Local briefs – May 19

A master plan for Alto Reste Cemetery suggests almost $3 million in potential improvements.

Alto Reste reveals plans

A master plan for Alto Reste Cemetery suggests almost $3 million in potential improvements.

Among upgrades topping the list is a proposal to move the main entrance off Hwy 11 to Range Road 270.

Inside the cemetery, curved roads will allow for much better access for visitors.

By adopting a curvilinear layout, the cemetery will also be better suited to providing plots that can be oriented to specific directions, a requirement among various religious denominations, says the consultant’s report presented to city council on Monday.

To spruce up the cemetery, additional trees and bushes could be added, a decorative pond and bridge installed and interpretive areas spotted throughout the area.

A raised central plaza with fountain would also be built at the main entrance. An indoor chapel and columbarium is also proposed.

To meet changing burial tastes, it is also recommended that scattering and burial gardens be created for cremated remains and niches be designed in walls, plazas and sculpture bases for those remains. A weather-protected memorial chapel and mausoleum is also suggested.

The plan includes space for 1,030 full-size burial lots on the existing eight acres.

The total cost of all the improvements, including acquiring new land on the east and south sides of the cemetery, is estimated at $2.8 million and would be developed in a number of phases.

A plan to implement the improvements will be drawn up by the city’s Recreation, Parks and Culture Department. City council received the report as a planning tool.

Lacombe Seniors Week

A number of events are planned for Seniors’ Week in Lacombe, from June 6 to 10.

Activities include:

• A Seniors’ Fair at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be information booths and vendors. A fashion show starts at 11 a.m. and Ukrainian dancers will perform at 2 p.m. Admission is $3.

• CUC Gym is hosting a health and fitness information session on June 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A tour and refreshments will follow the information session.

• There will be an ice cream social and entertainment at the dining room at the Lacombe Hospital on June 7 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

• The Mary C. Moore Public Library will hold a come-and-go tea on June 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library will also offer half price memberships all week.

• Kozy Korner will host a strawberry tea and entertainment on June 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a $3 charge.

• The City of Lacombe will host a murals tour on June 9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. You can choose either a walking tour or a slideshow.

• The Lacombe Legion will host a musical program and offer refreshments on June 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.

• There will be an information session on fraud at Neighbourhood Place, located at 5102 50th Ave. in Lacombe, on June 10 at 10:30 a.m.

• The Lacombe Foundation will host a Seniors’ Garden Party at the Lacombe Senior Citizen Lodge on June 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.

A self-guided Art Collection Tour is available at the Lacombe Memorial Centre anytime during the week. Brochures can be picked up at the Seniors’ Fair, at the library or at Family and Community Support Services Lacombe and District.

The Lacombe Legion Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor free Handi-Van transportation to and from all of the above mentioned events within Lacombe.

Stettler man killed in crash

RCMP are still investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning near Morinville that claimed the lives of two men — Craig Atterbury, 21, of Stettler and Jason Johnson, 26, of Edmonton.

The collision occurred at around 6 a.m. on Range Road 235, east of Bon Accord and south of Hwy 28.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Mac Richards said the Morinville detachment was notified of the crash by a resident who lived near the scene and when emergency staff responded, both men were found dead, ejected from a 2006 Acura that had rolled off the road and come to rest on its side.

Richards said Morinville RCMP are still doing follow-up investigations and were waiting for the medical examiner’s report.

He also said he hadn’t been given a traffic analyst’s report, which will determine the car’s approximate speed and whether the men were wearing their seatbelts.

Richards said the road the men were travelling on was made of loose gravel and had a posted speed limit of 80 km/h. Morinville is 200 km north of Red Deer.

Suspect undergoes exam

A man charged with two robberies on the same day earlier this month remains in custody under psychiatric observation.

Adrian Bradley, 43, of Red Deer, reserved his plea on the two May 8 robberies and two counts of assaulting police officers when his lawyer appeared in Red Deer provincial court.

Patty MacNaughton said her client remains in the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre psychiatric unit.

She reserved his plea until June 1.

Red Deer RCMP said earlier a man robbed a Red Deer Husky gas station and then attempted to rob a city 7-Eleven food store.

The suspect, armed with a knife, held up a clerk at the Husky gas station and made off with $300.

The suspect is alleged to have used a knife again in an attempt to rob the 7-Eleven later in the day but failed.

The two charges of assaulting a peace officer are alleged to have occurred at the Red Deer Remand Centre.

Crown combines charges

The federal Crown has now combined cocaine drug dealing charges and possession of suspected drug money against two Red Deer men.

Jesse Jay David Sumner, 26, and James Stewart Clark, 46, both of Red Deer, reserved their pleas until June 9 when they appeared in provincial court on Wednesday.

Sumner is charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of more than $5,000 in cash suspected of being the proceeds of crime.

Clark faces the same drug charges and is also charged with obstructing a police officer.

Police said earlier that two men were charged with crack cocaine possession after their minivan failed to stop at a red light on March 28.

At about 1:30 p.m., Red Deer City RCMP saw drugs inside the vehicle. Both occupants were arrested without incident.