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Commercial Area Rezoning Public Hearing: July 7, 1:30 pm

An application has been made to change the zoning in the Griesbach Commercial area, at Gault Blvd and Griesbach Parade, to allow construction of a 6-story medium-rise, multi-unit apartment complex.

Griesbach residents are invited to attend  public hearing to share their opinions on the project. If you object, this is your opportunity to have your voice heard. With Covid-19 restrictions in place, the hearing will be conducted remotely. You can provide feedback either by requesting to speak or by submitting written comments in advance.

Register to speak remotely: Click Here to fill out the form

Written comments must be submitted to the City Clerk prior to 11:00 pm on July 6, 2020.

email: city.clerk@edmonton.ca
fax: 780.496.8175

The application has two components. The first is a rezoning: the applicant proposes to rezone the property from the Griesbach Village Centre Zone (GVC) to a proposed new zone, the Griesbach Medium Rise Apartment Zone (RA8g).

 

City Council Public Hearing Date:
Tuesday July 7, 2020, 1:30 pm
Reference File Number: LDA19-0486

Planner: Email Carla Semeniuk or call 780-496-1582 for more information

For details, we’ve attached the copy of the notice that was mailed to residents (links below).

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NEZ Baseball Season Cancelled

Baseball Alberta has announced that it will be cancelling the upcoming season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Below is the letter from Baseball Alberta, and their proposed refund policy.
“Baseball Alberta’s Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel ALL in-person Baseball Alberta sanctioned events and activities until September 1, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

With the current Provincial Health orders and restrictions in place, such as social distancing, gathering limits and limitations on non-essential travel along with numerous municipal closures, we deemed this to be the best course of action to ensure the safety of our membership. The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans was our main priority in arriving at this difficult decision.

This is a very fluid situation and is subject to change as new information becomes available. Baseball Alberta is currently developing return-to-train protocols to allow for the resumption of in-person baseball activities once it is deemed safe to do so.”

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On May 15 an update from the Government of Alberta included:

“The Government of Alberta has announced Alberta’s relaunch strategy, with Stage 1 providing some additional outdoor recreation opportunities. The City of Edmonton is following the Alberta Government’s Guidance for Outdoor Recreation which, among other points, notes the following:

  • Municipalities may choose to open fields, playgrounds and courts for public use, but league play is not permitted.
  • Activities in public spaces should not include the sharing of common equipment, unless the individuals are from the same household.

 Baseball diamonds and soccer fields in park spaces are open to the public for casual use in accordance with Alberta Health direction and guidelines whereby users must adhere to 2 metre physical distancing rules, ensuring gatherings are kept to 15 people or less, and should not include the sharing of common equipment unless the individuals are from the same household.”

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Unfortunately with this latest announcement Northeast Zone Baseball has no choice but to follow the guideline of our governing body and the guidelines of Alberta Health and the Province of Alberta.  We are now declaring the 2020 regular baseball season cancelled.  All participants who have paid a registration fee will be entitled to a full refund.

What we propose is that we do not actually refund your money but rather hold it as a credit for Fall Ball, Camps & Clinics or to use towards next years registration fee.  If we hold your funds and registration fees for next season increase we would accept your childs’ registration at this years registration rate.

Many of you paid online and the cost to Northeast Zone for Point of Sale fees is substantial.  If we refund online that cost to NEZ doubles so we have already decided to refund by cheque rather that POS.   If you prefer to have a refund now, please send an email to nezsports@telus.net.  Include your childs’ name and the name you would like the cheque made out to.  Please also include your mailing address.

If you opt to allow us to hold your funds and your child does not play next season with NEZ, you will still be entitled to a full refund.

Now for some more hopeful information…..

NEZ Baseball together with Technical Director John Sutherland and Performance Director Patrick Spzak are working on Alternative Summer Programming like the Padres Virtual Summer Performance Program.  Information on summer programing will be sent out as soon as plans are finalized.  Hopefully some “Sand Lot” style play will be possible as Baseball Alberta works with the provincial health authorities on a “Return to Train” proposal.  And we are planning to play Fall Ball and to host our regular Fall & High Performance Programs and Community Winter Camps as part of the “Return to Play” approval expected on or after September 1.

And remember the situation is very fluid.  Stay tuned, stay safe and have a great summer.

Franco Family French Bread

Submit your recipe for Victory Bites: The Griesbach Community Cookbook. Here is our first submission, courtesy of Kelsey Franco. For more information, read this article or click here to submit your recipe and photo.

Franco Family French Bread

This is one of our favorite and definitely most-utilized recipes.  We make fresh bread weekly – there’s nothing like it!  This recipe can easily be adapted to make hamburger, hot dog, torpedo, or smokies buns (which can come in handy during isolation when spontaneous ideas might arise during the weeks – especially when trying to limit shopping trips).  Just be sure to keep a close eye on them in the oven, cooking time can be reduced by up to half with smaller buns.

Big loaves make for great sandwich bread, garlic toasts, or even just enjoyed with a dash of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.

May your homes be filled with delicious aromas and flavors, and your bread baskets always full!

Ingredients:

  • 2 & ¼ C warm water
  • 2 Tbsp honey (try buying local, unpasteurized honey!
  • 1 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast (can be made at home if experiencing local shortages – seek tutorials)
  • ¾ Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 5-6 C All purpose flour (can substitute whole wheat or blend half & half)

 

Directions:

Mix honey into warm water, and then add yeast.  Let stand and activate, about ten minutes, until foamy at the top, and then add Olive Oil & mix.

In a separate bowl, mix 3 C of flour with the salt, and then add yeast mixture.  Stir to combine, and then add the rest of the flour until the dough is firm and no longer too sticky to knead.  Knead 10 minutes or so.

Cover a large bowl with (olive-oiled) saran wrap and let dough rise inside, in a warm spot in your house (on a vent, in a sunny window,  or in a barely-warmed oven) at least 1 Hr.

Divide the dough in half.  Pat or roll each section into a rectangle (9×13” or so).  Roll up the rectangle lengthwise and pinch edges to seal.  Place roll seam-side-down on baking sheet (we always line with parchment paper, and usually fit both loaves onto one sheet).  This is the time to lash with a sharp thin knife on top, before covering with the same saran wrap, and letting rise again until doubled (this will give you those perfect tops!).

Preheat oven to 375°.  Bake 25-30 minutes, or until crust is perfectly golden.  Top with butter upon removal, et voila!

Optional: If you like a firm crust like a traditional french loaf, when putting the loaves in to bake, immediately throw in a few ice cubes into the bottom of the oven for humidity.

 

** CAUTION: If trying this, please take caution to clean out water residue upon cooling and always always always consider manufacturer recommendations for your own oven model

 

 

Contribute to “VICTORY BITES” – the Griesbach Community Cookbook

Is being cooped up leaving you hungry to do something fun with your neighbours, while social distancing? Griesbach Community League is excited to introduce a tasty social community-building initiative: Griesbach’s first ever Community Cookbook!

Please share your favourite recipe and feel free to include:

  • A photo of yourselves in your kitchens
  • What this dish means to you, or why this dish has had the power to lift your spirits during this time
  • What foods best accompany the dish
  • Any music/beverage you like to enjoy while making this recipe
  • Your full (or partial) name
  • We’d also like anecdotes of how your life has changed since the pandemic was declared.

The recipes will be shared virtually as soon as they are received and once we have assembled a complete collection, we can work towards publication and distribution.

Click Here To Email Your Submission

Here’s to you, to each other, and here’s to Griesbach’s Victory Bites: Recipes for Building Community.

Griesbach Minis Registration

UPDATE: There are a limited number of spaces left for the 2019-20 minis season. Please email Joe: jsalaysay@hotmail.com to reserve a spot. You can bring the registration form and payment to the first session on Thursday, Oct. 17 @ 6 p.m.

 

You still have time to sign your kids up for the award-winning Griesbach Minis program – for children aged 3 to 5. A final registration has been scheduled for Monday, September 30, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Major General Griesbach School.

The program takes place once a week in the Major General Griesbach School gym on Thursday evenings from October 17 til Feb 20th. Volunteer coaches focus on gross motor skills, sportsmanship and fun. This is a parented program, meaning parents must remain in the gym and are encouraged to play with their kids.

It provides a great chance for kids to run off some energy during the cooler fall and winter months. And its an opportunity to meet other children from our community.

TO REGISTER:

1. Download this form and fill out. Bring to the registration session. Registration forms will also be available at the sign up

2. Attend the registration on Monday, September 30th. Or email Joe Salasay (click here)  if you can’t attend.

3. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to purchase a valid community league membership ($25/household). Available at the registration or online in advance.

4. Pay the registration fee: $50.00 (please bring cheque or cash).

5. Select a volunteer commitment and provide a $250.00 refundable cheque: to be returned once your volunteer commitment has been honoured.

6. If you wish to volunteer as a coach for the complete season, that counts as your volunteer commitment.

It is a fun, affordable activity for wee ones. Don’t miss out!

Two Fall Soccer & Minis Registration Dates

Registration nights are:

Wed. Sept 4, 6-8pm MGG School

Sat. Sept.7, noon – 3 pm, Party at the Park

If your kid loved playing outdoor soccer this season, it’s time to start thinking about indoor soccer.

The indoor season starts in mid-October and runs until mid-February (pending Cities and Provincials). Practice days are set by the coach. The majority of the games are on Saturdays or Sundays at one of the soccer centers, based on the age categories.

Note: Before attending the Griesbach registration session you must first register online at emsanorth.com and bring all applicable documents to one of the above registration nights. For a more detailed outline of the registration process, fees, etc., please visit:
griesbachcommunity.com/2019-soccer-reg

Griesbach Minis

This award-winning sports program for preschool-aged kids, will be back for the 2019/2020 season.

The program takes place once a week in the Major General Griesbach School gym on Thursday evenings from October 17 til Feb 20th. Volunteer coaches focus on gross motor skills, sportsmanship and fun. This is a parented program, meaning parents must remain in the gym and are encouraged to play with their kids.

Register for minis along with regular soccer registration on Sept. 4 or Sept. 7.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO REGISTER FOR MINIS:

1. Download this form and fill out. Bring to the registration session.

2. Attend one of the registration dates, either Sept. 4 OR Sept. 7. Or email Joe: jsalaysay@hotmail.com, for late registration.

3. Purchase a valid community league membership. Available at the registration or online in advance.

4. Pay the registration fee: $50.00 (please bring cheque or cash).

5. Select a volunteer commitment and provide a $250.00 refundable cheque: to be returned once your volunteer commitment has been honoured.

6. If you wish to volunteer as a coach for the complete season, that counts as your volunteer commitment.

2019 Party At The Park This Saturday!

Saturday, September 7th, 1:30 p.m. to Dusk
Major General Griesbach School

Oh yes… there will be fireworks!

The Griesbach Community League is gearing up for the annual community party on Saturday, September 7th. That means you should save the date for the best neighbourhood party of the year.

This year’s party promises to have something for everyone, with bouncy castles and face painting for the kids and a beer garden and live music for adults. There will also be food trucks, giveaways and much more.

All activities are FREE with a Griesbach Community League membership, which can be purchased on site, or ahead of time through the new CommuniBee app. (Download it now for free through the App Store or Google Play.) Bring cash for drinks and food trucks. Non-members and guests are welcome and can purchase wristbands to participate in activities. Anyone who uses the CommuniBee app to buy their new membership can skip the lineup for activity wristbands.

PARTY AT THE PARK 2019 SCHEDULE

1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Activities, music, beer garden, bouncy castles,
games and food trucks

Dusk (approximately 9 p.m.)

Fireworks from the Central Park hill

Highlights from our AGM

Once again, Griesbach Community League had a strong turnout for our Annual General Meeting, which took place on March 15th. We were joined by several local merchants – including Core Dental, First Step Daycare and After School and Bone & Biscuit. Paramo Cafe graciously provided coffee and treats, which were absolutely delicious.

Meet your new board members

We are pleased to welcome several new members to the board of directors. It is fantastic to be able to attract new directors, as well as the enthusiasm and ideas they bring. Not to mention experience! Our board now boasts a Vice President who has served on City Council, and a former Digital Content Editor with Maclean’s magazine as our new Communications Director. Plus, two husband and wife teams. Our new directors will be great additions to an already strong and dedicated group. Our new directors are:

  • Vice President: Dave Loken 
  • Treasurer: Aaron Gregson (incumbent)
  • Communications: Emily Senger
  • Structures and Facilities: Jim Chronopoulous (incumbent)
  • Memberships: Brett Kerley (incumbent)
  • Civics and Community Development: Michael Ching Jiunn Chen
  • Volunteers: Li Pan
  • Social: Tanya Schofield
  • Member at Large: Cheryl Flaigh
  • Parks and Gardens: Justin Laverty-Harrigan
  • Fundraising: Jeremey Schofield

Farewells…

At the same time, we are sad to say goodbye to several residents who left an indelible mark on our community. Carl Knowler (VP) was involved with the board from the time it was founded and was instrumental in bringing us to where we are today. Always affable and supportive, he was the driving force behind our community outreach efforts and could always be counted on to lend a hand and expertise wherever needed. (We are selfishly hoping he will stay involved in a non-elected capacity.)

The fabulous Bryan Evans helped transform and beautify Griesbach as our Parks and Gardens Director. He led efforts to plant perennials in the monument to General Griesbach and played a big role in helping the community gardens successfully transition to the new location at Central Park. He is stepping aside to focus on running a new K-9 school in southwest Edmonton as its principal.

Jen Horne served two terms as our Social Director and helped grow our events  to the next level – particularly the Shake at the Lake. Jenna Barker worked hard as our Civics and Community Development director. Thanks to Ginevra Mills for her work in fundraising.

Yours truly (Dave Neufeld) has stepped down as Communications Director after six years. It has been a very rewarding experience to work with this board from its founding days to help get the word out about the amazing things happening here. I’m going to miss it, but assure you I will still remain involved (you can check out any time you want, but you can never leave!) The torch has been passed to my incredibly talented successor, who will only build and improve on  our efforts to date.

Good luck to the new board!

To view a list of all board members, click here.

Other news from the AGM

Marvin Newmann from Canada Lands provided an update – including an anouncement that Central Park is now the official name of the hill and parkland in the middle of our community. Kyle Braithwaite represented Brentwood Developments (the developer behind the commercial area). He explained they negotiating with several new tenants  and discussed efforts to work with the City and GCL to add new perimeter signage.

From our directors, we learned that final work is being done on the playground – and an event will be planned once construction is wrapped. Plans were shared regarding a proposal to retain the original playground using money left over from fundraising for the new playground. The old playground is still widely used due to the proximity to the soccer fields. Speaking of soccer, this year we expect to have 7 to 9 teams for the upcoming soccer season and 5 to 6 baseball teams. Details are still being worked out on the Spring Fling as well as a Community Cleanup. The Easter Egg Hunt is moving to Roundel Lake this year, and takes place on April 1.

We appreciate our MP, Kerry Diotte, for taking time out of his busy schedule to attend. A big thanks to Major General Griesbach School for hosting us. A big hand to local merchants who donated door prizes, including: Core Dental, Fairfield Inns and Suites, Shoppers Drug Mart, Paramo Cafe, Tim Hortons, Crown & Anchor Pub, Bone & Biscuit, First Step Daycare and Chatime,

 

What are the available positions on the GCL board and why you should run!

Have you considered becoming more involved in your community, but weren’t sure what was involved?

Well, it just so happens that several positions are coming up for election at the Griesbach Community Board of Directors. Elections will be help at our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 15, 7 pm at MGG School. Here’s a quick breakdown of the positions. See any that seem up your alley? Then email our President, Brad Tilley by March 13, and throw your name in the hat.

It’s not a huge time commitment. For the most part, we meet once a month. Each position will differ in terms of additional requirements: depending what you want to achieve. For full descriptions of each position and board responsibilities, click here.

VICE PRESIDENT

This important position works closely with the President on many aspects within our Community and will require meetings with the Executive, City, Developers, and other stakeholders. This requires a well organized team player who can get involved as required in numerous areas.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • To continue with planning Griesbach’s shorter and longer term vision and priorities based on results from the 2017 Community survey.
  • To meet with Canada Lands, Developers and the City when required.
  • To assist the President with any key priority matters as assigned.
  • To work with the President to organize and plan for all future casinos.
  • To oversee and manage all aspects of Griesbach’s AGM’s.
  • Apply for EFCL’s “Community Vision Pilot Program” and manage any results.

TREASURER

You manage our money and account, and make sure everything balances. You are very organized and ideally have a bookkeeping or accounting background. You will work closely with all directors to assist them with budgeting

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • To continue to be an integral part of the operation and financial management of Griesbach Community League.
  •  Submitting all required paperwork for grants we have already received and any future needs.

SOCIAL DIRECTOR

This is a totally fun position for a master planner who enjoys putting on unforgettable events. You will be responsible for events for kids and adults alike.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • Take the lead on executing our existing events: the Spring Fling and the Shake at the Lake/ Art in the Park
  • Explore new ways we can get community members together. Perhaps  Golf, Toboggan, Christmas or Halloween themed night? Or you might have some amazing idea of your own!
  • Leading the social committee.
  • Interacting with neighbors to increase community spirit.

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

This is a key position for our Community and requires a person who is well organized with good social media, writing and overall strong communication skills. You will also be required to write media releases and liase with media on behalf of the Community when required.

 * NOTE: This position can be expanded to include one or more other volunteer members as needed under the Directors Supervision. Our previous director will be available to provide support and guidance.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

To continue to provide regular information to Griesbach Community League Members and the Media when required through the channels already established including creating newsletters, website updates, Facebook Posts, twitter etc. Experience in communications or social media would be an asset.

 

CIVICS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

This is a great position for a person who wants to be involved in the current and future development of Griesbach.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

Continue to be a part of the design and growth of Griesbach by representing our Community’s interests through regular meetings with Griesbach’s Developer Canada Lands, Commercial and Residential Developers, and the City of Edmonton.

 

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR

This important position would appeal to a person with a limited amount of time available and is well organized to maintain our Membership Records.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • To continue to grow and maintain our membership of Community Residents.
  • To be available to attend a few key events to sell memberships with the assistance of other volunteers.
  • To maintain accurate membership records and provide regular reporting at board meetings.
  • Send a quarterly report of new member contact e-mails to Communications.

 

STRUCTURES AND FACILITIES DIRECTOR

This is a great position for a person who wants to manage an integral part of the future Playground’s design and our current infrastructure. You can form committees to help you achieve your objectives.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • See through the completion of the New Playground at MGG School with the Playground Committee, assisting current members.
  • Be a part of the proposed refurbishment plans for the original playground at MGG School along with the current group already in progress.
  • Explore the possibility of installing smaller “Pop Up Playgrounds” throughout Griesbach.
  • Explore the opportunity to build a larger playground in partnership with the Catholic School Board at the future new K-6 school.
  • Explore the options and feasibility of other infrastructure within the community such as Community Signage, Skating Rink, etc.
  • Liase with Canada Lands for the design and implementation of a future monuments including one in the newest traffic circle on Griesbach Road.
  • Manage maintenance agreements for any existing monuments.

 

VOLUNTEERS DIRECTOR

This is a great position for someone who is well organized and has a limited amount of time! Without the support of volunteers, our events, activities and fundraisers would be impossible. You play an important role in managing our volunteers and reminding them of their upcoming commitments.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

This position is an important piece of Griesbach Community. Volunteers are placed on specific lists at sports Registrations twice a year and then the Volunteers Director manages these lists as required for various commitments.

 

PARKS AND GARDENS DIRECTOR

You work to ensure Griesbach remains gorgeous. This involves working the Canada Lands and the City of Edmonton to address concerns or share ideas around parkland in our community, as well as public areas such as boulevards and traffic circles. You also liaise with the Griesbach Community Gardens group, which we assist in a supporting role.

 

FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR

GCL is in the process of determining what our next big capital project may be. The fundraising director is involved in initiating fundraising campaigns to support these efforts. There is an opportunity to expand this position to manage sponsorships and advertising, in partnership with Griesbach Village merchants.

Questions? Email Brad Tilley for more information.

3 new registration dates added for Griesbach baseball

Three new registration dates have been added to sign up for Griesbach’s Minor League baseball program. Baseball signups will be held in conjunction with the soccer registrations.

• Wednesday, March 7,

• Tuesday, March 13

• Wednesday, March 14

All will take place between 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Major General Griesbach School.

Click here for details.

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