Notice of SAMA Open House

Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) will be conducting an open house on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at City Hall to meet individually with property owners to discuss their assessment.

[Wed June 7]
2017 Budget Release

The 2017 budget was a challenging budget requiring difficult decisions to be made to balance the budget while ensuring key programs such as infrastructure maintenance and repair and the transfer to infrastructure replacement are not compromised.

Melfort Skatepark

Quick facts about the Skatepark development process

·         June, 2016:  Council approves Phase 1 of the Spruce Haven Park Development, which includes a budget of $720,700 for the construction of a Skatepark and site servicing. See:  Press Release 

·         July, 2016:  An RFP is issued for the Skatepark Design and Development, which is awarded to New Line Skateparks Inc.


 Life of an Artist

Born in 1889 at Ridgeway, Iowa, to Norwegian pioneers, the fifth daughter of seven with a younger brother and four sisters, Olena came to a homestead 30 miles north of Watson, SK in 1911. Olena’s interest in sketching animals at a young age led to her being enrolled in a Lutheran college in Red Wing, Minnesota in 1907, where she learned oil painting (“Night Scene of Schooner”). She had previously taken a mail course doing a pen & ink and perspective exercise. Her father encouraged further schooling, so she went to the Winnipeg School of Art during 1914-15 where pencil studies of the human form were taught using plaster models (Julius Caesar, Laughing Boy, Nude Torso). Later she went there for a brief time when Lemoine Fitzgerald was Head in 1938 (Fitzgerald became an invited member of the Group of Seven). 
Boarding with her sister on the U of S campus, she was able to get lessons from Gus Kenderdine who had been appointed first art instructor (oil copies). Her first showing was held in Saskatoon. She exhibited oils “Winter” and “Autumn”, scenes from the farm. She attended Emma Lake summer school for three seasons. Instructors were Kenneth Lougheed, Arthur McCay, Rita Cowley, Mr. Wickenden, and Winona Mulcaster.  
In later winters at Edinburgh, Texas, she enjoyed doing street scenes in Mexico and some portraits in pencil. Retiring to Melfort, she continued to sketch, making notes on colors for future painting. 

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