Vol. 66, No. 14 | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014 | 403-783-3311 | EDITORIAL EDITORIAL@PONOKANEWS.COM
Ponoka County to get $14 million for highway and bridge rehabilitation Alberta Transportation Minister Wayne Drysdale announces the plan along Range Road 23 in Rimbey
Reflections of Ponoka A tribute to Eric Paterson Story on page 5
Got’em! With a time of 10.6 seconds Shane Haugen nabs a calf March 29 at the ag event centre. More coverage in the Sports section. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Cross-connection report brings preventive measures BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
Staff with the Town of Ponoka are now looking
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at preventive measures when inspecting new buildings. Recently, the town had to foot the bill to repair cross-connected sewer and water lines to some homes in Ponoka. Since then, Dave McPhee, director of operations and property services provided town councillors March 25 with a mitigation report that is intended to prevent these errors. “At the end of the day, we need a procedure in place to ensure this doesn’t happen,” explained McPhee. As municipalities are responsible to inspect connections at the time of installation of the service
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lines, if there is no inspection, the town must pay for mitigation costs, which range from $3,500 inside a home to $7,000 outside of a home. McPhee organized a committee to discuss past cross-connections and determine preventive measures to stop future errors occurring. “We talked about what we do if we do find one now,” he said. He intends to develop and update bylaws that will ensure this issue is dealt with. In the meantime there are three inspection triggers that the town will follow to be proactive: • Development permit: The planning and development department will forward receipt of a development permit to the operations and property services department. This ensures
town inspectors know an inspection is forthcoming. • Building permit: Once a permit application is received, planning and development will put a condition that the developer must complete an “Alberta One Calls,” which marks underground services. • Alberta One Call notifications: Alberta One Calls will notify the town that the developer will be excavating and completing connections. Operations and property services will be able to make the necessary inspections. “It’s something I never thought of until planning and development brought attention to it,” explained McPhee. Acting CAO Betty Quinlan was pleased with the report and the communication across town departments. “It’s starting to become more preventative and proactive.” Deputy Mayor Carla Prediger was also pleased. “I like the idea that there’s been a ton of discussion and lots of interfacing among the departments…Lots of checks and balances,” she said. As Mayor Rick Bonnett was away, Prediger ran the meeting, as she is the acting deputy mayor at this time. Councillors rotate in the deputy mayor position.
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RCMP seeks assistance to locate missing youth BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
Before he could extort moneys, she told him she would contact her lawyer, at which point he hung up. She called CRA who advised she call police. A representative from the Canadian AntiFraud Agency said they have received multiple complaints on this recent attempt at acquiring money from victims. Semi rollover slows traffic on Highway 2 Police and emergency crews responded to a call of a semi-tractor rollover March 28 north of Ponoka. The truck was southbound when it hit the ditch and rolled, emptying a trailer full of energy drinks. As a result, the man was provided with a ticket for failing to maintain the centre of the lane. The severity of injuries is unknown but police believe he received some shoulder injuries and treatment. The southbound lanes were shut down at one point with traffic was diverted to Secondary Highway 611 from Highway 2. If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Missing youth Ponoka RCMP are seeking the assistance in locating a missing youth. Kailyn Verquin, 15 (in the picture), was last seen March 26 and is believed to be in the Red Deer area. Police say she is Caucasian, has purple dyed hair, blue eyes and is approximately 50 kilograms of weight. She was last seen wearing black sweat pants with a blue knitted sweater and a black jacket. Impaired driver hits sign Claims of sliding on ice proved to be false after police investigated a minor collision March 29 at 3:30 a.m. A 25-year-old Ponoka woman hit the ditch with her 2004 Toyota Corolla on Highway 2A and 42 Avenue. She claimed the road was slippery but a subsequent roadside test resulted in a Fail. She YO U M AY Q UA L I F Y F O R was taken to the detachment and provided two blood-alcohol samples of .22. DENTURES THROUGH Drunk driver gets stuck in front of police THE SENIOR BENEFITS A quick decision turned to be a bad idea for a PROGRAM. 21-year-old driver from Fort MacLeod. He turned left in front of a police officer March CA L L T O DAY 27 at 10:45 p.m. near a Highway 53 motel and beF O R I N F O R M AT I O N came stuck in a large amount of slush and ice. The Mountie came to assist the man, who was driving a 2002 Dodge Ram, and could smell the odor of liquor emanating the vehicle. A roadside test resulted in a caution and inD E N T U R E C L I N I C vestigations show the man was a suspended driver. His vehicle has been seized for 30 days and he was provided a ticket for driving while unauthorized. Suspended driver stunting in front of RCMP Police pulled over a Wetaskiwin man who peeled out in front of them March 28 at 3 a.m. after leaving a downtown bar. The driver, a 48-year-old man, squealed the 5101 - 49th Ave • 403-783-3771 tires of his 2005 Ford F150 and was subsequently stopped on Highway 2A. His licence showed he was a suspended driver and he provided two bloodalcohol samples of .21 and .20. His vehicle was % seized for 30 days. New fraud scam A Ponoka woman received a threatening phone call last week claiming Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) had a warrant out for her arrest. Open: Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm A man in a foreign Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm accent told the woman Closed Sundays & Long Weekends that the police were on the way to arrest her for unpaid taxes in 2012 and 2013. He provided a case and warrant number to the woman.
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Your Guide To Local Houses of Worship CHURCH DIRECTORY Associated Gospel Churches of Canada
CHURCH OF THE OPEN BIBLE Pastor Jerry Preheim • Pastor Matt Sealy 3704 - 42 St. Ponoka 403-783-6500 Worship Service 11:00 a.m. • firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PONOKA
Sr. Pastor Paul Spate Erin Dirsten - Fac. Youth & Family Min. 5109 - 57 Ave. Ponoka www.fbcponoka.org 403-783-5533 Bible Discovery Hour 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service 10:30 a.m.
NEW COVENANT BAPTIST REFORMED CHURCH Currently meeting at Ponoka Christian School 6300-50 St. Worship Service Sunday 10:30 a.m. Everyone Welcome! phone: 403-783-6962 • www.baptistreformedponoka.org
PARKLAND REFORMED CHURCH South on 2A, West on Spruce Road 403-783-1888 Rev. Mitch Ramkissoon Worship Service 10:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. www.parklandurc.org
PONOKA ALLIANCE CHURCH 4215 - 46 St. Pastor Norm Dibben 403-783-3958 Sunday Service 11:00 a.m. The Christian & Missionary Alliance
PONOKA WORD OF LIFE CHURCH Pastor Rob McArthur
Sunday @ 10:30 a.m. Corner of Hwy 53 & Hwy 2A (former Crossroads Restaurant)
PONOKA UNITED CHURCH Minister: Beatrix Schirner
Sunday Service 10:00 am. 5020-52 Ave. Ponoka
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH PASTOR DAVE BEAUDOIN 6230-57 Ave. Ph. 403-783-6404 Saturdays 9:30 - 12 Noon email@example.com ponokaadventist.ca
SONRISE CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH Pastor W. Delleman Worship Service 10:30 a.m. ½ mile south of Centennial Centre for Mental Health & Brain Injury
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ST. AUGUSTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH Fr. Chris Gnanaprakasam, S.A.C. Mass Times: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 9:00 a.m. Sunday
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Public hearings set for two Ponoka lots BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
Council passed the first reading on two different proposals for rezoning during the March 25 regular meeting. The first came from the First Baptist Church of Ponoka that would like to close the alley running between three lots at 5607, 5609 and 5611 52 Street and 5109 57 Avenue. “The church is requesting the laneway be closed,” said Betty Jurykoski, planning and development officer for the Town of Ponoka. She said the church has maintained the alleyway since 1963 and owns the three properties adjacent to the laneway. In exchange, the church is willing to pay the survey work and all costs associated with the closure, added Jurykoski. Council approved first reading of the request, with a public hearing set for April 22 at 7 p.m. in council chambers. Second public hearing Council approved a second public hearing for Denver and Christie Polson for their property on 4007 39 Street. The proposal is to change the property to low-density narrow lot residential district from low-density residential dis-
trict. The Polson’s want to subdivide their property into four new lots, explained Jurykoski. Coun. Teri Underhill asked about the proposed lots as she knows some lots on that street are larger. “Is it comparable to other lots in the area?” Jurykoski said there are some homes nearby that are similar sizes. “These lots would be consistent…If everybody developed to the north, they would be the same size,” she explained. Property owners have also paid for servicing stubs on some lots with potential development of future lots, she added. A public hearing is set for April 22 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.
Local students make a big impact During spring, I was able to journey with 21 youth from central Alberta to spend spring break in Vancouver on a “Youth Unlimited” trip to serve those facing extreme poverty. I was obviously impressed with the students’ sacrifices of time and finances to be a part of it, as well as with the way the loved those in soup kitchens, and a women’s shelter. I was thrilled with their resilience for early wake up calls and long days. I was intrigued with their sense of community and their compassion for each other, and the way they worked together as one amazing team. One highlight for me happened each eve-
ning as we sat together to talk about our experiences. It was during this time that we asked questions such as, “Where did you see God today?” or, “What did you see from your teammates and how can you encourage them?” I know that sometimes our youth today can get a bit of a bad reputation. At times, they can seem to be entitled, lack a good work ethic, and they can even come across as disrespectful. For this trip, and for these 21 students, those labels were nearly nowhere to be found. They looked for ways to encourage each other and keep going, even when days were long and the work was
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TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 5501 - 54 Ave. Ponoka 403-783-4141 Sunday Service: 10:30am Sunday School: 10:30am Pastor Tim Graff • trinityponoka.ca
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Coun. Loanna Gulka recused herself from the meeting as she lives nearby. Recreation Committee Council was given an update on the status of the Recreation Committee, which is intended to act in an advisory role to the town. Wes Amendt, director of community services, said he has already received interest. Within four hours of sending an email to community members he had four responses. “The only one I haven’t received interest from is the youth,” he explained. Details of the committee show representation from the Town and County of Ponoka councillors and members at large. Also a youth and senior member at large and Amendt will comprise the committee. The group will review a 2008 Facility Needs Assessment, a 2011 Economic Development Recreation Survey and a 2013 Recreation and Culture Needs Assessment. Also the Avi Friedman report, which was commissioned by the town some years ago will be looked at. Meetings will be held the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m.
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hard. They sat at tables in homeless shelters with complete strangers, lending a listening ear and a welcoming smile. They shared in stories of hardship and struggle. They were an incredible demonstration of love and compassion. Luke 10:27 says, Jerel Peters “Love the Lord your Central Alberta Youth God with all your Unlimited/YFC heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.” While I already know our youth today are great, and full of potential, this trip was a great picture of their ability to love and serve in phenomenal ways.
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Reflections of Ponoka Photo courtesy of Fort Ostell Museum
Eric Paterson, who was the goaltender for the Ponoka Stampeders Intermediate Hockey team for 10 years in the 1950s and 60s, accepts the Most Outstanding Goaltender award from Central Alberta Hockey League Governor Jim Brown.
aEric tribute to Paterson BY MIKE RAINONE FOR THE NEWS
For those of us who were lucky en enough to be able to hang around the old Ponoka arena in the 1950s and sixtie we will always cherish so many ties, me memories of the great hockey teams, the avid and rowdy fans, and a chance to sample the best hamburgers and fri in town. We may have had a fries chance to play on a local minor hockch ey team or even be a rink-rat, but we would always idolize those exciting wo Ponoka Stampeder Intermediate hockPo ey players, who we always wanted to be like someday. They all became instant household names and coffee shop sta heroes every winter, where they played he in the rugged Central Alberta Hockey League before packed houses, and Le would win many championships along wo the way. One of the most exciting players on that team was a diminutive goalten tender by the name of Eric Paterson, wh performed miracles in the net for who ou local team for an exciting decade. our Born on September 11, 1929 he developed a great passion for the thrilling game of hockey at an early age, and began his long and illustrious career with the Maple Leaf Athletic Club in Edmonton. Paterson later joined the Edmonton Waterloo Mercury’s Intermediate ‘A’ Hockey Club, which competed in league and Provincial play during the 1940s and 50s. The big claim to fame for this talented team came in 1950 when they won the World Hockey Championship in London, England, and then with Eric Paterson as a member they captured Canada’s first Olympic Gold Medal in Oslo, Norway in 1952, as well as another World Hockey Championship. Our nation would not capture another Olympic hockey gold until 2002, the same year that the Mercury’s were inducted into the coveted Canadian Olympic Hockey Hall of Fame, and later on May 13, 2013 into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Eric Paterson joins the Ponoka Stampeders!
In the early history of Ponoka, devastating fires would destroy many popular landmarks. In 1932 Hornstein’s Store on Chipman Avenue was completely gutted. What had been one of the largest buildings in town had previously been the location of the palatial Alberta Temperance Hotel from 1900 to 1920. The Hotel was well known for its posh furnishings and decor, comfortable rooms, first class meals and service, but absolutely no liquor!
In 1953 Eric Paterson joined the Ponoka Stampeders of the Central Alberta Hockey League to take on the goaltending duties, a position in which he became an outstanding all-star for 10 great seasons. In 1956 Eric married Ponoka girl Bobbie Hinkley, the daughter of long-time and popular Riverside Corner Grocery Store owners George and Hap Hinkley, who were also avid hockey fans. The ‘Country boy’ Gawney Hinkley was also a goaltender for the Stampeders during that exciting era of community hockey.
The big claim to fame for the Edmonton Waterloo Mercury’s Intermediate ‘A’ Hockey Club came in 1950 when they won the World Hockey Championship in London, England, and then with Eric Paterson as a member they captured Canada’s first Olympic Gold Medal in Oslo, Norway in 1952 Along the way the hard-hitting, speedy, and talented local team would win many Central Alberta Hockey League titles and three straight Alberta/B.C. Cups, and then in the 1955-56 season brought home the Western Canada Intermediate Senior ‘A’ Hockey Championship after a hard fought series with the Port Arthur Bear Cats. Members of that team included: Frank Mickey (trainer), Norm MacLeod (Manager), Bob Manson, Ron Tookey, Bruce Lea, Dunc Grant, Cy Whiteside, Jerry Kernaghan, Ray Ulyett (trainer), Percy Wolfe, Larry Hodgson, Shorty Jones, Eric Paterson, Billy Thomas, Jackie Moore, Rex Turple, Ralph Vold, Maurice Wolfe, Shorty Gordon, Dave Shantz, Frank Joyal, Jim Malin, Ken Clapp, Don Clarke, Al Shantz, Remi Brisson, Rod Fonteyne, Bing Merluk, Ken Head, and team officials Art Barnes, Angus MacLeod, and Augie Cerveny. Over the years many great players and characters would proudly wear the red, black, star-studded uniform with the bucking horse logo of the Ponoka Stampeders, and of course that proud hockey tradition has carried on at our local rinks to this day with our minor and Junior ‘B’ teams. An extremely active person and dedicated husband and father Eric Paterson worked for the City of Edmonton Transit System for 42 years. At the end of his illustrious hockey career Eric traded his goal pads for a striped shirt and a whistle and refereed until his retirement in 1991. Eric Paterson passed away suddenly on January 14, 2014 at the age of 84 years, and is survived and greatly missed by Bobbie, his wife of 58 years, sons Craig and Doug, and two grandchildren. His strength, loyalty, integrity, extreme love of sports, and strong committement in all aspects of his life earned this fine gentleman the deep respect and admiration of his family, along with hundreds of friends, team-mates, and avid fans.
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Reporting crimes in minor sports We have just comreport the results of their pleted the minor hockey games to me if his team season as well as the baswere to lose. ketball season at schools. I was perplexed by that It has been another statement because I could year of wins and losses, not fathom how a high championship banners school coach, also a teachand unrealized hopes, er, could have such a narrow bringing much happiness vision of high school athletas well as a few tears ics. to the eyes of players, It is understandable that Mustafa Eric coaches and parents out coaches, school adminisEditor of joy or disappointment. trators, team managers and All in all, we should parents want to take pride be happy that the chilin the athletic successes of In any sport, dren in our communities their students/ children. losing is as are actually able to pracBut it is one thing to take tice all kinds of sports indispensable pride in an achievement, and thanks to the availability it is quite another to claim a part of the of facilities for them and ownership of it. Because game as to the commitment and when one claims a stake winning and sacrifices of the families in the success, it naturally in dedicating their time leads to a point where a losses are a and money for the youth guilty party is sought if the great way for to enjoy their time before success is replaced by failthe youth to they begin to take on bigure. learn to deal ger responsibilities. It is no secret that I just Minor sports are, or wanted to put my thoughts with them. should ideally be, aimed on this topic on record after at instilling a healthy I was accused of “false jourcompetitive instinct as well as teaching nalism” for misreporting the names of how to control that competitive urge top scorers of the Broncs in the provinamong the youth who are involved in a cial basketball tournament in Lethbridge wide variety of sports. the weekend before last (a correction is That is a platform where the young printed in the sports section). athletes learn how to take direction from As you might read in the note below the coaches, how to be part of something the letter to the editor in the next column, bigger than themselves as individuals we tried to reach the coaching staff to reand how to function as part of that em- port on the outcome of the tournament bodiment. but could not receive any feedback and It is an environment for them to learn then reported the results from the game from their peers, to shape their behav- sheets and in the process I misquoted iour and conduct in a group and, to an the names of the top scorers among the extent, to smoothen the rough edges in Ponoka boys. the way they act and interact with others. Making mistakes in journalism is Minor sports also allow the youth to like accidentally dropping a glass on the collectively take responsibility for their floor and breaking it: You never do it on team in both wins and losses. purpose, but it always happens. There is probably no problem with But making a crime out of this is resharing the joy of the wins, but the loss- ally blowing it out of proportion. es are always a problem, and probably From a personal standpoint, I think more for adults, mainly parents, than the it would be much better parenthood for kids involved in the sports themselves. those who have complained to encourage In any sport, losing is as indispens- their children whose names were omitted able a part of the game as winning and to come forward and ask for themselves losses are a great way for the youth to for the corrections to be made. learn to deal with them. That would be the boys, owners of Several years ago, I was told by the achievement, standing up for thema high school coach that he would not selves.
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Dear Editor, I’m writing in response to the article in last week’s paper titled “Bronc’s provincial effort fails to impress”. As a proud parent, I traveled to Lethbridge with several other fans to support and encourage the team. The level of competition at provincials is very high. Each of the participating teams has already proven their success by winning their respective zone championships and advancing to provincials. These teams play at incredible intensity and skill levels, and any spectator should admire the talent and effort displayed by every one of the young student-athletes. Just about any athlete has been on the losing end of a one-sided score, and it’s a tough situation to be in. However, sports enthusiasts know that the final score on a game sheet does not tell the whole story. The Broncs came up against some very strong opponents in Lethbridge, and although they faced teams with far greater size and more experience, our boys never gave up. They
fought hard for the full 40 minutes- every player, every possession, every game. The team supported each other and showed tremendous determination and sportsmanship and made their parents and fans extremely proud. Members of this team are extremely dedicated, hardest working, loyal, respectful, responsible student athletes and young men. The Broncs and all their supporters ought to feel proud knowing that this team finished the season with a perfect 9-0 league record, an unforgettable zone championship, and a sixth place finish at the provincial championships. Congratulations Broncs on an impressive season! Brandi Abt Ponoka Editor’s note: We would have gladly reflected more than just the scores of the games at the provincials if our efforts to reach out to the managers and coaching staff of the Broncs team had been reciprocated.
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Young talent prove themselves ready for PSC play BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
If you’re craving the energy of music and live theatre, then students at Ponoka Secondary Campus may have the fix thespian lovers are looking for. Director Kevin Ferguson can’t wait to showcase the young talent that Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC) has to offer. Students are presenting their version of the Pirates of Penzance. “We have a lot of strong voices in this play,” Ferguson says. He adds that PSC music teacher Cam Hinton has been of invaluable help. With Hinton, Ferguson says the play has been taken to a higher performance level. He has been integral in rehearsal and play development. “With him at the helm, it’s been a really, really easy go,” stated Ferguson. Not only is the singing strong, Ferguson says the young actors know how to get into character. He feels the Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society is grooming actors from a young age. “It’s the bond that’s being built between the high school and Klaglahachie,” he said.
“It’s the bond that’s being built between the high school and Klaglahachie.” Drama teacher Kevin Ferguson
A number of actors who performed in Klaglahachie’s Sound of Music performance are also acting in this play. As the high school does not have a stage to rehearse, the young actors have been coming together in a room to practice. “We finally are moving it over to the (United) Church. So there’s a leap there,” said Ferguson. He staged the play knowing the actors could put on Pirates at any location. The set is designed to be installed quickly and in almost any location. He has approximately 20 young actors who will perform a shortened version of the play, however many of the hits from Pirates of Penzance will be sung. Play times are April 8, 10, 12, 15 and 16 all at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at PSC, at Hamiltons IGA or at the door.
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NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Summer Laborer Positions Parks, Public Works and Summer Facility Attendants (Visitor Information Centre). Visit www.ponoka.ca for more information on these positions. Submit your resume to: Town of Ponoka; 5102-48 Avenue; Ponoka, AB. T4J 1P7 or email to HR@ponoka.org.
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EVENTS AND RECREATION Ponoka Recreation Committee The Town is looking for interested individuals to become members of a “Ponoka Recreation Committee”, which will play an advisory role for council and town management for the enhancement of recreation services. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2014. Contact Wes Amendt, Director of Community Services 403-783-0118 for more information.
Library Activities GROW YOUR OWN FOOD: Ponoka Jubilee Library, in partnership with Country Gardens & Greenhouse, present “Grow Your Own Food”. Hear from the professionals about cultivating your own food garden; what to plant and how to plant. Learn about container gardening vs. ground gardening, and annuals vs. perennials. A ‘companion garden’ will be planted, and one lucky participant will take it home! Saturday April 26 from 11:15am-12:15pm, no registration required. SUMMER SIPS: Ponoka Jubilee Library is hosting another in their series of fabulous Wine Tastings. On Saturday May 10th at 7:00 pm, come down to the Library to sample eight white wines, accompanied by a selection of ﬁne cheese, meat and fruit. Get prepared for a hot summer by discovering new white wines to savour in the sun! Tickets are $30/person and space is very limited, so be sure to come down to Ponoka Jubilee Library to purchase your tickets. Tickets are 25% sold out! Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on all our events!!
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To Tim Hortons for sponsoring the Spring Break Public Swim!! Spring Sports Lacrosse begins on March 29 at the Arena, check the schedule on-line for updates! Minor Soccer and Minor Ball are still accepting registrations, which can be dropped oﬀ at the Aquaplex.
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Low turnout at public meeting to debate liquor sales receive feedback. Less than 30 people attended. Despite the low number, there were divergent opinions on whether the current bylaw, which is waived during Ponoka Stampede time, did any good in Ponoka. Town councillors were there to hear what people had to say, not to debate, Mayor Rick Bonnett said.
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It took council six months to propose a bylaw to repeal the current business hours bylaw, which restricts the hours when liquor can be sold. However, in an effort to hear from residents, Town of Ponoka councillors hosted a public meeting March 26 at the Kinsmen Community Centre to
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She works late nights and feels the roads are not safe in the early morning hours. Liedtke sees motorists travelling late at night to other communities that sell liquor after 10 p.m. â€œThey drive right by my house, which is unCoun. Carla Prediger. safe,â€? she stated. â€œCouncilâ€™s not here to argue or do anything on â€œIâ€™ve had a truckload of kids land in my neighthat side. Weâ€™re here to actually listen and get feed- bourhood,â€? added Liedtke. back from the public,â€? said Bonnett. Ponoka businessman Bruce Clark suggests there The repeal bylaw has had two readings, this is an issue with alcohol overuse in Ponoka but the means council must make one more motion to ei- Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC), ther pass or defeat the repeal. Since the passing of rather than the municipalities should be regulating the business hours bylaw, Bonnett said no business liquor sales. has been charged with any offences. â€œPutting a bylaw in like this affecting everyone Speaking in favour of restricting liquor sales, isnâ€™t the answer,â€? he added. Jonathan Yeo, a missionary with the Northern Questioning the bylawâ€™s intent Canada Evangelical Mission praised the bylaw. Leland Hotel owner, Abby Yaworski, and wife He counsels individuals dealing with addictions in to Coun. Marc Yaworski, feels Ponoka RCMP tarMaskwacis. â€œThe folk that I deal with out on the geted her business by recommending the bylaw. She reserve were really happy when they heard of the calls it a â€œnightmare.â€? bylaw being in place here.â€? She questioned the intent of the bylaw when it He suggested council consider the social aspect states the safety of the citizens. of preventing drinking. â€œFrom what Iâ€™ve read, itâ€™s â€œThe safety of which citizens and from the safebased more on the economics of things rather than ty of whom?â€? Yaworski asked. humanity and I call that into question.â€? Waiving the bylaw during the Ponoka Stampede He suggests the â€œmighty dollarâ€? should not be goes against the purpose of community safety, said the main motivation for repealing the bylaw. Yaworski, and is contrary to the bylawâ€™s goal. Others have lost money since the bylaw was put She claims police targeted her business and cliinto place. Ponoka County resident Martha Liedtke ents with regular visits to her business. Many of the runs Karaoke and has had to travel to communities liquor stores in Ponoka usually closed at 10 p.m., 11 such as Leduc to earn a living. â€œIâ€™m down to barely p.m. on the weekends. The affected businesses were two nights a week in this town.â€? the Royal Hotel and the Leland Hotel, both of which have off-sales; under AGLC regulations the two businesses can sell liquor up to 2:50 a.m. Bonnett suggested Yaworskiâ€™s concerns would be better put in as a complaint to the RCMP. He said her claims are separate from discussions of the bylaw. One question by Graham Boyes seemed to spark some inspiration in Coun. Carla Prediger. â€œIf impaired driving does increase following the repeal of the bylaw, what does council plan to do to prevent impaired driving?â€? Boyes asked. Prediger replied the previous council based their decision on a fiveyear span of impaired driving in Ponoka. She Buy four selected Goodyear tires for the doesnâ€™t believe the numprice of three for your car, minivan, pickup bers provided showed a or SUV from March 24 - April 30, 2014. See in-store for details. major impaired driving issue. â€œThe impaired driving put a label where Iâ€™m not sure a label was FOR ALL YOUR earned,â€? said Prediger. MECHANICAL NEEDS â€œI donâ€™t know if Iâ€™d use that as a baseline of success or failure.â€? â€œIf drunk driving goes up crazyâ€ŚWeâ€™d BRAKES ALIGNMENT EXHAUST OIL CHANGE have to look at doing something different,â€? said Bonnett. â€œWe all have to be cognizant of the social 6502 46 AVENUE well being of our comPONOKA â€˘ 403.783.3411 munity,â€? he added. MON- FRI: 8AM - 5:30PM SAT: 8AM - 12 NOON SUNDAY: CLOSED continued on page 9 *Buy four selected Goodyear tires for the price of three from March 24 - April 30, 2014. See in-store for complete details. OďŹ€ers applicable on our Every Day Pricing (EDP) and valid only with a minimum purchase of four (4) identical tires in one transaction. Not valid for Goodyear National Accounts or Fountain Tire Elite Accounts. Inventory may vary by location. All applicable taxes (ie: GST, PST, HST and tire taxes) are extra. ÂŽâ„˘ Trademarks of AIR MILES International Trading B.V. Used under license by LoyaltyOne Inc, and Goodyear Canada Inc. Fountain Tire is licensed by AMVIC in Alberta.
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continued from page 8 Short notice to the public meeting Former Mayor Larry Henkelman observed the low turnout of individuals at the meeting and suggested people feel council has already made its decision. “I guess I take a little offense on that because any public hearing, a councillor is not allowed to state whether he’s for, or against…So that they have an open mind.” He questioned why council passed two readings of the repeal bylaw in one night, when the practice has been to pass one vote and received community feedback. Bonnett replied that council needed second reading if they were to discuss the merit of it. Prediger encouraged Henkelman to have his contacts come forward and speak their mind to council on their concerns. “We’re not one mind in this office.” Yeo added short notice of the meeting and parents being away for spring break made it appear as if council wanted to pass the repeal bylaw with little feedback. While the meeting came at an inconvenient time, Bonnett said the intent was never to hide the meeting. “It didn’t need to be dragged on like it was last time… Unfortunately it doesn’t work out for everybody,” said Bonnett. First Nations perspective Speaking from the First Nations perspective was Paul Johnson, economic development for the Samson Cree Nation. “What is the intent of the community of Ponoka?” He believes RCMP Check Stops are implemented in the north side of Ponoka to target First Nations. The City of Wetaskiwin passed their bylaw November 2009 and Johnson feels those planners hid behind the bylaw that was really intended to keep First Nations out. Johnson’s wife, Luci, suggested the best way to deal with any issue involving the two communities of Ponoka and Maskwacis are by bringing about communication between its leaders. Bonnett is in favour of that idea. “That’s something, that’s one of this council’s big goals.” Jim Hamilton, owner of Hamilton’s IGA and Hammy’s Liquor said without the residents of Maskwacis, he would not run as successful a business. He suggests the bylaw does target First Nations and has always been against it. Henkelman stood up to say the bylaw was never meant to target First Nations people. However the preamble to the bylaw may have caused some confusion. It states: “The town has been experiencing a possible spin off from the passing of the City of Wetaskiwin’s bylaw. Patrons are now visiting the neighbouring communities whose business hours match their needs.” “We need the First Nations people…Anything we can do to work with you, I would love it,” said Hamilton. Mayor Rick Bonnett said council has received letters in favour of the business hours bylaw but did not read any at the meeting. He did say one letter states if the bylaw saves as least one life, it is worth it.
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Tax Incentives for Volunteering Some believe a tax credit for volunteer work would attract new volunteers and help organizations retain current volunteers. Many of those who support the idea of a volunteer tax credit think it’s a great way to recognize the contributions of volunteers. Opponents of a volunteer tax credit argue there is no proof tax incentives would attract more volunteers. And they believe there are many risks associated with such a policy. Volunteer tax credits could fundamentally change the definition of a volunteer, which is a person who gives freely of his or her time and talents. The politics of volunteer tax credits The issue of volunteer tax credits has made its way into provincial and federal government debates. For example: In 2008, Peter Stoffer, Member of Parliament for Sackville-Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, introduced a Private Member’s Bill proposing that taxpayers who volunteer at least 250 hours be issued a tax credit up to $1,000.00. Parliament rejected the Bill.
Alberta’s Wildrose Alliance Party introduced a social strategy that included a tax credit incentive for volunteers. Many experts, including Volunteer Alberta, have voiced their opposition to this plan. Specialized volunteer tax credits exist in some provinces. Québec offers a tax credit for volunteer respite services. In 2007, Nova Scotia began offering a tax credit to search and rescue crews and volunteer firefighters. A tax credit for volunteer firefighters The Government of Canada introduced a tax credit for volunteer firefighters in its 2011 budget. The idea of a tax credit for volunteer firefighters has received support among Members of Parliament since it was first tabled in 2010. A tax credit for volunteer firefighters is widely supported in the voluntary sector. In fact, it is often seen as a distinct issue, separate from a broader tax credit for volunteers. In 2008, Ruth MacKenzie, former President and CEO of Volunteer Canada, addressed the Standing Committee on Finance to speak about tax credits for volunteer firefighters. She explained that
while most people volunteer when it is convenient for them, emergency service volunteers are called to action any time an emergency strikes. They must abandon personal or career obligations in an emergency. Volunteer firefighters provide an essential service. They are vital to our emergency service sector. Resources The Potential Impact of Tax Credit Incentives for Volunteer Participation — This 2009 study released by Volunteer Alberta suggests there is no evidence volunteer tax credits increase volunteer rates. The report warns tax credits could hurt volunteerism by changing the definition of volunteering. Tax Credit Incentives for Volunteer Participation: A White Paper Supporting the Policy — This paper calls for a tax credit incentive program in Canada, based on minimum wage standards. The tax credit is not meant as a measure of the economic value of volunteering. Instead, it is used as a form of recognition and an incentive to get involved. See more at: http://volunteer.ca/content/taxincentives-volunteering#sthash.dWlTNVNO.dpuf
“Thank You” to the over 700 volunteers who help make the Ponoka Stampede the great success that it is. Ponoka Stampede Association
How to measure the value of volunteer work It’s no secret that Canada’s volunteers are valuable. But how do we measure the social and economic value of volunteering? Many funders ask organizations to measure the economic value of volunteer time for the projects they fund. Often, organizations use a simple wage replacement calculation. Volunteer hours are multiplied by an hourly rate. And this estimates the economic value of volunteering. There are practical and philosophical issues with this approach. Counting hours doesn’t show the impact of the volunteer work. And as a result, it gives an incomplete picture of the value of volunteers. For some, the idea of putting a dollar value on involvement belittles the volunteer’s efforts. Many feel the passion and commitment of volunteers is priceless. Volunteers and the act of volunteering bring multiple benefits to organizations, communities and people. Organizations receive enormous contributions of time, talents and skills. Communities are healthier and more cohesive through active citizen engagement. People receive important services from volunteers, and, through volunteering, people gain experience, improve their employment and educational options and have a greater sense of belonging and well-being. Determining the impact of the contribution of volunteerism is complex and multifaceted, as there are benefits to people served, organizations, the community, and to the volunteer themselves. Volunteer Canada believes that any measurement on the value of volunteer involvement must consider the resources needed to support volunteering and the social and economic development volunteering generates, integrating qualitative and quantitative measurements.
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Parent Link Centre to get a new home BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
“It’s everybody’s community centre so I think it’s important to people.”
Changes for the better are underway with the Ponoka Parent Link Centre; the community agency is moving to a new downtown location to meet the Parent Link Centre program director growing needs of its users. Andrea Ramage Andrea Ramage, program co-ordinator, is excited for the upcoming move to 5012 48 Avenue, tant to kids so I think they are excited to basically get a new house,” she said. across the street from the Bargain Shop. The centre’s clients are parents, caregivers and She has been working on sealing the deal on a new location since Christmas and feels the move guardians of all ages and the children they work benefits parents and children. with are newborns to six year olds. “Older siblings “We serve a lot of Ponoka families and some- are welcome as well, it’s just our programming is times our centre gets 50, 60, 70 individuals coming towards zero to six.” out for playgroup. That’s parents and children and Based on program evaluations, Ramage says it’s a lot of fun, but it gets crowded,” said Ramage. her clients feel the centre gives them a sense of “We could do so much more and it would just be community. She has seen new parents and new resnice to have space.” idents find meaningful connections at the centre. This new location is large enough, the centre The Ponoka Parent Link Centre opened eight will have a full kitchen and could host more than years ago in the Family and Community Support one class or event at once. Ramage looks forward Centre building. More information on the centre to hosting pancake breakfasts and dinner nights can be found at www.centralparklandparentlink.ca and other programming for her clients. She feels they will be able to teach a parenting course while children take part in their own program. “We’ll have the space and the physical capacity to do that.” Ramage has big ideas for the centre. She suggests they could provide a Zumba class for moms and a yoga class for their kids in the 2,500 square foot space. The lease has been signed and Ponoka Parent Link Centre gets the FOR keys at the end of the month but work needs to be done before they advocate and board positions are ready to host events. Ramage’s hope is to be open in June, but that is More information call: dependant on funds. 403-783-6539 She has had some help already, the firstname.lastname@example.org Ponoka Kinettes are stocking the centre’s Find us on facebook kitchen with appliances and supplies such as pots, pans and plates. “It’s very generous and I’m very excited about that,” stated Ramage. Interest in the move is growing. Ramage has received offers from clients and community groups to help the centre. “It’s everybody’s community centre, so I think it’s important to people. It’s important to parents. It’s impor-
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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO: Our Advocates: Michelle, Heidi, Julie, Nancy, Joy, Sharon, Daphne, Carolyn, Cathy, Jane Our Board: Jamil, Lisa, Francine, Marie Past Board: Jennifer Our RCMP Liaison: Cpl. Gary MacLaren, Cst. Ryan Koehli To RCMP members and staff and the community of Ponoka – thank you for your ongoing support.
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Dakota history saved for future generations BY AMELIA NAISMITH
The distant and recent past of the regions north and west of Ponoka is being further immortalized in a collection of books created by the Dakota Community Historical Society. The society’s ven- “The book was ture began two years found under ago with a cookbook and grew into a quest Blanche Hoar’s to gather the history bed,” of the Dakota region, Fort Ostell Museum direcor as much of it they tor Sandy Allsopp could get their hands on, to be bound in two different books. “We thought if we didn’t get some of our memories down, Clockwise top to bottom: Nettie Winslow, Tyrrena Kluin, Gail Bresee, Stephanie Taylor-Kluin — all of the Dakota Commuthey would be lost,” said vice-president Gail Bresee. nity Historical Society — Ponoka Jubilee Librarian David Tremblay, and Sandy Allsopp; Fort Ostell Museum director, show After several letters of support from the Ponoka off the old and new history books of the Dakota Community dating back to the early 1900s. Photo by Amelia Naismith Stampede Association, the Jubilee Library and the Fort Ostell Museum went into helping the society garner a grant from the Alberta Historical Resources As Albertans, it’s our dedication Foundation, the project was well underway. to our communities that has A smaller book, called “Historical Memories of given us a reputation for caring. the Dakota District”, was created out of the stories Volunteers bring knowledge and memories regarding the Dakota community as and skills to help make our told by residents living in the area from the 1960s to would like to acknowledge communities, and Alberta, the present time. individuals, businesses and Another larger book covers the vast history of the best province to live in. area from 1961 and before. This book is the exact agencies for their outstanding Rod Fox, MLA copy of another one-of-a-kind book; it’s simply been Lacombe - Ponoka spirit of volunteers in 2014. redone and multi-produced to preserve the handwrit#101, 4892 - 46 St. ten history and state of the original. “The book was Lacombe, AB T4L 2B4 found under Blanche 403-782-7725 Good actions give strength to ourselves or Email: email@example.com Hoar’s bed,” said Fort “While we Ostell Museum direcand inspire good actions in others. were doing tor Sandy Allsopp. – Plato Hoar was a school the memories teacher of the Dakota book, this old Community, aptly The members, board of directors named because many history book and staff of the Ponoka Rising Sun of the original homesurfaced,” steaders to the area Clubhouse thank you! Nettie Winslow, Dakota hailed from the states Community Historical Society member of North Dakota and South Dakota. “While we were doing the memories book, this old history book surfaced,” said Nettie Winslow, DaLet’s tip our hat and give kota Community Historical Society member. a Northcott cheer The treasure, full of handwritten, first-person accounts of history, as well as several drawings was To all these great people being stored in a dilapidated cardboard box bearing who volunteer the stamp of The Bay. The original book is Seventy people gave of their time now being preserved at For over 400 hours, they spread some sunshine Fort Ostell while othTo our Volunteer Board of Directors Reading, bingo, cards and music are a few ers were donated to Hans Spelt (Lacombe) - Chair Of the wonderful things that these people do the library, the Ponoka Warren Bloomquist (Bashaw), Stampede Museum, the So we want them to know that we appreciate Wayne Clark (Rimbey), Vivian Hulley (Big Valley), Ponoka United Church, All that they do and the time that they take Sheila Reckseidler (Delburne), Crestomere School, and Bob Tiltgen (Ponoka) & Bob Willis (Stettler) one of each is on display To help the elderly here at Northcott Care at the Dakota CommuBringing some joy in the lives that they share for their dedication to the economic & business nity Hall. developement of the East Parkland region. Many copies of the We want to send a heartfelt Thank You books will be available Thank you so much for all that you do We provide assistance to business in our region. to the public at places where donations were Written By Diane Gadd For more information: made, while others are 1-888-788-2829 or available for purchase A volunteer appreciation event will be held eastparkland.albertacf.com rkland.albertacf.com by calling Bresee at 403Thursday, May 15 783-2353.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
PAECS seeks contributions Staff Sgt. Chisholm responds to claims of targeting a business years afterwards. Since Ponoka implemented the bylaw, for large electronic sign Chisholm said there has been a drop in activities related to Last week’s public meeting on March 26, that brought BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
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Ever since the Calnash Ag Event Centre began operations, residents have been saying a large sign is needed to stay updated on events. To meet that need, the Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society (PAECS) is requesting assistance from taxpayers. Vice-president Sherry Gummow met with Ponoka town councillors March 25 asking for $15,000. This will pay for a portion of the $113,000 estimated cost. PAECS also recently requested the same amount from the Ponoka PAECS vice-president County, who stated they would pay Sherry Gummow the $15,000 for the sign on condition the other three partners did the “Reciprocity would probably same. It is unclear if the two other exist with the town,” she added. partners, the Ponoka Agricultural There has also been interest for Society and the Ponoka Stampede advertising on the sign and Gumand Exhibition Association have mow feels it is a potential source been presented with the request. of revenue. “We would like to install a Gummow said they intend sign that is similar in design to the to purchase the most up-to-date town’s electronic sign,” explained Gummow. “We know that the sign sign available, and once ordered, should take 90 days for delivery. would enhance the building.” A letter to the county and the The goal is to have it built by Town of Ponoka also asked for the Stampede time. two municipal partners to supply dirt and equipment to level if for landscaping. Saturday, April 12 ~ 10 am - 6 pm The sign itself costs Sunday, April 13 ~ 10 am - 4 pm approximately $70,000, the frame $25,000, at $12,000 to anchor the frame and $6,000 for electrical and permits, explained Gummow. 5015 - 46 Avenue Coun. Marc Yaworski asked if the sign would be used exclusively for PAECS and the Stampede Association. “Could All new paintings by * DOOR PRIZES * the town be able to have Club Members things on there as well?” * REFRESHMENTS * She replied ads and * SILENT AUCTION* promotions of events at GUEST CASH DONATION AT THE DOOR the centre would most EXHIBITORS likely be used. “But there’s certainly opportunity FEATURE ARTIST for other organizations to be on there and cerEleanor Tangjerd tainly at Stampede time I would anticipate that they (Ponoka Stampede) would Contact: Lyla Langford - 403.783.1887 be on there,” explained Gummow.
the consumption of alcohol late at night since the bylaw was implemented and feels it is a benefit to Ponoka. One of the reasons Chisholm presented findings on the bylaw was because of the previous council. “Town council came to me on this matter, he said.”
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feedback from residents on the proposed repeal to the business hours bylaw, also saw some claims against Ponoka RCMP. Abby Yaworski, business owner of the Leland Hotel, and wife to town Coun. Marc Yaworski, claimed police targeted her business and clients. She suggested the business hours bylaw was specifically directed at her business. In an interview RCMP Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm said he would not comment on Yaworski’s claims but did say the business hours bylaw dealt only with safety. “It’s all about public safety in the community of Ponoka.” “It was clearly identified that there was a dramatic increase in the number of impaired drivers following the implementation of the Wetaskiwin bylaw,” explained Chisholm. He said police do deal with late night calls in the downtown area and suggests this occurs because of late night drinking. “They’re in an industry that involves a lot of police activity,” said Chisholm. “It is not uncommon to have a higher number of calls for service to police,” he added. He suggests police saw a clear cause and effect, which saw impaired driving double in Ponoka for three
“But there’s certainly opportunity for other organizations to be on there and certainly at Stampede time I would anticipate that they (Ponoka Stampede) would be on there.”
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Youths show off their talents at Outreach School their peers. “There’s no negative after, which I think is encouraging for the kids.” Students at the Ponoka Outreach School stepped out of their Some highlights from the talent show There were singers, dance video presentations and art slidecomfort zone and showed off their talents last week. The school hosted its third annual talent show March 20 with shows during the event and also two performances stood out. Danika McLeod showed off some of her original paintings to some big stars shining after the event. Social studies teacher Shelia Cooke says the show is a way for kids to present their craft or skills. students. Each one discussed a social issue that McLeod wanted “It gives us a chance for kids to show stuff they don’t necessar- people to see. One painting depicted a woman in pain. McLeod said it tells the story of women who are in abusive relationships. ily show,” said Cooke. McLeod started painting as soon as she could pick up a pencil While the school works on educating kids with academics, teachers do not have the chance to include crafts, which include art and her mother is a painter as well. She enjoys this form of expression. or music. It’s also a way to get kids to interact. “I just like doing it for fun mostly,” said McLeod. “Some people are really nervous about it…It opens up discusAnother presentation by Tyrell Foureyes and his brother Dresions with people,” Cooke explained. Another benefit of the talent show is there are no losers. Stu- ton, drew some laughs and interest. Tyrell has been practicing dents do not have to worry about losing or negative feedback from Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing for the last five years and Dreton for the last five months. Tyrell showed students some of the ways a person could defend PUBLIC TENDER himself/herself in the event of an attack. Tyrell is having a strong season, too, ABANDONED SEIZED VEHICLE PROGRAM with a 9-1 record for 2013-14. “I like doing SERVICE ALBERTA knockouts.” For him the combat sport of Brazilian ASVP.EO.2014.0001 Jiu-Jitsu is the most fun. “It’s all technique, Sealed tenders will be received until 14:00:59 Tuesday, April 15, 2014 for Purchase of the following: it’s not strength.” Students concluded the day with ice Vehicles declared abandoned and deemed to be salvage by the staff of Service Alberta, Surplus Sales cream sundaes and some fellowship. Branch in the Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, St. Albert, Edson, Hinton, Evansburg, Sherwood Park, Elk BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
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equipment costly; a set of Jaws of Life costs approximately $50,000 he said. “It will cover the costs of doing business,” added Dillon. He said their calls have also increased over the last 15 years and this will help the high costs related to emergency rescue. Fire departments are often the first responders at motor vehicle accidents on primary and secondary highways. Costs are recovered through claims on driver’s insurance but often that is unsuccessful and the bill is sent to Alberta Transportation. “It has been about 15 years since fees were adjusted and they were just not covering actual costs. Municipalities and their taxpayers were picking up the shortfall,” adds Schram. Drysdale announced that fees for large equipment (pumper trucks and rescue vans) would be increased from $400 to $600 per hour and that fees would now be adjusted annually to reflect increasing costs of operation. Other fees would also be adjusted. “Perhaps equally important is a change to make the payment process easier and uniform throughout the province,” says Bill Purdy, AFCA executive director. “We achieved these changes by working closely and cooperatively with Alberta Transportation. They were quick to recognize the problem and were receptive to bringing about a change. We thank them for their efforts.” “Both the AAMDC and AUMA (Alberta Urban Municipalities Association) strongly supported the AFCA and will also be happy to see a positive result for this issue.” The AFCA represents 450 rural and urban fire chiefs throughout Alberta. They represent approximately 13,500 firefighters—10,000 of which are volunteers—all dedicated to minimizing fire and safety hazards for Albertans. Check www.afca. ab.ca for more details.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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Province returns focus to rural highway rejuvenation BY AMELIA NAISMITH
Highways and other transportation necessities, such as bridges, in rural locations across the province are going to receive some much needed and long overdue tender and loving care by the Alberta Government over the next three years. Transportation Minister Wayne Drysdale made a stop in Rimbey on March 24 to deliver the specifics of the news. “Roads are very vital to our econo-
my and our quality of life, especially in rural Alberta,” said Drysdale. The province has 31,000 km of provincial highways, worth an estimated $58.4 billion. “We need to take care of this asset, it’s important to Building Alberta,” he added. The provincial 2014 budget includes $735 million designated to rehabilitate highways; meaning more than 2,500 km of already existing provincial highways are going to be restored. Furthermore, Drysdale announced
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228 km of new roads will be built. “We’re investing in new roads and bridges throughout the province. But Albertans also told us to invest in the roads and bridges we already have,” said Drysdale. For Ponoka County, upcoming major projects include overlay work on Highway 53, beginning in the Town of Rimbey and continuing 29 km west to the Clearwater County border; this project runs at approximately $8 million. “It’s what we call a ‘one and done.’ We plan to have this project started and completed in one year,” Drysdale explained. The 20 km farthest west along this road will be made up of recycled materials. The present asphalt will be ground and put back into the new pavement. “This is
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a greener, more environmentally sustainable approach,” said Drysdale. The furthest nine kilometers of highway will also include “deep reclamation” processes. “Innovation happens everywhere in Alberta, and I’m proud to see it here in Rimbey and Ponoka,” he added. “The (Highway) 53 resurfacing has always been discussed. It’s pretty exciting to get that done,” said Ponoka County Reeve Paul McLauchlin reacting to the announcement by the minister. The pavement will be monitored and measured annually for smoothness, strength and maintenance costs. “This rehabilitation of the highway is a corridor for the community which complements Rimbey’s economy by increasing sustainability and the growth in our business sector,” said Rimbey’s mayor, Rick Pankiw. “Highway 53 situates Rimbey as a gateway to a thriving mixed farming and oil and gas region . . . This highway benefits existing and future growth, residents for the Town of Rimbey, Ponoka County and all who visit our community and surrounding area,” he added. Secondary Highway 771 up to the Keyera Gas Plant is also being paved, which was a complete surprise to the county. “We are very, very happy . . .I never thought that would come to fruition during my term,” said McLauchlin. Closer to the Town of Ponoka, Wolf Creek Bridge along Highway II will have its structures replaced. “This is a two year project worth approximately $6 million,” said Drysdale. The province plans to keep the bridge open during construction, which is another aspect of the project McLauchlin is excited about, as it’s a primary travel area within the county; as is Highway 53 in the west land. Drysdale warned these projects will mean more crew working on rural roads over the next three years. “With every crew out there you’ll see our commitment for a better, safer transportation system for Albertans.”
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Tire recycling company expands production in Ponoka BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
“What the mulch plant is going to do is create a rubber mulch that’s used in landscaping.”
A major expansion operation is unBill Hunter, CEO of CleanGen derway on Bobtail Road just north of Ponoka for Cutting Edge Tire Recycling. The company has just purchased used on pickups, cars and even tractors the large inventory of tires on their a large rubber mulch plant that can have approximately 40 to 45 per cent property and Hunter does not anticipate handle large mining tires. any deliveries for some time. Normal rubber, he explained. “We can pull from the gold mines or He is looking forward to recycling transport and delivery of their passenthe Alberta oil sands,” said Bill Hunter, CEO of CleanGen, the company that owns Cutting Edge. The company first moved to Ponoka County in 2007 and leased 12 acres of land at the time. In an effort to add continuity and stability to the business, the company has just purchased 30 acres to provide room for expansion. Hunter says with the added rubber mulch plant, they intend to hire six new employees, which will add to the current The Cutting Edge tire recycling plant north of Ponoka is receiving an upgrade soon and will start recycling large mining tires on its property. Photo submitted workforce of 10. The plant was purchased from a company in the United States and is currently being transported to its 5118 - 50th Street, Ponoka 1-800-392-8658 new location. Hunter BARE LOT hopes to have things In north end ready in May for the of town for new mode of operadevelopment. Ideal Great location on main street for duplex. tion to go ahead. of Ponoka. Total “There aren’t $69,000 space 2750 sq. many people who deal ft building and with giant mining lot only. Call Wayne 403-704-0864 tires,” he explained. Hunter says CutRED DEER LAKE Call Wayne 403-704-0864 ting Edge has enough Full time living or recreational property at Red Deer Lake. 3 stock of mining rub Very clean property shows GET READY FOR SPRING bdrm. pride of ownership. Mature ber that could take subdivision. Beautiful building sites just a up to three years to $ 189,900 short drive south of Ponoka process and they have Call Wayne 403-704-0864 in Jada Estates. Building secured a market and restrictions make this COUNTRY RESIDENTIAL a broker. This 10 acre parcel is a perfect choice to build that dream home and property an exclusive area “What the mulch have plenty of room to keep livestock, grow trees or organic gardening. for upscale homes. Seven plant is going to do is Nice lay of land with #1 soil, service borders property. Located just acreages available. minutes north of town. REDUCED $89,000.00 Terms available. create a rubber mulch Call Brian for more details. 403.704.7018 that’s used in landCall Wayne 403-704-0864 scaping,” said Hunter. He said there is SOUTH OF PONOKA a growing demand Two 10 acre parcels. NOW SELLING for the rubber in the Walk-out opportunity. TOTAL COUNTRY southwest United Call Brian States. The rubber CLOSE TO TOWN 403-704-7018 mulch is used to preMost acreages are treed vent weed and grass offering excellent building RIVERSIDE growth in gardens. sites and privacy. .64 acre, great development property. Chance to develop up to 5 lots. “There’s also a poProperty priced $20,000 under assessed value. Offered for sale at $60,000. Call Brian Hatala tentially huge market Call Brian 403-704-7018 403-704-7018 in Canada and that’s something we’re going after,” he added. Hunter says the mining tires have approximately 90 per WAYNE BRIAN ANNETTE SHAWNA LOW cent rubber, which McGARVEY HATALA DODDS Broker can be used in a variPROFESSIONAL REALTORS OF JOHN W. LOW AGENCIES INC. ety of products. Tires
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A Chance to win Cookies Hi I’m Lindsey Gartner, the secretary for the West Ponoka 4-H Beef club. And please meet Cookies (in the picture with me), this year’s annual charity steer. Each year, the Ponoka District 4-H clubs have a charity steer and different members host the animal. This year, it was my club’s turn and I was really excited to have Cookies on our farm. In previous years, proceeds have gone to local charities like FCSS, the Ponoka Food bank, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, Victim Services, the Rodeo Challenge and the Children’s Stollery Hospital. As a district, we decided that proceeds this
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year would be going to Stars Air Ambulance. Recently two fellow west Ponoka youth required Stars services, so this charity definitely is near and dear to our hearts. We are very thankful for the efforts Stars makes to keep our community safe, both in town and in the county. One member from West Ponoka Beef Club said “It’s a great honour that we, as rural kids, can support other rural youth by giving to this kind of charity.” The tickets are only 5 dollars each and then you get the chance to WIN Cookies at our show and sale on May 6. The winner can take Cookies home, use him as a charity donation, go straight to your own BBQ or you can have the option to resell. We’d love to see you May 6 at the Ponoka Ag and Event Centre and purchasing a ticket is a great way to assist our local 4-H Beef clubs support Stars, which in turn provides a very necessary and life-saving service to our community. Need a ticket? All members from the west, east and central beef clubs will be selling tickets as of now until sale day. So contact any beef member or our leaders EVENT CENTRE if you are interested: Laverne Klimec 403APRIL 783-1096, Monica CALENDAR Harvey 403-704-0023 or Joyce Winters 403783-8418. Just think YOU COULD WIN COOKIES!!
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Legion overwhelmed with the response to donation appeal Royal Canadian Legion Branch has announced it received “thousands of items” from the community in response to its appeal for donations for the indoor garage sale, which will take place on April 12. Dave MacPherson, in charge of the organization of the 11th edition of the event said in a press release that “volunteers are working overtime to prepare and price items and donated items are continuing to pour in.” Combined with a silent auction, the event is intended to raise funds to support the Legion’s work in the community.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Federal government enhances rail transportation BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
Farmers shown ways to increase plant production BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
An increasing global population and growth in greenhouse gas emissions is becoming a hot topic among farmers. The intelligent use of sustainable agriculture is becoming more important, explained agronomist Dan Heaney at a workshop at the Ponoka Fish and Game Association camp last week. The event was hosted by Ponoka County and despite inclement weather, some farmers came out to hear what he had to say at the daylong event. Heaney, who does some consulting work with the Canadian Fertilizer Institute, presented ideas of a stewardship program called 4R, designed to increase production of plants while at the same time maintaining sustainability. By 2050, the global population is expected to reach 9 billion people, but not much farmland is coming into production, Heaney explained. To meet the demands of this rapid growth, farms are expected to improve production. “Higher productivity tends to increase greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. He suggests the best way to keep production sustainable is to do it without government regulation. He provided three sustainability components: • Economic: To improve farm profitability by improving return on fertilizer dollars spent • Social: Create carbon offsets that assist society adapting to climate change and increase global food supply • Environmental: Reduce industry GHG emissions and prevent nutrient loss from crops “If a nutrient gets into the crop it’s going to do some good and economic return,” explained Heaney. The 4R approach was initially developed for fertilizer use but Heaney says it can be used with manure and other natural fertilizers. These are the 4Rs: • Right source • Right rate • Right time •Right place These four tools will help farmers track how each crop does and they can evaluate performance based on what type of fertilizer was used on a crop, and whether it should even be used; how much fertilizer was used, when it is applied and where the fertilizer is being used in the proper location. “The idea is that these kinds of feedbacks will help producers,” said Heaney.
The decision by the Federal Government to impose stricter fines on railway companies and enhance grain transportation is seen by some as good news. Verlyn Olson, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Alberta, praised the decision in a press release. “We are pleased that the federal government has brought forward the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, which addresses some of our concerns and will help strengthen rail transportation system performance in the immediate and long-term.” For some however, it falls short on an overlying issue of product transportation. Levi Wood, president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, applauded Bill C-30 legislation fining railways $100,000 per day if they do not meet minimum shipping loads but is disappointed transportation stayed fixed at one million tonnes per week. “We just don’t see it has the necessary penalties or the necessary car allotment to really alleviate the backlog,” said Wood. He estimates a $7 billion loss to the prairie economy and suggests the railway companies, Canadian Pacific and Canadian National, need to be ramp up their transportation loads. “It’s been the single biggest issue in Western Canadian prairie and agriculture this year,” he stated. Farmers are waiting for their grains to be taken to port but are somewhat at the mercy of the railways lines. Wood says crops were large across the Prairies, which created a strong sense of optimism but not being able to sell the crop has been disheartening. “That backlog of cars is still huge and it’s going to take a long time to alleviate,” said Wood. It is believed there will be a backlog of grain orders is six million tonnes heading into the 2014 harvest. “As we head into the new crop, the real problem is that these issues might mushroom again based on what happened this year on the Prairies,” explained Wood. He hopes this legislation will be enough for the railways to move grain on their own. Wood is not in favour of the government being involved with businesses but suggests in this case, with only railways Regulations in effect April 1st to October 31st, 2014 providing service, it may Ponoka County is responsible for the administration of the Forest be a good thing for farmand Prairie Protection Act within the County. During the Fire Season, ers. any person lighting a fire for any purpose, other than for burning “The railways are a household garbage or campfires, must have a valid fire permit. You duopoly at best. And in may be liable for fire suppression costs or penalties as provided by many cases are simply a law for any damage that may occur while burning without a permit. monopoly because people are only served by one of Most fire calls and associated costs can be easily avoided if the railways and I think precautions and extra care are taken. For example: that is some of our con• do not start a fire when weather conditions are conducive to a fire cern,” said Wood. rapidly escaping out of control, Transport issue af• establish a safe site for burning garbage in barrels fects the whole country • use a mesh screen over the top of the burning barrel to prevent Wood feels transportathe spread of sparks tion should be a national • keep grass around burning area mowed concern. • never leave fires unattended With new trade agreeFire permits may be obtained free of charge from any one of the ments and markets being following Fire Guardians: opened up, product transBryce Liddle SE 24-43-25-W4 783-8604 portation is going to Mark Matejka NE 22-42-26-W4 783-6389 become increasingly imDoug Weir NW 27-42-27-W4 783-3713 portant. Paul McLauchlin NW 32-44-2-W5 843-2675 “It’s an issue that reNancy Hartford NW 19-42-4-W5 843-3881 ally faces every industry. How are we possibly goor from the Ponoka County Administration Office at 4205 - Highway ing to send more stuff out #2A in Ponoka. when we’re constrained Please note – FIRE BANS may be implemented in extremely dry in our ability to do that?” conditions. Listen for ban information on your local radio station or asked Wood. check the County website at www.PonokaCounty.com. “That really affects Charlie B. Cutforth our brand as a country,” he Chief Administrative Officer added.
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The approach requires more work on plan,” said Heaney. the part of producers, though, and Heaney Good record keeping will be a benefit suggested the benefit is in the improved as well. For more information see the webperformance of crops and nutrients in site www.farming4rfuture.ca/ crops. “There’s some room to squeeze more out of the nutrients economically.” VJV MARKET REPORT Demand for susMARKET REPORT MARCH 26, 2014 tainable agriculture is On Wednesday, March 26, 2014- 2599 head of cattle went through our rings & growing 434 on the Canadian Satellite Sale - TOTAL 3033 Companies or buySLAUGHTER CATTLE ers such as Walmart and D1 - D2 cows 98.00-112.00 Young Bred Cows 1500.00-1700.00 Unilever are now requiring D3 - D4 cows 84.00-96.00 Older Bred Cows 1300.00-1450.00 more sustainable options Holstein cows 80.00-110.00 Good Bred Heifers: NONE Heiferettes 90.00-110.00 Cow/calf pairs (younger) NONE from farmers. Indeed, on Bologna Bulls 95.00-121.00 Cow/Calf pairs (older) N/A Walmart’s United States Feeder bulls 105.00-120.00 website, Heaney says the company refers to the 4R STOCKERS AND FEEDERS approach. Good Feeder Steers 1000 lbs Plus: 150.00-155.00 Heifers 135.00-140.00 Good Feeder Steers 900 lbs Plus: 160.00-165.00 Heifers 140.00-145.00 “They’re going to want Good Feeder Steers 800 lbs Plus: 165.00-173.00 Heifers 150.00-158.00 to have anybody who’s sellGood Feeder Steers 700 lbs Plus: 195.00-200.00 Heifers 170.00-175.00 ing products on the supply Good Feeder Steers 600 lbs Plus: 205.00-215.00 Heifers 185.00-195.00 Good Feeder Steers 500 lbs Plus: 220.00-235.00 Heifers 195.00-200.00 chain to have sustainable Good Feeder Steers 400 lbs Plus: 230.00-235.00 Heifers 200.00-205.00 practices,” stated Heaney. Good Feeder Steers 300 lbs Plus: 235.00-240.00 Heifers 205.00-210.00 A farmer who can show Dairy Steers 95.00-105.00 they already use a system Baby Calves Dairy Type: 10.00-140.00 Baby Calves Beef Type: 140.00-250.00 such as the 4Rs would have Hay: Sq Bales 4.25-9.25 Rd Bales NONE half the battle won. Some Straw: Sq. Bales 2.00Rd Bales NONE of the questions companies Greenfeed: Sq. Bales. 2.75Rd Bales NONE ask relate to proper storage of fertilizer and what type of safety practices a farm Vold Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. | Foothills Livestock Auction | has for family and workers. Dawson Creek Auction And, “They all want Vold Jones & Vold Co. Ltd. © 2006 4410-Hwy 2A, Ponoka Alberta, Canada, T4J 1J8 some kind of nutrition
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Rimbey council angers residents with vagueness BY AMELIA NAISMITH
Following a public March 24 hearing filled with unhappy residents of the proposed rezoned land request for a parcel south Rimbey’s Best Western hotel was given second reading by Rimbey town council Although many parcels of land were included in the bylaw, only the southernmost parcel, running south of Rimstone Ridge and along 45th Avenue is being rezoned from R1 low density housing to IPU (Institutional Public Use). Although it wasn’t stated at the meeting what the rezoned land would be used for, many residents believed it would house the proposed seniors’ lodge. “It could be a school, it could be a church, it could be a seniors’ complex, the developer asked for it to be rezoned,” said mayor Rick Pankiw, listing the general uses of IPU land. “I’m wanting to know what in the future development plan this area being rezoned for. I’m concerned about what type of building or project is going to go up there,” said Jan Boyarzin, 45 Avenue resident. She feels 45 Avenue isn’t in good shape and is concerned how increased traffic would further degrade the road. “If there’s a large project there, it’s not like building a house, there’s going to be a lot of noise, there’s a lot of children and little kids on that road.” Other concerns voiced at the meeting included whether the parcel would be a good place for the seniors’ lodge, as they would have to cross Highway 53 for many amenities; drainage issues of the land; and whether they felt that location was appropriate for IPU. Jim Moore asked council if they knew what the rezoned IPU land would be for, specifically mentioning the
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seniors’ housing development. “Do you know what the intent of the developer is here?” “Anything that happens with negotiations for that are protected by the MGA (Municipal Government Act) and we are not at liberty to speak about that, the developer and or the buyer is. It’s against the law for us to speak out at this time,” said Pankiw. “As to what’s going on that property I don’t know. I don’t know what the sellers are going to do with it,” he added. However, County CAO Charlie Cutforth has a different version. He says there have been discussions between the town and the county and the town “absolutely” knew. “Once the agreement is signed, hey, it’s public.” “Why wouldn’t they let the people know? And the town has known right from day one. There’s no secret about it,” he added. Cutforth confirmed on March 25 that the southern parcel is land the county purchased on Feb. 27, costing $310,000, for the seniors’ lodge. “I did know they had to get it rezoned.” Stan Cummings, owner and developer who sold the land in negotiations to Ponoka County, also attended the Town of Rimbey meeting. “I’m here to clarify a few things. There were rumors and stuff like that going around that I made a deal with this town to sell land to the county of Ponoka, that’s a falsehood.” “The second thing is I’ve applied rezoning for a piece of property, and that’s all I’ve done at this stage,” he added. Cutforth says while the land negotiations with Johnson Estates still stood, Cummings tried to contact him. However, he refused to talk with Cummings while the previous land deal stood.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Let’s start getting into shape for spring Like so many of you out there, I that will eventually emerge along am so tired of winter that I have start- with the welcome invasion of the ed spring cleaning and planning what green grass and gophers will be tento do when that first fancy robin does nis, baseball, fastball, slow-pitch, finally appear on the fence in search golf, fishing, street hockey, and whatof some fresh worm plucking territo- ever else we may wish during this wet ry. Naturally, over such a long session and balmy season when our wives will also eventually tell of snow and cold, we us to go fly a kite. Of have likely got just a course, there will also little lazy and out-ofbe many unique and shape, but once that ice special events that will and snow disappears, appear with the flowers we will thankfully be in the spring, so watch able to dash outside the paper and check and begin our much anyour calendar, lay out ticipated ‘spring fling’ your favourite warm at whichever pace we weather wardrobe, then may wish. Right now get out and enjoy yourduring the longer days, self at the speed and we can bide our time activity of your choice by transforming the with family and friends. garage from the shovelMike Rainone How children ling to the dirt digging Hammertime perceive their grandmode and may finally parents. take down the 2013 *Grandma was in Christmas decorations, the bathroom putting on her makewhile the lady of the house will most definitely start to clean and rearrange up, all under the watchful eyes of every room in the house, and then will her young grand-daughter as she has decide what must be sacrificed for the done so many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to first garage sale, like it or not. Of course, throughout the frigid leave, the little one said, “But grandseason, there were those who faith- ma, you forget to kiss the toilet paper fully worked out in the gym or took goodbye.” *My young grandson called the part in various sports, while the really other day to wish me a Happy Birthbrave souls would dawn three layers of clothing and rove about in the brisk day. He asked me how old I was, and and frosty air. For those of us who are when I told him, 71, he was very quiet seniors, we likely found many ways for a moment, and then asked, “Did to shut down the TV, move off the you start all the way back at 1?” *When my grandson asked me couch, and were able to mix, move, and mingle with others, often to the moods of our favourite tunes. In this new generation of today, there are many wild and wonderful ways to exercise, including sassy videos for all age groups, 1-877-223-3311 yoga, Wei, and all sorts of nifty gadgets that shake off the pounds and stretch the muscles among friends or in the comfort and privacy of our own homes. Even though we may have to detour around the snow piles and puddles I promise you that it won’t be long before we see the joggers, bikers, skate boarders, and moms and dads with buggies original tunes, and dogs out and about tales and images from the mountain enjoying the fresh air National Park Warden Service. and sunshine. Please Concert presented by Friends of the Eastern Slopes watch out for them out Association and Ponoka Legion Branch 66 there, drive carefully, Saturday April 5, Ponoka Legion Auditorium and try not to splash. Doors open 6 pm, Concert 7 pm. Probably the easiest Silent auction; refreshments and snacks. exercise for everyone Advance tickets at: Ponoka Legion 403-783-4076; is walking, whether Jones Boys; McFeeds outside with nature or TICKETS: Adults $2000; Youth 13 - 17 yrs $1000; inside with sweats and Under 12 yrs. Free sneakers. Some of the For more details, contact Barb Olsen 403-783-6346 outside spring sports
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how old I was, I teasingly replied, “I’m not sure.” of strange sounds, and then they blame the dog. The sharp little duffer came right back with, “Look *No matter what our age we must always be in your underwear Grandpa, mine says I’m 4 to 6.” prepared for what comes out of the mouth of babes, *Our Grandpas are the smartest men on earth. and then just go ahead and laugh along with everyThey teach us many good things, but unfortunately one else in the room. we don’t get to see them enough to try and get as *Newest sign at the Canadian border. Welcome smart as they are. to Canada.....We don’t care who you marry as long *After putting her grandchildren to bed, the as you both watch hockey.” grandmother changed into her old slacks and Have a great week, all of you… droopy blouse and then proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the 5015 – 46 Avenue children getting more and more rambunctious Saturday, Apr. 19 jam session cancelled due to Easter. her patience finally April Sunday Gospel evening cancelled due to Easter. grew thin, so she threw Next Sunday Gospel will be May 18 @ 7pm a towel around her Monday Billiards 9:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday 50 cents per game. Honor head, stormed into their system. room, and put them Monday Bridge 1:15 p.m. back to bed with some Monday 1:30 p.m. Whist Tuesday and Thursday Exercise class 9:30 a.m. Stimulating, invigorating stern warnings. As she Tuesday Shuﬄeboard 7:00 p.m. - more players needed left the room she heard Wednesday Sewing Guild 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the three-year old say Wednesday Cribbage 1:00 p.m. with a trembling voice, Wednesday Duplicate Bridge 7:00 p.m. ‘Who was THAT?’, Wednesday Floor Curling 7:00 p.m. - more players needed then the little angels Thursday Weaving 1:00 p.m. Phone Betty @ 783-3029 went right to sleep, Thursday Partner Bridge 1:15 p.m. Thursday Art Club – Noon to 4:00 p.m. without another peep. Thursday Pickle Ball 7:00 p.m. Come try out the newest rage. *My grandparents Friday “500” 1:00 p.m. are funny. When they bend over they creak Memberships still available. $10.00 person. To rent our facility contact Dorothy @ 403-783-3027 or George @ 403-783- 3514 or leave a message @ 403-783-5012. and you hear all kinds
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
County council divided over AGRIM situation BY AMELIA NAISMITH
Once again, Ponoka County councillors ended in a dispute while discussing the funding options available to the Rimbey AGRIM Centre and Ponoka Calnash Ag Event Centre. A lengthy debate, which erupted during the council’s March 21 budget meeting over where grants should be given and where not, was picked back up during their regular council meeting and budget approval process, March 25. Members of council are unsatisfied that construction had begun on the AGRIM building before every funding dollar to get it to a useable state was in place. County CAO Charlie Cutforth was recently informed it would take another $1.5 million to bring the building to that stage. “And then of course (it’s) going to be an ongoing thing, just as the ag centre here is an ongoing thing. These projects, when they start, they’re never finished. As soon as they get some more loot, or they’re successful, there’s always something they can enhance,” said Cutforth. The Rimbey Agricultural Society has contracted a consultant to update both the business and capital plans, which are to be available to council in two to three weeks,
“If I decide I don’t think we should put any more money into the AGRIM, I’ll be outvoted. I’m more than prepared to vote for it if they can show us the proposal”
ag centre to put the cover between the two buildings, that was always planned,” said Cutforth. He feels, now that the Calnash Centre is up and running, and has been for a while, the county’s obligation to provide major grants is done. This request, which Coun. Doug Weir says would take $1.5 to $2 million, was deferred to 2015 budget discussions. Reeve Paul McLauchlin also feels the Doug Weir county’s major contributions to Ponoka’s ag event centre are over since the operation says Cutforth. Although Cutforth said nothing had is now sustainable and making a profit. “From a funding perspective I think the been officially signed between the Rimbey Agricultural Society and other organiza- tap is turned off. We need to reprioritize to tions, he told council they have some large other projects.” “I don’t think we can do the Rimbey donors involved in the project. “The county has a large investment (project) with the kind of dollars Charlie’s there, we’ve contributed $1.2 million to talking to, either, until we get a proposal date. I think there’s some expectation to exactly knowing what they’re doing. I’m not prepared to give them $1 million see it finished,” said Cutforth. Helping the AGRIM Centre reach a bucks, because our money’s capital, right,” usable state is a top priority for 2014, for said Weir. He was convinced the funds given the county. Once the budget was approved council had come to the conclusion that $1 to the Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society million would be available to them as long (PAECS) for the Calnash Ag Event Centre as specifications set by the county were hadn’t come from the county’s operating met, including viewing the business plan money, although Cutforth told him that and them having the other half a million was indeed the case. “Depends how you argue it, but it came through MSI (Municidollars in place. “We have a request from the Ponoka pal Sustainability Initiative) money and all that kind of stuff,” said Weir. “It was because of the MSI grant program that the county suddenly had that kind of money available to share with others,” said Cutforth. After funding sources were straightened out, Weir told the county he wanted to next look at the percentage of total costs for the projects that the county was contributing. Deadline Reminder
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“I want to know why this thing went from $3.34 million to $5.9 million. McLauchlin informed “It’s not a him the same thing had blame game, it’s purely happened when the economics” Calnash Ag Paul McLauchlin Event Centre was in its unfinished stages. “But they added a lot more,” Weir argued. “To me, this building (Calnash) is up and operating and from what I understand made a profit last year. The one in Rimbey, if it doesn’t go ay further, it’s a giant cold storage covering,” said Coun. Bryce Liddle. In response, Weir asked him if that was the county’s fault. “It’s not a blame game, it’s purely economics,” McLauchlin explained. Weir told his fellow councillors he didn’t want to pit one agricultural centre against the other and he understands each deal made with the buildings is handled separately. “If we don’t want to fund, put any more money into the PAECS building, that’s fine. I mean, that’s council decision. If I decide I don’t think we should put any more money into the AGRIM, I’ll be outvoted. I’m more than prepared to vote for it if they can show us the proposal.” The county’s cash commitments to date, for the Calnash Ag Event Centre, total $3.2 million. The work and services contributed total approximately another $500,000. Cutforth feels there’s a shortfall between the county’s contributions to each ag centre and has told council several times they have an obligation to help the AGRIM reach a useable stage.
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Ben Robinson throws his rope hard to try and make a quick catch on a calf during the Spring Thaw Roundup last weekend at the Calnash Ag Event Centre. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Spring Thaw Roundup sees growing numbers Competition was fierce last weekend at the Calnash Ag Event Centre during the Spring Thaw rodeo roundup. The weekend brought timed-event rodeo-action to Ponoka and despite wintery conditions, cowboys and cowgirls brought their A-games to the ag centre. Organized by Trevor Jones and Tyrel Flewelling, the event is a kick-off to spring and the rodeo season. The second annual Spring Thaw Roundup appears to be growing, explained Jones. On Saturday the ag event centre hosted 163 barrel racers, 104 team ropers, 43 calf ropers and 36 steer wrestlers. “I think every year it’s just going to increase,” explained Jones. He said the sponsors were pleased with the turnout despite inclement weather. “That’s the most important thing, the sponsors,” said Jones. “Without them you couldn’t really do that (event).” Over the course of the weekend, including team roping on Sunday,
Jones said 600 teams competed. With amateur rodeos starting to line up for the season, he feels the Spring Thaw Roundup is an ideal start for cowboys and cowgirls. Open team roping results Sunday average #14 First – Kenton Fawcett and Kody Potts Second – Dustin Round and Klay Whyte Third – Grady Quam and Clint Brower Fourth – Kenton Fawcett and Mark Flynn Saturday average open: First and second – Clint Buhler and Brett McCarroll. Travis Gallais and Brett McCarroll Third – Travis Gallais and Rocky Dallyn Fourth – Grady Quam and Todd Gallais Fifth – JT Robinson and Chad Robinson Sixth – Cash Bonnett and Keely Bonnett
Tie down roping Average: First – Eric Dublanko Second – Kirk Robinson Third – Dale Skocdopole Fourth – Cody Brett Steer wrestling results Average: First – Harley Cole Second – Cody Cassidy Third – Lane Delmont Fourth – Josh Harden Ladies barrel results 1D: First – Lana Bohnet Second – Kerri Babcook Third – Jessie Vandenbroek Fourth – Steff Mather 2D: First – Jamie Harden Second – Rene Leclerq Third – Wendy Playfair Fourth – Dee Butterfield 3D: First – Corleen Leclerq Second – Trish Friis Third – Helen Naslund Fourth – Whitney Lynch
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- With the snow still covering the pitches and temperature hovering much below freezing level, U-16 Storm began their soccer practice at the Centennial Centre gym on Wednesday, March 26 with limited participation due to the spring break. Here Dillan Bouma prepares to take a shot at the goal as Cameron Kirstien, Markus Baitinger and Dravin Louis look on.
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Dallas Sieben Dallas Hilda Sieben was born on November 18, 1939 and passed away on March 28, 2014. Dallas will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Rosanne (Byron); granddaughters Natasha and Jessica and great-grandson Liam; and brothers Durwill and John (Mim) and their families. She was predeceased by her loving husband Vince, sisters Anne and Fay, and her dear friend Beanie Webster. Dallas enjoyed ball, curling, volunteering, motorcycling with Vince and trips to Mexico. She was actively involved in the community and served on many boards including The Rising Sun Clubhouse, Neighbourhood Place and the Lioness Club. Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to S.T.A.R.S. or the Rising Sun Clubhouse. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Thursday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. For full service information and to send condolences please visit www.womboldfuneralhomes.com or call Ponoka Funeral Home at 403.783.3122. Arrangements Entrusted To
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SNIDER Gloria Jeanette Margaret It is with heavy hearts that on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 we said goodbye to an exceptional lady; after a brief but valiant fight with cancer. She was someone that has touched many hearts and was the backbone of our family. Gloria was born on August 31, 1944 in Huntsville, Ont. where she grew up around her 6 brothers and sisters. She later went on to marry her soul mate, Irven. The two of them had many adventures together and spent their days hunting, fishing, gardening and time with family and friends. She is survived by her loving husband, Irven C. Snider, her children, Diane Handford (Neil); Kathy Whitfield (Terry); Irven P. Snider; and David Snider (Simone); along with 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, sisters, brothers and cousins. She is preceded in death by parents, Archibald and Galdys Semple. An open house will be held in the near future. “She was a treasure that we all got to enjoy and now it has been lost, but with all treasures they rise again in our memories for us to enjoy, pause and smile again”
HORTON Leslie Gilbert On March 21, 2014, Les passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. Having been diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and given only months to live, Les stubbornly beat the odds to have 4 more wonderful years with his family and friends. Les will be forever remembered, loved and sadly missed by his son Don Horton (Sherry) and his daughters Cindy Horton (Barry), Elaine Stanners (Trent), Nancy Beirnes (Chris). Les is also lovingly missed by his eight grandchildren: Amy and Garrett, Kaitlyn and Sarah, Curtis and Kassi, Hannah and Cole and his great grandson Waylon. He is survived by the mother of his children and friend, Marlene Horton and his sister Sylvia Lawrence (Tom) as well as a wide circle of extended family and friends. Les was Alberta born and bred. He worked as a master sheet metal mechanic most of his life, until semi-retiring at 60 on his farm near Rimbey. Les was quick to laugh, had a big heart and a gruff but good natured demeanor. He enjoyed time over drinks with friends and family. He loved magic tricks, music and enjoyed entertaining family and friends with songs and a new puzzle or trick. Les will be missed and fondly remembered. A celebration of life will be held from Wilson’s Funeral Chapel & Crematorium in Rimbey, Alberta on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM with Reverend Deborah Laing officiating. If friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM serving Central Alberta with locations in Rimbey and Lacombe in charge of the arrangements. Phone: (403) 843-3388 or (403) 782-3366 “A Caring Family, Caring For Families”
August 12, 1922 - April 6, 2013 There is always a face before us, A voice we would love to hear, A smile we will always remember, Of a mother loved so dear. Deep in our hearts lies a picture, More precious than silver or gold, It’s a picture of our mother, Whose memory will never grow old.
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The family of Erika Schroeder would like to thank friends and neighbours for the food, cards, meals, flowers and words of condolences during our recent loss. Carl & Olga Christiansen and family
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Easton Mark on February 12, 2014. Proud grandparents are Walter and Lola Maier and Gerry and Joan Van Wolde.
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February 3, 1940 - March 18, 2014 With great sorrow the Drews family announces the death of Erika, eldest child of Edmund and Martha, on March 18, 2014, at St, Joseph’s Hospice in Edmonton. She passed away peacefully with close family at her side. Her very sudden illness will astonish many but the indomitable courage, unwavering faith, and inspiring good humour with which she faced her final days were her familiar hallmarks. Erika was an uncommonly energetic, dynamic, and outgoing spirit whose care and generosity touched people of all ages and backgrounds. Predeceased by her parents and by her husband Heinrich, Erika is survived by her sisters Olga (Carl) Christiansen of Bluffton, Irma Lefevre of Calgary, and Margit Kadosh of Edmonton; nieces and nephews including Garth (Karen), Neil (Sherry), and Hal (Tommi) Christiansen; Tanya (Tony) De Leon, Janelle Batonyi, Ellie (Roland) Cadrin, Jesse Kadosh, Gill Kadosh; and countless friends who loved her. Born on February 3, 1940, in ILów, Poland, Erika and her family survived harrowing conditions as the Second World War blazed around them. In 1950 they made their way to Ravensburg in Southern Germany. In 1951, following a sea voyage on the legendary refugee ship Beaverbrae, they arrived at Quebec City’s harbour and to a new existence in Canada. A long, dusty train journey brought them to the Canadian West, and they created a life farming west of Ponoka. In 1964 Erika graduated as valedictorian of her class with combined qualifications as both a registered nurse and a psychiatric nurse while based at Alberta Hospital in Ponoka, and she enjoyed her two years affiliated to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. In September that year she married Heinrich (Henry) Schroeder and moved to Edmonton, where they remained until Henry’s death in 2003. She spent several years nursing at the University of Alberta Hospital. Erika maintained a high standard of performance and sought to apply her training in the community. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Alberta in 1973, which launched her long career as a public health nurse in Edmonton’s Glengarry, Woodcroft, and Millwoods clinics. Erika’s professional life was integral to her identity, and she made many lifelong friendships through her training and practice. Erika advocated passionately for the marginalized and for the needy, working incredibly hard on their behalf throughout her life. She greeted each day with enthusiasm and was excited to embark on almost any new adventure. Erika and Henry traveled widely, exploring thoroughly the South Seas, the American continent, Europe, and the Middle East, acquiring numerous new friends on their way. In the last decade Erika filled her days with volunteering and with travels to destinations ever further afield, including South Africa, Australia and, in November 2013, China. Erika returned from a cruise off Florida the night before she entered hospital, using every moment fully to the very end. The family thanks the University Hospital nursing staff on Unit 5-3C along with Drs. Mah, Hanna, and Bain; we also send special thanks to the kind staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their attentive care. Erika supported several charities, and asked that donations in her memory be made to the Evangelical Fellowship Church (780-439-5533) for distribution. Visitation will be held at Serenity Funeral Service at 5311 - 91 Street, Edmonton, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., on Friday, March 21, 2014, and at church from 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 22, 2014. A traditional funeral service will be held at the Evangelical Fellowship Church in Edmonton at 10511 - 79 Avenue on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Interment at South Haven Cemetery will be followed by a gathering of family and friends for refreshment back at the church.
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LEARN THE LATEST about Celiac Disease and a Gluten-Free diet at the Canadian Celiac Association National Conference, May 30 - June 1, 2014, Calgary. Visit the gluten-free market. Everyone welcome. Register at www.calgaryceliac.ca; 403-237-0304.
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In Loving Memory IVY OLGA STEBNER April 29, 1934 - April 6, 2013 Little did we know that day God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, In death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you did not go alone, For part of us went with you, The day God called you home. Beautiful memories silently kept, Of You we loved and never forget. Close in our hearts you will always stay, Loved and remembered every day. Sharon, Lyle, Gerald & Paulene, Dwight, Randy, and Families
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BONE STRONG – The Management and Prevention of Osteoporosis 6 week course Start Date: April 8 Time: Tuesdays 10am - 11am 2nd Session starts May 20 Cost: $5/class For more information or to register for these classes please call 403-782-5561. Classes held at Got 2 Dance Studio, Ponoka Both of these classes are oﬀered in partnership with the Wolf Creek Primary Care Network
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GILCHRIST Estate Sale Friday, April 4, noon to 7 pm Saturday, April 5, 9 am to 5 pm Angus Ridge Community Hall
Furniture, glassware, household goods and small appliances. Many books. 60s & 70s Marvel/DC Comics including Amazing Spiderman #6. Crafting supplies (particularly wools and threads). Two weaving looms. Many small wooden items crafted by Dawne Gilchrist (containers, candle sticks, pens). A wide assortment of decorative items. Many items are antique or vintage.
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This is a part time position for 20 hours per week At Catholic Social Services we believe that all people have value and selfworth. You will be joining an established Agency that is guided by faith to care for and bring hope to people in need with humility, compassion and respect. With more than 50 years of service delivery, Catholic Social Services is one of the largest multi-function social services agencies in Canada, with more than 1600 staff, and 2000 volunteers delivering 130+ programs through Central and Northern Alberta.
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* Grade 12 education or equivalent * Some experience in the human services field * Experience with persons with developmental disabilities and with personal care * Class 5 driver’s license and driver’s abstract Insured vehicle * Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector search included Alberta Children’s Services Intervention Record Check The salary range for this position is $16.25 to $17.24 per hour and is calculated based on qualifications. Catholic Social Services also offers an attractive and competitive overall compensation package for our valued staff. Regular positions over 20 hours per week have access to: * Comprehensive 3 tier benefits package of choice with extended-health care, access to paramedical services, dental care, short and long-term disability, as well as death and accident protection coverage. * A Pension plan where we match 5% of your gross annual income dollar for dollar. After 5 years, it increases to 7%. * An Employee Assistance Program * Wellness days to use in a way that enhances your physical, emotional and /or spiritual wellbeing Extensive training provided to new staff and access to ongoing professional development opportunities * A workplace that values and celebrates all of its employees on an ongoing basis. Location: Lacombe We offer flexibility, and a supportive working environment. Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Search, Intervention Record Check and/or summary of driving record are conditions of employment and the financial responsibility of the candidate. Please send resume, quoting the competition number 14-073 before April 9, 2014 to: Catholic Social Services Human Resources Office 5104 – 48 Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 3T8 Fax: (403) 342-1890 www.catholicsocialservices.ab.ca We thank all applicants. If your skill set matches those of other competitions, you may also be considered for other positions. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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As a Community Disability Worker your role would promote the independence and self-determination of the individuals in our care. You would enhance the everyday quality of life of persons with developmental disabilities by providing physical assistance, emotional support and personal care, as well as assistance with accessing recreation/leisure activities and community inclusion opportunities. Meal preparation and housekeeping activities would also be included in your work to support individuals. We are looking for people with the passion to expand the quality of life of another, as well as the following qualifications:
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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 email@example.com
JBS LAKESIDE FEEDERS in Brooks, Alberta is currently looking to fill the following full-time positions. Hospital Technician - Duties to include checking and treatment of sick cattle. Pen Checker - Duties to include recognizing and pulling sick cattle. An AHT certificate would be considered an asset, but not essential. Must be willing to work on a rotational shift basis. All positions offered are permanent, full-time opportunities. Salary is negotiable and will commensurate according to qualifications and experience. Lakeside offers an excellent benefit package including health care, dental cover age, and a company sponsored RRSP upon qualification. Please forward your resume via mail or facsimile to: JBS Lakeside Feeders. Attention: Duke Joy. Box 818, Brooks, AB, T1R 1B7. Fax: 403-362-8231. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted.
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5017-50 Chipman Ave. Ponoka SEED PRODUCTION SPECIALIST, Brett Young Seeds, Peace Region, Alberta. Brett Young is a privately owned and trusted seed distribution, sales and marketing company with international reach and strong local roots since 1934. Our goal is to deliver value to our customers through world class service and differentiated products. We are currently seeking a dynamic and experienced individual to join our Seed Production Team to support our continued growth. Seed Production Specialist. We are seeking a relationship-oriented sales professional with a passion for agronomy. You will work with the Production Team to seek out and secure seed production acres for forage and turf seed to achieve company seed production targets and then work with these contract growers on production agronomics to help ensure yields and seed quality are maximized. This position also includes a seed purchasing function in the Peace Region that works closely with the Production Team to build relationships, procure acres and coordinate the scheduling of deliveries as per production requirements. Thus, success in this position will be achieved through a balance of sales and agronomy. You will work independently within your territory from the Rycroft facility/your home-based office, but will also work closely with Head Office and the rest of the Seed Production Team to achieve territory and corporate goals. You will also work with Regional Account Managers in our Seed and Crop Inputs (Retail) division that operate in your territory to help identify potential contract growers. The successful candidate will have a proven ability to plan and manage his/her time effectively and have strong communication skills both internally and externally to promote, support and grow our Seed Production division. Brett Young provides sales and product training, however, education, training and experience in sales and/or agronomy is a definite asset and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture is preferred. Brett Young Seeds supports professional growth and development and offers an attractive compensation package including salary, company vehicle and an outstanding and comprehensive benefits package. Brett Young Seeds is an Equal Opportunity employer. Interested applicants are invited to apply and submit a letter of interest and a resume to: Human Resources, Brett Young Seeds, Box 99, St. Norbert Postal Station, Winnipeg, MB, R3V 1L5. Fax 204-478-8370. Email: Human.Resources@brettyoung.ca.
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Manufacturers of Annugas Production Enhancer Fax resume to main office (780) 361-2355 3601 - 48 St., Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 3N9 Ph: 1-866-266-8427 or (780) 361-2350 Only candidates selected will be contacted for interview.
CAMERON BAY HOLDINGS INC. O/A MCDONALD’S in Ponoka is now hiring F/T & P/T Food Service Supervisors. Wages are 11.50 to 13.50 p/h, Road Train Oilfield depending on experience Transport Ltd and availability. is looking for Restaurant is 24 hours so JOURNEYMAN HD candidates must be able to MECHANIC or REG’D work a variety of shifts and APPRENTICE. Ability to have 3 to 5 yrs. previous complete CVIP inspections experience in fast food and is considered an asset. Top supervisor exp. wages/ benefits. Safety Part time applications will tickets req’d. Fax or drop be accepted from off resume 403-346-6128 Canadians and Permanent No phone calls. roadtrain.com Residents currently living in Canada. Classifieds Apply in person at Your place to SELL 4419 Hwy 2A, Ponoka, Your place to BUY T4J 1J8 or email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org Tired of Standing? or fax to 403-783-4251. Find something to sit on in Classifieds
Looking for apprentice or journeyman mechanic. Pipe bending skills would be a great asset. Wages depend on exp. Going concern shop. Fax resume to:403-346-9909 or drop off at 2410 50 Ave. Phone 403-346-7911
IN Ponoka, has immediate openings for SWAMPERS Please submit resumes to 6526 - 44 Ave., Ponoka, AB T4J 1J8 Fax: 403-783-3011 or Email: email@example.com JOURNEYMAN MECHANIC WANTED. Neilson Mechanical (Acadia Valley, Alberta) is a growing heavy duty repair business specializing in shop/field service and repair for construction equipment and highway tractor/trailer units. Competitive wages. Valid driver’s licence necessary. Contact Brad 403-664-9185 or email: neilsonmechanical @netago.ca Central Alberta’s Largest Car Lot in Classifieds PCL ENERGY. Now hiring Journeyperson Pipefitters ($40+/hour) and Scaffolders ($38+/hour) for an industrial project in Vanscoy, SK. LOA of $145/day worked and bonuses! We offer competitive wages and benefits. Send resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. WANTED: FORESTRY Technician for sawmill complex in Alberta. Experienced in planning and harvesting operations. Full-time permanent. Email resume: email@example.com.
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