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Local dentist speaks to importance of missions Dr. Bill Hill has life-changing experiences through work in Liberia BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express


ne Central Alberta man is doing what he can to help those in need and is encouraging others to do the same. During the last week of January and the first week of February Dr. Bill Hill, a dentist living just outside Lacombe, visited the Trinity Dental Clinic near Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa as part of a two week mission trip with World Medical Mission, a subsidiary of Samaritan’s Purse. While Hill had been on other mission trips before, mostly with Health Teams International, this was his first with World Medical Mission. He said he got involved with World Medical Mission when co-workers told him about representatives who were looking for someone to go on a trip not to Liberia, but Bolivia. When the Bolivia mission trip fell through, Hill went to Liberia instead. Hill said he has been doing mission trips on and off for the last nine years and wanted to get involved with them long before that. He said there are so many people in the world that are without basic services, such as simple dental care and he wanted to do what he could to help them. “There is a lot of people out there and a lot of need. It’s good to be able to do something to help when you can.” Hill went on to say that it is important to him, as a Christian, for both the physical and spiritual needs of people to be cared for. As such, he is happy to work with faith-based organizations like Samaritan’s Purse and Health Teams International, both of which Hill said he has a huge amount of respect for. “There’s not much use going to people and giving them a Gospel message and not helping with their physical needs as well. There is no point going and helping with their physical needs and leaving them spiritually bereft. So it does both things and that’s why I like those organizations.” There is certainly a dire need for dental care in Liberia. Hill said he has been told there is a total of three licensed dentists in

PROVIDING A NEED – Dr. Bill Hill works on a patient with the aid of his dental assistant, Archie, at the Trinity Dental Clinic in Liberia. Liberia, a country whose population is estimated between three and a half million and five million. Even if there were more dentists in the country, it would still be difficult for most of the population to receive care as they could likely not afford it. About 85% of Liberia’s population lacks formal employment. While Trinity Dental Clinic is not able to offer services completely free, it does strive to keep charges as low as possible, said Hill. This means that patients are able to get an extraction for only a few dollars.


Trinity Dental Clinic is without a permanent resident dentist. Most of the work is done by a dental therapist, even cases that in Canada would be referred to an oral surgeon. Dental therapists don’t have the same qualifications as dentists, but at Trinity Dental Clinic there is no one else to do the work, said Hill. Because of this, the Liberian government allows the clinic to continue operating without a permanent dentist but has dictated that a fully qualified dentist must visit the clinic every so often, which is one of the reasons Hill was there.

Trinity Dental Clinic’s lead dental therapist, who Hill knew only as Eddie, would like to not only become a fully qualified dentist, but also a oral surgeon, said Hill. He added that Eddie would also like to turn the Trinity Dental Clinic into a school to train more dentists. Hill said that in the two weeks he worked in Liberia, he saw two people with potentially lethal conditions that had stemmed from oral health concerns. He added he has never seen such severe cases before in his life. “I’ve been in practice for 43 years,” said Hill. “I’ve never seen anything like that before.”

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For Hill, it is important that people in first world countries like Canada know what kind of work groups like Samaritan’s Purse are doing because they are the people who can help. He added that in Canada, it is easy to forget that elsewhere in the world, there are people who do not have any kind of access to the simple services that most Canadians take for granted. “We are so terribly spoiled and we have no idea how spoiled we are,” said Hill. “I don’t see how we can just stand by and leave people to suffer.”


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Lacombe council moves ahead with new police station BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That seemed to be council’s rationale when they decided to go with a more traditional design, tender, build approach to the new Lacombe Police Service facility rather than the design/build approach originally suggested by administration at their regular meeting on March 24. At the request of council,

administration presented two project briefs to council at the meeting. One following the proposed design/build approach and the other following the more traditional approach of design, tender, build. Director of Infrastructure Services Matthew Goudy then took council through the pros and cons of both plans. During the presentation, Goudy said that both plans

have merits and either could achieve great results, or fail miserably. “There are a lot of different facets to which delivery model is chosen and I want to be very explicit that both can be wildly successful,” said Goudy. While Goudy began his presentation saying that it was not the goal of administration to influence council one way or the other, council seemed very convinced by the end of the

presentation that the traditional method was the way to go. “I think if administration is trying to get us to be more favourable to the design, tender, build I think they’ve done that with this presentation,” said Councillor Bill McQuesten. During the presentation, Goudy said that the design, tender, build approach is the best-known method for large, well-understood projects and that the biggest advantage of the de-

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“THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT FACETS TO WHICH DELIVERY MODEL IS CHOSEN AND I WANT TO BE VERY EXPLICIT THAT BOTH CAN BE WILDLY SUCCESSFUL.” MATTHEW GOUDY While there is more flexibility in the design, tender, build process the project price has a tendency to go up as changes are made. However, Goudy also stated that the best product is more likely to be achieved through a design, tender, build process and that most of the projects Lacombe has have taken this approach and have come in on or near budget and deadline. “We have a long history of success with the design, tender, build traditional method both in Alberta and specifically here in Lacombe,” said Goudy. “That is the method that we have done 98 per cent of our projects through and we have been on-budget and on time for the vast majority of them.” For Councillor Peter Bouwsema, the superior product to be had from the traditional method far outweighed the con of possible cost increases. “I am concerned in the design/build process that pricing is the ultimate goal,” said Bouwsema. “I think our focus needs to be on a good end product, period.” Councillor Reuben Kon-

nik agreed. He added that while he was not at all in favour of cost overruns and didn’t think his fellow councillors to be either, he thought the risk was worth it to avoid possible upgrade and maintenance costs in the future and to make sure the building lasts for the intended lifespan. “At the end of the day we want the best possible product. You don’t get that in the design/build method,” said Konnik. Council voted unanimously to adopt the traditional design, tender, build method for the construction of the new police station. Furthermore, council elected to have one of their own members represent council on the police facility design committee. Konnik nominated Bouwsema to represent council because of his extensive knowledge of architecture. Bouwsema received unanimous support for the role. This slight change in strategy will have some effect on the deadline for delivery of the new police facility. Both strategies had timelines which saw the facility in use by 2016, with the more traditional method seeing use in September instead of July. At a previous meeting, council voted to move the future site of the new police station from the originally proposed site near Michener Park to the City’s current snow dump site east of Wolf Creek Dr. and north of 53 Ave. Construction for the new facility is slated to begin in 2015 with completion in 2016.

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POLICE BRIEFS POLICE LOOK FOR SUSPECTS On March 22, Blackfalds RCMP responded to a complaint of shoplifting at the Synik Clothing store in Gasoline Alley. Two male suspects fled the store prior to the police arriving, with one being suspected of a theft of clothing.

Through investigation, Blackfalds RCMP learned that one of the men allegedly concealed items on his person and when confronted by staff a struggle ensued. According to the investigation findings, the man caused damage to the store while escaping the building and fleeing in a dark coloured truck.

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The female suspects then approach their victims again, claiming to have recorded the encounter and threatening to post it online unless they are paid by their victims. “It’s difficult to lay charges in cases like this, because these online profiles are fake and often they live in different countries,” said Cpl. Sarah Knelsen with Red Deer RCMP. “Our advice, always, is to use the privacy settings on social media accounts, to be very cautious about whom you befriend online, and to not let anyone – friends or strangers – talk you into doing anything that you wouldn’t want your family, your employer or your friends to see.” RCMP say instances of


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Town of Blackfalds fights false alarms with bylaw BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express The Town of Blackfalds is taking steps to decrease the number of false alarms its enforcement and protective service agencies are forced to respond to. At its regular meeting on March 25, Blackfalds Town council voted to give first reading to Security Alarm System Bylaw 1176/14, which puts restrictions on what kind of alarm systems can be installed within Blackfalds, fees to be applied to users when a false alarm occurs and outlines the responsibilities of alarm users and alarm companies. In introducing the proposed bylaw, Chief Administrative Officer Myron Thompson commented on how false alarms are becoming an increasing problem not just in Blackfalds but municipalities across Canada because of residential and non-residential alarm systems becoming more commonplace. Thompson added that such false alarms create a burden on Blackfalds RCMP and fire departments and can impede responses to genu-

ine emergencies. Councillor Dean Wigmore moved to give the bylaw first reading, but stated that he also wanted to make sure the public was made aware of the bylaw and given some opportunity to share their thoughts on the proposed bylaw, if even in an informal manner. While a public hearing is not necessary for this bylaw, Wigmore and other councillors voiced their feelings that such an opportunity would be valuable. “I do see value in having feedback, especially on something like this that could potentially be a contentious issue,” said Wigmore. “I think this is a very responsible bylaw and one that will be of use to our community.” To that effect, Wigmore also made a motion to have notice of the proposed bylaw posted on the Town of Blackfalds homepage as well as the Town’s facebook page. Both motions were passed unanimously. Among the rules regarding alarm system use in Blackfalds, the bylaw states that no one may use any device that automati-

cally dials 911 or any other telephone number used by Blackfalds RCMP or fire department. Users are also required to put alarms out of service when testing or performing maintenance on them, so as not to cause a false alarm. Also included in the bylaw are fines for users whose alarms issue a false alarm. While there are exceptions outlined in the bylaw for false alarms accidentally causes by storms lightning and other such Acts of God, generally speaking alarm users will be given one warning after the bylaw has been passed and then will receive a fine for each false alarm thereafter. Alarm companies also share some responsibility for false alarms under the proposed bylaw. Such companies must provide proof that customers have been notified of the bylaw after installing any alarms and must verify alarm signals before requesting police or fire response. The Security Alarm System Bylaw, will be presented to council again on April 8 at its regular meeting.

City of Lacombe gears up for census to begin next month BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express Questions have been finalized, and Lacombe is ready to perform its 2014 census. At a regular meeting of council on March 24, City of Lacombe Chief Administrative Officer Norma MacQuarrie presented council with an update on the process of the 2014 census, set to begin in the next few days. “For your information council, I wanted to highlight for you what is current to date in terms of the 2014 census,” said MacQuarrie. When the proposal of a 2014 census was last put before City council, there was a feeling of apprehension as the 2012 census had been received so poorly and did not account for an esti-

mated 1,000 residents. A number of improvements will be implemented to avoid that in this year’s census. MacQuarrie said that the City of Lacombe has contracted with the City of Airdrie to incorporate a geographic information system into the mapping for the census and has been able to pinpoint apartment and other multi-family dwellings as opposed to single-family dwellings which will be an asset to enumerators before they even set out. Address mapping has also been completed. A number of tools have been made available for residents to fill out the census themselves as well. Residents will be able to fill out the census online (for the first time ever) or

by phone before enumerators begin visiting dwellings on April 7. Enumerators will then only visit dwellings that have not already filled out the census. There will also be a kiosk available at City Hall for residents to use to fill out the census online. Residents wishing to complete the census online will be able to do so as early as April 1. Letters to Lacombe residents with personal identification numbers will be mailed out today for use in the census. Enumerators have been recruited and training will begin today as well. Council voted to accept the update as information. Lacombe’s 2014 census will be completed by the end of June.

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OPINION New life for PCs? It would seem it just wasn’t enough. Last week, minutes after the Express went to press, Alison Redford announced her resignation as leader of the Alberta PC Party and premier of Alberta. The announcement came after Redford had been besieged for weeks by critics of her lavish travel spending. Prior to resigning, Redford had been lampooned for spending $45,000 to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral and $3,000 to fly her daughter and her daughter’s friends around on government planes. Redford agreed to repay the funds, but not before repeatedly refusing to do so in the matter of the Mandela expenses and saying that government policies should change to better accommodate her as a mother in the matter of her daughter’s flight expenses. It’s not really surprising, in light of all the drama that has surrounded Redford in the last few weeks, that she has resigned. But, some of us may surprised that she resigned so soon.

Last week’s editorial spoke of how Redford finally made a decision that Albertans could get behind in paying back the $45,000. It looked like the premier might be getting on a track where she could begin regain the trust of the province. However, Redford had waited too long to remedy her actions for a lack of trust and popularity among the electorate to be her only problems. In-fighting within her own party, no doubt largely due to Redford’s irresponsible spending, gave Redford more fires to put out while she still had others burning. In the wake of her announcement, two members of the PC Party crossed the floor to sit as independents and at least 10 other members met to discuss whether they should continue supporting Redford’s leadership or leave the party themselves. Whether it was due to pressure from her party, pressure from the people, or the belief a quick death was better than a long, drawn-out fight, Redford

has at least saved some face in stepping down before anyone really made her. And certainly, it took a lot of guts to take that action, even if Redford never quite admitted to the mistakes that led her to that point. Redford’s resignation came into effect this past

Sunday. Until the PCs can convene to elect a new leader, Deputy Premier Dave Hancock will serve as Alberta’s interim premier. While it is too bad that Redford acted too late to salvage enough of her reputation to continue leading this province, it is not

necessarily a bad thing to see her go. It gives the Alberta PC Party, a party that many (especially the official opposition) believe has gotten complacent after 43 years in power, a chance to elect a leader who actually has some respect for the taxpayers.

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Traffic controls exist for safety, not cash At a recent Lacombe council meeting where council reviewed reports from the new automated speed enforcement camera operating in Lacombe, Mayor Steve Christie divulged that residents have complained about the program to the City, saying it is just a ‘cash cow’. I get annoyed when I hear things like this in relation to ticketing. Photo radar is just used to make money, speed limits are changed and intersections controlled so police can write more tickets, police write more tickets at the end of the month because they are short on their quotas, et cetera, et cetera. All of it is complete bogus. First of all, the Lacombe Police Service does not set ticketing quotas for officers and hasn’t for a long time, if they ever did. If you don’t believe me, ask Police Chief Steve Murray, who will tell you he has never heard of officers having quotas in his 17-year tenure with the LPS. If you ask Blackfalds RCMP Detachment Commander Ken Morrison, he will also tell you that the


VOSSEN Blackfalds RCMP do not set ticketing quotas for their officers. Believing that traffic restrictions, like speed limits and traffic lights, are put in place to allow police to write more tickets is also absurd for a number of reasons. Not the least of which being that most police officers don’t actually enjoy writing tickets. Why? Because then police officers have to deal with someone they have just given a ticket to and no one (myself included) enjoys getting a ticket. People also have a tendency to behave somewhat let’s say rudely, when they are ticketed. Some people also tend to forget that the police officers and councillors who set speed limits and traffic controls are drivers who have

to obey them too. Why would they advocate for traffic limitations that aren’t necessary and inconvenience themselves as well? Using photo radar or automated speed enforcement as a way to make money is ludicrous too. Yes, the money from those tickets goes to the municipality (in fact, funds from any ticket written by a law enforcement officer goes to the municipality for wherever the ticket was written) but that doesn’t mean it’s an efficient way to raise municipal funds. Quarterly reports from Lacombe’s Automated Traffic Enforcement Program showed that in 11 hours, 45 tickets were issued to drivers on 54 Ave. between 49 St. and 47 St. In the same amount of time, zero tickets were issued to drivers on C&E Trail between 50 Ave. and 55 Ave., and on 58 St. between 50 Ave. and C&E Trail. If the City only wanted to raise money, why waste time enforcing speeds where they aren’t issuing tickets? Why not only enforce speeds on the most ticketed routes,

like 50 Ave. between 63 St. and C&E Trail, where the most tickets (633 in 41 hours) were issued? There is a simple answer – because that’s not the point. Traffic controls, tickets and police officers don’t exist to punish people, they exist to keep people safe. When people don’t obey traffic laws, driving becomes unsafe. Police try to correct this issue by prevention – what can we do so that people won’t want to speed here? – and education – let’s tell people why they shouldn’t speed here. If those two strategies fail, police fall on the third one, enforcement. That means people have still chosen an unsafe practice – speeding – and now there must be some consequences for that action. A lot of people choose not to believe it, but the goal of enforcing the rules is to not have to write tickets at all. Because if no one is writing tickets, then everyone is following the rules. And if the rules have been set up properly, that means everyone is safe.

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Taking a look at the ‘end of life’ debate Why am I mad as hell? This week I finally joined ‘Dignitas’, the Swiss organization that allows freedom of choice in death. Now I’m Registered Member 18924. I hope I don’t get a chance to use it soon or ever. But if I develop a debilitating illness, Dignitas will be available. Many share my view. We want to cry out “We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore.” Let’s first get mad as hell at gutless politicians, such as any Prime Minister who claims our Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects us all from injustice, yet denies freedom from the agony of terminal cancer pain, Lou Gehrig’s disease and other degenerative diseases. Some justice! Then let’s get mad as hell at those who constantly oppose assisted death to anyone, for asinine reasons. The ones who claim they have a superior moral code that the rest of us are lacking. Or insist that assisted death leads to the slippery slope theory of the elderly being arbitrarily removed from society for financial reasons. These people know this is a blatant lie. The truth is, and history has proven it, that people who are offered the choice of assisted death seldom use it. Rather, it’s reassuring for them to know that this exit from life is available if they desperately need it. I have no problem with those who, for religious, moral or ethical reasons, are opposed to assisted death. They have my blessing to suffer the agonies of painful death as long as they like. But they have

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JONES no inborn right to say the rest of us are morally corrupt in deciding this is senseless torture. For instance, 35 years ago I discovered that heroin therapy had been available in England for 90 years to ease the agony of terminal cancer pain. So I wrote what I thought was a humanitarian column requesting the Canadian government to legalize this painkiller for cancer patients. I was immediately denounced by the establishment as a headline seeking journalist. The Canadian Cancer Society responded that morphine was as good as heroin in most, though not all, cases! The RCMP worried about criminal activity and pharmacists about robberies. So I visited England, interviewed Scotland Yard, visited hospitals and pharmacies and discovered these charges were false. Respected Canadian organizations had shamelessly distorted the truth. In effect, they did not want to be told by a medical journalist they had not done their research and had been denying cancer patients relief from agony for 90 years. Heroin was legalized in December 1984 after a prolonged fight. A sum of $450,000 that had been donated by readers to assist this

cause was given to the University of Toronto Medical School to establish the Gifford-Jones professorship in Pain Control and Palliative Care. So why am I complaining? There should be an even playing field. Terminal pain and the choice to end one’s life when circumstances warrant it should be available to any who can’t afford to purchase a one-way plane ticket to Switzerland, or do not wish to die in another country. This is where our Charter of Rights and

Freedoms fails miserably. An editor once told me it’s the job of a journalist to make people think. But he could have added that proposals like this are also dangerous to write in a column. Critics can send complaints to newspapers asking that the author be fired. It can and has happened in the past. Or as Voltaire remarked, “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.”     But I’m curious to know how many readers are as ‘mad as hell’

as I am. I have no desire to be swamped by e-mail. However, I do know that many currently receive my free medical tips at An increase in number will indicate how many are just as angry as I am. But I’m convinced that any attempt to change this injustice is doomed unless tens of thousands of people are mad as hell. I’ll report the response in a later column. See the web site at www.docgiff. com. For comments

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The history of some of Central Alberta’s creameries The dairy industry of western Canada had its humble beginnings in the farm kitchens of homesteaders. Milk would be set out overnight in wide-mouthed containers, the cream skimmed off in the morning and stored in a suitably cool location to minimize souring pending collection of a quantity sufficient to justify churning. This operation involved beating or agitating the cream until the fat globules had coalesced into butter. After kneading to incorporate salt and expel any remaining buttermilk the salted product might be ‘printed’ (using a wooden butter press to shape a rectangular ‘loaf’ of specific dimensions) or placed in a glazed crock pending home use or delivery to a town merchant who accepted barter in lieu of cash. For farmers this was the era of a cashless society and the product of the churn was traded at local stores for staples like salt and sugar. General stores were careful to evaluate the quality of all butter they accepted in barter. Of particular concern was rancid butter


FREDEEN or butter from cream tainted by the food consumed by the cow. French weed, also known by the descriptive name of stinkweed, and wormseed mustard produced particularly villainous flavours. Both were potential hazards in early summer when cattle had their first opportunity to exchange their winter rations of dry hay for lush green pastures. Jack Lundie recalled helping his father evaluate the butter brought in for barter at Urquhart’s General Store in Lacombe. The process involved coring the product to the bottom of the container to provide a sample of each layer deposited therein. The odour or taste of each layer determined product value. He became quite skilled in classifying off-flavours. Several local creameries were initiated by the territorial government prior to 1905. Once they took root

they took over the manufacturing process and the primary farm product became cream delivered directly to the creamery. Many floundered but one that survived was the creamery located in Lacombe. It had travelled a rocky road with several ownership changes until taken over in 1919 by the Morkebord Creamery Co. of Markerville, Alberta. After 1935 it operated under the name ‘Independent Creamery’ with Wes Jackson, and later his son Bill, at the helm. This creamery, located directly across Barnett Ave. (Hwy. 12) closed its doors when Bill Jackson retired in 2007. The Jackson Creamery has local historic significance but it was the Alix Creamery founded in 1916 that would prove to have enduring historic relevance for the entire province. Alix at that time was in the Municipal District of Lamerton and it was in this fledgling community that the dairy industry of the entire province truly took root and prospered. At its center was the Meadow Creamery Co. Ltd. co-founded in 1916 by three Danish immigrants. One of

the founders, Niels Larson, a butter maker, took the helm as manager. His chief competitor for the cream was the Burns Company of Calgary. Larson was an ardent advocate of cooperation and when the UFA began to promote the concept of producer pools he urged the cream shippers to get on board. His message to producers was: “If you don’t hang together you’ll hang separately.” And hang together they did, forming dairy pools throughout Central Alberta – and beyond -- and shipping their cream to the Meadow Creamery in Alix. In 1924, Alberta exported 4,000,000 lbs. of butter and the pools in this region organized as The Central Alberta Dairy Producers’ Association (CADPA). Under this banner they negotiated control of the Meadow Creamery, engaged Niels Larson as manager and printed their first

butter. Clive was the postal address of its first president with Clive and Mirror the home villages of two of its six directors. By 1928 the Pool, with 1,500 members, was the largest in the province. One year later the CADPA purchased the Alix plant and renamed it The Central Alberta Dairy Pool (CADP), the name by which it would be known for the next eight decades. Through all the years of its existence, the butter making a ‘butter printing’) operation for the entire CADP network had been conducted at the location of its birth – the Meadow Creamery in Alix. It had earned the title of ‘Old Faithful, the Mother Plant.’ It was the major industry of Central Alberta. And it was rural! But on Feb. 16, 1976 the Mother Plant was destroyed by fire, a blaze fueled by 480,000 lbs. of butter then in storage

awaiting shipment. Butter making was transferred to the Red Deer Condensery plant built in 1936. Conversion of that plant to butter manufacturing was completed within a week and the condensery operation was transferred to the evaporated milk plant in Wetaskiwin, newly acquired from the Carnation Company, The CDAP vanished from view in 1992 when it amalgamated with two other cooperatives, the Northern Alberta Dairy Pool Ltd. and the Fraser Valley Milk Producer’s Co-operative, to become Agrifoods International Co-operative Association Ltd. Its trade name was Dairyworld Foods and its dairy products were merchandized under the name Dairyland. In 2001, Agrifoods International sold its dairy processing and its dairy product brand Dairyland to the Quebec-based firm Saputo.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING Re: The Potential Closure of Satinwood School Date: March 31, 2014 Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm Place: Satinwood School Gymnasium The purpose of the meeting is to allow all members of the Satinwood community, and neighboring communities, an opportunity to discuss aspects of the school’s current operations and how these would be impacted if the Satinwood School were to close. This information will then be submitted to the Board of Trustees for an April meeting to ensure that the input of the community is considered in the process. Background information relative to the numbers of students impacted by the potential school closure, the ¿nancial considerations inherent in the process, as well as other discussion material, will be presented at the meeting. In accordance with Alberta Education guidelines, the meeting will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to provide input regarding the following topics:


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Selling…. 31 Registered Black Angus Yearling Bulls 12 Registered Black Angus Two Year Old Bulls • Ranch raised on high forage diet • 100% Guaranteed & semen tested • No bulls have been sold previously • Only top bulls from the top of the herd

1. What would be the educational and ¿nancial advantages if the school were to remain open? What are the thoughts of the stakeholders around these impacts? 2. The educational impact of closing the school? 3. The ¿nancial impact of closing the school including the effect on operational costs and capital implications? (background information around this topic will be provided) 4. What potential impacts do we need to consider relative to the attendance of Satinwood students at another school site in Wolf Creek? (numbers of students needing relocation will be provided at the meeting) This question will also consider the ‘programming implications’ at an alternative school site. 5. If Satinwood School were to close, should the attendance areas be redesigned in the sector? If so, what should be the considerations that the Board should examine? 6. What bussing considerations should be in place to meet the transportation needs of families and students if the Satinwood School is closed? 7. What are the potential uses of the school building if all educational programming is moved to another site in the Wolf Creek School Division?

Rainbow Hills Ranch Warren & Carmen Beck Home 403-749-2953 Cell 403-391-3753


Dr. Larry Jacobs, Superintendent of Schools, 403-783-3473

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Horoscope ARIES


Mar 21/Apr 20

Apr 21/May 21

Aries, you have a great deal

Don’t get swept away by old

of energy but have no idea

habits, Taurus. It is time to try

where to focus all of it. This

something new and get a new

could be a good week to visit

perspective. Accept a new

with friends and family and

challenge and you will be glad

spend time together.

for having done so.

GEMINI May 22/Jun 21

CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22

Gemini, you may be tempted

Cancer, you have to go to

to question the actions of

great lengths to get your point

others this week. But try to focus instead on what you are doing and do not

patience and do your best to

motivations of other people.

simplify your point of view.



Jul 23/Aug 23

Aug 24/Sept 22

Leo, all you need is a little

Virgo, your romantic life is

spark to motivate you this

full of complicated patterns

week. You may be able to

and obstacles, which could

tackle projects around the

be taking their toll on your

house or assignments at

relationship. Some subtle

work with ease and a little

changes might get things back


on track.


SCORPIO Things move along quite

doing nothing this week will

smoothly for you this week,

move you nowhere fast, Libra.

Scorpio. There are plenty of

The vacation is over; you

distractions heading your

need to find the motivation to

way, but do your best to stay

increase the pace.


Nov 23/Dec 21

CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20

Get outdoors and enjoy some

Capricorn, start planning a

fresh air, Sagittarius. Fresh

much-needed vacation for

air is just what you need

you and your significant other.

after a bout of cabin fever.

Some time away from the

The weather is breaking and

hustle and bustle is just what

outside projects beckon.

the both of you need.



Jan 21/Feb 18

Feb 19/Mar 20

Trust your instincts, Aquarius.

Express your passion for a

When something seems off-

special project to a loved one,

kilter, you owe it to yourself to trust your gut and speak up, even if others aren’t ready to believe you.

Fill-in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 only once. Each 3x3 box is outlined with a darker line. You already have a few numbers to get you started. Remember: You must not repeat the numbers 1 through 9 in the same line, column or 3x3 box.

CLUES DOWN CONT. 22. Palms with egg shaped nuts 23. Mistress of a household 24. Founder of Babism 25. Semitic fertility god 26. Connected links 28. Chocolate tree 29. Miao-Yao is their language 32. Moss capsule stalk 36. Young society woman 38. Bartenders 40. Buried port city 43. One point S of SE 44. Cervid 45. Inexperienced (var.) 46. Exercises authority over 51. Handles 54. Neither 55. Alumnus 56. Sunrise 57. Cease exertion 58. Double curve 59. Maneuver 60. Not happy 64. Old English

Oct 24/Nov 22

Unfortunately, sitting back and



such situations with tact and

be concerned with the

Sept 23/Oct 23


across this week. Approach

Pisces. Don’t be afraid to share your feelings with those closest to you.

CLUES ACROSS 1. Recapture the past 10. “Tosh.0” and “South Park” are two 12. Military greeting 13. Passenger ships 15. Can’t move 16. Any omission of a part 18. 43rd state 19. Compassionate nursing care 20. Pa’s partner 21. Dutch cheese 24. London radio station

27. Perfumed powder bag 30. Liquid body substances 31. Expresses pleasure 33. Escape from prison 34. Long-wave hue 35. Bleated 37. Male swan 39. Head cover 41. Fewer calories 42. Teal duck genus 44. Inspire with love 47. Grab 48. Cruel inhuman person 49. 6th musical tone

50. Indigenous tribe of Indonesia 52. Megabyte 53. Headpin in bowling 56. Light, fitful naps 61. Precede 62. Greek and Turkish Sea 63. Pot ‘o gold location 65. Was in disagreement CLUES DOWN 1. A player’s part 2. Ratites 3. Distribute

4. 15th day of March 5. Empire State 6. Small island 7. Con or swindle accomplices 8. Oasts kiln shape 9. Female sheep 10. Motor vehicle 11. ___ Lanka 12. More melancholy 14. Not all 15. Apple, pumpkin or a la mode 17. __ King Cole, musician


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fyi EVENTS Arlene Oberg “Full circle: Four Seasons” – Opening reception March 29 5-9 p.m. at The Gallery on Main. Paper Crafting Weekend: April 4 and 5 at the Royal Canadian Legion 5138 49 St., Lacombe. Runs from 3 – 11 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $50. Please register and pay by March 25 at the Legion. Limited space available.

These events brought to you by:

Your weekly Community Events Calendar

Take a Deep Breath – A full-day workshop about protecting yourself from the hazards of burnout and compassion fatigue. May 6 in Lacombe. Brought to you by the Lacombe Palliative Care Society and Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association. For more information call 403-782-45534 or 403-2069938 or visit James Keelaghan and Oscar Lopez (the Compadres) are playing Saturday May 10 at St. Andrew’s United Church. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Tickets are available at St. Andrew’s (call 403-782-3148). Proceeds to go towards humanitarian projects in Guatemala.

The Red Deer Legion Pipe Band is actively recruiting experienced and inexperienced people from the Central Alberta area, who are interested in joining the Band. Anyone with piping or drumming experience, or if you would like to learn piping or drumming, are asked to please contact us at 403-782-7183 or by email at amacaskill@telus. net. Practices are held at the Red Deer Legion on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Quilting and crafts – held at Blackfalds United Church on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. Help make quilts or bring your own quilt/ craft to work on. Visit www. or call 403-885-4780 for more.

Blackfalds Information Fair – April 6 from 12-3 p.m. Contact Town of Blackfalds for more information. Italy and the Mediterranean – 7 p.m. on April 8 at the Mary C. Moore Public Library. Barb Shephard and Phil Mueller will share the experience of their privately guided tour of the Italian Front where Barb’s father served with the Canadian Army during the Second World War. Acronaires Spring Home Show – April 11 at the CUC PE Centre. 30th Annual Lacombe Kinsmen Advertisers’ Auction – 7 p.m. on April 23 at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club. Songs from Atlantic Canada – The Parkland Singers present Songs from Atlantic Canada with special guests Noami Burns-Delafield and Joshua Graca. Wolf Creek Community Church Hall on April 9 at 7:30. Admission $10. Refeshments to follow. For more information call 403-782-7385.

Drop in Pool Tournament runs every Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Lacombe Hotel. Circle of Friends - free weekly supper for the community, nutritious meals for anyone interested. It runs at Bethel Christian Reformed Church.

Enter online @ for a chance to win

Lacombe Easter Farmer’s Market – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on April 17 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Tees Chili Cook Off and Family Fun Bingo – April 12 at the Tees Community Hall. Cook off begins at 5 p.m. (please bring chili in a slow cooker). Tasting at 5:30. Bingo card sales begin at 6:30 and games begin at 7. Chili sampling and supper $5 per person. Bingo cards $1 each. If you are planning on entering a chili or for more information contact Carla Kenny at 403-784-3055.

Youth Unlimited Drop-in Activites every Tuesday and Thursday, for ages 12 and up. Movies, crafts, games, and more! It costs $2/ night or $50/season (JuneSeptember). Last Thursday of the month is girls only. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. and activities run at the YU-Turn Youth Centre.

Come for lunch, Stay for pie!


value up to $25

at Morrison House Cafe

403-789-1234 5331 51 Ave. Lacombe Kozy Korner Seniors Centre Dinners – every Tuesday at noon. Kozy Korner Music – every Sunday at 2 p.m. until April 13. Lacombe Dance Lessons - social and choreographed ballroom dancing. Traditional two-step or Cha Cha/Jive. For details phone Cliff at 403-782-4094. Real Men Sing Barbershop! The Wild Rose Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus is a chorus for males of all ages who love to sing four-part a cappella harmony. We are a proud member of the Barbershop Harmony society providing entertainment at seniors’ lodges, hospitals and numerous community and private functions throughout the year. No experience is required, just a love to sing. Join us on Tuesday evening, rehearsals from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Davenport Church of Christ (#68 Donlevy Ave.) For information, call David at 403-342-1318 or email crozsmit@telusplanet. net. Visit

The Lacombe Legion has bingo on Mondays at 7 p.m. in the upstairs hall. Coffee time runs Wednesdays from 9:30-11 a.m. ($2 for coffee, tea and cookies). On Fridays, there are four meat draws and tickets are $2/ set of three tickets. Draw starts at 6:30 p.m. On Saturdays, there are four meat draws which start at 4:30 p.m. Chase the ace starts after meat draws. Lacombe Legion Old Time Dances – second and fourth Friday of every month. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. with live music. $2 admission. Contact Henry at 403-789-3738. New to Lacombe? Contact Lacombe Welcome Wagon at 403-348-9567 for free maps, information about the City and area, as well as free gifts from local businesses. New baby in the family? Contact Lacombe Welcome Wagon at 403-348-9567 for free information, baby product samples as well as free gifts from local businesses.

Located in one of Lacombe’s most beautiful heritage homes

Taoist Tai Chi - a relaxing, low impact exercise; continuing classes year round, for those who have completed beginners or have learned Taoist Tai Chi before. Participate in classes of your choice. Available in Red Deer, Lacombe, Rocky Mountain House, and Innisfail. Contact 403-3466772 for more information. Coffee Time at the Lacombe Legion runs every Wednesday morning. Come join us for coffee. $2. Gatherings run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Lacombe Legion. Old-time dances run at the Red Deer Legion every Wednesday evening. Smorg at 5 p.m. with dance at 7:30 p.m. Cover charge $6. Country music runs Friday and Saturday evenings 7 to 11 p.m. 403-342-0035. Affrim – providing safe and confidential support to people of all sexual orientation, their families and friends. Meetings in Lacombe. For more info, contact Marg at 403-782-1887 or Ross at 403-782-3148.

MEETINGS The Lacombe Hospital Auxiliary meets the first Thursday of every month at 1:30 p.m. in the Education Room at the hospital. New members welcome. For more information, call Rilla at 403-782-6165. Imperial Daughters of the Empire is a non-profit women’s volunteer program that raises money in support of numerous initiatives supporting educations. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month and begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church. For more information, contact Mary Lou Wilson 403-782-3923. W.H.O.L.E. - Widows Helping Others Live Earnestly. W.H.O.L.E. can help you adjust to your loss, to channel your grief into helping others who are struggling with loss, and to help you gain perspective as a person who has a new role to be fulfilled. It’s about widow to widow interaction and socialization. It’s about being able to express with like-minded women the pain and confusion that comes with loss, as well as the encouragement and friendship to help you once again live a life filled with meaning and earnest life. There are no councillors present, only a facilitator to help keep conversations moving. W.H.O.L.E meets monthly and is open to widows of all ages. Space is limited, so please phone to book a spot. Refreshments will be served. Call 403-550-4508. Lacombe Art Guild - the guild meets regularly on the second and third Tuesday of each month. A variety of workshops are provided for developing artists. Membership is $15 per year. Contact Betty Peers at 403782-9968 or blog Meetings runs in LMC Credit Union Room at 5214 50 Ave. in Lacombe. Are you having problems with someone else’s drinking? We are an anonymous group of men and women who can offer encouragement and support. Call Al-Anon Family groups at 403-346-0320 for a list of meetings in Red Deer and the surrounding area.

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City Page

City Council Dates

Residential Recycling starts mid-April

Lacombe City Council Meetings are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Meeting agendas are posted online at by 3:00 p.m. the Friday before every Council Meeting.

Lacombe residents will soon be able to recycle more conveniently, as the City of Lacombe gears up to launch its new city-wide residential recycling program in mid-April.

The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting dates and times are:

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 5 p.m. (Committee Meeting) Monday, April 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. Monday April 28, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Reminder Wolf Creek Recycle Depot Residents are reminded that the cardboard, paper and plastics bins are emptied on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you happen to arrive at the recycle site when the bins are full, or being picked up, please come back later when the recycling bins are back in place.

Easter Holiday Weekend Waste Collection Schedule Changes Please note that due to the Good Friday public holiday, garbage and recycling normally picked up on Friday, April 18, will instead be picked up on Thursday, April 17. And due to the Easter Monday holiday, garbage and recycling normally picked on Monday, April 21, will instead be picked up to Tuesday, April 22.

“I am proud to say that with the introduction of this program, the City of Lacombe is taking important steps to ensure the long-term environmental sustainability of our beautiful, growing city,” said Mayor Steve Christie. City staff will begin the delivery of blue recycling boxes to approximately 4000 households beginning April 1st. Recycling service provider Can Pak will begin collecting recyclables on April 15th. Residents who receive front street pickup are asked to place their blue box in the same location as they place their black garbage cart for collection. Those who use back alley dumpsters are asked to place the blue boxes at the back entrances of their properties. All boxes must be set out before 7 a.m. on collection day. “If residents have more recyclables than they can fit in their boxes for pickup, they are welcome to set out the overflow beside their blue box, in another blue box, in blue or clear plastic bags, or use the Wolf Creek Recycle Site, Any recyclable material placed in black bags will be treated as garbage.” said Utilities Manager Chris Huston. On average, more than half of what people place in their black carts is recyclable. To help residents learn about what can now be recycled, a comprehensive list of acceptable

and unacceptable recycling materials, along with a collection calendar will be delivered with each blue box. For 2014, a monthly fee of $3.42 will be added to homeowners’ utility bills once the recycling service begins. Lacombe’s recycling program is among the most affordable programs of its kind in the province.

Development Permits Current to March 20, 2014

Permitted Use Take notice that the following development permits have been approved as PERMITTED USES in that they conform in every respect to the Land Use Bylaw DATE PERMIT# LOCATION DEVELOPMENT March 20


85 Erica Drive

Single Family Dwelling

March 20


43 Cedar Crescent

Existing Shed

March 20


50 Elizabeth Park Boulevard

Home Occupation 1

Permitted Use with Variances Take notice that the following permits have been approved by the Development Authority as a Permitted Use with Variances as noted: DATE




March 20

61/ 250.45

#1 4842 46 Street

Occupancy – Retail Sales

March 20


#3 4842 46 Street

Occupancy – Retail Sales

Discretionary Use Take notice that the following Discretionary Use Permits have been approved: DATE




March 20


5423 55 Avenue

Home Occupation 2

March 20


5519 54 Avenue

Height and Size Variance for Detached Garage

March 20


15 MacKenzie Ranch Way

Phase 2A of MacKenzie Ranch Manufactured Home Park

March 20


20 Beardsley Crescent

Multiple Variances to Semi-Detached Dwelling

March 20


22 Beardsley Crescent

Multiple Variances to Semi-Detached Dwelling

Documents pertaining to the development permits may be inspected at City Hall, 5432-56 Avenue, during regular business hours. Anyone claiming to be affected by the approval of the Permitted Uses with Variances or Discretionary Uses may submit an objection within 14 days from the date of notice. The appeal must be in writing, accompanied with a $50.00 fee and be directed to: Lacombe Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, Attn: Secretary to the SDAB, 5432 - 56 Avenue Lacombe, AB T4L 1E9

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City Page

Public Notices

Dog leashes, licenses and other stuff

Parking Changes Downtown

Now that spring is finally here, residents are taking advantage of the warmer temperatures to enjoy the great outdoors, often with their pets in tow. Enforcement Services would like to remind dog owners to leash their dogs in public areas, with the only exception being the designated off-leash area in Michener Park.

Enforcement Services is advising motorists that there have been some parking changes made in the Downtown area. Parking is not permitted between the pedestrian crosswalks at 51 Street and Highway 12 near Head Hunters Day Spa and Salon. Drivers are asked to pay attention to the posted signage as well as the painted curbs.

What’s New 2014 Census

“We require that all dogs off their owner’s property be leashed at all times with a leash no longer than two meters (six feet) in length,” said Community Peace Officer Wayne Lowe. “This will help the dog owner maintain control, and to protect the public and other pet owners.” Dog owners are asked to keep their dogs on leash until they have entered the fenced area of the Off Leash Dog Park; keep their dogs within sight and under verbal control at all times; and to remove their dogs at the first sign of aggressive behavior.

Enforcement Services would like also to remind dog owners that all dogs three months or older are required to be licensed, and dog licenses need to be renewed annually. Dog licenses are available for purchase at City Hall at an annual cost of $23 ($13 for seniors aged 65-plus). Dog ownership is limited to three dogs on any residential property in Lacombe.

The City also receives many complaints from parks and trails users regarding dog owners not scooping up after their pets. Dog owners are reminded to pick up after their pets and to dispose of the waste properly. The fines for failing to remove defecation are now: first offence - $100; second offence - $150; third offence - $200.

To report a lost or found dog or cat, please contact Enforcement Services at (403) 782-1269 option 3 during regular business hours. For after hours service, please call Animal Control Services at (403) 506-9380. You can also help to reunite lost pets with their owners by registering them at Pet Lynx ( ).

The City of Lacombe is conducting a Municipal Census this year. For the first time, residents will have the option of completing the Census questionnaire online. In the week before April 1, 2014, each household will receive a letter containing information and a unique PIN on how to complete their census online at www.lacombe. ca/census. The census will be available online from 8am, April 1 to 8pm on June 30, 2014. Any household that does not fill out the census online will then have the opportunity to complete it with an enumerator at the door. All Census workers will present City-issued identification. We would encourage you to confirm their identification before you answer questions.

Discover the convenience of pre-authorized monthly payments The City of Lacombe has a Pre-Authorized Tax Installment Payment Plan. This voluntary plan offers you an easy, time-saving way to have tax payments automatically deducted from your bank account each month. It means eliminating the chore of writing cheques and you’ll never have to worry about remembering to make a payment or the cost of postage or a possible late fee. There are no service charges or fees for enrolling in this plan and setting up is easy:

An exhibition of Alberta’s hottest motorcycles airbrushed into rolling works of art while you enjoy cool craft beers, crisp wines and “road worthy” appetizers.

1) Complete and submit the Authorization Agreement for the plan, along with a void cheque. The form can be picked up in person at Lacombe City Hall (5432 56 Avenue, Lacombe, Alberta) or on-line at:

Friday, April 25th, 2014 Lacombe Memorial Centre 5214—50 Ave, Lacombe, AB 5pm—8pm Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

2) Payments will start being automatically withdrawn from your bank account on the 16th of each month

(includes the Encore Art Show & Sale)

For Information Contact:

Available at: Sunny 94.1 & Kraze 101.3, Bladez Hair Co. & Harley Place Service in Lacombe Lacombe City Hall or call 403-782-1258

Marc Perreault, City of Lacombe Tax Clerk Phone: 403.782.1257

5432 56th ave., lacombe

Proceeds “Fuel” The Lacombe Arts Endowment Fund

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deadline: Monday @ noon

CLASSIFIEDS To place an ad, call Toll Free: 1.877.223.3311 or email:

Announcements .................0005-0030 What’s Happening .............. 0049-0070 Garage Sales ........................0100-0650 Employment ........................ 0700-0920 Service Directory ................. 1000-1430

Funeral Directors & Services



ACCOUNTANT Hart Oilfield Rentals Ltd. currently has an opening in our Rocky Mountain House office for a full-time accountant.



BIG REWARD OFFERED. LOST MOTHERS RING. 2 White Zirconias on either side of blue sapphire. Yellow gold. Very sentimental, it’s almost like my mother passing again. 778-628-7778 or 403-346-6336

Farm Work


RISPENS DAIRY (NW6-43-26-W4 & SE8-43-26-W4) near Ponoka, AB requires 2 Dairy Herdspersons to supervise farm operations & manage herd. Requirements: High school; 2 yrs of exp. $16.05/hr for 45 hrs/wk. Apply:

Job functions will include, but not be limited to: • Prepare accurate & timely Financial Statements, daily & monthly. • Prepare month end close process & reports. • Prepare quarterly reports for owners. • Prepare working papers & lead sheet for year end. • Monthly GST & PST filings • Maintain master vehicle spreadsheet. • Maintain insurance requirements. • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Job Requirements: Post-Secondary Diploma Buying or Selling in Accounting or Finance, minimum 5 years or more your home? Looking for a place experience in a similar role. Check out Homes for Sale to live? Must be well versed in in Classifieds Take a tour through the accounting processes, CLASSIFIEDS have the ability to multitask & is a solid team player. VFA Pork, a farrow to fin- Must be flexible in job duties. Found ish operation, is looking for Comprehensive health & a full-time hog farm workdental benefits offered. EYE GLASSES found on ers supervisor. Preferably Forward resumes to 32 St. & 30 Ave. bike path college ed. in swine (403) 845-7998, 403-986-6075 production. 20 Min. west of or by e-mail to: Lacombe. $15-18/hour, dep. on experience. Email or fax resumes: vfapork@ Personals


Restaurant/ Hotel


RAMADA INN & SUITES req’s. ROOM ATTENDANTS Exp. pref’d, but not necessary. F/T wk days & weekends. Approx. 35 hrs/wk. Bonus program. Rate: $13.50/hr. Applicants may apply in person at 6853 - 66 St. Red Deer T4P 3T5 or fax 403-342-4433 or email:



Part time personnel required. Must have accounting experience and be proficient in Quick Books and Microsoft Office. Backgound in Ag Industry is preferable. Contact David at Kaun’s Seed Farm 403-350-2555

Farm Work


Horst Farm Ltd (NW1-41-27-W4) near Lacombe, AB requires Swine Herdsperson to supervise farm operations & tend to herd. High school & 2 yrs exp. required. $17/hr. Apply: hcm.vwijk@gmail. com



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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: 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:

Truckers/ Drivers

Road Train Oilfield Transport Ltd


Innisfail Insurance Services Ltd.

is accepting applications for LICENSED BROKER, Level 2 status. Must have LOCAL SERVICE CO. 3 yrs. exp. Commercial in Red Deer REQ’S EXP. exp. an asset. F/T position. VACUUM TRUCK The successful candidate OPERATOR must be a self-motivated Must have Class 3 licence professional, possessing w/air & all oilfield tickets. excellent communication Fax resume w/drivers and interpersonal skills. abstract to 403-886-4475 Applicants must enjoy working in a very busy team oriented environment. Salary to commensurate with experience. Please forward resumes to: NOW HIRING Carol Peterson Well Testing Personnel Box 6039 Experienced Supervisors Innisfail, AB T4G 1S7 & Operators Fax: 403- 227-3910 Must have valid applicable Email: cpeterson@ tickets Email: lstouffer@


is looking for JOURNEYMAN HD MECHANIC or REG’D APPRENTICE. Ability to complete CVIP inspections Trades is considered an asset. Top wages/ benefits. Safety APPRENTICE tickets req’d. Fax or drop PARTS TECHNICIAN off resume 403-346-6128 F/T entry level position No phone calls. with a Heavy Duty Truck Tired of Standing? Dealership. Must be energetic & goal orientated. Find something to sit on in Classifieds Competitive wages. Full benefits. Email resume to: Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to BRICAR CONTRACTING find the purrfect pet. now hiring Heavy Equipment Operators, Skid SHUNDA Steer Operators and Laborers. Send resumes CONSTRUCTION to: or fax Requires Full Time 403-347-6296 Foremen, Carpenters Busy custom cabinet shop Apprentices & in Sylvan Lake is looking Laborers for an experienced cabinet Competitive Wages installer. Must have & Benefits. experience in kitchen, Fax resumes & ref’s to: vanity and wet bar 403-343-1248 or email to: installations. Job to start ASAP. Fax resume to 403-887-7787 Truckers/ JOURNEYMAN Mechanic wanted for busy auto shop Drivers that specializes in DRIVERS for furniture customizing, diesel repair and performance. Must be moving company, class 5 required (5 tons), local & able to work independently and efficiently. Must have long distance. Competitive wages. Apply in person. own tools. Wage neg, 6630 71 St. Bay 7 benefits an option. Sundre Red Deer. 403-347-8841 Ab



Items to Buy/Sell ................. 1500-1940 Agricultural .......................... 2000-2210 For Rent ............................... 3000-3200 Wanted to Rent....................3250-3390 Real Estate ...........................4000-4190



Busy road construction company looking for Class 1, Class 3, and winch truck drivers. Work is throughout Alberta. Must have at least 3 yr’s exp. Fax resume to 403-309-0489

Business Opportunities


Enjoy a career in the gifting business with The original basket boutique! We are growing in Red Deer and Alberta. 780.416.2530 or We change daily to serve you better.

Misc. Help



Open House Directory ....... 4200-4310 Financial ..............................4400-4430 Transportation .................... 5000-5240 Legal/Public Notices .........6000-9000 * No cancellations, refunds or exchanges. Please read your ad the first day it appears. We will accept responsibility for 1 insertion only.

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Looking for reliable newspaper carrier for 1 day per week delivery of the Central Alberta Life in the town of INNISFAIL Packages come ready for delivery. No collecting. Contact Loren at 403-314-4316

NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED To deliver the SYLVAN LAKE NEWS & CENTRAL AB LIFE 1 day a week. Please call Debbie at 403-314-4307


Community Support Worker Program

Women in the Trades Program




BIG STRAPPER AUCTIONS SALES EVERY WED. @ 6 pm. Moose Hall 2 miles south of Ponoka on 2A NEXT ANTIQUE SALE Sun. MARCH 2, 1 pm WE BUY FOR CASH. 403-304-4791 Check website for full listing




Homestead Firewood

Spruce & Pine - Split 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472 DRY Pine or Poplar. Also dry Pine in 25 lb. bundles, stored undercover, ideal for camping or resale. Call 403-729-2594 for prices Now Offering Hotter, Cleaner BC Birch. All Types. P.U. / Delivery. Lyle 403-783-2275

Household Appliances


ACACIA wood footed, flower petal shaped punch bowl. $20; 12 acacia wood footed goblets, $15. Acacia wood serving bowl with decorative carving $15; Set of 5 dolls wearing formal gowns of S.E. Asia. $10. 403-342-7460 CHEST Freezer, Kenmore, 5 c.f. $50 403-346-9169 TOASTER oven very good cond. $20; electric oil heater $20 403-348-1905 403-348-8111

Busy road construction Math and Science for company looking for safety the Trades Program person. Work is throughout the province. Experience is • GED Preparation EXP’D CLASS 1 end dump an asset but willing to train driver for local haul. Please Gov’t of Alberta Funding the right person. Must fax resume with driver’s have a valid Class 5 drivmay be available. abstract 403-342-6881 er’s license. Fax resume Household 403-309-0489 403-340-1930 Furnishings Start your career! CINA Cabinet, solid wood, DISPATCHER REQ’D. See Help Wanted buffet $99; and glass front Knowledge of Red Deer hutch. $99. 403-346-9169 and area is essential. Misc. Verbal and written KING SIZE BOX SPRING, communication skills are Services $100. req’d. Send resume by fax SINGLE FUTON, wood to 403-346-0295 base & mattress, $30. PONOKA has openings for 403-350-9029 or 5* JUNK REMOVAL WINCH TRACTOR, 403-343-7389 Property clean up 340-8666 PICKER OPERATORS & LOVESEAT pull out bed BED TRUCK DRIVERS 61”w, taupe/pin stripe, very for Branch and Winter good cond. $60; cloth high Camp Jobs. Experience back office chair on preferred, willing to train. Yard wheels, adjustable, very Competitive Wages and Care good cond. $30; large bevBenefits. Fax resume to elled mirror set in maple (403) 783-3011 or e-mail w/black design hr@calnashtrucking. com LABOUR SPRING LAWN CLEANUP frame $40 403-347-5846 Busy road construction Call 403-304-0678 No phone calls please. company looking for Only individuals selected Labours. Work is throughStereos for an interview will be out Alberta. Must have a Antiques TV's, VCRs contacted. Class 5 license. Fax re& Art sume to 403-309-0489 Classifieds PS1 w/10 games $70; PSP Your place to SELL Classifieds...costs so little ANTIQUE TRUNK $100 w/4 movies, 6 games $130 Your place to BUY 403-347-5354 403-782-3847 Saves you so much! •






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Stereos TV's, VCRs


HOUSE STEREO w/19” LCD TV $140; 19”HP computer monitor $50 403-782-3847 TOSHIBA 50” rear projection TV, $99; Glass front media stand, $30. 403-346-9169

Misc. for Sale


BREAD Maker, $25 COMBINATION FLIP CHART/MAGNETIC WHITE BOARD, Dahle brand Model 95005. Adjustable height up to 6.5 feet. $60. Call (403) 342-7908. KENMORE BUILT IN VACUUM UNIT including hose, $125. SOLD SOLD




3 weeks old, taking deposits now ! 10 males and 2 females..will have all shots before final sale! If you are skeptical...come on out and meet the mom and dad!! $1000 pup..$500 non refundable deposit required...Call to set up a viewing... Al@ 403-586-0075

Collectors' Items


ALL COLLECTORS DREAM 1 great wagon wheel coffee table. Approx. 100 yrs old from grandpas hay wagon! With it’s original metal rim. 43” in diameter w/ 1/2” clear thick glass top. 22” high on metal legs. $200. 403-347-7405



4 TWO YEAR OLD RED ANGUS SIMMENTAL CROSS BULLS. Can deliver. 780-682-2644 PUREBRED red and black Angus bulls. 1 and 2 year olds. Semen tested and delivered. Vicwin farms 403-784-3517, 403-318-7363. RED ANGUS BULLS Yearlings & 2 year olds. Quiet disposition. Delivered. Cripps Cattle Company 403-391-2648



ORDER NOW For Pick Up on April 19, 25 or 26. 19 weeks old Isa Brown laying hens. Linden, AB 403-546-3130



WANTED: all types of horses. Processing locally in Lacombe weekly. 403-651-5912

Pasture/Land Wanted

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LACOMBE COUNTRY FEED STORE, Come see us at: 4836 45A St. Lacombe, Ab Pet Food, Horse, Poultry ALL THE FEED YOUR ANIMALS NEED! 403-782-3333 SMALL Square Hay Bales: 1st & 2nd cut. SMALL Square Straw Bales 403-784-2276 TIMOTHY & Brome square bales, great for horses, approx. 60 lbs. put up dry and covered, $5/bale Sylvan area. 403-887-2798

Condos/ Townhouses



Farms/ Land

NEW HOMES by Mason Martin Homes Kyle, 403-588-2550


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Manufactured Homes

1979, Granduer 14X78 w/ 16x20 addition, lots of upgrades, too many to list. Ready to be moved. $30,000. 403-373-4781


1217 sq.ft. duplex. 4 bdrm., $184,900. 403-588-2222


New Home. 1335 sq.ft. bi-level, 24x23 att. garage. 403-588-2550

Condos/ Townhouses



1988 MOBILE HOME (16x78) 3 bdrm., 2 bath. Has 16x20 addition & many upgrades. $35,000 obo. To be moved this spring. Call Dean 403-783-6164

EXCLUSIVE LUXURY RIVERFRONT CONDOS FOR SALE in Downtown Red Deer. Call Renee at 403-314-1687 for Inquiries.

NEW CONDO LEGACY ESTATES 60yrs + condo. 403-350-5054 1000 sq.ft. 2 bdrm., 2 bath. $192,000. 403-588-2550

Commercial Property

1997 DODGE Stratus, exc. cond. $2500. 403-986-6378


FOR SALE 42,000 sq. ft. SHOPPING CENTRE in Calgary, Blackstone Commercial, Shane Olin solin@blackstonecommercial .com 403-708-9086

1999 PONTIAC Sunfire, GT, well maintained. $2000. 403-346-9169

Holiday Trailers


1989 LINCOLN Mark II, 2 door, low kms., exc cond $4000. 403-343-0081


2008 TOYOTA Tundra crew cab, light brown. 260,000 km. $12,000 obo. 780-608-9547



T@B 14’, 1200 lbs., loaded. Like New. $10,999. 403-755-2760




2005 TIFFIN Phaeton 40’ diesel pusher 42,000 miles, very good cond 403-729-3242

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land, 12 mi. E. of Ponoka, OPEN HOUSE LACOMBE 1722 SQ.FT. 2 storey 60 RIVIERA DRIVE 1 mi. off pavement, good 3 bdrm., 2.5 bath, SAT. Mar. 29, 2-4 surface lease revenue. over-sized dbl. garage. 1539 sqft. Regency Park Inquire with your name Call Glen 403-588-2231 PRICED TO SELL! and address to: Box 1079, 2 SPEC HOMES $434,900 c/o Red Deer Advocate, Ready for your colours. Call Margaret Comeau 2950 Bremner Ave., Can be shown at any time. RE/MAX Red Deer, Ab T4R 1M9 10 & 98 MacKenzie Cres. 403.391.3399 Lacombe. 403-588-8820



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PADS $450/mo. Brand new park in Lacombe. Spec Mobiles. 3 Bdrm., 2 bath. As Low as $75,000. Down payment $4000. Call at anytime. 403-588-8820

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Grain, Feed Hay


Mobile Lot

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Auto Wreckers


RED’S AUTO. Free Scrap Vehicle & Metal Removal. AMVIC APPROVED. We travel. May pay cash 2003 DODGE 3/4 ton HD, for vehicle. 403-396-7519 stnd, 4/4, Hemi, reg. cab L/B, 149,000 kms, dk. red, Vehicles 1 owner $4000 Wanted 403-886-2815 To Buy 2008 F-250 Super duty, e/c, 217,000 km. $15,000 obo. 780-608-9547

2000 GMC 1/2 ton S/B, reg. cab, loaded, good cond, $7000 obo; 2000 GMC Yukon loaded $7000 obo 403-304-0678


RED’S AUTO. Free scrap vehicle & metal removal. We travel. May pay cash for vehicle. AMVIC APPROVED. 403-396-7519

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Successful Careers Start here Chateau Wine and Spirits is looking to fill the following positions:

SALES CONSULTANTS WANTED! Due to increases in business, we are looking for individuals that would enjoy assisting our customers in the selection of new GMC vehicles.

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SALES CLERKS Flexibility required for days, evenings & weekends. Retail experience an asset.

No experience needed; paid training. We offer leading edge, flexible pay plans, as well as group benefits and a savings plan program. If you are interested in joining our dynamic dealership family, please send resume to or stop by in person and ask for Steve Wolbeck

Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Some lifting up to 50 lbs required. Salary based on experience.

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edium size accounting Àrm located in Ponoka, Alberta, which provides professional services to agriculture, small business, government organizations, and professionals, is currently seeking an experienced accountant to join our team. You would provide a variety of professional services to our clients, including audit and assurance and general taxation matters. Applicants should have at least three years experience in public practice and preferably have obtained an accounting designation. We will consider applicants nearing completion of their accounting designation programs with public practice experience. ProÀciency in Caseware and other accounting and tax related software would be an asset. We are a Àrm that provides opportunities for learning and growth with increasing levels of responsibility commensurate with your skills and experience. We offer competitive compensation and beneÀts plans. Interested applicants please email or fax your resume and cover letter in conÀdence to Lynnette Hycha at 403-783-6170 or We would like to thank all candidates who apply, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Duties: ƒ Cash Receipts. AP, AR, Bank Deposits, ƒ GL reconciliations, ƒ Bank Reconciliations ƒ answering telephones ƒ relief reception & assisting the public Quali¿cations: ƒ 1-2 year accounting certi¿cate/diploma or equivalent experience ƒ Experience in a ¿nancial environment ƒ Strong analytical and problem-solving skills ƒ Keen attention to detail and accuracy in updating information ƒ Basic Excel spreadsheet skills ƒ Excellent communication, diplomatic & organizational skills Salary dependent on quali¿cations and experience. Closing date: open until suitable candidate hired Resumes can be mailed to: CAO, Village of Alix, Box 87, Alix, T0C 0B0 Or email: No phone calls please

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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. Experience in Fine Grading and Finishing is a Must. Knowledge of the Area Would Be an Asset. A Positive Attitude is a Must. Please submit Resume with Driver’s Abstract in person to: 5013 Len Thompson Drive Lacombe, AB Email: or by Fax: 403-782-7786 No Phone calls please

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SPORTS Generals take provincial and league titles Bentley moves onto the McKenzie Cup in next step towards Allan Cup BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express In a four game sweep that ended with a 6-5 overtime victory on March 21, the Bentley Generals have defeated the Innisfail Eagles to seize the Chinook Hockey League and Provincial AAA Championships. Coach Ryan Tobler said that while the Generals boasted an impressive record this season, none of their wins have come easily and two of the wins in the championship series were won by small margins in overtime. “We were tested, every step of the way, especially in that Innisfail series,â€? said Tobler. “It was an up and down series and to me, the score of the series doesn’t show what a great series it really was.â€? General Manager Jeff McInnis agreed. “It was not an easy season to get that provincial win,â€? said McInnis. “You might argue that with our record it might have been easy, but I didn’t ďŹ nd it easy. There were a lot of wins but a lot of close wins.â€? As the series was so tight, Tobler said he and the players felt an overwhelming sense of relief when the ďŹ nal goal was scored Friday night in Innisfail. “We didn’t want to play those guys any more than we had to,â€? said Tobler. “They were a tough team to play against. They are physical and they make you earn it.â€? At one point in the game, the Eagles were up two points on the Generals. While the Generals could

MOVING ON – Generals staff and players pause to celebrate after capturing the Chinook Hockey League and Provincial AAA titles before moving on to prepare photo submitted for the McKenzie and Allan Cup Championships. afford to lose a game, being up three in the series, that was not an option anyone wanted to take and instead of laying off the team pushed harder to come back. “There was no let up and that’s what I’m most proud of,â€? said Tobler. “We could of just folded it in and taken our chances at home for game ďŹ ve but I wouldn’t accept that and neither

would the guys. We don’t like losing.� Aside from a brief losing streak around Christmas, the Generals have been hot all season. Tobler said that the team became much stronger after that hiccup and has pushed hard since then. He said that, while some teams might be temped to ease off after winning such an emotional series, that will not

be the case with the Gens. Now, the Generals prepare to face off against British Columbia’s Powell River Regals in a best of ďŹ ve battle for the McKenzie Cup. Winner of the McKenzie Cup will head to Ontario for a chance at the Allan Cup. “I think the guys recognize the opportunity that is in front of us,â€? said Tobler. “Three more W’s and we get a chance to do some-

thing that’s not done very often in sports.� Tobler said the Generals don’t know about their opponents from Powell River. However, they do know that the Regals’ general manager has an impressive record. “We know that their GM has a wealth of experience, he has three Allan Cups, he knows what it takes to win.� said Tobler. “I ex-

pect that they’re going to be good. I just think with the experience their management has that they’ll be tough competitors because they know what it takes to win.â€? The Bentley Generals best of ďŹ ve series against the Power River Regals for the McKenzie Cup begins 7:30 p.m. April 3 in Red Deer.

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Lacoka brings home silver from provincial championships BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express It’s a tough loss, but still a finish Lacoka can be proud of. On March 23, the Lacoka Midget Girls lost 7-6 in overtime to the Cold Lake Jaguars at the 2014 Alberta Provincial championships, taking silver in the tournament. Coach Randy Burt said while an overtime loss in such a close game is always a hard pill to swallow, the finish was both satisfying and unexpected, as Lacoka was hoping to get bronze at best in the tournament, if they even made it that far. “Our expectation was not to make the semi-final,” said Burt. Burt went on to say that the turnaround came going into the final game of the round-robin, which would put Lacoka in first place for seeding if they won, second place if they tied and send them home if they lost. There weren’t really any weak teams in Lacoka’s pool and most of the games were won by a goal or two, added Burt.

Hannah Stretch, Lacoka team captain, agreed that the team was surprised to make it to the final, saying she and her teammates were happy just to make it to provincials at the onset of the tournament. “We weren’t even thinking about silver or gold,” said Stretch. She added that this year’s team is the first midget team in Lacoka’s history to make it to provincials. Stretch said that during the tournament, Lacoka came together as a team more than they ever had previously this season. She said that the players played their best and supported each other when it mattered most. As to the final match itself, Burt said it was an intense matchup and nailbiting close game. While Lacoka opened scoring for the game, Cold Lake was quick to catch up and surpass them, leaving Lacoka to play catch-up for most of the game, said Burt. Lacoka even trailed by two at two separate occasions during the game, he added. Each time Lacoka would

tie or get a point back, Cold Lake would score again within minutes. Burt added that even though Lacoka dominated play in the offensive end, particularly in the third period, the strong defense of Cold Lake prevented Lacoka from scoring many goals. “It was hair-raising.” Burt said that some of the players were very upset initially after losing the game, but he added that he is very proud and a little surprised at how well his team played. “It was a fantastic game,” said Burt. “I certainly wasn’t disappointed. We did better than I expected, certainly, the girls performed way beyond my expectations. Stretch said that it was exciting, not to mention somewhat stressful, to just be in the final game. “Even being in that game was nerve-wracking,” said Stretch. She went on to say that, whenever the team was down, they battled back to make up the score. “I thought that showed a lot about our character,” said Stretch.

As for the outcome of the game, Stretch said she was more than happy to settle for silver. “I was just ecstatic that we made it that far and got silver,” said Stretch.

Burt also commended Lacoka’s opponents, the Cold Lake Jaguars, for their sportsmanship. He said that when photos were taken after the medal presentations, both teams

came together for a photo with both the silver and gold medal winners. “It was hugely classy, I can’t say enough about them,” said Burt.

Lacombe Shock takes provincial gold The Lacombe Gish Law U14B Shock Ringette team captured the Ringette Alberta Provincial gold medal this past weekend in Red Deer. The team was undefeated in round robin play defeating Bow View and Leduc by scores of 15-1 and 7-0. Advancing to the quarter final, they easily beat Spruce Grove 7-0.   Having only one goal scored against them, they had home team advantage and faced a challenging Drayton Valley team in the semi-final.

They nabbed the lead early and managed to hang on to win 6-5. The win secured their place in the gold medal final. The gold medal game was another tough one and fans from the Lacombe Ringette Association came out to cheer the team to a 2-0 victory. The team consists of 13 players from Lacombe, Blackfalds, Clive area and Morningside. -submitted by Karol Warner of Lacombe Shock

The Lacombe Figure Skating would like to thank the following Corporate Sponsors for their generous support:

Corporate Sponsors Speedy Glass Servus Credit Union Lacombe Dental Clinic Lacombe Ford Viking Projects Ltd.

Sunny 94 DB Bobcat Service Ltd. ATB Financial Gish Law Oĸce Renaissance Safety Services Inc. Autotech Collision & Frame Ltd.

A huge Thank-You to these sponsors for supporting our 2014 Carnival Carnival Sponsors Lacombe Physiotherapy Clinic Lacombe Express The Lacombe Globe Strand PrinƟng Sunny 94 The CraŌy Lady Bladez Hair Co Leto’s Steakhouse Healing Hands TherapeuƟc Massage

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CHAMPIONS – Lacombe’s Gish Law U14B Shock Ringette team poses after claiming provincial gold in Red Deer. Team members include Levi Wagner, Brielle MacKenzie, Bryna Figursky, Jaedyn Knight, Kailey Cross, Katelyn Litwin, Kaity Engel, Kaelan McDonald, Morgan Warner, Holland Wagensveld, Keily Wilson, Shelby Sinclair and Alexa Freitag. The team is coached by Larry Litwin, Dale Freitag, Leslee MacKenzie as well as junior coaches Paige Collins and photo submitted Sydney Wilson.

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ARTS & LEISURE Instructor works to share good karma through yoga BY BRIAN VOSSEN Lacombe Express Corinne Szepesi, instructor at Good Karma Yoga, has been doing yoga for more than 20 years. She first got involved with yoga after hearing how great it was to improve flexibility. At the time, Szepesi was running and weightlifting to stay fit and thought yoga would be another good way to cross-train. Szepesi said that she, like many yoga practitioners, started practicing yoga for the health benefits. What she got out of it, was much more. “I was totally blown away,” said Szepesi. She went on to say that she also received benefits to her mental and spiritual well-being through yoga. “It’s all connected. What happens to your mind happens to your body and what happens to your body affects your mind.” Yoga is great for more than just improving flexibility. Szepesi said that many yoga poses, for example a plank pose, use the body’s weight against itself which also benefits strength, stamina and endurance. While yoga can yield many physical benefits, it is really about making that mind-body connection, added Szepesi. Szepesi’s interest in yoga quickly deepened, and she began practicing different types of yoga, like minyasa, hatha and powerflow yoga. She said the difference between these methods is largely what postures (or asnas as they are referred to in yoga) practitioners do and how they transition between them. Today, Szepesi primarily teaches and practices akhanda yoga. Szepesi said this a very holistic and traditional type of yoga and closely resembles yoga as it was first taught in India. In akhanda yoga, practitioners make all six directional movements the spine is able to do, but the sequencing is very balanced to help prevent injury and ensure easy transition, said Szepesi.

MIND AND BODY – Corinne Szepesi, instructor at Good Karma Yoga in Lacombe has been teaching yoga for five years and has over 20 years of experience as a practitioner. Other methods of yoga, like the free-flowing minyasa, can be less balanced and a bit harsher on the body, she added. Szepesi first got her certification to instruct yoga in 2009. She said she wanted to start teaching as a way to further deepen her experience with yoga and share its benefits. “I just wanted to share it with other people. I saw the benefits from my own body and how I felt and how it affected me.”

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One of the things Szepesi said she enjoys most about practicing and teaching akhanda yoga is how she is able to apply its practices to everyday life and teach others to do the same. For example, Szepesi said that certain asnas in yoga can help to identify where people physical hold stress in their bodies and therefore can help them to deal with such issues in everyday life. Everyone, particularly Alber-

tans, are incredibly busy all the time, said Szepesi. Another enjoyable thing about yoga is that it allows people to take time out to just breathe. “We’re all very busy people. It’s like everyone is on this little treadmill.” Yoga can also be attractive to people who are not fond of competitive sports. Szepesi said it can cater to people of any age, fitness and skill level and is completely non-competitive. She added that

while there is nothing wrong with competition, it’s nice to be able to do something where competition is not necessary. In addition to her main practice, akhanda yoga, Szepesi also teaches restorative yoga, which is beneficial for those who have suffered sport injuries. Szepesi said it is a good way to get people re-introduced to physical activity very gently.

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Duke Thompson featured at Red Deer library BY MARK WEBER Lacombe Express Red Deer Public Library’s 100th anniversary celebrations continue with a visit from a very special musical guest on April 5. Duke Thompson, a former resident of Red Deer, will be featured during the Keyboard Conversations with Duke Thompson presentation which begins at 7:30 p.m. It’s a free concert marking the centennial of the RDPL, and it takes place in the Snell Gallery.

Thompson has a soft spot for Red Deer he explains during a recent interview from his home in Havre de Grace, Maryland, where he founded the Maryland Conservatory of Music in 2001 and serves as president. He also keeps busy on other fronts, teaching, recording and performing as well. He has four CDs to his credit. In his coming show, he’ll be performing tunes from all four projects which include Greatly Gershwin, Lots to Consider, These Hands Rock and his latest project Dr. Duke as Lincoln.

Frozen vegetables a powerhouse food During every trip to the supermarket we must make choices between the price, health, and convenience aspects of the foods we buy. People tend to believe that fresh is the best option, and in many cases it is, but what about frozen vegetables?

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COOKING Are they just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts? Studies have shown that frozen vegetables are just as nourishing. Other than a quick blanching process to kill any bacteria, they are unprocessed and flash frozen to preserve freshness. By staying frozen from after harvesting until the time they reach your kitchen, they are by far a better product than most people think. Unless fresh goods are harvested locally, they must travel great distances in order to be available to you in the produce section. This usually means that they are harvested before full ripeness occurs in hopes of them being at their peak by the time

they arrive for one to purchase. This arrival is not always the case however, and you may be left with a more inferior product than if you were to get it direct from the farm. Full ripening on the tree/vine before harvesting also always produces a far more healthful product. This being said, if you live in a farming area where local produce is available then by all means buy fresh, otherwise frozen is another option. For many households frozen is far more convenient for their busy lifestyles: cutting, washing, and in some cases peeling has already been done for them. The chance of food spoilage is also greatly reduced, unless it is forgotten about in the freezer for long periods of time. Most frozen vegetables are recommended to be stored in the freezer for up to six months. They are not immediately bad or freezer burnt in the seventh month, but should be used up sooner rather than later. I am not suggesting that one should always buy frozen when it comes to imported fruits or vegetables, but merely that there are other healthy and convenient options to fresh when applicable. Chef Dez is a food columnist, culinary instructor and cookbook author. Visit him at

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Meanwhile, Red Deer’s music scene just hasn’t been quite the same since Thompson settled south of the border. After relocating to Maryland, he’s been able over the years to share his musical gifts with a wide audience on the east coast, with performances in New York City and the Baltimore area. Thompson was born in Edmonton but raised in Maryland. After finishing up his post-secondary studies, he learned of a teaching post at Red Deer College and took it. He thought he’d stay for a couple of years, but ended up staying for 17. “My life’s been kind of a ping pong match between Alberta and Maryland,” he chuckles. “But I always had a fascination with Canada because out of six children, I was the only one born in Canada. So I’m the only one with Canadian citizenship, and I always loved that as a kid. I used to root for all the Canadians in the Olympics because that was my unique thing as one of six growing up. It set me apart; I loved the idea that I was Canadian.” As to his love for music, it was sparked at an early age. “I was seven. We all came home from school one day, and there was a great big grand piano there. My mother said ‘Who wants to take piano lessons’, and I raised my hand. It was just something new to do.” Learning the instrument came very naturally to him, he recalls. And even though he’s lived state-side for several years, he returns regularly to Red Deer and retains a strong affection for this area. He remains co-owner of The Vat, a popular local pub as well. And speaking of The Vat, he will be doing a concert there on April 6 at 3:30 p.m. “I was in Red Deer from my 20s through to my 40s. So it’s a very special place for me, no doubt about it.” But the past several years – although successful - have brought serious challenges his way. In 2007, Thompson crashed into a tree during a night drive home and nearly lost his life. He says his height (six ft. six ins.)

DUKE THOMPSON saved him. Had he been shorter, his head would have sustained deadly injury but as it was, his left shoulder and side took the brunt of the horrendous impact. He was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore. Other injuries included a collapsed lung, a severe concussion, a shattered shoulder and broken ribs. As he healed, he found he had a brand new passion to write and arrange his own original songs. Much of the material on Lots to Consider resulted from that period of his life. “I started writing music almost as a therapy. And ever since then, over the past seven years, I write music that reaches very, very deep inside. I really reach into the spirit and soul, and that’s my newfound love for music - that it’s such an emotional expression. “I also have come to love music so much more in the last seven years because I’m writing my own music, and I’m doing my own arrangements,” he says. Although classical styles were the main focus for many years, he’s branching out into other genres. “I’ve never been more in love with music than I am now.”

THE PARKLAND CLASSICAL SINGERS present SONGS FROM ATLANTIC CANADA Dr. Wendolin Munroe Conductor Carolyn Cave Accompanist


Special Guests Naomi Burns-Delafield Violin Joshua Graca – Baritone, Guitar, Celtic Flute and Pipe

April 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm Wolf Creek Community Church Hall Admission $10

Refreshments to follow. For more information, phone 403-782-7365

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IMAX $$65 Theatre Edmonton Space and Science Centre (2 movies available for viewing)

National Geographic’s Jerusalem Thurs. April 10

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Cruises offer services for those with disabilities Cruise lines aim to create an atmosphere comfortable for the vacationers with disabilities. The cruise lines have recognized the areas of need so that travelers with specific disabilities can enjoy cruise line traveling even more. The cruise lines have welcomed the opportunity to make their mark with bringing in the comforts and state of the art levels for people with mobility, hearing, visual disabilities and children with disabilities. Individuals young and old with disabilities are cruising more than ever. Cruise lines have responded in a positive direction, in more ways than just elevators and a speedy processing during embark and debarkation. Mobility disabilities have been addressed in numerous ways. Aside from the abundance of elevators, ramps, automatic doors throughout the ship, corridors aim to please with widths which support 180-degree turns. Research surrounding accessible staterooms and setup are constantly being upgraded with new features as well. Accessible balconies have been installed for vacationers to enjoy the morning coffee and sights. Research has also shown major concerns which can be found in the bathroom. Lower sinks and vanities, fold down shower seats and strategically placed hold bars have been placed to help address those concerns. Also, to support people with mobility limitations, cruise lines have complimentary foldable wheelchairs, walkers and canes. Although cruise lines support the use of motorized aids, they do not provide them on board. If the passenger requires a motorized wheelchair or scooter, there are reputable companies that the customer will be referred to for rental purposes before embarking on the cruise ship. Bear in mind when using the mobility aid, they must also be stored in the stateroom and not in the corridors. The features to support the needs of the mobility disabled are endless. Inquire about more details with your travel agent. People with hearing disabilities require a different angle. Single or unassisted individuals can find comfort in their staterooms with up-to-date and state-of-the-art technology to bring ease of living onboard. Visual cues and tactical alerts which are

COMFORT – Vacationers with specific disabilities can fully enjoy the cruise experience. heavily depended on have been installed. Not only throughout the ship, but in the personal stateroom, these are installed for fire alarms, doorbells and telephones to name a few examples. Throughout the ship, there are other items like assisted listening systems in the theatres and sign language interpreters which all can be used to benefit the customer. In addition the above visual impairments can have great concerns among the guests especially for the first time, single or unassisted cruiser. Cruise lines have responded with service animals being welcomed with open arms on board! With 30 days notice, your support animal will have the necessary set-up to be able to live comfortably onboard with their owner in the stateroom. However, do understand that the necessary paperwork is required to disembark at each port in which could be a new country. In addition to the service animals, once

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embarked, guests may have the opportunity to have a personalized orientation tour from one of the crew members onboard. Other features to enjoy on the ship and staterooms are Braille for reading signage or menus, or the waiters and waitresses will, without a doubt, read it to their guests. Also, audio call signs at elevators and automatic doors can be found throughout the ship that can aid with a visually impaired guest. Finally, the industry’s little guests: children with disabilities. In addition to the above-mentioned ways of assistance, children’s programs have been specialized to meet individual needs. With that being said, the activity groups for children with disabilities are grouped by ability, not age. In addition, the babysitting offered on board has certified crew members to watch children while parents/ guardians may leave their staterooms to enjoy the ship on their own time. While parents/guardians are absent


from their staterooms, they will have individual pagers that are connected to the babysitter. Therefore they can rest knowing that they’re only a quick page away from their little ones! In the end, all people requiring special needs before, during and after disembarking a ship have many companies to research and to choose from in the industry. Most cruise lines aspire to be leaders for those who require a variety of other options in order to live more comfortably onboard. And it shows. Overall, the comfort and safety is a priority with the cruise lines; it is obvious. With the positive additions, constant research and feedback from the industry’s guests, the cruise lines will keep moving forward in a positive direction, in an area of cruising that keeps growing year by year. Rachel Tripp is a vacation and cruise consultant with Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Red Deer.

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CLEAN CUT – This contemporary kitchen of a Hafso Homes show home in Lacombe mixes white counter tops and upper cabinets with textured lower level drawers and cupboards to create a Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express brilliant contrast.

Turn fear into fabulous while organizing your strategy Choosing products for your home can be a frightening experience for some; the fear of making a mistake can cause some people to stop looking altogether and postponing their project for years. I have witnessed clients who phone back a year or two later and say that they are renovating, I always assume it is a new project from the one I originally consulted on and am surprised to find that often they have not started on the original mission! I can assure you with all of my years of experience that it is rare for a person to choose interior products for their home and absolutely hate them. Even those who claim to have no design skill whatsoever will


MECKLER usually be successful at choosing interior products. Some need a little more help than others with choosing but most people know what they want and once they see the product pulled together then decisions tend to be easy. I can visibly see clients start to breathe about halfway into a consult once they see that products are working beautifully together. Many stores (including ours) have replacement warranties on products to help ease your mind

as you choose your interior selections. These replacement or customer satisfaction guarantees are in place to assure you that you ARE making the right decision but they also have your back should you change your mind. Choosing an entire houseful of carpet from one tiny swatch is not for everyone and you might find you have second thoughts once you see it wall to wall throughout your home. Manufacturers understand that and offer these beautiful guarantees for your piece of mind. The formula for choosing is easier than you may think yet many clients try to put the cart before the horse. Imagine you are doing a whole renovation or building a new home, where do

you start? The big investments are usually the ones with the least amount of choice for colour and style. Think about it; when choosing appliances you have three main colour options, cabinets give you about eight (in the tones you like), granite you may have five choices in colour and style you prefer. You know going in whether you want light or dark and that decision alone eliminates 50% of the choices. As you get on up to cheaper materials (eg. carpet and paint) you will see that there are literally thousands of choices! Paint may cover the most square footage but the cost is low and the option to customize is endless. Paint is one of the few decorative products that you can

make any colour or sheen level without long waits or high custom charges. Whatever you have chosen for your home there is a paint to match and if there isn’t we can make you the perfect shade. Paint should be chosen near to last after the big ticket/small choice items have been settled. You can take control of your interior project and turn fear into fabulous if you use these simple tips to organize your purchasing strategy. Some design elements are more flexible and give you much greater choice and those items should be chosen last to tie everything else you have chosen together. Kim Meckler is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.

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March 27, 2014 edition of the Lacombe Express