Thorsby Hotel and Bar celebrates 90 years

MLA discovers set of 1965 plates for his wife’s Corvair

One of the great things about being an MLA is getting to meet and eventually serve your constituents.

Over the past three weeks I have had so many opportunities to celebrate special events with constituents.

The Calmar parade and the gigantic flea market down main street has become one of the things I most enjoy attending. Many of you have seen the little red 1965 Corvair my wife drives in all of the parades across the constituency. So it was a lot of fun to discover in the antique store in Calmar an old set of 1965 Alberta license plates that are even red and white that can now adorn my parade car.

There are not many businesses in this constituency that can claim to have been in business for 90 years. So it was an amazing night spent celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Thorsby Hotel and Bar. There was great music, lots of people and it was so interesting to see some of the old pictures of the hotel over the years, especially the picture of the Thorsby Men’s baseball team taken in the hotel.

Just the other day I went down to where the oil spill south of Drayton Valley occurred. No one wants to see an oil spill, especially one that affects a creek that feeds the North Saskatchewan River but I was so proud of the clean-up effort I saw going on. The scope of the effort taken to clean up what in comparison to some of the spills we have read about is a relatively small spill was impressive. The booms, skimmers and clean-up crews, the vac trucks and oversight by the AER all of these people and agencies were working together and getting the job done. It made me proud to be part of the best, most environmentally responsible oil industry anywhere in the world. Good job guys!

I also had the pleasure this past week of attending the media event for EAVOR an Alberta energy company drilling a deep well geo-thermal pilot project near Rocky Mountain House. Several hundred attendees saw two rigs two and a half kilometers apart drill two wells 2.5 kilometres deep and then drill laterally and connect the two bore holes together to create a continuous loop that will collect the heat of the earth. I don’t believe that the expertise and technology exists anywhere else in the world to do this and should the technology prove successful then the first commercial geo-thermal electrical project is slated to begin sometime in the next year in Drayton Valley.

We live in an amazing province and this constituency has so much going for it and it is a privilege to represent you inside and outside of the Legislature.

Mark Smith is MLA for the Drayton-Devon constituency and writes a regular column for The Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer.

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