Upgrades For The Ma-Me-O Community Hall

Pipestone Flyer

Diana McQueen,Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development presenting a $50,000 cheque to Pete Langelle, Chairman of the Ma-Me-O Beach Recreation Society for the upgrades to the Ma-Me-O Beach Community Hall

Submitted by Pete Langille

    The Ma-Me-O Community Hall is a central important part of the community and has a long and colorful history particularly during the sixties when weekend dances would attract as many as 1,000 people to the Summer Village. Needless to say, but security during those dances was paramount with bouncers in the hall and police outside. Today, the hall serves to host a flea market every Sunday, May long weekend to the September long weekend, Remembrance Day services, Meetings, Wedding receptions, Firemen’s Breakfast and yes, Dances during the summer.

    In 1945 some of the Ma-Me-O beach property owners formed an association called the “Ma-Me-O Community Association” and held a meeting each year to elect an executive committee and discuss community affairs. From all accounts the association did a first class job. In 1947 The Association bought a few lots and contracted with Mr.George Wilkie to build the hall in accordance with the regulations governing Community Hall construction. The cost was $4,000. In return Mr. Wilkie was to pay the Association 5% of the rental fees. It was barebones, no insulation or facilities. Out houses served as restrooms and generators provided electricity. For many years the hall was also the movie theatre.

    Ma-Me-O Beach was chartered as a Summer Village in December 1948 and the Association Bought the hall from Mr. Wilkie in 1952 and as one of its last acts turned the Hall and Land over to the new Summer Village of Ma-Me-O Beach. Power also came to the Village in the early 50’s.

During the time 1952-1970’s the high summer activity funded the addition of restrooms, a kitchen, insulation and a Seniors Centre as well as a Summer Village Office. The Hall is now beginning to show signs of deterioration and needs to be upgraded.

    This $50,000 Grant, from lottery funds, along with money from the Village and the seniors totalling $100,000 will go a long way to provide the upgrades needed and required to see the Community Hall serve the community long into the future

Just Posted

County of Wetaskiwin assumes control of weed-problem property

Council voted ‘reclamation’ of Von Arx’ property at June 6 meeting

AMBER ALERT: Alert cancelled after child located safe and unharmed

Alert cancelled after child located safe and unharmed

Donation provides City of Wetaskiwin residents with free reusable bags

John Maude and Susan Quinn Charitable Foundation donated $15,000 to city

City of Wetaskiwin receives finalized rural homelessness report

Fifty percent of respondents felt their housing situation was unstable

County of Wetaskiwin tweaks policy for collecting unpaid firefighting bills

Unpaid firefighting fees can be added to tax bill after certain court process

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Calgary man facing charges after B.C. police service dog aids in arrest

Heavy police presence results in PSD Jagger finding suspect

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Wildfires have forced more than 9,000 people from homes in northern Alberta

People in other communities remain on evacuation alert and could be told to leave quickly

Pride divided: Edmonton leadership under pressure as LGBTQ community looks to future

Most of the conflict can be traced back to 2016 Toronto Pride when Black Lives Matter staged a protest

Federal cabinet ministers visit Edmonton, Calgary, in wake of TMX approval

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is set to visit Trans Mountain Corp.’s terminal in Edmonton

Statistics Canada reports annual pace of inflation rises in May to 2.4%

Transportation prices gained 3.1 per cent as the cost of air transportation added 8.9 per cent

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

High Level on alert, as wildfires put more people on the run in northern Alberta

Thousands in High Level were just allowed back home, and now must get ready to leave again

Most Read