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Please note that owing to the Victoria Day holiday on Monday, May 21, our issue dated May 22 will be distributed on May 23. Thank you for your understanding.

Connie Poss talks about forthcoming activities of the newly formed Happy Valley Ag and Recreation Club of which she is the president.

The restored historic PBY amphibious plane will touch down at Spirit River airport on May 30 in one of its educational field trips.

The Rycroft Rage slug it out with Grimshaw Huskies in the opening game of the 2018 season of the Wheatbelt Baseball League on May 17.

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With change comes growth, doctors say


he medical staff have proudly re-located to the new Central Peace Health Centre, effective since April 30, 2018. We are going from old to new in many ways. We are a community with roots in farming, oil and gas, and business. We take pride in the traditions of those who came before us – the frontier families, the early settlers. Their work ethic still permeates our local culture and mindset, for we have followed in their footsteps and our generations have evolved from that. One thing we are certain of is our proud roots and yet, we are also certain that times do change. We are ever more often facing new challenges, new technologies, new ideas. And with change, comes growth. Our new health center is one example of change and growth in our community. Gone Continued on Page 4

TOWN OF SPIRIT RIVER PALLIATIVE CARE WEEK: Last week was National Hospice Palliative Care Week, meant to encourage Canadians to consider ways that community involvement can support the dying and bereavement process of their family, friends and neighbours. During their committee meeting on May 7, Mayor Allan Georget and his fellow councillors proclaimed May 6-12 as Palliative Care Week in the Town of Spirit River. Mayor Georget is pictured signing the proclamation. He is with, from left, Palliative Care Committee members Judy Brown, Councillor Herman Sellin and Ellaine Yanishewski.

Doctors at the Central Peace Health Centre. From left: Dr. Wilhem Spruyt, Dr. Eva Kitagawa and Dr. Tom Phillips.

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Chepi Sepe Days set to take place on Aug. 10-11 trade show, junior firefighter challenge and senior bingo on Saturday. Tractor/truck pull will begin Friday evening and continue Saturday. For more information, please contact Denise at (780) 864-4065.

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salute to all group and municipalities working together to make the Central Peace a great place to live. Activities include Gregg’s Kick-off BBQ on Friday, August 11, with the parade, car show, bench show,


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The Spirit River and District Agriculture Society and the Town of Spirit River are pleased to present Chepi Sepe Days on August 10-11, 2018. WORKING TOGETHER is the theme chosen as a

Reception area at the new Centra Peace Health Centre

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On April 27, the Central Peace medical staff moved into their new clinic within the Central Peace Health Centre and began receiving clients on April 30. The new facility allows health care providers to offer state-of-the-art service to their clients. Among some of the new features is a digital data system where all medical files will be gradually transferred into. Clients will also notice upgraded equipment, including new reclining examination tables that can also be lowered to the ground, making it much easier to get onto. The entire clinic is brightly lit with windows in each room; however, the exam room windows are frosted for client privacy. The washrooms are equipped with metal swivel cupboards installed into one of the walls that allow for discreet deposits of samples to the clinic’s lab. Check-in is set up for better privacy with individual stalls that also allow clients to sit while checking in. The waiting room is spacious with comfortable seating and a children’s play area off to the side. Now that both the dental (moved in November 29) and medical clinics have moved in, the next tenant will be the physiotherapist. It’s uncertain when that may happen, but should be in the next month or so. As for the parking lots, construction will commence as soon as the old clinic is demolished. “I am currently working with ATCO to take care of their end of things, but they are saying it may be three weeks before they’re done,” said Kelly Hudson, the clinic development coordinator. Hudson is hoping to get them to make it happen a lot sooner.

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Deken agrees to sponsor Race The 8 through 2020 The 2018 Race The 8 – Rycroft Chuckwagon Races, organized annually by Rycroft Agricultural Society, has been scheduled for July 5-8. Deken Oilfield Services (Derril and Phyllis Skaley) has agreed to be the main sponsor for the event for the next three years – 2018, 2019, 2020. “Rycroft Ag Society is pleased about the oneyear agreement with Deken Oilfield Services as the main sponsor in 2017 and is very excited about moving forward with Deken Oilfield Services as the main sponsor over the next three years,” said Kelly Hudson, president of the society. “Derril and Phyllis have always provided a lot of support to community groups and activities.” Three years prior to 2017, the main sponsor was Craig and Nicole Heitrich with GRV and Vertex. In addition to the chuckwagon races every night there will be: „„ Heavy horse pulls „„ Barrel racing „„ Mini-chucks „„ Trick riders „„ Car display „„ Pancake breakfast „„ Barbeque steak supper on Saturday „„ Live band Saturday night – Thick as Thieves „„ Dunvegan Brewing Company will brew and donate a new “Race The 8” beer, which will be available for the weekend and eventually distributed across Alberta. „„ Kids activities throughout the weekend, including the parade, bouncy houses, a reptile show, arm wrestling and sand pile. There will also be some improvements to the grounds, including a new announcer’s booth. Over the next year there will be major improvements to the grounds so that new events can be brought in and held in conjunction with the chuckwagon

Central Peace 4-H District Achievement Day The Eaglesham Beef Club, East West Woking 4-H Club, and Savanna Multi Club are inviting the public to attend the Livestock Achievement Day Show and Sale on June 6, 2018. The event will be held at MacLean Rec Centre in Spirit River. Show Starts at 10:30am. Sale starts at 7:30pm. Organizers extend a big thank-you to buyers, sponsors, volunteers as well as everyone who has contributed countless efforts, which helped make the Achievement Day an immense success every year. Anyone who requires more information or has any questions may contact the Club leaders: „„Shannon Purcha Eaglesham (780) 359-2653 „„Jackie Lefley East/West Woking (780) 864-4117 „„Ken Dolen Savanna (780) 351-2223

Derril Skaley and wife Phyllis are presented the framed poster of the 2018 Race The 8 – Rycroft Chuckwagon Races, which their company, Deken Oilfield Services, has agreed to sponsor over the next three years. They are joined by the directors of the event organizer, the Rycroft Ag Society. From left: Eric Astell, Calvin Yoder, Eric Fisher, and Kelly Hudson. races. There is still time for sponsorship if any companies or individuals are interested.

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Tips to preserving top soil

Continued from Page 1 are the cramped quarters of the former dental and medical buildings – but did they ever serve us well – and in comes the spacious, bright new dental and medical center – and more. And is it ever beautiful in here! May this new health center signify a new beginning to our community. A new-found pride, hope and enthusiasm for the future. We have just celebrated 100 years in the area; let’s take our steps into the next 100 years with vigor. The new medical clinic is now fully operational and, yes, further changes are to be expected along the way. We may be altering our methods and our processes because we are committed to serving you, our community members, better. With that, we pose a question to you: As it relates to health, what matters to you? We want to hear your thoughts, your ideas, your suggestions. You will see a Dream Board in the waiting room of the medical clinic. Please think about the above question and put your idea on the dream board. Sign your name, if you feel comfortable to do so. If you’d prefer, you may also put your idea in the suggestion box. Your ideas will be insightful for us, as your health care providers, to see what is important to you. Furthermore, it will also be great

Link to Soil Conservation Act:

Dessa Nicholson Saddle Hills County

I The new Central Peace Health Centre offers state-of-the-art service and facilities. Photos show the facility’s patient room, top photo, and check-in area. for community members to see what is important health-wise to each other. We will have our dream board up for one month. Afterward, we will compile the results and publish them in The Central Peace Signal, as well as displayed at the medical clinic. You can expect our clinic staff to take on new roles as we adapt to changes based on

community feedback. You will see more technology and perhaps new programs. You may have already seen an increase in our cancer screening measures, but mostly, you will see, we hope, health improvement. Change is inevitable, and with change, we bring growth. Yours, Medical Staff Central Peace Health Centre

CENTRAL PEACE MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION Bethel Chapel of Wanham Affiliated with the Canadian Sunday School Mission Sunday School – 10am Worship Service – 11am Call for times of Bible School study and youth group Pastor Mike Hicks – (780) 694-3023 Eaglesham Community Church Our purpose: To know Christ and make Him known Sunday School – 10am Sunday Worship – 11am Youth club and Bible studies Pastor Dave Squires – (780) 359-2077 Grace Gospel Chapel Associated with The Evangelical Free Church of Canada 5115 46th Avenue, Spirit River Sunday Service – 11am Call pastor for time of Bible studies and youth activities. Pastor Wes Brown – (780) 864-3893, (780) 864-3367 ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCHES Church of St. Patrick Wanham Saturday – 4pm Silver Valley Parish First and second Sunday – 3pm St. Peter and St. Paul Church Rycroft Sunday Mass – 9am Thursday Mass – 7pm St. Joseph’s Parish Spirit River Sunday Mass – 11am Monday Mass – 9am Tuesday Mass – 7pm Wednesday Mass – 9am Friday and Saturday Mass – 9am Youth mass alternating between Rycroft and Spirit River at

10am every third Sunday Fr. Arockiam Savarimothu St. Francis Xavier Eaglesham Sts. Martyr Canadien Tangent Sunday Mass (alternating dates and times) Call Parish – (780) 323-4268 or Fr. Christian Ogbonna – (587) 298-0295 Call for Mass times Saddle Hills Victory Church Affiliated with Victory Churches International 5007 46 Avenue, Rycroft Sunday Service– 10am Pastor Bill Retzlaff – (780) 765-0007 Savanna Lighthouse Assembly 2 miles north of Savanna School Service – 10:30am Pastor Floyd Anderson – (780) 351-2082 Silver Valley Gospel Chapel A Canadian Sunday School Mission Church Sunday Service – 10:30am Contact Greg at (780) 351-2445 Pastor Mike Driedger – ( 780) 864-9512 Spirit of Peace United Church Spirit River Sunday Service – 10:30am Kids Church – 10:30am Rev. Joan Kennedy – (780) 864-3556 St. John’s Lutheran Church of Northmark An ELCIC Member 12 miles south and 3 miles west of Spirit River on Highway 731 Sunday Service – 10am Pastor Dave Friesen – Cellphone: (780) 380-6505


t has been quite the spring – if we could even call it that! With the large amounts of snow this past winter and the quick melt, we have seen large volumes of water moving across County roads along with fields. With the heavy flow of water, we are seeing some major losses of top soil in fields. In Alberta, the Soil Conservation Act was put into place to prevent soil loss and deterioration from occurring and stopping it from continuing. The Act delegates authority to local municipalities (Saddle Hills County) and outlines the powers and duties of the designated officers.

Over the past 30 years, we have seen significant improvement in reducing soil erosion in the Prairies due to land-use practices such as reduced tillage.

The erosion of top soil can result in lower fertility affecting productivity and ultimately profitability. Soil lost from farm production can also cause water quality issues – nutrients, pesticide and pathogens can attach to soil and move into surrounding water bodies. It is important for producers to have due diligence in managing their lands; the same practices that increase organic matter and soil cover lower soil erosion risk. Tips: „„ Reduce tillage in areas prone to flooding „„ Leaving stubble in the field until spring „„ Plant cover crops „„ Seeding/plant grass barrier around field edge If you have any questions please contact the Rural Development Department. Happy seeding everyone. Dessa Nicholson is the Agricultural Coordinator for Saddle Hills County.

The Central Peace Signal is published every Tuesday by Lomosad Media Inc. for the Central Peace region. Beverly Lomosad Pat Sydoruk Publisher Office Administration Denise van Rootselaar Editor Lynn Connell Feature Writer EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS Send letters to Letters may be edited for clarity and length and are published at the editor’s sole discretion. The views expressed are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect that of The Signal. LIABILITY Liability for incorrectly displayed or placed advertisements is limited to correcting the error in future issues or providing advertising credit to be applied at advertiser’s discretion. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: „„ $40 – Central Peace region and surrounding areas „„ $50 – Canada „„ $65 – International „„ $30 – Online Prices are in Canadian dollars and include GST. CIRCULATION The Signal is distributed by Canada Post to paid subscribers mainly in Birch Hills County, Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133, Saddle Hills County, Town of Spirit River, and the Village of Rycroft. CNNA-audited circulation: 2,650 (January-June 2018). HOW TO REACH US 4926 46 Avenue PO Box 520 Spirit River, AB T0H 3G0 Phone: (780) 864-2598 Fax: (780) 864-2599 We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.


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Question: What is your best gardening tip for this area?

Cathy Semeniuk

Denise Joudrey

Harold Howard

Make sure you have good soil, and add egg shells and coffee grounds if you want to keep the slugs out.

When building your flowerbeds, ask your friends and neighbours to share pieces of their perennials. This saves money and you receive plants that do well in our zone.

I use lots of natural fertilizer, otherwise known as cow manure.

Kim Schramm

Mike Archer

Shawna Schwerdt

Wanda Johnson

Be sure to water early in the morning, so that you don’t get eaten by mosquitos, since they’re still sleeping in the morning when it’s cool.

If your berry bushes and fruit trees are not producing any fruit, it is because the soil is too salty. You need to sprinkle the soil with aluminum sulphate over a two-year period.

My first advice came to me by my mom’s mom, Ma Crerar, who said only seed into warm soil. Second, when grown around your garden, garlic, onions, chives and chrysanthemums can deter some types of insects.

My best tip is to always plant your garden after the May long weekend.

Photos and interviews by Denise van Rootselaar

Mental health: it’s about feeling good about who you are

THE MOUNTIE MINUTE Sgt. Ryan Frost Spirit River


he past week has been witness to two significant awareness campaigns, the first being Mental Health Week coordinated by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the second being Emergency Preparedness Week coordinated by Public Safety Canada. Each awareness campaign offered a myriad of opportunities for people to bet-

ter equip themselves to handle unforeseen circumstances in their own way. For those readers who have been reading the Mountie Minute over the past couple of years, you know that I have written here a few times about the importance of addressing mental health issues when they arise. I have strived to share the message that mental health is about more than ailments like schizophrenia, depression or Alzheimer’s; mental health issues can include psychological injuries from traumatic events, stress levels or issues with your self-esteem. In their messaging this year, the CMHA worked to remind people that while 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental illness each year, 5 out of 5 Canadians have a state of mental health. The CMHA reminds us that mental health is about more than mental illness as part of their Mental Health Week


campaign. “It’s more than being happy all the time. It’s about feeling good about who you are, having balance in your life and in your thinking and managing life’s highs and lows. Everyone deserves to feel well, whether they live with a mental illness or not. And we all need a support system to lean on when things are out of balance.” If you would like to learn more about mental health and what you can do to achieve a healthy balance in your life, you can visit for more information. One element that I have found assists my ability to balance my mental wellbeing is the feeling of being prepared for whatever life can throw at me and my family. While it is not necessarily possible to prepare for every potential hiccup in life, there are many common emergency situations that can be prepared for, in advance. Public Safety Canada, in concert

with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, spent much of last week working to get the message out, asking Albertans, “72 Hours, is your family prepared?” The recent flooding in Rycroft was an example of an emergency situation that developed quickly and had the potential to have an impact on residents for a significant period of time. Thankfully, the flooding did not push any residents from their homes, but with a little more water, the circumstances could have been different. This is a good reminder to ask yourself, “Can my family manage 72 hours without power, without water and potentially without access to our home?” The Alberta Emergency Management Agency has several planning resources available on their website at www.aema. where you can find information on building emergency kits, planning for care of your pets in an emergency and other handy ideas. Also, I am sure that the Fire Chiefs in the area would appreciate it if you would use this article as a reminder to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors, if you haven’t done so already this year. Finally, this week, the May long weekend is upon us and with it, the unofficial start to the 2018 camping season. As hard as it is to believe after how much snow and flooding we just finished dealing with, there are some areas where fire bans are already in effect. Before you head out on your weekend camping trip, please check for the latest information on fire bans in the area.

Sgt. Ryan Frost is a regular contributor to The Signal. He is a member of the RCMP detachment in Spirit River.


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A treasure resource of family histories By Wendy Lee


here is treasure in Spirit River – a treasure trove of family histories in a wonderful unique research library at the Spirit River and District Museum. Hundreds of books from areas all over Alberta and across the prairies provide histories and photos of families and business. It may be the most extensive family history book collection in Alberta.

The Lewchuck Research Library was started and built by George Lewchuck over a 15-year period. Today it boasts over 1,600 family and regional history books, which are open to the public. The Spirit River and District Museum was started by Ken and Marion Imes in 1980 – at a time when local churches and organizations had many members and volunteers. The museum, at that time, had 40 volunteers.

George and Evelyn Lewchuck became two of those volunteers 24 years ago. They worked full-time as volunteers – restoring buildings and machines, recording museum items, cleaning, building and fund-raising to run and maintain the museum. George and Evelyn picked up books from their travels and learned of books for sale on the Internet. Soon more book shelves had to be built. Visitors were delighted to find their own families recorded in the history books. George often received e-mails asking for information that could only be found in one of the books in the collection. Working for free and donating much of their own items for yard sales, the Lewchucks built up an amazing library and museum. It is Spirit River’s bestkept secret. Amazingly, they kept it open seven days a week in summer and five days in winter.

Evelyn Lewchuck volunteers at the Spirit River and District Museum every day.

Sadly, George Lewchuck passed away in 2017. George and Evelyn had travelled to 36 different countries and actually lived in several fascinating places. George worked in the oil patch for 35 years in all corners of the world, including six years in the far Arctic. In all the exotic and exciting countries they visited, lived in and worked, the Lewchucks chose to retire and return to George’s home town of Spirit River. The Lewchuck Research Library, top photo, grew out of George and Evelyn Lewchuck’s own Today, thanks to collection of books they had picked up from their travels. Today, it boasts over 1,600 family and many volunteers over regional history books, which could very well be the most extensive family history book collection the years and to the Imes in Alberta. and George and Evelyn Lewchuck, the museum and the history library have Research Library will continue to grow and anyone become an important part of Spirit River. curious about their own family history or pioneer stoIt was voted on and passed at the museum meeting ries is welcome to search and learn about their family. on May 3, 2018 that the collection of books George built Evelyn is always helpful and happy to assist visitors. be deemed the Lewchuck Research Library in honour of The museum itself is plum full of fascinating George Lewchuck and to preserve the collection as he items and interesting events such as the upcoming would have wished. Greek Orthodox service in the tiny historical Greek Today, Evelyn LewOrthodox church on the museum grounds. chuck still works as a Being a volunteer – for a few hours, for a day, for volunteer at the musea year, or for 25 years – can be a rich and rewarding um every day, giving experience. You can help out with a specific chore or tours, building, cleaning, be trained as a volunteer tour guide or simply provide doing yard work, caring a donation. for museum items and Spirit River can be proud of its rich history and providing fresh coffee to good people. The Lewchuck Research Library is open visitors. The Lewchuck to the public and is a free resource. Have fun.

The Spirit River and District Museum was started by Ken and Marion Imes in 1980.


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Grade 7/8 students from Spirit River’s Ste. Marie Catholic School waiting at the Grande Prairie Airport to leave for their student exchange trip to Bedford, Quebec. From left, back row: Ashlyn Bourassa, Zayn Knezevich, Ashton Schoorlemmer, Levi Schoorlemmer, Jade Kitagawa, Luc Schoorlemmer, Abby Dwernychuk, Devon Gellings, Wyatt Lefley, Sean Othen, Kristen Imes, and Mr. Paul Ricketts. Front row: Sasha Buckley, Riley Payeur. Missing: Mrs. Carla Knezevich.

Ste. Marie kids experience life in Quebec town Thirteen students and two teacher chaperones travelled together to experience life and culture in a small town called Bedford, one hour southeast of Montreal. From May 2 to 9, students from Grade 7/8 class of Ste. Marie School participated in the first half of their student exchange program, called Experiences Canada – Exchanges. The exchange is a federal government funded program to promote history, cultural awareness, and diversity among Canadian youth. The Ste. Marie kids were matched to twins in the same grade in a town quite similar in size to their own. They experienced a home stay with their twin families, as well as group activities.

Activities included visits to local farms, museums and trips to Montreal. The kids also got to visit a traditional maple sugar shack. While only 13 of the Ste. Marie Grade 7/8 students were able to travel to Quebec, the entire class of 20 will be able to play host to the Quebec students when they travel to the Town of Spirit River. During the second half of the exchange, Ste. Marie students will showcase life in Alberta. Many activities are planned for the week of June 6-13 for the exchange students. Teachers say they are proud of the entire Grade 7/8 class and their teacher chaperones for their courage to try something new and being open to experiencing culture from another part of Canada.

Saddle Hills estimates flooding damage at $1.5M Ron Pelensky, the Director of Operations for Saddle Hills County, has reported to Council that there are approximately 750 incidents of erosion, undermining of culverts, washouts and other road damage due to the overland flooding that occurred late last month. Some of the major incidents included four large culvert failures and major erosion along the Pouce and Doe Rivers. To recover the costs on infastructure damage, the County will apply to the province for a Disaster Recovery Program. “We have a team set up that is gathering information, and we will be submitting the application with an estimate of $1.5 million, and as

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part of that application process, the government is also asking us to provide if we know of any private properties that experienced damage,” said Chief Administrative Officer Joulia Whittleton. Private landowners with property that has sustained uninsurable damage, because of the April 2018 overland flooding, are asked to notify the County. There are several categories of compensation for flood damage, which members of the private sector may qualify for, such as: „„ Residential „„ Farm and Agricultural „„ Small Business „„ Public Not-for profit Erosion Some of the costs that may be covered include erosion, driveways, gouging of farmland, harvested crops already in storage, as well as some costs associated with livestock, outlying farm buildings, uninsurable fences, family homesteads and more.

SHARON’S GREENHOUSE NOW OPEN Hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 10am-9pm. Closed on Thursdays. We will be at the Farmers’ Market in Rycroft on June 7. For sale: Hanging baskets, annuals, basket stuffers (good selection available), herbs, corn, cucumbers, peppers, garden tomatoes, and large tumbler tomatoes (ready for your deck) Looking forward to seeing all of you – a busy time, with a lot of fun. Location: In Gordondale, 30 miles west of Spirit River on Highway 49. At Range Road 110, turn right (north), go to Stop sign, 1/4 east and you are here. Watch for signs. Yes, Spring is finally here. It’s all in God’s hands now.

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Congratulations to Kelsey Dolen for receiving the Annual Kassia Weiss Memorial Scholarship. Dwayne Potratz of Enbridge presents a plaque and cheque for $2,000 to Kelsey. The scholarship is given each year to a graduating student from Savanna School who cares about the environment and is interested in post-secondary education.



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Q&A CONNIE POSS (POCKET) AND OAKEY President Happy Valley Ag & Recreation Club


ears ago, there was an active community club in Happy Valley – located within Saddle Hills County – that hosted many events, such as fall suppers, Christmas banquets and weddings. Unfortunately, the hall became hazardous and the increasing age of the members led to the dispersal of the association. In recent years, many young families have returned to Happy Valley and, in turn, a need for local activities. Monica Sellin, a relatively new member of the community, saw an opportunity to pull the community back together. It was originally her idea to create a facility where Happy Valley and extended community members could come together to participate in outdoor agriculture-based activities, and so the Happy Valley Ag and Recreation Club was formed. We paid a visit to the president of the newly formed club, Connie Poss, and her horse Oakey, to discuss the club’s plans moving forward.

Q: Who are the founding members? A: Monica Sellin, Nancy van Rootselaar, Chanley Jassman and myself are the four original board members. We’re now up to about 30 members. Who can become a member? Anyone is welcome to join. What is the club’s purpose? Our current focus is on horse-related activities. Our first project is to build a riding arena. However, our plan is to include more activities as we develop. We hope to see the community come together over

riding activities and to keep expanding our scope. When do you expect construction of the riding arena to be completed and where will it be located? Currently we are awaiting approval of our provincial permits. As soon as the permitting process is complete, we will begin construction of the riding arena. We are hopeful that it will be operational this summer. The location for our future arena is the old Happy Valley Hall site west of Spirit River, which is at the intersection of Township Road 782 (Happy Valley Road) and Range Road 80. What will the facility consist of? The first project is the riding arena, but future projects include fencing, a playground, a group use

area, campsites and potentially even a new hall at some point. Do you have any upcoming events or activities planned? Our first activity is planned for May 26, 2018, called Spring Bust Out Ride. It is a community trail ride that will function as a fundraiser and a membership drive, as well as letting the community know what our club is all about. The sign-up begins at 10am with riders leaving at noon. Afterward, we’re going to have a BBQ with a silent auction and door prizes. There will be a $25 fee for the ride, but that also includes their membership and supper. If people wish to join us for dinner without riding, they can purchase dinner for $10. The location for our ride is the same as our future arena.


A gift for mom: Last week, the Eaglesham Royal Purple Elks sponsored one of their members, Denise Joudrey, to host a craft activity with Eaglesham School’s Grade 1/2 class. With the assistance of Ms. Joudrey, each student made decorative cards and pin back buttons to gift their moms for Mother’s Day. Pictured are the students with their creations. From left, front row: Sofia Dyck, Quinn Konshak, Darien Purcha, Karter Wright, Agatha Piebiak, Ellie Day, Bailey Sjogren; back row: Carter Peterson, Rylan Hunt, Ethan Sommerville, Reed Farrell, Maryn Bice, Steele Emerson, Allison Levesque, and Denise Joudrey.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church held Communion Sundays and Wednesdays with mass on April 11. Savanna Lighthouse Assembly service was on April 8. Grace Gospel ministered on April 13 and April 15. Mennonite Singers shared their gift of song on May 22. Spirit of Peace United Church service was May 29. Van service was offered for residents to go downtown Spirit River twice weekly, to long-term care, for coffee, and to Happy Hour Club. The country drive was cancelled due to weather. Judy and Carolyn came to watercolour-paint as well as mat and frame paintings for the April 29 library art show. All their hard work is appreciated by Pleasantview Lodge painters who meet on Tuesday at 10am. The PVL Knitters, under the leadership of Marion Chugg, meet every Wednesday at 10am.

On Fridays, at 10:30am, residents look forward to enjoying the music of Katie and the Country Strings. Seniors were served by Spirit River Library from 10am to 11am on April 5 and April 19. April Bingo was sponsored by four resident groups, by George Sanduil. On April 25 East West Woking 4-H sponsored and called bingo with interesting prizes and delicious lunch. Natalie Roy sponsored a birthday bingo. April 23, Monday, was the annual Volunteer Wine and Cheese, where volunteers were thanked with a tulip. Residents and staff appreciate all the talents and produce shared by local residents. Thank you to all the local businesses who give special service to Pleasantview Lodge residents. Thank you to Denise, our hairdresser, who comes in Tuesdays. Wishing all mothers a happy and healthy day on Mother’s Day. Thank you to our Grandfriends from St. Marie Grade One who came to play bingo on April 25.


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Dentist Jimmy Wang works on one of his patients, Kevin Aldrechtsen of Grande Prairie, during Free Dental Day hosted by Spirit River Dental, on May 7. The Spirit River Dental Clinic has hosted a day of free dental and hygiene treatment. “We live in such an amazing community and our dental team takes great pleasure in giving back,” said Dr. Jimmy Wang. “On May 7th, we happily donated our services to local residents who struggle to afford dental care. We understand that it’s not always possible for everyone to regularly see the dentist and many people do not qualify for dental assistance. Our aim was to provide dental services to those who have dental issues, to improve their dental health.” More Free Dental Days are planned in the future.

SPIRIT RIVER & DISTRICT MUSEUM By Evelyn Lewchuck We had our spring meeting with

Gerald Swan overseeing business. We discovered old man winter with heavy snow did damage to the reed house so much has to be done soon. On May 28th, a church service will be held in the Orthodox antique church at the museum at 10am with ministers from Edmonton. Lunch to follow. Our annual museum clean-up day will be held on May 26th at 10am. Hot dogs and refreshments to follow. Our condolences to the John Skoworodko family and the Peacock family on the loss of family members.

HOLY TRINITY ORTHODOX CHURCH Service in Devale on May 27 at 10am. Blessing of the graves will follow service and then potluck dinner. Annual clean-up for church and graveyard starts at 6:30pm on May 23.

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2018 19TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT June 7th and 8th n Early registration on Wednesday, June 6th, 7-9pm n Registration on Thursday, June 7th at 6am n Tee off at 7:30am l Entry fee includes dinner on Thursday night, drink

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Overland Flooding Damages

Saddle Hills County will be submitting an application to the Province of Alberta for a Disaster Recovery Program (DRP). As part of the application, process the County has been asked to provide an estimate of damage to the County’s infrastructure, and an estimate of the number of private properties that experienced damage as a result of the overland flooding in late April 2018. Please notify the County if your property has sustained uninsurable damage as a result of the April 2018 overland flooding. To notify the County of your damage:

Call: (780) 864-3760 or E-mail: If a DRP is announced, the Municipality will be required to submit its application directly to the Province of Alberta, within 90 days from the date of the flooding. Owners of private property will need to apply directly to the AEMA I am a Private Landowner … What Compensation Am I Eligible For? There are a number of categories of compensation for flood damage which members of the private sector may qualify for, such as: • Residential • Farm and Agricultural (incl. farmland gouging) • Small Business • Public not-for-profit Erosion Some costs which may be covered include: erosion, driveways, gouging of farmland, harvested crops already in storage, as well as some costs associated with livestock, outlying farm buildings, uninsurable fences, family homesteads and more. To view the complete list of eligible private sector criteria please see pages 12 to 15 of the Alberta Disaster Assistance Guidelines at:

Saddle Hills County does not make decisions on the eligibility, approval or rejection of any private owner application.


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The next Council meeting will be held on June 8, 2018 at 10am at the MD Office in Spirit River.

The Municipal District will be commencing spraying operations along the rights of ways beginning June 1st for the control of noxious weeds and unwated brush control. There will be no spraying 50 meters each side of farm yards and dugouts without signed permission from the landowner. It is the landowner’s responsibility to register where they would like the MD not to spray by entering into a no spray agreement. If you require “Do Not Spray” signs, they are available at the MD office for $5.00 and must be displayed in a visible area. Agreements can be signed that will allow the MD to spray unwanted weeds and brush that may be within 1.5 meters of the fence line on the farm property. Efforts to not spray berry trees along right of ways will be undertaken if the areas are registered and flagged. Any questions, phone our offic at (780) 864-3500.

PUBLIC WORKS In the event of Emergency Call-out of Municipal Equipment, call in the following order: n David Johnson – (780) 864-9600 n Kelly Hudson – (780) 864-8059

2018 DUST CONTROL PROGRAM The MD of Spirit River will be applying Calcium Chloride as a dust suppressant. Our dust control program cost sharing program will operate similar to previous years. Please notify The MD of Spirit River office at (780) 864-3500 for dust control application/concerns regarding dust control. No applications of Calcium will be applied prior to payment in full.

RANCHING FOR PROFIT PCBFA will be hosting the following courses: Ranching for Profit- an Intro & Grazing Workshop with Dave Pratt on June 19th @ 9:30am at Brownvale Hall. Pasture Rejuvenation Field Walk at the Wanham Provincial Grazing Reserve June 20th @ 1pm. Ranching for Profit – an Introduction with Dave Pratt, Dunvegan Provincial Park Visitor’s Center June 20th @ 9am. More Grass, More Profit & A Better Quality of Life with Kelly Sidoryk at Hanson Ranch, Valleyview, June 23rd @ 9:30am. For more information please refer to our Website or Facebook page.

CONTROLLED BURN NOTIFICATIONS CENTRAL PEACE FIRE AND RESCUE Did you know that those who do not advise us of controlled burns may be subject to a $500 fine? Before burning, within the MD of Spirit River, you must call the MD Office at (780) 864-3500 during regular office hours, to notify us of your intent to burn, this includes burning on weekends and holidays. Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Closed on Statutory Holidays. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Brian Kroes Manager/Fire Chief | CPFRC

2017 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AT OUR OFFICE AND ONLINE. TERVITA LANDFILL IS OPEN TO MD RATEPAYERS ONLY MD residents may be asked to verify their name and land locations upon entering the land fill site. Regular Landfill Take in days: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am-5pm. Saturday, 10am-4pm. Closed: Monday, Tuesday and Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact the landfill at (780) 765-3745.

SPIRIT RIVER MUNICIPAL LIBRARY FUNDRAISER The Library is hosting a Mother and Me Afternoon Out. Mothers, Aunts, Grandmothers accompanied by daughters, nieces and grandchildren ages 5 and older are invited to an enjoyable afternoon. There will be food, drink, door prizes, raffles and fun activities to share. Tickets may be purchased at the library, from board members and at the door. Date: May 27, Time: 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Location: Ste Marie Catholic School in Spirit River Cost: $10.00 for adults; $5.00 for children For more information contact the library. Phone: (780) 864-4038 or e-mail

RATEPAYERS MEETING Save the Date: June 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm. The MD will be hosting its annual Ratepayers Meeting at the Brownlee Building.

ASSESSMENT AND TAX NOTICES Notice is hereby given that the assessment and tax notices for the 2018 taxation year will be mailed May 24th ,2018 and will be payable on or before September 14th, 2018. All assessments and tax notices are deemed to have been received seven (7) days after mailing within Alberta and fourteen (14) days outside of the province. Anyone wishing to object to the assessment value on any property in their name must, within 60 days of receiving this notice, lodge their complaint using only the prescribed “Assessment Review Board Complaint” form “#LGS1402 (2009/08)” to the Assessment Review Board Clerk care of Louise Gostick, Assistant Administrator of the Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133, Box 389, 4202 – 50th St. Spirit River, AB T0H 3G0 The complaint must be accompanied by a $50.00 fee for Residential – 3 or fewer dwellings and Farmland; $650 fee for Residential – 4 or more dwellings and Non-residential, which will be refunded to the complainant if the complaint is successful. A copy of “Filing a Property Assessment Complaint and Preparing for Your Hearing” booklet as well as a “Guide to Property Assessment and Taxation in Alberta” can be obtained at the Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133 office. Complaints must be submitted in writing on or before July 31, 2018.

FCSS NEWS n FCSS is looking for volunteers, particularly for Meals on Wheels program. Contact the Coordinator for details. n Bus trips to Grande Prairie are postponed until further notice. n Community Kitchen in the Rycroft Community Hall May 23, 9:30 am -noon. The following community kitchen is June 14. n Camp Wanago for summer fun! Camp runs Monday through Friday for 7 weeks in July and August, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We now have our job postings and registration packages online at: We are hiring One Camp Supervisor (closing date May 10) and two Camp Leaders (closing date May 31). Submit cover letter, resume and 2 references to FCSS at the MD of Spirit River. FCSS provides ongoing service to seniors through Home Support and Meals on Wheels programs. If you are interested in these programs, please contact our office for more information. The Central Peace Ministerial is now operating a Virtual Food Bank. To access this convenient, confidential resource, please contact any pastor in the Church Directory of The Central Peace Signal. FCSS Regular office hours: 9:00am-3:00pm, Mondays-Thursdays. Julie Temple FCSS Coordinator Central Peace Family and Community Support Services Ph: 780-864-3500 ext.1 |

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Restored historic aircraft coming to Spirit River

The historic amphibious aircraft PBY, also known as Canso in the Canadian service, will touch down at Spirit River airport on May 30.

A restored historic amphibious aircraft widely used during World War 2 will touch down at Spirit River airport on May 30 to share the story of the Canadian-built aircraft to school kids in the area. “We are taking history to the people, especially our school kids,” said

Doug Roy, a member of the Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society, which has been responsible for the restoration of PBY, also known as Canso in the Canadian service. FARS is taking the aircraft around the country on free educational tours that allow kids to have a peek at the


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plane’s interior as well as learn of its history. Students at Woking School will be given a 45-minute tour of the aircraft at 10am. The aircraft will be in Spirit River for most of the day. The plane began its life in 1944 as a World War 2 patrol bomber, flying over the North Atlantic in search of enemy submarines that were attacking convoy ships carrying troops and supplies between North America and Europe. After the war, the aircraft was re-purposed to

haul freight, passengers and fresh fish in and out of northern Canada until the late 1970s, when the plane was converted to a wildfire water bomber by Newfoundland and was later sold and used for the same purpose in the western provinces and Canada’s north. Heavily damaged while fighting forest fires in 2001 near Inuvik, NT, the Canso PBY was salvaged by a small group of volunteers. After 10 years of restoration, PBY is ready to tour the country as a “flying museum”.

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Woking School kids learn quilting and caring The Tabono Centre, part of John Howard Society of Grande Prairie, has received nine quilts for a second year in a row from the ladies of the Goodwill Quilters with the help of students from Woking School. The Goodwill Quilters are a group of women who operate within the basement of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Northmark in Saddle Hills County. Since they formed in 2008, the quilters have handmade close to 800 quilts, which are all donated to various places, including individual families (such as fire victims and new born babies), Crossroads Women’s shelter, the Red Cross, the Metis Elder’s shelter, FCSS Christmas hampers, Aurora House and the Hospital Auxiliary. They even sent quilts to Fort McMurray to help with the fire disaster in 2016. While some supplies need to be purchased, the dedicated ladies can create the quilts, thanks to generous donations from their community, as well as their own members, and they put every thread to use. “None of the material gets wasted,” member Diane Gades said. “Even the scraps are recycled to a lady in Grande Prairie who uses them to make dog and cat beds.”

Goodwill Quilters present Family Mentor Patty Rolinger with one of the eight quilts being donated to the Tabono Centre in Grande Prairie. From left: Mary Knoblauch, Shirley Wurm, Patty Rolinger, Diane Gades and Shirley Meyaard. A couple of weeks ago, a few of the quilters brought eight nearly completed quilts to the Woking School, where students were given the opportunity to finish tying the quilts. They were then given to Woking resident Patty Rolinger, who is the Family Mentor for Tabono Center. Goodwill Quilter member Mary Knoblauch said to the students: “These quilts are going to go with Miss Patty, and she’s going to

give them to someone special, and they, in turn, will know that someone special made it for them, so you all should feel good about how you’ve helped.” The Tabono Center is a centre for youth who haven’t found success in the regular school system. According to Kirsta Hurta, Assistant Executive Director at the John Howard Society, “Youth come to us for various reasons –

maybe they dropped out of school, they’ve been suspended or expelled, they were bullied or they have anxiety.” So, what the Tabono Centre does is meet with the youth and their parents, perform a home visit and basically help them figure out a plan for what the youth wants to do – whether it be finding employment or getting back into the educational system. “Tabono is a stop for kids

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN GET YOUR UTILITY BILL E-MAILED TO YOU? Please contact the Town Office at (780) 864-3998 or clerk@ to have this option set up.

OFFICE CLOSURE: The Town Office will be closed Monday, May 21, for Victoria Day. We apologize for any inconvenience. In the event of an emergency you can call Public Works at (780) 864-0126. REMINDER TO RESIDENTS: Please refrain from feeding wildlife such as deer and please clean up any fallen fruit from trees throughout the year. Feeding deer can result in the deer hanging around the area/town which could result in predators entering town and/or the deer becoming too comfortable around humans and becoming aggressive. SPIRIT RIVER MUNICIPAL LIBRARY FUNDRAISER: Mother and Me afternoon out. Mothers, Aunts, Grandmothers, daughters, nieces, and grandchildren ages 5 & older are invited to enjoy an afternoon out. There will be food, drink, door prizes, raffles, and fun activities. Tickets can be purchased at the library, by board members, or at the door. Cost is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. May 27, 12-4pm. Ste. Marie Catholic School. For more information contact the library at 780-8644038 or email: HYDRANT FLUSHING: May 16-25. Public Works will be conducting their annual hydrant flushing which may result in temporary water discoloration and reduced water pressure. YELLOW SCHOOL BUS HISTORIC AIRCRAFT TOUR: Come view the historic “Flying Museum” which began its life in 1944. This plane served as a World War II Patrol Bomber, hauled freight and passengers in northern Canada, and was a wildfire water bomber. They will be traveling to airports such as Grande Prairie, Spirit River, Peace River, Fairview, and other local airports. They will be in Spirit River on Wednesday, May 30 throughout the day. Hosting school field trips from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. then they will be open to the public afterwards. For more information visit or call Doug at 780-835-1605.

PO Box 130, Spirit Rriver, AB T0H 3GO Phone: (780) 864-3998 Fax: (780) 864-3433 E-mail: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: Go to for information on how to build a Basic Emergency Kit. In case of emergency, please go to to find emergency contacts. COMMITTEE MEETING June 4 COUNCIL MEETING May 22

to get back on their feet and help them find a place to belong,” Hurta added. She also mentioned that all the programs are available to rural youth as well. “If the youth can get to the Tabono Centre in Grande Prairie, we will take them in our programs,” she said. The Tabono Centre has day programs and drop-in programs for youth aged 12 to 17 who are looking for support and connection. As for the quilts being donated, Rolinger said that it’s important for the youth to know that their community cares about them. “This is really meaningful to them because I know last year, when I gave the quilts to the youth, they were shocked and surprised that somebody out farther than Grande Prairie was thinking about them and sending great thoughts to them,” Rolinger said. “The thoughtfulness and generosity of the Goodwill Quilters, as well as the collaboration with the Woking School students has touched our hearts deeply.” She also mentioned that the time and effort the Goodwill Quilters put into making the quilts is extra special for many of the youth, as they have never received anything before that was homemade.

The Town of Spirit River is Hiring for Seasonal Employment Job Length: Approximately May-September Age Requirements: 14+ Job Location: Richardson Pioneer Central Peace Aquatic Centre and Centennial Hall Duties may include but not limited to: customer service, handling cash, assisting with facility events (set up and clean up), scheduling, cleaning and organizing, working with children, handling chemicals, potentially teaching swim lessons n Will work with students to modify hours to work around school n Experience is preferred but not mandatory; willing to train the right candidates. n The following certificates are preferred, but not mandatory: NLS, Bronze Cross, Bronze Medallion, First Aid Please drop off your resume at the Town Office or by: Mail: The Town of Spirit River Box 130, Spirit River, AB T0H 3G0 Fax: (780) 864-3433 E-mail:

Spring Clean-up The Town of Spirit River Public Works will be running their annual spring clean up May 22-25. Please place any unwanted items next to the curb or in the back alley for collection. Public Works staff will not be collecting any batteries, paint or chemical. If you have shrubbery, please have it tied in a nice bundle. For any questions, please contact Public Works at 780-864-0126.

September. Get Outside and Play Week: May 28-June 3. Please see the May Community Connect for event details. Camp WaNaGo: Camp runs Monday through Friday for 7 weeks in July and August, 9am to 3pm. We now have our job posting and registration packages online at: We are hiring two Camp Leaders (closing date May 31). Submit cover letter, resume and 2 references to FCSS at the MD of Spirit River. FCSS provides ongoing service to seniors through Home Support and Meals on Wheels programs. If you are interested in these programs, please contact our office for more information. Phone: (780) 864-3500, ext. 1 | Email: | Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm

The Town of Spirit River is Hiring for Seasonal Employment Job Length: Approximately May-September Age Requirements: 16 + Job Location: Public Works Main duties of job include but not limited to: running equipment, working in parks and recreation, outside work in all weather, paperwork, physical duties including on feet for long hours and lifting heavy objects. Must have a valid driver’s license. Please drop off your resume at the Town Office or by: Mail: The Town of Spirit River Box 130, Spirit River, AB T0H 3G0 Fax: (780) 864-3433 E-mail:

Resident Information: The Town has included a Resident Info Request slip in your April utility bill as we have came across a lot of accounts that don’t have updated information; therefore, we are unable to get in touch with you. We ask that everyone fills out and returns their slip or call and update the Admin staff over the phone. We appreciate your assistance in this process.

A copy of the 2017 financial statement can be picked up at the Town Office or viewed online on the town’s website.

Food Bank. The Central Peace Ministerial is now operating a Virtual Food Bank. To access this convenient, confidential resource, please contact any pastor in the Church Directory of The Central Peace Signal. Bus Trip: THE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM IS NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Seniors Week: June 3-9. Please honor your beloved seniors with your presence and love! Community Kitchen: Rycroft Community Hall – May 23, 9:30am -noon. June 14 is the last Community Kitchen until


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Motorists told: Drive safely in construction sites The 2018 construction season is underway in Alberta with the province moving forward on hundreds of transportation projects. More than 500 projects across Alberta will enhance and expand roads and bridges and support water management infrastructure. The wide-ranging work will improve connections between communities, promote safer travel, increase flood mitigaAAT A GLANCE tion and strengthen key economic corridors. n Alberta has more than “We are continuing to make signifi31,400 kilometres of provincant investments in cial highway, 28,200 kilomethe transportation tres of which are paved. needs of this province. Our goal is to ensure n Alberta has nearly 4,500 Albertans are able to bridge structures, including get from one place to overpasses and culverts. another in a safe and efficient way. Through n The 5-year Budget 2018 this construction seaCapital Plan includes over $6 son, I ask motorists for billion for planning, design their understanding and construction of more than and patience if there 500 highway, bridge and water are inconveniences in their travels,” said management infrastructure Brian Mason, Minister projects. of Transportation.

With 2018 construction season underway, hundreds of transportation projects are moving ahead around Alberta. The province is investing more than $6 billion over five years to build transportation and water infrastructure, which will support an estimated 18,000 jobs and ensure Alberta’s economic recovery is built to last. “With more than 500 projects across the province, a lot of people will be put to work this summer,” said Ron Glen, CEO of the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association. “Our organization is proud to work with government to improve our highway network, improve safety and keep Albertans on the move.” Road users are reminded to drive safely, obey speed limits and all road signals, as well as watch for workers in construction zones.



To all my family, friends, and doctors – a big thank you for all of your concern regarding my health over the past few months. Thank you for your cards, calls, visits, and prayers. Love you all!

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Call or text Marion at (780) 251-0332.

n Seniors Week: June 3-9. Please honor your beloved seniors with your presence and love!

FCSS provides ongoing service to seniors through Home Support and Meals on Wheels programs. If you are interested in these programs, please contact our office for more information: 780-864-3500 ex 1 The Central Peace Ministerial is now operating a Virtual Food Bank. To access this convenient, confidential resource, please contact any pastor in the Church Directory of The Central Peace Signal. FCSS Regular office hours: 9am-3pm, Mondays Thursdays.

Rycroft Municipal Library New Hours n Wednesday – 3pm-7pm n Thursday – 10am-5pm n Friday – 12pm-6pm n Saturday – 12pm-4pm

“Making sure kids receive these supports is key to setting them up for future success,” said Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health. “I’m proud we’re acting on that commitment and making life better for Alberta families.”

New mental health staff will be hired to work with schools to deliver supports for children and youth struggling with a range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, self-esteem and relationships. They will also act as crucial links to additional mental health resources in the health-care system. Increasing mental health supports for children and families was identified as a priority in the Valuing Mental Health review. The application process for schools wishing to develop or expand mental health programming will get underway this summer.

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman is joined by staff and students at Jasper Place High School and the Chair of the Edmonton Public School Board to announce funding for additional mental health programs in Alberta’s schools.

Victoria Day Office Closure The Village office will be CLOSED on Monday May 21, 2018 for Victoria Day. Village council and staff would like to wish everyone a fun and safe long weekend.

n Community Kitchen: At the Rycroft Community Hall May 23, June 14. 9:30am -12pm

n Camp Wanago for Summner Fun: Camp runs Monday-Friday for 7 weeks in July and August, 9am3pm. We now have our job posting and registration packages online at: We are hiring two Camp Leaders (closing date May 31). Submit cover letter, resume and 2 references to FCSS at the MD of Spirit River.

Students will receive counselling and emotional supports with new programs to reach youth in schools across the province. A new $5-million provincial grant will be used to hire staff and build new school-based community mental health programs. More than 100,000 students at schools across Alberta will receive these schoolbased mental health resources.

2018 Combined Assessment and Tax Notices were mailed on Monday, May 1, 2018.


n Get Outside and Play: May 27-June 3. Kickoff starts May 27 at Moonshine Lake. Outdoor Celebration: June 3, 1pm-3pm at the Rycroft Library and CoOp parking lot featuring outdoor activities and a BBQ.

Mental health programs in schools get fund boost

PO Box 360, Rycroft, AB T0H 3A0 Phone: (780) 765-3652 | Fax: (780) 765-2002 E-mail: Website: For emergencies: (780) 532-4519 Public works: (780) 978-1739

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING: May 15, 6:30pm at Council Chambers Rycroft Seeking Seasonal Employment The Village of Rycroft is seeking seasonal labourers for a variety of general labour tasks. Reporting to the Public Works Foreman, these positions will perform general labour duties including, but not limited to assisting with road repairs such as filling potholes, property clean up, painting, and general landscape work such as mowing, weeding and tree planting. Qualifications include an ability to perform physical tasks in outdoor conditions, a valid Class 5 driver’s licence, self motivated and a positive attitude. Applications will be received in person, by mail or email at: Village of Rycroft Box 360, Rycroft, AB T0H 3A0 Email:


Reminder to Residents The Vote for Village Viability will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Rycroft Community Hall. 10am-8pm. Village of Rycroft Spring Clean-up May 30-June 4, 2018, 8am-9pm. Bins will be located at the Rycroft Community Hall. The following items are prohibited as per Landfill Guidelines: Batteries, Propane Tanks, Unpunctured aerosol cans, oil & oil filters, chemicals, appliances, animal carcasses, and heavy pieces of steel, metal or iron. Lumber & wood products are acceptable if cut down to size. If you have any questions please contact the Village office at (780) 765-3652. The Village would like to remind residents that garbage cans should not be over flowing, and the lid of the can must be able to shut. This helps keep animals out and prevents the winds from blowing garbage around. Additional cans are available for purchase. For more information please call the Village office. EVENTS Merry Pioneers n Foot Care – every 2nd Tuesday of the month. (Please bring your own foot tools.) Stay for lunch, 12-2pm (by donation). n Quilting – every Wednesday, 10am-5pm. For info, call Helen Burake at (780) 765-2221. Coffee daily, 1-4pm n Pot lucks are last Tuesday of each month. Meat is provided. Everyone welcome. For more info on Merry Pioneer events, please call Dave Burake at (780) 505-2179. Village-Owned Lots for Sale The Village has a variety of lots for sale. To get a listing please contact the Village office.

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Start of the 5km and 10km races

2018 Watino Spring Scurry


he Eaglesham Ag Society joined forces with several Birch Hills County groups to host the 2018 Watino Spring Scurry. The 5km and 10km races took place on May 5th. The event is a family friendly run/walk, bringing people to Birch Hills County and the town of Watino. The organizing groups and their members have three goals in mind for staging the event. „„ They want to promote fitness and provide an opportunity for children and families to get active. „„ They are hoping to attract runners and families from out of area and past residents to visit rural Birch Hills County. „„ Fundraising is an essential part of most community groups everywhere. The race is in part a fundraiser for both the Eaglesham Ag Society and the Watino Hall Board. The race, which is hosted each year, has a small portion on the river gravel road combined with running/quadding trails along the Smoky River banks. Runners as far away as Peace River and Grande Prairie participated this year, along with many local parents and children. Spectators were entertained while watching the kids run their race, with their medals of participation already dangling from their necks. Volunteers who worked at putting on the event were responsible for the wonderful warm day in the Smoky Valley at Watino for everyone to enjoy with family and friends. So they claim. A quote by Elder Russel Ballad sums up the event and the wonderful volunteers: “Great things are brought about and burdens

lightened through the efforts of many hands anxiously engaged in a good cause.” The Watino Hall Board partners up with the Eaglesham Ag Society and dig in to prepare a great lunch for runners, spectators and guests at the race. This year joining in the volunteer pool was the Tangent Hall, which brought their Farmers Market to participate as vendors during the event. Twelve vendors had a variety of local products for everyone to browse around before and after the race. The many volunteers who are directly involved with the race itself are endless. Trail makers, time keepers, registration personnel, swag bag stuffers, cooks, organizers, trail supervisors, stuff picker uppers, just to name a few, put in may hours before, during and after the event in order to host the 200-plus guests each year. Winners of this year’s races were:

Martine Piebiak, of Eaglesham, and her girls

5km Women

„„ 1st – Jolene Sauvageau „„ 2nd – Lori Best „„ 3rd – Elise Turcotte „„ Kris Tansem „„ Wyatt Day „„ Guy Girrard

5km Men

10km Women

„„ 1st – Sarah Baker „„ 2nd – Diane Brodeur „„ 3rd – Sari Raen Brochu

10km Men

„„ 1st – Steve Wedderburn „„ 2nd – Paul Pike „„ 3rd – Alan Patterson

Jesse Farrell in the kids racer

Rage, Huskies slug it out in WBL opener Wheatbelt Baseball League starts new season on May 17

The Rycroft Rage are aiming to assert themselves again in the field as they host Grimshaw Huskies in the 2018 Wheatbelt Baseball League season opener on May 17. Hostilities start at 7:15pm. File photo shows Rage third baseman Matt Flette diving to get the force out on Jayden Gorham of the Peace River Stampeders in one of the games from the 2017 season.

The Rycroft Rage will begin defense of their Wheatbelt Baseball League title this Thursday (May 17) at home against the Grimshaw Huskies. The Rage are joined by five other teams in the WBL who are kicking off an 18-game schedule from mid-May to mid-August when the playoffs are expected to wrap up. The league is split into two divisions with the Rage in the south division with Dawson Creek and Grande Prairie. They will play each team in their division six times and then a home and home series with the three teams from the north comprised of Grimshaw, Peace River and Manning.

“We lost a few key players from last year but have gained a couple of new faces that will fill the void nicely,” said Rage coach Danny Zahara. “I expect us to do very well again this year and hope to have a repeat of last year’s season. We have plenty of depth – it’s just getting everyone out consistently due to work and other commitments. It should be another good year.” Game time on May 17 is at 7:15pm, and the full game schedule will be released shortly with the Rage playing Tuesday and Thursday nights. Scores and statistics will be available again this year on the Gamechanger app.

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is hiring a Monument Installer. n Must have a Valid Driver’s Licence and Summary of Driving Record n Must be reliable, punctual and work well with others n Available to work overtime hours n Training will be provided Interested applicants should forward their resume and references by fax, mail or in person to: Peace Country Memorials Ltd Box 280 Rycroft, AB T0H 3A0 Fax: 780-765-3913 E-mail:

ALEXANDER’S RESTAURANT HELP WANTED n Cooks n Waitresses n Dishwashers

Please apply in person. Spirit River Municipal Library is accepting applications for a Creative Assistant for July and August (30 hours a week for 8 weeks) n Must have minimum of Grade 10 n Computer experience n Able to work with children n Public relations skills n Work independently

Send resume postmarked May 23, 2018 to: Spirit River Municipal Library Box 490 Spirit River, AB T0H 3G0 or Email: or Drop off at the Library. Call 780-864-4038 for more information.

Participants in the 2017 Dave Bleile Track and Field Meet, Legion Field, Grande Prairie.

Rycroft, Spirit River, Woking student-athletes compete in PWSD-wide Dave Bleile Track Meet Approximately 400 junior high student-athletes from across Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) competed in the annual track meet event honouring Dave Bleile, a former teacher who spent the bulk of his career at Helen E. Taylor School in Wembley. The event was held at Legion Field in Grande Prairie last Friday, May 11. Students compete in junior, intermediate and senior age groups. Results are compiled to identify winners in both small and large school categories, creating the potential for up to six schools to win plaques at the event. Participating large schools are Harry Balfour School/Whispering Ridge Community School, Hythe

Platinum North is Hiring! We are looking for dependable, experienced, local personnel to fill the following position and join our team:

l Experienced winch tractor operators l Experienced end dump operators

At Platinum North we offer: l Competitive Wages l Great Health Benefits l Safety Bonuses l Well maintained equipment l Local work where you are home every night. Please email your resume and drivers abstract to, or fax to (780) 774-2568. You can also check out our website at

Looking for a place to have a meeting, host a shower or have a party?

Woodland Enterprises is looking for local: n Labourers/Helpers n Crew Truck Foreman/Pipefitter These positions are for oilfield maintenance and construction. Qualified applications must have H2S, First Aid, Drivers Licence w/clean driving abstract and all standard PPE. Located 10KM South of Rycroft. Please send resume to Dwight Morrison at dwight@

COME AND GO TEA FOR IRENE WHITE On June 3, 2018 from 1pm to 3pm at the Pleasantview Lodge Kanda Room.


n Wi-fi n Overhead projector n Kitchen facilities n Liquor license n TV

Call (780) 864-3698 to book

Regional School, Peace Wapiti Academy and Sexsmith Secondary School. Small schools competing in the event are Bezanson School, Clairmont Community School, Elmworth School, Helen E. Taylor School, LaGlace School, Penson School, Rycroft School, Spirit River Regional Academy and Woking School. Darren Robertson, a teacher at Hythe Regional School, has been in charge of the Dave Bleile Track Meet for the past eight years. “This is the last major athletic event of the school year for junior high students. It is a great way to end the athletic year as we bring together student-athletes from across the Division to compete,” Robertson said. The meet includes track races, hurdles, long and triple jumps, high jump, field throwing events, shot put, discus, and javelin. “There’s a lot of school pride shown as schools compete against one another for plaques which are awarded to the top schools overall in each category,” Robertson added.


2-bedroom condo with attached garage. Available immediately. CALL: (780) 353-2189, or (780) 864-5067 – cellphone

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LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS All classified ads must be pre-paid. Deadline: Friday by noon. Phone: (780) 864-2598 | Fax: (780) 864-2599 | Office Address: 4926 46 Avenue, Spirit River, AB T0H 3G0 | PO Box 39 WORDCOUNT

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Howard Stanley Peacock March 31, 1959 April 23, 2018 Howard Stanley Peacock, a resident of Rycroft, formerly of Spirit River, passed away on April 23,

2018 in Spirit River at the age of 59. Howard was born in Spirit River on March 31, 1959. He was raised and went to school in Spirit River. He helped on the farm. The last five years he worked at Cargill in Rycroft. He will be sadly missed by his wife Sheanna Verquin; stepdaughter Ciara Verquin, siblings Marge Lewiki (Rob Aubin), Bob Peacock (Heather), Beth Gunderson (Melvin), Sheila Fortin (Yvon), Connie Dunn (Ben), and Lorna Wood (Scott), mother Melba Peacook, numerous nieces and nephews as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Arnold Peacock and nephew Mark Fortin. Services were held on May 5, 2018 at the Spirit of Peace United Church in Spirit River. Memorial donations may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (12001 44 St SE Calgary AB T2Z 4G9) or Grande Prairie Cancer Center (c/o Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation), 10409 98 St Grande Prairie T8V 2E8. Thank you for all your donations, care and concern, flowers and letters of condolence. From all the Family

NETWORK CLASSIFIEDS These ads are placed in more than 100 community newspapers throughout Alberta through the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association. Alberta and NWT for $259 (up to 25 words). $8 each additional word. Ads may also be placed in other provinces throughout Canada. Auctions 13 INDUSTRIAL LOTS Thorsby, AB. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction, June 13 in Edmonton. 0.99 +/- to 2.39+/- Title Acres, Hwy 39 frontage. Jerry Hodge: 780-706-6652; Brokerage: Ritchie Bros. Real Estate Services Ltd.; LAKEFRONT PROPERTY - Whitefish Lake, AB. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction, June 13 in Edmonton. 0.59+/- Title Acres, 1470 +/- sq ft home, 173 +/- ft of lake frontage. Jerry Hodge: 780-706-6652; Brokerage: Ritchie Bros. Real Estate Services Ltd.; 23 GOLF COURSE LOTS - Cranbrook, BC. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction, June 13 in Edmonton. 23 parcels of recreational/residential real estate in the River’s Crossing Golf Course Community. Jerry Hodge: 780-706-6652; Brokerage: Ritchie Bros. Real Estate Services Ltd.; UNRESERVED COLLECTOR BUGGY & WAGON and Equipment Auction - Mr. Les Shanks of Carvel, Alberta: Sunday May 20, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m. Viewing: Saturday May 19, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Real Estate:

Approximately 3+ acres c/w R2,000 4 level split; 26’x40’ quad garage to be sold. Advance and phone bids will be accepted. One of the largest collection of wagons, buggy’s, carriages, and parts & accessories anywhere: Vehicles, Tractors, Lawn & Garden, Shop Equipment. Rainbow Liquidators & Auctions-A division of 698337 Alberta Ltd. Stony Plain, AB. PH: 780-968-1000; Toll Free: 1-866-968-1001. Business Opportunities HIP OR KNEE REPLACEMENT? Other medical conditions that lead to restrictions in walking/dressing? $2,500 yearly tax credit. $40,000 refund cheque/rebates. Disability Tax Credit. Expert Help. Lowest service fee nationwide. 1-844-4535372. NEW JUST LAUNCHING... Mini Max Profit Centers. World’s First Counter top Vending Machine. Selling Top Brand M&M’s and Skittles. Protected Territories-Financing-Training. CALL NOW 1-866-668-6629.

2-bedroom apartment for rent. May 1st. Rycroft Regency Apartments. (780) 567-3579. Cell – (780) 876-7722. For Rent NICE 3 BEDROOM TRAILER for rent in Wanham. 5 appliances. $800 a month plus utilities. 780694-2092. tc APARTMENTS AND HOUSES TO RENT in Spirit River. Please phone 780-864-3073 for more information. tc

ITEMS FOR SALE JOHN DEERE Conserva-Pak 39’ Air Seeder with 1/2” Spacing 787 JOHN DEERE 60-40 Air Tank

Call (780) 864-4265.


39-inch loveseat hide-a-bed

Call (780) 864-2227

ONE MONTH FREE rent when you sign a 1 year lease. And another bonus is that UTILITIES ARE INCLUDED! Clean, non-smoking building. There are new laundry facilities on site. Pets are considered with references. We have 1 and 2 bedrooms available. Call 780-832-8497. tc House for Sale

REVENUE HOUSES FOR SALE in Spirit River. 1 bedroom and 2 bedrooms. Call 780-876-1159. tc

bison. Call Dan at Roper Realty Ltd. 780-915-1735. tc

FOR SALE 2957 ACRES with Bldgs. Cattle/elk/

I am interested in BUYING a 1/4 section or more

of mostly bush land, North of HWY 49, South of the Peace River, located within WMU 359. If you have some land you would like to SELL at a reasonable price, please call or text Kevin at 403-816-2852.


general office administration and quality assurance, financial reports/audits, banking tasks. Deadline May 31. Email resumes:

Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. “On Farm Pickup” Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252.

MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION! In-demand career! Employers have work-athome positions available. Get online training you need from an employer-trusted program. Visit: CareerStep. ca/MT or 1-855-768-3362 to start training for your workat-home career today!

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Coming Events FIREARMS WANTED for June 23rd, 2018 live and online auction. Rifles, Shotguns, Handguns, Militaria, Auction or Purchase. Collections, Estates, individual items. Contact Paul, Switzer’s Auction. Tollfree 1-800-694-2609, info@ or


Employment Opportunities

SAWMILLS FROM ONLY $4,397. Make Money and Save Money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock, ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills. com/400OT; 1-800-5670404 Ext: 400OT.

Feed and Seed TRENCHUK CATTLE CO. (In Smoky Lake) currently has 3 positions available. A Class 1 Truck Driver/Farm equipment and A Yard/shop (mechanic) maintenance/ repair/farm equipment operator to service trucks/ tractors. $25-35/hr. for both positions depending on experience. General Labourer $20-22/hr. Call Willy at 780-656-0052 or fax resume to 780-656-3962. JOURNALISTS, Graphic Artists, Marketing and more. Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. Free. Visit: resumes_add.php. BUSY GM DEALERSHIP requires Controller/Accounting Manager. Responsible for

EARLY VARIETIES. Want to be finished combining in August? Go early HRS Wheat, AC Juniper Oats. Busby & Sundre Barley. AAC Peace River Field Peas (earliest yellow pea). Early One Polish Canola (one month earlier); 403-5562609. CERTIFIED SEED. Go early HRS Wheat. Super hardy Pintail, Winter Wheat, AC Juniper, AC Morgan, AC Mustang & Derby Oats. Busby, Seebe, Sundre Barley. Very early yellow peas. High yielding Silage Peas. Polish Canola. Spring Triticale.; 403-5562609. HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or

METAL ROOFING & SIDING. 37+ colours available at over 55 Distributors. 40 year warranty. 48 hour Express Service available at select supporting Distributors. Call 1-888-263-8254. BEAUTIFUL SPRUCE TREES. 4-6 feet; $35 each. Machine planting: $10/tree (includes bark mulch and fertilizer). 25 tree minimum order. Delivery fee $100$140/order. Quality guaranteed. 403-820-0961. LOOKING FOR a shop? Post Frame Buildings. AFAB Industries has experience, expertise, reliability and great construction practices. For a free quote, contact Ryan Smith 403-818-0797 or email:

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6000 acres of complete high end cattle & grain operation for sale in

Saskatchewan. Manages 2k to 3k cow/calf operation with complete solid infrastructure. 1k acres cultivated. Contact Doug @ 306-716-2671 or

Services CRIMINAL RECORD? Why suffer employment/licensing loss? Travel/business opportunities? Be embarrassed? Think: Criminal Pardon, US

entry waiver. Record purge. File destruction. Free consultation 1-800-347-2540;


requires a reporter/photographer for a full-time position in Pincher Creek, AB. Send resume, references and writing/photos samples to shannon@

BUSINESS DIRECTORY Phone: (780) 765-3070 (24 Hours) Office: (780) 765-2080


35th Anniversary 1983-2018

n 2 columns by 1 inch $12 per week


n 2 columns by 2 inches $22 per week

Methanol, KCL, Pipeline Mix, Fresh Water,


for all your flooring needs Phone: 864-3073 or 864-4141 | Fax: 864-2345 Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Closed for Lunch)

Providing a full range of accounting and tax services to individuals, businesses and corporations. Phone: (780) 864-3005 | Fax: (780) 864-3003 4506 – 50 Street, Spirit River (beside the Town of Spirit River Admin Office)

Helping you with your Real Estate Needs!

�eresa Callioux (780) 296-5892

Sutton Group Grande Prairie Professionals

Rycroft Ranch Supplies & Western Wear A Divison of CNK Holdings, Rycroft, AB

780-765-2991 

Livestock Feed & Minerals  Waterers  Panels  Gates  Fence Posts & Supplies  Work & Western Clothing & Boots  Pet Food & Supplies  Saddles & Tack  Horse & Cattle Supplies  Leather Repairs

Serving the Central Peace for 30 Years


Expert Cement Finishing Basement Foundations  Floors  Driveways


Work: (780) 518-0353 | Home: (780) 765-3691

John Krol Cell: (780) 814-1589 Spirit River No. (780) 864-5421



Oil and Water, Sour Sealed Units

DERRIL J. SKALEY (780) 876-7992 President

Prairie Villa Insurance

Grande Prairie | Sexsmith | Spirit River 4605 50 Street Spirit River, AB 780-864-4215

Metal Fabrication General Welding – Machining and Repairs Sales of Steel, Auger Flyte Agricultural and Industrial Supplies Agents for Liquid Air Products

(780) 864-9492  Plumbing  Heating Silver Valley | Spirit River

“for all your service needs”

BLDG. CONTRACTORS LTD.  Pre-Eng. Metal Building Systems  Complete Design and Build Systems

DARREN McCARTY President Cell: (780) 832-2064

DWAYNE SKALEY (780) 876-7990 Operations Manager

E-mail: Website: Phone: 1-888-864-3881 Fax: 1-780-864-3444 Box 750, 5101-45th Avenue Spirit River, AB T0H 3G0

Offering Automotive A/C Services

Registries Motor Vehicle Licensing

CLEAR CUT ELECTRIC A Clear Cut Above the Rest Residential, Commercial and Industrial Box 147 Spirit River, AB T0H 3G0 (780) 864-7825

Patrick Bremont Manager


 Septic Tank Cleaning  Holding Tanks  Sumps  Spills  Combo Vac Units  Waste Disposal  Portable Toilet Rentals

Box 959 Spirit River T0H 3G0 Cell: (780) 864-0899 Cell: (780) 864-6167 Fax: (780) 864-4129

Quality Work at a Reasonable Price


Fred Mills

Licensed Heavy-Duty Mechanic Owner/Operator

Diesel  Gas Engines Bus: 780-864-0533 Transmission  Gear Boxes Home: 780-864-2926 Industrial  Farm  Acreage  Auto Scanning Electrical  Hydraulics Box 802, Spirit River

24-HOUR DISPATCH: (780) 864-8820

INDUSTRIES LTD. 780-765-3894 4808-4th Avenue Rycroft, AB


 Hydro-Vac Trucks  Combo-Vac Trucks  Steam Trucks  Tank Trucks  Methanol Sales  Glycol Sales  Portable Toilets  Portable and Fresh Water Trucks

OFFICE: (780) 765-3311 FAX: (780) 765-3312 Box 99 4428-49th Avenue Rycroft, AB TOH 3A0


24-Hour Emergency Service

“Serving the Peace River County since 1954”

General Contractor John Robichaud Cell: (780) 518-6008 Fax: (780) 765-2621

FREE ESTIMATES Specializing in Residential and Commercial Shops

PO Box 410 Rycroft, AB T0H 3A0 Office Hours: Tuesdays, 9am-12 4506-50th Street, Spirit River 780-864-3999 or 1-888-531-7771

J.A.M. Painting

COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL FREE ESTIMATES Box 656 Hines Creek, AB TOH 2A0 Cell: (780) 835-0886 E-mail: Jim MacKenzie (780) 494-3769

Dog Grooming and Boarding Small and Medium Dogs Located in Wanham Call Cindy at (780) 694-3300


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Open 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ph: 780-694-3793 | Fax: 780-694-3788 4601 - 50th Street, Wanham, AB

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Please be advised that the Birch Hills County Office will be closed Monday May 21st for Victoria Day.

Please be advised that Birch Hills County’s "Do not spray" and “No Spray” Agreements for 2018 are available at the County Office. The County would like to remind all landowners or tenants that if they do not want an area adjacent to their property sprayed that it is the responsibility of the landowner or tenant to control both the weeds and the brush from the center of the road to their property line. All no spray agreements must be into the County office by Monday, June 4, 2018. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Amanda Ouellet at the County office.

NOTICE OF MAILING OF COMBINED ASSESSMENT & TAX NOTICES Notice is hereby given that the combined assessment and tax notices for the 2018 tax year were sent May 10, 2018 and will be payable on or before August 15, 2018. Please make remittance payable to Birch Hills County by cheque, bank draft, money order, treasury voucher or by currency. Payments may also be submitted at participating banks such as ATB, Scotia Bank, CIBC, Credit Union, BMO or TD. All remittances must be payable at par. Postdated cheques will be accepted. A tax payment that is sent by mail to the municipality is deemed to have been received by the municipality on the date of the postmark stamped on the envelope. Credit card payments will not be accepted. If you disagree with any of the assessment information on your notice, inquiries may be made to the Birch Hills County Assessor Mike Gagnon at 780-624-0013 during normal working hours prior to July 17, 2018. After hours appointments can be arranged if necessary. An interview with the Assessor may save the cost of the complaint fee. Appeals to the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board must be submitted, accompanied by the appropriate fee and forms, by 4:30 p.m. July 17, 2018. Penalties will be added on the date and at the rate specified August 15, 2018 at 2%; September 15, 2018 at 4%; and November 15, 2018 at 4%. Notices are deemed to have been received 7 days after being sent. There is a mail drop in the front door for after-hours convenience. You can request an official receipt for the payment of your taxes by calling the County office or by making a note on the remittance portion. Municipalities are no longer required to provide tax receipts unless requested by the taxpayer.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES The Public Works Department is looking for 1 Seasonal Grader Operator. This position will commence on or about the first of May and last for 25 weeks. • • • • •

Minimum of a valid class 5 driver’s license. Fit and able to perform physical activities. Motor Grader Operator Experience required Ability to read a County Map (TWP & RR Legal Land Locations) Prior Knowledge of the County will be seen as an asset.

Candidate will be required to perform daily inspections and maintenance on their respective equipment, as well as maintain a daily log of their respective position as indicated by the foreman or supervisor. Send resume and driver’s abstract to Jim Alexy, Manager of Infrastructure Maintenance at (see info at the top of page). All applications will be received until the position is filled.

2018 MUNICIPAL TAX INCREASES EXPLAINED Assessment and Tax Notices have been mailed and the following information is provided to assist ratepayers in understanding the background related to this year’s municipal tax rates. Birch Hills County Council approved their County’s Operating and Maintenance Budget and the Tax Rate Bylaw required to collect taxes to fund the budget at their April 26th Regular Council meeting. As part of the budget deliberations, Council was provided with detailed information related to assessment values and mill rates from 2009 to 2017. In short, this identified the following information:

OVERLAND FLOODING DAMAGES If a DRP (Disaster Recovery Program) is announced, Birch Hills County will be required to submit its application directly to the Province of Alberta, within 90 days from the date of the flooding. Recovering from a disaster is difficult. Disaster recovery programs provide financial assistance for municipalities and their citizens who incur uninsurable loss and damage as a result of a disastrous event. These programs are an effective way of assisting municipalities by ensuring that the costs of disasters are shared by all Albertans, and whenever possible, by all Canadians through cost sharing arrangements with the federal government. As part of the application process the County will be asked to provide an estimate of damage to the County’s infrastructure and an estimate of the number of private properties that experienced damage as a result of the overland flooding in late April 2018. Please notify the County if your property has sustained uninsurable damage as a result of the April 2018 overland flooding. To notify the County of your damage call: (780) 694-3793 or email: For more information on Assistance and Recovery Support please visit: For advice on clean-up please visit: Birch Hills County does not make decisions on the eligibility, approval or rejection of any private owner application.



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It was noted that there had been no increase to the mill rate since 2015 when mill rates were increased 3% across the board. The amount required to support operations in 2018 was $4,818,104, up $22,010 (or 0.046%) from 2017, but down $1,098,153 or 18.6% from 2009. It was determined that with an overall reduction in assessments from 2017 of 2.33%, increases to the mill rates were required. The final decision was to increase rates for Residential, and a new class for Small Business Non-Residential Land and Buildings by 1.5%, and that the rates for Farmland, Non-Residential, Linear, and Machinery & Equipment would be increased by 4.0%. This translates to increases for municipal taxes of $15 on a residence that paid $1,000 in 2017, and $10 on a quarter section that paid $250 in 2017.

MEETING SCHEDULE May 24 June 14 June 28

Council & Governance Meeting CANCELLED Regular Council Meeting Council & Governance Meeting CANCELLED


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Council Corner Administrative Assistant to Director of Economic and Rural Development


May 22, 8:30 am – 9:30 am Municipal Planning Meeting May 22, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Council Meeting

The wilderness is our backyard SAFE STRONG SUSTAINABLE Program & Activity Grants

Public Works Week

Deadline Coming May 31, 2018 Saddle Hills County offers a ‘Program and Activity Grant’ which provides financial assistance to small community groups, clubs and organizations including schools.

Saddle Hills County recognizes the important work that members of our public works staff and Council has proclaimed that the week of May 20-26, 2018 be proclaimed as “Public Works Week” in Saddle Hills County.

Any community group wishing to apply for assistance through the grant should please contact Saddle Hills County for an application form or you may download one from the County’s website. Website link: ces/grant_applications Phone: 780- 864-3760 Email:

Please Burn Responsibly

Website link: px?portalId=212284&pageId=233050 Phone: 780- 864-3760 Email:

Please remember ... burn notifications are required for any controlled burns in Saddle Hills County. You can download one on the County’s website or call the County at 780-864-3760.

Spring Cleanup • Gundy Spring Cleanup will be held from Saturday, May 26th to Saturday June 2nd 2018 Examples of bulky items include: • Tires • Furniture • Appliances • Wood items • Metal items NO HAZARDOUS WASTE PLEASE

Saddle Hills County Road Ban

2018 Highway Cleanup

Effective at 10:00 am on April 14, the following road bans are being enforced on Saddle Hills County Roads. • 75% axle weight on all gravel roads 24 hours a day.

Saddle Hills County is looking for non-profit, schools and/or community groups to participate in our 2018 Highway Cleanup Program. This is a great opportunity to show pride in your community and raise funds for your group. For more information contact Ron Pelensky, Director of Operations at (780) 864-3760 or email

Saddle Hills County thanks you for helping us protect our road infrastructure. For further information please see our website or call 780-864-3760.

Part Time: • Home Support Services Workers (Union Environment - Labourer) Permanent Full Time: • IT Coordinator - Systems Support Specialist (Out of Scope) • Administrative Assistant to Assessment (Union Environment) • Administrative Assistant to Director of Economic and Rural Development (Union Environment) • Equipment/Grader Operator (2 positions) (Union Environment) Temporary Seasonal: • Truck Driver (2 positions) (Union Environment) • Equipment Operator (1 position) (Union Environment) • Labourer (2 positions) (Union Environment)

2018 Saddle Hills County Volunteer Appreciation

Deadline Coming June 1, 2018 Saddle Hills County annually offers a Bursary Program for Saddle Hills County Residents. Applicants may also qualify for additional matching NADC bursaries. For full details please visit the County website or contact the County.

• Woking Hamlet Cleanup Day will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018. This event will begin at 9:00 am and will continue until all waste has been collected.

Saddle Hills County is a great place to work! We employ approximately 50 full time employees and up to 20 term (seasonal) employees in positions ranging from senior management to labourer. Send us your resume.`

Please send resumes in confidence to: Human Resources Coordinator Saddle Hills County, RR 1 Spirit River, AB TOH 3G0 E-mail to:

County Bursaries

Saddle Hills County will be offering Spring Cleanup during which residents can bring their bulky waste items to the Transfer Station and County will dispose of them appropriately.


Saddle Hills County Volunteer Appreciation Awards are designed to recognize Organizations and Individuals who committed their time, skill and energy to their community. Volunteerism has a huge impact on the spirit of our communities. Saddle Hills County wishes to express their appreciation. Do you know an Organization or Individual that should be taking a bow for building their community and making a difference? Is there someone you think deserves an extra pat on the back and show of appreciation? Does someone in your community generously donate their time and energy and enhance community spirit? Do you agree that

these individuals warrant special recognition? Saddle Hills County believes strongly in this initiative and looks forward to your nomination. Please submit your nomination no later than August 10, 2018.The Volunteer Appreciation BBQ will be held at Moonshine Lake Provincial Park on August 23, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. “Saddle Hills County Volunteer Award Nomination Forms” can be obtained from Saddle Hills County at the County Complex, by phone 780-864-3760; downloaded off the County website at or email

NOTICE OF DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPROVALS The following development permits have been conditionally approved by Saddle Hills County, subject to the right of appeal to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board: Application: Location: Development: Applicant Application: Location: Development:


15-DP-18 NE 13 82-9-W6M Compressor Installation & Facility Upgrade Tourmaline Oil Corp

Anyone wishing to lodge an appeal against this development must do so in writing, stating the reasons for the appeal by 4:30 p.m. May 29, 2018. A non-refundable fee of $100.00 must accompany the appeal. Letters of appeal should be addressed to:

22-DP-18 NE 23-80-12-W6M Home Base Business (Major) - Mechanical Shop

Clerk, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Saddle Hills County R R #1 Spirit River AB T0H 3G0

Ph: 780.864.3760 | Toll-free: 1.888.864.3760 | Fax: 780.864.3904 | Mail: RR1, Spirit River, AB T0H 3G0

Gray Diamond Construction & Water Hauling Ltd.

The Central Peace Signal  

The Central Peace Signal is published by Lomosad Media Inc. every Tuesday for the Central Peace region of northern Alberta.

The Central Peace Signal  

The Central Peace Signal is published by Lomosad Media Inc. every Tuesday for the Central Peace region of northern Alberta.