By June Norvila
Bentley jr. high track
Athletes from the Bentley Junior High School competed at the Wolf Creek Track Meet in Ponoka and did quite well.
Erin Seater earned four firsts (triple jump, 100 m, 400 m, and 1500 m.) Other Grade 7s who competed were Jesse Rehbein who got a 2nd in the 400 m and Jessica Bolton who placed 3rd in javelin.
Grade 8s included Briar Gyori who finished 1st in the 800 m., 2nd in the 200 m. and the long jump, and 3rd in the 100 m. Shenelle McPhee was 1st in the hurdles, 2nd in the 100 m. and 3rd in the high jump. Stephanie Lenz was 3rd in the shot put and Randi Gordon got a 3rd in javelin.
For the Grade 8 boys, Kyle Turnbull was 1st in triple jump, and Jayce Rogers 2nd.
Bentley sr. high track and field
Nine Bentley senior high school athletes qualified at Zones in Camrose to compete at Provincials in Calgary.
These nine athletes were able to capture the Provincial 1A Banner for Bentley that had previously been won by the Foremost School since 1996 (12 years running).
Bentley won it by gaining the most overall points. With 16 competitors in each event, 16 points are awarded for each first place finish and ranging down to one point for a 16th place finish.
In the junior boys division, Dean Sanders (Grade 10) was 2nd in the high jump, 5th in the triple jump, 7th in the long jump, and also ran with Duncan Henry, Chance Abbott, and Dayne Dupuis in the 4 x 100 m relay where they placed 5th overall.
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Abbott also competed in the 800 m and Jace Poffenroth finished 7th in javelin.
Jessica Abt finished 7th in intermediate girls discus, while in the intermediate boys, Stephen McPhee earned seconds in the 100 m final, 200 m final, long jump, and discus.
Riley Poffenroth earned a 3rd in javelin and Bowen Fraser got 4th in shot put in the senior boys division.
With a total of 158 points, the Bentley team is the 2008 Provincial 1A Track and Field Champion. In second was Foremost with 80 points.
Elks delegation heard at Bentley council meeting
Two delegations were scheduled to appear at the regular Bentley town council meeting of June 24, but only one appeared. Chris Simpson, Exhaulted Ruler and spokesperson for the Bentley Elks Lodge #318, addressed council regarding what the Elks consider to be communication lapses between the town and the Elks organization. He cited some examples and stated the Elks organization feel they are “not receiving the respect and courtesy that we deserve” as an important charity in the community. He mentioned they have members from outside the Bentley area and try to support many community projects.
He questioned why some of the donations from the Elks to the town had been returned instead of being redirected to the appropriate place, and it was explained by Mayor Joan Dickau. The Elks would like acknowledgment and an accounting of how their funds are used.
Simpson asked about the current standing of the municipal Morrisroe Recreation campground, and was informed why the decision had been made by council to close it, and that it will remain closed for this year and possibly reopened if a suitable host/supervisor can be found for next season. He was also informed that an amendment to the campground by-law had been made to have the area open during the fair and rodeo.
He stated the Elks are willing to help finance the installation of power, water, or sewer etc. for a permanent site for a campground attendant.
Permission was given for the Elks to erect more signage that will help identify the hall. The Elks are considering needed maintenance to the back ramp of the Elks hall.
The town said they looking at problems with bricks coming loose and cracks and what needs to be done to address that hall issue.
Simpson said the organization wants to continue “moving forward for the common good” of the community and council agreed they want the same thing.
All issues brought forward by Simpson were addressed by council.
There were seven other Elks members in attendance at the time.
* After considering a request from the Bentley RevMasters Car Club for increased financial assistance to go towards the cost of putting on the 2008 August fireworks display that the club has coordinated for the past three years as part of the annual Bentley fair and rodeo, council agreed to increase the amount to $1,000 from the $600 contributed last year. The RevMasters had requested $2,000.
* The town is going to change engineering firms and agreed to sign a contract with Stantec Consulting Ltd. MPE Engineering will finish the Moore Subdivision project.
* It was time for the review of the curling rink building lease with the Bentley and District Ag Society. As no problems or issues had arisen with the agreement in the past, a motion was made to renew the lease for another five-year period with no changes, extending it to December 31, 2013.
* There was quite a discussion as to what to set the council remuneration mileage expense rates at and how to determine that rate with the rising/fluctuating fuel prices. A draft amendment will be prepared based on a percentage of the last fuel purchase price each month and presented at the next regular council meeting for council’s consideration. The current rate is $ .4725 per kilometer, and could rise to 50 percent of whatever the current gas price is.
The next regular town council meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 8 at 6:45 p.m. in council chambers. The public is welcome to sit in.