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ARTISTIC TOUCH - The worldwide live painting competition, Art Battle made its local return for the second year at the Scott Block this past weekend. Jerrica Bradshaw was among those who competed in a live painting battle for the opportunity to advance to the national competition.

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Locals encouraged to support muscular dystrophy fundraiser City couple knows firsthand the range of challenges MD brings Cathy points out. He is also the current president of the local chapter. Ray acknowledges the hardships of dealith June approaching, organizers are ing with his wife’s condition, but his dedigearing up for the annual fundrais- cation and commitment shines through at ing walk for muscular dystrophy which is every turn. set for June 7th. “It’s changed our lives totally and comThe Safeway Walk for Muscular Dystro- pletely,” he says. “One of the unfortunate phy takes place at McKenzie Trails, start- effects of that, for example in having to ing with registration at 1 p.m. give up our dancing, is that we’ve lost that Muscular dystrophy is the name of a social network. We’ve lost those friends group of genetic muscle disorders that are because you lose that activity you have in characterized by progressive weakness common. That’s where the local chapter and wasting of the voluntary muscles that really helps, because you have that concontrol body movement. Currently there is tact. We can hang out, talk and share exno cure. periences.” “Muscular dystrophy covers over 120 difCathy agrees, noting how many people ferent forms of neuro-muscular diseases,” in their lives seemed to back away after explains Cathy Tessier, who was diagnosed learning of her diagnosis. “I think a lot nine years ago with Charcot-Marie-Tooth of it is that people just don’t know how to (CMT) disease. handle it.” “The first month after we moved here, But there is support, besides the local I fell on some ice and tore a ligament. It chapter. Ray points out that Safeway is a healed, but I ended up with pain that didn’t major sponsor and local firefighters always go away. It was in the process of finding rally to support the cause as well through out what was causing taking part in the annuthat pain that they al walk, for example. ‘BECAUSE IT’S GENETIC, I WAS actually discovered I According to Muscuhad CMT.” BORN WITH IT – SO I’VE LIVED lar Dystrophy Canada, Doctors studied her anyone can be affected WITH IT ALL MY LIFE.’ medical history and by these disorders. And various tests were contrary to popular CATHY TESSIER carried out, and the belief, MD is not excludiagnosis was made. “Once you have a di- sively a childhood disorder. While some agnosis, you can deal with it.” types are first evident in infancy or early People with CMT usually have problems childhood, other types may not appear unwith their feet and hands, including feet til later in life. deformity, foot drop, abnormal sensations Principal symptoms include progresand loss of fine motor skills. Not everyone sive muscle wasting, weakness, and loss of with CMT is affected in the same way. function. Common signs include poor bal“Because it’s genetic, I was born with it ance with frequent falls, difficulty walk– so I’ve lived with it all my life,” said Tes- ing and a limited range of movement. As sier. “Seven years ago, I ended up wearing Cathy pointed out, some people have mild a leg brace to correct the fact that my feet neuropathy, while others may have more are dropping. severe problems with sensation. “People with CMT quite often have a lot The severity and progression vary deof problems walking. We also have a lot of pending on the exact diagnosis and the nerve problems, because the nerves are dy- individual. Most neuromuscular disorders ing away. We can lose a lot of feelings in are progressive, causing the muscles to our hands and our feet because of the neu- weaken over time. ropathy that comes along with it. Cathy said over the years, it’s been a pro“Some of us also have a lot of nerve pain cess of dealing with and treating the sympwith it – not everybody, but some of us live toms, as there is no cure as of yet. “When with a lot of pain. And the pain can fluctu- my hearing started going, I wore hearing ate from minute to minute.” aids. With my feet dropping, they put bracSupport comes, of course, through fam- es on me. With the pain, they deal with it ily, friends and a local support group – all through medication. of who help to carry the burden. “Unfor“We are trying to slow the progression tunately, our spouses have to learn to live of the disease with aqua-fit – that way, with us,” she adds, with an affectionate I can move my muscles around without glance at her husband Ray. “They have to doing a lot of impact. It helps to keep the live with us being in pain.” muscle tone – moving the muscles without There is a Red Deer group that meets ‘over moving’ them. four times a year plus it hosts social get“As different things have come up over togethers. “But my main support is Ray,” the years, we’ve treated everything that is

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TEAM WORK - Together Cathy Tessier and her husband Ray Tessier work together to manage her muscular dystrophy. They work as a team to raise money and awareness for the local chapter Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. treatable. But mine is a progressive disease – it will eventually put me in a wheelchair. And I’m trying to delay that as much as I can.” That’s why its critical for folks to support the cause, and one key way they can do that is by signing up for the walk.

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Tour of Alberta coming to City again BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express

Calgary on Sept. 2 and ending in Edmonton on Sept. 7th. The event landed extensive international and national coverage and it was estimated the gross economic activity for the event in its entirety was $24 million, according to council agenda notes. “We are looking at using the same route we did last year – it worked out really well,” he said. “Spectators could really see some exciting racing coming along.” The recommendation put forward to council was the approve a hosting rights fee, in-kind City services and the ‘recommended’ City services for a total of $154,000, which council ultimately agreed to support eight to one, with Councillor Tanya Handley voting against it citing some financial concerns related to the event. She pointed to the money committed to the bid for the

Red Deer is gearing up to once again be included in September’s Tour of Alberta, City council heard this week. On Sept. 4th, Red Deer will be the host finish community for Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour of Alberta. Building off of the success of last year’s inaugural event, this year’s event anticipates similar international and national media attention. Council heard the race and festival will help to showcase Red Deer and Central Alberta and “Contribute to the vitality of our downtown and local businesses.” George Berry, chair of the Tour of Alberta local organization committee, said the is a six-stage race, starting in

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City council updated on Red Deer Regional Airport BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Red Deer Regional Airport is on the right track with a prosperous 2013 to look back on and a promising road ahead, officials told City council this week. “It’s been a very successful 2014 for the airport,” said the airport’s CEO RJ Steenstra, adding that there was a 649% increase in the first quarter of this year over the first quarter in 2013. “We expect that that will continue as we move forward into the busy months here,” he said. “We expect those numbers to continue, and we look forward to seeing the results from 2014. “It’s really quite remarkable that in two years this has been achieved at the airport.” Council was last updated by airport officials last fall. Since then, Air Canada has launched service, and Northwestern Air continues to grow in terms of services offered from the airport, said Steenstra. “They continue to build direct service from here to Kelowna five days a week and to Fort McMurray four days a week,” he said. “The airline’s long-term view is that Red Deer will or should be a mini-hub for them, and we are already seeing that happen where they are connecting their Kelowna flight to their Fort McMurray flight, and seeing transit passengers come off one and go onto the next,” he said. “Of course, Air Canada launched in September of 2013 with one stop connections through Calgary to anywhere in Canada, the U.S. and world-wide. The service is three times a day, seven days a week.” Several jobs have been created locally because of that expansion as well, he pointed out. Looking ahead, the airport’s area structure plan will help to set the stage for future growth in terms of land development. “We are certainly seeing dramatic interest in land development for both aviation and non-aviation type busi-

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Brian Malley trial set for Red Deer BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express A man accused of murder will have his trial in Red Deer, despite efforts made by his lawyer to have the trial held in another municipality. Brian Malley, 57, is charged with first-degree murder, causing an explosion of an explosive substance likely to cause serious bodily harm, death or serious damage to property and sending or delivering to a person an explosive device in relation to the death of Victoria Shachtay in 2011. Malley was released on $10,000 bail and ordered to live with his wife and mother-in-law in Edmonton in 2012. Malley’s lawyer Bob Aloneissi, recently made an appli-

cation for a change of venue for the jury trial stating the case has received substantial media coverage and it would be difficult to find jury members who were impartial to the case. Crown Prosecutor Jason Snider said there is a large area to pull from in regards to a jury pool and past media coverage of the case should not hinder that process. The judge ruled that Malley stand trial in Red Deer. A six-week trial has been set to begin Jan. 26. An explosion occurred inside Shachtay’s residence in November 2011 in Innisfail. The incident occurred after a package was delivered to the residence which RCMP confirmed was the source of the explosion. Malley was arrested in Red Deer on May 25th, 2012.

Shachtay, 23, was disabled and in a wheelchair from a car collision. She was also a single mother to a seven-yearold girl. RCMP have confirmed Malley, who had worked as a municipal police officer in Alberta more than 30 years ago, had known Shachtay for a number of years and acted as her financial adviser. The six-month investigation into Victoria’s death was led by the ‘K’ Division Serious Crimes Branch which is responsible for homicide investigations in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions. The investigation also involved support of the local RCMP detachment and many other support units, including the RCMP’s Post- Blast National Response Team, Explosive Disposal and Technology Section, Tech Crimes, Special Tactical Operations, Criminal Analysis Section, Special ‘I’ Surveillance Units, and Forensic Labs in Edmonton and Ottawa. At its peak, the investigation involved more than 70 investigators who worked thousands of hours to gather and examine evidence related to the murder.

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OPINION Annual tradition The annual Market at Red Deer is set to begin this weekend and it is a sure sign that spring is here to stay. Many look forward to the start of the farmers’ market, as it has become a long-standing tradition over the years in the City. Thousands of people from all over Central Alberta and beyond head down to the Pidherney Curling Centre parking lot weekend after weekend during the season to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells that the farmers’ market provides. The Market runs each Saturday morning until the Thanksgiving long weekend. It takes place rain or shine. Unique treasures and gifts can be found at the Market and there is surely something for everyone. Patrons can find everything from baked goods as well as fruits and vegetables, to artisans, woodworking, clothing and bedding plants, to a variety of crafts - many of the booths being local vendors. There are also activities for kids in the form of bouncy castles, face painting and balloon animals. This year, the Market will play host to a tarot card reader/soothsayer, as well.

A number of musicians also use the venue to offer entertainment for passers-by. And food trucks are starting to pop up at the farmers’ market to offer their selection of unique cuisine as well, making the Market experience that much more fun. For many, the farmers’ market is a social event as well. Often when perusing through the aisles, familiar faces can be seen all around. It’s a great opportunity to grab a coffee and not only check out some favourite vendors, but it’s also an opportunity to reconnect with community members and old friends, too. The Market has certainly grown since its beginnings 44 years ago. With only a handful of vendors to start, the Market now boasts close to 300 vendors during any given Saturday over the course of the season – many of whom have continued to expand themselves and who have been coming back to the Market at Red Deer year after year. We are fortunate in Red Deer to have a farmers’ market as successful as this one. So it’s time to get out, support the vendors and have some fun along the way – especially if you haven’t been before – you will be amazed at the atmosphere.

Some of the worst health advice you’ll get today I was about to call it a day when an email arrived with the following in the subject line - ‘The Best Health Advice You’ll Get Today.’


CASSELS I was curious. And I’m a sucker for free health advice. I’ve got more than just a passing interest in health advice, seeing as I spend much of my working hours examining the quality of evidence that underlies what people say about drugs, screening and other kinds of health treatments. So when someone wants to offer me the ‘best,’ I sit up and pay attention. I learned this email was

sent to me from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation as part of their monthly update. The email was reminding me about how important breast cancer screening is and how often women should subject themselves to it. ‘Mammograms save lives’ read the headline. My heart sank. Not only is this headline unlikely to be true, it’s possibly dangerous. The headline followed with the statistic that “Regular mammograms for women age 40 and over equal a 25% reduction in the number of breast cancer-related deaths.” Many scientists who have looked at the evidence have questioned routine mammograms for healthy women (those with no extra risk factors for the disease), and particularly for younger women (those between ages 40 and 59) because of the very real prob-

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domly assigned to receive screening mammograms or not and found that the screening did not reduce breast cancer deaths. Then last February, a 25-year study by Cornelia Baines and Anthony Miller at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Toronto added weight to that assessment, finding that annual breast cancer screening of women age 40 and 59 does not reduce breast cancer death rates compared to regular physical examination or usual care. This message got a fair bit of media play because it was, after all, a Canadian study and one of the biggest and highest quality studies ever done on breast cancer screening. This research is adding up to what I would call a wholesale re-questioning of the need for mammography based on the fact the overall benefits seem to be

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vanishingly small and the harms – including unnecessary cancer scares, biopsies and surgeries -- considerable. Just two weeks ago, an article from the New England Journal of Medicine was published suggesting Switzerland might be the first nation in the world to dismantle its breast cancer screening program for women of average risk. In a report prepared by the Swiss Medical Board, the authors wrote mammography screening of women between 50 and 69 may prevent one breast cancer death out of a 1,000 screened women, but that there was no proof that screening programs affect overall deaths. In other words, echoing the work of scientists like Baines, Miller and Gotzsche, the mantra that ‘Mammography Saves Lives’ is simply not true for

most women. The authors of that recent New England article concluded by saying, “It is easy to promote mammography screening if the majority of women believe that it prevents or reduces the risk of getting breast cancer and saves many lives through early detection of aggressive tumours. We would be in favour of mammography screening if these beliefs were valid. Unfortunately, they are not, and we believe that women need to be told so.” But what do Canadians get instead? The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation saying we should ignore the science, as they dish out the ‘Best Health Advice’ via an email on a Friday afternoon. Alan Cassels is an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork. ca. His column is distributed through Troy Media.


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Letters to the editor

Examining the issue of temporary foreign workers By almost all accounts the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program may end up being a regrettable stain on Canadian history. It appears everyone except various businesses’ balance sheets are affected in a very negative way. It has brought out the worst in many Canadians; McCarthyism has reared its ugly head when job offers are not forthcoming and layoffs are. TFW has many loopholes, and with our current government looking for and exploiting every loophole it can find, is it any wonder that businesses would follow suit. TFW has made life very unpleasant for temporary foreign workers, who happen to just want a better life for themselves and their families. If stories are to be believed, TFW is a modern tool for human trafficking bordering on indentured servant status, with some comparing it to slavery. Businesses pay a recruiter up in the neighborhood of $2,000 to recruit foreign workers, and the recruiter also make demands of the workers. Percentage of paycheck as demonstrated in B.C. news, high rents with sometimes 20 plus people sharing a house, sometimes owned directly by the recruiter. Many reports have come out about excessive work hours without pay,

and no obvious means of recourse. Throw in the increasingly hostile environment they are working in with customers and their life is not a dream for most. Canadians are not getting the jobs that historically would introduce the young to the workforce, mould their work ethic, and give them spending money. Many others are getting laid off at no fault of their own, while TFW workers are still working. Contractual obligations precipitated the layoffs of Canadians and the TFW workers will be laid off in due time according to a contract. I do not know. I do know that the optics are bad and many people feel for these displaced Canadians and in some cases take it out on the foreign workers, in small ways from slight rudeness to outright contempt. The Canadian Government created the Temporary Foreign Workers Program as the best way to create a cheap global labor pool for businesses and that is it. They talk about labor shortages, but if they were real free-market Conservatives they would have let supply and demand principles figure out a solution. Perhaps a slight increase in salary or a more flexible schedule would attract more applicants? Many experts have been warning the gov-

More on temporary foreign workers The federal government has stopped foreign workers coming to Canada to work in the food service sector while it conducts a review. I believe that this decision, particularly if the review stretches into months, will have a negative impact on our communities and our province. The Government of Alberta agrees with the Government of Canada on a number of important points. Canadians and Albertans must have first access to all jobs here, and those who work must be given every opportunity to do so. The federal Temporary Foreign Worker program has rules, and it is important that they be followed. There have been some recent incidents in the food services sector, and those situations should be dealt with. However, we have concerns about the federal moratorium. First, it is unfair to freeze an entire sector because there are problems with a few players. Second, Alberta’s economy is strong. Unemployment here is below five per cent, which is significantly lower than in other parts of the country. There are employers who cannot find people, and there are people who cannot find jobs. Alberta has job fairs, web sites and programs for both groups. Food services companies, unions, and workers participate in them, yet positions remain open. When jobs remain unfilled, workers are recruited from

other sectors, customer service declines, or Canadians already on staff lose shifts or jobs when restaurants close or reduce their hours. None of these results are good for the quality of life in rural communities. There are ways for the federal government to deal with compliance problems in its TFW program. There are also ways to improve Canada’s immigration program, so that we can ensure TFWs are “permanent foreign workers” who become a permanent part of our workforce and our neighbourhoods. I came to Canada as a child when my parents emigrated from then-communist Poland. When I arrived here, I thought we had landed in paradise because there seemed to be so many opportunities for our family. Many of the temporary foreign workers here today have that same sense of optimism about the communities where they are working. They know that this province rewards those who work hard, and they are proud to be part of one of the world’s most exciting regions. Albertans know that our province is a busy, growing, dynamic place. It is unfortunate that the federal government is choosing to compromise the people who are helping make that growth possible.

Thomas A. Lukaszuk Minister of Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

ernment of these problems, studies are disproving labor disparities, and solutions are being ignored. How many young people would turn down a $2,000 incentive to relocate temporarily and fill in for the Temporary Foreign Workers? How many First Nations people? How many out of province unemployed Canadians? There are many people unemployed, underemployed, or cannot get in the workforce, partly because of this program, and they all have friends or family that feel their pain and many of them are taking it out on the foreign workers. There are businesses abusing the program, and there are foreign workers and recruiters abusing the program, and there are many more being victimized by this same program, so what is the answer? One answer is to not punish the workers themselves. Another answer may be to simply boycott the businesses you feel are abusing the program, because money speaks volumes to business owners. Report to authorities any abuses inflicted on the workers at work, at home or on the street that you are aware of. Perhaps; report a recruiter, taking a percentage of pay or charging excessive rents or fees, and perhaps providing unhealthy

living arrangements. Perhaps it could be as simple as taking the word ‘temporary’ out of the equation, perhaps making workers permanent would ease the hostilities building up in the population, and offer a Canadian-style of living to all workers? Anyways, communications is the key. Let people know what is happening; your family, your friends and your neighbors as word-of-mouth is a powerful tool. Collect data, itemize events and issues and write to the businesses, your paper, your Member of Parliament, your mayor, and your provincial representative. Talk to a foreign worker, listen to their story, and determine the truth to the best of your ability, then act. Please do not do anything that would cause distress to a fellow human being, do not do something you will regret later. Do not do anything that would darken the stain building on our Canadian culture and history. But, do something to correct this mess created by our Canadian government, or at least pressure those who can correct this travesty of global implications. Thank you.

Garfield Marks Red Deer

Origins of the Conservative Party Conservatism is a political and social philosophy that promotes traditions and institutions. Toryism supports a ‘hierarchal society’ that incorporates progressive alongside traditional policies. Canadian Conservatism’s roots lie in the Tories, British Loyalists, who fled America after losing the American Revolution in 1783 to join their allies who had conquered New France (preCanada). They became known as the Family Pact of Upper Canada and the Chateau Clique or British Party in Quebec. The ‘Pact’ refers to the alliances between the Bourbon Kings of France, Spain and the British elites in North America which provided commerce, protections from slavery and military support. These ‘elites’ became the new aristocracy of Canada. Together they held a monopo-

ly over administrative, economic and judicial offices in Canada. The Family Compact was noted for its opposition to democracy and faded from politics but the ‘clique’ did not. Their resistance to the principle of responsible government was condemned as a petty corrupt clique even by Governor General Lord Durham in the mid-1800s. Later, the Conservatives combined pro-market liberalism and hierarchal Toryism to serve their own interests. Their policies were marked with ‘Noblesse Obligue’ - that nobles with status, wealth, power and prestige should fulfill leadership roles. In 1844, John A. MacDonald, an alderman and attorney, asked by Tory businessmen to run for legislature won while supplying voters with large supplies of alcohol. After years of colonial service, the Conservative Coalition

united under him as first Prime Minister of Canada in 1867. This party sits on the right in the political spectrum. The merger of the Canadian Alliance/Reform Party and Progressive Conservatives now form the Conservative Party of Canada with their current Prime Minister Stephen Harper. This party is famous for the Acadien Expulsion 1755, French/ Indian Colonization, the Pacific Scandal of 1873, the execution of Louis Riel in 1885, Munsinger Affair Scandal of 1960s, Tunagate of 1985, passing the publicly opposed U.S. Free Trade Agreement and N.A.F.T.A., the Show Store Project 2007, Jullia Couillard Scandal 2007, In and Out Scandal 2007, ETS Scandal 2009, the F35 Jet Scandal 2012 and the Senate Scandal 2013. Scandalous! Just sayin’.

Claudine Fleury Red Deer

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Collision analyst testiďŹ es in Arens case BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express An RCMP collision analyst testiďŹ ed in court that the collision between a Honda Civic and a Dodge Ram truck on July 1, 2010 wouldn’t have happened had the truck been going the speed limit. RCMP Cpl. Donovan Gulak, who is an expert in collision analysis and reconstruction, said the speed of the truck that was traveling north on Taylor Dr. was going 79 kms/ hr before it hit the car that was turning left from Taylor Dr. onto Kerry Wood Dr. Rodney Arens, 36, of Red Deer, is charged with impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and breach of recognizance. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Arens has also been charged with three charges of refusing to provide a breathalyzer sample. In court on Friday, the crown issued a stay of proceedings in regards to those three charges. In 2010, police said Anouluck ‘Jeffrey’ Chanminaraj, 13, was riding in a Honda Civic with his then 18-year-old brother Jamie and 20-year-old sister Stephanie, who was driving, at about 11 p.m. on Canada Day when a Dodge Ram pick-up truck crashed into the passenger side of the car. Their car was turning left through the intersection of Taylor Dr. and Kerry Wood Dr. when it was allegedly struck by the pick-up truck. The siblings were on their way to see the Canada Day ďŹ reworks. Jeffrey was pronounced dead at the scene. RCMP Cpl. Gord Baker did the initial collision analysis after the fact, but was unable to testify. Instead, Gulak, who signed off on Baker’s report in 2010, testiďŹ ed in court last Friday. “I called him (Baker) to attend the collision (on July 1, 2010),â€? said Gulak. “When we respond to the scene the ďŹ rst thing we do is a walk through and we mark all the evidence – in this case he painted the evidence.â€? He testiďŹ ed that as per protocol when attending a scene, the collision analyst will also examine the vehicles involved as well as look at the marks left on the road from the vehicles involved. Gulak added a collision analyst will also look at gouges, scrubs, scruffs and scrapes on the pavement, which allows

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them to place a vehicle at impact. “There were no skid marks at this scene which indicates there was no pre-collision braking from either vehicle,â€? said Gulak. “There was full frontal damage on the truck and the point of impact on the car was on the passenger side at the ‘b’ pillar where the front passenger seatbelt is.â€? Baker also attended the scene of the collision the following day as well as at the impound where the vehicles were taken. In addition, Gulak said as a collision analyst they are able to tell what speed a vehicle was traveling before a collision. There is a formula to calculate the speed, but the number in the ďŹ nal report is typically lower than the actual

speed of a vehicle within a few kilometres an hour. “It gives the beneďŹ t to the offending vehicle,â€? he said. Gulak testiďŹ ed that according to the report, the truck was traveling 79 kms/hr and moving at 29.4m per second. He told the court that if the truck was traveling at 60 kms/ hr – the posted speed on that stretch of roadway - it would have been moving at 16.66m per second and the collision between the truck and car would not have occurred. “The car would have had time to clear the intersection,â€? he said. The trial continues in Red Deer this week with proceedings entering a voir dire. The trial is expected to run through to June 20th in Red Deer.

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Red Deer’s Farmers’ Market set for this weekend BY KALISHA MENDONSA Red Deer Express The Red Deer Public Market will begin again for the season this Saturday. The local farmers’ market offers a friendly, accessible environment and has been a hit among residents from around the area since its inception 44 years ago. “It’s been 44 years, but it seems like it was just yesterday. Every summer, this is what I do. It brings a lot of visitors to town,” said Founder Dennis Moffat. “We’re doing good work for the city, because people that come in from out of town to sell their stuff, buy their gas and lunches here. “It’s good economics. My vision was to bring some money into Red Deer, and it has.” Moffat proudly emphasizes the idea that everyone is welcome from meat vendors, to fruit vendors, artisans, non-edibles vendors and everyone in between. This year, in addition to regularly expected vendors, the market will even host a tarot card reader/soothsayer. “You can buy anything there. You can buy anything from hockey cards to fine furniture, ice cream cones – it’s amazing,” he said. “We say everyone is welcome, not set amounts of food trucks or anything. The idea is everyone is welcome.”

Moffat was the initiator in Red Deer’s Public Market. The idea came to him as he sat in a canoe in Ontario, daydreaming about life in Red Deer. He said he had a sudden thought and decided Red Deer, as both a cultural and rural community, needed a farmers’ market.

“WE’RE DOING GOOD WORK FOR THE CITY, BECAUSE PEOPLE THAT COME IN FROM OUT OF TOWN TO SELL THEIR STUFF, BUY THEIR GAS AND LUNCHES HERE. IT’S GOOD ECONOMICS. MY VISION WAS TO BRING SOME MONEY INTO RED DEER, AND IT HAS.” DENNIS MOFFAT “My vision was to bring some money into Red Deer, and it has. Some people drive from, say Saskatoon, and they’ll stay overnight in a hotel just to attend our market,” he said. “I can’t believe that people come all that way. It must be worthwhile for them.” For Moffat, the satisfaction of the annual market comes from the crowds and the general mood about the market. He said the most important thing to him is being able to get up greet the first customers into the market, just as he’s done for over four decades. “It’s a happy place,” he said. “People are happy to be there, and

that’s probably what brings me back.” Shoppers can come enjoy a wide variety of products that are all personally guaranteed by Moffat. He said if anyone is unsatisfied, they are always welcome to let him know so that they can sort out the issue with the vendor. This level of personal dedication to the market strengthens Red Deer’s community by promoting good relationships between small-time vendors and their clientele, he said. Moffat said he prefers to keep the market outdoors versus setting up a year-round indoor facility. His reasoning is that he feels it takes away from the attachment to ”rural beginnings” and that outdoor markets are accessible, clean and are less expensive to operate. “We’d have to charge people an exorbitant amount of money to be (selling their goods) there. And all we’d have is a dirty grocery store.” Moffat said he looks forward to continuing to run the market until he can no longer physically do so. He’s been happy to see businesses such as Parkland Nurseries start as a booth in his market and flourish from there. “That makes me feel good.” The Red Deer Public Market will run every Saturday starting this weekend until the Thanksgiving long weekend in October. It takes place in the parking lot of the Pidherney Curling Centre.

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Citizen of the Year honours Dawe and Maksymetz BY KALISHA MENDONSA Red Deer Express Citizen of the Year Michael Dawe and Young Citizen of the Year Julia Maksymetz were honoured during a banquet last Friday. “To look at (previous recipients of Citizen of the Year) and think ‘Gee, I might be in that category as some of these incredibly influential and hardworking, community minded people’ is a very humbling experience,” said Dawe. “Just something I really didn’t expect.” Maksymetz, 19, was equally grateful. “It was a huge reminder to me what incredible opportunities I did have. All the opportunities that were awarded to me, not many people have,” said Maksymetz. “It motivated me to do more, certainly. I’d had an excellence experience.” Both Dawe and Maksymetz were honoured for making significant impact in Red Deer’s community through volunteer work, public action and immense initiative to serve others. Dawe’s family has a long history in Red Deer. As a child, he was fascinated by stories told to him directly by Kerry Wood. He grew up among some of the most influential Red Deer names, and was well acquainted with many of the previous Citizen of the Year winners. “I got to hear firsthand from somebody who’d experienced these things and who knew so much about the natural world, tell me all these things I’d never

known,” said Dawe of one of his greatest influences, Kerry Wood. “That very personal touch – telling me about things he’d overcome, and things that challenged him, and the times where it looked like nothing could turn out right -that’s a good life experience.” Dawe is an archivist, historian, author, volunteer and a pivotal member of Red Deer’s community. His tireless effort on many City projects, including the salvaging and restoration of the Alberta Ladies’ College (Michener administration building), along with his positive community spirit has earned him the well-deserved title of 2014 Citizen of the Year. “It’s nice when I hear people are interested, and

they’re listening and learning. Even more important is when they pick up a phone and say, ‘Michael, do you know about this?’ and I can say no, and they can tell me about it. And then you learn too and make it a two-way street,” said Dawe. He also said he was flattered to be receiving an award with Maksymetz, calling her “The promise of a better future.” She began her volunteering through the leadership program at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School. This allowed her the chance to become part of a project that would build a school in Male, Kenya. She was student chair for the project and worked vigorously to promote and support her cause.

“The rewarding parts come from seeing not only my school, but my community get behind a cause. Also, knowing that the organization we worked with was empowering local people to build this school in Kenya,” she said. “Knowing people were behind this initiative was incredibly rewarding. We benefitted our own community while assisting a community in another country on the other side of the world.” Maksymetz said the most memorable parts of her high school career and after were when she was involved with a cause. She also took part in various community efforts that included volunteering to provide holiday dinners, initiatives to feed the home-

less and she earned the Violet Richardson Award, which honours women 1417 engaged in volunteer activities in schools and communities. “If you feel like you’re part of your community, and contributing it’s way easier to feel like you’re actually valued and it means something to you,” she said. “You have the power to make improve someone else’s life by increasing abilities, opportunities and really raise up more people.” Both Maksymetz and Dawe have shown incredible, positive community

spirit and have influenced those around them to the point of earning the honour and pride of a City. “Overall, what you really want is a community where not everything is perfect, but people are being more tolerant of who’s around us, fix little things that are little things, but can make the future better, and be positive,” said Dawe. “Sometimes being positive is saying something isn’t appropriate. Whether you’re in private business or public service – the bottom line is that you’re there to be part of a community and to serve your public.”

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Residents wanting to use the online option for this year’s municipal census have until midnight on May 19. A census letter with instructions and personal identiďŹ cation number (PIN) was hand delivered to every home in Red Deer. The PIN is speciďŹ c to each address and is required to enter the census web site. The site can be accessed at As of May 9, the top three neighbourhoods to respond online were Rosedale, Southbroo, and Deer Park at 36, 32, and 31% respectively. Downtown had 21.5% completion as of last Friday, making it the only neighbourhood that is up from last year’s online participants with a week left to go. Residents who have not completed the census online by midnight on May 19 will receive a visit from an enumerator starting May 20. All enumerators will carry picture identiďŹ cation cards. If nobody is home, enumerators will leave a note notifying they were there along with their name and contact information. The City must also conduct a Quality Assurance check, as required by law from the Alberta provincial government, Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Census staff will be contacting residents at random to conďŹ rm the address and how many people live in the home.

by Mark Weber ily who has made a contribution to the rural community. The award is meant to recognize an original pioneer who moved to the region between 1880 and 1930 and his or her direct descendants. The family must have remained in Alberta and some family members must still be active in the agricultural community. Nomination forms can be picked up at Sunnybrook Farm Museum (4701 – 30th St.) Deadline for nominations is July 1. For more information, call 403-340-3511.

SPRAY PARK AND POOL OPEN SOON Get ready to make a splash when both the Blue Grass Sod Farms Central Spray & Play and the Recreation Centre outdoor pool open for the season, weather permitting, on June 1. The City opened the spray park, located at the northwest corner of Rotary Recreation Park (47A Ave. and 48 St.), last August in celebration of Red Deer’s 2013 Centennial year. It includes a 7,500 sq. ft. spray pad with 35 spray toys and two dump buckets, and operates daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Recreations Centre’s outdoor pool features a 50m pool that accommodates public swimming and lane swimming, a 5m diving tower, and a children’s wading pool with spray features. For more information and swim schedules visit or pick up a schedule at the Recreation Centre, G.H.Dawe Centre, Michener Aquatic Centre or Collicutt Centre.



Sunnybrook Farm Museum is calling for nominations for the Golden Furrow Award. The Award recognizes an individual or fam-

The value of building permits issued by the City of Red Deer for the ďŹ rst four months of 2014 is 25% behind values for the same time

frame last year. April 2014 saw permit values at $13,865,357, a decline of $19,293,697 from the same period last year, with the majority of the difference being two large permits issued in April 2013 totaling over $17 million. Among the major commercial permits in April were two permits issued to North America Construction 1993 Ltd. for renovations to the Waste Water Treatment Plant and for a new generator building at the Water Treatment Plant.

CITY COUNCIL SETS 2014 TAX RATES Red Deer City council recently set the new property tax rates for 2014. The combined tax increases required to fund the municipal tax requirement as well as the requisitioned amounts from Alberta Education and the Piper Creek Foundation result in total tax increases of 2.01% for residential property, 1.73% for multi-family property and 2.43% for non-residential property. For the 2014 tax year, the City of Red Deer will collect more than $39.7 million in property taxes on behalf of the Government of Alberta for education funding. A residential home assessed at $300,000 for 2014 that has experienced the average change in assessed value will pay $4.12 per month more in total property tax. This brings the total annual tax bill from $2,467 to $2,516, an increase of $49 annually. Taxes are due on June 30th and payments made after this date will be considered late and subject to penalty. Property tax payments can be made at City Hall, online, with your ďŹ nancial institution, by mail, or through our Tax Installment Plan. Property tax notices will be mailed on May 21.

COMMUNITY SPIRIT DONATION Red Deer Public Library has its ďŹ rst Digital Literacy Librarian thanks in part to a Government of Alberta Community Spirit Program Donation Grant . Briana Ehnes has set some exciting goals in her new position such as the development of in-library maker spaces

and computer education and training for the public. Ehnes had worked as a summer student as RDPL’s Summer Reading Club coordinator before taking her masters in Library Sciences at the University of Alberta. Red Deer Public Library is one of the last organizations to receive a Government of Alberta Community Spirit Program Donation Grant as it has now been discontinued.

HIKE FOR HOSPICE A SUCCESS On May 4th, over 200 hikers braved the snow and cold to Hike for Hospice in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre raising $25,000 for Hospice care in the community. Hike for Hospice is a national event with thousands of participants across Canada. This annual event helps recognize the valuable work done by hospice palliative care volunteers and health care providers across the country, and is helping to build awareness of the need for better access to quality end-oflife care for Canada’s aging population. All funds raised at Hike for Hospice Red Deer stay in the community. This year’s Hike Family The Slaymaker’s and their team ‘Linda’s Warriors’ lead the hikers into the Sanctuary. Hikers then chose between hiking a 1km paved trail or a 4km wooden trail. Hikers were treated to a post hike BBQ lunch. Hike for Hospice has three main goals: fundraising, awareness and recognition. Volunteer hikers help achieve all three. Not only do they raise necessary funds for Red Deer Hospice’s programs and services in our community, they raise awareness of the need for hospice palliative care and build recognition of the fact that Central Alberta has a wonderful Hospice facility. Red Deer Hospice is working to ensure that more Canadians, especially in Central Alberta, realize that we have a quality end-oflife care facility, and that we are here to care for and support families in their time of need. The $25,000 raised from our seventh annual Hike for Hospice will fund 70 Days of Hospice Care in our community.

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The families of Koralea, age 17 from Stettler, Tyson, age 18 and Colton, age 19 both from Red Deer and so many others know all too well the pain, the despair, loneliness and frustration that is ‘life changing’ and ‘life altering’ with the loss of a child. The residual damage is ongoing for life. The whole dynamics of the family is forever changed. Koralea, Tyson and Colton were great kids with bright futures. They should have had a future. These tragedies are 100% preventable. Help us stop impaired driving and support victims of this crime…… the ripple effect on so many lives is unimaginable. You don’t have to be a victim to become a volunteer for MADD. We are sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins, friends and neighbours, dads and moms. Let’s join together and put an end to drinking and driving. MADD Red Deer & District Chapter needs your support. You think that it can’t happen to you in Alberta? Folks, almost twice a week it does.

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Local RCMP begin community bike patrols BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express Red Deer RCMP bike and Segway patrols hit the streets earlier this month for the first time this season. The three-person Community Response Unit (CRU) was established several years ago to create a more visible and consistent presence downtown and in City parks. “CRU members are more accessible to the public when we’re on foot or on bikes and that allows us to speak with citizens more easily,” said Cpl. Sarah Knelsen, RCMP CRU supervisor. “Police officers on bike patrols also act as a proactive presence to deter criminal and antisocial activity.” CRU members focus much of their time in the downtown, building relationships with businesses, agencies and downtown residents. Knelsen said that improved communication helps CRU members work

with community partners to address upcoming issues more quickly and develop preventive strategies; they also provide support to the drug and traffic units regarding enforcement strategies. “As well as being a presence in the downtown, CRU members on bikes have the flexibility to move quickly through the parks and trails,” said Knelsen. “During the peak seasons for parks use, we are there to support parks bylaw officers in keeping the parks safe and clean for the enjoyment of all citizens. “You’ll see our members from Heritage Ranch all the way to Three Mile Bend.” CRU performs bike and Segway patrols in the downtown and in City parks through late spring, summer and early fall. These RCMP members liaise with other RCMP units, write tickets, make arrests and lay charges as necessary. There are four Segways

that members of the Red Deer detachment use – two of them are for off-road use. “We normally use our Segways in the downtown and those are really proactive in the community because everyone wants to ask you about them – you get honked at, waved at and you get pulled over because people are curious about them.” Knelsen added the bike, Segway and foot patrols allows members to connect with the community. “You get to meet and interact with the community, the downtown business owners and the clients we see on a daily basis. People want to see us, so we go to the parks and talk to the kids and their parents. We make people feel safe in the park system,” she said. “People are very receptive to us. They come up to us, especially if we are on the Segways and look at the bikes that we have because we have lights and sirens on them. “It’s proactive policing



ON PATROL - CRCMP Const. J. Hewitt is ready to hit the City’s downtown streets and trails. photo submitted

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Home ownership can be stressful – mortgage payments, insurance, taxes, utilities, repair costs – can put a drain on your finances. Proper planning can prevent your home from feeling like a burden. Start with a budget. Track everything you spend, right down to that daily drive-thru coffee. Use payroll deductions to send money directly to a TFSA and take part in employer RSP matching - out of sight, out of mind. Ask for savings – compare fees, from car insurance to bank fees, Internet to cell phone providers – ask them to match competitors’ rates. Be prepared to take your business elsewhere. Before you start looking for your home, determine what you are comfortable spending. Talk to a mortgage professional about pre-approvals, current rates. Reward yourself! The goal of savings is not to deprive yourself, but to free up money to spend on the things that are important to you.

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A look at River Glen School’s history On the morning of Monday, Dec. 12, 1949, disaster struck. The one-roomed Springvale School, southeast of Red Deer, burned down. Fortunately, all the children made it out safely.


DAWE However, there was the pressing issue of finding a new classroom for them. Hence, the class was quickly transferred to one of the old A-20 Army Camp huts, north of 57 St. by the Red Deer River. The Red Deer Composite High School was already housed in several of the adjoining huts. In the fall of 1950, elementary and middle (junior

high) school students who lived adjacent to the City of Red Deer were transferred to the classrooms in the complex. Because the rural school districts to the east of the City were known as Balmoral # 1 and Balmoral # 2 (later called Westward View), the new three-room school was initially called Balmoral # 3. In the fall of 1951, the Springvale students were moved back to a new, replacement schoolhouse. However, Balmoral # 3 continued to grow rapidly as Grade IX students were transferred to the school, followed by students from such other rural school districts as Balmoral #1, Fairlands and Willowdale. With students now coming daily from longer distances, regular school bus runs were established. Moreover, children from the Penhold airbase were bused to Balmoral #3 until Andersons of Craig-

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myle School was opened at Mynarski Park (the Penhold on-base housing or PMQs now known as Springbrook). With class sizes growing so quickly, students were temporarily accommodated in the west wing of the new Lindsay Thurber Composite High School, most of which was still under construction. Once LTCHS opened in its new facility, the Balmoral # 3 students were moved into the old army hospital building, which was also occupied by the administrative offices of the Red Deer (rural) School Division. On Feb. 11, 1955, the name of Balmoral # 3 was changed to River Glen, after the name of the River Glen dairy farm to the north. This farm, which was owned for many years by the Busby family, was purchased by R.V. McCullough, the Red Deer

School Division superintendent and his wife Mattie, who renamed the farm Glenmere. Overcrowding meant that students had to be moved back and forth to various classroom facilities. Also, the Second World War “temporary” buildings were really starting to show their age. Finally, a new River Glen School was constructed on 59 St. in 1960. Overcrowding remained a significant problem. More than 850 students were crammed into 24 classrooms and some of the old army huts had to be still used. Others were taken over for a couple of

years by the Red Deer Separate School Board which had decided to close the classrooms at St. Joseph Convent. Having adequate and sufficient space at River Glen remained a problem for many years, despite renovations and expansions. In the early 1980s, high school grades were added. There was a sharp drop in the high school enrollment after Hunting Hills High School was built in 1994. However, the high school program at River Glen rebounded, with many instructional innovations being tried and a major renovation and modernization of the school being

done in 1999. Recently, with the Chinook’s Edge School Division constructing a large new school in Penhold and the Gateway Christian School looking for new space to handle its increasing enrollments, River Glen School is being closed and the facilities are being taken over by Gateway. A special reunion and homecoming for all River Glen alumni and staff is planned for May 17 to celebrate the legacy of this special school as a new era is about to commence. More information can be obtained by contacting David Mathias and/or the school office.

your MedList? LAST CHAPTER - River Glen School, looking east, c. 1970.

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Downsizing and Moving Forward • A workshop for anyone who needs to sort through years of accumulated stuff or help an elderly relative prepare for a move to a smaller surrounding. • Learn how to accomplish the task and manage the emotions attached to letting go of belongings connected to fond memories. • The challenge of how to keep the treasures and memories without keeping too much stuff will be addressed.

Facilitators: Lynne Ring (The Organizing Guru) Lyn Lamers (Education Coordinator, Shalom Counselling Centre) When: Saturday, May 24, 2014, 9:00-1:00 Where: The Golden Circle Resource Centre 4620-47A Avenue, Red Deer Fee: $50 / person or $75 / couple Subsidy may be available

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fyi EVENTS On May 15th the Red Deer Garden Club has a working bee at Kerry Wood Nature Centre from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Bring your plants, clean and well-washed plastic pots. The Club is providing potting soil. Club members will help you divide, pot and label plants. Also, bring plastic trays, if you have them to aid in storage and transport. There will be a guest speaker - Linda Tomlinson – a graduate of the horticulture program at Olds College, giving us a question and answer session at 7 p.m. at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. On May 24th the Club has a plant exchange at the Nature Centre from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Noreen 403-3574071 or Diane 403-346-9163. The Parkland Airshed Management Zone (PAMZ) has opened its 2014 photo contest for cash prizes. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30 to allow for a variety of seasonal photos. The contest is open to people living in the PAMZ region (the central Alberta region ranging from the Rockies in the west, Three Hills to the east, Rimbey/Ponoka to the north and Crossfield to the south). Photographs must meet criteria in two categories; (1) Air Pollution and (2) People and the Environment for first place prizes in each category of $750 and second place prizes of $250. For details and entry forms and a map of the PAMZ region, go to Questions and submissions can be emailed to The Centre for Spiritual Living has Dinner & a Movie May 23 Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom. Dinner at 6 p.m. by donation (minimum of $10 sug-gested); movie at 7 p.m. On May 24th at 2 p.m. - The Zen of Tangling with Win Fuller. It’s a workshop to learn how to find meditation in ‘mindful doodling’. Cost is $20. On May 25th, there’s a pot luck lunch following the service. Senior Citizens Downtown House has a ham supper runs May 23 at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $15. For more details, call 403-346-4043.

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Bentley Farmers’ Market opens May 17th and runs every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Bentley Curling Rink, indoors and out. 403-748-4809. Lacombe Farmers’ Market will be at a new location this year – the Lacombe Arena parking lot starting May 16th and every Friday morning from 9 to 1 p.m. Homemade baking, crafts, honey, eggs, jewelry, meats, jams, woodwork, vegetables, fruit and more. 403-782-4772. The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA) will be holding their monthly Ambassador Breakfast May 16th from

the Black Knight Inn. This year’s event will feature Ca-nadian Football of Fame In-ductee Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons. Tickets are $150 and available from the Black Knight Inn Ticket Centre, by phone, online or in-person. Central Music Festival Appreciation Day runs May 24th at The Elks Club (6315 – Horn St.) There’s a public meeting from 3 to 4:30 p.m. which is open to everyone who loves music and would like to see the Central Music Festival return next summer. There’s also a party starting at 7 p.m. which includes music at 8 p.m. It’s for volunteers, sponsors and anyone who supports the Central Music Festival. The Ron Hubbard Band will play and host

Club is again sponsoring the Purina Walk for Dog Guides May 25th with registration at 10:30 a.m. walk 11:30 a.m. Free lunch to follow. Double Tree Village (nine miles west of Spruce View on Hwy. 54 to RR 41 then north to Village). Pledge forms are available from all Spruce View Lion members at the Spruce View Co-op or call 403-7280008 for pledge forms and more information. All proceeds go toward the training and placement of dogs for Canine Vision, Hearing Ear, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance, Diabetic Alert and Special Skills. Funds remain in our area to help our friends, family, and neighbours. Guest singers are ‘Sounds of

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The Specialists!! Located 3 minutes east of 30th Avenue on Highway 11 @ParklandGarden 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. at the Quality Inn North Hill. Cost: $15 per person. Curt Horning, water management coordinator with Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) will be speaking about renewing AUMA’s Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan – Targets and Actions for the Urban Municipal Sector. This presentation will report on the progress and efforts of Alberta’s urban municipal sector. RSVP to info@ or call Kelly at 403340-7379 by noon on May 14th. Central Alberta Historical Society Meeting runs May 21st - 7p.m. at Red Deer Museum. Topic history of professional rodeo in Central Alberta. Speaker: Jack Daines, everyone welcome. For further information, contact Faye at 403-343-1881. Red Deer Catholic Schools Education Foundation is very pleased to announce its Spring Fundraising Gala to be held on May 21 at

a jam with local musicians. Free admission and door prizes. ‘Spring on the Farm’ runs at Sunnybrook Farm Museum on May 24th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission by donation. The baby animals have arrived at Sunnybrook Farm Museum – join us for our annual spring celebration at the Farm and bring your kids for a fun-filled, family event in the heart of Red Deer. Canadian Fiddle Champion Scott Woods and his band – presents Old Time Jubilee May 29th from 7 - 9 p.m. at Sunnybrook United Church 12 Stanton St. This performance honors the days when Don Messer and his Islanders were the most poplar TV show in Canada. Tickets: adults $25. Children (under 12) $10. Children (five and un-der) free. For tickets phone 403-347-6073 or email the The Spruce View and District Lions

May Long Weekend Hours! Monday-FridayͻǣͲͲƒǦͻǣͲͲ’ Saturday ͻǣͲͲƒǦ͹ǣͲͲ’ SundayͳͲǣͲͲƒǦ͹ǣͲͲ’ MondayͻǣͲͲƒǦͺǣͲͲ’ Grace’ quartet at the seniors luncheon at Living Stones Church in the Fellowship Hall on May 28th at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $8 pay at the door. Bring a friend or neighbour. On May 31st, Family Services of Central Alberta is proud to host Clara Hughes, six-time Olympic medalist and spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk campaign. The event will be held in the Parkland Mall Safeway parking lot from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with fun activities and information about positive mental health. Clara will arrive around 5:30 p.m. and speak to the crowd about her experiences and her Big Ride across Canada. Check out #ClarasBigRide on Twitter! For more information, visit Visions Country Gospel runs May 31st at 7 p.m. Lunch served. Ticket are $15 at the door or phone 403-773-2270. Proceeds to the Rick Hansen Foundation.

Out of Africa Potjiekos Competition and Party runs May 31st from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Red Deer Tennis Club. ‘Southern African art of cooking food in a cast iron pot.’ Join us for a fun night with excellent food, cash bar and a silent auction. For tickets, call 403-346-7567 or email Red Deer Christmas Bureau Volunteer Appreciation Tea is being held June 1st from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Toy Depot (#15, 7428 - 49 Ave.) All volunteers welcome to drop in for snacks and beverages. Help Make Alzheimer’s a Memory June 21! Enjoy a 2.5/5km walk from Sunnybrook Farm Museum through the city’s beautiful trails and back. Be wowed by the magic of Ryan Hawley, hoop it up with the Odd Lot Prop Troupe, have your face painted by Main Artery Design and dance to live music – a family afternoon out. BBQ and water provided. Registration opens at 4 p.m., the Walk begins at 5 p.m. To register, go to www. or call 403 342 0448. Early registration rate applies before June 1. The Benalto Centennial/School Reunion runs June 6-8 ( events to be held at the Benalto Ag. Grounds). Friday events will focus on the Benalto School reunion and begin at 10 a.m. with registration at the Ag. Grounds, followed by lunch, afternoon school tours, a 4 p.m. grandstand school program with supper at 5:30 p.m. ending the day with a 8 p.m. program by Pat Meyers & Impact Dancers. An 8-10 a.m. breakfast will launch the Saturday events followed by the official 2014 Benalto Centennial Ceremony at 10:30 with dignitaries /special guests (including Michael Dawe) with music provided by Kerry Heisler & H.J. Cody Band. Lunch, photo booths, clowns, horse drawn wagon circuits, show and shine, cake cutting by Benalto Royal Purple will all be held in the afternoon. A catered dinner ($20 advance tickets only) will be held from 5-7 p.m. followed by entertainment from Pat Meyers & Impact Dancers, a ‘dirt floor’ dance at the Ag. Centre ($5 pp and under 18 must be accompanied by parents). Fireworks and friendship after sunset. June

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Week of May 14 - May 21, 2014 8th will begin with a breakfast; Kerry Heisler & H.J. Cody Choir will take part in the commemorative church service. Contacts are Eleanor Snook at 403-7466097 and Georgina Rhodes at 403-746-2356. Tickets ($20) for Saturday catered dinner: Gloria Murphy at 403-7465494; general inquiry Karen Turner-Padley at 403-746-3775. 50th anniversary celebration of Sunnybrook United Church (12 Stanton St). on June 14th at 7 p.m. Special program in the sanctuary with refreshments to follow. June 15th at 10:30 a.m. - worship service with guest speaker Rev. Stewart Hewlett. A birthday celebration cake to follow. Everyone welcome. For further information phone 403-347-6073 or email

Tuesday and will culminate with the annual Spring Concert to be held at Sunnybrook United Church on May 24th, commencing at 7 p.m. 403-347-5166. Learn to foxtrot, two-step, polka, waltz, and more. Town and Country Dance Club has started dance lessons. A Step Above Basic at 7 p.m. followed by Basic Social Dance at 8 p.m. Classes run for six weeks in Red Deer. Only $35 per person. For more information and to pre-register call Doug or Doris at 403-728-3333 or email Central Alberta Singles Dances runs May 24, June 21, July 12, July 26, Aug. 16, Aug. 23, Aug. 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 29,

Family Services of Central Alberta is looking for a few talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our organization including strategic management and board level governance. Call Liz or Sandy at 403- 3098215 or email to find out whether this volunteer op-portunity is right for you. Red Deer Table Tennis Club playing Friday nights between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the Michener Recreation Centre gymnasium. Drop in fee $10. Contact Tom at 403-872-7222. The Red Deer Chamber Singers has resumed its practice schedule at Sunnybrook United Church (12 Stanton St.) Practices are held each

Downsizing and Moving Forward – on May 24th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Golden Circle in Red Deer. A course for baby boomers, seniors and those helping others downsize. Learn to balance what things you need while holding on to what you treasure. Facilitated by Lynne Ring (The Organizing Guru) and Lyn Lamers (Shalom Counselling Centre). Tickets $50/person. Register by calling 403-342-0339. Gift certificates and subsidies available. Celebrate Mental Health in May through a series of seminars – co-sponsored by Canadian

The Red Deer Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society is holding olding their monthly meeting on May 28th with Michael Dawe as the speaker. He will be giving a tour of the Red Deer Cemetery. Meet at 7 p.m. inside the main gates of the Red Deer Cemetery - South side of the cemetery on 55 St. For more information contact Mary Joan at 403-346-3886. The Red Deer Celiac Support Group will holding our meetings the third Tuesday of the month at Sobeys South, 5211 – 22 St. in Red Deer. We offer information and support on celiac symptoms, diagnosing, gluten-free diet and products. 2014 meeting schedule May 20th, June 17th, Sept. 16th, Oct. 21st, Nov. 18th.

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The first annual Charity Golf Classic in support of Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta will take place June 26 at the Innisfail Golf Club. To register call Patti at 403-3402007 ext. 105 or by email at Vacation Bible School runs July 7-11th at the First Christian Reformed Church from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The theme is Son Treasure Island. There will be Bible stories, games, crafts, singing and puppet plays. Call 403346-5659. Pre-register online at or you can register the first morning of Vacation Bible School.



Visit us at Dec. 13 and Dec. 27. Dances 12-03087.indd 13-00666.indd 11 run at the Innisfail Legion Hall. Doors open at 8 p.m., with music starting at 8:30 p.m. For information, call Elaine at 403341-7653 or Murray at 403-3578022. Everyone is welcome. Thursday night dances continue at the Golden Circle at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 403-346-3896, 403347-6165 or 403-986-7170. Sit and Be Fit is held every Wednesday from 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. There is a drop in fee of $2. Whist is held on the second and fourth Friday of each month start-ing at 1 p.m. There is a fee of $2. Bridge singles meet on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. There is a fee of $2. Bridge partners meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. There is a fee of $3. Golden Circle 4620-47 A Ave. 403-343-6074.

MEETINGS Annual general meeting – May 27th from 7 to 9 p.m. The Red Deer & District Museum Society invites the public to attend the annual meeting on May 27th, starting at 7 p.m. Sanasana, the group choir organized by C.A.R.E. will present a musical performance after the meeting. Refreshments will be served. Members must be in good standing 60 days in advance of the meeting to be eligible to vote.

Legion Ladies Auxilary monthly meetings run the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Alberta Room, Red Deer Legion. Are you having problems with someone else’s drinking? We are an anonymous group of men and women who can offer encouragement and support. Call Al-Anon Family groups at 403-346-0320 for a list of meetings in Red Deer and the surrounding area. Writers’ Ink, the Red Deer and District writers group for authors of all genres 18 years and older meets every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at Sunnybrook Farm Museum. Small membership and drop-in fees apply. First 3 visits free. For more information, contact Judith at (403) 309-3590.


Mental Health Association and the Red Deer Public Library. Nancy Verdin’s laughter yoga and relaxation workshop runs May 20th. Vicki Fox Smith talks about ‘Using the Internet and Technology and Part of Your Wellness Journey’ on May 27. All presentations run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the downtown branch of the Red Deer Public Library. To register for these free events or for more information, call 403-342-2266.

people living with MS to monthly evening support groups. Topics will vary (regularly scheduled meetings will run the last Tuesday of the month and are usually occur at the MS Society Office). A light supper will be provided. Please RSVP to Brenda.anderson@mssociety. ca or call 403-346-0290.

The group also has an awareness 30/11/12 28/02/13 10:17 2:51 AM PM table set up at the Red Deer hospital the fourth Tuesday of every month as well. For informa-tion call Fay at 403-347-3248 or Clarice at 403-341-4351. The Calgary Chapter will be hosting the 2014 National Celiac Convention in Calgary at the Telus Convention Center May 30th - June 1st. For information or registration visit http://www.calgaryceliac. caemail info or call 403-237-0304. There are also support groups in Rocky Mountain House and Stettler. The MS Society of Central Alberta hosts a MOMS Group – a recreational based support group for moms diagnosed with MS or living with someone diagnosed with MS who have young children. Monthly activities – locations vary. For more information, email Brenda.anderson@mssociety. ca or call 403-346-0290. MS Society Central Chapter invites

Gamblers Anonymous meetings are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Red Deer Regional Hospital (3942-50 Ave.) south complex, lower level rooms 503 and 504. Gamblers Anonymous phone number is 403-986-0017. The Red Deer Pottery Club meets Tuesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Contour Studio at the Recreation Centre, downstairs. New members always welcome. For more information call Sharon at 403-347-8061 or Karen at 403-347-0600. ‘Friends Over 45’ is an organization for women who are new to the Red Deer area or who have ex-perienced a lifestyle change, and would like to meet new friends. New members are welcome. For information phone Shirley at 403-343-7678 or Shirley at 403-346-7160. Senior-friendly, low im-pact ‘dancercise’ runs at the Golden Circle Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. ‘Sit and Be Fit’ runs Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 403-343-6074.

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United Way announces several funded agencies Last year the Central Alberta chapter raised more than $2.2 million The United Way of Central Alberta held an appreciation event for their funded agencies last week, celebrating the direct impact changes those agencies make in communities. “The emphasis still is on demonstrating impact in the community, the difference we are making in a community, moving people forward from their situation into a more positive situation and breaking the cycle of poverty,” said United Way of Central Alberta CEO Robert Mitchell. Three new agencies are going to be receiving funding for community programs. These agencies include Cosmos Community Support Services, Family Services of Central Alberta and the Red Deer Native Friendship Society. These businesses have created new programs that align with a new funding model that focuses on income, education and wellness. “These are key, new things that we really want to support, so we’re really pleased about that,” said Mitchell. The income portion of the new funding model focuses on moving citizens out of poverty and into possibilities such as affordable

housing, employment and skills development. Education is about “Getting kids to be all they can be,” said Mitchell. Organizations funded under this mandate include Boys & Girls Clubs and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. The third focus is wellness. Wellness means creating awareness in communities, and developing strong ties between community members and funded businesses as well as ensuring United Way can visit the communities they are working in. Over the last year, United Way has raised over $2.2 million – their highest amount of money raised in a year. This amount of money is likely due to increased attempts at clarity of programs/funding and awareness for communities, officials say. “We’ve been emphasizing over the last three years community impact, the difference we’re making in the community and the three different areas we’re investing in,” said Mitchell. “I think people are starting to realize where their money is going in the community.” The other major announcement apart from the addition of the newly funded agencies was that

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Morris Flewwelling to receive top honour BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express Former Mayor Morris Flewwelling will receive the highest honour the province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen. Last week, it was announced Flewwelling will be honoured with the Alberta Order of Excellence. “It is a huge honour,” said Flewwelling. “I’m feeling quite chuffed. I’m thrilled and of course whenever you receive an honour like this you are also humbled because you realize it’s your name that has been selected, but we all know that nobody does anything by themselves. Very often you might lead the parade but the award is really shared with all the people I have worked with over the years.” The lieutenant governor will preside over the investiture ceremony in Edmonton on Oct. 15. This will bring the total membership

of the Alberta Order of Excellence to 140. Nominations for the award are accepted and considered year-round and can be considered for up to seven years. Candidates might not be selected in the year the nomination is received. “I knew I had been nominated at one point, however what I didn’t know at the time was that the award is never given to a sitting politician. So when I retired in October, that was the trigger,” said Flewwelling. By honouring their remarkable achievements and steadfast citizenship, their stories and legacy are preserved for future generations. “The Alberta Order of Excellence is about recognizing those who have made a difference, who have served Albertans with distinction, and whose contributions will stand the test of time,” said Lieutenant Governor Donald S.

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“That has not been the case, nothing like that has changed,” he said. “However, it is a new council and a new mayor and I didn’t want to be engaged in municipal affairs at all. I felt it was important for me to back off completely.” Moving forward, Flewwelling said he plans to get involved in politics by

serving on a board of some type. “I don’t want to get tangled up in the work that I used to do. I want to do something more expansive where I can use my experience as mayor and my experiences in organizations to move the ball along, rather than repeat what I have done before.”

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Walk A Mile In Her Shoes takes to Red Deer streets BY KALISHA MENDONSA Red Deer Express Men (and some women) of Red Deer are getting ready to strut their stuff with Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. The event is organized by the Women’s Outreach Centre as a fun way to shed light on the serious issues of domestic violence, abuse and homelessness. Walkers, who are mostly men, put on some pumps to show their support for women in their communities. “The thing I tell a lot of people is that it’s not easy. I’ve never once said it’s a breeze. It’s a mile of pain versus sometimes a lifetime of pain, like some of our clients go through,” said Darcy Ouellet, fund development officer at the Outreach Centre. Ouellet began the organization of the event when he was brought into his new position. He said it was one of the first things he wanted to do because it was a unique fundraiser that “really fits” with the Outreach Centre. “This will be my third

time walking. I learn a little bit more every time, like where to put the bandaids on before I put on my shoes,” laughs Ouellet. “I put in a lot of practice, and I stress to all the guys that are walking - you want to break in the shoes before you’re going to walk a mile in them.” Ouellet was inspired by the event in other cities, and has participated in both previous years of the walk. Each walker collects pledges as they take part in the race, both before and after the event. All funds go towards the 16 programs the Women’s Outreach offers which include domestic violence support, interim housing, men and women’s groups to deal with stress of abuse and legal information access. Ouellet said it’s important for people to become more aware of the programs Women’s Outreach offers. “When people think about ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’, we want them to think about us. It’s something specific to the Wom-

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en’s Outreach. We want the two ideas intertwined with each other.” Ouellet continues, “When we think about abuse and violence, it’s not an open subject. But if we can take a humorous event and shed light on the violence, it’s good.” Women’s Outreach purchases shoes for the event to provide for the registrants. When the walk was first introduced, between 60-70 walkers took part. This year, the amount of walkers will surpass 100 people. This year, new to the event are several sponsors who have joined forces to provide a shirt for each participant. Donations can also be made in a brand new way this year, via text messaging the word ‘outreach’ to 45678. This contributes a $10 donation that is added to a person’s mobile provider bill. The Red Deer Food Bank will provide a free BBQ meal for those who walk the mile. All other proceeds from the BBQ will go to the Food Bank.

“The event is more about who we are and what we’re actually doing. In our community, actually in all of Central Alberta, there’s not a lot of knowledge that goes out about our actual

agency,” said Ouellet about the central message for the event. The event will commence at 11 a.m. on May 22nd in the parking lot outside of the Outreach Centre, located at 4101-54 Ave.

Registration is open up to and including the day, and can be done online at the Women’s Outreach web site. Donations will be accepted until May 31st.

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Volunteering in Central Alberta For more information about volunteering in Central Alberta or if you are an organization or an event needing volunteers, visit Volunteer Central at, email or call 403-346-3710.

NEW LISTINGS: Catholic Social Services is looking for people who are willing to provide a safe home for an adult with developmental disabilities, who will pay for room and board. Contact Elin H Barlem at 403-347-8844 ext. 2917 or email

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C.A.R.E. is looking for volunteers for translation and interpretation. Volunteers who speak a second language are encouraged to apply for this position. Contact Cristina Franco at 403-346-8818 or Heart and Stroke Foundation is looking for volunteers for 20th Annual Heart and Stroke Golf Classic being held on June 12. Contact Kelly Barber at 403342-4435 or email kbarber@hsf.

FEATURE LISTINGS: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer & District is looking for volunteers to take part in a variety of construction and renovation projects Camp Alexo on the weekend of June 6-8. Volunteers are needed to fill a number of positions. Contact John Johnston at 403-34206500 ext. 113 or email Canadian Red Cross is looking for a volunteer Prevention Educator for a Youth Athlete Sports Program known as “It’s More Than Just a Game”. Contact Carlia Schwab at 403-346-1241 or

Bethany in Red Deer is seeking volunteers for yard clean-up, and yard maintenance. Contact Ann at 403-357-3702 or email ann. vanhemmen@bethanyseniors. com.

rienced volunteer directors for board of directors. Contact Graham Barclay, chair of the board at Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre is accepting applications now for a board cochair. Contact TerryLee Ropchan at 403-986-9904 or email terrylee@ Epilepsy Association of Central Alberta is looking for volunteers to distribute/change out Mac cans. Contact Norma Klassen at 403-358-3358 or email

event volunteers to help with decorating, balloon raffle and 50/50 raffle. Contact Tera Johnson at 403-340-2606 or email tjohnson@ Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Prairies/NTW Region is recruiting committee planning members for the Batting Against Breast Cancer™ slopitch tournament. Contact Kara Wozniak at 1-866-302-2223.

Central Alberta AIDS Network Society (CAANS) is looking for special events volunteers and committee members. Contact Aisley Miles at 403- 346-8858 or email for more information. CNIB is looking for volunteers to work evening Bingos 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. up to one per month. Contact Wody at 403-346-0037 or

Waskasoo Environment Educational Society is looking for casino volunteers to work the Waskasoo Environmental Education Society casino on July 30th and 31st. Contact Marg Harper at 403-346-2010 or email


Central Alberta Victim & Witness Support Society is seeking volunteers for a variety of roles. Contact Gloria Derksen at 403-885-3355 or email admin@

Alzheimer Society of Alberta is recruiting volunteers to work bingo shifts. Contact Janice Fogarty at 403-342-0448.

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POLICE BRIEFS HELICOPTER USED TO CAPTURE SUSPECT RCMP Blackfalds with the assistance of RCMP helicopter captured a male suspect

fleeing from police this past weekend. On May 11 at 1 a.m. the Blackfalds RCMP were checking a suspicious truck turning off Aspelund Rd. onto the


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by Erin Fawcett QEII Hwy. southbound. Police emergency equipment was activated and the suspect was pulled over to the side of the road before he suddenly took off. Police attempted to close the distance between the vehicle and themselves. A RCMP helicopter was on patrol in the area. The helicopter obtained a visual on the vehicle - a Black Ford F150. The vehicle had shut off its lights and went through the ditch in order to change direction and was northbound on the QEII Hwy. The truck traveled north on Hwy. 275 at moderate speeds and a police vehicle with emergency lights activated attempted to block the path however the vehicle rammed the police car and continued on. The truck returned to QEII Hwy., proceeding northbound where Lacombe City police were advised and provided assistance. The truck turned on Hwy. 12 heading west towards Rimbey, during this time ramming a second police car to evade capture. The suspect later turned off onto a trail, running off the road into a small body of water. With the chopper providing directions to police units on the ground RCMP members arrived and the lone male occupant of the truck was placed into custody. Zachary Roy Finch, 21, of Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan, has been charged with

two counts of assault with a weapon, flight from police, dangerous driving, two counts of breach of undertaking, and three counts of mischief.

COLLISIONS CAUSE DELAYS ON HIGHWAY Three serious collisions in a three-hour time span kept emergency crews busy on the QEII Hwy. this past weekend. On May 11, the RCMP QEII Integrated Traffic Unit responded to three serious injury collisions in just over three hours which caused major traffic delays and sent several people to hospital with various injuries. The first collision occurred north of Innisfail around 4:30 p.m. when a northbound SUV lost control and rolled into the centre median. Prior to EMS arriving on scene, assistance was provided by two nurses and a pediatrician who were passing by. Five occupants, including three children, were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Both northbound and southbound traffic was affected while EMS assessed and treated injuries. The second collision occurred at around 6:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes near Gasoline Alley. Witnesses reported a single vehicle collision involving a motorcycle. The lone rider of the motorcycle was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The southbound lanes

were limited to one lane of travel while emergency crews with the assistance of a collision analyst investigated the crash. The third collision occurred shortly after 7 p.m. when a male riding an offhighway vehicle (ATV) parallel to the QEII Hwy., became airborne and was ejected from the vehicle. The male rider, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. This collision occurred in the southbound lanes north of 32 St. and affected southbound traffic.

INFRACTIONS AT BARS Minor infractions were found after the Red Deer Public Safety Compliance Team checked a number of local drinking establishments recently. On May 2, the Red Deer Public Safety Compliance Team (PSCT) paid unannounced visits to 13 drinking establishments to check for over-serving of alcohol, serving of underage patrons, fire code violations and to ensure the establishments weren’t exceeding their occupancy limits. Members of PSCT noted minor infractions during the check and verbal warnings were given to owners/managers on site. One charge was laid against a minor for attempting to enter a licensed premise; the minor was issued a $115 ticket under the Gaming and Liquor Act, 74(2).

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ENTERTAINMENT Local singer gearing up for new CD release Randi Boulton continues her rich artistic journey on latest project BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Local singer Randi Boulton writes and sings with a striking sincerity, boldness and a compelling accessibility that is pretty hard to find these days. Her music is rich, exciting and powered by her amazing voice – and fans will be flocking to her CD release June 6th at the Red Deer College Arts Centre. Showtime is 7 p.m. She last performed there during her release of Sometimes Life back in the fall of 2012, and there is plenty of anticipation about her new tunes featured on Randi With an ‘I’ – a project which promises more of the profound artistry Boulton is known for while being energized by tunes exuding a more light-hearted nature. Even the mid-tempo cuts still have plenty of groove, she adds with a chuckle. “We’re still in the crunch,” she explains during a recent chat a couple of weeks back. But in spite of the close proximity of the release concert, Boulton couldn’t be happier with how the project has taken shape. “I think this time I’m more open,” she explains of the new CD. “Last time I was so particular. Everything had to be so perfect, I kind of lost myself in it a little bit,” she explains of her more relaxed approach of letting the creative juices flow. “This time I’m just going with my gut. I’m also really making a statement – this is who I am; I know exactly who I am.” Still, it was a bit of a struggle finalizing some of what would be on the CD. Boulton and her producer Russell Broom (Jann Arden) didn’t always agree – at first – with which tunes fit best. But in the end, both are super pleased


with the project. And Boulton admits that a bit of heat generated over what landed on the disc turned out to be in her best interest. “I think it’s important to have that – and his honesty is very valued.” Along with her talent, Boulton has been blessed with a charming, warm personality to match. She has a great sense of humour, and she’s a delight to watch on stage – not just for her vocal abilities but for how she connects with audiences. She’s also well-known to local folks via a stream of community connections and gigs – her dedication to honing her craft is really second to none. Lately, besides laying down tracks for Randi With An ‘I’, she’s also had some golden opportunities to perform with folks like Tom Cochrane and Johnny Reid. She also came in the top 16 in the CBC Searchlight Contest for Canada’s Best New Artist, thanks to the voters. And word is spreading about her music. “When I play a show now, they sing along– they know the words,” she explains with unmistakable gratitude. Having a CD nailed down already, plus the other successes have bolstered her stature as an artist significantly. “It’s really given me a platform.” Back to Randi With An ‘I’ – Boulton describes it as more upbeat than previous recordings. “With Sometimes Life there were a few sentimental songs that were really special, and they had their place for sure. But this one, I wanted it to be more fun.” Boulton originally got in touch with Broom through her drummer, and the two clicked almost immediately. As an avid fan of Arden’s over the years, Boulton had a deep appreciation for Broom’s approach to production. Looking back, music has al-


VISION - Singer/songwriter Randi Boulton launches her brand new CD during a concert at the Red Deer College Arts Centre June 6th.

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ways been a passion. “My mom says I was singing before I was talking.” She also loved the piano early on. “That’s what I was drawn to. I was also really a shy girl, so I think music helped me come out of my shell, too.” Besides being a natural on the piano, her compelling vocal strengths, which run the gamut from tender and sweet to strong and gritty, have always stood out and steadily attracted a loyal legion of fans. She started garnering serious attention at 12 years of age, when she landed first prize in a talent show with her mom. Boulton later won a songwriting contest at 14. That led into being selected to play for Showcase ‘98 in Edmonton.

These days, Boulton is comfortable in her own skin and that sense of authenticity is reflected in her music. It was also felt in her first project, Just Remember Who You Are, which was released just over a decade ago. Moving forward, she has a busy summer ahead with bookings plus a stint at Westerner Days in July. She is grateful for any opportunity to hit the stage, and it’s clear she’s found her calling. “When you are a musician, you are wired differently. This is the path I’m supposed to be on – I always loved music, but I didn’t know it would be a career. And in the darker times, it’s the only thing that would brighten things.”

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Meanwhile, she’s always been sincere in her belief that a musical gift is to be shared. Songwriting itself is a joy, and Boulton relishes the opportunity to share so much of herself with listeners via that craft. It takes a careful looking inside and weaving of real life into the mix. “There are so many levels to human emotion – and in order to be a good songwriter and to actually tap into those, you have to experience it.” Tickets for the concert are available at the Black Knight Inn Ticket Centre by calling 403-7556626 or by visiting

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Edmonton-based Raygun Cowboys heading to The Vat BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Raygun Cowboys are described as a ‘psychobilly rock band’ that serves up energetic rockabilly that wields an irresistible urge to hit the dance floor. They play The Vat May 16. Wielding a engaging sound quite unlike much out there these days, the guys first formed back in 2000, and in 2005 released their first recordings on a compilation. Their own debut, Underworld Boogie, was unveiled in 2006. The following year, they added a horn section to the traditional three-piece rockabilly line-up. In 2008, they recorded a follow-up album and signed a deal with Stumble Records, and promptly hit the road in 2009 criss-crossing Canada. Since that time, they’ve been busy touring and in 2010, ventured across the pond for a three-week trek across Europe. Their last CD, Cowboy Up! was released in 2012. “In 1999, I was really into

rockabilly,” explains frontman Jon Christopherson, describing how at the time he was listening to lots by everyone from the Stray Cats to Chuck Berry to Elvis Presley. “So I wanted to put together a rockabilly band.” He hooked up with drummer Derek Thiesen, who, like Christopherson, was a big fan of punk as well. The guys started playing in 2000, and performed mostly cover tunes. Their bassist moved away, and it seemed that once a replacement came along (Oakland Valleau) the band’s creative energies continued to emerge. “We started writing more songs and doing more original material.” By 2005, they had enough material for a CD. “I wanted to do a traditional rockabilly CD, but because I came out of the punk scene, things sounded a little more ‘punkified’,” he laughs. “So there’s this offshoot of rock called psychobilly – horror kind of themes – so we kind of went with that vein. “Bringing in the horns (Nate Connolly and Mi-

ORIGINALITY - Edmonton’s Raygun Cowboys bring their brand of ‘psychobilly rock’ to The Vat on May 16. chael Johnson) added more fuel to what we were doing, too. Things sound much ‘bigger’, and it made us more versatile as a band.”

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Since they added the horns, they’ve toured Canada three times and also did a European three-week trek which included stops in the U.K., Belgium, Croatia and Germany. “We also did a couple of shows in Romania, and they knew who we were,” he says with a laugh. “They were singing along to some of the songs, and I was thinking this is kind of mind-blowing.” They’ve hit up much of the west coast of Canada and the U.S. as well. Looking back, music was just a part of growing up.

“My mother was adamant I play an instrument. So from the time I was four years old, she had me playing the violin.” The lasted for about six years, then along came the guitar. And he was hooked. “I really got into it. And throughout my teens, I just went on my own learning punk songs and power chords. And when it came to rockabilly, it was a little more involved in the guitar aspect of playing than was punk, so I started learning more. “Then I got into the blues as well. That’s where the

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bug really bit me, and I realized that I had to do this.” He went on to teach guitar, but the draw to play in bands was always at the forefront as well. And today, he wouldn’t have it any other way. A new CD is in the works, for tentative release either late this year or early 2015 as well. “The most fun I have is on stage with my buddies,” he explains of the life of a musician. “When it’s a good show and everyone is dancing and having a good time, it’s an amazing feeling.”

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Former Red Deer actors behind new web series BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Featuring three actors/ artists known to local audiences, Lizard at Home, a new comedic sci-fi web series, will premiere online at 5 p.m. May 15th. The entire series was conceived, written and shot in a whirlwind 12-day period in Vancouver. The six short episodes, with their quirky, irreverent and innovative style make Lizard at Home an exciting and engrossing experience, explains writer Joel Crichton. The story follows Oliver (Crichton) – a young and socially frustrated re-

search scientist, and his roommate Drake, a weird lizard as they unravel the mystery of Drake’s origin. “Things go code-reddangerous when beautiful assassin Mirai appears, attempting to kill Drake. “It all makes for a cliffhanging mini-series of time travel, love and cricket salads.” In chatting with Crichton and collaborator Dustin Clark, who were also joined by fellow Red Deer College theatre studies alumnus Starlise Waschuk, it’s clear the team had loads of fun bringing the project to fruition. “He studies his best

friend and roommate Drake, who is a humanoid lizard,” explains Crichton of his character. “And then an assassin comes from the future and tries to kill him. The rest of the series is about the mysteries of it all spiraling out of control.” Lizard At Home also stars Johnson Phan (XMen, Origins: Wolverine, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Waschuk Continuum); (American Virgins, Three Colours and a Canvas, Soldiers of Earth); Abbey Lee Dutton (Two Worlds Apart, Square Dance Story); Curtis Lum (Dim Sum Funeral, The Vampire Diaries, and Clark

(Year After Year, Easy Ways). Crichton and Clark, who also directed the project, and Waschuk will all be recognizable to local audiences through their superb performances in a number of theatrical and film productions in Red Deer over the years. They are an incredibly creative team, who have also been branching out in other ways artistically speaking as well since leaving RDC. Crichton said after they had worked together on last year’s film production of Year After Year, which was shot mostly in Red Deer, it was sim-

ply time to collaborate once again with his pals. “After the Year After Year premiere (last fall), I just really missed hanging out and working with Dustin and Starlise. So I thought I’d come out to Vancouver, where they are living now, and just film something. I got here and we had two weeks to do this. “We brainstormed for a day, came up with a bunch of ideas, one of which was ‘wizards at home’. Starlise was writing them down, misheard it and wrote ‘lizard at home’,” he adds with a laugh. “That was our best idea.” Things rolled on quite smoothly – and briskly from there. Support from local establishments was solid as well – the team was allowed to film in various locations with little in the way of obstacles. And filming in a hurry added a certain frenzy to the creative process – but it was exhilarating and energizing in its own way. Ultimately, as is the case with any film production, they ended up with loads of

footage. “You have to find your way through what will tell the story,” explains Crichton. Clark, however, finds the whole time crunch thing a bit trying. “I would love to one day have unlimited time – I’ve always had to do something under the gun, or in a crunch or try to scramble resources together,” he adds. “But the episodes are near completion, and when you watch them you think wow, that turned out not so bad,” he laughs. Meanwhile, Crichton has written many plays including commissions from several theatres across Canada. His work has received many Sterling and Betty Mitchell Award nominations and prizes. Clark also helmed the aforementioned musical feature film Year After Year. He is known for his off-the-wall and heartfelt style of storytelling. Clark and Crichton can also be seen in their previous collaboration My Roommate: The Cannibal. Check out the trailer at watch?v=EUXa-RenLX8.

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CREATIVITY - From left, former Red Deer College theatre studies students Starlise Waschuk, Dustin Clark and Joel Crichton are set to unveil their web series Lizard at Home May 15th.

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Scott Woods will be appearing at: The Scott Woods ‘OLD OLD TIME JUBILEE SHOW’ SHOW Sunnybrook United Church is an authentic, live tribute to 12 Stanton Street, Red Deer, AB “Don Messer’s Jubilee” and Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. honours the days when Don Adults $25 Messer and his Islanders ruled Children (under 12) $10, under 5 Free the airwaves. This fast-paced, For tickets: Phone (403) 347-6073 uplifting show delights audiEmail: ences of all ages with old time fiddle music, sensational step Proceeds from this concert will be used to dancing, trick fiddling, family support youth programs at Kasota East Camp humour and more! and Sunnybrook United Church.

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Annual Cruise Night back in City PHOTOS AND STORY BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express The Red Deer Cruise Night is back in full force every Thursday night at Parkland Mall. The free event invites car enthusiasts to come down and stroll the east parking lot behind the mall and enjoy live music, great food and some quality family fun time. Car enthusiasts from across western Canada come and go weekly to the event, which sees on average between 350 and 450 classic, muscle and import cars, trucks, bikes and even boats and quads on occasion. Vehicles made anywhere between 1912 and 2014 have been known to appear at the show and shine event. President and organizer of the Cruise Night, Dave Burden has a big year planned for event saying he, “Hopes to have more live bands, increase vendors at the event and begin to grow support for the weekly swap meets that are going to begin.” With room for up to 800 vehicles at the event and a record of 570 vehicles to appear, Burden hopes to blow the record out of the water this year. After the success of last year’s events, Burden hopes that the Red Deer Cruise Night will continue to grow as it has for the last 13 years when it began with Burden and a few of his friends in a parking lot.

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BIG BAND STAND - The St. Joseph School Junior Concert Band, directed by John Watson, performs at the Alberta Band Association’s Festival of Bands, which takes place at Red Deer College until May 23rd.

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Think you’re really too old to exercise? Maybe in days gone by you had the energy and motivation to exercise. You may have even been a hockey player or marathon runner. But for whatever reason, exercise fell by the wayside over the years and you slowly became more and more inactive. And your health has suffered from it. The good news is that it’s never too late to start exercising for the first time or to get back into it. Those who’ve been inactive for years can still improve their health with regular exercise even you! Even if you’re enjoying your silver or golden years, you can get started exercising today with these tips. Health and fitness experts agree - taking up exercise in your 60s and 70s is essential to lowering health risks and improving


WHEELER one’s quality of life. As far as your physical health goes, exercise helps prevent stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancers and diabetes. One study showed that sedentary older women who started walking just one mile a day cut their risk of cancer in half and prolonged their lives by years. The health benefits of new exercise were almost as effective as if the women had been exercising for years. Exercise also works to keep your mind healthy by reducing your risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression. At

the same time, it reduces stress and puts you in a better mood. As an added perk, regular physical activity enables you to maintain your independence for longer, improves your balance and strengthens your muscles. Everyday activities such as bathing, cleaning and dressing are easier for those who exercise regularly. So if you enjoy living at your own place on your own terms, you’ll need to stay fit to make it happen. As the years go by and you become less active, your body isn’t able to do the things it used to do so easily. Walking up stairs, cleaning the house, and simple tasks like tying your shoes become more difficult. These changes in physical abilities can lead to discouragement. Because of this, many older folks are fearful of exercise,

thinking they may get injured or that it’ll be too hard. The reality, however, is that sitting on the couch is what’s risky and damaging to your health. Those who are 65 years or older and are thinking of getting back into exercise will need to head to a medical professional first. There, you can get advice on the best types of exercise for any pre-existing health conditions you may have. For example, if you suffer from arthritis or bad knees, swimming is a good alternative. When getting started, you’ll want to take it easy. Overdoing it too soon can cause soreness, injury, or burnout. Aim for 150 minutes of exercise each week, but if you’ve been inactive for more than a few months, start with just a few minutes a day and work

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Tight collar? It increases risk of glaucoma What’s the best way to diagnose disease? Today, as never before, there are many scientific tests such as ultrasound, CT scans, MRIs and more blood and genetics tests available every year. But is it possible to spot a potential disease without using these expensive procedures? Instead, how about the KISS approach (keep it simple, stupid)? Researchers at Britain’s Warwick University report in The British Journal of Cancer that prostate cancer kills about 250,000 men every year. But who are the most likely to develop this disease late in life?

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no one has the answer to why this changes the risk of developing cancer. But what about the length of your legs? Dr. Kate Tilling and her colleagues at Bristol University in the U.K. measured the leg lengths of 12,252 men and women aged 44 to 65. They discovered that the longer the leg the less risk of heart attack and stroke. But how does leg length affect health problems? Dr. Tilling found that people with longer legs had less cholesterol deposits in both the heart’s coronary arteries and the carotid vessels that supply blood to the brain.

The $64,000 question is why do some people have longer legs. Certainly, having parents with long legs is a major advantage. But Tilling claims that leg length is strongly affected by habits established early in life. For instance, studies show that breast feeding and a high energy diet between ages two to four years increases leg length. Dr. William Elliott at the University of Chicago believes the KISS approach also applies to our ear lobes. He examined 1,000 patients suffering from coronary artery disease. He discovered that if patients had an obvious ear lobe crease they

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were much more likely to suffer from heart disease. A similar study at the Mayo Clinic showed that 90% of patients complaining of chest pain, who also had an earlobe crease, were having a heart attack. But only 10% of those with chest pain without the crease experienced coronary attack. A good look at the belly can also evaluate the risk of heart attack. Several studies show that not all fat is equal. As in real estate you’re a winner of loser depending on location, and in this case belly fat is the loser. Being apple-shaped is more dangerous than being pear-shaped. Get out the tape and check your waist measurement. A waistline of more than 40 inches (100 centimeters) for men and 35 inches (90 centimeters) for women is a risk factor for heart disease. Another look at friends and TV personalities will indicate whether their neck fat is bulging over tightly buttoned shirt collars. Dr. Susan Watkins at Cornell University, after studying this matter, says that in two cases out of three, the neck size of the men’s shirts is too small and ties too tight.

Dr. Watkins claims this causes visual problems in addition to discomfort. Her tests revealed that tight collar wearers showed less ability to tell when a light, flickering at increased speed, became constant. Another study in The British Journal of Ophthalmology says tight collars also increase the risk of glaucoma. The tight collar causes constant and increased pressure on the jugular vein which in turn increases intraocular pressure, one of the leading causes of glaucoma. In fact, wearing a tight collar during an eye examination can result in a false diagnosis of glaucoma. In spite of all these studies, don’t slip into a funk if you find a deep ear lobe crease or a short index finger. Such results are all ‘associations’, not 100% diagnostic tests. However, if you discover a significant ear lobe crease and you are not living a good lifestyle, it would be prudent to start doing so. Why risk glaucoma when it’s easy to purchase a shirt with a larger neck size! See the web site For comments info@

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Sutter to be inducted into hall of fame BY JIM CLAGGET Red Deer Express Brian Sutter is used to rubbing shoulders with some recognizable names in the world of hockey having played 12 seasons for the St. Louis Blues and then coaching another four years with the same team. Sutter was named the winner of the Jack Adams trophy as the top coach in the NHL in 1990 and went on to coach another nine years in the league. But just a few weeks ago he got a phone call to let him know he was being inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, joining some legendary sports heroes in that city. “The names your involved with, a lot of the people I know that have gone in there in other sports from the NFL and baseball and of course the other guys in hockey and there’s only a handful of them,� he said. On the hockey side of things Sutter will join Scotty Bowman, hard nosed-defenseman Barclay Plager, talented forwards like Red Berenson, Bernie Federko and Garry Unger to name a few. Also in the hall are Cardinals quarterback Jim Hart and offensive lineman Dan Dierdorf. Sutter took over the coaching reins at the age of 31 after putting his skates away as a player. “At that time it was really unique for a person that age to become a coach because most guys, Al Arbour was the next youngest coach and most guys were getting to be 45 or 50ish,� he said. Sutter has some very fond memories about his time in St. Louis but he also recalls the adversity the team faced with different ownership groups, rumours of the franchise being moved and if the players or coaches were going to get paid. He said at one point the joke around the league was the Blues were the farm team of the Cal-

gary Flames due to the high volume of trades between the two teams and because of the ďŹ nancial differential between the two franchises. “When Calgary grew to dominance in the league half their team was from St. Louis and the reason half their team came from our team in St. Louis was because their contracts were up and the team couldn’t afford to pay them and so they traded them.â€? He says there was a level of satisfaction coaching a team with

something always hanging over their heads and at the same time racking up the wins over those same seasons. “Over about a dozen years there were only about ďŹ ve or six teams with more wins than us and those were the teams who were winning the Stanley Cup,â€? he said. “The satisfying thing about it all was that you helped keep hockey there.â€? Sutter says St. Louis is a great sports town and he always felt the

NHL game was on par with the citizens alongside with the NFL and Major League Baseball franchises in the city. “It was neat for us as players because you lived in the Cardinals dressing room, went to every game and your kids went to every game,� he said. “We became good friends with a lot of football players and baseball players and I’d say we were on par in a different way. “We all had a lot of respect for each other.� It’s still early for speech writ-

ing but Sutter says he could easily say thanks to any of his team mates, coaches, trainers, front ofďŹ ce people and anyone else associated with the Blues during his time their as they all helped him make things happen. “They say the sign of success is when you’re with a group of people that nobody cares who gets the credit and that’s how we always were in St. Louis.â€? The induction ceremony is in late September.

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Community support needed for Games bid BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express It’s getting closer to the time for citizens of Red Deer to get ready to show off. In August the committee checking the City out in order to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games will be taking a tour of what we have to offer and we need to put on our best face. “One of the big components of it (the bid) is the community engagement, the fact that the whole community is wanting these Games,” said Lyn Radford, chairman of the Red Deer bid committee. “So we have to look at the broad cross

section of the demographics making sure even school kids understand that the Games are coming, right up to the senior citizens.” Radford says she has been at plenty of events to explain just what these Games will mean for the region and many times people who are not sports persons per se wonder what hosting the Games will do for them. “Sport is kind of the backbone of the event but when you get into the cultural experiences that will be happening (Canadian and ethnic), we’ll have the opportunity to see and feel all parts of Canada and what happens in their communities just by

bringing them to Red Deer.” One of the side effects of hosting the Games is an opportunity for volunteers with non-profit agencies to learn from how these Games have been run in the past in other communities, said Radford. She says some of the people within these agencies are worried the Games will deplete their volunteer base but Radford says the opposite is likely to happen. “When they take these experiences back after the Games then they go back to other non-profits and they bring a new, fresh air look to their volunteer base.” When it comes to the legacy left behind

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by these Games Radford says there is more to it than the bricks and mortar people will see in facilities which are either upgraded or built new. There is an environmental angle to this bid. “We need to try to come down to almost a zero footprint for these games so then our waste management needs to be kicked up,” she said pointing to transportation with hybrid buses or water bottle filling stations to cut down on the small bottles of water being left behind. For more information about the bid go to the Games’ facebook page, ‘Red Deer is Ready’ and like the page to show support.

Coaches, trainers, your parents - they have a hand somewhere along the line when it comes to giving you what you need in order to get to the next level. In the game of golf, we turn to our local professional when something has gone south on us and there is a glimmer of hope he or she can fix it. All these folks can make you feel better about what it is you are doing while you are playing your sport but there are other people who help in another way and most re-

main behind the scenes. Last week the Central Alberta golf community lost one of those people who never officially corrected a swing flaw, never passed along a putting tip, never advised you on what ball to play or clubs to buy. Nope, all Doug Cox did was make you feel welcome when you walked into the clubhouse at Balmoral Golf Course east of Red Deer. Doug passed away last week after spending 22 years working the front desk at Balmoral. He was the first person you would talk to when you booked a tee time over the phone. He was the first person you would see when you walked into the clubhouse to check in before your round. He was also the person who made you feel like you were the only person coming out to play that day because he had that type of personality. Doug Cox knew how to treat a per-

son right, no matter who they were. For Doug, you were a customer entering his world of customer service and he knew how to work the room. If there was a frost delay or a thunderstorm rolling through, Doug was ready to pour you a coffee to wait it out and if there was conversation to be had he could strike one up, making it last as long as you wanted it to. He was quick with a joke, ready to talk on any subject and just flat out made the first impression of the course a very good one. A jam-packed clubhouse following his funeral was proof how many people respected Doug and underlined how much he’ll be missed. There’s no doubt though in my mind he’s answering the phone, booking tee times somewhere and making someone feel good about being where they are. Thanks Doug.

In accordance with Part 2, Division 2 of the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, Stantec Consulting Ltd. has applied to Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development to construct the South Red Deer Regional Wastewater Transmission System. This approximately 15 km section is located between the Hamlet of Springbrook and The City of Red Deer’s 19 th Street, and is a component of the approximately 92 km wastewater pipeline. Construction is proposed for the summer of 2014, contingent on approval from Alberta Environment. Pursuant to section 73 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, any person who is directly affected by this operation may submit a written statement of concern regarding this application. Failure to file a statement of concern may affect the right to file a Notice of Appeal with the Environmental Appeals Board. Such a statement of concern must be submitted to: Director of Red Deer – North Saskatchewan Region Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Regulatory Approvals Center Main Floor, Oxbridge Place 9820-106 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J6 Fax: (780) 422-0154 within 30 days of the date of this notice. Please quote Application No. 1-350384 when submitting a statement of concern in regards to the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act application. NOTE: Any statements filed regarding this application are public records which are accessible by the public. Copies of the application and additional information can be obtained from: Stantec Consulting Ltd. Attention: Charissa Ross, B.Sc. #1100, 4900-50 Street Red Deer, AB T4N 1X7 Telephone: (403) 341-3320 Fax: (403) 342-0969

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403.346.3356 Announcements ..................................0005-0030 What’s Happening ............................... 0049-0070 Garage Sales ......................................... 0100-0650 Employment ......................................... 0700-0920 Service Directory .................................. 1000-1430


Coming Events

Regardless of the Weather!! BENTLEY FARMERS’ MARKET Opens its doors to you on Sat., May 17th at 1:30 PM Bedding plants, lawn & garden supplies, handicrafts, Baked goods, jewellery, wearing apparel, and much, much more! Indoors and Out, at the Bentley Curling Rink Info: 403-748-4809


Aspen Ridge GARAGE SALE Thurs., May 15th 3-6PM, Fri., May 16th 10AM-6PM Sat., May 17th 8AM-4PM #2 Amlee Close Lots of kids clothes, etc.


Your Market @ Red Deer

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Opens Saturday May 17th 8am-12:30pm

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Phone: Dennis Moffat

SUNNYBROOK 2 Friendly Neighbours! 15 & 16 Stirling Close May 15 & 16 Thurs. & Fri. 2 - 8 PM Household items, books, DVDs, yard items, some tools, bandsaw, biscuit joiner, Xmas things, much more.

Farm Work

CANMORE EAGLES “Rocky Mountain” Hockey School. August 11 - 15 or 18 - 22. Two on-ice sessions daily, lunch and jersey. Patrick Marleau confirmed for August 11 - 15. $450. Ages 5 - 16. More info at




Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds Start your career! See Help Wanted Celebrate your life with a Classified ANNOUNCEMENT



RED DEER HEALING ROOMS Imagine a Walk-In Clinic where Jesus is the Doctor. It’s a reality! Healing Rooms operate very much like a Walk-In Clinic, except it’s Free and open to all! Open Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at: THE PRAYER HOUSE 4111-55A Avenue, Red Deer. Open to anyone needing healing. No appointment necessary. Ph 403-350-8954 DISABILITY BENEFIT GROUP. Suffering from a disability? The Canadian Government wants to give you up to $40,000. For details check out our website: www. or call us today toll free 1-888-875-4787. CELEBRATIONS HAPPEN EVERY DAY IN CLASSIFIEDS Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY Start your career! See Help Wanted

Caregivers/ Aides


FULL-TIME LIVE-IN CAREGIVER aged 25-35, nursing training required, min. 3 yrs. child exp., first aid. Valid driver’s license. Flexible to work evenings & weekends too. 403-346-7422 Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!


TRENCHUK CATTLE CO. is looking for General Labourers with cattle skills. Class 1 Truck Drivers. Cat/Hoe Operators. $20 - 30/hour depending on experience. Mechanical skills an asset. Call Willy at 780-656-0052 or fax resume to 780-656-3962.




EMPLOYERS CAN’T FIND the work-at-home Medical Transcriptionists they need in Canada! Get the training you need to fill these positions. Visit to start training for your work-at-home career today!



AN ALBERTA OILFIELD company is hiring experienced dozer and excavator operators, meals and lodging provided. Drug testing required. 780-723-5051.

Misc. Help


403.347.6620 #121, 5301 - 43 Street Red Deer, Ab. T4N 1C8 Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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


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WINCH TRACTOR OPERATORS. Must have experience operating a winch. To apply fax, email or drop off resume at the office. Phone 780-842-6444. Fax 780-842-6581. Email: Mail: H&E Oilfield Services Ltd., 2202 - 1 Ave., Wainwright, AB, T9W 1L7. For more employment information see our webpage:

Teachers/ Tutors


Business Opportunities


GET FREE VENDING MACHINES. Can earn $100,000. + per year. All cash-retire in just 3 years. Protected territories. Full details call now 1-866-668-6629. Website:


HD LICENSED TECHNICIAN for several Alberta areas. Must have or willing to obtain CVIP licence. Please email or fax applications to: Carillion Canada Inc.; Fax 780-336-2461.

Truckers/ Drivers


FREIGHTLAND CARRIERS, a tri-axle air ride flatdeck carrier is looking for Owner/ Operators to run Alberta only or 4 Western Provinces. Average gross $18 - 25,000/month. 1-800-917-9021. Email: LOOKING FOR COMBOVAC AND HYDROVAC OPERATORS for Whitecourt, Alberta area. Competitive wages and benefits immediately. Resume to Laurier Laprise at or fax 780-396-0078

Misc. Help


1 PAINTER PREPPER required, full-time permanent. Wage: $16 to $20 depending on experience. Must speak & understand English. Duties: prep paint projects, paint touch-ups, mix paint as required, assist painter as required, clean work areas & equipment, other duties as assigned. Work conditions: physically demanding, work well with others, continuous learning. Steel-toed work boots required. No public transport available. Apply to: Chiles Sandblasting & Painting Ltd., 39015 Highway 2A, Red Deer County, AB T4S 2A3. Fax: 403-340-3800.

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

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PUT YOUR EXPERIENCE to work - The job service for people aged 45 and over across Canada. Free for candidates. Register now at: or call toll free 1-855-286-0306.

YELLOWKNIFE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS is hiring for a SEEKING A CAREER in French Immersion the Community Newspaper Primary Teacher. business? Post your For application instructions resume for FREE right please view our where the publishers employment ad at are looking. Visit:


Buying, Selling or Renting? Classifieds HAS IT.

Employment Training


MEDICAL BILLING TRAINEES NEEDED! Learn to process & submit billing claims for hospitals and doctors! No experience needed! Local training gets you ready to work! 1-888-627-0297.



BIG STRAPPER AUCTIONS Phone:403-304-4791 Location Moose Hall 2 mi. South of Ponoka on Hwy 2A *** Weekly Sales Wednesdays @ 6 pm *** Antique Sales 1st Sun. of ea. month @ 1 pm Check web for full listings & addresses WHEATLAND AUCTIONS Unreserved Estate Dispersal of E. Davidson and Consignment Auction May 17th in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Antique farm equipment, tractors, tools and more! 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.

Garden Supplies


20” GARDEN TILLER 5 HP, forward & reverse, $500. 403-347-3132 before 6pm 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 MASSIVE TREE SALE. Hardy tree, shrub, and berry seedlings. Perfect for shelterbelts or landscaping. Full boxes as low as $1/tree. Bundles of 10 as low as $1.29/tree. Free shipping. Replacement guarantee. 1-866-873-3846 or

Misc. for Sale


EVERY WATER WELL on earth should have the patented “Kontinuous Shok” Chlorinator from Big Iron Drilling! Why? Save thousands of lives every year. Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON. SAWMILLS from only $4,397. Make money & save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & dvd: 400OT. 1-800-566-6899 ext. 400OT.

Misc. for Sale


LAKE AERATION MODULINE EQUIPMENT. OEM Medical Compressors MANUFACTURED HOME “Mansura” Eclipse reduced $299.95. Ω” polypipe for immediate sale. $60/100 ft. Lineal or single Tons of options. diffusers. Fresh Water Treatment Systems Ltd. To see this home call Phone 780-356-2928; 1-855-380-2266.; See this on our Craigs Home website;

Travel Packages


GRIZZLY BEAR TOUR. Experience a unique one day charter flight and cruise ship adventure to Khutzeymateen, BC this summer. Calgary and Edmonton departures. 1-866-460-1415; www.


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

2100 Cottages/Resort Property 4130

FOR SALE. Simmeron Simmentals, fullblood full ELINOR LAKE RESORT. Fleckvieh yearling bulls, Lots selling at 25% off polled and horned, A.I. bloodlines, very quiet, listed price, or 5% down on a rent to own lot with muscled. Website: no interest over 5 years. 1-877-623-3990; Martin 780-913-7963.

Grain, Feed Hay


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.

Seed Grain


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.

WATERFRONT CABIN for sale. Block 7, Lot 9 Crimson Lake Rustic, Fully Furnished, Immediate Possession. $450,000 403-304-4032 Jim or Darlene

Tires, Parts Acces.


WRECKING AUTO-TRUCKS. Parts to fit over 500 trucks. Lots of Dodge, GMC, Ford, imports. We ship anywhere. Lots of Dodge, diesel, 4x4 stuff. Trucks up to 3 tons. North-East Recyclers 780-875-0270 (Lloydminster).

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Service Directory To advertise your service or business here, call 403.346.3356 Farm Equipment


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;

Legal Services


CRIMINAL RECORD? Think: Canadian pardon. U.S. travel waiver. (24 hour record check). Divorce? Simple. Fast. Inexpensive. Debt recovery? Alberta collection to $25,000. Calgary 403-228-1300 or 1-800-347-2540;

Misc. Services


DATING SERVICE. Long-term/short-term relationships. Free to try! 1-877-297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call #7878 or 1-888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call 1-866-311-9640 or #5015. Meet local single ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+). TOP REAL PSYCHICS Live. Accurate readings 24/7. Call now 1-877-342-3036; Mobile dial: # 4486;


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you can learn a lot from the Newspaper! Encourage your children to make reading the newspaper a part of their routine for lifelong learning.

Are you landscaping or have a new shelterbelt? We carry Color Enhanced Mulch, Shredded Bark Mulch, Cedar Mulch, Nuggets and Wood Chips. Trailer load quantities starting at $22.00 per yard. Also available for pick up at our location at Hwy 27 and Hwy 22 west of Olds.

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Are you a Métis youth between the ages of 15 and 17? Are you interested in careers in the environmental field, such as fish and wildlife officer, forest technician, or park warden? Space is limited, so apply today! Application Deadline: June 16, 2014. Call: 1-888-48-MÉTIS (1-888-486-3847) online at:


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BOULEVARD Restaurant & Lounge Gasoline Alley, 37471 Hwy 25, Red Deer County is seeking Cook $14.00/hr. To prepare and cook all food up to standard, clean kitchen and maintain hygiene, follow recipes, assist in receiving and storing. Kitchen Helper $11.00/hr. To clean kitchen following safety and hygiene standards. Clean utensils, cutlery, crockery and glassware items. Clean floors, assist in prep. All positions are permanent, Full-time/Part-time, shift work & Weekends. Education: Above Secondary Work experience not essential, training provided. Fax resume to: 780-702-5051

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Rupertsland Institute in partnership with Katimavik are seeking 4 male & 4 female Métis 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:

Sungold Specialty Meats Ltd. Located in Innisfail Alberta is currently recruiting for the following positions:

Gasoline Alley, 37471 Hwy 25, Red Deer County is seeking Front Desk Clerk $14.00/hr. Answer phone calls, take reservations. Check in/out Guests Balance cash out & attend to guest needs Housekeeping Room Attendant $14.00/hr. Clean & vacuum rooms, public areas, pool, etc. Replenish amenities, Linens & Towels Adhere to Holiday Inn safety standards All positions are permanent, Full-time/Part-time, shift work & Weekends. Education: Above Secondary Work experience not essential, training provided. Fax resume to: 780-702-5051

We are looking for team players, willing and able to work in both slaughter and fabrication depts.


Steady year round employment and job rotation.

2803 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer is seeking Front Desk Clerk $14.00/hr. Answer phone calls, take reservations. Check in/out Guests Balance cash out & attend to guest needs Housekeeping Room Attendant $14.00/hr. Clean and vacuum rooms, public areas, pool, etc. Replenish amenities, Linens & Towels Adhere to Holiday Inn safety standards All positions are permanent, Full-time/Part-time, shift work & Weekends. Education: Above Secondary Work experience not essential, training provided. Fax resume to: 780-702-5051

• Labourers • • Meat Butchers/Cutters •

Previous experience in the food industry, meat processing an asset but not necessary. We provide on the job training. Competitive wages starting @ $14.25/hr with the potential to earn $19.50/hr plus performance related bonus potential. Full benefits program including registered pension plan. For more information or to apply you can: Visit our website @ Fax: 403-227-1661 Attn: Ashley Ford HR Coordinator In person @ 4312-51 Street Innisfail, Alberta T4G-1A3 Email:




•Life Guards •Front OfÀce Clerks •Slide Attendants •Maintenance Pre-Season work (beginning May)

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The Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association is ready to add to our winning team and are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic individual to join us. The right individual will innovate and grow Provincial and National Agency business, work to grow and develop opportunities and manage our advertising account list as Advertising Director for Alberta’s community newspapers. Manage client relationships and work with our Advertising Committee


Position Type: Team leader Schedule: Full-time Job Location: Edmonton, For a complete list of responsibilities and qualifications please visit: Please apply, with salary expectations, by fax 780-430-5380 or email at No phone calls please.


Rupertsland Institute Métis Training to Employment Services and Junior Achievement are looking for Métis youth ages 15 – 17 to participate in the Youth Entrepreneur Leadership Workshop. Space is limited, so apply today! Application Deadline: June 6, 2014 Call: 1-888-48-MÉTIS (1-888-486-3847) online at:

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Rupertsland Institute Métis Training to Employment is looking for Métis people between the ages of 18–30 who are interested in a career in the Medical Technical field. Space is limited, so apply today! Application Deadline: June 16, 2014. Call: 1-888-48-MÉTIS (1-888-486-3847) online at:

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View the Clues Contest

Read to Win!

Below are five phone numbers that appear inside our clients’ ads in this week’s Express (includes Special Features & Supplements) Simply match the phone number to the business and you may win a gift certificate to one of our City’s many great restaurants. Fill out the contest form and drop it off at the Express office prior to draw deadline listed. Note: Express office is closed between noon and 1pm daily. 403-347-1707 403-340-8802 403-347-8008 403-346-9331 403-342-5010

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April Winner: Krista Komarnisky Name: _______________________________________ Phone: _______________________________________ #121, 5301 - 43 St.


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CLASSIC - This kitchen of a Clearmont show home in Clearview Ridge by the Landmark Group features a large granite island to cook and to prepare food on. Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express

Watching the trends but staying true to you It’s all about trends, what is hot now can be out of fashion in an instant if it falls out of favour on social media.


MECKLER Sometimes trends are regional with one place in the country feasting on a trend that another area has never even heard of ! Trends are fickle and finite and absolutely based on people’s opinions and preferences. I thought that since I have my own group of loyal readers right here in Red Deer, I would share with you my

personal trending list. My trending list is silly and random and begins with cranberries, yes cranberries. Dried cranberries – for some reason over the past few months I have been obsessed with dried cranberries, they just make everything better! From cookies to salads, muffins and in my famous wild rice lemon turkey stuffing, cranberries are the must have dried fruit for 2014! Even the colour of cranberries stirs my soul, that delicious jewel tone makes the best feature paint (try Benjamin Moore AF-300 Dinner party for your next cranberry inspired wall). White towels – I have spoken before about my goal to replace all towels in my house with the

purity of white fluffy large towels. Impractical? Probably but it is very deluxe for me to open a closest and see all perfectly stacked towels with no frayed edges. I feel like I have stepped into a boutique hotel when I look into my basement bath closet. Sometimes I will go and look into this space just to see the beautiful new towels, some of them are even tied in bundles with white satin ribbons – it is a lovely closet and I think everyone should have at least one space in their home that is so joyful! Flat shoes – I am channelling my inner Audrey Hepburn this season in skinny legged pants and patent leather flat shoes with flashy buckles. For years I have forced my feet

into heels and I have recently made the break from these uncomfortable toe traps and will begin to re-vamp my shoe wardrobe. I can’t tell you how many times people have said to me ‘I didn’t realize you were this short!’ It is a small price to pay, giving up my illusion of height for nonaching feet at the end of the day. On a side note I have also lowered the height of my hair so the combination must make me look truly short! Over shopping – And by this I mean stopping this trend. For the past few months I have strapped in on a savings plan. Whenever I feel the urge to shop to make me feel better or just to pass the time I reward myself instead with a

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deposit in my savings account. I have to tell you that the satisfaction of the savings account growing is much more significant than any trendy shirt I could have purchased on a whim. The shoe purchases are of course the exception to this trend, nobody is perfect! What is trending in your life or in your home? Are you mad about a new paint colour or find yourself constantly drawn to a certain colour when shopping for home decor? You are probably trending certain colours or styles and do not even realize what is at the top of your mind. It may even be cranberries!


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Learning about those unexpected ‘closing costs’ You have worked so very hard to save your down payment. Your savings account or RRSP or TFSA have a very nice balance showing. Or perhaps you chose to go an alternate route? Perhaps your parents or another relative were able to help you out with a gift.


TURCOTTE Or perhaps you have decided to use your line of credit. Or maybe it is a mix of all of the above. However you did it, you have the full 5% that is required for the down payment. You eagerly look forward to getting out there to find your dream home until you are stopped dead in your tracks when your lender tells you that you need an additional 1.5% of the purchase price for the closing costs. What? Why? Let’s look at answering that shall we? Why do the mortgage insurers and lenders require these additional funds? Legal fees. Your new home purchase will have to be completed by a lawyer. Their job is to ensure the title is transferred to your name, the funds are distributed properly, that you understand the terms of the mortgage you are signing and generally to protect you and your interests. The costs for this can vary greatly but generally $1,200 seems to be an average. I always think there are two

things you do not want to try to save money on: a tattoo and a lawyer. Thankfully we have a plethora of well qualified professionals in Central Alberta. Property taxes. Depending on which time of year you take possession of your new home and how you choose to pay your taxes, you could be required to pay one full year of property taxes upon closing. Calculating this amount is one of the roles of your lawyer. For example, if you take possession of your home and the previous owners had pre-paid the property taxes then it is only fair that they are reimbursed for the taxes pre-paid after you take possession. Another possibility exists when you choose to have the lender include the taxes in your mortgage. Many lenders require one full year of taxes to be held in your tax account. In addition to this they will take the future taxes owing with each mortgage payment from day one. Property taxes vary based on your municipality. Anywhere from $900 to $10,000 depending on your home’s assessed value. Having the closing costs in your bank account protects you as we have already ensured you are prepared for this possibility. One way to mitigate the large property tax amount owing is to sign up on your city’s property tax plan. The property taxes are divided equally by 12 and taken directly from your account on the last business day of the month. When this


option is chosen you will have to pay any amount owing the previous owner but generally not the full year. Title insurance. Some lenders require Title Insurance in addition or in lieu of the Real Property Report. The Title Insurance is an insurance policy that protects residential or commercial property owners against losses related to the property’s title or ownership. What does it cover? Unknown title defects, existing liens, encroachment issues - such as your garage needs to be removed as it is actually on your neighbor’s property. Title fraud. Errors in surveys and public records - the cost is generally only $249 +

GST and will be collected by your lawyer. Property insurance. This can be set up with your insurance provider but it is a legal requirement that you have home insurance in place. It can be paid monthly of course, but it is important to remember. Other fees that come up include moving fees, utility deposits or charges and the interest adjustment from the lender. So, as you can see the 5% down is not the only thing you should save for. The costs that can come up at the end have to be paid too. Until next time my mortgage minions! Jean-Guy Turcotte is an accredited mortgage professional with Dominion Lending Centres Regional Mortgage Group.

Homebuilders honoured

The Central Alberta chapter of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association announced the recipients of the 2014 Awards of Excellence in Housing this past weekend. A number of homebuilders, suppliers and interior designers were honoured during the event. The two big awards of the night went to Platinum Homes (Builder of the Year - small volume) and True Line Homes (Builder of the Year – large volume). Platinum Homes also won awards for Best New Home between $260,000$299,999 and Best New Home between $525,000$599,000. And True Line also received an award for Best New Multi Family Home – Town House/Duplex over $225,000.

Sorento Homes won awards for Best New Home up to $224,999, Best New Home between $375,000$449,900 as well as Best New Estate Home over $1 million. Falcon Homes also won awards in the categories of Best New Home between $225,000-$259,000 and Best New Home between $450,000-$524,999. Other awards included Excellence in Interior Design which was awarded to Falcon Homes – Stephanie Fehr and Gina and Kevin Pardy. The award for Trades of the Year was given to Thermo Pro Insulation and Drywall. Supplier of the Year – small category went to General Appliances Lacombe and the Supplier of the Year – large category

went to Timber Wolf Truss Ltd. The award for Service Professional of the Year – small category was awarded to Dominion Lending Centres – Regional Mortgage Group, while the award for Service Professional of the Year – large category was awarded to The Alberta New Home Warranty Program. According the their web site, the Awards of Excellence in Housing celebrates the creative design and craftsmanship of Central Alberta Region’s builders and renovators, and recognizes the excellence and professionalism in the residential construction industry. Every year, the industry honours the best of the best. - Fawcett

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