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Town council wants to repeal the business hour bylaw By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Town council wants to repeal the contentious business hours bylaw. The 5-1 vote in favour of the annulment, with the only dissenting vote cast by Loanna Gulka, came during the regular meeting of the council Feb. 11, during which councillors were told a bylaw must be drafted to rescind the current one. The current bylaw restricts the sale of liquor from liquor stores and off-sales liquor to 10 p.m. Some waivers have been given in the case of Almost
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“It takes time to study whether a bylaw like this is effective or not,” Loanna Gulka. Midnight Madness, New Year’s Eve and the week of Ponoka Stampede, allowing liquor sales after 10 p.m. and liquor store owners have advocated the repeal. Coun. Tim Falkiner made the proposal to repeal the bylaw and Coun. Loanna Gulka was the only person to speak against the motion. She said time and study is needed to see if the bylaw has made Ponoka a safer community, and researchers have said as much. “It takes time to study whether a bylaw like this is effective or not,” said Gulka. She believes two to three years are needed to gather enough information. “I’m asking for the time to see what happens after that time period. To gain a proper statistical overview of whether it’s working for this community or not,” added Gulka. Coun. Carla Prediger feels the strategies used to pass this bylaw were not conducive to how other areas try to bring community safety. She has seen initiatives that have addressed drug addiction and homelessness. “But it came from the community asking for support, whether it be protective services or whether it be council.”
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In meeting with RCMP Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm, she was concerned that no other safety methods were thought of. She wants to see other strategies looked at rather than restricting businesses. She said she saw the preventive response to a particular situation produce a punitive consequence and wanted to know what other preventive programs were in place right now. There is already the legislation for the sales of liquor, said Coun. Falkiner. “The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission is in charge of alcohol related products licensing in this province. I think they do a fantabulous job and I only know that because I represent them out of Stettler,” said Coun. Tim Falkiner. “If we don’t rescind this, we’re letting it open to set ourselves above them (AGLC),” said Falkiner. He suggests if council really wants to change the rules, the way is to lobby the AGLC or province of Alberta rather than hurt local businesses. “It’s a financial cost to numerous business in town, not only liquor related businesses. How’s that going to look when we attract businesses to town and we’re stepping all over businesses that we already have,” he questioned. Mayor Rick Bonnett said council would not make a quick decision on repealing the bylaw and would give residents the opportunity to voice their opinions on it. “We do want some public input from both sides.” A draft repeal bylaw is expected in the near future. The owners of several liquor stores were in the gallery to find out what council would decide. Coun. Marc Yaworski had to recuse himself from the discussion as he is an owner of the Leland Hotel, which is affected by the bylaw.
Recreation rates see an increase By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye The rates for recreation and community buildings are increasing by five per cent. Wes Amendt, director of community services for the Town of Ponoka, brought back the rates schedule to councillors Feb. 11 after it was tabled last month. He feels the increase is reasonable. “We’re still in the middle compared to other communities.” Mayor Rick Bonnett questioned why out of town users and commercial groups pay more than what the regular rates are. “It just seems it’s kind of a big deterrent…Is it not better to have it utilized,” he asked. If local groups are not using Ponoka’s facilities, then he feels outside users should get a break on the cost. Amendt said there are not many people outside of Ponoka that use the town’s recreation and community buildings. “I can understand that with these rates,” replied Bonnett. Coun. Tim Falkiner was not in favour of the hike and used the ball diamonds as an example. “We need to look at filling these ball diamonds.” He suggests the fees are too high and are a hindrance for people coming from outside of Ponoka. With staff already maintaining the town’s recreation areas, Falkiner suggests a lower price would help promote more events in town and increase spending at local businesses. Amendt said he has been working with Sarah Olson, economic development officer, to put together packages for groups that do use Ponoka’s services. The package would include coupons to different areas such as the Aquaplex and arena. Coun. Loanna Gulka said she understood Falkiner’s concerns but commented on the recreation deficit. “I agree with the thinking outside the box aspect…Recreation is one of the biggest deficits that this town runs. It’s a constant deficit.” Coun. Marc Yaworski suggested having an empty field is worse. “If they’re sitting there making no money, best to get something for them.” “Maybe it is something we should make a decision on before spring,” he added. Coun. Carla Prediger suggested council and administration should conduct some strategic planning for the future. Rates for the Aquaplex remain unchanged as they were increased last year. The new rates become effective March 1.
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Open liquor in vehicle clocked at 160km/h
Police are looking for a suspect involved in an armed robbery at the Reddi Mart Feb. 13 at 7:40 p.m.
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No arrests or any other new leads have been reCA L L T O DAY ported with regard to the robbery committed by a an unidentified man armed with a machete at 7:40 F O R I N F O R M AT I O N p.m. at the Reddi Mart in Ponoka on the night of Thursday, Feb. 13. According to the account of the incident given by the RCMP Ponoka Detachment, the suspect produced a machete and demanded cash from D E N T U R E C L I N I C the clerk. After taking the undisclosed amount of cash, the man then fled on foot and no vehicle was seen when the man left. The suspect is described as approximately 5’3” in height and weighs between 120 to 140 pounds. He was wearing a black and white snow jacket with hood and black snow pants. There were no injuries in the incident. 5101 - 49th Ave • 403-783-3771 Should anyone have information on this PHONE: 403-783-4911 CELEBRATING OVER PHONE: 403-783-4911 EXPERIENCE 50 YEARS TRAVEL crime, they are asked FAX: 403-783-5222 THATOF TAKES FAX: 403-783-5222 YOU PLACES EXCELLENCE! to contact the Ponoka firstname.lastname@example.org EST.1961 1961 email@example.com EST. RCMP at (403)783- & C R U I S E C E N T R E www.direct-travel.ca www.direct-travel.ca 4471 or Crime Stoppers A PROUD COMMUNITY SUPPORTER at (800)222-8477.
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Ponoka RCMP handled 53 calls for service last week with various issues. The following are some of the highlights: A vehicle traveling at 160km/h was seized by police as no-one in the car, including the registered owner, had a valid license. Police stopped the vehicle Feb. 14 at 11 p.m. on Highway 2 and found open liquor in the vehicle. Upon investigation police found that the driver, a 25-year-old Quebec man, did not have a valid licence and was driving while disqualified. The vehicle, a 2013 black Ford Fusion, was found to be uninsured and the registered owner was a passenger in the vehicle with open liquor. There was another passenger who also had open liquor in the vehicle. Officers with the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit charged the driver with driving while disqualified. The registered owner received several charges, including having open liquor in a vehicle and having an uninsured vehicle. Driver fails to follow Stop sign Two motorists received a close call Feb. 12 after a t-bone collision at a Stop Sign on Highway 2A and 53 Avenue. A 55-year-old Wetaskiwin woman failed to follow rules of the Stop sign and her 2000 Dodge Caravan collided with a 2001 grey Dodge Ram pickup. There were no injuries in the collision. Motorist with open liquor refuses tow bill Rather than pay a tow bill, a motorist now faces charges of open liquor in a vehicle. The registered owner called a tow company Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. on Highway 2 after running out of gas. But after refusing to pay the tow bill police were called in to assist. Further investigation found that the driver and passengers in the vehicle did not have driver’s licenses and one passenger had open-liquor in the vehicle. Collision on Highway 53 A 54-year-old Ponoka woman was charged Feb. 12 at 3:45 p.m. with failing to proceed safely at an intersection after she collided with another vehicle. Two vehicles were involved in the collision at Highway 53 and 50 Street. There were no injuries and one vehicle was towed. Forgotten gas nozzle A forgetful Ponoka man was surprised to find a gas nozzle in his vehicle when he arrived home last week. The man filled up the gas tank of his vehicle Feb. 13 at 10 a.m., paid for the gas and pro-
ceeded to drive away without putting the gas nozzle back in the fueling station. No charges were laid. Impaired driver hits ditch Police have charged a 19-year-old Ponoka man with impaired driving Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. after hitting the ditch. The man was driving a 2001 steel coloured Dodge Ram when he hit the ditch on Township Road 431 near Range Road 271A. Officers could smell the odor of liquor from the man’s breath and arrested him. He provided blood-alcohol samples of .23 and .22. Wigs and toy guns found Two wigs, fake moustaches and two toys guns were found in a trash receptacle on Highway 2 last week. A public service employee was cleaning out a garbage receptacle at a rest stop Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. when they located the mysterious items. Police were notified and the incident is under investigation. Motorist denies speeding Concerned drivers called police over a 2013 white C300 Mercedes driving at high speed. RCMP were unable to intercept the driver Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. but called the registered owner as they were provided with a licence plate number. A Calgary woman answered and denied speeding. Shortly after the woman was pulled over near Leduc as she was clocked at 146 km/h. Impaired driver A 28-year-old Athabasca man was charged with impaired driving Feb. 11 at 6:11 p.m. Police responded to a complaint of an erratic driver of a 2006 Chevy Silverado, and upon stopping the vehicle, could smell alcohol emanating from the car. Results of the bloodalcohol samples provided were not available at press time. If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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Your Guide To Local Houses of Worship CHURCH DIRECTORY Associated Gospel Churches of Canada
CHURCH OF THE OPEN BIBLE Pastor Jerry Preheim • Pastor Matt Sealy 3704 - 42 St. Ponoka 403-783-6500 Worship Service 11:00 a.m. • firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sr. Pastor Paul Spate Erin Dirsten - Fac. Youth & Family Min. 5109 - 57 Ave. Ponoka www.fbcponoka.org 403-783-5533 Bible Discovery Hour 9:30 a.m.
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NEW COVENANT BAPTIST REFORMED CHURCH Currently meeting at Ponoka Christian School 6300-50 St. Worship Service Sunday 10:30 a.m. Everyone Welcome! phone: 403-783-6962 • www.baptistreformedponoka.org
PARKLAND REFORMED CHURCH South on 2A, West on Spruce Road 403-783-1888 Worship Service 10:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Rev. Mitch Ramkissoon www.parklandurc.org
PONOKA ALLIANCE CHURCH 4215 - 46 St. Pastor Norm Dibben 403-783-3958 Sunday Service 11:00 a.m. The Christian & Missionary Alliance
PONOKA WORD OF LIFE CHURCH Pastor Rob McArthur
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Sunday Service 10:00 am. 5020-52 Ave. Ponoka
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH PASTOR DAVE BEAUDOIN 6230-57 Ave. Ph. 403-783-6404 Saturdays 9:30 - 12 Noon email@example.com ponokaadventist.ca
SONRISE CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH Pastor W. Delleman Worship Service 10:30 a.m. ½ mile south of Centennial Centre for Mental Health & Brain Injury
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ST. AUGUSTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH Fr. Chris Gnanaprakasam, S.A.C. Mass Times: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 9:00 a.m. Sunday
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“ Bravo! – for Junio ” I have to admit; I’m a sucker for the Olympics. Like many of us, I have more than 50 years of Olympics to look back on. Memorable moments, (both good and bad), to cherish. These Sochi Games, like our own “Vancouver Games” have given us some of the best. An “Off - ice Story” sometimes outshines what happens inside the arena. I don’t know - have you heard about “Denny Morrison & Gilmore Junio” yet? It’s the kind of story that makes you want to stand up and cheer !! It goes like this: Canadian Speed skater, Gilmore Junio, was scheduled to compete, in the 1,000 meter, long track, race last week. But then, he had a change of heart and decided to allow his friend and team-mate Denny Morrison, to race in his place It’s not uncommon for a coach to do that - to replace one athlete for another. It happens in hockey all the time! But, NO hockey player, in his right mind, would voluntarily become a “healthy-scratch”. (not to my knowledge, anyway) Has anything like this ever happened before? What a remarkably wonderful, and almost unthinkable scenario. Chances for greatness (read: Olympic Records) don’t come around every day! But, to voluntarily give one up? WOW!! – Everybody’s asking “Why did he do
Pastor Jerry Preheim Church of the Open Bible A member of the Ponoka Ministerial Association
it?” Your guess is probably just as good as mine. The Globe and Mail reported: “[Junio] stepped aside to allow a [friend and] veteran to fulfill a lifelong dream.” His friend, Ft. St. John native, Danny Morrison, - one of Canada’s premier speed skaters for the past eight years – hadn’t medaled in Vancouver – and was still searching for his first individual Olympic medal. What Gil Junio did serves as a good example this is for all of us. What a HUGE sacrifice!! I applaud his “selflessness” – in putting a teammate ahead of himself. I know that this kind of thinking
often goes against my nature, and is not an easy thing to do. This paid off, wonderfully, for the both of them! Morrison unexpectedly won the silver medal for the 1,000 meter race! Afterward he said: “I actually surprised myself with how close I was to [Dutch star Michel Mulder] with one lap to go,” ... “I knew I was on a good one.” He is also qualified for the 1,500 meter race and will be racing again tomorrow (Feb. 15th). Hopefully it will be a repeat performance. What does Gil Junio get from all of this? Well, he now has the warmth of knowing his blessing to a friend, has changed his life forever! Junio has also gained worldwide popularity! And deservedly so! Hence the media campaign to make him Canada’s flag-bearer in the closing ceremonies. And best of all - in 30 or 40 years, when his grandchildren ask him; “Grandpa – did you really do that?” – he’ll have wonderful story to tell!! The Bible says, in John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” As our Aussie friends would say: “Good – on - ya”; and I’d say “Bravo for Junia” Bye for now.
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Next stop Vincente Guerrero, approximately 4.5 hours south of Tijuana, On Dec. 25, 2013, Bill and I left to begin our house build (one room 16 Ponoka to spend a month in Baja, Mexico. Our daughter and her family x 24) for a family of six who had lost were already there, so we knew there their primary caregiver in a “widow would be projects lined up for us to maker” accident. We were joined by 23 other folks do. First we worked with “Safe Care from Alberta ranging in age from 12International”, an orphanage/day care center that reachs out to the poorest of 70. For the next week, Bill was part of the house build. The rest of us were the poor. in teams doing various ministrys. We We were part of the “Samaratian’s watched eight teens in our group go Box Gifts” campaign to deliver to apto a poverty stricken seniors home and proximately 50-60 children at the wash and oil cracked feet, do hands and migrant camp. nails and call it the highlight of their Here you see simply deplorable trip. We were impressed. conditions of poverty. Average wage On Friday, we handed over the keys is $10 a day, costs $5 for milk. Babies to the new owners proudly wearing Tdrink soda pop, cheaper by far. Seeing shirts that Leisure Lanes of Ponoka had the migrant camps is a real eye opener so generously donated. We then gave of needy families. It was a joy to deour T-shirts to the Mexicans and enliver gifts of hope, “Safe Care “ reaches joyed the authentic Mexican meal the out to some of these camps on a regular family had graciously prepared for us. basis. The children were so happy to The rest of our stay was at a see us. women’s shelter (New Beginnings & Restoration Place). My main ministry of PONOKA RISING service would be teachSUN CLUBHOUSE ing ladies and older teens how to sew. Sheila from Wombold Funeral
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Homes Ponoka had graciously donated yards and yards of fleece and other sewing materials for this endeavor. Approximately, 18 pairs of pajamas, tops, slacks, skirts, and a wedding outfit were sewn. Our team played with the children, did crafts and learining projects, baked, cleaned, sorted etc. I found myself not just sewing but listening to many sad stories. I found myself encouraging the ladies. A good thing a hug, tears, smiles and loving touches are the same in any language. Thank you to all of you from Ponoka who helped in some way. It is all about teamwork and we were proud to share your support with others. Bill and I felt like we were able to make a difference in the lives of many. On Feb. 23, at 1:30 they will be sharing more with a power point in the Church of the Open Bible. You are welcome.
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Reﬂections of Ponoka
A life dedicated to sports, family, and community By Mike Rainone for the News May Pringle was born in Edinburg, Scotland on June 3, 1923, and immigrated by ship to Canada in 1926, eventually settling in Edmonton with her parents and three young brothers. She attended Parkdale School through grades 1-9 and eventually developed an instant love for the sport of basketball. The Pringle family worked hard and also became very active in sports, with May’s brother Alex Pringle later playing with the Edmonton Flyers team when they won the Allan Cup in 1947-48, starring on the big line of Kreller/ Smitten and Pringle, and affectionately known as the ‘receding hair line.’ May began her Grade 10-11-12 studies at Edmonton’s Eastwood High School, where, of course, she would join the basketball team. She was later contacted by Claire Hollingsworth, (the son-in-law of Percy Page, the Coach and mentor of the perennial world champion Edmonton Grads hoop team), and in 1937, while still playing for the Eastview team, she was invited to play centre with the prestigious McDougall Commercial High School squad. The team played in various Edmonton city leagues, as well as travelling, all expenses paid to games and tournaments throughout the province of Alberta. Among her earliest fond memories included playing in Cardston, being billeted by the Mormons and getting to tour the magnificent Mormon Temple. May’s inspiration for joining and enjoying the great hoop game came as a young girl, who followed the amazing story of the famous Edmonton Grads basketball team, which put together an unbelievable record of 502 wins in 522 total games, as well as winning all 23 games that they played as a demonstration sport in the 1924 (Paris), 1928 (Amsterdam), 1932 (Los Angeles), and 1936 (Berlin) Olympic Games. In 1944 May Spence met and married Pilot
Officer Robert Lorne Spence, who served in the Mediterranean for the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. May would play for the Edmonton Army and Navy ‘Pats” ladies’ basketball team for nine years and along the way would help them to win numerous city, provincial, and prairie championships. She vividly recalls going by train through the mountains to Vancouver for a competition, where May and her mates were able to play with former Edmonton Grads Noel (McDonald ) Robertson, Etta Dann, and Laura Scott. After cruising the west coast, the talented team returned home, and this would mark the end of May’s exciting Basketball career. The happy couple moved to North Battleford, Saskatchewan, where she taught basketball as well as playing softball for years on a great team coached by ‘Wild Bill Hunter’ of later hockey fame. Daughters Donna and Darlene were born in North Battleford on June 19, 1948 and June 19, 1951, then after moving to Edmonton, son Ron was welcomed on October 25, 1954. The family moved to Ponoka in 1955 and soon after purchased Central Hardware on Railway Street, which they operated for many years. May later went to work at Lou Gorman’s Drug Store on Chipman Avenue, played lots of golf in the summer, and also teamed with Dorothy Berg and others to open the Clay Barn, which was dedicated to the promotion and teaching of the arts, culture, and crafts for all ages. An accomplished artist, May really enjoyed painting as a hobby, and loved to donate many of her works (under the name of Tu Tu) to worthy causes in and around the community. The Spences very quickly became involved in the community, Bob as a longstanding Director, President, and Secretary of the Ponoka Stampede Association, and May as busy volunteer during the annual Stampede, as well as a member of the Kinettes and K-40, as a coach of the Composite Hi-Aces girls basket-
May Spence, 91, still enjoys an active life in her favourite community of Ponoka. Photos submitted ball club for several seasons, as a Sunday School teacher, and one of the leaders of the 72 girls taking part in the United Church C.G.I.T. Club. After raising family, Bob and May loved to join the Snowbirds for their annual winter getaway to Yuma, Arizona. Both the Spence girls, Donna and Darlene, went into nursing careers, while Ron and his family were very active in business and sports here in Ponoka. As a lifetime member of the Ponoka Community Golf Club, May played in many tournaments and events, and the highlight
came with the scoring of a holein-one out on the pristine Ponoka course. At the age of 91 May Spence still continues to enjoy an active life-style with her partner of 11 years Don Dillon, loves go to out for coffee and share memories with family and friends, as well as staying in touch and pampering six grandchildren and 10 great-grand-children. She has always been proud to be a Ponokan, a community she will always cherish as a great and friendly place to live, work, play, and raise a family.
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This is when we were so cute, and were so happy to poise for our Grade 2 1950 class photo with our teacher Mrs. Berdine. Shown in the top from left to right are: Percy Williams, George Stiles, Dwayne Schalin, Donald Gotfriedsen, Howard Rowland, Bruce Rowland, Wayne Newton, Ritchie Twa, Jack Peters, and Vera Wolfe; then in the middle is: Ada Sparks, Joan Switzer, Doreen Stuart, Violet White, Mina Tweedy, Jean Sutherland, Charlene Winslow, Rose Pohl, Myrna Schalin, Garry Rowland, and David Parent. Seated in the front row from left to right are: Janice Umbach, Audrey Raugust, Maryann Kohlman, Tommy Williams, Michael Rainone, Garry Stiles, Steve Ulyett, Tommy Tait, and Ian Sandulak.
The Championship 1945 Edmonton Army and Navy ‘Pats’ Basketball team shown from left to right, back row are: May Spence, Margaret Hembling, Marie Schwarz, Coach Clare Hollingsworth, Noel Robertson, Gladys Limming, and Peggy Colville; then seated up front is: Etta Dann, Denize Callaway, Connie Strachan, Laura Scott, and Edith Skitch.
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Opinion More questions on the bylaw saga The council giveth, the council taketh… As you may have read in our story (page 2) on the regular town council meeting of Tuesday, Feb. 11, councillors voted with a majority of five to one to start the procedure to rescind the controversial business hours bylaw introduced last year to ban sales of alcoholic beverages after 10 p.m. There is nothing wrong with a piece of legislation being withdrawn provided that it is done in line with the procedures and/or bylaws in place. In this particular case, the decision to start the process to revoke the bylaw comes less than a year after it was introduced and only a few days following a survey by the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce that came out strongly in favor the abrogation of the restriction. Since the debate over the pros and cons of the bylaw is so fresh in the minds of the people involved, no one needs to be reminded of them, it seems. Despite that, one cannot help noticing a few points that might still need to be considered. First, Councillor Yaworski withdrew from the deliberations on the issue declaring conflict of interest, which was both appropriate and in line with procedures. The position of another councillor, though, might call for some additional discussion: Councillor Falkiner, who both initiated the motion to rescind the bylaw and voted for his own motion, said during the council meeting that he represented ALGC. “The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission is in charge of alcohol related products licensing in this province. I think they do a fantabulous (sic) job and I only know that because I represent them out of Stettler,” were his exact words. Sitting on that forum, unless invited in any other special capacity to do so, councillors should represent no party other than the voters of the Town of Ponoka. ALGC is a provincial organization and as described on its homepage, its “business focuses on maximizing the economic benefits of gaming and liquor activities in the province to benefit all Albertans.” As one can clearly discern, while the main concern in introducing the
legislation in question was safety and security of the Ponoka community, the ALGC’s priority is maximizing profits and not particularly issues of safety. In that context, can a councillor, representing ALGC by his own admission, be considered neutral in this debate and can he claim to speak for the benefit of the Ponoka community only? In other words, is Councillor Falkiner’s initiation of the motion, and his vote in favour, legal/legitimate/appropriate/ acceptable? Second, the business community of Ponoka, being a well-organized stakeholder in the debate, successfully made its voice heard loud and clear, thanks to the outcome of the Monkey Survey conducted after its recent AGM. Now, will the municipal leadership make a move to hear the voice of the residents? Will the town council assume that the voice of the business equals the voice of the residents? Or will the town council put the onus on residents of this community to make their voice heard? If the town council/councillors do not hear from the electorate in mass numbers either in favor or against the repeal of the bylaw, will they assume that the silent majority is in favor of the abrogation of the bylaw? Third, we know that Ponoka is at pains to attract more population, more business to induce stronger economic growth. We have already witnessed how the recent municipal election campaign was dominated by the discussion on the improvement of recreation services as a means of attracting more families to the community. The repeal of the bylaw, on the other hand, can comfortably pave the way to a return to the situation, which found its most telling description in the words “drunken driving capital of Canada” as uttered by the head of the Ponoka RCMP Detachment. If a tragic event occurs as a result of the abrogation of the bylaw, like a massive collision or a death as a result of drunkenness (granted, it may never happen, but then again, it may), how will that affect the image of the town and the community and might it not send to waste all the efforts being undertaken to portray the image of a welcoming and peaceful town to outsiders? Mustafa Eric
Is the high speed rail plan really necessary? Dear editor, Public consultations about high-speed train, costing Albertans between 3 and 20 billion dollars will take place later this month. In order to have a say in what Redford’s government decides, you will have to attend meetings. As most people are too busy working to attend meetings and little is reported in newspapers, radio & TV news, but the Conservatives consider this “democratic” and letting Albertans having their say. Of course, meetings can be “stacked” with people of one opinion or another and if government decides, there is a decision to build it; the issue is at rest once and for all. In other words, all Albertans will not have a voting say in spending their hard-earned dollars to build a rail system. Why is the government subsidizing rail systems? Do we also subsidize airplanes and buses? Commuter trains between Calgary and Edmonton were previously discontinued due to the high rate of accidents over all the level crossings. We just finished bailing out everybody from the flood with billions of dollars, spent billions of dollars for carbon capture for the oil companies and now they want to have a high-speed rail which will probably favor business travelers and
not the ordinary person. You pay whether you use it or not! Of course, no one mentions over-runs and things never cost what they are predicted to cost; they always go over. No mention of upkeep or which corporations are pushing for this. I know. Increase corporate tax to fully cover the cost of high speed rail. If you are against paying for a high-speed rail system, call your government representative now. Send an email- quick, easy and it’s documented in writing. Or next year, you’ll see your personal income taxes go way up, while you pay for up to a 20 billion dollar train between Calgary and Edmonton. Check out high speed rail comments made by Transportation Minister, Rick McIvor this week. I am against putting my tax dollars towards a high-speed train and would much rather see another highway lane put on Highway 2 between Calgary and Edmonton with proper road sanding and clearing when required. Also upgrade secondary highways with the increased population that Alberta has seen since 1960! Let’s help all Albertans! Put it to a vote for next public elections. Debbie Newbery
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Residents allowed opportunity to speak with town council By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Town residents will now have the opportunity to speak up during a regular town council meeting. A new bylaw was passed Feb. 11 allowing people the opportunity to speak with town councillors for a two-minute period. The decision was part of the town’s Council Procedures Bylaw, which allows up to three groups to give their concerns or suggestions. Also the mayor can give control of the meeting to the deputy mayor to give councillors experience in running a council meeting. Credit card limit increase Councillors approved the increase of three MasterCard credit card limits with Servus Credit Union to $30,000 from $10,000, with a collective total of $90,000. Mayor Rick Bonnett, the director of corporate services and the CAO each have a credit card for purchases and there have been times where $10,000 has been insufficient when councillors attend conferences, explained Sandra Lund, acting director of corporate services. Bonnett said councillors were at a recent Alberta Urban Municipalities Association conference when his credit card was declined. Acting CAO Betty Quinlan said the credit card usage is strictly audited, which provides some security to the town. “There’s always a double check and they’re scrutinized and the auditor actually looks at every receipt.” Coun. Sandra Lyon asked how often issues with the cards being maxed out happen. Bonnett said there have been issues when councillors go to municipal conferences and Sarah Olson, economic development officer said when the town needs to make purchases for computer equipment or other items that are not billed, the credit cards need to be used, but there have been times the cards were close to being full. “It’s just when things culminate,” said Olson. The town’s auditor, Rowland, Parker and Associates, has recommended a credit card policy be created, which Quinlan said administration is working on. Year-end audit extension Administration is applying to Municipal Affairs for an extension on the town’s year-end audit. Lund presented the request to councillors stating that recent changes in administration and changes in staffing
and municipal software conversion has caused a challenge to get the audit done in time. The year-end audit submission was intended for May 1. “We’re wishing to extend it to Sept. 1,” said Lund. Council approved the request. Public hearing set for land-use bylaw A public hearing is set for March 11 at Town Hall to rezone a property located at 3915 46 A Street Close to high-density residential district from low-density multi family residential. The request came from David Clark, whose goal is to develop a vacant space within the existing building. Clark had applied to council in 2008 but was unsuccessful. The development authority of the day required the entire block be rezoned, explained Quinlan. Betty Jurykoski, planning and development officer for the Town of Ponoka, feels the new application is reasonable for the area. “His zoning, currently, is the only thing prohibiting him from developing that final suite,” she said. Off-street parking can be made available as there is already a two-car garage on the property and room for four spots, explained Clark. Jurykoski feels the proposal is consistent with the neighbourhood. Clark said he plans on attending to the public hearing to answer any questions. Five-year contract approved for assessment firm Councillors approved the renewal of a five-year-contract with Wild Rose Assessment Services. The company’s rates are for assessment, re-evaluations, interpretation and implementation of new legislation, re-inspections and a variety of other assessment services is $77,000 per year, approximately $22 per parcel based on 3,500 parcels. The fee stays the same for 2015 and increases to $22.50 per parcel in 2016, $23 per parcel in 2017 and $23.50 per parcel in 2018. Lund said the town has been using the company’s services for some years and usually signs a five-year-contract. “They currently provide services to 38 other municipalities.” Increase of staff at arena Amendt said the town now has eight staff, including himself, who have all been trained in operating the Zamboni at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex. He has also hired more part time and temporary staff to keep operations running smoothly at the arena.
Samson Cree have new chief By Mustafa Eric Samson Cree nation elected a new chief last week, replacing incumbent Marvin Yellowbird with Kurt Buffalo, one of the 12 candidates who put forward their names in the poll that took place on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Buffalo won the tight race with a majority of only four votes, with 259 against the 255 of the runner-up Vern
Saddlebeack. The new chief was not available for any comments immediately after his election. As Ponoka News went to print on Tuesday, the list of candidates for the election of the Samson Cree band council was being finalized. The vote for the new council members will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
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NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Family Day Thank You! The Town of Ponoka would like to extend a ‘Thank You’ to the following for their contributions to the n February 17th. 2014 Family Day Celebrations held on Bob & Co. Catering Word of Life Centre Ponoka Lions Club Ponoka Curling Club Ponoka Food Bank Ponoka Public Works e Ponoka Volunteer Fire Brigade Ponoka Arena Staﬀ KidSport Also... A special thanks to all the families lies that tha h t came out to celebrate and enjoy the day!
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EVENTS AND RECREATION Library Events DINNER AT THE LIBRARY: Come enjoy our 2nd Annual POTLUCK Dinner at the Library on Thursday February 27th, from 6:00-8:00! We ask everyone who attends to bring in a dish, along with the recipe. Enjoy a full meal and get some recipe ideas. The library will provide beverages, buns, plates and utensils, you provide the good company. Please call or visit the library to sign-up or for more information. STORY TIME: Ponoka Jubilee Library invites children ages 3-6 and their parents to come to Story Time! Held every Monday at 2:00 pm and Friday at 11:00 am, this program helps to introduce children to the library and reading, as well as helping them prepare for kindergarten through the use of tools during the crafting portion of the day. A story will be read, a craft will be made, a game made be played, and friends will be found! Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on all our events!
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Public Skating: Proudly sponsored by Ponoka Lions Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm **Shinny Hockey on Weekdays only**
Enmax Pond Hockey with the Red Deer Rebels! Thursday, February 20, at the Scott Seaman Outdoor Rink. Puck drops at 7:30pm. Autograph session to follow.
COUNCIL UPDATES & BYLAW INFO Next Town Council Meetings February 25, 2014 @ 7 pm Visit our website www.ponoka.ca for copy of the agenda.
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County leads pack By Amelia Naismith
Council denies second request for property tax forgiveness
With more than 90 per cent of its territory receiving direct high-speed Internet access. Ponoka County has been deemed to have, on a municipality basis, the best Internet coverage nation wide. By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Pre-2010, CAO Charlie Cutforth says, approximateA property tax forgiveness request has been ly 10 per cent of the county could receive access. “Like most municipalities, we kept hoping the private sector turned down by town councillors. would see a market in the rural sector. But we waited for A request came to the Town of Ponoka Feb. 11 years, and the coverage was so sporadic.” to forgive the 2012 property taxes and penalties in In early 2010, Cutforth attended a conference in Co- the amount of $647.71 on the property. The same rechrane put on by a number of rural gas co-ops across the quest came to councillors last year but was denied. province that were looking into electronically reading The owner of a manufactured home made a second meters rather than physical excursions. request after some discussion with town administra“They got together and looked at, if there was some tion. sort of high-speed Internet available, they could do their The homeowner met with assistant CAO Betty readings more efficiently,” said Cutforth. Quinlan to explain some of the mitigating factors “The service was at the same level as the major urin not paying the property tax. The resident owns a ban centres,” he added. Ponoka County received The Final Mile $500,000 manufactured home and rents property and Quinlan federal grant and finished up their discussions with CCI said there were some errors that caused the mistake. “There was new managers at the manufactured Wireless (called Corridor Communications at the time) home park, the old managers always kept the town for seven high-speed towers to be erected across the updated on who the residents were,” she explained. county. Individual property owners pay tax just on the The total cost for the county was $1.7 million and the grant went into helping to pay that cost. Cutforth mobile homes and not on the land, said Quinlan. The says while Ponoka County had to front the entire cost, new resident was paying rent and was unaware of the they also entered into an agreement that CCI could pur- taxes and the new managers did not notify the town chase the towers over a 15 years. of the change, which caused some issues. “When those towers got built we thought ‘oh beauty, “She didn’t become aware that there was taxes we’re done,’” said Cutforth. However, once the towers owing,” said Quinlan. were constructed, it was found that there were still cusCoun. Teri Underhill was unimpressed. “I just tomers throughout the county that couldn’t receive direct think this is phooey to be honest.” access because of topography. She said property owners should get tax adjustIn 2012, Ponoka ments after land sales and asked if the person making County formed another agreement with two county residents who formed Missing Link, “which is YOU’RE INVITED TO A SPECIAL CELEBRATION intended erect to small towers in places CCI isn’t available,” Cutforth explained. To construct the 13 smaller towers cost a total of $270,000. However, the county received another grant to the tune of $240,000 and ended up having to pay only $30,000. Like CCI, Missing Link can also buy their We have new products towers from the county over a 15-year period. to show you. Stop by Because of obstacles to see the very latest! such as heavy tree coverage, Cutforth says there Factory reps on hand. may still be county residents without access to a signal. He says the county is willing to pay for small towers to go in if they’ll provide access to at least three households but he hasn’t received a call from someone without access in over a year. After Ponoka County joined forces with CCI, Cutforth says approxiAlberta Beef mately six other counties Burgers have either done the same or are in the midst of that process. Door Prizes
the request could show a statement of adjustment. “Anytime that you buy land or a manufactured home there’s a statement of adjustments,” said Underhill. The tax responsibility falls on the lawyers or homeowners finalizing a sale to ensure those taxes are paid, she explained. “And if you choose not to use a
realtor or a lawyer and do your deal privately then it is your obligation to know that,” added Coun. Sandra Lyon. Coun. Carla Prediger made a motion to table a decision to get more information from the person, but council defeated it. Underhill made the motion to deny the request, which passed 6-1 with Prediger voting against it.
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Youth centre looks for support from town council By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Visits to the Ponoka Youth Centre (PYC) have increased by 35 per cent last year. In 2013 the PYC received 13,686 youth visits, from 550 different kids, that’s 3,408 more visits than in 2012. Executive director for the PYC Beth Reitz met with town councillors Feb. 11 to show how important the operation has been to Ponoka youths and families. “We run one of the most successful teen youth centres in our province,” said
Reitz. She feels strong staff and positive collaboration with Ponoka and area schools have been important factors in the PYC’s growth. Many of the programs offered are meant to benefit kids’ life skills and Reitz feels there is a long-term benefit to what they offer at the centre. One of the programs is designed to help former Diamond Willow Middle School students’ transition to being taught at Ponoka Secondary Campus. Twice a week in the morning, PYC staff
bring smoothies and will check in with the students. They also check in at lunchtime and the PYC has logged 2,000 visits with students so far, explained Reitz. The PYC has been operating with another program under the same roof; Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). “It has worked phenomenally well to have those two programs (PYC and BBBS) together.” Organizers have taken the mentoring program to a new level with high school students mentoring younger elementary
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aged students at the centre. “We have about 20 of these going on right now and just the relationships between the high school and the elementary school…When they go to Grade 7, they’re going to know somebody in high school,” explained Reitz. She suggests the dollars used in mentoring programs is money well spent and brings future dollars into the community. “Every dollar that you invest into a mentoring program, the social return is $18. You can’t find that return on investment anywhere else,” said Reitz. She says benefits to the community come in the form of reducing juvenile crime between 3 to 6 p.m., and the risk of teen pregnancy is also reduced. This time-period is found to have more youth-related crime and the youth centre provides kids with activities to keep them busy. Some of the funding provided to the youth centre is at risk. Reitz said the centre receives 20 per cent of their funding from Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). The organization makes use of a home care contract and because FCSS is non-profit, it can provide funds to community efforts such as the youth centre. There is worry that contract will not be awarded to FCSS next year. “That’s a huge hit…We wouldn’t even know where to start to make that up,” said Reitz. Another 10 per cent of their funding was lost after the 2013 Alberta Budget was announced. Reitz asked council for financial assistance to keep the PYC and BBBS programs going. Coun. Marc Yaworski asked Reitz how much she was looking for. While Reitz said she knows the town has not given financial assistance before and realizes the budget is tight, making up for lost funds is still a concern. She asked for a minimum of $10,000 per year for the youth centre and $5,000 to $8,000 for BBBS program. FCSS provides $25,000 to BBBS and $40,000 to the PYC. Council did not make any decisions but Mayor Rick Bonnett thanked Reitz. “We don’t know what we have room for yet, but we will definitely look at it,” said Bonnett.
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There’s still time to nominate Ponoka’s young leaders By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Information released last year by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on the Big Brother Big Sisters mentoring programs provides encouraging data. The company released results from a study that for every dollar spent, the Social Return on Investment (SROI) is $18. The number is higher for economically disadvantaged participants at $23 SROI. Five hundred former mentors were looked at with a control group of individuals who were not mentored by a Big Brother or Big Sister. There were four life outcomes that were looked at: employment, philanthropy, life-skills and general well-being. The average cost to mentor these little brothers and sisters was $5,059. The study states those studied will generate an average tax revenue of $32,154, $49,819 in increased consumption, $5,856 in additional charitable volunteering and $890 in greater charitable giving. Key findings from the study: • 68 per cent of the individuals were employed full time compared to 58 per cent in the control group • 66 per cent self-reported volunteering compared to 43 per cent in the control group • 42 per cent agreed they were happy compared to 26 per cent in the control group • 42 per cent strongly agreed they had a strong network of family compared to 28 per cent in the other group. Methodology The BBBS SROI study compares the life outcomes of single parent children of very similar backgrounds who had a BBBS mentor with a group that did not have that experience. The differential life outcomes were then identified and attributed to the program based on self-reported causal assessments. BCG then translated the causal differential life outcomes into societal dollar impacts and compared them to the up-front investment on a Net Present Value (NPV) basis to generate the ROI. The study was undertaken by BCG using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. The qualitative research consisted of 50 one-on-one interviews where hypotheses were tested and refined in preparation for the quantitative research. All of the quantitative research was undertaken via online survey and weighted to ensure a representative socio-economic, demographic and geographic sample in Canada. Further detailed information is available at the following link: http://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/en/ home/newsevents/investinginkidsfuturespaysoff.aspx
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County receives more funding requests By Amelia Naismith With budget deliberations just around the corner, Ponoka County council is continuing to receive funding requests from organizations across the county. Five funding requests were set before councilors at their Feb. 11 meeting and they decided each one would be deferred for budget discussion; the budget meeting date is set for the end of March. Ponoka Ponoka Covered Wagon Handicapped Transport Society is asking for $1,800, which is the same amount as last year despite an increase in client trips from 3,170 to 3,821. The Ponoka Agricultural Society is also hoping for a sponsorship donation from the county. Sponsorship levels of the Ag Society range from $100 to more than $2,000. Rimbey Rimbey Junior Senior High School is in the midst of trying to raise the money to construct a new multi-use sports area, which would include a field for football and rugby as well as a red shale track. The approximated total cost for the project would be $350,000, but that doesn’t include the scoreboard that’s also being considered and the power to run it. The project would also include a structure for storage, and could be used as changing rooms for the players. The school already owns the land that would be used; it sits just west of the school and north of the community centre parking lot. “I haven’t got anybody to commit yet. It’s just an idea with an engineer drawing,” Bill Argent told council. Argent is helping spearhead the fundraising for the project and is the father to two students at the school.
Last year, the Town of Rimbey paid for Tagish Engineering for a drawing and quote. It was pointed out to council that the county didn’t contribute to Ponoka Secondary Campus, Ponoka Composite High School at the time, when its track was built. Rimbey boasts junior and senior six-man football teams as well as junior and senior girls’ rugby teams. Despite using subpar fields located at the elementary school playground, the rugby team has competed in provincials over the last five years and medaled four of those times, and last year the senior football team was the provincial champion. “As far as their track and field program, they don’t have a big track and field program, but they don’t have a facility,” said Argent. “They do have a track and field program somewhat at the elementary level. After that, because of the lack of facility, I think there’s just not much there.” “Too many large projects?” Council liked the idea of the sports park but CAO Charlie Cutforth says the issue with Rimbey right now is there are many large projects underway — the speedway just outside of town and the Agrim Centre — and that local funding resources are being continually tapped. Coun. Mark Matejka was also concerned that, once built, Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) will take control of the sports field and restrict community access. However, Cutforth believes that’s up to each individual school to decide. Argent says part of the reason the town paid for Tagish is because the parks and recreation department would like to see it as a community project as well. “Now there’s been a change in Rimbey council . . . but at the time they were very on board with that. “Now as far as the school division goes I don’t know, I haven’t had discussions with them,” he
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added. While Argent says the project has the approval of the WCSP, that’s all the school is getting from them at the time being. “At one time there was a proposal to put a facility in there. Unfortunately the school division does not have the funding to even attempt the project, from the information I’ve been able to gather.” Rimbey Historical Society is asking council for $150,00 to be used in multiple ways around its museum and park. Pauline Hansen attended the meeting on behalf the historical society and gave council a rundown of what the money would be used for. To keep the educational and visual technical tools at museum standards, the society would spend $10,000. Hansen says the park’s pond also needs repairs and renovations, which would come to another $10,000. A pond liner is needed because the dirt base is allowing algae to flourish at an out of control rate. Surrounding trees also need trimming. Funds are also needed to extend the museum’s artifact shelter. “It’s all jammed in there. It’s not even displayed properly,” said Hansen. Upgrades are also needed for the archive office; insulation is needed to control heating costs and the plumbing should be updated. Hansen says “bringing the office up to date” will cost around $20,000. Hansen says archive storage is expensive, especially when it comes to newspapers, yet it’s a necessary measure as the museum gets calls from as far as the United States seeking the history stored in the old papers. Each archival storage unit costs between $4,000 and $5,000 and Hansen is hoping for four or five units. Hansen also wants to expand the International Truck Museum and upgrade the site to entice a partnership with Travel Alberta. Driver shortage serious concern As the Blindman Handi-Van Society loses more drivers to old age, society representative Harold Kenney says the van no longer has enough drivers to operate efficiently and funds are needed to employ a full-time driver, rather than solely relying on busy volunteers. The van is down to four drivers, with each volunteer driving for one week out of the month. Rimbey Handi-Van used to run two vans, one in town and another for out of town trips. However, volunteers were being called when it wasn’t their week to drive and the number had to be cut back to one van. “We’re asking for $20,000 from the county,” said Kenney, who added the cost of a full-time driver would be around NEED A $35,000 per year. “We probably have a year or two years beCheck status of 3 Government fore it’s going to fall Grants/Assistance each worth apart,” he added. $5000 or more “But you don’t want to sit on your laurels, CHECK BIG IRON’S WINTER SPECIALDISCOUNT DISCOUNTPACKAGE PACKAGE you want to be proacWorth more than: $5000 PLUS FREE “KONTINUOUS SHOK” CHLORINATOR tive,” added Reeve Paul McLauchlin. 10 YR. TIME PAYMENT PLAN O.A.C t NO DOWN PAYMENT
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All of us have our own pet peeves As we soar through our day-to-day lives, there will always be some things that we do not always agree with and other subjects that really ruffle our feathers......right?? So should we just sit back and stew about it or should we speak out with our opinion on what might or might not help to solve the situation? Bottom line is we must never be afraid to express ourselves in a positive but not pushy manner on any issue that we wish. Among my pet peeves are: drivers who act like idiots and have no consideration for anyone else, politicians who make excuses after the fact but never do anything about it, chronic complainers, and people who act like snobs. Of course, after all that, I will admit that I also have some nagging and bad habits, but I really don’t mind sometimes being humbled, but positively corrected or assisted when I screw up or say something wrong. On top of the bad driver issue are those who continue to use a cell phone or stare down at their laps while behind the wheel. Once again the ‘powers to be’ claimed that they are going to clamp down on these ongoing culprits, but how tough will that be to police? Of course, there will always be those who continue to perform these idiotic and selfish distractions, speed through school or safety zones, and whatever, and should be nailed by the law with hefty fines and demerits that will either smarten them up or get them off the road. Before more people are injured or killed please appeal to everyone to shape up, put the gizmos away, pull over to take your calls or text, and start thinking a little more about the safety of others. For those who don’t co-
operate, we hope that soon you will look up from your distraction and see some red and blue flashing lights in your rear-view mirror. We should all realMike Rainone ize that everyone Hammertime can gain from our mistakes if we do something to correct them, and maybe we should thank those who care enough to let us know in a positive manner.....right?? Now let’s have a little fun. I feel that I am so fortunate to be able to just keep on writing for the Ponoka News during my retirement years. It is so much fun to play around with words, both to give a story meaning and also having a little fun with my friends and faithful readers. A ‘Lexophile’ is a sentence or word used to describe those who love to use their literary skills in rather unique ways, and here are just a few great examples. *With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress. *A dentist and a manicurist married, and now they fight tooth and nail. *One of the most important rules of winter, especially for children, is don’t eat yellow snow. *A boiled egg is hard to beat; and when you’ve seen one shopping centre you’ve seen a mall. *The guy who fell into the upholstery ma-
chine is now fully recovered. *My friend had a photographic memory which never developed; and when she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought that she would dye. *Police were called to a local day care Center where a three-year old was resisting arrest. *Always remember that those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end. Even newspapers make mistakes. After working in the newspaper business for close to 30 years, I can assure you that with all the material that comes in to go into each edition that a few mistakes are occasionally made, because after all us ‘newsy folks’ are always in a hurry, and nowadays our fancy computers have far too many keys, and ‘spell check’ makes mistakes also. Here are a few famous typographical boo-boos that have occurred in head-lines and advertisements over the years in various publications, and there will always be some, which, by the way, will usually be corrected in the next issue. *Marijuana issue sent to a joint committee. *City is unsure why the sewer smells *Statistics show that teen pregnancies drop off drastically after age 25. *Barbershop singers bring joy to School for the Deaf. *A meeting to discuss open meetings by Town Council has been closed to the public. *Sale in a local dress shop offered ‘Pants and slips half off’ and all ‘dresses seduced to half price.’ What would life be like if we didn’t have a sense of humour and couldn’t laugh and have a little fun once in a while? Time to start thinking spring, and then just go ahead, get outside, and have a great week, all of you..
Please clean after your pet Dear Editor, As a dog owner, I know the importance of being a RESPONSIBLE dog owner. That being said, I am also prepared when I take my dogs out for a walk. I live in a neighbourhood that has many people who walk their dogs on a regular basis. I really don’t appreciate people who take their dogs out and don’t bring anything with them to clean up after their pets when nature calls. With all this snow melting, I have found many “land mines” that sure don’t belong to my dogs. To me, this is just rude. The fact that I can watch people let their dog do their business on my lawn from my window, and then watch them walk away makes me angry. Why should I have to clean up after your pet. I have two of my own to clean up after. They even have these handy thing to attach to your leash that have little baggies in them for this reason. So, I ask all you dog owners out there, please pick up after your pet. You decided you wanted the responsibility to own a dog, you need to take responsibility for their messes, too! Ashley Maxwell Ponoka
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Winter Games thrilled Ponoka hockey players By Amelia Naismith Two Ponoka Peewee A boys survived their first taste of the Alberta Winter Games and the pleasures that went along with the experience. Noah Hackett and Jared Rice both made the Zone 4 team and played five games in all, coming out in sixth place. “I’d say we were a good team but the teams we played against were really good, too,” said Hackett. “It was really fun. There’s a lot of good players in our zone and you get to play on the same line as
them,” he added. During the second game, all of which were played in Banff, Rice pulled a muscle in his quad. He finished the game but was made to sit out the third period of the third game while physiotherapists attended to him. “It just started hurting about half way through. It was hard, I couldn’t skate very fast,” said Rice. Despite the injury Rice says he really enjoyed playing with the Zone 4 team. He says the biggest difference between playing for Ponoka and playing
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ment was hung out and waiting for them and there was a tub of Gatorade sitting in the middle of the room. “It was awesome,” said Rice. The boys were also exposed to another interesting feature of hockey in a competition as big as the winter games: “Sleeping in one room with a bunch of hockey players was really weird,” said Hackett, who added each of the eight teams was separated by curtains. During the games the boys also received some messages and inspiring words of encouragement from Olympians in Sochi on the jumbo screen.
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Rimbey FCSS fears home care contract loss By Amelia Naismith
Coming soon- Ponoka Home-school Thespians have been rehearsing at the Asker Church for their next act, Romeo and Harriett, an adaptation to comedy by Charles Lovett of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and curtains will be raised for the first performance on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the same church. “This a modern parody based on Romeo and Juliet and 36 home-taught students are involved” said director Debbie Zepick. The students come from a wide area, including Clive, Lacombe, Ponoka and south of Wetaskiwin and the work on the play started with the new year. Director Zepick said there would be a total of four performances, including the opening gala. The second production will be on Thursday, Feb. 27 and two more the following day, the first a matinee and then the evening show. The plot of the play, widely produced by mainly young troupes supported by schools and educational institutions throughout North America, involves young members of two rival families running two competing department stores falling in love, and despite some tragic incidents, joining hands in a happy ending. Photo by Mustafa Eric
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Just like many other FCSS organizations across the province, Rimbey FCSS is struggling with the idea they could lose their home care contract to a for-profit organization. During a presentation made to Ponoka County at their Feb. 11 meeting, FCSS director Peggy Makofka also mentioned Ponoka FCSS and their situation. “We’re very similar, we’re in a similar situation.” Across Alberta, especially in the cities, FCSS organizations have lost their home care contracts to for-profit and multi-national companies. “We have a concern, maybe even a fear that that could happen in the small rural areas,” said Makofka. She believes, when the contracts are not reawarded to FCSS, service levels drop, especially in rural areas. “We saw lots of these bigger outfits being quite shocked about trying to provide care in the rural areas. I don’t think it’s all they thought it was going to be.” “Home care can happen any time of the day. It’s scheduled care but you don’t get it all between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.,” said Makofka. Recently, she spoke to a service provider out of Edmonton who now owns one of the contracts. The woman was surprised how far Drayton Valley was from the city and how uneconomical driving out there to provide rural care could be. continued on page 18
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Cadets standing in salute at the annual Dining-in-Night on Saturday, Feb 15, in memory of the comrades fallen in Afghanistan.
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The traditional Dining in-Night of Ponoka’a Air Cadets Squadron took place on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Royal Canadian Legion hall with the attendance of Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Rod Fox. Before the start of the dinner, participants heard tributes being paid to three Canadian soldiers who lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan as part of Canadian contingent of NATO. They are Petty Officer Second Class Craig Blake of Canadian Navy, Private Colin Wilmot of Canadian Army and Corporal Dany Fortin of Canadian Air Force. A small table was placed in front of the head table and cadets put the wedge caps on the plates in memory of their sacrifice for the nation before standing in salute. A tribute read: The tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motive when answering the call to duty; the single red rose reminds us of the life of each of our fallen comrades; the vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our determination to remember our fallen comrades; a slice of lemon is to remind us of the bitter fate of those who will never return; a pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by the families of those who have sacrificed all; the glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us at this time; the chair is empty as they cannot join us tonight. Following the dinner there was live and silent auction for a variety of items.
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Highway II development study comes to county By Amelia Naismith
county must produce an area structure Ponoka County’s Highway II cor- plan for each intersection or possible ridor study and development plan each quarter section as well as for is falling into place, as five major improvements the Alberta Governhighway intersections have been ment may want to make to the roads highlighted for encouraged develop- in the future. When he ran the idea past Alberta ment in the area. Transportation, he was told to not inCounty CAO Charlie Cutforth clude Gee Road in the project. “They contracted Bob Riddett, a retired manager of West Central Planning said forget Gee Road intersection, Agency, to spearhead the special it only works in one direction and they’re not sure how long that one’s project. Other counties up and down the highway corridor are already taking advantage of their location to the heavily traveled road to entice business of commercial and industrial nature, and Ponoka County Council is ready to take that step as well. “I think the driving force behind this is that a lot of businesses want and need good road access, paved highways that are well maintained, not too many road bans,” said Riddett. The five intersections along Highway II within the county are Highway 53 on the west and southeast sides, secondary highways 611 and 605, Matejka Road and Menaik Road. “At Charlie’s request, we looked at whether we should allow this in Ponoka County, what LISA SMITH the rules might be, what Associate real estate central alberta sort of businesses we 403-704-0646 6000 - 48 Ave., Ponoka might expect to get in these locations,” RidEXECUTIVE ACREAGE dett told council. - Custom built in 2005 Council was rec- Over 4900 sq ft ommended to reserve developed the areas for business- 5 bdrms, 4 baths, triple garage es that would benefit - All the bells & most from the exposure whistles of executive along Highway II and living dictate with a list of ap- Fantastic location proved uses in the land within minutes of town use bylaw. Acceptable uses Book your showing today. would include, but not Call Lisa be limited to, warehouses, recreational vehicle sales and rentals, auction marts, trade Jane Wierzba shops, truck stops, gas 403-358-8770 real estate central alberta Buying or Selling, stations, restaurants, 6000 • 48 Ave, Ponoka call Jane! and hotels and motels. “My guess is hotels and motels might be a bit iffy,” said Riddett. He feels it would be - well maintained older unlikely to acquire muhome nicipal sewer and water - 2 bdrms & 1 bath - at the locations, with - many upgrades the exception of Highincluding shingles, furnace, hot water way 53; he doesn’t want tank, & most windows any business that would - superb location consume huge amounts close to downtown amenities & schools of water because most will be on well systems. $ Riddett says, to move forward, the
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continued from page 15 Along with the multi-nationals, Makofka says Rimbey FCSS also feels a threat from Bethany Group, which is why she’s thrilled with the promise made by the Rimoka board that Bethany won’t be seeking the contract. “That promise was obliviously made with previous members of the board, too, but we’ll revisit that promise,” said Reeve Paul McLauchlin. Rimbey FCSS started their program in 1982. “In the beginning, we started with home support, which is house keeping and helping people stay in their own home with meal prep and laundry. We did personal care, which is through the contract with Alberta Health Services,” said Makofka. “The goal of our agency is to help people stay at home longer,” she added. Because of the contract, Rimbey FCSS runs with a small profit each year, allowing more programs and staff to remain on board, as well give funds back to the community. Makofka says, if they lose the contract, they’ll also lose those funds and other community organizations will have to look elsewhere for their own funding. Although Makofka thinks Rimbey FCSS, as it is now, can keep pace with larger outfits, the organization is going through an accreditation process to maintain a competitive edge and prove it’s the best holder of the contract. “It’s not mandatory requirement until December of 2016.” The process runs at about $10,000. “But we want to keep pace, we want to have a good quality of care and keep the standard up,” said Makofka. She’s been in touch with two Alberta Health Care workers, Ernie Clarke, who handles the contracts, and David O’Brian, a senior vice-president for mental health and health services. “We wanted to share with them kind of what I’m telling you today; we think we’re doing OK. He actually reassured me that we do very well and he said he knows of the Rimbey and Ponoka programs,” said Makofka. “He does feel we’re providing good service and in fact, he doesn’t have the final say, but he’s hopeful we’ll just be offered an extension on the contract,” she added.
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“Farmers’ rights under threat” NFU says By Mustafa Eric
will also diminisih the furnction and role of Canada’s public plant breeding system financed by the farmers in the form “check-off”s and increase the role of private agricultural corporations and allow them to have a bigger say in what Canadian farmers will be able to grow. Slomp said if the legislation is passed, farmers would have to pay a lot more for one of their main inputs in their farming operations. During his presentation to about two dozen farmers at the Bluffton community hall, Slomp made a reference to the case of Schmeiser vs Monsanto case (http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Monsanto_Canada_Inc._v._Schmeiser) whereby a Canadian farmer, Percy Schmiser had to go up to the Supreme Court to defend his case that his field was contaminated with patented seed and that he had not intentionally used the Monsanto-produced canola seed in his 1997 planting season. Statistics Canada figures show that after the Schmeiser case, commercial seed expenses in the Prairies rose from an annual $150m to $400m.
Jan Slomp, president of Canada’s National Farmers’ Union was in Bluffton Hall on Thursday, Feb. 13, trying to raise awareness against what he called Harper government’s second major step to wrest power away from farmers to hand to big corporations. Slomp addressed a meeting of the area farmers to appeal to them to join the campaign against Bill-C-18, under which Harper government will switch allegiance from UPOV 1978 to UPOV 1991, restricting the rights of farmers to save, store, clean and use seeds from their own crop in favor of big agricultural corporations like Monsanto, which then will be able to make the farmers pay royalties for the use their own seed. UPOV is the French acronym for Union Internationale pour la Protection des Obtentions Vegetale (International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants), and it is an international convention that establishes rules for recognizing, ensuring and defining intellectual property rights of breeders of new plant varieties. From “right” to “privilege” President of National Farmers Union Jan Slomp explains to area farmers the threat to their right Slomp said in an interview that if of saving seeds under the proposed legislation by the federal government. Photo by Mustafa Eric the government does go ahead and switch com9th Annual mitment from UPOV Bulls 1978 to UPOV 1991, the on Offer farmers will have their thousands of years old traditional right to keep March 1, 2014 seed from their own crop 1:00 P.M. changed into a “priviRimbey Auction Mart lege” which can be taken MARCH 19, 2014 Rimbey, AB away without any legisView or Bid lation or any other legal This supplement SALE LIVE process, just by a deciONLINE features the latest in: sion of an authority. View Videos & Catalogue Online at According to Slomp, Farming • Livestock vjvauction.com www.cuttingedgebullsale.com under UPOV 1991, a Technology • Seed & Feed plant breeder will have %/$&. 5('$1*866,00(17$/ not only the right to Crops • Equipment claim royalties from a farmer for a particular EIGHTH PAGE $125 crop for up to 20 years, but the breeder will also be able to dictate the LCE 103A LCE 80A LCE 30A QUARTER PAGE $195 amount of seed a farmer can save for the next season of planting. HALF PAGE $355 Slomp described this change as the second major blow to Canadian FULL PAGE $575 farmers after the disVAW 21A VAW 37A GNW 27A mantling of the single desk marketing authority SPOT COLOUR: $35 of the Canadian Wheat FULL COLOUR: $65 Board. The draft legislation which comes as part of SHOW YOUR SUPPORT LHVS 71A LHVS 26A LHVS 81A an Omnibus Bill, the FOR THE AGRICULTURE Agricultural Growth Act
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Knowledge Exchange for Farmers Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has announced that two “Knowledge Exchange” events will be organized in central Alberta in the first week of March to enable area farmers to learn about new mobile communication technologies and their use in farming operations. The events, first at the Vermilion Senior Citizen Centre on March 3 and the second at Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club in Drumheller the next day, will be free for any farmers willing to participate. Online registration is available at www.fcc.ca/learning or willing participants can also call 1-888332-3301. “During this workshop, participants will learn how mobile technology can be a perfect fit for their farm and how smartphones, tablets and the right mobile applications can help them manage their business,” a press release by the
FCC said “Attendees will know what to look for in selecting a service provider, learn how wireless can help in their day-to-day activities, discover functionality they might not know they have, learn which apps are most useful in agriculture and get input into which device might be right for them.” The speaker in both events is Peter Gredig, a corn, soybean and wheat producer based near London, Ont., who has a background in agricultural media and communications. For more information about this FCC Ag Knowledge Exchange event or to schedule an interview, contact Éva Larouche by calling 1-888-780-6647 or emailing eva. email@example.com
Justified Arguments The second week of trade in the grain markets was highlighted by the release of the U.S.D.A.’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates on Monday, Feb. 10. For a report that isn’t historically known to create buzz in the markets, this W.A.S.D.E. showed significantly lower ending stocks for both wheat and corn, pushing those markets up. Specifically U.S. corn carryout for the 2013/14 marketing year came in at 1.481 billion bushels, well down from January’s forecast of 1.631 billion bushels and the pre-report expectations of 1.619 billion bushels. The bullish downgrade was mostly the result of U.S. corn exports being increased 150 million bushels. As for wheat, ending stocks were lowered by 50 million bushels (45 million bushels more than the trade was expecting) due to increased exports for a forecasted 2013/14 carryout of 558 million bushels. As the old adage goes, the cure for low prices is, well, low prices. However, corn is still having a tough time breaking over the $4.50 per bushel level (almost 1.5 billion bushels is still a lot!). In all reality, until the seeders are put way in late spring 2014, it’s hard to justify an aggressive bullish approach. Oats futures have been playing the volatile card recently as the logistical issues hitting Western Canada is limiting movement of supply through the pipeline to U.S. millers. The fundamentals behind the recent price increases on the Chicago Board of Trade are sound: about 45 per cent of the U.S. supply is imported from Canada and with less railroad movement, this would intuitively drive up the price. Further, the 21 per cent stocks-to-use ratio expected this year in America is fairly tight compared to the average, providing another catalyst to push price up. One has to remember though that this is the price for delivery into only a few locations in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. With that in mind, potentially driving your oats directly to these points could get you a price similar to the futures price, but here in Western Canada, where ample supplies exist, it’s hard to expect it. On that note, lately we’ve been hearing more
arguments that the Canadian Wheat Board’s single-desk deregulation is the catalyst that triggered this entire logistical quagmire we’re seeing here in the Prairies. Undoubtedly, the C.W.B. held a significant position as to Brennan Turner efficient railcar distriFarmLead Breakfast Brief bution and movement. Without them, the argument is that there’s no order. This is false. In any new open market, there is a period of adjustment. Last year, everyone got nine or ten dollar wheat and we were happy but when the price drops, it’s time to point fingers. There’s a myriad of factors that hit the markets this year (i.e. huge crops everywhere for one). The reality is, this new free market is in its infancy. You can’t call a newborn baby disrespectful because they cry a lot – from an economics perspective, correlation does not imply causation. Remember how Steven Stamkos was called a flop his rookie year in Tampa Bay under Barry Melrose? Look where he’s at now. To growth, Brennan Turner President, FarmLead.com Brennan Turner is originally from Foam Lake, SK, where his family started farming the land in the 1920s. After completing his degree in economics from Yale University and then playing some pro hockey, Mr. Turner spent some time working in finance before starting FarmLead. com, a risk-free, transparent online and now mobile grain marketplace (app available for iOS and Android). His weekly column is a summary of his free, daily market note, the FarmLead Breakfast Brief. He can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (1-855-332-7653).
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Young volleyball athlete A book for jobseekers remembers the winter games and managers By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Although her volleyball team did not earn a medal at the Alberta Winter Games, Lauren Bussiere of Ponoka thrived in the high-pressure environment. Her team represented Zone 4 at the winter games recently in Banff and Canmore and they almost made it to the gold medal match. The stakes were high, though, and the best young volleyball athletes in the province also wanted a chance at glory. “All the teams were good,” said Bussiere. During the match that would qualify her team to compete for the gold medal, Bussiere said her team trailed behind in points. They rallied to even the score in both games of the qualifying match but the deficit was too large to close the gap. “We fell behind in both of them.” While not completely ready for this level of volleyball, Bussiere found herself enjoying close games against her opponents. “It’s a lot tougher than what I play in high school,” said Bussiere. “It definitely made me want to step up my game,” she added. There was a high energy level in all her games and while it created some stress on the young volleyball
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player, it also helped her to do better. The bronze medal game against Calgary was close enough that Zone 4 took Calgary to a tie-breaker game. “It was close.” They beat Calgary 20-25 in the first game, lost 25-20 in the second but could not keep the momentum of the first game to win the tie-breaker and secure the bronze medal. “If you’re going to get behind you really have to work to get it back. It was close but just not in our favour,” said Bussiere. She enjoyed seeing other Ponoka athletes supporting her team during some matches and despite not having time to see the other sporting events, enjoyed supporting the boys’ Zone 4 volleyball team. Bussiere’s mother Susan, feels the entire winter games is a healthy competition for young athletes. She enjoyed seeing parents and families support those involved. “It was an exciting atmosphere,” said Susan. Bussiere looks forward to continue playing volleyball with her club team and is eager to play the next seaSubway Fresh son of volleyball.
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Close game for senior boys basketball at St. Augustine By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Hard work by the senior boys basketball team at St. Augustine Catholic School was not enough to win a league game last week. The Kings lost 58-55 to the Huskies of St. Dominic Catholic High School from Rocky Mountain House Feb. 11. The Kings were up for most of the game, said coach Adam Bowie, but were unable to adjust their defense enough to win. “They just kept running the ball…and didn’t get back fast enough.” Bowie said the Kings were disappointed in their performance but a look at a video of the game showed strong skills in some areas. He coached his players to work on adjusting their defense and offence to
the meet the opposing team. The Kings played the Huskies earlier in the season and won by a large margin, which Bowie feels may have given his team some false confidence. The Huskies had some new players and played hard every minute of the game. For the Queens it was a different story altogether; the senior girls team soundly defeated St. Dominic 60-27. Bowie said the senior girls coach, Kevin Prediger, had been working on the Queens full-court press and it was working. Most of the game the Queens had a strong lead and in the fourth period were able to open up that lead further in the fourth period. The Kings’ record so far is 2-6 and the Queens are 3-5 in the season.
Jennifer Henderson jumps to shoot another one of her at least half a dozen 3-pointers in the Queens’ game against the Saints of St Joseph from Whitecourt on Saturday, Feb. 15. Photo by Mustafa Eric
St Augustine Queens win championship in style Mustafa Eric Senior Queens of St. Augustine won the championship of the Girls Shine Tournament over the weekend with emphatic victories in all of their three games, thanks to an iron-clad determination, smart coaching and team solidarity. The tournament, which opened with the local team hosting Breton High Friday afternoon, promised to be an exciting event from the very first game, in which the Queens overpowered their guests with a score of 50-32. In their second game, the Queens did not waiver in their determination and defeated Christ The King of Leduc 51-43. This brought the Queens to the championship final against St. Joseph Saints of Whitecourt Saturday evening. The game was almost a textbook example of how good defense wins games and championships. St. A girls built up an almost impenetrable wall in front of their paint in the first period and allowed only
one point to the opposition in the first 10 minutes, and that point came through a free throw. When the buzzer went off, the scoreboard was showing a lead of 12 points for the local side: 13-1 at the end of the first period. In the second period, St A girls kept the good defensive posture, quickly getting into double-teaming formations and forcing the opponent to commit shot clock violations and turnovers. In the offense, in the meantime, their ball movement steadily improved and almost professional-level 3-point shooting by Jennifer Henderson helped the Queens carry their double-digit lead to the second half: 19-9. With the confidence of their well-established position in the first half, the Queens continued to put pressure on the Saints of St. Joseph in third and fourth periods as well. At the end of the 40 minutes, the Queens declared they were the masters of their gym. This weekend St. A kings will be hosting the Boys Shine tournament at the school gym.
Darien Lloyd, with the St. Augustine Kings, makes a lay-up Feb. 11 against the St. Dominic Catholic High School Huskies. The Kings lost 58-55. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Speed skater faces loss at nationals competition By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
“When another adversity happens, I can deal with it. I can handle it.” Speed skater Maddison Pearman
Photo by Marc-Antoine Caron
Every athlete can tell a story of personal loss or growth as they attempt to attain their goals. For speed skater Maddison Pearman, that story came during junior nationals in Saskatoon, Sask. recently. The 18-year-old skater faced a real challenge as she had been recovering from a skating accident that gave her a concussion last October. Pearman was taken out by another skater on a corner of a racetrack and spent one month away from hard training. The loss in time meant she fell behind her junior Alberta team counterparts. “It was a pretty bad slip…And that put me down in the rankings.” Heading to nationals, Pearman knew she was faced with a tough challenge as she was the underdog and a fall early in the first 500m event did not help; she fell to seventh place. Pearman needed to be in the top four to make it to the nationals team. That did not stop her from shaking off the dust and trying harder during the 1,000m, 1,500m and 3,000m events. Pearman forced herself to regain focus and prepare for the other heats. Her overall performance was strong, placing fourth and fifth in 1,500m and 1,000m events, respectively, but the one that mattered the most was the 3,000m race. Pearman had to finish at least fourth — as she was fifth overall — for a chance to make the national team. She had a mental race against herself, because a speed skater who was just ahead of Pearman in points would race in a different 3,000m heat after
Pearman. This meant her opponent would know what time was needed to beat the Ponoka athlete. Watching the girl race and comparing her time to Pearman’s was a stressful moment for both Pearman and her mother. It was one of Pearman’s best performances of the competition, though and she was faster than the other girl. “I think it was the best 3,000m I possibly could have skated at that time,” she stated, and her skills are improving daily. But the committee organizing the national team chose the other girl to represent Canada, which left Pearman devastated. “I haven’t really dealt with anything like this yet,” she explained. The decision left her wondering about her future in speed skating. She did some soul-searching, however, and realized the sport is something she loves. Pearman said she is getting stronger as the days progress. This setback, while tough to deal with, has provided her with the strength and desire to perform better in the future. “When another adversity happens, I can deal with. I can handle it,” she affirmed. Her goal is to represent Canada in the 2018 and 2022 Winter Olympics and this test makes Pearman want to prove to herself and organizers that she deserves to be on the national team. Pearman trains six days a week with the help of local sponsors such as Rip’N Ronnie’s Fitness and she was able to use a $500 grant, provided by the Town of Ponoka to travel to Saskatoon for nationals.
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Minor Hockey round-up By Amelia Naismith
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Over the Valentine’s Day weekend, Ponoka and Maskwacis Minor Hockey teams added more wins, losses and tie games under their belts. Atom Tier 1 Maskwacis Atom A Chiefs lost their Feb. 15 away game against the Thunderstars Atom A, 10-3. Calvin Williams scored once and Jason Mackinaw Jr brought home two. On Feb. 16 Maskwacis tied their home game with the Eckville Eagles, 8-8. Kihew Lee earned a hat trick, Dayzel Bull and Damian Omeasoo both scored twice while Jason Makinaw scored once. Atom Tier 3 Ponoka Atom A team tied Delburn 5-5 in a Feb. 14 away game. Colter Bresee scored twice and Joshua David, Levi Busat and Alex Brackenbury Lewis McDowell of all scored once. The following day Ponoka lost to Sundre Atom Ponoka Bantam StamHuskies 7-5. Zachary Rausch, Alex Brackenbury, Colpeders takes the shot to ter Bresee, Kael Street and Gavin Allen-Prefontaine all score his second goal scored once. within 30 seconds in Atom Tier 4 Maskwacis Atom C Chiefs clobthe second period of bered Rocky’s Atom B2 team 12=3 on Feb. 16. Stephan the game against the Brown scored 5 times and Nathan Deschamps and Tyrivisiting team on Satur- kis Buffalo both scored twice. Blake Whitebear, Rielly Saddleback and Ethan Ermineskin each brought in one day, Feb. 15 goal. Photo by Mustafa Eric Atom Tier 5 Ponoka Atom B won their Feb. 15 home game against Lacombe Atom C Rockets, 4-2. Dex Wager scored twice, Kevin Kammer and Levi Harbin both scored once. SAVE the GST before end of February Peewee Tier 1 MaskGold Membership wacis Peewee A Chiefs $ 00 (unrestricted Membership - Single) 350 lost 10-2 to the Bentley $ Family Membership 77500 Peewee A Bruins, Feb. 15. Carson Baptiste scored Student Membership (18-22 years) $20000 both of the team’s goals. $ 00 Intermediate Membership (13-17 years) 125 The next day the team lost 6-5 to Red Deer SunJunior Membership (up to 12 years) rise Roofing. Nolan Twins $ 8000 and Ashten Littlechild both scored once while Ethan Smallboy earned a hat trick. Phone 780-372-2333 Peewee Tier 4 or 403-741-6215 Ponoka Peewee B team lost their Feb. 14 home Sale Ends firstname.lastname@example.org game against Eckville’s Feb. 28/14 team 11-3. Ethan Little, Travis Hyink and Connor Macleod all scored once. continued on page 31
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A sincere thank you to the doctors, nurses and support staff for the compassionate care given Louie while in hospital. For the many beautiful cards, flowers and donations and visits to the house. A special thank you to Pauline and Harvey Collins, Mary Lou and Lawrence Henkeleman, Frank Bednar, Evelyn Morrow, and Glenco Resources Ltd. for all you did. Thank you to Marlon, Sheila and Deidra, also the Sunshine Singers, and the Anglican Ladies for the lunch, and to Pastor Len for his kind words. God Bless you all. Elaine and family.
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Accounts Receivable Administrator – (Full Time - Maternity Leave) Exhibiting professionalism and the ability to think outside the box, your role will be to effectively perform all tasks necessary to maintain current, accurate receivables and payables systems. You will be responsible for reconciling and posting of invoices and billing from the field, spreadsheet and ledger balancing, weekly and monthly report maintenance and monitoring the status of accounts. Assisting in timely resolution of vendor and customer concerns and management of accurate files is also within your scope. As the ideal candidate, you will possess one to three years advanced proficiency in an accounting or data-entry related position, and will be familiar with the pipeline construction industry. You are a definite team player, whose exceptional organizational and multi-tasking skills are complemented by your ability to communicate on all levels. Being self motivated is vital – along with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple objectives. You are proficient in MS Office software; experience in Explorer Accounting Software is also an asset. In return for your skill and enthusiasm, Big Country offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits package, combined with long-term career development. Candidates are invited to submit a resume with cover letter and references before March 3rd to:
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Employment Opportunity COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, this new position is responsible for the planning, preparation and delivery of communications for the Town of Ponoka to ensure citizens are well informed and to keep Council and administration advised of public opinions. In this permanent part-time position (approx. 3 days/week), the incumbent will be responsible for the development and implementation of a communications strategy for the Town including coordination with Town departments, external partners and in obtaining community feedback. Duties and responsibilities of this position include: • Develop, implement and align communication plans and strategies to support the objectives and services of the Town. • Provide strategic communications tools, using best practices to support administration to proactively identify and mitigate issues. • Coordinate and manage the Town’s print, electronic, radio and TV advertising for all departments. • Draft and edit a variety of communication materials, including newsletter, web copy and information documents. • Write/edit news releases, speeches, briefings and other communications materials as appropriate. To be effective in the performance of this position, an individual would require the following knowledge and skills: • A degree in communications, journalism, public relations or related field with a minimum of five years related experience, preferably in a municipal setting. • Ability to lead Town communication initiatives. • Excellent written and oral communication skills. • Excellent computer program, internet and office management skills. The successful candidate will be required to submit a satisfactory Criminal Record Check. To obtain a copy of the position description, please contact Betty Quinlan, Acting Chief Administrative Officer at (403)783-0129. Submit resumes to: ATTENTION: Betty Quinlan Acting Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Ponoka 5102 – 48 Avenue, PONOKA, AB T4J 1P7 Fax: (403)783-4086; Phone: (403)783-0129 email: firstname.lastname@example.org This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer the Human Resources Officer is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, controlling and analyzing the human resources functions. This is a new permanent part-time position and the incumbent will work approximately 3 days per week. Duties and responsibilities of this position are to: • Provide support to Directors and managers through consultation and review of policies, procedures and new initiatives. • Strategically plan for the Town’s human capital needs in collaboration with Town management staff. • Develop and implement human resources programs and procedures that optimize staffing and align workforce with strategic and operational goals. • Human resources programs include policy development, compensation, employee relations, workforce planning, training, organizational development, performance management, and recruitment & retention. To be effective in the performance of this position, an individual would require the following knowledge and skills: • Minimum three to five years of progressively responsible human resources generalist experience, preferably within a Municipal Government setting. • CHRP designation is required. • Sound knowledge of employment and labour legislation, including but not limited to Employment Standards Act (Alberta), Alberta Human Rights, FOIP, and principles and practices of human resources administration. • Strong verbal and written communication skills matched with the ability to negotiate and build relationships with key stakeholders as well as an ability to interact with employees at all levels of the organization. The successful candidate will be required to submit a satisfactory Criminal Record Check. To obtain a copy of the position description, please contact Betty Quinlan, Acting Chief Administrative Officer at (403)783-0129. Please submit resumes to: ATTENTION: Betty Quinlan Acting Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Ponoka 5102 – 48 Avenue, PONOKA, AB T4J 1P7 Fax: (403)783-4086; Phone: (403) 783-0129 email: email@example.com This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
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Required Quali¿cations: • Valid Alberta Journeyman Power Lineman / Powerline Technician Certi¿cate or Interprovincial Red Seal. • Dependent on applications received, a fourth year Apprentice may be considered. • Valid Emergency First Aid Level or above. • Valid Alberta Class 3 Vehicle Operators License with Airbrake Endorsement preferred or willingness to achieve. • Current Criminal Record Check and suitable Driver’s Abstract. Required Skills: • Self-starter with the ability to work independently and with minimal supervision. • Strong interpersonal, team participation and communication skills. • Distribution operations, construction and maintenance knowledge and skills. • Excellent customer relations. • Safe work skills including knowledge of safe work and job planning procedures. Desirable Skills Include: • Experience in the operation of a Digger an asset. • Standby and troubleshooting experience an asset. • 25 kV rubber glove and hotline work knowledge an asset. • Computer knowledge an asset. Other Duties: • Assist other Town Departments with work activities including snow removal, tree trimming and operating other equipment vehicles when required. Participation in the On-Call rotation is a requirement of this position and the successful candidate must reside within 10 km of the Town of Ponoka Limits (this item may be negotiated) This position is open until a suitable candidate is found. For a complete copy of the job description, contact email@example.com Please submit resume and references to: Town of Ponoka 5102 – 48 Avenue, Ponoka, AB T4J 1P7 Fax: (403)783-4086 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Employment Opportunity The Town of Ponoka has an immediate opening for the position of Apprentice/ Power Line Technician for the Town’s Electrical Department. Reporting to the Line Foreman, this position is responsible for construction, operation, maintenance, and metering of the overhead and underground distribution system within the Town of Ponoka.
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High School diploma Three years operations experience with maintenance management and periodic maintenance program experience Knowledge and/or experience with computerized control systems and maintenance management would be beneficial Minimum a 5th class steam ticket would be preferred but not mandatory Until suitable candidates found
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Under supervision, this position performs a variety of maintenance duties on various types of equipment, buildings; and grounds under the direction of the Department Supervisor and/or other maintenance workers in accordance with acceptable standards, regulations, safety, policies and procedures. The work is defined as semi-skilled, routine, manual, becoming somewhat independent.
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SHOP/PARTS PERSON The responsibilities will include ordering and organizing parts, data entry, record keeping and general shop duties. Reporting directly to the operations manager, the individual will have excellent communication skills, organized and general computer knowledge. Some training will be provided, but must have some general trucking and parts background. Excellent wages and company benefits Please submit applications to: Calnash Trucking 6526 44 Avenue, Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1J8 Fax: 403-783-3011 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Attn: Shop/Parts Person)
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Box 1100 4905 50 St. Rimbey, AB T0C 2J0
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Have a rewarding career with a company you’ll be excited to represent. Big Country Energy Services Inc. is a premier pipeline and facilities construction company servicing western Canada and we’re currently looking to build our business with a dedicated team, who will prosper with us and share our focus of dynamic customer service. We’re currently accepting resumes for the following positions from anyone who has experience in our industry and shares our vision of a safe, responsible workplace:
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Big Country Energy Services is proud to lead the charge on creating a drug and alcohol free work environment; pre-employment testing is required. If you are looking to be part of an innovative team who offers competitive wages, comprehensive benefits and an excellent work environment, please submit your resume, copies of oilfield tickets and current driver’s abstract to:
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Resuming Weekly Sales Wed. Jan. 15, 6 pm FIRST ANTIQUE SALE Sun. Feb. 2, 1 pm
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