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A Year in Review: February

Here are a few highlights from over the past year.

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SPARC members pose for a photo outside Bethany Sylvan Lake along with the numerous gifts they collected for seniors. (Photo Submitted)

SPARC Parent Association brings holiday cheer to Sylvan Lake seniors

SPARC brought gifts to staff and residents at Bethany Sylvan Lake and the Sylvan Lake Lodge

  • Dec 24, 2020
SPARC members pose for a photo outside Bethany Sylvan Lake along with the numerous gifts they collected for seniors. (Photo Submitted)
Some locals watch the parade as it made its way down Lakeshore Drive, Tuesday night. The Santa Cruise was put together at the last minute by Al Cameron and Jay Scotian. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

Santa Cruises through Sylvan Lake

Local businesses decorated their vehicles an slowly strolled through town for a mini Santa Parade

Some locals watch the parade as it made its way down Lakeshore Drive, Tuesday night. The Santa Cruise was put together at the last minute by Al Cameron and Jay Scotian. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News
Christmas Bureau volunteers work diligently to finish packing up bags and hampers before they all had to be delivered in time for Christmas. (Photo Courtesy of Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau)

100 Women Who Care collect funds for Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau

The organization donated more than $6,000 to the Christmas Bureau

Christmas Bureau volunteers work diligently to finish packing up bags and hampers before they all had to be delivered in time for Christmas. (Photo Courtesy of Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau)
The Saarela children, Kaycen, Kyptin, Krimzyn and Kinzley (from left to right), pose for a photo in front of their Christmas Tree. The family are preparing to handout hot chocolate bombs to the winners of this year’s Light Fight. (Photo by Megan Roth/Eckville Echo)

Eckville family gives out prizes for best holiday decorations

The Saarela family encourages everyone to participate in Light Fight to spread Christmas cheer

The Saarela children, Kaycen, Kyptin, Krimzyn and Kinzley (from left to right), pose for a photo in front of their Christmas Tree. The family are preparing to handout hot chocolate bombs to the winners of this year’s Light Fight. (Photo by Megan Roth/Eckville Echo)
The natural ice skating rinks on Sylvan Lake opened officially on Dec. 19, and if you are there after the sun sets you will get a special surprise placed in the ice itself. (Photo Submitted)

Sylvan Lake rink open in time for Christmas

The skating rinks on the lake opened officially on Dec. 19

The natural ice skating rinks on Sylvan Lake opened officially on Dec. 19, and if you are there after the sun sets you will get a special surprise placed in the ice itself. (Photo Submitted)
3-year-old Nathaniel O’Blenis holding the chocolate bear that Gary the garbage man gave him. Photo/ Amanda O’Blenis.
 3-year-old Nathaniel O’Blenis holding the chocolate bear that Gary the garbage man gave him. Photo/ Amanda O’Blenis.

Wetaskiwin boy tracks down his favourite garbage man to give him a Christmas gift

Community gets behind local Wetaskiwin mom and son in their quest to find Gary the garbage man.

3-year-old Nathaniel O’Blenis holding the chocolate bear that Gary the garbage man gave him. Photo/ Amanda O’Blenis.
 3-year-old Nathaniel O’Blenis holding the chocolate bear that Gary the garbage man gave him. Photo/ Amanda O’Blenis.
Photo by Andrea Swainson

Sounds of the Season: Together in Song

A virtual Christmas Concert by local performers presented by Sylvan Lake News

Photo by Andrea Swainson
Photo/ Facebook: Samson Cree Nation

Santa visits Maskwacis with the help of Maskwacis RCMP

Maskwacis RCMP assisted Santa on his mission to hand out toys to the children of Maskwacis.

Photo/ Facebook: Samson Cree Nation
Deb Weins has decorated a photo backdrop in her front yard where passersby can stop for a moment and take a photo an capture a memory. Examples of the photos taken at the set up can be viewed on Facebook at Catch Your Memories on Herder Drive. (Photo Submitted)

Sylvan Lake home offers a Christmas-y photo backdrop on their front lawn

Deb Weins has created a Christmas backdrop to photos, and situated it in her yard for all to use

Deb Weins has decorated a photo backdrop in her front yard where passersby can stop for a moment and take a photo an capture a memory. Examples of the photos taken at the set up can be viewed on Facebook at Catch Your Memories on Herder Drive. (Photo Submitted)
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Sylvan Lake Municipal Library closed, but services continue

The library will be closed for the next four weeks, but programs and services are still available

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Nova Chemicals employee Olivia loads food boxes to be dropped off to the residents of Amethyst House on Dec.7. (Photo contributed)

Nova Chemicals Joffre Site shares holiday magic with local donations

The Joffre site Employee Social club supported various central Alberta non-profits this holiday season

Nova Chemicals employee Olivia loads food boxes to be dropped off to the residents of Amethyst House on Dec.7. (Photo contributed)
The home of Ramie and Alexis Tucker, located at 97 Lakeway Blvd., is a brightly lit holiday spectacle, one the locals look forward to every year. (Photo Submitted)

Brightly lit Sylvan Lake house a local holiday tradition

Locals look forward to the holiday spectacle put together every year at Ramie and Alexis Tucker’s

The home of Ramie and Alexis Tucker, located at 97 Lakeway Blvd., is a brightly lit holiday spectacle, one the locals look forward to every year. (Photo Submitted)
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Sylvan Lake’s lighthouse: one of the only inland lighthouse between the Pacific Coast and Lake Winnipeg

The Sylvan Lake Rotary Club is selling a limited number of granite stones around the lighthouse

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The Community Spirit Tree, located in Lions Park. (Photo Submitted)

Town of Sylvan Lake introduces a new holiday initiative: Community Spirit Tree

The Community Spirit Tree is located on the south corner of Lions Park

The Community Spirit Tree, located in Lions Park. (Photo Submitted)
Those who participated in the 2019 Merry Christmas Bureau Skills Camp pose for a photo with the gifts they donated to the Christmas Bureau. This year the hockey camp is once again accepting donations, though the skills camp will be held at a later date. (Photo Submitted)

Sylvan Lake Hockey Camp accepting toy donations in exchange for skills camp

The local organization is holding its second annual Hockey for a ‘Claus’ fundrasier this weekend

Those who participated in the 2019 Merry Christmas Bureau Skills Camp pose for a photo with the gifts they donated to the Christmas Bureau. This year the hockey camp is once again accepting donations, though the skills camp will be held at a later date. (Photo Submitted)
Tom Ford poses for a photo alongside some of the fruit cake which was made using his super secret recipe. ford has been making and selling the Christmas cake for 19 years, but since moving into the Manor he agreed to allow ladies at the United Church to make it for him. (Photo by Leah Bousfield)

Rimbey United Church keeping local holiday tradition alive

A small group of women worked with Tom Ford to bake and sell his holiday fruit cakes this year

Tom Ford poses for a photo alongside some of the fruit cake which was made using his super secret recipe. ford has been making and selling the Christmas cake for 19 years, but since moving into the Manor he agreed to allow ladies at the United Church to make it for him. (Photo by Leah Bousfield)
Vesta Energy employees donated boxes of groceries, worth $567, to the Sylvan Lake Food Bank through the RCMP’s “Give RCMP the Bird” campaign. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

A stunting ticket worth of groceries donated to Sylvan Lake Food Bank

Vesta Energy donated $567 worth of groceries to food bank through “Give RCMP the Bird” campaign

Vesta Energy employees donated boxes of groceries, worth $567, to the Sylvan Lake Food Bank through the RCMP’s “Give RCMP the Bird” campaign. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News
The Grinch keeps a close eye on a little girl dressed as reindeer as she came with her family to get a tree for their home. (Photo Submitted)

Sylvan Lake’s Trilliant’s Trees 4 Treasures raises almost $7,000

Roughly 40 trees were sold during the annual event fundraising for Central Alberta’s Outreach Centre

The Grinch keeps a close eye on a little girl dressed as reindeer as she came with her family to get a tree for their home. (Photo Submitted)
Ecole Steffie Woima School. (Photo Courtesy of Chinooks Edge School Division)

Steffie Woima School Council hosting drive-thru fundraiser for Sylvan Lake charities

The school council wil be accepting donations to the Sylvan Lake Food Bank and Christmas Bureau

Ecole Steffie Woima School. (Photo Courtesy of Chinooks Edge School Division)