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GAME FACE – Myles Shaw of the Lacombe Dodgers attempts to shut out the Red Deer Razorbacks but the team was unable to, leaving the Razorbacks ahead 6-2 at the end of the game at Red Deer’s Great Chief Park this past weekend.

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International bird researcher visits Ellis Bird Farm Staff gearing up for annual Bluebird Festival set for July 13 BY ALF CRYDERMAN Lacombe Express Last year 22 Purple Martins nesting at the Ellis Bird Farm, located northeast of Red Deer near Joffre, were fitted with tiny geolocators to track their migration movements by satellite. The information from these tiny electric gizmos is revealing amazing information about where and how far these birds (smaller than a robin) travel. Myrna Pearman, biologist and site manager at the Farm, says, “This year we were lucky to retrieve four of those 22 birds here. Now we have a record of their entire journey for three of them (a dead battery made the fourth unusable) and it’s incredible. “Amelia, the first one, left here on the 24th of August (2012) and went all the way down to Brazil. She flew 22,300 kilometres all told, rocketing back to the Ellis Bird Farm, leaving (Brazil) on the 24th of April (2013) and she made it back here in 21 days, averaging 600 kilometres a day. Absolutely incredible.” Information from the other returning birds is equally fascinating. Pearman said this is the first time geolocators are being used here. Purple Martins are at the northwestern edge of their range in Central Alberta and the research will help discover why the species is declining. “Habitat loss (is a factor) and they think climate change is a major issue. The birds are genetically programmed to migrate at a certain time, but the insect flush (which the birds depend on when breeding) depends on temperature so by the time the martins arrive there’s not as much food.” Dr. Kevin Fraser, from York University in Toronto, heads up the purple martin studies. He was at the Farm last week putting the tiny geolocators on more purple martins. The geolocators weigh about a gram and a half, usually less than 3% of the bird’s body weight. “We’ve already learned that the purple martins here have to make the longest migration of any birds we’ve tracked, a 22,000

kilometre annual journey,” said Dr. Fraser. “It’s hard to imagine something this small - purple martins weigh about 45 grams - going those distances,” he said.

“WE’VE ALREADY LEARNED THAT THE PURPLE MARTINS HERE HAVE TO MAKE THE LONGEST MIGRATION OF ANY BIRDS WE’VE TRACKED, A 22,000 KILOMETRE ANNUAL JOURNEY.” DR. KEVIN FRASER “We’ve also found the birds here have a really long stop in the Yucatan (in Mexico), staying there about a month, to refuel and perhaps moult. That could be a really important place to protect this population (of purple martins). Some martin populations are in serious decline and we don’t know what’s causing that.” The Ellis Bird Farm is better known for its mountain bluebirds than its Purple Martins, but their bluebird numbers are down. The population was decimated after a major storm in 2008 and it hasn’t recovered locally, said Pearman. But the annual Bluebird Festival is still planned for July 13. “It starts at 11 a.m. with chili on a bun,” said Pearman. “And the whole day will be children’s activities, site tours, the Beaverhill Bird Observatory will be here banding birds, live music from Jazz Explosions, our blue feather award and Red Deer Centennial birthday cake. But we probably won’t do tours to the bluebird boxes, because their numbers are down and we don’t want to bother them.” She describes the Ellis Bird Farm as one of Alberta’s best kept secrets. “It’s a wonderful little gem, a great place to escape the

INCREDIBLE JOURNEY - Dawson Shuflita, 13, from near Eckville, is about to release a Purple Martin outfitted with a geolocator at the Ellis Bird Farm recently. He’s being helped by Dr. Kevin Fraser from Toronto’s York University, who is studying the bird’s migration patterns. Inset – a close-up look at one of the tiny geolocators. Alf Cryderman/Red Deer Express

hectic city life. Our teahouse has fabulous food, the site is beautiful and there’s lots of stuff for kids to do. It’s a wonderful place.” Charlie Ellis put up his first bird box on his front lawn in what is now the Ellis Bird Farm in the spring of 1955. Tree swallows set up housekeeping but a pair of house sparrows took over the box, killing the female swallow

and building a nest on top of her and her dead nestlings. That outraged Ellis and he built more boxes for native birds like tree swallows and mountain bluebirds, while trying to control the destructive house sparrows. In a few years he had 300 houses and was especially happy with the number of bluebirds. There was one pair in 1956; by the 1970s he had found more than 70 nesting pairs and it was thought to be the highest known concentration of breeding blue-

birds anywhere. With his sister Winnie he negotiated with Union Carbide (now MEGlobal) in 1980 to sell them his land with the understanding that the birds would be protected (thus the Ellis Bird Farm was born) and they could live there for the rest of their lives. Charlie died in 1990 and Winnie in 2004, but the Ellis Bird Farm is still going strong, taking an active role in international bird research.

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Lacombe Days a ‘time honoured tradition’ BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express It’s time once again for Lacombe Days. From July 18-21, folks are encouraged to come see what Lacombe has to offer. Mark Visscher, chairman of Lacombe Days, said that the celebrations are a time-honoured tradition that has expanded significantly over the years. “When I grew up here, it was traditionally a baseball tournament,” said Visscher. “It has grown through the years.” Visscher added that Lacombe Days has existed for quite awhile. So long in fact that he can’t quite recall the original details of the festival. However, some things have been consistent for a number of years. One such example is the

Rose and Lily Show which has been part of Lacombe Days for as long as Visscher can remember. Other aspects, like car racing and baseball tournaments, have varied from year to year, Visscher said. Today, “Lacombe Days is an all ages event showcasing what Lacombe has to offer,” said Visscher. While there are too many events all over the City during Lacombe Days to list here, Visscher said the highlights include the parade on Saturday morning, and the show n’ shine and the fireworks which are set for Friday night, all of which are always well attended. Of course, the parade is the biggest highlight that everyone looks forward to during Lacombe Days. Visscher said he is expecting 100 floats and possibly well over

that number to enter in the parade depending on the weather. An addition to this year’s Lacombe Days is the Jumping Jack

“LACOMBE DAYS IS AN ALL AGES EVENT SHOWCASING WHAT LACOMBE HAS TO OFFER.” MARK VISSCHER Carnival, a feature specifically for the kids. The carnival consists of a number of inflatable play structures set up for youngsters to enjoy at Michener Park. Lacombe Days will also be showcasing the different areas and buildings of Lacombe. With

events being held at Michener Park, Lacombe Memorial Centre, English Estates and ME Global Athletic Park, anyone taking advantage of Lacombe Days is sure to experience what all sectors of the City have to offer. “It is a beautiful City,” said Visscher. Lacombe Days isn’t just for Lacombians either. Visscher said that the events typically draw out people from Blackfalds, Lacombe County and elsewhere as well. For those who want to be part of the community, Visscher said Lacombe Days is a great way to participate. “Why not?” said Visscher. “It’s everyone’s community. You should be involved in what’s going on.” Lacombe Days kicks off with a barbecue on Thursday from

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the new Sunny 94 building. Things really get going on Saturday with the pancake breakfast and parade in the morning with tons of other fun-filled activities throughout the rest of the weekend. For more information on Lacombe Days, such as a full list of events, event details, the parade route and event times, visit the Lacombe Days web site at www. Meanwhile, volunteers are still needed to help out with the organizing and running of Lacombe Days, said Visscher. The parade in particular is in need of a few more hands. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Lacombe Days committee through the web site at

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City puts out call to artists for works under new policy BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express It’s the first of hopefully many for the City of Lacombe. City of Lacombe administration is currently accepting applications for the very first piece of artwork to be added to the City of Lacombe Art Collection from the Percent for Art policy. “It’s exciting, I think, because basically we are wanting to be the prettiest, greenest, most beautiful city in Canada or in Alberta,” said Sandi Stewart, manager of Lacombe recreation and culture. “This is a good way to force ourselves, going forward, to incorporate things that beautify our City.” Lacombe’s Percent for Art Policy is a new policy that was brought in to help Lacombe grow as a center for arts and culture. It ensures that a percentage of the budget for certain capital projects goes toward adding new art to the City of Lacombe Art Collection. “Because Lacombe wants to be an arts and culture hub, we needed a way to ensure that we continued to grow as a community with art and culture,” said Maureen MacKenzie, executive assistant for the City of Lacombe. One of two locations will be chosen for the piece. Option one is the area of the small green space by the spray park of the Leisure Complex which would be suitable for a fixed and permanent three-dimensional piece. The second option is the south facing wall of the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre which would be appropri-

ate for a two-dimensional art piece such as a mural. Other than that, administration is reluctant to give any further direction to applying artists.


cepted by the City until July 26 at noon. The City of Lacombe Art Collection Committee will then select the successful application which will be completed by the fall of this year. For more information, or to submit an application, contact Sandi Stewart at 403-782-1266 or via email at

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SANDI STEWART MacKenzie said this is in an effort to avoid influencing any artist and added that administration would rather hear what kinds of pieces artists think would go best in those spaces. The area around the Leisure Complex was chosen to house the first piece of art under the One Percent for Art Policy because it is a high traffic area that is a hub of activity for Lacombe. MacKenzie said another purpose behind the project is to promote Alberta artists so it is important for the piece to be easily visible. While this new piece will be the first added to the City of Lacombe Art Collection under the new policy, the collection already contains over 160 pieces of art. The City of Lacombe Art Collection Committee is charged with accepting art into the collection and will be choosing the new piece to be placed in one of the two areas outside the Leisure Complex as well. Artist applications for the new piece will be ac-



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Current weather trends aid spread of Black Knot BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express Lacombe is facing an epidemic of sorts. Black Knot disease, a parasitic fungus that attacks trees of the cherry family, is running rampant in Lacombe. Tom Lee, arborist for Lacombe Parks, said that Black Knot thrives in hot humid conditions such as Lacombe has been experiencing lately and while eliminating the disease entirely is unrealistic, it is something that needs to be controlled. “It’s like any other weed or pest,” said Lee. “Control it where you find it. If you don’t it only gets worse.” Black Knot is highly contagious and will deform trees that it infects. Contact from birds and insects as well as wind can carry the Black Knot fungus spores

from tree to tree, said Lee. Chokecherries, Pincherries hackberry (May Day trees) and other members of the cherry family of trees are most at risk for Black Knot, said Lee. He added that he has heard of other plants, like decorative plums, being infected as well but has not seen any such cases within Lacombe. While Black Knot disease is highly contagious and can be very damaging to the trees it infects, it is also easy to spot and luckily has a simple cure. Black Knot manifests on trees in swells that turn to black burls and are easily identified. To treat an infected tree, simply prune the infected branches back six to eight inches from the burl or to the nearest junction point. It is also a good idea to sterilize pruning tools and

hands while treating trees as well, said Lee, because touching infected parts of the tree and then touching another limb can also spread the fungus.


burn them after pruning them from the tree. Lacombians also have the option of taking them to the Wolf Creek Recycling Depot where they will be properly disposed off or taking them to Prentiss Landfill where they will be burned or buried. A tree with a thick canopy can hold humidity and heat, which encourages the spread of Black Knot. So,

regularly pruning trees to keep thinner canopies also helps control the fungus, said Lee. He added that pruning can even be done in winter, whether the tree is infected or not, as both the trees and fungus are dormant at that time. Lee said it is difficult to know just how many trees have been affected by the fungus, but he would es-

timate about 75% of Lacombe’s (cherry family) trees are infected. In Michener Park for example, every tree that is a member of the cherry family has been infected with the disease. City of Lacombe crews have even had to remove some trees entirely because the disease had spread throughout the entire tree.

Any alcohol-based solution can work as sterilizer, said Lee. He also advised against pruning infected trees in wet or rainy weather, as the spores can be transferred through water as well. As Black Knot spores are still active on branches even after they have been removed from a tree, Lee said the best way to get rid of infected branches is to

TREE DOCTOR - Tom Lee examines a Hackberry (May Day) tree infected with Black Knot in Michener Park.

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Words as weapons It’s about time people learned that they can’t just say whatever they like. When the floodwaters of the Highwood, Bow and Elbow rivers began to rise, when citizens of High River were being evacuated from their homes as they watched them swept away by the swollen river and downtown Calgary was quickly being submerged, one man decided this would be a good time to take a shot at Albertans. While others were taking to facebook and Twitter to post messages of support, concern and positive wishes for those affected by the floods, Andy Greschner logged into his facebook account to blame Albertans for their predicament and gloat about the beauty of British Columbia. In a post made on his facebook page, Greschner said that Alberta was to blame for the flooding in the province because it had neglected to take care of the environment. Greschner also used a number of derogatory comments to express his joy that the “beautiful B.C. campgrounds” would be free of Albertans for a few weeks. Comments such of these are never acceptable in any place, at any time, in any context, much less when the disaster being referenced has claimed lives and destroyed home.

Greschner later released an apology saying that he made the comments before he was made aware of the deaths caused by the flooding. He also said that his comments were meant to be an “inside joke” among B.C. residents about Alberta vacationers. Like many others who make sick jokes at the expense of those who fall victim to such tragedies, Greschner uses the excuse that he didn’t know anyone had died to defend his comments. Since when has it ever been acceptable to mock anyone, especially the victims of such a serious disaster, as long as no one has died? This is behaviour that is seen far too often and it needs to end. People also need to learn that comments made online, whether on facebook, Twitter, or other online forums, are not at all like having a private conversation with friend (not that the comments made by Greschner would have been acceptable had they been made in private). Greschner said in his apology that he had meant for his comments to be an inside joke among B.C. residents. He found out the hard way that posting something on facebook makes it public and it doesn’t stay “inside” anything for long. After the rash of negative attention his facebook account

received in response to his idiotic and hurtful comments, Greschner was forced to close his facebook account. Greschner might count himself lucky however. Law enforcement organizations are starting to take such comments much more seriously. In February of this year, a 19-year-old man was arrested in Texas for comments he made in response to a taunt from one of his friends on facebook. Justin Carter posted on his facebook that he though he might “shoot up a kindergarten and watch the

blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them.” Once again, sick comments meant as a “joke.” Carter has been in prison since March and could face up to 10 years in prison. It is unknown at this time whether he will face the maximum penalty but he has already rejected a plea deal where he would serve eight years in prison. It’s good to know something is being done to show people words carry consequences.

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As Lacombe grows and develops over time, residents can rest assured that the City’s Planning and Development Services – which is responsible for coordinating land use matters with Council and various stakeholders – is working hard to ensure that growth and development occurs in an organized, rational and sustainable manner, in order to maintain and enhance our built and natural environments. Council has stated publicly the Lacombe is ready and open for business, and staff has been diligent in reviewing all applications to ensure compliance with current regulations, and also been responsive in taking land use amendments to Council in a timely manner for review and consideration. So far this year, they have brought forward seven land use bylaw amendments for rezoning and text changes, all to help facilitate new development in Lacombe. At present, the department is working on a number of large projects, including the Downtown Area Redevelopment and Urban Design Plan (DARP); Trinity Crossing at Terrace Heights and the Wolf


CHRISTIE Creek Crossing Outline Plan. DARP is a statutory land use plan that was adopted in January 2013. The plan provides a guiding framework for the redevelopment of the downtown area. Currently, we are in the process of drawing up architectural design guidelines for the plan to ensure that future development in the downtown area achieves quality design and is complementary to the character and land use of surrounding areas. The public is invited to a workshop on July 16 at the LMC to help develop these guidelines. Please go to for more information. The Trinity Crossing Outline Plan is a residential development, which outlines the planning direction and controls for the north area of Lacombe. The developer sought to amend the original plan, to change the types of residential

land use districts proposed, and included upgrades to the proposed trail system and an additional playground. On May 13, Council adopted the amended Trinity Crossing Outline Plan, clearing the way for the applicant to proceed with subdivision and rezoning work. The Wolf Creek Crossing Outline Plan was adopted by Council on June 11, 2012. The area will be developed as a large format commercial (including a Towne Centre), mixed residential and light industrial development. More recently, Planning and Development staff worked closely with an applicant proposing to develop a hotel within the area. Recommendations were taken forward to the Municipal Planning Commission and the development permit was approved on June 26. Specific attention was paid to ensuring that the application not only aligned with the Land Use Bylaw requirements but also to the Wolf Creek Crossing Outline Plan. This was done to ensure that the application complemented and reflected the overarching vision for

the plan area. The City of Lacombe has been responsive to requests made by the developer, and Council has repeatedly demonstrated the will to work with them to expedite the process within the guidelines and parameters of the Municipal Government Act and relevant municipal policies. However, the driving force behind development in the community is the developer, not the municipality. We are the authority that processes the applications and permits, and provides the checks and balances to ensure the process is fair and equitable. We can react only if the developer decides to proceed. Finally, if you or someone you know is considering undertaking a development in Lacombe, I encourage you to contact our knowledgeable staff to discuss your project. They will be happy to engage in dialogue and answer any questions, and offer guidance on your specific development requirements. Planning and Development Services can be reached at 403-782-1264. Steve Christie is the mayor of Lacombe.

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fyi EVENTS Youth Unlimited Drop-in Activities - every Tuesday and Thursday, for ages 12 and up. Movies, crafts, games and more! It costs $2/night or $50/season (JuneSeptember). Last Thursday of the month is girls only. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. and activities run at the YU-Turn Youth Centre. Come on out to our annual Bluebird Festival! Ellis Bird Farm’s longest-running event has something for everyone in your family. Enjoy live music, family activities, a market highlighting local/rural businesses and a hot lunch! The Lacombe Lakeside Social Workers will be offering a lunch of chili, buns and fixings for $5 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Musical entertainment by Jazz Explosion. Lacombe County will also be presenting their first ever State of the Environment report to the public at 1 p.m. as part of the Festival. The launch will include a short speech from Reeve Wigmore and a brief presentation on findings by our Environmental Coordinator Blayne West. Other activities include a Neighbour’s Market - nestbox building ($6 per nestbox) - airbrush tattoos - crafts. The day’s events run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 403346-2211 or visit their web site. Daily historic walking tours run at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The tours, which explore downtown Lacombe, last about 45 minutes each. They start at the Michener House Museum and ending at the Flatiron building. Adults $10, children 16 and under are free. Tours are available seven days a week, all summer. To book a private tour, group/school/ camp tour, or for more information call us at either 403-7556935 or 403-782-3933. During Lacombe Days tours will be free. Join us at Camp Curious for an educational good time! We explore weekly themes through crafts, games, guest speakers, water play, exciting weekly field trips and song! Our activities are targeted to explore and facilitate camp values as well as foster personal camper growth. Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,

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the Youth Unlimited building located in downtown Lacombe. Love to sing? Hearts of Harmony, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is an a cappella chorus for Central Alberta women of all ages who love to sing and harmonize. Rehearsals are Monday nights from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Davenport Church of Christ (68 Donlevy Ave.) Join us any Monday night, you will be welcomed. Experience the joyful sound of four-part harmony with a group of wonderful women. For more information, call Nancy at 403-357-8240, or our director, Sheryl @403-7424218 or check out our web site

Lacombe Days kicks off July 18. Celebration of the City of Lacombe. A wide variety of scheduled events for all ages to enjoy! For a complete schedule visit us at “Renew, Remember, Rediscover” - Summer Village of Gull Lake Centennial runs Aug. 2-5th. It includes fun and exciting community events and activities starting Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. with an art show – wine and cheese at the Gull Lake Community Hall. Highlights on Aug. 3 include an art show, kids’ crafts, a horseshoe tournament, beach activities, a street dance, beer gardens and a slow pitch tournament.



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at 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. 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 Friday and Saturday evenings 7 to 11 p.m. 403-342-0035. Gorgeous sunshine! Grow plants grow. The lilies are starting to bud - they should be perfect for Lacombe & District Garden Club’s tour of T & S Lilies’ farm on July 16th! Meet us at the Lacombe Memorial Centre at 6:15 p.m. to car pool or out at the farm at 6:30 p.m. We’ll finish our evening at a garden club member’s stunning yard for refreshments. Everyone is welcome! For more information contact Pamela at 403-782-5061.

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 403782-9968 or blog Meetings runs in LMC Credit Union Room at 5214 50 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.

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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. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step support group offering a solution for all forms of food addiction. No dues, fees or weigh-in. Central Alberta groups meet in Red Deer, Lacombe and Rimbey. For locations and dates, call Joanne at 403-314-1972. The Parkinson’s Society Education and Support Group runs the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Davenport Church of Christ in Red Deer. 403-346-4463. An Amputee Support Group Meeting, sponsored by the Alberta Amputee Sport and Recreation Association at 7:30 in Room 2207 in the South Complex of the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Meetings the fourth Monday of each month. 403-357-3671. Addict in the Family Support Group is a confidential, professionally-facilitated support group. Meetings run every second Thursday at 4920 – 54 St. from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 403-342-0895.

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Blackfalds town councillor opposes taxi bylaw BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express Blackfalds is a growing community and the Town of Blackfalds has decided the time has come for a taxi bylaw to be implemented. However, one Town of Blackfalds councillor seems to be uncertain about the bylaw administration has come up with. On June 17, a draft taxi bylaw was brought to the Standing Committee of Council for review. Comments and feedback from councillors were then incorporated into the bylaw

and it was further reviewed by the Town’s solicitor before returning to council at its regular meeting on July 9. When the bylaw was brought to council for first reading, Councillor Richard Poole expressed his opposition to the bylaw and asked administration for clarification on several aspects of the legislation. Poole said he views the taxi bylaw as “draconian” and said there is no other piece of legislation in Blackfalds that make such demands on a business. He added that he does not understand why Blackfalds should have a bylaw that calls one type of business out in the com-

Blackfalds Cemetery vandalism Earlier this week, Blackfalds RCMP identified three young offender males involved in some recent cemetery vandalism. The three turned themselves into the Blackfalds Detachment in the presence of their parents/ guardians.  Blackfalds RCMP had responded to a complaint of vandalism at the Cemetery and found numerous flowers and vases damaged on scene.  Initially, it did not appear that any headstones

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Plenty of family fun at this year’s CentreFest Popular annual festival features slate of international performers BY ALF CRYDERMAN Lacombe Express Guaranteed to please an array of visitors, one of Central Alberta’s premier events is coming up later this month. “Bigger and better than ever,â€? is how Heidi Hastings, communications and event coordinator at the Downtown Business Association for CentreFest 2013, describes this year’s event. Held in Red Deer, the 11th annual street performers’ festival, billed as the best silly fest in the west, takes place July 26–28. This is Hasting’s ďŹ rst CentreFest and she describes it as, “A lot of fun and everyday is a new adventure. Our kick-off launch is on July 26, Friday noon, our Atco BBQ. “For a $5 donation you can have lunch and a one hour miniperformance with all our entertainers.â€? The street shows start on July 27 at 11:30 a.m. and goes till 8 p.m. and noon till 6 p.m. on Sunday. Lots of new performers will be featured this year and one of the headliners will be Jack Dagger, sometimes known as the King of Fling. While he also cracks whips and makes wisecracks, he is best known for his ability to throw knives within a hair’s breadth of his attractive assistant. His signature stunt is known as the Jack Knife – Cucumber Slice,

which he’s performed for Conan O’Brien on the Tonight Show. “He should be pretty exciting. He’s actually won competitions and is world- renowned. Most of our performers are actually stand-up comedians who do their juggling or whatever routines while they deliver their humour.â€? Among the other performers are Bryon from England with “His edgy, hilarious, comedy juggling chain escape show.â€? He’s performed with Zack GaliďŹ nakis and Colin Mochrie, among others. James Jordan is a carnival magician from Calgary and Kamikaze Fireies from California is a two-person ‘vaudeville smack down that will rip you a new laugh hole,’ with giant spinning metal cubes and contortionist backbends. Then there’s Dan Raspyni who’s been performing juggling and balancing shows for 25 years. Hastings says, “And we have an awesome range of food vendors coming in this year. With food trucks being all the rage right now we have everything from gourmet grilled cheese and pulled pork to shaved ice, doughnuts and ice cream, even empanadas among the new ones we’ve never had before.â€? The Red Deer Rebels will have a booth and there’s the popular Kinsman’s Kid’s World. The festival’s Music World is

KING OF FLING - Jack Dagger, sometimes known as the King of Fling, is one of many performers set to entertain photo submitted at this year’s CentreFest. The street festival, held in Red Deer, runs July 26-28. expanding this year too, to display “Red Deer’s thriving music scene with groups like Oldbury, Ruined Escape Plan and Waskasoo -- great local talent.� Many street performers do a circuit, hitting festivals in Edmonton and Grande Prairie as well as Red Deer and helping the festivals share costs.

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School’s attendance options dismissed BY AMELIA NAISMITH Ponoka News Two more proposals to resuscitate Satinwood School’s slipping student population have been dismissed by Wolf Creek Public Schools. Superintendant Larry Jacobs attended the school’s last general meeting to discuss the proposals. The ďŹ rst involved running a Christian curriculum through the school. However, Jacobs was convinced a blended program wouldn’t be favoured by those already attending a single focused faith-based school, and running the dual curriculum amounted to twice the teachers and wasn’t practical. The second proposal would allow students of home-based schooling programs to register under the school’s name.

Registering under Satinwood would change the structure of the home schooling program. Students would be required to write sanctioned tests, such as the Provincial Achievement Tests, which they are not mandated to do. With the school year just ďŹ nished, Wolf Creek Public Schools can’t determine how many students will attend Satinwood next year but the board will have a good idea on numbers by September. “The board could move toward closing the school,â€? said Jacobs. It that were the board’s decision it wouldn’t happen during the 2013/14 year. By October, depending on the school’s population, the school board could make a decision whether to investigate the closure process.

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Obituaries DURAND, Leona (Lee) June 9, 1935 - July 4, 2013 Lee passed away in Red Deer, Alberta on Thursday, July 4, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. Lee is survived by Don, her husband of 58 years; Son Leon (Joanne), granddaughter Naomi (Brent Spendiff), great-granddaughter Lyla; daughter Laurie (Carl Mechefske), granddaughter Carla (Thomas Cox), great-grandson Hayden; grandson Curtis (Lyndsay), great-Granddaughter Kylie Lee; Son Lyndon (Cindy), grandson Trenton, granddaughter Cammi; son Layne (Janice) granddaughters Sydney and Savannah; daughter Lana (Don Stenhouse), granddaughter Sara, Grandson Cody. She was predeceased by Travis Durand her beloved grandson, Parents Frank and Marien Wagner, brothers Ben and Vic, sisters Ursula and Freda. She is survived by Sisters Ann (Gene) Sangster, Cec Kirkpatrick and Mat (Bob) Neilson. Lee was a very devoted mother to Àve children while following Don around the world in the oil patch. This included living in the USA, Australia and traveling in the Far East to Borneo, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Panang and Singapore. Her early years in Mankota, Saskatchewan saw her as a semi-driver for her dad’s transport company. It was there that she met and married Don. During the next 58 years, Lee traveled extensively and saw many places. In 1972 they decided to buy a summer resort on Pine Lake. At that time, it was named “Leisure Campgrounds Ltd.” The next 19 years of expansion and building saw it grow from 75 RV sites to 365. Through these years of hard work, Lee became a second mother to dozens of teenage staff, boys and girls who referred to her affectionately as Mrs. “D” and do to this day. A Memorial Service will be held at the Crossroads Church, west of Highway 2 off of the 32nd street overpass, on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Lee’s family would like to thank the staff of the Red Deer Hospice for the excellent care that she received. Donations in Lee’s memory may be made directly to the Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta T4R 3S6, Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222

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For local work. • Competitive Wages • & Benefits. Fax resumes & ref’s to: 403-343-1248 or email to: • STAIR MANUFACTURER Gov’t of Alberta Funding Req’s F/T workers to build may be available. stairs in Red Deer shop. MUST HAVE basic car403-340-1930 pentry skills. Salary based on skill level. Benefits BASHAW avail. Apply in person at 100, 7491 Edgar SPORTS CENTRE Industrial Bend. email: Bashaw, Alberta and/or Has an opening for a F/T fax 403-347-7913 employee in a high volume Sporting Goods Store. WATER WELL DRILLING COMPANY IN BENTLEY Bashaw Sports is looking REQ’S EXPERIENCED for a person with: Drillers & Helpers • Excellent customer to Drill for Pilings service skills with class 3, air. All safety • Retail sales experience tickets required. • Valid Firearms License Meal and Accommodation • Good working knowledge provided when out of town. of firearms, ammunition Fax resume with drivers and general sporting abstract: 403-748-3015 good items. We offer competitive hourly compensation, flexible hours, and good working conditions.

Shop Foreman/ Woman, Parts Person & Heavy Equipment Technicians for our busy & expanding business in Red Deer, AB. SOME OF YOUR REQUIREMENTS ARE: • • • • •

A strong knowledge of construction equipment Team orientated Organized Computer literate Have great customer relations


Competitive wages Excellent benefit pckg. Pension plan and much more...

If you are interested in being apart of a positive and rewarding team please submit your resume via email, fax to (403.340.8615) or just leave one with us, Attn: The Branch Manager. 4766 62 ST. Red Deer Thank you for your interest.

Truckers/ Drivers


F/T TRUCK drivers req’d. Minimum Class 5 with air and clean abstract. Exp. preferred. In person to Key Towing 4083-78 St. Cres. Red Deer. Looking for Class1A driver to haul crude oil in the Central Ab. area. Must have Off Road experience. Email resume: RONCO OILFIELD HAULING Sylvan Lake. Openings for winch tractor, bed truck drivers and swamper’s. Top wages and benefits. Email resume tom@ or fax. 403-887-4892

Misc. Help

880 DSM INC.

looking for laborers, in the Innisfail area. Salary is $14.75/hr. Fax resume to: 403-314-0676.


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We have immediate positions available to fill for

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Massage Therapy


Executive Touch Massage Looking for reliable newspaper carrier for 1 day per week delivery of the Central Alberta Life in the town of INNISFAIL Packages come ready for delivery. No collecting. Contact Quitcy at 403-314-4316

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Misc. Services




SHRINK Wrapped DRY SPLIT PINE. 16” lengths. 1 cu. ft. bundles average 25 lbs. Perfect for campers or for resale. Also have some poplar bundles, all under roof and off ground. Discounts for large volumes, also have bulk wood. 403-729-2594

Musical Instruments


VIOLIN, Instruction cassette and book. Good value for $120. 403-986-2004

Pets & Supplies


2 DOG kennels, medium size, $50/ea. 403-986-3834







To deliver the SYLVAN LAKE NEWS & CENTRAL AB LIFE 1 day a week. Please call Debbie at 403-314-4307

Please fax your resume in confidence to: Bashaw Sports @ 780-372-4447 We appreciate all who take the time to apply and thank you for your application, but only those RED DEER & DISTRICT being considered for an BRANCH interview will be notified. PART TIME POSITIONS DAIRY farm in Lacombe, AVAILABLE AB is looking for a f/t Herdsman with minimum TELEPHONE of 2 yrs. exp. and an asREPRESENTATIVES sistant herdsman with at (RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS least 1 yr. exp. Must be FOR ANNUAL able to A.I. & I.V. cows. DOOR-TO-DOOR Phone 403-782-3325 or CAMPAIGN) fax resume 403-782-4471 DISPATCHER req’d. August 12th - Oct 11th Knowledge of Red Deer 8 -weeks 4:00pm - 8:00 pm and area is essential. MONDAY to THURSDAY Verbal and written communication skills are HOURS PER WEEK: req’d. Send resume by fax 16 TO 20 hrs to 403-346-0295 Call from home is possible $12.00 PER HOUR Fluid Experts Ltd. Call 403-346-4631 Is seeking to hire Shop Or visit #06 - 5015 48 St Supervisor for our Red Deer location. This position is a fulltime and is Antique Dealers a salary based position and Stores with company benefits upon hire. Duties include ANTIQUE Wooden maintain shop, minor magazine rack & tea tray. repairs of units and $40 for both, or $20 ea. equipment, monitor 403-227-2653 inventories, loading of fluid trucks with various products for the Oil & Gas industry and will be trained Contractors to blend KCl fluid in BLACK CAT CONCRETE shop utilizing specialized Garage/patios/rv pads equipment. Ideal candidate sidewalks/driveways will have a mechanical Dean 403-505-2542 background with a class 1 license with fluid hauling CONCRETE??? experience. Fax resume We’ll do it all... w/all tickets and current Call E.J. Construction drivers abstract to: Jim 403-358-8197 or 403-346-3112 or email to: Ron 403-318-3804 GRAYSON EXCAVATING LTD. requires experienced foremen, pipelayers, Sidewalks, driveways, equipment operators, shops, patios, garage pads Class 1 drivers, topmen commercial. Specialized and general labourers for in stamp concrete. installation of deep utilities Free Estimates 302-9126 (water and sewer). Fax resume to (403)782-6846 MAMMA MIA !! or e-mail to: info@ Soffit, Fascia & Eaves. 403-391-2169 Summer Work $14.50 base appt, FT/PT summer openings, Eavestroughing customer sales/svc, conditions apply, GUTTERS CLEANED & training given REPAIRED. 403-391-2169 Call Today 403-755-6711 Handyman REG COX FEEDMIXERS Services Req’s In Service Shop, exp’d with farm equipment GREYSTONE Handyman Services. Reasonable and the ability to weld. rates. Ron, 403-396-6089 Apply fax 403-341-5622

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2008 LUCERNE CX, 131,000 kms., well maint. $12,500. 403-346-1623 2008 GRAN Prix, loaded, $10,000. 403-748-2627





CLEARVIEW 4 acre fenced yard and shop, approx. 15,000 sq. ft. shop. $25,000/mo. with a Triple net lease. 780-621-2790

NEED SOMEONE TO HELP YOU KEEP THE COWS? Loads of luscious pasture for rent, or will take cattle on shares, even in winter! Cats ANNA’S Water Gardens, Also buying beef or dairy Coy & Gold Fish. cows, can pick up. BEAUTIFUL spotted kit403-885-5742 780-696-3630 tens need new home, FISKARS Stay Sharp + quiet, great with children, reel lawnmower, 2 mo. old exceptional immune sysIronman Scrap Metal Re- $120 403-346-7321 tem due to diet of Acreages covery picking up scrap blue/green algae, litter again! Farm machinery, trained, FREE to right vehicles & industrial. Serv- Lawn 2 Acres +/home 403-782-2397 ing central AB. 403-318-4346 Tractors Zoned AG SE of Red FREE kittens to give away, Deer 26 kms. 7 wks. old, ALL GONE $194,500 403-505-6240 2007 MOWER, Deines Moving & 60”, Front Mount, Zeroturn, Storage flip up deck, in good cond. Wedding Farms/ visit call Supplies Dean at 403-347-2797 Land BOXES? MOVING? SUPPLIES? 403-986-1315 WEDDING DRESS, never * 112 ACRES, Household worn, long train, 3 miles from RD. $125 587-876-3415 Furnishings * 273 ACRES, 2 miles from Antiques Lacombe w/newer buildings. 48” x 36” table w/1 leaf, & Art Farm * 6 ACRES w/large house. white metal and wood, 6 Equipment Next to Gasoline Alley. padded chairs TWO large (45 inch) $550,000. $180 403-755-0471 antique wooden wagon 1996 HESTON 565A Baler wheels. $85 for one, $65 DRESSER, TO SELL LAND 6 drawers Low usage, new belts & for the other. Call wide 3/small drawers in IN CENTRAL AB, serviced. Shedded, field (403) 342-7908 Call Lyle Nielsen, C21 middle $20; B & D bread- ready w/operator manual Advantage Realty 403-358-8002 maker $10; brass desk top & computer console. lamp $5 403-986-0986 $11,000. 403-845-3501 or 403-844-1954 Lots For MAYTAG dryer $75; Auctions 2011 MASSEY FERGUSON Sale recliner, white $50, 1359, 9’ Disc Bine. Like new. 403-347-1050 7 cutting discs, field ready. Auction Sale for CLIVE 1 acre, ready to STAND up lamp, gold platWith operator manuals. Marilyn Turnbull build, only $69,500. ed; matching table lamps $15,000. 403-845-3501 Call Lyle Nielsen, C21 & guest consigners $50 obo 403-347-0104 or 403-844-1954 Advantage. 403-358-8002 WHITE desk lamp $2; 2 Sunday July 14 5 WHEEL RAKE, tier white stand on castors Time 10 a.m. independent hydraulic $4; 5 tea towels $3; 5 West of Olds 6 miles on arms & height adjustment, Out Of Town kitchen towel $3, 8” glass hwy 27 to R.R.25 then $4000. 403-845-3501 Property round casserole dish lid south first driveway.. or 403-844-1954 $3; Corelle dishes, 6 large Watch for signs PALM SPRINGS! Active WANTED: dinner plates $1.25/ea; 8 Furniture, Household, 55+ gated community. VICON HAY RAKE for sandwich plates $1/ea; 5 Collectibles, Antiques, Art, Own your lot & immac. parts, 2 whl. or 5 whl. soup bowls .75 cents ea., Horse items, Yard & 2009, 1404 sq.ft. Golden 403-540-5951 3 blue mugs .75 cents/ea, garden, Lawnmowers, West, Energy Star rated 2 8” serving bowl $3; single Snowblower, Just too bdrm/2bath. + office/den cup coffee maker w/mug much to mention. Check Farm Custom $265,000.US. Low HOA’s $5; 3 small glass bowls $2; the web for full listing and of $251/mo. on Work 3 small metal bowls $2; pictures, Sale is subject to your private 18 hole exec. 3 pots w/lids, $3 & $2; additions and deletions. course. 403-722-2469 for CUSTOM HEAVY DISCING dishrack spacesaver 5% admin fee applies.. more info or Google Hay & Pasture Land $1 403-340-1120 See U all out at the sale. MLS21472650 for pictures, Subsoiling & Scraper Work details & amenities or to Equipment Rentals Pilgrim Auction Service arrange viewing. Stereos Call Field 403-506-0592 TV's, VCRs 403-556-5531 Money COLOR tv’s older style, Livestock To Loan 27”, two 21”, all work exc. $25/ea. 403-341-3099 PRIVATE LENDER: 2 BLACK Angus 2 yr. old Bicycles PS1 w/10 games. $70 obo; bulls. Yearling red & black Mortgage money available on all types of real estate. PS2 w/10 games $60; NinAngus & polled Hereford We lend on equity. tendo DS $50 obo bulls, reg’d. Semen tested, MENS CCM Nitro XT front Fast approvals 403-782-3847 delivery avail. suspension, new, Ron Lewis 403-819-2436 Glenrose Polled Hereford $100 587-876-3415 PSP w/13 games and 6 and Angus 780-608-6080 movies $140 403-782-3847 ANGUS BULLS, Cars large selection of quality Tools 2 yr. olds & yearlings, Misc. for performance info avail, Sale fully guaranteed. BENCH Vice, medium LLB Angus size, $35. 7 FOOT wooden bench. 1-403-742-4226 SUMP PUMP, Snappy Painted light blue. $35. John; 1/4 h.p. 2400 gal. Call (403) 342-7908 per hr. $35. 403-227-2653 FURNACE Filter, Horses washable - $40. Electric cool edged, cooking grill, WANTED: all types of Toast Master; $10. 2010 MERCEDES BENZ horses. Processing locally 403-227-2653 Firewood GLK 350 lthr., sunroofs, in Lacombe weekly. 98295 kms., $29,888 GE ANSWERING 403-651-5912 348-8788 Sport & Import MACHINE AFFORDABLE $20 403-341-3099 Homestead Firewood 2009 FORD Focus just Houses/ Spruce, Pine, Spilt, Dry. over 30,000 kms; red ext. NEW LOG HOME Duplexes 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472 grey and black interior, Professionally built, 825 was recently detailed. Asksq. ft. Pretty 2 bdrm. home, 1178 SQ.FT 3 bdrm. main ing 10,300 obo. Call Jon FIREWOOD. Pine, Spruce, or 1300 sq. ft. with loft. floor of house, w/dble. att. at 403 597 0676 or text Poplar. Can deliver 12x20 & 16x24 guest heated garage, Lacombe, would be best. 1-4 cords. 403-844-0227 cabins also avail. Aug.1st, n/s, $1000/mo. + 403-843-6366 % utils. 403-782-2007 LOGS NEW right hand bathtub, Semi loads of pine, spruce, white $200 403-746-2962 Condos/ tamarack, poplar. Price depends on location. SASKATCHEWAN Rough- Townhouses rider 4 burner gas BBQ Lil Mule Logging new in box $200 firm 403-318-4346 3 BDRM. townhouse/ 403-887-4981 condo, 5 appls., 2 blocks from Collicutt Centre. 2008 SMART Passion Now Offering Hotter, Cleaner SKYLINK 1/2 hp garage convertible, $8,888. BC Birch. All Types. P.U. / door opener, new in box $1225/mo. + utils, inclds. $125 403-887-4981 condo fees. RENTED 348-8788 Sport & Import del. Lyle 403-783-2275

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2008 BMW 335i, lthr., 65,955 kms, nav., $25888 348-8788 Sport & Import


2007 INFINITY G35X, lthr. sunroof, nav., $20,888. 348-8788 Sport & Import

2007 530 XI BMW. Original Owner, 143,000 km. Exc. Cond. ALL WHEEL DRIVE. Regularly Maintained, Fully Loaded! $27,850. Call 403-350-4323


2006 VOLKSWAGEN Jetta GLS diesel, $9,888. 348-8788 Sport & Import











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2002 VOLKSWAGEN Jetta GLS diesel, $9,888 348-8788 Sport & Import

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2010 Ford Escape XLT 52,895 kms, white, very clean, $17,500 403-783-2805

2007 HONDA CRV EXL, awd, lthr., sun roof, command start, 134,000 kms. $16,500. obo. 343-6156 1989 JEEP Loredo, auto, 4x4. Good cond. 318-3040

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2008 FORD Ranger, e/c, auto., 2 whl. dr., loaded, very low mileage. 403-846-7216

Tires, Parts Acces.


4 WINTERFORCE tires and rims, 185/75R14 exc. tread, $150; 587-876-3415

2005 CHEV Colorado, e/c, 2 whl. dr., loaded, 5 spd., very low mileage. 403-846-7216 1999 CHEV Silverado L/B, green, auto, w/tow haul, pulls trailer well, newer tires, toolbox, box liner, $3500; 1990 Chev Suburban, auto, newer tires/brakes, runs well, trailer hitch $1500 403-391-9700

2004 F150, 4x4 S/C, loaded, leather. very nice shape in and out. Console shift, sunroof $4950. 403-3489746

2000 CHEV 2500 4x4, crew cab ,loaded blue nice shape in and out. $9950. 403-348-9746

1991 INTERNATIONAL dump truck, 3406 B Cat, runs like a clock, 13 spd., good trans., $10,000. 403-373-7247 Buying or Selling your home? Check out Homes for Sale in Classifieds

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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 $29,900. Ed (403) 783-3430.

Careers Service/Installation Technician Opportunity: Join our team in Ponoka immediately and experience long term employment with a growing company with opportunity for growth and advancement in the Agriculture sector. Duties: This is a full time, permanent position based in Ponoka, AB. The successful applicant will join our service team in providing service of dairy equipment throughout Central Alberta. QualiďŹ cations: We will provide on the job training along with industry and product speciďŹ c training in an on-going basis. Knowledge of electrical, mechanical, and computer systems will be an asset, but not required. Rewards: Dependent on experience. We do carry Group Health Plans and Group RRSP Applications: Please fax your resume to 403-328-2759 or email to or Chinook Dairy Service Ltd. 4508 65 St Ponoka, AB T4J 1J8 P (403) 783-2577

WELLHEAD ISOLATION SERVICE TECHNICIANS AND TRAINEES Isolation Equipment Services Inc. an expanding Oil Service & Supply Company is seeking quality Service Technicians and Trainees. Previous exp. with service rigs, fracturing, or similar industry exp. with oilfield tickets is an asset Class 1 or 3 driver’s License applicants will get primacy (Drivers with Class 5 & 5Q will be considered if Applicant has relevant oilfield experience) A current driver’s abstract req’d Off-road driving exp. is an asset.

1992 30’ FLEETWOOD 1999 MALIBOU 21’8�, Southwind, fully self w/trailer, Inboard V8, 325 contained, very good cond, hp $20,000. 403-607-2958 sacrifice, reduced $11,000 403-347-7893 598-3104

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Popular folk singer featured at Central Music Festival Organizers say an array of genres to be showcased at seventh annual event BY MARK WEBER Lacombe Express Organizers are busy prepping for the seventh annual Central Music Festival, slated to run Aug. 16-18 just north of Red Deer. Excitement is building for the event, which is described as a familyfriendly weekend showcasing a top-notch array of musical artistry. One of the first-rate artists gearing up to hit the stage is folk singer Ruth Purves Smith, who performs Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. There is an unmistakable authenticity to her music, which also shines through her engaging and compelling vocal strengths. These days, Purves Smith divides her time between Three Hills and Calgary, and is still relishing the acclaim of her debut CD Out In the Storm which was released with her band The 581 back in 2010. In the meantime, she’s gearing up for a fall release of Faster Than the Speed of Dark – which will follow a similar vein to Out In the Storm. Although that wasn’t the original plan. Purves Smith has a heavier rock CD virtually finished but then decided to go back to the drawing board and record something more along the lines of her debut, as folks are continuing to respond so strongly to it. “Up to three years after the release, I am still getting reviews on the debut. It’s so cool,” she explains. “You’ve got to love independent releases – they do not have an expiry date.” She realized her audience base was primarily fans of folk/roots/ country, and perhaps this wasn’t the time to introduce something with a rockier edge. “I would completely throw them off if I pull this big, heavy rock album. “So it’s been really quite an adventure.” Ultimately, that product has

been shelved for now, and Faster Than the Speed of Dark is on its way. Purves Smith will be introducing much of the disc during her stint at the Central Music Festival. Purves Smith’s childhood rambled the prairie highways between urban and country homes. Her mother, an English teacher, lived in the city, and her father and stepmother operated an antique woolen mill in the country. A love for music was sparked early; she recalls belting out Somewhere Over the Rainbow as a youngster walking home from school, feeling like she really was Judy Garland. Her step-mom gave her a guitar early on as well. Through the years, it was becoming apparent that she had found her calling. In the fall of 1987, she answered an ad for a ‘girl country singer’. The ad was posted by Frank James, a one-man-band who played the bass guitar with his toes while playing guitar with his left hand and piano with his right. It proved a fascinating ‘introduction’ to the industry to say the least. “As long as my hair was big enough and my skirt was short enough, Frank would play the songs at their proper tempo. Otherwise it was Blue Eyes Cryin in the Rain at 90 miles an hour.” Next came Purves Smith’s first ‘real’ band, Rodeo-A-Go-Go. The band was often too far out to be country, but too country to be anything else. This didn’t make for a very long run and by 1989, it was over. She then joined an Edmonton road band for a while, played the odd solo engagement, and in 1993 joined the all-girl trio Roadside Turnout. The highlights of their time together included a performance at the Calgary Folk Festival and the birth of her first child. The fall of 1993 marked a break for Purves Smith, who then fo-

cused on raising her family and writing her own tunes. Though she was involved in the writing process over the years, she was playing other people’s music. Now, she was writing her own. After the birth of her second child in 1996, she embarked on her solo career - opening at different clubs and events, including a couple of shows for Fred Eaglesmith. She counts him as a major influence in allowing herself to write about all kinds of stuff and truly broaden her creative vision. These days, Purves Smith remains as devoted as ever to the craft of making music and introducing it to audiences. “It’s the emotional and spiritual connection you have with other players; the creation of something new. So there is that collaboration with other players. She describes the process of writing a song almost like something taking over one’s life. And those creative bursts can come out of the blue. “Lyrics come into my head, and they can leave as fast as they come in – you’ve got to grab them,” she says with a laugh. “It’s so exciting when you get a new song. Finally, you get that last line and you run around the house shouting ‘Yay, I got the line’. I can’t wait to share it with everybody. “Plus there is that connection with the audience. They’ll come up and say ‘You must have read my life; I’m so inspired’. You get to give something to people they maybe wouldn’t have otherwise had. And it goes both ways. When people like what you do and get something from it, that’s what life is about.” Meanwhile, other artists slated to perform at the Central Music Festival this year include Devon Coyote, Levi Cuss, Just Glovely, Kevin Cook, Randi Boulton, Leeroy Stagger, the Amos Garrett Jazz Trio, Dick Damron & Stoney Creek and Bill Bourne among others.

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ENGAGING – Singer Ruth Purves Smith brings her unique, compelling approach to crafting tunes to the Central Music Festival next month. Robert Zawaski photo

The event takes place in a natural outdoor amphitheatre located minutes north of the City – attendees can head north on Taylor Dr., cross Hwy. 11A and continue on the C&E Trail. Continue onto Township Rd. 392, turn left and the site is located just up the road. There will also include free camping, food and artist vendors,

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Local libraries kick off summer reading programs BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express It’s summer again, and that means it’s time to read! Blackfalds Public Library and Mary C. Moore Library in Lacombe have both kicked off their annual summer reading programs. This year’s theme is ‘Go!’ and as usual, the theme is an open one that allows for creativity and variation within each of the libraries involved. In Blackfalds and Lacombe, each of the libraries has chosen to realize that theme in its own way. Blackfalds will be decorating the library’s program room with things that ‘Go!’ in the air, in water, on the ground and on roads. Participants in the summer reading program will also be able to chart their progress on a map of Canada by moving a mile on the map for every minute they read and even have passports stamped for learning about certain locations in the country. In Lacombe, participants in the program will receive passports and ‘visit’ seven different countries each week from now until Aug. 23. For each country, participants will learn about about the food, music, sports, transportation and culture of that nation. Both libraries are also logging how much children read over the summer and offering rewards for participating youngsters. Readers in Lacombe can win grand prizes like gift cards to bookstores as well as minor prizes like bookmarks and other readingrelated paraphernalia. In Blackfalds readers can win cupcakes from Family Foods, slushies from Shell, ice cream from After the Grind as well as other prizes donated from local businesses. There are a number of reasons for children to get involved with their library’s summer reading program. It encourages the use of libraries, is a way for kids to have fun during the summer and also helps children maintain their reading skills in the months they are not at school. “The purpose of my program, mainly, is to get kids into the library in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere so they come back forever,” said Mary Poole,

children’s programmer for the Mary C. Moore Library. Teressa Greening, program facilitator for Blackfalds Public Library, agreed. She said that kids who participate in the summer reading programs tend to continue to visit the library. “They tend to want to keep coming back,” said Greening. “They feel at home.” Blackfalds kicked off their program with face painting and a performance from the Giggle Gang on July 8. Greening said that Blackfalds Library also has a number of events going on over the summer like puppet shows, crafts and other attractions happening nearly every day.

“THE PURPOSE OF MY PROGRAM, MAINLY, IS TO GET KIDS INTO THE LIBRARY IN A FRIENDLY AND WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE SO THEY COME BACK FOREVER.” MARY POOLE Each year in Lacombe, the Mary C. Moore Library has one major event as part of its summer reading program. This year’s event is a talent show and will take place in the County Room of the LMC from 1-3 p.m. on Aug. 18. Poole encouraged all of the children who use the library to enter in the show. “I know I have talented children out there,” said Poole. Summer reading programs are put on by libraries all over Alberta every year and are sponsored by TD Canada Trust. TD chooses the theme and provides promotional materials for the program while libraries fund other parts of the program, like prizes, with budgeted dollars and/or fundraising. Programs at both the Blackfalds Public and Mary C. Moore libraries are done on a drop-in basis and are for children 13 and under. More details, such as program schedules, can be found online at and www.

BALLOON BEASTIE – Bubbles the Clown of the Giggle Gang creates a balloon animal at the Blackfalds Public Library on July 8. Brian Vossen/Lacombe Express

AFSC Lacombe Days

Garage Sale DATE: Thursday, July 18 TIME: 3pm - 7pm LOCATION: AFSC Parking Lot (south)

All proceeds will be used to send a child to camp and to the Big Bike Ride. (Heart & Stroke Foundation)

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SPORTS Dedication describes local volleyball player By Jadon Frank Special to the Lacombe Express Regan Kooyman’s quickness and analytical ability make her the type of student athlete that Nolan Weinmaster loves to coach. The setter is graduating from Central Alberta Christian High School (CACHS) in Lacombe has committed to Briercrest for the 2013-14 season. Kooyman played for the CACHS Knights in Grades 1012. Briercrest head coach Nolan Weinmaster has been impressed with what he has observed from Kooyman. “Regan is going to bring a high level of skill to our team,” explained Weinmaster. “She has good ball control and location of her sets. She is very quick in getting to the ball and does a great job on defense. I am looking forward to the work ethic, great attitude and passion for the game that she will bring as well. I am so excited about Regan joining our program and can’t wait to work with her this fall.” Kooyman started playing volleyball in Grade 7, the same year that she began playing club volleyball for the Lacombe Dynamite, where she has continued playing each club season. She quickly took to the setter position that first year of volleyball and has played there ever since. Mel Brandsma was Kooyman’s high school volleyball coach at CACHS and took note of the intelligence and confidence that Kooyman held. “At first impression, Regan may seem a little shy and unsure of herself,” said Brandsma. “What you soon discover is that the neutral look you are getting is really a smokescreen because underneath she is analyzing, deciphering and deciding on how she will learn.  She has grown in her confidence to lead, her confidence in her own abilities and as well the ability to deal with setbacks. “Regan is an athlete who is always thinking. That is why the role of setter works so well for her as she understands tactics based upon strengths and weaknesses of our team and the opposition.  If she understands why something needs to be done and how it could be done, she is fully committed to the process.” Ted Jardine, Kooyman’s club coach with the Lacombe Dynamite, took note of her athletic ability when he first met her. “My first impression (was her) quickness to get to every ball and her ability to distribute the ball to proper locations to run offensive attack,” said Jardine. “I have had the privilege of coaching Regan for the past three club seasons. She has matured on and off the court to help our teams be very competitive in all competitions throughout Alberta and at Nationals.” The 2012 season was one where Kooyman received several individual accolades. “I received volleyball athlete of the year in 2012,” said Kooyman. “I also was tournament MVP at the 2012 Calgary Christian Invitational.” When asked to describe Kooyman, Brandsma was quick to use the words dedication and commitment. Jardine

agrees with this description. “I describe Regan as a determined young lady willing to put the individual effort in to make herself the best she can be on and off the court,” said Jardine. “She has an inner commitment to push herself to be better each time on the court which cannot be taught.” Brandsma is interested in seeing how Kooyman grows during her time at Briercrest. “I believe (she will grow) in her confidence in herself and gaining the freedom to be independent of outside influences,” said Brandsma. “I look forward to seeing her play when she comes into the area. Academically, she will put in the work required and I am trusting that God will lead her to discover an area to focus on.” Jardine also expects big things from Kooyman as she transitions to Briercrest. “I would say Regan will learn quickly from the veteran players to do what it takes to put the time and effort in at practices to be successful on game day,” said Jardine. “It will be a big learning curve for Regan going from

high school and club to the next level, but the Briercrest coaching staff will make the transition easier for Regan as they have watched her many hours knowing where her strengths and growth areas need attention. “In the classroom Regan is an outstanding student-athlete. She understands that to be successful on the court she must first be successful in the classroom. Since I have known her this will go just fine.” Jardine feels that Briercrest is the perfect place for Kooyman. “From my perspective it is a match made in heaven,” said Jardine. “Regan can continue to share her faith through the wonderful game of volleyball. What faithbased student-athlete would not want that opportunity?” Kooyman plans on studying business at Briercrest and is looking forward to the whole experience this fall. “I am looking forward to playing volleyball, meeting new people, and just having a good college experience,” said Kooyman.

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