Stavely library, agricultural society receives grant

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Two Stavely organizations received grants last month from the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta.

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Stavely Municipal Library received $6,500 F or information technology upgrades, and the Stavely and District Agricultural Society received $10,000 for renovations and upgrades to the Stavely Community Arena.

Bev Olsen, manager of Stavely City Library, said last week that the library needed a new router and switch, which are on order, before the system’s information technology team Chinook Arch Regional Library and the library service provider can upgrade to Supernet 2.0.

The upgrades will result in much faster Internet speeds for patrons using library computers, Olsen said.

“It will be much better for customers and staff, that’s for sure,” Olsen said.

The grant money is also used to purchase a new desktop computer for Olsen.

“My personal computer is the oldest here,” she said. “It’s way beyond the warranty – it was time to buy a new one.”

Dale Ohler, who gives grants to the agricultural society, said the grant from the community foundation will go towards painting the interior of the arena.

It’s a $60,000 project, Ohler said.

Volunteers have already painted the bleachers and M&M Painting has been hired to complete the painting project, which is expected to take six to eight months, Ohler said.

Fundraising for the painting and other projects has gone well over the past year, he said.

A 50-50 draw for a heifer raised more than $10,000 and two roast cooks raised about $4,000 each, Ohler said.

Another heifer raffle takes place in March.

The Stavely and District Agricultural Society is also considering several other projects, including fencing around the arena and signs for the interior of the arena, he said.

Lana T. Arthur