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Vol. 66, No. 13 | WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014 | 403-783-3311 | EDITORIAL@PONOKANEWS.COM
County looking at breaking even with 2014 budget Story on page 8
Reflections of Ponoka The great dynasty days of fastball in Ponoka Story on page 5
Union protests - Public-sector workers took to Town Hall March 20 and braved cold winds and snow to protest governmentproposed cuts to pensions.
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Public-sector workers protest in front of Town Hall Public-sector employees took to the streets across Alberta during the noon hour of March 20 to protest pension cuts proposed by the Alberta government. In Ponoka, public workers protested these cuts in front of Town Hall to send a clear message they do not approve of the cuts. Dubbed Pension Action Day, the protest was organized by the Alberta Federation of Labour and brought representatives from the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) and the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). Jason Heistad, executive secretary treasurer of AUPE stated in an interview that changes to pension plans will hurt small communities. He says rural communities such as Ponoka need to keep staff on hand. “That’s a retention piece.” Changes in the pension plan will affect areas with a strong public sector workforce. Ponoka is home to the staff of Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury and the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre, plus those employed by the Town and County of Ponoka. People working in the public sector buy their goods and services in the communities that they work and Heistad feels business leaders and chambers of commerce need to understand the financial impact of cutting the pensions. “That money is spread around within your county,” stated Heistad. One of the key slogans to the protest was Enough broken promises! Retire Redford! Premier Alison Redford stepped down from the top political seat the evening of March 19. “It doesn’t change anything right now because it’s the government that’s changing our pension plans,” Heistad stated. “It’s not Premier Redford, it’s the PC (Progressive Conservative) caucus we still have to fight,” he added. With Redford out of the picture, Heistad feels reparation between public sector workers and the
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Ponoka area woman dies after rollover east of Ponoka BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
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A rollover March 23 has claimed the life of a 35-year-old Ponoka area woman. Police and emergency crews responded to a call at 6:15 a.m. of a rolled GMC Envoy east of Ponoka on Highway 53. It is believed the driver lost control and the vehicle slid sideways into the ditch. This caused the vehicle to roll, which ejected the victim from the vehicle. It is uncertain what caused the collision and police say it is still under investigation. It is believed the deceased was not wearing a seatbelt. The identity of the victim was not released by the RCMP.
Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit worked together to stop a man with outstanding warrants last week. The man was driving a vehicle with a partially covered licence plate. A query of the plate indicated it was stolen. The driver, a 53-year-old man from Sherwood Park, was stopped at the Bear Hills rest stop on Highway 2 where officers determined he had a second stolen licence plate in the car. The suspect provided a false name to officers but after some investigation, it was determined he had warrants for his arrest in Edmonton, Leduc and Sherwood Park. It appears the vehicle he was driving was sold some years ago but never re-registered. He was charged with two counts of possession of stolen property and obstructing an officer.
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California men towing salvaged cars Three California men face traffic fines upwards of $15,000 after hauling salvaged vehicles in Highway 2 last week. Members of Ponoka Traffic Unit responded to a call of five cars travelling in a convoy at slow speeds. Witnesses say five cars were travelling at 50 km/h southbound near Ponoka, two of which were being towed. Officers stopped the convoy south of Ponoka and determined three California men bought four salvaged vehicles at an Edmonton auction. Two salvaged vehicles were towing the other two salvaged vehicles while the fifth vehicle, registered in California, led the convoy. The vehicles purchased were unregistered, uninsured and the drivers did not have permits to transport the salvaged vehicles nor export them to another country. The men claim they were taking the cars to the United States for personal use. The men plead guilty to the fines and made bail.
Medicated woman operates vehicle Despite being advised not to leave the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury, a central Alberta woman checked herself out and almost hit a gas pump with her car. The woman drove her car to a Ponoka gas station at approximately 10 km/h. She then drove over a curb and narrowly missed a gas pump March 21 at midnight. It was determined she was under heavy medication and was taken to a nearby motel to spend the evening.
Email fraud An email claiming to be from Revenue Canada appears to be making rounds. A Ponoka woman received one stating she was due for a refund of $581 dollars despite not having filed her taxes yet. All she had to do was provide personal information to a website. She provided her social insurance number, credit card number and other personal details. It is believed she
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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. • email@example.com
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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.
Worship Service 10:30 a.m.
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 Rev. Mitch Ramkissoon Worship Service 10:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. 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
Sunday @ 10:30 a.m. Corner of Hwy 53 & Hwy 2A (former Crossroads Restaurant)
PONOKA UNITED CHURCH Minister: Beatrix Schirner
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 5501 - 54 Ave. Ponoka 403-783-4141 Sunday Service: 10:30am Sunday School: 10:30am Pastor Tim Graff • trinityponoka.ca
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Name Christening of Legion rooms celebrated BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
In an effort to immortalize memories of veterans and fallen soldiers, the Ponoka Legion has renamed its main rooms. The Christening ceremony was held March 18 at the Legion, after 11 new members were initiated, where Chaplain Len Eichler led the group in a prayer and sermon considering each of the room’s names. “To memorialize, to commemorate has significance for the present,” said Eichler. “It also has significance for the future for people to follow,” he added. Members of the Legion made a motion to change the names last year after four special events from the world wars: • The game room is changed to the Vimy Ridge Room
Legion Dominion past-president Hugh Greene reads the purpose behind some of the room name changes commemorating past wars at the Legion March 18. Past-president Stan Orlesky watches on. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
• The board room is changed to the Juno Beach Board Room • The Veterans Memorial Auditorium is the name for the main auditorium • The clubroom is now the Dominion Lounge
Eichler concluded with a statement of Christening. Legion president Sybil Evans said changing the names gives the Legion a way to identify areas there as well as keep the memory of past wars alive.
Eating or catching a fish, where does God’s mindset lie? Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. It’s pretty basic concept. From all of my years going to church and reading my Bible, I’ve determined that God is more interested in teaching me how to fish than he is in feeding me. Now the great thing is He does feed people! (In fact he fed thousands with just a few loaves and fish). But Deuteronomy 8:18 says “Remember the Lord your God for it is He who gives you power to get wealth”. That could be the ability to have a healthy relationship with your spouse. That could be the wisdom of how to properly maintain your health and vitality. It applies to almost everything! Bottom line is this: God’s more interested in teaching you to prosper and be successful in life than he is in just feeding you. He wants to give you the power to be successful. He’s got a bigger picture in mind. He can help someone out of an immediate problem or need, or if someone is willing and will listen, He can teach them to prosper and equip them for life. God has a prosperity mindset. The difference between a poverty mindset and a prosperity mindset is this: A poverty minded person isn’t trying to learn how to fish or how to prosper. They’re just trying to get a fish, or a
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meal, or their rent, or whatever is on their mind at the moment. They’re just trying to figure out how to get their immediate need met. The prodigal son, found in Luke 15 had a poverty mindset. He wasn’t interested in his relationship with his father, the one who knew how to prosper and wanted to give him the ability to prosper. He was just interested in the stuff. His attitude was I don’t care about you or my relationship with you, just give me my stuff. The result was poverty. He
lost it all. It wasn’t a lack of possessions that was his problem. It was his mindset. People who believe that winning the lottery would solve their problems have a poverty mindset. That’s why the majority of lottery winners end up back where they started in a year’s time. Just give me my fish. Just give me my stuff. However, a prosperity minded person values their ability to prosper over stuff. They have learned to fish, or they have learned where their ability to prosper comes from and that is their focus. Job had a prosperity mindset. He valued his source, not his stuff. He lost everything he had except for one thing: he would not let go of his relationship with God, the source of his life. He recognized where his stuff had come from and when his wife wanted him to curse God and die, he refused. His attitude was, you can take my stuff, but not my source. You can’t touch my ability to fish! You will not touch my ability to prosper. You cannot touch my connection with God. The result? He ended up with double. What area of your life do you need to turn over to God so he can teach you to be successful in a particular area of your life? Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Reflections of Ponoka
THE GREAT DYNASTY DAYS OF FASTBALL IN PONOKA BY MIKE RAINONE FOR THE NEWS
It won’t be long before the leather will be popping, the bats will be cracking, and our Ponoka and district minor ball, slow pitch, and fastball teams will be out warming up for another exciting season. My tattered old ball glove and cleats have been retired now for about 25 years, but when this time of the season rolls around, I love to share the favourite memories of many years of chasing around our dusty town and county diamonds with a whole bunch
of good friends and true characters. Baseball was always popular for decades in and around Ponoka and districts, but it was in the 1950’s and sixties that the new generations also took on the exciting diamond sport of fastball. Many of us started out playing on local teams such as the Leland Lords, Baptists, Kinsmen, Moose, Morningside, Crestomere, Esso Colts, Elks, and on and on, and there was also a large number of ladies, mixed, and junior clubs, as well as a huge minor baseball and softball spring/summer program. The area was a hot-bed of
Photo courtesy of Fort Ostell Museum
With the coming of spring we casually wonder about the danger of floods around our usually lazy old Battle River. This amazing picture, which was taken in 1990, shows the vast area that was flooded on the east side of 50th (Railway Street) Ponoka, with water filling the river valley and extending well up into the Riverside district, as well as covering the decks of both the north and south bridges, and causing all sorts of damage for several days. Over the years we were always told not to panic, but be prepared.
keen competition, with town and district diamonds packed with league games and practises on the weekdays and tournaments on the weekends in front of hundreds of avid fans. Remember the Ponoka Royals? Jack (Jake) McMillen started playing baseball with the Ponoka Stampeders’ men’s team at the age of 15 in 1945. Along the way, this very energetic and sports minded gentleman coached Little League baseball, a ladies’ fastball team, ran a successful cement construction business, and he and his wife raised a family of three rambunctious girls. In 1972, McMillen formed the Ponoka Royals Fastball Club, who, under the sponsorship of Roy Rogers and Stelmack of the Royal Hotel, began playing in the very active town and district league. In 1973, the Royals joined the Lacombe and District Mens’ Fastball League and challenged teams that included the Blackfalds Red Sox, Lincoln, Lacombe Jets-Apaches-Braves, Alix Aces, Bentley, and Crestomere, and were later joined by the Ponoka Rancher Inn Raiders and Pirates. A few years later, the Royals entered into the prestigious Red Deer Fastball League, which featured the Arlington and Elks teams from Red Deer and a club out of Olds. Jack, who is a 60-year lifetime member of the Ponoka Fish and Game, also coached the Raiders after the Royals folded in 1986, and now at the age of 82, can now proudly share all the trophies and mementos while fondly looking back on over six decades as a player, coach, sponsor, promoter, and mentor to so many. Jake still enjoys expressing his hobby skills with his magnificent Taxidermy projects, as well as rooms full of exquisite wooden models that he has meticulously produced in his
This Ponoka Royals team won the championship of the Lacombe and District Fastball League in 1979. Proudly showing off the hardware are, back row, left to right: Jack Surbey, Don Brennan, Rich Bowie, Glen Long, Bernie Comeau, Gord Banco, and Cliff Rost; then kneeling in front is: Coach Jack McMillen, mascot Simon McMillen, Larry Goodwin, Randy Dool, Ron Wolansky, Rick Wyrozub, and Larry Saunders. Missing from the photo was Gord Surbey.
workshop and all depict our rugged Alberta lifestyles and heritage. Following his retirement from baseball and fastball, Jack donated the Royals pitching machine to the Ponoka Minor Ball program. Yours truly, who was not a very good player but could run like a deer, was thrilled to have had the amazing opportunity of playing with those Ponoka Royals and Raiders teams for over 30 years. The biggest thrill was just being a part of the great team spirit, heading out on the tournament trail throughout the province, sharing a few beers, helping to organize lots of local tournaments, and playing here at home in front of the greatest fans in Alberta. Over the years many of our local baseball and fastball players also carried on the grand old tradition of the dusty game by becoming coaches, umpires, sponsors, fans, and parents of ambitious new young players. Some of the players who dawned the blue then later yellow uniforms of the Ponoka Royals Fastball Club included: Glen Long, Bob Reddick, Marcel Comeau, Dave Joyes, Jack and Gord Surbey, Matson Johns, Larry Mickey, Ron Wolansky, Larry Saunders, Cliff Rost, Doug Hart, Bruce Hinkley, Don and Gord Banco, Rick Wyrozub, Bruce McMillan, Keith Baiers, Kirk Sheppard, Rich Bowie, Don Brennan, Larry Goodwin, and Randy Dool. Of course, I have forgotten some player’s names, so forgive me, because after all, that action occurred over 40 years ago, but please allow me to share some of the great memories. *Glen Long began pitching at the
age of 12 as a part of an active fastball family from Blackfalds. He went on to play the great game for over 45 years, many in Ponoka, where he once went head-to-head with Dick Bird in a local tournament game against Stony Plain that went 21 innings before the Royals won 2-1. *The Royals always took part in what was classified as the “world’s largest annual” fastball tournament, which attracted 48 teams to Mannville, Alberta. There are now very few fastball leagues left in the Province, but the mixed participation sport of ‘slowpitch’ is now going strong. *Ponoka was so well supported in their baseball and fastball programs during the roaring 50’s and 60’s that they were able to host many Provincial playoffs, as well as bring in celebrity teams such as: Jack and the Jesters, the Queen and her maids, The King and his Court (Eddie Feigner), and the always hilarious Donkey Ball. *The Ponoka Royals are hoping to hold a casual team reunion this summer on Saturday and Sunday-August 16th and 17th at the old ‘stomping grounds.’ Former players and partners who would like to attend are urged to contact Mike Rainone at 403-3415750 or Glen Long at 403-885-5284, and please pass the word around. In the meantime all levels and age groups of minor ball, fastball, and slow-pitch are urged to enjoy another great season of fun-competition on our Ponoka and district diamonds, where coaches, umpires, volunteers, and lots of spectators are always welcome to join in on the action.
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Resignations and rationality in government Danielle Smith, Canada’s conservative establishment leader of the main witnessed two major opposition Wildrose tremors within days Party, put the question of each other over the succinctly, although past week. The penot in as many words, rennial Jim Flaherty, in a dinner speech she Finance Minister of gave to supporters in the federal governCalgary last week: ment abruptly resigned After 43 years in saying he would go power, how could the into private sector. PoMustafa Eric Progressive ConservaEditor litical pundits quickly tives come to a point tied the resignation to whereby they had to Flaherty’s differences change two premiers with Prime Minister in three years? Stephen Harper over the issue of inIt is only natural that in a provcome splitting, an election promise ince like Alberta with strong growth that would benefit wealthy families prospects, young and energetic poliat the expense of lower bracket taxpayers, another ideologically driven ticians will have their chances to make contributions to the progress initiative of Mr. Harper’s. That Mr. Harper immediately of the society in more than one ways, replaced the finance minister with but one can not help wonder where Joe Oliver, who is understood to be the institutional memory is to be a better “yes man” from his first in- found to guide transition processes terview (in which he said he would during leadership changes and preimplement income splitting measure pare incoming leaders to the difficult although he admitted that he didn’t task of managing unexpected chalknow how it would work) is no sur- lenges. Of course, there is a bigger quesprise. Because Mr. Oliver knows a lot on the proposed Keystone XL tion. pipeline project and the prime minWinston Churchill is famously ister appears intent on remaining quoted with his statement that “It at the command centre during the has been said that democracy is the initiation and construction of that worst form of government except all pipeline project so that he could be in the others that have been tried.” a position to decide who takes how For his part, Karl Marx said big a slice from the cake. “Reason has always existed, but not Closer to home, the resignation always in a reasonable form.” of Premier Alison Redford brought If one takes the Cromwell Revoa sigh of relief to many within the lution/Revolt of 1648 in England as Progressive Conservative leadership the first serious effort to institute a and the PC caucus at the provincial system of checks and balances in the legislature. Despite being credited process of parliamentary democracy, for being a great ambassador for the it is fair to say that we have managed province at the international stage, to incorporate some considerable her intensely personal and often temamount of reason and wisdom into peramental leadership style was the target of severe criticism over the the workings of governance processlast few months, something that led es over the last 370 years or so. Yet, to two resignations from the ranks our governmental functions are still of the PC, one being a junior cabinet hostage to humanly acceptable but socially destructive shortcomings of minister. The big question here is how the those who hold the reins of power, be Progressive Conservatives, with a it the hot temper or ideological zeal four-decade history of governing the of a head of government. Getting back to the question: province cannot groom individuals for leadership and have to rely on Will we ever be able to rationalize competition among inexperienced government in such a way that it politicians to give them the responsi- will still be humane in essence but bility of governing Canada’s fastest function as a purely reason-based computer? growing province.
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MP Calkins should remember whom he represents Dear Editor, “(Jan) Stomp was not allowed into the closed meeting as Calkins claimed the NFU President had abused the privilege of coming to his constituency office.” So wrote the News in the last issue. Apparently our MP does not understand or appreciate the role he fills as the representative of the people in his constituency. It’s time he remembered that he is the elected representative of the people of this constituency,
and not the regional branch of the Conservative Party of Canada. We pay his salary. A competent and knowledgeable MP would have time and an ear for any and all of constituents, even if they were critical of his government’s policies. I believe he fell far short of his responsibility on this occasion. James Strachan
The Ukraine Mess Dear Editor, The Ukraine mess, we brought it on ourselves! It was the mischievous, malicious meddling by leaders of the western powers trying to inveigle the Ukraine into joining NATO and the European Union that did it. They must have known that Russia would feel threatened by this, but through hubris or stupidity, thought they could get away with it. They badly underestimated Mr. Putin. The trouble escalated rapidly when the first act of the unelected new Ukraine Parliament was to strike out Russian as one of the country’s official languages. With ethnic Russians a strong majority
in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, small wonder that Putin felt a need to defend them. Now we bluster about “illegal invasion” and threaten with toothless sanctions. If Russian substantial ethnic majorities, feeling under attack by their government, wish to separate and rejoin their Motherland, they surely have a right to do so. We started this mess, now we have to learn how to live with it. Ed Clarke Ponoka
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. . . workers protest Continued from page 2 Protestors are the ones paying into their pensions, explained Heistad, and the government paid off the unfunded liability for the Alberta Teachers Association. “Our members haven’t had that.” “The teachers had their gimme a number of years ago,” he added.
Protestors on the street Bev Webster, Ponoka chapter president of the HSAA, said the government proposes to change the pension plan from January, 2016, so newer employees coming into healthcare are not going to have the same benefits. Laura Moench, local chapter chairperson for AUPE agreed and suggested a unified front from unions. “I think we as Albertans and all of us that pay into these pensions parts, we need to fight back. We need to be strong together. One voice. All of us to stop this nonsense,” said Moench. She feels the government is dictating
the terms of public sector pension plans and not considering the unions. “They want us to pay more, work longer…As long as they keep taking away from the public sector people, it’s going to be difficult to retain skilled and professional people in this province,” said Moench. Webster says the government claims the plans are not sustainable but has heard the opposite as well. “The information that’s being provided…It’s very confusing,” said Webster. Moench says the AUPE will not support any MLA that favours the changes proposed by the government. This change will impact many employees in the public sector: the AUPE has more than 80,000 representatives, HSAA has more than 40,000, the United Nurses of Alberta represents 30,000 nurses and the Alberta Pensions Services Corporation has 41,000 active members.
RCMP report Continued from page 3 One Check Stop was held at 10:30 p.m. March 22 on Highway 53 and Elkhorn Road. A check of one drivers Ford F150 revealed an open case of Coors beer in the truck. He provided a “caution” on his breath sample. He received a three-day suspension and three day seizure of the pickup. Another driver was stopped March 23 at 3:10 a.m. on Highway 2A and Spruce Road. Officers could smell an odor of marijuana emanating from a Ford Explorer and the driver, a 23-year-old
man from Lacombe admitted to smoking some an hour earlier. He received a 24-hour-suspension. Other tickets issued: • Six no licences • Two fail to produce registration • Three unregistered • Three uninsured • One without a proper child restraint • Two people failed to produce a driver’s licence • Four people failed to produce insurance • Two people were in possession of drugs Police took 68 calls for service last week.
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Small Business Opportunity – Mini Golf Operations The Town of Ponoka invites expressions of interest for the operation of the Ponoka MiniGolf Facility. For more information contact Wes Amendt, Director of Community Services. Phone: 403-783-0118 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Report a Pot Hole / Sidewalk Repair Have you noticed a pot hole on your street or back lane or have a sidewalk that is need of repair? Please visit our website: www.ponoka.ca and ﬁll out the Community Feedback Form, or call Public Works at 403-783-0159 with the location, so we can add it to the repair list. Thank you for your assistance.
EVENTS AND RECREATION Ponoka Recreation Committee The Town is looking for interested individuals to become members of a “Ponoka Recreation Committee”, which will play an advisory role for council and town management for the enhancement of recreation services. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2014. Contact Wes Amendt, Director of Community Services 403-783-0118 for more information. PONOKA VICTIM SERVICES 7TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA: Will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, at the Stagecoach Saloon. Wine Tasting compliments of The Liquor Store, Hors’d oeuvres catered by Cilantro & Chive, Photo Booth provided by Susan Chantal Photography, and Entertainment & Dance to follow provided by Aussie Rules Dueling Pianos! Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets $40 person - tickets are limited, and available at: The Liquor Store, or Ponoka Professional Pharmacy. Call for donation inquires, becoming an advocate, or event info (403) 304-2508.
HIGHWAY #2 CORRIDOR STUDY Ponoka County has drafted a set of policies to guide future commercial and industrial development adjacent to Highway 2, the Queen Elizabeth Highway. The draft identiﬁes ﬁve possible locations for this sort of development. They are at the intersections of Highway 2 with • • • • •
Highway 604 near Morningside Matejka Road Highway 53 Menaik Road, and Highway 611.
At each intersection, at least two quarters have been identiﬁed as having development potential. This policy sets out what may happen, not what must happen. It gives landowners the option of developing their land for commercial and industrial use, but they may refuse that option and continue to farm their land for as long as they wish. The County will protect that right if it conﬂicts with other land uses. Land will retain its Agricultural zoning until the owners decide otherwise. This gives them the right to apply for a yard site or agricultural subdivision. The County will host an Open House between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in the Council Chambers. All interested people are invited to come and see the full report and maps, discuss it, and make their views known to Councillors and staff. People whose land is directly affected have been mailed copies of the full report. Other interested people can pick up a copy at the County ofﬁce, or download it as a pdf ﬁle from the County website. Charlie B. Cutforth Chief Administrative Ofﬁcer
Summer Sips: Ponoka Jubilee Library is hosting another in their series of fabulous Wine Tastings. On Saturday May 10th at 7:00 pm, come down to the Library to sample eight white wines, accompanied by a selection of ﬁne cheese, meat and fruit. Get prepared for a hot summer by discovering new white wines to savour in the sun! Tickets are $30/person and space is very limited, so be sure to come down to Ponoka Jubilee Library to purchase your tickets. Story Time: Ponoka Jubilee Library invites children ages 3-6, accompanied by a parent, to join in on Story Time. Running from now through the end of May, children will be introduced to the library through reading, craft making and game playing. Story Time runs every Monday at 2:00 pm and Friday at 11:00 am, and is a drop-in activity; no registration or payment is required. Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on all our events!!
Aquaplex Update Tim Horton’s Free Swim March 24th – 28th, 1 – 3 pm, call the pool for more info 403-783-0131. New Instructor for Thursday Night Fitness, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
COUNCIL UPDATES & BYLAW INFO Did You Know…? Your civic address must be displayed on your property, both on the front and back. Civic addresses are used by our public works department as well as emergency services to locate your property. Not displaying your civic address could result in delays for these services in assisting you.
Did you know….? A Volunteer ﬁreﬁghter may carry on or in a vehicle, a lamp that produces intermittent ﬂashes of green lights and may operate the lamp in the Town of Ponoka if the vehicle is proceeding to a ﬁre or other emergency. If you see a vehicle with a green light ﬂashing on its dash, please pull over to the side of the road, and let the vehicle pass.
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County looking at breaking even with 2014 budget BY AMELIA NAISMITH
After Ponoka County councillors approved the 2014 budget, March 25, council is looking at, at a minimum, breaking even for the upcoming budget year. As councillors examined the budget line by line, they ended with an estimated $30.7 million in revenues and the same $30.7 million in expenditures. However, when it comes to approved donations, there’s always a chance every dollar won’t be granted, which is just one area a surplus could arise from.
Taxes Council is estimating an increase in revenue from taxes this year. 2013 budget envisaged about $23.6 million, and when just over $24 million came in, it led to an estimated increase of $24.7 million. County CAO Charlie Cutforth recommended council leave tax rates alone. Although he feels this can lead to fear of a hike in the future rather than council slowly increasing taxes, he says there’s no concern. ‘This budget, the way it’s presented right now, shows a built in surplus,” he explained. Cutforth doesn’t see why, with 2013 reserves totaling more than $1 million, taxes would need to increase.
Revenue streams One of the revenue streams Cutforth and the councillors are most concerned about is drilling permits, which is calculated by Alberta Municipal Affairs. After 2013 saw $700,833 coming in, council is budgeting for $600,000 to remain conservative. “This is the one that’s a risk from year to year.”
Dust control is one of the biggest concerns for county residents and $30,000 is being allocated to try and manage problem. “Dust control is the biggest complaint we get, over anything else,” said Cutforth. The plan remains that council will run one subsidized pass over county roads where private dust control is needed. If residents are of the opinion the road needs another pass in front of their property, they’ll have to pay for the service themselves. Cutforth added there are special cases where, if traffic from a corporate operation is kicking up a lot of dust, they’ll be asked to pay for the road to be done again, which they’re usually happy to do. If it’s county roadwork or something similar making extra dust, the county will do more dust control with its own funds. Continued on page 10
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County Budget 2014 Continued from page 8 After raking more in penalties and costs than estimated last year, the budget is jumping from $95,000 to $100,000 after $110,026 was collected via to the two penalties the county levies per year on unpaid taxes. Cutforth says the penalties remain high to deter people from not paying. “We don’t want to be people’s bank.” Programs and county dues While it doesn’t look like MSI finding was cut back in any way, several grants and funding programs once available to the county no longer are, including the Gas Tax Rebate grant and the Summer Temporary Employment Program grant. Those two alone total a $489,100 loss for the county. Alongside the increased dues and fees for the different memberships and conventions the Ponoka County is tied to, such as Alberta Association of Municipal District and Counties, the per diems and benefits of councillors also
went up with the new budget. Although it wasn’t made official at the budget meeting, council agreed that pulling out of their Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP) membership is a likely course of action for the near future. “Let’s pull out of that, I’m not interested,” said Reeve Paul McLauchlin. Cutforth feels previous council was “embarrassed” into the membership after pressure put them in a mindset that they couldn’t turn down CAEP without first experiencing them. Council felt central Alberta isn’t struggling as a whole and the membership money would be best spent jointly with the town to drive the Town of Ponoka and Ponoka County’s economic stability.
was met; $1 million will be available for the Rimbey AGRIM Centre to help get the building to a usable state. Donations for Rimbey’s Speedway are being deferred to 2015 as council feels, since it’s already operating, it’s a lower priority for them at this time. During donation discussions, Coun. Doug Weir, who also sits on the PAECS board, brought up a request coming to council for the organization. PAECS wants to construct a covered walkway between the main building and the barn for high-end equestrian competitors and their horses. This was also deferred to 2015. However, $15,000 is available to PAECS for an electronic sign to sit along Highway 2A, as long as the criteria of council is met. The request from the Rimbey Junior/Senior High School for their track and multi-use field project was left out of this year’s budget as Cutforth didn’t feel the project would move far enough along to warrant the donation.
Coun. Mark Matejka was concerned with the request for $2000. “The direction or the need for that facility is in question.” He also wanted to move cautiously with the $15,000 donation marked for the Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society, as it would be used for more seating in their main venue, the Ponoka United Church. Matejka was wary of funneling money into a private and denominational organization building. The money will be granted on the condition matching the town donates matching funds. Liberty Hall is also requesting another $200,000; council has, to date, funded them $140,000. Councillors decided they would commit to 25 per cent of the request but before a cheque would be cut, the hall would have to come up with the other $150,000. The Ponoka Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters are receiving $10,000. However, in a new process, the money will be available to them through Ponoka FCSS rather than coming directly from the county for better control and distribution of the funds.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
SPRING CAR CARE Keep spring allergens away from your car The worst is over, we’re thinking. With winter officially behind us, we need only look to warmer days ahead. Not so for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. A short winter season followed by an early spring -- as we have experienced lately -may only hasten the onset of allergens and pollen in the air, causing an itchy and runny nose, teary eyes, sneezing and congestion in those who are prone to allergies. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, an organization of allergists, immunologists and related professionals, “Avoiding your allergy triggers is the best way to reduce symptoms.” (www.aaaai.org.) Limiting outdoor activities on days with high pollen counts, keeping windows closed (at home or in the car) to keep pollen out, and taking a shower after coming indoors, are some of the steps that AAAAI recommends. However, “keeping your car’s windows closed while driving may not be sufficient if your car’s cabin air filter is clogged,” said Chuck Kerrigan, Director of Marketing for Purolator. The company supplies BreatheEasy cabin air filters to the aftermarket in NorthAmerica. (www. BreatheEasyCabinFilters.com) Located under the hood or behind the glove box of most late model vehicles, a fresh cabin air filter helps clean the air that enters the driver and passenger compartment through the vents, keeping it free of dust and other pollutants that can aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms. “When the cabin air filter remains unchanged for long periods of time, the dust and dirt that accumulate are blown back into the interior of the car when the A/C or heating is turned on,” Kerrigan explained. AAAAI lists three pollen seasons depending on where you live. Trees pollinate in the spring, grass releases its pollen in the summer, and weeds cause allergic symptoms in the fall. And, if in a given year, winter is short and spring comes early, allergens will strike more often than not. Therefore, Purolator recommends changing the cabin air filter every 12,000 miles or per the
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
SPRING CAR CARE Spring car care tips for motorists The return of warm weather marks the return of road trips for millions of motorists across the country. Whether going to the beach or heading off to parts unknown, hitting the open road with the windows down is a time-honored tradition for drivers of all ages. But such road trips can prove disastrous if drivers don’t take the right steps to prepare their vehicles for spring and summer travel. The following are a few ways motorists can ensure their car is ready to tackle the open road. * Tighten things up. Loose parts, such as exhaust clamps, license plates, and interior trim panels, can create rattles and cause parts to get damaged or fall off. What’s more, rattling sounds can be a noisy nuisance for drivers and passengers alike. Permatex most prevalent in the winter because of the extra deThreadlockers can be used to keep the nuts and bolts bris that’s on the road. These nicks and cracks need from coming loose and save parts replacement costs. to get fixed as soon as possible to prevent them from They also have a threadlocker for plastic fasteners, spreading and resulting in the need for a windshield which vehicle manufacturers have grown to rely on replacement. Oftentimes, motorists can address nicks more and more. and bullseyes in their own driveways in a matter of * Wash your car. A newly washed car not only looks good, but it’s often much safer as well. Take your minutes. More information on easy repairs that you can do car to a car wash a few days before the trip and have yourself can be found at www.permatex.com. the vehicle thoroughly cleaned. A thorough cleaning will remove dirt and grime from the vehicle’s undercarriage, not to mention unsightly bird droppings and water spots or salt stains leftover from winter. * Fix foggy headlight lenses. Many spring and summer road trippers travel at night so their days can be spent soaking up some sun at the beach or lake. Before heading off for parts unknown, motorists should inspect their headlight • Filter replacements (fuel, • Oil Changes lenses to reduce risk of accident. If the lenses air and cabin) • Driveline Services are yellowed and foggy, that’s likely because • Wiper Blade • Transmission Services salt, ozone and road dereplacements and most • Radiator Services bris has dulled them to a point where vision Head and Tail light • Powersteering Services can be impaired, placing drivers and their passenreplacements! • Fuel Injection Services gers at risk. But foggy lenses don’t mandate an expensive headlight replacement. * Check the battery. Over time, battery terminals and cables will start to corrode. Such corrosion will eventually eat away at the battery’s parts, creating a bad connection that sooner or later will require the battery be replaced. Check Chad Supervich, Owner/Operator the battery before your trip and remember to clean the battery periodically as part of routine vehicle maintenance. * Address windshield nicks and bullseyes. Nicks and chips in the windshields are a common problem regardless of the season. But such damage is
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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West Central Regional 4-H Intermediate Ag event centre has a full schedule Public Speaking winners selected SUBMITTED
4-H’ers at the public speaking competition: Back row (l to r): Jacob Pengelly (Leslieville Trail Trotters), Isabell Stamm (Crestomere Multi), Wylie Pietsch (Alder Flats Multi), Sylvia Trautman (Bluffton West Beef), Julie Tabler (Hay Lake Multi), Bret Marshall (Bow Inn), Matthew Salsbury (Central Lacombe Beef) Front row (l to r): Maddy Schenk (Leslieville Trail Trotters), Rylee Storey (Tees Wranglers), Ashley Ganske (Armena Beef), Lois Schultz (Coal Lake Lighthorse), Leslee Leischner (West Central Wranglers)
The Ponoka 4-H District hosted the West Central Regional Intermediate Public Speaking competition on Sunday, March 23, 2014 in Rimbey. The six districts in the region were represented with speakers coming from the districts of Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Lacombe, Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House and Ponoka. Claiming 1st place was Isabell Stamm from the Crestomere Multi Club, 2nd place Maddy Schenk from Leslieville Trail Trotters, 3rd place Jacob Pengelly from Leslieville Trail Trotters, 4th place Ashley Ganske from Armena Beef and 5th place Wylie Pietsch from Alder Flats Multi. Congratulations to all the speakers for a job well done! And a big thank you to the judges for volunteering their time and expertise in judging these great speakers.
this summer BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
New equine events are planned for the Calnash Ag Event Centre, which promises to bring thousands to Ponoka. The ag event centre is in for a packed schedule this summer, says Terry Jones, president of the Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society (PAECS). He told members of the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce March 18 all of the 15 full and part time staff are starting to get a strong gauge of what their customers are looking for. “Some groups want hard dirt and some want soft dirt,” said Jones. The trick is being able to meet the needs of customers until Sunday evening, when they leave, and making necessary changes for those setting up on Tuesday. He is finding their equine shows have started to diversify from barrel racing to an Arabian horse show coming up at the end of May and even a horse sale with 100 horses up for auction in April. The Ponoka Lions Club has also booked the RCMP Musical Ride to present some shows in the third week of July. There have also been three 4-H events scheduled, a clipping clinic was held Feb. 20, the 4-H Achievement Day, set for May 4 to 6 and a Stettler 4-H horse clinic in October. A Canadian Texas longhorn sale is also scheduled for Oct. 2 to 4. During the cold winter months PAECS opened up the barn for people looking to keep up with their walking. “I think one day we had 47 walkers,” said Jones. Increasing exposure to the hall of fame The ag event centre is also home to the world renowned Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame. Jones said the board is trying to find ways to increase traffic to the room, Jim E. Lysons,A. L. S., P. Eng. which is upstairs. Jones asked attendALBERTA LAND SURVEYOR ees to pass the word on PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER of the hall of fame and R.R. #3, PONOKA, ALBERTA T4J 1R3 the ag event centre. He suggested if businesses SUBDIVISIONS, PROPERTY BOUNDARIES, advertised at the different ROAD & DITCH DESIGNS, events, they would see an MUNICIPAL ENGINEERING CONSULTANT increase of foot traffic to their stores. RES: 403-783-6756 People who come to the events at the ag centre are usually there from Tuesday to Sunday, he VJV MARKET REPORT added. “We need to get MARKET REPORT MARCH 19, 2014 them down here and the On Wednesday, March 19, 2014- 3609 head of cattle went through our rings way to do it is with ad- TOTAL 3609 vertising and promotion.” SLAUGHTER CATTLE Jones feels more D1 - D2 cows 95.00-112.00 Young Bred Cows 1500.00-1700.00 people will come to the D3 - D4 cows 80.00-92.00 Older Bred Cows 1300.00-1450.00 Holstein cows 75.00-100.00 Good Bred Heifers: NONE downtown core if more Heiferettes 80.00-110.00 Cow/calf pairs (younger) NONE businesses advertised. Bologna Bulls 85.00-118.00 Cow/Calf pairs (older) N/A Feeder bulls 90.00-120.00 “They’re very loyal, these event people… STOCKERS AND FEEDERS They’ll support you. I Good Feeder Steers 1000 lbs Plus: 150.00-155.00 Heifers 140.00-145.00 Good Feeder Steers 900 lbs Plus: 165.00-170.00 Heifers 145.00-150.00 know they do from expeGood Feeder Steers 800 lbs Plus: 175.00-182.00 Heifers 155.00-165.00 rience,” said Jones. Good Feeder Steers 700 lbs Plus: 185.00-192.00 Heifers 170.00-175.00 Good Feeder Steers 600 lbs Plus: 200.00-210.00 Heifers 185.00-190.00 He said directors will Good Feeder Steers 500 lbs Plus: 215.00-230.00 Heifers 185.00-190.00 work closely with sponGood Feeder Steers 400 lbs Plus: 230.00-235.00 Heifers 190.00-200.00 Good Feeder Steers 300 lbs Plus: 235.00-240.00 Heifers 200.00-205.00 sors to meet their needs. “You’ve got to let people Dairy Steers 95.00-105.00 Baby Calves Dairy Type: 15.00-120.00 know where your busiBaby Calves Beef Type: 150.00-300.00 ness is.” Hay: Sq Bales 1.75-7.00 Rd Bales 33.00-103.00 Straw: Sq. Bales 1.00Rd Bales 17.00 Other big horse shows Greenfeed: Sq. Bales. 2.75Rd Bales NONE of the year include the MARCH 29 - HORSE SALE & 7TH ANNUAL TEXAS LONGHORN SALE Alberta Barrel Racing Association finals, the World Vold Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. | Foothills Livestock Auction | Series of Team Roping Dawson Creek Auction Vold Jones & Vold Co. Ltd. © 2006 and a planned Festival of 4410-Hwy 2A, Ponoka Alberta, Canada, T4J 1J8 Trees in November.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Dressage show thrives in Ponoka as season beginner BY AMELIA NAISMITH
ground, instead of the lofty fully extended movements of a warmblood. “They’re looking for more just a really well trained stock horse,” said Hohm. Hohm started the annual show last year, specifically housing it in Ponoka at the Calnash Ag Event Centre. She says the show and
riders really enjoy having the opportunity for both a warm up and show ring to keep the competition moving along, something Hohm says can’t be found anywhere else in Alberta for them. Hohm competed with her two horses at the event. Rowan is an 11 year old Swedish Warmblood she purchased six years ago and Guadalupano is a one and a half year old Pura Raza Espanolia, meaning he’s registered in Spain rather than North America, through which
With this year’s dressage season just starting, a show competition kicked off in Ponoka as a specifically engineered way for the riders and horses to get back in the saddle and resolidify their skills. Dressage Daze took over the Calnash Ag Event Centre March 22 and 23 as a mid-sized show entered by approximately 50 riders. “I started running this show last year because there was a need for a competition,” said show director and competitor Allegra Hohm, who explained the dressage competitors needed a way to ease back into the bigger shows. Dressage Daze also serves as a qualifying competition for Provincial Championships, which will also be held Natalie Marsden and her Warmblood, in Ponoka, May 3 and 4. Chapera, compete in Dressage Daze, a The event boasted show held in Ponoka near the beginboth traditional and ning of dressage season, March 22. western styles of dresPhoto by Amelia Naismith sage for an open and inviting atmosphere for all levels of riders. “This show, I think we draw the largest number of young riders in Alberta because of how inviting it is,” said Hohm. Like any dressage show, riders and their horses competed in a number of tests; a series of movements where scores are added and averaged together by a panel of judges to total the riders percentage score out of 100. “At the most basic levels they’re looking for a harmonious picture,” said Hohm. As the levels progress judges look harder at skill development of the horse and rider as well as development of the horse’s body. “You’re training your horse’s body to do more and more difficult movements,” Hohm explained. With dressage comes a foundation of discipline which Hohm says any horse will benefit from, but especially for higher levels of competition warmbloods descending from European lines, because they have the body and abilities the judges lean toward. “It’s just they’ve been developed over centuries for this. Their movements are Ponoka, Alberta • Phone 783-5561 more lofty.” Enter western dres4410 • Hwy. 2A, Ponoka, T4J 1J8 sage. The fairly new style is developed more Regular Sales Every Wednesday for stock horses that have been bred to move Lic # 003552 quicker and closer to the
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he’d be called an Andalusian. “My goal with him is to do a Grand Prix,” said Hohm. Hohm began riding at a young age as a show jumper, but when she took her first dressage lesson on a whim she never looked back. “I really like the sport because it’s so individually based. You’re just kind of competing against yourself. It really allows you to develop a good partnership with your horse and it demands you have a good partnership with your horse,” she explained.
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Knowledge of social media paramount for parents BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
Technology is moving so fast parents are almost unable to keep up with current trends. Their children are accessing websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and most guardians don’t even know how to navigate these sites. But as technology progresses parents may need to involve themselves in their kids’ lives to have a better under-
standing of how things work. Explicit messages sent among students at an elementary school in Strathmore recently has sparked the question of how parents should approach their children and digital citizenship. Greg Esteves, technology integration director for Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS), says parents need to understand policies of use in social media websites such as Facebook and
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Twitter. Facebook for example, states kids under 13 years old should not use their site. “One of the things that we work with our parents is try to have them understand that these digital spaces are places where kids are gathering…as a part of their regular social “network.’” Esteves explained. He likened this involvement to when parents send their children to a friend’s house to play. Adults generally ask questions on who the friends are and where they live. When it comes to social networks, Esteves recommends using those same principles of involvement and he does that with his own children. “I need to work with them to understand how to navigate these spaces,” he added. Today’s parents are facing different challenges than their own parents 20 or 30 years ago and Esteves says there are tools to help with these issues. Media Smarts at www.mediasmarts.ca provides education for parents and their kids.
The challenge WCPS faces is ensuring important information is passed on to parents who are only starting to adopt use of these websites. Technology coaches at the different schools in the district are asking Esteves why digital citizenship is not the same thing as good citizenship. “We’re still at that time in history I think, that a distinction needs to be made.” Changes in how people access the Internet has changed rapidly; the first IPhone was announced in June 2007 and the first IPad was released April 2010 — a mere four years ago. With such new tools available to youths and children, Esteves suggests parents treat these devices and websites similar to getting a drivers licence. There is a process and training involved. Social media powerful tools with positive outcomes “We have these transformational tools that allow you to drive the information super highway and there’s no similar process,” explained Esteves. He believes social media sites can and are used in positive ways. Esteves
recalls nations going through political change and using Twitter to tell their stories. “If you look at that active citizenship part too…Any kind of changes that are important to societies that are happening now, there’s often a social media connected component,” he said. Parents who want to learn more about social media can check out the Digitial Citizenship link on the Parents page of the WCPS website www. wolfcreek.ab.ca, or speak with a technology coach at one of their schools. “I think the most important thing for parents is to just have that conviction that ‘This is an important conversation I need to have.’ It’s on the same level I would argue as alcohol and drugs, the various other types of worries and concerns,” said Esteves. He suggests parents learn more about these sites rather than getting rid of devices that access social media. “Being a parent, I know one of my responsibilities is to prepare kids for the world in which they are going to live once they live the safety of my house,” Esteves advised.
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Teachers want to be heard on the new curriculum Following the unrolling of the “Inspiring Education” document by the Government of Alberta, a wide variety of stakeholders, even the big oil companies, have been trying to claim a stake in how the curriculum should be shaped. With the intensity of the discussion continuing to grow, Alberta Teachers’ Association put out a declaration to state their views on the ongoing discussion regarding the curriculum development. Follows the full text of their statement: What Alberta’s teachers believe about curriculum and curriculum reform We believe that curriculum is about what should be learned Currently, Alberta is engaged in a process that will identify what knowledge, skills and attitudes students will need to master to lead successful lives after they leave school. This is a complex process that ultimately will lead to the development of new programs of study setting out requirements in each subject area and grade level. We believe that curriculum is not about how a particular curriculum outcome should be taught Instruction is different from curriculum. Much of the current controversy dominating the headlines relates not to curriculum but instruction. Instruction, or how a curric-
ulum outcome should be taught, is best left to the professional judgment of individual teachers who are best positioned to determine what strategies and approaches will work best for the students they will teach. This will not be the same for every child or in every classroom or in every school or community. We believe that curriculum belongs to and must be understood and supported by Albertans Schools are at the heart of Alberta communities and we must strive to develop a consensus about what the broad outcomes of education should be. It is important that curriculum reform has social licence and that diverse views are heard, respected and, where appropriate, reflected. The best way of building support among Albertans is to engage them in a real, meaningful and ongoing dialogue about what they want their children to learn. We believe that on matters of designing programs of study, teachers must take the leading role As curriculum reform moves toward the design of programs of study, practical questions will emerge about sequencing, cross-subject integration, and the definition of specific learning objectives. Teachers possess relevant professional preparation and practical expertise to do this work and, ultimately, will have to implement the pro-
grams. It follows that they should play the leading role in this latter part of the process. We believe that business has a legitimate contribution to make, but that curriculum must address much more than short-term economic objectives Some efforts are being made to involve businesses in curriculum prototyping. This is appropriate as clearly one of the objectives of education is to prepare students for the world of work. But this is not the sole objective—education is also about preparing students to live meaningful, healthy, active and engaged lives in a democratic society. Therefore, consultation should also involve a broad cross section of civil society including labour, arts, cultural, academic, ethnic and First Nations groups. Furthermore, corporations should not be allowed to influence curriculum reform in ways that would inappropriately advance their immediate commercial interests. We believe that curriculum should allow room for inclusion, local innovation and adaptation To provide teachers with opportunities to personalize instruction and further develop students’ creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking, it is necessary for the curriculum to focus more deeply on a smaller number of curriculum objectives. needs to emphasize problem-solving, rather than just content, and provide room to in-
troduce locally relevant learning outcomes. Facilitating the inclusion of students with special learning needs should also be an objective of curriculum design. We believe that curriculum should reflect the outcomes of Inspiring Education From the outset, the Association was deeply involved in Minister Hancock’s Inspiring Education initiative and supports the broad recommendations that emerged from that process. Building curriculum around the student as an engaged thinker, as an ethical citizen and as possessing an entrepreneurial spirit is a vision with great promise. We believe that technology is a tool that can be used to support instruction Digital technology can be used by teachers and students to enhance learning, but the use of technology is ultimately a means to learning and should not be regarded as an end in itself. Technology is not a panacea, nor should technology be regarded as a substitute for real-life experiences. As curriculum design evolves toward the development of programs of study, we must ensure that students and teachers have equitable access to appropriate technology but also guard against firms with a vested interest in selling technology exercising undue influence. Continued on page 20
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Nominees for Leaders of Tomorrow : ELEMENTARY Youths recognized for their volunteer work and nominated for the “Leaders of Tomorrow” awards will celebrate their achievements with their families at a “by invitation only” event at the Ponoka Secondary Campus on Sunday, April 6. The annual event is aimed at encouraging youth to give back to the community and to promote the value of volunteer work among their peers.
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Teachers want to be heard... Continued from page 19 We believe that assessment and evaluation must be consistent with the curriculum Evaluation and assessment, is first and foremost, the responsibility of the classroom teacher. It is an integral part of teaching and must directly reflect and reinforce student learning. It is important that assessment and evaluation engage a broad range of learning processes and skills as well as testing content. Standardized testing in particular should be limited and focused on providing information that can inform teaching practice.
We believe that curriculum implementation must be properly supported Having a high quality curriculum is necessary but not sufficient to create a high performing education system that can help every child to achieve his or her full potential. It is as important to ensure that the learning and teaching are appropriately supported and resourced. New programs of study must be implemented in a structured process to insure that teachers have access to suitable learning resources, adequate preparation time and targeted professional development to support new approaches. Furthermore, rolling out changes in the programs of study must take place
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Hit by snow, Maskwacis job fair still attracts interest BY MUSTAFA ERIC
The spring edition of the biannual Maskwacis job fairs was hit by unseasonal and heavy snowfall on Thursday, March 20, when the number of job seekers failed to reach the level achieved during the fall event of last October, but still counted a healthy 397, according to Maskwacis Employment Centre. Lana Johnson, head of the centre said they were very encouraged by the numbers during the fall event, when both potential recruiters and job seekers from Maskwacis communities exceeded their expectations by a substantial margin. “This is why we extended the hours for the spring event,” said Johnson, referring to the two-hour extension added to the daily activity schedule. She said they were happy that more organizations willing to recruit among the Maskwacis communities were joining the list with each job fair. While there was intense interest stemming from energy, pipeline and construction organization as in the previous events, there was also quite a number of service sector recruiters
looking into possibilities of establishing connections with the First Nation communities. Margery Knorr, Employment and Training Lead for Trans Mountain Expansion Project, said although they had almost two years to start the actual construction on pipeline expansion works, they had participated in the job fair for the first time in an effort to generate interest among the unemployed in the Maskwacis communities with the hope of starting to select candidates they could train and have them ready by the time the initiation of the project. Representative of another first time participant, Michelle Parker of Cleanharbors, said they found the job fair a good opportunity to generate interest among the Maskwacis youth with a view to preparing some of the job seekers for potential recruitment in later stages. Other organizations represented at the job fair included such private sector media giants as Telus and Global Edmonton alongside public sector institutions like Edmonton Police Service, RCMP, Alberta Health Services and Correctional Services of Canada.
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Jazz band supports performing arts theatre Flat Iron Jazz tours the province playing at festivals and events BY AMELIA NAISMITH
They’re bringing big band back. The 19-piece jazz band Flat Iron Jazz will once again be playing the annual Big Band Spring Swing Fling at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.
Proceeds from the fifth-time fundraiser are going to the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre, as they have for the last two years. “It’s a semi-formal event, people basically get dressed up,” said Ponoka-based band member Tony Hoffman, band representative and
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bass player. The event takes place April 12 and includes a silent auction, cocktails, dinner and a dance. Tickets are selling for $60 and can be purchased in Ponoka at Flowers for You. Flat Iron Jazz tours the province playing at festivals and events, including Music in the Park in Ponoka and several performances at schools. “We go out and we try and inspire young people to go out and play music,” said Hoffman. “And at the end of the day, it’s about getting the music alive, especially big band music,” he added. Hoffman says the band stands behind the importance of the Performing Arts Centre as well as the role musical and theatre arts has to play. “They’re critical. We’re seeing a reduction, less and less music in schools.” He mentioned how, on the point of the importance of music in education, pleased he is as Ponoka Secondary Campus revives its music program. Most of the band’s members reside in Ponoka and Lacombe, with a few hailing from Red Ponoka Deer, and Hoffman says the majority of Capitol them are original memTheatre bers; yet new blood is welcomed. 4904 - 50th St. “I would say the Ph. 403-783-3639 level of play of the jazz band is quite good,” PLAYING said Hoffman. “It’s a Mar. 28-Apr. 3 great sound.” As a big band jazz SCREEN #1 group Flat Iron Jazz thrives on the swinging, saxophone-loving, horn-tooting sounds of the 1930s, ‘40s and 138 min ‘50s.
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Jazz album lacks soul and excitement BY AMELIA NAISMITH
The Amos Garrett Jazz Trio’s album Jazzblues is very slow and the liveliest part of the album is the applause that follows each song. By the second song, it still didn’t scream anything jazzy or bluesy; a talented, content old man picking a guitar on his front porch jumps to mind instead. Track three, Blue Monk, finally picked up the pace, slightly. But the album remained quite dull and didn’t seem to offer much variety. Track four was enjoyable right off the cuff because it was reminiscent of a whiny, longing Elvis instrumental. Then, to much surprise, words were heard for the first time on the album, and in that rich voice came the smooth jazz that hadn’t yet been achieved. Then the album drops back off to the slow lull of before. Bob Erlendon Medley: Forty One/Ronnie’s Gone, the sixth track of Jazzblues was a high point on the album because of its difference to the rest of the album. However, it’s still not a thriving piece. Plus, it slows right down and is about five minutes longer than needed. Skylark, the last song, was the perfectly soulful and the epitome of everything the album should have been. Although, for some reason, during points in the song, it sounded like the woman was singing through water. As the album winded along, it became slightly jazzbluesy, but not any more exciting. Many of the songs were also too long. Jazzblues is full of slow, simpering songs perfect for a romantic dinner date and a little dancing under low lighting to follow.
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PES students set new level of learning with big project BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
produce fruit that is renowned in the area. Meteghan is also known for coal mining, said Henderson, and students created bags of black cotton balls to represent the fossil fuel.
A student-driven project proved to be an exciting event for Grade 2 kids at Ponoka Elementary School (PES). Two Grade 2 classes were involved in a project where they learned about three different communities: Ponoka, Alta.; Iqaluit, Nunavut and Meteghan, N.S. In each of those communities, kids learned about the different cultures and resources in each area, explained Maggie Henderson, Grade 2 teacher at PES. She and, Shaunna Wessner, another Grade 2 teacher, worked on the multi-community learning project with their students that brought together art, crafts and math. Student sale: Sara Deiure accepts $20 March 19 from a parent while They created art works selling a homemade cookie mix at Ponoka Elementary School. The projand food items for a two- ect was a collaborative effort with two Grade 2 classes. day sale, March 19 and 20, Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye at the school’s library. To get people interested, students had to create their own advertising with posters and other art. They posted them around the school and sent out notices to parents. “It brought in reallife aspects the whole way what you could spend your $25 BK Dollars* on: through,” said Henderson. “Pieces are influenced from the resources of each community,” she added. Hello room service. Ponoka has a strong beef and farm industry, which inspired students to sell allbeef hot dogs and a cookie mix made from oats to rep...to a fun-filled night in Red Deer! resent farmers. They called Book a Regular Room at $140 in the Or cocktails in JB's lounge. them Cowgirl and Cowboy Black Knight Inn in Red Deer and receive Cookies. $25 BK Dollars to spend in the hotel. Iqaluit is well known for Imagine the fun you could have with $25,, * its diamond resources, said or $50 if you stay two nights... enjoy Henderson, which gave the Put out the a memorable meal at Remington's Grill... students the idea to make "Do not disturb" or your favorite cocktail in JB's Lounge. necklaces representing diasign! monds. To incorporate the Inuit culture, students made their own drums. *$25 per room per night. Subject to availability Fruits, fish and coal were integral pieces of the third community of Meteghan, explained Henderson. Students painted artwork using hand-cut Styrofoam Black Knight Inn | 2929 - 50 Avenue | Red Deer, Alberta, Canada fish and created apples from yarn and had those For reservations, please call 1.800.661.8793 or book online: www.blackknightinn.ca up for sale. Henderson said Meteghan’s rich soil helps
“They decided they wanted to do something great for the community,” explained Henderson. She said the Ponoka Stampede and its adoption of the Tough Enough To Wear Pink program, by Wrangler Jeans, inspired students. They wanted to be part of that effort and decided to donate the money to cancer research programs. Wessner expects another project for next year. “But we believe it’s going to be on a bigger scale with all Grade 2 classes,”
said Wessner. She feels the students were quite motivated with this project and looks forward to next year. The long-term project also featured Prairies, Acadian and Ponoka celebration days were students were part of different learning centres such as traditional baking, language games and music lessons. Parents and students supported the project so much that many items sold out within a few minutes of being open.
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Women spoiled at comedy filled educational spa event Both Green and spa director Sharon Beaubien feel holding the event at the Wolf Creek Golf Resort has played a large part in allowing them to hold the event and rejoice in highlighting the beauty of women and benefits of stress release. “There was tons of education and 1000 times for laughs,” said Beaubien. “Teaming up with a world class resort, Wolf Creek Golf Resort, enabled us to take our event to a higher level.” “We are the experts in our field so we bring the experts to our event,” she added. “That’s why our spa is constantly changing. We keep bringing what’s new in the spa industry and share it with out guests.” During Potrebenko’s presentations on colour matching and eye magic with make up, the women who attended the event were given a small questionnaire to help customize their makeovers. This questionnaire also highlighted a sad fact of today’s society: women have an easier time naming what they don’t like about themselves and a nearly impossible time stating even two aspects they like about their skin. “Celebrate yourselves a little more,” urged Potrebenko. “Makeup should be fun, not painful. Makeup is about making your features sing. It’s not about you wearing makeup, it’s about celebrating your beauty,” he added. With the focus on the Jane Iredale line, Potrebenko randomly selected one woman from the crowd to makeover on the big screen and highlight the capabilities of the line. “We’re not just makeup making you pretty, we’re skin care with colour. Everything is developed with your skin in mind first.” Potrebenko also had many tips for the women on makeup application. He mentioned fingers were always better than a brush when applying foundation because of the body’s natural heat and when it comes to layering lipgloss and lipstick the gloss should “float” on the lipstick rather than blending the two together. “It’s always ‘mah’ not rub-a-dub dub,” he joked with the women.
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Women who attend Altitude Laser Spa’s Spa-tacular Spring Event, March 23, receive educational makeovers as part of the pampering day. Photo by Amelia Naismith
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Town responds to Kohlman’s request to sit in on a council meeting In his efforts to find out more information on 38 of this information will be provided at your meeting. Street issues, Ponoka County resident Nick Kohlman Because of the cost already incurred by the Town asked Ponoka Town Council at its regular March 11 and the potential for considerable additional costs, this meeting to sit in on an informational meeting set for matter is clearly a public issue and should be dealt with March 20. in the open. Council denied the request, stating the meeting It has been established that 38th Street property was for information purposes only. Attached are the owners have been overcharged. If these overcharges two letters in their entirety, first from Kohlman and are continued on the 2014 tax notices, due in less than then the reply from the town. two months, it will be the second year that the Town is Dear Councilors: knowingly overcharging these citizens. We understand that Council is going to have a This entire issue has become very convoluted but meeting on or about March 20th to discuss the 38th if we can work together to establish the facts, finding a Street local improvement issue and obtain more infor- resolution to this matter may be easier to obtain. mation. Sincerely, We are aware that this is a difficult task for you and Nick Kohlman believe it would be helpful to all concerned if we LEAVE WINTER BEHIND could attend your meeting C to listen to what information you are provided. Throughout the last five years, I believe we have done our best C to make our concerns known to the Town. However, we have encountered considerable difficulty in obtaining information in return from the Town. For More Information Or To Arrange A Viewing An opportunity to listen to the information Call Darrell At 403-704-0630 you are being provided Or Email Castlefinishing@Shaw.ca will assist us in responding to the Town. Also, we still have more information that we would like to obtain from the Town. Hopefully at least some Jane Wierzba
The town’s reply to Kohlman’s letter Dear Mr. Kohlman: Ponoka Town Council reviewed your request of March 11, 2014 to attend a meeting on March 20th regarding the 38th Street local improvement. The intention of the March 20th meeting is for Council to receive and review information, which documents the history of the 38th Street issues in order to
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Ethan Dueck, of the Ponoka Midget B Stampeders, fights for control of the puck while the West Country Midget Chiefs tries to save the puck March 19. Ponoka won the game and the league banner. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Midget B wins league banner in two straight games BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
You couldn’t have a more fitting end to the hockey season for Ponoka’s Midget B Stampeders Tier 3 hockey team. They won the league banner in Ponoka last week. Ponoka beat the West Country Midget Chiefs in the second game of the finals series March 19 in what some might call a nailbiter. The Stampeders were able to hold on to a narrow lead throughout the game but the Chiefs were close behind. Each time Ponoka scored, the Chiefs would return the favour. Indeed, in the last minutes of the game, Ponoka was ahead 4-3 and the Chiefs kept the pressure on by taking their goalie out and adding a sixth player on the ice. This forced Ponoka’s goalie, Justin Hyink, into high gear. Despite the pressure, the Stampeders held on to their lead, earning them the banner. At the end of the second period the score stood at 4-3 for Ponoka. Coach Dwight Hunks said he reinforced the players’ confidence during the break and sent his team to face off against the Chiefs in the third period. The last few minutes were the most challenging. “It was a tense time but I wasn’t really
that nervous,” said Hunks. He feels his players have strong discipline and suggests they knew how to be consistent during the game. He considered the beginning of the year and said the team was losing more games than they won. The team’s skills grew however, and the Stampeders became a “.750 team”, meaning they were winning many more games than they were losing. “They all bought into the system. Good teammates, great attitude,” stated Hunks. He had four rules for them to follow: • Have fun • Control your effort, work hard • Be a respectful team • Listen to coaches He feels players bought into these principles and despite issues with injuries, the Stampeders performed well. “Really, just a great bunch of young men.” Coaching staff, parents and players helped bring the team to a strong finish, he added. “They built that team. The icing on the cake was the championship…A really good year,” said Hunks.
Silver winners: The Lacoka Midget B Rockets battled for gold at provincials in Lloydminster last weekend. They lost 7-6 against the Cold Lake Jaguars but celebrated after the game. Please see story on page 30. Submitted photo
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Bantam girls settle for silver lot of confidence and scored the only goal of the first period in the 12th minLacoka Bantam girls lost their ute. championship game to Stettler Storm Lacoka defense tried hard not allow girls 2-1 on Tuesday, March 18 but both any more scoring and managed to keep the coach and the players should feel satisfied that the quality of the hockey the opponents’ lead at one through the end of the first period. they played truly deserved a title. The second period saw intense efStettler girls, having won the first game of the best-of-three series 5-2 on forts by the Lacoka girls to equalize but their home ice on Wednesday, March it was the Stettler girls who scored once 12, started the game in Ponoka with a more in the 12th minute opening up the lead to 2-0. MIXED SLO-PITCH Lacoka offense stepped up REGISTRATION its attacks on the Stettler net after that and the effort resulted in a goal for the local girls in the 16th minute. In the third period, there were moments of brilliant dribbling and passing as Lacoka girls tried hard to bring equalTuesday, April 1 at 7:00 pm ity to the scoreboard but the finishing touch never Ponoka Legion came and the local girls For more information finished the season in the second place while Stetcontact Tricia Wigston 403-358-9523 after 6:00 pm tler team took the banner home. BY MUSTAFA ERIC
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The score went back and forth in the final game against the Jaguars, said Burt, and the It was a bittersweet return for Lacoka’s Rockets had to get back from a two-point defiMidget B Rockets after winning silver at provincit in the second period. With minutes left in the cials in Lloydminster last weekend. Coach Randy Burt said he wasn’t even sure second, the girls tied up the game 6-6. The comif the team would make it to the semi-final petition was so fierce that nobody scored in the match as he brought up five players from affili- third period, which ate teams, two of whom were bantam level. Burt, brought the game into “They did whose voice was ragged from cheering, said they overtime. everything Burt said both were pretty honest with the team and felt their they needed.” chances were slim. teams played well. Coach Randy Burt “The biggest focus was just to keep them fo- The Rockets put on cused,” he said. the pressure and kept The Rockets knew they were facing off the puck in the Jaguars’ half of the rink as long as against a tough team; they played the Cold Lake they could. “They did everything they needed,” Jaguars in the round robin and narrowly defeatstated Burt. ed them. Burt said the Rockets had to beat the “We had them on their heals,” he added. Jaguars in the round robin to make it to the semiBut the Jaguars did not relent and they were finals. able to score the winning goal. Burt says he has no regrets over the experience and is proud of how the Rockets played. He also credits the Jaguars for positive attitudes. “They Truckload were a real class act.” SAVINGS After the Jaguars took their team photo with the banner and gold medals, the team came together with the Rockets and had a joint Our Largest Selection & team picture. Burt was impressed with their Best Savings of the Year sportsmanship. With girls’ provin* cials, teams play four games in the round robin tournament and 10 teams battle it out *Coupon must be presented. Not to be combined with any other offer. Expires May 31/14 for bragging rights. Burt said the semi-fiCARPET PET COLOUR CENTRE ® nals and even the final From Inspiration Installation Beautiful, madeto affordable. game was “all gravy 403-343-7711 SOUTHPOINT COMMON II (across from Best Buy) CarpetOne.com/RedDeer after that as far as I STORE HOURS: MONDAY - FRIDAY 9AM - 5:30PM | THURSDAY 9AM - 8PM | SATURDAY 9AM - 5PM | CLOSED SUNDAY was concerned.” BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
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Peewee A team fights hard every game at provincials BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
Thomas Crawford releases his rock with intense concentration during an open bonspiel in Ponoka, March 21. Photo by Amelia Naismith
Broncs’ provincial effort fails to impress BY MUSTAFA ERIC
After bringing the Zone 4 Championship to Ponoka, senior Broncs’ attempt to put their imprint in the provincial competition remained just that, an attempt, although some of the players of the local team are understood to have performed admirably during the tournament in Lethbridge over the weekend.
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against Edmonton Christian High School with a score of 81-73. Jared Nicolls and Dillon Parsons were the lead scorers for the Ponoka boys in both games. In their Saturday game against Sturgeon High School, the Broncs suffered a heavy defeat with a score of 88-49 and Keenan Haines was the lead scorer with 13 points with Ethan Minde following with 10 points.
Getting to the Hockey Alberta provincials is a feat in its own right and while Ponoka’s Peewee A Stampeders didn’t make it to the finals, they worked hard and made it to the semi-finals in Red Deer last weekend. Ponoka lost 8-5 in the semi-final game against St. Albert but it was close until the third period, says manager Julie Feragen. “The third period, we just lost that wind. It was a good game.” Ponoka won their first two games in the round robin and lost to Stettler 10-7 in the third game. This last game proved a tough challenge for the Ponoka team as the referees disallowed one goal. “It just seemed to turn on us after that,” said Feragen. Despite the loss, Ponoka moved forward in the semi-finals to play St. Albert. Feragen says she is proud of the team as they competed in mostly early morning games, which she feels had an effect on the team. Ponoka won their first game against RMAA 6-3 and won their second game 8-3 against Lloydminster. Despite the large discrepancy in points, Feragen said this was one of their tougher games. “We had to fight for that one,” said Feragen. In the end, Stettler won in the final game against St. Albert and were declared champions.
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KOZIOL Michael Anthony Born December 21, 1950 in Edinburgh, Scotland and passed away peacefully March 10, 2014 in Red Deer, Alberta at the age of 63. Michael spent most of his childhood years in Vulcan, Alberta, followed by several years in Calgary, and the remaining time happily and comfortably residing at the Centennial Center in Ponoka, Alberta where he enjoyed a simple life surrounded by many friends and acquaintances. Michael is survived by his sister Helen, brother-in-law Wilf and niece Katya, and is predeceased by mother Jean, father Mieczyslaw (Doc) and brother Peter. He will be interred at a later date next to his father and beloved Granny at the Vulcan Cemetery. A Celebration of his life was held on March 18, 2014 at The Centennial Center. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Centennial Center who together with the residents became Michael’s extended family and provided him years of love, care and support.
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PETROFIELD Industries, the Leader in manufacturing Hydrovac trucks, is accepting resumes for the following positions: * General Labourers * Industrial Painters * Sandblasters * Material Handler * Automotive Electrical Technician * Journeyman Welder / Apprentice * 2nd Yr Welder with Aluminum experience Visit our website at: www.tornadotrucks.com for more details. Our Company has an enthusiastic fast paced working environment, with advancement possibilities for the motivated person, and offers an excellent benefit package. fax 403-742-5544 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY
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BUSY LIVESTOCK HAULING COMPANY REQUIRES CLASS 1 DRIVERS. Alberta wide work. Competitive wages, includes some shop duties. Call Michael at 780-656-0053. NOW HIRING Class 1 Drivers to transport dangerous goods for oilfield service company in northern Alberta. Competitive wages, benefits and lodging. Experience hauling fluids preferred. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Seasonal Full-Time Temporary Positions
SUMMER LABORERS The Parks & Recreation and Public Works Departments of the Town of Ponoka are looking for summer laborers to work from early May until late August. The successful candidates will be involved in such programs as: spring cleanup, line painting, crack ﬁlling, grass mowing, ﬂowerbed maintenance, and operating summer facilities such as the Visitor Information Centre. Applicants for these positions must be physically ﬁt, have a class 5 driver’s license, be able to work with their hands, and be comfortable working outdoors. Previous experience or an aptitude in construction equipment operation and working with the public would be an asset. This is a fun summer job opportunity that will provide valuable experience to anyone that enjoys a challenge and completing a task. Applicants are asked to submit their resumes to; Town of Ponoka 5102 - 48 Avenue; PONOKA, AB. T4J 1P7 Fax: 403-783-6745: Phone 403-783-4431 Email: HR@ponoka.org The Town of Ponoka thanks all applicants in advance, however, only those being considered will be contacted.
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FACILITIES MAINTENANCE COORDINATOR WANTED. Responsible for coordination/ maintenance of all County buildings. Supervisory and planning experience important. $67,319 - $88,587; www.sturgeoncounty.ca. Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much! REQUIRED Production Welder Painter Shop Laborer Polisher Full or Part Time Crestomere area BANDIT INDUSTRIES 403-783-4284
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WOLF CREEK GOLF RESORT ANNUAL JOB FAIR
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Community Support Worker Program
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GED Preparation Gov’t of Alberta Funding may be available. 403-340-1930 www.academicexpress.ca
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We require staff for our satellite location in Ponoka and for our ‘On Farm’ location east of Ponoka. Staff must be physically ﬁt and able to work a ﬂexible schedule. Plant knowledge would be an asset. Please send resume or inquire within. email@example.com 403-704-4145 | Carmen
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BEVERAGE STAFF • Banquet Staﬀ • Breakfast Servers • Lounge Servers & Bartenders • Snack Den Attendants & Beverage Carts CULINARY STAFF • Apprentice Chef • Breakfast Cook • Line Cooks • Dishwashers OFFICE ADMINISTRATION • Oﬃce Assistant Please attend in person to the Main Clubhouse with resume
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Bobcat Operators. Offering High Paced Work with Competitive Wages and Local Job Sites. Applicant Must Have a Valid Class 3 License with Air.
Please submit Resume with Driver’s Abstract in person to: 5013 Len Thompson Drive Lacombe, AB Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by Fax: 403-782-7786 No Phone calls please
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Unplanned pregnancy may be difﬁcult to face. We care. For conﬁdential help call 403-343-1611 (24 hrs.)
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ADVANCED EYE HEALTH & VISION EXAMS CONSULTATION & REFERRAL SERVICES DESIGNER EYE WEAR & CONTACT LENSES INSURED MEDICAL EYECARE SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL AGES
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ATTENTION HOME BUILDERS! No Warranty = No Building Permit. Contact Blanket Home Warranty for details. 1-888-925-2653; www.blanketltd.ca.
Saturday, March 29 • 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Ponoka Community Golf Club
Now accepting applications for the upcoming season for: LINE COOKS WAIT STAFF DISHWASHERS Full & part time available
Drop resume off at the Ponoka Community Golf Club Attn: Loanna Gulka Or Email firstname.lastname@example.org Or fax 403-783-5144
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If youâ€™re a MĂŠtis youth between 15 - 30 years old, and going back to school this fall, MĂŠtis Training to Employment Services can give you the assistance you need to land that summer job where you can gain employable skills and the pay cheque you deserve. Call 1-888-48-MĂ‰TIS (1-888-486-3847) online at: www.metisemployment.ca
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