• Two local schools were mentioned in recent reports from the Fraser Institute, which compiled data from 2009-2010. Chestermere High School received a 6.6 out of a possible 10 points, ranking it 103 out of the 276 participating schools.
However, St. Gabriel the Archangel elementary school didn’t fair nearly as well. It finished with a 4.2 on the 10-point scale, which ranked it 425/540 possible schools. Visit www.compareschoolrankings.org for more information.
• The results of the 2011 Chestermere census were unveiled near the end of the June 20 regular meeting of council. According to the information presented, Chestermere’s population increased by 397 residents in the past year. The 2.79 per cent increase puts the town’s current population at 14, 682 residents.
Interestingly, 32.5 per cent of the town’s population is between the ages of 0 to 20 years old. An additional 20 per cent of the population is between the ages of 21 to 35 years old and another 27 per cent are between 36 to 50 years old. Only 4.5 per cent of residents are above the age of 65.
The census considered 5,127 residences, 501 of which were deemed vacant, under construction or located on a vacant lot. Statically, the average household consists of 3.174 residents.
• The Chestermere Public Library will be kicking off its summer reading program on June 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’s expected to be cake, crafts, face painting and balloon animals for the kids. Anyone with a valid library membership is invited to participate.