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Sylvan residents hear from candidates for upcoming federal election BY JENNA SWAN SYLVAN LAKE NEWS The Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted an Election Forum last Thursday night at the Community Centre, where three candidates from three parties all hoping to win a seat in the Red Deer - Lacombe riding were present. Candidates at the forum included Progressive Conservative candidate Blaine Calkins, Liberal candidate Jeff Rock, and New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Doug Hart. During the forum residents heard candidates respond to a number of questions regarding current events and the economy. The evening began with biographies from each candidate in which residents first heard from NDP candidate Doug Hart. The 65 year old Ponoka resident stated his background extends throughout a 40 year career of teaching and administration at Alberta Hospital, Red Deer College, and Grande Prairie Regional College where he served as acting president from 2006-2007. The former nurse and collegiate administrator holds an undergraduate degree in nursing and graduate degrees in Educational Administration and Health Promotion Studies from the University of Alberta. Up next on the microphone, residents heard from Liberal candidate Jeff Rock, a reverend with Gaetz Memorial United Church in Red Deer. The Liberal candidate holds a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Divinity from McGill University in Montreal. Rock stated his is also actively involved in the community serving on many different local and national boards and committees. Last to give his biography was Conservative candidate Blaines Calkins who told of his background in the oil and gas sector prior to becoming a park ranger. Calkins graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Scienvce with specialization in zoology. He later became a tenured faculty member at Red Deer College. Following this Calkins served on Lacombe Town Council and eventually put his name in the hat for the Conservative party in 2006 for the Wetaskawin constituency where has has remained the Member of Parliament for this riding until this year when constituencies were redivided. The first question of the evening asked candidates whether they felt their party would enter into a coalition government if their parties received minority governments. Hart spoke first on the matter stating, “In Alberta coalitions seem to have a negative connotation… I tend to be a common sense kind of person, if some one came to me and said they have an idea to stimulate the economy. I would be a fool not to listen.” He added, “I would weigh the evidence, consider the constituents, look at the bigger picture and then I would make a decision at my own peril - bottom line I would do what’s best for the constituents and the country.” Calkins was up next informing he felt the party with the most number of seats after the end of the election should be given the first chance to govern. “We’ve seen a very successful minority government from 2006-2008, in those particular cases they worked very well with other parties… we [the P.C’s] had another minority in 2008 and again we governed well through some of the roughest economic times we’ve ever had,” said Calkins. “I know all too well the conversations that have been going on, saying if the Conservative Party does not get a majority government you will have a coalition government - it’s

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not a question of if, but when?” Rock stated he felt using the “politics of fear to say the NDP and Liberals are going to form a coalition when Justin Trudeau has said we won’t be forming a coalition is the exact kind of politics of fear we’re tired of.” The next hot button topic was related to the low price of oil and whether or not candidates supported the continued development of Alberta’s oil sands. Calkins had the microphone first stating he has always been an advocate for Alberta’s energy sector. “It seems the only party who cares about Alberta’s energy sector is the Conservative party in Canada - we have advocated continuously for the building of pipelines. The best thing I could do as your member of parliament for Central Alberta is have pipelines going to the east and west coast,” said Calkins. Rock rebuttled by saying, “Stephen Harper has boon dogged the oil and gas portfolio so badly, the president of the United States is stopping the Keystone pipeline.” “The Liberal party has been advocating for it [the Keystone XL] immensely, while strongly opposing the Northern Gateway pipeline [to the west] which doesn’t make any sense - British Columbia is not treaty territory like we are right now. If the First Nations groups say no - then it’s a no and the pipeline won’t be able to succeed. It’s time we started focusing on pipelines that are possible like Keystone XL and Energy East.” Hart had the last word stating he felt one of the biggest problems with government is they don’t plan far enough ahead. “I think we need to plan for long [term] and diversify our economy,” said Hart. “I think we need to more aggressively be looking at sustainable energy production - however in the short term, yes we [the NDP] promote our oil and gas sector in Canada. We need to do more to process and refine our products locally to create those jobs.” Candidates were then asked three individuals questions. Hart was asked about concerns the heightened minimum wage would have on small businesses. He responded he could see the margins were small in terms of profit and loss when it comes to small business. “Small increases in the cost of doing business can directly affect the bottom line - I think the best argument supporting the increase is to at least increase people’s salaries to a living wage. The Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance has done extensive studies into how much it costs to live in Central Alberta and they can tell you it costs… between $11.75 and $13.25 depending on where you live. “The small increase in minimum wage increases the amount of disposable income for a lot of people and

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much of that will trickle back into small business when employees have more money to spend.” Calkins was then asked a question regarding child care, stating having mothers return to the work force is important, but child care can complicate the hiring and staffing process asking why the P.C. party has yet to take steps to improve affordable childcare. “The Conservative Party’s approach is to treat all families with children equally, not every family in Canada has a once size fits all solution - in fact, there are indicators telling us only 10% of families actually use or want institutionalized daycare,” replied Calkins. “This is a very, very costly program - so our approach instead has been to treat all tax payers and families with respect and provide them each with the universal childcare benefit which was $100 a month for every child in the family under the age of 6.” Rock’s question was geared towards the Liberal party not viewing CPP and EI as a tax. “Do you believe small business owners should adopt this thinking and not consider our source reduction contirbutions a task and if so what are the justifaction as we do not get to redeem our contributions made on behalf of our employees?” asked the mediator. Rock used the exampled of his late grandmother who spent her life working as a farmer’s wife, but never had an official ‘employer’ other than a short period of time spent as a postal carrier to supplement the family’s income. “The only thing that gave her a dignified retirement and kept her out of abject poverty was CPP and OAS,” said Rock. “It was a social program that in a lot of ways saved her life and saved the government tonnes of money - I see CPP and OAS as a great benefit to give people a dignified retirement not as a tax. Of course as a business owner some times it might feel like a bit of a tax. “To me it’s not a payroll tax, it is a social benefit even if to small business owners it seems like a bit of a burden.” The evening was concluded with questions from citizens. Residents of Sylvan Lake are reminded to vote on Monday, Oct. 19th with advanced voting beginning Friday, Oct. 9th.

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Point - Counterpoint Sylvan Lake residents and veteran journalists Steve Dills and Paul Jackson talk about the current federal election - the most closely fought and unpredictable in decades Liberal Viewpoints By Steve Dills I support Justin Trudeau and Red Deer-Lacombe Liberal candidate Rev. Jeff Rock. Here’s why - one of the main reasons is, I believe Liberal policies mirror the tremendous community of Sylvan Lake. Compassion: Sylvan Lakers are genuinely involved residents when it comes to supporting their fellow humanity - something that’s constantly being reinforced by Liberals. I saw first hand the generousity of our neighbours on a daily basis - it is an active community of volunteers helping those, not just in Sylvan Lake, but worldwide. Sylvan Lake and its forefathers are working diligently to increase the quality of life and family values of a desirable community. There is no way I can support a Conservative party which has poisoned our country’s attitudes to those who may look different, speak a different language or have different cultural practices. I agree, some of those need to be modified to fit our human rights goals, but part of Canada is maintaining the melting pot which has grown our worldwide reputation as one of the best countries in the world. Budget: Today is the time to spend money even if it incurs a deficit. I agree all tax dollars collected come from our pocket, but they go inordinately to different levels of government. The feds get 50 cents of every tax dollar collected, the province gets 42 cents and municipalities a paltry 8 cents. Thus municipalities are at the mercy of higher levels of government in order to progress. A rough estimate is that in the past 5-8 years, the Town of Sylvan Lake has received over $40 million in federal and provincial government ‘grants’ (they’re giving our tax money back to assist the town). Just ask Mayor Sean McIntyre. Think of the Nexsource Centre, Lakeshore Drive, water and wastewater infrastructure, the community centre, sports facilities, the lighthouse - the list goes on. There’s a vast infrastructure deficit in municipalities and we need money to flow from the feds. Otherwise the town will have to charge

Conservative Viewpoints By Paul Jackson The chips are down and the wheel is spinning ever more rapidly to a date that will turn two major political candidates into losers and produce one winner on federal election day. So, let’s look at where Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and New Democrat leader Thomas Mulcair stand on the big issues. Taxes: Under 10 years of Conservative leadership Harper’s taxes on Canadians are at a 50 year low. Too low for Trudeau and Mulcair. Harper has promised no tax hikes no matter what. After a vigorous fight to bring the accumulated federal debt down to the lowest in the G7, Trudeau wants to load us with debt again, and Mulcair

higher property taxes, virtually it’s only way to increase revenue. I definitely support the Liberal approach of borrow now and pay later in these days of low interest rates. Leadership and Youth: Conservative Stephen Harper’s steady addiction to the centralization of power and control in the Prime Minister’s Office has been detrimental to our country. I believe Trudeau and his team will open this up and allow better involvement from all elected officials in reflecting constituents’ views. His youth will benefit all of us as he crafts a cabinet, and reaches out to various groups for guidance. After all, as Prime Minister he’s not a dictator. It’s not what he says goes, there are many people involved in making decisions. Building policies in the Liberal party starts at the grassroots. Dedicated volunteers from across the country meet at a biennial convention. The last, in 2014 featured between 2,500 and 3,000 debating, voting support or rejecting over 150 policies. Grasp of issues: Trudeau has shown us on many occasions during this election that he’s knowledgeable, can convey ideas and answer questions on the spur of the moment. He’s a good speaker who doesn’t get flustered easily and can attack the other competitors on an even basis. Liberals are still a strong brand with plenty of grassroots support and a strong team of candidates with varied life and business experiences. Innovation: This has received significant discussion by Liberals in their plan to diversify. We’ve got such outstanding universities, research facilities and committed people working on so many different subjects and more money to this area is one of the best ideas we can support. Immigration: Canada is built on the backs of immigrants. We need them or a massive baby boom to continue fueling the engines of progress. Statistics Canada announced last week that Canada has hit an important milestone. For the first time there are more residents over the age of 65 than under the age of 15. Demographers have seen this trend coming. And the over 65 group is growing. We need more workers. We can learn something valuable from immi-

to raise taxes. Trudeau says since the federal debt is now so much lower, it’s time to hike it again by spending as much as $30 billion over the next three years and loading our debt. He also thinks small business owners are getting a free ride. Supposedly, they are cheating on their taxes. Ridiculous. Most small businesses are borderline profitable. Mulcair - and here, let’s be honest, the socialist NDP and its early incarnation - have always believed governments know how to spend money better than the average man and woman who earn it. So he’s playing a sleight of hand saying he’ll tax only corporations, who will, of course, have to pass on the increases to consumers to stay solvent. A Mulcair shell game. Energy: Of particular in-

terest - no, essential - to Alberta and Saskatchewan are energy issues, the oil sands, pipelines, oil and natural gas in general. Mulcair is against the oil sands - which provide much of the economic blood of Alberta, and also against pipelines. Hence he’d tread our province under foot. He also believes in the unproven science of climate change. It is unproven Trudeau waffles on the issues of the oil sands and pipelines. He’s for some pipelines, not sure about others. Wishy washy. He’s playing both sides of the fence. Why can’t the son of the man who destroyed Alberta’s economy and started a recession that spread coast to coast with the National Energy Program tell us where he really stands. We’ll only know after he sits in 24 Sussex Drive.

grants who have come to Canada in various waves, from the opening of the west, through those who travelled here from Eastern Europe during and after the end of the Second World War, to those who have arrived since - so many of which are highly educated and all looking for a better life. As a resident of the University of Alberta Hospital for the past six weeks, I’ve been struck by the amazing mix of this melting pot of people. These people are consummate professionals happily working with a smile and cheery attitude alongside second, third and fourth generation Canadians - just as we’re seeing in Sylvan Lake. Recent arrivals to Canadian soil are among the most grateful to be here and get a chance to better themselves with many working hard to send money home to support relatives in third world countries. Canada is truly highly valued as a desired location to live and work by these people. Their generosity is also notable. It doesn’t take long to see how ‘immigrants’ who have done well have contributed significant finances to help us prosper. Harper and his Conservative cronies have however poisoned the atmosphere here in Canada during this election. Canada’s International Reputation: We’ve had a stellar reputation in the past, peacekeeping was one of the ways we achieved that. We need to seriously consider how wer are being bullied by our protectionist American neighbours in getting into any war-mongering. What did we get from sending a few planes and troops to war under U.S. President Barack Obama’s leadership? Certainly not any help with the Keystone pipeline which they’ve blocked for years. As an aside, we’ve beat him there - more pipelines have been built and more Alberta crude flows stateside now than would have if it had been flowing five years ago. I embrace the policies of the Liberals. When Monday, Oct. 19 roles around, make sure, whomever you support, that you get out and vote. **** Disclosure: Dills was involved in Liberal politics during his university days serving roles in campus, provincial and federal committees. He’s also taken part in government sponsored training courses and at one time collected Employment Insurance. He retired after spending 12 years as editor of the Sylvan Lake News following 35 years in the newspaper industry.****

We know where Harper stands: He backs the oil sands, pipelines, the energy industry all the way. He wants to create jobs, and security for all Canadians. You can’t knock that! Now to the enslavement of Muslim women in our country by husbands, fathers and brothers who force their wives, daughters and sisters to drape themselves in niqabs and burkas. Nowhere in the Koran (Qu’ran ) does it state Muslim women must cover their faces or wear tipof-the head to tip-of-theirtoes garments. It says only they should dress modestly. No Canadian woman would accept the dictates of a man on how to dress. They believe in equality. So does Harper. For this stance against male domination of women, Harper should receive the vote of

every fair minded, intelligent woman in our nation. Mulcair and Trudeau apparently don’t see it that way. The niqab and burka should stay. So come the 19th, stick up for female equality, for low taxes, balanced budgets, a dynamic economy - and the Trans Pacific Partnership that will safeguard our exports to 40% of the world’s economy. If Mulcair or Trudeau pull us out of the TPP we will never be given a second chance to get in. Canada will be part of a much smaller world. ****Disclosure: Jackson is a financial contributor to the Conservatives. For the past 20 years of his distinguished journalism career he served at the Calgary Sun in senior roles including as political commentator.**** email: paulconradjackson@



Motivating your elephant

BY SCOTT MCDERMOTT SYLVAN LAKE NEWS COLUMNIST A while ago while hanging around some friends at an Ironman we got around to discussing decisions for big events, and I was reminded of a comparison I had heard a long time ago about the heart being compared to an elephant and the mind to a

rider on that elephant. When we really want to do something beyond any shadow of a doubt, it is an ‘elephant level’ decision. That is to say, that once you decide upon something with your heart, nothing in the world can stop you. If an elephant decides to run through the forest, the rider better hang on, and you had best get out of the way! If you want something in your heart - deep down inside your elephant even if it is unreasonable or unwise, then even if the little rider disagrees, it can do nothing to change that elephant level decision. That little rider can tug and pull and yell, but if the elephant really wants to go a certain direction, it goes there. This parallels what most people endure when they make a decision with their head (the elephant rider) because they know it is the ‘right thing’ to do, or someone told them

they ‘should’, or it was recommended and yet nothing happens. The problem is, if the elephant (the heart) isn’t interested in moving that direction, they will fail. We all know people that know they should quit smoking, but they actually really like smoking. Or people that know they really should exercise and drop some weight, but they actually really like eating sweets or chips or some other high calorie food. Successes on ‘should’ goals like these just aren’t going to happen unless something changes inside! So what gets an elephant to move? There has to be a reason, and it needs to be a good one. It has to be powerful, and really mean something. This can also be referred to as the ‘why’ of a goal. And it is far more important than the ‘how’ of a goal. When the reason why you want to do some-

thing is powerful enough, you will always figure out how to do whatever it is you need to get done. Think of the people you know who were too busy or too broke to have children, but once they did, everything changed. They made time, they got a better job or stopped wasting money on things that were not as important as their child, they just found a way. No, it’s not a perfect model, there are exceptions of course, but generally speaking. Think of someone who absolutely loves to eat sweets or smoke, and then gets a serious health scare and quits all together, cold turkey when all previous attempts failed. The reason ‘why’ became so important, that the ‘how’ took care of itself! When an elephant is scared, it plows through the forest without regard for what is in front of it. How can we use this to

our best advantage? If your goal is to get fit, or run your first half marathon, or stop smoking or something of that nature, you must engage the elephant! Why do you want to get fit? What would be something that would scare you or excite you into action? Money? A trip? A shopping spree? The fear of diabetes, or cancer? Living long enough to meet your grandchildren, or see your kids graduate college. Would that move your elephant? Here is what you do: Write out all the things that will improve if you accomplish your goal. Write out another list of all the things that will happen if you don’t change. So if your goal was to drop 30 pounds, write out at least 100 things that would be better if you were 30 pounds lighter and more fit. Then write out 100 things that could happen if you don’t

drop 30 pounds, or worse, gain more weight by continuing on your current path. Post both lists where you can see them every day. Find one or two points that really move your elephant and get engaged! Action creates motivation, not the reverse. People think that they need some external motivation to get going, but really, it comes from within and starts… starting! You need to engage your heart! you have to care and want this goal. Once you start moving, you will start to see results and that will motivate you to keep going further. Once an elephant starts running, it doesn’t stop until it gets to where it is going! Happy Training! **** Disclosure: McDermott is a local business owner, author, motivational speaker, and coach.****

Get your influenza immunization: why chance it?

With autumn comes a few certainties: first frost, Thanksgiving, changing leaves… and influenza. Influenza – often called the “flu” – is unfortunately also often confused with stomach illnesses and common colds. The reality is that influenza is of far greater risk to our communities than the common cold and stomach flu. As a severe respiratory illness that im-

pacts the nose, throat, and lungs, influenza is a virus that doesn’t discriminate. Though children less than 23 months, seniors, and those with compromised immune systems are at greatest risk, no matter how healthy you think you are: if you aren’t immunized each season, you are at risk for influenza. Simply put: good health isn’t contagious, but influenza is. And chances are, your friends, colleagues and family members don’t want influenza any more than you do. To protect yourself, and others, this season: please, get immunized.

Influenza vaccine will be available, free of charge, starting October 20. All Albertans, six months of age and older, are eligible – and recommended – for immunization. Just as with other immunizations, the influenza vaccine is your best protection against disease. Each year, the influenza vaccine

is developed to protect us against the strains of virus likely to circulate in our community, over the next six months. You can’t rely on last season’s immunization to protect you this season. Available at hundreds of AHS clinics around Alberta, and through many pharmacists and

family physicians as well, influenza vaccine is easily accessible. Last season, more than 3,900 cases of influenza were confirmed in Alberta, and more than 100 Albertans passed away with the virus. This season, don’t become a statistic. The vaccine is safe.

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LETTER Dear Editor, I attended the first webinar presented by the Town of Sylvan Lake and the Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce about Downtown Revitalization and Tourism. It was exciting and I felt engaged in the possibilities. Every business owner should attend, as if your business depended on it - because it does. A week later, attended session # 2 in the Series of Roger Brooks webinars available free for business owners, managers and land owners in the downtown. The material content is excellent. It made me start to have a new feeling about our town. Attendance was half of week one, and people who I personally asked who are being impacted by change everyday in the downtown did not even bother to attend. Now, in an effort to bribe you the Town and the Chamber are putting on a “ Special” Evening presentation Thursday October 8th From 6:30-8:30 pm in Council Chambers with appetizers and refreshments being served. They even printed up a new Marketing piece “Downtown Sylvan Lake Needs You.” Wake up Sylvan business people, they are dragging you and leading you to an opportunity to make changes in your town. I overheard, they were going to deliver these brochures door to door of the businesses. Stop your complaining- step up and be a part of change get involved if we are not doing this for you who in the hell are we doing it for? A vibrant thriving downtown is a barometer of the community itself - support yourselves, support each other. Rene Jaspar Concerned Business Person






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Special Events Wednesday, October 28 - Sylvan Lake Seniors Bus to River Cree Casino, Edmonton. Bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. phone Joan for more information 403887-7614. Saturday, October 31 - Spooktacular Extravaganza at the Fox Run/Mother Teresa Multicampus, 1-4 p.m. Mix and mingle with other ghosts, goblins and ghouls while you enjoy crafts, games, a haunted bouncy castle, and best of all, candy! For information, call 403-887-2199. Wednesday, November 5 - Turkey supper at Spruce View Hall, 5-7 p.m. Presented by Craig Community Society and Spruce View Community Library. Benalto Turkey supper November 8th. $20.00 for supper and bus. Contact Lydia at 403-864-2230. Pickup starting at 3pm.

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Support Programs Sylvan Lake AA meetings. Tuesdays 7:30 pm Lions Hall; Sundays 8 pm Presbyterian Church (north door). For more information call male 403887-4470, 403-588-5491 or female 403-887-4297.Sylvan Lake Al-Anon (for families and friends of alcoholics) 8 pm Sundays, Presbyterian Church (north door), 403-887-4470 or 403887-2961.

Sylvan Lake Al-Anon (for families and friends of alcoholics) 8 pm Sundays, Presbyterian Church (north door), Kathy 403-887-4470 or Robyn 403-887-2961. Narcotics Anonymous meetings Thursday nights at 7:30 pm at Sylvan Lake Bethany Care, 4700 47th Ave. T.O.P.S. weight loss support group meets at St. Mary’s and St. Timothy’s Anglican Church Hall every Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. Anyone welcome. Please call Joanne at 403-887-5200 for more info.

Weekly Events Mondays - Toastmasters Sylvan’s Slick Speakers meeting at Sylvan Lake Alliance Church, 4404 47 Ave. from 7-8:15 pm. Our club is open to everyone wishing to improve their communication and leadership skills. For info call Shawn Palm at 403-887-2577. Mondays - Sylvan Lake Sacred Massed Choir practices take place at Ecole H. J. Cody High School (beginning Sept. 21), directed by Kerry Heisler, 7-9 p.m. Love to sing? For info, contact Dolce Moir at 403-887-4037. Tuesdays - Tai chi classes begin on Sept. 8 to Dec. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Anglican Church hall. Wear comfy clothes and inside shoes. Call 403-346-6772 or visit At the Seniors Centre: Mondays-Wii bowling; Tuesdays-Men’s Yoga, Exercise Class, Drop In Scrabble/Games; Tuesday night-drop in crib; Wednesdays-lunches, Bible Study; Thursdays-Bingo; FridaysYoga. Wednesdays - 55+ Club Potluck at Sylvan Lake Legion starting at 12 noon. Jam session to follow. Everyone Welcome. At the Sylvan Alliance Church - Bible Study on Revelation starting at 7 p.m. - Call Al at 587 377 1085 for more information Thursdays - Sylvan Lake Seniors Bus to Red Deer. Pick-up starts at 9:15 am. Returning to Sylvan 1 pm from Parkland Mall. Call Don/Lydia Lanterman at 403864-2230.

Thursdays - Community Bingo at Sylvan Lake Seniors’ Centre. Pre-call at 6:30 bingo starts at 7 pm. Canteen opens at 5:30 pm. Fridays - Meat draw at the Sylvan Lake Legion beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Monthly Events First Wednesday every month - The first Wednesday of every month is devoted to teen art projects at the Library! Everything from baked clay art to graffiti! 4-5 p.m. See you there! First Sunday every month - Sylvan Lake Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary breakfast at the Legion. 4916 50 Ave. 9 am to 1 pm. Everyone welcome. Volunteers Wanted Volunteers are required for Friends of the Library committee. Do you enjoy the library? Would you like to make a difference? We are looking for enthusiastic friends to support the library in many different ways. Please join us and have fun, meet like-minded people, volunteer and feel good about supporting a service that benefits everyone in the community! Call Debbie at 403-8870968. Are you organized and dedicated and want to be part of a great team? Veterans Voices of Canada is now searching for volunteers to fill a variety of volunteer positions within our organization. Be a part of our upcoming annual events and tributes such as our Veteran Appreciation Day and Flags of Remembrance. Also needed are interview transcribers and committee members. Help us in our mission of keeping history alive by volunteering with us. Thanks in advance. Contact us at Groups & Activities Sylvan Lake Quilters Guild meetings are the second Wednesday of each month at the Seniors Centre at 7 p.m. New members welcome. For information, please contact Joyce Thrush at 403-887-3287. C.H.I.P.S - Children’s Indoor Play Space is a non-structured playtime for children 0-5 years old. Riding, climbing and bouncing toys provided and parents and caregivers can socialize. Mondays 9-11am, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:3011:30am, Thursdays 12:30-2:30pm at the community centre. Contact Kari for info 403-392-0323.


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Spray Park Committee looking for assistance of community Our Aviva Community Fund spray park idea has been accepted and we could win up to $100,000, and the Sylvan Lake Spray Park Committee is asking for your votes! The Aviva Community Fund has created positive changes in 192 communities across Canada since 2009, to the tune of $5.5 million. Sylvan Lake could be next! There’s an 18day voting period, October 6th – October 23rd. Unlike Kraft Hockeyville where people voted for hours on end, you can only vote once each day. That’s it, just once. Register and vote online at the The community’s response has been amazing. Posters are going up about town.

Schools have received student handouts, and the Facebook page is lighting up. Want to know more and how you can help? Follow the excitement on our Facebook page: Sylvan Lake Spray Park. Share, share, share and vote, vote, vote. Finalists will be announced November 3rd. Only those ideas with the most votes will move on to the Final Judging Round. Winners will be announced December 2nd. Vote once, each and every day. Want to know more about sponsorships and donations? Give Becky a call 403-8872001. Let’s Make The Magic Happen! Thank you, Sylvan Lake Spray Park Committee.

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Friends of Sylvan Lake Provincial Park (2 Vacancies) Support the operation, maintenance and facilities of the Sylvan Lake Provincial Park. (2 year term) Additional information regarding the mandates of the Boards & Committees and application forms can be found on our website at or by contacting Mary Rose at the Town Office 403.887.2141.

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Please forward a letter of interest with relevant information and completed application form by Wednesday, October 16, 2015 to: Town of Sylvan Lake 5012 48 Avenue Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1G6 Attention: Mary Rose Or via e-mail to:

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CALL FOR MEMBERS Town of Sylvan Lake - Board/Committee Vacancies Subdivision & Development Appeal Board (2 Vacancies) Hears appeals on developments and subdivisions within the regulations of the MGA. (2 year term) Municipal Planning Commission (4 Vacancies) Approves and provides direction of development in the Town. (1 year term)

Employment Opportunities The Town of Sylvan Lake, has received term certain grant funding from Alberta Seniors for provision of the following position:


Community Services Committee (2 Vacancies) Provides recommendations related to community opportunities and challenges. (2 year term) Family & Community Support Services (2 Vacancies) Annually participates in FCSS budget process & distributes grant funding. (2 year term) Sylvan Lake Municipal Library (2 Vacancies) Responsible for the effective and responsible operation of the library. (3 year term) Senior Citizen’s Lodge Foundation (1 Vacancy) Ensures adequate accommodation, health care, public services and recreational activities for resident senior citizens. (2 year term)

Development and implementation of an Elder Abuse Awareness and Referral Support Centre to be housed in Sylvan Lake, and those outlying communities that can accommodate a Centre Implementation of an Elder Abuse Prevention Resource Training Bank that provides training opportunities for service providers, seniors, and the community at large Implementation of the ‘Caring Connections’ program to educate local businesses; neighbors; agencies; Friendly Visitors and community at large on the signs of Elder Abuse and Seniors Self Neglect and referrals to support services – train volunteer facilitators to provide ‘Caring Connections’ education through presentations and information sessions Work directly with Outcomes Consultant to determine success of project Develop and implement a sustainability plan in each community that provides on-going support after project completion Completion of Monthly, Quarterly Project Reports and Final Project Evaluation


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Lighthouse construction already 20 per cent complete

Making Progress - Construction workers continue to build the Sylvan Lake Lighthouse Tuesday. The project is slated to be completed by December this year. Jasmine O’Halloran-Han/Sylvan Lake News

BY JASMINE O’HALLORAN-HAN The lighthouse is growing taller by the day and construction is on schedule. The structure is slated to be completed by December

of this year with framing expected to be done by the end of this month. This project is now 20 per cent complete and will be 50 feet tall - standing strong in the same spot the

original lighthouse stood between the marina and the lake. “The last one was 50 feet so we wanted to make sure this one would be at least the same size,” said Sylvan Lake Rotary Lighthouse Committee chairman Trevor Sigfusson. The committee recently signed the construction contract with a local contractor who was recommended by Falcon Homes. “They’ve been very receptive and had a lot of good ideas,” Sigfusson said. The lighthouse has already come a long way with the screw piles and concrete foundation being installed early last summer and company engraved bricks being sold to help raise money. Around 200 bricks were sold Sigfusson said raising around $3,000. Since the committee has all the money needed for the project, they have ended all fundraising and capped off the brick sales. “We’ll be sticking the bricks on in November,”

Sigfusson said. He estimates the complete cost of the lighthouse will be around $150,000. The goal of the committee was to build a lighthouse that would last for over 100 years and the engraved bricks will be apart of the structure. “The foundation we put down was quite robust so

that was a pretty big organizational step for us to get that installed,” Sigfusson said. When the building is complete there will be functioning lights that will shine onto the water and the committee will be able to change the colours of the lights according to the season.

The committee has also been in communication with the premiere of Nova Scotia and a tourism sharing agreement may be considered that will link our lighthouse to the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, but no final decisions have been made as of yet.

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Cafés, Fast Food Stands & Restaurants – Part 2


Sylvan Lake Hotel Dining Room – Teas, luncheons, dinners, parties – all with a view of the lake. Amy Cull, seen here in the photo, was a well-known cook in the hotel who “ran a tight ship”, as someone remarked, but always had time for jokes with visiting salesmen and anyone else who would listen! Some of the staff members names are on the photo, but others who worked there were – Mary Palm, Laura Ardell, Grace Albert, Esther Martz, Ed Garnett & Charlie Reid.

The stand was sold in the 1960s to Nick and Ethel Eroshinsky, who changed the name to Nix Drive-In and operated it until the 1970s.

The Stanfields then opened “Guy & Vi’s” popcorn stand at their home where Revelstoke Lumber later operated for years. Besides popcorn, the stand offered hot dogs, ice cream and hamburgers until 1963, when daughter Kathleen took over and ran it until 1964.

Sunflower Tea Room – This tea room was situated on the east side of Main Street (near the later site of Ritz Drug Store). Standing in front of the tea room, circa 1930s, is Mrs. Bert Streatfield, wife of the local policeman at the time. Mrs. Streatfield operated the “Sunflower” for several years and then it became “Pete’s Café & Horseshoe Inn” which was opened in 1955. It is not known if any other café or restaurant occupied the site before “Pete’s”. Cosy Corner Café – The Cosy Corner Café was situated on the east side of Main Street near the former hotel site. Jack Sunell owned the café, which he rented out to various operators – one of them being Gordon & Henrietta Wong who, in 1956, operated “Henry’s Coffee Shop” (see menu). Earlier, Vi Slocombe & daughter, Kathleen, opened the Cosy Corner Café in 1947 and then with husband, Guy Stanfield, ran it until the 1950’s.

Youngs Guns supports KidSport with $1,000 cheque BY JENNA SWAN SYLVAN LAKE NEWS The Central Alberta Young Guns Golf Foundation presented KidSport Sylvan Lake with $1,000 recently. Mark Cummings, communications director for KidSport Sylvan Lake said the donation will go towards sport registration for children in the community who couldn’t otherwise afford to pay. “It’s amazing to know there are people in the community who care enough to think of us and the kids who are gaining life long skills from playing sports,” said Cummings who added KidSport provided 40 Sylvan Lake kids with registration fees in 2014. Travis Brigley, who helps organize the tournament added the tournament sees

Travis Brigley from Central Alberta Young Guns Golf Foundation presented Mark Cummings a cheque for $1.000.00 to Sylvan Lake KidSport. Photo submitted a number of up and coming hockey players on the green alongside ex-NHL players and raised around $90’000 this year. Funds were then divided between a number of local charitable organizations. He added it’s a possibility some of the young players and ex-NHL players

might not be where they are today without KidSport. “I see the value in the program and it just feels good to be able to help where ever we can,” said Brigley. Brigley stated he hopes to see even more funds go towards KidSport next year.

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Wildrose MLA’s touch base with riding of Sylvan Lake Innisfail in regards to first round of minimum wage increases BY JENNA SWAN SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Wildrose shadow jobs, skills and training minister Grant Hunter spent Tuesday touring the province speaking with small business owners about the impacts of the potential $15 minimum wage. Hunter began the day in Okotoks and followed the QE2 up to Innisfail where he spoke with various small business owners then making his way to Red Deer, Lacombe and Edmonton. Sylvan Lake News obtained interviews with Wildrose MLA Don Macintyre for Sylvan Lake-Innisfail and MLA Hunter following the tour, with Macintyre stating he was pleased to hear his party was touching base with small business owners

in his riding. Macintyre feels Sylvan Lake may feel more pressure in their small business sector than Innisfail due to the prevalence of the tourism industry, adding it’s important for his party to keep a close eye on unemployment in the coming months. “Sylvan Lake is a tourist mecca with over 900,000 tourists through annually mostly in the summer time,” said Macintyre. “All of the businesses along Lakeshore Drive that hire high school students at minimum wage provide a great way for students with no work experience to gain valuable life experience.” He added all three of his children spent summers along Lakeshore working various minimum wage jobs. He added one thing his

party fears in the coming months, especially during Sylvan Lake’s summer will be less opportunity for young people to find employment due to higher incurred costs for small business owners. “One thing I don’t think the current provincial government fully understands, is there are jobs especially in the retail/tourism industry that don’t warrant or possess more than our current minimum wages value, especially to the business operator,” stated Macintyre. “On the other side of the coin is students in high school who maybe don’t have any work experience, don’t bring $15 an hour worth of work experience to this job especially when they are just new to the workforce. “So imposing something like this is really going to

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harm the ability for businesses owners to be able to hire youth and that demographic is going to be substantially hurt in Sylvan Lake.” Hunter, who is also the MLA for Cardston-TaberWarner, stated this was a reoccurring theme heard throughout his tour on Tuesday. He added he has been hearing from businesses owners, most will be absorbing the cost of the first %10 increase which took place on Oct. 1 - however, the next round of increases will likely lead to lay offs. “Once people start losing jobs, especially young people - that’s when we will see people saying, ‘hmm maybe I’m really not sure I like the higher minimum wage’,” said Hunter. “It almost seems like it’s been a perfect storm, small businesses have been hit with a 20% corporate tax and now this incoming $15 minimum wage. It’s all been exacerbated by really difficult times in Alberta with oil prices being down and royalty revues are uncertain - at this point it kind of looks

like it could only get worse before it gets better. “In talking with some small businesses who don’t necessarily have high margins, they’re saying they don’t know how they are going to make a 50% increase in minimum wage.” Hunter added his party has been studying minimum wage for around 90 years and he feels they understand the issue well. “One things that is fairly evident from our research is every time you increase minimum wage by 10% you increase youth unemployment by 8% - so it’s a terrible, terrible trade off for youth,” said Hunter. “The NDP wanted it to be a living wage - but minimum wage shouldn’t be a living wage, it should be a starting/training wage. Minimum wage is there for youth to be able to gain skills, learn how to work with people, be on time, and how to have good work ethics.” “A lot of the food and hospitality industry, such as Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, and hotels are front line for teaching our youth how to

do this, so what’s going to happen when the NDP raise minimum wage by 50%? We cam look at that previous equation and estimate youth unemployment will rise by 40%.” MLA Macintyre and MLA Hunter both stated they hope to see the provincial government take a step back and analyze the impacts before proceeding with future raises as they are concerned it could have a lasting impact on a generation where youth unemployment is so high, in addition to the a time where ‘thousands of jobs are being lost in the oil and gas sector’. “Who is going to be affected by this - I understand they made a campaign promise - but this is one they can step back from and say to Albertans they just want to make sure they are doing the right thing and I think people wouldn’t beat them up for it,” said Hunter. “They need take a look at it, see what needs to be done and go forward from there, but make sure it’s going to help everyone.”




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Community invited to pray for elected leaders at Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast BY JASMINE O’HALLORAN-HAN The seventh annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Sylvan Lake Community Centre Oct. 9 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. At this event the community will enjoy a full catered breakfast, hear guest speaker Rodd Sawatzky who is chaplain of three major sports teams, listen to June Rivers’ special music and pray for government elected leaders. Sawatzky may have been chosen as guest speaker due to his experience working with professional athletes and would have many interesting stories to share. Everyone is welcome to attend said the event’s committee chairman and pastor of the Alliance Community Church Kevin Haugan. “As churches we take seriously the responsibility of praying for our people in government and for those in authority over us,” he said. Denominational differences are put aside at this event and everyone joins together to focus on one thing – to pray for the community. People are not expected to bring their bibles or sing as it will not be a church service. There will be no sermon, instead the speakers will likely share stories from their own experiences and what their relationship with Christ means to them. “Overall we just want to serve and we are trying to provide a good morning with a great breakfast and this is a way for us to be

able to bless our community,” Haugan said. An average of 150 to 200 people attend this event each year, with over 200 people in attendance last year. The benefits to attending are not only eating a delicious breakfast, hearing the guest speaker and listening to good music but also knowing that the community is being prayed for. “The true impact is we want those that are our elected officials to know that we are behind them,” Haugan said. “We like to think it means a lot to the mayor, town council, town staff and to other parts of our community that we pray for them, so this is a very public way of doing that.” This event is also a great opportunity for the mayor to thank the community for helping the Town. The catered breakfast will include a full meal breakfast of eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, waffles, fruit and muffins, among other breakfast items. “We make sure it’s a good breakfast and that’s a significant portion of the cost,” Haugan said. The event has been very well received in previous years with the community and Town’s staff appreciating the event, many of them don’t attend church Haugan said but they like to come to the event. “We try to make it as welcoming as possible,” he added. Tickets are still available at the Alliance Community Church and Sylvan Lake Community Partners.

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Pictured: Betty Osmond- CAO Town of Sylvan Lake, Mayor Sean McIntyre, Rama Alluri- Sylvan Lake Servus Credit Union Branch Manager, Deb Garritty- Co-Chair Multiplex Fundraising Committee, and Amy Komarniski- Co-Chair Mutliplex Fundraising Committee. Once again, a local sponsor steps up to the plate and contributes to our NexSource Centre fundraising goal! Thank you Servus Credit Union for your $20,000 sponsorship of a curling sheet in our new facility.

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Region partners together for tourism vision KALISHA MENDONSA COURTESY OF THE RED DEER EXPRESS A comprehensive and in-depth Destination Management Plan (DMP) was introduced to nearly 80 various community stakeholders last week as the proposed foundation for a regional tourism plan in Central Alberta. Realizing Our Potential - Central Alberta’s Tourism Destination Management Plan could be adopted as the official 10-year plan to boost tourism in Central Alberta. It was broken down into a number of categories that included planning strategies, a destination analysis and a plan to begin moving forward in this industry. The presentation was carried by Justin Ellis, a consultant with Stantec and Dr. Eugene Thomilson, a senior advisor with Left Coast Insights - Tourism Development Consulting and assistant professor, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Royal Roads University. “We need to understand how everything fits together for things to work properly.

We weren’t going to just go in and develop a marketing plan - we needed to have something that would work for all of the stakeholders - something that everyone could be a part of,” Thomilson said. “We want collaboration, cooperation and participation by all of the stakeholders in the process.” The DMP covers a region from Clearwater County west of Rocky Mountain House, east into Lacombe County near Buffalo Lake. The plan extends from the Olds region north to Ponoka. The main goal of the plan is to develop a unified, adaptable and branded image of Central Alberta where tourism could thrive. The plan explored the possibilities of tourism that come from natural geography, historical resources, utilizing tourism hubs to connect surrounding municipalities and more. According to the DMP, the region provides access to six main categories of tourism: nature, adventure and ecotourism, agriculture and culinary tourism, festivals, events and sport tourism, Aboriginal tourism, cultural, heritage and


arts tourism and business events. “There is a lot of potential for our visitors. We discovered that there are 88 different provincial parks and protected areas in the region. We want to look at potential barriers to tourism development or expansion, as well as how some of how our environmentally significant areas can also be an attraction,” explained Ellis. “Almost 30 per cent of the region is what’s called an environmentally significant area, of different classes from internationally to provincially significant. That’s a good news story, in terms of being able to market, sell and develop experiences. It’s also something we need to be very mindful of as a tourism industry when we are going forward in developing new opportunities.” Ellis said there is a high focus on sustainability in tourism, so the region would be careful to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area without sacrificing the integrity of the area. The environmentally significant areas in the region would be protected and preserved, while allowing a place for people to explore Alberta’s beauty. “Though it has many of the similar assets as Banff, southern Alberta and more, we believe that this region itself has the potential to differentiate its image by being uncomplicated, uncrowded and unspoiled,” Ellis said. “In terms of tourism there can be challenges. We want to ensure that the region and tourism in the region is positively embraced by its host communities. We hope that it becomes a major driver and diversification tool in our economy,” he said. “In terms of how it is delivered, we want the industry players to become champions of this plan and its implementation and that they move forward in a unified, innovative and collaborative way.” In developing a unified brand for regional tourism, Ellis explained each municipality has a role to play. A recommendation was made to utilize the 11 partner communities under the categories of gateways (Red Deer, Rocky Mountain

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House and Olds), hubs (Sylvan Lake, Lacombe, Sundre, Nordegg, Innisfail) and tourism service centres (Blackfalds and Ponoka). These designations would help communities identify their role in regional tourism, and plan for future development that accents their role in the DMP. A proposed idea to drive tourism through lesser-travelled areas uses what are known as ‘themed touring routes’. These routes utilize existing roads to drive people through a particular area of tourism interest. For example, a tour of the West Country through Forestry Trunk Road or an Artisan and Rodeo tour utilizing Hwys. 2, 53, 20, 11 and 22. These themed tourism routes would be promoted regionally to promote a wider exploration of Central Alberta by visitors. The themes utilize the major tourism categories as previously mentioned and are customized to recognize the individuality of the municipalities and what they have to offer. “By 2025, we will have transformed Central Alberta into a must-experience destination that is authentic, memorable and sustainable. In terms of growth and diversification, by 2025, we will have increased year-round visitation from our markets, both short-haul and long-haul, we will have increased direct and indirect economic contributions to our regional and local economies, and we will have attracted an increase in private sector investment and encouraged local and public investment,” said Ellis. “Central Alberta brings together all of the diverse and authentic experiences for which Alberta is known, within a region that is uncrowded, unspoiled, welcoming and ready to be explored.” The document explored strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats regarding the region’s tourism, with suggestions for each category. It has been introduced to major community leaders and stakeholders in hopes of receiving feedback, being adapted and then adopted.


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8:03 a.m. – A 38-year-old Sylvan Lake male is facing multiple charges in relation to the theft of an all-terrain vehicle. RCMP received a tip from residents advising that they spotted a male flee on foot in the bush near Range Road 42 after getting a side by side stuck in the mud. Police attended and surrounded the area. The suspect was apprehended. He is charged with possession of property obtained by crime; dangerous operation of a motor vehicle; mischief under $5000; and driving while unauthorized. September 21st 2:03 p.m. – An abandoned vehicle reported to police resulted in a stolen vehicle investigation. A resident contacted police to advise that a Ford SRW truck was abandoned on a lease road on Range Road 24 south of Highway 12 in Lacombe County. The owner of the truck reported the theft after returning to his residence to find the vehicle missing. RCMP recovered the truck. September 22nd 9:33 a.m. – RCMP received a report of a theft at the Sylvan Lake Rona. Staff reported that a cube van and some lumber were stolen from the business. A van had been driven through the chain link gate. The van was later recovered on Aspelund Road at Range Road 275 however no suspects were located. 6:42 p.m. – A 35-year-old Sylvan Lake male is facing a charge in relation to a breach of his conditions. The male was arrested after attending a residence on Sylvan Drive in Sylvan Lake, contrary to his conditions not to attend the address.

He is charged with failing to comply with conditions of a recognizance. September 23rd 1:19 p.m. – RCMP attended an address on Harrigan Street in Sylvan Lake after dispatch reported four males breaking into a residence at that location. Two of the males were reportedly armed with knives. A suspect vehicle was also reported driving erratically out of the area. The males were later taken into custody in a field behind the Walmart. All four youths are charged with robbery; possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; and breaking, entering and committing in a residence. 5:52 p.m. – A vehicle stolen from Sylvan Lake was recovered abandoned a few days later. A Ford F150 truck was reported stolen from an address on 44th Street. The keys were also reported stolen from the residence. RCMP recovered the vehicle on Range Road 41 south of Township Road 392. September 24th 12:11 p.m. – A 38-year-old female is facing charges in relation to a vehicle stop on 45th Avenue near 49th Street in Sylvan Lake. Community Peace Officers stopped a vehicle at the intersection and could detect signs of impairment on the driver. A roadside screening device was utilized. A resident of Sylvan Lake is charged with impaired driving and having a blood alcohol level over .08. 5:27 p.m. – A domestic dispute in Sylvan Lake has resulted in charges. A female reported being assaulted by her ex-boy-

friend at a residence on 47th Avenue. The female sustained non-life threatening injuries. A 35-year-old male is charged with assault causing bodily harm; assault; uttering threats; and two counts of overcoming resistance. September 25th 2:02 a.m. – A report of a fight resulted in the arrest of a 31-year-old male. RCMP were called to a disturbance involving two males on Lakeshore Drive. One of the males involved did not want charges however did offer a description of the other male. The second male was located and was found to be in breach of outstanding conditions. A Red Deer resident is charged with three counts of failing to comply with a probation order. 06:36 a.m. – Three Red Deer males are facing multiple charges as a result of a motor vehicle stop. RCMP stopped a vehicle on Sylvan Drive in Sylvan Lake. A search of the vehicle resulted in three males, aged 26, 28, and 31, charged with various counts of possession of crystal meth and cocaine; possession of weapons for a dangerous purpose; resisting a peace officer; and failing to comply with court orders.



Successful community turnout at Coffee with Council BY JASMINE O’HALLORAN-HAN SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Town council met with the community at the SugarBell Cakery for the Coffee with Council event last Wednesday and the evening was a success. Walking into the cakery, the community automatically saw Sylvan Lake’s mayor Sean McIntyre and the councillors spread out and speaking with different community members while enjoying coffee and a cupcake in a relaxed environment. The goal of this event was to make town council accessible to the community in an open communication atmosphere where anyone was welcome to ask questions on what town council is currently doing right now and what they plan to do in the future. “I thought it was a great event,” McIntyre said. “I was definitely pleased with the amount of people that were able to come out. I think that shows people know we’re open to their comments and we want to hear from them.” The event was scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. but McIntyre said everything wrapped up at around 7:30 p.m. as he stayed to speak with people. “People wanted to stick around and chat and I was happy to do it,” McIntyre said. He said he spoke with around 10 people and was glad his councillors were there to help in answering questions as the event was a full house. Some of the questions he answered related to the dog park, snow mobiling, lake access, road construction, bike tracks, the NexSource Centre and the minimum wage increase. “Most of the questions I fielded were about what we plan to do in the future,” McIntyre said. McIntyre was open and honest in his answers, taking note to everyone’s questions, even when it came to answering a questions from a young girl who wanted to know when the Spray Park will be open. People were friendly and just wanted to know about what they could look forward, McIntyre said. Along with answering many questions, the mayor and his council members received a lot of compliments which he said was very nice. “Everybody understands that we have a lot of tough decisions to make and a lot of tough decisions that are coming up and it was nice to have a lot of understanding,” McIntyre said. “The community is generally happy with the way things are going, but it’s also great to get a chance to hear what people hope to see in the future and that helps guide our future decisions as well.” From listening to the community voice their questions, McIntyre said he learned many people have concerns about the economy. He said it was interesting to see how many questions there were relating to the economy and specifically on the increase in minimum wage - not for just this year, but over the next few years and how it will all effect our bottom line. “A lot of people are concerned about the ripple effect that increasing that minimum wage will have,” McIntyre said. This is something that will have to be dealt with as a municipality and that everyone will have to deal with over the next few years he added. Council doesn’t have influence over the minimum wage increase but they have to deal with budget implications and impacts. “We’re definitely anticipating a budgetary impact when it comes to the ripple effect the increase in minimum wage will have,” McIntyre said.

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Online auction held in memory of husky puppy BY JASMINE O’HALLORAN-HAN SYLVAN LAKE NEWS The Sylvan Lake and Area Serenity Pet Shelter Society held an online auction Oct. 1st to 5th in memory of Stormy Rain a Husky cross puppy who passed away due to health complications on Aug. 15. Many things were offered on the online auction such as mini iPads, knitted head bands and blankets, along with many other items.

The total amount raise from this auction was not known at press time. Stormy Rain was one of five puppies who was rescued with their mother from a camp out in the north west said president of the society Melanie Crehan. “We were called out there because the dogs were starving and the lady was concerned for their survival so we went out and rescued them,” Crehan said.

The conditions the dogs were living in was absolutely terrible she said, but they did their best to try and save all five puppies which included costly veterinary care. Stormy Rain was the one puppy who did not survive due to a tiny piece of meat lodged in her esophagus, which began to well and push against her trachea. Crehan suspects she may have been fed meat broth,

but Stormy Rain was too tiny to be eating anything. “She was in terrible trouble and she passed away right in their arms,” Crehan said. “The people out there tried their best and they got most of the puppies to survive long enough for us to pick them up.” Crehan now has one of the surviving puppies, Tika, who is around 14 weeks old and is currently up for adoption.

This rambunctious puppy loves to play with the other older dogs who live in Crehan’s home. The society is doing well when it comes to adopting animals out to good homes as Crehan said once the animals have been advertised for adoption, they are adopted quickly. “We are very lucky to have some magnificent people that come forward,” Crehan said.

The society receives dogs almost on a weekly basis as people often surrender their animals due to not being able to take care of them anymore. Right now there are roughly 20 cats and dogs up for adoption who are currently staying in temporary foster homes and waiting to be adopted into their forever homes.

Ready For Forever Home - Sylvan Lake and Area Serenity Pet Shelter Society president Melanie Crehan holds Tika, a 14-week-old Husky cross who is up for adoption.

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RDC releases new online tool to assist future students COURTESY OF JEFF MASER RED DEER COLLEGE As Red Deer College is now accepting applications for students wishing to start classes in September, 2016, the organization is excited to release a new tool to assist prospective students in learning more about the College’s Schools, programs and services. The Custom Viewbook is a new online tool that allows students interested in attending RDC to build tailored information specific to their potential areas of interest. Dr. Paulette Hanna, Vice President, Academic at RDC, thinks this is an important evolution in assisting potential students in getting the information that is most valuable to them. “With an increasing number of post-secondary institutions for students to choose from, it is important for us to provide innovative tools for prospective students to use as they consider RDC as their choice for post-secondary education.” The Custom Viewbook allows for RDC to share more unique and detailed information than in traditional printed publications about each of the College’s Schools, programs and services with prospective students. The online version is targeted at prospective students and the people in their lives who help them make decisions about post-secondary education including parents, siblings, high school counsellors and teachers. With just a few simple steps, prospective students can choose the variety of information they wish to receive. Trent Rix, Director of Student Services at RDC, was involved in the implementation of the tool and believes it helps showcase the diversity of programs offered at RDC. “We know our student population is diverse, so it was important that we have a tool that helps students get the information they need to make decisions in a quick

and easy to use way.” “We know that students may have a variety of programs that pique their interests. Using the tool to create their Custom Viewbook, they can choose as many programs and services as they want to receive information about,” shared Rix. The information is shared via email, providing each prospective student a unique website address that allows a student to go back to view or modify their Custom Viewbook whenever they wish, email it to others or choose to print the most important

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Milestones A Big Thank You to all who attended and helped us Celebrate our 60th Anniversary Thanks for the gifts, cards and wishes. Thanks to the Legion Ladies for providing the lunch. Thanks to our family who organized and decorated. A special Thanks to our granddaughter for the great video presentation. We love you all, Marie and Garry Schlahs










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Shirley passed away September 24, 2015 at the age of 76 years. Having spent the last 73 years of her life and 50+ years in the Drug Store she was almost an icon in Sylvan Lake. She touched the lives of many people in our town, attested to by the many people who paid their respect to Shirley at her service.


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Flags of Remembrance returns to Highway 11 on Oct. 19th FOR2014: Veterans Voices of Canada founding executive director and producer Allan Cameron stands with his wife, veterans and supporters of the Flags of Remembrance at last year’s flag raising ceremony. Submitted

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thousands of Canadians alongside 1,000’s of flags as the Veteran’s Voices of Canada - Flags of Remembrance event will see four Canadian communities,

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Day itself. Following the success of last year’s Flags of Remembrance event alongside Highway 11 east of Sylvan Lake, Allan Cameron, Sylvan Lake resident of eight years and executive director of Veteran’s Voices of Canada, has big plans up his sleeve for this year’s event. “Right around noon you will hear the Red Deer Pipe and Drum band play, on either side of the highway you will see horses who are involved with veteran’s PTSD treatment,” explained Cameron during an interview with Sylvan Lake News. “The pipe band will begin playing, the horses begin walking and as they walk past the flags they will be raised, as that is happening we will see a vintage World War II plane do a fly over in honour of our veterans and fallen - then as the horses stop at the end of the flags we will hear a trumpeter playing ‘Last Post’.” Following this the crowd will be asked to take a moment of silence, then we hear from speakers including Cameron and MCpl. Paul Franklin - a veteran, activist, motivational speaker, and proud Canadian. Cameron added at exactly the same time flags are raising along Highway 11, flags will also be going up in four other communities including Ponoka, one in Ontario, one in B.C. and one in P.E.I. adding the spread of the movement across the country came from individual groups and

organizations partnering with Veterans Voices following the success of last year. This year’s event will also see the addition of 12 flags to the total, to which he explained will represent the 12,000 men and women missing in action. “We want people to look at the flags, understand what they represent and take a minute to think about it - if that’s even just one more minute than they would take normally throughout the year to think about it then that’s a positive thing,” explained Cameron on the Flags of Remembrance ceremony. “I know we are going to make an even bigger impact this year for the whole reason of why we are there - honour, remembrance and not only giving tribute to our missing in action and our fallen but also our current and past serving as well.” Cameron explained the first Flags of Remembrance event stemmed from an idea he had been mulling for the past five years, with last year being the boiling point-pinnacle for him. He added something kept bringing him back to the idea and he knew in 2014 it was high time to make it happen. “Around this time last year Patrice Vincent and Nathan Cirillo were taken down about a week before we raised the flags - but even before that I knew we had to do more to give our veterans and heroes more tribute throughout the year and this is another way to do that,” he said.

The inaugural Veterans Voices of Canada Flags of Remembrance event last year catapulted the organization into the national and international spotlight, with Cameron explaining news outlets across the globe picked up the story. “It was unbelievable to see the national and international coverage we received - you always hope something is going to be as big as you imagine it, but when it actually happens it takes your breathe away, “I received emails from veterans all over the world saying Canada never waves their flag, but they’re waving their flag now and it’s about time - it was such an incredible feeling to hear from those people.” The 2015 Flags of Remembrance will take place on October 19th, with the flag raising beginning at noon sharp. Attendees are encouraged to arrive as early as 11:30 a.m. with Veterans Voice of Canada welcoming volunteers of any kind. In addition to volunteers being needed, the organization is also still welcoming the sponsorship of ‘Hero/ Guardian’ plaques which will be attached to the flag poles allowing sponsors to say the ‘hero of their choosing is the guardian of the 1,000 fallen soldiers that flag represents.’ For more information on sponsorships or to volunteer contact Allan Cameron at (403)887-7114 or by emailing



On ice hockey training offered to prep future minor hockey players BY JASMINE O’HALLORAN-HAN SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Children ages six to ten have the unique opportunity of attending the on-ice Bauer First Shift Hockey Program this month. This program will be hosted in Blackfalds, with the welcome night beginning at 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 14, at the Blackfalds Community Hall. This is where parents can register their children with athletes receiving complete hockey gear that is brand new and theirs to keep. “The children will go and get their equipment and (they will be shown) how to put the equipment on in the proper order,” said program administrator and lead instructor Chris Overacker. The gear includes everything the child needs to wear on the ice such as skates, helmet, stick, knee, elbow and shoulder pads, pants, jersey and socks. This equipment is worth about $500 to $600 said Overacker, but parents are only paying $200 at registration time. The hour long ice times will start Oct. 28 at 6:15 p.m. and will be held for six weeks every Wednesday night at the same time at the Blackfalds Multiplex. Overacker said he has around six or seven volunteer instructors and around 18 children already signed up, with a program capacity of 45 children. The instructors have been trained by Hockey Canada to teach and plans are for one instructor to teach four children. Overacker said having a ration of four children to one instructor is beneficial for the children’s learning especially when it is six hours of on-ice training time. “We’re trying to get the most out of the kids as possible,” Overacker said. The first ice time the instructors will evaluate the children’s skill level, but there won’t be any children cut from the program. “It is just an evaluation of where these kids are so we can group them with kids at the same skill level,” Overacker

“THE CHILDREN WILL GO AND GET THEIR EQUIPMENT AND (THEY WILL BE SHOWN) HOW TO PUT THE EQUIPMENT ON IN THE PROPER ORDER.” - CHRIS OVERACKER said. When the children are grouped together the instructors will then be able to teach them and help them advance in their skills. He said there will be children who can’t even stand up on the ice but they will be taught the fundamentals of standing, moving their feet and gaining balance on the ice. “That’s why we want a four to one ratio so we can focus in on what the kids need,” Overacker said. The children will learn the fundamentals of skating, stick handling, shooting, passing and will also learn at a comfortable speed. Being a part of this program will be fun for the children as there will be time for games such as half ice drills. “With learning how to skate and learning how to play you want to have those kids touching the puck as much as possible,” Overacker said. One of the main goals of this program is to give children the confidence to play hockey when they have never played before, and after completing this program, children are more prepared to be on a minor hockey team. “Hopefully they want to play in some form or another starting in the following year and this will give them a good foundation to feel confident enough to play,” Overacker said. The hope is to see more registration in minor hockey which will show that this program has helped children overcome any intimidation of playing regular hockey, but Overacker said even the small success is worth it. “We have to limit our scope,” Overacker said. “Some of them can skate around the ice by the end of six weeks and not fall and that could be all that we can ask for. Ideally, we want every kid to improve from the

level that they are at.” This program is also a great opportunity for children to see if they are truly interested in playing hockey, without their parents spending a lot of money on hockey equipment or committing a lot of time to the sport. “With around seven hours of time parents can see if their kids like it,” Overacker said. “It’s a

good try out, you get all the equipment and you get six ice times. This is kind of a good test

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Atom AA coach optimistic on hockey season despite recent losses BY JASMINE O’HALLORAN-HAN SYLVAN LAKE NEWS The Lakers Atom AA played their second league game against Red Deer last Saturday losing the hard fought battle 4 to 8. Red Deer started out strong with scoring their first goal by Xaiden Bignell during the first period at 16 minutes and 12 seconds, with Lakers player Aiden Komarniski scoring their first goal assisted by Landon Green and Keith McInnis eight minutes later. Red Deer was able to score two more goals in the first period followed by two more in the second and three in the third. The Lakers were only able to score just two goals in the second period with another in the third. With the hockey season just beginning losing two games in a row isn’t too concerning for head coach Zenon Komarniski, as at this stage the children are still getting used to each other and are learning their positions. “I’m not worried one bit,” Komarniski said. “We do a lot of positive things out there and there are lots we have to work on but it’s a long year so we will be all right.” At the end of a lost game he said he sometimes feels frustrated but also excepts the fact that sometimes the players have off days and sometimes they don’t play to their full potential. He added as long as the children are learning what they can improve on and are working to improve their

Atom AA players Talon Brigley and Jacob Selent battle for the puck to try and score against Red Deer during their second league game Saturday. JASMINE O’HALLORAN–HAN game performance, their progress will get better. “At the end of the day the score will always be what it is and that’s it,” Komarniski said. “You want the kids to be able to learn and grow and that’s all you can ask for.” He stated the children need to work on their teamwork skills because right now the players are playing like individuals when they

need to play together as a team, adding they have to learn to work as a team because at this level they have to work together to win their games as they are up against some really good teams. “You can’t win on your own,” Komarniski said. “They need to understand the importance of team work.” He said as their coach he

stresses the importance of team work and gives them feedback on their performance in the dressing room. If the team is winning the conversations are light talks, and when the team is losing it’s about the coach trying to correct things and getting the athletes to see the game in a different way. “Hopefully they can come out the next period and


during the next few games. “We will try to find a balance and see what kids work with each other,” Komarniski said. “The kids that have a slow start will all of a sudden be able to pick it up and realize that they can play with this kid or that kid and you try to find that balance until everybody is there.”




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Tigers play the Elks in season’s opening game BY JASMINE O’HALLORAN-HAN SYLVAN LAKE NEWS The West Central Tigers Midget AA hockey team played their season’s opening game against the Red Deer Elks Saturday evening losing the battle 2 to 7. The game looked promising in the first period as Tigers player Ryan Chambers scored the first goal 16 minutes and 48 seconds in the first period, assisted by Aaron Pickering. The Elks soon caught up and at 16 minutes 28 seconds Kyle Gibson scored their first goal of the first period assisted by Brady Berger and Connor Sullivan. The Elks were successful in scoring three more goals in the first period, followed by one goal in the second period and two goals in the third. The Tigers tried their best to catch up to the Elks but were only able to manage scoring their second goal in the third period at 11 minutes, 41 seconds. In losing to a strong team the Tigers learned it will take a lot of hard work to get better to win their games this season. “We proved a point that

regular season is totally different than pre-season,” said head coach Pat Garritty. “It’s a good team over there and they came hard, played hard and they took away a lot of our time and space and made it very difficult for us to get anything going.” He said the team learned that this is a big, tough, strong league and if the players are not prepared, they can be beat by any team, on any given night. Even though the team lost their first game Garritty still thought they played well but stresses in the long run they have to play better to be successful. He said the players have played against this team in the past seeing success but this time the opposing team got a good jump on them early in the game. “They got a few quick goals and it was just tough to recover,” Garritty said. “There’s not a lot of time and space in this league and when you get behind it can cost you.” The Tigers did their best to pick up their score in the second half of the game, giving it their all in the third period with their hard work paying off scoring at least

Tough Loss - West Central Tigers Midget AA Braydn Adams works against the Red Deer Elks to score a goal during their season’s opening league game Saturday. Jasmine O’Halloran–Han one more goal at 11 minutes and 41 seconds, but Garritty said unfortunately that was it. From this game he said the players will learn that

it is essential to come prepared and that every shift matters. “Play hard for your team mates and we’ll be fine,” Garritty said.

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Trieber continues to make waves on the ice as only female player on ‘AA’ team BY JASMINE O’HALLORAN-HAN SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Ten-year-old Annalisa Trieber plays right defense for the Atom AA hockey and is the only girl on her team. She has been playing hockey for five years now and stands tall on the ice with her long brown hair tied back in a pony tail. Being a strong skater she helps defend her team’s goalie from the puck entering the net. Playing on a team with a bunch of boys is nothing foreign to Trieber, as she isn’t treated any different from the other players and the boys are nice to her. “It’s great, I like being on the boys team, I’ve played it for so many years,” Trieber said. She has been playing right defense for two or three years now and said she likes the position because she is comfortable in it. Being right defense, it is her job to help the goalie, to make plays and to assist in goals. Trieber plays hockey several times a week and said so far this season she has learned where she has to be for her

player position. With experience in playing hockey and on teams with a lot of other boys Trieber said she would encourage other girls to play hockey and that there is no need to be nervous. “You don’t have to be nervous about it, you just get out there and have fun,” she said. “You don’t have to worry if it’s a boy or a girl you just get out there.” One of her team’s assistant coaches Jody Junk has been coaching Trieber for three years now and said she works very hard, is all business on the ice. “Annalisa is great to have on the team,” Junk said. “She’s a great kid to coach, she fits right in, she’s a great hockey player, a really strong skater and a treat to have on the team.” Trieber is living out her future career already as she said she wants to be a professional hockey player and play on the Canadian women’s national team with her father Miles being very supportive of her dream. “Anything is possible you just have to persue it,” he said. “She loves it and we’re

Future Pro - Atom AA right defense Annalisa Trieber works to keep the puck away from her team’s side of the rink during the game against Red Deer Saturday. Jasmine O’Halloran–Han

thankful to the coaches that she gets an opportunity to play.” When watching his daughter play he sees a great defensive player that can skate very well and move the puck

around the ice. Her skills in skating are the results of a lot of practice on the ice as well as being taught how to skate at the young age of six. She was involved in CanSkate power skating

which focused a lot on the basics of skating. When it comes to his daughter playing on a team with other boys Miles said it is no big deal and that she doesn’t know any different.

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Laker Jenna Meier serves during a match at the Lindsay Thurber Invitational tournament held in Red Deer over the weekend. Photo submitted

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Lakers eliminated in a heart breaking quarter final SUBMITTED The Sylvan Lake Grade 9 Lakers volleyball team attended the Lindsay Thurber invitational tournament on Friday Oct 2nd and 3rd. On the Friday night the team played really well together coming in first place in their pool to start Saturday in the top pool with Lindsay Thurber and Hunting Hills. The day began well with a split, one set going to Thurber and one to Lakers, but Lakers took it by point spread. From there the team struggled getting eliminated in a heart breaking quarter final against St Francis out of Calgary.



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Sylvan Lake Tigers football player Cody Querengesser decides where to throw the bowling ball to hit all the pins during the Tigers team building bowling and pizza day last Wednesday at Railside Bowling. JASMINE O’HALLORAN–HAN BY JASMINE O’HALLORAN-HAN The Sylvan Lake Tigers football players could be seen bowling in their jerseys at Railside Bowling Wednesday. The group of 31 were extremely excited about interacting with one another building friendships, having fun and doing other activities besides football. This is exactly what head coach Jeremy Martins had aimed for. “It’s a good opportunity to get them away from the field, do some team building and be with one another aside from the game of football,” Martins said. When he told the team they were going for bowling and pizza they were overjoyed. “They were so excited,” Martins said. “If we were in a stadium I am sure you’d need ear plugs.” Football is a complex sport and Martins wanted to get the athletes away from the field, doing drills and learning the game all of which they do during practice. Building up a team atmosphere where the boys learn to work with each other and respect each other is very important. “The most important thing was to get them here and getting to know each other away from the game,” Martins said. He added he wanted them to come out, have some fun, not worry about football for the day and hang out with friends and teammates. “I told these guys at the start of the season for the next eight weeks these are your brothers and your friends - that’s the way we’re going to treat them so it’s great to get out here and do that,” Martins said. The boys get along well with one other

even, with the coaches around to keep everyone focused and on task. The team has shown an incredible amount of learning and growth in the past four weeks with Martins stating he is very proud of the boys. He added they have come together very well after a short period of time, with a lot of the players not even knowing what the game of football was, let alone how to line up offense or defense. “In four weeks they have come together and are running plays like they have been doing it for years,” Martins said. “It’s incredible, I never would have thought that we would be at this level at this stage of the season.” He said a lot of the boys had never played the game before, and every position they play has a vital role to be executed properly in every single play but the boys have been able to do it all. “It’s taking a child and trying to mold them to play a specific position,” Martins said. “Whether it’s carrying a ball, tackling on defense, blocking up front on the line, each and every one of these kids are learning their roles in that position and doing a fantastic job, “With football you have to practice till you get it right because every position is so important.” Martins said they are definitely putting points on the board and doing what they need to do to be an awesome team. “If we were keeping score, aside from our very first game of the year where we lost three touch downs to two, we’ve gone undefeated since,” Martins said.

Lions roar past Dame under the lights of Great Chief Park Saturday Oct 3rd the Sylvan Lake Lions football team played against the Notre Dame football team at Great Chief Park in Red Deer at 7 p.m. under the lights. Having dropped the kids off at 5:30 for team gathering before the game, parents quickly left the field in order to run errands and kill time, as opposed to shivering in the bleachers. Parents arrived back in time with sleeping bags, toques and mitts for a very cool night of cheering the boys and girls on. Coming off the last couple games with losses the kids were ready for a win and so were the parents. Much improvement was noticed by the parents in the stands as the team seemed be working together much better. By half time the coffees were cold and the parents chilled but the Lions were up 22-12 so spirits were high. Everyone got up for a quick break and stretched their legs moving around a bit to warm up and quickly back to their seats to encourage the kids for the second half of the game. “It was a solid team effort by all the players. After two losses and a bye week the team came out on fire, we are seeing the team getting better each day and to see them rewarded for their hard work in practice is very gratifying. I am proud of the coaches and the hard work they are putting in to this team,” said head coach for the Sylvan Lake Lions Football, Vic Sloboda. “We can see the difference in the players because of it. To see the defense getting stronger is awesome. We struggled with stopping teams earlier in the season but the defense stood up with seven sacks and relentless pressure in the Notre Dame backfield. Our offense is getting better at their plays and blocking.

I am looking forward to seeing how they do next week against the reigning

league champions from last year. Lacombe Raiders come calling next Saturday.”

Game Stats: Warren Stewart Brown ran a total of 61 yards and got one touchdown Titan Lehmann ran a total of 118 yards and got one touchdown. Ethan Murphy Forest had 37 yards running and one touchdown. Tristan Hess had 35 yards running. Dax Bylsma QB sneak for one touchdown and four yards overall. Ryan Hewitt ran for 29 yards and had an 80 yard interception run back for a touchdown. Max Seib had 22 yards running. Matt Mcdiarmid went 4 out of 5 on converts. Jacob Weller had three and a half sacks. Ardan Kasha had two sacks. Brandon Moore had one and a half sacks A total of 56 yards were lost in those seven sacks Not to mention how many tackles behind the line of scrimmage these guys caused. . The rest of the supporting team making numerous blocks and tackles were: Josh St Pierre (9), Cole Matthews (11), Baylie Kennedy (17), Jackson McClemont-Waters (25), Jaycob Johanneson (34), Jacob Gauvin (42), Rachel Rush (53), Ben Tindall (55), Nick Polsinelli (56), Tristan Loewen (60), Brandon Becker (62), Ewan Ballentyne (85), Mataya Rideout (88). At the game injured was Jeremey McLaughlin (20). The coaching team was head coach Vic Sloboda (defense), Matt Merkley (offence), Ryan Haugan (lineman coach), Trainer Chrysta Lynn McLaughlin and manager Crystal Loewen.

The Sylvan Lake Lions took on the Notre Dame Cougars in a game Saturday night at Great Chief Park. The Lions brough home another win to add to their season record.

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#6, 20A Sylvaire Close Hours: M-F 8-5

Domestic, Import & Diesel Repair


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Chain Link Fences Wood Fences Decks Interior Framing Finish Work

ART LAKE 403-304-0727 (cell) 403-887-3760


The easy way to find a buyer for items you want to sell is with a Classified want ad. Phone 1-877-2233311

Glass Shops




1A Industrial Drive

Misc. Services


EASY ALBERTA DIVORCE: Free consultation call 1-800-320-2477 or CCA Award #1 Paralegal. A+ BBB Reputation. 26 years experience. Open Mon. - Sat.


INTERESTED IN the Community Newspaper business? Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking ADVERTISE PROVINCE for people like you. Post WIDE CLASSIFIEDS. your resume online. FREE. Reach over 1 million readVisit: weekly. Only $269 + seekers. GST (based on 25 words or less). Call now for details 1-800-282-6903 ext. Personal 228; Services



Whatever You’re Selling... We Have The Paper You Need! CLASSIFIEDS 1-877-223-3311 CALL NOW TO FIND OUT MORE

HIP OR KNEE Replacement? Arthritic conditions? Restrictions in walking/dressing? Disability Tax Credit. $2,000 tax credit. $20,000 refund. For Assistance: 1-844-453-5372.

Personal Services


DO YOU HAVE A Disability? Physical or mental. We can help you get up to $40,000 back from the Canadian Government. For details check out our website: or call us today toll free 1-888-875-4787.

Rental Equipment

• General Equipment Rental • STIHL Products Dealer #30 Industrial Drive 403-887-0012

WE CAN MAKE IT EASIER! It’s simple to run a Garage Sale Ad in the Classified section and make quick cash. Phone Classifieds 1-877-223-3311.

Roofing CANADA BENEFIT GROUP. Do you or someone you know suffer from a disability? Get up to $40,000. from the Canadian Government. Toll free 1-888-511-2250 or www.canadabenefit. ca/free-assessment.



METAL ROOFING & SIDING. 32+ colours available at over 55 Distributors. 40 year warranty. 48 hour Express Service available at select supporting Distributors. Call 1-888-263-8254.


Advocate Opportunities

To deliver the CENTRAL AB LIFE 1 day a week in: Innisfail Penhold Lacombe Sylvan Lake Olds Blackfalds


Directly behind our old location

Misc. Services

Advocate Opportunities

Imports • Domestic • Trucks • SUV • Diesel Repairs

CRIMINAL RECORD? Think: Canadian pardon. U.S. travel waiver. Divorce? Simple. Fast. Inexpensive. Debt recovery? Alberta collection to $25,000. Calgary 403-228-1300/ 1-800-347-2540.

Len Campbell Owner/Operator 8 Cuendet Industrial Way, Sylvan Lake




Legal Services


Please call Rick for details 403-314-4303

Please call Debbie at 403-314-4307


Buy & Sell #1500 - #1990 Aircraft ..............................1510 Antiques & Art ..................1520 Auctions ............................1530 Bicycles ............................1540 Building Supplies ..............1550 Business Machines ..........1560 Cameras & Accessories ..1570 Children’s Items ................1580 Clothing ............................1590 Computers ........................1600 Concert & Event Tickets ..1610 Equipment - Misc. ............1620 Equipment - Heavy ..........1630 Tools ................................1640 Farmers’ Market & Food Basket......................1650 Firewood ..........................1660 Lumber ............................1670 Garden Supplies ..............1680 Lawn Tractors ..................1690 Health, Dietary, Beauty ....1700 Household Appliances......1710 Household Furnishings ....1720 TV’s, Stereos, VCR’s ........1730 Hot Tubs & Accessories ..1740 Jewellery ..........................1750 Kid’s Deals........................1755 Misc. For Sale ..................1760 Musical Instruments..........1770 Music Lessons..................1780 Piano & Organs ................1790 Office Supplies ................1800 Pets & Supplies ................1810 Pet Services ....................1820 Cats ..................................1830 Dogs ................................1840 Sports Cards ....................1850 Sporting Goods ................1860 Collectors’ Items ..............1870 Swap, Barter & Trade ......1880 Travel Packages ..............1900 Wedding Supplies ............1910 Recycled Products............1920 Wanted to Buy ..................1930 Items to Give Away ..........1940



FARMLAND/GRAZING LAND near Keephills, Alberta. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction, October 29 in Edmonton. 6 parcels 855+/- acres West of Stony Plain. Jerry Hodge: 780-706-6652;


COMMERCIAL FOOD EQUIPMENT. Saturday, Oct. 17, 12 Noon, MAS Sales Centre, Blackfalds, Alberta. Selling coolers, freezers, ranges, ovens, display cases, SS Sinks, appliances, dishwashers, mixers, slicers, prep table, tables & chairs, small wares; www. 1-800-371-6963. HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL LOTS in High River, Alberta. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction, October 29 in Edmonton. 2 parcels Paved street, zoned Direct Control/Highway Commercial Industrial. Jerry Hodge: 780-706-6652; INDUSTRIAL/ AGRICULTURAL LAND in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction, October 29 in Edmonton. 4 parcels 240.9+/- Acres, $12,439 Surface Lease & Power Line Revenue. Jerry Hodge: 780-706-6652; LAKE FRONT HOME at Jackfish Lake, Alberta. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction, October 29 in Edmonton. 6400 +/- walkout bungalow, interior to be completed, 2.08 +/- title acres. Jerry Hodge: 780-706-6652; OUTDOOR SPORTS STORE Surplus Auction. Sat., Oct. 17, 9 a.m., MAS Sales Centre, Blackfalds, Alberta. Selling hunting & gun accessories, hiking socks, Pronghorn Footwear, hunting bow, tackle, Leatherman, knives & more; www. 1-800-371-6963.



SHALLOW WELL ENT. LTD. Erskine, Alberta. Thursday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. Gas well testing & production equipment, flare stack, office & equipment trailers, vehicles, pipe & fittings, pumps, specialty tools & more. See 1-800-371-6963. UNDEVELOPED COUNTRY RESIDENTIAL LOTS at Baptiste Lake, Alberta. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction, October 29 in Edmonton. 2.05+/- and 1.62+/- title acres, power & natural gas at property line. Jerry Hodge: 780-706-6652; UNRESERVED AUCTION for Rene Williams Farm. Provost, Alberta. Saturday, October 10. Tools, trucks, 27 antique tractors, boat, car, antiques! Starts 10 a.m. Scribner Auction, 780-842-5666; www. UNRESERVED AUCTION OCT. 15. PPEC Pacer Promec & Oilsands Exediting. Construction, trucks, trailers, tools, cranes, inventory, seacans, buildings. Fort McMurray, phone 780-944-9144; www.



A-CHEAP, lowest prices, steel shipping containers. Used 20’ & 40’ Seacans insulated & 40’ freezers, Special $2200 Wanted: Professional wood carver needed. 1-866-528-7108;

SYLVAN LAKE BUSINESS DIRECTORY Get your business out there! Call Shannon or Leah at 403.887.2331!


• Septic Tanks • Campgrounds

• Camps • RVs • Holding Tanks

• Barn Pits • Lagoons



Toll Free 1-877-292-6777

ROOFING SIDING x STONE If you choose us as your contractor we will: • • • •

Listen to your needs and concerns Provide high quality products Show attention to detail Carefully clean up, leaving your yard the way we found it • Provide you with the best warranty in the business We are manufacturer certified and have over 20 years experience. We work all seasons of the year.


$37.00+GST per week

Based on a 12 week commitment. Does not include the $2.25 per week web surcharge



Call Al for a free estimate: George & Karen Meiklejohn

Ph. 403-887-8876 email:

* Home Based * No Service Fees • Flights • Hotels • Packages - Experienced Travellers 5031 - 37 Street, Sylvan Lake


Leah Bousfield

Advertising Sales Phone: 403-887-2331 Fax: 403-887-2081 AB Toll Free Ph: 1-888-882-2331 AB Toll Free Fax: 1-888-999-2081


29 Suite 103, 5020-50A Street Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1R2

30 SYLVAN LAKE NEWS Misc. for Sale



BEAUTIFUL SPRUCE TREES. 4-6ft. $35.00 each. Machine planting:$10/tree (includes bark mulch and fertilizer). 20 tree minimum order. Delvery fee $75-$125/ order. Quality guaranteed. 403-820-0967


50 gal. Waterford Defender Safety System - Gas. Only used for a couple of months - like new!! Reason for selling is we switched to direct venting unit. New was $850. $425. 403-318-4653

Buildings For Sale

For Rent #3000 - #3200

Realtors & Services..........4010 Houses for Sale................4020 Houses Wanted ................4030 Condos/Townhouses ........4040 Acreages ..........................4050 Acreages Wanted ............4060 Farms/Land ......................4070 SYLVAN 2 bdrm. upper Farms/Land Wanted ........4080 level 900 sq. ft. condo, Manufactured/ modern carpet and lino colors, close to shopping Mobile Homes ..................4090 avail. Oct. 1. 403-341-9974 Income Property ..............4100 Commercial Property ......4110 Industrial Property ............4120 Cottages/Resort Property ..4130 Businesses for Sale..........4140 Buildings for Sale ............4150 Lots for Sale ....................4160 LARGE, Clean 2 bdrm. Out of Town Property ......4170 APT. in downtown Sylvan Investment Opportunities ..4180 Lake, avail. now. Strictly Mortgages Bought/Sold....4190

Condos/ Townhouses




N/S, no pets. Seeking stable, employed tenant able to provide ref’s. Rent $800./mo. + power & gas. Inquire/view 403-887-3021

Agricultural #2000 - #2290 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.

For Rent

Real Estate #4000 - #4190



PASTURE & HAY LAND. 400 - 8000 acres of year round water supply. Full operational with management available. Central Saskatchewan. Crossfenced & complete infrastructure. Natural springs excellent water. Shortly ready to locate cattle. Other small & large grain & pasture quarters. $150k - $2.6m. Call Doug Rue 306-716-2671.


Manufactured Homes

GRANDVIEW MODULAR HOMES Now Offering 24 X 68 Homes. Starting from $157,900 including delivery (Conditions apply). Call one of our two locations for details: 403-945-1272 (Airdrie) or 403-347-0417 (Red Deer).


The easy way to find a buyer for items you want to sell is with a Classified want ad. Phone 1-877-2233311


Properties QUIET AREA


Large bungalow 2 + 1 bdrm duplex Bsmnt with TV rm & bdrm GARAGE 5 appls Backs onto green space N/P  N/S Avail Nov. 1

Family friendly twnhse. 2 storey. 3 bdrm 1 ½ bath Large open Kit/eating area /6appls Full unfin bsmnt N/P  N/S $1295 + utils



Lovely 2 bdrm house Great yard. 6 appls. Bring your approved PET! Easy Hwy access. Close to Schools, parks, shopping.

2 storey-fin bsmnt 3 bdrm up & 1 down 6 appls.  2.5 baths Deck in fenced yard Approved PET welcome! GARAGE $1450 + utils


STEEL BUILDINGS. “ Madness Sale!” All buildings, all models. You’ll think we’ve gone Mad deals. Call now and get your deal. Call Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422; TELL it all! Tell it well! Make your ads sell for you by giving full description of goods or services offered. Include prices and terms. Phone 1-877-223-3311 for a friendly ad taker.

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

Money To Loan


BANK SAID NO? Bank on us! Equity Mortgages for purchases, debt consolidation, foreclosures, renovations. Bruised credit, self-employed, unemployed ok. Dave Fitzpatrick: 587-437-8437, Belmor Mortgage. GET BACK on track! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need money? We lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420; NEED A LOAN? Own property? Have bad credit? We can help! Call toll free 1-866-405-1228; www.À

Public Notice #6000 Public Notices ..................6010 Special Features ..............6050

Public Notices


NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND CLAIMANTS Estate of WILBERT LYNN WALKER, who died on April 14, 2015 If you have a claim against this estate, you must file your claim by November 14, 2015 with:

403-887-8552 Wee also W allso manage homes homes iin n IInnisfail, nniisffaiil Penhold, Red Deer and Lacombe

403-314-0099 • 403-358-0502


SUGIMOTO & COMPANY, Barrister & Solicitors Attention: Allen B. Gommeringer at: 204, 2635-37 Avenue N.E. Calgary, Alberta T1Y 5Z6 and provide details of your claim. If you do not file by the date above, the estate property can be lawfully be distributed without regard to any claim you may have.

CLUES ACROSS 1. Cronkite's network 4. Fire insect 7. Gas usage measurement 10. Express pleasure 11. Humbug 12. Every 13. Capital is Valletta 15. Copycat 16. Bound book sheets 19. Steps to an upper floor 22. Local school organizations 23. Old English 24. Atomic #73 25. Cheerless 26. The bill in a restaurant 28. Singer ___ Lo Green 30. Domesticated 33. Mammary gland of a cow 37. Honorable title (Turkish) 38. Alias 39. Emblem of a clan 42. Edouard __, Fr. painter 44. Short-term memory 46. Used to speak to the Queen 47. Vertical spar for sails 50. Expresses surprise 52. Morning 53. A long narrative poem 57. Minor punishment 61. Ice or roller 62. GE founder's initials 63. Moses' elder brother 64. Beak 65. A major division of geological time 66. Fuss & bother 67. Young women's association 68. Feeling sorrow 69. Straggle CLUES DOWN 1. Bog arum lily 2. Thin plain-weave cotton fabric 3. Thick rough piled carpet 4. A way to lessen 5. Amazon river tributary 6. Larceny 7. Make ale 8. Begged 9. White of egg 13. Road travel guide 14. Aircraft tail

17. Italian monk title 18. Sino-Soviet block (abbr.) 20. Goblin 21. A baglike structure in a plant or animal 27. Date 29. I, Portuguese 30. Design on the skin 31. Time before 32. Free from gloss 34. V.P. Quayle 35. Supplement with difficulty 36. Tell on 40. Landed properties 41. Metric ton 42. One thousandth of an ampere 43. Former __ Hess, oil company 45. Siemans conductance unit 46. Woman (French) 47. More (Spanish) 48. Request 49. Group jargon 51. Stakes 52. In advance 54. Yiddish meat pie 55. Equal, prefix 56. Box (abbr.) 58. Having nine hinged bands of bony plates 59. Scarlett's home 60. S. branch of the Lower Rhine



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MARKET UPDATE Growing population keeps market stable Sylvan Lake sales in September kept pace with August’s and were on par with September of 2014. The number of active listings is down, contrary to expectations in a slower economy and unlike most central Alberta markets we serve. The Sylvan Lake market has fared extremely well this year considering ATB economists are now predicting a slight contraction in the Alberta economy for 2015 and only modest growth for 2016. The biggest reason for our stable market is our population is still growing (a net gain of more than 8,000 people in Alberta in the 2nd quarter of this year, along with similar gains in the first quarter). This week’s ATB Financial 4th Quarter Economic Outlook stated, “After 5 years of exceptionally strong growth, it now appears certain that Alberta’s economy will contract in 2015. While that will be a challenge for many businesses and individuals who will face loss of income and employment, it is not uncommon for our energy-dependant province to face the occasional recession. The single reason for the economic challenges this year is the drop in oil prices..... producers in Alberta have cut investments,

spending and workers.... Other major economic indicators showed some stability over the first three quarters of the year. Residential construction was solid, wholesale and retail trade has stabilized and manufacturing has leveled

off (albeit at a lower value than a year ago).” See the entire report at www. Call us for detailed market information for Sylvan Lake, Red Deer, Blackfalds, Lacombe or Ponoka.


ALF MOORE 403.350.6193


Most Expensive Home Sold in August:

Sylvan Lake Area is defined as the Town of Sylvan Lake and the Sylvan Lake Summer Villages.



Year-to-date Sales:


DOWN 23.5%

GLEN GOODALL 403.318.0604

Sales to Listing Ratio:

$300,000 - $350,000 Least Active Price Range:




$1,550,000 Most Active Price Range:


Number of Sales in the Sylvan Lake Area* in September:

242 Sylvan Lake Area is defined as the Town of Sylvan Lake and the Sylvan Lake Summer Villages.

CARL STEPP 403.358.9300


à MARKET STATISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER 2015 Ä Total number of MLS listings in the Sylvan Lake Area* as of October 1:

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Sylvan Lake News, October 08, 2015  

October 08, 2015 edition of the Sylvan Lake News

Sylvan Lake News, October 08, 2015  

October 08, 2015 edition of the Sylvan Lake News