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- With renowned Canadian jazz pianist Tommy Banks tickling the ivories, Sylvan Lake Jazz At The Lake Festival co-organizers Cheryl Fisher and Eric Allison entertained during a portion of the Alberta Jazz All Stars concert at Sylvan Lake Alliance Church Friday night. Other special guests at the event included guitarist John Stowell and saxophone player extraordinaire Jim Guloien. A large audience attended the concert, one of the highlights of this year’s festival. STEVE DILLS

Tugboat unique on Sylvan Lake by Aleisha Bosch Sylvan Lake News

Amid the motorboats and sailboats commonly seen on Sylvan Lake, John Cameron’s

small tugboat gets more than a few second glances. “Some people just can’t believe there’s such a thing,” said Cameron. “People come up in big powerboats and want to take a picture.”

One person wanted to know if he would be building another, said Cameron, adding that all the comments have been positive. “Oh that’s so awesome, I want to go on a boat like that,” remarked one passerby last Thursday.

Cameron began building the boat in December 2010, in his garage in Red Deer. He worked two to three hours per day most days, and took it on the lake for the first time July 13. Continued on Page 3

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Our Lady of the Assumption celebrating 100th anniversary by Michael Dawe Special to Sylvan Lake News

Over the years, Sylvan Lake has experienced some very interesting times. One of the best times took place one hundred years ago when the community enjoyed one of the strongest booms in its history. Sylvan Lake has always had many attractive attributes. It was surrounded by fertile farmlands. There were extensive forests, which provided a ready supply of lumber and winter fuel. The lake itself was clear, clean and full of fish. There were beautiful sandy beaches along the perimeter, particularly at the south end. However, for many years, what Sylvan Lake lacked was easy accessibility. The trails to it were very rough and at times quite impassable. This was particularly

true in the large marshy areas to the east at Burnt Lake. It was not unknown for a trip from Red Deer to Sylvan Lake to take one or two full days. That was certainly the experience of Father Henri Voisin, head of the Central Alberta mission of the Fathers of Ste. Marie of Tinchebray. He made his first trip to Sylvan Lake on December 26, 1904. He did not get back to Red Deer until December 29. The situation began to change rapidly in 1910-1911 when work began on not one, but two railways into the West Country - the Alberta Central and the Canadian Northern Western. New settlers began to flood into the Sylvan Lake district. With travel becoming much easier, the community rapidly became popular as a summer

Our Lady of The Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Sylvan Lake, 1912. Photo courtesy of Gladys Miller.

resort, as well as an agricultural centre. Quite a few of the families in the burgeoning community were French, with several

coming directly from France, but a number coming from Quebec and the United States. There were also quite a few Belgians as well as French and German Swiss. Masses for these settlers were said by Father Voisin, or one of the other Tinchebray priests. They used such places as

Charles and Raymond Archambault’s store, Adelard and Victoria Faucher’s farm and the August Loquet and Frederic Gerard homestead cabins. By 1912, it was evident that the number of local Catholics had grown to the extent that a church was needed. Moreover, with the free-

wheeling pastimes often associated with a boom town and a summer resort, Father Voisin wrote that “the time had come to enliven the completely materialistic atmosphere by the salutary presence of a church”. In the spring of 1912, Alexandre Loiselle donated a piece of land on the hillside on what is now 47A Avenue. Work on the church started thereafter. One of the big Sylvan Lake windstorms struck in July and almost blew the little church to the ground. Fortunately, the workmen were able to quickly make repairs and finish the building. Father Paul J. Chauvin, one of the Tinchebray Fathers, became the first priest. The new church was dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption. The first mass was said on Sunday, August 18, 1912. Father Chauvin continued to conduct regular services until 1915. Father Paul Lamort acted as a replacement for a while, until Father

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Henri Voisin resumed charge in May 1915. The First World War was a very tough time for Sylvan Lake and the local Catholic church. Many parishioners enlisted in the French, Belgian and Canadian armies and went overseas. Several never returned. With ensuing tough economic times, money became very scarce. In 1923-1924, the Tinchebray Fathers moved from Alberta to Tisdale, Saskatchewan. Father Stacey, who was originally from Woodstock, Ontario, became the priest at Sylvan Lake in the summer of 1923. He was soon replaced by Father Joseph R. MacDonald, who was also the resident priest at Sacred Heart in Red Deer. In 1927, conditions had improved enough that Sylvan Lake became a parish instead of a mission. Strong growth resumed in the community after the Second World War. The Our Lady of the Assumption parish grew as well. In the fall of 1964, the old church was demolished and replaced with a much larger one. Dedication of the new building took place on March 23, 1965 with Archbishop Jordan of Edmonton providing the official blessing. On Sunday, August 26, 2012, Our Lady of the Assumption will be celebrating its centennial. Archbishop Richard Smith will be in attendance for the special mass and celebrations. Michael Dawe is Curator of History at Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. He also writes a weekly column for Red Deer Express. He became the first full-time archivist with the Red Deer and District Archives and served as City Archivist until 2009.

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John Cameron took his tugboat out on Sylvan Lake last Thursday. He built the boat himself as a retirement project, and receives many comments about it from others on the lake. ALEISHA BOSCH

Tugboat gets more than a few second glances Continued from Page 1 “When you’re retired you always think you’d like to do things,” said Cameron, who used to have a garden business in Sylvan Lake. He added that he already had the necessary tools and space for the project. This is the first boat Cameron has built. Originally from Alliance, he “grew up keeping machines running on a farm”. He chose to keep his tugboat small as practice, eventually hoping to build a larger boat. He liked the look and efficiency of the tugboat’s design, which he ordered from a website. “I learned as I did it, the plans are very good,” said Cameron. He said the boat’s construction style was forgiving of small errors he made. “There were a lot of little challenges,” he said, adding that while it was easy enough for him to draw a straight line, it was another matter to cut it. The boat is constructed from fibreglass, epoxy, and plywood. “It’s kind of a messy job,” said Cameron of the work required to build it. “You get prac-

tised at it and then it’s not so bad.” The boat is powered by an electric golf cart motor, which he charges every night in his garage. Fully charged, Cameron said the battery lasts about eight hours. In addition to the battery, the boat is also equipped with a radio and a GPS, which help him monitor the weather, his speed, and his distance. Cameron has only taken the boat on Sylvan Lake so far,

usually twice a week, which he likes for its proximity to Red Deer. He named the boat “Canduet” after seeing a boat called “Candu” in his building plans. “I put it in Google and got no hits, so I figure it’s a safe name,” he said. Cameron was familiar with boats, especially sailboats and canoes, before building the tugboat. “But I’m not born on the water or anything like that.”

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Walmart’s fundraising for Red Cross celebrated Cross volunteers were on hand to help customers and show their support for Walmart staff. “This is a fun way to thank the customers of Walmart in Sylvan Lake for being so generous and supportive of our disaster management program, said Leigh Baker, community development coordinator for Canadian Red Cross. She stressed money raised in the Sylvan Lake area stays in the Sylvan Lake area to assist people involved in disasters such as fires, floods and tornadoes. Following a disaster, Canadian Red Cross provides vital assistance for people’s basic needs, including shelter, family reunification, assistance find-

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Walmart assistant manager Cory Casebeer greeted customers dressed as the Red Cross water safety mascot “Buckles” last Wednesday afternoon. Red Cross volunteers were also in the store to show their support for the business and its staff. He posed with Walmart staff and Red Cross volunteers to show their partnership during the afternoon. STEVE DILLS

The Community Calendar is an open bulletin board for non-profit community groups running free events open to the general public. Submissions must be received by Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. and should be kept as concise as possible. We will edit for content and length. We strive to publish all submissions we receive, however, due to the number of items or space availability, we are not able to guarantee publication. If you need to be sure your message runs, we suggest you place your message in the Classified section. Deliver submissions to our office at Suite 103, 5020 50A St., Sylvan Lake, fax to 1-403-887-2081 (Toll-Free 1-888-999-2081) or email to editor@ Be certain to include dates, times and contact information.

Special Events CANCELLED - Friday, August 24 to Sunday, August 26 - Eighth annual Medicine Hills Art Festival at Sylvan Lake Curling Club. www. Saturday, August 25 - Sylvan Lake Seniors Association’s second annual garage sale from 9 am to 6 pm at the seniors centre (4908 50 Ave). Table set-up Aug. 24 from 5-7 pm. To book a table call Jill at 403-887-5428 or 403-3189381. Saturday, August 25 - Sylvan Lake community blood donor clinic at the community centre from 9 am to 1 pm. Book your appointment and enter to win a Pittsburg Penguins jersey autographed by Brandon Sutter. 1-888-2DONATE (1-888236-6283) or Saturday, August 25 - Medieval demonstration at Sylvan Lake Municipal Library from 2:30 to 5 pm. Registration free but is required. Contact the library at 403-887-2130. Saturday, August 25 - Madd Gear Northern Exposure tour featuring freestyle scooter riders at Sylvan Lake Skate Park at 4 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to ride with the pros, get autographs and win prizes. Saturday, August 25 - Central Alberta Singles dance at 8:30 pm at Penhold Hall. Music by Double B. Members and invited guests only; new members welcome. Elaine 403-341-7653 or Bob 403-304-7440. Sunday, August 26 - 100th anniversary of establishment of Our Lady of The Assumption Catholic Church. Mass with archbishop at 11 am followed by banquet at community centre. Contact

church office at 403-887-2398. Sunday, August 26 - Stephansson House Harvest Fair and Penny Carnival from noon to 5 p.m. Check Wednesday, August 29 - Sylvan Lake seniors bus to River Cree Casino. Leave 8:30 am. Phone Joan 403-887-7614. Thursday, August 30 to Sunday, September 2 2012 CYA Women’s National Keelboat Championship hosted by Sylvan Lake Sailing Club. For more info contact Rick Howard 403352-6077. Thursday, September 6 - Family and community information fair from 5-8 pm at community centre. Call Cindy 403-887-3433 to reserve a table. Friday, September 7 to Sunday, September 9 End of Summer Hummer Regatta by Sylvan Lake Sailing Club. Saturday, September 8 -Sylvan Lake seniors bus to Ponoka United Church for the play ‘Jake and the Kid’. Country beef on a bun and fixings followed by performance. Theatre, supper and bus fare $40 inclusive. To reserve a seat, call Jill at 403-887-5428 or 403-318-9381. Sunday, September 16 - 21st annual Dickson Harvest Festival from 12:30-4:30 pm. Family event features Danish and traditional food, continuous entertainment, kiddies corral and vendors. Please bring non-perishable food bank donation. For info or to book table call 403-7283355. Saturday, September 22 - GMA female vocalist of the year Ali Matthews in concert at Stevenson Performing Arts Centre, H. J. Cody School, 7-8 pm. Contact Neil Evans 403-887-2092 or Garnet Rambaut 403-304-6420 for tickets. Saturday, September 29 - Central Alberta Singles dance at 8:30 pm at Penhold Hall. Music by Sierra. Members and invited guests only; new members welcome. Elaine 403-341-7653 or Bob 403-304-7440.

Weekly Events Mondays - Toastmasters Sylvan’s Slick Speakers meet at Sylvan Lake Alliance Church, 4404 47 Ave. from 7-8:15 pm. Join Toastmasters now to become the speaker and leader you want to be. For info call Correna Rae 403-506-9643. Thursdays - Sylvan Lake seniors bus to Red Deer. Pick-up 9:15 am. Returning to Sylvan 1:30 pm. Phone Mary 403-887-4579. No trip Dec. 15. Thursdays - Drop in bowling at 10 am. Two games. For information call Joan 403-8872201.

Thursdays - Benalto Leisure Club invites you to an afternoon of games, socializing and refreshments from 1-3:30 pm. Call Mary 403-7465237 or Tom 403-588-2620 for info. Thursdays - Bingo at Sylvan Lake Seniors Centre. Precall at 6:30 bingo starts at 7 pm. Thursdays - TOPS Sylvan Lake chapter meets at Comfort Inn, Sylvan Lake. Weigh-in 7-7:30 pm followed by meeting. All welcome. For more information call Kari 403-887-7850.

Monthly Events First Sunday every month. Sylvan Lake Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary breakfast at the Legion. 4916 50 Ave. 9 am to 1 pm. Next breakfast September 2. Everyone welcome. 12/30/12 First Monday every month. Sylvan Lake & District Fish & Game Association meets at 7 pm at Sylvan Lake Community Partners Association, 5043 50 Ave. Everyone welcome. For info call Dave Lloyd 403-887-2380. 12/30/12 First Wednesday every month. 55+ Club Pot Luck at Sylvan Lake Legion 12 noon. $2 admission. Jam session to follow. Everyone welcome. First Wednesday every month. Sylvan Lake Customs & Classics Car Club meeting at Sylvan Lake Legion at 7 pm. Welcoming old and new members. For more info call Gord 403-8877047. 12/30/12

Support Programs Sylvan Lake Al-Anon (for families and friends of alcoholics) 8 pm Sundays, Presbyterian Church (north door), Kathy 403-887-4470 or Robyn 403-887-2961. 12/30/12 Sylvan Lake AA meetings. Tuesdays 7:30 pm Lions Hall; Sundays 8 pm Presbyterian Church (north door). For more information about the program, call male 403-887-4470, 403-5885491 or female 403-887-4297. 12/30/12 Narcotics Anonymous meetings Thursday nights at 7:30 pm at Sylvan Lake Bethany Care, 4700 47th Ave. 12/30/12 Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Overweight? Underweight? Obsessed with weight or dieting? You are not alone. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Everyone is welcome. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12 step recovery program. For info call Harry at 403887-2962 or Joan at 403-748-2433. 12/30/12 Are you raising your grandchildren? Come join us at our ACUSHLA meetings first Thursday of the month at Sylvan Lake Library from 1-3 pm. We meet to share and support each other. Questions, call Glenda (Sylvan Lake) 403-8873849 or Sandy (Lacombe) 403-782-2960.

For Walmart staff there was a familiar member of their team inside the Red Cross water safety mascot’s costume last Wednesday. Assistant manager Cory Casebeer donned the “Buckles” costume and greeted customers to celebrate the fact the Sylvan Lake store had exceeded its target of raising $4,100 for the Canadian Red Cross disaster preparedness and response activities. They were only 12 days into the monthlong campaign when they reached their target, thanks in part to the generosity of customers who made donations at cash registers. As a result, Red

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Following are calls responded to by Sylvan Lake’s volunteer firefighters, during the week ending August 20, as supplied by Deputy Fire Chief Steve Scanland. Monday, August 13 - 12:20 a.m. - natural gas leak, Marina Bay. Monday, August 13 - 8:29 p.m. - public hazard, miscellaneous, Firdale Road. Monday, August 13 - 9:43 p.m. - motor vehicle collision, Highway 11 & 20. Saturday, August 18 - 4:30 p.m. - medical assistance, marina.


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Crystal ball gazing or proactive pursuit of opportunity? Just one more year. As Sylvan Lake has basked in the sunny, warm temperatures of the past few weeks, we’ve seen the smiles and enjoyment of thousands of tourists we’ve welcomed to our community. That’s an indication that the town’s lustre and lake’s shimmering waters have continued to act as a magnet for people from Central Alberta and beyond. In fact, if you’ve taken a drive along Lakeshore Drive, you’ll probably have noticed, as we have, the proliferation of out-of-province licence plates. While there are those who complain about the constant construction and inconvenience, the lack of access to the lakefront from the cabin area and the difficulty in manoeuvring the streets of our community, we really are on the downhill slide towards the end of construction along our waterfront and in other areas. No matter what people say about cost and inconvenience though, with only a few minor exceptions, the Lakeshore Redevelopment proj-

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ect’s reality has been worth the wait and hassle. Perhaps to the chagrin of some businesses which were focused on a different clientele, the changes have brought a more family-oriented atmosphere and certainly improved the area, particularly if you listen to anecdotal stories from various people who are charged with keeping us safe. That’s definitely a benefit to our community as our leaders position the communty’s reputation as a more wholesome, friendly and accommodating place to enjoy — whether for a few days in the summer or to make your home permanently. As well, we’ve seen recently the support for family-friendly events such as the Shake The Lake action sports and music festival as well as Jazz At The Lake Festival. Both have required extensive

volunteer hours by dedicated members of our community, as well as the financial support from our local businesses which is so necessary when producing the type of events we’ve witnessed. These and other events enhance our community’s reputation locally and more widely. As we review the changes, we think about how prescient they’ve been as demographics change and our community grows. Whether our leaders and volunteers have been able to crystal ball gaze and determine what’s coming and how to prepare or whether they’re acting in a more proactive manner, we’ll leave to someone with more experience to determine. What we do see, though, is the continuing growth of our community, not just as a great place to live but also as a great place to visit. And for that we’ve got to express thanks to everyone involved. We see, on a weekly basis, the dedication of our residents to various aspects of making our lives more enjoyable. We chronicle some in the pages of this paper, but we don’t often enough take the time to

say thanks, and keep up the good work. Visiting other locales during the summer season we’ve witnessed the tremendous growth taking place in our province and in our country. We can see it in our own community too, but it doesn’t have the same impact until you step outside of familiar surroundings and view the changes we’re going to be experiencing. Now we can say, with some

authority, that we’re headed in the right direction, that decisions being made are beneficial to our well being and long term security. Just one more year and many of the projects which are dominating discussion today will be mere memories and we’ll have moved on to other controversies … or should that be opportunities. We prefer the latter.

“Natural” energy drinks provide unnatural energy Health Canada is changing the classification of energy drinks from a “Natural Health Product” to a food product, according to a press release from Canada Newswire. Unlike many university students, I did not drink coffee (and I still don’t) to help me get through the day. However, like many students, I drank a few energy drinks to help me stay up late while working on a major paper. I vividly remember my first (and only) all-nighter of university. I was in my second year, and it was the last week of spring semester. It had been a stressful time, with a major assignment due every week. I managed to get everything in on time as the last day rolled around. Finally, I was left with one assignment — an eight-page Canadian identity paper for my history class. I hadn’t intentionally set about to leave the entire paper, save for

checking out the books I needed, until the last night. With all the other assignments due before it, that’s exactly what ended up happening. As it turned out, that same night was also a friend’s birthday, and the evening of my residence’s year-end dinner. Despite the mountain of work that lay ahead of me, I decided to attend both events. At 11 p.m. I sat down to start my paper. I stationed myself in the study lounge (to minimize distractions) and arranged my books around my laptop (to appear studious and avoid interruptions). I opened up a word document, wrote the title and my name at the top, and stared at the blank page. I didn’t know where to begin. My chosen topic was Britain’s legacy in Canada, selected solely for the number of books I was able to find on the topic. I had armed myself with a vast array of scholarly literature.

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One book featured a cracked teacup on its cover. I felt like I was that teacup, about to crack from stress. The Queen looked sternly at me from another cover. I flipped the book over. I settled down and began labouriously typing out each letter. Words formed, then sentences. What was I writing about? I really didn’t know. I hoped it made sense. After a few hours, I started nodding off mid-word. I re-read my last paragraph. It was filled with spelling errors and was missing several words. I needed to stay awake. A classmate was sitting across from me, working on the very same paper and drinking an energy drink. That’s

what I need, I thought. The drink, purchased from a vending machine, was shockingly sweet. I set it next to my fortress of books, and hoped this would help me finish my paper. I started feeling jittery in about half an hour. It was difficult to sit still in my seat. My fingers trembled as I tried to type, but at least I didn’t feel tired anymore. I powered through the next couple hours of work, fuelled by the caffeine and huge amounts of sugar the drink contained. Though I had energy, it was a certain kind of energy. It didn’t feel like I was really energized. It felt fake, like I was cheating sleep. By 7 a.m., I had written six pages. I had class at 9 a.m., so I packed up my computer, books, and empty drink can and headed down to my room to shower. I felt slightly dazed. There was something surreal about

taking my morning shower without having first woken up in my bed. While in class, I suddenly felt exhausted. I knew I was crashing as the drink wore off, and therein lay the fundamental problem with energy drinks. While it had given me a false sense of energy to work on my paper, it inevitably left me feeling as I naturally should have after not sleeping for a night. There really is no substitute for a good night’s sleep. In my opinion, energy drinks are no different from pop, except for their elevated caffeine content. They are neither natural nor healthy, and should not refer to themselves as such. As for the paper, I ended up finishing it on time. I learned my lesson, and for the rest of my time in university, I learned not to leave anything to the last minute, and to take it easy with caffeine.

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Local government to blame for downfall of beautiful resort Dear Editor, I totally support Everett Gratrix’s letter in the Aug. 16th issue of Sylvan Lake News. This letter develops the history

of situations leading to the current tenuous future facing the permanent and summer residents of the Town of Sylvan Lake. The use of the word apologists

re: previous letters of support for the actions of the politicians at all levels of government is very appropriate. What a situation when citizens have to

Pleased to see Law’s positive letter Dear Editor, I was reading the Letters to the Editor in this past week’s Sylvan Lake News and was pleased to finally see a letter that voices the opinion that many of us have over the recent issues in the town. Often citizens that are happy or content with the state of affairs will not bother to voice an opinion, so it was a great pleasure to read John Law’s letter! He really puts things into perspective and I want him to know that he has people that support him.

I would also like to suggest that some of the people who are putting so much effort into fighting the changes in the town, such as the Highway 11 & 781 intersection, consider taking that considerable effort and energy and putting it toward something worthwhile like homelessness, abused children, disabled people, or spending time with seniors! Just imagine what good that could be done. Theresa Andreeff, Sylvan Lake

apologize for the actions of politicians. One of the apologists suggested those of us disgruntled by the actions and non-actions direct our “venom” specifically at the local MLA. Firstly, the opinions expressed are not hateful and spiteful as the term “venom” suggests, but merely common sense opinions of concerned citizens of Sylvan Lake. As a summer resident not involved in the local provincial election, for me as an individual to take my concern to the Wildrose MLA’s desk would, if accepted, have no impact. However, although I haven’t voted in the local civic elections,

but could, I expect the town council to leave no stone unturned in their efforts on my behalf as well as countless others to right the wrongs that have led to the current situation. There is no doubt that no matter how you slice it, the local civic government is totally to blame for the downfall of this beautiful resort. For town council to accept the provincial government’s June announcement that nothing can be done to right the lake level this year is mystifying. If I were a councillor, and accepted this without protest and continued concerted effort to right this wrong, I would be very embar-

rassed. Our apologist suggests that the ’50s development of Highway 11 along what became Lakeshore Drive was to act as a “dike” for the high level of this time. In reality, the upgrading of the highway through Sylvan Lake at this time was to complete development of the David Thompson tourist highway to Saskatchewan Crossing, to readily handle the increased tourist traffic. Describing the lake level of the ’50s as “almost” as high as it is now leaves a lot of latitude regarding what is almost. In the late ’50s I would, during my noon hour break from my summer job in Red Deer,

drive to Sylvan, park along Lakeshore Drive (then Highway 11) and go for a swim and suntan lying on a towel placed on the sand beach that was then available. However, the apologist can now realize his suggestion that the road was improved to act as a “dike”, in that 60 years later it actually is a “dike”. It is unfortunate the realization that all the ills of Sylvan Lake could be cured by the immediate lowering of the lake level is not realized and acted upon. Hopefully, the coming winter will have little snow and/or glaciers will stop melting at there current alarming rate. Arnie Enger, Sylvan Lake Your locally owned and operated Home Builder

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SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Thursday, August 23, 2012


Swing dancers Chantelle Campbell and Darryl Glenn were among those dancing when Johnny Summers Little Big Band played classic songs at Sylvan Lake Royal Canadian Legion last Thursday. The performance was part of the tenth annual Jazz at the Lake Festival.

Sam Davies was fascinated by the banjo playing of John Thorson during the H.O.T. Dixieland Jazz Band’s performance at the outdoor picnic concert in Lions Legacy Park Saturday afternoon. A large crowd of people enjoyed the jazz melodies created by the five member group.

Tuba player Stephen Anderson was reflected in the bell of his instrument while he played a song during the H.O.T. Dixieland Jazz Band’s performance at the Farmers’ Market in downtown Sylvan Lake last Friday afternoon.

Sylvan Lake’s Jim Guloien enjoyed a joke with the audience during a break in his performance as part of the Alberta Jazz All-Stars last Friday evening. He played with the Tommy Banks Trio, receiving lengthy applause from an appreciative audience.

Singer Joan Ree was backed up by members of Lacombe’s Flat Iron Jazz Band during her performance at Lions Legacy Park Sunday afternoon.

Central Alberta’s Jazz Explosion, with several Sylvan Lake musicians, was one of two community bands performing at Lions Legacy Park Sunday afternoon.

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Potential demise of cruise business will be a loss to town Dear Editor, We have owned a home in Sylvan for 12 enjoyed yyears, ye arss, ar s, aand nd eenj njjoyyed the the

Zoo Cruise with grandchildren, other family, friends and service orga or g ni ga niza zati za tion ti onss. on s. organizations.

In speaking with Cynthia, captain of our cruise, I asked her what p pe rcen rc enta en tage ta g of ge of her her gu gguests ests es ts percentage

were tourists or locals. She indicated to me that about 75-80 per cent ce nt aare re tourists. ttou ouri ou rist ri stss. st s.

Letters provide platform to present thoughts, opinions Dear Editor, It’s a sad state of affairs when a simple plea for understanding, honesty and proactive participation in our political system can so quickly lead to allegations of cronyism and outright graft.

Apparently some readers take serious offense when others seek to defend the actions of political representatives or, more importantly, the democratic system that they represent. Letters to the Editor

provide a suitable platform for individuals and groups to present their thoughts and opinions to society at large. Unfortunately, some writers deem to present opinion as fact and allegation as truth; others

resort to half-truth and false innuendo to get their point across. How are these individuals any different than the political stripe these writers seek to rebuke? Richard Backs, Sylvan Lake

Youngsters with lemonade stand thanked by charity These were duly delivered with gratitude. Later that day, at the Farmers’ Market on Main Street, Mandalynn Beamish and Ashelen Gonzalez delivered to our booth, $52.37 AND the most adorable sign they had made themselves. We were so thrilled and so grateful – thank you girls, and mom, for helping the animals … awesome! You made our day!’ Melanie Crehan, Sylvan Lake & Area Serenity Pet Shelter Society

Dear Editor, Every now and then, we need to celebrate great kids, their huge hearts, and give a shout out to their parents for doing an excellent job. Here’s the wonderfulness of it all: On Friday I received a call from the owner at Yogadive Co. to let me know that her daughter and her friend were doing a lemonade sale and would like to donate the proceeds to Sylvan Lake & Area Serenity Pet Shelter Society, and would that be all right … all she needed were some brochures and business cards.


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For many years we rented our tourist home to families from Canada, the USA and E Europe. We always had Z Zoo Cruise brochures iin our hand out packages for our guests. The town initiated a ttourist home bylaw that effectively turned the cabin rental business ffrom over 100 cabins ffor rent in 2002, to the m most recent stat of less tthat 30 licensed tourist h homes. Well done! When checking out,

development, which will effectively close down this wonderful 20 year “special” experience that thousands have enjoyed. Locals, we need you to speak to our members of council and the mayor and express concerns about this gross miscarriage of justice. One less thing for the tourists and locals to enjoy. So sad! Rene Jaspar, Sylvan Lake

Don’t close roads for special events Dear Editor, Roads are constructed with much labour and expense to allow people to drive to places of importance to them. They are carefully designed to facilitate uninterrupted ease of access to homes and businesses. Roadways themselves are not supposed to be parks, parking lots or common use spaces. Do not be fooled into thinking that by closing roads, such as main street, to host special events you will generate new vitality in the area. The main reason downtown has become

somewhat of a ghost town is because ease of access onto main street through the Highway 11/781 intersection was closed. There are several large parks, parking lots and numerous vacant buildings in which to host these special events without denying people the ability to drive through the downtown core. It is not that they are lazy, they just want access to where they want to go. Anything less frustrates them even if it is a free three ring circus blocking the road! If simple unrestricted access is not always

provided businesses will continue to leave and new ones may open but will not last long. Special events are nice and draw a crowd, but this does not translate into extra sales for established businesses at the expense of closing the road and frustrating their regular customers. Also, people who are trying to go other places in town and run into a frustrating dead end think they are at the Lacombe Corn Maze instead of Sylvan Lake. Craig Little, Sylvan Lake

Power tripping most dangerous and destructive Dear Editor, When I was considerably younger, I started travelling here, there, just about anywhere. It was wonderful. The world was a friendlier place back then. I made many friends, and am still, to this day, in touch with some. As I was sitting looking at some pictures and reminiscing, the word “trip” kept running through my mind. At first it was just a time

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we always asked guests what they enjoyed or discovered in our town. Reviewing that information, the Zoo Cruise was mentioned in at least 37 per cent of replies. What a shame that a valid legally binding lease agreement, that the owners of the Zoo Cruise have with the landlord, is deemed to not be important enough that our town council voted to approved the condo

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away from the home base for relaxation, business, or discovery — a refreshing time. You went, came back and shared experiences with family, friends, and anybody else who was interested. It was fun. Lately, “trip” can mean so many things: It is something we all do when we are not paying attention, like tripping over the cat, or the end of a skate board. When using drugs of any kind, singly, or in combination with alcohol, we can have good, bad, or even fatal trips which can have devastating effects on so many of the people we know.

To my mind, the most dangerous and destructive kind of tripping is POWER TRIPPING. We see so much of it these days, in practically all areas of the community. Power trippers can be anybody, from disgruntled folk who have had power and lost it, or those who think their efforts on behalf of the community have not been sufficiently acknowledged. So they inadvertently crush the people who love them, eventually losing everything which is nearest and dearest to them. So that’s it for now. Thanks for listening. Helen McLean, Sylvan Lake

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Country Drive showcase provided boost to rural businesses by Aleisha Bosch Sylvan Lake News

Country Drive, an organization of rural central Alberta businesses, held its annual Summer Showcase Weekend Aug. 11-12. Those taking part in the self-guided tour were able to explore the country close to Red Deer and visit farms, museums, and artisans. Sisters Crystal Selk and Anita Merritt from Ponoka were among those participating. The pair like to drive around Alberta, taking road trips on a regular basis. Selk and Merritt had taken part in the Spring Showcase Weekend June 2-3. They enjoyed the drive so much they decided to do it again in the summer after seeing how many places there were to visit. “There’s enough things that are close enough together that it

doesn’t take too long,” said Merritt. Selk added that it would be a good family trip. Markerville was at the top of their list this time, because of the annual Cream Day, said Merritt. They also visited Vitality Crystals and Fountains near Bowden, the Bowden Sunmaze, Edgar Farms near Innisfail, and Stephansson House. “If you’re going to spend time, you can hit three or four per day,” said Merritt. Selk added that the weekend offered good specials on things they wouldn’t normally see or do. Merritt said they started talking about taking part in the summer event in June. They like how the weekends coincide with special days at some of the businesses, such as Markerville’s Cream Day, or Asparagus Day at Edgar Farms.

Kirsten Strand, lead historical interpreter for Stephansson House, showed the wood-fired stove where cakes were baked for Country Drive’s summer showcase weekend. The cakes were served to visitors as part of the house’s weekend special theme of cabins, conservation, and cakes. ALEISHA BOSCH

Though the drive is self-directed, Selk said she liked how it acted as a guide for their drive. She also said they discovered other rural businesses that weren’t part of the drive while enroute to their destination.

Kirsten Strand, lead historical interpreter at Stephansson House, said every Country Drive partner presented a different piece of rural central Alberta. “What we show here is basically how Alberta started out,” said

Strand. She said Stephansson House’s theme for the weekend was cabins, conservation, and cakes. Those visiting Stephansson House were able to build their own model log cabin out of paper, or taste

cake made in the house’s wood-fired oven. The emphasis on conservation referred to the house’s focus on preserving history. “We just remind people that without putting emphasis on history, things like this are lost,” said Strand. Strand said visitor numbers increased during the weekend, which she attributed to Cream Day in nearby Markerville. Showcase weekends happen four times a year, with one for each season. Liz Taylor, executive director of Tourism Red Deer, said the weekends allow participating businesses to plan special events and attract more people. “They get exposure they wouldn’t get independently,” said Taylor. The weekend was promoted on the Country Drive website,

Carnival games, food and history at Stephansson House by Steve Dills Sylvan Lake News

Old fashioned carnival games for all ages will be featured at Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site on Sunday during their annual Harvest Fair and Penny Carnival. Activities take place from noon to 5 p.m. at the site just northwest of Markerville. The afternoon will also include fresh baking samples from Helga Stephansson’s wood-burning stove, items for sale by local vendors, historical craft demonstrations and a chance to discover the historic house with costumed interpreters on hand to answer questions, said Andrea Murray, a historical interpreter at the site.

There’s also a “guess the number of currents in the giant astarbollur” contest. Astarbollur is an Icelandic pastry. Don’t forget your pennies so you can enjoy the carnival games. Admission is $3 for adults, $8 for a family (two adults and their children ages 7-17), $2 for seniors and $2 for youth (ages 7-17). Children six and under free. Stephansson House is located seven kilometres north of Markerville, off secondary highways 781 and 592 (20 minutes south of Sylvan Lake). For more information check www. or contact Andrea Murray at 403-7823-3939 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access within Alberta) or email

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and in local media. “Working as a group is a lot harder than working individually, but it’s a lot more rewarding,” said Taylor. “It makes them a lot stronger.” She added that Country Drive partners work together to market themselves as a cluster, instead of as a single business in the country. Taylor said people have come from cities like Calgary to participate in the weekend. “So the city are coming out to the rural,” said Taylor. “It’s really celebrating rural life.” While Country Drive is not organized by Tourism Red Deer, Taylor said they do support it. She said she hopes those taking part in the weekend enjoyed the time they spent in the country and the opportunity to sample different products.


SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Thursday, August 23, 2012

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SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Thursday, August 23, 2012

Posts at Hwy 781/11 corner hit, vehicle left scene Saturday, August 11th 1:03 p.m. – A youth was reported missing from a group home in Sylvan Lake. The youth has since been located and returned to the group home. 11:25 p.m. – Cases of Red Bull were stolen from the Shake the Lake Festival at the arena. Sunday, August 12th 2:25 a.m. – RCMP were flagged down by security staff at Bentley Arena and advised that a porta potty was turned over with a person in it. Two subjects were arrested and charged with mischief. 4:22 p.m. – An SUV was stolen from the Sylvan Lake area and recovered in Edmonton.

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Monday, August 13th 9:44 p.m. – A three vehicle collision occurred at Hwy. 11 and Hwy. 20. One person was injured and a driver was charged with turning left unsafely. Tuesday, August 14th 9:15 a.m. – A vehicle was broken into on Lodge Place. A GPS, 2 long boards, and other items were stolen. 5:10 p.m. – Police responded to a 911 call of a domestic disturbance on 34th Street in Sylvan Lake. A male was arrested and

charged with assault. Thursday, August 16th 4:06 p.m. – A traffic hazard was reported at the intersection of Hwy 781 and Hwy 11. A vehicle hit the posts, leaving debris on the highway. The vehicle had left the scene. Alberta Transportation was contacted to clean up the debris and repair the damage. Friday, August 17th 12:30 a.m. - Three youths were arrested for spray painting graffiti on a school and the playground equipment. 4:11 p.m. – RCMP responded to a 911 call of a gas and dash at the Petro Canada. Video surveillance is to be viewed by police.

Raising - Medicine River Pony Club competitive riders Shayna Dyrland and Reagan Noyes, with coach Renee Duplessis, sold hamburgers, hot dogs, and snacks last Friday in front of Sylvan Lake Sobeys as a fundraiser for their coming trip to Ontario. The pony club’s A Team members will be competing in a national Prince Philip Games tournament at the end of August after winning a provincial tournament in July. The pony club will be holding another fundraiser, in the same location at lunch, tomorrow (Friday). ALEISHA BOSCH

Attention Advertisers Benalto & Area Rural Crime Watch Society (BARCWS) donated $200 to Sylvan Lake & District Victim Services Association, last Wednesday. The victim services unit serves the same geographical area as Sylvan Lake RCMP who are in partnership with both of these non-profit organizations. Benalto & Area RCWS strongly supports the victim services goal of helping victims (and families) of tragedy and crime in getting their lives back on track. Jennifer Plotnikoff, program coordinator, Sylvan Lake & District Victim Services accepted the cheque from Yvette Brideau, president of BARCWS while Sylvan Lake RCMP Sgt. Michelle Boutin and Angela Kinzed, assistant coordinator of Sylvan Lake & District Victim Services shared the moment. DAVE MORE

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Lacombe County approves back yard railroad by Paul Cowley Black Press

Ernie Beskowiney’s dream of building a model steam engine railroad in his rural backyard near Eckville keeps chugging right along. Lacombe County’s municipal planning commission conditionally approved a development permit to allow Beskowiney to go ahead with his plan to build a one-eighth scale model railway track, complete with a working steampowered miniature locomotive, at its Aug. 9 meeting. Beskowiney has

spent years making the engine, a replica of the 6060 series U1F Mountain Type 4-8-2 locomotive that is one of the engines used by Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions out of Stettler. The plan is to lay out 1,500 metres of track and to give the public rides on the miniature train similar to those found in amusement parks. Two big fundraising events are planned each year to benefit Alberta’s two children’s hospitals. Outside those events, the site will be open to the public on a drop-in basis and for educa-

tional purposes. Beskowiney estimates he is still at least two or three years away from having his miniature railway up and going. “There’s a tremendous amount of work to be done,” he said. “I have no cars yet. I’m still working on the engines.” Beskowiney has invested thousands of hours over the last five or six years painstakingly creating the components for his dieselpowered steam engines and assembling them into amazingly accurate replicas of their giant inspirations.

He already has the rails and the ties he will need. He will start working on the a layout for the tracks when the crop comes off this fall on a 7.9 hectare site off Range Road 3-0. When fully developed, the site will be landscaped and feature model buildings. There will also be barns for the rolling stock, a station and a covered area for guests. The province’s children’s hospitals have already expressed their enthusiasm for the idea of taking part in twice yearly two-day fundraising events.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 SYLVAN LAKE NEWS


Near-death experience gave 22-year-old a new outlook on life by Brenda Kossowan Black Press

Debi McGrath had refused to go in the water ever since her son nearly died of a heart attack while they were swimming together on Friday, May 13, 2011. Then, at about 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, she dove off the pier at Sylvan Lake to join Austin, 22, for the last few minutes of a 7.5-kilometre swim he had just completed in front of his mom, his dad, Darryl and a few dozen others in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Red Deer area office. Austin said afterward that he didn’t realize at first that the person who jumped in with him was his mother, who was deeply traumatized by his heart attack and was unable to watch him train for Saturday’s event. “I was surprised. She wouldn’t even go near the water. I was going to cry, but I held it in because I didn’t want to cry in front of hundreds of people,” said Austin, wolfing down his seventh hamburger paddy since stroking his way across the southeast side of the lake and back. He had expected to swim five kilometres in about three or four hours with the hope of raising $5,000 to $10,000 to support Heart and Stroke Foundation research and programs. He ended up swimming farther than expected and in less time, completing the swim in 3.5 hours total time, including a break on the accompanying sailboat to have a lunch and rehydrate. Debi couldn’t watch.

Helping organizers get her son’s project underway, the Red Deer mother’s hands shook and she fought back tears as she described the ordeal her only child had overcome in the months since his heart attack and the discovery that he is affected by a genetic heart disorder. Austin turned 21 in hospital on May 23, 2011 — unconscious and struggling to survive. As his medical condition stabilized, he had to relearn how to sit up, how to talk and how to walk. Few people on the pier for his swim on Saturday were more amazed than Red Deer emergency services technician Tom Patrick, who was the first

responder to the scene that fateful day at the Red Deer Rec Centre, where mom and son had gone to swim lengths together. Patrick had not seen McGrath since the day he and other members of his team were called to the pool, where they found an apparently lifeless man on the deck. Another swimmer and a lifeguard had been performing mouth-tomouth resuscitation while awaiting the ambulance. The emergency medical services team had to defibrillate three times to get the young athlete’s heart started. Austin was rushed to hospital in Red Deer and then transferred to Foothills Hospital in

Calgary, where he began what should have been a very long period of recovery. Patrick volunteered his time on Saturday to ride along in an accompanying sailboat in case of a medical emergency. He had been on vacation the day the family came by to thank members of his crew for their help, so found it “really rewarding” to get a chance to meet Austin and join his support crew. “We go through our careers and, a lot of the time, we see stuff that doesn’t really have a positive outcome like this,” said Patrick. “This is a true testament to his lifestyle before he had his incident. He was a healthy guy, he worked out all

the time and took care of himself. I think it really helped him recover. We’re just a small link in the chain.” Sylvan Lake nurse Gail Foreman — a vocal activist in her role with Action on Smoking and Health — coached Austin through the swim from the seat of her kayak while her husband, Phil Foreman piloted the boat, powered by its outboard engine. With her son safely ashore, Debi said her impromptu decision to jump into the water may help her get back into the water again and resume working out with her son, who had been an award-winning swimmer and martial artist before his collapse. “Everybody was kind of telling me I needed to

jump in the lake and swim back with him,” she said afterward. “I think this has been very therapeutic for me, to watch him swim.” Tammy OliverMcCurdie, area manager for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, said Austin met his fundraising goal of $10,000 at 2:34 p.m., just 15 minutes before he returned to the pier from where his swim had started earlier in the day. “He’s done a great job, mobilizing this entire event,” said McCurdie. Interviewed before getting into the water, Austin said it was never really about the money. “It was more about the story getting out. I kind of surpassed what everybody thought I could do. I’m supposed

to still be in the hospital, in rehab. It’s just people telling me I can’t do something. Well, I can. I just prove them wrong.” A graduate of Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High, Austin plans to upgrade his education at Red Deer College so he can gain admission to an engineering program. While he doesn’t believe he has changed since his heart attack, he said his outlook on life definitely has. “It’s a life-changing experience. It opens your eyes to all of the opportunities you have. Waking up every day, even having your mom yell at you, it’s like, ‘I’m really yelling at you, but I still love you.’”

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With a crowd of supporters on the pier, Austin McGrath dove into Sylvan Lake Saturday morning to begin a 7.5 kilometre round trip swim to in support of his fundraising campaign for the Health and Stroke Foundation. The 22-year-old heart attack victim raised over $10,000. STEVE DILLS

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SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Thursday, August 23, 2012

The changing face of Sylvan by Steve Dills Sylvan Lake News

I can only imagine what summer residents think after being away all winter? Returning to Sylvan Lake they must be amazed at the amount of growth, the homes and businesses sprouting up throughout the community, the extensive public works and town infrastructure projects. Returning from three weeks away from Sylvan Lake, we decided to take

a quick journey along the roads to see for ourselves the sights we were hearing about from readers and friends. It didn’t take long to find the surest sign of growth — the heavy equipment working along the lakeshore or erecting buildings and cutting new roads in expanding or new subdivisions. Here’s a selection of pictures for some of our residents who may not have taken the time to explore our community.

The walls were being erected on an industrial building on Cuendet Industrial Way, Monday.

Preparation is underway for laying of services in the town’s newest subdivision, Crestview, on the east side of 50th Street just south of Pierview.

The first duplex in the new Westpine Estates subdivision off of 60th Street in the town’s west end is showing real progress.

Another row housing building is going up in the Four Seasons Harbour complex across 43rd Street from C. P. Blakely School.

Every day the appearance of the new town hall and civic administration building changes as workers strive to get the building closed in before the winter weather hits. The project is pretty much on scheduled according to Ron Lebsack, director and leisure and protective services.

Construction is continuing on row housing units on Rafferty Court, an area just south of Ryders Square which is filling up quickly.

New roads are being prepared in the Beacon Hill subdivision.

Memorial Trail is closed from 50th Street east to Highway 20 as work continues to improve the road which will eventually be a major route linking the west end of town to the east end.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 SYLVAN LAKE NEWS


Nelson family honoured with Golden Furrow Award by Steve Dills Sylvan Lake News

A Rainy Creek family was honoured with the Golden Furrow Award on Saturday Sunnybrook Farm Museum in Red Deer. The award, created in 2005 to recognize and honour the agricultural pioneers of Central Alberta, was presented to the Nelson family who have a long history in the region. Glen Nelson was “very honoured and surprised” to receive the award from Red Deer historian Michael Dawe. It had been kept a secret from him, said his wife Pearl. “We didn’t tell him until he got there and saw his family was being honoured.” His sisters Lois Eaton, Beryl Abbott, Marina Becker and Donna Richards, all from Red Deer attended as did the Nelson’s daughter Jane Moore who farms west of Bentley. Their other three

children were unable to attend due to holidays scheduled many months ago. Other family in attendance included grandchildren as well as descendants of other branches of the family. Pearl said the presentation was made during the Pioneer Days Festival at the farm museum. That included demonstrations, tractor pulls, pancake breakfast, a parade of old tractors, homemade pie and ice cream among other things. “It was a delightful day,” she said. Events continued on Sunday. One of the highlights for Glen was a steam engine from the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin. Glen Nelson’s grandparents, Nels and Maren Nelson, settled in the Rainy Creek district in 1902, and Glen and Pearl Nelson have spent their entire lives operating a mixed farm where they still live today, according to Ian Warwick, executive director of Sunnybrook Farm Museum.

The citation for the winning family reads: “The Nelson family first emigrated to Canada and settled in the Rainy Creek district in 1902. Nels S. Nelson was born in 1864 in Jutland, Denmark, and married Maren (Steiner) Nelson who was born in 1867, also in Denmark. “Their son Frank Nelson was born in 1898 in Pipestone, Minnesota, and married Doris (Wyatt) Nelson who was born in 1905 in Sutton, Quebec. The Wyatt family had settled in the Rainy Creek district in 1913 where Frank and Doris met. “Their son Glen Nelson was born in 1931 in Bentley, Alberta. Glen went to high school in Red Deer, and later married Pearl Swainson of the Burnt Lake district in 1954. They have four children: Brad, Jane, Holly and Beverley. Glen Nelson has operated a mixed farm all his life, where he and Pearl still live.

Members of the Nelson family who attended the presentation of the Golden Furrow Award gathered around recipients Glen and Pearl Nelson who are in the front row, Saturday at Sunnybrook Farm Museum in Red Deer. SUBMITTED

“Originally he farmed with his father Frank, and later with his brother Jim Nelson and his son Brad. Their daughter Jane currently owns and operates a cow-calf operation west of Bentley. “In 2004, on Glen and Pearl’s 50th wedding anniversary, the couple was presented with Lacombe County’s 100 year farm family recognition.

“One of Glen’s successes in the agricultural field is his ability to design and fabricate tractor cabs, cranes, and hopper-bottom bins. “Glen Nelson’s volunteer contributions to the community are numerous, including his 15 years as a delegate with Alberta Wheat Pool, nine years as a Lacombe County councillor, four years as a member of

Lacombe Regional Hospital Board. He was instrumental in formation of Gull Lake Gas Co-op and served as secretary-treasurer for 10 years, along with many years volunteering with the UFA on numerous committees. “Glen served for 42 years in various board and committee positions with Bentley United Church, for eight years as

secretary-treasurer of Bentley Arena building committee, 15 years on Rainy Creek Community Hall Board, and somehow found time to coach hockey for 14 years. “His service to the community and his dedication to the field of agriculture are being celebrated today with the presentation of the 2012 Golden Furrow Award.”


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SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Thursday, August 23, 2012

Motocross racer pleased with performance, education by Aleisha Bosch Sylvan Lake News

Motocross racer Gage Matwiy, 10, gained new experiences, new friends, and new knowledge from his first national competition. The Sylvan Lake racer competed in the Parts Canada TransCan Amateur Grand National Championship Motocross in Walton, Ontario, last week. Out of three rounds and 26 competitors, Gage came in 22nd, 15th, and 19th, said his mother Natasha. He had an overall standing of 19th in his division. “It was really, really

Gage Matwiy, 10, competed in a national motocross racing competition in Walton, Ontario finishing 19th overall in his division. SUBMITTED FILE PHOTO

hard. I didn’t expect it to be that hard. It was a learning experience and I’m excited for next year to go,� Gage said. He added that he

learned to be more aggressive, and to stand up more on his bike while riding. “The track was in mint condition. It felt

really good. It was very fluid,� he said. He felt good about competing with the top riders from Alberta, Canada and the United States. “I’m proud of him. He rode really well and he learned a lot from the experience,� said Natasha. She added that the racetrack was new to him, and difficult. According to the event website, Canadian racers qualify after riding in Amateur National Qualifiers races. Each province has a certain number of spaces available. Alberta has seven positions. “I’m proud of him because he still was one of the top kids to make it to the race,� said Natasha. “He has proved his riding to be competing against that calibre of other riders.� Gage was chosen to participate in a competition pitting racers from Eastern and Western Canada against each other, held the last day of the championship. He said he was chosen because he had

raced hard and because he had stayed for the entire competition. Eastern Canada ended up winning. To prepare for the event, Gage worked on racing technique and core strength. “I think I was pretty well-prepared. I ate lots of healthy snacks this weekend,� he said. Competitors and their families camped in a field near the racetrack. Natasha said Gage met a lot of new friends, all of whom

were encouraging of each other. “They’re all motocross buddies and they ride hard,� she said. The Grand Amateur Nationals took place Aug. 14-19. Professional riders took to the track the last day, and Gage was able to meet them after. “It was a fun experience and something we’re really looking forward to coming back to next year,� said Natasha. “The whole experience, being out on the track

with the other riders, it was just phenomenal.� Natasha said Gage is grateful to his supporters and sponsors, including Trilliant Real Estate Group, Complete Athlete, Showdown Merchandising, Turple Bros. Ltd., Sonic Welding, TRT Welding Services, Whaler Industrial, Printwerx, Philsner Welding, DC Crane Services, Hazard County Fitting and Welding, No Weaklings Racing, and especially his parents.


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Thursday, August 23, 2012 SYLVAN LAKE NEWS


Medieval demo planned at library by Corrie Brown Special to Sylvan Lake News

Sylvan Lake Municipal Library is hosting a medieval demonstration at the end of the summer. Janet Renzetti, Chatelaine for the Shire of Bitter End, will be coming to our library with a crew of volunteers to demonstrate medieval fashions, weapons, and technologies.

Want to learn about, and see, medieval dances? Curious about different types of weaponry? Want to know about knights, peasants, chainmail, and more? Come down to the library on Saturday from 2:30-5:00 to take part in this awesome demonstration! A free program for all ages, this demo will be sure to educate and entertain parents and chil-

dren alike. For parents, if your children are heading into, or just leaving Grade 5, this demonstration will supplement their Social Studies units. Registration for this program is free, but required. To register, call or drop by the library. If you have any questions, stop by the library, or contact program coordinator Corrie at 403-887-2130.

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools RegistraƟon and Back-to-School InformaƟon New Student RegistraƟons start Wednesday, August 22 at the school. Our schools are well recognized for their academic excellence. They are publicly funded and welcome children of all faiths desiring a Catholic education! With a gospel view of life, students are called to grow spiritually, academically, socially, and physically. ESL (English as a Second Language) support is offered in all our schools.

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Hip Hop concert for 2012/2013 all ages Early Learning Classes

Top, Andy Armstrong owner of Midwest Productions and Entertainment, and organizer of the all-ages hip hop event aimed to promote a positive message within hip hop, rapped for a cheering audience.

Above left, Damian Logan provided music for an all-ages hip hop event last Thursday at Sylvan Lake community centre. Above right, The crowd showed their support for the performers.

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JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC is required at OK Tire in Whitecourt, Alberta. Send resume by fax 780-778-6471. Email: or drop off at 3735 Caxton Street.



QUALITY CONTROL PERSON experienced with Piping & Structural Welding needed for a growing Northern Company. Competitive wages & benefits. Please email resume to: Fax 250-775-6227 or apply online: TJ LOGGING of Whitecourt, Alberta is now accepting resumes for the logging season: Heavy Duty Hoe, Dozers, Bunchers, Skidders, & Process Operators. Fax resume 780-778-2428 WELDER-RED SEAL Journeyperson with valid Alberta B Pressure ticket. GTAW, SMAW, roll welding & pipe fitting an asset. Southside Edmonton, full-time days, competitive wages. Submit resume: Fax 1-888-283-8153.

Truckers/ Drivers


REQUIRED FOR AN Alberta Trucking Company. One Class 1 Driver. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience pulling low boys and driving off road. Candidate must be able to pass a drug test and be willing to relocate to Edson, Alberta. Fax resume to: 780-725-4430

Business Opportunities


BE YOUR OWN BOSS and make money by the loads! Open a MAYTAG equipped LAUNDRY store. We’ll help you get started. Commercial Laundry Distributors 1-800-663-2646.

MONAD INDUSTRIAL Constructors Inc. now hiring: Skilled Tradespersons with industrial construction experience for an industrial Misc. site near Vanscoy, SK. Journeymen & Apprentice Help Concrete Finishers; ADULT Journeymen & Apprentice Scaffolders; UPGRADING Skilled Labourers. Alberta Government All wages depend on Funded Programs experience. We offer a Student Funding Available! $2./hour retention bonus & $2./hour completion bonus * GED Preparation (total $4./hour). Living out * Trades Entrance Exam allowance is provided to Preparation those that qualify. We are * Women in the Trades also looking to fill night shift positions with an extra Academic Express premium of $3./hour. Adult Education & Training Monad has excellent 340-1930 benefits, pension plan & RRSPs. The successful candidate must have current safety certifications F/T SATELLITE INSTALLERS - Good hours, home every including CSTS 09, H2S night, $4000-$6000/mo. Alive & complete a preContractor must have truck access D&A test. Apply or van. Tools, supplies & with resume in person: 9744 - 45 Ave., Edmonton, ladders required. Training provided, no experience AB, T6E 5C5 or by fax needed. Apply to: 1-888-398-0725 or email: Attention: Monad Recruitment Team IMMED. OPENINGS Firewood Baggers. Start your career! Heavy work. 403-304-6472 See Help Wanted


Misc. Help

Misc. Help


CARRIERS REQUIRED to deliver the Sylvan Lake News Central AB Life, twice weekly. Please call Debbie for details 314-4307

Employment Training


FAST TRACK your career in 22 weeks and become a Certified Health Care Aide. Phone 403-347-4233 or visit www. Classes begin September 11 at the Health Care Aide Academy downtown Red Deer.


Business Services #1000 - #1430



KOR DESIGN SERVICES LTD. COMPLETE RENOVATIONS INCLUDING: basement/suite development & design, bathrooms, ceilings, texturing, laminate & hardwood floors, electrical, plumbing, windows & doors

Kevin O’Rourke 403-357-0351 Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors



403-887-3260 #103 Railside Plaza, 4505 – 50 Avenue Sylvan Lake, Alberta

Sidewalks, driveways, shops, patios, garage pads commercial. Specialized in stamp concrete. 302-9126




NEW N #6, 20A Sylvaire Close LOCATIO

Hours: M-F 8-5

Domestic, Import & Diesel Repair

FOR INTEREST or career opportunities, take an online eight-week Renewable Energy and Conservation course from Lakeland College. September 4 - Basic Energy Principles; Energy and the Environment. October 29 - Introduction to Wind Power; Energy Audits and Conservation Practices; 1-800-661-6490.




DO YOU NEED to borrow money - Now? If you own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits will lend you money - It’s that simple. 1-877-486-2161 DROWNING IN DEBTS? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30% or cut debts 70 thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation; or toll free 1-877-556-3500. MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 loan and +. No credit refused. Fast, easy, 100% secure. 1-877-776-1660.


Glass Shops



887-7744 MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION RATED #2 for at-home jobs. Start training today. Graduates are in demand! Enroll now. Take advantage of low monthly payments. 1-800-466-1535;;





Imports • Domestic • Trucks • SUV • Diesel Repairs

403-887-0440 1A Industrial Drive Directly behind our old location

Misc. Help

Our Door to Yours! Mobile Glass Service





Len Campbell Owner/Operator 8 Cuendet Industrial Way, Sylvan Lake



Â?Â?Â?Â?Â? 5CustomStar Landscaping & Design

NOW HIRING CUSTODIAN & HOUSEKEEPING Apply in person with resume to 5100 Lakeshore Drive or Fax 403-887-2355

Additions & Renovations Fences & Decks Basement Development Phone: 403-588-8163



APPOINTMENT OF MÉTIS COMMUNTIYBASED MEMBERS TO THE COUNCIL FOR THE RUPERTSLAND CENTRE FOR MÉTIS RESEARCH The Board of Governors of Rupertsland Institute, an afďŹ liate of the MĂŠtis Nation of Alberta, seeks two MĂŠtis community-based representatives to serve on the SO006423 Council for the Rupertsland Centre for MĂŠtis Research (RCMR). The appointment terms for these appointments are two (2) and three (3) years respectively. For more information about the positions, or to apply, visit E-Mail: Phone: 780-801-9977 Fax: 780-801-9992 Closing Date: September 10, 2012



Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY Well Drilling


(Top Soil, Sand & Gravel)

Property Clean Ups & Junk Removal


Well Drilling


Legal Services



CRIMINAL RECORD? Think: Canadian pardon. U.S. travel waiver. (24 hour record check). Divorce? Simple. Fast. Inexpensive. Debt recovery? Alberta collection to $25,000. Calgary 403-228-1300 1-800-347-2540; www. CRIMINAL RECORD? You can still get a pardon. Find out how. Call 1-866-242-2411 or visit Work and travel freely. Guaranteed by the National Pardon Centre

Misc. Services



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Chain Link Fences Wood Fences Decks Interior Framing Finish Work

ART LAKE 403-304-0727 (cell) 403-887-3760


Property clean up 340-8666 DISCONNECTED PHONE? Phone Factory Home Phone Service. No one refused! Low monthly rate! Calling features and unlimited long distance available. Call Factory today! 1-877-336-2274; NEED TO ADVERTISE? Province wide classifieds. Reach over 1 million readers weekly. Only $259. + GST (based on 25 words or less). Call this newspaper NOW for details or call 1-800-282-6903 ext. 228.

Personal Services


CASH BACK - $10 for every pound you lose. Lose weight quickly and safely and keep it off, results guaranteed! Call herbal Magic today! 1-800-854-5176. DATING SERVICE. Long-term/short-term relationships. Free to try! 1-877-297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call #7878 or 1-888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call 1-866-311-9640 or #5015. Meet local single ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+).

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SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Thursday, August 23, 2012


Personal Services

GET PAID to lose weight. $5,000. for your success story. Personal Image TV Show. Call to qualify. 1-888-771-7607;; TRUE ADVICE! True clarity! True Psychics! 1-877-342-3036 or 1-900-528-6258 or mobile #4486. (18+) $3.19/minute;

Rental Equipment




Buy & Sell #1500 - #1990

STEEL BUILDING - Huge clearance sale! 20x24 $4,658 25x28 $5,295 30x40 $7,790 32x54 $10,600 40x58 $14,895 47x78 $19,838 One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422;

Antiques & Art


Collectible SALE 9am - 5pm

Grain, Feed Hay


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.

TELL it all! Tell it well! Make your ads sell for you by giving HOW can you make your full description of goods or phone ring and make some services offered. Include quick cash? prices and terms. Phone Place your ad here . . . 1-877-223-3311 for a friendly Phone 1-877-223-3311 ad taker.

SATURDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY Sept. 1, 2 & 3, 2012 Lots of collectibles, furniture, tools, 1929 IHC Truck, 1926 Rugby Truck, butter churns, sewing machines and much more!

Farm Equipment ..............2010 Haying Equipment ............2020 Tractors ............................2030 Combines & Headers ......2040 Fertilizer Equipment..........2050 Misc. Farm Machinery ......2060 Equipment Wanted ..........2070 Farm Custom Work ..........2080 Farm Auctions ..................2090 Livestock ..........................2100 Livestock - Exotic..............2110 Sheep ..............................2120 Poultry ..............................2130 Horses ..............................2140 Horse Boarding ................2150 Riding Supplies ................2160 Horse/Stock Trailers ........2170 Pasture Wanted ................2180 Grain, Feed, Hay ..............2190 Seed Grain ......................2200 Seeding & Tillage ............2210

1 Erickson Crsc. Sylvan Lake Sat. Aug. 25, 10 a.m. Phone 403-887-5004


#30 Industrial Drive 403-887-0012

Agricultural #2000 - #2290

Storage Auction Lakeside Storage

METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Best prices! 36” Hi-Tensile TUFF-Rib 29ga. Galvalume $.67 sq. ft. Colours $.82 sq. ft. 40 Year Warranty. ALTA-WIDE Builders Supplies 1-888-263-8254


For Rent #3000 - #3200 Condos/ Townhouses


AVAIL July 15, 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo, living room & one bdrm furnished, 5 appl, exercise room in bldg, underground parking, $1350 + pwr, $1300 SD, No pets, N/S, PM 444 ~ 113, 3 Broadway Rise ~ Sim Management & Realty 403-340-0065 ext 412 ~ SYLVAN 2 bdrm.,. condo. private entrance, $1100 + gas & electricity. Phone 403-341-9974

For Rent

SYLVAN LAKE, 2 bedroom apt., plus an office, all furnished. $1200. mo. $600 s.d. Please call 403-887-4610








Lakeland Plaza

403-887-3021 403 -887-3021


Mobile Lot

Hazzard County Bar & Grill. Call 403-887-5235 ask for Char

Old Boomer Rd. Family townhouse. Spacious 3 bdrm 1 ½ baths. Deck in back yard. Close to parks & schools. Avail. Sept 1.

403-314-0099 We also rent in Innisfail, Penhold, and Lacombe... we have a great property in each town


CALL 1-877-223-3311


Avail. NOW!

High end finishings, laminate, granite. Spa bath. 2 bdrm/2 baths. 6 appls. Close to downtown. U/G Pkng. $1375 & elect.

100,000 Potential Buyers???

Classified Advertising


Huge newer townhome. 3 bdrm & den. GARAGE. Third floor master suite with soaring ceilings. 6 appls. Sorry, no pets.



MEIER GUN AUCTION. Saturday, August 25, 11 a.m., 6016 - 72A Ave., Edmonton. Over 200 guns - handguns, rifles, shotguns, miscellaneous. Call to consign 780-440-1860.


Partly furnished in leather. 3 bdrm up & 2 down. Finished bsmnt with family rm & bar area with pool table. Dbl. GARAGE. Near parks & schools. Avail NOW. $2500 plus util. Sorry, no pets.

DO YOU WANT Suites 3060 YOUR AD TO BE BACHELOR SUITES FOR RENT READ BY ranging $550-$650 $300 d.d. All rooms above




KILIAN ESTATES Mobile Park, Eckville; sites ready to move your 4 year or SYLVAN LAKE CONDO. newer mobile home onto Quiet, adult building next today. All utilities at each to golf course 2 bdrm, 2 site. Phase 2 now ready. full baths, in suite laundry, I n c e n t i v e . C a l l P a r k gas fireplace, underground Manager 403-844-0512 parking, elevator, huge balcony, heat/hot water incld, no pets, N/S $1300/mo. Kevin 403-887-0663

2 miles west of Sylvan Lake 403-887-3774




COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION. 5TH Annual Red Deer Fall Finale. September 21 - 22, Westerner Park. Last year sold 77%. Only 100 spaces available. Consign today. 403-396-0304. Toll free 1-888-296-0528 ext. 102;

Building Supplies • General Equipment Rental • STIHL Products Dealer


403-896-1193 • 403-396-9554

Advertise your goods and services in the Classifieds eds and reach hundreds of potential buyers.

To place a display ad call 403-887-2331 today!


CM Concrete Inc.

If you choose us as your contractor we will:

Specializing in concrete and framing

• • • •

Listen to your needs and concerns Provide high quality products Show attention to detail Carefully clean up, leaving your yard the way we found it • Provide you with the best warranty in the business We are manufacturer certified and have over 20 years experience. We work all seasons of the year.

Call Al for a free estimate:

Clint Baerg Flatwork and walls 1-403-795-1601 HANDCRAFTED • PERSONALIZED • CUSTOMIZED


Your Monument Source

Box 1021B, RR1 Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1X6

Jim Caldwell RED DEER.............403.347.4474 SYLVAN LAKE.............403.887.5211 TOLL FREE.............1.877.394.4474 Fax.............403.887.5212




Framing Shops Houses Etc.


FOR AS LITTLE AS $28 PER WEEK! Call Cathy or Cheryl for more details


Thursday, August 23, 2012 SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Acreages

Real Estate #4000 - #4190

Realtors & Services..........4010 Houses for Sale................4020 Houses Wanted ................4030 Condos/Townhouses ........4040 Acreages ..........................4050 Acreages Wanted ............4060 Farms/Land ......................4070 Farms/Land Wanted ........4080 Manufactured/ Mobile Homes ..................4090 Income Property ..............4100 Commercial Property ......4110 Industrial Property ............4120 Cottages/Resort Property ..4130 Businesses for Sale..........4140 Buildings for Sale ............4150 Lots for Sale ....................4160 Out of Town Property ......4170 Investment Opportunities ..4180 Mortgages Bought/Sold....4190


8.97 ACRES w/small house, Rg. Rd. # 24, fenced, all services, subdivision potential Asking $525,000. Phone 780-864-2404

Farms/ Land

Commercial Property


HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL PROPERTY 5 miles east of Grande Prairie by Unreserved Ritchie Bros Auction, October 4. 153+/acres, zoned RM2, Hwy frontage;



Cottages/Resort Property

FULLY SERVICED Lake Lots for sale. Starting at $69,900. Elinor Lake Resort, 2.5 hours North East of Edmonton. 1-877-623-3990;


Tires, Parts Acces.


AUTO-TRUCK WRECKING all makes all models, lots of 4x4’s, Dodge, Ford, GMC, imports, trucks up to 3 tons. We ship anywhere. Call 306-821-0260 Lloydminster or 403-878-2513 Medicine Hat.

Public Notice #6000




20’ X 76’ BLOWOUT! (3) pre-owned modular homes available from $74,900. And (4) Clearance SRI Homes available for immediate delivery! Call 1-800-461-7632 or

Lots For Sale


SYLVAN LAKE big lot, nice location, well priced. 403-896-3553


SIERRAS OF TAYLOR 11 sold 49 remaining stock homes available for Red Deer

Exceptional senior residents, for people 40+, that have no children going to school. For sale by owner. 1 bdrm. On main floor. $235,000. Call 403-346-1063

immediate delivery. 17 models to choose from. Loaded with options, priced from $116,000. - $144,900;


WHY WAIT? 3 most popular SRI Plans - in stock! Drastically reduced for immediate delivery. ‘In House’ broker for lowest rates. Free washer/dryer, or microwave & skirting Purchase before August 30/12; 1-877-341-4422.


21 QTRS of Farmland & 3 Country Acreages in Hythe, Alberta by Unreserved Ritchie Bros Auction, October 4. 3183+/- total acres, $33,000 Surface Lease Revenue;

Estate of Saundra Ann Rowberry who died on June 19, 2012. If you have a claim against this estate, you must file your claim by September 22, 2012 and provide details of your claim with: Allison Ross, Barrister & Solicitor at Rowanoak Law Office LLP #3, 4914 - 50 Avenue Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1C9 If you do not file by the date above, the estate property can lawfully be distributed without regard to any claim you may have.

Buying or Selling ? Public Notices

6010 Try Classifieds!

to notify area residents of a proposal to construct a new telecommunications facility in the Sylvan Lake area. The proposed installation is a 25m monopole tower located at the Town of Sylvan Lake, Public Works Yard - 1 Industrial Drive, Sylvan Lake, AB, (Latitude: 52.312076; Longitude: - 114.066395). ANY PERSON may make a written comment to the individuals listed individuals listed below with respect to this matter by September 13, 2012.

Transportation #5000-5300 Vans Buses


2003 FORD WINDSTAR, 98000 kms, 1 owner, garage life, new tires, com start $6500.00 o.b.o. 403-304-5776


Cottages/Resort Property

COUNTRY LANE RV PARK Beautiful privately owned RV Park Heated Pool, Spa, Clubhouse SERVICED CLEAR TITLE LOTS


Now from $25,000!!

(only $2,000 Deposit) Viewings must be pre-booked 2 days in advance by phoning

Out Of Town Property




Condos/ Townhouses


Public Notices ..................6010

Riverfront land for sale in Special Features ..............6050 Leedale. Approx. 1.5 Acres. Camp now build later. Priced to sell at 69k. The property has been legally subdivided Public into 2 riverfront lots. Great Houses family investment!! There is Notices REDUCED! For Sale a storage building with an LAKE FRONT PROPERTY overhead door. A 4000 watt -†2300 sqft home on 10 acres FOR SALE: Irricana. gas generator is also incl. $449,000. 10 min from Ponoka. Small bungalow - starter Call Dave 403-896-8017 Fishing, swimming & boating home. 2 bedroom, full at your back door. basement. On corner lot See #47984.† backing onto green space. MLS C3526876. Asking $210,000. Manufactured Call 403-519-6773† Email: Mortgage payment $900/month. 403-546-4266 Homes TELUS would like VIBRANT ADULT COMMUNITY Pre-selling in Sylvan Lake. Call 403-887-0780

Public Notices

Contact: TM Mobile Inc. (Telus) c/o Altus Group Rupinder Basi 333 11th Avenue, Suite 1200 Calgary, AB T2R 1L9 Ph: 403-410-3150 Fax 403-228-1020 Email:

Toll Free: 1.888.913.2114

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Beautiful Sheridan Lake waterfront log home Great fishing and water sports lake. 3-storey, fenced yard, SO006902 lots of antique built-ins. Charm and character galore!



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SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Thursday, August 23, 2012 53 Grand Ave. MLS# 0001558

#1, 4914-50 Sylvan Lake

isted Just L 5009 - 47 Street

10 Willow Street

MLS# 319368


MLS# 321999 M

5110 - 48 Ave.


4904 48 Ave. MLS# 324091



30 Acres near Red Deer

MLS# 327555

47 Herder Dr.

24 Hunter Rd.



60 0P Pr Pre Premiere re re em mier mi ere BLACKFALDS




63 Regatta Way

MLS# 0000371


MLS# 320464 M




58 Osmond Cl. RED DEER

403-318-0604 5 Legacy Cove

5811 53 St. Eckville

5032 54 Ave. Eckville

MLS# 324039

MLS# 324583





56 Lakeway Boulevard

2314 Danielle Dr.



5407 52A St. Eckville MLS# 0000978




Drive A Little Save A Lot!

isted Just L

49 Wildrose Dr.

5424 47 Ave.

Sandi Hallgren 403-887-2217






146 ft of level Lake Access • 3200 sq.ft. bungalow 3 bdrms, 3 baths, 40 ft lap pool • One of a kind

MLS# 321215

130 Old Boomer Rd.

MLS# 0000346


"Your TTrusted "Y t dR Reall E Estate Advisor"

A Alf Moore Mo 403

MLS# 326712

Gord Steinbach

MLS# 0001407



Jarvis Bay

MLS# 326925

4306 48 Ave. k@

5015 33 St.

403-318-4547 ill ll d @


Robert Popilchak 403-350-8708


Experience More!

isted Just L

MLS# 325513

MLS# 325809

Willard Morris

MLS# 0001270

$1,250,000 188 8J Jarvis i B Bay

24 Hrs Ph: 403-887-2217 Fax: 403-887-3165 Toll Free: 1-877-373-6296

32 Hallgren Dr.


MLS# 326834

46 Lakeway Blvd.

MLS# 324043

5016 49 St.



MLS# 325163


Carl Stepp 403-358-9300


MLS# 326955 h

Don’t dream a dream...BUY ONE!

71 Willow Springs Cres.

Live on the lake for less than you think!

46 Briar Road


MLS# 327191


4604-43 Street

MLS# 326346


7 Heenan Court

Lorne Therriault Caroline Boivin



MLS# 320832


MLS# 320303



Sylvan Lake News, August 23, 2012  

August 23, 2012 edition of the Sylvan Lake News

Sylvan Lake News, August 23, 2012  

August 23, 2012 edition of the Sylvan Lake News