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Ag event centre Funday on Family Day manager fired By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
PAECS vice-president Sherry Gummow
Former manager Chas Lambert
Ag event centre manager Chas Lambert has been fired. Just two and a half weeks after its annual general meeting, the Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society (PAECS) fired Lambert on Feb. 13 without notice or reason. Board president Terry Jones was out of the country so vice-president Sherry Gummow spoke on behalf of PAECS. She did not provide a reason for firing Lambert only to confirm he was let go. “We wish him well in his endeavours and we look forward to upcoming years of operation at the ag event centre.” “We respect Mr. Lambert and we’re not prepared to say anything of a confidential matter,” she added. It is believed only six of the nine directors were in the session to fire Lambert; Cec Dykstra, Greg Bowie, Sherry Gummow, George Verheire, Doug Gill and Terry Jones. The decision was unanimous. Ex-manager Lambert was disappointed as his goal was to ensure the ag event centre had national recognition. “And make it the most successful ag event centre there is in Western Canada.” He feels better direction from the board could have made his job easier. “I encourage them to get that in place before they hire the next manager.” Policies need to be in place to allow the manager to have a structure to follow instead of working at the whim of decisions made on the fly. This would clarify how management should operate the building, explained Lambert. It allows management to answer specific questions related to PAECS policies so “it’s not held up by one person’s decision or nine different people throwing different ideas at you.” Lambert tried to use experiences that worked for him at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Man. to solve the issues to move the ag event centre forward. “It could be used for national shows and that’s where I was headed next,” he said. Hosting smaller events lets national shows know the ag event centre can handle the big shows. Continued on page 31
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County council appoints new PAECS member By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye County councillors debated over who should be the next member of the Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society (PAECS) during their meeting Feb. 12. Reeve Gord Svenningsen has resigned from the board. “Work has to be done there to get things running smoothly,” he explained. “It’s kind of unfortunate to go in there with turmoil.” Councillors met in a closed session with members of the Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition Association Feb. 12 and Svenningsen feels the group might be agreeable to equal representation. “It had to be one of the two groups with the three partners.” “It would solve a lot of problems if they would,” stated Coun. Gawney Hinkley. Hinkley did suggest an alternate member should be nominated in case equal representation was agreed upon by PAECS. Coun. Paul McLauchlin nominated Councillors George Verheire and Keith Beebe as an alternate to the board. “They know how county works and they can speak to our interest.” The nominees agreed.
Unsightly premises Council asked to take action on an unsightly property. Located in the Elhorn Road/Usona area, neighbours have been complaining about how the property looks, explained CAO Charlie Cutforth. “The question was what are we going to do?” One way to deal with the property is to require a commercial development permit be applied for and then bring that to the neighbouring homes. Since it is zoned as agricultural the owner is free to leave old vehicles on the property, Cutforth added. Verheire did not feel the county should take any action. “It wouldn’t matter what we did on this property.” The property owner is the one who makes the final decision on the property and the county cannot force them to change the zoning on it. Councillors decided not to take any action. Historical Society request Ponoka County has more than $1 million in requests for financial assistance in 2013. One request came from the Rimbey Historical Society for $85,000. Treasurer Pauline Hansen presented councillors with a financial
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Coun. McLauchlin asked what measures Squires had in place for his own safety. “Your safety is important to us as well.” A spot device has been ordered, which sits in Squires’ vehicle and the Radio Control Centre (RCC) in Edmonton knows where it is at all times. In an emergency situation Squires can use it to alert RCC of his need for backup and the RCMP is notified immediately. A radiophone has also been purchased and it gives the officer’s queries instant answers from the RCC. “So officer safety is coming.” County thanked for contribution Councillors were thanked for their support of the Rimbey Fish and Game Association; the support came as a financial contribution to the group for $10,000 to Reeve Gord County Coun. repair the Open Creek dam. Svenningsen George Verheire “We came over to thank you in person for your donation to help repair the dam,” stated president Daryl statement and highlights of activities in 2012. “It kind Hunt. of gives a better description than last year, of the park.” A card and photo collage showing the work done The group has an aging volunteer group and it is a was presented to councillors and tickets to their next challenge to complete regular maintenance and repairs. appreciation supper were given. Contractors are going to be needed to repair some sideProvincial bridge funding walks from funds donated by the county last year. The province is going to allocate funding to municThe society is looking at ways to drive interest. ipalities annually to help pay for repairs on old bridges, “We’re trying to find and develop ways to bring explained CAO Cutforth. “Based on their budget of kids there,” Hansen explained. Strategic planning is underway for the society $21 million, we’ve estimated that we would likely rewho wants to see an increase of users. To help with ceived $400,000 to $500,00 per year.” However, a typical bridge usually costs $1 million its operations the Town of Rimbey contributes $38,000, which goes mostly to administration costs. The town to fix. To help municipalities with these costs, Alberta also pays for includes utilities and insurance amounting Transportation will allow them to save the money over a period of time. to approximately $84,000 for both. Ponoka County has more than 235 bridges and that The society volunteered at a casino last year and earned $28,000 from the work; $12,000 is left over includes major culverts, which are considered bridges. and Hansen said the intention is to spread it out over Of those bridges more 85 per cent of them are more the next two years as they work at a casino every three than 50 years old, added Cutforth. As long as the funding is stable over the years it years. Any contribution from the county would be apwill help municipalities plan. “Right now we’re purely preciated, she said. Later in the meeting councillors decided to donate reactionary and that’s not a good way to be,” he said. Funds for playground $40,000 to their cause. County employees at the Bluffton landfill have Peace officer stats Councillors received an annual report from Les been setting aside aluminum to raise some funds. Over Squires, peace officer for the county. Since Squires the course of 2012 the employees collected and sold took the role last year he has been able to work closer $2,500 worth of the metal and donated it to the Bluffton with other enforcement agencies in the county such as playground project. “It’s outstanding,” said Cutforth. the Ponoka and Rimbey RCMP detachments. “We’re New membership discussed kind of building a few bridges already since I’ve come Councillors have tabled a decision to apply for on board and hopefully will continue.” membership with the Central Alberta Economic PartReporting was down in 2012 mainly because of nership until more information is obtained. the transition to a new peace officer, explained Squires. McLauchlin feels there are merits to applying as “Apparently that took place since May of last year.” a member, including access to information in an area Squires expects to see an increase in warnings and structure plan on the Highway 2 corridor. “I like the tickets issued but feels, “public safety comes first and idea of giving it a test and seeing if it works” enforcement is secondary.” Cutforth was unsure what other benefits there are to being a member. “It’s really hard to evaluate positively or critically DR. HUGH PORTER AND STAFF until you make an effort.” are pleased to announce Dr. Porter’s ofÀce It will cost the county approximately $3,500 in Birchland Dental Clinic will be open the a year. The county will following Fridays: speak with other municipalities who are Friday, February 22, 2013 members to garner more information about being a Friday, April 26, 2013 member.
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Hepp celebrates 10 years with Rising Sun Club House By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Bob Hepp is hugged by Amanda Henderson, manager of the Ponoka Rising Sun Club House Feb. 13 as they celebrated 10 years of volunteer work . Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Quietly and without pomp, Bob Hepp last week celebrated 10 years of cooking Wednesday lunch at the Ponoka Rising Sun Club House. The only way to get Hepp to come and celebrate was if he cooked the meal, explained clubhouse manager Amanda Henderson. “He is the most compassionate individual I have ever met.” Wednesday is Hepp’s day to volunteer and prepare meals but helping comes in the form of grocery shopping, securing deals on food supplies and bringing any leftovers from his catering company. “He helps us out in so many ways when it comes to that,” stated Henderson. Members pay for a $5 lunch and the proceeds go back into the Club House. More than 60 people came to celebrate Hepp’s anniversary, including former managers and directors. Having him cook is not the only thing Henderson is grateful for, club members enjoy his sense of humour and his concern over their well-being. Some have been able to take on jobs around the community because of Hepp’s concern. “It takes a special kind to stick around,” she added. Working in a soup kitchen is something Hepp has always wanted to do and this is probably the closest thing to one, he explained. His first week at the Club House was six or seven days of cooking until he could find a rhythm and Wednesday seems the best day to help out. Eventually he was asked to assist with the grocery shopping as Hepp was able to work with suppliers and negotiate better rates. “That’s how they roped me into it,” Hepp joked. The drive to continue with the Club House comes from the appreciation he receives for his work and humour. Almost in tears, Hepp told the story of how a member came to him and said,” You have a great, good heart.” Those experiences are what make coming to the Club Hou se every week a special, he said. “It’s a chance to do cooking like my mother did.”
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Church of the Open Bible welcomes new pastor 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 www.fbcponoka.org 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! www.baptistreformedponoka.org
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 www.parklandurc.org
PONOKA ALLIANCE CHURCH 4215 - 46 St. Pastor Norm Dibben 403-783-3958 Sunday Service 11:00 a.m. The Christian & Missionary Alliance
PONOKA WORD OF LIFE CHURCH Pastor Rob McArthur
Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.
Corner of Hwy 53 & Hwy 2A (former Crossroads Restaurant)
PONOKA UNITED CHURCH Minister: Beatrix Schirner
Sunday Service 10:00 am. 5020-52 Ave. Ponoka
Feb. 3 dawned a tion. It was a happy and bright, sunny day here full day, as several in the in Ponoka, and at the congregation took part Church of the Open Biin the service, and the ble the excitement was church board prayed and running high. It was a laid hands on our new day of rejoicing as the pastor. I gave a chalcongregation welcomed lenge from God’s Word. new associate pastor Matt and Emily have Matt Sealy into their felcome from the Belleville lowship. Baptist Church in WoodThe church was Pastor Jerry Preheim stock, N. B., where he packed as Rev. James Church of the Open Bible and Emily have ministered for the past five Houston, of the AssociA member of the years. They have four ated Gospel Churches Ponoka Ministerial little people in the famof Canada led the InducAssociation ily: Liam, Leila, Libby tion Service, installing and Lexi. Pastor Matt into both the This young couple church ministry here in Ponoka as well as the AGC denomina- took training in the United where they
also had a good variety of ministry experience, having worked in churches in Florida and the inner-city of Mobile, Ala. Sealy took up his responsibilities on Jan. 2 and hit the ground running. He has a big heart for young people and has already done some good things in that area of our ministry. I am absolutely thrilled to have Matt as part of our ministry team in our growing church. We are not junior and senior pastors but rather teammates in our service here. While the sports world celebrated Super Bowl Sunday we as a church also had a Super Sunday of our own. Thanks Matt and Emily for coming to join us and welcome to Ponoka.
Our long-time member and friend Arthur Dickau went to be with his Lord last Sunday [Feb. 10]. We would like to honor Arthur on Sunday, February 24, First Baptist Church, during the regular morning service with a ‘moment of remembrance’ of his life and service in our church and the community, and following with a light luncheon. All are welcome to attend. Allen and Arthur’s niece said it best: “They knew how to live life one moment at a time instead of worrying about the future or about what others might think of them. They trusted God and were faithful dispensers of love, kindness, and encouragement to those He placed in their path each day.” Hebrews 11:13-16
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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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Rev. Alexandra Meek-Sharman (on leave) Ven. Michael Sung, Priest in Charge Voc. Deacon - Rev. Doreen Scott
5120 - 49 Ave. Ponoka
Sunday Service: Holy Eucharist 10 a.m. www.stmarysanglicanponoka.com
TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 5501 - 54 Ave. Ponoka 403-783-4141 Sunday Service: 10:30am Sunday School: 10:30am Interim Pastor Tim Graff
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Saturday, Feb. 23 • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Trinity Lutheran Church A seminar for parents/guardians/adults about what the Bible says about premarital sex and the detrimental side effects and how to properly educate your kids/teens on the truth... To give parents spiritual, emotional, physical reasons for their preteens/teens why they should wait instead of just saying ‘Just don’t do it!’ - which isn’t enough! Part 1 - Reasons Why Kids DON’T Wait Part 2 - Reasons Why Kids SHOULD Wait Part 3 - The CRISIS of Premarital Sex Part 4 - How to HELP Your Kids to Wait
For info and to register: Contact Bethany at 403-704-9794
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Reﬂections of Ponoka
The Dickau twins were our community treasures By Mike Rainone for the News Over the past month and a half our community has been saddened by the deaths of those popular and diminutive twins, Allen and Arthur Dickau, who enjoyed life to the fullest during their very active 90 years living here in Ponoka, and made a whole lot of friends and memories along the way. Fred and Louise Dickau were married on Dec. 26, 1913 and lived and farmed on homesteads west of Ponoka with Fred’s family until 1916 when they sold their farms and the saw mill and moved into town. They established their new spacious home in the area where the Red Brick School now stands and worked in several jobs around town. Fred and his brothers also enjoyed threshing in the fall, after which he and Sam went into the water well drilling business in 1928. Over the next nine years Fred and Louise welcomed their sons, Howard in 1919, twins Arthur and Allen in 1922, and Gordon in 1926. While growing up on the acreage, Arthur and Allen loved going to school and assisting with the chores, as well as working with brothers Howard and Gordon drilling wells and building homes, businesses and churches in the then rapidly growing Town of Ponoka. The boys later moved into their own small home on 52nd Avenue, where they would spend many happy decades, becoming those always jovial ambassadors of our community,
as well as willingly and faithfully assisting and befriending generations of citizens young and old, wherever they travelled. Arthur and Allen also became ardent and generous supporters of countless community events and fundraisers, whether by a kindly donation, by pitching in and helping out, or by making an appearance dressed in their delightful two-piece suits. For decades they were great and caring neighbours for Frank and Marg Mickey, and Red and Dianne Cheney, while never missing the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to every new family who moved into the neighbourhoods. For countless years, even on the coldest of winter days, they would be seen out there shovelling sidewalks for those who were unable, then after a hot bowl of soup they would likely venture around town or up to the hospital to visit a sick friend or pop into a nursing home and entertain the patients and staff. Arthur and Allen were faithful and dedicated Christians and lifelong members of the Ponoka First Baptist Church, and as long as they were able they attended countless funerals, dressed neatly in their suits, occasionally arriving a little late but always staying after to pay their heartfelt respects to the family and enjoy the lunch. Like so many of you from in and around Ponoka, my family will always have so many fond memories
Arthur and Allen Dickau, lifelong residents of the community, recently passed away at the age of 90 years, leaving countless friends and cherished memories.
of Arthur and Allen as two amazing and beloved community characters. I can claim with all sincerity that by having the pleasure of making their acquaintance it certainly helped me and countess others to become better and more understanding people, as well as to realize the great importance of sincere trust, kindness and true friendships, as well as sharing joy and care with others. We saw them on most days riding their classic balloon tire bikes around town, with their groceries in one basket, and their chubby puppy, Trixie, in the other, pausing many times to visit or to holler a happy “Hi” by your first name, because they knew just about everyone. Throughout their lives Arthur and Allen were blessed with those mischievous smiles and absolutely contagious laughs, had an amazing sense of humour and were always coming up with all sorts of little tricks and treats. Remember those old caps that they wore and loved to swap? They declared in big letters: “I’m Arthur — He’s Allen.” Somehow they never forgot a birthday and if they were unable to drop in and pass on their greetings personally, they would phone Photo submitted you up and share their This amazing photo, taken from 50th Avenue looking northwest, is one of the first taken of wishes in a singing the Village of Ponoka, likely around 1901. As soon as the CPR Railway went through settlers duet. When I started began arriving in great numbers, with a construction boom occurring in both the village and working as a cub reporter at the Ponoka rural areas. Shown in the front are a meat market, lumber yard, the Methodist Church, and Herald, the twins the first frame house, owned by the Cartwright family. would always help me
with my stories, and had an amazing wealth of mementos as well as information as to where everyone lived and worked all the way back into the early and colorful history of our community. During the 10 years that I had the great privilege of working at the Ponoka Rising Sun Club House, Arthur and Allen had become a delightful and always welcome part of our extended family of members and staff. From the moment they entered that friendly premises, the big-hearted and smiling twins always brought joy and peace to everyone, staying to chat, to play games or do jigsaw puzzles, as well as staying to help with the chores after a special event. Every Tuesday evening they came down for the karaoke session, anxious to sing their favourite old songs or to get into a lively dance with anyone who was willing, and then at Christmas they were front row tenors in our annual choir. Arthur and Allen also really enjoyed being a part of the long-standing community work program at the Club House, excelling at leaf raking and painting, as long as they could chat while they worked. Along with their amazing appetites, we will never forget their uncanny ability of sharing conversation, with one starting the sentence and the other finishing it. I can say I never saw Arthur or Allen really lose their temper but when they wanted to express a point, they would raise their voices just a little and everyone would pay attention. In their later years they slowed down just a little, with failing health requiring them to move into the Rimoka Lodge and later the Northcott Care Centre but through it all they never lost their keen sense of humour or the precious gift of making instant friends. It was always said over those many enjoyable years just about everyone had the wonderful privilege of knowing and sharing quality time and laughs with Arthur and Allen Dickau. They were two peas in a pod who were inseparable. Allen passed away on Dec. 19, 2012 and Arthur on Feb. 10, 2013. Now they are together again and may God continue to cherish them both as we have for so many magic years.
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Opinion Partnership, co-operation ring hollow with PAECS We have to learn how to walk before we can run and the fledgling Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society (PAECS) is stumbling from pillar to post right now. Most recently, the board of directors was called to task for not providing a copy of its audited financial statements to the annual general meeting; then its largest benefactor, Ponoka County, withdrew financial support citing a lack of accountability from a lopsided board. And the morning the Ponoka News reported the county pulled the plug, general manager Chas Lambert was fired. We have no doubt these are growing pains and that there are power struggles within the board and that the group’s mission and values — whatever they are — are not embraced by all directors. We hope there is no truth to the rumor this mess has been an orchestrated Machiavellian manoeuvre by the Ponoka Stampede Association to wrest control of the operations from the municipalities. When the idea of the Ponoka Ag Event Centre was first touted, it was conceived as a partnership of equals pooling land, expertise, money and manpower, co-operating to achieve a common goal for the community. Were these just hollow buzzwords to lift money from the pockets of the provincial government or did they mean something at one time? For all non-profit boards operating today, it’s about being accountable for your decisions, and being responsible to the greater community for the
organization’s integrity and reputation. The ag event centre board has a fundamental, ethical responsibility to its founding partners and their governors, to staff and volunteers, to private and public donors and to town and county ratepayers. By withholding George Brown their audited financial Off the Record statements from the public at its recent annual general meeting, the ag event centre board is acting suspiciously. Construction of the ag event centre was funded by grants and gifts in kind from provincial and municipal governments and generous donations; now the board and its actions must be open to public scrutiny. Yes, volunteer directors have to stand up and justify their actions but accountability makes good organizations better. Acting in good faith, maybe the municipal government partners did not make it clear at the outset what measures of accountability would be expected of the board. They perhaps naively believed the two volunteer agencies; the Ponoka Ag Society with more then a century of volunteer service, and the Ponoka Stampede Association with more than 75
years of staging successful rodeos, would be able to deliver transparency. County and town residents, and private and corporate donors, have every right to question how their contributions — through taxation or voluntarily — have been spent by the PAECS. They are the de facto shareholders of the society and have a right to relevant and reliable information. You would think a board responsible for overseeing the expenditure of $10 million to build the ag event centre would be proud of its accomplishments and clearly demonstrate that private and public resources were spent wisely and that the society is being managed properly. The communities and founding societies deserve to see a proper annual report and financial statements. Posted on the partners’ websites for everyone to see. In hindsight, we can question whether it was a good idea from the start to have an operational board; as a transition in the maturation of the society, it was probably not a bad idea. Now, with the two funding partners uneasy with the organization, perhaps
it’s time for the founders to broker a new board structure. Volunteers seconded from other groups in the community should not be expected to oversee the day-to-day operation of the ag event centre. Establish policies, hire a strong manager, allow him to hire competent staff complemented with a corps of volunteers and get out of the way. Let the manager focus on the present needs and struggles and have the directors focus on long-term goals and plans. Have a small executive committee meet monthly with the manager to ensure targets are being met and long-term goals coming into focus. Sell memberships so the community is engaged and entitled. It would be wise for the PAECS to consider a reboot of its AGM and present its audited financial statements to the community and not keep them tucked away from prying eyes. The society has to show that it has learned from these glitches, has the confidence of its founding partners and the community, and can be entrusted with the open and transparent development of this key piece in Ponoka’s economic future.
surprises — but some surprises are a little less surprising than others. Take climate change for example. The scientific evidence strongly suggests the tropical and sub-tropical parts of the world, home to almost all of the emerging economic powers, will be much harder hit by global warming than the temperate parts of the globe, farther away from the equator, where the older industrialized countries all live.
The centre of gravity of the world economy is undoubtedly leaving the old “Atlantic” world of Europe and North America and moving toward Asia but how far and how fast this process goes remains to be seen. And there is no reason to believe that it will leave the countries of the West poor or helpless. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.
Decline of the West exaggerated You know the storyline by now. There are one million US-dollar millionaires in China. (“To get rich is glorious,” said former leader Deng Xiao-ping.) China’s total trade — the sum of imports and exports — is now bigger than that of the United States. “They’re going to eat our lunch,” whimper the fainthearted in the West. It’s not just the Chinese who are coming. The Indians and the Brazilians are coming too, with economic growth rates far higher than in the old industrialized countries but it doesn’t even stop there. There’s also Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia and half a dozen other big countries in what used to be called the Third World that have discovered the secret of high-speed growth. As recently as 2009, the “Brics” (Brazil, Russia, India and China) accounted for less than one-tenth of total global consumption. The European Union consumed twice as much and so did the United States. But by 2020, the Brics will be producing and consuming just as much as either of the older economic zones and by 2025 considerably more than either of them. In fact, if you include not just the four Brics but all the other fast-growing economies of the ex-Third World, in just a dozen years’ time they will account for around 40 per cent of world consumption. As a rule, with wealth comes power, so increasingly they will be calling the tune that the West must dance to.
Guest Columnist By Gwynne Dyer
Or at least that is the Doomsday scenario that haunts the strategists and economists of the West. It’s nonsense, for at least three reasons. First of all, a shift in the world’s centre of economic gravity does not necessarily spell doom for those whose relative influence has dwindled. The last time the centre shifted, when the United States overtook the nations of Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it did not dent Europe’s prosperity at all. Secondly, the new centre of gravity this time, while mostly located in Asia, is not a single country with a coherent foreign policy like the United States. The four Brics will never become a strategic or economic bloc. They are more likely to split into rival blocs, although one hopes not. And the Mexicos and Turkeys and Indonesias of this new world will have their own fish to fry. Thirdly, descriptions of the future that are simply extrapolations of the present, like the ones at the start of this article, are almost always wrong. If the widely believed forecasts of the 1980s had been right, Japan would now bestride the world like an economic Colossus. The one certain thing about the future is
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Will provincial budget give Albertans more to spend? Dear Editor: Personal income is a touchy subject. It’s typically a private conversation between you and your boss, you and Revenue Canada, you and your bank, and depending on your relationship, you and your significant other. In my experience, it’s not something we talk about openly at family gatherings or with a coffee group or with a few neighbours down the street. Part of the reason, I suspect, is because it provokes strong feelings in ourselves and in others; something to do with personal status, being seen as someone whose doing OK or not doing OK, about where we sit or seem to sit on the financial totem pole. Some, I’m sure, would deny this but I’m guessing those are few and far between. I recall people using the term “dirt poor,” which itself is an interesting description of being without money. If you look at the financial totem pole in Alberta, the income for the bottom 10 per cent has flatlined for more than 30 years. The top 10 per cent have seen their incomes in the last 10 years increased by 50 per cent. In actual dollars the bottom 10 per cent on the totem pole have averaged below $20,000 per year for more than 30 years. In the last 10 years the 10 per cent of the people on top of the
totem pole have on average increased their incomes from $150,000 to around $220,000. Personal income is a touchy and private affair. Though it does provoke strong reactions, it does have social implications that are worth talking about. Where some have a lot and some have little, a dramatic disproportionate amount of people in the bottom 10 per cent end up with jail time unable to pay fines, or have limited education so can’t access the job market extensively or end up in low paying jobs that often does not grant financial stability. This is not by accident or the result of some moral defect or lack of initiative. “Pull yourself up by you bootstraps” has been response of some. Yet few of us would be anywhere without the support of a family, who already have jobs and education and who offer emotional and financial help and their time. There are people we have very few of these resources. When the provincial budget is announced in March it will be interesting to see how definitively the government recognizes those who have struggled for years to make ends meet or whether it has tempered the optimism of a year ago with other priorities. George Jason
Girl Guides strong and proud Dear Editor: As a long-time member of Girl Guides of Canada, I want to make your readers aware of what a great organization this continues to be for girls and women. We are celebrating our centennial in Alberta in 2013 with many activities throughout this year. Just imagine, what a long way we have come in those 100 years. From girls camping outdoors in long skirts 100 years ago, to now, kayaking a river, rappelling down a cliff or travelling the world today, we continue to provide challenge to our members. Girl Guides survive and thrive today, because we have changed with the times. Our organization certainly does prepare our girls and women to be the best they can be in a supportive atmosphere, and to contribute to society in many ways through service and leadership locally and globally. Lacombe, Ponoka and area are fortu-
nate to continue to have a dedicated group of volunteer women who share the goals of guiding and provide fun adventuresome activities for our girls. They are an energetic, intelligent, caring, competent and fun bunch. Watch for many activities being held this year to celebrate our centennial in Alberta. Locally, the Silver Willow Trefoil Guild is making quilts to donate to charities as well as a Birthday Party in a Box for local food banks. We hope to make a difference in the lives of 1,000 children across the province with these festive boxes. I continue to be a member of this great organization because of the fun and growth I can still experience as an adult, and because of the difference I can see that guiding makes in the potential of our girls. Sheryl Paquette, Silver Willow Trefoil
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NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Family Day Thank You! The Town of Ponoka would like to extend a ‘Thank You’ to the following for their contributions to the 2013 Family Day Celebrations held on February 18th.
• Bob & Co Catering • Word of Life Centre • Ponoka Food Bank • Ponoka Volunteer Fire Brigade • Kidsport • Ponoka Curling Club & Courtney McMillan
• Ed Zukowski • Ponoka Lions Club • Ponoka Public Works • Ponoka Arena Staﬀ • Kari Grant (Creative Snaps)
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DID YOU KNOW....? You must get a provincial license from AMVIC (Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council) if you buy, sell, lease, repair or maintain cars, trucks (all types) or recreational behicles (motorized only) in Alberta. This includes: • New, used wholesale, agent/broker or consignment sales (salespeople must also be licensed). • Body shops, garages, specialty service and repair, mobile service and repair and leasing.
EVENTS AND RECREATION Dinner at the Library: A Slow-cooker Potluck Event Ponoka Jubilee Library invites everyone for dinner on Thursday, February 28 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. We ask everyone to bring one slow-cooked item, as well as the recipe, which will be copied and shared with all participants. Beverages, buns, cutlery and plates will be provided. Please call the library at 403-783-3843 to conﬁrm your attendance. We look forward to seeing everyone and enjoying the fabulous food!
Donate your pennies to the Library Are you overwhelmed with excess pennies? If so, the Ponoka Jubilee Library will be glad to help alleviate this penny burden from your shoulders. We are collecting pennies as donations to help support the library and literacy within our community. Thank you to all those who have dropped oﬀ pennies in the past.
Aquaplex Update: Register now for morning spring break lessons! Schedule is available for viewing at www.ponoka.ca.
Public Skating: Monday -Friday: 12 noon -1:30 pm • Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Recreation Facilities Schedule is On-line Check it out at www.ponoka.ca and click on ‘Recreation in Ponoka’.
COUNCIL UPDATES & BYLAW INFO DID YOU KNOW.....? Ice removal is the responsibility of the resident and/or property owner. The warm weather has created icy conditions in many areas. The Town asks that residents remove ice build-up from their sidewalks and apply ice-melt as required.
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Is everyone doing the “Green Thing?” Mike Rainone Hammertime
In most areas of our world, 209 countries to be exact, the big push is on to do the “Green Thing,” to protect and preserve the vital future of our precious environment. Among the many suggestions that will go a long way to pushing this movement into a full
bloom and help us to lead a much greener life include: energy control, turn down and switch off, save the trees, land clean-up and reclamation, recycling and reusing to reduce waste, purchasing local resources and walking more than driving.
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Although some may suggest it was the generations of the past who were wasteful and abused our environment, I must totally disagree. Many of us who proudly came from that fabulous era of amazing growth will insist that while we had to make do with what we had in the early days, we had to quickly adjust to the overwhelming influx of new and modern inventions and conveniences that were supposed to make our lives a whole lot easier. Of course we didn’t have “The Green Thing” back then but we did the very best that we could to respect and maintain our rapidly expanding and functioning neighbourhoods and natural surroundings. So how did we ever manage to survive? Back then, we returned milk, soda and beer bottles to the store, which in turn sent them to a plant to be washed, sterilized and refilled so that they could be used over and over again, which could have been called recycling. As our families were growing and constantly expanding, instead of new clothes we had to often make do with hand-me-downs from brothers and sisters, we really depended on our big gardens, preserved energy by spending more time outside or going to bed early and wrote or typed on both sides of the paper. We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator or an elevator in every store, office building or apartment. Believe it or not, when we went to the grocery store, school or down town we had to walk, ride our bikes, or when in cities, take the bus. Today, we climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we have to go anywhere and have turned many busy mothers into 24-hour taxi services. In those days we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind, we dried clothes on the line and not in an energy gobbling machine that burned up 220 volts, because we always had lots of free natural wind and solar power. I can hardly imagine now that back then we had only one radio, phone or television in the house and many who now have one of each in every room, might recall that first black and white television set with a screen the size of our dad’s big handkerchief but now covers one wall. Out in the kitchen, we blended and stirred everything by hand because we didn’t have all those noisy whirling machines that now do the same thing a whole lot faster. There was actually a time when there was only one electrical outlet in each room and not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances and blow out the whole circuit on many occasions. When we packaged up a real fragile item to send in the mail we wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, and didn’t have Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap and bags, which they now don’t want in the landfill. We didn’t fire up a gasoline engine just to cut a lawn but instead used a push mower that ran on human power. Lots of great exercise was achieved by working, walking and playing and we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on or peddle electrical treadmills and bikes to stay in shape. When we were thirsty we drank from a fountain or the garden hose instead of using a plastic bottle or cup each time. At school or the office we refilled our writing pens with ink instead of buying a new one and we replaced the blades in our razor instead of tossing the whole thing away just because the blade was dull. For those who now find ourselves in the 50-plus and beyond range we should be proud that we have survived this amazing transformation into a new and fast-paced era and lifestyle, whether it be green, grey or anywhere in between. We have somehow managed to become a happy part of a multi-vehicle family with all the toys, we don’t mind that we have to call on our grandchildren to help us with our handy-dandy computers and gadgets, and we will adjust to the fact that most daily meals will never be on a regular schedule ever again. Whatever the case or from which generation you may have entered into the action , please live life to the fullest, and have a great week, all of you!
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Reid Manor residents face fee increase for services By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Residents at Reid Manor are receiving a rent increase of $125 per month. Seniors were informed by letter and then in a meeting with directors of the Rimoka Housing Foundation Feb. 13. The meeting was an opportunity for residents and their families to ask questions of Bethany Group, which manages Rimoka’s buildings, and other concerns on their mind. Dave Buist, Bethany Group director of client services, along with Mayor Larry Henkelman and Rimbey Coun. Gayle Rondeel, explained the reason behind the hike. “I know there’s some articles in the paper that people might be concerned about,” explained Henkelman referring to previous stories discussing Rimoka’s budget. Decreases in provincial funding have created a shortfall in income and has resulted in the increase, he added. The service package at Reid Manor, which covers food, housekeeping, laundry and night staff is where the increase goes to, stated Buist. “That’s your four biggest components of the service package.” Since Reid Manor is a self-contained program with subsidized rent, Bethany Group can charge only a maximum 30 per cent of a person’s income no matter what they make. “At the level that we’re actually charging now we would still lose money even if we had 32 people in there,” explained Buist. Another reason for the increase is the number of vacancies hat Rimoka has seen. “We have vacancies at the Rimoka Foundation that we haven’t had in 10 years,” stated Henkelman. Usually there is a reasonable amount of time when rooms are filled but lodges across central Alberta are seeing continued vacancies; this has created a shortfall in earnings for Bethany Group. A recommendation was made by Bethany to increase the rate and the Rimoka Foundation ultimately had the final say. “Which is their decision to make,” said Buist. One resident asked why the group has not advertised more as they feel Reid Manor is a pleasant place to live. “The salad bar is wonderful. I’d like to commend you on the staff,” stated Mary Ellen Brown. She has been at Reid Manor since 2012 and is pleased with the services. “That is a good suggestion and we’ll take that forward,” said Buist. The board has also considered the idea of transferring residents from neighbouring towns such as Rimbey. If lodges in Rimbey have a wait list, Buist feels Bethany Group might ask those
in waiting to come to Ponoka until a spot opens. “I think this is a very important consideration right now,” he stated. Other residents were worried these changes would mean the current services they have would be lost later on. However those residents’ services would be grandfathered into the agreement and only new
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residents would not have certain services. The Bethany Group has also discussed looking at younger renters. Usually a person who is 65 years and older is considered but Buist feels if vacancies continue then they will review applications from people 55 years old as well. “We definitely look at younger people.”
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Council tables request until it sees financial statement By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Town councillors have tabled a request for $50,000 from the Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society (PAECS) during their regular meeting Feb. 12. As one of the founding partners, the Town of Ponoka agreed to assist with operations of the ag event centre with $50,000 a year for the first three years. CAO Brad Watson said there has been a surplus in its first year of
operations. “From a technical standpoint it makes it a little awkward.” A letter from PAECS in May 2008 states the board hoped for financial support from the four partners, the Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition Association, the Ponoka Agricultural Society, the Town of Ponoka and Ponoka County. “We are therefore requesting that the council and the Town of Ponoka become an ‘opera-
tional partner’ in the amount of up $50,000 per year for up to three years.” Councillors John Jacobs and Rick Bonett were not in attendance and Coun. Loanna Gulka requested the decision be tabled until all council was present. “As well as the facts that at the time we have not had the time to actually look at the financial statement and this is a financial decision.” Coun. Doug Gill, past president of PAECS, was the only one opposed to the decision. Public hearing date set for rezoning Councillors voted to give first reading to a bylaw that is intended to reclassify four lots on 52 Avenue and 51 Street. The land has been acquired by the Knights of Columbus, operating as the Ponoka Columbus Club, who intend to develop senior housing resi-
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dences, explained Watson. “They’re prepared to move ahead…All of the other conditions are met.” Coun. Izak van der Westhuizen was concerned council would not have any say over how the buildings are constructed. “How do we control what’s happening after we do this?” The proposal is to build two four-storey buildings with underground parking for tenants and Watson said the land use bylaw dictates what the group is allowed to do in the area. A public hearing is set for March 12 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. Racing at the airport Watson has been in discussion with a group that intends to host a racecar shootout at the Ponoka Industrial Airport from Aug. 9 to 12. Coun. Shayne Steffen said the group is requesting support in principle for the race. “They wanted to make sure they had all their bases covered before they started.” He estimates 2,000 people would attend the event based on other shootouts in the area. Some details such as redirecting airplanes still need to be organized but the intention is to have a day to setup, two days for the event and one day for cleanup. Coun. van der Westhuizen feels there are two important aspects with an event such as this; to bring people to Ponoka and to raise funds for the airport. Watson did not expect much in the way of proceeds to the town for the event as this will be the first time it is hosted in Ponoka. “Let them get a handle on it,” he suggested. “It’s a fledgling group, they’re trying to get something going.” Coun. Doug Gill supports the idea because it could be a large draw for Ponoka. “What they’re trying to do is develop a circuit year after year.” Community services updates Community services director Wes Amendt has met with a group called Ride for Site that is going to host a bike rally June 21 to 22. “We’re expecting about 400 people to come.” The group is a charity that raises funds for eye diseases. They will perform acrobatic stunts at the arena as well as other events. Since it is the week before the Ponoka Stampede, Amendt is working out camping and logistics for organizers. Ski trails reset The cross-country ski trails have been reset Subway Fresh at the Ponoka Golf Club because of the warm Try Our weather and recent snowfall. The town has been able to hire a local trail setter. Amendt said the town is accepting donations from users, which can be made at town hall.
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County budget requests doubled since last year By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
unsure how to proceed. “They’re asking for a Ponoka County large chunk of change.” councillors spent much Coun. Keith Beebe of their budget deliberasaid the library will take tions considering $1.4 over the town building million in funding reas town hall is moving quests. to another location. He The preliminary does not think the county budget discussion was should give money to the held during a regular library for a decision the meeting Feb. 12 and the Town of Rimbey made. Rimoka Housing Foun“They’re going to sell a dation requisition and $280,000 building for Rimbey Municipal Li$1,” he stated. brary were considered. “Why should we pay The 2013 budget is still for the town’s stupida draft document, exity?” Beebe asked later. plained CAO Charlie The total cost is Cutforth. He is waiting $500,000 and the counon three items before the ty was asked to donate budget is final. Ponoka County Coun. $250,000, said Cutforth. • The audited numbers Paul McLauchlin Coun. Paul from last year. McLauchlin suggested • Grant information from the county and the town the province. “If that meet over the issue. “It sounds like MSI funding is slashed, that is going to it’s proceeding…I don’t have enough affect what we’re doing here.” • Property tax assessment information information and I’d like to hear from is also needed, which will be available town council.” Rimoka requisition questioned to councillors March 12. A requisition of $300,895 form the Contribution requests Council tackled the contribution Rimoka Housing Foundation raised requests, which is almost double the questions for Cutforth. Detailed reports amount of 2012; Ponoka County grant- were provided by the Bethany Group, which manages Rimoka’s lodges. ed $737,333 last year. For Rimbey Central Alberta Rac- “I went through it with a fine-tooth ways (CARS), Cutforth used $300,000 comb.” as an arbitrary number because he “Why would there be such an inwanted to see what the final numbers crease in the requisition because I would come to. He has received a quote understood it would go back…to previof $1.25 million for six inches of as- ous levels,” he asked. phalt to pave the speedway drag strip. Part of the issue appears to be “I think if there is any hope that they that provincial support is less than in will warranty the work then this is what previous years. The lodge assistance they require.” program grant decreased in 2012 to The cost seems excessive to him $426,000 from $562,000 in 2011. but Coun. George Verheire said the as- The $140,000 difference can only phalt has to be hard in the event of a come from the requisition, explained crash. “It’s got to be hard.” Cutforth salaries and benefits also inCutforth feels it is up to CARS to determine how much they are willing to pay for the paving and councillors can then Sponsored by determine how they want to support it. “They’ll have to come up with the difference.” Another concern was Hand Wash Stations over whether the enterHandicap Units prise would be private Trailer Units but he understands the New Solar Powered Units Rimbey Kinsmen Club with Running Water operates the raceway and email@example.com “they have no intention of changing it.” www.littlejons.ca Councillors decided to support it with $200,000. A request from the Little Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society for $80,000 for Missy stadium-style seating loves to in the Ponoka United Church was turned down. snuggle! Reeve Gord Svenningsen advised against the donation as the group does not have a long-term To adopt call lease with the church. “It’s a handshake lease.” Ponoka Animal Services The Rimbey Munici(Old MacDonald Kennels) pal Library expansion Check our website was also called into queswww.oldmacdonaldkennels.ca tion and Cutforth was
creased. He did not see any large increases to the Bethany Group either. Coun. Verheire questioned the increase as the county saw a large requisition in 2011 and he believed it was supposed to be a one-time cost. He believed the severance to former CAO Gerry Hildebrand was supposed to be for a four-month period but the payout was more. “He got a quarter of a million (dollars). Damn near it. So I’m saying what’s going on here?” Despite the expectation there would only be an increase for one year, Cutforth said the decrease in provincial funding affected that cost. Coun. McLauchlin, the chairman of Rimoka, does not have financials that far back but said he would investigate. He feels it is important to discuss what is happening with the province. “It’s happening to everybody by the way.” Other draft budget costs The county’s administration costs including salaries are expected to cost $1.2 million, donations make up the bulk of the $1.6 million in legislative expenses and there is $14.5 million planed for public works. The largest costs to public works is in road construction at $3.3 million, funded road construction at $2.4 million, road gravel at $1.3 million and road oiling at $1.3 million. Until the Alberta School Foundation Fund requisition is announced, Cutforth cannot budget for it but he used last year’s $6.3 million amount as an example. That request should come to municipalities in upcoming weeks. There are $30.2 million worth of total expenditures in this preliminary budget with $655,000 over-expended. However approximately $508,000 is a known increase in tax revenue not accounted for and Cutforth feels there will be an increase in assessment numbers to make up the difference. The $500,000 donation to the Rimbey Agricultural Society might not go through this year either as the province has stated there is a shortfall in oil revenues. “But it’s good to have that budget available here anyway.” Council did not pass the draft at the meeting and Cutforth suggested they review it. “My suggestion is go have a look at it, there might be something there that twigs you and you want to change. We can change it right up to the day that we adopt it in council.”
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“She fergits.” Antiquity Wormwood (Sarah Mansell) has trouble remembering in the play Hee Haw Hayride, which is scheduled for Feb. 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and March 1 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Asker Church. Contact Chantal at 403-783-3594 for details. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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From the Ponoka Stampede to the beautiful Battle River valley, Ponoka offers many attractions to tourists and visitors. The Ponoka News will be publishing a 2013 Ponoka Visitors’ Guide in May. Presented in pony-tabloid format with a full colour glossy cover, the 2013 Ponoka Visitors’ Guide will provide essential information for visitors and tourists who come to our community. With a distribution of 10,000 copies, the 2013 Ponoka Visitors’ Guide will be circulated to visitor information centres throughout Alberta, hotels, motels, bed and breakfast facilities in the Ponoka area, as well as restaurants and retail shops. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to promote your products and services.
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for driving while tired Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. He was stopped southbound by the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit on Highway 2 near Lacombe after drivers reported his Ford F350 to be weaving in and out of lanes. The man stated he was not surprised people reported him as he had little sleep. An open beer was found in the truck between the driver’s side door and seat, which he claimed was from the day before. The man also received tickets for transporting an open liquor container and failing to maintain the driving lane. Squealing tires A 59-year-old Ponoka man was charged with driving an unregistered vehicle after being stopped for squealing his tires Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. The driver had just left a liquor store and he spun the wheels of a 1994 Chevy Cavalier. Spray painted home Police attended a home under construction on the 3900 block of 48a Avenue Feb. 13 at 8 a.m. after receiving a report that swear words were spray painted in the building the evening before. There appeared to be nothing taken and no other damage and RCMP are looking for the culprit. 24-hour suspension Police issued a 24-hour suspension to a 24-year-old man from Ponoka during a Check Stop Feb. 16. The officer noticed the smell of alcohol and marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver was issued a roadside breath test but passed. If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Stampede parade theme announced By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye This year’s Ponoka Stampede parade theme is the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) centennial and the group couldn’t be more pleased. Executive director Beth Reitz feels this is an important accomplishment for the organization. “It’s an awareness to the movement across Canada.” The group approached the Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition Association at the end of last year’s stampede and Reitz was excited to hear the news. BBBS has also suggested some ideas to the Stampede Association to maximize their visibility throughout the week and those ideas are being discussed. Reitz has some other plans in store for the parade itself but did not want to say what as those plans are not yet finalized. She was excited to see how the stampede directors were supportive of their endeavour. Stampede president Joe Dodds was pleased the association decided on the Big Brothers group. “They’re a pretty good organization across Canada. We felt it was a good project to get behind.” The association is working on how else they can involve the BBBS group during the week. A statement from Big Brothers states the group looks forward to the opportunities they will have to promote the centennial. The many different groups that descend on Ponoka during the Stampede will have an opportunity to celebrate the centennial with the BBBS. “When they return home we hope they will ‘start something’ and become involved with Big Brother Big Sisters agencies in their own communities.”
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Cadets remember fallen soldiers from wars past By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Getting together for dinner is something every family tries to do and it’s no different for the air cadets. The 65 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron held its 16th annual Dining in Night Feb. 16 at the Ponoka Legion, not only to fundraise but to remember fallen comrades, stated warrant officer second class Rebecca Nicholson, president of the mess committee. It is also a time for friends and family to be together and she enjoys the “fact that everyone wants to show respect.” The dinner began by honouring three fallen soldiers whose hats were represented on an empty table at the front. • Lieut. Robert Gray from Trail, B.C. in November 1917, who aided in attacking the German battleship Tirpitz in 1944 and for aiding in the destruction of a destroyer in Tokyo, Japan in 1945. He and his plane went missing but his name is inscribed on the Sailors’ Memorial in Halifax, N.S. • Cpl. Frederick Topham was born in Toronto, Ont. in August 1917 and was a medical orderly who parachuted with his battalion to a heavily defended area of the Rhine. Topham was shot in the nose while tending a wounded soldier in the open and refused aid for two hours until everyone was cleared and safe. He died in 1974 and is buried in his hometown. Continued on page 19
Lieut. Samantha Wall was the guest speaker during dinner. She credits the air cadets for helping with her confidence.
Cpl. Karl Scholl is careful as passes the port on to another attendee. It is believed to be bad luck to touch the bottom of the flask on the table.
Flight Sgt. Alexis Stewart, Cpl. Aaron Chalifoux and Cpl. Tianna Kinnard prepare to lay hats representing fallen soldiers during the 65 Squadron 16th annual Dining in Night Feb. 16 at the Legion. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Past Legion president Dorothy Houghton and current president Stan Orlesky present a cheque for $5,699.24 to Evelyn Huseby of the air cadets.
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Heartbreaker: CJ Berube plays Elvis to a T with Nancy MacKenzie at Sunrise Villageâ€™s Blue Hawaii event on Feb. 8 Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Family Day Fun Cash for the cause: Cassidy Corkery donates money to help fund Kid Sport in Ponoka during Family Day activities at the Ponoka and Culture Recreation Complex Feb. 18. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Balloons and colour: Zack Rivers from Clive enjoys the colouring tables available to kids. Time for a sleigh ride. Ed Zukowski’s registered Belgian horses gave families a fun ride during the Family Day activities at the Ponoka and Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Culture Recreation Complex Feb. 18.
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New taxes damaging The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is expressing concern over the outcome the Economic Summit in Calgary Feb. 9 where a majority of panelists appeared to support imposing new taxes on small business, such as a provincial sales tax and the re-introduction of health care premiums. “We always welcome an invitation from the Premier to discuss policy. But it was incredibly disappointing to hear so many of the government-picked panelists support new taxes on businesses and entrepreneurs. Some even claimed introducing a sales tax would somehow not compromise the Alberta advantage,” says Richard Truscott, Alberta director for CFIB. “Clearly, however, these views are completely out of step with those of the vast majority of small business owners.” Truscott chided the tax hike cheerleaders at the summit. “If supporters of big government and big business want tax reform, then that probably means bad news for entrepreneurs. There was little consideration by panelists to the impact of new taxes in terms of compliance costs, administration, and the competitive position of Alberta’s small businesses.” The tax reform discussed at the summit of introPancake goodness: Geoff Mills and other volunteers prepare pancakes for members of St. Mary’s Anglican Church ducing a new sales tax was predicated on promises of reducing income taxes by a commensurate amount. on Shrove Tuesday. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye “Entrepreneurs, like other taxpayers, would be understandably nervous that at the end of the day tax reform could ultimately mean a veiled tax hike,” says Truscott. “The real, underlying cause of Alberta’s budget woes is a lack of long-term discipline on spending. The government has been increasing operating expenditures by five to 10 per cent when the economy is strong, only to be forced to throttle back when times get tough. Alberta needs to break away from the binge and purge approach to budgeting.” CFIB is calling for legislated spending limits as part of any new fiscal framework. On the prospect of introducing new taxes to pay for more spending. “Taxation has been described as the art of YOU HAVE A STAKE IN HOW OUR ENERGY IS RESPONSIBLY DEVELOPED plucking the goose in a way that obtains the largAND REGULATED. HELP SHAPE ALBERTA’S ENERGY FUTURE. est amount of feathers with the smallest amount The Alberta Energy Regulator will be more effective and efﬁcient for industry and landowners, while building of hissing. If the Alberta on our commitment to sound environmental stewardship. Help shape energy regulation that works for all government moves to Albertans for the next 50 years. introduce new taxes on small business, it’s sure Visit energy.alberta.ca to complete an online survey and then plan to join the to be noisy.”
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Ponoka vet awarded for excellence By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Leighton Coma of the Central Veterinary Clinic was recently awarded the Young Vet of the Year Award for Alberta. Here he studies some cultures for mastitis, which can be found in dairy cows. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Being the best in your field has far-reaching benefits and acknowledgement of those skills is a feather in the cap that can be added to your resume. The recognition for Ponoka veterinarian Leighton Coma came in the form of the 2012 Young Veterinarian of the Year Award. Coma has been practicing with Central Veterinary Clinic for the last three years. The award is also significant because only new veterinarians practicing in the last five years can receive the award. He was nominated by business partner Bill Frischke, and Coma believes winning the award comes from his dedication to surgery and productive medicine for dairy cattle. Coma conducted post-graduate work at Cornell University specializing in dairy work and advancing milk production from dairy cows. In addition to this specialty, he also helps other patients such as dogs, cats, horses and even iguanas. “We get one or two a year.” Originally from Thorhild, Coma enjoys the rural veterinary life and likens it to being a well-known author. “I like the James Herriot-esque country lifestyle.” Being a veterinarian is not always glamorous but
what drives Coma is putting animals back together. He feels a person is able to see results immediately after surgery. “It’s always a good feeling because you’re just improving,” stated Coma. Improving milk production in dairy cows is another matter. The field is fairly advanced and progressive, he said. “There’s always something new that’s happening.” The other benefit is working directly with dairy farmers who are actively involved in the process. Farmers want to see improved dairy production and he believes many farmers work with their veterinarian and he enjoys seeing improved results in cows. Coma also works as a consultant for the SPCA and is an on-call veterinarian for Alberta Farm and Animal Care (AFAC). At AFAC he ensures farmers are compliant with poorly managed operations where animals may not live in the best conditions; in some cases proper animal conditions can be managed with minor improvements. Coma helps producers understand proper farm methods.
Leaders developed with cadet program Continued from page 14 • Flight Lieut. David Hornell was born in Toronto, Ont. on January 1910 and was with the Royal Canadian Air Force on sea patrol in June 1944. A U-boat damaged the plane and he managed to land it in the water. The only serviceable dingy could not hold the entire crew so they took turns in the water. The crew was rescued 21-hours later but Hornell was blind and weak from exposure and he died shortly after. He is buried in the Shetland Islands. These stories help remind the air cadets of the purpose behind their work. Guest speaker Lieut. Samantha Wall started as an air cadet in Innisfail and is now an officer with the Canadian Forces. She credits the cadets for making her a leader. “It took me from being a quiet 12-year-old to learning how to lead people.” Wall has flown in gliders, rappelled in training exercises and she plays the bagpipes. “It has been a lot of experiences my friends didn’t get,” she added. Wall advises the air cadets take advantage of the opportunities presented to them and “run with it…I used to be a afraid of heights, not anymore.” Wall also feels the Royal Military College of Canada is an avenue of education to consider. It did not cost her anything to attend and gave her skills she would not
normally have acquired. “Leadership is not something that you’re given. It’s something that you take and you own,” she stated. Legion president Stan Orlesky is proud of the air cadets and said the legion has been a supporter of the dinner since it started. “It’s a great organization, we’re proud to have them as partners.” Orlesky presented a cheque to the air cadets for $5,699.24 from a recent casino and from the Poppy Fund. There were three other presentations during the dinner; cadets Amber Koster and Catlin Huseby have become too old for the group and received gifts of thanks from the air cadets,. Huseby also received the Canadian Cadet Medal of Excellence for work last year. The award was intended for Huseby last year but Orlesky said the medal was lost and it took an entire year before he could acquire another one. “I’ve spent the entire year looking forward to it,” joked Huseby. There were some pranks during the evening and mess committee president Nicholson was responsible to keep track of her gavel and if lost had to had to perform a task to get it back. She sang Row Your Boat with another cadet and was able to gain control of the gavel again.
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Thursday, February 28 7:00 p.m. Dessert Night
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Afternoon Senior’s Tea 1:30 p.m.* Evening Performance 7:00 p.m.
Asker Lutheran Church (14 miles east of Ponoka on Highway 53, 1 mile north on Asker Lutheran Church Road) * Seniors and Families with young children are invited to come to this afternoon performance. A free will offering will be held during regular evening performances.
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Jam session will take place as usual Saturday, February 23 starting at 1:00 pm. Cost $2.00 at the door. Just wondering where our Ponoka champions are. Being accused of being the drunk capitol of Alberta twice over is no minor accusation. My little survey amongst neighbors and friends found no one arrested for anything in the past ﬁve years. That is as long as I have lived in friendly, beautiful Ponoka!
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for the proper care of all animals and this includes sufficient feed. “We’ve gone from the days when maybe producers didn’t provide enough feed to now when I say we’re killing them with kindness,” says Westlock-area veterinarian Roy Lewis. “They’re being fed too well. The cows get too fat. Coupled with a lack of exercise this can lead to issues with calving.” He suggests cows and heifers require exercise before calving. To accomplish this, have them walk to their feed supplies or water them at a different location. When it comes to nutrition, he feels most producers run a balanced ration. Many companies offer a pre-calving mineral package. Taking a body condition score of cows is always recommended. Above all, keep a close eye on the herd. Infectious disease is always a concern when calving. “To prevent the spread of diseases, such as scours, more can be done than just vaccinating. One of the best things you can do is to move cows into an area just before calving, an area that has been totally cleaned out and left vacant over the previous year.”
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On Wednesday, February 13, 2013- 3021 head of cattle went through our rings & 147 on the Canadian Satellite sale - TOTAL 3168
SLAUGHTER CATTLE D1 - D2 cows D3 - D4 cows Holstein cows Heiferettes Bologna Bulls Feeder bulls
71.00-78.00 55.00-69.00 45.00-65.00 65.00-85.00 60.00-92.00 70.00-100.00
Good Bred Cows 900.00-1200.00 Older Bred Cows Good Bred Heifers: 1000.00-1300.00 Cow/calf pairs (younger) NONE Cow/Calf pairs (older) none
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118.00-122.50 121.00-123.50 124.00-130.00 127.00-132.00 139.00-151.00 158.00-173.00 160.00-181.00 174.00-195.00
Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers
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Dairy Steers 85.00-109.00 MILK COWS 1050.00Baby Calves Dairy Type: 60.00-125.00 Baby Calves Beef Type: 170.00-340.00 Rd Bales 56.00-60.00 Hay: Sq Bales 1.25- 5.00 Rd Bales NONE Straw: Sq. Bales 1.25.Rd Bales NONE Greenfeed: Sq. Bales. NONE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2013 BRED COW & HEIFER SALE SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH,2013 - 6TH ANNUAL TEXAS LONGHORN SALE FOLLOWED BY AN ALL BREED HORSE SALE Vold Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. | Foothills Livestock Auction | Dawson Creek Auction Vold Jones & Vold Co. Ltd. © 2006 4410-Hwy 2A, Ponoka Alberta, Canada, T4J 1J8
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32 rinks at mixed bonspiel
Keeping close watch: John Malterer watches his throw as Audrey Lance and Barb Secretan prepare to sweep during the mixed bonspiel Feb. 15 at the Ponoka Curling Club. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Good form: Skip Kevin Waldern takes his time with the release during the mixed bonspiel. 32 rinks joined the bonspiel, 10 more than last year.
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Olympic hopeful Kelsey Raab holds up her most recent silver medal and gives her thoughts on hearing wrestling may not be in the 2020 Olympics. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Wrestling axed from 2020 Summer Olympic games By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Wrestling may be on the chopping block for the 2020 Olympics and the news has been felt around the globe — even in Ponoka. “This has got to be a joke. This can’t be real,” Olympic hopeful Kelsey Raab thought when she heard the news. “I don’t know what to think about it. I think it’s dumb to pull a sport like this.” This decision will affect athletes around the globe and Raab feels wrestling deserves a spot in the Olympics. Historical records trace the competition to 776 B.C. with wrestling taking a place among jumping,
discus throw, boxing, pankration (primitive martial arts) and equestrian events. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced 25 sports it will recommend to be a part of the 2020 summer Olympics with wrestling joining seven short-listed sports hoping to make it to the program; baseball/softball, karate, roller sports such as rollerblading, rock climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu. Raab has spoken with many of her wrestling friends and all question the future of the sport in the Olympics. “I’ve seen, ‘Save our Olympic Sport,” on Facebook and Twitter.” She feels the sport deserves a
“This has got to be a joke. This can’t be real.” Olympic hopeful Kelsey Raab place. “It’s a physical and mental sport.” Competing world-class athletes at the Olympics is something Raab has always wanted. “To make it that far where you can make it to that level and succeed.” Her stats are reported to the governing body of world wrestling, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA). A release from the agency stated it was astonished with the IOC’s decision. “FILA has always complied with the IOC reg-
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ulations and is represented in 180 countries, with wrestling being the national sport in a fair amount of them and the only possibility for athletes to represent their country at the Olympic Games, thus contributing to their universality.” One of the arguments from the IOC appears to involve low television ratings and a desire to reduce the number of sports at the Olympics. Other criteria considered included anti-doping policies and global participation and popularity. Since the announcement FILA president Raphael Martinetti has resigned and interim president Nenad Lalovic seeks to restore wrestling to the program. Despite the disappointment, Raab intends to keep training and competing as there are world cup challenges and the Commonwealth Games still includes wrestling. She also has not lost hope as there is still a chance to come back in from the short-list. Both Greco-Roman wrestling and freestyle wrestling have been taken off the list of core sports. There are 25 main sports proposed for the 2020 event with one of the seven short-listed sports pleading their case to the IOC in May.
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Falling back: (Left) St. Augustine Queens Raven Omeosoo keeps a tight grip on the ball as she falls backward Feb. 15 against the Caroline Cougars during the school’s Shine Tournament. (Above) Jennifer Henderson tries to keep control of the ball. The Queens lost the game to the CouPhotos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye gars and placed fourth in the tournament.
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Stampeders can’t make the playoffs with one win By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye The Ponoka Stampeders did not make the playoffs again this year and the junior B team’s head coach intends to step down to be an assistant. Dave Parent has learned a lot during his half season as head coach. “I learned that it’s a lot tougher than what most people think.” He stepped into the job about halfway through the season and had a strong desire to win games and prove himself; the pressure and inexperience showed. “I don’t think I was ready to fill that role,” said Parent. Despite an almost winless season with one win and one draw out of 38 games, Parent feels there is a core group of young players who can turn the team around if they return next season. Having a more experienced head coach will also help achieve that goal and the Stampeders’ board of directors is in the process of interviewing for next year. Parent was asked to stay on as an assistant coach and help in that function, which “is a relief for sure.” A few more years as an assistant coach will get him some much needed experience. The board has also asked him to come back and he feels it will be something he will enjoy. Once players knew competing in the playoffs was not possible, they started to loosen up and relax and Parent used that time to remind them who they were
playing for and the purpose of hockey. “We have nothing to lose…play for the crest on your jersey,” he would say before games. If many of the core group of players return, next season is going to be different, Parent added. He has heard some discussion on whether rural teams such as Ponoka’s should even continue; saturated markets create a smaller pool of players to choose from and it means Ponoka may not get the top pick of players. Parent disagrees, especially when he sees the excitement in the Stampeders when they tied High River 5-5 in the last 36 seconds of the game. “It shows those guys don’t want to give up.” “I don’t like that comment actually. We need that support to keep those teams going,” he stated. He does not feel the community should give up on the team as it is the fans’ support that keeps the team alive. “I know these kids don’t want to give up.” The tie game broke up a losing streak that spanned almost the entire season and it rejuvenated the players, he added. There are 14 teams in the Heritage Junior Hockey League, seven in each of the northern and southern divisions, The Blackfalds Wranglers lead the north division with 27 wins and the Okotoks Bisons lead the southern division with 33 wins.
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Martin Foley Martin Joseph Foley was born on December 3, 1924 in Peace River, Alberta to Maurice and Nettie Foley and passed away on February 9, 2013 in Rimbey, Alberta. Martin’s dad passed away when he was three weeks old. Nettie remarried to George Smith and both parents passed away in 1938. Uncle Humpfrey Evans went to Peace River and brought both boys back to Ponoka. Martin went to live and work for Idris and Emmly Jones east of Ponoka. It was there he met Sadie Leidenius and they married on July 6, 1951. Martin drove truck for New West Trucking in Edmonton. Faye was born in 1955. Sadie and Faye travelled with Martin around Alberta while he was trucking. In 1956 Brenda was born so Sadie stayed in Edmonton with the two girls. Neil was born in 1960. In 1962 Martin and Sadie bought the Henry Moose farm in the Usona area and they farmed there until 2005. They had a farm sale in 2007 and Martin was moved to the Rimbey Care Centre and was there until his passing on February 9, 2013. Martin was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Ponoka Branch #66. Martin enjoyed family parties and was always the last to leave. Martin enjoyed his grandchildren and there was a special ray of sunshine in his life, his great-granddaughter Emma. She would run in his room and say, “Hi Gee Pa”, and slap his belly. She always made him laugh. Martin is survived by Sadie, his loving wife of 61 years; his daughter Faye (Doug) Dux and their children Ricky (Trisha), Michael (Terra) and Michelle; his daughter Brenda (George) Kocyba and their sons Scott (Sarena) and Lee (Shannon); his son Neil (Jamie) Foley, their daughter Jessie (Patrick) Seymour and son Marty (Char) Foley; and five great-grandchildren: Brayden, Kiera, Colten and Emma Dux, and Cohen Seymour. He was predeceased by his parents Maurice and Nettie Foley; half-sister Mary Kirkland and half-brother R.T. Smith.
A Funeral Service was held at the Ponoka Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013. Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to the Ferrybank Cemetery Fund. To express condolences to Martin’s family, please visit www.womboldfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements Entrusted To PONOKA FUNERAL HOME ~ A Wombold Family Funeral Home ~
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DO YOU KNOW A GREAT VOLUNTEER? The Alberta Weekly Weekly meetings Newspapers Association Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. (AWNA) and Direct Energy Neighborhood are now accepting Place nominations for the Alberta 5115 49 Ave. Volunteer Citizen of the Year award to recognize Ponoka someone who goes above For more info. and beyond to help others 403-783-4557 or in the community. 403-783-8371 Nominations are open to all residents served by AWNA newspapers. As a reward for giving so ALCOHOLICS much, the winner will get a ANONYMOUS $1000 cash prize from Monday night meetings Direct Energy and a at the Anglican Church $5000 donation to their Ponoka 8:30 p.m. Phone community organization 403-783-0719 for info. of choice. Visit: directenergy.com/vcoy or awna.com. THURSDAY AA Meetings Nominations close at 8:30 p.m. in the Catholic Sunday, March 31, 2013 Church basement. 52 Street & 52 Ave. Ponoka. Open meetings first HOST FAMILIES Thursday of the month, NEEDED. Everyone Welcome. Northern Youth Abroad is 403-783-4347 or looking for families to host 403-783-2493 2 youth from Nunavut/NWT. Volunteering in your community. July/August; www.nya.ca. 1-866-212-2307
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CLASS ONE TANK TRUCK DRIVERS NEEDED. Off road experience needed, oilfield tickets, accommodations available. Production work. Email: admin@ predatoroilfield.com Fax 780-538-0968. Email preferred. Phone 780-817-8027
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone 780-621-3953. Fax 780-621-3959.
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 @newcartcontracting.com. Fax 1-403-729-2396. Email all safety and trade tickets.
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BOW RIVER GAS CO-OP SEEKING A JOURNEYMAN GASFITTER. Permanent full-time. $27. - $32./hour, full benefits, Natural Gas Distribution experience an asset. Apply to Richard Thorne: firstname.lastname@example.org CENTRAL PEAC NATURAL GAS CO-OP LTD. requires full-time Gas Utility Operator. Experience, safety tickets an asset. Clean valid driver’s licence required. Forward resume: email@example.com. Fax 780-864-2044. Mail: Box 119, Spirit River, T0H 3G0.
Alstar is looking for a Safety Professional to help The successful applicant expand our safety program will have a NCSO designa- through projects and auditing. Minimum requirements tion and will have: include: * Actual hands on oilfield construction experience. * CRSP * 5 + years’ experience in * Good computer skills. Oil & Gas as a Safety * Extensive travel is Professional required. * Strong Safety program * Excellent people skills. LOOKING FOR development - skills & * H2S Alive and First Aid. Oilfield Maintenance * Certified D&A tester, experience * Excellent computer skills Labourer /Swamper an asset. * Internal and external Must have safety tickets. * Drivers License, with auditing experience clean Abstract. No experience necessary. * Strong interpersonal * Must relocate to Hinton. Will train. Fax resume to skills 403-746-5131 or email * Attention to detail; must “NO SAFETY COPS firstname.lastname@example.org be very organized WANTED” We want to build a safety * Requires little supervision; works well in a team culture, NOT enforce one. environment Please submit resume to Weekends Off email@example.com or fax to 780- 865- 5829 RELOCATION TO Please quote job HINTON MANDATORY # 68791 on your resume. VAC & STEAM TRUCK OPERATOR. Valid Class 1 or 3, Safety Tickets, Top Wage, Benefits, Camp Work, Experience an Asset. Email/Fax Resume: 780-458-8701, firstname.lastname@example.org
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POINTS WEST LIVING STETTLER REQUIRES GENERAL MANAGER Facility - A 104 suite full service Designated Supportive Living and Independent Living Facility Operated by Connecting Care - A leader in seniors’ supportive housing management in Alberta. We are looking for a caring professional who is a leader and wants to work in Supportive Housing. Responsible for the overall management, HR, marketing and administration of the facility. Qualifications: R.N. registered with CARNA an asset, management experience, time management and problem solving skills Experience: Community involvement, seniors care, hospitality, human resource development, demonstrated record of effective communication with seniors and staff. Wage: Based on qualifications and years of experience, plus benefits and RRSP matching plan. Submit resumes: Email: jobs@ connectingcare.ca Closing: April 15, 2013 Only successful applicants will be notified.
MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS of Ponoka, and Stettler are now hiring full time Food Counter Attendants. Ponoka is 24 hours and Stettler has extended late night hours and therefore applicants must be willing to work flexiable shifts, including evening, weekends and nights shifts. Wages range from $10.45 to 11.00 per hour and we will train. Benefits are included and we offer opportunities for advancement. Apply in person at the store or on line at cbay22.telus.net.
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FAMILY BASED ATV motorcycle business seeking self-motivated Sales Associate. Must be outdoor enthusiast. Business minded team player with excellent computer skills. Full-time salary. Potential for bonuses. Apply to: Gateway Sales & Service Ltd., Box 1468, Rocky Mountain House, AB, T4T 1B1; firstname.lastname@example.org
TOWN OF PONOKA Employment Opportunity - Utility Operator II - Water Works. Position details at www.ponoka.org or email: email@example.com
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Apprentice Welders and Labourers WANTED Must be willing to travel
BAKOS NDT is hiring qualified CGSB Technicians in Whitecourt, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. Benefit package, signing bonus and profit sharing available. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-763-5575.
We have openings for
FULL & PART TIME
LOUNGE WAITRESSES (must be 18 yrs old)
Apply in person to John’s Place Restaurant & Lounge 5122 - 50 Street Ponoka, AB 403-783-5566
FUTURE AG INC. your Central Alberta Case IH Agricultural Equipment dealer is looking for a full time
3rd year Apprentice and/or Journeyman Parts Person for their Rimbey location. Farming background an asset.
JOURNEYMAN HD mechanic required for oilfield construction company. Duties will include servicing, maintenance and overhaul of our equipment. The job will be predominately shop work, but with a portion of your time spent in the field. A mechanic’s truck will be supplied for you. The job is based in Edson, Alberta. Call Lloyd at 780-723-5051
Job duties and responsibilities include: • Assist customers and answer customers inquiries • Read and interpret parts PYRAMID diagnostics & diagrams CORPORATION • Use of computerized IS NOW HIRING! inventory system Instrument Technicians • O r d e r a n d r e c e i v e and Electricians for various parts for customers sites across Alberta. • Excellent communication Send resume to: skills email@example.com • Customer service or fax 780-955-HIRE. experience • Experience with computerized inventory SMS FORT MCMURRAY system is hiring Certified Heavy • Experience with Duty Mechanics & Welders. Agricultural equipment Total compensation • Must be reliable, highly $76.71/hour (including organized & team oriented premiums & allowances). 14 X 14 shift rotation. Email: We offer a competitive pay firstname.lastname@example.org. scale, exemplary benefits Website: package, annual work boot www.smsequip.com reimbursement, RRSP plan, sick days, monthly bonus and continuous professional training in a Trades positive environment.
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@ petrofield.com or Fax 403 742-5544
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.
Forward your resume to: Future Ag Inc. Attn: Paula Martin Box 140 Rimbey, AB T0C 2J0 Fax: 403-843-2790 Email to email@example.com
Capitol Theatre is looking for an
ELECTRONIC TECHNICIAN Minimum two years experience required in electronic servicing
Starting wages $21/hr Drop oﬀ resume between 10am – 5pm Bay 3, 5520 Hwy 2A
2 FULL TIME CASHIERS
Division Office Ponoka, AB
No experience required Starting wage $11.85/hr
HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC
Calnash Trucking in Ponoka requires a journeyman 3rd or 4th year apprentice heavy duty mechanic. Must be self-motivated with good written and communication skills. Competitive wages and beneﬁts. Please submit resume by: Fax: 403-783-3011 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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Rimbey Implements Ltd.
General Manager Cell: (403) 783-0593 Bus: (403) 843-3700
Fax: (403) 843-3430
ESTABLISHED 1901 Historic Bed & Breakfast. Five guest rooms, turnkey operation. Includes 2 houses on large riverside lot in Minnedosa, Manitoba. $575, 000.; www.tilsonplace.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. 204-867-2830
in Ponoka, has immediate opening for
SWAMPERS Please submit resumes to 6526 - 44 Ave Ponoka, AB T4J 1J8 Fax: 403-783-3011 or Email: email@example.com
Drop oﬀ resume at between 10am – 5pm Bay 3, 5520 Hwy 2A Truckers/ Drivers
Calnash Trucking has an immediate opening for the following position:
CLASS 1 drivers req’d to pull flat deck, exc. wages, safety bonuses, benefits. We run the 4 western provinces. Please contact 1-877-787-2501 for more info or fax resume and abstract to 403-784-2330 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 with air brake endorsement. Compensation based on prior driving experience. Apply at www.sperryrail.com under careers, keyword Driver. Do not fill in city or state. ROADEX SERVICES requires O/O 1 tons for our RV division and O/O Semis and drivers for our RV and general freight deck division to haul throughout North America. Paid by direct deposit, benefits and company fuel cards. Border crossing required w/valid passport and clean criminal record. 1-800-867-6233; www.roadexservices.com.
Ponoka Bottle Depot has openings for
Technical Support Assistant
For further specifics on the above positions, please visit Wolf Creek Public Schools’ website at www.wolfcreek.ab.ca, or contact the Division Office at 403-783-3473.
Wolf Creek Public Schools invites applications for the following position:
$100 - $400 CASH DAILY for landscaping work! Competitive, energetic, honesty a must; PropertyStarsJobs.com.
860 Viterra - Ponoka is looking for a
TEMPORARY SEASONAL OPERATIONS WORKER - TRUCK DRIVER for our facility.
Main responsibilities will include transport and delivery of products to our farm customers. Regular and ongoing direct contact with customers in the deliveryt of high quality service is vital to this role. Candidates must have a valid Class 5 driver’s license. Agricultural experience and a Class 3 driver’s license would be considered assets.
To apply, please submit your resume via e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 403-483-5961. Closing date for applications is March 8, 2013.
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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PER WEEK. REACHING 6000 HOUSEHOLDS PER WEEK.
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BOBCAT SERVICES Sur-B Enterprises Ltd.
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G.L.D.C. Gas Co-op Ltd. is currently seeking a
GAS UTILITY OPERATOR / GASFITTER
FOR A FULL TIME POSITION Gull Lake Deer Creek Gas Co-op Ltd. is centrally located in Rimbey Alberta, and serves approximately 2250 members within a Franchise area covering 1843 square kmâ€™s. We are a member owned Utility and have been providing safe, reliable Natural Gas Service since 1968. For more information on G.L.D.C. Gas Co-op Ltd. please check out our website at: www.gldcgas.com The successful applicant will be responsible, under supervision of management, to assist in the operation and maintenance of the G.L.D.C. Gas Co-op distribution system.
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A Utility Operator CertiďŹ cate or Journeyman Gas Fitter CertiďŹ cation is an asset. Applicants must have appropriate work related certiďŹ cates including a valid Class 5 Drivers license.
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