Unlike what many had hoped, 2021 saw the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restrictions were on again, and off again, and on again, which made for a challenging year for everyone.
Still, 2021 was not without its highlights as well.
The following are a few of the top stories covered by the Castor Advance throughout the year:
-Castor ended 2020 with a bang, with fireworks on New Year’s Eve at the Golf Course.
-Castor town council hit the new year running working on a bylaw for the tax installment payment plan, the cemetery bylaw, and the borrowing bylaw.
-Castor Fire Rescue provided an update on 2020.
-Castor town council approved the creation of a ball hockey league using savings realized from the early removal of arena ice due to provincial health restrictions.
-Castor town council motioned to send a letter to Premier Jason Kenney and Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw criticizing the back and forth of the health restrictions.
-Coronation RCMP provided a 2020 year-in-review update.
-Local couple, Art and Myrtle Cole, showcased their clothing and trinket collection collected from around the world to the residents of Paintearth Lodge.
-The Castor Advance looked at what the members of East Central Ambulance Association faced on the frontline of the COVID-19 battlefield.
-Paintearth Community Adult Learning celebrates 40 years in the region.
-A regional committee is struck with Coronation, Castor, and the County of Paintearth to discuss future recreation funding.
-The Village of Halkirk welcomed the new Coronation RCMP detachment commander, Sgt. John Pike, as a delegation.
-The Castor Public Library welcomed a new manager.
-It was officially announced that Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital was losing its heliport.
-Castor Extendicare remembered the sinking of the Titanic.
-Castor Evangelical Missionary Church pastor celebrates five years serving the community.
-County of Paintearth shop hit by thieves.
-Construction projects announced at the Paintearth Lodge, including two rennovated suites and a new covered gazebo.
-Castor Trap Club holds its 34th annual trap shoot.
-A successful Castor Rodeo kicked off the summer season.
-The Town of Castor council was unimpressed with provincial roadwork on Main Street (Highway 599).
-County of Paintearth declares agricultural disaster due to drought conditions.
-Castor Cruise-in raced into town for another year.
-Castor and District FCSS reported a full slate of community programming for the fall.
-Paintearth Adult Learning had plenty to offer for the fall 2021 learning season
-Damien Kurek stopped in Castor on the campaign trail.
-The Castor Raiders U18 ball team took silver in the provincials.
-The Town of Castor finally managed to host its long awaited Flames/Oilers NHL Alumni fundraiser game.
-The Town of Castor and the County of Paintearth announced that a new recreation funding agreement had been reached.
-The Municipal election was held, with four incumbent councillors retaining their seats and three new councillors joining.
-The Castor Opportunity Shop made a $9,000 donation to the Castor and District Museum.
-The Poppy Campaign kicked off across the Paintearth region.
-Mayor Elhard sat down to discuss new council priorities.
-Two members of the faculty from Augustana University travelled to Castor and performed at the Knox United Church to benefit the Castor Library.
-The Theresetta Knights finished the volleyball season in winning form.
-The Castor Public Library provided a programming update.
-It was the end of an era for a Castor eatery with the closure of the Shangri-La Inn.
-Town council was informed the town was on the hook for groundwater testing at the old Home Hardware site, per Alberta Environment and Parks.
-The Halkirk Elks hosted “Christmas in the Village”
-Castor Main Street was closed for the “Spirit of Christmas” event.