Who were the top five news-making people in Fort Saskatchewan?
5. Straightline Chrysler owners Chris Tonkin and Clark Hamilton
They've donated large sums of money to the Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society, New Year's Eve In the Fort and to the local food bank. They also made headlines by gifting a Dodge Grand Caravan to a lucky local mom.
4. Arjun Randhawa
The 24-year-old competed for the mayor's chair against Gale Katchur in the recent election, he lost by around 800 votes.
3. Walter Thomas
After 70 years of service, Canada's longest serving volunteer firefighter died in November at 95. Thomas joined the Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department in 1947 and fought fires until 1978. He went through the roles of dispatcher, captain and historian.
2. Gale Katchur
In mid-October, Katchur was re-elected for her third term as mayor of Fort Saskatchewan. She is leading a team of five new councillors and the re-elected Ed Sperling. To start off the new term, city council lowered taxes.
1. Joshua Kutryk
Let's face it, there's nothing cooler than being Canada's next astronaut. After a long selection process that included extensive testing and training, Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey of Calgary were chosen out of 3,772 of the country's applicants. Kutryk spent some of his earlier years in Fort Saskatchewan, he was most recently living in Cold Lake.
- Bruderheim's Cheyenne Ruether has taken her talents to Las Vegas to be a part of Discovery Channel's Vegas Rat Rods.
- The MNKD. A local three-piece band opened for Mariana's Trench in February, Prozzak in April, won $10,000 for a music video and released a couple of singles. Lead singer Steven Sware has since launched his solo project Baby Boy Blue.