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Clearview considers closing schools LES STULBERG Independent reporter

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PARK PROWLERS — Halloween came to life a few days early last Saturday morning at West Stettler Park as the Run for Your Life Zombie Run was staged in chilly temperatures. Among the children in costumes for the event were three-year-old Silas Baker and six-year-olds Stefan Oprea and Hayden Baker. Today is Halloween.

Three small schools in the Clearview School Division face potential closure, the board revealed at a meeting last Thursday. Byemoor, Donalda and Brownfield schools are in jeopardy of being closed, because of mounting financial losses, the board reported at its regular meeting. Peter Simons, one of the trustees, introduced a motion of “closure,” which under the provincial School Act could mean the elimination of an entire school or “a program or block of grades.” After debating the issue, the board decided to postpone further consideration of the possible closures until its Nov. 15 meeting. That 2:30 p.m. meeting is open to the public. In his motion, Simons proposed the shutdowns because the board “has not received sufficient financial information from division administration to appropriately assess the viability of small schools within the division,” he said. “The division cannot continue operating at the status quo, due to an estimated operating deficit of approximately $900,000 in the 2011-12 financial year and a budgeted operating deficit of $1,760,000 in the 2012-13 financial year.” The board also directed superintendent John Bailey to prepare a report on the potential school closures, in compliance “with all requirements related to school closures stipulated by the School Act.” At last week’s meeting,

trustees agreed the board needs community input before deciding whether to close schools. “I’m not ready to support closing schools — parents and the community will tell us when they want them closed,” Karen Holloway said. “We need community consultations — we have to talk to parents first,” Cheri Neitz said. Patty Dittrick said it’s important that the quality of education not be compromised in the process. “This isn’t us going out to say we are closing schools, but I don’t want students attending a school where they won’t receive an excellent education,” she said. “I don’t want to be like Battle River (School Division), where they had a school with 51 students at the beginning of September and two at the end.” Yvette Cassidy said there might be ways to keep the schools open — and still make the necessary changes. “Perhaps we could look at schools remaining as they are, with some realignment or reconfiguration of grades,” she said. The three schools under review offer kindergarten to Grade 9 education, though there are no Grade 9 students in Byemoor. Rhonda Maginn, the trustee who serves the Byemoor and Botha school communities, expressed confidence in the education provided at small schools. “I feel very strongly that rural schools can offer our children a wonderful educational experience,” Maginn said.

Stettler targets family violence, bullying in November campaign JOHN MACNEIL Independent editor The Stettler region has jumped on board a provincial campaign against family violence. Stettler Mayor Dick Richards signed a declaration Friday proclaiming the town’s inclusion in the provincial Family Violence Awareness Month, which is November. The special designation highlights the work of the Society for the Prevention of Family Violence, an organization operating in the Stettler area for about 25 years. “Primarily, we do preventive education work around family violence and bullying,” said society representative Judi Beebe, who is also the executive-director of the Association of Communities Against Abuse.

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The Red Rose campaign begins in November as Stettler tries to counter domestic violence. “This year, during November, we’re doing what we call a Red Rose campaign. On the second of November, we will be approaching businesses in Stettler and offering to put a red rose on their front counter, with a little sign that says, ‘In memory of women, children and men who have died as a result of family violence in Alberta.’

“We’re hoping businesses will come on board with us. It’s an awareness campaign where people coming into their business will see it and maybe reflect a little bit about family violence. We’re hoping they’ll keep those roses on their counters for the whole month of November.” Businesses might also be asked to display a collection jar. “We’re always looking for a little bit of donations to run some of the group programs that we have in the Stettler area,” Beebe said. “The Association of Communities Against Abuse is a program that is in Stettler, but covers a large area, and we certainly are trying to stop child abuse and all other types of abuse that goes on within our families, so that our families can have safer, healthier lives and their children can grow up in safety.” See ‘Violence’ on Page A11

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Kin Canada Foundation president Curtis Kimpton and Kin Canada president Penny Lee Smith (right) present Leona Thorogood with the Hal Rogers Fellow award last Thursday night in Stettler during the town’s business awards ceremony.

Thorogood doubly honoured LES STULBERG Independent reporter Community leader Leona Thorogood received two prestigious awards at Stettler’s business and citzenship awards ceremony last Thursday evening.

Thorogood was named the female citizen of the year and she was given the Hal Rogers Fellow award. A resident of Stettler since 1983, she has been active in the community in multiple ways, but most notably with the Kinettes and as a town councillor for eight years. See ‘Awards’ on Page A2

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County councillor faces assault charge RICHARD FROESE Independent reporter A local municipal councillor faces a pair of charges, including assault. County of Stettler Coun. Joe Gendre of Erskine made his first appearance in Stettler Provincial Court last Thursday. At a trial scheduled for April 11 of next year, he faces charges of assault and mischief to property. “It’s a family matter,” Gendre told the Independent on Thursday before he entered the courtroom accompanied by his wife, Circun. “I’m embarrassed about it.”

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Kentucky Derby ring fits as Stettler man’s keepsake LES STULBERG Independent reporter For the first time in its 138-year history, the Kentucky Derby has issued a fourth championship ring for the derby winners. A Stettler man, Vernon (Taffy) Jones, has that ring in his possession. Jones, 87, returned home from Texas with the ring last Thursday, after a visit with his son, Larry (Thumper) Jones, who was awarded the ring about six weeks ago. The young Jones was the physical therapist for “I’ll Have Another,” the horse that won the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby in May, but was denied a shot at Triple Crown glory in June when a leg injury forced it to pull out of the Belmont Stakes. At the insistence of the horse’s owner, also a Canadian, Kentucky Derby officials issued the history-making fourth ring for Thumper. In the past, only the owner, jockey and trainer received the rings. The impressive championship ring is a masterpiece valued at $10,000. Made of two ounces of gold and 31 diamonds, it was masterfully created to contain Jones’ name, the name of the winning horse, gate number, the year and the Kentucky Derby name and a horseshoe logo. Taffy was given the ring by his son so he would be able to show it to friends back in Stettler. Taffy is proud to do so. He beamed as he de-

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Vernon (Taffy) Jones of Stettler proudly displays the Kentucky Derby ring his son Larry (Thumper) Jones won this summer as a therapist for Canadian-owned horse “I’ll Have Another.” His son, who grew up in Stettler, gave the ring to his father. scribed the details of the ring and the work his son does. The 53-year-old Thumper, who grew up

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Thorogood was instrumental in bringing the “Portraits of Honour” to Stettler and is an advocate of community health-care. Hal Rogers Fellow, the highest award the Kin Canada Foundation offers, recognizes people “whose leadership and community endeavours demonstrate the high ideals to which the Kin Canada founder was committed.” Rick Hansen, Wayne Gretzky and Celine Dion were among the 2011 recipients. Kin Canada Foundation president Curtis Kimpton and Kin Canada president Penny Lee Smith presented the award to Thorogood. “I’ve always loved the spirit of this community,” Thorogood said. “I am so proud of this community and thankful we made Stettler our home.” Rob Spencer was named Stettler’s male citizen of the year. He played a key role in getting the community gardens project off the ground. He’s been an integral part of the Heartland Beautification and

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“It takes an unadjusted horse seven strides to accomplish what an adjusted one can do in five.” Keenly interested in the horse races his son is associated with, Taffy enjoys good health, and is more active than most his age. “I have never spent a day in the hospital and don’t take any pills,” he proudly declared. This past summer, Taffy travelled to his native Wales to visit relatives, including a 102-year-old cousin. Taffy left Wales when he was 24. He has lived in Canada for 63 years and next year will mark his 60th year in Stettler.

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in Stettler, has had a love for horses since his youth. He prepares the horse physically for races by adjusting, using muscle stretches, massage and a massage machine called a Thumper. Some people call it equine chiropractics, but Thumper describes it as bio-mechanical manipulation, his father said. Just as athletes seeking peak performance call on a chiropractor to check on blocked mobility in joints and muscles, similar care can maintain peak performance in horses. “By adjusting, the horse can gain two strides over a horse not adjusted,” said the older Jones.

Communities in Bloom committees. Spencer has been described as a “dedicated volunteer” and a “wonderful neighbour.” He has been active in his church and a variety of community organizations, including scouts, the food bank, museum and plant swap. Spencer said he isn’t “the only man” involved in Stettler organizations. “My parents taught me serving others is a good thing.” The awards gathering attracted a full house at the Stettler community hall. “It allows the community to acknowledge with a sense of pride the businesses and people who build our community,” said Town of Stettler Coun. Darcy Bachman. Maurice Fritze, a Castor native, delivered a motivational speech “to inspire confidence and personal achievement.” As the business awards were handed out, many of the accolades included common themes — exceptional service, generosity and strong support of community. “All the businesses keep the

community strong and the local economy thriving,” said County of Stettler Coun. Greggory Jackson. Business of the year — 59 Street Liquor Store. Small business of the year — Bloke’s Bakery. Learning in the workplace — Score Projects (Jason Turre). Customer service — Sears Stettler (honourable mention, Stettler Canada Post staff). Community service — Wells Furniture Ltd. Business service — TD Canada Trust. Marketing award — Auto Xtras Ltd. Corporate citizen of the year — Tim Hortons. Restaurant of the year — Stettler Pizza. Heritage award — Bagshaw Electric Ltd. Male citizen of the year — Rob Spencer. Female citizen of the year — Leona Thorogood


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Bus carrying six-year-old slides off road, into ditch SGT. DUNCAN BABCHUK Stettler RCMP detachment Stettler RCMP responded to an assortment of service calls during the past week. Calls marked with SUI are still under investigation. Anyone with information on unsolved crimes or incidents is asked to phone Stettler RCMP at 403-7423382 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Sunday, Oct. 21 6:38 p.m. — Commercial false alarm at Stettler Tirecraft. The janitor accidentally set off the alarm. 7:34 p.m. — Request to locate a 26-year-old man, with a Canmore address, who was walking near Highway 56. Extensive patrols were conducted in the area, and it was later reported that the man was at his mother’s residence in Byemoor. 9:42 p.m. — A 911 call reported suspicious activity on 41 Avenue near 57 Street. A patrol was conducted and the information was determined to be unfounded. Monday, Oct. 22 7:11 a.m. — Report of a motor vehicle collision with a second vehicle that was parked on 46 Street, near 48 Avenue. A 38-year-old male driver from Stettler drove his 2006 Dodge Caravan into a 2010 Dodge Caravan, which was owned by a 31-year-old woman from Stettler. The male was charged with failing to drive his vehicle in the centre of the driving lane. 10:57 a.m. — Report of a domestic disturbance at a 49 Avenue residence. An investigation determined that the 29-year-old woman and 37-year-old man were equally aggressive in the dispute. Both were charged with one count of assault each and they were placed on no-contact conditions with each other. A court date is set for Nov. 22. 4:19 p.m. — Complaint of an obscured licence plate on a Ford F-350. The caller advised that the pickup had a large trailer hitch that blocked the licence plate on the truck. The truck was properly identified with the correct licence plate, but it wasn’t located. 11:22 p.m. — A 911 call reported a child-pornography website. A Stettler resident reported that her 10-year-old daughter had discovered the site. The information was forwarded to the RCMP Integrated Child Exploitation unit for further investigation. Tuesday, Oct. 23 1:58 a.m. — Report of a single-vehicle collision with a deer on Highway 56, northbound, between highways 589 and 590. The 67-year-old male driver from Drumheller advised that his Dodge Caravan was drivable and he visited the detachment in the morning. 10:36 a.m. — A 911 call came from an open business line. Nothing could be heard or said and no callback was available. The phone was traced to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor office on 50 Avenue in Stettler. There was no emergency. 1:28 p.m. — A 911 call reported a white SUV with a B.C. licence plate passing on a corner, while speeding. The 49-yearold female caller from the County of Paintearth advised that she had to drive on the shoulder of Highway 12, near Botha, to avoid a collision. The SUV

wasn’t located. 1:59 p.m. — Report from Rosenau Transport advising that a semi-truck pulling a trailer had spun out on a hill on Highway 590. Investigators conducted traffic control until a tow truck arrived. The semi-truck wasn’t damaged. 4:20 p.m. — A 16-yearold male driver of a Chevrolet Silverado visited the Stettler detachment to report a collision. The driver advised that he was travelling east on 50 Avenue and was making a right-hand turn onto 50 Street. As he turned his truck, it started to slide due to icy road conditions and he hit a parked truck that was on the east side of the street. The 16-year-old located the 79-year-old owner of the Dodge Ram and told him what happened. There was minimal damage to the Chevrolet and the Dodge required repairs of more than $2,000. There were no charges and the older man was happy the teenager advised him of what had happened, instead of leaving the scene. 4:21 p.m. — Report of a single-vehicle collision with a gate at an oil site near Big Valley. The 61-year-old male driver from Stettler advised that he was leaving a lease site with his Toyota Tacoma and, as he crossed the cattle guard, the wind blew the gate into his vehicle. 4:22 p.m. — A Good Samaritan brought a Blackberry phone to the detachment. The phone was found on the road near ar the Baptist Church. It was returned to the owner after being positively identified. 5:56 p.m. — Report of single-vehicle collision on Highway 56 near Bi Big V Vall ley. A 20-year-old driver from Medicine Hat lost control of his Pontiac G6 as a result of poor road conditions. No injuries were reported and police didn’t attend. 10:03 p.m. — Complaint of a house being egged from the back alley on 54 Street. A suspect has been identified.

10:07 p.m. — Report of a floor hockey team leaving Christ-King Catholic School, not having the key to lock the doors and not wanting to leave the premises unsecured. The Christ-King custodian was contacted and he visited the school.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 11:15 a.m. — Report of a single-vehicle collision with a deer on Township Road 19-5. The driver advised that she was westbound and she saw a deer walk out of a driveway. The driver slowed down, but the deer ran into the side of her Volkswagen Tiguan. 11:16 a.m. — Report of a single-vehicle collision with a deer on Highway 835, near Erskine. The 52-year-old female driver from Ponoka wasn’t injured. 4:17 p.m. — A 27-yearold woman from 51 Avenue attended the detachment to report a collision. She stated that she was backing out of her driveway when her vehicle was hit by a truck that hadn’t been readily visible. She advised that her back-alley neighbour had struck her vehicle. The 66-year-old male driver attended the detachment the next day and said he was driving slowly at the time of the collision. SUI 7:30 p.m. — Report of a domestic assault at a Third Avenue South residence in Big Valley. A 36-year-old man with a Valleyview address reportedly assaulted a 31-year-old woman from Big Valley, and then smashed dishes on the kitchen floor. Innisfail RCMP arrested the man in that area. He has a Nov. 8 court date.

Friday, Oct. 26 8:24 a.m. — Report of a single-vehicle collision with a deer on Highway 589, east of Byemoor. A 2011 Ford F150, owned by a 37-year-old male driver from Endiang, sustained more than $2,000 worth of damages. 10:46 a.m. — A 46-year-old female school bus driver visited the detachment to report a collision. The driver was headed east on Township Road 35-2 and going downhill when the bus slid toward the south ditch. The front passenger-side tire caught the edge of the ditch, pulling the bus in. The bus sustained damage. There was one six-year-old passenger on the bus at the time. No injuries were reported. SUI 12:38 p.m. — Report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on 50A Avenue, between a 43-year-old woman and her 22-year-

Thursday, Oct. 25 6:06 p.m. — Commercial false alarm at Shrum’s. The key-holder cancelled before police arrived. 10:11 a.m. — Report of a possible impaired driver operating a blue Ford F-150 in the Fountain Tire parking lot. The registered owner has been identified. SUI 10:42 a.m. — A 57-year-old woman from Red Deer attended the Stettler detachment to report a motor vehicle collision. She advised that she was driving her Chrysler Intrepid eastbound on 48 Avenue, and observed a 25-year-old driver of a Dodge Ram travelling north on 41 Street. She said he was spinning his tires and fishtailing all over the road, and drove into her driver’s-side front fender. The driver of the truck stated that he lost control as he was trying to avoid a large patch of snow. The Stettler man was issued a violation ticket for failing to ascertain space for movement. 3:24 p.m. — A 31-yearold Erskine man reported that at about 8:15 a.m., he was travelling westbound b on Highway 12, near the highways 12 and 11 junction. The caller said three other vehicles were behind him, and that a government truck passed “three or four vehicles� at a very high hi h speed and with another vehicle oncoming. The complainant didn’t wish to attend court. A government supervisor was notified of the driving offence. 7:02 p.m. — Complaint of a missing iPhone that was stolen off of a school bus. The phone was traced back to a rural residence and it was turned over to investigators. No charges.

old son. Investigators attended and arrested the mother for breach of the peace. The highly intoxicated and belligerent woman was lodged in cells until she became sober. 6 p.m. — A 38-year-old man from Big Valley reported that he had received two phone calls from the Stettler hospital. The person calling him requested personal information. The caller refused to give out his information and hungup the phone. The complainant called the hospital, which advised they didn’t require such information. Police told the caller not to share his personal information. Saturday, Oct. 27 1:49 p.m. — Report of a power line down on 57 Street, near 52 Avenue. Investigators attended and confirmed that the line was laying on the snow. ATCO was contacted to conduct the repair. 2:29 p.m. — A 911 call from a rural residence on Highway 835, near Big Valley. The resident advised that a nine-year-old son was having a birthday party and one of the boys was playing with the phone. Everything was OK. 3:18 p.m. — Complaint of a teenager uttering threats. A 17-year-old male threatened to injure a 16-year-old Stettler boy. The threat was on the condition that if the 16-year-old left his residence and the 17-year-old saw him around town. The threats were reported to have been made via Facebook. SUI Sunday, Oct. 28 2:38 p.m. — Report of an intoxicated male attending the hospital for a vaccine and storming out 10 minutes later. While yelling and screaming at the staff, he kicked the sliding door off of the track. The man got into an unknown vehicle and departed the area. SUI 4:27 p.m. — Report of a theft of truck from the Big Valley Arena. The pickup was described as a maroon-and-brown 2003 Ford four-door diesel truck. It had a company name and a large, black steel-grill guard on the front. The truck keys were in the owner’s possession and the truck had half a tank of fuel. A suspect has been identified. SUI 5:14 p.m. — An ongoing complaint of trespassing at a 44 Street residence. The caller reported that two unknown males attended her property and retrieved a cat. The complainant was advised that if anything further occurred, she should call again. The caller planned to contact the bylaw department regarding the cat. 11:37 p.m. — Report of an emotionally disturbed female at a 51 Avenue apartment. The woman advised investigators that she intentionally cut her finger with a knife while eating a banana. She was co-operative with the attending officers and was then escorted to the Stettler hospital for medical assistance.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Promoting Stettler in the tradition of Carl Stettler

Eliminating duplication ‘will save millions’ Sometimes, a government decision seems to come completely out of the blue, and much to the chagrin of some of us cynics, actually turns out to be a wise decision. It doesn’t happen often, so it needs to be applauded — I refer to the recent federal government decision to change the Navigable Waters Act to the Navigation Act. To most city folks, this was probably the first time they had even heard of such legislation and if opposition party agitators were to be believed, even the thought of changing the act was sure to bring down upon Canada an environmental Armageddon. The innocent voter might ponder — what has navigable water have to do with the environment. If only they had read some of my past columns on the subject. Municipalities, provincial government agencies and anyone owning property that borders on water would surely sooner or later have been made aware of that much perverted piece of federal legislation. Those that had to deal with the watchdogs of the regulations attached to the act would surely have some pointed perspectives on their experiences with government busybody bureaucratic madness. But, first, a bit of history — the original legislation dates back to the 1880s and its intent was to protect navigation on the lakes and rivers in Canada. It was designed to have federal government oversight on provincial government schemes to damn rivers that might impede navigation or affect river flows downstream in other provinces. It was never designed to deal with environmental issues — considering, back then, no one even knew what the word meant. Luckily for Alberta, it also did not interfere with the development of irrigation. However, over the ensuing years — particularly the past 40 years, all of that changed. In a previous column, I told the story of the expansion of the federal department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) into jurisdictions were they had no original role. But they quietly built up offices on the Prairies and filled them with bureaucrats looking for something to do. One of the pieces of legislation they used to expand their empire was the iconic 1880s Navigable Waters Act. What clever senior deputies did was to attach new regulations to the act that were rubber-stamped by gullible and at-time duplicitous federal politicians. It didn’t take much

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prodding to get the Liberal governments of the day to inflict some political mischief on those recalcitrant voters on the Prairies who had the bad habit of always voting against them. The new rules interpreted the act to define navigable waters as anything that could float a canoe. In addition, new rules required the DFO to approve any action that might affect such navigation, including adverse environmental impacts. It was the carte blanche to get the DFO involved in anything that affected water, including road culverts, cottage boating docks and diversions for irrigation, amongst other activities. Previous to that, municipalities and provincial government regulators had quietly and competently handled those matters. It’s been stated that if the now-defunct regulations had been enforced 100 years ago, there would be no irrigation industry in southern Alberta. Most folks don’t realize that the main reason the infamous “road of death” to Fort McMurray has not already been twinned was the mindless interference by DFO demanding endless environmental assessment every inch of the way. To date, literally tens of millions has spent to satisfy those never-ending demands. Well, it seems the glory days of the DFO might well be over if the original enabling legislation is changed. The biggest losers will be the busloads of private environmental consulting companies who were hired by municipalities to create the endless environmental assessments to satisfy DFO busybodies. One might ponder — will environmental impacts be ignored? Not likely — provinces have been mixed up with assessments of their own for years. All this does is eliminate a level of duplication, but it will save millions. But don’t count the DFO outposts on the Prairies out yet — federal bureaucrats are remarkably adaptable and are ingenious at circumventing actions they don’t like. They may lie low, but I expect they will institute a medium-term survival plan to wait out the time until a more friendly government is elected.

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The soldiers asked, not why are we dying, but why did we live? I met a young man a couple of weeks ago who had read, for the first time, the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. He admitted that he was confused at what he had read. He said that Ecclesiastes didn’t seem much like the words of Jesus in the New Testament and he asked me how to make sense of it. I said that he would have to work backwards in the book, paying particular attention to the writer’s concluding thoughts in order to fully comprehend the previous 12 chapters. My suggestion was that he read it at least once more and to watch carefully, because the author does not state his thesis until the very end. Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, spent the bulk of his time describing the lives and activities of man as being vain, futile, empty, meaningless, temporary, transitory and fleeting. He added, in a seemingly fatalistic tone, that this is true for both the wise and the foolish; their lives both end in death. For that reason, many have concluded that the theme of the book is the meaninglessness of life. However, the theme like the thesis is found in the conclusion. At the end of the book, we find a summary statement that puts all of what has been written into proper perspective. It says, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14) The conclusion of Ecclesiastes is as powerful as it is pivotal. It not only dismisses all

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-------thoughts that life might be futile and meaningless. It also disseminates a universal pattern for all people and strong motivation for following the pattern. The text encompasses reverential respect for God, recognition of His commands and solid persuasion to comply with them. It goes on to address personal accountability and responsibility to God for all deeds, public and private, good or bad. In the musical, “Man of La Mancha,” Don Quixote said, “I have been a soldier and seen my comrades fall in battle ... or die more slowly under the lash in Africa … I do not think they asked why they were dying, but why they had lived.” Serious contemplation and personal application of Solomon’s conclusion will provide an affirmative answer to the question of, “Why did we live?” Incidentally, these verses sound quite a bit like the words of Jesus in the New Testament. “For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.” (Matthew 10:26)

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Two boxes of Corn Flakes for 49 cents 1972 — 40 years ago — Nellie Van Landuyt, a Grade 11 student from Botha, has been selected for the Stettler Rotary’s exchange program with Australia to begin in January. The Stettler club has exchange students Greg Long in Australia and Marj Starling in New Zealand, and Ian Bond from Australia is attending William E. Hay. — Arthur Apperley has opened Style Shop Shoes, three doors south of the Co-op store. — William E. Hay’s musical production, “Where Is The Mayor,” directed by Kenneth Mallett and Diane Ulrich, has a cast of 16, as well as a 20-piece stage band and a choir of 35 voices. — Village of Halkirk received a provincial grant of $3,281 for development of recreation facilities. — The thespians received standing ovations from capacity crowds at William E. Hay for their production of the Arthur Miller play, “The Crucible.” — Bob Holowenko was elected president of the Stettler Curling Club. 1972 — 40 years ago — Indian summer

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prevailed throughout central Alberta. Stettler resident Sandy McKenzie was photographed Oct. 19 still picking ripe tomatoes from his garden. — Pioneer Stettler business Dunlap Drug Company has been sold to William Masters of Brooks and will be known as Masters Pharmacy. — The Erskine business fire was caught on movie film by Rick Prem, an Ontario man working in the area. The film was shown at the Erskine home-andschool meeting. — Gadsby’s Omega Circle held a successful bazaar. It raised $348 toward beautification of the Gadsby cemetery. — Stettler area residents Ivan Combest, Lloyd Iles and Earl Bergman attended the official opening of the Canada Packers feed division plant in Calgary. — William Lee, a 15-year-old Donalda student, was one of 34 students in northern and central

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Wagging dogs: PCs decide on hefty raises atop agenda Recently, the Progressive and allegedly Conservative (PC) government of Alberta gave some food for thought after a Members’ Services Committee meeting on Oct. 19. The Members’ Services committee is an all-party committee that meets to discuss and bring forward policy regarding MLA benefits and services. PC whip Steve Young, the guy in charge of making sure PC MLAs carry out the Premier Alison Redford’s wishes, brought forward a motion to do exactly the opposite of what the party campaigned on six months ago in the provincial election. Young and five PC cohorts, who form the majority of the committee, passed a motion that will see taxpayers pay 100 per cent of MLA contributions to RRSP funds. This doubles from the current contribution of government and is a pay raise on the backs of taxpayers, for a total of $23,000 each year. Even worse, the PCs decided to support a new version of the taxpayer-despised transition allowance.

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From the Legislature MLA Report by Rick Strankman Premier Redford campaigned against the transition allowance, which paid MLAs three months’ pay for every year of service. In committee, PC MLAs acknowledged being unable to reintroduce the same old “transition allowance,” but they jumped eagerly at the chance of instituting a new “departure allowance,” based on one month’s pay per year of service. Wildrose and NDP members voted against the transition pay and RRSP plan, and the Liberals abstained, making the PCs the sole supporters of the new policy. As Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said, not a single PC MLA would have been elected if they told their constituents they planned on giving themselves an $11,500-a-year salary increase.

In an interview the day after the committee decision, Premier Redford said a transition pay was off the table, and made the implausible claim to not know about the RRSP decision. Since then, both Premier Redford and Young have not been able to speak straight on how this decision could have passed, considering the PC promises made during the election. Such statements make one wonder just what the premier does with her time, if not provide leadership to her caucus. It is unfathomable that such a motion would even get to the committee table without the explicit approval of the premier, even more so because it was her whip that brought the motion forward and spoke so strongly in favour of it. Remember: The whip is

a senior position, serving at the pleasure of the premier, and enforces the premier’s will over caucus. That Redford is trying to distance herself makes one wonder if the PCs actually thought they could get away with this kind of cash grab, without getting called out by the Wildrose Official Opposition and the media. This kind of disregard for taxpayers so soon after the election, where the opposite was promised, has offered us a glimpse of what the PC government will try to get away with over the next four years. As a Wildrose Official Opposition MLA, I will hold this government to account for the decision PC members made at the Members’ Services Committee meeting and look forward to the committee motion being debated in the legislature. Rick Strankman is the MLA for DrumhellerStettler. He can be reached at or on Twitter: @RickStrankman.

Temper enthusiasm for fuel-from-air approach Stockton-on-Tees, a small city in northeastern England, has only one claim to fame: the first railway tracks were made and laid in the city in 1822, and the first-ever train ran on those tracks in 1825. But it might one day have another claim, also related to transportation: a locally based start-up company called Air Fuel Synthesis has just produced the first gasoline from air and water. It isn’t a lot of gas — five litres (one gallon) in two months — but Peter Harrison, the company’s chief executive, hopes that within two years, they will build a larger plant producing a tonne a day. He envisages refinery-scale operations within 15 years. “We’ve taken carbon dioxide from air and hydrogen from water and turned these elements into petrol,” Harrison told a conference at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London. Since the carbon dioxide that goes into the air when this fuel is burned exactly equals the amount that was taken out of the air when it was fabricated, it is a carbon-neutral fuel. Provided, of course, that the electricity used in the process comes from renewable sources. No wonder that people who worry about global warming are excited about this breakthrough — but they should slowly. The question was never if you could create a complex hydrocarbon like gas from just air and water, but how much it costs to do it, compared to just pumping oil out of the ground and refining it. The answer in the past has been: far too much. Splitting water molecules to get hydrogen is expensive in terms of the electricity required. Carbon dioxide is easily available as the byproduct of burning coal or oil, but using that CO2 as the feedstock for artificial petrol only postpones the moment when it gets into the atmosphere by a few days or weeks. If you want a truly carbon-neutral fuel, then the carbon dioxide you use must come straight from the air. Prototype machines have been built (by Klaus Lackner of Columbia University and David Keith of the University of Calgary) that can extract CO2 from the air in industrial quantities, but the price per tonne at the moment is about $600. That’s far too much, but as Lackner points out, the cost of any new technology plun-ges steeply once it goes into volume production. And the cost of getting hydrogen from water might also drop dramatically. Daniel Nocera of the Massachusetts Institute of Tech-

Operation Ten-4 calls for public comments on Stettler’s traffic strategy SGT. DUNCAN BABCHUK Stettler RCMP detachment We hear you! Ten-4 is a traffic strategy promoting better communication and collaboration between concerned citizens and Municipal Enforcement. However, Ten-4 is not just about citizens communicating and sharing concerns. It is also about Municipal Enforcement responding to them. Having received constructive feedback, Municipal Enforcement takes action with a dedicated, straightforward, and professional traffic plan. Move 1: Share your traffic concerns with us, by sending them to Ten-4 @Stettler.CA. When sharing concerns, please be specific. Be sure to include what, where, and when. Move 2: Upon receiving your feedback, Municipal Enforcement prepares a suitable traffic “reaction” plan. They then anonymously publish your traffic concern and their proposed traffic reaction plan in the local media. Move 3: Once Municipal Enforcement publishes your traffic concern and the proposed action plan in the local media, they commit to enforcing their traffic plan, as planned, announced, and scheduled. In addition to issuing verbal warnings, written warnings, and violation tickets, Municipal Enforcement may distribute traffic safety pamphlets and children’s artwork. Move 4: Municipal Enforcement concludes this cycle of Operation: Ten-4 by publishing results and statistics in the local media. Operation: Ten-4 then restarts at Move 1 with new concerns. OPERATION Ten-4: a dedicated, straightforward, and professional traffic enforcement strategy. Targeted offences: Sec. 115 (2) (P-P.2) TSA — exceed maximum speed limit ($57-$703, or court), Sec. 115 (2)(e) TSA — stunting (startling/distracting other highway users) ($402), Sec. 115 (2)(b) TSA — Drive Carelessly ($402), Sec. 2(1)(a) UHRRR — unreasonable rate of speed ($172), Sec. 53 UHRRR — failure to yield for pedestrians ($115$172), and all other offences related to extreme, careless, dangerous, or inconsiderate driving. When this cycle of Operation: Ten-4 concludes, Municipal Enforcement will publish results and statistics in the local media. For further information about this program, contact the Stettler RCMP detachment at (403) 742-3382.


Ko’s family ‘forever grateful’ to generous residents of Stettler nology, has developed a catalyst made from cobalt and phosphorus that can split water at room temperature. “I’m using cheap, Earth-abundant materials that you can mass-manufacture,” Nocera said in 2008. “As long as you can charge the surface, you can create the catalyst, and it doesn’t get any cheaper than that.” So if the hydrogen is cheap, and the cost of extracting carbon dioxide from the air also falls dramatically, how much would it cost to combine them into petrol? That’s what Air Fuel Synthesis is working on: an integrated, scalable industrial process that takes carbon dioxide from the air and hydrogen from water, combines them into methanol, and then turns that into petrol. Peter Harrison is cagey about his current production cost per litre: at the “proof-of-principle” stage, everything costs a fortune. But as he said in a recent interview, “You’re in a marketplace where the only way is up for the price of fossil fuel. At some point, there will be a crossover where our fuel becomes cheaper.” David Keith sees it the same way. “You’re selling this fuel, and they’re burning it, putting carbon in the air, but then you’re recapturing the same amount of carbon and selling it to them again. That’s a business model that could conceivably take a whack at the global transportation market, which is the hardest part of the climate problem to attack.” Maybe Harrison’s process will not win the race to capture that market. Maybe the cheaper option will be to grow green algae in waste water or salt water, crush it to extract the oil from it, and refine the oil into petrol, diesel and so on. But one way or another, the gas we put in our vehicles in 25 years’ time probably won’t come out of the ground.

Dear Editor: On behalf of my mother (Ella Ko), Jodi’s fiancé (Chester Sergent), my brother (Kevin Fortier), my sister (Jeanne Ko), and Jodi’s children (Jesse and Kohle), we would like to thank everyone who has supported our sister, daughter and mother, Jodi Ko, who suffered a massive stroke on Aug. 13. It was a tragic event that I hope no other family will ever have to endure. We couldn’t believe this happened to our Jodi, who is a loved daughter, sister and bride-to-be. If it wasn’t for the kind and generous people of Stettler who gave whatever they could to help with trips to Calgary, gifts for Jodi and prayers, I don’t know how we could have made it through these past weeks. It’s the people of Stettler that make this

world a better place to live and we will never forget the hugs, cards, flowers and donations that everyone gave so freely. It touched us all with smiles, tears and a heart full of gratitude. I’m so happy to report that Jodi is progressing in ways we never thought that would happen so soon after the stroke. She has the doctors and nurses in awe of her speedy recovery. My sister, Jeanne, told Jodi that we will get her a wheelchair and she very quickly responded by saying, “No, no.” That tells me she plans to walk out of that hospital. I’m so waiting for that day. The days and weeks from now, we will always look back and be so grateful of how the town of Stettler got together in our time of need.

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OUTSTANDING SERVICE — Winnie Bissett of the Heartland Youth Centre in Stettler receives a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal “in recognition of her dedicated service to her peers, the community and to Canada.” From left are youth centre board member Pauline Christian, Bissett, Boys and Girls Clubs of Alberta regional co-ordinator Pearl Kapitzke and youth centre board member Dave Yome.

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Mother Teresa Catholic School’s top athletes from 2011-12 were recognized were junior high female athlete Jacey Gamroth and male athlete Lief Neufeld. They posed with teacher Tracy Turre at last Tuesday’s awards ceremony. LES STULBERG/Independent reporter

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those achievements. “It’s a traditional awards night, which the community embraces,” said school principal Veronica Pinkoski. The top Grade 9 female academic award was presented to Jillian Schaffner, while the top male academic winner was Seth Neufeld. The Mary Ann Teaker Memorial Award for

achievement in the arts went to Haley Grice and Cale Neufeld. Top junior high athlete awards went to Jacey Gamroth and Lief Neufeld. Seth Neufeld garnered his second award of the evening by capturing the Sam Dragnuk citizenship award. Simon Muncy was the sole winner of the perfect attendance award.

Owen Schauer earned the most improved reading award. After the presentation of awards, a short slide show of Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People was presented. The program concluded with a commendable performance by the school choir, under the direction of vice-principal Lisa Gallon.

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At the Mother Teresa Catholic School awards ceremony last week, Clara Nibourg presents the Mary Ann Theaker Memorial Award for achievement in the arts to Cale Neufeld and Haley Grice. The award is named in memory of Nibourg’s mother.

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Erskine salutes students for stellar efforts At an awards ceremony this month, Erskine School honoured its students for their academic and athletic achievements during the 2011-12 school year. ATA top academic awards — Grade 5: Baileigh Sorensen; Grade 6: Kelsey Heintz; Grade 7: Mackenzie Heintz; Grade 8: Mackenzie Sorensen; Grade 9: Alicia Nibourg. Clearview honour awards Grade 5: Garnet Barclay, Justin Matchett, Meghan Matchett, Declan McCord, Carson Neitz, Kelly Page, Baileigh Sorensen, Jackson Squires, Rachel Tokarchik. Grade 6: Catrina Bernard, Kelsey Heintz, Gracie Morbeck, Rachel Morbeck, Isaac Nibourg, Carter VanEsch. Grade 7: Drew Bignell, Brett Coleman, Mackenzie Heintz, Adam Nixon, Jordyne Wolkowski, Jesse Squires. Grade 8: Shane Bernard, Tim Gardner, Victoria Hodgson, Allyson Marshall, Clayton Page, Brooklyn Peterson, Mackenzie Sorensen, Tyrra Wells.

Grade 9: Carly Bignell, Alicia Nibourg. IODE award for finalexam distinction — Grade 7: Mackenzie Heintz; Grade 8: Shane Bernard; Grade 9: Alicia Nibourg. TIMMS award for top Grade 9 average — Alicia Nibourg. Kanata award for second-highest Grade 9 average — Carly Bignell. Union Hall Ladies award for most improved in LA — Grade 5: Delaina Devnich; Grade 6: Tim Herrell; Grade 7: Tyler Matchett; Grade 8: Tyrra Wells; Grade 9: Alicia Nibourg. Keyera Corporation awards for highest-eligible mark in any one of four core subjects: Grade 5: LA — Baileigh Sorensen; social — Carson Neitz; math — Garnet Barclay; science — Justin Matchett. Grade 6: LA — Gracie Morbeck; social — Isaac Nibourg; math — Catrina Bernard; science — Kelsey Heintz. Grade 7: LA — Brett

Coleman; social — Jesse Squires; math — Mackenzie Heintz; science — Adam Nixon. Grade 8: LA — Allyson Marshall; social — Tyrra Wells; math — Mackenzie Sorensen; science — Clayton Page. Grade 9: LA — Alicia Nibourg; social — Carly Bignell; math — Steven Lepard; science — Kurt George. Erskine School Parent Council improvement awards Grade 5: Jackson Squires; Grade 6: Tim Herrell; Grade 7: Brooke Presley; Grade 8: Tyrra Wells; Grade 9: Ben Nichols. Ol’ MacDonalds Resort organizational skills awards Grade 5: Meghan Matchett; Grade 6: Kelsey Heintz; Grade 7: Jesse Squires; Grade 8: Clayton Page; Grade 9: Kelly Fisher. Bryan’s Electric option awards Grade 5: art — Kelly Page; music — Delaina Devnich. Grade 6: art — Kora Johnston.

Grade 7: art — Jordyne Wolkowski; computers — Tyler Matchett. Grade 9: drama — Adam Standage. Al Thibeau good citizenship awards Grade 5: Reese Smith; Grade 6: Rachel Morbeck; Grade 7: Adam Nixon; Grade 8: Clayton Page; Grade 9: Ben Nichols. Colin Cassidy Memorial awards for leadership Grade 5: Garnet Barclay; Grade 6: Jaiden Stotz; Grade 7: Jordyne Wolkowski; Grade 8: Tim Gardner; Grade 9: Alicia Nibourg. Erskine Recreational Board athletics awards: Grade 5: Carson Neitz and Baileigh Sorensen; Grade 6: Isaac Nibourg and Jaiden Stotz; Grade 7: Brett Coleman and Jessie Squires; Grade 8: Clayton Page and Brooklyn Peterson; Grade 9: Kelly Fisher and Koral Presley.

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Agro Stettler top school athlete awards: Female: Carlie Gendre. Male: Sean McNeill and Brandon Mills.

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Longtime friends Allan Nelson (left), Tommy Hallett and Lawrence Black gather in Stettler earlier this month to reminisce about earlier days in the oilfield business at Stettler.

Historic photo recreated at same location ‘Stettler was a good town — a nice town — in 1950’ Two Edmonton businessmen were back in town this month to recreate a photograph originally taken in Stettler on Dec. 16, 1950. They went to extraordinary lengths and considerable expense — a

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son and staff from achieving their goal of recreating the photo. Hallett, now 87, and N e l s o n , 9 0 , h av e r e mained friends since meeting in 1948, when they both worked at Barber Industries in Edmonton. Back in 1950, Hallett and Nelson were partners in the newly formed oilfield company they called Oilfield Machine. They had contemplated setting up shop at McLellan, Alta. Instead, however, they chose Stettler, where oil and gas had been discovered the previous year. “Stettler was a good

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The house in the background at 5009-46 Street still stands today, though with a noticeable difference — there were no trees around it in 1950. The lathe was rented out to Curtis Hoover Machine in Edmonton before eventually being sold and ending up in the U.S. That spelled the end of the Hallett-Nelson partnership — but they would each go on to establish successful oilfield companies of their own and remain friends to this day. Hallett founded Argus Machine Co. Ltd. in 1958. The Edmonton-based oilfield manufacturing and engineering company has 310 employees. The 87-year-old Hallett remains at the helm today, taking an active role as company president and as the primary shareholder. Remarkably — and inspiring — the 90-yearold Nelson still maintains an active role in Allan R. Nelson Engineering Inc., the company he founded in 1966. Nelson is the senior engineer of the engineering and technology firm in Edmonton. About a year ago, Hallett and Argus chief operating officer Kris Mauthe ran across the original 1950 photograph. “I am the type of person who honours the past


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town — a nice town — in 1950,” Nelson said. The young entrepreneurs purchased a lathe for $22,000, considered a substantial cost for the time. They opened for business on 46 Street, on the lot situated between present-day businesses Nichol Flooring and Paint and Keith’s Refrigeration. A young local man, L aw r e n c e B l a c k , w a s hired to be their welder. He had welded since he was 11 years old. His father, Tommy Black, was a boiler maker and one of the first welders in Alberta. Both Black and Hallett grew up at Turner Valley and had known each other since their teens. Nelson was also from southern Alberta, raised at Cluny. However, their business venture was to be s h o r t - l ive d . B y y e a r ’s end, they decided to close up shop and move on. “There was just not enough business — or maybe we were too green to go after it,” Hallett said. T h a t wa s w h e n t h e original photo was taken. The lathe was loaded on a 1946 Chevrolet Maple Leaf bed truck, with Hallett and Nelson standing beside it, for a photograph of them leaving Stettler.

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every day,” Hallett said. “We both looked at each other and at the same time said, ‘Let’s do it again,’ ” That got the ball rolling and Hallett began the search for the original lathe. It was finally located at Houma, Louisiana. The owners did not want to sell it, so Hallett had to buy a replacement to trade for it. He has plans to put the lathe in a company archives he intends to build. The original 1946 t r u c k c o u l d n ’t b e l o cated, but a truck of the same year and model was found at KAPS Transport Ltd. That truck was used in the original equipment move to Discovery Well Leduc No. 1. Hallett had his staff haul the truck and lathe to Stettler to set up the re-enactment for the new photo. The street was blocked off as five or six staff members paid particular attention to detail to ensure accuracy of the re-enacted photo. “It probably cost $50,000 to get that photo,” Hallett said. While in Stettler, Hallett and Nelson reunited with their welder, Lawrence Black. They met with Black at Paragon Place seniors’ lodge, where he is a resident. Black, now 89, operated his own welding business at Stettler until his retirement. The men reminisced and recalled events and characters from the past.

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THEN AND NOW — Edmonton businessmen Allan Nelson (left) and Tommy Hallett pose this month in a photo re-enactment with the original lathe they used in their Stettler business in 1950. The photo was taken in front of the house at 5009-46 Street, the same location where they were photographed in 1950 as they left Stettler. See the story on Page A8.

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Bagshaw Electric says ‘thank you’ to Stettler It’s minus-5 outside, a fresh dump of snow on the ground from the day before, and Bagshaw Electric holds an outdoor barbecue! “We were concerned nobody would show up because of the weather,” says Charlie, owner of Bagshaw Electric,

about the barbecue they held on Oct. 24 with 250 in attendance. Charlie, Beth, family and crew are grateful for Stettler residents and the attitude that makes Stettler such a great town to live in and do business in. Beth had only passed through Stettler

once in her lifetime when they made their first stop here at the Town Pump with furniture in tow in 1987 on her daughter Allison’s fifth birthday. “The clincher for me was when we ate our first meal ever in Stettler. We mentioned it was her birthday and they came up with a tiny cake, just for her.” Allison, daughter of Charlie and Beth, recently returned to Stettler after living

in Calgary for 11 years. “I just got used to grouchy attendants and being ignored. It became my new norm. Coming back to Stettler was amazing. I had forgotten what small-town service is like.” Becky, who has worked at Bagshaw’s for five years, moved back to Stettler 12 years ago for the small-town environment to raise her son in. “I’ve fallen in love with Stettler. It’s a friendly little town. Having an awesome job really helps, too.” ------------------------------------------We are grateful and honoured to have the support of Stettler and area residents for 65 years. We owe our continued survival and success to you and look forward to many years ahead. To see more pictures and comments and the winners of the draw, please see and “like” our Facebook page or view our website at

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Teachers convene as William E. Hay flexes its attributes Last Friday was a busy day here at William E. Hay, as about 130 teachers from around Alberta visited our school to discuss the High School Flexibility Enhancement Pilot Project. It was also an opportunity for them to see what programs William E. Hay has as a result of the program, which we have been operating with for the past four years. Our visitors engaged in conversations about high school redesign and about what education should look like to engage 21stcentury learners. They were extremely impressed with the programming at William E. Hay, but more importantly with the phenomenal staff and the thoughtful, wellspoken students that we have at our school. This year, the 16 schools that are part of the High School Flexibility Enhancement Pilot Project will make a recommendation to Alberta Education on whether the Carnegie Unit (the traditional time requirement for high school credit) should be kept or removed. You can engage in conversations about high school redesign on Twitter at #rethinkhs. We would also like to recognize the panelists from Thursday night’s panel presentation on high school redesign. Nicole York did a wonderful job representing students at William E. Hay. Mrs. Patty Dittrick represented the views of parents and trustees, while Mrs.

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Myranda Shepherd represented the views of teachers and administrators. The assistant deputy minister, Dean Lindquest, was also on the panel, representing the views of Alberta Education. The forum was a great start to the discussions that took place on Friday. Today, our students’ union hosted a Halloween special activity day, including a costume competition and a jousting competition. On Monday, Nov. 5, we will host a post-secondary fair from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Cross-country season has ended with provincials in Red Deer the weekend before last. Almost 1,000 athletes ran in minus-7 C weather and snow. Alicia Nibourg of William E. Hay ran a good race, coming in 33rd in the junior girls’ division. Congratulations to all of the cross-country runners who participated this season. Don’t forget to get tickets to William E. Hay High School and Wildcat Theatre’s production of GREASE. Tickets are available at the office for $20 for adults and $15 from students and seniors. The show plays from Wednesday, Nov. 28, to Saturday, Dec. 1.

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Kindergarten student Rigel Fox plays the pumpkin bean-bag toss during Halloween activities at Stettler Elementary School. Today, students sported costumes in the afternoon, readying for trick-or-treating tonight.

Kindergarten students get jump on Halloween with Pumpkin Olympics The exciting sixth annual Kindergarten Pumpkin Olympics were held last Friday morning. All of the kindergarten students and teachers were encouraged to wear orange. The students participated in events such as Pumpkin Bowling, Jumping Jack-O-lanterns, and Witches Brew! 4SC is thrilled to once again be playing crib with the experts that live at Paragon Place. They walk to Paragon twice a month on Tuesday mornings and play for about an hour with their new friends. Last week, they took paper ghosts with them they made for their friends for Halloween! As they’ve just started, they’re still focusing on the basics of adding to 15, making runs and pairs, and counting to 31. They’re so grateful that the seniors take the time to play with them and help them sharpen their math

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skills. Soon, they hope to learn about the skunk line! Last week, Grade 5TA students were working on doing good deeds. They have been helping their parents around the house, recycling their bottles, helping the caretaker in the school, and donating their money and clothes to charities. Furthermore, students

in Grade 5TA are doing a letter-writing project. They’re writing letters to their Grade 6 selves, which their teacher will send to them next year. This fits in with their Smart Learning story they are working on. Last year’s Grade 5 students can expect to receive their letters from their selves very soon.

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Mrs. Andersson is sending them to the Stettler Middle School next week. If your child needs photo retakes, they will take place on Nov. 7. Our grades 3, 4, and 5 students have been taking swimming lessons since the middle of September and they’re all finished at the end of October. They have been learning a lot and improving their swimming skills! Halloween is just around the corner — tonight — and many classes celebrated by having Halloween parties. The students dressed up at lunchtime today and were permitted to remain in their costumes for the afternoon.

The ever-popular children’s story Goldilocks and the Three Bears will be presented with a special twist when Heartland Arts Troupe Society (HATS) opens the curtains at the Stettler Performing Arts Centre from Nov. 15 to 18. Billed as a pre-Christmas production, the latest version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a British pantomime, directed by Jane Shepherd, who directed previous HATS pantomimes, including Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella. “This show is for all ages, especially for children from two years old and up — wonderful family entertainment,” said Shepherd, who also plays dog Piddles and the Big Bad Wolf. “It has lots of audience participation, so we want to see the PAC buzzing with kids.”

Christina Carstairs plays the lead role of Goldilocks, with Harry Brook as Auntie Septic. Other main characters include Andrea Muhlbach as Tom Tom, Dennis Smyth as Ray, Carson Ellis as Choppit, Zoe Bourdon as Splinter, Wayne Smith as Papa Bear, Tracy Turre as Mama Bear and Melissa Smith as Baby Bear. Among other characters are Marg Purdy as Queen Bee, Katie Maxwell, Dorothy Hebert and Philippa Brysiuk and Felicity Weyner as Wilma Wasp, while producer Jean Bischke plays a general dog’s body. Live theatre in Stettler has a strong reputation around the province, Shepherd said. “HATS always presents very good productions and people come from as far away as Edmonton and Calgary to see our shows.” Shows are set for Nov. 15 to 17 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. For more information or tickets, phone Bischke at 403-742-4173 or 741-4173.



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Goldilocks and the Three Bears rehearse for their mid-November performance in Stettler. From left are Andrea Muhlbach as Tom Tom, Melissa Smith as Baby Bear, Tracy Turre as Mama Bear and Wayne Smith as Papa Bear.

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Violence ‘more pronounced, harder to identify’ Continued from front page Bullying has been a hot-button issue in recent weeks, with the suicidal death this month of 15-year-old Amanda Todd, a British Columbia girl who had suffered through years of cyberbullying abuse. Students at four Stettler schools are scheduled to hear from an Alberta antibullying champion, Austen Radowits, on Nov. 12. His previous school visits have included Erskine and Bashaw. “With where we are now with cellphones and Internet and all that, with the cyberbullying that’s out there, it’s even more pronounced and harder to identify and harder to get a handle on,” Beebe said. “So we certainly need programs in our schools and in our communities to address the issue, so that people become more aware (of bullying) and are watching for it more.” While family violence and bullying are problems that people might read about in a brochure or see in a TV commercial, they’re much more real for victims, including those in Stettler and area. “We have many agencies in this community that deal with families where there’s domestic violence on a daily basis, almost,” Beebe said. “We are a small community, but we are not isolated. It happens here, as well as anywhere else. “One of the things that we do find is that we’re farther away from some other resources, and that’s why we’ve worked hard at trying to offer preventive education and resources such as groups in our own home community, so that people

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Stettler Mayor Dick Richards signs a declaration last Friday proclaiming the town’s participation in the provincial Family Violence Awareness Month. In the front row with Richards are Stettler family violence committee members Noreen Woolsey and Bernie Schofer. In the back row are Stettler RCMP Sgt. Duncan Babchuk, Judi Beebe of the Association of Communities Against Abuse, Wendy Rhyason of FCSS Stettler and probation officer Teigan Lawton. Stettler businesses are joining the campaign in November, with symbolic roses on their front counters.

don’t have to travel to Edmonton, Calgary (and) Red Deer to access those (support) services.” Even with counselling resources in the nearby cities of Red Deer and Camrose, there’s no guarantee that those centres can help Stettler-region residents, Beebe said. “The problem right now is Red Deer will only accept clients from Red Deer itself and the County of Red Deer. And Camrose, their program has been full the last two times it was run. So we really need to have some of those resources available in our

own community.” Stettler offers 15-week programs — known as Shaping Tomorrow — for men and women trying to combat family violence. “It goes for 15 weeks, two-and-a-half hours each week, and it really takes a look at the whole kind of dynamic of domestic violence, and hopes to changes attitudes and behaviour,” Beebe said. “And hopefully, our families that are involved in those programs will be able to lead healthier lives free of violence. “A lot of our referrals for the men’s side of the group are court-mandated, so they

actually have charges of assault against their partner, and it requires they have to be referred. We do about a two-hour intake interview to see if we think they’re appropriate for the group. They’re a group member for those 15 weeks, and then we refer them to other resources at the end of that. “And for the women’s group, hopefully, it’ll be the partners of the men that are in the group. It can be anybody that is affected by domestic violence and it really is a kind of support and information group for them.”

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Muhlbach bolts Lightning in favour of senior with hometown Oil Kings Three brothers reunited as Big Valley opens season Saturday JOHN MACNEIL Independent editor Mired in a seven-game losing streak, the Stettler Lightning also suffered a loss of another sort in a forgettable October. One of the junior B team’s most talented players, defenceman Dylan Muhlbach, has decided to quit the Lightning and play senior hockey with two of his brothers with their hometown Big Valley Oil Kings. Muhlbach, who turned 18 in September, is a firstyear geoscience student at the University of Calgary. He commuted back and forth to Stettler for the first month of the Heritage

Junior Hockey League season. “I was playing with the Lightning, but I just recently quit there, because I can’t really commit to it anymore,” Muhlbach said Monday night from Calgary. “I can’t make any of the practices or anything like that, and only a few of the games, so I was almost like an affiliate, pretty much. “My brothers are playing in Big Valley, so the time I’m going to be down (home) playing, I’d rather spend it with them, so I’m going to play with the Oil Kings now.” He plans to be available this Saturday night when the Oil Kings begin their Battle River senior league

season with a home game against the Irma Aces. Big Valley visits the Tofield Satellites on Sunday evening. Muhlbach believes the lighter schedule for senior hockey will be a better match for his school and travel commitments. “Yeah, they don’t have near as many games (as the junior B teams),” he said. “There’s a couple of guys from Calgary playing on the (Big Valley) team, too. “I was talking with my brothers and they said, ‘There’s guys from Calgary you could probably car-pool with.’ If I can, that would be great.” The Muhlbach family hat trick with the Oil Kings

includes Dylan’s twin, Derek, and their 24-yearold brother, Brett. The twins were rookies with the Lightning last season in their final year of high school. This summer, they helped Stettler win a provincial under-18 soccer championship. With his move to Calgary, Dylan Muhlbach didn’t plan to play with the Lightning this season, but he changed his mind in the pre-season. He dressed for five games, with a goal and four points, but wasn’t available for the past couple of weeks. “I hadn’t played the last couple of games,” he said. “Just the way school has gone, it’s been really busy.

“And partly … I don’t feel it’s fair to the (Lightning) guys, just because I don’t practise with them or anything. I just got onto an intramural hockey team and I go to the gym, but I only skate once a week and it’s not with the (Stettler) team, and all I do is come play games. “It’s just mostly a commitment thing and I’d rather be with my brothers.” Muhlbach, six-foot-one and 180 pounds, has long been used to life on the hockey road. “I don’t mind driving — it’s part of hockey,” he said. “There’s going to be travelling. And I don’t want to quit hockey, that’s for sure. I don’t want to get out of it.”


Lightning lose again Not even a 5-1 lead is safe for the Stettler Lightning. The Lightning led by that margin after the first period Friday night at the Stettler Recreation Centre, but still managed to lose 7-6 to the Strathmore Wheatland Kings. It was the seventh straight Heritage Junior Hockey League loss for the Lightning, who went O-forOctober. Overall, the Lightning are 2-7 this season and sit two points ahead of the last-place Ponoka Stampeders (1-9). Cam Wright scored two goals for Stettler in its lone weekend game, while Wyatt Haustein and Kyler O’Connor netted powerplay goals and Scott Ternes and Doug Blacklock each scored once. Landon Potter picked up three assists and Blake Frechette figured in two of the Stettler goals. Andrew Bergmann potted four goals and set up another for Strathmore (65-1-0), which connected three times on power plays. The Wheatland Kings closed the gap to 5-3 in the second period and outscored the Lightning 4-1 in the final 20 minutes. Stettler goaltender Coleman Waddell made 27 saves. Mack Schell dressed as the backup in the absence of the suspended Simon Thieleman. Weston Joseph blocked 37 shots for Strathmore. Stettler hits the road for two games this weekend – Friday night against the Airdrie Thunder (5-4-1-2) and Saturday night against the Red Deer Vipers (4-02-1). The Lightning are back on the road next Wednesday night for a date with Ponoka, and wrap up the four-game road swing with a Nov. 11 game against the Okotoks Bisons (9-2-1-0). The Lightning host the Blackfalds Wranglers (6-1-1-0) on Nov. 13.

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Bryce Fisher of the Stettler Wildcats recovers a Notre Dame fumble during the Cougars’ 42-14 victory in Central Alberta High School Football League semifinal play last Friday in Stettler. But the season isn’t finished for the Wildcats, who host the Sylvan Lake Lakers this Saturday.

Wildcats bumped from league playoffs, but still in contention for provincial glory After winning their previous six games, the Stettler Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season last Friday at the most inopportune time. The visiting Notre Dame Cougars of Red Deer defeated the Wildcats 42-14 in their Central Alberta High School Football League semifinal. Notre Dame landed a berth in the final against another Red Deer school, the Hunting Hills Lightning, while the Wildcats will battle the Sylvan Lake Lakers in a third-place game that also has provincial implications. The Lakers lost 14-10 to the Lightning in a rescheduled semifinal Saturday at Lacombe. “Our game against Notre Dame did not go as we had hoped it would,” said Stettler coach Norbert Baharally. “We lost to a more dominant team on that day. We did not play our greatest

game and certainly not our best effort. “However, I do not want to take anything away from Notre Dame. They deserved to win.” Fortunately for the Wildcats, their season isn’t finished. At home 2 p.m. this Saturday, the Wildcats host a team they beat earlier this season in Sylvan Lake. “Our game on Saturday will be the biggest game, for us, of the year,” Baharally said. “We will be playing for third place, as well as for a berth to represent our league in the Tier 3 provincial playoffs.” Last season, of course, the Wildcats were the provincial Tier 3 champions. They’ve battled through key injuries for all of this season, and the trainer’s room continues to be a revolving door for the Wildcats.

“We had Morgan Loshny back in our lineup on a limited basis (last Friday), but Ty Page, Austin Peterson and Tyler Greiner did not play due to injuries,” Baharally said. Loshny and Tyler Stewart each scored touchdowns for the Wildcats, while Frank van Ommeren kicked a pair of converts. For the first time this season, the Wildcats aren’t ranked atop the provincial high school Tier 3 rankings. In the Week 9 rankings, they dropped to No. 5 in the latest Football Alberta report. The new top-ranked team is Crescent Heights (9-0) of Medicine Hat, followed by Cochrane (8-1), St. Paul (7-1) and Calgary’s Rundle College (6-1). Hunting Hills (7-0-1) is ranked fourth among Tier 2 schools.



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School (CACHS) and ran into a very talented team that defeated Stettler 3-0. Allison Cassidy was the Wildcats player of the game, with solid hitting on the night. Last Thursday, the Wildcats were back on the road as they headed to Hunting Hills in Red Deer to participate in an interlock with Sylvan Lake (H.J. Cody High School) and the host Lightning squad. The Wildcats lost 2-0 in both matches against “some very talented teams,” said Stettler coach Warren Aspenes.

“Despite the loss, the girls are continuing to improve their play, which was very evident in the Hunting Hills match. The Lightning are one of the top three teams in the 12team league and we gave them a very competitive match by forcing them to make most of their points on very good attacking plays, as opposed to making several unforced errors that provide easy points for the opposition.” Michaela Ennis and Carly Armstrong were the Wildcats’ players of the matches in Thursday night’s action.

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The midget A Stettler Legion Blues opened their regular season in style Sunday, doubling the host Rimbey Renegades in North Central Minor Hockey Association action. Logan Davidson scored two goals and five points as part of his Stettler line’s 10-point game. Micah Croker added two goals and an assist, while rookie Kieran Rost picked up a couple of assists. Parker Cassidy, the new captain of the Blues, also scored two goals and singles went to Brogan Cassidy, Riley Anderson, Chase McGonigal and Justin McKenzie. Devon Woelk made 17 saves in the Stettler net, while the Blues fired 43 shots at Nolan Carruthers. Along with Parker Cassidy, the Blues’ captains include assistants Brogan Cassidy and Croker. Meanwhile, it was also a productive weekend for the Stettler bantam A team, which dumped Red Deer Frontier 9-1 on Friday in Stettler and the Maskwacis Bantams 7-1 on Saturday in Stettler. On Friday, Brendon Bardwell led Stettler with four goals and an assist. Todd Starling contributed a goal and two helpers. The other Stetter scorers were Jackson Zimmermann, Euan Hanton and Tye Mulgrove. Benjamin Bauman made 26 saves for Stettler, which directed 50 shots at Nolan McGregor. In the Saturday victory, Quade Cassidy collected two goals and four points for Stettler, which also got goals from Hanton, Mark Bengert, Ethan Rost, Jordan Lee and Jeff Ternes. Rost had a four-point night, while Ternes picked up three points. Bauman recorded 25 stops in Stettler’s net.

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Keep trick-or-treaters safe on Halloween Halloween is sure to be a fun and exciting time for children as they head door to door this Wednesday night. Health Canada reminds all Canadians of important safety tips they can use to ensure that Halloween remains an enjoyable experience for everyone. Costume Safety Halloween can be a magical time of year for children as they dress up in wonderful and outrageous costumes and gather bags full of treats. However, coming up with a creative disguise doesn’t mean that safety should be forgotten: — Make sure that costumes are loose enough to be worn over warm clothing, but not so baggy or long that children can trip over their costumes. Children should also wear sturdy walking shoes. — Choose brightlycoloured costumes that will be clearly visible to motorists. For greater visibility, add or incorporate reflective tape into the costume. — Make-up and face paint are better than wearing masks, which can restrict breathing and/or vision. If you choose to use a mask, make sure it is one that allows the child to see and breathe easily. Look for costumes, beards and wigs that are

labelled “Flame-Resistant” — nylon or heavyweight polyester costumes are best. The Goodies Parents or caregivers are encouraged to remind children not to accept — and especially not to eat — homemade candy or baked goods (provided by individuals they don’t know). Also, an adult should inspect all the treats before children start snacking. A few tips to keep in mind:

— Discard homemade candy or baked goods provided by people you don’t know. — Throw out any treats that are not commercially wrapped, as well as those in torn or loose packages, or any that have small holes in the wrappers. — Remove choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys when children are involved. — Wash fresh fruit thoroughly, inspect for holes,

including small punctures and cuts, and if found, do not let children or adults eat the fruit. — Avoid treats that might contain ingredients like peanuts, milk and egg that can cause severe adverse reactions in individuals who have allergies or sensitivities. Parents or caregivers of children with food allergies should read labels carefully and avoid candies that do not have an ingredient list.

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HANNING Mrs. Peg 1927 - 2012 Mrs. Peg Hanning a long time resident of Stettler, Alberta passed away surrounded by her family in the Stettler Hospital on Sunday, 21 October, 2012 after a short illness. Born on the 26th of January, 1927 in Hanna, Alberta, she was the sixth child of what would eventually become a family of eight for Bert and Mary Campbell. Peg grew up on the family farm Ω mile south of Byemoor. She attended school in Byemoor where she completed her grade 9. Peg’s first foray into the work world was working for Webber’s at Endiang doing the milking as well as the household chores. In 1944 Peg went to work for the Crown Lumber Co. in Byemoor where she remained until the company transferred her to Beiseker in 1950. She was further transferred in 1952 to the Crown Lumber store in Three Hills where she remained until September, 1952. On 29 September, 1952 Peg was married to Arlie Hanning and to this marriage they were blessed with three children. Brian, Margaret and Arlene. Peg and Arlie then resided in Byemoor until their move to Stettler in 1971 where she resided until her passing. In 1983 Arlie retired and they then travelled to many locations both far and near but Peg was always glad to get back home because that is where she was the happiest. Peg is survived by her son Brian (Donna), her daughter Arlene, Grandchildren Meghan (Steve) Litchfield and Keegan (Trish) Hanning, Great Grandchildren Abbi, Grace and Jaxson Litchfield, Haley and Caden Hanning, sisters Isabelle Nixon and Doreen McCabe (Bert), sisters in-law Marie Campbell and Shirley Campbell and many, many loved nieces and nephews. Peg was predeceased by her husband Arlie, daughter Margaret, parents Bert and Mary Campbell, brothers Sylvester, Doug, Les, Albert, John, sister in-law Bernice Campbell, brother in-laws Glenn Nixon & Reg McCabe, niece Margaret Nixon. Funeral services for the late Mrs. Peg Hanning were held at St. George’s Anglican Church in Stettler on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11:30 A.M. with the Rev. Carolyn Langford officiating. As an expression of sympathy an in loving memory of Peg, memorial contributions may be made to St. George’s Anglican Church or to a charity of your choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cermation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO who have been entrusted with the care and arrangements. 403.742.3315 Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at

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BIG VALLEY CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW & SALE Saturday, Nov. 17, 10-3 Big Valley Hall Homemade goods, baking, home based businesses, Country Lunch kitchen. Call Andrea 403-876-2064. CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND GIFT SALE AT BENTLEY COMMUNITY HALL, SAT. Nov. 3, 10-3 CHURCH MICE PLAYERS PRESENT A CHRISTMAS STOREY Bashaw Dec. 7th & 8th Camrose 13th - 15th

Anglican Church Stettler

Tickets sold Nov. 8, 9, 15, 16 Majestic Theatre 4-8 p.m. $20

Christmas Bazaar 2 - 4 p.m.

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EVERYONE WELCOME REPP M r. H a r r y R e p p o f O l d s , Alberta, passed away on October 18, 2012 in the Olds Hospital Long Term Care Centre at the young age of 94. John and Elizabeth Repp, Harry’s parents, immigrated to Calgary from Saratov, Russia in 1910. Harry was born in Calgary, Alberta on June 4, 1918, and lived in Calgary along with his four brothers, John, Vic, George and Fred and one sister Frieda, until they moved with their parents to the Red Willow, Alberta area in 1923, where they took up farming. Harry stayed on the farm until he married his sweetheart, Evelyn Maxine (Mickey) Hoggarth in 1944. To this union was born two sons, Larry John and Harvey Alan. Harry and Mickey then moved to Hay Lakes, Alberta where Harry began his career in the grain buying industry. His job took him to Stettler and Peace River until his retirement when he moved to Olds. Harry was predeceased by his loving wife Mickey who passed away from cancer in 2001, and was the last surviving member of his brothers and sister. He leaves to mourn his two sons, Larry of Olds and Harvey of Vancouver B.C, his grandson Raymond of Red Deer, his sister-in-law, Mildred Diebert-Scott of Red Deer, brother-in-law Tom Hoggarth of Calgary, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and special friends. By request, a private graveside service was held on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 2pm at the Olds Cemetery with Pastor Harold Hunter officiating. HEARTLAND FUNERAL SERVICES LTD. Olds entrusted with arrangements. 403-507-8610

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Tea, Bake Sale, Jar Bar Saturday, Nov. 3 2 - 4 p.m. Everyone welcome

COFIELD - WIART Dave and Cathy Cofield along with Maurice and Laurie Wiart are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their children JENNA CATHERINE to ANDREW DENIS The wedding is to take place in Canmore, November 10, 2012.

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AGES 3 TO 10, PARENTS WELCOME MACK - RODEN Elizabeth Mack and Scott Roden are happy to announce their engagement. Elizabeth is the daughter of Brian and Paula Mack of Glendon, Alberta. Scott is the son of Rob and Treena Roden of Alix, Alberta. A February wedding is planned in Canmore. The couple will live in Calgary.

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Coming Events

PERCY AND PAULETTE HEER invite you to help them celebrate their 40th Anniversary on November 4 at the St. Peter Lutheran Church, Stettler. Open house 2-4 p.m. Program at 3 p.m. Everyone welcome.





Full Time Project Coordinator

for Jensen Contract Flooring, Big Valley, AB Job Duties: Assist Project Management with daily work Ordering and shipping materials for Projects Strong communication & organizational skills a must Computer skills & Microsoft Outlook Please email resume to or fax 403-876-2554

Remembrance Day Classified Hours & Deadlines The Red Deer Advocate is open Mon. Nov. 12 Regular Hours 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m Normal weekend deadlines in effect Sat. Nov. 10 Mon. Nov. 12 Deadline is Fri. Nov. 9 @ 5 p.m. Sun. Nov. 11 Deadline is Fri. Nov. 9 @ 2 p.m. Early Deadlines for these papers: Stettler/Weekender Publication Date Wed. Nov. 14 Deadline is Fri. Nov. 9 @ NOON Sylvan Lake News Eckville Echo Publication Date Thurs. Nov. 15 Deadline is Fri. Nov. 9 @ 5 p.m. We will Remember

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For more information call 403-876-2574 A Financial Services office is seeking a:

FULL TIME RECEPTIONIST Candidates should be able to multi-task, have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office, be organized and have good client relationship skills. We offer flexible hours and compensation that varies with experience and skill. Please mail in your resume and cover letter to: Box L c/o The Stettler Indpendent Box 310 Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 or drop off in person to: The Stettler Independent at 4810 - 50 St.

Duties/ responsibilities will mainly include but not limited to handling mail, managing working paper files, handling telephone calls and client queries, managing the firm’s accounts receivables, providing GST and payroll services.

Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and skill.


Resumes, with cover letters can be sent via email (, mail (Box 778, Stettler, AB T0C 2L1) or fax (403-742-3278)

CALL 1-877-223-3311 Coming Events

Administrator Required The Summer Village of Rochon Sands requires an Administrator with experience in administration, financial management and an effective communicator and community promoter. Reporting to the Mayor and Council, the successful candidate will direct, administer and coordinate all of the affairs of the Incorporated Summer Village of Rochon Sands. The incumbent will be responsible for all aspects of administration, including management of human resources, operations and projects in accordance with Council Bylaws and Policies. Our Village The Summer Village of Rochon Sands was incorporated in 1929. It is a peaceful lakeside community situated on the south shore of Buffalo Lake within close proximity to the Town of Stettler. There are 178 developed lots within the Village with recreational activities that provide year round enjoyment for residents and visitors to the area. Requirements The Administrator must become familiar with statutory requirements in the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and other legislation. The successful candidate must be willing to learn or acquire a working knowledge in government operations, statutes, bylaws and policy making. Problem solving, interpersonal and communications skills are required as well as the ability to deal with staff fairly and diplomatically. Experienced in QuickBooks Accounting software would be a benefit but not necessary. The Starting Salary will be negotiable depending on experience. Hours of work are flexible and will be determined according to the successful candidate’s abilities and experience. Resumes will be accepted until Friday, November 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm. For more details please contact the Summer Village of Rochon Sands Office at (403) 742-4717 or via e-mail to The Summer Village of Rochon Sands #1 Hall Street Rochon Sands, AB T0C 3B0

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant Are you looking for a job that allows you to work when your children are in school? We are seeking an enthusiastic, organized person to work 16 hours per week (over 4 days) in a positive, team work environment to provide administrative assistance to FCSS staff. If you have a friendly telephone manner, are proficient with Microsoft Office, possess excellent customer service skills, and have 2 years’ experience in a similar position, please submit your resume by mail or email to: Stettler and District Family & Community Support Services Box 2097 Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 Competition closes Nov 6, 2012.

Only eligible candidates will be contacted.

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Tornado Hydrovacs, a division of Petrofield Industries is accepting resumes for:

Heartland Arts Troupe Society presents

Goldilocks & The Three Bears …hey kids, bring your whole family to this fun-filled show…

at the Performing Arts Centre November 15, 16, 17 @ 7:30 p.m. November 18 Matinee @ 2:30 p.m. Tickets available at: Wells Furniture, Main Street 403-742-3223 Tickets $20.00 or four tickets for $60.00

• Industrial Painters • Sandblasters • Welders (Journeyman

or Apprentice) at our Manufacturing Facility located at 4102 - 44 Avenue, Stettler, AB

Willing to train if candidate has related basic skills or experience. Our Company has an enthusiastic, fast paced working environment with advancement for motivated individuals, or an excellent benefit package. Please forward resume to or Fax 403 742-5544.

Service Rig

Botha Christmas Sale Saturday, November 3 Botha Community Hall

Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd. is seeking qualified candidates to fill Floorhand, Derrickhand and Driller positions. These positions are locally based. Applicants must have all necessary valid tickets for the position applied for. Bearspaw offers a very competitive salary & benefits package along with a steady work schedule. Please submit resumes: Attn: Human Resources Email: Fax: 403-258-3197 Or mail to: Ste. 5309, 333 - 96 Ave. NE, Calgary, AB T3K 0S3

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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FULL-TIME LICENSED HAIR STYLIST ON A CHAIR RENTAL BASIS. Apply to The Attic Unisex Hair Design, Main Street, Stettler.



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 CENTRAL PEACE NATURAL GAS CO-OP LTD. requires full-time Gas Utility Operator. Experience, safety tickets an asset. Clean valid driver’s licence required. Forward resume: Fax 780-864-2044. Mail: Box 119, Spirit River, T0H 3G0. NOW LOCATED in Drayton Valley. BREKKAAS Vacuum & Tank Ltd. Wanted Class 1 & 3 Drivers with all valid tickets. Top wages, excellent benefits. Please forward resume to: Email: Phone 780-621-3953. Fax 780-621-3959.

NV Oilfield requires steamer operators and general labourers. Oilfield tickets need and clean driver’s abstract. Fax resume to 403-742-5179. Call Gord 403-740-9144.

A Stettler accounting firm is looking for a parttime office assistant/ bookkeeper.

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Hair Stylists

Part-time Office Assistant/ Bookkeeper Required

Required skills include expertise with Microsoft Office Applications, Simply Accounting and/ or Quickbooks. Experience with personal tax return preparation will be an advantage.

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Stettler Independent Advertising Department

Office Assistant Job Opportunity

If you’re interested in working in a growth business with opportunity for future advancement, please send a resume and hand written note as to why we should consider you for this position to Box K, c/o The Stettler Independent, PO Box 310, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0.

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Northcan Surveys Ltd. is hiring Experienced Field Technicians, throughout Alberta, with a minimum of 3 years experience, adept in both field work and management responsibilities. Field work consists mainly of well site and pipeline surveys throughout Alberta. Those in good physical condition, hold a valid driver’s license and are willing to work out of town are encouraged to apply. Northcan Surveys Ltd. is based out of Calgary, Alberta and provides surveying, mapping and data management services to their clients in the petroleum industry throughout Alberta. Northcan offers an attractive work environment and benefits program. Resumes can be submitted in confidence to: Paul Densmore pdensmore@

Restaurant/ Hotel


HALKIRK HOTEL requires a Bartender, P/T cook and Room Attendant Apply to Leona or Karen at the Halkirk Hotel. 403-884-2044

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Join the professional team at the Stettler Independent, one of Stettler’s longest-serving and trustworthy businesses. Each week, we deliver the news and advertising content that generations of central Albertans have relied on at home and away. As a full-time advertising sales representative, you would provide advertising solutions for clients, maintain existing accounts and generate new business. The ideal candidate has sales experience and strong customer-service skills. Computer and administrative skills are also considered assets. The Stettler Independent 4810—50 St. P.O. Box 310 Stettler, AB TOC 2L0


FUTURE AG, a progressive Case IH Equipment Dealer in Stettler is now accepting applications for a Parts Manager or Lead Counter Parts person. Live the life style of Central Alberta and be home at night. Work for one of the few family owned dealerships where we care about our employees and customers. Successful candidate will be a team player with strong social skills. Counter and Management experience an asset. Computer literacy and knowledge of DIS Parts program a definite asset but not mandatory. We offer: • • • • • •

Competitive Wages Annual Work boot reimbursement RRSP Plan Benefits Package Sick Days Monthly Bonus If you are looking for a rewarding career with a successful and growing organization, then forward your resume to:

Future Ag Inc. Attn: Human Resources Box 489 Red Deer, AB T4N 5G1 Fax 403-342-0396 or email to 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 CARPENTER OR LABOURER REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY. Competitive wages offered. Located in Stettler. Call 403-742-5995 or 403-742-9852


is a licensed inspection facility specializing in cryogenic tank repairs and stainless braided hose assembly. Currently seeking

3rd Year or Journeyman Welders, Tig Welders, B Pressure Welders Weekdays 7:00-4:30. No eves or wknd work. Exc. working conditions. Benefits after 3 months. Fax resume to 403-346-2072 or email New Holland dealer in Stettler is now accepting applications for Agricultural Technicians or Journeyman/Heavy Duty mechanics with ag experience. We offer year round employment, hourly salary from $25 to $32.50 depending on qualifications, excellent benefits and a positive, friendly team oriented work environment. If you are looking for a rewarding career with a successful growing organization, then forward your resume to: Bill’s Farm Supplies, Attn: Tracey, Box 1325, Stettler, AB, T0C 2L0, fax 403-742-1282, email to: PYRAMID CORPORATION IS NOW HIRING! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: or fax 780-955-HIRE


WORLDLYNX WIRELESS Bell Mobility Store is HIRING in RED DEER! Join a growing company and be part of a successful team! Positions available as STORE MANAGER and RETAIL SALES CONSULTANT for our new store opening in November in Red Deer. Please send your resume to careers@


BLUERIDGE LUMBER INC. looking for a 3rd & 4th Class power engineer to operate thermal liquid heating system. Excellent compensation and benefits. Submit resume to: Box 87, Blue Ridge, AB, T0E 0B0. Email: Career opportunity, apprentice to be a licensed glass worker. Permanent full-time position, installing residential and commercial windows and doors, automotive glass, glass cutting and fabrication. Drivers license a must. Apply in person to Heartland Glass, Stettler or fax resume to 403-742-2678.


Busy and established financial services firm in Stettler has an opening for an outgoing, personable office assistant, who’s duties will include answering phone calls, handling incoming and outgoing mail and courier packages, ordering supplies, setting up client appointments, and helping with all aspects of marketing the business. Also working with rest of the business team to help streamline existing day to day paperwork and processes, as well as help develop new ones. Proficiency with all facets of Microsoft Office and a fully electronic office is essential.

PRODUCTION TESTING SUPERVISORS & OPERATORS Day & Night Must have tickets. Top paid wages. Based out of Devon, AB. Email resume to:



Must be willing to work long hours, lots of walking req’d. Safety tickets an asset. Willing to train the right individual. Fax: 403-747-3535 or email resumes to: office Attention: Rhonda

SECURITAS CANADA Hiring Immediate FT & Casual

EMR or EMT Security Personnel for Dispatching Position Securitas Canada is looking for qualified Security Staff for a Petro-Chemical plant outside of Red Deer. Minimum Qualification: * Alberta Security License *EMR- ACP certified *Class 4 license *Bondable *Good interpersonal skills *Good communication skills *Computer knowledge, previous emergency experience, previous security experience, client interaction experience an asset WHY SECURITAS: *Extended Health and welfare plan *Above average wages *Fully Paid uniform *All training time paid *Dedicated quality group. *Room to learn and grow. How to apply: Apply on line at: http://www.securitas. com/ca/enca/Career/ On this web site you can click on “On line Application” and submit it to the Edmonton Branch. Email: Fax: 403-314-8475 Integrity - Vigilance Helpfulness

Truckers/ Drivers


BUSY CENTRAL AB company req’s exp’d. Class 1 drivers to pull decks. Assigned truck, exc. wages and benefits pkg. Paid extras. Family orientated. Resume and abstract fax to 403-784-2330 or call 1-877-787-2501 Mon,. - Fri,. 8 a m to 6 pm

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Established Manufacturing Company looking for a delivery and pick-up driver. Clean Class 5 license required. Deliveries to/from Red Deer, Calgary, Edmonton, Stettler with 3-ton deck truck. Excellent Benefit package. To apply please email your resume to wehaveworkforu@


Vacuum & Water Truck operators req’d. to start immed. CLASS 1 or 3 WITH Q All oilfield safety tickets req’d. Clean drivers abstract. Must comply with drug and alcohol policy. References Req’d. Exc. salary & benefits. Fax resume to: 403-742-5376 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

Business Opportunities


BE YOUR OWN BOSS. Start your own business in the health & wellness industry. Must have high speed internet. Flexible hours. Free online training; BUSINESS LOANS. Alberta Business Loans Centre helps business owners prosper by solving their financing problems; www. Call 780-437-2150 / 780-401-3550. DEALERS WANTED CNG-compressed natural gas conversions for gasoline/diesel engines and home/fleet fueling stations. Minimum investment required, great income potential call 403-703-3551;

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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;


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FULL-TIME MEAT CUTTER REQUIRED at Sobeys in Olds, Alberta. 40 hours per week. Benefits. Fax resume to 1-403-556-8652.


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SHRUMS MEATS HIRING MEAT WRAPPER / KILL FLOOR. Phone 1-403-742-1427 or fax 403-742-1429



Alberta Government Funded Programs Student Funding Available!

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Prism Integrated Solutions Inc. Is currently hiring for the following position:

• Journeyman Welders E-mail resumes to or fax to 780-582-3922


PLEASE FORWARD RESUME TO call: 403-884-2001

TANKSTORE LTD. Floor Covering Installers and Tilesetters needed

for Jensen Contract Flooring, Big Valley, AB Starting wages: $23 to $25/hr - Floor Covering Installers $19 to $21/hr - Tilesetters 40-50 hours per week Applicants should have a minimum of 3 years of work experience or have a valid trade certification. Please send qualified resumes only to or fax to 403-876-2554

810 Account Manager Stettler, AB

Overview: Baker Hughes is the provider of specialty chemical programs to the petroleum industry for oil and gas treating, production enhancement, well stimulation, pipeline transportation and refining. Upstream Chemicals a division of Baker Hughes offers opportunities for qualified people who want to grow in our high performance organization. Education: A Chemical or Petroleum Technologist and /or a candidate with a 4th Class Power Engineering Diploma is preferred. Those with other post secondary education disciplines or oil and gas production experience will also be considered.




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340-1930 BURNCO Rock Products Ltd has a full-time opening for the position of Quarry Foreman, in our Calgary area. This position reports directly to Division Manager, Landscape. The major responsibilities of this position include: - Managing and training Employees - Supervising the operation and maintenance of production plants and Quarry operations - Ensuring a safe working environment - Hiring and supervising all required staff - Ensuring quality of all products - Monitoring all costs associated with the plant operation - Responsible for shipping products for re-sale Preference will be given to candidates with the following qualifications: - Knowledge of blasting, crushing and screening hard rock products - Sales experience - Mechanically inclined - Good written, verbal and computer skills - Experience operating Loaders or Excavators - Valid Class 1 Driver’s License - Travel will be required Interested candidates are requested to submit a resume by November 9, 2012 to: BURNCO Rock Products Ltd Fax: (403) 440-3454 Attention: Human Resources OR E-mail: We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. MEAT MANAGER, Jasper Super A. Jasper Super A is looking for an experienced Retail Meat Manager. As Meat Manager you will be responsible for all aspects of the managing the department, including cutting meat. You must have working knowledge of gross margins, expense controls and human resources management. The successful candidate must have Grade 12 (or equivalent) and be able to provide a “clear” security clearance. If you have the skills and abilities please forward your resume to our Head Office, The Grocery People Ltd. (TGP) in confidence to: Human Resources Officer, The Grocery People Ltd., 14505 Yellowhead Trail, Edmonton, AB, T5L 3C4. Fax 780-447-5781. Email: SEEKING A CAREER in the Community Newspaper business? Post your resume for FREE right where the publishers are looking. Visit: resumes_add.php.

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Knowledge: Oil and Gas Process knowledge, operations experience, technical knowledge of the company’s products and services as well as their application to the customer are an asset to this role. Skills: Good communication, presentation, problem solving and analytical skills are required. An aptitude to build rapport and to solidify long term business relationships is a necessary skill. Effective time management and organization skills are essential to the success of this position. Computer competency with proficiency in Microsoft office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) is beneficial.

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Principal Accountabilities/Duties/Responsibilities As a leader in the specialty chemical industry we provide chemical and operational solutions for our customers to achieve their business goals. The Account Manager in Baker Petrolite is the focal point of communication between the organization and the needs of our customers. Under general direction you are capable of developing and maintaining business strategies for effective management of existing accounts, qualify business opportunities, transition new chemical program solutions and identify new business through emerging markets and companies. Continuous and consistent follow-up on customer needs in a timely/effective manner and communicate necessary information to customers and management. Provide professional, timely and accurate response to customers’ requests. Write, submit and present recommendations and proposals as necessary. Please email all resumes to: or fax to: 403-742-1165



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Class 1 Drivers for transporting Dangerous Goods Experience driving Super B, Tridem, and Body-Job units is an asset. We offer top industry wages, group benefits package, company RRSPs as well as scheduled days off.

FALL WILD ROSE ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE AUCTION SALE. November 3, 2012, 9 a.m. Selling coins at 11 a.m., Blueberry Community Hall, Stony Plain, Alberta. 1-877-494-2437. PL318200SK;

Please send resumes: Fax: 403-742-4181 Email: Call: 403-742-4189

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Over 2,000,000 hours St. John Ambulance volunteers provide Canadians with more than 2 million hours of community service each year.


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Part-Time Student to come in Monday - Friday after school to clean the coffee room. Please fax resumes to 403-742-4181 email to or drop off at 3811 - 46 Avenue, Stettler

ATCO Power is a developer, project manager, owner and operator of independent power projects worldwide including United Kingdom and Canada. The company is a member of the ATCO Group, one of Canada’s premier corporations. We currently have opportunities at our Battle River Generating Station for the following positions:

Power Engineers Plant Utility Man Shift Supervisor Forestburg, Alberta To find out more about this and other opportunities, please visit us at: or Fax Resumes to: 780-582-8173

Maintenance Technician - Mechanical Trades Rahr Malting Canada Ltd., a leading manufacturer of Brewer’s Malt, is now accepting applications for a full time Maintenance Technician position. The position includes trouble shooting, maintenance inspections, lubes, PMs and repairs to all types of equipment in order to maintain the safe operation and fulfill production requirements of Rahr Malting. The position is rated under the Heavy Job classification. Applicants must have a valid mechanical trade certificate for work in Alberta. This position will work in coordination with the Operations group and is accountable to the Maintenance Supervisor. Experience in manufacturing or factory environment is preferred. Application Closing Date: October 31, 2012 Applicants should include a resume and apply in writing to: Rahr Malting Canada Ltd. Attention: Human Resources Box 113 Alix, Alberta T0C 0B0 Fax: 403-747-2660 NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE


for our Consort location. We are looking for someone with previous experience in automotive and/or industrial supply, a valid drivers license, computer knowledge, ability to work well alone and with others, and be well organized. Competitive salary based on experience. Please FAX resume to Craig @ 403-577-2518 or Dwight @ 403-742-8896 OR DROP OFF at Consort store - #1 –4814-48 St. Consort, Ab.


LAMINATED POST BUILDINGS FARM AND COMMERCIAL. Prairie Post Frame serving Alberta. For pricing Calgary South, Barrie 403-506-7845; Calgary North, Howard 403-586-7678; howard LOOKING FOR A SHOP? Post Frame Buildings. AFAB Industries has experience, expertise, reliability and great construction practices. For a free quote, contact Ryan Smith 403-818-0797 or email: 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 - Canadian made! 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;


CANADIAN FINALS RODEO Sunday Nov. 11, 1 pm. show, Edmonton, Alix departure 9 am. $100/ person ticket included (Bucking Shutes) 403-747-3806 304-0146 Chicken Louie Bus Tours

Office Supplies





Fulltime Parts Person Fulltime Inside/Outside Salesperson

Building Supplies

10 pkgs. of 500 sheets


We are presently looking for a

HUGE RESTAURANT Equipment Auction. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, 11 a.m., 11703 - 105 Ave., Edmonton. Full ad at or email: edmonton_auctionservice 1-780-718-2274 or 1-780-432-8181

Event Tickets

Crude Services Inc


Rahr Malting Canada Ltd., a leading manufacturer of Brewer’s Malt, is now accepting applications for a full time Operator 2 position. The position includes Sanitation duties and some Plant Operations. Applicants must have a minimum Grade 12 diploma and must be available for shift work. Experience in manufacturing or factory environment is preferred. Application Closing Date: October 30, 2012 Applicants should include a resume and apply in writing to:

Rahr Malting Canada Ltd. Attention: Human Resources Box 113 Alix, Alberta T0C 0B0 Fax: 403-747-2660 NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Shop Stettler & Save! 403-742-2395

Agricultural #2000 - #2290

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

Farm Equipment


2011 METEOR snowblower 108” dbl. auger heavy duty, best snowblower on the market $7500 obo; 2010 Frontier rotary rake 13’ working width, only done 120 acres, just like new $7500 obo 403-728-8200



15 TAN & WHITE BRED COWS. 403-740-5354

Horse/Stock Trailers


HORSE and Stock trailer. Parts and repairs. Axles, brakes, drums, bearings, spring, rims, fenders, lights, and wiring. Pick up & delivery avail. HORSE SHOE TRAILER MFG. AND REPAIR. HALKIRK, ALBERTA 403-884-2173 403-430-0504

Grain, Feed Hay


300 LARGE ROUND BALES BARLEY STRAW. FOR SALE. $20 EACH. 403-740-5488 FEED OATS FOR SALE, Ask for Les 403-884-2361. 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 ROUND HAY BALES $20. and up. Delivery available. No Sunday calls please. Phone 403-704-3509. WANTED: feed oats 403-740-5354

Wednesday, October 31, 2012




Advertisers in the showcase section maintain Real Estate offices in Stettler, are members of the Red Deer & District Real Estate Board Co-op Ltd., and all offer full multiple listing services.

How to select the right carpeting for your home Although many people may tout the benefits of hardwood flooring over carpeting, there are plenty of individuals who like to have the soft and luxurious feeling of carpeting underfoot. Selecting the right carpeting for a particular room and purpose can be a bit daunting because of the abundance of available colours and materials. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, carpeting is an added safety measure that makes play areas safer, potentially lessening the severity of an injury in the event of a fall. This is why carpeting is often preferred in children’s rooms and play areas. There are other advantages to carpeting as well. It can help insulate rooms both in the summer and winter. It can be easier on feet than a hard floor, and few materials absorb sound better than carpet. Choosing the right carpeting for a room comes down to identifying the kind of foot traffic you expect in your home and which carpeting options most suit your needs. Here are some tips to get started. * Don’t overlook padding. Padding can make the difference in the way carpeting feels and how long it lasts. The thickest or most expensive padding isn’t necessarily the best or the best-suited for your home. However, it is

wise to pick a pad that matches the type of carpeting you’re selecting. You may be able to go with a thinner pad in low-traffic rooms and under dense carpeting like berber. In hightraffic rooms, choose thicker, more durable padding. Padding prevents carpet backing and fibers from coming apart over a duration of time, so if you’re spending a lot on the carpet, it pays to invest in a padding that will last the duration of the carpet as well. * Recognize the type of carpeting that best suits your needs. There are many different types of carpeting, and they won’t all be the perfect match for your home. For example, plush and saxony carpets are better in low-traffic areas. These carpets may show footprints and also vacuum tracks and dirt. Berber, meanwhile, is more flat and dense, making it highly effective at masking stains and tracks. Textured carpets like frieze are cut from fibers of different heights, so they mask stains and are also softer on the feet than berbers. An entryway or a den may be better off carpeted in a dense carpeting, while a bedroom may be fine and luxurious with plush carpeting. Carpeting may come in stain-resistant varieties or lowmaintenance options. These are generally best in homes with pets and children. However, you may be able to save

money by opting out of special treatments to resist stains and simply invest in a steam vacuum, instead. * Choose colour wisely. Choosing a colour comes down to preference and how much the room will be used. Although light, neutral colours are often preferred because they work well in just about any room, lighter coloured carpets will show stains much more easily than other carpet colours. Textured, multi-coloured carpets are preferable to hide stains and can look just as elegant as solid-coloured carpet-

ing. Much in the way paint colours are chosen, carpeting colours come down to personal preference. Drama may be created with bold colours that draw the eye to the carpet. However, for those who want the carpet to fade into the background instead of upstaging decor, neutral colours are better. * Hire a good installer. There are many beautiful carpets available, but unless you choose a reliable installer and store, you may end up paying more or receiving subpar service. Poll friends and family members for

Candor Realty Ltd. 4908 - 51 Street

ANDY BIRCH Associate

Karen Cannady

COZY, WELL KEPT BUNGALOW only 3 blocks from main street. 3 bdrms/1 bath, all appliances and some furniture included. Ready to move into. Affordable @ $109,500.

Serving East Central Alberta

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Brand New ~ Very Affordfable 3 bdrm 2 bath mobile home on its own lot! Featuring vaulted ceiling, new appliances, spacious master bdrm. Take this opportunity to own your own home and not pay high rent! #CA0003457. $194,900.


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GOOD SOLID BRICK BUILDING on 2 lots and close to downtown. Endless possibilities here. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Sellers Are Motivated!! $165,000.


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GREAT FAMILY HOME with 5 bdrms/3 baths. Basement is totally developed. Impressive workmanship and many extra features in this beautiful bungalow. $364,900.

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around to find a separate installer or even do the work yourself. Carpeting can make a fine addition to your home and make it feel more comfortable and inviting. Remember to take your time when selecting carpeting, as your decision will have long-lasting effects.


Ph. 403-742-4424 Fran Snowden

recommendations to help you narrow down options. Then be sure to have stores price out materials separate from installation so you can make more accurate comparisons. Also, you don’t necessarily need to use an installer provided by the carpet store. You can shop

YEAR ROUND! Buffalo Sands. 2 bdrm furnished cottage, open concept floor plan, sun kitchen, loft bdrm and air conditioning. Boat slip included. #CA309012. $289,000.

* Build your exquisite dream home with room for the children to play on 2.99 Acres in Carlisle Estates. #CA301597. $112,000. * Grass Pasture - Mile north of Big Valley. 105.37 acres with lease revenue, good water supply. #CA324983. $125,000.


GOOD RENTAL PROPERTY or if you are just starting out. 2 bdrm/1 bath, main floor laundry and a single car garage. Basement ready to develop. ONLY $99,500.

Locally owned & operated

LOW MAINTENANCE HOME for a retired couple or first time buyers. 2 bdrms, finished bsmt, main floor laundry and attached garage. $239,900.

VERY AFFORDABLE 3 bedroom mobile on its own lot. This would be an ideal starter home or a great investment opportunity. All appliances included. Only $96,000.

Excellent Family Home — Featuring 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 baths, games room, family room, 2 fireplaces, very functional floor plan. Great neighbourhood, close to school. Hurry today to view this family friendly home. #CA0003628. $324,900.

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This immaculate 2006, 1216 sq. ft. mobile features 3 bdrms, 2 bath, open concept and bright spacious rooms. #CA321861. $78,900.

10 Acres 6 miles from Stettler! 4 bdrm, 2 bath home featuring 32’ x 64’ pole shed, 28’ x 36’ barn with 4 box stalls and power, private yard. Ideal for the horse enthusiast! #CA0001762. $259,000.





Doug Roberts Broker/Owner

Jill Fisher Associate/Owner

Apryl Cassidy Manager/Owner

Brian Lynn Associate Broker

Norma Leslie Associate Broker

Garry Rushton Associate

Edna Stuart Associate Broker

Atie Turnbull Associate

Call Sales Associate today for FREE or enquiries. Calla aCentral Central "Team" "Team" Sales Associate today for FREE adviceadvice or enquiries.

Kyle Ramstad Associate

Wade Stormoen Associate

Ross Scheerschmidt Associate

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3+2 bdrm bungalow in Grandview. Economical good value home. $257,900. Call Garry.

Nothing to do here but move in. Low taxes & lots of extras. $133,000. Call Atie.

Small town luxury in Big Valley. If you need to escape this is the place. $385,000. Call Ross.

2 bdrm bungalow with garage on large lot. Perfect starter. $129,900.





Perfect rental income home, or nice starter. $136,000. Call Doug.

.14 acre lot with mobile and heated garage. Very affordable at $49,900. Call Jill.

Beautiful landscaped yard with one of a kind home on acreage close to town. $529,000. Call Ross.




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Beautiful Acreage - To build your own Home. 5.78 Acres In Jewel Estates. Price Reduced. Call Wade.

A Handyman’s Dream just waiting to be finished. Two bdrm Cabin at Buffalo Lake. $240,000. Call Brian.

This cute little cabin comes with all of the necessities and is only a 3 or 4 min. walk to the water. Sweet Deal at $149,000. Call Brian.

129.44 acres just annexed into the Town of Stettler. Great development property. Call Brian.

4 bdrms, 2 baths, totally redone inside. Come take a look $269,900. Call Jill.

Nice Little Business in Big Valley - 2 Lots & Bldg. Call Wade.

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1998 mobile on own lot, unique floor plan. PRICED TO SELL @ $159,900. Call Edna.



159 acres, with newer home, shop, and a beautiful view! $1,350,000. Call Garry.

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5.54 acres, ready for your dream home, fully fenced. $115,000. Call Atie.

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1 ½ miles town 5 acres with home and buildings. $449,000. Call Doug.



Perfect family home ½ blk from Rec Center on a corner lot with garage. Recent renos. $295,000. Call Ross.

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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


Houses/ Duplexes

3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOME & OLDER 2 BEDROOM HOUSE FOR RENT IN STETTLER. Available immediately. References required. 403-742-6631 BUFFALO Lake/Rochon Sands lakefront, extensively reno’d manufactured home, 3 bdrm, 2 full baths, new appls, large lakeside deck/yard, no pets, non smoker, SD, 20 min. from Stettler, AB. 403-742-0024

Farm Custom Work


LARGE 2 bedroom upper level, overlooking scenic Alix Lake, vaulted ceilings, 1 1/2 baths, washer/dryer included, patio deck, wood fireplace, shared garage, $950/mo. includes utilities, 1 month d.d., avail. immed. 403-747-3806, 403-304-0146.



L A R G E One & Two BEDROOM APARTMENTS FOR RENT No pets Phone Ellen Phone Linda or at Ernie 403-742-1568 at 403-742-5005 LARGE 1 bdrm. bsmt. suite, Stettler, heat, water & laudnry incl. n/s in bldg. quiet single person, $650, + d.d., avail. now, 403-742-8912 NEW One & Two bedroom condos in Stettler. Air conditioning. Free util. except. power, 3 appl. incl. Barb 403-742-0759 or 403-741-9325

Stores/ Commercial


SHOPPING for new downtown office space? Located on Mainstreet, Stettler, 3000 sq.ft. on lower level, plus 2 upstairs offices. Available in part or whole floor. Contact Tracey 403-742-8327




Marketing of Hay and Straw Will load own truck

David Unruh Cell 403-323-6787 Home 403-742-4673



BULL & FEMALE SALE November 3, 2012

at the farm, Erskine, AB

Offering 475 head of Quality Angus Cattle • 120 Cows & Bred Heifers • 30 Show Heifer Prospects • 25 Young Herd Sires • 2 Proven Herd Sires • 300 Commercial Black & BWF Bred Heifers

LEE & LAURA BROWN Box 217 Erskine, Alberta T0C 1G0

Phone: 403-742-4226 Fax: 403-742-2962 catalogue online Employment Training



10X12’ With 5x7 doors. For quads, snowmobiles, furniture, etc. Phone: (403)742-9729 DYMY Oilfield Services


Household, furniture, business records, etc. Various sizes. Protected by security alarm and fenced and lighted perimeter. Owner: Reg and Darlene Hunter. (403)740-9283 or 403-742-3153.

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

Houses For Sale


1,200 ft. heated shop in East Industrial area of Stettler. Available Dec. 1/12. Phone 403-742-8327, Tracey.

Bale Hauling & Swathing


Storage Space



Lots For Sale


1 5 0 0 S Q . F T. H O M E w/12x30 att. garage, 5 appls., propane heat, new furnace, new water well Ideal for horses or cattle. and hot water heater, natural gas. Corrals, fenced, heated * 1200 sq.ft Both lots barn & shop. Open concept custom built $ 1 4 9 , 9 0 0 . P h o n e 403-843-2363 or cell 780bungalow. $465,000. 903-2393 403-843-6182 (Rimbey)


Farms/ Land


Red Deer CONDO FOR SALE, Gold Court; 1bedroom apartment-type condominium; new flooring, windows, paint; 5 appliances including laundry; secure underground heated parking; elevator; walking distance to shopping & recreation; nicely maintained building; condo fees $316/mo.; asking $109,900; Bev Dahl, 306460-8956 beverlydahl@



1,344 SQ. FT. BUNGALOW, 10.5 acres, 3 miles from Stettler, 2+3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, oak hardwood floors, built-in vac, vaulted ceiling and enormous Trex deck. In floor heat in finished basement. Brand new oversized insulated and drywalled garage, 40x60 shop and garden shed. All are on concrete slab. All set up for horses with insulated barn with 2 boxstalls, stock water and sand riding arena & smooth wire fence. Excellent water well. $545,000. Phone 403-740-6814

South of Big Valley, AB along Hwy. 56 1 section 631 acres grassland A-1 fences and cross-fenced with power and water wells and tanks on each half. Gas well revenue $10,800.00 per year.

Call Al - 780-980-2084 Doug - 604-777-9357


Manufactured Homes

OOPS! Overstocked! 2011 SRI 20’ wides. Immediate delivery. Priced to clear - open to offers! Guaranteed lowest prices/best service. Dare to compare! 1-877-341-4422, Red Deer YEAR END CLEARANCE! Vast selection: single/20’ wides and like-new pre-owned homes. Starting at only $69,900. Delivery anywhere in Alberta! 1-800-461-7632. 148 East Lake Blvd., Airdrie; www.

Realtors & Services

Transportation #5000-5300

Automotive Services ........5010 Antique & Classic Autos ....5020 Cars ..................................5030 SUV’s................................5040 Trucks ..............................5050 Heavy Trucks....................5060 Vans/Buses ......................5070 Motorcycles ......................5080 Campers ..........................5090 Motorhomes......................5100 5th Wheels........................5110 Holiday Trailers ................5120 Tent Trailers ......................5130 Utility Trailers ....................5140 ATV’s ................................5150 Boats & Marine ................5160 Snowmobiles ....................5170 Tires, Parts & Accessories ......................5180 Auto Wreckers ..................5190 Vehicles Wanted ..............5200 Car/Truck Rental ..............5210 Recreational Vehicle Rental ..............................5220 Trailer Rental ....................5230 Misc. Automotive ..............5240 RV’s ..................................5300

Public Notice #6000

Public Notices ..................6010 Special Features ..............6050


Public Notices


Starting October 1, 2012 ATCO Power welcomes duck and goose hunters to the Battle River Generating Station reservoir located south of Forestburg. Drive approx. 12 km south of highway 53 on secondary highway 855 and follow the signs. (Dogs and/or boats required to retrieve game)

Please call at least two days before to make arrangements. Alberta Hunting and Firearms Regulations apply. Contact Site Security upon arrival.

For more information or to make arrangements call the Battle River Generating Station at 780-582-2185

Town of Stettler PUBLIC NOTICE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT NOTICE This well maintained home on very large lot, all town utilities with open country view. Quality SRI homes with Regent floor plan 3 bdrm., 2 baths.

Notice is hereby given that the following Development Permit Applications have been approved. 1.

Barry Reder






No: Legal Description: Municipal Address:


Applicant: Proposed Development:

from your Automotive Ad with our

“ WHEEL DEAL” 5 LINE PHOTO AD (1 Line in BOLD print)

2678-2012 Lot 11 & 12, Block 8, Plan RN54 4901 - 52 Street Krista Schlender Home Occupation Schlender Consulting 2679-2012 Lot 14, Block 21, Plan 0729463 6906 Meadowview Drive Les Schwartz Single Family Dwelling with Attached Garage

You may appeal this decision by serving written notice of appeal to the Secretary of the Stettler Subdivision & Development Appeal Board, P.O. Box 280, Stettler, Alberta prior to 4:30 p.m. November 14, 2012. For further information, please phone 403-742-8305. Leann Graham Planning & Development Services

County of of Stettler Stettler No. County No. 6 6

6602 -- 44 44 Ave., Ave., Box Box 1270, 1270, 6602 Stettler, AB AB T0C Stettler, T0C2L0 2L0 Phone: 742-4441 Fax: Phone: 403-742-4441 Fax: 742-1277 403-742-1277

1 WEEK IN THE RED DEER ADVOCATE & 1 Insertion In These Community Papers:




DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS APPROVED Notice is hereby given that the following Development Permit Applications have been approved as permitted uses in accordance with the County of Stettler No. 6’s Land Use Bylaw No. 1443-10: 1.

No: Legal Description: Rural Address: Applicant/Owner: Proposed Development:

DP 12093 SE 10-36-20 W4 36118 Rge Rd 20-2 Kelly Mailer

No: Legal Description: Rural Address: Applicant/Owner: Proposed Development:

DP 12098 SW 14-35-15 W4 35213 Rge Rd 15-2 Miles & Judy Buchwitz


No: Legal Description: Rural Address: Applicant/Owner: Proposed Development:

DP 12099 Lot 1, Block 1, Plan 0524359 38340 Rge Rd 22-1 Doug Cumberland


No: Legal Description: Rural Address: Applicant/Owner: Proposed Development:

DP 12100 Lot 1, Block 1, Plan 1024683 Not Assigned Mark Gartner

No: Legal Description: Rural Address: Applicant/Owner: Proposed Development:

DP 12101 NW 17-36-20 W4 36269 Rge Rd 205 Melvin & Joyce Klassen

Includes GST - additional lines extra charge (REGULAR PRICE $141.14) 2.

Condos/ Townhouses

No: Legal Description: Municipal Address: Applicant: Proposed Development:

Realty Executives Apex 403-318-5241







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2003 FORD 150 Lariat, 4x4 tow pkg., new tires, $5900 1992 18ft. Travel Trailer, dual wheels, both exc.cond. $5000. Both for $9900. 403-843-6858

Loaded, many after market add-on’s $6,300 obo 403-783-5506

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IMMAC. retirement home in quiet neighborhood, no stairs, walk-in shower, 5 appls. 2 bdrm., murphy bed, sprinkler system, a/c, sunroom, r.v. parking stall in back yard. $275,000. 403-346-7920 for appt. to view

Condos/ Townhouses



Picturesque Recreational River Hobby Farm.


Revenue homes, side by side, 4 bdrms, 2 bath, dbl. garage $270,000 Recreational 6 acres $117,000 Cabin or 1 bdrm. home $67,500 Wayne @ Sutton 403-318-9114

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Manufactured Home (1600 ft2) & Detached Ancillary Building

Relocation of Detached Dwelling (1680 ft2)

Ancillary Building (Shop - 30’ x 40’)

Manufactured Home (1672 ft2) & Ancillary Building (Seacan)

Manufactured Home (1216 ft2)

Jacinta Donovan, Development Officer


Parkland Place Condos 4808 - 45 Street


Own for Less -

Mortgage, Condo Fees and Taxes

UNDER $800/mo.

Tracey - 403-742-8327

Notice is hereby given that the following Development Permit Applications for discretionary uses in accordance with the County of Stettler No. 6 Land Use Bylaw No. 1443-10 were approved by the Development Authority: 1.

No: Legal Description: Rural Address: Applicant/Owner: Proposed Development:

DP 12097 Lot 15, Block 2, Plan 0525691 (Carlisle Estates) 305, 38550 Rge Rd 201 V. Greg & Michelle Burrows Ancillary Building (1280 ft2)

Any person claiming to be affected by such decision may appeal by giving notice in writing to the Secretary, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, County of Stettler No. 6 not later than November 14, 2012. The notice must contain the reason for the appeal. Jacinta Donovan, Development Officer

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Public Notices



ADULTS/CHILDREN ANONYMOUS Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. For more info Kira & Ian FCSS, 403-742-2339

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 403-742-3214; 403-742-2966 or 403-742-4271

AL-ANON 403-742-0990

ALZHEIMERS SUPPORT GROUP 403-742-4263; 403-742-8122 or 403-742-4091


BIG BROTHERS & BIG SISTERS ORGANIZATION 403-742-5437 during business hours

BRIGANTIA PLACE (formerly Camrose Women’s Shelter)

Buying or Selling ?

Try Classifieds!


CELIAC (Gluten Intolerance) Brenda 403-742-3067

COCAINE ANONYMOUS Pager toll-free (20 sec. response time) 1-403-357-6266

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP 403-742-2337 (parents who have lost a child[ren])



NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Hot Line 403-342-1444

STETTLER & AREA ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY SOCIETY (STABIS) For more information phone 403-742-6456

STETTLER & DISTRICT FOOD BANK SOCIETY Kathy Willis - 403-742-4567 Elaine Williams - 403-742-2745 4820 - 51 Street


Welcome Home! Celebrating the birth of your child? Share your happy news with family & friends with a special announcement in the Classifieds “Announcement” section.





T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Grace – 403-742-0681 Vivian – 403-742-3935

1-877-223-3311 CLASSIFIEDS

VICTIM SERVICE 403-741-7841 CONFUSED? GETTING THE RUN AROUND? CONTACT YOUR INFORMATION AND REFERRAL CENTRE Residents of Stettler and the surrounding area now have access to this free and confidential service. It provides information and referral on social agencies, government services, clubs and organizations, to best suit the caller’s need.

Just Dial - 403-742-1155


It’s simply a good week to enjoy reading a book

Community Support Services



Public Notices


County of of Stettler Stettler No. County No. 6 6

6602 -- 44 44 Ave., Ave., Box Box 1270, 1270, 6602 Stettler, AB AB T0C Stettler, T0C2L0 2L0 Phone: 742-4441 Fax: Phone: 403-742-4441 Fax: 742-1277 403-742-1277


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OCTOBER 31, 2012

On Monday evening, Oct. 22, the STARS committee of the Rumsey Agricultural Society met in the lobby of the Agri-plex. Not all members were present, but the beefs and bouquets from the past summer ride for STARS were discussed and noted. It was a long-overdue followup meeting after our last ride in August. Harvesting always seemed to interfere in meeting plans. A reminder again that the open league curling season is here and for anyone wanting or thinking of curling this winter, call Ken at 368-2128 and get on a team. This is scheduled to begin in early November. There will be three categories — men’s, women’s and mixed curling nights. Super league will begin as soon as the rink is ready, and it’s a worthy spectator night, as there’s some good curling displayed. Super league is played each Friday evening, with two draws each time — 7:30 and 9 p.m. Wow, what a week of no sunshine and clouds, snow, shovelling snow, slipping and sliding around — falling like Pastor

Skip of Morrin did. Very depressing. It was a good week to spend reading a book. Folks went to Morrin Community Hall on Saturday to take in the estate-auction sale for Marie Jensen. Many went home with their treasures that they wanted and some treasurers that they didn’t really want. So go auction sales … We had a chance to meet the new folks in our community at the sale on Saturday — Barrie and Vel Longman. If you see them at the fall supper, be sure to introduce yourself. They will be the folks with Lorrain and Gerald Foesier, as they’re among their closest neighbours now.

This Sunday at the Morrin Community Hall, there will be a time of “Remembering” when the Bethany Lutheran Church and the Morrin United Chuch join together and share the service, laying of the wreath at the cenotaph and a time of fellowship afterward. This coming weekend, there’s a co-ed volleyball tournament at the Morrin School gym. There are boys’ teams from Carbon, Trochu, Donalda and Morrin. The girls’ teams are from Erskine, Trochu, Olds and Morrin. The host school coaches are Betty Primrose and Melanie Nelson. Good luck to all participants.

Donalda begins plans for Village Christmas parade Don’t forget all the little goblins are invited to visit the “Donalda Haunted Hall” tonight. Come and collect your treats have hot dogs and drinks, play games and expect a fright. The hall opens at 4 p.m. The flu shots will be available on Thursday at the Drop-In Centre from 10 a.m. till noon. Come out and support the clinic. Further to our thank-you dinner for the volunteers held last week, there was a DVD produced by Beth and Roy Fulton that is available at a cost of $10. It includes the centennial parade and other activities from that weekend. The DVD would be a great gift, along with souviner decks of cards, and our travel mugs. Call the museum (403-883-2100) to order the DVD or come in to pick up any of the souviners. Donalda Community Promotions is looking for old, artificial Christmas trees that you no longer want. We’ll be using them to decorate main street for our Village Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 1. Don’t forget now is the time to start planning your

float for the “Parade of Lights” in Donalda on Dec. 1. The parade assembly is at 4:30 at the arena, with the parade starting at 5 p.m. For more information, call Beth at 403-883-2381. Birthday greetings go out to Drie Jones, Annalise Sideritsch, Maureen Rider, Jennifer Charles, Lindsay Tantrum, Jason Bauer, Julia Dietrich, Marlene Conibear, Don Getzlaf, Trent Erickson and anyone else celebrating a birthday this week. Happy Birthday!

Erskine 4-H members ready for Weigh Day Happy Halloween, everyone. Usually, the first snow arrives on Halloween, but this year it came much earlier and colder. I like the years it waits till November or even December. Erskine United Church’s Sunday services for the months of November and December will be at 1 p.m.

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Baird bound for CFR as a timer Congratulations to all of the award-winners from the Mother Teresa Catholic School awards ceremony last week. For a list of winners, and photos, see this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stettler Independent (Page A6) and last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Castor Advance. Sympathy is extended to the family of Isobel Baker, who passed away last week. The Bakers lived where Ross and Sheryl Bunbury now live. Isobel taught elementary school in Halkirk for many years until their retirement to Calgary in 1974. Their story is on pages 556 and 317 of the Halkirk history book. The funeral service was held at the United Church in Castor, with interment in the Castor cemetery beside her husband, Harley. Kevin Issac passed away on Oct. 20 in the Stettler hospital. He moved into town from Edmonton about five years ago. Sympathy is extended to his family and friends. Halkirk educator Max-

ine Baird has once again been chosen by the cowboys as a timer for the Canadian Finals Rodeo, which will be held in Edmonton from Nov. 7 to 11. Congratulations. Adult volleyball has started. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s held each Monday night. There were 24 floorcurling teams in Camrose on Tuesday. Attending from Halkirk was the team of Adolf Heier, Wendy Ashbacher, Edna Luft and Rose Koenraadt. Curling in the Botha â&#x20AC;&#x2122;spiel on Thursday were Paul and Jacquie Dietrich, Wendy Ashbacher and Irene Schilling. Sympathy is extended to Jacquie and Paul Dietrich on the sudden passing of


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Seth Neufeld accepts the Sam Dragnuk Citizenship Award from Maxine Baird at last Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mother Teresa Catholic School awards night in Halkrik. It was Neufeldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second award of the evening. He and Jillian Schaffner received the top academic awards for Grade 9 in the 2011-12 school year. For more photos, see Page A6. Jacquieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, Elsie Anderson, at age 91. She resided in Sidney, B.C. The school is collecting Campbell soup labels. They will be redeemed for educational resources.

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Despite the weather, the Gadsby hall was busy on Saturday with the 92nd annual Omega Circle bazaar. The numbers were down slightly, but the tables were busy. It was fun to see the little kids dressed in their Halloween costumes, lined up at the fishpond. Kay and Doug Hankinson of Wandering River were home for the weekend, staying with brother Wayne and Margery Glasier. While in Gadsby, they took in the bazaar and visited old friends. Bill and Joyce Hansel, along with daughter

It was a year to celebrate! Get-well wishes go out to Lorraine Potter, who is recovering from a recent car accident and is in the Stettler hospital. The town of Gadsby has been on the move, with Laura and Ray Stevenson buying and moving into the

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Sandy, Denee and Shaya, and daughter Sue all went to Provost on Saturday for great-granddaughter Cadee Trenneryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first birthday. Cadeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mom and dad, Curtis and Corinne, hosted the party and entertained a house full of family and friends with a slide show of Cadeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first year.

Mary Brennen house; Rosemary and Vern Payne have bought Stevensonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resort on the outskirts of Gadsby and are moving in, while Rosemaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son has purchased their home (formerly Bruce Bignellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place) and has moved in. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to see the activity in Gadsby. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to help Percy and Paulette Heer celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Lutheran Church fellowship wing west of the high school in Stettler. The open house runs from 2 to 4 p.m.; with the program at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend.



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What an exciting event happening tonight for all ages. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Halloween! So please drive carefully tonight, as the Halloween creatures will be overexcited, running around tonight. This is a really exciting evening for all children of our area, so watch out for them as they might forget the safety habits. Have fun, everyone. Botha Floor Curling Club would like to congratulate all the winners of the last floor-curling tournament that just happened last Thursday. Hopefully, everyone had fun, and thank-you for coming. Tomorrow is another new month, starting with another exciting time of the year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hunting season, so we wish all hunters out there the best of luck and happy hunting. This coming weekend, please make sure you make it out to the Botha Hall on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., for the Botha Christmas Craft Show. They have a lot of neat items and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to start your Christmas shopping. Church services have changed this coming Sunday (Nov. 4) to 11 a.m. This time will continue until the end of February 2013. Rev. Susan Bowyer leads the worship and all are invited. There will not be a service on Nov. 11, though, so please take a note of that, as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Remembrance Day and the pastor has other commitments. Two events are happening next Tuesday, Nov. 6, that hopefully everyone can attend. At 11:30 a.m., itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the monthly Botha meeting at the Botha Senior Centre. After the meeting, there will be a pot-luck luncheon, so please bring one of your favourite dishes with you to share with everyone. All seniors are welcome to attend these meetings. The club is also looking for new members, so feel free to join them. At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bingo time, and no one has won the big jackpot yet, so it keeps climbing. The loonie pot is also

growing, so come out and try out your luck. Everyone had fun at the old-time Halloween dance on Sunday. Congratulations to all the winners. Everyone looked great. The next dance is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, starting at 7:30 p.m. The Gaetz Valley Band will be the entertaining band for the evening. Plans are for a pooled lunch, so please bring sandwiches or dessert to share. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget about coffee time every Wednesday morning at 10 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock. They would love to see everyone come out for a cup or two. That afternoon at 1 p.m., itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carpetbowling time. So make sure you come out for a great time. On Thursday evening, starting at 7 p.m., itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s floor-curling time. They would love to see everyone come out. All three of those activities take place at the Botha Senior Centre. Military Whist happens at 1:30 at the Botha Senior Centre on Monday, Nov. 19. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fun-filled card game, so organizers would like to see old and new players participate. For the newcomers, please be advised that the veterans would love to teach everyone the game. The time changes when you go to bed Saturday night, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to change your clocks back one hour before going to bed. Just think â&#x20AC;Ś people get one extra hour of sleep that night. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right on.

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SPOOKS AND SNOW — As trick-or-treaters head outside this afternoon and tonight, Halloween is expected to be winter-like, as this display near Endiang indicates.

Halloween bash lodges at Byemoor Hotel Winter came early this year and hit with a vengeance last week — and no one that we talked to is impressed. The area got lots of the white stuff, and with the colder temperatures, it looks like winter is here to stay. The Endmoor floor curlers sent three teams to Botha on Thursday for the floor curling tournament. Although they didn’t bring the prizes home, they had an enjoyable time socializing and curling. Attending from this area were Ernie Angel, Jim and Shirley Bates, Jack and Vi Grams, Bob and Eileen Green, Bennie Kobi, Joan Morrison, Ken and Eleanor Schultz and Carol Stulberg. Maureen Wasdal and her daughter, Mandy Pusey, Wilma Paetkau and her daughter Janean, along with DeAnna Groundwater, are home from Seattle, where they attended

a Nucerity conference. Sympathy is extended to the Hanning and Campbell families on the passing of Peggy (nee Campbell) Hanning on Oct. 21, at age 85. Peg was a longtime resident of the Byemoor and Stettler communities. The funeral was held in Stettler on Saturday. Our thoughts are with the family in their loss. A small crowd enjoyed the Halloween bash at the Byemoor Hotel on Saturday evening. Those who attended had a wonderful time and were decked out in some creative costumes. Prizes for best costumes were awarded as follows: best dressed woman — Kate Woelk; best dressed man — Brian Christie; and best dressed couple — Rod and Debbie Grams. The Endmoor Drop-In Society extends an invitation to present and former senior residents (65-plus) and their spouses of the

Endiang-Byemoor area to attend a pre-Christmas dinner at the Byemoor Community Hall. The dinner is set for Thursday, Nov. 29, at noon, with entertainment by the Vision Country Gospel singers to follow. If you wish to attend, call Mary at 403-579-2282 or Eleanor at 403-5792344 by Nov. 21 to register, as numbers for the caterer are necessary. The next coffee parties at the Endiang Hall will be held Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2. The get-togethers are Sunday mornings, from 10 a.m. until noon, with all welcome.

Big Valley residents ready for opening of senior hockey season The regular season officially kicks off this weekend for the Big Valley Oil Kings of the Battle River Hockey League. On Saturday, make your way to the Agriplex for some great senior hockey action, as the Kings welcome the Irma Aces for the season-opener. The warmup is set for 7 p.m., with the puck drop at 7:30 p.m. The Oil Kings will then head to Tofield for a Sunday evening game against the Satellites at 5:45 p.m. The Big Valley roster for the upcoming season is being finalized, and it’s looking very promising. The Muhlbach family will be well-represented this season, with the three brothers — Brett, Derek, and Dylan — all suiting up. Brett Muhlbach was the Oil Kings’ leading scorer in 2011-12 and a BRHL MVP candidate last season. The Oil Kings have also welcomed last year’s Stettler Lightning junior B leading scorer Brett Ouellette, fellow Lightning graduate Mitch Finkbiner and former Three Hills Thrashers captain Matt Wildeman from the junior ranks. Newly acquired winger Jayson Shmyrko, who spent time with the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors, will fit in with returning veterans Justin Tremmel, Dave Sissons and Devan Shanks.

We are sad to report that the Country Diner will be closing its doors. Their last day of business will be Nov. 30. They will, however, still be available for catering and will still host private functions like Christmas parties. Morris Lowis of Coronation gave Art and Dot

Wasdal an heirloom with significant meaning to this community. His mother had recently received it from a woman in B.C. An embroidered bedtop made by a local women’s group in 1932 features squares hand-embroidered by each of the women, with their names also included in the embroidery. The names are Ella N. Davis, Virgie Wooden, J. Carmichael, L.A. Winkles, Mrs. F. Pottorff, Wynn Watson, Della Christensen, V. Echensfelder, Ella Bates, Mrs. D. Ferguson, Mrs. J. Jameson, Mrs. G. Schofield, Mabel Fultz, Edith Wade, Mary Morris,

Clara Wasdal, Audrey M. Wade, E. Carless, C. McDougall, L.A. Babb, Mrs. H. Boss, Mrs. McCrindle, Mary Scott, Mrs. M. Keith, Mrs. A. Jackson, Mrs. E. Scott, and two others with just initials noted. We hope all the little trick-or-treaters have a happy and safe Halloween — sounds like it will be a chilly one this year. Remember to set your clocks back one hour when daylight savings time ends Saturday night. Little-known fact — The first 20 African slaves were brought to the U.S. in 1619, to the colony of Virginia.

Fall back into good driving habits. Sunny days, crisp nights and colourful falling leaves remind us that winter is just around the corner. It should also serve as a reminder to fall back into those good driving habits we learned long ago. Before you head to work or hit the highway to enjoy a scenic autumn drive, keep in mind some of the driving hazards that accompany our Alberta fall season: School’s back in session. There are children walking the streets during early morning hours who may not be readily visible. Be especially vigilant in school and playground zones – and don’t forget Halloween. Slow down in residential neighbourhoods, watch for children and obey all traffic laws. Be mindful of wildlife year-round, but especially in the fall during mating season for deer, elk and moose. Other animals, both large and small, are busy gathering food for the winter. It’s not uncommon to see wildlife feeding at all times during the day at this time of year, so scan the road ahead and slow down.

On the blue-line, former WHLer Landon Jones returns for a second season. Joining Jones will be former CIS and AJHL star Andrew Gilbert, rookie Denver Wik and returning local boy Danny Houston. It’s sure to be an exciting start to the season, so don’t miss any of it. The Elks October meeting was held in spite of the snow dump and Brother Larry Meyer gave a rundown on the Fraternal Elk sojourn to visit the Red Deer Elks. Several southern Elks were able to make it, as well. Thanks to the Delburne Elks for their driver and the use of their lodge bus. Arrangements have been made to purchase playground equipment to replace the wooden structure that was removed from the children’s park this year. Disbursements are being made to the Valley Whistle, both the Rumsey and Big Valley children’s Christmas parties and two squares are being purchased to assist in the Oil Kings’ fundraising.

It looks like the senior hockey organizers are icing an excellent product. With the NHL in limbo, let’s get out and support these guys. On Friday, Dec. 7, the Elks will host a supper and entertainment evening with the Country Blend band from Manitoba. Supper will be at 6:30 p.m., with the show to follow. The Royal Purple held their meeting on Thursday, Oct. 24. The Honoured Royal Lady Myra Greig opened the meeting at 8:00 p.m. with 9 ladies present. The ladies were pleased to present Brooke Skocdopole with this year’s Royal Purple Continuing Education Scholarship. The ladies will be helping at the Elk’s Turkey Bingos in Rumsey on December 5 and in Big Valley on December 12. There are plans for a New Year’s Eve Gala, including supper, a hypnotist and dance on December 31. For more information contact any Royal Purple Lady. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Rapidly changing weather in the fall can also cause driving hazards. Sunny days and frosty nights are the perfect formula for icy roads. And an Alberta snowstorm can strike at any time. Check your wiper blades, brakes and tires.

A few simple adjustments to our driving habits can help keep everyone safe this fall.

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Stettler visit homecoming of sorts for Castor native Former Castor resident Maurice Fritze was the guest speaker at Stettler’s business and citizenof-the-year awards last Thursday evening. “Castor was a great town to grow up in,” said Fritze, 63, a communications specialist. Fritze attended Theresetta Catholic School in his youth. He became a motivational speaker after a rollercoaster ride of life experiences — filled with highs and lows. His work was varied and took him to four continents. He was held captive in India. Today, he’s a cancer survivor — it’s an ordeal that he said has had a major impact on his life. Fritze’s love of pop music led to his early career in the music business, where he had a few singles air on radio. He later was a disc jockey on CFCW and followed that by producing entertainment for the Canadian Armed Forces, NATO and the UN World Peace Keeping Force. He owned a travel agency and has worked as a lobbyist. Some of his business ventures had success, others did not. He said the low ebb in his life was when he was fighting leukemia. At that time, he decided to turn his life around with more positive thinking. Today, Fritze is a highly sought after motivational speaker. Last week in Stettler, he urged a full house at the community hall to think positively. His motivational speech touched on inspiring confidence and personal achievement. Fritze said his regular visits to Castor ended two years ago, when the family sold his mother’s house in Castor. Fritze and his wife live in Edmonton and have four children.

Big Knife makes cut into new 4-H season By Keyonna Derr Club correspondent Big Knife 4-H Beef Club The Big Knife 4-H Beef Club had its first meeting of the season Oct. 17 at the Botha Senior Centre. The new executive council for the 2012-13 year is: Leader — Denise Jacobson. President — Shayla Derr. Vice-president — Kyle Foot. Treasurer — Mackenzie Hankins. Secretary — Carson Montpellier. Parliamentarian — Alex Skocdopole. Club reporter — Keyonna Derr. Club historians — Rylee Jacobson, Megan Kobi and Shayna Brower. Phone committee — Austin Jacobson and Katherine Dolliver. Lunch committee — Steele Nichols and Tori Brower. This is expected to be another great year, with 27 members in the club. Weigh day will be this Sunday, Nov. 4, at John and Tammy Dolliver’s farm at 1 p.m.

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Maurice Fritze, a former Castor resident, delivered the keynote address at the Stettler business awards dinner last Thursday.

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Rob Spencer, a driving force behind the award-winning Stettler Community Gardens, was named the male citizen of the year during the annual Stettler business awards ceremony last Thursday at the community hall.


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