Bentley Community News: hundreds enjoyed Sacred Mass Choir

The eighteenth year of the Bentley Community Carol Night on Dec. 1, hosted by the Bentley Community Church, played to a packed crowd with some extra chairs being brought in.

The eighteenth year of the Bentley Community Carol Night on Dec. 1, hosted by the Bentley Community Church, played to a packed crowd with some extra chairs being brought in.

This year a special group, the Sylvan Lake Sacred Mass Choir, came with around 60 voices. Some Bentley area people were part of the choir.

They performed a number of pieces throughout a narration based on the traditional Christian story of the birth of Jesus.

The choir had started practicing in September, and after a busy Christmas season of numerous performances will disband for another year. Many of the members belong to other choirs that sing all year round though.

Other local performers including the Bentley United Church choir and some other community individuals had started off the program.

Refreshments were offered in the gymnasium afterwards.

Community van needs drivers

The Bentley Community Van Society needs volunteer drivers.

One regular driver they had has moved away from the community leaving a shortage of drivers for the regularly scheduled monthly Community Wellness Trips typically on the last Monday of each month with a time commitment of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. that travels between the two Red Deer malls. Other sojourns include things like Christmas trips to Red Deer and transportation to special functions including those right in the community.

The van society and Bentley Community Services work together to coordinate transportation opportunities for the community. The applicant needs a valid Class 5 driver’s license and the society will pay for the Driver’s Abstract that all driver’s need.

If you can help out, call Bentley Community Services at (403) 748-2160.

Bentley views NRCB complaints list

At the Bentley town council meeting of Nov. 25 it was reported that municipal revenue and expenditures to Oct. 31 were “pretty well on track.”

* A motion was made to support the proposal to have the Lacombe Regional Fire Service administer the new Joint Quality Management Plan. It will be a rewritten agreement originally signed back in 1995 with many other municipalities within the Lacombe County, and involves the administration of parts of the Safety Codes Act including the monitoring and reporting of the cause and origin of reportable fires. The proposal will go back to the regional board.

* A proposed subdivision of a big industrial lot into two parcels was received for information.

* Two new library board directors were approved as requested by the Bentley Municipal Library board – Bernice Cumming and Leanne Vig.

* It was deemed too preliminary to support any proposal from Sandy Point Golf and RV Resort at this time so correspondence was received for information only.

* A list of 113 complaints from April through October regarding Kingdom Farms hog farm was received from the NRCB Complaints Line. It seems there is nobody to investigate complaints as no one in government seems to know whose jurisdiction it falls under, but people are encouraged to keep phoning and reporting anyway in the hope that in the future something will be done.

* A letter of dissolution from the Bentley Citizen’s On Patrol Society was deemed premature. An attempt to rejuvenate and invigorate the society and its members will be made.

* When council came out of an in camera session a motion was passed to join with the Town of Lacombe and Lacombe County to revoke the Designation of Powers certificate as Safety Code Officer of the local Fire Chief. It pertains to the timely compliance of reporting requirements established under the Alberta Safety Codes Act and in no way affects any other part of the Fire Chief duties and/or authority. The issue will now go back to the Town of Lacombe and Lacombe County before a letter is sent to the Alberta Safety Codes Council.

* The next regular council meeting will be on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 6:45 p.m. in council chambers. All regular meetings are open to the public.

Is Bentley Hockeyville?

Bentley is entered in the Kraft Hockeyville Challenge this year. Top prize includes $100,000 with four more communities getting $25,000 from Kraft for arena upgrades.

Many Bentleyites, including some youth, have submitted pictures and stories to try to help Bentley become recognized as Hockeyville 2009.

People were invited to submit stories and pictures of why the community arena and hockey mean so much to them – and it didn’t have to be just hockey families that responded. The more and varying the stories the better. Submission deadline was Dec. 6.

To read Bentley’s anecdotes go to Kraft Hockeyville and search for Bentley.