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Students cheer on their teachers and other volunteers — tasked with eating a piece of fried chicken without the use of their hands — during Medieval Days at Stettler Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 28. (Competing in the game from left are Denyse Boyd, Marilyn Potter, Leah Watts and Alex Buttars.) Please see our story on page 4.

Trustees approve new configuration for Stettler schools New plan will see middle school eliminated, grades split between other schools Joel van der Veen INDEPENDENT REPORTER

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Trustees have approved a motion that is expected to result in major changes for the distribution of grades in Stettler’s public schools for September 2015. The Clearview Public Schools board based its motion on a recommendation from superintendent Peter Barron, contained in a 48-page report presented at the board’s regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29. The plan, which is expected to take effect for the 2015-16 school year, would see Stettler Middle School eliminated, with

its grades split between the other schools in the Stettler complex. Stettler Elementary School would expand to include Kindergarten through Grade 6, while William E. Hay Composite High School would then cover grades 7 through 12. Each of the two schools would have one assigned principal. Stettler Outreach School would continue to operate, either with a designated site principal — as is currently the case — or under the direction of the high school principal. Botha School, which currently provides Kindergarten through Grade 5, would expand

to include Grade 6, bringing the school in line with the new configuration in Stettler. Barron’s recommendation gave the board the option of continuing with the “status quo” configuration or adopting the new one. The board voted unanimously to adopt the new configuration, which was noted by chair Cheri Neitz. “That’s good to see unity, moving forward,” she told the Independent this week. “We want this to be a positive move.” Barron’s report took into consideration the history of the schools in Stettler, as well as consultations, surveys and dis-

cussions that have taken place over the last couple of years. These included a facility analysis conducted at the end of 2012, a major survey taken in the fall of 2013, and a research summary completed in February 2014 by the University of Calgary’s Joanne Steinmann. The superintendent was tasked in October with reviewing “the issues pertaining to schools in the Town of Stettler through staff, student and parent engagement, and to provide the Board with recommendations for their resolution in January 2015.” continued on page 4


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Though Olive Long wasn’t alive to see the 35th anniversary of the project she started in 1980, her presence was felt in every piece of clothing, jewelry, dishware and buttons that make up the bulk of Superfluity’s crowded shelves. On Thursday, Jan. 29, the volunteer-run thrift store held a special grand reopening after renovations added much-needed shelving to the store. The gathering drew in crowds, filling the small store to the gills. Superfluity started in 1980 with a handful of volunteers, a number that has ballooned to include more than 80 today. Volunteers from the Outreach School go through bags and bags of donations, pluck buttons from clothes destined to become rags, clean and maintain the store, and run the till.

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T The Town of Stettler’s Deputy Mayor, Al Campbell, cuts the ribbon officially opening the recently renovated Superfluity Thrift Store in Stettler. Pictured, from left, are Betty Sideritsch, Jean Usher, Phyllis Epp, Campbell, Elva Regan, Jean Gilbert, and DeLores Duris. Yvonne Coleman also held the ribbon. Missing is Bernice Brown. The store was started not only to recycle perfectly usable items being sent to the landfill, but also to return that money to the community in the way of program support. Jean Gilbert, who was the Stettler & District Family and Community Support Services director in 1980, helped Long start the store. “I am so proud,” Gilbert said to the gathered crowd. “Olive, I wish you were here to see this dream come true.” In the first 15 years of existence, Superfluity injected $75,000 back into the Stettler and area community. In 2013, Superfluity raised and donated that same amount in just 12 months, showing the popularity of the local thrift store. In 2014, that number reached $97,000. The money goes to local community programs and charities and sponsors activities like free swimming at the community pool. Gail Benjamin, the volunteer coordinator at Stet-

tler Hospital, thanked the volunteers at Superfluity for their hard work, noting it’s made a huge difference for the hospital. “I see many of the volunteers at Superfluity as volunteers at the Hospital,” she said. “These people give so much.” The hospital is in the final stages of selecting a new nurse call system that will make the lives of nurses and patients much better, using money donated by Superfluity. “You make an impact on our daily lives,” she said. Superfluity supports the Handivan program, the breakfast program at the schools, and has given away four $500 scholarships at the local high school. This year, they donated $10,000 towards a new day care building. Excess clothing and goods are sent monthly to shelters in surrounding communities, helping provide for women and children in unstable situations. As part of the celebra-

tion, three teams – one from the local Home Hardware, one from the Credit Union, and one from the Outreach School – had 15 minutes to “shop” and do a fashion show. The three organizations support Superfluity. At the end of 15 minutes, the teams debuted their choices. The three models – all men – came out in wigs. One was dressed as a pirate, limping on a crutch and wearing a parrot doll on his shoulder. Another came out looking like quite the formal dame and was dubbed Her Majesty. The third looked like a blonde beach babe in brightly coloured beachy wear. Each team was given a donation of $100 to go to their favourite charities, and each were presented with the first Olive Award – a barbie doll stuck to a piece of wood and spray-painted bright neon pink. One of the donations was gifted back to Superfluity, another went to the Ronald McDonald House, and the third to the High School.


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Trio go on stolen vehicle tour of rural Stettler Stacey Lavallie INDEPENDENT REPORTER Police are asking people to keep their eyes peeled for a stolen car after three suspects went on a vehiclestealing tour of rural Stettler this past weekend. The three came into the county in a stolen vehicle from Wetaskiwin, which was abandoned and torched on the roadside. The three stole a vehicle from a nearby residence and, after getting it stuck, stole another. They then drove to another residence, abandoned the vehicle and stole another, and headed to yet another residence where they again abandoned the vehicle before stealing the as yet unaccounted for car. The car, a black two-door 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, has an Alberta licence plate BLD 6662. Police are currently investigating and believe the three and the stolen car have left the county. Suspicious person’s complaint nabs two thieves-to-be Police received a phone tip from a concerned resident early in the afternoon on Saturday, Jan. 31, about two men loitering suspiciously near the post office. Police found the two men, who were “very much under the effect of

No further sign of rats at landfill: county Stacey Lavallie INDEPENDENT REPORTER Staff at Stettler County are breathing a tentative sigh of relief after days of observation at the landfill site has resulted in nary a sign of rat activity. Quinton Beaumont, director of agricultural services for the county, had the unenviable task of breaking the news that a Norway rat had been caught in a trap at the site. The traps were laid after attentive staff had spotted a rodent they believed was too large to be one of the resident mice. “Norway rats are a very aggressive, destructive rodent,” Beaumont said. “They’re worse than their pack rat and sewer rat cousins. continued on page 8

crystal methamphetamines,” according to Stettler RCMP Cpl. Cameron Russell. According to Russell, the two men had stolen a vehicle earlier in the day from a home in Red Deer before coming to scout the community. After the arrest, the police found a quantity of crystal methamphetamines, break-in tools and stolen property in the car. A 42-year-old man, a former Stettler resident, is charged with a count of mischief, though his companion, a 36-year-old Calgary man, earned himself two counts of mischief, a charge each of possession of narcotics and possession of break-in tools, and 10 counts of possession of stolen property. He also has many breach of condition charges levied against him, Russell said. “They had full intentions to be in town a while to see what they could steal,” Russell said. Police are preparing for a possibility of an increase in some petty crimes as layoffs in the oil industry continue. “We’re not expecting a huge influx (of crime), but we’re ready,” Russell said. He explained that for those who work in the industry who have drug habits and lose much of their income, a search for ways to feed the habit can see to an increase in crime.

Planes collide near Bashaw Two home-built kit planes came down hard northwest of Bashaw on Sunday, Feb. 1, sending one man to the hospital with serious leg injuries. The two planes were single-engine home-built kit aircrafts and were travelling parallel to each other when they touched, sending the aircrafts reeling. One pilot was able to land his craft in a field near the intersection of Township Road 424 and Range Road 221, while the other had a less controlled landing nearby. “They didn’t ‘fall out of the sky,’” Bashaw RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Cameron Paul said. “It was more of a very rough landing.” Paul said the use of home-assembled kit planes is not uncommon as they are less expensive for people to build their own. They can vary in size, materials and construction, but are subject to rules set down by Transportation Canada, which has taken over the investigation. The planes were travelling from Carstairs to Red Deer Lake when they collided, resulting one pilot being evacuated to University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton by STARS air ambulance. The other pilot, who landed safely, was treated by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries.

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Students learn the knight’s code during Medieval Days Joel van der Veen INDEPENDENT REPORTER It was a trip back in time to the days of chivalry, of jousting and dueling, and of runaway dragons. Medieval Days may not have been entirely historically accurate, but it lived up to the spirit of those days of yore, making for two fun-filled days for the students and staff of Stettler Elementary School (SES). The event, held on Tuesday, Jan. 27 and Wednesday, Jan. 28, was the brainchild of teachers Kim Poapst and Jill Neitz, who have organized similar

themed events each year for the past five years. Poapst, Neitz and other teachers and volunteers were dressed in medieval garb as they led their students through games and activities based around the theme. These included races across the gym floor on rolling rafts, riding on wooden horses and climbing over a mountain of gym mats. Along the way, they helped Poapst — dressed as the knight Sir Goof-alot — finish building her drawbridge and reunited her with her “dragon,” portrayed by different stu-

dents in costume. At the end, teachers and volunteers also competed in several games, including a jousting match on horseback and a contest that involved eating a piece of fried chicken while their hands were tied behind their backs. The activities were fun but also served a purpose: reinforcing the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Students,” which the SES students have been learning over the course of the year. These were rewritten slightly in keeping with the theme of the day. For example, students recited

the following: “I shall extend chivalry to my fellow knights” and “I shall strategize with my noblemen, women and dragon before attacking the problem alone.” Poapst said she and Neitz began planning for the events before Christmas, with the goal being to create “a fun activity that they’ll remember forever.” “It’s always a huge success, the kids always love it,” said Poapst. Many of the props came from past school events or were borrowed from other groups, including the Bashaw Community Theatre and Circle Square

Ranch, which loaned the school the wooden horses. The throne came from an earlier school production of The Emperor’s New Clothes, while other backdrops were repainted to match the medieval theme. Each of the school’s grades got to enjoy the festivities over the two days, beginning with the Grade 1 students on Tuesday morning and finishing with the Grade 4 classes and pre-Kindergarten kids on Wednesday afternoon. Students were instructed to dress in certain colours so that each team could be easily identified.

Teachers were asked to dress in period costumes, although some were made available for those who didn’t have medieval outfits on hand. In keeping with the hygienic standards (or lack thereof) of the time, they were also asked not to shave or shower, although Poapst said with a laugh that most likely did not comply with that request. The events began with an Olympic celebration in 2010, the same year the winter games were held in Vancouver. Other themes since then have included Australia, Canada Days and Duck Dynasty.

Trustees approve new configuration for Stettler schools continued from front page The current configuration has been blamed for various issues, such as budgetary concerns, problems with sharing of resources and facilities, and an awkward transition into high school for students arriving from the division’s smaller rural schools. Parents, students and other community members had the opportunity to offer their final input through an electronic survey, introduced at an open house in January. Neitz said the survey results were made available to board trustees prior to their vote last week, but doubted they would be made public, owing to privacy concerns. She added that the survey only represented part of the data made available to the trustees. “There were a lot of factors into making this decision,” she explained. “Ultimately, it came down to what we felt was best for the students.” After the division announced the board’s decision on Thursday, its Facebook page was flooded with comments — some of which were apparently deleted — expressing displeasure, outrage and fear. “People are having a reaction that’s kind of expected in some ways,” Barron told the Independent this week. “They don’t yet know all the details.” He said he anticipated that many of the greatest changes would be administrative, and that in many ways, stu-

dents’ educational experiences would not change dramatically, with the same classes taught by the same staff. Many of the details are yet to be determined, he said, adding that the division will continue to hear the concerns of the public as it hammers those out. “It was up to the board to give us direction, and then we would figure out those details,” he said, noting that he had heard many valid concerns and others that appeared to be “perception issues.” He said the most common concern appeared to be over the potential mixing between Grade 7 and 8 students and high schoolers. Barron cited his own experience with high school students in Stettler and other areas, saying it was “unfair” to assume that they would have a negative influence on younger students. He also responded with a public message posted online, reassuring parents that students in younger grades would still be well supervised and would not have all the freedoms and privileges afforded to high school students. “People are concerned,” he said, adding that as more information becomes available, “their anxiety will be reduced and they’ll see that this will turn out to be a really great decision, actually.” Trustee Ken Checkel pointed out during Thursday’s meeting that schools like Castor’s Gus Wetter School have operated with a K-12 environment with no major concerns. “I’m kind of shaking my head about


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that,” he said. “I don’t know where that concern is coming from.” “Just because they’re in the same school doesn’t mean the same rules apply,” noted trustee Karen Holloway, who represents Castor. According to Barron’s report, the new configuration would bring a host of benefits, from balancing numbers of students between the schools and aligning their athletic programs with others in the province, to allowing long-term financial stability for the schools. Neitz said the change would align the schools with the current provincial curriculum. She also cited other school divisions that reported declines in students dropping out under this alignment of grades. The new configuration will also reduce the number of transitions for students moving through the Stettler schools or coming from other rural schools to Stettler. “Even though they’re in one big complex, it’s still a transition,” said Neitz, adding that research has indicated the wisdom of reducing those transitions where possible. A press release issued by the division said the changes would result in a “new school culture,” allowing more opportunities for collaboration and improved utilization of school facilities. In response to concerns that the transition would result in job losses, Neitz said she didn’t anticipate that would be the case, as the number of people

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Potter takes on executive director role at Stettler FCSS Joel van der Veen INDEPENDENT REPORTER A familiar face has taken the helm as the new executive director for Stettler and District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). Shelly Potter, a 17-year veteran of the local FCSS office, accepted the role at the Community Support Centre on a permanent basis effective on Monday, Jan. 19. She had been filling the role on an interim basis since the former executive director, Wendy Rhyason, tendered her resignation last November. Potter, who previously served as the centre’s program manager, said that despite the changing of the guard, there are no major changes on the horizon for the local office. “It’s business as usual,” she told the Independent last week. “We’re looking forward to moving forward and continuing to serve the community.” That said, Potter said that Stettler FCSS is always on the lookout for new opportunities to serve and help by filling in gaps that exist in the services offered locally. Stettler FCSS receives 80 per cent of its funding annually from the provincial government, while the remaining 20 per cent comes from the town and the county of Stettler. Board chair James Nibourg explained

that the aim of the FCSS is to address the needs of the communities it serves through running or funding programming or, if it can’t do so directly, to refer people to other agencies that can. “People come to us every year for proposals,” said Potter. “We direct the money out to those groups that offer community programming.” For instance, she said the office has just received a $50,000 grant from the provincial government for an additional aftercare program that will run for the next two years. The office also has plans to host workshops for those affected by changes in the energy industry. Those events will be free of charge and the first one will be held March 19. FCSS offers family and individual counselling through registered psychologist Kerbi McKnight, as well as supporting a variety of other programs, ranging from the Stettler Regional Child Care Centre to Caring Companions, a recently-introduced program through which volunteers reach out to visit senior citizens in the area. Other services include a life skills coaching program, information referrals and assistance in filling out government forms. For seniors and persons with disabilities, FCSS offers homemaker services, Meals on Wheels and a handyman referral program.

The Stettler FCSS office also co-ordinates the annual Christmas hamper program and was responsible for starting the Superfluity thrift shop as a pilot project 35 years ago. Potter was raised in the Stettler area and originally studied at Concordia University College in Edmonton to become a career and employment counsellor. She is currently continuing her education in Addictions Studies at Mount Royal University; her daughter and grandchildren also live in the Stettler area. Potter said she finds she is learning something new every day through her work at FCSS, adding, “It’s very fulfilling that way.” “It’ll take a while to get settled and figure out the job,” she continued, encouraging the public to stop by and learn more about what FCSS offers. “The door is always open, and we’re always here to help.” For more information, call 403-7422337 or visit

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Shelly Potter, a 17-year veteran of Stettler and District Family and Community Support Services, officially took over as the office’s new executive director on Jan. 19.


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Will the approach to oil economy change any time soon? Whether last week’s highly theatrical announcement by Premier Jim Prentice about him and his cabinet colleagues taking five a per cent pay cut in view of the province’s budget shortfalls was an act of desperation or a successful public relations maneuver, probably time will tell. But what is certain is that the move is by no means even close to addressing the problems caused by the decline in revenues from the royalties of oil and gas production in Alberta. Provincial media made a rough calculation estimating that cabinet’s total pay cut would amount to only about $600,000 a year, a ridiculously small figure to help address the problem of projected deficit. Even if MLAs agree to a similar pay cut, it is highly unlikely that resulting figure could be a solution to the problem. But what is suggested with the pay cut is somewhat disturbing: The premier and the cabinet might have wanted to signal to the public and the public employees that, now that

they have taken the lead, public sector employees might need to step up to the plate and take some pay cut of their own as well; an idea which has received immediate and categorical rejections from public sector unions. That is probably not going to happen unless the provincial government takes some forceful measures at the expense of ruining their chances at the early provincial elections, which are all but certain to be announced probably within weeks. But here, there should be other questions asked as to whether our provincial government (and the federal government, for that matter) has been showing due diligence in collecting what is due to the province from the energy sector. A 2014 report, which was largely ignored by Canadian media, calculates that this country provides a total of $34 billion in direct and indirect subsidies on an annual basis to the energy sector, that is oil, gas and coal production.

The source of the report is not a left-wing organization or an environmental vigilante group, it is the International Monetary Fund, the global watchdog of capitalist economic system. And the report makes clear that the figure is calculated by taking into account all the economic, environmental and social factors involved in the production processes. According to the report, the subsidies include uncollected taxes, waiving of payments for the use of resources and habitat, and in some cases providing financial entitlements. Take for instance the taxation; if a construction worker purchases steel-toed boots, an indispensable piece of work equipment, s/he is taxed on that purchase, but an oil company has the leeway to deduct its purchase of drilling equipment from taxable spending. We, living in the cities or smaller communities, pay garbage collection fees, but companies operating

in the oil sands regions not only do not pay for the water they use, but also they use the environment as dumping ground for their waste without paying any fees. Given that Alberta has the most oil-dependent economy in the country, it is only natural to conclude that this province probably provides most of these subsidies. Now, at a time of declining oil prices, and just before an election campaign during which a lot of funding will be needed, no one can realistically expect the government of Jim Prentice to antagonize oil companies by even hinting that what has not been collected so far might have to be in the future. The question is whether one will be far too optimistic to hope that the PC leadership and the provincial bureaucracy might have learnt a lesson that will allow them to collect and use the royalty revenues more carefully and productively by the time the next boom cycle arrives. – Mustafa Eric

Ag leadership turnover can be difficult The agriculture industry is famous for being one of the most highly politicized sectors of the economy. It’s mainly due to the nature of the business and the independent slant of those involved at every level – the only common factor is that they are in the food production business. The nature part is due to most producers growing or processing a specific product or commodity. In many cases that puts some of them in competitive positions and others in a buyer/seller tension. That puts their vested interests in conflict, which each sector feels that only they can best represent. The result is a plethora of divergent agricultural organizations. It gets worse of course, within sectors there are competing organizations all claiming to represent the same producer. For instance in Alberta at any one time there are over 20 groups representing various cattle producer interests. In the crop sector there are specific groups representing almost every cereal, oilseed and pulse. Some of these groups then create interprovincial groups who then create national crop production

or marketing groups. Add to that general agricultural groups like provincial and national federations of agriculture and the National Farmers Union. It boggles the mind, no wonder governments are bewildered as to who they should talk to on agriculture issues. To resolve that matter, governments instigate overarching advisory commodity committees and roundtable discussion groups. That resolves the inclusion process and some of the politics, but they can be unwieldy and have difficulty making decisions on a consensus basis. Many times that suits governments just fine, as they use any gridlock as an excuse to take arbitrary actions on agricultural issues. What all these groups have in common is that their representatives tend to be many of the same old war horses. The problem they face is that finding new leadership blood is a difficult process. That’s not unique to agriculture, but that sector has some growing problems when it comes to turning over industry leadership. The big concern is that there are fewer producers willing or available to become ei-

Ahead of the heard WILL VERBOVEN ther elected or appointed to leadership positions. That’s the result of ongoing consolidation which has seen producer numbers decline, and the lack of time by those still in the business. Even when a producer becomes involved in an organization, many become frustrated by the growing complexity of issues and the never ending byzantine politics that surround any resolution. The other problem with declining numbers is that elected positions can get filled by acclamation or by railroading the unwilling. Some times that results in folks who have little time, skills or understanding in dealing with issues. That makes it tough for those that are more activist as they end up doing most of the work. To deal with the disappearing leadership issue a number of organizations

have initiated training and promotion programs to bring in the next generation of industry leaders. That’s a good step but it’s a long process and it depends on the availability and willingness of young leadership hopefuls. The milk and beef cattle industries in particular have created robust young leadership programs. It’s a good template for other commodity groups. But training is one thing – actual participation is usually another matter. The point is organizations need to include young leaders in the actual decision making process. What about appointing an inspired leadership hopeful onto the board of directors. I expect that would give such folks an incentive to continue following their leadership journey. As admirable as training and development is if there is nothing to go

to after going through that process, that young person may be lost to some other endeavour. Another problem is that many producers continue to re-elect old war horses simply because of personality and experience – it may be democratic but it frustrates ambitious young folks and generation turnover. Organizations like the National Farmers Union resolve that situation by formally having youth delegates and directors as a permanent part of their governance structure. Many of those young folks continue on into other leadership roles in the organization. That same process is successfully used by the mainstream political parties. Finally perhaps our agriculture colleges and ag faculties at Universities need to offer much more robust and extensive courses in the many aspects and roles of ag industry leadership. Maybe ag organizations should get involved with that education process. If our educational institutions could get students educated and enthused about participating, it could be a much easier process to replace leadership war horses in agriculture organizations.

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Anxiety over unemployment is high Gas prices may be low, but anxiety over impending unemployment is high! This morning, I googled “concerns over unemployment” and in .38 seconds 90,300,000 possible hits appeared. These concerns are compelling, valid and intensely personal. In my pastoral experience there have been several economic downturns and recessions. Each time I’ve had the privilege of talking with people who have, or will soon lose their jobs. I would like to share, in dramatically abbreviated fashion, a few of the things that we typically speak about. It is helpful if we can approach the problem biblically and philosophically. We cannot realistically expect everything to go well all of the time. Job, who lost not only his livelihood, but his family, wealth and health was told by his wife that he no longer had any basis for trusting God. He replied, “...You are talking nonsense! When God sends us something good, we welcome it. How can we complain when He sends us trouble?...” (Job 2:10). While it is good to maintain national and global concerns, we don’t need to bear the entire weight of these economic crunches

Faith & Reflection ROSS HELGETON 403-742-5020 • REVRH@TELUS.NET upon ourselves. About the time that the word recession was being coined, I was laid off. I was enrolled in a Bible college that ran evenings and Saturdays to accommodate working people, so I was concerned about tuition as well as cost of living. A well-meaning gentleman reminded me that there were 3.5 million Canadians out of work...I reminded him that I didn’t need 3.5 million jobs, just one! Typically, when these hard times hit, we are not alone. Reaching out to, and spending time with someone else who may be experiencing similar, challenging circumstances can be mutually beneficial. And, it doesn’t need to be misery loving company so much as “bearing one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). Being out of work, in addition to creating financial hardship, can be quite humbling and ego injuri-

ous. We may need to take employment, temporarily or even permanently, that provides less prestige, pay or fulfillment. As awkward and difficult as this may be, we should be willing to, “humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that at the proper time He may exalt us” (1 Peter 5:6). Finally, those who follow Christ and believe Scripture, discover some wonderful truths. For example, God has promised to accompany and sustain us through the hard times. And even through (perhaps especially through) hardships like unemployment, God has a plan and is fully capable of teaching valuable, character building lessons in the process...and we can trust Him. “God is good, a hiding place in tough times. He recognizes and welcomes anyone looking for help, no matter how desperate the trouble” (Nahum 1:7).

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Lots of Valentine’s action at the library From tax to technology, there is something for everyone of all ages Crystal Friars STETTLER PUBLIC LIBRARY Ah February, the month of love. Also the month of Family Day, Groundhog Day…I am sure that I could find some obscure holidays to throw in there as well, but I won’t. The Stettler Public Library doesn’t need any holidays or observances to keep you busy this month. But we do have some events with holiday themes. The Stettler Public Library is pleased to present local author Lavera Goodeye on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. Lavera will be talking about her memoirs in “Seven to Seventy.” Join us for coffee and snacks as we learn about this woman’s amazing life. Remember that you can book the Handibus free of charge to attend this event. Call the Handibus at 403-742-5858 to book your ride and tell

them you are going to the library. Books are available for both of the library’s book clubs. Readers’ Circle will be discussing “The Word Exchange” by Alena Graedon on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Spine Crackers will be tossing around the pros and cons of “Proxy” by Alex London on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. New members are always welcome to drop in on both groups. If you cannot make it to Readers’ Circle this month, copies of the next book “We are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler are also available for the March 5 gathering. The whole family is invited to join us on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m. for some Valentine’s Day fun. We will be making Valentine crafts, watching the movie “The Boxtrolls” and enjoying a special Val-

entine’s Day treat. Do you love working with your hands and love the feel of yarn as you work it into something magical? Join us on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. for Chicks with Sticks. Meet at the library to work on your knitting, crocheting, sewing, or whatever else you have on the go. Do you have a horror of Valentine’s Day? Join us on Friday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. to work out your angst. We’ll be showing the Valentine’s classic “Friday the 13th,” putting on our eating pants for unromantic snacks, and breaking a heart (-shaped piñata). The movie is rated R. Pre-register at 403-742-2292. Do you have a new gadget or need general help with technology? Drop by the library for one-onone assistance on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. for Tech Time for Seniors. We

would love to help you. If you and your children enjoyed our Read and Rhyme Unbirthday Party, you must join us Friday, Feb. 20 at 11:30 a.m. for A Read & Rhyme Teddy Bear Picnic for ages 0-5. Bring your stuffies and your blankies for a picnic at the library. We are ask-

ing you to pre-register by calling 403-742-2292 or by dropping by the library. Do you dread tax season? Are you scared of making a serious mistake that could cost you money? The Stettler Public Library has sent up the “tax signal” and help is coming. Justin Tanner from Gitzel Krejci Dand

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Peterson will be presenting the ins and outs of personal income tax on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. Learn all you need to know for this year’s tax season. But if taxes are not your thing, but designing the perfect paper airplane is, join us on the other side of the library on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m. for planes. Build amazing paper planes and launch your test designs. In the afternoon, drop by to watch the Pixar movie Planes. That is all for this week. Remember to check our website ( and our Facebook page (www. for programming updates.

No further sign of rats continued from page 3 They can carry diseases – plague, hepatitis, and contaminate food.” The site where the rat, a juvenile too young to breed, was caught has been aggressively baited and observed by the county since the rat’s capture. As of yet, there’s been no further signs of rat activity, leading Beaumont to believe the rodent was a transient hitchhiker who was left behind by a truck. “It’s not uncommon for municipalities to find a single rat, or even two rats, at their landfills,” he said. “We can’t stop them from hitching rides in.” When the problem goes beyond a few easily trapped rats, the municipality calls in the province, which takes its “rat free” status very seriously. This is the first time a Norway rat has been caught in Stettler, Beaumont said. While there’s been no further signs of rat activity, Beaumont and his staff will continue to aggressively monitor the site and adjacent properties for unusual rodent activity. “If there had been more rats, I think we would have seen more signs by now, but we’re staying on top of it,” Beaumont said.

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Curling action for all ages Did you watch the Patriots and Seahawks this past Sunday? If you are a football fan, I think you might agree with me that that was one of the better Super Bowl games I have watched in a long time. It was a nail bitter until the end, don’t you agree, even without the fancy commercials? The men’s bonspiel also wrapped up with some good game at the end. These are the results of last week’s activities: The winners were as follows: First in the A event was Justin Jones’s team from Byemoor. They beat out Justin Wolf’s team, so they took home second place. The third in the A event went to Ian Michie’s team and John Schofer took the fourth. In the B event, Kent Holowath won first bumping Rob Davidson into the second place. Brooks Watts took third and Tim Primrose’s team took fourth. In the C event, Jim Krywcum’s team won first, placing Darcy MacDonald’s team into the second spot. Tracey Nelson won the third position with Garrett Holowaths team cleaning up the fourth and final spot of this bonspiel. The Ag Society would like to thank all 17 teams for their efforts to attend and participate in our men’s bonspiel this year and hope to see everyone return next year or better yet, reconfigure a little, bring in some women and sign up for the mixed doubles or mixed bonspiel later on next

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month. On Thursday of this week, the high school curling teams from Morrin will be challenging the teams from Oyen and Youngstown in district competition at the Rumsey Curling Rink. The first rock will be thrown at 10 a.m. and play will continue all day. The teams from Morrin that will be competing will be: ladies Katy Primrose, Amy Adams, Shelby Primrose and Jessica Wolf. The men’s team includes Garrett Holowath, Dan McNaughton, Brett Holowath, Brayden Davidson. The mixed team will include Evan Hampton, Cailten Wolf, Lowell Nelson and

Jordan Ferguson. Whoever wins at this bonspiel will go onto zones in Airdrie on Feb. 25 and 26. Good luck to our local kids as they step onto the ice. On Tuesday, Feb. 10, the Rumsey/Rowley 4-H Beef club will be presenting their public speaking at the Rumsey Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to see what the young people of our community have been up to, this is an excellent showcase of our youth so don’t miss out. The women’s bonspiel will be starting on Feb. 11 and run until Feb. 14. If you would like to get a team in, contact Brooks and Jackie Watts at 403-368-2357. Keep in mind that there is always fresh homemade soup on the stove, pies on the counter, steak or a hamburger on the grill and action on the ice. The ag society will be putting on their Thursday night Oyster night as well, so don’t forget to go into that. The banquet will take place on Saturday evening from 5 to 7 and is open to the general public, so come in and enjoy a good meal then as well. My joke for the week is short and sweet, so enjoy: The teacher asked her student; “Who gave you that black eye?” The student replied, “No one gave it to me, sir, I had to fight for it!”

Give a helping hand for Peewee provincials The next meeting of the Big Valley Historical Society will be on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the railway station. Anyone can attend and visitors are always welcome. 2015 memberships are now due. On a historical note, the Big Valley station is a Canadian Northern railway station. Jan. 23, 2015 marked the centennial of the “Last Spike” of the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway – a historic event that signified the completion of Canada’s third transcontinental railway. The Canadian Northern Railway was a unique Canadian enterprise – brought about through the entrepreneurship of its chief promoters - Sir William Mackenzie and Sir Donald Mann. The company evolved from a Manitoba short line in 1896, to a system of over 9000 miles in seven provinces by 1917. Despite their valiant efforts, the Canadian Northern fell victim to challenging economic circumstances – over-expansion, recession, World War One and spiraling costs of construction – that resulted in its nationalization by the Dominion Government in December 1918. One hundred years after its last spike Mackenzie and Mann’s legacy endures. The Canadian Northern Railway

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was responsible for the development of hundreds of communities in western Canada, including Big Valley. The Canadian Northern Society, a group active in the preservation of Canadian Northern Railway heritage since 1986, will be presenting “The Railway King”, a production profiling Sir William Mackenzie, at a Reader’s Theatre event in Camrose, Alberta. There will be two performances, April 17and 18. Further information can be obtained at www.canadiannorthern. ca, and tickets obtained by contacting the Society. Big Valley Minor Hockey is proud to be hosting the Hockey Alberta Peewee D Provincial Tournament on March 19 to 22. There are many volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available. We need your help to make this a successful event. If you would like to be involved, please contact Dan or Andrea Webster at 403-8762064. The Big Valley Library is very pleased to be hosting “Painting with

Rose”, oil painting classes utilizing Bob Ross’ “The Joy of Painting” how to DVDs. Classes are scheduled for Mondays, Feb. 2, 10 and 17 and Saturdays, Mar. 7 and 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the library. Fourteen players came out for crib at the Big Valley Inn on Sunday, Feb. 1. Congratulations go out to Dale Kobi for winning all eight games and first place. Lillian Kirtley went home with second place, Len Shaw third and Caroline Pound took home the booby prize. Betty Bell won the regular draw while Ernie Petrussa won the 50/50 draw. The next Big Valley Inn crib tournament will be on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. January traditionally has been the time to look ahead to what the new year will have in store for us, but it is also a time to look back in gratitude for all the goodness the past year has brought us. The Big Valley United Church would like to express a heartfelt thank you to all the many folks that helped out throughout 2014;

whether it was with lawn mowing, snow shoveling, filling food hampers, providing music…the list goes on. We are blessed

by the people of Big Valley’s caring and generous community. Thank you all.

Note: Services at the Big Valley United Church take place at 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of each month.

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Learn 9:45 to 11:45 The Stettler Recreation Centre, in partnership with McMann Parent Link Centre, is presenting Jeff Johnson, a renowned educator and facilitator who will present a 2 Hour Work shop for parents, caregivers and professionals. Then in the afternoon, Jeff and his wife Tasha, will provide a three hour play event for parents, caregivers and children. Play 12:00 to 3:00 Swimming, Skating, C Crafts, Bouncy Houses, Stories, Puppet raft ra afffts, ts, B ouncy ncy Ho n H ouses, ou o uses, u uses S St tories, tori rie es, P Pu uppet up u p tS Show, Sh Sho Tables, Photo Booth Hot Sensory ryy T able ab a abl ble es, P es Pho hoto h ho oto tto oB ooth oo o th & H ot d do dogs o “Jeff A. Johnson opened Explorations Early Learning, a family child care program, in 2003 with his wife, Tasha, after spending 16 years directing a child care center and community center for a large non-profit agency. Their program focused on emergent learning in a play-based and child-centered environment. According to Jeff, “The best thing about our program is that our days are full of laughs, conversation, play, exploration, discoveries, and fun. We enjoyed creating an environment conducive to ‘light bulb moments’— those moments where kids grasp new ideas.”

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The RRSPs versus TFSA debate It’s time to look at the math when it comes to debating the use of RRSPs or TFSAs for retirement savings. RRSPs are deemed attractive by most Canadians because they get an immediate tax deduction for the contribution and investment earnings are tax sheltered as long as the money stays in their RRSP. Depending on one’s marginal tax rate, a $5,000 contribution translates to a tax saving of $1250 to $2,000 from the immediate tax deduction. And because the TFSA investment doesn’t give you any tax deduction makes the RRSP deduction pretty appealing to many Canadians. However, we can’t

properly compare TFSA’s with RRSP’s just by looking at the tax saving alone. We also have to consider the tax issues in the future when the money comes out of our TFSA plan. We know that any RRSP withdrawal is fully taxable, so means a withdrawal of $5000 will only net one from $3,000 to $4,000 after tax depending on your individual marginal tax rate. TFSAs won’t give you a tax deduction putting the money in, but conversely you don’t have to pay any tax on the growth when you take the money out. When you take out $5,000, you get the full $5,000. With both TFSA’s and RRSP’s, you don’t have to

pay tax on any investment earnings or growth, so getting the benefit of tax sheltered investment growth with both options. Your marginal tax rate makes all the difference: If debating putting money into either an RRSP or a TFSA, consider your current marginal tax rate. RRSP’s still make sense if saving long term for retirement and your projected income at the time of withdrawal will be in a lower tax bracket, than your income was at the time of contribution into the RRSP. Here are some simple rules of thumb to follow: 1) If your marginal tax rate while contributing will be greater than your

estimated marginal tax rate at the time of withdrawal, then RRSP’s have the advantage. 2) If your marginal tax rate at the time of contribution will be less than your marginal tax rate at the time of withdrawal, then TFSA’s have the advantage. So my two cents worth: Both RRSP’s and TFSA’s have a place for one’s savings, and if you have the money, you should do both. If you don’t have the money to do both, then start by considering what you’re saving for. If saving to buy a car, go on a holiday or for an emergency fund, then the TFSA option in all probability will be the way to go. If

saving for retirement, start by investing in an RRSP and working with your financial advisor, check if the tax implications today and those projected in your retirement work in your favor. If not, then

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erably over the last three months. The strength of the greenback is not, however, as auspicious as it may seem either for the US economy or for the global markets. When Barack Obama became the US president six years ago, US had $10 trillion in national debt, a figure, which currently stands at around $18 trillion. With low interest environment whipping the enthusiasm to borrow throughout the world, financial analysts believe any interest rate increase

as promised by the Federal Reserve, the US central bank, could lead to a massive wave of defaults within a matter of months. Analysts say, any rate hike could lead to an even further strengthening of the US greenback, which, in turn, could make the servicing of US dollar denominated debt by the developing nations very difficult, leading to defaults, bankruptcies and ultimately a global recession. According to observers of the global markets, continued deflationary envi-

ronment in Europe and the possibility of a Greek default on her sovereign debt, in addition to the geopolitical risks stemming from the conflict in Ukraine and tensions in the Middle East could lead to a widespread sell off in the equity markets. Experts say, unless a wide-ranging and fundamental solution is put in place to address the global problem of indebtedness, the next financial crisis could be even bigger than the Great Depression of 1930s.


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Quilting is back on This coming Friday, all students will be traveling to the Alliance Ski Hill for their first day of skiing lessons of this year. With the snow we received last weekend, the hill should be ready to have fun on. So hopefully, the weather will co-operate and it wouldn’t be too cold to go skiing in. On Monday, Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day. So will the Groundhog going to see his shadow this year or not? Or is Old Man Winter going to roar up its hind legs and roar again several times before winter is over. It’s been a pretty nice winter so far this time compared to the last several years, so who knows, only time will tell. A belated birthday wish goes out to Christine Wedrick, who celebrated her day on Monday, Jan. 26. Hope you had a fantastic day Christine. Quilting day takes place at the Botha Seniors’ Centre again this coming Monday, Feb. 9, starting at 9:30

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a.m. Even if you have never quilted before but are interested in this craft, please attend as they would love to teach you. The club does some beautiful work, and would love to pass on their skills, so please attend. With deepest sympathy, we would like to send our thoughts and prayers out to the family of Lorna Davies, who passed away suddenly last Sunday, Jan. 25, at the age of 48 years. Mourning her passing is her husband Steve, their family, her Mother (Rosemary Crowe) and several other relatives and friends. Lorna will be truly missed around our little community. Bingo evening happens again the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 17, starting at

7:15 p.m. The jackpot and loonie pot are up for grabs, so make sure you come out that evening, who knows you could be the next big winner taking it home with you. Congratulations go out to the winners who won at the last bingo on Feb. 3. We are also looking for more Bingo callers, so if interested please contact Brenda Klatt at 403-7426241 please. If you have never done it before but are willing to try, Brenda is willing to help anyone learn, so please contact her. For anyone celebrating their birthdays, anniversaries etc. for the month of Feb, I hope everyone has a fantastic day.

A group of volunteers are giving ice maker, Paul Dietrich a hand in making the rink ready for the upcoming bonspiels. They plan to have it ready for some practice games prior to the men’s and ladies’ bonspiel, always held the first full week in March. Interested curlers should submit their names and/ or teams to JD or Sandra at 884 2250. The Halkirk north waterline extension has completed its scheduled hook ups. The original line went north of town, through the country to the Circle Square ranch in 2013. In 2014, it angled to the west hooking up interested customers. This was originally a part of the Shirley McClellan water commission and will become the responsibility of the County of Paintearth. They started using the piped water last week. North Halkirk has always had trouble finding a good, affordable source of water. The school will celebrate 100 days of school this week. Students are encouraged to dress as students would have in 1915. Congratulations to Echo Ashbacher and Mike Morasch, who were married on Saturday in Patricia, AB. Big brother Clint from Australia was home to attend his sister’s wedding. Echo and Mike make their home in Patricia.

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A blanket of snow was dropped in the area on Friday. There wasn’t much moisture in the six-inch fall, but everything is white and clean again. FCSS is sponsoring a family day fun afternoon of games and activities at the Halkirk Hall on Feb.16 from 1 to 3 p.m. for big and/or little children of all ages. Local folks are invited to cook up a pot of chili for a taste testing competition. Sandra Johnson and Sheryl Bunbury curled in the Lacombe ladies’ bonspiel on the weekend with Heather Casely as skip and Brenda Stickle as third. They lost out in the A final. Nicely done, ladies. Coming up: Feb. 7 – Elks annual seafood supper and comedy night at the hall commencing at 6 p.m.; Feb. 9 – Parent council meeting at the school; Feb. 12 – Valentine’s day floor curling bonspiel at the seniors’ centre – spectators welcome; Feb. 16 – Family day activities at the hall – 1 to 3 p.m.; Feb. 17 – First aid course offered at the school.

Many recuperations underway We say goodbye to January, which turned out to be a spring-like month. Great for travel and it shortened winter for us. I’ve just returned from Medicine Hat after knee replacement surgery. Very successful. A big thank you to Dr Riaz, nurses and staff there. I had no idea it was such a large hospital. While there, Percy stayed with his uncle Alvin and Rose Shearer. We came home last Sunday, water running, felt like spring. Get well wishes to Markus Stadelmann, who is recovering from back surgery. and to Kevin Baird who is recovering from skin graft surgery under both eyes. Bill and Joyce Hansel, along with Doreen and

Say hi to Onyx! He is one of Midnights kittens and is a real sweetie. Onyx loves to cuddle and is so friendly. At almost twelve weeks old this little guy is already friends with an older kitty, a puppy and a teenager!


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Nicholas Ruddell (34) of the Stettler Middle School boys basketball team scores a basket during a home game against the Big Valley Bulldogs on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

SMS teams host Big Valley in basketball matchup Joel van der Veen INDEPENDENT REPORTER Stettler Middle School’s basketball teams took on the Big Valley Bulldogs last week, resulting in one win and one loss for the home teams. The girls’ teams faced each other first on Wednesday, Jan. 28, resulting in a 49-35 win for Big Valley. Tori Brower was the high scorer for Stettler with 25 points, while Emily Brown was the high scorer for Big Valley with a total of 27 points. The boys were up later in the afternoon, with a 38-14 win for Stettler. Karlos Marshall scored

14 points for the home team while Bradley Dods was Big Valley’s top scorer with 10 points. Chelsey Murat, who serves as assistant coach for the Stettler girls team alongside Amy Kobi, said the team was showing great progress. “They’ve come a really long way,” she said. “The girls are taking in everything that she’s teaching them.” SMS vice-principal Jeff Lee, who coaches the boys along with Luke Peters, said most of his team is new to competitive basketball, although they’ve had the opportunity to play in afterschool programs. “Running out plays and

that, that’s all new for them,” said Lee. Both teams hosted a round-robin tournament on the weekend of Jan. 24. The boys beat Camrose’s Charlie Killam School 53-13, then lost 38-18 to Lacombe and 43-33 to Bentley. Meanwhile, the girls lost 27-18 to Lacombe, then beat Eckville 4820 and won 39-10 over Charlie Killam School. The boys’ and girls’ teams are scheduled to take part in a tournament at Red Deer’s Hunting Hills High School on Feb. 13 and 14. They will also participate in CARA on Feb. 28. The teams’ regular season wraps up at the end of February.

Stettler’s senior boys basketball team enjoyed a string of wins at a tournament in Forestburg this past weekend, losing to Beaumont in their final match. Coach Warren Aspenes said he was pleased with the boys’ performance during the weekend event, held Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31. “We hadn’t played in a couple of weeks, so it’s good to get back,” he said, adding that four games in two days helped the boys back into the swing of the sport after a brief hiatus for exams. “We ended up where you should be in a tournament like that,” he added, noting that they were competing against 1A, 2A and 3A teams. The boys from William E. Hay Composite High School faced Morrin in the tournament opener on Friday, handily winning 6725. They also played Castor’s Gus Wetter School, coming out 82-47 in another lopsided win. Stettler faced league competitors Camrose in the semi-final, shutting down their opponents’ offense for much of the game and winning 65-50. The win over Camrose, identified by Aspenes as one of the stronger 3A programs, was especially satisfying. He noted that their team appears to be in a “weak cycle” this year.

Stettler’s only loss of the weekend came in the final against Beaumont, where they were defeated by a slim margin with a final score of 71-65. Aspenes applauded the offensive efforts of Jordan Lane, Kyle Poapst and Paul Georget, as well as defenseman Clayton Page, who returned after recovering from illness and injury. “Defensively, he’s getting better,” said Aspenes, adding, “He was also able to chip in with some points this weekend.” Terrence Corbett also returned after recovering from a broken hand; Aspenes noted that he also had a successful weekend. “When kids are out for any length of time, it’s tough because everyone is getting better and learning and growing,” he explained. Senior girls William E. Hay’s senior girls also competed in a tournament on the weekend, travelling on Ponoka on Friday, Jan. 30, where they defeated Canmore 5148 in overtime. Coach Charisse McDonald said Friday’s match was an exciting game, praising the breakout performance of Brooke Clarke, who scored 10 points on the fast break. Towards the end, the Stettler team was 10 points behind with a minute remaining. Dacia Gramlick, who had struggled somewhat with scoring up to that point, got two consec-


utive three-point baskets, after steals by Morgan Van Dusen and Alyssa Henderson. Gramlick then scored two foul shots, and with seven seconds left in play, Van Dusen managed another steal, allowing Mackenzie Sorenson to tie the game and forcing overtime play. A couple of missed fouls by Canmore sealed the victory for Stettler. Unfortunately, after that encouraging win, Stettler did not return to the tournament on Saturday, as the snowfall and road conditions prevented them for travelling back to Ponoka. “We were disappointed not to be able to play Saturday after having played so well on Friday night,” said McDonald. “Our guards have really improved defensively, putting good pressure on the top of our zone, making it hard for teams to get the ball inside.” Gramlick was the top scorer in Friday’s game with 20 points, followed by Van Dusen with 14, while McDonald noted that all players scored at least one basket during the game. Up next Both senior teams were scheduled to host Lacombe on the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 3. In junior basketball, the boys are scheduled to host Ponoka on Wednesday, Feb. 4, while the JV girls will welcome Gus Wetter School for an exhibition game that same evening.

Minor football teams host activity and movie night Joel van der Veen INDEPENDENT REPORTER Potential recruits got a taste of the football experience last week at William E. Hay Composite High School with an evening of fun and development. The event, held Tuesday, Jan. 27, was open both to current football players on the Wildcats, Cougars and Panthers, as well as any students interested in joining the teams for the 2015 season. Wildcats offensive coach Guy Neitz said the evening was intended as a way of drawing the three programs together, introducing the older players to the younger ones and showing new recruits what the football experience can be like. continued on page 15

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Greyson Loshny, left, and Cole Heck jump for the ball during a drill in the Stettler Middle School gym, held as part of a football fun and development evening on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

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Peewee teams host local tournament lost 7-3 to Canmore, facing the team again in the consolation final on Sunday afternoon, losing 7-2. Lake Bonavista A faced Okotoks in the division A final on Sunday, winning 4-0. Stettler B opened the tournament with a close 6-5 win over Lake Bonavista B

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Billy Praski (11) of the Stettler Peewee B team takes a shot on the net during the game against the Sherwood Park Hawks on Saturday, Jan. 31, part of the weekend tournament held at the Stettler Recreation Centre. each game. The Stettler A team opened the weekend on Saturday with a 4-4 tie

against Okotoks, followed by a 16-3 loss to Lake Bonavista A. On Sunday morning they

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Stettler’s Peewee hockey teams played host to six other teams in an invitational tournament at the Recreation Centre over the weekend. The eight teams played in two divisions over Saturday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1, with the top teams in each division returning in the finals on Sunday. Ivy Bredy, manager for the Stettler Peewee A team, said the weekend went smoothly from an organizational standpoint, but neither local squad made it to the finals. “It was a rough weekend for the Stettler teams,” she

said. “We don’t know what happened.” The other teams included Kneehill County, Sherwood Park, Canmore, Okotoks and two teams from the Calgary neighbourhood of Lake Bonavista. Bredy said the guest teams had a positive experience over the weekend and felt welcome here, adding, “They love coming to Stettler because we put on a pretty good show.” The minor hockey association also reported a positive response from local businesses, many of which donated raffle prizes, food, medals and other prizes, including the Heart and Hustle awards presented after




on Saturday morning, then suffered a 9-2 loss to Sherwood Park. On Sunday they enjoyed a 14-1 win over Kneehill, meeting them again in the consolation final with a 10-1 win. Sherwood Park faced Lake Bonavista in the championship, defeating them 9-1.

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twice, with goals from Dexter Connell, Skylar Hymers, Colton Ansorger and Quinn Hansel making up the rest.

Stettler’s Bantam B hockey team finished the weekend with one tie and one loss. The team played the Hardisty-Hughenden Jets on Friday, Jan. 30 in Stettler, where they tied up 5-5. Kolby Ringdahl scored twice, with goals from Riley Warner, Jackson Squires and Isaac Lee making up the rest. The Bs hosted Wainwright the next day, winning 6-3. Lee and Warner each scored two goals, with Squires and Ringdahl each nabbing one.

Midget Stettler’s Legion Midget squad hosted the Rocky Royals on Thursday, Jan. 29, winning 4-0. Brett Rider, Ethan Rost, Tanner Steinwand and Quade Cassidy each scored a goal. On Saturday, Jan. 31, the squad headed to Innisfail to face the Flyers, who were beaten 6-4 by the Storm. Matt Sylvester scored twice, with Mark Bengert, Andrew Bauman, Euan Hanton and Cassidy each scoring once. Midget C hosted the Rocky Renegades on Jan. 30, winning 13-4. Tanner McDermand, Chase Dolliver, Steven McCrea and Ryan Mielke each scored twice, with individual goals by Adam Nixon, Bradley Dods, Alex Bauer and Tanner Buelow making up the rest. They travelled on Feb. 1 to Ponoka, where they lost 5-3. Dolliver, Mielke and McCrea scored.

Atom On Jan. 31, Stettler Atom B hosted the Spruceview Stars, winning 5-3. Zondag scored four goals and Uppal one. Atom C headed to Lacombe on Jan. 31, where they squeaked out a 3-2 win over the home team. Wyatt Streit, Zach McCord and Reid Shirley scored. Peewee Peewee B hosted Lacombe on Thursday, Jan. 29, winning 8-2. Riley Turre and Ty Dowling each scored

Girls Bantam girls hosted the gals from Rimbey, winning 5-3. Jamie Lee Spady and Madison Kuefler each scored twice, with Krysta Froese scoring once.

Oil Kings earn spot in playoffs with win over Pontiacs Joel van der Veen INDEPENDENT REPORTER A win over the Bonnyville Senior Pontiacs has given the Big Valley Oil Kings both a third-place finish for the season and a spot in league playoffs. The Oil Kings hosted the Pontiacs in back-to-back games on the weekend, defeating them 5-2 in their first match on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 31. General manager Dustin Edwards described the match as “a fast-paced, twoway game,” noting, “There was a lot riding on it.” The following afternoon,

the Pontiacs took victory with a 9-4 win over Big Valley, a turnaround that Edwards attributed to the decreased stakes involved, as both teams had already determined their position in the upcoming playoffs. The two games gave the Oil Kings a 7-6 win-loss record for the now-completed regular season, not including three overtime losses. Oil Kings 5 Pontiacs 2 The Oil Kings had the scoreboard to themselves in the first two periods of Saturday’s game, with a first-period goal by Chad Golanowski and a power

play goal by Chance Abbott in the second period giving them a 2-0 lead. The third period saw both teams increase their scoring. The Pontiacs finally

captured two goals, one on a power play, and by the end of the game they had a total of 40 shots on net, compared to the Oil Kings’ 24. continued on page 15


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Devnich rink victorious in Stettler junior bonspiel Joel van der Veen INDEPENDENT REPORTER Six teams took part in this year’s Junior Bonspiel at the Stettler Curling Club, with the Delaina Devnich team taking top honours. Devnich was the skip for the winning team, which also included lead Taylor Fornwald, second Zak Lachowsky and third Meghan Matchett. Connie Devnich, one of two coaches for Stettler’s junior curlers, said the turnout for the bonspiel, held Saturday, Jan. 31, was modest compared to past years. While the registration numbers were not as low as they have been — lack of interest forced organizers to cancel the bonspiel last year — they are still on the decline overall. “We’ve definitely gone down in numbers,” said Devnich, adding that previous junior bonspiels had attracted teams from Halkirk and Delburne. “We didn’t have anybody from out of town.” Prizes were offered to the winners, while raffle prizes and gift certificates were also distributed. The club currently offers junior curling on Monday nights, running from October to

February. Curlers from grades 4 to 6 are on the ice from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., while those in Grade 7 and up are on the ice from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Also this year, for the first time, the club has offered a Little Rocks introductory program, available to curlers in Grade 3 and younger. The six-week program ends in mid-February and is held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Monday afternoons. Devnich, who began coaching the juniors five years ago and currently shares duties with Barry Jones, said the number of children registered has declined sharply in that time. She recalled that she started with 47 juniors, went down to 24 last year and now has just 18 enrolled in the program. The club has two more bonspiels scheduled for this month: the seniors spiel on Feb. 12, and the men’s open bonspiel from Feb. 13 to 15. The ladies’ bonspiel is coming up from March 6 to 8, while the season will end with the closing mixed bonspiel from March 27 to 29. For more information, call Jamie Devnich at 403-742-3111.

Oil Kings earn spot in playoffs continued from page 14 However, Big Valley maintained its lead in the final period with one goal by Jeff Clazie and two goals by Matt Kinnunen, giving them the 5-2 victory. Pontiacs 9 Oil Kings 4 The Pontiacs came roaring out of the gate in Sunday’s rematch, scoring three goals in the first period and holding the Oil Kings scoreless. The Kings attempted to counter this in the second period, with goals by Chance Abbott and Devin Dambruskas, but the Pontiacs added another four points to their tally, giving them a lopsided 7-2 lead at the period’s end. It was a lead the Oil Kings were unable to overcome, despite a rally at the start of the third period, with two goals scored within one minute by Brandon Nowakowski and Matt Kinnunen. Two more Bonnyville goals in the final ten minutes of the game gave them a 9-4 victory. Edwards referred to Sunday’s match as an “ugly” game, noting, “We couldn’t score on power plays, which was tough for us.” Playoffs The Oil Kings will com-

pete in the first round of Battle River Hockey League playoffs, facing the secondplace Tofield Satellites in a best-of-seven series. The schedule will be released later this week. “I think that’s a series we’ll have a very good chance of winning,” said Edwards, adding he was pleased not to face the Daysland Northstars in the first round, as that has proven to be a quick recipe for elimination in past years. He said the Oil Kings should have a good shot at the league championship if they can knock out Tofield in the first round, particu-

larly if they can maintain the level of play they exhibited in Saturday’s game. Edwards anticipated a full roster would be on hand for the series against Tofield. Ryan MacPhee, one of the team’s top four defensemen, has been out with a groin injury, but is expected to return in time for playoffs. The Oil Kings lost all four of their regular season matches against Tofield. Bonnyville finishes the regular season in first place. Rounding out the standings are the Lloydminster Border Kings in fourth place and the Daysland Northstars in fifth.

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From left, Mercedes Rasmussen, Mickey Jaffray and Neveah Jaffray sweep the rock down the ice during a junior curling bonspiel held at the Stettler Curling Club on Saturday, Jan. 31..

Minor football teams host night continued from page 13 The foundation that younger players receive is essential for their success later on, he said, explaining, “They’ve had that experience, they’re prepared to compete and be successful.” About 50 students attended the event, which began with skills activities, led by the senior players and each geared at different groups. For instance, drills for receivers, defensive backs and running backs were held in the middle school gym, while activities for quarterbacks were offered in the football field house. After a quick meal, the players moved to the Performing Arts Centre to watch the 2014 film When the Game Stands Tall, telling the story of the 151game winning streak enjoyed by De La Salle High

School of Concord, Calif., between 1992 and 2003. Neitz told the audience that the fim was selected because it “sets an example of what the team atmosphere can and should be like.” This year, former Panthers head coach and Grade 5 teacher Rob Howell is taking on the role of minor football club president. He emphasized the value of the life lessons that football can teach, from developing character, confidence, discipline and a strong work ethic, to working as a team, making commitments, working with humility and keeping a positive attitude in the face of setbacks. “It builds those skills that will help them the rest of their life,” added Neitz. “This really is about developing kids and preparing them for life.” Registration night for the

Peewee Panthers and the Bantam Cougars is coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in the music room of Stettler Elementary School. The Peewee team is open to players born in 2003 and 2004, while the Bantam team is open to players born between 2000 and 2002, excluding Grade 10 students. Spring camp is held in May and June, while the season runs from midAugust to late October. A fee of $190 is charged for the season, which includes equipment rental, transportation and insurance. Neitz said there is no limit on the number of players accepted for the minor football teams, adding, “We have a lot of room for everybody.” For more information, contact Panthers coach Barry Shirley at 403-740-2945 or Cougars coach Ernie Shirreff at 403-741-5146.

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announcements Obituaries DAVIES Lorna Helen Oct. 8, 1963 ~ Jan. 25, 2015 Lorna is survived by her husband of 26 years, Steve Davies of Botha; sons: Owen (Chantel) of Lacombe, Quinn (Michelle) of Stettler and granddaughter Taryn; Preston (Daniel) of Stettler and daughter Meghan (Colby) of Stettler; mother Rosemary Crowe of Stettler; brother Mark Crowe of Stettler; sister Ann (Allan) Moore of Stettler; parents in law Doug and Moe Davies of Camrose; brothers in law Scott (Carolyn) Davies of Sherwood Park and Stuart (Carrie) Davies of Camrose; as well as other relatives in England, Canada and many dear friends. Lorna was predeceased by her father Reginald Crowe. Lorna had a deep love for her family; her passions included writing, gardening, flowers and photography, baking and riding on the lawn mower. She also loved to collect antiques and was a farmer at heart. The world came to a stop when her granddaughter Taryn arrived. She will be deeply and sadly missed by those who knew her. Funeral service was held at the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home, on Friday, January 30, 2015 with The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Langford officiating. Doug McKay presented his gift of music for the service. Loving tributes were presented by Pat Kempf and Lisa Hunt, while a pictorial tribute of Lorna’s life was shown. Honorary pallbearers were Dennis and Heather Baird, James and Lori-Anne Nibourg, Pat and Larry Kempf, Doran and Lisa Hunt, Steve and Trish Hunt; active pallbearers were Larry Kempf, Mark Crowe, Shaman Crowe, Doran Hunt, Scott Davies and Stuart Davies as Lorna was laid to rest at Woodland Cemetery in Botha with her father Reg. Following the interment service family and friends gathered in the Heartland Reception Centre for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by the Botha UCW. Condolences may be viewed and sent to the family at Memorial donations may be made to Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of your own choice, c/o STETTLER FUNERAL HOME, Box 1780, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 who where entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements



MacKENZIE John Robert “Murray” June 29, 1929 - January 24, 2015 Murray MacKenzie of Lacombe, Alberta passed away peacefully in the Red Deer Hospice at the age of 85. Murray was the youngest child of Robert and Amanda MacKenzie, and younger brother of Isabel and Viola. Murray grew up in Lacombe, and was active in central Alberta hockey, playing with numerous junior teams and finally the Lacombe Rockets. As a young man he joined his father in the livestock industry, and in 1953 he studied in Iowa to become an auctioneer. At this time he met his wife to be, Mona Creighton, and they were married in 1953. They moved to a farm just south of Lacombe where they raised their three children Stephen (Betty), Laura (Andrew) and Maureen (Bob). Murray travelled to eastern Alberta as a cattle buyer, visiting many farms and ranches where he made life-long friends. He was the owner/operator of the Coronation and Hanna auction markets. The Lacombe Bull Sale was one of his favourite sales to work. The farm was sold in 1988 and Murray and Mona moved into their current home in Lacombe. Murray co-founded the Lacombe Kinsmen Rodeo, and the Western Canada School of Auctioneering, the first of its kind in Canada. Murray was dedicated to service in his community, and was active in the Kinsmen, Lions, Masons, and was a Legion member until the time of his passing. Murray loved the game of golf, and spent many afternoons at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club. Murray, Mona and their friends travelled to various courses in Alberta, the US, Mexico, and New Zealand. They enjoyed camping and fishing the lakes of Alberta. For 21 years they headed south to their winter home in McAllen Texas to be with their many snowbird friends. Murray led by example and was a loyal and dedicated husband, father, grandfather ,great grandfather, friend, and well respected cattleman. Murray enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren Katie, Sarah, Genevieve (Shane), and Scott, and his great-grandchildren Sareen and Augustus. A celebration of Murray’s life will be held at Wilson’s Funeral Chapel, 6120 Hwy 2A, Lacombe on Monday February 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that memorial donations be made to the Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4R 3S6, or at Condolences to the family may be made by visiting WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM with locations in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of arrangements. Phone 403-782-3366 or 403-843-3388 “A Caring Family, Caring For Families”

MUHLBACH John Leslie July 14, 1982 - Jan. 29, 2015 John Leslie Muhlbach of Camrose, formerly of Big Valley, passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the age of 32 years. John will be remembered fondly by his wife Megan; parents Leslie and Ann Muhlbach of Big Valley; mother and father-in-law Shirley and Doug Latimer of Ponoka; sister Karen (David) Zimmerman of Edmonton; brother-in-law Brent Latimer of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; grandmothers Lois Turville and Mary Muhlbach; as well as his aunties, uncles, cousins, and friends. John was predeceased by his grandfathers Bill Muhlbach and Harlen Turville. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from Camrose United Church 4829 50th street Camrose, with Rev. Liz Carter-Morgan officiating. Inurnment will take place in the Stettler Cemetery. If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions are gratefully accepted to the Canadian Mental Health Association. To send condolences, please visit BURGAR FUNERAL HOME CAMROSE & DAYSLAND in care of arrangements. 780-672-2121. “Dedicated service since 1906”

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Restaurant/ Hotel

Box 280 (5031 - 50 St.) Stettler, AB T0C 2L0

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY ACCOUNTING CLERK The Town of Stettler is seeking an individual who is interested in a career as an Accounting Clerk.This position offers full-time employment (35 hours/week). Reporting to the Office Administrator essential duties and responsibilities will include: o Prepares Accounts Receivable invoices and statements including assisting with maintenance of the Utility System, Animal Licensing, Business Tax/ Licensing, and Tax System. o Performs Financial System updates and analysis. o Assists with front counter and telephone reception duties. o Assists with Accounts Payable. o The job description is not a definitive enumeration of its scope, but represents a general overview of what can be expected in this type of work. The incumbent may be required to perform duties that, although not directly related, are recognized by the Town of Stettler as a component of the position. The ideal candidate will have the following: o Post-Secondary Financial Education. o Previous accounts receivable/payable experience o Effective communication and organizational skills o The ability to work with the public in an effective and pleasant manner o Be self motivated o Competent in MS Office The Town of Stettler offers a competitive salary and benefit package. Interested applicants should forward a resume in confidence with references by 1:00 p.m., February 9, 2015 to: Laurie Tait, Office Administrator Town of Stettler Box 280 Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 e-mail: We thank those persons in advance who submit applications, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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

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Cameron Bay Holdings Inc. o/a McDonalds’s in Ponoka and Red Deer (Gasoline Alley East and West) is now hiring full time and part time Food Service Supervisors. Wages are between $13.75 to $16.00 per hour, depending upon experience and qualifications. Candidates must be able to wok a variety of shifts and have 3 to 5 years previous experience. Must be able to supervisor up to 20 crew. Part-time applications will be accepted from Canadians and Permanent Residents. Apply in person 4419 Hwy 2A, Ponoka, 37479 Hwy 2, Red Deer, and 37428 Hwy 2, Red Deer or email resume to or fax to 403-783-4251.

THE RUSTY PELICAN is now accepting resumes for 4 F/T Exp’d LINE COOKS at all stations. MUST HAVE: •

2 yrs. relevant exp., completion of High School, be reliable, self motivated, work well under limited supervision in fast paced environment.

Salary is $14 - $18./hr. 40 hr. wk. dependant on exp. 733644 Ab Ltd. O/A The Rusty Pelican Location of employment: 4105 2079 - 50 Ave. Red Deer, AB T4R 1Z4 email: bennett2014.bkkp@ or Call 403-347-1414 or Fax to: 403-347-1161 Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Sales & Distributors


WANTED. Hannas Seeds seeking distributors for forage, turf, native and reclamation seed. Good commissions. Contact Esther at 1-800-661-1529 or esther@



ARE you interested in pursuing an exciting career with Petrofield Industries at our Tornado Hydrovac Trucks’ manufacturing production facility? We are centrally located in the family-friendly community of Stettler, Alberta. We currently have an opening for:

Service and Parts Manager Our Company has an enthusiastic, fast-paced working environment, with advancement opportunities. Wage would be commensurate with experience/skills. For more information about this position and our company, check out our website Resumés can be emailed to or faxed to 403-742-1905.

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Stettler Registry Services Full time position available Individual must be able to function in a fast pace atmosphere dealing with the public in a courteous manner. Must be willing to complete various levels of training and courses for services provided. Please leave resume at the registry of¿ce or email to A police check is mandatory for successful candidate.

Restaurant/ Hotel


Donalda Tavern BARTENDER/ WAITRESS position available Send Resume to: Donalda Tavern Box 129 Donalda, AB,T0B 1H0 or drop off at Donalda Tavern Must be 19 years of or older of age to apply.


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JOURNALISTS, Graphic Artists, Marketing and more. Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. Free. Visit: for-job-seekers. WATER WELL DRILLING COMPANY IN BENTLEY REQ’S EXPERIENCED

WATER WELL DRILLERS HELPER with class 3, air. All safety tickets required. Fax resume with drivers abstract: 403-748-3015 WELDER - Flagstaff County seeks permanent full-time Welder, will consider Apprentice/ Journeyman. Competitive salary, benefits, pension plan. Apply to: Kevin Kinzer; More details at

Truckers/ Drivers


ROADEX SERVICES requires O/O \’9f tons, 1 tons and 3 tons for our RV division and O/O Semis and drivers for our RV and general freight deck division. Paid by direct deposit, benefits and company fuel cards. Border crossing required with valid passport and clean criminal record. 1-800-867-6233;


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CAO Castor and District Housing Manages a 55 Unit Lodge along with 28 Self Contained Manor Tenants and 4 Low Income Housing Units.

Would you like to take the GED in your community?

Business Opportunities

Directly reporting to the Board of Directors the CAO is accountable for: Legislative Compliance, Board Administration, Human Resources Management, Organizational Development, and Public Relations. This position oversees the daily operations and requires a high level of interaction with Residents, Board, 30 Employees, contracted service providers, government ofÀcials and the public.

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Red Deer Rocky Mtn. House Rimbey Caroline Castor Sylvan Lake Innisfail Stettler Ponoka Lacombe

Owner Retiring

Gov’t of Alberta Funding may be available.

Business for Sale!



FT and PT shunt truck drivers needed in Innisfail, AB. Fax resume to 403-227-2743 or call 403-227-2712 for more information.

4938 - 50 Street, Stettler

SHRUMS MEATS HIRING MEAT WRAPPER / KILL FLOOR. Phone 1-403-742-1427 or fax 403-742-1429

Be Your Own Boss! at an established business

Please inquire within or phone 403-742-1666 or 403-742-7715

To see a complete job description or for more information email us at: or call 403-882-3244.

Misc. Help

Please submit qualiÀcations complete with references and wage expectations by Feb. 20th, 2015 to the email address above or fax @ 403-882-2714. The OfÀce is located at 4501-55th Ave Box 209 Castor, AB T0C – 0X0 to drop resumes off at.

We offer competitive wages ($14-18 per hour), health plan, and production bonuses. These positions are for full time continuous employment. Swine Technicians are engaged in all day to day operations within a specific part of the hog production unit (i.e. breeding, farrowing, and nursery), working with limited supervision.

Only those shortlisted will be contacted.




RED WILLOW PORK FARM is now accepting applications for SWINE TECHNICIANS.

Email resume with references to Daryl Possberg at or call 780-842-0980



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FACILITY GENERAL MANAGER. BrettYoung Seeds, Calmar, Alberta. BrettYoung Seeds is a privately owned and trusted seed, production, distribution, sales and marketing company with international reach and strong local roots since 1934. Our goal is to deliver value to our customers through world class service and differentiated products. Based in Winnipeg, we have locations throughout Western Canada and are currently seeking a dynamic and experienced Facility General Manager to complement our team in Calmar, Alberta. Facility General Manager. We are seeking a motivated professional to oversee and direct all operations at our Calmar blending and distribution facility. The General Manager is responsible for managing the operating budget, ensuring adequate staff and resource levels, overseeing inventory, production and QC operations in an MRP environment, and fulfilling orders and scheduling shipments to customers via courier, LTL or truckload delivery. This position will lead an outstanding team focused on Customer Service, distributing quality seed, golf, fertilizer and chemical products to our valuable customers throughout BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. The ideal candidate will have production and warehouse management experience and knowledge of seed industry quality standards and regulatory requirements. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, this position will conduct regular review and followup of facility financial statements, production and inventory reporting, delivery performance, and forecasts for the region. Outstanding, demonstrated leadership skills and a minimum three years experience in an equivalent position in the agricultural, seed or golf course-supply industries is required. Post-secondary education in business or agriculture is preferred. Licensing for CFIA approved conditioner, operator, grader, or importer is a valuable asset. In addition to the opportunity to join a team that values and celebrates everyone’s contributions, BrettYoung Seeds is an organization that supports professional growth and development and offers an attractive compensation package including salary and an outstanding and comprehensive benefits package. BrettYoung Seeds is an Equal Opportunity employer. Interested applicants are invited to apply to become a part of our team by submitting a letter of interest with salary expectations and a resume to: Human Resources, BrettYoung Seeds, Box 99 St. Norbert Postal Station, Winnipeg, MB, R3V 1L5. Fax 204-478-8370 or email: Human.Resources@

Buy & Sell #1500 - #1990 FOR fast results: Classified Want Ads. Phone 1-877223-3311.

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AUCTION Sales Wed. @ 6 pm. Antique sales 1st. Sun. of the month @ 1 pm. Feb. 8 Moose Hall 2 miles south of Ponoka on 2A WE BUY FOR CASH. 403-304-4791 Check website for full listings

BUD HAYNES & WARD’S Firearms Auction. Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m., 11802 - 145 St., Edmonton, Alberta. One Man’s Collection, store dispersal, case lots, ammo, etc. Consign now. Catalogue w/pictures online. Phone 403-347-5855 / 780-451-4549; www.;


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Building Supplies

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A-STEEL SHIPPING Dry Storage Containers. Used 20’ & 40’ Seacans high cube & insulated containers 40’ HC. Winter Specials in stock now. Self unloading delivery. Phone toll free 1-866-528-7108;



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

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Chiropractor Business Services #1000 - #1430




Agricultural #2000 - #2290 Farm Equipment ..............2010 Haying Equipment ............2020 Tractors ............................2030 Combines & Headers ......2040 Fertilizer Equipment..........2050 Misc. Farm Machinery ......2060 Equipment Wanted ..........2070 Farm Custom Work ..........2080 Farm Auctions ..................2090 Livestock ..........................2100 Livestock - Exotic..............2110 Sheep ..............................2120 Poultry ..............................2130 Horses ..............................2140 Horse Boarding ................2150 Riding Supplies ................2160 Horse/Stock Trailers ........2170 Pasture Wanted ................2180 Grain, Feed, Hay ..............2190 Seed Grain ......................2200 Seeding & Tillage ............2210

Pasture/Land Wanted


Wanted: Pasture to rent for 2015 & beyond. Call 403-741-2099.

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.

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Quality Collision Repair and Professional Service‌ Guaranteed!


Thorogood Pinches


ProďŹ ciency in operating equipment and metal fabrication


Stettler Furnace Cleaning

Certified General Accountants

-Residential -Commercial -Farm Buildings -Renovations

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Bus.: 403-742-2553 Res.: 403-742-0370

Physiotherapy, Acupuncture & Massage

Box 1595, 4907 - 50 Street, tree ee et, ett, Stettler A B AB


Chapman and Co. Professional Accountants LLP Guy Chapman, CA Chris Annand, CA Kendra Walgenbach, CA Naomi Roth, CGA P.O. Box 1328 4702- 51 Ave., Stettler Tel: 403-742-3438 e-mail:


Gitzel Krejci Dand Peterson CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS

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

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


Call Curt or Rob

Phone 403-742-2869 4606 - 40 St., Stettler

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4806 - 51 Ave., Stettler, AB 403-742-EARS(3277) Open Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Closed over lunch & on holidays)

• Residential • Commercial • Automotive Needs

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

Health Care



REFORESTATION NURSERY SEEDLINGS of hardy trees, shrubs, & berries for shelterbelts or landscaping. Full boxes as low as $0.99/tree. Free shipping. Replacement guarantee. 1-866-873-3846 or

LTD. Legal

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Brenda Anderson, B.Comm., LL.B.

Stettler Professional Building

Hauck Optometry & Hearing 5014 - 50 St., Stettler 403-742-4504


One block East of Scotia Bank

403-742-8838 403-742-5810 or 403-742-6443 *27 years experience*

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.

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Gorgeous new fabric collections! Available for: * Draperies * Valances * Upholstery



THIS WEEK’S Brenda Erichsen Please come into the Stettler Independent to claim your prize!

Call Bev for your in-home consultation at 403 742 1965 Beverley Plett



Plumbing & Heating


Get rid of your Garbage with. . .


Gary G. Grant Stettler Eye Care Law Office Dr. R. TROY NELSON

4719 - 49 St. Stettler, Alberta



Fax 403-742-2522

Phone 403-742-2683 New patients welcome


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4910 - 51 Street Comprehensive eye Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 health and vision exams Phone: 403-742-4437 Top quality frames, lenses and contacts Misc. Treatment of eye Services disease, injuries and surgical co-management

4819 51 Street

Home Consultations • Shades & Blinds • Soft Treatments • Fabrics & Hardware

5002 - 51 Ave., Stettler, AB


Call Barry Harvey


Personal Services

LL. B.


“Your Service Specialists�

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

2401 Toronto Dominion Sq. Edmonton Centre Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2Z1 Telephone: 780-426-4660 Fax: 780-426-0982


“Keeping people in Motion...�

Serving Stettler area over 35 years

Ph:403-742-5979 Fax:403-742-3656


403-742-3418 Glass Shops


Barristers and Solicitors Advocates

Qualified and Reputable

“U� Stamp Pressure Vessel Shop

2nd & 3rd Year Apprentice Welders


Legal Services

of McCuaig Desrochers

4912 - 51 Street Stettler, AB Open Mon. - Sat.


Serving Stettler & Area since 1978

Furnace Cleaning Contractors

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


Phone: 403-742-3555

4814 - 49 Street, Stettler

All types of Electrical Installation & Maintenance

4109 - 48 Avenue, Stettler


Automotive REQUIRES:


Health Care


Find out more about us at:

ROUND hay bales. Cheap Free delivery. Self unloadLOGS Semi loads of pine, spruce, ing. No Sunday calls 403-843-6380 403-704-3509 tamarack, poplar. Price depends on location. Lil Mule Logging 403-318-4346

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


10 pkgs. of 500 sheets

4819 - 51 Street Stettler, AB

COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION. 9th Annual Red Deer Speed Show & Collector Car Auction. March 13 - 15, Westerner Park. Special Guests Rick & Kelly Dale - American Restoration. Dan & Laura Dotson - Storage Wars. Consign today. 1-888-296-0528 ext. 103;

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403-742-3007 EVERY WATER WELL on earth should have the patented “Kontinuous Shok� Chlorinator from Big Iron Drilling! Why? Save thousands of lives every year. Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON.

Misc. Services


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

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Misc. Services


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Houses/ Duplexes

3 BDMR. 2 storey, downtown Stettler, close to schools & shopping. Avail. Feb. 1. $900. + utils. 403-742-2871 evenings.



L A R G E One & Two BEDROOM APARTMENTS FOR RENT No pets Phone Ellen Phone Linda or at Ernie 403-742-1568 at 403-742-5005 BEST RENTAL VALUE IN STETTLER 1 & 2 Bedroom, furnished kitchenette suites. All utilities, cable, internet. 1 Bedroom, $800/mo. 2 Bedroom, $1100/mo. plus D.D. Avail. immediately Kimberly 403-690-5828

Realtors & Services


Storage Space

STETTLER MINI STORAGE Household, furniture, business records, etc. Various sizes. Protected by security alarm and fenced and lighted perimeter. Owner: Reg and Darlene Hunter 403-740-9283 or 403-742-3153



Crop land for cash rent. 1 to 3 year lease payable April 15. 65 A - SE7-38-18, 35A - NW6-38-18, 70A SE12-38-19, 140A SE24-38-19, 100A SE23-38-19. Tenders subject to owners approval. Lazy SD Ranches, Box 435, Stettler, AB, T0C 2L0.

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A lifestyle you have more than earned Stunning new Laebon home in the Timbers-Red Deer 1426 sq.ft. 3 bdrms/2baths, large private master suite $499,900 Call Samantha 403.392.6261

Drive a little save a lot Brand new 2135 sq.ft. Laebon home 3 bdrms/2.5 baths $431,599 Call Jocelyn 403.302.9612 FOR SALE/RENT-TOOWN/RENT: Totally renovated with new open kitchen, 5 bedrooms, living room, large basement inÁoor heat, new siding, roof, windows and oversized heated garage on big corner lot. 403.827.8309

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Huge pie shaped lot in Red Deer New 2bdrm/2bath Laebon home in Timberstone $339,900 call Aaron 403.396.4016

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Perfect family home within walking distance to the schools. Many recent updates. Detached garage with heated flooring. RV parking pad. $258,900. Call Ross.

Fabulous open concept family home. In-floor heat throughout. Double attached garage. Underground sprinklers, gated yard for RV parking and deck. $323,000. Call Sherri.

This 4 bdrm home has been well cared for. Features a single attached garage and a double detached garage. Professionally landscaped and low maintenance backyard. $258,000. Call Edna.

Built in 2009, this modern, open concept home has a large kitchen, 4 bdrms and 3 baths. 6000 sq. ft. shop is move-in ready. Surrounded by 154 acres of farmland near Red Wil ow. Call Mike.

Executive bungalow in one of the nicest neighborhoods in town! Plenty of space with 7 bdrms, and open concept kitchen dining and living area. Tons of natural light! This lovely home sits on a 1/2 acre lot surrounded by trees. $675,000. Call Garry.

Modern 4 bdrm bi-level in Meadowlands. Open concept kitchen and dining area, granite countertops, slate flooring and oversized double car garage. $439,000. Call Garry







2 bdrm 1 bath home in Alix features a two tiered deck and fully fenced backyard. Extra space for parking and RV storage. $149,000. Call Mike

Immaculate 2 bdrm home in Big Valley. Built in 20006, landscaped and well cared for. $265,900. Call Ross

1400 sq. ft. home has 3 bdrms and 3 baths. Remodled kitchen. Includes 2 horse barns, waterers and garage. $390,000. Call Garry

1.5 storey charming home with over sized double garage. Walking distance to downtown. Many upgrades throughout. $199,000. Call Sherri

This 1008 sq. ft. home in Big Valley is just right for seniors! Double car detached garage, bright open kitchen and includes an adjacent lot, perfect for RV parking. $179,500. Call Doug or Mike





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Commercial property in Alix with 3000 sq. ft. of useable warehouse and office space. $380,000. Call Edna.

Build your dream home on 6.8 acres of untouched property near Erskine. $110,000. Call Jill

1168 sq. ft. mobile home has wrap-around deck. Fedatures a single attached garage. Home is handicap accessible. $159,000. Call Jill

Cozy 1 bdrm home in Big Valley has had extensive renovations. Featuring a fenced yard and heated detached garage. $129,000. Call Atie

5 bdrm home with a view of Buffalo Lake in White Sands. Well kept and lots of space. $599,000. Call Brian

Development property in a quiet area of Stettler. 5.68 acres with huge trees. A great opportunity! $519,900. Call Ross.


Lake front, 2 bdrm home sits on 1/2 acre lot. Private with plenty of trees. $524,900. Call Brian

To view more info on our listing check out or Doug Roberts

Jill Fisher

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Brian Lynn

Garry Rushton

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Atie Turnbull

Sherri Kuefler

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Manufactured Homes

3 BRAND NEW 20 X 76 Triple M Homes. Starting from $108,000. Available for immediate or spring delivery. For more information call United Homes Canada 1-800-461-7632 or visit us at www.

MASSIVE SHOW HOME Reduction Sale! 16 to 24 wide’s ready to deliver! 3 & 4 bedrooms - 2 baths. Turn key packages available. Call Dynamic Homes today 403-341-4422 or visit us online www.

Commercial Property

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Buildings For Sale

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Commercial Property

Commercial BLDG.



Buildings For Sale


STEEL BUILDINGS “Really Big Sale!� All steel building models and sizes. Plus extra savings. Buy now and we will store until spring. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422; www.

Money To Loan

Financial #4400 - #4430

Investments ......................4410 Money Wanted ................4420 Money to Loan ................4430



DO YOU NEED to borrow money - Now? If you own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits will lend you money - It’s that simple. 1-877-486-2161.

Businesses For Sale


Transportation #5000-5300


2006 BUICK Lucerne fully loaded, 3.8 V6, 35 mpg. plus new tires, nice shape, approx. 180,000 kms, $5500 obo 403-740-5560



PRICE REDUCED ~Now willing to separate shop ~Sitting on 2 acre lot in total 1st and 2nd Shops- 50’x90’ Duplex style construction, Metal Building, South and North sides identical. OfďŹ ce Space @1000sq ft with bathroom, Shop oor 25’x70’ 1750 sq ft, with bathroom, 14ft overhead doors, insulated, 2 walk in doorways, 3 phase power available, Huge parking lot, rent dependent on duration of lease.

*Fenced Compound * 2300 sq. ft. * 1.9 acres *Corner Lot

3rd Shop- 60’ x 40’ -2400 sq ft Metal building, insulated, infrared heat,

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single phase power. Small ofďŹ ce with mezzanine on top, 10’x14’ & 12’x14’ shop door with electric door opener. Huge parking lot. Rent price dependent on duration of lease. Triple net. Separate living accommodations on site can be provided


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Brand new 2014 – 20 x 76 mobile home on lot. Open floor plan, 3 bedrooms, 4 piece ensuite and a second full bath. Features a vaulted ceiling and stainless steel appliances. Skirted, levelled and immediate possession. Price includes GST. #CA0040686. $226,900.

Candor Realty Ltd.

½ DUPLEX. Great location. “Like Newâ€? home built with seniors in mind – no stairs, easy access, wheel chair friendly. Bright, spacious home with open floor concept. Close to downtown, post office and medical clinic. Heated garage. Just move in. #CA0034082. $229,900.

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EXCELLENT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY. Comfortable 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home with a 1 bedroom suite in the basement. Great starter home. Large oversized 30 x 30 garage. New shingles in 2013. CA0051681. $179,900

Congratulations Andy on receiving the “Diamond� Award as a top producer with Royal LePage Network Realty Corp Thanks to all those clients who made this award possible. For all your real estate needs – residential, acreage, commercial or agricultural, please call Andy at 403-742-3069


LOVELY ACREAGE just minutes from town. 3 bdrm mobile, lovely outdoor entertaining space, 2 wells, 2 barns, large quonset, garage and a workshop. $369,900. Locally owned & operated

THIS RED WILLOW HOME sits on 6 lots with mature trees. 1.5 storey, 4 bedrooms and newer windows. Basement recently waterproofed by professionals and comes with a 25 yr. warranty. $129,500.


BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! This 4 acre parcel of land is almost in the town of Stettler. 3 bdrms, 2 newly finished bathrooms, attached garage and a 3 stall barn on the acreage. $439,000.

SUBDIVISION POTENTIAL for 15 acres. Services, 2 wells, indoor riding arena, heated shop, mature landscaping. Offers subject to sub-division approval. #CA0025826. $750,000.

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AFFORDABLE FAMILY HOME with 5 bdrms and 3 baths. Open kitchen, dining and living room. Finished basement, fenced yard, deck and parking area at back. $198,500

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GREAT OPPORTUNITY to be your own boss. This convenience store is located on main street in Alix. Price includes the building, land and all equipment. $159,000.





5.3 ACRE PARCEL OF LAND only minutes from Stettler. Ready to build on with all utilities to the property line and a new approach has been completed. $119,900.

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One of a kind estate home. Beautifully decorated. Quality throughout. 1/2 acre lot in prestigious neighbourhood. Asking $789,000.

Perfect starter home for young family. 4 bedrooms. Big country kitchen. Garage. Large fenced yard. Close to schools. $183,500. Don’t wait!

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Public Notice #6000

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MAINTENANCE WORKERS CASUAL HEART HAVEN, PARAGON PLACE AND WILLOW CREEK LODGES • The County of Stettler Housing Authority is a not-for-profit organization which provides affordable housing for seniors and families in Stettler and surrounding area. • We are seeking Maintenance Workers to provide support when our full time staff are away or in need of extra assistance in our seniors’ lodges as well as community and affordable housing. • The ideal candidate has at least two year’s experience in the general and preventative maintenance of both industrial and domestic buildings and grounds. • We are looking for someone with analytic, organization, and communication skills and with experience in safety, fire and security systems. • We require a Class 5 Driver’s License and be able to produce a Criminal Record Check. • Wages and benefits according to our Collective Agreement with CUPE. • This is a rewarding position with the opportunity to help the seniors in our communities and is ideal for a retired or semi retired individual who is flexible about work hours and is available at short notice.

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A Public Hearing on the matter of Bylaw 2060-15 will be held in the Boardroom at the Town of Stettler Office, 5031 - 50 Street on February 17, 2015 at the hour of 7:00 p.m. Oral comments and suggestions are invited to be made at the public hearing and shall be addressed to the point of the proposed Bylaw. They may be made by any person or group of persons, or a person acting on their behalf who claim to be affected by the proposed bylaw, and from any person(s) whom, at the hearing the Municipal Council of the Town of Stettler agrees to hear. All written submissions and petitions must be in the possession of the Town of Stettler Development Authority no later than 12:00 noon on February 11, 2015. You may submit your written comments by facsimile (403-742-1404) or email to provided your original letter is received within seven days of the February 11, 2015 closing date. Leann Graham Planning & Development Services

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County of of Stettler Stettler No. County No. 6 6

6602 -- 44 44 Ave., Ave., Box Box 1270, 1270, 6602 Stettler, AB AB T0C Stettler, T0C2L0 2L0 Phone: 742-4441 Fax: Phone: 403-742-4441 Fax: 742-1277 403-742-1277


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No: Legal Description: Rural Address: Applicant/Owner: Proposed Development:


No: Legal Description: Applicant/Owner: Rural Address: Proposed Development:

DP 15001 Lot 27 Block 1 Plan 9924620 (Rochon Sands Estates) 233, 40338 Hwy 835 Glenn & Carrie Turgeon Ancillary Building (384 ft²) with a relaxation of the Land Use Bylaw to provide for the placement of the building in the front yard of the parcel of land DP 15003 Lot 1 Plan 962504 Lenore Brown 20335 Twp Rd 39-0 Ancillary Building (Residential – Oversized) 1680 ft²

Any person claiming to be affected by such decision may appeal by giving notice in writing to the Secretary, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, County of Stettler No. 6 PO Box 1270, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 not later than February 18, 2015. The notice must contain the reason for the appeal. Jacinta Donovan & Cara McKenzie, Development Officers

PUBLIC HEARING Take notice that the Council of the County of Stettler No. 6 will hold a Public Hearing to hear representation concerning the proposed Bylaws: BYLAW 1537-14 providing for amending the Land Use Bylaw 1443-10 by rezoning the remainder of Lot 1, Block 16, Plan 1122947 (2 Railway Avenue, Erskine) and Lot – Block—Plan— from the Agricultural District (A) to the Hamlet Residential District (HR). The public may inspect a copy of the amending bylaw at the County Administration Building during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Public Hearing will be held Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM, or as soon thereafter as possible, in Council Chambers of the County Administration Building. Receipt of written submissions in support or opposing this bylaw must be submitted to the Development Officer, County of Stettler, Box 1270, Stettler, AB. T0C 2L0 by 4:30 on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.



BYLAW 2060-15

A copy of Bylaw 2060-15 may be viewed at the Town Office during regular hours of business.

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403-742-4263; 403-742-8122 or 403-742-4091

1-877-213-8008 Davidson, SK

PUBLIC NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that it is the intention of the Municipal Council of the Town of Stettler to pass Bylaw 2060-15 Land Use Bylaw repealing Land Use Bylaw 2018-11.



Notice is hereby given that the following Development Permit Application for a discretionary use in accordance with the County of Stettler No. 6 Land Use Bylaw No. 1443-10 was approved by the Development Authority:

Box 280 (5031 - 50 St.) Stettler, AB T0C 2L0

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

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Human Resources at 403.742.9220 or fax in a resume to 403.742.9221 or email to Please submit your resume by 4:00 P.M. February 20, 2015. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Public Notices

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Dated: January 23, 2015 Jacinta Donovan Development Officer


NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Hot Line 403-342-1444

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

STETTLER & DISTRICT FOOD BANK SOCIETY Kathy Elaine Willis -Williams 403-742-4567 403-742-2745 Elaine Williams - 403-742-2745 4820 - 51 Street






T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Grace – 403-742-0681 Vivian – 403-742-3935

VICTIM SERVICE 403-741-7841 CONFUSED? GETTING THE RUN AROUND? CONTACT YOUR INFORMATION AND REFERRAL CENTRE Residents of Stettler and the surrounding area now have access to this free and confidential service. It provides information and referral on social agencies, government services, clubs and organizations, to best suit the caller’s need.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Independent DISTRICT

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Volunteer firefighters desperately needed Les and Rosemary Stulberg ENDIANG/BYEMOOR NEWS An open meeting hosted by the Byemoor volunteer fire department will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 3 at the fire station in Byemoor. Volunteer fire fighters are desperately needed so it is hoped men and women of the community interested in learning more about the position will attend. Volunteers are not expected to be available for every fire. If the volunteer numbers drop too low, Byemoor could be at risk of losing its station. Regional fire chief Mark Dennis will be attending the meeting. Congratulations to Lane and Bobbi Buchwitz on the arrival of their daughter Sage Sheileen. Sage was born at the Drumheller hospital on Jan. 27 and weighed eight pounds 15 ounces. She is also welcomed by two proud brothers Cash and Kord. Congratulations also to the grandparents Robert and Sheila Buchwitz and Maureen Olson and great-grandfather Nat Buchwitz. Incidentally, Sage’s middle name is a combination of her grandmothers’ names — Sheila and Maureen. Our community was deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Wayne Chaplin in a quad-related accident south of Byemoor. He was 43. Wayne was a resident of the hamlet of Byemoor for the past few years and was known as a friendly fellow, well-liked by the community. Our

Special days coming next week Pat Kelm ERSKINE ENQUIRER Well, the snow really brightened up the environment, so things don’t look so drab anymore. CARA curling starts this next Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Erskine Curling Rink. Volunteers are needed, so if any parents are able to help out, please contact the school. This Friday is Red Pink Dress up Day. There is no school Monday or Tuesday -- Monday is Family Day and Tuesday is PD Day for the teachers. Nice long weekend for the kids. This year PD Days are used for getting ready for changes in education coming up in the year ahead. The Erskine Curling Club will be hosting a funspiel on Monday for Family Day. Bring the whole family to enjoy curling, games and prizes. If you have a rink to

enter please phone the curling rink at 742-5073. The Erskine Recreation Board will be hosting a skating party this Friday at 7 p.m. This is for the whole family and there will be a campfire, hot dogs and hot chocolate along with skating. The Erskine Ladies’ Curling Bonspiel begins Feb. 23 until March 1. Anyone wishing to enter a rink can phone the curling rink. The Buffalo Lake Naturalist Club will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Anglican Church. Anyone interested in learning about different aspects of nature is welcome to attend. The meetings are very informational and educational. Ceramic classes are held in the basement of the Waverly Club Rooms on Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Museum AGM in three weeks DONALDA DIARY You could mark you calendars to attend “Shrove Tuesday” pancake supper at the drop-in, Feb. 17 starting at 5:30 p.m. The Donalda & District Museum Society will hold their annual general meeting, following the regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the library Birthday greetings go out

to, Alexander Vert-Fisher, Angela Shepherd, Sean Tantrum, Blair Mueller, Karl Nettestad, Stan Dahl, Slyvia Jones, Allan Dietrich, Daryl Bailey, Taylor Fuller, Leah BergstomThellbro, Lee Erickson, Clinton Mueller, Janelle Hillestad, Rachel Seale, Bailey Steinhoff and everyone else celebrating a birthday this week. Happy Birthday!!

thoughts of sympathy go to Wayne’s girlfriend and family. Congratulations are in order for the local curling team of Justin Jones, Jim Krautt, Tyler Stulberg and Allen Norlie. They won the Rumsey Men’s Bonspiel top honours, taking home first in the A event. Way to go guys. Keep in mind the Valentine Dine and Dance is coming up on Feb. 14 at the Byemoor hall. Advance tickets are available at the Byemoor Store. Ticket price of $50 includes the supper, dance, door prizes and a chance to win the grand prize of a $2,000 travel voucher. The Boar’s Cup hockey tournament in Byemoor will be held a little earlier this year. It is set for the Valentine Day weekend. It is always a fun, action-packed weekend to wrap up the hockey season.

The Endmoor Vipers girls’ hockey team had a good weekend of play. They played in Camrose on Saturday and won 3-2. On Sunday, Camrose returned the visit to Byemoor and the Vipers once again posted the win, this time 4-3. Awesome games, girls. We send birthday greetings to a group of former Endmoor seniors celebrating their special birthdays (all over 80) the first part of February. Happy birthday on Feb. 1 — Buster Walker, 88 and Eileen Green, 86. Feb. 3 — Bob Green, 89. Feb. 6 — Bernice Zeimer, 88. Feb. 8 — Lucy Gutsche, 81. Feb. 11 — Mickey Pearn, 89. Humorous quote — “I haven’t spoken to my wife in years. I didn’t want to interrupt her.” Rodney Dangerfield



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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Independent SCHOOL ZONE

Medieval Days come big to SES It was another exciting week for the students at Stettler Elementary School. Tuesday morning, Jan. 26, Medieval Days 2015 commenced. As the students crossed a drawbridge to enter the gymnasium, they were delighted to find the gym had been transformed back in time. It was a spectacular sight; there was a castle, horses, carts, and of course, a queen, a princess and a knight in shining armour. Students cheered as their teachers, dressed in period costume, participated in the opening ceremony. Riding the knight’s horses and climbing the castle walls were two very popular activities. Mrs. Poapst and Mrs. Nietz, our physical education teachers, did a fantastic job of incorporating the 7 Habits into exciting games for Medieval Days. It was a wonderful experience for all the students. They learned that many of the games played today, originated during the Medieval era. In preparation for the games, the students designed their own Medieval Coat of Arms and staff helped with collecting or creating props. Many thanks to everyone that helped with the incredible amount of work and time it took to make Medieval Days 2015 a successful. Our Lighthouse Team, which consists of teacher representatives from kindergarten through Grade 8, was fortunate to spend

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the day with a “Leader in Me� facilitator, Frank Teravich, on Thursday, Jan. 29. It was a great opportunity to reflect on the team’s achievements and to plan ahead for new leadership initiatives. The Lighthouse Team has many new ideas that they are anxious to implement in the future as they continue along their journey of nurturing student leaders. To further enhance 7 Habits instructional skills, Stettler Elementary School teachers, as well as the Stettler Middle School teachers, gathered in the drama room on Friday, Jan.30 for Professional Development Day. Mr. Teravich, who has been presenting for over seven years, shared many strategies and activities with the teachers. Professional training opportunities such as this support teachers in their efforts to guide children to become more effective student leaders. It was a productive day for all. Meanwhile, the students enjoyed the day off to begin, what would be, a long weekend for the students.

Wrapping up January By: Elli Anderson & Abbey Bohn, Grade 8 Students Christ-King started the week with a special visit from Corporal Gulak on Jan.27. His day included visiting each classroom, giving a presentation tailored to each age group. Some of the topics included bullying, bike safety, and evidence collection. All students enjoyed seeing him throughout the day and can’t wait for his next visit. The visitors to ChristKing continued with the Magical Munsch performance on Jan. 28. A talented group of three came and performed a few of Robert Munsch’s books: “Angela’s Airplane�, “More Pies�, “Get Out of Bed�, “Moria’s Birthday�, “Alligator Baby� and “50 Below Zero�. The gym was filled with lots of laughter and many opportunities for student participation. Questions were in abundance after the show,

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and students watched intently when the performers demonstrated some of the secrets to putting on a puppet show. On Jan. 29, the Grade 6/7 class led the “Leader in Me� assembly for January. The class chose Habit #3: Put First Things First. Using a large pickle jar, the students demonstrated that it is important for everyone to prioritize aspects in their life. Golf balls were placed in the jar first, which represented the important things in life like family and friends. Next, students filled the jar with pebbles, which represented the smaller important things in life like school, and extra-curricular activities. Sand was used to fill the small empty spaces. The sand represented the worries in life, which we sometimes stress over too much. Finally, the jar was filled with chocolate milk – which represented the things in life that we should always take time

for, like having a hot chocolate with a friend. Students were encouraged to see the pickle jar as their life, and that if they filled their life with sand (worries) first, they wouldn’t have time for the golf balls (important things). Putting first things first means to fill your life with the important things first and letting the other stuff fall into place. The Much Music dance took place on January 29th as well. The energy in the gym was great as many students from other schools attended. With the giant video screen, students danced, watched music videos, and enjoyed visiting at the concession stand. A special thank you to all the teachers who supervised. February will bring many more events to Christ-King. Staff and students are looking forward to another busy month. Stay tuned Stettler.



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