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Local group plans on growing St. Anthony

A group of professionals from St. Anthony have joined forces to create StACIA, the St. Anthony Community Involvement Association. Some of the members include, in no particular order, Andrea Pittman, Dr. Lauren Smithson, Natalie Hughes, Ryan Patey, Sevan Amirkhanian, Brad Simms, Lorna Patey, Alana Murray and Michele Shears-Rumbolt.
A group of professionals from St. Anthony have joined forces to create StACIA, the St. Anthony Community Involvement Association. Some of the members include, in no particular order, Andrea Pittman, Dr. Lauren Smithson, Natalie Hughes, Ryan Patey, Sevan Amirkhanian, Brad Simms, Lorna Patey, Alana Murray and Michele Shears-Rumbolt.

There is much potential for growth for the Town of St. Anthony, at least according to a new local organization.

The St. Anthony Community Involvement Association, or StACIA (prononced Stacia), consists of local professionals who have a keen interest in promoting the local area.

The acronym StACIA was fitting, said Lauren Smithson, one of the members.

The name Stacia means visible outer and inner beauty. The organization wants to help promote St. Anthony as such, one that is aesthetically pleasing, but also one that has plenty to offer visitors and locals outside the traditional views of icebergs and whales.

With a few meetings under their belt, the members have started to create some ideas on what they would like to see the local area promote, and have begun organizing events.

The first was a Mummers Run on Boxing Day

Members are advocating for projects that will be beneficial to the town.

For example, during a meeting in December, the idea of more local signage was one all they all agreed with.

A major issue, they said, was the lack of ability to find local hiking trails, because of lack of signage or maps to indicate exactly where they begin or how long they are.

Another thing they would like is a large "eye" sign in front of the Grenfell Interpretation Centre, where the tourism information is found.

"We need a giant eye that everyone knows is information," said Smithson.

They group would also like to see an old building on the outside of town spruced up, perhaps through a mural competition for high school students, to help get them involved.

The group is also keen on physical fitness and recreation. There's a local baseball diamond, a basketball court, tennis courts and a soccer field. All are in rough but working condition.

The group suggests a multipurpose field could be useful for any sport or game.

With the former elementary school in the area torn down, Smithson noted the area where it once stood would make a great location. However, said the school board has declined, opting for a green space instead.

Member Ryan Patey, an avid biker, says he has heard from other bikers and tourists that bike trails would be an asset to entice people to the region during the summer. A bike rental venture was also discussed, to help boost the economy.

The idea was to bring more young people to the area, since many of the visitors are part of seniors' bus tours. Expanding the options for younger people could boost local tourism, Patey said.

The group consists of a doctor, nurses, occupational therapists, a minister and other professionals, representing many different backgrounds. They hope their knowledge and experience can help make the group successful.

The group has launched a website as well, www.stacia.exartum.ca, and they can be reached at stanthonycia@hotmail.com for details on projects or ideas.

The St. Anthony Community Involvement Association, or StACIA (prononced Stacia), consists of local professionals who have a keen interest in promoting the local area.

The acronym StACIA was fitting, said Lauren Smithson, one of the members.

The name Stacia means visible outer and inner beauty. The organization wants to help promote St. Anthony as such, one that is aesthetically pleasing, but also one that has plenty to offer visitors and locals outside the traditional views of icebergs and whales.

With a few meetings under their belt, the members have started to create some ideas on what they would like to see the local area promote, and have begun organizing events.

The first was a Mummers Run on Boxing Day

Members are advocating for projects that will be beneficial to the town.

For example, during a meeting in December, the idea of more local signage was one all they all agreed with.

A major issue, they said, was the lack of ability to find local hiking trails, because of lack of signage or maps to indicate exactly where they begin or how long they are.

Another thing they would like is a large "eye" sign in front of the Grenfell Interpretation Centre, where the tourism information is found.

"We need a giant eye that everyone knows is information," said Smithson.

They group would also like to see an old building on the outside of town spruced up, perhaps through a mural competition for high school students, to help get them involved.

The group is also keen on physical fitness and recreation. There's a local baseball diamond, a basketball court, tennis courts and a soccer field. All are in rough but working condition.

The group suggests a multipurpose field could be useful for any sport or game.

With the former elementary school in the area torn down, Smithson noted the area where it once stood would make a great location. However, said the school board has declined, opting for a green space instead.

Member Ryan Patey, an avid biker, says he has heard from other bikers and tourists that bike trails would be an asset to entice people to the region during the summer. A bike rental venture was also discussed, to help boost the economy.

The idea was to bring more young people to the area, since many of the visitors are part of seniors' bus tours. Expanding the options for younger people could boost local tourism, Patey said.

The group consists of a doctor, nurses, occupational therapists, a minister and other professionals, representing many different backgrounds. They hope their knowledge and experience can help make the group successful.

The group has launched a website as well, www.stacia.exartum.ca, and they can be reached at stanthonycia@hotmail.com for details on projects or ideas.

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