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Tragedies grip Castor, Stettler Man freezes to death, Stettler police report LISA JOY Independent reporter

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Police cordon off the scene of a farm fire outside Castor on Tuesday as their investigation into Sunday’s blaze continues. The owners of the farm and their visiting adult daughter were unaccounted for Tuesday.

Three family members missing after farm fire outside Castor LISA JOY Independent reporter

CASTOR — The tight-knit community of Castor is reeling after a house fire Sunday left three people unaccounted for at a farm owned by Sandi and Gordon Klaus. Residents expressed horror, disbelief and regret about the fire that broke out Sunday — and the potentially devastating aftermath. “It was a shock,” said Belinda Yates, who has worked with Sandi at the hospital. “She worked in housekeeping and I talked to her the odd time in passing. She was a very nice lady.”

Likewise, Kylie Burnett said, “It was really tragic to hear.” Residents described the family as close, always together, and nice people. “They were friendly,” said Erma Marquart. The entrance to the long driveway leading to the residence was cordoned off by RCMP and Calgary Major Crimes and the provincial fire investigator converged on the farmyard, on Range Road 132, late Tuesday morning. Sgt. Josee Valiquette of RCMP K Division said Tuesday afternoon that because of the condition of the structure and the debris, it was still unsafe for their investigators to access the burning structure.

Sgt. Valiquette confirmed three people connected to the residence were unaccounted for, but said police won’t release their identity. The farm is owned by Sandi and Gordon Klaus, and their middle-aged daughter Monica was visiting for the weekend. Jason Klaus, the couple’s son, told the Red Deer Advocate that his family was “very close” and that his parents would do anything for anyone. “I lost everybody,” he said Monday. “I lost everything.” Police say that between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Sunday, Coronation RCMP were called to assist Castor and Coronation fire departments to a home fully engulfed in flames.

Bitter cold that engulfed Central Alberta claimed a life in Stettler, police reported Monday. Stettler RCMP were called to a garage where the body of a man who froze to death was discovered late last week, said Sgt. Duncan Babchuk. The 58-year-old man, who lived at Heart Haven Lodge, was found on the concrete floor of an unheated, unattached garage of a home in the 4800 block of 51st Avenue, said Sgt. Babchuk. “He may have been trying to warm up, because there was an attempt to start a fire, there were some wood products inside the garage and some were burnt, but there was not a very large fire. “For some reason he ended up inside that garage. It’s an older building, not heated and he was wearing very light clothing.” An elderly woman owns the property and her son found the deceased man Friday morning, police said. “I think he was in there longer,” Sgt. Babchuk said. “It could have been one to two days, I think it was longer than overnight.” According to Environment Canada, last Wednesday night, the mercury dipped down to -28 C in Stettler, -37 C with the wind chill, and Thursday morning the temperature dropped to -30 C, and -40 C with the wind chill. Last Thursday night, it was-30 C and -40 C with the wind chill, and Friday morning it went to -33 C and -43 C with the wind chill. The extreme cold weather also prompted the RCMP to cancel the charity Christmas checkstop last weekend, said Sgt. Babchuk. The man, whose name hasn’t been released by police, was away from the Heart Haven Lodge for about a week, said Sgt. Babchuk. “He had been away from there for awhile, but they are not held there as prisoners, they don’t keep doors locked, and people come and go from there. We didn’t receive a call that he was missing.” Betty Tschritter, CAO of the County of Stettler Housing Authority, which manages Heart Haven Lodge, said she couldn’t comment on how long the man was gone, or not gone, and added that staff is “saddened by the loss.” Tschritter said that although she can’t comment on the specific incident, if any residents miss a meal or a counting, staff follows protocol and contacts family members of the individual. Sgt. Babchuk said it’s important people are cognizant of the dangerous cold temperatures. “Everyone needs to be aware of how cold it is,” he said. “Anybody that is out and about, especially at this time of year, needs to be aware of where they are going and what type of weather it is and take warm clothing. “And if they are elderly persons you are taking care of, you have to ensure where they are going, as well.”

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Fire ravaged a 63 Street residence in Stettler last Saturday, causing about $500,000 worth of damages.

Stettler family loses home in weekend fire ROBIN TARNOWETZKI Independent reporter

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RCMP officers from Calgary Major Crimes, along with the provincial fire investigator, inspect the smouldering fire Tuesday at about noon on a farm east of Castor. The fire has been burning since Sunday morning.

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A fire gutted a house on 63 Street in Stettler on Saturday night, with an estimated $500,000 in property damage. The Stettler Regional Fire Department was called to the home of Peter Neale, the new associate superintendent

of the Clearview School Division, at about 9:30 p.m. The Neales had just moved into the house at the end of the summer. The cause of the fire is under investigation, said Fire Chief Mark Dennis. Three fire trucks were at the scene, and firefighters remained at the home until near 2 a.m. Sunday. Continued on Page A3

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At a time when many churches are struggling to attract members, a country church is so packed its looking at expanding. “The warmth of the congregation, the substance of the service, and the teachings, those are the key elements,” said Pastor Ross Helgeton about the overflowing Evangelical Free Church of Erskine. “The thing I’m discovering is, the churches that are growing are those that are really holding forth the Bible and Christ as the answer. “We have people who come from as far away as Forestburg, south of Big Valley, Alix, and the Lake, some from up near Mirror. A lot of church draw is from other places in the county and many from Stettler, and some from Erskine. The minority are from Erskine, it would appear.” The church board first looked at expansion in 2008, when growth began. “Our sanctuary holds packed, a little around 200 people, and it feels full long before the 200 mark,” said Pastor Helgeton. “We considered having two services, but that’s awkward for our size. We are exploring building new — that is expensive.” So church members approached the County of Stettler last month for the title to its back alley to add on and

make room to accommodate 350 to 400 parishioners. The Erskine church started 60 years ago with its roots in the Ewing district, said Pastor Helgeton. In 1927, John Ewing and Benjamin Foxall started to have Sunday School in a schoolhouse every Sunday. That group joined Stettler’s Presbyterian Church, which had a hard time providing a minister in the 1930s, so the congregation asked the president of the Prairie Bible Institute to conduct services. “The first (official) day was Dec. 7, 1930,” he said. In 1957, after a year and a half of proceedings before a judge, the church won its tax appeal with the County of Stettler for tax-exempt status. Also in that year, the Women’s Missionary Society started. In 1961, the church changed its name from The People’s Gospel Fellowship to Evangelical Free Church of Erskine, and the next year it recorded 23 members. In 1980, the Erskine Church, along with the Lacombe Evangelical Free Church, helped start a church in Alix. “We are definitely evangelical in flavour, we are conservative in doctrine, we are fairly contemporary how we do our worship, and our music is modern,” said Pastor Helgeton about the church’s style. “We are on the contemporary edge. “We are unique that we are not in town. We are out of town. I suppose it’s interesting many drive out instead of staying in (town).”

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Firefighters from the Stettler Regional Fire Department battle a blaze that destroyed a 63 Street house in Stettler last Saturday. The home belonged to Peter Neale, the Clearview School Division associate superintendent.

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Community plans fundraiser to aid Neale family after fire Continued from front page The house where the fire originated clearly has visible damage to the front and to the roof. The fire spread to the side of the house next door, but the fire department managed to save that structure. The neighbouring family was able to remain in the home after that fire was put out. “Battling a fully-involved fire and extreme cold weather, the fire department was able to save both adjacent homes,” said Cpl. Cam Russell of the Stettler RCMP. John Bailey, the superintendent of schools with Clearview, believes the Neales’ house is a “total loss,” he said Monday. “Obviously, we want to give him and his family some time to sort things out.” Neighbours were able to save some belongings from the Neales’ garage before the fire department showed up. The Stettler Kinettes are working with neighbours and others in the community to help the Neale family. Kinette president Jacqui Mvula said Tuesday that volunteers are planning a benefit for the family. It’s scheduled for Monday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Agriplex. The admission charge is $10 per person (including children) and the event includes a silent auction, a kids’ corner, appetizers and a cash bar, and entertainment from Domino and Cryptosis. “I think that, especially in small communities, they always pull together when one person or family is in need,” said Mvula, who added she’s impressed with the community’s generosity. “We’re just amazed,” said Helen Neale. “We’re kind of overwhelmed.” The Kinettes have also

set up a Facebook page listing everything the Neale family needs and community members are invited to donate. They have also organized an

item dropoff today at the family’s rental house at 4101 60 St. Items can be dropped off in the garage from 9 a.m. to noon and from 4 to 7 p.m.

Mvula added that any donations that the Neale family doesn’t need would be donated back to the community.

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Snow berms inhibit emergency response Dear Editor: I hesitate to complain about the Town of Stettler’s snow removal, because for the most part, they do a fairly good job. In their haste to remove snow from the blizzard this last week, they have left piles of snow in the middle of streets in Grandview. Mostly, this snow is only an inconvenience. If someone parks on the street, it’s nearly

impossible to get past. Because it is unmarked, I have seen vehicles run into the snow pile while turning left and do damage to their bumpers. On Saturday evening, the danger of this snow pile became apparent, as our comminity watched fire trucks attempt to navigate the narrow lane the snow pile created. As a house fire engulfed one house and threatened to take another, valuable

seconds were wasted as the fire engines squeezed down 63 Street and past this Volkswagen-sized snow berm. Watching one neighbour lose their house was horrifying, but we were all frozen in fear as the second house ignited. Luckily, there was no cars parked on the street at the time and the fire truck got into the neighbourhood and saved the second house from further damage.

I know that snow-removal crews have been working hard to clear the streets of Stettler and I respect the fact that it’s hard work, especially when cold. We all have a goal to keep our community safe and, in this case, the snow-removal policy has proven to not be in the best interests of the people who need emergency services. Teela Lynn, Stettler

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Chase Rosland Dear Editor: There is a fundamental problem with provincial politics and politicians, in my opinion, from my perspective of being a voter and a citizen of the Province of Alberta. I am willing as a person to con-

sider a variety of opinions that are routinely expressed via the media from our politicians, a.k.a., government representatives. The problem is this, no matter what a politician in the governing party says or does, it is always pereceived by a member of their opposing

political party as being the wrong thing to do. If they cannot say it is wrong, then they say it is too little too late, or that it was their idea. The elected official for our area is a member of the official opposition. Through the democratic process, he has

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Stacking up beliefs against the mighty dollar There are many amazing stories of what God can do through one person. The testimony of Jack Eckherd (19132004), a successful Florida businessman and the founder of the Eckerd Drugstore chain (second largest drugstore conglomerate in the U.S.), is one of these awe-inspiring accounts. Jack came to faith in Christ in 1986, primarily through the influence of Chuck Colson (author of bestseller “Born Again”). Colson related that it took more than a year of camaraderie and sharing his faith before Jack decided to follow Jesus. Following his conversion to Christ, Jack walked into one of his drugstores. He noticed the Playboy and Penthouse magazines on a rack, and though he’d seen them there many times before, it had never bothered him ... this time it did! (One sign of true conversion to Jesus is that we begin to see things differently). Without hesitation, Jack consulted his leadership team and told them that the Playboy and Penthouse magazines must be gone from all of the Eckerd stores by the end of the week. His accountant told him that taking them off the shelf would translate into a $3-million loss over the next year. Eckerd told him that

the loss didn’t matter. The magazines went into the trash. Jack wasn’t content with getting rid of the magazines in his stores. He sat down at his desk and wrote letters to all of the other drugstore chains, explaining what he had done, why he had done it and suggested that they should do the same. Jack received no response, but undaunted, he sent out a second mailing , but those were ignored, as well. Jack thought that that was the end of it ... but it wasn’t. The Eckerd drugstores began to see a dramatic increase of both customers and sales. Investigations into the impressive upswing of


business revealed that droves of people were coming to Jack’s stores because of the absence of the Playboy and Penthouse magazines. The financial gain far outweighed the initial loss. Jack thought that was the end of it ... but it wasn’t. Amazingly, through a singular, sincere Christian action, Jack had accomplished what the Pornography Commission in Washington had failed to do with large budgets, political agendas and prolonged laborious efforts. One by one, across America, several stores (Dart Drugs, Revco, People’s Drugstore, 7-Eleven, etc.) began removing adult magazines from their shelves. While their motivation, unlike Jack’s, was financial rather than faithful, the outcome was that the literature was gone. “The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to Him.” — Dwight L Moody “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6)

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Preserving values in face of majority rules Early Thursday at about 1:45 a.m., the fall session of the Alberta Legislature was brought to a sudden and abrupt close by the Alberta government. This happened just shortly after they had passed Bill 45 — the Public Sector Services Continuation Act and Bill 46 — the Public Service Salary Restraint Act. The government limited debate on these bills to a mere two hours each. Immediately after the shortened debate, both bills were passed by the government majority. Both are bills that I voted against. As the session was wrapping up, Wildrose MLAs stood on the principles of free speech and open and fair negotiations, in opposing the two labour bills 45 and 46. While Wildrose believes in getting good deals for taxpayers through tough public sector union negotiations, we don’t believe in stifling free speech or removing a union’s ability to arbitrate a deal. Earlier in the fall session, Opposition MLAs helped thwart Bill 28, legislation that would have given power to the Alberta government to jail or fine elected municipal counselors for failing to comply with mandatory growth boards. Another bill I voted not to support.

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The freedoms and liberties so many people come to this country seeking, seem like they are being legislated away one by one. The passage of such bills as 2, 19, 24, 28, 36, 45, 46, and 50; all of which have been done in recent years, have each in their own way, taken a little piece of freedom and civil rights away. Collectively, those bills take on almost an Orwellian pattern of control and even remove the basic rights we all cherish and value in Canada. The Wildrose Official Opposition will continue to bring better ideas and solutions to the table that respect and preserve our freedoms and civil liberties. The Friday night following the closure of the Legislature, I had the honour of being invited to the

Stettler characters not ‘creepy’ Toronto-style Toronto is an extremely diverse place, and in my four years living there, I resided in what’s generally believed to be a sketchy area. For three of those years, I was a five-minute walk from a rundown strip club, and a five-minute walk in the other direction to “Hooker Harvey’s,” the Harvey’s restaurant that came alive with prostitutes at night. Below are interesting Toronto citizens that I have encountered: The “Believe” Guy This man stands on the corner of Yonge and Dundas holding a bible. If you walk too close to him, he will suddenly burst out “BELIEVE in the Lord!” Toronto residents will usually avoid him, but I find it fun to steer unsuspecting friends and relatives from out of town toward him. The Witch Lady of Dundas This woman wears a long leather jacket and babuschka, and slowly pushes a walker down Dundas by Jarvis, which is near where I used to live. She’s notable because she looks exactly like a stereotypical representation of a fairytale witch. She can be heard mumbling to herself and if you make the mistake of thinking she’s homeless and try to give her money, or if you look at her for too long, she will start yelling gibberish in an angry manner. It happened to me once, and I’m pretty sure she put a curse on me.

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Independent reporter Miscellaneous Homeless People Who’ll Trick You Into Giving Them Money I have nothing against homeless people, but what I don’t like is being tricked into giving them money. Several times I have had people open doors for me and when I go to thank them, they hold out their hands. The worst was when I was walking down the street and a nice-looking woman stopped me and told me I was pretty or something. Then she referred to me as “angel” and gave me a sticker. I was feeling pretty good about myself until she asked me for $5. The Homeless Woman Who Tried

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To Hug Me My friends and I were supposed to head out to a bar one night, and we somehow ended up getting separated while leaving their apartment. I was strongarmed by one friend and two girls I did not know to go to a party where I knew no one. I immediately lost them all at the party and decided to leave and meet up with the two friends we had lost. I found out where they were and decided to head out there alone. Now, that was a somewhat shady area, but I had never had any altercations. Until that day. I passed a homeless woman who unexpectedly reached out and grabbed me. It was never scary and I don’t believe that she was trying to hurt me. She just grabbed me in an aggressive embrace and would not let go. I had no idea how to extricate myself — especially as she was surprisingly strong — but suddenly I heard someone calling my name from across the street. I heard someone approach, and this guardian angel untangled me from the homeless woman. It turned out to be an acquaintance from school, who then walked me to meet up with my friends. I rarely talked to him before or since that incident, but I have fond feelings for him.

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Drumheller Filipino Community Christmas Party, on what turned out to be the coldest night of the year. As the people from the local community filled the hall, the warmth in the room overwhelmed the frigid temperatures outside. That warmth came from the family values, pride and loyalty that are so evident within this culturally-rich community. I have always had admiration for these courageous people. Many of them left behind the only life they’ve known, to start a new life in Canada for what they hope is a better life. The better life they seek is not just measured in monetary terms. It’s also measured in terms of personal freedoms and liberties. Freedoms and liberties that seem to be eroding with the passing of each legislative session. The Drumheller Filipino Community Christmas Party was a very special evening for me, and I would like to thank Marvin and everyone in attendance for your hospitality and generosity. I would also like to wish everyone Maligayang Pasko (Merry Christmas) as we go into the holiday season and remind everyone not to drink and drive.



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The Sound of Hope concert tour makes a Stettler stop this Sunday at the Performing Arts Centre. The acts include the Central Alberta Homeschool Choir.

Stettler hosts Christmas-themed concert Submitted by the Central Alberta Homeschool Choir Amid the winter snow, the laughter of young people can be heard. They rush inside to meet with their gifted choir director, Debbie Zepick, for another Friday morning rehearsal. The concert is approaching quickly and practices are brimming with the enthusi-

asm of youth. These singers are part of something very special. This is not just a Christmas concert. The young people in this choir are sharing their musical talent to help children in need. This Sunday (Dec. 15) at 3:30 p.m., the Central Alberta Homeschool Choir and the Rosedale Valley Strings Orchestra, together with songwriter Zepick, will

share an afternoon of joyous Christmas music with the people of the Stettler area. The See Amid the Winter Snow concert will be held at the Performing Arts Centre in Stettler. Everyone is invited to come. Be inspired by beautiful music and be filled with Christmas hope. There is no charge for the concert, but a free will offering



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phanage in Mwanza, Tanzania, began in 2009 when one of our former members, Daniel Zepick, met them in Tanzania. Patrick and Beatrice Mwafute welcomed orphans off the street into their home as a place of refuge, guidance and hope. Their situation was dire. See Amid the Winter’s Snow concerts that December raised enough


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money to support them for the year and continued to do so in 2010, as well. In April 2011, four members of the group visited the orphanage and discovered that 34 boys were crowded into a regular three-bedroom house with no area for play or study. Colden Palo, 16, was one of the choir members who travelled to Mwanza. “Meeting Patrick, Beatrice and the boys was incredible,” Colden said. “They were so friendly and joyful, despite the fact that they do not have an easy life. I got to see and experience their story of hope and transformation. “The first night we were there, the boys put on a play of their life story. The police would kick them if they found them in the streets. Nowhere was safe for them. They had a rough time until they met Patrick and Beatrice Mwafute, who basically rescued them.” The dream was born to not only provide monthly support, but to help the orphanage purchase land and to build a suitable facility. Land was purchased in 2012 and on Nov. 30, 2013, the boys moved into their new home on six beautiful acres outside Mwanza. Donations from last year’s concerts series exceeded $30 000 for the project. Every dollar was used for essential supplies and to build a simple dwelling for 60 children. This project is helping to change not only the lives of the children in Africa, but also the lives of people here. “I felt selfish when I came home to my first world excesses,” Colden said. “It is embarrassing that we have so much extravagance when others who really deserve it have nothing. “The people we met in Mwanza do such great things with so little. Beatrice and Patrick show such passion and courage in what they do. Getting to know the boys made me want to help them even more.” Such enthusiasm is contagious. “The passion that these students have for music and for helping others across the world is so compelling,” said Zepick, their director. “They sing their hearts out, knowing now that they can make a difference.” The goal this year is to supply the basic needs of the Christian Life Orphanage, enable the property to be fenced securely, and initiate sustainable food production. The hope is to facilitate sponsorship for each of the boys. Plans are underway for another trip to Tanzania. “We are so excited about going back and taking some of the older members of the choir along to meet the boys and share music and fun together,” said Zepick. See Amid the Winter’s Snow concerts will also be performed on Friday in Camrose and Saturday in Red Deer.



Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Snow removal mounting issue for town ROBIN TARNOWETZKI Independent reporter Last Tuesday’s town council meeting dealt with — you guessed it — snow removal on Stettler streets. Director of operations Melissa Robbins made a presentation about how the town decides to remove ice and snow from the streets. Council voted to keep the current policy in place, but discussed an aspect of it that has been a recurring problem within the town during a stormy start to this winter.

Specifically, council discussed bylaw XV-1(b) — Snow and Ice Control, which deals with residential snow removal. Under the bylaw, snow from private properties can’t be pushed onto public streets or lanes. Robbins said the bylaw is being ignored, and as a result, culverts are being covered with ice and snow. That means that in the spring when there’s a lot of water and the town wants to thaw the culverts to prevent flooding, it might not be able to do so because it can’t find the culvert openings, or they’re covered in ice.

“It’s been occurring all over town for years,” Robbins said. “In the spring, there’s quite a bit of extra work,” said town CAO Rob Stoutenberg. Currently, the bylaw is not enforced, which means that people keep dumping snow. Council voted to uphold the bylaw, but didn’t make any amendments to it. Council discussed the benefits of educating the public on the proper snow policies, rather than punishing them. “I would strongly encourage the educational aspect as much as possible,” said

Mayor Dick Richards. “We’re confident that they’ll come around and this won’t be a problem anymore,” Robbins said. Coun. Al Campbell was more in favour of action. “I think we’ve had enough education,” Campbell said. The recommendation brought forward by Robbins was to use mailouts and advertisements to make Stettler residents aware of the bylaw and the consequences of covering the culverts.

Trustees breathe life into defibrillator debate ROBIN TARNOWETZKI Independent reporter The Clearview School Division had budget deliberations on its plate this month, but last week’s meeting got livelier when AEDs were discussed. The question was whether to place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the schools in the district. The proposed move would cost an estimated $5,000. John

Schofer, a new trustee, was immediately against the AED idea. “We provide education for students so they don’t have heart problems as adults,” he said. Yvette Cassidy made a motion for AEDs to go to Coronation School and Gus Wetter School, but the motion wasn’t passed. Schofer and Cassidy argued their sides. “There are some things we just can’t do,” Schofer said.

“Five thousand dollars is nothing when it comes to a child’s life,” Cassidy argued. No conclusion was reached, and a motion was made and carried to postpone discussion to this Thursday’s meeting. The trustees also discussed whether or not to organize a board retreat. Chairman Ken Checkel said a retreat would allow the board to “look in our hearts and heads and say, ‘Are we going in the right direction?’ ”

He recommended organizing a retreat for January. Vice-chairman Dave Goodwin supported the idea wholeheartedly. “I’m definitely in favour of this retreat, working one on one and not having to worry about motions,” he said. Cheri Neitz opposed the term “retreat,” because the trustees would be working, and Cassidy opposed the retreat because the board already has planning meetings. No decision was reached at the meeting.


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ENDIANG-BYEMOOR NEWS By Les and Rosemary Stulberg There were no classes at the Byemoor School for three days last week and again this Monday because of blizzard conditions and frigid temperatures as school buses weren’t running. Floor curling was also cancelled last Monday in Endiang because of the weather. Winter has a real grip on Alberta. It makes one wonder where global warming is when you need it. With Christmas fast approaching, local folks have been busy attending Christmasrelated social gatherings. The Endmoor Drop-In Centre hosted its annual seniors’ Christmas dinner Thursday in Byemoor. More than 80 seniors enjoyed the traditional Christmas meal and entertainment. The Byemoor School’s kindergarten to Grade 3 classes kicked off the entertainment that followed the multi-talented

Ben Crane and his daughter, Jessica. On Friday evening, the County of Stettler held its Christmas party at Linda Hall and on Saturday, the Clearview School Division bus drivers held their Christmas get-together in Stettler. Santa Claus Day in Byemoor on Saturday was well-attended, despite the cold weather. Local floor curlers and guests gathered at the Endiang hall Sunday for their Christmas social. About 30 people enjoyed a turkey dinner at noon, followed by an afternoon of floor curling and visiting. Carla Johnson and her children, Lincoln and Alaina, were accompanied by Carla’s mother, Dolores Clow of Hanna, on a trip to Penticton, B.C., where they visited Carla’s grandmother. They returned home Friday. Congratulations to first-time parents Cliff James and Jenelle Hassett on the birth of their son, Briar William James, on Dec. 3

in Drumheller. Briar weighed nine pounds and three ounces. Congratulations also to proud grandparents Frank and Edith James. Elaine Hoekstra is teaching at the Byemoor Colony while Jenelle is on maternity leave. Mark and Julie Jones escaped some of the cold snap with a trip to California. They visited Mark’s sister, Sheryle, in San Diego. Sympathy is extended to the Schultz families on the passing of their cousin, Kenny Toone, in Calgary at the age of 46. He was the son of Fred and Penny Toone and grandson of the late Tommy and Elsie (nee Schultz) Moen. Our thoughts are with the family in their loss. Hockey news The Endmoor peewee team had a 6-1 win against Bashaw on Friday evening. The peewees will be in a tournament in Big Valley this Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. Last Saturday, the Endmoor novice team

played in Big Valley and lost to Stettler. The atom team played in Byemoor on Saturday afternoon, and Stettler won. The Vipers girls’ team posted a 4-2 victory over Winfield in Byemoor on the weekend. The girls’ next home game will be this Saturday at 1:30 at the Endmoor Arena. School news Byemoor students joined students from Erskine, Castor and Stettler on Nov. 29 to attend the Healthy Active School Symposium in Camrose. The book fair was a huge success with almost $1,000 worth of books sold. Part of the proceeds will go toward purchasing new books for the school library. The students have been busy practising for their Christmas concert, which is set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the Byemoor hall. Donations for candy bags are being accepted at the school office.

HALKIRK HERALD By Rose Koenraadt and Dorothy Anderson The Halkirk wind farm has been operating for more than a year. It seems everyone has adjusted to seeing the gentle giants that forever changed our skyline. There are nine people employed by Capital Power and Vestas, the company that maintains the turbines, and many of them are locals. Halkirk is considered one of the better performing sites — lots of wind generated. The Elks Christmas supper and several area parties were cancelled due to the severe cold and stormy weather. School children

were treated to a snow day on Friday. Tankstore, the Village and the County were all able to have their celebrations. Garbage pickup will be Monday and Thursday over the holidays and the wastetransfer station will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The junior high students hosted a school dance last week, with students from Gus Wetter, Theresetta, Coronation and Byemoor attending. Halkirk girls Katelyn Dahmer, Jacey Gamroth, Haley Grice, Kassidy Hronek and Jillian Schaffner all made the Gus Wetter basketball team. Deb Hronek and Maki

Baird coach the team, which last week defeated Hughenden in its first game. The Engels, Don and Kjerene, Wayne, Doris and Dennis and their families, all gathered at the home of sibling Dianne in Didsbury on Saturday for an early Christmas and a sneak peek at the newest family member, Emree Hobbs. University of Alberta student Ali Dahmer is spending five weeks at home while completing her teaching practicum at the kindergarten in Stettler. Dale and Melody Kent met up with Rick and Laura on Sunday in Camrose, where they celebrated Dale’s birthday.

BIG VALLEY BULLETIN By Linda Stillinger Students and staff of the Big Valley School would like to invite everyone to join them at the Jubliee Hall on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. for an evening holiday fun at the “It’s a Pirates Christmas” production of their annual Christmas concert. This year, the Active Citizenship class will hold a bake sale, with all proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy Society. Come on out and enjoy an evening of great entertainment. As usual, donations for the food bank will be collected at the door. Everyone is welcome. One final reminder to come out to see Santa Claus this Sunday, Dec. 15. Big Valley’s annual Children’s Christmas Party begins with lunch at noon at the

Jubilee Hall, followed by a visit from Santa and his helpers passing out gifts for children 10 and under. Everyone is invited to join the fun. For more informatio, call Brenda at 876-2680. Twelve people were out for crib at the Big Valley Inn on Sunday. First place went to Lawrence Wilkie, second to Stan Nattestad, third to Teresa Greig and Caroline Pound won the booby. Wilkie won the regular draw, and Chris Hennel won the 50/50. This Sunday, Dec. 15, will be the crib club’s Christmas celebration tournament. Everyone is invited to the 1 p.m. event. The annual “Live Nativity,” hosted by the Big Valley Evangelical Free Church, takes place this Sunday, Dec. 15. Come join the “Bethlehem Walk”

around the village of Big Valley at 4 p.m., then watch that “age-old story” come to life with Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, wisemen and animals right at the church. There will be hayrides for everyone. Stay for hotdogs, hot chocolate, Christmas treats and fellowship after the presentation. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration. The Big Valley Library invites preschool children and their caregivers to our “Preschool Storytime” today and Dec. 18, beginning at 10 a.m. Come out to enjoy the Christmas stories and easy crafts. The Big Valley Municipal Library and the Friends of the Big Valley Library would like to thank all our patrons, new and old, for their continued support of our little library. Thanks to

local business proprietors for continuing to sell our cookbooks for us and to all the individuals and businesses for their generous donations throughout the year. A special thank-you to our volunteers, staff and our Board trustees for all they do to keep our library going. The library will close for the holidays, beginning at noon on Friday, Dec. 20. The library will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The Royal Purple Ladies invite all to their New Year’s Eve Casino Night at the Big Valley Jubilee Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 31. The evening includes cocktails and dinner, followed by a “Fun Casino.” For more information, contact any Royal Purple member or call Jenni at 403-876-2558.

GADSBY/WESTWOODS GAZETTE By Paulette Heer Despite the cold temperatures, Santa arrived at the Gadsby bank building on Saturday, via his ski-doo, to hand out candy bags to 15 children. Hot chocolate and hotdogs were a hit. It was way too cold for horses and sleigh rides, but everyone enjoyed the day. Close to 30 people came to the bank building in the evening for the turkey and ham bingo. James Pothier

took home the loonie pot, which had matured to a healthy $123. The set of three snowmen, donated by Vic and Barb Carey, went to Audrey Hauck. Meanwhile, the Diegel family celebrated Elijah Diegel’s second birthday on Saturday with grandparents Stan and Gloria Diegel, uncles and aunts Arden and Deanne Diegel and girls; and Richelle and Greg Skocdopole and family, all at Wade and Ybiett’s

place. Supper and birthday cake, presents and pictures. Happy birthday, Elijah! Lexie MacKay, along with other schoolmates, received honourable mention for her poem in the “Poetry Slam” event at school. Another Gadsbyite from the past has passed away. Evelyn (Reynolds) Guichon of Calgary passed away Dec. 1. Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 6. Gordon and Shirley Reynolds, Karen, Colton and Amanda

attended, as did Margaret (Reynolds) Connon, Darren and Pam Connon. Joining them at the funeral was brother Glen Reynolds from Edmonton. Sincere sympathies to the family, including Evelyn’s daughter and three sons. She was 86 years young. Evelyn will be remembered for her great sense of humour and her many visits back to Gadsby. Her most recent being Decoration Day in August.

DONALDA DIARY By Darlene Tantrum Even with the weather as cold as it was last weekend, the Village Christmas in Donalda still proceeded Saturday, and we thank all of those who braved the elements to come out and support the community. Events included a country market and finished with a parade of lights and fireworks. Hot chocolate, coffee and tea wereoffered at different venues on main street. The Spruce Coulee Ladies Aid thanks everyone who supported the annual Christmas sale and raffle. The winners of the raffle were: quilt, Brenda Lyle; grocery hamper, Joanne Halseth; and grab box, Rkaelyn Helmig. Operation Christmas Child was a great success, with more than 100 boxes put together. Organizers are already preparing for next year and accepting donations of socks, T-shirts, underwear, school supplies, faceclothes, bar soap,

toothbrushes and new toys. Bring donations to the church. Thanks to all the volunteers who filled the boxes and those that donated. Anyone wanting to curl this year is advised the club has shortened the season, which begins in the new year. There will be drop-in curling during the holiday. For more information, call Mike at 403-883-2469. After weeks of heavy snowfalls, anyone who needs help getting your walks shovelled is asked to contact the village office for more information. Birthday greeting go out to Bev Getzlaf, Jon Hillestad, Kim Salmon, Lee Crumly, Tracey Klatt, Brett Schoettler, Lincon Bjorge, Ron Schoettler, Jaden Charles, Kade Strandquist, Mike O’Malley Vikse, Frank West, Bernice Dietrich, Darryl Walker, Laia Chesla, Lorna Dahl, Tyson Bauer and anyone else celebrating a birthday this week. Happy Birthday!

Rocky Dahmer was in a group of 25 proplr from the Red Deer/Stettler area touring the Case factory in Nebraska. Christmas dinner is being served at the Lighthouse Church on Main Street in Castor for anyone who’s going to be alone over the holidays. Everyone is welcome. COMING UP: Dec. 12 and 19 — Ham and turkey bingo at the hall at 7:30. Next bingo is Jan. 16; Dec. 15 — baby shower for Wade Ivan Rausch and mom Jaymi at 2 p.m. in the Ramada in Stettler; Dec. 17 — Mother Teresa annual Christmas program at 7 p.m.; Dec. 19 — last-day-of-school hayride and wiener roast at Circle Square Ranch.

RUMSEY RECORD By Patty Steen The Elks’ second Bingo will be held in Big Valley at the community hall this coming Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., so if you missed the first one in Rumsey because of the extreme winter weather, be sure to attend the Big Valley event, as it supports a great cause. The Rumsey Ag Society hosts its annual general meeting on Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to all community members, so mark it on your calendar. The Rumsey

Ag Society does a wide variety of things in the community, so it’s important to support the organization. If you can volunteer a few hours throughout the year, just let a member know and they will let you know what’s going on and where you might like to help. The Christmas concert performers have one more practice before the grand performance on Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The practice will be held on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m., so be sure to join in with your young children.

BOTHA BOOSTER By Louise Bellair All are invited to come out to the Botha Hall at 7:30 p.m. for the old-time dance club dance. Wear colours for the occasion, if you like. The committee will supply the turkey stuffing and buns for this fun event. But the committee would appreciate it if everyone who is attending brings salads and /or Chritmas goodies to share with everyone. The Country Gold North Band will entertain that evening. The dance committee also advises there’s no New Year’s dance this year. The first dance of 2014 will be Jan. 26, with Ralph and Friends. It’s a western theme. This Tuesday was an exciting evening at the Botha Senior Centre. It was Turkey Bingo Night, and there were 15 turkeys won by the players for the evening. Congratulations to all the lucky winners. There will be no more Bingo games until after the new year, and organizers wish everyone a very merry festive season and hope to see everyone back in 2014. The first Bingo evening of 2014 will be the evening of Jan. 7, starting at 7:15. This Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., please have your old tires that you don’t want anymore for the 4-H members to pick up. They will gladly pick them up as this is a fundraiser they’re doing. If you would like, you could get ahold of one of the members. An exciting time is happening at the Botha School next Wednesday. Students have really been working hard in preparation for the Christmas concert at the school. Admission charge to the concert is a food donation to the food bank.

Concert-goers are asked to bring perishable food item(s) to donate to a great organization. Thank you. Sarting on Monday, Dec. 23, and running to Monday, Jan. 6, is the school Christmas break for both students and staff. Don’t forget to mark next Friday, Dec. 20, on your calanders. The Raw Talent Studio will perform its Christmas recital, which you would not want to miss. The doors open at 6 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend a great show. The local quilting group might be putting on its next quilting day on Monday, Dec. 23, but please get in touch with someone that usually goes there to find out when they will be taking a break for Christmas. The group usually meets at 9:30 a.m. on the first and third Monday of each month, but the schedule might be interrupted for the Christmas season before resuming its rotation in the new year. The same seasonal schedule also goes for carpet bowling and floor curling, so please contact those groups to confirm their schedule between now and January. This week, carpet bowling occurs today at 1 p.m. at the senior centre and floor curlng is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday. Everyone is invited to participate in both of those events. Coffee is always on at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the Botha Senior Centre and the regulars would be happy to see everyone join them. The only days the coffee pot won’t be on is Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Otherwise, the coffee is on every Wednesday morning, and all are invited to come for a sip.

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Photos by LISA JOY/Independent reporter

Entertainer and educator Steve Harmer enlists the help of student magician Kolby Armstrong during his magic act last Thursday at Erskine School. RIGHT: Harmer pulls a rabbit out of a hat — in true magician style. BELOW: Harmer teams up with Erskine teacher Brian Matchett, who willingly played along with the charade.

Erskine guest shares words to live by LISA JOY Independent reporter Words do hurt people. “Names can hurt us, names can break hearts,” professional entertainer and educator Steve Harmer told Erskine and Donalda students last Thursday. “Don’t get your pleasure from my pain,” Harmer said as part of his anti-

bullying message. Harmer, who was a principal, counsellor and teacher with Calgary’s Board of Education for 21 years, used magic to show the hundreds of students packed into Erskine school’s auditorium the magical road to respect with eight road signs along the way. The road signs Harmer used to illustrate his point to students proclaimed, “Right way,” “No dissing here,” “No name call-

ing,” “B U,” “U matter,” “Put ups Peace Place,” “Ridicule Free Zone,” and “Don’t laugh at me.” Harmer said it boils down to respect. “Stop using mean stuff in our life.” He added that we poison each other with words, and he told the students that if they treat others the way they want to be treated, be courteous, listen, don’t insult, don’t bully, and don’t judge people, they will “be transformed like a butterfly.”

Harmer has brought his message to more than 1,300 public and private schools across Western Canada. He has also worked for 16 summers at Calaway Park in Calgary. Harmer said he combined his skills as both an educator and magician to reach youth. “I had this dream to do what I do.”

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WILLIAM E. HAY GRADE 12 SCIENCE FAIR ROBIN TARNOWETZKI Independent reporter Grade 12 students from William E. Hay Composite High School in Stettler presented their projects at the school’s first senior science fair last Thursday. The science fair was “a learning process for everyone,” but teacher Mark Siemens was happy with the outcome. “It’s the first time, so you’re never quite sure what

you’re going to get,” he said. “There are some awesome projects here.” The winning entries weren’t announced. The students began work on their projects in the second week of October, and their hard work definitely showed. Take 17-year-old Andrew Somerville, for instance. His project included lasers and dry ice. Somerville believes the Grade 12 science fair is a good idea, because the only other time his class did something similar was in Grade 5.

“I think it (the science fair) was an excellent idea,” Somerville said. “We’re so much more aware ... we can do so much more.” He said that when students have to focus on a certain subject, it gets them more interested than if they were just trying to get a good mark. And most students agreed that the science fair was a success. “I was totally into it,” said Morgan Sorensen, whose project was about microphones. “I would like to see this continue after I graduate.”

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Jaycee Davidson, 17, and Brittany Dahl, 17, show off their project at the Grade 12 science fair last Thursday. RIGHT: Andrew Somerville, 17, demonstrates his project.

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Stop Bill 46 In 1977, Premier Peter Lougheed promised that in all future contract negotiations, provincial employees would have the right to binding arbitration in lieu of the right to strike. Now, Premier Alison Redford has rammed through Bill 46, which goes back on that promise and takes the right to arbitration away from 22,000 front-line government employees. Redford’s Bill 46 gives government the power to freeze wages, with no independent arbitrator determining what is fair and justified. That’s not negotiating, that’s bullying. And bullying is not the Alberta way. The Alberta way has always been to keep your promises and respect the rights of others.

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Midget A Blues chill league-leading Innisfail JOHN MACNEIL Independent editor The weather was frigid Saturday night, but the Stettler Legion Blues were hot. With temperatures pushing minus-30 C, the midget A Blues travelled to Innisfail and posted a 5-2 win over the host Flyers, the top team in the North Central Minor Hockey Association. Stettler has a three-game winning streak that includes back-toback victories over the two division leaders — Innisfail and the Barrhead Steelers. The Blues are 6-6 on the season. “There is lots to improve on, but we are slowly working our way up the division standings,” said Neil McCallum, the Blues’ assistant

coach and co-manager. “Our next test is this coming weekend, versus Ponoka, here in Stettler.” The Blues host the Ponoka Wolves (6-4-2) at 5 p.m. Sunday. Last weekend, Stettler shut down an Innisfail team that has lost just twice in 12 games this season. “In the first two periods, we really used our speed to take advantage of some Innisfail breakdowns,” McCallum said. “The line of rookies Brendan Bardwell, Quade Cassidy and Matt Sylvester really moved the puck around and created some great offensive chances. “We were led by some strong play from our captains. Kieran Rost was an offensive force, Chase Cooke had a strong two-way game, and Brett Rider was our leader from the defensive side of things.

“When we did have breakdowns, Jordy (goaltender Jordan McCallum) was there to bale us out. In the third, Innisfail threw everything at us, but we managed to hold on. Jordy ended up making 50 saves on 52 shots.” The Blues fired 39 shots at Aiden Doel in the Innisfail net. Rost’s three-point night included two goals. The Kid Line combined for six points, as Cassidy and Sylvester each collected a goal and an assist, and Bardwell added two assists. Cooke also scored for Stettler, which led 3-1 after the first period and 5-1 after 40 minutes. Ryan Spiller netted both Innisfail goals. He has seven goals and 14 points in eight games this season, and sits seventh in league scoring. Stettler’s top gun is Cassisdy, with six goals and 13 points in 12 games.

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Jordan McCallum made 50 saves on Saturday night to lead Stettler to a 5-2 midget A win over Innisfail.

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Stettler Storm captain Brett Coleman lines up against a Lacombe Rocket last Thursday night as the Storm — including Braydon MacDonell (right) — defeated the host Rockets 6-3 in North Central Minor Hockey Association bantam A action at Barnett Arena. Stettler won three games last week to improve its record to 8-1-3.

Bantam A Storm win three in four days JOHN MACNEIL Independent editor The rich got richer last weekend in the bantam A division of the North Central Minor Hockey Association as the leagueleading Stettler Storm won three games in four days, including back-to-back victories against second-place Maskwacis. Brenden Tucker and Ryan Mielke scored third-period goals Sunday to lift host Stettler to a 4-2 win over Maskwacis, which lost 7-6 to the Storm on Friday night at Hobbema. Mielke and Carter Cooke each picked

up a goal and an assist at home Sunday. Tye Mulgrove also scored for Stettler, which received a 30-save performance from Davin Nattestad. At Four Nations Arena on Friday, Talon Conner’s hat-trick goal with 7:33 left gave the Storm its one-goal victory. Paul du Toit, with a three-point night, and Mielke each added two goals for Stettler. Cole Pedersen collected three assists and Mulgrove had two. The Storm trailed 6-5 midway through the final period. Stettler defenceman du Toit evened the score just 36 seconds before Conner’s winner. Pedersen assisted on both

of those goals. Nattestad blocked 23 shots as Stettler outshot the host team 33-29. Maskwacis netted four power-play goals, while Stettler tallied three extra-strength goals and also scored on a du Toit penalty shot in the opening period. Last Thursday at Lacombe, Mielke fired three goals as Stettler doubled the Rockets. Mulgrove, Euan Hanton and Brett Coleman — the Storm captain — also scored and Conner assisted on two goals. The Storm broke open a 3-2 game with three straight goals in the first 5:10 of the third period to gain a 6-2 lead.

Nattestad made 29 saves for Stettler, which directed 37 shots at Justin Verveda. After suffering its first loss of the season the previous weekend against Edson, Stettler’s three-win surge pushed its record to 8-1-3. The Storm are four points ahead of Maskwacis (7-4-1) and six in front of Edson (6-0-1) and Lacombe (6-6-1). Red Deer Frontier (5-6-2), Innisfail (1-8-2) and Rocky Mountain House (1-9-0) round out the seven-team league. Up next for Stettler is a home game against Innisfail at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at the Stettler Recreation Centre. The Storm visit Rocky at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

Lightning suffer General defeat; busy week on tap JOHN MACNEIL Independent editor The Stettler Lightning came out on the short end of a power-play surge in the third period of their 4-3 loss to the host Cochrane Generals in Heritage Junior Hockey League action last Saturday night. Cochrane prevailed on the strength of a Corey Goeson power-play goal midway through the third period, which began with Stettler defenceman Ryan Graff netting a man-advantage goal that evened the score 3-3.

The Lightning tried to even the score again in the final two minutes, with goaltender Simon Thieleman on the bench in favour of an extra skater, but they couldn’t put the puck past McKenzie Chalmers. “We pushed hard at the end of the hockey game,” said Lightning coach-GM Doug Smith. “We pulled our goalie with close to two minutes left, and had three or four good chances. We just couldn’t manage to get our stick on the puck.” It was Stettler’s fourth loss in five games since an 11-game winning streak had vaulted the

Lightning into top spot in the 13-team league. Stettler still ranks among the

top teams in the Northern Division. The Lightning took a 12-7 record into Tuesday night’s road game against the Blackfalds Wranglers, who were atop the Northern side with a 13-5 slate. That began a busy week for Stettler, which visits the 7-13 Airdrie Thunder on Friday, hosts the 13-6 High River Flyers on Saturday and returns to the road for a Sunday afternoon game against the Southern Divisionleading Okotoks Bisons (15-6). Austin Keller, on the power play, Brett Berndt and Andrew Bergmann, with a three-point night, also scored for Cochrane,

which evened its record at 9-9-2. Stettler trailed 3-0 in the second period before Wyat Haustein and Adam Ternes capitalized during four-on-four hockey and scored 12 seconds apart to make it a one-goal game. Graff, a defenceman from Bashaw, had a two-point night for the Lightning, which outshot the Generals 35-30. “Their goalie made three or four pretty good saves ... when we had some good chances, but just didn’t elevate the puck or he managed to stop it,” Smith said. Continued on Page B2

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DJ Kistner and the Stettler Lightning play four games this week in the Heritage Junior Hockey League, including a home date with the High River Flyers on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. at the Stettler Recreation Centre.

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With a busy week ahead, the Lightning tried to put their recent struggles in perspective as they practised Monday night. “Everybody has kind of upped their game,” Smith said of Stettler’s opponents of late. “And everything is close. We’re just losing some close ones that you’d like to cash in on. “No one is going to let us right our ship on their account, so we’ll have to bring our game and


do it accordingly. “It’s a long run of four games this week, and all pretty tough teams again, and three out of the four on the road. “If we want to end up first place overall in our division, this week will be a key determinant.” The Lightning’s lone home game this week is Saturday’s 8:15 p.m. date with High River, the team that ended Stettler’s 11-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory on Nov. 22. The Flyers are coming off yet another win (4-3 last Friday) over their rivals from Okotoks, which leads the South but is 0-5 against High River this season. “They have one real good line,” Smith said of the Flyers, whose lineup includes league scoring leader Alex Pronchuk, with 28 goals and 48

points after 19 games. “Pronchuk and that line … when you play them on the road, you don’t get much of a (line) matchup. But definitely at home, you’ll make sure that you get a matchup that’s favourable to you. “And they’ve got a couple of good-sized (defencemen) that seem to handle the puck really well. That’ll be something (to try to address). We’ll have to make sure we nullify their game a little bit. “Penalties being a big part of that, because that’s kind of what (Pronchuk’s) specialty is — is power plays. It’ll definitely be one game where you’ll have to try to keep him on the bench as much as possible, and then when he is playing, you just have to make sure he doesn’t have a lot of room to operate in.”

Another key veteran with the Flyers is 21-yearold defenceman Keaton Lackten, who played with Okotoks before returning home in 2011 to skate with High River. The sixfoot-four Lackten has 22 points in 19 games this season. High River’s lineup includes Matt Pronchuk, younger brother of Alex, and Kade Bleackley, an older brother of Red Deer Rebels (WHL) captain Conner Bleackley. The older Bleackley has 30 points, including 21 assists, after 18 games. Stettler went into this week’s action with a healthy lineup. Smith said some of his players might not be available for Sunday’s game at Okotoks because they’re writing college exams early next week.

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Traceability is inevitable, but who pays can still be determined Some issues within the beef industry continue to just simmer with occasional flare-ups — that would be the case with traceability. It caused a lot of anxiety when the concept was first proposed, particularly as it was being imposed by the federal government with a certain deadline. If there is one common trait the cattle and beef industry has from top to bottom is its acute sensitivity to new regulations.

the hormone issue, this is just another trade mischief skirmish for the EU to win. The nagging expectation with traceability is that its cost will just be

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Howls of protest emanated from various sectors, most of them related to costs when the traceability process was first announced. The feds stumbled on getting the industry to cooperate with their ham-fisted approach and little real consultation with the industry. Then they tried to mitigate a bad situation by pouring millions of dollars into getting the program going at different levels in the marketing chain. The problem for the industry was that there was no unified political consensus on how to handle the issue. That’s a surefire recipe for divide and conquer and trying to manipulate industry opinion with taxpayer dollars. With the CFIA being designated as regulator, judge and enforcer of traceability it sent a chill through anyone operating at the pleasure of the CFIA. Processors/ marketers, the most sensitive to CFIA wrath, quietly fell into line mostly by just keeping quiet on the issue. The reality is the feds have won the battle and traceability is a fact of life for the cattle and beef business and the feds are not going to retreat. If resistance continues you can expect regulations will rain down from above. Some in the marketing side of beef have stated that traceability is of no value in the export market outside of it being to traced to “Canada”. That would be similar to what our export competitors do in foreign markets. If that’s all what offshore buyers want to know about traceability then so be it. But I expect that will not be the situation with domestic and U.S. buyers maybe not immediately, but its sure to come as consumers/ buyers want more meat “attributes.” For sure, one can almost expect a complete traceability requirement for future beef exports to the EU with the pending Canada/EU Free Trade agreement. In fact its all but guaranteed to be demanded if crafty EU negotiators see it as possible trade restriction. Remember they beat us on

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By Teresa Andersson Friday, Nov. 29, was a wild and wacky day at Stettler Elementary. Earlier in the month, a team of eight Grade 4 student leaders, co-ordinated by Mrs. Andersson and Mrs. Starling, met and brainstormed some ideas for our student fun days throughout the year. The student leaders made posters for around the school announcing that the first theme day would be held on the last Friday of November, with the theme of “Wild and Wacky.” It was very interesting to cruise around the school and see everyone’s interpretation of what exactly entailed wild and wacky hair and clothing … from bright colours and mismatched outfits, to wigs and hair in every colour imaginable. Engaging student leaders in this way is another example of how we are incorporating the “Leader in Me” program, by empowering the students to lead their peers with subtle guidance by our staff. The Grade 5 Science Fair Club held its first meeting in the Computer Room on Thursday, Nov. 28. Students who choose to join, meet twice a week to work on their projects under the supervision of Mr. Howell and Mr. Olafson. Either on their own or with a partner, they are excitedly working to find an excellent idea with a testable question, then collect the materials needed so they can create a prize winning project. The SES Science Fair will be held on Friday, Feb. 28. Eight projects will be chosen from this science fair to go on to further judging at the Central Alberta Regional Science Fair, at the

Bower Place Mall, in Red Deer on April 11 and 12. The Grade 4/5 Book Club volunteers have begun to help out in the library at recess. Mrs. Pinder says, “I could not cope at this busy time of year without the help of these many willing students. Not only do they return and shelve books, but they are also starting to organize the books that come in for our Used Book Swap and Sale.” This year’s Swap and Sale will be held the last week in January, so sort through your children’s books at home and send in the ones that no one is reading anymore. Students who bring in books from home get first turn at picking their “Swaps.” They will also have their name entered for our fabulous prize draws! We would welcome the following in gently used condition: children’s picture books, chapter books for youth, children’s magazines, comic books, and junior non-fiction books. Unfortunately we are unable to accept: any used colouring or sticker books, badly damaged or scribbled-in books, adult materials or books for older readers, previously discarded library books. December brought a robust snowstorm with it, and made travel difficult, unsafe, or even impossible for many people. A lot of students were absent from classes Monday, Tuesday and Friday as either their busses didn’t run, or they were unable to get to school due to drifting. Some teachers took this opportunity to treat the students who were at school, like Mrs. Geddes, whose class had hot choco-

late, then played addition bingo and had cup stacking competitions, or Mrs. Fox, who popped popcorn for her class to eat while they watched a movie one afternoon. Many of the classes have made some amazing art this week to celebrate the coming holidays. Several classes also have an Elf on the Shelf in their room, who watches them closely so he can report back to Santa about all the good girls and boys in our school. All of the students are working hard to perfect their concert items, as SES Christmas concerts are almost upon us! We want to thank the SES staff for all of the hard work and extra time they invest in creating beautiful concerts and for making sure it all runs smoothly. All concerts are held in the Performing Arts Centre, and evening concerts for students in grades 1-5 require tickets to attend. Dec. 10 — Grade 3-4-5 concert. Dec. 11 — Kindergarten concert at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 — Grade 3-4-5 concert at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17 — Grade 1-2 concert at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18 — Grade 1-2 concert at 2 and 7 p.m. Be sure to buy your raffle tickets and stock up on Christmas baking at each of the concerts! All proceeds will go toward the Stettler Elementary Home and School Council. Thanks to the parents for baking and donating goodies, and to all the volunteers who organize and run the raffle and bake sale.

STETTLER PUBLIC LIBRARY By Crystal Friars Because of the frigidness of the recent weather, I am dreaming of curling up in front of a cosy fire with a good book and a cup of coffee. In a few more months, you will be able to do just that at our


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newly renovated Stettler Public Library. Thank you to the Rotary Club for the generous donation that will make this dream possible. It is this thought that is getting me through the days of wind chill warnings and frozen feet. Do you have someone on your Christmas list who has everything that they could possibly need? Why not come and buy them a membership to the Stettler Public Library? For $20 for a family membership or $10 for an adult membership you have access to millions of books throughout the province, the ability to download e-books and e-audiobooks, online access to newspapers from around the world, and the latest issues of popular magazines such as Canadian Living and National Geographic that can be downloaded to your tablet or computer.

You can even catch up on the episodes of Downton Abbey that you have missed! A membership to the library is the best deal in town! But what if your loved one already has a library membership? You can make a donation to the Library in their honour. Tax receipts are given for donations over $20 and your donation is an investment in making your favourite community hub even better. Stop in the library at its temporary location downtown across from Wells Furniture for information about memberships or donations. The teen book club, Spine Crackers, is back on Tuesday, Dec.17, at 5 p.m. when they will discuss “The Book Thief” in time for you to see the movie! Are your kids looking for something to do? Why not come to Something

Cool after School on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. at the library. An hour full of crafts, games, and an all-around good time! “Just Joking with Jennifer” is a fantastic program at the library. Happening on Tuesdays at 6 p.m., kids meet at the library for an hour filled with jokes, riddles, and games. We have been having fun with activities such as funny-face competitions, make your own joke games, charades, and more. Preschoolers and their adults are invited to join Read and Rhyme Playtime on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. at the Stettler Recreation Centre in the upstairs meeting room. Join Kim as she leads you in songs, rhymes, and stories. Tutoring is back on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. to help people of any age with homework issues. Elaine will work with you map out math and science learning strategies. Chicks with Sticks is back on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 pm. Bring your lastminute Christmas crafts to the library to finish that project before Christmas. A great night for crafts and conversation with a spot of tea. Come join us! The Stettler Public Library will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, for staff holiday celebrations. The library will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 12 and at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31). The library will also be closed on Dec. 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and Jan. 1. We will be open on Dec. 30 and 31. Regular hours will resume on Jan.2. Keep an eye out on the library’s website (spl.prl. and on Facebook.


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BURY In memory of our parents Peter~July 13, 1979 Jean~ Dec. 11, 1997 A corner of our hearts today, Is set aside for you. As long as life and memories last, We will remember you. The years are passing quickly, Though we still cannot forget. For in the hearts that love you, Your memory lingers yet. Forever remembered by Gilda, Stan and family Marianne, Darrel & family Vicki

Obituaries STOREK Ivan Wayne Storek passed away peacefully at home on November 27, 2013. Ivan is survived by his loving family: wife Sandra ScheerschmidtStorek of Botha; brother Bob (Diana) Storek and children Trish (Dan) and Lisa (Chris); sister Judy (Alan) Kromm and children Tammy, Terran (Tony) and Shayne (Rachelle), sister Wendy (Kirk) Stewart and children Ashley (Regan), Katrina (Craig) and Danielle (Vaughn); father and mother in law Louie and Kay Scheerschmidt; sister in law Cathy Mailer and children Ryan (Sheri) and Marsha (Ryan), sister in law Donna Lutz and children Robert and Danny; brother in law Brian (Carol) Scheerschmidt and children Kayla, Sarah and Christian; other relatives and many dear friends. Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 14, 2013, 2:00 p.m., Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home .

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Obituaries REISCHMAN Harold (Curly) Francis Reischman passed away peacefully at Stettler Hospital on December 3, 2013 at the age of 88 years. He was born June 15th, 1925 in Big Valley, Alberta to Urban and Bertha Reischman. Curly had two sisters, Edna and Mildred and one brother, Arthur, who have all predeceased him. The family moved to B.C. in the 1940’s. Curly followed his dream to be a pilot and was proud of his years in the Royal Canadian Airforce and especially of his times flying F86 Sabre Jets. He was especially proud to be one of the pilots in the Leapfrog I mission in which Sabre Jets were “leapfrogged” over to England. Some of his postings were in New Brunswick, then England in 1952 (North Luffenham airbase) and then at St. Hubert airbase in Montreal. He married Beatrice Isabel Dewar in Langley, B.C. in 1945 and had three children: Lois born in 1946, Steven born in 1956 and James born in 1958. James tragically died in a car accident in 1978. After he was discharged from the Airforce, the family resettled in the Langley area and Curly worked first with his dad Urban building houses and selling them. He then went on to open his own commercial janitorial business. He was divorced from Bea in the early 1970’s and went on to marry his second wife, Gwen. Gwen and Curly travelled extensively throughout B.C. installing vinyl siding and exploring the country. Gwen passed away from cancer. In 1983, Curly married Eunice Turner. Eunice was another Big Valley-ite and they had known each other as children. Eunice and Curly moved back to Big Valley in 1989 where they became active members of the community. Eunice passed away in 1998 of bone cancer. Curly enjoyed his years of being on village council and his term as mayor. He was extremely active in the Big Valley Legion and the Big Valley Historical Society. He bought a popcorn cart, named himself, Popcorn Curly, and sold popcorn at the local rodeo and various events such as the arrival of the Alberta Prairie Steam Train. Curly was a quiet, cheerful man who truly appreciated life and was well liked by many. His favorite past-times were volunteering at the historical society, doing jigsaw puzzles, playing with his cat, Bobbi Sox, and visiting with friends and family. He is survived by his daughter Lois and her husband Mel; his son Steven; his grandson Chad and his wife Krystal; four great granddaughters: Kayla, Topaz, Amethyst and Onyx; and numerous nephews and nieces. Fly high and fast, Curly! Donations gratefully accepted in memory of Harold to the Big Valley Historical Society. A celebration of Harold’s life will be announced at a later date. To send or view condolences to the family please visit For further information please contact STETTLER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM who have been entrusted with the care and arrangements, Box 1780 Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0, 403-742-3422.

I would like to thank everyone who ventured out in the very cold weather to come and help me celebrate my birthday. It was good to see you! A big hug to my family for putting on the party and all the work and planning and also to my grandchildren and their partners who drove a long distance to be with me. To the two who couldn’t be here, thanks for the call and card. Thanks again everyone for a memorable day! ~Mary Muhlbach The Stettler


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LINDSTROM Mr. Calvin Lindstrom of Fenn, Alberta passed away suddenly on December 3, 2013 at the age of 63 years. Calvin Andrew Thomas Lindstrom was born on March 10, 1950 in Hay River, District of Mackenzie, now known as the Northwest Territories to Edna Lindstrom. He spent his growing up years in Ft. McMurray, Warden, Big Valley, Ansac, Castor, Vancouver, Stettler and Edmonton. During these years, Cal experienced the pain of a single parent home which was afflicted by alcoholism. He became all too familiar with hunger, cold, neglect and violence. Through it all, he managed to survive, to forgive and always kept a positive outlook on life. He had immense compassion for suffering people and would give generously to anyone in need. He would think nothing of driving 100 extra miles to get a hitch hiker home and still give them $20.00 for a hot meal. Many are the folks who are wearing jackets, mitts, hats and boots that Calvin gave them, and numerous are those who left the house with a truckload of free garden produce. Calvin spent the first years of his working life employed on the oil rigs in Alberta and in the Northwest Territories. He knew by the sound of a rig how the work was progressing. In 1969, he married Joan Pilgaard. To this union three children were born; Rodney, Cory and Deanna. In 1979 Cal came to the realization that he had an alcohol problem that was destroying his life at all levels. After an all-night driving trip that ended in a crash from which he remembered nothing, he fell to his knees and begged God for help. He experienced at that point a tangible experience of God’s mercy. He discovered and joined AA. This was the turning point in his life and he remained a member for over 34 years. Cal made many friends there and helped many make life changing decisions. Having changed his life purpose and outlook, he moved to Stettler and acquired an acreage east of town. He worked hard to make this a home for his first family. He fondly remembered those years raising pigeons, breeding and training Labrador hunting dogs, riding horses and hunting with his good friend Richard LaRose. At this time he was also working for the Town of Stettler. In 1999, Cal was united in his second marriage to Madeleine Dupont. To this union 10 children were born; Matthew, Sarah, Aaron, Emily, Amos, Noel, Leo, Andrew, Jerome and Annabelle. Cal and Madeleine’s first home was a small rundown house in Donalda that he remodeled, expanded and transformed into a cozy home for his family. During this time, he was also working oilfield construction in Central Alberta. In 2004, the couple moved their growing family to Fenn and worked very hard setting up the farm there. Cal enjoyed playing guitar and the piano, singing, gardening, hunting, fishing, working with wood and last but certainly not least…talking. When he was visiting with people, young or old, friend or stranger, time stood still. He could discuss religion, family, gardening, recycling scrap metal or almost any subject that could be brought up. Stories of his childhood memories will remain with us forever. He will be remembered for his warm calming personality, his sense of humor and the affection he showed everyone. Cal was a model father, a loving husband, a super brother and a dear friend to all. He was very proud of his Native heritage and made sure all of his children received their Native status and a reason to be proud of their Native cultural background. Calvin leaves to mourn his passing his children Rodney (Danine) Lindstrom, Cory (Jennifer) Lindstrom and Deanna Olson and their mother Joan, his step-father Thomas Major, his loving wife Madeleine and their children Matthew, Sarah, Aaron, Emily, Amos, Noel, Leo, Jerome and baby Annabelle, grandchildren; Steven, Nicholas, Benjamin, Stuart, Sheldon, Carter and Hannah and 2 great-grandchildren Beau and Mason. He is also survived by his siblings David (Val) Bauer, Ivan (Donna) Bauer, Tony (Vera) Bauer, Valerie Bauer, Lawrence (Darlene) Bauer, Joe (Debbie) Bauer, Eric (Marlene) Bauer, Gertrude Johnson and Jack (Martina) Bauer, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and so many very dear friends. Calvin was predeceased by his mother Edna Bauer, his infant son Andrew, siblings Charlie (Olga) Bauer and Mary (Eddie) Tremblay. A Prayer Vigil service will be held at the Christ-King Catholic Church on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. with the Mass of Christian Burial taking place on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the church also. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Calvin, memorial contributions may be made to the Trust Fund which has been set up for his children in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2L0 who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403.742.3315. Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at

Public Notice



WEDNESDAY DEC. 25 FRIDAY DEC. 27 Deadline Thur. Dec. 19 @ NOON WEDNESDAY JAN. 1 Deadline Mon. Dec. 23 @ NOON NO WEEKENDER JAN. 3 CASTOR - Publication Dates THURSDAY DEC. 19 Deadline is Tues. Dec. 17 @ NOON NO CASTOR PAPER DEC. 26

Celebrate Your Marriage

THURSDAY JAN. 2 Deadline is Thurs. Dec. 19 @ NOON

with a Classified Announcement - 1-877-223-3311 Remember to share the news with your friends & family!

CLASSIFIEDS 403-309-3300 Happy Holidays to You and Your Families!

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Coming Events


Grain Marketing Seminar


Farm Work

F/T FEED TRUCK OPERATOR for large expanding feed lot in Sundre. Fax resume to 403-638-3908 or call 403-556-9588 or email:


TELL it all! Tell it well! Make your ads sell for you by giving full description of goods or services offered. Include prices and terms. Phone 1-877-223-3311 for a friendly ad taker.

Is someone’s drinking causing you problems? AL-ANON 403-346-0320








IMMEDIATE OPENINGS Night Foremen, Day & Night Operators Must have H2S, First Aid, valid driver’s license. Pre-employment Drug screening Competitive Wages. Benefit Package Please submit resume with references to: or by fax to (403) 783-8004 Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted CLASS 1 DRIVERS. & Pressure truck operators. Small company, good money, paid benefits. Looking for responsible, safe drivers and operators. Phone 403-391-8004 for details.

Bridal Registry Jan. 25

Gift Certificates available at

WELLS 403-742-3223


ZUBAR Production Services

is currently taking resumes for experienced Production Testing Personnel Email resume to: or fax to (403)346-9420. Must have all valid tickets.

Bridal Registry Melissa Barkley & Dillon Gist

Jan 25

View registries online

Main Street, Stettler

RECEPTIONIST/ OFFICE ADMIN - Must have excellent telephone and communication skills - Must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously




Thurs. Dec. 19 and Fri. Dec. 20 - 9am to 8pm Saturday, Dec. 21 - 10am to 4pm ~ Stettler Alliance Church ~ 6109 - 41 Avenue, Stettler

Over 100 nativity scenes on display!

HOW can you make your phone ring & make some quick cash? Place your ad here. . .

The Town of Stettler is seeking an individual who is interested in filling a full time, maternity leave 15 month term position as a Planning and Development Clerk. Reporting to the Planning & Development Officer essential duties and responsibilities will include: o o o

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Clerical support for the Planning & Development department. Clerical Support for the Operational Services department as required. Respond to inquiries for information from developers, contractors and general public on Land Use Bylaw regulations, applications for development and building permits. Assist Development Officer in the review of development applications and ensures that the notice of decisions are placed in the local newspaper. Assist the Development Officer in processing of subdivision applications. Assist with Development Agreements and tracking of the same. On a monthly basis prepare information reports on inspections, orders and permits, record keeping, and monthly reporting to other agencies. In coordination with the Development Officer administer the terms and settlement of Town land sales. Secretary to the Municipal Planning Commission and Subdivision Development Appeal Board: prepare agendas, attend meetings and record minutes. Maintains Business Licensing System. Assists with front counter and telephone reception duties. This job description is not a definitive enumeration of its scope, but represents a general overview of what can be expected in this type of work. The incumbent may be required to perform duties that, although not directly related, are recognized by the Town of Stettler as a component of the position.

- Knowledge of ASME Code - Knowledge of B31.3 Piping Code



EXPERIENCED ASSEMBLER/FABRICATOR - Experience pipefitting & welding - Experience with production equipment


Score Projects is a new and fast growing company located in Stettler, AB. We are looking to fill positions for: B Pressure Welders Apprentices Structural Welders Sub-Arc Operators Prefer welders with piping fabrication, vessel and skid experience. Contract or employee. Top wages and benefits package. Please send resume to Or fax to 1-888-317-7460

Prism Integrated Solutions Inc.

The ideal candidate will have the following: o o o o o o o

Minimum grade 12 with post-secondary education Effective communication and organizational skills The ability to work with the public in an effective and pleasant manner Be self motivated Familiarity with Land Titles procedures Competent in MS Office AutoCAD experience an asset

in Forestburg

Interested applicants should forward a resume in confidence and three references by 1:00 p.m., Monday December 16, 2013 to:

You are invited to take a break from the hectic pace of Christmas activities to rest and reflect on the Reason for the Season. No admission charge. Bring the family. Contact info: Betty at the church office (8:30a.m. – Noon) Phone: 403-742-1135



PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT CLERK (Full Time, Maternity Leave, 15 Month Term)


Nativity Exhibit

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


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TANKMASTER RENTALS requires Labour Crew supervisor for Central Ab. Pipe fitting & light picker exp. would be an asset . Oilfield tickets and clean driver’s licence req’d. Competitive wages and benefits. or fax 403-340-8818


Stettler United Church is accepting bids for cleaning and caretaking duties associated with the day-to-day operation of the church facility. Please contact the church office at 403-742-3387 for a bid package including contract expectations. Closing date for accepting bids is December 16, 2013.

TANKMASTER RENTALS req’s Exp’d Class 1 Fluid Haulers for Central Alberta. Oilfield tickets req’d. Competitive wages and benefits. or fax 403-340-8818

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$2500 Bonus Every 100 days


Dillon Gist & Melissa Barkley

Coming Events


Employment #700 - #920

@ Big Valley Jubilee Hall Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at 10:00 am. Complimentary Lunch. Must register by January 2, 2014 by phone @ (403) 876-2564, please leave a message with number of people wishing to attend. There are limited number of seats available. Free of charge. Sponsored by Viterra


Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Leann Graham Planning and Development Services 5031-50 Street, Box 280 Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 P: 403-742-8305 F: 403-742-1404

Is looking to fill the following positions: Journeyman & Apprentice Welders Assembly Staff Sandblaster Experience preferred but will train the right person

Experienced QC Manager For welding and assembly inspections and data collecting

Wages based on experience. Competitive benefit package.

Thank you to those persons in advance who submit applications, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

E-mail resumes to


FOR fast results: Classified Want Ads. Phone 1-877223-3311.

Look for your name in the Classifieds (stating you’re a winner) and come to the Stettler Independent to claim your prize, compliments of KFC!

Advertisers in the showcase section maintain Real Estate offices in Stettler, are members of the Red Deer & District Real Estate Board Co-op Ltd., and all offer full multiple listing services.

Stettler’s Best Read Real Estate Section Reaches Buyers and Sellers Where They Live, Work and Farm Candor Realty Ltd.

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CLASSIC HERITAGE HOME that has been well cared for over the years. 3 bdrm/2 bath with original wood staircase and trim throughout. Fenced yard, corner lot and double garage. $198,500.

BUSINESS FOR SALE. Well established business located on main street Stettler. Provides important service to many Stettler and area businesses. $49,000.

BEAUTIFUL MEADOWLANDS HOME with 5 bdrms/3 baths. Nice open, oak kitchen/dining area, finished bsmt. with media room and sits on a lovely landscaped corner lot. $359,500.

IDEAL STARTER HOME! This 3 bdrm, 1.5 storey home is just one block from school and within walking distance of downtown. All appliances included and single detached garage. $169,900.

MEADOWLANDS HOME with lots of room for the whole family. 6 bdrms, large kitchen/dining area, beautiful hardwood, main floor laundry and finished basement. What more could you ask for? $499,000.

HALKIRK - 2 bedroom bungalow with unfinished basement, large yard and single garage. A fixer-upper with lots of possibilities for the handyman. Only $34,500.

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Absolutely Indescribable. Immaculate 2 storey split. Executive home boasts dream kitchen, relaxing atrium, hot tub room, FP, 2 garages, 4 bdrms, 4 bath. All on a private ¼ section. Surface lease re. 90 acres cult. Pasture. 3 miles from Stettler. Your future home awaits you! #CA0012453.

IT’S THE REAL DEAL! Older ‘sound’ 3 bedroom acreage minutes from town. Newer shingles. Space and privacy on 4.74 acres. 36’ x 60’ steel quonset with large sliding doors. Available immediately. #CA0023194. $195,000.

Over 28 Years of Experience

Diamond Award Recipient

ATTENTION SENIORS: Excellent retirement home near downtown. Attached garage, patio deck, ensuite, one bedroom and office. Ready to move in. Immediate possession. Don’t wait. #CA0025555. $224,900.


1st Choice Realty 4913 - 51 Street, Stettler


Calling All Investors - 8,800 sq. ft. of building space with 6100 sq. ft. presently leased. Great office space, storage yard with chain link fencing. Invest today for your future. #CA0007120.

“Priceless Unbelievable View”. 3 bdrm, 2 bath home all located on a private & scenic ¼ section with a breathtaking view of the river valley. 36’ x 48’ barn, 16’ x 40’ shop, dbl detached garage, various outbuildings. #CA0016473. $775,000.

FAMILIES WELCOME HERE! Excellent family home with 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, double attached garage, 2 fireplaces. Located in quiet cul-de-sac. Extra large lot, fenced and landscaped. Great Value. #CA0026195. $349,000.


Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Restaurant/ Hotel




RAMADA INN & SUITES REQUIRES ROOM ATTENDANTS. Exp. preferred. Only serious inquiries apply. Rate $13.50/hr. Drop off resume at: 6853 - 66 St. Red Deer or fax 403-342-4433

We are looking for

Apprentice Technicians Quicklane Auto Service Centre


If you strive to be the best and want to work in an environment that is fast paced and a lot of fun.

GPRC, Fairview Campus, Alberta needs Power Engineering Instructors. No teaching experience, no problem. Please contact Brian Carreau at 780-835-6631 and/or visit our website at

JOIN OUR TEAM TODAY! Call or text Tim Berry at 403-430-0255

HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC/ SHOP FOREMAN. Experienced in hydraulics, diesel engines, prime movers, tracked vehicles as well as spray equipment. This is an opportunity for field work and shop. Please send resume to: acemail or fax 780-955-9426 or mail to: Ace, 2001 - 8 St., Nisku, AB, T9E 7Z1. INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. No Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Sign up online! 1-866-399-3853. IRON WING HOLDINGS LTD. now accepting resumes for Journeyman Mechanic and Class 1 Tank Truck Drivers. Send resume: Attention: Laurier Laprise. Email: or fax 780-396-0078. JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNICIAN(S) in Hanna Alberta. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. offers competitive wages from $32/hour, negotiable depending on experience. Bright, modern shop. Full-time permanent with benefits. Friendly town just 2 hours from major urban centres. More info at: Fax 403-854-2845; Email:


is currently looking for a

Full-Time Heavy Duty Mechanic for our Stettler, AB shop

Major Work Area: Repair, Overhaul, Maintenance, Service, Recondition, CVIP Type of Equipment Repair: Heavy Trucks and Trailers Specific Skills: Troubleshoot and inspect equipment to detect faults and malfunctions, Determine extent of repair required, Adjust equipment and repair or replace defective parts, test repaired equipment for proper performance, Clean, lubricate and perform other maintenance work, instruct apprentices, order parts and maintain inventory, keep maintenance reports and documentation. We offer competitive wages, group health benefits and group RSP. Please call 403-742-4747 or email

PETROFIELD Industries, Business the Leader in manufacturing Opportunities Hydrovac trucks, is accepting resumes for the following GET FREE positions: VENDING MACHINES. * General Labourers Can earn $100,000. * Industrial Painters + per year. All cash-retire * Sandblasters in just 3 years. Protected * Material Handler territories. Full details call * Automotive Electrical now 1-866-668-6629. Technician Website: * Journeyman Welder / Apprentice * 2nd Yr Welder with Aluminum experience * Production Manager The easy way to find a buyer for items you want to Visit our website at: sell is with a Classified want ad. Phone 1-877-223for more details. Our 3311 Company has an enthusiastic fast paced working environment, with Truckers/ advancement possibilities for the motivated person, Drivers and offers an excellent benefit package. fax 403-742-5544 e-mail:



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POST FRAME BUILDERS - Prairie Post Frame’s premium buildings with competitive pricing has resulted in an unprecedented growth. We are looking for additional outstanding builders. Please contact Phil: 1-855-767-8275. United Tank Inspections Inc. is currently looking for a Full-Time Heavy Duty Mechanic for our Stettler, AB shop. You will be doing repairs, overhauls, maintenance, service, and CVIP’s on Heavy Trucks & Trailers. We offer competitive wages, group health benefits and group RSP. Please call 403-7424747 or email jobs@


Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd. is seeking qualified candidates to fill Floorhand, Derrickhand and Driller positions. These positions are locally based. Applicants must have all necessary valid tickets for the position applied for. Bearspaw offers a very competitive salary & benefits package along with a steady work schedule. Please submit resumes: Attn: Human Resources Email: Fax: 403-258-3197 Or mail to: Ste. 5309, 333 - 96 Ave. NE, Calgary, AB T3K 0S3

GED PREPARATION Jan. 14 or Feb. 10 STARTS Gov’t of Alberta Funding may be available. 403-340-1930 No Frills Gas Bar requires dependable, reliable, part-time person, evenings & weekends, must be 18 & over, confident to work alone. Drop off resume at Gas Bar, 5101A-47 Ave., Stettler.

Allied young aggressive aggressive company company looking looking for for like-minded like-minded Allied Fabrication Fabrication is is aa young individuals you enjoy enjoy aa fast fast paced, paced,positive positivework workenvironment, environment, individuals to to join join our our team. team. IfIf you pride for details, details, aa strong strong work work ethic, ethic, and and consider consider pride yourself yourself on on having having an an eye eye for yourself reliableplease please send send your your resume. resume. Allied Allied manufactures manufactures oil oil & & gas gas production production yurself reliable equipment gaining aa reputation reputation as as aa equipment from from our our facility facility in in Stettler, Stettler, AB. AB. We We are are quickly quickly gaining high quality, dependable, competitive supplier. high quality, dependable, competitive supplier. We are now accepting resumes for: We are now accepting resumes for:

- Pressure Vessel Welders - Apprentice Welders - Apprentice Welders Sub Arc Operators - Labourers - Labourers - Pipefi tters Tuber Allied Fabrication offers competitive wages,- aInstrumentation health & wellness program, access

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CLASS 1 TRUCK DRIVER Must have experience moving heavy equipment that is related to pipeline construction. Clean abstract. Competitive wage. Benefits available. Please fax resumes to 780-372-4238 Or email to:

Application Closing Date: January 10, 2014 Applicants should include a resume and apply in writing to:

Rahr Malting Canada Ltd. Attention: Human Resources Box 113, Alix, Alberta T0C 0B0 Fax: 403-747-2660 Email: NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

860 Doug’s Tank Truck Service EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Pressure Truck Operator

Hot Oil Operator/ Tank Truck Driver - Class 1 or 3 All oilfield tickets & driver’s abstract required. Will train right individual.

Fax resume & references to 403-742-0303 or email

830 Misc. Help is a diverse co-operative retailing organization with over 65,000 members in the Central Alberta area. We are currently recruiting for:



Earn extra money for Christmas by delivering the new Yellow Pages Phone Books into Sylvan Lake, Stettler, Red Deer, and Rocky Mountain House. Must have own vehicle. This is door to door delivery. Can start immediately, no selling involved, part time. Completion bonus will be paid. Call 1-800-661-1910 SWAMPERS F/T needed immediately for a fast growing waste & recycling company. Heavy lifting involved (driver’s helper) position. SORTERS for recycling also required. Reliability essential. Own transportation required. Please email resumes to

Dried, Shedded, on Pallets Pick up in yard or UFA Bulk Fuel Delivery Available Volume Discounts. 403-876-2422 403-740-3285 Distributor for

Blaze King Stoves


Semi loads of pine, spruce, tamarack, poplar. Price depends on location. Lil Mule Logging 403-318-4346


Service Wise We Specialize

Is seeking a full-time energetic laborer with a possibility of apprenticeship. BeneÀts and competitive wages. Please drop off a resume at 4706 - 44 Ave. in Stettler

Birch now avail. Call 403-323-0744

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


Misc. for Sale

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


Office Supplies

MEIER GUN AUCTION. Saturday, December 21, 11 a.m., 6016 - 72A Ave., Edmonton. Over 150 guns - Handguns, rifles, shotguns, wildlife mounts, hunting and fishing equipment. To consign 780-440-1860.

Building Supplies


METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Very competitive prices! Largest colour selection in Western Canada. Available at over 25 Alberta Distribution Locations. 40 Year Warranty. Call 1-888-263-8254. STEEL BUILDING. “The Big Year End Clear Out!” 20x22 $4,259. 25x24 $4,684. 30x34 $6,895. 35x36 $9,190. 40x48 $12,526. 47x70 $17,200. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422; STEEL BUILDINGS/ METAL BUILDINGS 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100, sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206;


CURLING EQUIPMENT HEADQUARTERS! Great Christmas Gifts. Shoes, brushes, jackets, timers, gloves, sticks, crutches, Hardline Icepad2, etc. Pro Shop, Red Deer Curling Centre. Phone 1-403-346-3777. Email: proshop




10 pkgs. of 500 sheets


Shop Stettler & Save! 403-742-2395



EXTRA FLUFFY & extremely cute! Teacup Babydoll Morkies†(very tiny). Call 587-987-3422 or email

Wanted To Buy


NOW BUYING WILD FUR -Coyotes, Foxes, Muskrat Beaver etc. Call Reuben 403-887-2439



Ag Sales Representatives for Stettler and Innisfail

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Central Alberta Co-op Ltd.

In joining Central Alberta Co-op Ltd., you become part of one of the most diverse retail businesses in the Central Alberta area. As one of the area’s largest locally owned businesses, our operations encompass five grocery stores, Home & Garden Centre, three Agro Centres, two Home & Agro Centres, six Gas Bars, four Liquor Stores and a Petroleum Bulk Sales Division. Central Alberta Co-op employs over 600 employees who are dedicated to providing the best possible customer service. Central Alberta Co-op is looking for two highly motivated, self-starting Sales Representatives whose goal is to develop and grow the customer base within their retail area and to market agri-product services. This position is responsible to: • Manage a defined client base within a defined area to meet and exceed area sales, financial and operating targets. • Pro-actively become involved in the business decision-making process of specified customers, helping to make farm production and marketing decisions. • Develop and maintain effective relationships with current and potential future customers. • Provide timely service, marketing options, agro information and advice to current and potential customers. • Co-ordinate the movement of farm supplies and related administrative requirements in conjunction with customers and operations staff. • Participate in market area promotional activities. • Contact producers on farm based customer strategies in order to increase awareness of customer’s/business needs. Requires: • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) • Agricultural background • Strong knowledge of agriculture and ability to provide cost effective services for growers. • Competency in Microsoft Office (Work, Excel) and Outlook • Will require extended hours in peak season • Geographical knowledge of retails’ sales area Central Alberta Co-op offers: • Competitive salary, excellent benefits including Extended Health and Vision Care, Dental, Long Term Disability, Group and Dependent Life Insurance, Pension, and Personal Development opportunities. Human Resources Manager Central Alberta Co-op Ltd 5118 - 47 Avenue Red Deer, AB T4N 3P7 Fax: (403) 341-5811


Arnett & Burgess is now accepting applications for the following:

Rahr Malting Canada Ltd., a leading manufacturer of Brewer’s Malt, is now accepting applications for a full time Millwright / Mechanical trade position. The position includes maintenance inspections, lubes, PM’s and repairs to all types of equipment in order to maintain the safe operation and fulfill production requirements of Rahr Malting. The position is rated under the Heavy Job classification. Applicants must have a valid trade certificate for work in Alberta. This position will work in coordination with the Operations group and is accountable to the Maintenance Supervisor. Experience in manufacturing or factory environment is preferred.

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Floor Covering Installers and Tilesetters needed

for Jensen Contract Flooring, Big Valley, AB Starting wages: $28.85/hr - Floor Covering Installers $24.75/hr - Tilesetters 40-50 hours per week Applicants should have a minimum of 3 years of work experience or have a valid trade certification. Please send qualified resumes only to or fax to 403-876-2554

Erskine Grill Come Join our Team. Crop Production Services Canada is a division of Agrium (www., and one of the largest farm market retailers in North America. Our mission is to be the trusted and recognized leader in the agricultural industry, the first choice for every customer and producer. Make the move to join our more than 8000 employees across Canada and the US and begin growing your career now. Due to our continuous growth we are currently recruiting for a: Customer Service Representative (Administration) at our Stettler, AB location To apply for the above positions, please contact Grant Cameron at 403-323-0069.

18006 Alberta Ltd.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Manager $13.50/hour Counter Service $11.50/hour Both are full time positions that require working shifts between the hours of 5a.m – 9p.m. 7 days a week.

Contact Zina: 4 Lake Road, Erskine T0C 1G0 403-742-5151

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Employment Training

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Health Care


Dr. KERRY WONG Optometrist

Stettler, Alberta Box 1796 Phone 403-742-2998

Serving Stettler area over 35 years

Box 1595, 4907 - 50 Street, tree ee et et, t, Stettler AB AB

Chapman and Co. Professional Accountants LLP Guy Chapman, CA Chris Annand, CA Kendra Walgenbach, CA Naomi Roth, CGA P.O. Box 1328 4702- 51 Ave., Stettler Tel: 403-742-3438 e-mail:

Thorogood Pinches


Drafting & Design

M.S., R.Aud 4806 – 51 Ave., Stettler, AB 403-742-EARS(3277)

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Physiotherapy, Acupuncture & Massage

Phone: 403-742-6612 Cell: 780-935-0540 Email:



PH: 403-742-4101

Certified General Accountants

FAX: 866-305-5686

4814 - 49 Street, Stettler

403-742-5520 403-882-3740 (Castor)






Painters/ Decorators



R n S Painting


For All Your Painting Needs

of McCuaig Desrochers

• Quality Work • Quality Paint • Drywall Repair

Barristers and Solicitors Advocates

Interior - Exterior Free Estimates


Gary G. Grant Law Office

“Keeping people in Motion...�


Dr. E. LYNES Chiropractor

One block East of Scotia Bank


LOOKING FOR F/T Registered Massage Therapist in busy salon & spa in Drumheller. LONG waiting list of clients. Please call 403-823-6161 or email boldefexx@ Attn: Cindy

SISTER MINA Psychic Reader, healer & advisor. Tarot card, palm & photograph readings. Helps in all aspects of love, marriage, business, health. 100% guaranteed, 35 year’s experience. Call today - solve problems tomorrow. 587-930-7675.


TRUE PSYCHICS! For Answers call now 24/7 Toll Free 1-877-342-3036; Mobile: # 4486;

Get rid of your Garbage with. . .

403-742-5810 or 403-742-6443


DATING SERVICE. Long-term/short-term relationships. Free to try! 1-877-297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call #7878 or 1-888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call 1-866-311-9640 or #5015. Meet local single ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+).

Phone: 403-742-4437

Misc. Services

4719 - 49 St. Stettler, Alberta

Personal Services

4910 - 51 Street Stettler, AB T0C 2L0

Massage Therapy



Stettler Eye Care Dr. R. TROY NELSON


Plumbing & Heating


Comprehensive eye FINISHING TOUCH EXTERIORS LTD. health and vision exams

Gitzel Krejci Dand Peterson

5�Continuous Eaves “Gutter Clean� Leaf Protection


Phone 403-742-2683 New patients welcome

4912 - 51 Street P.O. Box 460, Stettler, Alberta

403-742-4431 Toll free 1-877-742-4431 e-mail: website:




Call Barry Harvey


*27 years experience*



Phone: 403-742-3555

All types of Electrical Installation & Maintenance

403-742-5111 Serving Stettler & Area since 1978

Furnace Cleaning

Phone 403-742-1681


Call Curt or Rob

Phone 403-742-2869 4606 - 40 St., Stettler

Cabinet Makers



• Locks repinned & installed • Windshields repaired & installed • Residential & Commercial Windows & Doors • All your glass & screen needs Main St., Stettler Emergency 403-742-2665 403-742-3628


“Your Service Specialists�

Randy Long • Residential • Commercial • Automotive Needs


Ironman Scrap Metal Recovery picking up scrap again! Farm machinery, vehicles & industrial. Serving

NEED TO ADVERTISE? Province wide classifieds. Reach over 1 million readers weekly. Only $269. + GST (based on 25 words or less). Call this newspaper NOW for details or call 1-800-282-6903 ext. 228.

Painters/ Decorators

Stettler Ph.


Painters/ Decorators


Bev’s Valances Beverley Plett


Fax 403.443.2407 Cell 403.443.0664



Home Consultations • Shades & Blinds • Soft Treatments • Fabrics & Hardware

Brenda Anderson, B.Comm., LL.B. 5002 - 51 Ave., Stettler, AB Phone 403-742-2529 Fax 403-742-2522 CRIMINAL RECORD? Think: Canadian pardon. U.S. travel waiver. (24 hour record check). Divorce? Simple. Fast. Inexpensive. Debt recovery? Alberta collection to $25,000. Calgary 403-228-1300 or 1-800-347-2540; www.


Misc. Services


Misc. Services


J & L Garages, Doors & More Jonathan & Elizabeth

Overhead Door; Supply, Install and Repair



K K Keen een Klean lean • Carpet Cleaning • Carpet • Upholstry Cleaning Cleaning • Window Washing 403-742-6970

403-742-6970 403-740-9782

Health Care

Liviu Oprea Cell: 403-740-9317 Email:

DR. D.G. BECKLUND Chiropractor

Tell them Danny Hooper sent you



-Gitzel Krejci Building


4912 - 51 Street Stettler, AB Open Mon. - Sat.


Bus.: 403-742-2553 Res.: 403-742-0370

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Household, furniture, business records, etc. Various sizes. Protected by security alarm and fenced and lighted perimeter. Owner: Reg and Darlene Hunter 403-740-9283 or 403-742-3153


10X12’ With 5x7 doors. For quads, snowmobiles, furniture, etc. Phone: (403)742-9729 DYMY Oilfield Services

Real Estate #4000 - #4190

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

Condos/ Townhouses



Sylvan Lake 1 Bedroom + Den condo for sale in Sylvan Lake. Available January 1st. $164,800. Please call (403) 302-7230 for additional info


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

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



L A R G E One & Two BEDROOM APARTMENTS FOR RENT No pets Phone Ellen Phone Linda or at Ernie 403-742-1568 at 403-742-5005 PARTLY furnished 2 bdrm. bsmt. suite, for 1 or 2 quiet adults, N/S, N/drinking, no pets. Norma Leslie RLP Central 403-742-7815


UNITED HOMES CANADA invites you to view our Heated display homes. Purchase today at 2012 pricing. Inventory clearance starting at $92,500.; www. 148 Eastlake Blvd., Airdrie. 1-800-461-7632.

Commercial Property


42,000 sq ft Office/ Residential Building, Red Deer, AB Built in 2011. 21 separately titled units consisting of 16 executive condos and 4 commercial suites, Zero Tenant Vacancy, 10 year triple net leases in place, expiring 2021. Assumable mortgage. Price - $8,400,000.00 Accepting Offers Christine@ andersonbuildersgroup. com

Businesses For Sale

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

Money To Loan


DO YOU NEED to borrow money - Now? If you own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits will lend you money - It’s that simple. 1-877-486-2161. FAST AND EASY LOANS! Bad credit accepted! Get up to $25,000 on your vehicle, mobile-home, land or equipment. 1st and 2nd mortgages. 403-879-9929. GET BACK on track! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need money? We lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420;

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



1997 DODGE 2500 diesel ext. cab, 320,000 km, good condition, many new parts, highway driven, $8,000 o.b.o. 403-876-2405.

Tires, Parts Acces.


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


MOVIE THEATRE with attached suite in Provost, Alberta. 100 seats. New digital Real 3-D projection equipment. Selling for health reasons. Call Bruc 780-753-4703 or 780-753-0189.

Mortgages Bought/Sold

Whatever you SELL... Advertise it HERE!


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


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IU’S TILE & STONE LIVSales and Installation Ceramic, Porcelain, Slate and Travertine Tile Natural and Manufactured Stone Kitchen, Bathroom, Fireplace Custom Showers and More‌


Manufactured Homes

Serving Alix, Alberta and surrounding area



WANTED. Hannas Seeds seeking distributors for forage, turf, native and reclamation seed. Good commissions. Contact Dave at 1-800-661-1529 or Call Jon at 403-415-4294

(Beside A & W)

No. 5. 4707 - 42 Street Stettler, AB


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

• Quality customer service • Competitive pricing • Family owned

4607 - 59 St., Stettler

TEL: 403-742-6277


HORSE and Stock trailer. Parts and repairs. Axles, brakes, drums, bearings, spring, rims, fenders, lights, and wiring. Pick up & delivery avail. HORSE SHOE TRAILER MFG. AND REPAIR. HALKIRK, ALBERTA 403-884-2173 403-430-0504

Custom window coverings and more


Misc. Services

• Complete Plumbing & Heating Services • Commercial and Residential • Water Conditioning & Pumps • 24 Hour Service Service Wise - We Specialize



4819 51 Street

HESSTON swather 9260, 15’ disc bine & 25’ grain headers. 1400 Morris hay hiker 14 bale mover. Call 403-323-6787.

Horse/Stock Trailers



Wanted to Rent #3250 - #3390

Central AB. 403-318-4346




Lori R. Reule


JT AUTO BODY LTD. HEARTLAND GLASS “Serving Stettler & area for 37 yearsâ€? • Complete auto body repair & painting


Stettler Professional Building

Stettler Furnace Cleaning

Glass Shops


LL. B.

Qualified and Reputable Auto Body Repairs Accessories & Graphics Restoration/Sandblasting Box Liners

THIS WEEK’S EYE SPY WINNER IS Brandy Erickson Please come into the Stettler Independent to claim your prize!

Legal Services

Find out more about us at: 4109 - 48 Avenue, Stettler


403-742-8838 Mapping

“If It’s Electrical We Do It�

Quality Collision Repair and Professional Service‌ Guaranteed!

Top quality frames, lenses and contacts Treatment of eye disease, injuries and surgical co-management



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

Grain, Feed Hay

Jacquie Mvula,


Agricultural #2000 - #2290

Farm Equipment

2401 Toronto Dominion Sq. Edmonton Centre Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2Z1 Telephone: 780-426-4660 Fax: 780-426-0982

Buzz Andersen

403-742-1330 Ph:403-742-5979 Fax:403-742-3656

Legal Services

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013



NEW SHOP FOR LEASE • 6200 sq. ft. shop with offices • 1.5 acres • Lease a 54 x 30 ft. bay • Or a 54 x 70 bay • Or the whole shop • Large overhead doors • Great access and location • Excellent for trucking or manufacturing • Room for expansion • Ready spring of 2014

Please contact 403-742-1330

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Public Notices

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

Public Notices


NOTICE To Creditors And Claimants Estate of

Jacques Joseph DUPONT who died on

October 18, 2013 If you have a claim against this estate, you must file your claim by January 13, 2014 and provide details of your claim with LANDMAN REULE LAW OFFICE Barrister & Solicitor at Box 1630 4819 - 51 Street Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0 If you do not file by the date above, the estate property can lawfully be distributed without regard to any claim you may have.


CHRESTEN MELGAARD JENSEN (CHRIS JENSEN) who died on September 26, 2013.

If you have a claim against this estate, you must file your claim by January 27, 2014 with

Brenda Anderson at




ADULTS/CHILDREN ANONYMOUS Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. For more info Kira & Ian FCSS, 403-742-2339

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 403-742-3214; 403-742-2966 or 403-742-4271

AL-ANON 403-742-0990

ALZHEIMERS SUPPORT GROUP 403-742-4263; 403-742-8122 or 403-742-4091


BIG BROTHERS & BIG SISTERS ORGANIZATION 403-742-5437 during business hours

BRIGANTIA PLACE (formerly Camrose Women’s Shelter)


CELIAC (Gluten Intolerance) Brenda 403-742-3067


403-742-2337 (parents who have lost a child[ren])





If you do not file by the date above, the estate property can lawfully be distributed without regard to any claim you may have.

Kathy Willis - 403-742-4567 Elaine Williams - 403-742-2745 4820 - 51 Street

Estate of

RCMP office 403-742-3382


If you have a claim against this estate, you must file your claim by January 13, 2014 and provide details of your claim with


at P.O. Box 430 4910-51 Street Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0 Phone: 403-742-4437 Fax: 403-742-1455 If you do not file by the date above, the estate property can lawfully be distributed without regard to any claim you may have.

Over 2,000,000 hours St. John Ambulance volunteers provide Canadians with more than 2 million hours of community service each year.

the REVERSE is also true


who died on August 8, 2013.

Gary G. Grant Law Office Barrister & Solicitor




By Chase Rosland William E. Hay Composite High School The grades 9, 10 and 11 science fair was moved to this week, because of last week’s stormy weather. The JV boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are on the road today for games against

Hunting Hills of Red Deer. On Tuesday, the senior boys’ and girls’ basketball teams played in Red Deer against Notre Dame. This weekend, the JV boys’ and girls’ Wildcat basketball teams will host William E. Hay’s JV home tournament. Last week’s senior boys’ and

girls’ basketball games were postponed due to the weather. Likewise for the JV boys’ and girls’ games. The senior girls were supposed to play in Delburne on the weekend, but — you guessed it — the tournament was postponed due to the weather.

ROBIN TARNOWETZKI/Independent reporter

Grade 12 students Andrew Kim, 17, and Jacques du Toit, 17, put together a science fair project featuring eyeball models that took seven hours to make. The fair was last week at William E. Hay.

Christmas Advertising g Deadlines

Readers and advertisers are advised of the Independent’s Christmas and New Year’s deadlines and publication schedule: Dec. 25 edition (on streets Dec. 23) Advertising deadline: Thursday, Dec. 19, noon. Jan. 1 edition (on streets Dec. 30) Advertising deadline: Monday, Dec. 23, noon. The Independent office will be closed Dec. 25, 26 and 27 and Jan. 1.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year



T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Grace – 403-742-0681 Vivian – 403-742-3935



1-309-3300 877-223-3311

CONTACT YOUR INFORMATION AND REFERRAL CENTRE Residents of Stettler and the surrounding area now have access to this free and confidential service. It provides information and referral on social agencies, government services, clubs and organizations, to best suit the caller’s need.

Just Dial - 403-742-1155

CLASSIFIEDS to find out more ...

Town of Stettler PUBLIC NOTICE

DEVELOPMENT PERMIT NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the following Development Permit Applications have been approved. 1.

JV clubs to host tournaments

Hot Line 403-342-1444


and provide details of your claim.


grabs your attention


(STABIS) For more information phone 403-742-6456




Pager toll-free (20 sec. response time) 1-403-357-6266

Box 190, Bay 5, 5002 51 Ave. Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0

to Creditors and Claimants

If you think an ad with a

Community Support Services

No: Legal Description: Municipal Address: Applicant: Proposed Development:

Page B9

2759-2013 Lot 6, Block 3, Plan 0522031 5514 - 57 Street Edward Cutts Garden Suite

You may appeal this decision by serving written notice of appeal to the Secretary of the Stettler Subdivision & Development Appeal Board, P.O. Box 280, Stettler, Alberta prior to 4:30 p.m. December 25, 2013. For further information, please phone 403-742-8305. Leann Graham Planning & Development Services

Welcome Home! Celebrating the birth of you child? Share your happy news with family & friends with a special announcement in the classifieds.


New Management Alta-Wide Timber Mart is proud to announce the appointment of their new General Manager Gerrit van Driel as of November 1, 2013. Mr. van Driel spent 13 years with Strathmore Building Supplies in various roles and was the Store Manager for the past 10 years. Prior to this, Gerrit graduated in 1989 from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Physical Education majoring in Administration. Gerrit has a strong background in finance, accounting, industrial relations and marketing. After beginning his career in Saskatoon with the local newspaper, The Star Phoenix, Gerrit joined Shaw communications as a regional sales manager in the Calgary head office where he spent eight years until accepting the position in Strathmore with Strathmore Building Supplies. “I grew up in small towns and enjoy doing business with people I can call neighbours and friends. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity as well as becoming a part of the Stettler community.” “We already have such a strong and dedicated group of people here at Alta-Wide and we all look forward to becoming the premier building materials supplier for Stettler and the surrounding area.” Please join us in welcoming Gerrit to Stettler and to the Alta-Wide team. Should you have any questions or concerns about our services or if you just want to drop in and say hi please feel free to contact Gerrit at anytime.

403-742-2000 Email: 6810 - 50th Ave., Stettler, AB T0C 2L0

Wednesday, December 11, 2013







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December 11, 2013 edition of the Stettler Independent