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Student volunteers showered in praise Education is one of Encana’s main areas of contribution, and Don Letwinetz, community relations advisor, attended to speak and hand out awards. Ponoka found an inspiring way to kick off National “The Leaders of Tomorrow program is probably one of the most favourite of EnVolunteer Week, celebrating the accomplishments of its cana,” said Letwinetz. “It’s a privilege to contribute, not a right.” youngest volunteers through the Leaders of Tomorrow Lois Spate, principal of Ponoka Elementary School and someone who knows a lot program. of the nominees well, could barely contain her excitement for the students. This year more than 35 elementary, junior and high She told them, since Ponoka is a small community with personal connections school students were nominated for the program based between its residents, their good deeds could be traced back through Ponoka’s history through those they’ve helped. “We’re all cheering and applauding your efforts. “You’ve had a lot of positive influence in the lives of others,” she added. While the ceremony was a celebration of the past, Spate said it was also a glimpse of the future. “It’s also an opportunity for us to challenge you.” County Reeve Gordon Svenningsen also attended to congratulate the volunteers who help make up the county’s backbone. “This county would Hailey Rausch, one of two awarded junior not be what it is today Paige Raugust received the first senior high high Leaders of Tomorrow nominees accepts Taylor Baron accepts her award at the April 21 without the efforts of Leaders of Tomorrow award. Leaders of Tomorrow award ceremony. her award from Don Letwinetz of Encana. many, many volunteers,” Photos by Amelia Naismith said Svenningsen. “Keep up the good work, it makes our community strong.” Town Coun. John Jacobs also commended the youths on their never-ending efforts to contribute to and better their environment for everyone. “At a Proudly host an young age you’ve chosen a wonderful path. Remember, the possibilities 2012 CROSSROADS CRUISER 300SK NEW 32QBSS SIERRA 5W are limitless. Stk # NF21796 Stk #NF22011. winter pkg. This is the first year MSRP $48,900 MSRP $50,900 each nominee received a special certificate from Sale $ Sale $ Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins. Although he was not able to attend the ceremony, he wrote a letter in his place. 2012 CROSSROADS SEEKING: NEW ENERGY 300 FB TOY Guest speaker Brandi SLINGSHOT 21FD HAULER TRAILER Buss, who attends the Stk #NT21840 Industrial Tubing Specialists Stk #NT22160 MSRP $24,900 University of Alberta, was MSRP $44,900 Journeyman Electricians a Leader of Tomorrow Featuring: Sale $ Sale $ winner in Grade 5. She Service Techs & More! shared many life lessons New RV’s Under $20,000 Ideal candidates have: HORNET HIDE OUT 24BH Stk #WT22038. bunk/slide ... $18,900 she’s learned with the stuSLINGSHOT 21FD Stk #NT21840. bunks ..................... $19,970 H2S, Fall Protection, CSTS dents through a gradually TRAIL LITE CROSSOVER 19 EXPANDABLE Stk #NT21528 .... $16,550 Are Customer Orientated built philosophy. TRAIL SPORT QUAD Stk #NT21815. bunk/slide ........$19,900 A Team Player & “Be you, be fearless, NEW 27RLS ZINGER TR ZINGER 19RD Stk #NT21835 ..............................$16,830 REARLIVING surround yourself with Excellent Communication skills Stk #21720 PRE CAMPED positivity and always reMSRP $36,900 1050 JAYHAWK CAMPER Stk #NC21765B .....................$6,900 member where you come 89WS OKANAGAN CAMPER Stk #UC22094A .............. $17,900 from.” Sale $ 18FQ PIONEER TT Stk #UT21870A ................... $12,900 Buss told the students 37 GEARBOX TOY HAULER 5W Stk #UF22032A .......... $26,980 if they work hard and re362BH CARDINAL 5W Stk #UF21953A ............... $29,900 main positive many great 255RK VANGUARD 5W Stk #UF21795B ................$8,900 opportunities will pres215 HORNET SLIDE 5W Stk #UF22116A .............. $11,900 ent themselves. However 22RW VANGUARD 5W Stk #UC21765 ..................$5,900 NEW SUNSET 29SS BUNK those opportunities aren’t TRAILER XT-1 20-5R PROWLER Stk #UF21936A .................$7,900 without their challenges. Stk #NT22029 24 RK KEYSTONE 5W Stk #UF21450B ................ $19,900 “Allow yourself to MSRP $37,900 make mistakes but don’t $ Sale We Sell Family Fun! allow yourselves to dwell on them,” she said. Every elementary school nominee is recognized but only two junior Barb Pierson Jackie Forsyth Ron Dufresne Dave Barradell Darrel Pierson Kevin Mueller Ray Johnston and senior students reManager Sales Sales Sales Sales Sales Sales FOR MORE INFO PHONE MEC: 780.585.4450 ceive awards. This year Hailey Rausch and RebecOR EMAIL: INFO@MASKWACISEMPLOYMENT.CA OPEN ca Wesner were the junior Weekdays 8:30 am - 6 pm winners. Saturday 9 am-5 pm Corner of QE2 & Hwy 12 West 888-782-4544 Lacomberv.com Sundays & Holidays 12-4pm Continued on page 3 By Amelia Naismith

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PCHS designs new program By Amelia Naismith An educational program designed to encourage schools to redevelop the way they support student learning has been extended for another three years. The High School Flexibility Project, which will be renamed Moving Forward with High School Redesign for the upcoming extension, was instituted by the Government of Alberta three years ago. The program allows schools to take apart and reconstruct their timetables by taking out the Carnegie Unit. The Carnegie Unit is a unit of measurement that stipulates how much time a student must sit in the classroom in front of a teacher, it’s also tied to credits and the funding school’s receive. With the program schools can remove the Carnegie unit without having their funding reduced. “That seems easy. You can say I don’t care how many hours your child is in a seat, what you have to do is demonstrate the competencies of the following course. That makes perfect sense to us. But the funding people, that’s not exactly a really exciting thing because that’s how they function. If you don’t have credits you don’t get funding,” explained assistant superintendant Gerry Varty. The 15 Albertan schools that participated in the first round of the program were guaranteed funding for the

Rebecca Wesner was one of two junior high Leaders of Tomorrow nominees winners. Photo by Amelia Naismith

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three years based on their average. “These schools, some of them did some really remarkable things. They completely broke up their timetable,” said Varty. Some schools introduced variable tutoring times and grouped students with groups of teachers. Four schools within the Wolf Creek School Division are in preliminary discussions and are hoping to partake in the extended leg of the program; Bentley School, Lacombe Composite High School, Alix MAC School and Ponoka Composite High School. The four schools had to apply with proposals to Varty, who made improving suggestions, and they were then submitted to Alberta Education. “It has to be stuff you can’t do know . . . Don’t phone me and say I want to keep doing what I’ve already been doing, come up with something that’s worth taking on,” said Varty. Ian Rawlinson, principal of the newly named Ponoka Secondary Campus, formerly Ponoka Composite High School, says the school has many philosophies and projects it would like to tie to the program. “Basically, what it enables us to do or what we could look at doing here, is trying to reconstruct the school so students can learn at their own pace,” explained Rawlinson. Students are bound by 125 hours of instruction time, although some learn at a faster pace. The school offers a Personal Academic Comprehensive Education (PACE) program. “That would be the vehicle for doing that,” said Rawlinson. PACE covers the school’s entire academic curriculum and with the two programs tied together Rawlinson says teachers can “become facilitators of learning instead of the keepers of knowledge. They can work with the students.” Rawlinson believes PACE and the high school redesign will help intervention programs and at-risk students complete high school. The flexibility of the program would allow the students weeks or months to complete a course and ready themselves for the defining final exam. “It enables the students to achieve more success as opposed to, ‘thanks for coming out, you failed’,” said Rawlinson. Rawlinson said when the inside of the school was redesigned it was done with flexibility in mind. “It’s torn down the walls in many areas and created different learning environments.” On May 1 schools will attend a meeting in Calgary to discuss the details of the project, how chosen schools will be funded and the schools’ responsibilities to the project. In the middle of May the schools participating in the project will be revealed. “I think they’re being fairly careful of who they choose because it can change the way your school operates.” Varty updated school trustees on the program at their April 16 meeting. He ended his presentation with a question for the board: if completely new schools could be built for students would they build the ones they have now. He wouldn’t.

Continued from page 2 The senior winners were Taylor Baron and Paige Raugust. Raugust was surprised she was nominated because of the other nominees in her category. She started volunteering her time as a young girl in church and because of her passion for giving, never stopped. “It lets you appreciate other people, you learn to understand other people.” “A smile can change the world,” she added. Raugust wasn’t the only one at the ceremony who knows the power of the smile. “Love watching the A household name youth. I like to watch the expressions on their 40 years. faces,” said program chairperson Leanne Brusegard. “It’s amazing. I reSPECIALIZING IN: ally think they need to be encouraged so they carry • septic tanks on,” she added.

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Your Guide To Local Houses of Worship CHURCH DIRECTORY

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

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

Worship Service 10:30 a.m.

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

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

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

PONOKA WORD OF LIFE CHURCH Pastor Rob McArthur

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PONOKA UNITED CHURCH Minister: Beatrix Schirner

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

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Tea fundraiser: Marie Ferguson fills out her name for one of the raffle prizes at the Reid Manor tea fundraiser April 17. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

South Korea shares Christianity British philosopher G.K. Chesterton once wrote these wise words: “An adventure is, by its nature, a thing that comes to us. It is a thing that chooses us, not a thing that we choose.” As you read this article, my wife Donna and I will be on one of those Pastor Tom adventures that came to Cnossen us. Back in November we were asked if we would Hobbema Fellowship like to go to South Korea Church and participate in a conMember of the Ponoka ference put on by Korean Christians who have a Ministerial Association desire to share the good news of Jesus Christ with Canada’s aboriginal people. Since that has been our life’s ministry the past 26 years, we were glad to accept

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May is Vision Health Month and the Ponoka White Cane Support Group will be joining with CNIB in the efforts of that organization to raise an awareness of eye health and eye care. The Ponoka Optometry Clinic also supports this goal. During May, a coin collection be will be placed in the optometry office with any funds raised going to CNIB. On May 1, at the regular meeting of the White Caners, Wendy Edey from Edmonton will speak about Planting the Seeds of Good Mental Health. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at the Anglican Church Hall at 1:15 p.m. There is no charge for admission. For further information contact Sue Bowman at 403-783-314

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their invitation and go to Korea, even in the midst of these trying times out there. When I go to a new place, I like to study its history, and I found out the Korean people had often been invaded and colonialized by foreign powers. In its ancient history this happened, but also in its more modern history. Japan occupied Korea for 35 years. After the Second World War, the Russians defied the United Nations and set up a communist government in North Korea that eventually led to the Korean War. Finding all this out made me realize that the Korean people have a special affinity to people who have experienced things like suffering and attempts at assimilation and that is why they are reaching out to Canada’s aboriginals and wanting to share something that worked for them. Korean believers have a love and affinity for aboriginal people world-wide. The Good News of Jesus Christ

came to Korea in both word and deed and was widely accepted by the people — not as a “white-man’s religion” with all its baggage — but as a lifechanging relationship with the God of the universe. According to Wikipedia, believers in Jesus Christ quickly established “schools, universities, hospitals and orphanages,” and during Japanese occupation it was the Korean Christians who were in the front ranks for the struggle for independence. After the war, with the coming of the communists, many believers fled North Korea and established themselves in South Korea. During those years, the church turned to God in earnest prayer, honest worship and in intense fellowship with each other and with a dependency on the Word of God. The Korean War only intensified this prayer. The Korean Church was revived and grew rapidly. This revival lasted for 47 years. Today, more than one-third of the people of Korea are followers of Jesus. Of course this came at a cost and many Koreans died for their faith. But that faith has remained strong as it is today. On our trip we will atGetting to Know the Outreach tend a service at a church with m ore than 700,000 Tyler Alcock: I like attending Ponoka members. We will visit a Outreach because I learn better here. I also leper colony, the site of a like doing most of my work on the computer. church burnt down by the Japanese, a memorial to the Christian Martyrs of Korea, serve food to the street people and homeThis Week at the Outreach… less in downtown Seoul and “…preaching, prayThursday, April 25 ing, meditating, singing Night school—Mrs. Cooke and Mr. Halbert , communicating with God, together” (as our Friday, April 26 trip itinerary states it) Wolf Creek PD Day-No school for students Not exactly the Holiday Inn but better. Monday, April 29 We will be doing all School closes at 3:00 pm of this with war drums beating and the world on edge but with God very Tuesday, April 30 much in control. We are Night school—Mrs. K. and Mr. MacEachern excited to go on this adventure which has found us.

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Reflections of Ponoka

The amazing change from horsepower, to steam, to gasoline By Mike Rainone for the News While we cruise in the controlled environment of our fast and fancy rides along our highways and by-ways listening to our stereos and enjoying the scenery, we never imagine the hardships and challenges our early pioneers would face but somehow survived with the primitive methods of transportation and tools available so many decades ago. When this area opened up for settlement in the late 1800s, the overwhelming task of carving out their new homes, farms, businesses and communities was achieved mostly by manual labour, with some help from the pulling power of horses and oxen and the first steam powered machinery. In the lives of average people, there is little doubt the automobile was the most revolutionary invention in the history of transportation since the wheel. The basic premise of the early planning of the modern auto or horseless carriage was to simply choose a wheeled vehicle from the many early types typically being pulled by horses or oxen, then add a motor and create a self-propelled personal transportation vehicle to suit everyone’s needs. Believe it or not it was first attempted in 1771 when Frenchman Nicholas Cugnot produced a threewheeled steam powered vehicle but it travelled only 2-3 mph, was too cumbersome, and was unable to keep with the old reliable horse-drawn buggies. The milestone vehicle was built in Germany in 1889 by Daimler and Maybach, was powered by a 1.5 hp two cylinder gasoline engine, had a

four-speed transmission and reached speeds of 10 mph. The first automobile to be produced in quantity was the 1901 Curved Dash Oldsmobile built by Ransom E. Olds, but it would be Henry Ford who would introduce the world’s first modern industrial automobile production assembly line in Detroit, Mich. in 1908. After building his first gasolinepowered car in 1896, he began mass production of his Model T Ford in 1908, and by 1927 more than 18 million of these popular family vehicles had rolled off the line. Although William Crapo Durant, who founded General Motors in 1908, had realized a profit of $9 million in only a few years producing the classy CadillacBuick-Olds-Oakland vehicles and hopped up race cars, an economic crunch would soon set in and auto sales would drop drastically. The brilliant Mr. Ford managed to survive by dropping the prices of his Model T from $850 in 1908 to $600 in 1912, and to $290 with his cheapest Universal four-seater car in 1924, but the Wall Street crash in 1929 would bring everything to a crushing economical halt for more than a devastating decade. The arrival of the auto in Ponoka It was the good old reliable horse and buggy, along with the heavy and powerful steam-operated tractors and threshing machines that complemented most of transportation and farm work at the turn of the century here on the rugged prairies. When Ponoka became a town in 1904 and the county districts flourished with the sudden influx of new families and businesses, it would result in ongoing successes and

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Grace Hayhurst, Leroy Mattern and Bill Hayhurst of the Anthony Hill district pose with their new 1916 Model T Ford convertible. It was produced in the millions by Henry Ford and sold for under $600. a thriving community that began to enjoy countless amenities, including the exciting beginnings and progress of the new automotive and mechanical era. • As the automotive industry boomed in the United States, the glitzy new vehicles were also shipped into Canada in great numbers by train, where proud new owners could pick them up at the stations or would visit the nearby dealerships to make their choices. Progress is always great but it was surely sad for some to see those smoky and friendly old community livery stables eventually being replaced by the garages and dealers who would sell and service this sudden automotive revolution of the metal monsters. • In town and out in the districts many early 20th

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No, this is not rush hour, just a classic photo taken in the early 1900s of weekend traffic in the park. That was the magnificent era when the noisy motor vehicle came into being, when there were no fewer than 175 automobile companies selling their family or luxury four-wheeled models of cars and trucks in all sizes, styles, shapes and prices to folks who were eager to sit back and enjoy that thrilling new ride. Has it really changed much? Just a whole lot faster pace and many more mechanical perks, seats for babies and louder stereos.

century families, individuals and businesses would enhance their busy lifestyles by adding an automobile to their day to day active calendar or work and play. One of the first owners of a fancy auto in the Ponoka district was W.A. Martin, who loved to show off his solid-tired Model T Ford, a real beauty that featured all-draft ventilation, acetylene lamps, running boards and a convertible top. Frank and Guy Newton of the Scott district acquired cars big enough to pack their entire big families into for trips to church, picnics, the lake and even to town. Walter Gee of Grand Meadow owned the first classy 1914 Overland, Fenn Robinson of Popular Forest had a new Ford Coupe, complete with running boards and a rumble seat, and there would many others. Trucks also began arriving on the scene, with some used in the 1909 and ongoing construction of the massive Provincial Mental Hospital, while others were skillfully transformed into school buses, ambulances, delivery vans and so much more. • One could only imagine those early days during a special event or visit to town. Chipman Avenue would be packed with many noisy, smoking vehicles, with horns blaring, searching for an angle parking spot, while the horses and carts tied up at the hitching rails next to the hotels would certainly not be happy with the racket from this new invasion of motormania. Those early vehicles had to be started with a crank, which must have been hard on the body, until self starters were added in 1910 and then when batteries were added you had to bring them into the house to keep them warm in the winter. • Many of our roads in those days were only trails, usually covered with dirt and a little gravel, and likely very dusty when they became invaded by all sorts of cars. Of course along the way they got stuck in the mud, the floods and the snow, but then again a friendly farmer would usually come along and fill up their over-heated radiators with water or empty tanks with gas, and pull them out of trouble with his trusty team or tractor. With no white lines and few cops you can be sure there were lots of speed demons and all kinds of fender-benders way back then, and although it must have been wild and fun, I am kind of glad that I didn’t get behind the wheel of my first old “honey wagon” until midcentury.


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Opinion Time to step up In six months, In Ponoka, we’re Ponoka will have elected likely to see a few new a new mayor and counfaces around the council cillors. What are you table this fall, especially planning to do about it? if councillors Doug Gill Mayor Larry Henand Rick Bonnett run kelman, who has been for mayor — that opens on council so long he reup a seat. For some members when Ponoka councillors, the job was thriving, has stated has lost its luster after he will not seek re-elecseveral terms, and for George Brown tion. Although he has others it’s just not what Off the Record been acclaimed the they thought it would be last few terms that now when they were elected throws the election for three years ago. Being a mayor wide open to challengers. councillor is a frustrating job and it’s When people who talk about mu- easy for someone who’s used to benicipal politics gather to talk about ing the boss at home or at work to feel what’s wrong with municipal politics, like a cog in a bureaucratic wheel that they toss out all kinds of names of turns ever so slowly. Councillors who people they would like to see on coun- get elected on a platform of change cil, people who have threatened to run and progress often find after one term for council, and people who should be that they have just perpetuated the starun off council. tus quo. It’s not as easy as it sounds to elect Councillors with more than three seven people whose vision for the next terms of service should either run for four years jibes with yours. Get the the big chair or get out of the way. If phonebook out and try it. (Not the big the community is to advance, it needs yellow one, the little one the Ponoka fresh ideas and the revitalization a new Kinsmen Club publishes and is availgeneration of leaders can provide. able at our office for the low, low price Residents deserve local governof $2.) Typically the best young minds ment that is willing to listen to their are busy carving out their niche in the concerns and their suggestions. That’s business world, commuting to work a cornerstone of democracy. Mubecause there aren’t enough good jobs in Ponoka. They’re trying to raise a nicipal government has more direct family and are already knee-deep in influence on the everyday lives of their volunteer commitments to coach- citizens than either the provincial or ing hockey, passing the plate Sunday federal government. You expect a lot from your local mornings or bringing juice and orange government but are you prepared to wedges to their kids’ soccer games. Municipal politics has become a put in a lot of time and effort over the middle manager’s or retired person’s next four years to improve the quality game; they’re the one’s who can meet of life in your community? Nomination day for the fall election is Sept. the time commitment. Finding county councillors is 16. That gives you about five months just as tough — cows don’t milk to get up to speed on what town counthemselves on the second and fourth cil or county council has been up to. Tuesdays of the month and the canola You don’t have to understand mill doesn’t harvest itself in the fall when rates, off-site levies, municipal decouncillors typically attend conven- velopment plans and debentures right away to be considered a good canditions and get started on their budgets. For some, but not most, the stipend date for office. Tonight, April 24 at 7 p.m., take might be attractive. Mayor Henkelman earned about $30,000 in 2012; the pay the first step. The Ponoka County and for councillors depends on how many Town Taxpayers Association is meetcommittee meetings they attend, how ing at the county office for a Vision many babies they kiss and how many Ponoka 2013 brainstorming session. Go see what being a municipal ribbons they cut. (Few, as we seem to be losing more businesses than we government leader is all about. Servare gaining). Town councillors’ sala- ing as a municipal councillor is often ries and benefits ranged in 2012 from a thankless job, but really, somebody’s $13,000 to $18,000. gotta do it.

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Battle for Burma at crossroads Last month, as the anti-Muslim violence in Burma spread from Rakhine state in western Burma to the central Burmese city of Meiktila, Aung San Suu Kyi sat among the generals on the reviewing stand as the Burmese army marched past on Armed Forces Day. She is seen as a saint by many people — but she didn’t say anything about Meiktila, where at least 40 people were killed and 12,000 made homeless. She hasn’t condemned the far greater violence against the Muslim Rohingyas of Rakhine state during the past year either but there she had at least the flimsy excuse that this group is portrayed by the military regime as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The military regime even revoked their Burmese citizenship in 1982 — and they have never got it back. The claim that the Rohingyas are foreigners is a despicable lie — the first written mention of Rohingyas in Rakhine dates back to 1799 — but Aung San Suu Kyi didn’t say that. She just murmured, “We have to be very clear about what the laws of citizenship are and who are entitled to them.” Meiktila was different. The Muslims of Meiktila are not Rohingya and there is no question about their Burmese citizenship. There is a large military base in Meiktila and yet for two days the army did not intervene to protect the Muslims. And once again, Aung San Suu Kyi did not condemn what was happening. There is a long game being played in Burma. The officer who launched a democratic transition after he became president in 2011, General Thein Sein, seems willing to relinquish the military’s absolute control of the country after 50 years in power — but he certainly intends to retain a major role for the army in the country’s politics. One reason is that his fellow generals would overthrow him if he did not protect them from fu-

Gwynne Dyer Guest Columnist

ture prosecution for their past crimes. Another is the army is obsessed with maintaining Burma’s unity. Only two-thirds of the country’s 60 million people are actually ethnic Burmese. All around the frontiers are large ethnic minorities — Shan, Karen, Mon, Kachin — most of which have fought against the centralizing policies of the military dictatorship in the past. The military don’t believe a strictly civilian government would be tough to hold the country together, so they have no intention of giving up power completely. As things stand now, the military’s candidates will be simply wiped out in the 2015 elections. In last year’s byelections, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won 43 out of 44 parliamentary seats at stake. So the army has to find some way to make itself more popular politically and the obvious way is to position itself as the defender of Burmese unity against treacherous minorities. There is no doubt the army is now complicit in anti-Muslim violence in Burma. The military are clearly hoping that Aung San Suu Kyi will speak out in defence of the Muslim Burmese, and thereby lose her popular support among the highly nationalistic majority. Knowing this, she has chosen to remain silent, presumably thinking that all this can be fixed after she wins the 2015 election. This is almost certainly a mistake. At some point in the next two years, Aung San Suu Kyi is going to have to decide which way she wants to go. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Request for Proposal – Ponoka Mini Golf

The Town of Ponoka invites written proposals for the lease and operation of the Ponoka Mini-Golf Facility. Proposal Information packages are available at the Town Office. For more information contact Wes Amendt, Director of Community Services. Proposals must be submitted in writing to the undersigned no later than 2:00 pm on Friday, April 26, 2013. Faxed or electronic mail submissions will be accepted. Wes Amendt, Director of Community Services, Town of Ponoka; 5102 - 48 Avenue, Ponoka AB T4J 1P7; Fax: 403-783-6745; Email: Wes.Amendt@ponoka.org

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Ponoka Jubilee Library Summer Reading Program Coordinator & Library Page

- Visit ponokalibrary.prl.ab.ca and go to “Job Opportunities” under the heading “About Us” for more information on these positions. Submit your resume to: Ponoka Jubilee Library 5110 48 Avenue, Ponoka, AB. T4J 1R6 or email it to dtremblay@prl.ab.ca with the position title in the subject line.

STREET SWEEPING

The Town’s sweeper is once again out cleaning away the winter residue from the streets. We ask your assistance in removing vehicles from the street when the sweeper is in your area. Unfortunately, due to unpredictable weather, we are unable to provide exact locations and time schedules. Please drive with care and consideration, obeying all traffic laws.

Calling ALL Those Involved With the Arts Community Arts Groups, in conjunction with Family and Community Support Services and the Town of Ponoka are working to create a network for the arts in and around Ponoka. We wants artists and professionals in all areas including, but not limited to, performing, visual, culinary, and artisans etc. The purpose of the network is to improve communication within this sector of Ponoka’s talent and provide opportunities for groups to work together on projects should they choose. Please join our network by contacting sarah.olson@ponoka.org or phoning (403) 783-0116.

Notice to Town Residents

Skateboard season starts: Pete Wolfe takes advantage of warmer weather April 18 at the skateboard park. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

On May 13th the Town of Ponoka is going live on a new financial software system. Payments received during the week from May 13th to 17th will not be processed until the following week. This will not affect your account. Your patience is appreciated.

EVENTS AND RECREATION NFB Film Afternoon @ Ponoka Jubilee Library

Sunday, May 5th @ 2pm $5.00/person. Tickets are sold at the library and must be bought before the day of screening. Limited number of tickets available.The Films are: The Portrait and Unheralded

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK: April 21-27, 2013

Employee Recognition Evening

The Town of Ponoka thanks and pays special tribute to the volunteers of Ponoka who give of themselves to better our community and the lives of others. Thank You!

On April 12, 2013, Town of Ponoka staff and Council members met at the Ponoka Kinsmen Community Centre for an Employee Recognition Event to celebrate employees for their years of service to the Town. The following staff received awards for long service for the 2012 year: Jamie Heidt - Accounting Clerk (Payroll/Accounts Receivable)

5 years

Heather Walker – Secretary, Planning & Development

5 years

Brad Watson - Chief Administrative Officer

5 years

Melodie DeLong - Secretary I

15 years

Dennis Winslow – Equipment Operator I (Parks/Complex)

15 years

Gale Saffran – Equipment Operator I (Parks/Complex)

20 years

Wayne Sterling – Equipment Operator I (Solid Waste)

25 years

Bryon Schimpf - Equipment Operator III (Public Works)

35 years

Bryce Sheppard – Lineman (Electrical)

35 years

Each employee received a certificate recognizing their years of service in addition to an honorarium. A wonderful meal was catered by Hepp & Co. Catering and some fond memories and stories were shared amongst the group. Mayor Henkelman congratulated and thanked the employees for their service and contributions to the Town. “This year we have nine staff receiving long service awards ranging from 5 to 35 years of service, with a combined total of 160 years. These numbers represent a skilled employee team and also a commitment and loyalty to the Town and the citizens of Ponoka.”

Day of Mourning

On April 28th, people across Canada will recognize a Day of Mourning for all workers who have been killed, injured or disabled at their place of work. In 2012, 145 workers in Alberta died as a result of workplace injury or illness. Please take a moment to think about our shared loss and commit to doing better. We can, if we work together. The Town of Ponoka joins Albertans in remembering these workers and their families.

CRAFTERS CLUB: Do you knit? Crochet? Scrapbook? Paint? If you are a CRAFTER of any type, Ponoka Jubilee Library invites you to join our CRAFTERS CLUB! Running next Wednesday May 1st from 6:30-8:00 pm, and every first Wednesday evening of the month, the Library will provide an open space, as well as coffee and tea, for any crafters who want to work on their arts, visit with fellow crafters and maybe even learn some new things. Come on down to the Library at 5110-48 Avenue. “Like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on all Library activities.

AQUAPLEX UPDATES:

Town Toonie Swim Friday’s 3:30 - 5:00 pm. It’s a great way to end your week!! PD Day Swims - April 26th & May 17th 1 – 3 pm

COUNCIL UPDATES & BYLAW INFO Trailer Parking Reminder

Please ensure that your trailer is parked on private property, not on Town property (i.e. boulevards) and that no part overhangs sidewalks, roads and back lanes. Thank you for your cooperation

Unsecure Loads

As per Town Bylaw 064-99, and Provincial Vehicle Equipment Regulations, loads of garbage and/or compost waste enroute to the Waste Transfer Station must be covered (tied/tarped) in such a manner as to prevent the material being hauled from falling or blowing there from. Failure to comply with these laws may result in a $345 fine.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you’ll come to realize what you were dragging around with you. And for that, no one else other than you was responsible. ~ Bahgwan Shree Rajneesh


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Liquor sales bylaw leaves trail of confusion Dear Editor: A survey was available to the town on bylaw 313-12, the restriction of liquor sales hours. Less than one per cent of the population responded. That is less than 60 people. That would say, perhaps the citizens of Ponoka don’t have a problem with the current hours of our liquor outlets. Yet council is going ahead with second reading of this bylaw. The latest reason is they want liquor stores to play on a level field. When did the field get so out of kilter? The mayor and council have said they believe in free enterprise, yet they want to limit the ability of these enterprises to operate. It’s been stated over and over again, the liquor stores in this town are closed at latest 11 p.m. Only the two hotels are open to sell liquor after that hour. The liquor stores in this town are allowed by provincial law to stay open until 2 a.m. but they don’t, because there isn’t enough business — their decision, not town council’s, not the provinces. That is free enterprise, restricting the two hotels is not. Let’s go back several months. At first reading of the bylaw, CAO Brad Watson was asked about the wording of the new bylaw. He stated it was the same as Wetaskiwin’s except the name Ponoka, would be cut and pasted wherever the

word Wetaskiwin was. I asked the mayor about that at the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce luncheon, to which he responded, the town of Ponoka would save thousands of dollars in legal costs by doing it this way. We save money and we have a new bylaw. I said Wetaskiwin’s problems are not ours, to which Mayor Henkelman said, well we would just change the wording. So much for saving thousands. At that same meeting the Mayor said we need the bylaw because of the overtime to the RCMP while working on impaired driving charges. Ponoka averaged two impaired charges a week last year. Some of those were people driving on Highway 2 between Calgary and Edmonton. How does that have anything to do with the hours of the Ponoka liquor outlets? Six weeks later, Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm stood up at a public meeting and proclaimed, “Welcome to the impaired driving capital of Canada” and our mayor and council members didn’t as so much make a peep. How much damage to our reputation did that cause? This was after all, national news, being reported as far as the Maritimes. Who wants to open an industry in a town where everyone is a drunk and yet there wasn’t one word from our mayor or council to clarify the sergeant’s state-

ments. The stats the staff sergeant used at that meeting have not been made public. Out of 109 impaired charges laid in 2012, how many were .08, and how many were 24hour suspensions? Another question on the statistics is, out of 109 charges laid, how many people were actually stopped? Three hundred; 1,000? How much manpower and how many hours in a week are concentrated on impaired driving? If council has those stats they certainly aren’t sharing them. So now our mayor and council have come up with yet another explanation for this restricted liquor hours bylaw: the level playing field excuse. That is now the fifth different reason for this bylaw. Can any of the councillors or the mayor explain how limiting the hotels’ ability to operate under their provincially issued licenses that levels the playing field? As stated earlier, the liquor stores close at 10 and 11 p.m., because there isn’t enough commerce at that time of night for them to stay open. The hotels on the other hand are open to offer shift workers and late night people, the opportunity to purchase liquor, just as the 7-11 stays open late to offer chicken. Has council considered it may be an unfair playing field for KFC and maybe 7-11 should be told to shut down the chicken line at 10 p.m.? It was not that long ago when Ponoka was a real going concern. On Saturday afternoons, families came to Ponoka to shop for clothes, shoes, groceries; the women grabbed the household items and the men got together at the downtown beer parlors and to catch up on the latest news. The downtown then was alive. Now the downtown is a mere shadow of its former self, an

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area of empty buildings and old memories. Gone are the days of bars being full by the early afternoon and busy through the night. Most old hotels throughout this province rely on the sale of liquor for off premises consumption to keep their doors open and their staff employed; the vast majority of it late at night. We accept that as the level playing field. Anything else would be considered an unfair restriction. Maybe the bigger picture for our mayor and council members is to quit saying they are free enterprise and do something to prove our town is. Bring in industries and careers opportunities for our young people. Strive to give Ponoka a future. If the towns around us can grow into cities, show us your vision of what can be, so Ponoka can become part of that fraternity. Mayor Henkelman, be open, be honest and truly be free enterprise. A vote of yes on bylaw 313-12 will be a confirmation that Ponoka is a restricted enterprise town, with only limited opportunities. Marc Yaworski

Reader thanks town staff Dear Editor: Compliments to Town staff for doing such a good job of clearing the river walking trails this past winter. Ed Clarke

4-Hers take to ditches Submitted Mark Saturday, May 4 on your calendars as, weather permitting, 4-Hers from across the province will take to the ditches in the Alberta Transportation annual highway cleanup program. “4-Hers picking up garbage along Alberta’s highways on the first Saturday of May has been a longstanding tradition, and make no mistake about it, it’s a dirty job,” says Cameron Horner, 4-H specialist in communications and marketing. “But, the kids have a great time and they really make it into a fun day. Their hard work is evident from the get go – clean highways for all to view.” Last year Alberta 4-H clubs, service and not-forprofit groups picked 9,751 kilometres of highway ditches in an effort to keep Alberta’s highways clean and contribute to a cleaner environment. Remember if you are travelling Alberta’s highways on May 4 to watch for Highway Clean-up Event signs and to slow down when approaching and passing working members.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

PONOKA NEWS Page 9

Service puppy starts training PCHS students take on 30-Hour Famine

By Amelia Naismith

In a few years another wonderful superhero will have entered the workforce. However, this is no average hero. With four paws, a wagging tail and a heart of gold, Jellybean, the service puppy in training, could end up being someone’s lifeline. Carolyn Macaulay and her husband took in Jellybean April 15 and not even a week later they were astounded by her intelligence and exuberance. Jellybean is a Dogs with Wings puppy. Dogs with Wings is a program that trains assistance dogs for the blind, autistic, those with limited mobility and other disabilities. The program has its own breeding program “so they know they’re going to have a good temperament,” explained Macaulay. Macaulay, who is a dog trainer, had a friend in puppy raising and she saw a segment on Global News talking about the program. “They were asking if people would like to puppy raise.” Jellybean will train with her new family in Ponoka for a year before returning to Edmonton for the next stage in her training. Right now she’s working on mastering house training and she’ll attend classes in Red Deer once per week. Eventually Jellybean will make her entrance into the community as a service dog in training. She’ll learn to ride transit systems, behave in theJellybean, the assistance puppy in training, will atres and restaurants, and master the elevator. “Once she’s placed with a person she’ll go everywhere with that spend one year with the Macaulay family before moving back to Edmonton for the second person,” said Macaulay. When Jellybean is out training she’ll be wearing her leg of her training. Photo by Amelia Naismith official Dog with Wings coat. The coat means she can’t be touched or petted because she’s working. Macaulay knows Jellybean is a major yearlong commitment. She can never be alone and if there was ever a time Macaulay or her husband couldn’t be with her Jellybean would be placed in a designated boarding home. “She never ever gets kenneled.” Despite the commitment, Macaulay knew Cathy, Lori, Ryan, Rochelle, Ajay, Laura, and Aaron at Wolf Jellybean was something Creek Golf Resort - Thank You for letting us take over your she wanted. For more than 25 years Macaulay has building and transform it into a Spa owned dogs. After her own pet died Our guests were blown away with the amazing and healthy last summer she knew the luncheon you provided. I can’t wait to see what you do for organization and the volunteer position was good Mother’s Day! for her. Carmen Sim - Country Gardens & Greenhouse – Thank Jellybean has been with her new famYou for the lovely potted plants and greenery décor, you ily for only a short transformed our event into a beautiful oasis while but already Macaulay is attached to the Carole Dunne - Flowers For You – Thank You for the amazing puppy. “Her enthusiasm and intelligence beautiful flower arrangements that added an elegant and friendliness, she loves touch to the venue everybody.” “There’s always tears To the staff of Altitude Laser Spa, without you this event at the end of the year . . . would not have been such a success. The customer service but you know she’s going to help somebody,” she was exceptional and I am very proud to have such a great added. team At the end of Jellybean’s two-year training To all those who attended this special day a donation Macaulay and her husband are invited to the was made in your honour to the Alberta Stomach Cancer graduation, and she says Research, Dr. Jennifer Spratlin, of the Cross Cancer that helps with missing Institute the dog. Although it’s too early Thank You to say for sure, Macaulay may take another Dogs Kim Green with Wings puppy after Jellybean. “I like dogs and I like training dogs. It’s 403-783-2999 • #3 – 6110 48 Avenue nice to do something to www.altitudelaserspa.ca help other people.

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By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye It’s one thing to be hungry after missing a meal but going hungry takes on a new meaning if it’s done on purpose. More than 60 students at Ponoka Composite High School (PCHS) fasted April 12 and 13 to raise funds and awareness for World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine program. A record $7,200 — more than double from last year — was raised for the program, said teacher and organizer Brady Teeling. “A lot of them (students) wanted to do something to help.” Part of students’ learning includes global citizenship and considering how other areas of the world differ from their own. “They see how the rest of the world is less fortunate,” he explained. Learning about other countries is easier for students because of advancements in technology. A person can easily research another part of the world with a few keyword searches and with this knowledge students are seeing how well off they are, he added.

Kids were allowed to drink as much water and juice as they wanted but the forced fast gave them a chance to fulfill their goals. “They feel really successful about something that they did,” said Teeling.”You can’t explain it, you just have to do it.” Students in grades 9 to 12 camped out at the high school and brought their video games and hung out most of the night in different areas with no real agenda. The only program of the evening was a 20-minute group session and video from World Vision on the purpose behind the 30-Hour-Famine. This is the fifth year of the program and Teeling is proud of students’ dedication to the task. “The kids always impress me of course.” The fast is concluded with sandwiches and cookies to celebrate the end of project and Teeling finds students have a strong sense of accomplishment from the work. Funds from the 30-Hour-Famine go to African famine relief projects.

Invitation to Tender

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Plans, specifications and geotechnical report are available on the Rimbey Agricultural Society’s FTP site www.AGRIM.ca. Please contact Ironwood Building Systems to obtain logon information as follows: Lyle Schmidt Ironwood Building Systems Ltd. 261211 Wagon Wheel Way Rocky View, Alberta T4A 0E2 Tel: 1-800-284-6542 Fax: 403-277-2445 Email: lyle@ironwood.ca Response Specifics: Opportunity Description: Design, fabricate and install steel screw piles for the AGRIM project on the Agricultural Society lands at the town of Rimbey, Alberta. The scope of work includes the design of all steel screw piles, pile cap plates, anchorages, and connections to resist the specified loads and all applicable loads, per the requirements of the structural construction drawings, geotechnical report, and Alberta Building Code (2006A). Contractor is also responsible for purchasing, expediting, coordinating engineering approvals, provision of all site supervision, labour, tools, equipment and material necessary for the survey, layout, construction and inspection and testing required for the installation of steel screw piles and mobilization to site (in the town of Rimbey). Contract includes all labour (including supervision, accommodation, subsistence), materials, tools, construction equipment, transportation to the work site.


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Satinwood School, home education denied By Amelia Naismith

maintain proper school records for all the home-based students, as well as have someone look after the program and ensure it’s constructed to support Wolf Creek’s standard of student learning. Trustees agreed guaranteeing the program would thrive in a public school system would require tremendous amounts of resources from both Satinwood and WCPS staff. Satinwood would receive a minimum $60 for every home-based student registered through the school. “They’re seeing it just being this revenue source,” said Henderson. However, Henderson explained more upkeep and attention than could possibly be given by Satinwood and WCPS would be needed to run the program. Money could not be collected from the students only to have them run their own education. “On that basis alone the recommendation that would come from the minister is that this is not an appropriate program for us to enter into,” said Henderson. If the board had approved Satinwood’s proposal, seven to eight more teachers would need to be hired to support the home learning program. However, the trustees weren’t sure where these teachers would come from or even if they would

Another Satinwood School proposal to increase its student population has been rejected by the Wolf Creek school board. Satinwood proposed a home education program based out of Red Deer be absorbed into the public education system under the Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) umbrella. The home-based students would be registered as students of Satinwood but would continue to learn at home. Creating a public school home education program would add 600 to 700 students to Satinwood’s roster. However, the school board feels integrating the home education program into its public school system has too many unforeseen challenges, and therefore isn’t a feasible plan. “Under the proposal the funding would come from us. There would be a burden placed on Satinwood School to ensure all the payments we make are appropriate, going out to these families,” said Joe Henderson, secretary-treasurer. He added Satinwood has a “very skeletal staff” compared to other schools that would be taking in an additional 600 to 700 students. The school board would have to

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be Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) members. Currently teachers for the program are hired by the operators in Red Deer. “Wolf Creek Public Schools has an agreement with the Alberta Teachers Association, a collective agreement, that governs our employment of teachers. We do not employ teachers for Wolf Creek Public Schools, in any capacity, without them being members of the ATA,” said Henderson. The board said the ATA could argue teachers already associated with the program are more like “facilitators,” rather than teachers. Henderson said if they had contact with students in a public school home education system the ATA could claim WCPS ran a program without properly trained teachers. The home program currently uses the Canadian Test of Basic Skills. If they were integrated into the public system they would have to work with the mandated Provincial Achievement Exams and Diploma Exams. “So that to me would be another issue of concern. If we are going to take these young people in I would have to question whether or not these teachers are certified. We spend a lot of time upgrading

our teachers,” said Lacombe trustee Bob Huff. “Our first thought has to be for the students, which it is,” said Bentley/Eckville trustee Karen Engen. “I would speak against this because in order for us to do what we should be doing for the students it would cost us a substantial amount of money.” Home education programs give parents and students choices and flexibility public systems don’t; which could disappear if the program entered the public school system. “These parents made the choice not to put their children in a public school,” said Huff. “So if this is taken on by Wolf Creek are they going to all of a sudden have a change of heart?” Huff was skeptical and feels by choosing home education the parents have already made their decision for flexibility and autonomy. If the program became public schooling the parents might take their children to another home education program instead of registering them under Satinwood. However, this rejection doesn’t mean the end of the road for Satinwood School. Trustees remain eager to continue proposal discussions with the school and the involved parents.

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PES students paint clay By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Clay artist Debra Bryan demonstrates how to use the special paints. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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One Ponoka school is taking an artist’s approach to remember students as the school plans a big move. Ponoka Elementary School’s (PES) home is going to move to what is now Diamond Willow Middle School and Grade 5 teacher Paula Wilkins’ hope is to bring something from the old school to remember it by. “We wanted something to look back on.” She feels clay painter Debra Bryan had the proper skills to get a clay tile mural into the new building when renovations are complete. “We would not honestly be able to do this without her,” stated Wilkins.

Her hope is for kids to return 20 years after to look at their work. To help pay for Bryan’s expertise, Wilkins and education assistant Laeta Morskate applied for an Alberta Foundation for the Arts grant last year. The application process is quite rigorous and Wilkins was grateful to have an artist there. “It’s just been a dream come true.” Students were able to draw up their own designs for the mural, which was important to Wilkins who feels kids represent themselves in their work. They were given drawing and painting techniques to a rather technical process and the children learned more from it, she added. Continued on page 13

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Mural planned for tiles Continued from page 12 Bryan was at PES April 8, 9 and 10 for the first part of the program and then returned April 12, 13 and 14 to help students complete their work. The first week was spent learning how to draw designs onto the clay tiles and the second concluded with painting. Some of the tips she gave students were to think about the size of their drawings, with smaller tiles a more simple design can be more effective than one with little details. The biggest challenge is in the paint, which has to be applied carefully as colours do not usually mix well. “Paints are like felt pens… This is why we have to practice so much.” When the painting is complete, Bryan will take the tiles and fire them in a kiln. “The firing takes about 14 hours…Then it’s so hot it takes a day to cool down,” she added.

One of the benefits of firing clay is how long it can last, tiles can last for thousands of years. Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk toured PES April 8 and enjoyed seeing students in action. “Thrilled 2 see kids paint a ceramic tile mural thx to artist-in-residency program @ Ponoka Elementary!” Klimchuk said in a Twitter post. Students used a special paint designed to be fired at high temperatures otherwise the colours would melt away. Bryan enjoys working closely with students to see their designs. “I like seeing the artwork because they’re all so creative.” An important part of her work is promoting what she does to younger children because she feels the only way more people will take up the work is if they know it exists. “Someone has to go out there and promote it.”

The second stage of clay work involved painting over the design. Here Grade 5 student Xavier Stimson fills in a bird. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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There is a special place in our world for everyone I have always considered myself so fortunate that throughout my active life I have had the great pleasure of rubbing shoulders, working with, playing with and just hanging out with so many fine people, families and great characters from all walks of life, nationalities, and personalities. When I receive a wonderful story with a special message like this one, I realize that there are so many caring people and communities who never hesitate when it comes to reaching out to those who need a little help, kindness, and understanding that comes right from the heart. Something for Stevie, By Dan Anderson The restaurant owner always tried not to be biased but he had his doubts about hiring Stevie, whose placement counselor had assured him that he would be a good, reliable, busboy. Then again, he had never had a mentally handicapped employee and wasn’t really sure that he wanted one, or how his customers would react to Stevie. Stevie was short and a little dumpy, with the smooth facial features and thick-tongued speech of Down’s syndrome. The owner wasn’t worried at all about most of his trucker customers, because truckers don’t generally care who buses the tables as long as the meatloaf platter is good, the pies are homemade, and the coffee is hot. It was those four-wheeler drivers who concerned him, including the mouthy college kids on their way to school, the yuppie snobs who secretly polish their silverware with their napkins for fear of catching some dreaded “truck-stop germ,” or the pairs of white-shirted business men on expense accounts who think that every truck stop waitress wants to be flirted with. He didn’t need to worry at all because after the first week Stevie had everyone who popped in wrapped around his stubby little finger, and within a month, his truck regulars had adopted him as their official truck stop mascot.

From then on the congenial truck stop owner didn’t much care what the rest of the customers thought of him, because he was like a 21-year-old kid in blue jeans and Nikes, eager to laugh and eager to please, Mike Rainone but absolutely fierce Hammertime in his attention to his duties. Every salt and pepper shaker was exactly in its place, not a bread crumb or coffee spill was visible when Stevie got done with the table. Little Stevie would hover in the background waiting for a table to become empty, then scurry with his cart to do his job, always with complete concentration and pride, but trying so hard to please every person he met. Over time the gang at the truck stop learned that Stevie lived in public housing with his mother, a widow, who was disabled after repeated surgeries for cancer. They lived on their social security benefits, but money was tight and what he was paid from the diner probably was the difference between them being able to live together or Stevie being sent to a group home. Sadly in August, Stevie would miss work for the first time in three years, and they learned he was in the Mayo Clinic receiving a new valve in his weakened heart and would be away from work for a few months. Thankfully, they got word in a few days he was out of surgery and was going to be OK but sadly the bills had run up and he and his mother weren’t going to be able to manage. The waitresses were handling Stevie’s work until he came back, and one morning after the breakfast rush, Frannie brought a couple of folded paper

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“It’s a lot of local effort, for the sale. “We’re just here to reap the reThe fight against world hunger is wards, it’s the local people that make once again taking root in the minds and it happen,” added regional co-ordinator pockets of Ponoka and area residents. On April 17 the Canadian Terence Barg. This year the Canadian Foodgrains Foodgrains Bank held its 12th annual auction with all the proceeds going to Bank also celebrates its 30th anniversary. “Thirty years of working to eliminate the hunger relief organization. Last year the auction raised $63,500 hunger in our world,” said Barg. Although it may seem like they’re and in its 11 years of existence the aucfighting a never-ending battle, Barg tion has procured $770,000 for the organization. The Canadian Foodgrains knows the cause isn’t hopeless. In the Bank also receives matching funds last 20 years, according to the United from the Canadian Government up to Nations, the prevalence of world hunger has dropped from 23 per cent to 15 $25 million per year. As of the morning of April 18 per cent. However, 870 million people worldthe auction had brought in a total of wide are still tormented by hunger. $55,750. There was $1,083 in cash donations and the donated barley sold for “We’re celebrating 30 years of work but $14,750. There was more than 40 ani- we know there’s more to be done and we want to continue partnering with mals up for auction. However, committee member Larry Canadians,” said Barg. And it isn’t just those Canadians Henderson doesn’t feel the total has working hard to fight hunger, Canadian stopped growing. He says sometimes Foodgrains operations are prevalent in cash donations continue to come in af34 counties, says Henderson. ter the auction date. Up for auction were dairy cows, calves, two kids, hay and approximately 45 tonnes of barley, which was donated by Eisses Grain Marketing. Cash donations were also accepted. Henderson said premiums are sometimes paid on the cattle going through the ring. “What we’re trying to do is raise money for world hunger here,” said Henderson. The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is an efficient organization mostly consisting of volunteers and therefore the donated money goes to those it’s intended to help. “Our sale is important in that we have quite a few grain projects, this An estimated 43 animals were up for auction is an opportunity for the at the 12th annual Canadian Foodgrains Bank livestock people to parauction. This year only the cattle were shown ticipate,” said Henderson.

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On Wednesday, April 17, 2013- 3089 head of cattle went through our rings - TOTAL- 3089 D1 - D2 cows D3 - D4 cows Holstein cows Heiferettes Bologna Bulls Feeder bulls

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Sold out trade fair incites positivity By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye and Amelia Naismith The arena was a packed house April 19 and 20 during Ponoka’s It’s a Jungle in Here themed trade fair. Hosted by the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce, manager Les Jaster feels interest came with bringing the Ponoka Farmer’s Market into the main building. “It think it went really well. I thought there was a lot of buzz.� The farmers market had 65 to 70 booths sold and 93 were sold for the trade fair. Even with that amount of interest there was still a waiting list of 22 vendors. Having the main trade fair on the large ice surface also gave vendors space to present their products to attendees. Jaster spent much of his time helping out in places where volunteers were needed and talking with people. “I enjoyed chatting with the vendors. I chatted with each and every one of them,� said Jaster. He feels the vast majority of responses were

positive. Vendors also received surveys on the trade fair and some have been returned. For those surveys returned Jaster sees an overall satisfaction to the event and will take a look at what can be improved. He even has some ideas for next year. “I think it’s great the community and area supported it,� said Jaster. This was Jaster’s first year working with the trade fair and the response to his efforts have also been positive. “Les did an awesome job for it being his first year,� said vice-president Inger Laing. Both the floors were full of vendors and viewers and to keep things lively there was also entertainment on the small ice surface. Here is a small sample of the many vendors that came to the trade fair: Fur trader The fur trade is growing, says Rubin Wiebe of Rubin’s Furs. Wiebe was one of many vendors on the farmer’s market side of the trade fair. Continued on page 18

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Vendor variety steals trade show

Mr. McTwist hands over a balloon dog to Audrey Unland. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Continued from page 17 He intended to work as a seller part-time but business has picked up. “It’s turned into a full fledged business.” He is a registered buyer and trapper and the trade fair’s theme is somewhat appropriate to what Wiebe sells. He had furs from foxes, coyotes, beaver and lynx and he travels around Alberta to sell his products. He feels experience in the industry helps. “You gotta learn how to do it.” This year Wiebe expects higher than average sales as more people than usual are buying furs. “The fur industry is coming back huge, it’s mushrooming this year,” he explained. What makes a good fur? Tanning, says Wiebe. The process is somewhat difficult and he sends his product to Montreal, Que. and Winnipeg, Man. to be done as the furs last much longer. Trailers for remote control cars One vendor at the farmer’s market sells custom oneof-a-kind toy accessories. Don Shallock of Bored Projects builds aluminum trailers for remote control cars and wooden chuckwagons for the rodeo fans out there. He also enjoys spending his time crafting custom built aluminum

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SEEDING & TILLAGE Big G 16’ Disc c/w Smooth/Smooth, Like New CCIL 179 27’ Vibrashank Cult IHC 55 21’ Chisel Plow Morris 619 Cult c/w Chisel Plow & 12” Spacing Morris Wrangler 50’ Harrow Packer Bar 7’ Chain Harrows c/w Draw Bar

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Located at the Campbell Farm: From the Correction Line Overpass on Hwy #2, 1 Mile East, 1/4 Miles South on the East Side of the long driveway.

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1997 Hino FF3020 S/A Grain Truck c/w 16’ Box & Hoist, Diesel, 6 Spd Trans & 11Rx22 Tires Lift Off Tri-Axle Utility Trailer c/w 18’ Grain Box, 18’ Stock Trailer, Tractor & Truck Hitch, 3 in 1 Chev 1 Ton Truck c/w 350, 4 Spd, Box & Hoist Chev 1543 2 Ton Truck c/w Collectors, Box & Hoist, Stock Racks, 4 Spd, 6 Cyl & Great Shape 1954 Chev 3 Ton Truck c/w Box & Hoist 1976 Ford F350 1 Ton Truck c/w 12’ Box & Hoist, V8 & 4 Spd Ford F250 4wd Truck c/w Auto & 134,000 Kms

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mailboxes complete with wood flooring. Shallock has been requested by many farmer’s markets to offer his work for sale and turns many eyes to his toys, especially younger kids. “I get a bigger kick on the kids’ faces when they get a look…That’s why I do it.” Naturally fed meat Mark Stewart of MSW Farms was at the market to sell his grain fed meats. With more than 50 different products it can be difficult to keep track of it all. But products such as sausage, elk jerky, bison steak and longhorn beef were available. He has been doing this for the last 10 years and enjoys the work. “We’re just getting enough animals to supply demand.” Beef is on sale at an organic food market in Edmonton and restaurants such as Cilantro and Chive buy their product. “They’re supporting local people and that’s what we’re all about,” says Stewart. He advises those interested in bison learn some of the different ways to cook the meat as the steaks need to be prepared slightly differently than a beef steak since bison is more lean. Home security Those looking at a home security setup could speak with Duane Sieben, co-owner of Phase 3 Security. He displayed a five megapixel security camera that gave a bird’s eye view of the trade floor. Security is an important factor for his clients. “It’s hands down peace of mind.” Having a camera system takes the guess work out of finding out what happened the night before an event and Sieben had many options available to potential buyers. Although security is important for everyone, his biggest clients are those in retail. Library changing its logo Ponoka Jubilee Library manager David Tremblay shared a space with the Town of Ponoka to promote the library and some upcoming events. He has organized a competition to redesign the library logo. “I figured maybe it’s time to update it.” Tremblay’s goal is to drive interest in the library and services available to patrons. The official launch of the competition was April 19 at the trade fair. Competition forms and rules be found at the library Ronald McDonald is also going to be reading to kids age four to seven at the library May 10 at 11 a.m. Councillors Town councillors Izak van der Westhuizen and Loanna Gulka were at the trade fair to speak with residents. Van der Westhuizen enjoyed seeing the many opportunities available to attendees as well as having a chance to see the different items on sale. “It gives different businesses a chance to proSubway Fresh mote their services.” He feels the trade fair Try Our is a chance for businesses and town representatives to strengthen their relationships. Gulka enjoyed being able to speak with residents. “It’s nice for people to approach us in a casual manner.”

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Cold weather won’t limit gardens By Amelia Naismith

that grow best in the area. This includes corn, kale, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots and lettuce. Tomatoes can be seeded in early March to get a head start, but if the soil is too wet the early seeds will rot away. Frost is also a concern of early seeding. “If the soil is warmed up everything germinates so much faster. But in the end the results are the same,” said Ruijsch. To beat the extended winter gardeners can begin seeding inside then transfer the plants once the soil is warmer. Tine Roelofsen, owner of Bobtail Nursery says container gardening and herb baskets are a good idea because the seed doesn’t have to be planted directly

Although Ponoka area hasn’t relished the extended winter, greenhouse owners are saying the cold weather isn’t going to make a huge difference in this year’s gardens. “Everything has its own time. They’re not going to not flower, they’re not going to not leaf,” said Country Gardens and Greenhouse owner Carmen Sim. The biggest impact will be the gardens’ late start. “Everything will be pushed back about a week,” said Tony Ruijsch, owner of Arbutus Nursery. “In the end the slow melt will work out better because we’ll have a lot more moisture in the ground now, not just the ditches,” he added. However, too much moisture isn’t always a good thing. Sim says plants such as maple trees have high sugar content and if the sugar doesn’t have time Homeowners who spend time tending to descend and harden to their landscape are increasingly lookbefore winter the moistre ing for eco-friendly ways to maintain their will freeze and crack the lawns and gardens. Homeowners who inner sections of the tree. once relied on potentially harmful pestiThis could cause cides to craft a lush lawn now prefer ways some die back on similar that don’t leave such a significant carbon trees and shrubs. footprint. Ruijsch says the Preventing soil erosion is one way to cold won’t affect what incorporate conservation into lawn and can be planted this year. garden care. Conservation is one of many Any vegetable with a environmental practices aimed at preservshort crop will be alright, ing the planet’s natural resources, which which are also the crops

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As people become busier, low maintenance, busy lifestyle gardening becomes more popular. Gardeners with less time to spend with their plants can use groundcover and bark mulch with planted trees and shrubs rather than more traditional gardens. “The groundcover and the bark mulch prevents weeds,” said Tine Roelofsen, owner of Bobtail Nursery. “It saves a lot of labour.” However there are other plants that can’t grow over rock or the mulch, they need a cleaner environment. Petunias are a flower that requires more upkeep. “You have to clean them once in a while . . . deadheading,” said Tony Ruijsch, owner of Arbutus Nursery. Million bells are similar to petunias, but since they don’t seed they require less work. Million bells grow from cuttings. Gardens that requite a lot of pruning are much less low maintenance.

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Purple martins carrying geolocators due back By Treena Mielke Ponoka County residents can rest assured if they spot a purple martin with a small instrument harnessed to its back, they are not seeing things. Biologist Myrna Pearman, site services manager at Ellis Bird Farm, said last season 22 purple martins were fitted with light level geolocators that contain data new to science. These geolocators, detect and record maximum light intensities at set intervals. From these light levels, researchers are able to determine latitude and longitude that allows them to track the daily movements of each bird. “Geolocators have been successfully deployed on several purple martin colonies in the eastern (United) States and on the West Coast. However, the exact migration patterns and overwintering locations of our northern nesting birds remains unknown,” said Pearman. “Until, we hope, this year.” The challenge is to now find the backpacked Twenty-two purple martins were fitted with geolocators last year to birds when they return from their journey south. “While we expect that most returnees will gather more scientific data. Photo by Treena Mielke come back to Ellis Bird Farm, there is a good chance that some individuals may return to other colonies in central 12 5103 48th Ave. Alberta. We are therePonoka, Alberta T4J 1J3 fore inviting all purple martin landlords to pay Ceramic, Carpet, Lino, very close attention to Hardwood, Polished Concrete, their birds as soon as Concrete Surface Restoration they arrive. There are lots of purple martins in James Spelrem Gary Spelrem the Rimbey area,” she 403.704.3211 403.304.8291 noted.

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How to repair unsightly bald spots in your lawn Lawn care aficionados know how a single bald spot can make an otherwise luscious lawn look worn down and poorly maintained. A bald spot can stick out like a sore thumb, while several bald spots can compromise a home’s curb appeal. Treating bald spots typically depends on what is causing the bald spot. Bugs, dryness, pet waste and damage from mowers are some of the more common causes of bald spots. The following is a breakdown of these different causes and how best to address each situation so you can restore your lawn to its natural beauty.

Dryness

A lawn can go dry because of drought in the summertime or during the winter months when there is not much rain or snowfall. Homeowners cannot change the weather but they can help their lawn avoid becoming the burned or yellowed turf that often results after extended periods of dryness. Fertilizing the lawn during the spring and summer is a good first step. This helps the lawn grow in healthy and thick. Once you have fertilized, don’t cut the grass too short. When grass is cut too short, the soil struggles to retain moisture, which can eventually lead to bald spots if weather conditions are dry. During especially dry periods in the summer, watering might be necessary. You won’t have to water frequently, but be sure to water deeply so the water can reach the roots of the grass.

should be discouraged from allowing their dogs to use your lawn as a restroom. If this does not work, then erect a fence or some type of structure that makes it difficult for other people’s pets to access your lawn. When it’s your own pet causing the damage, address the spots where your pet relieves itself as quickly as possible. Watering the area within eight hours can significantly reduce the risk of lawn damage by diluting the nitrogen levels. Another way to address the issue is to encourage the animal to use various spots in the yard, rather than continually using the same spot.

Flush each area with water immediately after the pet is finished. If the damage is already considerable, remove the damaged grass and reseed the spot.

Mower damage

Sometimes Mother Nature and man’s best friend are not the culprit with regard to bald spots on your lawn. Human error can cause bald spots, too. Dull mower blades or grass that is cut too low can cause bald spots. Fortunately, this is easily remedied. To avoid bald spots, make sure mower blades are sharpened at the beginning of each mowing season, as dull blades dam-

age the grass, which is then forced to use valuable nutrients to treat torn grass, weakening the lawn over time. When mowing, make sure you’re not cutting too low so the soil can retain as much moisture as possible. This will necessitate more frequent mowing, but this, too, can prevent bald spots, as it ensures those parts of the grass that contain chlorophyll will not be removed. Bald spots can turn a pristine lawn into an eyesore. But treating bald spots can be easy and, when done effectively, the lawn can be restored quickly.

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Landscaping requires upkeep By Amelia Naismith Grasses and lawns may not always be considered garden, they more often fall under landscaping, however sod can require just as much work when planting. Sod, especially in new subdivisions, sometimes needs extra attention to grow into a lawn to be proud of. “In new subdivisions they don’t always put in a lot of good quality soil,” said Carmen Sim, owner of Country Gardens and Greenhouse. To make the sod grow better, add nutrients to the soil as well as seed. “Like with any planting, it starts from the ground up,” said Sim. “Add organic compost onto it in the springtime. “It (compost) really makes our soil richer,” said Tine Roelofsen, owner of Bobtail Nursery. Composting is also a good way to recycle. While composting may smell, Ro-

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Gardening tips for beginners

• Think location when beginning your garden. Beginners with large yards have the luxury of choosing the right location on their properties to start planting. When choosing a spot, consider how much sunlight a location gets on a daily basis and the spot’s proximity to a water supply. If planting flowers, try to avoid planting in areas with heavy foot traffic so the flowers are less likely to be stomped. If you’re planting flowers to accent walkways, then consider erecting a barrier around the flower bed to safeguard the flowers from foot traffic. • Get started before you plant. Preparing the soil a few weeks before you start planting can help the plants thrive down the road. Add some organic material, such as compost or fertilizer, to the soil roughly three weeks before planting. This helps the soil retain water and nutrients, which will help your garden thrive. • Time your planting. When you plant is sometimes as important as what you plant. Some climates allow for year-round planting, but many do not. When buying seeds, the packaging might suggest what time of year to plant the seeds. Adhere to these suggestions or your garden might not grow much at all. In addition, keep in mind that many seedlings need significant light throughout the day in order to grow, so choose a time ST of year with ample daylight. • Don’t forget to mulch. Mulch can be as aesthetically appealing as it is effective. Mulch retains soil, helping roots to grow stronger, while deterring bugs and preventing weed Celebr growth. And many garate Mothe r’s Day deners find mulch adds with Hangin visual appeal their garg Bask et den, and does so in a Specia ls May 5 very inexpensive way. - May 1 2! • Clean your tools. Beginners rarely recognize the importance of cleaning gardening tools before putting them away. At the end of each gardening session, clean your tools thoroughly, as soil left Mirror on your garden tools can play host to poten0 .5 Tees tially harmful microbes y Hw Stettler that might kill your plants. Lacombe Gardening can be a labor-intensive yet PJ’S gratifying hobby. By SE CORNER OF HWY.12 PLANTATION sticking to a few simple & RANGE ROAD 24-0, TEES, AB. rules, beginners can develop a thriving garden to reward all of that hard work.

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- 1340 sq. ft. bungalow - Modern design! - Dream walk-in closet and ensuite in master - Large corner lot - Appliances included - 24’x26’ attached garage

$369,900 Call Todd

- 3 bdrm half duplex - Large living room w/fireplace - Many top upgrades throughout - Fully finished basement w/ large family room & huge bedroom - Quick Possession Available

- Extensive Upgrades! - Original Hardwood Flooring - Mature yyard, Corner Lot - Garage hhas NEW door, door opener & shingles - Great Lo Location!

QUALITY BUILT SHOW HOME

- 2000+ sq ft 2 storey - 4 bdrms & 4 baths - Coffered ceiling, granite faced fireplace, tile, central air, & much more - Under floor heat in basement & garage - It’s all here, just move in!!

- 1108 sq. ft. home - 5 bedroom, 3 bath - Upgrades incl: flooring, paint, furnace, H2O heater - Small 1 bdrm suite in basement - Spacious fenced yard, tiered deck

$199,900 Call Todd

DEB STEVENS

LISA SMITH

Associate

Assoc. Broker

Associate

- 1226 sqft. bungalow - 5 bdrms, 3 bath - Fully developed - Fireplace

RAYMOND SHORES GETAWAY! JUST LISTED

$325,500 – Call Bob VILLAGE AT WOLF CREEK

- Owner has 2 lots available -  One close to entrance & one on a hill w/ a view -  Restrictive Covenant in place to protect your investment - Municipal services including sewer & water

A CHARMING GEM

- Extensive Upgrades & Tastefully finished - 1148 sqft, 4 bdrms & 2 baths - Open staircase to upper Loft - Hardwood Flooring - Heated Double Garage - Manicured Yard & New Deck

SURE TO PLEASE

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

$259,900 Call Jane

GREAT FAMILY HOME

- 4.82 acres near Menaik - Open concept mobile - 3 bdrm, 2 bath - Single garage, Older barn - Mature trees $170,000 ~ Call Todd

- 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

ELEGANT WALKOUT

- Newly built hillside bungalow - 1556 sq. ft. - 3 bdrms & 3 baths - Open concept living - NEW home warranty - Move in ready!

$429,900 Call Lisa

$140,000 Call Lisa

ACREAGE

- On quiet street in great location - 3+2 bdrms & 2 baths - Many recent top quality upgrades thr throughout - Fully fin. bsmt bsm w/ fireplace - Stunning backyard bac w/ deck & double garag garage

SOLD

$215,000 Call Deb

RECREATIONAL PARADISE

- 2012 modular, 1 bdrm, 1 bath - Corner landscaped lot - All furniture included! - Bunkhouse and shed - 16x36 deck, firepit - Dock & launch

$239,000 Call Bob

$129,900 each Call Jane

$525,000 Call Lisa

RIVERSIDE BI-LEVEL

JANE WIERZBA

- Great location - Fenced, 2 sheds

$169,000 – Call Deb

$379,000 Call Lisa

BRAND NEW NEIGHBORHOOD

IMMEDIATE POSSESSION

SOLD

$329,000 - Call Deb

ONE OF A KIND ACREAGE

Assoc. Broker

$164,500 ~ Call Jane

$99,900 Call Jane - 1233 sqft, 5 bdrms & 3 baths - Quality built Bi-level - Large Oak Kitchen - Upgraded flooring - Spacious family room w/ fireplace - Amazing deck overlooks mature yard

TODD REED

Associate

$185,000. Call Bob

$279,000. Call Bob.

WOLF CREEK LOTS

-1024 sq ft, 2 bdrms, 1 bath -Large family room -Beautiful treed lot!! -Close to Golf Course -Immediate Possession

BOB TILTGEN

GREAT FAMILY HOME

- 1452 sq ft Bungalow - 5 bdrm, 3 bath - Fully finished with walk-out basement - Huge Lot 62x177 - Fenced yard with hot tub - Detached 28’x30’ garage

$349,900 Call Todd

TO VIEW A COMPLETE LIST OF OUR PROPERTIES AND VIRTUAL TOURS PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT

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St. A enthusiasm ignites Heritage Fair By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye One Ponoka school is creating a new generation of history lovers with a Heritage School Fair. Grade 4 students at St. Augustine Catholic School presented their research of Canadian history and were judged on how well their work was displayed. Teacher Kari Brackenbury was pleased to see the final presentation of students’ work. “They love it. They are so excited and enthused.” The process involved coming up with an idea, having a research plan and fulfilling that with a bibliography and a strong presentation. “They initiate their own learning,” added Brackenbury. The project covered the scope of the Grade 4 students’ curriculum and kids completed their work in school every day over the last six weeks. Based on the input from her students, Brackenbury intends to do this again next year. The Heritage School Fair is part of a program organized by the Central Alberta School Fairs (CASF), explained Rod Trentham, co-chair of the group. “We’ve never had Ponoka involved before this.” He enjoyed seeing students’ work and the amount of energy put into the project. His hope for the school fairs is to give kids an opportunity to study something they enjoy. “It’s to stimulate an increase (of interest) for all kinds of learners,” said Trentham. Work was based on 70 points with 20

points on research, 20 on interview, 10 on aesthetics, 10 on written work and 10 on creativity and originality. “The biggest thing is presenting it.” He sees other benefits besides the learning, students also have a chance to hone their interview and research skills. Rob Lennard is director of CASF and he is also an author, musician and historian; he oversees and promotes the heritage fairs. “I love history, I’m very passionate about it.” He is also known as the History Wrangler and enjoys passing on his joy of history to younger people. The heritage fairs are another way for kids to learn about the past. “It’s an opportunity for kids to really become an expert on something,” added Lennard. “And to trigger enthusiasm for history in the province.” The heritage fair had a wide variety of Canadian history from the Calgary Stampede to the building of the railways and the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Some students dressed up to match their theme. Students have the option to present their work at the Central Alberta Regional Heritage School Fair May 4 at the Red Deer Museum. Lennard also presented his music and stories to students from kindergarten to Grade 6 at the school.

Spa aids cancer research By Amelia Naismith The first ever spring Spa-tacular day, recently hosted by Altitude Laser Spa, was so popular a fall event is already being talked about for October. “We thought we’d try something a little bit different,” said assistant manager Brooke Wiancko. An estimated 60 women attended the event and proceeds will be donated to Dr. Jennifer Spratlin, an oncologist at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, for her research on stomach cancer. Spratlin is conducting one of four phase 1 clinical trials at the institute. “We kind of tried to pick a charity that hit close to home for us,” said Wiancko. Laser Altitude Spa teamed up with the Wolf Creek Golf Resort to host the event and Wiancko says spa activities took over the club house that day. The upstairs portion of the build-

ing transformed into a replica spa where customers could receive services such as manicures or pedicures. “We had the restaurant turned into the product area,” said Wiancko. The event also featured sessions and live demonstrations. Jane Iredale, a pure mineral and chemical-free makeup line, held a live makeup demonstration, which was presented onto a projection screen. The CEO of Beauty Through Balance, an all-natural spa line, also attended the event. “Everybody really liked that one,” said Wiancko. Wiancko finds woman in central Alberta are becoming more and more health conscience, which is why the lunch highlighted a build your own salad bar with mini sandwiches — and dessert of course. “It went really well, you could kind of wander around and do your own thing,” said Wiancko to summarize the inaugural event.

WITH THANKS Bob Tiltgen, has been a member of the East Parkland volunteer board since 2010. His dedication to the economic & business development of the Ponoka area in particular, & the East Parkland region in general, is greatly appreciated.

Caelan Steffen dresses the part for his presentation of Building the Railway. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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Exclusive acreages in upscale subdivision Beautiful building sites just a short drive south of Ponoka in Jada Estates.   Building restrictions make this property an exclusive area for upscale homes. Eight acreages available.

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Close to QEII with 1260 sq.ft. house, finished up and down. Also has a 40’ x 60’ quonset which could be used as a shop or for storing your boats, RV’s quads.

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. STARTING AT $89,000.00 EACH. Call Brian 403-704-7018

COUNTRY RESIDENTIAL

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. ASKING $99,500.00 Call Brian for more details. 403.704.7018

For more details call Annette 403-704-7023

ACREAGE LIVING CLOSE TO TOWN NEW PRICE 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.

RIVERSIDE

.64 acre, great development property. Chance to develop up to 5 lots. Property priced $20,000 under assessed value. Offered for sale at $60,000. Call Brian 403-704-7018

Call Brian to view – 403-704-7018

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CHARACTER HOME

1998 - 16’ wide mobile in Poplar Grove Mobile Village. This well taken care of 3 bedroom home offers cathedral ceilings, spacious kitchen/dining area, heated entry, car-port & deck. Situated on private outside wing.

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.

Offered for sale at $74,500 Call Brian 403-704-7018

Call Brian 403-704-7018

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For factory orders, a customer may either take advantage of eligible Ford retail customer promotional incentives/offers available at the time of vehicle factory order or time of vehicle delivery, but not both or combinations thereof. ‡Until April 30, 2013, receive $500/ $750 /$1,000 /$1,250 /$1,500 /$2,000 /$2,500/ $3,000/ $3,750 /$4,500 /$5,500 /$7,000 /$7,500 /$8,000/$8,500 in Manufacturer Rebates with the purchase or lease of a new 2013 Focus BEV, Edge FWD SE/ Focus (excluding S, ST, and BEV), Fiesta (excluding S)/Focus ST, Flex SE, Explorer (excluding Base), Escape 2.0 (Excluding S) / Fiesta S/ Flex (excluding SE), E-Series/ F-150 Regular Cab 4x2 XL (Value Leader), F-350 to F-550 Chassis Cabs /Mustang V6 Coupe (Value Leader), Taurus SE, Edge AWD (excluding SE)/ Transit Connect (excluding Electric)/Edge FWD (excluding SE)/ Mustang V6 Coupe and Convertible Premium, Expedition / Mustang GT, Taurus (excluding SE), F-250- F-450 Gas (excluding Chassis Cab) / F-150 Regular Cab 4x4 (excluding 5.0L), F-150 Regular Cab 4x2 (excluding XL and 5.0L) /F-150 Regular Cab 4x4 5.0L, F-150 Regular Cab 4x2 (excluding XL) 5.0L, F-250-F-450 Diesel (excluding Chassis Cab) / F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew (excluding 5.0L)/ F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew 5.0L - all Raptor, GT500, BOSS302, and Medium Truck models excluded. 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Auction funds community projects By Amelia Naismith After a delicious rib roast dinner those who attended the Kinsmen Club’s live auction bid generously and mustered a preliminary profit of $17,000. The Kinsmen have three ongoing projects that the money could go toward. “We have a short-term goal, we’re building a toboggan hill,” said president Tom Hamilton. The idea of the hill received positive feedback and Hamilton says the town also likes it.

However there’s no location yet and nothing is set on paper. The Kinsmen also have a mid-term goal of updating Ponoka’s two oldest parks; Central and Riverside. “We wanted a market survey of which is a higher importance,” said Hamilton. The long-term goal is a BMX track. Hamilton says if the town goes ahead and constructs a new recreation grounds the added track will be for the Alberta BMX circuit. Last year’s auction raised

$15,000. “We are very happy with the amount of support the community has given us,” said Hamilton. Items up for auction this year included several pieces of art, an eagle statue that sold for $150, and chair and couch that sold as a set for almost $700. Other Kinsmen projects run to give back to the community include their annual phone books, school scholarships as well as donations of sports equipment and funds to the youth centre.

Albertans upset with Internet service

Robert Hambly models an eagle statue that sold for $150 at the Kinsmen Clubs second annual live and silent auction. Photo by Amelia Naismith

Wildrose Service Alberta critic Rod Fox is calling for immediate changes to the way the province delivers high-speed Internet service to rural Alberta communities. Service Alberta has teamed up with Xplornet, a satellite Internet provider, subsidizing them to the tune of $900,000 to bring high-speed satellite Internet to rural Alberta. In Question Period recently, Fox urged Service Alberta Minister Manmeet Bhullar to ensure a level playing field for all service providers. While Wildrose supports initiatives to bring high-speed Internet to rural communities that will boost local economies and increase productivity, this corporate handshake has created an unequal and unfair marketplace for all other Alberta service providers and limited choice for

rural Alberta Internet customers. “People in rural Alberta want market choice,” Fox said. “If the cost of doing business in rural communities is too high for providers, the government should look at an across the board subsidizing plan. Instead, they’ve decided to throw one giant wad of cash at a single corporate friend.” Fox says rural residents are notifying him of issues they’re experiencing with sudden price increases and fee redundancies. “It amounts to corporate welfare,” Fox said. “The government picks winners and losers in the Alberta markets. We’ve seen them subsidize companies like Shell, PepsiCo, and Telus — now it’s Xplornet.”

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The ABCs of Literacy The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines the term literacy as “the ability to read and write.” While it seems like a simple concept on the surface, literacy has a much more broad meaning and impacts, not only on our early learning and development as human beings but also on our future – how and what we learn, and how we develop as individuals. Literacy is vital to being able to understand and use information as we communicate and interact with others in all areas of our lives. The most recent Statistics Canada survey results show that four out of 10 adult Albertans do not have the literacy skills required to function in today’s society. Fourteen per cent of our adult population is at the lowest literacy level and are unable to read a bedtime story to their children. An additional 26 per cent are able to deal with only information that is simple and clearly laid out. These statistics are discouraging as, for most of us, our first experience with words and language came in the form of bedtime stories and childhood songs. As children, we learned that literacy was the key that could unlock the world of our imagination, bridging the gap between letters on a page and meaningful content we could interpret and understand. The school environment carries on in the next phase of a child’s literacy development, as they begin to put their reading, writing, information-gathering and understanding skills to work in critical thinking. At STAR Catholic Schools, literacy is an important part of our curriculum, from pre-school and kindergarten, right through to their

graduation, in preparation for their post-secondary education and the work world. We also recognize God has made every child a unique individual who learns at their own pace and in their own special way. In the early years, we focus on creative play that helps to build vocabulary and communication skills. Then those skills are further challenged as the child progresses through the grade levels, experiencing more chalMaria Lentz lenging concepts and complex ideas. As parents, we play an important role in those first steps a child takes in hearing letters and sounds, forming those into words and speech, learning to read, and then to communicate their own ideas through simple drawings, printing and eventually writing. The family environment is one of the best environments for children to expand and deepen their knowledge and understanding, not only when they’re young, but as they grow and become exposed to more and more diverse styles and forms of communication and information. So the next time you sit down to read a favourite book together as a family at bedtime, remember that you are making a significant difference in so many areas of your child’s life.

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and Trout Unlimited have been working together to build a material’s collection of marine creatures and environments to share between the region’s libraries. This year’s donation was $1,500. The 26 titles from last year’s donation are in circulation throughout our regional system and have greatly enhanced PRL’s collection. “Our chapter has received encouraging feedback from the libraries indicating people are concerned about our water resources,” says Doug Pullan, secretary of Central Alberta’s Trout Unlimited chapter. Education is an important part of Trout Unlimited Canada’s mission and goals and they will continue with further financial contributions in the future. Any Parkland public library can sign up to host the travelling display, and initial interest has been enthusiastic. The collection has something for all ages. Titles include: • Bugwater • A Walk around the Pond: Insects in and over the Water • Northern Pike: Ecology, Conservation, and Management History • Trout: An Illustrated History Albertans are concerned with protecting, restoring, and gaining a better understanding of the environment and creatures of our rivers, oceans, and wetlands. This travelling display gives residents a wealth of resources with a one-stop visit to their library. To find out more, individuals can contact their local library.

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MECCA GLEN ISN’T IN ALBERTA ANYMORE The red shoes: Nobody can mistake the feet of Scarecrow and Dorothy’s red shoes in Mecca Glen’s Oz.

All together: Tin Girl, Beth, Abby Sim as the Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion find their way into the Emerald City in Mecca Glen’s Oz, a modern take of the Wizard of Oz. Time to wake up: Oz, a modern take on the Wizard of Oz was presented April 18 to Mecca Glen students. Here Megan Bolton as Beth (this version has Beth as the protagonist instead of Dorothy) wakes up after falling through a tornado. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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Ponoka lacrosse celebrates 10 years By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Lacrosse in Ponoka is on the verge of a 10-year anniversary and organizers intend to celebrate in style. Both Lacombe and Ponoka players are a part of Lacoka Lacrosse, says Wes Amendt, public relations director and head coach for the junior team. Composed of approximately 60 per cent of players from Lacombe, 30 per cent from Ponoka and five per cent from the surrounding area, almost all the teams are going to play at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex April 26 to 28 with festivities on Saturday. Looking back at the past 10 years Amendt is most proud of their growth. “It’s been overwhelming really.”

“A lot of kids after the end of hockey are just chomping at the bit to play lacrosse” -Wes Amendt

Their first year brought a lacrosse camp to the area and a peewee and bantam team started playing some exhibition games. Then in 2004 the Central Alberta Lacrosse League was formed with only a few players. Now almost 160 kids play with two novice teams, two peewee teams, one bantam team, two midget teams and one junior team make compete all around the province. “Our organization, when you compare it to the province, is one of the fastest growing,” added Amendt. Not many people realize this but lacrosse is Canada’s oldest and official summer sport. Kids usually enjoy working together as a team and also the fast pace of the game. “I think it’s an opportunity for kids that enjoy the physical aspect of the game,” said Amendt. “A lot of kids after the end of hockey are just chomping at the bit to play lacrosse.” He credits their growth to being well organized group and he is seeing kids who have aged out of the game give back by helping coach the younger kids. Games over the anniversary weekend will have the

Lacoka’s Ethan Quance grimaces as he takes a hit from a Blackfalds player April 16 at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex. Lacoka Lacrosse is celebrating its 10th anniversary April 26 to 28. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye midget B team start at 6:30 p.m. and then the junior team will follow after at 8 p.m. The next day will feature a banner raising ceremony at 2 p.m. for the midget and peewee teams who won provincials last year. While teams play on the large floor surface, the mini-tykes and tykes teams will play games on the smaller ice surface over the weekend. Teams are going to show their support for Lacoka lacrosse by wearing their

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Barrel racer walks away with one year trailer lease By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye More than 1,400 runs occurred over the course of the Don Laing Trailer Winter barrel racing series, which culminated in a final showdown April 17 at the ag event centre. Winner Dee Millard, from Innisfail, walked away with a one-year lease on a three-horse Charmac trailer. The Alberta Barrel Racing Association event had competitors from all over Alberta and main sponsor Inger Laing enjoyed supporting the series. “Because this was an event that was put in as extra…And because I believe in the building.” She feels it is better for kids to be barrel racing rather than “out there doing something else.” Laing enjoys supporting events such as this but

wants to also support the ag event centre. Her hope is the building will become busier over time, build a name for itself such as the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Man. “I think it’s a really good venue to have in this town.” “I would like to see other events besides horse shows to mix it up a little,” added Laing. There were 14 race dates for competitors and points were given to the top four races of each day. In the 1D category, first place received 40 points, second place had 30, 20 for third and 10 for fourth. The 2D and 3D categories received 35 points for first, 25 for second, 15 for third and five for fourth place. As an extra challenge points were doubled on the last night.

“All I knew was that I had to make the fastest run that I could” - Dena Millard Sherry Gummow, vice-president of the PAECS board of directors enjoyed seeing the racers and Laing supporting the series. “It keeps people coming to the building, it keeps people involved.” High point winner Millard was doing well right from the start of the series and was 80 points ahead when she had to take a trip to the Northwest Territories for two weeks. “When I got back I was tied with Kayley Blair for the lead.” She had to keep focused on completing each run and doing that as quickly as possible. The competition changed speed when officials announced the last day would give those who placed twice the amount of points. “There was six or seven people that likely could have won it,” added Millard. “All I knew

was that I had to make the fastest run that I could.” Her mare, Lightning, has been racing well in the last few weeks and Millard just placed eighth in a pro rodeo in Medicine Hat recently. “She’s a little horse but she’s got a big heart,” she stated. The trailer is planning to see lots of use as Millard and her daughter also travel to rodeos around the province. She also sells barrel horses and feels the trailer will make their horses look so much better. “We’re going to try and wear it out,” she joked. Millard thanked the promoters of the winter series and Don Laing Trailers for the win.

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Pam Havens on Catty looks at the final barrel during the last night of the Don Laing Winter Trailer series. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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Former Expos pitcher hosts clinic By Amelia Naismith A baseball celebrity recently treated Ponoka’s young pitchers to a special clinic. Former Montreal Expos pitcher Mike Johnson works for Baseball Alberta. “I was contacted in the office about Ponoka being interested.” During the hour-long session, Johnson drove home the importance of achieving the proper arm positions to throw correctly. “We want to try and make it fun for them,” said Johnson, who spent a lot of time coaching the youths in one-on-one assistance. Ponoka is the third or fourth community Johnson has visited in the past few weeks and he’s enjoying the experience. “It’s good, especially this group of kids. They’re really attentive and eager to learn,” said Johnson. Johnson played professional baseball for 19 years, five years in the major leagues and played for two Olympic teams. He knows focusing on the young players results is not the key to their success. Rather than looking at where the ball goes, Johnson works to help each player hit their mark with their arms and legs. Once everything is in line he knows they’ll get the ball there it needs to go. Sam and Isaac McCaughey attended the clinic with their mother, who could see improvement in

Lachlan Bishop (front) and Levi Robinson (back) take part in a pitching clinic taught by former Montreal Expos pitcher Mike Johnson on April Photos by Amelia Naismith 18. many of the players since the clinics started. Lessons on how to throw correctly weren’t the only thing the boys received

from Johnson. After the session was over he took the time to sign many gloves for the beaming boys.

Sydney Raby winds up from the 12 o’clock position. Although the girls weren’t instructed by Mike Johnson they also held a clinic April 18.

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Rage heads to provincials By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye As club volleyball season gets closer to completion, two local teams are putting Ponoka on the map. The U15 and U16 Central Alberta Rage teams won their premiere tournaments April 13 and 14 and they now advance to provincials May 4 and 5. Coach Tammy Emmes for the U16 team was unavailable for comment but U15 coach Christine Rowland looks forward to the challenge ahead as her team move up to division 2 from division 3. The reason they move up is to stay competitive. “You want the teams to be playing against teams at their level.” She credits making sure all her volleyball players have a chance to gain experience and strength in their areas. “I think that we play as a team. We have 12 players,” Rowland said. Rage won six of their seven matches at the tournament and she feels winning would not have been possible without bench strength. “You never win the game with six players.” Rowland thanked coach Emes for positive coaching techniques; a player gets better because “you believe in her.” Being the best in their division will also bring tougher competition but Rowland and her players are ready for the challenge. “I think we’re excited for the higher level of competition.” The Rage also played at a friendly tournament April 20 at St. Augustine Catholic School and the team had a chance to compete against division 2 players. The tournament was hosted by Darren Josephison who had his club team, the Warriors, play as well. The purpose of the competition was to get the players ready for the school volleyball season. “It’s just and extra thing that gets the kids stronger and more experienced,” There were 10 teams from around the area and the Warriors lost in the quarter-finals to Leduc and Central Alberta Rage lost in the consolation to Sylvan Lake.

Ferron French-Scott of the Central Alberta Rage team reaches for the ball during a volleyball tournament April 20 at St. Augustine Catholic School. Rage lost in the consolation game against Sylvan Lake. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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Sept. 29, 1930 - April 18, 2013 On April 18, 2013 Edith Walker passed away, after a valiant battle against cancer, at the age of 82 years. Edith was an extraordinary leader in Falun and Wetaskiwin communities. She was a member of the Lone-Ridge Ladies Aid for 35 years, served on the Falun Ladies Institute for 26 years, and was inducted in to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame, and the Wetaskiwin Agricultural and Provincial 4-H Hall of Fames for her contributions. Edith is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Bill; children, Lester, Ross (Laurie), Donna (Jon), Fern, and Maureen (Chip); eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; brother Alf (Barb) and sister, Joyce. Edith was predeceased by her son-in-law, Brad and brother, Edwin ‘Birch’. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wetaskiwin Mission Church, 3610-56 Avenue. In Edith’s memory, donations are gratefully accepted to the charity of the donor’s choice. BAKER FUNERAL CHAPEL, WETASKIWIN Condolences: www.womboldfuneralhomes.com

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June 18, 1931 - April 24, 2012 His weary hours and days of pain His troubled nights are past And in our aching hearts we know He has found sweet rest at last. Nothing can ever take away The love a heart holds dear Fond memories linger every day Remembrance keeps him near. If tears could build a stairway And memory make a lane We’d walk the long road to reach And bring him home again. Every day in some small way Memories of you come our way Though absent you are ever near Still missed, loved , always dear. Your loving wife Marlace, Wayne ( Judy), Tim ( Patty) Bonnie ( Mark), Grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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would like to thank everyone for their love, kindness and support in the loss of our dear mother and grandmother. We appreciate the many cards, phone calls, visits, gifts of food and flowers as well. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at the Rimoka Lodge, who provide exemplary and compassionate care for all their residents. Thank you to the staff at Ponoka General Hospital and Dr. DuToit, Dr. Izak, Dr. Swartz for their compassionate care. Special thanks to Ponoka Home Care and the FCSS staff for your compassionate loving care. Our deepest gratitude to Cliff Budd for the kindness he extended to our mother and family. Special thanks to Lillian and Alfred Raugust for their loving kindness to our mother and their support in our loss. Thank you to Ron and Kate Farnham who were special neighbours over the many years to our Mother. Thank you to Pastor Tim Graff and Lutheran Church Ladies for the services they provided. Thanks also to Marlon and Sheila of Wombold Funeral Home for their compassion and encouragement.

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We would like to extend some huge thank-you’s to our family, friends and neighbors for all of the cards, emails, phone calls, flowers, food, memorial donations, hugs and precious memories bestowed upon us with the loss of our Mom & Grandma, Elsie Hoffman. Our deep appreciation to Dr. Bunting, Dr. Izac, all of the nurses and other health care professionals who helped care for and encourage her during her time in the Ponoka Hospital and Care Center. When the realization that her time with us was coming to an end you helped her leave us comfortably and peacefully. Thank you to Beatrix Schimer for visiting Mom in the hospital and leading us through her service of remembrance. To Marlon & Sheila - you are angels among us. Thank you so much for your guidance & friendship, and Sheila, for your beautiful voice. To Bob & Debbie, saying thank you seems hardly adequate and you are angels among us as well! The lunch was wonderful and we appreciate you both very much. To the staff at the Rimoka Golden Leisure Lodge, thanks for everything over the years. Mom called the Lodge her “home”, and you are all a part of what made it so special to her. Sincerely, Larry, Sharon, Justin & Jesse Hoffman; Stan, Debbie, Tyler & Kelsey Hoffman; Debbie & Lorne Nagel


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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

the of th

ANNOUNCEMENTS 1-877-223-3311 #50 - # 70

BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, Palliative Care or Hospice.

FRIENDS

TOM McCONNELL How one man affected so many lives! Thank you for the cards, flowers, tributes and memories, baking, phone calls and YES - the visits. We appreciate your support in so many ways. With humble gratitude. Alex & Jackie McConnell and family.

What’s Happening

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Coming Events

Mentors

George Archibald

Coming Events

Coming Events

Employment #700 - #920 Oilfield

800

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

Oilfield

800

Oilfield

800

ATTENTION HORIZONTAL DIRECTIONAL DRILL LOCATORS Is looking to fill the follow-

SKOCDOPOLE ing positions to work out CONSTRUCTION Ltd of our HINTON location

is now accepting resumes for

EXPERIENCED HORIZONTAL DIRECTIONAL DRILL LOCATORS /OPERATORS. All oilfield tickets, valid class 1 drivers license and drivers abstract a must. Experience on Vermeer and/or Ditch Witch models an asset. Position is available immediately. Top wages and incentives for the right candidates. Fax resumes to 403-947-2188 or e-mail to hr@skocdopole.com 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: cpngc@telusplanet.net. Fax 780-864-2044. Mail: Box 119, Spirit River, T0H 3G0. NEWCART CONTRACTING LTD. is hiring for the upcoming turnaround season. Journeyman/Apprentice; Pipefitters; Welders; Boilermakers; Riggers. Also: Quality Control; Towers; Skilled Mechanical Labourer; Welder Helpers. Email: resumes @newcartcontracting.com. Fax 1-403-729-2396. Email all safety and trade tickets

JOURNEYMAN MECHANIC ~ Fleet Environment H2S Alive, Standard First Aid and in-house Drug and Alcohol test are required. Please submit resume to hr@alstaroilfield.com or fax to 780-865- 5829 QUOTE JOB #71515 ON RESUME

IS looking to fill the following position in our Hinton location

Journeyman Stainless Welder

H2S Alive and Standard First Aid St John’s (Red Cross) are prerequisites. Must pass in house Drug and alcohol test. Please submit resume to hr@alstaroilfield.com or Fax to 780- 865- 5829 PLEASE QUOTE JOB # 71514 ON RESUME LOCAL SERVICE CO. REQ’S EXP. VACUUM TRUCK OPERATOR Must have Class 3 licence w/air & all oilfield tickets. Fax resume w/drivers abstract to 403-886-4475

730 is a for profit organizatiothat is currently comprised of an auto repair shop, pharmacy, retail gas bar, grocery, fast food, arts & crafts, and real estate holdings. Our Corporate Office is currently looking for a

IT/Marketing Technician Ponoka

HOT LINE

WHATEVER YOU’RE SELLING... WE HAVE THE PAPER YOU NEED!

Ponoka PONOKA, multi family garage sale 4003 39 ST. April 25, 4-8 p.m. April 26, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. April 27, 8 a.m.-1 p.m..

HUGE GARAGE SALE 4 miles north of Ponoka Composite High School & ½ mile west on Twp RR435

Friday, Apr. 26th 12noon – 5:00 pm

Saturday, Apr. 27th 9:00 am – 6:00 pm *Household goods *Furniture *Lawn & garden equipment *Shop tools *Woodworking tools *Oak display cabinet For more info call 403-350-9195 or 403-783-5993

• Offer competitive wages, benefits and pension plan. • Contractual, Part Time or Full Time position available • Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 pm. • Position Requirements: • Development and management of IT services, programs and support throughout the organization. • Create, maintain, and update company webpage as well as potential business division webpage’s • Ensure operating viability of LAN (Local Area Network) and WAN (Wide Area Network) for all hours of operation and tunes the system for optimal performance. • Create, Develop, Assist, Implement Marketing Strategies • Educational Requirements: • A post secondary degree or diploma in computer science is mandatory. • A post secondary degree or diploma in business administration, public relations, communications, or marketing is secondary. • Work experience in an IT technical capacity position mandatory • Work experience in advertising and/or marketing related position is secondary • Proficiency with computers and knowledge of marketing systems and programs • Public relation skills are an asset • A combination of the above criteria will be considered • Must have valid class 5 drivers license and reliable transportation • Travel will be required Interested persons are requested to submit a resume by mail, email, personally, or fax to the attention of Stephen Wagner at:

Samson Management Ltd. Box 539, Hobbema Alberta, T0C 1N0 swagner@smlcorp.com TTelephone: (780) 585 – 2468 Fax: (780) 585 – 2393


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

PONOKA JOHN DEERE SALES & SERVICE

24 Hour Emergency Call 403-783-3337

Oilfield

800

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: dv@brekkaas.com. Phone 780-621-3953. Fax 780-621-3959

Home Page: www.agroequipment.com

Hwy. 53 Ponoka Toll Free 877-783-3338 Ph. 403-783-3337 E-Mail: admin-ponoka@agroequipment.com

Rimbey Implements Ltd. PRESSURE CONTROL SPECIALIST

Al York

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

Rimbey, AB

Fax: (403) 843-3430

ANIMAL SERVICES

Nexus Engineering is currently seeking a mechanical individual for their shop to perform testing of all BOP’s and Pressure Control Equipment. Duties include heavy lifting, manual labour, operating forklift and overtime as necessary. We offer a competitive wage, benefits and RRSP plan. Experience is not mandatory, but a definite asset. Email resume to: resume @nexusengineering.ca

SKOCDOPOLE CONSTRUCTION Ltd

Trades

850

Trades

Small, busy meat shop, in rural central Alberta, looking for a

FULL-TIME MEAT CUTTER

Knowledge of cutting hanging carcasses necessary. Starting wage $20 per hour. 3 bedroom rental house available within walking distance. Phone Paul @ 403-843-4383

DAYSHIFT QC Person

AUTO SALES

BUYERS

RANDY MOHL 403-783-8008 Phone 783-8008

All applicants must have previous oilfield exp. Preference will be given to those applicants that can work independently and can supervise small facility projects. Valid drivers license a must. Other related tickets would be an asset . Fax resumes with tickets to 403-947-2188 or e-mail to hr@skocdopole.com

Sales & Distributors

Trades

JOURNEYMAN OR APPRENTICE HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC. Work in shop/field. Neilson Mechanical specializes in servicing and repairing highway tractor/trailer units and construction equipment. Acadia Valley, Alberta 403-664-9185.

LOVE MOTORCYCLES? Love a career as a Must be able to read Motorcycle Mechanic. m e a s u r i n g d e v i c e s We have over 200 training and blueprints for aids - street cruisers, inspection of machined touring motorcycles, parts. ATV’s; 2 and 4 stroke engines or bring your own! ATTENTION: We offer competitive GPRC Fairview Campus. Heavy Duty Mechanics. wages, benefits and 28 week program. 1st and We have several positions a RRSP plan. 2nd period and 320 hours from 1st Year through to Please forward resumes to credit towards Motorcycle Journeyman. If you want to resume@ Mechanic Apprentice. work for a great company, nexusengineering.ca 1-888-999-7882. join our team! Journeymen Ask for Brad or Mike; wages: $35/hour, plus F/T LICENSED h.d. truck www.gprc.ab.ca/fairview benefits and perks. mechanic needed immed. A modern, well equipped for rapidly growing waste shop with satellite radio. and recycling company. Flexible shift options - days Exp’d in this industry is an WATER WELL DRILLING and afternoons. Service asset but not req’d. COMPANY IN BENTLEY trucks are equipped with Email resume to REQ’S EXPERIENCED tools. Coveralls are canpak@xplornet.ca supplied plus an annual WATER WELL boot allowance. To apply DRILLERS HELPER F/T SATELLITE INSTALLERS for this position, please with class 3, air. All safety - Good hours, home every forward your resume to: tickets required. night, $4000-$6000/mo. HR@bdeg.ca. For more Contractor must have truck Meal and Accommodation details, see the full job provided when out of town. or van. Tools, supplies & description on our website; Fax resume with drivers ladders required. Training BulldogEnergyGroup.com abstract: 403-748-3015 provided, no experience needed. Apply to: satjobs@shaw.ca •

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

830

BUY - SELL - CONSIGN 5704 - Hwy 2A North, Ponoka, AB T4J 1M1

850 HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC

To Work in Bashaw AB Shop, this position is responsible for the Mechanical Maintenance, repairs, servicing, inspections and rigging up of A&Bs on highway trailer and truck fleet. The Majority of this position’s duties will be involved with trailer repairs. Start Date: ASAP Compensation: Competitive wage, full benefits Qualifications: Alberta on Highway Heavy Duty Equipment Technician. Journeyman Certificate Condition of Employment: Valid Drivers License

Fax resume: 780-372-4238 Email: jobs@abpipeliners.com

AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES

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

850

Nexus Engineering is Currently looking for DAYSHIFT QC PERSON

is now accepting resumes for

3rd,4th year or JOURNEYMAN PIPEFITTER

850

Mature, Flexible, Customer Service Minded Employee Needed Part time position at Busted Ladies Lingerie Excellent working conditions, Positive Environment Apply in Person with resume at 5020 – 50 St., Ponoka,

Hamilton’s

Trades

850

Phoenix Oilfield Rentals Ltd. is a progressive well funded and growing company with an excellent reputation for reliable equipment as well as safe and professional work standards. Phoenix is currently seeking a field/shop apprentice mechanic for our Red Deer branch. Phoenix also has branches in Grande Prairie and Ft. Nelson serving Alberta and B.C. A high school diploma and a valid driver’s license are required. The ability to multi task in a fast paced environment, proven ability to organize tasks and manage time, willingness to learn and strong interaction skills as well as First Aid and H2S tickets would be an asset. Knowledge of gensets and pumps would be an advantage. This fulltime permanent position would begin immediately, competitive wage depending on experience with benefit package after 3 months. e-mail resumes and copy of tickets to: humanresources@ phoenixrentals.ca or fax to:(780) 986-0763

PYRAMID CORPORATION IS NOW HIRING! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: hr@pyramidcorporation.com or fax 780-955-HIRE

Truckers/ Drivers

860

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. 1-800-867-6233; www.roadexservices.com.

Trades

850

BE BRANDT SO007027

www.brandtjobs.com w b dj b

$30

PER WEEK. REACHING 6000 HOUSEHOLDS PER WEEK.

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

Business Opportunities

870

MATCO TOOLS is looking for franchisees in your area. Professional products with a complete business system available to support you in becoming your own boss. Home based business; training & support programs. More information call 778-387-4666; www.gomatco.com

Misc. Help

880

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

ATTENTION EXPERIENCED GAS UTILITY WORKERS SKOCDOPOLE CONSTRUCTION Ltd

is now accepting resumes for

EQUIPMENT OPERATORS

(rubber tired hoe,mini excavators,trenchers, trac hoe) Preference will be given to those applicants with applicable tickets and previous gas utility experience. Valid drivers license and abstract a must. Must be willing to travel province wide. Fax resumes to 403-947-2188 or e-mail to hr@skocdopole.com INTERESTED IN THE COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER BUSINESS? Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. FREE. Visit: www.awna.com/ resumes_add.php LEVEL 2 WATER AND WASTE WATER OPERATOR required for Elinor Lake Resort. Call 780-623-3993.

FULL TIME CUSTOMER SERVICE 34 hours/week with full benefits Job duties to include but not limited to running the express till, selling tobacco and coffee. Apply with resume to: Customer Service 4502 50 Street

860

CLASS 1 drivers req’d for flat deck work. Steady year round work. Benefits, exc. wages and safety bonuses. Successful candidates must be hard working, must know your load securement and love driving as you will be traveling throughout BC, AB, SK & MB. Please fax resumes and drivers abstract to 1-855-784-2330

and LABOURERS

requires a

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS HERE FOR JUST

Truckers/ Drivers

Training for life SO008549 Ensign is looking for Drillers, Night Tour Pushes, and Rig Managers for our Australian Division. Recruiters will be in Nisku April 30th - May 7th hosting information sessions and doing interviews. If you are interested in attending one of our sessions to hear about our global opportunities

Call 1-888-367-4460 to book into a session.

First Aid Training teaches how to respond confidently when injuries occur.


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Truckers/ Drivers

860 Arnett & Burgess is now accepting applications for the following:

CLASS 1 TRUCK DRIVER

Clean abstract. Must have experience moving heavy equipment that is related to pipeline construction. Benefits available. Please fax resumes to 780-372-4238 Or email to: jobs@abpipeliners.com

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880

Misc. Help

ROB RONNIE CATERING Bay 5, 4110 - 64 Street, Ponoka Requires:

CATERING ASSISTANCE Looking for motivated and reliable individuals for the upcoming catering season. Must be available weekends and evenings. Pay starting between $10.00 - $13.00/hr. Please apply in person to Bob or Bonnie

880

AN EXCELLENT CHOICE WHERE YOUR AD REACHES RURAL READERS

CALL 1-877-223-3311 CLASSIFIEDS HOT-LINE

PONOKA CHRYSLER JEEP Employment Opportunity Inland Concrete Ltd Requires

DRIVERS

For their Ponoka & Lacombe locations Class 1 or Class 3 required No experience required. Will train suitable candidates.

Please fax resume to: 403-782-3134 ATTN: Leonard

or for more information call Leonard 403-588-2834

Misc. Help

880 TOYOTA City

Wetaskiwin

The wonderful staff of Toyota City Wetaskiwin is looking for YOU!

• Service Advisor Great family atmosphere, excellent benefits package and excellent pay plan.

Would you like a change in career, or a new employer? Due to an increase in volume we find ourselves in need of a

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: cpateman@ponokachrysler.com Craig Pateman Service Manager Fax: 403-783-8140

Calnash Trucking has an immediate opening for the following position:

DISPATCHER

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

880

Misc. Help

THE ALBERTA SEVENTH STEP SOCIETY PUBLIC LEGAL EDUCATION SPEAKER. The successful candidate would be responsible for giving presentations designed to demonstrate the realities of the criminal lifestyle. These talks take place in junior & secondary school settings with the objective of encouraging young people to consider the consequences of choices they make throughout their life. Speakers seek to dispel myths by way of example, offering their personal experiences and insights with the criminal justice system. The applicant must be an ex-offender to apply. The Public Educator will have demonstrated at least one year of stability in the community and possess a keen interest in being actively involved in a truly unique service. As travel throughout the province is necessary, a reliable vehicle is essential. Training and orientation is provided. Competition remains open until a suitable candidate is found. Resume may be faxed, emailed, or posted to: Gayle MacAdam, Community Services Coordinator, Alberta Seventh Step Society, 1820 - 27 Ave., SW, Calgary, AB, T2T 1H1. Fax 403-228-7773. Email: comworker @albertaseventhstep.com

Employment Training

BOBCAT SERVICES Sur-B Enterprises Ltd.

BOBCAT SERVICE • 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

BOTTLE DEPOT

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

900

MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION RATED #2 FOR WORK-AT-HOME. Train with the top-rated accredited school in Canada. Financing and student loans available. Contact CanScribe today at 1-800-466-1535; www.canscribe.com

SALES & SERVICE

Business Services #1000 - #1430

Motorcycles & ATV’s

COMPETITIVE WAGES & BENEFIT PACKAGE INCLUDED

We’re waiting to hear from you! Please submit your resume to: 4120 - 56 St., Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 1V3 Fax: 780-352-5750 toyotaab@telusplanet.net

DANDY DANDY PERMANENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Electrical Enclosure & Power Division

• PARTS PERSON

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

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

SALES CONSULTANT

• SHEET METAL FABRICATOR • PANEL SHOP ELECTRICIAN

A leader in the automotive industry, Heritage Chrysler Jeep sets the pace for all others to follow when it comes to inventory, customer service, community service and commitment to people. We have premium new and preowned vehicles to help suit any of our customer’s needs!

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

We offer a great compensation package with benefits along with complete training. Sales experience is not a must though preferred. Look at Heritage Chrysler Jeep as the final step to becoming an industry leader in customer service, job satisfaction and income.

(Experience Preferred)

Fax or E-mail your resume in confidence to: A.C. Dandy Products Ltd. Fax: 780-352-2249

Email: acdandy@acdandy.com

Caregivers

LIVE-IN NANNY REQUIRED

Fax or email resume to:

General Sales Manager Attention: RYAN BOWES rbowes@heritagechrysler.com Fax: 403.782.3360 We thank all those that apply. Only those selected will be contacted for an interview.

403-783-5185 1-800-662-7135 Fax: 403-783-4635

GARBAGE COLLECTION

For 9 month old Single dad working long hours.

- Criminal check required - CPR an asset Wages negotiable

Ph: 403-597-1247

HEAVY CONSTRUCTION Our goal is to be a Our goal to is to be a service you. service to you.

Check us out at www.heritagechrysler.com

Heritage Chrysler Jeep

1060

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

Contractors

1100

LANCE’S CONCRETE

Sidewalks, driveways, shops, patios, garage pads commercial. Specialized in stamp concrete. 302-9126

R.R. R.R. #2 #2 Bluffton, AB TOC OMO OMO TOC

Serving Central Alberta Serving Central Alberta

IfIf you you need need a a cat, cat, hoe, hoe, logger, logger, mulcher, mulcher, grader or truck, call us. Ph: 403-704-4477 403-704-4477 Ph:


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DENTISTRY

Misc. Help

RIMBEYDENTALCARE

880

DR. STEVE CALDER BS C DDS

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

Restaurant & Lounge requires

Full & Part-Time

Waitresses

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

Please apply in person 5122 - 50 Street, Ponoka

DENTAL CARE BIRCHLAND DENTAL CLINIC PRACTICE OF DENTISTRY

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

Financial

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DROWNING IN DEBT? Cut debts more than 50% & debt free in half the time! Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation; www.mydebtsolution.com or toll free 1-877-556-3500. BBB rated A+

Legal Services

- General Dentistry - Orthodontics - Cosmetic Dentistry - Bonding - Veneers - Bleaching - White or Gold Fillings - Crown and Bridge - Implant Restorations “WE ENTHUSIASTICALLY WELCOME NEW PATIENTS”

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. accesslegalresearch.com

Misc. Services

EYE CARE

1290

Alberta Alberta Highway Highway Services Services

Drs. Heimdahl & ZoBell 403-783-5575 1-800-662-7168 WWW.4YOUREYESONLY.CA

-

Will commence our

5120-51ST AVE, PONOKA

ADVANCED EYE HEALTH & VISION EXAMS CONSULTATION & REFERRAL SERVICES DESIGNER EYE WEAR & CONTACT LENSES INSURED MEDICAL EYECARE SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL AGES

Hammy’s SPIRITS

NEW PATIENTS ALWAYS WELCOME

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

This space could be yours for $

30

PER WEEK

Call 403-783-3311 HEATING

requires

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 Misc. Help

“Committed to your comfort”

Robin Esau

2013 Roadside Spraying Program starting May 15 thru Sept. 30 on provincial highways in the County of Wetaskiwin, Brazeau County, Ponoka County, Lacombe County, Clearwater County, Red Deer County, Mountainview County, Kneehill County & the M.D. of Rockyview.

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

880 SOMMER

Ph: 403-782-7722 Fax: 403-782-7499

Yard Staff – Full Time Required immediately

Duties included: • Loading customer orders and build orders for delivery along with various material handling duties • Keeping yard product organized and neat • Must be mature and self motivated and physically fit • forklift experience an asset as well as knowledge of building industry • Excellent customer service • Must be available for Saturday and Sunday rotation with weekdays • Shifts are daytime

Please drop off resume in person to 6503-44 Street, Ponoka Industrial Park Attn: Gary Colyn, Manager or Email in confidence to gc.shhbc@telus.net

Pet Services

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CLINKERS A Population KENNELS Explosion * 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.

. . . at your house? It’s time to call your Welcome Wagon hostess.

She will bring congratulations and gifts for the family and the NEW BABY!

403-783-6272

www.clinkerskennels.ca

Heather Goodwin 403-704-3647 heathermccg@shaw.ca

Rental Misc

1350

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

First Call Towing

783-3636

+

Whatever You’re Selling... We Have The Paper You Need! CLASSIFIEDS 1-877-223-3311 CALL NOW TO FIND OUT MORE

Buy & Sell #1500 - #1990 HOW can you make your phone ring & make some quick cash? Place your ad here. . .

Carpentry

1062

Carpentry

1062

Misc. Services

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Misc. Services

1290

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

Personal Services

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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; www.truepsychics.ca

robin@KlesAir.com www.KlesMechanical.com

Advertise your business in the Business Directory!

1290

1260

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. RemoveYourRecord.com

DR. HUGH PORTER • DR. RICK BARR DR. JEFF BARR • DR. GREG EDWARDS

Misc. Services

Employment Training

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

Berni's Refrigeration and Appliance Service

783-4880

900

MÉTIS YOUTH SUMMER STUDENT PROGRAM SO008392

If you’re a Métis youth between 15 – 30 years old, and going back to school this fall, Métis Training to Employment Services can give you the assistance you need to land that summer job where you can gain employable skills and the pay cheque you deserve.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Call 1-888-48-MÉTIS (1-888-486-3847) online at: www.metisemployment.ca


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Auctions

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75 QUARTERS LAND, Oyen, Alberta - Ritchie Bros Unreserved Auction. 1HQ, 30 Parcels Farmland, 6 Parcels Grazing Lease, $37,300 Surface Lease Revenue. Jerry Hodge 780-706-6652; rbauction.com/realestate ANGELâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COUNTRY CREATIONS ANTIQUE STORE DISPERSAL. Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 9 a.m., DeWinton Community Hall, DeWinton, Alberta. South of Calgary. 1-877-494-2437. PL324317AB; www. bodnaursauctioneering.com BIG STRAPPER AUCTIONS SALES EVERY WED. @ 6 pm. Moose Hall 2 miles south of Ponoka on 2A ANTIQUE SALE 1st SUN. OF THE MONTH AT 1 P.M. 403-782-5693 Check website for full listing www.bigstrapperauctions.net

COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION! 6th Annual Calgary Collector Car Auction, May 10 - 11, Grey Eagle Casino. Over 100 pieces of memorabilia selling No Reserve. All makes & models welcome. Consign today 1-888-296-0528 ext. 102; EGautions.com.

Welding

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Auctions

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MEIER - 2 DAY CLASSIC CAR & TRUCK AUCTION. Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 11 a.m. Both days. 6016 - 72A Ave., Edmonton. 150 Classics. Consign today, call 780-440-1860. ONLINE AUCTION MAY 23 - 28, 2013: three commercial lots 4.87 acres prime property in Battleford Industrial Park. Kramer Auctions Ltd., 306-445-5000; www.kramerauctions.com

Building Supplies

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METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Best prices! 36â&#x20AC;? 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. crownsteelbuildings.ca

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. classiccanadiantours.com

Wanted To Buy

1930

TAMARACK

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

1660

2010

1680

2060

Welding

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MAIN: (403) 783-7591 FAX: (403) 783-8178

Website: www.harbinwelding.com E-mail: bharbin@telus.net

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UNRESERVED AUCTIONS. Friday, April 26, Ron Zellweger, St. Paul, Firewood phone 780-645-9705. JD 9230, 234 hours, JD 4450, 2011 - 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Seed LOGS Hawk Air Drill; Case 7110 Semi loads of pine, spruce, MFWD; tillage & haying tamarack, poplar. Agricultural equipment; seed cleaning Price depends on location. #2000 - #2290 plant. Saturday, April 27 Lil Mule Logging - Andy Kopin, Grassland, 403-318-4346 phone 780-525-2481. JD 9450 - 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hoe Drills; Farm JD 8440; JD 4020; Cat D4D; JD 230 - 25â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Disc Equipment Garden plus full line-up. Tuesday, April 30 - Charles Yushchyshyn, Supplies MF 5465 tractor, fwd, 100 Vegreville, phone hp, 650 hrs. like new COLORADO BLUE 780-632-4861. 403-347-5431 SPRUCE: AGCO 8425 tractor, 2457 $1.49/each for a box of hours; 2 Case 2388 270 ($402.30). combines; MF 220 - 25â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Misc. Also full range of trees, swather, 1161 hours; shrubs, cherries & berries. Machinery Morris 7300 tow behind Free shipping. tank c/w Morris 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cult. BOOK YOUR FARM Replacement guarantee. Full line-up. Thursday, May building now protect your 1-866-873-3846 or 2 - Michael Topp, Athabasca, equipment with an treetime.ca phone 780-689-6720. 1998 affordable building. Western Star c/w 2010 New concrete post only Knight Manure Spreader; available from Integrity WHITE SPRUCE TREES 2007 Kenworth W900B Post Structures. for sale. 4 - 6 foot $35 needs engine work; 2008 Get started now with a each. 6 - 8 foot $45 each. Castleton tridem clam free quote to build now! Delivered and planted. dump trailers. www. Delivery extra. 403-305-8201 View full listings online IntegrityPostStructures.com www.prodaniukauctions.com 1-866-974-7678

Misc. for Sale

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NEVER SHOCK CHLORINATE AGAIN! Newly Patented! â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kontinuous Shokâ&#x20AC;? Chlorinator. Eliminates: Shock Chlorination; iron bacteria; smell; bacterial breeding in water wells. Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON. Visit our 29 inventions; www.1800bigiron.com.

Well Drilling

Travel Packages

Well Drilling

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

Dogs

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F1 LABRA DOODLES, F1B GOLDEN DOODLES puppies. Visit www.furfettishfarm.ca text 306-521-1371 or call 403-919-1370

Well Drilling

1400

Farm Custom Work

2080

ATTENTION FARMERS Custom Rototilling 403-704-2299 Call until 11 p.m.

Livestock

2100

Red Poll Bulls Yearlings & Two year olds Semen tested

403-783-5951 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 bardale@xplornet.com

BLACK ANGUS YEARLING BULLS

Quiet disposition, quality genetics and semen tested Vaccinated.. Also 2 yr. old avail. George Lane 403-885-5732 or Ross Lane 403-860-2973

RURAL WATER TREATMENT (Province Wide)

LIMOUSIN Bulls Polled Red and black two year olds and yearlings. Semen tested. Combest Limousin Farm. (403)742-5211

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PUREBRED red and black Angus bulls. 1 and 2 year olds. Semen tested and delivered. Vicwin farms 403-784-3517, 403-318-7363.

Livestock

2100

SELLING comm. and P.B angus yearling heifers, March born, weighing 850-900 lb.s vacc. and ready to breed, Gavin 403-556-5246 Colton 403-507-5416. SIMMERON SIMMENTALS, Fullblood Full Fleckvieh Bulls, yearlings and 2 year olds, polled and horned, A.I. blood lines, very quiet, muscled. 780-913-7963.

Grain, Feed Hay

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AFFORDABLE HAY SHEDS protect your hay from the weather with a strong hay shed. Best service & prices with Alberta-based Integrity Post Structures. Start building sooner than you think? Free quote now at 1-866-974-7678; www. IntegrityPostStructures.com DEALERS WANTED: Hannas Seeds need agents to sell alfalfas, clovers and grasses plus hay, pasture, turf, native and reclamation mixtures. Contact Esther 1-800-661-1529 or esther@hannasseeds.com HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Farm Pickupâ&#x20AC;? Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252. ROUND hay bales. Cheap Free delivery. Self unloading. No Sunday calls Please. 403-843-6380

Seed Grain

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CERTIFIED MORGAN OAT SEED 99% germ. Call Echo Ridge Seeds 403-883-2503

HEATING & EAVESTROUGHING

For Rent #3000 - #3200 Acreages/ Farms

3010

FARM HOUSE FOR RENT Close to town N/S, N/P References required Available May 1

3912 - 66 St Ponoka, AB T4J 1J8 www.wcmltd.ca

Ph: 403.783.3501 Fax: 403.783.3531 wcmltd@telus.net

403-357-0654 4 Plexes/ 6 Plexes

3050

AVAIL. immed. in Ponoka 2 bdrm. spacious downstairs suite in 4 plex. 4 appls., N/S, NO PETS, $675 rent & d.d., Call 403-704-1706 Vicki or Mel FOR RENT IN PONOKA 3 BEDROOM in very quiet 4-PLEX. Close to downtown. 4 appliances 403-783-5493 PONOKA. Clean spacious 1 bdrm suite. Fridge, stove, shared laundry. $600 rent/dd. Gas & water included. Absolutely N/S, no pets, Avail. immed. 780-242-0924

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Suites

ONE BEDROOM suite in downtown Ponoka

N/S, N/P References required

403-783-5025

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

** FOR RENT ** WOODRIDGE 2 bdrm. apartments $725/mo. Includes heat & water. No pets. non smokers Avail. immed. Contact Sandra Lyon at First Choice Realty (Ponoka) Ltd. 403-783-8881

SEED BARLEY FOR SALE High germination, high yielding. Suitable for feed or silage. New digital scale & seed treating available. Larry Trautman 843-2733 Mark Trautman 843-3474

LARGE 1 bdrm apt. in Ponoka w/rooftop patio, laundry facilities incl., $750/mo., c/w all utils. , avail. end of April 403-993-3441 403-932-6669

Houses/ Duplexes

Commercial - Residential Installations - Repair 24hr Emergency Service

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GREIG HOLDINGS INC. PROPERTIES FOR RENT RESIDENTIAL

2 bdrm apartment in Lancaster c/w fridge, stove. $700/mo plus power, Available May 1, 2013 2 bdrm apartment above Commercial Bldg. c/w fridge, stove. $650. /mo plus power, Available April 15, 2013 â&#x20AC;˘ 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

This space could be yours for $

30

PER WEEK

Call 403-783-3311 Reaching 6000 households weekly

For just

$30 per week this space could be yours!

403-783-3311 VETERINARY SERVICES

Southwest Industrial Park 4102-64 St., Ponoka 403-783-5200 8 a.m. - 5 p.m Mon. to Sat. â&#x20AC;˘ Open late Thursday 24-hour Emergency Call Dr. Bill Frischke â&#x20AC;˘ Dr. Kelly Loree â&#x20AC;˘ Dr. Leighton Coma Dr. Trevor Hook â&#x20AC;˘ Dr. Emily Ames

PAINTING (1997) Residential & Commercial â&#x20AC;˘ Interior & Exterior â&#x20AC;˘ Wallpaper hanging â&#x20AC;˘ Free Estimates

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

Reaching 6000 households weekly

For just

$30 per week this space could be yours!

403-783-3311


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

PLUMBING 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

PLUMBING

PONOKA PLUMBING & HEATING

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Suites

PONOKA, 2 bdrm. suite w/ balcony in Riverside. Fridge, stove, shared laundry. $725.. rent/dd. gas & water incl’d. Absolutely N/S, no pets, Avail. May 1 *** RENTED ***

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

Pasture

3180

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

Lots For Sale

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15 RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOTS, Vulcan, Alberta. Ritchie Bros Auctioneers. Selling by Unreserved Auction, July 18 from Lethbridge. 25 Bareland Condo Units as 8 lots + 7 single lots. Jerry Hodge 780-706-6652; Greg Cripps - Re/Max 403-391-2648; rbauction.com/realestate CLASSIFIED Want Ads do more things for more people than any other form of advertising. Phone 1-877223-3311

Houses For Sale

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

JESSE ZINTER Office - 403-783-5489

30

PER WEEK

Call 403-783-3311 PORTABLE TOILET RENTALS

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

159,900

Real Estate #4000 - #4190

For Sale By Owner ~ IMPRESSIVE Modified Bi-level with STUNNING CURB APPEAL on a QUIET Close in Sylvan Lake. The IMMACULATE DEVELOPMENT is sure to IMPRESS. This BEAUTIFUL home is 1342 sq. ft. on upper floor. It has 4 Bedrooms and 3 Full Bathrooms, RV Pad, many upgrades and much, much more. A MUST SEE to appreciate all that it has. Please call or write for more details. Price $530,000.00 Email: mka8clr8@gmail. com or Call: 403-887-1715. TOO MUCH STUFF? Let Classifieds help you sell it.

Farms/ Land

4070

30

$

PER WEEK

This space could be yours!

403-783-3311

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

Out Of Town Property

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NOVA SCOTIA’S Eastern Shore waterfront lots for sale. Excellent climate near the Atlantic Ocean. Three bedroom house for sale or rent; www.sawmilllanding.com; waterfront@bellaliant.net. 1-902-522-2343. 1-902-328-4338.

Investment Opportunities

4180

OLDS, AB: UP FOR BIDS:

bids accepted until May 6, 2013, 3 p.m. for individual or all parcels. Future development land in the designated growth area of Mountainview county. 3 parcels: Parcel 1, 139.49 acres, parcel 2, 140.1 acres, parcel 3, 117.3 acres. ID #1995. Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Signature Service 1-866-345-3414 www. canadafarmandranch.com

Lifestyles Realty

Ph: 403-782-3141 Condos/ Townhouses

4040

VETERINARY SERVICES

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

THIS SPACE COULD BE YOURS FOR

$30

PER WEEK. CALL 4037833311

– BARB HAY –

4020

HOW can you make your phone ring and make some quick cash? Place your ad here . . . Phone 1-877-223-3311

WATER WELL DRILLING SERVICES

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

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

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

www.littlejons.ca

Reaching 6000 households weekly for just

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

Starter or Revenue Great for that Young Family!

Book On-Line Serving Central Today! Alberta

403.783.8322

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; elinorlakeresort.com

$

Houses For Sale

This space could be yours for $

4160

4020

We now carry a complete line of Ritchie Stockwater parts 5110 -50 Street Box 4414 Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1R7

Lots For Sale

Email: darcysdrillingservices@hotmail.com

FARM FOR SALE

$860,000. On Hwy 590, easy access to Calgary /Red Deer. 155 acres of prime farm land yielding $50,000/year with an exc. executive bungalow developed up & down. Contact garthd946@hotmail.com 403-227-6740 Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY

4090

Manufactured Homes

LAST CHANCE! Wholesale pricing on remaining SRI 2011 Stock! Save up to $10,000. Free delivery (100 miles). Skirting/bonus package included. In-house broker. Call now! 1-877-341-4422; www.dynamicmodular.ca UNITED HOMES CANADA offers widest range of quality home styles from Triple M Housing! RTM, modular starting at $108,000. 1-800-461-7632; www. unitedhomescanada.com. 148 East Lake Blvd., Airdrie

WANTED

14’ or 16’ wide mobile home to move into park. 1-780-465-7107

WATER WELL SERVICE

ECKLUND Water Well Service

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

Advertise your business in the Business Directory!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mortgages Bought/Sold

4190

BANK SAID NO? Bank on us! Equity Mortgages for purchases, debt consolidation, foreclosures, renovations. Bruised credit, self-employed, unemployed ok. Dave Fitzpatrick: www.albertalending.ca. 587-437-8437, Belmor Mortgage

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Public Notices

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Public Notices

DO YOU WANT YOUR AD TO BE READ BY 100,000 Potential Buyers???

TRY

Financial #4400 - #4430

Investments ......................4410 Money Wanted ................4420 Money to Loan ................4430

Money To Loan

4430

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.

Classified Advertising SERVING CENTRAL ALBERTA RURAL REGION

CALL 1-877-223-3311 Public Notices

5080

LOVE MOTORCYCLES? Love a career as a Motorcycle Mechanic. We have over 200 training aids - street cruisers, touring motorcycles, ATV’s; 2 and 4 stroke engines or bring your own! GPRC Fairview Campus. 28 week program. 1st and 2nd period and 320 hours credit towards Motorcycle Mechanic Apprentice. 1-888-999-7882. Ask for Brad or Mike; www.gprc.ab.ca/fairview

Motorhomes

5100

Need A Hand With Spring Cleaning? The Royal Canadian Legion is now picking up good Saleable items for its 10th Annual Giant Garage Sale On

Saturday, May 4, 2013 Contact: Legion

403-783-4076 Help us to Help Our Community 3911 Hwy 2A

Ponoka Mini-Golf

Auto Wreckers

5190

SCRAP FARM MACHINERY AND VEHICLES. Yard clean-up of metals. We pay cash for large amounts. Call 780-918-9000.

Proposals must be submitted in writing to the undersigned no later than 2:00 pm on Friday, April 26, 2013. Faxed or electronic mail submissions will be accepted. Wes Amendt Director of Community Services Phone: 403-783-0118 Town of Ponoka Fax #: 403-783-6745 5102-48 Avenue Email: wes.amendt@ Ponoka, AB ponoka.org T4J 1P7

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL Ponoka Culture & Recreation Complex Concession Operator

Proposal Details The Town of Ponoka is seeking a Concessionaire to provide services on a year round basis with the main operation taking place from September 1 – March 31. The concession service is also to be made available to other activities that are scheduled in the Ponoka Culture & Recreation Complex during the off season. Detailed Expectations of Service provision are available at the Ponoka Town Office.

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

Submitted photo

Advertising works!!! Captain Heather Schwartz welcomes officer cadet Leo Chow to the 65 Ponoka Royal Air Cadets. Photo submitted

Advertise your business Ponoka 65 Squadron wins gold or service in the Ponoka News today!

Proposal Submission Requirements Submission should include: Qualifications, Certification, Experience, References and Expectations of Service. Communication Contact Wes Amendt, Director of Community Services at 403-783-0118 for more information. Site Visit A site visit can be arranged. Contact either Mr. Amendt or Kelsey Hycha (Complex Operator) at 403-785-7404 to arrange your site visit. Proposal Closing Proposals must be submitted in writing no later than 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013. Faxed or electronic mail submissions will be accepted.

Public Notice #6000

Officer Cadet Cody Huseby from Lacombe was welcomed to the 65 Ponoka Royal Air Cadets by Captain Heather Schwartz.

The Town of Ponoka invites written proposals for the lease and operation of the Ponoka Mini-Golf facility. Proposal Information packages are available to at the Ponoka Town Office. For more information contact Wes Amendt, Director of Community Services.

Introduction The Town of Ponoka invites submissions for the exclusive operation of the Concession at the Ponoka Culture & Recreation Complex. 1995 BARTH Regal Class A 31’ wide-body coach on 1994 Ford chassis-460 gas engine; 28,150 miles/one owner/smoke free/ fully equip.. Exc. cond offers. No GST. Ed (403) 783-3430.

65 Ponoka Royal Canadian Air Cadets would like to introduce our two new officers, officer cadet Leo Chow (from Rimbey) and officer cadet Cody Huseby (from Lacombe) that were attested in this training year of 2012/2013. The attestation ceremony consists of the letter from the Lieutenant-Commander B.J Cross, reading of the ethics they swear to uphold and followed by the Oath of Loyalty to Her Majesty the Queen. We would like to welcome the two new officers into the Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) with over 7,500 members serving across Canada and look forward to their commitment and expertise. Both gentlemen are former cadets themselves. Mr. Chow was with 65 Ponoka and Mr, Huseby with 859 Crowsnest Pass.

Request for Proposals Keep it real

Motorcycles

Submitted

6010

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

Transportation #5000-5300

New Ponoka cadets

6010

Town of Ponoka Email: wes.amendt@ponoka.org 5102 – 48 Avenue Fax #: 403-783-6745 Ponoka, AB T4J 1P7 Attention: Director of Community Services The Town of Ponoka reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received. The lowest proposal submission is not necessarily accepted.

Call Judy or Karen at 403-783-3311 Check us out online at www.ponokanews.com

The Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Regional Drill Competition involving Sea, Army and Air Cadets was held recently and the Ponoka 65 Air Cadet Squadron’s drill team performance outshone all the other participants. Each marching unit performed the same basic drill movements. Every unit performed almost to perfection but Ponoka gave the best performance. They were also judged on grooming, uniforms and military bearing and received a trophy and plaque for first place. Judges were members of the Canadian Forces, Royal Canadian Legion and Air Cadet League. Under the guidance of Second Lieut. Michael Kolbeck, the team consisted of cadets Rebbeca Nicholson, Matthew Osbourn, Sean Meikle, Aaron Chalifoux, and Casey Cohoe led by Commander Matthew Granson and Second in Command Clinton Rodney. 65 Squadron is made of 12- to 18-year-olds from the Ponoka, Lacombe, Rimbey and areas and has been turning out excellent cadets for more than 70 years. The squadron is preparing for a trip to Europe for the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014. They will be busy throughout central Alberta with fundraising events throughout the next year. Everyone is also welcome to their annual Ceremonial Review at the Ponoka Arena on June 1. For more information on the squadron or to contribute to the trip, contact Facebook page; 65 RCACS or call 403-783-4181.


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OPEN

10 AM - 11 PM 7 Days A Week

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hammy’s SPIRITS GREY GOOSE VODKA Assorted Flavours 750 ml

$

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BOXER LAGER 20 pack cans 355 ml

16.99

$

PALM BAY ASSORTED FLAVOURS 6 pack cans 355 ml

$ .99

7

PATRON SILVER TEQUILA 750 ml

$

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MOTT’S CLAMATO CAESAR EXTRA SPICY

$ .99

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$

59.99 CORONA EXTRA

12 pack bottles 330 ml

4 pack bottle 355 ml

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GIBSONS FINEST 12 YEAR OLD WHISKY

$ SOUR PUSS GRAPE 750 ml

$

16.99

SOUR PUSS WATERMELON 750 ml

$

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16

SOUR PUSS RASPBERRY 750 ml

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22.99

WHITE OWL SPICED WHISKEY

$

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28.99

WHITE OWL WHISKY

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19.99

750 ml

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BEAR FLAG RED 750 ml

$ .99

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THE LITTLE PENGUIN SHIRAZ 750 ml

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THE LITTLE PENGUIN CHARDONNAY 750 ml

$ .99

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Bay #5, 4502 - 50th St. • 403-783-2333 Prices in effect Wednesday, April 24 to Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Prices do not include GST or deposit. We reserve the right to limit quantities


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