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A new bill is tabled, which would make it easier for homeowners to finance energyefficient upgrades.

Elke Backer, of Pleasant View Lodge, welcomes new residents and reports on a host of fun and entertaining events.

Shelley Lorrof, PALS executive director, says she wants to create more partnerships with other organizations.

The Minor Hockey League, along with Central Peace first responders, honour the hockey bus crash victims.

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Dog saves man’s life in MD fire Read story on Page 4 Scholarships for rural youth up for grabs, 4-H announces $80K in scholarships to be given each year henceforth The 4-H Foundation of Alberta has announced that the Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Scholarship fund will award $80,000 in scholarships to 10 Alberta rural farm youth (25 years of age and younger) in 2018. Applicants must have completed high school and are enrolled as a first-year student at an acknowledged post-secondary institution. “At 4-H Alberta, we are all about youth and fostering the future leaders of our communities and Alberta. Providing scholarships is one of the many ways we are setting our members up for success,” says Leah Jones, chief executive officer of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta. “This is one of the reasons why we were beyond thrilled to increase the existing scholarship award monies to the highest paying scholarship in 4-H Alberta’s history.” The scholarship is designed to help rural

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Alberta gets $136 million for child care “Kids in Alberta deserve the best possible start to life.

Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services for Alberta, chats with an attendee at the Canada-Alberta Bilateral Early Learning and Child Care Agreement announcement, while participating in a table top activity with a young girl.


lberta and the federal government have announced a three-year bilateral agreement for a funding commitment that will help parents with the costs of raising children and addressing the unique early-learning and child-care needs of families across the province. The agreement allocates just over $136 million over three years to Alberta for early learning and child care investments. Funding to the province will focus on increasing access to quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive child care through the expansion of Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Centres across the province. In 2017, Alberta launched 22 pilot ELCC Centres, based on a maximum fee for all parents of $25 per day to support children and their families accessing affordable, quality, flexible and inclusive child care. With the new funding, up to 78 additional ELCC Centres will be launched across Alberta in 2017-2018. Jean-Yves Duclos, “Kids in Alberta deserve Minister of Families, the best possible start to Children and Social life, and our government is Development committed to making early learning and child care, and other life-changing opportunities, more affordable for families. We are proud to have the support of the Government of Canada to make $25-a-day child care available to even

Application period: May 1-June 30, 2018 Continued from Page 1 farm youth who must leave home to pursue a post-secondary education or SCHOLARSHIPS trade. The following amounts will The Elmer and be awarded in 2018: Ona Hansen Memorial Scholarship will n 1st place: $20,000 be an ongoing scholn 2nd place: $15,000 arship, awarding n 3rd place: $10,000 $80,000 or more n 4th-10th place: $5,000 every year going forward. “We are very grateful for the generous investment through the Hansen Ness estate bequest. It is because of the generosity of our community partners and donors that we are able to provide our outstanding 4-H Alberta programs and that we have the opportunity to inspire, educate, and develop outstanding rural and urban youth, future leaders, and citizens,” Jones added. The application period for the Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Scholarship is May 1-June 30, 2018. Application forms will be posted on the 4-H Alberta website on May 1, 2018 at


more families in our province, and we look forward to announcing the locations of additional Early Learning and Child Care pilot centres in the very near future,” said Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services for Alberta. This announcement follows an agreement on June 12, 2017, by the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Early Learning and Child Care on a Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework. The framework sets the foundation for governments to work toward a shared long-term vision where all children across Canada can experience quality early learning and child care. “The development of early learning and child care systems is one of the best investments our government is making to strengthen Canadian families, society and the economy. Through the agreement signed with the Government of Alberta, we will be able to better support Amarjeet Sohi, Minister parents, families and communities in their efforts to build of Infrastructure and high-quality, inclusive and Communities affordable early learning and child care,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. On his part, Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, said: “We believe accessible, affordable quality child care is essential to positive early childhood development, labour force participation of parents, women’s equality, social integration and inclusion of newcomers, and poverty reduction—all aspects of social and economic growth.”

Granny’s Kitchen opens in Rycroft Granny’s Kitchen, located downstairs at the Crossroads Motel in Rycroft, opens for business tomorrow, April 18. A grand opening is scheduled for May 5. Open seven days a week, Granny’s Kitchen will be serving: n Breakfast Buffet from 7am to 9 am n Lunch Soup and Sandwich and Salad Bar from noon to 1pm n Toonie Time (beverage and a goodie for $2) from 2pm to 4 pm, with Entrée menu starting at 5pm Week-end Smorgs happens every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “We invite you to come and see what we hope will become your new hang-out now,” said Judy Lario, who co-owns Granny’s Kitchen with her sister, Brenda Rehaume. “We are excited to promote a family-oriented, homecooked dining experience, where everyone can feel at home.” The restaurant is wheelchair-accessible.

DLK CONSULTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING President – Clint Rombs Treasurer – Dustin Selbach Secretary – Jeff Biegel Director – Dwight Morrison Director – Dan Steinke

Dunvegan River Rats Society is having its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 3, 2018, Thursday, in Rycroft at St. Michaels Inn at 7pm. All existing members and anyone wanting to become a member are asked to attend as well as anyone else interested in our society or boat launch. Thank you and hope to see you all there.

n Enform H2S Alive n Enform Detection and Control of Flammable Substances n ASTEC Ground Disturbances (ABCGA certified)

Courses are held at the Rec Centre in Spirit River on Wednesdays. For exact times and dates, please contact us at (780) 518-3340. (On-site training available on request)

GOSHAWK FARMS EAGLESHAM Custom Grain, Gravel and Fertilizer Hauling Also Tridem Step Deck and Flat Bed Super B’s Available to Haul

Equipment and General Freight “Serving the Peace Country for Over 10 Years” Licensed for AB, BC, YK, SASK Call David Mitchell – (780) 831-5635 Jamie Mitchell – (780) 933-1600



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Fire razes MD house 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


house in the Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133 was burned to the ground on Monday morning, April 9, and its owner escaped unhurt – thanks to Brick, his dog, who awoke him while the fire was raging. Chuck Morris said Brick woke him up around 4am. He then grabbed his loyal dog and ran out of his home with just what he had on his back. The house was quickly engulfed in flames, Morris told Brian Kroes, the chief of the Central Peace Fire & Rescue Department. If it hadn’t been for his dog, he would not have made it out alive, he said. CPFR received the call at 4:06am. When firefighters arrived at the fire scene along Highway 731, there was nothing they could do except get the fire under control before it spread to the rest of the yard. “When we got on scene, it was fully involved, and the occupant was already out of the house,” Kroes said.

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

A fire broke out Monday, April 9, at a house along Highway 731 in the Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133. The house owner was unhurt – thanks to his dog who woke him up at around 4am before his house was engulfed in flames. Grace Sadownik, a neighbour, heard the sirens in the middle of the night and didn’t think anything of it until later in the morning. “When I woke up around 7am and looked outside, I saw a huge billow of smoke overhead coming from the south and knew something serious had happened,” she said. Kroes and his crew, along with firefighters

from the Woking Fire Department, put out the fire using a piercing nozzle. “We used the piercing nozzle to get through to the bottom where we could penetrate and pour some water down underneath all the debris,” he said. Firefighters remained onsite for several more hours until it was deemed safe. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Join CPECC on Friday, April 20th at 7pm at Woking Community Hall to hear from global human rights activist and film producer/ director Leslee Udwin. This is a unique opportunity to hear Leslee’s amazing story of current global and local (Central Peace and Northern Alberta) initiatives. Leslee’s documentary “India’s Daughter”, has been critically acclaimed around the globe, and has won 32 awards. Leslee was voted by the NY Times the No 2 Most Impactful Woman of 2015 and has been awarded the prestigious Swedish Anna Lindh Human Rights Prize.

EMPOWERING CHANGE THROUGH EDUCATION This event is FREE and refreshments will be available. Contact CPECC at or call 780-500-7019 for more information!

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. Maurice Marion – (780) 919-8040 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


The Central Peace Signal is published every Tuesday by Lomosad Media Inc. for the Central Peace region. Beverly Lomosad Publisher Denise van Rootselaar Editor Pat Sydoruk Office Administration 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 fondest childhood memory?

Aidan Webber

Danelle Boychuk

Danny Zahara

Donny Schoeneman

Glenda Farnden

Helen Burake

William Telford

A few years ago, when I was 7, I went down the Peace River for six days with a few friends and my family. It was hard work and a lot of fun.

My favourite childhood memory was growing up in a small town and having the freedom to explore and wonder with no limitations.

My favourite memory is playing minor hockey and minor ball in Rycroft.

When I was turning 7 years old, my dad ended up buying me an old restored, classic Honda trike. It was hard when I had to switch to a dirt bike because I liked it so much.

I was in 8th grade and had a music concert coming up, and my mom bought me white shoes to go with my dress. That was the turning point for my mother and I to have many wonderful years together.

In the late 60’s, amid a nasty winter storm, my dad hooked up the sleigh, threw bundles on it and picked up neighbours. We tobogganed and had unplanned Christmas/New Year’s celebration.

Last summer, I went to Clearwater, BC and we got to see a bunch of waterfalls. My favourite one was when I got to go behind one.

Photos and interviews by Denise van Rootselaar

Amid tragedy, the good and the beautiful aren’t lost

THE MOUNTIE MINUTE Sgt. Ryan Frost Spirit River As is usually the case, I am writing this week’s Mountie Minute on the Thursday before the article will be published. My mind is particularly heavy as I write today because this Thursday happens to be Jersey Day, a day when many people

in Canada are wearing hockey jerseys or green in support of those affected by the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. We live in a time where the tragedies from far-off places immediately and directly become a part of our daily lives. This immediate and constant access to information and current events can be a double edged sword. On one hand, the outpouring of support from across the nation for the family and friends of those involved in the Broncos’ tragedy likely helps ease at least a small portion of their pain and suffering. The flip side of the information being so readily and constantly available, however, is that this story, and all the other tragic stories that we are continually inundated with, can cause us to build a skewed


view of how much of the world is tragic versus beautiful and amazing. The deaths of 16 innocent members of Canada’s hockey family is an absolute tragedy and one that deserves our collective attention; of this there is no doubt. However, during the week that has elapsed since this tragic event took place, I have no doubt that there have been thousands of untold amazing, unique and awe-inspiring events that have taken place within Canada and abroad that we have not experienced because of our senses being so intently focused on the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. Just as it is important for a hockey player to not focus solely on the puck on his or her stick but to keep his or her eyes up and aware of what is

“weThis story, and all the other tragic stories that are continually inundated with, can cause us

to build a skewed view of how much of the world is tragic versus beautiful and amazing. happening on the whole ice surface, we too must keep our heads up to see all that is good and right happening around us, while we mourn the loss of the Broncos members. If you find yourself unable to cope with the feelings and emotions that the Broncos crash, or any other tragic event, imposes upon your life, please reach out to our local health clinic or the Alberta Health Services Mental Health

Help Line (1-877-303-2642) to seek assistance. Finally, please remember that although most of the news stories we are exposed to in our daily lives are the sensational, and often tragic, stories that happen all around the world, do not forget that there are wonderful, amazing and awe-inspiring events that occur every day, even if they do not make the top of your daily news feed.

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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Q&A SHELLEY LORROF Executive Director Peace Adult Learning Society


erving the Central Peace area for over 40 years, the Peace Adult Learning Society (PALS) originated in the Town of Spirit River. Then the office was moved to the Village of Rycroft, where it shared space with the village’s Municipal Library. In January of 2017, PALS returned to Spirit River. PALS became a society in 1994, servicing each of the five areas that encompass the Central Peace: Birch Hills County, Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133, Saddle Hills County, Town of Spirit River and the Village of Rycroft. We met up with Shelley Loroff in her office on Main Street to find out what PALS has to offer residents of the Central Peace.

Q: What is the Peace Adult Learning Society (PALS)? A: PALS is a non-profit organization that helps the learners in the area achieve their goals. Every adult learner has different goals, and we try to help them succeed. PALS receives funding from the Advanced Education department of the Government of Alberta

but is run by a local board of directors. There are 120 organizations like this across the province.

How does it benefit the residents? PALS offers a wide variety of services to the residents. Our services include access to technology, such as fax, photocopying, computers and Internet, resume-writing, a job board, exam proctoring and post-secondary information. We offer learning opportunities from September to June, and these change from year to year. This past year we offered English Language Learning, First Aid/CPR, Food Safety, Gun Safety, Social Media, Basic Computers, Learn and Grow (family literacy program), Spanish, Woodworking and Photography. We also have information sessions on issues such as drinking and driving, drug awareness, Wills and Estates, etc. These courses are

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN GET YOUR UTILITY BILL E-MAILED TO YOU? Please contact the Town Office at (780) 864-3998 or to have this option set up. FCSS MEMBER AT LARGE The Town of Spirit River is looking for a volunteer – Member at Large for FCSS to represent the Town. WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL? n Board Members are expected to assist with the annual n Possibility to attend conferences Christmas Hampers – sorting, collecting, and distributing n Create policies n Attend a minimum of 4 hours in meetings a month n Make decisions regarding the direction and fiscal n Expected to assist with other programs FCSS offers responsibility of programming WHAT IS FCSS? Central Peace Family and Community Support Services was created to develop locally driven preventative social initiatives to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and community members. It is compromised of the MD of Spirit River #133, the Town of Spirit River, and the Village of Rycroft. TO APPLY Please submit a letter to Town Council as to why you would be the best candidate and any pertinent information. Board Members are required to submit a police record check upon appointment.

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 May 7 COUNCIL MEETING April 23 and May 22

New FCSS Assistant Coordinator: Central Peace FCSS welcomes a new Assistant Coordinator to our program! Deri Lefley will be assisting in the FCSS office, helping our programs run smoothly. We look forward to the positive changes Deri will help bring to our program. 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: Postponed until further notice. Volunteer Appreciation Supper: Annual Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Supper on Thursday April 19, 2018 at the Rycroft Community Hall from 5pm to -7:30pm. Please invite your community volunteers out for supper on us! Meals on Wheels: FCSS is looking for volunteers to help deliver Meals on Wheels! Need drivers for Mondays and Fridays. Please contact the office if you can give an hour every second week. Police record checks are a requirement to work with FCSS. Community Kitchen: Rycroft Community Hall April 18th, 9:30am-noon. Following dates are: May 23 Camp WaNaGo: Camp runs Monday through Friday for 7 weeks in July and August, 9am-3pm. We now have our job postings and registration packages online at: Hiring one Camp Supervisor and two Camp Leaders. Submit cover letter, resume and two references to FCSS at the MD of Spirit River. Closing Dates: Camp Supervisor: May 31 and Camp Leader: May 10 Phone: (780) 864-3500, ext. 1 | Email: | Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm

advertised by a leaflet in your mail box twice a year. How long have you been at PALS? I started my position on Sept. 2, 2015 and have totally enjoyed every day. Like every job, there are some days that are more challenging than others, but I like my job! During that time, in what ways have you seen PALS grown and become an integral part of Central Peace? The board of directors and staff are passionate about helping others to succeed, and I feel that the growth has just started. The guidelines, which we

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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:

Spirit River Lots For Sale

Lots are being sold for $20,000 each with a possible tax incentive. For those who are interested please contact our administrative staff for information.

Merchandise For Sale

n 2016 Centennial coins $3.00 n Canada 150 Adult & Youth T-shirts $10.00

Items can be purchased at the Town Office.

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:

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Continued from Page 6 must follow, changed in July 2015 and created many changes to what we could offer to our learners. I see that more people are inquiring as to what we offer and what we do, which is good. Last summer, PALS was out in the community at BBQs and local events, so if you see us please come say “Hi”. I feel that in the

past few years, the staff and board of directors have worked hard to create partnerships with other agencies and organizations. What, if anything, would you like to see developed in the future? I would like to continue the partnerships that we have developed and create new ones. PALS is always looking for new ideas, volunteers and instructors.


PALS is planning for a needs assessment in the spring of 2019 to see how we can better serve our learners. n Visit

Let us know who you want us to do a Q&A on and why. Write to

COMMUNITY NEWS PLEASANT VIEW LODGE By Elke Backer Welcome new residents Mel Marshall, Gwen Allan and Claudia Paish to Pleasant View Lodge. Katie and the Country String entertained residents from 10:30am to 11:30am on Fridays. Bingo was sponsored by seven resident groups, Ingrid Pickl and Karen Madison for their birthday, John Skoworodko for his birthday, Jean Roberts and Shirley Yanishewske for their birthdays. Judy Brown and Carolyn Kosabeck did water color painting with PVL painters. PVL knitters meet Wednesday mornings to knit for charity. The van was available for residents to go for coffee at Long-Term Care downtown Spirit River, to the Happy Hour Club and to Grande Prairie shopping. Grace Gospel Church had services at the lodge on March 9 and March 14; the Savannah Lighthouse Assembly, March 11; Bethel Chapel, March 20; Spirit of Peace United Church and Mennonite Singers, March 25. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church also provides communion services during Sundays and Wednesdays. Spirit River Seniors Library was open at the lodge on March 8 and March 13. Residents again dealt with changing their clocks on March 11 – hopefully for the last time.

Central Peace Ministerial Association members joined residents for lunch on March 13 and then held a service. On March 26, residents decorated Easter eggs with Diane Randy, and Rai Smith presented an hour of entertaining music on March 29. They are from Devon. We welcome to Spirit River Mr. Beverly Lomosad, the new owner of The Central Peace Signal.

STE. MARIE CATHOLIC SCHOOL By Carla Knezevich We trust you all had a restful break, and we are refreshed for our final term of the year. We ask you to keep Father Rock in your prayers as he visits the Holy Land this month. We will not be having any school masses this months in his absence. We would also like you to keep our confirmation candidates in your prayers. They will receive the sacrament of confirmation with Archbishop Pettipas on Sunday, april 15, 2018, at 10am in Rycroft. Everyone is welcome to attend. Our Junior ATB of Ste. Marie will be open for deposit days on April 25. If you would like your child to open an account, you can set that up at the local ATB Financial.

April 20 will be another PD day for staff. We will be working with the Canadian Microsociety trainers here at our school. We are the third Microsociety school in Canada and continue to grow and learn from each new experience. The Alberta Education competencies are combinations of attitudes, skills and knowledge that students develop and apply for successful learning, living and working. Alberta’s curriculum promotes development of the following: „„ Competencies „„ Critical thinking „„ Communication „„ Problem solving „„ Collaboration „„ Managing information „„ Cultural and global citizenship „„ Creativity and innovation „„ Personal growth and well-being. Students use and develop competencies when they encounter unfamiliar or challenging situations. Competencies help students draw and build upon what they know, how they think and what they can do. We feel the Microsociety model is an emerging way for our children to meet many of the curriculum outcomes. We look forward to inviting you to a market day in the coming months. „„ Visit student-competencies

Village of Rycroft 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 n Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Supper: Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Rycroft Community Hall from 5pm to 7:30pm. Please invite your community volunteers out for supper on us! n Community Kitchen at the Rycroft Hall: April 18th, May 23, 9:30am-12pm n Camp Wanago: Summer Camp runs Monday-Friday for 7 fun-filled weeks in July and August, 9am3pm. n Now Hiring One Camp Supervisor and two Camp Leaders. Please submit your cover letter, resume and two references to: FCSS Box 389 Spirit River, AB T0H 3G0 Closing Date: May 31, 2018 Job postings and registration packages can be found online at: Did you know there is a food bank in our area? 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. To register or volunteer for any of the services FCSS offers, please call (780) 864-3500, ext. 1. FCSS regular office hours: 9am-3pm, Mondays-Thursdays.

Village Viability Update

The Minister of Municipal Affairs, the Hon. Shaye Anderson, considered Council’s and the public’s input and has decided that residents will vote to determine the viability of the Village of Rycroft on May 16, 2018 at the Rycroft Community Hall. A public information session will be held on May 7, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Rycroft Community Hall to review the viability report and to answer any questions residents may have regarding Village viability. Village residents will be receiving a letter from Municipal Affairs with notice of the public meeting and voting day, and voter identification requirements. If you have any questions regarding the viability plan, public meeting or vote, please contact Linda Reynolds, Municipal Viability Advisor, at Toll Free: 310-0000 then dial (780) 427-2225. E-mail:

EVENTS Merry Pioneers

n Foot Care – every 2nd Tuesday of the month. (Please bring your own footstools.) Stay for lunch, 12-2pm (by donation). n Quilting – every Wednesday, 10am-5pm For info, call Helen Burake at (780) 765-2221. Coffee is on daily, 1-4pm n Pot lucks are the last Tuesday of each month. Meat is provided. Everyone is welcome. For more info on Merry Pioneer events, please call Dave Burake at (780) 505-2179.

Rycroft Walk and Talk

Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Rycroft Hall, 11am-2pm.

Friends of the Rycroft Hall Old Tyme Dance

April 28, 2018, 1pm-5pm. Lunch provided. Tickets available at the door. For more information, please call Ruby at (780) 765-2727.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING May 2, 6:30PM WHERE: Village Council Chambers

Council Meeting Changes

Council changed the Regular Council meeting schedule to the first Wednesday of each month and the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the Village Council Chambers. Schedule of council meetings: n May 2 and 15 n June 6 and 19 n July 4 and 17 n August 1 and 21

n Septempber 5 and 18 n October 3 and 16 n November 7 and 20 n December 5 and 8

Pie Auction

In Support of David Thompson Bible Camp. Come out to the Rycroft Hall on April 20, 2018 to bid on pies and enjoy the live entertainment. For more information please call Pastor Wes Brown: (780) 864-3893.

Thank You

The Public Works team would like to thank the community for their co-operation with respecting the contractor’s boundaries during construction on Main Street. It has helped keep both the work crew and public safe.


On behalf of Village Council and staff we would like to welcome Beverly Lomosad, the new owner and publisher of the The Central Peace Signal, to the community. May you find success and fulfillment in your new endeavour.

Pot Hole Mending

With Spring in the air pot holes are going to start showing their head. The public works team would like to remind residents to take caution when driving the streets and follow the speed limit. As weather permits Public Works will be mending pot holes.


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Birch Hills County will be offering Calcium Chloride as a Dust Control agent this year. Birch Hills County cost shares 50/50 on the first 100 meters of dust treatment per landowner. The cost for calcium chloride is $400.00 for the first 100 meters and $8.00 for each additional meter. As part of the aggregate levy program the following roads or portions thereof will have calcium applied: • Residences on Tardif Hill • TWP 792 between Hwy 740 and RR 240 • RR 240 between TWP 790 and 792

The County office will be closed Tuesday, April 24th from 11:45 am to 2:30 pm. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Residents on these roads need not apply. Applications are available at the Birch Hills County Office or on our web page. All applications must be accompanied by full payment. Applications and payment for dust control must be received at the County office by 4:30pm on Monday, April 30th. Late applicants will not be accepted.

NO SPRAY ZONE SIGNS 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.

2017 FINANCIAL STATEMENT As per the Municipal Government Act section 276(3), notice is hereby given that the 2017 Financial Statement, including the 2017 auditor’s report, is available on the Birch Hills County website under the Finance section. Copies are also available for pick up, mailed at no cost or emailed from the County office. Please see the above BHC contact information or email requests to

NEW UTILITY RATES EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2018 (BIMONTHLY) 1. i.) 1.1 1.2 ii.) iii.) iv.) v.)

Residential and Bulk Water Bulk Water Residential and Agricultural Commercial/Industrial Hamlet Residential and Commercial Seniors Apartments Municipal Water Line Fee Connection/Reconnection Fee for All Accounts vi.) Renters Deposit Fee 2. i.) ii.) iii.) iv.) v.)

Wastewater Residential Seniors Apartments Schools/Motels/Hotels Sewer Line Inspection Thawing of Frozen Lines

3. Solid Waste (Garbage Collection) i.) Hamlet Collection ii.) Garbage Cans 1.1 Purchase 1.2 Rental 4. i.) ii.) iii.)

Shut Off/Door Notices First Notice Second Notice Over Two Notices

$ $ $ $ $ $

5.75 11.50 5.75 280.00 17.50 50.00

$ 500.00

One Time Charge

$ 46.50 $ 330.00 $ 160.00 $ 500.00 Cost Recovery

Flat Rate Flat Rate Flat Rate Flat Rate Per Line

$ 25.20

Flat Rate

$ 65.00 $ 6.00

Per Can Flat Rate

$ 25.00 $ 25.00 $ 25.00

Per Notice Per Notice Per Notice

MEETING SCHEDULE April 26 May 10 May 24

Per Cubic Meter Per Cubic Meter Per Cubic Meter Flat Rate Per Water Line Per Connection

Council & Governance Meeting Council & ASB Meeting Council & Governance Meeting

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Birch Hills County Agricultural Service Board is currently looking to fill the following Seasonal Positions: 1. Summer Labourer – (July - August) 2. Weed Inspector/Sprayer – (May - September) • Candidates for the Seasonal positions must possess a minimum of a valid Class 5 driver’s license. • Knowledge of the County and the ability to read a map would be an asset. • All candidates will be required to perform daily inspections and maintenance on their respective equipment. • All candidates will be required to maintain a daily log and any other information related to their respective position as indicated by Managers or Supervisors. Please indicate which position you are applying for. Send resume to Amanda Ouellet, Director of Agriculture at (or see contact info at the top of this page). All applications will be received until the positions are filled. Only those considered for the positions will be contacted for interviews. Public Works Department-Seasonal Grader Operator 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. Birch Hills County Public Works is currently looking to fill the following Seasonal Positions: 1. Roadside Mowers (2) – (May-September) 2. Labourer (1) – (May-September) • Candidates for the Seasonal positions must possess a minimum of a valid Class 5 driver’s license. • Knowledge of the County and the ability to read a map would be an asset. • All candidates will be required to perform daily inspections and maintenance on their respective equipment. • All candidates will be required to maintain a daily log and any other information related to their respective position as indicated by Managers or Supervisors. Send resume and driver’s abstract to Dion Hynes, Director of Public Works (see contact info at the top of this page). All applications will be received until the positions are filled. Only those considered for the positions will be contacted for interviews.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT Please report transportation emergencies to: Jim Alexy Dion Hynes Michael Coy

Manager of Infrastructure Maintenance Director of Public Works Manager of Infrastructure Projects

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Grants announced to fight opioid crisis A

new $1.4-million grant program is funding 29 projects to raise awareness of the opioid crisis through video, art, social media, workshops and community events. The projects will focus on reducing stigma, help people learn where they can find life-saving resources and educate families, friends and neighbours on how they could potentially save a life. Alberta’s latest interim opioid data report shows that 74 people died from an apparent fentanyl poisoning in the first six weeks of 2018. That compares to 119 people who died of an apparent fentanyl poisoning in the last six weeks of 2017. Last year, 589 people in Alberta died of an apparent fentanyl poisoning. “Rural Alberta communities are struggling with the opioid crisis, yet often lack the resources to support those struggling with substance use. This lack of awareness and knowledge may lead to lives lost,” said Dee Ann Benard, the executive director of Alberta


AT A GLANCE: PROJECTS FUNDED 7 projects that are provincial in scope 3 projects in southern Alberta 7 projects in Calgary region 1 project in central Alberta 7 projects in Edmonton region 4 projects in northern Alberta

$446,000 $65,000 $328,000 $65,00 $275,000 $220,000

Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000 Rural Development Network. “With the Rural Community Opioid Outreach Program, the Alberta Rural Development Network will provide support and assistance to rural communities who want to educate citizens in a way that’s adapted to their local needs, and enhance access to

services in a way that will provide them the tools and information needed to save lives.” The grants put funds into the hands of people and agencies who know their local communities best. “An opioid poisoning can happen to anyone, regardless of income or where you live. I’m proud of the work the province is doing to address the opioid crisis and grateful for this grant that will help support greater conversation and decrease stigma associated with substance use,” said Shelby Young, founder of Indigo Harm Reduction Services. Supporting the public awareness grants – which was recommended by the Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission – is one of many actions being taken by the government of Alberta. The province has distributed more than 49,000 free naloxone kits, and more than 3,300 overdose reversals have been reported. The province is also committing operating funds to six supervised consumption sites and is increasing access to opioid treatment programs. “I’m excited to see how these unique projects spark conversation and understanding around this public health crisis that continues to impact every community. We, in both the health ministry and on the opioid commission, know the importance of really listening to the stories of people with lived experience so that we can take meaningful action on the ground and help families and Albertans,” said Dr. Karen Grimsrud, co-chair, Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission.

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Detox beds and new treatment programs are being opened in Calgary and Edmonton. The expansion means more than 2,000 additional people will have access to opioid dependency treatments. In addition, expanded paramedic and mobile outreach teams in Alberta’s two largest cities will also link people at risk of opioid overdose to the help and resources they need in the community. “Our government is doing everything we can to combat the opioid crisis in Alberta,” said Brandy Payne, Associate Minister of Health. “This is one step in a much larger effort to keep Albertans safe and healthy and to support those who are dealing with substance use. This expansion will eliminate most wait times and improve access through specialty clinics, detox facilities and front-line care teams such as the City Centre Community Paramedic Team in Calgary.” Funding of $4.6 million will ensure that more people can receive Suboxone or methadone treatment and counselling in Calgary and Edmonton. This funding includes $2.2 million for

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Presents Rycroft Old Tyme Dance Rycroft Community Hall, Rycroft, AB Tickets are available at the door

Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne, left, is joined by David Shepherd, MLA, Edmonton Centre, Dr. Karen Grimsrud, co-chair of the Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission, and Shelby Young, founder, Indigo Harm Reduction Services, to announce 29 projects that support greater awareness, education and safety for Albertans affected by the opioid crisis.

April 28, 2018 1pm-5pm Lunch Available

the Calgary region and $2.4 million for the Edmonton region. “Building greater awareness and supporting conversation around substance use is key to breaking down stigma and saving lives. From suburban neighbourhoods to the inner city and from university campuses to the entertainment industry – these projects will help promote understanding and awareness of this public health crisis,” Payne said. Alberta Health Services is expanding access to opioid treatment in Calgary by: „„ Providing medication-assisted therapy at the Renfrew Recovery Centre for up to 180 new patients each year. Once patients are stabilized on Suboxone – a drug used to treat people with opioid use disorder – they will be linked to a community opioid dependency clinic to receive ongoing care, counselling and social services. „„ Expanding the hours, staff and services at the opioid dependency clinic at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, allowing the centre to serve an additional 240 clients, up from the current 444. „„ Opening eight new medical detox beds at Alpha House, from which clients will be able to access opioid replacement treatment. The new beds mean an additional 250 clients will receive care each year. „„ Expanding access to Suboxone and methadone treatment and mental health services at Calgary Urban Project Society, which provides treatment for low-income Calgarians, including those experiencing homelessness. This program will provide services to 250 patients annually. „„ Adding medication-assisted therapy to the services offered at the Alex, which will also help up to 250 people each year. „„ Expanding the hours of operation of the Community Paramedic City Centre Team to seven days a week, 12 hours a day. Up to 1,500 additional patients will be helped each year as the paramedic team links them with community resources. Another $2.4-million grant for AHS in Edmonton will: „„ Enhance detoxification services at the AHS Addiction Recovery Centre, allowing additional nurses to offer medication-assisted therapy to approximately 800 people struggling with complex substance use dependency.

„„ Provide opioid dependency treatment, including medication-assisted therapy, to approximately 360 more clients each year through additional staff at the Boyle McCauley Health Centre. „„ Expand the mobile harm-reduction outreach program to allow followup with patients discharged after an opioid overdose. The outreach team will also help people at risk by ensuring they have access to overdose prevention training, naloxone kits and community resources. The expansion will help up to 2,200 additional people each year.


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Speeding doubles chances of fatal collision time” says Rick Gardner, Superintendent, Alberta Sheriffs Traffic Operations. “The extra two n In 2015, 1 in 4 fatal minutes you might save is not worth significantly collisions on Alberta roads increasing your chances involved one or more of a serious collision.” drivers who were travelling Between 2009 and at speeds too fast for the 2014, speed was detergiven conditions (Transmined to be a factor in portation Alberta, 2017). 16% of the total 6,351 fatal and serious injury n A 5% increase in avercollisions reported in age speed leads to a 20% Alberta RCMP jurisdicincrease in the likelihood tions. of a fatal collision (World Starting April 9, new Health Organization, laws came into force to 2008) deter impaired driving and reduce collisions. The government is also laying the groundwork for the province to enforce upcoming changes to federal impaired driving charges in the Criminal Code of Canada—specifically, proposed blood drug concentration limits for cannabis and cannabis/alcohol combination, similar to the legal limits that already exist for alcohol.

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This month of April, Alberta Integrated Traffic Units remind drivers to take a breath and slow down. Even slight increases in speed can turn a minor collision into a fatal collision. Therefore, it’s important to understand some of the factors that may push drivers to speed. Many drivers speed because they are running late and believe driving faster will help them get to their destination in time. This is simply not true. Over a 25 km stretch, increasing your speed from 100 km/h to 120 km/h will only save you two minutes. This increase in speed, on the other hand, will almost double the likelihood you will be involved in a fatal collision. A recent study suggest many Alberta drivers do not listen to their own advice. A 2017 Alberta Motor Association survey suggest that although Alberta drivers may agree that speeding is unacceptable, they still admit to doing it anyway. In the survey, 82% of responders agreed that speeding on residential roads is never acceptable while 52% admit to doing it anyway. “If you find yourself as a passenger in a car being driven at a dangerous speed, say something… do something” says Supt. Gary Graham, Officer in Charge, Alberta Integrated Traffic Services. “Take your life out of the driver’s hands.” “In reality, speeding will not save you that much

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Municipal Affairs Minister Shaye Anderson visits Mill Creek NetZero home with (L-R) Paul Verhesen, Alberta Construction Association; David Dodge, Energy Efficiency Alberta; Wendy Jabusch, BILD Alberta; Edmonton City Mayor Iveson and Conrad Nobert, homeowner.

Legislation introduced to create PACE program The provincial government has tabled a new bill that would make it easier for homeowners to finance energy-efficient upgrades. An Act to Enable Clean energy Improvements was introduced in the legislature by Shaye Anderson, Minister of Municipal Affairs. If passed, the legislation would allow municipalities the option of establishing a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which would allow home and business owners to make their spaces more energy-efficient, without putting any money down. Financing for energy-efficient upgrades or renewable energy systems such as solar panels, high-insulation windows and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems would be repaid through the building owner’s property taxes. Often, the savings generated by the PACE upgrades would be greater than the annual repayment. “We know that Albertans care about taking action on climate change, and PACE will make it more affordable for them to do just that,” Anderson said. In North America, every $1 million in PACE project spending has resulted in at least 15 new jobs and $2.5 million in economic output. Since first implemented in California in 2008, PACE programs have expanded to every region in the United States, generating nearly $6 billion in economic activity. A number of Canadian jurisdictions, including Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec, have also adopted PACE legislation. Increased demand for energy efficiency upgrades means more opportunities in Alberta’s green jobs sector. For instance, retrofitting every home that needs it in Alberta could put 6,500 to 14,000 Albertans to work over the next two years. If the legislation is passed, government will consult with municipalities and other stakeholders to develop a regulation.

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THE NEXT REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING The next Council meeting will be held April 18, 2018 at 10am at the MD Office in Spirit River.

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.

CONTRACTED EQUIPMENT The MD of Spirit River No. 133 requires from time to time the services of the following equipment: n Grader n Backhoe/Trackhoe n Cat/Scraper n Gravel Truck/Water Truck Please supply suggested rate sheets for the above equipment and or related equipment. All sealed envelopes will be received until April 30, 2018 Proof of WCB and Liability Insurance will be required. Any questions can be forwarded to David Johnson ( 780) 864-9600.

ROAD CLOSURE The MD of Spirit River No. 133 has received an application from Darcy White of Box 669, Spirit River, Alberta, T0H 3G0 to close the road allowance to the public all that portion of the statutory road allowance which forms the South boundary, of the South West Section Sixteen (16), Township Seventy-Nine (79), Range Five (5), West of the Sixth (6th) Meridian going East for approximately ¼ of a mile. As Per Policy PWS.14, Leasing Road Allowances, the Landowner must advertise their intention to determine if there are any public objections and appeals. If there are appeals registered with the MD a public hearing will be held before deciding to proceed to First reading of a Bylaw. A complete copy of the policy can be obtained from the MD Website or office. If you wish to submit written submissions please do so on or before Friday April 27, 2018 to the attention of: Kelly Hudson, CAO MD of Spirit River #133 Box 389, Spirit River, AB T0H 3G0

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

On Sunday, April 8th, between 9:30am and 5pm someone intentionally dumped a pickup truck-load of renovation materials and garbage on RGE RD 62 one mile north of the airport. If anyone has any information please let the local RCMP know. It does not seem fair that local residents have to clean up the mess left by others. Thank you to those that cleaned it up.

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.

FCSS NEWS n Did you know there is a food bank in our area? 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. n Community Connect is rescheduled for April 10, at Ste. Marie School gym, 6pm-8:30pm. n Annual Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Supper on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Rycroft Community Hall, 5:00-7:30pm. Please invite your community volunteers out for supper on us! n FCSS is looking for volunteers to help deliver Meals on Wheels! Drivers needed for Mondays and Fridays. Please contact the office if you can give an hour every second week. Police record checks are a requirement to work with FCSS. n Community Kitchen in the Rycroft Community Hall, April 18, 9:30am-noon. Following dates are: May 23. n Camp Wanago for summer fun! Camp runs Monday-Friday for 7 weeks in July and August, 9am-3pm. We now have our job postings and registration packages online at n Hiring One Camp Supervisor and two Camp Leaders. Submit cover letter, resume and two references to FCSS at the MD of Spirit River. See website for details. Closing date for Camp Supervisor: May 10, 2018. Closing date for Camp Leaders: May 31, 2018. n Want to make sure your child has a spot in Camp Wanago this summer? Forms and payment must be handed in at the MD of Spirit River to reserve your child’s spot. FCSS Regular office hours: 9:00am -3:00pm Mondays-Thursdays. Julie Temple FCSS Coordinator Phone: 780-864-3500 press 1

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The Saddle Hills County Council in session. From left: Councillors Lawrence Andrechiw and Willis Fitzsimmons, Deputy Reeve Kristen Smith, Reeve Alvin Hubert, Councillors John Moen, Ken Titford and Ed Armagost.

Leslee Udwin presentation

Everyone is welcome to attend a presentation by humanitarian and documentarian Leslee Udwin on Friday, April 20, at 7pm at Woking Community Hall. The event is free and refreshments will be available. Find out more about Leslee’s global initiatives to promote respect, tolerance, and equality. Contact Central Peace Early Childhood Coalition at for more information.


The Junior High class is selling cookie dough to raise funds to support their bi-annual field trip in June of 2019. Bonanza School and Bonanza Bring It Society. April 27 at the Bonanza Community Hall at 7:30pm. Proceeds support Grades 7 and 8 for their Frield Trip 2019.

Students of the Week

ECS – Leah Haddow for her helpfulness and eagerness. Grades 1 and 2 – Landon Pealo for being an amazing overall student. Grades 3 and 4 – Brooklyn Tudy for completing all work while away. Grades 5 and 6 – Liam Pealo for being a great asset to the class Grades 7 and 8 – Emma Kelly for her improved Math test

Councillor Ed Armagost wishes his little sister a happy retirement. After four years, Elaine Armagost, Saddle Hills County’s Rural Development Manager, has announced she is retiring.

RYCROFT SCHOOL Track and field

District Track and Field Meet is scheduled on May 11. Grade 7-8 students are invited to train and participate with the Rycroft Track and Field Team. The team will be meeting up with the SRRA Track and Field team for some practices.

SAVANNA SCHOOL Savanna School Spring Concert

Friday, April 20, 5-6pm. Potluck supper is at 6-7pm, and family dance/social follows at 7-8pm.

Savanna Creation Annual Quilt Show

Sunday, April 22, from 12 noon to 4pm. People’s choice award – Fat Quarter draw. Coffee, tea, and snacks or lunch is available. Admission by donation.

Spring Supper and Auction

Saturday, April 21, 6pm at Silver Valley Hall. Ages 12 and up pay $12. Ages 6-11 pay their age. Ages 0-5 are free. Come out to enjoy an evening of visiting and great food. Donations for the auction are welcome.

WOKING SCHOOL Skills Canada presentation

On the afternoon of Thursday, April 19, Grade 5-8 students will be travelling to Rycroft School to take part in a presentation from Skills Canada. The goal of the presentation is to provide students with information that will help them with their career planning and show them where their skills and passions can take them. The presentation will discuss:

„„ What is a trade, what is a technology? How are the two related? „„ What will the future of work look like? „„ What skills will be in highest demand? „„ What are the differences between an apprenticeship, diploma and degree? „„ How can Skills Canada Alberta help students use their interests, talents, and knowledge to build skills for success in the evolving future of the workforce?


Members of a local

quilting group will visit Woking School on April 23 and April 25 from 1pm to 2:30pm to involve Grade 3-8 students in quilting for charity. The Charity Quilters of St. John’s Lutheran Church annually sews approximately 100 quilts to donate to charitable organizations and individuals in need throughout the Peace Country and the province. Students will be taught how to tie quilts and will given a presentation on the various organizations who advocate for the marginalized and people in need. The project is designed to bring awareness to students of the needs in the global community.


Elaine Armagost, Saddle Hills County’s Rural Development Manager, is retiring after four years of service. During Saddle Hills County’s Council meeting on April 10, Reeve Alvin Hubert thanked her for her service, saying: “We appreciate the time you spent with us and all the great things you’ve done for the County. We wish you all the best in your retirement and where that takes you.”

EAGLESHAM SCHOOL Eaglesham School library

Over the spring break, Eaglesham School’s L4U library program was upgraded to a web based version. The school is asking users to be patient as it sorts things out and gets settled in the new version – which is expected to take a few days.


The 2017-2018 Yearbooks are expected to be delivered in September 2018. Orders need to come in by May 15. $23 a copy. To order, contact Sarah Koning at

In March during flex the 5-6 class organized and hosted the traditional Arctic Games for the Grades 1-4 in the gym. The Grade 5-6 class had been studying the Arctic Region earlier that month and had learned about the Dené and Inuit games.

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In Honour of the Humboldt Broncos, first Responders from all corners of the Central Peace held an honour huard for the Rycroft and Spirit River Minor Hockey Association players, coaches and their families. RIGHT TO LEFT: Norm Backer – Saddle Hills County Peace Officer, Marek Cerevka – Lieutenant/MFR – Central Peace Fire & Rescue (CPFR), Corey Beaupre – Lieutenant – CPFR, Robert Parragh – Firefighter – CPFR, Dan Viel – Firefighter – CPFR, Glengarry Macdonald – ATCO Electric, Brice Daly – Assistant Chief – CPFR, Mike Wozny – Captain – CPFR, Tracy Lapping – Firefigher/MFR – CPFR, Larry Schuett – Fire Chief - Woking Fire Department, Brian Kroes – Fire Chief – CPFR, Bill Mortland – Assistant Fire Chief – CPFR, Ron Stone – EMS/Alberta Paramedic Guard of Honour, Tom Morgan – Fire Chief - Birch Hills Fire Department, Andrew Hicks – Lieutenant/MFR – CPFR, Thomas Cadwell – Firefighter – CPFR, Mike Caouette, Central Peace Natural Gas Co-op, Wade Marshall – Central Peace Natural Gas Co-op, Holly Drader – Tangent Fire Department, Terry Carbone – Tangent Fire Department, Leslie Carbone – Tangent Fire Department, Mike Collie – Eaglesham Fire Department, Riston Annau – Eaglesham Fire Department, Ryan Wasyluk – Eaglesham Fire Department. Also in attendance, but not in picture, was Tyler Reierson and Taran Nasedkin from EMS and Cst. Kirk COX, Cst. Gage Heathcote, Cst. John LUPU and Cst. Hailey Hoffmann.

Minor Hockey honours Humboldt Broncos crash victims


n Wednesday, April 11, the Spirit River Rangers and Rycroft Sharks Minor Hockey Associations held a banquet for the 2017-2018 season, held at the Rycroft Ag Centre. Prior to the commencement of the ceremony, hockey players, coaches and their families were greeted by 30 first responders from all over the Central Peace, who formed an honour guard to receive the teams in memory of the victims of the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Once inside, the audience gave the first responders a standing ovation for their service to the people of Central Peace – often during the worst moments of their lives. Host DJ Barbarich welcomed and thanked the first responders for coming to show their support. Then, hockey players Levi Boychuk and Hayley Shura got up on stage to say a few words in honour of the Broncos. Hayley began: “Tonight, we celebrate the seasons enjoyed by the Spirit River Rangers and the Rycroft Sharks. However, our thoughts and prayers are with the Humboldt Broncos.” On his part, Levi said: “We are a part of the hockey family and this tragedy has touched us all. Please join us in a moment of silence to honour the players, coaches and personnel who lost their lives or were injured in this terrible accident.”

Cash Donations

During the banquet, 50/50 tickets were sold, and a silent auction art piece donated by Crafts by Natalie was bid on. The silent auction was closed with a high bid of $75. Kim Schramm won the 50/50 draw. She donated her $580 prize money to the association. The Minor Hockey League will donate the entire $655 raised to the Humboldt Broncos.

Austin Martin received the Garrett Larson memorial award for Atom Most Valuable Player. Garrett, who grew up in Rycroft and played for Spirit River minor hockey, passed away in a car accident in 2012.

SPIRIT RIVER INITIATION. From left: Cohen Duthie, Vander Mazurek, Kaden Alfred, Zax Whelan, Xayla Charest, Colin Heitrich, Eli Stone, Sawyer Jackson, Trentyn Martin and Levi Day.

Billy Barbarich received the Tyler Hawrylenko memorial award for Peewee Best All-around player. Tyler grew up in Rycroft and passed away in a car accident at age 14. He played for both Rycroft and Spirit River minor hockey associations.

RYCROFT NOVICE. From left: Max Kitagawa, Devon Hawrylenko, Tylan Hickey, Hunter Scheers, Duncan Nystoruk, Luke Hynes, Rylan Boivin, Turner Vinck, Hailey Shura (most sportsmanlike), Maryn Bice (most improved), Cole Bice, Jamal Saurer, Rowan Martin (most dedicated) and Bauer Barbarich.

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RYCROFT INITIATION. From left: Easton Schramm, Danielle Thompson, David Thompson, Nora Carroll, Weston Boissenault, Kake McGill, Pryce Schneider, Brady Selbach, Ty Shura, Lindon Nystoruk, Emery Vice, Camden Boivin and Langley Schneidner.

SPIRIT RIVER ATOM. From left: Jon Schoorlemmer, Dayton Singer, Thane Charest, Bo Barbarich, Zander Whelan, Jaden Bourassa, Austin Pockett, Teeghan Shura, Carson Vollman, Austin Martin, Landon Carter, Cooper Lefley, Kolby Boychuk and Anaya Macdaid.

SPIRIT RIVER BANTAM. From left: Luv Schoorlemmer, Ashlyn Bourassa, Riley Payeur, Thomas Sellin, Kody Yurchyshyn, Levi Boychuk, Reese Tomkow, Jacob Klassen and Colten Schlachter

SPIRIT RIVER PEEWEES. From left: Zayn Knezevich, Matthew Klassen, Billy Barbarich , Tyson Coulter, Graden Vandeligt, Korben Knezevich, Wynter McGrath, Nathan Macdaid, Hicham Saurer, Ashton Schoorlemmer, Tyrel Zesko, Zamian Leiske (most sportsmanlike), Caleb Potratz (most improved) and Wyatt Lefley (most dedicated).

SPIRIT RIVER NOVICE. From left: Erin Payeur, Zeke Whelan, Jhett McMurphy, Ty McMurphy, Carter Vollman, Carter Jackson, Marshall Lefley, Hailey Wiebe, Gabriel Twizeyumuremyi, Walker Alfred, Noah Reynolds, Tyler Tomkow and Brad Alfred (Asst coach). Missing Sam Cerevka, Cuba Cerevka, and Wyatt Lonson.

Spirit River Curling Club Oilmens Bonspiel

A EVENT WINNERS: (L-R) Elaine Laurin, Tami Palinkas, Brenda Pelletier, and Darlene Bathgate

A EVENT SECOND PLACE: (L-R) Shaun Inkster, Wayne Radke, Mike Wozony, and Iris Stanich

B EVENT WINNERS: (L-R) Brodie Wells, Corbin Davidson, Brian Yurchyshyn, and Pat Bremont

B EVENT SECOND PLACE: (L-R) Rick Wells, Andrew Wells, Colton Chubby, and Aaron Young

C EVENT WINNERS: (L-R) Len Shofner, Jason Juzwichin, Lawrence Boyko, and Lyn Loroff

C EVENT SECOND PLACE: (L-R) Ken Neault, Dwayne Krefting, Jim Menzies, and John Nedohin.

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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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Joan Schofield March 29, 2018 It is with mixed emotions that we announce the passing of Joan Schofield of Devon, Alberta on March 29, 2018 at the Devon General Hospital; beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother (GG). We rejoice for her knowing that she is free from the

pain and limitations of this mortality, but we are sad at the thought of going on without her. Joan was born in the summer of 1940 to Eugen and Thelma Syvertsen in a little cabin in Buck Lake, Alberta. Her father owned a sawmill and moved his family from place to place where timber was available. The family settled in Quesnel, BC when Joan was a teenager and her parents became friends with Les and Louise Schofield. Les and Louise happened to have a good looking son named Ray who could dance really well. Joan caught his eye and soon they found themselves in love and making wedding plans. They were married August 9, 1958. Joan and Ray traveled around following work that

Ray could get until they eventually settled on their homestead by Spirit River, Alberta in the Blueberry Mountain community in 1966. They raised their three children there and Joan involved herself in the community while her husband spent the winters working up north in the oil patch. Joan was very artistic and a gifted teacher of the talents she possessed. Joan was an accomplished seamstress and made several wedding gowns, grad dresses, and men’s suits. She taught several young woman to sew and was part of the 4-H sewing club in the community. She loved flowers and created beautiful flower arrangements. Joan started painting when her children began leaving the nest and held art showings where she sold her oil paintings. As an empty nester she found work as a camp cook to supplement her and Ray’s income. She was a very good cook and the guys she cooked for respected her and appreciated her desire to cook what they liked. Joan was predeceased by her husband Ray of 45 years, her stillborn son Dan-

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 UNRESERVED AUCTION - 2 Bankruptcies & Receivership plus final equipment

from large shutdown and other consignors. Tuesday, May 1, 10 AM. 75 Street & 51 Avenue, Edmonton. 2008 JCB 940 diesel &

5 more forklifts * 2014 JCB 300 skidsteer * 2014 Arnes quad dump trailer * 3 track seismic drill rigs * 10 deck & pick-up trucks * Machine shop including lathes, CNC mills, radial drills’ saws & more * Online sealing inc - complete valve onsite rebuilding company * 5- 53’ trailers of new pipe insulation * Complete new medical facility * 200 jobsite boxes * Steel work benches * 200 pipe stands * 4- 20’ sea cans * A mile of welding cable welders * Bevellers * High pressure pumps * Watch webpage

ny, her parents, older sister Grace Kitchen, brother Gary Syvertsen and younger sister Doris Katona. She leaves to mourn her daughter Debbie (Lawrence), Daughter Colleen, and son David (Louise), her 10 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. As well as her brothers and sisters Don Syvertsen, Elsie Kenney, Jim Syvertsen, and Joy Seymour. Funeral services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Devon, AB on Tuesday April 3, 2018 at 11:00 and a service and internment at Blueberry Mountain, AB on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 2:00. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Devon Hospital Foundation. A heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Devon Hospital who went out of their way to assure mom’s comfort and gave her family the support to make it through the difficult days. Serenity Funeral Service, Leduc in care of arrangments. Ph: 780-980-3688. in memoriam


Phone: (780) 864-2598

Gary Sadownik April 17, 2016 May 12, 1950 They say there is a reason They say that time will heal But neither time nor reason Will change the way we feel For no one knows the heartache That lies behind our smiles No one knows how many times We have broken down and cried We want to tell you something So there won’t be any doubt You’re so wonderful to think of But so hard to be without Love Always, Linda and Angie Sadownik & Charlene, Todd, Kate and Emma Loberg

Olga Keebler April 27, 2017 October 7, 1933 In Loving Memory Always on our minds Forever in our hearts Herb, Carlyn, Doug, Gary, Karen, Alex & Nathan for important updates. Visit or call Foothills Equipment Liquidation 780-922-6090. UNRESERVED AUCTION for Darcy Schultz, Saturday, April 21st, Provost, Alberta 11am. Selling: Diesel Motorhome, Willy’s Jeep, Tractors, Cabins, Wagons, Antiques & more! 780-842-5666 www. 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. 1-844-453-5372.

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William Philip Gebhart Passed away April 21, 2005

Fax: (780) 864-2599 Office Location 4926 46 Avenue Spirit River, T0H 3G0 Mailing Address PO Box 520 Spirit River, T0H 3G0

You went without farewell You said goodbye to none You were gone before we knew it And only God knows why Our lives go on without you But nothing is the same We have to hide our heartache When someone speaks your name Sad are the hearts that love you Silent the tears that fall Living our lives without you Is the hardest part of all You did so many things for us Your heart was kind and true And when we needed someone We could always count on you Your memory is our keepsake With which we’ll never part God has you in his keeping We have you in our hearts. Love Forever, Nina Gebhart and Family

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. Toll-free 1-800-694-2609, or

from across Canada. Special collectors displays. Antique evaluations by Canadian Antiques Roadshow appraiser Gale Pirie - $15 per item. Saturday, April 21, 9AM-5PM. Sunday, April 22, 10AM-4PM. Edmonton Expo Centre. 780437-9722.

2018 DAWSON CITY INTERNATIONAL Gold Show. The northernmost placer mining and consumer trade show. May 18th & 19th. Visit for information. Or call 867-993-5274.

FREE SESSION, soil health, techniques & threats. Soil Research Laboratory, Oyen, May 3. REGISTER BY APRIL 21 (nora.abercrombie@ or 780-293-1194). Green Party sponsored.

Employment Opportunities ANTIQUE SHOW - Edmonton - Western Canada’s longest running collectors show - antiques, collectibles and pop culture. 43rd Annual Wild Rose Antique Collectors Show & Sale. Sellers

ASPHALT PAVING COMPANY long established in Edmonton requires Salesman, Foreman & Workers for work in the city. Must have extensive experience with all as-

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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! INTERESTED IN the Community Newspaper business? Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. FREE. Visit: resumes_add.php.

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

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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. 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:

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. COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE: $0.99/each for a box of 180 ($178.20). Also full range of tree, shrub, and berry seedlings. Free shipping most of Canada. Growth guarantee. 1-866-

SPRING HOME BUSINESS SHOW Rycroft Ag Centre Home Business Vendors and Concession Come for lunch, stay and shop! Sunday, April 29 11am-4pm Spirit River Seawolves registration for the 2018 season is now open.

873-3846 or Health GET UP TO $50,000 from the Government of Canada. Do you or someone you know have any of these conditions? ADHD, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, Cancer, COPD, Depression, Diabetes, Difficulty Walking, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowels, Overweight, Trouble Dressing...and hundreds more. All ages and medical conditions qualify. Call The Benefits Program 1-800-2113550. Manufactured Homes BLANKET THE PROVINCE with a classified ad. Only $269 (based on 25 words or less). Reach over 110 weekly newspapers. Call NOW for details 1-800-282-6903 ext 228; Real Estate 320 ACRES of good Saskatchewan land in east

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Wanted 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; www. GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need money? We lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420. www. Travel GRIZZLY BEAR TOUR Experience a one day fly and cruise westcoast adventure to Khutzeymateen,

BUYING SHED ANTLER. Paying competitive pricing. Proper grading. All species, all conditions. Extra for trophy. Contact Herb, 780-3850076. Alberta Antler.

LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS House for Sale REVENUE HOUSES FOR SALE in Spirit River. 1 bedroom and 2 bedrooms. Call 780-876-1159. tc For Sale FOR SALE 2957 ACRES with Bldgs. Cattle/elk/bison. Call Dan at Roper Realty Ltd. 780-915-1735. tc For Rent 3 APARTMENTS FOR RENT in Spirit River. Call John at 780-864-1077. 17c

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

For your registration package, call:

Church Supper Pie Auction

n Tyler – (780) 296-4359 n Justine – (780) 897-8885 n Genevieve – (780) 864-2588

with a Fun Fashion Show

Registration deadline is April 20. Write to spiritriverseawolves@ for any questions and to get more information.

BC this summer. Calgary and Edmonton departures. 1-866-460-1415


NICE 3 BEDROOM TRAILER for rent in Wanham. 5 appliances. $800 a month plus utilities. 780-694-2092. tc

APARTMENTS AND HOUSES TO RENT in Spirit River. Please phone 780-864-3073 for more information. tc 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 780-8328497. tc Wanted I AM INTERESTED IN BUYING a 1/4 section or more of mostly bush land, north of Highway 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. 17c

Looking for a place to have a meeting, host a shower or have a party? n Wi-fi n Overhead projector n Kitchen facilities n Liquor license n TV


Saturday, April 28, 5pm Spirit of Peace United Church Spirit River n Adults – $12.00 n Children (7-12) – $6.00 n 6 Years and Under – Free

Come for a fun evening. Everyone welcome.

THANK YOU To my family – Dwayne, Jo Ann, Dave, Veronica and Dwain – for the lovely flowers and a wonderful supper. To Mike, Kim, Ben, Jeene, Shawn, Margie, Andrea, Helen and Stella for the flowers. To my neighbours Clifford, Diane, Ken and Georgina. To Elizabeth for a great gift. May God bless you all. – Josie Drzewicki

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@


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Council Corner Apr 17, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Apr 24, 8:30 am Apr 24, 9:00 am May 8, 8:30 am – 9:00 am May 8, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm May 22, 8:30 am – 9:30 am May 8, 8:30 am – 9:00 am May 22, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Agricultural Services Board Meeting Municipal Planning Meeting Council Meeting Municipal Planning Meeting Council Meeting Municipal Planning Meeting Municipal Planning Meeting Council Meeting

The wilderness is our backyard SAFE STRONG SUSTAINABLE

Community Events

We Need You!

Community Club Meeting April 20 Silver Valley Hall 8:00 pm

Public members are required to sit on the Central Peace Assessment Review Board. The Board hears assessment complaints made by taxpayers of the Central Peace Region and makes decisions under the provisions of the Municipal Government Act (MGA). All members hold office for a 3-year period and may be re-appointed. The Board meets as required to hear appeals. All members must take mandatory training as per the MGA, provided at the County’s expense.

Spring Supper & Auction April 21 Silver Valley Hall 6:00 pm Free Computer Training April 24, Fourth Creek Hall. Email to register. Spring Fling May 5 Savanna Rec Plex 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Please call Debbra Friesen (780) 864-0474 Seniors Information Day May 29, Woking Hall 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Free lunch

Dust Control Applications Please have your dust control applications in to Saddle Hills County on or before April 30th. The forms are available online or at the County office. By Mail: Saddle Hills County, RR #1 Spirit River, Alberta, T0H 3G0 By Fax: 780-864-3904 By Email:

Please indicate your interest by sending an email to Tracy Lapping at or using the contact information at the bottom of this page.

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

Non-Profit Workshops Saddle Hills County is continuing its series of workshops by Alberta Culture and Tourism and Community Futures in order to assist non-profit organizations throughout the County.

• Thursday April 19, 2018 Grant Proposal Writing Location: County Complex Training Room. Free Supper at 6:00 pm with session to follow.

Program & Activity Grants Deadline Coming May 31, 2018 Saddle Hills County offers a grant program called the ‘Program & Activity Grant.” The purpose of the grant is to provide financial assistance to small community groups, clubs and organizations including schools. Activities in which the group, club or organization (located within Saddle Hills County, and serving children, youth or seniors) may be involved include: • Athletics • Culture • Arts • Crafts • Health and well-being

COME WORK FOR US 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. 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) Temporary Full Time: • Equipment/Grader Operator (2 positions) (Union Environment) Temporary Seasonal: • Truck Driver (2 positions) (Union Environment) • Equipment Operator (1 position) (Union Environment) 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 annually offers a Bursary Program for Saddle Hills County Residents. Applicants may also qualify for additional matching Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) bursaries. In 2017 Saddle Hills County issued a total of 11 bursaries. In 2018, Council has budgeted $21,000 to help local residents achieve their higher education goals. Student Eligibility Eligible students shall: • Have Saddle Hills County as there permanent residence • Be enrolled in a recognized post-secondary program, which includes trades and related programs • Complete the application form supplied by Saddle Hills County • Write a paragraph of at least 500 words detailing their chosen field of study

• Supply two letters of reference • Submit the required information to Saddle Hills County by June 1 of the current year Application Process: • Write a paragraph of at least 500 words detailing your chosen field of study • Supply two (2) letters of reference • Complete the Bursary Application. To download a pdf copy of the Bursary Application simply please visit the County website. When you have printed the form, filled it in, and signed it, please send it, along with the rest of your completed packaged to Saddle Hills County on or before June 1st at the address or fax number below or email to

Similar grants are available to groups, clubs or organizations, serving children, youth or seniors in similar activities, outside Saddle Hills County, conditional on the group’s activities being accessible to Saddle Hills County residents. Applications will be accepted three times per year with deadlines on: • January 31st • May 31st • September 30th

Effective May 1, 2018 Saddle Hills County transfer station hours will be from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Gundy transfer station is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (BC Time Zone Saturdays only.) Please see the County website for the full schedule.

Any community group wishing to apply for assistance through this grant should please contact the Saddle Hills County office for an application form. Phone: 780.864.3760 Email:

Central Peace Early Childhood Coalition is excited to be bringing documentarian and humanitarian Leslee Udwin (London, England) to Woking Community Hall on Friday, April 20th


Leslee Udwin at Woking Community Hall April 20, 7:00 pm

at 7pm for presentation and conversation around global human rights and equality. Join us for a unique opportunity to hear Udwin’s amazing story of current global and local initiatives.

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

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.