such a strong, family-oriented community,” says Rosemary Mayor Yoko Fujimoto,
describing the village of nearly 400 people. Almost one-third of the population
today is made up of young people, but there is a strong history of European,
American, and Japanese settlers. Fujimoto’s parents, for example, opened a
general store in Rosemary 63 years ago, and it is still in operation today.
also rests in the school, which houses K-12 classes as a result of major
renovations. Ball diamonds, tennis courts, track, and a play structure
accessible to those of all abilities complete the school grounds. The village
also boasts a centennial park with beach volleyball court, recreation centre
with ice rink, and a new fire hall.
grain elevator and railway line used to sit, new homes are being built.
Newcomers to the safe and active community find in-town amenities such as the
post office, bakery, furniture store, churches, and an Alberta Treasury Branch.
Part of the new vision for Rosemary includes a focus on economic development
future of Rosemary depends on encouraging locally-supported commercial growth,”
adds Fujimoto. The local economy depends on agriculture and the oil patch, but
many people, including another 400 in the surrounding area, are involved in
other business and social services. For those seeking the rural lifestyle but
employed elsewhere, Rosemary is a short drive from Brooks, and within two hours
of Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, and Calgary.
crowning achievement of Rosemary’s appeal to families is its spectacular Canada
Day festivities. From a parade to snowmobile races, there is something for
everyone. Paintball, a mud bog, and live musical entertainment are highlights.
For children, there is face-painting, clown acts, and bike races. Cap the day
with a variety of food vendors, and don’t miss the evening’s fireworks, which
many claim are the best in the county…at least!