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Points West Living resident Dave Nixon cuts the ribbon and officially opens Points West in Stettler on Monday, April 28.

Points West Living celebrates grand opening ROBIN TARNOWETZKI Independent reporter After opening its doors last July, Points West Living officially opened on Monday, April 28. Points West residents greeted the guests at the door, and juice and snacks were on offer. The celebration was kicked off with a variety of speakers, such as Points West Living CEO Doug Mills, Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman, as-

sociate minister of seniors Dave Quest, Cathy McDonald of Alberta Health Services, and general manager Susan Cameron, among others. “Points West is a welcome addition to services for seniors in the community of Stettler,” McDonald said. “It provides the right mix of independence and support.” There are other Points West facilities in Lloydminster, Wainwright, Vegreville, Cold Lake, and Peace River. The organiza-

tion is also in the process of building facilities in Red Deer and Slave Lake. Mills estimates that construction on the building began in the winter of 2012 and finished in June of 2013 for the July opening. Overall, it’s been a very good experience for most people,” he said. “It’s a new facility, their rooms are large, and so there’s lots of space.” The idea behind Points West is to provide multiple levels of support in one building. More independent

seniors have less support, while frailer seniors have more support from staff. Currently, there are 79 residents and 84 staff members at Points West. The staff includes multi-purpose aides, who help cook and clean for the residents. This way, residents don’t have multiple people coming in to the suite – because that’s not what would happen if they were in their homes. “They do the serving of the meal like you would at home,” Cameron said.

“They do the cleaning, like you would at home.” And the main tenet of Points West Living is to make it as home-like for the residents as possible. “I love the philosophy of Points West,” Cameron said. “They embrace the Eden philosophy, where we work in a resident’s home, they don’t live in our workplace. They don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk as well.” In her speech, Cameron talked about the “plagues” of seniors, which include

boredom and hopelessness. Points West makes it a priority to combat these plagues by reintroducing plants, animals, and children to the residents’ lives. “It’s recognizing what our residents need,” Cameron said. “Of all the times we say ‘someone’s having behaviours,’ well, that’s an unmet need. And it’s our job to find out what that resident needs, because that eliminates the behaviours.” “Assisted living doesn’t look like an institution,” she said. “It’s home.”

Skate park almost ready to break ground STACEY LAVALLIE Independent reporter With the necessary funding almost secure, the Stettler Skate Board Association is hoping to see work on the new skate park underway this year. Mike Lawlor, president of the board, said that with funding in place from the Town of Stettler, funding and in-kind services numbers coming in from the County in early May, and other community groups and businesses making donations to the program, work could begin before summer this year. The new park would replace the makeshift one located adjacent to the Stettler Recreation Centre in the outdoor rink. The outdoor rink serves as the skate park during the summer months before reverting to its original purpose once the temperatures drop, but it never quite loses the feeling of “rink.” The metal ramps and obstacles look unforgiving and unfriendly, but every day attract kids

on bicycles, skate boards, roller blades and other wheeled items as they try to demonstrate tricks and jumps. Lawlor himself used the skate park when he was younger, and now he’s wanting to see an improved structure in place for his family, he said. “The town did the best it could with its original budget,” Lawlor said as he watched kids race over the rusty brown-orange obstacles on the outdoor rink. “The new park will be a whole new experience. It’ll be available for all levels (of skill), from beginner to experienced. A place to go.” He said once the park is complete, he wouldn’t be surprised to see more than kids use it – the triangleshaped concrete structure will offer something for anyone who loves the extreme sport, kids and adults alike. The park was designed and will be built by Calgary’s New Line Skate Parks, which has designed parks all over Canada

including new parks in Lacombe, Sylvan Lake, Red Deer and Calgary. It’s something Lawlor said he’s excited to see. “It’ll bring families out, together, where they can skate and have fun,” he said. The names of the donors will be integrated into the park itself, so while there won’t be a wall of donors, when visitors roll up a ramp or climb up a step, they might see the names of the local businesses, community groups, and individuals whose money helped bring the location into existence. The new park will be located on a triangular outcrop of land adjacent to the ball diamonds rather than where the current outdoor rink is located, which means the rink will be retained for its winter use. As he watched the kids on the current park obstacles, Lawlor couldn’t help but smile. “This is why we’re doing it,” he said. “We enjoyed it as kids and we want to see

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Mike Lawlor (centre with hat) is joined by patrons of the current skate park for a photo. The kids welcomed Lawlor with enthusiasm, excitedly asking questions about the new skate park, during his brief visit. our kids enjoy it.” He took a moment to praise the dedicated group of volunteers who have been focused and dedicated to the cause during the past

several years. During that time, the group went from a dream to a plan to a project ready to break ground, he said. “Without their hard

work, this wouldn’t be happening,” he concluded. For more information about the Skate Park, or to volunteer, contact Lawlor at Lawlor Jewelry.

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For the past 24 years, Bernice Brown has spent a few hours every week carefully salvaging buttons from strips of cloth that have been cut away from donated clothes too ragged to salvage. It isn’t an easy operation; each button must be inspected to be sure it’s not faded, cracked or broken, then carefully cut free of the fabric, threads plucked away, all before being pinned with the other buttons to a small bristol board card. Last week, Brown put together another card of five buttons, making it her 6,785th card completed in her volunteer labour at Superfluity, a second-hand thrift store located beside

Sears on Main Street in Stettler. Her friend, Elva Regan, also used to be a “button lady” too, though gave that up a few years ago without completing nearly as many cards of buttons as the dedicated Brown. Both have been with Superfluity since it started “This saves items from the landfill,” Brown said. “It helps people with good things (that other people would throw out). Few places sell buttons nowadays.” The button racks at Superfluity show just how quickly Brown’s labours are snapped up by buyers: there are less than 30 cards of buttons on the rack while she speaks. When people donate clothing to Superfluity, volunteers sort the clothes into different groups – men,

women, children, babies, and rags. The rag clothing is made from items that are too worn or damaged for resale, and the volunteers bag these items up and send them off – but not before cutting off the strips of cloth where shirts button at the cuff and down the front. Those strips go into a bag, which then makes its way to Brown. She said she’s always got a bag on the go. Dorothy Anderson has worked with Superfluity for years, too, and said that Superfluity does more than raise money for local charities – although with its volunteer-only staff, it does that, too. Anderson estimates Superfluity receives about 30 bags or boxes of items a day, and that rounded out, each donation weighs about 20 pounds. With the store open

six days a week, throughout the year she estimates that the location diverts about 187,200 pounds of clothes, furnishings, games, books, and other miscellaneous items – including buttons – from the local landfill sites. That’s roughly the same weight as a blue whale, and over the years, Anderson believes the store has kept more than 90 tonnes of items from the landfill. Without the volunteers who run the store, sort the items, salvage the buttons and other saveable items, Anderson said Superfluity wouldn’t be able to help the community like it does. Clothing that doesn’t sell after a certain amount of time, or is overflow, makes its way to other communities like Red Deer, where they go to second-hand stores or shelters to help the people living there.

School board looks at cutting costs ROBIN TARNOWETZKI Independent reporter The Clearview school board focused on their budget at their Thursday, April 24 meeting to look at where to save money. The board looked at the current yard service guidelines and what can be changed in the coming year. Yard service refers to when school buses drop students off in their yards. Before September 2013, bus drivers made the judgment themselves about whether or not to provide yard service. Drivers were also sometimes not aware of yard service guidelines,

and once yard service was established, it was not always reviewed. In September 2013, however, bus drivers were asked to record yard service they were providing, and it was concluded that while some yard service followed guidelines, some did not. Transportation Services estimates that of the 196 km. per day that buses travel for yard service in the school district, almost 82 km. are for families that don’t meet the distance criteria for the service. Assistant superintendent Peter Neale laid out the financial considerations involved in providing yard service. In total, across the district, buses spend 750 minutes a day providing yard service to students. The total estimate for yard service cost over the year was about $42,000. This includes wages and mileage costs. “If money is really that tight...we can stop yard service altogether,” Neale said. However, the board wanted yard service guidelines to be somewhere between that extreme and what they have

now. The board discussed how much it was the school’s responsibility to ensure the child’s safety after he or she has been dropped off. Neale said it is not technically the responsibility of the school to make sure the child is safe after being dropped off, but Yvette Cassidy was hesitant about restricting yard service. “I don’t want to live with a dead kid on my conscience,” Cassidy said. “There’s no way I ever want to see a bus stop on (highway) 56 and drop off a kid.” The board decided to direct administration to send out a survey to parents and bring the results back to the board in June. The cost of search for a new superintendent Council also discussed the cost associated with searching for a new superintendent. “We don’t want to be chintzy on that,” said board chair Ken Checkel. The largest cost associated with the search is the use of a consultant from the

Alberta School Board Association, which is estimated to cost $10,000-$15,000 in total. Cassidy felt the board was spending too much money on the search and suggested not using the consultant. “I look at that and I think to myself, ‘That’s half a teacher,’” she said. The consultant identifies potential candidates, helps line them up, and figures out which ones are worth interviewing. Checkel said over his career, the board has used a consultant four times and felt the board needed his expertise. “In theory, you can do things yourself, but there are things that the board would feel uncomfortable with,” he said. Other expenses include board time, which is estimated to be $1,500 a day for three days, expenses for candidates to come to the interview, and possibly moving expenses. The board made a motion to accept the cost discussion as information, which was carried with Cassidy opposed.


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Stettler RCMP and the Stettler Regional Fire department responded to a collision in Stettler last week, after which three people were sent to hospital.

RCMP urge parents to be careful with kids in vehicles STACEY LAVALLIE Independent reporter The Stettler RCMP are urging parents and caretakers to be careful when leaving children in parked vehicles, even just for a short time. Last week, police spoke to one family after two young children were left unattended in a pickup truck on Main Street for roughly 30 minutes, detachment commander Sgt. Duncan Babchuk explained. He said a local business

phoned 911 after the crying of the youngest child went on for several minutes and they couldn’t find the owner of the vehicle in nearby stores. Once summer temperatures arrive, it only takes 10 minutes for temperatures to become uncomfortably hot, and depending on whether the vehicle is in the sun or full shade, it can easily reach 90 degrees Celsius. Temperatures that high cause brain damage and death in both humans and pets. Even when windows are left open, temperatures

can be uncomfortably hot. Car theft with children inside or abduction only takes a moment of inattention, and even young children can escape vehicles and possibly end up in traffic, or move a vehicle out of park. No charges were laid in the Main Street incident. Three people were sent to hospital shortly past 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 after an northbound vehicle struck an eastbound car, Babchuck said. The 17-yearold driver of the car and two passengers were taken to

the hospital with minor injuries. The three girls were taken to the hospital by local EMS, and the 72-yearold driver of the other vehicle was unharmed. The collision slowed traffic at the intersection of Highway 56 and 44 Avenue for a short time until the debris was cleaned up. Investigation revealed the driver of the car “failed to proceed safely after stopping at the stop sign,” police revealed, and she was issued a ticket. Weather and road conditions, alcohol and drugs were not a factor.

Snowmobilers fined, lose licences after January joyride on RCMP lawn STACEY LAVALLIE Independent reporter Two Stettler men are facing steep fines and have lost their drivers’ licences after joyriding on the RCMP detachment lawn and adjacent road in late January earlier this year. The two men, Billy McKee and Brady Serbier, appeared separately before Justice J.B. Mitchell on April 24 at the Alberta Provincial Court in Stettler. The court heard that on January 31, members of the RCMP heard the loud revving of snowmobiles outside the detachment and, after looking outside, saw the two accused racing on the adjacent street. When police tried to stop the two snowmobilers, both fled but one, McKee, was arrested nearby when his snowmobile broke down. Serbier, who was identified by McKee, turned himself in to police the next day. For Serbier, the incident was his first brush with the law, a “bit of youthful foolishness,” according to

Crown Prosecutor Jason Snider. Unlike his friend, McKee did have a criminal record for assault, and at the time of his arrest outside the detachment was already on probation. In Serbier’s case, the Crown agreed to drop the original charge of failure to stop for a peace officer, which would leave Serbier with a criminal record, in favour of stunt driving, a traffic safety act violation. “I appreciate your guilty plea,” Judge Mitchell told Serbier, “but I don’t appreciate...your lack of awareness. I will penalize you for stunting and for basic stupidity.” Mitchell wasn’t much kinder to McKee, calling the events “just plain stupid”. McKee was also charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, in addition to his stunting charges. The court heard that the police, on detaining McKee, noted a strong odour of alcohol, saw flushed skin and heard slurred speech, three signs of impaired driving. However, a blood-alcohol test was not performed as there was no technician available to perform the test.

“The real consequence is you have a criminal record,” Mitchell told McKee with a sigh. McKee was banned nation-wide from operating a motor vehicle for a year unless he was approved for the ignition interlock program, Mitchell decreed. Also in Alberta Provincial Court on April 24: Just two weeks after being released from the Red Deer detention centre, Derek Draganiuk was back in court for failing to comply with his release conditions. Draganiuk, arrested on assault charges, had been released on bail with strict conditions to remain away from the second party and the her place of residence. The matter was put forward until May 8. Douglas Kozak was fined $500 for speeding away from police after he was pulled over for a loud muffler. Anthony Glasier pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving and was fined $1,150 for his actions, and in doing so avoided having the matter go to trial.



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new growth,” Brugman said about the permit ban. “Big piles (of burning debris) can last for hours. People think they’re out, but all it takes is a good wind (to fan the coals into flame).” Previously issued fire permits can be used, and residents can continue to use fire barrels so long as they’re properly screened to prevent the escape of sparks. In Paintearth, residents aren’t allowed to use burning barrels until the fire ban is lifted, explained county CAO Tarolyn Peach. The ban was put in place after she had a discussion with the three fire department chiefs that serve the county – Halkirk, Castor and Coronation. “We’ve had several fires in the past two weeks,” Peach said. She confirmed that the fires had all been grass fires. People who had acquired burning permits from the towns or county

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The retirement This is what life is all about! conundrum for non-elite I read two books by different authors earlier this year that discussed what they considered to be the major contributing factors to success for businesses, churches, or life in general. Both authors stated conclusively that success and/or failure was inextricably connected to and in direct proportion to “purpose” or lack thereof. And both, with slightly different phraseology, said that the business enterprise, church or person without purpose is “lost”. Hugh Morehead, supposing that the intelligentsia of his day would have the answers to the meaning and purpose of life began an interesting hobby. He sat down and wrote to famous scientists, writers and philosophers and he asked all of them the same question; “What is the purpose of life?” I have listed below, just a few of the responses that he received. Joseph Heller, author of “Catch-22” replied, “I have no answers to the meaning of life and I no longer want to search for any.” Isaac Asimov wrote, “As far as I can see there is no purpose to life.” Renowned psychiatrist Albert Ellis said, “As far as I can tell, life has no special or intrinsic meaning or purpose.” Philosopher Thomas Nagle added, “I’m afraid the meaning of life still eludes me.” He added the late Frederick Nietzsche’s view which was, “Life is an unprofitable episode that disturbs an otherwise blessed state of non-existence.” Finally, with just a slight hint of optimism, famous psychiatrist Karl Jung wrote, “I don’t know what the meaning or the purpose of life is but it looks like as if there were

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the Canadian labor market these days. The most widely reported and discussed topic is the use, or misuse, of the temporary foreign workers program by McDonald’s of Canada. Although labeled “bullshit” by John Betts, the CEO of McDonalds Canada, in a conference call with his franchisees, the discussion has served a good purpose by raising awareness on employment practices undertaken by some companies in favor of temporary workers versus the local workforce even if they sometimes pay higher wages to the former than the latter. The key here is the commitment that an employer takes on when a company hires workforce: The social security premiums the employers pay have always been seen as the pain in the neck and hiring temporary labour without their roots in the country is a good way of getting rid of that obligation. But when it comes to social security, Canada has a much bigger case of injustice, that between the public servants and private sector employees. The Harper government rolled out some new proposals last week to introduce a third option regarding the pension schemes for private sector, which is basically designed to ensure that the losses should be shared by the employers and employees if the pension funds fail to perform well in the financial markets. It is apparently meant to be a Why are governmentmiddle-of-the-road option between deemployed people fined-benefit plans, generally favoured (at both federal and by workers, and defined-contribution plans, which are favoured by employprovincial levels) ers. practically classified The new alternative, called “the flexible option”, will only be available for and treated as “elite” Crown corporations and federally-regwhen it comes to ulated workers that are generally in the pension schemes? transportation, banking and telecommunications sectors. Why? The target benefit plan also would not apply to the federal public service or to provincially regulated private pension plans. Why? “We are not picking and choosing for Canadians. We want the defined-benefit plan there as a choice,” Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State for Finance, was quoted as saying in announcing the new scheme. Isn’t this limiting the choice if this new option is available only for a certain section of the workforce and not for all working population? Why are government-employed people (at both federal and provincial levels) practically classified and treated as “elite” when it comes to pension schemes? With all due respect to public servants, one cannot help asking if the labour of an entry level clerk, or a mid-level manager for that matter, in private sector is less valuable than that of the same level public servant? Because the former is left at the mercy of the market fluctuations and investment brokers who manage the pension funds of the employer while the latter has been guaranteed a steady and secure pension backed by the federal (provincial) budget funded by all taxpayers. Not that this federal government will really care about it, but rational people should give it some thought to generate ideas to address this “pension apartheid” in this country if we are serious about preventing mounting poverty among seniors. – Mustafa Eric


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something meant by it.” I don’t know if you are surprised by the responses of the great minds. If so, you may be equally surprised if you ask people you know (or yourself) if they have an established understanding of and definition of the purpose for their lives. I think that you will find that a defined, stated belief or statement will typically be unarticulated and unavailable. This is both remarkable and tragic! Without a purpose, we’re simply marking time until our expiration date. As Thomas Carlyle said (and it seems a logical thought), “A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.” Perhaps Hugh Morehead would have found a better answer in Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes is a book, comprised of 12 chapters and 222 verses, tucked away in the poetic section of the Old Testament and it cuts to the chase of the purpose of life. It catalogs the emptiness and vanity of life and human endeavor, but then it ends with a powerful summary statement. It says, “Everything...can be put into a few words: Respect and obey God! This is what life is all about.”

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Future of livestock registry could be new opportunity The federal government seems to be contemplating the possibility of getting out of the animal pedigree business, an activity it’s been involved with since the early 1900s. Such musings should come as no surprise to those that understand the basic ideology of the ruling Conservative government. That perspective essentially wants the government to stay out of or get out of business or market related endeavours. There is some common sense to that notion – when one considers the government’s direct and indirect involvement with the economy through hundreds of crown corporation, agencies, boards, commissions and a host of other quasi entities. Many of those bodies were organized years ago when there was a perceived need. The problem that arises is in many cases the entities continue to survive because there is no mechanism to remove them, even when they become obsolete. Alberta has taken an enlightened approach to that dilemma through a compulsory review process that has to occur every five years. It mandates any agency that has provincial oversight must justify its existence to those it serves or be abolished. However no such process exists at the federal level, so anytime an agency’s mandate is questioned howls of protest erupt from vested interests. The Canadian government oversees and manages animal genetic recording through the Animal Pedigree Act and established the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation (CLRC) to carry out that activity. It was established over a 100 years ago. Back then there was a need to establish credible protocols and accurate recording of purebred livestock genetic information. At the time no group existed to carry out that service, so the government of the day passed legislation to provide the service mainly to

ture, the CLRC needs to put forth a business plan that involves complete cost recovery. If a case can be made then it behooves the user associations to consider setting up their own agency that is overseen and audited by the federal government. That’s what happened to brand inspection in Alberta and beef grading in Canada. That would put control in the hands of the users and keep the government only as a guarantor of accuracy. That’s the direction for these types of government services today and that should be accepted as a business reality. The fact is what made sense 100 years ago is no longer relevant and neither is past rationale of any consequence. What this possible change might also encourage is a review as to who could provide registry services. Alberta continues to display considerable competency in this area, not only has brand inspection been successfully privatized, but also a considerable number of other government-related registry services in such areas as car and driver licensing. All those services are now being carried out more efficiently and cheaper than the former government supplied activities. What also needs to be examined is the possibility of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency taking over the purebred registry business. That agency has the logistics and experience to operate the recoding side of the business. The precedent for cooperation is also in place, the Canadian Livestock Identification Agency is an alliance of cattle, sheep, bison, horse and hog organizations, would it be that far-fetched to have them involved. It would sure be a step forward for livestock industry unity – rather than create another entity. We can only hope that common sense will suddenly break out with this issue.

the livestock industry. An agency was established which charged service fees, but being a government agency there never seems to be any urgency to operate on a cost recovery basis. That approach always comes back to haunt government agencies that provide voluntary services. Most would agree that the CLRC and its predecessor agency have provided good service to the livestock and animal purebred associations it serves. The fact is government management provides a recording guarantee that can be trusted, something smaller livestock groups could not offer. The other reality is that CLRC worked because of economies of scale and regular government updating of logistics. In that regard the agency did receive a setback about 40 years ago when it allowed some livestock associations (Holstein, Hereford, Angus and others) to set up their own livestock registry. That saw the agency lose a big chunk of its business, which affected its operations and the cost of doing business. But it survived with government support and operated under the public radar for many years. Until now. To address the musings by the government over its fu-

Plant 2014 and volatility begins As we start to pull out the seeding equipment, grains continue to trade off of weather, the geopolitical situation in Eastern Europe, and when those headlines are quiet, the trade reverts to market technicals. Speaking of Ukraine, C.W.B. Director of Market Research Neil Townsend says that after doing a four-day tour of the country, the crops are looking good and that yields could actually be better than last year. While overall acres in Ukraine are likely down a little bit (especially for corn), agronomy-wise, it’s a good season. Conversely, politically & economics-wise, it’s not a good season and so while grain will continue to get sown, grown, & harvested, its ability to get into the world pipeline will add uncertainty to the market (AKA volatility as premiums get built up and sold off erratically). On April 24th, Statistics Canada released its acreage estimates for Plant 2014 and according to the survey of 11,500 Canadian

farmers, we will see more pulse crops get planted but less canola and other coarse grains. Total wheat acres for this year are seen at 24.77 million (-4.8 per cent year-over-year) while canola acres are seen dropping slightly from last year to 19.8 million. Corn and barley acres are also seen dropping to 3.67 million (-8.6 per cent) and 6.3 million (-11 per cent) respectively. Basically, these acreage declines will go to pulse crops and non-canola oilseeds. Specifically, pea acres are seen growing 21 per cent to almost four million and lentils acres are expected to increase by 19.5 per cent to 2.86 million. Soybean acres are seen rising 16.5 per cent to 5.26 million, most significantly in Ontario & Manitoba with 1.3 million and 2.8 million acres respectively). Flax acres are expected to steal the show with a 66 per cent increase over last year’s share to 1.72 million acres. Ultimately, this survey was taken over a month ago and while I

BRENNAN TURNER expect non-canola oilseed and pulse acres to stay close to StatsCan’s initial estimates, it’s likely we’ll see a change in canola & wheat numbers by the end of the year. Finally, a lot of the market is watching the planting pace of U.S. crops and any weather events that can slow the seeding speed down is usually considered bullish. However, if last year was any indication when over 40 per cent

playing some pro hockey, Mr. Turner spent some time working in finance before starting, a risk-free, transparent online and now mobile grain marketplace. His weekly column is a summary of his free, daily market note, the FarmLead Breakfast Brief. He can be reached via email ( or phone (1855-332-7653).

likes of the U.S.D.A. to erase those grains rather quickly. To growth, Brennan Turner President, FarmLead. com

of the U.S. corn crop got planted in one week, sporadic rains slowing field activity shouldn’t really be of too much concern until early-to-mid May. Staying in weather, agencies around the world are increasing their estimates of an El Nino event occurring this year, with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology being the most bullish, saying the extreme weather pattern may develop by July. The regions that’ll be most affected are in Southeast Asia & Australia as the drier conditions can adversely affect crop production. Of significance for India is oilseed and lentils production potentially falling but the India Weather Department is expecting monsoon rains to be just 88 per cent of the normal long-term average (India gets about 70 per cent of their annual rainfall during the monsoon season). Keep in mind that while lower global production premiums can get built into the market over time, it only takes a bearish report or two from the

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Community comes out to support Gadsby ball diamonds ROBIN TARNOWETZKI Independent reporter Stettler was host to two comedians on Saturday, April 26 when the Gadsby District Ball Association held a fundraiser at the Stettler community hall. Organizer Rachelle Atterbury is hoping to raise enough money to maintain the Gadsby ball diamonds for a few years. “We used to do one (a fundraiser) a couple of years ago…when we first started raising money to build the diamonds,” Atterbury said. “Then we stopped for a couple of years and now we need to start again.” She estimates that the event raised about $11,000 total. Attendees came from all over east central Alberta: Gadsby, Stettler, Castor, Alix, and other communities.. The event was held in Stettler for the convenience of the taxi service, the larger hall, and the kitchen. “It’s been really nice,” said attendee Lori McKay. “My favourite part is the food.” The event started with a steak and shrimp dinner. Afterward, attendees could bid on silent auction items such as helmets, a hoodie, and a gift certificate from Today’s Sweet in Castor.

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Participants wait for the comedians at the Yuk Yuks On Tour Dine and Dance Fundraiser at the Stettler community hall on Saturday, April 26.

Participants were then entertained by two comedians. The audience laughed along with Andrew Al-

bert’s raunchy jokes, and he ended up making fun of Toronto mayor Rob Ford, drawing lots of laughter.

He was followed by fellow Yuk Yuks performer Jason Fredrickson, who centred a lot of his comedy around

his five kids, with many jokes about classic children’s TV shows. After the comedians, the

dance began and the band was set to play until 2 a.m. Atterbury estimates that 270 tickets were sold.

Spring cleanup hindered by the cold ROBIN TARNOWETZKI Independent reporter

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Jordan Sernecky and Kyle Sernecky (with Nancy Doney in the background) collect garbage around Stettler on Saturday, April 26.

This year’s spring cleanup didn’t have as many volunteers as expected, but organizer Karen Sernecky already knows what to do next year to make it a success. “There were a lot of people that I know that came out to help me out,” Sernecky said. “I’d like to get more participation from the public next year. Maybe start advertising earlier. I’ll put posters out, maybe.” The purpose of the spring cleanup was to get volunteers to clean up public spaces in Stettler in preparation for the coming summer. Although there have been several warm days this spring, it was only 1 C on Saturday, April 26, when the event took place. “It definitely restricted the number of volunteers who came out, for sure,” she said. “I think if it was a little bit nicer out, we would have had tons of people.” Sernecky also thinks participation was affected by the other events going on that

same day – including the community garage sale. “I think next year, I’ll plan it the weekend before this all happens,” she said. “I’m hoping I’ll get more people by not having it when there are all the other events, because that definitely hurt this one.” She estimates that she got about twenty volunteers, as well as other people who came out during the week. The volunteers cleaned up the ditch by the RCMP building, Memorial Park, the high school parking lot, and were also planning to clean up the soccer field. Volunteers got seven bags of garbage alone from the high school parking lot. Sernecky also had a variety of businesses donate for the cause: Newalta provided lunch, Tim Hortons provided free travel mugs, coffee, and doughnuts, AcklandsGrainger provided garbage bags, gloves, and sanitizer, and Peavey Mart provided garbage bags. “It’s been a really good turnout that way,” she said. “They’ve all been really helpful having things ready and having it all set up for me to make my life easier.”

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Donetsk is not Sarajevo

All growth is not necessarily good by Jan Slomp

by Gwynne Dyer With due apologies to God, Voltaire and the Ukrainians, I must point out that if Ukraine did not exist, it would not be necessary to invent it. It is not a great power, it has no resources the world cannot do without, and it is not a “vital strategic interest” to anybody except the Ukrainians themselves. Not even to the Russians, although they are acting at the moment as though it were. Bosnia was nobody’s vital strategic interest either. It isn’t now, and it wasn’t a hundred years ago. But Bismarck warned in 1898 that if there was ever another major war in Europe, it would come out of “some damned silly thing in the Balkans,” and an assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 fulfilled his prophecy to the letter. Some things have changed since then, however. The next world war will not come out of Ukraine (which is only slightly north-east of the Balkans) no matter what happens in the next few weeks and months. Russia might invade Ukraine, there might even be a new Cold War for a while, but there will be no fighting in Europe beyond Ukraine’s borders. Indeed, apart from the Balkans there has been no full-scale war in Europe for the past 69 years, and there was never the slightest risk that the fighting in the 1990s would spread beyond the borders of former Yugoslavia. Indeed, there was probably never a single day during the 45 years of the Cold War when either side seriously considered attacking the other. The reason was simple: they knew what would happen next, even if neither side used the thousands of nuclear weapons at its disposal. Twice in thirty years, in 1914-18 and 1939-45, a major war using modern weapons had been fought over almost all of Europe’s territory. On the first occasion, they lost a generation of young men. The second time, most countries from Germany eastwards lost around ten percent of their populations killed – and most of the casualties that time were civilians. Half of the continent’s great historic cities were reduced to ruins even without the help of nuclear weapons. It was a very expensive education, but the Europeans did finally learn their lesson: don’t do this any more. That is why, even as Russian tanks drive right up to Ukraine’s eastern borders and the Ukrainian army prepares to die in a fight it knows it would lose, nobody else in Europe is getting ready for war. If the Russians want part or all of Ukraine, they can have it – and pay the long-term price for taking it, which would be very high. But nothing in Europe is worth blowing all of Europe up for. Do not be alarmed by the fact that troops and planes from as far away as the

United States and Canada are currently being sent to NATO countries that have borders with Russia. The numbers are militarily insignificant. Their purpose is simply to remind the Russians that the alliance will protect its own members should Moscow ever decide that it has also a right to “protect” Russian-speakers in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Moscow does not actually need to be reminded of that. It has seized Crimea, and is toying with the idea of seizing more of Ukraine, precisely because that country does not fall under the NATO umbrella. And it does not belong to NATO because NATO didn’t want to take military responsibility for its defence. That was an entirely rational decision, because the Russians clearly thought Ukraine fell within their sphere of influence. This is the first time it has been independent from Russia for any appreciable period of time in the past three and a half centuries. Moreover, the post-Soviet governments in Kiev had been horrendously corrupt and incompetent, the country as a result is even poorer than it was in Soviet times – and the population in the eastern part of Ukraine is terrified of getting tangled up with the West because it inhabits an industrial museum whose products are only saleable in Russia. What eastern Ukrainians really fear for is their jobs, not their right to speak Russian. All this was clear twenty years ago, and that’s when NATO decided that Ukraine’s independence would have to depend on Russia’s good-will, not on NATO’s tanks. And for twenty years Russia more or less respected Ukraine’s independence, while seeking, naturally enough, to ensure that its governments were friendly. The collapse of the status quo is partly the European Union’s fault, for demanding that Ukraine choose between closer trade and travel ties with the EU and full membership in Russia’s “Eurasian Union”. It is even more the fault of Moscow: President Vladimir Putin has been both emotional and opportunistic. He’s scaring people, which is never a good idea. But if he does take more or even all of Ukraine, the West will not fight him. It will just take in all the Ukrainian refugees, strengthen its eastern defences, and begin the slow process of bringing down Putin by crippling the Russian economy. That would take years, but nobody would forget about Ukraine. It is a UN member, and even China has stopped supporting the Russian position. Remember East Timor. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

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The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) embraces the mantra that “all growth is good.” Their plan to change supply management for growth is a prescription for weakening, if not eliminating, the three pillars of supply management for dairy production in Canada – production controls, import tariffs and farmers’ cost of production pricing -- in order to produce more milk, lower its price and increase exports. The CBoC claims to be an independent think tank, but is affiliated with the New York-based Conference Board, run by and for US-based multinational corporations. While pretending to serve the public it advocates for a suite of policies – including dismantling dairy supply management – that promote corporate interests at the expense of the values and aspirations of Canadian people. Let’s do a quick review of why we have dairy supply management, and how it works. In the 1960s dairy processors were using erratic milk hauling practices to depress farm-gate prices paid to farmers. Farmers were faced with delivering milk at whatever price they could get or lose it all. Ontario and Quebec farmers protested and demanded government action. In 1969 a new system had the government regulate farmgate prices based on farmers’ cost of production in return for farmers producing a constant flow of high quality milk along with a system of discipline (quotas) to prevent over-production. Its success led to rapid adoption in all provinces. Since then, provincial milk marketing boards have successfully managed procurement, marketing, quotas, quality control and government regulation. To ensure supply and demand are synchronized, Canada

restricts dairy imports via WTO-compliant tariffs. Thus, Canada’s dairy sector produces primarily for the domestic market. Canada’s dairy supply management operates smoothly, efficiently and sustainably without government subsidies in contrast to other Canadian agricultural sectors where Agri-Stability payments are often needed to support farm incomes and overcome depressed commodity prices. The CBoC now promotes increasing dairy production beyond Canadian needs in order to export. There is definitely capacity in Canada to produce a lot more milk. But what kind of export markets could we pursue, what kind of programs would be required to obtain those markets and what net benefits would there be for various players in the system? Only a small portion of the world’s milk production crosses borders because it is a bulky perishable product. Most exports depend on subsidies, often obscured as indirect production supports to comply with trade agreements. American dairy farmers receive US Farm Bill-related payments that nearly double their milk cheques. European subsidies provide dairy farmers a base income, allowing them to survive on lower farm gate prices. The exception is New Zealand, a major dairy exporter with little or no subsidies. With the world’s lowest production cost (no winters) it can sell at the world’s lowest farmgate prices. Dismantling dairy supply management would be costly for Canadian taxpayers. To compete internationally we would have to match the massive subsidies given by the USA and European countries. Dairy farmers in Canada would receive lower prices for milk, be subjected to less transparent pricing and re-

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quire government bail-out programs such as AgriStability to keep operating. Ironically, the CBoC’s dairy plan is modeled after the deregulated export-oriented hog and beef sectors which have not only failed to grow, but have seen a steady decline punctuated by several crises over the past fifteen years, because farmers cannot recover the cost of production. The CBoC suggests that an export-oriented dairy system with lower farm gate prices would result in lower prices for consumers. In reality, retailers charge what the market will bear --New Zealand consumers pay among the highest prices for dairy in spite of their farmers’ low cost of production. Canadians value dairy supply management, as they enjoy a steady supply of high-quality products for a reasonable price. Supply management regulates production in each region of our vast geography, providing milk where consumers need it. An unregulated dairy market would centralize production, processing and distribution, requiring consumers in distant areas to pay more due to transportation and storage costs. Processors benefit from the constant, predictable flow of milk under supply management which allows them to maximize plant and labour force utilization, unlike their US counterparts who must deal with wide and erratic fluctuations. Dismantling dairy supply management would help companies affiliated with the CBoC, such as food processors and retailers, and those industries that have their eyes on massive concessions at the trade deal table. Their gain would be a huge loss for Canadian citizens and Canadian dairy farmers. Jan Slomp is the President of the National Farmers Union and a dairy farmer from Rimbey, Alberta.

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The Town of Stettler and the Heartland Beautification Committee would like to thank all the volunteers who participated in our annual spring cleanup. We would also like to take a moment to thank the following sponsors for their generous donations of supplies for cleanup and supplies and food for our volunteer BBQ. Newalta, Sean’s No Frills, Tim Hortons, Acklands Grainger, Peavey Mart.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Support to Spring Fling was great Well, spring has finally arrived and nothing confirmed that better when the snow squall came through as we were entering the hall last Saturday for the Spring Fling. It is good to see the moisture but I think we are all in agreement that rain would be much more welcome that snow. The Spring Fling was a great success again this year with the dessert auction items averaging $250 to $350 and the final item, Helen Steen’s doughnuts and long johns selling for an amazing $1000.00. The total for the night was just over an amazing $13000! I would like to send a big thank you on behalf of the Ag Society to all the community for supporting the Spring Fling fundraiser. I have it on good authority that the new roof for the curling rink with be starting by the end of May. The Ag Society will be looking for volunteers to help with the tearing off of shingles and strapping of the roof then the contractor will take over

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but it is necessary that we have so many volunteer hours to meet our grants obligations. The 4-H Beef club will be sorting bottles and batteries this Thursday evening at the Ag Grounds so if you have things to clear out, you can contact Melanie Nelson or any other 4-H member and someone

Rope skippers raise money On Friday, April 25, the entire Mother Teresa school population participated in the “ Jump rope for heart” skipping challenge. Students met in the gym following lunch. There were six stations set up and the skippers spent about 15 minutes at each. Skipping skills included double dutch, chase, pick up a penny, helicopter, tedding bear and regular skipping. All money raised is donated to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Fund. These youngsters are our volunteers of the future. Congratulations. A fire ban is in effect for the County of Paintearth and village residents are urged to use caution around bon fires. Congratulations to Lowell and Janette Berry on the arrival of an 8 lb. 6 oz. greatgrandson, Treston John, born to Darcy and Stacey (Chick ) Erion on April 18 in Stettler. Adolf Heier, Rose Koenraadt, Edna Luft and Wendy Ashbacher entered at bon-

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spiel in the new seniors’ facility just opened in the Rec centre. On Saturday, Paul and Jacquie Dietrich along with Doug and Delphene McKay attended the +55 floor curling in Rimbey. Dennis and Doris Cordel accompanied by their daughter, Corrine and Randy Trebbe spent a holiday on the West coast. They visited with Doris`s aunt Lena Knight and cousin, Bill, Trudeth and Joey Knight in Chilliwack. Lena wishes to be remembered to her family and friends in this area. They said it was great to see the green grass, flowers and trees in bloom in B.C. On Saturday, Doris and Corrine were among

the family who attended Dawson`s piano recital at Woodnook church near Lacombe. Dale and Melody Kent visited with Greg and Laura in Lloydminister over Easter. This Sunday, Melody met with her sisters for a birthday lunch in Camrose. Mel celebrates her birthday on Thursday. A pat on the back to the members of the Anderson family, Rod, Shirley, Desi and Carter who joined with other family members and were part of the 2000 plus people who participated in the Calgary Police half marathon or the 5 km walk-run in Calgary on Sunday. Coming up: May 1 – regular bingo returns to the hall at 7:30; May 3 – Halkirk Elks are hosting the Alberta Elks walk-a-thon at the Circle Square Ranch - proceeds go to the Elks and Royal Purple fund for children; May 11 – Elks annual Mother’s Day pancake breakfast at the hall from 9 to 11 a.m.

Safety Manual Development /Review Event Valerie Gonda, President of Gonda Safety Solutions Inc. will host this event and is the main contact and reviewer. Valerie has a certificate in Occupational Health & Safety, is an NCSO and an auditor for the Alberta Construction Safety Association and the Manufacturer’s Health & Safety Association. WHEN: 09:00 AM to 1:00 PM Thursday, May 15, 2014 WHERE: Canalta Hotel, Stettler WHO: This event is suitable for companies in all industries who have an existing safety manual they would like reviewed, or for companies who are considering development of their own safety manual. Cost of event is $25. Register early to avoid disappointment limited time frame and space available. Registration is required by phone (403)740-9523 or by email:

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will stop by. The club is also planning their grooming day on Saturday, May 17 at the Ag Grounds so if you have an interest in how the club is doing, stop in and see. The Rumsey Community Library is organizing a Community Garage sale at the end of May, Saturday the 31st, to be exact. We are looking for more people to set up a table so if you think you have closets and basements to clear out, this might be the opportunity for you. There is always a good crowd that attends to buy, so I’m sure you will get rid of some if not all of your treasures. The Rumsey Drop-in will be serving a delicious lunch of chili with a bun and treat for $5.00. Now that is a bargain so make sure you support the Drop-in by stopping by for lunch on that day. I mentioned last week that Linda Helmer and Al Gerdung are organizing a 50th class reunion for the Morrin Graduating class of 1964. They would also like to in-

vite the classes of 1962 and 1963. Please pass this info on to anyone you know who graduated in those years and everyone is invited to contact Al at 403-368-2171 or Linda at 403-368-2170. My joke of the week: A Pastor goes to the dentist for a set of false teeth. The first Sunday after he gets his new teeth, he talks for only eight minutes. The second Sunday, he talks for only ten minutes. The following Sunday, he talks for 2 hours and 48 minutes. The congregation had to mob him to get him down from the pulpit and they asked him what had happened. The pastor explains that the first Sunday his gums hurt so bad he couldn’t talk for more than 8 minutes. The second Sunday his gums still hurt too much to talk for more than 10 minutes. But, the third Sunday, he put his wife’s teeth in by mistake and he couldn’t shut up. Enjoy and have a good week.

Help us improve our service Submitted by Crystal Friars Bubbles and Bling is just a couple of days away. I am so excited that I can hardly contain myself. Do you have your tickets yet? Well, if you don’t, what are you waiting for? You haven’t heard about it yet? Let me tell you all about it. Our first Bubbles and Bling Ladies Night takes place Saturday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Stettler Public Library. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Join us for a fun night of champagne, desserts, prizes, activities, a photo booth, and a silent auction. It is going to be a great night. For those who purchased tickets previously, your tickets will be honoured at the door. Remember that your ticket is your entry into our draw for a beautiful diamond pendant donated by Lawlor Jewelry. Bring a friend (or your mom because Mother’s Day is a week away) and come have a great time and support your local library. Join us for our first edition of Reader’s Circle in the renovated library on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. when we discuss “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman. Stop in for a spot of tea and a night of great conversation. Also on Saturday, May 3 in the morning is our celebration of Free Comic Book Day starting at 10 a.m. Come in for cereal, cartoons, a comic book swap and most importantly—free comics. Everyone is welcome with or without your superhero costume. On Thursday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m., the Stettler Public Library and the Stettler United Church are pleased to present a workshop entitled “Writing Through Grief and Loss” with author Ray McGinnis. At this workshop, Mr. McGinnis will lead us in reflecting on, and addressing, grief and loss. No previous writing experience

is necessary. To register call the library at 403-742-2292. Currently the Stettler Public Library is working on its plan of service and we need your help. The purpose of the plan of service is to fulfill our requirements as a library and to produce a working document that gives us vision and focus to meet the needs of our community for a threeyear period. Right now we are working on the needs assessment survey of the plan. A needs assessment survey is a way of asking group or community members what they see as the most important needs of that group or community. The results of the survey then guide future action. Generally, the needs that are rated most important are the ones that get addressed. The question that we would like to ask you is “What is your greatest wish for Stettler in the future?” Message us on Facebook at, contact us Twitter @stettlerlibrary or e-mail us at We are the community’s library and we need your input to continue to be a place that the citizens of Stettler can call their own. Our outdoor book drop is now available. You can now return your materials after library hours.









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Stettler eats, drinks, and is merry at wine tasting ROBIN TARNOWETZKI Independent reporter The Stettler Rotary Club held its fourth annual wine tasting at the community hall on Friday, April 25. “I went to a few wine tastings in different locations and I thought it would be a neat fundraiser for the community,” said Peter Boys, the fundraising director for the Stettler Rotary Club. Five different businesses supplied wine and beer for the event, providing a variety of tastes for Stettler residents: from dessert wines to more acidic wines to fruit lagers. One of the businesses was Fieldstone Fruit Wines. Owner Glen Ellingson,

along with his partners, has been making wine from their own fruit since 2005 on a farm south of Strathmore. “When you retire, you want to keep doing something that’s interesting,” he said. “It keeps us awfully busy.” In addition to wine, the walls were lined with tables of food from businesses such as Love Sushi, Boston Pizza, Sobeys, and a host of others. There was sushi, vegetable platters, cupcakes, chocolate fondue, and more. The organizers called wine sellers from around the area to see if they would be interested in showing off their wares at the event. “It’s not actually hard to get people to come to this,”

Boys said. The event was intended to raise money for a variety of causes, but the main one was polio eradication. Rotary has partnered with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the US Center for Disease Control to eradicate polio globally. The money raised at the wine tasting event also goes to various initiatives around Stettler (the library, the handi-bus, the community hall, the skate park, and more), a women’s shelter in Camrose, and buying mosquito nets for people in Africa to help prevent polio. The rotary club sold 250 tickets, which, Boys said, is very good for Stettler. He hopes to have raised at least $6,500 from the event.

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Glen Ellingson shows off his wine at the fourth annual wine tasting at the Stettler community centre on Friday, April 25.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure at community garage sale ROBIN TARNOWETZKI Independent reporter Stettler residents came out to the Stettler Recreation Centre on Saturday, April 26 to either get rid of clutter or acquire more. Vendors showed off their wares, ranging from scrapbooking supplies to stuffed animals to jewellery to appliances. “We were happy. The vendors were pretty happy. Everyone had good sales,” said Gerry Little with Stettler recreation. He estimates the garage sale got over 500 visitors. One of those vendors was Sheldon Rab. When he retired and moved to Stettler six years ago, he had almost 14,000 comic

books. He’s been steadily selling them all, and now has 4,000. “I liked the pictures,” Rab said. “I used to collect cards and comics. Sold all my cards twenty years ago and kept the comics. I was silly. I should have collected stamps. It would have been lighter.” He sells his comics at the farmer’s market in Red Deer from May to October, and he says he does very well there. His most valuable comic book set was a Gene Autry set that he sold for $11,000. Admission to the garage sale was $2 for an individual and $5 for a family. The admission goes toward general revenue to help with expenses. This is the third year of the garage sale, and the recreation department has no plans to drop the event from the annual calendar.

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Sheldon Rab shows off his wares at the community garage sale at the recreation centre on Saturday, April 26.

Local physio clinic welcomes specialized doctor Performance Physiotherapy welcomes Dr. Timothy Weighman to the team, and he is excited to join the rest of the staff to help Stettler residents recover from their injuries.

England, the Lawn Tennis Association, and has worked with an organization that takes care of Olympic athletes. He moved to Canada four years ago from England, and lives in Killam.

“Too many times patients just get rushed off for x-rays and scans and MRIs, which will show things, but they don’t necessarily show what’s relevant and they often show irrelevant stuff that isn’t causing the patient any symptoms.” Dr. Timothy Weighman “Rhonda Missikewitz is an excellent physiotherapist, so I came to visit and she showed me around the new place with the gym and everything, and it just had everything you need…you can’t work as a sports medicine doctor on your own; you need the support from an extended team… so it’s a good Àt between me and the clinic,” Weighman said. As of May, he will be in Stettler regularly one day a week. Weighman has been practicing medicine since qualifying in England in 1985, and got his diploma in sport and exercise medicine in 1999. Since entering sports medicine, he has worked with rugby and soccer teams in

“We like the space and the people,” he said. “The UK’s a bit overcrowded: 67 million people in a land mass that would Àt in Alberta three times over.” Weighman says that though musculoskeletal problems – which is what he specializes in – constitute 30 per cent of cases seen by general practitioners, it is not well-taught or understood. While some family doctors are very good at dealing with musculoskeletal problems, others are not very conÀdent in diagnosing issues like that. He says that general practitioners rely more on diagnostic imaging, when a lot of the time the problem can be pinpointed through a history of the patient and thorough examination. “Too many times patients just

h d off ff for f x-rays andd gett rushed scans and MRIs, which will show things, but they don’t necessarily show what’s relevant and they often show irrelevant stuff that isn’t causing the patient any symptoms,” he said. “It’s a bit of a puzzle each time, and I quite enjoy working at what’s wrong and advising people how to Àx it.”

“The sooner someone with a painful musculoskeletal condition gets on the right treatment, the quicker they’re going to get better,” he said. “And waiting six months to get an MRI isn’t going to figure out your treatment.”

i f l musculoskeletal l k l t l condidi painful tion gets on the right treatment, the quicker they’re going to get better,” he said. “And waiting six months to get an MRI isn’t going to Àgure out your treatment.” Weighman likes the multidisciplinary approach that Performance Physiotherapy offers: not only do they have a sports medicine practitioner, but they offer massage therapists, physiotherapists, and kinesiologists. “Just that collaboration between myself and the other practitioners so that we can cover all the bases until we get the patient better and healing their injuries,” he said.

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Brothers Wyatt, left, and Jackson Lepard slide down the dual slides at the Kinsmen Tot Park in Stettler on Monday as mom Angela watches from the shadows. The three were one of many families visiting the park on the bright and sunny day.

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Major news for Stettler Thunder STACEY LAVALLIE Independent reporter The Stettler Minor Lacrosse Association has “major” news – it has been granted sanction by the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League to host a major league spring camp. Currently, lacrosse is only available to kids ages three to 16 in Stettler. After completion of the final minor year, kids who want to continue to play have to travel to communities with a major league. “We wanted to help these kids ‘keep their sticks in their hands,’” Kim Smyth, president of the Stettler Minor Lacrosse Association (SMLA) said. It was for that reason she and the association’s board went after securing a major level training camp. “These kids want to play,” she said. “I have them asking to play as over-aged, and we have to say no.” The training camp doesn’t necessarily mean there’ll be a major team, but it’s the first step in showing interest on the major level, Smyth said. If the interest in the training camp is there, the probability of a major team finding its footing in Stettler increases, giving a lacrosse outlet for girls and boys between 16-21. The details of the camp haven’t been entirely hammered out yet, Smyth said, since the news was only received in the past three

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The Stettler Storm peewee lacrosse team battled it out against the Red Deer Chiefs on Sunday in Stettler and lost 11-3. The Stettler league continues to grow, with more than 100 kids playing in the league. The association will be holding a Junior camp later this season to explore the option of having a major lacrosse team in the town. weeks. People interested in the major training camp can contact her, though. Since starting the league in Stettler three years ago, more than 100 kids a year are signing up to play the traditional North American sport. “The National Lacrosse League is gaining in popularity,” Smyth said. “You

can take your kids to a professional-level game to relatively reasonable prices.” Kids in Stettler play box lacrosse, which is a five-versus-five field, plus goalies. It has a 30-second clock, meaning that once a team has the ball, it has 30 seconds to make a shot on goal. “It’s not a lot of time,”

Smyth said. “The kids make short order of (the distance) but as a referee, it kills me.” Unlike hockey, players aren’t given specific roles of offence and defence, but instead each player plays both. The goal when they have the ball is to score, and when they don’t, it’s to defend or get the ball.

As a sport, lacrosse is very affordable too, Smyth said, with costs beginning at $125 a season for the youngest group, and topping out at $250 for the eldest age group. The largest cost factors are insurance and referees, which causes the jump at the higher level since referee qualifications increase.

Having a major team here would require another referee qualification advancement. The older age groups in minor lacrosse require a Level II referee, and the majors require a Level III. To gain a Level III qualification, referees must have experience as a player, something a lot of Stettler’s referees do not, given the novelty of the sport in the community. Smyth herself is a referee, but has never played the sport in a league. “I only started (refereeing) when my kids played,” she said. “They’ve loved it since they started.” Last year alone, costs for out-of-town referees cost the SMLA more than $2,000, and that’s only with out-of-town referees coming in when there was a shortage. Still, being able to offer options to kids who love the sport but have aged out of the league is something very exciting for Smyth and the SMLA. “We’re thrilled – giddy,” she said. “We get emails and text messages daily from ‘graduated’ lacrosse players who still want to play.” The minor league has already started play in the Stettler Recreation Centre, and people are welcome to come watch the fast, athletic game. “I think it’ll be something that people can come and watch,” Smyth said. “It’s fast and fun. And we’ve had a lot of community support.”

Camp McE comes to a close ROBIN TARNOWETZKI Independent reporter This year’s session of Camp McE is finishing up and once again it was a positive experience for both students and coaches.

“I think for a lot of kids it’s a chance to get some exercise,” said coach Kaitlin Poapst. “This is more structured play for them, and that’s good. It’s building friendships, definitely.” The camp, which was founded 17 years ago by

Kim Poapst, offers students from grades one to five basketball fundamentals. But it’s not just the students that benefit from the program: the coaches do as well. The coaches are middle and high school students, and coaching lets them

grow as leaders. “My biggest thrill is having the kids that were mini ball players come back and coach,” Kim said. “It is a very positive experience for me to be the facilitator and to watch the coaches’ selfconfidence improve each year that they coach.” For Kaitlin, who started coaching in Grade six and is now in university, coaching helped her grow as a person and she likes the connection she gets with the kids. “As a coach, I’ve definitely seen myself grow to where I am now from starting as just a Grade six kid coaching Grade three kids, to an actual coach with real teams. It really

helped me gain confidence as a coach and as a leader,” Kaitlin said. “The kids are in grade five now. I started with them in grade one and it’s rewarding to see them grow.” But there are downsides to not being much older than the kids you’re coaching, “The hardest thing definitely was to be able to feel like the kids respected you,” Kaitlin said. “It’s hard when you’re in middle school. I think a lot of these middle school coaches we have now, they’re finding their own voice and their own place.” Kim started the camp because she loved basketball and came from south-

ern Alberta, where basketball is strong. She likes that it can be played recreationally or competitively, oneon-one or in groups, and anyone can play. “It is great to see passive kids get aggressive (in a positive way) for the ball and work hard physically. For some kids, this is their first involvement in organized sports, and it is great because it is a short season so they can do other sports as well,” Kim said. Above all, the kids get to have fun, be fit, and make new friends. Another basketball camp, Camp Teckla, starts up on June 30, and the head coach is Leighann Doan Reimer.

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The Battle River Shock Midget Football team have had a very busy week. Last Wednesday night, they played the Parkland Predators for their first win 21-14 final score. Pictured here, #11 Thomas Cassidy, ran for one of the touchdowns, easily out-distancing the opposition. Another game was played last Saturday at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton where the Shock had a re-match with the league first place team, Lloydminister Red Dogs. Unfortunately, the Shock were defeated with a 3614 final score. This Sunday, the Shock will play for the Tier 2 Championship game against the Millwoods Grizzlies at Foote Field in Edmonton at 5:30 p.m.

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next big winner. Quilting takes place again on Monday, May 12, starting at 9:30 a.m., so please plan on attending. The ladies there would really like to see you join them. Coffee is always fresh and ready to drink every Wednesday morning starting at 10 a.m. sharp at the senior centre. So take a break away from your busy schedules and plan to join them for a great visit.

Then that same afternoon, make sure you come out to the centre again at 1 p.m. and join in a fun game of carpet bowling. Got anything planned to do special for your mom next Sunday, May 11 seeing it’s Mother’s Day again? Here is a great idea, why not bring her out at 9 a.m to the Botha Hall for a great breakfast. The BCC committtee makes a great breakfast and they will be whipping up another great meal for Mother’s Day. So make sure you attend for a great time. On Sunday, May 4, the BCC committee will be meeting at the arena for a work bee,at 9 a.m., and they would love and appreciate if everyone would come out to help.Thank you in advance.

A surprise birthday party Winter was more than a nuisance in our area, with the infestation of voles (meadow mice) in lawns and around trees. Be careful when cleaning up after them as they too can carry the hantavirus! Speaking of winter...most of us woke up to a winter wonderland on Sunday morning, with two inches of fresh, white stuff. Bill and Joyce Hansel, along with daughters Mary Lou Botting of Cadogan, Sandra Trennery of Stettler and son Larry Hansel of Drayton Valley plotted a surprise 50th birthday for daughter/sister Sue Bauman on Saturday night at her home. She was unaware of the plans and arrived home from work to a house full of family well wishers. Happy birthday, Sue! The Gadsby Community Hall held their organizational meeting April 23 with a turn around of executive: we welcome president Murray Morlock; vice-president Daniel Tuck; secretary Jami Thorsteinson; treasurer Megan


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McPhee and for bookings call Daniel Tuck at 403-741-4516. Great to see the young people working in the community. It must be spring! The ladies are ready for their annual multi-family garage sale this week at the Botha Community Hall with 10 families contributing. The sale starts Friday morning 9 a.m.; Saturday morning 9 a.m. as well. There will be several collectables there ranging from Avon decanters; vintage dolls and spoons

from around the world, just to name a few; free coffee and cookies will be served, something for everyone. Stan Diegel’s cousin Roger and wife Diane Oft spent the day with Stan and Gloria on Saturday. Roger and Diane took Stan and Gloria out for supper at the Otherside in Stettler on their way back to Eckville. Marie Vance traveled to Calgary on the weekend to help sister Evelyn’s grandson celebrate his birthday, then on to Carstairs on the way home for Marie’s grandson’s birthday. Meanwhile at home brother Ken and Joanne Miller were at Marie’s working in the yard. Percy and Paulette Heer had a busy Easter weekend going to daughter Christy and Curtis Wideman and family, Three Hills on Easter Sunday. On Monday, Paulette and Percy hosted a dinner with guests, mom Iona Berg, son John and Jewel, Hannah and Bailey; and friends Barry and Lorna Brown.


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Ready for next week’s (Thursday, May 8) floor curling tournament? This event will be starting at 9 and the Botha Seniors’ Centre will be a busy little place. Sounds exciting. Meanwhile this Thursday, make sure you come out for the regular game at 1 p.m. and get all the practice in for the big one. This coming Monday, all seniors are being called out to the seniors’ centre for their monthly meeting starting at 11:30 a.m., so hopefully, all can attend. These meetings start out with a pot luck, so please bring one of your favourite dishes with you, and the meeting will follow right after the pot luck. The Old Time Dance Club next dance will be the evening of May 9, starting

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Obituaries BLACKMORE Marian Marian was born November 13, 1939 in Stettler, Alberta to Vic and Izetta Bignell, she was raised at the Chiswick Coal Mine that her parents ran. When she was five they moved to the Westwood area where she attended school and when the family moved to a different farm, she attended Imogen School and then finished at Gadsby School. Before she was married she worked at Hoopfers’ Store in Gadsby and the Treasury Branch in Stettler. In 1958 she married Jim Blackmore and they moved to Jim’s farm where they resided their entire married life and where they raised their three boys, leaving only after Jim’s death in 2009. Marian was very active in the different community clubs in and around Gadsby, she loved to play baseball and especially Bingo with her friends. Never did she turn down the chance to go to the Casino, going to Edmonton, Calgary or wherever the destination was. But she was always glad to come back home, to her house, her garden and her family. If you ever wanted to see Marion get excited, all you had to do is talk about her kids, grandkids and great grandson Jack. She will be missed by all those that loved her. She passed away at the Red Deer Hospital on April 10, 2014 at the age of seventy four years. Marian is survived by her sons Ray and Rene Blackmore of Botha, Darcy Blackmore and Rob Dame of Innisfail, Mike and Angela Blackmore of Stettler; grandchildren Robert, Travis and Leigh Anne, Scott and Krista, Tim and Melanie, Izetta and Kevin, Jeri, Holly and Ariel; great grandson Jack; sisters Joyce and Bill Hansel, Betty Stotz; brother in law Butch Blackmore; special cousin Doreen Potvin. Predeceased by her parents Vic and Izetta, husband Jim, sister Audrey (Bill) Boyd, brother in law Ed Stotz and the Blackmore family gone before. Funeral services were held at the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 led by Verna Rock; grandson Robert Blackmore gave a tribute to those in attendance. Interment took place at Omega Cemetery. Family and friends gathered in the Heartland Reception Centre for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by Teresa’s Catering. Memorial donations may be made to Omega Cemetery or Alberta Diabetes. Condolences may be sent to the family at STETTLER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403-742-3422

SINCLAIR Cecil Franklin Sept. 25, 1917 - April 21, 2014 At the time of his passing he had to live in the Stettler Heritage House, away from the love of his life. Cecil was born at Vegreville, the eldest of two children, to Verne and Maude (Staley) Sinclair. Cecil and Mildred (Haskell) courted in the Riverton District, north of Marwayne and were married in Vermilion in November of 1942. This fall they would have celebrated 72 years. In 1947 and 1949 respectively, they travelled to Edmonton to adopt their children Jerry and Leotta. They farmed in the Riverton area for 10 years, before continuing north of Marwayne for another 12 years. Selling out, they moved to Lloydminster where Cec owned a taxi and ended his career as a cattle hauler and dispatcher for Roberge Transport. During that time they ranched two different spreads at Paradise Hill, SK. Cecil was very athletic and sports minded. He always enjoyed Leotta’s softball games or watching Jerry at a rodeo. His boots were always polished, ready for a good dance and he was first up to fish Pierce Lake. Retirement brought travel across western Canada for rodeos, playing cards at the Seniors Centre and meeting the boys for coffee. This continued as he and Mildred made moves to Red Deer and Stettler to be closer to family. Cecil was pre-deceased by his parents Verne and Maude, sister Evelyn and her husband Ivan Fleming and daughter Leotta Sinclair. He is survived by his wife Mildred, son Jerry (Lana), grandchildren Tana (Kent) Nixon all of Stettler, AB; Lee (Natalie) of Regina, SK; Lana (Bob) Foreman of Whitecourt, AB and Keenan (Shannon) of Carlyle, SK, twelve greatgrand children and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home with grandson Lee Sinclair leading the service. Lee Sinclair, Jerry Sinclair, Mildred Sinclair as well as great granddaughters Dakoda, Chelsea and Teal all read poems and gave loving tributes. Dominos presented their gift of musical selections. Family and Friends gathered in the Heartland Reception Centre for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by the Stettler Royal Purple Ladies. Condolences may be viewed or sent to the family at Memorial donations may be made to SHSF-Palliative Care or to Alzheimer’s. STETTLER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403-742-3422

Obituaries GITZEL Marjorie Doris “Dodie” Gitzel passed away quietly at home in Stettler surrounded by her loving family on April 19, 2014, at the age of 88 years. Dodie was born in Stony Plain, Alberta, February 10, 1926, the youngest daughter of Elizabeth and Henry Oppertshauser. She had many happy memories of her childhood in Stony. Dodie entered the Royal Alexandra School of Nursing in 1946 and graduated in the spring of 1949. Later that year she married her high school sweetheart, Leo. Dodie and Leo settled in Edmonton where Janice was born (1951). Then they moved to Grande Prairie where Barry was born (1953) and finally to Stettler where Patti was born (1955). During these hectic years of moving and having babies, Leo was also heavily involved in his Accounting studies which culminated in his CA designation in 1960. Much was sacrificed during those years but Dodie dedicated herself to creating a loving and stable home for her husband and family. A reserved woman of few words and quiet ways, she loved her children and grandchildren very much and joyfully welcomed three 3 great-grandchildren in the last three years. Dodie took great pleasure in all of nature, especially birds and flowers. The cabin at Buffalo Lake provided many happy hours soaking in the songs of the chickadee and gathering wildflower bouquets. Her faith in her Lord was the bedrock of her life and her anchor amid the storms - the Church meant so much to her. Dodie was predeceased by her parents and her two sisters, Bertie Willie and Pat Arnold. She leaves to mourn her loving husband of 64 years, Leo; daughter Janice (Matt) Kubitza of Calgary, son Barry (Deb) Gitzel of Stettler and daughter Patti (Mitch) Koehler of Stettler; seven grandchildren - Ian Kubitza, Adrian (Lee Anne) Kubitza, Mark Gitzel, Susan Gitzel, Bree Koehler (fiancé Ian Bone), Tara Koehler, Brent (Celia) Koehler; two step-grandchildren - Amanda (Samir) Jalal and Kris Koppel; three great-grandchildren - Johnathan, Lilia, and Mia; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. A memorial service was held at St. Peter Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 26, 2014, with Pastor Ross Helgeton officiating. Honorary pallbearers were: Dave MacNaughton, Donna Baergen, Ward and Robert Krejci, Ray and Alice-Jean White. As an expression of sympathy and in honor of Dodie, donations may be made to: Habitat for Humanity, Shelter Box of Canada, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, or the charity of your choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403.742.3315 Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at

Obituaries LINDSTROM Tore It is with great sadness that we announce that Tore Lindstrom of Meeting Creek, Alberta passed away in the Stettler Hospital on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 83 years of age. Tore was born on Wednesday, November 5, 1930 at Meeting Creek, to parents Seth and Ragnhild Lindstrom. Farming was his passion and he spent his lifetime doing what he loved. Retirement was not in his plans. A serious injury in the spring of 2011 altered Tore’s life and placed limitations on his farming career. He took enjoyment in watching his grandchildren and remaining on the farm as ‘consultant’. He will be forever loved and forever missed. Tore is lovingly remembered by his wife Marilyn; son Douglas (Caren) and their children Chloe and Seth; daughter Anna (Tyler) Muri and their children Anders, Maren and Eva; sisters Louise Fiske, Eunice (Al) Coley, Janet (Ken) Ogston and sister in law Fern Lindstrom. He will also be missed by his wife’s siblings Robert (Ruth) Steeves, Larry (Bev) Steeves, Walter (Lois) Steeves, Del (Celeste) Steeves, Joy (Tom) Holder; sister in law Ruth Steeves and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Seth and Ragnhild Lindstrom; brothers Gust, Fred (Jean), Don and brothers in law Don Fiske, Don (Vivien) Steeves, Richard Steeves; his wife’s parents Jack and Laurine Steeves. Funeral services for the late Tore Lindstrom were held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at Stettler Funeral Home with Pastor Don Wudel officiating. A family interment will take place at the Meeting Creek Cemetery at a later date with Pastor Steve Elias officiating. To send or view condolences to Tore’s family, please visit www., who were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements, 403-742-3422

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In Memoriam In memory of CHESTER BIGNELL Jan. 26, 1910 - Apr. 29, 1994 Gone from our lives One so dear But in our hearts Forever near. Love your family

RUMBERGER Bob “Rummy” Rumberger was born the youngest of three children to J. Walter and Florence Rumberger. He was raised in many small towns located along the C.P. Railroad, where his father worked. Bob followed in his dad’s footsteps and also briefly worked for C.P.R. when he finished high school. After attending a tech school in Saskatoon, Bob settled in Naicam, SK. where he owned and ran a barbershop/pool hall. When his father died, his mother came to live with him in Naicam until her death. Following this loss, Bob returned to Saskatoon to work in a men’s wear store. This led him to relocate to Stettler and open his own men’s wear store, “Rummy’s.” One year later, he fell in love with Sheena Sawers whom he married in 1961. This decade proved to be busy with the birth of four daughters and a return to barbering. He continued with this until facing his first battle with cancer in 1980. During the many treatments that followed, he started working summers as the grounds superintendent at the Stettler Golf Course. The years from then till now were filled with making memories of graduations, weddings, retirement and the addition of son-in-laws and the arrival of nine grandchildren, all of whom gave him some of his happiest moments. He continued to curl and golf as long as possible. Throughout his life, Bob was an avid sportsman who received awards and recognition for his many achievements. He shared a gamut of interests; playing hockey, curling, baseball, fishing, hunting, woodworking, berry picking and making jelly, baking bread and cheering on his Roughriders with pride. He especially loved to hold babies and study their faces or to sit on the deck and watch his garden grow. He truly was a nurturer of his home, garden, friendships and family. Bob passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Missed and remembered by his wife Sheena; daughters: Maureen (Ed McKay), Lynn Mailer, Lori (Nick Kaeser), Barbara (Michael Saroka); grandchildren: Matthew, Lucas, Amy and Erin (Mailer), Myles and Connor (McKay), Sawer, Anne and Beth (Kaeser); brother Don (Ollie) Rumberger; brother and sisters-in-law Jim (Ella May) Sawers and Jesse Sather. All of his many cousins, nieces, nephews and their children, as well as, the best friends a man could ask for. Predeceased by his parents Walter and Florence Rumberger; sister Charlotte Urton (Percy Coates and Dick Urton); mother in law Ann Sawers; nephew Ron Coates; great niece Carmel Urton; and brothers and sister-in-law Stan Sawers and Rob (Margaret) Sawers. Funeral services were held at the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home on Thursday, April 24, 2014 with Jan Richardson of Stettler United Church officiating. Organist Doug McKay presented his gift of music; Larry and Barbara Dawson and Bob’s family all gave loving tributes. Family and friends gathered in the Heartland Reception Centre for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by the Stettler United Church Women. Memorial donations may be made to Kids Sport or SHSF - Palliative Care. Condolences may be viewed or sent to the family at STETTLER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403-742-3422

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The family of

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would like to express their heartfelt thanks to family and friends for their kind words, compassion, prayers, food, flowers,visits and generous donations in Stephens name. Special thanks to Dr. Kuschke, Dr. Neffgen and the nursing staff at Drumheller hospital and to the Medical team from Unit 38 at Peter Lougheed Hospital for the excellent care he received. Thanks to Rev. Jan Richardson for the beautiful service, Stettler funeral home for the arrangements, Brenda’s catering and Byemoor Huterite Colony for the luncheon. We are so fortunate to live in such caring communities. Kathy,†Stephanie & Jeff Yule and Family, Meghan and Rusty Nichols and family, Angeline Mappin Lindsey Shadlock and Westin.




Larry & Lois Robinson are celebrating 40 years of marriage! Congratulations to the most amazing parents, grandparents and role models! Their children invite family and friends to join in celebrating this milestone at a 70’s themed reception and dance at the Stettler Agriplex Pavilion on May 10th, 2014 starting at 7:00pm. For info contact Christina:

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What’s Happening #50 - # 70

Arts & Crafts Shows ..................50 Class Registrations....................51 Coming Events ..........................52 Lost ............................................54 Found ........................................56 Companions ..............................58 Personals...................................60 Bingos........................................64 Fitness & Sports ........................66 Happy Ads .................................70


Gun Safety Instructor Non-restricted/ Restricted Courses/ Challenges Reasonable Rates Will Travel

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Concession: Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Hot Dogs & Drinks For more info phone 403-883-2943

Bridal Shower

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Patch, an 8 month old female Merle Border Collie, with blue collar, and half blue eye, from east of Big Valley. Call 403-740-0933.

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52 First Stettler Scouts are having a bottle drive!

As our numbers are small this year we are organizing our bottle drive a bit different. We will not be going door to door but we will be picking up bottles from those that offer. If you would like to donate just call Cathy 403-742-4918 or Jim at 403-741-7256 and leave a message with your address.

Saturday May 3 at 2:00 pm at the

Christ King Parish Hall 4916 54 St. Stettler


Celebrating the women who have nurtured us. St. George’s Anglican Church 4819 - 51 St., Stettler Sunday, May 4 at 10 a.m.

P&H Elevator Preservation Society Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stettler Board of Trade building. Everyone welcome.

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James & Kelly Bible Come & go shower on Sunday May 4th from 1-3 p.m. at the Stettler Hospital Atrium,

Bridal shower for Mary Elizabeth White and Aarron Yanitski at Erskine Evangelical Free Church, Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m. Everyone welcome. 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.


Mary- Elizabeth White bride elect of May 10, 2 pm at Erskine E-Free Church All ladies welcome!


Denis & Lynae Dufresne

Sunday, May 4 2:00 & 7:30pm at the PAC

THE BIG VALLEY LADIES GOLF LEAGUE will be having a meeting Wed. May 7th @ 7 p.m. At the Clubhouse. We would love to see some new faces. For more info call Sandra 403-741-6633 or Amanda 403-741-8822

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Tickets @ Pfeiffer House of Music & door Adults $20, Students $10 Affordable, Unbeatable Family Entertainment

2014 - 2015 Season Ticket applications available

Duties will include assisting customers with pickups and returns, yard and shop labor. Computer exp. req’d. To join our team please fax resume to 403-742-8777 or email darryl@


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Case IH Equipment Dealer in CORONATION and STETTLER is now accepting applications for a







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Beth KueÀer & Kyle Gallant Alexi Hiller & Curtis Bauman Amanda Smith & Wayne Dolan Heather Keith & Dustin Derrick

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IK NSMEN RADIO DAYS May 3, 2014 9am to 1pm BBQ from 11 to 1

Bids to be made on Facebook and call into radio station on May 3 Check out & like our Facebook page to bid NOW!!

ITEMS OPEN FOR BIDDING NOW! • Shannon Rost - One Bootcamp full session • Woody’s Automotive - Pressure Washer • Canalta Hotels - 1 Nights Stay • Indulgence Catering - 4 family size meals • Alta-Wide Timber Mart - Router • Hitch to Headlights - Commercial Vehicle Inspection • OK Tire – wheel alignment and tire rotation • Heartland Marine – sumo tube • The Brick – wine cabinet • Performance Physio – golf workshop • Marilou Yampolsky, Princess House – stainless steel nonstick griddle

~ DOMINO WILL BE ATTENDING ~ All items up for bidding are donated by the generous company listed beside them. Would your business like to donate an item or purchase ad time on Radio Days? Please contact chair Terry Chesla @ 403-323-5127

Part-time Receptionist

FUTURE AG INC. owns and operates 5 branches throughout Central Alberta selling and servicing CASE IH Construction and CASE IH Agriculture equipment. We are currently looking for

Agricultural Technicians and/or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics

with Ag experience for our Stettler and Coronation locations. This is a fast-paced environment & ideal candidate would be able to work with minimal supervision, have the ability to take initiative & consistently demonstrate exceptional customer service. FUTURE AG INC. “People You Can Count On”, is offering the opportunity to grow in your career with a thriving company. We offer an exemplary benefits package, hourly wages, annual work boot reimbursement, RRSP plan, sick days, monthly bonus and continuous professional training in a positive friendly environment. If you have a great attitude and integrity, FUTURE AG is offering you an exciting career opportunity. To apply, forward your resume to: FUTURE AG INC. Attn: Markus Box 1510 Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 Fax 403-742-5626

GM DEALER REQUIRES 3rd/4th/Journeyman Techs. GM/Diesel experience an asset. Competitive wages, full benefits. Email resume to: or fax to 780-645-3564. Attention: Don. No phone calls please. Smyl Motors, St. Paul, Alberta.

PETROFIELD Industries, the Leader in manufacturing Hydrovac trucks, is accepting resumes for the following positions: * General Labourers * Industrial Painters * Sandblasters * Material Handler * Automotive Electrical Technician * Journeyman Welder / Apprentice * 2nd Yr Welder with Aluminum experience Visit our website at: for more details. Our Company has an enthusiastic fast paced working environment, with advancement possibilities for the motivated person, and offers an excellent benefit package. fax 403-742-5544 e-mail:


Carpenters & 2nd to 4th Yr. Apprentices

Competitive Wages & Benefits. Fax resumes & ref’s to: 403-343-1248 or email to:

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CAMERON BAY PARTS MANAGER HOLDINGS INC. o/a McDonald’s in Red Deer or LEAD COUNTER Caregivers/ PARTS PERSON Gasoline Alley East and Stettler Aides with AG experience. West is now hiring F/T & P/T Food Service Supervisors. GARAGE / MOVING LIVE in Caregiver (Nanny). Wages are $12.50 to $13.50/hr, Live the life style of Central AWAY SALE, Full-time live in caregiver depending on experience Alberta & be home at night. hope chest, oak dining table required for 2 children Work for one of the few and availability. Candidates & 6 chairs, wood fireplace, aged 2 years and 5 years family owned dealerships must be able to work a gas heater, loveseat (near old in private household where we care about our variety of shifts and have 3 new), 2 library shelves, employees & customers. 2 dressers, chest of drawers, setting in Stettler, AB. Du- to 5 yrs. previous experience ties include supervise and Successful candidate will in fast food and supervisor ladders and tools, barbecue, care of children and asbe a team player with exp. Must be able to supermany household items sume full responsibility of strong social skills. vise crew of up to 20 people too numerous to mention. household in absence of Counter and Management at one time. Part time 6001-54 AVE. CLOSE, parents. Please email your experience an asset. applications will be May 3rd & 4th, 9-5 p.m. resume to neetuparmar99 Computer literacy & accepted from Canadians knowledge of DIS Parts and Permanent Residents MULTI-FAMILY program a definite asset currently living in Canada. GARAGE SALE, but not mandatory. Apply in person at May 2 & 3, Botha Hall. 37479 or 37428 Hwy 2, Doors open 9 a.m. daily. WE OFFER: Red Deer, or email resume Something for everyone, Clerical • Competitive Wages to: low prices, great products, • Annual Work boot or fax to 403-783-4251. collectables and reimbursement BURMAC MECHANICAL free coffee and cookies. • RRSP Plan requires a CAMERON Bay Holdings • Benefits Package RECEPTIONIST, Inc. operating as AN EXCELLENT • Sick Days To cover maternity leave. MCDONALD’S CHOICE • Monthly Bonus Competitive Wage, RESTAURANTS, benefits available. WHERE YOUR in Central If you are looking for a Apply in person preferred Alberta, is now hiring AD rewarding career with a 6118 50 Ave, Stettler FULL TIME successful and growing REACHES or fax resume to: Food Counter Attendants. organization, then forward 403-742-1609 RURAL PART TIME your resume to: applications will be READERS accepted from Canadian FUTURE AG INC. and Permanent Residents Attn: Human Resources currently living in Canada. Box 489 Farm Work Basic duties include Red Deer, AB T4N 5G1 making food and serving Fax 403-342-0396 or email customers. All stores are RANCH HAND WANTED to: 24 hours, except Stettler, for cows/calf operation. which has extended late CUSTOM MUFFLER Housing supplied. night hours and applicants Looking for apprentice or References & drivers WHATEVER YOU’RE must be willing to work journeyman mechanic. abstract required. SELLING... fl exible shifts, including Pipe bending skills would Consort. 403-577-0011 evening, weekends and WE HAVE THE PAPER be a great asset. Wages nights shifts. Students, depend on exp. Going YOU NEED! stay home moms, retired concern shop. Fax persons, we offer part time resume to:403-346-9909 Coming flexibility to fit your lifestyle, or drop off at 2410 50 Ave. as well as scholarship Events Phone 403-346-7911 programs for students. DAIRY equipment supplier Wages range from $10.25 to 11.00 per hour and we looking for a detail oriented PARTS PERSON/ will train. Benefits are LABOURER included and we offer Strong computer skills and opportunities for clean Class 5 req. advancement. Apply in Competitive wage and person at any of the benefits package. Email following locations: Ponoka 2014 Memberships are available at resume: lindsay@ 4419 Hwy 2A; Lacombe Guns ’n Games Source for Sports 5510 Hwy 2A, Red Deer Gasoline Alley at 37479 DO YOU LIKE WORKING New This Year: Hwy 2 and 37428 Hwy 2 with animals? Do you want ORIENTATION DATES: and Stettler at 4721A 70th to be part of a successful Sat., May 3/14 - Spring Cleanup Outdoor Range Street or on line at team? Red Willow Pork or fax Orientation 1 p.m. - Weather Permitting Farm is now accepting resume to 403-783-4251 applications for SWINE Sat., May 10/14 - Back-up day TECHNICIANS, offering Wed., June 11/14 - Orientation - 7 p.m. - Indoor Range competitive wages, a very COFFEE TREE good health plan, quarterly is looking for energetic bonuses and quarterly free customer service pork incentive. Fax resume oriented individuals. with references to Please apply in person 1-855-499-3953 or email with resume to Personals 4814-50 St., Stettler. MAINTENANCE PERSON Large swine facility requires maintenance Sales & person. Someone capable Distributors of plumbing, welding, minor electrical & groundskeeping will be HOME BUILDING given consideration. Exp. CENTRE, Red Deer in all areas is not necessary, - Seeking experienced but a general pride of the salespeople overall appearance & (contractor desk); operation of the facility is also Project Estimator. mandatory. Excellent wage Building supplies Janene Fox & Jeff Smitten May 31 & benefit plan to the knowledge a must. successful candidate. Taylor Falkenberg & Matt Wilfort June 28 Wage commensurate with resume with references Claire Aspenes & Tyler Stewart July 5 experience. Email resume: Fax to 1-855-499-3953 Jamy Stewart & Chais McRae July 9 or email 1-403-343-6422. Amber Creasey & Chris Hansel August 2


• Canwest Propane - BBQ • Brennan Autobody - Auto Detail Package • John’s Clothing - Keith Urban Tickets • Pheasentback Photography - Picture - Drumheller HooDoos • Todd’s Welding - Char-broil Propane Oil Less Cooker • Guns n’ Games Source for Sports - 2 Man Ice Fishing Shack • Vortex Production Services - 2 Steam Train Tickets • Ted and Ruby Chesla - Doll House • Family Chiropractic - 4 sessions for one laser treatment • Stettler GM - Auto Detail Package • Well’s Furniture - Duck Commander Chair (kids)

1193509 Alberta Inc., 4629 59 Street, Stettler, AB needs 2 FT perm Food Service Supervisors ASAP to co-ordinate activities of staff & ensure food service and quality control at Subway in Stettler. $13.50/hr, 40 hrs/wk. High School & 1 year experience required. Must be available between the hours of 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. for a variety of shift times and days.


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Caregivers/Aides................710 Clerical ..............................720 Computer Personnel ..........730 Dental ................................740 Estheticians........................750 Hair Stylists ........................760 Janitorial ............................770 Legal ..................................780 Medical ..............................790 Oilfield ................................800 Professionals......................810 Restaurant/Hotel ................820 Sales & Distributors ..........830 Teachers/Tutors..................840 Trades ................................850 Truckers/Drivers ................860 Business Opportunities......870 Miscellaneous ....................880 Volunteers Wanted ............890 Positions Wanted ..............895 Employment Training ........900 Career Planning ................920

First Aid, H2S and PSTS, valid driver’s licence req’d. Need to be physically fit. Resume by fax 403-227-1398 or email

Garage Sales

On May 3 before 10 a.m. just leave your bottles on the front step and we will pick them up by 2 p.m. Or you can drop them off at the Scout Hall that day before noon (north end of Youth Center.) You can also leave a message on our face book page under 2014 Scouts Bottle Drive.




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Drive In Movie Willow Canyon, Donalda, AB Featuring: Rise Of The Guardians Saturday, May 10 at dusk (approx. 9:30 p.m.) Gates open at 7:30 p.m. $10/person or $25/carload RVs: $10.00 extra

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Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd. is seeking qualified candidates to fill Floorhand, Derrickhand and Driller positions. These positions are locally based. Applicants must have all necessary valid tickets for the position applied for. Bearspaw offers a very competitive salary & benefits package along with a steady work schedule. Please submit resumes: Attn: Human Resources Email: Fax: 403-258-3197 Or mail to: Ste. 5309, 333 - 96 Ave. NE, Calgary, AB T3K 0S3



Please send resumes to Aspen Ford Sales Box 1180 4402-42 Street Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 fax 403-742-1544 or email or in person

HELP WANTED Administration Assistant Required Hours: 9-5 Monday to Friday, occasional Saturdays and no stat holidays. Duties include: Data entry so word and excel experience an asset. General appearance of the Office Answering Telephones Must be able to meet deadlines and work independently. Wage will be based on experience. College Students welcome to apply. Apply in person, email or telephone. 5006 – 50 Avenue Castor (Across from Today’s Sweet)

403-882-4555 East Central Appraisals & Consulting Inc. Rural Residential, Agricultural & Commercial Specialists

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STUDON Electric & Controls Inc. is one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. We are an industry leading Electrical & Instrumentation Contractor that prides itself in having committed and dedicated employees. We are currently hiring for the position of:

INSTRUMENTATION MAINTENANCE For Shutdown Work (Full-Time, Red Deer Area) The ideal candidate will have the following: • Journeyman Instrumentation Mechanic • CSTS (Version 0.9) • Dedication to safety; reflected in practice and experience • Supervisory experience with excellent communication & organizational skills • Strong focus on customer satisfaction • Team player Starting Rate: $42.63/hour STUDON offers a competitive salary, and an opportunity to apply your skills in a challenging and rewarding environment. Please forward your resume to the address below. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those candidates interviewed will be contacted. STUDON Electric & Controls Inc. ATTN: Leanne Colby Fax # 403-342-6505 Email:

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SERVICE DEPARTMENT PARKLAND (ALBERTA) Personnel required. COMMODITIES Busy expanding Chrysler is a growing grain export dealership 40 minutes from company looking for Edmonton looking for someone to Àll a full time individuals to Àll the LABOURER POSITION following positions: at its Bashaw/Warden locations. Duties will (2) Journeyman Automotive include but not limited to Service Technicians. shipping/receiving of Flat rate system; wages commensurate with training product. If interested level and experience; forward resume by fax to 780-372-4190 Chrysler experience or by email Attn Rob: preferred but not essential; apprentices considered and or Travis: (1) Accessory Installation Technician. Installation of all types of factory and/or FOR fast results: Classified aftermarket accessories on new vehicles, proÀcient Want Ads. Phone 1-877223-3311. with electrical systems, wages to commensurate with experience. Apply in Truckers/ person or in writing to: Drivers Brown’s Chrysler Ltd., 10447 - 104 Ave., Westlock, AB, T7P 2E4. 1-888-349-5566. Fax 1-780-349-6493. Attention: Dale Marshall or email:

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REQUIRES FULL-TIME SUMMER STUDENT EMPLOYEES, May to August QUALIFICATIONS: Must return to school in September; ages 15-30. Please forward resume to or by person 6502-44 Ave., Stettler.


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Truckers/ Drivers


This position will be approximately 10-40 hrs /week with some weekend work. To start immediately, and run until freeze up. Full time position could be offered to the right candidate. We are looking for someone with: - A clean Class 1 or 3 Drivers License with air brakes. - Gravel truck experience preferred - Safety tickets an asset but not necessary - Experience on other earth moving equipment would also be an asset.

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Northstar Trucking provides - A safe positive work environment - Well maintained late model equipment - Competitive wages with overtime pay


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FULL TIME CUSTOMER SERVICE CASHIER Wanted for fast paced Convenience Store, Gas Bar. $11.00/hr starting, shift work including days, afternoons, evenings and weekends. Must be 18 yrs or older and has own transportation, some computer experience preferred. Health BeneÀts after 90 days. Apply within or by email at NO PHONE CALLS please. BURNT LAKE GENERAL STORE, HWY 11 WEST Red Deer.


ESTIMATOR & CONTRACT SALES REQUIRED IN STETTLER Tired of your current position - Need a change? Then send us your resume! Full time - Monday to Friday Contractor & Customer Service & Estimator experience in building & construction is a must. Must have a motivated personality & be able to multi-task. Benefits Package available. For a Growing and Exciting Career please send us your resumes! Preference will be given to those with experience in the building supply or construction industry.

CLASS 3 DRIVER / YARD PERSONNEL Seeking individual who is self motivated, able to work with limited supervision & a team player! Requirements: Class 3 license with Air endorsement Forklift experience would be an asset Knowledge of dimensional lumber would be an asset We offer: Steady year round employment Good compensation with benefits Preference will be given to those with a Class 3 License with Air Endorsement & a forklift ticket. Please fax or send resume to: fax: 403-742-8200


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Candidates must be available to work day, evening and weekend shifts.

Please forward your resume and covering letter indicating if you are applying for a part-time or full-time position to: Manager Moonwalkers Box 145 Alix, AB T0C 0B0 Email: Fax: 403-747-2226

Floor Covering Installers and Tilesetters needed

for Jensen Contract Flooring, Big Valley, AB

Successful Candidates will be subject to a Criminal Record check. WHMIS and First Aid training will be provided.

If you are interested in becoming part of a successful team, that takes great pride in their employees, work and equipment, please email your resume to or call Dallas @ 403-742-9636

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MOONWALKERS is seeking Active and Energetic Mature individuals for rewarding Part-Time and Full-Time customer service positions at our facility in the Village of Alix.

Class 1 or 3 truck driver for Tandem Gravel Truck

FULL-TIME TRUCK DRIVER-TRACK HOE AND CAT OPERATORS WANTED. Experience in operating equipment, loading & unloading all types of equipment. Competitive wages & beneÀts. Must have all tickets. Resident of Whitecourt an asset. Please fax resume to 780-778-2444.

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MOONWALKERS Indoor Play Center

is currently looking for a part time

FREIGHTLAND CARRIERS, a tri-axle air ride Áatdeck 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:

STENHOUSE CONSTRUCTION is looking for experienced Heavy Equipment Operators and Class 1 Truck Drivers for upcoming summer projects. Must have all oilÀeld related tickets. Darrel 780-837-0617. Bryan 780-837-0476. Email: stenhouseconstruction

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Starting wages: $28.85/hr - Floor Covering Installers $24.75/hr - Tilesetters 40-50 hours per week Applicants should have a minimum of 3 years of work experience or have a valid trade certification. Please send qualified resumes only to or fax to 403-876-2554

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No Phone Calls Please

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Call for more details 1-800-282-6903 ext 235 Box 280 (5031 - 50 St.) Stettler, AB T0C 2L0

MECHANIC’S HELPER The Town of Stettler is seeking a mechanically inclined person to work as a Mechanic’s Helper as well as other duties as required for a 6-month term from April-September. The Town of Stettler offers a competitive wage. Interested applicants should forward a resume in confidence to Wayne Stenlund at the Town Shop located at 5104-61 Street, Stettler.

email: 6810 - 50 Ave., Stettler, AB T0C 2L0

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Central Alberta Co-op Ltd. is a diverse co-operative retailing organization with over 65,000 members in the Central Alberta area. We are currently recruiting for: Pump Attendants and Gas Bar Cashiers @ Stettler Gas Bar & Car Wash

Alberta Works April 28 to May 2, 2014

4821 – 62 Street Stettler, AB

Currently have openings for: Pump Attendants – 2 Full Time Positions, 40 hours/week – 2 Regular Part Time Positions, 24–36 hours/week Duties include: Customer service, dispensing fuel and propane, stocking and general housekeeping, flexible availability. Gas Bar Cashiers – 2 Regular Part Time Positions, 24–36 hours/week Duties include: Customer service, operate cash register, dispense fuel as required, stocking and general housekeeping, flexible availability.

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Central Alberta Co-op offers competitive salary, excellent benefits, training opportunities. Apply instore at location or to: Human Resources Manager 6201 – 46 Avenue Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z1 Email: Fax: 403-341-5811 Central Alberta Co-op Ltd. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Advertisers in the showcase section maintain Real Estate offices in Stettler, are members of the Red Deer & District Real Estate Board Co-op Ltd., and all offer full multiple listing services.

Candor Realty Ltd.

Ph. 403-742-4424 Fran Snowden

4908 - 51 Street

Karen Cannady


RETIRING? DOWNSIZING? This beautiful 2 bdrm condo is just the place for you! Maintenance free living in this quality home. $289,900.

BEAUTIFUL MAEDOWLANDS HOME. 6 bdrms, large kitchen/dining area, beautiful hardwood, finished bsmt. Quality throughout. $499,000.

Locally owned & operated

BUNGALOW with 4 bdrms/2 baths. Quality upgrades completed. Nicely landscaped, garage and lovely solarium. $239,900.

3 BDRM/2 BATH DBL. WIDE MOBILE on rented lot. Very well maintained home and would make a great starter for a young family. ONLY $39,900.

4 BDRM, 1.5 STOREY HOME located in quiet cul-de-sac. This nice family home is finished up and down. Large fenced yard. $420,000.

BI-LEVEL 4 bedroom, fully developed, main floor laundry, fenced yard and dbl. detached garage. $289,444.

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Buy & Sell #1500 - #1990 Family owned and operated since 1974, Trail Appliances is one of the leading independent appliance retailers in Western Canada. Trail offers excellent training & a competitive compensation & benefit plan. We are currently looking to expand our workforce at our Red Deer location 2823 Bremner Ave.

Service Coordinator Contract Sales Administrator Customer Service Representative-P/T Trail is always looking for people who want opportunities to grow, take initiative and work well within a team environment. If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding career with Trail Appliances, please submit your resume and cover letter stating the position you are applying for to: reddeerjobs or by fax: (403)342-7168. We thank all interested applicants; only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. Security checks will be conducted on successful candidates.

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Aircraft ..............................1510 Antiques & Art ..................1520 Auctions ............................1530 Bicycles ............................1540 Building Supplies ..............1550 Business Machines ..........1560 Cameras & Accessories ..1570 Children’s Items ................1580 Clothing ............................1590 Computers ........................1600 Concert & Event Tickets ..1610 Equipment - Misc. ............1620 Equipment - Heavy ..........1630 Tools ................................1640 Farmers’ Market & Food Basket......................1650 Firewood ..........................1660 Lumber ............................1670 Garden Supplies ..............1680 Lawn Tractors ..................1690 Health, Dietary, Beauty ....1700 Household Appliances......1710 Household Furnishings ....1720 TV’s, Stereos, VCR’s ........1730 Hot Tubs & Accessories ..1740 Jewellery ..........................1750 Kid’s Deals........................1755 Misc. For Sale ..................1760 Musical Instruments..........1770 Music Lessons..................1780 Piano & Organs ................1790 Office Supplies ................1800 Pets & Supplies ................1810 Pet Services ....................1820 Cats ..................................1830 Dogs ................................1840 Sports Cards ....................1850 Sporting Goods ................1860 Collectors’ Items ..............1870 Swap, Barter & Trade ......1880 Travel Packages ..............1900 Wedding Supplies ............1910 Recycled Products............1920 Wanted to Buy ..................1930 Items to Give Away ..........1940



COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION! 7th Annual Calgary Collector Car Auction, May 9 - 10, Indoors Convention Center Grey Eagle Casino. Over 100 pieces of memorabilia selling No Reserve. All makes & models welcome. Consign today 1-888-296-0528 ext. 102; MEIER-2 DAY CLASSIC CAR & TRUCK AUCTION. Saturday & Sunday, May 3 & 4, 11 a.m. both days. 6016 - 72A Ave., Edmonton. Consign today, call 780-440-1860. PUBLIC AUCTION. City of Cold Lake: Equipment, trucks, Bobcat, shop items, etc. 1515 - 16 St., Cold Lake, Alberta. May 3, Saturday, 11 a.m. Scribner Auction, 780-842-5666;

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UNRESERVED CONSIGNMENT AUCTION Sat., May 3, 9 a.m., Redwater. Selling tractors, combines, tillage; 2 heavy harrows; grain cart; 3 winch trucks; 25 flat deck trailers; D7G Cat; 3 backhoes; 5 Hi-way trucks; 5 forklifts; 2 gravel trucks; 60� tree spade truck; 10 RV’s; 25 pick-ups; 15 new Kubota Diesels; 20 golf carts, quads, boats, huge amount of good misc, approx., 2500 lots. View online: WHEATLAND AUCTIONS Consignment Auction. May 3, 10 a.m. in Cheadle, Alberta. Farm equipment, vehicles, heavy equipment, RVs, etc. Consign now! Phone 403-669-1109;

Building Supplies


METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Very competitive prices! Largest colour selection in Western Canada. Available at over 25 Alberta Distribution Locations. 40 Year Warranty. Call 1-888-263-8254. STEEL BUILDINGS/ METAL BUILDINGS 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100, sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206;




SEASONED SPLIT FIREWOOD 4.5 kms. West of Stettler Call 403-323-0744


BEAUTIFUL SPRUCE TREES. 4 - 6 ft., $35 each. Machine planting; $10/tree (includes bark mulch and fertilizer). 20 tree minimum order. Delivery fee: $75 - $125/order. Quality guaranteed. 403-820-0961

COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE: $1.49/each for a box of 270 ($402.30). Also full range of trees, shrubs, cherries & berries. Free shipping. Replacement guarantee. 1-866-873-3846 or

Stereos TV's, VCRs


THIS WEEK’S EYE SPY WINNER IS Doug Shuckburgh Please come into the Stettler Independent to claim your prize!

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120 Used Posts for Sale


$48/case Shop Stettler & Save! 403-742-2395 Wanted To Buy


WANTED: Old tube audio equipment. 40 years or older. Amplifiers, stereo, recording and theatre sound equipment. Hammond organs. Any condition, no floor model consoles. Call toll free 1-800-947-0393.

Farm Equipment ..............2010 Haying Equipment ............2020 Tractors ............................2030 Combines & Headers ......2040 Fertilizer Equipment..........2050 Misc. Farm Machinery ......2060 Equipment Wanted ..........2070 Farm Custom Work ..........2080 Farm Auctions ..................2090 Livestock ..........................2100 Livestock - Exotic..............2110 Sheep ..............................2120 Poultry ..............................2130 Horses ..............................2140 Horse Boarding ................2150 Riding Supplies ................2160 Horse/Stock Trailers ........2170 Pasture Wanted ................2180 Grain, Feed, Hay ..............2190 Seed Grain ......................2200 Seeding & Tillage ............2210


Rupertsland Institute in partnership with Katimavik are seeking 4 male & 4 female MÊtis youth interested in volunteering, leadership and learning to learn, travel,enhance your leadership skills and earn a wage! Application Deadline: June 1, 2014. Call: 1-888-48-MÉTIS (1-888-486-3847) online at:

Farm Equipment


40’ BOURGAULT, 5710 AIR DRILL, 9.8 spacing, 4� steel packers, good cond. 780-877-2339, 877-2326

Funded in part by the Government of Canada.


Grain, Feed Hay


LACOMBE COUNTRY FEED STORE, Come see us at: 4836 45A St. Lacombe, Ab ALL THE FEED YOUR ANIMALS NEED! 403-782-3333 Dealer of Masterfeeds FLEXI-COIL 6000 AIR DRILL, 40’, 3450 TBH tank, double shoot, 7.5� spacing, rubber packer wheels. All new discs, bearings, air hoses - 2 yrs ago. Shedded & unused for 2 seasons. $60,000 obo. 403-784-3633 or 403-304-2266



Laverndene Acres

WANTED: Hay land to put up on shares. 403-742-4337

Seed Grain


BRIGHT’S SEED FOR SALE Wheat-Cert. Harvest HRS/Foremost CPS Barley-Cert. Copeland/ Cowboy/Coalition Oats-Seed Oats. Call 780-855-2240/780-678-6329


Agricultural #2000 - #2290

6â€? diameter, 8 ft. long $ 8 each. No reasonable offer refused. Call 403-742-5237 ofďŹ ce hours.

Farm Equipment

Yearling Red Angus CERTIFIED SEED FOR SALE. Bulls for Sale EVERY WATER WELL Busby Barley, Stride Oats, on earth should have the Lavern Wideman Jordan Oats. patented “Kontinuous Shok� Guaranteed, fully tested. Castor, AB Chlorinator from MAGIC SEED FARM Big Iron Drilling! Why? 403-882-2185 Greg Jones 403-783-6495 Save thousands of lives or 403-704-6277 every year. BAR-DALE LIMOUSIN, ERSKINE, AB. COMMON SEAD OATS Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON. 40, two year old virgin bulls 97% germ. Colour sorted. for sale at the farm. Call Glen Lepard SAWMILLS Fully guaranteed. 403-740-2872. from only $4,397. Call Carole Barclay at Make money & save 403-742-4825, Echo Ridge Seeds money with your own Terry 403-740-5037 bandmill. Cut lumber any Ricky 403-740-5711. email Check our lineup of Wheat, Barley, Pea & Oat seed. dimension. In stock ready Available varieties to ship. Free info & dvd: and their traits at FOR SALE. Simmeron Simmentals, 400OT. 1-800-566-6899 403-883-2503 fullblood full Fleckvieh ext. 400OT. yearling bulls, polled and WHEAT HRS: CDC GO, horned, A.I. bloodlines, Park. Wheat winter: Norvery quiet, muscled. Office star. Barley: Sundre. Website: Canola: Early One. Oat: Supplies AC Mustang. Other kinds Martin 780-913-7963. and varieties avail. GOOD QUALITY BLACK Grasses and forages. ANGUS SIRE, Lyster Farms LTD Stettler, registered, $4,500. AB. 403-742-4456 Phone 403-578-3312.



Positions Wanted


10 pkgs. of 500 sheets

Semi loads of pine, spruce, tamarack, poplar. Price depends on location. Lil Mule Logging 403-318-4346

Garden Supplies

Garden Supplies

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FASTER IN THE FIELD! Get more work done faster and save on fuel. Chip Tuning Safely gives you 15% more power. AG equipment, semis. 1-888-920-1351;

PUREBRED red and black Angus bulls. 1 and 2 year olds. Semen tested and delivered. Vicwin farms 403-784-3517, 403-318-7363. REGISTERED Yearling Red and Black Angus Bulls. Various bw’s, born Jan./Feb. quiet, semen tested & delivered. $2500. Also: Unregistered Yearling Red Angus Heifer Bulls, born Apr. light bw’s, quiet & semen tested $1800. Darrell & Lorraine Davidson, Lougheed 780-888-1374, 780-888-1087

Horse/Stock Trailers


HORSE and Stock trailer. Parts and repairs. Axles, brakes, drums, bearings, spring, rims, fenders, lights, and wiring. Pick up & delivery avail. HORSE SHOE TRAILER MFG. AND REPAIR. HALKIRK, ALBERTA 403-884-2173 403-430-0504

Grain, Feed Hay


FORAGE SEED FOR SALE. Organic and conventional. Sweet Clover, Alfalfa, Red Clover, Smooth Brome, Meadow Brome, Crested Wheatgrass, Timothy, etc. Free delivery! Birch Rose Acres Ltd. 306-863-2900. HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. “On Farm Pickup� Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252

Storage Space

BEST RENTAL VALUE IN STETTLER 1 & 2 Bedroom, furnished kitchenette suites. All utilities, cable, internet. 1 Bedroom, $800/mo. 2 Bedroom, $1100/mo. D.D. $200. Avail. immediately Kimberly 403-690-5828

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For Rent #3000 - #3200 Acreages/Farms ..............3010 Houses/Duplexes ............3020 Condos/Townhouses........3030 Manufactured Homes ......3040 Four Plexes/Six Plexes ....3050 Suites ..............................3060 Cottages/Seasonal ..........3070 Roommates Wanted ........3080 Rooms for Rent................3090 Motels/Hotels ..................3100 Offices ..............................3110 Stores/Commercial ..........3120 Industrial ..........................3130 Warehouse Space............3140 Garage Space..................3150 Storage Space ................3160 Land ................................3170 Pasture ............................3180 Mobile Lot ........................3190 Misc. for Rent ..................3200

Wanted to Rent #3250 - #3390 Acreages/Farms ..............3255 Houses/Duplexes ............3260 Suites ..............................3270 Rooms..............................3280 Manufactured Homes ......3290 Housesitting Wanted ........3300 Garage Space..................3310 Storage Space ................3320 Stores/Commercial ..........3330 Office Space ....................3340 Industrial ..........................3350 Warehouse Space............3360 Resorts & Cottages..........3370 Pasture/Land....................3380 Mobile Lot ........................3390



Manufactured Homes


SHOWHOME SALE. Substantial savings to be had! Need room for whole new display! Visit Grandview Modular Red Deer to see the quality and craftsmanship that set us apart. 1-855-347-0417;; terry



STETTLER MINI Property DON’T MISS OUT! STORAGE 62 acres, endless possibilities. Household, furniture, business records, etc. Various sizes. Protected by security alarm and fenced and lighted perimeter. Owner: Reg and Darlene Hunter 403-740-9283 or 403-742-3153

5500 sq. ft. house. 1500 ft. of lake-shore; www.; www. Jackie 1-306-744-2399, 1-306-744-7432. Watch online for open house. ELINOR LAKE RESORT. Lots selling at 25% off listed price, or 5% down on a rent to own lot with no interest over 5 years. 1-877-623-3990;

Real Estate #4000 - #4190

Realtors & Services..........4010 Houses for Sale................4020 Houses Wanted ................4030 Condos/Townhouses ........4040 Acreages ..........................4050 Acreages Wanted ............4060 Farms/Land ......................4070 Farms/Land Wanted ........4080 Manufactured/ Mobile Homes ..................4090 Income Property ..............4100 Commercial Property ......4110 Industrial Property ............4120 Cottages/Resort Property ..4130 Businesses for Sale..........4140 Buildings for Sale ............4150 Lots for Sale ....................4160 Out of Town Property ......4170 Investment Opportunities ..4180 Mortgages Bought/Sold....4190

Houses For Sale


5 BDRM house in Big Valley. Newly reno’d, spacious, on dble. lot. Full bsmt., two baths, single garage, large jetted tub downstairs. 403-710-4085 for viewing, or e-mail

Financial #4400 - #4430 Investments ......................4410 Money Wanted ................4420 Money to Loan ................4430

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Public Notices


Community Support Services Close to Coronation Park & Trail System

1484 sq.ft. 1/2 Duplex Fenced back yard on creek Lovely area near walking paths, all amenities. Hardwood floors, newly developed basement. 3 bdrms. up, 2 in bsmt. Must sell, Buy now and move soon! $349,900 Agent selected. 403-396-5516 or 403-314-4318 Mon-Wed.

Condos/ Townhouses

ADULTS/CHILDREN ANONYMOUS Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. For more info Kira & Ian FCSS, 403-742-2339

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 403-742-4271; 403-742-1887 403-742-3214; 403-742-2966 or 403-742-4271

AL-ANON 403-742-0990

ALZHEIMERS SUPPORT GROUP 403-742-4263; 403-742-8122 or 403-742-4091


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



BIG BROTHERS & BIG SISTERS ORGANIZATION 403-742-5437 during business hours


One & Two BEDROOM APARTMENTS FOR RENT No pets Phone Ellen Phone Linda or at Ernie 403-742-1568 at 403-742-5005

Manufactured Homes


IN HALLKIRK, $21,000 is a mobile home, perfect for a couple, needs minimal renovations. 780-583-2380

(formerly Camrose Women’s Shelter)


CELIAC (Gluten Intolerance) Brenda 403-742-3067

COCAINE ANONYMOUS Pager toll-free (20 sec. response time) 1-403-357-6266



403-742-2337 (parents who have lost a child[ren])





NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Hot Line 403-342-1444

Customizable and secure. From storage to workspace. Steel containers from 8' to 53'. 20' & 40' skids with optional 4' landings available. Mount with twist locks.





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STETTLER & AREA ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY SOCIETY (STABIS) For more information phone 403-742-6456



Kathy Elaine Willis -Williams 403-742-4567 403-742-2745 Elaine Williams - 403-742-2745 4820 - 51 Street



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ATTENTION: Are you looking for someone to care for you or a loved one. I am a continuing care assistant and I can help with personal care, light house work, errands and shopping. I can travel between Lacombe and Stettler. Please call anytime, 403-916-4470.



Certified General Accountants 4814 - 49 Street, Stettler

403-742-5520 403-882-3740 (Castor)

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Buzz Andersen

Chapman and Co. Professional Accountants LLP

Serving Stettler area over 35 years

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4912 - 51 Street P.O. Box 460, Stettler, Alberta

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403-742-2520 4607 - 59 St., Stettler (Beside A & W)


• Locks repinned & installed • Windshields repaired & installed • Residential & Commercial Windows & Doors • All your glass & screen needs Main St., Stettler Emergency 403-742-2665 403-742-3628


M.S., R.Aud 4806 – 51 Ave., Stettler, AB

Dr. KERRY WONG Optometrist Stettler, Alberta Box 1796 Phone 403-742-2998

PERFORMANCE Physiotherapy, Acupuncture & Massage

Transportation #5000-5300

Stettler Professional Building

• Complete Plumbing & Heating Services • Commercial and Residential • Water Conditioning & Pumps • 24 Hour Service Service Wise - We Specialize

4819 51 Street



Call Barry Harvey



“If It’s Electrical We Do It�

Phone: 403-742-3555

All types of Electrical Installation & Maintenance

4109 - 48 Avenue, Stettler


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Serving Stettler & Area since 1978



“Serving Stettler & area for  yearsâ€? • Complete auto body repair & painting

Electrical Contractor Owner: Lou MacDougall Master Electrician

Call Curt or Rob

Phone 403-742-2869


4606 - 40 St., Stettler

Furnace Cleaning


Stettler Furnace Cleaning TEL: 403-742-6277

Qualified and Reputable

No. 5. 4707 - 42 Street Stettler, AB

403-742-3418 Misc. Services


IU’S TILE & STONE LIVSales and Installation Ceramic, Porcelain, Slate and Travertine Tile Natural and Manufactured Stone Kitchen, Bathroom, Fireplace Custom Showers and More‌

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BYLAW 1525-14, providing for the closure of Municipal Reserve in the Hamlet of Erskine namely Lot 3MR Block 14 Plan 0526602 located between No. 14 Alberta Avenue and No. 6 MacRae Street and to dispose of this land for less than its market value. The purpose of the proposed closure and disposal is to acquire a 16 feet (5.0 metre) wide strip of Municipal Reserve along the east side of Highway 835 adjacent to the subject hamlet block in exchange for Lot 3MR Block 14 Plan 0526602, in order to construct a Multi-Use Pathway on Lots 5 & 6 Block 14 Plan 0526602. This bylaw further proposes the amendment of Land Use Bylaw 1443-10 as amended by rezoning Lot 3MR from the Public Service (PS) District to the Hamlet Residential (HR) District. If Council were to adopt this bylaw the County of Stettler No. 6 would proceed in 2014 to acquire the 16 feet wide Municipal Reserve strip and construct a multi-use pathway (i.e. public walkway/bikeway) along the east side of Highway 835 from Alberta Avenue to Porter Avenue.

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Elks were busy last week At their April meeting, the Elks hosted their Provincial Chairman, Brother Leonard Shain, who is from the Sherwood Park Lodge. Accompanying him from the same lodge was Brother Bob Walsh. Brother Shain gave an informative briefing on the future of the Elks, explaining some of the new proposals being put forth. These proposals, meant to put the organization at the forefront in convincing new volunteers to join and enhance all the great work that the Elks carry out, will be on the agendas at both the upcoming provincial meeting and the national convention. The Elks Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 31. For the past few years, this tournament has been dedicated to the memory of Elmer Kerbes, but this year it is reverting back to the original designation due to Brother Lloyd Duncan’s passing. The tournament will utilize the same format with a breakfast, lunch and prizes. Keep an eye out for posters with additional details. The Elks will be sup-

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porting the Big Valley School students on their exchange program to Quebec and an E-Free member who is heading to Bolivia. It is an honour to help these youngsters in such worthy endeavors. The Club draw was won by Lorne Parkin who flipped it over to the provincial chair, who is collecting money to make sure the National Grand Exalted Ruler gets his moustache and beard shaved. All proceeds raised from this “shearing” will go to the children’s fund. Of note here is that this “wool” has been accumulating for a very long time. The Lodge and members donated to the cause as well. The first 200 Club Draw for 2014-15 was carried out and the winners were: Joan Grover, Vern Thurow

(Hanna Elks), Brad Greiner, and Marilyn Olmstead. The Big Valley Inn Crib Finale hosted 17 players on Sunday, Apr. 27. Lawrence Wilkie came first, Teresa Greig was second, Stan Nattestad was third with the booby going to Phil Bryant. Mary Wilkie won the regular draw and Ernie Petrussa won the 50/50. Throughout the afternoon tickets were drawn for various door prizes and the event concluded with a great supper. The Big Valley Inn Crib players wish everyone a great summer. Trudy and Dorothy would like to thank everyone for their continued support and participation and will contact everyone when crib is ready to start up again in the fall. Stop by this weekend for the 2014 Big Valley Bust out Rodeo. Competition begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2 at the Big Valley Agriplex, and will continue on Saturday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. As usual, the Agriplex will host a dance Saturday night following the rodeo action. On Sunday, May 4 the Colin Cassidy Memorial Bullrid-

ing begins at 2:00 p.m. Also this weekend, the Hivernant Metis Cultural Society holds their annual

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Welcoming a new family Folks in the district woke up Sunday morning to a heavy blanket of wet snow. It seems Old Man Winter doesn’t want to give up just yet. A team of floor curlers from the Endmoor club participated in a tournament at The Hub in Stettler on Thursday. Participants included Shirley Bates, Mickey Tucker and Dave and Carol Sisley. Congratulations to Kevin and Nikki (nee Paulsen) Pivert on the birth of their son Cooper Carl Pivert in Red Deer on April 24. Cooper weighed eight pounds 10 ounces and is a little brother for big sister Elizabeth. Congratulations also to the local grandparents Brad and Shellbea Paulsen and great-grandma Winnie Paulsen. Irene Brooker, along with former Endiang residents Shirley Lumsden and Donnie Johnson, were among those who entertained at Paragon Place seniors’ lodge in Stettler last Tuesday. The residents thoroughly enjoyed their music. Construction has begun at the James farm on the basement for Travis and Tanis’ new house. It is an exciting time for the young couple as they await their new home. Sunday was a busy day for baby showers. Dara

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Hallett and wee son Rowen were showered with baby gifts Sunday afternoon at Grandma Dee Green’s home by many friends and family members. Mom-to-be Jordanna Christie also received many baby gifts for her expected baby at a shower held in Stettler on Sunday. Several friends and family attended the gathering. The Endiang district will soon be welcoming a new family. Rob and Sherry Carlgren have sold their acreage to a young family from Rosalind. Adam and Paige Jones along with their children Rylee, Rowdy and Memphis are enjoying a visit from Paige’s father David Eager from Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. The local floor curlers will be winding up another season on May 5 with a potluck dinner at the Endiang Hall. This will complete 32 years of floor curling in En-

Opera Alberta coming to Erskine Fingers crossed, has spring arrived? The farmers are starting to get out in their fields to work them up and get ready for seeding. It’s been a long and stormy winter. It’s nice to see those huge snow banks along the road sides disappear. Now we just see the mounds of dirt on the sides of ditch banks indicating that our winter rodents took up residents under the tall piles of snow. The county has put no bans on the roads this spring and as a result that will allow all grain trucks to get up the roads to get the seed to the cleaning plants and grain moved. Erskine school held what is now their annual Spell - A - Thon this week. The students had fun competing in spelling and raising money for activities. Today is the CARA badminton tournament in Stettler for Grades 7, 8, and 9. Grade 6 will have their own tournament tomorrow. ECS will be hosting their Mother’s Day Tea on

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May 6. Alberta Opera will be presenting Aladdin in Erskine on May 12 using students to help with the performance. This should be a fun experience for everyone. Grades 6-9 have decided to go to West Ed Water Park for their year end trip. The 4th annual Hank Boer fun run will be held May 15 raising money for the Stollery Children’s hospital. We know the school year is winding up when the PAT exams come around. May is the month for the LA exams for grades 6 and 9. May 20 is the date for the Erskine 4-H Beef club’s competition.

diang. In the earlier years the game was called disking as the wooden disks had no handles. This long-running sport has involved many people and brought much enjoyment over those years. The club has hosted many tournaments and Endiang has always been a popular spot with its hospitality and good hardwood floor for curling. Quote of the day — “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain

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Book club plays bingo with entire school Stettler Elementary School Several Grade 5 students represented SES at the Central Alberta Regional Science Fair on April 11 and 12, at the Bower Place Mall in Red Deer. All of the students did very well. Congratulations to: - Faith Shuckburgh (gold medal, and Red Deer River Naturalists award), - Hailie Ripley and Jenna Vowles (silver medals, and $50.00 each from the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta), - Rylee Frank and Katie Satre (silver medals), - Jaden Norman and Chloe Strohschein (bronze medals), - Elisa Collard and Emma Werbowesky (bronze medals), Nicholas Deaver (bronze medal), - Cassidy UnKauf and Hanna Moon (bronze medals), - Kyla Johnston and Carly Jones (Red Deer River Naturalists award) The SES Show Choir celebrated another year of great music making with an “Awards and Ice Cream Sundae Party” on Monday, April 14, at noon. Everyone received a certificate and

the students who have been in choir for all of Grade 4 and all of Grade 5 earned a trophy. Congratulations to Chase Barca, Gage Loyst, Katie Satre, Nankie Uppal, Olivia Van Straten, Emma Werbowesky, Japheth Wildeboer, Sabrina Gamhour, Raiza Marshall, Hanna Moon, Cassidy UnKauf, Kyle Whitford, Miranda Zweifel, Madison Bradford, Brooke Kirk, Amber Sylvester, Natalie Armstrong, Madison Bauer, and Emmalee Paschke for their long term commitment to participating in show choir. Thank you to all the parents who provided treats for the party and those who helped to serve ice cream. Thank you also to Mrs. Lynes for playing the piano for the show choir all year long. SES choral speech students performed their festival numbers at the annual SES Dinner Theatre on April 15 and 16. Kindergarten through grade 2 students took their lunch to the music room, and grades 3 through 5 students ate in the gym. While students ate, they were entertained by favorite stories such as “My Momma Says” and “The Paper Bag Princess”. Grade 3-5 students were even treated to a version

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Show choir – Pictured from left to right are Madison Bauer, Natalie Armstrong, and Emmalee Paschke who were among a group of Grade 5 students that were recently recognized for their long-term commitment to the SES Show Choir. Students who participated in choir for all of Grade 4 and all of Grade 5 received a special trophy. of “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs”, as told by Mrs. Boyd-Stadelmann. Everyone enjoyed listening to the stories and poems, and marveled at how much material the students were able to memorize. Well done, Grade 4 and 5 students. The SES Book Club has been doing a fun, literacybased, bingo game with the entire school during the past few weeks. First

thing in the morning, the school leaders read the names of book titles, book characters, etc. during the morning announcements. Classrooms listen carefully, and mark off their bingo board, hoping to get a straight-line or black-out bingo. Before Easter, the book club also hid plastic Easter eggs in all of the classrooms. These eggs had more bingo clues hidden inside. This past week,

the book club has given out envelopes with letters in them. Classrooms have had to unscramble the letters to spell titles of books which they can then mark off on their bingo board. This has been an exciting activity, and students have been listening carefully to announcements and discussing the book words they need on their bingo board, such as Harry Potter, Pete the Cat, and The

Teacher From the Black Lagoon. Thank you to the book club members and teachers for all of their hard work! Grade 2DB said goodbye to Miss Kozak this week. Miss Kozak was a student teacher who had been working in their classroom for nine weeks. Before Miss Kozak left, Grade 2DB completed the Science Unit on Buoyancy and Boats that she had been teaching them. The students’ final project was to build a boat from recycled materials that would float. All the boats floated and the students were able to explain their designs. It was a successful end to the unit. The students and SES staff really enjoyed working with Miss Kozak, and will be sad to see her leave. We all wish her the best of luck as she starts her first teaching job next September in McBride, BC. Friday, April 25 was Western Day at SES. Many staff and students wore jeans, boots, and cowboy hats. Some classes continued the theme throughout the day by read books, playing math games, and doing art projects that were western-themed. It was a fun day for everyone!

Camp time is approaching By Marianna Sebok Stettler Middle School It’s hard to believe that we are almost into May. This means that we are counting down the days to our annual Grade 8 camp, which will take place the last week of May. The Grade 8 students are already preparing and planning for the upcoming adventure. This past Monday, there was a Grade 8 camp meeting for parents. The meeting was an opportunity for parents to get all the information needed and ask questions to ensure everyone is prepared for this fun event. The last set of parent teacher interviews for this school year was held last Thursday. Contact the teacher if you missed interviews and would like to meet.

Our staff attended the PD day on Tuesday, April 22. They spent time learning about the direction the new curriculum, Inspiring Education, will be going. The Hunter Education course wrapped up this past Thursday and it was a great success. Students that took part enjoyed their time in the course with Mr. Peters and found it well worth their time. The bands did a great job performing at festival this year. They all walked away with A’s or Honors. A huge “congratulations” goes out to Mr. Rahn and all his students. Now Mr. Rahn is working with the students in preparation for Night of the Bands, which will take place on Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Centre. The band classes from grades six to 12 will be

performing, so it will be another great night of entertainment. This Friday, SMS will be hosting the last dance of the year. It will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Today our Grade 7 and 8 students will be taking part in the C.A.R.A. badminton tournament. The event starts after school and takes place in all three gyms of the complex. Come out and cheer on our players! Y-CAT would like to send a special thank you to the high school cafeteria for the amazing burgers and fries they provided as a part of our hot lunch program. They would also like to congratulate the contest winners for the “Guess the Easter Close-ups”. Congratulations Grade 6 students!

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