Local briefs – Aug 1

Red Deer residents are invited to learn more about a multimillion-dollar project that will improve and expand water treatment.

Water plant project meeting

Red Deer residents are invited to learn more about a multimillion-dollar project that will improve and expand water treatment.

Construction of a new water intake and screen building will begin late next week.

Red Deerians can hear more about the project during a session from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre at 4620 47A Ave. Visitors will see the design, plus learn of the environmental considerations, construction issues and benefits of the project.

The city recently received $2.3 million from Ottawa with matching dollars from the province. The remaining $16 million is recovered through water rates.

Mayor Morris Flewwelling said earlier that the new intake will allow the city plant to receive water in greater quantities and the water will be easier to treat because of the newer technology.

People who needs transportation assistance are urged to call the Red Deer Transit Action Bus, at 403-309-8400, no later than noon on Wednesday.

For more information on the water project, call the city’s Environmental Services Department at 403-342-8750.

Viking ship coming to city

An authentic replica of a Viking ship from around 850 AD will be on display at the Norwegian Laft Hus in Heritage Square on Aug. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Known as Freydis Joanna, the ship took eight months to build, using replica tools, at the boat yard of the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark. It is 6.5 metres in length and 1.4 metres wide and made of oak and fir.

The ship has been acquired by the Danish Canadian National Museum in Dickson. A donation from the estate of Karen Sommer made it possible. Karen came to Canada from Denmark with her husband Kresten and children in 1957. She left $40,000 to the museum in her will to be used for something special.

The original of this ship was found near Oslo, Norway, as part of a larger collection of boats. It was thought that sometime around 900 AD a Viking of significant wealth and importance died and was buried with rich grave goods, including multiple ships.

The boat was christened and launched in Roskilde, Denmark, on April 1. The ship is named Freydis after the sister of Leif the Lucky, the leader of the Vikings who came to L’Anse Aux Meadows more than 1,000 years ago. The name Joanna was the second name of Karen Sommer and many of the female members of the Sommer family.

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