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January 16, 2013
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Byemoor women witness Airdrie standoff LES STULBERG Independent reporter
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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT — Erskine and Stettler Middle School face each other during the SMS junior high basketball tournament on Saturday at the high school gym. For photos from boys’ and girls’ play, see Page B1.
Clearview issues directive after ‘critical’ Calgary case LES STULBERG Independent reporter Clearview School Division has acted on an Alberta Education directive in response to a near-tragic incident involving a Calgary student and a lanyard. Clearview superintendent John Bailey said all school-issued lanyards would be replaced with the “breakaway” types that pull apart when stressed. Students in all Clearview schools have been “encouraged” to trade in all non-compliant lanyards for the safer replacements. The mid-December incident at the Bearspaw School in Calgary
sent a Grade 3 boy to a Calgary hospital in critical condition when he was accidentally choked by the lanyard in a washroom stall. A lanyard is a strap usually worn around the neck that’s used to hold identification badges, keys, whistles, computer thumb-drives and other such items. Bailey said the use of non-breakaway lanyards has been strongly discouraged. He said students bringing lanyards from home that aren’t of the quick-release variety will be asked not to wear them around their neck, but rather to put them in a pocket. “Student safety is of the utmost concern,” Bailey said.
In a pre-Christmas memo to Stettler-area parents, William E. Hay Composite High School principal Norbert Baharally said the school would be “reinforcing the message to our students that it is absolutely unacceptable to bring, or have, lanyards in our school that are not the breakaway ones.” Baharally’s letter is posted on the William E. Hay website. “We are asking students to return all lanyards that were issued by our school to their TAs or into the office as soon as possible,” Baharally said in the memo. “Keeping our school safe for all students is a priority for us and we will take the steps necessary to achieve this.”
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Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman (second from right) met with councillors last week, including County of Stettler Reeve Wayne Nixon (left), deputy reeve Terry Schiffner and Stettler town Coun. Peter Simons.
MLA visits town, county councils RICHARD FROESE Independent reporter Health care was a major issue as Stettler’s new MLA, Rick Strankman, paid his first formal visit to town and county councils last week. “My top priority locally and provincially will be health care and funding allocations,” said Strankman, who met with the Town of Stettler
council last Tuesday night and the County of Stettler council last Wednesday morning. Elected as the MLA for Drumheller-Stettler last April, the Wildrose member opened the door to work closely with municipalities, even as he serves in Opposition. “We want to continue modernization of Stettler Hosptial and Care Centre,” said Mayor Dick Richards. “We’ve made Stettler an education, economic and healthcare hub of the region, so we have to make sure our facilities are in sync
with that philosophy.” To improve health care, Strankman suggested that the centrallyoperated Alberta Health Services be scrapped and that the province introduce a “competitive model,” a system that’s working effectively in Europe. “I don’t want to say private, but some form of competition,” he said. Stettler-region councillors urged the MLA to support local applications for grants from the Community Facilities Enhancement Program and the Community
Initiatives Program, the mayor later told the Independent as he summed up last week’s meeting. “These are important for local groups in furthering their projects and for the MLA to support them to secure grants would be appreciated,” Richards said. While a new MLA and party has created a new approach to communicating with the provincial government, council is prepared to make that an effective relationship, the mayor said. See ‘MLA’ on Page A6
A seemingly routine lunch for two young Byemoor women last Saturday ended in an ordeal they likely won’t forget in their lifetime. In what was to be a “quick bite to eat,” for Kary Lyn Keith and Rebecca Schofer at the Toad ’n’ Turtle pub and restaurant in Airdrie turned into a four-anda-half-hour standoff between heavily-armed police officers and two robbery suspects. The Airdrie Echo r e p o r t e d t h e t wo m e n were suspected of committing multiple robberies and a hit-and-run in Calgary. They attempted to hide out from police by accessing the rooftop patio of the restaurant. “It was a little unnerving,” said the 26-year-old Schofer. “You never know what to expect in something like this.” Keith, 25, who works at the Stettler mental health office, said the mood of the 50 restaurant patrons sequestered inside the building “was mostly calm, but there was a range of emotions.” “There were some scary moments,” she said. Keith said that init i a l l y, t h ey c o u l d s e e the sniper on the roof of the building across the street, along with officers in swat-gear and an armoured police vehicle. When they were told to move to the side of the building with no windows, some people feared something “serious” was about to happen, Keith said. Later, they heard what they thought sounded like smoke bombs exploding on the roof. “That was a bit scary,” Keith said. At one point, Keith said, the police stormed in with guns raised, believing the suspects had entered the building and they were checking out people’s faces. Schofer said the roof of the Toad ’n’ Turtle was under reconstruction and covered in tarps. The fugitives apparently got under the tarps, out of police sight, and were believed to be holed up under the roof. “This ordeal totally restored my faith in the police,” Keith said. “They handled the situation well and kept us informed on what was going on.” The two women, both expectant mothers, were able to make contact with their husbands in Byemoor — Tyson Keith and Lenard Schofer — by
sending text messages. Schofer said that while about half of the people seemed concerned, others treated it lightly. “Some of the younger men were upset that alcohol wasn’t being allowed to be served,” she said. Keith noted the lengthy stalemate, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., was a bit much for the smokers to handle — some were smoking in the washrooms to ease their tensions. Const. Jen Morin of the Airdrie RCMP told the Airdrie Echo that two men went on a crime spree in northeast Calgary on Saturday morning. The pair then drove to Airdrie and crashed their white pickup truck on the offramp from Highway 2 to Yankee Valley Boulevard. Const. Morin said witnesses told police that two men ran up a small hill and across a field from the off-ramp to the strip mall area near the pub. During their surveillance of the area, police were told by other witnesses that two men were on the roof of the pub. “A t t h a t p o i n t , w e immediately contained the scene,” Const. Morin said. “We activated our emergency response t e a m o u t o f C a l g a r y. They got here as quick as they could, as well as our police dog services. Calgary Police Service also attended to assist, as well as Airdrie Municipal Enforcement to assist us with traffic.” A sniper was placed on a rooftop across from the pub and multiple officers sporting body armour, riot shields and brandishing assault-type weapons were seen both on the roof of the pub and around both sides of the building. A small, helicopterlike drone flew above and around the building for most of the afternoon, presumably taking pictures of the suspects. A large camouflaged armoured police vehicle was also seen moving on the south side of the building. A loud bang was heard at about 4:15 p.m., presumably from a stun-type grenade. Eventually, police moved in and arrested the pair without incident. “It was the best outcome we could have hoped for,” Const. Morin said. Keith said that when she got home, her husband told her, “Now we have a story to tell our baby.” “That part might be cool,” Keith said, “but I am glad it’s over and it is just a story now.”
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Including mother Loretta James of Byemoor, the James family of Edmonton poses with Haitian orphans they met during a 10-day visit. Joining Loretta and husband Trevor James were their children — Taycla, 10, Ethne, 9, and Jack, 7. In the photograph, the Haitians display a sign thanking Canadians for the aid they received.
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For Byemoor native Loretta (nee Knowles) James, her family’s visit to a Haitian orphanage was everything she expected and more. “There was lots of good out of it all,” she said of the 10-day visit to the impoverished country, but added, “There were some unexpected challenges.” Loretta James, along with husband Trevor and children Taycla, 10, Ethne, 9, and Jack, 7, arrived home in Edmonton last week after an experience that none will likely soon forget. Loretta James said the kids at the orphanage had never seen Caucasian kids previously, and being inquisitive as kids are, swarmed closely around her children. She said the James’ youngest child found that attention “a bit overwhelming.” Not all the repairs have been done to the orphanage since the hurricane in 2010 devastated that country, James said. She said their living accommodation at the orphanage — located about two hours out of Port-auPrince — was little more than a granary, by Canadian standards. There are no locks on the doors and the first morning the James family awoke to
find “four little brown faces peering at them through the door.” Another unexpected wake-up call for the citydwelling James family was a rooster crowing at 5:30 a.m. James said her children dealt with the contrasting lifestyle well. “They were real troopers,” she said, and took things like bug-bites in stride. The James children interacted with the orphanage children while their parents assisted with the day-today routine of the orphanage and helped organize supplies. The large amount of supplies the James family brought to the orphanage was well-received and put to immediate use. James said a young mother brought her baby to the orphanage because she wasn’t able to nurse it and couldn’t afford formula. She thought her only option was to give up the baby. Fortunately, among the supplies the James brought was some breast-feeding equipment that “had the baby feeding in no time,” James said. On a few occasions, the Canadian family took a walk outside the orphanage compound. James said the family discovered that homes were bare, many with dirt floors,
and kids had no shoes. Something that stood out was there was no waste management and no recycling programs to return water bottles. The education system in Haiti is quite different, James said. School runs only during the morning and for four days a week. It’s a private system for those who can afford it. Some families can’t afford to send all their kids to school, and many alternate by sending one child one year and another the next year. Sometimes, there might be a 17-year-old in Grade 1, because the family couldn’t afford it before. “It was heartbreaking to see poverty in that way,” she said. Loretta said the toughest challenge on the trip was dealing with the helpless feeling “you can’t do more.” The orphanage has its own school with a U.S. teacher volunteering. English is taught in the school, as some orphans end up being adopted by Englishspeaking families. James said her children bonded with the orphans and considered them as friends. The orphanage director told her the orphans learned valuable social skills from the James children. “It was a learning experience for both,” James said.
A new orphanage is being constructed, but progress is slow due to the limited availability of modern technology, James said. The visit to Haiti left a lasting impression on the James children. James said their middle child, Ethne, “got teary about leaving.” She told her mother, “I want to work in an orphanage someday.” James said the family is uncertain if they’ll return to Haiti. She said they would have to weigh the cost to travel there with giving that amount in financial aid and consider what option would do more good. When they prepared to leave, they took a bus on a two-hour journey to Portau-Prince. A 10-month-old girl that had been brought to the orphanage in October suffering with malnutrition was still struggling to regain health and weighed only seven pounds. Staff brought the infant along on the bus to visit a clinic in the city, as the orphanage didn’t know how else to help the child. On a sad note, the James family learned on their return to Canada that the child had died. James said there’s “such contrast” between the two countries and their family is “so grateful” for what Canada offers.
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Stettler Variety Showcase made an excellent choice in selecting “Jake’s Gift” for the entertainment pleasure of Stettler patrons last weekend. Audiences were moved and left in awe of the stellar talent of Julia Mackey during a pair of full-house performances Sunday at the Performing Arts Centre. Mackey was a “one-woman show” in Jake’s Gift, which she wrote of a Canadian Second World War veteran’s reluctant return to Normandy, France, for the 60th anniversary of D-Day. She portrayed all four characters of the script. Her instantaneous transition between characters was flawless. The play’s main characters, at opposite ends of the age spectrum — Isabelle, an inquisitive 10-yearold French girl, and Jake, the crusty 80-year-old Canadian war veteran
— were played with skillful use of voice and body language. The minor characters, Isabelle’s grandmother and a visiting Ontario school teacher, were no less magical. Mackey masterfully weaved humour into the poignant story of a survivor’s guilt of not visiting the grave of his brother, a fallen soldier who died at Juno Beach 60 years before. I have witnessed many tributes to veterans and services of remembrance, yet I found none to be more touching than this play, dedicated to all Canadian servicemen and servicewomen. There was not a dry eye in the house. The timing of the Jake’s Gift presentation in Stettler, a week after the death of local war hero Jack Chapman, made the performance all that much more heartwarming. Jake’s Gift was inspired by Mackey’s journey to Normandy in June 2004 for the 60th anniversary celebrations of D-Day. She had attended
ceremonies, visited graveyards, walked the beaches and interviewed dozens of veterans who had returned there. She described it as a life-changing experience that left her compelled to share it with other Canadians. Jake’s Gift is celebrating its sixth anniversary of being performed across Canada. The award-winning play has been bestowed multiple accolades. With no fancy stage props or special effects, it’s the sheer genius of Mackey’s craft and her ability to deliver emotional authenticity that amazes. The actress truly has a gift — a gift that she shared with Stettler audiences. She also gave to the community in a material way — all the proceeds from the sale of Jake’s Gift button sets were donated to the Stettler Poppy Fund. I would rate Jake’s Gift as a “mustsee” for all ages. Kudos to the Stettler Variety Showcase committee for bringing such fine entertainment to the community.
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Unknown man picks up child Comedy Night playing in West Stettler Park S GT . D UNCAN B ABCHUK Stettler RCMP Below is a summary of most calls for Stettler RCMP service during a one-week period, running from Monday, Jan. 7, to Monday, Jan. 14. Calls with an SUI designation attached are “still under investigation.” Anyone with information regarding unsolved crimes or incidents is asked to contact Stettler RCMP at 403-742-3382, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-TIPS (8477). Monday, Jan. 7 6:29 p.m. — Complaint of suspicious telephone calls the past two nights at a Big Valley rural residence. The caller stated that he was from Statistics Canada and he was conducting a survey regarding grain storage. The complainant was advised that Statistics Canada conducts surveys in such fashion and nothing criminal was apparent. 9:59 p.m. — Driving complaint reported a maroon Ford F-150 being driven on Highway 12 west, without headlights or tail lights. The caller lost contact with the suspect vehicle when it turned onto Highway 11. The complaint was forwarded to Red Deer and Blackfalds RCMP. Tuesday, Jan. 8 6:23 a.m. — A 911 complaint of a disturbance at a 58 Street apartment. Investigators attended the location and were informed that a 55year-old female and her daughter were yelling and screaming at each other. Upon questioning, the older female was unco-operative with investigators, refused to provide name of the person(s) involved and slammed the door on the officers. There were no further calls to the residence. 10:34 a.m. — Residential panic alarm reported on 52 Avenue. It was identified that a realtor set off the alarm after a house showing. 1:30 p.m. — A 21year-old male from rural Stettler was arrested at the Stettler Court House for attending court when intoxicated. The man was on previously issued court conditions not to consume alcohol and was also on a probation order. He was charged with failing to comply with those orders and has a Feb. 28 court date. 2:19 p.m. — Report of a two-vehicle collision in the Tim Hortons’ parking lot. A 52-year-old female driver from rural Stettler was in line for the drivethru in her Honda Civic. A 66-year-old female from Fenn was backing her Jeep Cherokee and ran into the Honda driver’s side door. The driver of the SUV was charged. 4:20 p.m. — A 17-year-old female driver
from 40 Avenue reported that she was travelling eastbound on Highway 12 on the west side of the Erskine overpass and lost control of her Ford Explorer on the ice. She then crossed the road and struck the guardrail in the opposite lane. The SUV spun around in a circle, causing the back end to also hit the guardrail. At the time of the collision, the driver indicated her vehicle was moving at 100 km/h. Damage was estimated at $7,192. No injuries reported. There was no charge, based on the road conditions. 6:29 p.m. — An anonymous caller reported suspicious activity that there might be drug dealing on 58 Street near 50 Avenue. Vehicles described were a white GMC truck and a service truck. The information was not verified. 7:08 p.m. — Complaint of a traffic hazard of a male walking along Highway 835, wearing dark clothing. An investigator attended to find a 31-year-old man from 51 Avenue. He was walking from ice fishing and was given a ride to Stettler. 9:03 p.m. — Complaint received that a 36-year-old man from Emmerson Acres was bothering a 32-year-old man about a suspected male-female relationship that wasn’t active. SUI Wednesday, Jan. 9 9:52 a.m. — Request to locate a 26-year-old man from Wetaskiwin who was missing from work since Jan. 7. As investigators were reviewing hotel video, the missing man returned to his room. The man advised that he had gone on a drinking binge. His mother was updated. 10:39 a.m. — A 911 call reported a traffic hazard on Highway 56, about seven kilometres north of Stettler. Two large round bales had fallen off of a truck and were laying in the middle of the southbound lane. A farmer attended and removed the bales from the highway. 1:47 p.m. — Complaint of a white Pontiac van swerving on Highway 56 and turning east on Township Road 39-3. A matching licence plate was obtained. SUI for a statement. 1:55 p.m. — Report of a hit-and-run collision involving a black Dodge Journey. The damage was caused between Jan. 6 and Jan. 8 at an an unknown location in Stettler. 3:18 p.m. — Complaint of a stolen Ford F-350 truck from the driveway of a 50 Avenue residence. The truck was located parked on Township Road 394, north of Erskine. There was no sign of forced entry and the ignition switch wasn’t damaged. 3:30 p.m. — A 52-yearold man was arrested at his residence on Range Road 20-4 for having two prohibited handguns and one restricted handgun in
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his possession, while being prohibited from ownership. The accused was remanded in custody and was scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court this Tuesday. 9:04 p.m. — Investigators were dispatched to a 49 Street residence to assist EMS and the Stettler Fire Department. They were conducting CPR on an unconscious and nonresponsive 68- year-old woman. The female was transported to the Stettler hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The death wasn’t suspicious. Thursday, Jan. 10 10:10 a.m. — Report of damage to a Pontiac Sunfire that occurred overnight in the high school parking lot. The 16-year-old female owner from Stettler advised that her car had a piece of the front fender torn off and there were scratches on the vehicle. 12:08 p.m. — Report of shoplifting from the Peavey Mart. The manager had a 34-year-old man from 40 Avenue in custody for stealing a pair of winter boots. The manager reported that they caught the male walking out of the store with the boots on and he never attempted to pay for them. The shoplifter’s original boots were found hidden inside the men’s washroom. The man has a Feb. 28 court date. He was held in custody as he had an outstanding $1,175 fine owing for driving. He also had an outstanding arrest warrant from City of Calgary Transit. 1 p.m. — A 911 call reported a two-vehicle collision on 70 Street at the intersection between the Wal-Mart and UFA parking lots. SUI Friday, Jan. 11 7:08 a.m. — Report of a single-vehicle collision with a deer on Highway 56, 15 kilometres north of Stettler. The 43-year- old male driver from Stony Plain received no injuries, but his Dodge Ram truck received more than $2,000 worth of damage. 7:29 p.m. — Sheriffs from Red Deer reported a collision on Range Road 17-0 and Highway 12. A 51-year-old man from Hilliard was driving his 1995 Dodge Ram northbound on the Range Road. When he tried to stop at the stop sign at Highway 12, he reported his brakes locked up, the truck travelled across the highway and hit a directional sign. The truck was towed and the driver was transported to the Stettler hospital, as his daughter was having a baby. Saturday, Jan. 12 3:44 a.m. — Complaint of two intoxicated people at the Can Alta
Hotel. A Caucasian male and female were refusing to leave the premises and were reported to have been outside yelling for about an hour. Investigators attended and arrested a 23-year-old woman from Spruce Crescent. She was charged with causing a disturbance and was lodged in police cells until she became sober. 5:51 a.m. — Commercial false alarm at the A&W Restaurant. 7:48 a.m. — Report of a single-vehicle collision on 44 Avenue in front of the RCMP detachment. A 62-year-old man from 41 Avenue advised that he was at 44 Avenue and turning right onto Highway 56. The man stated that his coffee cup was falling and he leaned over to the passenger seat to try to intercept the cup. When the driver looked up, he was too late to stop and ran into a light pole. He was charged with failing to ascertain sufficient space for movement. 2:24 p.m. — A 911 call from an open cellphone. The call was traced back to a 16-yearold man from Stettler who was at the No Frills. He advised that his phone pocket dialed the emergency number and there was no problem. 5:57 p.m. — Report of an unknown man picking up a seven-year-old girl by the hill in West Stettler Park and sitting her on a rock. The male wasn’t known to the girl and was described as tall and wearing dark clothes and a dark hat. SUI Sunday, Jan. 13 3:50 a.m. — A Chevrolet pickup truck was pulled over on Highway 12 west as a result of the driver failing to dim his headlights. The driver was showing signs of impairment and failed a roadside test. The 46-yearold man from Rimbey was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. SUI court. 10:13 a.m. — Call to visit a 63 Street residence to investigate a sudden death of a 58-year-old woman. It was determined the death wasn’t suspicious. The Calgary Medical Examiner is continuing the investigation into the cause of death. Monday, Jan. 14 5:35 a.m. — Report of a single-vehicle collision with a deer on Highway 12 west. Damage to a 2004 Pontiac Sunfire was pegged at more than $2,000. 9:55 a.m. — Complaint of theft of gasoline from the Esso garage. The 40-year-old driver from Stettler got $40 worth of gas on Dec. 28 and said he had forgotten his wallet. The driver didn’t return to pay for the fuel.
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COMMUNITY CHURCHES Attend the church of your choice. CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST MENNONITE Sunday School – 10 a.m. Service – 10:45 a.m. 10 miles south on 56 and 2 miles east
Minister Keith Klassen - 403-742-4048 Minister Lorne Toews - 403-742-8824
EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF ERSKINE 10 a.m. – Family Bible Hour (a class for all ages) 11 a.m. – Worship Service w/Children's Church Senior Pastor: Rev. Ross Helgeton Youth Pastor: James Choi
ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH Sunday Worship Service – 10:30 a.m. Children's Church – 10:30 a.m.
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STETTLER ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship – 10:30 a.m. West of Town Centre Mall Pastor Scott Whitford Associate Pastor Brad Epp
GRACE FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH STETTLER COMMUNITY Affiliated with Fellowship of Evangelical Baptists Sunday School – 10 a.m. Morning Worship – 11 a.m. Pastor David Lilly 5923 - 51 Ave. 403-742-4400
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Sunday Services – 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. www.stettlercommunitychurch.org Pastor Will Brown 5717 - 50 Ave.
STETTLER UNITED CHURCH 4820 - 51 Street 403-742-3387 www.stettlerunitedchurch.org Church service – 10:30 a.m. Nursery care, children & youth programs Everyone welcome! Minister Debbie Stockdale
WORD OF LIFE CENTER Sundays – 10:30 a.m. Pastors: Nathan & Beatrice Mullen 4832 - 50 Street (Main Street, Stettler)
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By Joe McLaughlin Black Press I’m glad to see the National Hockey League returning this weekend and the shortened schedule doesn’t bother me one bit. This season will be 48 games per team, followed by four playoff series that typically add about 20 more games for the two finalists. I wish a full regular season was closer to that range than the ridiculous 82-game standard. Over the years, the NHL season has become too long and tedious. As teams were added through league expansion, the number of games each team played rose. It shouldn’t take 82 games to determine which half deserves to qualify for the championship tournament. Nowadays, 16 of 30 NHL teams make the playoffs. In Major League Baseball, only eight of the 30 teams generally advance. This year, the entire baseball playoff round was completed in 24 days, as San Francisco swept Detroit in a fourgame final. There’s no question that baseball players can compete more often than hockey players, because the game demands less physical exertion for everyone except for the starting pitchers. Football players, by comparison, play far fewer games — about 20 from the regular season kickoff through the Super Bowl for the two finalists. The National Football League completes its season in 22 weeks from start to finish. No weak or lax teams make the NFL playoffs — 12 of 32. That’s 37 per cent, versus 53 per cent in the NHL. Last year, the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup in mid-June, 35 weeks after opening night. The entire NHL season — which can entail more than 100 games from training camp through the Stanley Cup final — is not in the best interests of the players or the fans. In this overextended marathon, players’ bodies break down because of constant strain in a high-speed contact game. Ticket-buying fans, paying premium prices, are shortchanged for games where players are too worn out to consistently give their best effort. Fans watching on TV routinely endure such tedious snooze fests. Don’t expect the NHL season to be shortened anytime soon, however. It’s not designed for the players or ticket-buying fans. It’s designed for team owners, television networks and corporate sponsors who drive the game. From their perspective, the more games, the better. They don’t have to sweat or bleed. More games mean more gate revenue, more television money, more eyeballs watching beer and truck commercials. In olden times, when I grew up, there were only six teams in the National Hockey League. When my boyhood hero Bobby Hull and the Chicago Blackhawks won the 1961 championship, the regular season was 70 games, the playoffs were two series and the Stanley Cup was presented on April 16. In 1967, the last year the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup, the regular season was 70 games and the season was finished on May 2. The year before, the Montreal Canadiens won the Cup on April 29. In those days, of course, the owners were just millionaires instead of billionaires and the players were neither. Most players worked summer jobs, partly to keep in physical shape, but mostly to supplement their hockey incomes. These days, professional hockey is a 12-month sport. If the players don’t train constantly, they can’t compete against younger guys who desperately want their jobs, and the big salaries that go with them. But athletes’ lives would be better if they were not forced to play such torturously long regular seasons. All the players would likely earn less per season, but careers of the most skilled would likely be longer. For fans, the game would improve, because players would not be so exhausted. They play too many games in too short a time frame, coupled with constant travel to all four quarters of North America. Keen observers may note that the Los Angeles Kings started their championship season in Sweden, captured the final playoff spot on the last weekend of the 2011-12 season, and still went on to win the Stanley Cup. Very true. It’s equally true that they played some lousy hockey and coasted through games knowing they didn’t have to give their best effort every game to qualify for the playoffs. That shouldn’t be allowed to happen to satisfy corporate ownership greed. Fewer regular-season games would mean more intensity, better competition and higher value for fans who love the game. It probably won’t happen, but it could, just like some day in the distant future, the Maple Leafs could win the Stanley Cup again. Joe McLaughlin is the retired former managing editor of the Red Deer Advocate. 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Foreman an ordained minister George Foreman (Big George), born on Jan. 10, 1949, was well-known to my generation as a professional boxer and two-time world heavyweight champion. He lost his title to Muhammad Ali in “The Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974. Remarkably, in 1995, at 45 years of age, he regained the title from Michael Moorer and remains the oldest heavyweight champion in history. In recent years, Foreman has become famous for his entrepreneurial efforts and marketing of the popular “George Foreman Grill.” It is noteworthy that he has made more money with the grill than he ever did in the ring. It’s estimated he has netted $200 million promoting the grill. There is another side to Foreman that has not been as widely known or publicized. He is a serious follower of Jesus and an ordained minister. A dramatic transformation took place after his loss to Jimmy Young in 1977. He shares this lifechanging encounter with God in his book entitled, “God in My Corner,” published in 2007. The change in Foreman was dramatic. In 1974, before his match with Muhammad Ali, someone gave him a Bible for good luck. He knew nothing of the Bible, expect “the Lord is my shepherd” from the 23rd Psalm. In his book, George writes, “I was always looking for luck, so I carried that Bible with me. I had lucky pennies and good-luck charms, so now I added the ‘lucky’ Bible to my collection of superstitious items.” When Foreman lost the fight to Ali, he threw the Bible out. He said, “I never even
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opened it. I thought, the Bible didn’t help me win, so why do I need it? I thought I’d get power simply from owning it; I didn’t realize that I needed to read it and believe what it says. Since then, I’ve come to understand that the Bible is my road map, not my good-luck charm.” Elaborating on the change Jesus made in his life, he said there was a time when he considered hiring contract killers to eliminate his enemies. From his new perspective, he said that his loss to Ali in 1974 was one of the best things that ever happened to him. And he adds that his favourite answered prayer is that he had the opportunity to meet with Ali and read the Bible to him. Foreman was asked if he had ever considered making a comeback to the ring. His response was that he had already made a comeback and that was with Christ. “... Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Pastor Ross Helgeton is senior pastor at Erskine Evangelical Free Church.
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Donalda’s Klondike Nites on stage 1983 — 30 years ago — Capacity crowds of 400 attended both performances of Stettler’s Gilbert and Sullivan production, “Oklahoma,” under the direction of Noeline Brockley. Holly Barnec and Gordon Moorlag played lead roles. — Citizen-of-the-year Jessie Cox dropped the puck to officially open minor hockey week in Stettler. — The Stettler Legion and Ladies Auxiliary donated $28,505 to local and charitable causes. — A stage show produced by Bill Simon will be a feature attraction of Donalda’s Klondike Nites. Queen candidates are Sandy Sanderson, Judy Green, Belinda Purves, Carol Frank, Tammy Imbery and Lorraine Sampson. — Yellow ribbons tied throughout Alix welcomed Corey Campbell home from Mali, West Africa. — Bill Brown became Donalda’s new fire chief. — Tim Phillips’ three goals helped the Stettler Legion midgets defeat Leduc in Central Alberta Hockey Association play. — Jack Rairdan threw the first rock to open the Stettler 76th annual men’s bonspiel. There were 40 rinks entered. — Bud Rowland was elected president of the Halkirk seniors’ group.
Les-sons from the past By Les Stulberg Independent reporter
— Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Bauman of Erskine celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their nine children, other family members and friends at a social in Erskine. — The new motor vehicle licensing office opened in an outlet at the Stettler Auction Mart. 1973 — 40 years ago — Dick Chan of the Club Café held a grand opening of his new grocery store, Bill’s MM Store, managed by Bill Yee in the old Style Shop building. — Stettler Legion members voted to proceed with a plan to purchase the Family Recreation Centre and convert it into a private club. — The annual auction planned at the Stettler Auction Mart will aid “the retarded children of Alberta.” — Laura Lee of Donalda participated in an agricultural youth exchange in Denmark. — Alberta lost a great cattleman and pioneer with the passing of Thomas Usher of Scollard at age 90 in late December.
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— Canada’s highestselling three-quarters Limousin heifer calf was sold for $5,650 by McNalley’s LV Ranches of Erskine. — The team of Merv Harvie, Grant Kossowan, Harvey Weitz, Vern Radke and substitute Norman Horney won the Stettler men’s bonspiel. — Stettler Tire Service offered a tire sale: installed Firestone re-tread for $12.95; Firestone belted for $24.95; and Firestone Lifetime Supreme for $28.88. — Lloyd Iles was elected president of the Progressive Conservative association of the Stettler constituency. 1963 — 50 years ago — Fire destroyed the old Purity 99 Garage building, which housed Arnie’s Electric and Ralph’s Auto Body Shop. — Stettler’s first baby of the year was a girl born to Walter Befus and wife. — Ambitious members of the Stettler Camera Club climbed to the top of the water tower to a take a few shots of the town. — Stettler hosted the first Buffalo Lake District Scout Ice Stampede, which involved 10 central Alberta communities. — Fire at the farmstead of Les Robinson near Halkirk destroyed the home, the garage, a truck and a tractor.
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Powerline skirmishes still part of the Alberta picture There was a time in Alberta when power companies would decide where and when they would install main transmission lines without a thought of concern for the affected landowners. In the past, most landowners would only become aware of any plans when surveyors showed up and a land agent came knocking on the door. In those days, there was no intent to discuss anything with the owner about the actual lines — just how much compensation you would get for crossing your property. There was a standard schedule of fees as to access and impact and little room for deviation from what was established by precedent. Sure, exceptions were made if the lines crossed close to, or over buildings — it was expected that if buildings had be removed or you had to find a new home, the appropriate compensation was offered. But there was no thought of altering the route. There was a plan and it was going to be completed. I recall, at times, ome landowners would put up some resistance, but threats of legal action usually changed their minds along with some extra cash. Part of the rationale folks had back then was that new transmission lines were needed as the population expanded. Alberta back then did not have an export mentality when it came to generating power. That was unlike B.C., where massive dams were built to generate power for sale to export customers, mostly in the U.S. There was some thought back then that with the province’s massive coal deposits, that perhaps plants should be built for export purposes, but the economics were dubious at best. Then, starting about 15 years ago, as the electricity business began to be deregulated, new long-range plans began to be developed for power transmission in this province. There was even talk about a nuclear power plant to serve the oil sands. Much of the discussion behind the plans was that new lines would make the whole system more efficient. The provincial government and its industry regulators, along with transmission line and power companies, had a cosy relationship, so vast schemes were more or less approved. The government of the day felt so confident that it even began a series of public meetings and forums to discuss the benefits of all the new lines that stretched the length and breath of the province. But as it turned out, times had changed with landowners and lobby groups becoming a lot more vocal about the where and why of those new lines. When these same folks began to launch lawsuits and media campaigns, the line companies and their government allies were shocked that their actions were being questioned.
The former Stelmach government, to thwart such citizen effrontery, even gave cabinet the final power to decide where major transmission lines would go and limited court access on the matter by landowners. That original action helped launch the property-rights revolution in the countryside, which has given the ruling PC government so much political grief. What citizens, landowners and lobby groups were starting to discover was that there appeared to be a hidden agenda in regard to many new transmission lines — they were being built with power exports in mind. That was particularly clear in southern Alberta, where new lines were being built at an accelerated rate to link up with new lines in Montana. When it was discovered that much of this was being done to accommodate additional loads of wind power for export, it served to aggravate the situation. Because wind power is just not economic and requires considerable backup generation in reserve, most felt the taxpayer was going to get the shaft one way or another. From that aspect, resistance was inevitable. The usual response from the commercial interests involved was to launch a combination of lawsuits, PR campaigns and more cash to the holdouts. What they did not seem to want to do was engage in some real-time honesty. To add insult, plans were recently released of even more new lines in light of new wind farm schemes. Perhaps if all the parties involved, including the government, had stated that those transmission lines and others are indeed designed to export wind power and at what cost and benefit, landowners might have been in a better position to make decisions. However, it seems those transmission lines will be built and damn the landowners and taxpayers. Fortunately, those affected are not giving up and the legal battles continue. Will Verboven is the editor of Alberta Farmer.
Whose decision should it be? Recently, the Leader of the Official Opposition and Wildrose party, Danielle Smith, put forward an innovative idea that is an alternative to publically funding new arenas in Edmonton and Calgary. The idea would consist of a lottery style Keno game — similar to the one already used in B.C., which contributes to more than 5,000 charities in that province. The revamped, rebranded Keno lottery game could help fund arenas in both cities, without having to dig into the ever-evaporating tax revenues. As Smith said, “Alberta taxpayers wouldn’t be on the hook for any of it. If you didn’t want to support the program, you don’t have to buy a lottery ticket. But it would allow the fans to directly support their team. The revenues generated would be completely voluntary.” Collection of taxes and the redistribution by government of those funds in Alberta has had increasingly less input from you and I, who are the source of those
From the Legislature MLA Report by Rick Strankman revenues. I’m sure most people would agree that essential-services funding should trump nonessential services. That may seem a bit oversimplified, but ask yourself this, “If your community was in desperate need of a school, a hospital and an arena, what order would they be on your priority list?” The majority would most likely have come to the conclusion that government’s first priority should always be the health and welfare of the citizens it governs. The Keno lottery idea has its merits. At the top of the list of merits would be you having the ability to direct funding to the organizations and projects that you deem worthwhile. The prioritization of which charities are worthwhile is a very individual decision based
on your individual circumstances and your experiences. For instance, if someone has a prevalence of cancer in their family, they would be more likely to direct their donations toward the Canadian Cancer Society rather than the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Both causes are important, but the level of importance is not the same for each individual. Having directed lottery funding would allow taxpayers in Stettler the opportunity to direct their revenue toward projects that would benefit their local area, rather than an arena in Edmonton, in which they may never even set foot in. In rural Alberta, fundraising is very important for the sustainability of a great many amenities that contribute to our quality of life.
Suggestions that people will abandon important community projects and charities seem to bring into question the moral values of every Albertan. I would like to think that it’s more likely that the closer you get to the facility, the greater the support would be, having those that would benefit most contributing the most. The taxpayer in Edmonton is not likely to support a community project like an arena in Hanna voluntarily, so shouldn’t the taxpayer in Stettler have that same choice available with respect to an arena in Edmonton? With a looming deficit of more than $3 billion for this fiscal year and forecasts predicting similar numbers for next year, shouldn’t any reasonable ideas on cutting government spending be considered?
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The stately Stettler Independent Trophy was dusted off last week at the Castor Curling Club, where the award has been housed since the 1920s. The regional community newspaper donated the trophy in 1920 as the top prize for curling competitions involving clubs from Stettler, Castor and Coronation, said Cliff Campbell, the current president of the Castor club. “It was won outright by Castor Curling Club and it’s been in our trophy showcase since.” As the clubs challenged for the trophy, Castor won it 19 times, while Stettler took it home 15 times and Coronation nine. “They used to play for trophies in those days,” Campbell said. “Everyone got a trophy.” Notably, a hand-scrawled inscription notes that in 1933, the Independent trophy went to the Sedgewick Roses, with W. W. Rose as the skip. “A Rose of Sedgewick won the provincial Brier in 1934, so if this is the same guy, I don’t know,” Campbell said.
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Independent effective communicator Communication has become more complex than ever. How do you keep in touch with what’s happening in your community and region? It appears computers and social media have actually made it harder to communicate to send the message out and reach an entire audience. For generations and decades, com- By Richard Froese munity newspapers have played a vital Independent reporter role to be the single source of news from all spectrums of the community, including schools, business, sports At a meeting in Bashaw last month, and recreation, health, government, where residents discussed ways to churches, arts and culture, agriculture, build a better future for the small comtourism and anything else that charac- munity, the main issue identified at a terizes the community. previous meeting was the lack of effecFor anyone who wants to find out tive communication, even in Bashaw. about anything that’s happening in a How can communication be a probcommunity, the local newspaper is the lem for a town so small? one-stop source for it all. I have long Residents at the meeting discovered said that if it’s not in the newspaper, that Bashaw has an anchor newspaper, it’s not important. two community newsletters, a school Community newspapers like the newsletter and many websites from Stettler Independen, Bashaw Star and the town and various organizations. Castor Advance cover it all. They re- All those options might actually be main the best source to relay your fragmenting communications and the message to the entire community. community to some extent.
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Yes, such newsletters and websites can provide valuable information. But usually, people visit a website for something that interests them, so those websites are generally preaching to the converted. But if an organization wants to expand its audience and convert the unconverted, so to speak, use the newspaper to reach the wider audience. Most of all, it’s credible. Some groups and organizations wonder why their message isn’t getting to more people via a simple newsletter or website, instead of taking it to the traditional and reliable source of news and events — the community newspaper. Local newspapers like the Independent focus on being representative of and highlighting all aspects of a community — unlike a newsletter or website that’s just one piece of the pie. Richard Froese is a municipal reporter with the Stettler Independent. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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Future of handibus on a slippery slope RICHARD FROESE Independent reporter
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Mounting financial losses concern the Stettler and District Handibus Society, which reports that the service might be lost within a few years, if that trend continues.
With a $13,345 budget shortfall projected for 2013, the Stettler and District Handibus Society is worried about potential service cuts within a few years. “If we keep this trend going, we foresee that we will deplete our reserve funds in about three years and we will not be able to continue our service,” said society treasurer Cindy MacDonell, who addressed the Town of Stettler council last week. The society has asked the town to assist with the shortfall. “We’ll also go back to the service clubs for further fundraising,” MacDonell said. For this year, the society has requested $15,790 from the town, $16,764 from the County of Stettler, along with $12,000 from Superfluity and $8,000 from the Alberta Community Spirit Fund. Town council has urged the society to take steps to increase riders on a bus that council members said provides a valuable service. “This is a service that is valuable to the community,” said Mayor Dick Richards. “It’s a very valuable
service to have,” said Coun. Leona Thorogood. MacDonell agreed to survey how many people who might need the service don’t currently use it. She will try to find out the reasons for that and determine ways to encourage them to ride. “We offer new riders their first ride for free,” MacDonell said. The society has prepaid tickets that offer rides for the price of 10. Board members decided not to increase the current rate of $5 per trip, as they believe that move would hurt riders, with many on low or fixed incomes. From 30 to 35 passengers is the maximum capacity per day, given the time constraints required to help clients with mobility issues or who are in wheelchairs, said program co-ordinator Joanne Wiechnik, who responded to a question from council. “Some days, we have 10, 17, and some days we may have 30 or more,” she said. Those numbers can fluctuate greatly, depending on numerous factors, including weather, illness in lodges, activities in town or the time of month — such as when seniors receive their pension cheques and are doing their banking. The society finalized
its budget, with $113,274 in expenses and a funding shortfall of $13,345. “We have carefully reviewed all aspects of our budget for 2013 and pared it down as far as we feel we can go, while still trying to retain realistic goals,” MacDonell said. The deficit is projected to be higher as a result of fluctuating fuel and maintenance costs and reduced numbers of passengers. Along with disabled adults and seniors, the handibus transports specialneeds students to a swimming program and also provides school activityrelated transportation. “With this service, a majority of these groups might not be able to live here in Stettler, as the need of transportation is essential for work, school and medical needs, and overall provides all our passengers with a better quality of life,” MacDonell said. She also reported that the society has raised funds to buy a new bus to replace the current handibus, which was bought in 2008. “If we do not replace our bus regularly, we have found the cost of repairs starts to put a huge strain on our budget,” she said. The representatives said the new handibus is slated to arrive this June.
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“It’s a learning curve for him and it’s also a learning curve for us to work with an MLA in opposition,” Richards said of Strankman. Touring a sprawling constituency with more than 30 municipalities and school divisions, Strankman apologized for leaving the Stettler region among the last. “I’m sorry it’s taken a long time to get there,” he said. “I think we should visit councils twice a year.” His next visit could come as early as this spring, when he hears reaction from the new budget under the ruling Progressive Conservative government with Finance Minister Doug Horner and Premier Alison Redford. Strankman told the Independent that he plans to meet with school divisions, such as Clearview, which has plans to review small schools in Byemoor, Donalda and Brownfield, as well as others in the district. “I also want to meet with Clearview trustees,” Strankman said. “They have potential school closures and that could depend on the upcoming budget.” While roads and agriculture were the main issues in the meeting with the county, members urged the MLA to back the county. “I probably speak on behalf of council when I say it is wise to build bridges, not
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PET PEEVE Conference call set with education reps Get to know the The Smyths emerged as the top crib players at the Endmoor Drop-In Centre last Tuesday. Eileen Smyth posted the best score of the evening, while husband Bob placed second. The next crib meet will be Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Sullivan Lake West Agricultural Society sponsors a snowmobile poker rally Jan. 20. The rally starts at the arena in Byemoor at 10 a.m. and the last hand must leave no later than 12:30 p.m. Anyone who can help with the rally is asked to call John Schofer at 403-579-2248. Word was received of the passing of Kay Connors in Red Deer just after New Year’s. Many will remember when Kay lived in Endiang in the former Adelaide Donald house. Our thoughts are with her family in their loss. Ruthie’s Roost in Endiang is hosting a performance by Jim Peace, western singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Ruth at 403-579-2522. A pair of young Byemoor women got a little more excitement than they needed on Saturday afternoon. Kary Lyn Keith and Rebecca Schofer were having lunch in the restaurant in Airdrie, where the armed standoff between two robbery suspects and the RCMP occurred. They were held up for more than four hours before the ordeal ended peacefully. Several women from the community turned out at the Endiang Hall on Friday evening to honour Janelle Derr with a bridal shower. The future bride of Kyle Sorensen, along with her bridesmaids, opened up many gifts from the
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well-wishers. Kyle and Janelle will be married in Stettler on Feb. 16. If you missed Ben Crane in concert when he was in Endiang, you are in luck. Ben Crane and his daughter Jessica are coming to the Scapa Hall for a performance Feb. 9. The western singer, songwriter, cartoonist and Leanin’ Tree artist was well-received when he performed in Endiang last month. Tickets are available for $20 at the UFA and Willow Creek in Hanna or by calling Doris Neilsen at 403-854-2452 or Peggy Sauter at 403-854-4672. Bill and Linda Smith picked up Kristy Smith and Claire Hamilton at the Calgary airport Saturday. Kristy and Claire are visiting from England and plan a three-week stay. In school news: All interested folks are invited to participate in a teleconference call with Alberta education minister Jeff Johnson and Alberta School Council president Brad Vonkeman to discuss priorities of the Alberta education system. The call takes place Jan. 22 at the Byemoor School library, from 7 to 9 p.m. Contact Rhonda Maginn or Twila Buchwitz for further information. The Clearview school district is working on a draft calendar for the next
three years. The draft calendar can be viewed on the Clearview website and any concerns or feedback can be directed to local trustee Rhonda Maginn at 403-579-2228. The Byemoor School mixed basketball team played its first game against Donalda and lost 40-16. Better luck next time, guys. In hockey news: The Swordmen, the Byemoor-Big Valley atom hockey team, played Sylvan Lake on Saturday in Big Valley and posted an 11-2 win. On Sunday, the atoms played their first provincial playoffs game against Alix and won 4-2. Good job, guys. The Swordmen are hosting a hockey tournament in Big Valley this weekend. Their first game is Friday at 6 p.m. against Camrose. The Endmoor mites host their tournament Saturday at the Byemoor arena. The first game is against Delia at 10 a.m. Consort and Big Valley are also in the mite tournament. Be sure to come out and show your support for our young hockey players at those tournaments. Alberta trivia — The smallest municipality in Alberta is the Village of Gadsby.
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My pet peeve is people who don’t know the rules of the road. I often travel on 44 Avenue, the Stettler street that crosses Highway 56 by the Otherside Restaurant and the RCMP detachment. On several occasions, as I travel westbound on 44 Avenue and stop at the stop sign on Highway 56, I’m confronted with people who obviously don’t know the difference between the rules of two-way stops and four-way stops. Often times, once the traffic is clear and I proceed through the intersection, I get a somewhat unfriendly gesture from the motorist on the opposite side of the intersection who is attempting a left-hand turn. They think that because they were at the intersection first, they have the right-away and show obvious dissatisfaction with motorists like myself who proceed straight through the intersection. Well, people — for your information — at a two-way stop, the straight-through traffic always has the rightaway over traffic that’s turning. It doesn’t matter if you sat at that intersection for one hour, if you’re turning left across the traffic flow, you must yield to the straight-through oncoming traffic that might have only sat at the stop sign for one minute.
It’s only at a four-way stop that whoever arrives there first also proceeds first. That is my vent of the week, so folks, be sure you know the rules of the road before you decide to give someone that “unfriendly gesture.” Submit your pet peeve to the editor at: editor@ stettlerindependent.com.
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A little winter birdie told me that Gordon Jackson had lots to celebrate on his birthday Jan. 2 as he is now on the government payroll. Happy birthday, Gordon. Kathy and Larry Tuck, Frank and Eleanor Dahlgren and Joyce and Bill Hansel were among the friends who were over to help Jackson celebrate. Joyce and Bill were busy over the holidays, first at brother Joe and Maxine’s for dinner, a yearly tradition for the night before the night before shopping day. On Dec. 24, they were at daughter Sandra’s and with her family. Then they joined daughter Sue and Brad and family for Christmas Day. On Boxing Day, Joyce had lunch with sisters Betty Stotz and Marian Blackmore. Meanwhile, Kevin and Diane Baird headed for Saskatoon for a wedding through the holiday season. And son Kyle was home on a visit before Christmas. We are happy to hear Leigh Shepherd is back in the Stettler hospital, doing better and enjoying visits from friends and family. And Bill Boyd resides in Heart Haven lodge for the winter, where he’s enjoying visiting with and catching up with old friends. The first Saturday after Christmas, Betty and Frank Hadwin motored
to Forestburg, wher they enjoyed a late Christmas with daughters Mararet, the host, and Mary, Aaron and daughter Kaitlyn. Birthday greetings to Bridget Skocdopole, who turned 10 on Jan. 4. Birthday supper was with Mom and Dad, Richelle and Greg and family, along with gradparents Stan and Gloria Diegel, uncles Wade and Ybiett and family, and Arden and Deanne and family. Bill and Joyce Hansel, Margaret Connon and Carol Kirkwood were among the many friends and family who surprised Marie (Miller) Vance on her 70th birthday last Saturday at the Friendship Centre in Bowden. Marie’s brothers, Donald and Ken and their families, along with sister Evelyne and family, were there, as were Marie’s son Kelly and daugher Teresa and Ken Schwabb and their families. After the initial surprise, Marie enjoyed a wonderful day of visiting. Happy Birthday, Marie! Wilda and Dale Nichols
hosted a Christmas dinner with 26 family members, including sons Jared and Brenda, David and Sandy and family, daughters Corina and Dale, Denise and Shane and their families. Also, Dale’s sister Ida Hallet and Aunt Irene Schilling. On Saturday, Dale and Wilda enjoyed watching grandson Austin and his hockey team play in Stettler, where they beat Ponoka 10-4. We send condolences to Frank Hadwin on the loss of his brother John Hadwin at age 82. Frank and Betty attended the funeral in Consort. Several friends and neighbours, along with family, gathered at the Botha Senior Centre for a memorial tea in honour of Bill Medinsky. From farther away were sons Mark and Kelvin (Shelly), Steven and Michael of Red Deer, nephew Glen and Ellen Neiser of St. Albert, and their daughter Jenny and Jordan; niece Jan and Ted Lineham of Okotoks, as well as former wife Aileen Hobbs and cousin Juius and Delores Duris, all of Stettler. Interment took place earlier at the Lake View Cemetery in Stettler. Bingo is at the Bank Building on Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m. Early bird starts at 7:30 and the loonie pot is at $116.
At this time of the year, news is usually fairly sparse as organizations take a well-deserved break after all of the hustle and bustle of year-end events. A big thank-you to all Big Valley service groups who work so hard to offer this village excellent community events. Weekly bingo, crib tournaments and whist have all resumed their regular schedules. Big Valley’s dedicated clearing “crew” has been working steadily to keep our streets passable. Huge mounds of snow are visible around the village, as evidence of their hard work. Great job! Your hard work is genuinely appreciated by everyone. Many thanks to the scores of anonymous Snow Angels who continuously pop up all over this village, secretly keeping the sidewalks and driveways clear for those unable to do it themselves. What a fabulous surprise to step outside and find the job already done. Thank-you all so much. Congratulations to the fire department on its recent move to the new building. We hope you had an easy move and that you settle in to the new space smoothly. The Drop-In Centre hosted its first Military Whist evening of 2013 last Friday. First went to Kathy, Connie, Dorothy A, and Lorne, second to Ron, Ed, Pat, and Donna, and third to Lynne, Geneva, Buster, and Keith. Military Whist will be held at 7 p.m. every second Friday of the month. The Big Valley Drop-In Centre’s January and February schedule of events include: pancake supper on Mondays on Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and Feb. 18. Suppers are served at 5:30 p.m.; Military Whist at 7 p.m. Friday on
Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22. A potluck lunch, with no meeting, is set for Tuesday, Feb. 5, at noon. Curling takes place Fridays at 1:30 p.m. and crib is every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The next meeting and pot-luck will be on Tuesday, March 5, at noon. There were 14 players at the Big Valley Inn for crib this past Sunday. First went to Vi McCarty, second to Jack Groat, third to Teresa Greig and the booby went to Bob Green. This week, the lucky draw went to Jack Groat and the 50/50 winner was Teresa Greig. The next crib tournament will be Sunday, Jan. 20. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Evangelical Free Church’s Kids Klub, which runs from 3:25 to 5 p.m., resumes next Wednesday, Jan. 23. Kids are walked to the clubhouse from school. For more info, call Connie Watts at 876-2502. The Friends of the Big Valley Library will hold their first meeting of 2013 this Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Big Valley Library. Under discussion will be the group’s desired goals for the coming year. Bring along your ideas, as fresh input is always needed. Anyone interested in helping out or becoming a member of “Friends” is welcome to attend.
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Firefighters go to school New times book calendar By Dorothy Anderson and Rose Koenraadt
Firefighters from Castor, Halkirk, New Norway, Galahad and Provost were enrolled in a four-day educational course over two weekends. Marty Rowland organized the course, which was held at the Halkirk Senior Centre. The seniors supplied food for lunch and coffee breaks. School basketball teams are back to their scheduled games this week after the Christmas break. JD Johnson, Alan Gamroth and Tony Nibourg, along with a Bashaw farmer, placed second in the B event at the farmers’ bonspiel in Bashaw last week. Copies of Halkirk’s new history book, “Home Fires” Book 2, are available at the Snack Shack. Congratulations go out
to Tiana Gamroth, who received a gold at a Nancy Green meet in Edmonton this past weekend for the K1 (13-and-under) division. Many happy returns to Mae and Bill Jamieson, who recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary with family present enjoying coffee and cake. Our best wishes to Louie Engel, who had a fall last week and has had a hip-replacement operation in Red Deer hospital. We also send get-well greetings out to Elliott Land, who is a patient in the Calgary Foothills awaiting surgery. Sympathy is extended to Jason and Frances Cordel on the loss of Frances’s dad, Frances (Frank ) Bobik of Daysland.
Condolences also on the passing of Jim Bedson of Brownfield. He was a brother to Joyce Neilson and brother-in-law to Dora Morasch. Sympathy is sent out to the family of Castor’s Bryce Woodrow, who passed away this week. Bryce was wellknown in our community. The Schaffners were in Saskatoon in December to visit Ellyn’s dad, Dale Berry, and accompany him to Halkirk for the Christmas season. While in Saskatoon, they took in the Mayan world-end celebrations. Max and Brent jumped from an Olympic-height platform into a diving tank, while Jillian and Ellyn went skating at Bessborough River park. COMING EVENTS: Feb. 9 — Halkirk Elks comedy and seafood night. For info, phone Charles Muncy or Doreen Blumhagen.
Bonspiel to run for six days By Darlene Tantrum The Donalda Coulee Friendship held its first Pancake and Jam Session for 2013. It was well-attended, considering so many are suffering from sickness. There will be no pancake breakfast for February, but there will be a pancake supper on Feb. 12, which is Shrove Tuesday. Don’t forget tonight is BINGO at the Drop-In. Come out and support the event. The Donalda Curling Club will host a combined bonspiel from Jan. 21 to 26. On Friday, Jan. 25, there will be a banquet and dance, featuring Domino. For information or entries, call Mike at 403-883-2469, Paul at 403-883-2168 or Kim at 403-883-2407.
By Louise Bellair Parents are reminded to make sure your children are ready for winter and dressed accordingly when they head to school. With Alberta winters, you never know when the weather is going to change. A couple of “new things” have occurred in the Botha area lately. The first change is carpet bowling has been moved from 1:30 p.m. to 1 p.m each Wednesday. It will still be held at the Botha Senior Centre each week. The second change happening is floor curling, which used to be held at 7 p.m. every Thursday. The committee has changed it to each Thursday at 1 p.m. It is still held at the Botha Senior Centre. With the Botha church, the congregation will have their annual meeting after the Jan. 27 church service. Hopefully, everyone can join them at this meeting. The Botha village office will be closed for another week until the morning of Thursday, Jan. 24. We hope this doesn’t cause any inconvenience for anyone. With Old Man Winter still here, if you have an emergency, the contact numbers for snow removal are posted on the door and in the window of the village office. The arena has been flooded and is now
BOTHA open for public enjoyment. The hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, unless the weather is too warm. To purchase a yearly pass or to pay for one ice-time only, contact Lorraine Hankins at 403-742-1155. If you have questions or would like to be on the board, contact Lorraine at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just a reminder to everyone that as soon as the village office opens, it’s another opportunity to purchase your dog tags for the new year. Starting Feb. 1, the prices for the licences go up appreciably, so you’re advised to get out now to purchase the tags. Everyone had a fun and relaxing time, at the first Bingo evening of 2013, which happened last Tuesday. Congratulations to all the winners for the evening. The next Bingo evening will be held Jan. 22, starting at 7:15 p.m. and held at the Botha Senior Centre. Coffee hour continues at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the Botha Senior Centre. The next old-time dance is scheduled for Jan. 27, starting at 1:30 p.m.
Super-heroes gather at school By Cheri Neitz
Birthday wishes go out to Eric Blouin, Kathy Norman, Calvin Foot, Davin Nattestad, Elizabeth Cartier, Jonathan Campbell, Laura Nelson, Rylan Jaksitz, Wayne Nixon, Amy Olson, Dennis Helfer, John Swaren, Brian Ternes, Declan Cartier, Ian Charles, Jim Bailey, Lexi Strandquist, Julie Bergstrom-Siemens, Kristine BaileyChesla, Mark Pearson, Nigel Bergstrom, Shannon Leguerrier, Terry Chesla, August Hurren, Don Lane, Jean Crumly, Lauryn Kneeland-Whiteside, Michelle Puckett, Sandra Seale and all other birthday folks.
This Friday is Super Hero Day at Erskine School. Put on your favourite superhero costume and come to school that day for fun and learning. Jan. 24 is Farm Safety Day at Erskine School. Mark on the calendar the Erskine School and Parent Council meeting, set for Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Erskine Rec Board holds
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Small Town Saturday Night back for Year 2 Alberta has partnered with Big Valley Jamboree for a second year to celebrate Alberta’s rural stories by offering communities a chance to win a daylong country music celebration April 27 in their hometown.
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headlined by Canadian country music artist Chad Brownlee and a songwriters’ circle hosted by Alberta’s own Clayton Bellamy and featuring Alee, Bobby Wills and Tenille. Big Valley’s master of ceremonies, Danny Hooper, will emcee the event. Along with the excitement that comes with hosting “this once-in-a-lifetime concert experience,” the winning community can use the event as a fundraiser to support a local charity or municipal initiative of their choice, organizers said in a news release. The 2012 event resulted in the Town of Legal raising $93,000 for The Friends of Legal School Society to build a new playground for the
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It’s a New Year and the Stettler Ag Society would like to thank everyone who has supported us. Whether its through volunteering, donations or attending our events every bit contributes to our success. We wish to thank everyone, past present and future who has been involved one way or another with the Stettler Ag Society.
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Stettler needs mentors for boys L ES S TULBERG Independent reporter
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Christel Shuckburgh of the Heartland Youth Centre in Stettler poses beside a poster that promotes mentorship programs like the 100-year-old Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Stettler administrators say there’s a “desperate need” for male mentors in the Big Brothers and the school mentoring programs in town. “We have many boys on the waiting list, but no adults to match them with,” said Christel Shuckburgh, the Big Brothers Big Sisters case worker at the Heartland Youth Centre. She said many children need one-on-one time spent with them and the goal is to add “a lot more matches.” The Heartland Youth Centre and its Big Brothers Big Sisters program is joining their national counterparts in celebrating 100 years of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Canada. The official celebration kicked off Tuesday and it runs through all of 2013. Shuckburgh said Big Brothers Big Sisters has
operated in Stettler since 1985. The local organization plans to mark the centennial celebration with a penny drive to raise funds for the local program. Shuckburgh said a penny drive was chosen because “it makes cents to create change in our community.” She said penny collection sites will be located at various businesses throughout Stettler from now through April 30. Currently, there are 11 in-school mentor matches at Stettler’s three public schools and the Erskine School and five Big Sister matches in the Stettler mentoring program. Eventually, the youth centre would like to expand the school mentoring program to include schools in the County of Stettler and at ChristKing Catholic School. A major fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters and school mentoring programs, along with all the other programs the
Heartland Youth Centre offers, is the 22nd annual Lloyd’s Bowl for Kids, set for Feb. 22. Shuckburgh said the theme this year is “Clash Bash.” Participants are encouraged not to make a fashion statement, but are dared to wear polka dots, stripes or checkers and any other clothing that clashes. There will be a prize for the “clashiest” outfit. The Heartland Youth Centre relies on this fundraiser to raise dollars for its programs and operating costs. This year’s goal is set at $10,000. The funds keep programs affordable; maintain the facility and offers teen leadership and employment opportunities. Supporters and members are encouraged to get pledge forms from the HYC and get a team together to Bowl for Kids. More information may be obtained by calling 403-742-KIDS (5437).
Paved parking lot in works for curling club R ICHARD FROESE Independent reporter Rough in many spots, the parking lot at the Stettler curling rink could soon be paved, along with the nearby east road for a cost of about $267,000. At its regular meeting last week, Town of Stettler council gave the green light to pave the parking lot — estimated at $151,350 — while it would further review a proposal to pave 52 Street between the curling rink and Stettler community hall for $115,850. Those were the figures presented by Melissa Robbins, the town’s director of operational services.
County keeps on pace with development RICHARD FROESE Independent reporter New building and development in the County of Stettler in 2012 exceeded just more than $14 million to keep pace with previous years. “We are not tremendously up, be we’re keeping steady with permits and values in previous years,” said Johan van der Bank, the county director of planning and development. Last year, the county recorded $14,226,615 in construction costs, down from $16,070,333 the previous year. That included a $7-million permit for Can Erector, which had planned to build a facility to manufacture flare stacks, but that progressed no further. However, a permit for $400,000 was issued for Flare Tech east of town boundaries for a company that develops flare stacks. Overall, the county issued 102 total permits for $14,226,615, with $10,116,615 for 84 residential permits and $4,110,000 for 18 commercial permits. In 2011, those figures included 89 total permits with $8,050,000 for 12 commercial permits and $8,010,333 for 77 residential permits. Generation RV was considered a significant commercial addition. The company manufac-
tures and repairs travel trailers. For residential, the major permit was to develop a new Hutterite colony about two miles east of town. The county projects continued steady development this year. “I don’t expect a drastic increase in activity this year,” van der Bank said. “I expect it to be just as steady as in the past two years.” With this growth, the county continues to review its municipal development plan and land-use bylaw, intermunicipal development plan with the Town of Stettler, and draft a major area structure plan with the town southeast of town. An updated IDP with the summer villages of Rochon Sands and White Sands has also been draf-ted with a public hearing set for May 4 in Erskine. Two other major industrial projects are in the works, with a seedcleaning plant on a site in the Warden area, and a coal-crushing plant east of Donalda on Highway 53. Land has also opened to build a truck stop on Highway 12 on a 15acre site on the eastern outskirts of town boundaries across from 38 Street for a proposed hotel/motel, convenience store and restaurant, with smaller lots for other opportunities.
Chief administrative officer Rob Stoutenberg said that $133,000 in the capital plan for fire equipment has been deleted in a partnership project with the County of Stettler. “There’s $133,000 that could certainly be accessed,” said Stoutenberg, noting the balance could come from reserves. Town staff plans to assess the structure of the road later this spring. “This estimate is for only a minor shape and pave,” Robbins said. “Any additional drainage work required would be in addition to the estimate prepared.” Wi-Fi contract signed Council signed a 10-year agreement with Shaw to pro-
vide Wi-Fi wireless Internet service in the community and in the town facilities at the Stettler Recreation Centre, the town office and the Stettler community hall, with an annual payment of $18.88 to the town for each facility. Last year, Stettler became the first small community to which Shaw provided Wi-Fi service, after Edmonton and Vancouver. “It should be an honour that Vancouver and Edmonton can be mentioned in the same sentence as Stettler,” said Mayor Dick Richards, with a bit of humour. “Technology changes and we know we will work with Shaw more in the coming years.” Shaw reps congratulated Stettler for its efforts.
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* Some conditions, admin, other fees and taxes beyond the electricity rate also apply. †You can switch between fixed and floating rates once per month either online or by contacting ENMAX Energy at 310-2010. If you change plans, your new rate will become effective immediately. You can only change to rates which are available at that time you elect to switch, and you will not be able to switch back to a rate which you previously had if it is no longer available. ‡Some conditions apply. No cash value. Subject to the EasyMax Terms and Conditions. When you purchase gas and electricity together from ENMAX Energy, you will earn EasyMax Rewards Dollars accruing at the rate posted on enmax.com from time to time, which amount will be applied to your bill from ENMAX Energy at the frequency you request or toward other option(s) that will be available from time to time. If you have not chosen one of the available methods to apply your EasyMax Rewards Dollars, the EasyMax Rewards will be credited yearly on your EasyMax bill. If or when the EasyMax Rewards program is cancelled, you may receive less than 100 EasyMax Rewards Dollars that year. Full details are available at enmax.com/easymaxtandc or by calling 310-2010 (toll free in Alberta). ® and ™ ENMAX Corporation.
You can choose any retailer listed at www.ucahelps.alberta.ca or at 310-4822. Electricity delivery to your home or business isn’t affected by your choice of retailer.
THE STETTLER INDEPENDENT
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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d n a r G g n i n e p O Re We’ve FRESHened up for you! Come in and see what’s new at the newly renovated Sobeys Stettler! s FRESH cut fruits and vegetables sliced fresh daily. s Choose from over 150 gourmet deli cheeses. s Premium hard shell LIVE lobster fresh from Nova Scotia. s FRESH and convenient Gourmet Minute meals. s In-store made deli pizzas ready to take and bake. s Make entertaining easy and pick up a made to order party tray.
Enter & you could
$100 for foGrraoceries
See in-store for details.
*No purchase necessary. There is (1) prize consisting of ﬁfty two (52) $100 CDN Sobeys gift cards (with total prize value of $5200 CDN). Selected entrant must correctly answer a skill testing question. Limit of one entry per day. Contest closes on Feb. 21, 2013. Full contest rules available at customer service at Sobeys Stettler. Chances of winning depend on number of entries received at Sobeys Stettler in the Canadian Province of Alberta.
SAVE ON WELLNESS PRODUCTS THROUGHOUT THE STORE!
Sobeys Stettler 3TREET 3TETTLER !"