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It’s back to school time! Some quick safety tips!

Fri, 26 Aug by Sonia Tarabay


It’s that time of year again when everyone is uttering those three words nearly every child dreads: back to school. As summer holidays wrap up in Sherwood Park for another year, it’s important for everyone to be mindful of the great children of the community and take some safety precautions.

One important thing is for drivers to remember that school zones are in effect once again. While the schools have been absent of children for the past couple months, they’ll soon be crawling with kids, so stay alert. All school zones in Strathcona County have a speed limit of 30 km/h and they are in effect on school days from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., then from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., and again from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Playground zones will remain in effect as well. They are also 30 km/h zones and start at 8:30 a.m. and run until one hour after sunset.

If you are dropping your child off at school, be sure to learn the school’s rules for picking up and dropping off. Also be sure to watch for crosswalks and obey all crossing guards. It’s important to remember that pedestrians have the right of way in a crosswalk.

School buses will also be back on the road and they require caution. If you see alternating flashing yellow or amber lights, that means the bus is slowing down and you should do the same. If you see a bus with a flashing red light, you must stop! Passing a school bus with its red lights on will net you a $543 fine and six demerit points. School buses use red lights and stop signs in rural areas of Strathcona County and residential estate areas.

Back to school is an exciting time for many kids (and many parents too I’m sure!) so let’s make sure it is safe for everyone!

Warmest regards,



Sonia’s Summer Surprise Contest Winner!

Tue, 09 Aug by Sonia Tarabay


Congratulations to Gwen H. and her beautiful family for winning the Sonia Summer Surprise Contest! Gwen won the contest by commenting on my Facebook post telling everyone what her favourite summer activity is in Sherwood Park. She and her family love to explore all of the green spaces and parks in Strathcona County both on foot and on bike. Check out her reaction to winning the prize!

Gwen was very excited to win the prize pack which includes a $200 gift certificate for Festival Place and a $200 gift certificate for Wild Wing. For years, Festival Place has been bringing in amazing acts of all genres to Sherwood Park and it’s one of my favourite spots to catch both local and international acts. With 101 flavours, Wild Wing is the best place in Sherwood Park for chicken wings! They also have a full menu of burgers, wraps and much more and are a great place for a fun family supper or to watch your favourite sports!

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and told me about your favourite Sherwood Park summer activities. The activities were so inspiring – everything from shopping at one of the several farmer’s markets, to spending hot afternoons at the spray park or relaxing on your deck with a glass of wine in the evening. We’re very blessed to live in a family friendly community with so much to do!

Congrats Gwen and enjoy your prize!


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