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Education takes hit as Clearview mulls provincial budget LES STULBERG Independent reporter Alarm bells rang in concert with school bells Thursday as the province introduced a budget that’s expected to cause major cuts to education across the board. Clearview School Division called a special meeting Monday to discuss implications the provincial budget would have on the school board’s community consultation meetings. Those meetings began last night at Byemoor. Board chairman Ken Checkel said Monday that as a result of the provincial budget, some education funding programs were increased marginally, some were totally cut, while others remained unchanged. He said the board and administration are still in the process of analyzing how the budget changes will affect Clearview’s financial picture. It’s estimated program changes will result in a drop of

more than $600,000 in overall funding, but Checkel said that figure could change when the budget changes are digested more thoroughly. He said the basic instruction grant of $6,561.68 for every student enrolled in Clearview remains unchanged. That grant accounts for half of the funding the school division receives. The Fuel Price Contingency grant and the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement grant are both being cut entirely, as of April 1, Checkel said. “That will impact Clearview’s budget.” The fuel grant contributed about $200,000 to the transportation budget last year. The Class Size Initiative grant will see a two per cent increase and the Equity of Opportunity grant appears to have increased substantially, Checkel said. The Clearview board acknowledged it will face tough times ahead. With declining enrolments, decreased funding, increased

expenses and limited reserves, cuts to staffing are imminent. Another factor in the equation is the ongoing negotiations with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. It’s uncertain how much that settlement could cost the budget. Trustees noted the number of teachers on staff has not dropped by the same rate as enrolment declines. By spending down reserves, the board was able to keep more teachers in the classroom, at least for now. The board has repeatedly said it can no longer budget for million-dollar deficits, now that reserves are becoming depleted. Clearview trustees and administration are taking their financial position to the communities for input on how to balance the budget and yet minimize impact and ensure “good programming” is still available for students. The board has discussed ideas and options to balance its budget, but said it’s open to ideas from the communities before making any decisions.

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Stettler region feels budget pain Youth, social programs stung from budget cuts RICHARD FROESE Independent reporter Community youth programs and family and community support services were severely hit in the deficit provincial budget last Thursday. One of the major blows for businesses, students, Heartland Youth Centre and local organizations is that the government has “temporarily suspended” the Summer Temporary Employment Program for students. Heartland Youth Centre “It will have a big impact on us,” said Winnie Bissett, executive-director of Heartland Youth Centre in Stettler. “It has affected us by over $10,000.” That’s the figure the HYC would have received to hire two STEP students for summer programs. “It’s frustrating that we were not informed before that this program would be cut,” Bissett said. HYC also loses funding from the Community Spirit program, which was cut and had provided $6,971 annually for operation expenses, she said. Stettler and District FCSS

“FCSS programs and the non-profit sector will be significantly impacted by cuts in the provincial budget,” said Wendy Rhyason, executive-director of Stettler and District Family and Community Support Services. “The Community Spirit Program and the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) provided much-needed operational funding to several Stettler and District FCSS programs and their elimination will affect their ability to continue some local services.” STEP subsidized the wages for students to operate summer programs for children and complete other worthwhile projects. “Without this program, non-profits will be unable to operate the same valuable local programs they have in the past,” Rhyason said. “While the need for social services is increasing, funding is decreasing. As a result of these cuts, nonprofit organizations will have to make some difficult decisions and the impact will be felt locally.”

“It will be difficult for local students to find jobs at home.” He said businesses are probably happy that the province didn’t introduce a provincial sales tax or payroll tax.

Stettler Board of Trade By removing STEP, businesses will also feel the impact. “Some businesses and organizations may be affected by the cancellation of the STEP program,” said Aubrey Brown, executivedirector for Stettler Regional Board of Trade and Community Development.

Health care Health care got a shot in the arm, with slightly more funding for operations, as the provincial government committed to capital funding to try to improve health-care facilities, hospitals, family-care clinics, supportive-living and longterm care. No specifics were given locally.

Community Spirit Program Launched in April 2008, the Community Spirit Program was designed to increase individual charitable giving to help support Alberta’s non-profit and charitable organizations, Rhyason said. The program is donordriven, meaning it recognizes and encourages Albertans to make cash donations. “Monies received from Albertans stay in Alberta to support Alberta-based nonprofit and charitable organizations,” Rhyason said. “The intent of this grant is to partner with individual Albertans who donate monies to eligible non-profit organizations by providing these organizations with a proportional grant based on the amount of eligible cash donations received.”

Penny crunch concerns municipalities, schools RICHARD FROESE Independent reporter While municipal leaders are still optimistic of support from the provincial budget released last Thursday, school divisions were more apprehensive with the deficit scenario. Town of Stettler “The government promised not to balance the budget on the backs of municipalities, and for the most part kept their word,” said Stettler Mayor Dick Richards. “We, however, will see some impacts at the local level.” Eliminating the Summer Temporary Employment Program to provide summer work for students is significant. “STEP funding for summer employment is eliminated and this has an impact to the town of $6,400,” Richards said. “The town is able to absorb such a loss, but non-profits that utilize this program may require assistance from the town and county.” The Community Spirit Grant is eliminated and he said that would hurt the Heartland Youth Centre, Stettler Handi-Bus and other non-profit groups. Funding from the Community Facility Enhancement Program is reduced from 45.7 million to 38 million. “Non-profit organizations like the skatepark group and Kinsmen/Kinettes may be impacted and as we all know this is where upgrades to places like playgrounds, halls, curling rinks, spray parks and pathways come from,” Richards said. He was happy, however, that funding for the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) program will be maintained. “Moving forward, the town needs sustainable funding and that is what MSI does for us, so that was great news,” Richards said. But the MSI operational funding will be eliminated over three years, which will mean a loss to the town of $91,355, but

those funds will be moved to the Municipal Collaboration Grant. “We will be able to utilize these funds through joint programs completed by the town and county and villages,” Richards said. “As demonstrated in recent history with the Stettler sports park development, library expansion and future renovations at Stettler Recreation Centre, the town and county’s partnership will afford us the ability to continue to provide the services our residents have grown to expect. “Moving forward, both the federal and provincial governments have let us know that regional collaboration on projects is a must.” School requisitions appear to be increasing substantially due to a larger “live tax base,” the mayor said. Alberta’s core ministries of municipalities, health and education were top priorities in the budget under Premier Alison Redford. “The budget meets Premier Redford’s commitment not to balance our books on the backs of municipalities,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths, the MLA for Battle River–Wainwright. County of Stettler County of Stettler discovered it needs to bridge a gap to find funding that has been cut for bridges. “It was a fair budget — it was the best with what they have,” said County of Stettler Wayne Nixon. No funding for rural bridges was the biggest blow, he said. “We’ve already shut down one bridge.” For municipalities, the budget also adds funding for greater inter-municipal and regional collaboration, modern health facilities, school facilities and safe highways, affordable housing and policing. While the county reeve supports funding for collaboration and regional projects, he said it would be difficult to devise several of those projects. Continued on Page A5

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An Erskine-area couple, Charlie and Margaret Forsyth, mark a special milestone wedding anniversary on Wednesday. They’ve been married for 70 years. Last week, the couple reflected on memorable events from their longtime marriage. “Those were the good years — when tough times came, we just worked and kept going,” Margaret recalled. While such lengthy marriages are rare, it’s also remarkable that Charlie, 93, and Margaret, 90 next month, still live on their farm in the Ewing Lake district southwest of Erskine. Both are active and fortunate to have good health. They said they enjoy the country lifestyle. “I wouldn’t trade the land for anything, in the town or city,” Margaret said. “I love the country — the land becomes a part of you.” Charlie takes pride in

raising a small herd of Black Angus cows. He said all but one of his 21 cows has already calved this year. He also tends a flock of ducks, geese and chickens and sets eggs to hatch. The Forsyths met at a dance in Red Deer, where Charlie was stationed with the army. Margaret was working in Red Deer at the time. Charlie had been raised at Edam, Sask. Margaret Beer was born and raised on a farm a few miles out of Erskine. Both were from families of nine children and each is the sole survivor of their siblings. Charlie and Margaret were married in Red Deer on March 13, 1943. It was during the war years and Charlie was still in the armed services. Margaret said the best job she had was working at the CPR station. She enjoyed all the people and seeing the soldiers getting off the trains. She recalled there were about five trains a day at that time. The war ended, and when Charlie came out of the army. he said unemployment insurance paid a dollar a day. Charlie said he was offered a job that paid 10 cents an hour, but he refused it. “That wasn’t a job,” he said. He later took a job plastering that paid 20 cents an hour, and it finally increased to 60 cents an hour. In 1947, the young cou-

ple moved to a farm about 10 miles southwest of Erskine, where they have lived since. Their son, Cameron, was nine months old when they moved to the farm. A daughter, Linda, was born in 1952. Charlie recalled that they had bought the homequarter of land for $2,000. “I had $75 in my pocket when we came,” he said. Margaret had become quite accustomed to life in Red Deer and found the adjustment to the remote rural area difficult. “There were no telephones, no power, no running water,” she said. “It was strange to live in the country and I was so lonely. I thought it was the end of the earth.” The long-married couple has witnessed numerous changes. “The roads were like prairie trails with mud holes,” Charlie recalled. “A neighbour left his tractor by the mud hole so you could pull yourself out. “The county used horses to grade the road once during the summer. Gasoline was 10 cents a gallon — and we couldn’t afford it.” He recalled purchasing a new 28-horsepower Ford 8M tractor for $1,200, a two-bottom plow for $160 and a six-foot tiller for $140. “You had to spend a lot of hours in the field to get anything done,” Charlie said. Margaret said she liked hearing the ring of sleigh bells in the wintertime,

when neighbours came to visit with their teams and sleighs. Charlie said when the oil industry came into the area, it was a big help. The Forsyths have numerous wells on their property. Margaret adjusted to the rural lifestyle and learned “to love the land.” “The people in the Ewing district were as nice as you could find,” she said. When he completed his schooling, Cameron farmed with his parents and they raised purebred Angus cattle. That continued until his death seven years ago. The loss of their only son was a big blow to the couple, but they continue on with the help of neighbours. They also care for Linda, who is handicapped and lives with them. A condition of Charlie’s driver’s licence limits his driving to a 10-kilometre radius of his farm. “We have good neighbours — they help all the time, whenever we need help,” he said. Nephew John Anderson lives nearby and often lends a hand. He, or neighbour Ursula Corpataux, often drive the couple to Stettler for groceries, appointments or church. Charlie and Margaret’s long marriage — spanning 70 years — has given them many memories to treasure, they say. They’re not planning an elaborate celebration to mark the occasion. “It won’t be anything big — just family in to celebrate,” Margaret said.


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Thieves truck three snowblowers from Canadian Tire store property SGT. DUNCAN BABCHUK Stettler RCMP Below is a summary of most calls for Stettler RCMP service over a oneweek period. Calls that have SUI attached are “still under investigation.� Anyone with information regarding unsolved crimes or incidents is asked to contact Stettler RCMP at 403-742-3382, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-TIPS (8477). Tuesday, March 5 12:32 a.m. — A 49-year-old male caller from Donalda reported that a horse wearing a red blanket crossed the road on Highway 56 north. A patrol was conducted and the horse wasn’t located. The investigator was unable to make contact with the caller. Wednesday, March 6 2:24 p.m. — Complaint of a suspicious bearded male wearing a ball cap, dark jacket, plaid shirt, construction boots, blue jeans and in his 30s, wandering back and forth on 50 Street. The caller also reported that the man appeared to be unaware of his surroundings. A patrol was conducted throughout the downtown area and the man wasn’t located. 9:06 p.m. — A 911 call reported a 15-year-old suicidal female at a 40 Avenue apartment. Upon investigators attending, the girl was already inside the ambulance and was transported to the Stettler hospital. Thursday, March 7 8:28 a.m. — Complaint of three snowblowers stolen overnight from the Stettler Canadian Tire store. Stolen were two Troy-bilt 28-inch blowers, valued at $1,250 each, and one Yardworks 30-inch blower, valued at $1,150. The suspects backed up a pickup truck to the front of the store and loaded up the snowblowers. SUI 8:43 a.m. — Complaint

of a collision with a snowplow on Highway 850 and Township Road 38-2. The 60-year-old male snowplow driver was clearing snow north on 850 and slowed to turn onto 38-2. A 39-yearold male driver of a Ford SRW, from Botha, drove up behind the plow and thought the plow was slowing to let him pass. When the driver of the Ford went to pass, the snowplow turned left, resulting in a rear-end collision. There were no charges laid, given the special circumstances. 12:59 p.m. — Report of a two-vehicle collision behind the House of Music store on 50 Street. A Chevrolet Uplander was b a c ke d i n t o a D o d g e Durango. The 54-year-old male driver from Stettler was issued a violation ticket for backing up unsafely. 6:42 p.m. — A third-party complaint of threats directed at a teenage male at a 51 Street residence. The caller was unable to provide the type of threat and didn’t know specific details. Information only. Friday, March 8 8:46 a.m. — Report of an insecure door and the back of the Seniors’ Centre on 48 Street. The building was determined to be secure and there was no break and enter. 9 a.m. — Report of theft of a dry-flow meter from a gas well on Highway 56, near Township Road 350, in Big Valley. There have been a multiple meters stolen in the area in the past week. Value of the instruments is set at $1,600 each. 11:28 p.m. — Complaint of an intoxicated male lying in the back alley of the 4800 block of 46 Street. Investigators attended the location and arrested a 28-year-old man from Salt Spring Island for causing a disturbance. He was released from police custody in the morning when sober.

Saturday, March 9 2:39 a.m. — Request from an intoxicated 61-year-old woman from Sundre to locate her 33-year-old daughter in Stettler. The mother reported that she hadn’t heard from her daughter for three years. She was advised to contact relatives, if she wanted to speak with her daughter. 3:17 a.m. — A patrol in the area of Whiskey Nights bar observed two males yelling at each other. A 26-year-old man from Edberg failed to leave the area upon instruction from the investigator. He was arrested for public intoxication and was lodged in police cells until sober. 3:47 a.m. — A 20-yearold male from 42 Avenue in Stettler was found laying on the ground, behind a truck and intoxicated. The male w was transported from the west-end Esso to police cells and was lodged until sober. 4:03 a.m. — A n i nv e s t i g a tor observed an intoxicated 20-yearold male from Erskine, walking south on Highway 56 and 44 Avenue. The male was arrested for public intoxication and was lodged in police cells until sober. 3:30 p.m. — Request to locate a 15-year-old female who left her 60 Street residence to travel to Red Deer. All known addresses were checked and the teenager wasn’t located. There is an extensive history of this activity. SUI 4:20 p.m. — A call from the Big Valley hotel advised that the cook had been assaulted by a male wearing a cowboy hat. An investigation revealed that a 56-year-old male from Blackie had been asked to leave the establishment because he was loitering. The male refused to leave, which turned into a pushing match, ending in a scuffle. The man has been charged with assault and is scheduled for Stettler court on April 25. 5:38 p.m. — A report

from a separated Stettler couple advised that a verbal argument turned physical. Both parties have been charged with assault. A 40-year-old Stettler man and a 39-year-old Stettler woman are scheduled to appear in court April 25. 6:01 p.m. — The owner of a 50 Street restaurant called 911 when he was confronted by one of his employees, who passed on a rumor that the owner was not a good cook. The rumor turned out to be false, as the information had only been relayed from an unknown party. Both parties were advised to deal with the matter through civil court. 7:41 p.m. — Investigators were called to the Stettler hospital in response to a child-custody dispute. The issue was resolved as per a current court order. There were no further problems. 8 p.m. — A call was received from an angry 40-year-old Stettler man from 56 Street, ordering investigators to remove his common-law wife from their residence. It was revealed that the male was on the road working and was in fact not on the lease agreement. The belligerent male’s instructions were not acted upon. Sunday, March 10 3:02 a.m. — Security at the Stettler hospital called to advise of a male and female having a verbal argument in the parking lot. Investigators attended, and learned that there had been no violence, but the 35-year-old Stettler man had left the scene, walking east from the hospital. The man was located walking and found to be extremely intoxicated. He was arrested and held in police custody until he became sober. 9:41 p.m. — Complaint of a young male entering a vehicle, stealing a wallet, cellphone and Ipod, in the 5900 block on 59 Street. The suspect was described to be in his teens, wearing a black hoodie, black hat and dark blue jeans. SUI

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Promoting Stettler in the tradition of Carl Stettler

Stompin’ Tom gave Canadians sense of identity

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By Rick Zemanek Black Press Years ago, while many Canadians felt they were lacking a sense of identity, Stompin’ Tom Connors was belting out a tune to sell-out crowds about “the boys are getting stinko … on a Sudbury Saturday night.” There is magic in song. And Stompin’ Tom, with his insightful, down-to-earth lyrics that hit home for many, reminded Canadians they indeed have a sense of identity — and one to be proud of. Since his death last Wednesday at the age of 77, praises have been overwhelming on what that lanky entertainer with the black cowboy hat, and a stomping left foot that pounded holes in sheets of plywood on stage, meant to Canada. There’s his famous The Hockey Song that described perfectly, right down to the last note, what hockey meant to its fans — many of which were parents of the baby boomers. They were glued to the TV every Saturday night with the legendary Foster Hewitt electrifying viewers with an enthusiastic play-by-play call of the action. Hearts pounded, and Hewitt was frantic, when the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Eddie Shack went roaring down the ice along the boards on his patented breakaways. Besides the workers at Inco in the nickel belt of Sudbury, Ont., getting ‘stinko,’ Stompin’ Tom also belted out tunes that painted true-grit living from the East Coast to the West. He sang about the friendly folks struggling to make a living on the East Coast by growing. He stomped across Canada with tunes about the Yukon, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and all the way to the British Columbia Coast. He reminded us a sense of humour was priceless in life, and taught Canadians there was nothing wrong with laughing at themselves. And indeed they laughed with Stompin’ Tom’s lyrics tugging at their heartstrings. And if there ever was a doubt on a sense of identity, Canucks would say: “Hey, this guy is singing about us.” He loved Canada, he loved its people and he loved the country’s diversity of multi-cultures. “He is synonymous with the word ‘Canada’,” said Brian Edwards, president of Rocklands Entertainment, in an Internet report. “He was so popular it was beyond belief.” Stompin’ Tom’s reputation was so overwhelming that a poll showed 97.6 per cent of Canadians knew who he was, while only 58 per cent knew who the prime minister was. “Everyone can relate to (his songs),” Edwards said. “From a governor general to steelworkers in Hamilton. It’s such a rarity.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper (most Canadians know who his is) tweeted over the Internet: “We have lost a true Canadian original. R.I.P. Stompin’ Tom Connors,” Harper wrote. “You played the best game that could be played.” Indeed he did; and it was a bumpy skate on dull blades. Born in Saint John, N.B., on Feb. 9, 1936, he was taken from his parents at a young age and raised by foster parents in Skinners Pond, P.E.I., until age 13. His struggles through the early years to survive — living in poverty, orphanages, later riding in boxcars, hitchhiking and working the mines — cultivated his inspirations in song. Yahoo News reported he was trying to put a Canadian stamp on music. In 1976, a defiant Stompin’ Tom returned all six of his Juno awards to protest the Americanization of the Canadian music industry. At the time, many Canadian artists (“turncoat Canadians” called by Stompin’ Tom) migrated to the U.S. music scene, yet were nominated for Canada’s Juno awards. “Gentleman: I am returning herewith the six Juno awards that I once felt honoured to have received and which I am no longer proud to have in my possession,” he wrote to the awards’ board of directors. “As far as I am concerned, you can give them to the border jumpers who didn’t receive an award this year and maybe you can have them presented by Charley Pride.” He added: “I feel that the Junos should be for people who are living in Canada …” Stompin’ Tom was fiercely patriotic. He had a big heart and a big love for Canada. If some Canadians still feel they have no sense of identity, they haven’t been listening to Stompin’ Tom who illustrated through song what this country is all about. With 61 albums to his credit, “He wrote the soundtrack of Canada,” some have said.

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‘Jesus taught that Christians are the salt and the light …’ In our small group Bible study last week, we discussed the importance of Christians exhibiting a lifestyle that is consistent with what they say they believe. We determined that we are not responsible for someone else’s decision to receive or reject Christ. However, we also concluded that our conversation and conduct may attract people to, or deter them from God’s offer of salvation through Jesus. I believe our conclusions are consistent with Jesus’ teachings. In the Sermon on the Mount, He illustrated the testimony and reputation of Christians by employing the metaphors of salt and light. He said, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out … You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone … In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13 –16) Salt had two functions in Jesus’ day. Because there was no refrigeration, salt was used as a preservative. Without salt most food, especially meats, would spoil quickly. Christians are supposed to defend and preserve that which is good and keep it from eroding and becoming spoiled or evil. The second use of salt was to add flavour. A follower of Christ should be

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someone who enhances the worth of life and brings out the best in others. Where there is conflict we should bring peace; where there is pain, we should be part of the healing; where there is sadness, grief and loss, we should be the ministers of comfort; where there is hatred, we should be reminders that God is love. The analogy of light has reference to the good deeds of Christ’s followers. While the Christian life is not one to be lived in pride and flamboyance, it is also not to be lived in a corner. If indeed Christians are light, then that light must be seen. And it should be noted that where there is greater darkness the light shines the brightest. There is a remarkable and positive outcome when a Christian becomes a shining “light” for God. The light shines, the good deeds are noticed, but it is the Heavenly Father that receives the credit or glory. “Live such good lives among unbelievers that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God. …” (1 Peter 2:21) Pastor Ross Helgeton is senior pastor at Erskine Evangelical Free Church.

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Teachers earn $2,000 in 1953 1973 — 40 years ago — A bus load of high school students returning to Brooks after a Stettler basketball tournament were involved in an accident south of Big Valley during a blizzard. They spent the night at the hotel and private homes in Big Valley. — Barb Clark, Lynn Clark, Michael Dlugos, Anne Harrison, Robert Nielson, Susan Sloan and Pam Wise of the Stettler Swim Club competed in Winnipeg. — The Stettler Gilbert and Sullivan production, “Yeoman of the Guard,” was met with acclaim on tour in Red Deer, Drumheller and Camrose. — Susan Hadley claimed the trophy for best hair-do of the show at the beauty culture competition at William E. Hay Composite High School. — Allan Johnston was elected president of the Stettler Rockateers. — Stettler Figure Skating Club presented its 25th annual ice show.

Les-sons from the past By Les Stulberg Independent reporter

1963 — 50 years ago — John Stratulate, former manager of the men’s department at J. Lawrence & Company, opened John’s Men’s Wear on Main Street. — More than 2,000 people attended the eighth annual Donalda Klondike Nights in February. Heather Jones was crowned Klondike Queen. — David Melvin, proprietor of Mel’s Shoes since 1957, opened in a new location in the old Robinson Stores building. — A big crowd attended the annual John Deere Day at the Endiang Hall. — The pie bingo at Union Hall was well-attended. 1953 — 60 years ago — Well-known wrestler

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Stu Hart fought Bad Man Rebel Russell at a match at the Stettler Memorial Hall. — Denise Ryan, 15, of Stettler was among three Alberta girls to spend a month in Great Britain. The trip included special seats for the coronation of the Queen. — Gulf Oil rated one of its wells in the CapronaFenn area as producing 464 barrels of crude oil daily. — Big Valley Maple Leaf Club held a successful whist and bridge party, with more than 100 participating. Norman Galleberg took home the top prize. — Stettler Co-op specials included: peanut butter, 16-ounce jar — 39 cents; Ketchup, 11 ounce bottle — 32 cents; Jam, four-pound tin — 75 cents; and T-Bone steak, 79 cents per pound. — The bargaining committee of the teachers’ union of the Stettler School Division accepted a salary schedule that set the basic wage at $2,000 per year.


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Budget cuts into agriculture, chops crops The 2013 provincial budget that was delivered in the Legislature on Thursday had some not-so-welcome surprises, especially for Alberta’s agriculture industry. Agriculture operational spending was chopped by a third, or $282 million, to $863 million, highlighted by the elimination of the six cent per litre farm fuel rebate that saved an estimated $30 per tractor or combine every day they were working their fields. For many of Alberta’s 45,000 farmers, these fuel savings can make a significant difference in the profitability of their crop year. The elimination of this fuel rebate will hit young struggling farmers particularly hard and may indeed force some of them to abandon their future plans to continue farming as a profession. The day after the delivery of Alberta’s sixth straight deficit budget, the premier said: “We know not everything will be acceptable to everyone, but right across the province, we have asked people to be part of the belt-tightening.” Most everyone will agree that we all need to participate in the belt-tightening to affect any real change in order to get our budgeting and deficits under control. It just seems like some people are being asked to tighten their belts a whole lot more than others.

From the Legislature MLA Report by Rick Strankman

The belt-tightening also neglected to address the overbloated government bureaucracy that currently has a worker-to-manager ratio of five to one, which is in stark contrast to the 10 to one ratio the Official Opposition Wildrose has proposed. Through the elimination of non-productive managerial positions, we would produce an immediate saving of $144 million and $360 million annually after four years. The Alberta government has increased spending by 100 per cent over the last decade, doubling the rate of inflation combined with population growth. Increasing spending without restraints is unsustain-

Minister Griffiths’ insight upsets the urban media … good for him Politicians aren’t usually known for stating the obvious and the truth. It’s even more rare for a government minister to take such a bold step. Well, Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths did just that and was roundly condemned by a prominent urban daily newspaper for doing so. In responding to a leading question in the Legislature from a Liberal MLA about taxation, Minister Griffiths pointed out that it’s rural Albertans that do all the work whilst most city folks benefit from their labours. How right he is, but he struck a raw nerve with city politicians and the city media. Calgary Mayor Nenshi, in responding to Griffiths’ statement, condescendingly pronounced that city people were the ones that paid the taxes — really — that must imply that people outside his city don’t pay taxes. Oh, I forgot to mention, most folks in Calgary pay their taxes from money they earned or procured from products produced, grown, mined, drilled or shipped by folks in the countryside. An editorial in a Calgary daily implied that Minister Griffiths’ statement was “odd,” coming from a minister with his portfolio, that being municipal affairs, as if that job required him to have only urban perspectives on issues. Minister Griffiths not only has a right to make such statements, but is well-qualified to do so hav-

ing served many years as the MLA for Battle RiverWainwright — a rural and small-town constituency. That would give him a direct connection to what folks in the countryside are thinking. I would suggest that the editorial braintrust of a city-centric Calgary newspaper would have little connection or understanding of what folks are thinking in rural Alberta. In fact, their editorial blusters with the comments that, “He shouldn’t have said it, it was ill-advised and unproductive …” That would seem to be a rather lame response to what would seem to most as being obvious and reality. I guess that editorial comment also implies that free speech can be annoying. Earth to city folks, their politicians and their naive media — without people in the countryside generating economic activity, there would be no city. Ancient history is clear that only increased productivity in agriculture allowed some folks to begin living in settlements. As agricultural productivity increased, so did cities. A hundred years ago, there were still more

people living in the countryside than in cities. Then an explosion in agriculture and food production occurred and more people were able to move to cities. It wasn’t the other way around. That’s a concept that people in agriculture are quite aware of, but appears to escape some city slickers. It’s been said that only three per cent of the population produces all the food for the rest. I would suggest that perhaps 20 per cent of the Alberta population, all living in rural areas and smaller centres, produce not only the food, but produce all the energy, mineral and forestry wealth of the province. That leaves 80 per cent of the population that live off of that production. That doesn’t seem to occur to some folks in the urban media who are convinced as the daily editorial states, “(that) sector of the province couldn’t survive,” implying that without cities the countryside would not survive. Really, in a crunch when food and energy were to disappear from the city, I expect folks in the country-

side would survive first. I cite the European experience with that situation. After the Second World War, during which many of them starved, the Europeans set up elaborate and costly support mechanisms to make sure that people in the countryside continued to live there and produce agricultural and food products. There was no illusion with them as to who was more important in their economies. I would suggest that there is a bigger picture here in the minister’s statement and it’s just human nature. Folks in rural and smalltown Alberta rightly resent folks in the big cities living off their labours and benefitting disproportionately from the energy wealth located in the countryside. But then people living in other provinces resent Albertans in general for benefitting from our energy resources. Most of us have endured snide remarks about fat and rich Albertans whose wealth comes from the pockets of other Canadians having to buy our energy products. Sure, it’s all sour grapes in a way, but that’s the reality and there is no sense pretending it doesn’t exist. Minister Griffiths, you are to be commended for stating the obvious and the truth, and I can say with pride that most everyone in rural and small-town Alberta would support your insightful perspective.

able and will lead to further and larger deficits resulting in major cuts to services and infrastructure. In 2004, Premier Klein proudly hoisted a sign declaring Alberta’s debt was “Paid in Full,” 12 years after that historic moment by 2016, Alberta will have a net deficit of $17 billion. In 2009, Alberta had a sustainability fund of $17 billion for a difference of an amazing $34 billion, over just a seven-year period. The Wildrose Official Opposition has a plan to restore the Alberta Advantage and build towards a debt-free Alberta. The Wildrose Financial Recovery Plan is based on four key pillars: Prevent any new tax or tax increase from being introduced without a provincial referendum; Eliminate the operating deficit immediately in Budget 2013; Eliminate the real cash deficit by Budget 2014; Legislate the Wildrose Balanced Budget and Savings Act in 2014. The Wildrose Financial Recovery Plan would eliminate the deficit in two years by implementing 25 costsaving recommendations that cut wasteful spending, target government bureaucracy and AHS waste, and protect frontline services. If you would like a copy of the Wildrose Financial Recovery Plan, please email my office at drumheller.

County tries to bridge the gaping budget gap; Donalda ‘can’t complain’ Continued from Page A1 Nixon also agrees that more funding for health facilities will help the Stettler region, he suggests that Alberta Health Services need to do some of its own trimming. “This is a budget to trim some of the waste and ministries have room to improve within themselves,” Nixon said. Village of Donalda Donalda council is also relatively pleased with the budget and that MSI funding remains as a major support for municipalities to complete capital projects. “I think municipalities are OK,” said Donalda Mayor Bruce Gartside. He was positive about support for municipalities. “We had been talking to Doug (Griffiths) before the budget and he told us that support would remain for municipalities,” Gartside said. “I’m satisfied with that because a lot of other ministries took hits — I really can’t complain.” Agriculture In the agricultural component of the budget, the government placed priority on rural development and industry, and market development, and continued funding for agricultural societies at the same levels.


hen we depart our earthly home for God’s resting place, it is not how long or brief our stay, but how we lived our lives that counts. Though we may mourn the passing of a loved one, we should also take comfort in the memory of the many kindnesses he or she has performed. We conduct every funeral service as to be a source of comfort and inspiration to the living as well as a worthy and memorable tribute to the departed.

‘Albertans will have to live with less’ It’s time now for Albertans to tighten their financial belts after the provincial budget came down last Thursday. No doubt, almost everyone will feel the effect in their lives, families and communities. With significantly reduced revenues from energy resources, a deep deficit has now clogged the once-bottomless pit. After decades of literally being spoiled with unlimited resource revenue, Albertans will have to live with less — funding and services from the provincial government to help reduce the deficit. Reduced funding has created a prime time for government and each organization to and citizens to review programs and services and restructure services to make them more efficient with the limited or eliminated funding. What really is essential? Where does alternative funding come from? Why does the government provide funding to certain programs and services that could be handles with private funding. Local schools — especially small and rural schools — have felt the brunt

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of funding cuts. As the board calculates the costs of the budget, the figures will paint a broad picture of the financial foundation and help the board and administration determine how to most effectively deliver services and programs to provide the best-quality education for services. While other provinces have frequently been handed deficit budgets, those outside Alberta may say that it’s about time the so-called rich province got a reality check. Let’s show the true hearts of Albertans as each of us continues to give and contribute to this province and Canada, despite a shortfall of funding. Love and care with go farther than money. Even though money is the basis of our work and livelihood, let’s all seek

to work together to continue to do our best and serve others, even when funding is reduced or eliminated. Let each of us build on our legacy to serve and help others and our province from our hearts, not just for our pocketbooks. While she’s committed to municipalities, the government could save millions of dollars by reducing the number of small municipalities that have three-member councils that are common in villages and summer villages and merging them with counties or municipal districts. After the budget is presented, let’ s continue the Alberta to work together with a spirit of co-operation and do the best with what we get financially. It’s not truly and solely money that builds a community, province and business, it’s people that help build the future. Let’s all be part if the solution, not the problem. Be creative and constructive. Why should anyone be entitled to get all the hand-outs from government? Things might not get any better soon as the federal government is also expected to hand down a tight budget in the coming weeks.

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It’s time for Alberta Health to come clean with rural hospitals Dear Editor: The community of Consort is in crisis; we are in the emergency room, we are being triaged by Albera Health Services, and from the response thus far, we are acutely aware that AHS deems us low in priority. It has been two years since Dr. Chris Eagle, president and CEO of Alberta Health Services, targeted increased access and reduced wait times as needing improvement. However, in 2011, Alberta Health Services shut down the Consort Hospital’s after-hours on-call emergency and closed its acute-care beds. At the time, AHS assured us that once there were two physicians in the community, the acute-care beds would open and emergency services would begin again. Since that time, the community has had to depend on the surrounding

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communities. It has been a drain on the patients and the ambulance system, as well as a drain on the medical staffs of all the affected hospitals. In December 2012, the Consort and District Medical Centre Society signed its second physician and it expected the acute-care beds to open. Emails to AHS Central Zone staff members Kerry Bales, Dr. Evan Lundall and Cathy McDonald garnered little or no response. This community is being stonewalled in their demands for information surrounding its hospital and what Alberta Health Services intends to do about its promise to open acutecare beds. It is ironic indeed that the very staff charged with decreasing emergency and acute wait times should be the ones responsible for increasing the wait times for an entire community. How long should a community be kept waiting before AHS needs to respond to the community’s demands? The Consort and District Medical Centre Society previously sent two invitations to meet with us to discuss their plans to open the acute-care beds and they have not complied. We are issuing our third invitation and advise them that it is time to reveal their plans for delivery of services. As a community, we feel that the response time shows callous disrespect for our concerns and needs. In an emergency room, we hold doctors and nurses responsible for the wait times, but who is held accountable for this communities’ critical wait for a return to services? We call on Alberta Health Services to reveal results of its planning meetings for the rural hospitals and for delivering care to all the remote rural areas. What direction does it intend to take the people of Alberta — less minutes in the emergency room or more miles to an emergency room? Consort and District Medical Centre Society

Farm workers not really safe on the jobsite Agricultural Safety Week 2013 will no doubt see some celebrations by the government, but this premier’s promise to address the unjust and unsafe working conditions for paid farm workers, including children, remains another promise unfulfilled. Ironically, Alberta’s farm animals will celebrate 30 years of legislated health and safety standards, the strictest Farm Animal Care legislation in North America. For example, it’s illegal to carry farm animals in an open pickup truck in Alberta, but farm workers? Not a problem! Politically-motivated exemptions for industrial farming operations for Occupational Health and Safety, Workers’ Compensation and Child Labour legislation are appalling to conscious Albertans, as they should be. This discrimination leaves workers and their families at peril, and transfers, according to the most recent Alberta statistics, $374 million for farm injuries over the past 20 years onto the health-care budget, instead of costs being borne by the agriculture industry through WCB, as is mandatory for all other industrial operations. Continued on Page A7

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Byemoor curlers clash with Brier’s best The Byemoor Curling Club hosted its annual men’s and women’s curling bonspiel last week. Winning the men’s first event was the Danny Brown rink of Erskine. The second event winner was the Miles Jones rink of Byemoor. The J. D. Johnson team of Halkirk won the third event. The women’s first event was won by the Marjorie Kiemele rink of Rumsey. Byemoor’s Carolin Schofer and her team won the second event. Third event winner was the team of Betty Campbell of Byemoor. Congratulations to Steven and Carla Johnson on the birth of their daughter, Alaina Marie, at the Drumheller hospital on March 6. Alaina weighed six pounds and 10 ounces and is a little sister for Lincoln. Congratulations also to the local grandparents, Doug and Deanna Johnson. Three teams of local floor curlers participated in the bonspiel at Castor last Monday. Congratulations to the team of Ken Schultz, Ernie Angel, Carol Sisley and Vi Grams for taking home a prize. Also participating were Shirley Bates’ team of Bennie Kobi, Carol Stulberg and Jack Grams and Irene Brooker’s team, Dave Sisley, Jim Bates and a Castor curler who filled in for one of the local curlers who couldn’t make it. All reported a good time enjoying the Castor hospitality. Rosemary Stulberg spotted a gopher one day last week while driving the school bus. Rather early, considering the amount of snow we still have. He might need to carry a snow shovel with him. Congratulations to former Byemoor resident Lydia Morlock, who celebrated her 92nd birthday last Saturday.

Lydia lives at the Heart Haven Lodge in Stettler. We wish you many more happy birthdays, Lydia. A note to those who attended Kyle and Janelle Sorensen’s wedding in Stettler last month. Someone grabbed the wrong coat and left a men’s black winter dress coat, size XXL, by mistake. The brand name is Kenneth Cole New York. So folks, could you please check your closets and see if you have a similar coat there that isn’t yours. Call Kyle at 403-7417074 to exchange. Some of the local curling fans took in the Brier in Edmonton last week to enjoy Canada’s best men’s championship curling. Students enjoyed a break from school on Thursday and Friday, as the teachers attended a teachers’ convention in Edmonton. Rod Erickson — singer, songwriter and yodeller — appears in concert at the Endiang Community Hall on March 30 at 7 p.m. He is a top 10 MGM recording artist who has performed with such greats as Tammy Wynette, Marty Robbins, Bill Anderson, Mel Tillis, George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more. The concert features special guests Shiloh Sharrard and Jesse Fowler. Both are up-and-coming artists in their early 20s. Erickson and Sharrard are U.S. entertainers and Fowler is the son of Ruth Fowler at Ruthie’s Roost. The show promises something for all age groups. Tickets are $20 each and available at Ruthie’s Roost or by calling 403-579-2522 or 403-585-8379. In hockey news, congratulations to the Big Valley-

Byemoor Swordmen on winning the Zone 7 atom D banner. They now advance to the provincial championship this weekend in Consort. Byemoor-area boys on the team include Hunter Maginn, Rhett Walker, Gage Hutton and Robin Schipper. Good luck, boys! The Endmoor mites wrapped up their season with a game against their parents in Byemoor on the weekend. The team never lost a game all season. Way to go, guys! The Vipers girls’ bantam team played against Winfield in Byemoor on the weekend, winning 4-2. Congratulations, girls. Coming events: Byemoor mixed curling bonspiel runs this week at the Byemoor curling rink. The Byemoor Bull-a-rama will be held April 19 at the arena. St. Patrick’s Day is on Sunday. There are only two kinds of people on St. Patrick’s Day — those who are Irish and those who wish they were. Humour for the day: What do you call an Irishman who keeps bouncing off of walls? Rick O’Shea.

Hockey, basketball teams show their mettle The Big Valley Elks mite hockey team held its tournament on the first weekend of March. With four teams participating, all the players skated hard and demonstrated true sportsmanship. Friends, families and the whole community are so proud of all the players. The mite Elks would like to take this opportunity to thank the following for all their support, be it through donations or time spent at the rink: the Big Valley Royal Purple, the Big Valley Elks, Granny’s Fudge Factory, Diana McCuaig, Battle River Source for Sports, the Stettler Independent, Siplicious, Canadian Tire, Amanda

Lucki, Lorna and Tony with Den’s Repair, Valhalla Filtration 2006, Aspen Ford, Stettler GM, Tim Hortons, Stettler Dodge, Sean’s No Frills, and Larry Erickson for his endless kitchen help. Many more thanks to all the parents, coaches and players for all the help and support at the tournament. We look forward to a great season next year. Congratulations to Big Valley’s junior high boys’ basketball team for qualifying for the CWAJHAA championship. Placing seventh overall locally, the boys had to play the No. 6 team to earn a berth in the CARA tournament. Accomplishing

that, the boys went in as the underdogs, but were able to defeat two more teams to put them into the final against Stettler, where they finally lost. Alhough that effort earned Big Valley a place in the CWAJJHA tournament, the boys unfortunately had too many players with other commitments last weekend and the team could not attend. Nonetheless, good

Birthdays, anniversaries take cake Best wishes to Rosalind and Steve LaRose, who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday. Congratulations to Jan and Carson Rock on the birth of their baby girl, Brinley Marie, seven pounds and five ounces, March 7 at the Stettler Hospital. She’s a sister for Adison. Proud grandparents are Nancy and Greg Chick of Gadsby and Janie and Steve Rock of Botha, as well as great grandparents Lol and Janet Berry, Dan and Marie Barnec and Ilene (Rock) Stewart. Frank and Eleanor Dahlgren helped great-granddaughter Kayla celebrate her fifth birthday on Saturday (her actual birthday was Monday) with Darcy,and Tammy Hronek and 11 family members for supper. Kayla entertained her little friends from playschool on Friday. Eleanor headed into the Stettler arena on Sunday to watch Tammy, Kayla and Luke barrel race. Daughter Elva and Roger joined them from Innisfail. Joyce and Bill Hansel enjoyed their great-granddaughter Shaya’s third birthday on Saturday (her actual birthday was on Friday) with 10-plus family members at grandma Sandy’s home in Stettler. Happy 43rd anniversary to Smitty and Lavonne Smith, who celebrated with supper at the Otherside restaurant. Smitty and Lavonne attended a surprise 75th birthday party for Gordon McLellan

on Saturday night at the Erskine Hall, with about 60 friends and family. Gordon never suspected a thing! Bingo is set for Saturday night. Cash and ham! Doors open at 7 p.m., and bingo starts 7:30. And the loonie pot will start at $50plus. Come win your ham for Easter. Word has come of the passing of Johnny Schroeder, who passed away in Edmonton at the Allan Gray Lodge. Sympathies to his family, Marie (David), Leigh (Bud), Carol (Torben), Leonard (Grace) and Doug (Melissa), as well as sister June Baird and Wilburt and Johnny’s nieces and nephews. Johnny grew up in the Gadsby area, taking his schooling in Gadsby. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, brothers Laddie, Nick and Hugh, as well as sisters Winnie Hansel and Ruby Bradey. Funeral services were held on Monday at the Stettler Legion, with burial in the Gadsby Omega Cemetery. Johnny was 94.

‘Politics before farm safety’ Continued from Page A6 Now, there’s the muchtouted Social Policy Framework from a minister who formerly, as child and family services minister and health minister, took no action on unregulated child farm-workers, safety standards on agricultural operations and mandatory compensation for farmworkers injured on the job. His glossy brochure calls for all Albertans to be “safe, healthy, secure and resilient” — unless you’re a paid farm worker. Small wonder this government and this framework are viewed by most Albertans as all about political spin. Clearly doing the right thing comes second

to being politically expedient. Agricultural workers, including children, deserve the same rights as every other worker. Agriculture Safety Week? Only the farm

animals have anything to celebrate this week. Dr. David Swann, Alberta Liberal Human Services Critic

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work, boys! Members of the Big Valley team are Luke Skocdopole, Russel Steen, Kyle Lawrence, Brendan Bardwell, James Nyuli, Brandon Sukkau, Ty Sukkau, Soren Jensen, Kaiden Chapman, Shaye Skelton, Austin Slootweg and Bradley Dods. The boys were coached by David McComish. The Big Valley Legion

will hold their annual St. Patrick’s Stew Day on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Legion Hall. At the Big Valley Drop In Centre, eight people came out to play Military Whist last Friday. In first place were Edna, Geneva, Connie, and Linda and in second were Dave, Ed, Allan, and Les. The next Military Whist will be on Friday, March 22, beginning at 7 p.m. The Big Valley DropIn Centre will host its last community pancake supper of the season next Monday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Pancake suppers will resume in October. The Big Valley United Church’s annual Ham

Supper will be held on Sunday, March 24, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Big Valley Jubilee Hall. Thirty-two people attended Bingo last Thursday. The progressive Jackpot was finally won. Congratulations to Carol Kashuba. Next week, it will start building up again. The bonanza was won by Loren Watts, with the consolation going to Dave Garstad. The loonie pot is now up at $13. The next Bingo will be this Thursday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Hall Board Bingo finishes up at the end of March, so with only three Bingos left, we hope to see you there.

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Elks reward community, youth organizations The Halkirk Elks’ March meeting had the Elks make their yearly donations. This year, they were made to Victim Services, Valley Ski Hill, Halkirk School and to the Halkirk Hicks 4-H Club. Attending the meeting was John Christie, the provincial president from Trochu, and Vern Thuroo and Archie Williams from the Hanna Elks lodge. It was a busy week at the curling rink, as the men and women gathered for their annual bonspiels. There were 12 men’s teams and six women’s teams. Winner of the men’s spiel was the Kelly Volker foursome from Erskine, topping the Dan Fowler rink. In the second event, JD Johnson and crew won over Dean Fowler team. The third event was won by Tony Nibourg and his team, which defeated Kurt Chick’s foursome. On the women’s side, it was Sandra Johnson’s team that won the tournament with a win over Sue Dammann from Stettler. In the second event, Lorna Schilling edged out Clara Nibourg. In the third event, Lisa Jordal played Tina Ensign.

The players enjoyed a supper on Saturday evening. Congratulations to Halkirk’s junior high basketball teams that qualified for CWAJHAA championships last weekend. The girls, who played in Rocky Mountain House, placed second overall. They won their first two games and lost to Bluffton in the final. The boys’ team played in Caroline on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. It was good competition and they were great games to watch, even though they lost both games. Wendy Ashbacher, Paul and Jacquie Dietrich, Adolf Heier, Rose Koenraadt, Anne Neilson and Irene Schilling attended the seniors’ floor-curling bonspiel in Castor last Monday. On Saturday, the Halkirk seniors hosted the Zone 4, 55-plus military whist tournament, with 20 people from Rimbey, Wetaskiwin, Big Valley and Stettler taking part. Congrats to two of our students who placed in the Legion poster contest. Zoey Giffin placed first in the grades 1 through 3 section, while Bailey Musgrove

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Elks provincial president John Christie (right) presents Halkirk Elks’ donations to (back row, from left) Doreen Blumhagen (Alliance Ski Hill), Matt Koenraadt (Exhalted Ruler of the Halkirk Elks), Neil Thorsteinson (Halkirk Hicks 4-H) and Melody Neufeld (Mother Teresa Halkirk Catholic School). In the front row are JD Thorsteinson, Jace Thorsteinson and Cale Neufeld (Halkirk Hicks 4-H Club members). placed second in the grades 4 to 6 section. Both entries will go on to the regionals. Dan and Clara Fowler returned form a two-week vacation in Hawaii. Special birthdays greeting go out to Charles Muncy, who celebrated the BIG 50 on March 8. Congratulations to Chantel Rompfer and Paul Butt, who were married in

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COMING UP: March 16 — Seniors’ crib tournament at the centre. Everybody is welcome; March 17 — “Tip of the hat” to all our Irish friends; March 22 — Helping Hands playschool fundraiser Bingo at 7 p.m. in the hall.

Donalda residents to cast byelection ballot Donalda is gearing up for a byelection, with one of our council members stepping down. Nomination papers are available at the village office, with nominations closing on March 18. The village was very busy this weekend. The fundraiser for the Living Hope Camp was well-attended, with a tasty dinner provided by Teresa’s Catering, followed by a robust live auction later entertained by Kim and Kevin Elias from Three Hills. The Donalda Coulee Friendship Club’s pancake breakfast and jam session was also well-attended. The music was great. Thanks to the volunteer musicians who came and made it an awesome day. Those of you who like to play Bingo can come out to the Drop-In Centre on March 20 at 7:30 p.m. for fun and fellowship, and maybe a win. This Thursday marks the monthly meeting for the Donalda Coulee Friendship Club. It’s a lunch meeting, starting at 12:30 p.m. — eat and then meet.



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Curlers bid farewell to enjoyable, profitable season Well, the curling season has wrapped up with a very successful mixed bonspiel. We had 24 teams enter and enjoyed many games throughout the week. It all wrapped up on Saturday night with a great supper from the Country Cookers. The winners of the bonspiel, after a closely contested game, were the Derek Krywcum team; second in the first event went to the Kent Holowath team. In the second event, Mitch Martin’s team took home the honours of first, and second in the second went to Tracey Nelson and his team. In the third event, first went to Jordanna Ferguson and her team, with second going to Shelby Primrose’s team. In the fourth event, first

went to Ray Wildeman’s team and second went to Julie Primrose’s foursome. There were also third- and fourth-place prizes paid out in each event. Congratulations to all the curling winners. Also, to conclude the winter activities, the Ag Society gave out prizes for the winners of the open league: Derek Krywcum, Claire Swanson, Dallas Krywcum and Melita Sorenson. In the super league, the top curling team was Jim Krywcum, Derek Krywcum, Dallas Krywcum and Jim Taylor. Finally, the top team in the women’s league was Norah Watts, Rose MacFarlane, Melanie Monaco and Robin Harvey. The junior league concluded also with a mini bonspiel

for the kids. All the curlers received a duffle bag, pen and pin from Starland County. Chase Chambers got most improved, Noel Kiemele won a plaque for sportsmanship, Brighton Watts won a plaque for most bonspiels played, and Brett Holowath won a plaque for the most dedicated Rumsey curler. In the mixed doubles bonspiel, the secondplace finishers in the second event were Mike and Deena Arvidson. Thanks for coming up to curl at Rumsey. After supper, our favourite auctioneer, Travis Cawiezel, and his bid takers, Allen Avramenko and Craig Cawiezel, auctioned off the billboards at the back of the rink. The bidding was lively and seemed

to settle on an average of $600 for each until the last one, where the bidding picked up considerably. Two fine local businesses started bidding against each other and with the finesse of a good auctioneer, Travis was able to edge that price up to $1,450 before one of the bidders finally conceded to the other. The Ag Society also offered the six front spots on the ice up to a silent auction and with an average of $350. Those spots went to local families and businesses who enjoy the opportunity to show their appreciation to this good community. Thanks to all the supporters of the curling club, rink and hall. The next event at the community hall will be the Spring Fling on April

13. At that event, you can expect a delicious supper, a chance to visit with the neighbours before seeding starts, and a silent and live auction of the best deserts from our great bakers of the community. Mark the date — it will be fun. The Morrin high school senior boys’ basketball team was off to zones this past weekend. They ended up with fourth position, losing out in the bronzemedal game. Our Rumsey locals were Evan Hampton, Lowell Nelson, Bradley Nelson, and Quinton and Cody Kopjar. Levi Hampton enjoyed winning first place in intermediate-level publicspeaking at the Morrin Multi-club last Tuesday, and he’ll go on to the districts in the near future.

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Good luck, Levi. Helen Steen reports that the AHA, Alberta Horticultural Association, is searching for new judges for the upcoming season of garden shows. If you are interested in this career, please get in contact with Helen. She has been a qualified judge for many years and will get you started. She has found it to be rewarding and interesting and would love to share all her knowledge with someone so inclined.

Botha goes green for St. Patrick’s Day festivities Let’s get our green back out and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday. Use your imagination and have a great green-coloured meal for the day. There are several great recipes on the Internet to celebrate the special day. So have some fun with what you wear, drink and eat for the special day. With Easter coming up soon, there is a Ham Bingo scheduled for this coming Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at the Botha Senior Centre, At the last Bingo, the loonie pot was won, so a big congratulations goes out to the winner, but the jackpot is still up for grabs. With time change last Sunday, church time has also changed. Church services stat at 9 a.m. from now until the end of June, instead of 11 a.m. Come out and hear Rev. Susan Bowyer and worship each Sunday. Palm Sunday takes place Sunday, March 25, the beginning of the Easter season. Congratulations goes out to all the winners of the 4-H club show last Sunday. Being a 4-H member is very hard and constant work, and everyone is a winner for doing their part. 4-H animals are great looking animals, so keep it up, everyone. The Botha community is very proud of all of you. This month at Botha School, students are planning on another fun trip by going out to the Alliance Ski Hill before it gets too warm out. This trip is planned for March 25, so they’re hoping for good weather so they can get out and enjoy themselves. They would like to say a big thank-you to the school council for helping to subsidize some of the cost. Also to anyone that helped out … without everyone’s

help, these trips would be impossible to achieve. Then their spring break starts on Monday, March 25, and runs through April 2, so hopefully everyone enjoys their time off. In Mrs. Maxwell’s grades 2/3 class, the Grade 3s are helping the Grade 2s by reading the short beginning novel called “The One in the Middle is the Green Machine.” Sounds interesting. They are also testing and building in science. In social studies, they are discussing local and international organizations that help people around the world in their studies of global citizenship. In Mrs. Melnyk’s class, they are asking parents to help their child by getting students to read more to them and marking it down on their child’s agenda. That also applies to working more on their math skills at home. In ELA, they have finished an extremely fun unit learning about poetry. Poetry collections will be marked and on display at the student-led conference, which takes place the evening of March 14. Mrs. Boxma’s Grade 1s had a lot of fun on their 100th

day of school. Some of the favourite activities included making 100-day hats, building rafts for 100 pennies and blowing up 100 balloons. They even had a cake, with 100 Smarties on it, to enjoy. In math, they are moving on to measurements. They will be comparing and ordering things according to length, area, capacity and mass. The children in kindergarten had a fun-filled Valentine’s Day. They delivered their Valentines, had a heart-treasure hunt, and hope all parents enjoyed their homemade wreath their child made for them. They would like to thank everyone who supplied Valentine snacks for them, which they really enjoyed, and for all the parents that came out to help. They are hoping all parents will attend their student-led conference, so they can show you their work. Sounds like a fun time for everyone. An exciting Sunday afternoon is planned for March 31 at 1:30 p.m. at the Botha Hall. The “Country Gems” Band will be the entertaining group that afternoon. There will be a pooled lunch, so please bring buns/sandwiches or dessert with you to share. Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Quilting Day will be Monday, March 25, so come on out at 9 a.m. for another great day. Here is something to mark on your calendars. Calling all seniors out Easter Monday, April 1, at 11:30 a.m. to the Botha Senior Centre for the Botha monthly meeting. This will have a pot-luck, so please bring something with you to share. Meeting to follow right after the pot-luck. So here’s hoping everyone has a great week, and the luck of the Green be with you.

Masons welcome community, Erskine to gain ‘safe, new members to open house secure water supply’ R ICHARD FROESE Independent reporter Serving the Stettler community for more than 100 years, the local Freemasons are opening their doors with an open house this Sunday. Residents and prospective members are invited to the open house at the Apollo Lodge 27 at 5001 — 52 Street from 2 to 4 p.m. “We want the community to know we are an open society that serves the community,” said Scott Savage, a member. “We are not a secret society.” Established locally in 1908, the Freemasons have assisted with town services, with money for the Stettler Public Library, the Stettler Music Festival and scholarships for students.

“We are strong supporters of local education,” Savage said. Mason members like to serve the community, and hope to spread that message Sunday, he said. “People can come and meet members of the Lodge who will explain what Masonry is all about.” The Eastern Star is the female branch of Freemasonry and is the largest women’s philanthropic association in the world. Together, the local Freemasons and Eastern Star work side by side as part of the same root organization, Savage said. Other concordant bodies that meet at Apollo Lodge include the Royal Arch Mason and the Shriners. Apollo Lodge 27 celebrated its centennial on May 31, 2008. Fire had destroyed the

Lodge building in 1927, along with all the records and contents. That year, the Lodge assisted in laying the cornerstone of Stettler United Church, which was being established then. Names of many of the local Freemasons are engraved on this stone. The first major undertaking of the new Lodge was the sod turning on Sept. 11, 1933, though it wasn’t until Nov. 8 that the cornerstone of the new temple was laid and can be seen on the southwest corner of the present building. The first meetings of the Apollo Lodge and the Eastern Star were in the new lodge building in January 1934.

L ES S TULBERG Independent reporter Construction has begun on a pipeline to connect the hamlet of Erskine to the main water line that runs from the Red Deer River treatment plant to Stettler. “This is something I have been hoping for — for eight years,” said ErskineBuffalo Lake councillor Joe Gendre. “It’s an exciting time — Erskine will have a safe and secure water supply, plus fire protection.” County of Stetter assistant chief administration officer Yvette Cassidy said the pipeline will run to Volker property the county acquired on the east side of Erskine, where a 500-cubic-metre reservoir and truck fill station will be constructed. She said $320,000 from the Building Canada Fund has been secured to help cover the cost of the project and that other grants have been applied for. Cassidy said the county plans to have


the project completed by the end of the year. She said the truck fill station will be “a good fire protection back-up for not only Erskine, but the Buffalo Lake communities, as well.” Gendre pointed out the project comes at no additional cost to the Erskine residents — there will be no special tax levy or frontage fees. With more than 400 residents, Erskine is the largest hamlet or village within the county, Cassidy said. Erskine residents currently access their water supply from their own individual wells. “Homes will be connected (to the Erskine reservoir) when they want to be — it will be ratepayer-driven,” Gendre said. He’s optimistic about the growth of the hamlet, with the introduction of “the safe and secure water supply.” When water is available, some of the Volker property, 15 acres the county acquired a couple of years ago, will be available for development, Gendre said.



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Bashaw among Erskine teacher nominated for provincial excellence award seven finalists for

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L ES S TULBERG Independent reporter

R ICHARD FROESE Independent reporter

Erskine Grade 1 teacher Courtney Gillespie thought she was “just doing my job.” It turns out that her teaching efforts earned her a nomination for Alberta Education’s Excellence in Teaching Awards. Gillespie and Caitlyn Prehn, who teaches at Gus Wetter School in Castor, are the Clearview School Division nominees. The awards recognize “the innovative and outstanding teaching that takes place every day in classrooms across Alberta,” administrators say. “The program provides Albertans with an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions teachers make to student learning.” Gillespie has taught at Erskine School for six years after one year at Rockyford. She said she was “surprised and humbled” to be nominated. “I thought I was just doing my job. The teachers at this school teach at such a level of excellence, I was just trying to keep up — they are amazing mentors.” Erskine principal Deb Spiller nominated Gillespie. Spiller said Gillespie’s strong leadership skills brought her to the forefront. “She will step forward

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Erskine School teacher Courtney Gillespie is one of Clearview’s two nominees for the provincial Excellence in Teaching Awards. to lead — she goes above and beyond in new methodology. She initiated the Power of 10 math program and was facilitator for the All Kinds of Minds program. “She is the whole pack-

age — an excellent teacher, has an enthusiasm for learning, is motivated and motivating.” Spiller said Gillespie is an effective colleague — “approachable and keen to help.”

Gillespie said she didn’t expect to be nominated, but thought it was “cool” to be recognized. The 2013 Excellence in Teaching Awards’ recipients are scheduled to be announced in May.

Bashaw is back in contention for Small Town Saturday Night honours. For the second straight year, Bashaw is among the seven finalists in a bid to stage a big-name country music concert in partnership with the Big Valley Jamboree. “We are obviously excited to be a finalist again,” said Jackie Northey, a member of the Bashaw bid committee. After finishing fourth last year in the inaugural contest, Bashaw battles this year against Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Foremost, Grimshaw, Namao and New Sarepta. Online voting runs to 11:59 p.m. on March 25. “We have a group of adults active to get the vote out,” Northey said. “Not only do we have adults organizing, but also younger people and students in the community who are creating videos and posters. Everyone is involved and doing a great job. “Now, the key is to keep that momentum going until the 25th.” The contest — and concert — winner is slated to be announced March 28. “Vote each day, share our video with your friends and family and ask them to vote for Bashaw, and add your friends and family to the Facebook group,” Northey said. Communities are vying for an April 27 concert headlined by Chad Brownlee, with a songwriters’ circle that is expected to feature Clayton Bellamy, Alee, Bobby Wills and Tenille. Videos are posted on YouTube, and the finalists are noted on the contest website. “What we’re doing is trying to make people aware, and then encourage them to start voting online from the first day,” Northey said. “What helped Legal win last year was that they had surrounding communities support them from the start, and that’s the only way to help give Bashaw the boost.” Stettler, one of the top-10 communities last year, decided not to enter the contest this year, but a spokesman said that town would consider entering the competition every second year.




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The Stettler Storm host the provincial bantam A championship Thursday through Sunday at the Stettler Recreation Centre. It’s a 10-team tournament. In the back row (from left) are assistant coach Malcolm Starling, head coach Rory Rost, Quade Cassidy, Cole Pedersen, Cayden Spady, Drew Cassidy, Brendan Pederson, Mark Bengert, Jordan Lee, Matt Sylvester, Paul du Toit, Ethan Rost and assistant coaches Craig Spady and Les Ternes. In the front row (from left) are Tye Mulgrove, Jeff Ternes, Brett Coleman, Euan Hanton, Ben Bauman, Brendan Bardwell, Todd Starling and Jackson Zimmermann.

Stettler goes for gold at home JOHN MACNEIL Independent editor The host Stettler Storm enter the provincial bantam A hockey championship on a roll. The Storm swept Rocky Mountain House 2-0 in their best-of-three North Central Minor Hockey Association semifinal last weekend. Stettler “played a real solid game” in winning 6-1 on Saturday at Rocky, and “played an even better game” in posting a 7-0 shutout at home Sunday, said Storm coach Rory Rost. “The timing was pretty good. We haven’t played a lot in the last couple of weeks. I don’t know if that’s going to be a blessing or a curse, but I’m hoping it’s going to benefit the kids. Because if we do end

up making it to the finals this weekend in provincials, it’s potentially six games in about three and a half days. “So I think we want to come in with our troops well-rested. You always want to be peaking at a certain time of the year, and I think we are at the proper time right now. And we’re coming into the provincial tournament fairly healthy.” Stettler has an 18-man complement — 17 skaters and goaltender Ben Bauman — on board for the 10-team provincial championship, which runs from Thursday through Sunday at the two Stettler Recreation Centre rinks. The Storm’s first game is at 6:45 p.m. Thursday against Edmonton. “We’ve had a couple of injuries, but one of the boys that had a knee injury has come back and played

RORY ROST pretty solid with a knee brace,” Rost said of Mark Bengert. “He got hurt in the Sherwood Park series and he didn’t skate for about two weeks … he’s coming back a little earlier (than projected) and he’s looking not too bad. “So the only player we think we might be missing

will be Tye Mulgrove, with a broken collarbone. He’s had it for about five weeks.” Rost said Mulgrove was scheduled to see a doctor Monday, and might still be available this weekend. “Tye is a little speedster. We’d love to have his speed out there in certain situations. If the doctor gives him the green light, we’ll still dress him and maybe put him out killing penalties ... we’ll see. We’re hoping. As a kid, he wants to come and play, too.” The Storm came to play last weekend as they finished off Rocky in their league semifinal. Stettler captain Matt Sylvester scored four goals in Saturday’s victory. Jeff Ternes added a goal and three assists, Ethan Rost scored, and Brendan Bardwell and Quade Cassidy each had a couple

of assists. Bauman blocked 33 shots in the Storm net. Bauman followed up with a 19-save shutout Sunday. Sylvester, with a threepoint game, Bardwell and Jordan Lee each netted two goals, while Cassidy had a goal and three assists. After the provincials, Stettler goes up against Sylvan Lake for the North Central league championship. The Storm captured the regular-season pennant with a 16-2-2 record. They also won the Zone 7 championship to go into the provincials through the front door, though they were already guaranteed the host berth. Stettler defeated Sherwood Park 5-4 in the two-game, total-goal zone final. Stettler, Lloydminster, Whitecourt, Beaumont and Edmonton make up Pool A, while Pool B is comprised of Sherwood Park, Grande

Prairie, Okotoks, Olds and Calgary. The teams face off in pool play on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The top two teams from each five-team division advance to the semifinals Sunday morning. The final is set for 3 p.m. Sunday. “We don’t know much about any of them, other than Sherwood Park — we’ve played them in the (Zone 7 championship) series,” coach Rost said of the provincial participants. “And I think we’ve played this Lloydminster team in our tournament. … Otherwise, there’s a lot of unknowns here.” The inclusion of Edmonton and Calgary teams in the provincial bantam A mix adds further intrigue to the Stettler tournament. Continued on Page B2

Storm ‘pretty pumped up’ for bantam A provincials JOHN MACNEIL Independent editor As a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Matt Sylvester might be in the minority among his hockey peers, but the captain of the bantam A Stettler Storm is otherwise in perfect harmony with his teammates. “We’re all pretty good friends,” said Sylvester, 14. “Most of them are also in Grade 9 at my school (William E. Hay).” While the star-studded Penguins continue their solid NHL season, Sylvester and company host the Hockey Alberta bantam A provincials this Thursday through Sunday at the Stettler Recreation Centre twin-arena complex. While most of his Stettler buddies are fans of the Edmonton Oilers, “I’m a Pittsburgh Penguin fan,” Sylvester said with a smile. “I’m a little out there, but I am. I’m the lone soldier on that one. “Well, they’ve got Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, lots of high talent players. I just look up to them, I guess.”

The Storm look for leadership from Sylvester and assistant captains Quade Cassidy, Ethan Rost and Cayden Spady. For months, Stettler has been the class of the North Central Minor Hockey Association, and the team has been anxiously awaiting the 10-team provincial championship. “I’m pretty excited,” Cassidy said. “I hope we can win it.” Spady believes the host Storm are up to the task. “Everyone should put in a pretty good effort,” he said at Monday night’s practice. “Since we’re hosting provincials, it should get the fans out here and it should get us pretty pumped up.” Although it earned an automatic berth as host, Stettler also showed its worth in the playoffs by winning the Zone 7 championship. “If play good, we should have an all-right chance of doing pretty good in provincials,” Rost said. “We’re playing league finals, too, so it’s been a pretty good season.” After sweeping Rocky

Mountain House this past weekend, Stettler has advanced to the league final against Sylvan Lake. But, first things first. The Storm get down to provincial business Thursday with a 6:45 p.m. game against Edmonton. If they’re fortunate enough to reach Sunday’s 3 p.m. final, they would play six games in four days. “We’re all pretty excited, but we have to come prepared for every game,” said Sylvester, a highscoring centre. “It’s going to be a jam-packed weekend, with lots of games.” The four Stettler captains and teammate Brendan Bardwell were part of the Storm entry in last season’s bantam A provincials. “We didn’t fare too well,” Sylvester said. “We had one close game, but other than that, no, not very good. “The skill level is obviously pretty high — bantam A provincials, so we’ve got to be mentally prepared. “We know the competition is pretty high, going in, so we’ll play our best, and hope

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The captains of the provincial bantam A tournament host and Zone 7 champion Stettler Storm are (from left) Ethan Rost, Cayden Spady, Matt Sylvester and Quade Cassidy. for the best.” Hosting a provincial championship is a big thrill for the Storm, which includes players from Castor, Big Valley, Alix and the greater Stettler region. “For me, and I’m guessing most of the players, it would be

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one of the highest moments (in our minor hockey careers),” Sylvester said. “It is for me. “I haven’t won a league banner. I won consolation, but not the actual league banner, or the provincials, so I’m hoping to this year.”

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Midget A Blues sweep Chiefs; midget B Storm hit playoff stride The Stettler Legion Blues made short work of the Maskwacis Chiefs in their North Central Minor Hockey Association midget A semifinal last weekend. The Blues won 4-2 on Sunday at Hobbema to sweep the best-of-three series 2-0. Stettler had posted an 8-2 victory at home last Friday. The Blues advance to the league final against the winner of the Rimbey-Red Deer semifinal. After a 7-4 victory Sunday, Rimbey takes a 1-0 lead into Game 2 at home tonight. In its series-clinching win, Stettler got goals from Kieran Rost, Micah Croker, Logan Davidson and Jacques du Toit. Davidson and du Toit connected in the final 10 minutes to break open a 2-2 game. Jordan McCallum tended goal for the Blues, and made 26 saves. In the opening game, Croker scored two goals and assisted on two others. Rost assisted on each of Stettler’s first three goals. Stefan du Toit added a goal and two assists, David Hanton tallied twice, and Davidson, Chase McGonigal and Tyler Stewart each added a goal. Devon Woelk made 28 saves for Stettler, which outshot Maskwacis 45-30. Also on tap for the Blues later this month is the provincial midget B championship, set for March 21-24 at Provost.

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Stettler forwards Tanner Steinwand (above) and Zack Werbowesky (below) each contributed to the offence as the midget B Storm picked up three wins in as many North Central Minor Hockey Association playoff games in the past week. At home this week, Stettler defeated Maskwacis 5-2 on Monday night after blanking Rocky Mountain House 4-0 the night before. Last Wednesday at Rocky Mountain House, Stettler posted a 6-4 win.

STETTLER MIDGET B The Stettler Storm midget B team continued its North Central Tier 3 round-robin playoffs this week and posted two home victories in as many nights. Stettler defeated Maskwacis 5-2 on Monday night after blanking Rocky 4-0 on Sunday. Kyle Froese and Zack Werbowesky each scored a goal and an assist in Monday’s win. Brandon Kent, Braydon Whiteford and Peter MacNaughton had the other goals for Stettler, which received a 26-save performance from Jarret Hampton. Hampton recorded the shutout Sunday with a 37-save effort. Jordan Fisher tallied twice and Werbowesky and Will Whiteside each netted one goal. Brycen Bainbridge assisted on three goals. That victory followed Stettler’s 6-4 win last Wednesday at Rocky Mountain House. Levi Fisher fired a hat trick in that game, while Tanner Steinwand picked up two goals and Jarrett Larose had one. Stettler is scheduled to visit Maskwacis within the next week for another game against the Hobbema team.


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they haven’t necessarily reacted well to unfamiliar opponents, Rost said with a chuckle. “If we’ve never played a team — this is just the mentality of our boys — we need a period just to feel them out, just to see how good they are or how weak they are. And sometimes against a good team, you don’t have time to feel them out. “So I guess that’s the responsibility of the coaches to get the players pumped and motivated right from the opening faceoff, especially against teams that we haven’t played before.” He doesn’t anticipate that to be a tough sell. “Whatever we’ve asked the kids to do this year, they’ve done it, responded and they’ve seen the results,” Rost said. “When you see success … they get a taste of it and it’s a little contagious. That’s the way they are right now. They’re starting to buy in to a very simple but creative system. And it’s working. “We’ve got a perfect balance right now. The goaltending has been really solid and our defence has bought into the simple system of just getting (the puck) out, getting it into the neutral zone and letting the forwards get on it. Once we get control of it, we’re a very offensive-minded team. But, like I say, we’ve got to take care of our own end. It’s simple. I mean, it’s not complicated. Our boys have bought in to this and have done very well.”

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Swordmen take zone title, head to atom D provincials The Big Valley Swordmen are bound for the atom D hockey provincials. The Swordmen, who are made up of four Byemoor players and nine from Big Valley, clinched the Zone 7 championship earlier this month. Big Valley had already earned a place in the provincial tournament, but still had to play Consort for the zone title, because Consort is the provincial host this weekend. In their playoff march, the Swordmen beat out Alix, Castor, Irma and Consort. They defeated Consort by a six-goal margin in a two-game, total-goal series for the

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The Big Valley Swordmen won the Zone 7 championship en route to the provincial atom D hockey championship this weekend at Consort. In back row (from left) are assistant coach Dan Webster, head coach Dustin Houston, and assistant coaches Danny Houston and Kevin Hiemstra. In the middle row are Tynan Whiteside, Owen Wilkie, Hunter Maginn, Robin Schipper, Rhett Walker, Kasey Hiemstra, Dan Brown and Gage Hutton. In the front row are Brendan Rusnack, Zach Duncan, Chase Skocdopole, manager Raj Duncan and Jacob Webster.

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Eight teams are in contention for the provincial bantam C hockey championship this weekend at Forestburg and Daysland. The Thunderstar Minor Hockey Association hosts the tournament Friday through Sunday, with 11 games set for the Forestburg Arena and four games slated for the Daysland Arena. Also participating are Smoky Lake, Calmar, Provost, Okotoks,

Hythe, Riviere Qui Barre and Drumheller. Games begin at 9 a.m. Friday in both rinks. The opening ceremonies are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, before a game between the host Thunderstars and Smoky Lake. Playoff games are set for Sunday in Forestburg, with the semifinals at 8 a.m. and 10:45, and the final at 4:30 p.m. It’s the first provincial champion-

ship hosted by Forestburg and Daysland “since the construction of their new facilities, which are in their second and third years of operation, respectively,” said tournament chair Tracy Dietrich. “An army of volunteers from the Thunderstar organization and members of the community have been recruited to make this a memorable event for participants, spectators and officials.”

Zone 7 banner. The provincials run Thursday through Sunday at Consort. It’s already been an eventful year for the hard-working Swordmen, who placed third in the North Central Minor Hockey Association during the regular season. Big Valley is now involved in its league playoffs. In pool play at the provincials, the Swordmen face the Vauxhall Sabres at 9 a.m. Friday, the High Level Northstars at 6 p.m. Friday and the Cremona Cowboys at 3:45 p.m. Saturday. The playoff games are slated for Sunday, with the final at 4 p.m.

Midget girls begin their playoff quest The Stettler Storm midget girls began their quest for the North Central Minor Hockey Association banner Saturday with an 8-2 victory over the Warburg Wolves. Morgan VanDusen and Sommer Bauman, who usually tends goal, each scored two goals for Stettler, and singles went to Gracie Lou Chapman, Jayden Hogg, Kelsie Litke and Dani VanDusen. Lindsey McKinnon faced 19 shots in the Storm net. On Sunday, Stettler defeated the Camrose Vikings 3-1 in an exhibition game. Hogg, Litke and Morgan VanDusen scored for the Storm, and McKinnon was in net. Stettler resumes playoff action at home at 8 o’clock tonight against Lacoka. The Storm wrap up Round 2 with games Friday night in Warburg and Saturday night at Lacombe. Storm fans are reminded this is the last week to vote in the Stagg Chili Saves For Success contest. Vote online at Stettler is trying to pull out of seventh place.




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NAGEL Della Marie (nee Campbell) March 1, 1928 - March 7, 2013 Della passed away at the Stettler Hospital on the morning of March 7th, at the age of 85 years. Della lived a full and rewarding life, rich with love and kindness. She was deeply devoted to her family and committed to her community. She applied her strong work ethic to every part of her life, including the family farm and her 33 year career with the County of Stettler. Della was a generous and thoughtful person, who was always eager to lend a hand. As a long time resident of Stettler, she volunteered her time with the Pilot Knob Ladies Club and with the Rotary Club through the United Church Women. In retirement, she remained active on the farm and spent her time visiting with neighbours and friends. During the summer, she enjoyed maintaining her yard and caring for her flower garden. Della was especially proud of the farm and home that she built with Albert, her husband of 57 years. Her life was enriched by their children Marian and Allan, and by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Della will be deeply missed and forever remembered by her daughter Marian Nagel of Stettler, son Allan (Cynthia) Nagel of Millet, sister Doreen Hammond of Calgary, brother Frank (Jean) Campbell of New Westminster, sister-in-law Hazel Brooks of Bashaw, granddaughters Roni (Dave) Haugen of Calgary and Cara Nagel (Chris Smith) of Saskatoon, great grandchildren Mason Vinthers and Davis Nagel Haugen, along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours. Della was predeceased by her parents Margaret and Harold Campbell, sister Betty and brother-in-law Kenneth Welty, brother Billy Campbell, brothers-in-law Otto (Margaret) Nagel, Bill Hammond, nephew Ian Campbell and in 2004, by her beloved husband Albert. A funeral service to celebrate the life of Della will be held at the Stettler Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 1:00, with a luncheon to follow. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Della, donations may be made to the Stettler Health Services Foundation - Palliative Care Unit or a charity of the donor’s choice. The Nagel family wish to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to Della’s care and well-being over the past months. Hospital visits, help on the farm, phone calls, flowers, and the compassionate care that she received at the Stettler Hospital was very much appreciated. STETTLER FUNERAL HOME 403-742-3422 entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.

Mr. Alfred Klaus of Stettler, Alberta passed away March 5, 2013 in Edmonton, AB. at the age of 92 years. Alfred is survived by his wife, Joyce Klaus; son, Ron (Carol) Klaus; daughter, Audrey (Dan) Benjamin; grandchildren, Keri, Amri, Shannon and Jason; great granddaughter, Tiana; stepchildren, Linda Wilson, Joanne (Joe) St. Amant, Marty (Debbie) Wilson, Brenda (Len) Schultz, Martha ( To m ) G h o s t k e e p e r, D e b b i e (Doug) Side, Jamie (Neil) Foley, John (Joanne) Wilson and their families; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Olga Klaus; sister, Aletha (Ado) Tipman; and wife, Irma Klaus. Alfred was born in Simbirsk, Russia on November 14, 1920, and immigrated to the Big Valley area from Estonia with his family at the age of 2. He attended Vimy Hill School to Grade 9, and completed his education in Big Valley. Upon completing school, Alfred shared farm duties with his father, eventually assuming full responsibility of the farm, with the exception of 1941-1942 when he left to search for gold in Yellowknife, NWT. In 1949, Alfred married Irma Nitchske, and they raised their two children on the farm until 1969, when they moved to Stettler and he became an Assistant Fieldman for the County. Irma passed away in 1980, and he married Joyce Wilson in 1981. Alfred retired from the County of Stettler in 1985 at the age of 65. Alfred was an avid reader and storyteller, and most of all enjoyed visiting with family and friends. After retirement, he pursued his favourite pastime of woodworking, enjoyed travelling and helping out wherever he was needed. He was a member of the Apollo Masonic Lodge #27, and later became a Shriner. Alfred was also a member of the Alberta Estonian Heritage Society, and an active member of the Lutheran church. He was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all. Funeral services to commemorate Alfred’s life were held at the St. Peter Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. Karl Faltin officiating. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Alfred, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Peter Lutheran Church or to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, AB TOC 2LO who have been entrusted with the care and arrangements. 403.742.3315. Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at

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MILLER Ernest Wilmer Miller of Lacombe, Alberta passed away at 8:24 P.M. in the Red Deer Regional Hospital on March 7, 2013 at the age of 89 years. Ernest was born on February 24, 1924 at Castor, Alberta. Ernest is survived by his wife Isobel of 67 years, a brother Wilfred Miller of Keromeos, British Columbia and a sister Maxine Taylor of Calgary, Alberta. He leaves seven children: Graham (Judy) Miller of Grand Prairie, Alberta and their four children Warren, Roxy, Shandra and Joan; Elaine (Jim) Heide of Vulcan, Alberta and their three children Sandra, Ben and predeceased by Tammy; Murray (Patricia) Miller of Medicine Hat, Alberta and their four children Ernest, Rosalynn, Danita and Rachel; Deborah (Duane) Young of Fremont, Michigan and their five children Aaron, Amber, Aminta, Anthony and Anne; Ruth (David) Catlin of Plant City, Florida and their three children Bethany, David J and Jeffery; Valerie (Leon) Raiche of Pensacola, Florida and five stepchildren Leah, Naomi, Ruth Anne, Mark and Anna; Vincent Miller of Lacombe, Alberta and his two children Stephen and Jeanette. He also leaves 27 great grandchildren and 11 step-great grandchildren. Ernest was a lifetime farmer and after training in OSA he built up a farm in the Castor area until he retired in 1989. He was married to the love of his life for 67 years. Their devotion to each other was a remarkable example to all. He loved to play his guitar and harmonica until he was not physically able. He moved to Lacombe and built his dream home and many other classic masterpieces. Friends and family will cherish their memories. The funeral service will be conducted by his grandson, Ernest W. Miller of Bible Baptist Church of Edmonton, Alberta and son Murray W. Miller of Lighthouse Baptist Church of Medicine Hat, Alberta, on March 15, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the Evangelical Missionary Church in Castor, Alberta. Visitation will begin at 10:30 A.M. and interment will take place at the Castor Municipal Cemetery, Castor, Alberta following the service. Care and funeral arrangements entrusted to PARKVIEW FUNERAL CHAPELS, Box 186, Castor, Alberta T0C 0X0, 403-882-3141.

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SWANSON The family of the late Gladys Swanson would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our family and friends for the love and support given to us during Mom’s illness and at her passing. To all who attended the funeral service and for all the many flowers, cards, charitable donations, meals and words of comfort, thank you we are all very appreciative. Thanks to Sylvie Trembley and the staff at Brennen Funeral Home for all their help with the arrangements and the compassion shown to our family. Thank you to Pastor Julian Price for the wonderful service and also to Brenda’s Catering for providing the lunch. Thank you to all of Mom’s friends for your friendship and caring words. To the staff at Heritage House, we cannot thank you enough for your compassion and kindness shown to Mom during her time spent there, especially during her final days. Your kindness extended to our family will not be forgotten.



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is now accepting applications for the following position: RECEPTION/ TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANT Bashaw Office Excellent computer skills required, ability to deal with the public, clients and employees. Must be energetic, self motivated, excellent communication skills, and organized. Please submit resumes via Fax: 1-780-384-2402 Email:

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to work at the Lodge two days per week, preferred days are Thursday and Friday approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Written applications will be received to March 15, 2013. If interested and wanting further details stop at the Lodge or call 403-882-3244 and ask for Sylvia, Marcy or Brenda Kneller. A copy of the required contract is available for your information.


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:

4817 - 51 St., Stettler

Join us at the Augustana Faith & Life Chapel in Camrose, AB on Saturday March 16, 2013 at 3 p.m. for Andrea Benoit’s 3rd Year Vocal Recital. Featuring Roger Admiral, piano; Jessica Hatton, flute; Holly Chappell, soprano. This one hour concert is free of charge and will be followed by a reception.

NOTICE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FENN R.E.A. Monday, March 18 7:30 p.m. Fenn Community Hall FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT PHIL - 403-740-9384





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

Branch Manager (Fox Creek)

Alstar Oilfield is looking for a highly motivated individual to lead our Fox Creek operation. Alstar has been serving the oil and gas construction industry since 1969. If you have….. 5 + years Managing in Oilfield Construction Strong Computer Skills Excellent People Skills Working Knowledge of Pipefitting and Welding Procedures The Desire to be Part of a Growing Company Please email your resume to Please Quote Job # 72252 on Resume For detailed job description and pay range, please email or visit our Career Section at CENTRAL PEACE NATURAL Gas Co-op Ltd. requires full-time Gas Utility Operator. Experience, safety tickets an asset. Clean valid driver’s licence required. Forward resume: Fax 780-864-2044. Mail: Box 119, Spirit River, T0H 3G0 NEWCART CONTRACTING LTD. is hiring for the upcoming turnaround season. Journeyman/Apprentice; Pipefitters; Welders; Boilermakers; Riggers. Also: Quality Control; Towers; Skilled Mechanical Labourer; Welder Helpers. Email: resumes Fax 1-403-729-2396. Email all safety and trade tickets.





F/T Safety Officer

to help implement & maintain safety programs. Fax resume to: 403-343-1248 or email


TANKMASTER RENTALS requires CLASS 1 BED TRUCK Operators for Central Alberta. Competitive wages and benefits. or fax 403-340-8818 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,

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Immediate Positions Available Experienced Day Supervisors Night Supervisors Must be able to provide truck Please send resume to 403-340-0886 or email: pnieman@ website: www. cathedralenergyservices. com Your application will be kept strictly confidential.




3RD/4TH YEAR, Journeyman Automotive Technician required. Competitive wages. Full benefits. Incentive programs, pension plan. Wolverine Ford, High Level, Alberta. Fax 780-926-4204 or email:

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AGGRESSIVE BUSINESS NEEDS: Production Assistant to successful business owner, some travel required. Class 1 Driver; Semi retired Mechanic; Gravel Crusher Operators, possibly experienced Foreman. Competitive wages. Work area: East Central Alberta. Email: Fax 780-842-5556. GO TO YOUR next job interview with 2nd Year Heavy Duty Mechanic skills. GPRC, Fairview campus - Heavy Equipment Certificate program. Hands-on training, safety courses, opportunity to write 1st and 2nd HET apprenticeship exams. Gain 600 hours credit. 1-888-999-7882;


A&W is a Canadian success story with over 700 franchised restaurants across Canada. Canalta Food Services Ltd. is a major A&W franchisee, owning and operating 30 restaurants across Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Our location at Stettler is now hiring a

Restaurant Manager. All levels of experience are welcome. This job will require work in inventory management, scheduling sales projection, human resource management and financial management. As an A&W employee you receive: • An opportunity to advance and grow within CMJ Foods Ltd. • Food discounts • Competitive pay (annual salary 42,000/year paid weekly, opportunity for quarterly bonuses) • A great working climate • Health Benefits (eligible after six months) Apply now at

Looking for an oilfield contract operator for the Stettler area.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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RSSJ Holdings Ltd O/A Tim Horton’s

Experience is an asset. Please send resume to: Box M, c/o Stettler Independent, Box 310, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0

Prism Integrated Solutions Inc.

6605 50th Ave, Stettler, AB, T0C 2L2

Food Counter Attendant Full Time/ Shift Work $11.00 Per Hour

In Forestburg is accepting applications for:

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Equipment Operator / Yard Supervisor Knowledge of oilfield materials and heavy equipment operation a must. A strong wage and competitive benefits package to the person who meets these requirements.

Please email resume to or fax to 780-582-3922

Prism Integrated Solutions Inc. In Forestburg is accepting applications for: Quality Control Manager

Successful applicant will be experience in ASME Sec VIII Div. 1 vessels, and Process Piping, as well as the various Oil and Gas Producers Specs. Knowledge of document control and material management also a must. A strong wage and competitve benefits package to the person who meets these requirements. Please email resume to or fax to 780-582-3922


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Cape Manufacturing Ltd. is looking for:


STRUCTURAL WELDER with CWB Welder Supervisor certification Profit Sharing Plan & Group Benefits CAREER OPPORTUNITY, apprentice to be a licensed glass worker. Permanent full-time position, installing residential and commercial windows and doors, automotive glass, glass cutting and fabrication. Drivers license a must. Apply in person to Heartland Glass, Stettler or fax resume to 403-742-2678. EXCLUSIVE FINNING/ Caterpillar Mechanic training. GPRC Fairview Campus. High school diploma, mechanical aptitude required. $1000. entrance scholarship. Paid practicum with Finning. Write apprenticeship exams. 1-888-999-7882; FAST TRACK to Parts and Materials Technician. New 34 week program at GPRC Fairview Campus. Fall, 2013. Write 1st and 2nd year apprenticeship exams. 1-888-999-7882; HEAVY DUTY/Field Mechanic - RS Line, a steady growing Powerline Construction Company, is seeking skilled Heavy Duty/Automotive Field Mechanics located throughout Central Alberta. Top wages, room and board, meal and clothing allowance with an excellent benefit package provided. Please apply to Loni: or fax 780-960-3543. MORGAN CONSTRUCTION & ENVIRONMENTAL LTD. - Looking for experienced Heavy Equipment Operators & Heavy Equipment Mechanics for work in oilfield & heavy civil construction projects. Competitive wages, full benefits & opportunity for year round work. Email resume: Fax 780-960-8930 or apply in person: 702 Acheson Road, Acheson, Alberta PARTS PERSON REQUIRED for Northern Alberta dealership. Ford experience an asset. Valid drivers licence required. Full benefits package. Fax resume to 780-926-4204 or email:

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Heavy Duty/Field Mechanic RS Line Contr. Co. Ltd is looking to hire Heavy Duty/Field Mechanics to be located throughout SO008246 Central Alberta. Successful candidates will have: s Journeyman Light Duty/Heavy Duty Mechanic background s Field experience with Industry machinery (trucks, cranes, diggers, etc) s Strong technical problem-solving, analytical, and trouble-shooting skills

Top wages, room and board, meal, clothing and living out allowance along with an excellent benefits package. Please fax your resume attn. Loni to (780)960-3543 or email:

Full/Part Time Store Administrator Position Now Available Then Kal Tire wants you to consider becoming a part of our team. With over 230 locations, Kal Tire is the largest independently owned tire dealer in Canada. We offer a motivating and fun atmosphere, empowering and supportive work culture and a comprehensive on the job training program.

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Receptionist with strong computer and excellent communication skills required for entry level position at a local Insurance Brokerage. Must have an outgoing personality and be customer-service oriented. Preference will be given to licensed insurance brokers. Please send resume to Box 1150, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Do you have ... • A desire to provide customer service through sales, tire replacement and repair. • The ability to work in a fast paced, customer oriented workplace where multitasking is often required. • A strong desire to exceed customer expectations. • A professional, friendly and courteous demeanor. • An understanding of a variety of accounting principles including accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory and payroll. • Effective problem solving, planning, organizing and communications skills. • The attitude to successfully work in a team atmosphere. With competitive salary and benefits programs, as well as the opportunity to participate in profit sharing, Kal Tire could be just the career move you’ve been looking for! Position will commence when a suitable candidate is found. Interested applicants should submit their resumes to Jade or Jim by fax to 403742-3317, by email to For additional information about Kal Tire please visit our website at



PIPELINE AND FACILITY SERVICES is currently looking to hire a

Journeyman Mechanic Heavy Equipment experience would be an asset. and also

B Pressure Welders Please fax resume to 403-742-3908 or email NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

is currently seeking applications for full time positions of:

Experienced Class 1 Gravel Truck Driver The successful candidate should have: – A clean Class 1 Driver’s License – Gravel truck experience (an asset, but not necessary) – A good knowledge of the County of Stettler – Willingness to work overtime and some weekends

Experienced Heavy Equipment Operator

Service Rig Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd. is seeking qualified candidates to fill Floorhand, Derrickhand and Driller positions. These positions are locally based. Applicants must have all necessary valid tickets for the position applied for. Bearspaw offers a very competitive salary & benefits package along with a steady work schedule. Please submit resumes: Attn: Human Resources Email: Fax: 403-258-3197 Or mail to: Ste. 5309, 333 - 96 Ave. NE, Calgary, AB T3K 0S3

The successful candidate should have: – Knowledge of Lease Construction and Clean up – Ability to take direction well, and work alone – Willingness to work overtime and some weekends – Multiple machine experience an asset, but not necessary We are looking for a long-term employment relationship. We offer year round employment, late model and well maintained equipment, competitive wages with overtime compensation, and a safe, positive working environment. If you are interested in becoming part of a successful team, that takes great pride in their employees, work and equipment, please email your resume to NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


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New Holland dealer in Stettler is now accepting applications for Agricultural Technicians or Journeyman/Heavy Duty mechanics with ag experience. We offer year round employment, hourly salary from $25 to $32.50 depending on qualifications, excellent benefits and a positive, friendly team oriented work environment. If you are looking for a rewarding career with a successful growing organization, then forward your resume to: Bill’s Farm Supplies, Attn: Tracey, Box 1325, Stettler, AB, T0C 2L0, fax 403-742-1282, email to:



PUT POWER INTO your career! As a Fairview Power Engineer. On-campus boiler lab. 4th Class-Part A 3rd Class. Affordable residences. GPRC Fairview Campus. 1-888-999-7882; PYRAMID CORPORATION is now hiring! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: or fax 780-955-HIRE Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!

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Tornado Hydrovacs, a division of Petrofield Industries is accepting resumes for: Assembly Department: Industrial Painters, Electrical Technicians; Welders (Journeyman or Apprentice); and Labourers. Our Company has an enthusiastic, fast paced working environment with advancement for motivated individuals, and an excellent benefit package. Please forward resume to hr@ or Fax 403 742-5544

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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


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

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SIMPLE! It’s simple to run a Garage Agro is the largest John Deere equipment dealership in Canada. We pride ourselves on having great people and creating a good work environment for everyone. We are also committed to promoting from within.


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Location: Stettler We’re looking for someone who: - Manages service department work order flow to achieve the required customer satisfaction levels - Provides quality repair work to ensure internal and external customer satisfaction - Advises and recommends to the Service Manager or Service Location Manager regarding technician skills and training needs - Assists the Service Manager or Service Location Manager in providing performance feedback for service technicians and staff - Assists with coordinating and conducting quarterly safety meetings - Provides leadership to the service technicians and maintain positive employee morale


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We’ll give preference to individuals with: - Minimum 3 years experience as a Service Technician, with High School Diploma or equivalent experience - Familiar with John Deere and competitive products - Basic understanding of financial principles relative to Service Department operations - Ability to lead others and to promote service department in a positive manner

$100 - $400 CASH DAILY for landscaping work! Competitive, energetic, honesty a must;

We’d like to offer you: - The opportunity to grow in your career as the Agro organization grows - An exemplary health, dental and optical benefits package - A competitive pay scale supplemented with a generous stock purchase program

SWAN HILLS Golf & Country Club looking for “working� golf course Groundskeeper/ Superintendent. 9 holes, grass greens, staff of 2 - 4. April to October. Please send resume or qualifications to:

If you’ve got a great attitude and integrity, we can offer you exciting career opportunities. To apply, email your resume to

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Advertisers in the showcase section maintain Real Estate offices in Stettler, are members of the Red Deer & District Real Estate Board Co-op Ltd., and all offer full multiple listing services.

New roof shouldn’t break the bank A new roof can be one of the more expensive repairs for homeowners. But homeowners don’t have to break the bank when it comes to replacing a roof, which can be made from a variety of materials that can vary greatly in price. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable roofing material and that budgetfriendly price is one reason why asphalt shingles are so popular. The asphalt shingles of today are also durable, which was not always the case.

Ceramic tiles are another roofing material, but these tend to be quite expensive. However, their price has made them quite rare, which might be attractive to prospective buyers when the time comes to sell the house. Durable and aesthetically appealing, metal roofing is another option that’s popular in areas they get heavy snowfall because snow does not build up on the metal like it might on other materials. The price of metal roofing varies

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significantly, so homeowners considering a metal roof should do some comparison shopping beforemaking a decision. Slate tiles are another roofing material, but one that’s very labor-intensive to install and, as a result, costly as well. But slate tiles are very durable, in some cases lasting as long as half a century or more, so homeowners who install slate tile can rest easy knowing the roof they install now will likely be the last roof they ever pay for.

Candor Realty Ltd.

Ph. 403-742-4424 Fran Snowden

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4913 - 51 Street

Karen Cannady

4908 - 51 Street

MOVE RIGHT IN! Cozy, spacious and well looked after mobile home on its own lot. 3 bedrooms, den and solarium. Large single garage ideal for truck or work shop. MLS # CA0009583 $169,000.

3 BEDROOM GRANDVIEW HOME on large lot. 2560 sq. ft. of finished living space. Gas fireplace, hot tub and 2 solariums. Beautifully landscaped yard. MLS # CA0009204 $265,000.

4 LEVEL SPLIT HOME with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Beautiful open concept that is ideal for family living. Solarium and double attached garage. MLS # CA0008250 $320,000.

3 BEDROOM/2 BATH BUNGALOW with finished basement. Nice deck off kitchen looks out to large fenced yard, great for kids and pets. MLS # CA0007528 $169,900.

GREAT FAMILY HOME! Many upgrades such as siding, soffit and facia. 5 bedrooms, fenced yard, oversized lot, detached garage and only 2 blocks to school. MLS # CA0008529 $207,000.

BUSY SOUP AND SANDWICH RESTAURANT on main street. Building has 2 store fronts and 2 revenue suites. Lots of potential to start your own business. MLS # CA314255 $349,000.

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Here’s value! Good bungalow with many updates. Large garage. Right by playground. $239,000. Don’t miss this one!

Right by all the recreation facilities. Spacious family home with double garage. Very affordable at $239,500.

Here's a good investment. 65 x 140' lot on the outskirts of Stettler. Ideal for mobile. Asking $42,900.

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2 well treed lots. Character 7 bedroom home with original wood work, 2 blocks to Main Street. One of a kind. $289,900.

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Looking to move up. Check out this bungalow. Like new, clean. Great family home. $389,500, You’ll be glad you did!

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

Unique Family Friendly 4 level split Home! Featuring 3 bdrm, 2 bath, oak kitchen cupboards, many upgrades, spacious family room with fireplace! Walk-out basement, fully fenced. #CA0005821. $285,900.

Calling All Investors - 8,800 sq. ft. of building space with 6100 sq. ft. presently leased. Great office space, storage yard with chain link fencing. Invest today for your future. #CA0007120.

Brand New ~ Very Affordable 3 bdrm 2 bath mobile home on its own lot! Featuring vaulted ceiling, new appliances, spacious master bdrm. Take this opportunity to own your own home and not pay high rent! #CA0003457. $189,900.

Country living with In town Benefits! 107 acres with a 3 bdrm bungalow, garage, shop/ shed. Hay, pasture lease revenue. Hop, skip & a jump to Big Valley! #CA315451. $399,500.

Building & Land For Sale Bring your cooking skills and start your own business! Located in a high traffic area, 70 seat capacity. #CA0006161.



Doug Roberts Broker/Owner


1/2 bdrm home 2 blks from Main St. Large fenced lot single garage. $195,900. Call Doug.



Just move in 5 bdrm split level. Built in 2005. $272,000. Call Jill.



NEW Beautiful Acreage. To build your own Home. 5.78 Acres in Jewel Estates. Price Reduced to $69,900. Call Wade.


4 level split 2400 sq. ft. finished. In Grandview. $284,000. Call Edna.


Well kept and modern 5 bdrms, 3 baths. In Parkdale. $279,000. Call Edna.

Apryl Cassidy Manager/Owner

Brian Lynn Associate Broker

Norma Leslie Associate Broker

Garry Rushton Associate

Edna Stuart Associate Broker

Atie Turnbull Associate

Call Sales Associate today for FREE or enquiries. Calla aCentral Central "Team" "Team" Sales Associate today for FREE adviceadvice or enquiries.



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Newer larger home on 1.38 acres. Within walking distance to town. $525,000. Call Edna.

Quiet Living in this 3 bdrm 1900 sq. ft. bungalow with 12 lots in Gadsby. All for $119,000. Call Garry.

3 bdrm home on double lot with nicely landscaped yard. $184,000. Call Wade.

Cozy bilevel. Built in 2004. Detached garage. Fenced, and ready for a new family. $312,500. Call Atie.






3 bdrm townhouse. Nice interior with modern feature and appliances. $205,000. Call Jill.


Back secluded lot at Scenic Sands small cabin with bunks. Treed and ready for your summer retreat plans. $149,000.


Tidy 2 bdrm home for great price. $123,900. Call Norma.



3 bdrm modular home with nicely landscaped yard in Erskine. $159,000. Call Ross or Wade.

Bare acreage 9 mi, north on 56. 5.9 acres w/ mature trees. $139,900. Call Ross.


2 bdrm bungalow at White Sands. $240,000.



Large mature lot, with small home. Perfect rental property till you build your home. Call Doug.

3 bdrms, 2 baths, Close to downtown. New shingles, very tidy. $258,000. Call Ross.

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Highway commercial property 1.19 acres, and residential .65 acre property. Call Doug for details.


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Work at the Stettler Public Library this Summer! Industrial & Oilfield Waste Management

SENIOR OPERATOR – STETTLER REF # 13-0062 We are looking to fill a full-time Senior Operator position at the Stettler Service Centre. The ideal candidate will have at least three years of direct or related experience in oilfield activities. 5th Class Power Engineering Ticket would be considered an asset but is not a requirement. You are mechanically inclined, can troubleshoot your way through a problem and value the importance of safety in the workplace. You are a hard worker, 13032TN1 able to work with minimal supervision, and are willing and able to work alone. You also have strong communications skills and are customerservice oriented.

The following position is available for students:

• Summer Reading Program Co-ordinator Deadline April 8, 2013. Please visit the Library’s website at or contact us at 403.742.2292 or for further details.

Prism Integrated Solutions Inc. in Forestburg

Newalta has much to offer including great benefits and room for you to grow with the company. Find out more about this and other exciting opportunities under Careers at Please email your resumé to stating the job reference number 13-0062 or fax to 403-806-7076. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Has the following position available:

Building Maintenance/Carpenter Foam panel building experience will be an asset. Applicant needs to be reliable, selfmotivated, and have the attention to detail we require for our finished product. Excellent wage and competitive benefits package offered to the successful candidate.

E-mail resumes to or fax to 780-582-3922

HEART HAVEN, PARAGON PLACE AND WILLOW CREEK LODGES Are looking for Aides to help in the kitchen and with housekeeping for all shifts • The County of Stettler Housing Authority is a not-for-profit organization which provides affordable housing for seniors and families in Stettler, Alberta and the surrounding area. • We are seeking Housekeeping and Kitchen Aides to work in our seniors’ lodges. • The ideal candidate has previous experience and a genuine desire to work with seniors. • We are looking for someone who is a good team worker who is hard working with good organization and strong communication skills. • Must be able to produce a Criminal Record Check. • Hourly rate of $14.48 - 16.27 with benefits according to our CUPE Collective Agreement. • This is a rewarding position with the opportunity to help the seniors in our communities. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Human Resources at 403-742-9220 or fax in a resume to 403-742-9221 or email to Please submit your resume by 4:00 p.m. March 15, 2013. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Help Wanted * Garden Center - Full time person required - Knowledge of plants and gardening is an asset, but will train - Duties include maintenance of plants, sales, displays

* Part-time Cashier - For cashiering and customer service - Also stocking shelves and cleaning - Must be available for weekends also

Stettler Home Hardware 5018 - 50 Street


We are currently looking for Operations Support staff in our Stettler location. This is a seasonal position. Reporting to the Operations Manager, the successful candidate will possess the following qualifications: • Possess a valid Class 3 Driver’s License with air brake endorsement • Provide a valid driver’s abstract • Agricultural background an asset • Previous blending, floating, tender truck experience preferred • TDG/WHMIS training required (course provided) • Candidate must work well with others in a team environment • Provide a high level of customer service • Ability to work long hours in season


Floor Covering Installers and Tilesetters needed

for Jensen Contract Flooring, Big Valley, AB Starting wages: $28.85/hr - Floor Covering Installers $24.75/hr - Tilesetters 40-50 hours per week Applicants should have a minimum of 3 years of work experience or have a valid trade certification. Please send qualified resumes only to or fax to 403-876-2554

• All candidates are required to pass mandatory drug & alcohol testing • Strong organizational and time management skills • Ability to read county maps accurately • Will be required to maintain records of product delivery and inventory management Interested applicants should fax their resume in confidence to 403-742-8511 or call Glen at 403-741-9581.

PARTY MAXX Help Wanted

Only interview candidates will be contacted.

Full Time Customer Service Specialist Join our energetic team at our exciting new location. Responsibilities will include floor merchandising and front end cash.

It’s part of our promise …TO GIVE YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED. From a safe workplace and open communication to the right training and the opportunity for personal/professional development, AltaGas Utilities provides its employees with the resources they need to discover fulfilling careers. Headquartered in Leduc, only minutes south of Edmonton, AltaGas Utilities, with 16 district locations throughout Alberta, safely and dependably distributes natural gas to more than 70,000 residents in over 90 communities across the province. We deliver highquality customer service in a positive work environment.

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Apply in person with resume at current location (across from SEARS) or for interview time call 403-741-7864


HIGH LEVEL SUPER A is currently recruiting for: Full-time Meat Cutter. Applicants must possess the people skills and work ethic required to maintain positive relations with employees and customers. A minimum of two years retail meat cutting experience would be an asset. The successful candidate must have completed Gr. 12 (or equivalency) and must be able to provide a clean security clearance. If you have the skills and abilities to meet our expectations, forward your resume in confidence to: High Level Super A, 10300 - 103 Ave., High Level, AB, T0H 1Z0. Fax 780-926-4620. Email:

INTERESTED IN the Community Newspaper business? Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. FREE. Visit: resumes_add.php

PART TIME TAXI DRIVER REQUIRED. Class 4 Licence needed. Phone 403-742-1444

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ELIZABETH’S Antique & Collectible Sale. Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway Ave., Edmonton, AB. March 15-16, 2013. Friday 2-8 P.M. & Saturday 10-4 P.M. Over 140 Tables!



1 HOME QTR & 18 Parcels of Farmland - Davidson, Saskatchewan. Sorgaard Ranches Ltd - 2290+/- title acres. 3 bedroom bungalow, 30 X 50 ft. garage, selling at the Saskatoon Auction March 19/13. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers: 1-800-491-4494; 75 QUARTERS LAND, Oyen, Alberta - Ritchie Bros Unreserved Auction. 1HQ, 30 Parcels Farmland, 6 Parcels Grazing Lease, $21,000 Surface Lease Revenue. Jerry Hodge 780-706-6652

In this union position, the successful candidate will safely and efficiently operate and maintain natural gas pipeline systems and associated equipment; document activities and gas system information as required by regulations; and perform staking and inspection activities to ensure quality standards are adhered to during the construction process. The best candidate for this role holds a High School Diploma and has completed a Gas Utilities Operator course; brings 3 years’ experience in a related field with preferably 1 year performing the operations function of a natural gas utility; and offers a mechanical aptitude and proficiency in the operation of tools, equipment and computer software. Other requirements include certification in PE Fusion, Safe Digging, Line Location and Construction Safety. Qualifications that include a Gas Fitter’s B ticket would be considered an asset. Candidates must live within 20 minutes of our Stettler district office in order to respond to natural gas-related emergencies. AltaGas Utilities employs individuals who are committed to safety and demonstrate a work ethic that includes honesty, loyalty, respect, reliability, accountability and ethical behaviour. For further information and to apply for this position, please visit our website at

NEED TO ADVERTISE? Province wide classifieds. Reach over 1 million readers weekly. Only $269. + GST (based on 25 words or less). Call this newspaper NOW for details or call 1-800-282-6903 ext. 228. UNRESERVED AUCTION. New surplus, siding, windows/doors, truck, tampers, furniture, tools, hardware, and more. 10 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 1235 - 1 Ave., Wainwright, Alberta. Scribner Auction 780-842-5666;

Building Supplies


LOOKING FOR a shop? Post Frame Buildings. AFAB Industries has experience, expertise, reliability and great construction practices. For a free quote, contact Ryan Smith 403-818-0797 or email METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Best prices! 36” Hi-Tensile TUFF-Rib 29ga. Galvalume $.67 sq. ft. Colours $.82 sq. ft. 40 Year Warranty. ALTA-WIDE Builders Supplies 1-888-263-8254 STEEL BUILDINGS/ METAL BUILDINGS 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100, sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206; www.




Semi loads of pine, spruce, tamarack, poplar. Price depends on location. Lil Mule Logging 403-318-4346

Misc. for Sale


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


LEARN TO TREAT and Care for Large and Small Animals. Animal Health Technology GPRC Fairview Campus. On campus residences & farm. Fairview, Alberta. 1-888-999-7882;

Agricultural #2000 - #2290 Tractors


THIS WEEK’S EYE SPY WINNER IS Ron Rider Please come into the Stettler Independent to claim your prize!



2 YEAROLD SIMMENTAL BULLS. April/May born coming two year old bulls. Full bloods and reds. Very quiet bulls. Fully guaranteed. We keep them until they are needed and deliver them. For more info call Norman Simmentals. Chris (403)883-2397 or Rod (403)883-2482. Located 4.5 miles east of Donalda on hwy 53 BAR-DALE LIMOUSIN, ERSKINE, AB. 40, two year old virgin bulls for sale at the farm. Fully guaranteed. Call Carole Barclay at 403-742-4825, Terry 403-740-5037 Ricky 403-740-5711. email ENGLISH RIDER Development Program - Level 1 & 2. Instructor - Certified Equine Canada Coach. Theory and hands-on. June 26 deadline. GPRC Fairview, Alberta. July 6, 12, 13, 14. 1-866-378-9675; INTRODUCTION to Equine Hoof Anatomy and Trimming. Theory and hands-on with specimen hooves. April 6, 7, 13, 14. March 20 deadline. GPRC Fairview, Alberta. 1-866-378-9675; LIMOUSIN Bulls Polled Red and black two year olds and yearlings. Semen tested. Combest Limousin Farm. (403)742-5211



Antique & Collectible Sunday March 17 10 a.m. Olds Air Cadet Hall-52nd street Olds AB Rail King Trains, Houses, Buildings, CN & CP trains, American flyer train set, Lionel trains, Coins, Hockey cards, Glassware, Crocks, Calgary stampede posters, Western Art, Comic books, Jewelry, Furniture, Collectibles. Just too much to mention. Sale is subject to additions & deletions. Check the Web for full listing and pictures.

Pilgrim Auction Service 403-556-5531

COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION. 3rd Annual Edmonton Motor Show Classic Car Auction. April 19 - 21. Edmonton Expo Centre. Over 75,000 spectators. Consign today. 1-888-296-0528 ext. 102;

Misc. Help


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10 pkgs. of 500 sheets

SIMMERON SIMMENTALS, Fullblood Full Fleckvieh Bulls, yearlings and 2 year olds, polled and horned, A.I. blood lines, very quiet, muscled. 780-913-7963

$48/case Shop Stettler & Save! 403-742-2395 Farm Custom Work



ORDER NOW For Pick Up on April 18-20. 19 weeks old Isa Brown laying hens. Linden, AB 403-546-3130


Bale Hauling & Swathing Marketing of Hay and Straw Will load own truck

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



BULL & FEMALE SALE MARCH 10, MARCH 16,2012 2013 at the farm, Erskine AB

Stettler Regional Board of Trade and Community Development

SUMMER STUDENT POSITION • Must be returning to Post Secondary. • Must be available and willing to work weekends. • Minimum of 35 hours a week. Please submit resume to or in person, 6606 - 50 Ave.

DELTA OILFIELD CONTROLS (Rocky) Ltd. Tuesday, March 19, 10 a.m., MAS Sales Centre, Blackfalds, Alberta. Selling picker & PU service trucks, trencher, shop, construction & specialty tools, new residential & oilfield electrical & instrumentation stock, misc.; www. 1-800-371-6963

Pets & Supplies

MEL’S MAINES & JANELL SHORTHORNS - Purebred red, red/white, and SAWMILLS from only black maine and shorthorn $3997. Make money & yrlg bulls available. - Mel 7TH ANNUAL save money with your own Barkley 403-740-4958 COLLECTOR CAR bandmill. Cut lumber any AUCTION & SPEED SHOW, dimension. In stock ready March 15 - 17/13, RITCHIE BROS to ship. Free info & DVD; Red Deer Westerner Park. Unreserved Auction. Featuring Big Schwag Oyen, Alberta, March 23 /400OT. 1-800-566-6899 & indoor car show! at Noon. Red & Black ext. 400OT Exhibitor space available. Angus 230 mature cows, Consign your car; estate 25 replacement heifers, today. 1-888-296-0528 ext. Office 12 mature bulls. 102; Bobby Miller: Supplies 403-358-1393 or




Deadline to submit resume is March 28, 2013.

Offering over 700 head of Quality Angus Cattle Canada’s Largest Angus Production Sale

150 yearling bulls •‡ 150 yearling bulls ‡ two year old bulls • 100 bulls ‡ fall two-year-old born yearling bulls ‡ 120 yearling heifers • 150 yearling heifers ‡commercial heifers • 300 commercial heifers LEE & LAURA BROWN

Box 217, Erskine, Alberta T0C 1G0 Phone: 403-742-4226 Fax: 403-742-2962 catalogue online

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Business and Services Directory


403-309-3300 1-877-223-3311 Accounting .......................... 1010 Acupuncture........................1020 Advocate/Mediation ............1025 Antique Dealers & Stores ...1027 Automotive ..........................1029 Bands & DJ s ......................1030 Beauty/Cosmetic ................1040 Bookkeeping .......................1050 Cabinet Makers...................1054 Child Care/Caregivers .........1060 Carpentry............................1062 Car Rentals .........................1064 Cat Work .............................1065 Cleaning .............................1070 Clerical................................1080 Construction .......................1085 Consulting...........................1090 Contractors ......................... 1100 Computer Services ..............1110 Drafting & Design................ 1120 Eavestroughing ................... 1130 Educational ......................... 1140 Electrical ............................. 1150 Entertainment ..................... 1160 Escorts................................ 1165 Farm Equipment ................. 1168 Financial ............................. 1170 Fireplaces ........................... 1175 Flooring............................... 1180 Food/Catering ..................... 1190 Furnace Cleaning ............... 1193 Glass Shops ....................... 1196 Mobile Glass Shops............ 1197 Handyman Services ...........1200 Health Care......................... 1210 Income Tax .........................1220 Insurance ............................ 1130 Landscaping .......................1240 Land Mapping .....................1250 Legal Services ....................1260 Limousine Services ............1270 Massage Therapy ...............1280 Mechanical .........................1285 Misc. Services ....................1290 Moving & Storage ...............1300 Oilfield .................................1305 Painters/Decorators ............ 1310 Personal Services ............... 1315 Pet Services ....................... 1318 Photography .......................1320 Plumbing & Heating ............1330 Printing................................1335 Rental - Equipment .............1340 Rental - Misc .......................1350 Repair Service ....................1360 Roofing ...............................1370 Snow Removal....................1380 Travel ..................................1385 Upholstery ..........................1390 Well Drilling ........................1400 Welding ............................... 1410 Window Cleaning ................1420 Yard Care ............................1430





Box 1595, 4907 - 50 Street, tree ee et et, t, AB Stettler AB

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

Professional Accountants LLP Guy Chapman, CA Chris Annand, CA Kendra Walgenbach, CA Naomi Roth, CGA P.O. Box 1328 4702- 51 Ave., Stettler Tel: 403-742-3438 e-mail:

4606 - 40 St., Stettler

Cabinet Makers


Certified General Accountants 4814 - 49 Street, Stettler

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


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

Box 685, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0



-Residential -Commercial -Farm Buildings -Renovations


Serving Stettler area over 35 years



House Plan Design Small Commercial Shop Drawings As Builts rg

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Phone: 403-742-6612 Cell: 780-935-0540 Email:



PH: 403-742-4101



FINISHING TOUCH EXTERIORS LTD. 5�Continuous Eaves “Gutter Clean� Leaf Protection


Find out more about us at: Phone: 403-742-3555 4109 - 48 Avenue, Stettler

Auto Body Repairs Accessories & Graphics Restoration/Sandblasting Box Liners

Phone 403-742-1681

of McCuaig Desrochers

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

Legal Services


IS YOUR CRIMINAL record limiting your future? Want it gone? Have it removed today! Canada’s #1 record removal providers since 1989. 1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366); www.

Misc. Services


Get rid of your Garbage with. . .





Health Care


Stettler Eye Care Dr. R. TROY NELSON Comprehensive eye health and vision exams Top quality frames, lenses and contacts Treatment of eye disease, injuries and surgical co-management

Phone 403-742-2683 New patients welcome

5002 - 51 Ave., Stettler, AB Phone 403-742-2529 Fax 403-742-2522

LANDMAN REULE LAW OFFICE Lori R. Reule LL. B. Stettler Professional Building 4819 51 Street



Optometrist Stettler, Alberta Box 1796 Phone 403-742-2998

Gary G. Grant Law Office



Personal Services


DATING SERVICE. Long-term/short-term relationships. Free to try! 1-877-297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call #7878 or 1-888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call 1-866-311-9640 or #5015. Meet local single ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+). TRUE PSYCHICS! For Answers call now 24/7 Toll Free 1-877-342-3036; Mobile: # 4486;

Plumbing & Heating


Phone: 403-742-4437

OPTOMETRISTS Ponoka, Alta. 403-783-5575 1-800-662-7168 Coronation Office 403-578-3221 Hanna Office 403-854-3003

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

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


Snow Removal

Snow Removal

Stettler Ph.



4719 - 49 St. Stettler, Alberta

Serving Stettler & Area since 1978


403-742-5810 or 403-742-6443

Custom Work


Physiotherapy, Acupuncture & Massage

Hay Yards & Bin Yards General Snowplowing

“Keeping people in Motion...�

Reasonable Rates

1,200 ft. heated shop in East Industrial area of Stettler. Available Dec. 1/12. Phone 403-742-8327, Tracey.

Storage Space

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


STETTLER MINI STORAGE Household, furniture, business records, etc. Various sizes. Protected by security alarm and fenced and lighted perimeter. Owner: Reg and Darlene Hunter 403-740-9283 or 403-742-3153

Built in 2011, 1400 sq. ft. home with everything on one level. 3 bdrms, 2 baths, attached double garage. Part of an age 45+ condo association,†$50/month fee†covers snow shoveling and lawn care. Located next to large green area with mature trees. Phone (403) 742-7765

Houses Wanted


RETIRED, RESPONSIBLE COUPLE with friendly well behaved dog, seeking house or mobile home. Long term rent as of March 31 or April 15. Written reference. 403-741-3008

Condos/ Townhouses


WANTED 100 plus 2-3 yr old round or large square straw bales. Loading required. Call 403-747-2384

Seed Grain



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

Condos/ Townhouses

CERTIFIED seed for sale: Busby barley, Sundre barley, Ponoka barley, Jordan oats, Guaranteed, fully tested. Greg Jones, Magic Seed Farm 403-704-6277 or 403-783-6495

Unit #306 - 2 bdrm. condo, w/solid hardwood flooring, downtown R.D. Underground parking. Needs bathroom updated & painting. Price range between $160,000 $170,000. 403-815-0429 or 540-6066 to view.


For Lease or Lease to Own 3 Bdrm Townhomes

For Rent #3000 - #3200 Houses/ Duplexes


SMALL 2 bedroom house, White Sands, AB., n/s, utils. incld, $900/mo. + DD 403-741-8707

Commercial Property

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Motorcycle repair shop – sales in excess of $400,000.00 and growing Manufacturing operation – covers for boats, trucks price $82,000. Liquor Store – land, buildings & eq. northern Alberta Restaurant – no franchise fees, full service sales 1.4 M Crane & Picker operation – well established, owner’s wishes to retire sales 800,000. Independent Pizza- steady family bus, 75% takeout/delivery estimate net $172144 DQ Grill & Chill6DOHVXSQHZO\XSJUDGHG5HQRFDVKÀRZXSWR Quiznos- sales growth potential could net $255000 low rent, can open 2nd location 30 yr Established Glass Shop- Auto, builders, residential, commercial, 2 owners with 2 staff Full Service LaundromatFRPPHUFLDOVDOHVRYHUH[SHFWDWLRQVKLWDSUR¿WRI

The above is a selection of choices please visit our website

Public Notices

6010 Town of Stettler PUBLIC NOTICE





Notice is hereby given that the following Development Permit Applications have been approved. 1.

Misc. Services


Misc. Services


Misc. Services

Proposed Development:



12345 3.

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

No: Legal Description: Municipal Address: Applicant:

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

DO YOU NEED to borrow money - Now? If you own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits will lend you money - It’s that simple. 1-877-486-2161.

RURAL WATER TREATMENT (Province Wide) Tell them Danny Hooper sent you




Qualified and Reputable

View our 29 patented and patent pending inventions online at


2693-2013 Lot 1, Block 21, Plan 0729463 4106 - 68 Street Echo Ridge Homes Inc. Single Family Dwelling with Attached Garage

No: Legal Description: Municipal Address: Applicant: Proposed Development:

2694-2013 Block N, Plan 2662TR 6202 - 44 Avenue Town of Stettler

No: Legal Description:

2695-2013 Lot 5-7, Block 14, Plan RN54A 4710 - 50 Street Camdon Construction Ltd.

Municipal Address: Applicant:

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

Stettler Furnace Cleaning


Perfect Retirement Home for Sale in Stettler

Call Mark Hansen 10 am-5 pm Mon-Fri @ 403 343 0824 or email






DEALERS WANTED: Hannas Seeds need agents to sell alfalfas, clovers and grasses plus hay, pasture, turf, native and reclamation mixtures. Contact Esther 1-800-661-1529 or


Furnace Cleaning


FURN. room w/small kitchenette, 12 mins. outside Stettler, private entrance, shared bath, quiet n/s only, no pets, $400 403-742-8912




One block East of Scotia Bank

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

All types of Electrical Installation & Maintenance

Grain, Feed Hay

Houses For Sale

Call Bill Conroy or Keith Acheson @ 403-346-6655

-Gitzel Krejci Building

“If It’s Electrical We Do It�

HORSE and Stock trailer. Parts and repairs. Axles, brakes, drums, bearings, spring, rims, fenders, lights, and wiring. Pick up & delivery avail. HORSE SHOE TRAILER MFG. AND REPAIR. HALKIRK, ALBERTA 403-884-2173 403-430-0504

3 BDRM. house in Bashaw, 1360 sq.ft., 2 car det. garage, $1000/mo. $1000 d.d., no utils., avail. April 1, call 403-348-3058

4910 - 51 Street Stettler, AB T0C 2L0


Rooms For Rent

Buy & Sell #1500 - #1990

5326 47 AVE.

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

Dr. Patricia Ross Dr. P.G. Wilson Dr. D.A. Heimdahl



ROUND hay bales for sale. We deliver. Self unloading. No Sunday calls Please. 403-843-6380

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



Quality Collision Repair and Professional Service‌ Guaranteed!

Randy Long

Buzz Andersen

403-742-5111 Automotive



(Beside A & W)

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

403-742-4431 Toll free 1-877-742-4431 e-mail: website:


“Your Service Specialists�

4607 - 59 St., Stettler


Gitzel Krejci Dand Peterson

Legal Services





• Residential • Commercial • Automotive Needs

FAX: 866-305-5686

Thorogood Pinches

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

Phone 403-742-2869

Mo rafting D

Chapman and Co.



Drafting & Design Ph:403-742-5979 Fax:403-742-3656

Glass Shops

One & Two BEDROOM APARTMENTS FOR RENT No pets Phone Ellen Phone Linda or at Ernie 403-742-1568 at 403-742-5005

Old high back bucking saddle. ‘Gibson-Bear Trap’

Horse/Stock Trailers






Proposed Development:

Stettler Recreation Centre Renovation

Leasehold Improvements

You may appeal this decision by serving written notice of appeal to the Secretary of the Stettler Subdivision & Development Appeal Board, P.O. Box 280, Stettler, Alberta prior to 4:30 p.m. March 27, 2013. For further information, please phone 403-742-8305. Leann Graham Planning & Development Services

Wednesday, March 13, 2013




Manufactured Homes

Out Of Town Property

THINKING OF SELLING? We need your 1990 or newer manufactured or modular home (to be moved). For free evaluation contact Terry at 1-877-347-0417 or terry

ELINOR LAKE RESORT. 2.5 hours NE Edmonton. Spring Sale, fully serviced lake lots reduced by 15% May 17-31, 2013. Suitable for cabin/house, RV or investment. 1-877-623-3990;

TWO ONLY! SRI 3 bedroom/2 bath, 20’ X 76’ Promotional Homes. $10,000 less than market value! Free delivery (100 miles), skirting, over-range microwave. Bonus: $1,000 Brick Certificate. Call now! Dynamic, 1-877-341-4422;

VOLUME PURCHASE on our new Alaskan Series! 1520 sq. ft. $129,900 until March 30. Includes Arctic insulation package and stainless steel appliances. Toll free 1-855-463-0084;

Public Notices

Out Of Town Property



OKANAGAN REAL ESTATE ALL PROPERTIES “Best Buys”, fastest & easiest way to check it all at no cost to you. Check out our website:

Transportation #5000-5300

2007 Ford 500 Sedan AWD


Town of Stettler

HOCKEY HEART OF A CHAMPION — Blair Chapman, a volunteer with the Stettler Lightning for almost 20 years, holds the appreciation plaque he received this month from the Heritage Junior Hockey League team. Chapman has announced he’s retiring from his duties with the junior B team.

2002 HONDA Accord, loaded, one owner, $4,900. Phone 403-742-8190 for more information.


± 2 sets Mag Wheels (one set winter tires, other summer) ± New Windshield ± New Battery ± Leather Interior ± CVT Transmission ± Chrome Bug Screen ±Sun Roof ±Lots of Extras ± 143,000 KM ± Clean Unit Asking $10,500 Call Ray 780 372 4494 - Bashaw

JOHN MacNEIL/ Independent editor







THE ONE, THE ONLY authorized Harley-Davidson technician training program in all of Canada. You’ll work on all types of HD bikes. Quality instruction & state-of-the-art training aids. GPRC Fairview Campus, Fairview Alberta. 1-888-999-7882; REV UP YOUR ENGINE. Now gain 1st and 2nd year Apprenticeship Motorcycle Mechanic skills. GPRC Fairview campus. Hands-on training - street, off-road, dual sport bikes. Write AB MCM exams gain 320 hours credit. 1-888-999-7882;

PUBLIC NOTICE LAND FOR LEASE The Town of Stettler is now accepting tenders to lease the following land(s). The Term of the Lease will for 2 years (2013 – 2015). LOCATION




Pt. N.W. 4-39-19-W4 Parcel D, 2981ET

84.33± 12±

Pasture Hayland or Pasture


Pt. S.E. 9-39-19-W-4




Lot 1, Plan 8023215 (airport)



Conditions of Lease: Upon acceptance of lease tender by the Town of Stettler, all lease moneys must be paid in full prior to tenant occupancy. Closing Date: Sealed lease proposal documents must be externally marked “Land Lease” complete with “Land Location” and submitted to the Stettler Town Office at 5031 – 50 Street no later than 2:00 p.m., April 3, 2013. Further information may be obtained from the Stettler Town Office, 5031 - 50 Street or by contacting Leann Graham at 403-742-8305.

Town of Stettler

Public Notice #6000

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

Public Notices


Community Support Services ADULTS/CHILDREN ANONYMOUS Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. For more info Kira & Ian FCSS, 403-742-2339

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 403-742-3214; 403-742-2966 or 403-742-4271

AL-ANON 403-742-0990

PUBLIC NOTICE BYLAW 2038-13 Public Notice is hereby given that it is the intention of the Municipal Council of the Town of Stettler to pass Bylaw 2038-13 to close portions of public highways (streets) to public travel and create title to portions of public highways (streets):

ALZHEIMERS SUPPORT GROUP 403-742-4263; 403-742-8122 or 403-742-4091

RICHARD FROESE/Independent reporter

HALL OF FAMER — Longtime referee John Jacobs (left) of Stettler receives congratulations from Stettler Mayor Dick Richards last week, shortly after it was announced that Jacobs would be inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame on June 15 at Red Deer.


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

BRIGANTIA PLACE (formerly Camrose Women’s Shelter)


CELIAC (Gluten Intolerance) Brenda 403-742-3067

COCAINE ANONYMOUS Pager toll-free (20 sec. response time) 1-403-357-6266


When it comes to the

403-742-2337 (parents who have lost a child[ren])




A copy of Bylaw 2038-13 may be viewed at the Town Office during regular hours of business.


NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Hot Line 403-342-1444


A Public Hearing on the matter of Bylaw 2038-13 will be held at the Council Chambers, Stettler Town Office, 5031 – 50 Street on April 2, 2013 at the hour of 8:00 p.m. when written or oral presentation for or against the bylaw will be received.

(STABIS) For more information phone 403-742-6456

Leann Graham Planning & Development Services

STETTLER & DISTRICT FOOD BANK SOCIETY Kathy Willis - 403-742-4567 Elaine Williams - 403-742-2745 4820 - 51 Street

STETTLER CITIZENS ON PATROL Conserving Canada’s Wetlands

RCMP office 403-742-3382

Grazing Tenders


Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is now accepting bids for 2013 pasture agreements on the following properties:


One Year Pasture Agreements 1. NW 6-37-19 W4M – Lowden Springs Project - 2500 cow/calf days 2. SE 7-40-20 W4M – Hubert Project - 3500 cow/calf days 3. SE 16-40-19 W4M – Simon Project - 3000 cow/calf days 4. N 1/2 of NE 14-42-21 W4M – Andrews Project - 1800 cow/calf days Multi-Year Pasture Agreements 1. NE 20-41-18 W4M & NE 11-41-19 W4M – Fitzpatrick and Walker Projects – 2 Year (3500 cow-calf days/yr) 2. NE 16 & NE 15-41-19 W4M – Greener and Nixon Projects – 2 Year (3500 cow-calf days/yr) 3. N 1/2 4-43-21 W4M & SW 33 / NW 28-42-21 W4M – Stauffer and Earl Stamm Project - 2 Year (3500 cow-calf days) 4. E 1/2 27 & NE 22-36-21 W4M – Kerbes and Kerbes 2 Projects – 3 Year (2800 cow-calf days/yr) NOTE: • Multi-Year Pasture Agreements – one project or quarter section to be grazed per year. • Payment required upon acceptance of bid by Ducks Unlimited Canada. • Agreements are for the indicated term with no guarantee of renewal. • Properties should be viewed prior to bidding. Fence maintenance and water requirements will be the responsibility of the agreement holder. • Grazing to commence no earlier than July 15th and be completed by September 30th. Tender Closing Date: Friday March 22, 2013 at 12 noon. Tender forms must be used in bidding process. For a copy of the tender form or further information contact Ian at (403) 342-1314 ext #7 Tenders accepted by fax or mail at: Ducks Unlimited Canada #1, 5550 - 45 Street Red Deer, Alberta T4N 1L1 Fax: (403) 346-1211 Ducks Unlimited Canada reserves the right to reject the highest and/or any other bid.


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Choice AVU 403.309.3474

(Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Grace – 403-742-0681 Vivian – 403-742-3935


X-Cel Communications 403.755.9100

403-741-7841 CONFUSED? GETTING THE RUN AROUND? CONTACT YOUR INFORMATION AND REFERRAL CENTRE Residents of Stettler and the surrounding area now have access to this free and confidential service. It provides information and referral on social agencies, government services, clubs and organizations, to best suit the caller’s need.

Just Dial - 403-742-1155

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

Rips Audio Video 403.556.6616



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A copy of Bylaw 2038-13 may be viewed at the Town Office during regular hours of b i

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WISE BUYERS READ THE LEGAL COPY: Vehicle(s) may be shown with optional equipment. Dealer may sell or lease for less. Limited time offers. Offers may be cancelled at any time without notice. Dealer order or transfer may be required as inventory may vary by dealer. See your Ford Dealer for complete details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. For factory orders, a customer may either take advantage of eligible Ford retail customer promotional incentives/offers available at the time of vehicle factory order or time of vehicle delivery, but not both or combinations thereof. ‡Until April 30, 2013, receive $250 /$500/ $750 /$1,000 /$1,250 /$1,500 /$2,000 /$2,500/ $3,750/ $4,500 /$5,500 /$7,000 /$7,500 /$8,000 /$8,500 Manufacturer Rebates with the purchase or lease of a new 2013 Explorer Base / Edge SE/ Focus (excluding S, ST and BEV), Fiesta (excluding S), Escape (excluding S)/ Flex SE, Explorer (excluding Base), E-Series, F-150 Regular Cab XL 4x2 value leader/ Focus S, Fiesta S/ Mustang V6 Coupe, Taurus SE/ Transit Connect (excluding Electric), F-350 to F-550 Chassis Cabs/Edge AWD (excluding SE)/ Edge FWD (excluding SE)/Mustang V6 Premium/ Mustang GT, F-250 to F-450 (excluding Chassis Cabs) Gas Engine/ F-150 Regular Cab (excluding XL 4x2) non 5.0L/ F-150 Regular Cab (excluding XL 4x2) 5.0L, F-250 to F-450 (excluding Chassis Cab) Diesel Engine /F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew non 5.0L/ F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew 5.0L - all Raptor, GT500, BOSS302, and Medium Truck models excluded. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. †Offer valid from March 1, 2013 to April 30, 2013 (the “Program Period”). Receive CAD$1,000 towards select Ford Custom truck accessories, excluding factory-installed accessories/options (“Accessories”), with the purchase or lease of a new 2012/2013 Ford F-150 (excluding Raptor) or Super Duty (each an “Eligible Vehicle”) delivered or factory ordered during the Program Period (the “Offer”). Offer is subject to vehicle and Accessory availability. Offer is not redeemable for cash and can only be applied towards eligible Accessories. Any unused portions of the Offer are forfeited. Total Accessories may exceed CAD$1,000. Only one (1) Offer may be applied toward the purchase or lease of an eligible vehicle. Customer’s choosing to forego the Offer will qualify for CAD$750 in customer cash to be applied to the purchase, finance or lease price of an Eligible Vehicle (taxes payable before customer cash is deducted). This Offer is not combinable with CPA, GPC, Daily Rental Allowances, the Commercial Upfit Program, or the Commercial Fleet Incentive Program (CFIP). Limited time offer. Offer may be cancelled at any time without notice. Some conditions apply. Offer available to residents of Canada only. See Dealer for details. *Purchase a new 2013 F-150 XLT Super Cab 4x4 with 5.0L engine/2013 F-250 XLT Super Cab 4x4 Western Edition package with power seats for $29,999/$41,999. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after Manufacturer Rebate of $8,500/$5,500 has been deducted. Offers include freight and air tax $1,700 but exclude optional features, administration and registration fees (administration fees may vary by dealer), fuel fill charge and all applicable taxes. Manufacturer Rebates can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. ††Until April 30, 2013, receive 4.99%/5.99% annual percentage rate (APR) purchase financing on a new 2013 F-150 XLT Super Cab 4x4 with 5.0L engine/2013 F-250 XLT Super Cab 4x4 Western Edition package with power seats for a maximum of 72 months to qualified retail customers, on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest APR payment. Purchase financing monthly payment is $431/$646 (the sum of twelve (12) monthly payments divided by 26 periods gives payee a bi-weekly payment of $199/$298 with a down payment of $3,200/$3,000 or equivalent trade-in. Cost of borrowing is $4,266.97/$7,523.22 or APR of 4.99%/5.99% and total to be repaid is $31,065.97/$46,522.22. Offers include a Manufacturer Rebate of $8,500/$5,500 and freight and air tax of $1,700 but exclude optional features, administration and registration fees (administration fees may vary by dealer), fuel fill charge and all applicable taxes. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after Manufacturer Rebate deducted. Bi-Weekly payments are only available using a customer initiated PC (Internet Banking) or Phone Pay system through the customer’s own bank (if offered by that financial institution). The customer is required to sign a monthly payment contract with a first payment date one month from the contract date and to ensure that the total monthly payment occurs by the payment due date. Bi-weekly payments can be made by making payments equivalent to the sum of 12 monthly payments divided by 26 bi-weekly periods every two weeks commencing on the contract date. Dealer may sell for less. Offers vary by model and not all combinations will apply. ±Until April 30, 2013, lease a new 2013 F-150 XLT Super Cab 4x4 with 5.0L engine and get 2.99% annual percentage rate (APR) financing for up to 36 months on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest APR payment. Lease a vehicle with a value of $29,999 at 2.99% APR for up to 36 months with $600 down or equivalent trade in, monthly payment is $398, total lease obligation is $14,928 and optional buyout is $17,136. Offer includes Manufacturer Rebate of $8,500. Taxes payable on full amount of lease financing price after Manufacturer Rebate is deducted. Offers include freight and air tax of $1,700 but exclude optional features, administration and registration fees (administration fees may vary by dealer), fuel fill charge and all applicable taxes. Additional payments required for PPSA, registration, security deposit, NSF fees (where applicable), excess wear and tear, and late fees. Some conditions and mileage restrictions of 80,000 km over 48 months apply. A charge of 16 cents per km over mileage restrictions applies, plus applicable taxes. Manufacturer Rebates can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. ▼Program in effect from January 15, 2013 to April 1, 2013 (the “Program Period”). To qualify, customer must turn in a 2006 model year or older vehicle that is in running condition (able to start and move and without missing parts) and has been properly registered/plated or insured for the last 3 months (the “Criteria”). Eligible customers will receive [$500]/[$1,000]/[$2,500]/[$3,000] towards the purchase or lease of a new 2012/2013 Ford [C-Max, Fusion Hybrid & Energi]/[Fusion (excluding S, Hybrid & Energi), Taurus (excluding SE), Mustang (excluding Value Leader), Escape (excluding S), Transit Connect (excluding EV), Edge (excluding SE), Flex (excluding SE), Explorer (excluding base)]/[F-150 (excluding Regular Cab 4x2 XL), Expedition, E-Series]/[F250-550] – all Fiesta, Focus, Raptor, GT500, BOSS 302, Transit Connect EV, Medium Truck, Value Leader and Lincoln models excluded (each an “Eligible Vehicle”). Taxes payable before Rebate amount is deducted. To qualify: (i) customer must, at the time of the Eligible Vehicle sale, provide the Dealer with (a) sufficient proof of Criteria, and (b) signed original ownership transferring customer vehicle to the Authorized Recycler; and (ii) Eligible Vehicle must be purchased, leased, or factory ordered during the Program Period. Offer only available to residents of Canada and payable in Canadian dollars. Offer is transferable only to persons domiciled with the owner of the recycled vehicle. Offer can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Offer not available on any vehicle receiving CPA, GPC, Commercial Connection or Daily Rental Rebates and the Commercial Fleet Rebate Program (CFIP). Customers eligible for CFIP are not eligible for this offer. Limited time offer, see dealer for details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. ***Estimated fuel consumption ratings for 2013 F-150 4X4 5.0L V8 6-speed automatic transmission: [15.0L/100km (19MPG) City, 10.6L/100km (27MPG) Hwy]. Fuel consumption ratings based on Transport Canada approved test methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on road conditions, vehicle loading, vehicle equipment, and driving habits. **F-150: When properly equipped. Max. towing of 11,300 lbs with 3.5L EcoBoost 4x2 and 4x4 and 6.2L 2 valve V8 4x2 engines. Max. payloads of 3,120 lbs/3,100 lbs with 5.0L Ti-VCT V8/3.5L V6 EcoBoost 4x2 engines. Max. horsepower of 411 and max. torque of 434 on F-150 6.2L V8 engine. Class is Full–Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs GVWR vs. 2012/2013 competitors. ‡‡F-Series is the best-selling line of pickup trucks in Canada for 47 years in a row based on Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association statistical sales report, December 2012. †††Some mobile phones and some digital media players may not be fully compatible – check for a listing of mobile phones, media players, and features supported. Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control, accident and injury. Ford recommends that drivers use caution when using mobile phones, even with voice commands. Only use mobile phones and other devices, even with voice commands, not essential to driving when it is safe to do so and in compliance with applicable laws. SYNC is optional on most new Ford vehicles. ©2013 Sirius Canada Inc. “SiriusXM”, the SiriusXM logo, channel names and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc. and are used under licence. ©2013 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved.


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Stettler Independent, March 13, 2013  
Stettler Independent, March 13, 2013  

March 13, 2013 edition of the Stettler Independent