October 30th, 2014

City Notebook: Medicine Hat-born man to compete for Bachelorette’s hand

By Collin Gallant on May 17, 2014.

Medicine Hat is about have a claim to a bona fide reality TV star, if the gossip mill is to be believed.

The new season of the Bachelorette premiers on Monday, which I’m told is a big thing, and will include a suitor who has the Gas City written on his birth certificate.

Marcus Grodd will be one of two dozen beaus on board as new Bachelorette Andi Dorfman attempts to find the man of her dreams (sigh).

The 25-year-old Grodd, a former goalkeeper in a Polish football league, is apparently very handsome.

“The Canadian born dreamboat is half German, half Polish, and half ours, if Andi doesn’t want him,” according to one Internet scribe.

(The premise of the show is to eliminate one dud each week, then presumably get married, in case you didn’t know.)

But don’t get your hopes too high for the Hat as the setting of a “Hometown Date” — his parents apparently live in Dallas.

Still, go get ‘er Marcus.


Long drive

Local golfer Jesse Florkowski opened the Mesquite Nevada ParaLong Drive Nationals with a 301-yard drive last week.

What’s the big deal?

The strike is believed to be the first time a one-armed golfer beat the 300 mark, and the one-time Medicine Hat College Rattlers golf team member wasn’t done. He eventually posted 333 yards to capture the title in his category.


Homeless attention

Ted Clugston’s come a long way from saying that affordable housing shouldn’t be akin to the Taj Mahal.

As an alderman in 2009, he argued for cutting all frills in a 50-unit, $10-million project saying “it’s not supposed to be luxury condos with granite countertops.”

Now mayor, Clugston is throwing his weight behind the local Community Housing Society’s big push to end homelessness is the city.

That’s defined as moving people from emergency shelters to a permanent home within 21 days, and it’s getting national attention.

“You grow up a little,” said Clugston during a week in which he touted the city and community efforts to CBC news.

“I inherited it and I’m going to run with it but I’m going to give all the credit to our Community Housing board and the work they’ve done.

“I’ve been getting calls from mayors across Canada this week. There is a hunger and an appetite to tackle this.”


Public servants pass on

Flags on city buildings were lowered to half staff twice this week, on Thursday to honour the late Justice Minister Ron Stevens and Friday for former alderman Lee Anderson.

Stevens, a Queen’s bench justice at the time of his passing, was born in Empress and raised on a farm near the Hat.

Anderson, who died this week at age 78, was an alderman from 1977 to 1989 and “will be remembered for his commitment to the welfare of the citizens of Medicine Hat and district,” according to his obituary.


A look ahead

Council will again take up the issue of additional parking at the Event Centre when it convenes a Tuesday night meeting made necessary due to the Monday holiday.

Hatters will also hear a plan to differ or cancel portions of tax bills for 54 properties that experienced major re-assessments in 2014 and are facing large tax increases at the end of June.


100 years ago

Presently, Alberta is looking at the 100th anniversary of the oil strike at Turner Valley and celebrating — what many observers are calling — the “centennial of the oil and gas industry in Alberta.”

Well, that’s only half right.

The News on May 14, 1914 noted that for the previous eight years gas from Medicine Hat has been lighting coaches of Canadian Pacific trains from the Atlantic to the Pacific. That’s probably the first national gas supply contract in the Dominion.

That same week, South Hill residents complained about the amount of dust and debris left over by carts hauling gravel and sand to build new sidewalks. “Sprinkling wagons have been conspicuous in their absence,” said the News.


Collin Gallant covers city politics and a variety of topics for the News. He can be reached at 403-528-5664 or via email at cgallant@medicinehatnews.com

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