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ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH — The Tiny Gracenotes entertain during the Gracenotes Christmas concert Saturday at the Stettler Performing Arts Centre.

Stettler-area residents globalize Christmas LES STULBERG Independent reporter Christmas traditions vary greatly in different countries around the world. As Christians worldwide prepare to celebrate the most special occasion of the year, transplanted Stettler-area residents recalled Christmas traditions from their homelands. Jan Koenraadt — Holland Growing up in Holland, Jan Koenraadt recalls there were no presents on Christmas Day in his childhood. Gifts were exchanged on or before Saint Nicholas Day, on Dec. 6. Christmas Day was reserved more for the religious aspect of the celebration, he said. Sinter Klaas would arrive on Saint Nicholas Day to bring gifts for the children. The Santa Claus known by North Americans today originated from the Dutch Sinter Klaas. Koenraadt said children “set a shoe” — put out a wooden shoe — much like children in Canada hang their stockings. Children awake to find Sinter Klaas has filled their shoes with candy. Legend has it that Sinter

Klaas comes from Spain in a boat. There are no reindeer — Sinter Klaas rides a white horse. Children leave treats for the horse to eat, Koenraadt said. Sinter Klaas enters houses by coming down the chimney. Koenraadt said his family members didn’t have the big traditional turkey meal on Christmas Day. They attended midnight mass on Christmas Eve and when they returned home, they had a supper made up of mostly of cold cuts and salads. Cookies and candy that were only made at Christmastime were enjoyed around Saint Nicholas Day. Folks in Holland decorate a Christmas tree and it’s left up until Three Kings Day, the 12th day after Christmas. Ursula Corpataux — Switzerland “One big difference between Christmas in Switzerland and Canada is that there is no Santa Claus on Christmas Day,” Ursula Corpataux said. In Corpataux’s native Switzerland, Santa Claus arrives on Dec. 6 for Saint Nicholas Day. Santa doesn’t have reindeer. Instead, he and his helpers, who are believed to live in the woods, travel by donkey. They go from house to house asking children if they have been “good.” Children who have been “good” are given small gifts by Santa Claus, usually

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AWAY IN A MANGER — The nativity scene outside St. George’s Anglican Church is among the many meaningful Christmas displays apparent throughout the Stettler region in the week before Christmas. made up of oranges, chocolates and peanuts. “Bad” children get the switch. Children learn a verse to recite to Santa, Corpataux said. She said the Christmas tree is put up the day before Christmas and taken down Jan. 6 — Three Kings Day. Corpataux said Christmas Eve ranks as the biggest day of celebration. Families gather and presents are opened on Christmas Eve. A lot of baking is done, mostly special

cookies and cakes, made especially for Christmas. Corpataux said the Christmas Day meal “is not a big deal.” It’s not turkey or anything specific, but a favourite dish of the family. Gift-giving and decorating are much more lavish in Canada. “Here, it is so commercialized — too much for my liking,” Corpataux said. “There are no coloured Christmas lights in Switzerland. They are white

or warm yellow. “It took me a while to get used to the coloured lights here — at first, it reminded me of a carnival.” Dr. Elizma Bouwer — South Africa In South Africa, Christmas falls during summer vacation, said Dr. Elizma Bouwer. She was raised in a rural region of South Africa. She said the Christmas season there is much more relaxed — not a big rush.

School is out for summer vacation. Many companies and public services close for a couple of weeks during that time. “It is less commercialized,” Bouwer said. “It’s a big family time and more focused about the real meaning of Christmas.” In her homeland, many people migrate to the ocean and go to the beaches to find somewhere cool. Continued on Page A13

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RICHARD FROESE Independent reporter Three standout singers from the Gracenotes girls’ choir in Stettler are off to New York in February to harmonize in an honours choir set to perform at the famed Carnegie Hall. Dacia Gramlick and Jaycee Davidson of Stettler and Sonya Marquart of Castor have been selected for the American High School Honour Performance Series choir, which features 250 singers in a

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Feb. 10 concert. “I am so thrilled for them and proud of them,” said Rhonda Sylvester, who directs the Gracenotes choir made up of girls in junior and senior high school. “It’s great to see them grow in their music skills and see them honoured in this way.” All three girls were selected from their auditions on compact disk. Gramlick and Davidson return for the second year, while Marquart makes her debut. “It was amazing being on stage at Carnegie Hall,”

said Gramlick, a Grade 10 student at William E. Hay Composite High School. “We got to work with a really good conductor and he got us to work on our emotions, like Rhonda does, and makes us feel the music.” The experience similarly impacted Davidson. “It taught me about the skill level of young singers from all over North America,” said Davidson, a Grade 11 student in Stettler. “It was amazing to sing in a choir that large with all the harmony.”

The fellow choir members’ experience last February inspired their friend from Castor. “I’ve always wanted to sing at Carnegie Hall,” Marquart said. “They told me about their experience last year and knew I wanted to do this, too.” Before the trio leaves for New York on Feb. 6, the girls continue to raise money. To make a donation, people are asked to contact Michelle Radford at 403-742-9438.

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‘Highly intoxicated’ man charged MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR with leaving scene of an accident Dec. 23rd 12:00-3:30 p.m. SGT. DUNCAN BABCHUK Stettler RCMP detachment

Tuesday, Dec. 11 5:24 p.m. — A 911 call reported a single-vehicle collision with a deer on Highway 56 south. Investigators attended to find a Chrysler Pacifica smoking and partially in the driving lane. The 49-year-old female driver from Hanna was not injured, but the vehicle had to be towed. 8:10 p.m. — Complaint of uttering threats via a text message received at a 50 Avenue apartment. The 45-year-old male complainant reported he was threatened because he wouldn’t return a bank card that did not belong to him. Text messages were reviewed by an investigator and there were no criminal threats. The complainant was also intoxicated and unable to provide a statement. Wednesday, Dec. 12 9:10 a.m. — Abandoned 911 call from the Ramada Inn. An employee was attempting to call out on an outside line by dialing nine, and then dialed one twice. The call went directly to the 911 centre, but there was no emergency. 12:12 p.m. — Report of a black, compact Dodge driving south on 70 Street, and that the driver had thrown a liquor bottle out the window and was intoxicated while driving. The vehicle was located and the 17-year-old female driver from Stettler was found not to have consumed any alcohol and there were no signs that liquor bottles had been inside the vehicle. The complaint was classified as public mischief. 3:27 p.m. — Complaint of an intoxicated driver operating a blue Pontiac Grand Am on 50 Street. The car was located in front of the Stettler Hotel and a 43-yearold female from Stettler was found occupying the driver’s seat. A roadside screening test was conducted and the driver failed. She was issued an automatic 72hour driving suspension and the vehicle was impounded for three days. 4:28 p.m. — Request for assistance with a childcustody order. Investigators attended the 62 Street residence and determined that there was no criminal activity. A settlement was mediated. Thursday, Dec. 13 2:07 p.m. — Complaint of an abandoned Ford F-150 parked at the back of Sobeys. An investigator attended the location and noted that there was no licence plate on the vehicle. The truck was towed and an 18-year-old male from Castor was notified of the removal. The truck was reported to have broken down, but the owner did not have it registered. 2:58 p.m. — Complaint of a break, enter and theft from an unattached garage at a 49 Street residence. SUI 4 p.m. — A 29-year-old male from Edmonton called to inquire whether a wallet was turned in. The wallet was lost somewhere on Main Street in Big Valley earlier in the day. 8:30 p.m. — Complaint of an abandoned red-andwhite 1995 Ford F-250 in the middle of the driving

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lane at the intersection of 51 Avenue and 46 Street. The lights were off and the truck was a traffic hazard. An investigator attended the location and determined that the vehicle registration and insurance were expired and the last registration was in Saskatchewan. Personal documents for a 25-yearold female from Kerrobert, Sask., were located inside the truck, but when she was contacted, she denied any knowledge of the vehicle. A 33-year-old male from Regina was spoken to and he reported that the vehicle broke down, but he wasn’t driving it because he didn’t have a driver’s licence. The truck was impounded, with charges pending. 8:51 p.m. — Complaint of a possible impaired driver operating a white SUV, which was driven into a chain-link fence near the intersection of 42 Street and 48 Avenue. A male wearing a blue work coat was observed walking away from the scene. The caller asked the male if he was all right and the male was reported to have been slurring his words as he walked away. Investigators arrived on the scene and found a 1999 GMC Jimmy on thee sidewalk and crashed into a fence. The SUV was also left unlocked and the keys were found in the ignition. That vehicle was towed as a search was conducted for the five registered owner. Forty-fi minutes later, investigators located a 53-year-old male wearing the same identified clothing, stumbling down 51 Avenue, near his residence. The registered owner of the Jimmy was also found to be highly intoxicated. He was arrested and transported to detachment cells, where he was charged with failing to remain at the scene of a collision. 11:03 p.m. — A 911 call reported a missing 14-yearold male who departed his residence on 50A Avenue. A search was conducted, but investigators were unable to locate the male subject. A telephone call was later received that the 14-year-old had returned home. It was reported that the teenager left the residence because he was upset. Friday, Dec. 14 1:30 p.m. — A 911 call requested EMS assistance with a suicidal female in Botha. Investigators attended a 49A Avenue residence to find a 36-year-old female calm and home alone. She was confused as to why everyone was at her residence. Child and Family Services attended and confirmed that the female did threaten suicide. Investigators then transported the female to the Stettler hospital to speak with mental health personnel. She was later released and provided a ride home. 9:46 p.m. — Investigators initiated a patrol in response to a reported possible impaired driver who was westbound on Highway 12, near Erskine. A 1993 BMW was reported to be swerving on the road with altered speeds. The suspect vehicle was a match to the reported licence plate, but the vehicle wasn’t located. The complainant declined to provide a state-

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ment or attend court. There was no follow-up with the 36-year-old male registered owner from Valleyview.

Saturday, Dec. 15 3:31 a.m. — Complaint of an intoxicated male banging on the door of a 40 Avenue apartment. The caller reported that the male had knocked on her door and she advised him that he had the wrong apartment. The 22-year-old female caller also advised she had been drinking and smoking marijuana during the evening, but claimed to be sober. Investigators searched the apartment floor by floor, but were unable to find the male. 12:17 p.m. — Complaint of uttering threats at a 60 Street residence. An 18-year-old male resident reported that his 35-yearold uncle had taken his Play Station equipment and stated that the teenager owed money for a Shaw bill. The video gamer was left at the 18-year-old’s grandparents’ place. There were no threats to support charges. 12:31 p.m. — Complaint that an 18-year-old male from 60 Street was th threatening to break into the caller’s home in Erskine. The teenager had called police 15 minutes earlier, reporting that his 35-year-old uncle was threatening to beat him up. Both threats to th were vague and eachh other not direct. The uncle gave back the Play Station to the teen, and the teen agreed to not go to the Erskine property and cause any damage. 6:33 p.m. — A 21-yearold female from Red Deer attended the Stettler detachment and requested assistance in obtaining furniture from a Spruce Crescent residence. The female had taken two dressers to the Spruce Crescent residence, as she didn’t have room in her U-Haul when she moved in November. The 25-year-old male resident was found to have destroyed the furniture pieces, by burning them. The male was arrested and charged with mischief to property. 7:20 p.m. — A 19-yearold female attended the detachment to report that she was assaulted multiple times by her boyfriend and also sexually assaulted earlier in the month. It was also reported that the 25-yearold male Spruce Crescent resident burned the victim’s clothing, along with her friend’s furniture. The Stettler male was charged with four counts of assault, one count of sexual assault and one charge of mischief. He was released on $2,000 bail and his first court appearance was scheduled for Dec. 27 in Stettler.

9:29 p.m. — A 43-yearold female from 50A Avenue reported that she was molested by her stepfather when she was a child. An investigator contacted the caller and asked that she attend the detachment to provide a statement. The female advised that she was unable to attend, as she was intoxicated. The investigator then advised the complainant that he would attend her residence and speak with her. The woman stated that she was not at her residence and refused to advise of her location, as she did not want to return to the drunk-tank. 9:55 p.m. — Complaint of loud music from a 45 Street apartment. An investigator attended the location and spoke with a 57-yearold male occupant. The residence advised that he had a Christmas party earlier in the night, but did not realize the music was loud. The music was shut off.

Sunday, Dec. 16 12:18 a.m. — Complaint of two intoxicated males attempting to kick down the door of the abandoned arcade near Bloke’s Bakery. Investigators arrived on the scene, but were unable to locate the males. The complainant was contacted and he advised that the suspects had left toward the post office. Investigators patrolled the downtown area, but did not find any damage. 12:22 a.m. — Complaint of an intoxicated male wandering around the road near the post office. Investigators were already on the scene, but did not locate anyone in the area. 1:07 a.m. — Investigators attended the residence of a 17-yearold Stettler male for the purpose of conducting a curfew check, as he was under a court order to be in his home between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. The male was not home at the time of the check and was therefore in breach of his court conditions. The male was previously released on an undertaking for charges of uttering threats, theft under $5,000 and mischief from June 10. He was also at large on an undertaking from charges of break and enter with intent (times six), theft over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime (from June 12). The 17-year-old was also before the courts for a charge of failing to comply with conditions of an undertaking from July 17. The Stettler teenager was also before the courts for charges of break and enter to a residence (home invasion) and committing an assault and causing bodily harm to a youth inside the residence on Aug. 10. See ‘Teenager’ on Page A8

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Promoting Stettler in the tradition of Carl Stettler

Keep it simple, enjoy company this Christmas

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By Lori Welbourne Indpendent columnist For the last several weeks, people have been asking me if I’m ready for Christmas. Usually, I answer with a simple yes. The truth is, I don’t start getting ready for it until the day before. I know — I sound like a guy. But it works for me. Many years ago I wasn’t like this at all. I used to gear up for the holiday season early, making and buying cards and gifts for almost everyone I knew. I also spent a fair amount of time and money decorating the house. I did that for decades and, each year, I’d feel pressured to outdo myself. Eventually I realized how stressed I was over the self-imposed work I was inflicting and I stopped. Now I don’t send cards, at all, and I only buy presents for my kids. Everyone else gets a gift card, if anything. As far as decorating the house goes, my nine-yearold daughter now loves to do that and surprise us with the results. Her and her 12-year-old brother’s homemade decorations from years past are by far my favourite. Even Christmas dinner is a piece of cake for me. If we stay home, my husband likes to cook, but more often than not we travel to his parents’ place, where the whole family meets, and all I do is the dishes. If it sounds like I’m bragging about being lazy, I’m sorry, but I just can’t help myself. I feel excited about not being anxious and frazzled during the holiday season like I used to be. Over the last few Decembers, I’ve been able to enjoy my time with friends and family in a way I couldn’t before, and I don’t feel guilty about it. Why? Because I’m not burdening others with anything they don’t want to do, and that includes myself. Fortunately for me, I lucked out in the mother-in-law department. I love all my in-laws, but my husband’s mother is really special and she’s also everything I’m not. At this time of year, she cooks, bakes, decorates and goes all out with the presents. She seems to love every minute of it, and she makes Christmas day a lot of fun for our family. The topper for me is how she doesn’t care that I’m so lame at what she does so exceptionally well, and she accepts me exactly as I am. “You don’t need to do everything,” she told me many years ago when I expressed concern that I wasn’t cooking nearly as much as her son. “You have enough to do. If someone else likes to cook and you don’t, let them do it.” Always busy with a long list of things to accomplish, I loved the idea of not adding to it, and needed no further convincing. I like to think that even if I didn’t have help, I’d still do my best to keep things at this time of year simple. After all, a Charlie Brown tree, something yummy to eat and the wonderful company of people I love is all I could ever want or hope for. A stressful holiday season is definitely no longer on my list for Santa. It might have taken me awhile to understand what I really wanted for Christmas, but now that I finally get it, there’s no turning back.

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Real meaning of Christmas revolves all around Christ I Googled the question, “What is the real meaning of Christmas?” and promptly saw a caption under my query that said, “About 85,300,000 results.” Wow! Isn’t technology something? I didn’t read them all, but I perused a few. Some were pretty good and some were, as they say, “out to lunch.” There seemed to be a general consensus that Christmas has something to do with giving. Well, even the nefarious Grinch, perennial opponent of the yuletide season, figured that out. He “... thought of something he hadn’t before — maybe Christmas he thought doesn’t come from a store ... maybe Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more.” Helen Keller said, “The only real blind person at Christmastime is he who does not have Christmas in his heart.” That sounds good and I can’t disagree with what she said, but it seems a bit vague and undefined. I didn’t find this one in my Google query, but probably the best answer is found in Charles Shultz’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” An exasperated Charlie Brown cries out, “Isn’t there anyone out there who knows what Christmas is all about?” Shultz (1922-2000) was a fairly complex fellow. He considered himself a secular humanist, but he was also a professing Christian. He said that Linus, in the “Peanuts” comic strip, represented his spiritual side. And it’s blanket-toting Linus to the rescue. He takes centre stage, calls for the spotlight and begins speaking. From memory and in the King James Version he recites, “And there were in the

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each Wednesday at 4810 — 50 St., Stettler, Alberta. same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!” (Luke 2:8-14) He quietly exits the stage and concludes with, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” Linus put Christ back in Christmas and that’s the real meaning of Christmas. It is Christ’s birthday ... it is all about Him. Celebrating Christmas without Christ is like celebrating someone’s birthday without having invited them to the party!

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Richard LaRose, 33, was killed in an ultra-light aircraft crash near the Stettler airport. — Bill Chapman, a staunch supporter of the Stettler Agricultural Society, was elected president for 1983. — A volunteer appreciation night was held by the Superfluity shop at the seniors’ centre. The shop opened in January 1980. — Donalda’s girls’ and boys’ volleyball teams each won titles at the Central Alberta tournament. — Paul Nielson of Halkirk exhibited the grand champion Murray Grey female at Agribition in Regina. — The Red Willow Agricultural Society elected Morgan Chapman as its president. — Walter Street celebrated his 93rd birthday with a gathering at Paragon Place.

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TIME CAPSULE 1992 — 20 years ago — Doug Smith and Mark Lomenda, representing Stettler Minor Hockey, met with town council to urge a commitment for a twin-arena complex. — A major paving project was approved for the Big Valley area, with Highway 835 to be paved from Highway 590 for 19.5 kilometres to the junction of Highway 594. — Alex McConnell of Bashaw was the big winner of the Stettler IOOF annual car raffle. He picked up a new Chrysler Dynasty. — A $750,000 expansion and improvements were planned for the Heartland Plaza. — About 100 people attended the Nevis Christmas program and pot-luck supper. There was a large selection of entertainment and Santa made an appearance. — Doug Delker of Stettler was in Milwaukee for the unveiling of the next generation of the Case International axial-flow combines. — The Stettler Hospital Complex awarded six bursaries of $125 to $500 to employees pursuing advanced education.

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New year shows signs of promise for political changes in Alberta Since the 1930s, Alberta has been recognized as the most conservative province in Canada. Alberta’s government has been formed by a series of right-wing parties since then without interruption, beginning in 1935 with Social Credit and continuing since 1971 with the Progressive Conservatives. At this time of year, we often find ourselves reflecting on years gone by — I myself am no different. This year, a lot has transpired in Alberta with the political landscape and it’s made my reflections different than in past years. My reflections have been based around change and the history we have seen made this year in Alberta. In 1921, the United Farmers of Alberta were the governing party in Alberta. It began as a farmers’ advocacy organization in Edmonton. Dissatisfied with the existing parties, they formed a party and pulled off an unexpected win. The UFA was an upstart fledgling political party that ran candidates in 45 of Alberta’s 61 ridings in the 1921 provincial election. To the surprise of nearly everyone, including themselves, UFA took 38 seats. In 1932, discontent with the overly cautious direction of the UFA government led to the formation of the Alberta Social Credit Party, founded on the social credit monetary policy and conservative Christian social values.

From the Legislature MLA Report by Rick Strankman The party won a majority government in 1935, barely months after its formation, and remained in power until 1971. In March 1965, Peter Lougheed became leader of the Alberta PC party, which he began to transform into a political force by combining fiscal conservatism with a modernist, urban outlook. That approach was in stark contrast to the parochialism and strict rural values of the Social Credit, which was slow to adapt to the changes in Alberta, as it lost support dramatically in the province’s two largest cities. In the 1971 election, the PCs campaigned on the simple theme, “NOW,” which emphasized their goal of increasing Alberta’s clout in Canada.

On Aug. 30, 1971, the Tories won power for the first time in Alberta’s history. However, they swept Edmonton and took all but five seats in Calgary. That gave Lougheed a strong majority government, with 49 of the 75 seats in the legislature. After 16 years of UFA rule, government became stale and ineffective. The Social Credit party fell to a similar fortune after 26 years in power, because it didn’t respond to the changing will of the people. In a similar fashion, the current version of the PCs has lost its way and no longer represents the views and vision of ordinary Albertans. The Christmas season is a time for reflection of the year gone by — and what a year it’s been in Alberta. Change is happening. As it has done in Alberta for generations, history is repeating itself. I would like to wish all of the people in the riding of Drumheller-Stettler a very Merry Christmas and a new year filled with positive change toward a new form of conservatism in Alberta that preserves the values of Albertans. Rick Strankman is the MLA for Drumheller-Stettler. He can be reached at drumheller.stettler@assembly.ab.ca or on Twitter: @RickStrankman

Organic-food lobby perceived for both ‘deception, good marketing’ I have called it the greatest consumer scam ever perpetrated on a gullible public. Others just see it as a benign marketing scheme where no one really gets hurt. After all, consumers buy all kinds of products that have dubious value and purpose. All of that is fair enough, and I have come to believe that consumers should have the opportunity to buy organic products if they are willing to pay for it. Having said that, I note the organic food market and the consumer are evolving, and that is governing where the future lies for that segment of the food chain. Firstly, the organic-food lobby continues to be fairly successful at promoting its agenda. They are consistent in their message that implies all regular food is saturated with pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, hormones, and a host of other evils real or imagined. Organic food promoters throw those innuendoes around as pejoratives, rather than any reflection of the real story. But that is not unique to the organic food industry. All is fair in marketing

and promotion if one can get away with it. One has to admire both the guile and luck of the organic industry. They have turned a perception into a deeply held consumer belief and seem to have a pliable urban media and government regulators mesmerized by their duplicitous intentions. Curiously, no amount of scientific evidence seems to dent that annoying reality — although cracks are appearing particularly in outlandish nutrition claims. It seems that after 50 years of nutrition-related studies, there is no substantive proof that organic food is any better than regular food. The organic lobby during that time has tried its best to invent proof that it is better — but to no avail — it’s all incidental. The crowning point came a number of years ago in front of a U.S. government public enquiry when the main organic industry representation had to admit under oath that indeed organic food was not more nutritious than regular food. It was a watershed moment and consumers, God bless them, seem to now

understand that simple reality. That’s caused proponents to become even more shrill about alleged chemical contamination of regular foods — even where there never has been any. The most blatant involves organic meats, where consumers are confronted with labels that state no hormones were used in the production of pork and poultry products. The fact is no hormones are ever used in the production of those products organic or regular. The consumer doesn’t know that — but it’s just marketing, right. Another part of the evolution of organic food, which will affect its credibility, is the rapid commercialization of the actual production practices and the industry has only itself to blame for what has happened.

Naive consumers continue to have the delusion that organic food is produced by small-time farmers dedicated to the health of the planet and safe food. The reality is starkly different — commercial agriculture noted a long time ago that there was profit to be made from gullible consumers wanting to buy organic food products at higher prices. They noticed a big hole in the process and quickly drove a truck through that opportunity. It all had to do with certification, and the organic lobby to protect itself from any any embarrassing revelations fought long and hard to make sure that organic certification did not involve any form of regular random testing for contaminants. That remains the Achilles heel of the organic industry. The result has been

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almost a total takeover of organic production of vegetables by the same commercial industry that produces the same regular vegetables. Production practices are governed by lax organic certification agencies, some of them invented by the growers themselves. In fact, the situation is so out of control that China has been able to export vast quantities of so-called organic produce without any genuine certification and certainly no testing. It might take time, but consumers are bound to

slowly realize that organic claims are going to be bogus unless it involves regular and certified testing. It will happen as it did, with the consumer revelation on the dubious claims about nutrition. It seems the organic lobby has hopelessly compromised itself on the testing issue. Its only response has been to step up the misleading marketing claims and innuendoes about contamination. One hopes consumers will see the light, but then never underestimate the power of marketing.

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The 17-year-old was later arrested at his residence and was brought before a justice of the peace for a bail hearing. He was remanded in custody and is to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on Thursday. He also faces an additional charge of uttering threats to a Stettler RCMP investigator. 7:45 a.m. — A 911 call asked police to attend a 40 Avenue residence. The Stettler Fire Department was on the scene in response to a fire alarm. There was no one home at the residence and the investigator was required to notify the homeowner. The owner was happy to receive the notification. 6:50 p.m. — Investigators responded to a report of a male, later identified as 21-year-old from Edmonton, who had entered a vehicle in the Smitty’s parking lot. The 51-year-old owner from Erskine instructed the 21-year-old to leave, but had to remove him from the vehicle. The complainant did not want to provide a statement and did not wish for young man to be charged, but wanted police to deal with him. The Edmonton male displayed mental instability, but was

co-operative. He was arrested to prevent continuation of the offence, but was taken to the Stettler hospital for an assessment. He was later taken to Ponoka after being certified by a doctor. Monday, Dec. 17 5:42 a.m. — Request to locate a 21-year-old male who was missing from the Heartland Lodge. The safety officer from a construction company reported that the male was last seen Sunday after work at about 6:30 p.m. The officer was concerned for the young man, as he appeared to have mental health problems. The caller was advised that 21-year-old male was at the Ponoka hospital. 6:57 p.m. — A 911 call reported a tanker truck causing a traffic hazard on 57 Street north. The caller advised that the truck was blocking the road, was sideways and the front end was in the ditch. The truck was gone on arrival. 10:25 a.m. — Complaint of harassing phone calls from Direct Energy asking for money for an overdue account. The caller advised that the company was asking for $1,100 in arrears, but she doesn’t have an account with Direct E n e rg y. T h e 8 4 - y e a rold woman resides in the Seniors’ Lodge.

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A week ago Tuesday, the 1KL and 1TJ classes from Stettler Elementary School participated in the Kids and Conversation program. Forty Grade 1 students went to the Pine Ridge and the Heritage House lodges and the hospital to sing Christmas carols to the seniors. The students were very fortunate to have Ms. Mappin (and her guitar) join them. They enjoyed sharing the gift of music during this holiday season and fun was had by all. Thanks goes out to Ms. Mappin for leading the students and to the hospital staff for allowing the students to experience such as great opportunity. Thanks also to Mrs. Kirby for all of your hard work to showcase our students’ talents at the concerts. Thanks to Mrs. BoydStadelmann for helping students with their speaking parts and to Mrs. Pinder and Mrs. Johnson for all of their behind-thescenes hard work. On Wednesday night, our kindergarten students performed their Christmas concert to another full house in the Stettler Performing Arts Centre. The students did their rendition of various Christmas carols, including a crowd favourite, “That’s What It’s All About.” The girls looked beautiful in their little dresses and the boys were so handsome in their dressup clothes. The students always enjoy the Disco Ball at the end. Thanks is extended to Mrs. Norman, Mrs. Boyd, Mrs. du Toit, Mrs. Bruketa and Mrs. Thorne for always making the Christmas concert a night to remember. Also, thanks to Mrs. Smith for filling in and to Mrs. Johnson for always lending a helping hand.

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MOOSE ON THE LOOSE — Motorists on Highway 56, north of Stettler, had to share the road with a bull moose last Friday as he crossed the highway. Afterward, he stopped to watch the vehicular traffic.

County adopts $23.2-million budget with ‘stable growth’ RICHARD FROESE Independent reporter The County of Stettler has approved a budget of just more than $23.2 million for 2013, with a minimal tax increase expected next year. At its monthly meeting last week, county council adopted a budget of $23,237,641, down from $26.9 million from 2012. “We predict a three per cent increase in general revenue, as all indications show that our assessment for 2013 should be stable with some growth,” said Tim Fox, the country’s chief administrative officer. “However, with the possibility of shutdowns of machinery and equipment in the oil field, we should be aware of a potential decrease in tax revenue for 2014, unless the economy improves.” The new budget has decreased from this year, because many projects planned for this year have been postponed, he said. Several projects supported from Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) provincial funding allocated to such projects, however, will assist the county to complete the Red Willow waste water and water distribution

systems, the South Buffalo Lake water and waste water infrastructure demands, the Bio Gas project and landfill upgrades, office and shop replacements, regional fire apparatus and building needs, bridge replacements, complete rural water distribution master plan and hard surfacing requirements for hamlet and road networks. The new budget includes funding for the county’s portion of possible funding for water-truck fill stations at Fenn and Red Willow. “We are projected to utilize the remainder of the Building Canada Fund and transferring from unused waterline reserves to fund the $2 million Erskine reservoir project,” Fox said. Red Willow collection system was postponed until 2014, with an estimated cost of $1 million. For next year, the county reduced funding after council decided to reduce representation on various committees, such as Boom Town Trail, Trail of the Buffalo, Canadian Badlands, Battle River Watershed Alliance and Red Deer River Watershed Alliance. The budget also reflects increase in staff, with two new full-time positions in engineering service and new grader beat, while protective services reduced

staff to one full-time with health and safety duties being absorbed by agricultural services. “Continuing our progressive approach to road maintenance, we have included $500,000 in the budget under contracted services for hard-surfacing trials,” Fox said. Five more miles on three roads have been prioritized for improvements, as part of the county’s annual road construction program. They include north of Erskine on Township Road 392 between Highway 835 and Range Road 204, north of Stettler on Township Road 392 between Range Road 200 and 195, and south of Botha and east of Big Valley on Range Road 184 between Township Road 360 and SW 9-36-18W4, along with structural repairs. “Roads are costing a lot of money to maintain and we try to focus on resource roads,” said the county’s director of engineering, Rick Green, who addressed council. The 2012 budget anticipated creating a $435,500 transfer to the reserves for the proposed Waste to Energy project, which will be carried forward to offset any costs related with the project, Fox said.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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BANK ON IT — Battle River Credit Union staff and members filled an office with Stettler and District Food Bank donations during the past three weeks. Along with many food items, the community effort generated $744 in cash donations in the Christmas holiday spirit.

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First Stettler Scouts would like to thank everyone who supported the Scouts Tree Lot this season. Thank you to Sobeys for the space for our lot, Schwartz Home Building for the shed, Bagshaw Electric for the propane and tank, UFA for the fence. Also a big thank you to all the volunteers that helped unload trees and put the fence up for the lot. Also thank you to all of our parents and youth, Marjorie Mann, and other volunteers that sat at the lot and sold trees. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

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“A lot of businesses have recognized that this is a popular event — it’s a tradition.” For about 20 years, the event for last-minute Christmas shopping has extended well into the evening on other days of the week, Hatch said. “It’s part of what many local people have grown up with as young children, and then they start bringing their own children.” This weekend, businesses will close at various times throughout the evening, she said. During the day, many businesses plan to offer free refreshments and other

goodies, while festivities will also include Santa Claus, free hay rides from 5 to 8 p.m., a free movie at Jewel Theatre, “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift,” at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., and free train rides on Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions at 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m., with a donation to the Stettler and District Food Bank. “It’s about the people,” Hatch said. Considering the calendar this year, she said many people believe they still have plenty of time for Christmas shopping, and Sunday’s event could draw larger crowds to downtown businesses.

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Intoxicated man with gun sent to jail for two weeks Independent reporter

driving for 60 days. “Speed that high, with his driving record, is a back record,” McPherson said.

After appearing in Stettler Provincial Court last Thursday, a Stettler man was jailed for being heavily intoxicated with a loaded rifle, while another was prohibited from driving for several months for excessively speeding. Lewis Earl Regan, 24, was sentenced to 14 days in Red Deer Remand Centre concurrently for one count of careless use of a firearm and failing to comply with his probation. Court heard that Regan loaded his father’s gun, ready to shoot a specific person who he believed was planning to come to the home where he was located. “The aggravating fact was that it took place while he was on probation,” said Judge Gordon Deck, who prohibited the accused from firearms and alcohol for three years. “This is no way to deal with a person potentially coming to your home.” Crown prosecutor Murray McPherson said it was fortunate that the worst-case scenario didn’t happen. “There was a real and present danger to other people,” McPherson said. Meanwhile, Tyler Robert Halseth, 20, was fined $750 for driving 138 kilometres an hour in an 80-km zone on a gravel secondary highway near Red Willow in August, while he was also suspended from

In other court proceedings last week: — Preston L. Davies, 19, was fined $500 for growing marijuana in his apartment, where four plants were discovered, along with one in his garage, on Oct. 11. — Alyssa Cregg was fined $250 for causing a disturbance by fighting in contravention of the Village of Alix bylaw, and another $172 for detrimental activity for a disturbance in a bar. — Michael Carl Campbell, 55, was fined $172 for causing a disturbance in a Big Valley bar. Jasmine E. Bourgoin, 19, was placed on probation for two years for one count of assault causing bodily harm when she hit another person on the head with a glass beer bottle and caused “much bleeding” on June 6. She was also ordered to complete 50 hours of community service, along with stipulations to abstain from alcohol and firearms, stay away from alcohol premises, and take counselling and treatment for anger management. Charles Lavern Pooley was given a twoyear common-law peace bond for one count of assault after court was told he struck his wife while he was “very drunk.” Pooley was also ordered to keep the peace and prohibited from using alcohol and firearms.

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Continued from Page A1 In the evenings, people gather around a campfire at the beach to sing Christmas carols. Entire villages would come to the beach to sing carols. The Christmas meal was not a big turkey dinner. “Our turkeys there were horrible,” Bouwer said with a laugh. Instead, families would have leg of lamb or smoked ham, cooked ahead and served cold, along with salads. “When it’s hot, people don’t want a hot meal,” she said. There was not much baking done and you never heard, “Are you ready for Christmas?” because everything was done on a lesser scale. There were few gifts, and many were homemade. It was more the thought than the gift that was important. Gifts were exchanged on Christmas Eve. Bouwer said Christmas trees are not lavish in South Africa. “When I grew up, we would get a small tree and if lucky it would be an evergreen,” she said. “Often, though, a twig was decorated — a real Charlie Brown type tree. “In South Africa, there are way less decorations in homes. Using many candles was a popular way to decorate. “On Christmas Day, following breakfast, we went to church, and after church, everyone headed to the beach. Often, we had a barbecued meal there. “The beaches were extremely crowded, because whole families would vacation together for a week or more — not like spending one day together here.” Clive Spechko — England Clive Spechko spent the first half of his life in England, where many Christmas traditions are similar to those in Canada, while a few were unique. The Englanders had a traditional turkey dinner with mincemeat pies and Christmas pudding with brandy sauce for dessert. Spechko said a sixpence, a small silver coin, would be baked in the Christmas pudding and whoever got the coin in their serving would deemed to have “good luck.” He said his people always had Christmas crackers. Before the meal, the crackers would be opened with a bang, and inside would be a novelty gift, paper hat and a joke. The jokes would be shared and everyone wore their hat for the meal. “Mistletoe would be hung by the door and all the guests who entered got a kiss,” he said. Spechko recalls wreaths were made with holly with its red berries. The holly grew abundantly in England and would be cut in the wild. Another popular treat he remembers was the Christmas cake. It was a fruit cake topped with a marzipan layer and a hard icing, and festively decorated. He remembers decorations were largely handmade, mostly made out of paper. Paper chains were made to decorate the tree and the home. “On Christmas Day was church in the morning,” Speechko recalled. “Then we came home to open gifts. “After breakfast, we had neighbours in for a Christmas drink. At about 4 o’clock, we had the big turkey meal.”

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Family with Byemoor roots heads to Haiti to help poor LES STULBERG Independent reporter After a trip to Haiti two years ago to volunteer much-needed humanitarian aid, Loretta James is compelled to return. This time, however, she’s taking her family with her. James, an Edmonton nurse, was raised at Byemoor, where her parents Joe and Beth Knowles still reside. Almost a year after the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, James was among those who responded to the call from Samaritan’s Purse for assistance with the cholera epidemic that followed the devastation. James volunteered her nursing skills at a tent-shelter clinic. More than three million people were affected by the earthquake and it was estimated more than 300,000 died. She said so little had been done to repair the damage from the earthquake, mainly be-

cause of the destruction of the vital infrastructure necessary to respond to the disaster. “They have such a long way to go yet,” James said. Through friends who adopted two children from Haiti, James and her husband, Trevor, learned of an orphanage, the Haiti Children’s Home, which was in need of support. It cares for 73 children, ranging in age from two to 16. Two years after her original visit, Loretta and Trevor James, along with their daughters Taycla, 10, Ethne, 9, and son Jack, 7, plan to return to Haiti. They leave Dec. 28 and return Jan. 8. The purpose of the visit is twofold — the couple wants to help at the orphanage and bring the kids supplies, but they also want their children to see what poverty is really like. “You can experience some things through the media, but there is no comparison to seeing it first-hand,” Loretta said.

She said there are kids at the orphanage the same age as her children, and she wanted them to meet those kids and understand how fortunate we are to live in Canada. “It is easier to give when you realize how much we have,” Loretta said. Because the cost of shipping to Haiti “is so high,” the family has a plan to combat those costs, she said. The airline allows two pieces of luggage per person, and the James family plans to fill 10 pieces of luggage with supplies for the orphanage. The family members plan to travel light and take only a few things for themselves in their carry-on luggage. Loretta said they have collected 500 pounds of supplies from friends, co-workers and themselves to take to Haiti. Some of the items include batteries, baby formula, diapers, breast pumps, crib sheets, clothing and dry erase boards for the orphanage school.

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Oil Kings emerge with one point from two games Submitted by Brent Forster Big Valley Oil Kings The Big Valley seniors played the top two teams in the Battle River Hockey League on the weekend and walked away with one point. That point came courtesy of a 4-3 overtime loss Friday night against the league-leading Tofield Satellites. Tofield rolled into the Big Valley Agriplex with a 7-21 record and faced an Oil Kings’ team with a depleted blue-line. On Saturday night at Daysland, the Oil Kings lost 8-5 in a penaltyfilled game. At home Friday, Big Valley got goals from Dave Sissons and former Stettler Lightning snipers Mitch Finkbiner and Brett Ouellette. The Satellites came back to tie the score three times and force overtime. In overtime, there were good scoring chances at both ends. The Oil Kings’ Derek Muhlbach rang a shot off the post, as he beat the defenceman wide on the rush. At 1:03 of overtime, the Satellites’ leading point producer, Brett

Holmberg, was left all alone in front and tucked in a backhander to finish the contest. On Saturday, the Oil Kings travelled to Daysland to face the Northstars. As opposed to a week ago, he Oil Kings outshot the Northstars, but it was another penalty-filled game. A total of 17 power plays emerged from the penalty parade. For Big Valley, Derek Muhlbach had two goals, and Denver Wik contributed a goal and two assists. Ouellette and Shawn Shackleton each scored a goal, defenceman Landon Jones bagged four assists and Justin Tremmel assisted on two goals. The Oil Kings’ social media following has grown. Follow Big Valley on Twitter (@BVOilKings) and on Facebook (Big Valley Oil Kings Hockey). For their last game in 2012, the Oil Kings head to Hardisty to face the Stampeders on Friday at 8:30 p.m. The Oil Kings’ next home game will be Friday, Jan. 4, when the Daysland Northstars are back in Big Valley.

Busy schedule for Big Knife 4-H club Submitted by Keyonna Derr Big Knife 4-H Beef Club held its regular meeting Dec. 9 at the Botha Seniors’ Centre. Our Christmas party will be held Dec. 29 at the old Donalda ski hill at 11 a.m. We are going tobogganing, and having a secret Santa. And everyone is asked to bring snacks. Stettler District 4-H Fun Day is set for Jan. 5 at Stettler Recreation Centre. Doors open for registration at 9:15 a.m., and the

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Stettler’s Justin Tremmel had two assists Saturday as his Big Valley Oil Kings lost 8-5 to the Daysland Northstars in Battle River Senior Hockey Leage play.

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fun starts at 10 a.m. Some of the things 4-H members can take part in are crafts and swimming, so bring your swimsuit. An ice-cream social will end the day. The last thing we discussed was our bottle drive, which will be Jan. 27 at the Browers’ farm. Collect your bottles and remember to bring a salad or desert. The bottle sorting will start at 10 a.m. Our next meeting is Jan. 13 at the Botha Seniors’ Centre at 7 p.m. See you there.

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Stettler seniors host district floor curlers Submitted by Hans Cluver Stettler Seniors’ Drop-In Centre hosted a floor curling bonspiel last month, with 16 teams from Stettler, Botha, Big Valley, Endiang, Mirror, Galahad, Daysland, Bawlf and Camrose. During the season, Stettler seniors make return trips to those communities. Stettler seniors served their Christmas dinner Dec. 3, as 45 people enjoyed a delicious dinner of turkey and trimmings. The dinner was catered by Tammy Renschler, who operates the concession at the Stettler Recreation Centre.

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The Stettler Lightning, including Landon Potter (6) and Cam Wright (20), faced the Ponoka Stampeders twice last week and posted 6-2 and 6-3 victories. In their other Heritage Junior Hockey League game in the past week, the Lightning dropped a 6-2 decision to the Red Deer Vipers.

Lightning corral lowly Stampeders, fall to rival Vipers In the spirit of Christmas, the Stettler Lightning gave and received in Heritage Junior Hockey League play last week. The Lightning took four points at the expense of the last-place Ponoka Stampeders, with a 6-2 win at Ponoka last Wednesday and a 6-3 victory at home Friday. Stettler gave two points to the Red Deer Vipers, who won 6-2 on Saturday night at Red Deer Arena. The Lightning (8-15-1) have won five of their past seven games and sit sixth in the Northern Division. They have pulled within one point of the fifth-place Mountainview Colts (8-15-2) and 15 points ahead of Ponoka (1-23-0). Last week at Ponoka, six Stettler players scored one goal each — Connor Doucette, Steve Blacklock, Gavin Brandl, Jacob Schwarzenberger, Scott Ternes and Blake Frechette, who capped the scoring with a short-handed marker. Lightning captain Tyson Glazier picked up a couple of assists. Coleman Waddell made 34 saves as the Lightning outshot the Stampeders 42-36.

The same teams battled Friday as Kyler O’Connor powered the Lightning with a two-goal effort at the Stettler Recreation Centre. Doucette, Lyle Wooden, Reese Anheliger and Landon Potter also scored for Stettler, and Adam Ternes assisted on two goals. Waddell blocked 30 shots in the Stettler net. His teammates fired 44 shots at Ponoka rookie Eli Falls. Stettler’s No. 1 goaltender, Simon Thieleman, returned to the lineup Saturday and made 35 saves in a losing effort at Red Deer Arena. Frechette and Wyatt Haustein scored for Stettler, which had 38 shots against Vipers goalie Brenden Mandrusiak. Justin Corbett netted two goals for Red Deer (13-1-7), which is second in the Northern Division, just three points behind the Blackfalds Wranglers (17-3-2). The Lightning host Red Deer at 8 p.m. Friday at the Stettler Recreation Centre and visit Mountainview at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Didsbury Recreation Complex in their final game before Christmas.

Blues test midget AA teams at Medicine Hat tourney The midget A Stettler Legion Blues posted a 1-3-1 record in the annual Medicine Hat midget AA hockey tournament last weekend. “Overall, we were happy with the tournament,” said Stettler manager and assistant coach Neil McCallum. “It was good to see we could compete with any team in AA hockey and it showed us areas we need to work on. The Calgary teams had a lot of depth and full rosters, whereas we have just 13 skaters.”

In their opening game, the Blues tied Prince Albert 2-2 as they relied on physical and disciplined play. Stettler captain Parker Cassidy was named player of the game, while Jordan McCallum tended goal. Stettler remained unbeaten with a 3-1 victory over the host Medicine Hat team. Devon Woelk got the win in the Blues’ net, while rookie Kieran Rost earned playerof-the-game honours. Fatigue and a lack of manpower caught up with

the Blues as they two games Saturday and another Sunday. The speedy Calgary Stampeders beat Stettler 6-1. Jordan McCallum was named player of the game as he faced more than 50 shots in the Blues’ net. With a 1-1-1 round-robin record, Stettler finished second in its pool and went up against the Calgary Blue Royals in the semifinals. The Royals won 7-1 as the Blues showed the effects of playing four games in two

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Jordan Lee (12) of the Stettler Wildcats lines up against Bow Valley of Cochrane during the JV boys’ high school basketball tournament Saturday at Stettler. The Wildcats, made up of players from grades 9 and 10, placed seventh while up against older and moreexperienced teams. Springbank Phoenix defeated the West Central Rebels of Rocky Mountain House in the gold-medal game. Lacombe took home the bronze.

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Jessie Anderson (17) of Stettler battles with Warburg’s Ashlyn Mayhew along the boards during Saturday’s game at the Stettler Recreation Centre. Anderson scored three goals as Stettler won 6-0.

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Storm midget girls blank Wolves to maintain undefeated season The Stettler Storm midget girls’ team continues to ride high in the North Central Minor Hockey Association. At home Saturday night, the Storm blanked

the Warburg Wolves 6-0. Sommer Bauman blocked 19 shots for the shutout. Jessie Anderson scored three goals and set up another. The other scorers were captain Kelsie Litke

and Dani and Morgan Van Dusen. Midway through the season, Stettler remains unbeaten with an 8-0 league record. The Storm have posted

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three shutouts and 11 of their players are among the league’s top 30 scorers. Next up for Stettler is a 6:15 p.m. Saturday home game against Maskwacis.

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Working Well Workshop JANUARY 17, 2013 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. COUNTY OF STETTLER OFFICE HAPPY CAMPERS — The Stettler Woody’s atom B team celebrates its 6-4 win over Clive in North Central Minor Hockey Association action on Sunday morning at the Stettler Recreation Centre. In the back row (from left) are coach Len Hoac, coach Duncan Babchuk, Ty Dowling, Kelby Babchuk, Yannick Zondag, coach Jon Nichols, Kaleb Bowers and Eric Bridge. In front are Brody Nichols, Clay Kneeland, Ryley Turre, Hunter Friesen, Jackson Muhlbach, Noah Duff, Dexter Connell, Billy Praski, Nicholas Fisher and Rayden Baskey. Missing from the photo are Jeff Potter, Nicholas Deaver and Brady Peterson.

Wetaskiwin tops Stettler in senior high basketball Both senior high school basketball teams from William E. Hay suffered losses to the Wetaskiwin Sabres last Tuesday night in Stettler. The Wildcat girls dropped a 56-32 decision, while the Wildcat boys fell 71-45. In the girls’ game, Dacia Gramlick was Stettler’s top scorer, with 14 points. Jamie Ternes contributed seven points, while Claire Aspenes and Shayla Neitz each added four. In the boys’ game, the Wildcats got 10 points from Justin Fleischhacker, seven from Braden Deagle, six each from Morgan Loshny and Ty Page, five from Jacques du Toit, and four each from Stephen Zuk and Nicholas Baharally. Mark Meyer, with three points, rounded out the Stettler scoring. Both senior Wildcat teams were scheduled to host another tough opponent last night in the Notre Dame Cougars of Red Deer. Stettler wraps up its pre-Christmas schedule this Thursday night at Innisfail.

New Year’s Eve Gala In the pavilion at the Stettler Agriplex. No better way to bring in 2013 with your friends for dinner, dancing, refreshments and prizes.

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In Memoriam In loving memory of Dennis Peyton ~ December 21, 2007 I know there’s a Christmas Star because I see you sparkling in the skies Just like I remember seeing the same sparkle in your eyes. Love & miss you lots Laverne, Lorne & Darla, Linda, Richard†and grandchildren

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Your presence will be greatly appreciated in joining the George Awe Family for a memorial gathering on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 from 2-5 p.m., weather permitting, in the Red Willow Hall for a time of fellowship and reminiscing. Lunch provided.

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Mr. Allan Barry Clark 1941 - 2012 Mr. Allan Barry Clark of Big Valley, Alberta passed away peacefully on December 11, 2012 in the Stettler Hospital at the age of 71 years. Barry will be dearly missed by his wife of 51 years Donna, his children Duncan (Sheila) Clark and Trish (Kent) Stormoen, his grandchildren Shaun, Sydney and MacGregor Clark and Jessie Stormoen. Barry will also be missed by his brothers Ron (Marg) Clark of Vancouver, Dave (Maddy) Clark of Toronto and by his sister JoAnne (Don) Donahue of Chilliwack, nephews and nieces Hal (Lori) Donahue, Kim (Keith) Murray, Lee (Layla) Donahue, Colin (Shannon) Clark, Susan Clark, Lisa Clark, Kristi (Troy) Abrams and all of their families as well as many other relatives and very dear friends. A celebration of Barry’s life took place at the Big Valley Jubilee Hall on Friday December 14, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Barry, memorial contributions may be made to the Big Valley Fire Department or to a charity of your choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation 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 www.brennenfuneralhome.com

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The George Awe Family would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the doctors and nursing staff and all affiliated health divisions for their care and concern during his time in the Stettler General Hospital. To our family and friends for taking time out of their busy days to come and sit with him, especially during meal times, we can’t thank you enough. To those who travelled from near and far for all the words of comfort and encouragement, for all the many, many offers of help, we are truly grateful. Thank you for the telephone calls, those who came to the house, brought food and flowers, all has been so greatly appreciated. A very special thank you to Rushton Agencies Ltd. management for allowing me the freedom to come and go as needed during these past several weeks. Also a very special thank you to the staff at Stettler Funeral Home for accommodating us in full filling George’s final wishes. All of these kindnesses have made this time so much easier for us to bear. As per his request, there will be no funeral but instead, we his family will be hosting a Memorial Gathering on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 2-5 p.m. in the Red Willow Hall, weather permitting. Please come and join us then for a time of fellowship and reminiscing. Thank you Mary Anne Awe, James & Celeste Awe, Mikayla, Olivia & Dylan, Clay & Janelle Awe, Broc, Levi & Austin

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Jacqui’s weekly column in the Stettler paper meant the world to me over the past forty years or so. I left home for the big city of Calgary when I was just eighteen years old and her weekly news report kept me current on Rumsey and district. It was always enjoyable reading and well written I might add. When my sister Betty died she mentioned Betty in her column and I was always going to phone her to say thanks. Time slips by and I never made that call. How I wish I would have. I never had the pleasure of meeting her but I felt like I knew her simply from the stories she wrote about her family, friends and neighbors. I will miss her and her column as will many others no doubt.

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Looking for all positions: Cooks, drivers, cashiers. for days & nights. Fax or email resume 780-753-2080 or call 403-740-9684 mikech2002@hotmail.com MCDONALD’S Restaurants in Ponoka, Lacombe, Gasoline Alley (East and West) and Stettler are now hiring full time TEAM LEADERS (Food Service Supervisors). Starting wage is between $11.05 to $13.00 per hour, depending upon previous experience and/or equivilent education. All restaurants are 24 hours so applicants must be wlling to work flexible shifts, weekend, evenings and late nights. We offer benefits and opportunities for further advancement. Apply in person, or on line at cbay22@telus.net or fax resume to 403-783-4251.

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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.

CAM CLARK FORD OLDS is looking for full-time Journeyman Automotive Mechanic. Job details: Mon. to Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Excellent wages and benefits. Family like atmosphere. Ford experience an asset. The successful candidate will join our team in the opening of the new store being built in 2013. Fax resume to 1-403-556-3585 or email: jhn_lavoie@yahoo.ca or blake@camclarkford.com

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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.

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required for GM dealership in Drumheller Medical benefits, good working conditions. Must have clean driving record. Please fax or email resume to service manager. Email: bob.thomas@ westerngmdrumheller.com Fax: 403-823-7237

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Must have own vehicle. Duties include dressing signs, and in shop work of pulling layouts, organizing, and recovering faded letters. Fax resume to 403-742-8777. MECH TECH HEAVY EQUIPMENT REPAIR LTD. mechtech.her@hotmail.com Journeyman Heavy Equipment Field Technician needed. Class 5 licence. onroad/offroad equipment exp. an asset. Position in Ft.McMurray. Call Justin 780-713-9049 TJ LOGGING OF WHITECOURT, ALBERTA is accepting resumes for experienced Heavy Duty Operators, Buncher, Hoe, Processor Dozer, Skidder, Delimber for immediate employment. Fax resume 780-778-2428.

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MORGAN CONSTRUCTION & ENVIRONMENTAL LTD. - Looking for experienced Heavy Equipment Operators, Foremen & Labourers for work in oilfield & heavy civil construction projects. Competitive wages, full benefits & opportunity for year round work. Email resume: careers@mcel.ca. Fax 780-960-8930 or apply in person: 702 Acheson Road, Acheson, Alberta.

QUALIFIED ELECTRICIANS NEEDED True Power Electric Requires Residential exp. only Competitive wages & benefits. Fax resume to: 403-314-5599

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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: billfarm@telusplanet.net

Required Exp’d Fabricator For a Ponoka Manufacturing Shop. Knowledge of ASME code bolt up, basic instrumentation and a commitment to excellence are prerequisites. Competitive wages with benefit packages available. Interested candidates please send resume to admin@westcanfab.ca Of fax to 403-775-4014

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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.

Tips to ready your home for holiday guests Family gatherings are synonymous with the holiday season. Even those families who have spread out far and wide often manage to come together at least once at the end of the year. When families include members who don’t live within driving distance of one another, those who aren’t hosting the holiday festivities must plan an overnight stay. Lodging costs can be considerable during the holiday season because hotels can quickly fill to capacity. Holiday hosts who want to go the extra mile can invite guests to forgo hotels and stay overnight at their homes, where guests can spend more time with hosts and won’t have to worry about finding lodging they can afford. Though it’s a nice gesture to host overnight guests during the holiday season, it’s also one that requires a little work on the part of the hosts, who must take time ouf of the often hectic holiday schedule to prepare their homes for guests. The following are a few pointers for hosts who want to ensure everything is ready and accommodating for overnight guests. • Take inventory of household linens. Depending on how many guests you’ll be hosting, you may need to stock up on extra linens. If only one or two people will be staying overnight, you should be able to make due with what you have. However, if you’ll be hosting a second family for the holidays,

whether it’s one night or a full week, then you will likely need to buy more linens, including bedding, pillows and blankets. Take inventory of what you have and make sure you have adequate bedding for each guest, as well as some extra bedding in case of emergency. • Discuss pet allergies. Holiday hosts who have pets should discuss pet allergies with potential overnight guests well in advance of the season. If guests are allergic to your pets, then it might not be comfortable for them to stay overnight at your home. While most families would not want to shelter their pets on a holiday, doing so is an option but one that may not even be worth it. Pet hair and dander around the house might be enough to trigger an allergic attack even when the pet isn’t in or around the home, so sheltering the pet may not be a solution after all. Discuss this issue with prospective guests well in advance of the season so they have time to find affordable lodging in the event that any of them do have a pet allergy. • Stock up on toiletries. Toiletries are bound to run out if you’re hosting guests

for the holidays. Before guests arrive, stock up on these items, including toilet and facial tissue, hand soap, bath soap, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and extra toothbrushes in case guests forgot to pack their own. These items have no expiration date, so even if you end up buying more than you need you can always use them down the road when guests have long since returned home. • Clear the house of clutter. Clutter can make a home seem even more crowded when guests are

staying overnight. Clutter can accumulate anywhere in the house, from bathrooms to a living room to the kitchen. When hosting guests for the holidays, you will need all the space you can get, so clear the house of as much clutter as possible. Put all toys away and clear the common areas of items like shoes and clothing that can make a space seem more cramped. In addition, clear the dining room table of any items that aren’t needed at meal-

time and choose festive centerpieces that don’t take up much space. • Don’t be caught off guard by a storm. If guests will be staying multiple nights, it’s safe to assume everyone, hosts and guests included, will want to get out of the house, be it to enjoy local holiday celebrations or simply to avoid cabin fever by getting some fresh air. But the holiday season gets its fair share of inclement weather, including snowstorms. Hosts should not be

caught off guard by a snowstorm, stocking up on items like a snow shovel, a snow blower and salt or a de-icing product for walkways and driveways before guests arrive. This will ensure everyone won’t feel trapped inside the house should a storm arrive unexpectedly. Hosting guests for the holidays is no small task. But hosts who prepare in advance can ensure everyone makes the most of their time together.

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Whether-Purchases you are buying, renewing or refinancing, think about using a Mortgage -Refinances Professional. I take care of everything from -Second Homes/Vacation shopping for the very best rate and terms, to Properties ordering appraisals, and doing paperwork so you can-New continue your daily routine without hassle Home Construction or inconvenience. My services are FREE andand I can Proud to be serving Stettler Area.

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BUSY RESTAURANT on main street Stettler. Building has 2 store fronts and 2 revenue suites. Lots of potential. MLS # CA314255 $349,000.

PROFESSIONAL BUILDING only 1 block off main street. Well maintained with 6 offices and 10 parking spaces. MLS # CA0002930 $235,000.

SOLID BRICK BUILDING on 2 lots close to downtown. Possibilities are endless with this property. Owners are Motivated! MLS # CA0000785 $165,000.

2 BDRM/1BATH BUNGALOW. Main floor laundry, basement ready to be developed and a single detached garage. MLS # CA326921 $99,500.

3 BDRM. MOBILE on own lot. Spacious, well cared for with cozy addition, solarium for summer use and a detached garage. MLS # CA0004528 $169,000.

2 BEDROOM BUNGALOW on corner lot. New windows, plumbing, shingles and more. Heated garage. MLS # CA0001508 $134,900.

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James, Cathy and Mary would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, prosperity, peace and health throughout the holidays and new year.

May this Holiday Season bring you Memories filled with Warmth, Love & Laughter with your Family & Friends!

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Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to all our Friends & Neighbours!

Excellent Family Home in a family-friendly neighbourhood! Featuring 5 bdrms, 3 bath, huge family room, spacious fenced back yard, extra parking and close to Rec. Center, soccer field, splash park and more! Immediate Possession! #CA325271. $359,900.

Immaculate 2 bedroom half duplex. Open concept design, main floor laundry, smoke/pet free home. Basement to be finished the way you want. #CA0003777. $204,900.

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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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Home SWEET Home For The Holidays There’s no place we’d rather be, Than here in this community. For there is nothing that we’d rather do, Than to serve good folk like you! With best wishes and sincere gratitude from our entire team. 4701 - 50 STREET, STETTLER

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Employment Opportunity Service Person Position Paintearth Gas Coop Ltd. is seeking to fill a full time Service Person position with any of the following training as a preference with certification as a Gas Utility Operator, Apprentice or Licensed Gas Fitter. Our office is located in Castor, Alberta and we provide natural gas service to a large surrounding area. Our Coop is a mix of industrial, commercial, agricultural and rural and urban residential customers. If you are looking for a challenging career working with modern day technology and willing to attend training courses this could be the opportunity for you. Candidates should have good written and oral communication skills and enjoy working with the public. Preference will be given to individuals who have knowledge of software applications for GPS/GIS, Utility Billing and General Office computer appications. General current safety tickets will be considered an asset. Our Coop offers a competitive salary which is dependent on the qualifications and training of the applicant along with a benefit and pension plan. Applicants must hold at a minimum a valid Class 5 driver’s license. The successful applicant must provide a current Driver License abstract. Resumes may be submitted by fax or email to Paintearth Gas Coop Ltd., Box 5, Castor, AB T0C 0X0, Att. General Manager at 403-882-3972 or paintgas@cciwireless.ca. Only those persons considered for an interview will be contacted.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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RCI (a Division of Park Paving) has an immediate opening for a full-time year-round Recycle Crushing Foreman and Operators (excavator/loader) in Edmonton. Send your resume via email to: employment @parkpaving.com or via fax to 780-424-5373

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Reporting to the location’s Bulk Petroleum Manager, this full-time position is responsible for customer service and processing inside sales using a cash register, delivery of oil products to customers and delivery of bulk fuel to customers on a relief basis. Candidates for this position must have a valid Class 3 Driver’s license, customer service experience and knowledge of petroleum products.

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Red Deer Co-op offers a competitive salary and benefits package, as well as opportunities for personal growth. If you match these qualifications, and are interested in working for a true community builder, please submit a resume or application to: Human Resources Manager Red Deer Co-op Limited 5118 - 47 Avenue Red Deer, AB T4N 3P7 Fax: (403) 341-5811 E-mail: c.krogman@reddeercoop.com

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

880

Misc. Help

GOLF CLUB MANAGER

The Stettler Golf & Country Club is accepting applications for the position of Club Manager. This position reporting to the board of directors is responsible for all aspects of clubhouse operation, financial record keeping, staffing, pro shop, food services & lounge. The successful applicant will have proven managerial skills & public relations abilities along with an average knowledge about & interest of the sport. Duties will commence on April 1, 2013. Written applications including resume and references should reach the selection committee, no later than Dec. 31, 2012. Applications will be submitted to Stettler Golf & Country Club, Grounds Selection Committee, Box 1012, Settler ABA, T0C 2L1 INTERESTED IN THE COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER BUSINESS? Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. FREE. Visit: www.awna.com/ resumes_add.php

Employment Training

900

LEARN FROM HOME. Earn from home. Medical Transcriptionists are in demand. Lots of jobs! Enrol today for less than $95 a month. 1-800-466-1535; www.canscribe.com; admissions@canscribe.com

Employment Training

900

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED in real estate, then take Appraisal and Assessment, a specialized two-year business major at Lakeland College’s campus in Lloydminster, Alberta. Your training includes assessment principles, computerized mass appraisal valuation of properties, farmland evaluation and property analysis. Visit www.lakelandcollege.ca/ realestate or phone 1-800-661-6490, ext. 5429 WELL-PAID/ LOW-STRESS CAREER IN MASSAGE THERAPY. Get the best-quality RMT education in Alberta without giving up your day job! Visit www.mhvicarsschool.com or call 1-866-491-0574 for free career information

Building Supplies

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: ryan.afab@gmail.com 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/Metal Buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owned! Call 1-800-457-2206; www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

Event Tickets

Buy & Sell #1500 - #1990

Auctions

1530

MEIER GUN AUCTION. Saturday, December 22, 11 a.m., 6016 - 72A Ave., Edmonton. Over 200 guns - handguns, rifles, shotguns, miscellaneous. Call to consign 780-440-1860.

1550

1610

SEE OPRAH LIVE. Monday, January 21 in Edmonton. Tickets from $299 each with courier delivery included. Call Dash Tours and Tickets at 1-800-365-0000. One call and you’re there.

Misc. for Sale

1760

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

880

Misc. Help

Structural metal ďŹ tter needed for Metalex Metal Buildings Inc. $21.00 to $24.00 hourly, 44 hours per week Send resumes: 4204 - 46 Avenue Box 1058, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0 Apply by email: mmbijobs@canadaemail.net or by fax to: 403-742-1308, Attention Don

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1800

Office Supplies

WHITE 20LB BOND PAPER: 8.5 X 11 10 pkgs. of 500 sheets

$48/case

403-742-2395 THIS WEEK’S EYE SPY WINNER IS Russell Goodkey Please come into the Stettler Independent to claim your prize!

1840

Dogs

BORDER COLLIE PUPS from excellent working Pedigrees at That’ll Do Ranch. For more info call Elvin Kopp 780-682-2143 email: kopp81@gmail.com

Business Services #1000 - #1430

Accounting .......................... 1010 Acupuncture........................1020 Advocate/Mediation ............1025 Antique Dealers & Stores ...1027 Automotive ..........................1029 Bands & DJ s ......................1030 Beauty/Cosmetic ................1040 Bookkeeping .......................1050 Cabinet Makers...................1054 Child Care/Caregivers .........1060 Carpentry............................1062 Car Rentals .........................1064 Cat Work .............................1065 Cleaning .............................1070 Clerical................................1080 Construction .......................1085 Consulting...........................1090 Contractors ......................... 1100 Computer Services ..............1110 Drafting & Design................ 1120 Eavestroughing ................... 1130 Educational ......................... 1140 Electrical ............................. 1150 Entertainment ..................... 1160 Escorts................................ 1165 Farm Equipment ................. 1168 Financial ............................. 1170 Fireplaces ........................... 1175 Flooring............................... 1180 Food/Catering ..................... 1190 Furnace Cleaning ............... 1193 Glass Shops ....................... 1196 Mobile Glass Shops............ 1197 Handyman Services ...........1200 Health Care......................... 1210 Income Tax .........................1220 Insurance ............................ 1130 Landscaping .......................1240 Land Mapping .....................1250 Legal Services ....................1260 Limousine Services ............1270 Massage Therapy ...............1280 Mechanical .........................1285 Misc. Services ....................1290 Moving & Storage ...............1300 Oilfield .................................1305 Painters/Decorators ............ 1310 Personal Services ............... 1315 Pet Services ....................... 1318 Photography .......................1320 Plumbing & Heating ............1330 Printing................................1335 Rental - Equipment .............1340 Rental - Misc .......................1350 Repair Service ....................1360 Roofing ...............................1370 Snow Removal....................1380 Travel ..................................1385 Upholstery ..........................1390 Well Drilling ........................1400 Welding ............................... 1410 Window Cleaning ................1420 Yard Care ............................1430

1010

Gitzel Krejci Dand Peterson CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS

4912 - 51 Street P.O. Box 460, Stettler, Alberta

403-742-4431 Toll free 1-877-742-4431 e-mail: gkdpca@gkdpca.com website:

www.gkdpca.com

(Halkirk,AB)

PosiĆ&#x;ons available in the following areas:

Quality Control Purchasing & Warehouse AdministraĆ&#x;on “Bâ€? Pressure Welding Structural Welding FabricaĆ&#x;ng / Assembly PainĆ&#x;ng / Finishing Equipment OperaĆ&#x;on

PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS LLP

Agricultural #2000 - #2290

Farm Equipment

2010

(1) I.H. W6, (1) 9N Ford, (3) 8N Fords; all in good shape, good rubber, new paint. (1) 8N, (1) 9N; transm for parts. (1) Omni kerosine heater, 15,000 BTU. Phone 403-742-4512.

Automotive

1029

www.northstarpaintandbody.com

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

Farm Custom Work

P.O. Box 1328 e-mail: gchap@gchap.ca www.gchap.ca

Thorogood Pinches

&

Auto Body Repairs Accessories & Graphics Restoration/Sandblasting Box Liners

Phone 403-742-1681

Cabinet Makers

1054

BOB HOLOWENKO TEL: 403-742-6277 Res: 403-742-2409 No. 5 Kunstman Komplex

Box 685, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0

Drafting & Design

1120

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Phone: 403-742-6612 Cell: 780-935-0540 Email: mstahlberg@shaw.ca

RAILSIDE DESIGN GALEN WIEBE

RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DRAFTING AND DESIGN 5004 - 48 AVE., STETTLER

PH: 403-742-4101 FAX: 866-305-5686 galen@railsidedesign.com

Eavestroughing

1130

5�Continuous Eaves “Gutter Clean� Leaf Protection

Call Barry Harvey

Electrical

1150

403-742-5520 403-882-3740 (Castor)

“If It’s Electrical We Do It�

All types of Electrical Installation & Maintenance Ph:403-742-5979 Fax:403-742-3656 Box 1595, 4907 - 50 Street, tree ee et, ett, Stettler A AB B info@leschert.net

Automotive

1029

a div. of Kokotilo Holdings Inc.

MÉTIS EMERGENCY SERVICES PREPARATION 1-888-48-MÉTIS

Mike Webster

403-741-7795 OU

2190

Grain, Feed Hay

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

HOW can you make your phone ring and make some quick cash? Place your ad here . . . Phone 1-877-223-3311

For Rent #3000 - #3200

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

1193

Furnace Cleaning

Stettler Furnace Cleaning

Glass Shops

JT AUTO BODY LTD. “Serving Stettler & area for 37 yearsâ€? • Complete auto body repair & painting Call Curt or Rob

Phone 403-742-2869 4606 - 40 St., Stettler

403-742-5111 Serving Stettler & Area since 1978

Financial

1170

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

1230

Johnson Connor Agencies 403-742-2392

1196

HEARTLAND GLASS

• Locks repinned & installed • Windshields repaired & installed • Residential & Commercial Windows & Doors • All your glass & screen needs Main St., Stettler Emergency 403-742-2665 403-742-3628

C.R. GLASS

Insurance

www.johnsonconnor.com

LTD.

“Your Service Specialists�

Randy Long

PERSONAL & COMMERCIAL INSURANCE

Legal Services

1260

LANDMAN REULE LAW OFFICE

3020

Houses/ Duplexes

3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOME & OLDER 2 BEDROOM HOUSE FOR RENT IN STETTLER. Available immediately. References required. 403-742-6631

Stettler Professional Building

403-742-3411

4607 - 59 St., Stettler (Beside A & W)

1210

Health Care

PERFORMANCE Physiotherapy, Acupuncture & Massage

BRYON D. BALTIMORE

Get rid of your Garbage with. . .

3R

Management

403-742-3007 DISCONNECTED PHONE? Phone Factory Home Phone Service. No one refused! Low monthly rate! Calling features and unlimited long distance available. Call Factory today! 1-877-336-2274; www.phonefactory.ca

IRONMAN Scrap Metal Recovery is picking up scrap again! Farm machinery, vehicles and industrial. Serving central Alberta. 403-318-4346 NEED TO ADVERTISE? Province wide classifieds. Reach over 1 million readers weekly. Only $259. + GST (based on 25 words or less). Call this newspaper NOW for details or call 1-800-282-6903 ext. 228.

of McCuaig Desrochers

Barristers and Solicitors Advocates 2401 Toronto Dominion Sq. Edmonton Centre Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2Z1 Telephone: 780-426-4660 Fax: 780-426-0982

“Keeping people in Motion...�

403-742-4533

Grant & de Vries

Painters/ Decorators

For All Your Painting Needs • Quality Work • Quality Paint • Drywall Repair Interior - Exterior Free Estimates

Gary G. Grant

Stettler, Alberta Box 1796 Phone 403-742-2998

Phone: 403-742-4437

Robert de Vries Phone: 403-742-3399

Chiropractor -Gitzel Krejci Building

4912 - 51 Street Stettler, AB Open Mon. - Sat.

ANDERSON LAW OFFICE

Bus.: 403-742-2553 Res.: 403-742-0370

Brenda Anderson, B.Comm., LL.B.

Dr. E. LYNES

5002 - 51 Ave., Stettler, AB

Chiropractor

Phone 403-742-2529

Personal Services

1315

DATING SERVICE. Long-term/short-term relationships. Free to try! 1-877-297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call #7878 or 1-888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call 1-866-311-9640 or #5015. Meet local single ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+). GET 50% OFF - Join Herbal Magic this week and get 50% off. Lose weight quickly, safely and keep it off, proven results! Call Herbal Magic today! 1-800-854-5176.

Fax 403-742-2522 ourlaw2@telus.net

One block East of Scotia Bank

403-742-6443

Stettler Eye Care Dr. R. TROY NELSON

CRIMINAL RECORD? Have it removed. Canada’s premier record removal provider since 1989. BBB A+ rating. Confidential, fast & affordable. Free information booklet. 1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366); RemoveYourRecord.com.

Comprehensive eye health and vision exams CRIMINAL RECORD? Top quality frames, Think: Canadian pardon. lenses and contacts U.S. travel waiver. (24 hour record check). Treatment of eye Divorce? Simple. Fast. disease, injuries and Inexpensive. Debt recovery? Alberta collection to surgical co-management

Phone 403-742-2683 New patients welcome Misc. Services

403-741-5970

4910 - 51 Street, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0

Optometrist

DR. D.G. BECKLUND

1310

R n S Painting

Barristers and Solicitors

Dr. KERRY WONG

1290

LL. B.

4819 51 Street

403-742-2520

Misc. Services

Lori R. Reule

• Residential • Commercial • Automotive Needs

4719 - 49 St. Stettler, Alberta

4814 - 49 Street, Stettler

Funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Commercial Grain Hauling

Marketing of Hay and Straw Will load own truck

403-742-3418

Certified General Accountants

900

2190

Bale Hauling & Swathing

403-742-8838 403-742-5810 or *27 years experience*

Please indicate the posiĆ&#x;on you are applying for in the Subject Line of the email.

Grain, Feed Hay

2080

Qualified and Reputable

4702- 51 Ave., Stettler Tel: 403-742-3438 or 403-742-3439

resume@capemfg.ca

SO007393 PREPARE FOR A CAREER IN FIREFIGHTING & POLICING

2170

CLASSIFIED Want Ads do more things for more people than any other form of advertising. Phone 1-877223-3311

FINISHING TOUCH EXTERIORS LTD. Chapman and Co.

Please forward resumes to:

Employment Training

HAWAII ON THE MAINLAND, healthy low-cost living can be yours. Modern Arenal Maleku Condominiums, 24/7 secured Community, Costa Rica “friendliest country on earth�! 1-780-952-0709; www.CanTico.ca.

Horse/Stock Trailers

Business and Services Directory

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1900

Shop Stettler & Save!

Accounting

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Travel Packages

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1290

$25,000. Calgary 403-228-1300 or 1-800-347-2540; www. accesslegalresearch.com

Misc. Services

1290

TRUE PSYCHICS! 4 Answers call now 24/7 Toll Free 1-877-342-3036; Mobile: # 4486; http://www.truepsychics.ca

Plumbing & Heating

1330

• Complete Plumbing & Heating Services • Commercial and Residential • Water Conditioning & Pumps • 24 Hour Service Service Wise - We Specialize

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403-742-5237

Misc. Services

1290

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THE STETTLER INDEPENDENT DISTRICT

3020

Farms/ Land

3 SINGLE family homes for rent in Stettler. 1 bdrm. w/den $850 + util., 3 bdrm, single garage $1350 Real Estate + utils., and 3 bdrm., dbl. #4000 - #4190 garage $1150 + utils. Realtors & Services..........4010 403-742-4257

4 Plexes/ 6 Plexes

3050

COZY & Bright 1 Bdrm suite in Stettler 4-plex. Upper Level. Includes 4 appliances, heat, water. $650/Mo. N/S, N/P. Call Klay 403-740-2608

3060

Suites

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 FOR RENT 2 bedroom house in Stettler, pet friendly, great yard. $700/ mo. Phone 403-742-6467. LARGE 2 bedroom downstairs suite, avail. immed., oak cupboards, full bath, laundry facilities, overlooking Alix Lake, ‘no pets, ref’s, $900/mo. utils. incl., 1 month d.d., 403-747-3806, 403-304-0146.

Stores/ Commercial

3120

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

3160

Storage Space

STETTLER MINI STORAGE 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 Heated Secure Storage ~ available immediately ~ $100 per month. † The Summer Village of Rochon Sands Call 403-742-4717

MINI STORAGE

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

Condos/ Townhouses

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

4020

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom house for sale in Stettler. Recently upgraded with all new flooring and paint, newer appliances (incl. stove, fridge, dishwasher, washer/dryer), close to downtown, large fenced yard with large dog run, single detached garage and rear driveway. $129,500. Call or text: Dan@(780)781-0018 or Vanissa@ (403)430-0224. LIVE MORTGAGE FREE 2 properties, 2 rentals, $270,000 ALIX WALK-OUT 6.5 acres, 3 bdrm., 2 baths, $315,000. * BASHAW/Buffalo Lake 2 acres w/shop & old trailer. $99,000. Wayne @ Sutton 403-318-9114

Condos/ Townhouses

4040

QUALITY LIVING - affordable price. Brand new 2 bdrm/1 bdrm condos for sale. Easy financing! Less than rent! 3 blocks east of main street “Parkland Place”. All inquiries welcome, Ken @ 403-350-9243

Farms/ Land

4070

Donalda Area Good Cultivated Quarter Located from Donalda 2 miles South - 2 miles East and 1 mile South

Phone 403-883-2545

4070

PASTURELAND FOR SALE 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

4090

Manufactured Homes

UNITED HOMES CANADA has a wide variety of stock units that must go! Visit our Heated display gallery today! 148 East Lake Blvd., Airdrie 1-800-461-7632; www. unitedhomescanada.com

Public Notice #6000

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

Public Notices

6010

Notice to Creditors And Claimants Estate of

Robert Arnold James a.k.a. Robert Arnold Isinger who dield July 5, 2012 If you have a claim against this estate, you must file your claim by February 3, 2013 and provide details of you claim with

Gordon J. Hoffman Q.C. Hoffman Dorchik

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

Cars

5030

FORD, CHEVY, DODGE, TOYOTA & MORE. Vehicles from $47/week with bad credit or no credit. Bankruptcy OK. $0 down options. Cars, Trucks, SUVs and Minivans. 1-888-222-0663. Apply online at www.canadadrives.ca. 2009 CHEVROLET IMPALA, in good cond. 65,000 kms. a.c., cruise, a.t., 3.5L ABS brakes, $10,995 , Scott @ 403-740-6754. 403-742-3777

Barristers and Solicitors 600, 5920 Macleod Trail South Calgary, AB. T2H 0K2

If you do not file by the date above, the estate property can lawfully be disributed without regard to any claim you may have.

Public Notices

6010

Community Support Services 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

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP 403-742-2337

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

BRIGANTIA PLACE (formerly Camrose Women’s Shelter)

780-672-1035

CELIAC (Gluten Intolerance)

4040

Brenda 403-742-3067

COCAINE ANONYMOUS

CONDOS FOR SALE

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])

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS 403-742-4059

HOME SUPPORT STETTLER & DISTRICT

NO GST

403-742-6568

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Hot Line 403-342-1444

Parkland Place Condos 4808 - 45 Street

• 1 & 2 BEDROOMS • MAPLE OR OAK CABINETRY • 5 APPLIANCES

Own for Less -

Mortgage, Condo Fees and Taxes

UNDER $800/mo.

Tracey - 403-742-8327 www.stettlerparklandplace.com

Public Notices

6010

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

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Berg’s 90th birthday worthy of 80 guests Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday for all. Last Saturday, 80 people signed the guest book at Heart Haven Lodge to help Iona Berg celebrate her 90th birthday. Cake and coffee were served by the family. Doug McKay led the singing of Happy Birthday, followed by the Heartland Belles entertaining everyone with several birthday and Christmas songs. Westwoods Agrilot was the scene of laughter and fun for 15 children at their annual Santa Day on Sunday. Forestburg 4-H members were on hand for the facepainting and balloon art. There were candy bags and visits with Santa and lunch at noon. Westwoods recently held its annual meeting, with a good turnout and membership drive. The executive remains unchanged: president Les Kneeland; secretary Char Curtis; treasurer

Kathy Kneeland and vicepresident Aleta Cassidy. Percy and Paulette Heer helped Percy’s sister, Dale Van Straten, celebrate her birthday on Sunday, with Dale and Eldon’s family almost all there. Shandele and her girls; Brandon and Kim and family; Carla; Michelle and Jody and girls. Ted and Pernell were away, working. Percy and Paulette left early to attend the Stettler Lutheran church choir Christmas presentation, led by Doug McKay. It was a special day for Barb (Ganshirt) and Vic Carey, as well as Rosalind (Chick) LaRose on

Saturday at the Big Valley Legion. It was very special for Barb as daughter Joanna Jarmin is a member of the Big Valley Legion. The Canadian Army Vets made a presentation of a Second World War artifact to the Big Valey Legion in honour of the 14th Calgary Tank Regiment who landed at Dieppe in 1942. The presentation had special meaning to Barb (and Joanne), along with Rosalind, as their fathers/grandfather Jim Ganshirt and Albert Chick were members of the tank regiment and were captured at Dieppe, spending the next three years in a POW camp.

Food bank beneficiary of school Christmas concert First and foremost, I would like to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas. The big day is coming up really soon — next Tuesday is Christmas Day. Merry Christmas, everyone. Hopefully, Santa will be good to everyone out there, and the weather will be great for all who are travelling on this festive time of year. An exciting event is happening tonight at the Botha Hall. Come on out at 7 p.m and support the students and staff as they perform their Christmas concert. They ask everyone to bring something to donate to the food bank. Santa and some of his helpers will be showing up after the concert, so keep your eyes out for them. The school staff wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and all the very best in 2013. The last day of school before the Christmas break is this Friday, which will be the last movie day in 2012. School resumes on Monday, Jan. 7. There will be no church service on Sunday, Dec. 23, but they would love to see everyone come out at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 for their Christmas Eve service. Let us all celebrate the main reason for the season — Jesus’ birthday. That will be the last service until Sunday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m., as Rev. Susan Bowyer will spend the festive season with her family. If you haven’t got your tickets yet for the great New Year’s Eve Dance on Monday, Dec. 31, call Doug or Bernardette Haustein at 403-742-3994. It’s a fantastic way to bring in the new year, with family and friends. The Ralph and Friends band will entertain the crowd that evening. There will be no dance Sunday, Dec. 30, due to the New Year’s Dance, and there won’t be another until Sunday, Jan. 27th, when the Jorgenson band will entertain the

crowd that afternoon. The next Bingo evening will be Tuesday, Jan. 8, starting at 7:15 p.m. Bingo is held every second Tuesday evening, but due to New Year’s Day on Jan. 1, the next Bingo will be held on the eighth instead. These are held at the Botha Senior Centre. All dog tags are due by Jan. 31, and to purchase them cheaper get them before that date. Also, remember that all dogs have to be kept on leashes and under control at all times when outside. Residents are advised to pay taxes before the end of the year. After that, there will be a penalty added. The village office is having varying hours over Christmas, so please call the office answering machine to confirm the hours. Please note the office will be closed between Jan. 9 and 23. For snow removal, call the office or talk to a council member if you need your driveway cleaned. If you see the plows coming around to clean the streets, please move your vehicles. The Community Centre has the arena open between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. everyday, unless it’s too warm. Yearly passes are on sale now, so please pay your fees to the village or mail them to Box 123, Botha, AB, T0C 0N0. If you have any questions or would like to be on the board, contact Lorraine Hankins at 403-742-1155 or jlhankins@ xplornet.com.

Christmas activities wrap up school calendar before break It’s Christmas concert time. Erskine elementary students will host their annual Christmas concert this Thursday at 7 p.m. Family and friends are encouraged to come out and enjoy a great night of entertainment, along with home-baked goodies. Parent council asks that twodozen goodies per family be dropped off in the library before the concerts starts, so everything can be organized and ready for sale as soon as the concert finishes. The last day of school before the holidays is filled with fun activities. School starts off with pajama day, moving onto swimming in Stettler, and then hot lunch

and Christmas activities to finish off the day. School holidays run from Dec. 24 to Jan. 4. School starts back up for the new year on Jan. 7. Erskine curling hosts a mixed bonspiel on Dec. 28 and 29. A banquet will be held on the second day. Please call the rink and leave a message if you’re interested in entering a

team. Or if you’d like to come and watch, show up Friday night and Saturday to cheer on your team. Birthday wishes go out to Floyd Graham on Dec. 19, Barry Titus on Dec. 19, Wade Smith on Dec. 21, and Allyson Marshall on Dec. 25, Christmas Day. Merry Christmas, everyone.

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A Christmas greeting at the cairn in Endiang welcomes visitors to the picturesque and quaint hamlet.

Parties, concerts, church services pack the pre-Christmas calendar The Christmas season is a hectic time of year, with plenty of festivities going on — more than most personal schedules can handle. Many families have held early Christmas celebrations already and several parties, concerts and church services are in the plans. The Endiang Community Society will host a family New Year’s Eve dance at the Endiang hall on Dec. 31. Marty Brooker and company will supply the live music. Congratulations to Jordan Wasdal and Kyle Smith on their recent engagement. Miles and Judy Buchwitz and their three children have moved from the hamlet of Endiang to their farm northeast of Endiang, the former Ken Land place. We hope you enjoy your new location. David Patton of Calgary has purchased the Buchwitz home in Endiang and has already settled in. We welcome David to our community. Get well wishes go out to Betty Nixon, in the Stettler hospital. Hope you are feeling well soon, Betty. Mark your calendars for the bridal shower planned for Janelle Derr, future bride of Kyle Sorensen, on Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Endiang hall.

Henry and Anita Mappin and her sister Marlene from Switzerland attended the wedding of Conlee Haustein and Lorelyn Villarosa in Stettler on Wednesday. Their wedding date, expressed numerically as 1212-12, is a rare occurrence. Next time three numbers will align (1-1-1), will be on Jan. 1, 3001. We hope all those 12s bring good luck to the young couple. Several EndiangByemoor friends of Colt Pederson and Torie Viste attended their wedding dance in Hanna on Saturday evening. Dale and Dee Green hosted their annual Christmas party at their farm on Saturday. Thanks to the Greens for their hospitality once again. Congratulations to the Byemoor-BigValley atom hockey team on its winning weekend. The locals defeated Lacombe 9-7 on Saturday and Rimbey 7-5 on Sunday.

Ruthie’s Roost hosted an entertaining Christmas get-together on Sunday, beginning with horse-drawn wagon rides and carolling in the afternoon. A ham supper was served with an array of dessert choices. Irene Brooker played the organ for a Christmas carol sing-a-long. The café was full to the brim and everyone enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of Ruth and B.J. After being closed several months due to a badly broken leg, Ruth announced she will be re-opening Ruthie’s Roost café on Jan. 7. For those who contributed lunch for Debbie Tateson’s funeral in Hanna, your plates and pans are at the Endiang hall. The Byemoor School students have been busy rehearsing for their Christmas concert, to be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Byemoor hall. Everyone is welcome to attend. A Christmas concert is planned at the Scapa hall on

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Dec. 22 at 6 p.m., starting with a potluck supper. Turkey will be supplied — just bring your favourite dish. Following the program Santa will arrive, so parents are asked to bring a small gift for your child. Everyone is welcome. Remember St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Scapa (located about nine miles southeast of Endiang) is holding their candlelight Christmas service on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. with everyone welcome. Note, this not to be confused with St. Peter Lutheran Church in Stettler. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers from near and far a safe and happy Christmas and may the new year bring good things your way. Christmas trivia — Germany is where the origin of decorating a Christmas tree began and eggnog was invented in England.

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‘Joyful squeals of delight’ mark Christmas gathering Big Valley’s annual children’s Christmas party once again was a great success, offering local families the opportunity to enjoy some holiday fun with family, friends and neighbours. The Big Valley Jubilee Hall was filled with joyful squeals of delight, as the children were entertained by Rosco the Clown’s blend of magic and comedy right after lunch. The main attraction, of course, was the appearance of Santa himself. The children gathered anxiously around his feet, eagerly anticipating their turn to sit on his knee, whisper their wishes in his ear and receive an early Christmas gift. Special thanks go to all the organizers, helpers and sponsors who generously donate their talent, time and money to help bring this little bit of Christmas magic to the children of our community every year. Students and staff of the Big Valley School remind everyone to join them at the Jubliee Hall this Thursday at 7 p.m. for an evening of great entertainment and holiday fun at their annual Christmas concert. Each class has prepared different themed gift baskets for a raffle that evening and refreshments will be served after the program. Join us for an evening of great entertainment, good eats and socializing with family and friends. As usual, donations for the food bank will be collected at the door. Everyone is invited to attend. Big Valley village and rural residents will come together this Friday, Dec. 21, to celebrate our second annual “Christmas in the Village.” Sponsored by the Big Valley Rodeo Association and

the Village of Big Valley, the evening will include hotdogs and hot chocolate enjoyed around toe-warming bonfires, horse-drawn sleigh rides around the village to view the wonderful holiday lights, and a fireworks display. Once again, we will hold the “best decorated house contest,” with judges selecting from the marvelous light displays that have been popping up all over the village. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three, with the grand prize-winner also receiving two train tickets on Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions. The festivities are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Jubilee Hall. Dress warm and come on out to join the fun. The Ladies of the Big Valley Royal Purple hope you decide to join them for their special New Year’s Eve party this year. It will include a hypnotist, supper and a dance. For more information, contact Jenni at 403-876-2558 or Sharon at 876-2779. From the community of Big Valley, we wish one and all a very Merry and Magical Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.

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Read all about it: Halkirk students check out WHL The Halkirk grades 4, 5 and 6 students won tickets to a Western Hockey League game between the Edmonton Oil Kings and Kamloops Blazers through the reading program, “Give it a shout.” Schools who participate in the program do the required reading and enter their name. The Halkirk students were among 17 lucky schools to receive free tickets and have front-row seats.

The game was enjoyed by both the students and their chaperons. Good going, Mother Teresa! We send special greetings out to Janette Berry on the occasion of her 80th birthday on Dec. 9. Helping celebrate was her sister, Jean Anderson, along with her daughters Sandi and Gordon Klaus and Nancy Chick, with her granddaughter Addison Rock, as well as granddaughter Stacy and Darcy Erion. Congratulations to Brad and Erica Engel on the arrival of an eight-pound, six-ounce girl, Sloan Marie, born Dec. 11 in Edmonton. She is the third grandchild for Don and Kjerene Engel and the sixth great-

grandchild for Louie and Fern Engel. Congratulations to Mike and Leanne Lougheed of Stettler on the birth of a seven-pound, 10-ounce daughter, Emily Ann, born Dec. 13 in Stettler. This is the first grandchild for Terry and Donna Howe. Our best wishes go out May Jamieson, who is a patient in the Stettler hospital. Sympathy is extended to Trish and Garth Dowling on the loss of Trish’s grandmother, Helen Pigeon of Castor, last week. Our junior high was able to field both boys’ and girls’ basketball teams this season, and league play is now underway. Christmas parties have been held in the area for the

last few weekends. Get-well wishes to Flo Demyen, who has been in the hospital recently. Irene Schilling had a early Christmas last Saturday, having her son Kim and grandson Jesse down from Wainwright. Dana and Verna Perry held an early Christmas on Saturday when their sons, Justin and Kevin, Krista and family were at home. Greg and Laura Kent, Rob Kent and friends from Rocky returned from a seven-day holiday at a resort near Cancun. They toured the Mayan ruins, climbed the pyramids, went parasailing, rented sea-doos and sat on the beach. Ryan and Tara Schilling, accompanied by Amy and and Tanner Spady and Keith and Janine Erion, attended the NFR finals in Las Vegas, returning on Saturday. We send Christmas wishes out to all our outof-town and out-of-country readers. May the blessings of Christmas be with you and yours.

School concert presents Christmas ‘through the eyes of the children’ By Darlene Tantrum Donalda and District Museum Come out and view the nativity and Christmas village display at the Donalda Art Gallery. The gallery doesn’t have regular hours, so if you’re interested in viewing this beautiful display, phone the Donalda museum at 403-883-2100 to make an appointment. The Donalda School Christmas concert is on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. Take the time to come and support your local school and enjoy the meaning of Christmas through the eyes of the children. If you’re still looking for great gift ideas for Christmas, the Donalda museum has decks of cards with pictures of Donalda over the years, tumblers with a scene of Donalda, matted Donalda butter wrappers and DVDs of the Donalda Centennial Celebration. For any of these useable collectors’ items, phone 403-883-2100.

As it’s the week before Christmas, everyone is rushing around doing lastminute things to prepare for their family members coming home for Christmas around Donalda. The village twinkles with all the Christmas lights on the main street trees and the decorated homes. We should be very thankful to the many volunteers that work so hard to decorate and keep events happening in Donalda. Many small communities of this size are not so lucky, as volunteers are hard to find. Merry Christmas to all.

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clue: the rate of firearms homicides in Canada, another mainly Englishspeaking country in North America with a similar political heritage, is about half the American rate — and in England itself, it’s only one-30th as much. What else is in play here? Steven Pinker, whose book “The Better Angels of Our Nature” is about the long-term decline in violence of every kind in the world, is well aware that murder rates have not fallen in the United States in the past century. (Most people don’t believe that violence is in decline anywhere, let alone almost everywhere. That’s why he wrote the book.) And Pinker suggests an explanation for the American exception. In medieval Europe, where everybody from warlords to peasants was on his own when it came to defending his property, his rights and his “honour”, the murder rates

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Here’s an interesting statistic: the second-highest rate of gun ownership in the world is in Yemen, a largely tribal, extremely poor country. The highest is in the U.S., where there are almost as many guns as people: about 300 million guns for 311 million people. But here’s another interesting statistic: in the past 25 years, the proportion of Americans who own guns has fallen from about one in three to only one in five. However, the United States, unlike Yemen, is a rich country, and the average American gun-owner has four or five firearms. Moreover, he or she is utterly determined to keep them — no matter what happens. What has just happened in Sandy Hook, Conn., is the seventh massacre this year in which four or more people were killed by a lone gunman. The fact that this time, 20 of the victims were little girls and boys six or seven years old has caused a wave of revulsion in the United States, but it’s not likely to lead to new laws on gun controls. It’s not even clear that new laws would help. Half the firearms in the entire world are in the U.S. The rate of murders by gunfire in the U.S. is almost 20 times higher than the average rate in 22 other populous, high-income countries where the frequency of other crimes is about the same. There is clearly a connection between these two facts, but it’s not necessarily simple cause-and-effect. Here’s one reason to suspect that it’s not that simple: the American rate for murders of all kinds — shooting, strangling, stabbing, poisoning, pushing people under buses, etc. — is seven times higher than it is in those other 22 rich countries. It can’t just be guns. And here’s another

were astronomically high: 110 people per 100,000 in 14th-century Oxford, for example. It was at least as high in colonial New England in the early 17th century. By the mid-20th century, the murder rate in England had fallen more than a hundredfold: in London, it was less than one person per 100,000 per year. In most Western European countries, it was about the same. Whereas the U.S. murder rate is still up around seven people per 100,000 per year. Why? Pinker quotes historian Pieter Spierenburg’s provocative suggestion that

“democracy came too early” to America. In European countries, the population was gradually disarmed by the centralized state as it put an end to feudal anarchy. Only much later, after people had already learned to trust the law to defend their property and protect them from violence, did democracy come to these countries. That is also what has happened in most other parts of the world, though in many cases it was the colonial power that disarmed the people and instituted the rule of law. But in the United States,

where the democratic revolution came over two centuries ago, the people took over the state before they had been disarmed — and kept their weapons. They also kept their old attitudes. Indeed, large parts of the United States, particularly in the southeast and southwest, still have an “honour” culture in which it is accepted that a private individual may choose to defend his rights and his interests by violence rather than seeking justice through the law. The homicide rate in New England is less than three people per 100,000 per year; in Louisiana, it’s more than 14. None of this explains the specific phenomenon of gun massacres by deranged individuals, who are presumably present at the same rate in every country. It’s just that in the United States, it’s easier for individuals like that to get

access to rapid-fire weapons. And, of course, the intense media coverage of every massacre gives many other crazies an incentive to do the same, only more of it. But only one in 300 murders in the United States happens in that kind of massacre. Most are simply due to quarrels between individuals, often members of the same family. Private acts of violence to obtain “justice”, with or without guns, are deeply entrenched in American culture, and the murder rate would stay extraordinarily high even if there were no guns. Since there are guns everywhere, of course, the murder rate is even higher. But since the popular attitudes to violence have not changed, that is not going to change, either. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose columns are published in 45 countries.

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See your Ford Dealer for complete details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. †Until December 25, 2012, receive $750/ $1,000/ $1,250/ $1,500/ $1,750/ $2,000/ $3,000/ $3,500/ $3,750/ $4,000/ $4,750/ $5,000/ $5,500/ $6,000/ $6,500/ $7,500 in Manufacturer Rebates with the purchase or lease of a new 2013 Edge SE/ Fiesta S, Flex SE, Explorer Base, Transit Connect, E-Series/ Focus ST, Fusion Hybrid/ Focus S, Focus BEV, Mustang V6 Coupe, Taurus SE, F-150 Regular Cab XL 4x2 (value Leader)/Fusion (excluding Hybrid)/ CMAX, F-350 to F-550 Chassis Cabs/ Explorer (excluding Base), Escape (excluding S)/Fiesta (excluding S), Flex (excluding SE)/ Mustang V6 Premium/ Focus (excluding S, ST and BEV), F-250 to F-450 (excluding Chassis Cabs) Gas engine / Mustang GT, Edge AWD (excluding SE)/ Expedition / Taurus (excluding SE), Edge FWD (excluding SE), F-150 Regular Cab (excluding XL 4x2) non 5.0L/ F-150 Regular Cab (excluding XL 4x2) 5.0L, F-250 to F-450 (excluding Chassis Cabs) Diesel Engine/F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew non 5.0L/F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew 5.0L– all Raptor, GT500, BOSS302, Transit Connect EV and Medium Truck models excluded. This offer can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. *Purchase a new 2013 Escape SE FWD with 2.0L EcoBoost engine/2013 Edge SEL FWD with Automatic transmission/2013 F-150 XLT Super Cab 4x4 with 5.0L engine for $26,499/$29,999/$31,499. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after Manufacturer Rebate of $3,000/$5,500/$7,500 has been deducted. Offers include freight and air tax $1,650/$1,650/$1,700 but exclude optional features, administration and registration fees (administration fees may vary by dealer), fuel fill charge and all applicable taxes. Manufacturer Rebates can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. **Until December 25, 2012, receive 4.99% annual percentage rate (APR) purchase financing on a new 2013 Escape SE FWD with 2.0L EcoBoost engine/2013 Edge SEL FWD with Automatic transmission/2013 F-150 XLT Super Cab 4x4 with 5.0L engine for a maximum of 72 months to qualified retail customers, on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest APR payment. Purchase financing monthly payment is $402/$452/$480 (the sum of twelve (12) monthly payments divided by 26 periods gives payee a bi-weekly payment of $186/$209/$221 with a down payment of $1,500/$1,900/$1,700 or equivalent trade-in. Cost of borrowing is $3,980.37/$4,473.96/$4,744.63 or APR of 4.99% and total to be repaid is $28,979.37/$32,572.96/$34,543.63. Offers include a Manufacturer Rebate of $3,000/$5,500/$7,500 and freight and air tax of $1,650/$1,650/$1,700 but exclude optional features, administration and registration fees (administration fees may vary by dealer), fuel fill charge and all applicable taxes. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after Manufacturer Rebate deducted. Bi-Weekly payments are only available using a customer initiated PC (Internet Banking) or Phone Pay system through the customer’s own bank (if offered by that financial institution). The customer is required to sign a monthly payment contract with a first payment date one month from the contract date and to ensure that the total monthly payment occurs by the payment due date. Bi-weekly payments can be made by making payments equivalent to the sum of 12 monthly payments divided by 26 bi-weekly periods every two weeks commencing on the contract date. Dealer may sell for less. Offers vary by model and not all combinations will apply. ▲Offer only valid from December 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013 (the “Offer Period”) to resident Canadians with a Costco membership on or before November 30, 2012. Use this $1,000CDN Costco member offer towards the purchase or lease of a new 2012/2013 Ford vehicle (excluding Fiesta, Focus, Fusion HEV & Energi, C-Max, Raptor, GT500, Mustang Boss 302, Transit Connect EV & Medium Truck) (each an “Eligible Vehicle”). The Eligible Vehicle must be delivered and/or factory-ordered from your participating Ford/Lincoln dealer within the Offer Period. Offer is only valid at participating dealers, is subject to vehicle availability, and may be cancelled or changed at any time without notice. Only one (1) offer may be applied towards the purchase or lease of one (1) Eligible Vehicle, up to a maximum of two (2) separate Eligible Vehicle sales per Costco Membership Number. Offer is transferable to persons domiciled with an eligible Costco member. This offer can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford Motor Company of Canada at either the time of factory order (if ordered within the Offer Period) or delivery, but not both. Offer is not combinable with any CPA/GPC or Daily Rental incentives, the Commercial Upfit Program or the Commercial Fleet Incentive Program (CFIP). Applicable taxes calculated before $1,000CDN offer is deducted. Dealer may sell or lease for less. Limited time offer, see dealer for details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. ††When properly equipped. Max. towing of 11,300 lbs with 3.5L EcoBoost 4x2 and 4x4 and 6.2L 2 valve V8 4x2 engines. Max. payload of 3,120 lbs with 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs GVWR vs. 2012/2013 competitors. †††Max. horsepower of 411 and max. torque of 434 on F-150 6.2L V8 engine. Class is Full–Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs GVWR vs. 2012/2013 comparable competitor engines. ©2012 Sirius Canada Inc. “SiriusXM”, the SiriusXM logo, channel names and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc. and are used under licence. ©2012 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved.

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