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Communities concerned for boundary changes By Amelia Naismith The public was able to address the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission during a public hearing, Sept. 19. The hearing revealed more rural communities and ridings are concerned the changes will result in rural communities, such as Ponoka, losing their voice when put in a riding with Red Deer. Every 10 years, after a census, electoral ridings are subject to change to accommodate population growth and shifts. Between 2001 and 2011 Alberta’s population grew from 2,974,807 to 3,645,257. Alberta is gaining six more seats in the House of Commons, 28 to 34. In Alberta the electoral quota for each riding is 107,213. The Wetaskiwin riding population, as of 2011, was 113,780. The population of the proposed Red Deer-Wolf Creek riding is 107,985. The commission is able to deviate from this quota by 25 per cent. If the proposed boundaries are made final, Ponoka will be taken out of the sprawling Wetaskiwin riding and put in the new, smaller riding of Red Deer-Wolf Creek. “We’re going to get lost if we go there (Red Deer),” said Coun. Shayne Steffen, who attended the hearing in place of Mayor Larry Henkelman. Steffen said with the new boundaries the needs and representation Ponoka could be affected when an MP has to represent both rural and urban communities to Ottawa. “For several years the town has partnered with Ponoka County and the Town of Rimbey,” said Steffen. Steffen expressed concern these partnerships would also suffer. The new boundaries propose that Rimbey be a part of the Yellowhead riding. “We’re also concerned with the proposed split of Ponoka County,” said Steffen. Having the county represented by


two MPs is not favoured, said Steffen. Lacombe County Coun. Ken Wigmore also expressed that Lacombe doesn’t wish to be in a riding with Red Deer. “We believe that the City of Red Deer would be better as a riding unto itself.” Wigmore presented the commission with several other courses of action. He believed it would be best if Lacombe County, Ponoka County and Wetaskiwin County formed A map of the proposed Red Deer-Wolf Creek riding. their own riding. The second option presented to the commission included and brought treaty boundary documents for the commore land area. “We would propose to be mission to take into consideration. Louis was concerned the Four Nations could be in the electoral riding of Lacombe County, Ponoka County, Clearwater County split and that Pigeon Lake could also be in a different riding. “It has been an issue for us. We’d like to remain and the Town of Sylvan Lake.” Wigmore said another acceptable intact as a federal riding.” option would be to become part of a The new boundaries put Hobbema in the Red Deerriding that stretched from Hobbema to Wolf Creek riding with Ponoka, which isn’t wanted. Carstairs, but circle around Red Deer, Louis said they wanted to stay in the Wetaskiwin ridleaving it as its own riding. This was an ing. option already considered by the comAccording to commission member Donna Wilson, mission. representatives from the Wetaskiwin riding also want Joe Anglin, MLA for Rimbey-Rocky Hobbema to remain in their riding. Mountain House-Sundre, also believes Mayor Morris Flewwelling of Red Deer also had rural communities such as Rimbey could concerns about the new boundaries. “We feel that our lose their voice if they were placed in a needs are unique.” riding as vast and diverse as Yellowhead. Flewwelling pointed out to council Red Deer’s “They don’t want to just know their previous MP’s had all lived in rural areas. However, MP, they want a connection,” said An- he is pleased Red Deer is “harmonized” with Lacombe glin. Anglin said ridings that ran more laterally across the province would suit Rimbey’s socio-economic needs better. He wants Rimbey to be in a central Alberta riding with similar communities. Roy Louis attended the hearing and By Amelia Naismith represented the four Hobbema nations, Wolf Creek Public Schools’ board of trustees has refused all the bids made to repair the parking lot at Ponoka Composite High School. When the school board called for bids on the project they had two options in mind. The first was repairing the lot in a traditional way and the other was building a cellular containment structure using cloth and gravel, and a


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Coun. Shayne Steffen attended the Electoral Boundaries public hearing in Red Deer, in place of Mayor Larry Henkelman. Photo By Amelia Naismith

County. “These rural-urban partnerships can work,” Flewwelling said. “Our preference is definitely for the urban focus.” The last public hearing in Alberta took place Sept. 25 in Calgary. Now the commission will submit a report of the proposed electoral map to the House of Commons. A committee will study the map in light of comments received from members of Parliament. Their deliberation results and objections are sent back to the commission, who decide if they want to make any changes to the report. Then a final report is submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada prepares the representation order, which allows the new electoral map to be implemented. The new map will be used in the first general election, called at least seven months after the representation order becomes official.

Parking lot repair bids refused paved surface. The estimated cost was $500,000. However, the lowest bids for options one and two surpassed the estimate. A traditional repair was set to cost approximately $574,000 and option two was around $533,000. “I find that these numbers are quite high,” said trustee Bob Huff. “Especially when we have concerns about class sizes and concerns about buses.” Secretary-treasurer Joe Henderson said that another possible option was to build the containment structure with a gravel pad on top. “It would allow us to use the parking lot and it wouldn’t sink out of sight.” There was also mention of moving parking behind the school and expanding to accommodate. However, Henderson said expanding would cost as Due to theThanksgiving much as repairing the curlong weekend, rent one. th the October 10 issue of Continued on page 3

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Driver hits power pole By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye A 35-year-old man from Calgary was charged with impaired driving Sept. 22 at 2 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 53 and Highway 2A. Police stopped the man who was travelling at 72 km/h in a 50 km/h zone. The Mountie could smell liquor and vomit on the man who claimed someone had vomited on his shirt earlier. After taking a breath sample he tested with a blood alcohol level of .17 twice. Police pulled over a driver who had a headlight out Sept. 22 at 11 p.m. who admitted to having three drinks prior to driving. The 47-year-old man from Hobbema tested with a blood alcohol level of .13 twice. Some Ponoka residents were temporarily out of power Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. after the driver of a black Dodge Ram collided with a power pole on 46 Street in the northeast area of town. Witnesses say four men exited the vehicle with minor injuries. After some investigation, a 25-year-old man from Ponoka was charged with impaired driving and refusal to take a breath sample. He was also charged with mischief after damaging a telephone at the detachment. Hit and run Ponoka RCMP are investigating a hit and run at the Ponoka Composite High School parking lot Sept. 18 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. A black Chevy pickup was struck on the right side rear box panel, causing more than $3,000 in damage to the vehicle. Noisy vehicle Police stopped a green 2004 Ford pickup Sept. 20 before 9 p.m. that was making excessive noise as he was also suspended from driving. The driver was charged with driving while suspended and having open liquor in the vehicle and his truck was seized for 30 days.

School board supports learning conference Continued from page 2 The board of trustees have decided to give $25,000 to support the Leading and Learning Conference. The conference will feature Dave Edyburn, a professor in the Department of Exceptional Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, who focuses on how technology can enhance teaching, learning and performance. Also present will be Angela Maiers, who’s worked as a teacher, reading specialist, and special programs facilitator; Dawn Reithaug, an educational and behavioral consultant; Gordon Porter, a consultant, trainer, researcher and teacher; and Jim Warford, who serves as senior advisor and keynote speaker for Dr. Bill Daggett’s, International Center for Leadership in Education. A motion was also approved that the board would also attend the event. Literacy program and task force A task force and program is in the works to help First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) and other students with literacy and other academic struggles. “I share this with the greatest humility; we’ve seen across the province of Alberta and Canada, our First Nations’ students are not performing as well as we hoped they would,” said Jacobs. He believes the students’ struggles with literacy could stem from factors such as a Cree background, where literacy learning may not mirror what is taught in schools. ‘That happens to a lot of our students as well,” said Jacobs, referring to literacy problems. Jacobs has met with the principals of the Ponoka Outreach School, Diamond Willow Middle School, Ponoka Elementary School and Ponoka Composite High School to discuss the program and who should be on the task force; students, parents and teachers. “What are the problems as they see them?,” said Jacobs. He wants a lot of input build the program. Jacobs has also asked the school board to pool funds from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), funding students with First Nations background already receive from the province as well as other funds at their disposal for the program.


Police and utility crews responded to a call of a pickup colliding with a power pole Sept. 17 on 49 Street by the river valley trail bridge. Power was out in some locations around town for a Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye short period of time.

Suspicious man A drunk was taken to police cells Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. after it was reported he tried to get into a vehicle at a gas station on Highway 2A. He was later found and kept for the night. Public intoxication An 18-year-old man has been charged with public intoxication Sept. 22 at 3:45 a.m. A friend initially took him to the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre as he was throwing up and incoherent. He ran out of the hospital where he was eventually found and charged. If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477.



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Your Guide To Local Houses of Worship

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Pastor Jerry Preheim 3704 - 42 St. Ponoka 403-783-6500 Worship Service 11:00 a.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PONOKA Sr. Pastor Paul Spate 5109 - 57 Ave. Ponoka 403-783-5533 Bible Discovery Hour 9:30 a.m.

Worship Service 10:30 a.m.


Currently meeting at Ponoka Christian School 6300-50 St. Worship Service Sunday 10:30 a.m. Everyone Welcome!

Kynna Huizdos, Heather McArthur, Shannon McArthur and Matt McArthur perform at the Word of Life Church grand Photos by Amelia Naismith opening Sept. 23.

PARKLAND REFORMED CHURCH South on 2A, West on Spruce Road 403-783-1888 Worship Service 10:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Rev. Mitch Ramkissoon


4215 - 46 St. Pastor Norm Dibben 403-783-3958 Sunday Service 11:00 a.m. A loving, gentle, caring people - welcome you!

PONOKA WORD OF LIFE CHURCH Pastor Rob McArthur 403-783-5659

Sunday @ 10:30 a.m. Corner of Hwy 53 & Hwy 2A (former Crossroads Restaurant)

PONOKA UNITED CHURCH Minister: Beatrix Schirner

Sunday Service 10:00 am. 5020-52 Ave. Ponoka

Phone: 403-783-4087


Community members celebrate the grand opening of the Word of Life Church.

PASTOR DAVE BEAUDOIN 6230-57 Ave. Ph. 403-783-6404 Saturdays 9:30 - 12 Noon

SONRISE CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH Pastor W. Delleman Worship Service 10:30 a.m. ½ mile south of Centennial Centre for Mental Health & Brain Injury



MLA Rod Fox (right) congratulates the Word of Life Church and pastor Rob McArthur.

Mass Times: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 9:00 a.m. Sunday

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Sunday Service: Holy Eucharist 10 a.m.

Candlelight Tribute Forest Home Cemetery Wednesday, October 3 at 7 PM


TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 5501 - 54 Ave. Ponoka 403-783-4141 Sunday Service: 10:30am Sunday School: 10:30am Interim Pastor Tim Graff

ZION CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Pastor Fred Knip 9 miles east on Hwy 53 (403) 782-9877 Jr. Church during service for children Sunday Service 10:30 am

Churchgoers play the meet-and-greet game.

Refreshments and snack at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #66 following the ceremony. Everyone welcome.


Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012


Reflections of Ponoka

Some great memories of being a Ponoka Air Cadet By Mike Rainone and Dave Spink When my parents insisted I join the Ponoka Air Cadet Squadron in the 1950s I was just a little bit leery about marching with the big boys, taking orders and having to polish my shoes and keep my hair cut short. Over the next few years I would enjoy one of the best adventures of my life, getting to fly in an airplane, going to summer camps and learning to respect others and maybe even grew up just a bit. David Spink, an early member and later officer and avid long-time supporter of the Ponoka Air Cadet Squadron #65, kindly helped me to put this story together and explained the program was first approved by the Secretary of State of Canada on Sept. 9, 1941. Requirements for entry into the squad, which would aim to attract 50 healthy young lads from Ponoka and districts to their ranks, was to be 12 to 15 years of age for junior corps, and 16 to 18 for seniors, with all members requiring written parental consent. Ponoka resident Hugh Preddy was one of the first cadets in the squadron, which received its #65 designation on Dec. 7, 1941 and enjoyed immediate support from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #66 Ponoka and the community. Rumour has it that there was a cadet group organized as early as 1915 in Ponoka, while the later meetings from the 1940s and on were held in the Elks Hall on Chipman Avenue, at the Red Brick School, in our first Town Hall, and even in the basement of the Spink resi-

dence. A wooden building was moved into place at the north end of Railway Street (50th) in the mid-1940s, serving as the official armories of the #65 Cadet Squadron and other groups for many decades, and later adding a well used rifle range and training area in the basement. Officials were appointed to various positions to conduct the many activities of the busy squad, and these included: J. Gordon, R. Cline, T. Webber, P. MacDonald and W. Kankewitt as the commanding officer. Later replacements were John Byers, Garnet Ranks, Arthur Eastes and W. McIntosh, and over the years many officers and volunteers have willingly come forth to keep our cadet moving going strong and a special opportunity for hundreds of young men and women from far and wide. In those beginning years the young men of #65 Squadron were carefully but rigorously prepared to do their duty and serve their country if required, but then in the early 1960s the national education program was changed to encourage the cadets to learn the responsibility and importance of citizenship, leadership, first aid, survival techniques and a keen sense of discipline. Many of us who grew up in the 1950s and beyond era will never forget those exciting two-week camping trips to various places throughout the province and Western Canada. It was an opportunity to see new places and to meet young cadets from throughout the Prairies and beyond. The Ponoka

Photo courtesy of Fort Ostell Museum

This 1950s photo shows members of the Ponoka Air Cadet Squadron #65 marching on the tarmac of the summer camp at Penhold that has operated since 1966 and will close after the 2014 session. Leading officers are Brian Younge up front and Harvey Moore in the back, while cadets I recognize are: Terry Christensen, Jim Young, Derek Younge, and Henry Clark, who was once placed on KP and had to polish an airplane. Squadron #65 attended camps at Gimli and Paulson, Man., Patricia Bay, Abbotsford, B.C., and at the former Penhold Air Force Base, which opened in 1966 and still operates to this day. Dave Spink was one of the officers who accompanied the Ponoka Squadron #65 on a long train trip to Summer Camp at Sea Island (Vancouver), always reminding us we were supposed to have fun but there were also so many events and duties to tend to, including: getting up at 6 a.m. for inspection, making beds, cleaning up our area, drill, swimming, sports events, band, first aid, shooting, flying, being on time for the great meals at the mess hall, tours of the base and area, more drill, and much more — but no girls.

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Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum This great photo was taken in front of the Ponoka Armories, which was located for many years at the south end of 50th Street. These are the members of a mid-1950s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 66 Ponoka #65 Air Cadet Squadron. Shown in the back row are: Bob Tiltgen, Bing Jones, Dale Boddy, Allan Crawford, Bob Stirling, Glen Stirling, Robert Jones, Dale Stewart and Larry Stemo. Middle row: Gary Stickney, Allen Spence, unknown, Gord Stewart, Roger Schell, Darryl Bresee, Allan Morrison, David Webb, Roger Haber, Bill Holman, Richard Portas, David Hinkley, Larry Blythe, Terry Rees, Russell Kraft, unknown, unknown and Terry Jenkins. Seated in the front: Greg Whalley, Wayne Sondergaard, Doug Moller, Trevor Jenkins, Bruce Erickson, Murray McCoy, Dale Girling, unknown and Bruce Hinkley. Local officers identified and kneeling in the front row are: Dave Spink (second from left), and Ernie Ellis in the middle. Thanks to Bob Tiltgen and Dave Spink for helping with the names.

Many cadets and their leaders were shocked by the recent announcement the Department of National Defense will close the Spring Brook Air Cadet Summer Camp at Penhold at the end of the 2014 season due to rising costs of running the huge event. Since its inception in 1966, the popular Penhold camp has drawn about 2,500 Air Cadets each summer from across Canada, who enjoy vigorous but enjoyable two-week training and activity sessions under the direction of 120 staff cadets and volunteers. Despite the Penhold closure, the current and future members of these Air Cadets squadrons will still be given every opportunity to take part in ongoing training programs, summer, and special camps throughout the area at Cold Lake, Vernon, Whitehorse, Camp Borden and others. Ongoing changes in the National Air Cadet training program Since its inception so many decades ago, the aggressive motto of the Air Cadet movement across the nation has been “To learn to serve and advance,” while always encouraging the importance of citizenship, physical fitness and the ongoing participation in intersquad activities and community events. A milestone event in the Air Cadet program was the addition of the young ladies in 1974, with membership now open to all youths from age 12 to 19 years. I really enjoyed a recent chat with Stan Monkman of Ponoka, a retired air force veteran, who served as an instructor and commanding officer of the local #65 Squadron from 1997 to 2007, and later the Castor squad, as well as assisting in the operation of the Penhold Camp for 10 years, and is also currently involved as the Alberta director for public affairs of the Cadet League of Canada. He stressed that as well as the regular training sessions offered to the young cadets, they now have opportunities to earn scholarships, and take special training and camp sessions for such exciting programs as: gliders, power pilot, the International Cadet Exchange, advanced aviation airport operations and aircraft maintenance. The active Royal Canadian Legion Branch #65 Ponoka Air Cadet Squadron meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at hall on 51st Avenue, next to Flowers for You. Boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 19 wishing to sign up are welcome to drop down on a Tuesday evening, and you must bring your parents along to hear about the programs offered. The parent committee is a vital part of the operation of the #65 squadron, while volunteers are always welcome, and you do not have to have a child in the squadron to help out with this great youth program! Take it from an old’s a unique and inexpensive adventure that you will never forget.


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Opinion Premier Lougheed had a way of leading Albertans A lot of people who knew Peter Lougheed have had a lot to say about the great former Alberta premier who died recently at age 84. I met him on a few occasions on the campaign trail and was impressed with his ability to reach out and connect with Albertans of every stripe — from George Brown farmers to lawyers and Off the Record everyone in between. A King Ralph with polish and without liquid fortification. I’m sure I wrote some editorials criticizing his government over the years but I can’t remember what they might have been about. The eulogists are telling us he did no wrong. For me, his influence is captured at a political rally somewhere in the old Rocky Mountain House constituency, probably a hall in Eckville or Leslieville. We all stood to sing O Canada to open the meeting and in his best Sunday Baptist singing voice the premier led the group — forgetting, or choosing, I’m not sure — to sing the old words to the national anthem. Not wanting to drown out or embarrass him, we all mumbled along, trying to catch up to where he was taking us. Something Albertans are still doing.

Grudge Match 3: Millionaires vs Billionaires It’s hard to feel sorry for the millionaire players or the billionaire owners in this latest NHL lockout. The team owners are running a business and the players are unionized employees who want to be fairly compensated. It doesn’t help matters that the owners need commissioner Gary Bettman to protect them from themselves. The professional game would be in better shape if the owners could keep their egos in check and refuse to offer bonehead contracts to players, such as Roberto Luongo’s 12-year, $64 million deal; Ilya Kovalchuk’s 15-year, $100 million paycheque; and Shea Weber’s 14-year, $110 million stipend. Personally, I think the players shouldn’t have guaranteed contracts and could be cut for non-performance, much as professional football payers are. I expect that will never happen. And is it not somewhat disingenuous for NHL superstars to cry the blues about needing to earn a living wage and then head off to Europe to take jobs away from has-beens and wannabes playing for club teams? I remember being in a theatre in 1995 during the first lockout and Oilers goalie Bill Ranford was sitting behind me, telling all who could hear him, that he was holding out because he needed more than his paltry $2-point-whatever million annual salary to care for his family. It’s true, if you won a million bucks in the lotto at age 29 and your wife stayed home to look after the kids, it would be gone before the kids graduated high

school. Maybe your wife should go back to teaching school. Ranford made $12 million in his NHL career, more than half of it after that lockout. I expect he’s doing just fine. Open for business Congratulations to town councillors for remembering why most of them were elected in 2010 — to make decisions that will stimulate economic growth and create new assessment and

jobs. Now it’s up to the developer of the commercial land across from the Stampede Grounds to step up with a plan to bring new businesses to Ponoka. Town council can then move on to developing a revitalization plan with the business community to fill the sieve that is downtown Ponoka. And nomination day for the 2013 municipal election is less than a year away.

Peter Lougheed and what might have been for Canada The natural reaction to Peter Lougheed’s death is to look back at the highlights and accomplishments of a remarkable political career. But a further response would be to think about what might have been. It’s not much of a stretch to say that the federal Progressive Conservative leadership was there for Lougheed’s taking in 1976. He’d certainly have been the front-runner. And a convention that ultimately awarded the prize to the little known Joe Clark would hardly have passed over the popular premier of Alberta. Various reasons have been offered for Lougheed’s reluctance. At the time, internationally-driven energy prices were a source of conflict, with Eastern Canada being of the view it was entitled to Alberta’s oil on the cheap. Some, such as the NDP’s David Lewis, described Albertans and Lougheed as the “blue-eyed sheiks.” There was also the matter of power. Lougheed enjoyed being premier, which was a job with more oomph than that of leader of the opposition in Ottawa. To be sure, the opposition leader might become prime minister, but then again he mightn’t. And there was the nagging question of the ability to communicate in French. In an era where additional importance was being placed on language, Lougheed was lacking in that regard.


Still, Pierre Trudeau had become so unpopuPat Muphy lar by 1979 it’s hard to Guest Columnist imagine a Lougheed-led opposition not doing at least as well as Joe Clark did in that year’s federal election. And being a much more adept politician than Clark, Lougheed would surely not have fumbled away his government within a matter of months. Accordingly, Trudeau’s retirement would have continued as per plan, with no political resurrection and no second act. Had that happened, Canada today would be quite a different place. For one thing, there’d have been no National Energy Program (NEP). And the Liberal brand wouldn’t be quite as toxic as it currently is in Alberta. There’d also have been no repatriation of the constitution and no Charter of Rights and Freedoms. For many, this would be a loss, the intervening years having provided the Charter with an iconic status. Others would be less bothered, remembering that pre-Charter Canada enjoyed a full range of freedoms, including democracy, free speech, due process and so forth. And absent repatriation, there’d be no legend of Rene Levesque being “stabbed in the back” during the infamous “Night of Long Knives,” and thus no meme of Quebec being “left out” of the constitution.

There’d also have been no rancorous debates over the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords. Then there’s the transformation of conservative politics in Canada. Lougheed, after all, was a Red Tory, a once dominant species. Further, his initial rise had been at the expense of Alberta’s Social Credit, a dynasty that had been presided over for decades by Preston Manning’s father. So the rise of Reform would not have been a welcome development to him. That rise can be ascribed to a range of factors. Western alienation exacerbated by the energy price wars and the NEP; resentment of a federal establishment that was perceived as favouring Central Canada, particularly Quebec; distaste for the ongoing obsession with constitutional change; concern about the spiralling fiscal deficit; and what evolved into a visceral dislike for aspects of Brian Mulroney’s personality. Taken together, these factors provided the perfect storm to facilitate Reform’s 1993 breakthrough. And, thanks also to their subsequent political ineptitude, the federal Progressive

Conservatives were essentially dead within a few years. But had Lougheed become prime minister in 1979 and remained in office through the 1980s, the ground would have been far less fertile for Reform. There’d have been no NEP, and no constitutional saga. With his respect for provincial rights and insistence that the West deserved its due, alienation would have been substantially diluted. And there’d have been no Brian Mulroney to act as a lightning rod during the years of Reform’s rise. Of course, there were other pressures that would have pushed conservative politics toward the right. You only have to look at Ralph Klein’s rise in Alberta and Mike Harris’s ascent in Ontario. Still, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that, had Lougheed made the move in 1976, today’s political landscape would be different. Troy Media columnist Pat Murphy worked in the Canadian financial services industry for over 30 years. Originally from Ireland, he has a degree in history and economics.


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Races could help airport Dear Editor: Why not hold a one-eighth mile drag racing event at the airport? to raise funds? A few years back Ponoka held 100-foot shootout in front of Reflections. There were organizers and sponsors who did an excellent job of putting the event on. Then it stopped I don’t know the particulars as to why but there was always a strong turnout, and it attracted racers within central Alberta. Now there has been a move to one-eighth mile races that other towns

are holding over the weekend at their airports. To name a few: Drayton Valley, Settler, Provost and Three Hills. These events draw in large crowds Stettler has a cap of 150 cars at $50 per day, a weekend event could help cover some of the airport deficit and if popular, possibly all of the deficit within the airport budget. And don’t forget the spin off business that this event could bring into this town as well. Craig Pateman

Kittens discarded on acreage Dear Editor: This letter is for the person who dropped off the three lovely longhaired kittens at our acreage in Morning Meadows Sept 22. We are in the process of taking the kitties to the SPCA. This is quite obviously something as a responsible cat owner, you should have done if you were unable to find a home for them. In the future we sincerely hope

that you will ensure your beautiful female cat no longer bears babies you are unable/not planning to take care of. All of the people in our neighborhood that we have taken several hours out of our time to ask if they owned the beautiful kitties you dropped off are also hoping that you will be more responsible in the future. Sheila Beaudoin

Pedestrians be wary of crosswalk Dear Editor: To all pedestrians who use the crosswalk on Highway 53 at the Riverside corner, please be advised drivers with their sun visors down cannot see the flashing lights. The lights are too

high and there are none on the poles at the side of the highway. This time of year is especially bad as the sun rises right over the highway. Be careful. Shirley Koles

Kudos for floral arrangements Dear Editor: I want to thank the Town of Ponoka for once again providing and caring for the flowerpots in front of the post office.

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NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS THANK YOU! To everyone who participated in the Global Promotional Video on September 13th and 14th, we greatly appreciate all you have done to help us promote our community. The footage will be utilized for a promotional campaign to attract new business, residents and visitors next spring. Stay tuned for an update on when it will air. Sincerest thanks again from Economic Development and the Town of Ponoka!

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Rink Attendant (PT/Seasonal): For the upcoming 2012-13 ice skating season at the Arena Complex. Hours of work will be primarily evenings and weekends. For more details on this position, contact 403-783-0118. Application forms are available at www. Submit your application to the Town Office at 5102-48 Avenue during regular office hours of 9:00am-4:30pm or email Lifeguards – The Ponoka Aquaplex is now hiring. Please apply at the Aquaplex.

Toxic Roundup 2012 a Success! Thank you to the environmentally friendly Ponoka community for caring for our environment! This years’ Household Toxic Roundup held on September 15th resulted in 49 drums of hazardous waste being collected. This represents toxic waste diverted from our landfill. A big Thank You to the Council Members, Town Staff and Ponoka Fire Department members for their help.

Waste Transfer Station Hours Tuesday through Saturday – 10 am to 6 pm There is a minimum tipping fee of $7.50 per visit. There is no charge for compostable materials or tires. ** $20 charge for unsecured loads – effective Sept. 1, 2010** Call 403-783-8328 for more information. E-Waste Recycling: Computer equipment and televisions can be dropped off at Ponoka County’s Waste Transfer Station which is located ½ mile west of Ponoka Chrysler on 39th Avenue. No Charge. Hours are: Wednesday & Saturday from 10am-6pm.

Fall Cleanup Week Begins-October 9, 2012. Town staff will pick up compostable items and tree branches free of charge. The items for pickup must be placed next to your garbage receptacle for pickup no later than October 9th. Regulations when putting out your yard waste for pickup are: Do not bag leaves; Branches no longer than 1.5 metres (5 ft.) in length; and absolutely no pet excrement.

EVENTS AND RECREATION Curling Club Registration Registration for Curling will be held on October 4, at 7 pm at the Curling Club.

PUBLIC SKATING: Monday-Friday: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm • Saturday & Sunday: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (Friday schedule may change due to rentals & maintenance)

Aquaplex Update: Thank you to everyone for being patient during our annual shutdown. Please be sure to check out our new fall/winter schedule as some swim times have changed. Closed Thanksgiving Monday Oct. 8th

COUNCIL UPDATES & BYLAW INFO Parking Restrictions For Vehicles Exceeding 6 Metres With the exception of a recreation vehicle, no person shall park a vehicle or a vehicle with a trailer attached exceeding 6 metres in length, or a truck tractor unit with or without a semitrailer or trailer attached, on a highway, in front of, across from or adjacent to residential property or in driveway. This includes school buses.

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I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue and clouds of white. The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. ~as performed by Louis Armstrong


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Alzheimer’s can be scary for everyone involved By Amelia Naismith Alzheimer’s disease is also known as the long goodbye. Sept. 21 was National Alzheimer’s Day and to raise awareness St. Mary’s Anglican Church and Maxine Jonson hosted a coffee break and information session about the disease. “I come to learn as much as I can about it,” said Barbara Johnston, whose mother suffers from dementia. “And to learn how to control emotions and anger,” added another woman, who wished to remain anonymous. Her spouse suffers from Alzheimer’s. Many community members who

attended the coffee break agreed accidental frustration often comes with caring for someone with the disease. “It turns your life upside down. It’s a whole new world, a different relationship,” said the woman. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are hard to diagnose and in some cases they can progress quickly. There are no known cures but medications can slow the disease’s progression, sometimes. “It’s (medications) not for everybody . . . some of the side effects are horrendous,” said Johnston. Dr. Dale Danyluk, from the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury, said some forms of

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medication are abandoned after being thoroughly researched because the side effects outweigh any benefits. When patients come in complaining of memory problems, Danyluk will check for dementia and depression, both can affect memory. However, he says some patients have insight and can sense something wrong. To make a diagnosis, Danyluk will first look at other medical factors such as infections. He’ll check body functions, organs and medical history, in case medication is needed. Danyluk said in today’s society everything is rushed, including visits to the doctor. Early signs of Alzheimer’s are sometimes brushed off as a person having a bad day or a regular occurrence that comes with age. When they come in, Danyluk says many people are embarrassed and scared. Being brushed away by a doctor re-enforces these feelings and patients will fade themselves away and not seek assistance, further delaying a diagnosis. There is no known cause of Alzheimer’s and it’s not known if the disease is hereditary. It’s thought a younger onset of the disease may be associated with hereditary factors. Dr. Dale Danyluk Photo by Amelia Naismith Danyluk says there may not be curing medi“It doesn’t matter if you’re well educated, rich cations but there are still options when working with sufferers of the disease. “Instead of focusing or poor, everybody can get it,” said Johnston. Alberta has the highest rate of early onset on the problems, or the deficits, or the things they can’t do so well any more I try and focus on the Alzheimer’s in Canada, and it’s not known why. Danyluk said more money went to treating the strengths. Exercise, both mental and physical, that also disease than researching preventative measure have social factors is thought to help keep the because the factors of the disease are still unclear brain healthier and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s, to medical professionals. said Danyluk. However, not everyone is able to see Alzheimer’s with an encouraging attitude. Johnston wishes more people would attend events such as the coffee break to understand the disease better. The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories has anShe says there are suf- nounced the launch of First Link — a referral program whereby health care ferers who almost professionals can directly refer people newly diagnosed with dementia to the never receive visitors Alzheimer Society for support and services throughout their journey with because friends and dementia. family have troubles With funds from the Alberta government, this program will be available dealing with the reality across the province and benefit people living with Alzheimer’s and other deof the disease. mentias. “People who are diagnosed with dementia and their families know that early access to ongoing, reliable support and information is critical when living with the many challenges that this disease brings”, says Lyn Krutzfeldt, president of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT. Subway Fresh The First Link program fosters partnerships with physicians and other health care professionals who provide a formal referral as soon as possible Try Our after diagnosis. Patients and their families are connected early in their jour! ney to a community of learning and support offered by the Alzheimer Society W E N and other community and health care services. “The Alberta government is pleased to support the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories in delivering the First Link program,” said Health Minister Fred Horne. “By connecting people newly diagnosed with dementia to information and supports right away, this program can help bring comfort at a critical time to Albertans, and their families, coping with this disease.” Funding provided by the Alberta government will also allow the society to develop innovative, accessible alternative delivery services and programs to expand their reach to rural and remote communities. The province provided the grant of $2.76 million in March 2012 and the grant period runs through March 31, 2014. Dr. Leslie Gill & Dr. Jen Kobi “This will help to ensure that all Albertans get the information, support and education they need Complete Dental & Hygiene Services and puts the province in a better position to respond to people living with dementia, regardless of where they live” says Bill Gaudette, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT.

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With the economy still struggling, money is tight for many homeowners. That reality can present a problem to those who want to improve their homes without spending too much money. The cost of a home improvement project depends on a host of factors, including the scale of the project and the availability of materials. Upscale projects such as a full roof replacement will set homeowners back a substantial amount of money. In its 20112012 “Cost vs. Value Report,” Remodeling magazine revealed the average cost of a such a project was nearly $38,000. However, a smaller project such as a garage door replacement could be completed for fewer than $3,000. When deciding if a home improvement project is within your budget, it’s a good idea to consult such figures before choosing a project. For example, if your home is a fixer-upper, then one project may not be more urgent than another, something that may allow you to choose less expensive projects now while saving money for more expensive projects down the road. It’s also important for homeowners to know that figures such as those in the “Cost vs. Value Report” are just averages. Some projects might cost more than the average, while others might come in well under budget. To ensure your project is one of the latter and not the former, consider the following ways to trim costs off your next home improvement project. • Avoid the DIY movement if you don’t have adequate experience. Many homeowners fall into the DIY trap, feeling they can pull off a project without hiring a professional contractor. While this is an op-

tion for those homeowners with home improvement experience, it’s an approach that’s best avoided by those without such experience. Homeowners who decide to go it alone on a home improvement project should know that mistakes are costly. One mistake could have you paying for the same materials twice: once when you begin the project, and then again when you need to hire a contractor after your efforts didn’t work out. A failed DIY project also costs you time, something homeowners hoping to sell their homes post-project cannot afford to waste. • Hire the right contractor. The best contractor for the job won’t necessarily be the one who comes in with the lowest estimate. The right contractor will know how long a project will take and what the materials will cost. The wrong contractor, who might lack the experience of his competitors, might make empty promises that ultimately cost you more money via overrun costs. Find a contractor who comes highly recommended and is willing to provide references and show you his or her past projects like the one you’re hiring him or her undertake. If you hire the wrong contractor, the project may never be completed and you may find yourself in court, where the money you had budgeted for home improvements is being spent on lawyers instead. • Consider supplying your own materials. If you diligently research your project, you should be able to buy the materials yourself, even if you plan on hiring a contractor to do the work. Some contractors mark up the materials as a means of padding the bill. If you research the project and learn about the materials you want to use, you can save a substantial amount of money buying those materials yourself and then hiring a contractor. Video Surveillance • Don’t overlook recyAlarm Systems cled materials. Buying Access Control recycled materials is Voice & Data Cabling another way to reduce home improvement costs. Bathroom fixtures, doors, flooring, and lighting are just a #1, 6602 41 Ave. PH: (403) 783-2199 few of the materials that PH: (403) 783-2199 DUANE SIEBEN are commonly recycled Ponoka, AB T4J 1J8 TOLL (866) 783-2199 TOLLFREE: FREE: (866) 783-2199 and resold at a fraction of the cost of new materials. Shop around for stores in your area or peruse the Internet for recycled materials. • Choose projects that provide more bang Submersible pumps: for your buck. Another way to save is to choose Goulds • Berkley • Grundfos projects that provide a H Home: (403) 783-3712 strong return on your investment. The “Cost vs. Cell: (403) 704-3413 Value Report” compares Fax: (403) 783-3702 the cost of popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale. If money is a motivating factor behind your project, choose a project that will get you the most money back at resale. Savvy homeowners can improve their homes and save some money along the way by putting a few strategies to work for them.

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Does your home make a good first impression? Men and women who have tried to sell a home are likely familiar with the phrase “curb appeal.” Curb appeal is similar to getting ready for a big date, only you’re not dressing yourself up to make a strong first impression. Instead, improving curb appeal involves dressing your home up in the hopes it makes a strong first impression on prospective buyers, many of whom will have a strong opinion about the property before they even get out of their cars to have a look around. A home with strong curb appeal can entice buyers who are likely to believe a home with a well-maintained exterior is likely to have an equally impressive interior. Homeowners who want the process of selling their home to go smoothly can improve the property’s curb appeal in a number of ways, many of which don’t necessitate a substantial home improvement budget. • Clean up. The most effective way to improve curb appeal is to clean up the property. Many homeowners are savvy enough to remove toys and other items from the yard before showing a home, but cleaning up goes beyond removing clutter from the property. Make sure all hedges are trimmed and remove weeds, sticks and other debris from any flower beds. Lay mulch in the flower beds and garden, as mulch prevents weed growth while helping the soil retain moisture, resulting in more attractive gardens to catch a buyer’s eye. • Get an “edge” on other sellers. Edging is another easy and effective way to improve curb appeal. Edge driveways, sidewalks and other walkways around the property, removing or trimming anything that is hanging over the driveway or walkways. If the boundary between your driveway and lawn is not distinct, consider installing edging materials such as stone or bricks. The edging can be level with the

Ensuring a home’s primary entryway is welcoming is one way to improve curb appeal. driveway or elevated, but keep in mind that elevated driveway edging can protect the lawn, preventing kids from riding their bicycles onto the lawn or cars from driving onto it. Adding edging is not a very difficult do-it-yourself project. • Take to the trees. Many homeowners grow accustomed to overgrown trees around their property and may not notice that low-hanging, unsightly branches are hiding the home from view. Buyers want to see the house, so take to the trees and trim any branches that hang too low or obscure your home. • Clean the gutters. Leaves and sticks hanging from the gutters are a red flag to buyers, who tend to associate clogged gutters with roof damage. Clean the gutters thoroughly before putting your home up for sale and keep them clean throughout the selling process. If your property includes lots of trees, install guards to keep twigs and leaves out of the gutters. • Make the home accessible through the front door. Many homeowners enter their home through a side door or through their garage. If you fall into this category, keep in mind that prospective buyers will be entering through the front door, so make this area accessible. Clear any clutter, such as overgrown hedges, away from the front door, and consider upgrading the door handle to a more modern feature. In addition, make sure the lock on the front door doesn’t stick, forcing the realtor and buyers to immediately struggle before entering the home. You want buyers and their real estate agents to get in

and out of the home as smoothly as possible. • Make sure all plants, including flowers, are living. Dehydrated or dead plants and flowers are eyesores, and they will give buyers the impression that you didn’t pay much attention to your property. Make sure all plants are alive and thriving and replace those that aren’t. You can replant

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Every weekend of the summer months you have spent mowing, weeding, edging, and trimming your lawn so that it will look its best. To ensure your lawn makes a complete recovery after winter hibernation, you may want to spend the fall taking steps to help your lawn survive the winter months ahead. Winterizing a lawn varies depending on where you live and how harsh a typical winter is. There are certain key tasks to complete before you can rest for the winter season. • Remove fallen leaves and debris. Leaf cleanup is among the tasks homeowners dread the most. Raking leaves can be arduous, but it is well worth the effort. Fallen leaves can smother the grass and lead to dead spots and decay next season. Wait until the majority of the leaves have fallen from the trees before you begin to rake; otherwise, you could find yourself repeating the process throughout the fall. Mulched leaves can be added in small amounts to garden beds to provide rich organic material for next year’s crop of flowers. Be sure to pick up any twigs and other debris as well. Additional debris can become up trapped

under snow and hinder grass growth when spring arrives. • Cut your lawn short. Unless the season is unseasonably wet and warm, your lawn shouldn’t grow too much in October and November. Continue to cut your lawn until there is no visible growth for about two weeks. It pays to give it a short cut before frost arrives so that long piles of dead grass will not smother any new growth in the spring. Also, long grass tends to bend down upon itself, trapping moisture that can lead to fungal diseases such as snow mold. • Aerate the lawn. Soil can be compacted over time, especially in yards that see heavy foot traffic. You can rent an aerator from a lawn supply store so that water and fertilizer can reach the soil. • Fertilize. Now is the time to give the lawn fresh food to overwinter and also replenish the strength of the root system. All summer long the lawn has been depleting the soil of nutrition, but autumn presents a great opportunity to strengthen those roots. Consider a slow-release formula designed for winterizing that will feed the lawn all winter long. • Edge the garden beds. Take advantage of the cooler weather and slow-growing grass to re-edge around flowResidential & Commercial erbeds. Even though • Interior & Exterior Painting the grass above the surface of the soil will • Wallpaper Hanging stop growing, the roots • Free Estimates will remain viable and the lawn will still be Serving Ponoka & Central Alberta for the past 40 years! sending out rhizomes Jerry Witvoet Jr. 403-783-6335 and tillers to produce Ponoka, AB Cell: 403-783-1523 new grass blades in the spring. These can easily encroach on garden beds. Edge now so you will have less work to do in the spring. • Trim hedges and trees. If there are any overhanging tree branches or shrubbery blocking sunlight from reaching the lawn, cut back these areas once the foliage has thinned. Take advantage of your town’s leaf and twig pickup services. • Seed bare patches. Scour the lawn for bare patches and put down some seed in these areas. The cooler weather Serving Central Alberta will enable the seeds to germinate without having to compete with weed growth. Once you have pre24 HR. Emergency Service pared your lawn for the Doug Johnson/Owner 403-304-6909 winter you can bring in any lawn tools that need repair and have them set and packed away for the spring.




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Does time of year affect quality of roofing jobs? There comes a time in many homeowners’ lives when they’re faced with the reality a roof replacement is necessary. A roof can last between 15 and 30 years, and a person who owns an older home may find the lease has expired on the current roof. Is there a particular time of year that is better for having a roof installed? It depends on different factors, including the availability of a roofing contractor. According to the site, The Average Cost of Things, courtesy of the Home Buying Institute, you can expect to spend $18,000 on average to replace a roof with asphalt shingles. Use of other materials, such as tile or metal will cost more than this. In general, those living in big cities tend to pay more than those in rural areas. Because a roof replacement is expensive, it is

something some homeowners prefer to put off until it is absolutely necessary. Others are interested in finding the best rate around and hiring reliable roofers for the job. It’s important to note there really is no season where roof replacements are off limits. Most roofers can do the job effectively unless the temperature is below freezing or if there is significant rain in the forecast. In fact, planning a roofing job for the middle of the winter actually may work to a homeowner’s advantage. This is typically a slow time of year for some roofers, and they may be anxious to get work this time of year and be willing to negotiate on price. There’s also a good chance the roofer will not be bogged down with other jobs, enabling the company to start on a home right away. Some roofers prefer working in the colder

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Many homeowners opt to have a roof replacement in the autumn. The crisp weather and the decline in home renovation projects overall can make this a prime time to contract with a quality roofer. If the roof is very much damaged, replacing it before the harsh, winter weather sets in can be advantageous. Some homeowners find they can get a discount on a roof installation if they bundle different renovations together. A contractor may offer a special on siding and roofing together. For those who have the funds, this may be the opportunity to get two jobs done at once. A roofing project is no small undertaking, and homeowners are wise to get several referrals and investigate a variety of companies before settling on one. Review sites, such as Angie’s List, or simply word-of-mouth appraisals from friends and family members can help make choosing a roofer an easier decision.



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Pilot celebrates search and rescue past By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye When work and play combine, for most people it is a dream come true. With 60 years in aviation, for Lewis Ervin it is a story worth telling. He tells the story of being eight years old and telling a friend he would one day be a pilot, and he was. On Sept. 16, 1952, Ervin was sworn into the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in Edmonton. “I was very fortunate, I would spend 30 years with the air force. If I could do it all over again I wouldn’t change a thing,” said Ervin. After being posted at the RCAF Station MacDonald in Portage La Prairie, Man., Ervin was transferred to Winnipeg where he became a qualified technician on various planes including the Lockheed T-33 fighter jet. Eventually he was transferred to Comox, B.C. where he mainly flew in Albatross aircraft for search and rescue, which is when he found himself in a helicopter. He had a challenge learning how the CH113 Labrador helicopter worked. “I thought it was going to be easier than it was until the first day when I suddenly found out that the whole damn theory of flight was different…the only difference between a helicopter and the fixed wing is that the rotor disk is actually the wing,” he explained. After a six-week course on how the helicopter operated, Ervin was able to properly maintain the helicopter. He became a part of search and rescue operations. Before the advent of Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) in 1970, rescue teams would search for fallen aircraft without electronic assistance. Search and rescue in the Prairies was less challenging than in the mountains of British Columbia where the terrain was rougher, he explained. “Of course we carried civilian spotters and things like that. You were good for about 15 or 20 minutes maximum in the window,” he said. “Ask any teacher or trainer. They’ll tell you, ‘If you teach over 25 minutes you’re going to lose your students.’” Spotters would eventually become fixed on a certain point and crews would lose search effectiveness. He believes the real danger for search and rescue crews is if the pilot becomes more involved with search than with piloting the aircraft. “What happened was the pilot forgot to fly the airplane.” Rescue operations could go from 15 days to his longest stretch of 59 days when crews searched for missing pilot Bob Gauthier — in the winter of 1966 and 1967 — who was en route to Yellowknife from Cambridge Bay, NWT. Gauthier was eventually found and Ervin gained valuable experience on rescue missions in the cold north. “It’s a tough environment when dealing with piston-driven aircraft.” His responsibility was to warm up the plane at 6 a.m. before a 9 a.m. sunrise and to ensure the pilot could fly it safely. Continued on page 17

Lewis Ervin celebrated 60 years of aviation Sept. 16. Here he poses in front of a Cessna 172 that is going through maintenance. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

The C-130 Lockheed Hercules was a big change for Lewis Ervin, for the positive. This aircraft was flown around the world on many United Nations and NATO missions including the Arctic where he found it able to handle extreme cold.

The first photo Lewis Ervin took was on a C-45 Expeditor on his way to the Royal Canadian Air Force base in Abbotsford, BC. Photo submitted

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The first flight Lewis Ervin flew in as a crewman was in 1966 on the CSR 110 Albatross with the 111KU and 442 Squadron. Photo submitted

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Love of flying transferred to children Continued from page 16 Dealing with 100 weight oil and no hangars for maintenance was always a challenge — especially if the Herman Nelson heaters stopped working. “You had to get creative.” For search and rescue missions though, the attitude from the crew and crew leaders was dedication to the job. After some encouragement from his wife, Ervin acquired his pilot’s licence in 1974 and took his first solo flight at Campbell River, B.C. In 1974 Ervin took a six-month course on the C130 Hercules aircraft in Trenton, Ont., after being promoted to sergeant. Lewis Ervin working on some equipment while Working in the Hercules, enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force in crews went on missions 1955. Photo submitted to different parts of the world for United Nations and NATO, as well as on supply missions to the Arctic base Alert in Nunavut. “Working with the Hercules in the winter I thought I’d died and gone to heaven,” he stated. The Hercules was suitable and easier to handle in cold weather and crews flew the four-propeller plane around the world, from New Zealand to South America, Africa and Europe, explained Ervin. His love of planes has transferred to his children with some of them also becoming licensed. Daughter Lynn Ervin said her dad helped develop her love of airplanes. “I also got his sense of adventure…that’s what sticks with me. That he could enjoy those experiences and have a sense of exploration.” She became well acquainted with airplanes at a young age and much of her work involves airplane trips. “I actually learned how to fly before I learned how to drive.” Her father started Ervin Aviation Enterprises in 1979 when he leased his Cessna 150 CF-WKE, which was purchased five years earlier. It helped put three of his four children to train for a private licence. Ten years later Ervin started working for Glen Park at Park Air Services, which has been in operation in Ponoka for 47 years. He purchased Park Air in 1991 and has been working on planes since then. His other company, Ervin Aviation, started a flight school in 1996 in Ponoka and flight students trained for recreational permit, private pilot licence, and commercial pilot licence along with visual flight rules (VFR) over mountaintops, mountain flying and night endorsement. Much of that changed after Sept. 11, 2001 with Sponsored by insurance rates almost tripling for his two aircraft. It was no longer a viable option, so the flight school closed. Hand Wash Stations “I still say I enjoy Handicap Units what I’m doing and I’ll Trailer Units do it as long as I can,” he New Solar Powered Units stated. with Running Water If the weather is cent, Ervin commutes to work with his Cessna 150 from Stony Plain; the flight usually takes 45 minutes.

“I actually learned how to fly before I learned how to drive.” Daughter Lynn Ervin


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Residents disappointed with Battle River By Amelia Naismith Residents of the Battle River watershed area didn’t have many positive things to say about the river at a water quality meeting hosted by the Battle River Watershed Alliance. “The water looks murky. Undesirable smells can accumulate at times during the year,” said Sarah Olson, economic development officer for Ponoka. Olson feels the water quality of the river has become so bad people no longer want to interact with it, canoeing for example. “It’s a joke. People say if you’re floating down the river you’re probably dead.” Ponoka County Coun. George Verheire feels the quality of the water is being degraded by some confined feeding operations (CFO) and other farming operations in the watershed area, and that regulatory agencies such as the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) aren’t doing enough to help. Verheire said farmers in the Battle River watershed clear cut the land and farm right to the river’s banks. This pollutes the river and damages its banks. Complaints and infractions regarding CFOs and other operations are sent to the NRBC but Verheire said a complaint might as well be given to a wall for all the

Sarah Skinner, water planning co-ordinator for the Battle River Watershed Alliance presents a water quality report to Photo by Amelia Naismith residents of the Battle River Watershed area.


good it does. “NRCB needs more control of CFOs.” The Battle River Watershed Alliance (BRWA) was established in 2006 and has been working with the population of the area to help improve the river’s water quality and the quality of the watershed. Between 2007 and 2010 the nutrient levels of the river sections near Highway 53 have decreased. Pesticide levels have also decreased, and bacteria guidelines were being met 100 per cent in 2010. In a 2004-2005 study the total phosphorous and nitrogen levels near Ponoka exceeded Canadian Water Quality Guidelines more that 50 per cent of the time. Dissolved oxygen and fecal coliforms under the irrigation guideline exceed guidelines up to 50 per cent of the time. Total nitrate, ammonia, pH, and fecal coliforms under recreational guidelines never exceed guidelines. Sarah Skinner, watershed-planning co-ordinator, says the BRWA wants to work with residents, stakeholders and all levels of government, from town and county councils up to federal, to develop strategies and practices that will lead to the sustainability of the watershed. Sustainability includes the biodiversity, water quantity, land management and water quality. According to Skinner, the Battle River watershed covers 30,000 square kilometres of land and 80 per cent of that is in Alberta.


Skinner said 50 per cent of pollutants in the watershed water is non-point source pollution. Meaning it isn’t only CFOs and municipalities polluting, but pollution is also coming from sources the BRWA can’t pinpoint. Poor water quality affects aquatic ecosystems, the economy, and health and social aspects of life in the watershed. According to the BRWA, management practices that can help sustain the watershed include limiting manure and fertilizer in sensitive areas, watering livestock off-stream and wintering them away from bodies of water. Urban municipalities can also make an impact on the watershed. “A typical urban resident might apply one to two bags of fertilizer to their 3,000-square-foot lawn. By doing so they are applying between three and seven times the fertilizer required,” said Skinner. Rain gardens, rain barrels, and roof gardens are also ways to help the watershed by slowing down the movement of water in gardens, and allowing it to accumulate nutrients. “Our actions on the land have impacts on water quality in our lakes, rivers and streams,” said Skinner, as part of her water quality slideshow presentation. As well as educating people on the watershed the BRWA works with youths too. “We do the education thing in classrooms and summer camps,” said Skinner. The BRWA has also worked with a stewardship project to restore a riparian area along the river near Camrose.

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The inaugural meeting of the Ponoka Green Team was held at the Scout Hall Sept. 19. More than a dozen people attended, including representatives from business and industry, the Town of Ponoka, youth organizations, and concerned citizens. Several others, including our MLA, were unable to attend but expressed an interest in being involved in the future. The purpose of the meeting was to explain the origins of the Green Team and its affiliation with Ponoka’s Earth Day project; provide information on what other communities are doing to reduce their environmental footprint; provide information on grants available to support community-based environmental initiatives; identify local environmental concerns/issues and ways to address them; and discuss the purpose of the Green Team, as well as its membership, vision and “next steps.” Two sources of grant funding were identified: Ecotrust Community Grants and Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program. Continued on page 19

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Residents of the watershed are disgusted with the look and small of the Battle River. Photos by Amelia Naismith

Garbage sits at the bottom of the Battle River near the footbridge by Highway 53.

Idle-free zones discussed Continued from page 18 Examples of projects undertaken by other communities were provided, including creating idle-free zones (e.g. in school pick-up zones) to reduce motor vehicle emissions; promoting biodiversity preservation by installing nest structures, bat houses and other habitat structures; creating living wall gardens and naturescapes in unused/run-down spaces; and reducing the environmental footprint of households, business, industry and communities as a whole through environmental audit kits. Participants identified several local environmental concerns, including improper use of the recycling depot; the need for more frequent Toxic Roundups and lack of a used oil collection site; and the need to raise awareness about how to reduce the environmental footprint of our homes, businesses, industry and community in general. Participants also identified initiatives that could be undertaken by the Green Team, including an education campaign on what can and cannot be recycled at the local facility; expanding the Toxic Roundup by providing volunteers; raising awareness about electronics recycling; encouraging people to “reduce” and “reuse;” encouraging the trade fair to adopt an environmental theme; developing a community composting program; and looking into grants available to homeowners to reduce their environmental footprint. Other priorities included encouraging environmental stewardship and action among youth; building capacity for change by identifying and building upon existing strengths; identifying/recruiting “champions” of the environment in our community; and focusing on some “quick wins,” or initiatives that will show early success to help build momentum. The meeting concluded with a round-table discussion about “next steps.” Priorities included recruiting representatives Subway Fresh to the Green Team from the business community, inTry Our dustry, local government, NEW! youth organizations, schools, services clubs, and concerned citizens; finding out what others are already doing to reduce their environmental footprint; organizing into committees to identify,

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Tips to make email communications effective By Amelia Naismith

• Keep the message short. • Keep the subject line short and relevant • Format the message for easy reading, • Get rid of Re:’s and Fw to avoid the look of laziness and the assumption the message is spam • Consider to whom the message is sent, carbon copied (CC) and blind carbon copied (BCC). • Remember your manners. • Use distribution lists sparingly and properly. Not everyone wishes for their e-mail address to be seen by others.

Technology, such as e-mails and voice mail, has made everything easier, faster. But has instant messaging made communication too slack in the professional world? Facilitator Erna Soderberg was asked by the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce to present community and business members with the E-Files; a compact how-to guide for e-mail and voice mail etiquette. Soderberg had eight rules to make an email effective:


• Always include who, what, when, where, why and how. This will avoid confusion and save time. Soderberg also says to keep slang out of business e-mails and, although you don’t want to write a novel don’t make the e-mail too short, it seems abrupt. “You can’t tell tone of voice in an email.â€? Grammar is also an important part of business e-mails: • Only use acronyms if the receiver is sure to understand, write out the full name the first time.



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• Don’t assume everything is correct the first time, read, re-read, and have someone else read it. • Make sure words with more than one spelling are correct. “Y-O-U-R and Y-O-U-’R-E are two different thing, everybody knows that but nobody on Facebook knows that,â€? said Soderberg. Soderberg says the message of a voice mail is as important as an e-mail. When leaving a message include your name, the date, and a call back number. When recording your voice mail greeting include your name, the week, the workplace, and if you’re going to be away how long. Soderberg believes using proper workplace etiquette will make the messages easier for both parties and get results faster.

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- Built in 2008, approx. 945 sq.ft. - Designated M1 (light industrial) - Open bays w/bathroom- one has ofďŹ ce - Both w/outdoor storage area - Perfect for starting or building your small business!

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Red Deer College releases strategic plan Red Deer College has officially reputation that positions the college released its new five-year Strategic as one of the top post-secondary Plan. Entitled A Learner-Centred Fu- institutions in the province offerture, the plan was first presented to ing certificates, diplomas, advanced faculty and staff by RDC President skills training and degrees. and CEO Joel Ward. At the centre of all that RDC does “We listened very closely to our is the learner and by focusing even community both within RDC and more on our students through this throughout central Alberta and have new strategic plan, RDC is empharesponded to the passionate and in- sizing a commitment to its graduates sightful input from so many who care who, as full partners in their educaabout the future of the college,” says tion, will be autonomous, competent Ward. “The RDC of 2017 will con- and recognized for their capacity to tinue to serve our learners by offering apply their learning to make a differexpanded programming including ence in the communities where they more degrees. Leadership, excellence live and work. and innovation will be the hallmarks “RDC will no longer be Alberta’s of how we operate in delivering rele- best kept secret,” notes Ward. “We vant programs leading to careers, and have always strived to deliver the personal growth for our learners.” best education possible and this plan The five-year plan was devel- ensures that we remain on that course oped through a unique collaborative and will be the post-secondary instiprocess that brought together key tution of choice for learners.” stakeholders across all College deView A Learner-Centred Future partments and divisions to give input, by visiting the diversity and view- plan points of RDC. Then, starting last December, 20 groups were formed NEW from RDC staff and faculty who sought inHOME put from more than 800 FOR central Albertans about what the strategic diSALE rection of RDC should be over the next five 1585sqftExecutive4bedroom years. home,finishedbasement,finished h fi i h d b t fi i h d yard,LargelotinquietculͲdeͲsac “We clearly heard from the community $379,000 that the Red Deer Col4007Ǧ41 4007 41StClose St Close lege of 2017 should be Ponoka known for engaging students in applied, innovative and real world For a solid investment in your future make it a Jorgenson Home learning,” says Dr. Gerry Paradis, associ403Ͳ783Ͳ ate vice-president of strategic planning and research at RDC, who NOW PRE-SELLING helped with the overall process of developing the plan. “We’re so grateful for the community’s input and role in setting our vision for the next five years at RDC.” The RDC of 2017 will be a comprehensive post-secondary institution in central Alberta with an academic

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The ongoing saga of bringing up our children

Mike Rainone Hammertime

Once we grow up and cautiously advance into the wild and wonderful world of parenthood, one of the most amazing adventures of our busy lives will be bringing up children — first our own, and then the generations that follow. No matter what category we may fit into now, we all started out being raised under the watchful eye of our own parents, and hopefully we remembered some of their skills and stressful challenges when it was our turn to do the great mom/pop experience. Somehow we did manage to survive of course, but then we must face the rather delicate procedure of accepting a totally

different role when our flock starts to fill their nests. In a salute to all phases of children, parents, grandparents, and parents-to-be, here is the delightful process most of us went and will go through during the day-to-day joys and jolts of raising a family. Of course we have all been blessed with a few gray hairs and a washtub full of worries along the way but it somehow works out for the best, and we must always look forward to carrying on the love, care, and cuddles long into our “Golden Years.” The diary of being a parent, now and forever



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When I was in my 30s I sat on a little chair in a classroom and heard with horror one of my children talked incessantly, disrupted the class, and was headed for a career of making license plates. As if to read my mind a teacher insisted, “Don’t worry, they all go through this bratty stage, but later you will be able to sit back and enjoy them.” Meanwhile, my own parents just smiled faintly and said nothing. When I was in my 40s I spent a lifetime waiting for the phone to ring, for the cars to come home or for the front door to open. A good friend insisted, “Don’t worry, they’re just trying to find themselves, and in a few years they will be adults, off on their own, and out of your hair.” Meanwhile, my parents just smiled faintly, and said nothing. I was still worrying about my children but now there was a new wrinkle. Even though they were on their own, I continued to anguish over their failures, be tormented by their problems and frustrations, and absorbed in their disappointments — and there was nothing I could do about it. Meanwhile, my parents just smiled faintly and said nothing. My friends claimed when my kids got married I could stop worrying and get on and lead my own life, which of course I wanted to believe. But I was haunted by my parents’ warm smile and their occasional but concerned statements such as, “You look pale, are you all right?” “Are you depressed about something?” “Call us the minute you get home!” My friends always claimed when I became a grandparent I would enjoy those happy little voices yelling, “Grandma, Grandpa!” But now I find that I fuss just as much about those little duffers as I did about the big ones and wonder how anyone can ever cope with all this worry? Can it be that parents are sentenced to a lifetime of worry? Is concern for one another handed down like a torch to blaze the trail of human frailties, and the fears of the unknown? Is concern a curse or is it a virtue that elevates us to the highest form of earthly creation? Recently, one of my children became quite irritable on the phone, “Where were you? I’ve been calling for three days and no one answered. I was really worried. Are you OK?” It was then that I could finally sit back in my favourite rocking chair, chuckle, and smile very warmly because the torch had finally been passed. That is a wonderful message for all of us, because over all those years we have stood the test of raising a family, while along the way, through the good times and the bad, we have managed to continue to love and cherish them all, so much, no matter what. And we would have absolutely no hesitation of doing it all over again, would we? Here is why we love them so much In a school question period the teacher asked Johnny what his favourite animal was and he replied, without hesitation, “Fried chicken!” and everyone laughed except the teacher. Next day the teacher went back to the same subject, asking him what his favourite live animal was and he told her it was the chicken, because they could be turned into yummy fried chicken, which earned him a trip to the principal’s office. Assuring the principal he was taught to always give an honest answer, Johnny was sent back to his room. The next day when his teacher asked him to tell her what famous person he admired the most, he answered, “Colonel Saunders,” and just guess where he is again. Meanwhile, enjoy this warm fall, and have a great week, all of you!

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Social networking brings educators together By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye More and more it seems technology is an integral part of our everyday lives, so much so schools are looking at how technology and education can work together. Working with Central Alberta Regional Consortium, the Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) hosted their second 21st Century Technology & Learning Symposium Sept. 21 at Terrace Ridge School in Lacombe. More than 300 Teachers, administrators and other educators attended the symposium to find what apps and software and other technologies teachers use to enhance students’ learning. Many of the classes were presented by teachers in the school division who have put into practice learning with technologies available to them. Keynote speaker was Dean Shareski with Discovery Education, who has been able to take social network applications such as Twitter to connect with educators around the world with what he calls the Human Network. It was in his first year of teaching that he realized how teachings can sometimes be an isolated experience. Anytime he could glean information from a peer on how they were able to overcome a situation or have a new technique succeed were valued experiences for him. “Anything I could get from everybody was just gold.” With new technologies and social networking Shareski believes developing a network can bring

lessons in education to more teachers. “As tools, as educators, we have a tremendous opportunity.” With more than one million views on his web page, 1,013 blog posts (with more than 5,000 comments), more than 12,000 photos posted and 64,352 tweets on his Twitter account, Shareski showed ways he has been able to use these networks to become tools for teaching. He gave a brief rundown of what the different social media outlets are used for. “We talk about Twitter, that’s basically ‘I’m eating bacon.’ Now, Facebook is ‘I like bacon.’ LinkedIn, ‘I have skills in eating bacon,’ and Four Square is ‘Where I eat bacon.’ You Tube is ‘Watch you eat bacon.’ Instagram is a photo of eating bacon. Pinterest is ‘Here’s a recipe of eating bacon,” he joked. “That’s one way of looking at it, but it’s a lot more complex than that.” He feels educators need to have a working knowledge of these networks. “We need to be, if not users of it, at least have an understanding of how it works.” He suggests it is problematic if people do not understand what the symbols mean in a network such as Twitter. Technology is more available to people because of smartphones and tablet PCs. “I would venture to guess that less than one per cent of that (people in the room) don’t have a camera on hand,” stated Shareski. He also feels his network is more than just talking about bacon, but more around a community sharing information. He used the example

of teacher Tamara Awad Lobe, who gave her students an assignment where they had to find another way to research information without the Internet. He feels it gave students research experience, but took issue with one quote in the Globe and Mail article: “At this age, they get stuck on Wikipedia being the answer to everything. They forget that people can be a really great resource.” He was quick to point out that people wrote Wikipedia. “She’s missing the notion that the web is not a place of information.” Shareski told attendees of his de-

sire to learn how to play the guitar and how he tweeted the information. A music teacher in the United States got her students to post videos on the lessons they learned and give suggestions on his techniques. A website was built for him to follow along. “That’s a real different level of communication than just some book or video,” he stated. Ownership is another topic Shareski spoke about, especially when it has become unclear who owns what. His suggestion was to buy domains with their name. “It’s worth your while to stake that and own that place.” Being marketable is also valuable and the larger the network the better opportunity to sell yourself, explained Shareski. The more information that is shared gives educators a better opportunity to learn from their own situations, which he feels can be a vehicle to enhance a student’s education experience.

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on the class and an individual’s performance. This helps the teacher decide where to go with the lesson and to determine if some one-on-one time is needed, or if there is something the entire class can learn. Supporting 14 languages, generally students who do not speak English can receive support from the program. For those who don’t speak one of the other languages, the program also has visual clues to assist a student, explained Burns. A pre-test is conducted usually on grades 1 to 6 students to find the their skill level. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are given the opportunity to try out the program, which will adjust to their level of learning. Continued on page 31

Learning and technology have become more intertwined and software companies are designing programs that adapt to a student’s learning needs. During Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) and Central Alberta Regional Consortium second 21st Century Technology & Learning Symposium Sept. 21 at Terrace Ridge School in Lacombe, educators and administrators had a chance to see different programs at work. One of those was called Imagine Learning, a media-based program to help students with reading, and to learn English. Originally designed for students learning English as a Second Language, it also helps reluctant readers, explained Mark McWhinnie, assistant superintendent of technology services with WCPS. “It uses technology and adjusts to their needs,” he said. As the program adjusts to a student’s needs, some might Hi again neighbors! use it for a few weeks, Take Note!! There will be no Jam Saturday, October 27th. I hope this does not cause too much consternation, especially to those who travel to attend from out of town. The Jam and the Gospel whereas others could Music were well received. We are indeed fortunate to have these groups play for us. Sound may use if for a matter of have been a bit loud??? months. “It’s just good Our next General Meeting and pot luck supper is Friday, September 28 @ 5:30 p.m. Please teaching.” bring sweets or vegetable/salad dishes, your own cutlery and plates etc. Best dinner in town for Presenting the pro$5.00. We, the Drop In, are in dire need of Volunteers to assist with the meal presentation plus gram to teachers was all of the activities. Please let us know if you will be one of our new Volunteers. Our dependable Lisa Barragan, support volunteer people who volunteer for everything are in need of a break. ***Anyone wishing to join a group, please show up at the Centre prior to the groups designated and training specialstarting times. We would love to have you join us. ist, and Lori Burns, Activities: curriculum specialist. Monday: Billiards 9:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday. They gave educators a Monday: Bridge 1:15 p.m. Jimmy Rawji, Terry Reynolds chance to use Imagine Monday: Whist 1:30 p.m. Mary Jones, Dale Sinclair Learning to see how it Tuesday and Thursday: Exercise class 9:30 a.m. works. Tuesday: Shuffleboard 7:00 p.m. No Result “It’s very media Wednesday: Sewing Guild 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday: Cribbage 1:30 p.m. Don Graham, Fred Bosarski intensive and grabs Wednesday: Duplicate Bridge 7:00 p.m. No Result the student’s interest Thursday: Weaving 1:00 p.m. immediately,” stated Thursday: Partner Bridge 1:15 p.m. Margaret Martin, Albert Fierlbeck Barragan. Friday: “500” 1:00 p.m. Herb Vandersteen, Al Holt It provides teachers To rent our facility contact Lucille @ (403) 783-2479 with detailed reporting

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By Amelia Naismith It’s had all summer to grow, and now Ponoka’s Foodgrains Project field is ripe to be harvested. STOCKERS AND FEEDERS Eight to 14 combines will harvest 170 acres of Heifers 112.00-118.00 Good Feeder Steers 1000 lbs Plus: 118.00-124.75 barley on Sept. 28, weather permitting. Heifers 118.00-125.00 Good Feeder Steers 900 lbs Plus: 120.00-133.00 Heifers 122.00-130.00 Good Feeder Steers 800 lbs Plus: 130.00-137.00 “Last year $30,000 in wheat was sent away. Heifers 122.00-132.00 Good Feeder Steers 700 lbs Plus: 138.00-145.00 We’re hoping for better this year; that wasn’t a Heifers 130.00-143.50 Good Feeder Steers 600 lbs Plus: 140.00-148.00 Heifers 135.00-148.00 Good Feeder Steers 500 lbs Plus: 145.00-158.00 very good crop,� said Larry Henderson, Ponoka Heifers 145.00-165.00 Good Feeder Steers 400 lbs Plus: 165.00-179.00 Foodgrains Project committee member. Heifers 155.00-180.00 Good Feeder Steers 300 lbs Plus: 185.00-210.00 In previous years the project field has generReplacement hfrs up to 145.00 ated $60,000 to $70,000. Dairy Steers 85.00-109.00 Last year the crop helped 35 countries. Baby Calves Dairy Type: 80.00-130.00 Baby Calves Beef Type: 160.00-290.00 “We have good support from our farmers, Rd Bales NONE and also a lot of support from individuals and Rd Bales NONE Hay: Sq Bales 1.50-9.75 Rd Bales NONE Straw: Sq. Bales 1.00-1.25 churches� said Henderson. He said the machinery, Greenfeed: Sq. Bales. NONE fertilizer, insurance and cash donated by the busiVold Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. | Foothills Livestock Auction | ness supports was also appreciated. Dawson Creek Auction Henderson encourages everyone to come to Vold Jones & Vold Co. Ltd. Š 2006 4410-Hwy 2A, Ponoka Alberta, Canada, T4J 1J8 the free event; although he says donations are UNRESERVED REAL ESTATE, HEAVY EQUIPMENT, welcome. “It’s a community SHOP & HOUSEHOLD ITEMS event. We’re having a big harvest lunch out there.� Henderson says normally 100 to 150 PAT & IRENE SORKEN people come out to Bashaw, AB the event. “We have a SATURDAY OCTOBER 6th pretty good time out there.� Items Sell @ 9:30 AM SHARP!! The Foodgrains Real Estate Sells @ Noon! Project Field can be Auction held @ South East Side of Bashaw, AB, Just off Hwy #53 found three miles south of Ponoka along Highway 2, then west on C and E Trail (Township Road 423A). “People can also reach it by Auction Features: going west on Spruce HOUSE‡1,412 Sq. Ft. Bungalow, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Attached Garage, Fully Finished Basement, Low Maintenance Yard, Located in Bashaw, AB‡HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR & ATTACHMENTS‡ Road, and they can 2007 John Deere 270 DLC‡9DULHW\RI$WWDFKPHQWV‡GRAVEL TRUCK‡1999 Sterling‡TRACTOR ‡ follow the signs,� said Kubota B7200‡CAR‡/LQFROQ0DUN9,‡PLUS 9DQ7UDLOHU%XLOGLQJV$LU&RPSUHVVRU6QRZEORZHU Henderson. *HQHUDWRU0RZHU %ODGH/DZQ *DUGHQ(TXLSPHQW&RQVWUXFWLRQ5HODWHG(TXLSPHQW6KRS 6XUYH\ (TXLSPHQW +RXVHKROG,WHPV7RR0DQ\WR/LVW

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I spend a little time every so often trying to understand youth culture and the influences of youth. One of those influences happens to be the notorious American cable television channel, MTV. When comedian Kevin Hart took to the stage at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards this month he quickly jumped to a comedy sketch centred on mistakes.

If you are familiar with the typical content of the Video Music Awards he likely got it right when he said, “MTV is the place for mistakes. That’s where it’s OK.” Undoubtedly, MTV is one place where it is more than encouraged to make mistakes in conduct or judgment. Hart also commented, “If you made a mistake so what … I’m

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Protecting the net: Ponoka Stampeders attempt to cover their goalie and net from offending Wheatland King players in Heritage Junior B exhibition action Sept. 23. Ponoka lost 10-3. The Stampeders’ first regular season games are this weekend in Airdrie and Didsbury. Their first home game is Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. Photo by Amelia Naismith


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Broncs football keeps teamwork on priority list By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye As the season progresses, the Ponoka Composite High School (PCHS) Broncs football team has yet to win a game, but head coach Scott MacGregor sees it more as an opportunity than a failing. He feels there are three things the team needs to look at if they want to improve their performance: one is to prepare themselves for intense battle; two is to remind themselves to have fun; and three is to realize football is a team game. “Maybe shift your focus to what’s important in life,” he stated. The two exhibition games the Broncs played were against Hunting Hills Lightning and the Lacombe Rams with a 53-0 loss and a 59-0 loss, respectively, MacGregor knew they were the underdogs for those games. “It’s been tough coming up against some well established programs,” he said. “The loss against Lacombe I’m putting squarely on my shoulders.” Playing a team such as Lacombe, with experienced coaches and players who have worked with each other for five years, make it even more of a challenge. MacGregor feels he did not prepare his team for what they were going to face. “We wanted to come in as an underdog and give it our best shot.” Their Monday morning practice started with an analysis of the game, what it means to each player, and what they feel would take to be competitive against their next game against Stettler. He feels their game against Rocky Mountain House’s West Central High was a performance to remember. “More so with the way we were down

“No one on the Broncs team will ever back down,” head coach Scott MacGregor 22-0 and we decided to play a brand of football we were proud of.” The team came back and despite losing 35-15, they outscored West Central 15-13 in the second half. MacGregor believes his players are able to motivate each other but would wants to see improvement in overall motivation; from taking care of stalls, to showing up on time and playing well in the field. MacGregor wants to see improvement. “Our offensive line has to get tougher,” as well as “fundamental skills that we have to visit.” Despite the loss, practices continue for coaches and players who are preparing for their home game against Stettler Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m.. He wants his players to understand and appreciate where they could improve. “I called the loss an opportunity. “No one on the Broncs team will ever back down.” A new dynamic for the Broncs is using headsets. MacGregor and assistant coach Glen Kawahara, who is in an elevated position, communicate with each other over the plays. “It’s new for me. I’m still learning how to use them,” he said. He feels it helps to see offensive and defensive plays from a different perspective and also to ensure the correct number of players are on the field. MacGregor thanked fans supporting the team as well. “I want them to be proud of our effort.”

This Broncs player pushes to gain more yards against the Lacombe Rams. Ponoka lost 59-0 but are training for their home game against Stettler Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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Students Brooklyn Nicholson and Camille Brookwell show their support for a family member during the run. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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Father and son team, Ryan and Jordan Crawford, sport matching outfits during PES’ Terry Fox Run. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye


Only a few weeks into the school year and Ponoka Elementary School (PES) students were busy collecting money for the Terry Fox Run. The school hosted its 13th year of fundraising for the Terry Fox Foundation and PES students and teachers were out Sept. 20 running a 1.6-kilometre track in honour of Fox. The school is no lightweight; at the assembly $16,437.14 was raised with online pledges still needing to be tallied, explained physical education teacher Sandy Webber. She feels this fundraiser has other benefits for students. “Our school does it because it’s a strong character trait for our students.” During the school assembly vice-principal Nicole Rawlinson told students about Terry Fox and his life. “He was one person and one idea.”

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Despite being young and small, PES students’ teamwork can still make a difference with their endeavours, she explained. “You too are heroes because of the work you’ve done.” With the help of teachers, students set their own goal of how many times they could walk/run the route. “We call it a smart goal, it’s specific, it’s measurable,” said Webber. Teachers and parents walked alongside students during the two hours of the run. After 13 years PES has raised $276, 800 for the Terry Fox Foundation, and this year the school’s focus was teamwork, explained Rawlinson. Student activity leaders helped organize the event and they were pleased to see people enjoying the run. Brooklyn Nicholson, Grade 5, hoped funds from the school would help find a cure for cancer. “I like to help with the school and Mrs. Webber. I hope that all the cancer gets cured soon.” Camille Brookwell, Grade 5, enjoyed decorating the gym for the assembly as well as helping to organize. Her hope is “to see everyone have fun.” Jordan Crawford, who ran many laps with his father, Ryan, enjoyed helping out. He was a school announcer during the last few weeks and help seated people. His hope was to “raise lots of money for cancer research.” The Town of Ponoka also donated three free swims to PES for the class that raised the most money in kindergarten and grades 1, 2 and 3, and grades 4 and 5.





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Hunter Hart helps students at Ponoka Elementary School with a song before their Terry Fox Run Sept. 20. They raised more than $16,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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Warmbloods jump for good standings By Amelia Naismith Inspection awaited breeders, trainers and riders at the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association’s (CWHBA) Heartland Saddlery Open Warmblood Breeder’s Show. The show was hosted at the Calnash Trucking Ag Event Centre for the first time, last weekend. “Warmbloods have an inspection process,” said show co-ordinator Jill Owen. Mares and stallions must pass the inspection for their offspring to be registered with the association. “You can actually fail. It’s part of our quality control,” said Owen. There were horses at the show that did fail their inspection. Owen said Warmbloods are a European invention. The CWHBA is an extension of the European group’s standards, ideals and practices. Owen said stallions are important to the association. “Most of our semen is imported from Europe.” Warmbloods are bred to compete in three Olympic sports: dressage, jumping and eventing. They are also used in the hunter/jumper sport. The horses are inspected on qualities including gait, conformation, parent verification, temperment and chute jumping. According to Owen jumping is highly hereditary. Jumping horses have to be quick, careful, and must have scope. “They’re almost born with it,” said Owen. Lineage and bloodlines are scrutinized. Owen said good jumpers usually have jumper genes that can be traced 10 horses back on both parents’ sides. Owen also said jumper bloodlines shouldn’t be mixed with other horses. You can have a jumping horse in dressage lines, but you don’t want dressage bloodlines in a jumping horse. “You’re always looking for a better standard of animal,” said Owen.

Chagall performs chute jumps at the Open Warmblood Breeders Show. Photo by Amelia Naismith

Dressage horses also have intelligent, trainable minds. According to Owen they started off as a military horse. International Warmblood breeder Jacquie van den Bosch, from the Red Deer area, attended the show. Van den Bosch competes her horses at international shows such as Spruce Meadows. “You need a special breed. Most of the time we used a line that’s proved itself.” Van den Bosch both breeds and raises international champions. “We (Jacquie and

husband John) do lots of homework.” They have a breeding process that has resulted in champions. “We let them be babies,” said van den Bosch. By the time their horses are two or three they’re halter and saddle broke, and then returned to the field. At four they start competing in “baby classes.” Van den Bosch said horses that don’t compete to standards are usually sold. “It’s a gamble.” To stay at Spruce Meadow, one week

costs approximately $2,000 per horse. “The competition is very tough,” said van den Bosch. “It’s very hard on the horses. You have to have a good team to take care of the horses.” However, the van den Boschs love the sport. “We love the horses and we love the competition.” It takes about 12 years to train a Grand Prix horse but raising an international champion is the van den Boschs’ goal and prized achievement.

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Ponoka’s Curling Club dusts off brooms for season

Bringing home the bronze: Shaye Leidenius, Daria Leidenius, and Ivy Roasting of Ponoka Composite High School won bronze at zones. All three girls placed in the top 15. Shaye Leidenius was third low gross score overall. Daria Leidenius was eighth and Ivy Roasting was 15th.

Provincials bound: Davis Labrie, Kolby Vold, Chandler McClaren, and Jared Nicolls took first at zones, held at the Alberta Springs Golf Resort. Jared Nicolls was first low gross overall, Kolby Vold was third, Davis Labrie was ninth, and Chandler McClaren 14th. The boys’ team travelled to Fort McMurray Sept. 23 for provincials.

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Submitted by Tamara Steer Well, I can hardly believe that summer is over and we are getting ready for the 2012/2013 curling season. Ponoka Curling Club registration is Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at the club with league play beginning the last week in October. Come on out and register for one or more leagues and enjoy some fun, meet new people and get some exercise this winter. The executive of the Ponoka Curling Club is looking forward to a strong season with five leagues running again this year: men’s, ladies’, mixed, super and juniors. Don’t hesitate to come register if you are just an individual or group of only two or three players. There are always teams looking for players and the club is ready to help put together a team. Join our Ponoka Curling Club Facebook page for easy access to upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you down at the curling club this winter.



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IPads integrated into teachers’ classrooms By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye It wasn’t long ago an elementary education was mainly from books: now you can find IPads and other electronic devices among a teacher’s toolkit. IPads in Elementary Classroom was one of the presentations at the second 21st Century Technology & Learning Symposium sponsored by Wolf Creek Public Schools and Central Alberta Regional Consortium Sept. 21 at Terrace Ridge School in Lacombe. Presented by Nathan McEntee, Ponoka Elementary School Grade 4 teacher, and Tia Grah, Rimbey Elementary School Grade 6 teacher, they walked educators through how to research an app and even to use it in a lesson. Collaboration was something McEntee feels is an important part of working with technology. “We are learning with you.” A lesson plan is an important step when considering the use of an IPad. “To effectively use apps in your classroom you must first decide what you want to accomplish,” he explained. They pointed out some benefits of working with education apps and IPads: • There is instant feedback from apps on how students do. • They can provide a way to write storyboards or offer an avenue for artwork. • Textbooks can be created with and used for later classes, some textbooks are available as an app, but a site license might be needed. • They offer notetaking capabilities. “Lots of times there’s a lite version too that you can try and if you really enjoy it and you know you’re going to use then always go for the lite version before you pay

for the app,” suggested Grahn. Presenters asked teachers to work with a team that teaches at the same level and bring one suggestion of an app found from some websites such as www. Mark McWhinnie, assistant superintendent of technology services, said students as young as Grade 2 are bringing devices to school to enhance their learning experience but the purpose of the presentations is not to promote a specific product. “It should be less about the technology and more about the integration of technology.” Most students use tablets, IPads and other devices to connect with friends and family, explained McWhinnie. He feels teachers are seeing the value of having these same devices be a part of a student’s education. “It’s about using tools that they are accustomed to and using in their everyday life,” he explained. For McWhinnie, the goal is also to teach students positive behaviors in a digital world. “We’re teaching students also at the same time how to use it appropriately.” Classrooms will use the Internet and social networking sites such as Twitter to tell about their learning, which gives parents an insight into their child’s education. “Parents are increasingly being able to see what their kids are learning,” he explained. The goal for symposium organizers was for teachers to be able to continue their learning as well as educate their students.

Apps for education. Teachers research IPad apps at the IPad Elementary School presentation Sept. 21.

Software adapts to learning Continued from page 23 It starts with emerging literacy skills and ends “with an independent reader.” There are several tools Imagine Learning uses to help a student with the language: • Phonemic awareness: Students learn how a word sounds and looks as a mouth verbalizes the word. • Fluency: Users will listen to a sentence and can then read and record the sentence to listen to themselves. Recordings are saved and students are able to review their first recording to their latest. • Vocabulary: Students can see many samples of

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We want to thank everyone who came out in support of our fund raising run of Sept. 23. We were able to raise $1676.00 to help develop the trans-Canada trail through Ponoka. This amount will be matched by the government. Besides all of the participants & volunteers we would like to thank the following businesses: Complete Wellness Center, Extra Foods, Flowers For You, IGA, Pixie Photos and Sommer Home Hardware for their donations. Next year let’s make it even better! Phyllis Shoop for the Ponoka SDA Church.

how words sound or what the definition is. • Comprehension: The program gives questions and tips to see how a student understood the lesson. If there is a challenge in an area, the software gives tips to guide a student to an answer. Lois Spate, principal of Ponoka Elementary School, feels programs such as Imagine Learning will be an asset to teachers. “To me this is cutting edge. We need to keep up-to-date as teachers, especially how to infuse technology into the curriculum, how to engage our students using technology. These kind of symposiums are key for teachers,” she said. She feels teachers are not as familiar with technology as students. “I’ve seen kids on this program for example, they just go in and click.” With symposiums such as this, she hopes to take back lessons and apply them to her school. She enjoyed seeing teachers presenting what worked for them in their classes.


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Ann France Tilley On September 19, 2012 Ann Tilley of Ponoka passed away at the age of 78 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her friend Melvin Peterson of Ponoka and her brother John (Linda) Tilley and family of Kamloops, British Columbia. A Memorial Service and Interment of Tilley’s ashes will take place at the Ponoka Columbarium in Forest Home Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation. To express condolences to Tilley’s family, please visit Arrangements Entrusted to PONOKA FUNERAL HOME ~ A Wombold Family Funeral Home ~

DICKAU Doreen Elizabeth On September 18, 2012 Mrs. Doreen Dickau of Ponoka passed away at the age of 81 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Holly (Jim) Mayfield of Vernon, Mike of Ponoka and Nancy (Ernie) Riley of Edmonton; grandchildren Nathan (Brandy), Dahnae (Isaac), Rodney (Lindsay), Darren and Robyn (Doug); great-grandchildren Sylis, Xavier, Malachi, Jonah, Kadance, Elisha, Ryder and Lennaea; and many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Gordon Dickau on October 21, 2005. Friends wishing to pay their respects may do so at the Ponoka Funeral Home from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. A Funeral Service was held at the Church of the Open Bible at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 with the Interment Service following at Forest Home Cemetery. Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to the Honduras Education & Learning Project (H.E.L.P.). Please make cheques payable to Adventure in Missions (print ‘Project H.E.L.P. El Cacao’ on the memo line) and mail to Onno Roos, R.R. #3, Site 11, Box 6, Ponoka, AB T4J 1R3. To express condolences to Doreen’s family, please visit Arrangements Entrusted To PONOKA FUNERAL HOME ~ A Wombold Family Funeral Home ~

Glass, Ronald (Ron) Lee April 23, 1938 - September 12, 2012 Joan Glass and family are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Ronald Lee Glass on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Ron was born April 23, 1938 at Glasgow, Scotland. He moved to Canada as a child with his family and they settled in Mulgrave, Nova Scotia. Ron completed his education and university, graduating with a Business Commerce Degree from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. After working for Ford Motor Co. in Edmonton, Ron’s passion for automotives led him to Lacombe, Alberta in 1974 where he moved his family and bought into the local Ford Dealership Mainline Motors (Lacombe) Ltd. Ron continued to operate the dealership into the mid 1980’s when the business sold. Ron then worked in various capacities for Lacombe Airless, Lacombe Turbo, Pentagon Farm Centre, and Lacombe Co-Op until 2011. Ron married Joan Riley in 1981 and the two resided on the Riley farm until his passing. Ron loved to play golf, something he inherited from his father and grandfather. He also enjoyed reading, camping, travelling and taking the motor home with Joan for their annual trek down into the USA. Ron was an exceptional painter, a hobby/passion he took up very early in life. Joan and Ron’s home sometimes looked more like an art gallery than their house. You can find pictures, old saw blades, cream or milk cans, and tea kettles of his work throughout various locations in friends and families homes, as well as businesses in Lacombe and the surrounding communities. Ron also enjoyed and spent the last 25 years working with others and providing assistance through the association of Alcoholics Anonymous, something he and his family were very proud of! Ron was predeceased by his father, Alec Glass, mother, Helen Glass and daughter, Sue Sherrer. He is survived by his loving family; his devoted wife and best friend of 31 years, Joan Glass; his children and son, Bill Glass (Shirley) of Lacombe, Pam Harry (Harold) of Whitehorse, YT, Rose Kierluk (Mike) of Camrose, Deb Morrissey (Tom) of Mission BC, Melodie Fitzel (Marvin) of Peers, AB, Lyall Riley (Cathy) of Coquitlam, BC, Bruce Riley (Brenda) of Ponoka County, Kelvin Riley (Debbie) of Ponoka County, Koreen Riley of Lacombe, Brent Riley of Red Deer; grandchildren; Lynnsey, Chelsey, Brad, Matthew, Kevin, Breann, Katie, Charlie, Christopher, Phillip, Alicia, Heidi, Dave, Melissa, Michael, Jonathon, Robbie, Scott and Jennifer; great-grandchildren Sloane, Trinity, Eden, Alexander, Max, Zackary, Orion, Aerys and Jordon. Ron will also be lovingly remembered by many special people in his life, and some very close friends. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please donate directly to the Lupus Society of Alberta or the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation. A celebration of Ron’s life will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Hall (9 kilometres north of Highway #12 on Highway #792). To express condolences to Ron’s family, please visit Arrangements Entrusted To PONOKA FUNERAL HOME ~ A Wombold Family Funeral Home ~ 403.783.3122

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Kerry Schmidt who passed away September 27, 2011 Death creates a pain no one can heal Love creates memories no one can steal Holding hands forever Karen, Dan & Tiffany Nancy, Jay, Leia & Rayden

GORDON WALCHESKE October 1, 2008 God took you home, it was His will But in our hearts, we love you still. Your memory is as dear today, As in the hour you passed away. Love your family. We miss you.

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Competition #: 12-18-12-001 Position: Cleaning Person Location: Rimbey Jr/Sr High School Deadline for Applications: Friday, September 28, 2012 - noon Assignment: Full-time position (8 hour evening shift)

Benefits: Wolf Creek Public Schools offers all full-time cleaning staff members an excellent benefit package with opportunities for annual wage advancement. Successful applicants also become an important part of the “school family” in the facility they work. Qualifications: • Willingness to perform tasks and to remain flexible in the performance of duties • Previous history of excellent work habits and attendance record • Previous experience with all aspects of cleaning and maintaining a school would be a definite asset, “on the job” training will be provided as well • The ability to cooperate with staff and students • Physically fit so as to perform all required duties • Ability to understand and follow instructions Interested candidates are invited to submit applications to: Mr. Mel Henderson Custodian/Grounds Foreman Wolf Creek Public Schools 6000 Highway 2A Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1P6 Phone: 403-783-5441, Ext. 323 Fax: 403-783-3155 Email: Please Note: We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but advise that only candidates selected for an interview for this competition will be contacted. The successful applicant will be required to provide, at his/her own expense, a satisfactory current criminal records check statement within ten working days of an offer of employment. Wolf Creek Public Schools also requires each employee to provide a Child Welfare Intervention Check.

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OILFIELD Equipment Fabricator hiring several positions Shop located in Stettler AB hiring for the following positions: EXPERIENCED: * QC/QA manager/ inspector for pressure vessels and piping Tankmaster Rentals LTD * PIPEFITTER is currently seeking a * Instrumentation tuber Northern area manager * Skid welder to oversea Edson, Drayton * Helper/painter/general Valley and Valley View labor operations. Valid candidate Please send resumes to would have knowledge in oilfield equipment rental and transportation PROFESSIONAL services. Good Computer JOB OPPORTUNITIES. skills i.e. Microsoft office. Troyer Ventures Ltd. is a Able to dispatch and privately owned energy co-ordinate multiple jobs. services company Knowledge of OH&S rules servicing Western Canada. and industry safety regulaAll job opportunities tions. Excellent customer include competitive wages relations. Good knowledge and a comprehensive of all northern areas where benefit plan. We are oilfield activity takes place. accepting applications at Tankmaster offers multiple branches for: competitive salary and Professional Drivers performance bonus (Class 1, 3). depending on level of Successful candidates will experience. All inquires are be self-motivated and to be either email to eager to learn. Experience is preferred, but training is or faxed to 403-340-8818. available. Valid safety tickets, clean drug test, and a drivers abstract are required. For more A Star Makes information and to apply on these opportunities and Your Ad additional postings visit our A Winner! employment webpage at: CALL: employment-opportunities 1-877-223-3311


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MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS of Ponoka, Lacombe, Stettler and Red Deer (Gasoline Alley East and West) are now hiring full time Food Counter Attendants. All five stores are 24 hours and applicants must be willing to work flexiable shifts, including evening, weekends and nights shifts. Wages range from $10.50 to 11.00 per hour and we will train. Benefits are included and we offer opportunities for advancement. Apply in person at the store or on line at



AN ALBERTA CONSTRUCTION COMPANY is hiring Dozer and Excavator Operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051.





ATTENTION ROOFERS. Epic Roofing & Exteriors Ltd., an industry leader, is a Calgary based company looking to hire skilled professional roofers, foreman, lead hands and fully equipped crews to work this coming winter. We offer full-time work and benefits package with the best wages in the industry for those who qualify. Apply now while there are still openings. Contact Donavan Aspin, Roofing Division Manager at 587-228-0473.


Is looking for general carpenters for the Red Deer area. Call Brad 403-588-8588

FAST TRACK TO PARTS AND MATERIALS TECHNICIAN. New 36 week program at GPRC Fairview campus. Begins November 5. Challenge 1st and 2nd year apprenticeship exams 1-888-999-7882. Ask for Brian; INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. No Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Apply online! 1-866-399-3853 JOURNEYMAN MECHANIC or First, Second or Third Year Apprentice and Lube Technician required. Great work environment, competitive wages and benefits. Incentives and bonus plan. On the job training. To apply please fax resume to: Eagle River Chrysler, 780-778-8950. Email: or mail: P.O. Box 1558, Whitecourt, AB, T7S 1P4 or apply in person to Dennis LaFreniere.





for our Red Deer location. Qualifications to include lots of exp. in trailer/tanker welding & repairs with SS & Aluminum. Must be open to learn new things & possess good communication & organizational skills. Exc. working conditions + benefits after 3 mos. Fax 403-346-2072 or email MONAD INDUSTRIAL CONSTRUCTORS no hiring: Carpenters, Concrete Finishers, Millwrights, Scaffolders, and Skilled Labourers with industrial construction experience for an industrial site near Vanscoy, SK. All wages depend on experience. We offer a $2./hour retention bonus & $2./hour completion bonus (total $4./hour). Living out allowance is provided to those that qualify. We are also looking to fill night shift positions with an extra premium of $3. hour. Monad has excellent benefits, pension plan & RRSPs. The successful candidate must have current safety certifications including CSTS 09 and complete a pre-access D&A test. Apply with resume in person: 9744 - 45 Ave., Edmonton, AB, T6E 5C5 or by fax 1-888-398-0725 or email: Attention: Monad Recruitment Team PRAIRIE COAST EQUIPMENT requires an experienced Forage Harvester Specialist and Ag Service Techs for our Abbotsford, BC and Northern Alberta locations, to perform diagnostics, service repairs and maintenance on agricultural equipment. Competitive compensation, extensive benefits and much more. Email: Fax 604-557-7094.

850 NOW HIRING HEAVY HIGHWAY/ HEAVY CIVIL PROFESSIONALS To join Flatiron at our Edmonton & Fort McMurray locations.


Flatiron is one of North America’s fastest growing heavy civil infrastructure contractors. We have landmark projects across Canada and we have established ourselves as a builder and employer of choice. Fort McMurray opportunities offer a project specific rotational schedule and project provided flights. Our Edmonton projects will be offering competitive compensation on a 4-year project. Flatiron has been named Heavy Civil Contractor of the Year in Alberta and has been recognized as a 2012 Best Workplace in Canada.


Please send your resume to or fax: (1)604-244-7340. Please indicate which location you are applying to.





Darcy Zimmer - Sales North of Hwy 53 Phone: 403-588-8420 Ferdinand Harkema - Sales South of Hwy 53 Cell: 403-785-7149 Rick Cline - Store/Sales Manager Cell: 403-588-1957

RB ERECTORS looking for exp’d preengineered metal bldg. erectors and labourers. Rich @ 403-877-7522 or Brad @ 403-506-8000

Manufacturers of Annugas Production Enhancer


SOUTH ROCK IS HIRING FOR: Paving Personnel (raker, screed, general labourers); Heavy Equipment Operators. Send resume to: or 403-568-1327.




Must be • Reliable/Self motivated • Experienced Fax resume to main office (780) 361-2355 3601 - 48 St., Wetaskiwin, AB TGA 3N9 Phone: (780) 361-2350

Only candidates selected will be contacted for interview.

Calnash Trucking in Ponoka requires a Heavy Duty Mechanic, will consider apprentice with experience. Must be selfmotivated with good written and communication skills. Competitive wages and benefits. Please submit resume by: Fax: 403.783.3011 Email:


24 Hour Emergency Call 403-783-3337 Home Page:

Hwy. 53 Ponoka Toll Free 877-783-3338 Ph. 403-783-3337 E-Mail:

Rimbey Implements Ltd.

Al York

JOURNEYMAN or APPRENTICE TECHNICIAN required Due to increasing retail service business Ponoka Ford needs to hire additional service technicians. Ford experience an asset, but any general technician will be provided a great working atmosphere. Top wages and benefits. Relocation bonus may also be available. Fax resume to 403-783-5504, Attn. Allan Raugust. Or e-mail to STUDON Electric & Controls Inc. is one of Canada’s Best 50 Managed Companies. We are an industry leading Electrical & Instrumentation Contractor that prides itself in having committed and dedicated employees. We are currently hiring:

JOURNEYMEN, 3&4 YEAR ELECTRICIANS AND INSTRUMENTATION TECHNICIANS The ideal candidates will have the following: • H2S, OSSA Fall Protection, OSSA Aerial Work Platform, CSTS • Journeymen or 3&4 year Electricians and/or Instrumentation Techs • A team player • Excellent communication skills STUDON offers a competitive salary, incentive and benefits package. If you are interested in this opportunity to join a dynamic and growing company, please forward your resume to the address below. STUDON Electric & Controls Inc. ATTN: Human Resources Fax: 403-342-6505 Email:



“People Pride & Service”

We want to hear from you!

General Manager Cell: (403) 783-0593 Bus: (403) 843-3700

Rimbey, AB

Fax: (403) 843-3430





403-783-8008 Phone 783-8008 BUY - SELL - CONSIGN 5704 - Hwy 2A North, Ponoka, AB T4J 1M1


A & J AUTOMOTIVE A & J AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR 6701 - 46 Ave. 6701 46 Ave. Ponoka, AB - T4J 1J8 Ponoka, T4J 1J8 (403)AB783-8755 (403) 783-8755 Al Dickhaut Owner/Operator Al Dickhaut Owner/Operator



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BOBCAT SERVICES Sur-B Enterprises Ltd.

BOBCAT SERVICE • Snow Removal • Driveways & Parking Lots • Post-Hole Augering - 6, 9, 12, 15 • Corral Cleaning • Grading & Construction Call 403-783-2764 403-588-0599 CallJim JimAshbough Ashbough 783-2764ororCell: Cell: 588-0599 Jack Surbey 403-783-5283 Cell: 403-588-0597 Jack Surbey 783-5283orCell: 588-0597


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. Scheduled days off. Call Lloyd 780-723-5051.

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EARN EXTRA CASH! Part-time, full-time immediate openings for men & women. Easy computer work, other positions are available. Can be done from home. No experience needed;

Installer/Service person for dairy ventillation systems. Knowledge of fans and misting equipment an asset. Competitive wages and benefits package. E-mail resume:

MORE sellers find buyers in the classifieds. 1-877-2233311.

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A leading manufacturer of animal feeds is currently seeking to fill Production/Labourer Position The position requires the applicant to be a hardworking, responsible individual with initiative, and in reasonable physical condition. Full Training will be provided. Forklift experience and a drivers license an asset, but not necessary. Facility is located in Ponoka, AB Email/Fax Resumes to: 403-948-5837


HIGHWAY Drivers Wanted

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Motorcycles & ATV’s 403-783-5185 1-800-662-7135 Fax: 403-783-4635

Tues - Fri: 8:30 am-5:30 pm Saturday: 9 am-3 pm

We OFFER Competitive Wages & Full Benefits Please e-mail resumes: or Fax: (1)604.534.3811 Super Save is committed to Employment Equity and Diversity


Hi-Pro Feeds is seeking a Miller/Machine Operator. This position is responsible for manufacturing bulk + bagged feed to meet customer requirements and Hi-Pro quality standards. Tasks will include packaging and housekeeping in accordance with Hi-Pro standards and procedures; keeping processing equipment, facilities clean and well maintained and operating within strict health, safety and fire prevention standards and regulations. The ideal candidate will posses Grade 12 or equivalent. Two years feed mill or other manufacturing experience is preferred. A combination of education and experience will be considered. The candidate may be required to lift up to 25 kilograms and must also possess computer competencies to operate manufacturing equipment. Resumes can be emailed to tyson., faxed to 403-783-3999 or dropped off at the mill location at 6701, 44 Avenue, Ponoka, AB. Deadline to submit resumes is Friday, October 5, 2012.

requires a



To start immediately. Experience preferred but will train. Great opportunity for the right individuals. Advancement for the right candidate. Forward your resume immediately: attention Allan Raugust. Fax 403-783-5504 or


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Alberta Government Funded Programs Student Funding Available! NOVEMBER START •

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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


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Nutri-Source Inc.

Reaching 6000 households weekly


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REQUIRED Shop Laborer Polisher Full or Part Time Crestomere area BANDIT INDUSTRIES 403-783-4284


is seeking a F/T carpenter & F/T laborer for new home construction near Breton starting immed., ref’s and transportation r e q ’ d . P h o n e Ty l e r 780-696-2028 eves.

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DO YOU LOVE HORSES? Increase your knowledge and passion for horses with short courses offered by Olds College. Enjoy weekend courses or learn online; LEARN FROM HOME. Earn from home. Medical Transcriptionists are in demand. Lots of jobs! Enrol today for less than $95 a month. 1-800-466-1535;;

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NOW HIRING Laborers & Carpenters Bridge Work Ponoka & Rimbey Area Email: or fax resume: 780-459-7185



The wonderful staff of Toyota City Wetaskiwin is looking for YOU!

• Lube Tech Great family atmosphere, excellent benefits package. We’re waiting to hear from you! Please submit your resume to: 4120 - 56 St., Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 1V3 Fax: 780-352-5750


is a Rapidly Expanding Electrical Enclosure & Power Distribution Equipment Manufacturer in Wetaskiwin, Alberta

POSITIONS ARE: • Electricians • Panel shop Manager

(Must have electrical journeyman designation)

• Executive Assistant • Electrical Project Managers and Designers • Sheet Metal Fabricator Full Benefit Package & Production Bonuses. Safe, Warm, Modern Working Environment. Fax or E-mail your resume in confidence to: A.C. Dandy Products Ltd.

Fax: 780-352-2249


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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. MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 loan and +. No credit refused. Fast, easy, 100% secure. 1-877-776-1660.

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CRIMINAL RECORD? Guaranteed record removal since 1989. Confidential. Fast. Affordable. Our A+ BBB rating assures employment/travel freedom. Call for free information booklet. 1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366);

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Used appliances available

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 or 1-800-347-2540; www.

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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;

Six month warranty

IRONMAN Scrap Metal Recovery is picking up scrap again! Farm machinery, vehicles and industrial. Serving central Alberta. 403-318-4346


and Appliance Service We deliver and install your purchases.

403-783-4880 Automotive



403-896-3130 4005 - 52nd Avenue, Lacombe, Alberta T4L 2J8 - Custom/Self Wash - Cattleliner Wash - OilďŹ eld Equipment - Ag Tractors - Ag Implements - Fleet Vehicles

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HOME PHONE RECONNECT. Call 1-866-287-1348. Prepaid long distance specials! Feature package specials! Referral program! Don’t be without a home phone. Call to connect! 1-866-287-1348. y

READ THE CLASSIFIEDS & find just what you’re looking for. 1-877-223-3311


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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.


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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SHANDALL PLUMBING LTD. JAMES AVERY “Reasonable rates on all your plumbing needsâ€? Gas Fitting - Home Renovations - Drain Cleaning -24 HOUR SERVICE5306 - 60 ST, PONOKA, AB T4J 1K7 PH: (403) 783-6372 • FAX (403) 783-6345


PONOKA PLUMBING & HEATING We now carry a complete line of Ritchie Stockwater parts

Pet Services

JESSE ZINTER Office - 403-783-5489

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CLINKERS KENNELS * Quality Boarding for your dogs & cats *Proof of vaccinations and advance bookings required HOURS: Mon - Thurs 9 am - 12 Noon; 4 pm - 6 pm; Fri. 9 am - 12 Noon; 4 pm - 7 pm; Sat. 9 a.m. - 12 noon; Sun. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. & 4 - 7 p.m.




“ SKYTRAC� 10,000 lb., lift 47’ reach. Phone 403-843-6616

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Hours of Business: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5 pm

5110 -50 Street Box 4414 Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1R7

OPEN HOUSE - Join this week for only $9.95 a week. Lose weight quickly and safely and keep it off, results guaranteed! Call Herbal Magic today! 1-800-854-5176.

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Need RV or Self Storage?



CLASSIFIED Want Ads do TRUE ADVICE! more things for more people True clarity! True Psychics! 1-877-342-3036 or than any other form of 1-900-528-6258 or mobile advertising. Phone 1-877- #4486. (18+) $3.19/minute; 223-3311




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Our Hostess Personal Services will bring gifts Unplanned and greetings, pregnancy may be along with difďŹ cult to face. We care. For helpful conďŹ dential help call community 403-343-1611 (24 hrs.) information. DATING SERVICE. Be sure to call


Mike Doornbos

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Legal Services

8’ X 10’ mini storage units available for rent. Also RV storage. Secure compound. Call Keith at

First Call Towing


SIMPLE! It’s simple to run a Garage Sale Ad in the Classified section and make quick cash. Phone Classifieds 1-877-223-3311.


LittleJONS’ Hand Wash Stations Handicap Units Trailer Units New Solar Powered Units with Running Water

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Ponoka Veterinary Clinic Dr. Murray Jacobson Dr. Clayton West Dr. Ashley Shannon

Mon. - Fri. 8 am - 5 pm Sat. 9 am - 4:30 pm

24 Hr. Emergency 403-783-4348

5502 - Hwy 2A Ponoka, AB

T4J 1M1





Your water well solution for over 30 years • Specializing in water wells with PVC casing • Government grants in effect for farmers • New pumps & pressure system installation • Same day service - on most pump & pressure system repairs

Call Cliff today for a free estimate (403) 350-0106 WATER WELL DRILLING SERVICES

Buy & Sell #1500 - #1990



BUD HAYNES Antique Auction. Saturday, September 29, 11 a.m. Bay 4, 7429 - 49 Ave., Red Deer. Ron & late Clara Dancer of Calgary. Antique telephone collection. 403-347-5855; www. FARMLAND & ACREAGE AUCTION for Gary & Linda Stevens. Friday, October 5, 2 p.m. Two quarters of land & a 1,860 sq. ft. home on 6 +/acres to sell, all located in Lac St. Anne County. Open House, Sat., Sept. 29 from 2 - 4 p.m. For more info, call 1-800-667-2075 or view Hodgins Auctioneers Inc., Alberta PL #180827 REAL ESTATE, Recreational Vehicles, Shop, Household & Antique Auction for Trevor & Tina Sorken of Camrose County, Alberta. Saturday, October 6 starting at 9:30 a.m. Real Estate sells at Noon! 50’ X 80’ shop/house on 13 +/- acres. Open House - Sunday, September 30 from 1 - 4 p.m. For more info & terms, call 1-800-667-2075 or view: Hodgins Auctioneers Inc., Alberta PL #180827




UNRESERVED RESIDENTIAL Real Estate, Heavy Equipment, Shop & Household Item Auction for Pat & Irene Sorken of Bashaw, Alberta. Saturday, October 6 starting at 9:30 a.m. Real Estate sells at Noon! 1,412 sq. ft. bungalow, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Open House - Sunday, September 30 from 1 - 4 p.m. For more info & terms, call 1-800-667-2075 or view: www. Hodgins Auctioneers Inc., Alberta PL #180827

Building Supplies


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. STEEL BUILDINGS - Reduced prices now! 20x22 $4,455 25x26 $4,995 30x38 $7,275 32x50 $9,800 40x54 $13,995 47x80 $19,600 One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422;

Garden Supplies


FOR SALE 4 - 8 foot spruce and lodgepole pine, $35 - $45 plus delivery. Please contact Al 403-305-8201.



Darcy’s Drilling Services


Water Well Service

• Install & Service Pumps • Shock Wells • Pressure Systems Serviced & Installed Home: (403) 783-3712 Cell: (403) 704-3413

Advertise your business in the Business Directory!

Household Furnishings


ANTIQUE COUCH and chair, dark brown, $200; Whirlpool front loading washer, white, $175; 3001 Mega factory weight bench $125; exercise bike like new $75 obo 403-742-4867

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NEVER SHOCK CHLORINATE AGAIN! Newly Patented! “Kontinuous Shok” Chlorinator. No mess: Effective year round eliminating bacterial growth, smell and slime. Inexpensive. Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON;


Music Lessons


Farm Equipment

ALL AGES Seniors, adults, kindergarten, homeschoolers also welcome.

Individual programs for each student. RCM exam preparation

Linda Little 403-783-5297


SNOWBIRDS! Parksville/Qualicum, Vancouver Island, 600 sq. ft., 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom fully furnished new cottage in forest setting. $975/month,utilities incl. Available November 1. 250-248-9899 or

MAIN: (403) 783-7591

FOR SALE Schuler Feed Wagon 3200 lb capacity $1600 Silage Feed Bunk 3’x20’ floor $400 CALL EVENINGS

403-783-4140 Grain, Feed Hay

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Agricultural #2000 - #2290


Farm Equipment

For Sale

AERATION HALF CIRCLE perforated duct work 24” system complete, have several sets, 403-728-3535

Landscaping Trees - Blue Spruce - Scotch Pine - Paper Birch - Balsam Fir - Whitespruce Seedlings 48” Truck Mounted Tree-spade Services

Call Peter 780-352-4368 contact@À


BARLEY STRAW BALES. SMALL SQUARE, $2 PER BALE 403-783-8247 FOR SALE 90 ACRES alfalfa, standing. 2 miles W, 2 miles S of Rimbey. Phone 780-983-3788 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.

For Rent #3000 - #3200

Acreages/Farms ..............3010 Houses/Duplexes ............3020 Condos/Townhouses........3030 Manufactured Homes ......3040 Four Plexes/Six Plexes ....3050 Suites ..............................3060 Cottages/Seasonal ..........3070 Roommates Wanted ........3080 Rooms for Rent................3090 Motels/Hotels ..................3100 Offices ..............................3110 Stores/Commercial ..........3120 Industrial ..........................3130 Warehouse Space............3140 Garage Space..................3150 Storage Space ................3160 Land ................................3170 Pasture ............................3180 Mobile Lot ........................3190 Misc. for Rent ..................3200

Wanted to Rent #3250 - #3390

Acreages/Farms ..............3255 Houses/Duplexes ............3260 Suites ..............................3270 Rooms..............................3280 Manufactured Homes ......3290 Housesitting Wanted ........3300 Garage Space..................3310 Storage Space ................3320 Stores/Commercial ..........3330 Office Space ....................3340 Industrial ..........................3350 Warehouse Space............3360 Resorts & Cottages..........3370 Pasture/Land....................3380 Mobile Lot ........................3390

FAX: (403) 783-8178 Website: E-mail:



ONE DAY POLAR BEAR Tours - Calgary and Edmonton departures this fall. Jet to Churchill and experience 6 hours on a polar bear safari; 1-866-460-1415; www.

Darcy Schmidt Ph: (403) 783-2220 Fax: (403) 783-8828


GORGEOUS SPRUCE TREES 4 - 6’, $37.00. Includes machine planting, fertilizer, bark mulch. Minimum order of 20. Delivery fee: $75 - $100. Quality guaranteed. Crystal Springs 403-820-0961

Travel Packages

• water wells drilled & serviced • new pump & pressure system installations • all types of pump repairs • well shocking



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Great For covering Tables, Art Work, Clean Packing Paper, Painting, Playschool, Banners, and Lots More.


Houses/ Duplexes


FOR RENT 3 BEDRM HOUSE IN PONOKA Newer well kept home c/w all appliances, double att. garage. Finished basement avail. Nov. 1 $1,200/month Security/1,200 No smoking and no pets

Call 403-704-3147 3 BEDROOM UPSTAIRS SUITE IN PONOKA. $950 incl. utilities. N/S, no pets, no children. 403-783-4142


Houses/ Duplexes

Roommates Wanted


LOOKING FOR A ROOMMATE male or female, to share furnished home Laundry facilities, free cable. N/S, N/P. 403-704-4019

for rent or sale 2 up & 2 down 1 bath Mature tenant only

Available Oct. 1 References required

403-704-1028 3 BDRM DUPLEX IN PONOKA 4 appliances, NS/NP $850/month, $850 DD Call after 5pm 403-704-7060 3 BDRM.FARM HOUSE S.W. OF RIMBEY. no pets, n/s, $1100 rent, $1000 d.d. all utils. incl., Larry Trautman, 1-403-843-2733 Mark 403-843-3474 PONOKA 2 bdrm., new carpet, lino, house behind laundromat, rent $750 + d.d., Available immed. 403-392-7450


Mobile Lot

TELL it all! Tell it well! Make your ads sell for you by giving full description of goods or services offered. Include prices and terms. Phone 1-877-223-3311 for a friendly ad taker.

1 bdrm suite, includes heat & water Quiet building $600/month plus DD 403-783-6011

PONOKA: 2 bedroom apartment, blinds, heat, water, fridge, stove. Adult building, no children, no pets. (403)783-5434

* RIVERSIDE APTS. * Newly renovated 1 & 2 bedroom units in Ponoka: 3724-45 Street. 403-357-0287


Whatever You’re Selling... We Have The Paper You Need! CLASSIFIEDS 1-877-223-3311




PONOKA 1 bachelor suite, heat & water incl’d, power is extra, next to firehall. Laundry on site. Rent $475 d.d. same availabe Oct. 1. 403-392-7450






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







80 ACRES located north of Ponoka with a modern 2500 sq. ft. 1 ½ storey home, country kitchen, bonus room, fireplace & more. Also has a 24’x52’ barn c/w 4 box stalls. $

Offered at 550,000.00 – Great Value!!

Bob Wilson – RE/MAX Real Estate Central Alberta 403-782-4301 or Email:


LAKE FRONT PROPERTY Call 403-519-6773 • 2300 sq. ft. home on email:

10 acres 10 min. from Ponoka. Fishing, swimming & boating at your back door. $395,000 • See #47984 MLS C3526876

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BEAUTIFUL bungalow in Rosedale backing onto a park in a quiet close for SALE. NEW PRICE at $485,900. Quick Possession!!! Too many upgrades to mention & Paint Package incl. from Fargeys Paint to the buyer!! Call the owners Tania or Brad at 403-343-9178 today for a viewing. For more info & pics visit: MLS #CA0002711 BRIGHT & OPEN, age restricted (45+) duplex. 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Oak cabinetry, corner fireplace, single attached garage. In beautiful Gibbons. Asking $218,800. Phone 780-910-6340

Condos/ Townhouses

close to Hwy 2 in BLACKFALDS AREA Call Mike 403-896-3130 or see


Manufactured Homes

SHARPEST PRICING EVENT! All showhomes reduced for immediate delivery! $99,900 promotion on select 20’ X 76’ models has been extended! Check us out at Call 1-855-380-2266 CLASSIFIED Want Ads do more things for more people than any other form of advertising. Phone 1-877223-3311





Manufactured Homes

Manufactured Homes

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FANTASTIC FALL BLOW-OUT! Immediate delivery on all existing 2011/2012 stock. Hugh discounts! Bonuses: washer/dryer, vinyl skirting, O/R microwave - free! Details - Dynamic Modular, Red Deer. 1-877-341-4422;

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BUY LAND IN BELIZE - English Commonwealth country in Central America. Large land tracts, sea front properties, Caribbean lots. All types available. For information call Patrick Doyle 210-401-3575.

SAVE OVER $12,000.! 20’ X 76’, kitchen special, Model 241, reduced to $139,900. 3 left in stock, available for immediate delivery. Toll free 1-855-463-0084; SIX WEEK DELIVERY. Homes 900 - 2650 sq. ft. Basement or piling foundation. 9’ ceilings, drywall. View show homes Red Deer. Free 3D TV for Christmas. Integrity Choice Homes 1-800-221-6801.


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2008 ALTIMA Coupe, 3.5 4 PLEX REDUCED SE V-6, 6 spd. loaded. A REDUCED! 4 Units + 1 bachelor. must to see! 130,000 kms. LAKE FRONT PROPERTY Could be Condo. Mint Cond. $13,500 obo -†2300 sqft home on 10 acres Lacombe 10 yrs. old. 403-844-0608 Sylvan Lake $395,000. 10 min from Ponoka. Fishing, swimming & boating Close to schools & recreation. Close to Downtown. at your back door. Rents could be increased. See #47984.† 5 Units for $789,000. Call MLS C3526876. John at Coldwell Banker Call 403-519-6773† Email: 403-348-3339

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beautiful private property in sought after Woodlea, backing onto Waskasoo Creek. Build your dream home or modify the existing 3 bdrm. heritage home. 416-918-0195

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1 9 9 9 T R AV E L A I R E Rustler, 26’, 5th wheel, new tires, new axles, Exc. cond. bought new one. $7500 obo phone 403-318-1913



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SAMSON CREE ROAD CONSTRUCTION TENDER Four Mile Road Improvements and Other Works Tender available immediately. Closing Date: October 2, 2012


The easy way to find a buyer for items you want to sell is with a Classified want ad. Phone 1-877-2233311


2005 HONDA Accord, tan, 121,500 kms., 6 cyl., leather sunroof, orig. owner. $10,500. 403-318-2736

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2001 CADILLAC Deville, sunroof, heated seats, leather, DVD, 124,000 kms exc. cond. in/out. $7950. 403-342-0587

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To obtain a copy of the tender, please contact: Gordon Poon, P.Eng. Dillon Consulting Limited 403-215-8880 x4359


Ponoka County

PUBLIC NOTICE Amendment to Land Use By-Law 7-08-LU The Council of Ponoka County has been asked by Cor & Nel Saelman to amend Land Use By-Law 7-08-LU as follows: Reclassify Pt W1/2 SW 16-42-28-W4 (approximately 5.0 acres total) from Agricultural District to Country Residential to allow for future subdivision of the rezoned area.



Before considering the by-law, Council will hold a Public Hearing at which any person claiming to be affected may ask questions or make comments. This hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 in the Council Chambers of the County Administration Building. A copy of the proposed bylaw may be inspected at the County Administration Building, Ponoka, Alberta during regular office hours.

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WISE BUYERS READ THE LEGAL COPY: Vehicle(s) may be shown with optional equipment. Dealer may sell or lease for less. Limited time offers. Offers may be cancelled at any time without notice. Dealer order or transfer may be required as inventory may vary by dealer. See your Ford Dealer for complete details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. ‡Ford Employee Pricing (“Employee Pricing”) is available from June 14, 2012 to October 1, 2012 (the “Program Period”), on the purchase or lease of most new 2012/2013 Ford vehicles (excluding all chassis cab and cutaway body models, F-150 Raptor, Medium Trucks, Mustang Boss 302, and 2013 Shelby GT500). Employee Pricing refers to A-Plan pricing ordinarily available to Ford of Canada employees (excluding any CAW-negotiated programs). The new vehicle must be delivered or factory-ordered during the Program Period from your participating Ford Dealer. This offer can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Employee Pricing is not combinable with CPA, GPC, CFIP, Daily Rental Allowance and A/X/Z/D/F-Plan programs. ‡‡No purchase necessary. For full contest rules, eligible vehicle criteria, and to enter as a Ford owner, visit (follow the entry path applicable to you, complete all mandatory fields and click on ‘submit’). Subject to the following terms and conditions, contest is open only to residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority, possess a valid graduated level provincially issued driver’s license, and are owners of Ford branded vehicles (excluding fleet customers and all Lincoln and Mercury models). Eligible vehicle criteria includes requirement that it be properly registered in Canada in the contest entrant’s name (matching vehicle ownership), and properly registered/plated and insured. Notwithstanding the foregoing, non-Ford owners can enter by mailing an original 100 word essay on “what they like about Ford”, with their full name, full mailing address, email, daytime phone number (with area code) to: Vanessa Richard, Pareto Corp., 1 Concorde Gate, Suite 200, Toronto, ON, M3C 4G4. Contest closes at 11:59pm (PST) on the last day of the 2012 Ford Employee Pricing campaign which will be no earlier than August 31, 2012. Limit of 1 entry per person. Up to 8 prizes available to be won in Canada in 3 possible prize categories, each worth up to CAD$50,000. Chances of winning are dependent on the total number of entries received up to each 10,000 interval of unit sales under the Employee Pricing campaign (“Draw Trigger”). Odds of winning decrease as the contest progresses, more entries are made into the contest, and opportunities for Draw Triggers lessen. Skill testing question required. ▼Offer only valid from September 1 2012 to October 31, 2012 (the “Offer Period”) to resident Canadians with a Costco membership on or before August 31, 2012. Use this $1,000CDN Costco member offer towards the purchase or lease of a new 2012/2013 Ford/Lincoln vehicle (excluding Fiesta, Focus, Raptor, GT500, Mustang Boss 302, Transit Connect EV & Medium Truck) (each an “Eligible Vehicle”). The Eligible Vehicle must be delivered and/or factory-ordered from your participating Ford/Lincoln dealer within the Offer Period. Offer is only valid at participating dealers, is subject to vehicle availability, and may be cancelled or changed at any time without notice. Only one (1) offer may be applied towards the purchase or lease of one (1) Eligible Vehicle, up to a maximum of two (2) separate Eligible Vehicle sales per Costco Membership Number. Offer is transferable to persons domiciled with an eligible Costco member. This offer can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford Motor Company of Canada at either the time of factory order (if ordered within the Offer Period) or delivery, but not both. Offer is not combinable with any CPA/GPC or Daily Rental incentives, the Commercial Upfit Program or the Commercial Fleet Incentive Program (CFIP). Applicable taxes calculated before $1,000CDN offer is deducted. Dealer may sell or lease for less. Limited time offer, see dealer for details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. *Purchase a new 2012 F-150 XLT Super Cab 4x4 with 5.0L engine/2012 F-250 XLT Super Cab 4X4 Western Edition with power seats/2012 F-150 Platinum Super Crew 4x4 for $28,783/$39,714/$46,413 after Total Eligible Price Adjustment of $11,316/$9,485/$14,186 (Total Eligible Price Adjustment is a combination of Employee Price Adjustment of $4,316/$5,485/$7,186 and Delivery Allowance of $7,000/$4,000/$7,000) is deducted. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after Total Eligible Price Adjustment has been deducted. Offers include freight and air tax of $1,700 but exclude optional features, administration and registration fees (administration fees may vary by dealer), fuel fill charge and all applicable taxes. Delivery Allowances can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Delivery Allowances are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. Employee Pricing is not combinable with CPA, GPC, CFIP, Daily Rental Allowance and A/X/Z/D/F-Plan programs. **Receive 4.99%/6.29% annual percentage rate (APR) purchase financing on a new 2012 F-150 XLT Super Cab 4x4 with 5.0L engine/2012 F-250 XLT Super Cab 4X4 Western Edition with power seats for a maximum of 72 months to qualified retail customers, on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest APR payment. Purchase financing monthly payment is $431/$605 (the sum of twelve (12) monthly payments divided by 26 periods gives payee a bi-weekly payment of $199/$279 with a down payment of $1,950/$3,500 or equivalent trade-in. Interest cost of borrowing is $4,272.38/$7,356.11 or APR of 4.99%/6.29% and total to be repaid is $31,105.38/$43,570.11. Offers include Total Eligible Price Adjustment of $11,316/$9,485 (Total Price Adjustment is a combination of Employee Price Adjustment of $4,316/$5,485 and Delivery Allowance of $7,000/$4,000. Offers include freight and air tax of $1,700 but exclude optional features, administration and registration fees (administration fees may vary by dealer), fuel fill charge and all applicable taxes. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after Total Eligible Price Adjustment has been deducted. Bi-Weekly payments are only available using a customer initiated PC (Internet Banking) or Phone Pay system through the customer’s own bank (if offered by that financial institution). The customer is required to sign a monthly payment contract with a first payment date one month from the contract date and to ensure that the total monthly payment occurs by the payment due date. Bi-weekly payments can be made by making payments equivalent to the sum of 12 monthly payments divided by 26 bi-weekly periods every two weeks commencing on the contract date. Delivery Allowances can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Delivery Allowances are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. Employee Pricing is not combinable with CPA, GPC, CFIP, Daily Rental Allowance and A/X/Z/D/F-Plan programs. ±Until October 1st, 2012, lease a new 2012 F-150 XLT Super Cab 4X4 5.0L and get 4.99% annual percentage rate (APR) financing for up to 36 months on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest APR payment. Lease a vehicle with a value of $40,099 at 4.99% APR for up to 36 months with $1,600 down or equivalent trade in, monthly payment is $399, total lease obligation is $15,964 and optional buyout is $16,040. Offer includes Total Price Adjustment of $11,316. Taxes payable on full amount of lease financing price after Total Price Adjustment is deducted. Offers include freight and air tax of $1,700 but exclude optional features, administration and registration fees (administration fees may vary by dealer), fuel fill charge and all applicable taxes. Additional payments required for PPSA, registration, security deposit, NSF fees (where applicable), excess wear and tear, and late fees. Some conditions and mileage restrictions of 60,000 km over 36 months apply. A charge of 16 cents per km over mileage restrictions applies, plus applicable taxes. Delivery Allowances can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Delivery Allowances are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. Employee Pricing is not combinable with CPA, GPC, CFIP, Daily Rental Allowance and A/X/Z/D/F-Plan programs. †When properly equipped. Max. towing of 11,300 lbs with 3.5L EcoBoost and 6.2L 2 valve 4X2 V8 engines. Max. payload of 3,120 lbs with 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engines. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs GVWR, non-hybrid. ††Class is Full–Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs GVWR, non-hybrid vs. comparable competitor engines. Max. horsepower of 411 on F-150 6.2L V8 engine. ***Estimated fuel consumption ratings for model shown: 2012 F-150 4X4 5.0L V8: [14.9L/100km (19MPG) City, 10.5L/100km (27MPG) Hwy]. Fuel consumption ratings based on Transport Canada approved test methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on road conditions, vehicle loading, vehicle equipment, and driving habits. ‡‡‡Remember that even advanced technology cannot overcome the laws of physics. It’s always possible to lose control of a vehicle due to inappropriate driver input for the conditions. ◆Some mobile phones and some digital media players may not be fully compatible – check for a listing of mobile phones, media players, and features supported. Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control, accident and injury. Ford recommends that drivers use caution when using mobile phones, even with voice commands. Only use mobile phones and other devices, even with voice commands, not essential to driving when it is safe to do so. SYNC is optional on most new Ford vehicles. ◆◆Projected best in class fuel economy based on competitive data available at the time of testing using Ford drive-cycle tests (in accordance with the guidelines of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Standard J1321) of comparably equipped 2011 Ford vs. 2010 competitive models. Class is Full-Size Pickups over 8,500 lbs. GVWR. ◆◆◆F-Series is the best-selling pickup truck in Canada for 46 years in a row based on Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association statistical sales report, December 2011. †††©2012 Sirius Canada Inc. “SiriusXM”, the SiriusXM logo, channel names and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc. and are used under licence. ©2012 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved.

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