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Ponoka & District Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year 2008 Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Vol. 65, No. 18



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Local street improvement contract amended By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Town councillors had a challenge with the wording in a budget amendment during a regular meeting April 23. The issue was over a 50 Avenue project between 60 Street and 63 Street. Completing the project will cost $1,073,518 with $905,053 on local

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“If I want to smile in here I can smile.” lic. “So that we aren’t further FOIPPed by inHenkelman then stated Kohlman was out of order. dividuals or groups that Watson said the clause is stated clearly in all tenend up costing the Town ders from the Town of Ponoka. of Ponoka taxpayers Moving in early thousands of dollars in The contractor — Cat Brothers — has expressed money every year.” a desire to move in May 1 but property owners could He feels it is imstill petition against the project as long as they gave portant contractors notice by May 5, Watson added. “They won’t be digunderstand the town ging in the ground.” Mayor must be allowed to presCoun. John Jacobs had some concern over who Larry Henkelman ent the information if would have to pay for moving costs should the owners requested. Henkelman decide not to go forward. “You have to have an escape took issue with county resident Nick Kohlman over clause because the way it’s written right now it’s not issues on 38 Street. Kohlman has requested informa- his (the contractor) problem if they vote it down.” tion from the town regarding projects on the street. Continued on page 3 “Mister Kohlman, it’s not a joke so if you want to carry on a smile you can carry it outside chambers,” ordered Hen- By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye can’t guess what people are thinking just kelman. A second public meeting has been because they don’t say anything.” Kohlman, who was Van der Westhuizen is concerned planned by councillors over the town’s in attendance responded. town council might be regulating an incontroversial business hours bylaw. Second reading was passed on the bylaw dustry that is already regulated by the April 23 to amend the bylaw by taking Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commisout pawnshops and allowing liquor deliv- sion. Coun. Rick Bonnett is in favour of Subway Fresh ery from licenced businesses. Councillors discussed the merit of a meeting to seek public input. “I also the bylaw before making a decision, as would like to hear from the public one Try Our there does not seem to be interest from more time. Pros and cons against the bythe public. Coun. Izak van der Westhui- law and that’s the reason why I would zen feels taxpayers have not shown much support second reading, so we do support concern. “There has been a lot of time for consultation with the public.” Councillors voted in favour of secpeople to respond to this.” Coun. Loanna Gulka feels despite ond reading and a second public meeting little response that does not mean people for May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Kinsmen Comdon’t have an opinion on the matter. “We munity Centre.










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Public meeting scheduled to resolve 38 St. issues Continued from page 2 He feels the best option is to amend the wording to say work cannot start until May 5. “If there was any hesitation with the property owners, we wouldn’t be doing this,” said Watson. The contract was amended to state the move-in costs would fall on the contractor should residents vote against the project. A local improvement tax will be collected for 10 years with a total levy of $101,498 on the property owners. Dealing with 38 Street issues Despite a police investigation and legal investigation into issues on 38 Street, councillors have decided to host a public meeting. “To achieve another final resolution of the matter,” said Watson. The date is set for May 21 at 7 p.m. in council chambers and is open to everyone. The engineer of the project has been notified as well. Watson hopes there may come a positive outcome out of the meeting. A FOIPP request is outstanding for November as well. “So we’re moving ahead with this above a case that might be in front of the courts?” asked Henkelman. Bonnett suggested the issue has been dragging for some time and this meeting might bring some closure. “And by November when FFOIP makes its decision there might not be any of us sitting here on this council and you’re going to leave it with another council to deal with,” Bonnett added, referring to the October election. He feels a resolution is needed. “You keep saying there’s nothing to hide,” added Bonnett. Watson suggested ground rules for the meeting to ensure some structure.

County council grants well-planned applications By Amelia Naismith

Requesting a review of town departments Bonnett put in a notice of motion for the next council meeting to evaluate the town departments. He is unsure how that will be organized but wants to see council discuss the idea. “Whatever council decides.” “I think as an organization of many years you need to revitalize yourself,” said Bonnett in an interview. Seeking new arena concessionaire Concession manager Jim Frender no longer manages the arena concession at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex, Wes Amendt, director of community services, told councillors. “He was in arrears and we were very generous in expecting payment.” Amendt has been waiting since September for a payment from Frender. “My understanding is we’re not the only ones who he owes money to. Some of his suppliers and other people that he was getting product from are also on the hook for quite a substantial amount of money I understand,” said Amendt. Two town workers spent three days at the concession, conducting cleanup as well. “To get it back to


collection of the money owed. “Live and learn but we’ll pursue this individual as best we can,” added Amendt.



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

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

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

Worship Service 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Spring fever, life’s roller coaster Isn’t human nature a Our lilacs have some wonderful thing. We are all buds appearing — and grass so different — and at the is uncovered — but what I same time we are all just the really long to see, is the resame (in some ways). ally luscious green grass and As I sit looking out my the beautiful arrays of flowoffice window on this Friers making their appearance day afternoon — there is a among the dancing spring restlessness about me which leaves. I can hardly describe. It It cheers my soul. seems to come on me about We’re all glad when we this time every year. A puncan say goodbye to winter Pastor Jerry Preheim dit once called it spring and a cheery hello to the Church of the Open Bible fever. warmth that springs forth A member of the Ponoka I’ve tried to sum up my from the earth. Aren’t we Ministerial Association feelings in one word. The also glad for the April rains best word I can come up that cleanse the ground from with is “anticipation.” It’s been a long all the ugliness buried beneath the snow. winter (longer than last year), and spring Anticipation – knowing that somehasn’t quite sprung. It’s like when I was a thing better is coming our way. boy waiting for Christmas to come. Hope – is something that none of us

Paul Brandt’s music gives man strength By Amelia Naismith

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Shane Kinniburgh and his girlfriend Krista Brower are meeting Paul Brandt next month, and fulfilling one of Kinniburgh’s dreams. Photo by Amelia Naismith

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can live without. My friend, maybe you’re going through a bad time right now and your life seems like a hard, cold winter that never seems to end. Don’t lose hope. Whatever you do don’t let go. You need to trust that springtime is just around the corner. Life is often like the weather with its drastic ups and downs. Remember: Winter never lasts forever and it is always followed by spring. There are lots of promises in the Bible about the hope we have in Him and I have a promise from God, just for you: “As long as the earth shall remain there will be summer and winter, springtime and harvest” (Genesis 8:22) Thank you Lord for each season — but especially springtime.

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In a drastic turn of events and some accidental networking, a longtime Paul Brandt fan is being given the opportunity to meet his idol next month. Shane Kinniburgh bought tickets for Paul Brandt’s Red Deer concert for himself and his girlfriend, Krista Brower, months ago. “We’re going to the Paul Brandt concert and Paul Brandt’s media found out and said I can meet Paul Brandt,” Kinniburgh explained. However, this is no average meet and greet. Kinniburgh has been sick with cystic fibrosis his entire life and a year and a half ago his health got worse. He’d been living in Rimbey at the time but was told by doctors to move back to Ponoka, there were many procedures, medication and many surgeries to follow. It was after Kinniburgh contacted the Red Deer Advocate to promote the Great Strides Walk for cystic fibrosis he received the invitational email. “We just got talking and they (Red Deer Advocate) said ‘oh, you’re a Paul Brandt fan?’,” said Kinniburgh. He’d just gotten off the phone with Brower when he checked his email. ‘The first thing I did was phone Krista. I’m like wow, what’s going on?” Kinniburgh, who grew up on a farm outside of Airdrie with unbreakable country roots, and Brower are both big fans of Brandt. “He’s just so normal, he’s a person of integrity,” said Brower. “For me, whenever I’m sick I just like listening to his music. It’s inspiring,” Kinniburgh added. When Kinniburgh listens to Brandt’s music he has the ability to see beyond his illness and reach for hope and support. “Bad things have happened to me my whole life. I wasn’t able to reach out for help.” But now that he’s able to reach out Kinniburgh is seeing kindness everywhere. “I love this town because they’ve helped me so much since I’ve gotten sick.” For three months he was house-ridden and he says Brower couldn’t walk down the street without being asked how he was doing. ‘This town is great. I thought I was going to be judged for being different.” Kinniburgh names Brandt’s Didn’t Even See the Dust as his favorite song “because for me I can see my illness and I can see how I can break through it.” “Just listening to his music there’s hope. The end’s not coming, there’s hope . . . there’s people that love you and there’ll always be people that love you,” said Kinniburgh. Although he’s looking forward to the concert Kinniburgh wants to be able to thank Brandt. “To be able to say thank you, you’ve encouraged me to keep fighting every day.”

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Reflections of Ponoka The grand old tradition of the cattle drive By Mike Rainone for the News In the early days of the settlement of our wild-wild west it would be massive herds of cattle that were so vital to the livelihood of those hardy farmers and ranchers who were striving to establish a new home in a very harsh new environment. Raised on the tall and rich grass of the rolling pastureland, they thrived and multiplied in great numbers, then were driven to the markets, where they would hopefully bring a fair price and a bright future. It was there, along the dusty trails of the rugged prairies where the wild and tough skills of the ranch hands were earned the hard way, and also, when there was a little time for fun after long day’s work, where the exciting sport of rodeo and the early antics of the cowboy were born. A chilly winter cattle drive. An early tale in the Mecca Glen Memories history book by Water Glen pioneer E.G. Boddy tells of getting into the cattle business in the very early 1900s. Boddy vividly recalls the brutal winter of 1906-1907 when the family was fattening 48 head of steers, and the temperatures dipped at night to 60 degrees below zero for six week’s steady. The hay that they had purchased had to be hauled four or five miles, and on many occasions it was snowing and blowing so hard that you couldn’t find the stacks or the wandering cattle. The grain for feed was ground by a two-horse grinder and the water was pumped by hand, and it took a lot of both as their hefty herd of 28 steers averaged over 1800 pounds. When Mr. James, the head buyer from Swifts of Chicago visited the farm, he claimed that they were the best steers he had ever seen and would pay six cents a pound and haul them to the States, but unfortunately the Boddy family had already agreed to sell them for 4 ½ cents. They had to be delivered to the Ponoka stockyards by April 26th, but the snow was so deep, the wagon drivers had to go ahead in single file with the feed grain and hay. It would take three gruelling days for the herd to reach Ponoka, where the whole crew had to bunk in for two nights, and where the owners would realize that after paying for all the feed as well as the interest on the bank loan, they certainly did not make their fortune on this venture. Ironically it was later announced on the radio by Alberta Minister of Agriculture Strome that our farmers were feeding the Province for almost nothing. In 1912 the Boddy clan became the first family in Water Glen to attempt growing wheat, had an amazing crop, which sold for 87 cents a bushel, and established the reputation that their district was the best for mixed farming. The same year they also sold the first cows to the new Ponoka

Mental Hospital farm, but were nearly eaten alive by mosquitoes while taking them over the flats to Asker. In 1913 a severe wind storm hit the district, causing all sorts of damage, as well as high waves on Red Deer Lake that swamped many boats. The same year many of the district men enrolled in the Canadian forces, and in the winter had to walk across the ice of Red Deer Lake to catch a train at Ferintosh, which took them to Edmonton for training and assignment overseas. Mr. E.G. Boddy and Archie Billinghurst sold their farm and enlisted in the 187 Battalion, which was based in Calgary. The first Alberta Cattle King. George Lane was a colorful early cattle man and master of cowboy skills who moved to the District of Calgary in 1884 to take on the job of the foreman of the North West Cattle Company’s massive Bar U Ranch. He would quickly become one of a handful of experienced American cowboys who pioneered and guided the day-to-day cow/calf operations on large-scale Canadian ranches, some of which went on to be rated amongst the largest in the world. In 1902 Lane purchased the Bar U Ranch, adding to his massive cattle kingdom, which already included the YT Ranch on the Little Bow River and the Willow Creek Ranch in the Porcupine Hills. While constantly training new cowhands and always expanding, he made use of the vast expanses of short grass on the open range between the Bow River and Red Deer. It was estimated that at the peak of his empire George Lane was running between 16,000 and 18,000 head of cattle on his properties with minimum supervision, and had yet to be effected by later invasion of farm settlement. He later argued that the homesteaders would need an enormous number of draught horses for their operations, and during the first two decades of the century would build up one of the largest Percheron herds in the world, which included classic mares and sleek powerful stallions that weighed over a ton. Also a strong advocate of mixed farming, Lane would purchase the 10,000 acre Namaka Farms in 1913, and by 1915 had become one of Alberta’s largest grain growers. Record yields in 1916 made him even richer, but then a dry cycle brought sudden disaster, many of his mega-properties had gone back to the Dominion Bank by 1922, and he passed away at the age of 69 in 1925 after an amazing, colorful, and mostly successful life. We salute farmers and ranchers of then and now, for their ongoing and undying desire to work hard and succeed, while facing countless challenges and many seasonal elements along the way.

This classic 1902 photo vividly displays a massive cattle drive on the early Alberta prairies, with a salute going to those rugged cowboys who kept the herds all together for many tough days, or weeks, or months on the way to the market. Photo submitted

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Over the year’s one of the long-standing ‘hands-on’ skills have been those of our shoemakers, complete with the chatter of the old sewing machine and the sweet smell of the leather. Mr. S. Mason is shown here working out of his little shoe-shop in Ponoka in 1930, a tiny little building that still stands behind the historical F.E. Algar Dry-Good and Grocery Store (now Busted Ladies’ Lingerie) at 5020-50th Street. Notice the classic pot-bellied stove, the old Singer sewing machine, and the boxes of shoe laces and polish.


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Opinion 42 is about lessons By Treena Mielke I took another long, slow swallow of my Diet Coke and shoved a generous handful of popcorn into my mouth, spilling some down the front of my jacket but my eyes never left the screen. I was sitting front row and centre in a darkened movie theatre, completely and utterly happy. I loved this movie. Sports movies. “That’s all you watch, grandma,” my grandson told me the other day. “I do not,” I protested but weakly. So I am watching 42, the movie about Jackie Robinson, the first black guy to don the Brooklyn Dodgers’ uniform and trot out to the field much to the horror of the proper, white, racist crowd. “Go home, nigger,” they yelled, the mob mentality rising with a hot fury that permeated the baseball stands. I have recently been writing about the effects of bullying. How to kill people with words. It’s easy. It’s effective. It’s hatred and poison at the highest level possible. I thought about this as I watched the snapshot, Reader’s Digest version of Jackie Robinson’s early life in professional baseball unfold. Somewhere in the back of my mind where I didn’t want to go, I realize this is the Hollywood version of the man. In real life his beautiful wife may not have gone into a bathroom marked ‘whites only’ in the airport, an action that cost them their tickets. And, I understand Robinson didn’t really break a bat against the dugout wall in utter frustration when the opposing team’s manager heckled him mercilessly when he got up to bat.

But, even if the movie whispered slightly of Hollywood, the message resounding across the years straight from the field of the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, came through loud and clear. And while it is difficult to imagine a time when sports writers sat in the stands with typewriters Treena Mielke on their knees, cellphones On The Other Side did not exist and computers were a miracle yet to be invented, the movie reminded us human emotions are as ageless as time itself. Bullying. The year was 1947. Or the year is 2013. It really doesn’t matter. It happened then, it happens now and it will happen again. Why? It seems lots of times, parents teach their kids how it is done. A 10-year-old boy was watching the Brooklyn Dodgers when Robinson first made his debut. He was watching the team but in reality the players were just shadowy figures playing out a scene in a day in the life of his childhood. Mostly, he watched his dad. He wanted to be just like his dad when he grew up. His dad, was, after all his hero. So when his dad yelled to get that nigger off the field,

it is no surprise the kid picked up the message, and his voice, like an echo, played the words back. I reach into my bag of popcorn for another buttery handful and watch baseball history unfold. I hear the staccato sound of the bat connecting with the ball. I watch as the Dodgers themselves, learn less about baseball and more about life, as Robinson becomes one of them both on and off the field. And I feel the pride Robinson has to feel when he dons that uniform with the number 42 on the back for the very first

time. I was born into a family of athletes. I was the least athletic but I was good at imagining and was always optimistic about my possible potential. Lucky for me, somewhere along the way I developed a lifelong love of the game. It seemed I always knew the story of Jackie Robinson. But it was good to hear it again. And to remember how the love of the game is ageless and can rise effortlessly above the barriers of prejudice, racism and hatred. It’s good. It’s a homerun sort of feeling. There’s really nothing like it!

Spring clean up is a family affair Bring on the birds, the bugs, and the buds, because spring has finally arrived (we hope), and who cares if there a few pot holes and puddles in our way. This is that glorious time of the year when the landscape sheds itself of the ice and snow and the biggest smiles appear on the faces of the golfers, the green thumbs, and the young duffers who love to spend all day playing outside in the sunshine and dirt. We can now finally put away the bulky and boring winter wear that we have worn for the past 7 months, and then hopefully we will still be able to squeeze into those sassy shorts and t-shirts that feel real cool. Please don’t forget to tighten up all the nuts and bolts and service all your family bikes and other rolling toys before you put on your helmets and dash out into the fabulous fresh air. Many will choose to wander through their yards, viewing the dull brown aftermath of another winter, while planning how they will transform it all into a lush green wonderland of grass, flowers, and veggies during a month or so of the annual labour of outdoor love. It won’t be long before the first fruits of our efforts will usually be the pesky early crop of quack grass and dandelions, which can quickly be snuffed with a little spray and a hardy hoe-hoe-hoe, and we can only hope that most of the infant mosquitoes have freeze dried or drowned. At this time of the year there will always be that dedicated breed of spring sports fanatics, who will already be out tossing a ball around, on the tennis courts, flying a kite, playing road hockey or tossing hoops, or chipping golf balls on a dry patch in the park, as well


as catching ‘the playoffs.’ Once the well-used snow shovels, blowers, scrapers, ice melt, and all the rest have been put away, your garage will now become a haven for cute little bedding plants and a vast array of primping and gardening tools. There is absolutely no doubt that our great Mike Rainone warmer weather tradition Hammertime has already kicked in with the exciting invasion of the weekend garage sale circuit, where last year’s cast-offs will magically become someone else’s treasure. A salute to the clean-up crews With the arrival of spring it never ceases to amaze me to see all those enthusiastic volunteers of all ages who head out into all areas of our community and districts to clean up all the garbage and mess that winter has left behind. I salute our 4-H Clubs, school children, and the various groups, organizations, families, and individuals who stroll the parks, ditches, and playgrounds together, while filling up thousands of garbage bags with mostly unwanted junk, along with a few recyclable bottles, and maybe even something worthwhile? Keeping our town and county green and clean should be an enjoyable and invigorating family or staff activ-

ity. Most everyone takes a lot of pride in maintaining their own piece of yard paradise or cleaning up around their businesses, but if they can’t there will always be someone who will help them out. Please take special care and yield to the caution signs for those community and highway crews who are out doing the sweeping, mowing, cleanup, and repair that will beatify our surroundings. It is also most vital to always drive carefully, because there will many out there enjoying their first spring fling from dawn until dusk. Some kind of unforgettable love He was a widower and she was a widow, who had known each other for a number of years as class-mates who had stayed in touch and looked forward to attending each and every one of their annual school reunions. It was the 60th Anniversary of their class, and the widower and the widow would make a foursome with two other singles. They had a wonderful evening, their spirits were high, and the widower was constantly throwing admiring glances across the table, and she smiled coyly back at him. Finally, after much thought, he found the courage to ask her, “Will you

marry me?”, and after about six seconds of careful consideration she answered, “Yes-yes-yes, I will.” The evening ended on a very happy note for the widower, but by the next morning he was quite troubled because he couldn’t remember her response to his marriage proposal. After much fear and trepidation the elderly widower picked up the phone and called his special friend. First, he explained that his memory wasn’t as good as it used to be, then finally gaining enough courage, he then cautiously inquired of her, “When I asked you to marry me, did you say yes, or did you say no. The widow paused for a few seconds, then with much joy she replied, “Why you wonderful silly man, I said, Yes-Yes I will, and I meant it with all my heart..” Needless to say the widower was delighted, his heart skipped a beat, and then to make the moment perfect, the widow quietly replied, “I am so glad that you called, because I couldn’t remember who had asked me.” They would live happily together for many years, forgetting a few things once in a while, except that they would always have each other to share the good times. Have a great spring week, all of you.

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NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS PUBLIC MEETING – May 7, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m. BUSINESS HOURS BYLAW NO. 313-12 Kinsmen Community Centre Ponoka Town Council encourages residents of Ponoka to attend the Public Meeting for the proposed Business Hours Bylaw No. 313-12. The intent of the Bylaw is to provide a safe community through controlled hours of operation for off-sale and liquor outlet sales. Bylaw No. 313-12 is available on the Town’s website at www. or copies are available at the Town Office. This is your opportunity to let Council know your thoughts on this Bylaw-----your voice matters! We look forward to hearing from you on May 7th

Arena Complex Concession Professional nominee: The Economic Developers of Alberta nominated Sarah Olson, director of the economic development for the Town of Ponoka, for the Outstanding Young Professional Award. Here Olson receives her nomination April 10 in Kananaskis from Kent McMullin, president of Economic Developers Photo submitted Alberta.

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.

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Why Does The Water Taste And Smell Different? The City of Red Deer uses a surface water supply, (Red Deer River) as a source of drinking water for those communities on the Red Deer Regional Water Line. All surface water supplies such as this are susceptible to high turbidity and high organic loading during the annual spring snowmelt and runoff. These conditions can give the raw water a disagreeable odor and taste. The treatment process removes most of these tastes and odors; however enough may remain after treatment to be noticeable to the consumer. The treated water at the tap is still completely safe to drink.

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.

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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 want 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 or phoning 403-783-0116.

Notice to Town Residents 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.

Sidewalk Repairs Does the sidewalk in front of your residence have any trip hazards we should know about? Winter frost conditions can cause heaving at the joints. We would like to hear from you. Go to our website www. and fill out a community feedback form, or call the Town office 403-783-4431

Earth day/Pitch-In Week Project May 6 -12; Open to all citizens, organizations and businesses of the community! Do a clean-up or commit to being a green home; Do an environmental project. Applications and information available at the Town Hall For more information contact Maurice Mazurat at 403-704-9615or email Garbage bags and gloves will be provided.

EVENTS AND RECREATION NFB Film Afternoon @ Ponoka Jubilee Library Sunday, May 5th @ 2 pm $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

AQUAPLEX UPDATES: Town Toonie Swim Friday’s 3:30 - 5:00 pm. It’s a great way to end your week!! Summer Swim Lesson schedule and registration will be available May 11th. PD Day Swim - May 17th 1 – 3 pm

Girl Guides Bottle Drive The Ponoka Girl Guides Pathfinder Unit is holding a Bottle Drive on Saturday, May 4th from 10 am – 4 pm. We will pick-up your donation! Call Linda 403-783-1858.

SAVE THE DATE 403-783-5189 • Fax: 403-783-6523

Season Opening of Fort Ostell Museum! Saturday, May 18th. High Tea from 1 pm – 5 pm. Come see what’s new in 2013 and join us for Tea. $5.00 per person

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lessons offer tech support for seniors By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Learning for adults has taken on new meaning with recent co-operation of the Ponoka Senior Drop-In Centre and Ponoka Adult Learning (PAL). George MacKenzie, director of the centre wanted a way to give seniors more opportunities to learn computer skills and other computer classes. To do that he recently approached Tanjia Heyden-Kaye, co-ordinator of PAL, to provide an accessible class to seniors. Working with the Drop-In Centre made sense to Heyden-Kaye who was looking for a way to make such classes readily available to older students. “I thought that would be great.” She helped the centre put together a grant application to Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) to buy 10 new laptops and has already been able to bring a class to the senior members. “This isn’t specifically for seniors, the beginner computer lessons are available to anyone but mostly seniors take them,” added HeydenKaye. She was at the centre April 27 for a Microsoft Excel class that is offered by Norbert Dworzyinski, owner of SOS Business Solutions.

He is an information technology specialist and he showed a small class how to make full use of the program. Those who completed the lesson are able to use that in their professional lives, he said. “It’s a way to organize data to review what you are or what you have done…The other thing they’re (students) going to get learning here is confidence.” He feels a program such as Excel helps people prepare budgets and even plan their lives. Vivian Vogel attended the class because she wanted the skills for her professional development. “You often see it in job requirements knowing about this program.” She signed up for the class because of its location and time. “It’s also been easy to work around my schedule.” Dworzyinski has already taught a computer basics class to seniors at the centre and intends on teaching more. For Heyden-Kaye the ability to bring classes to seniors has been a positive experience. “One of the challenges of my job is being able to provide a location for adult learning classes.” Usually she would have hired a teacher who brought in their own computers, which became cost-pro-

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hibitive for seniors on a budget. “I can’t charge them $200 each for a basic computer class,” she said. Now the Senior’s Drop In Centre provides a location and tools to give adults more computer lessons at a reasonable cost. She is grateful PAL

Norbert Dworzyinski gives Vivian Vogel a lesson on Microsoft Excel at the Seniors Drop-In Centre April 27. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye






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and the centre have been able to work together on this project. MacKenzie said the work of PAL, FCSS, the Drop-In Centre and the Ponoka Literacy Project all worked together on this project. “That is, to me, the really neat feature of the whole thing.”








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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

4-H celebrates 100 years in joint show By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Months of caring for steers and heifers will culminate in the Ponoka 4-H Beef

Club annual show and sale. Slated for May 6 and 7 the 4-H clubs look forward to celebrating 100 years of

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Just want to thank our internal volunteers. Everyone who holds office, monitors card games, sewing, curling, shuffleboard, weaving, exercise, lunch and kitchen workers are all dedicated volunteers. Nothing would be done without them. We can always use more people like them. Think about joining our small group. We have but one employee. Activities Monday Billiards: 9:00 am Monday through Saturday. Honor system 50 cents/game Monday Bridge:1:15 pm - Winners not available Monday Whist 1:00 pm - Eric Ostergaard, Hilda Feldberg Tuesday and Thursday Exercise Class @ 9:30 am. Fun workout. Tuesday Shuffleboard 7:00 pm - Bill Chadderton, Bill Vold, Alfred Raugust, Jim Mass Wednesday Duplicate Bridge, 7:00 pm - Gordon and Delphine Svenningson Wednesday Sewing Guild. 9:30 am - 4:00 pm - Come in and have a peek at our progress. Wednesday Cribbage 1:30 pm - Fred Broska, Herb Vandersteen Wednesday Floor Curling 1:30 pm - John Good, Bill Vold ** End until September** Thursday Weaving 1:00 pm Thursday Bridge 1:15 pm - Pat Rowland, J. Reynolds, J. Rawji Friday “500”@ 1:00 pm - M. Martin, P. Miller

4-H in Canada, said Laverne Holt-Klimec, a member of the beef committee. “We are going to have a great cake with a 100 years of 4-H.” In the spirit of the centennial, Ponoka clubs will not compete against each other for best looking stalls but will work to celebrate the show and sale as one group. Members will show off their heifers and cow/calves on May 6 with the steer show and sale the day after. The Beef Club is also selling its charity steer, Fuzzy, to raise funds for the Ponoka Food Bank. There are 700 raffle tickets on sale at $10 each and Encana is matching funds raised from the raffle tickets. “That’s really almost unprecedented and all of it will go to the Ponoka Food Bank.” Holt-Klimec looks forward to seeing kids show off

their animals and much of the money helps members support their school fees. She also enjoys seeing nervous young members grow up to be leaders in their own right who help younger members with their tasks. “Just the progression of how these kids turn into leaders,” she added. There are 36 steers for the show and sale and raffle tickets can be purchased from any 4-H member, tickets have already been sold at the trade fair last weekend. The clubs are also trying to raise money through coin collections; 4-H Canada wants to raise $100,000 for a special fund. “The goal is you just donate your change and the funds will go to the 4-H Legacy Fund,” added Holt-Klimec.

Ponoka News photo contest Ponoka News is kicking off its new monthly photo competition. Take a creative photo of yourself and the front page of the most recent Ponoka News edition. The first theme is “Spring Fever.” Send your photos to with your name, phone number and a brief description of the photo. The entries will be uploaded to the Ponoka News Facebook page and judged by the editorial team. Prizes will be awarded at the end of each month. Like the Ponoka News Facebook page to see the contest albums as they’re posted. For contest sponsorship details contact Ponoka News at 403783-3311.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013


High-speed driver stopped

Cow on the loose: Police officers and residents tried to corral a cow that was in the streets of Ponoka April 26.

By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye A 18-year-old woman from Calgary was stopped southbound on Highway 2 near Menaik Road after travelling at 175 km/h. She was driving a 2009 Dodge Calibre April 23 at 8:20 p.m. when a member of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit heading northbound clocked her vehicle at 173 km/h. The officer gave chase and eventually stopped the driver. She had no insurance and received tickets for exceeding the maximum speed limit posted and for not having insurance. Erratic driver Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit received a call of a 2009 silver Dodge Charger being driven in an erratic manner April 22 at 6:30 p.m. The vehicle was northbound on Highway 2 and is reported

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to be travelling at high speeds, callers believed there was a firearm in the vehicle. A 30-year-old driver from Edmonton was eventually stopped in Leduc but there was no firearm in the vehicle. He was given a ticket for driving carelessly. Vehicle break-ins Two vehicles were broken into last week. The first occurred April 25 overnight on the 5000 block of 57 Avenue. A Chevy Venture van’s window was smashed in but nothing appeared to be missing. The second break-in was April 27 overnight on the 5500 block of 46 Avenue. A 2003 Hummer driver’s side window was smashed in but nothing appears to be taken. Police are looking for suspects. Woman charged with impaired A 27-year-old woman from Hobbema was charged with impaired driving April 27 at 9:15 p.m. after supplying blood-alcohol samples of .119 and .108. She was travelling northbound on Highway 2A and stopped on Bobtail Road during a traffic stop. The officer had spoken with the woman previously that same evening for drinking outside. If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477.

Continued from page 3 to the northwest alleges a commitment was made that another wouldn’t be developed. “With a second subdivision out of that quarter, history shows a second one leads to a third one, which leads to a fourth and possibly a fifth,” said Brent Flewelling. The stipulation states the new subdivision stays as one subdivided piece but it isn’t a permanent safety net. “Keep in mind that council down the road can do an amending bylaw,” said Cutforth. Fawcett says the land will have no large scale operations and the only reason he’s subdividing is so the landowner can have the land title. Mannix request A piece of land near Leedale was rezoned from agricultural to urban residential for a motorhome. A concrete pad will be constructed for the motorhome, which has a self-contained sewage system, to park on during the summer months. The land already has two water wells and power. Lloyd request Approximately 39 acres in the Battle River Valley is being rezoned from agricultural to Bid on Silent Auction Baskets or bid on county residential for a life-size Justin Bieber or Lady GaGa cutout family members. with proceeds to Look Good Feel Better Applicant Aaron Lloyd appeased nearby landowners’ concerns saying the parcels of including Fragrances if purchased at cosmetics till during gala hours land were for two of his own children and two of Tickets are $10 his brother’s children. He said at the pres(receive $5 off purchase & $5 goes ent time only one has to Look Good Feel Better) even expressed interest in the land but he wants Purchase tickets ahead it rezoned for security. “It could stay the way it and be entered in a draw! is forever.” Coun. Gawney Hinkley whole-heartedly supported the rezoning and it achieved final reading.

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Ponoka’s volunteers given spirited ceremony By Amelia Naismith

Bernie Martin (left) received this year’s Rita Scott Volunteer Award and Jimmy Rawji was given the Morna Chorney Heart and Soul Award. Photo by Amelia Naismith

There are 13.3 million volunteers world wide, donating the hours of 1.1 million full time jobs, but April 24 shone the spotlight on those a little closer to home; the volunteers that give Ponoka it’s charm and strength. The annual National Volunteers’ Week celebration, held at the Kinsmen Centre, honoured Ponoka’s volunteers and awarded the Rita Scott and Morna Chorney Heart and Soul volunteer awards. “Your contributions in so many areas of our community add greatly to the quality of our town,” said Mayor Larry Henkelman. MLA Rod Fox gave his praise to the audience and hundreds of volunteers who couldn’t make the ceremony. “Volunteers are true givers. Everyone here tonight can be proud of being volunteers.” Although he wasn’t able to make the ceremony Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins sent his regards in a letter. “I would like to say thank you to all the volunteers in the audience. I want to say thank you to each and every one of you for enriching the lives of others.” Ponoka County Reeve Gordon Svenningsen asked the

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question what it really means to be a volunteer. And the answer is embodied by this year’s two prestigious recipients. The Morna Chorney Heart and Soul Award was given to Jimmy Rawji. The award for Rawji was a planned surprise and he was shocked after the Chorney family announced his name. Rawji says people kept making a “fuss”, asking if he was attending the ceremony. His son, Jamil, even went as far to ask if he was changing his clothes but he never realized what the fuss was about. Rawji, who was a beloved teacher for many years and continues to substitute in his retired years, moved to the Bluffton area from East Africa. He says it was there he learned about volunteering and the fire was lit within him. “I couldn’t have done it alone . . . I learned it from all of you.” Rawji told many stories of his time in Bluffton and the people there who made it their goal to welcome him into the community. “They took me Christmas shopping. They taught me how to wear long johns,” he said with a laugh. There was also a woman who Rawji made special efforts to comfort. She had cancer in her leg and was hospitalized. She wouldn’t eat for the staff and it was Rawji who convinced her to keep fighting. The woman would eat only if he made her Campbell’s soup. “What a simple request,” he said, astounded that something so effortless could brighten her day. This story of kindness won’t come as a surprise to those who know Rawji. Attendees of the ceremony and others in the community have only kind words about his selfless character. “He volunteers as much as anyone can. He doesn’t even realize the good he does,” said Janice Mackie, coordinator of volunteer services at the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury. “He’s an amazing, amazing man.” Although the award was given to him, Rawji humbly denied it was solely his, it was the result of an entire community’s kindness. He said volunteering is his way of repaying that kindness. Rita Scott Volunteer Award granted to Bernie Martin. Martin volunteers her time in many areas of the community, including, for the last 52 years, the Order of the Royal Purple. The order addresses the needs of children and seniors. However, Mackie, a lifetime friend of Martin, loves to tell another story. Martin volunteers at the Centennial Centre’s patient boutique, which is stocked mainly through donations. “She goes out and shops for all the little things we need in our shop. If it weren’t for her the boutique probably still wouldn’t be open,” said Mackie. The boutique is run for the patients who aren’t able to get out regularly to by clothing and life’s other small necessities. “Bernie is the most giving, and expects absolutely nothing,” she added. The Rita Scott Volunteer Award was started in memoriam of Rita Scott by her children. “It started as just a small little thing . . . It became mainstream during National Volunteer Week,” said Ray Scott. “It feels really special to share an evening with the volunteers that make this community so special.” Another special element of the evening was a small concert given by Randi Boulton, singer/songwriter from Lacombe. Boulton told the audience how her life had been touched by the special kindness of volunteers after her parents lost everything in a house fire. “It’s a really beautiful thing.” Boulton was asked by a friend to perform at the celebration and she jumped on the chance. “I love doing things like this. I love giving back to people.” “It’s what makes a community. Without community support, without people who volunteer their time it would be like a city,” she added. Although the evening was an event to celebrate the volunteers of Ponoka, it was run by volunteers from Family and Community Support Services, Victim Services, the Ponoka Gymnastics Club and Alberta Health Services. “I am very proud to work with the committee on this event,” said Mackie. “I am very proud of the awards that get presented at this.” The front door and door prizes where also run be two student volunteers, Regan and Taryn Corkery. Taryn was also one of this year’s Leaders of Tomorrow elementary recipients; an award given to young volunteers.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Museum request denied after budget hit economy By Amelia Naismith Since the Alberta government made many cuts to its budget this year the Fort Ostell Museum is finding more financial challenges than usual. The museum was hoping for a $3,000 increase in the county’s donation, taking it from $3,000 to $6,000. The money would go toward dust curtains to protect the artifacts and a summer student. However, Coun. Keith Beebe pointed out everybody had been hit by the budget cuts and the donation remained the same. Subdivision market flooding To date, Ponoka County has also received 18 subdivision applications and 47 development permit applications, which is similar to last year’s levels.

CAO Charlie Cutforth says the area, especially around Gull Lake, has flooded the market with subdivision lots. He said two high end lots on the west side of Secondary Highway 771 were recently sold at auction for half their value the seller was asking through real estate. “It’s a concern . . . there’s substantial vacant subdivisions all over.” “It’s an indication that the area is flooded with it,” he added. The risk of auctioning lots at a lower value is they may be developed below the standards of the surrounding area in the future, said Cutforth. However, Cutforth is perplexed on how Ponoka County can gain the upper hand on the situation. “The difficulty for the county is how do you, how do we, get some kind of control over that market? Somebody gets approved here but not next door? It’s touchy, it’s a really dif-

ficult thing.” Contribution application forms County council is developing an application form that will require donations to be requested only twice per year for each different organization or society. “We look at contributions all year long, every meeting we have somebody else coming in,” said Coun. George Verheire. “I’d rather see it come twice a year, that way we know how much money is going in and going out,” he added. He wants to see a balance of the contributions, which Reeve Gordon Svenningsen feels will aid the budgeting process. The application wouldn’t restrict requests in the case of unforeseen emergencies. Noxious weed bylaw A bylaw labeling absinthe wormwood as a

noxious weed was given first and second reading at council’s April 23 meeting. According to Shayne Steffen, Ponoka County’s manager of agricultural services, the weed is coming across the county’s eastern boundaries. “It’s especially bad up around Red Deer Lake.” If nothing is done about the weed Steffen fears it will spread across the county, excluding cultivated fields where it has problems getting established. Absinthe wormwood affects livestock and taints milk. There are many dairy operations at the east end of the county. “Right now we can tell people to clean it up but we don’t have any enforcing power,” said Steffen. The bylaw will travel to the minister’s office for approval before coming back for final reading.



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Musician tours to end teens’ hurt By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Using rock and roll to promote anti-bullying may not be a new idea but one musician has taken to the road for the cause and doesn’t charge a dime. Robb Nash spoke to students from Ponoka, Lacombe and Rimbey outreach schools at the Ponoka Legion April 23. His entire crew and tour is funded through donations by different organizations and individuals who feel his cause is worth the effort. “I had to rip up my record label to do this tour,” explained Nash. “We didn’t care if there were four people or 40,000 in the audience.” Even their tour bus was paid for by a husband and wife in the United States who felt Nash’s message, which tackles issues such as bullying and teen suicide, was worth the investment.


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“It’s hard to explain until you see the impact of it,” he added. “When you do the right things, good things happen.” Nash tells the story of how a collision with a semi-truck nearly ended his life. Doctors said he would not survive, and if he did survive that would be in a comatose state. The accident was so severe Nash has a metal plate in his head and his collarbone. Once he recovered the singer had to battle with the idea that his life would never be the same. After some time he decided to turn his life around. “I don’t have to be mad at anyone or anything.” The first call he made was to the driver of the truck; Nash told the man he was alive and the driver burst into tears. Ever since the day of the collision he was unable to drive and had undergone therapy to deal with the incident. Nash feels he helped the man turn his life around from a simple phone call and the singer wondered how else he could help people turn their lives around. His message appears to be working. “Ninety-three students have walked up to us, pulled out suicide notes and ripped them up.” Change comes from a person’s power of choice, Nash told students. Only they can Subway Fresh turn their lives around. He is realistic about the Try Our ups-and-downs of life and wanted students to know tough times do happen. “Your life is going to be full of painful days,” he stated. Issues do not just

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disappear but he suggests the difference is in how one deals with those issues. “Don’t try to take on a year at a time.” Nash used the tool from Alcoholics Anonymous of one day at a time as a guide for the students. “If you’re going through hell the last thing you should do is stop. Go through it!” The difference is in a person’s actions after disaster strikes and he feels their choice will help turn

things around. He wants to see students help others and bring about positive change instead of regretting not taking any action. “I’m not here for me, I’m here for others. You’re not here for you, you’re here for others,” said Nash. One student sang Rolling in the Deep by Adele, with Nash and his band and the group then drove to Red Deer for two more shows that day.

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Town financial situation sitting well By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Ponoka’s financial statements have received a clean bill of health. Gord Parker, accountant with Rowland, Parker and Associates told councillors April 23 that the statements are presented fairly. He thanked administration and the finance department for working so closely with Parker while trying to learn new municipal software programs. “Same as last year you guys received a clean opinion.” Cash and temporary investments are up $2.5 million. There was $8.5 million in 2012 compared to $5.9 million in 2011. This is partially due to selling more land last year as well as some planned savings. “So that’s primarily why cash is up,” said Parker. Net financial assets have increased as well from $2.3 million in 2011 to $4.2 million in 2012. Ponoka is usually between $2.3 and $2.5 million, explained Parker. The major difference was driven by planned reserve increases. “You’re basically saving for larger future capital projects.” There was also less capital spending, which gave the town a surplus. Revenue for the town was $14.4 million in 2012 compared to $13.2 million in 2011 mostly from sales in goods and services; expenses were also up by $500,000 to $13.8 in 2012 compared to $13.3 in 2011. “That’s an inflationary increase, it’s an indication of good stewardship and controlling costs.” The difference of $685,907 is not as high as it looks, said Parker. “At the end of the day you’ll notice it goes from about $685,000 this year to $44,000 loss, actually in 2011.” He feels for the town it’s better to have some savings for long-term planning. “You guys want to make sure you have some surplus so you can reinvest,” suggested Parker. The largest expenses for the town was electrical

“That’s an inflationary increase, it’s an indication of good stewardship and controlling costs.” Gord Parker.

ously having to save for some bigger projects,” explained Parker. Salary and benefits The salaries for councillors and CAO Brad Watson were also released in the financial statement: • Mayor Larry Henkelman - $31,203 including benefits and allowances. • Coun. Doug Gill - $18,297. • Coun. John Jacobs - $16,805. • Coun. Shayne Steffen - $17,003. • Coun. Rick Bonnett - $16,324. • Coun. Loanna Gulka - $ 18,814. • Coun. Izak van der Westhuizen $13,458. • CAO Brad Watson - $155,879.

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at $2.4 million. Administration, water supply, parks and recreation and protective services were all approximately $1.9 million each. Unrestricted surplus for the town ended with a balance of $2.9 million, up $888,000 from 2011, which is basically what the town needs as working capital, said Parker. The restricted surplus NEED A sits at $6.2 million, up $696,000 from 2011. “You had some Check status of Government planned money set aside Grants/Assistance each worth because you’re obvi-


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Rimoka Lodges receive funding By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye One of Ponoka’s seniors’ lodges is going to receive some much needed funding from the government. Alberta Municipal Affairs recently announced $30.9 million to upgrade accommodations in lodges across the province. Allocation for the buildings is $3,000 per room for building repairs, fire and safety upgrades and kitchen, dining room and residential room upgrades. This gives Golden Leisure Lodge in Ponoka $231,000 for its 77 units and Parkland Manor in Rimbey $189,000 for its 63 units said Paul McLauchlin, chairman of Rimoka Housing Foundation. He is unsure when the money will be released but looks forward to putting the cash flow to use. “There’s definitely been a to-do list for a while.” The funds will help the foundation prioritize a list of items they want to complete. Safety is the first priority and improving on the comfort of residents is another important factor for the board’s consideration. McLauchlin praised Doug Griffiths, municipal affairs minister, for working to ensure seniors are taken care of. “You can tell that in all likelihood he had to fight for these dollars,” he said. “I suspect that he fought hard for it.” “These lodges are essential accommodations for seniors who wish to stay close to their families and neighbours as they age, especially those who live in rural Alberta,” said Griffiths in a news

release. “We are spending our dollars smarter by upgrading these older properties to ensure our seniors have safe, comfortable and affordable places to call home now and in the future.” There have been some vacancies at Golden Leisure Lodge and some people have asked questions over why there are empty rooms. Some of the issues involve what types of services are offered to someone coming in. McLauchlin feels cases need to be considered on an individual basis. When a person does apply however there is certain criteria that needs to be met. “At the end of the day you’re dealing with an organization that’s compassionate and caring,” said McLauchlin. “I would expect it to be a unique situation between that individual and what their needs were and what’s available.” Reid Manor There has been some discussion of changes at Reid Manor in how services are provided to residents. Right now any new resident is required to take the services such as meals and laundry provided at the building, said McLauchlin. “Something is definitely going to change, the question is when and to what extent,” he added. He was quick to add that the foundation respects residents’ rights and wants to keep them aware of any changes that may happen in the future. “We have to do some more work to find out what direction to take in both the short-term and long-term.”

Funds strategy needed for bridge safety By Amelia Naismith With the provincial government bridge funding program gone Ponoka County will replace a number of bridges itself. Recently the Tompkins Bridge on the Battle River was removed — it was closed for 15 years — and a temporary bridge structure was put in place. The alternative bridge, which cost $100,000 as opposed to $ 1 million for a new bridge, is classified as a temporary bridge but for now has a permanent place in the county. To keep bridgeways safe the county is looking at the provinces Municipal

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Saddlebred season kicks off By Amelia Naismith

Alyssa Brown rides in the American Saddlebred Horse Association’s Spring Fling at the Calnash Ag Event Centre, April 26 to 28. Photo by Amelia Naismith

The Calnash Ag Event Centre is causing an influx of competitors in the American Saddlebred Horse Association’s Shows The American Saddlebred Horse Association’s (ASHA) season began with a prep show, the Spring Fling, at the centre last weekend. “Its purpose is to let the competitors get their horses ready for the season,” said show manager Diana Goldie. The rising number of competitors compete not only in the three ASHA hosted shows but many more, some of which take place in the United States. The Spring Fling is only in its second year and saw 87 horses with 86 riders. “Having the facility has encouraged competitors and numbers. We really appreciate the new seating arrangement.” The Spring Fling covered a variety of different classes, such as western divisions, hunt seat and Arab costume. In saddlebred shows some of the classes are quite showy, said Goldie, as saddlebreds are known as the peacocks of the equestrian world. “It’s not just the saddlebreds that are beautiful,” said

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Goldie. The Spring Fling is a registered show with classes for all breed divisions. The show also features competition levels from lead line up to international levels. Some of the riders in attendance have competed for Canada. Additional horse shows include the Alberta Classic, June 14 to 16; the Summer Classic, July 12 to 14; the Western Cana-

dian Championship and Futurity Horse Show, Aug. 16 to 18 and the Alberta Morgan Horse Show Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Goldie encourages the public to come see the free shows for the international class horse and showmanship. “On behalf of ASHA Alberta I would like to thank the greater Ponoka area and the Calnash Centre for making our shows so enjoyable.”

Penning finds new home By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Another deal has been signed to bring a long-standing event to the ag event centre. A three-year contract was struck by the Alberta Team Cattle Penning Society’s (ATCPS) to host their 20th Classic Team Penning Championship in Ponoka. Grant Sterling, chairman of the penning classic committee, said several factors created their move from Northlands in Edmonton. “We’re really looking forward to working with the community of Ponoka.” Sterling said dirt quality was one of the reasons they decided to move but he also feels the central location of the ag centre will bring more people to the championship. There were three locations the championship committee considered: Red Deer, Calgary, “and of course Ponoka.” He also feels agriculture is a big part of the community and those in the industry understand their needs. The ag centre’s age also helped sway his decision as well as “working with an organization who wants to work for us rather that against us.” The close proximity of the barns played a role in their decision as well

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since livestock can be moved fairly easily and quickly. “There’s lots of future plans for the facility and we want to be a part of that,” said Sterling. His hope is to eventually add a spring event to their championships. Work with Linc Drynan, a director of the Ponoka Agriculture Society (PAS) helped bring this deal to fruition. Sherry Gummow, president of PAS and vice-president of the Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society, said the ag event centre hosted some penning events in the last eight months and Sterling had been to some. Since Ponoka’s ag centre is dedicated entirely to agricultural events Gummow feels that makes it more desirable to ag groups. “They (ATCPS) wanted to be in a facility that understood the sport they’re in,” she added. She believes competitors from the United States and British Columbia as well will try out in the event. Usually more than 200 competitors come to this championship and approximately 250 horses are used in the penning championship.


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Green Team promotes Earth Day with green living Submitted Want to do something about the environment? Well here is your chance. This year the Earth Day “Ponoka Pride” project is happening again and is organized by the Ponoka Green Team, which is a local group carrying out environmental projects in Ponoka. Ponoka Pride is a registered event with Earthday Canada. Earth Day is April 22 but many events are planned at different times throughout the year in Canada. The environmental issue taking the forefront is climate change, mainly because we are seeing the effects of it almost every day. The argument that it is just a weather cycle is no longer valid and useable. Ponoka Pride does a couple of things: first it promotes environmental issues awareness to the community, teaches citizens what they can do locally to make a difference and in turn saves each home money.

Secondly, by registering, each and every project it gives the government a signal that we need changes in government policy to ensure we have a brighter future. “I think our government is not doing enough,” said Maurice Mazurat, encouraging people to write to their MPs and MLAs. This year each day of the week has been broken up into different sectors of our community. This gives the focus to each of these sectors of our community. • May 4, community day, if you have items that can be possibly used by other families or can be used by anyone else we will be glad to Freecycle these items. If you wish to donate cash or bottles and cans, you are welcome. • May 6 is Industry Can day. Local industries can cleanup and recycle materials or commit to leaving less of an imprint on the environment. Industries in Ponoka can also commit to being a Green Business in Ponoka. • May 7 is Home Can day. Homeowners can

cleanup or commit to working towards being a green home. Information is available at or the town of Ponoka. Mazurat says there are requirements that need to be met to apply as a green home. They include reducing water usage by 15 per cent, heating by 10 per cent, lighting by 15 per cent, reduce fuel use by 20 per cent and materials sent to landfills by 30 per cent. • May 8 is Retail Can day. Retail stores can carry an environmental project or just clean and recycle. Also during the week they can advertise green or locally grown products. • May 9 is Organizations Can day. Clean a public area or plant a tree or do any environmental project. • May 10 is Schools Can day. Schools in the community get together and carry out a community cleanup. There will be a photo shoot at Centennial Park with lunch with local youth. Part of the photo shoot is an entry into “Faces of Climate


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Directions: From Ponoka 2 Miles South on Hwy #2A to Rge Rd 424, 1/2 Mile East Across the Tracks on the South Side VEHICLES & PARTS 1930 Ford Model A Open Cowl Chassis,1929 Ford Model A Chassis, Ford Model A Parts, Early Ford A, AR, AA, BB Parts 2 - 1932 Ford Model BB 1 1/2 Ton Trucks, 1928 Ford Model A Touring - Incomplete Older Restoration, 1928 Buick 4dr, 1928 Buick Coupe, 1926 to 1928 Buick Parts, 1927 Olds Chassis, 2 - 1969 Ford 500 4dr Car, 1974 Ford F350 Flat Deck Truck c/w Only 29,000 Miles, 1976 Ford F150 Truck c/w 75,000 Miles, 1974 Pinto Wagon, 1996 Ford Escort 4dr Wagon w/ Only 98,200 Kms MOPED 2 - 1983 Honda Mopeds PA50II c/w Low Miles MACHINERY Universal Crawler c/w Diesel Engine, Hyd. Dozer Blade, Hyd. Bat Wing, Cab, 3 pth, PTO & Low Hrs, IHC T5 Crawler c/w Gas, Cab, Dozer Blade, 3 pth & PTO, IHC T5 & TD5 Crawler Parts, Ford KD 6,200 Lbs Forklift c/w 2 State, 29’ Lift on a Ford 3500 Chassis, 1928 Howell Water Well Drilling Rig w/ Antique 10 Hp 2 Cyl Diesel Engine, Water Well Fishing Tools, Shopbuilt 4wd Wheel Loader, New Acreage Grass Wheel Rake, TOOLS, LATHES, MILLING MACHINES & CONVERTERS Warner Swasey Lathe c/w 30” Swing, 60” Centers, Large 8” Hole Thru Head, 220 Volt & Single Phase

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WOOD WORKING EQUIPMENT Large Homemade 11” Vertical Wood Band Saw, Rockwell Delta 10” Table Saw, Rockwell 7.5” Table Saw, Boise Crane 8” Jointer - 7’ Table & 220 Volts TOOLS Whitman Power Cement Buggy, 5 KVA 120/240V, 2 Cyl Generator w/ Wisconsin Motor, Powermate 2500 Watt Generator c/w 120 Volt, 2 Ton Chain Hoist, 1.5 Ton Lever Ratchet Chain Hoist, Portable Hoist, Radial Hoist, Devilbis High Pressure Paint Sprayer, Paint Tinting Machine - 12 Colours, Paint Shaker, 8” Industrial Bench Vise, Tamper Compacter, 2 - Simplex House Mover Track Jacks - Antiques But In Original Useable Condition #101 - 15 Ton & #217 - 15 Ton, Propane Heater Blower 150,000 to 350,000 BTU Propane Torches, Pipe Wrenches Up to 36”, Pipe Threaders, Cement Mixer & Mortar Mixer, Routers, Skill Saws, Chain Saws & Long Pole Saws, Milling Vices, Drill Vices & Bench Vices LAWN & GARDEN 32” Snowblower c/w Electric Start & Canopy Enclosure, 20” Snowblower c/w Single Stage, Husqvarna YTH180 18 Hp Riding Lawn Mower c/w 46” Deck, Rototiller, Many Push Lawn Mowers & Gas Weed Eaters ANTIQUES Antique Lister Vertical Stationary Motor - Model J, 8 to 10 Hp, Restored w/ Original Magneto, Antique Delco Lite Plant w/ Pump Pulley, 6 - Small Gas Motors, Witte 10 to 12 Hp Horizontal Stationary Engine, Old Esso 120 Volt Gas Pump, Coal Forage, Tools & Coal, Ensign Antique Wood Stove, Antique Wringer Washing Machine, Antique Spin Dry, Antique Maytag Motor - Restored, Tables & Stacking Chairs, Old Oil Lamps MISCELLANEOUS Owatonna Portable Hyd Pump Units - 120 Volt, Pipe, Metal, Hyd Cyl Rod Material, 500 Gal Fuel Tank, 9’ Rd Stock Water Tank, Forming Tie Wedges, Lots of Magnetos, Case VA Parts, Cube Van Truck Container, SS Range Hood Style Microwave - 1 Year of Use Owner’s Phone Number: (403) 783-8493 Terms & Conditions: Cash, Cheque or Debit Card, G.S.T. Will Apply On Some Items, All Items Must Be Paid For On Sale Day. Listings are Subject to Additions & Deletions Lunch Will Be Available

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change,” a photo competition with Earthday Canada. Event starts noon sharp. The Public is welcome to attend and support our youth for the great work they have been doing in the past years. Families can signup to being a green home by filling out an application available at town hall or contacting me. If you wish for more information about the project and what you can do call or text Maurice Mazurat at 403783-0703 or email If you wish to email an event you are planning rather than filling out the application call or email the same contacts.


On Wednesday, April 24, 2013- 2300 head of cattle went through our rings and 73 head on the Canadian Satellite sale - TOTAL- 2373

SLAUGHTER CATTLE D1 - D2 cows D3 - D4 cows Holstein cows Heiferettes Bologna Bulls Feeder bulls

74.00-83.00 64.00-72.00 50.00-70.00 70.00-85.00 80.00-103.00 80.00-100.00

Good Bred Cows 900.00-1350.00 Older Bred Cows Good Bred Heifers: 1050.00-1200.00 Cow/calf pairs (younger) 1200.00-1600.00 Cow/Calf pairs (older) 900.00-1200.00

STOCKERS AND FEEDERS Good Feeder Steers 1000 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 900 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 800 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 700 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 600 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 500 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 400 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 300 lbs Plus:

105.00-115.00 110.00-121.00 120.00-130.00 130.00-143.00 135.00-151.00 135.00-155.00 140.00-155.00 140.00-160.00

Replacement hfrs

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Dairy Steers MILK COWS Baby Calves Dairy Type: Baby Calves Beef Type:

84.00-96.00 NONE 30.00-185.00 65.00-250.00

Hay: Sq Bales Straw: Sq. Bales Greenfeed: Sq. Bales.

2.50- 6.50 NONE NONE

Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers

Rd Bales Rd Bales Rd Bales

92.00-102.00 100.00-110.00 110.00-122.00 114.00-127.00 122.00-131.00 125.00-142.00 130.00-145.00 130.00-145.00

104.0015.00-23.00 NONE

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33rd Annual Summer Machinery Consignment Auction June 14, 2013 Rimbey, Alberta

Selling equipment to all four Western provinces and the Northern USA. Listings are now being accepted for the Summer Machinery Consignment Auction. All items must be listed by Tuesday, May 14, 2013 to be included on our Sales Posters, Newspaper, Radio Advertising, Web Page and extensive mailing lists. For more information or to consign call:

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Global video set for release

Pothole fillers: Doug Webber with the Town of Ponoka heats up some asphalt to fill potholes downtown April 25. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Town councillor’s approval of an advertising video campaign is about to come to fruition. The approval of $25,000 to pay Global Video to shoot, edit and market this video have been released and Sarah Olson, economic development officer looks forward to seeing Ponoka on Global News and on Shaw Media programming. “The idea of the video is specifically centered around changing perceptions and promoting the community.” She feels this video can help bring up the population, which in turn helps the labour base. “It’s the same as everywhere else in Alberta, skilled labourers are short,” she added. The completed video is 90 seconds but will be shown in shortened seven to 30 second segments during different times of the day to draw interest in Ponoka. Olson is grateful to residents for their efforts to help with production of the video. A call for people to help during filming in the summer brought a lot of help. “It was a beautiful thing to have that outpouring of support.” Her hope is not only to drive people

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to Ponoka but also she sees this as a source of pride for the town and residents. “I think it’s really exciting to promote the community in a positive way,” said Olson. “We know that there’s vibrancy here and we were able to convey that.” Her biggest challenge was organizing the many different people involved in the different photo shoots, from filming at Ponoka Secondary Campus and the splash park to filming a scene on Chipman Avenue. “The support that we had for that shot was completely overwhelming.” This is the first time Shaw Media has offered this type of video and advertising package and Olson was able to capitalize on a first user discount, which was an added benefit. “They’re excited to be with us…And we’re excited to be the first.” Air dates began April 29 through the beginning of September and residents, people can see the entire video on the town website: Click the ‘View all gallerLandlords ies’ on the main page disconnected and then with residents’ videos.


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PUBLIC NOTICE AMENDING LAND USE BYLAW NO. 013-97 Ponoka Town Council has received a request to amend Land Use Bylaw No. 013-97 as follows: To reclassify 1.579 hectares lying within Lot 17, Block 55, Plan 792 2917 from Low Density Residential (R1) District to Low Density Multi-Family Residential (R2) District and reclassify 0.634 hectares lying within Lot 17, Block 55, Plan 792 2917 from Low Density Residential (R1) District to Highway Commercial (C2) District.

Invitation to Tender

SCREW PILES AGRIM Centre | Rimbey, Alberta

Organization: Solicitation Type: Posting (MM/dd/yyyy):

Rimbey Agricultural Society Invitation to Tender 04/17/2013 04:00 PM Alberta Time

Closing (MM/dd/yyyy):

05/03/2013 04:00 PM Alberta Time

Region of Opportunity: Region of Delivery: Opportunity Type:

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Plans, specifications and geotechnical report are available on the Rimbey Agricultural Society’s FTP site 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: Response Specifics:

Shaded area to be reclassified from Low Density Residential (R1) District to Low Density Multi-Family Residential (R2) District Lined area to be reclassified from Low Density Residential (R1) District to Highway Commercial (C2) District

Anyone being affected or claiming to be affected by this Bylaw may be heard by Council at the Public Hearing scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in the Town Hall Council Chambers, 5102-48 Ave., Ponoka, Alberta. Information regarding these proposed changes can be received at the Town Office during regular business hours.

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.

Dear Editor: What is wrong with these landlords, are they that heartless they don’t allow small pets? Just because some people can’t and won’t clean up after their pets it doesn’t mean everyone is a slob and not everyone works in the oil patch and not everyone makes that kind of money to pay high rents. How heartless and greedy can you get? You are putting people and children out on the streets because of your greed. Shame on you. We live in Canada, there is no reason for anyone to have to live on the streets unless they choose to be there. How do landlords hold their heads up knowing they are letting people and children live on the streets? Are you that heartless and greedy? Just remember one thing, it could be you next and how would you like knowing you might not be able to afford high-priced rent someday? How would you feel, it might be you who will have to pay such high rent that you can’t afford to buy food? Or if you have a pet that you’ve had for years and is a part of your family and now you have to get rid of your family member. I really hope you all really think about it the next time you tell someone no pets or that paying 90-per-cent of what you make goes on paying your rent. S. Hill

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By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Football players can look forward to tryouts not only for senior high school but also for kids 15 and under. The Broncs high school bantam football team has just been voted in to the Central Football League (CFL) and tryouts begin May 6 at the Ponoka Secondary Campus (formerly Ponoka Composite High School) football field at 4 p.m. “We’ve been accepted into the league,” said coach Scott


Bantam football voted into central league

MacGregor. He will head both the bantam and senior high school teams this year along with the other coaches. Offensive co-ordinator Glen Kawahara was originally planned to be head coach for the feeder team but there have been some changes in his role as a teacher. MacGregor is not worried about the change because he wants to integrate players’ training with the other coaches. “It’s kind of exciting to make a program over the duration of junior high and high school.”

Anyone in the age category can tryout for the team though and he wants to involve players in all the training available from coaches. Players will train with their own teams and then offensive players will train with the offensive coach and same for the other positions. MacGregor is also pleased to see Ponoka have its own feeder team as most of the communities in central Alberta have a junior program. An exhibition game is scheduled for June 6 with Rimbey who


has also started its own bantam team and players will be ready. “We’re going to take the time to learn the fundamentals and safety first,” he said. “We’ve got a good month to learn the fundamentals before we cut them loose.” The five year equipment contract with Cervus Equipment is something MacGregor is grateful for. “I’m thankful for Cervus for recognizing the opportunity to give back to the community.” Players who have aged-out have approached the coach and

offered their assistance to new players. He intends to make use of their experience. “I have a number of alumni that want to come back to coach…That’s huge.” MacGregor reinforced an older shed to become the bantam team’s new dressing room with a new floor, tin roof and 36 stalls. This completes the dressing room for the players and gives them their own space before and after practice. Those coming to tryouts should bring water bottles and their healthcare cards.

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Lacoka hosts celebratory games By Amelia Naismith

Ben Arifin races to take a shot during Lacoka’s 10 year celebration which ran April 26 to 28.. Photo by Amelia Naismith

Lacoka’s lacrosse teams epitomized graciousness and sportsmanship during the 10 year anniversary celebration held over the weekend. “I think all of our teams represented our association very well,” said Wes Amendt, public relations director and head coach for the junior team. Amendt said lacrosse is a rough sport and the players get excited, but there was never any bad behaviour. Every team except the midget A team, which was away for the weekend at a tournament where they placed fourth, took part in the tournament style celebration. “It’s just a positive way to celebrate lacrosse and the way it’s grown in our community,” said Amendt. “I think overall it was just a positive, fun atmosphere

here today.” Amendt also received an outstanding service award for his unwavering devotion to the program during the celebration. Lacoka Lacrosse 10 year anniversary celebration results: The Locos junior team beat the Red Deer Renegades 13-6 and lost to the Strathmore Venom 10-9. Bantam Locos won their game against Kneehill Bulldogs 10-1. The midget B team lost to the Olds Stingers 9-3 and beat the Stettler Midgets 8-2. The novice team lost to Didsbury 8-4 and to the other Lacoka novice team 9-4.

Ponoka’s Amazing Race By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye


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Thank You A special “Thank You” to all our great volunteers who made our

“It’s a jungle in here” Trade Fair another success! Without your dedication, the show would not be what it is. Thank you to the Trade Fair sponsors as well as the Chamber member businesses who donated merchandise. To all the individuals who so graciously donated their time to come and entertain, job well done and greatly appreciated! Also, a HUGE thank you to the vendors and everyone who attended. The best decorated booth was won by The Complete Wellness Centre. Winners of the Hamilton IGA sponsored trip to the Calgary Zoo: Jean Radtke Wendy Gardner Georgine Trenson Kuldeep Dave Ohri Cordel Pitt Keith Kendrew

Allan Horne Hannah Stretch Blakelee Henry-Kurylo Aryauna Soosay Porter Podmoroff Mac Cordel Zoe Pitt

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If you like the Amazing Race the Ponoka Youth Centre will give you the chance to play their version of the reality TV show this summer. FISHING LICENSES The fundraising project is a combination of & LIVE BAIT the Amazing Race and Minute to Win It TV shows AVAILABLE where competitors must complete certain tasks to get a piece of the puzzle. Teams of four will take on 10 challenges around Ponoka and each completed challenge gets a piece of a puzzle. “The first team to make the finish line with their complete puzzle pieces wins,” said Nicole Owen, 4804-50 St. 403-783-3082 fundraising co-ordinator for the centre. “The lenges are top secret.” Anyone over 18 years old can enter with a minimum amount of $400 raised for each team. That is $100 per person, said Owen. She looks forward to the challenge, as this E S T. 1 9 3 6 is the first time the centre hosted this event in Ponoka. Each of the 10 check stops gives competitors a clue of th the next location. They will incorporate tasks (no lesson on May long weekend) that challenge the body and focus the mind, she added. Sundays, May 26, June 2, 9, 16 Money earned from this fundraiser will help the youth centre and the programs offered to youths. But competitors also have something to look forward to; the team who earns the most money wins four West Jet tickets to anywhere the company flies. There will also be prizes for best dressed and the most excited team. Registration has already begun. “We actually have three teams right now, which is really exciting,” Owen said. Owen hopes to raise Instructors: $15,000 for the centre through this race, which CPGA begins June 1 at 3 p.m. Professionals at the youth centre with Rob MacPherson winners recognized during a post-race barRyan Moore becue. The last day for registration is May 31 and entrants can contact the youth centre at 403783-3112 or register on

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MURRAY Barbara Jean

Vi Zimmerman 1926 - 2013

John Theodore Gibbs

March 3, 1924 - April 4, 2013 It is with extreme sorrow that we announce the passing of John Gibbs, much loved husband, father, and grandfather. Although he lived a full and interesting life and reached the wonderful age of 89 it still seemed too soon for him to go. Born in Wales in 1924, he served during WWII in India and Malaya. John was married in 1954 to Caroline de Lancey Williams (of Guernsey) while studying medicine at Cambridge and boxing on the Cambridge boxing team. In 1958, John, Carol and their first 3 children emigrated to Canada, initially living and working in Montreal then crossing the country to Alberta where he worked as a professor of psychiatry at the U of A, had a dynamic private practice in Edmonton and later became the Medical Director of the Central Alberta Mental Hospital in Ponoka. John was a person of many interests and loved to read on a wide variety of topics, some pertaining to his profession as a psychiatrist, but also ranging through mysticism, astronomy, physics and biology. He took great pleasure in the natural beauty of Vancouver Island where he retired in 1983 with Caroline. John’s most pressing concerns however involved his family. He always showed interest in the lives of all his family members and often asked how he could help. He will be remembered for his ever present sense of humour, knowledge of history and poetry; lively storytelling; dedication to composting, his love, care and concern for his family and friends and enduring love and dedication to his wife, Caroline. John is survived by his wife, Caroline; children Simon (Chantal) of San Jose; Elizabeth (Bob) of Prince George; Diana of Parksville; Jennifer (Robert) of Bragg Creek; his brother Peter (Ray) of Castlegar; grandchildren: Gabrielle, Madeleine, Rachelle, Annick, Devin, Ryan, Antonia and Kaos Chuck; nephews: Robin Fox, Bill Adlard; nieces: Denise Gibbs Brown and Clare Loggie. To send a condolence to the family please visit:

Violet Eleanor Zimmerman was born on October 16, 1926 in Ponoka, Alberta and passed away on April 24, 2013 in Ponoka at the age of 86 years. Vi was a devoted member of the Eastern Star right up to the end. In her family she was the baker, the coffee partner, the fashion consultant, the constant willing helper in any endeavor and a friend. Vi’s family is grateful for the consistent good care she received over the 12 1/2 years at Northcott Care Centre. Especially in her last days her family was comforted by the special care and attention she was receiving. She will be lovingly remembered by her sons Doug (Barbara) Zimmerman of Castor and Bruce (Wanda) Zimmerman of Ponoka; grandchildren Catherine Zimmerman (Cody Whiteside) and Angela (Richard) Maki all of Castor as well as numerous other relatives and friends. She was predeceased her husband George on September 12, 2001. A Funeral Service will be held at the Ponoka United Church at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013. Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to Northcott Care Centre or the Alzheimer Society of Alberta. To express condolences to Vi’s family, please visit

would like to thank our dear friend MARLACE MONDS for being such a good friend to our mother and to us over the many years. Your love and support during this difficult time was of great comfort to our family.

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In Loving Memory of our beautiful sister, Barbara Jean Murray who passed away April 21, 2013. We are so sad for the pain you suffered in this life. We will meet you again on the farm someday. We all love you; Pat, Diana, Mike, Sandy, Brenda, Charlie, Janet, Daryl, Danielle, Amy, April, Nick, Tim, Kristy, Cara, all your great nieces and nephews and all extended family members. We would also like to thank all the Doctors, Nurses, and Social Workers who loved and took care of Barbara over the years. A very special thank you to Leslie and Gail at Kentwood. A Memorial to be held on Saturday, May 4th, 2013, please call 403-347-7262 for Directions. Messages of Condolences may be forwarded to the family at Serving Red Deer and

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A thousand times we needed you. A thousand times we cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. A heart of gold stopped beating, two twinkling eyes closed to rest. God broke our hearts to prove he only takes the best. Not a day goes by that you’re not in our heart and soul. Loving and missing you always, Mom, Dad, Jon.


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Edward Krossa It is with immense sadness, that the family of Edward Brian Krossa, announce his passing on April 24, 2013 at the age of 54 years, after a brief illness. Ed is survived by his mother Gwladys Krossa; brother Ken (Marjorie) Krossa; nieces Lexi, Kendall (Rory) and their daughters Jordyn, Ryan and Kahrington, Cadance, Skylar and Halli; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives plus his ‘special family’ (staff and residents) at Residence #2 in Wetaskiwin. Ed was predeceased by his father Paul in 1976. A Funeral Service will be held at the Stagecoach Saloon (Ponoka Stampede Grounds) at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to the Wetaskiwin & District Association for Community Service, 5211-54 Street, Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 1T2 or The Horizon Centre, 5431-36 Avenue, Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 3C7. To express condolences to Ed’s family, please visit Arrangements Entrusted To PONOKA FUNERAL HOME ~ A Wombold Family Funeral Home ~

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Kenneth Trent Perry Ken passed away on November 14, 2012 in Vancouver. Please join the family - brother Herb (Anna), sister Yvonne and sister-in-law Marlene, nieces and nephews in a celebration of his life on May 11, 2013 at the Royal Canadian Legion on Hwy 2A in Ponoka from 1 - 4 pm – No flowers please – If desired, memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, Palliative Care or Hospice.

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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



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AN ALBERTA OILFIELD construction company is hiring dozer, excavator, and labourer/rock truck operators. Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction 780-723-5051


Saturday, May 4 9:30 am - 4:00 pm 4021 - 40 St. Close


Come for coffee, strawberry shortcake, rafÀe, door prizes, bake sale, 50/50 and visiting

We would like to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude to all family and friends for the love and support extended to us in the loss of our Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, Ivy Olga Stebner. Your heartfelt gifts of phone calls, cards, beautiful flowers, food, and donations to the Wheelchair Van Society and Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund were a source of comfort. Thank you to Marlon Wombold for your compassionate guidance at a difficult time and Sheila for your lovely voice. You are truly special people!! Thank you Pastor Ted Hill for the comforting funeral service you performed and the Lutheran Church ladies for the delicious lunch. To our very talented family members, Lyle, Shalaine and Larry, you are remarkable. “Thank you!” Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the FCSS staff, Meals on Wheels and Ponoka Home Care Workers for the terrific services provided in making day to day living easier. Your thoughtful actions are very much appreciated. We would like to thank Dr. Halse and the Ponoka General Hospital for the medical assistance provided to “Iv”. A huge hug to Mary Lou and Lawrence for the love and countless gestures given to Mom. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all. Please know that your kind consideration during this difficult time has meant a lot to her family! May God Bless You All!




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Sunday, May 5 at Scott School


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

Sat. May 4 • 7:30 pm


We invite everyone to help us celebrate Alice’s 90th birthday Saturday May 4 Homeglen Hall 1:00pm - 4:00 p.m.



Preference to CertiÀed Applicants Norquest Training available on site


Apply in person to: Site Manager

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difference 403-783-3112 GIRL GUIDES PATHFINDER UNIT BOTTLE DRIVE Saturday, May 4 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Donations accepted. Will pick up. For more information call Linda 403-783-1858




Weekly meetings Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. Neighborhood Place 5115 49 Ave. Ponoka For more info. 403-783-4557 or 403-783-8371 Celebrate your life with a Classified ANNOUNCEMENT

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

4209-48 Ave, Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1P4 403-783-4764 At this time only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Janitorial



Apply in person to: Housekeeping supervisor Debbie 4209-48 Ave, Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1P4 403-783-4764 At this time only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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CENTRAL PEACE NATURAL GAS CO-OP LTD. requires full-time Gas Utility Operator. Experience, safety tickets an asset. Clean valid driver’s licence required. Forward resume: Fax 780-864-2044. Mail: Box 119, Spirit River, T0H 3G0


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


ALL ROUND EMPLOYEE required for tavern and cooking in a small town friendly hotel in Youngstown, Alberta. Full-time, room included. Call Marg 403-857-9134.




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

MECHANICAL Design Engineer Nexus Engineering requires a full time permanent MECHANICAL DESIGN ENGINEER. This position will involve the design and product development of Coil Tubing Pressure Control Equipment.

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

Duties will include: * Design of equipment using 3D CAD * Shop Testing of Prototypes * Support to manufacturing for existing products Job qualifications:

* Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering WANTED - Water & Vacuum Truck Operators. Class 3 * Eligibility for registration with APEGA w/Q-endorsement, H2S, * Strong mechanical First Aid, PST, CSTS. aptitude and interest in Mechanically inclined. working with equipment Day-rate benefits. * Solidworks experience Fax 403-934-3487. an asset Email: reception * Creativity and attention to detail required. * 3 - 5 yrs. exp. preferred. HOW can you make your phone ring and make some quick cash? Place your ad here . . . Phone 1-877-223-3311

Computer Personnel

Restaurant/ Hotel

Company paid benefit plan and RRSP. Please send resumes to: resume@


with class 3, air. All safety tickets required. Meal and Accommodation provided when out of town. Fax resume with drivers abstract: 403-748-3015




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


Knowledge of cutting hanging carcasses necessary. Starting wage $20 per hour. 3 bedroom rental house available within walking distance. Phone Paul @ 403-843-4383 Buying or Selling your home? Check out Homes for Sale in Classifieds






Needed immediately in Ponoka


ASSISTANT PARTS MANAGER. Busy GM dealership in High River, south of Calgary. Minimum 4 years experience a must. Excellent benefits, salary, bonus. Send resume: doug Fax 403-652-3880

Hourly rate $14 No experience necessary

Call: 250-215-3179 or Email:

Sales & Distributors


INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. No Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Sign up online! 1-866-399-3853

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


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

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

Rimbey Implements Ltd.

830 Al York



Apply in person to: Site Manager 4209-48 Ave, Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1P4 403-783-4764 At this time only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


Adams Chevrolet Ponoka is looking for a quality individual to manage and lead the Parts Department. The successful candidate must be able to establish and maintain good relationships with customers and exceed their expectations. If you are great leader with strong communication skills we want to talk to you. 

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

Rimbey, AB

Fax: (403) 843-3430


We offer a very competitive pay plan, benefits, and a great working environment. Serious inquiries only please. Experience is a must. All resumes with be held in strict confidence. Please send resumes to:


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 • 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 TTelephone: (780) 585 – 2468 Fax: (780) 585 – 2393

BUYERS 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, or e-mail to



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

• Product Advisor • Sales Assistant Great family atmosphere, excellent benefits package. This is a salary position. We’re waiting to hear from you! Please submit your resume to: 4120 - 56 St., Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 1V3 Fax: 780-352-5750


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


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





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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


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

DAYSHIFT QC Person Nexus Engineering is Currently looking for DAYSHIFT QC PERSON •

Must be able to read measuring devices and blueprints for inspection of machined parts.

We offer competitive wages, benefits and a RRSP plan. Please forward resumes to resume@ EXPERIENCED repair person req’d for local truck company. Work involves all aspects of heavy truck and trailer repair and dismanteling. Must be physically fit. HD Mechanic or equivelant experience We offer competitive wages, benefits weekends off. Fax resume to 1-855-784-2330 or call FILLED! LEVEL 2 WATER and Waste Water Operator required for Elinor Lake Resort. Call 780-623-3993

Sales & Distributors

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@ or fax to:(780) 986-0763



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

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@ or Fax 403 742-5544



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:

Truckers/ Drivers

WORKERS FOR GRAVEL CRUSHING OPERATION IN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA. Skilled or will train. Experienced foreman also needed. Email: Fax 780-842-5556. Phone 780-842-5227

860 Inland Concrete Ltd Requires

DRIVERS For their Ponoka & Lacombe locations Class 1 or Class 3 required


ATTN: Leonard

or for more information call Leonard 403-588-2834

Manluk Industries is a progressive manufacturer of high quality wear resistant components for the petroleum and mining industries. State of the art production equipment and technology has made the company one of the largest of its kind in North America.

• QUALITY CONTROL INSPECTOR Motorcycles & ATV’s Tues - Fri: 8:30 am-5:30 pm Saturday: 9 am-3 pm

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


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

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:

Under the direction of the Manager of Quality Assurance, candidates will be responsible for the inspection of manufactured components and ensuring that the highest quality standards are met before products are shipped to customers. • Read & interpret engineering drawings, blueprints, charts & tables • Verify dimensions of machined tools and parts using precision measuring instruments • Maintain, repair and calibrate precision measuring instruments and retain records for same • Document & report deviations from specifications & tolerances • Maintain inspection records and complete inspections reports • Perform repetitive tasks & standing for extended periods of time • Operate forklift & crane (in-house training provided) • Demonstrate planning & organizational skills • Possess strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills • Work independently on day-to-day assignments, with minimal supervision; and

Hours of Work: 7 AM – 3 PM Monday-Friday Wages and benefits to commensurate with experience Mail/Drop-off: 4815 – 42 Avenue, Wetaskiwin T9A 2P6


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

Business Opportunities


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;

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

ACADEMIC Express Adult Education and Training


Seeking Full Time CLASS 1 Driver Home every night, based close to Stettler. Safety tickets required. Benefits available. Send resume to:

Fax: 403-742-8834 Email: For more information contact Crystal at 403-742-9587

Arnett & Burgess is now accepting applications for the following:

Candidates should be able to:

Experience in a manufacturing environment knowledge of quality control/assurance would be a definite asset.


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

No experience required. Will train suitable candidates.

Please fax resume to: 403-782-3134


Truckers/ Drivers


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:

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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

Spring Start

GED classes days/evening

Fall Start

Community Support Worker Gov’t of Alberta Funding may be available. 403-340-1930 Attention Students SUMMER WORK flexible schedule, $16 baseappointment, customer sales/service, no experience necessary, conditions apply, Will Train, Call 403-755-6711 HIRING ON SITE MANAGER in Bruderheim for all inclusive apartments. Call DMG Asset Management and Realty Ltd. 780-992-2005. REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY - Labourer for water well drilling firm, located S.E. of St. Paul, Alberta. Variable shifts. Must have Class 3 drivers licence, drivers abstract required. Fax resume to 780-645-2880 or 780-645-1114 SOBEYS GROCERY STORE NOW HIRING MEAT WRAPPERS. Full-time & part-time hours available. Please fax resume to: 780-875-2103. Mail or drop off at: 4227 - 45 Ave., Lloydminster, AB, T9V 2E9 PLAY AND WORK in prime recreation area. Sobeys Sylvan Lake is hiring Assistant Department Managers in Bakery, Meat, Produce and Grocery. Apply today at

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HELP WANTED VJV is hiring Part time yard help. If you enjoy working outside with a great bunch of people this might be right for you. Experience with cattle is an asset. For more information please call Rob Paul 403-302-3821 or Vold, Jones & Vold 403-783-5561



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

• Lube Tech Great family atmosphere, excellent benefits package and excellent pay plan. We’re waiting to hear from you! Please submit your resume to: 4120 - 56 St., Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 1V3 Fax: 780-352-5750



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

• Service Advisor Great family atmosphere, excellent benefits package and excellent pay plan. We’re waiting to hear from you! Please submit your resume to: 4120 - 56 St., Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 1V3 Fax: 780-352-5750


MEAT MANAGER, Jasper Super A. Jasper Super A is looking for an experienced Retail Meat Manager. As Meat Manager you will be responsible for all aspects of the managing the department, including cutting meat. You must have working knowledge of gross margins, expense controls and human resources management. The successful candidate must have Grade 12 (or equivalent) and be able to provide a “clear” security clearance. If you have the skills and abilities please forward your resume to our Head Office, The Grocery People Ltd. (TGP) in confidence to: Human Resources, The Grocery People Ltd., 14505 Yellowhead Trail, Edmonton, AB, T5L 3C4. Fax 780-447-5781. Email:

Trail Appliances has always offered excellence in sales, delivery, customer service, and after-sales support. The Company is currently looking to fill the following positions at our Red Deer locations.

Contract Sales Administrator Part time Customer Service Rep Appliance Delivery Driver Trail offers excellent training and a competitive compensation and benefit package. Start your career with a well known and respected company, become a member of the successful Trail team by applying in person to: Chris Sturdy in person at 2823 Bremner Avenue Delivery Driver applicants apply to Colin Parsons at #6 4622 61 St. Riverside Industrial District. Security checks will be conducted on successful candidates.

Whatever You’re Selling... We Have The Paper You Need! CLASSIFIEDS 1-877-223-3311


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• PARTS PERSON (Experience Preferred)



Calnash Trucking has an immediate opening for the following position:


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

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




MASSAGE CAREER. Train full-time or part-time at our highly regarded, progressive school. Small classes, individual attention, confident graduates! 1-877-646-1018; www.albertainstitute


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

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;

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

Email: Volunteers Wanted


Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society (PAECS)


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


Evenings & Weekends Office Pickup & Delivery

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




OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Friday



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


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


MÉTIS YOUTH 4E SUMMER CAMP SO008496 Call 1-888-48-MÉTIS (1-888-486-3847) online at:




Come educate yourself! Explore all your possibilities, empower your life choices and enjoy every minute of your time this summer with respected educators, knowledgeable Métis elders and playing with amazing NHL Hockey players. July 1 – 5, 2013. Application Deadline June 17, 2013.


Ph: 403-783-5877


Employment Training


Dallas Ruggles

Interested candidates can obtain a copy of the policy & application form for this position by emailing: or visiting our website & downloading this information.

Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY

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

DCR Bookeeping Services


PAECS Box 4698 Ponoka, AB T4J 1S4 Attention: MAL committee


Business Services #1000 - #1430

is currently seeking an individual to serve as the “Member at Large” on our volunteer Board of Directors. The successful candidate should have non-profit board experience, a background in business and/or farming, an understanding of financial & board policy, a willingness to work as a member of a team, and be willing to commit to the Vision of PAECS. PAECS is the operational board of the Calnash Trucking Ag Event Centre, located in Ponoka, AB.

Completed application forms can be mailed to:

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


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


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Employment Training

Funded in part by the Government of Canada.

8AM - 12:30PM • 1PM - 5PM

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Call 403-783-3311 HEATING

“Committed to your comfort”

Robin Esau

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

Advertise your business in the Business Directory!


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

Ph: 403.783.3501 Fax: 403.783.3531

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Call 403-783-3311 Reaching 6000 households weekly

For just

$30 per week this space could be yours!


Legal Services


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

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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;

+ A Star Makes Your Ad A Winner!

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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!

+ Carpentry


Unplanned pregnancy may be difďŹ cult to face. We care. For conďŹ dential 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;

Pet Services

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


Personal Services

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





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




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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


Buy & Sell #1500 - #1990



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

HOW CAN YOU MAKE YOUR PHONE RING? & Make Some Quick Cash? Place your ad HERE...




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;

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

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

Reaching 6000 households weekly

For just

$30 per week

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Don 403-307-0965

New Appliances Needed? New, dependable, affordable Inglis & Whirlpool household appliances.

Berni's Refrigeration

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We deliver & install your purchases.



and Appliance Service

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

Well Drilling


Well Drilling


Household items, Antique & Collectibles, Hand & Power tools, Wood working tools, Generator, Yard & garden items, Nilus Leclers weaving machine, Treadle machines, Doll Collection, Walking Dolls, Old time Western records, Stamp collection, Lots of misc. household items. Dress for the weather as we are outside in the yard.. For full listing and pictures.. Check the web


buncher, Timberjack buncher, John Deere excavator, John Deere delimbers, Timberjack skidders, Timberjack skidder, 530b wheel skidders, Caterpillar Cat 16 ft. blade and attachments. Kamatsu PC 300 log loader, 4 log trailers with Jeeps. Call Bill or Glen 780-482-5273



LOGS 403-556-5531 Semi loads of pine, spruce, tamarack, poplar. 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 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.


METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Best prices! 36� Hi-Tensile TUFF-Rib 29ga. Galvalume $.67 sq. ft. Colours $.82 sq. ft. 40 Year Warranty. ALTA-WIDE Builders Supplies 1-888-263-8254 STEEL BUILDING - Blowout Clearance Sale! 20x22 $4,188. 25x26 $4,799. 30x34 $6, 860. 32x44 $8,795. 40x50 $12,760. 47x74 $17,888. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422;

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


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


BUILDING FOR SALE. Two unclaimed steel buildings. Must be sold. One is 40x80. Great savings! Hurry, these won’t last. Go direct. Rocket Steel Canada. 1-877-218-2661.

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

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ESTATE AUCTION EquipmentHeavy For Edna Jensen Sun. May 5--10 a.m. FOR SALE: Full line Location: 5051- 56 of logging equipment ready for work. Timberjack feller St. Innisfail AB

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




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Price depends on location. Lil Mule Logging 403-318-4346

Garden Supplies


COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE: $1.49/each for a box of 270 ($402.30). Also full range of trees, shrubs, cherries & berries. Free shipping. Replacement guarantee. 1-866-873-3846 or

SPRUCE TREE SALE! Starting at $69. - 6 ft. Larger sizes available, 50 tree minimum order. Perfect for front yard, wind or privacy hedge. Call 1-778-436-8776 or email:

WHITE SPRUCE TREES for sale. 4 - 6 foot $35 each. 6 - 8 foot $45 each. Delivered and planted. Delivery extra. 403-305-8201.

Household Appliances


VITAMIX, white based. Won in contest, already have one. Must pickup. $475 FIRM. Leave message for Connie 403-843-4843 Rimbey.

Misc. for Sale


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

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Pets & Supplies


To Give Away To Good Family 11 mo. old part cocker/husky House trained Loves Kids



Wanted To Buy


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




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

Grain, Feed Hay


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

Seed Grain


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

SEED BARLEY FOR SALE BLACK ANGUS High germination, high YEARLING BULLS yielding. Suitable for feed

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

or silage. New digital scale & seed treating available. Larry Trautman 843-2733 Mark Trautman 843-3474

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

Agricultural #2000 - #2290 Farm Equipment ..............2010 Haying Equipment ............2020 Tractors ............................2030 Combines & Headers ......2040 Fertilizer Equipment..........2050 Misc. Farm Machinery ......2060 Equipment Wanted ..........2070 Farm Custom Work ..........2080 Farm Auctions ..................2090 Livestock ..........................2100 Livestock - Exotic..............2110 Sheep ..............................2120 Poultry ..............................2130 Horses ..............................2140 Horse Boarding ................2150 Riding Supplies ................2160 Horse/Stock Trailers ........2170 Pasture Wanted ................2180 Grain, Feed, Hay ..............2190 Seed Grain ......................2200 Seeding & Tillage ............2210

Farm Equipment


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. BOOK YOUR FARM building now protect your equipment with an affordable building. New concrete post only available from Integrity Post Structures. Get started now with a free quote to build now! www.IntegrityPost 1-866-974-7678 MF 5465 tractor, fwd, 100 hp, 650 hrs. like new 403-347-5431


MEL’S MAINES & JANELL SHORTHORNS - Purebred red, red/white, and black maine and shorthorn yrlg bulls available. - Mel Barkley 403-740-4958 PROSPECT HILL SHORTHORN BULLS 2 yr. olds & Yearlings Also heifers for sale. 780-877-2444 PUREBRED red and black Angus bulls. 1 and 2 year olds. Semen tested and delivered. Vicwin farms 403-784-3517, 403-318-7363. SIMMENTAL BULLS FOR SALE. Virgin 2 year olds. April/May born bulls, not left overs from last year. Semen tested and fully guaranteed. Quiet dispositions. Call Chris (403)883-2397 or cell(403)740-6267. Rod (403)883-2482 Email Located 4.5 miles east of Donalda SIMMERON SIMMENTALS, Fullblood Full Fleckvieh Bulls, yearlings and 2 year olds, polled and horned, A.I. blood lines, very quiet, muscled. 780-913-7963

Pasture/Land Wanted


SUPERVISED PASTURE WANTED for 100-300 Yearlings. 780-608-0159

Grain, Feed Hay


ROUND hay bales. Cheap Free delivery. Self unloading. No Sunday calls Please. 403-843-6380

1530 Upcoming Auction For

WOLF CREEK PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION Friday, May 17, 2013 10:00 am Held at the Ponoka School Bus Barns Some of the items on offer – trucks, school bus, lockers, bookcases, chairs, desks, book shelving, tools and much more Auction conducted by

BIG STRAPPER AUCTIONS Linda Dunbrack | 403-304-4791 (cell) To view items:

For Rent #3000 - #3200 Acreages/Farms ..............3010 Houses/Duplexes ............3020 Condos/Townhouses........3030 Manufactured Homes ......3040 Four Plexes/Six Plexes ....3050 Suites ..............................3060 Cottages/Seasonal ..........3070 Roommates Wanted ........3080 Rooms for Rent................3090 Motels/Hotels ..................3100 Offices ..............................3110 Stores/Commercial ..........3120 Industrial ..........................3130 Warehouse Space............3140 Garage Space..................3150 Storage Space ................3160 Land ................................3170 Pasture ............................3180 Mobile Lot ........................3190 Misc. for Rent ..................3200

Wanted to Rent #3250 - #3390

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

Houses/ Duplexes


4 Plexes/ 6 Plexes


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 PONOKA 3 Bedroom 4-Plex Newly reno’d, 4 appliances. 1.5 baths. $1000 incl. water & sewer + d.d. 403-783-3168 PONOKA. Clean spacious 1 bdrm suite. Fridge, stove, shared laundry. $600 rent/dd. Gas & water included. Absolutely N/S, no pets, Avail. immed. **RENTED**



LARGE 1 bdrm apt. in Ponoka w/rooftop patio, laundry facilities incl., $750/mo., c/w all utils. , avail. end of April rented rented 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


Houses For Sale

By Owner ~IMPRESSIVE Modified Bi-level on Close in Sylvan Lake. This BEAUTIFUL home is 1342 sq. ft. on upper floor. It has 4 bdrms. and 3 Full bath. RV Pad, many upgrades and much more. $530,000.00 Email: or call 403-887-1715.

Realtors & Services..........4010 Houses for Sale................4020 Houses Wanted ................4030 Condos/Townhouses ........4040 Acreages ..........................4050 Acreages Wanted ............4060 Farms/Land ......................4070 Farms/Land Wanted ........4080 Manufactured/ Mobile Homes ..................4090 Income Property ..............4100 Commercial Property ......4110 Industrial Property ............4120 Cottages/Resort Property ..4130 Businesses for Sale..........4140 Buildings for Sale ............4150 Lots for Sale ....................4160 Out of Town Property ......4170 Investment Opportunities ..4180 Mortgages Bought/Sold....4190

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. 148 East Lake Blvd., Airdrie



Farms/ Land

LAND PARCEL Sale by Tender SW 17-28-29W1 RM of Shell River, MB. 80 acres hay/pasture/bush for farm/recreation acreage. Highest or any Tender not necessarily accepted. Closes 05/17/2013. 204-937-7054 (Roy)


Manufactured Homes

ARDON HOMES. Come see our new 29’ X 56’ show home that will truly impress. Or view our many other homes that are priced to move! Visit us North of Sherwood Park on Hwy 16. 780-801-1166; CROSS COUNTRY HOMES. Check out our show homes that are ready for spring possession. Or Custom build in only 6 weeks to match your own inspiration! Visit us in Acheson. 780-470-8000; www.

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

WHOLESALE PRICING! Two only - deluxe SRI 2011, 20’ X 76’, 3 bedroom/2 bath, Rancher Ensuite - tub & separate shower. Stainless steel appliances, cathedral, white trim, etc. - Gorgeous! Was $128,900. Now $116,900. Free delivery (100 miles), skirting. 1-877-341-4422;

5306 - 60 ST, PONOKA, AB T4J 1K7 PH: (403) 783-6372 • FAX (403) 783-6345


PONOKA PLUMBING & HEATING We now carry a complete line of Ritchie Stockwater parts Hours of Business: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5 pm

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


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;

This space could be yours for $




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



Please call 403-783-0058 for further details.


149,900 Great for that Young Family!

– BARB HAY – Lifestyles Realty

Ph: 403-782-3141 Acreages


1 bdrm apartment in 5 plex c/w fridge, stove. $550/mo plus power. Available June 1, 2013


Book On-Line Serving Central Today! Alberta



Starter or Revenue

2 bdrm apartment in Lancaster c/w fridge, stove. $700/mo plus power. Available May 1, 2013

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

“Reasonable rates on all your plumbing needs” Gas Fitting - Home Renovations - Drain Cleaning -24 HOUR SERVICE-

Cottages/Resort Property

Two bedrooms with attached garage. Approximately 1100 square feet. Fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer included. California landscaped.


Applications and references required for all properties. Working people preferred.




• All residences are no smoking and no pets damage/security deposit same as rent unless stated otherwise.


JESSE ZINTER Office - 403-783-5489


GREIG HOLDINGS INC. 2 bdrm apartment above Commercial Bldg. c/w fridge, stove. $650 /mo plus power. Available May 1, 2013



Houses For Sale Real Estate #4000 - #4190


Manufactured Homes

EAUTIFULLY decorated 1533 sq. ft. bungalow on 5.19 acres. Vaulted ceiling, open floor plan, 3 bedroom/2 bath. Huge east and west decks. Ideally set up for horses with electric waterer, stalls/tack room and outdoor sheds. $397,000. Visit home at Call Garry Raabis Royal Lepage Patrician 403-340-6789

Reaching 6000 households weekly for just




This space could be yours!


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


Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Ponoka Veterinary Clinic


Cottages/Resort Property

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





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

RAYMOND SHORES GULL LAKE, 2012 Park model home, on professionally landscaped lot. Fully furnished. Too many extras to list. 403-350-5524 for details.

Out Of Town Property


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


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



CALL 1-877-223-3311 Condos/ Townhouses

Mortgages Bought/Sold


Financial #4400 - #4430 Investments ......................4410 Money Wanted ................4420 Money to Loan ................4430

Money To Loan




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

Fifth Wheels

Great condition, clean & includes all accessories ONLY $8,900


AWD One owner, excellent cond. 186,000 kms, $10,500. + GST Duane at 403-346-8627




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

2013 WINNEBAGO Tour 42QD, Immaculate, Used one season, 11,000 kms, Fully equipped,

Public Notice #6000 Public Notices ..................6010 Special Features ..............6050

DONT MISS THIS DEAL $299,900. Call 403-318-4248.

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Ponoka Culture & Recreation Complex Concession Operator Introduction The Town of Ponoka invites submissions for the exclusive operation of the Concession at the Ponoka Culture & Recreation Complex. 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. 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.

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!

Town of Ponoka Email: 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.

Getting Married? Let your friends and family know in the

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


INTRODUCING TO OUR PONOKA LOCATION We are pleased to welcome Jesse great addition to our team as we Witvoet to our team as the new continue to grow our business Manager for our Ponoka location. and strengthen our community relationships. Jesse grew up in Ponoka, and currently resides there with his Jesse has over 11 years of wife Sarah and four year old experience in the tire industry daughter Emma. Jesse is an and actually started his career active member of the community at the former Ponoka Tirecraft as a volunteer firefighter and in his location in 2002. Jesse recently spare time Jesse enjoys fishing, spent the last four years working hunting and quadding. With his as the Manager of Fountain Tire strong roots in Ponoka, Jesse is a in Wetaskiwin.


10% OFF all Mechanical Parts and Any Tires* (*Offer valid until May 31, 2013)

Integra Tire & Auto Centres is an Edmonton based company founded in July 2008. Our Ponoka location opened its doors that same month. Integra Tire has over 80 locations across Canada. Our business model is based on deep community involvement, family values and customer service. Our Ponoka store offers full tire sales and service from passenger, light truck, agriculture, medium truck, industrial, small OTR as well as 24 hour roadside assistance on the farm service. Our mechanical services include brakes, wheel alignments, suspensions, air conditioning and full maintenance packages. We offer an extensive tire line up including: Yokohama, Hankook, Bridgestone, Firestone, Michelin, Toyo, BFGoodrich a long with others.

Left to right: Calvin McGill, Ben Brownlee, Scott Pineo, Rob Hildebrandt, Jesse Witvoet, Darrell Lawton, Nygil Brownlee


6220 - 48 Avenue, Ponoka, AB | 403.783.3998 |


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

LEGACY FORD New OPEN LONGER HOURS TO SERVE YOU BETTER! inventory Sales: Monday – Thursday 8:30 am - 7 pm • Friday 8:30 am - 6 pm • Saturday 9 am - 5 pm • CLOSED Sunday Service: Monday – Friday 7:30 am - 6 pm • Saturday 9 am - 5 pm • CLOSED Sunday

arriving daily!


2008 BMW 328 XI Stk#L0078





$23,950 or $199 b/w



$11,995 or $107 b/w

$11,995 or $107 b/w

2008 DODGE RAM 1500 LARAMIE loaded Stk#L0074


2010 FORD F150 FX4 leather Stk#L0073

2009 FORD F350 DUALLY LARIAT diesel Stk#L0072

2011 FORD F150 LIMITED loaded Stk#L0075

$35,995 or $299 b/w

$37,995 or $319 b/w

$19,995 or $169 b/w

2010 DODGE RAM 3500 LARAMIE loaded, diesel Stk#L0001


2005 DODGE RAM 1500 SRT-10 low km’s Stk#L0063

$45,995 or $339 b/w $19,995 or $169 b/w


$27,995 or $237 b/w

Stk #L0012A


2013 FORD FOCUS SE Auto/Sport pckg, winter pck Stk#C0012

$24,900 or $155 b/w

2013 ESCAPE SE-14



2013 FUSION SE-14

V6 auto, moonroof Stk#C0011

Stk #C0008. 4 cyl. auto, nicely equipped

$30,799 or $189 b/w

Stk #T0002. power everything, roof, ext. beautiful!

$24,949 $159 b/w

$37,619 $235 b/w


Stk #T0083. 1.6L auto, new design

luxury pckg, dual roofs, NAV, loaded Stk#T0009

$29,400 $185 b/w

$49,800 or $299 b/w

2013 F150 S/CAB XTR

2013 F150 CREW XTR

Stk #T0013. 5.0L auto, awesome truck

Stk #T0032. 5.0L auto, supercrew, loaded

$31,999 $199 b/w

$33,695 $211 b/w

*Some vehicles not exactly as illustrated. All payments based on longest term possible 60-84 mth, 0 down, 5.99% oac.

“Let your Legacy start here.”

Ponoka News, May 01, 2013  
Ponoka News, May 01, 2013  

May 01, 2013 edition of the Ponoka News