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Singalong - The delightful sounds of young voices reverberated through the gym at École Steffie Woima Elementary School last Thursday morning as the students sang their favourite Christmas tunes during a singalong. It was also pajama day at the school so all the youngsters were comfortably dressed in a variety of warm bed attire. STEVE DILLS

Four residents honoured with Diamond Jubilee medals by Steve Dills Sylvan Lake News

Four “pillars” of the Sylvan Lake community were honoured when they were presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by MP Earl Dreeshen on behalf of the Town of Sylvan Lake, last Wednesday. “The medals are a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country,” according to the Governor General’s website. “At the same

time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.” They mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. 60,000 medals are being presented across the country. “As we reflect on the many causes for celebration this past year, it is fitting to round out the season with today’s event,” said Mayor Susan Samson. “On behalf of the Town of Sylvan Lake and my council, I

cannot think of a better way to celebrate 2012 than to recognize those special individuals who make Sylvan Lake such a great place.” Samson indicated that all of the recipients have given “extensively of their time and talents to enhance our community and our environment”. MLA Kerry Towle extended her gratitude and honour to each of the recipients. MP Earl Dreeshen reflected on the pride that exists “not only in the recipients but also in their

families” and the opportunities they pursued to serve the community. The medals are “an opportunity to recognize Canadians from coast to coast for their contributions. All are united by an undeniable commitment to make the place they live a better place for all around them”. Dreeshen also spoke of an event at Rideau Hall last year where he and his wife talked with the Queen. “Even though it was for a brief few moments, she was one of those people you know are

interested in what’s happening in your life. I’m extremely proud of her.” Following are the citations read for each of the recipients: Jean Bridge - Jean is a long time resident of Sylvan Lake and a retired school teacher. Jean is a regular volunteer at the Sylvan Lake Archives and helped write the first Sylvan Lake history book, “Reflections”. Jean volunteered for the Sylvan Lake Centennial Celebration committee and brings with her a wealth of local history Continued on page 3

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Correction - Sylvan in Red Deer-Wolf Creek by Steve Dills Sylvan Lake News

Sylvan Lake is in the new Red Deer-Wolf Creek federal electoral district. Our story in the Dec. 20 issue of Sylvan Lake News was incorrect in that we misinterpreted the descriptions of the two districts created in our region from information that was in a report of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Com-mission for Alberta when it was tabled in the House of

Commons, Dec. 12. While Sylvan Lake, Norglenwold and Jarvis Bay were included in the descriptions of both electoral divisions, the Mountain View description was one of exclusion while the Wolf Creek description was one of inclusion. The Red Deer-Wolf Creek district contains all the municipalities which surround the shores of Sylvan Lake, as well as neighbouring towns such as Eckville, Bentley and Ponoka, the City of

Lacombe and the five Indian Reserves at Hobbema. Rimbey and Rocky Mountain House are included in the massive Yellowhead district which runs west to the provincial border and north to include Edson, Hinton and Jasper. Here are the official descriptions for the Red Deer-Mountain View and Red Deer-Wolf Creek districts. Trying to make sense of these we used the first words “consisting of:” in the Mountain View

description and jumped to (ii) which states “the summer villages of Jarvis Bay and Norglenwold; the Town of Sylvan Lake” without assimilating (b) “Red Deer County and the City of Red Deer, excepting:” as being part of section (ii). Our apologies to all involved for the inaccuracies of our interpretation. Red Deer —Mountain View Consisting of: (a) Mountain View County; and (b) Red Deer County and the

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City of Red Deer, excepting: (i) that part lying northerly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the northwesterly limit of said county with Highway No. 11 (David Thompson Highway); thence generally easterly along said highway to the westerly limit of the City of Red Deer; thence southerly along said limit to the right bank of the Red Deer River; thence generally easterly along said bank to Taylor Drive; thence generally easterly along said drive, Ross (50) Street and its easterly production to 20 Avenue; thence northerly along said avenue to Highway No. 11 (David Thompson Highway); thence generally easterly along said highway to the northerly limit of said county; (ii) the summer villages of Jarvis Bay and Norglenwold; the Town of Sylvan Lake.

Avenue; thence northerly along said avenue to Highway No. 11 (David Thompson Highway); thence generally easterly along said highway to the northerly limit of said county; (c) that part of Ponoka County lying easterly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the southern limit of said county and Range Road 14; thence northerly along said road to Township Road 422; thence easterly along said road to Highway No. 771; thence

northerly along said highway to Highway No. 53; thence easterly along said highway to Highway No. 792; thence northerly along said highway to the northerly limit of Ponoka County; and (d) Louis Bull Indian Reserve No. 138B, Ermineskin Indian Reserve No. 138, Samson Indian Reserve No. 137, Samson Indian Reserve No. 137A and Montana Indian Reserve No. 139; the summer villages of Parkland Beach, Jarvis Bay and Norglenwold; the towns of Ponoka and Sylvan Lake.

Red Deer—Wolf Creek Consisting of: (a) Lacombe County; (b) that part of Red Deer County and the City of Red Deer lying northerly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the northwesterly limit of said county with Highway No. 11 (David Thompson Highway); thence generally easterly along said highway to the westerly limit of the City of Red Deer; thence southerly along said limit to the right bank of the Red Deer River; thence generally easterly along said bank to Taylor Drive; thence generally easterly along said drive, Ross (50) Street and its easterly production to 20


- Rotary Club of Sylvan Lake acting president Mark Custance presented a $1,200 cheque for the Heroes program to instructor Julian Price at the Nov. 23 Rotary meeting. The 12-session program is presented to students in both École Fox Run School and École Mother Teresa Catholic School. Recognizing that young people deal with big issues and make choices the program helps youth recognize and build on their strengths and equips them to make the right decisions, according to the Impact Society’s website ( STEVE DILLS



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County to contribute more to ‘urbans’ for recreation, culture under new policy by Aleisha Bosch Sylvan Lake News

Red Deer County councillors voted unanimously to amend the county’s policy regarding support to urban municipalities for recreation and culture during their regular meeting Dec. 18. Agreements

signed under the previous five-year policy had expired. The policy addresses decision-making procedures when reviewing funding requests from urban municipalities. County administration hoped to create a fairer funding formula with the new policy. The current formula

distributes $390,000 among the county’s seven largest communities, with Sylvan Lake receiving 20 per cent ($78,000) of the total. The new policy will increase the county’s expense from $390,000 to $627,020 in 2013 increasing to $718,775 in 2016. Part of the reason for

the change was the inequity of the current policy, according to a written report by Jo-Ann Symington, the county’s Community Services Manager. “Currently the county distributes the equivalent of approximately $20 per capita to its urban municipalities on a facility basis. This

Four residents honoured... Continued from page 1 and stories. Denise Bignold - Denise is a long time resident of Sylvan Lake who is very active in the community including member of Sylvan Lake Archives, member of Sylvan Lake Lions Club and member of Sylvan Lake’s Centennial Celebrations committee. Denise is instrumental in bringing Sylvan Lake’s rich history to the forefront to be shared and celebrated by

all. Graeme Strathdee - President of Sylvan Lake Watershed Stewardship Society, working to preserve the lake’s quality with science based solutions, Graeme is also commissioner of the Central Alberta Peewee Football league and assistant coach of Sylvan Lake Bears football team. He is also involved with Sylvan Lake Sailing Club. He also serves as director of the Chemical

Institute of Canada’s Chemical Education Fund for the 2012-13 term. John Watson - John is a long time manager for public works at the Town of Sylvan Lake. As a lakeside community, John takes great pride and initiative to bring in green solutions that protect the health of the watershed including the lake. John is passionate about water conservation and educating our citizens on how to be green.

Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen presented Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals to Denise Bignold, Jean Bridge, John Watson and Graeme Strathdee during a special ceremony last Wednesday afternoon. They are among 60,000 being presented to Canadians to honour significant contributions and achievements. STEVE DILLS


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funding does not take into account county usage. For instance, Innisfail and Sylvan Lake receive the same amount, even though county residents make up approximately 35 per cent of the market population of Innisfail compared to 18 per cent of the market population of Sylvan Lake.” Under the policy the county will enter into intermunicipal recreation and culture agreements with all of its urban municipalities. The new formula will

give each community a base amount, determined by size, with additional funding given on a per capita basis. Following this new formula, Sylvan Lake will receive a $50,000 base, as a town with a population over 5,000, plus $20 per capita for the first three years of the policy and $25 for the last two years. The per capita funding reflects the rural population served which would provide Sylvan Lake with a total of $97,640 in the first three years.

“The grant signifies a mutual understanding of the reciprocal role both parties play in the provision and support of regional recreation and culture services,” states the policy. Symington’s report noted the proposed funding model was circulated to urban municipalities for review and comment. Of the seven, five supported the funding model, Penhold expressed concerns and “to date no comments have been received from Sylvan Lake”.

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Centennial celebration will inspire many My how the years have flown by. It seems only a few days ago that we began reading and researching the history of Sylvan Lake beginning primarily with the history of our Legion branch and then as interesting items popped up adding them to our files. All this effort was primarily in recognition that the town’s Centennial — 100 years since it became an incorporated municipality — was in 2013 and the feeling that there are always interesting stories to rediscover. Watch for the results of some of our work throughout the coming 12 months. Now we’re on the doorstep of 2013 and the celebrations which have been planned over the past two years by a dedicated group of volunteers. Next Tuesday, January 1st, marks the opening of the year and the first of those celebrations. The town is going to officially unveil the historic designation of the town’s main street (50th Street) as Centennial Street at a 3 p.m. ceremony on the corner of Lakeshore Drive and 50th Street. Then there’s the first bonfire in the new fire pit at Centennial Park and fireworks at the pier. In the midst of that, from 1-5 p.m. the Royal Canadian Legion branch is hosting a President’s Levée to greet the new year during an afternoon of food, drink and camaraderie. Some of the other significant events planned for the year will sure bring back memories or instill new knowledge. History boards are being created by various organizations to tell stories of their evolution and involvement in Sylvan Lake. Sylvan Lake and District Archives Society has created an historic 18 month calendar which has been on sale since June. A Centennial legacy art project is

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underway with Grade 7 students — about 275 of them — contributing to the unique creation which will hang in the new town hall.

The Dance of the Century is taking place June 15 with each hour representing a different decade. The same day a quilt show will feature Centennial Quilts thanks to our local quilting group. And a Sylvan Lake Centennial Cookbook is being created. Of course there will be civic ceremonies and a very special 1913 days

parade. These are just a few of the events which are sure to make 2013 an interesting year in our community. We encourage everyone to get involved, learn more about our community and enjoy the variety of celebrations and activities planned to make 2013 special in our community.

National anthem should be proudly sung During the many events and school assemblies I attend on a weekly basis, I have noticed many people don’t sing the national anthem when it is played. I am not referring to the students, who sing a loud, sometimes bilingual version. I am referring to the audience, the members of which for the most part stand silent. I wonder why. I assume almost everyone knows the English version. It is taught to elementary-aged children. I doubt people aren’t singing because they don’t know the words.

The national anthem is played when an athlete wins gold at the Olympics. As the camera focuses on their face, I have seen them singing as they clutch a bouquet of flowers, their medal hung around their neck for the world to see. Sometimes they cry. When I attended Remembrance Day services in November, more people sang the anthem than usual. Awareness of our country is higher, I believe, when faced with veterans who fought for our freedom, and when remembering those who died for it.

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Though our country isn’t perfect, we have a lot to be proud of and thankful for. We are free to express ourselves as we choose, and to associate with whomever we want. We can walk around in relative safety. We can turn on the tap and drink unpolluted water. If we can’t afford food, there are many social programs in place to ensure no one starves. We have one of the most highly

educated populations in the world, and one of the highest standards of living. The United Nations consistently rates Canada as one of the world’s best countries to live in. When I was in Argentina, people always asked where I was from. When I said Canada, those who had visited always told me what a nice country they thought it was. They were impressed with the cleanliness of the streets and the friendliness of the people. They liked how orderly the country was. When I visited Paraguay, people were

amazed when I told them I could safely take public transit, and walk around by myself during the day. We are so fortunate to live here, but it’s easy to take everything we have for granted. It had never occurred to me to be grateful for how freely I can walk around. Perhaps we just need to remember what we truly have, and to show our appreciation for it. We live in a great country, and we should recognize that by singing the national anthem. O Canada, the true north strong and free.

Thursday, December 27, 2012 SYLVAN LAKE NEWS

69 years ago ... From the issue of December 29, 1943

After spending the Christmas holidays at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Speedie, F/O Norman Speedie and his bride returned to Ottawa last Sunday. ♦ ♦ ♦ Among the young men serving

with the R.C.A.F. who were home for the Christmas holidays were: Michael Fisher, Roy Cutlan, Herbert Miller, Willie Jackson and John Holsworth. ♦ ♦ ♦ A mixed bonspiel with 16 rinks competing, starts tonight. Play will continue through New Year’s Day. ♦ ♦ ♦ From Ottawa - You’ve heard a lot about tea and coffee lately. Here’s the latest dope from the W.P.T.B. At the present rate of consumption there is just enough tea in the country to last five or six months — a small backlog considering the precariousness of the war in the Pacific. Moreover, 20 per cent of Canada’s tea supply is needed for the Armed Forces and the Red Cross. Just recently the Red Cross asked for a goodly increase of tea for

prisoners-of-war parcels. As for coffee, Canada is bringing is as much as she is allowed in her shipping allocation and it’s barely enough to meet the prevailing rate of consumption.

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From the issue of January 3, 1962

(There was no Dec. 27, 1962 issue.) At a meeting of the new council of the County of Red Deer this (Thursday) morning the school committee for the county was set up. A motion as carried by the county council that the whole council be the school committee for the county. Other representation is provided by the County Act for towns and villages situated within the county. Innisfail had a permanent member of the board of the former Red Deer School


Division in view of the 250 resident pupils, enrolled at the Innisfail school. This arrangement will continue in the county and Innisfail will have a permanent member on the county school committee. The County Act also provides that members appointed to the school committee shall not exceed three exclusive of county representation. This leaves two seats for Sylvan Lake, Bowden, Penhold, Delburne and Elnora. The remaining two seats were allotted by draw. As a result Elnora and Sylvan Lake will elect one representative each to the county school committee for two year terms starting Sept. 30, 1963. Bowden and Delburne will elect on representative each in the fall of 1965 for two year terms.

Writer hopes lakeside development becomes election issue Dear Editor, Re: Deep concerns when developers take control, Dec. 20th issue. Mr. Dressler has expressed himself very well regarding the concerns all of us should have about access to our lake. I admit that my only knowledge of the moves made to the lake front came from our local paper. Thank you for keeping us informed. As I understand, council originally turned down the upper

class expensive lake side condo project, and were quite within their right to do so. Within a very short time, the matter was recalled, and at the encouragement of the mayor, was voted in. As I understand a condition for approval was continued public access to the marina. Perhaps council should have included a condition that launch fees would not be increased by 150 per cent. It appears council got played for fools for not including a limit to

the gouging that occurred. Mr. Dressler qualified himself in his letter stating that he didn’t want to sound like a communist. Why, as Albertans, do we always feel the need to ensure everyone we are not communist when we call on our elected officials to protect us from greed? A viable, affordable marina in the most beautiful lake in Central Alberta is vital to all the local businesses in our town. If people can

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afford to launch their boats at, say Gull Lake, they likely will. I don’t

think anyone wants to see our downtown core get any emptier.

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

Special Events Saturday, Dec. 29 - Sylvan Lake community blood drive from 9-1 at the community centre. Saturday, Dec. 29 - Central Alberta Singles dance at 8:30 pm at Penhold Hall. Music by Randy Hillman. Members and invited guests only; new members welcome. Elaine 403-3417653 or Bob 403-304-7440. Monday, Dec. 31 - New Year’s Eve dance at the Royal Canadian Legion, Sylvan Lake Br. No. 212. Live music by Flat Out Country starts at 8 pm. Hor d’oeuvres at 11 p.m. Party favours, cash bar. Tickets available at the bar. Everyone welcome. Tuesday, Jan. 1 -New Year’s Levée at the Royal Canadian Legion, Sylvan Lake Br. No. 212 from 1-5 pm. Everyone welcome to come and usher in the new year with refreshments. Tuesday, Jan. 1 - Designation of 50th Street as Centennial Street kicks off the town’s Centennial Year at 3 pm at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and 50th Street. Bonfire in the new fire pit at Centennial Park at 6 pm then at 7 pm fireworks. Hot chocolate and prizes at the fire. Saturday, Jan. 5 - Family movie marathon from 10-3:30 pm at Sylvan Lake Municipal Library. Sunday, Jan. 6 - Sylvan Lake Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary breakfast at the Legion. 4916 50 Ave. 9 am to 1 pm. All welcome. Wednesday, Jan. 23 - Robbie Burns Night at Sylvan Lake Legion. Saturday, Jan. 26 - 15 minutes of fun for Family Literacy Day at Sylvan Lake Municipal Library from 1:15-2 pm. Storytellers, snacks and prizes.

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Weekly events Mondays - Parents Connecting Parents from 10-11:30 am. Open discussion, sharing tips and coffee. Children welcome. At Community Partners Association. Mondays - Toastmasters Sylvan’s Slick Speakers meet at Sylvan Lake Alliance Church, 4404 47 Ave. from 7-8:15 pm. Our club is open to everyone wishing to improve their communication and leadership skills. For info call Correna Rae 403-506-9643. Tuesdays - Healthy Moms and Healthy Babes at Community Partners Association from 10-11:30 am. Join us for the opportunity to nurture you and your baby’s health (up to 12 months). Free childcare for older siblings. Guest speakers. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays Terrific Tales for 2’s and 3’s at the Sylvan Lake Municipal Library from 10:15-11 am. Enjoy the program of stories, finger plays, songs and a simple craft with your 2 or 3 year old. Free, registration required. Wednesdays - Sylvan Lake Community Food Bank issues hampers from 9:30 am to 12 noon. Located in basement of Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4607 47th Ave., Sylvan Lake. Contact 403-887-4534 in you are in need of assistance. Wednesdays - Free family swim from noon to 1 pm. Parents and preschool children invited to interact socially while engaging in activity at Sylvan Lake Aquatic Centre. Must pre-register with Giselle prior to first swim 403-887-9989. Thursdays - Sylvan Lake seniors bus to Red Deer. Pick-up 9:15 am. Returning to Sylvan 1:30 pm. Phone Mary 403-887-4579. Thursdays - Benalto Leisure Club invites you to an afternoon of games, socializing and refreshments from 1-3:30 pm. Call Mary 403-7465237 or Tom 403-588-2620 for info. Thursdays - Bingo at Sylvan Lake Seniors Centre. Precall at 6:30 bingo starts at 7 pm. Thursdays - TOPS Sylvan Lake chapter meets at Comfort Inn, Sylvan Lake. Weigh-in 7-7:30 pm followed by meeting. All welcome. For info call Kari 403-887-7850.

Monthly events First Monday every month. Sylvan Lake & District Fish & Game Association meets at 7 pm at Sylvan Lake Community Partners Association, 5043 50 Ave. Everyone welcome. For info call Dave Lloyd 403-887-2380. First Wednesday every month. 55+ Club Pot Luck at Sylvan Lake Legion 12 noon. $2 admission. Jam session to follow. Everyone welcome. First Wednesday every month - Sept-June.

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Benalto Royal Purple meetings. 10 am at Benalto Leisure Centre. Second Sunday every month - Sept.-Apr. Cribbage tournament at Royal Canadian Legion, Sylvan Lake Br. 212. 9:30 am registration, 10:30 play. $25 per couple or $12.50 per person includes lunch. Next tournament Jan. 13. Second Monday (Sept-June). Sylvan Lake Art Society meets at 7 pm in the H. J. Cody art room. Everyone welcome, whether professional or beginner. For information contact Second and fourth Tuesday every month. Coffee, chats and crafts at Sylvan Lake Seniors’ Centre from 1:30-3:30 pm.

Support Programs Sylvan Lake Al-Anon (for families and friends of alcoholics) 8 pm Sundays, Presbyterian Church (north door), Kathy 403-887-4470 or Robyn 403-887-2961. 12/30/12 Sylvan Lake AA meetings. Tuesdays 7:30 pm Lions Hall; Sundays 8 pm Presbyterian Church (north door). For more information about the program, call male 403-887-4470, 403-5885491 or female 403-887-4297. 12/30/12 Narcotics Anonymous meetings Thursday nights at 7:30 pm at Sylvan Lake Bethany Care, 4700 47th Ave. 12/30/12 Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Overweight? Underweight? Obsessed with weight or dieting? You are not alone. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Everyone is welcome. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12 step recovery program. For info call Joan at 403-3969371. 12/30/12 Are you raising your grandchildren? Come join us at our ACUSHLA meetings first Thursday of the month at Sylvan Lake Library from 1-3 pm. We meet to share and support each other. Questions, call Glenda (Sylvan Lake) 403-8873849 or Sandy (Lacombe) 403-782-2960.

Volunteers Wanted Sylvan Lake Lodge is in need of volunteer drivers for their Meals on Wheels Program. Call the Lodge 403-887-2555, ext. 5 for further info.

Groups & Activities C.H.I.P.S. - Children’s Indoor playspace is a nonstructured playtime for children 0-5 years old. Riding, climbing and bouncing toys provided and parents and caregivers can socialize. Mondays 9-11:30 am; Wednesdays and Fridays 9:3011:30 am; Thursdays 12:30-2:30 pm. at the community centre. Contact Wendy-Jo for info 403-887-5975.

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Sylvan’s Centennial year to be welcomed with several events Jan. 1 by Steve Dills Sylvan Lake News

A name change, bonfire and brightly lit skies will welcome

Sylvan L ake’s Centennial year. Planning has been underway for about two years for a year that promises to be filled

with spectacular events and activities. The first of these will take place on Tuesday, January 1. To begin the year, the town is officially


- The OLR Express at École Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School was unloaded Dec. 19 when students in Mme. Voytechek’s Grade 2 French Immersion class unloaded the decorated train cars and placed food in boxes which were picked up by Sylvan Lake Food Bank volunteers. An estimated 20-25 boxes of food items as well as cash donations were raised by students and staff of the school. STEVE DILLS

designating its historic main street as Centennial Street at an official unveiling ceremony that takes place at 3 p.m. at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and 50th Street. Then residents and visitors are invited to enjoy the first fire in the Centennial Park fire pit at 6 p.m., complete with complimentary hot chocolate and treats. There will also be a free draw for Centennial items provided by Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Sylvan Lake. The final townorganized event of the day will be a fireworks display which is certain to awe spectators in the manner many past displays have amazed and entertained. The display begins at 7 p.m.

Notice of Public Hearing PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE COUNTY’S MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN Bylaw No. 1168/12 Lacombe County Council has given first reading to a bylaw which proposes some changes to the County’s policies affecting agricultural subdivisions. Bylaw No. 1168/12 proposes to require agricultural operations to be established on the property for a minimum of three years and be operating at 50% of the proposed capacity prior to the subdivision application being considered. This change was made in order to ensure agricultural operations are established and continue to operate after the subdivision is finalized. This change still provides opportunity for more intensive agricultural operations on smaller parcels of land but the changes would help reduce the fragmentation of agricultural lands across the County. A copy of the Bylaw may be obtained from the County’s Planning and Development Department or by visiting the County’s website at Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed amendments will have an opportunity to do so at a public hearing which has been arranged for: Date: Time: Place:

Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:15 AM Lacombe County Administration Office located 2½ miles west of Highway 2 at the intersection of Spruceville Road and Highway 12

If you are unable to attend the hearing, written submissions can be made to the County. You will, however, need to ensure that your comments are received by the County prior to the date of the hearing. Your comments can be sent by email to, by fax to 403-782-3820 or by mail to RR 3, Lacombe AB T4L 2N3. All submissions will be public information.

and those viewing are asked to stay a minimum of 500 metres away from the firing area on the pier. The events are being hosted by the Town of Sylvan Lake, Sylvan Lake Centennial Celebrations Task Force and First Sylvan Lake Cubs and Scouts. The same day, from 1-5 p.m., the Sylvan Lake branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is continuing its traditional President’s Levée. President Steve Dills and members of the Legion will be at the branch on 50th Avenue to welcome people with moose milk and clam chowder during the afternoon of food, drink and camaraderie. The Levée has evolved from early Canadian fur trading

days into an occasion to call upon representatives of the sovereign, military, and municipal governments, to exchange New Year’s greetings and best wishes for the coming year, to renew old acquaintances and meet new friends in a convivial atmosphere. Moose milk is a tradition dating back to the earliest levées in Canada when wine, which didn’t travel well, was doctored with alcohol and spices and heated. The concoction came to be known as “Le Sang du Caribou”, or moose blood. Under British colonial rule whiskey was substituted for the basic ingredient of wine then flavoured with goat’s milk, nutmeg and cinnamon to produce an Anglicized version


Bylaw No. 1169/12 Residential Lake Area “R-RLA” District Lacombe County Council has given first reading to Bylaw No. 1169/12, the purpose of which is to amend the Residential Lake Area “R-RLA” District to allow for all residences in the Lakeview Subdivision to have the same standard of sewage disposal system. Specifically, the six most westerly lots of the subdivision will require individual, onsite advanced wastewater treatment systems that comply with the standards of the District as is currently required for the remaining twenty six lots.

called moose milk. Today’s version of moose milk, in addition to whiskey (or rum) and spices, uses a combination of eggnog and ice cream and sometimes an additional alcoholic refinement or two. Everyone’s invited to stop in and exchange greetings of the new year.

Election issue... Continued from page 5 -ing that our property taxes make up the bulk of municipal revenues, forgive me. I think our town council has let us down badly on the issue of the marina. I do think our town council has a greater responsibility to the people of Sylvan Lake, and indeed the people of Alberta when it comes to lakefront development. Might I suggest that Council consider a 90 per cent gouger’s tax for developers who raise access to the lake by 100 per cent or higher. Lakeside development may very well be an important issue next election. I hope so. Ian McLean, Sylvan Lake

A copy of Bylaw No. 1169/12 describing the proposed amendment may be obtained from the County’s Planning and Development Department or by visiting the County’s website at www. Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed amendment will have an opportunity to do so at a public hearing which has been arranged for: Date: Time: Place:

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November adventure - A local driver thought the ice was thick enough on Sylvan Lake Nov. 29 to support his Toyota, however to be safe he stayed close to shore. That was a good thing because he went through the ice, but only into two and a half feet of water just off shore from Sunbreaker Cove at the north end of the lake. The vehicle was removed by Richlen Towing after a three hour struggle. Since then we’ve had several weeks of cold weather and the village of fishing huts off Norglenwold has grown. The parking area and skating rink beside the pier are now operational. LEO DE GROOT

Captivating - Several guest readers as well as Grade 5 Readers’ Theatre groups served up delightful Christmas stories for students at École Steffie Woima Elementary School during the annual Night Before Christmas Pajama Day last Thursday. The youngsters moved from room to room listening to stories read by various people during the afternoon. Among the readers was Kurt Sacher, Chinook’s Edge School Division Superintendent. STEVE DILLS PHOTOS

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Christmas turkey lunch at Benalto

Benalto School parents’ council organized a Christmas turkey lunch last Thursday at Benalto Elks Hall. Money raised from lunch ticket sales went to the parents’ council, which will use the money to fund school events.


- “It’s a Magical Time of Year” was the theme of Benalto School’s Christmas concert when Santa Claus disappeared and then reappeared again, last Wednesday night. The school’s students and preschool students delighted with their acting and singing at the Elks Hall. Then a truly tall Santa Claus walked into the hall at the end of the concert with treats for all the youngsters. A social took place following the concert. It was also announced that the school’s students and staff collected over 320 items or about 150 kg. of food for the Food Bank.

Julia Turner, Trissa Tait, Colin Denk, and Jessie White enjoyed their holiday meal last Thursday at the Benalto turkey lunch.


Tremendous - Benalto School’s 40 students collected over 325 items, weighing a combined total of over 150 kilograms, for Sylvan Lake Food Bank.


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Giving - Students and staff at C. P. Blakely School collected 1,551 items of food and over $200 in cash Successful

- Rotary members Jack Van Delden, Paul Ventura and Scott McDermott were among the volunteers who initialed lap cards during the Rotary Club of Sylvan Lake’s skate-a-thon sessions held in November. The event helps many groups raise money for their programs. Involved this year were hockey teams, Brownies, Guides and the newly formed Sylvan Lake Rotary Interact Club. Overall the skate-a-thon raised about $20,000, said coordinator Marla Maher. Rotary received 25 per cent for organizing the event and donated that money to KidSport. The other 75 per cent went to the participating groups. The top teams were Dynamite 2 Lakers raising $2,765.50; Peewee Boys AA Lakers raising $2,570 and Atom AA Lakers raising $2,108.75. Top fundraisers were Tyson Tisdale ($550), Heath White ($420) and Ethan Weberg ($390).

during their Twelve Days of Christmas Giving campaign for Sylvan Lake Food Bank. The items were picked up by food bank volunteers who included Rachel Taylor, Gena Williamson, Jenna Taylor, Hannah Taylor and Olivia Taylor with assistance from teachers Janet Reddekopp (hidden behind Hannah), Tara Ireland and Teri Rattray, Dec. 19. STEVE DILLS






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DEVELOPMENT PERMITS Town Offices will be closed on Jan 1st- Regular hours Dec. 31.

The Town of Sylvan Lake is a growing and thriving municipality and as such the organization continues to move ahead in a progressive manner. We have an immediate opening for an:

Economic Development Officer Reporting directly to the Chief Administrative Officer, this key position will plan, develop and implement Economic Development strategies and programs for the Town of Sylvan Lake. In addition, you will facilitate access to resources for businesses to be successful and mobilize community resources to nurture economic sustainability. Responsibilities: ž Initiate economic development activities in The Town of Sylvan Lake to attract new business and retain and expand existing business. ž Facilitate development and implementation of economic development strategies and initiatives in consultation with other departments and community stakeholders ž Develop effective marketing and promotional tools that can be used to promote business development and tourism ž Engage with regional economic development agencies and regional municipalities to increase the effectiveness of overall marketing efforts ž Coordinate the preparation and administration of economic development plans, programs and strategies to attract and maximize new business and residential opportunities to the community, in concert with other municipal strategies and policies Qualifications: ž Post secondary degree in business administration, economics or marketing, ž Five years related experience with progressively increasing management responsibility. ž Membership in provincial and national economic development associations ž Knowledge of economic development and business sustainability, business networking and building business cases ž Advanced skills in facilitation, strategic planning and implementation as well as project and program management ž Strong initiative and the ability to work with minimal direction ž Proven positive track record in enhancing the economic development of an organization or municipality This is an amazing opportunity to work in a professional, team focused environment. You have a strong desire to be major contributor to the success of a vibrant and growing organization. If you are up to the challenge of taking ownership and wanting to make a difference, this is an ideal situation. We offer competitive rates and an excellent benefits package, including a wellness component. If this position intrigues you, please submit your resume in confidence before January 15, 2013 to: Town of Sylvan Lake 4926 - 50 Avenue, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1A1 Attention: Human Resources Fax: (403) 887-3660 E-mail:

TAKE NOTICE THAT on or before December 20, 2012 the Development OfÀcer for the Town of Sylvan Lake approved the following application(s): RYDERS RIDGE Falcon Homes Ltd. for a single family dwelling, attached garage & deck on Lot 34, Block 1, Plan 062-5924 (62 Rozier Close) Somerset Homes for a single family dwelling, deck, basement development & detached garage on Lot 28, Block 7, Plan 122-2463 (13 RichÀeld Crescent) Mandy-Lee Aitken for a change of use – OfÀce (Income Tax Service) on Lot 1, Block 7, Plan 082-0055 (420, 3715 47 Avenue) LAKEWAY LANDING Colton Dyck for basement development on Lot 41, Block 9, Plan 062-1919 (30 Lucky Place) AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT you may appeal Discretionary approvals to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, as provided for in Part 17, of the Municipal Government Act. Written statements relevant to the development and reasons for the appeal may be submitted to the Town of Sylvan Lake, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, 4926 50 Avenue, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1A1 within 14 days following this publication. You may not appeal a Permitted Use unless it involves a relaxation, variation or misinterpretations of the Land Use Bylaw. For further information please contact the Development OfÀcer at 887-2141. Dated at Sylvan Lake, Alberta, this 27th day of December, 2012. Development OfÀcer, Town of Sylvan Lake

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January 1, 2013 Centennial Celebrations 3:00 pm 6:00 pm

7:00 pm

Official unveiling and historic designation of “Centennial Street� at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and 50th Street. Afterwards, head over to the Sylvan Lake Legion for their New Year’s Levee. Enjoy the First Fire in the Centennial Park Fire pit, complete with complimentary hot chocolate and treats. Free draw for Centennial items provided by The Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce and The Town Of Sylvan Lake. Draw entries will be available at the fire pit area. Fireworks display by Town of Sylvan Lake. Please stay a minimum of 500 metres away from the Firing

Hosted by The Town of Sylvan Lake, The Sylvan Lake Centennial Celebrations Task Force and The First Sylvan Lake Cubs and Scouts.

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Red Deer County approved 2013 budget Dec. 4 meeting. “In summary, this is a very achievable and fair budget,” said Heather Gray, Red Deer County’s director of corporate services. The tax rate will not be set until spring, when more data is available, according to a press release.

by Aleisha Bosch Sylvan Lake News

Red Deer County councillors unanimously approved the 2013 budget during their regular meeting Dec. 18. Administration received no comments when the budget was tabled for public input at council’s

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Expected capital spending of more than $26 million next year is a significant drop from the past year’s expenses, which totalled more than $42 million. The decrease reflects the amount of work completed in 2012, due to several projects held over

Reminds you to

Clear your Walkways and Sidewalks! Property owners and occupants are responsible to ensure that all walkways and sidewalks adjoining their property are clear and free from snow and ice. Snow and ice must be removed within 48 hours of any accumulation. (ref: Bylaw 1521/2009) Pedestrian safety is of the utmost importance and your cooperation in ensuring that the property around your home is clean, clear and safe is greatly appreciated. Residents of Sylvan Lake can pick up free sand/salt from Public Works (#1 Industrial Drive) though you must supply your own pail and this service is not available for commercial users. *Failure to comply with Traffic Bylaw 1521/2009 may result in the issuance of a $155.00 fine to the owner or occupant of the property.

from 2011 because of bad weather. According to the release, over $15 million will be spent on road

Mayor Jim Wood. Next year’s operating expenses are expected to be over $39 million. “This is just the first

projects in 2013. “I just want to say that I believe that Red Deer County is in a very strong financial position,” said

step in getting into our next year’s budget process and determining taxes,” said Councillor David Hoar.

Blood donor clinic in Sylvan Saturday by Steve Dills Sylvan Lake News

Canadian Blood Services is asking eligible Canadians to “give a holiday miracle” by donating blood this season. In Red Deer region, the organization projects it needs 385 donors to provide blood between Dec. 24 and Jan. 5 in order to help meet hospital demand. A mobile clinic is being held at Sylvan Lake’s community centre on Saturday (Dec. 29) for those who would like to donate. Please visit their website or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-2366283) to book an appointment today. “We’d like to thank Canadians who took the time to donate

blood so far this holiday season, but we need that generosity to continue through the end of the year, particularly the days after Christmas right up to the first week of the New Year,” said Kaelyn Smith, community development coordinator for

Canadian Blood Services. “As the year draws to an end, do something that embodies the spirit and generosity of the season — give blood. It costs you nothing, and it’ll give someone a holiday miracle.”

Impaired charge following 11/20 crash by Steve Dills Sylvan Lake News

One person had to be extricated from her vehicle after suffering minor injuries in a multivehicle crash at the intersection of Highways 11 and 20, about 8:45 p.m. last Tuesday. RCMP had to block traffic for a period of time to extricate the driver and investigate the colli-

sion, said Cst. Gordon Marshall in a news release. “Sylvan Lake RCMP and emergency services wish to thank motorists caught in traffic for their patience and to remind people not to drink and drive. Christopher Yates, 40, of Innisfail, has been charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.


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Sometimes you meet role models in life under the most innocuous conditions. The role models are not out to change the world, but they lead the kind of lives that are noteworthy because they represent the very best of the human race in a world filled with too many examples of less than exemplary human behavior. Years ago, I was invited to dinner at the home of Gord and Ann Barker on their acreage just outside of Sylvan Lake. I am friends with their youngest daughter Janice and the basic formula for Janice was pretty simple: I liked to eat and her mom liked to cook, so it was a nobrainer that the two of us should meet at the dinner table. The Barkers had experienced a shortage of crabapples the previous autumn and I had given them some from my trees with a caveat made in jest that I would get a few jars of jelly for my efforts. I had mentioned to Janice that I had not consumed

much crabapple jelly since the passing of my own mother and she had told her mom. The result was a giant supply of Ann’s crabapple jelly and an open invitation to dinner with the Barker family. Janice assured me that her mother’s cooking was in the same league as her jelly, so it would be a great meal on the table. It was indeed an exceptional dinner and I enjoyed the entire experience with the Barker family. I was immediately very comfortable with Ann and Gord because they were genuinely nice people and I felt right at home with them. A few years ago, I looked after Janice’s place in Sylvan while she went on vacation. One day her parents showed up and Ann had brought homemade bread and crabapple jelly with her. She “didn’t want to be a bother”, but she wanted to make sure that I got to enjoy some of her homemade magic. Ann was quite ill at the time, but she was much more concerned about me than her. Attached to the gift was a note that read; “I hope that you enjoy the “Our passion is His presence, Our commitment is His will, Our pursuit is His way.”

jelly. I think of your mom every time I eat it. Love Ann”. I still have the note because that brief message said everything about the woman. She had always thought of everybody else before herself and that was her quiet legacy to the world. Ann knew that a now middleaged guy who had lost his own mother in his early 30s could benefit from a little mothering, even at my advanced age, and that was her greatest gift to me. It was instinctive in this remarkable woman to know exactly how to reach people and make them feel better about things. One of the things that did not surprise me was how many people Ann Barker had touched in her life. There was an overflow crowd at the Alliance Community Church in Sylvan Lake for her funeral and everyone of us had come to pay our respects to an exceptional human being who had lived a life of compassion and love for all that were fortunate enough to know her. We all just wanted to thank her for the lesson of a well-lived life that happened to included all of us in the mix. Our Location corner 49th St. & 50th Ave.

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HEWLETT PARK MCDONALDS (50 Hewlett Park Landing Sylvan Lake) is seeking 10 Food Service Supervisors , available 24/7 for all shifts, starting at $13.12/hour. One year industry experience required. Apply in person or at

"People are our most important asset – their safety is our greatest responsibility. No job is so urgent that it cannot be done safely."

OILFIELD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY We are currently accepting resumes for

•Experienced Pipeline Hoe Operators •Experienced Pipeline Laborers •Experienced boom hands Safety tickets required PIPELINE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY Benefits offered An application form can be found on our website Website: Or Fax your application or resume to 403-729-3606 Or send by email to 403-729-3007


SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Thursday, December 27, 2012



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. BAKOS NDT is hiring qualified CGSB Technicians in Whitecourt, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. Benefit package, signing bonus and profit sharing available. Email: or call 1-888-763-5575. CENTRAL PEACE NATURAL Gas Co-op Ltd. requires full-time Gas Utility Operator. Experience, safety tickets an asset. Clean valid driver’s licence required. Forward resume: Fax 780-864-2044. Mail: Box 119, Spirit River, T0H 3G0. 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@ Fax 780-960-8930 or apply in person: 702 Acheson Road, Acheson, Alberta. NOW HIRING Electricians and Instrumentation Technicians. Techmation Electric & Controls requires Journeymen and Apprentices. Get more information and apply online at PYRAMID CORPORATION is now hiring! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: hr@ or fax 780-955-HIRE.

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

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.



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@ or via fax to 780-424-5373.

Truckers/ Drivers


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

REQUIRED FOR AN ALBERTA trucking company: One Class 1 Driver. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience pulling low boys and driving off road. Candidate must be able to pass a drug test and be willing to relocate to Edson, Alberta. Scheduled days off. Call Lloyd 780-723-5051. ROADEX SERVICES requires O/O 1 tons for our RV division and O/O Semis and drivers for our RV and general freight deck division to haul throughout North America. Paid by direct deposit, benefits and company fuel cards. Border crossing required with valid passport and clean criminal record. 1-800-867-6233;

Misc. Help

Employment Training

Business Services #1000 - #1430


Additions & Renovations Fences & Decks Basement Development


Phone: 403-588-8163


INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT Operator School. No Simulators In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Apply online! 1-866-399-3853. WELL-PAID/LOW STRESS Career in Massage Therapy. Get the best-quality RMT education in Alberta without giving up your day job! Visit or call 1-866-491-0574 for free career information.


Misc. Services

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


Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors


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.

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Glass Shops


#6, 20A Sylvaire Close Hours: M-F 8-5

Our Door to Yours! Mobile Glass Service


Domestic, Import & Diesel Repair

403-887-2340 NEW FACILITY




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

Imports • Domestic • Trucks • SUV • Diesel Repairs

403-887-0440 1A Industrial Drive


Directly behind our old location


Â?Â?Â?Â?Â? 5CustomStar Landscaping & Design (Top Soil, Sand & Gravel)




100,000 Potential Buyers???

Legal Services


CALL 1-877-223-3311


CRIMINAL RECORD? Think: Canadian pardon. U.S. travel waiver. (24 hour record check). Divorce? Simple. Fast. Inexpensive. Debt recovery? Alberta collection to $25,000. Calgary 403-228-1300/ 1-800-347-2540;

Misc. Services


403-318-1760 • • • • •

Chain Link Fences Wood Fences Decks Interior Framing Finish Work

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


Personal Services

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+).

Rental Equipment






Misc. Services

Property Clean Ups & Junk Removal


ALL ROUND EMPLOYEE for housekeeping, tavern/store in small town friendly hotel. Full-time, room included. Phone Marg 403-857-9134 in Youngstown, Alberta.




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.

• General Equipment Rental • STIHL Products Dealer #30 Industrial Drive 403-887-0012


Well Drilling


Personal Services


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ANTIQUE/CLECTIBLES AUCTION New Years Day! World Class antiques including 1928 GM truck. 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 1 at 1235 - 1 Ave., Wainwright, Alberta. Scribner Auction 780-842-5666;

Buy & Sell #1500 - #1990

Building Supplies


BIG BUILDING SALE. “This is a clearance you don’t want to miss!� 20x20 $3,985, 25x24 $4,595, 30x36 $6,859, 35x48 $11,200, 40x52 $13,100, 47x76 $18,265. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422; METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Best prices! 36� Hi-Tensile TUFF-Rib 29ga. Galvalume $.67 sq. ft. Colours $.82 sq. ft. 40 Year Warranty. ALTAWIDE Builders Supplies 1-888-263-8254

Travel Packages


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; Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much! Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds

Agricultural #2000 - #2290

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

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

For Rent #3000 - #3200

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

Wanted to Rent #3250 - #3390

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

Houses/ Duplexes


AVAIL. IMMED. great family house in Sylvan Lake in the Willow Springs area. 3 bdrm., 2 baths, 5 appls., yard $1300/mo., $1000 d.d. + utils., 403-746-5293

Condos/ Townhouses


FAIRWAY ESTATES secure 2 bdrm. 2 bath condo, backs onto Sylvan Lake TOO MUCH STUFF? golf course, 1 blk. from Let Classifieds STEEL beach, 2 heated underhelp you sell it. BUILDINGS/METAL ground parking, all appls. BUILDINGS 60% off! ROUND wild Hay Bales for and utils. except elec., 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, many extra amenities 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, Sale $20.00 each $1500 avail. mid Jan. no rain good condition 80x100, sell for balance 403-938-8133 ........SOLD!!.......... owed! Call 1-800-457-2206; Start your career! See Help Wanted


Well Drilling


Well Drilling









BACHELOR SUITES FOR RENT ranging $550-$650 $300 d.d. All rooms above Hazzard County Bar & Grill. Call 403-887-5235 ask for Char






Lakeland Plaza

403-887-3021 403 -887-3021


FOR AS LITTLE AS $35 PER WEEK! Call for more details



Your Monument Source

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

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


Thursday, December 27, 2012 SYLVAN LAKE NEWS


Local writer, artist finds inspiration through difficult times by Aleisha Bosch Sylvan Lake News

Real Estate #4000 - #4190

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

Houses For Sale



Low down payment, flexible terms. Newer 3 bedroom home, 1200 sq.ft. in Eckville.

Only $89,900.

Call Matt at 780-481-2583.

Farms/ Land


Red Deer Land For Sale

Shelley Brzak credits her achievements so far to believing in herself through tough times and naysayers. After a 10-year effort, the Sylvan Lake writer and artist had her first book, “The Healing Thatch”, published as an electronic book on Amazon. In June 2011, she read portions of the book in a public reading with the Red Deer Arts Council. She is now working on another book, “Inside my Tub”, dealing with paranormal happenings. “I just tell … younger people … and my kids, if you have a dream, just go for it,” said Brzak. “I just think, just believe in yourself … but to believe in yourself I found it really difficult.” She draws much of her inspiration from the people in her life and her experiences, sometimes turning to her own dreams for ideas. “You can’t be the writer you are if you don’t experience life,” she said. Brzak’s life has certainly provided plenty of material for her writing. She lived in a van parked on the street in Medicine Hat for a week before securing a job and

more permanent lodging. “You got to do what you got to do,” said Brzak. After a divorce and heavy drinking, she re-evaluated her decisions. “I just looked at myself one day and went, ‘What are you doing?’” said Brzak. Through her struggles, she said, her parents and children have always encouraged her. “They’ve been my inspiration behind my back. They always said I could do it, even though other people said, ‘Are you in the real world?’ … Yeah, I’m in the real world,” said Brzak. She added that three of the characters in her first book are based on her children. Those who doubted her added more fuel to her fire. “The things that are hard in your life make you the person that you are,” said Brzak. “I think if you want to be a writer, you want to get noticed, you have to be different.” Brzak is also an artist. She designed the cover for her first book after learning of the high cost of having someone else do it. “I thought, ‘I can do that myself,’” said Brzak. “It’s alright if you’re an author, but not too many people

Writer and artist Shelley Brzak posed with her oil pastel illustration “Down by the Lake.” After years of hard work, the Sylvan Lake native is finally finding success with her work.


design their own cover.” Brzak, who grew up in Sylvan Lake, became interested in art after her mother took some of her work to the Benalto Fair. She was told she would be a great artist if she continued with it. Her art ranges from depictions of

local scenery and still life, to more abstract images. She prefers to work with acrylics and pastels. “When people see me I want them to go, ‘There goes that blonde girl … (she’s) a part of history,’” said Brzak. She said she wants to leave

something behind for her children to be proud of. “Don’t let anybody take you down,” said Brzak. “If you’re a good person to yourself and other people around you … there’s no stopping you.”

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Manufactured Homes

GRANDVIEW MODULAR and United Homes Canada say Thank You to our 2012 customers, and look forward to serving home buyers throughout western Canada in 2013; or

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Delicious - Sylvan Lake’s Cubs held their Christmas party on Dec. 13 where they had games and badges. Thanks to McDonalds for donating a wonderful meal and drinks to the Cubs for their party. The group is now on a Christmas break.


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Sylvan Lake Bantam Lakers

Sylvan Lake Curling Club

Sylvan Lake Chamber

Catholic Social Services

Sign of Hope

Alf Moore

Robert Popilchak

403-350-6193 403-350-8708

MS Society of Canada

Bethany Care Foundation

Sylvan Lake Legion

Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre

Glen Goodall

Caroline Boivin

Cancer Society

Sylvan Lake Minor Hockey

Gord Steinbach




Central Alberta Rodeo Association Serenity Pet Shelter

Movember 2012

Heart and Stroke Fund

Lorne Therriault

Alberta Lung Association

Sylvan Lake Food Bank

Willard Morris

Sandi Hallgren

Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau


403-318-4547 403-887-2217

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

Carl Stepp


Office: #1, 4914 50 Ave. Sylvan Lake

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December 27, 2012 edition of the Sylvan Lake News

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