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All grown up: Blake Zimmer has his school supplies in order Sept. 3 at Ponoka Elementary School for the first day of classes as his mother and younger brother say goodbye. More photos on pages 12 and 13. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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duces the town’s ability to borrow, said Betty Quinlan, director of corporate services. The shared cost is usually over a 20year period De Goeij explained and the province also pays a portion of the interest if the project is debentured. He needs a decision to start planning and suggested even if council made a decision that same day, the building will not be completed for at least two or three years. The current proposed site at 6711 Highway 53 is an ideal space. “I would just hate to see that land all of a sudden go to some other purpose.” Quinlan feels a five-year time frame would be a better option. “For three years I can see it being really tight.” Redoing the basement is a reasonable plan, added De Goij, as long as there is a caveat or promise to build a new detachment. Coun. Loanna Gulka, who is on the protective services committee, suggests the group needs to meet with the RCMP and come up with a plan for council. “We need to sit down with you guys and come to some kind of arrangement.” De Goeij wants one as soon as possible. “If somebody’s back here in five years and we’re having the same discussion then we’ve all not done our jobs.” Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm does not anticipate additional staff besides the new school resource officer for the detachment. He suggests council should follow the trends in crime statistics over The Ponoka Outreach School will begin accepting recently. “I don’t see any growth for the registrations for the 2013-14 school year on next three, four or five Tuesday, September 3, 2013. years.” He advises council also speak with him over the future plans Call to make an appointment for a new detachment by contacting the school at as the integrated traffic unit has 11 members 403-783-5464 with nine desks. This was the first time Chisholm heard of minor renovations in the basement. “If you ask them the question if they need more room you might get a different answer.” “I’d be more concerned about the mechanical systems and the electrical systems,” said Chisholm. Workstation space for Mounties has been reduced and the only person who should actually have a private office is the commanding officer, he added. Gulka suggested Chisholm attend the meeting with the RCMP building subcommittee and K Division.”

building because an upgrade would not be worth the cost. “It will not give us the number of years to recoup your investment.” Parking space is one concern and being close to residential areas and a school is another. The RCMP has moved away from having detachments close to the downtown core as there are inherent risks when officers need to drive to an emergency. And then the costs provided in the upgrades are not actual costs. “The estimates are just what they are, estimates,” added De Goeij. This discussion happened once before though; De Goeij met with town council in 2009 and said Ponoka needed to start saving for a new RCMP detachment. “We felt that we had a direction and now this is new information to us,” said De Goiej. He needs to know what council wants to do with this project as K Division and the Government of Alberta need to plan for the expense. “We are quite willing to look and work with a working committee,” said De Goeij. He understands the expenses the town must consider as well and suggests K Division will work closely with the town to ensure the project can move forward. There could be some office upgrades in the basement to make room for the integrated traffic unit and he estimates the cost in the tens of thousands of dollars, which would buy the town two years. Borrowing money with a debenture re-

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A new RCMP building must be built within the next five years. At least that is what Insp. Glen De Goeij, with RCMP K Division, told Ponoka town councillors Aug. 27. He explained the need for a new building and how upgrading the current detachment does not sit in line with the RCMP’s plans. Council has been told the town needs a new RCMP detachment as

the current one is nearing the end of its life and officers are packed in to the building. The upstairs portion houses municipal and rural officers while the basement houses the integrated traffic unit. De Goeij referred to a recent study by Stephens Kozaks ACI Architects that provided three scenarios: $6.6 million for a new building, $2.9 million for a major renovation; and $1 million for a minor upgrade. He wants a new

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Sewage seeps into homes after heavy rain downpour By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye One of the last things a homeowner wants to deal with is flooding in their home. What’s worse is if the flooding involves raw sewage. That happened to Teri Underhill at her home at 61 Avenue near 59 Street in the early morning hours of Aug. 12. She received a call from a neighbour that their basement was flooding with sewage and advised her to check the basement. At least six inches deep of waste was flowing into her home through the water drain and the basement bathtub. More than two inches of rain fell in an hour that evening. Underhill believes work conducted in the spring may have been a factor in the sewage backup in her home. Smoke tests were done in the sewage lines on 59 Street and 62 Avenue in March as staff with Ponoka public works believed some homes had crossed water and sewer lines. Mike Lewis, former director of operations and property services, organized the tests. After determining two homes on those streets did actually have crossed lines, an air pig was installed in a manhole on 59 Street to prevent sewage from entering the Battle River. An air pig is used to block the pipe and is filled with air. That decision may have been a catalyst in sewage flooding Underhill’s basement and has left her frustrated. She called CAO Brad Watson to help with the issue and was told of the crossed lines. This concerned her as she worried the problem would return again in a heavy downpour. “Is this going to be me as a homeowner’s problem?” Underhill received advice from friends who deal with water and sewer who said the air pig may have caused the flooding. She does not believe those homeowners who had their sewer connected to the storm line were notified. “Everyone was notified of the smoke test but nothing really came of it,” she said. It is believed the air pig was a temporary solution until the town had an opportunity to deal with contractors and plumbers for the homes but as Lewis has since resigned, town staff are uncertain what exactly happened. Underhill claims in a telephone conversation with Watson that he stated the air pig was removed. She said she questioned him further and he then called back to say the air pig was not removed. This is another concern for her with insurance. “I know that if it rains again, it (sewage backup) will happen again,” said Underhill. If there is another heavy downpour of rain she believes sewage will once again come into the basement. “And not only that, my neighbours are at risk.” Town staff have installed a plug where the lines open to the homes and in cases of heavy rain a vac truck has been brought in to deal with any overflow. But Underhill questions the purpose behind putting in an air pig without further communication to residents. “It shouldn’t happen five months later,” she said.


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“Everyone was notified of the smoke test but nothing really came of it.” - Teri Underhill “(Homeowners) never had confirmation from the town.” She has damage exceeding $30,000 but some homeowners have damage exceeding $100,000. Underhill credits public works staff for attempting to mitigate issues and keep residents informed. Town councillors have only recently received details of this problem through a petition signed by homeowners and councillors voiced their concerns to town administration Aug. 27 during a regular meeting. Watson was away and Betty Quinlan, director of corporate services explained the situation. “We did have a meeting with our insurance carrier last week,” said Quinlan. Four claims have been received from homeowners but she was unaware of the petition. Coun. Rick Bonnett was asked by residents why they were not notified of the issue. “Most of them said they didn’t even know there was an issue.” Quinlan was unsure. “I don’t know why.” Bonnett feels the town will be on the hook for the insurance claims as there was no communication to residents. Coun. Loanna Gulka is upset there was no communication between administration and council. “I guess this raises a huge red flag for me…Our residents say we’re not communicating with them. It doesn’t seem to matter what the problem (is).” “We were informed of this at the last council meeting. It was brushed off as all minor flooding, minor damage. According to these people, it’s not minor,” she added. Her biggest concern is keeping residents informed of the challenges the town is facing. A letter to affected residents was being drafted more than two weeks after the incident. The cross-connections found out in March appear to not have been communicated to homeowners at all, says Quinlan. Coun. Doug Gill says the town was trying to do its part in dealing with environmental issues with Alberta Environment and effluent going into the Battle River. “That’s our problem and we took steps to correct it.” Bonnett added homeowners should have received some form of notification from the town but they may also need to speak with the construction companies and plumbers who built the homes. The Town of Ponoka’s insurance company and the homeowners’ are investigating the cause of the sewage flooding the homes.




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

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

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

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

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

Off to school in the 21st century the afternoon, then tryAs thousands of stuing to find all that neat, dents from tinies to teens new, and shiny stiff rush back to school this such as colored pencils, week, I can’t help but eraser, ruler, crayons, wondering how much scribblers, dull scissors, it has all changed since glue, and maybe even our adventure along the a pack to stuff them all hallowed halls of learnin just in time for next ing so many years ago. morning. There wasn’t a Like so many of you Mike Rainone whole lot of extra monbaby boomers and beHammertime ey in those days, so if yond I can still recall you were lucky enough that rather scary stroll to have big brothers or with my mother down the long sidewalk and up to the big sisters you would likely have to make doors of the classic Red Brick School do with hand me downs of both school supplies and clothes. for my first day of Grade 1. As we had been reminded for most After a chatty morning of getting to know our new classmates and teachers of the summer, for the first time in our we were handed a list of instructions young lives we would have to learn and supplies we would need to sur- to sit and be quiet and listen for long vive our first exciting year of school in periods of time, keep our desks tidy, those tiny wooden desks. How excit- try to get along with others, and put ing it was after a quick lunch to rush up our hand if we had a question or down to the store with our parents in needed to go to the bathroom. Bells

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and buzzers also came into our new world of learning, beckoning us for recesses, lunchtime,and finally when it was time to go home at 3:30 p.m. Depending where we lived around town or out in the country, many of us got to ride the big yellow school bus every day, while others walked with a buddy, or rode their bikes if the weather was good, hitching them up to the big rack with our trusty padlocks. So how much has it really changed? Enough with the nostalgia of our days at school, which most of us will admit were the best years of our young lives, and the stepping stone to our future. Most of us were pretty shy about mixing with the masses but it didn’t take long for us to discover that girls weren’t really too bad, and boys were nice to have around, especially if they had their own set of wheels. Speaking to that, I guess most bike racks have now been replaced by parking lots for kids with cars, scribblers and books have been replaced by laptops, and the junior high fraternity will now share lockers and walk the Ponoka Comp walk with the grades 10, 11 and 12 students. All students will always work hard to get a sports letter, I got mine in ping pong but I got the biggest rush out of the cheer squads. I found it hard to believe when I read the other day that sending a student back to school for another year in the 21st century has now reached an average cost to parents of $537 for elementary students, $763 for middle school, and $1,200 for high school. The opportunity of receiving an education is the most vital investment in the future of our children of course but does that also include their wardrobe, extra school activities, and pocket money for gas and the lunch run? Whatever the case, for as far back as it goes, the joy and need of going to school to achieve the knowledge of the 3 Rs and all the rest has and always will be an outstanding tradition for ongoing generations of every Canadian family. Thanks to our province, our municipalities and our school boards we have been blessed with excellent schools, teaching staffs and educational courses and programs, of which we need to take full advantage. Now let’s have a little back to school fun — from the mouths of students. • The first day of school is great because we get no homework. • Teachers always seem so happy in class and that is because they are getting paid to be there and we kids have to do it all for free. • Mom’s always like to buy sensible school clothes — the kind that they only sell in the “Junior Nerd” section. • Mother: “What did you learn in school today?” Daughter: “How to talk without moving my lips.” • Dear Students: “I know when you are texting in class, because seriously, no one just looks down at their crotch and smiles.” • ”I think my teacher loves me. Just look at all those Xs on my test paper.” For the next 10 months our streets will be filled with excited boys and girls dashing to and from school, so please drive carefully, enjoy the weekday silence at home between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and have a great week, all of you!

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Reflections of Ponoka The early days at the Ponoka Herald newspaper By Mike Rainone for the News After trying to combine work and play and family for over 50 topsy-turvy years, most of us love to look back and try to pick out some of the best memories of our most eventful trips down the thrilling road of life. Going to school was great and dating was always a challenge, but as a skinny kid just out of high school I firmly believe that the first big break of my young life was landing a job at the Ponoka Herald newspaper. At first I ran errands around that busy newspaper and print shop but after helping to put the weekly paper together, I dreamed of becoming a cub reporter someday because I always loved writing stories. Gord Galbraith was my favourite early mentor, patiently teaching me how to run the big noisy press, the folder, and all those other machines, and while I was always getting totally covered in ink, I was slowly learning a lot about this exciting business. What fascinated me the most about my baptism as a little “printer’s devil” was watching a fine old gentleman by the name of Bill Lorimer quietly operating a massive steel type machine, called a Linotype, each and every day. Early history of the Ponoka Herald The first issue of the Ponoka Herald came off the press on Aug. 27, 1900, with Mr. W.D. Pitcairn the first editor and the paper being printed in Lacombe. In 1902 the business was purchased by the village clerk, Eugene Rhian, a printing press was later added, and two years later, George Gordon took over the ownership of the weekly publication. The first plant was located on 50th Avenue and relocated several times. The ambitious Mr. Gordon was constantly making additions to the newspaper, which quickly became a colorful weekly ambassador for the thriving new community of Ponoka and surrounding districts in the County of Ponoka. In a letter dated July 13, 1911, Mr. Gordon accepted the application of a fine young compositor, who was


working for the Banffshire Journal in Scotland but longed for the opportunity to come to Canada and work at the Ponoka Herald. Gordon had explained the office was small with a staff of three, and that Mr. Lorimer’s duties would include typesetting, working the machines, and if possible, doing some writing. His main goal was to hire an honest, steady and sober man, and if he were that, everything would be all right to start a new life in a land that would be altogether different than back in the old country. The starting wages would be $10 a week with an increase after six months if he were are the right man, spare time work at other newspapers was also available. He assured the young Scot that Ponoka was a growing and progressive town, and that good room and board would be available for $5 week. William J. Lorimer accepted the job, gave his notice to the union and booked passage to sail on Sept. 16, 1912. He was later followed by his lady friend, and they were married in Ponoka in 1912. Bill would sit at the keyboard of the Ponoka Herald linotype for many decades, and Mr. and Mrs. Lorimer celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary here in 1962. The great community tradition of the Ponoka Herald weekly newspaper continued in and around our town and districts until its final publication in December of 1997. As the name implies, the amazing Linotype, which was introduced in 1896, produced a solid line of type in various fonts, and would be used by generations of newspapers and printers. It was a special one-man machine, with the operator sitting in front with the copy to be set at the top of the keyboard. Having adjusted the machine for the required point size and line length, the blocks of lead were heated in a pot to the correct temperature of about 550 degrees F, after which setting began. Each and every day the all-metal machine would methodically produce the

Bill Lorimer, who was hired by the Ponoka Herald as a compositor in 1911, is shown here sitting at the Linotype, while publisher Keith Leonard prepares the copy. Mr. Lorimer, who originally came from Scotland, worked at the Herald for many decades, and he and his wife spent more than 50 happy years at their home in Ponoka. thousands of lines of type that would be used in the weekly newspaper as well as countless print jobs. In 1938 George Gordon’s son John bought the business from his father and operated it until 1953 when it was sold to the Ponoka Herald Ltd. The plant was then moved into a new building at 5210-50 Street, which included modern machinery, under the direction of publisher Keith Leonard, Ernie Jamison and Ken McLean. I fondly remember putting on big thick gloves and helping pour casts at the red hot metal pot, looking after the paper boys and girls, inserting flyers, and running all sort of tasks and errands at the shop and around town. When Ken and Audrey McLean took over the business I finally got the opportunity to set some copy on a fancy new typesetting machine and to run around town taking pictures and writing stories about

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The Asker district east of Ponoka was always known for its great baseball teams, and after the hard day’s work had been done, they could be found on country diamonds playing spirited games before avid crowds against opponents from towns and districts. Shown in this 1947 photo are, back row: Elton Nelson, Roy Spelrem, Bert Nelson, Bobby Ravnsborg, unknown; and then in front is: Ralph Vold, Walter Spelrem, Leonard Johnson and Torbjorn Woyen. Some of the early baseball legends were James Longman, Martin, Art and Thor Krefting, Jack Ramsay, Les Irvin, Paul Woyen, Harold Kraft, Holly Arser and Gus Edinger. The tradition has always carried on!

everything from sports, to politics to pie socials. I always enjoyed working with such a great bunch like Bill Lorimer, Griff Jones, Sid Jones, Ken and Audrey, Gord, Buster, and so many others, who always encouraged me to keep on writing, and to learn how to spell. Along the way I did change jobs a couple of times, enjoying great experiences with the Town of Ponoka recreation department and the Ponoka Rising Sun Club House but for some reason, even after retirement, I couldn’t resist coming back to the challenge and magic of putting out a newspaper each and every week. I really appreciate my family and everyone who has assisted and supported me with my career over the years, with special thanks to the Ponoka News for allowing me to carry on my weekly ramblings about Ponoka and districts.


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Opinion The silent bike tour The Ponoka Stampede notwithstanding, the Tour of Alberta might be the biggest world-class sporting event ever to whizz through Ponoka. And you don’t know about it. Ponoka was identified last winter as a George Brown community in stage 2 Off the Record of the inaugural bike race that will see 118 cyclists and their entourages cruise through Alberta in a six-day 900k race through small towns, big cities, river valleys, prairies, badlands and the foothills. It’s a great opportunity for community leaders and businesspeople to showcase our community to a world television audience estimated at 168 million households in 162 countries. That’s more than will see the bogus Keep it Real commercial filmed here last fall. Eight months later we’re not ready for it. We’ll be quick with the excuses: School’s back in. Gotta work. Town doesn’t have the money in the budget. Really? Too busy to host a children’s bike rodeo at the school and have the kids line the route waving flags? Too busy to have a bicycle clearance sale? To busy to have a barbecue at the skatepark along the route? Yes, it will be disruptive. There won’t be any parking on Main Street Thursday. What a great opportunity to have a sidewalk sale. Only diehard cycle buffs would know Canadian

Ryder Hesjedal, Cadel Evans or Peter Sagan with or without their spandex suits bespeckled with advertising patches, so it is a $6-million question whether Ponoka residents and Albertans will line the stage routes this week. These athletes are not household names and they participate in a sport most of us have never seen up close. Cycling is something you have to do to get to work or school when your car won’t start in the morning. Outside of racing, cycling tourism is one of the fastest growing tourism trends in the world and communities who don’t soon cater to these wellheeled visitors who want to ride through their town, visit their attractions and natural areas will be left behind. The first Tour of Alberta has been funded by several provincial departments, local organizing communities and corporate sponsors; future tours are expected to eventually become self-sustaining. Expect regions of the province to get into a bidding war to have the event zip past their communities and tourist attractions. The Tour of Alberta is a tremendous opportunity to promote Alberta to the world and communities along the route can easily piggyback on the groundwork laid by the provincial organizers. This first race is estimated to generate more than $30 million of economic impact. Maybe if we thought about it as a cattle drive down Main Street, the Tour of Alberta might have generated more interest among community leaders.

Town decisions earn butt of horse award Dear Editor: I’d like to have the opportunity to thank our current administrators. As a resident of the Town of Ponoka I wish to extend a warm and whole-hearted thank you to town council and administration. I never would have thought it could be possible to live in a town that has a liquor store within walking distance no matter what part of town you stood in. But you showed us it’s possible. I could never afford the expense of travelling to Hollywood and walking among the movie sets but thankfully you ushered in a new era of secondhand, used, pawn and bargain discount stores that give me the feeling I’m on “American Pickers” or “ Pawn Stars,” perhaps thinking we should have the ability to shop in Ponoka for items people may want or need is just not good for the town, after all who would stimulate Red Deer’s economy if we did? You have given the entrepreneurs of this town ample choice in retail locations, 20 vacancies at last count, talk about an amazing opportunity. What other town could boast this much prime retail space? Honestly, it’s a good thing you’ve annexed more land, clearly we are running

out of space , and in no way could this have transpired but for the interests of our town’s annual horse and pony week. So beyond meeting our town’s mandate of enterprise and progress you have also met with integrity by vigilantly resolving the fraudulent services you charged the 38th Street residents by not rectifying the incompetence of it all. The bottom of your feet must be smooth the way they’ve been dragging. So to honour you much like you honoured the traditional heritage of our town’s forefathers who apparently dedicated their lives to cherish bucking broncs as opposed to farming and homesteading, and in no way can or should be viewed as an offering to appease the stampede gods with the largest roadside attraction that attracts no one to this town. I propose following suit by keeping with the town motto of “Keep it Real” and erecting a monument to you. Since our town name Ponoka, meaning “black elk,” has a horse’s head as a logo I recommend using the other half of the horse and titling it “Epic Fail.” Thanks again for all you’ve done. Craig Saunders

Is the Syrian war an unwinnable dilemma? A dilemma is by its very nature a choice between evils, and that is what now faces other countries over the use of poison gas in Syria. All the options may be “on the table,” but none of them are good. Nobody denies poison gas was used in rebel-held parts of Damascus on Aug. 21 — not even the Syrian government. As many as 1,000 civilians may have been killed. That’s a whole week’s normal death toll in the Syrian civil war in just one day. After that, however, we run out of facts. The rebels claim the Baathist regime was responsible, while the Syrian government says the rebels did it themselves in the hope of triggering foreign military intervention. Sending United Nations inspectors will not settle that argument: the gas must have come from government stocks but that doesn’t mean the regime did it. The rebels have not overrun any of the known storage sites for Syrian chemical weapons but they could have secret supporters inside those sites who smuggled some out to them. If you apply the old test of “who benefits?” the rebels, who are losing ground, have a strong incentive to get the Assad re-


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gime blamed for using illegal weapons. If that gets the United States and other western powers to impose a no-fly zone, or bomb the regime’s military bases, it helps the rebel cause. So maybe they acted to provide the necessary “evidence.” Some of them are certainly ruthless enough. The regime is certainly ruthless enough to use chemical weapons and it actually owns them but it is manifestly not to its advantage to do so. President Bashar al-Assad’s troops are winning the war without them and the last thing he needs is foreign military intervention. On the other hand, armies and regimes have done exceptionally stupid things in the past, particularly when they are isolated and under great pressure. The emerging consensus among western governments is that Assad was responsible, however stupid that

seems. What should be done about it? US military intervention is unlikely to lead to the outcome American foreign policy really desires: the preservation of Syria’s existing secular state, with a change of leadership at the top. If Assad is overthrown, he’ll probably pull the whole edifice down with him. If the rebels win, Islamist radicals will take over. So if a western military intervention is bound to end in tears, why not just skip it? Because chemical weapons are classed as “weapons of mass destruction” and there is an international treaty banning their use. If you let Assad get away with this, goes the argument, he will have breached an important international taboo on the use of WMD. Well, not really. Biological weapons (“germ war-

fare”) are truly horrifying weapons of mass destruction, banned by treaty and nobody has ever used them. Nuclear weapons can kill by the billions; they have never been banned but they haven’t been used in war for 68 years now. Poison gas, however, is not really a weapon of mass destruction at all. Napalm, fuel-air explosives and cluster bombs are just as nasty as poison gas and perfectly legal. The historic ban on poison gas is a valuable deterrent but it has survived some previous breaches and preventing this one is not worth a war. Especially if it is, from the point of view of the potential interveners, an unwinnable war. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

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Penalties forgiven By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Town council was asked to forgive more than $5,700 of property tax penalties. The requests came to council Aug. 27 with the smallest request being $2.07 for a clerical error and $4001.38 for two years of penalties to a business. One request for $286.33 was forgiven after council read the letter from the homeowner who stated he had just bought his first home and he never received the tax notice. Betty Quinlan, director of corporate services, confirmed that with 3,500 notices being sent out there is a possibility the letter never made it. “It does happen.” Coun. Shayne Stephen confirmed he also did not receive a notice. Coun. Rick Bonnett was in favour of forgiving the penalty as the owner had done their due diligence to try and rectify the issue once they became aware of it. The company with the largest amount of $4,001.38 generated some

discussion with council. A letter from Shawna Hainsworth on behalf of a numbered company in Rocky Mountain House, states the company bought property in town two years ago but never received notices and no taxes were paid in that time. “It was a clerical error that the taxes were overlooked. We have cleaned up all taxes owing and in the future all taxes will be paid on time.” Bonnett suggested the company should pay the penalty of $916 from the last two years but his motion was defeated. Steffen proposed the company pay 50 per cent of the amount owing. “They’re a business. They know there’s taxes, clerical error or not.” The motion passed unanimously. The $2.07 request was approved but council denied a $903.24 request. There were penalties two from the same person for $178.21 that council denied. A penalty of $237.22 was forgiven as notices were sent to a mortgage company and Quinlan believes there was an error with the town updating its municipal software.

Calling Catholic school trustee candidates Hi potential separate school trustees: I am a teacher as well as the Political Engagement Officer on the executive of the Greater Black Gold Teachers’ Local #8. I would like to invite you to think about and answer the following questions. The objective of these questions is to publicize the upcoming school board election and to show voters where you stand on certain issues. These questions and  answers will be published in the local newspaper of the area  you  represent in October. Please email your answers to me by Sunday, Sept. 29 and keep your answers succinct, around 50 words each at tdoherty@compusmart. If you choose not to respond, that will also be published. Please email me at by  Wednesday evening, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., so that I can be sure you have received this message.

Questions for separate school trustees running in the St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic School District. • What is your main reason for running in this election? • Alberta is the richest province in Canada but we do not have sustained funding for our public education system. Funding for public education has been reduced even though enrolment has increased. Some have suggested that if instead of a flat tax, Alberta returned to an indexed system of taxation dependent on income, public education could be adequately funded consistently instead of being dependent on oil revenue. What will you do as a trustee to ensure all children in the district have access to high quality education? • In Alberta, Catholic education is part of the public school system. Why do you think this is important? Thanks, Theresa Doherty

DWMS accounts moved to two other schools By Amelia Naismith With the population of the former Diamond Willow Middle School now split between the Ponoka Elementary School and Ponoka Secondary Campus (formerly Ponoka Composite High School) the school’s bank account is being closed. However, the money inside isn’t being set on layaway because the school, as an academic institution, is no longer active. The funds are following the staff and students to their new locations. “We need to bring the funds back into Wolf Creek. We don’t need that bank account anymore,” explained secretary-treasurer Joe Henderson. “Anytime we close a school or di-

vision the funds follow the students to meet their needs,” he added. The $49,000 will be split twothirds, one-third; as Grade 6 is sent to the elementary school and Grades 7 and 8 head to the former high school. A couple of programs have already been looked at but in the next few weeks the principals of the schools will meet with superintendant Larry Jacobs to decide what to do with the funds. Although Diamond Willow Middle School is no longer an active school Ponoka Secondary Campus will be using it, especially the gymnasium, for the first few months of the academic year because construction at the campus is a month and a half behind schedule.

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2013 Municipal Election - October 21, 2013 In preparation for this year’s Municipal Election, the candidate’s information package as well as information for electors is available on the town’s website at Copies of this information are also available at the Town Office.

Tour of Alberta On September 5th, Stage 2 of the Tour of Alberta cycling race will be coming through our community. As a result there will be parking restrictions and temporary road closures along the route. Volunteers are needed to assist with traffic control along the race route as the Tour passes through Town. Please call the Town Office for more information 403.783.4431.

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BACK TO SCHOOL!! September 3rd is the first day of school. Please remember to drive with care and caution in school zones. Keep our kids safe!

EVENTS AND RECREATION Community Information & Registration Night Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 5:00 - 8:00 pm, Kinsmen Community Centre Hosted by The Town of Ponoka Community Services Department. All local organizations are welcome to participate. Limited number of tables available & there is a minimal charge for each table. For more information and/or to reserve a spot, contact Melodie at 403-783-4431. Some of the groups attending: Girl Guides; Ponoka Youth Centre; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Ponoka Early Child Development Coalition; Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society; First Baptist Church; Youth Unlimited; Got 2 Dance Productions; Ponoka Pool Sharks; Kinette Club; Shawna’s Music Studio, Minor Hockey; Trinity Lutheran Church and FCSS.

Aquaplex Update Aquaplex annual maintenance shutdown: September 3rd - 15th. The office will be closed for these two weeks please call during office hours for Tennis and Racquetball bookings and your call will be returned - 403-783-0131. The Splash Park will close for the season on September 13th

Household Toxic Round Up & Community Paper Shred Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Fire Hall. Check your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, basement, garden shed and garage for all your products and chemicals that you may not need anymore. Paper Cuts will be at the Fire Hall from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm accepting personal documents that the residents would like properly destroyed. There is no charge for this service.

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Public hearing set for future plans of the old hospital By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Plans are underway to make changes to the old Ponoka hospital. A public hearing has been set for Sept. 24 after town councillors approved first reading to reclassify the property to high density residential (R4) and low density residential R2

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Three phases for old hospital before plans fully realized Continued from page 8 Phase 2 is dependent on the sales of condominium units in phase 1. “Phase 1 is looking at two to three years away…Depending on how well that one sells we’re looking at another two years beyond that,” explained Hansen. Mayor Larry Henkelman stepped in to help explain that phase 1 plans for a 32-unit condominium for seniors’ housing and the second phase is really dependent on sales and public input. “It would depend on the development

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pital and provide some pleasing landscaping to the property in the interim. Suites would have en-suites and a shared bathroom for those en-suites, added Hansen. Henkelman explained there is potential for re-arranging the stages, especially if government funding should come through. The mayor said in an interview he was eager to see the project move forward as he approached the foundation some months ago on the idea. “I’ve been working with these guys for eight months or so.” The old hospital has been sitting in the same state since it was closed in 1987 and some of the furniture from that time remains in the building. Schmidt said

in an interview about some of his plans for the building. “I was always hopeful that it could be used for some public purpose.” But as the health regions have changed over time, securing provincial funding for the building has become a challenge. Schmidt still feels the building is worth the investment. “It’s built like a tank.” He has shouldered the cost of upkeep for the last 10 years and looks forward to the public hearing and being able to speak with residents. “We’re pleased because it was a very positive response,” added Schmidt. If the plans are approved he intends to start building next spring.

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Tips for safe bus students Children board school buses to take them to and from school. Although parents may worry about school bus accidents, such accidents are few and far between. School buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and protecting against injury. By keeping millions of cars off the roads surrounding schools, school buses contribute to less crowded roadways, which are less conducive to accidents. Danger zone Though parents may feel buses are most likely to be in accidents while in transit, experts advise that children are more likely to get hurt during pickups and drop-offs when they’re in the “danger zone� of the bus. The danger zone is a three-metre radius around the outside of the bus. Bus drivers and other motorists find kids in the danger zone are more difficult to see, and children can get struck by either the bus or oncoming cars that fail to stop when the bus is picking kids up or dropping them off. Knowing the safety rules While a large part of protecting children is on

the shoulders of the school bus driver, it is also vital for passengers to learn the basics of school bus safety. Kindergarteners or children who are riding the bus for the first time should be taught the rules of school bus safety. Parents can also educate their children (and themselves) about using caution in and around the bus by following these guidelines. • Get to the bus stop five to 10 minutes prior to the assigned pickup time. Rushing last-minute can lead to injury, especially if you’re chasing down the bus. • Remain on the sidewalk or grass at the bus stop. Do not step off the curb into the street until the bus has arrived and is completely stopped. • When boarding the bus, go directly to a seat and sit down. Buckle up if there are seatbelts on the bus. • Remain seated while the bus is in

motion. • Keep voices low so as not to distract the driver. • Keep your head and hands inside of the bus, and never hang out of the window. • Do not throw things on the bus or play rough with friends or classmates. • Keep the aisle clear at all times. • Be careful when getting off the bus. Hold on while going down the stairs. • When exiting the bus, walk at least 10 steps past the front of the bus and cross in front where the driver can see you. Do not cross behind the bus. • Wait for the driver to give you a signal that it is safe to cross. Be sure to check that all cars on the road have come to a complete stop. • Get to the sidewalk or off the street as quickly as possible. • If you’ve forgotten something on the bus, do not run back and attempt to retrieve it. The driver might not see

you and start the bus. Rather, call the bus company and see if you can pick it up at another time. • Do not get into the cars of strangers waiting around bus stops, even if they offer to take you home.

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Wolf Creek Schools teachers to develop new programs By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Teachers are developing new education units at Wolf Creek Public Schools. Educators at WCPS prepared themselves for another school year at Ecole Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School Aug. 26 and 27 during the division’s Summer Institute. The mandatory symposium brought more than 500 certified staff to learn about changes at WCPS. Teachers and administrators were welcomed back by superintendent Larry Jacobs who highlighted the theme of the conference, “Knowing from doing.” “Last year one of the things that you told us was that the clarity of what the year should look like was not as good as it should have been,” he explained. He rolled out a plan for teachers to develop teaching units over the course of the school year. His goal is to give students the best possible education and this program’s hope is to develop enhanced education at WCPS. This has been done with teachers, administrators and staff at the main office “What we want to do is work with you to help us all build three units and try to see if we can incorporate everything that we found out last year,” explained Jacobs.

The first unit During September and October teachers are asked to take a unit and start to analyze it. Once finished with the unit administrators will meet with teachers to discuss how the plan went. He did not want teachers to feel they are being evaluated. “All it is, is an opportunity for you to practice these 12 components,” said Jacobs. The result is not as important as the action. “It’s about trying, it’s about experimenting on the front end,” he added. Administrators will receive special training on how to support teachers in this project. The second unit Once the first unit is complete teachers will then build their own unit either by themselves or with a team. If three or for educators are teaching the same

subject they can come together to plan a unit. The second unit will be conducted in the late fall/early spring. Feedback is an important step in the second unit. “We’re going to ask you to survey your students about their engagement,” explained Jacobs. Teachers will then work with administrators on how they want to develop their unit. “We will do everything we can to support you,” he added. The third unit Jacobs says researchers suggest when trying something new it must be done three times to be done right. This third unit is similar to the second and will be taught prior to the end of May. Jacobs emphasized this is not an evaluation for teachers. “The point is for you to be able to look and say, ‘How did I do?’” Teachers will have the chance to look at their unit and determine which areas they feel are growth areas. He feels what makes this important is the discussion teachers, administrators and superintendents will have when the units are concluded. By the end of the Summer Institute each group will have a better understanding of the process, explained Jacobs. “Which will be a discussion that helps us as a division.”

Teachers learn easy to use Blogger By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

The way teachers communicate with students and their parents has changed from just parentteacher interviews. Now parents can get a bird’s-eye view into their children’s classes as teachers start to use the Internet to lay out their lesson plans. Educators now communicate important aspects of students’ education though applications such as Twitter and blogs. But for some the idea of building a blog is Chris Oram, vice-principal at Rimbey Junior/Senior High School shows daunting. This is where Chris Oram, assistant teachers how to get their own blog started. Oram was part of the Wolf principal at Rimbey Ju- Creek Public School’s Summer Institute held in Lacombe Aug. 26 and nior/Senior High School 27. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye and social studies teacher, steps in to help teachers. en care of that. With the difficult tasks already handled, Oram was one of 70 Wolf Creek Public Schools teachers can take more time to plan their site. (WCPS) educators presenting his expertise in a certain “The planning process I think is one of the most area Aug. 26 and 27 during the school division’s Sum- fundamental steps,” explained Oram. mer Institute at Ecole Secondaire Lacombe Composite Continued on page 15 High School. He provided useful tips for teachers on how to get started with Google’s Blogger application. “Technology’s changing and it’s becoming very user friendly.” There are other applications for blogging, says Oram, but with Blogger a person can start publishing is pleased to offer in minutes. Users do not need to learn complex Internet the services of code, which is used to build a website, Blogger has tak-

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As children try to make the most of the last fleeting days of summer vacation teachers are ramping up for the school year. Teachers with Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) took part in the school division’s Summer Institute Aug. 26 and 27 at Ecole Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School. The conference was mandatory for all certified staff to learn more about the tools teachers have used in their classes that have worked. There were 70 classes teachers could choose from, the majority of which were taught by WCPS staff. One course provided teachers a way to assess students’ learning and performance with tasks. These projects give students an involved way of education, says Janice Rarick, Grade 1 teacher at Ponoka Elementary School. She and Lois Spate, principal at the school, showed how creating a performance task can help students understand certain principals. A performance assessment can anchor a teaching unit with a fun project that gets students active and engaged in a project, explained Rarick. “We want their interest and their enthusiasm sustained.” The role of the performance assessment gives students a meaningful and real life task they need to accomplish. Usually there is an audience — real or imagined — who can listen to a final presentation. “One of the things that’s really key with this definition is that it simulates how people do their work or things they will encounter in the outside world,” explained Spate. One of the most important results of the task is

students have a strong understanding of the project. Having students feel they are presenting to a final audience helps drive their engagement. “You have to make it meaningful for the student,” Spate explained. Criteria for project understanding differs from what some teachers may be used to; students need to show they understand their role, audience, product performance and the authenticity of the content. A neat and tidy presentation is important, says Rarick, but should not be the difference between a fail and pass. Teachers still want students’ work to be well presented but “will they be penalized because it’s not neat and tidy?” “For me it was a really new concept at looking at that outcome,” she added. What teachers can do to ensure proper understanding of a project is provide formative feedback as the project continues. Rarick uses the question “What is it you need to show me?” as a guide when determining if a student understood a project. Spate feels involving the student in the learning process promotes the ownership of learning. These performance tasks are used in conjunction with WCPS’s Excellent Learning Environment (ELE) program. Rarick and Spate started to de-

velop the ELE with other teachers and administrators about eight years ago, which is in a continuous state of change. “It combines everything we need for teaching,” says Rarick. There is no right way of showing understanding of the task. “Not doing it isn’t an option.” The ELE gives teachers ways to deal with different learning styles. Spate and Rarick gave teachers some examples of tasks they used for their classes and suggested the tasks available to teachers can be adjusted to suit their needs or new ones can be designed. Support is available to teachers considering a performance task and Rarick suggested they seek support from other teachers who are instructional coaches in the school division. “It takes small steps.” Spate advised teachers try out a task to see how it works and adjust their learning by sharing their experiences. “That’s how Janice and I started.” For Nick Morrison, Grade 2 teacher at Clive School, the class gave him a better understanding of how the tasks operate. “It’s real easy to hit every outcome with that one task.” It also gives him a tool to determine if he was able to teach the objectives of the course.

Pilot program challenges bullying perceptions By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Every parent wants their child to have a fighting chance at doing well at school. That shouldn’t include worrying about bullies. An anti-bullying pilot project, funded through Ponoka’s Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), is being rolled out to two schools in the Wolf Creek School Division (WCPS): Crestomere School and Mecca Glen School. Committees from each school composed of parents, teachers and administrators, were selected to be part of

the training intended to reduce bullying. Presenting the program was Karen Kondor, bullying prevention educator with Find Your Voice. She is training the committees with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program developed in Norway, which is intended to change people’s perceptions on bullying. Kondor has received many questions on how best to deal with cyber bullying but the issue is part of a greater problem. “It’s such unfamiliar territory with many adults,” she said. The program has only started mak-

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ing its way into Canada and Kondor believes there will be positive results from the experience. “Schools like Crestomere and Mecca Glen are on the leading edge of bullying prevention in Canada,” she explained. “They need to be very proud of that.” Most anti-bullying based programs follow a curriculum but Olweus is a long-term commitment. The schools will operate under the umbrella of the program that will eventually become part of students’ culture, she added. Implementing the program in the first year is not cheap, the cost is approximately $8,000 to $10,000 per school but there is a long-term financial benefit. She referred to a Philadelphia study on the benefits. “If a school can prevent two children from the leaving the school as a result of bullying, that revenue for those two kids will more than offset the cost for the implementation of the program.” RCMP Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm helped start the program through his membership with the Rotary Club of Ponoka. There was a $6,340 grant to the club from FCSS, who recommended Mecca Glen and Crestomere as the pilot schools. Chisholm does not feel the cost of the program is as much as others. “It’s not an expensive program yet it encompasses the whole community and that’s something that is beneficial to the success of eliminating the problem,” explained Chisholm. Implementing the program across the school district is something superintendent Larry Jacobs will evaluate with the principals. He is going to ask how they see the program unfolding and what are some of the speed bumps to getting it running. “I’m going to ask them to give me a summation report…

Even if it’s qualitative.” Students will be also be surveyed on the program to help WCPS’s decision. An initial survey will be held in October and again in October, 2014. Jacobs feels there are many potential benefits for the school division and Alberta Education has seen a need to reduce bullying. “This is probably one of the few (programs) though that has an organization behind it. A lot of them are kind of drive-by ideas.” “The province as a whole has got to look into it,” he added. Penny Mueller, Crestomere School principal, embraces the program and looks forward to the challenge of implementation this year. She has already seen a change in her perception of what bullying is. “There’s a common misconception that people are bullied because of a lack of self-esteem.” Another misconception is that people who are loners are bullied but that is also not necessarily the case, she added. “Today has brought an understanding that, when we look at our policy, we’re doing some pretty good things but there’s stuff that we can still improve on and that’s great,” explained Mueller. She looks forward to seeing changes in people’s perceptions of what bullying is and a reduction of the problem in the next few years. Olweus has been used for the last 30 years and every school in Norway has implemented the program; after school programs are also starting to use it. Depending on how each school uses Olweus, there has been a 30 to 70 per cent reduction in bullying, said Kondor. Chisholm says the new school resource officer will need to be aware of the program and will uphold the initiative.

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013


Language program helps students master English By Amelia Naismith

Kandy Froehlick, a teacher at the Rimbey Junior Senior High School, competes in a paper airplane throwing contest during a simulation course of activities used by the Ècole Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School student union. Photo by Amelia Naismith

Planning your education blog Continued from page 11 He recommends defining what the site is going to be used for. Information must be targeted to a specific audience; in Oram’s case, content is for his social studies 8 class. Teachers who want to drive interest in the course and blog must be willing to post two or three times a week. “If you’re posting once every two weeks, no one’s going to check.” “This is what I’m doing anyways when I’m planning my class,” explained Oram. He recommends writing down the purpose behind the blog, who is it for, what resources will be needed and the style and tone of the website. “You’re creating a digital personality for yourself.” “You will be evaluated by your community,” he added. Once signed in, teachers created a blog with a web address, Google automatically checked to ensure the address was unused. Oram recommended a simple name that was easy to remember. As soon as a site was created teachers were given the chance to explore the Blogger templates. “You’re all going to realize just how easy this is and you’re all going to tune me out for a while,” he said. There are some positives to having a ready-to-start website: users do not need to worry about technical jargon and can get going almost immediately. The flip-side is Blogger’s templates are relatively simple. Oram says they are WYSIWYG: what you see is what you get. Once a lesson plan is ready he suggests teachers make sure they post regularly but check and take

some control over the comments. He advises moderating comments before they are accepted on the site. Proofreading is important too but blog posts can be edited after they are published. Oram suggests if a user is unsure, save the draft and publish later. Edits and posts can even be made on a smartphone or tablet. Being aware of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act is important as well. He advises teachers know who in their class is on a FOIP list as they need to ensure the protection of students. A useful tip for teachers wanting to keep students interested is to keep the blog post short and to the point. Using bullet points helps get the necessary information across and if there is detailed information then Oram usually provides a link to information sites such as Wikipedia. Another way is through videos. “Kids like video content.” Oram uses YouTube to embed education videos and sometimes goofy videos to give students a break. The next step is promoting the site. Oram would post his site on report cards and he is considering adding it to his email signature as well. “Don’t assume people know about your website.” He mentions the website to students in class and emails updates to parents, and makes regular blog posts. “They’re not going to take it seriously unless you take it seriously,” stated Oram. Check out Oram’s website at to see how he presents his course lessons.

Technology and non-traditional routes to engage students with a variety of needs are becoming more popular both inside and outside the classroom. Teachers who attended the Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) Summer Institute symposium, Aug. 26 and 27 at Ècole Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School, were given the opportunity to delved deeper into two methods of engagement, both inside and outside regular classroom learning. Imagine Learning is an independent computer program originally designed to give additional support to English Language Learner (ELL) students, beyond what they absorbed from core English subjects, because schools don’t have the resources to place a staff member with each small group of students. Imagine Learning literacy software programs have taken hold internationally, and since initial development in 2004 has expanded to also support early childhood education, struggling readers and students with disabilities. “It’s a very independent program you don’t have to do a lot with, unless you want to,” said Bobbi Jones, presenter and support training specialist with Imagine Learning. Imagine Learning includes a process monitoring system for each student as well as advanced intuitiveness written into the software to complement and support the students and their level, which also allows the program to grow as the student’s abilities increase. “Our goal is to make students successful in their English speaking, both in the classroom and in the real world,” said Jones. An initial placement process based on literacy and language skills and needs places the student within the program, and from there it’s run on an individualized basis. “You will probably never see the students doing the same activities because they each have their own path,” said Jones. Activities include word games, read-along books designed to increase phonetic ability and vocabulary, letter recognition games in English as well as first language support. Teachers already using the program mentioned some students weren’t following every instruction of their lessons — which cover a variety of topics such as math poetry and science — especially when it came to speaking portions. Jones says this may be because they feel they are advanced enough not to or it’s an indicator to confidence issues. “We’re making sure we’re build-

“Our goal is to make students successful in their English speaking, both in the classroom and in the real world.” Bobbi Jones, Imagine Learning specialist.

ing that confidence and comprehension.” The program is available to schools through purchased licensing on a per student capita. While looking through group and individual reports for students already using the program in their school, the teachers noticed several students had zero hours logged into the program, and while it was a pilot project in many WCPS schools last year Jones says, with budget cuts, if students aren’t going to take advantage of the program it’s wasting school funding. Extra and fun activities, often stemming from student union or similar groups, also present students with attractive opportunities to engage themselves. Presenter Michelle Wotherspoon, a teacher at Ècole Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School and student union co-ordinator, talked about the benefits of having these fun, yet underrated educational activities in schools. “It really teaches them a lot of leadership skills,” said Wotherspoon. As a student’s confidence increases the positive attitude transfers to other areas of academic life. “It also gives them the chance, if it doesn’t go well, how can they improve it to make it go better the next time,” she added. Student union activities also benefit participating students who didn’t have a hand in the planning. “It gives them a chance to interact and try fun things. Sometimes that’s the only fun thing they get to do all day because they don’t like school,” said Wotherspoon. “It’s really about getting kids to buy into the school and they make it their own.” As students see the school as their building rather than a building vandalism and behavioral issues decrease, said Wotherspoon. At Ècole Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School the student union is run by Grade 11 and 12 students, with Grade 10 students given the opportunity to sit on committees, which fosters inter-grade interaction. “It’s really good to get students in different groups,” said Wotherspoon.

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Town unable to find companies willing to recycle glass By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye The last time the town was able to recycle its glass was in 2007. Since then glass at the recycle depot has been sent to the landfill. But municipalities in central Alberta are doing the same thing. After 2007 the desire for certain materials such as glass and cardboard dropped and towns such as Ponoka do not have a place to put it. Betty Quinlan, director of corporate services, says Ponoka received $38,000 in 2007 in recycling revenue but recyclers now do not want certain waste. Since 2008, Rod Carrick, public works foreman has had a challenge finding a place to take corrugated cardboard as well. “There was actually a market for

this stuff years ago.” Despite most products having a recycle symbol, finding a company willing to take the product is a challenge. “That’s the problem that happens with a lot of things with recycling,” added Carrick. He remembers when recycled glass was used for stucco on buildings but the product is not used as much. Tin however is sold to Harper’s Metals and town workers ship the metal to Red Deer. One of the reasons the town has maintained the recycling depot is there is a strong desire from residents to recycle. Continued on page 17




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Recycling Continued from page 16 He also feels people would be upset with the change. The problem is a question of economics, says Wes Muir, business consultant and former media advisor for Waste Management Canada. “It has a very low value.” Collecting and processing the materials far outweighs the return on investment and companies are reluctant to take on a product that does not make them money. The glass also has limited uses. “The making of glass is very energy intensive,” said Muir. Materials such polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is used to make pop bottle and high density polyethylene (HDP) are being used more frequently by companies as they are easier to recycle. And waste streams are constantly evolving; newsprint used to be the largest recycled material but now electronic products are leading the way. The challenge is finding a way to recycle certain products. “Technically anything is recyclable but can it be done economically?” said Muir. The dilemma for municipalities is finding a way to meet people’s desire to recycle. Carrick says municipalities such as Olds, Lacombe and Wetaskiwin also do not have any options to recycle their glass. In 2010 Ponoka received $4,000 in recycling revenue and in 2011 received $19,000.


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Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

Rolls of carpet stolen from downtown business By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Police are looking for suspects after commercial carpet, valued at $3,000, was stolen from a commercial vehicle parked in front of Ponoka Home Furnishings. Owner Larry Henkelman believes his delivery van was taken over the evening of Aug. 26 and driven 50 kilometres. There were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle but a padlock was removed from the rear door and items inside were removed. Report of armed robbery Police are looking for suspects after a 49-year-old Ponoka man reported being robbed Aug. 28 at midnight. He reported the incident Aug. 30 and told police three men had approached him at the walking path near the Scout Hall asking for cigarettes. Two of the suspects were Caucasian men and one was wearing a Saskatchewan Roughriders shirt. The third is reported to be a native man. The victim said he had no cigarettes and he was promptly held from behind and kicked in the stomach

and ribs. The suspects then emptied out his pockets and took half a pack of cigarettes, some prepaid credit cards and $450 cash. Semi jackknifed Police responded to a tractor trailer unit that collided with a guard rail Aug. 30 at 2:30 a.m. The truck was northbound on Highway 2 when it hit the guardrail two kilometres south of Ponoka and jackknifed in the lane. Traffic slowed to a crawl for most of the morning until crews could clear the highway. It is unknown if there were any injuries from the collision but the driver, a 27-year-old

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Ponoka RCMP 403-783-4472 Or Home Furnishings Gallery, Larry Henkelman 403-350-9399

Despite heavy traffic, the 26-year-old driver from Leduc was able to pull out into the right lane and accelerate to 180 km/h right in front of a sheriff. The man was pulled over and received a ticket for speeding and faces a court appearance. Arrested for warrants A 25-year-old Red Deer man faces jail time if he cannot pay $3,600 in outstanding warrants. The man was arrested Sept. 2 at 11 p.m. after police received a complaint of his driving. He was located on Highway 2 near Ponoka and although he was not impaired, officers found warrants for his arrest from Sylvan Lake. He was remanded in custody until he could pay the fines. If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

On Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 2124- head of cattle went through our rings & 609 head on the Canadian Satellite Sale - TOTAL -2733

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

70.00-80.25 59.00-69.75 50.00-64.25 70.00-85.00 80.00-94.75 95.00-107.00

Good Bred Cows Older Bred Cows Good Bred Heifers: Cow/calf pairs (younger) Cow/Calf pairs (older)

1250.00N/A N/A N/A 1425.00-

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

128.00-132.00 140.00-145.00 146.00-149.00 155.00-160.00 155.00-160.00 165.00-170.00 185.00-190.00 190.00-200.00

Dairy Steers Baby Calves Dairy Type: Baby Calves Beef Type:

75.00-102.00 20.00-120.00 120.00-200.00

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

1.50-8.00 NONE NONE

Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers

Rd Bales Rd Bales

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soaking with this bleach solution. • Mop up bleach-soaked droppings, nest and/or dead mice, or pick up with paper towels, and place them in a plastic bag. • Seal the bag and put in a garbage container with a tight fitting lid.  • Wash your gloves before removing, and then wash your hands.  • Never vacuum or sweep droppings, nests or dead mice. This can create dust that can be inhaled. The dust may contain hantavirus. Albertans dealing with significant mouse infestations or with mouse infestations in enclosed spaces with poor ventilation should contact Health Link Alberta, at 1-866-408-5465, to discuss necessary special precautions. Although hantavirus infection is rare, it can be fatal. Individuals infected with hantavirus generally show symptoms one or two weeks after exposure, however symptoms have been known to appear up to five weeks after exposure. Symptoms resemble severe flu, including fever, body aches, chills, abdominal problems and severe breathing problems. “It is very important that anyone who has recently been in an area contaminated by mice and who has subsequently developed severe flu-like symptoms or difficulty breathing see a doctor immediately,” Achebe said.




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Humanity’s quirks seem strange from alien’s viewpoint The Humans by might as well be from Matt Haig another planet. c.2013, Simon & And what if you Schuster $25.00 285 were? Would getting pages along be any easier? Three heads and Find out by reading five arms. The Humans, the new Everybody’s looknovel by Matt Haig. ing at you like that’s At first, there was what you’ve got, even nothing. Terri though you’ve tried to But then, the visiSchlichenmeyer fit in. You’ve done your tor wondered about the The Bookworm best to speak their lanweather. It was rainguage, sample the local ing. He wasn’t used cuisine, wear clothes to weather, and where that don’t scream “tourist.”… but, was the computer? It was cold, inhalgoing by the weird looks you’re get- ing was difficult, and there was this ting in this land that’s not home, you annoying buzz that got louder by the

Jazz album mildly pleasing By Amelia Naismith Despite hailing from Sydney, studying at the Australian Conservatory of Music and releasing a killer first album in 2010, Daniel Matto’s newest album Groovin’ With The DMQ is loaded with average jazz songs and reaches only a pleasant level. Matto closes the album with the classic Simon and Garfunkel song The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy). While he didn’t ruin the song, the modernized jazz presentation and lilt to the lyrics and an unnecessary extended instrumental piece change to flow of the familiar song. Stoic fans of the classic may find Matto’s rendition, with its blunt yet tinkling piano notes irritating. However, the rendition fits in well with the rest of the classy album. I’m Old Fashioned, released in 2010, presented a smooth, warm style of storytelling filled with simmering notes and lots of soul. The album is enigmatic, classy and fun, a real treat to listen to. It featured saucy jazz primary and secondary rhythms overlapping and complementing each other with languid ease. Groovin’ With The DMQ is a step down for Matto. While still smooth and classy it lacks the master storytelling and vivid images of his previous album. Prominent especially during the love songs, the ambiguous lyrics convey a more mainstream pop pattern rather than focusing on the story

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over his pen and lets his unnamed visitor write a book (with a dog in it.). There’s cleverness and wit all over each page and some explosive LOL moments, but what I loved best is the way Haig takes note of our many quirky human peccadilloes. After reading this book, in fact, you’ll never people-watch the same again. If you hate wimpy novels and demand something tack-sharp instead, here’s your next read. Grab The Humans and dig in because this book is out of this world.




Daniel Matto’s newest album Groovin’ With The DMQ of the song. Seemingly slower-paced, the album lacks the enthusiasm of the first, making these tracks and their instrumental sections drag on. Despite the speed bump deriving mainly from the lyrics, Matto’s newest album hasn’t diminished his vocal abilities and impeccable talent. The unwavering mid-range is a captivating tone suited perfectly for the style of music and when the lyrics are up to par with his talents, magic happens.

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minute. The buzz was a car heading straight for him and when it hit him, he landed on the side of the road and laid there until a human rushed over. That terrified him — humans were very repulsive things — so he ran, naked. He knew he was supposed to be Professor Andrew Martin. He knew, because the hosts had taken the real Andrew Martin, removed all memories and thoughts, destroyed what was left, and sent him to this planet in Martin’s place. Martin was a mathematician and had unlocked a secret that could ruin Earth (though humans were doing a fine job of that themselves), and the visitor was assigned to stop the solution from being revealed by killing everyone Martin had told. But first, he had to fit in. Humans were of “middling intelligence and prone to violence, deep sexual embarrassment, bad poetry and walking around in circles,” which should’ve made things easy. Cosmopolitan magazine taught him a lot and the “news” (which should have been called The War and Money Show) taught him even more. With help from the hosts, he began his tasks so he could go home. Rudimentary human computers were ridiculously easy to use, and eliminating Martin’s work took less than five minutes. Killing Martin’s colleague — the one who knew about the mathematical solution — took a little longer. But doing away with Andrew Martin’s wife, Isobel, and his son, Gulliver? That was going to be a bit more difficult, especially since Isobel Martin was looking less and less repulsive… Let’s get this out of the way first: I love, love, loved The Humans. With a keen eye for homo sapien goofiness, spot-on observations on our foibles, and satire you could spread with a knife, author Matt Haig turns


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Hot weather speeds up crop development seed levels dropping in The grains complex canola, soybean plants jumpstarted last week in aborted pods, and corn tipthe green as hot, dry foreback (where the full cob casts for the last week of isn’t filled with kernels). August dominated headAlthough the hot, hot lines. Corn high-jumped weather isn’t necessarily back over the $5 per hitting Western Canada, bushel handle while soythe canola market is folbeans cruised past $14 per lowing its oilseed brethren bushel. While some corn higher despite expectacrops may be at risk for Brennan Turner tions of a record crop. The premature death from the FarmLead question now becomes, heat, for the latter oilseed has the market found the crop, this time of year is spot where the prices more critical to the development of the pods (and plant growth in make sense? While ice cream, sprinklers and general). The hot weather on both sides of backyard pools are popular right now, the 49th parallel is speeding up crop Drew Lerner from World Weather Inc. development— ripening cereals, green says the opposite end of the temperature

gauge will be important to watch too. The potential for lower temperatures at night continues to build (also helping the markets higher) as signs of an earlierthan-usual frost continue to show up. This includes ice accumulation in the Arctic well ahead of recent years and sudden below freezing nights in some places in Saskatchewan, Alberta, North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Already, there’s been talk of the 1974 Labour Day weekend freeze that was devastating to crops and while the same sort of run-up to that early frost isn’t happening right now, conditions are building that make the potential for a damaging freeze higher than usual. Although the wheat harvest is underway and looking pretty good, wheat is getting help from the international buying scene as Saudi Arabia and Egypt have bought one million tonnes in the last week. Less of the wheat may be coming from traditional growers such as the United States and Canada as producers continually are looking at more profitable crops like corn

REAL ESTATE SALE FOR MIKE DICKAU Saturday, September 14, 2013

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Being 6.1 Acres w/ A Solid Gravel Driveway, Mature Spruce Trees & A Small Stream During the Spring Run Off. Buildings are on a Hill w/ Rolling Lawns and Wonderful Views Towards the East.

Being 3.84 Acres w/ A Gravel Driveway, Lots of Mature Trees & A Small Stream In the Spring. The House is 2700 sq ft 1 Level Home w/ 2 Bedrooms, A Study, 2 1/2 Bathrooms, Vaulted Ceilings, Large Kitchen & A Huge Dining Room that Seats 20. 4 Car 26’x38’ Attached Heated Garage Plus a 26’x62’ Shed w/ 18’ Sliding Door. Wheel Chair Accessible, Built in Vac System & A Wood Burning Fireplace. Radiant Hot Water Heating & Natural Gas Boiler. House has 8” Walls w/ R24 & R40 in the Ceiling w/ Double Pane Windows. Garage has 4” Walls w/R12 & R22 in the Ceiling.

The House is 1260 sq ft Plus a 24x24 Heated Double Car Garage. Fully Finished 1260 sq ft Basement Plus 24’x24’ Fireproof Storage Under the Garage. 3 Large Bedrooms Plus a Large Study that could be Converted to a Bedroom. 2 Bathrooms & a Built in Vac System. Sound Proof Concrete Floors on Both Levels, Thermo Pane Windows on the Main Floor, 10’ Cedar Ceilings & a Wood Burning Fireplace. Radiant Hot Water Heating, Natural Gas Boiler, Hot Water Recirculating Line w/ Taps that Have Instant Hot Water. New Shingles in 2011 on the House & Garage w/ a 15 Year Warranty & 50 Year Membrane Warranty

and soybeans. Specifically, producers in Minnesota and North Dakota are switching out more King Wheat acres for corn and soybeans as genetic engineering has made the latter two crops easier to grow and usually yield better. The difference in yield growth over the past couple decades has even the president of the Minnesota Wheat Growers Association calling for GMO in wheat. And finally, Pro Farmer’s recent crop tour says that a record U.S. corn crop will be produced (13.46 billion bushels), with the average yield around 154.1 bushels per acre (USDA at 13.74 Billion bushels on 154.4 bushels per acre). As for soybeans, the firm is expecting the fourth-largest soybean crop ever with 3.158 Billion bushels on average yields of 41.8 bushels per acre (USDA at 3.14 billion bushels on 42.6 bushels per acre). There continues to be many weather factors that point to upside in the market but this does not necessarily mean sustained high prices. With the technology these days, you can do a little bit more with your time in the cab of your combine. Thus, taking advantage of high prices would make sense as you can be productive in more ways than one on the field these days. Brennan Turner is originally from Foam Lake, Sask. where his family started farming the land in the 1920s. After completing his degree in economics from Yale University and then playing some pro hockey, Mr. Turner spent some time working in finance before starting, a riskSubway Fresh free, transparent online grain marketplace. His Try Our weekly column is a sum! mary of his free, daily W NE market note, the FarmLead Breakfast Brief. He can be reached via email (b.turner@farmlead. com) or phone (1-855332-7653).


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New Shingles Installed in 2010 w/ 30 Year Warranty. 2 Water Wells w/ 1 that is 110 to 120 Ft & 20 Gal/Minute & 1 that is 8 to 10’ w/ a Hand Pump

36’x60’ Heated Shop w/ South Facing 16’x13.5’ Big Door, Electric Opener & 20’x60’ Heated Addition. New Shingles Installed in 2010 on the Shop w/ 30 Years Warranty and a New Metal Roof in 2008 on the Addition.

2013 Taxes: $1616.49

Both Parcels are Totally Fenced w/ Wrought Iron Gates & are On Pavement, Just 1/2 a Mile Off of Hwy #2A & Only 30 Minutes to Red Deer & 40 Minutes to the Edmonton International Airport.

300 Amp Electrical Service, 200 Amp to Shop, 100 Amp to House as well as a Generator Transfer Switch. 110 to 120 Ft Well at 20 Gal/Minute 2 Comp. Septic Tank into Perforated Plastic Pipe Laterals.

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2013 Taxes: $1604.71

Open House: September 1st & 7th or by Appointment from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Real Estate Transaction are being Handled by Morrison Realty (403) 783-0556 Real Estate Terms & Conditions: 10 % Down on Sale Day. Balance & Possession on or before October 15, 2013. If Balance is NOT RECEIVED by October 15, 2013 the Deposit will be Forfeited as Liquidation Damages.

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Sharpshooters test their skills at Rifleman’s Rodeo

Rifle rack: Eric Brown grabs his rifle during a sharp shooter challenge.

Lessons in target practice: Bill Huckstep shows daughter Whitney what the markings on a target mean.

Taking aim: Kevin Walcheske takes his time during a sharp shooter challenge Aug. 31 during Ponoka Fish and Game’s 46th Rifleman’s Rodeo. Participants came from as far as Cold Lake to take part in the event. Firearms safety was a large part of the weekend. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye


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Town staff help with Tour of Alberta By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Pro cycling terms • Drafting - Riding closely behind another rider or vehicle to take advantage of the windbreak (slipstream) and use about 20 percent less energy. •  Attack - When a rider or riders decide to ride faster than the rest and ride away from the bunch, it is called an attack or ‘break-away’. •  Field Sprint - A mass sprint at the finish among the main group of riders in a road race. •  Chasers - Riders who are trying to catch a breakaway group. •  Gap - The distance (usually measured in time) between individuals or groups.

• Feed Zone - A designated area along the route where riders can grab “musette bags” filled with food and drinks as they ride by. • Breakaway - When a rider or riders decide to ride faster than the rest and ride away from the bunch, it is called an attack or ‘break-away’. • Peloton - The main field, or pack of riders in the race. Peloton is French for a group moving forward. • Tempo - A steady pace/speed at the front of a group of riders. • Cadence - The number of times during one minute that a pedal stroke is completed. Also called pedal rpm.

Staff at Ponoka Town Hall are working to ensure things run smoothly when the Tour of Alberta bikers roll through town. In a show of support for the race the town office will be closed so staff can volunteer and help direct traffic. Stage 2 begins in Devon with bikers scheduled to come into Ponoka on Highway 2A. Bikers will race east on 57 Avenue and then south on 50 Street through downtown. They will then head east on Highway 53 and south past the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury. Eventually racers will head south on Secondary Highway 815 and make their way to Red Deer — the final destination of the stage. The full entourage is expected to race through the town Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. and 120 international racers with 40 support vehicles are going to make their way along 50th Street, says Wes Amendt, director of community services. Police and town staff have been preparing for road closures along the route, which takes racers on the second stage of the five-stage tour. The full stage is approximately 185 kilometres and racers have been reported to travel at 100 km/h on some downhill stretches. The biggest concern on the day of the tour is traffic control and organizers are seeking 40 to 50 volunteers to help with set up and clean up. Organizers expect 40 to 60 million viewers around the world each day and approximately five million from Canada. The race will be live on Sportsnet with

highlights played throughout the day. Amendt hopes to take advantage of the publicity. “We’ll try to get some signage out there.” “We encourage people to line the streets. Come and watch,” he added. There was no budget set for this but town workers have been fixing up potholes along the route and street sweepers will be clearing the roads the morning of the race. “Their main concern is that the roads are clear,” said Amendt. Letters have been hand delivered to residents and businesses along the route and Sarah Olson, economic development officer, looks forward to the potential publicity of the event. “There’s an opportunity for people from the surrounding areas to come into our town.” That and the international coverage is something she looks forward too. The letter she provided businesses owners encourages them to consider ways they can promote their shops. “It’s a community pride thing,” said Olson. Volunteers will receive a gift from the town for their efforts and T-shirts will be supplied to those who can help out. “We’re putting together a little care package/courtesy bag for the volunteers.” Some information has come last minute to the town as organizers had to re-assess routes in southern Alberta, which has left them behind on some planning. For more information check out the website: If interested in volunteering contact the town office.

Tour of Alberta athletes, facts, figures, history • Cyclists in the Tour of Alberta will race more than 150-kilometres per day for six days; there are no rest stops or time outs • Cyclists in the Tour of Alberta will average approximately 40 kilometres per hour over the course of the 1,000-plus kilometres they will race • The cyclists in the Tour of Alberta will have race more than 100 days and in more than 20 countries. • Athletes from more than 20 countries will participate in the Tour of Alberta

• The Tour of Alberta will feature more than five teams that will have participated in the Tour de France in July or Tour of Italy in May • The Tour of Alberta is perfectly situated between the current top North American events: the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado, Aug. 19 to 25 and the UCI World Cups in Montreal and Quebec, Sept. 13 to 15 • The Tour of Alberta will be the province’s first major professional cycling

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race and be the biggest stage race in the history of the country Top Canadian Professional Road Cyclists • Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour (the historic big three Tours of France, Italy and Spain) • Eight-time Canadian National Champion Svein Tuft won the silver medal at the 2008 World Championships, the first Canadian since 1980s • Canada’s Steve Bauer led the Tour de France for 5 days in 1988 and 10 days in 1991, making him a national sports hero; he finished 4th overall in the Tour de France in 1988 • Bauer won the silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in road cycling • Alex Stieda, a member of the Tour of Alberta Board of Directors, was the first North American to lead the Tour de France in 1986 Cyclists and Food • Professional cyclists can eat as much as 10,000 calories a day during a race like the Tour of Alberta • Most cyclists eat a strong combination of protein and carbohydrates to replenish the energy they exert after a five-hour, 160-kilometre a day race • Pre-race and during race, cyclists drink caffeinatedlaced beverages to provide an extra boost of energy while racing; including non-carbonated Coke • Most professional cyclists are very stringent on their calorie intake, sometimes weighing food, all in the name of keeping weight down

Camp registration: 10 :00 a.m. to Noon on September 7th with first ice time commencing at 1:00 p.m. All team fees must be paid prior to the try out. Details are as follows: - Tryout Fee: $100 non-refundable - Team Fee: $500. Team Fees can be paid by two (2) post dated checks dated Sept. 30th, 2013 and Oct. 30th, 2013 respectively in the amount of $250 each. - All cheques must be attached to the completed registration form. In the event you are unsuccessful in making the Club, all post-dated cheques will be returned to you. Please ensure you have all required documents with you at the time of tryouts. For more information email

Coaching Position Ponoka Stampeders Jr. B Hockey Club is currently looking for an Assistant Coach to join our coaching staff for the 2013 – 2014 Season. Interested candidates can email their resume to



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The Science of Cycling • Cyclists in the Tour of Alberta or Tour de France will hit speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour descending the biggest mountain passes. • The average elite tire that professionals use is less than one inch in thickness. • Cyclists can hit speeds of up to 75 kilometres per hour on the flats sprinting toward the finish line. • Most professional cyclists will average a cadence of 90 to 110 revolutions per minute. In an average five-hour day of racing produce more than 27,000 revolutions. • The average bicycle for the top professionals weighs 15 to 16 pounds and costs around $10,000. Most are made of space age carbon fiber and titanium alloys. • All professional cyclists are mandated to wear crash helmets. Most helmets weigh less than a pound. • Cyclists have “power meters” on their bikes that monitor cadence, heart rate, power output, distance traveled, calories burned, and more, all of which is downloaded post race and analyzed on computers. • Lactate thresholds and acids, which include most blood panels are analyzed during long three-week races like the Tour de France, preventing illnesses and priming them for a new day of racing. History of Cycling • At top speeds, the top sprinters in the world can produce more than 1,000 watts of power and sustain that output for more than a minute. • The Tour de France and Tour of Italy (Giro D’italia) are one of the oldest annual world sporting events, dating back to 1903. • The Tour de France and Tour of Italy both started as promotions by newspapers to increase their circulations. The Tour de France adopted a yellow jersey for the race leaders, and Tour of Italy adopted a pink jersey to follow the color of the papers promoting the three-week long tours throughout their respective countries. • In 1996, professionals were allowed into the Olympics for road cycling. Up to that point, only amateurs could contend. • Professional cycling was established in Europe after World War II, with clubs being sponsored by corporate sponsors or travel and tourism groups. • The USA Pro Challenge in Colorado and the Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest races both attracted more than one million roadside spectators in 2012. • The Tour de France drew an estimated 20 million roadside spectators in the 2012. The Tour de France celebrated its 100 race in 2013 — the inaugural year of the Tour of Alberta.

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Strong government support for Tour of Alberta race By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye More than 40 million worldwide viewers are expected to tune in to the Tour of Alberta six-day race — and catch a glimpse of Ponoka. The tour is set for Sept. 3 to 8 and Ponoka has been chosen as one of the pass through towns Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. during phase 2 of the race. Planning for this race has been seven to 10 years in the making, which started with Alex Stieda, a Canadian biker who always wanted to see a race similar to the Tour de France in Alberta, says Duane Vienneau, executive director for the tour. After some planning and networking, the Alberta Rural Development Fund jumped at the chance to make the dream a reality and provided seed money with $3.5 million, about half of the full cost of the tour. “That’s really what started the ball rolling down the road, if you will,” said Vienneau. Some funds have already been secured to continue the race and Vienneau hinted at the possibility of an announcement in the near future. Flooding in southern Alberta affected some of their plans with

one leg of the race finishing off in Canmore in Kananaskis County but the town was unable to deal with the race and repairs. Canmore lost the finish on that leg but the tour will return another year. “We’ve already committed to them for the future that we are going to go and give this race back to them,” said Vienneau. The intention is to be around forever. “We have the ability to go forever as long as it’s feasible and sustainable,” he added. Ponoka is one of many communities that have been tied into the race and spectators can look forward to a sprint on 50 Street. The racer to win the sprint will receive a sprint jersey for that day. “It’s a big deal for these cyclists, they want to have that jersey…There will be lots of excitement coming through Ponoka,” explained Vienneau. He feels stage 2 will pose a different level of challenge as there are not too many elevations but a strong headwind could slow down bikers. The Tour de France is a three-week race and Alberta’s challenge is six days so there are some differences. Vienneau

World’s top riders highlight roster The 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans of BMC Racing Team, the current world’s number 2 ranked rider Peter Sagan of Cannondale Pro Cycling, and 2012 Tour of Italy winner and Canadian Ryder Hesjedal of Team Garmin-Sharp, headline a star-studded field for the inaugural Tour of Alberta, Sept. 3 to 8. “We’re elated to announce the participation of some of the world’s top cyclists, which confirms our intentions of making this a great field in the inaugural year of the Tour,” said executive director Duane Vienneau. “To have a former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, one of the most prolific winners today in professional cycling in Peter Sagan, and Canadian cycling hero and a Tour of Italy champion Ryder Hesjedal in the same race is amazing, and will make for a spectacular experience for everyone involved.” Joining Hesjedal on Team Garmin-Sharp is 2012 USA Pro Challenge winner Christian Vande Velde of the United States, three-time Tour de France stage winner David Millar of Great Britain, seven-time U.S. National Champion in the time trial David Zabriskie, and Lachlan Morton of Australia, who won

Spectator Don’ts: • Don’t enter the course when riders are approaching • Don’t have your dog unleashed near the course • If you’re planning on writing a message for your favorite cyclist on the road, do it in chalk not paint • Touching the riders is a no-no, if you cheer for them from the ride of the road, it will lift them without risking a fall • Keep your cameras inside of the race barricades • Don’t leave empty handed; buy some merchandise in support of the race, there will never be another first Tour of Alberta.

stage 3 in the 2013 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Joining Evans on BMC Racing is Brent Bookwalter, who finished second overall in both U.S. Road Race and Time Trial National Championships this year; and Marcus Burghardt, a former Tour de France stage winner and winner of the Ghent-Wevelgem classic in Belgium. Joining Sagan will be current Danish national time trial champion Brian Vandborg and rising star Damiano Caruso. Belkin-Pro Cycling Team, the Netherland’s top professional team, will be led by Dutchman Robert Gesink, the 2012 Tour of California champion and winner of the 2010 Gran Prix Montreal World Cup race. “We’ve certainly attracted a top-notch field for the first Tour of Alberta,” said Jim Birrell, Tour of Alberta race director and managing partner at Medalist Sports, the technical partner for the event. The race will feature more than 20 professional cyclists from Canada and athletes from more than 20 countries.

Bike tour on TV Cycling fans can watch the 2013 Tour of Alberta live for two hours each day when 120 of the world’s top professional cyclists race the 900-kiometre route across the province, Sept. 3 to 8. The Tour of Alberta broadcast schedule on its Canadian broadcast partner, Sportsnet: Tuesday, Sept. 3 6 to 8:30 p.m. MST on Sportsnet ONE Wednesday, Sept. 4 2 to 4:00p.m. MST on Sportsnet ONE Thursday, Sept. 5 2 to 4 p.m. MST on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, Pacific Friday, Sept. 6 3 to 5 p.m. MST on Sportsnet ONE Saturday, Sept. 7 3 to 5 p.m. MST on Sportsnet ONE Sunday, Sept. 8 3 to 5 p.m. MST on Sportsnet ONE Sportsnet’s coverage will also include a daily one-hour highlights program to air in primetime each day of the race.

looks forward to establishing the Tour of Alberta as a premiere international bike race. “It’s just a very different event for what Albertans are used to,” he said.

Most events in the province are held in a stadium or show grounds but the stadium for this event is Alberta. “It’s constantly moving down the road to the next location.”

THANK YOU! Ponoka Ladies Golf Club wish to acknowledge the following sponsors for their generous support of the recent Ladies Open Golf Tournament. • Direct Travel • John Low Agencies • Alberta Springs Golf Resort • Alberta Treasury Branch • Altitude Laser Spa • Ponoka IGA • Battle River Insurance/ The Co-operators • Cilantro & Chive Restaurant • Classic Granite • Crawford Agencies • Darlene Short – ATB Mortgage Spec. • Flowers for You • Hammy’s Spirits • Innisfail Golf Club • Investors Group • Jones Boys • Lacombe Golf & Country Club • Leenstra Landscapes

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Kids learn valuable hunting skills at camp Submitted by R. Greene Ponoka Fish and Game Association In July we had our Kids Camp with 24 first-time students in attendance. The weather was great this year, for a change. They were given lessons in archery, rifle shooting and also trap shooting. There was a Hunter Education course, and the students averaged 90 per cent on the exams, which says a lot for the kids and the instructors. Each kid got a Tshirt that will be a good reminder of the fun they had at camp. The food was great, which helped make everything better. It always helps to have a good cook. Subway donated a meal the kids really enjoyed. Keyera provided some volunteers for a couple of days and that was a big help to the club. Thanks to everyone who helped out, without your help we could not run all these camps.

This has been a great summer for all of our events that we have every summer. There has been a great turn out for archery and trap shooting all summer. Hunting season is fast approaching, hope you get your draws in. To those who would like to hunt a grizzly bear, you may get a chance yet. A limited season in some areas is being considered for a hunt in the near future. As we had a mild winter, the wild animals should be in goodly numbers this fall and winter. Good luck and be careful. We don’t need any hunting accidents. Make sure all your licenses and WIN cards are up to date or you could miss the season. Remember to be eligible for club trophies, you have to be a current member of the club prior to the start of hunting season — not after the fact.

The ice is in: Three-on-three ringette organizers took advantage of the newly made ice at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex. The one day tournament was held Aug. 30 and has been held a fifth year in a row in Ponoka. Here players face off during a game. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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SUNDAY September 8

Ponoka Stampede Grounds @ 10 AM THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! Without your generous support the Battle River High School Rodeo would not be the successful event it has always been.

By Amelia Naismith Even though they’re too young for a driver’s license, Ponoka youths are still able to get in their own car and feel “the trill of the hill.” On Sept. 14 the community is hosting another downhill racing derby for youths six to 16 years old. “It’s supposed to be a grandparent and parent joint project. The kids are to make their own car,” said derby co-ordinator Karen Williams. Each of the racers runs three times and the top two from each age group face off against each other. “It’s just a family fun day. It’s more about having fun than winning the race,” said Williams. However, the event includes trophies, medals

and T-shirt prizes. The age groups are divided into six and seven year olds, eight to nine; 10 to 11; 12 to 13 and 14 to 16 year olds. Williams says the event usually draw close to 40 racers. This year she’s hoping more spectators will come out to watch the races and cheer on the young drivers. Years ago Ponoka held soapbox derby races and they started up again in 2005 as part of an economic development project in community lifestyles. “It was just a way to get people involved in the community,” said Williams. Race registration begins at 8 a.m. and the races start at 10 a.m. They’re located at 42 Avenue from 43 Street to the Riverside Park.





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Out of Town CLIVE: Village-Wide Garage Sale and Cookie Walk Sept. 7, 9 - 3:00 (Rain Check - Sept. 14) Tons of sales. Concession available. Everything under the sun! Marsha 403-784-3446

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51 Is offering the following classes for Ponoka

SORE BACK? The Treatment and Prevention of Back Pain With Certified Exercise Physiologist Heather Mielke 6 week course Start Date: September 10 Time: Tuesdays 12pm-1pm You will be given a detailed home exercise program and program handouts Cost: $5/class (+$40 foam roller required) 2nd session starts October 22, BONE STRONG – The Management and Prevention of Osteoporosis 6 week course Start Date: September 10 Time: Tuesdays 11am-12pm 2nd Session starts October 22 For more information or to register for these classes please call 403-782-5561. Classes held at Got 2 Dance Studio, Ponoka Both of these classes are offered in partnership with the Wolf Creek Primary Care Network

Rental & Real Estate




HOLT FAMILY GARAGE & YARD SALE! Fri Sept 6 12 – 5 pm Sat, Sept 7 8 am – 5 pm China, antiques, seasonal items and everything else!! 2.5 km on North Road, right hand side after Holt Country Estates sign


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

THOMSON Walter “Wally” Passed away May 30, 2011 Graveside service, September 7, 2013, 11 a.m. at Forest Home Cemetery. Lunch to follow at Centennial Park.








ALLTORQ SERVICES LTD. looking to hire one lead hand and one technician. Oilfield and torque experience an asset. Fax resume to: 780-778-6571 or email: FOR fast results: Classified Want Ads. Phone 1-877223-3311.

Caregivers/ Aides



AN ALBERTA OILFIELD company is hiring dozer and excavator operators. Lodging & meals provided. Drug testing required. Call 780-723-5051, Edson, Alberta. Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to find the purrfect pet.


HEALTH CARE AIDE CASUAL Preference to CertiÀed Applicants Norquest Training available on site

Apply in person to: Site Manager 4209-48 Ave, Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1P4 403-783-4764

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IMMEDIATE OPENINGS Night Foremen, Day & Night Operators Must have H2S, First Aid, valid driver’s license. Pre-employment Drug screening Competitive Wages. Benefit Package Please submit resume with references to: or by fax to (403) 783-8004 Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted


Crestomere 4H Multi Club


Thursday, September 12 7:15 pm Crestomere School Projects Offered: Small engine, woodwork, cooking, crafts, sheep, etc.

At this time only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Support staff for 23 year old female. Aide will provide support by participating and or assisting in community activities such as social contact, decision making, chores, volunteering, work experience, bowling, swimming, gym training, walks and movies. Program will also include educational activities such as reading, writing, numbers and sight words. Aide to assist with increasing life skills, independence in the community as well as positive behavioral strategies and personal hygiene. Client enjoys music, movies, puzzles, bowling, swimming and horseback riding. Looking for a fun, active and creative female staff to work with this client. 35 hours per week to be delivered between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday based on client’s schedule. Please email resume to or fax to 403-783-3507 Attention: Ken


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


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

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

Rimbey Implements Ltd.

Al York

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

Rimbey, AB

Fax: (403) 843-3430




ENVIROEX OILFIELD Rentals & Sales Ltd. is looking for a Class 1 Driver to join our team. Oilfield experience is required as well as valid safety tickets. We offer a great benefit package as well as a small company atmosphere. Please fax your resume and a current driver’s abstract 403-501-0387 FIELD CLERK NEEDED for out of town work site (21/7 schedule). Mature, flexible & positive communicator, understanding of importance of safety culture. Reporting to on-site foreman & Edmonton HO. Transportation to & from work site provided. Potential to grow with company; Jobs Fax 780-488-3002 FIELD TECHNICIAN. Rigstar Communications is looking for a full-time candidate to perform installs related to our Oil & Gas division. Competitive salary, company vehicle and excellent benefits package offered. A clean drivers abstract is required. Training will be provided. Send resume 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 LOOKING FOR

Oilfield Maintenance Labourer /Swamper Must have safety tickets. No experience necessary. Will train. Fax resume to 403-746-5131 or email




Oilfield Maintenance Truck Operator to run crew truck. Must have safety tickets & exp. Fax resume to 403-746-5131 or email

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


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

Maintenance Pigging Technician FT in Stettler. Launch, receive & track pipeline pigs. Maintain & inspect work sites. Mechanical aptitude, problem solving, organization & good attitude required. H2S, First Aid & CPR, WHMIS, TDG & clean driver abstract required. Contact In-Line Pigging Solutions at careers@inlinepigging. com.

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Mustang Well Services is looking for Experienced Remedial Cement Operators. Please Submit Resume, tickets and drivers abstract to casandra@ or fax 780-678-2001. Mustang Well Services is looking for Rig Hands for all positions. Please send in Resume, Tickets and drivers abstract to or fax to 780-678-2001.



PRODUCTION TESTING PERSONNEL REQ’D Day Supervisors (5- 10yrs experience)

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is now recruiting Excavator Operators. Rig experience an asset. Camp jobs, day rates, health benefits & steady work rain or shine. Contact Monika 780-980-1331 or email resume: monika@





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JOURNEYMAN H.D. MECHANIC req’d immed. for very busy heavy equip. sales lot in Innisfail. Wage range $25. - $35/hr depending on exp. Preference will be given to those with previous equipment rental service, lifts and off road construction equipment experience. Fax resume to 403-227-5701 or email:



APPLY NOW NOW HIRING G.M. Tech or ASEP. With good communications skill and work ethics to work with award winning G.M. dealership in Lacombe Alberta. Good hrs & bonus. for production. Training provided . Apply to confidential email: ARROW ARC WELDING is looking for WELDING APPRENTICE LOCATED BY Gull Lake. Phone Brian 403-318-6760 INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. No Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Sign up online! 1-866-399-3853 Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!

850 Big Country is a premier pipeline and Facility construction company servicing western Canada, and one of Canada’s “50 Best Managed Companies”. Big Country is proud to lead the charge on creating a drug and alcohol free work environment; pre-employment drug and alcohol screening is required.

We’re currently accepting resumes for the following positions from anyone who has experience in our industry and shares our vision of a safe, responsible workplace:


Please submit your resume, copies of tickets and current driver’s abstract to: Big Country Energy Services Inc Attention: Human Resources 6709 – 44 Ave Ponoka, Alberta Phone 403-783-4660 Fax: 403-783-4670 Email: Misc. Help

Ponoka has immediate openings for


PASSIONATE ABOUT TRAVEL? Flight Centre in Grande Prairie is hiring. They’re opening new stores and require individuals with experience in sales and overseas travel experience. For information and to apply, please visit



Sales & Distributors

WRANGLER RENTALS LTD. is now recruiting Excavator Operators. Rig experience an asset. Camp jobs, day rates, health benefits & steady work rain or shine. Contact Monika 780-980-1331 or email resume: monika

(2-4yrs experience)

JOIN OUR FAST NOW LOCATED GROWING TEAM!! in Drayton Valley. Competitive Wages, BREKKAAS Vacuum & Benefits, Retirement and Tank Ltd. Wanted Class 1 Saving Plan! & 3 Drivers, Super Heater Operators with all valid QUALIFICATIONS: tickets. Top wages, excellent benefits. Please forward • Must be able to resume to: Email: Provide own work truck • Leadership and SuperPhone 780-621-3953. visory skills- mentor Fax 780-621-3959. and train crew • Strong Computer Skills CLASSIFIED Want Ads do more things for more people • O p e r a t e 5 0 0 0 p s i 10,000 psi (sweet and than any other form of Sour wells) advertising. Phone 1-877• Collect Data - pressure, 223-3311 rates, temperatures • Assist in Rig in and Rig WINCH TRACTOR out of equipment OPERATORS. Must have • Tr a v e l t o a n d f r o m experience operating a locations across Western winch. Journeyman Heavy Canada Duty Mechanic also required. To apply fax, REQUIREMENTS: email or drop off resume at the office. • Va lid 1st Aid, H2S, Phone 780-842-6444. Driver’s License required! Fax 780-842-6581. Email: • Must be willing to submit pre access fit Mail: H&E Oilfield for duty test, as well as Services Ltd., drug and alcohol 2202 - 1 Ave., • Travel & be away from Wainwright, AB, T9W 1L7. home for periods of time 21/7 For more employment • Ability to work in information see our changing climate webpage: conditions WELL ESTABLISHED website: RED DEER BASED busy & growing oilfield Methods to Apply: trucking company looking for HRCanada@ EXPERIENCED WINCH TRUCK DRIVERS pnieman@ & SWAMPERS Successful candidates will Your application will be receive top wages & benefits. kept strictly confidential. Valid Class 1 licence is necessary & oilfield tickets is an asset. Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug & alcohol screen test. Please forward all resumes It’s simple to run a Garage to: Sale Ad in the Classified

PRODUCTION TESTING SUPERVISORS & OPERATORS Day & Night Must have tickets. Top paid wages. Based out of Devon, AB. Email resume to:





Lydell Group Inc. is currently hiring

Team members


Starting at $11/hr

Accommodation and benefits provided. Will pick up & drop off at airport.

Apply online at or fax 403-783-5595

Email: Fax: 780-542-6739 Alberta

Night Shift - 11 pm - 7 am

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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


Misc. Help

TJ LOGGING of Whitecourt, Alberta is now taking resumes for 2013-2014 logging season. Experienced buncher/ skidder/limber/process operators required. Please fax resume to 780-778-2428 WANTED: Progressive Napa AutoPro repair shop seeking Journeyman Technician. Will consider 3rd and 4th year apprentices. Competitive wage/incentives and benefit plan. Submit resumes by email, fax or mail. Richard Automotive, Box 1173, Three Hills, AB, T0M 2A0. Fax 403-443-5392; WATER WELL DRILLING COMPANY IN BENTLEY REQ’S EXPERIENCED


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

Well established manufacturing shop is looking for a

4th Year Apprentice or Journeyman HET

to diagnose/repair Hydrovac Trucks, forklifts, and shop vehicles, as well as test newly built trucks. Candidate to possess good organizational skills, troubleshooting abilities, and be able to communicate effectively with customers. Our Company has an enthusiastic, fast paced working environment with an excellent benefit package. Wage would be commensurate with experience/skills. Please forward resume to or Fax 403-742-5544.

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Ponoka License & Registry Is looking for a motivated and responsible individual to fill a permanent part-time Clerk position.


Call 403-783-2764 403-588-0599 CallJim JimAshbough Ashbough 783-2764ororCell: Cell: 588-0599 Jack Surbey 403-783-5283 Cell: 403-588-0597 Jack Surbey 783-5283orCell: 588-0597

Calnash Trucking Ltd also has immediate openings for


SWAMPERS Please submit applications to: Calnash Trucking 6526 44 Avenue Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1J8 Fax: 403-783-3011 E-mail: (Re: Tire Person or Swamper) Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No Phone calls please.

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Minimum Class 3 with air.


Reaching 6000 households weekly

Above average earnings,1/4ly incentive bonuses & year round employment

Please apply in person with current driver abstract & resume 5410 - 50 Street, Wetaskiwin or email

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Sungold Specialty Meats Ltd. Located in Innisfail Alberta is currently recruiting for the following positions:

• Labourers • • Meat Butchers/Cutters • We are looking for team players, willing and able to work in both slaughter and fabrication depts. Previous experience in the food industry, meat processing an asset but not necessary. We provide on the job training. Steady year round employment and job rotation. Competitive wages starting @ $14.25/hr with the potential to earn $19.50/hr plus performance related bonus potential. Full beneďŹ ts program including registered pension plan.


• Snow Removal • Driveways & Parking Lots • Post-Hole Augering - 6, 9, 12, 15 • Corral Cleaning • Grading & Construction


Drop resume off at: Ponoka License & Registry 4902 - 50 Street during our regular office hours.


Sur-B Enterprises Ltd.

Required for maintenance and repair of truck and trailer fleet. Experience is an asset, but will train right candidate. Excellent wages and company benefits.

- Consistently demonstrates exceptional customer service - Has excellent communication skills and is highly organized - Is proficient with computers and interpreting information - Works well as a Team player in a fast pace environment - Prior training with Alberta Registries is an asset, but not necessary - Criminal Record Check is required prior to hiring

Misc. Help



We are looking for someone who:

TOO MUCH STUFF? Let Classifieds help you sell it.

Petrofield Industries, a Division of Empire Iron Works Ltd., is looking for someone with construction experience, as well as someone with Aluminum welding experience; mostly MIG, but occasional TIG. Willing to train if candidate has related basic skills or experience. Wages would be commensurate with experience/skills. Our Company has an enthusiastic, fast paced working environment with advancement for motivated individuals, and an excellent benefit package. Email thowarth@ 403-742-5544. See http://www.tornadotrucks. com for what we build.


For more information or to apply you can: Visit our website @ Fax: 403-227-1661 Attn: Ashley Ford HR Coordinator In person @ 4312-51 Street Innisfail, Alberta T4G-1A3 Email:

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

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Truckers/ Drivers


FREIGHTLAND CARRIERS, a tri-axle air ride flatdeck carrier is looking for Owner/Operators to run Alberta only or 4 Western Provinces. Average gross $18 - 20,000/month. 1-800-917-9021


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

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


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

Business Opportunities


GET FREE VENDING MACHINES 100% lease financing. All cash income. 100% tax deductible. Become financially independent. All Canadian company. Full details. Call now 1-866-668-6629. Website:

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


WETASKIWIN READY MIX • Residential • Commercial • Agricultural OPEN MONDAY TO SATURDAY Ph: 587-786-3142 780-352-4301 Email:


“Committed to your comfort�

Robin Esau

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

Advertise your business in the Business Directory!


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

Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY


880 is currently seeking


GasďŹ tter

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Women in Trades Math and Science in the Trades Gov’t of Alberta Funding may be available. 403-340-1930



Business Services #1000 - #1430

REFLEXOLOGY PROGRAM, fun and relaxed learning. Register now limited space. Starting September 21 & 22, 2013. Certificate on completion. 403-340-1330.

Misc. Help

APPLIANCE DELIVERY DRIVER & DRIVER ASSISTANT Family owned and operated, Trail Appliances continues to grow and due to this, we are looking to expand our delivery department. Trail Appliances has always offered excellence in sales, delivery, customer service, and after-sales support. The Company is currently looking to fill the following positions at our Red Deer warehouse location.†Appliance Delivery Driver Driver Assistant The ideal candidates will: Be able to maneuver merchandise in excess of 100lbs • Possess exceptional customer service skills • Enjoy working within a diverse team • Hold a valid driver’s license (drivers only) •

Trail offers excellent training, flex days and a competitive compensation and benefit package. Start your career with a well-known and respected company, become a member of the successful Trail team by applying in person to: Apply in person at #6 4622 61 St. Riverside Industrial District or fax to 403-347-3314 Security checks will be conducted on successful candidates.

FULL TIME FURNACE CLEANING REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY! Prefer someone from Sylvan Lake/Blackfalds area. Training provided. 403-340-2335. Send resume Fax: 403-885-0383 REQUIRED Production Welder Painter Shop Laborer Polisher Full or Part Time Crestomere area BANDIT INDUSTRIES 403-783-4284


Private Day Care


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Employment Training

To operate in central Alberta. Class 3 Drivers license and all relevant

Openings Available

Call Elizabeth



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Call 403-783-2980

Personal Services


TRUE PSYCHICS! For Answers call now 24/7 Toll Free 1-877-342-3036; Mobile: # 4486; Start your career! See Help Wanted

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Unplanned pregnancy may be difďŹ cult to face. We care. For conďŹ dential help call 403-343-1611 (24 hrs.) DATING SERVICE. Long-term/short-term relationships. Free to try! 1-877-297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call #7878 or 1-888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call 1-866-311-9640 or #5015. Meet local single ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+).

Misc. Services



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


Please apply with resume to:

Misc. Help


Personal Services


OilďŹ eld Safety CertiďŹ cates required.

Midwest Propane Rimbey, AB. Call: 403 843-8430, Fax: 403 843-8460 or by email to:


to store your Cars, Trucks, Boats & RV’s

• $650/Child/Full Time • Healthy meals/snacks • Curriculum offered • Open hours

Legal Services

Moving & Storage

Refrigeration and Appliance Service

403-783-4880 Being a new Welding 1410 Welding 1410 parent isn’t


easy . . .


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

• Washbay Attendant (experience preferred) Great family atmosphere, excellent benefits package.

Heather Goodwin 403-704-3647

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




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HAVE YOUR EXTERIOR FINISHED THE RITE WAY! Hail damage | Roofs | Siding | Soffit | Facsia Decks | Custom metal cladding – Whether new construction or renovations – Guarantied workmanship • Fair pricing Friendly customer service Quality control inspections and full consultations with written reports


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Pet Services


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

Ph: 403.783.3501 Fax: 403.783.3531

Reaching 6000 households weekly

For just

$30 per week this space could be yours!

403-783-3311 CONCRETE

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


Rental Misc


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

First Call Towing



BIG STRAPPER AUCTIONS SALES EVERY WED. @ 6 pm. Moose Hall 2 miles south of Ponoka on 2A BIG STRAPPER will be closed till Sept. Resuming weekly sales Wed. @ 6 pm. NO ANTIQUE SALES FOR THE SUMMER 1st. Antique sale Oct. 6 @ 1 pm. 403-304-4791 Check website for full listing

- Curbs/Sidewalks - Drive ways - Basement Floors - Stamped Concrete - Exposed Concrete

Leo Cabral

Serving Ponoka & Area Ph: 403-783-6428 Cell: 403-783-1905

This space could be yours for $




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

Reaching 6000 households weekly

For just

$30 per week this space could be yours!


Buy & Sell #1500 - #1990 Aircraft ..............................1510 Antiques & Art ..................1520 Auctions ............................1530 Bicycles ............................1540 Building Supplies ..............1550 Business Machines ..........1560 Cameras & Accessories ..1570 Children’s Items ................1580 Clothing ............................1590 Computers ........................1600 Concert & Event Tickets ..1610 Equipment - Misc. ............1620 Equipment - Heavy ..........1630 Tools ................................1640 Farmers’ Market & Food Basket......................1650 Firewood ..........................1660 Lumber ............................1670 Garden Supplies ..............1680 Lawn Tractors ..................1690 Health, Dietary, Beauty ....1700 Household Appliances......1710 Household Furnishings ....1720 TV’s, Stereos, VCR’s ........1730 Hot Tubs & Accessories ..1740 Jewellery ..........................1750 Kid’s Deals........................1755 Misc. For Sale ..................1760 Musical Instruments..........1770 Music Lessons..................1780 Piano & Organs ................1790 Office Supplies ................1800 Pets & Supplies ................1810 Pet Services ....................1820 Cats ..................................1830 Dogs ................................1840 Sports Cards ....................1850 Sporting Goods ................1860 Collectors’ Items ..............1870 Swap, Barter & Trade ......1880 Travel Packages ..............1900 Wedding Supplies ............1910 Recycled Products............1920 Wanted to Buy ..................1930 Items to Give Away ..........1940



TIMBER CREEK OUTDOORS LTD. Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Sat., Sept. 14, 10 a.m. Selling over $100,000 of new rifles & shotguns, ammunition, archery, hunting, fishing & camping inventory, office & store fixtures. 10% buyers fee. See www. 1-800-371-6963. Tired of Standing? Find something to sit on in Classifieds

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

For Rent #3000 - #3200

RIMBEY, 4 bdrm. 1/2 duplex 2 bath, big living rm., lrg. kitchen, lots of storage, family rm., cold rm., deck, big yard, close to schools & shopping. Avail. Oct. 1st or earlier. $1000 rent/d.d. + utils. 403-843-3684

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




METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Very competitive prices! Largest colour selection in Western Canada. Available at over 25 Alberta Distribution Locations. 40 Year Warranty. Call 1-888-263-8254 NEED SOMEONE to salvage riding arena roof collapse tin and wood. Provost, Alberta. 780-753-0810. STEEL BUILDINGS/ METAL BUILDINGS 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100, sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206; www.

Household Furnishings

Will custom bale hay or straw

403-963-0454 Grain, Feed Hay

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

EVERY WATER WELL on earth should have the patented “Kontinuous Shok” Chlorinator from Big Iron Drilling! Why? Save thousands of lives every year. Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON

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

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

JESSE ZINTER Office - 403-783-5489


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3 BEDROOM APARTMENT IN BASHAW, $600/month. Avail. now. Mature, no pets. 780-372-3949



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

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WWW.SHOWHOME FURNITURESALE.COM. Ship anywhere in Alberta. Brand new high end furniture 50% off retail. Solid wood/brand name. Largest selection of one-of-a-kind pieces in Alberta. 587-220-4048.

Misc. for Sale





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

Houses/ Duplexes

COLLECTOR 4 Plexes/ CAR AUCTION. 6 Plexes 6TH Annual Red Deer Fall Finale. APARTMENT IN 4-PLEX September 20 - 21, IN PONOKA Westerner Park. 3 Large bedroom. 1.5 bath, Last year sold 77%. heat & 4 appliances Only 100 spaces available. Farm included. Avail.Sept. 14 Consign today. Rent $975. 403-783-3860 Equipment 403-396-0304. Toll free 1-888-296-0528 ext. 102; AERATION HALF CIRCLE perforated duct work 24” MEIER-2 DAY system complete, have Suites CLASSIC CAR several sets, 403-728-3535 & TRUCK AUCTION. Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, Farm Custom 11 a.m. both days. Work 6016 - 72A Ave., Edmonton. Consign today, 2 bdrm suite incl. heat call 780-440-1860.

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NORDIC KENNELS, Labrador Retrievers. Canadian, Swedish bloodlines. Black, chocolate, breeding since 1975. Hunting companions, wonderful pets. Puppies available. Call 1-780-645-2206, in St. Paul or visit



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Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013


Ponoka Veterinary Clinic

Houses For Sale


RIMBEY, INVESTMENT PROPERTY, Full duplex. 4 bdrm., 2 bath, each side. Decks & more. On large lot in residential area. Close to schools & shopping. Has been renovated. Asking $325,000 obo. 403-843-3684 No Agents Please.

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HOMES & FARMLAND, Fawcett, Alberta. Ritchie Bros Unreserved Auction. 1 HQ, 1 country residential acreage, 4 parcels farmland. Jerry Hodge 780-706-6652; Greg Cripps - Remax 403-391-2648;



Manufactured Homes

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

HOMES, COTTAGES & More. RTMI - Ready to Move in. Call 1-888-733-1411; Red Tag Sale on now!

Darcy’s Drilling Services • water wells drilled & serviced • new pump & pressure system installations • all types of pump repairs • well shocking


LAST 2011 SRI at blow out price! 4 bedroom/2 bath. 6 appliances, deluxe island, etc.! Must go now new stock arriving. Call today. 1-877-341-4422;


Manufactured Homes


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

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Farms/ Land

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ph. 1-877-887-2254

Businesses For Sale


ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS! Lacombe Alberta Children’s Clothing Store (0 - 8 years) inventory. Will sell with 50% discount to another children’s clothing store. 403-782-7156 or cell 403-357-7465.

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


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

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





Mortgages Bought/Sold

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Financial #4400 - #4430

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2 Door, 84,202 km., original owner, great condition. Keyless entry, iPod aux. jack, brand new battery. Asking $10,900. 403-302-1138 (Red Deer)

Public Notices

2010 Toyota Tacoma

4x4 black with grey interior 4 cyl. 4 spd. Clean, great cond. 59,500 kms. Only $22,800 Call 403-396-5516



MUST SEE! 1987 Southwind Motor Home

Sold as is: $3,000 O.B.O. Serious inquires only please

403-783-3858 Auto Wreckers


WRECKING AUTO-TRUCKS. Parts to fit over 500 trucks. Lots of Dodge, GMC, Ford, imports. We ship anywhere. Lots of Dodge, diesel, 4x4 stuff. (Lloydminster). Reply 780-875-0270. North-East Recyclers truck up to 3 tons.

Vehicles Wanted To Buy


LOOKING for 1960 Dodge and Chrysler cars 403-358-6048

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

Public Notices


NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND CLAIMANTS Estate of RONALD MALCOLM MENNELL who died on July 9, 2013. If you have a claim against this estate, you must file your claim by October 16, 2013 and provide details of your claim with: J. Grant Miller, Miller, Lehane & Wild, Barristers and Solicitors 5035-49th Street Innisfail, Alberta, T4G 1V3 If you do not file by the date above, the estate property can lawfully be distributed without regard to any claim you may have.



Notification of road construction along highway 611 East from Hobbema through the nation of the Samson Cree to commence August 19 - October 31, 2013. Some delays to be expected.

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

Public Notices


6010 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Proposed New Municipal Development Plan

Council of the Town of Ponoka proposes to adopt a new Municipal Development Plan (MDP) to replace a document adopted in 1997. The plan sets out goals, objectives and high level policies to guide urban growth decisions for the next decade. An earlier version of the document was presented and discussed at an open house held July 3, 2013. Some minor changes have been made as a result of input received at the open house. The latest version of the 2013 Municipal Development Plan is posted on the Town website. Before legally adopting the MDP, council will hold a public hearing at which any interested person may present their views. The public hearing will be the ¿rst item of business at the Tuesday, September 10th Council meeting starting at 7 pm. The hearing will be held at the Town Of¿ce in Council Chambers. For more information call Betty Jurykoski, Planning & Development Of¿cer at 403-783-0117.

Big donation: Treasurer Ulla Thomson (left) and second vice Isabel Odgaard (centre), of the Ponoka Senior Drop In Centre present $7,000 to Dennis Ensminger, driver and representative of the Wheelchair Van Society. Photo by Amelia Naismith

Wasn’t that the party! Public Notices


Lacombe County Council has given first reading to Bylaw No. 1184/13 the purpose of which are to amend the uses, definitions, general regulations and policies in the County’s Land Use Bylaw. The amendments are being proposed to provide: • Additional commercial opportunities in the County’s various commercial land use districts; • Flexibility for the Development Officer to make decisions on larger shops in the Country Residential District; and • Eliminating the requirement for Minor Home Based Businesses that have no outside storage (except farm equipment as outlined in the Bylaw), non-resident employees or visiting of clients to the site in the Agricultural District to require Development Permits from the County. A copy of the Bylaws with the proposed amendments may be obtained from the County’s Planning and Development Department or by visiting the County’s website at Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed Bylaw amendments will have an opportunity to do so at a public hearing which has been arranged for: Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013 Time: 9:00 AM Place: Lacombe County Administration Office located 2 1/2 miles west of Highway 2 at the intersection of Spruceville Road and Highway 12 If you are unable to attend the hearing, written submissions can be made to the County. You will, however, need to ensure that your comments are received by the County prior to the date of the hearing. Your comments can be sent by email to, by fax to 403-782-3820 or by mail to RR 3, Lacombe AB T4L 2N3. All submissions will be public information. For more information, please contact the Planning and Development Department. Dale Freitag, RPP, MCIP Manager of Planning Services Lacombe County, RR 3, Lacombe AB T4L 2N3

Phone: 403-782-6601; Fax: 403-782-3820

loud, complete with a fence! It started off as an item on And I wanted the gentle my summer bucket list, scribsounds of people’s laughter bled in haste on the back of a to be embraced by the muted crumpled envelope hidden in softness of a magical night in the dark recesses of my purse. summer. Have backyard party! And I’ll be darned if it I have since drawn a black didn’t all happen. line through those words. Holy cow! I couldn’t even It happened. believe it. And, for whatever reaAt 7:01 p.m. I was ready. son — perhaps the stars were Treena Mielke The rented tent was set up, aligned just right and because On The Other Side the tables complete with red of that — the universe was tablecloths and centrepieces perfectly willing to smile on of fresh flowers were in place. A bottle of us all — it worked. It was perfect; well, as close to perfect wine was carefully placed at each table, surrounded by crystal wine glasses. as humanly possibly. And the silent auction, with all proceeds It seems lots of people go on summer holidays where they are handed huge to go to the MS Society, that my sister had chunks of time to do nothing but hang out poured her bubbly enthusiasm all over, was ready. and practice learning how to relax. I took a camera and somebody’s phone I couldn’t see that happening in my world, but I could, if I defied logic and off the nearest table and surveyed the Better Homes and Gardens picture perfect page of common sense, visualize a party. Of course “have a party” are only black perfection with satisfaction. My satisfaction was short lived, howand white words and I realized I needed to color them with bold strokes of passion, ever, and soon replaced by terror. No one was here. It was now 7:02. imagination and planning to bring them to At 7:05, I began pacing in front of my life. Besides, I didn’t want just “a party,” I house. At 7:06 I lit a cigarette, even though wanted “the party.” I wanted the kind of I knew at least one of my kids would probparty people talk about when it is winter ably see me and be disgusted. Where were they? The guests. And the and they are looking for a warm memory to musicians. Did I have the wrong night? wrap themselves up in. What had I done? Who was I to think And so along with the invitations I sent out, I visualized people; lots of people I could put on a party, any kind of a party, hanging out, laughing, sipping a drink, and even a small, little party? Of course, no one lounging against my fence, which used to would come. I could feel hot, scalding tears be white, but now is kind of grey and peel- falling over my Better Homes and Gardens party page, smudging it to a blurry mess. ing. And then, just as I inhaled another huge And I imagined the music — the kind of music that is like wine for the soul and lungful of reproach, they came. The people. works really well to soften the edges of The musicians. The moms, the dads, the the harshest realities life often hands out friends, the kids. They all came, lighting up with no particular thought to balancing the the dark stage of the night just like I had visualized. scales of fairness. It’s over now. But, in my mind, I can I wanted little kids running around and grandpas and grandmas hanging out, and still see and hear it all. Wow It was good, it was better than parents keeping a watchful eye on their offspring — but not too watchful — because good, it was great. But wait until next year. Next year I’ll have a committee! they were in a backyard, for crying out


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Ponoka News, September 04, 2013  
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September 04, 2013 edition of the Ponoka News