catch a higher vision of the future of global agriculture and that will encourage them to take up careers in the increasingly international and technology-dense agriculture sector. Its wider goal is to encourage the increasing diversification of our local and regional agricultural economy in collaboration with other regional private and public sector business and education partners. Adult education and specialized training are other areas of focus.
It is expected that this Magrath-based pilot project will eventually serve as a prototype for other similar initiatives throughout Western Canada and beyond. If you have questions about any aspect of this project, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of Council or call the Town office.