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Local man continues to expand global mission Eric Rajah is committed to making a difference internationally BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express


hen Eric Rajah immigrated to Canada from Sri Lanka at the age of 16, his mother told him that someday, he would have to find a way to give back for the incredible opportunity he was granted. Twenty-three years ago, he found a way to do that when he founded the A Better World charity here in Lacombe. Recently, A Better World celebrated its anniversary by hosting a number of events to raise awareness and funds for its many projects across the globe. While 23 years is an impressive benchmark, the organization’s founder said that the number of years the organization has been running is less important than the lives it has affected in that time. “I think the benchmark is about the number of people we have engaged here,” said Rajah. “And the differences in the places we have invested in.” When it first started, A Better World was to be an organization out of the Canadian University College Church designed for the purpose of getting involved with humanitarian causes, said Rajah. “We thought we needed a way to reach out and be active (in humanitarian causes).” From there, the organization grew quickly. It became something much bigger than Rajah thought it would, and much faster that he thought it could. “We never expected to grow and be this big at that time,” said Rajah. “We had a vision but it was much smaller than what it has become now.” Much of that growth, he said, is in part due to the community of Lacombe embracing the organization and its purpose. He said that A Better World has seen great support, not only financially, but with people getting personally involved as well. Since its inception, 2,500 people have traveled with A Better World to take part in its projects. Another key to A Better World’s success is its low overhead, Rajah said. He explained that the organization only has two paid employees. The rest of the work is done by volunteers, like himself. “It’s not about money, I have not been paid for 23 years,” he said. He added that his personal connection to A Better World is what feeds his motive rather than working for a paycheck. “If I don’t want to do it, I don’t have to do it,” said Rajah. “I’m doing this because I want to do it. That’s one of the best motivations for anyone. “In a small town like this, people care

HELPING HANDS - Eric Rajah of the Lacombe-based A Better World founded the humanitarian organization 23 years ago. enough to reach out,” said Rajah. “I think for a small town we are extremely successful because of the dedication of the people.” As for the future of A Better World, Rajah said it will rely heavily on getting youth involved today. He added that getting youth involved is of particular concern now that the organization has been running for 23 years. “When people like us die off , who is capable of managing this?” Rajah went on to say that a big part of the reason A Better World has a youth division to secure the organization’s future. He added that getting students involved with the projects and even traveling with A Better World helps mold them into leading roles for the future. “Students today, lead-

ers tomorrow.” Today, Rajah said A Better World runs an average of 14 projects in seven countries at any given time. Many of these are long-term. Rajah said that their philosophy is very much rooted in developing a relationship with the community, rather than throwing money at a problem and then moving on to the next project. Right now, A Better World is working in Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bolivia and Peru. There are five core areas in which A Better World strives to aid any community that it begins working with, Rajah said. They are education, health, water, agriculture and micro-finance/income generation. These issues are ones that are key to

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helping the communities develop and become able to help themselves. “We don’t just go and do it,” said Rajah. “We let the local people go and do it.” Many might say that there is too much needing to be done for A Better World to really make a difference. Rajah agrees that the amount of work needing to be done is overwhelming, but he sees two options - to either throw up one’s hands in defeat or lift up one’s hands and get to work helping someone. What is accomplished may be, as Rajah said, “A drop in the bucket,” but, like the parable of the starfish, it still makes a difference to someone. “Even though what we are doing is a drop in the bucket, that drop I can see making a big difference.”

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Lacombe ‘Mayor for a Day’ program engages students in politics BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express “The future of Lacombe is in good hands.â€? Lacombe Mayor Steve Christie shared these thoughts several times during the afternoon of May 2, where 11 Grade 6 students, six girls and ďŹ ve boys, participated in the annual Mayor for a Day event. Christie said the program is an effort, and so far a successful one, to get people educated and interested in politics at a younger age. “We are asked every election ‘How do we get young people more involved?’ And I think this is a step in the right direction,â€? said Christie. He added that, if students begin taking an interest in politics while in grade school, they will be even better informed than most once they can vote or even run for a position in any kind of government. “I didn’t take an interest in politics until I was in my mid-twenties,â€? said Christie. “Imagine how far ahead they will be.â€? Rod Fox, MLA for Lacombe – Ponoka, who attended the ďŹ rst portion of the Mayor for a Day activities, agreed with Christie. He said that the event connects students to what government really does and allows them to experience it ďŹ rsthand rather than receiving the information from a textbook.

He added that, while he represents Lacombe at a provincial level rather than a municipal one, all levels of government are connected and it is important for students to know that. “It’s good for them to see that council does need to work with the MLA and that the MLA does need to work with council,� said Fox. Students participating in the program had lunch with the mayor and CAO Norma MacQuarrie. The also learned the roles and responsibilities of mayor, council and City administration. They also learned about the Municipal Government Act, toured City Hall and public works and held a mock council meeting. Participants in the event also had the pleasure of being addressed as ‘Mayor’ by Christie and MacQuarrie for the duration of the afternoon. During the mock council meetings, the young mayors dealt with three issues that were taken from essays the students had written as part of the Mayor for a Day program. The three issues dealt with strategies to educate and engage the public about the Solid Waste Roadmap, developing a strategy to encourage more businesses to come to Lacombe, and the development of a new Recreational Master Plan. Students discussed and voted on the is-

sues just like in a real council meeting and showed a true interest in the implications of the recommendations made to them. “This is the best council meeting we have all year,� said Christie. “These kids want to be engaged, they want to give their ideas.� Students even provided some valuable insight for the mayor and City administration. When discussing strategies to inform the public about the Solid Waste Roadmap (which were the same strategies presented to Lacombe’s actual council on April 22), students suggested using links from their schools’ web sites to the City web site as well as facebook to engage parents and students. Christie added that the City has acted on the suggestions it has received from Mayor for a Day students in the past as well. “We think that mentors should be older,� said Christie. “That we should follow those who are older and wiser than us. But sometimes I think we should look the other way. I have grandkids that I learn stuff from almost weekly.� Mayor for a Day is an initiative that Christie started in 2011. He said he got the idea from and modeled the program after MLA for a Day, a

program where students learn about the provincial government. Knowing that Grade 6 students in Lacombe learn about municipal government as part of their social studies curriculum, Christie decided to implement a similar program where students could learn about (and to some extent, even participate in) municipal government in a more hands-on way. In the Mayor for a Day program, students ‘apply’ for the position by writing an essay about why they want to be Mayor for a Day and why they would make good candidates. The students’ teachers then select the three best essays from each class and forward them on to the mayor, who then selects one candidate from each of the Grade 6 classes in Lacombe to be Mayor for a Day. Schools have been very receptive to the program, said Christie. He added that some of the schools have gone as far as to use the Mayor for a Day application essay as an in-class assignment. “I have to say thank you to the schools,� said Christie. “The schools have stepped up and done a super job and accepted the program.�

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High gas bill has property owner feeling low BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express When it comes to utilities, it is easy for anyone to spend more money than intended. But one Alix area business owner is finding out that when the numbers don’t add up, it is very difficult to prove that a mistake has been made, or get utility providers to admit to making them.

‘YOU CAN’T USE MORE IN ONE MONTH THAN YOU DID FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR.’ SID MORRIS Sid Morris, owner of Morris Meadows outside of Alix, was shocked this February when he received his gas bill for the January gas consumption. The balanced owed on the bill amounted to $3,789.08 – more than Morris had spent on power for all months of the previous year combined. “You would think there is something wrong wouldn’t you?” said Morris. “I mean that’s just common sense.” But when Morris contacted Chain Lakes Gas to inquire about the bill, he was told that no mistake had been made and he must have consumed that much gas at his property. However, Morris does not see how he could have spent more on gas in one month. Especially since the property in question, the Morris Meadows farm, was closed during that time. Morris said that no one was on the property in the month of January

Man dies from fall On May 5th at 2 p.m. Blackfalds RCMP responded to a man who had fallen from a 160 ft. communications tower in the west side of Gasoline Alley in a field. The man was working at the top of the tower and appeared to have appropriate safety equipment when he fell. Thomas Raftis, 25, of Ontario was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS. Currently, police are working with OH&S investigators to further determine what had caused this incident to occur.

and shared that information with Chain Lakes Gas as well. He even provided Chain Lakes Gas with letters from some of his employees stating that they did not work at the facility from December 2012 – February 2013 and that no events were held on the farm during that time. Chain Lakes responded by telling Morris that the large bill was due to two reasons, said Morris. First, it had been consistently and unusually cold during the month of January. Second, Morris’ bills in November and December of 2012 were unusually low and the high February bill was to make up the difference. But Morris said that doesn’t make sense. Weather records and reports he provided do not suggest that this January was consistently cold, nor was it unusually colder than it had been in previous years during that time. Morris added that if it had been an unusually cold winter, the gas consumption of neighbouring properties would have gone up as well. Morris provided numbers representing what owners of neighbouring properties paid for their gas during that time. The numbers showed that there was no abnormalities in

their bills as there had been with his. In addition, Morris said he did not think his bills for November and December 2012 were unusually low and provided documents to back that up. He also added that, even if his bills had been low, he does not believe they could have been low enough for any “catching up” to total more than his gas expenses for the entire previous year. “Impossible,” said Morris. “You can’t use more in

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to court, Chain Lakes Gas did not disconnect the gas and the situation is still being resolved. Morris said he feels like he is being taken advantage of and that Chain Lakes refuses to recognize its mistake. Although multiple attempts were made to contact a representative at Chain Lakes for comment on the situation, the Lacombe Express did not receive any reply.

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have Chain Lakes pay for the remaining $2,292.83. In response to this offer, Morris received nothing, he said. But he did receive a disconnect order stating that his gas service would be disconnected on March 25 due to lack of payment. It should be noted that, while Morris only paid a third of the $3,789.08 bill for February, he continued to pay subsequent bills, he said. After Morris threatened to take the company

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Chief of police asks students for insight in dealing with bullies Suggestions to be incorporated into a Lacombe action plan BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express Lacombe Police Service is looking for help tackling bullies and they are turning to the younger set to get it. On May 2, during the ‘Mayor for a Day’ event at City Hall, Police Chief Gary Leslie asked participating students to submit their ideas on how to deal with bullies to the LPS.

‘I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT THEIR THOUGHTS ARE.’ GARY LESLIE He said that the insight would be incorporated into an action plan that Leslie plans to present to the police commission in the near future. “I’m looking forward to seeing what their thoughts are,” said Leslie. He added that young students have a vested interest in how bullies are dealt with because they are the ones who are affected directly by those decisions. “It’s important for them to have an opportunity to tell the adults

how we maybe can do something differently or something better to address that problem,” said Leslie. Leslie said he already has a format of what can be done to deal with bullying. However, he wants to give students an opportunity to add to that plan. Bullying is a growing problem that is not going away. Leslie recognized that it affects kids just as much today as it did in his day and the effects of bullying are long-standing. He added that he still remembers his encounters with a schoolyard bully from his own childhood. “I can remember the guy that bullied me,” said Leslie. “I remember him beating me up. I remember where it happened. I know everything about him.” While Leslie would not disclose the details of the proposed action plan before it went to the police commission he did say that he is a big supporter of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. He said that the program heightens students’ accessibility to the police service and allows an officer stationed in the school to work at a personal level with students to solve problems at the root cause.




“What our members can do is work with that (bully) so that he can become a functional person in the community,” said Leslie. He added that the key to dealing with bullies is changing their behaviour. “It’s learned behaviour,” said Leslie. “You don’t start off as a


bully.” Leslie said that bullying is part of growing up and therefore he does not want bullies to be dealt with too harshly, but he said they certainly need to be made aware of consequences for what they do. He added that charging bullies under the criminal code is also

an action that will be taken, but only after all other options are exhausted. “You don’t want some of those young kids to have criminal records because you want them to become productive people in the community.”

City survey wraps up Lacombe has seen an excellent response to a first-ever event. Having just finished its inaugural citizen satisfaction survey, the City of Lacombe would like to thank all who participated. The results of the survey will be used to help City administration and Council make decision in the future and be more responsive to the needs of its businesses and residents. When surveys are conducted with members of the general public, the results are often skewed towards portions of the population that are home more. In Alberta, this means data from many surveys comes from individuals over the age of 35. To counter this, Banister Research & Consulting Inc. (the company that conducted the survey) established quotas based on the most recent census information for adult residents over the age



of 18 years in the City and contacted households towards the end of data collection looking to speak only with males between the ages of 18 and 34, the hardest demographic to collect data from, officials said. In total, researchers collected information from 400 individuals, 195 males and 205 females. Of these 400, 110 were between the ages of 18 and 34 (50 males and 60 females), 209 between the ages of 35 and 54 (104 males and 105 females) and 81 at age 65 or older (195 males and 205 females). Researchers also collected data from 173 completed surveys from members of the local business community. The City of Lacombe sees this as excellent support for the survey and looks forward to the results of the survey being reported to council during the May 27 regular council meeting.


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Reflections on Mother’s Day Being a mom is a tough job. Moms clean up the most disgusting of messes without a word of complaint, put up with ill-tempered teenagers, provide free taxi services and perform a number of other familial duties for the length of their offspring’s childhood. Actually many mothers continue to do these things even after their children have reach adulthood. They do this without pay and often without any kind of recognition or thanks simply because they love their families. Luckily, sometime in the early 1900s, someone noticed these facts and decided that mothers deserved some kind of recognition. Thus, Mother’s Day was created, a single day in the year set aside to celebrate mothers and the extreme sacrifices they make to raise their families. Whether it is by showering your mother with gifts, providing her breakfast in bed, simply sharing a card or a phone call, this is a day to acknowledge the achievements of mothers. Children around the world will be showing their love and appreciation to the best cooks, cleaners and first-aid providers the world can provide.

If you have a close relationship with your mother, Mother’s Day provides an opportunity to thank her for all she does, has done and continues to do for you. If you are not so lucky, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to get to know your mom and develop that relationship. Regardless of whether a mother continues to provide and care for her children once they become men and women, she always sees them as her children and will never stop being their mother. Moms are constantly worrying about their kids no matter the age. I will never forget telling my mom, at the age of 19, of a planned hike in the mountains after I had moved away from home. My mother expressed her concern for my safety and worried about me being in bear country. I replied that I had been in similar situations on other hikes and camping trips many times before and knew what I was doing. In a not-quite hysterical tone, my mother replied “But you always had an adult with you!” So, young or old, be sure to take advantage of this Mother’s Day and show your mom how much you appreciate her continued love for you.

Rethinking Lacombe’s waste management practices Lacombe has over 4,000 homes and hundreds of businesses that generate thousands of tonnes of waste annually. In order to ensure that municipal operations remain efficient and sustainable as the community grows, we are conducting a review of how we are dealing with our waste. Currently, the municipality hauls its waste to the Prentiss Landfill. Prentiss acts as a transfer station, where the garbage is re-loaded onto trucks and hauled to Camrose to be disposed of at their landfill. The contract that Lacombe has with Camrose does not allow for compostable or recyclable materials to be dealt with separately; it is all treated and dumped as waste. This is not a sustainable way to deal with our garbage. The contract that we have with Camrose is for 25 years. It will expire in 2019, and will leave Lacombe at a great disadvantage. Residents and the City


CHRISTIE have to work together to reform our waste management practices NOW, or we will soon be faced with substantial increases to our utility rates in order to deal with our garbage. An audit was recently conducted of Lacombe’s waste, where a random sample load of garbage was examined to determine the ratios of organic waste, recyclable material and true waste. The audit found that well over two-thirds of all household waste thrown out in Lacombe can be recycled or composted. Paper and plastic alone account for nearly 40% of all the trash that ends up in

garbage bins. By integrating better recycling and compost practices, the City plans to reduce the amount of waste that is trucked to Camrose. This will provide for a significant savings on fuel, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drastically reduce the amount of garbage being hauled to landfill. Council is committed to ensuring that Lacombe’s solid waste system is efficient, sustainable, and works for the whole community. For this to happen we need your help! Over the next four months, residents will be asked to provide input that will be used to determine the future of our waste management system. Please plan to participate in at least one of the following community input opportunity events. Once a week from May to July, City staff will be present at the Wolf Creek Recycle Site to engage with

the residents, and hand out comment cards that residents can fill out to provide feedback. The card will also provide a link to the online solid waste survey, and information about some of the proposed initiatives. It also gives staff a chance to educate recyclers as to what materials are acceptable at the site, and even give someone a helping hand if they need. In addition to having a weekly presence at the Wolf Creek Recycle Depot, staff will host a public BBQ event in July. Residents will be invited to trade completed comment cards or surveys for a complimentary hot dog or hamburger. In June we will hold the first of two open houses for public input on the Solid Waste Roadmap. At this event, residents will be asked to provide general input into the existing system of waste collection and disposal. This information will be used to fur-

ther refine and inform the Solid Waste Roadmap. The second open house will be held in late August, where staff will present their findings and recommendations for resident input prior to council’s consideration at their Sept. 9 meeting. City staff will also attend a number of weekly farmers’ markets in Lacombe, not only to seek general comments, but also to solicit resident input on specific issues. We will continue to utilize the City web site, social media channel, monthly utility bill inserts to provide information and seek public input into the initiatives proposed in the Solid Waste Roadmap. This is your chance to get involved and have your say on an issue that affects us all! For more information please email us at, or call 403-782-6666 and ask for the ‘Garbage Hot-Line’. Steve Christie is the mayor of Lacombe.

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Letters to the editor

What’s wrong with hospital rankings? The CBC’s Fifth Estate recently produced an investigation on the quality of hospitals in Canada, called Rate My Hospital, which has been enormously popular and set off discussions across the country about the need to improve our hospital services. Clearly getting a better picture about how our hospitals perform is of interest to Canadians, and the wish to exceed status quo health service delivery resonates with patients, policy makers and healthcare providers alike. Rate My Hospital is based on various pieces of evidence that were collected from patients, hospital workers and hospitals themselves (where they cooperated), along with data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). The general goal of the initiative is to make all of the information relevant to patients at the individual hospital level: anyone can go on the program’s web page, pick a hospital, and learn about how well it performs. Each hospital receives a letter-grade built on five standard indicators of hospital performance: mortality after surgery; re-admission after surgery and medical treatment; and adverse events after surgery and medical treatment. CBC used indicators taken from CIHI annual hospital data, ‘standardized them’ within four peer-

groups (teaching hospitals, large, medium and small community) and then assigned each hospital a grade. So, instead of saying that St. Joseph’s Healthcare (Hamilton) has a 5.34/1,000 mortality rate compared to eight at the national level, Rate My Hospital determines that it is one standard deviation below the average in its peer-group, thus, it receives a letter grade A. The goal of making data accessible and in a formula most of us can understand is laudable. Unfortunately, it is also misleading. For starters, the formula assumes that each indicator contributes equally to the overall ranking. However, how can we decide that re-admission matters as much as mortality? But the main concern is that the ranking system is relative, not absolute. In any system, excellent or terrible, some hospitals will be one standard deviation away from the mean, by the very definition of the standard deviation. A standard deviation is the average distance to the mean. It necessarily takes some units to be distant by more than the average to get that average distance. Does this mean that the information in Rate My Hospital is valueless? Certainly not, but it should be of more

Reader pleased with Lacombe Express I wanted to send a huge welcome to the Lacombe Express, on the publication of their second newspaper issue. It is a real pleasure to read articles that are uplifting, learn of upcoming events and happenings in and around our beautiful City, and see so many culturally related articles. The Express has a very posi-

tive feel to it which is something I believe our community will benefit from. I hope our local businesses will support you with their advertising dollars, and our citizens will enjoy reading each issue as much as I have. Thank you for a job well done!

Maureen MacKenzie Red Deer County

interest to hospital CEOs than to patients or relatives. Patients do not really need an overall score for each hospital, because individual patients are admitted for a specific diagnostic: as a result, they should be much more interested to know how a given hospital performs on a specific treatment. And what are the untold consequences of publishing evidence on adverse events at the hospital level and having patients use that evidence to decide where to be admitted? It really depends on the origin of adverse events: if they result from overwhelmed providers in facilities used beyond capacity, publication of adverse events may have a welcomed balancing effect. That is, patients may move to facilities with lower occupancy rates and lower adverse events rates – a good thing. But, if they result from caseload characteristics, such as more frail patients at one hospital than another, and if better informed, potentially less frail, patients are the most likely to use that information to select their hospital, some hospitals will end up with ever more complex and frail patients whereas others will end up cherry picking the easy ones. In other words, it could lead to imbalance, and ever greater disparity in outcomes between facilities.

Other data used by Rate My Hospital are similarly problematic, such as the survey in which hospital nurses were asked whether they would recommend their hospital to relatives. The results made headlines because, worryingly, 25% of nurses would not recommend their own institutions. However, this was not really a representative survey and it is quite likely that dissatisfied nurses were more willing to answer the survey (in the negative). There is no doubt that having more information available on hospitals is a good thing – and patients should make healthcare decisions based on good evidence. But patients do not need rankings based on assumptions and standardization that paint only a general portrait. Patients need more refined measurements of how a given hospital performs on a menu of relevant items specific to them. We can’t rely on the media to provide this. Perhaps it’s time governments – and hospitals themselves – stepped forward and worked together with the media to make this happen. Michel Grignon is an expert advisor with, an associate professor with the departments of Economics and Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University. His column is distributed through Troy Media.

Blackfalds resident upset with town Blackfalds is ‘not’ intended for seniors. 1.) The basic monthly water and sewer costs are twice as high as in Red Deer or in Lacombe. 2.) Property taxes are at least 25% higher (I think 40%?) in Blackfalds than in the two neigbouring cities nearby. 3.) No public transportation or economical transportation to neighbouring cities. Also, Alberta is no longer a place for seniors either. 1.) Property taxes in Kelowna, B.C. for a similar home as I own in Blackfalds would be approximately $400 per year after senior’s discounts. (Seniors still pay school taxes in Alberta). My home

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taxes on my home in Blackfalds are approximately $2,500 per annum. 2.) Home utility bills in Kelowna, B.C. are less per month because there are not as many fees added to the monthly bill. (During the summer months in Blackfalds , the monthly utility fees are much higher than costs for natural gas usage.) Yes, in B.C. there are PST taxes on some goods purchased (not on food). I estimate my annual PST costs will amount to less than $1,500, so moving to B.C. will still provide me with a lot of extra money in my own jeans.

Joseph Byciuk Blackfalds

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Dancer’s Edge heading to Disneyland BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express Dancer’s Edge is going to Disneyland. As part of Disney’s ‘Dance the Magic’ program, students from Dancer’s Edge studio in Lacombe and Blackfalds will be going to Disneyland for five days to dance as part of the Disneyland parade as well as participate in workshops and other fun stuff. Heather Buelow, owner and head instructor at Dancer’s Edge, said that the idea came after her studio had the opportunity to dance on a cruise ship with Carnival Cruises this February as part of a program called ‘Dancing at Sea.’ She said the troop performed a show entitled The Six O’Clock News where all the dances related to the news. “That was an amazing opportunity,” said Buelow. “It brought the studio so much closer together and it was such a teambuilding thing.” Buelow said that the trip went so well that she decided after returning home, she would start planning another trip right away. She added that the studio now plans to put together a travel team each year. “I knew I wanted to do

a travel program” said Buelow. She also said that there are several programs like ‘Dancing at Sea’ and ‘Dance the Magic’ for dance studios that wish to travel and perform. For the cruise, Buelow had 38 dancers and three instructors on the trip. This time, she hopes to take around 70 dancers on a fiveday trip to Disneyland. The trip will likely take place in mid-July of next year. What still needs to be determined is whether or not Dancer’s Edge will be able to dance on stage in the Dance the Magic showcase. For the parade, Disney provides dancers with a choreographed routine and costumes, but dances on the showcase stage are of the studio’s own creation. Buelow said that participating studios can perform six dances, but they must be approved by Disney beforehand. Dancer’s Edge has been asked to participate in two parades while in Disneyland. One parade will be in the Disneyland Park while the other will be held at California Adventure Park. If approved, Dancer’s Edge will also participate in the Magic of Dance Showcase along with other studios from around the world for one night of their

stay. In addition to dancing in parades and possibly on stage, Dancer’s Edge will also get to take part in workshops put on by Disney’s professional dancers. Not only that, but students from Dancer’s Edge will get to meet with dancers from other studios participating in the program as well. Buelow said that for the showcases and workshops, all the studios participating in the program do it at the same time, meaning there will be dancers their representing studios from around the world.

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‘Swingin’ Fiddles’ land in Red Deer May 23 The Scott Woods Band presents a wide range of fiddling styles BY MARK WEBER Lacombe Express The Scott Woods Show – Swingin’ Fiddles is making its way across Canada and lands in Red Deer on May 23. Multiple winner of the Canadian Open and Grand Masters Fiddle Contests, Woods’ tour is in support of his latest CD Swingin’ Fiddles. The concert takes place at Sunnybrook United Church, starting at 7 p.m. “Basically what we’ve done is taken old swing music from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s and we’ve re-written the arrangements for three fiddles in three-part harmony and for a back-up band as well,” he explains. “We also mix it up with some gospel, traditional country and western swing and a little bit of Don Messer music in there, too,” he explains. “It’s certainly a very unique sound to have the three fiddles in threepart harmony. “It’s a very different

sound for us. We’ve always played a little bit of that stuff, but it’s more the focus this time of the CD and of the show itself.” Woods hails from Fergus, Ontario and is a sixth generation fiddler. “My exposure to old-time music literally came from the time I was born,” he explains. “I would listen to my brother and sisters practicing and learning from mom and dad. I would often go with the family to play for a dance and end up falling asleep behind the piano on a pile of coats.” He was the musical director and played the part of Don Messer in Memories of Don Messer’s Jubilee that toured throughout Canada for eight years. He now travels across the country continuing his own family tradition of old-time music started by his father and The Merv Woods Orchestra back in 1950. Scott’s mother Carolyn still plays the piano and travels with the band.

“Officially joining the family band at age eight as a fiddler and drummer, I soon learned what tempo was needed for different types of dances and of course the way to turn ‘straight’ into ‘swing’. We played a wide variety from big band to fiddle tunes and anything else the folks asked for. “At the dances, you always got immediate feedback on your performance – if the floor filled with dancers swishing around the old hardwood, you had succeeded.” Also joining him in Red Deer will be Wes Dymond, Emily Yarascavitch and Ben Norris. Other show highlights include sensational step dancing, home spun family humour and Woods’ famous trick fiddling that earned him the Canadian Novelty Fiddle Championship title and ‘The Flippin’ Fiddler’ nickname. His stage presence is consistently entertaining and downright incredible

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-- Woods can turn somersaults and step dance while playing the fiddle, plus play it behind his back. Woods is indeed a mesmerizing genius when it comes to offering up all kinds of fiddling styles, and he’s garnered loads of awards to prove it. He is known for his skills in a multitude of styles from traditional country to step dancing and gospel. He also plays several other instruments, but his favourite is fiddle - whether it’s classical, jazz, big band, country, swing, Celtic, or old-time music. There’s no question he’s found the most ideal path in life. Music is his passion and even a heavy touring schedule doesn’t even slightly put a dent in his enthusiasm and the pure joy he receives from performing. “Any musician will tell you that the high they live for is when they are on that stage.” It’s also fun to craft a new show each year – Woods is committed to keeping loyal fans fully entertained with a diverse, updated show every time they drop in town. “It’s probably the toughest challenge we have – coming up with something that is unique and different because a lot of our crowd are very loyal. They come every year. So I try to give


them something new. It’s a challenge to stay in the realm of what we’re known for and what we do but yet keep it fresh.” Advance tickets are available by calling 403-347-

6073 or 403-347-6539. Funds raised through the concert will help benefit Kasota Youth Camp at Sylvan Lake and youth ministry.

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EVENTS Lacombe Farmers Market will be held every Friday morning starting May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Michener Park across from the golf course on Hwy 12. Every Friday morning there will be vegetables, fruit, homemade baking and bread, crafts, jewelery, birdhouses, bedding plants, meats and more. Call 403-7824772 for more information. Pause Musicale - student concerts will be held the fourth Friday of each month from noon to 12:30 p.m. at St. Andrews United Church (5226 51 Ave.) Lacombe Writers Group - do you like to write? Would you like to share your work with other writers? Whether you write memoir, fiction, poetry, or essays we would love to have you join us. We are a gentle encouraging group with writers of different genres and we meet about every two weeks on Mondays. It will be held at Calvary Evangelical Free Church (4619 C&E Trail). Band of Brothers - Band of Brothers challenges men to an adventure: Reclaiming their hearts to God. It is a chance for men to be real about life and faith in a confidential and informal setting. They meet Monday evenings at the Youth Unlimited building located in downtown Lacombe. Coffee Time at the Lacombe Legion runs every Wednesday morning. Come join us for coffee. $2. Gatherings run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Lacombe Legion. ‘Sing into Spring’ - join us on May 10 at 7 p.m. for our final concert of the season with Central Alberta’s premier choirs: Soliloquy, Ihana and our new Children’s choir ‘Brioso’. There will be music for everyone! The concert will be held at Living Stones Church, corner of 40 Ave. and 19 St. Tickets are $15 and available from Lisa at 403-309-3032 or at the door. Mom Time Indoor Garage Sale is set May 10 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. It runs at the Wolf


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The fourth annual Blackfalds Fun Run is set for May 11 at the Blackfalds Community Hall. There are 3, 5 and 10 km routes. Registration is from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Registration forms and fees can be returned to either the Blackfalds school office or to Tamara Read/Box 1626/ Blackfalds. Postal code is T0M 0J0. Sleepy Sheep Soiree - wear your pajamas and bring your favorite blanket. Songs, stories and crafts abound. It’s for kids 3-8. Children must be accompanied by an adult or at least a teenager who’s been bribed sufficiently to bring the

Lacombe Flying Club’s annual FlyIn/Drive-In Breakfast runs June 2 from 7 a.m. to noon. There’s a hearty pancake breakfast as well. Adults pay $8, and those under 12 pay $4. Event runs rain or shine, and also includes rides, ‘STARS’ displays, antique autos, aircraft on ground displays, children’s train ride and many other attractions. Seminars


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lecture and experiential learning activities. A course attendance certificate will be awarded to those who complete the training. For more information, call CMHA at 403-342-2266. A course application and more information can be downloaded from The fee for the course is $135 if tuition is paid by May 1. Financial assistance may be available. Registrations are now being accepted for Living Well with a Mental Illness. The five-week course will take place at the Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library at 56 Holt St. The course is taught on Tuesday evenings,

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small one. The event runs May 11th from 1-2 p.m. at the Mary C. Moore Library in Lacombe. Veterans Voices of Canada will be hosting a Veterans Appreciation Day & Silent Auction on May 11th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sylvan Lake Community Center. The day will be made up of our special guests, past and current serving Veterans, the Alberta Military Vehicle Preservation Assoc., feature speaker MCpl. Franklin, the Red Deer Legion Pipe Band, as well as many other events. Veterans Voices of Canada is asking for sponsors for the event as well as donation items for the silent auction. For more information, businesses or individuals may contact VVC by email at ac@vetvoicecan. org or by calling 403-887-7114. Old-time dances run at the Red Deer Legion every Wednesday evening. Smorg at 5 p.m. with dance at 7:30 p.m. Cover charge $6. Country music runs

information and to register. Cronquist Business Park, Bay 16, 5580 45 St. Continuing classes year-round sessions available for those who have completed beginners or who have learned Taoist Tai Chi in the past. Participate in the classes of your choice. Monday-Wednesday from 7:15 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday to Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Classes also available in Lacombe, Rocky Mountain House, and Innisfail. The CMHA 16-hour Facilitator Training course will be held on three Tuesdays, May 21, 28 and June 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The classes are held at the CMHA at 5017 50th St. The course is designed to meet the training needs of people facilitating time limited and on-going groups or courses. It is based on a curriculum developed by Boston University. Each participant will receive extensive training material including the 90 page BU Group Process Guidelines workbook and resource sheets. The course features both

between 6:30 and 8:30 on May 14, 21, 28 June 11 and June 18. Participants will learn how people experiencing emotional distress or psychiatric illness can live satisfying and productive lives. The focus of every session will be on developing strategies, and skills that promote wellness, recovery, and resilience Living Well with a Mental illness is open to anyone in Central Alberta with an interest in mental health. This includes people with a mental illness, their friends, family members, and the public. To register call the Canadian Mental Health Association at 403-342-2266. and ask to speak to education program staff. This free course is co-sponsored by CMHA, Central Alberta Region, and the Red Deer Public Library. The Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) offers opportunity for immigrants to practice speaking English in a fun way. Weekly conversation groups are organized at different times in

the coming months and are free for immigrants. Conversation topics will help to promote orientation to Canadian culture and life in our community. For ESL Level 1 and 2 the sessions are held on Tuesdays from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; for ESL Level 3 and 4 on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location is the Immigrant Centre #202, 5000 Gaetz Ave. Contact Elzbieta at 403-346-8818 to register or for more information. MEETINGS


Lacombe Art Guild - the guild meets regularly on the second and third Tuesday of each month. A variety of workshops are provided for developing artists. Membership is $15 per year. Contact Betty Peers at 403-782-9968 or blog Next meeting runs at May 14th and starts at 6:30 p.m. Meetings runs in LMC Credit Union Room at 5214 50 Ave. in Lacombe. Craving Change - a how-to workshop for changing your relationship with food. Change the way you eat. The meeting runs May 14th from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Lacombe Neighbourhood Place. Call 1-877-314-6997. Laughter yoga - fun, friendly and free! Everyone welcome. Central Alberta Counselling entrance, south side, across from MACs. Meeting runs May 14th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Central Alberta Counseling (4734 - 49B Ave.) in Lacombe. Clive TOPS - need help losing weight? Then join Take Off Pounds Sensibly. The next meeting is May 09 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Clive Christian Fellowship Church. Are you having problems with someone else’s drinking? We are an anonymous group of men and women who can offer encouragement and support. Call Al-Anon Family groups at 403-346-0320 for a list of meetings in Red Deer and the surrounding area. Blackfalds United Church Youth Group takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays. Youth from Grade 4 up are welcome to attend.

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Bashaw Festival of Stars set for long weekend BY MARK WEBER Lacombe Express Having become a popular May long weekend musical event, the 10th annual Bashaw Festival of Stars runs May 17-19 on the Bashaw Agricultural grounds. Audiences will enjoy everything from bluegrass to country classics to gospeloriented styles. Things kick off Friday at 1 p.m. Hours for Saturday and Sunday entertainment are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Folks are encouraged to bring along their lawn chairs and camping is available. From its inception, the Bashaw Festival of Stars has had no problem attracting reams of performers excited to take part, said manager Ron Shantz. “We have performers from all over Alberta,” he said, adding that although there are some repeat performers from year to year, the emphasis is on shining the spotlight on a new batch of artists each year. Performers set to hit the stage at the event include Don Cassidy, The Jeskes, the Keister Family, Mountain Spirit Bluegrass, Susanna Heystek, Cabin Fever Bluegrass, Randy Smith, among others. Rocky Mountain House resident Susanna Heystek, 14, plays a wide variety of mu-

sic, from Vivaldi and hymns with famous organist, Andre Knevel, to traditional Irish tunes. She plays at Cowboy Church and participates in the Red Deer Kiwanis Festival where she received the String Solo Award in 2011 at the Performers’ Showcase. She’s been playing the violin since she was five. Music is something of a family thing as well. “My grandmother, who lives in South Africa, is very musical. She plays the piano when I go there. My mom is fairly musical, too, and my dad has a really good ear.” Susanna’s family immigrated to Canada a few years before she was born. With that rich musical heritage in tow, hitting the stage was quite a natural transition. “When I started violin lessons my teacher would have all the students perform in front of each other each week, and that really got me used to playing in front of people,” she explains. “I started performing quite a bit when I was about nine.” She also credits Dutch composer/conductor/violinist Andrew Rieu with being a key inspiration to pursue music. His theatrical, colourful performances struck a chord with her when she was just five, and she was inspired by his ability to not just conduct but to truly entertain audiences.


“He’s not just a musician – he’s a fantastic performer. He was my inspiration and probably the reason I play the violin. Some people are great musicians and you just want to listen to them. Andre Rieu is one you want to watch.” Over the years, her passion for music has seen her broaden her abilities – she also plays guitar, mandolin, clarinet and piano. Meanwhile, she is excited about again performing at the Bashaw Festival of Stars. She loves how the event features both very experienced artists as well as emerging ones. “They give a chance for a lot of young, upcoming musicians. I’ve made quite a few friends there, too.” In 2011 and 2012 she was invited to the Festival of Stars as well. She is also a regular member of Westlake Echos. She received the Rising Star Award at the Alberta Men & Women of Country Music event in 2012. Music, in general, continues to keep her fascinated. “Music just moves something in me. God knew what he was doing when he made music.” Susanna takes the stage at the Bashaw Festival of Stars on the Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. Admission to the Bashaw Festival of Stars is as follows – Friday ($20 for the afternoon and $15 for the evening), Saturday and Sunday ($30). The weekend

special price is $60. For more information, call coordinator Ron Shantz at 780-372-3087.

GIFTED - Susanna Heystek is one of several performers set to take the stage at this year’s Bashaw Festival of Stars, which runs May 17-19 on the Bashaw Agricultural Grounds. Bill Borgwardt photo

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Your input into this plan is critical Have your ideas heard by participating in the public consultation process. Watch your mailbox for a package that has been mailed to residents from RC Strategies. Inside is a survey that you can fill out and mail back in the postage paid, pre-addressed envelope to RC Strategies. Surveys are also available for pick up at City Hall or the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre if you did not receive one in the mail. Please submit your responses prior to May 17, 2013. Input from the public, community partners, organizations, and residents will be taken into consideration when prioritizing projects to fulfill the needs of our City for the next 20 years. The Recreation and Culture Master Plan is scheduled for completion in late 2013 If you would like to be contacted directly and informed about public input opportunities please go to the link below: For Information Contact: Sandi Stewart Recreation & Culture Manager Phone: 403.782.1266 E-mail:

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Golfers hit the links for start of season BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express After a long, long winter, the Lacombe Golf & Country Club is open for business. General Manager David Clark said that golfers have been raring to get on the course. “We’ve been busy, right from the start,” said Clark. It officially opened on May 1. Last year, the golf course opened on April 14 and ran until Oct. 15. After losing a dozen or so days to bad weather (which Clark said is normal), that still left a golf season of 173 days, said Clark. “Anything over 170 days is outstanding,” he said. “And it showed last year. We had a tremendous year.” Now, because of the long winter, Lacombe Golf & Country Club is already 16 days behind from last year’s season. Clark said that golf is a sport where lost days can’t really be made up later in the season. Even if Lacombe is fortunate enough to have a lengthy, warm autumn, there is not enough interest in golfing by mid-September to do substantial business, he said. He said that by that time, golfers or their families often have other commitments, such as winter sports like hockey and curling, that keep them occupied. “Once you lose a day, whether it’s to weather or a late beginning to the season, it’s gone,” said Clark. “It’s one less day that you can do business on.” Clark estimated Lacombe will see a golf season of about 160 days this year, after losing a few days to weather. “If we get much below that, that’s a real concern,” said Clark. He added that factors like an extremely wet summer or even an early winter could shorten that season even more. However, Clark isn’t too concerned about this year’s season


TECHNIQUE - Joyce Witherspoon putts on the practice green at the Lacombe Golf & Country Club on Wednesday. just yet. He said that the course has wintered well and the holes are in excellent shape. “Right now I don’t anticipate that we are going to have a poor year,” said Clark. “It just may not be as good as the outstanding year that we had last year.”


There was some concern earlier that the late spring and constantly thawing and freezing temperatures might affect the quality of the course’s greens and fairways. During winters where it is consistently cold and there is snow cover, the greens stay insulated, Clark said. If the tempera-

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ture fluctuates or is too warm, fairways and greens run the risk of having problems. “It can be a crapshoot,” he said. “You don’t know what you are going to get when you uncover it.” Luckily, Lacombe Golf & Country Club has not had that problem this year and all the golfers Clark

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has spoken with report the course to be in very fair condition, especially considering what a long winter can do to a golf course. “They are really happy with the condition of the golf course, especially the greens,” said Clark. “They are just tickled.”

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Youngster raises thousands for Hospice BY ERIN FAWCETT Lacombe Express A young boy was featured during a charity event this past weekend because he was the top fundraiser in Red Deer for the event. Six-year-old Carson McRobbie raised $3,910 for this year’s Hike for Hospice. The event was held on Sunday. The Hospice serves all of Central Alberta. The fundraiser is a national event with thousands of participants across Canada. This annual event helps recognize the valuable work done by hospice palliative care volunteers and health care providers across the country, and is helping to build awareness of the need for better access to quality end-of-life care for Canada’s aging population. The Hike had a new location this year and took place within the Kerry Wood Nature Centre sanctuary. “Carson decided to form a team this year for the event. We have walked in it in past years but we haven’t actually formed a team – we’ve just showed up to support it,” said Amy McRobbie, Carson’s mom. “This year, Carson’s initial goal was to raise $200 and that’s what we were going for figuring we would get - $5 here and $10 there. Within hours he reached the goal so we bumped it up to $1,000 and it’s taken off since then.” Carson’s team was also chosen to be this year’s 2013 Hike Family at the local event. Carson has raised money through friends and family as well as through classmates and others at Annie L. Gaetz Elementary School. Seventy-two people have helped Carson exceed his fundraising goal. “It makes me feel good that they are helping me,” he said. Carson has a special connection to the Red Deer Hospice. Right before he was born, his grandmother, Amy’s mother, Linda Blackwood, was a resident at the Hospice before she passed. Blackwood, who had breast cancer, was the very first resident at the Red Deer Hospice when they first opened in 2005. She was at the Hospice for about six months before she passed away. She was 49. “It was amazing that she was able to be there. She could not have asked for a better final six months. The staff was so wonderful and it comforted the family just knowing she was there,” said Amy. After Linda passed, Carson was born a

YOUNG PHILANTHROPIST - Carson McRobbie, 6, reads a book with his mother, Amy McRobbie, at the Red Deer Hospice Society recently after Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express having raised over $3,000 for the 2013 Hike for Hospice held this past Sunday. month later. Amy has volunteered at the Red Deer Hospice in the past and Carson would ask if there was anything he could do there to help. “Before we got our reminder card in the mail about the walk, Carson asked if there was anything he could do at the Hospice to volunteer. He asked if could read to somebody now that he is learning to read a little bit. And he also had the idea of bringing flowers to somebody,” said Amy. “He just wants to brighten someone’s day.” Carson plans on volunteering at the Hospice. “I thought about it for a while and thought what I could do,” said Carson. “It makes me feel really good inside.” Amy said she is very proud of her son for taking the initiative to help those in need. “It’s amazing. I’m very, very, very proud and I’m overwhelmed with all of the sup-

port we got.” As for the Hike for Hospice, the fundraiser continues to grow each year. “We have three main goals that we hope to achieve: fundraising, awareness and recognition,” said Marian Cloutier, fund development and marketing coordinator at the Red Deer Hospice. “Volunteer hikers help us to achieve all three. Not only do they raise necessary funds for Red Deer Hospice’s programs and services in our community, they also help to raise awareness of the need for hospice palliative care and they build recognition of the fact that Central Alberta has a wonderful Hospice facility.” According to Statistics Canada, more than 259,000 Canadians die each year and that number is projected to increase to more than 330,000 by 2020. Almost 90% of those who die each year

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or email: Announcements .................0005-0030 What’s Happening .............. 0049-0070 Garage Sales ........................ 0100-0650 Employment ........................ 0700-0920 Service Directory ................. 1000-1430

Items to Buy/Sell ................. 1500-1940 Agricultural .......................... 2000-2210 For Rent ............................... 3000-3200 Wanted to Rent.................... 3250-3390 Real Estate ...........................4000-4190

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LANDOVER NURSERY NOW OPEN FOR 2013. Annuals, baskets, containers, Cactii. 5 kms. east on 39 St.



COCAINE ANONYMOUS 403-304-1207 (Pager)

Out of Town Sat. 11th & Sun 12th 9-6 p.m. All related acreage items, household furn., utility trailer, ‘95 F250, ‘98 Saturn, bale & chicken feeders, lumber, golf club (left), some tack. From Innisfail: 7 miles E on 590, 2.5 miles N on Range Road 272, East side. Phone Paul for more details 403-896-4711

Lacombe 68 IRON WOLF BLVD. Friday, May 10, 4-8, Sat. 9-5. Household items, sm. appls, pinwheel crystal, linens, tools, air compressor, fire retardent coveralls and much more.



DENTAL RECEPTION/ OFFICE MANAGER for hygiene department. Looking for mature, professional with exc. communication skills. Must be efficient and multi task with ease, and have the ability to follow through on policies and implement them amoung staff. Must be reliable and able to work extended hours. Exp. is an asset but not req’d. Yearly Term position with strong potential for permanent position. Wage to be determined. Fax resume or drop off in person to Associates Dental, Attn: Corinne. 403-347-2133

Hair Stylists


ADAM & EVE UNISEX REQ’S F/T HAIR CUTTING PERSONNEL. Above average earnings. Submit resume in person at Parkland Mall.

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Open House Directory ....... 4200-4310 Financial ..............................4400-4430 Transportation .................... 5000-5240 Legal/Public Notices .........6000-9000

403-782-5040 Trades



Wedding Anniversary 850 60th W Announcement

Murray Mona MacKenzie


Is looking for general carpenters for the Red Deer area. Call Brad 403-588-8588

Experienced Dozer and Hoe operators required, 3-5 years preferred. Valid safety tickets required. Reliable truck would be an asset, use compensated accordingly. Please forward resume with references to brent@ or fax 403-347-0147. No phone calls please. Fletcher Production Services is now hiring experienced operators for the Sylvan Lake & Rocky Mountain House areas. Please submit resume to fletcherproduction@telus. net or drop off at 120, 5028 50A ST Sylvan Lake, AB. Experience is a must.

Fluid Experts Ltd.

Fluid Experts of Red Deer is seeking experienced

Class 1 Operators

to haul clean fluids for the Oil & Gas Industry. Home every night, company benefits with exceptional pay structure. Must be able to work on their own with minimal supervision. Compensation based on experience. Fax resume w/all tickets and current drivers abstract to: 403-346-3112 or email to: LOCAL SERVICE CO. REQ’S EXP. VACUUM TRUCK OPERATOR Must have Class 3 licence w/air & all oilfield tickets. Fax resume w/drivers abstract to 403-886-4475 Water management company looking to hire a qualified


Experience preferred but willing to train the right candidate. Must be able to organize crews and get things done in a timely matter. The right candidate will start out at $100,000.00+/year, with company truck, benefits and bonuses. Work is in the Edson, Fox Creek, Whitecourt area. Hiring immediately. Please forward resumes for review to

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MECHANICAL Design Engineer

PROVIDENCE Trucking Inc Is now hiring experienced:

Picker operator Bed Truck Operator

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.

Winch truck Operator

Duties will include: * Design of equipment All candidates must be using 3D CAD able to pass a pre-employ- * Shop Testing of ment drug screen. We Prototypes offer exceptional wages * Support to and benefits for exceptional manufacturing for existing products people. Fax resume and abstract to 403-314-2340 Job qualifications: or email to safety@ * Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering RATTRAY Reclamation Ltd is seeking a versatile * Eligibility for registration with APEGA individual with a background in farming duties. * Strong mechanical aptitude and interest in The position will involve working with equipment minimal disturbance lease construction and reclama- * Solidworks experience an asset tion in the central Alberta * Creativity and attention area. Duties will include to detail required. operating tractors and * 3 - 5 yrs. exp. preferred. various attachments, fencing and other manual Company paid benefit labour, Competitive wages plan and RRSP. and benefits are available, Please send current oilfield safety resumes to: resume@ tickets are an asset. Please email resume to or fax to (403)-934-5235 Restaurant/

Restaurant/ Hotel


VICTORIA PARK SENIOR Community is now hiring


great salary, benefits & matching RRSP plan. Experience in scratch cooking is a must. Shift work is req’d. Wage will be discussed during interview. ALSO HIRING


with experience. Call 403-309-1957 or email cam.gallagher@ or fax to: 403-309-1960 Central Alberta’s Largest Car Lot in Classifieds

is hiring for the following position: 3RD OR 4TH YEAR HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC. For the Red Deer Area. Please fax resume to: 403-347-8060 OR EMAIL: tricia.cunningham@ LICENSED MECHANIC & AUTO BODY TECH. Reasonable rate. A.J. Auto Repair & Body 11, 7836 49 Ave. Call 403-506-6258 LOCAL company now hiring exp’d dozer and grater operators. Fax resume 403-347-6296 STAIR MANUFACTURER Req’s F/T workers to build stairs in Red Deer shop. MUST HAVE basic carpentry skills. Salary based on skill level. Benefits avail. Apply in person at 100, 7491 Edgar Industrial Bend. email: and/or fax 403-347-7913





Experienced P/T Door Security Apply in person after 3 pm.

Sales & Distributors



NGC is a leading service provider, responding to customer’s needs in the Natural Gas compression industry, supplying quality We have immediate openings for the following:

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

in Sylvan Lake is looking to expand our sales team for our busy 2013 season. Applicants must be able to handle a high volume of sales and work independently. Please email resume Classifieds...costs so little with references to Saves you so much!


Congratulations on your 60th wedding anniversary! We are so proud and happy to celebrate this wonderful occasion with you. With all our love, Steve & Betty, Laura & Andrew, Maureen & Bob and all your grandchildren and great grandchildren.



Duties include the following: •

Develop customer relationships and deliver exceptional customer service. Perform customer maintenance and service work in the Natural Gas Industry.

Candidate must be highly organized, possess excellent verbal communication skills and be able to function as part of a team. This position may require extended hours of work, and possible weekends, must have a valid class 5 driver’s license, the successful candidate will be required to supply a current drivers abstract, prior to employment Experience with Cat, White, Waukesha, Ariel, would be an Asset. The successful candidate will be expected to follow our Core Values Our Core Values are: “Integrity”, “Respect”, “Dependability” “Striving to Improve” If you are interested in joining our company, please reply with your resume to: NGC Compression Solutions Mail: PO Box 1654, Stettler, AB T0C 2L1 Fax: (403) 742-5803 Email: Please note that only those being requested for interviews will be contacted Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds

SECURITAS CANADA Hiring Immediate FT & Casual

EMR/EMT Security Positions Securitas Canada is looking for qualified Security Staff for a Petro-Chemical plant outside of Red Deer. Qualification: Security/Emergency Dispatcher: *EMR/EMT- ACP registered *Valid license (Class 4) * Provincial Security License * Bondable *Good interpersonal skills *Good communication skills *Computer knowledge, previous emergency experience, previous security experience, client interaction experience an asset WHY SECURITAS: *Extended Health and Dental plan *Above average wages *Fully Paid uniform *All training time paid *Dedicated quality group. *Room to learn and grow. How to apply: Fax: 403-314-8475 Email: Fax: 403-314-8475 Integrity - Vigilance Helpfulness Securitas Canada celebrates diversity and we welcome and encourage applications from the four designated groups; namely women, aboriginal people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.



ROCKY RIDGE BUILDERS INC. is currently seeking mature individuals for modular horse barn manufacturing. Carpentry exp. an asset. Must have drivers license and transportation. 10 hrs/day, 5 days/week. 15 minutes south of Sylvan Lake. Fax resume to 403-728-3106 or call 403-373-3419

Truckers/ Drivers


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

Spanky’s Transit Mix is looking for concrete truck drivers. Call Brad 403-347-6562

Misc. Help


ACADEMIC Express Adult Education and Training

Spring Start

GED classes days/evening

Fall Start

Community Support Worker Gov’t of Alberta Funding may be available. 403-340-1930

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ATTENTION Students SUMMER WORK flexible. schedules., $16 base-appt, customer sales/service, no exp necessary, conditions apply, will train, 403-755-6711 www. CALNASH TRUCKING LTD PONOKA, ALBERTA REQUIRES:

Dispatcher 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. Guaranteed hours. Experience preferred. Competitive wages and benefit packages included. Fax resume to: 403-783-3011 email: Only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls.

IN SERVICE SHOP, exp’d with farm equipment and the ability to weld. Apply fax 403-341-5622

DISPATCHER req’d. Knowledge of Red Deer and area is essential. Verbal and written communication skills are req’d. Send resume by fax to 403-346-0295

Currently seeking Newspaper carrier for morning delivery 6 DAYS PER WK. ( Monday - Saturday) in the town of Olds Earn $500+ for hour and a half per day. Must have own vehicle. 18+ Needed ASAP Call Quitcy 403-314-4316 qmacaulay@ reddeer

NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED for The Town of Olds No collecting! Packages come ready for delivery! Also for the afternoon in Town of Penhold! Also afternoon delivery in Town of Springbrook 1 day per wk. No collecting!!

Please contact QUITCY at 403-314-4316 or email qmacaulay@


BLACK CAT CONCRETE Garage/patios/rv pads sidewalks/driveways Dean 403-505-2542

Computer Services

For afternoon delivery once per week In the towns of: Blackfalds Lacombe Ponoka Stettler Call Rick for more info

403-314-4303 NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED To deliver the SYLVAN LAKE NEWS & CENTRAL AB LIFE 1 DAY A WK. Please call Debbie at 403-314-4307



Experienced P/T Door Security Apply in person after 3 pm.


Red Deer Techshop Grand Opening. Website design, pc/laptop repair. Call 403-986-2066 or visit

Handyman Services


GREYSTONE Handyman Services. Reasonable rates. Ron, 403-396-6089

Massage Therapy


HOT STONE, Body Balancing. 403-352-8269 THE BODY Whisperer 4606 48 Ave. 403-986-1691





Property clean up 340-8666

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

Painters/ Decorators


JG PAINTING, 25 yrs. exp. Free Est. 403-872-8888 PAINTING SERVICE Res./Com. Celebrating 25 years. 25% off paint. 403-358-8384 PRO-PAINTING at reasonable rates. 304-0379

Painters/ Decorators


PAINTING SERVICE Res./Com. Celebrating 25 years. 25% off paint. 403-358-8384

Yard Care


GARDEN ROTOTILLING & Yard Prep. 403-597-3957 SPRING LAWN CLEANUP Call 403-304-0678



MOVING AUCTION Sun. May 12, 10 a.m. Olds Air Cadet Hall 52nd Street Olds AB Coins, Coin sets, Collectibles, Thompson forge & tools, Snap on Tools, Blue point tools, Tool boxes, Car manuals, Shop items, Yard & garden, Rototiller, Snowblower, Lawnmower, Porter cable 135 PSI upright air compressor, Household items, Dresser, Furniture, Lots of misc. items Just too much to mention. Check the web for full listing. Sale is subject to additions and deletion Lunch available. See U all out at the sale.




DARK BROWN ROCKPORT LADIES OXFORDS. Size 7 1/2. $25. 2 Pair of Earth Spirit Leather Ladies Sandals, size 7. Nearly new. 1 beige, 1 brown. $15/ea. Knee Length Stone Wash Denim coat. Ladies Large. $25. Morrisroe, 403-347-3741



3 x 21 CRAFTSMAN belt sander $20; B & D router and case $15; Craftsman router $10; large B & D jig saw $8; Skill drill elect. vari. spd $5; small B & D electric drill $5; many more tools 403-358-7678

Stereos TV's, VCRs


SONY Mini stereo, $40., obo; stereo subwoofer; $30. obo; 17” computer monitor, $30. obo. 403-782-3847 SONY STEREO w/surround sound. $160. 403-782-3847

Misc. for Sale


ACCRUE LACE TABLE CLOTH, 50x82. $25. Morrisroe, 403-347-3741 COPPER craft Collectors: Chafing dish; large & small chafing dish, coffee pot, coffee pot, goblets, champagne goblets, bar platter w/ice box, 4 egg holders, gravy boat w/tray, octagon copper platter, large & small wall plaques, wall sconce w/lamp, spinning wheel plaque. ALL for $100. or will sell separately. 403-346-3708 OLYMPIC flame glass collection, $20; 4 party glass plates w/cups, $10; antique tea cup & saucer sets. (3 sets), $5. ea.; self contained wardrobe, $75. 403-346-3708 TILLER, Zenith 20” walk behind, 5 hp. B.S.; $70.; Several red brick & cement blocks 8x16. $1.ea.; 48” neck yolk, $25. 403-728-3375



SUPER CUTE FLUFFY KITTIES. Great for pets or mousers. Free to good homes. 403-343-0730




Farm Equipment


HESTON 565A Round Baler Low usage. New belts, shedded, field ready. With operator manual & cab computer control console. $12,000. 403-845-3501 or 403-844-1954

Farm Custom Work


CUSTOM HEAVY DISCING Hay & Pasture Land Subsoiling & Scraper Work Equipment Rentals Call Field 403-506-0592 MANURE SPREADERS FOR RENT, 3 Bunning manure spreaders, 3 different sizes, vertical beaters, custom corral cleaning with bunning spreaders on truck, Phone 403-588-4787 Contact Lawrence Buit 403-588-1146



2 YEAR OLD BLACK LIMOUSIN BULL FOR SALE Semen tested. Docile. Also Black Angus Cross Yearling Heifers. 403-540-5951 ANGUS BULLS, large selection of quality 2 yr. olds & yearlings, performance info avail, fully guaranteed. LLB Angus 1-403-742-4226


Quiet disposition, quality genetics and semen tested Vaccinated.. Also 2 yr. old avail. George Lane 403-885-5732 or Ross Lane 403-860-2973 CLOSED HERD OF 2 yr. GOATS. Owner selling due to health reasons. 780-877-2255

Pasture/Land Wanted


Grain, Feed Hay


150 LARGE ROUND exc. quality, 2nd cut, alfalfa hay bales. Feed test available. SOLD 150 ROUND BALES OF GRASS 1ST CUT HAY $60/bale. Call Lawrence 403-588-4787

Seed Grain


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

Houses/ Duplexes


3 BDRM., 1/2 duplex main flr. laundry, utils. incl’d. n/s, no pets $1200 403-314-4418 / 598-2626 JULY1, 2 BDRM., main flr. w/ laundry, South Hill, $1125utils. incl’d. n/s, no pets 403-314-4418 / 598-2626

Condos/ Townhouses


CLEAN TOWNHOUSE 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, 5 appls, fenced back yard, storage shed, n/s. $1150 + DD June 1st. 403-343-0761




COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE 6’-20’ , equipment for digging, wrapping, basketing, hauling and planting. J/V Tree Farm. John 403-350-6439. ELECTRIC TILLER, for flower beds. $75. 403-314-0804

Household Appliances


FREEZER, Baycrest 16 cu ft., works good. Very Clean. $75. 403-347-3950 GE STOVE. Only used one year. White, excellent cond. Clean. $150. 403-348-9009 CLUB Chair, chocolate brown leather, like new. $150. 403-596-1312 DESK and chair $75; Dirt Devil vacuum, used very little $60; 27” older tv w/stand $50 403-340-0675 OAK ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE $175. 403-346-3708

Collectors' Items


DRUMMOND NAVY WITH ORAGE “WOLFSBRAU” LETTERING SWEATSHIRT. Large. $50. 1 Precious Moments. $40. Morrisroe, 403-347-3741

Farm Equipment


2011 MASSEY FERGUSON DISC BINE. Like new. 7 cutting discs, field ready. With operator manual. $18,000. 403-845-3501 or 403-844-1954 5 WHEEL HAY RAKE. Independent hyd. arms. Hyd. height adjustment. $5000. 403-845-3501 or 403-844-1954 Mobile Solar Livestock Watering System; ear tag reader, pocket PC with herd management software. 403-844-1194

SIMMENTALS P/B, no papers, priced accordingly, tested, easy calving blood line, polled and horned. Ron 782-2754 2 YEAR OLD BLACK ANGUS BULL FOR SALE. Semen tested, halter broke & ai sire. 403-540-5951

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Celebrate your life with a Classified ANNOUNCEMENT

WANTED: all types of horses. Processing locally in Lacombe weekly. 403-651-5912

Horse/Stock Trailers


Condos/ Townhouses

4040 2008 KAWASAKI Vulcan 900 Classic LT. 4,425 kms. exc. cond. grey/white. $6500 obo 403-596-1312

2 BDRM., 1 bath condo in Clearview. Totally reno’d. Granite counter tops. Call Devin 403-588-9126

Lots For Sale

Antique & Classic Autos


1967 CHRYSLER Newport 383 2 barrel auto, $2200 obo 403-227-2166





SYLVAN LAKE - Pie lot, Well priced. Good location. 403-896-3553


1995 BARTH Regal Class A 31’ wide-body coach on 1994 Ford chassis-460 gas engine; 28,150 miles/one owner/smoke free/ fully equip.. Exc. cond. No GST Reduced to $32,900. Ed (403) 783-3430.

Fifth Wheels


2000 PONTIAC Grand Am 2 dr. Saftied 403-318-3040

2000 JAYCO Quest 23’ 3 pce. bath, air, sleeps 6. Exc. shape $6000. obo 403-885-5608, 352-0740 1999 35’ DUTCHMEN pulled 600 kms., a.t., heat 2000 BUICK Park Avenue. & air, full bath w/tub in main bdrm, 1/2 bath w/dbl. 246,000 km. Nice cond. Needs nothing. 403-340-2604 bunks at rear, 14’ pushout kitchen/living, sleeps 8, exc. cond., n/s, no pets, clean, lots of storage, stove and fridge, $9500 SUV's 403-227-6442 304-5894


1998 NISSAN Pathfinder Chilkoot 4x4, auto, $3900 obo. 403-342-5609


1994 TITANIUM model 31E36MK. Loaded, many extras. $28,000 obo. 403-347-1050 or 304-4580

Holiday Trailers


1980 20’ CAMP TRAILER. Great shape for older unit. $5000 obo. 403-782-2669


RESTORED WOOD WHEELED WAGONS 403-783-2330 evenings, 403-704-9109


shape $2200 obo. Son GULL LAKE, 2012 Park model home, on grew out of it, 403-845-0442 professionally landscaped lot. Fully furnished. Too many extras to list. 403-350-5524 for details.


Townhouse in Mountain Park subdivision. Over 3700 sq.ft., 4 bedrooms & 3.5 baths. Features include 22’ vaulted ceiling in Great Room with floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, hardwood floors, Dacor stainless steel appliances, in-floor radiant heat, walk-out lower level & more. Slate spa shower & large walk-in closets with built-in cabinetry. House is fully wired for surround sound, security smart home. $599,900 For more information call 403-396-5516.




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




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

MALTESE, white, 6 yrs. POLLED PUREBRED old. very loving dog. Sadly SIMMENTAL BULLS. B & D radial arm saw 10” needs a good loving home, Red & Black Yearlings. 4 Plexes/ $150; 3 1/4” Makita planer Senior cant take her with Semen tested, guaranteed. $30; B & D 1/2 sheet shoe her. 403-341-4502 6 Plexes 403-877-7661 sander $10 403-358-7678 SHELTIES PUREBRED red and black 1 BDRM. 2 appls. no pets 4M, 1F, vet checked, $850/mo. 403-343-6609 Angus bulls. 1 and 2 year ready to go $500/ea. olds. Semen tested Firewood 403-722-3204 846-0198 and delivered. Stores/ Vicwin farms FIREWOOD. Pine, Spruce, 403-784-3517, Commercial Sporting Poplar. Can deliver 403-318-7363. 1-4 cords. 403-844-0227 Goods LACOMBE DOWNTOWN RED & BLACK ANGUS COMMERCIAL LEASE LOGS Yearling Bulls for sale. A GOLF CLUB SET Tommy Ideal for retail or office. Semi loads of pine, spruce, Armour 845S irons, 3-sw good selection of heifer - 3225 square feet tamarack, poplar. steel shafts, rh, John Daly bulls & cow bulls available, 5019 - 51 Street Price depends on location. driver, Nick Dent GH + 3 & all bulls have been semen Contact Linda 403-782-5117 Lil Mule Logging 5 woods, like new Tommy tested and are guaranteed 403-318-4346 breeders. For more Armour carry bag and information please call stand, very good cond, Now Offering Hotter, Cleaner Cottages/Resort 403-357-7571 $100 403-346-0093 BC Birch. All Types. P.U. / Property del. Lyle 403-783-2275 RED ANGUS 2 Year old MISC. GOLF CLUBS & Yearling Bulls. Semen With leather bag. $75. tested, good temperament. Garden 403-314-0804 Cripps Cattle Company Supplies 403-391-2648



Cottages/Resort Property

Auto Wreckers 2009 FORD F 150Lariat 4x4 loaded, tow pkg, 82,000 kms, exc. cond. $24,900 403-346-0633

RED’S AUTO. Free Scrap Vehicle & Metal Removal. We travel. May pay cash for vehicle. 403-396-7519

Vehicles Wanted To Buy

2008 Ford F150 4X4 Supercrew XLT 143,600 km $14,900 obo. tow pkg. , backup camera, exc. cond. 358-9646 You can sell your guitar for a song... or put it in CLASSIFIEDS and we’ll sell it for you!

5190 5200

WANTED FREE REMOVAL of unwanted cars and trucks, also wanted to buy lead batteries, call 403-396-8629 REMOVAL of unwanted cars, may pay cash for complete cars. 304-7585 A1 RED’S AUTO. Free scrap vehicle & metal removal. We travel. AMVIC approved. 403-396-7519


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Ă&#x201E;;L;BEFC;DJ<V9;Hr This position involves all internal reconditioning of Innisfail & Sylvan Truck Ranch vehicles for resale. No retail work. We have a great shop, with great equipment. If you want to work great hours and earn an excellent income with an excellent benefits package, apply now. To apply, contact Wayne or Daryl at 403-227-4456 for an interview. Or send your resume to


PAINTERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HELPER

Needed immediately in Ponoka Hourly rate $14 No experience necessary

Call: 250-215-3179 or Email:

Planning and Development

The City of Lacombe is currently seeking a full-time one year term certain (maternity leave) Development Officer 1 (DO1) to join our Planning and Development Department. The DO1 approves and monitors all permitted use permits, reviews development plans, presents to development authority, and collaborates with development stakeholders and City Staff. The DO1 also issues gas, electrical, plumbing and building code permits, requiring knowledge of the Alberta Safety Codes Act and Regulations. The ideal candidate is comfortable working in a regulatory position with various stakeholders in the community.

Preferred Qualifications: â&#x20AC;˘ Diploma in related field, preferably with Applied Land Use Planning Certificate â&#x20AC;˘ Competency in MS Office applications, AutoCAD and/or GIS â&#x20AC;˘ 3 years related experience, preferably some municipal â&#x20AC;˘ Familiarity with municipal development permitting processes and relevant legislation â&#x20AC;˘ Exceptional communication, organization and customer service skills â&#x20AC;˘ Equivalencies may be considered â&#x20AC;˘ Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Abstract The City of Lacombe has an excellent benefits package. Salary range is $54,171 - $67,724 dependent on education and experience. If you see yourself excelling in this one year term certain Development Officer 1 position please submit an application form or resume on or before May 17, 2013 to: Attn: Human Resources City of Lacombe 5432-56 Avenue Lacombe, AB T4L 1E9 E-mail: Website: All applicants are thanked for their interest, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Lacombe Memorial Centre The City of Lacombe is currently seeking a Part-time Custodian for the Lacombe Memorial Centre. This position is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the building and assisting the public. Some shift work is required including nights and weekends. The ideal candidate will be able to perform the physical requirements of this position including some lifting. WHMIS and First Aid certifications are also required. Duties Include: Event Preparation and Take Down â&#x20AC;˘ Set up facility for various functions, ensure guests have equipment and supplies they need and be available to assist â&#x20AC;˘ Perform take down and clean up after events Custodial â&#x20AC;˘ Clean all areas of the facility including FCSS and the Library â&#x20AC;˘ Ensure sidewalks are clear of snow and debris â&#x20AC;˘ Ensure facility is unlocked and/or secured in accordance with schedules, policies and procedures Public Relations â&#x20AC;˘ Provide information and assistance to facility users â&#x20AC;˘ Ensure LMC policies and procedures related to safety and respect are adhered to â&#x20AC;˘ Other related duties as may be assigned Wages range between $17.51 - $21.89 per hour depending on skills and experience. Interested candidates are asked to submit an application form or resume by May 17, 2013 stating job applied for to:

Attn: Human Resources City of Lacombe 5432-56 Avenue Lacombe, AB T4L 1E9 Fax: 403 782 5655 E-mail: All applicants are thanked for their interest, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Service Directory

To advertise your service or business here, call 403.782.5303 â&#x20AC;˘Skidsteer Services â&#x20AC;˘Gravel Hauling â&#x20AC;˘Excavating


Your Quality Excavating Solution

Placing a small ad in the service directory will cost you less than a penny per paper distributed to



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2012 Nissan Pathfinder

2012 Buick Enclave CXL1





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2012 GMC Acadia SLE2 AWD

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2012 Chevrolett Traverse LT


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2012 Buick Lacrosse CXL

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 GT




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