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Bears at Play Page 23 Sylvan Lake Bears play the Red Deer Hornets team at Cody field Saturday morning.


- Lakers Regan Eisler (14), Lauchlyn Martens (10), and Alexis Cadman (13) were ready for the incoming ball during action at Tuesday night’s Grade 9 girls volleyball game against Lindsay Thurber A team. The girls won their first set 25-22 but then lost the next three to the Thurber Raiders. More pictures on page 25. STEVE DILLS

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teering are invited to attend the Legion at 7 pm. Saturday, October 26 - Central Alberta Singles dance 8:30 pm at Penhold Hall. Music by Double D. Members and invited guests only; new members welcome. Elaine 403-341-7653 or Bob 403-3047440. Sunday, October 27 - Spooktacular Extravaganza, a free afternoon of pre-Halloween fun from 1-4 pm at Fox Run School gym. Games, candy, bouncers. Wednesday, October 30 - Sylvan Lake Seniors’ bus to River Cree Casino, Edmonton. Leave 8:30 am. Phone Joan 403-887-7614. Thursday, October 31 - We Scare for Hunger (organized by Interact). On Halloween carry a bag for the food bank with this notice. Then drop off food bank donations at École H. J. Cody High School on Nov. 1 to Room 103.

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Sylvan Lake Al-Anon (for families and friends of alcoholics) 8 pm Sundays, Presbyterian Church (north door), Kathy 403-887-4470 or Robyn 403887-2961. Sylvan Lake AA meetings. Tuesdays 7:30 pm Lions Hall; Sundays 8 pm Presbyterian Church (north door). For more information call male 403-8874470, 403-588-5491 or female 403-887-4297. Narcotics Anonymous meetings Thursday nights at 7:30 pm at Sylvan Lake Bethany Care, 4700 47th Ave. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Overweight? Underweight? Obsessed with weight or dieting? You are not alone. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Everyone is welcome. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12 step recovery program. For info call Joan at 403-396-9371.

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Sylvan Lake & District Archives has relocated to the lower level of the Municipal Government Building at 5012 48th Avenue. New phone number is 403-8871185 x262. Email October is Canadian Library Month. To celebrate Sylvan Lake Library will be giving away two free library memberships and two free Sylvan Lake Film Society season passes. For more details call 403887-2130. to October 13 - Help support the food bank while decreasing your library fines. For every non-perishable food item you bring to Sylvan Lake Library they will waive $2 from existing fines to a maximum of $30. Thursday, October 10 - Food bank drive by Sylvan Lake Guides and Scouts. They’ll be going door-todoor collecting for Sylvan Lake food bank in the early evening. Be prepared to donate. Friday, October 11 - Thanksgiving dinner at Sylvan Lake Legion at 6 pm catered by the Ladies’ Auxiliary. Everyone welcome. Admission. Meat draw to follow. Friday, October 11 - Forum for council candidates from 7-9 pm organized by Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce at the community centre. Sunday, October 13 - Crib tourney at Sylvan Lake Legion, open at 9:30 for registration, play begins 10:30. Includes lunch. Tuesday, October 15 - Pancake breakfast at Sylvan Lake Seniors Centre from 8:30-10. Wednesday, October 16 - Are you interested in early childhood development? Would you like to make a difference? Sylvan Lake Childcare Society is looking accepting applications for new board members. Annual general meeting is at 7 pm at the centre, 4725 43rd St. Everyone invited. Or call Shannan at 403-887-8877. beginning Thursday, Oct. 17 - The Alzheimer Society will run Seeds of Hope Family Learning series focusing on early stage dementia. For details and to register call Christine 403-342-0448. Saturday, October 19 - 11th annual Women’s Wellness Retreat at the community centre. Register at Sylvan Lake Community Partners Association or contact Giselle at 403-887-5364. email: Saturday, October 19 - Ridgewood Turkey Supper from 5:30-7:30 pm. Ridgewood Hall. From Highway 11, RR13 - south on RR13 east on Burnt Lake Trail, south on RR10, westside. Info 403-886-4642. Saturday, October 19 - All aboard, dinner theatre, Benalto. Enjoy an evening of great fun, great food and great entertainment by Say It Ain’t So Theatre Group as they present “A Bench in the Sun” at Benalto Community Hall. Proceeds to Benalto Train Station. Supper 6 pm, theatre 8 pm. Tickets available at Benalto General Store (403-746-3775) or call Gloria Murphy 403-746-5494. Wednesday, October 23 - Centreville Turkey Supper from 5-7:30 pm. Info call Moira 403-887-5582. Thursday, October 24 - Spirit of Sylvan Yuletide Festival committee meeting. All interested in volun-

Weekly events Mondays - At Sylvan Lake Seniors’ Centre - Wii (9:30-11:30), walking group (10:30-11:30). Mondays - Practices for Sylvan Lake Sacred Massed Choir, 7-9 p.m. at École H. J. Cody High School, directed by Kerry Heisler. Love to sing? More info: Dolce Moir at 403-887-4037. Mondays - Toastmasters Sylvan’s Slick Speakers will remain active during the summer. Meeting at Sylvan Lake Alliance Church, 4404 47 Ave. from 7-8:15 pm. Our club is open to everyone wishing to improve their communication and leadership skills. For info call Ian Oostindie 403-887-0968. Wednesdays - Sylvan Lake Community Food Bank issues hampers from 9:30 am to 12 noon. Located in basement of Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4607 47th Ave., Sylvan Lake. Contact 403-887-4534 in you are in need of assistance. Thursdays - Sylvan Lake Seniors Bus to Red Deer. Pick-up starts at 9:15 am. Returning to Sylvan 1:30 pm. Call Call 587-876-4977. Thursdays - At Sylvan Lake Seniors’ Centre - Alberta seniors benefit program assistance for seniors 9-4. Thursdays - Community Bingo at Sylvan Lake Seniors’ Centre. Precall 6:30, bingo starts at 7 pm. Fridays - Fit and fun exercise classes for mature adults. 10:30-11:30 am at Sylvan Lake Seniors Centre 4908 50 Ave. Bring a mat. Fridays - Story time for four and five year olds at Sylvan Lake Municipal Library from 1:15 to 2 pm. Registration free but required. For info call 403-8872130. Fridays - At Sylvan Lake Seniors’ Centre - Drop in mixed bridge from 1-4 pm. Fridays - Teen Time at Sylvan Lake Municipal Library from 3:30-5 pm. Ages 13-18. Drop-in. For info call 403-887-2130.


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Earth moving equipment was being kept busy moving dirt around on the Crestview subdivision just south of Pierview and east of 50th Street Monday. Work is underway in creating infrastructure for the second phase of development in the area. This picture was shot from beside the town’s reservoir looking northeast. STEVE DILLS

Permits issued for 86 new homes so far BY STEVE DILLS SYLVAN LAKE NEWS

Nine months into the year, construction is Sylvan Lake is slightly below the previous year’s tally but things are picking up with new subdivisions opening for sale. Figures released by the town for September showed permits for 11 new homes issued, bringing the nine month tally to 86 compared to 68 in the same period of 2012. Construction of multifamily units is comparable — 89 units started this year compared to 88 last year. The overall total is down 6.1 per cent with permits issued for $40.476 million in 2013 while in 2012 the total was $43.140 million, due to less commercial and industrial activity. Permits for new home construction in September showed activity in all areas of town. Four permits were for homes in Ryders Ridge, four for homes in Crestview, one for a home in Beacon Hill and one for a home in Lakeway Landing. Another permit was issued for a new home in the cabin area on 38th Street. Construction values of the new homes ranged from $184,200 to $256,915.



Other permits were issued for four basement developments, three detached garages, two sheds, two renovations, one addition and one secondary suite. The development officer’s report from Monday night’s Municipal Planning Commission showed more activity in Ryders Ridge as the final phase opens for construction. Two rowhouses with a total of nine units are in the permitting stages as are a number of additional new homes in both Ryders Ridge and Crestview.

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Damning tax rate part of Sylvan’s business growth problem As we watch Sylvan Lake grow, creating new subdivisions, welcoming new residents and increasing our activity in recreation and cultural events, we continue to hear some people wish for the way it was. When the downtown was the commercial core. When life was more idyllic. Well, those times are gone — but something new will certainly sprout — it just takes time, just as our seasons move from spring through summer, fall and then winter. Along the way there are things we can do to spur change, just as we fertilize our fields and gardens to reap a bountiful harvest. We’re in the midst of an election and now is the time to put forth some of the positive ideas that will accomplish what we want. Not so much hot air but more of that fragrant mass that tends to percolate and allow inspiration to escape. In the short time we’ve been living in Sylvan Lake — about 10 years — we’ve seen a massive influx of residents, yet the corresponding influx of businesses to provide the wants and needs of those residents hasn’t mate-


rialized. We were told when we hit the magic population of 10,000 regional and national brand name businesses would look more favourably our way. That hasn’t happened to the extent we’d like. Thus, as one candidate recently said we’ve got a tax base where more than 80 per cent of the town’s revenue is generated by residents and less than 15 per cent by commercial and industrial businesses. So, it was postulated, when we need to build complexes such the new multiplex or fire hall, it’s residents that are paying the largest share. That’s just the way it is in a bedroom community. We want to be very clear. The ratio needs to be changed. But it can’t be changed on the backs of commercial and industrial businesses. We need more employment building companies in Sylvan Lake to create a bal-

anced community. How do we do that? One of the first ways is to look from within. How many of our neighbours are travelling to Red Deer, Lacombe, Innisfail, Burnt Lake Industrial Park and other adjacent areas to work? Perhaps they’re business owners who could consider moving their enterprises to Sylvan Lake. We looked quickly at our community and note there’s plenty of industrial land still available on our eastern outskirts. In fact there’s a quarter section that was planned for industrial development that sits empty. Nobody would disagree that we’ve got plenty of commercial space downtown. We’ve also got areas zoned for more commercial activity. And with new subdivisions coming on stream there are pockets within those for small niche market businesses. We could use a few office buildings. One of the things our councillors must do when elected, though, is look at the damning tax system that’s been created which puts businesses at a significant disadvantage. Our residential property tax rate is

5.307 while our non-residential rate is 10.024, a difference of over 88 per cent. A report released yesterday (Wednesday) by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business states business is still being treated like a cash cow by many municipalities, not just Sylvan Lake. One municipality though, Rocky Mountain House, “has consistently held the ratio to 1 to 1”, meaning their residential and non-residential rates are the same. “They deserve credit for maintaining a fair and consistent approach to taxpayers of all classes over the last decade,” stated the report. We couldn’t agree more. Sylvan Lake needs to reduce it’s differential so we can attract more business. That’s just one of the ways we can become more business-friendly and welcoming to expansion of our retail and industrial sectors. Another, falls to residents. If they don’t want to see their taxes increasing they need to shop at home and encourage our businesses — both existing and new — with their dollars.


Where there’s smoke there isn’t always fire when you are cooking, use back Fire prevention week, Oct. 6 to TREENA MIELKE 12, is here again! burners when possible, wear clothSYLVAN LAKE The week brings with it the usual ing with tight-fitting sleeves and NEWS onslaught of information about fires keep potholders, oven mitts, woodand, of course, their causes and preen utensils, paper and plastic bags ventions. away from the stovetop. As a print media type person, I All good; very good tips! have skimmed through the information, looking I, however, due to first hand experience during for the best little nuggets of wisdom to share with which my ego got severely singed, could add my readers. another one. ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires’ is the theme of Fire Do not, and I repeat, do not set your oven dial Prevention Week this year. on self-clean when you have put a pot roast in it According to stats, two of every five home fires for supper and then leave the premises. begin in the kitchen — more than any other place If you do, I’m here to tell you, awful things will in the home, according to the National Fire happen. Protection Association. Cooking fires are also the First and foremost your roast will be burned leading cause of home fire-related injuries. beyond recognition. Second and equally imporI read with interest the tips provided to prevent tant, you may come home to find a fire truck in fires in the kitchen. Tips like stay in the kitchen your driveway and your stove sitting out in your

back yard, smoke pouring out of the locked oven door. Though it was long ago and it was far away, I remember it well. It was a beautiful fall day, a crisp, clean goodto-be-alive day. It was a day that I felt very much in control; organized, efficient and really quite clever! My to do list was in order and had not yet been lost and I even knew where my car keys and glasses were. My list read as follows: 1. Put roast in oven, set oven on a slow timed bake so the roast will be tender and lovely for supper even though it is only a cheap pot roast. 2. Take all three children for eye appointments in the city. 3. Come home, finish making lovely supper with delicious roast. Continued on Page 5

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Sylvan Lake Service Club is making arrangements for winter entertainment in the way of badminton, table tennis, dancing, etc., and will lease the Alexander Pavilion for this purpose. ♦ ♦ ♦ Cobb’s Limited advertised Be

Ready for “V” Day. We now have a nice assortment of flags in four sizes. 5c, 10c, 25c, and 60c each. Men’s heavy winter weight trousers made up from heavy wool grey and brown tweeds, navy blue mackinaw, etc. are a real value at $5.25 and up. ♦ ♦ ♦ No milk delivery in town now. Residents may purchase milk at meat markets or Cameron’s. ♦ ♦ ♦ Mrs. A. M. Steele who has made the annual collection for the British and Foreign Bible Society for the last 18 years, reports that this year’s collection will establish a record. A sum in excess of $50 will be turned in. ♦ ♦ ♦ Sylvan Lake public and high schools opened for the fall term on

Monday, with a large enrollment, beginners topping the list with 36. The teaching staff: A. C. Slapak, principal; Mrs. V. M. Brogan, H. J. Cody, Miss Mary Nixon (Craigmyle), Miss Ruth Moore (Red Deer), and Miss Audrey McClaflin.

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During the regular meeting of Sylvan Lake Fish & Game Association, Fred Walker of Red Deer reported that big game out in the west country is very plentiful and in good shape. President B. C. Learned reported that the duck population according to Ducks Unlimited is up approximately 30 per cent from last year. ♦ ♦ ♦ Sylvan Lake branch of the

Canadian Legion, at a special meeting called on Oct. 5th, have decided to sponsor a band in Sylvan Lake if sufficient interest is show. Other organizations will be called upon for assistance. Individuals interested in joining should contact Ray Ferguson. ♦ ♦ ♦ Bill Dreger of Bill’s Barber Shop advertised that he’s moving to a new location in the Duffield Building on Main Street. ♦ ♦ ♦ Johnny Martin, Alberta Pacific Agent here reports loading CPR Car No. 242994 twice within the last month. The first shipment noted was sent out Sept. 9 and was a carload of wheat destined for Vancouver. Then October 2 he loaded it with barley headed for Port Arthur.


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Changes needed in Sylvan Lake everyone needs to get out and vote

Dear Editor, “Embrace change”, is that the new catch phrase for Sylvan Lake? That is the phrase used by the current mayor in the Sylvan News earlier this year. The mayor has referred to Sylvan Lake as a half empty glass. That is sad because many of us moved here in the last decade or so believing that the glass was nearly full. We can only hope a change is for the better. A great change would be to have urgent health care in our own community. This would give us better care and lessen the burden on other communities. Another change would be to reopen the Hwy. 781/11 intersection to allow safe and timely access for emercency crews (fire trucks, etc.) to the Hwy. 781 corridor. Someday this could save lives. It would also allow visitors direct access to the downtown core area which is becoming a ghost town. How about a plebiscite on this issue (including Red Deer county residents)? This could settle this issue for good. A town council with fiscal responsibility would be a welcome change for the future of our community. The average taxpayer has to “live within their means”. Council is currently building a “high maintenance”

town which taxpayers will pay for forever. Changes to the sidewalks on the lake side of Lakeshore Drive west of 50th St. would be very welcome. Currently there is no access for wheel chairs, baby strollers or even Segways used by law enforcement. Pedestrians are forced to cross a busy street. A huge change would be to have a plan and method to control the water level of the lake. The current council continues to “dump” this issue off on other government levels and departments. This is not acceptable, we need a homegrown solution. The town, summer villages and effected counties “need” a plan. There are many critical challenges facing the town and area. Changes are needed at the town and Red Deer county councils. How about a council that listens to its electorate? Everyone is urged to get out and vote as it is election time. Make your voice heard now or sit on the sideline for the next four years wondering if you could have made a difference. Ken Somervile Sylvan Lake

Fire and smoke the floor of the laundry room (another hidden sin) to Continued from Page 4 4. Think about what you will wear when you win fetch the broom. the ‘homemaker of the year’ award. The men were kind. They didn’t laugh too much. Well, it turns out John Steinbeck knew what he And they didn’t joke about how I had taken burning was talking about when he said ‘the best laid plans of a roast to a new level. Well, they didn’t do belly mice and men don’t always happen.’ And whoever laughs, anyway. said ‘pride goes before a fall’ wasn’t that far out either. But to this day, if ever I happen to run across one In defense of myself, the oven was new to me and of those guys, they get this little smile on their lips and my kitchen. And why did they use symbols and not their eyes twinkle, when they figure out who I am. words? How was I to know what the self-clean sym“You’re the one who put your oven on self clean bol was? with that roast in it, aren’t you? Then they chuckle Anyway, when the paperboy saw the smoke pour- and I don’t. ing out of the living room window he called the fire And then I go home and pull out my stove and department. And like the good firefighters they were, sweep the dirt up, just in case. they came and quickly hauled the offending stove out You never know! to the back yard, thereby displaying for all to see, every housewife’s worse nightmare, a whole bunch of dirt that had got there somehow. I was mortified. When I walked into my Join in this beautiful art form with feminine spirit that tones the kitchen after the nasty body and strengthens the stomach, lower back, arms, neck & legs. deed had been done I immediately stepped REGISTRATION BY PHONE over all the laundry on PLEASE CALL GABRIELLAH

Appalling that anniversary of act creating Canada not celebrated Dear Editor, We have just passed a momentous day in our nation’s history with barely a nod to it. I refer to the 250th anniversary, on Oct. 7th, of the passage of The Royal Proclamation Act of 1763 in the mother of all Parliaments, Westminster. The legislation, under Liberal Prime Minister George Grenville, in effect created Canada, even though it wasn’t so named at the time, and eventually prevented the United States of America from carrying out its so-called ‘manifest destiny’ of expanding northward. The Act ordained four principles for the new country Britain and France were carving out: • It would be a democracy. • It would live by the rule of law. • Aboriginal rights would be protected. • Veterans would be rewarded for their loyalty, basically with land grants. In a roundabout way, the Act set the foundation for many of the rights Canadians enjoy today, rights many people in countries far and wide still do not have. That the anniversaries — par-

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ticularly this year — of the passage of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 are never officially noted, never mind celebrated, is not only puzzling, but appalling. We basically have a founding Constitution that was then, and still is, quite remarkable for the freedoms it sanctioned for its people. How sad! But, I well recall sitting in the Parliamentary Press Gallery in the House of Commons late one quiet afternoon when, for some unknown — but likely dubious and devious reason — a small group of Members of Parliament suddenly rushed a resolution through tossing the historic and noble ‘Dominion Day’ into the garbage can and replacing it with ‘Canada Day’. As a French commentator in Paris scoffed at the time, “Can you imagine what would happen if a group of ruffian French politicians tried to surrepticiously retitle Bastille Day and call it ‘France Day!’” Well, we can, the population of France would have rioted in the streets. Paul Conrad Jackson, Sylvan Lake


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Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce forum attracted 170 residents BY STEVE DILLS SYLVAN LAKE NEWS

Sylvan Lake’s three mayoralty candidates pitched their platforms to about 170 residents who attended the Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce sponsored forum last Friday night at the community centre. Then they answered and reanswered eight questions from the audience during the two hour session. Each of the candidates was

given three minutes to elucidate their answers and then after all three had answered they could spend another minute and a half rebutting what had been said by their competitors before Chairman Dom Mancuso, first vice chair of Alberta Chambers of Commerce, moved on to the next question. There were no surprises during the debate. Questions centred around urgent care, the Highway 781 intersection, arts and culture and an arts centre, taxes, infrastructure to





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meet growth, communications, public boat launch and volunteers. Melesa Starcheski led the speakers in presenting their platforms. “If I’m voted in, I can negotiate with logic and reason what happens in the future.” She said the town should accept an Urgent Care Centre but immediately be asking for a hospital. Being proactive by annexing more land and planning where industrial and commercial sites will be are among her priorities. “We don’t have enough parking and suitable buildings for businesses. We need to support businesses already here,” she said. On the new multiplex, Starcheski said it should be as good or better than the Collicutt Centre in Red Deer. “We can’t control the lake level but we can request changes,” she said. She’d also like to see the lakeshore made “family friendly with more places to park and washrooms”. Susan Samson said over the past two years a lot has been put in place, including a new administrator, 10 year capital plan, new policies and a strategic plan. “Some of the things we’re going to continue to work on are mapping out strategic priorities for the next five years with a new council and being fiscally responsible dealing with taxation and debt management.”

Maintaining a healthy lake, continuing to attract, retain and expand existing businesses, communicating the business of town and enhancing services are other goals she stated. “As council we have a lot to celebrate, many major projects have been accomplished.” Sean McIntyre is “seeking office to guide the town into the future both physically and socially”. He said he’s “committed to see it prosper”. “We need to work together to build the community, build responsibly, invest wisely and collaborate with our neighbours. “What’s best for the community as a whole needs to be our focus.” Communicating effectively is one of his goals. “We need to spend time listening, consulting and informing residents.” He regards the community as healthy when residents are informed and involved in the future. “I encourage you to chose a leader willing to challenge existing policies … Be informed, proud of where you come from where you are going,” he said. (See separate stories about questions answered.)

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Providing infrastructure to keep up with growth a challenge BY STEVE DILLS SYLVAN LAKE NEWS

is going to be a challenge, he admitted. “We need to plan it and they will come,” said Melesa Starcheski. “Developers will build. Put rules in place so they can get permits quickly. The town (More from the mayor’s forum last Friday night.) needs to annex more land, we’re growing at nine per Asked how they’d handle infrastructure needs to cent per year. At that rate we’re going to be double meet future growth, Sylvan Lake’s three mayoral canquickly. We need business people to do what they do, didates expressed a number of ideas. plan where industrial will be, where commercial will “We need to change the tax base,” said Sean be, be a support to our community.” McIntyre. “The residential tax base is 83 per cent, Susan Samson said the town has reserves and a 10 non-residential (commercial and industrial) is 13 per year capital plan developed with information from cent. When we build anything new, residents are pay- the community at open houses and through coming. We need to promote and upgrade growth in munity needs assessments. industrial and commercial.” “Property tax is not the solution for growth. We He noted infrastructure is not just roads, sewers need to build stronger relationships with our neighand water, but also recreation and culture. “Inasmuch bours, ensure everybody (county and summer village as we plan for our growth, we’re in tune with the residents) are paying their fair share. We need more community, if you see a need let us know.” resources from the province to ensure the kind of Balancing the tax base to help with infrastructure communities we build in this province are vibrant, innovative communities.” During rebuttal, Samson said there are plans in place for annexation. The town has developed a Growth St r at e g y an d Intermunicipal Development Plan with Red Deer County. “Growth right now is between four and five per cent. One of the challenges is groundwaThank you to all our furried friends and ter.” Current estimates are there’s enough their human families for your continued through the town’s wells to look after a populasupport over the past 5 years! tion of 18,000. “We need to go to the river. It’s all Join us in October for customer appreciation very fine and well to month as we celebrate our 5 year anniversary. annex, but if you can’t provide water …” An answer will have to be found by 2023, within Ryders Square Mall the next 10 years, she Sylvan Lake suggested.



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CHILDREN RETURNING HOME APPEAR TO HAVE DISTURBED ROBBER Saturday, September 28th 2:53 a.m. – RCMP were called to a residence on Hinshaw Drive at Herder Drive in Sylvan Lake after a report of property damage at the location. The homeowner advised that an unknown person or persons tried to throw a bench through a window of the residence smashing the glass. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Sylvan Lake RCMP. 10:30 a.m. – An investigation is underway into a collision involving a vehicle and a fence on Heenan Crescent in Sylvan Lake. Witnesses reported seeing a car driven by a young female run into a fence on the homeowner’s property. There were no injuries and alcohol is not believed to be a factor, however, charges may be pending in relation to the matter.

9:11 p.m. – An off duty police officer called in a disturbance at Bamboo Hut restaurant in Sylvan Lake. RCMP attended and discovered that three of a group of four intoxicated males had skipped out on the bill leaving one male behind at the restaurant. When officers questioned the male about the bill he became belligerent and was subsequently arrested and transported to cells for creating a public disturbance. During the arrest, a small quantity of drugs was located on the male and seized. A 26-year-old Sylvan Lake male is now facing charges of disturbing the peace and possession

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Wednesday, October 2nd 6:30 a.m. – RCMP were called to a home on 44th Street in Sylvan Lake after a report of vandalism to a vehicle parked outside the residence. The 34-year-old owner of the vehicle reported that the windows and tail lights on her vehicle were smashed out and the rear bumper was dented in on both sides. RCMP are investigating whether the incident may be connected to a previous break and enter at a residence on the same street where the windows were also smashed out.

Thursday, October 3rd 9:09 a.m. – An investigation is underway into the theft of a truck in Eckville. A Dodge Ram was stolen from outside a residence on 56th Avenue in Eckville. The incident took place overnight and the owner advised that he did not witness anything unusual prior to the theft.

Friday, October 4th 4:39 p.m. – A break and enter at a residence on Lucky Place in Sylvan Lake has resulted in an investigation. RCMP were called to the home after children returned home and heard a loud bang upstairs. They searched the residence to find the back door half open and the upstairs bedrooms rummaged through with items thrown on the floor. No items appear to have been stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sylvan Lake RCMP.

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MUNICIPAL ELECTION October 21, 2013 ELECTION DAY - OCTOBER 21, 2013 The polling station will be open from 10 am to 8 pm. The polling station is located in the Sylvan Lake Family & Community Centre at 4725 43rd Street SPECIAL BALLOTS - if you are unable to attend either the polling station on election day or the advance polls, you can still vote. Contact the returning officer at 403.887.2141 to request a special ballot. IDENTIFICATION IS NOW REQUIRED TO VOTE Changes to the Local Authorities Election Act now state that identification will be required at the polling station before you are permitted to vote. Acceptable ID includes one piece of Government issued picture ID with your name and Sylvan Lake address (ie driver’s license), or if this is not available, alternate ID that contains your name and Sylvan Lake address. A full list of acceptable ID is available at


Voting will take place on the 21st day of October, 2013, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The voting station is located at: The Sylvan Lake Family & Community Centre, 4725 – 43rd Street, Sylvan Lake Additional voting stations will be located as follows: • The Sylvan Lake Seniors Lodge – 4620 47th Avenue, Sylvan Lake Alberta between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – for Lodge residents only • The Bethany Sylvan Lake – 4700 47th Avenue, Sylvan Lake Alberta between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – for Bethany residents only In order to vote, you must produce identification for inspection. The identification must be one or more of: • Government issued identification containing your photograph, current address and name. This includes an Operator’s (Driver’s) License or an Alberta Identification Card. • Driver’s License • Alberta Identification Card • Proof of Residence issued by the landlord of a commercial property management company, • Proof of Residence issued by the responsible authority of a supportive living facility or treatment centre, • Bank or credit card statement or personal cheque, • Correspondence issued by a school, college or university, • Government cheque or cheque stub, • Income or property tax assessment notice, • Insurance policy or coverage card • Letter from a public curator, public guardian, or public trustee • Pension plan statement of benefits, contributions, or participation • Residential lease or mortgage statement • Statement of government benefits • Utility bill • Vehicle ownership, registration, or insurance certificate Dated at the Town of Sylvan Lake in the Province of Alberta, this 10th day of October, 2013 Pam Marchesi, Returning Officer, Town of Sylvan Lake

Your Town. Your Vote. Community Services Committee (1 Vacancy) Provides recommendations related to community opportunities and challenges. (2 year term)

NOTICE OF ELECTION Local Authorities Election Act (Sections 12, 35, 46) The Town of Sylvan Lake, Province of Alberta

Family & Community Support Services (3 Vacancies) Annually participates in FCSS budget process & distributes grant funding. (2 year term)

Notice is hereby given that an election will be held for the filling of the following offices:

Sylvan Lake Municipal Library (3 Vacancies) Responsible for the effective and responsible operation of the library. (3 year term)


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THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013

Boat launch subject of discussion by candidates BY STEVE DILLS SYLVAN LAKE NEWS

(More from the mayor’s forum last Friday night.) The town should own a boat launch, mayoralty candidate Melesa Starcheski said. “We should have addressed that 50 years ago,” she said. “That’s part of the problem, we’re always trying to catch up.” “The marina has always been and will always be privately owned,” said Susan Samson. “I don’t know if it would have been a good use of our tax money.” Commenting on the price to launch a boat, she said the town can’t dictate the price just as a person can’t go into Sobey’s and dictate a price for an item. To alleviate parking in the area of the marina, the town took down signs that said no overlength parking was allowed on Lakeshore Drive so boats and trailers can still use the parking spaces, she said. The town is also working with Lacombe and Red Deer counties and the summer villages to look at a proper launch at Range Road 21, Samson

said. “We’ve applied for a regional grant to develop a plan for that. It would be accessible for day use, with picnic tables, washrooms, and so on.” Sean McIntyre said there’s no municipally owned land along the lakeshore, it’s either owned by the province or privately owned. A study was done several years ago to develop a public boat launch, “we were looking at about $10 million to make that happen. We’re also looking at parking, unfortunately with the value of property in Sylvan Lake, that’s not an easy problem to solve.” He added there’s no law that says if a developer proposed another launch it couldn’t happen. Starcheski, during rebuttal, said one of the problems is people aren’t necessarily going to stop in town to eat after they’ve been on a boat all day because there’s no place to park. “Just because the county is addressing it doesn’t mean the problem is fixed.” “There’s no doubt we may see a drop in people coming in for dinner,” agreed McIntyre. “There are better solutions, they cost money, we have to decide who pays for it, the municipality or private developers.”



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Borrowing may be necessary for future projects BY STEVE DILLS SYLVAN LAKE NEWS

(More from the mayor’s forum last Friday night.) The town’s debt rose from $8.5 million last year to $11.4 million this year primarily because $3.3 million was borrowed for construction of a new fire hall, Susan Samson said while answering a question about borrowing and taxes. “This is a necessary core service for this community. We’ve outgrown what we have, more equipment needs to be put under

roof.” At the same time “the cost of money is good right now, we’re well within the ratio of debt for a community this size”. Samson added the town has $17.6 million in allocated reserves and $1.5 million in unallocated reserves. “How do we move forward, we look at partnerships, cost share agreements, outsourcing.” Sean McIntyre noted the old arena will no longer be safe for use in 2015. “We need to plan for the future, providing facilities and services that may require borrowing in the future.

“When you borrow responsibly what you’re ensuring is people in the future using those facilities are paying for the facilities they’re using.” He added, “we need to balance the need — not overtaxing, overspending but ensuring we have facilities.” Melesa Starcheski waffled with her answer. “I don’t support borrowing. Because I’m a realtor I’ve seen people go into foreclosure. We need to be responsible taxpayers, need to decide if it’s worth the risk to borrow that much money, look at these things seriously and make sure the town is in good shape.”


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Variety of plans, ideas for arts and culture BY STEVE DILLS SYLVAN LAKE NEWS


- C.P. Blakely School celebrated its September Citizens of the Month Sept. 30. Recognized for the month’s ‘ready for class’ theme were, in the back row, Carlin Liivam, Madi Rattray, Noor Sidhu, Nya Mayer-Giebel, Rhys Grant, Thomas Martens, Michael Workun, Christina Richman, Charlotte Raycraft and Taiha Morton; and in the front row, Adam Clavier, Shawn Bylsma, Chloe Carson, Warren Meier and Kaley Riedel. Missing were Payton Hutlet, Koltyn Nicholson, Asher Thien and Zane Johnson. STUART FULLARTON


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THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013

Young Sylvan Lake resident’s birthday donation benefits Incline BY STUART FULLARTON SYLVAN LAKE NEWS

Tosh Marshall celebrated his ninth birthday by making a donation to Incline Industries Youth Foundation. He presented Incline board member Darcy Carruthers with $150 in cash Saturday. The money was raised by Marshall’s family and friends, after he requested that donations be made to the nonprofit organization instead of purchasing birthday gifts. “I don’t want any presents this year,” he said. He admitted he wasn’t sure why he didn’t want presents this year. He decided to donate to the foundation — which operates Incline Industries Skate and BMX park — following a suggestion by his mother, Nekita Lloyd Marshall rides his scooter at the park just about every day, she said. “We kind of had to talk him into a birthday party, too. He just wanted to hang out with friends this year, so I suggested instead of getting gifts, then just do a donation, and he said he’d like that.” Marshall held his birthday party at

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THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013

Divided opinions on level of urgent care needed BY STEVE DILLS SYLVAN LAKE NEWS

(More from the mayor’s forum last Friday night.) On Urgent Care, Susan Samson, who has chaired the committee, said the town is in line for one of the new Family Care Clinics and a proposal was filed with Alberta Health Services by Oct. 1 outlining what that would look like. “We’re going to win on this. We can’t lose hope, lose momentum,” she said. Sean McIntyre said while the goal is urgent care we “don’t need to stop at extended hours. My goal is to pursue 24 hour care. We can pursue that pro-

gressively. We need to be continually on the province’s door. This is the level of care Sylvan Lake and Area deserve.” Melesa Starcheski repeated her statement that we should be asking for a hospital. “Take urgent care as soon as we can get it and ask for a hospital.” Samson, in rebuttal, agreed 24 hour care is what’s needed but stated we’re not MELESA STARCHESKI going to get a hospital because Alberta Health Services and the province feel we’re too close to Red Deer. “One of the problems is we’re not forward thinking enough,” countered Starcheski. “Let’s tell them it’s not good enough, let’s tell them people have died, let’s tell them we need more.”


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(More from the mayor’s forum last Friday night.) Speaking of the 781 intersection, Melesa Starcheski said we need to know what Alberta Transportation is planning “so we can lobby before. We need to convince them so part of their plan gets us what we want”. However both Samson and McIntyre indicated plans are already in place and are no secret. Alberta Transportation plans to loop 781 over to join Highway 20. “That’s their plan,” said McIntyre. “In reality it’s not the access we had three years ago, five years ago. The issue is we need to converse and

negotiate with the provincial government. I can’t promise anything is going to change there, but I can promise communications.” He indicated he’d told the minister to accelerate those plans. Samson said the town asked for lights at the 781-11 corner and was denied twice. The province wants to entirely close that intersection but the town was able to preserve a rightin, right-out access for the time being and Memorial Trail was completely paid for by the province. Noting there are a lot of other things the town will be negotiating with the province (regional water, wastewater, and urgent care to name a few), Samson said, “you have to lobby when you know you’re going to have success”.

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Experiences at Camp He Ho Ha relived by Couture BY STEVE DILLS SYLVAN LAKE NEWS

Sylvan Lake Lions Club members heard how much Kaylee Couture enjoyed her experience at Camp He Ho Ha, and saw pictures of her participating in various activities, during their meeting Monday evening. She thanked them for the chance to attend camp and said she wanted to go back. Couture’s caregiver, Toni told the Lions that Kaylee is normally shy but had lots of fun participating in different things and meeting new friends. Activities included a Scavenger Hunt where participants visited various stations and tried to guess what they were touching in bowls, swimming, archery, a tractor ride and a barge ride. Kaylee who was in a wheelchair went down a zip line during one of the activities. And she got to go in a canoe on a trip with one of the counsellors. On skit night, she was to dress up as one of her favourite actresses or singers, do a song and act like them. She chose Taylor Swift and sang Trouble. One of the pictures passed around during the meeting showed her getting an award for being the funniest Taylor Swift. “She really sang out that day,” said Toni.

Of a flying saucer type swing in the playground at the camp, Toni said, “Kaylee really loved it, I couldn’t get her off it.” She drove the barge with Mr. Sparkle, posed with Mr. Sunshine, the camp’s mascot and even had a camp out, sleeping on an air mattress in a big tarped over tent down by the lake. Kaylee also loved the camp fire. Her father surprised her the final night of camp, showing up to dance with her at the windup. Then picking her up the next day to bring her home. “She had lots of fun, didn’t want to leave,” said Toni. “We’re happy you had a really good time,” said Lions president Kay Bystrom. Couture was one of three people the Lions sponsored to attend Camp He Ho Ha this summer from proceeds of their Flight Night. The others were August Hodgson and Simon Uscisk. Camp He Ho Ha, short for Camp Health, Hope & Happiness, is a camp for children and adults with disabilities at a year round, completely wheelchair accessible recreational facility at Seba Beach on Lake Isle. The summer camp program hosts over 750 people with disabilities or illnesses during 10 different six day camps.

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Among Lions who listened to Kaylee Couture’s (seated) experiences at Camp He Ho Ha were Luz-Elena Villegas, secretary Denise Valaire and president Kay Bystrom. Couture brought a book of pictures to the meeting to show Lions how much she enjoyed the six-day camp. Money raised at the Lions Flight Night was used to send three young people to camp in the summer. STEVE DILLS

tionally. • Tosh Marshall donated $150 to Incline Industries Youth Foundation. He received the money instead of birthday presents this year. To provide information for this column, please email or phone our office at 403-887-2331.

During Sylvan Lake’s Centennial we’re attempting to quantify the generosity of our community with information and a running tally of donations to various groups and organizations. We know how giving our community is and we want to emphasize that with this column. The staff and management of Tait Electrical would Please feel free to add to like to send out a big “Thank-you” to Joanne Gaudet our list. and her colleagues for putting together Sylvan Lake’s first Year-to-date total Eco Loco – Environmental Fair. The event was $270,503.06 • ATB Financial donatwell organized and gave many exhibitors, like ourselves, ed $1,000 to Red Deer the opportunity to present green alternatives and energy West 4-H Club at part saving ideas to our neighbours. of its 75th anniversary celebrations. Sylvan As a Green Certified company in Sylvan Lake, Tait Electrical manager Nancy Numan is working hand in hand with the Town in promoting the made the presentation use of energy saving alternatives. The Town has recently Sept. 27. installed 10 LED High Bay lights in a newly constructed pole • About $42,000 was shed at their Operations site. These lights alone will use 50raised through a fund75% less electricity than a conventional alternative. raiser at Gospel Chapel for Sylvan Lake resident LED lights have been an energy saver in the home of the Mikeala Davidson Sept. owners of Tait Electrical. After replacing every light in their 29 (Story was in last home with energy efficient LED bulbs, they have reduced the week’s paper.) demand on electricity from 4000W to a modest 700W. • Over $10,000 was raised through commuThis same home, with the installation of 10 solar panels, nity and school Terry has produced enough electricity in the last 10 months to Fox Runs last month, produce a carbon offset of almost 2 tonnes, or 51 trees, for the Terry Fox and covers just over 35% of the home’s electricity demand. Foundation in support of cancer research. Thanks again to Joanne for the all the time and effort put • Rotary Club of Sylvan Lake donated $500 to into this very successful event. As we draw close to a Red Deer Hospice municipal election, remember to consider candidates that Society during their will continue to keep environmental issues a high priority in meeting last Friday. The our beautiful lakefront community. club’s hockey draft Sept. 28 raised about $7,500 Andy Puskas for its work in the comTait Electrical munity and interna-

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THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013

Crime down generally drug enforcement spiked in comparison to last year BY STEVE DILLS SYLVAN LAKE NEWS

Increased enforcement resulted in a spike in drug charges during the past year, RCMP S/Sgt. Gary Rhodes told town councillors at their meeting Sept. 23. In most other categories, though, crime was down according to statistics he reviewed for them. Comparing year-to-date statistics for the first eight months of 2013 to the same period in 2012, he said assaults were down, criminal harrassment was down, uttering threats was down and overall total persons crimes showed a significant decrease of 25 per cent. Reported break and enters were down 38 per cent, thefts of motor vehicles down 18 per cent and “one dear to our heart, break and enters to vehicles and thefts from vehicles” were down 12 per cent. “We’ve seen a decrease overall of 15 per cent in crime reported,” Rhodes told councillors. Drug trafficking went from six cases in 2012 to 17 cases in 2013 for an increase of 183 per cent while Liquor Act charges dropped by 53 per cent (423 charges down to 195 charges). “Both of these are significant,” he said. “Drug enforcement is proactive, we make that happen. At the same time there’s been a significant decrease in Liquor Act charges in the last two years. We’re just not finding it with as many or more officers out on the beach.” Rhodes also reported motor vehicle collisions were down 20 per cent “likely due to some of the enforcement by town bylaw as well as RCMP”. Looking at the longer term, Rhodes said Sylvan’s population increased by 20 per cent between the 2006 and 2011 federal census but in the same period there was a corresponding decrease of seven per cent in total crime.

“I think that’s indicative not just of what the RCMP are doing, but what the town is doing, what businesses are doing, how the town has changed, the people being attracted to Sylvan Lake. We’re seeing those changes come to fruition here.” According to his charts, impaired driving charges dropped from 82 in the first eight months of 2012 to 69 in the similar period of 2013. Councillor Laverne Asselstine asked about a “perception of an increase in graffiti, vandalism”. “That’s sort of one off ’s,” said Rhodes. “Statistics don’t bear that out. There was an increase in vandalism during the summer months, specifically August. Next year, as a result of what town council has done this year, two new positions are being added, a school resource officer and a crime reduction officer. Thank you for your foresight. This town is big enough we do need these positions. The crime reduction officer will address some of those issues that are minor in nature but quite aggravating — someone who can dedicate time to do that can goes a long way to solving that.” Councillor Graham Parsons asked about the increase in drug trafficking. Rhodes responded Sylvan Lake is a tourist destination and there are people who come here to party and live by a large centre. The spike is an indication of increased enforcement. We do know we’re having more success in charging them.” He predicted another spike next year given they’ll have additional resources. The subject of the Highways 781 and 20 intersections was raised by Mayor Susan Samson. “What we see is nice improvements to lighting, an extra laneway for turning that’s going a long way,” Rhodes said. He added emergency services, including the fire department and EMS, are very happy with the changes. “There are no negative issues to what we see there, it’s all positive. That doesn’t preclude people going through red lights.”


- Sixty plaques portraying the history of Sylvan Lake in words and pictures were recently installed on towers along the Lakeshore Drive promenade from 50th Street east to 34rd Street — two on each tower. They make fascinating reading, commemorating the town’s colourful past residents and events. Historian Michael Dawe wrote the scripts and worked with Sylvan Lake & District Archives and Red Deer Archives to find pictures. STEVE DILLS


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Three alarms answered Following are calls responded to by Sylvan Lake’s volunteer firefighters, during the week ending October 6, as supplied by Deputy Fire Chief Steve Scanland.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 12:49 p.m. - alarm, no fire, Hinshaw Drive. Wednesday, October 2 - 7:33 a.m. - alarm, no fire, 50th Avenue. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 5:34 p.m. - alarm, no fire, Fenwood Close. Friday, October 4 - 6:17 a.m. - medical assitance, Fern Crescent. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 - 2:17 p.m. - medical assistance, 47th Avenue. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 - 5:45 p.m. - gas leak, natural gas, Beju Industrial Drive. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 - 7:53 p.m. - motor vehicle collision, Highway 11 just east of Highway 20.


THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013

PREVENT KITCHEN FIRES OCTOBER 6 – 12, 2013 CLIFF BRAUSEN Fire Chief, Sylvan Lake Fire Department How often has the doorbell rung or a child interrupted you while you were cooking, causing you to forget about the chicken you left sizzling on the stove - until smoke filled the house? If this scenario or a similar one sounds familiar to you, you may want to think about it a little more because it’s likely that you, a friend or family member has run the risk of having a dangerous fire. As chief of the Sylvan Lake Fire Department, I often talk to people about the ways they can stay safe in their homes. Too often, we have that talk after they’ve suffered a damaging fire. It’s my hope that people reading this article won’t have to learn the hard way. If I could give just one fire warning, I’d say, “Keep an eye on what you fry!” Why? Because cooking is the leading cause of home fires, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The latest statistics from NFPA say Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011. We’re joining forces with NFPA and thousands of other fire departments across North America to commemorate Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12th, “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” The theme reminds us that leaving cooking unattended and other unsafe kitchen practices are a recipe for disaster. Often when we’re called to a cooking-related fire, the residents tell us they only left the kitchen for a few minutes. Sadly, that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. The bottom line is that there’s really no safe period of time for the cook to step away from a hot stove. A few key points to remember: • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or

broiling food. If you must leave the room even for a short period of time, turn off the stove. • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you. • Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (e.g. potholders, towels, rags, drapes and food packaging). • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of three feet around the stove. • If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. If in doubt, get out of the home and call the fire department • Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby. If a

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small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (make sure you are wearing the oven mitt). Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, do not remove the lid until it is completely cool. Never pour water on a grease fire. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department. • If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department. A cooking fire can quickly turn deadly. I have seen too many homes destroyed and people killed or injured by fires that could have been easily avoided. Please heed these simple safety rules. We firefighters would like to be in your kitchen, but only when you invite us for dinner!

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THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013

Sylvan 4-H multi-club to begin first year BY ALANA ROUTHIER SPECIAL TO SYLVAN LAKE NEWS

Sylvan Lake 4-H multi-club will be starting on Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 103 at École H. J. Cody High School. Parents should try to attend with their kids if possible. Ages 9-20 are eligible to become members, but 6-9 year olds can participate as Cleaver Kids. Membership fees are $65 for the year which includes $55 for provincial fees and insurance and $10 for district fees. The projects that we are offering in our first year are cooking and photography. Members may choose to complete one or both projects. Required activities for the year are public speaking, highway clean-up, record book, achievement day and at


least 70 per cent of the meetings which are twice a month on Mondays at 6:30. Benefits of 4-H include public speaking skills, friendship building, self-esteem enhancement, project related skills, parliamentary procedure, leadership camps, record keeping skills and scholarship opportunities. We currently have 17 members between the ages of 9 and 16 signed up for our first year. It is important to come to this first meeting to learn more. If intending to join, bring a check for $65 to this meeting. Parents will be given the opportunity to complete leader screening at this meeting. For more information, contact Alana Routhier at

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SUMMER VILLAGE OF BIRCHCLIFF PUBLIC HEARING Proposed Bylaw No. 176-13 Bylaw No. 176-13 proposes to amend the Summer Village’s Land Use Bylaw to redesignate Lots 9–16 Block B Plan 062 0461 (90–118 Birchcliff Lane) from Country Residential “R3” District to Back-Lot Residential “R2” District. The area proposed for redesignation is shown as the hatched area on the accompanying sketch. LEGAL DESCRIPTION LOTS 6-16, BLOCK B, PLAN 062 0461





PAPER! PUBLIC HEARING Date: Thursday October 24, 2013 Time: 3:00 p.m. Place: Summer Villages Administration Office located at Bay 8, 14 Thevenaz Industrial Trail in the Town of Sylvan Lake The purpose of this public hearing is for Council to hear presentations on the proposed re-designation. The style of the hearing will be informal and persons wishing to speak will be requested to state their name and address for the record. All speakers will be asked to keep their presentations to a maximum of 5 minutes.

For more information on the proposed re-designations please call Jolene Tejkl at 403-3433394.


This is to advise that an appeal has been received appealing the Municipal Planning Commission’s decision of September 10th, 2013 to allow the application for a development permit to construct a detached garage on Lot 1, Block 3, Plan 7278 AA, being 122 Jarvis Bay Drive in the Summer Village of Jarvis Bay. The development permit is being appealed based on the grounds that it will interfere with the amenities of the neighborhood. It will impact the use of the parcel, off street loading/unloading, vehicle parking and access to property. A Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Hearing will be held as follows:


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Written submissions addressed to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Secretary and received at the Administration office prior to the hearing will be submitted to the Board at the Hearing.

This is to advise that an appeal has been received appealing the Development Officer’s decision of September 5th, 2013 to allow the application for a development permit to construct a three car attached garage with bonus room to existing residence on Lot 4, Block 9, Plan 5322981, being 21 Ravenscrag Crescent in the Summer Village of Norglenwold. The development permit is being appealed based on the grounds that it will effect all direct sunlight from the south side of neighboring property. A Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Hearing will be held as follows: DATE: October 18, 2013 TIME: 1:00 p.m. LOCATION: Bay 8, 14 Thevenaz Industrial Trail, Sylvan Lake, Alberta T4S 2J5

Documents regarding the development permit, the Municipal Planning Commission’s decision, and the notice of appeal are available for public inspection at the Summer Village Administration Office. The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board will hear the appellant or any person acting on behalf of the appellant; the development authority or a person acting on behalf of the development authority; any person who received this notice and wishes to be heard or a person acting on behalf of that person; and any other person who claims to be affected by the decision.

If you wish to send in comments, please forward them attention to: Jolene Tejkl, RPP MCIP, Planner Parkland Community Planning Services Unit B, 4730 Ross Street, Red Deer AB T4N 1X2 Email: Fax: 403-346-1570 Copies of the proposed Bylaw may be viewed between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Summer Villages Administration Office. The proposed Bylaw is also available on the Summer Village’s website at www., click on the Birchcliff tab.



Documents regarding the development permit, the Development Officer’s decision, and the notice of appeal are available for public inspection at the Summer Village Administration Office. The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board will hear the appellant or any person acting on behalf of the appellant; the development authority or a person acting on behalf of the development authority; any person who received this notice and wishes to be heard or a person acting on behalf of that person; and any other person who claims to be affected by the decision. Written submissions addressed to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Secretary and received at the Administration office prior to the hearing will be submitted to the Board at the Hearing.

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Hong Kong’s energy, bustle were tangible, but not unmanageable nor oppressive BY JIM MACSWEEN SPECIAL TO SYLVAN LAKE NEWS

Anyone who thinks Hong Kong is just an Asian version of Chinatown — think again! I had the opportunity to spend 14 days in Hong Kong, between March 13-27, 2013. I was invited by a Canadian friend who manages an established Hong Kong company. Luckily, I was able to stay in his condominium without cost as decent downtown hotels rent at about $400 per night. Arrival Upon landing on my Air Canada flight, it quickly became clear this city was not like any “Chinatown” I had seen in Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton or Calgary. The Hong Kong airport is one of the busiest in the world, but ran with total efficiency. After my flight of over 14 hours from Calgary, I could have been confused by exhaustion, but I was able to gracefully exit from the airport with all my luggage. I made my way to the downtown Hong Kong Municipal Transit (MTR) station by airport express train where my friend Doug met me. En route I noted the modernity, speed and cleanliness of that train, and these attributes were the rule on all my trips on the MTR. Crowds on the train were not oppressive. Even later travel, during high-traffic workday periods when congestion was high, travellers were polite and respectful of one another. This is impressive in a place where eight and a half million people live closely packed into the Hong Kong area, and many millions more live in mainland China close by. In fact, more than half the population of the world is said to live within five hours flight time from Hong Kong. Hong Kong and Kowloon The heart of downtown is the Central District where the airport express landed me, and close to it is the Admiralty district where commerce towers and government offices are located. If you want to see some creative shapes in tall skyscrapers, you need to visit this city. The buildings sweep uphill


A father and kids on the Hong Kong island ferry on a Sunday afternoon. from the harbour to climb partway up to “The Peak”, one of the highest points on the island of Hong Kong. To aid a person climbing that steep and green-topped hill there is an escalator, reputed to be the world’s longest, which runs beside Cochrane Street, over Hollywood Drive, then beside Shelley Street as far as Conduit Road. A climb up The Peak delivers a hiker to a magnificent view of the island of Hong Kong, across the straits to Kowloon, the mainland, and some of the outlying islands. There are snack and ice cream shops at the top. The less adventurous can arrive by public transport. In a prominent spot in Central District, close to the huge and upscale IFC Mall, sits the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, selected a few years ago as the best hotel in the world. Staff there were friendly, and prices not unreasonably high. The location seemed to be exactly where a hotel should be to serve most of the downtown, and I enjoyed the hospitality


there almost every day of my stay. Central District includes Hang Seng, China’s stock exchange, as well as banks, law courts, investment centres and other financial and related offices. Several sites are worth seeing in the heart of Hong Kong. One is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Museum dedicated to the memory of the westernized Chinese doctor who tried to unify China from the hold of separate warlords in the early 1900s. Although his efforts were unsuccessful during his lifetime, the growth and unification of China into one country took root from his long-term efforts. Also of interest to Westerners are Buddhist temples throughout the city. Visitors are free to mingle with those who worship, burn incense to the memory of their ancestors, and leave freewill offerings for the work of the temples, and the schools, hospitals and other institutions which they

fund. East of Central and Admiralty is Wan Chai district, home to bars, nightclubs, and the social heart of Hong Kong. This area is a favourite of tourists and “ex-patriots” while in the city, and it takes on a lively night life invigorated by the number of Phillipino, Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese women who care for children of working people during the day. A quick trip by harbour ferry, or hovercraft for the impatient traveller, can take you across the narrow straits to dock at Kowloon. It is here that much of the needle industry is located, and local tailors are famous for quick production of suits, blazers, shirts and other apparel. In fact while there I had two dress shirts fabricated in one day, both fitting perfectly and no more expensive than the prepackaged shirts available for sale here. Continued on Page 21

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TRAVEL Continued from Page 20 My friend’s condominium is in Aberdeen District, around the island from downtown Hong Kong, and looks out over the straits which provide entry into Hong Kong harbour. Every hour of the day several of the world’s largest container ships pass by, as well as other cruise ships, merchant freighters and tankers, military and coast guard vessels, fishing boats, and small pleasure craft. Although smog or haze frequently obscures details of these ships, they are big and close enough to be seen clearly. This strait is said to be the busiest waterway in the world, and having seen it, I believe it. Canadians seem to be welcome and respected in Hong Kong. With English being the working language, at least in Hong Kong, if less so in parts of Kowloon, it is easy for Canadians to function and travel. Cantonese is used by most of the local Chinese-heritage residents, but English seems to be the language of commerce. History A historical reason for Canadians being liked and respected dates back to World War II. Just before Pearl Harbour, several Canadian army regiments were hurriedly sent to bolster the British and Indian force detailed to defend Hong Kong against expected Japanese invasion. These troops were untrained and poorly prepared to meet and repel the battle-hardened Japanese force which eventually stormed over Hong Kong and conquered the area.

Canadian soldiers won note for their stubborn defence of island defences, even in the face of failing assistance from units from other countries. Upon being taken prisoner they were repaid for their bravery by the conquering Japanese. About 1,450 of them were taken to a beach east of Hong Kong proper and ceremoniously executed by beheading on the beach. After the Japanese surrender, their bodies were taken for burial in the beautiful Sai Wan War Cemetery where I visited and paid homage to the Canadian, British, Dutch and Sikh soldiers who fell in that gallant but hopeful defence. Surviving prisoners faced a hellish imprisonment by the Japanese for over four years before the emaciated and diseased survivors were liberated. The site of the execution is now near a golf course. However, no Japanese are allowed to play that course. Against opposition from those who sought to preserve the site, some condominiums have now been erected nearby, but numerous construction problems have plagued the buildings — perhaps out of respect for the dead. Currency in the Hong Kong area, including Kowloon and in a designated area, remains the Hong Kong dollar. That dollar was worth about $0.125 Canadian when I was there and the banks each issue their own currency. You can find three different versions of a $20 bill in your wallet or purse at the same time, and, just like Canada, the $20 bill seems most common in use.

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Grade 9 Lakers improving by leaps and bounds BY KIM MATTHEWS SPECIAL TO SYLVAN LAKE NEWS


- Laker Alecia Daniels (7) was high off the floor to spike the ball back to Camrose Trojans during Tuesday evening JV girls volleyball action. She was watched by teammates Kassidy Glasgow (4) and Melissa Bancroff (3) on the front line. The Lakers lost the first set 25-16, won the second set 25-19 and lost the third set 25-17. Results of the final sets were unavailable at press STEVE time. DILLS

100 per cent effort and looked amazing. By far this was the best game of the tournament. Moving forward in the playoffs, brought us up against St. Francis, who we had lost to earlier in round robin. This game was three minutes after the game we had just played against Lindsay Thurber, starting at 4 p.m. We lost this game in two sets but again put in a stellar performance. This moved us to the bronze medal game starting at 5 p.m. which we lost coming in fourth place over all. The girls had an incredible tournament and parents noted that this was by far the best tournament so far and the girls are improving by leaps and bounds. MVP for the tournament was Alex Cadman voted by Coach Eric for her effort. Great job Alex. In league play the girls are now 2-1 for the season. At time of publication we will have played a grudge match against Lindsay Thurber A team on the 8th, and a game against St. Francis on the 9th. The next few games after publication will be the 16th in Innisfail and then another tournament on the 18th and 19th hosted by Hunting Hills in Red Deer. Then another league game at H. J. Cody on Oct 22nd against Lindsay Thurber B team. Keep up all the hard work ladies, your team play is looking great!

École H. J. Cody Lakers Grade 9 girls volleyball team competed in a tournament at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School on the weekend, knocking out the host team before placing fourth in playoffs. The tournament featured 10 teams — Hunting Hills, Leduc, Lacombe, Red Deer Lake, St. Edmund, St. Francis, Ponoka, H. J. Cody and the two host teams, Lindsay Thurber A & B. Friday started with the Lakers beating Lindsay Thurber B team in two sets straight. Next came the ever challenging St. Francis team and we lost both sets to them but the girls played and amazing game with both sets tight games. Saturday the girls started out with a loss to Hunting Hills, but had a huge come back against Leduc. We each took one set and it came to points to see who moved on to playoffs. We took the points by eight and moved forward. The girls were very pumped at this point, but had a long four hour gap between games. Playoffs started at 3 p.m. with the Lakers playing Lindsay Thurber A who we lost to in the previous tournament. This A team is very talented and we never seem to be able to beat this team. The girls went onto the court and right away were up and totally excited. You could see the boost of confidence it had given them. They continued to stay up by at least five points, but both teams kept scoring and going back and forth. Parents were standing and you could see the look of excitement and tension in their faces as well. We won that set and then lost the second set. It came down to a third set to break the tie. The third game only goes to 15 points and our girls won 15-13 … the whole team was so pumped as they had just beaten the École H. J. Cody Lakers Grade 9 girls volleyball team competed at Lindsay Thurber host team and knocked on the weekend, finishing in fourth place overall. The team includes, in the back them out of the tourna- row, Kiara Gardner, Alex Cadman, Alyssa Cossuta, Regan Eisler and Paige Hagel; ment. The parents were in the middle row, Lauchlyn Martin, Morgan Lockyer, Madi Dodman, Bailey Kentz, just as excited when the Kaitlyn Simpson, Leah Hagel and Abby Tucker; and in the front row, Erin Matthews game finished as the whole team put forward and Braxton Ornates. KIM MATTHEWS

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Lack of blocking on field goals cost Lakers win BY STEVE DILLS SYLVAN LAKE NEWS The inability of the H. J. Cody Lakers to capitalize on field goal attempts cost them their game against Lacombe Rams last Thursday, according to coach Jeremy Braitenback. “We had four field goal attempts blocked throughout the game,” he said. “That’s an additional 12 points we blamed ourselves for not getting. We’re working on fixing that for this week.” The Lakers ended on the bottom side of a 20-18 score. They met Stettler Wildcats for the final regular season game last night (Wednesday - after press time). The Lakers took an early lead in the game in Lacombe with a safety at 6:48 of the first quarter but relinquished it when Lacombe scored two touchdowns and added converts in the second quarter. Trent Kondor grabbed a 20-yard touchdown reception from Kane Price at 10:28 of the second quarter. Aiden Smaill added a convert and kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play of the half to end it 14-12 in Lacombe’s favour. Then the Lakers, who scored 16 straight points, grabbed the lead at 3:32 of the third quarter on a fumble recovery by Ivan Murafuentes, putting them up 18-14. Early in the fourth quarter the Rams added another touchdown to seal a 20-18 victory in Central Alberta High School Football League action. Landon Rosene had 84 yards on 15 carries for the Lakers. Shon Zenert grabbed two passes for 13 yards for Sylvan. The Lakers had a 1-2-1 record following the game. Braitenback said playoffs begin next week and the Lakers will likely face either Stettler or Wetaskiwin, depending on how this week’s games finish.

Sylvan Lake Bear Ryhlan Selk (82) tried to sprint away from a swarm of Hornets during the hometown team’s game against the Red Deer team at Cody field Saturday morning. The Bears played three scoreless quarters before the Hornets managed to get into the end zone early in the final quarter. The game ended 6-0. STEVE DILLS

Bears stung by Hornets in second loss of the season BY STUART FULLARTON SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Sylvan Lake Bears peewee football team suffered their second loss of the season Saturday, when they fell 6-0 to Red Deer Hornets at H.J. Cody Field. Head coach Garnet Rambaut said there was no change in his team from the week before, when the Bears defeated Olds 14-0. He saw the same effort put in by his players, who found themselves unable to come back into the close game. “We had our chances and we had a few dropped balls and a few missed blocks, and that was the dif-

ference in the game,” he said. “But as far as the players, they played hard. That’s all I ask of them. They’re not going to win every game.” Rambaut said Saturday’s game was a solid team effort. The Bears had a roster of 19 players, and are expected to have that same number available when they face Red Deer Steelers in Sylvan Lake on Saturday. The Steelers head into the game with the same 2-2 record as the Bears, and Rambaut is expecting a good game. “It should be an interesting matchup,” he said. Saturday’s game against the Steelers takes place at 3:30 p.m. at H.J. Cody Field.

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A strategy for increasing tourist spending in Sylvan Lake has been accepted by town councillors and will form the basis for budget discussions following this month’s election. Consultant Kent Stewart reviewed the corporate tourism strategy prepared through a series of meetings since the spring. The vision statement developed was “Sylvan Lake is the premier year round, lakeside community in Alberta, where proud residents welcome guests with great hospitality”. He noted the first steps in realizing Sylvan’s tourism potential have been started, including work on the waterfront area and in creating a a walkable downtown retail cluster. “The vision for tourism in Sylvan Lake is not one of simply a beach attraction. Rather it is a themed ‘downtown district’ within the broader, prosperous and growing community of Sylvan Lake,” states the strategy. Four strategic priorities were developed — organization and communications; tourism product and experience development, tourism marketing and accessibility and circulation. Under those strategies a number of key results have been identified with timelines. Within the first strategy the first thing to do is an economic impact assessment to determine the value of tourism in Sylvan Lake. Second on the list is creating a dedicated tourism organization that leads tourism development and marketing. Establishing this organization is an important first step in moving forward, Stewart said. In tourism product and experience development, results include three new, unique niche businesses are attracted to the downtown district by 2016; overnight accommodation supply is increased by 20 per cent by 2015 and a further 20 per cent by 2018; one new major tourist attractor is developed and three new major events are attracted. Reviewing investments required by the municipality, Stewart said the town’s contribution to the start-up and operation of a Destination Management Organization has been estimated at $125,000 annually for the five year period of the strategy. This may support staffing, core office costs, marketing and leveraging. Human resources requirements equal one full time person which could be either a contracted resource internally or externally. In his presentation, Stewart said after the first year’s $125,000, the investment in year two and following was estimated at $238,000. Some of the money is anticipated to come from government grants and businesses which directly benefit from tourism. The cost of various strategic priorities and key results are provided in chart form within the document. Vicki Kurz, the town’s economic development officer, wrote in her report to council that she’ll be seeking feedback after the election “to ensure adequate preparation and funding is in place to execute the final plan”. Councillor Sean McIntyre said communications is going to be vital if the town proceeds with this significant investment over the next three years. “All in all I think it’s a sound strategy. What remains to be seen is if the new group after the election is going to be convinced to invest.” “As council, we should be proud of the work done on Lakeshore Drive,” said Mayor Susan Samson. “We’ve set the ball in motion. $60,000 was spent on this strategy. I think it goes so far down the road there’s not stopping now. This community’s backbone is tourism, we just keep riding that ship.”


THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013

Collective agreement unanimously approved by teachers, board


BY SANDY BEXON SPECIAL TO SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Chinook’s Edge School Division and Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) Local #17 signed a collective agreement which was met with unanimous agreement from both sides. “We are able to fulfill the mandate of our members and this agreement is what our teachers asked us to deliver,” said Kevin Pizzey, ATA Local #17 president. “We were able to achieve this in a timely manner because of the close, co-operative relationship between Chinook’s Edge teachers and our board of education. It

was a unanimous vote, which is a bit unusual but very welcome. We were seventh out of 62 school divisions in the province to reach a tentative agreement, which we accomplished on Sept. 12. To pass it so smoothly continues to build on the positivity that exists between the local ATA and the Chinook’s Edge board.” “For Chinook’s Edge, this represents three years of labour stability with a key group of our people, and this is great news for everyone in our Chinook’s Edge communities,” said Colleen Butler, chairperson of the board. “This settlement was attained much more quickly than we were expecting and we are very pleased with what we have achieved with our teachers.”

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Proposal for additional stairs to lake shore defeated BY STEVE DILLS SYLVAN LAKE NEWS

lakeshore from the end of 35th Street. As a result of that meeting, a motion was passed to enter into discussions with Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation “to determine if lake access would be permitted in Sylvan Lake Provincial Park at 35th Street”. A response from Grant Santo, regional operations manager, parks division, with the provincial department, stated the additional access point was not supported for environmental reasons. Information provided to councillors

stated parks “maintains that a stairway at the requested location would interfere with efforts to stabilize the shoreline in that area” and that further erosion could pose a threat to a stairway and new development on the promenade. Santo suggested the town look at installing stairs at the viewpoints either east or west of the end of 35th Street. As a result a proposed resolution presented to council was that access stairs be provided from the viewpoint directly west of the end of 35th Street. That resolution

was defeated 3-2 with councillors Sean McIntyre and Graham Parsons voting in favour. Voting against were Mayor Susan Samson and councillors Rick Grimson and A proposal to place stairs down to the Laverne Asselstine. Councillors Ken lakeshore from the viewpoint directly west MacVicar and Dale Plante were absent of 35th Street was defeated by town counfrom the meeting. cillors, during their meeting Sept. 23. McIntyre agreed the space directly off A group of 35th Street residents met 35th Street is “very limited”. He favoured with council at its July 22nd meeting to complain their access to the beach had been adding stairs to the lookout between 35th eliminated while accesses at the ends of and 36th streets. “I’d like to see the comproother streets in the cabin area had been mise of stairs to nothing.” maintained. They requested stairs to the Asselstine countered, “It’s nice to come forward with an alternative, but it’s not visually appealing. It’s going to look like an add on, going to be an add on.” As well he noted it’s “not fiscally responsible”. Samson remembered when the group appeared before council they were “very clear what they wanted was direct access to the water”. Now they’re accepting this change which negates their arguments “that they can’t walk that far”. She also talked about the environmental concerns. Part of Sy lv an L a ke Management Plan committee’s mandate is to increase or at least maintain riparian habitat along the shore in the Town of Sylvan Lake. The priority area 13101ZF0 is where trees and emergent vegetation Kerry McClelland, at Hammer Stock Farms are found in close proximity to the lake. “On 35th Street there’s a nicely cleared out area, rocks put there for erosion control have been removed, there isn’t any vegetation in sight. The environment doesn’t have a voice, we are the voice. I cannot support this request to install a You want your electricity service to be simple and worry-free and we deliver on that promise every day. At metal staircase.” FortisAlberta, we’re backed by the resources and expertise to accommodate any new service connections, McIntyre noted installation of the metal provide expert advice on rates and energy efficiency and even financial support. stairway off the lookout point would be in an area already disturbed Our employees are a familiar part of the communities they serve and they are proud to deliver on our and recently sodded. “I promise to provide electricity to homes, farms and business customers don’t think we’re going to necessarily see disthroughout Alberta. turbance of vegetation.” Once the motion was defeated he sought clarification the issue could be brought up For any new service connection, service need or questions, again after the election call 310-WIRE (9473) or visit our promise is your power and was assured it could be revisited.

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Maximum Controls Inc. is looking to hire Journeyman Instrumentation & Electricians, as well as 1st to 4th year apprentices to work in Central Alberta. H2S, WHMIS, TDG, CPR/1st Aid an asset. Competitive wages & benefit package offered. Email resumes to or fax to (403) 784-3163. Successful candidates will be contacted for interviews.

MOTIVATED individual required to work as apprentice in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning trade. Good mechanical and people skills an asset. Clean driver’s license mandatory. email: info@ fax: 403-309-8302

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DRIVER NEEDED with clean Class 1 drivers licence for busy livestock hauling position. Based out of Westlock, Alberta. Email resume to: 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

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Family owned and operated, Trail Appliances continues to grow and due to this, we are looking to expand our warehouse department. Trail offers excellent training and a competitive compensation. We are currently looking for a full time Shipper Receiver to work out of our Red Deer location. Shifts will be varied including weekends.

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EDMONTON BASED COMPANY seeks qualified & experienced SNOW shoveller req’d for (or experienced) Mulcher condo site in Sylvan Lake. Operator. Fort McMurray, Contact 403-302-2992 camp work, 21/7 rotation, flight in/out provided, safety tickets and drivers abstract required. Fax 780-488-3002; Email: jobs EXP’D PARTS PERSON req’d by Chrysler Dealership. Apply in person with resume at: Northwest Motors 3115 Gaetz Ave. R.D.




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Street performers happy with changes to bylaw BY STEVE DILLS SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Still in its infancy, the town’s business licensing bylaw as it applies to street performers, appears to have been well received. Councillors received a report from licensing inspector Rae-Anne Ornella at their meeting Sept. 23 noting the reduced fee of $30 per year was “welcomed” as “more reasonable and economically more affordable”. “The location of Centennial Park for busking was also well received as it permitted the buskers the ability to be centrally located in an area with maximum pedestrian traffic accessing the beach and park.” During the summer four musicians and one juggler on a unicycle applied for

the busking business licence, Ornella told councillors. “Comments received from the public and town employees expressed very favorable remarks on buskers they witnessed performing”. She noted however that a recent review of SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) regulations noted a licence fee is required for strolling musicians and buskers that perform music or play recorded music in parks, streets and other public areas. That fee is $32.55 per day to a maximum fee of $222.93 in any three-month period. An idea raised to promote more buskers coming to town was that of creating a festival atmosphere where the SOCAN fee could be split among performers. Ornella noted the SOCAN fee will be addressed further in 2014 budget deliberations.


Sylvan’s 100th - Floating in a boat on Honeymoon Bay in 1949, in front of

the original Berscht cabin at what is now 321 Honeymoon Drive, Norglenwold, were Ken Berscht, then of Innisfail, Rick Lyle of Calgary, Ken’s sister Janet Berscht, and on the oars, Kent Lyle of Calgary, now a permanent resident of Norglenwold. At the time there were only five residences on Honeymoon Bay, anchored on the west end by the Herb Stevenson family and on the east by the Lyle family, according to Kent Lyle. Four of the five were summer residences only. Mrs. Maria Huerliman was the only permanent resident on Honeymoon Bay. “There were no motorized boats at the time, that we saw, but we soon had about a 5 h.p. motor on this boat,” Lyle said. “One can see that across the lake there were very few cabins in what would now be the Summer Village of Birchcliff.” The photo was taken by his father, Kennett I. Lyle, who was later one of the founders of the Summer Village of PHOTO COURTESY OF KENT LYLE Norglenwold, in December 1964.

- While in Edmonton, Sylvan Lake’s Lillian Uytendaele bought a scratch lottery ticket while fueling up and won $200,000. She’d noticed a promotion offering a fuel discount with a lottery purchase and decided to buy a $7 Jewel 7’s scratch and win ticket at Inglewood Petro Canada. She checked it anyway and was told by the clerk she was $200,000 richer. “I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited!” Aside from a trip to the east coast to visit family, she’s going to fulfill a big dream for her birthday by buying herself a Harley Davidson. SUBMITTED

Questioning continued involvement in lake measuring system development BY STEVE DILLS SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Continued involvement in creating a measuring system to ensure the long-term health of Sylvan Lake is being questioned by Sylvan Lake Watershed Stewardship Society. The organization’s president, Graeme Strathdee, has been involved on the technical advisory team (TAT) working with Sylvan Lake Management Committee and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) to develop a cumulative effects management system (CEMS) which zeroes in on indicators that affect the watershed. The first phase of the project delivered an interim report to municipal councillors and at a workshop convened in Sylvan Lake. It’s currently out to all municipalities for acceptance. “The chance of the project yielding something useful in my lifetime is pretty small,” said Strathdee during the society’s annual meeting Sept. 14. “There’s a hesitancy to continue. It’s a semi-futile exercise to continue along the CEMS route.” His written report wasn’t as definitive. “The value of ongoing involvement with the TAT is under review by the SLWSS president and the board.” The management system involves all of the municipalities through their plans and councillors, he said. Embedded within provincial programs are requirements to look at three elements — environmental, social and economic components of land use. While they’ve spent three years working on the environmental aspect, Strathdee said the “social element has kind of been fumbled” and the “ecomomic element has

been forgotten”. “One of the reasons for being there is to carry our thoughts forward. One giant problem with the whole process is municipalities have vetoes. When you get CEMS in place somebody still has decisions for land use.” Another of the projects of the society has been to create a “Sylvan Lake Watershed Rulebook”. Contraventions under Canadian federal laws and offences and penalties under Alberta provincial laws have been compiled on their website for reference by municipal governments and enforcement agencies. “We’ve taken the time to download all the stuff from relevant federal and provincial legislation,” said Strathdee. “It’s interesting to see the pattern of offences. It’s weak in a couple of areas. The Municipal Government Act is one and Alberta Sustainable Resource Development is another. In reality the lake is not well protected in law, municipalities are even weaker.” A flagship project of the society is Living By Water which has been underway for four years in partnership with Nature Alberta led primarily by Steven Johnson, Kim Schmitt and Brian Saby. After four years, 67 property owners have enrolled for the home assessment program where representatives from Nature Alberta work with them to look at how they’re living by the lake and suggest ways to improve their affect on the area. “It’s become so important to us that the board agreed to contribute $4,000 to work around Sylvan Lake on assessments,” said Strathdee. A report on the work in 2013 is posted on the society’s website. Participants also get a ‘Watershed Steward’ sign sponsored by the Kent Williamson Memorial Fund that recognizes their commitment to a healthy watershed. Strathdee stated “no nutrients is good nutri-

Owners who have completed a homeowner assessment under the Living By Water project are provided with a sign to proclaim their watershed stewardship by Sylvan Lake Watershed Stewardship Society. SUBMITTED ents” while showing a graph of total phosphorous in lake water analysis over many years. “It shows how close we are to the line which is where the lake becomes more sensitive to blue green algae.” Director Kim Schmitt talked about community forums to educate people to new risks posed by mussels and other species. The board has assembled a committee to focus on community awareness and action on quagga and zebra mussels. Both he and Strathdee are certified zebra and quagga mussel inspectors after attending a training course presented by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource

Development. Johnson added this new threat has been added to the homeowner assessments under the Living by Water program. The society sent a letter to the minister of transportation emphasizing the threat of invasive species contamination at Sylvan Lake that could happen through unsupervised boat launches. “If we don’t have controlled access (to the lake) there are going to be a lot of problems that are going to get worse,” predicted Kent Lyle. He’s also convened a subcommittee to work on a quiet enjoyment initiative. The committee is working towards writing watershed community standards to control noise that affects the enjoyment of Sylvan Lake by residents and guests. Directors returning to the board are Bob Samson, Evan Verchomin, Graeme Strathdee, Judy Payne, Karen Herbst, Kim Schmitt and Steven Johnson. Nikki Coles is in the second year of a two year term. Joining the board are Devon Shouldice, Ellie Williamson and Curtis Setso. Following the annual meeting, directors selected Graeme Strathdee to continue as president, Kim Schmitt as past president, Steven Johnson as vice president, Judy Payne as secretary and Curtis Setso as treasurer. The society has two websites and which are sources of news, information and intelligence on all aspects of and threats to the watershed environment, the natural capital and the surrounding community. “Monitoring and reporting on the water balance and water quality are our lake priorities,” said Strathdee in his written report.


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October 10, 2013 edition of the Sylvan Lake News