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Reunion: A volunteer firefighter briefly re-unites a Ponoka woman with her dog as she is loaded into an ambulance. Her van was involved in a crash with a truck at the intersection of Highways 2A and 53 around 1 p.m. March 18. Both drivers were treated at the hospital, neither with serious injuries. Photo by Amelia Naismith

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

County undecided about funding Rimbey library and racetrack By Amelia Naismith

bey library manager Jean Keetch made a presentation to council requesting Further decisions among Ponoka $275,000 for the library’s expansion. County councillors on funding Rim“We have been short of space for bey’s Municipal Library have been some time,” said Keetch. “The biggest shelved for a later date. concern for me as a manager is safety. County council has approved She says last summer 165 children its 2013 budget but has not decided came to the library for the summer whether to fund Rimbey’s library and reading program and that the library is racetrack projects. lacking shelf space, mobility space for At the March 12 meeting, Rim- those with walkers or wheelchairs, and it’s too noisy. The Rimbey Municipal Library also doesn’t meet power resources supply standards due to the lack of space. Tax Preparation & Electronic Filing “Library standards now say that 45 per cent of all soft seating should contain access to power. Zero per cent of our soft seating contains access to power, so we have extension cords running around on the floor. As a library manager that terrifies me,” said Keetch. She also told council if 4418-52 Street the situation continues Ponoka, AB, T4J 1J6 without action she could be considered criminally Ph: 403.783.5667 negligent.

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Each year the county provides the library with $150,000 and council wants to make clear that should they decide not to provide expansion funding it isn’t due to lack of generosity or support for what each councillor feels is a wonderful asset to Rimbey — with exceptional funding. “I think we have shown some generosity and support,” said Ponoka County CAO Charlie Cutforth. One of the reasons council decided to delay their decision is because the library’s expansion and the sale of the Rimbey Town Office for $1 created a division situation within the town that has not yet been settled. Last year the town decided to sell their portion of the building to the library board for $1 and relocate the town office to the Provincial Building at the west end of town. This action created a flood of letter to the editors in the Rimbey Review with two main positions; some people are for the action and feel the library’s expansion is a benefit to the town. Others are against the action because the town office would no longer be centrally located. The situation became even more heated and took a political turn when MLA Joe Anglin also began writing letters against the action. Town resident Reuben Geibelhaus began a petition that gained several hundred signatures. The petition is calling for the sale of the building to be delayed and a referendum held. “The town’s intention was to get us a bigger space,” said Keetch. According to Keetch there are three empty buildings in Rimbey the library could have moved to. Two don’t come close to meeting the space requirements, and while the Co-op Mall came closest but it would have cost $60,000 annually, which was too costly an

option. If the library moved to another location Keetch says it will cost approximately $36,000 just to move the Internet (Supernet) connection to meet library needs. The town initially wanted to sell its half the building to the library board because of leasing liabilities, said Keetch. However, now it is unknown if the library will buy the building or lease it from the town. Rimbey-area Coun. Keith Beebe wanted to know why the library couldn’t hold its programs in the upper auditorium of Rimbey’s Community Centre, which he says is used approximately eight hours per week. However, Keetch says she would need to double her staff and that her programs need books. “The reason we have programs in the library is not to give kids something to do . . . The reason we have programming in the library is to support literacy.” Cutforth says most libraries in rural towns are pressed for space and Rimbey’s library isn’t unique in that sense. He also acknowledged the county has been generous in their contributions to other recreational projects and organizations. However, he added the county was made aware of those requests two to three years in advance. This year the county has delegated $1.2 million in capital contribution requests within the county. Council feels not every want and need can be financially supported on demand. “Our money is tight this year, it’s going to be hard to come by,” said Coun. Gawney Hinkley. “I’m sorry but I do believe we have come past the stage of want and have come to the stage of need,” said Keetch. Racetrack decision idling Council discussed the idea of holding a special meeting to further explore the idea of supElectronic Hearing Tests will be given at the porting the library and the racetrack, and if they DROP IN CENTRE • 5015 - 46 Avenue Ponoka, AB decide to give support, to Thursday, March 28 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. what extent. (last Thursday morning of each month) Coun. McLauchlin Beltone’s Hearing Aid Practitioners will conduct the tests. said council needs to make it clear they support It is recommended for anyone who had trouble hearing or understanding the idea of both projects conversation clearly to have a Hearing Assessment to determine if there is a but they need more dehearing loss which may be helped. tails on the raceway the D.V.A. Taps Cards Accepted library’s expansion, and Authorized Hearing Aid Service Provider for WCB Alberta how both requests could Seniors Benefit Provider affect county finances. Batteries, repairs and service for most hearing aids. “You don’t want to fund one at the cost of THE HEARING CENTRE another,” he added. 4928 - 53rd Avenue, Red Deer Coun. George For your personal consultation Verheire said if the Ph: 403-347-4703 Toll Free: 1-800-661-4703 county provides adBetter Hearing Through Professional Care ditional support to the Rimbey Municipal Library it could also be expected to donate to Ponoka’s Jubilee Library. “I think it needs to be made clear to the public, the county’s commitment will be closed Good Friday, March 29th. for the community component of that MSI grant has been fulfilled now Early deadline for the Wednesday, April 3rd for the entire length of publication will be Thursday, March 28th at 5 pm the program,” said Cutforth. The county is not required to use any more The office will re-open Monday, of that funding for anything besides municipal April 1st at 8:30 a.m. projects. Cutforth recommended the approval of the budget but “the actual contributions to those who aren’t specifically already approved be withheld until they come back, we need more information. But the budget itself, these numbers won’t change.”

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Airport requests money and membership By Amelia Naismith Ponoka County council has been requested to renew its membership in Ponoka’s Airport Commission and resume returning tax revenue generated by the hangers, which is approximately $7,000. The county used to return the revenue to the airport but stopped more than one year ago. “My opinion is we should keep the taxes and the membership is something we don’t need,” said Coun. Gawney Hinkley. Hinkley doesn’t feel any changes have been made at the airport and the county doesn’t need to involve themselves. “Nothing has changed except the trees are gone and the wind blows strong.” Council decided to hold off on a membership and returning the tax money decision until the airport commission steps forward to present more information on changes made at the airport. Master drainage plan Based on newfound interest, Ponoka County councillors have decided to partake in the Wolf Creek Drainage Basin master drainage plan. Council initially was uninterested because there was no section in the plan guaranteeing the channel running thought the county would be properly cleaned.

However, a section was added to the plan, prompting council’s participation. The total cost of the two-year project is $235,000. In cost-sharing efforts, council will pay 10 per cent of that amount. Without their participation Ponoka County CAO Charlie Cutforth said it would be a challenge for the county to have the channel cleaned another way. “If we don’t contribute chances of us getting support from Alberta Environment and Fisheries and Oceans is nil.” The channel running through the county needs to be cleaned because in the past water has backed up into the golf course and residential areas. Community hall premiums County council will now pay the interest premiums of the 14 community halls within the county. In the past the county paid the premiums but later billed the halls. This new procedure will cost the county between $24,000 and $25,000. “Typically, other than gravel or the odd bit of snowplowing, all of those community halls operate on their own,” said Cutforth. He added county donations to the halls has been minimal. “What happened to, because of the budget came down, they were all using community spirit grants

. . . they’re all gone,” said Coun Paul McLauchlin. Without the government grants some halls are struggling to pay insurance and utility costs, which have increased. Without the premium support some of the halls and organizations stand to dissolve, and those who were receiving provincial government support become the county’s responsibility. Cutforth feels paying the insurance premiums to help the halls and organizations stay active is more mutually beneficial in the long run. Ferrybank Cemetery At the request of Ferrybank Cemetery, county councillors agreed to pay half the cost of a new lawnmower for the grounds.

The county’s contribution is $2,750 and the total cost of the ride-on mower is $5,475. The man who used to cut the grass with his own machine no longer lives in the community. Council recognized if the cemetery is going to be kept in as good of shape as it currently is a lawnmower is a necessity. Miss Teen Ponoka County contribution Ponoka’s pageant star, Ann-Marie Rogers Cooper, is attending the Miss Teen World competition in Toronto this summer and the county is donating $1,000 to support her. Cutforth recommended the amount to keep a balance with local wrestler Kelsey Raab.



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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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

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

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

Worship Service 10:30 a.m.

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

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

PONOKA ALLIANCE CHURCH 4215 - 46 St. Pastor Norm Dibben 403-783-3958 Sunday Service 11:00 a.m. The Christian & Missionary Alliance



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PONOKA UNITED CHURCH Minister: Beatrix Schirner

Sunday Service 10:00 am. 5020-52 Ave. Ponoka

Phone: 403-783-4087

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


Pastors and popes, it’s relationshiphood Jesus was Jewish (not I was having my Christian), our “foundweekly “Bob Hepp Special” with the good er,” Martin Luther, was a Roman Catholic folks at the Rising priest and never did like Sun Club House last the label “Lutheran.” Wednesday when the Second, I consider TV went on and the the people of the Rowhite smoke signaling another papal election man Catholic Church blew across the screen. my brothers and sisters in Christ. We all belong There we sat captivatPastor Tim Graff to the “catholic” (unied, waiting for the “new guy” to make his debut. versal) Church; what I had to leave before we commonly refer to the pomp and ceremony concluded as the “body of Christ.” When they but that didn’t stop me from check- suffer we suffer and when they reing in later to find out who the chosen joice we are called to rejoice with one was (Cardinal Jorge Mario Ber- them. gogli of Argentina). Third, I know what it’s like to be Now why should I be interested the runner-up and I know what it’s like to be chosen as a leader in the in this election? First, I’m not a Roman Catholic, church. In October of 2011 I began but being a Lutheran (some call us ministry at Trinity as their interim “Evangelical Catholics”) we share pastor. I was the “fill-in” guy una common ancestry. In fact, just as til they got a “real” pastor. On Jan.

Lent: Giving up is good for you While most understand Lent to be a 40-day period leading up to Easter, during which spiritual participants give up something in their lives – anything from chocolate to alcohol to social media – it is also traditionally a time for almsgiving, or giving to the poor and needy. “One of the most striking characteristics of the practice is that it’s a universally celebrated tradition; it’s an ecumenical principle that is interpreted in most world religions, and secular people often participate, too,” says Vassula Ryden, an internationally known speaker and author of the new book, Heaven is Real But So is Hell, www.TLIG. org. Self-denial and charity are two sides of the same coin, says Ryden, a former model and tennis pro who

gave up a privileged lifestyle as the wife of a diplomat to serve the world’s disadvantaged populations. She has founded more than two dozen charity houses in the poorest regions of the globe. Ryden discusses the value of Lent and how the practice is a benefit to the world: • A matter of balance: All resources on Earth are finite, like a giant pizza with only so many slices. Residents of first-world countries maintain a lifestyle of heavy consumption, consuming a much larger share of the earth’s resources, including water, electricity, gas, and food. Living a more moderate lifestyle during Lent can help firstworld consumers better understand how the rest of the world lives. • The individual as a resource: A

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

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

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ST. MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH Rev. Alexandra Meek-Sharman (on leave) Ven. Michael Sung, Priest in Charge Voc. Deacon - Rev. Doreen Scott

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Sunday Service: Holy Eucharist 10 a.m.

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TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 5501 - 54 Ave. Ponoka 403-783-4141

Date: Thursday, March 28 Time: 1:30 pm

Sunday Service: 10:30am Sunday School: 10:30am Interim Pastor Tim Graff

4004-40 Street Close Ponoka, AB T4J 0A3 Phone: 403-783-3373

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27, 2013 I was called to be the “real” deal and on Sunday, April 7 at 7 p.m. you are invited to my installation as pastor (not quite the papal ceremony). Being a pastor (the word actually means “shepherd’) is tough stuff. Pope Francis, Father Chris, Father Mike, Reverend Beatrix, Pastors Paul, Norm, Rob, Jerry, William, Dave, Fred, Mitch, Dana, Tom, Len, Jonathan, Matt, Ricky, Marty and I are all called to follow the Good Shepherd who next week we will remember sacrificed his life on the cross that we might all experience God’s amazing love. That’s a hard act to follow for us as pastors and it is the very reason why there is only one Good Shepherd. The rest of us are simply understudies, constantly practicing how to live and share the costly grace of the Good Shepherd. This week I invite you to join me in praying for Pope Francis and all pastors, priests and ministers that they will be shining reflections of the Good Shepherd. I would also remind you that behind the titles and garb are sinful and ordinary people like Jorge Mario Bergogli and Timothy Brian Graff, people like you, who have been redeemed by our Saviour.

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person who decides to give up drinking or some other indulgence throughout Lent’s six-week period, can experience exponential benefits. The devotee can save money, save time, and improve his/her health. That extra time and money can be invested in activities that enrich one’s life, or offered to a charity. • Scientific evidence: In recent years, science has confirmed that humans are hard-wired for helping our fellow human being. Studies by neuroscientists with the National Institute of Health have found that the mere thought of giving money to charity ignites the part of the brain associated with pleasure. Additionally, researchers in the psychology department at Hebrew University in Jerusalem found evidence that people have a genetic predisposition for giving. • Spiritual doctrines espouse selflessness: Every major religion teaches giving. In the Bible, in Corinthians 9:7, Paul exclaims: “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” Buddha said: “If you knew the power of generosity, you would not let a single meal go by without sharing it.” And, in the Qu’ran, “zakat” means the practice of giving alms and is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. While all of the above are according to one’s own spiritual tradition, devotees of traditions like Lent are ultimately following a basic human need. “Most people know when they like something a little too much,” says Ryden. “Lent is the opportunity to address our vices and focus on what should matter most to us all – our own well-being and that of our fellow men Subway Fresh and women.” Vassula Ryden is Try Our the founder of True Life in God, an international ministry that funds charitable projects around the world, including 25 Beth Myriam houses that serve the poor.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Reflections of Ponoka

Our first pioneers built Ponoka from the wilderness By Mike Rainone and Dr. John Graham When our first hardy settlers arrived from many distant locations at Siding 14 in Ponoka late in the 19th century they received a warm welcome at the large brown Canadian Pacific Railway station, then looked out upon a few dirt streets and wooden buildings, all completely surrounded by lush forests in all directions. The station had been built in 1892-93 while surveyors were marking the path and countless work crews were busy laying the steel tracks for the historical first Edmonton to Calgary railway. In many ways that rugged train depot was the heart of the growing village and districts of Ponoka. The massive steamdriven trains rumbled into the station daily from north and south, bringing countless new settler families, visitors and the vital supplies that would be delivered by dray to new sites where our first homes and businesses were established. Freight cars full of furniture, livestock, and other precious household belongings were loaded onto waiting horse drawn wagons and transported out into the rural districts, where numerous homesteads and farms were being carved out of the vast virgin countryside. By 1895 the Ponoka station was a beehive of activity, serving as the home of our first agent, Mr. T.J. West and his family, as well as a dozen men from the railway section crew, and a caretaker who looked after the big windmill that pumped water from the Battle River dam (now a provincial historical site) up to the tall wooden tower beside the track. When the line got busier as many as three or four trains a day were welcomed at the station, where they unloaded their precious cargo, as well as filling up with water and wood for their trip to Edmonton in the

north, or to Red Deer and Calgary to the south. These were the humble beginnings of the rapid settlement of our town and surrounding districts in the early 20th century, which through the years has been complemented and carried on for many decades by the ongoing generations and the countless newcomers, all who have continued to bring success and growth to the Ponoka district. The W.L. Steele and W.R. Courtright families William L. Steele, at age 10, and his brother, George, 12, first arrived in Canada from London, England as orphans in 1878. They were part of a group of 53 children organized by Annie MacPherson Homes, and were all sent to farms in the Galt, Ont. area. Will was not well treated, and both brothers would soon relocate to Exeter, Neb., where Will later met and married Clara Courtright, a teacher. Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Courtright and their son Leonard, 16, immigrated to Ponoka in the fall of 1899. They were also accompanied by three daughters and their families, including the W.N. Shafts, who homesteaded in the Seafield district until 1913, Ina Henton in Paradise Valley, and later Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Steele. The Courtrights set up one of the first lumber and implement businesses on Chipman Avenue at the turn of the century, and built the first frame home in the Village of Ponoka on Donald Avenue. W.R. Courtright, who was a member of Ponoka’s first town council in 1904, later purchased the Deering Machinery and Wawanesa Insurance Agencies in partnership with Leonard. After his father’s death in 1909, Leonard B. Courtright carried on the family’s

proud business tradition by expanding into the hardware business, and erecting a fine new building, which he operated until 1920, sold to the Marshall Wells chain and left Ponoka for the last time. Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Steele decided to come to Ponoka to join the in-laws in February 1900, and homesteaded on a farm that was later owned by George Rees. In 1909 they moved into town to take over the lumber and implement business established by his late father-in-law, W.R. Courtright. The following year he purchased the palatial McKinnell home on Donald (51st) Avenue, which would remain as the family residence for almost 50 years. With the Town of Ponoka and surrounding districts enjoying a great building boom in those early 1900s, Steele operated his successful W.L. Steele Lumber and implement business for many years, later expanding into Donald

Remember when

This classic winter photo of Walter and Jack Hoar taken in the early 1900s represents the only means of transportation available at that time to take a cow into town for the weekly Ponoka auction. The long and often challenging trek required lots of warm clothes but when the business was done it was time to pick up supplies for the farm, and maybe even a treat. The Ponoka News is pleased to salute our agricultural community, both then and now.

Photos courtesy of Dr. John Graham

Ponoka’s first lumber and implement business was established by W.R. Courtright in 1900 on Chipman Avenue, which was taken over in 1909 by son-in-law William L. Steele and operated during the town’s building boom until 1922. This palatial home, complete with white picket fence and wooden sidewalks, was the first frame house built in the Village of Ponoka by W.R. Courtright in 1899. The dwelling was located on Donald Avenue (51st), and remained in the family for over a half a century. Avenue, but being forced to sell to the Revelstoke Sawmill Company due to ill health in 1922. The Chipman Avenue portion was sold in 1926 and became the popular Club Cafe, while one of the lots over on Donald Avenue was sold to the Ponoka Co-operative Association in the 1940s for the location of a new shopping centre. Mr. and Mrs. Steele were able to enjoy their retirement years, and with the help of their son cleared part of the half section of land next to his original homestead. In 1924 he was able to travel back to London, England to establish contact with his family members and then returned to Ponoka area where he lived until his death in 1947, while his wife Clara died in 1958. The five children of William and Clara Steele were: Mrs. Melvin Graham of Ponoka, Ethel (Mrs. George Biddle) of Victoria, B.C., Mrs. W.F. Roberts (Ruth) of Calgary, and sons Donald E. Steele of Winnipeg, and W.E. Steele of Edmonton. Mrs. Graham had a step-daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Milner of Victoria, B.C. , a son, John in Vernon, B.C., and a son, Allan in Ponoka. In future editions of Reflections and Remember When in your Ponoka News we will continue to salute our early pioneer families, individuals, entrepreneurs, and business owners. If you have a story idea or photos for this feature page please phone Mike at 403-341-5750 or leave a message at the Ponoka News office down on historical old Chipman Avenue.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Opinion Plans to draw rural MDs may be failing How do we get more doctors to practice in rural communities? This has been a long standing challenge in Canada — getting physicians to work where we need them — especially in provinces with large rural populations. Policy makers have created and implemented some promising solutions, but until recently, there has been little evidence on whether or not the solutions are working. Unfortunately, new research indicates that some programs aimed at retaining doctors in rural areas across the country may not be as successful as we’d hoped. Return for service programs are seen as a key tool in addressing physician shortages, so much so that both the Conservatives and the Liberals promised a return for service program during the last federal election, and the current federal government is rolling out their own program later this year. In a study published recently in Healthcare Policy, my colleagues and I found that most medical trainees who take return for service agreements in Newfoundland and Labrador complete their service commitments in full. Moreover, return for service physicians stayed in these underserved communities for the long term (up to 10 years after their required service). We also found that return for service physicians were less likely to leave these communities than their counterparts who did not hold similar agreements. Sounds pretty good, right? Except that we also discovered that most physicians who choose to take return for service agreements wanted to work in these underserved communities in the first place. Rather than finding new physicians who were uninterested in working in rural Canada, in Newfoundland and Labrador, these agreements appear to be encouraging already interested physicians to stay the course. Our study also uncovered another important finding: of the 20 per cent of physicians who defaulted on some or all of their return for service contract obligations, more than half were international medical graduates (IMGs) — physicians who graduated from a medical school outside of Canada. Why might this be the case? IMGs are obligated to take a return for service agreement to obtain a residency


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position in Canada, which is a necessary step for full licensure. In other words, their return for service commitments aren’t really as “optional,” as with Canadian graduates. Results from our study suggest that few of these physicians go on to complete their service commitment or pay back their funding. Using international medical graduates to fill physician shortages in rural communities is nothing new. In fact, many IMGs start their careers in Canada working under special licenses that allow them to work only in underserved areas. However, requiring IMGs to take return-for-service agreements will likely do little to stop the revolving door of short-stay physicians in rural communities. It is a stop-gap, not a solution. In 2013, the federal government will introduce its own “return-for-service program” to encourage physicians and nurses to work in underserved communities. Physicians can qualify for the program’s financial incentive ($8,000 student loan remission each year for up to five years) if they work in “eligible” communities, defined in the federal program generally as a rural community with a population of 50,000 or less that is not near a large urban center. Unlike provincial programs, the federal government’s program does not require physicians to co-ordinate their “return” community with provincial planners so eligible communities may not necessarily be considered underserved from the local perspective. Without meaningful follow up studies, the new federal program, like similarly structured provincial and territorial programs, may look good on paper but fail to retain doctors in underserviced areas over the long-term. Problems with physician shortages in rural regions in Canada have existed for a long time. Isn’t it about time we had a better idea about what actually works? Maria Mathews is an advisor with and a Professor of Health Policy/Health Care Delivery at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Lessons learned from Iraq? Why did George W. Bush choose March 19, 2003 to invade Iraq, rather than some day in May or July or never? Because he was afraid that further delay would give United Nations arms inspectors time to refute the accusation (his sole pretext for making an unprovoked attack on an independent country) that Saddam Hussein’s regime was working on nuclear weapons. The US president couldn’t say that, so instead his administration’s spokesmen mumbled about the need to get the war over and done with before the summer heat made fighting impossible. Yet American soldiers proved perfectly capable of operating in that summer heat during the ensuing seven years of fighting, in which over 4,000 of them were killed. That was nothing compared to the number of Iraqi deaths. An estimated 121,000 Iraqi civilians have died in the military and political struggles of the past 10 years, and Iraq’s infrastructure has still not recovered to its prewar level. More than a million Iraqis still live in internal exile, unable to return to the homes from which they were “cleansed” during the Sunni-Shia sectarian war of 2006-2007, and another million have fled the country for good. The war certainly didn’t help Iraq, and from the perspective of American grand strategy its main result has been to weaken the US position in the Gulf region and strengthen that of its perceived opponent, Iran. Why on earth did it invade in the first place? The strategist Edward Luttwak once suggested that the real reason was that the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 had been too easy. After 9/11 the American people really wanted to punish somebody and Afghanistan had not provided enough catharsis. So another invasion was an emotional necessity, and (given the American public’s ignorance about the Middle East) almost any Arab country would do.

Gwynne Dyer Guest Columnist

There was certainly a parallel desire among the neo-conservatives in the Bush White House to restore American power to unchallenged dominance after what they saw as the fecklessness of Bill Clinton’s administrations in the 1990s. That required a short and successful war that would put everyone else in awe and fear of American military might — but, once again, any weak and unpopular country would have done. Why Iraq? The closest we can come to a rational answer is the argument, common in Washington a decade ago, that permanent military bases in Iraq would give America strategic control of the entire Gulf region. The role of those bases would not be to ensure prompt delivery of the region’s oil to the United States at a low price: only 11 per cent of US oil imports come from there. The bases would instead enable the United States to block Gulf exports of oil to China if the United States found itself in a confrontation with that country. (Geo-strategic arguments are often frivolous.) None of these explanations can justify what was done, and we haven’t even gone into the damage done to international law by this blatantly criminal act. But can we at least conclude that the world, or even just the United Nations, has learned a lesson from all this? Probably yes for the United States, at least until memories fade. (Give it 10 more years.) Not so much for the rest of the world, but then most other countries are less prone to invade faraway places anyway. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Are you being heard? Dear Editor: The purpose of any taxpayers’ association is to make sure that you, the taxpayer, is being heard by those you have elected to represent you. Bear in mind that most often taxpayers’ associations function at the municipal level only, in other words, dealing with town and county. You, the taxpayers, are also responsible for paying federal and provincial taxes and electing federal and provincial governments. You also have the responsibility of holding your appointees to account. It’s your tax dollar. It’s your responsibility to ensure that dollar is spent wisely. If and when the people you have entrusted to represent you fail to meet their obligation and commitment to you, the taxpayer, then you had better

Historian pride Dear Editor: Once again I’ve spent some very enjoyable time reading Mike Rainone’s column. His stories about past events and the colourful people that lived them are always informative and most entertaining. In my mind he has become the town historian, and if our local Herodotus hasn’t considered the idea of producing a book I think he should. Kevin Ferguson

make your voice heard. Due to the economic downturn we are experiencing, much of what has to be accomplished in the next two to three years will have to come from you, the grassroots. If any advancement is to take place at the local level it will have to come from you — the new pioneers. By your efforts: determination, dedication, volunteerism, foresight, vision, resilience and persistence Ponoka can and will grow. Are you up to the challenge? The Ponoka County and Town Taxpayers Association (PCTTA) is a volunteer organization of concerned citizens who are willing to dedicate their time and effort to a cause that will afford you, the taxpayers, with an opportunity to ensure your voice will be heard. We will speak on your behalf. The PCTTA is a duly constituted nonprofit organization registered under the provincial charities act and is open to all taxpaying members of the community. Meetings will be held monthly throughout the 2013 on the last Wednesday of the month at the Ponoka County office on Highway 2A south. The next meeting is March 27 at 7 p.m. We will be there to represent you. Are you up for the challenge? Robert Mackenzie, president

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NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Summer Student Laborers Parks and Public Works Departments. Visit for more information on this position. Submit your resume to: Town of Ponoka; 5102 - 48 Avenue, Ponoka, AB. T4J 1P7 or email to

Earth Hour 2013 Uniting People to Protect the Planet Saturday, March 23, 8:30 PM

Economic Development Board Opening The Economic Development Board with the Town of Ponoka is looking for additional membership. Come join a volunteer board of local business people who work towards helping our community thrive. The board meets the first Wednesday of every month. For more information or to express your interest, please contact Sarah Olson, Economic Development Officer with the Town of Ponoka (403) 783-0116 or e-mail

Waste Transfer Station Hours Tuesday through Saturday – 10 am to 4 pm There is a minimum tipping fee of $7.50 per visit. There is no charge for compostable materials (grass clippings, garden waste, leaves, branches) or tires. Call 403-783-8328 for more information.

Report a Pot Hole / Sidewalk Repair Have you noticed a pot hole on your street or back lane or have a sidewalk that is in need of repair? Please visit our website: and fill out the Community Feedback Form, or call the Town Office at 403-783-4431 with the location, so we can add it to the repair list. Thank you for your assistance.

Did you know...? Dutch Elm Trees should NOT be pruned past the end of March. Pruning them later in the spring or summer makes them more susceptible to being infected with Dutch Elm Disease. Symptoms of the disease first appear in June or early July. Leaves wilt, yellow and turn brown in the summer, often on one side of the tree. This is followed by dieback of branches and eventual death of the tree.


Aquaplex Update: Tim Horton’s FREE PUBLIC swim starting March 23 thru March 28th. CLOSED GOOD FRIDAY-March 29th. Please note children under the age of 7, need to be within arm’s length of an adult, 18+ at ALL times.

The Ponoka & District ce erce mer omm Chamber of Com is in need of entertainment for the upcoming

TRADE FAIR April 19 & 20 If you can: - sing - dance - play a musical instrument - or have any other type of talent please contact:

Judy Dick, Ponoka News 403-783-3311 or Les Jaster, Ponoka & District Chamber of Commerce 403-783-3888

Public Skating:

Monday -Friday: 12 noon -1:30 pm • Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm **Last day for public skating is March 24.**

Complex Closure The ice arena and curling facilities at the Ponoka Culture & Recreation Complex are scheduled to close for the season at the end of the operational day on Sunday, March 24th. The management and staff of the facility thank all users for their patronage and cooperation over the past season. See ya next Fall!

Recreation Facilities Schedule is On-line Check it out at and click on ‘Recreation in Ponoka’.

COUNCIL UPDATES & BYLAW INFO Next Town Council Meeting March 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Visit our website @ for copy of the agenda.


It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

~ Charles Dickens


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Is four storeys too tall? By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye A group of developers is going back to the drawing board after town council denied their property rezoning request. The Knights of Columbus, operating under the name of the Ponoka Columbus Club, applied to rezone four properties on 52 Avenue near 51 Street to high density residential (R4) from direct control. Lots 2, 3, 5 and 6 are intended for the first phase to develop two, four-storey senior housing residences with underground parking. Karen Williams, one resident on the same street, was in favour of the proposal during a public hearing March 12 but had worries over the size of the proposed building. “I think it’s an awesome idea what they’re trying to do with those houses. My concern is the height of the building, the four storeys.” She wondered if town council could restrict the height. An R4 district does not have any height restrictions, explained Mayor Larry Henkelman. The Ponoka Columbus Club stated in a letter they were considering a four-storey building similar to Tamarack Court across from the United Church but smaller in size. If council decided to rezone the lots to R4 then a future developer could conceivably build six-storey building, said Coun. John Jacobs. He wondered if there was another option. “Do we even have to rezone? Can we not leave it as direct control and issue a building permit?” asked Jacobs. The only other larger building on that block is the St. Augustine Catholic Church; houses make up the rest of the properties. Coun. Rick Bonnett wondered what the state of the infrastructure is in the area. “Is there sufficient sewer line to take everything away there?” Despite the age of the pipes Mike Lewis, director of operations and property services feels the size of the pipes could handle the extra use. “My concern would be the material not the shape and size of it.”

A letter from Lorna Rost also stated her support of the project but she also asked councillors to consider the height. “I contemplated this for some time and believe that progress for the town is important.” She feels a seniors’ building would be a benefit to the community but believes four-storey buildings would look like a skyscrapers amid single-family residences, especially for lot 4 in the middle, which is privately owned. “I also am reminded of the movie Up when I envision the proposed development,” Rost added. There were no representatives of the club at the public hearing but one member, Fred Calkins, said in an interview the first stage is to build just west of lot 4. Continued on page

This is a view of the properties along 52 Avenue looking west that the Ponoka Columbus Club requested be rezoned to high density residential. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye


77th Annual Ponoka Stampede Parade 2013 THEME:

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Friday, June 28, 2012 Starting at 10:00 a.m.• Judging at 9:00 a.m.

STAMPEDE PARADE ENTRY FORM Name: _____________________________________ Mailing Address: ____________________________ ____________________________________________ Phone: _________________ Fax: _______________ Contact Person: _____________________________ Category You Are Entering: ____________________ ____________________________________________ Brief Description of Your Entry: ________________ ____________________________________________ ___________________________________________ Registration deadline; June 26, 2013 Mail entries to: Greg Gordon, Parade Director Box 4336, Ponoka, AB T4J 1R7 or fax to 403-783-5858 or phone cell 403-704-3541

Drop-In Centre TAKE NOTE! The pot luck and general meeting will not be held on March 29th, in respect for Good Friday. It has been rescheduled for one week earlier, Friday, March 22 starting at 5:30 P.M. Cost has been reduced to $2.00 a person to reflect the pot luck nature of our meal. Please bring a dish, whether meat based, vegetable or deserts. Also, bring your own dishes and flatware. At $2.00 a plate and a bit of your time, you will be kept aware of how the Drop-In Centre is doing and perhaps where long term planning will be taking us. Bring a friend or two if you can so they can see what we are about. Of course they are not allowed to vote. The usual Saturday jam session scheduled for March 30th has been cancelled. We are still looking for new members. The Drop-In Centre was meant to provide a service to seniors in the town and county of Ponoka. We also accept memberships from more distant folks if they wish to take part in our activities. Our group starts at age 55. You may not think that as being a senior age unless you are a golfer. But we would like to have more with their youthful senior enthusiasm and thoughts. I am only wondering! …. Why does our town have signs at both ends of 46th Avenue pointing to the direction of the Kinsmen Recreation Centre, plus a sign on the corner of 54th Street with the addition of a pictogram directing you to the covered swimming facility. Last time I checked, the Drop -In Centre is on that very same Avenue and are also providing a service and entertainment to Ponoka people and visitors. We have only been here since 1986. Perhaps that is why we were overlooked or perhaps it’s because the town never holds any functions here? You may be getting tired of me extolling the great entertainment provided on Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Yes I am referring to the Central Alberta Jam and Dance. We have some of the best musicians in Central Alberta playing and singing for our entertainment and dancing pleasure. Any age participants are allowed in, as this is a family style event. So no, you do not have to be over 55 to attend, just need to have the urge to listen or participate. Musicians who want to be heard and keep their skills up to scratch are also invited. They are what makes it go. Cost is $2.00 at the door and also provides a half time snack and coffee/tea. I cannot stop without a word about our Gospel Music Night every third Sunday evening at 7 pm. The best Country and Southern Gospel sounds in the area. We are very proud of this venture as it is singing and playing again of local bands. They are a pleasure to listen to “Make Their Joyous Sound unto Your Lord”. Again there is a cost of $5.00 a person. We also invite the recreation therapists at the Senior Centers and Hospitals to consider our music and song as a help to some of your residents. Don’t forget to inquire if you wish to rent our facilities. Contact Dorothy to arrange at (403)783-3027 or George at (403) 783-3514.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Another overseas scam strikes Ponoka By Amelia Naismith A 58-year old Ponoka resident has lost approximately $9,000 in a scam. It seems the resident met a man on a website who claimed to live in Canada but worked overseas. The scammer asked for money because their paycheck was frozen, due to its large amount. After the money was sent to the UK the scammer requested a second amount, claiming their passport had been seized by authorities. The Ponoka resident was also contacted by an individual claiming to be the scammer’s lawyer. Fireman complaint On March 13 the RCMP received a complaint of a 31-year old man driving

aggressively. The volunteer firefighter was using a green emergency strobe light but upon investigation it was discovered there was no fire emergency taking place at that time. It was determined to be misuse and the man has been co-operative with the investigation. 911 call A raspy, female voice called for 911 assistance March 14 at 11 a.m. and would only say she needed help, then put down the phone. She wouldn’t answer any other questions. Police entered the residence through the basement window and found the 68-year old woman laying in bed, unresponsive and in medical distress.

Direct control effects Continued from page 8 They are only in the beginning stages and he does not know how a three- storey building would affect their plans. “We’ve only done some preliminary costing so what the affect that would have I am not sure,” explained Calkins. He hopes to speak with the town and then the club’s planning committee will make a decision. If the town maintains direct control that does not mean the deal is “dead in the water,” explained Betty Jurykoski, director of planning and development. Under direct control councillors have the final say on major decisions such as

how high a building is permitted to be constructed. If the plans fit within town policies, the building code and the municipal development plan, she is able to make decisions without having council make the determination. “It it’s a building code issue, I can deal with that,” said Jurykoski. Coun. Bonnett made a motion to approve second reading on the plan but have administration discuss the potential of a three-storey building before final reading. The motion was defeated and council decided to keep the lots under direct control.

She was taken to hospital shortly after. Youths lose nerve On March 14 at 9:30 p.m. four or five young men, suspected to be underage, entered a Ponoka liquor store. One wore a face mask and another was carrying a piece of wood. RCMP believe they may have been there to shoplift but lost their nerve without attempting anything. The clerk may have recognized one of the males and asked how his mother was doing. Distracted driving RCMP received complaint of a distracted driver at 5:30 p.m. on March 16. The driver is believed to have been speeding northbound to the Leduc area while texting and smoking a bong at the same time. No license plate was recorded and the vehicle was never located. Heavily intoxicated fighter A 21-year old man was kicked out of a Ponoka bar for fighting Saturday night and the owner called the police after the drunk repeatedly attempted to re-enter. Once RCMP arrived on scene they were told the suspect had gotten into a taxi and was headed across the river. The taxi was contacted and the suspect was found at his apartment by trails left in the snow. Police found him very intoxicated and when they asked him to spell his name he used both letters and numbers. The man was also under house arrest at the time of the incident. He’s been charged with assault and breaching conditional sentence order.

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After a seven year hiatus the Ponoka Stampede is looking for a 2013 Miss Ponoka Stampede. This is a very exciting opportunity for a young lady to represent the Ponoka Stampede along with the town and county of Ponoka. It is a great opportunity to have many new experiences, and meeting new people which will have a very positive influence for your future. The Ponoka Stampede is seven days of fast paced rodeo action, chuckwagon races, concerts, parade and much more. Miss Ponoka Stampede will also have the opportunity to represent the Ponoka Stampede at other events and rodeos and may have a chance to compete for Miss Rodeo Canada at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton in November. All of this promises to be both challenging and rewarding.

SEEKING YOUNG LADIES FROM AGE 18-23 INTERESTED IN BEING MISS PONOKA STAMPEDE 2013 CANDIDATES WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING ASSETS: - Horsemanship - Public Speaking - Be familiar with RODEO - Outgoing Personality - Ability to attend events and make appearances Successful applicants will be interviewed by a selection committee WINNER TO RECEIVE - Trophy Saddle & Breast Collar - Trophy Buckle - Wardrobe - Chance to compete for Miss Rodeo Canada Forward resume or any questions to: ATTN. QUEEN COMMITTEE Fax- 403 783 5858 or Email – Resumes accepted until 4pm April 8 , 2013


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Town lagoon receiving improvements over two years By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Ponoka’s lagoon treatment system is receiving improvement after town councillors approved spending $489,649 for additional aeration. The project brings aeration treatment to storage cell 3 and three solar powered aerators in storage cells 1 and 2. Ammonia and nitrogen are used to treat the cells but effluent treatment can be inefficient in the winter months as fluids freeze up. Aeration stops freezing in the cells and treated effluent can be re-

leased in the spring, Mike Lewis, director of operations and property services told councillors March 12. “We were able to get two different types of treatment for the same amount of money and at the end of it al the solar powered aerators are ours, we don’t rent them.” Lewis originally requested $225,000 for the first stage of the project in 2013 and $300,000 for the second stage in 2014 plus environmental fees. He feels the benefit is not necessarily in the cost, which is relatively

close to the same as budgeted but more in “the fact that we’re going to be able to drop cells early and the water’s going to be good.” Air compressor systems are already running and the difference is the installation of additional airlines in cell 3. Funds of $280,000 will be used from the 2013 capital budget and $250,000 will be used in 2014. Engineering fees are expected to cost $50,000. Nelson Environmental was awarded the aeration treatment project and H2O Logic was awarded the installation of the solar powered aerators. Snow removal Coun. Rick Bonnett asked why snow has been removed near the North Bridge after being placed there originally. He was questioned about the process by a resident. Lewis said Alberta Environment does not allow snow to be stored within 200 metres of the river in case of waste or garbage flowing into the

river from melting snow. He wanted to clear the roadways in a timely fashion. “I opted to move snow from the there with the intent of moving it later.” CAO Brad Watson said the town is looking to work with the province. “Our intent is to get a waiver to put virgin snow there.” Snow without salt, dirt and garbage might be allowed to be stored at that location without later removal as long as it meets criteria. Snow is currently being stored west of the CoOp Oils location.

Wine and cheese evening: (Right) Ken Robinson admires a dark wine during a wine tasting session at the Ponoka Jubilee Library, March 15. (Bottom right) Anne-Marie Opsteen enjoys several wines at the library, complete with commentary and discussion — but no whining.

Christina McMeekin: I just started at Ponoka Outreach in January. The staff and students have all been so welcoming to me. I immediately felt like part of the family. I am teaching math and science to students in grades 8 to 10. I have enjoyed my first few months here and look forward to working with such great people!

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Every year, Tech Futures helps enhance the possibilities for more than 3,000 entrepreneurs, large and small businesses, industries and government agencies in Alberta. It melds practical problem solving with scientific exploration and invention. It expands and nurtures the entrepreneurial ‘frontier’ spirit so much a part of who we are and what we do in Alberta. Its goals are ambitious, its work exciting. Multi-credentialed and multi-disciplined employees from across Canada and around the world bring with them a wide range of education and experience. While backgrounds are incredibly diverse, our employees are explorers at heart, sharing a desire to diversify Alberta’s economy. Tech Futures is continually looking to recruit bright, creative people who enjoy problem-solving and trouble-shooting their way through complex challenges. It actively encourages employees to think ‘outside the box’ and challenge the status quo. Derek Heslinga, a technologist in

AITF’s biofibres lab, is one such employee. Heslinga wondered if the biofibres he works with every day might be applied in a novel way. To make a guitar. He began by applying numerous colours of dye to some paper-thin strands of wood. Resin and pressure were then added to the strands to create a rainbow-coloured block of biofibre. Later, Heslinga cut it into the shape of a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. He then installed the hardware and electronics salvaged from another guitar. When the instrument was assembled, restrung and tuned up, Heslinga plugged it into an amplifier and…out came the sweet sounds of music. To the delight of his colleagues, he played his custom guitar and sang at AITF’s annual talent show. Don’t settle for just a job…consider the qualifications you need to follow your dreams, and pursue your passion. To learn more about AITF or find out about cool jobs at Tech Futures, go to

“This experience opened our eyes to different cultures and gave us the opportunity to build friendships with students from around the world – global citizens who take an active role in international affairs.”

Derek Heslinga, a technologist in Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures biofibres lab, used biofibres to make a guitar. Submitted photo

In mid-January, Elyse Glor and a team of MacEwan University students visited the Galapagos Islands as part of the National Model UN – Latin America conference. They participated in UN committee simulations alongside students from other universities in Canada, the United

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Students adapting faster in changing times By Amelia Naismith By the end of 2013 technology will still be advancing and doubling every three years. It is the duty of schools to prepare their students to enter and succeed in this rapidly changing world. Technology and societal trend projections are calculated according to Moore’s Law and International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors. Internet and social media sites are aspects of technology readily available and common to students. “One of the things that is becoming very, very apparent . . . is social media is becoming very important in how


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students learn and interact with each other,� said Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) superintendant Larry Jacobs. WCPS works at teaching students about the conveniences and pitfalls of the digital world. Jacobs says schools are looking at how to create powerful learning environments and “how to move forward with dealing with new problems and new events.� The Internet creates a vast vat of knowledge for students to access and schools divisions want to focus students’ use of the newly gained knowledge to become critical thinkers. WCPS uses a 12-component mod-


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el that outlines specifics teachers need to take into consideration when building a learning environment. “That’s a very powerful tool,� said Jacobs. “When I became a teacher in the 1970s my primary teaching strategy was the lecture.� Students would take notes and sometimes there would be a follow up activity such as a worksheet. Jacobs says teachers would take these worksheets as a sign the students understood the lesson. Schools now realize students need to be engaged on different levels and teachers are gravitating toward using real world problems and examples as teaching methods. However, one challenge the Internet leaves schools is making students realize not everything there is well prepared or factual. “It’s a mile wide and an inch deep,� explained Jacobs, who wants WCPS students to approach the Internet with a philosophy to be discriminatory on commentary. But, the easy access to the Internet renders it a powerful learning opportunity for students. Some teachers have taken to putting their lessons online and students can even watch virtual dissections with added commentary. With the Internet

students don’t have to depend solely on classroom time for learning. Jacobs says students are reaching out and becoming their own society on the Internet. This allows them to interact with each other in an even more transparent way, through blogs or forums, on an ongoing educational basis.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


College holds open house for community benefits By Amelia Naismith

Teacher Linda Zerbe and students Cara-lyn Rain (centre) and Ayla Buffalo look over school work during Maskwacis Cultural College’s open house, March 15. Photo by Amelia Naismith

The doors are always open to the community. Hobbema’s Maskwacis Cultural College’s annual open house stems from that philosophy. “Instead of being separate from the community we’re saying we’re yours, we belong to the Four Bands,” said Carla Wells-Listener, dean of academic affairs. The college held an professional development survey asking what local organizations wanted to see at the college. Some responses included proposal writing, business communication courses, leadership and team building and more cultural aspects in the programming. To invite the community into the school the college is holding a birdhouse building workshop that will also include lessons on the birds from a Plains Cree perspective. It will be held May 17 at the college. For more information contact Willis Littlepoplar at the Maskwacis College Library. Another workshop is called Splash of Colour and will take March 27 at 11:30 a.m. The open house serves to showcase to the community what the school’s accomplished over the year and allows for more transparency between the programs for the students. “I think it helps us realize we accomplish these things,” she explained. Wells-Listener also wanted to use the open house, March 16, to present renovations and new programs the school has. One is the men’s literacy program, which starts the beginning of April. “(It’s) for men that have been Choosing the right path begins with quality local education right here at out of school for a long time,” said Wells-Listener. Wells-Listener says the school is in between two home. Education truly is the key to unlocking opportunity in the modern educational systems, the traditional Plains Cree and the western system. She wants to use the program economy. to have the two systems blend, rather than watching them clash. The school also offers programs in early childhood development and social work. This June the school will celebrate and honour close to 100 graduates. “This is a big number for us. Usually we have 50 to 60,” said Wells-Listener. The college’s library was also a highlight of the open house. The library houses more than 40,000 books, in• Diamond Willow Middle School • Ponoka Elementary School cluding more than 2,000 in a prized indigenous law • Ponoka Outreach School • Ponoka Composite High School library. There are adult literacy and parenting books as • Crestomere School • Mecca Glen School well as a treaties archive. “People talk about treaties but how many people know the details,” said librar• Centennial Centre Patients’ School • Wolf Creek Home Education ian Manisha Khetarpal. The library also boasts a vast collection of grey literature, which is not mass-produced literature and is used to develop literacy programs. Even with the renovations Wells-Listener wants to be out of the college’s current location and in a new building within two to three years. The new college is estimated to cost $23 million and is going to be environmentally friendly. It will also feature a theatre, gym and museum and universiPonoka Christian School ty-sized classrooms.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Helpful hints when choosing post-secondary school

While high school seniors are busy choosing prom dates and graduation wardrobes, high school juniors are generally on the hunt for colleges. Scheduling tours and visiting post-secondary school fairs can help students narrow down their choices.

High school seniors may be preparing for prom or getting ready to receive their diplomas, but high school juniors may be spending their time investigating colleges. Test scores and applications factor heavily into where a student will go to college, but students must also find a school where they feel comfortable. Choosing the right college can help a person start off on the right foot. Here are some helpful hints for students when researching colleges. • Brand-name schools aren’t the be-all, end-all. While the well-known universities, may garner a lot of attention, there are many other lesser-known schools that will provide a quality education. • Think about school size. Students who thrive regardless of class size may not have to worry as much about the size of a school. Those who like an intimate setting and more one-on-one interaction may want to gear their searches to schools that have a smaller population. • Factor in costs. Part of the decision-making process will involve the costs of going to school. Although some students defer paying for college by taking out loans, keeping the bigger picture in mind — especially the loan payments that will await students upon graduation — can help steer school choices. • Be honest with yourself. Students should be honest when assessing their academic history and abilities. Some schools have very stringent acceptance policies and will only accept students who fit a certain academic profile. If a grade point average falls sig-

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nificantly below a school’s requirement, applying to that school and paying the application fee might not be in a student’s best interest. • Seek out personal referrals. Students can reach out to alumna of certain schools and get their perspective on a given school. They can then schedule tours at some of the schools that seem the best fits and judge for themselves if the school are right for them. • Think about personal and academic interests. Some school decisions are made simply by the programs offered. For a student who has a very specific degree in mind, there may be a limited number of schools that specialize in that course of study. However, a liberal arts major can select among a much greater number of options. Also, students should think beyond academics to the athletics or afterclass activities offered. • Consider a school’s proximity to home. Some students want to be close to home, and others want to be as far away as possible. If getting away from home to broaden your horizons is important, then keep in mind the cost of travel on holidays and during (NC) Good grades breaks. are not just a result of healthy study habits. A healthy lifestyle, including getting a good night’s sleep, can play a large part in grades. Studies show that sleep-deprived students scored an average of seven points lower than well-rested students on standardized tests. They also show that even a short reduction in sleep time—as little as 15 minutes—can have detrimental impact on academic performance. According to Dr. Nick Whitehead, founder and CEO of Oxford Learning, there are cognitive repercussions from a poor night’s sleep. “It’s not just an issue of kids being sleepy or tired in the classroom. A poor night’s sleep means that the brain isn’t moving the information it learned during the day into long-term memory, which means kids are forgetting what they are learning,” he says. According to Dr. Whitehead, while kids are learning in class, different brain areas absorb and temporarily hold the information they are learning, but during sleep that information is processed and relocated to permanent storage areas. “While parents might think that taking naps is the opposite of learning, sleep can actually help students improve how they learn.”

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Students, staff stage annual Outreach talent show Submitted Every participant and audience member walked away a winner. The Ponoka Outreach School’s annual talent show featured an excellent range of performances ranging from great rock ‘n’ roll to digital video to make-up artistry. As usual, the staff opened the show. Their wacky dance performance of Pants on the Ground proved yet again that the Outreach staff will definitely go the distance, and do so at any cost. The low-pants, hip-hop extravaganza clearly demonstrated there are few people who can make that fashion choice work but many who will give it a try. In any case, it was hilarious. The students’ performances included a great showcase musical talent. Grade 12 student Breanne Hetherington’s soulful singing was truly inspiring, as was Travis Cattleman’s, also a Grade 12 pupil. Sharlene Morris, in Grade 10, really enjoyed the talent show. “I thought Breanne’s singing was very well performed. She hit all the right notes, and it was really expressive in that it showed her feelings about the music. I think the talent shows are good for the Outreach. They let the students participate in fun activities like any other high school.” Grade 12 student Ben Rabbit was also back from last year’s show but this time he rocked the house with his guitar, accompanied by teacher John MacEachern

on bass. Their rendition of Crazy Train was incredible. Ben, who later claimed he was nervous, looked totally relaxed and played the entire song flawlessly from memory, including an awesome guitar solo. Of course, the crowd went wild. “It was pretty good,” stated Chris Arnold, Grade 12. “I really liked Ben and Mr. MacEachern’s cover of Crazy Train. The teachers’ rap thing was pretty funny. I think it’s good to try and showcase people’s skills to give them a chance to express themselves.” “I’m always amazed by our students’ talent,” said Shelagh Hagemann, assistant principal. “Most of them are totally selftaught, yet demonstrate really impressive skills. The whole event was very fun and we all had a lot of laughs. I’m very thankful to the staff and students who put so much effort into making the talent show a great success.” The talent on display was not restricted to music. Bianca Jenkins wowed the audience with a startling make-up demonstration in which she had transformed into a zombie. As well, Mackenzie Wolf and Molly Applegarth did a demonstration of sign-language. Molly also showed off her talent as a photographer. A really hilarious and equally original entry was Andrea Mackinaw’s presentation of a group of short digital videos. “I think participation is important and encourages others to participate,” said Bianca Jenkins, a Grade 12 student. Continued on page 20

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However, there was a $405,000 increase in county’s school requisition, meaning a $30 increase for most taxpayers. While there were some grants lost due to provincial cuts, the county’s budget proposes a surplus of approximately $1 million. However, this money is being put in reserve for cash flow purposes and cannot be used for community donations.

Most taxpayers within Ponoka County won’t see an increase on their property taxes this year. “There is effectively no change in people’s municipal property taxes,” said county CAO Charlie Cutforth. “We’re not looking to increase anybody’s individual tax bill.” Mill rates won’t be decided until the March 26 meeting.





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“It’s not that council no longer wants to support them,” explained Cutforth. The county has already delegated $1.2 million in community contributions. The surplus is a result of the county postponing one of its projects budgeted for last year. “Surplus came out because we did not proceed with the paving of the Bluffton landfill access road,” said Cutforth. It was decided before the road could be paved its base needed upgrading. Rather than take the surplus out of reserve for paving, council just decided to budget the project for this year. The loss of the Summer Temporary Employment Program grant, which gave the county an annual $7,600, was a change to the county’s revenue. This is also the last year of the Gas Rebate Program, in which each municipal government is given back a percentage of the money the province collects from fuel sales. With the program ending, the county, as of 2014, will no longer receive $481,000. “We will either have to find some other way of finding the revenue or cut some of our expenditures,” said Cutforth. Ponoka County has just over $30 million in expenditures. Cutforth says the county hasn’t made any cutbacks in the services they provide and both the towns of Ponoka and Rimbey will see an 11-per-cent increase in annual recreational contributions. Other budget factors and department contributions include: • $3.3 million for the road program • $1.3 million for chip sealing • $400,000 toward a new public workshop in Crestomere • $500,000 for a new compactor for the Bluffton landfill • Industrial assessments increased by $530,000 • $13 million in linear and machinery and equipment assessments • Total Agricultural Service Board revenue is $163,788 • Total county revenue is almost $30 million • Administration expenditures is approximately $1 million • Capital expenditures equal approximately $2.3 million • Agricultural Service Board expenditures total $854,822 • And approximately $17 million in total taxes collected for municipal purposes.







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Earth Hour is a global movement uniting people to protect the planet. Toward the end of March every year, Earth Hour brings together communities from across the world celebrating a commitment to the planet by switching off lights for one designated hour. Earth Hour will be held Saturday, March 23 between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. in Ponoka, explained local organizer Maurice Mazurat. Earth Hour aims to encourage an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world. Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses and governments to show leadership on environmental solutions through their actions, to use Earth Hour as a platform to showcase to the world what measures they are taking to reduce their environmental impact. Earth Hour asks everyone to take personal accountability for their impact on the planet and make behavioural changes to facilitate a sustainable lifestyle. Taking the first step is as easy as turning off your lights. By switching off your lights for Earth Hour you are acknowledging and celebrating your commitment to do something more for the planet that goes beyond the hour. “On behalf of the Ponoka Pride Green Team, I would like to invite everyone to take part in this event this year,” Mazurat said. “In the past there has been support in the community and we hope to expand on it as well as other environmental projects, we are currently looking at. Use your light switch to vote for environmental change. If you wish to support Earth Hour contact Maurice Mazurat, or text 1-403-783-0703.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Laundered money and murder mystery must-read All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley c.2012, New American Library $15/$16 Canada 327 pages The dirty glasses haven’t quite made it to the kitchen yet. They’re still communing with last week’s newspaper in the living room, while dust bunnies dance with cookie crumbs strewn on the carpet. Forgotten toys lie everywhere and your sweatshirt is right where you left it, balled up as a pillow on the sofa. So you made a mess. It’s called “living,” you’re not ashamed, and you’ll deal with it later. But in the novel All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley, another mess needs cleaning up soon — or somebody dies.

Zella Grisham always said she was innocent. Yes, it was her storage unit that had held some of the $58 million stolen from a capital holding firm nine years ago. Yes, she’d shot her boyfriend three times for cheating on her with her best friend, but the heist? No, Zella always Terri claimed she didn’t have Schlichenmeyer anything to do with that. The Bookworm Leonard T. McGill believed her. He believed her because it was he who set her up to take the fall for grand larceny. It was a scam that McGill had pulled before without problem but this time, it looked like there was trouble. With Zella out of prison, there were people who wanted to talk with her, a lot of people who figured that she knew where the rest of the cash was. They figured McGill did, too, because he was suddenly involved with Zella and he was not known for being squeaky clean. What they didn’t know — and neither did Zella — was that McGill was also the one who sprung her from prison. But in the midst of sorting out the mess, and while trying to keep Zella protected from thugs, McGill’s biggest nemesis warned him that he wasn’t safe. Three other men suspected of planning the heist were all dead, and it appeared that someone wanted McGill to join them. That notion was underscored when two professional gunmen broke into his house in the middle of the night with assassination on their minds. Through the years, Leonid McGill had annoyed a lot of people in New York City. Sure, he had enemies. But this time, he wasn’t sure who the enemy was. There’s something about a Leonid McGill mys-

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Student develops electronic Cree learning books Submitted During her Cree language classes at the University of Alberta, Caylie Gnyra had to translate sentences posted by her instructor, Dorothy Thunder. Struck by the whimsy of one of the lines, Gnyra, who graduated in 2010 from the U of A faculty of native studies, adopted it for a class project that has since turned into an online tool for Cree language teachers across Alberta. What Colour Are Your Little Ducks?/ Tân’sesinâkosiwak kisîsîpimisiwâwak became the title of an electronic book Gnyra created for a class project, and that has inspired more e-books that have just gone online free of charge at With some funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada via the faculty of native studies, Gnyra designed the cheery, colourful book to introduce young learners to a string of characters and their rainbow-hued pet ducks. The book has Plains Cree text written in Standard Roman Orthography — the letters used when writing in English — and syllabics, as well as their English translations. Gnyra wanted to develop material that could be used for little cost in Cree classrooms throughout the province, viewed on SMART Boards for group reading, printed off for individual use, or even viewed on tablets and smartphones at home. She has since created two more such books: one

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– Caylie Gnyra about the seasons, written for a Grade 1 reading level, and one about the daily activities of a young bear, for kindergarten children. Both are designed to mesh with the province’s established Cree language education curriculum. Gnyra hopes that instructors of other Algonquian languages will adapt the books to reflect the grammar and vocabulary of those languages, which are closely related to Cree. Though she is not aboriginal and is still learning to speak and write Cree herself, Gnyra is enchanted by the cultural nuances of the language and feels deeply committed to helping preserve it. “Cree is a very pretty language to the ear and it has a lot of humorous or thought-provoking aspects. Learning it helps me recognize how culture really is embedded in all languages, including English.” A self-described introvert, Gnyra also appreciates the many ways that Cree culture values and facilitates introspection. “North American culture tends to promote and validate extroversion, so I think one of the reasons I am so interested in spending time learning about Cree culture and language is that I feel like that very integral part of me is valued.” Her dedication to exploring Cree language and culture was kindled by an interest in social

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No matter how much wealth we may gather in a lifetime, it will be impossible to put a price on the acts of kindness and care that we have willingly performed for others over the years. This story I recently received from a friend is just one small but joyful example of how a generous and compassionate act of kindness can completely change someone’s life. A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar out from its hiding place in the closet. She pulled the change out on the floor, and counted it, three times, because the total had to be exactly perfect, and there was no chance for mistakes. Carefully placing the few coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she put on her warm coat, slipped out the back door and quickly walked the six blocks to the drugstore with the big Red Indian Chief sign on the front door. Once there this determined little lady waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this particular moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise, but nothing happened, then she cleared her throat with the most disgusting and noisy sound that she could muster! That was no good either, so she finally pulled a quarter from her jar and tapped it on the glass counter, and that did it! “And what do you want?” the pharmacist asked in a rather annoyed tone of voice. “I’m talking with my brother from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages,” he said without even waiting for a reply to his question. “Well, I want to talk to you about my little brother,” Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. “He’s really, really sick, and I want to buy a miracle!” “I beg your pardon?” said the pharmacist. “His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy said that only a miracle can save him now, so how much will this miracle cost?” she asked with panic in her voice. “We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. I’m sorry but I can’t help you,’ the pharmacist said, softening his voice a little. “Listen,” Tess replied with tears in her eyes. “I have the money to pay for it, and if it isn’t enough I will get the rest, so please tell me how much a miracle costs.” The pharmacist’s brother, a well dressed man, quietly stooped down and asked the desperate little girl, “What kind of a miracle does your little brother need?” “I don’t know,” Tess replied with her eyes welling up once again. “I just know that he’s really sick and Mommy says that he needs an operation, but my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to use all of my money.” “‘How much do you have?” asked the kindly man from Chicago. “One dollar and 11 cents,” she replied in a barely audible voice. “And it’s all the money that I have, but I can somehow get some more if I need to.” ‘Well what a coincidence that is,” the man from Chicago replied with a smile. “A dollar and 11 cents is the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.” He carefully took her money from the jar in one hand, and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said, “Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents, and then let’s see if I have the miracle that you need and have wished for so hard.” That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a prominent surgeon who specialized in neurosurgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn’t long until Andrew was at home again and doing very well with his loving family. Later, Andrew’s mom and dad were happily chatting about the amazing chain of events that led to their son being cured of a serious illness that had threatened his life at such an early age. “That surgery,” his mother whispered, was a miracle, and I wonder how much it would have cost?” Their daughter, Tess smiled, because only she knew exact-


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Talent show displays school spirit Continued from page 15 “When others participate I get a chance to see other people’s unique talents, and it’s always surprising what those talents are.� Bianca has been accepted to study make-up artistry for film and television at Vancouver Film School. “I’ve participated in the talent show doing theatrical make-up for the past two years because like to give insight to others about what my goals are for the future.� Teacher Shelia Cooke did a great job organizing and emceeing the event. Like everyone else, she had a great time: “My favorite part about the talent show was the look on the kids’ faces when the teacher’s came out with their pants on the

ground. I want to congratulate all the students that participated and were willing to put themselves out there to celebrate with each other how great our students are.� “We’re very fortunate to have such great kids,� said principal Scott Lewis. “They bring a positive attitude with them to school every day, so I’m never surprised to see them participate in such a great event. Their willingness to take the risk of sharing their talents with the entire school is really indicative of the supportive spirit of our school. Ponoka Outreach is a welcoming, happy school, and that fact is immediately obvious to anyone who spends any amount of time here.� Overall, it was fun, well-attended event that clearly showed, yet again, that Outreach students have excellent school spirit.




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Cute & Cozy, this home is located on a corner lot in a Central location. There are 2 bdrms on the main floor. Many upgrades make this home ready to move into. Basement is currently set up as a 1 bdrm suite.








Beautifully renovated & ready to move into! Â This Riverside bungalow offers 5 bdrms & 2 baths. Many renovations include new paint, flooring, kitchen backsplash, bathrooms, weeping tile, landscaping & electrical. Also has double detached garage


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$239,900 each. Call Jane - 1056 sqft Bungalow, 4 bdrms & 2 baths - Beautiful Oak kitchen & New ooring - Wood burning ďŹ replace - Upgrades incl. Stucco, furnace, windows - Large fenced yard w double heated garage


- Custom built 2508 sq. ft. 2 storey on .85 acres - 4 bdrm & 4 bath well maintained executive home - Kitchen w/island and garden doors to large back deck - Fully ďŹ nished basement - Deluxe 4pc ensuite w/ separate Jacuzzi tub and double sinks - Attached garage - Professionally landscaped backyard w/ paved driveway & ďŹ re pit - Your own quiet oasis backing onto open ďŹ eld!!


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- 9.21 acres w/1.5 Storey Cabin - Well built & fully insulated - Functional kitchen & living area - Loft bedrooms - Additional bunkhouse & shed - Walking trails & ďŹ re pit area - Property offers many possibilities!

- 4 bdrm bi-level - Great 2 car garage - Wood stove, hardwood ooring - Developed basement - Fenced yard - Shows well and has quick possession

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- Lot 10 is in the heart of ‘The Village at Wolf Creek’ - Near Canada’s premier 36 hole golf course - Amongst the newest 9 holes of Wolf Creek Golf Course - Municipal services - water & sewer are included

- Extensive Upgrades! - Original Hardwood Flooring - Mature yard, Corner Lot - Garage has NEW door, door opener & shingles - Great Location!


- Custom built in 2005 - Over 4900 sq ft developed - 5 bdrms, 4 baths, triple garage - All the bells & whistles of executive living - Fantastic location within minutes of town


- Well designed 1396 sq ft bungalow - Fully ďŹ nished, 3 bdrms, 3 baths - Granite, hardwood, 9’ ceilings, ďŹ replace - Oversized garage, beautiful yard - Master suite with soaker tub

$449,000 Call Bob

- Large duplex lot - 59x150 sloped lot suitable for walkout - Located in Riverside

$99,000 – Call Todd


- On quiet street in great location - 3+2 bdrms & 2 baths - Many recent top quality upgrades throughout - Fully ďŹ n. bsmt w/ ďŹ replace - Stunning backyard w/ deck & double garage

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- 1120 sqft, 3 bdrms & 2 baths - Numerous upgrades - Lrg family room w/ wood burning ďŹ replace - Well maintained on large lot - Sheltered deck & m mature yard


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- Incl. assets, ďŹ xtures & stock $49,900. Call Todd

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- 1022 sqft Bi-Level, 5 Bdrms / 2 Baths - Granite Counters, Island & Marble Backsplash - Jetted Tub - In-Floor Heating in Basement - Double garage - Fenced yard

$320,000 Call Deb


- 13.9 acres, 1897 sq. ft. bungalow - 3 bdrms & 2 baths - Upgrades incl. vinyl windows, wrap around deck & new shingles - 45x60 heated workshop, 40x60 heated Quonset & many other outbuildings

$379,900 Call Lisa - 800 sq. ft. bungalow

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- Drilled well & municipal sewer - New windows & roof in 2002 - New H2O tank in 2011 - 8’ x 8’ screened in sun porch $220,000 – Call Bob


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Pie and a Pint: Norm Nelson, Barb Johnston and Dale Johnston enjoy some green beer and welcome in St. Patrick’s Day at the Legion on March 16. Photo by Amelia Naismith

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6000 • 48 Ave, Ponoka

Fox wants condo changes Wildrose Service Alberta Critic Rod Fox is calling for immediate changes to the Condominium Property Act to prevent sudden and unaffordable special assessments being levied against residents of townhouse-style condo developments. As written, the legislation requires all condo boards to carry reserve funds to pay for future repairs to “common property.� These funds are built up over time through pre-collection of fees, preventing special assessments. However, a recent court ruling affirmed that “common property� in bareland condo developments — townhouses, duplexes, villas and single-family dwellings — refers only to roads, sewers and landscaping. Other “managed property� — walls, roofs, foundations, driveways, decks, doors and windows — cannot be funded out of reserve funds and must be paid for out of special assessments, the judge ruled. “The legislation allows for an unfair distinction to be made between the two types of condos and it’s resulting in tremendous financial hardship for some Albertans,� Fox said. “I am calling on the PC government to revisit the legislation and make it apply fairly across the board to reduce the impact these costly special assessments have on Alberta homeowners.�

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This 10 acre parcel is a perfect choice to build that dream home and have plenty of room to keep livestock, grow trees or organic gardening. Nice lay of land with #1 soil, service borders property. Located just minutes north of town.

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Your choice of 2 - 2.4 acre parcels located within ½ mile of Ponoka town limits to the north. These properties are priced to move quickly.


- Owner has 2 lots available - One close to entrance & one on a hill w/ a view - Build your dream home amongst other upscale homes -  Restrictive Covenant in place to protect your investment - Municipal services including sewer & water - Golf Membership included

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Next to new bi-level with 2 & 2 bdrms, double garage, small barn. This property offers excellent exposure and just under 5 acres one mile from town is another great feature. Quality workmanship with many extras.


Well kept older home on quiet street, close to downtown and all amenities. Small but charming 2 bdrm with open loft, mature treed lot, off-street parking and many more nice features. This home is offered for sale under $150,000.00. Good revenue or first time home-buyer property. Call Brian 403-704-7018


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Livestock genetics international pursuits funded By Amelia Naismith More funding is being given to directly impact Canadian livestock producers. The Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) recently received a grant of more than $1 million from the provincial government to expanding international marketing. The announcement was made by Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins, on behalf of Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz, at Morsan Farms southeast of Ponoka. “We’re proud to support this forward thinking sector. We’re working hard to ensure science-based trade with our customers around the world, regaining access for our world class livestock genetics in the Middle East, Russia, Ukraine and other key markets,” said Calkins. Activities to accomplish Canadian growth worldwide include attending trade meetings, trade missions, holding training and educational seminars, working to develop new markets and undertaking market assessments for emerging markets. “Our government knows that trade creates jobs, economic growth and keeps our economy strong. In April we will be launching Canada’s new agricultural policy framework, Growing Forward 2,” said Calkins The new program, which is now accepting applications, will help producers gain and maintain access to national and international markets. Calkins said Growing Forward 2 represents more than $3 billion in federal provincial and territorial initiatives for market development innovation and competition. “That includes a 50-per-cent increase in cost shared investments,” he added. The Government of Canada’s first Growing Forward program comes to an close at the end of this year’s budgetary cycle. Part of Growing Forward 2 is to double the investment in market access, research and market diversification. Calkins feels, with the investment the CLGA will continue to open markets and provide not only live animals but Canadian genetics embryos and semen a solid international market base, bringing more revenue back to Canadian producers. Canada has a good standing on the international market and a lot of work has gone into improving Canada in international eyes since the BSE (Mad Cow Disease) situation of 2003, but there’s still more work to be done. “We’re in the middle of negotiations with countries like India. We’re got a foreign investment protection agreement with China and of course we’re engaged in the Trans-Pacific partnership and the Canada-Europe agreement, that’s getting closer and closer to becoming a reality,” said Calkins. Canada has entered into other free trade agreements with Jordan, Columbia, Peru and the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Nor-

On behalf of Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz, Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins announced on March 15 the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association as receiving more than $1 million in funding. Photo by Amelia Naismith way and Switzerland). Negotiations have been concluded but are not in force with Honduras and Panama. There are ongoing negotiations also underway with: Andean Community Countries, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Central America Four (CA4), the Dominican Republic, the European Union (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement CETA), Japan, Korea, Morocco, Singapore and Turkey. “The direct effort will be . . . the trickle-down effect in revenue, stemming from more markets and broader customer base,” said Calkins. CLGA executive director Rick McRonald also knows the government’s investment will directly benefit Canadian producers. He says the market for embryos and semen is strong but the market for live animals is weaker, and there are many reasons for that. Because live animals markets are not operated on a “day-to-day” basis the market opportunities may wax and wane over a period of years. “You have to be ready when that market’s open and you have to have technical access,” said McRonald. That’s what this new investment is working to craft.

New owners at Ford dealerships By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye The Ford dealerships in Ponoka and Rimbey are going to have new owners. Expect to see Legacy Ford Ponoka and Legacy Ford Rimbey signs coming up soon. New owners Del and Charlene Bouck have purchased Ponoka Ford and Rimbey Ford from Jody and Brenda Wiese, documents were signed recently to finalize the deal. Bouck said the purchase has been in the works for the last year. He and his wife own a Chrysler dealership in Fort McMurray but his wife has family in Ponoka and Wetaskiwin. Bouck is excited to come to Ponoka and get to know the community. “We’re really thankful that Jody and Brenda thought to sell us the dealerships and we’re excited to just serve people.” Education has been at the forefront of Bouck’s life, he used to be a pastor with the Alliance Church in Red Deer. After being a pastor he decided to teach. “After that I went on to be a teacher and princi-

pal with Edmonton Public Schools for 16 years,” he added. Now he has a bachelor of religious education, a master’s degree in education and a PhD in leadership and administration. “That’s where I was sought after and got into the corporate world…Ultimately that’s what led me into this world.” Bouck grew up in a business family and was always interested in owning his own company. He looks forward to being closer to family. “My wife just can’t wait to get there, that’s why we wanted to get a dealership there also,” he added. Their focus is on carrying more inventory at the dealerships as well as vehicle accessories. “I have a personal interest in accessories, we’re looking forward to doing some fun things with accessories.” Bouck was born and raised in Camrose and is eager to meet residents but is in the process of looking for a new home. “We’re looking forward to getting to know people and being a part of that community.”

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Reduce fuel use, save money, keep roads safer

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(NC) Like millions of Canadians who drive vehicles every day, you can take steps to reduce fuel use, save money, curb carbon dioxide emissions, and improve safety on our roads. Consider adopting the following six fuel saving behaviours: • Accelerate gently: The harder you accelerate, the more fuel you consume. In city driving, where accelerating consumes about half of the fuel used, you can conserve as much as 15 per cent by easing the pedal gently and gradually. • Maintain a steady speed: By avoiding unnecessary acceleration you will not only consume less fuel, it will also help to enhance traffic flow, minimize exhaust emissions and deliver safer driving conditions. Consider using cruise control on the highway. Rotating tires: Scott Wiebe of Fountain Tire • Anticipate traffic: Avoid unnecessary fuel con- checks wear and tear on a tire tread. sumption by reading the road ahead and anticipating Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye situations before they arise. This basic defensive-driving technique negates the need for sudden stops and calls on you to maintain your vehicle’s momentum. The first rule is to leave plenty of space between This package not only offers you a full service oil your vehicle and the one change but also prepares your vehicle for the change in front of you and plan your manoeuvres well in in temperature and driving conditions, which prevents advance. costly breakdown repairs. One of our specialty trained • Coast to decelerate: technicians will: By predicting slowdowns and removing your 1. Replace engine oil and oil filter (specialty oils extra). foot from the accelerator as early as possible, 2. Lube chassis (as required). you can decrease your 3. Analyze charging and starting systems. speed, conserve fuel and 4. Rotate tires and adjust air pressure (as required). save money, all at the 5. Inspect and top up all fluids (to a maximum of one litre). same time. Coasting to decelerate also reduces 6. Inspect brakes and suspension. wear-and-tear on your 7. Inspect all exterior lights, wiper blades, belts and hoses. tires and brakes, which 8. Vent test air condition sytem. in turn lowers your 9. Test engine coolant and inspect for leaks. maintenance, repair and servicing costs. 10. Complimentary vehicle inspection. • Avoid high speeds: Offer valid for most cars and pick-ups and SUVs at Ponoka Fountain Tire. See retailer for Each vehicle operates details. Disposal fees are extra. most efficiently at a parFOR ALL YOUR ticular speed. While this MECHANICAL NEEDS varies from model to model, most cars, vans and light-duty trucks are most fuel efficient when travelling between 50 and 80 kilometres/hour (km/h). You also conBRAKES ALIGNMENT EXHAUST OIL CHANGE sume 20 per cent more fuel travelling at 120 km/h versus 100 km/h. • Control the air conditioning: When in operation, the air conditioning system can increase fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent. Actual consumption de6502 46 ()'(7!9!s0/./+! AVENUE (ALONG HWY 53) • PONOKA pends on the vehicle’s interior size, the outdoor MON- FRI: 8AM - 5:30PM temperature, and other SAT: 8AM - 2PM SUNDAY: CLOSED operating conditions.


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Old motor oil myths now debunked

Time for a flush: Travis Leepart of Wagner’s Automotive gives a vehicle a coolant flush and transmission service. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

When it comes to taking care of their vehicles, many motorists prefer to be overly cautious. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, there are times when being too cautious can unnecessarily cost you money. Motor oil, and when to change that oil, has long been a point of contention. Many drivers grew up being told that motor oil should be changed every 3,000 miles. However, that myth has been debunked for many of today’s vehicles, which should come with suggested intervals between oil changes. According to, in 2010 the average interval for oil changes was 7,800 miles. In addition to changing a car’s motor oil less frequently, there are other things drivers should know about motor oil. • Oil does not necessarily need to be changed before a long trip. Taking a trip? While it’s good to have your car examined before embarking, if the recommended oil change interval is not up, then you do not need to preemptively change your oil. Such a change is likely unnecessary and will not improve the performance of your vehicle during the trip. • Black oil does not necessitate a change. Conventional wisdom once suggested if the oil on the dipstick is black then it needs to be changed. But nowadays automotive professionals are noting that black oil is doing its job and different additives might be changing the oil’s color, which means the oil doesn’t need to be changed. • You can use petroleum-based oil after using synthetic. Another longstanding myth regarding motor oil was that once you use a synthetic motor oil instead of a petroleum-


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Spring road trip tips

Spring is a season of rebirth for many people, who welcome the warm weather with open arms, especially those who just endured a harsh winter. Spending time outdoors when the weather warms up is a popular pastime for many people each spring. Road trips taken by college kids or high schoolers hitting the road for spring break or professionals and parents packing up the car for a weekend getaway have become synonymous with spring. A road trip is a great way to get outdoors and make the most of a warm day, but there are a few tricks of the trade drivers can employ to ensure their road trips are as enjoyable as possible. • Give your car a good wash. Drivers who live in areas with heavy snowfall should give their vehicles a thorough cleaning before hitting the road for a spring road trip. Salt and sand can build up on a vehicle over the course of a snowy winter, so a power washing will help remove excess salt, sand or dirt and help the car run more smoothly. • Get the vehicle a tune-up. A tune-up, including an oil change, should be part of your pre-trip planning. Make sure winter hasn’t caused any damage to the vehicle’s body and ask your mechanic to perform a thorough inspection of the vehicle’s suspension and brakes. If any problems arise, address them before embarking on your road trip. • Subscribe to a roadside assistance program. Roadside assistance programs, whether it’s AAA or a program offered through your insurance company, provide a measure of security to roadtrippers. Many roadside assistance programs 2009 provide variety of emergency assistance for members, including: - towing service if your vehicle cannot start or operate safely, - battery service if your car’s battery needs a jump, - flat tire service if you get a flat tire and don’t have a spare or cannot change the tire yourself, - fuel delivery service if your car runs out of gas, and - lockout service if you lock your keys in the car. These services can act as a safety net should We are an approved repairer for an issue arise when you’re on the road and far away from home or far away from a service staall major insurance companies tion. Keep your membership card in your wallet and store their customer service number in your 6403 44 Avenue, Ponoka AB cellular phone should you accidentally lose your located in the Southwest Industrial Park membership card or lock it inside your car. • Bring cash as well as credit cards on the trip. Where QUALITY is not just When embarking on a road trip, don’t assume you a word, it’s OUR NAME! will have ready access to an ATM on your trip or at your destination. This means you may reach a Ph: point when you have no cash on hand. While it’s a good idea to bring some cash along on the trip, Fax: bring a credit card or cards as well should you find yourself with no cash. A major credit card is likely to be accepted at most filling stations. • Invest in a road navigation system. A road navigation system can be your best friend, helping you find your way in places with which you are unfamiliar. Road navigation systems can alert you to traffic conditions while providing directions and alternate routes. Some systems will even alert you to nearby filling stations, lodging or restaurants.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Fixing a chip now DIY repair (MS) It takes mere seconds for a pebble or road debris to damage a windshield. What starts out as a small bull’s-eye or chip in the glass can quickly grow into a crack that compromises the safety of drivers and their passengers. Fixing the damage before it escalates into a safety issue used to require an expensive trip to the repair shop. However, now most drivers can tackle dings and chips from the comfort of their own driveways. An unattended chip in the windshield could get worse with time, because constant vibration in the vehicle and changes in temperature can cause the chip to expand and spread. Eventually, you may be left with a larger, unsightly crack stretching across the glass, and what started as a inexpensive repair job has now turned into a costly windshield replacement. Glass repairs may or may not be covered by your insurance. Repair bills for damaged windshields can range from $75 to several hundred dollars. Many drivers are unaware that windshield repair does not have to be a difficult or expensive venture. With doit-yourself kits, repairing chips can now be done in mere minutes for right around $10. Permatex has developed a special Windshield Repair Kit that fills in the ding and stops the damage Battery life: Jesse Smith of A and J Automotive from spreading while minimizing the blemish on the uses a digital sensor to check the strength and glass. It comes complete with everything needed to life of a car battery. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye make a permanent, professional quality repair in minutes, including step-by-step instructions and an online demo video. There is no mixing required and the repair cures automatically under natural sunlight. The Windshield Repair Kit follows the same steps that a repair shop would, including sealing the crack with resin under a vacuum. “Kleen By Design” View the Permatex howto demo video at www. In addition to quickly repairing a ding in the windshield, there are other windshield maintenance tips to follow. • Clean the windshield regularly. Regular cleaning prevents the buildup of dirt, sand and debris on the glass and helps avoid scratches when you use your wipers. • Check the windshield washer. Test your windshield washer regularly to make sure it works properly. In addition, COMPLETE CUSTOM VEHICLE CLEANING keep the washer fluid level topped off so it’s there when you need it - Over 20 Years Experienceto clean the windshield. • Drive defensively. • INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR • HIGH SPEED POLISHING Avoid following a large • Help Prevent Weather Damage truck that may be kick• Provide Beauty & Protection - Inside and Out ing up debris. Move into • Preserve Your Investment and Enhance Resale Value another lane, if possible. Also, do not follow “Enjoy that new car feeling again” vehicles that are transporting unsecured items For further details and appointments on the car roof or in a phone 403-783-8388 pick-up truck bed.

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Farm & Ranch Bison industry climbing trade market hills By Amelia Naismith Since the Canadian BSE (Mad Cow Disease) scare the bison industry has strengthened, but it still has many hurdles to overcome, and many more accomplishments to achieve. Canadian Bison Association (CBA) executive director Terry Kremeniuk says trade negotiations are ongoing between Canada and Europe for international economic partnerships. If a deal is signed and the CBA gets what they

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Buffalo art: Brain McArthur, co-owner of Voyager Art and Tile Inc., creates a life-like, 3-D replica of a bison in a photograph in three hours at the 2013 Wildrose Bison Convention, Show and Sale. Photo by Amelia Naismith

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John Pilon (right) stands with his two children, Josiah and Moriah, and their three woodland bison calves. Photo by Amelia Naismith

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Two bison face another early spring snowstorm at the 2013 Wildrose Bison Convention, Show and Sale. Photo by Amelia Naismith

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help accommodate their research. The University of Calgary has no off-campus A Ponoka County woodland bison producer has farm and needed a location for their own research. teamed up with the University of Calgary and the Pilon is allowing their research to commence at his University of Saskatchewan in the name of conserown operation, for their use as a handling location. vation. Once the universities have refined their conserJohn Pilon breeds purebred woodland bison, the larger framed sub-species of the North American Bi- vation techniques in controlled environments, the techniques will be taken to wood bison’s natural son. Woodland bison are indigenous to northern areas habitat to employ conservation techniques on wild and Pilon says raising the animal in central Alberta is populations. Pilon also had three calves compete in the 2013 rare. “Most of our market is in Manitoba.” The other sub-species of the North American Bi- Wildrose Bison Convention, show and sale. One of son is the plains bison, which have more muscle and the calves took bronze. mature faster. Many producers are hybridizing the two speMASKWACIS EMPLOYMENT CENTER & ALBERTA WORKS PROUDLY HOST THE 3 cies to create a larger, more muscled and faster maturing animal for the market. “The market is all about meat,” said Pilon. Pilon is passionate about the woodland bison, an endangered species. “Our biggest interest is conservation.” A University of Alberta advanced reproduction team working with Environment Canada National Wood Bison Recovery Team recently visited Pilon’s farm as part of the conservation efforts. “The whole goal is to (save) the genetics of the diseased population to re-introduce a diseasefree population,” said Come Prepared Pilon. His operation was Bring Resumes sourced through the UniDress to Impress versity of Saskatchewan website. The University has an off-campus location to research and test For more information call: 780.585.4450 conservation strategies or visit with the bison. Pilon shipped 14 wood bison heifers to RD




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M. Bovis pathogen information vague in bison breeds By Amelia Naismith Is it the bison or is it the bug? Much is still unknown about how the pathogen disease M. Bovis affects bison, which is in a way very different from its effects on cattle. And because of the nature of the bison, learning opportunities are challenging.

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At the 2013 Wildrose Bison Convention, Show and Sale, Dr. Claire Windeyer of the University of Calgary spoke on the differences the bacteria has on cattle and bison. “It’s been a pathogen we’ve known about for a long time in cattle, so we know more about it there,” explained Windeyer. M. Bovis is a bacteria with no cell wall, making it more difficult to treat medicinally or naturally with the immune system. It can cause respiratory disease, infections of the middle ear, mastitis, arthritis and pink eye. Within dairy cows udder to udder transmissions occur. Calves can also become infected with M. Bovis through milk and milk supplements. Within bison the bacteria can also cause abortions. It colonizes on mucal surfaces, such as the nose, udder and reproductive tract. The bacteria can persist in these areas and producers end up with asymptomatic carriers, which can then introduce the bacteria to the herd. Asymptomatic carriers can sometimes shed the bac-


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them and just recommending helming if you have mastitis.” With cattle, early detection and treatment is recommended, but with bison that presents challenges. Windeyer says it’s harder to get a sense of clinical cases because bison herds aren’t managed and checked like cattle. Also common diagnostic tests for cattle don’t work as well on bison and they are able to hide their symptoms until the disease is quite advanced. Since bison are such herd animals, Windeyer feels nose to nose transmission of M. Bovis is a key way the disease spreads through a herd. What is unknown about M. Bovis in bison is how common or widespread it is. “We don’t really understand why the presentation in the disease is so different. So why is this killing 20 per cent of mature cows out on grass, no stress. When in cattle, typically we’re looking at young animals in stress. The disconnect between the two species prompts her biggest question: Is the bison or is it the bug?

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Space bison: Judy Wilkinson sells some of her company’s, Trails End Buffalo Stix, at the 2013 Wildrose Bison Convention, Show and Sale. The jerky is now at the International Space Station with Commander Chris Hadfield. The jerky will also be going to the Junos this year. Photo by Amelia Naismith

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


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East Ponoka 4-H Beef members thank AltaLink for their support of the club. Back row: Shania Kjenner, Julianna Harvey, Tawni Kjenner, Virginia Harvey, Jenna Hodnefield, Fallon Jenkins. Front row: Nils Simons, Megan Bolton, Nadia Simons, Tasha Kjenner and Anton Hodnefield. Submitted photo

4-H advances on Achievement Day Submitted by Tasha Kjenner East Ponoka 4H Beef Club

ner took first place in the senior public speaking and advances to the West Central Regional Public Speaking event to be held in Camrose later in the month. Along with our many speaking events we are also busy working with our steer projects in preparation for our Achievement Day Show and Sale in May. Hope to see you there.

Our 4H Club started up in October and we have been busy since then. Our club has 11 members and our leader is Monica Harvey. We had our weigh-in at VJV Auction Mart. In November we attended the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, worked the coat check for the Firemen’s Ball and spent a day collecting tires and batteries for fundraising. In December we had our mid-season calf tour to check on everyone’s progress with their steers. Our Christmas party was at the Regional 4-H Fun Day at Battle Lake 4-H 2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate (LSC) Centre in January. In Available for Richardson’s Ground Squirrel (RGS) February we received (AKA - Gopher) control. our new coats celebrating 100 years of 4-H in ONE DAY ONLY - FINAL PROGRAM Canada. DISTRIBUTION On Feb. 10 we had Friday, April 12, 2013 our club level public speaking event at MecApplicants must pre-book their order by 12:00 Noon, ca Glen School. Our Friday, April 5, 2013. On Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 9:00 judges were Al Libby, am applicants must attend a short training session and sign Tim Rowland, Lorrie a user agreement before receiving the product. No product Jess, Leanne Walton, Ashley Shannon and can be used or stored past April 11, 2015. There is a minimum Holly Riske. Advancpurchase of 6 bottles at a cost of $7.50/bottle non-refundable. ing to the next level of You must be a bonaďŹ de farmer ($10,000.00/year farm public speaking were income) and have a farm fuel number with treatment Shania Kjenner and area zoned AG. This product is only available to Ponoka Virginia Harvey (seCounty producers for use on lands within the County. niors), Megan Bolton and Tawni Kjenner (inThis product is available ONLY for severe infestations of RGS. termediates) and Nadia DeďŹ nition of a “severe infestationâ€?: Simons and Anton 1 hole per 4 strides walking in 100 m or 20% crop damage Hodnefield (juniors). in 100 m strip of cropland. The second level, East Zone Public Contact Agriculture Services for Pre Booking at Speaking, was held 403-783-3336. If you do not have a severe infestation or on Feb. 24 at Mecca do not ďŹ t the deďŹ nition of an agricultural producer check Glen School. Advancwith your local farm supply store to see what alternative ing from our club were products are available to you. Payment must be made prior to Shania Kjenner and Virreceiving the product (Cash, Cheque, Interac. No exceptions ginia Harvey (seniors) or invoicing). Distribution will be done at the County ofďŹ ce and Megan Bolton and in Ponoka on Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 9:00 am. County Tawni Kjenner (interAddress: 4205 Highway 2A Ponoka. mediates). Ponoka 4-H disShayne Steffen trict public speaking Manager of Agriculture Services was held on March 10 at Crestomere School. Shania Kjen-

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Travellers may experience minor delays from dawn to dusk over the next month on Highway 20 six kilometres north of Rimbey as rehabilitation work resumes on the Blindman River bridge. Construction began March 18. As some of the work will require short-term lane closures, traffic lights will be installed at both ends of the bridge to direct motorists. Lane width restrictions of 4.5 metres will be enforced during lane closures. Other parts of the rehabilitation work will not impact free-flow traffic within the construction zone but appropriate signage will be erected as different aspects of the work are underway. Varying speed limit reductions will be in place through the construction zone, depending on the type and location of the work being done on any given day. Most work is expected to take place from Mon-

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Champions: The Ponoka Moose Bantam boys of Justin Hyink, Robert Wareham, Ryan Falkiner, Josh Vold, Jayden Hagemann, Jordan Feldberg, Connor Hoffmann, Lewis McDowell, Rylee deJonge, Justin Hall, Logan Abrassart, Braeden Korchinski, Daniel Huchkowski, Noah Spelrem, Levi Robinson, Pierce Clemmer, Jarret Henderson and Alex Mercer and their coaches: Pete Hall, Joe Henderson, Bernd Feldberg, Tim Falkiner and Curtis Huchkowski celebrate their Tier 2 league championship title. The boys beat Eckville 4-3 in a tight game that was tied until the last three minutes of the game. Coach Hall says half the players on the team had never won a championship before and this is a huge feather in their helmets. Submitted photo





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FINK Jeanie Louisa Fink passed away Monday, March 11, 2013 surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband Jerry and daughter; Peggy (Larry Stevens) sons Ben (Alyson) Lennard, Greg, and Jim (Adrienne). Jeanie had nine grandchildren; Jennifer, Ryan, Adam, Amanda, Megan, Andrea, Logan, Warren and Colin and five great grandchildren. Jeanie was born in Mirror, Alberta and moved to Ponoka with her parents Betty and George Wiggins. Jeanie and Jerry were married on July 11, 1953 and she passed away just a few months short of their sixtieth wedding anniversary. Jeanie’s hobbies included reading, gardening, needlepoint and knitting. Jeanie loved their family farm being the focal point for family and friends. Jeanie loved living in the country with the apple orchard, flowers and garden, but she also enjoyed working in town. She had great memories of working at the Ponoka News and Advertiser and talked so fondly of the editor, Dorothy Wright. As well, she enjoyed her time at the Ponoka Golf Club first at the trailer and then later cooking at the new club house. For many years Jeanie together with Jerry managed Great Bear Trophy Lodge. They had many wonderful experiences and loved meeting people from all over the world. The family would like to thank the Ponoka Home Care and especially Shawna. Jeanie was a wonderful inspiration to her friends, children and grandchildren and will be missed more than we can say. Funeral Arrangements Entrusted To PONOKA FUNERAL HOME ~ A Wombold Family Funeral Home ~

Card Of Thanks

The family of Edna Stewart would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support in our loss. Thank you for the cards, phone calls, visits, gifts of food and flowers and support at the hospital. Special thanks to the staff of Rimoka Lodge, Ponoka Hospital, RD Hospital, ambulance drivers, Dr. Izak and Dr. Joe for all the wonderful care. Love to the FCSS staff for your compassionate, loving care while Mom was at home ind in Rimoka. Our deepest gratitude to Marlon and Sheila of Ponoka Funeral Home for your love and encouragement. Thanks to Rev. Beatrix for visits and the service and the United Church ladies for a wonderful lunch. George Stewart & Families Fay Stewart & Families Carol Fleck & Families Tammy & Tony & Family

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In Memoriam

REEVES Ernest (Ernie) May 18 1920 March 12 2013

In memory of Art Walcheske May 10, 1934 March 24, 2004 Gone but not forgotten

Peacefully on March 12 2013, Mr. Ernest (Ernie) Reeves passed away at the age of 92 years. Ernest is survived by his loving wife Mary, his son Ryan (Carol) Reeves, his brothers, Samuel Reeves and Wilbert (Martha ) Reeves, his sister Velma Cheasley, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

We can’t have the old days back when we were all together Although you can’t be here with us, we’re truly not apart. There’s not a day goes by that your name is not remembered The year’s may wipe out many things But not the memories of those happy days. Your presence we miss, your memory we treasure Loving you always, forgetting you never.

He is predeceased by his parents Louis and Mary Reeves, his first wife Elizabeth, his sisters Alice Cards and Mabel Daley. The service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 4910 Northmount Dr, Wetaskiwin, AB, on Friday, March 22, 2013. A public viewing will be held at 10:00 am and the service will follow at 11:00 am. The family would like to thank the staff at the Peace Hills Lodge, Wetaskiwin Hospital and the Louise Jensen Care Center in Camrose for their compassionate care.

Love always, your wife and family Phyllis Walcheske



Robert Alexander Saruk Aug. 17, 1939 - Feb. 13, 2013 Those we love don’t go away they walk beside us everyday ... Unseen, unheard but always near still loved and still missed ... On February 13, 2013 Robert Saruk passed away at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre from Cancer. He had a long career as an Electrician, working at the Alberta Hospital for 35 plus years. He was always happy to help others, doing odd jobs for them - the many of all trades. He was also a volunteer firefighter for Ponoka many years ago. He loved doing what he did. Robert leaves behind his wife Sonia Saruk, of 50 years; three children, Terry, Sherry and Darren who reside in Ponoka and one granddaughter Naomi of Vancouver, BC. Thank you to everyone who came to pay their last respects to a great man, husband, father and friend. A special thank you to Ponoka Funeral Home. He will be sadly missed. To express condolences to Robert’s family, please visit Funeral Arrangements Entrusted To PONOKA FUNERAL HOME ~ A Wombold Family Funeral Home ~


THE SANDE FAMILY would like to invite friends and family to

AL SANDE’S 85TH BIRTHDAY on March 23rd. from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Rimoka Link. 5608 57 Ave. No gifts please!!


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Employment #700 - #920

Happy 1st Birthday

Noah William Vaudry This past year has been the most amazing experience of our life. We love watching you grow and learn new things each day. We are so proud of you!! Love, Mom & Dad

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Arts & Crafts Shows ..................50 Class Registrations....................51 Coming Events ..........................52 Lost ............................................54 Found ........................................56 Companions ..............................58 Personals...................................60 Bingos........................................64 Fitness & Sports ........................66 Happy Ads .................................70


Coming Events


ANTIQUE SHOW - Western Canada’s longest running collectors show - Antiques, collectibles, and pop culture. 38th Annual Wild Rose Antique Collectors Show & Sale. Sellers from across Canada. Special collectors displays. Antique evaluations by Canadian Antiques Roadshow appraiser Frank Hall - $12 per item. Good Friday, Mar. 29, 9 - 5 p.m.; Sat., Mar. 30, 10 - 5 p.m. Edmonton Expo Centre, Edmonton. 780-437-9722; www.




PONOKA WHEELCHAIR VAN SOCIETY Monday, March 25, 7pm Senior’s Drop In Centre

Everyone Welcome

Mentors make a

difference 403-783-3112 Coming Events

THURSDAY AA Meetings at 8:30 p.m. in the Catholic Church basement. 52 Street & 52 Ave. Ponoka. Open meetings first Thursday of the month, Everyone Welcome. 403-783-4347 or 403-783-2493


Thursday, March 28 2pm Refreshments & Desserts Door prizes, draws & more!

– Everyone Welcome –


Weekly meetings Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. Neighborhood Place 5115 49 Ave. Ponoka For more info. 403-783-4557 or 403-783-8371

Caregivers/Aides................710 Clerical ..............................720 Computer Personnel ..........730 Dental ................................740 Estheticians........................750 Hair Stylists ........................760 Janitorial ............................770 Legal ..................................780 Medical ..............................790 Oilfield ................................800 Professionals......................810 Restaurant/Hotel ................820 Sales & Distributors ..........830 Teachers/Tutors..................840 Trades ................................850 Truckers/Drivers ................860 Business Opportunities......870 Miscellaneous ....................880 Volunteers Wanted ............890 Positions Wanted ..............895 Employment Training ........900 Career Planning ................920

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

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Monday night meetings at the Anglican Church Ponoka 8:30 p.m. Phone 403-783-0719 for info.

100,000 Potential Buyers???




is now accepting applications for the following position: RECEPTION/ TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANT Bashaw OfďŹ ce 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: Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



DO YOU KNOW A GREAT VOLUNTEER? The Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association (AWNA) and Direct Energy are now accepting nominations for the Alberta Volunteer Citizen of the Year award to recognize someone who goes above and beyond to help others in the community. Nominations are open to all residents served by AWNA newspapers. As a reward for giving so much, the winner will get a $1000 cash prize from Direct Energy and a $5000 donation to their community organization of choice. Visit: or Nominations close Sunday, March 31, 2013.

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has an immediate opening for a full time legal assistant with particular experience in corporate organization and filings and wills and estates. Salary and benefits are negotiable and will be commensurate with experience. We will only reply to those applicants meeting our criteria. Please email your resume to



GRANDE PRAIRIE Regional College has Collaborative degree programs in Nursing, Computing and Education that you can complete right on its Grande Prairie campus. We offer a great college experience - small class sizes, excellent instructors that care about you and your future, small town atmosphere with city amenities. You can also start on your chosen degree in Engineering, Fine Arts, Music, Arts, Science, Business or Commerce - a great transition from high school to university. Call 1-888-539-2911 for more information and to speak with an advisor;

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.


Oilfield Maintenance Labourer /Swamper

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

Caregivers/ Aides

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


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

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

Rimbey Implements Ltd.

1-877-223-3311 LOOKING FOR

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


Experienced Nanny Wanted

Al York

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

Rimbey, AB

Fax: (403) 843-3430


Looking for a mature, caring, responsible and experienced nanny to care for our toddler. Must be a nanny with at least three years experience in nannying, or child care. Will be required to work Tuesday - Thursday from 7:30am – 5:30pm. You will need a current First Aid certificate, and a current driver’s license. A Certificate in Child Care will also be highly regarded. Please email a detailed current resume to

Hair Stylists

760 AUTO SALES requires a


FULL TIME / PART TIME STYLISTS - Experienced (licensed) with clientele preferred - Must be willing to work every other Saturday as well as every other Wednesday until 8:00 pm

Interested applicants please fax resume to 403-783-3457 Closing date April 17, 2013 Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.








CLEANERS NEEDED for Retail Department Store in Red Deer. Morning Shift Heavy Duty $13.50/hr. 5:00 am. - 11:00 am Afternoon Shift Light Duty $12/hr. 2:30 pm. - 6:30 pm. No sub contracts E-mail: jobs@ Fax: 403-273-5645

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


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




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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

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

SMART shoppers read the Classifieds. 1-877-223-3311.

JOB HUNTING? Read the Classifieds. 1-877-223-3311.

Restaurant/ Hotel



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.

PONOKA Wages negotiable and benefits Drop off resume at 6707 Hwy. 53 or fax: Attn: Ron 403-783-3625

Restaurant/ Hotel


THE TAMARACK INN requires an experienced Bar Manager with Protect and ProServe. Contact Marty at 403-845-5252 or fax resume to 403-845-4848.

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

is looking for Full-Time Staff

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JOURNALISTS, Graphic Artists, Marketing and more. Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. Free. Visit: resumes_add.php.


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HELP WANTED: AG Mechanic/Service Manager required on farm/feedlot operation in south central Alberta. Mechanic licence an asset but not required. Competitive wages and benefits. Housing available. Please fax resume to 403-546-2445. Email: careers or phone 403-312-3577



ABEL CORPORATION is seeking an EDGE BANDER OPERATOR for full time permanent employment. Applicants will require a minimum of three years exp. with compatible edge equipment and must have a reliable means of transportation. This position offers a competitive industry wage and full benefits after six months of employment. Please email resumes to or fax 403-782-2729 care of Sean. Resumes should indicate specific equipment applicants have operated including make and model. INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. No Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Sign up online! 1-866-399-3853. PYRAMID CORPORATION is now hiring! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: or fax 780-955-HIRE.



As the Marketing/Sales Coordinator, you will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to assist in leasing targets, generating community interest, and representing our service and products to the community. Our focus is to create marketing strategies that represent what we are and what we have to offer.

BOBCAT SERVICE 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

Truckers/ Drivers


ATTENTION SEMI OPERATORS! Are you looking to downsize? Haul RVs from USA to western Canada! 5-6 day round trip. Looking for 1 ton O/O. 1-866-736-6483; www.


Please email your resume along with a cover letter by March 31, 2013 to:

Calnash Trucking in Ponoka requires a journeyman 3rd or 4th year apprentice heavy duty mechanic. Must be self-motivated with good written and communication skills. Competitive wages and benefits.

Lori Malick, Operations Manager, Continuum Health Care Box 4237, 4905C 50 Ave, Olds AB T4H 1P8 Email: Thank you for your interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please submit resume by: Fax: 403-783-3011 Email:

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Sur-B Enterprises Ltd. • Snow Removal • Driveways & Parking Lots • Post-Hole Augering - 6, 9, 12, 15 • Corral Cleaning • Grading & Construction Call 403-783-2764 403-588-0599 CallJim JimAshbough Ashbough 783-2764ororCell: Cell: 588-0599 Jack Surbey 403-783-5283 Cell: 403-588-0597 Jack Surbey 783-5283orCell: 588-0597


PONOKA BOTTLE DEPOT Open Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm

Closed Sundays & Holidays We Now Recycle Milk Cartons for Deposit

3, 5520 Hwy 2A (Across from Husky)

403-783-6875 CONSTRUCTION

Calnash Trucking has an immediate opening for the following position:

is hiring for the following position:

new to town?




The ideal candidate will be creative self-starter with strong communication skills and a degree or certificate in marketing/communication or equivalent experience. Must be well organized, out-going and enjoy working with seniors. Proficient with computers and experience in sales and marketing would be an asset. Some evenings and weekends may be required.


Truckers/ Drivers


Our Wetaskiwin Distribution Centre currently has the following opportunity...


Motorcycles & ATV’s 403-783-5185 1-800-662-7135 Fax: 403-783-4635

Tues - Fri: 8:30 am-5:30 pm Saturday: 9 am-3 pm


Class 1 Truck Drivers Home Hardware, a part of Canada for over 40 years and now with over 1,000 stores across Canada. We offer long term secure employment with competitive wages, medical and dental coverage, and a company pension. You have a valid Class 1 drivers licence, a clean drivers abstract, 3 - 5 years driving experience. Mountain experience an asset. If you are interested in becoming part of the great team at Home Hardware, drop off an application to 6410 - 36 Street or email resume to:

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

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


Truckers/ Drivers

DRIVERS WANTED. Terrific career opportunity with outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects. No rail experience needed! Extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 weeks vacation & benefits package. Skills needed Ability to travel 3 months at a time, valid licence with air brake endorsement. Compensation based on prior driving experience. Apply at under careers, keyword Driver. Do not fill in city or state

SMART shoppers read the Classifieds. 1-877-223-3311.


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



Truckers/ Drivers


EXPERIENCED TRUCK DRIVER required for hauling heavy equipment. Rates negotiable & benefits available. Fax resume 780-778-2444. P/T CLASS 1 Truck Driver req’d to haul feed with B-Train Tanker to our farm in Ponoka. 2--3 days per wk, approx. 8-10 hrs. per day flexible hrs. Must have clean driving record Fax resume (403)783-5239 or email: Phone 403-704-0257

Drs. Heimdahl & ZoBell WWW.4YOUREYESONLY.CA





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

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DANDY PERMANENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Electrical Enclosure & Power Division (Experience Preferred)


Full Benefit Package & Production Bonuses. Safe, Warm, Modern Working Environment.

Fax or E-mail your resume in confidence to: A.C. Dandy Products Ltd.

• Heating • Ventilation • Air Conditioning Systems • Custom Metal Fabrication


DO BUSINESS in Yukon! 1,831 sq. ft. prime ground floor retail space on the Main Street in Whitehorse, Yukon, next to Starbuck’s. For floorplan/photos, call 1-867-333-9966. ESTABLISHED, TURN KEY Acrylic & Gel Nail business for sale. All equipment & supplies to go with. Drayton Valley, Alberta. 780-542-6668.


SHANDALL PLUMBING LTD. JAMES AVERY “Reasonable rates on all your plumbing needs” Gas Fitting - Home Renovations - Drain Cleaning -24 HOUR SERVICE5306 - 60 ST, PONOKA, AB T4J 1K7 PH: (403) 783-6372 • FAX (403) 783-6345





We now carry a complete line of Ritchie Stockwater parts

is looking to hire a bus driver for Please inquire to Cal @ 403-357-3291 or email

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Ponoka Community Golf Club

LINE COOKS PREP COOKS DISHWASHERS Drop resume off at the Ponoka Community Golf Club Attn: Loanna Gulka Or Email Or fax 403-783-5144

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Seasonal Staff Required Fertilizer retail location looking for Class 3 & 5 drivers with clean abstract and yard staff during our busy season. Competitive wages, overtime paid and great work environment. Call, fax, email or drop off your resume. Phone 403-783-1890 Fax 403-783-3487 Email

5110 -50 Street Box 4414 Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1R7

This space could be yours for $




LittleJONS’ Hand Wash Stations Handicap Units Trailer Units New Solar Powered Units with Running Water


PART TIME HELP 2 or 3 days per week Hours: 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Apply with resume to: Hammy’s Spirits Bay 5, 4502 50 Street

Hours of Business: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5 pm

JESSE ZINTER Office - 403-783-5489

Now accepting applications for the upcoming season for:

Book On-Line Serving Central Today! Alberta


Reaching 6000 households weekly for just




This space could be yours!

PHONE: 403-783-7443 FAX: 403-783-7454 5210 - 50th Street Ponoka, AB



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Fax: 780-352-2249

3903 67th Street • Ponoka, AB • T4J 1J8


Business Opportunities


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• PARTS PERSON 403-783-5575 1-800-662-7168

Business Opportunities



DR. HUGH PORTER • DR. RICK BARR DR. JEFF BARR • DR. GREG EDWARDS - General Dentistry - Orthodontics - Cosmetic Dentistry - Bonding - Veneers - Bleaching - White or Gold Fillings - Crown and Bridge - Implant Restorations


Is Currently Looking to hire

Is Currently Looking to hire



Offering High Paced Work with Competitive Wages & Local Job Sites. Applicant Must Have A Valid Class 1 License.

Offering High Paced Work with Competitive Wages and Local Job Sites. Applicant Must Have A Valid Class 3 License with Air.

Experience in Aggregate Hauling and Knowledge of the Area Would Be an Asset. A Positive Attitude Is A Must.

Experience in Fine Grading and Finishing is a Must. Knowledge of the Area Would Be an Asset. A Positive Attitude Is A Must.

Please Submit Resume with Driver’s Abstract in person to: 5913 Len Thompson Drive Lacombe, AB T4L 0E8 E-mail: or by Fax: 403-782-7786 NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Please Submit Resume with Driver’s Abstract in person to: 5913 Len Thompson Drive Lacombe, AB T4L 0E8 E-mail: or by Fax: 403-782-7786 NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Advertise your business here for just $30 per week. Reaching 6000 households per week

Wednesday, March 20, 2013



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Ponoka Veterinary Clinic Dr. Murray Jacobson Dr. Clayton West Dr. Ashley Shannon

Mon. - Fri. 8 am - 5 pm Sat. 9 am - 4:30 pm

24 Hr. Emergency 403-783-4348

5502 - Hwy 2A Ponoka, AB

T4J 1M1

CUSTOM TUB GRINDING • Different screens for bedding & feed • 600 HP truck driven for fast grinding • Minimum Charge 2 HRS @ $220/HR


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

For the 2013 Golf Season

**NOW HIRING ALL POSITIONS!** Meadowlands Golf Club in Sylvan Lake is hiring! - Food and Beverage - Kitchen - ProShop - Back shop - Maintenance - Marshals E-mail resume to info@


Saturday, March 30 • 10:00am - 2:00pm The following positions are available:

GOLF SHOP • Golf Shop Sales Associate • Outside Services - Landing, Carts & Range • Player Assistants & Starters GROUNDS CREW • General Laborers Semi retired/retired physically fit individuals Full & Part-Time Seasonal Staff High School Students - 2 nights/wk + weekends Full time when school is out

BEVERAGE STAFF • Banquet Staff • Breakfast Servers • Lounge Servers • Snack Den Attendants & Beverage Carts



Your water well solution for over 30 years • Specializing in water wells with PVC casing • Government grants in effect for farmers • New pumps & pressure system installation • Same day service - on most pump & pressure system repairs

LOOKING FOR SOMEONE FLEXIBLE to do cleaning, lawn and odd jobs at the Sunnyside area of Gull Lake. Please contact me at REQUIRED Production Welder Painter Shop Laborer Polisher Full or Part Time Crestomere area BANDIT INDUSTRIES 403-783-4284

CULINARY STAFF • Apprentice Chef • Breakfast Cook • Line Cooks • Dishwashers OFFICE ADMINISTRATION • Office Assistant

Positions Wanted

Please attend in person to the Main Clubhouse with resume


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Darcy’s Drilling Services • water wells drilled & serviced • new pump & pressure system installations • all types of pump repairs • well shocking Darcy Schmidt Ph: (403) 783-2220 Fax: (403) 783-8828

ECKLUND Water Well Service

• Install & Service Pumps • Shock Wells • Pressure Systems Serviced & Installed Home: (403) 783-3712 Cell: (403) 704-3413

We are looking for that special person to fill a key role in our store. You will need to be an outgoing self motivated person capable of working closely with others. You will be responsible for: • Basic office duties • Customer service and deliveries. • Drivers license is required. Please apply with resume to: 16701 Hwy. 53 Or email



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.

Legal Services


DENIED CANADA Pension Plan Disability Benefits? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-793-3222. 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

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

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

DISCONNECTED PHONE? Phone Factory Home Phone Service. No one refused! Low monthly rate! Calling features and unlimited long distance available. Call Factory today! 1-877-336-2274; 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.


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Growing Powersports Dealer Needs the Right Individuals:

*Service Manager *Apprentice Mechanic corner of Hwy 616 & 780 3.5km East of Mulhurst Ph: 780-389-3344 Email:

PONOKA CHRYSLER JEEP Employment Opportunity Would you like a change in career, or a new employer?

Positions Wanted


CUSTOMER SERVICE ADVISOR If you have great people skills, computer skills, and a mechanical aptitude we will teach you the rest. We offer: up to date work practices, computer equipment, and exceptional training. We foster a team environment, with monthly bonuses, and above average wage compensation. Please apply now! Reply in confidence by email: Craig Pateman Service Manager Fax: 403-783-8140




Being a new parent isn’t easy . . .


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

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Misc. Services

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

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GRANDE PRAIRIE Regional College has Collaborative degree programs in Nursing, Computing and Education that you can complete right on its Grande Prairie campus. We offer a great college experience - small class sizes, excellent instructors that care about you and your future, small town atmosphere with city amenities. You can also start on your chosen degree in Engineering, Fine Arts, Music, Arts, Science, Business or Commerce - a great transition from high school to university. Call 1-888-539-2911 for more information and to speak with an advisor;

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17 yrs experience

Call Cliff today for a free estimate (403) 350-0106 WATER WELL DRILLING SERVICES


Employment Training

Heather Goodwin 403-704-3647

Personal Services


Unplanned pregnancy may be difficult to face. We care. For confidential help call 403-343-1611 (24 hrs.) 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;


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Pet Services


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

Ph: 403.783.3501 Fax: 403.783.3531


Guitar Lessons Absolute Beginners to Advanced

Rock‘Pop ‘Blues ‘Jazz ‘

Call Brian 403 704 5608

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



Rental Misc

Need RV or Self Storage?

First Call Towing



3rd Wednesday of the month By appointment only To register or for more information call Christine at 403.783.3987 or email

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



8 a.m. - 5 p.m Mon. to Sat. • Open late Thursday 24-hour Emergency Call Dr. Bill Frischke • Dr. Kelly Loree • Dr. Leighton Coma Dr. Trevor Hook • Dr. Emily Ames

PAINTING (1997) Residential & Commercial • Interior & Exterior • Wallpaper hanging • Free Estimates

Serving Ponoka & Central Alberta for the past 35 years. Jerry Witvoet Jr. Ponoka, AB (403) 783-6335 Cell: (403) 783-1523

For just

$30 per week this space could be yours!


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; BIG STRAPPER AUCTIONS SALES EVERY WED. @ 6 pm. Moose Hall 2 miles south of Ponoka on 2A

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;




Now accepting new clients in the Ponoka, Lacombe, Rimbey & Bashaw area. Over 15 years experience covering all aspects of bookkeeping.

– Strictly ConďŹ dential – Reliable – EfďŹ cient – CALL LEAH 403.783.8498 OR 403.396.9089


Misc. Services



Repair of any cooling or refrigeration system as well as large household appliances.

Berni's Refrigeration and Appliance Service

403-783-4880 Well Drilling


Well Drilling



HUGE RECEIVERSHIP AUCTION. Emerald Metal Fabricators. Complete tank fabricating facility. Tuesday, March 26, 10 a.m., Tofield, Alberta. Foothills Equipment Liquidation, 780-922-6248; Bidspotter online bidding available.

Building Supplies


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



NEW COMPLETE KUBOTA ENGINES. 4 cyl., 40 & 50 hp., V1903’s $5200. & V2003’s Turbo’s $5800. Originally for Thomas Skidsteers. Phone 780-222-9394.




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

Misc. for Sale


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

Travel Packages


Tell them Danny Hooper sent you

Wanted To Buy



Lil Mule Logging Inc. is now buying standing Tamarack. Minimum 10 acres. 403-318-4346

Agricultural #2000 - #2290

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



FOR SALE One 3yr old purebred red Simmental bull $3,000

Call 403-783-5740

FOR SALE Quality yearling Shorthorn bulls Red & Roan Quiet halter broke. Majestic Shorthorns Jennifer Orom 403-704-6121 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





32 BULLS For Sale

Black Angus Registered Yearlings Ph Jim


387-6050 or Bert



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Available every week Hormone free 403-373-1946 or 403-963-4272

Grain, Feed Hay






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



For Rent #3000 - #3200

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

Wanted to Rent #3250 - #3390




KLIMEC FARMS available (15) 2 year old and – Can Deliver – yearling registered Black Angus bulls. 403-783-2745 Semen tested. Phone 403-783-0229 FOR SALE: LIMOUSIN Bulls Polled Alfalfas, Clovers, Grasses Red and black two year plus Hay, Pasture, olds and yearlings. Semen Reclamation and Lawn tested. Combest Limousin Mixtures. Early order Farm. (403)742-5211 discounts - Book now! No charge custom MEL’S MAINES & JANELL blending. SHORTHORNS Call 1-800-661-1529 or - Purebred red, red/white, & black maine & shorthorn yrlg bulls available. HEATED CANOLA - Mel Barkley 403-740-4958 buying Green, Heated or PUREBRED red and black Springthrashed Canola. Angus bulls. 1 and 2 year Buying: oats, barley, olds. Semen tested wheat & peas for feed. and delivered. Buying damaged or Vicwin farms offgrade grain. 403-784-3517, “On Farm Pickup� 403-318-7363. Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252. RITCHIE BROS UNRESERVED AUCTION. Oyen, Alberta, March 23 at ROUND hay bales for sale. We deliver. Self unloadNoon. Red & Black Angus ing. No Sunday calls 230 mature cows, Please. 403-843-6380 25 replacement heifers, 12 mature bulls. Bobby Miller: Seed 403-358-1393 or Grain SIMMERON SIMMENTALS, CERTIFIED seed for sale: Fullblood Full Fleckvieh Busby barley, Sundre Bulls, yearlings and 2 year barley, Ponoka barley, olds, polled and horned, Jordan oats, Guaranteed, A.I. blood lines, very quiet, fully tested. Greg Jones, muscled. 780-913-7963. Magic Seed Farm VERMILLIONAIRES 27TH 403-704-6277 or CHAROLAIS Bull Sale. 403-783-6495 April 6, 2013, 1 p.m. Nilsson Bros. Livestock Vermilion. 80 - 2 year olds 15 Yearlings, white & red factor horned & polled. All bulls tie broke, semen tested. Don Good 780-853-2220; Brian Chrisp 780-853-3315

GRIZZLY BEAR TOUR. Experience a one day fly and cruise west coast grizzly adventure to Khutzeymateen, BC this July. Calgary and Edmonton departures. 1-866-460-1415; www.


Reaching 6000 households weekly




Misc. Services

Southwest Industrial Park 4102-64 St., Ponoka 403-783-5200

Buy & Sell #1500 - #1990

ANTIQUE SALE 1st SUN. OF THE MONTH AT 1 P.M. 403-782-5693 Check website for full listing

8’ X 10’ mini storage units available for rent. Also RV storage. Secure compound. Call Keith at




MAIN: (403) 783-7591 FAX: (403) 783-8178 Website: E-mail:

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

Houses/ Duplexes


3 BDRM. Duplex, 4 appls., rent $850 + utils. avail. immed., 403-783-3860

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Houses/ Duplexes



Houses/ Duplexes





FARM house S.W. of Rimbey, 3 bedrooms, 5 appliances, utilities incld’d, n/s, no pets. $1100. + d.d. 403-843-2733, 704-9502

Downtown Ponoka


PONOKA 3 bdrm. small house on large treed lot, rent $900, 4 appls., quiet working mature tenants only 403-704-1645 403-704-6509



2 bdrm house c/w fridge, stove, washer, dryer. $800.00/mo. Available immediately 2 bdrm apartment in Lancaster c/w fridge, stove. $700/mo plus power, Available April 1, 2013 2 bdrm apartment in Commercial Bldg. c/w fridge, stove. $650. /mo plus power, Available April 1, 2013 • All residences are no smoking and no pets damage/security deposit same as rent unless stated otherwise. Applications and references required for all properties. Working people preferred.

Contact Ernie Anderson at Greig Holdings Inc. @ 403-783-8580 Bay 6, 5012 50 Street, Ponoka, Alberta


PHONE 1-877-223-3311 Condos/ Townhouses


Condos/ Townhouses


PONOKA: newer 2 bdrm. townhouse, 1-1/2 bath, 5 appls., avail. April 1. Call 403-783-8699


1 bdrm suite N/S, N/P



75 ACRES. Good grass, tame hay. Medicine Lake, North West of Rimbey. 403-352-0776, 843-2511 Please leave msg.


2 BDRM BASEMENT SUITE all utilities included N/S, N/P $800/mo. $800 DD 403-704-1692 * RIVERSIDE APTS. * Newly renovated 1 & 2 bedroom units in Ponoka: 3724-45 Street. 403-357-0287

Real Estate #4000 - #4190 Houses For Sale


2 bdrm, 3 bath 1300 sq ft ½ duplex in gated community “The Fountains” Red Deer Near Red Deer Golf & Country Club 403-506-9491



Out Of Town Property


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Public Notice #6000

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

Public Notices


NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND CLAIMANTS ESTATE OF ELIZABETH ANN BELL who died on February 19, 2013. If you have a claim against this estate, you must file your claim by April 19, 2013, with:

CENTRAL AB ACREAGE Exc. Location. Less than 2 miles from Alix. Beautiful bungalow w/many upgrades incl. underfloor heat in bsmt. & on demand hot water system. 5 yr. old, 5 bdrm. home on 36+/- acres of cultivated land & has a lease revenue of approx $3100. $495,000. Call George, 780-608-6555 Listing # S-37, Linview Realty


Manufactured Homes

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 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;

Out Of Town Property


86 ACRES Aspen forest and meadows. Southwest of Cardston near Police Outpost Provincial Park. Utilities to property. Asking $345,000. See www.eightysixacres.blogspot for photos. 403-345-3344. 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;

SIRRS LLP Barristers & Solicitors at Box 4546, 5034 - 49th Ave, Ponoka, AB T4J 1S1 and provide details of your claim.


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If you do not file by the date above, the estate property can lawfully be distributed without regard to any claim you may have.


For Janitorial Services for the Usona Hall For further information and tenders contact:

Kevin at 780-352-5011 or Email Tenders must be received by Friday, April 5, 2013

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Tenders wanted for

Lawn Maintenance

at the Usona Hall for the 2013 season. Further information and tenders can be directed to:  Kevin Cummings, 780-352-5011 Box 2, Site 6, R.R. 1, Wetaskiwin, AB  T9A 1W8. 

Tenders must be received by April 5, 2013.



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