Vol. 66, No. 21 | WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014 | 403-783-3311 | EDITORIAL@PONOKANEWS.COM
Race to Home Dante Greene runs for home during the Mosquitos’ first game of the season, May 13. Story on page 22
Reflections of Ponoka Roberts’s family dedicated to farming and business Story on page 12 & 13
Fighting hunger around the world - Seeding is complete on 165 acres of land south of town as part of the project by the Ponoka branch of Canadian Foodgrains group to raise funds against hunger around the world.
Please see our story on page 19. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Company seeks to remove power lines on Hwy 53 of burying power lines. He feels this will bring some economic benefits to Ponoka as this plan may speed up the expansion of Gemini Corporation from 130 employees to 300. No decisions were made with the companies and Gemini Corporation did not respond to a request for comment. Land rezoning approved There were only four councillors that could vote on a request to rezone property on 4007 39 Street from low density residential to low-density narrow lot residential. The request was from Denver and Christie Polson. Mayor Bonnett and Coun. Loanna Gulka could not vote as they live nearby and Coun. Carla Prediger was not in town at the time of the first reading of the proposal, so she was exempt from voting. The vote did pass 3-1 with Coun. Tim Falkiner voting against it. The proposal was to take the property and subdivide it into four lots.
BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
Power lines on Highway 53 east of Ponoka may become buried in the near future to help with the transportation of large equipment. Mayor Rick Bonnett told councillors May 13 he helped facilitate a meeting earlier in the day with Gemini Corporation, Ponoka County, Fortis Alberta and other stakeholders. He told council the meeting was a preliminary discussion to look at the viability
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pay five per cent commission to any realtor arranging a sale of town owned residential, commercial and industrial land. This is the second time the policy came to council as it was tabled to give Betty Jurykoski, planning and development officer, a chance to speak with real estate agents regarding a reasonable commission rate. “I didn’t approach any real estate companies…We felt it might be awkward,” she explained. However, her research into reasonable commission rates showed seven per cent for the first $100,000 and three per cent for every dollar above that. Coun. Carla Prediger asked if it would be better to seek tenders from agents rather than having a fixed commission rate. Jurykoski replied that having a set rate will help the town acquire an agent, under contract, who will work to sell town property. “What we (would) have is a professional grinding away in the background working for us,” said Jurykoski. Policy reviews would occur every three years with a two-year contract for the representing agent. Prediger suggested a policy review would be better to coincide with the end of the contract. Jurykoski was directed to make further changes and to seek expressions of interest from real estate agents.
Water and sewer connection rates outdated Councillors annulled the town’s water and sewer connection rates policy after findings from Tagish Engineering stated it is out of date. Dave McPhee, director of operations and property services said the town would get money from a homeowner or contractor to make connections but sometimes those costs were higher than estimated. But recouping the money was next to impossible and taxpayers were left to foot the bill. “Sometimes you think the main is in the middle of the street and it’s on the other side, so it costs an extra $5,000 or $8,000 that they have budgeted,” said Jurykoski. “It’s just such a cumbersome process,” she added. Tagish recommended the town have developers hire and pay private contractors directly if the town is too busy to do the work. Coun. Underhill asked if developers with current projects would be affected by this policy change. McPhee replied it affects new and existing development projects and town staff will still inspect the connections. Emergency mutual aid with Ermineskin Cree Nation The Ponoka Fire Department has been providing emergency mutual aid to the Ermineskin Cree nation for some time but nothing formal has been signed. Councillors approved a formal agreement that identifies procedures for invoking mutual aid, command Tine Roelofsen and control over N emergency response Ponoka personnel and equipment, level of service, Alberta Hospital indemnity, procedure for cost recovery and inception and termination. 4 way stop Twp 424 “It breaks it down into how we respond 0.5 km Ø Highway and everything else,” 2A B explained Ted Dillon, Bobtail Nursery director of protective services. He says agreements will be forthcoming www.bobtailnursery.ca from the other bands in Maskwacis. Coun. Prediger asked what the rates are. Dillon replied that he uses Alberta Transportation rates which are $200 per hour per unit. Municipal emergency management In the event of a disaster or major emergency in the area, a proposed emergency management bylaw will help municipalities work together. Council passed second reading on a Municipal Emergency Management bylaw. “It addresses the regionalization,” explained Dillon. “It’s not only firefighting, it’s in the event of a disaster,” he added. continued on page 8
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Motorists face mandatory court time for speeding lac de Ville on 47 Avenue where it was determined he did not have a valid driver’s licence. He provided two blood alcohol samples of .17. Impaired driver with no insurance The driver of a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am was pulled over May 16 at 1 a.m. after police noticed the licence plate did not match the car. Upon further investigation it was determined the driver showed signs of impairment and a subsequent breath sample showed the driver had blood alcohol levels of .18 and .17. Police charged a 34-year-old Maskwacis woman with being impaired and driving while prohibited. A passenger in the vehicle was charged with allowing a person to operate a vehicle without insurance. Youth speeds through town A young driver had their car towed after being caught drinking and driving. Police stopped a 17-year-old Lacombe girl after driving a 2002 Chrysler Neon at speeds in excess of 100 km/h northbound on 50 Street in Ponoka. Officers say they could smell an odor of liquor coming from her breath and she provided a breath sample that showed a caution. There is zero tolerance for motorists with a graduated driver’s licence
BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
A teenage Calgary motorist was in for a surprise when police stopped his vehicle after being clocked at 172 km/h. Police stopped the 19-year-old man May 15 at 7:52 p.m. southbound on Highway 2 after seeing him pass motorists and weave in and out of traffic. He had a licence plate on that did not match the vehicle and now faces mandatory court time for travelling 50 km/h over the speed limit. Almost 30 minutes later, officers stopped a northbound driver on Highway 2A travelling at a speed of 169 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. A 23-yearold Ponoka man was stopped in his black Subaru near Township Road 422. He also faces a mandatory court appearance. Impaired driver passed out Calls of a woman driving in an erratic manner and being slumped over the steering wheel had police moving quick to find her. It was reported May 18 at 7:34 a.m. that a woman could be seen travelling at speeds over 180 km/h southbound on Highway 2 in a 2003 Cadillac Escalade. It was reported that the woman, a 30-year-old resident of Radway, hit the ditch south of Ponoka then turned northbound on Highway 2. She and a passenger were found both slumped at the wheel with the gear in The Ponoka Victim Services Board, along drive. She provided two with our dedicated Advocates would blood-alcohol samples like to extend a sincere thank you to the of .16 and .14. She was charged with impaired generous businesses and countless people driving. who made our 7th Annual PVS Gala & Impaired with no licence Wine Tasting a huge success.. We couldn’t A regular patrol nabbed a 38-year-old have done it without you! Edmonton man over Sincerely two times the legal limit. The PVS Board & Advocates Police stopped the driver of a 1989 Cadil-
and because she had one, the car was towed. Driver with no insurance Not having enough money for insurance and vehicle registration is not considered a reasonable excuse to drive a car. Police pulled over a 57-year-old Edmonton man after noticing the licence plates on his 1993 Dodge Caravan were expired. He told officers that he did not have the money for the registration and insurance needed to operate the vehicle. The vehicle was towed. Motorcycle stolen Police are looking for a dark blue 2008 DR 650 Suzuki motorcycle after being taken from a rural home on Range Road 244 near Ponoka.
It is believed the vehicle was taken some time on May 17. The owner was able to follow the tracks of the motorcycle for a short distance but the trail was lost. Holiday trailer stolen Police are looking for culprits who stole a 24-foot holiday trailer some time between May 6 and 14. Security footage shows a flat deck trailer circling the area near 64 Street and 42 Avenue then pulling up to the white Frontier trailer. There was a hitch lock on the trailer at the time. If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Your Guide To Local Houses of Worship CHURCH DIRECTORY Associated Gospel Churches of Canada
CHURCH OF THE OPEN BIBLE Pastor Jerry Preheim • Pastor Matt Sealy 3704 - 42 St. Ponoka 403-783-6500 Worship Service 11:00 a.m. • email@example.com
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Sr. Pastor Paul Spate Erin Dirsten - Fac. Youth & Family Min. 5109 - 57 Ave. Ponoka www.fbcponoka.org 403-783-5533 Bible Discovery Hour 9:30 a.m.
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NEW COVENANT BAPTIST REFORMED CHURCH Currently meeting at Ponoka Christian School 6300-50 St. Worship Service Sunday 10:30 a.m. Everyone Welcome! phone: 403-783-6962 • www.baptistreformedponoka.org
PARKLAND REFORMED CHURCH South on 2A, West on Spruce Road 403-783-1888 Rev. Mitch Ramkissoon Worship Service 10:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. www.parklandurc.org
PONOKA ALLIANCE CHURCH 4215 - 46 St. Pastor Norm Dibben 403-783-3958 Sunday Service 11:00 a.m.
What do you commit to when you are baptized? You are asked to make a commitment to seek justice and resist evil When you read this I will be in Denver, Colorado, visiting my sister and her family. James and I are going for a very special occasion: one of our nieces (also our goddaughter), age 14, is being confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran church they attend. She has been in confirmation classes for two years. This is an important event. Baptized as an infant, she is now able to confirm the promises her parents made on her behalf all those years ago. She is entering into full adult membership in her congregation. It is a grief to me that too often, the event of confirmation of teenagers is treated as a graduation, a leaving of the church, instead of a movement into more intentional, committed involvement in the life of the faith community where they worship. Another thing I have noticed is that even if the young person stays connected
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to their congregation, subject of the poor: as they mature and “Whenever you did it move to another com(gave something to eat, munity, they do not or drink, to wear, took then become involved care of the sick, visited in a new worshiping those in jail) for any of community and transmy people, no matter fer their membership. how unimportant they Instead, the move is seemed, you did it for into a life that does me” (Matthew 25:40) not include regular inIssues of poverty and volvement in a faith justice are deeply encommunity. Maybe shrined in the Bible’s Reverend Beatrix they return to the pages: “But let justice Schirner church when they are Ponoka United Church and fairness flow like raising their own chila river that never runs dren, but often, not. dry.” (Amos 5:24) I am in a tradition that involves You are asked to make a cominfant baptism. Too often parents mitment to follow the Way of Jesus approach the church wanting their Christ. Jesus clarified to his discichild baptized even though they ples, “For the Son of Man came not have little intention of really be- to be served but to serve…” (Mark coming involved in the life of the 10:45) Jesus’ way is grounded in congregation. They don’t have a prayer and inviting all into the kingsense that they can grow into the dom of God: “Time’s up! God’s promises they are making. What kingdom is here. Change your are these promises? In The United life and put your trust in the good Church of Canada we have four: news.” (Mark 1:15) The way of JeTo make a profession of faith in sus is one of service to others, of The Triune God: Father, Son and committing your life to live in and Holy Spirit. It is much more than bring about the kingdom of God on simply saying you believe in God, earth, and in the doing, to challenge but that you dedicate your heart, what is not life giving in our world. soul and mind to this Creator. As And last, but not least, you are Jesus said, “you shall love the Lord asked to promise to make a comyour God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mitment to the mission and ministry mind, and with all your strength.” of the church. To do that includes (Mark 12:30) This is what it means worshiping regularly with your sisters and brothers in Christ. It means to profess your faith. You are asked to make a com- learning what mission and ministry mitment to seek justice and resist means in your faith community. It evil. Not only do you love God, means offering support for those but you love what God loves. God activities that your church underloves the poor and oppressed. Did takes as its witness to God, Christ you know that poverty is mentioned and the Holy Spirit—support with more than 2,100 times in the Bible? your time and intelligence, your That’s not an accident. The only energy and money. Giving money time Christ is judgmental is on the is an indication of how seriously, and joyously, you take NEED A it all. These baptismal promises are identical Check status of 3 Government for confirmation, for Grants/Assistance each worth young and old and in$5000 or more between. In our faith life we never stop CHECK BIG IRON’S WINTER SPECIALDISCOUNT DISCOUNTPACKAGE PACKAGE Worth more than: $5000 learning what these PLUS FREE “KONTINUOUS SHOK” CHLORINATOR mean and growing into 10 YR. TIME PAYMENT PLAN O.A.C t NO DOWN PAYMENT them. The grace is that we can only live into RED DEER 403-346-7550 these behaviours with the help of God. We never do it on our own. That is why our creed begins, “We are not TOLL FREE 1-800-BIG-IRON View our 29 patented and patent pending inventions alone, we live in God’s online at www.1800bigiron.com world.”
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Reflections of Ponoka
Roberts’s family dedicated to farming and business BY MIKE RAINONE FOR THE NEWS Photo courtesy of Fort Ostell Museum
During the exciting and early settlement of our town and county, countless pioneer families worked extremely hard to establish their homesteads in the lush and rolling rural districts, while homes and businesses emerged to lend support to the thriving new Town of Ponoka. The steady influx of professionals, skilled labourers and new citizens strived to compliment the demanding future needs and successes of our dedicated urban and rural communities. Most vital amongst the early trades were the mills that would provide the lumber for the building of new homes, businesses, farms, stores, schools, churches, hospitals, and other conveniences to serve the ever-expanding population. Also required would be the financial services, implement and automotive dealerships, livery stables, grain elevators, and other outlets to assist the booming farming industry, as well as professional facilities, and on and on. Many fine families and entrepreneurs converged on this area in those colorful but challenging early years to build and lead our communities and to along the way establish the proud heritage and ongoing successes that we have enjoyed over countless decades. The Hugh H. Roberts family Operating a service station was always a dream that Hugh H. Roberts had long cherished, so in 1934, Hughie and Annie Roberts, along with their infant daughter Eleanor moved into Ponoka from the farm to start a new life and to fulfill those lofty dreams. The family took over the service station at the
Photo courtesy of Fort Ostell Museum
This late 1920s photo features a busy 51st Avenue, with cars and people parked and going in every direction, likely to attend an auction sale. The first building on the right was one of Ponoka’s big Implement dealerships, owned by big Dave Morgan and handled the sales and service of John Deere, Case, and Cockshutt machinery, as well as livestock and coal.
The Robert’s Service Station was operated by the family starting in 1934 at the corner of 51st Avenue and 50th Street in Ponoka. Their longstanding business and farming ventures and community involvement later grew to include the John Deere dealership, from which they retired in 1988, but still carry on the farming tradition to this day.
corner of 51st Avenue and 50th street, which was owned by Dave R. Morgan and operated by Bob Morgan, and was the original sight of the community’s first Post Office run by Fred Algar. The first Robert’s Service station offered the sale of Union 76 gas and Triton Motor Oil, as well as offering mechanical needs to the 850 citizens of the community of Ponoka as well as surrounding districts. Annie Roberts faithfully explained in the Ponoka Panorama History Book that they would face this new challenge with more gumption than knowledge, and certainly more faith than money, with their first day of sales amounting to two gallons of gas. The determined Robert’s family also continued farming and trucking, then later purchased the property from Mr. Morgan and took over the John Deere dealership in 1938, which had been operating in Ponoka since 1900. Morgan, who was a jovial man about town was very good to the new owners, but set a date when he wanted his money from the sale, and would be there to collect it. The Robert’s family lived above the garage for the first few years, which featured 22 steps up and down, and resulted in many arduous trips back and forth with the newest family members Arthur and Irene. Eleanor had been born in Mrs. Roseberry’s Nursing Home (a palatial private facility) on 53rd Avenue, while Arthur came into the world at Francis Smith’s local Nursing Home, and then they went farther afield for the later birth of Irene at the Wetaskiwin Community Hospital. They offered many fond memories of sitting upstairs in the garage and watching countless Provincial Mental Hospital staff going to work on their bicycles at 7:00 a.m., then not returning until 7:00 p.m. after a very long day. The family built a new home in Ponoka in 1938-39, and moved in the day before the Royal visit in June of 1939, where absolutely everyone from near and far dropped what they were doing and rushed into town to get a glimpse of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. War came, and although they were not affected directly, many of their friends were to face the anxieties, tragedies, and loneliness that only war can bring. Hughie Roberts served on the Ponoka Town Council for 5 years, during which time pasteurized milk became the law, natural gas became the heat, and water works and a bath became a pleasure whenever you wished. It was also during that busy time that Ponoka opened their first
25-bed hospital, and the official dress of teenage girls was rolled up ‘Jeans’, plaid shirts, and rolled down rubber boots, with bubble gum becoming the real rage. In 1945, they sold the service station business and moved into a newly erected building at 511850th Street (now John’s Place), which became the sight of the John Deere Agency. If you look at that building closely, you will find the date of the surrender of the Japanese to the United States marked in the cement. In 1949, H.H. Roberts sold out the agency, spent a very miserable year doing absolutely nothing, and then after Wynn was born in 1950 would concentrate on the farming operation until 1956, when he went back to the busy John Deere business. It would be in 1960 that Mr. Roberts sold out the John Deere dealership to son Arthur and son-in-law Paul Jess, who would operate it for many years. After selling out to the boys, Hughie spent most of his efforts in active farming, trying his hand at importing Simmental cattle, but also enjoying lots of travel with his wife Annie, as well as cherished time with his active family and grandchildren. Hughie served as the Mayor of Ponoka in 1953-54, during which the town celebrated its 50th anniversary, and the Ponoka 50th Anniversary booklet was published. The family of Hughie and Annie Roberts took their schooling and grew up here in Ponoka, with Eleanor marrying Paul Jess in 1953, Arthur marrying Trudy Johnson in 1960, Irene wed to Al Gasper in 1966, and Wynn wed to Jack Martin in 1971. A new expanded John Deere agency was built in the north corner of the west Ponoka Industrial Park in 1973-74 and was operated by the Robert’s family until 1988, when Arthur retired, but still continued the proud family tradition of farming. The current John Deere building is now under the name and ownership of Cervus Equipment, who will soon begin construction on a new facility on the south end of the west Industrial Park adjacent to Highway 2A. Congratulations to the Robert’s family for faithfully serving the citizens of Ponoka and district from their business ventures for over 50 years, for carrying on your long farming tradition, and for being active and dedicated members of the community.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time for flying away from the nest Or is it better to Although buds are recommend prudence, quite slow to pop and or even to caution leaves have yet to apagainst being too pear on a lot of trees, brave in taking their we are already in grad steps towards the unseason, preparing to known? send another batch of Is there a one-sizeour young on a jourfits-all recipe? ney called life, one on The answer is, of which they will have to Mustafa Eric course, a categorical start to learn taking on Editor NO. challenges all by themJust like a baby selves. boosting its immunity Of course, at the beginning of the road, they will con- system by getting sick and overcomtinue to find support from family or ing it, new graduates will and should friends, but slowly they will have to be allowed to make mistakes to grow into their roles as independent learn from them, but that doesn’t individuals pursuing their own goals mean that their guarding angels, be they parents or relatives or teachers, in their own way. As the classic saying goes, “life should drop all the defenses around is full of surprises” and you never them, but probably keep watching know what it will throw at you: On them at distance, and interfere only that unpredictable path, there will if and when necessary, to prevent be high hills to climb over, green them from committing what might pastures to wildly run on and dark turn out to be fateful errors. If one would use an allegory, it tunnels to pass through; there will be ups and downs because of who is like the young birds have reached knows what, an unfortunate illness, a the time of leaving the nest, have debroken relationship, a failed business veloped the skills to fly on thelr own, venture or breach of confidence on but they still need some guidance on the part of someone loved or trusted. how to navigate their flight path. Here family and friends have a So, like all those before them, the new travelers, too, will at one probably one final and vital role to time or other, stumble or fall on their play to steer the young bird in the journey, and just like with all those right direction just to make sure the before them, what will distinguish flight path will not be covered by the new travelers among their peers branches and acceleration to cruising will be how they will rise up after the altitude will go ahead without problems. fall. It is a difficult balancing act: As the people who have already passed (or failed) at the tests that Keeping a protective cover over our life has given us, as their parents, young while allowing them to start to teachers, uncles, aunts, brothers or make their own decisions at the risk sisters, what are we, adults, to offer of acceptable failures requires a lot the young men and women in terms of prudence on the part of the adults who care for them. That is something of advice at this turn of their lives? Should we encourage them to they may not appreciate immediatebe bold and pursue their dreams re- ly, but will certainly realize as they gardless of the challenges that those grow older into role of guardian angels themselves. dreams might bring about?
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One of many little gold mines in Ponoka Dear editor, My wife and I moved into Ponoka about seven years ago. It was an easy choice; after viewing many Central Alberta communities it was plain to see Ponoka was the jewel of the Central Alberta prairie. Between shade trees lining the streets, the lazy Battle River meandering through town and the adjacent countryside, all the services one needs right in town and a central location, all our needs were met. Little did I know all the little gold mines Ponoka was hiding. The homes and yards in this community are well kept which means lots of yard work. With all that yard work, lush green yards, beautiful flowers and healthy shrubs, it takes lots of nutrients to keep it that way. This can sometimes be tough on the pocket book. Your readers may not be aware, but compost contains many of the needed nutrients to develop healthy shrubs and flowers and can be substituted to add those rich nutrients into our flowerbeds and gardens. All the grass, leaves, twigs and other organic waste our citizens deliver to the solid waste site are recycled by our town employees into, yup: compost. Usually fresh compost is very strong and requires mixing with black
dirt or it will burn your flowers and shrubs. Our little gold mine here in Ponoka is all that compost at our solid waste site is just waiting to be picked up. There is 10-year old compost at the solid waste site, rich in nutrients and does not need to be mixed with additional soil. For five years now, I have filled our pots, flowerbeds and shrubs with 100 per cent 10-year-old compost, and everything just blossoms. Another part of this little gold mine is no other nutrients need be added to the compost to see healthy and lush flowers and shrubs. You can save on buying all those fancy fertilizers; instead use our recycled product, compost; you keep things green and recycle at the same time. The last part of our little gold mine here in Ponoka: Last week, I picked up 25-gallon pails of ten-year-old compost and after weighing out on the scale, my cost was under four dollars. You can’t beat the price, get the needed nutrients for your yard, support our town-composting program and be an active recycler. This is just one of many little gold mines here in our Ponoka. Doug Thorson Ponoka resident
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PONOKA NEWS 7
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Town sets money aside for playground development BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
One of Ponoka town council’s big priorities is to enhance recreation in town. To do that, money has been allocated in the 2014 budget for different projects. As part of that, $50,000 has been provided for the redevelopment of playgrounds. Wes Amendt, director of community services, told council at a meeting May 13 where he intends to allocate those funds. “We have received three requests for funding.” The first was from the Rotary Club of Ponoka to build a small playground at the Rotary Park. The total cost is estimated at $30,000 and club has raised $18,000. “We’ve actually approved that project and the equipment has been ordered,” said Amendt. Two other applications have been put in: the Westview Park Committee is working on replacing the existing playground at Westview Park on 51 Avenue Close in Riverside, and the Christian School has asked for assistance with a playground on its grounds. The playground at the school is estimated at $75,000 and the school has raised $44,000. Amendt praised the school for their efforts but said schools are usually responsible for their own playgrounds and he suggested the town needs to consider its
playgrounds first. The Westview Park Committee has an ambitious goal of replacing the dilapidated structures and adding an exercise park, said Amendt. The full cost is estimated at $195,000. In an effort to show the town’s support for the project, Amendt said $15,000 has been set aside. Coun. Tim Falkiner took issue with the decision. “When you’re just starting out and you don’t have the equipment in place, I think you have to wait.” Discussion ensued between councillors with coun. Teri Underhill saying the town should be grateful to community groups that build playgrounds in town. “There’s lots of municipalities that have to pay for their playgrounds and that’s part of getting people here.” “If the Westview Park group didn’t step forward, the town would certainly have to do it ourselves,” added Amendt. There appeared to be some confusion over Amendt’s purpose for updating council on the town’s plans and coun. Sandra Lyon said as much. “Council approved $50,000 to go into the budget. Why can’t we let our recreation people handle where that money is to go?” Councillors accepted the update as information as there was no reason to discuss it further.
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Reminder of Speed Limits within the Town of Ponoka As per the Traﬃc Bylaw, the general speed limit in Ponoka is 50 km per hour, except in: • Back lanes/alleys - 20 km per hour • Playground zones - 30 km per hour from sunrise to sunset • School zones - 30 km per hour as posted.
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EVENTS AND RECREATION Spring Clean-Up The Annual Town of Ponoka Spring Clean Up Week is scheduled to begin May 20 and will continue until completed. Pick up is restricted to compostable materials (e.g. Landscaping waste such as leaves & grass clippings) and small amounts of tree branches that are no longer than 3 feet. Materials not picked up include: sod, rocks, construction material, wood, dirt, household waste and pet excrement. Preference is to have all materials in a pile and not bagged. Make sure your yard waste is set out adjacent to your normal household garbage pickup location. If yard collection is not completed that week, it will continue the following week. The Town will only make one trip per street/avenue.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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Power lines on Hwy 53 continued from page 2 Prediger asked if the province or federal government steps in when there is a case for a state of emergency , but Dillon replied that the responsibility falls on municipalities where the disaster occurs. “We will call a local state of emergency and they (provincial and/or federal government) will come down to help us and advise us,” he said. Administration asked for three readings but Prediger denied permission for third reading. Decision for third reading is expected to return to council at the next meeting. Regional emergency management partnership Councillors approved the Ponoka Regional Emergency Management Partnership Agreement with Ponoka County, the Town of Rimbey and the Summer Village of Parkland Beach. Discussions have been ongoing with Ponoka County since 2009 to regionalize emergency management. This plan meets requirements for the allocation of resources, committees and training required to review and update. The partnership provides clear guidelines for municipalities in the event of a large emergency, explained Dillon.
volved also and it’s a very positive thing for the community,” said Cutforth. “I think it’s a worthwhile cause . . . It’s part of the fabric of the community,” added Coun. Doug Weir.
“It’s a good usage of a facility that is probably outdated for the church usage but it’s an excellent size for the Klaglahachie club needs,” said Matejka. “There’s quite a number of kids in-
Before choosing to support the Ponoka Air Cadets with funds to help build a new hall the group is looking into, Ponoka County councillors are directing county administration to collect more information on the matter. The Air Cadets asked for $20,000 from the county and have already raised $56,000 for the project, which is estimated to cost between $800,000 and $1 million. In the information sent to council, it is stated the Air Cadets are looking to dismantle the existing structure and rebuild at the same location. The reason councillors did not allocate the funds immediately at their May 13 meeting is because it is felt the Air Cadets have other options they could consider besides rebuilding. “We have a school that’s just about shut down in Ponoka (and) they’ll have a huge gymnasium. I mean there’s lots of opportunity. I think they don’t need to be thinking about building a building,” said Coun. Mark Matejka. He feels if the different organizations and clubs in town co-operated and shared their space, then each group wouldn’t be affected by as many financial shortages. “And that’s always been the difficulty. Every organization is doing their own thing with their own interests. They’re all for very good purpose, but in a small community, they’re all competing for the same dollar from the same people,” CAO Charlie Cutforth added. Farmers market Council also decided to donate approximately $2,700 to the Farmers’ Market to replace the tables. Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society Despite putting a caveat on Klaglahachie’s request for $15,000, stating the money would be given only if town council provided matching funds, council is now going ahead with the donation. However, they are giving the society the entire $30,000 that would have come from both municipal bodies. “In our actual budget we committed $15,000, assuming the town would match,” said Cutforth. The second $15,000 is coming from an allowance of $30,000 with an unspecified intent that was built into the budget. Council saw the request during their 2014 budget deliberations but was wary because the money will be used to upgrade the seating in the Ponoka United Church, where Klaglahachie holds their extravagant theatrical productions. At their most recent meeting council was informed the society has no affiliations with the church
and only lease the space they use. While it is felt the location is politically “unfortunate”, council recognizes the church as the best location in town for the group, space and seating capacity-wise.
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PONOKA NEWS 9
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
County plans in-house highway intersection treatment BY AMELIA NAISMITH
After receiving tenders for the Highway 771 intersection treatment, which Ponoka County council wasn’t prepared to pay, councillors made the decision to have county staff complete the work. The low bid came in at $800,000 and the high bid totaled $1.8 million. “The typical cost, for a type 2, it’s called, standard intersection treatment is $250,000 to $260,000,” said CAO Charlie Cutforth, who confirmed the numbers with Alberta Transportation. “As soon as we got these tender results, we said, ‘well, look we can do this ourselves with our own crew,’” said Cutforth. A factor in the inflated cost was the fact that dirt also needed to be transferred to the site. “Costs escalated because there is some truck haul involved,” said Cutforth. The county also extended construction and pavement further toward Gull Lake, another factor driving the bids, Cutforth explained. With no timeline set by the province and public works supervisor
Herb Schwingel in agreement with the plan, council made a resolution to deny the tenders. A land developer in the area, anxious to get his pre-sold lots registered, has agreed to a $150,000 contribution for the project. “We’ll look after the rest,” said Cutforth. However, because of the required involvement of Environment Canada for approval and the concerns regarding marina protection, the project may not commence this year. Bridge work The bridge south of Anderson Road is still a temporary bridge structure. In Vancouver, B.C. engineers are working on a portable bridge to cross the tributary of the Blindman River. A traditional bridge for the crossing could cost up to $1 million and using a portable structure could cut that cost in half. Once Schwingel and the public works department know more on the state of the portable bridge, the information will be brought before council. Snow damages fences Ponoka County has received a
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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12 PONOKA NEWS
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
County adopts highway corridor development plan BY AMELIA NAISMITH
After months of development, an open house, and revising procedure, Ponoka County council has adopted the Highway II Corridor Development Study as county policy. The study states more than 23,000 per day travel Highway II through Ponoka County. It was felt, to keep up with development along the rest of the highway, the county should take advantage of this exposure and harness it to attract commercial and industrial activities to the area.
As a result of the open house, more land has been included in the area set for encouraged development. “One is at the Highway 53 and Highway II junction . . . It’s the Don Laing intersection basically,” said planning consultant Bob Riddett. Also, northeast of the Don Laing area, still west of Highway II, was newly included land. At the Menaik Road intersection, a landowner in the northeast area of the intersection, asked to be included in the development area. “Those I think are about the only changes we made,” said
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Ponoka children behind in early development BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
Children in Ponoka are falling behind the curve when it comes to their early childhood development. A recent survey conducted by the Ponoka Early Childhood Development Coalition (PECDC) shows that Ponoka children cannot communicate as well as children in other communities. Robyn O’Connell, PECDC co-ordinator, says the survey is part of a province-wide program — called the Early Child Development Mapping Project Alberta (ECMap) — that looks at three major components: Early Development Instrument (EDI), socio-economic status of the area and community assets such as playgrounds, recreation facilities and community services. The survey looked at children in four
age ranges and was conducted in 100 Alberta communities: • Under five years and two months old. • Between five years, three months and five years, six months. • Between five years, seven months and five years, 10 months. • Over five years, 11 months. Andrea Ramage, PECDC chairperson and Ponoka Parent Link co-ordinator says the test helps determine social, emotional and physical milestones in children. Children were tested in five categories: • Physical health and well-being such as being ready for school, being on time, independent washroom habits and are well nourished. “By the time they’re in Kindergarten they should have already established a hand
preference (right or left hand),” explained Ramage. • Social competence where a child can play well with other children and they can follow instructions and show respect for others. • Emotional maturity shows if children are able to focus and not too fearful or impulsive. • Language and thinking relates to early academic skills such as interest in reading and writing related activities. • Communication skills and general knowledge focuses on a child’s ability to communicate needs and wants. They can say words clearly and have the ability to take part in imaginative play. Communication skills needs improvement
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Children in the Ponoka area scored below the provincial average in all categories, but where they are well below the province is in communications and general knowledge. Of the 256 children tested, 47.7 per cent are developing appropriately, compared to the province at 68.6 per cent; 26.6 per cent are experiencing difficulty compared to 14.6 per cent and 25.8 per cent are experiencing great difficulty compared to 16.7 per cent. (The full results of the ECMap survey can be found on www.ecmap.ca. Search for Ponoka.) To combat this issue, O’Connell is compiling a community resource guide that will give parents an opportunity to see what is available to them. She will include information with help for parents as well. An opportunity for growth While the numbers may indicate challenges for Ponoka parents, Ramage sees this as an opportunity. “Becoming aware of where the needs are is not a bad thing. It lets us know how we can help and how our community’s parents can get involved.” “It’s not so much ‘what we don’t have,’ it’s, ‘what can we do?’” she added. “It’s never too late to talk to your child, play with your child, play at the park with your child,” explained Ramage. Playtime does not have to be 24 hours a day, either. Ramage suggests parents take certain times of the day to read, talk or even have imaginative play with their child. “Then those kids are developing their communication skills. So when their teacher asks them to tell a story they can have these conversations,” said Ramage. “It impacts the rest of their life,” added O’Connell. continued on page 16
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Neighbourhood block parties enhanced with BBQ Early development BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
Anyone planning a block party may want to take a look at the Ponoka TriServices Neighbourhood Block Party Trailer, which is provided to residents who want to develop some community spirit in their block. The trailer, barbecue and accompanying equipment is free to use for residents who want to bring their community together.
The unit was purchased using the Proceeds of Crime grant and through corporate sponsors in Ponoka, explained RCMP Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm. He hopes this will be a means of bringing community members together. “We basically want neighbours to mesh well,” explained Chisholm. He feels the barbecue will bring several benefits to residents such as opening the lines of communication
and it can be a catalyst to resolving conflicts. The commercial grade barbecue can cook up to 654 burgers an hour and comes with a fully equipped trailer, canopy and anchors, road block signs, cooking tools, tables, fire extinguisher and coolers for ice and drinks. Fire Chief Ted Dillon says the barbecue is an ideal ice-breaker for neighbours. He receives many complaints concerning residents but does not find that they speak to each other. A block party may be a perfect time to do meet someone in a friendly setting. “It promotes community wellness,” said Dillon. Dillon requests a $100 cleaning cheque deposit that is returned if the barbecue is brought back clean. “It’s for events where the community comes together,” concluded Chisholm.
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continued from page 14 The coalition studied 292 children, with 256 used in the analysis, of those studied, 4.8 per cent were special needs children who were not included in the results. The results have been compiled since 2009. There are 17,171 people living in the testing area, which had Kindergarten teachers at Ponoka Elementary School, St. Augustine Catholic School, the Christian School and Mecca Glen School conducting the survey. ECMap used the Offord Centre for Child Studies test. O’Connell says development in the first five years of a child’s life is critical and she suggests parents are an integral part of their development. She advises guardians take advantage of the different activities in Ponoka that involve children, which will help them later in life. “What kind of things can we do to reach that full potential between zero to five?” asked O’Connell. She suggests simple tasks such as reading to children and taking them to the playground will help. The Parent Link Centre also provides a module designed to determine where a child sits and staff at the centre usually walk parents through testing. Options available to parents Some of the activities available to parents of young children include the Ponoka Jubilee Library, which provides reading and play activities for children; the Ponoka Parent Link Centre provides a variety activities for new parents and is able to guide parents through testing; and then there are playgrounds and recreation buildings in the community that offer children an opportunity to be outside and play.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
County opens land to the possibility of marijuana operations BY AMELIA NAISMITH
In response to the increasingly popular business ventures of federally licensed medical marijuana operations, Ponoka County council is in the process of amending its land-use bylaw to only allow marijuana production under land zoned as direct control. Planning consultant Bob Riddett walked councillors through their five available options — direct control being the second — in dealing with land rezoning applications related to medical marijuana production, and direct control seemed the most suitable to councillors. “Basically what happens is, if you zone a piece of land direct control, any development permit application comes to council for decision. You make a decision using whatever criteria you feel is reasonable. There’s no appeal or anything,” said Riddett. Coun. Mark Matejka looked to make sure that neighbours would get to respond to proposed, incoming operations. “Oh yes. It’ll be advertised like any other land-use bylaw change,” answered Riddett. “If we specify direct control, then an applicant comes in, he’s informed by us immediately that look, ‘you have to have this land zoned appropriately’ . . . that triggers, automatically, a proposed bylaw to council and a public hearing to pass said bylaw,” county CAO Charlie Cutforth added.
Changes and additions made to the land use bylaw • Agriculture definitions remain the same with the exclusion of marijuana production. • Extensive agriculture definitions remain the same with the exclusion of marijuana production. • Home business definitions remain the same with the exclusion of marijuana production. • Intensive agricultural operations definitions remain the same with the exclusion of marijuana production. • Market gardening definitions remain the same with the exclusion of marijuana production. • A new section was added to the bylaw, stating: “Marijuana may be produced, processed and packaged only on land classified as direct control, and where the operator has the required permit from the Government of Canada.”
BY AMELIA NAISMITH sion gets made,” said Cutforth. hawks, deer and coyotes depend on the Riddett told council their fourth option is to allow trees. A piece of land brought before marijuana operations to fall under intensive operations. For the rest of the land a healthy, “Once again, that would open up about 95 per cent of Ponoka County council for rezoning 100-foot well is in use and the land has was given the go-ahead, as the land working services. the county to this.” “There is a fifth option, which I don’t recommend owner expressed his fervor for protectMickalson’s neighbor to the east you even consider,” Riddett told councillors. It is to ing the large amount of trees growing also attended the public hearing out of completely ban the operations from setting up shop there. concern for the trees’ safety. He felt, within the county. The 80-acre parcel is being rezoned with so many acreages and subdivisions “There is some legal problems with that,” he added. from agricultural to country residential popping up in the area that the trees “You could have a charter (rights) challenge if you hobby farm with the intent to subdivide were at risk of being taken down. say you can’t do this in Ponoka County,” said Reeve three parcels and create a watershed County CAO Charlie says the better Paul McLauchlin. protection for one of them. way to protect the tree cover is through McLauchlin also wanted to know if there was any “The primary purpose for the rezon- subdivisions because developers and charter jurisdiction on the non-appealable processes ing is to protect the trees . . . It’s a pretty landowners can put an environmental that would come with direct control. important wildlife habitat,” said land- easement on the area. However, if the “You can appeal the process that council used. You owner David Mickalson. “It’s a pretty trees are left to agricultural land, it is the can say ‘did the fellow get a fair hearing, was there any important piece.” farmers’ right to clear them at any time bias on council?’ . . . Even then the courts won’t say ‘no, He informed council that owls, they want. you must allow this landuse bylaw change’ or ‘you Deb Stevens must issue a development Associate Broker Bob Tiltgen permit.’ What they’ll do is real estate central alberta real estate central alberta 403-704-0644 6000 - 48 Ave., Ponoka 403-704-3152 they’ll say the whole hearWhether Buying or Selling… I’m here to help! ing process was flawed, NEW ON THE MARKET go back and do it again,” GREAT OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEK Riddett explained. “Out of the four SENIOR LIVING GORGEOUS & INVITING things I’ve suggested my - 1,084 sq ft - Here is the Leader in Affordable Value! preference is to go to di- Beautiful Bi-level, 5 bdrms & 3 baths - Open Floor Plan rect control. You would - Tiled Entry w 14 ft Vaulted Ceiling - Front and Back Patios change the land-use by- Gourmet, Upscale Kitchen w Island - Main Floor Laundry Granite throughout; Brazilian Cherry law to make it very clear - Full Basement Hardwood marijuana production is - Attached Single Garage - Gorgeous Master w Ensuite & Walk-In - Exceptional Condition not (going) to be an ag- 2-tiered deck; Manicured yard! - Hot Tub in Private outdoor room, Roll ricultural operation or an up Awning plus clear roof intensive agricultural op- Cobble stone Fire Pit area; Trees & Shrubs eration . . . And that it can only be allowed in a direct Call Bob for more details control setting,” said RidCall Deb! THIS RARE FIND IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY! dett. The option to go with direct control only reached the first reading to allow for the next step 5118 - 50th Street, Ponoka 1-800-392-8658 council feels it needs to take: a public hearing, the BARE LOT date is yet to be set.
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Barrel racing series honours rodeo supporter BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
The Ponoka Stampede grounds are already seeing some rodeo action with a barrel racing series honouring a man who had rodeo in his blood. Organizer Kaylee-Jo Henkelman planned the event called the First Annual Lyle Norn Memorial Barrel Racing Series to honour her grandfather Lyle Norn, who passed away after losing his battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She says Norn was a big supporter of her adventures in barrel racing and high school rodeos she attended. “He followed me around to all of my rodeos,” she said. She wanted a chance to remember him in a positive way after his life took a tragic turn for the worst when he was diagnosed with COPD June 2013. To make matters worse, Norn was also diagnosed with CO2 retention, an issue where too little carbon dioxide is removed from the lungs. “His lungs actually weren’t expelling CO2,” said Henkelman. The challenges he faced with CO2 retention were almost insurmountable. Norn suffered a total of four seizures that left him in a coma each time. Every time Norn was unconscious, doctors said his chances of waking were slim to none. However, Norn was a fighter.
“Each time his body somehow… miraculously recovered,” stated Henkelman. But the toll of four seizures was too great on his body and Norn died February 8, 2014. Henkelman felt this barrel racing series would be an appropriate way to remember him. “He was always a really big figure in our life,” she said. This year, Henkelmen and coproducer Shayna Dodds got together over the last few weeks and organized the series and support has been almost overwhelming. They are hosting six events — with the first already completed May 14 — every Wednesday with the last race on June 18. She said the barrel racing series is a 4D jackpot with peewee and youth categories and the high point in the open series will receive a saddle. Entries occur before each event. A raffle fundraiser will occur each week as well; Henkelman received donations of items from $300 to $500. Money from the raffle is going to the Red Deer Hospital Rehabilitation Unit. Henkelman said if it were not for the many sponsors, the event would not have been possible. She hopes to add team roping to the series next year and wants to have the series end the week before the Ponoka Stampede.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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A total of 165-acres of land was seeded with Canada prairie spring wheat and now the waiting begins for the Ponoka branch of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The group raised funds from farming land south of Ponoka and is managed by a group of volunteers that cultivate the field and put money to programs that endeavour to stop hunger in developing nations. Larry Henderson is one of the members of the Ponoka branch and he says there were four poultry farmers who donated poultry manure to help fertilize the wheat. This helps reduce the cost of buying commercial fertilizer, which costs approximately $13 an acre. He is seeking corporate sponsorship for the fertilizer. â€œItâ€™s going in very cheaply and of course, that means more money we can raise in the future,â€? said Henderson. All he hopes for now is a good season that will bring a large yield. Last year the group planted canola and raised more than $100,000 from the crop sale. That, and a 4-1 matching federal grant under Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, the Ponoka branch was able to raise more than half a million dollars last season. Farmers gather together each year for seeding and harvesting, which Henderson feels brings social benefits to the area as well. He likens their efforts to how producers used to work together many years ago. â€œItâ€™s a community thingâ€ŚThis sort of thing brings them back together,â€? said Henderson. He says the program brings together many volunteers who are working on 34 projects in the area.
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Larry Henderson and Gerrit van der Vegte take a break from seeding 165 acres south of Ponoka. The land is part of the Ponoka branch Canadian Foodgrains project raising funds for food programs around the world. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Ermineskin Cree Nation eager to meet with the Federal Government Anaya’s recommendations are something he said he hopes the government will follow through with BY PONOKA NEWS STAFF
Ermineskin Cree Chief Craig Mackinaw has said that many of the issues underlined in UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya’s recently announced report are the same ones First Nations communities have been raising with the federal and provincial governments for years. James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Aboriginal Peoples for the UN Human Rights Council, visited Canada in October 2013 to meet with government officials and First Nations people across the country. His report, comprising his conclusions and recommendations, published Monday
May 12, reinforces the position of the indigenous people of Canada on many of the issues that have been looked at. The government spin on UN Special Rapporteur’s report on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada is that things are going well. Yet, First Nations leaders in Maskwacis feel more needs to be done before equality between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people is realized. There are many details provided on the issues First Nations people in Canada face and the travails of discussions between the Federal Government and indigenous people. Anaya makes important recommendations that he feels will even the “well-being gap between
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“We will review the report carefully to determine how we can best address the recommendations.”
funding and lack of resources,” said Mackinaw. Minister’s response shows no promises
Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Development said in a press reand Northern Development lease that Canada’s diverse and multicultural society has been a aboriginal and non-aboriginal people.” leader in the protection of human rights. “Treaty and aboriginals claims remain “While many challenges remain, many persistently unresolved, indigenous women and girls remain vulnerable to abuse, and positive steps have been taken by the Govoverall there appears to be high levels of ernment of Canada to improve the overall distrust among indigenous peoples toward well-being and prosperity of aboriginal peogovernment at both the federal and provin- ple in Canada,” said Valcourt. Anaya’s report, however, states that cial levels,” states Anaya in his report. “It is difficult to reconcile Canada’s wellFunding for a growing population Mackinaw says some reserves are see- developed legal framework and general ing a large number of youths compared to prosperity with the human rights problems adults. In some cases, 60 per cent of the faced by indigenous peoples in Canada that reserves are First Nations youths and he have reached crisis proportions in many refeels funding needs to be a priority. “We are spects.” “We will review the report carefully to locked in old formulas and the population’s determine how we can best address the recgetting bigger.” Anaya’s recommenda- ommendations,” the minister said. Anaya does praise Canada for providtions are something he said Ponoka he hopes the government ing constitutional protection to indigenous will follow through with. peoples’ rights in 1982, but says there is a Capitol “The biggest chal- long road ahead. Theatre lenges will be the lack of continued on page 21
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Ermineskin Cree Nation continued from page 20 Housing has reached crisis levels in some areas
Living conditions for First Nations people in Canada are not ideal when compared to non-indigenous Canadians. Anaya was clear in his opinion of the current state of affairs. “The most jarring manifestation of these human rights problems is the distressing socio-economic conditions of indigenous peoples in a highly developed country,” he states. The Community Wellbeing Index in Canada shows that 96 of the bottom 100 communities are First Nations and only one First Nation community is in the top 10. “However, it does not appear that Canada has dedicated higher resources to social services for indigenous peoples,” says Anaya. Anaya says the housing situation for Inuit, especially in the north, has reached crisis levels. He recommended immediate action to rectify the problems plaguing people who must deal with harsh weather. Anaya was pleased to see legislation in June 2013 for on-reserve matrimonial property, the Family Homes on Reserve and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act, which protects aboriginal women if a marriage falls apart. This was part of a recommendation in 2004 from the previous Special Rapporteur. First Nations people a large part of prison population
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“The most jarring manifestation of these human rights problems is the distressing socio-economic conditions of indigenous peoples in a highly developed country.” James Anaya, UN Special Rapportear on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
indigenous people make up approximately four per cent of the Canadian population, yet they comprise 25 per cent of the prison population. Aboriginal women make up 33 per cent of the female inmate population. “Aboriginal children continue to be taken into the care of child services at a rate eight times higher than non-indigenous Canadians,” states the report. Education a top priority for Mackinaw
Education for First Nations’ children has been a hot topic recently and Mackinaw sees this as one of the big challenges the federal government faces with the report. He did say work has been done to resolve some of the issues but he adds that more can still be done. Mackinaw sees two big issues facing the federal government: • Missing aboriginal women. • Education and funding for it. Mackinaw just returned from a trip to
Ottawa discussing that very issue. On the former, Anaya says a number of initiatives have been developed to address the severe problem of 660 cases of missing or murdered women or children. He also praised the government for taking action with programs that aim to help aboriginal children’s education but says they reach a small number of children. And funding appears to be lacking for significant change. However, in February the government did announce $1.9 billion in additional education funding set for 2015, including $500 million for infrastructure. Indian Act binds the hands of First Nations communities
“It’s been on the table for years…A lot of us believe the treaty is stronger than the Indian Act,” said Mackinaw.
“It’s been on the table for years…A lot of us believe the treaty is stronger than the Indian Act.” Ermineskin Cree Chief Craig Mackinaw
The report, describing the Indian Act as “a statue of nineteenth century origins,” blames the legislation for “notable episodes and patterns of devastating human rights violation... the imposition, at times forcibly, of governance institutions; and policies of forced assimilation through the removal of children from indigenous
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communities” among other human rights violations. Anaya was unimpressed with an outdated Indian Act that appears to bind the hands of First Nations governments by requiring approval for any decisions from the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. Band by-laws, funding for reserve programs and lease of land also must have government approval. “Most glaringly, while there are some legislative alternatives to First Nations to opt out of the Indian Act regime on a case-by-case, sector-by-sector basis, these options are limited,” the report states. Settlement agreements take so long that First Nations will see land they are negotiating turn into open pit mines or become covered with water because of dams. Mackinaw feels there is some uncertainty over negotiations to change the Indian Act as federal elections are coming up in 2015 and many reserves are also going through elections this year. This may delay those negotiations. “That’s going to change many things.” Co-operation between the Federal Government and First Nations chiefs is something Mackinaw hopes will occur. He feels if the two groups were to get together to try and solve the troubles, then they may be able to tackle Anaya’s recommendations. “We’re just waiting on the government to look at the report and come back to us,” he said.
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Mosquitos kick-off season with a win
BY AMELIA NAISMITH
Ponoka’s Mosquito baseball team won its first game of the season with a nail-biter of an ending; a 13-12 win over Lacombe. “It was a really tight game,” said head coach Bruce Harbin. “Nobody really knew they were going to win until the final run.” The boys, aged 9 to 11, came out of their dugout raring to go and looking to win. “We had some great pitching . . . We had some great hits,” said Harbin. “They came alive.” With the Lacombe team up to bat first, there was an immediate lead Ponoka’s boys would have to overcome, which they did in an ongoing battle to stay ahead in the game. “The boys played great. We had a lot of fun,” said Harbin. Over the season Harbin is looking to further develop the boys’ skills both out in the field and when they step up to the plate to bat. “We really want to work on our infield and our pitching.” With batting practice at every team practice as well as pitching practice Harbin says the boys will develop into powerhouse players as the season continues. “(We’ll) develop those instincts to feel the ball.” Mosquito’s next home game is May 22 at the Riverside Complex diamonds.
Dante Greene bypasses Lacombe’s back catcher and home plate as his teammates cheer him on during the Mosquitos’ first game of the season, May 13. Photo by Amelia Naismith
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Ponoka’s U-14 Storm boys hosted their Stettler counterparts on Wednesday, May 14 and lost to the visitors 4-2 in an intensely contested game. The game started with a shock for Ponoka boys when the Stettler offense scored within a minute of the kick-off with a long shot from outside the penalty area. As the local boys were reeling from the impact of the first goal, the visitors scored another one within the first ten minutes, taking a 2-0 lead. It was after that second goal that Ponoka defense started to pull themselves together and started to get organized and assist each other in contesting Stettler attacks. The effort appeared to pay off with Ponoka offense making their first appearance in front of the Stettler net towards the middle of the first half. While the Storm players were putting in all the effort, the superior dribbling and ball control skills of the visitors deprived the hosts from the chance to keep the ball in their possession. Using their ability to organize
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Big kicker: With a powerful boot Emma looks to clear the ball as two Camrose players close ranks around her during the U14 girls’ home game, May 14. Ponoka won 4-2. Photo by Amelia Naismith
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
“We really wanted you to get an opportunity to play in your gym.” Coach Ron Labrie
PSC students celebrate completion of new gym BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE
Probably P r one of the most anticipated improvements im m ed to Ponoka Secondary Campus Cam mp (PSC) was the update to their aging agiing gym. Now that it’s complete, the ag school’s young athletes are eager to try h it out. Most sports teams could not host any of their games this year as the gym went through a major upgrade, which includes a larger footprint, new floors and brand new equipment. To celebrate the completion, volleyball coaches Ron Labrie and Joely Churchill hosted a fun game between the senior girls and boys teams and honoured this year’s graduates. Players definitely enjoyed their first opportunity to play in the gym and their enthusiasm was apparent as they played a relaxed game of volleyball. Work still needs to be done; soundproofing must be installed on the ceiling to reduce the echo of voices, and seating also need to be constructed. Coaches were excited to see their teams have one last chance at volleyball on their home court. “We really wanted you to get an opportunity to play in your gym,” stated
Erika Sieweke has a great moment passing the volleyball as kids at Ponoka Secondary Campus enjoy their first chance at a completed gym last week. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Ponoka’s Bandits lost 13 – 9 to Lacombe’s Matrix on Tuesday, May 13 as they squared off for the first time this season. Olivia Willier came up big offensively with an earned double and pitched a great closing inning. Defensively, Ponoka held strong late in the game, with solid plays by Presley McAteer, who almost turned a double play. This weekend the Bandits , Crushers and Mites will host the first ever minor fastball tournament and it should prove to be a high intensity, fast action afar. Hope to see you at the diamonds. Correction: The soccer photo on page 30 in the May 14 edition of Ponoka News erroneously states the name of the Ponoka player as Brynne Louis whereas it was Kristen Riguidel who was pictured. We apologize for the error.
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Labrie. He said planners are working on a 20-team (10 boys and 10 girls teams) volleyball tournament in the fall to celebrate in style. One aspect of the gym includes brighter painted lines marking the different courts and two volleyball or basketball games can be played at the same time. Churchill enjoyed clear volleyball court delineation. “I especially like the darker wood volleyball court,” she stated. Some parents had a chance to check out the new gym and Teresa Hoffman was one who was impressed with the overall look. “I think they did an outstanding job,” said Hoffman. Coaches and athletes took time to thank the graduating players and they shared stories of each graduate’s accomplishments over the year. While they did not get a chance to play on their home court during the regular season, players were at least able to see the gym’s completion. The senior boys’ volleyball team has five graduating players and the senior girls’ team has three graduating players this year.
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WEBBER It is with great sadness that the family of George Elmer Webber announces his passing on May 2nd, 2014 in Red Deer Alberta, at the age of 94 years old. George lived an adventurous life. He was the eldest boy in a family of nine children, and with his father’s death when George was only nine years old; he became a provider for his Mother and siblings. By age eleven George boarded away from home working on a fox farm, later moving into lumber camps to help support the family. He says that an “Old Cook” at one of these lumber camps would slip him extra food, and save the best for him as he was a growing boy. He accepted the call to duty serving in the Canadian Navy in World War II, seeing action in the North Atlantic. During a leave in Vancouver, George met his future wife Laurine Elofson. Upon his return to civilian life the young couple returned to Laurine’s hometown of Ponoka where they farmed and he had a milk route. George would work in a variety of other jobs, until they moved their young family to Hay Lakes, where they had purchased the Hay Lakes Hotel. Seeking a change of scenery from the life of operating a hotel and bar, a chance meeting with Ford Norman of Fairview, who advised them to come up North to the “beautiful Peace Country”; so they came for a visit. In 1964 they moved their family to Fairview and opened Webber’s Footwear, and later the Sears Catalogue agency in 1967 (which daughter Marilyn and granddaughter Karla still operate). They initially lived in the Town, but bought land a mile north of Fairview, eventually purchasing land and building a home in the Green Island area, allowing George to return to his love of farming. As his four children grew George coached and was involved in all their sporting lives. He was very involved in many aspects of the community, and loved to go on “hunting” trips with his friends. He loved working with the cattle and enjoyed keeping a few horses on their farm, especially his Belgium workhorses. George and Laurine enjoyed their retirement and spent many winters in Arizona and Mexico, including him taking up the game of golf again. He would later retire to Red Deer, Alberta. George was predeceased by his wife, Laurine Mildred (Elofson) Webber in 1990 and his second wife, Vi Lanz in 1999, son-in-laws Hans Stucklschwaiger and Keith Evans and grandson Scott Webber. George is survived by his children Donna Evans of Edmonton, Marilyn Stucklschwaiger of Fairview, Linda (Ed) Wilks and Randy (Linda) Webber of Red Deer, 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. George was a loved dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be missed, but his memory will never fade.
Aug. 15, 1947 - Mount Forest, Wellington County, Ontario May 9, 2014 - Ponoka, Alberta
It is with great sadness the family of Darwin Weidemann announce his unexpected passing at home on May 9, 2014. He will remain in the hearts of spouse, Debbie Hycha and her children, Jeffrey and Jennifer Moore and grandson, Caison. He is survived by his brother Wayne (Ann) and god-daughter Maxine Topp. He was predeceased by his parents Henry and Margaret Weidemann, his first wife, Irene Weidemann, and most recently his beloved dog, Sealee. He is fondly remembered by Tom and Shirley Hycha and family, special friends Maurice and Kay Yingst and his pal, Maxie-dog. He leaves behind a very large community of friends all over Canada as a result of his work with showing cattle and hoof trimming in the cattle industry. A Funeral Service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15th at the Ponoka Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are gratefully accepted to Canada 4-H (www.4-h-canada.ca) or your local 4-H Club. To express condolences to Darwin’s family, please visit www.womboldfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements Entrusted To Ponoka Funeral Home
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BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS
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There will be no funeral as per George’s request.
CONGRATULATIONS LINDSEY SCHMIDT on receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from SAIT. Gerald R. McCaughey Oct. 28, 1935 - May 13, 2011 You are always in our thoughts and missed daily. Love you forever, Sharon, Janice, Jacqueline, Michelle & families
Proud of you! Love Dad & Mom
AL-ANON WEEKLY MEETING FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF ALCOHOLICS. Tuesdays 8 p.m. Neighborhood Place 5115 - 49 Ave., Ponoka For more info 403-783-4557
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THURSDAY AA Meetings at 8:30 p.m. in the Catholic Church basement. 52 Street & 52 Ave. Ponoka. Open meetings first Thursday of the month, Everyone Welcome. 403-783-4347
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CAMERON BAY HOLDINGS INC. o/a McDonald’s in Red Deer Gasoline Alley East and West is now hiring F/T & P/T Food Service Supervisors. Wages are $12.50 to $13.50/hr, depending on experience and availability. Candidates must be able to work a variety of shifts and have 3 to 5 yrs. previous experience in fast food and supervisor exp. Must be able to supervise crew of up to 20 people at one time. Part time applications will be accepted from Canadians and Permanent Residents currently living in Canada. Apply in person at 37479 or 37428 Hwy 2, Red Deer, or email resume to: email@example.com or fax to 403-783-4251.
GREAT Pressure Control REG. Dental Hygienist for F/T Maternity Leave OPPORTUNITY Assembler starting June 1 IN Ponoka, has immediate Technician and try that May lead to P/T Perm. openings for Nexus is currently seeking Afternoon Shifts for Must be flexible with hours. SWAMPERS a mechanical individual to Apply to Healthy Smiles Please submit resumes to perform assembly & Come see how you can Tighten, Tone CNC Lead Hand / Fax resume attn. Corinne 6526 - 44 Ave., testing of all BOP’s and and Firm in as little as 45 minutes. or Chrissy 403-347-2133 Supervisor Ponoka, AB T4J 1J8 Pressure Control ALCOHOLICS or email: Fax: 403-783-3011 Wrap for $25 OR bring a generous food and Operators Equipment. Duties ANONYMOUS healthysmiles4life@ or Email: include heavy lifting, Monday night meetings donation ($10-15) and wrap for FREE! hotmail.com firstname.lastname@example.org Nexus Engineering manual labour, operating at the Anglican Church Wrapping starts @ 7:00pm. is currently looking for forklift and overtime as Ponoka 8:30 p.m. Phone Afternoon shift necessary. We offer a Contact Emily (403) 963-1482 or 403-783-0719 for info. Start your career! Lead hand/supervisor and competitive wage, benefits See Help Wanted Stephanie (403) 505-1802 for more Central Alberta’s Largest Farm Work operators. and RRSP plan. Car Lot in Classifieds information or to reserve your spot! Duties include, ensuring Experience is not HOG ASSEMBLY STATION production flow on Mazak mandatory, but a definite Classifieds REQUIRES A C.N.C lathe and mills, asset. Email resume to Your place to SELL PIG HANDLER / LABOURER trouble shooting, resume@ Your place to BUY for our yard in Red Deer. min 1 years experience as nexusengineering.ca CAMERON BAY Coming Mon-Fri. Includes a variety a lead hand/supervisor HOLDINGS INC. of different jobs, mostly in a machine shop. Events SHUNDA o/a McDonald’s physical work, but some We offer competitive wages, PETROFIELD Industries, in Stettler and Lacombe CONSTRUCTION office work. Preference company paid benefits and the Leader in manufacturing is now hiring F/T & P/T Requires Full Time given to those with swine a RRSP matching plan. Hydrovac trucks, is accepting Food Service Supervisors. Employment or at least some animal Carpenters Please forward resumes resumes for the following Wages are $12.50 to handling exp. Computer to: resume positions: & 2nd to 4th Yr. #700 - #920 $13.50/hr, depending on exp. is an asset but will train. @nexusengineering.ca * General Labourers Apprentices Caregivers/Aides................710 experience and availability. Email resume to: * Industrial Painters Competitive Wages HD LICENSED Candidates must be able Clerical ..............................720 carolatquintainesrd * Sandblasters & Benefits. TECHNICIAN to work a variety of shifts Computer Personnel ..........730 @outlook.com * Material Handler Fax resumes & ref’s to: and have 3 to 5 yrs. previous for several Alberta areas. * Automotive Electrical Dental ................................740 or fax: 403-340-1694 403-343-1248 or email to: Must have or willing to experience in fast food and Estheticians........................750 Technician Classifieds...costs so little email@example.com obtain CVIP licence. supervisor exp. Must be Hair Stylists ........................760 * Journeyman Welder / Saves you so much! Please email or fax able to supervise crew of up Janitorial ............................770 Apprentice applications to: to 20 people at one time. Legal ..................................780 * 2nd Yr Welder with Carillion Canada Inc.; Part time applications will Truckers/ Players will be coming Medical ..............................790 firstname.lastname@example.org Aluminum experience be accepted from Oilfield ................................800 Oilfield Drivers to your door to collect Fax 780-336-2461. Canadians and Permanent Visit our website at: Professionals......................810 Residents currently living in TRENCHUK CATTLE CO. bottles & cans as a www.tornadotrucks.com Restaurant/Hotel ................820 FREIGHTLAND Canada. Apply in person at WINCH TRACTOR in Smoky Lake is looking for more details. Our Sales & Distributors ..........830 CARRIERS, club fundraiser. 5510 Hwy 2A, OPERATORS. for General Labourers with Company has an Teachers/Tutors..................840 a tri-axle air ride flatdeck Lacombe, T4L 1W3 or Must have experience cattle skills. Class 1 Truck enthusiastic fast paced Trades ................................850 carrier is looking for Owner/ 4721A 70 Street, operating a winch. Drivers. Cat/Hoe working environment, with Operators to run Alberta Truckers/Drivers ................860 To apply fax, email or drop Stettler T0C 2L0 or CELEBRATIONS TOO MUCH STUFF? Operators. $20 $35/hour advancement possibilities only or 4 Western Provinces. Business Opportunities......870 email resume to off resume at the office. depending on experience. HAPPEN EVERY DAY Let Classifieds for the motivated person, Average gross Miscellaneous ....................880 email@example.com Phone 780-842-6444. Mechanical skills an asset. and offers an excellent IN CLASSIFIEDS help you sell it. $18 - 25,000/month. Volunteers Wanted ............890 Fax 780-842-6581. Email: or fax to 403-783-4251. Call Willy at 780-656-0052 benefit package. fax 1-800-917-9021. Positions Wanted ..............895 firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail: or fax resume to Tired of Standing? 403-742-5544 Looking for a new pet? Email: email@example.com. CAMERON Bay Holdings Employment Training ........900 H&E Oilfield Services Ltd., 780-656-3962. e-mail: hr@petrofi eld.com Check out Classifieds to Find something to sit on Inc. operating as Career Planning ................920 2202 - 1 Ave., Wainwright, in Classifieds find the purrfect pet. MCDONALD’S AB, T9W 1L7. For more RESTAURANTS, employment information in Central see our webpage: Alberta, is now hiring www.heoil.com. FULL TIME Food Counter Attendants. PART TIME TO ADVERTISE YOUR SALE HERE — CALL 309-3300 Professionals applications will be accepted from Canadian Ponoka Ponoka and Permanent Residents Ponoka currently living in Canada. Basic duties include making food and serving customers. All stores are 24 hours, except Stettler, Fri May 23 3pm – 8pm which has extended late Fri • Sat • Sun 10am – 8pm night hours and applicants Sat May 24 9am – 8pm Engineer / Designer Household, clothing, New Bookings Only must be willing to work Sun May 25 9am – 4pm wedding dress & MORE! flexible shifts, including Hwy 2A south 4 miles, A busy manufacturing evening, weekends and 4014 39 St, Riverside follow the balloons oilfield company is looking nights shifts. Students, for a full time Mechanical stay home moms, retired 9:30AM – 4:00PM Engineer/Designer. persons, we offer part time This position will involve SOMETHING FOR flexibility to fit your lifestyle, the design and product Clerical as well as scholarship EVERYONE! development of Oilfield programs for students. Equipment. Duties will Northcott Care Wages range from $10.25 Friday, May 23 include the design of to 11.00 per hour and we 10am – 8pm Centre equipment using 3D CAD, will train. Benefits are Tamarack Court shop testing prototypes and included and we offer 4209 48 Avenue support to manufacturing 5007 – 52 Avenue opportunities for for existing products. advancement. Apply in This positions requires person at any of the individuals with a strong following locations: Ponoka Ponoka mechanical aptitude. 4419 Hwy 2A; Lacombe SolidWorks experience is 5510 Hwy 2A, Red Deer an asset. Individuals with Gasoline Alley at 37479 creativity, attention to Hwy 2 and 37428 Hwy 2 detail and an interest in and Stettler at 4721A 70th working with equipment Street or on line at are preferred. firstname.lastname@example.org or fax Starting wage is based on resume to 403-783-4251 knowledge and†experience. Calnash Trucking has an immediate opening for an Only eligible candidates will be contacted. Oﬃce Assistant. In this position you will be responsible Send Resumes to: resume Trades @nexusengineering.ca for general oﬃce duties, data entry, computer skills or fax 403.347.3393 AN ALBERTA OILFIELD with knowledge in excel/word, and accounts payable/ Something for Everyone company is hiring Everyday in Classifieds experienced dozer and receivable. Must be energetic, self motivated, above excavator operators, meals average communication skills, and organized. and lodging provided. Restaurant/ Drug testing required. We oﬀer training, excellent remuneration and beneﬁt 780-723-5051. 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GRILLER’S Steak House in Rocky Mtn. House is looking for Cook’s. Wage $15-$20./hr. dependant on exp. Submit resume to: grillersbanquets@ gmail.com or fax to 403-845-7469 We change daily to serve you better.
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880 CALNASH TRUCKING LTD
IN PONOKA requires an immediate
School Bus Drivers
Full-Time Pay for Part-Time Work! Regular Routes and Spare Driver Positions Available
Rimbey Implements Ltd.
Class 2 Operators License with a satisfactory Drivers Abstract and Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Check.
The responsibilities will include ordering and organizing parts, data entry, record keeping and general shop duties. Reporting directly to the operations manager, the individual will have excellent communication skills, organized and general computer knowledge. Some training will be provided, but must have some general trucking and parts background. Excellent wages and company benefits Please submit applications to: Calnash Trucking 6526 44 Avenue, Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1J8 Fax: 403-783-3011 E-mail: email@example.com (Attn: Shop/Parts Person)
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F/T CAKE DECORATOR HOOF TRIMMING W3 GOAT DYNASTY
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A & J AUTOMOTIVE A & J AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR 6701 - 46 Ave. 6701 46 Ave. Ponoka, AB - T4J 1J8 Ponoka, T4J 1J8 (403)AB783-8755 (403) 783-8755 Al Dickhaut Owner/Operator Al Dickhaut Owner/Operator
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Required for maintenance and repair of truck and trailer fleet. Experience is an asset, but will train right candidate. Excellent wages and company benefits.
Please submit applications to: Calnash Trucking 6526 44 Avenue, Ponoka, AB T4J 1J8 Fax: 403-783-3011 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Re: Tire Person)
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NEXT ANTIQUE SALE Sun., May 4, 1 pm WE BUY FOR CASH. 403-304-4791 Check website for full listing www.bigstrapperauctions.net
MEIER GUN AUCTION. Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m., 6016 - 72A Ave., Edmonton. Over 150 guns - Handguns, rifles, shotguns, hunting and sporting equipment. To consign call 780-440-1860.
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: www.NorwoodSawmills.com/ 400OT. 1-800-566-6899 ext. 400OT.
Swap & Trade
PERENNIALS TO TRADE OR GIVE AWAY
Morning glory, lilac, hollyhocks, etc
LOOKING FOR a shop? Post Frame Buildings. AFAB Industries has experience, expertise, reliability and great construction practices. For a free quote, contact Ryan Smith 403-818-0797 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Very competitive prices! Largest colour selection in Western Canada. Available at over 25 Alberta Distribution Locations. 40 Year Warranty. Call 1-888-263-8254. STEEL BUILDINGS. Hot savings - spring sale! 20x24 $4348. 25x24 $4539. 30x30 $6197. 32x36 $7746. 40x46 $12,116. 47x72 $17,779. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422; www.pioneersteel.ca.
Agricultural #2000 - #2290 Farm Equipment ..............2010 Haying Equipment ............2020 Tractors ............................2030 Combines & Headers ......2040 Fertilizer Equipment..........2050 Misc. Farm Machinery ......2060 Equipment Wanted ..........2070 Farm Custom Work ..........2080 Farm Auctions ..................2090 Livestock ..........................2100 Livestock - Exotic..............2110 Sheep ..............................2120 Poultry ..............................2130 Horses ..............................2140 Horse Boarding ................2150 Riding Supplies ................2160 Horse/Stock Trailers ........2170 Pasture Wanted ................2180 Grain, Feed, Hay ..............2190 Seed Grain ......................2200 Seeding & Tillage ............2210
ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE AUCTION Livestock For Shelia Gaudreau Sunday May 25, 10 a.m. BAR-DALE LIMOUSIN, Bowden Lions Hall ERSKINE, AB. Bowden A.B. Firewood 40, two year old virgin bulls Very unique Hoosier, for sale at the farm. Table/chairs, China Fully guaranteed. cabinet, Side board, LOGS Call Carole Barclay at Fireking, Anchor Hocking, Semi loads of pine, spruce, 403-742-4825, Pyrex, Forest green, Ruby tamarack, poplar. Terry 403-740-5037 red glassware, Ornaments, Price depends on location. Ricky 403-740-5711. email Stain glass windows, Race Lil Mule Logging email@example.com Track Memorabilia, Toys, 403-318-4346 Stamp collectionâ€Ś BLACK ANGUS Just too much to mention YEARLING BULLS Garden Check the web for full SIRES, TOMBOY, listing and pictures SITZ UPWARD Supplies Pilgrim Auction Service Quiet disposition, quality 403-556-5531 genetics & semen tested. BEAUTIFUL www.auctionsales.ca SPRUCE TREES. 4 - 6 ft., Vaccinated. George Lane 403-885-5732 or $35 each. Machine planting; Celebrate your life Ross Lane 403-860-2973 $10/tree (includes bark with a Classified mulch and fertilizer). PUREBRED red and black ANNOUNCEMENT 20 tree minimum order. Angus bulls. 1 and 2 year Delivery fee: $75 -$125/order. olds. Semen tested Quality guaranteed. and delivered. 403-820-0961 Vicwin Farms 403-784-3517, MASSIVE TREE SALE. 403-318-7363. Hardy tree, shrub, and berry seedlings. Perfect for shelterbelts or Farm landscaping. Full boxes as low as $1/tree. Bundles of Equipment 10 as low as $1.29/tree. Free shipping. Replacement guarantee. 1-866-873-3846 or treetime.ca
FOR SALE. Simmeron Simmentals, fullblood full Fleckvieh yearling bulls, polled and horned, A.I. bloodlines, very quiet, muscled. Website: simmeronranch.ca. 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. â€œOn Farm Pickupâ€? Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252. LACOMBE COUNTRY FEED STORE, Come see us at: 4836 45A St. Lacombe, Ab ALL THE FEED YOUR ANIMALS NEED! 403-782-3333 Dealer of Masterfeeds PASKAL CATTLE COMPANY in Picture Butte area is looking for Feed Barley. Put more $ in your pocket. Sell direct to us. Please call Main Office for details. 403-372-5641
AC Metcalfe, Busby, Seebee, Sundre.
AC Juniper, AC Morgan, AC Mustang, Derby. CDC Go Wheat, Winter & spring Triticale, Silage Peas CDC Meadow field peas, NON GMO Canola, Polish & Argentine 403-556-2609 MastinSeeds.com BRIGHTâ€™S SEED FOR SALE Wheat-Cert. Harvest HRS/Foremost CPS Barley-Cert. Copeland/ Cowboy/Coalition Oats-Seed Oats. Call 780-855-2240/780-678-6329 CERTIFIED SEED FOR SALE. Busby Barley, Stride Oats, Jordan Oats. Guaranteed, fully tested. MAGIC SEED FARM Greg Jones 403-783-6495 or 403-704-6277 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.
Ph: 403-782-7722 Fax: 403-782-7499
BIG STRAPPER AUCTIONS SALES EVERY WED. @ 6 pm. Moose Hall 2 miles south of Ponoka on 2A
Misc. for Sale
â€˘ B-PRESSURE â€˘ PIPELINE â€˘ OILFIELD â€˘ ASME Section VIII Division I VESSEL FABRICATION & PIPING â€˘ SHOP/PORTABLE â€˘ CNC PLASMA CUTTING â€˘ ALUMINUM â€˘ SHEARING & FORMING
FAX: (403) 783-8178
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