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After addressing several issues and questions from the public, Justin Trudeau took some time to sign autographs and pose for pictures.

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Trudeau seeks better government system By Amelia Naismith The future of this country lies in Canadians banding together for, not only a new government, but also a better government. One Justin Trudeau is hoping to lead. On Jan. 27 the Liberal leadership frontrunner made a quick stop in Ponoka at the Kinsmen Community Centre to present his goals, visions and priorities for the future of Canada. Trudeau told the crowd of 120 what they already know about Canadian politics and progressed into how he, as a Canadian with the same shared values, is going to breath life and honesty back into the political system.

Along with informing people how they can vote in the Liberal leadership campaign for free, Trudeau spent his time in Ponoka adamantly promoting his idea that Canadians need to come together as a people and blur the differentiating political lines to evolve the country, all under the ideas Trudeau brought to the table. “What we have right now is a time where we’re incredibly cynical, as a people, about politics. We’ve resigned ourselves to voting against. We vote against the right from the left, we vote against the left from the right. We accept the least possible of the worst situations out there and we’re not voting for,” said Trudeau. Not only are voting Canadians

disengaged from politics but so are upand-coming voters, which is a concern of Trudeau’s. “Young people, who are more informed and more aware about what’s going on the world around them than any previous generation of young people, are active on social media, active in the communities, active in local initiatives, active in big, global NGOs and single-issue causes. But active in politics? No, not worthy of their time.” That there is such disengagement across the board is a condemning reflection of the politicians, not of the public, said Trudeau. Canada is facing economic unbalance. According to Trudeau, over the past 30

years the economy has grown by more than 100 per cent while average, middle class incomes have risen approximately 13 per cent. To Trudeau, this is an indication that, for the first time in Canada’s history, one of the country’s fundamental promises has been broken. “That when you get to this country . . . You can work hard and create success for yourself and create greater opportunities for your children,” he explained. However, he feels this is no longer the case. “There is an uncertainty around the very idea of progress in this country, and that fact is not just an economic challenge.”

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Council to review business hours bylaw comments By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Information from the Coffee With Council session was not on town council’s agenda last week Mayor Larry Henkelman said during the regular meeting Jan. 22. Feedback from the meeting is still coming in. “We wanted to make sure that all council has had a good opportunity to review the minutes that were taken at that public meeting and also there still seems to be feedback coming…Rather than make a rapid decision, we’d like to discuss it as a whole.” Coun. John Jacobs was unable to attend the council meeting. Councillors will discuss it during their committee of the whole meeting to see, “whether we need to make some amendments to the bylaw, and there were certainly some good comments that came out from some of the businesses and the citizens,” Henkelman explained. Gold Eagle business application denied An application from the Gold Eagle to develop a bar at the former location of Fountain Tire on Highway 2A has been denied by town administration. “The notice of refusal was issued Jan. 16 because there were 74 objections

received,” said CAO Brad Watson. Bob Rechlo has until Jan. 31 to appeal. He also applied to locate on Chipman Avenue but businesses on the street opposed that application. Administration has suggested other locations to Rechlo but Watson believes he wants to own his building rather than rent. Increase to Rimoka requisition Councillors were told the Rimoka Housing Foundation requisition will see an increase of five per cent this year, said Henkelman. “The town’s portion of that will go from $84,670 to $89,803.” There was some discussion from the foundation to the Bethany Group that manages Rimoka, the mayor said but it was explained to the board that lodge assistance programming grants from the provincial government have dropped in recent years; $562,836 in 2011 compared to $426,000 budgeted for 2013. “That was the big change.” Many of the costs to residents at Reid Manor have stayed relatively low but it has created a gap in how much residents at other locations are paying. Residents at Reid Manor pay approximately $575 a month while the Bethany Group recommends $975 a month, said Henkelman.

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He feels Ponoka County is getting hit with the lion’s share of the requisition. “The county’s contribution to this is $300,000.” Cutting night security at Reid Manor is also being considered to help with budget. Replacing arena speakers The speakers at the Ponoka and Culture Recreation Complex will be replaced at a cost of $3,000 as they work only intermittently, explained Watson. Coun. Izak van der Westhuizen suggested they consider updating the entire sound system as he feels it is out of date and users must access music, mike and amplifier at the same time. “Maybe an integration of some kind.” Score clock plans Ponoka Minor Hockey (PMH) is considering updating the score clock at the arena and has a first proposal of $150,000 to the town for the “Mercedes Benz” of score clocks, said Watson. Wes Amendt, director of community services, has given the proposal back to PMH for reconsideration. Henkelman asked if there is an opportunity for corporate sponsorship. Watson said companies are going away from this policy as it can restrict what can be sold in the building. An example used was if a company such as Coca-Cola was a sponsor then only its products could be sold in the building. Thousands attended ag event centre A conservative estimate of people who attended events at the ag event centre in 2012 suggests more than 11,000 people came to Ponoka, explained Sarah Olson, director of economic development. She received the information from general manager Chas Lambert and believes it is a conservative estimate as it is difficult to track. “The average per event was about 176 individuals who come into the community.” Sixty-four events were logged in 52 weeks. Good deal on a truck Councillors budgeted $160,000 for a new boom truck for the electrical department but Mike Lewis, director of operations and property services said they


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were able to purchase one for just $149,200. It was the lowest of three bids received. “The foreman believes we got the best truck of them all.” New streetlights The electrical department has also installed street lighting in the back alley behind the Leland Hotel, said Lewis. Additional lights have been ordered for installation on a portion of 39 Avenue eastbound of Highway 2A. Mayor Henkelman wondered about lights lit up in the southwest industrial park. “There’s nothing out there. Do they have to remain on all the time?” Lewis said there “are two schools of thought there.” Some say to turn them on right away whether or not there are any buildings in the area and some wait until there is development, he explained. “What we’ve found in other municipalities if we don’t turn those on when they’re installed it becomes a high crime area,” said Lewis. He believes the cost is negligible compared to the safety factor. More PAECS meetings It was a busy week for Coun. Doug Gill, who is also the president of the Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society. The board had meetings Jan. 16 and 18 and one more meeting with the auditor. “And following that we had a special meeting and that went from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.” “The audit looks good. The budget did balance for the first year,” he added. “In the first year of operations (GM Chas Lambert) is to be commended because he did make money.” Despite being in the black, Gill feels assistance might still be needed from the four partners — Ponoka County, the Town of Ponoka, the Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition Association and the Ponoka Agricultural Society. “Just to give them some operating room.” New appointment Town councillors have appointed Dennis Jones to the economic development board for a one-year term expiring Dec. 31 2013. Library board appointment Councillors also appointed Diane LaflammeBetteridge to the library board for a three-year term expiring Dec. 31 2015. Coun. Shayne Steffen said there were two applicants for the position and the library board did not make the decision lightly. “I look forward to working with her.”

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Politics has created polarization in voters Continued from page 1 That promise also meant that Canadians were able to put aside their differences, look beyond the identity of politics and recognize each other as Canadians first, Trudeau said. “But the cynicism and the polarization has driven us to disengage from the nation-building, the kind of stepping-up that has always characterized what has been greatest about Canadians.” Trudeau says it’s because of the disconnect created by the polarization of politics, elected representatives are getting away with most everything. He feels this disrespect for the voices and promises to the public “are an absolute perversion of the core movement that brought the current prime minister to power.” Trudeau, as leader of the Liberal party, would eliminate the differences and disconnect between Canadians. However, he knows to lead them to trust one another they must first trust him and re-engage in politics. “The politics of strategic division and calculation can’t be very effective, and the current prime minister’s majority is proof of that.” While Trudeau wants co-operation between Canadians, he is strongly opposed to political co-operation and a “mishmash” coalition of parties. He feels the NDP is playing the same division game as Conservative leader Stephen Harper, and rather than join them at that game he wants to raise his politics to a new playing field where no one else is. “You buy votes in the East by attacking the resources of the West,” said Trudeau of NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. “Well that is not something that is in the interest of Canada, and it’s certainly not something that the Liberal party is going to do. We can and must expect more from our leaders, we can and must expect more from our neighbors and we can and must expect more from ourselves. That is the

“But the cynicism and the polarization has driven us to disengage from the nation-building, the kind of stepping-up that has always characterized what has been greatest about Canadians,” MP Justin Trudeau

of a winning coalition; a mishmash of parties with different views and perspectives.” Another way he feels Canada should come together is through developments in east-west energy connections. However, the partnerships wouldn’t stop at the coast. Trudeau believes the government should be working hard to develop opening new markets in Europe, China and the rest of Asia, and not rely as much on the United States. “It has a huge potential to create prosperity here at home.” However, Trudeau continues to oppose the Northern Gateway pipeline project. “Not because I’m against pipelines, but because I’m against that pipeline.” He’s concerned about the pipeline’s effects on fragile ecosystems as well as First Nations relations. “Don’t come to me with the cheapest possible, come to me with the best possible pipeline proposal.” Despite being in Western Canada, where Trudeau joked there may be Conservatives present, the meeting received a better than excepted reception. After answering questions Trudeau took the time to meet people for autographs and pictures before leaving for his next stop.

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only way we’re moving forward.” However, Trudeau was also called on to defend past comments he’s made that could have been perceived as attacking the West, which got a laugh out of the room, and from Trudeau. “I will say things that get me in trouble from time to time, I can guarantee you that. I have in the past and I will in the future. But I stand by the values and actions I live by.” As anticipated, he also addressed the idea of electoral reform, in the form of preferential ballots. Trudeau favors this option because it wouldn’t mean a lot of change to the electoral system; ridings would remain the same, as would single MP relationships. “I think that direct contact is really important, which is why proportional representation is something I have concerns about.” He feels preferential ballots would reflect the

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Your Guide To Local Houses of Worship CHURCH DIRECTORY Associated Gospel Churches of Canada

CHURCH OF THE OPEN BIBLE Pastor Jerry Preheim 3704 - 42 St. Ponoka 403-783-6500 Worship Service 11:00 a.m.

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

Worship Service 10:30 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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ST. AUGUSTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH Fr. Chris Gnanaprakasam, S.A.C. Mass Times: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 9:00 a.m. Sunday

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

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

AHS program to improve seniors’ care By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye A new patient-based funding model from Alberta Health Services (AHS) hopes to even out the level of service patients receive. This new program was developed three years ago for patients and now long-term care residents will experience it on March 1. As a patient needs more care, their financial support will increase, explained Dave O’Brien, senior vice-president of primary and community care. Patient-based funding was used before AHS, he said. “It’s not unlike how some of our funding methodologies have been managed in the past. Having said that, since 1995 the reality is we’ve developed a whole host of different ways of funding long-term care.” Some of those methods were not equitable and the province had mixed standards of care being provided. Any funding AHS provides also means it is responsible to ensure residents meet the same standard of care. “So that we can really drive that equity and consistency,” said O’Brien. With learning comes experience and O’Brien believes providers will continue to adapt and make adjustments to the model. Another reason why AHS is implementing patient-based funding as quickly as possible is to learn from any mistakes, he said. He does not have specific details on how the program affects private institutions such as Northcott Care Centre and Sunrise Village but the intention is a “fair and equitable” funding model. Approximately three years ago AHS reviewed more than 170 sites in Alberta and how their services were applied. “Not surprisingly some sites we found were under-funded, i.e. they were not given enough funding,” stated O’Brien. Approximately $16 million in the past two years was injected into these sites while over-funded sites are seeing a decrease over a 6 1/2 year period. The funding model change could possibly have affected Ponoka as well, he said. One of the biggest challenges he sees with longterm care is ensuring the proper health care delivery goes to the proper recipients. “And I don’t think we’re necessarily set up to do that yet. We’re doing a lot of work to get there.” The key in dealing with long-term care needs is increasing capacity and keeping patients as close to

home as possible, he added. The other challenge is keeping patients out of emergency rooms and acute care if possible but O’Brien feels they have seen some improvement. Home care budgets have grown and more than 2,500 continuing care beds have opened in Alberta in the last three years with another 1,000 planned for the next two years. “That is incredible growth.” He feels the extra expense it worth the investment as patients see a better quality of life. The Rimoka Housing Foundation has had vacant rooms for some months and O’Brien was asked how AHS works with lodges. Usually if a senior citizen needs extra care outside of a lodge’s capabilities then a move to supportive living care is needed. O’Brien feels it is frustrating for families involved. New developments with AHS have helped fund some lodges to keep seniors as long as possible. “We are working with our lodge

providers so that we can help to provide them with resources or funding. So as the care needs of their residents increase they can keep them there,” explained O’Brien. “So that they can stay there perhaps forever but as long as possible.” Not all lodges take funding from AHS, said O’Brien. It is a decision lodges have to make before working with AHS. “We’re certainly open and willing to work with lodges wherever we can.” Lodges such as the one proposed for Rimbey could see residents with different needs and O’Brien believes more discussion is requires to determine clients’ needs. He has worked with the ministries of municipal affairs and health to bring more “care and supports to individuals where they are.” “So that they get right care in the right place and it’s actually the place they want to be,” he stated. He believes a multi-disciplinary team can provide better care and he suggests other agencies should be involved as well.

Make the choice to be more human Oh what a difference a few days can make. On Friday, Jan. 11 I was on my way to Clive enjoying bright sunshine on pristine white fields covered in snow, gently sculpted by prairie winds. It was beautiful, if a bit chilly. William Delleman Five days later and I’m Pastor of Sonrise Christian off east toward RimReformed Church bey under grey skies, Member of the Ponoka plowing through on Ministerial Association dirty roads, looking at muddy fields. Suddenly that warm spell we seem to want this time of year brought a lot more unpleasantness than maybe we’d expected or wanted. Oh what a difference a single evening can make. Young adults gather for a party and at evening’s end one lies bleeding and another taken away forever. And we can ask why. In fact we should. It seems to me God intended the world to be a pristine and holy place where life is sacred and people are gracious to one another; a world made to function properly, clean and bright. But apparently the first inhabitants of that world wanted something else. They wanted more and then received more

than they expected or could possible want. Along with knowledge of good and evil came a bent determination to have it their own way. What seemed like such a prize was actually bondage to self-interest. It was a very costly choice. Each of us knows that because in the muck we now all experience — at least from time to time — the sad reality is that too often one person made in God’s image forgets or ignore the fact that everyone else is made in God’s image too. People often talk about the problem of evil and why do things happen the way they do. And, of course, why doesn’t God stop evil from happening at all. The best I understand it is that the good and the bad will be with us always, at least until the end. Jesus taught that in a parable found in Matthew 13. I’ve also seen that most of the suffering most of us will experience is a case of “man’s inhumanity to man.” Man, in this case, being all of us. And if that’s the way things really are then we have a choice. Maybe even two. One is to be honest, really honest with ourselves and ask, might

it be that God’s love for us is actually holding back the evil that could happen so much more often? That God is actually holding back God’s desire for perfect justice. Just think, if God were to end all evil — every harmful thing people do to each other or themselves, everything form a little lie to drug abuse to murderous violence — then we’d all be done for, right? Instead, as we see evil erupt within our own hearts or in the lives of others, we have a choice to say no to revenge, to hatred, to despair. We have a choice to embrace the wounded, the grieving and the perpetrator. We have a choice to become more human. In my tradition that means to give up on the notion of self-reliance and to rely instead on the way of Jesus. Accepting his way, his truth and his life or faith. The world is the way it is; in Jesus’ name, we do not have to be slaves to the world’s way of violence, fear or despair. And while that won’t bring a loved one back, it certainly can give comfort and the strength to greet each day with hope.

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Reflections of Ponoka

They served our nation with honour and character By Dave Spink and Mike Rainone With the ongoing research and kind assistance of Dave Spink, we are pleased to be able to continue to feature more Reflections stories that salute the bravery and extreme efforts of our military personnel. These colorful accounts will outline their past service to our nation at home and overseas during the perils of war, as well as their family life and the countless challenges that they accepted upon return to their Ponoka and district homes. The rambunctious Warren twins Another set of future pilots were the Warren twins, Bruce and Douglas. Born in Nanton and raised in central Alberta, they would complete most of their schooling in Wetaskiwin and Ponoka, while their father, Earl Warren, was well known here. The congenial twins would both become Spitfire pilots with the #66 squadron based in England during the Second World War. Their efforts in the squadron were unusual for the twins, with Bruce serving as an A Flight Commander and Douglas was the B Flight Commander. Both men used the nickname of “Duke” and to make it more confusing they were identical twins. Taking orders from the Warren boys was never a problem for the rest of the crew because they all assumed that the man in charge knew what he was doing. Both gentlemen had inquiring minds and little patience with tradition/bond efforts or ways of thought. Following the war, Bruce Warren continued his career with the Royal Canadian Air force before becoming a test pilot with Avro Canada. He was later killed in the crash of a prototype CF/100 jet fighter, an accident that

was thought to be caused by an oxygen system malfunction. The CF/100 aircraft was the only Canadian designed and manufactured aircraft to see operational use. Douglas Warren also continued his colorful career with the RCAF and after extensive flying time with the Vampire, it was in 1952 that he would become the commanding officer of the F-86 Saber squadron #410. In 1953 Douglas Warren was attached to the United States Air Force and flew Saber jets in Korea, then later became chief flight instructor at the RCAF’s training unit at Chatam, N.B. and then later went on to serve in a similar role in Germany. Assisting the post-war Luftwaffe in forming their own Saber operational training unit, Doug found himself working side by side with Eric Hartmann, who had been Germany’s greatest fighter ace with more than 350 kills. So just 15 years after assisting and shooting down a German bomber at the raid on Dieppe, Duke found himself teaching Luftwaffe jet fighter pilots the same skills. Later in his career, Doug Warren served for one year as the commanding officer of the Royal Canadian Legion Air Cadet Camp at Mynarsky Park, which was originally the Canadian Forces Base at Penhold, Alta. During his long and illustrious military career, Warren received the following medals: Distinguished Flying Cross, 1939-1945 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defense Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Dieppe Clasp, War Medal, Korea Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea, Special Service Medal, Canadian Peace Keeping Medal, United Nations Korea Medal, 125th Anniversary Medal, Golden

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Members of the world famous Edmonton Grads ladies’ basketball team visited Ponoka in the 1920s for an outdoor exhibition game against local players. In their spectacular 25-year reign from 19151940, Percy Page’s team lost only 20 of the 522 games and never surrendered the Canadian Ladies’ Basketball Championship.

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The Warren Brothers, Bruce and Doug, were identical twins, who served colourful careers as pilots, beginning with the #66 Spitfire squadron, which was based in England during the Second World War. Jubilee, Canadian Forces Decoration and two bars, the American Air Medal, and the French Legion of Honor. Douglas ‘Duke” Warren Aug. 27, 2012 in Comox, B.C. Roy Whitten served in two World Wars. As a tiny lad, Roy Whitten came to live in the Eastside district with his parents, Norman and Margaret in 1902. Sadly in 1904, Margaret died from pneumonia, after which Norman and his son went back to Ontario, remarried, and then returned to the Eastside farm in 1910, eventually moving to the south place near Chain Lakes. Norman, who was a great storyteller, was always Roy’s right-hand man on the farm, especially during threshing time, remained active until his death in 1944. Roy served overseas in the First World War from 1914-18, during which time he met and married Lily Avis. They would return to the Ponoka-area homestead after the war. Farming was hard in those days but Roy was an avid hunter and loved going off with his many district buddies in the fall, always coming back with their limit. He had some fine Clysdale horses, then purchased a tractor and made a living threshing for the neighbours. Their farm was always frequented by lots of visitors, and as Mr. Congeniality, Roy was blessed with a gift of the gab, loved arguing about politics, and had a great talent for barbering and plow-shear sharpening.

Roy Whitten, who served for the Canadian Army in both world wars, was raised and also farmed on the family’s Eastside homestead for many years. Roy re-joined the Canadian Army in 1939 and would serve overseas, later joined by sons Harley and Gerald, while Lily stayed home on the farm with the other four children until moving back to the original homestead in 1943. Roy returned from the war in 1944 and was stationed at Lethbridge to serve at a Prisoner of War camp. After making several trips overseas with prisoners before being discharged from the military Roy continued to work at various jobs, remarried after Lily died, and passed away suddenly in Calgary in 1959.


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Opinion What’s the plan to stabilize Alberta’s revenue? At some point, Albertans will have to decide whether they are progressive or conservative. This clash of political ideals wrapped up in Alberta’s ruling party seems to make sound, sensible governance impossible. When Alberta is awash in oil revenue, successive Progressive Conservative premiers have bowed to the pressure of their progressive ministers to spend and build. When the taps are tightened, these same premiers apply the brakes, cut programs that were deemed necessary just a few years or an election ago and mull over raising taxes. And then the boom and bust cycle repeats itself. Premier Alison Redford gave a televised State of the Province address to try to explain to Henry and Martha why the government hasn’t a clue how to run the province. Instead of taking responsibility for spending waaay more than the government takes in, Redford blamed the Americans for increasing their domestic oil production and lowering the price, thereby creating the $6-billion gap in revenues. She takes no responsibility for having no plan to diversify the Alberta economy or to rein in government spending. The premieress has made her preference clear: she doesn’t want to see new taxes. But what if there is no other choice? Can she raise income taxes and user fees without appearing to break another yearold election promise? Higher taxation if necessary but not necessarily a sales tax? When Alberta was flush with oil revenue from 2006-08 and had no plan for its spending or savings, the government unwisely eliminated $1 billion health care premiums. Is that how vital services such as health care, education and social assistance

should be funded? Tied to the coattails of vagaries oil and gas royalties instead of the certainty of taxation? This government went all-in last year, betting on high oil royalties to wipe out its $886-million deficit. But lower oil prices and George Brown the so-called “bitumen Off the Record bubble” have instead led to a shortfall and what is now projected to be a deficit of more than $3 billion. With a B. As in B.S. The government is pushing this difference in price between Alberta’s bitumen and West Texas Intermediate crude as some new, unforeseen phenomenon. It’s been around as long as the dinosaurs in cabinet. Finance ministers didn’t bring up the price difference six or seven years ago when the spread was larger but Alberta had a surplus of billions to squander. How does Alberta get off this economic roller coaster? There is no easy way to claw back spending on politically popular programs and services when the economy takes a dip — and hope to get re-elected. Is a sales tax the answer to stabilizing provincial revenue? How about a harmonized sales tax and reducing income taxes? Would that affect Alberta’s perceived tax advantage? Would a sales tax and reduced corporate taxes spark the economy? If we’re all taking home more money would

we mind paying a sales tax? If a sales tax can be sold to Albertans as means to even out the dips in the roller coaster, it must be coupled with reforms to runaway government spending. And that would mean breaking or delaying billions in election promises to special interest groups, school boards and municipalities. The Redford government will present its $40-billion —give or take

a billion —2013-14 budget sometime in March. And it may take the next six weeks for cabinet to decide whether we are in for another round of Kleinian-style spending cuts, borrowing to fund capital projects, creation of a new savings plan, corporate tax hikes or some combination. But more than likely this government will spend whatever savings we have left and once again tie its success to higher energy prices.

Insular Little Englanders winning big European Union debate The real problem is continental drift: Brussels, the capital of the European Union, is getting further and further away from England. Or at least that is British Prime Minister David Cameron’s line. Cameron made his long awaited speech promising a referendum on continued British membership in the European Union and he placed the blame squarely on plate tectonics: “People are increasingly frustrated that decisions (are being) taken further and further away from them...” The “frustrated” people in question are English, of course. Hostility to the European Union is mainly an English thing but that matters a lot in the United Kingdom, where 55 million of the kingdom’s 65 million people live in England. The “Little Englander” glories in the notion of England being unencumbered by foreign ties and commitments and the phrase is now used to describe strongly nationalist, even xenophobic people on the right of English politics. Those people, always present in significant numbers within Cameron’s Conservative Party, have now won the internal party debate.


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Every Conservative leader has had to deal with these people. They always managed to contain them in the past but things have changed. The long recession and relatively high immigration of recent years have increased the popularity of the extreme right in England, and the Conservatives are losing their more right-wing supporters to the anti-EU, anti-immigration United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Cameron’s promise of a referendum on EU membership is first and foremost an attempt to steal UKIP’s thunder and win back the defecting Conservative voters. He doesn’t really want to leave the EU but he really does want to win the election that is due in 2015. His reluctance to be the man who took Britain out of the EU was clear. The referendum would not take place until after the next election, and only if the Conservative Party won enough seats in 2015 to form


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a government on its own. (Its current coalition partner, the Liberal Democratic Party, opposes the whole idea). Cameron says he will spend the next two years renegotiating the terms of Britain’s EU membership to “repatriate” many powers from Brussels to London and to make various changes in the way the EU is run. Then, if he is satisfied with the outcome, he will support EU membership in the election and in the subsequent referendum, which will be held by 2017. But he had no satisfactory answers to the hard questions that followed his speech. What if the 26 other EU members refuse to tie themselves up in knots just to ease Cameron’s local political problems? Would he support continued EU membership in the promised referendum if he didn’t have a “new deal” to offer the voters. He simply wouldn’t

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answer those questions. So for the next four years, all those foreign companies that use the United Kingdom as a convenient, Englishspeaking centre to produce goods and services for the European market will be re-thinking their investment strategies. If the United Kingdom may leave the EU by 2017, is this really the right place to put their money? It will probably be a long dry season for the British economy. How did an allegedly grown-up country talk itself into this position? It’s an attitude that was summed up in an apocryphal English newspaper headline of the 1930s: “Fog in (the English) Channel; Continent Cut Off.” Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

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Drunk stats come up short Dear Editor: I am in shock to realize that Ponoka, Alta. is the Impaired Driving Capital of Canada, as RCMP Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm stated in a town meeting on Jan. 15. When the staff sergeant started to give us numbers regarding his statement, he was going for the shock and awe treatment. He said the majority of impaired charges laid, were against non-Ponoka residents living within 40 kilometres of our town. To the south that would be as far as Blackfalds but why would they drive here to purchase liquor? To the west, Crestomere. To the east, Bashaw is close, as is Alix, but neither community is within the 40-kilometre. To the north, there is the area including Hobbema and Wetaskiwin. So when the staff sergeant says within 40 kilometres of Ponoka, is he talking about Hobbema and Wetaskiwin? Staff Sgt. Chisholm gave us an eye-opening presentation, but when you start to think about it, where did these numbers come from? It is stated that in Ponoka 80 impaired driving charges were laid for a population base of 6,773. That works out to one for every 84 residents. In Wetaskiwin, 58 charges for a population of 12,525. This is one for every 215 residents. My question is, how many vehicles were stopped in Ponoka and area over the year, and how many stopped in the Wetaskiwin area over that same time? Is the Ponoka RCMP and Alberta Sheriff’s department spending

more time and energy on this issue than our neighbor to the north? Out of those numbers from both communities, what is the ratio of impaired to sober drivers? Do the numbers for 2012 include the .05 charges as well as the .08? These are just a few of the questions that need answers before any rational decision can be made. The proposed business hours bylaw wants liquor stores to close at 10 p.m. seven days a week .The liquor stores in Ponoka now close at 10 p.m. during the week, with the exception of Hammy’s Spirits, which closes at 11 p.m. On Friday and Saturday all the stores are open until 11 p.m. The only place to get alcohol after that is either the Leland Hotel or the Royal Hotel. So where is this bylaw really pointed — at two businesses? In and amongst this bylaw are the hours limiting the one pawnshop in town. Why is that part of this business hours bylaw and not part of the debate? Does it have anything to do with the non-Ponoka residents from within 40 kilometres of here? The staff sergeant has wanted this bylaw on the books for the past three years. He has every right to advise the town with his concerns. He also has to be able to present all the statistics, a collection of quantitative data as to why this is a just bylaw to have on the books. Put all the facts on the table and let the people decide what is good for Ponoka. Marc Yaworski, Leland Hotel

Gay student leading forum Dear Editor: My name is Chevi Rabbit. Last August I was attacked for being a visible gay. It made headlines across Canada, including in the Ponoka News. I’m thankful for your support in sharing a tragic common story on bullying and hate. Since last year I have been making great strides in doing my small part in creating a safer Alberta for all Canadians. While a full-time student I have been donating my time and energy to local charities the best way I know how, which is doing makeup as I am also a full-time makeup artist. I am writing because I graduated from Ponoka Composite High School and attended your friendly neighbouring community Montana First Nations School up until Grade 9 when I transferred to beautiful PCHS. I would say I grew up both in Ponoka and Montana First Nations, plus I grew up on acreage near Chain Lakes. At the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights on Feb. 15, I will be a keynote speaker along with many other inspiring young individuals

including my good friend actress Ashley Callingbull. We will be giving our speeches at Edmonton’s Expo Centre in front of all of Edmonton’s high school students to talk about human rights. I think it sends a great message about Ponoka. The #YEGrights Forum is a space to talk openly and frankly about issues that concern young people in Edmonton and explore opportunities for solution building, connection and engagement. You will gain insight into human rights issues in our communities, make contacts and friends as well as contribute to creating Edmonton as a community where we all belong. We’ll talk about queer rights, ableism, healing and reconciliation, and inclusion and openness in the community. Are we truly inclusive? What do we need to do to ensure all are part of the community? I hope that my story helps someone know that it’s OK to be yourself, that it is OK to be openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. You are valued in our society. And life is worth living. Chevi Rabbit

Teen Ponoka Samaritans thanked Dear Editor: As my 10-month-old son and I were driving home on Friday evening we hit black ice and started spinning out of control and were stuck in the deep snow. We couldn’t move backward or forward. Within minutes I noticed a vehicle was stopped and two teenaged young

men came out and offered their help. They told me that they were going to try to push me out and they did. My family and I would like to give a huge thank you out to those two men and their mother for stopping and assisting us. You made it your job to make sure we got home safe and sound. Candace Vaudry and Noah

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NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Equalized Utility Billing Ending Due to the change in the Town’s financial software, those residents on equalized utility billing will have their accounts settled in February, and begin on a month to month billing starting in March. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Call 403-783-0111 for questions or additional information.

Last Call: Business Licenses Are Now Due! The 2013 Business License Renewal Notices have been sent out and are due no later than the close of business on January 31, 2013. Inquiries can be made to 403.783.0117 or 403.783.0119.

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E-Waste Recycling in Ponoka Computer equipment and televisions can be dropped off at Ponoka County’s Waste Transfer Station which is located ½ mile west of Ponoka Chrysler on 39th Avenue. No Charge. Hours of operation are: Wednesdays & Saturdays from 9am-5pm. Thank you for your part in caring for our environment.

EVENTS AND RECREATION Gymnastics Family Dance The Ponoka Gymnastic and Trampoline Club is hosting its 2nd Annual Family Dance on February 9, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 pm at the Ponoka Legion. Little Prince and Princesses invite your Dad, Mom, Grandparents, big brother or sisters to escort you to this fun evening of crafts, dance and refreshments. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door per family; singles $5. Contact Heather 403-783-4249; Connie 403-783-4564 or Annette 403-783-6724 for more info or tickets.

Celebrate Family Day - February 18, 2013 At The Ponoka Culture & Recreation Complex from 11am – 4 pm • Skating on main ice, pick up shinny on small ice (helmets required) • Hotdogs and hot chocolate served 11:30 am – 1:00 pm • Horse drawn sleigh rides and bonfire 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm • Face painting 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm • Family Picture Booth 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm • Family learn to Curl 1:00 - 3:00 pm • Coloring Contest **Admission is a donation to the Ponoka Food Bank

Aquaplex Update: Aqua Zumba starts Feb 8th. Register now for morning spring break lessons! Schedule is available for viewing at Family Day Activities at the Aquaplex: Family Swim 2 – 4 pm; Public Swim 4 – 6 pm. All Families swim for ½ price!

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COUNCIL UPDATES & BYLAW INFO REMINDER... Sidewalk snow removal is the responsibility of the resident and/or property owner and must not be shoveled onto the street, except in areas like downtown, where there is no front yard. Sidewalks not cleared within 48 hours of snowfall are subject to fines and if cleaned by the Town, costs will be charged back to property owner.

Proposed Business Hours Bylaw Due to public request and interest regarding information presented at the Public Meeting, the following presentation items are posed for public information on the Town’s website: - Primer on Alcohol - Data from Wetaskiwin (presented by Dr. Don Voaklander, Professor and Director, Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research, School of Public Health, University of Alberta) - Ponoka RCMP Statistical Data (presented by Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm) - Proposed Business Hours Bylaw No. 313-12


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New approach to elementary report cards for STAR schools The concept of a report card is a fairly simple one: they’re a tool that allows teachers to keep parents informed of their child’s progress, with the ultimate goal of working together to ensure the child receives the best possible education. In theory, report cards also provide an evolving benchmark that allows any challenges and opportunities to be addressed along the way. The outcome-based approach to report cards allows student work to be assessed through key learner outcomes that are aligned with the Alberta curriculum. In short, the provincial curriculum tells teachers what students ought to be able to do, and an outcomes-based report card tells parents what their child has shown evidence of doing. At STAR Catholic School Division, we knew that we wanted to adopt an outcomes-based report card for grades 1 to 6 students, but we faced a challenge: we had 10 schools in six distinct communities who were using distinctly different report cards. Some were percentage-based while others were outcome-based, we saw a wide variety of achievement scales being used, some of the evaluation tools were different, and there were different categories used across the various report cards (e.g. attendance, effort, class averages, growth as

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a learner, teacher name, etc.). We felt that, as a school division, there was wisdom and benefit in coming to a common understanding of what a report card’s purpose should be, what it should look like, and what information it should contain. It was clear that we needed to make a change but changing a report card is a complex and difficult task. Based on significant research and inquiring into the best practices of other school divisions, and collaboration and consultation with stakeholders, we developed a new outcomesbased elementary report card that is standardized from school to school across the entire division. This new tool makes it clearer to parents which specific outcomes of the curriculum their child has mastered and which ones they are still progressing toward.

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To make the best use of our resources, we rolled out the new report card over a three-year period, beginning with three schools during the 20102011 school year. We worked to ensure the process was as smooth as possible and made adjustments as need indicated. To date, the implementation has been successful when clearly explained and communicated, and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback from our school administrators, teachers and parents. We continue to work closely with all of our stakeholders to make the report cards even better and we’re excited about what outcomesbased report cards will mean for our students as they continue on their lifelong learning journeys. Maria Lentz is the Ponoka trustee on the STAR Catholic Schools board.



education system, and more importantly to the success of our students,� said Education Minister Jeff Johnson. “By honouring our outstanding educators we can continue to promote success throughout the system. I’m committed to ensuring our education system is student-focused and by recognizing quality we continue to realize that goal.� The Excellence in Teaching Awards will select roughly 130 semifinalists, 20 of whom will receive an Excellence in Teaching Award. Both semifinalists and award recipients will have access to funds for professional development and will be honored at regional celebrations. As well, the 20 award recipients will be formally recognized at a dinner and ceremony with Johnson on May 25. “It’s a feeling of awe to have people recognize you,� said Terry Lakey, a past award recipient from Red Deer. “There are so many talented people where I work. I was humbled that my school community, parents and administrators felt that I was deserving of this award.� Nomination packages in both English and French are available at ca/teachers/excellence.aspx. This website also includes details of eligibility and selection criteria. Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 8. Since the program started in 1989, more than 500 teachers and principals have been award recipients and more than 9,000 have been nominated. Alberta Education administers the 25th annual Excellence in Teaching Awards with the support of the Alberta School Boards Association, the Alberta School Councils’ Association, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Association of Alberta Deans of Education, the College of Alberta School Superintendents, the Council on Alberta Teaching Standards and the Edmonton Journal.


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Liberals have more in common with Tories than NDP Anyone still fondly clinging to the hoary belief that Liberals and New Democrats are natural soul mates clearly isn’t paying attention. The cross-border embrace between the premiers of British Columbia and Alberta — Alberta Tories are helping B.C. Liberals raise money and may even be loaning them political operatives in an effort to defeat the NDP in the upcoming provincial election — underlines afresh that Liberals have more in common with Tories than with New Democrats. The political party that almost invariably wins in Canada is the one best exemplifying opportunity, meritocracy and freedom, while the losing party is often identified with the defence of unearned privilege. This has long been the pattern federally and provincially. Take the long period of Liberal dominance in Ottawa in the first half of the 20th century where the Grits spoke up forcefully for moderate taxation, open immigration, religious toleration and ending ties with Britain. These were Main Street attitudes. The Tories were often stuck defending Bay Street, the imperial tie, sectarianism and suspicion of immigration. Canadians were most comfortable with the Liberals but liked to keep the Tories in reserve, as a discipline on the arrogance of a party too used to thinking of itself as the nation’s natural government. And when the Tories did take power, their behaviour wasn’t all that different from that of the Liberals, although competence wasn’t always their long suit. Even when the Liberals were seduced by the creation of the welfare state in the Sixties, and let spending rip, the Tories followed. That suited the electorate. They had two parties reasonably close to the core values of society, so voters could change leaders without having to change fundamental policy direction. Then both parties reversed course over the deficit. That allowed first the CCF, then the NDP, to parody the other two parties as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, indistinguishable from one another. What the social democrats didn’t get was that was just what the electorate wanted. And as long as the NDP stood no real chance of taking power, the reasonably friendly rivalry between Tories and Liberals made sense. But virtually everywhere that the CCF and later the NDP grew to have a real chance of taking power, the division between Liberals and Tories became a liability. By splitting the votes of people who agreed they wanted a society of opportunity,


competitive markets, ileged class of public free choice, moderate Guest Columnist sector workers. By Brian Crowley taxation, limited govThere are imporernment and social tant regional variations programs that help but of course. But on the don’t entrap, the NDP could occa- whole, when New Democrats besionally take power. come major political players, the NDP governments tend to have other two parties quickly learn there certain characteristics. They are is a high price to indulging their close to the trade unions, for ex- separate identities. Where they sucample, a movement dominated by cessfully present a united front, they public sector workers keen to expand almost invariably beat the NDP. public services, raise levels of public Where the anti-NDP coalition is sector pay and pensions and remove weak or only partial, the NDP often limits on public sector collective bar- triumphs. gaining. Which brings us back to B.C. The party also attracts many who Responding to the rise of the CCF, a believe sincerely in the state’s abil- formal coalition of Liberals and Toity to achieve fairness by high levels ries was created. When that construct of redistribution, financed by high fell apart, Social Credit stepped in, taxes, big debt, or both. ruling for decades. When it stumbled There is nothing wrong with the Liberals rose and now are stumbelieving in any of these policies, bling in their turn. In between these except that Canadian voters have, long periods of dominance, the NDP with time, tended to recoil from briefly took power with rather digovernments that pursue them. They sastrous economic consequences, do so because such policies drive forcing the anti-NDP coalition to reout investment and growth, reduce constitute itself. opportunity overall and create a privUnder the last NDP govern-

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Ag event centre board faces challenges to success By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye The Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society (PAECS) faces many challenges not the least of which is communicating its financial position to the community. At the societ’s annual general meeting (AGM) Jan. 28, president Doug Gill spoke on the past year, which he feels was both rewarding and challenging. “We had our first full year of operation and that first year has netted the society a small operational surplus.” He credited general manager Chas Lambert and the operational staff for their work. “And for the efforts of directors who have secured advertising money during the course of the year.” The larger milestones for the ag event centre include having Calnash Trucking as the naming sponsor and the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame making their official home in the building. Gill said directors also faced challenges with board governance. “In my opinion we will continue to struggle in the coming years. In the year ahead it is imperative that the board of directors address the following areas as the fastest way to move forward and with as little turmoil as possible,” said Gill. First: He feels equal representation among the board of directors is important. There are now nine members representing the four partners of the Town of Ponoka, Ponoka County, the Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition Association and the Ponoka Agricultural Society. “Each partner would have the same number of votes at the table,” Gill added later. Of those directors, three represent the agricultural society, Cec Dykstra, Sherry Gummow and Greg Bowie; three for the Ponoka Stampede Association, Terry Jones, Danny Jones and Dale Olsen; one for the town, Doug Gill; one for the county, Gord Svenningsen, and one member at large, Don Letwinetz. A quorum could be met without all the partners being present, Gill explained. He credits the board of directors for their work keeping the ag event centre afloat but feels the changes he suggested will make operations run more effectively. Second: To develop policies to provide guidance to the manager and his staff. Third: To review and update the bylaws of the society. “Some of those clauses now need to be changed, some of them even deleted.” Fourth: To determine a governance model similar to a municipal model where either the manager answers to the board, or more as an operational model, “where the board members are more involved in operations daily.” “If these items are not addressed I can see PAECS having the same challenges year after year,” he added. The society’s financial statement was presented verbally by Gord Parker, of Rowland Parker and Associates. As it is still in draft form, the statement was not made available to attendees, explained director Sherry Gummow. “Once they’re adopted, each representative on the board can give it to the county members and Doug can give it to

the town members and we can give it to the ag society, etc. But it’s not adopted at this point.” Parker said the report represents a nine-month statement up to the end of September as the society’s year-end was recently changed. “It’s at draft form and is waiting for board approval,” Parker said. For assets, PAECS has approximately $130,000 of working capital with $10.9 million in capital assets. “You have about $1.2 million of pledged contributions…These are funds that have been pledged, so they have not been received.” Calnash Trucking also gave funds to the society for its sponsorship. Liability is approximately $10.9 million with $320,000 of working capital and $750,000 of capital debt. There is approximately $9.8 million of deferred capital contributions. “So this is basically spent capital money. In the not-for-profit world, if you receive a contribution for a wonderful facility like this, what happens is it does not completely become revenue as the expense of this asset becomes recognized, so it basically washes out,” he said. Net assets is equity in the not-for-profit world, Parker explained. There is about $230,000 of accumulated operating deficit; $82,000 in 2010, $160,000 in 2011 and an operating surplus of approximately $14,000. Land assets are valued at approximately $1.6 million. He feels the capital debt relative to assets is minimal but needs improvement. “You have about $130,000 worth of assets, working capital, and you have about $320,000 worth of liability working capital.” Revenue was approximately $910,000 and $580,000 of that was operating revenue and $330,00 was capital. Expenses were approximately $565,000

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with capital expenditures of $330,00. “You have basically funded this entire facility with contributions, grants and everything else.” There is no capital surplus as the expenses cancel out the revenue, he added. This leaves PAECS with $20,000 surplus. Parker suggested saving the surplus and creating more profits will help generate the funds to pay back the capital debt. “The second thing you’re going to have to do is look at possible growth and the only way you’re going to find growth is more contributions or earning the money yourselves and if you earn the money yourselves then you’re going to be able to purchase more capital assets,” he explained. There was some discussion from attendees about not being able to see the draft statement. Ponoka County Coun. George Verheire feels despite being a draft document, members of the organization should have a copy. “We can’t discuss it when Mr. Parker gives us the numbers we can’t write them fast enough.” Director Bowie said it is a document only the board should see until final approval. “It’s discussion purposes for the

board. Once it’s approved then it becomes part of the public record.” “Then why was it brought up at the AGM?” Verheire asked. Brad Watson, CAO for the Town of Ponoka, suggested the board decision should be respected as multiple documents being circulated could create confusion. “So that the board and everybody’s looking at that document so that you don’t have six different ones going around.” He feels Verheire may have a point as Ponoka County is a member but as for “public issuance I would submit that that rests with the board and they have made their decision.” Verheire asked to see the financial statement, as he wanted some answers and to discuss it. Gummow responded, “Point of order: you don’t have a right to do that. You are not a voting member of this board.” Don Hart of the Stampede Association suggested the financial statement should be ready before the AGM. “So that these people have access, there’s nothing secret about this and at yearend, it’s the way things are done.” Gummow said the board would take the suggestion under advisement.

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I had a really, really bad day Wednesday, which I blame totally on the government. At the risk of sounding like my dearly departed father, who used to blame the weather, the condition of the roads, the loss of his

favorite hockey team, the price of sugar, gas and coal on those unseen bad guys who ran our country, I’m sticking with that theory. “Damn government,” I muttered when I discovered my car battery had zero life. And later, it








seemed to make perfect sense that the government was responsible for the gale force winds, the icy roads and the guy who almost rear-ended me because of all of the above. Being a reasonable person, I wouldn’t Treena Mielke have blamed the govOn The Other Side ernment for all the ills in my life, if it weren’t for the penny. I found a lucky penny in my driveway. The reason I know it was lucky is it was facing heads up, a clear sign that lady luck was smiling at me. I picked the penny up, rubbing my mittened hand across its surface just to double check it was facing the right way and stuck it in my pocket confidently. I even sang a few bars of some kind of happy song, just under my breath, of course, so the neighbors couldn’t hear me and think to themselves, “Weird, she is really weird.” But, despite the lucky penny find, it turned out my luck ran out before it even got started that day, as things seemed to go from bad to worse, so I, in my misery, turned into my dad and blamed the government and immediately felt better. No wonder my penny wasn’t lucky, the government has totally changed the rules about them. They are not even being made anymore. No doubt, any sentimental ritual about finding them is nul and void, as well. I self-righteously toss my lucky penny back into the snowbank and decide to make better use of my luck by purchasing a lotto ticket. In reality the government’s plan to phase out the penny is probably a good one. And, it seems charities are coming up with ways to make good use of all those pennies that take up space in our wallets, on our dressers and in large Texas Mickey bottles hidden in the corner of the bedroom. Yes, it’s good to get rid of the penny, but, as with anything that is no longer there, its demise brings certain nostalgia. I remember looking at my sister standing under the glare from a bare light bulb in her living room. “Your hair shines like a new penny,” I said, admiringly. And I remember the general store of my childhood. It, too, had bare light bulbs and oiled floors, and spread out, in tempting display, on its counter, was an assortment of candy, most of which could be purchased for a penny, which I usually had stuck in my grubby little hand. There were suckers that were all the colors of the rainbow and jawbreakers and bubble gum and, best of all, these little black candies we innocently called nigger babies. They were three for a penny, so if you had two pennies you were rich, indeed. The store is gone now, existing only in the yellowed, dog-eared pages of my memories along with party telephone lines and my sister’s beautiful copper coloured hair. And, now the penny, that humble coin that made kids like me feel rich in days gone by, is to go by the wayside as well. I sigh and think about the way we were and then I think about that Texas Mickey bottle full of pennies I have. It is so heavy I can hardly lift it. I decide we must have been collecting pennies, ever since we were very, very young and had aspirations that one day, we would use these pennies to buy a new car or put a kid through university. Well, that’s not going to happen. Damn government!


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discovery was made in a busy area near Saskatoon last fall. The Government of Saskatchewan found about 200 dead crows near the Saskatoon and there was concern they may have died of some sort of virus. They imMike Rainone mediately hired a bird Hammertime pathologist to examine all the crows and he confirmed that the test results showed to everyone’s relief that it was not any type of illness that had caused their demise. He did however determine that 98 per cent of the crows had been killed on impact with trucks, while only two per cent were killed by cars. The province then hired an ornithological behaviourist to determine why there was a disproportionate percentage of truck versus car kills for these big black birds. The OB specialist was able to determine the cause in short order, concluding that when crows eat road kill, they always set up a lookout on a nearby tree or power pole to warn their buddies of impending danger. His concluded was that the lookout crow could warn the other crows by letting out a shrill “Cah,� but have yet to master how to utter the sound “truck.� Some old men can really think fast. An elderly gentleman had owned and operated a large farm on the prairies for many years. He had a large pond in the back that was properly shaped for swimming, so he fixed it up nice with picnic tables, horseshoe pits and some apple and peach trees for everyone to enjoy. One evening the jolly old farmer decided to go down to the pond as he hadn’t been there for a while and he wanted to look it over. He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fresh fruit and as he neared the pond he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer, he spied a bunch of young ladies skinny dipping in the pond and when he made them aware of his presence they rushed over to the deep end. One of the ladies shouted to him, “We’re not coming out until you leave.� The old man frowned and explained, “I didn’t come here to watch you swim in the nude or to make you get out of the pool naked.� Holding the bucket up he quietly said, “I’m just here to feed the alligator.� Whether you believe it or not, always try to have a little fun, make people laugh, and have a great week, all of you!

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Bringing fresh fruits and veggies to the market If you have ever wondered what was involved in growing fresh fruits and vegetables for u-pick, farmers’ market, a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) operation or some other channel for the direct market, there is a conference coming soon

that will give you lots of information. The Alberta Farm Fresh School (formerly known as Berry School or Berry and Vegetable School) provided producers of all experience levels with a chance to learn, share informa-

Controlling insects Warm weather during the 2012 can kill insect pests such as the rusty grain harvest benefited producers, grain beetle and red flour beetle. but it also benefited insects that feed Augering grain out of a bin and in stored grain, says Brent Elliott, then back in will reduce the insect an infestation control and sanita- population. Augering also helps to tion officer at the Canadian Grain break up any hot spots in the grain. Commission. However, cold winter Molds and secondary insect pests, weather can help producers control such as the foreign grain beetle, can insects. develop in hot spots. “Now that winter’s here, producIn cold weather, grain exposed ers need to reconsider how they’re to cold air during augering will cool managing insects in their stored off quickly. This may help to reduce grain,” explained Mr. Elliott. “Be- your aeration time. However, you cause fumigation does not work should always monitor the temperbelow 5 degrees C, it’s not the pre- ature of the grain in storage to be ferred method for insect control. sure. The good news is cold temperatures are very Disinfestation time periods helpful for controlling Constant grain Time period for insect populations.” disinfestation Colder tempera- temperature 12 weeks tures allow producers -5 oC to control insects by -10 oC 8 weeks using a combination -15 oC 4 weeks of aeration and grain -20 oC 1 week movement. Using aeration Aeration systems Jim E. Lysons,A. L. S., P. Eng. preserve stored grain and keep it dry by reALBERTA LAND SURVEYOR ducing the temperature PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER of grain and reducing R.R. #3, PONOKA, ALBERTA T4J 1R3 moisture migration. If you use an aeration sysSUBDIVISIONS, PROPERTY BOUNDARIES, tem for your bins, you ROAD & DITCH DESIGNS, should turn it on durMUNICIPAL ENGINEERING CONSULTANT ing the winter months to cool your grain. RES: 403-783-6756 The temperature of the grain and the ambient temperature outside VJV MARKET REPORT will dictate how long to MARKET REPORT JANUARY 23, 2013 leave aeration on. More On Wednesday, January 23, 2013- 1547 head of cattle went through our rings - TOTAL 1547 information about aeraSLAUGHTER CATTLE tion is available on the D1 - D2 cows 72.00-79.00 Good Bred Cows 1150.00-1300.00 Canadian Grain ComD3 - D4 cows 60.00-70.00 Older Bred Cows 1050.00-1200.00 Holstein cows 40.00-65.00 Good Bred Heifers: none mission’s web site, Heiferettes 60.00-85.00 Cow/calf pairs (younger) 1450.00-1800.00 www.grainscanada. Bologna Bulls 60.00-83.00 Cow/Calf pairs (older) none Feeder bulls 70.00-100.00 Prairie winters are STOCKERS AND FEEDERS usually quite cold, Heifers 105.00-116.00 Good Feeder Steers 1000 lbs Plus: 117.00-124.00 Heifers 114.00-121.00 Good Feeder Steers 900 lbs Plus: 120.00-130.00 making winter the ideal Heifers 116.00-124.00 Good Feeder Steers 800 lbs Plus: 122.00-132.00 time for cooling grain. Heifers 117.00-125.00 Good Feeder Steers 700 lbs Plus: 125.00-135.00 Heifers 123.00-138.00 Good Feeder Steers 600 lbs Plus: 135.00-147.00 At -20 degrees C, it Heifers 130.00-148.00 Good Feeder Steers 500 lbs Plus: 150.00-168.00 takes just one week to Heifers 145.00-160.00 Good Feeder Steers 400 lbs Plus: 160.00-184.00 Heifers 150.00-165.00 Good Feeder Steers 300 lbs Plus: 175.00-200.00 disinfest or control all Replacement hfrs up to 145.00 life stages of stored Dairy Steers 85.00-109.00 insect pests. The time MILK COWS NONE needed for disinfestaBaby Calves Dairy Type: 10.00-140.00 Baby Calves Beef Type: 80.00-170.00 tion changes depending Rd Bales 54.00 Hay: Sq Bales 2.25- 5.00 on the grain’s temperaRd Bales NONE Straw: Sq. Bales 1.25-2.25 ture as shown in the Rd Bales NONE Greenfeed: Sq. Bales. NONE table. Vold Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. | Foothills Livestock Auction | Using grain movement Dawson Creek Auction You can also use Vold Jones & Vold Co. Ltd. © 2006 4410-Hwy 2A, Ponoka Alberta, Canada, T4J 1J8 grain movement, which

tion, network and build their capacity for success. This year, as in years past, there will be introductory and advanced sessions on fruit and vegetable production and marketing. There are sessions on introductory strawberry, raspberry, Saskatoon berry, blue honeysuckle and vegetable production, as well as pest management. There are also advanced sessions on specific pests (current and future), foreign labour, fruit wine, strawberry fertility, high tunnel production, encouraging beneficial insects, corn mazes, as well as current vegetable research. On the first day, there will be a direct marketing stream, with sessions on school tours, hiring and retaining employees, marketing health and nutrition, on-farm festivals and special offers. On the second day, a new third stream will focus on direct market livestock production and marketing. Speakers for the sessions will come from across North America, including Pennsylvania, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. During the course of the conference there will be many opportunities to network and create connections with fellow growers and newcomers. It is a great value for the amount of information you can gain.

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2013 Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award launched Program to award $10,000 to volunteerism across Alberta Direct Energy and the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association (AWNA) invite Albertans to help recognize the province’s tremendous volunteer spirit with the ninth annual Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award. Nominations are now being accepted and will close March 31. First introduced in Alberta in 2005, the Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award program is designed to recognize the significant efforts of individuals whose contributions make their communities

a better place to live. As an extension of an existing Direct Energy program that encourages employees to volunteer their time and energy to causes or organizations in their local communities, the Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award honors those individuals outside of the company who do just that. “Direct Energy is proud to support the 2013 Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award program and continue our partnership with the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association” said Tanis Kozak, vice-president and general manager of Direct Energy. “Year after year

we are just amazed at some of the great nominations we receive from Albertans and this program is our way of recognizing the outstanding volunteer work that nominees do in their communities.” The award consists of: • $1,000 cash prize to the winner; • $5,000 cash grant to the winner’s organization/ cause of choice in their community; • Recognition of the winner’s achievement through a commemorative award, article and photo to be published in AWNA newspapers across Alberta; • $1,000 cash grant to the four semi-finalists’ organization/cause of choice in their communities; • Recognition of the four semifinalists through a commemorative award, article and photo to be published in their respective AWNA community papers.

Women’s conference offers diversity By Treena Mielke Diversity, the theme of this year’s Rimbey’s annual women’s conference, is reflected in the choice of as well as the variety of vendors and fascinating keynote speaker who will be in attendance. The conference will be held Feb. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Rimbey Community Centre and promises to provide a day well worth attending with an interesting potpourri of sessions and shopping opportunities. Following registration and refreshments, the day will kickoff with a welcome and presentation by keynote speaker Noreen Olson whose talk entitled, That’s My Story and I’m Sticking To It, will be sure to set the mood for a great day to follow. Olson, who was raised west of Ponoka, is a farm wife who wrote a biweekly column for the Didsbury Review for 26 years. She has also written several books in which she combined humor with nostalgia, warmth, social comment and love of her family, animals, birds and the country. She is a long-time member of Alberta Women’s Institute and active in the Sons of Norway and Parkhills Women’s Guild and past chairperson of the Alberta Rural Childcare Pilot project. Following the keynote speaker, the ladies in attendance will have the

opportunity to take part in three concurrent sessions. Kerry Huber, a nutritionist with Alberta Health Services in Wetaskiwin, will offer the session, Healthy Eating Starts Here; Cooking with Beans and Lentils. Those who wish to enhance their creative side may wish to take part in a session led by storyteller and author Mary Hays. Hays learned the art of storytelling as a child at the kitchen table but notes the creative art is not just for the young and people of all ages delight in the stimulation and enjoyment of listening to a fine story. Her storytelling has taken her across Canada to Brazil and to London, England. Ladies who wish to learn more about the therapeutic benefits of drumming may wish to take in the session led by Tanya Schur, a certified HealthRHYTHMS trainer and Fit Rhythms trainer. Schur holds a MA in leadership studies from the Royal Roads University and is executive director of Red Deer Native Friendship Centre. Her session taps into the excitement of creating deeper connections that have proven to strengthen the immune system and enliven your spirit. After lunch and entertainment provided by Mary Hays, who will give a

short presentation entitled, A Recipe for Life – Mrs. Nikanen’s Bread, the Taoist Tai Chi Society will teach some moves. These exercises, based in eastern tradition, help increase focus, balance and an overall sense of well-being. Theresa Turner from Direct Travel in Ponoka will speak about travelling to such places as Turkey, Paris, India and New York. Anna Schappell from Country Thyme Farms will give valuable tips about cooking with and growing herbs. For registration information contact Family and Community Support Services at 403843-2030. Registration forms are also available at businesses in several communities in the surrounding area.

“We’re looking forward to once again recognizing individuals who work hard to make our communities great places to live,” said AWNA president Murray Elliott. “The selfless actions of past winners like Penny Steffen of Grimshaw often go unrewarded. This program is designed to showcase appreciation for their efforts. “I invite AWNA member newspaper publishers, editors, and community leaders to nominate their outstanding volunteers for the Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award.” The Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award is open to all residents of communities in the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association area. Individuals can either nominate themselves or be nominated by another individual or group. Nominations should be no longer than 750 words and must detail the specific contributions the individual or group has made to improve the community through volunteer service. The nomination must also profile the designated organization and how it would use the $5,000 donation from Direct Energy. Nominations must be submitted to the AWNA by March 31. A selection committee, formed of two representatives from the AWNA and two appointed by Direct Energy, will review award applications and select the finalists and winning individual or group. Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award rules and details can be found online at or www., or can be picked up at AWNA member newspaper offices.


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Suspected drunk driver flees police By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye A short police pursuit Jan. 24 at 1 a.m. has resulted in two men being charged with possession of stolen property and flight from police. A Mountie attempted a traffic stop of a 2005 Dodge Ram on Highway 2A near Highway 53. The suspected impaired driver fled from police but ended up in a farmer’s field west of Ponoka. It was determined the truck was stolen from Edmonton and a 41-year-old man and a 55-year-old man were arrested. Police officer assaulted RCMP were asked to remove an intoxicated man from a downtown store Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. He did not have any identification on him and when police responded the 37-year-old man spit on the officer.

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Crime spree nets jail time for Sylvan Lake man A Sylvan Lake teen arrested after a New Year’s crime spree from Ponoka to Fort Saskatchewan has been sentenced to two months in jail. Cody Friesen, 19, was convicted in Ponoka provincial court Jan. 24 of three counts of theft of a motor vehicle. Several other charges were withdrawn by the Crown prosecutor. Friesen was charged after he and an accomplice were accused of stealing a truck in Ponoka and two snowmobiles from the Daysland and Bawlf areas before taking a car and driving it to Fort Saskatchewan. Later, on New Year’s Day, Ponoka RCMP responding to a dan-

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Stay safe with supplemental heating through winter When the weather begins to grow never use flammable liquids to start or cold, homeowners turn to supple- accelerate the fire. mental forms of heat for a variety • A wood-, pellet- or coal-burning of reasons. The rising cost of home stove should be burned very hot at ownership as well as escalating fuel least twice a day for about 30 minutes prices often set people on a search for to reduce the creosote buildup in the the least expensive and most efficient chimney or flue. ways to keep comfortable during the • Chimneys should be professioncold weather season. Space heaters, ally cleaned at the beginning of each wood-burning stoves and fireplaces are use season to ensure there is nothing among the more common and popular lodged within that can catch fire. supplemental heating sources. • Do not use an oven to heat the home The same heating sources that can while it is in the “on”position. You can be cost-effective and safe when used leave the oven door open after cookcorrectly can become hazardous when ing is finished so that residual heat can safety guidelines are not followed. The enter the kitchen, provided pets and National Fire Prevention Association children are kept away. states that in 2010 heating equipment • Electric space heaters should be was involved in an estimated 63,000 kept away from walls, curtains and reported home structure fires in North furniture. Many now feature tip-over America, resulting in more than 500 safety features that will turn the unit deaths, 1,740 injuries and $1.2 billion off should it be tipped over. However, in direct property damage. These fires it is always advisable to use a space accounted for 16 per cent of all report- heater on a level, sturdy surface that is ed home fires. away from foot traffic in the room. In an effort to prevent property • All supplemental heating sources damage or loss of life, homeowners should be turned off or extinguished should follow the safety guidelines before leaving the house or going to that come with a supplemental heat- bed. ing device. Also, simple steps can prevent fire and injury. • Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they are in proper working order. Should a malfunction of a heating appliance occur or a fire start, a smoke alarm could be your first indicator of a problem. • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from any heating equipment, including a furnace, a wood stove, portable space heaters or a fireplace. • Consider the use of a gate or another obstruction to keep children and pets several feet away from a space heater or another appliance that can easily be knocked over. • Never use fuelburning appliances without proper room Wood-burning stoves are just one method venting to the outdoors to prevent carbon mon- of supplemental heating that should be used oxide poisoning. Fuel safely. includes everything from wood to gas to oil.  • Use only the fuel Deb Stevens Associate Broker recommended by the real estate central alberta product manufacturer. 403-704-3152 6000 - 48 Ave., Ponoka • When making a fire in a stove or fireplace, A CHARMING GEM

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• Extension cords should not be used unless absolutely necessary. The cords should be heavy duty and meet the draw of the heating unit. Also, they should be run so they don’t present a tripping hazard, but also so the cords themselves do not create a combustion hazard. • Children should not be allowed to touch or play near any heating appliances. Do not leave children or pets unattended in a room with a fire or space heater going. Before investing in a heating unit, homeowners should consider adding more insulation to homes or caulking drafty windows and doors as a method to warming a home. Whether out of necessity or just to provide an added measure of warmth to a home, many people use supplemental heating appliances frequently during the winter. Emphasizing safety when using such devices can prevent many of the fire hazards associated with these devices.

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How to prevent frostbite

Carbon monoxide poisoning can mimic feelings of the flu or feelings of lethargy.

Take the ‘silent killer’ seriously Anyone experiencing dizziness or flu-like symptoms might be quick to assume they have a virus. However, such symptoms could be a byproduct of carbon monoxide exposure at home. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, toxic gas. In 2005, fire departments responded to more than 65,000 carbon monoxide incidents across the continent. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in North America. Roughly 500 Americans and 400 Canadians die every year due to CO poisoning. Thousands others are hospitalized due to the poisonous gas. In 2009, a family of four from Ontario perished due to CO poisoning in their home caused by a clogged exhaust vent on the home’s gas fireplace. The house didn’t have a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide forms from the combustion of different types of fuels, including natural gas, gasoline, wood, and kerosene. If improper venting in the home occurs, CO can build up to hazardous levels. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, acute effects of CO illness are due to the formation of carboxyhemoglobin in the blood, which inhibits oxygen intake. At moderate concentrations, angina, impaired vision and reduced brain function may result. At higher concentrations, CO exposure can be fatal. CO detectors, like smoke alarms, are the single best way to detect harmful CO levels. The detectors work on a chemical reaction causing a color change, an electrochemical reaction that produces current to trigger an alarm or a semiconductor sensor that changes its electrical resistance in the presence of CO. Most detectors require a continuous power source, so they should be plugged in

and also have a battery backup. The National Fire Protection Association recommends these tips with regard to CO detectors. • CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound. • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height. • Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory. • Test all detectors at least once a month. • An alarm could indicate a problem or a low battery. However, many detectors beep intermittently to signal a battery needs to be changed. If an alarm sounds, get out of the house or move to a fresh-air location, like next to an open window. • Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency number to find out what number to call if the CO alarm sounds. It’s important to take CO alarms seriously, as detectors are programmed to indicate the start of a problem before it becomes dangerous. Preventing CO from building up indoors is also beneficial. • Never use an outdoor grill indoors. • Make sure all heating equipment is properly sized for the home and vented. • Open the flue when using a fireplace. • Warm up a car outside of the garage. • Hire a professional to routinely inspect the equipment. • Repair appliances and heat sources promptly.

Frostbite is relatively common and can occur to anyone who is exposed to extreme cold. Awareness of frostbite and how to prevent it can help people who hope to spend ample time outdoors this winter avoid this potentially painful condition. What is frostbite? Frostbite is the freezing of body tissue, most notably the skin. Certain areas of the body are more susceptible to frostbite, including the nose, ears, toes and fingers. Those who have circulation issues or diabetes may be more vulnerable to frostbite and will have to be extra diligent in covering up when venturing outdoors. Many cases of frostbite occur in persons who work outdoors in the cold, including soldiers stationed in cold climates. The homeless and winter outdoor enthusiasts are also susceptible, as is anyone who spends time outdoors when the temperatures are very cold. Symptoms of frostbite Cases of frostbite vary in severity. They can range from mild frostnip, which is just a temporary cessation of feeling in extremities, to superficial frostbite, where only the outer skin is affected, to deep frostbite, the most severe type of frostbite wherein the underlying tissues also freeze, possibly resulting in permanent damage or even amputation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, frostbite can initiate with redness or pain in any area of the skin. As it progresses, the skin may take on a grayish-yellow hue. Numbness may set in, and the skin could feel very firm or even waxy. Progressed frostbite will appear black, and blistering may be present. A person experiencing frostbite is typically unaware that the condition is occurring because of the numbness. It often takes the trained eye of another person to point out frostbite. Treating frostbite Depending on how long the skin has been exposed to extreme weather, frostbite treatment can vary. At the onset, individuals experiencing the prima-

ry symptoms of frostbite, including redness, tingling or numbing, can benefit from moving into a warm room. Removal of wet and cold clothing is also advisable. The affected tissues should be warmed gently with warm water. The water should be comfortable to the touch in areas not affected by the frostbite. Do not use hot water. If warm, water is unavailable, use body heat to warm the body. This can be done by tucking cold hands under armpits or sitting on them with dry legs. It is unadvisable to use a dry heating source, like heating pads or a campfire, to thaw frostbitten skin. Also, avoid massaging or disturbing the tissue on frostbitten skin, which can cause further damage. Prompt medical attention should be sought to determine the severity of the frostbite. A combination of warm therapy and hydration could help salvage damaged tissues. Preventing frostbite The easiest way to ward off symptoms of frostbite is to be diligent in preventing it from beginning. This includes wearing several layers of clothing. The innermost layer of clothing should be something that wicks moisture away from the body. Mittens provide more protection than gloves, and wool socks can add an extra layer of warmth to feet and toes. Ears and the face can be covered by scarves or special hat and mask combinations. Increasing physical activity will help keep warm blood pumping through tissue and help a person to stay warm. Avoid smoking tobacco because it can constrict blood vessels and increase the risk for frostbite. On the same token, do not drink alcohol because it may create the sensation of warmth and may lead a person to think he or she is warm, even if frostbite is occurring. Keeping a few chemical hand warmers available as well as keeping an extra blanket tucked in a car trunk can help one avoid a cold-weather emergency and reduce the risk for frostbite.

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Charity Skate Bailey Rush, a Grade 7 student at St. Augustine School, performs her junior bronze free skate Jan. 25 at the Ponoka Skating Club’s annual event to raise donations for the Ponoka Food Bank.

Emily Parker, a Grade 6 student at St. Augustine School, gets set to perform her preliminary free skate at the Charity Skate.

The 10 minute drive keeps getting better

The Synchro-1 Team skates in the Ponoka Skating Club Charity Skate after having only four lessons Photos by Amelia Naismith


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Above: Jill Lindstrand glides forward and waits for the right time to release her rock. Right: Bruce Clarke pushes off from the hack and sets up to release his rock down the ice.


Photo by Amelia Naismith

High competition at bonspiel By Amelia Naismith

The Ponoka Loyal Order of Moose Bantams would like to THANK these generous sponsors for their continued support of Minor Hockey and club hosted tournaments.

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Moench. “The draw was good, sponsors were The Ponoka Town and Country Bonspiel re- great.” Moench was also thankful for the volunteer ceived a slightly lower turnout than previous years but that didn’t lessen the competitive edge of those support that made the bonspiel run smoothly. “(It who attended. was) really good this year, I’d have to say that.” Normally the bonspiel tries to host 24 teams Teams came from several different communibecause that number works well, said five-time or- ties, including Lacombe, Rimbey and Wetaskiwin, ganizer Dale Moench. However this year had only to partake in the aggressive bonspiel. 21 teams register. “It’s pretty competitive, you have your players, “I think everything turned out real good,” said your teams . . . It’s a good bonspiel,” said Moench. Bonspiel results: A event final: 1st - Tracy Palechek 2nd - Sonny “B” Construction 3rd – John Olson 4th - Doug Amundson B event final: 1st - Pederson Construction 2nd – Curtis McKelvie 3rd – Ed Rice 4804-50 St. 403-783-3082 4th - Lionel’s No Frills C event final: 1st - Quality Paint 2nd – Ponoka Co-op Oils 3rd – Roger Lindstrand Bring the whole family to 4th - Cody Moench


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Robyn Arnold vies with an opponent for the puck during a Lacoka girl’s Bantam game.

Girls overcome slow start By Amelia Naismith

the stands but also the fans of other Lacoka teams. She says when the girls had the chance they watched and supported the other teams as well.

Despite a rocky start, the Lacoka bantam girls managed to hold their own against tougher teams from across the province during the bantam and midget tournament held in Ponoka Jan 25 to 27. “I think the teams were competitive but the girls CANADIAN COURSE stood right with them,” said head coach Traci Law. This is the course you need to “They played really well.” The girls lost their first two games of the tournaget your firearms license. ment but were able to turn it around in the third. They won their third game 5-4 against Okotoks. Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 am Law says the girls’ spirit never drooped and they Ponoka Legion played each game as fighters. “Their ability to adapt to any situation and their camaraderie . . . They wanted to 3911 Hwy 2A win. They basically got out there each shift and played their best.” Non-restricted course and exam $120 They other teams were faster, had good goalies and the ability to read plays, said Law. She knew the team Restricted Firearms exam available $80 would have to adapt to that. Combined $180 After the first to games the girls also knew they’d have to step up their game to compete. ‘They’re better To register call Guy 780-461-7686 than our league. These teams are harder than our league. We have to adapt,” said team captain Carly French. French said the other teams knew how to move and pass the puck. “I had to be really defensive. Whenever we get the chance we should rush the puck.” The girls knew Okotoks would be a hard team to beat because they had a good defense but they were hoping for the best. “We have to play different,” said Lacoka player Shayla Loeffler. Law knew the girls would have to adapt to different strategies she didn’t want to change the way they played the REGISTRATION game, especially this late in the season. “I think going forward that we’re just going to stick to our game Plus Annual General Gene Gener Meeting and how we play hockey.” Along with how her Wednesday, February 27 7:00 PM girls played, Law was also impressed with the Ponoka Legion Auditorium amount of parent volunteer work that went into Call Michelle at 403-783-4773 the tournament, as well as Or see our Ponoka Soccer page on Facebook the Lacoka midget team. Law said not only was it nice to see their fans in





Paige Prins makes a quick pass past a Fort McPhotos by Amelia Naismith Murray player.


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PONOKA MINOR HOCKEY Rebels show young hockey players the ropes By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye The puck dropped and more than 30 skaters scrambled to gain control of what might have been the largest shinny hockey game Ponoka has ever seen. It also helped warm up cold players who braved the minus 15 degrees C weather Jan. 22 at the Scott Seaman Outdoor Rink. The Enmax Energy Pond Hockey program has been organized for the last 14 years,

explained Jennifer Hamilton, community investment and sponsorship co-ordinator. Players aged nine and 10 have the opportunity to practice drills-and-skills and play a game of shinny hockey, this time with eight players from the Red Deer Rebels Western Hockey League team. The event is a way for Enmax to become involved with communities, explained Hamilton. “It’s not just about hockey…It’s definitely about the community coming together.”

It is something Ponoka Minor Hockey has looked forward to as well, said Chad Cissell, president of Ponoka Minor Hockey. They were contacted some time last year by Enmax and Cissell could not wait to see the excitement on kids’ faces. “Some parents are almost as pumped as kids.” Both the atom A and B teams skated with the Rebels and Camryn Willier of the B team was excited to meet the older players. “I’m looking forward to meeting the

Rebels…I’m not nervous but very excited to play the scrimmage.” Goalie Ethan Sharp of the A team has attended some Rebels games and he was able to get pointers from Rebels goalie Boulton Pouliot who played some community shinny hockey last year. “It’s so much fun being out in the community and seeing the kids,” said Pouliot before the game. Continued on page 31


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Goalie for the Red Deer Rebels, Bolton Pouliot, gives tips to Ponoka’s Atom A hockey goalie Ethan Sharp at the Scott Seaman Outdoor Rink Jan. 22 during the Enmax Pond Hockey night. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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FRONT ROW: Zaffery Swier, Doc Wiancko, Ashton Thebeau-Pierce, Declan McLaughlin. MIDDLE ROW: Kian McLean, Spencer Kardish, Matias Czapp, Gavin Quine. BACK ROW: Coach Crystal Thebeau, Carson Mcinnes, Lennon Buffalo, Parker Menard, Manager Holly Wiancko.

FRONT ROW: Kenyin Bigchild, Mckalum Senft, Devin Peterson, Hunter Mydonick, Sean MacLaren. SECOND ROW: Trace Tonneson, Xander Raby, Nathan Parker, Carsen Richter, Lucas Berg, Daylan Owen. THIRD ROW: Jestin Jacklin, Kormac Bresee, Carter Blanchard, Nicola Thompson. BACK ROW: Roxanne Peterson (coach), Gary MacLaren (coach), Mark Richter (coach), Breanne Parker (manager). Missing: Carter McDowell, Brad Peterson (coach), Darren McDowell (coach).



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PONOKA MINOR HOCKEY Improve your passing game with these tips Hockey is a team sport and you have to be able to give and receive passes to excel at the game. It is imperative for players to practice and feel comfortable with all the different types of passes on both the forehand and backhand sides of the stick blade. Remember, passing is a far quicker method of moving the puck than skating, and you should always quickly advance the puck to open teammates whenever possible. Here are a few tips to think about and improve your passing game. Transfer weight. Just like in shooting weight transfer is also important when passing. You

want to use you entire body and transfer your weight from your back foot to your front foot when passing. Cushion the puck. When receiving a pass you need to have soft hands and cushion/give with the puck when it hits your stick blade to maintain control. This is especially critical when receiving hard passes Work on your backhand. Ideally, you should feel just as comfortable giving and receiving passes on your backhand as you do on your forehand. Often this is not the case and extra time needs to be spent on improving backhand passing skills.

Communicate. Never hit your stick on the ice to let you teammates know you want a pass. Instead, communicate with you mouth and verbally tell your teammates when and where you want the puck. Give a target. Position your stick blade on the ice where you want to receive the puck. This gives your teammates a target to aim at and eliminates confusion. Move the puck quickly. Holding onto the puck too long usually leads turnovers. When you have a chance to advance the puck do so quickly, accurately, and crisply. Lead moving targets. You need to pass out in

front of a moving target in order for the puck to hit the intended mark. The distance will vary based on speed and a pass too far in front is always better then a pass to far behind. Use the boards. Use the boards to make bank and area passes when the opportunity presents itself. You should look to make a tape-to-tape pass first, but in some situations an area passes are necessary. Don’t pass in front of your net. Avoid passing in front/across your own net whenever possible. A passing mistake made in front of the net usually results in an immediate scoring change for the other team.

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FRONT ROW: Austin Griffiths, Josh David, Alex Tatlow, Braedan Brouilette, Dex Wager. MIDDLE ROW: Duston Louis, Olivia Willier, Logan Heidt, Cali Gulka, Ezekiel Pambrun, Sam Evans. BACK ROW: Calvin David (trainer), Steve Street (assistant coach), Brock Auclair, Dylan Jones, Kael Street, Blake Harris, Geoff Tatlow (assistant coach), Brent Evans (coach).



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FRONT ROW: Jace Jacklin, Ethan Little, Reese Kardish, Zachary Rausch, Colter Bresee, Kyden Busat. MIDDLE ROW: Zachary Little, Ashton Bandet, Cassandra Klinger, Camryn Willier, Carson Westling, Connor Macleod. BACK ROW: Assistant coarch Scott Bresee, head coach Mark Prefontaine, Daniel Aitken, Karson Bicharles, Gavin Allen Prefontaine, Wyatt Wiancko, assistant coach Steve Rausch.



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PONOKA MINOR HOCKEY Try these tips to become a stronger skater Skating is the most important and fundamental element in the game of ice hockey. Few players will ever reach a high level of competition with below average skating skills. With that said, it’s also no surprise successful players place skating high on their priority list and strive for improvement daily. No matter what your skill level is there is always room for skating improvement. Here are a few tips to help you become a stronger, faster, and more efficient skater. Bend your knees. It is difficult to generate power without using proper knee bend when

skating. Be sure that you are bending at the knees and ankles and not at the back. Use long full strides. Try to extend your legs and feet out to their maximum length each time you stride. This can only be accomplished with proper knee bend and try to avoid bobbing up and down when striding. Recover fully. Recover your skates fully under the middle of your body after each stride. Try to pull skates back in a direct line as quick as possible. Push at a 45-degree angle. Push you legs out from your body at a 45-degree angle when

striding. This is the angle where maximum forward power and speed is generated from. Toe flick. At the end of each stride use your angle and toes to flick/rip the ice. This helps gain extra boost at the end of each stride. Move arms front to back. Try to avoid swinging arms side to side when skating. Instead move arms in a front to back motion much like a dry land sprinter. Upper body still. Keep upper body movements, such as head and shoulders, to a minimum when skating. Extra upper body movements will throw off balance and are un-

necessary. Keep stick on the ice. When not expecting a pass, take one hand off your stick but make sure it stays on the ice when skating. Never skate with your stick completely off the ice. Use quick starts. Stay low and use the toes of your skate blades when starting from a complete stop. The first few strides will be quick and short then gradually lengthen to full long stride as you gain speed. Train with resistance. Training on the ice with skate weights and resistance devices is a great way to strengthen skating muscles.

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FRONT ROW: Kash Bonnett, Quinton Adam, Aidan Gratton, Andrew Barnes, Noah Hackett, Jared Bussiere, Emett Norn. MIDDLE ROW: Coach Jacob Stolee, Cooper Jones, Rian Vander Westhuizen, Cooper Rice, Sean Rowland, Sam Neath, Cyrus Thompson, Reagan Rabbit, Jared Rice, coach Kelly Jones. BACK ROW: Coach Justin Kelly.

FRONT ROW: Thomas Chesterman, Clayton Podritske, Trevor Feragen (coach), Kirk Landmark (coach), Jaymee Klinger, Madison McLaren. MIDDLE ROW: Driston Louis, Carter Brouilette, Jamie Kim, Carter Weir, Tyler Hoar, Chance Landmark, Travis Hyink, Seth Gratrix. BACK ROW: Owen Feragen, Kaiden Thomson, Karsen Cline, Brenden Patterson, Hunter Busat. Missing: Jason Cline (coach).



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FRONT ROW: Alex Mercer, Curtis Huchkowski (assistant coach), Tim Falkiner (assistant coach), Pete Hall (head coach), Bernd Feldberg (assistant coach), Justin Hyink. MIDDLE ROW: Jarret Henderson, Connor Hoffmann, Braeden Korchinski, Jordan Feldberg, Justin Hall, Daniel Huchkowski, Pierce Clemmer, Ryan Falkiner, Levi Robinson, Logan Abrassart. BACK ROW: Rylee deJonge, Josh Vold, Robert Wareham, Jayden Hagemann, Noah Spelrem, Lewis McDowell.

FRONT ROW: Lindsay Jansen, Brooke McBurney, Alyssa Klinger, Sarah Willier, Jesse Stretch, Danika Thibeault. MIDDLE ROW: Shannon Koycba, Alyson Fox, Danielle Blacklock, Amanda Burt, Baylee Haarstad. BACK ROW: Cassie Hall, Abby Sim, Emily McLennen, Randy Burt, Ron Klinger.



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PONOKA MINOR HOCKEY HOCKE Pond hockey game brings kids new experiences

High fives for Ponoka atom B hockey player Ethan Little and Red Deer Rebels forward Dominik Volek. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Continued from page 28 Rebels forward Joel Hamilton was eager to get out on the ice. “It’s good to just give back to the kids.” Mayor Larry Henkelman was sporting his Red Deer Rebels scarf before the puck dropped and he praised the Rebels for their grassroots community efforts. “They work a lot with drug and abuse kids.” He used to coach minor hockey and he feels the Rebels are positive role models. Before the game, teams split up and conducted drills with the WHL players who provided tips to the players. Every time a community hosts one of these pond hockey games it is a different experience and some games have been too warm to play but they make do with what is available. ”We’ve actually had to do street hockey because we’ve had no ice. We’ve actually gone all the way to minus 50 degrees C where we’ve had to do indoor floor hockey. We get it all in Alberta,” said Hamilton. She feels these pond hockey games are a positive opportunity for the kids and even parents, who are excited for the chance their children have to skate with future hockey stars. Dean Williams, vice-president of marketing and sales for the Rebels, enjoys coming out and being with the hockey hopefuls. “For us, it’s plain and simple, we want to get out and see our fans.”

Rhyse Dieno of the Red Deer Rebels gets ready for a night of shinny hockey at the Enmax Pond Hockey night Jan. 22. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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IN LOVING MEMORY IN LOVING MEMORY “DEAR MOM” You were more than a Mother, you were our Best Friend and a great listener too. Oh how we miss our special talks, and all the fun things we used to do.

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Thirteen years have come and gone, But still your memory’s as strong. As when you left without goodbye To Heavens’ gates there in the sky. We miss you Dean and always will, With hearts and minds we grieve you still. It comforts us to know you’re home, With hosts of angels “round Gods’ throne. Missed and Loved always by Don, Stephanie, Deborah, Leon, Jess and Ethan Dubitz.

There are not adequate words to express our thanks to everyone for the expressions of sympathy, and all the help provided to us by our family and friends during our time of sorrow. We are truly grateful for your friendship and support. Thank you for all the heartfelt visits, telephone calls, floral tributes, meals and charitable donations. This a unquestionably a caring community. Thank you to the Ponoka Lions Club members for your unconditional support and for acting in the role of Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers. Mervin valued his community work with the Lions Club and he was proud to call each of you his friend. Thank you to Reverend Beatrix Schirner for officiating at the funeral service. Your kind words were appreciated. Our heartfelt thanks to Marlon Wombold for his calm and caring manner in guiding us and helping us deal with our loss. Your overwhelming compassion was deeply appreciated. Thank you to Sheila Van Alstyne for the beautiful musical selections. In lieu of personal thank you notes for all the acts of kindness shown, a donation has been made to S.T.A.R.S. , a charity that Mervin strongly supported.

Sylvia Hitchcock, Natasha, Brandon, Braelynn & Addison


Lucy Kathrine DeAtley 1925 - 2013 Lucy Kathrine DeAtley was born May 20, 1925 to John and Albertina Albrecht in Ponoka. She passed away at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre on January 22, 2013. She leaves to mourn her sister Ann Jones and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Walter DeAtley, her parents, four brothers, one sister, two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law. Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to the Ponoka United Church.† As requested, no funeral ceremony will be held. To express condolences to Lucy’s family, please visit Arrangements Entrusted To PONOKA FUNERAL HOME ~ A Wombold Family Funeral Home ~

On January 19, 2013, Charlotte Moore passed away at the Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Center, just two days before her 90th birthday. She will be lovingly remembered by her son Harvey (Bev) Moore of Calgary, granddaughter Cheryl (Sandy) Sitkowski and great-grandchildren Stephanie and Christina of Saskatchewan; son Gordon Moore; daughter Patricia (Ken) Palechek of Ponoka, grandson Kenneth (K.J.) and great-grandchild Khloe; daughter Lynn (Jim) Comeau of Ponoka, grandchildren Michelle and Danielle; son Kelly (Donna) Moore of Ponoka, grandchildren Nicole and Ryan; son-in-law Cappy Thomson of New Zealand, grandchildren Shane and Jewel, great-grandchild Blake; as well as family, nieces, nephews and friends who were important in her life. Charlotte was predeceased by her daughter Jean and two sons, James and Leslie. A celebration of Charlotte’s life was held at Ponoka Funeral Home on Friday, January 25th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.† A private family burial will be held at a later date.†† If you so wish, memorial donations are gratefully accepted by the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre or a charity of your choice. To express condolences to Charlotte’s family, please visit Arrangements Entrusted To Ponoka Funeral Home ~ A Wombold Family Funeral Home ~ We want to hear from you!


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PAULSON Melvin Douglas April 16,1941 Jan. 20,2013

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With sadness we announce the passing of Mel at the Misericordia Hospital. Son of the late Emil and Kari Paulson of Ponoka, Alberta, Mel was never married. He had a long career at Fort Saskatchewan Sherritt International as a steam engineer. He loved spending time at the family farm NW of Ponoka. He leaves his brother Erling Paulson of Ponoka, sister Sylvia (Jim) Colleton of Edmonton, nephew Michael (Michelle), great nephews Ethan and Matthew of Ontario and Niece Susan of Edmonton. The Caregivers and residents of Home and Healthcare Services called him their best friend. Mel had a big heart and gave to those who had less. At Mel’s request Cremation has taken place. The Celebration of Mel’s life will be hosted by Sylvia at Ponoka, Alberta. Family and Friends of Erling, Melvin, and Sylvia will be notified and the plan is tentatively for Saturday of the May 2013 long weekend.


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Mervin Douglas Hitchcock July 17, 1943 - Jan. 12, 2013 “Death leaves a heart ache no one can heal Love leaves a memory no one can steal” Mervin Douglas Hitchcock was born July 17, 1943 at the Red Cross Outpost Hospital near Prairie River, Sask, the 3rd child to Warren & Leta Hitchcock. He grew up and graduated from school at Carrigana, Sask. Mervin worked in the Coop Retail Stores for 40 years, firstly in Porcupine Plain, Lanigan and Rocanville, Sask. and then Coronation and Ponoka, AB. Mervin later worked with the UFA Farm Supply Coop until his retirement in 2002. Following his retirement, Mervin continued to enjoy customer contact with part-time employment at the Ponoka Coop Oils until the time of his death. Mervin was married to Sylvia Dunham in July 1968 at Foxwarren, MB and was thrilled when his daughter, Natasha, arrived in 1977. Mervin’s favorite pastimes included family camping trips, golfing, bowling, reading, crossword puzzles, visiting with family and friends, and his community service with the Lions Club. He was proud knowing that his dedication to various Lions Club projects helped to enrich the lives of others in his community, young and old. Mervin had a love for all children, but nothing compared to his love for his precious grandchildren, Braelynn and Addison. Nothing made him happier than having the opportunity to play rambunctiously with them, or to sit quietly in his chair with a child in each arm. Mervin is lovingly survived by Sylvia, his wife of 44 years; his daughter Natasha and son-in-law Brandon; grand daughters Braelynn and Addison; brothers Glen (Rita) and Lorne (Isabel) ; sister Marlene (Jim); sisters-in-law Lorraine and Gloria; brother-in-law Ron (Jen); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Warren and Leta Hitchcock and his brother Keith. A Funeral Service was held at the Ponoka United Church on January 17, 2013 with Rev. Beatrix Schirner officiating. The Interment Service was at the Forest Home Cemetery, Ponoka. Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to S.T.A.R.S. or any charity of your choice. To express condolences to Mervin Hitchcock’s Family please visit Arrangements Entrusted To PONOKA FUNERAL HOME ~ A Wombold Family Funeral Home ~

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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. DAY RATE VAC and/or Water Truck Operator. Experienced with valid tickets. Please email to: or fax 403-845-3903.

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The successful applicant will have a NCSO designation and will have: * Actual hands on oilfield construction experience. * Good computer skills. * Extensive travel is required. * Excellent people skills. * H2S Alive and First Aid. * Certified D&A tester, an asset. * Drivers License, with clean Abstract. * Must relocate to Hinton.


NEWCART CONTRACTING LTD. is hiring for the upcoming turnaround season. Journeyman/Apprentice; Pipefitters; Welders; Boilermakers; Riggers. Also: Quality Control; Towers; Skilled Mechanical Labourer; Welder Helpers. Email: resumes Fax 1-403-729-2396. Email all safety and trade tickets.



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FIELD OPERATORS Valid 1st Aid, H2S, Drivers License required!! Please contact Murray McGeachy or Jamie Rempel by Fax: (403) 340-0886 or email mmcgeachy@ jrempel@ website: www. cathedralenergyservices. com Your application will be kept strictly confidential.

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is looking for journeyman “NO SAFETY COPS picker operator.Top wages/ WANTED” benefits. Safety tickets req’d. We want to build a safety Fax or drop off resume culture, NOT enforce one. 403-346-6128 No phone calls. Please submit resume to or fax to 780- 865- 5829 Please quote job # 68318. on your resume. LOCAL SERVICE CO. REQ’S EXP. VACUUM TRUCK OPERATOR Must have Class 3 licence w/air & all oilfield tickets. Fax resume w/drivers abstract to 403-886-4475 Looking for

WANTED - Water & Vacuum Truck Operators. Class 3 w/Q-endorsement, H2S, First Aid, PST, CSTS. Mechanically inclined. Day-rate benefits. Fax 403-934-3487. Email: accounting

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NOW LOCATED in Drayton Valley. BREKKAAS Vacuum & Tank Ltd. Wanted Class 1 & 3 Drivers, Super Heater Operators with all valid tickets. Top wages, excellent benefits. Please forward resume to: Email: Phone 780-621-3953. Fax 780-621-3959.


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EDMONTON BASED COMPANY looking to hire a qualified Field Clerk to assist with paperwork and maintain top safety standards during jobs. Prepare and present safety PARTS MANAGER meeting each morning, file, & PARTS ASSOCIATE organize, prepare and Country Road RV maintain all paperwork, in Sundre is currently assist Foreman when seeking a Parts Manager & needed. Out of town work, a Parts Associate for their drivers licence, top growing dealership. compensation, OT paid, accommodation provided. SKILLS: Fax 780-488-3002; jobs • Self-Motivated • Work well in a team environment GET YOUR FOOT IN THE • Computer skills GARAGE DOOR. (preference to IDS or PBS) Learn basic engine theory, power train, suspension, • Customer Service Skills • Career Oriented with a job safety. First step to Positive Attitude Automotive/Heavy Duty Apprenticeships. WE OFFER: GPRC Fairview Campus. • Excellent Wages 1-888-999-7882; (above average) • Friendly, team oriented environment Looking for 2nd, 3rd, 4th • Training year apprentices and journeymen plumbers for • Benefit Package full time work. Need to If this position sounds have experience with like a good fit for you, service and new home please fax your resume to construction. Must have 403-638-9007 valid drivers license and be attention Nick or Ella dependable. We offer or e-mail competitve wages, benefit package and company vehicle. Please fax resume to 403-347-4539 or email to


PYRAMID CORPORATION IS NOW HIRING! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: hr DO YOU LIKE WORKING with animals? Do you want or fax 780-955-HIRE. to be part of a successful team? Red Willow Pork Farm is now accepting applications for SWINE Clerical TECHNICIANS, offering competitive wages, a very good health plan, quarterly bonuses and quarterly free pork incentive. Fax resume with references to 403-574-2334 or email

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OPERATORS WANTED. Edmonton based company seeks: Processor Operators; Skidder Operators; Buncher Operators. Fax resume: 780-488-3002. Email: jobs



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Under the supervision of the MECS Board, the Manager’s primary role is to oversee the operations of the Maskwacis Employment Center Society. Other duties include; staff recruitment, development and supervision; serving as a liaison with employers, the 4 First Nations Human Resource and Social Development departments, and with government and other partners. Duties: x Define standards that are consistent with the organization’s mission, culture, environment, strategy and structure. x Build positive working relationships with other First Nations organizations, government agencies, and industry partners. x Work cooperatively with other community agencies to promote awareness of First Nation employment issues and support First Nations employment and career development. x Provide First Nation cultural awareness to potential employers. x Maintain up-to-date information on other organizations providing career and employment related programs and services, agencies providing support services for client referral. x Submit quarterly activity reports to the MECS Board. x Network with the public and other organizations by attending meetings, conferences, career/job fairs and business mixers. x Working in coordination with other partners (AE&I, INAC, etc) and staff on industry needs and interests in the area of employment. x Ensuring that wages and salaries are set according to established job specifications and classifications. x Forecasting the organization’s needs and helping management develop policies and procedures. x Administer policies and programs of the organization. x Ensure compliance with federal and provincial legislation relating to employment, programs, and services of the organization. x Arrange for, and in some cases, deliver training programs for employees. x Work with board and staff to develop strategies and programs that address the organizations needs and strategic plans. x Organizational and financial management of the Center. Qualifications: x Post Secondary Degree in a field related to human resource management (e.g. Business administration, commerce, industrial relations or a related social science). x Minimum of 3 years management experience. x Good analytical and problem solving skills. x Sensitivity and the ability to keep employee and client information confidential. x Excellent oral and written communication skills. x Strong interpersonal & leadership skills. x The ability to understand a variety of viewpoints. x Excellent organizational and time management skills. x Reliable transportation with Class 5 Drivers license to travel when needed. Job Type:

Full time, 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closing Date: December 14,2013 2012 January 30, If you have any questions please contact: Heather Buffalo, Phone: (780)-585-3305 or Email: To apply please submit a resume and cover letter to: Lisa Smallboy Fax: (780)-585-4456 or Email: REQUIRED: Criminal Record Check, Child Welfare Check, 3 Letters of Reference Note: Applicants will be screened; Screen applicants will be called back for an interview.

Sales & Distributors


ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CHANGE? ✓Motivated? ✓Goal Oriented? ✓People Friendly? ✓Driven? We have the position for you! Heritage Chrysler Jeep now requires an experienced

Rexall, a highly successful and fast-growing Canadian Retailer, is seeking a

820 Full Time Certified Pharmacy Technician

Oilfield ERNIE O’S RESTAURANT Maintenance and Pub is looking for 5 Labourer/Swamper. NOC-6442 cooks, full-time.

Must have safety tickets. No experience necessary. Will train. Fax resume to 403-746-5131 or





to join their team in the Ponoka area. You are committed to providing excellent patient care; possess superior interpersonal and communication skills. You have the ability to perform in a fast-paced environment. Experience preferred If you have the qualifications required, please submit your resume, quoting file “Rx Tech – 7223” in the subject heading to: Greg Bendera (Rx Manager) Fax number: 403-783-6699 Email:

SALES CONSULTANT A leader in the automotive industry, Heritage Chrysler Jeep sets the pace for all others to follow when it comes to inventory, customer service, community service and commitment to people. We have premium new and preowned vehicles to help suit any of our customer’s needs! We offer a great compensation package with benefits along with complete training. Sales experience is not a must though preferred. Look at Heritage Chrysler Jeep as the final step to becoming an industry leader in customer service, job satisfaction and income.

Check us out at Fax or email resume to:

Heritage Chrysler Jeep General Sales Manager Attention: RYAN BOWES Fax: 403.782.3360 We thank all those that apply. Only those selected will be contacted for an interview.

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013



SECURITAS CANADA Hiring Immediate FT & Casual

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


Truckers/ Drivers

CLASS 1 Winch Tractor Operator and Journeyman Picker Operator required. Please fax resume and credentials to 780-778-2918. For further information please call David 780-778-0422 in Whitecourt. DAY & ROSS Now Hiring in Edmonton. P&D work $5000 sign on bonus. LCV single and team scheduled. Call Fazal today for details at 1-855-872-7602 DRIVERS WANTED. Terrific career opportunity with outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects. No rail experience needed! Extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 weeks vacation & benefits package. Skills needed Ability to travel 3 months at a time, valid licence w/air brake endorsement. Compensation based on prior driving experience. Apply at under careers, keyword Driver. Do not fill in city or state SPEEDWAY MOVING SYSTEMS REQUIRES O/O for our 1 ton and 3 ton fleets to transport RVs throughout North America. We offer competitive rates and Co. fuel cards. Paid by direct deposit. Must have clean criminal record and passport to cross border. 1-866-736-6483; www. speedwaymoving HOW CAN YOU MAKE YOUR PHONE RING? & Make Some Quick Cash? Place your ad HERE...

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Tornado Hydrovacs, a division of Petrofield Industries is accepting resumes for: Assembly Department: Industrial Painters, Electrical Technicians; Welders (Journeyman or Apprentice); and Labourers. Our Company has an enthusiastic, fast paced working environment with advancement for motivated individuals, and an excellent benefit package. Please forward resume to hr@ or Fax 403 742-1905

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Business Opportunities


GET FREE VENDING MACHINES. Can earn $100,000.+ per year. All cash-retire in just 3 years. Protected territories. Full details. Call now. 1-866-668-6629. Website: SPARE TIME CASH! Sell candles in your community. Earn 25%+ commission! Easy to sell 100+ fragrances. Start today; or call 1-888-248-9712. WELL ESTABLISHED retail clothing business in Barrhead for sale. Serious inquiries only. 780-674-2018. WELL ESTABLISHED Towing Company in Drayton Valley. 6 trucks & roadside contracts. Will sell as whole or individually. Training available. Unlimited earning potential. Must see! Phone 780-621-1622

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EARN EXTRA CASH! Part-time, full-time immediate openings for men & women. Easy computer work, other positions are available. Can be done from home No experience needed; INTERESTED IN the Community Newspaper business? Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. FREE. Visit: resumes_add.php.


Hamilton’s requires a

FULL TIME GROCERY CLERK F/T 40 hr/ wk with full benefits. Successful candidate will be expected to fill shelves with stock and assist customers with carry out service

Apply with resume to Customer Service Counter Calnash Trucking has an immediate opening for the following position:


Responsibilities include coordinating equipment and personnel for rig moves and service work. Computer skills and knowledge of the trucking industry, drilling rigs and oilfield equipment, transportation rules and regulations would be an asset. Will train right candidate. COMPETITIVE WAGES & BENEFIT PACKAGE INCLUDED

Submit resume to: Calnash Trucking Ltd. 6526 - 44 Avenue, Ponoka, AB T4J 1J8 Fax: 403.783.3011 Email: Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please

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Business Services #1000 - #1430

in Ponoka, has immediate opening for



Please submit resumes to 6526 - 44 Ave Ponoka, AB T4J 1J8 Fax: 403-783-3011 or Email:


I have my Red Cross Babysitting Certificate

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

PRIVATE DAY HOME With space available for 2 children age 3 & under in Ponoka. Phone 587-729-0068





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.

100,000 Potential Buyers???

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



EFFORTLESS WEIGHT LOSS 3 day samples, 403-783-1885

Legal Services


CRIMINAL RECORD? Have it removed. Canada’s premier record removal provider since 1989. BBB A+ rating. Confidential, fast & affordable. Free information booklet. 1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366); HOW can you make your phone ring & make some quick cash? Place your ad here. . .

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Legal Services


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

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

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

Misc. Services


DISCONNECTED PHONE? Phone Factory Home Phone Service. No one refused! Low monthly rate! Calling features and unlimited long distance available. Call Factory today! 1-877-336-2274; TELL it all! Tell it well! Make your ads sell for you by giving full description of goods or services offered. Include prices and terms. Phone 1-877-223-3311 for a friendly ad taker.

NEED TO ADVERTISE? Province wide classifieds. Reach over 1 million readers weekly. Only $269. + GST (based on 25 words or less). Call this newspaper NOW for details or call 1-800-282-6903 ext. 228.

+ A Star Makes Your Ad A Winner! CALL:

1-877-223-3311 To Place Your Ad Now!


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

Classified Advertising

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DROWNING IN DEBTS? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30% or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation; or toll free 1-877-556-3500.

Health WILLING TO BABYSIT Care After School & Weekends children 4yrs – 10yrs.


880 Calnash Trucking has an immediate opening for the following position:

Wash Bay Attendant

Those interested may submit resume to: Calnash Trucking Ltd. 6526 - 44 Avenue, Ponoka, AB T4J 1J8 Fax: 403.783.3011 Email: Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please


SUPREME INTERNATIONAL LIMITED IS LOOKING FOR GENERAL LABOURERS Job Duties: x Form and/or cut steel according to the production schedule, standards and specifications. x Perform a wide variety of steel preparations, including sandblasting, manual & power tool sanding, grinding, and chemical wash cleaning. x Operate hand and power tools. x Possible welding. x Mechanical & electrical knowledge is an asset.

an established Lacombe-based electronics manufacturer is seeking mature and responsible individuals to fill (2) immediate full-time positions in electronics assembly. Duties include a variety of light-duty, hands-on assembly, inspecting and testing of electronic parts. Applicants should have a positive work history and be self-motived.

WE CAN OFFER YOU: Team Focused Environment Excellent Benefits Package (includes): Dental/Extended Health/Vision/STD/LTD/ RRSP Employer Funded Please drop off, fax, mail or e-mail your resume to: Supreme International Limited P.O. Box 6450, 6010 – 47 Street Wetaskiwin, Alberta T9A 2G2 Attn: C. Brooks

Individuals who find value in a positive work atmosphere, regular 8-5 working hours and a wage range of $12 to $20 per hour are encouraged to apply by faxing resume and references to 866-331-9677.

Fax # (780) 352-6597 Email:

Hamilton’s requires a

F/T Produce Clerk 40 hours/week Full benefits Successful candidate will be expected to fill shelves with stock and learn quality control of fresh produce.

Apply with resume to: Customer Service 4502 50 Street

For more information visit

Employment Training

900 a div. of Kokotilo Holdings Inc. Funded in part by the Government of Canada.




Misc. Services


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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+)


Pet Services


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


Heather Goodwin 403-704-3647 Personal Services


Unplanned pregnancy may be difďŹ cult to face. We care. For conďŹ dential help call 403-343-1611 (24 hrs.) TRUE PSYCHICS! 4 Answers call now 24/7 Toll Free 1-877-342-3036; Mobile: # 4486;

Misc. Services


Rental Misc


Need RV or Self Storage? 8’ X 10’ mini storage units available for rent. Also RV storage. Secure compound. Call Keith at

First Call Towing

783-3636 TELL it all! Tell it well! Make your ads sell for you by giving full description of goods or services offered. Include prices and terms. Phone 1-877-223-3311 for a friendly ad taker.

Misc. Services


Attention: Farmers We can deal with your refrigeration problems quickly, efficiently and reasonably



Refrigeration and Appliance Service

783-4880 CCCN_REWARDS_5


One Person’s Collectible Auction

Buy & Sell #1500 - #1990 Aircraft ..............................1510 Antiques & Art ..................1520 Auctions ............................1530 Bicycles ............................1540 Building Supplies ..............1550 Business Machines ..........1560 Cameras & Accessories ..1570 Children’s Items ................1580 Clothing ............................1590 Computers ........................1600 Concert & Event Tickets ..1610 Equipment - Misc. ............1620 Equipment - Heavy ..........1630 Tools ................................1640 Farmers’ Market & Food Basket......................1650 Firewood ..........................1660 Lumber ............................1670 Garden Supplies ..............1680 Lawn Tractors ..................1690 Health, Dietary, Beauty ....1700 Household Appliances......1710 Household Furnishings ....1720 TV’s, Stereos, VCR’s ........1730 Hot Tubs & Accessories ..1740 Jewellery ..........................1750 Kid’s Deals........................1755 Misc. For Sale ..................1760 Musical Instruments..........1770 Music Lessons..................1780 Piano & Organs ................1790 Office Supplies ................1800 Pets & Supplies ................1810 Pet Services ....................1820 Cats ..................................1830 Dogs ................................1840 Sports Cards ....................1850 Sporting Goods ................1860 Collectors’ Items ..............1870 Swap, Barter & Trade ......1880 Travel Packages ..............1900 Wedding Supplies ............1910 Recycled Products............1920 Wanted to Buy ..................1930 Items to Give Away ..........1940



7TH ANNUAL COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION & SPEED SHOW, March 15 - 17/13, Red Deer Westerner Park. Featuring Big Schwag & indoor car show! Exhibitor space available. Consign your car; estate today. 1-888-296-0528 ext. 102; BIG STRAPPER AUCTIONS SALES EVERY WED. @ 6 pm. Moose Hall 2 miles south of Ponoka on 2A ANTIQUE SALE 1st SUN. OF THE MONTH AT 1 P.M. 403-782-5693 Check website for full listing

YOUR NEW CAREER is as close as your computer. Online Active Aging Sunday February 3 Fitness Practitioner ** Starting at 9:30 a.m. Certificate. Work with older with coins** adult fitness programs, Bowden Lions Hall, coach master athletes. Bowden AB GPRC Grande Prairie, In this sale is Very Unique and Ornate Carvings from Alberta. 1-888-539-4774; all over the world, Brass items, Canadian, USA, World foreign coins, Misc. for Silver coins, Just too much Sale to mention .. Check the web for listing a n d p i c t u r e s . . S a l e i s 32’ Heavy Duty aluminum extension ladder $250, subject to additions and RCA Deep Freeze $200, deletions. 2 Hide-A-Beds $200 each, all items in good condition. Pilgrim Auction 780-986-8765




Building Supplies


METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Best prices! 36� Hi-Tensile TUFF-Rib 29ga. Galvalume $.67 sq. ft. Colours $.82 sq. ft. 40 Year Warranty. ALTA-WIDE Builders Supplies 1-888-263-8254.

RITCHIE BROS UNRESERVED AUCTION. Edmonton, March 7. Two Parcels of Farmland located at Grassland, Alberta. For more info contact John Kiszka, 780-689-3076 or visit:

Farmers' Market






Pets & Supplies



4037835225 • 4037835235 5118 - 51 Ave., Ponoka, AB T4J 1R5



Whatever You’re Selling... W H Th CLASSIFIEDS 1-877-223-3311


Ph. (403) 843-2173 Fax: (403) 843-2607


Older border collie 403-783-2591

- General Dentistry - Orthodontics - Cosmetic Dentistry - Bonding - Veneers - Bleaching - White or Gold Fillings - Crown and Bridge - Implant Restorations






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

Well Drilling


Well Drilling







OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Friday 8AM - 12:30PM • 1PM - 5PM

This space could be yours for $



Call 403-783-3311 HEATING


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Misc. for Sale

RESIDENTIAL - COMMERCIAL • Heating • Ventilation • Air Conditioning Systems • Custom Metal Fabrication PHONE: 403-783-7443 FAX: 403-783-7454 5210 - 50th Street Ponoka, AB 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE


DON’T BE IN THE DARK Lost your power again . . . how long this time? Take control back.


Box 1100 4905 50 St. Rimbey, AB T0C 2J0

Drs. Heimdahl & ZoBell


Tell them Danny Hooper sent you

Family Friendly Dentistry


MAIN: (403) 783-7591



403-783-5575 1-800-662-7168

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

Well Drilling


SAWMILLS from only $3997. Make money & save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & DVD; www.NorwoodSawmills. com/400OT. 1-800-566-6899 ext. 400OT.


309 3300







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

Misc. Services

NEVER SHOCK CHLORINATE AGAIN! Newly Patented! “Kontinuous Shok� Chlorinator. Eliminates: Shock Chlorination; iron bacteria; smell; bacterial breeding in water wells. Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON. Visit our 29 inventions;

Misc. for Sale

STEEL BUILDINGS/ METAL BUILDINGS 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100, sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206;


Health & Beauty

We can help get the power back on.

Power generators that are affordable and reliable.


Advertise your business in the Business Directory!

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013


Houses/ Duplexes

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



REGISTERED BLACK & RED ANGUS COWS. Vicwin Angus Farm, Lacombe Vic Rowley 403-318-7363

Grain, Feed Hay



Fully furnished one bedroom cottage for rent on a monthly basis All inclusive, N/S, N/P 403-783-3553 leave message 3 BEDROOM HOME Available January 30, - 3 bedrooms, one bath. large yard. $750.00 per month/ $750.00 D.D. No smoking, No pets. Application req’d. Call Mary at 403-783-6609

Condos/ Townhouses





Condos/ Townhouses


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

PONOKA Large 2 bedroom basement suite. For quite non-smoker, working renter. No pets. Must provide good renting references. 403-704-1645 PONOKA: 1 bedroom suite (partially furnished). Rent includes all utilities, except tv & phone. Washer and dryer available. 403-783-4628


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

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

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

Rimbey Implements Ltd.

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

Starting at $1400/month in Ponoka: 3 bed, 3 bath new town house, OR 3 bed, 1.5 bath town house Either available right away or for Feb 1st Pet Friendly Call Amber: 403-774-7401


Al York

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

Rimbey, AB

Real Estate #4000 - #4190

Fax: (403) 843-3430


Realtors & Services..........4010 Houses for Sale................4020 Houses Wanted................4030 HEATED CANOLA Condos/Townhouses ........4040 buying Green, Heated Manufactured or Springthrashed Canola. Acreages ..........................4050 Homes Buying: oats, barley, Acreages Wanted ............4060 wheat & peas for feed. R I M B E Y 2 B D R M . Farms/Land ......................4070 Buying damaged or offgrade grain. “On Farm $750/mo,+ elec/.gas Lora Farms/Land Wanted ........4080 Pickup� Westcan Feed & 403-704-5992 Manufactured/ Grain, 1-877-250-5252. Mobile Homes ..................4090 ROUND hay bales, $20 - 4 Plexes/ Income Property ..............4100 $40. We deliver. Self un- 6 Plexes Commercial Property ......4110 loading. No Sunday calls Please. 403-843-6380 PONOKA 2 bedroom in Industrial Property ............4120 4plex. $750, 3 bdrm. $850 Cottages/Resort Property ..4130 Good location 5402-54 Ave Businesses for Sale..........4140 403-704-1221. Buildings for Sale ............4150 Lots for Sale ....................4160 Out of Town Property ......4170 Suites Investment Opportunities ..4180 Mortgages Bought/Sold....4190





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



Houses/ Duplexes


3 bdrm house w attached single car garage for rent in Ponoka. No Pets. Available Feb 1. References required 403-783-8727 or 403-350-9399



** FOR RENT ** WOODRIDGE 2 bdrm. apartments $725/mo. Includes heat & water. No pets. non smokers Avail. immed. Contact Sandra Lyon at First Choice Realty (Ponoka) Ltd. 403-783-8881 CLASSIFIEDS Sell it Best! To place your ad phone 1-877223-3311

Wanted to Rent Houses #3250 - #3390 For Sale

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 For Sale




Businesses For Sale COZY BUNGALOW

in Oriole Park, Red Deer. 3 bdrm. up, 1 dwn. Open concept, hardwood. Dbl. det. garage, 2.5 bath. Asking $303,000. 403-341-5415



Motorcycle repair shop – sales in excess of $400,000.00 and growing Manufacturing operation – covers for boats, trucks price $82,000. Liquor Store – land, buildings & eq. northern Alberta Restaurant – no franchise fees, full service sales 1.4 M Crane & Picker operation – well established, owner’s wishes to retire sales 800,000. Liquor Store & TavernÂąHVWDEOLVKHGSRVLWLYHFDVKĂ€RZSOXVLQYHQWRU\ Manufacturing & Wholesale B2B – $350K, includes business, bldgs & land



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Call us at


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


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





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Commercial - Residential Installations - Repair 24hr Emergency Service 3912 - 66 St Ponoka, AB T4J 1J8

Ph: 403.783.3501 Fax: 403.783.3531


Guitar Lessons Absolute Beginners to Advanced

Rock‘Pop ‘Blues ‘Jazz ‘

Call Brian 403 704 5608 CHILD SAFETY FREE CAR SEAT INSPECTION 3rd Wednesday of the month

By appointment only To register or for more information call Christine at 403.783.3987 or email

3 Certified Inspectors on Staff Battle River Insurance Ltd. The Co-operators 5103 48 Ave, Bay #3 Ponoka, AB


Southwest Industrial Park 4102-64 St., Ponoka 403-783-5200 8 a.m. - 5 p.m Mon. to Sat. • Open late Thursday 24-hour Emergency Call Dr. Bill Frischke • Dr. Kelly Loree • Dr. Leighton Coma Dr. Trevor Hook • Dr. Emily Ames


Beautiful, custom built 2800 sq ft home on 4 acres (can be up to 10 acres) with 30,000 sq ft poly greenhouses, currently in cutflower lily production. Located in Forestburg (East Central Alberta) right on Hwy 53. Great courier service. Asking $535,000. Call 780 582 2265 or 780 336 5888 or email sunrich@ for more info.

Manufactured Homes


$2 MILLION INVENTORY Clear-Out! 15 new homes targeted! Prices starting from $92, 500., 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom. Bank says they have to go! 148/142 East Lake, Blvd., Airdrie. 1-800-461-7632 or 1-877-945-1272; www. 1981 REGENCY SRI, 14x64 new windows, skirting & metal roof. Washer, dryer, fridge, stove, some furniture incld’d. Has 12x12 porch. Responsible for moving. $15,000. obo. 403-742-4867

Manufactured Homes


ATTENTION: Snowmobilers, skiers, retirees. Trailers for sale, south of Golden, (New Park). New - 24 X 52, 3 bedroom, 2 bath (Palm Harbour) $132,900. New 14 X 66, 2 bedroom, 2 bath (Palm Harbour) $82,300. 2010, 14 X 48, 1 bedroom, 1 bath (Moduline) $62,300. Vendor will carry. Call Ed 780-718-8243. Email:

Transportation #5000-5300 Automotive Services ........5010 Antique & Classic Autos ....5020 Cars ..................................5030 SUV’s................................5040 Trucks ..............................5050 Heavy Trucks....................5060 Vans/Buses ......................5070 Motorcycles ......................5080 Campers ..........................5090 Motorhomes......................5100 5th Wheels........................5110 Holiday Trailers ................5120 Tent Trailers ......................5130 Utility Trailers ....................5140 ATV’s ................................5150 Boats & Marine ................5160 Snowmobiles ....................5170 Tires, Parts & Accessories ......................5180 Auto Wreckers ..................5190 Vehicles Wanted ..............5200 Car/Truck Rental ..............5210 Recreational Vehicle Rental ..............................5220 Trailer Rental ....................5230 Misc. Automotive ..............5240 RV’s ..................................5300


2005 RED Dodge Durango 146,000 kms, leather heated seats, command start, very clean, $10,000 obo 403-742-4867





THE ONE, THE ONLY authorized Harley-Davidson technician training program in all of Canada. You’ll work on all types of HD bikes. Quality instruction and state-ofthe-art training aids. GPRC Fairview Campus, Fairview Alberta. 1-888-999-7882;

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BYLAW No. 1172/13 and Bylaw No. 1173/13 Lacombe County Council has given first reading to Bylaw No. 1172/13 and Bylaw No. 1173/13, the purpose of which are to amend the general regulations and policies in both the County’s Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Development Plan. The amendments are being proposed to provide greater clarity to the regulations and address any issues which have arisen since the adoption of the documents in 2007. Examples of some of these amendments include: addition of “city” to policy 3.10 (a)(i) clarification of the definition for front lot line; inclusion of maximum site coverage regulation for the Country Residential “RCR” District; the Country Residential Estate “R-CRE” District; and the Residential Conservation Cluster “R-RCC” District; and the addition of setbacks to the Higher Density Lakeshore Residential “R-HDLR” District. A copy of Bylaw No. 1172/13 and Bylaw No. 1173/13 describing the proposed amendments 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:

February 14, 2013 9:00 AM Lacombe County Council Chambers located 2½ miles west of Highway 2 at the intersection of Spruceville Road and Highway 12

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PONOKA PLUMBING & HEATING Please be advised that Lacombe County has given first reading to Bylaw No. 1156/12. The bylaw proposes to amend the County’s Land Use Bylaw to prohibit basement development within the Birch Bay Subdivision. Basement development in Birch Bay is subject to flooding due to the high water table, therefore the bylaw will prohibit basement development within this Subdivision area. A copy of Bylaw No. 1156/12 describing the proposed amendment may be obtained from the County’s Planning and Development Department or by visiting the County’s website at

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Ponoka News, January 30, 2013  

January 30, 2013 edition of the Ponoka News