Vol. 66, No. 17 | WEDNESDAY, APRIL L 23, 2014 | 403-783-3311 | EDITORIAL@PONOKANEW EDITORIAL@PONOKANEWS.COM
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Telus partners with the Town of Ponoka BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
By now most Ponoka residents should have received a Telus flyer in the mail announcing improvements to its service through an almost complete fibre optic upgrade to homes and businesses. If one were to look closer at the flyer, the Town of Ponoka’s logo and Mayor Rick Bonnett’s signature could also be seen alongside that of Fred Weinheimer, Telus general manager south. The flyer is the result of a contract between the Town of Ponoka and the communication service provider, which was decided by the previous town council just before the municipal elections last year, but was signed and activated only recently. Things have been moving fast since the contract was signed earlier this year with Telus staff canvassing neighbourhoods, informing residents of the changes ahead and seeking consent to upgrade existing services. There is no cost to the homeowner to complete the hookup, only the regular costs associated with using their service, said Telus spokesperson Chris Gerritsen. While Ponoka News was unable to ascertain full details from Telus, citing confidentiality for competitive reasons, one thing appears certain, Telus is paying for the upgrades. Gerritsen said a project of this size takes a large amount of planning and investment and communication with stakeholders is important. He suggests this is the first step in a lengthy process involving permission from different businesses and individuals to install cables and working closely with the Town of Ponoka may help move the process forward.
“This is really great news because not only will fibre optic network enhance services at home, it’s an investment that will enable others to innovate in how they deliver services.” Chris Gerritsen, Telus spokesperson
“It’s an endorsement by the town,” Gerritsen said. He added the goal is to minimize the impact of construction to residents and to expedite work that needs to be done. As the upgrade continues, Gerritsen says customers will also have more information. “This is really great news because not only will fibre optic network enhance services at home, it’s an investment that will enable others to innovate in how they deliver services,” added Gerritsen. This upgrade will provide customers with enhanced services and Gerritsen said the municipality does not pay anything for this upgrade. As technology advances, this fibre optic network will be able to handle further upgrades as well, he added. Acting CAO Betty Quinlan said she is unable to provide details of how the town and Telus are working together but said other companies could do something similar. She was unable to say more on the subject except that Telus is keeping the lines of communication open with town administration and this letter is to let residents know what is happening. “There’s no financial implications for us at all,” said Quinlan. “They reach out to the communities and make sure that they’re welcome,” she concluded.
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Town council considers off-site levy changes BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
Ponoka town councillors received a presentation from Jim Duckworth of Tagish Engineering during a committee-of the whole meeting April 15 to understand off-site levies, costs that need to be charged to developers as more and more land is opened to either residential or industrial development. Duckworth said the biggest reason towns have off-site levies is to pay for infrastructure capital costs that will meet a growing community’s needs. He said the Town of Ponoka should include water, sanitary sewer, wastewater treatment, storm water services and transportation levies. These costs are generally paid for by developers and offset the costs taxpayers face as infrastructure grows. Proposed off-site levy fees the Town of Ponoka’s should consider, according to Duckworth, are as follows: • Water, $20,185 • Sanitary Sewer, $33,083 • Storm, $2,999 (this number varies when applied to other sectors of Ponoka) • Transportation, $8,704 The current levies appear out of date in comparison: • Water, $2,000 • Sanitary Sewer, $2,000 • Storm, $2,471 • Transportation, $3,200 Councillors were worried these numbers would affect developers’ decisions to bring business to Ponoka. Mayor Rick Bonnett wondered if bringing businesses to town was already a challenge, how the council would be able to entice more. Acting CAO Betty Quinlan said the numbers are a true reflection of the costs Ponoka will face as it grows, especially with the current bylaws being as old as they are. The last two times the Town of Ponoka updated its bylaws on off-site levies were in 1978 and then in 1987. Quinlan suggests that most developers know that municipalities are charging these levies and it is a cost of doing business. Betty Jurykoski, planning and development officer for the Town of Ponoka, said off-site levies help town planners prepare for the future. She said the Town of Cochrane recently had 900 homes develop in one year. “Where would they be if they weren’t managing off-site levies?” Jurykoski asked. Quinlan added that most developers prefer to see off-site levies because it puts the responsibility of large improvements in the hands of the municipality. “When we collect the money, we’re actually saying we’ll do the work.” She said updating the off-site levy bylaw would be planning for the next 50 years, which could save taxpayers millions of dollars over that time. “We’re not penalizing our developers, we’re pre-planning,” added Jurykoski. As this was only an information session, council made no decisions on Tagish Engineering’s proposal.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Breakfast café provides fruitful discussion among businesses BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
Councillors are willing to listen to concerns and feedback; The Calnash Ag Event Centre is a boon to the Town of Ponoka. Neccessary improvements: There is no industrial land ready for developers; No year-round breakfast restaurant; Many different groups have different goals and are not communicating with each other; Infrastructure needs improving, especially in the southwest Industrial area. This may be affecting Ponoka’s image; Need to find ways to attract retail to town; Businesses and the town need to be proactive, not reactive. Darcy Schmidt of Darcy’s Drilling feels a positive attitude is needed for incentives such as the café to bring change. He says businesses should still be able to speak their mind and should work closely with town planners. “I’m sure it’s going to move in the right direction,” said Schmidt. Attendees were asked to prioritize three items that were important to them to give the EDB a way to provide feedback to councillors.
Motorcyclist evades police, then runs out of gas BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
the incident is under investigation. It is unknown why the man entered the vehicle. Unsafe vehicle taken off the road Members of the Ponoka Traffic Unit stopped the driver of a 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse April 16 at 9:30 a.m. after passing officers on Highway 2. The driver, a 21-year-old man from Calgary, was pulled over near Menaik Road where it was determined he had warrants for his arrest. His vehicle was in such a state that officers deemed it unsafe to drive on the road as the fender was almost falling off and wires and cables were unprotected in the interior. Emergency units search for missing senior Police received a call that an elderly man suffering from dementia was missing last week and with the help of the Ponoka Fire Department began a search for the man. They patrolled the river valley and other areas around Ponoka. The man was found near Morningside hitchhiking but was in good health and unharmed. Ponoka RCMP received 70 calls for service last week. If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit were able to catch a speeding motorcyclist last week after he ran out of gas. Officers received a call that a motorcycle was weaving in and out of traffic southbound on Highway 2 April 14 at high rates of speed. An attempt to stop the biker proved futile as it was reported to be travelling in excess of 200 km/h. The biker, a 22-year-old man from Prince Edwards Island, then exited on Highway 53 eastbound and was clocked at 180 km/h but turned around when he saw officers. He was riding a Suzuki 1,000 CC motorbike and was able to accelerate at fast rates, which made stopping him a challenge. No pursuit was issued but police followed at a distance as the man is reported to have crossed the median at the Highway 54 exit to then travel southbound on Highway 2 again. Officers saw the bike take the westbound exit on Gee Road where he was reported to travel at speeds of 160 km/h on a gravel road. Officers caught up with the biker after he ran out of gas in a farmer’s field. He was found in a corral full of horses where he turned himself into police. The man received charges of dangerous driving, flight from police, theft of a license plate and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. The plate was stolen and modified to look like a motorcycle license plate. He also received six tickets under the Traffic Safety Act. Alberta’s traffic unit now has a Twitter account. Follow them at @QEIITraffic for updates on Highway 2. Motorist fails to stop at intersection A motorist has lost his car for 30 days after he failed to stop at an intersection on Baker Road and Menaik Road. Police handed in a 38-year-old man from Maskwacis a 24-hour-suspension penalty after he showed signs of impairment April 18 at 3 a.m. He failed to pull over for two kilometres after officers activated their emergency lights. The man was northbound on Baker Road and had five passengers in the car and is reported to have bought a trunk full of liquor. Damage to windshield Police are investigating damage to a windshield overnight of April 19. Culprits may have thrown rocks or used a pellet gun at the window of a 1987 Chevy pickup on the 5400 Block of 56 Street. There are no suspects. Threatening text at high school A youth is facing charges of uttering threats after sending a threatening text to a fellow student last week. The even occurred at Ponoka Secondary Campus and the school recourse officer was involved in the investigation. There was no lockdown and no actual weapons were on hand. Unknown male enters vehicle A fight ensued April 16 at 2:30 a.m. in the downtown area after a man entered another man’s car and started hitting the driver. & CRUISE CENTRE Police stepped in to stop the fight and
The first of many business cafés planned for the near future appears to have been a positive start in opening the lines of communication, not just among businesses, but with the Town of Ponoka. The event was hosted April 16 at the Western Budget Motel, which brought businesses in the Southwest Industrial Park together in an informal breakfast and brainstorming session. Economic Development Board (EDB) member Danny Lineham said the City of Airdrie has been hosting such breakfasts for many years, which inspired Ponoka’s EDB to host their own. “We’re trying to get ideas,” said Lineham. Interest appears to be there, too. Approximately 30 people attended the breakfast, including town councillors and members of the EDB. Business owners and managers sat in different groups to brainstorm ideas on what they would like to see in Ponoka. Groups were posed questions such as: What would you like to see improved? What do you think is working? One of the purposes behind the gathering is to gain feedback and open communication between stakeholders, added Lineham. He was impressed by the positive feedback. “ O v e r w h e l m i n g l y, they’re talking about what a great place Ponoka is to do business,” he said. While feedback was generally positive, the board also wanted to know what can be improved. As the café progressed groups A household name for over were asked to present 40 years. their discussions and here are some of the results: Positives: SPECIALIZING IN: Ponoka is in a good • septic tanks location between two large cities and in prox• holding tanks imity to Highway 2; • fresh water There is no busiservices ness tax and a low tax base; Most businesses are FOR FAST RELIABLE SERVICE CALL: owned or managed by community members; DENNIS DICK • OWNER/OPERATOR The direction of the BUSINESS 403-783-3135 new town council is applauded and commuAvoid the spring rush and book now! nication is improving;
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Your Guide To Local Houses of Worship CHURCH DIRECTORY Associated Gospel Churches of Canada
CHURCH OF THE OPEN BIBLE Pastor Jerry Preheim • Pastor Matt Sealy 3704 - 42 St. Ponoka 403-783-6500 Worship Service 11:00 a.m. • email@example.com
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Sr. Pastor Paul Spate Erin Dirsten - Fac. Youth & Family Min. 5109 - 57 Ave. Ponoka www.fbcponoka.org 403-783-5533 Bible Discovery Hour 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service 10:30 a.m.
NEW COVENANT BAPTIST REFORMED CHURCH Currently meeting at Ponoka Christian School 6300-50 St. Worship Service Sunday 10:30 a.m. Everyone Welcome! phone: 403-783-6962 • www.baptistreformedponoka.org
PARKLAND REFORMED CHURCH South on 2A, West on Spruce Road 403-783-1888 Worship Service 10:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Rev. Mitch Ramkissoon www.parklandurc.org
PONOKA ALLIANCE CHURCH 4215 - 46 St. Pastor Norm Dibben 403-783-3958 Sunday Service 11:00 a.m. The Christian & Missionary Alliance
PONOKA WORD OF LIFE CHURCH Pastor Rob McArthur
Sunday @ 10:30 a.m. Corner of Hwy 53 & Hwy 2A (former Crossroads Restaurant)
PONOKA UNITED CHURCH Minister: Beatrix Schirner
Sunday Service 10:00 am. 5020-52 Ave. Ponoka
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH PASTOR DAVE BEAUDOIN 6230-57 Ave. Ph. 403-783-6404 Saturdays 9:30 - 12 Noon firstname.lastname@example.org ponokaadventist.ca
SONRISE CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH Pastor W. Delleman Worship Service 10:30 a.m. ½ mile south of Centennial Centre for Mental Health & Brain Injury
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ST. AUGUSTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH Fr. Chris Gnanaprakasam, S.A.C. Mass Times: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 9:00 a.m. Sunday
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ST. MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH Rev. Donna Willer Rev. Jessie Pei, Rev. Doreen Scott 5120 - 49 Ave. Ponoka
Sunday Service: Holy Eucharist 10 a.m. www.stmarysanglicanponoka.com
TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 5501 - 54 Ave. Ponoka 403-783-4141 Sunday Service: 10:30am Sunday School: 10:30am Pastor Tim Graff • trinityponoka.ca
ZION CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Pastor Fred Knip 9 miles east on Hwy 53 (403) 782-9877 Jr. Church during service for children Sunday Service 9:30 am
Walkers volunteered to carry the large wooden cross to different locations along the Walk of the Cross route. See our story on page 8 Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Soul Maintenance I have a good mechanic here in Ponoka – no, he’s not good, he’s great! I like him because he is honest and he doesn’t overcharge. He is the kind of guy who will call you when he finds out your problem, not just assume you want the work done and present you with a whopper bill. He is so good you have to book him at least two weeks in advance, and no I’m not going to tell you who he is or next time it will be three weeks. The other day we had a problem. Driving home from Maskwacis after a Bible study, our car just quit as we rounded the last curve into Ponoka. Just quit. So I had my car towed to my mechanic only to find out that my timing belt was shot, and possibly my engine. Fortunately, I found out that I not only have a great mechanic, but a great car, and though I did break a timing belt, that was all that broke. But my mechanic told me something I knew already. I have be to better at maintaining my vehicles. For me, mechanics are a lot like doctors. No matter how good they are, you don’t want to see them. Unfortunately for me, most of the time I see my mechanic or my doctor is when I already have a problem – a problem that likely could have been prevented with some regular maintenance. I should know something about that. I am a pastor and I understand the idea of “soul maintenance”, in fact, I think I preach it every Sunday. The Bible tells us right from the
start that when God formed were a few pat answers after a Adam from the dust of the while, but nothing spontaneground that He breathed into ous. I think it because we are his nostrils the breath of life so good at neglecting that most and the man became a “living important part of us – the part soul” (KJV). Maybe you can that really makes us alive. think of the soul as that invisHere are a few suggesible part of you that makes tions: you, you. Some people call it Go to someplace beautiful, our spirit. I know it is the part by yourself, and while you are that is missing when we stand taking in the beauty do some Pastor Tom before on open casket and we thinking. Think about where Cnossen look at the body it contains. life is going for you. Think Hobbema There is something missing – about what others may think a big something – and that is Fellowship Church of you as a friend, a father or the soul. Member of the mother, a worker, a neighbor – When you read this, most Ponoka Ministerial things like that. churches will have just gone Association Think about God – out through Easter Sunday – I there you will meet him – prefer to call it Resurrection let Him speak to your heart. Sunday. If there is any day Maybe you don’t believe in God? Give Him that a church will fill up it is the day we celebrate the fact that Jesus rose from the dead. a chance to make Himself real. Open up His We love that story because it gives us hope – Word. Look around you at the beauty – He just like seeing all this snow melt off gives us speaks through the beauty. Feed your soul with truth. Jesus declares hope. We know that there is life beyond the grave available for us too. So we see them , “Your Word is truth.” Feed on God’s Word. come, and as we introduce ourselves they Read the Psalms, read the wisdom books of sometimes say: Solomon. Read the exploits of Job and the “ I was in your church once… I think it stories of Jesus. As you read, you will bewas last Easter.” Yeah right! gin to experience strength in your soul – new I look out at people these days and how vitality – life itself. Feed that life with more they live their lives. As a pastor, sometimes truth and find some friends who will encourI am brought into those situa- age you. tions and some can be really sad. Act on what you know. The Bible tells us Problems often pile up on other not only to be hearers of the Word, but doers PONOKA RISING problems. Too often I have seen of the Word. That means we do what we can Facebook friends declare: “I to actively serve the Lord through the gifts SUN CLUBHOUSE young hate my life!” Right away, I won- He has given us and through the personality der why – why hate life? And then and the experiences that we have. Become an I remember my car – I love my car “others” person. as long as it’s running – but I hate There is a lot more to this, but this is a it when I have to take it to my great start. The soul is important – it is the part mechanic. And it is usually my that will go on beyond the grave. It is the part fault. I didn’t maintain it. For per month We need to maintain our souls of us that needs more than a passing glance – we really do. I was at a men’s or a check under the hood. It needs regular fishing retreat once on a beauti- maintenance. And the best thing is that God We will pick up your paper, clean tins, ful lake leading a devotional just doesn’t put you on a waiting list. He’s busy glass, No. 1-5 plastic and cardboard. before we went to bed. There was , for sure, but He has time for you and me, We also pick up cardboard from local businesses. still some light in the sky, the loons right now. “What good will it be for someone to gain were calling and the fire was crackFor more information on these programs please call ling. I asked the men: “What do the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or you do to feed your soul?” The si- what can anyone give in exchange for their Weekdays lence was almost deafening. There soul?” Matthew 16:26 (NIV)
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PONOKA NEWS 5
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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A group relaxes in front of the Ponoka Fish and Game Association Club House, where so many people of all ages gather every year to enjoy the natural amenities and beauty of the 200-acre Lake Pofianga wildlife, conservation, and recreation reserve.
Dedicated to conservation and education BY MIKE RAINONE AND ROBERT GREENE
The Ponoka Fish and Game Association was established in 1955 under the direction of local physician Dr. Barry Backus and avidly supported by many enthusiastic members from throughout
the Town and County. Our dedicated local club, which now has over 650 members, have for 58 very active years proudly followed the strong mandate of the Alberta Fish and Game Association, which was formed in 1908 and now has 100 affiliated clubs throughout the province. At the present time, the
For nearly half a century the Ponoka Fish and Game Association has been hosting their Rifleman’s Rodeo competition, attracting participants from all ages from throughout the Prairie Provinces and beyond. In this 1960s photo, taken at the Bowie range south of Ponoka, Ivan Nelson was the senior champion, and receives congratulations from local member Jake McMillan, centre, and Howie Johnston. The outdoor marksmanship showdown is now hosted every Labour Day weekend at Lake Pofianga.
provincial body, which is one of the oldest and most respected conservation groups in the nation, has 17,000 dedicated volunteers, oversees 30,000 acres of critical habitat land, and is a strong and united force to both government and industry. A major milestone of the rapidly growing Ponoka and district organization occurred in the late 1950s when a pristine 5.9 acre piece of rolling and tree-lined natural land north-east of town was kindly donated to them by Mr. Edward Bailer. The area was fed by the steadily flowing Maskwa Creek, and after the members had cleared the brush from the ravine bottom, a dam was built to create a magnificent 4-acre lake. Unfortunately the dam was washed out with the run-off of 1961 and 1962, but with an ambitious club effort and the assistance of the County of Ponoka, some heavy equipment, and the Government of Alberta, a permanent concrete spillway was constructed and remains in place to this day. The next addition to the property was a fully modern but natural 3200 square foot clubhouse, followed by quaint buildings for storage, camping, and activities for all age groups. Over the last 25 years, the Ponoka Fish and Game Association purchased more adjoining property in the area, which now includes a
pistol/rifle, and archery range, as well as a dozen canoes, an annually stocked lake, many kilometres of wandering walking trails, and all sorts of unique and natural surprises around every corner of the 200 acre conservational treasure. The main mandate and goals of the Ponoka Fish and Game Association are to teach all aspects of conservation by providing courses, training, and education for citizens of all ages. These year-round instructional activities out at the sight include: the use of firearms and safety, archery, trapshooting, fishing, canoeing, a hunter training course, and much more. The club’s extremely popular conservation camp is hosted every July at Lake Pofianga, while the hunter training courses are well known throughout the province and have attracted close to 30 eager participants 12 years and over to each session. From May to September, the area is enjoyed by families or groups of up to 200, who rent the facilities for countless special events, during which they can camp, relax, and take advantage of the many amenities and activities in the great outdoors. A longstanding highlight of Ponoka Fish and Game calendar is the Rifleman’s Rodeo on the Labour Day weekend, which, for nearly a half a century, has attracted marksmen of all ages from throughout the prairies for a great weekend of keen competition and camaraderie. Participants in the open sight and scope classes have the unique opportunity to show their skills on the outdoor range while fireing at the silhouettes of five animals set from 80 to 300 yards. As well as regular meetings and events at the clubhouse, another exciting and traditional event for P.F.G.A. members and their families is the measurement of horns and fish from the past hunting and fishing season and the presentation of annual trophies and prizes. In 1991, the Ponoka Fish and Game Association secured access to 50 acres on the north Chain Lake east of town, then later partnered
with the Lacombe and Millet clubs to purchase 74 acres on the centre Chain Lake to be used as a conservation and preservation project. Then in 2005, the Ponoka club also resumed responsibility for a 99 year lease from the County of Ponoka for the protection of 40 acres on the northeast corner of Gull Lake. New exciting plans and projects in the future of the local club include the remodeling of the club house kitchen, as well as ongoing upgrades on the rifle range and other areas of Lake Pofianga. For close to six decades, the dedication and efforts of the membership has always been outstanding, with special mention of life members such as Phyllis Walcheske, Jake McMillan, and Jerry Fink, who have all remained involved in the year round programs and promotions. The current executive of the Ponoka Fish and Game Association are: President Evelyne Huseby, first VP Wayne Ungstad, second VP Dave Abt, Secretary/Treasurer Beth Sykes, Membership-Tova Christensen, Publicity-Robert Greene, Glen Eden property-Chris Lyle, Pofianga property-Dale Jess, rentals-Leonard Davis, Big gameRay Abt, Archery-Tom Simpson, Bird/fish-Dale Jess, Predator-Tim Thoreson, Environment and GrantsWayne Ungstad, Range-Al Mossip, Trap-Dick Sykes, Rifleman’s Rodeo-Brent Nabozniak, Youth programs-Christine Frandsen, Pistol-Ray Abt, and Casino-Dave Abt. New members are always welcome, and for more information on all programs and rentals please get in touch with a member or phone the Association at 403-783-6192. There have and always will be countless successes and challenges for all Fish and Game members along the way, but their ongoing powerful motto of yesterday, today, and long into our future will be to promote through education, lobbying, and programs the conservation and utilization of fish and wildlife, and to protect and enhance the habitat that they depend on.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Questions after stabbing deaths Calgary is still reelkilling spree? ing from the shock of Should these stabthe stabbing deaths bings be a wake up call of five youths durto remind everybody ing a party, which was of the increasing isolathrown to celebrate the tion of each and every young person due to end of the school year. the widening use digiWith the funerals tal devices? Which just behind us, there family doesn’t have a are a lot of questions teenage member dedithat needs answers in Mustafa Eric cating long hours of the wake of this tragedy Editor their time to their comand those questions are puters, laptops, iPads or not limited to the sussmart phones and how pect and his possible much do their parents know about motives or state of mental health. The first question that comes to what they are surfing for on the intermind is the timing of the incident: net? In other words, how much do we The Calgary tragedy came within just days another widely reported stabbing know about the extent to which these incident in the US, in Murrysville, young people stretch their limits to Pennsylvania, where 21 high school know more, to see what is new and difstudents and a security guard were ferent, and how much of the new and injured by a 16-year-old student who different is the kind that can be harmwas apparently deranged. The inci- ful or destructive? One has to admit that the confudent in Calgary also preceded another stabbing in Regina, where four people sion we are facing in our everyday were injured in a shopping mall by a lives is not getting less and it is only youth wielding a knife. Were the sus- likely to get more as the information pects in the cases in Canada in any technology revolution exposes all way inspired or encouraged by the kinds of people from all age groups to widely reported US incident? Or was new knowledge and information they that the case for the Regina youth af- have not been aware of before. That means young people conter hearing the extensive coverage of the Calgary incident on Canadian TV tinue to need guidance in selecting what kind of information to pursue channels? More importantly, was there in the vast oceans of data available in enough discussion in the media about the digital world. But that is where the the saddening events, which came problem, or rather problems lie ahead. First, most of the middle-aged one after another? If these random attacks had involved firearms instead parents are far behind their children of knives, would there have been a lot in their ability to use the digital equipmore discussion because gun violence ment, which is so easily and widely has always been a politically laden is- available; therefore who is to guide who? sue? Secondly, in this new age of learnThe next question is how much we really know about the young genera- ing when the young have a much more sophisticated mindset than the gention that we are raising. The father of the suspect in the eration before, how can a parent be Calgary incident, a senior police of- expected to learn as much and even ficer himself, who is supposed to more than his or her children to be be informed on how to detect suspi- able to guide them in the right direccious behaviour, wept in front of the tion? Is it realistic to expect parents to TV cameras saying he and his family live up to the challenge? Will old ways were trying to understand what had of parenting be still useful, functional happened just like everybody else. He or convenient? The picture in front of us is quite said his son, like many other young people, volunteered in the community complicated, it eludes one-size-fits-all and took part in fundraising for com- solutions and the challenge is not easmunity causes. So why did he go on a ily surmountable.
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Control freaks should leave nature be Dear Editor, I was very surprised there was no mention or pictures of the flooding in town along the Battle River last weekend in the Ponoka news. Is that because the flooding was caused by Ponoka’s “beaver management” cowboys? Was the extensive flooding along the battle river north of the train trestle, which took out all 3 pedestrian bridges the weekend of April 1213 precipitated by removal of the beaver dam at the train trestle? I walked my dog to the train trestle on Thursday or Friday April 10 or 11 and the pedestrian bridges were all intact. When we got to the train trestle, a friend and I noticed backhoe tracks where the beaver dam was and the beaver dam was gone. The following day, the entire trail system north of the trestle was flooded and by Monday all 3 pedestrian bridges were washed out. That dam was there all winter and all it did as far as I could tell was raise the river maybe a foot above normal, south of the dam. Water was flowing over it all winter long and likely would have continued to slowly release water all spring – had it been left alone - but some control freak just had to go in there and tear it out and now the entire town is without walking trails as there is no way of getting anywhere
without the pedestrian bridges. Have people learned the lesson yet to leave nature be? Can you not - in future - leave the dam and see what happens? At worst flooding will happen south of the train trestle - where the river banks are high and it will not impact limited recreation opportunities in the town and only for a short period of time - instead of what happened, which was horrendous flooding north of the trestle, in town where there likely would have been no flooding anywhere had things been left alone. Who is going to pay for the repair of the pedestrian bridges? Taxpayers? Maybe the beaver control freak cowboys, who can’t restrain themselves from creating problems to justify their own existence by creating the very flooding they intend to prevent should get out there and fix the dam bridges! Sheila Jacobson
Editor’s note: Due to the space restrictions in last week’s edition, we did not repeat in print the photos of the flooding we had already shared on our Facebook page.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Summer Employment Opportunity Ponoka Jubilee Library requires a Summer Reading Program Coordinator to oversee a themed program that encourages reading in school aged children. Beginning in June, this 14-week student position oﬀers 35 hours a week; occasional clerical duties may also be assigned. Some postsecondary education in a related ﬁeld is an asset. Enthusiasm, ability to interact positively with children, good organizational and computer skills must all be demonstrated. Visit ponokalibrary.prl.ab.ca and go to Job Opportunities under About Us for a full job description. Please forward resumes and cover letter by May 01, 2014 to: David Tremblay; Ponoka Jubilee Library; Box 4160; Ponoka, Alberta, T4J 1R6 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENTS AND RECREATION Day of Mourning On April 28th, people across Canada will recognize a Day of Mourning for all workers who have been killed, injured or disabled at their place of work. With deep sadness we conﬁrm 188 workers in Alberta died as a result of workplace injury or illness in 2013. Their loss is felt by everyone. Please take a moment to honour their memory.
Library Activities Bake sale time: Dag Heggedal and wife, Irene, check out what is left during a Northcott bake sale last week. Cakes, treats and cookies were almost sold out after just 10 minutes. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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 75% sold out! Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on all our events!
Pitch-In Ponoka Week May 4 -10, 2014, open to all citizens, organizations and businesses of the community! Do a clean-up or commit to being a green home; or do an environmental project!
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Aquaplex & Recreation Update: Sign up for Summer lessons May 1st. May 19th STAT Holiday hours Family Swim 2-4pm, Public Swim 4-6pm May 16th PD Day swims 1-3pm *April 26th there will be no Public or Family swim.* Start training for the Tri Services Triathlon held June 15th!
Coaching Clinic This 6 hour course will provide extra insight into the Canadian Sport 4 Life model highlighting the importance of developing athletes assets and fundamental movement skills; why coaches are teachers and our athletes are not little adults; an advanced understanding that Champions are diﬀerent, how we can beneﬁt from stress in our lives; and an understanding on how to support your athletes with mental skills like focus, imagery, relaxation, self-talk and training and incorporating them into practices and games. Doug Swanson, proprietor of FIRST Place for Human Performance, has a wealth of experience having worked with Hockey Canada, WHL & AJHL clubs, sport academies, instructed at Red Deer College and a multitude of other sports. When: Sunday, May 4, 2014 Where: Kinsmen Community Centre Time: 9:30am-4:30pm. Lunch is provided, Cost: $10 To register or for more information, contact Tamara at 403-783-0131.
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COUNCIL UPDATES & BYLAW INFO Did you know…? Building and Development Permits are required when constructing a new residence, garage, garden shed, deck, demolishing an existing development or when making structural changes to your home. Also, the Town Oﬃce issues Electrical, Gas & Plumbing permits for work within the Town. Stop by the oﬃce or call 403-783-0119 if you are unsure about permit requirements. We would be happy to assist you.
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Trailers (holiday or otherwise) may not be parked on the road unless it is attached to a motor vehicle by which it is carried, drawn or propelled. When attached to a motor vehicle, a trailer is deemed part of the motor vehicle. The penalty for failing to comply with the Bylaw is a $60 ﬁne. In addition, no person shall park a vehicle or holiday trailer on a highway for any continuous period in excess of 72 hours or it is deemed ‘abandoned’. Abandoned vehicles are subject to a tow and a $230 ﬁne.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story. ~ Linda Hogan
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Christians come together for Walk of the Cross BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
Christians gather downtown during a Walk of the Cross held Good Friday. The event is a commemoration of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
A cold wind and foggy day did not stop Christians of all denominations from commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday. A small group of people huddled together across from the United Church to begin a walk through the downtown area of Ponoka that signifies not only a spiritual test, but a physical one as well. This was the 18th year of the Walk of the Cross in Ponoka, said organizer Dan Helm. He started the commemoration as a physical reminder of the challenges to being a Christian. “There are things about Christianity that are not easy.” Symbols of being Christian such as being baptised and communion are major elements of the religion but Helm suggests the Walk of the Cross is another part of his faith.
“This is outdoors. It’s rough. It’s about the ugly things of life,” said Helm. Christians of all denominations partook in the walk with some offering to carry the large cross that Helm fashioned together many years ago. They stopped at different points along the way to pray and remember Christ. Helm feels the walk will resonate with individuals who are hurting mentally or spiritually. Ambivalence appears to be his biggest emotion in recent years; Helm said he was torn between the joy at being with other Christians and the intent of the walk, which is more of a solemn occasion rather than celebration. Despite a smaller crowd due to the cold weather, Helm said the walk runs rain or shine. “We do it because it’s the right thing to do and because it resonates,” he concluded.
PONOKA NEWS 9
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Ponoka Golf course improving programs for clients and youth BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
One of the biggest improvements at the Ponoka Community Golf Club has been the youth program and the club wants to get the word out. Rob MacPherson, professional golfer and manager, told members of the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce April 15 that the club is putting emphasis on training a younger generation to keep the sport alive in the future. He said they have been improving junior golf lessons to show kids that golfing is something that a person can play over their entire life and it is affordable. Their junior program brings 65 to 125 kids each year and MacPherson is excited for the 2014 season. Junior golf lessons start May 10. For more information go to www.ponokagolf.com. Another exciting change at the course has been the redevelopment of the 10th hole. The fairway, drainage bunkers and a new water hazard have all been re-developed to make the hole more enjoyable. “It’s going to make it much more playable for intermediate golfers,” he said. It will also prove a challenge for beginners to the sport. MacPherson says the project was quite a large one that took some years to finalize. “We hope to open it the first week of June.” Restaurant open to the public MacPherson says not many people realize it, but the restaurant is open to the public and staff can also accommodate banquet functions for most groups such as weddings, receptions and corporate functions. And it comes with a great view. “We’ve got the best deck probably in central Alberta,” MacPherson stated. The restaurant will soon start serving a breakfast menu and he looks forward to seeing new clients. For more information on restaurant hours and their breakfast menu call 403-783-4626. MacPherson says the club has a reward program for those who become members. After a certain amount of money spent, members get rewards in the form of gift certificates. An aerial view of the Ponoka Community Golf Club.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Spring clean-up can be a family affair
Now let’s have a little fun. Most of us love looking at unique and funny signs on the back of vehicles, and here are some of my favourites. *On a plumber’s truck: We repair what your husband fixed; and don’t sleep with a drip....call your favorite plumber. *On an electrician’s truck: Let us remove your shorts. *On the back of a septic tank truck: Caution-This truck is full of political promises. *On the back of a family car: Caution: Teenage driver....totally stressed mother.
Surprise seniors’ holiday. A friendly travel agent looked up from his desk to see an old lady and gentleman peering into to the shop window at the posters showing the glamorous destinations around the world. He had a real good week and the dejected couple looking in the window gave him a rare feeling of generosity and good will. He called them into his shop and explained with a big smile, “I know that on your pension you could never hope to have a holiday, so I am sending you both off to a fabulous resort at my expense, and won’t take no for an answer.” He then took them inside and asked his secre-
tary to write up two flight tickets and book a room in a five star hotel. Then, as can be expected, they gladly accepted, and were off to paradise. About a month later the little old lady
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While driving down the highways and around the community these days and enjoying the arrival of spring, one can’t help but see how much unwanted junk is lying around everywhere. All this is just the aftermath of winter that becomes exposed once the snow goes away and always ushers in the need for our annual spring clean-up chores. It always really impresses me how groups Mike Rainone and individuals respond Hammertime with great gusto to clean up our river valleys, parks, school yards, and throughout our neighbourhoods and around our communities and districts at this wet but warmer time of the year. Most homes, businesses, and property owners take great pride in their precious piece of real estate, and it looks great when everyone pitches in to pamper and spruce it all up just in time for the balmy and green season ahead. I watched a group of seniors from our condo last week out for their before coffee walk, and they were all packing large garbage bags in an effort to clean-up the surrounding neighbourhood. During our daily strolls, especially in the evenings and weekends, entire families can be seen out in their yards picking and raking, and hopefully they will be invited to sit back and relax for a barbecue, pop, and beer break once the job is all done. Why not set a friendly standing rule for the rest of the season to pick up after ourselves and use the handy garbage receptacles that will soon be out, as well as taking along those handy dandy plastic baggies if we are walking our pets? All municipalities from towns to counties will now be sending their crews our for the annual spring clean-up, both along the highways and by-ways, and throughout the community. It is vital that all citizens co-operate by driving safely and yielding to the equipment and personnel, as well as making sure that our neighbourhood streets and boulevards are clear of vehicles when the sweepers and machines are in the area. It is that time to watch for notice in the paper of special pick-up for bagged grass and other yard waste, which can also be taken up to the town transfer station. The very energetic annual cleanup of Alberta highway ditches by our 4-H clubs and other organizations will be taking place during the second week in May as very important fundraisers, and they should all be congratulated and supported for their tremendous efforts. Out on those busy highways, the RCMP will be watching for those who do not yield to work and emergency crews, and have now announced that those drivers stopping and taking photos of accidents will be issued tickets for distracted driving. Whatever the case, if everyone pulls together and assists others when necessary, this spring fling clean-up will be fun, and our community will be magically transformed into clean and green just in time to book a tee time and start planning your summer holidays.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Education minister hosts teleconference on curriculum redesign BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
More than 250 participants joined Minister of Education Jeff Johnson on a teleconference last week to discuss the much debated curriculum reform in the province. He speaks through such teleconferences with parent councils biannually and used this opportunity to hear from stakeholders around the province. Alberta Education’s proposed rollout of the new Inspiring Education curriculum was prominent among the topics discussed. Johnson says parents’ and schools’ feedback became the blueprint for Inspiring Education, which brings three Es to the equation. The goal is for students to be: • Engaged thinkers • Ethical citizens • Entrepreneurially spirited He said the focus is shifting to individualized learning, which is critical to this new model of education, whereby flexibility is the key to allow students to learn at their own pace and in their own way. “All these things are centering around the student,” said Johnson. There are two key initiatives to moving this forward: curriculum redesign and a taskforce on teaching excellence. On the latter, a “Task Force for Teaching Excellence” has been working with teachers across the province on the many variables to providing education. The group has been working on this for some time and will be presenting recommendations May 5 in Edmonton at an education symposium. “We are bold in our recommendations. We believe the report is transformative,” explained Glenn Feltham, chairperson for the task force. The curriculum redesign will be a complete overhaul of all subjects, explained Johnson, rather than done in patches. “It’s not nimble enough in a world that’s changing. Just think about Social Studies and just think about the maps of the world,” he said. This curriculum work is intended to weave studies together, which will emphasize numeracy and literacy. Johnson feels students need to learn what he calls “soft skills.” Singapore made these changes 20 years ago and is ranked second only to Shanghai, China in a 2012 report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which presents data and compares countries’ education such as math, sciences and literacy.
PSC plans to ditch textbooks BY MUSTAFA ERIC
Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC) is making plans to switch to a completely digital educational environment by ditching the heavy and expensive textbooks in favor of online material readily available in pdf formats. Principal Ian Rawlinson made a presentation at the regular PSC Parent Council meeting on Wednesday, April 16, focusing on the fees that the school charges for various courses, which are part of the curriculum. Speaking on the heavy weight of the text books in the calculation of the course fees, Rawlinson said he had done a small research to find that at least 70 per cent of the students of the campus had their personal digital devices, either a notebook computer, an iPad or another kind of digital device they could use to get online. The principal added that the school would probably sell some of the Chromebooks currently in use at the campus to those who don’t own any digital equipment at discounted prices and also would create a pool of Chromebooks for daily use by students who may have their own devices break down or those who may have forgotten to bring them to school. He added that the school would provide a range of options for the payment of Chromebooks and offer services in the form of technical support to ensure that the devices would remain in use. The plan is in line with the efforts currently underway to modernize the learning environment as part of the Inspiring Education concept currently promoted by the provincial government. In the course of his pre-
“Those soft skills are problem solving, demand for high performance, students collaboration skills, communication skills, are not doing as well with problem solving critical thinking skills. We have to be de- and planners in China have sought feedliberate about seeing those as outcomes of back from Alberta, said Johnson. “That’s the system,” said Johnson. going to be huge in the 21st century.” “I want to be clear that we’re not going “Anyone that wants to point to curto rush this through. If we don’t get this riculum as the reason that math scores right, we won’t implement it more broad- have dropped is, I think, simplifying a very ly,” he added. complicated issue,” he explained. Understanding math and problem Diploma exams worth 50 per cent of solving the final grade One caller took issue with the decline To a question related to the direction in the understanding of mathematics in of diploma exams and how the new curCanada and Alberta. riculum will work with finals, Johnson “I am very concerned with the current replied: “A multiple choice diploma exammath curriculum and with Alberta’s falling ination weighted at 50 per cent of the final global ranking,” stated the caller. course grade does not parallel the type of Alberta Education has recently come learning schools are to implement.” under fire for the province’s drop in math Johnson said there is not a strong anscores and the caller suggested memo- swer for this question but he feels Alberta rization is an important part of math that Education will have to assess it as Inspiring appears to not be important to the curricuEducation rolls out. He has heard concerns lum. from students and parents on diploma exShe suggested mastery through memams and suggests planners will need to go orization as opposed to a demonstration of in “eyes wide open.” understanding is also a key part of a child’s “If you decrease the weighting in the education. final, you’re going to disadvantage those Johnson replied that mastery is already part of the curriculum but Alberta Educa- students,” he explained. Johnson said research conducted by tion will be clearer with that direction. He said there is misinformation on the Alberta Education shows that males do cause of falling math scores. He took some better on the final exam but not as well throughout the year and females do better time to clarify facts on the issue. Math scores have dropped over the through the year than on the final exam. Support for gifted students last three years by two and a half per cent. Differentiated learning for gifted stuThe drop has been slow and gradual since OECD started studying Alberta’s scores in dents was a concern for one caller in the St. Alberta Catholic School District. She 2000. “They’re not concerned about Canada wanted to know if Alberta Education is and Alberta because our decreases are sta- considering programming to help students at higher levels. “Both for the gifted stutistically insignificant,” said Johnson. One criticism has been that Canada dents and again to add more support to make sure that all of our children are gethas dropped in global rankings Johnson said there were only 30 coun- ting the fundamentals of mathematics and tries in that OECD group some years ago language arts.” Johnson replied that schools may and today there are 75. Shanghai, Macau, Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore have look at bringing outside courses into their taken the top five spots for the last six schools to meet some of these needs. He years. Canada is tied for the 13th spot. suggested the Task Force for Teaching ExHe says China puts emphasis on math cellence may provide some suggestions on knowledge with the average student in how to go about that. Shanghai spending two hours a week on “We need to look at every possible math tutoring and 14 hours of math home- resource that’s going to make our syswork each week. This has given students a tem better and give our kids access to strong understanding of math basics. “This the resources they need to improve,” said is the kind of thing that is happening with Johnson. jurisdictions that are outperforming is proud to welcome our newest Sales Team member us.” D e spite the
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Community Leadership program The PSC Parent Council meeting also heard information on the involvement of students in the community leadership program that was earlier suggested to be incorporated into the curriculum. Twenty nine students are reported to have signed up for the program and they will be following the online course in their regular class times. Four students from among the group will be selected for participation in a leadership program in Kelowna, BC later this year, principal Rawlinson announced. Among other issues discussed was the possibility of introducing CPR training as part the Phys. Ed classes for grades 9s and 10s alongside the acquisition of an automated external defibrillator for the campus. Both topics will be further discussed.
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Library looks to dissolve membership fees BY AMELIA NAISMITH
In an effort to erase the monetary barrier that hinders some people from enjoying all the Ponoka Jubilee Library has to offer, the library is looking at exterminating membership fees. Last year the library garnered just over $11,900 in revenue via the fees, says library manager David Tremblay. “We’re looking to raise $12,000 to cover revenue.” “We would then institute free membership for the calendar year of 2015,” he added. Recently the Ponoka Kinette Club donated $1,000 toward the initiative and Tremblay is still looking to solicit a few other service groups for support. If the money can’t be raised through service groups, he says the library will explore other fundraising options. “If we are successful, we will be one of the few libraries in Alberta to do it,” said Tremblay. Edmonton Public Library is going on its second year as a membership-fee-free library and librarThe Ponoka Kinettes present a cheque for $1,000 to the Ponoka Jubilee Library April 16. The library is looking for support ies in Camrose and Drayton Valley are also testing for an ambitious project to remove membership fees. Librarian Dave Tremblay poses in the back. out the idea. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Alberta, one of the wealthiest provinces in Canada, is also one of the only regions in North America where people are charged separate membership fees for libraries; most other areas include it in residents’ taxes. “It really just comes down to the fee as being something we use to help operate the library and that in other places like Ontario or other provinces is levied like a school tax. Here it is almost 403-783- 3311 like a double tax. The municipality and county already contribute to the library through their budget which comes from taxes and other revenue streams and then the individual or family in our case has to pay another tax to use the library,” said Tremblay. Tremblay says he Sponsored by and the library board see the Jubilee Library as an essential community service and to PORTABLE TOILET SERVICES some families, the $20 • Restroom Trailers 14035KA1 14043KA0 14032KA1 membership cost isn’t • VIP Solar Powered Units always the most fea• Handicap Units • Portable Toilets sible decision or top priority. Commercial • Residential • Recreational “We want to see 403-342-6198 403-783-8322 Doctors, pharmacists, and nurses - your entire health care team - need a complete what free membership email@example.com medication list: prescribed medications, inhalers, patches, ointments, eye drops, will do for our community in 2015,” said vitamins, supplements - and even that “special” herbal tea. Maggie Tremblay. Along with is wonderful tangible statistics such Your MedList helps the team to provide the safest treatment. as user increase for with kids & the library, Tremblay very good in says seeing spinoff the house! benefits in the community would provide insight that the initiaWe can help: albertahealthservices.ca/medlist To adopt call tive was a positive one Ponoka Animal Services and, providing the rev(Old MacDonald Kennels) enue could be covered, Check our website something to continue www.oldmacdonaldkennels.ca after 2015 is up.
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Another 4H year has almost concluded. Our 4H projects this year have been a success and have been full of fun and lots of good memories. Cooking members learned many everyday recipes and how to make for the family meal, such as macaroni, cookies, cakes, bread, pizza and my favorite jelly donuts. Sewing misc. projects and how to make your garments and other projects beautiful. (I still think I should never try to sew my finger, probably get in the way) Woodworking members completed a few projects, my favorite throughout the year is the tool box, can’t wait to see them all. Sheep members learned how to care and handle their sheep, most of them are market weight. Faith is my project sheep and she has been very interesting, only ran away once on me. Small engines members have rebuilt the hand push lawn mower. Sure hope they can get them started, grass might be growing very soon! With these projects, we are happy to have had the Cleaver kids participate in our club. They have added to many great moments. We would like to congratulate Isabell Stamm for placing first at the Regional Intermediate Public Speaking. Job well done! On April 26th we will be holding our Achievement Day at Crestomere School at 11:00 am. Each member has a display ready to be judged, the sheep will be shown and judged and then can be sold for market value with proceeds going to the club. Thank you every one for your continued support to all of our learning experiences.
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As cancer continues to rob individuals and families of their health and happiness, those who’ve pledged to fight and help find a cure aren’t backing down. Sarah Olson, the town’s economic development officer, and Darrell Feschuk, a teacher at Ponoka Secondary Campus, have teamed up for the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. Both Olson and Feschuk have close ties to those struggling with the disease and for them, it’s important to play their part in the race for the cure. “I suppose just the impact cancer has had on the lives of me personally, friends and family,” said Olson, who’s donated to other cancer efforts before, but wanted to take a more proactive stance. Although she won’t be riding in the two-day bike trek that winds through the foothills at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Olson will still be attending with Feschuk and volunteering her time to support the operation of the event. Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer funds the Alberta Cancer Foundation, one of the top five cancer research hospitals in the world. “She (Olson) came up initially with the idea and kind of became my manager,” said Feschuk, who’s striving to raise at least $2,500 for the race. Along with his cousin who’s fighting the disease, Feschuk’s sister was diagnosed a year and a half ago with early stage breast cancer. “She’s doing great.” “I’m riding for my sister, cousin and for Sarah,” he added, making sure to mention the importance of his teammate. Besides his fundraising goal, Feschuk also has a personal goal he’s set for this race. Last year, during his first “bike race”, Feschuk came down with hypoglycemia and didn’t finish as well as he would have liked. “I had to take it easy for the first part of that ride.” Along with raising money in honour of friends and family, Feschuk is using the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer as a means to personally redeem his time. “I’m doing this for a variety of reasons.” Those wishing to donate to Feschuk can visit his personal pledge page at http://www. conquercancer.ca/site/TR?px=3599636&pg=personal&fr_ id=1511&fl=en_US&et=0LJj_RxTGY3YlR4JZTTbw&s_tafId=319162.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Kohlman faces off with new council on 38 Street issues BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
For perhaps the first time since Nick Kohlman started making allegations of fraud and corruption in the Town of Ponoka, councillors asked him why he has not taken his claims to court. His answer may come as a surprise to some: “Money.” Kohlman, a Ponoka County resident, met with town council April 8 once again to discuss local improvement issues on 38 Street that occurred some years ago. He and
Bill Kuncio, who represents Tillie Lloyd of 4015 39 Street, both presented a series of ongoing questions regarding unfinished work that was paid for by residents. Rather than taking civil action, Kohlman has chosen instead to seek justice through the Freedom of Information and the Protections of Privacy (FOIP) requests to administration, advocating for some 38 Street residents and through other appeal boards.
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Kohlman. Police have stated the issue is a civil matter and FOIP adjudicators and municipal government review boards said the same thing: “They have no jurisdiction to deal with our complaint,” stated Kohlman. “We submit to you, our complaint has never been heard by an assessment review board or a municipal government review board,” he added. He appeared frustrated that FOIP panels, despite agreeing there were errors in the local improvement, were not taking further action on his requests. Prediger said people have spoken to council and asked how long they should hear about 38 Street. She asked Kohlman what would make him stop. “If you could make it right with a magic wand in one second or less, what would this need to look like for you?” “We want the truth,” stated Kohlman. “We want the facts established and rectified as far as is possible,” he added. Prediger said council would direct administration to provide a breakdown of taxation and frontage issues over the local improvement to homeowners regarding those issues. Mayor Rick Bonnett and Coun. Loanna Gulka recused themselves from the meeting as they live on 38 Street. Kohlman told council he was encouraged by the meeting. The previous council rejected an offer last year to refund 38 Street residents for services paid for that were incomplete, stating there was no total resolution and no guarantee this issue would be resolved.
“I have gone to a lawyer quite some time ago. I have spoken to about seven different lawyers. The one in Lacombe, he said, ‘If you’ve got $50,000 we could start.’” Kohlman said the cost could go up to $100,000 and did not think it was fair for him to spend his savings to get the town to “act in a decent matter.” Deputy Mayor Carla Prediger asked if 38 Street residents would be willing to take these issues to court. Kuncio replied he does not think residents can afford to take civil action. “Do you think the residents of 38 Street have the deep pockets to take this to a civil suit? I don’t think so,” he stated Limited options for Kohlman FOIP adjudicators, municipal government review boards and police have been contacted by
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
AGRIM receives $500,000 from Ponoka County BY AMELIA NAISMITH
Klaglahachie seeks elevated seating for patrons BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
this growing need for young thespians to of Green Gables in the fall with auditions act, the society started a drama club. set for May 6, 8 and 13. Raugust said they hosted a fall and New play coming up a winter class and both were full. Kids Raugust said a new play, Dry Streak, from six to 12 years of age explored their by Leeann Minogue is already in rehearscreative side twice a week. “It turned out al stages and dates are set for May 23 to to be very popular.” 25, May 30 to June 1. For more details “It’s amazing the talent we’ve got in contact KFSA at 403-783-4087. this town,” she added. Costs for the elevated seatJane Wierzba ing are estimated at $100,000 403-358-8770 and the group has applied to real estate central alberta Buying or Selling, both the town and county of 6000 • 48 Ave, Ponoka call Jane! Ponoka. KFAS is hosting Anne
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Rimbey’s AGRIM Centre has recently received half of its million-dollar donation from Ponoka County, which was allocated during budget time. However, the action prompted another debate in council. County councillors had set specifications on the funds, stating the Rimbey Agricultural Society had to produce more financial information and a business plan before any money was handed over. “We want to know where you’re at with completion, where you’re at in terms of financial wherewithal to comLISA SMITH plete. So he (Ken Whitlock of the ag society) sent me that Associate stuff,” said county CAO Charlie Cutforth, referring to a phone conversation he had March 26, the day after the 403-704-0646 budget was approved by council. It’s now known to the county that the AGRIM has assured and pending private funding sources to help get the building to a useable stage. • Adult townhouse “This building is closed in already; it has the windows • 925 sq. ft. Open in. I didn’t realize, frankly, I thought that they had the steel concept structure constructed and that they were waiting for addi• Low maintenance, tional funding to get this closed,” said Cutforth. one ﬂoor living He went out to Rimbey for a first-hand look at the • Attached garage “impressive” building and met with the ag society’s banker to ensure the validity of the financial position. “And it’s • Excellent location in process, but the approval has been granted. So we know • Move in ready if they do require any mortgaging, they have the ability to do that. That’s outside of our line of credit.” The day Cutforth viewed the building, the contactor was also there to collect the process payment of approximately half a million dollars. Because he felt council’s specifications were met, Cutforth contacted Reeve Paul McLauchlin. “On that basis, and with the information I had, I issued a 5118 - 50th Street, Ponoka 1-800-392-8658 cheque.” PRICE REDUCED BARE LOT Coun. Doug Weir was In north end OWNER MOTIVATED unhappy the cheque was of town for cut before any information Great location development. Ideal came back to council as a on main street for duplex. of Ponoka. Total whole. “I’m never going to space 2750 sq. ft question Charlie and what $69,000 building and lot he does, ever, he’s made only. this the great community Call Wayne 403-704-0864 we are.” Despite his trust in RED DEER LAKE Cutforth, Weir feels when Call Wayne 403-704-0864 Full time living or recreational council establishes specifiproperty at Red Deer Lake. 3 cations, a more structured bdrm. Very clean property shows pride of ownership. Mature procedure is needed to give subdivision. Beautiful building sites just a council the right to more $ 189,900 short drive south of Ponoka information from whatever Call Wayne 403-704-0864 organization or project is in Jada Estates. Building being worked with at the restrictions make this COUNTRY RESIDENTIAL time. “When we do estabThis 10 acre parcel is a perfect choice to build that dream home and property an exclusive area have plenty of room to keep livestock, grow trees or organic gardening. lish some conditions on for upscale homes. Seven Nice lay of land with #1 soil, service borders property. Located just something, I fully expect it acreages available. minutes north of town. REDUCED $89,000.00 Terms available. to come back to council.” Call Brian for more details. 403.704.7018 “And I think you were Call Wayne 403-704-0864 amiss yourself on signing that. We still don’t have anything written,” he added. “I’m a very visual Two 10 acre parcels. Walk-out opportunity. person and I need informaTOTAL COUNTRY tion down on paper that I Call Brian can just look at.” CLOSE TO TOWN 403-704-7018 Cutforth believed that Most acreages are treed because the parameters offering excellent building set by council for the dosites and privacy. nation were met, it would .64 acre, great development property. Chance to develop up to 5 lots. Property priced $20,000 under assessed value. Offered for sale at $60,000. be all right to give the soCall Brian Hatala ciety the money. “Frankly, Call Brian 403-704-7018 403-704-7018 when you put forward your proposal for some policy development that didn’t meet with any resounding approval from the rest of council, and so I took that to mean I understand your WAYNE BRIAN ANNETTE SHAWNA LOW concern and so on. But that McGARVEY HATALA DODDS Broker is hardly direction to me,” PROFESSIONAL REALTORS OF JOHN W. LOW AGENCIES INC. he told Weir.
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Spring HOME & GARDEN 2014 Learn how to grow your own food BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
For those who don’t have the knowledge, growing your own produce may be a challenge, but there are ways to work plants to your advantage. To meet this need, the Ponoka Jubilee Library has teamed up with Carmen Sim, of Country Gardens and Greenhouse, to show folks tips to a healthy home garden. Jaclyn Berry, programmer at the library said with the wealth of books that people can borrow, Sim’s knowledge of plants will provide a good first step for green thumbs. “I am not a gardener. I am awful at things like that,” said Berry. “One of the nice things about being in Ponoka is people have nice big yards,” she added.
Berry suggested people want to grow organic produce but don’t want to pay some of the high prices that can come along with this method. Sim offered they look at how to grow different plants together without having to use pesticides. To do that, she and Berry organized Grow Your Own Food for April 26 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sim will teach people “how to grow your own garden, whether it’s in the ground or in your own container.” She will provide attendees with best practices for companion planting. Homesteaders many years ago used these same practices to increase the yields in their gardens, explained Sim. Those with small planters can use the same principles. “You can grow almost anything
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Spring HOME & GARDEN 2014 Rural gardens face R variety of threats BY AMELIA NAISMITH
As spring begins to warm Ponoka County and rurral al gardens are back on the menu, a little planning is nneeded ee to keep those fruits, vegetables and flowers safe ffrom ro o unwanted guests. Wildlife such as deer and wild boar roam the countty y aand will make a mess of carefully planted gardens if tthey’re he not properly dealt with. “One of the biggest things you can do is fencing,” ssaid aid Justin Babcock, assistant agricultural fieldman. Recently the county has been working with 3D ffencing en to deter wildlife away from areas needing the pprotection. ro 3D fencing is running two fences parallel to eeach ac other to trick the animals into thinking they can’t jjump um over something with that width. Electric fencing is another option. “The biggest tthing hin with electric fencing is you need to train them on iit,” t,”” said Babcock. He says scent caps can be placed along the fence tto o encourage animals to touch it. Once they’ve been sshocked ho they will be more reluctant to approach the structure in the future. A remaining problem is animals getting under the fences, something the wild boar — a classified pest — continues to do. However, wild boar remains an unwanted, invasive species and can be shot on site. “Boars are bad because they will dig and they’ll wipe it (garden) out,” said Babcock. We don’t want them becoming established around here.” Those without the means to kill the troublesome animals are encouraged to contact the county for termination and disposal. When it comes to concerns with bugs, the county’s staff also use their experience to identify any problems. “We have some basic knowledge and we have some really good resources. We do a lot of ID work,” said Babcock. Sometimes gardens also need a little security from those planting them. When it comes to potatoes, the vegetable will contract disease if continually planted in the same soil. “Lots of times HIGH QUALITY • RELIABLE PRODUCTS you have to keep rotating your areas for potatoes and other vegetables as 1/2 mile east of Ponoka on well,” said Babcock. Hwy. 53, 2 miles south on Those planting garMacdonald Rd. & 1/2 mile east dens also need to remain OPEN Tues. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. conscientious when preSaturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. paring a new lot where Closed Sunday & Monday ground hadn’t been previously sprayed for another Ponoka, AB Sales Desk use, as that could result in 403-783-5185 1-800-662-7135 honda.ca growing problems.
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Spring HOME & GARDEN 2014 How to guarantee your garden starts off on the right foot As winter slowly winds down, many gardeners cannot wait to soak up the springtime sun and get their hands dirty in the garden. Such excitement is not just good for gardeners, but can benefit the garden in the months to come as well. Late winter or early spring is a great time to get a head start on the gardening season. Even if gardening season is still around the corner, completing the following projects can ensure your garden gets off on the right foot. Clear debris One of the best things you can do for your garden as winter winds down is to clear it of debris. Winter can be especially harsh on a landscape,
the upcoming gardening season into a lost opportunity, so test the soil to determine if it has any nutrient or mineral deficiencies. This may require the help of a professional, but if a problem arises, you might be able to adjust the acidity or alkalinity of the soil and still enjoy a successful gardening season. Another way to examine the soil is less complex but can shed light on when would be a good time to get back to work. Reach into the soil and dig out a handful. If the soil quickly crumbles, you can start preparing for gardening seasoning. But if the soil is still clumped together, it needs more time to dry out before you can begin your prep work. Initiate edging Edging is another task gardeners can begin as they get ready for the season. Edge plant and flower beds, but be sure to use a spade with a flat blade or an edger designed to edge flower beds. Such tools will cut deep enough so grass roots that may eventually grow into the flower bed are severed. Depending on how large a garden is, edging can be a timeconsuming task, so getting a head start allows homeowners to spend more time planting and tending to their gardens once the season hits full swing.
and gardens left to the elements are often filled with debris once spring arrives. Dead leaves, fallen branches, rocks that surfaced during the winter frost, and even garbage that might have blown about in winter winds can all pile up in a garden over a typical winter. Clearing such debris likely won’t take long, but it’s a great first step toward restoring the garden before the time comes to plant and grow the garden once again. Examine the soil Soil plays a significant role in whether a garden thrives or struggles. Examining the soil before the season starts can help gardeners address any issues before they plant. Ignoring the soil until a problem arises can turn
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known to be feisty and can even deter dogs and cats from a yard. Hummingbirds will sip on the nectar of flowers and help pollinate plants. Snakes Snakes in a garden can be disconcerting to some people, but snakes are ideal predators who feed on insects and rodents several times
their size. Snakes are the right size and shape to invade the burrows of pest animals. Butterflies and bees Butterflies and bees are responsible for pollinating the vast majority of plants. Avoid using pesticides that may diminish butterfly or bee populations. A beehive right next to a garden may not be practical, but don’t make
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Bandolier music video selected for youth film festival BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
Local rock group Bandolier is making itself known internationally thanks to a video produced by drummer Ian Ferguson. The young rock band shot a video recently for their song Leviathan, from their debut album Negative Space. That work paid off after Ferguson submitted the music video to the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), which earned him a spot as a nominee in the music video category. The story behind the video is worth a read. In an effort to develop his video editing skills and promote the band, Ferguson has been producing music videos for Bandolier. Leviathan was shot over two days in his parents’ garage. “There was a lot of challenges,” said Ferguson. The first night was just Ferguson and his older brother Mark. It was tough filming his brother while also holding up a light and fog machine all at once. The goal was to make a gritty feel in the video with black garbage bags taped up as a back drop. “Previous videos seemed to me amateurish,” said Ferguson. He invested some money in professional video editing software called Final Cut Pro, which changed the game for Ferguson. “It was a key to unlocking a door that was blocking me,” he explained. Despite only using a Sony camcorder and even low-fi equipment such as a painter’s light and household products, “there were times we used Mark’s phone as a light,” Ferguson was able to put a professional quality feel to the video with Final Cut Pro. The second day of shooting brought bassist Brett Halland to help complete the video and the trio was complete. Hours of video footage takes time to go review, choose and edit and Ferguson said it took some time before he was happy. “It was at least a month before I finally put it together,” he explained. Being picked for NFFTY was a complete surprise. “I think they (the band members) were more stoked than I was.” Perhaps Ferguson is his own biggest critic, because he almost did not submit the video until his father, Kevin, suggested it. “I never thought that the video would reach the heights that it did.” There are also clips of the band from another location over the summer that Ferguson was able to use in the video. Ian Ferguson of local music group Bandolier produced a music video for the band that will be featured in an See the NFFTY link to Bandolier’s video Leviathan: www.nffty.org/ international film festival. Here he poses with some of the equipment he used for the video. event/musical-masterpiece?back=6614 and check out www.bandolierPhoto by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye music.com for more information on the band.
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a night of dancing and wine tasting will be in for a fun-filled night during the Ponoka Victim Services annual fundraising gala. Set for May 3 at the Stagecoach Saloon, organizers have changed the format of the gala by introducing dancing and hiring a high-energy piano group from Calgary, called Aussie Rules, for the event. Organizer Lisa Barrett said Victim Services advocates work throughout the year and this night is a great opportunity to recognize their efforts. Most people do not realize there is a surcharge on every ticket issued in Alberta with the money going to a Victims of Crime Fund. Groups such as Ponoka Victim Services then apply for grants through this fund, which helps with advocates’ training and the costs associated with helping individuals. Their job is not easy. Advocates deal with individuals at challenging personal moments and their job is to provide support; they attend victims at accidents, notifications of death and victims of abuse and Barrett says they are on call 24 hours, seven days a week. “It’s a pretty tough gig,” she said.
“Our advocates are rock stars,” Barrett stated. This fundraiser will help pay for the costs associated with Victim Services programs in Ponoka Barrett says the community has always been a strong supporter of their efforts. Looking for advocates There are currently 11 advocates in Ponoka but Barrett says they could always use more. “I would like to have 20.” This would help alleviate the workload that advocates face and give them a way to take shifts. For personal safety, there are always two advocates at a scene or situation and Barrett said this can be a lot of work. Advocates are volunteers and they also have their own jobs. “These volunteers are out there all the time,” said Barrett. Ponoka Victim Services is also looking for an executive director. The position has been vacant for some time and Barrett feels the ideal candidate will be able to promote their vision and bring in more advocates. Last year, the gala raised over $20,000. For tickets or more information call Francine at 403-597-8894.
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Trade fair promises fun for the entire family BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
The Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce expects a full house Friday and Saturday. Organizers have scheduled an ice cream truck and entertainment for the entire family. File photo
One of the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce’s largest events is about to unfold at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex. The chamber’s trade fair has become a staple for businesses to show off what they do best, but it also gives families a chance to enjoy the many different venues and entertainment available. Set for April 25 from 3 to 9 p.m. and April 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., executive director Les Jaster said there were no booths left available to vendors. In an effort to meet a variety of vendors’ needs, Jaster opened up the small ice surface to local artisans and craftspeople, as well as homebased businesses. Dubbed the Market Square, Jaster suggests this added space is another way to entice people to come to the trade fair. He feels the weekend will be an exciting one. “We’ll have 100 trade fair booths full of merchants,” he said. In an effort to ensure the fair goes off without a hitch, Jaster, and chamber executive, Pam Baron, have steadily recruited volunteers to help and he suggests anyone willing to offer their services should call Baron at 403-783-4466. Lots of entertainment over the weekend The trade fair also gives local artists, entertainers and musicians a chance to showcase their talents. Entertainment organizer Judy Dick says there will be choirs from St. Augustine Catholic School and from Ponoka Elementary School. The Ponoka Gymnastics and Trampoline Club puts on a show that has many people turning their heads as well, added Dick. “It’s just an added extra to the vendors that are there.” Jaster said he has also booked an ice cream truck for the weekend, which will be set up on the small ice surface. continued on page 33
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. . . fun for the family continued from page 31 Feedback from vendors and attendees has shown a strong desire to see more food options at the fair. “It’s going to be a great show. You’ve gotta be there!” Chamber president Jim Hamilton also looks forward to bringing this event to Ponoka. “Last year it was so successful.” Big prizes Hamilton is also sponsoring this year’s draw through Hamilton’s IGA. Every person that completes a card that has all participating booths at the fair can enter their names into the draw. Twenty lucky winners will be able to take someone with them to the Telus World of Science on May 3 on the Lion’s bus. Winners will also receive $30 spending money and a ticket to the IMAX Theatre. Hamilton said the science centre tied in well with the trade fair’s theme of Colour Our World Green. Trade fair brings large numbers Expect to see between 3,000 and 5,000 attendees throughout the weekend who will be eager to view vendors and see the talented entertainers. One reason Jaster feels the fair does so well is because of the customers the chamber markets to. “I think it’s popular and successful because it is geared for the family,” offered Jaster.
The traditional choir performance will once again be one of the entertainment features this weekend at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex. File photo
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Popular items can be purchased locally Many consumers prefer to buy locally when shopping. There are several advantages to choosing local products, including the benefit of aiding your local economy by supporting a business with roots in your community. Dealing with an individual or small enterprise instead of a billion-dollar operation is another reason people are drawn to local stores and businesses. Spring and summer are great times of year to shop locally, as the warmer weather facilitates strolling community shops and business districts.
The following items are popular among consumers who emphasize buying local when making their purchases. Produce If you desire fresher fruits and vegetables, then shopping locally is the way to go. According to Local Harvest, most produce in the United States is picked four to seven days before it reaches the supermarket shelves, and it might have traveled thousands of miles before landing on those shelves. A lot of produce is grown and imported
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in local craft shops are handmade by local artisans and not mass-produced in overseas factories. Local artisans may be your best bet when shopping for unique arts and crafts full of detail and quality. Food Dining out is a different experience when you select independent restaurants over national chains. Chefs at independently owned restaurants have a greater say over ingredients and menu choices than those at franchise establishments, and you may be introduced to foods you had never before dreamed of trying. Restaurants that team up with local food suppliers offer a double-dose of regional commerce and fresher ingredients. If you’re new to the area, browse the local newspaper, community directmailers and coupon books to find dining establishments in your area. There are numerous benefits to shopping locally and ideal ways to get started in your town or city. Take in a farmer’s market or street fair to get started.
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Record cattle prices spark increased demand for price insurance Higher prices bring higher risk, says market analyst As Alberta’s Livestock Price Insurance Program expands across Western Canada this month, demand for price insurance in Alberta is growing as cattle producers in Ponoka County and across the province witness cattle prices that have been hitting record highs over the last few months. “Cattle producers are experiencing some of the strongest prices in history on their cattle, and they don’t want to risk losing that money if prices fall for some reason. That’s why so many Alberta producers are using price insurance to protect the high cattle prices they’re seeing today. Participation in cattle price insurance has tripled in Alberta over the last year because it gives producers an Alberta floor price that locks in up to 95 per cent of the future forecasted price on their cattle. And it doesn’t put a ceiling on the price they can sell their cattle for if markets keep climbing,” explains Brenda Hagen, with Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) – the provincial Crown corporation that has administered livestock price insurance since the program was first unveiled in Alberta five years ago. No program changes in Alberta as WLPIP expands across west Now renamed the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP), Hagen says the success and uptake of price insurance in Alberta was a major factor in the decision to expand it across Western Canada this spring. AFSC will now deliver the program – which has only been available in Alberta – to cattle and hog producers across the West on behalf of the federal and provincial governments. As WLPIP rolls out across the region, there will be no changes to the program in Alberta, says Hagen. “Other than a new logo and website at www.wlpip.ca, it’s the same program Alberta producers have used for years to protect themselves from any risk that could cause these high cattle prices to drop below their insured floor price,” she says, noting, “We’re adding settlement indexes and coverage levels for the other provinces, but coverage and settlement prices in Alberta will still be based on the Alberta cattle market.” Cattle prices jumped 20 per cent The expansion of WLPIP comes at a good time, says Brian Perillat, a senior Alberta cattle market analyst with Canfax. Cattle prices have jumped about 20 per cent over the last four months – and those higher prices bring higher risk, says Perillat, especially for feedlots and backgrounders that buy high-priced calves and feeder cattle to place on feed or pasture. “Those producers have more money on the table than ever before. And with the increased market volatility that often comes with high prices, producers could easily lose a lot more money a lot faster if they’re not using tools like price insurance in today’s markets,” he explains. Unexpected risks And while there’s every indication today’s strong prices will continue through 2014 – due to tight cattle supplies in Canada and the U.S., a weak Canadian dollar, and low feed costs – there are always unexpected risks that can come out of nowhere and change that picture, says Perillat. continued on page 36
Brenda Hagen, with AFSC, says high cattle prices have sparked growing demand for Livestock Price Insurance in Alberta. As the program expands across Western Canada, she reminds producers of the May 29 deadline for WCPIPCalf policies this year. Submitted photo
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continued from page 35 â€œFor example, the Canadian dollar can be extremely volatile and negatively impact cattle prices. Or if thereâ€™s a drought or some other weather concern that results in a small U.S. grain crop, that could reduce cattle prices this year,â€? explains Perillat. â€œThereâ€™s too much at stake not to protect the high prices weâ€™re seeing today with price insurance. Thatâ€™s why we actively promote WLPIP to our members,â€? says Reg Schmidt, with the Feeder Associations of Alberta (FAA), an industry group that sat on the steering committee that developed livestock price insurance in Alberta. The FAA helps producers finance feeder cattle purchases through a Loan Guarantee Program. â€œWe also finance WLPIP premiums with our loans so every producer can purchase coverage if they wish,â€? says Schmidt, noting that as cattle prices have increased, so have the floor prices producers can lock in with WLPIP. Easier access to credit About 40 per cent of FAA members enrol in WLPIP through the Cattle Price Insurance Program (WCPIP). Schmidt anticipates that number could double because â€œproducers are realizing price insurance is a necessary part of doing business. Itâ€™s bankable so they can take it to their lender to access credit more easily. And you donâ€™t have to look hard for examples of how WLPIP has helped cattle producers manage their price risk,â€?
he says, pointing to the XL Foods plant closure in Brooks almost two years ago due to E. coli concerns. â€œFeeder cattle fell nearly $20 per 100 pounds at that time, and producers who had price insurance were getting payouts of nearly $200/ head,â€? he says. Ken Solverson, who runs a 700-head cow-calfto-finish operation with his brother near Camrose, says with cattle prices so high right now, â€œweâ€™ve insured everything we have available to insureâ€? through the WCPIP-Fed and Feeder programs. â€œNot insuring our cattle and protecting our investment with price insurance would be foolish because who knows, some kind of border closure or E. coli scare, or even just a lack of consumer confidence could suddenly have a significant impact on the market,â€? says Solverson. â€œThereâ€™s no guarantee prices will stay this high. Look at what happened to canola â€“ the same thing could happen to cattle.â€? Before WLPIP came along, Solverson says the only risk management he did with his cattle was choosing which weeks he would sell the animals. â€œWe were very happy when this program was announced. Itâ€™s easy to use. I get the premiums emailed to my phone every day and if I like what I see, I just pull the trigger. Itâ€™s not a lot of work.â€? May 29 calf deadline WLPIP programs are available year-round for fed cattle, feeder cattle, and hogs. The only exception is WCPIP-Calf which is offered from February to May due to the seasonality of calf sales, says Hagen, noting the deadline to purchase WCPIP-Calf policies this year is May 29. For more information about WLPIP, producers can contact their local AFSC Branch, the AFSC Call West, East & Central Centre at 1-877-899Ponoka 4-H Beef Clubs AFSC (2372) or visit www.wlpip.ca.
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Ponoka barrel racer wins Don Laing Trailer series BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
The story behind the winner of the Don Laing Trailers barrel racing series is one that may be remembered for years to come. Organizers at the Calnash Ag Event Centre were abuzz with excitement over a resounding overall win by Jessie Vandenbroek April 16. She moved to Ponoka from British Columbia last year to develop her barrel racing skills. But Vandenbroek did not have a horse to compete, so she sold her trailer to buy her current horse Mitobility from trainer Dee Butterfield. Because of her efforts, Vandenbroek won a years lease of a Charmac Lariat three horse trailer, which she said she cannot wait to use. Her mother has been letting Vandenbroek use her trailer for the time being and this win is much needed. Perhaps even more extraordinary is that her horse, Mitobility, is sight impaired. “I sold my trailer for a horse that only has one eye,”
joked Vandenbroek. Mitobility can only see out of one eye but Butterfield trained him at a young age to be a barrel racer and Vandenbroek couldn’t be more proud of her horse. “Mitobility’s pretty special
“I sold my trailer for a horse that only has one eye.” Jesse Vandenbroek
to me.” She said Mitobility is sired by Butterfield’s stud Perfect Possibility. They have become quite the pair in the last few months and Vandenbroek said the first turn is the most important for Mitobility. If the first barrel is handled correctly, they generally have a solid run. Indeed,
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The Ponoka Gators Summer Swim Club’s registration nights are over but it’s not too late to become a Gator. Registrations are accepted up until May 15. The club has welcomed back a number of returning swimmers and even more new swimmers. Swimmers and parents can visit the club website to find out more information about the exciting summer program or email Head Coach Jon Davies. “It’s exciting for everyone. The kids, their parents and especially the coaches are ready for the first day of swimming – May 1,” says Davies. The Gators swim club has flourished the past few years, growing in size and in strength. “The strength of the
they ranked second on the first day of the series and then won the next seven events, solidifying Vandenbroek’s first place overall. Vandenbroek hopes to continue on her upward climb. She just bought her Canadian Professional Rodeo Association permit and will be competing at professional rodeos with her new trailer in tow. “I’m going to be hauling it to all the Canadian pro rodeos all summer,” she stated. This first success for Vandenbroek has also provided her with much needed experience under pressure. Vandenbroek says completion can be stressful and when a person becomes this way, they tense up, which can affect a rider’s control. Sponsor Inger Laing says she enjoyed sponsoring this barrel racing series for a second year. She believes it is a good opportunity to get riders into the ag event centre and “to support the young barrel racers.”
Jessie Vandenbroek won the Don Laing Trailer Series April 16 and poses with her horse Mitobility. She won a year lease from Don Laing Trailers. Here sponsor Inger Laing poses with Vandenbroek. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
club is really due to the community that we have. The parents and swimmers are really great and welcoming,” says Davies. The club still has spots open for all types of swimmers. From 4 to 94, all ranges of swimmers are welcome and practice times range from just two half hour sessions per week to five practices per week. Beginner swimmers, 7 and under, must be comfortable in the water without a parent and swimmers 8 and over should be able to swim an entire length of the pool. “Otherwise, our coaches are here to do the rest. Parents will be very surprised at their swimmer’s ability at the end of the summer. It’s usually a huge progression,” reiterates Davies. The Gators have a lot of events planned again this summer including a number of optional swim meets. More information on events can be found on the club’s website. Those interested can visit the website ponokagators.webs.com or contact Davies at email@example.com
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Jessie Vandenbroek won the Don Laing Trailer Series April 16 after strong performances at the start of the series. Her horse Mitobility can only see out of one eye. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
The Badminton Tourney photo on page 30 of the April 9 edition of Ponoka News identifies the wrong player. In the photo is Nic Seymour, not Brian Hoar as is stated. We apologize for the error.
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All business risk-takers deserve admiration
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
100,000 tonne of urea Grains are seeing and 20,000 tonnes of more premium priced ammonia from the in as the complex conmarket. As such, the tinues to deal with cold er existing goods and services at lower cost, and Are all small business owners entrepreneurs? grain trade seems to weather and the situaIt’s a more contentious question than you might “replicative” businesses as those who produce or be less concerned tion in Eastern Europe think. Some use the terms small business and en- sell existing goods and services (the corner store). about acres getting escalating (AKA pretrepreneur interchangeably — I am in this camp. Like many economists, they focus on the innovaplanted (in the right miums for limited Others, including management guru Peter Druck- tive businesses and define them as entrepreneurs. conditions, anything’s production and market er, argue that “entrepreneur” is a word reserved By their own admission, they give short shrift to possible!) but the inaccess there are being only for businesses that innovate. BlackBerry’s the importance of the “replicative” business. puts that will help that built in). In the past Clearly there are differences between different founders are entrepreneurs while the couple that crop grow. three months since the businesses, but they have much entrepreneurial runs the local corner store is not. Further exacerUkraine-Russian deWhy does this little definitional spat even DNA that is shared. Small business owners all take bating the situation is bacle really started, the matter? Language is important and the word en- financial and reputational risks that most of us are freeze damage startUkrainian currency has Brennan Turner unprepared to take. They create employment and trepreneur carries a lot of respect in our society. ing to hit southern depreciated more than Farmlead Economists William Baumol, Robert Litan improve society’s well-being. They turn raw mateU.S. crops like winter 50 per cent against the and Carl Schramm make a useful distinction be- rials and people’s time into products and services wheat just emerging U.S. dollar. As such, tween two types of businesses in their book Good that customers value enough that sales will cover from dormancy and farmers are less willCapitalism, Bad Capitalism, and the Economics of the cost of the materials, meet payroll, and cover ing to sell old AND new crop as a freshly-planted corn. Accordingly, hedge against the weakened curren- the U.S.D.A. Crop Progress report Growth and Prosperity. They refer to “innovative” other costs like taxes. The effort and creativity to cy, and rather wait until there’s some for the 3rd week of April showed businesses as those that develop a new product do so is admirable and shared by replicative and bounce back. On the flipside of this that corn and oats plantings are beor service (BlackBerry) or new process to deliv- innovative businesses alike. is the simple fact that with less cash hind schedule, even when compared And most businesses are innovative to some The right on hand and financing being hard to last year’s late start. On the rating degree as owners are constantly pushing for how to come by (read: more expensive), front, the U.S. winter wheat crop to be better. Defining what innovative looks like is place to find continues to decline with more of the planted acres could fall. its own definitional conundrum. the right Accordingly, Agritel is estimat- crop leaving the good-to-excellent Since “innovative” entrepreneurs rightly get a person for ing that the Ukrainian 2014/15 corn rating and heading into the poor-tolot of attention, let’s focus for a moment on the crop will be decreased 18 per cent very poor section. Continued cold the job. enormous contribution of the “replicative” entrefrom 2013/14 to 23.3 million tonnes weather (i.e. frost events) will furpreneur who also deserves to be celebrated. while their wheat crop is seen falling ther compromise the yield potential One of the great contributions of the replicative 16.5 per cent year-over-year to 18.4 of the crop. Nonetheless, Goldman entrepreneur is stability. Bakeries, greengrocers, million tonnes. Next door in Russia, Sachs is expecting grains prices to machine shops, and hair salons may not on the fellow farmers are finding same is- fall off by at least ten per cent by cutting edge of innovation, but they do employ a sues as their Ukrainian comrades this time next year. The Wall Street substantial portion of the labour force. They act due to the weakened Russian ruble. bank says that while escalation in as a terrific shock absorber in recessions as many As a result, Agritel is again calling the Russian-Ukraine situation would have loyal customers and roots in the community. for smaller crops in Russia with the force them to switch their outlook They are also more reluctant to shed jobs than 403.783.3311 many of their more innovative counterparts, some- corn crop falling six per cent to 9.8 to more bullish at any time, they’re million tonnes of corn and wheat forecasting $5.75 per bushel for Chithing that many employees are very grateful for production falling eight per cent to cago wheat, $4.00 corn, and $10.50 with a recession in recent memory. soybeans by April 2015. Despite 48.1 million tonnes. People who take the risk of running their own PONOKA RECREATIONAL While many U.S. and Cana- threats of El Nino, Goldman thinks business deserve the admiration that is conferred HOCKEY ASSOCIATION dian farmers are raring to get going that a cooler, wetter summer in by the entrepreneur label regardless of where they would like to thank everyone for another in the field, there’s some concern North America would support corn are on the spectrum of innovation. Of course, great season! about fertilizer availability. There’s and soybean yields. Interestingly there is a difference between the basement busiincreasing worry across the border enough, managed money recently Thank you to our coaches, volunteers and parents ness that goes on to invent a mobile device to send from U.S. farmers that as they pre- dropped its net long position for the for all of your time and effort. We would also email (Blackberry) and the bakery with mom’s pare for Plant 2014, the fertilizer first time since January, an indicalike to thank Servus Credit Union and Ponoka secret recipe for cinnamon buns. But people and they need to jumpstart their crops tor of sentiment that prices will not Dodge for their generous contributions. the economies in which they participate need both won’t be at their disposal. Like grain, increase any further. We’ll see if innovation and stability to thrive. Respecting the Annual General Meeting will be held fertilizer cargoes are falling victim to weather and Eastern Europe prescontributions of both makes sense. railroads carrying crude oil and other sures this though. on April 30, 2014 at the arena. Laura Jones is Executive Vice President of the To growth, freight and, as such, storage sheds at Canadian Federation of Brennan Turner crop input facilities are fairly bare Independent Business. President, just a few weeks from drills hitting She can be reached FarmLead.com the fields. Further compromising the at firstname.lastname@example.org. Brennan Turner is originally situation for Canadian producers is Follow her on Twitter the fact that an unplanned shutdown from Foam Lake, SK, where his @CFIBideas. at the Agium nitrogen fertilizer plant family started farming the land in in Carseland, AB will remove about the 1920s. After completing his degree in economics from Yale University and then playing some pro hockey, Mr. Turner spent some time working in finance before starting FarmLead.com, a Ladies League Tuesday April 29 9:30am risk-free, transparent Mens League Tuesday April 29 6:00pm online and now mobile grain marketplace (app Seniors (Age 55plus) League Wednesday April 30 9:00am available for iOS and Mixed Thursday Night League Thursday May 1 7:00pm √ At the Calnash Ag Event Centre Android). 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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Taking A Break SUBMITTED BY PING B. CHEN, OWNER OF THE GOLDEN WHEEL RESTAURANT
By November 2007, I have owned many restaurants in Asia, United States, BC, as well as Alberta, but I was always renting; couldn’t make up my mind to buy the property. I always felt that there was something missing in those places where I ran my business. I couldn’t figure out what was missing, or what I was looking for; I just kept looking and moving until I landed in Ponoka. The purchase of the Golden Wheel Restaurant was done within two weeks of first visiting the town in late October 2007. I liked Ponoka not so much because of its convenient location from Edmonton where my sons lived; it was more because of its strong sense of community. People actually smiled at each other and stopped to talk to each other on streets. Many even smiled at me as a stranger. I realized that it was the friendly smiling that I had been looking for. I felt welcomed in Ponoka, and a desire grew that I could do something good for this friendly community besides serving quality food. After many renovations of the building, which were done mostly by myself, I then took over the business in August 2009. Nearly five years have passed by as I struggled to understand the market and build up the business from scratch. At the end of 2010, my restaurant won the Business Award in Customer Service. Besides business success, I set up another goal for myself when I first visited Ponoka in the fall of 2007, which was to do something good for the community. This goal, I have also achieved. Every year, since 2009, I provide a free Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner for seniors and the special needs people. I donated funds to the Ponoka RCMP Victim Services from the Chinese New Year’s Banquet in 2011. I leave free meal tickets at the churches to give out to the people in need of food. I am proud of being a member of this community. I am very happy to be able to do something for this community. As the business has stabilized and everything needed to be done is done, I decided to take a break. My friends William and Joyce will be running the Golden Wheel for a couple of years while I take time to rest, to visit my father who is in his nineties, and to spend time with my sons. I will also travel a bit to do some casual cooking since I’d like to see and to learn more food. As I say the temporary goodbye to the restaurant, I’d like to thank my faithful customers for your steadfast support of the business, for your understanding and forgiveness when mistakes are made, for your patience and good sense of humor when things are busy and I am cooking my butt off. A heartfelt thank-you goes to my staff, especially to my manager, Ms. Jessie Pei. Without any of you, the Golden Wheel would not be as successful as it is today. My delivery drivers deserve special gratitude. It is you who run your wheels off so my customers receive their food hot and fresh. As the guardian angel of the restaurant, my reliable technician Mr. Berni Steinmann keeps every piece of my equipment running through his timely and excellent service. I thank you Berni. Many other Ponoka service people have helped me over the years; many of you have become good friends. I am thankful for all of your help. My friendly neighbours on both sides welcomed me when I was totally new in town by providing housing and all kinds of information. You are my trustworthy resource people and are always ready to lend a helping hand when I need it. I am very blessed to have you for my neighbours. In the next a couple of years when I am away, I promise that the yearly free Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner will still be provided. I will be back on that occasion to help. Please continue supporting the Golden Wheel and my friends William and Joyce. I will be back in a couple of years to cook for you again.
A photo from the past, is Ping Bo Chen with frequent customers Werner and Helen Neilson.
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Celebrations a long time resident of Ponoka, will celebrate his 90th birthday on April 23, 2014. To celebrate the occasion, George’s children invite his family, friends and neighbors to join him for cake and refreshments on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:30 PM at Sunrise Village (4004 - 40 Street Close, Ponoka, 2nd floor). No gifts please.
Every rider must register No Dogs, No Stallions No Loose Horses, No Alcohol Info: Bernice 403-783-6858 or Edie 403-784-3511
In loving memory of
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Sunday, May 4 at Scott School Weather permitting Breakfast: 9 - 11 am Registration: 10 am
April 24, 2013 One year has passed and the tears still come. We think of you every day. You will always be in our hearts.
difference 403-783-3112 CALGARY DOLL CLUB Antique & Collectible Show & Sale. Hourly door prizes & face painting. Saturday, May 3/14, 10 - 3 p.m., Acadia Recreation Complex, 240 - 90 Ave. SE, Calgary. Admission: Adults $5. Children under 12 free.
BOSS HILL HORSE POKER RALLY (North of Stettler) Sat May 3,2014 Registration 10:00 AM-12:00 PM More information 403 883-2294 780 372-4384
Lovingly remembered and missed dearly, Mom, Ken, Marjorie & Family
LEARN TO EARN $25 - $50/hour+. Window Painting Workshop! “Hidden Career”. Insider secrets revealed! Edmonton, May 2, 3, 4. 10 spots only! Info and registration; www.windowjeannie.com. 780-266-1122.
In Loving Memory of JIM MONDS 1931 - 2012 Two years have gone and it just seems like yesterday. Remembering you is easy, we do it everyday. Missing you is the hardest part, As it never goes away. To hear your voice, to see your smile, To sit with you and talk a while Would be our greatest wish today. Tomorrow and our whole life through We will always love and remember you. Loving wife Marlace Children: Wayne (Judy), Tim (Patty), Bonnie (Mark), Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren
PONOKA Farmer’s Market Welcome Home!
First market of the Season!
Celebrating the birth of your child? Share your happy news with family & friends with a special announcement in the classifieds.
Wednesday, May 7 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Ponoka Arena Curling Rink
Bouncing Castle Breakfast Sandwiches Lunch Menu For tables or more information call
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
FERNE’S FASHIONS A unique clothing store on Hwy 795 north of Falun on the way to Pigeon Lake. In business since 1998 expanded to a 2000 sq. ft. store. Offering many clothing lines from casual to dress wear. Most made in Canada and US. Reg/Plus sizes. New spring/summer styles and colors arriving daily. For a fun personal shopping experience come and see us! Phone 780-352-0933 for info/directions.
Morningside Community Society
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Thursday, May 1 At 6:45 pm At Morningside Hall EveryoneWelcome! AL-ANON WEEKLY MEETING FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF ALCOHOLICS. Tuesdays 8 p.m. Neighborhood Place 5115 - 49 Ave., Ponoka For more info 403-783-4557
Weekly meetings Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. Neighborhood Place 5115 49 Ave. Ponoka For more info. 403-783-4557 or 403-783-8371
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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Monday night meetings at the Anglican Church Ponoka 8:30 p.m. Phone 403-783-0719 for info. You can sell your guitar for a song... or put it in CLASSIFIEDS and we’ll sell it for you!
Employment #700 - #920
Caregivers/Aides................710 Clerical ..............................720 Computer Personnel ..........730 THURSDAY AA Meetings Dental ................................740 at 8:30 p.m. in the Catholic Estheticians........................750 Church basement. 52 Street & 52 Ave. Ponoka. Hair Stylists ........................760 Janitorial ............................770 Open meetings first Legal ..................................780 Thursday of the month, Everyone Welcome. Medical ..............................790 403-783-4347 Oilfield ................................800 Professionals......................810 Buying or Selling Restaurant/Hotel ................820 your home? Check out Homes for Sale Sales & Distributors ..........830 in Classifieds Teachers/Tutors..................840 Trades ................................850 Truckers/Drivers ................860 Ponoka Business Opportunities......870 Miscellaneous ....................880 Volunteers Wanted ............890 Positions Wanted ..............895 • Thurs, April 24 Employment Training ........900 Career Planning ................920 10 am – 7 pm
DISPATCHER If you are organized and enjoy working in a dynamic environment, this role may be for you. The successful applicant will have the following: • Strong Computer Skills • Good written & verbal communication • Prefer Dispatch Experience
DRIVERS / OPERATORS Alstar has immediate positions available for: Experienced Low Bed drivers with off - road and winch tractor experience Experienced 45 Ton Boom Truck Operators
Experienced Oilfield Construction Lead Hands Experienced Oilfield Construction Labourers Experienced Oilfield Project Foreman Journeyman Mechanic (Preferred Heavy Duty)
Competitive Rates and Full Benefits The job includes: Wages range from Alstar Oilfield is looking for • Coordinating & Dispatching $40.00 to $55.00 per hour highly motivated individuals (Labour & Equipment) depending on position to join our Team in Hinton. • Monitor Work Schedule and experience Alstar has been serving • Competitive Rates & the oil & gas construction Full Benefits industry since 1969. • 8 / 6 Shift Alstar Oilfield is looking for highly motivated individuals If you have a Desire to be Alstar Oilfield is looking for to join our Team in Hinton. Part of a Growing Company highly motivated individuals Alstar has been serving Please apply on our Career to join our Team in Hinton. the oil & gas construction Section on our website Alstar has been serving industry since 1969. www.alstaroilfield.com the oil & gas construction industry since 1969. If you have a Desire to be “Committed to enriching the Part of a Growing Company lives of our workforce, while • Fri, April 25 If you have a Desire to be Please apply on our Career Providing quality energy 10 am – 7pm Part of a Growing Company Section on our website construction solutions” Please apply on our Career www.alstaroilfi eld.com 4612 50 Street – Back alley Clerical Section on our website Celebrate your life www.alstaroilfield.com “Committed to enriching the BACK ALLEY with a Classified BODY CONNECTIONS lives of our workforce, while ANNOUNCEMENT GARAGE SALE “Committed to enriching the - †HEALTH AND Providing quality energy construction solutions” WELLNESS CENTER lives of our workforce, while Sat, May 3 Start your career! Providing quality energy IS HIRING! Starts at 9 am construction solutions” See Help Wanted Are u professional, motivated North end of town and interested in wholistic 60 Ave – 50A Street health &†love social media!† Professionals Something for Everyone! We are looking for a self motivated, friendly, Looking for a place outgoing receptionist!† to live? 403-843-6768 MASKWACIS EMPLOYMENT Take a tour through the body_connections CLASSIFIEDS CENTER SOCIETY @hotmail.com
Multi-Family Garage Sale
SUMMER STUDENT POSITION Recreation Therapy Aide/Housekeeping/Maintenance Preference to Students in or entering a post-secondary Recreation program. Full Time (40 hrs/week) Approx. May 1-August 31, 2014 Apply in writing to: Angela Fillinger or Tosha Serle Ph: 403-783-4764 Fax: 403-783-6420 firstname.lastname@example.org Applicants selected for interview only shall be contacted.
Rimbey Implements Ltd.
General Manager Cell: (403) 783-0593 Bus: (403) 843-3700
Fax: (403) 843-3430
Job Coach Employment Opportunity Opening Date: April 21, 2014 Closing Date: May 5, 2014
FARM WORKER NEEDED on grain farm/feedlot near Stettler. Must have valid drivers license. Class 1 or 3 license an asset but not necessary. Duties include driving feedtruck, working with cattle, fencing, driving and maintaining farm machinery. Wages depend on experience. Please send resume to email@example.com or fax to 1-877-284-2496 TOO MUCH STUFF? Let Classifieds help you sell it.
PONOKA OFFICE ASSISTANT Calnash Trucking has an immediate opening for an Oﬃce Assistant. In this position you will be responsible for general oﬃce duties, data entry, computer skills with knowledge in excel/word, and accounts payable/ receivable. Must be energetic, self motivated, above average communication skills, and organized. We oﬀer training, excellent remuneration and beneﬁt Package. Please submit your resume with references to “Ponoka Oﬃce Assistant” firstname.lastname@example.org or mail/drop oﬀ to 6526 – 44 Ave., Ponoka, AB T4J 1J8 Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
JOB COACH Reports to: MEC Manager Position Type: Full time, 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Summary: Under the supervision of the Manager, the Job Coach is to assist MEC clients to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment through one-on-one coaching and address employment barriers. Duties: The following are duties the Job Coach may perform when working with clients individually or in groups: 1. Identify barriers to employment and assist clients with such matters as job readiness skills, job search strategies, writing résumés and preparing for job interviews, identify educational requirements and develop training plans. 2. Liaising between MEC, and the Hobbema community departments to assist with appropriate supports. 3. Following up with clients and employers to monitor progress, troubleshoot and support continued employment. 4. Work with clients who have disabilities, language and cultural differences, or other special needs that affect their employment prospects. 5. Provide current labour market information to help clients make realistic occupational or employment decisions. 6. Market clients to potential employers and help clients ﬁnd job or work experience placements. 7. Assist clients with services to community groups and agencies, businesses, industry and other organizations involved in providing community-based career planning support or resources. Qualiﬁcations: • Post-Secondary Degree in a related discipline such as psychology, education, social work or human resources development. A certiﬁcate, diploma, or degree in career development, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is an asset. • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills. • Ability to motivate individual clients and facilitate communication in groups of 8 or more people. • Knowledgeable about a wide range of First Nations employment issues. • Reliable transportation with Class 5 driver’s license to travel when needed. • Clear current criminal record and drivers abstract. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted Please send resume with cover letter & references to: Maskwacis Employment Center PO Box 2470 Maskwacis, AB T0C 1N0 Phone: (780) 585-4450 Fax: (780) 585-4456 Email: email@example.com
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PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Primary Care Psychologist or Social Worker Rimbey, Alberta As a registered Psychologist or Social Worker with the Wolf Creek PCN, you will be working collaboratively with Family Physicians and PCN multidisciplinary team to deliver service to patients based on professional practice standards. Experience with solution focused and cognitive behavioral therapy is required. The successful candidate will hold a Master’s Degree in Psychology or Social Work be registered with their regulatory body, and have demonstrated expertise in providing clinical services. Flexible hours. Interested applicants should submit their resumes by May 1, 2014, to firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax to 403-782-5431. The Wolf Creek Primary Care Network would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
810 MASKWACIS EMPLOYMENT CENTER SOCIETY Employer Liaison Employment Opportunity Opening Date: April 21, 2014 Closing Date: May 5, 2014
EMPLOYER LIAISON Reports to: MEC Manager Position Type: Full time, 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Salary: Dependent on education & experience Summary: Reporting to the MEC Manager, the Employer Liaison (EL) works with Alberta’s employers, industry associations, and other organizations enabling them to both anticipate and meet their workforce requirements. Through networking and collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, the Employer Liaison is responsible for collecting and disseminating local, regional and provincial labour market information. This position liaises with employers and business associations to assess their needs relating to: attracting, developing, informing and retaining their workforce. The Employer Liaison role is integral to enhancing and expanding MECs work with business and industry to ensure that employers have access to potential workers. Qualiﬁcations: • A certiﬁcate, diploma, or degree in the Social Sciences, an equivalent combination of education and experience is an asset, and/or several years of progressively responsible, related experience. • A genuine interest in and respect for people from all walks of life. • Patience, understanding and the ability to listen non-judgmentally. • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills. • The ability to motivate and inspire clients. • The ability to facilitate communication in groups of 8-20 people. • Good organizational and planning skills. • Strong team leadership and capacity-development skills. • The ability to work effectively with other professionals and community agencies. • Knowledgeable about a wide range of First Nations employment issues. • Ability to assume lead responsibility in various functions. • Ability to exercise a high degree of independent decision making by applying professional standards to personal judgment and objectivity in dealing with clients, programs and the community. • Analytical skills are required to assess individual career and employment difﬁculties. • Reliable transportation with Class 5 driver’s license to travel when needed. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted Please send resume with cover letter & references to: Maskwacis Employment Center PO Box 2470 Maskwacis, AB T0C 1N0 Phone: (780) 585-4450 Fax: (780) 585-4456 Email: email@example.com
Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools
MASKWACIS EMPLOYMENT CENTER SOCIETY Employment Opportunity Opening Date: April 21, 2014 ENHANCED SERVICE DELIVERY (ESD) CAREER & EMPLOYMENT ADVISOR Summary: Reporting to the First Nation’s Social Program Director and functionally to the ESD Coordinator, the ESD Career & Employment Advisor (CEA) is a proactive professional who utilizes an integrated services approach to strengthen the First Nation’s workforce. The CEA provides support and guidance to First Nation Income Assistance clients to implement the Enhanced Service Delivery model. This model includes Service Needs Assessment, Employability Assessments, Service Plan development, monitoring and client mentoring in the context of the Income Assistance program. The CEA assists individuals to make informed choices to enable them to achieve and sustain their personal employment and career development goals. The CEA will support and mentor the client from entrance into the IA system through provision of post-employment supports; and will both mobilize and coordinate other service providers in implementation of the client’s Service Plan. Services are provided in accordance with the ESD Case Management Model, as adopted by the First Nation. Responsibilities and Accountabilities 1. Assess Employability of Clients. 2. Assist and advise clients in developing individualized Service Plans to establish and achieve the client’s employment and career development goals. 3. Provide clients with access to information on an array of programs and services pertaining to labour market information, work search, and career advice. 4. Provide case management and support services for and on behalf of individual clients to monitor, facilitate, and support their progress in meeting the goals deﬁned in their individual Service Plan. 5. Provide Post-Employment Support Required Credentials • Clear Criminal Records check and child abuse records check • Valid Alberta Class 5 Driver’s License • “Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner” credential of the International Association for Vocational and Educational Guidance or equivalent (Note: Enrolment in and progress through the Career Development Competency Program (CDCP), based on the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development, is deemed to meet this qualiﬁcation). A competitive compensation and beneﬁt program is offered. MEC is accepting applications until all positions are ﬁlled. Please apply at: Maskwacis Employment Center P.O. Box 2470 Maskwacis, AB T0C-1N0 Fax: 780.585.4456 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
has openings for our Central Office for a
Temporary Full-time Accounting Technician This posting is accountable for performing a variety of entry level and intermediate accounting functions pertaining to journal entries, month end reporting, banking, financial reconciliations and fixed assets. You are also responsible for performing effectively within a teamwork environment which places a premium on the ability to adjust to changing priorities, duties and responsibilities. Interested applicants should include a covering letter, resume and the names of three references, (please include your written consent to contact references). We thank all those who apply for their interest but only short listed applicants will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to provide a clean Criminal Records check as a condition of employment.
For further details on this position and to apply online, please visit our Careers section on our website www.wrps.ab.ca.
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EVRAZ Red Deer is accepting applications for JOURNEYMAN RED SEAL MILLWRIGHTS & ELECTRICIANS to work at our pipe making facility in Red Deer, Alberta. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age, safety conscious, able to work overtime and shift work, and able to perform some heavy lifting. All selected applicants will be required to attend and pass a medical/physical assessment, as well as drug and alcohol screening arranged by EVRAZ Red Deer. Wages range from $32.68 to $35.40/hr. In addition; employees are eligible for shift premiums, performance, attendance and safety bonuses. Evraz oﬀers an excellent beneﬁt and pension package. Applications may be completed in person at the Security oﬃce; 27251 Township Road 391, Red Deer, AB, or resumes can be emailed to email@example.com. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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Adams Chevrolet Ponoka is looking for a Product Advisor! We have seen a steady increase in business and are looking for a Product Advisor to help assist our customers in selecting their new or used vehicle. If you’re a reliable, organized and highly energetic person then this is the position for you. Automotive experience is a key asset but not a requirement as we do provide paid training. We offer a comprehensive beneﬁts package, and a ﬂexible non-commission/ salary based pay plan. Apply in conﬁdence to: firstname.lastname@example.org
880 Central Alberta Agricultural Dealership
Requires a heavyduty/ag apprentice or Journeyman mechanic. Must be self-motivated team player able to work well with others. Send resume to Heinz Stalder via email or fax: email@example.com 403-843-3430
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FABRICATION COORDINATOR Alstar is looking for a self-starter who is motivated and organized to fill this NEW position.
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The successful applicant will have the following: General Knowledge of Welding & Construction Able to Interpret ISO Metric drawings, P&IDs & Engineered Structural Drawings Strong Computer Skills Able to Adapt to Changing Environments Quality Assurance Experience an Asset
In this NEW role you will: • Coordinate & Schedule Work Flow/Shop Loading • Coordinate Fabrication Activity • Manage Inventory • Ensure Timelines are being kept Wage will range from $65,000 - $80,000 per annum depending on experience, with Full Benefits. This will be a Monday to Friday Shift Alstar Oilfield is looking for highly motivated individuals to join our Team in Hinton. Alstar has been serving the oil and gas construction industry since 1969. If you have a Desire to be Part of a Growing Company Please apply on our Career Section on our website www.alstaroilfield.com
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IN Ponoka, has immediate openings for SWAMPERS Please submit resumes to 6526 - 44 Ave., Ponoka, AB T4J 1J8 Fax: 403-783-3011 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED
COOKS SERVERS DISHWASHER Call Rizza 780-918-2076 Or drop resume off at #4, 5101 51 Ave, Ponoka
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Business getting nowhere?
DALTON’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
HOME BUILDING CENTRE, Red Deer Seeking experienced salespeople (contractor desk); also Project Estimator. Building supplies knowledge a must. Wage commensurate with experience. Email resume: email@example.com. 1-403-343-6422.
FREIGHTLAND CARRIERS, a tri-axle air ride flatdeck carrier is looking for Owner/Operators to run Alberta only or 4 Western Provinces. Average gross $18 20,000/month. 1-800-917-9021. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sur-B Enterprises Ltd.
BOBCAT SERVICE • Snow Removal • Driveways & Parking Lots • Post-Hole Augering - 6, 9, 12, 15 • Corral Cleaning • Grading & Construction
has an opening for a full time permanent
2ND OR 3RD YEAR APPRENTICE OR JOURNEYMAN TECHNICIAN
NEW BRIGDEN KINDERGARTEN accepting applications for a 0.5FTE Kindergarten Teacher for 2014 - 2015. Valid Alberta Teaching Certificate preferred. Send resume: agthor@netaPETROFIELD Industries, go.ca. 403-664-1241. the Leader in manufacturing Hydrovac trucks, is accepting resumes for the following positions: Trades * General Labourers * Industrial Painters CUSTOM MUFFLER * Sandblasters Looking for apprentice or * Material Handler * Automotive Electrical journeyman mechanic. Technician Pipe bending skills would be a great asset. Wages * Journeyman Welder / Apprentice depend on exp. Going * 2nd Yr Welder with concern shop. Fax Aluminum experience resume to:403-346-9909 or drop off at 2410 50 Ave. Visit our website at: Phone 403-346-7911 www.tornadotrucks.com FULL-TIME TRUCK for more details. Our Driver-Track Hoe and Cat Company has an Operators wanted. enthusiastic fast paced Experience in operating working environment, with equipment, loading & advancement possibilities unloading all types of for the motivated person, equipment. Competitive and offers an excellent wages & benefits. Must benefit package. fax have all tickets. Resident 403-742-5544 of Whitecourt an asset. e-mail: email@example.com Please fax resume to 780-778-2444.
WANTED WATER WELL “Committed to enriching the rig with driller/helper for lives of our workforce, while subcontract domestic Providing quality energy wells. Central/north construction solutions” central Alberta. Also driller wanted for Permton rig. Failing, Mayhew size. Permton Supplies Co. Ltd., 1-800-244-3668. Professionals IT NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR required FULL TIME for Red Deer Must have min 3 years HANDS ON verifiable employment which is current. Own vehicle, clean drivers abstract, criminal background check necessary. Please send resume to: stevel@telus. net at Longhurst Consulting or Fax: 403-309-3920
in Stettler, Alberta.
We are looking for a responsible, mature, employee able to manage multiple tasks and provide quality workmanship.
Call 403-783-2764 403-588-0599 CallJim JimAshbough Ashbough 783-2764ororCell: Cell: 588-0599 Jack Surbey 403-783-5283 Cell: 403-588-0597 Jack Surbey 783-5283orCell: 588-0597
Must be able to work well with others as well as take independent direction.
If you are interested in pursuing this career in our positive, fast paced, team atmosphere please email your resume to Christy@brennanautobody.com. For more information on our facility, and details of this position, visit our website www.brennanautobody.com
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Applicant must speak English. Average in Mathematics and also with good computer typing skills. Any job experience can apply.
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Call 403-783-3311 BOTTLE DEPOT
PONOKA BOTTLE DEPOT Open Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Closed Sundays & Holidays We Now Recycle Milk Cartons for Deposit
P/T OR F/T STABLE HELP WANTED
3, 5520 Hwy 2A (Across from Husky)
for show horse barn Call 403-392-5040
CARPENTER’S HELPER Inside work, Transportation required. Ponoka area. Wage dependant on experience. 403-391-8385
SALES & SERVICE
880 CALNASH TRUCKING LTD
IN PONOKA requires an immediate
SHOP/PARTS PERSON The responsibilities will include ordering and organizing parts, data entry, record keeping and general shop duties. Reporting directly to the operations manager, the individual will have excellent communication skills, organized and general computer knowledge. Some training will be provided, but must have some general trucking and parts background. Excellent wages and company benefits Please submit applications to: Calnash Trucking 6526 44 Avenue, Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1J8 Fax: 403-783-3011 E-mail: email@example.com (Attn: Shop/Parts Person) Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No Phone calls please.
EXERCISE, EARN MONEY, AND WIN PRIZES! Reliable carriers are automatically entered into a monthly draw.
Win an additional $50 Keep up the good work and your name will be entered to win a
$400 Gift Certiﬁcate Each week the Ponoka News reaches residents where they live, work and farm. In town our papers are delivered door to door by reliable carriers and we could use more help.
If you are interested in a local route please contact Susan Whitecotton at 403-783-3311
Motorcycles & ATV’s Tues - Fri: 8:30 am-5:30 pm Saturday: 9 am-3 pm
403-783-5185 1-800-662-7135 Fax: 403-783-4635
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RIMBEYDENTALCARE DR. STEVE CALDER BS C DDS
Family Friendly Dentistry Box 1100 4905 50 St. Rimbey, AB T0C 2J0
Ph. (403) 843-2173 Fax: (403) 843-2607
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Gull Lake Golf Course
Hiring Seasonal Employees (May – Sept.) Part - Full Time.
F/T DELI CLERK 32 Hours/Week Full Benefits Job duties to include but not limited to running meat slicer plus all aspects of a full service deli Apply with resume to: Customer Service 4502 - 50 Street
For either clubhouse staff or course maintenance staff. Must be 18 years of age or older. Drop Resume off at Gull Lake Golf Course. Contact Eamon or Carla McCann 403-843-3322
ACADEMIC Express ADULT EDUCATION AND TRAINING
- General Dentistry - Orthodontics - Cosmetic Dentistry - Bonding - Veneers - Bleaching - White or Gold Fillings - Crown and Bridge - Implant Restorations
EYE CARE Drs. Heimdahl, ZoBell & Kallal 403-783-5575 1-800-662-7168 WWW.4YOUREYESONLY.CA
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ADVANCED EYE HEALTH & VISION EXAMS CONSULTATION & REFERRAL SERVICES DESIGNER EYE WEAR & CONTACT LENSES INSURED MEDICAL EYECARE SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL AGES
NEW PATIENTS ALWAYS WELCOME
OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Friday 8AM - 12:30PM • 1PM - 5PM
SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Activity Coordinator Assistant May to August 2014 40 hours/week Submit Resume to: Kristie Stretch, Activity Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (403) 783-6656
Closing date: May 2, 2014
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GED Preparation Would you like to take the GED in your community?
“WE ENTHUSIASTICALLY WELCOME NEW PATIENTS”
Preferred applicant to be enrolled in College or University
For more information call (403) 783-3940
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Red Deer Rocky Mtn. House Rimbey Hanna Drumheller Innisfail Paintearth Drayton Valley
403-340-1930 www.academicexpress.ca ATTENTION Students SUMMER WORK flexible schedule, $17 baseappointment, customer sales/service, no exp. necessary, conditions apply. Will train. Call 403-755-6711 www. summeropenings.ca/rda REQUIRED Production Welder Painter Shop Laborer Polisher Full or Part Time Crestomere area BANDIT INDUSTRIES 403-783-4284
INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT Operator School. No Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Sign up online! iheschool.com. 1-866-399-3853.
Sungold Specialty Meats Ltd. “Committed to your comfort”
Ph: 403-782-7722 Fax: 403-782-7499
Advertise your business in the Business Directory!
Located in Innisfail Alberta is currently recruiting for the following positions:
• Labourers • • Meat Butchers/Cutters • We are looking for team players, willing and able to work in both slaughter and fabrication depts. Previous experience in the food industry, meat processing an asset but not necessary. We provide on the job training. Steady year round employment and job rotation. Competitive wages starting @ $14.25/hr with the potential to earn $19.50/hr plus performance related bonus potential. Full beneﬁts program including registered pension plan. For more information or to apply you can: Visit our website @ www.sungoldmeats.com Fax: 403-227-1661 Attn: Ashley Ford HR Coordinator In person @ 4312-51 Street Innisfail, Alberta T4G-1A3 Email: email@example.com
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Hamilton’s requires a
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Job duties to include but not limited to: Decorating in store made cakes, slicing and bagging fresh baked product, serving customers and general sanitation Apply with resume to:
Customer Service 4502 - 50 Street Misc. Services
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She will bring congratulations and gifts for the family and the NEW BABY!
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