CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY Vol. 68, No. 18 | WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016 | 403-783-3311 | WWW.PONOKANEWS.COM
Camrose tournament offers good soccer practice for Ponoka teams Story on page 31
Fink family left USA for the ‘Promise land’ of Alberta near Ponoka Story on page 5
Busy bees Warm spring weather has brought out busy bees and beautiful blossoms. This bee covers itself in pollen in pink rose flowers Monday, May 2 at Don Dillon and May Spence’s home. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Ponoka to join commemoration of Canada’s 150th birthday Residents invited to help create national mural PONOKA NEWS STAFF Ponoka is one of 150 towns invited to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 with a special mural that speaks to each community. To help get the project going, three community workshops have been set with host artists from Mural Mosaic coming to help out. When complete, Ponoka residents will have helped create a mural that celebrates the culture and diversity of Ponoka, which will eventually be displayed permanently in town (location yet to be determined). Those who take part will paint a six-inch by six-inch tile illustrating what Ponoka means to them. Helping them get there will be three Mural Mosaic artists. The first workshop is set for Thursday, May 12 at St. Augustine Catholic School from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students and
then open to the public from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The next day the artists will be at the Ponoka Christian School with the same schedule. The last workshop is open to the public on May 14 at the Kinsmen Community Centre from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “If the 150 murals were to ever be connected, the result would be a gigantic mural that mirrors the soul of our nation and stretches more than 365 metres wide (four football fields) and 2.5 metres (8 feet) tall,” states a press release from the Town of Ponoka. When completed artists will take a photo of each community’s mural and post it on the Mural Mosaic website at www.canada150mosaic.com. Mural Mosaic’s work has been featured at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. as well as at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.
Residents are invited to take part in a mural mosaic to celebrate Canada’s 150th in 2017. Workshops are set for May 12 to 14 with artists from Mural Mosaic helping create the mosaic using six-inch tiles. Photo from Canada 150 Mosaic
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Two town residents reported “feel good” acts of kindness to the Ponoka News editorial office over the course of last week, the kind of information everyone likes to hear. The first report came in a handwritten note from Jaye, who asked her last name not to be used. She asked anyone and everyone who comes in contact with Phil Lewis to congratulate him, because his quick thinking and swift action saved Jaye’s life. Jaye was about to choke on a candy while she was driving, so she pulled over.
Just as she was about to go unconscious, Phil pulled up, jumped out of his car and administered a Heimlich maneuver on Jaye, as a result of which the candy broke into two and and was ejected. Jaye calls Phil “a real hero” and thanks him. The other act of goodwill was reported by Donna Cnossen, who is grateful to the unknown individual who turned her lost car keys to the No Frills. “It is wonderful that there are still considerate and thoughtful people in this world, especially in our Town of Ponoka,” she said. She is grateful.
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Man bear sprayed after confronting suspects are investigating a case of a woman and her dog being chased by coyotes April 26. Police say the coyotes chased the woman to her car and appeared desperate although she was able to escape uninjured. Driver knocks out street light Police are investigating an incident where a male
driver knocked over a street light on Chipman Avenue last week. Witnesses say they saw the pickup back up and then the vehicle sped up and knocked out a street light. It is believed the man lost control of the accelerator. No one was hurt in the incident.
RON ORR, MLA Lacombe-Ponoka There were no injuries last week after a driver knocked out a street light on Chipman Avenue. It is believed the driver lost control of the accelerator and subsequently took out the street light. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
PONOKA NEWS STAFF A Ponoka man was bear sprayed after taking pictures of suspects on his property. Police were called to a rural home after a sensor warned the homeowner of movement in his yard, Saturday, April 23. The incident occurred at approximately 4 a.m. and as the homeowner went outside to take a photo with his camera a male suspect approached him looking for fuel. Upon seeing the camera the suspect returned to his car at a quick pace, say police. The homeowner took
photos of the suspect, who subsequently used the bear spray on him. Police say the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed and was later found abandoned on Range Road 254. Suspicious drone Police are looking into complaints of people using a drone with video camera to check out rural properties. One incident occurred on April 19 on Range Road 260. Witnesses say a white fourdoor Pontiac, with the right rear door a different colour, was seen in the area and at also a second home. Suspects refuse to stop for police Owners of a gravel quarry notified police of a suspicious pickup recently. Police say there have been issues of fuel theft recently and when the complainant saw a slip tank on the pickup truck, police were called. Two civilian vehicles
followed the pickup truck and when police caught up to the pickup, they turned on their emergency lights. It quickly became clear that the driver was not going to stop and the chase was subsequently terminated in the interest of public safety. Homeowner charged with assault It is unclear why a homeowner decided to throw a Direct Energy employee to the ground breaking his phone and iPad but the decision landed him a charge of assault. Police say the Direct Energy employee was conducting business and when the woman who answered the door said she was not interested and the employee walked away. Police say the employee was leaving the property when the homeowner threw him to the ground and broke the
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CHURCH OF THE OPEN BIBLE 3704 - 42 St. Ponoka 403-783-6500 Worship Service 11:00 a.m. • firstname.lastname@example.org
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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Sr. Pastor Paul Spate
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Bible Discovery Hour 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service 10:30 a.m.
HOME CHURCH Pastor Rob McArthur
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term “goulash” to represent what can happen in our lives when too many or perhaps the wrong kind of ingredients get mixed into the pot of our lives. Goulash is what can happen to lives that are shaped by the amoral values of public education; the empty promises of sports and entertainment; the lure of money and careers; and the constant false messaging of the media. Goulash is the mixture of these forces that erase the truth about who we are and why we are here and seek to leave us with an unclear and sometimes false identity and purpose. I’ve noticed this same unidentifiable goulash has shown up in the church of
the world sometimes considers to be like leftovers, but who have been transformed by a welcoming and caring community. In both cases, the identity 0f the food and these people are not lost in the transformation. Unlike what happens at the Clubhouse, my cooking skills are notorious for causing food to lose such identity. My brothers learned very quickly to stay clear at mealtime if I was the cook since I had the habit of taking leftovers and mixing them together to produce an unidentifiable “goulash.” Now “goulash” is actually a real recipe and pretty good, unlike my melting pot of ingredients. However, I want to use this
I’m a regular diner at the Rising Sun Clubhouse on Wednesdays at lunchtime. There I often get to taste leftovers that have been transformed into something incredibly delicious. At the same time, I also get to encounter people who
Currently meeting at Ponoka Christian School 6300-50 St. Worship Service Sunday 10:30 a.m. Everyone Welcome! phone: 403-783-6962 • www.baptistreformedponoka.org
PARKLAND REFORMED CHURCH South on 2A, West on Spruce Road 403-783-1888 Worship Service 10:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Rev. Mitch Ramkissoon www.parklandurc.org
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North America also. Over the last number of decades there has been a rush to the bottom as churches leave behind or downplay their historic identity (beliefs and practices) to win over the consumers of religion and everything else. As a result, many people live with a kind of goulash Christianity of “Whatever you want it to be.” The thing about goulash is that it still has some good ingredients. There’s nothing basically wrong with education or sports or even entertainment. However, these ingredients often become something else in the goulash mixture of this life. Likewise, in the goulash of 21st century Christianity people still use words such as Jesus, God, faith, Bible, and prayer. The problem though, is that these words get remixed and redefined in such a way that people get what they want: a personal and pop religion without the identity of the crucified Christ and with an identity and a purpose focused on ME. Although goulash may feel warm (if heated up), and fuzzy (if left in the fridge too long) there is little in the goulash of life that can anchor you to the truth of who you really are and the Christ who can restore you to who you really are. God has created us in His image and yet sin has bound that image and desires to twist our identity into goulash. However, through Christ’s life, death and resurrection, we can by faith be restored again to a full flavored identity filled with new life. When Jesus gathered His disciples for their last meal together, it was not goulash He served, but bread and wine and with it He said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Are you tired of the goulash of this world? Are you tired of chasing dreams? Are you ready to see the real you? Maybe it’s time to find a church where bread and wine are offered and your real identity and purpose can be revealed.
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Reflections of Ponoka
Fink family left USA for the ‘Promise land’ of Alberta near Ponoka BY MIKE RAINONE FOR THE NEWS
The family of Joseph and Sarah Fink were born and raised in the Oregon and Wisconsin area of the United States for many years, but when Joe’s oldest son Ben purchased land in the Manito area north of Ponoka in 1911, he came out to see what was being called ‘The Promise Land’. So impressed by what he saw he returned to Wisconsin, sold his store, and in 1912 made the long trek back to Alberta with his wife Sarah and daughters Eliza and Josephine. Ben Fink was born in 1878 and as a young man taught school and worked at a store in Montana, but later longed to seek out a new life on the rolling prairies of Alberta, Canada. While settling on their new homestead, Ben and his hired man were supplied with fresh home-made bread by Mrs. Charles Park Sr. because there was no bakery in Ponoka. Ben’s fiancée Jennie Fountain, who was also a school teacher from Paradise, Montana and had previously travelled by covered wagon to Wetaskiwin to assist family in 1896, would return to Ponoka in June of 1911 and they were married in the local Catholic Church. There was no house yet, so they all lived in tents throughout the summer while Ben and his father Joe and Jennie’s Uncle
The family of Ben and Jennie Fink were born and raised in the Manito and Hazel Hill districts north-west of Ponoka. Shown at a family reunion photo are (back row, left to right) Roger Fink (Mary Martin), Jean (John Dyke), Gerry Fink (Jeannie Wiggins), Mary (Bud Holben), and Bernard (Mickey) Fink (Kay McMillan); and then seated in the front are Jim Fink (Eloise McLaren), Dolly Katherine (Gus Bednar), Helen (Stephen Gee), Josephine (Sam Brault), and Rita (Don Stickney).
Remember When... Photo from Ponoka Panorama History book
Ben and Jennie Fink were married in Ponoka in 1911 and then settled in the Manito district north of town, living in tents until their first farm home was completed. Along the way, they welcomed a family of 10 children, later moving to the Hazel Hill district in 1932, and would live their entire happy, long, and active lives all out on the farm.
Jim McLeod completed the framing twice, with the first effort being totally destroyed by a severe hailstorm. Joseph and Sarah Fink bought the southeast quarter of section 36 in the Hazel Hill district, and their family continued to grow to include son Ed and daughters Clara, Francis, and Sister Ignatius. Their youngest son George would work for them on the farm from 1916 to 1920, and together, father and son would build a small house for George’s new family. When Joe and Sarah retired, the small house was moved into Ponoka, where they enjoyed life in town, with Sarah passing away in 1924, after which Joe moved back to his favourite old homestead until his death 1926. Ben and Jennie farmed in the Manito district until 1932, when they moved onto Joe and Sarah’s original homestead in the Hazel Hill area, and along the way they would be blessed with 10 children, including Helen, Katherine, James, Mary, Bernard, Roger, Rita, Jean, Gerald (Jerry) and Josephine. The children attended school at Arbor Park and Manito, with Katherine, Jim, and Helen all riding their faithful horse cricket together each day to those tiny country schools. The massive farming operations of the Fink and Jim McLeod family’s often required as many as 27 horses pulling the machinery together, and then they purchased a noisy steam tractor in the mid-1920. Many hardy labourers were hired from throughout the districts, as well as newly arrived immigrants, one
of which was Mr. Alex Kazimbek, a Russian Count who spoke four languages and in his spare time dressed up in his white satin tunic, black trousers, and high boots to dance and played classical music on the piano to the joy of everyone. Times were always hectic out at the Finks’, especially during the summer and harvest, with as many as 17 regulars for dinner and up to 25 people sleeping in the house on many occasions. Ben and Jennie and the children were always very active in the social affairs in and around Arbor Park, taking part in countless plays, socials, card parties, dances, picnics, and sporting events. They also belonged to the U.F.A., U.F.W.A., and Junior U.F.A. and were active in the Catholic Parish, while Jim played baseball and hockey, and all the kids loved swimming and skating on the Battle River. Ben raised Holstein cattle, Percheron horses, Yorkshire pigs, Suffolk sheep, chickens, turkeys, mink, racoons, as well as spending many hours at repairing harness and carpentry work. Together, Ben and Jennie and their family loved planting and producing magnificent gardens and fruit trees in the fertile black soil each and every spring. Ben Fink passed away in 1953 and Jennie stayed on the family farm until her passing in 1961. The ongoing generations of Joseph and Ben Fink proudly continued to grow and carry on the strong family traditions, many remaining in Ponoka and districts, with others reside throughout Canada and the United States.
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Canadian cattle industry faces a growing crisis The Earls restaurant controversy is just the tip of the iceberg for a Canadian industry that has been slow to adapt to changing needs BY SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS COLUMNIST TROY MEDIA The Earls restaurant decision to turn to a U.S. supplier for humanely-produced beef points to a significant problem for the future of the cattle industry in Canada. The Earls decision follows a similar one by A&W a few years ago. That chain had to procure beef from Montana and Australia for its “no hormones, no steroids” campaign. Both decisions point to shortcomings in the Canadian beef industry. And given the deepening problems in the Alberta economy, ranchers have reason to be particularly unhappy with the Earls decision because any loss of income is cause for concern. But the industry problems exposed by these decisions are hardly singular. A number of issues face the cattle industry in Canada. The cattle industry has been slow to recognize and respond to how fragmented the marketplace has become in recent years. Market scale, though, has always been an issue in Canada. The U.S. market is immense, which makes niche markets more practical and gives them the look of a gold mine. In Canada, the business case for conversion to niche markets was weak for years, since the quantities sold did not warrant any changes. While the Canadian cattle industry has not been idle, changes have been excep-
tionally slow in coming. The industry has been working with the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef to establish standards for how beef is produced, which, of course, includes humane standards. However, reports suggest that the project has faced challenges in recent months. Consensus building on what sustainable beef actually means has apparently been difficult to reach. Nonetheless, the market is shifting rapidly and the Canadian industry is having difficulty coping. For years, many ranchers felt that working to certain animal welfare standards simply did not bring the necessary payback. But with higher food prices, a greater number of consumers are more willing than ever to consider alternatives. When food is cheap, choices can be more trivial for a significant group of consumers, but higher grocery bills compel consumers to look more closely at what they purchase, seeking benefits and understanding the origins of food. And that forces supply chains to become much more transparent. As a result, animal welfare has more market currency. Just a few years ago, Earls likely could not have cared less where their beef came from and how it was produced. Not now. And other restaurant chains already have open procurement strategies, which are very much imbedded in their approach to corporate social responsibility.
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But for a growing number of consumers, none of this matters. For them, humane or sustainable beef is a fairy tale - it doesn’t exist. They feel that livestock production for human consumption is simply no longer acceptable. That perspective has been enhanced by social media, which has brought greater attention to consumer concerns about animal welfare. And raising cattle puts significant pressure on our environment. That has clearly created discomfort among some consumers. Unlike the chicken or pork industries, for which production cycles are not as resource intensive, beef is going through an identity crisis in the western world. Cattle require more than 10 pounds of feed and eight gallons of fresh water to produce one pound of edible beef. These numbers are beginning to influence how consumers perceive beef as a commodity. And this is only the beginning. An increasingly number of restaurant chains that rely on beef sales will commit to becoming more open about how animals are treated on farms. Using animal wel-
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fare as a retail tool can no longer be overlooked. It just wouldn’t be good business practice. The changing profile of consumers contributes to all of this. Millennials now outnumber boomers, and they have far more diverse desires and habits. And higher food prices are a major game-changer for the western world. Charging more for calories brings a different set of expectations. The marketplace is now more attuned with food systems. What was once taken for granted is now an issue of focus for consumers: quality, composition and origin matter. Certainly, modern consumers may still be a little confused about food systems. But consumers are clearly more engaged, and that means the industry must respond. So the next time a restaurant seeks to cater to a growing consumer need, the Canadian cattle industry needs to be much better prepared. Sylvain Charlebois is Dean of the Faculty of Management and Professor in the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University.
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Early handover of fire equipment creates controversy Mayor apologizes for disorganized transfer BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE PONOKA NEWS The transfer of fire trucks from the Ponoka Fire Department (PFD) to Ponoka County did not go as smoothly as planned. Officially the East District Fire Department was to take over its area Tuesday, April 26 with trucks that belonged to the county being handed over that morning. However, that was not what happened. Monday evening during PFD practice, East District Fire Chief Dale Morrow received a phone call to come and pick up the trucks although the expected delivery of the units was Tuesday morning and there was no notice earlier from the Ponoka Fire Department that it was being brought forward, Ponoka County CAO Charlie Cutforth said in an interview. Things came to light Tuesday night during the public forum part of the regular meeting of the town council when Morrow’s son, Kent, asked why there was a need for the trucks to be delivered the evening prior. CAO Albert Flootman answered that it was an operational decision made by PFD Fire Chief Jamie Wilkinson. “The fire chief made a decision to move that up,” explained Flootman. He added that he was aware of the decision and felt satisfied that residents were not at risk overnight. It is believed the officers with the PFD dropped off one tender (water tanker), the new rescue truck, a pumper truck and a brush fire unit leaving the last tender in the town fire hall. The county picked that tender up the next morning. Coun. Teri Underhill asked for clarification if equipment on the trucks was transferred as well. Flootman said he had met with Cutforth Tuesday morning about certain tools removed from the trucks. He said there was some grey area when former interim CAO Doug Wright and Cutforth discussed the payment for vehicles in January. “There was considerable discussion over those tools,” said Flootman. In the interview, Cutforth said he did not realize some of the equipment, in one case newer hoses switched out with older ones, would not go with the trucks. “Arguably it could be said it’s not ours to expect.” Part of the issue appears to be over equipment purchased by the Ponoka Fire Brigade Society, a fundraising group for the PFD that helped raise money through donations. Cutforth said the decision was somewhat alarming but
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added that the east district department is up and running “We must do better for our citizens and we will do better. and has the necessary equipment to do the job. All staff and members of our Fire Department will strive In reponse to a request to speak with Wilkinson on the to perform at their best,” he concluded. operational decision that resulted with the early delivery of That Wednesday Flootman returned two truck owner the equipment, the town referred Ponoka News to a letter manuals and some minor tools to the county department. from Mayor Rick Bonnett. In the letter, Bonnett apologizes to county staff and residents for the unceremonious transfer. “It was a wrong and misguided decision, and for that I am sincerely sorry,” he stressed. (The full text of this letter can be seen on this page.) Receive a colour or perm anytime He takes full responsifrom May 1-31 and receive 10% bility for what occurred but the decision was made off any products during that visit! because there were firefightTHEN receive 10% off your next ers training that night who could drive over the trucks. colour or perm to equal a total Connie, Hailey, Dianna, Lynda, Heather Bonnett put members to a of 20% off! (10% off next service high standard of conduct in must be used by August 1st). the letter as the the town and county have just signed PRODUCTS: HOURS: a mutual aid agreement. “Accountability and conMonday & Tuesday 9-5, Wednesday 9-8, Morroccanoil • Thermafuse formity with the spirit of Thursday & Friday 9-5, Saturdays 9-4 Schwarzkoph • Joico this mutual aid agreement Bed Head • Hempz by our members is a basic Like us on Facebook to keep up expectation, so that the SST Cosmetics with the latest trends and promos citizens of both the town and county will be properly served,” stated Bonnett.
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A Public Apology to County Residents I would like to apologize to County staff and residents for the misguided transfer this past week of their fire trucks and equipment. The delivery of the County’s fire equipment to their fire hall on Monday night was a regretful error on the Town’s part. The original plan was that County Fire Department members were to pick up the County fire equipment at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. An operational decision was made to deliver the County’s equipment on Monday evening outside of regular business hours without proper notification to County authorities. It was a wrong and misguided decision, and for that I am sincerely sorry! As Mayor and Ponoka’s municipal leader, I take full responsibility for what happened. Our Fire Chief assured our administration that the Town and County were well protected in the overnight period after the equipment was delivered. Town Administration made a decision due to the fact that it was a training night for Town firefighters and there were members on site to do the driving.
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The Town and County have signed a Mutual Aid Agreement together. With the signing of this agreement, I can assure County and Town residents that we are committed to working together with the County to ensure our communities remain well protected by our Fire Services departments. Our Fire Department members and staff know how important collaboration and cooperation is between the two departments moving forward. It’s also essential for Town and County Council cohesiveness. Accountability and conformity with the spirit of this Mutual Aid Agreement by our members is a basic expectation so that the citizens of both the Town and County will be properly served. Again, as Mayor I apologize to all County staff and Council, as well as residents of the County and Town. The decision of when to transfer the County fire equipment was a verbal contract, and we did not follow the agreement as originally laid out. To County and Town residents, moving forward your fire protection needs have never been better served with two very well trained and equipped Fire Service departments prepared to respond to fire services in the Town and County of Ponoka.
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It wasn’t easy to keep it at that low, but residents will see a tax increase of 1.5 per cent this year. Council approved the town’s 2016 budget Tuesday, April 26 during its regular meeting, which saw an increased overall assessment of $11 million. The Town of Ponoka’s operating budget runs at $16 million while the capital portion runs at $10.3 million, explained Sandra Lund, director of corporate services. A home valued at $300,000 is expected to see a $30 increase with a mill rate of 6.83. The commercial tax rate remains the same as in 2015 with a mill rate of 8.91. Of the town’s $8.24 million property tax levy, $5.9 million goes to the municipality, $2.1 million goes to the province for the Alberta School Foundation Fund, $197,000 goes to St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic school division and $85,700 goes to the Rimoka Housing Foundation requisition. Town’s audited statements To help clarify the town’s 2015 audited financial statements was Gord Parker, of Rowland Parker and Associates. He told council that generally the town is in a strong financial position. The first debenture payments for the north bridge construction and road rehabilitation program is yet to be drawn on. He estimates by 2018/19 older debenture payments will have been paid off, which will balance the difference of pay-
ments starting later this year. “Your debt relative to your peers is still relatively strong,” said Parker of other municipalities in the area. One question from Coun. Carla Prediger inquired about what administration and council need to be aware of. Parker replied that the biggest focus will need to be on spending. He said with a slow economy, provincial and federal governments are looking at challenging times. “You’re going to have to decide, ‘What is our core?’” said Parker. He added that while the town’s audited statements have a clean sheet, there are also two litigation proceedings that need to be acknowledged. Parker did not give specifics but said one proceeding is expected to be settled this year while the second one is undetermined. Another area of focus Parker suggested is in tax arrears. Last year’s budget saw $219,831 in arrears compared to $234,911 in 2014. The town has the ability to exercise certain powers under the Municipal Government Act, which could recover tax arrears from residents who wait close to three years to pay. Council passed three readings of the tax bylaw, approving the increase, to ensure residents get their taxes by the end of May. Coun. Tim Falkiner said he would like to see the tax bylaw come sooner as he is not in favour of voting three readings in one sitting. Mayor Rick Bonnett said one of the reasons for the later request was due to council meeting with administration Monday, April 11 to keep the tax increase within the 1.5 per cent.
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Well maybe not exactly a castle… Dilan Aberathna & Ana-Maria Morar meet while working in Sundre, Alberta half a world away from their homes. Dilan soon convinced Ana to join him on a journey into their own restaurant business. Dilan and his business partner, Nuwan Warnakula, both trained as chefs in Sri Lanka at the same school but neither met during this time.
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After graduating both worked as red seal chefs in Asia but did not meet until moving to Canada years later. So how do two Sri-Lankans and a Romanian come to Ponoka? An opportunity arose in Wetaskiwin to open a restaurant. While brainstorming over a name for the restaurant the name castle came up. In Romania there are many castles and the restaurant in Wetaskiwin had grey interiors walls & chandeliers — hence The Castle.
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Residents Invited to ‘Pitch In’ and Help Clean Up Ponoka May 9–13 The Town of Ponoka is officially proclaiming May 9-13 as Pitch In Week. Ponoka residents are invited to ‘pitch in’ and help clean up their neighbourhoods, school yards and the downtown core. “Pitch In Week is a national initiative that many neighbouring municipalities in central Alberta participate in,” says Ponoka Town Councillor Teri Underhill, one of the event’s organizers. Pitch In Week is being spearheaded by Ponoka’s Downtown Revitalization Committee, led by committee member Sherry Gummow who first presented the idea.The Committee is encouraging residents to join together and sweep, scrub, paint, and weed-pull the downtown district and all Ponoka neighbourhoods into tip top shape! “We’re even inviting downtown businesses and residents to adopt an empty building in the downtown area and sweep its sidewalks, wash its windows and give it a quick weeding if possible,” says Councillor Underhill.
Free Kick-Off BBQ May 9 Residents are invited to a free BBQ on May 9 to help kick off Pitch In Week at the Tractor Park in downtown Ponoka, located at the intersection of 50th Avenue and 50th Street. “We’ll be serving up hamburgers, chips, pop and water and inviting people to roll up their sleeves throughout the week to help us beautify Ponoka and our downtown area,” says Councillor Underhill. The BBQ will run from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. “Members of our Downtown Revitalization Committee will also be visiting local businesses this week to introduce ourselves, discuss any questions or concerns they might have, and hand out garbage bags to promote Pitch In Week,” she says. “Our hope is that Ponoka residents will help us make Pitch In Week a huge success by helping clean up garbage and debris around town, and make Ponoka an even more attractive community than it already is,” says Councillor Underhill. Watch the Town of Ponoka’s website this week at www.ponoka.ca for more details about Pitch In Week.
~ FIRE REPORT ~ Mock Vehicle Accident Planned at Ponoka Secondary Campus A mock accident scene caused by an impaired driver will be staged at Ponoka Secondary Campus on May 12th by members of the Ponoka RCMP, Integrated Traffic Unit, Ponoka Fire Department, Victim Services, Ponoka Funeral Home and STARS. “It’s going to look like a real accident scene, so we want to assure the public ahead of time that the accident isn’t real so they aren’t alarmed by thinking that it’s a genuine emergency,” says Ponoka Fire Chief Jamie Wilkinson. “The purpose of the event is to educate Grade 11 students at the high school in an interactive setting about the roles that First Responders fill on accident scenes like this,” explains Chief Wilkinson. The mock accident event will start around 8:45 am and wrap up around 1 p.m.
The County and Town of Ponoka fire ban has been downgraded to a fire advisory. Use of fire pits and other wood or charcoal burning appliances is once again permitted within Town corporate limits, although residents are advised to exercise caution and never leave an open air fire unattended. For updates on fire bans across Alberta, please visit www.albertafirebans.ca
~ UPCOMING EVENTS ~ • Canada 150 Mosaic Mural painting workshops:
• Members of the Ponoka Fire Department and the Town’s new Community Peace Officer will be serving coffee at McDonalds on May 4 in Ponoka to raise money for charity.
• May 12 – St. Augustine School, 8:30-3 pm (Students & Staff), 3:30-4:30 pm (Public)
• Ponoka Farmer’s Market begins May 4, every Wednesday at the Ponoka Arena Complex.
• May 13 – Ponoka Christian School 8:30-3 pm (Students & Staff), 3:30-4:30 pm (Public)
• The Town’s Spring Clean Up campaign starts Tuesday, May 24. Public Works staff will conduct back alley yard waste collection (grass clippings, weeds, branches, leaves).
• May 14 – Kinsmen Community Center 9 am – 5 pm (The public is invited to participate. Space is limited so please arrive as early as possible.)
• Ponoka Cadet Run – Saturday, May 7.
• Communities in Bloom - Ponoka has registered for the Communities in Bloom (Friends category) again this year. The program is run by the Alberta Parks & Recreation Association. Communities in Bloom judges will visit our community between July 15 and August 15.
• Pride in Your Property Contest – Nominations are open for our annual Pride in Your Property Contest. Residents and business owners can enter their own property or • Ponoka Community Wellness Fair: nominate a neighbor’s property. Deadline for nominations (entries) will be June 30th • The public is invited to attend the first annual Wellness Fair on May 18 from with judging to take place in the first couple weeks of July. Town of Ponoka Utilities gift 3-7 pm at the Kinsmen Community Centre. Twenty vendors will set up displays about certificates will be awarded to the best kept residential and commercial properties. programs and services that promote health and wellness. This is a Communities Watch for more news about this program. Choosewell event.
~ COUNCIL UPDATES ~ NEXT MEETING OF COUNCIL: Tuesday, May 10, 2016, and Committee of the Whole on May 19, 2016. Both meetings are at 7 pm at the Ponoka County Boardroom. Agenda packages are posted on www.ponoka.ca under ‘Town Hall’ in advance of every Council meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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• Free Family Swim – Sponsored by FCSS on May 6 from 7-9 pm. • Aquaplex summer schedule – Begins May 2. Check the Aquaplex page on the Town website for details at www.ponoka.ca • Summer swim lessons – Registration is now open. • Private swim lessons – Offered all day, every day this summer. Town of Ponoka C, 4900 - 54 Street, Ponoka, AB T4J 1N8 Town phone: 403-783-4431 Town email: email@example.com
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32nd Annual General Meeting Grey Wooded Forage Association May 14th 2016, 1:00 - 7:00 pm Lacombe Memorial Centre $25/person - member, $40/person - non member Dr Edward Bork-U of A, “Environmental Goods and Services-Receiving Economic Recognition” Blake Hall-Rancher, Red Deer County “The Value and Practice of Land Care” Ken Lewis-Conservation Coordinator, Red Deer County, “The ALUS Program” Kevin Ziola-Producer, Red Deer County, “How we’ve benefited from ALUS on our farm” Paul Watson-Director, Alberta Agriculture, ‘The Environmental Farm Plan” Please register by May 10th : @GWFA 403-844-2645 and leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Trades skills earn PSC students medals and chances BY JORDIE DWYER PONOKA NEWS Several students from Ponoka Secondary Campus took part in the Canada Skills regional competition last month in Red Deer with five of them coming home with medals. The competition is open to students in one of 44 different trades that include anything from welding, autobody repair, culinary arts, baking and hairstyling to graphics design, photography, carpentry and television/video production. Makena Grant captured gold in the intermediate hairstyling category with fellow student Hannah Hahn earning bronze in the event. Meanwhile, gold in baking going to McKenna Christiansen, followed right behind by Emma Holmes who took the silver while Riley DeLeeuw took bronze in the construction event. Others taking part in the regional competition - where events were held on Friday, April 15 and Thursday, April 28 - Hailey Rauch got an honourable mention in the junior braiding category, while Hayden Krzywy performed well in construction and Nathan Carlson compet-
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a win earns them a spot on Team Alberta at the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition slated for Moncton, New Brunswick that runs June 5 to 8. PSC teachers Melissa Jacobson and Sherry Christiansen were both proud of what the students
ed in the welding category. Grant, Christiansen, Holmes and Rebecca Wesner, who automatically goes to provincials in public speaking, now have a shot at a provincial title next week - Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12 - in Edmonton where
accomplished at regionals and extremely happy about the chance three of them have at the provincial level. “Every year, I am amazed and humbled by these young people - the focus they show and ability to perform under pressure is incredible,” stated Jacobson.
Some of the PSC students who competed in the Skills Canada central region event Friday, April 15 in Red Deer included (l-r)Hailey Rauch, Sirene Soosay, Hannah Hahn, teacher advisor Sherry Christiansen, Emma Holmes, teacher advisor Melissa Jacobson and (front) McKenna Submitted photo Christiansen and Makena Grant.
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Ponoka firefighter climbs Bow tower for fundraiser BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE PONOKA NEWS Firefighters tested their
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The arduous 55 flights of stairs climb was held Sunday, May 1 with firefighters from all over North America taking part, said Squires. By the end of it, Squires took on 1,204 stairs in 29:24 and placed
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Congratulations to the Class of 2016
Today We Honor Our Graduates And all those who helped make this day possible.
ST. AUGUSTINE CATHOLIC PRINCIPALâ€™S GRAD MESSAGE Congratulations to the graduating class of 2015-16
Graduates, find your passion and make it happen!
It is with great joy that the St. Augustine School community celebrates the graduation of its grade 12 class, 2015-2016. On behalf of our school community I wish to thank the students and their families for their dedication to Christ-centered education and for all the gifts and talents they have shared with us over the years.
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To our graduates; may God bless you and protect you in the next stages of your personal journey; let the light of Christ continue to shine through you for the entire world to see. Thank you for the wonderful memories, we are proud to call you alumni of St. Augustine School.
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Students are writing their final exams and school will soon be out. If tests in math and history are important, it is just as essential that young people be able to judge what is true and what is false where drinking and driving are concerned. Getting a passing grade on this test might prevent a graduation formal from ending in tragedy: 1. DRINKING COFFEE ACCELERATES THE METABOLIZING AND ELIMINATION OF ALCOHOL FROM THE BODY.
FALSE. Time is the only factor in sobering up. Getting some fresh air, having a nap, or taking a cold shower aren’t any more effective than drinking coffee in eliminating alcohol. 2. ONLY 3 PERCENT OF ALCOHOL IS ELIMINATED THROUGH SWEAT.
TRUE. This means that busting some moves on the dance floor won’t help you sober up more quickly. 3. NO MATTER HOW MANY DRINKS ARE CONSUMED DURING AN EVENING, ALL YOU NEED TO DO TO BE SAFE IS TO STOP DRINKING AN HOUR BEFORE DRIVING.
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Make sure to have a great ‘Mothering’ weekend We can only hope that Sunday, May 8 will be a bright and sunny day,
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stern but gentle queen of the family circle. There will be many of us who are only able to share the amazing memories of our mother and will always have our favourite angel in our hearts. For those who are unable to get together with their mothers and grandmothers this Sunday, please make a special effort to share some ‘quality time’ with them on the phone, email, face time, or wherever else we can reach out and share the joy. A light-hearted tribute to moms of all ages and vintage: *Motherhood…if it was going to be easy, it never would have started with something called labour. *Moms are the smartest with the quick answers. Like, ‘Eat your carrots, they are good for your eyes.’ ‘How do you know mom?’ ‘Have you ever
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Time management tips for working moms The responsibility of raising a family while maintaining a career is never easy. Working moms often wish there were more time in the day to spend with their families or get more done at the office. While there’s no way women can add a 25th hour to their days, there are ways to manage your time more effectively so you can get around to doing those things you never seem to have the time to do. • Get a head start. Perhaps no time of day is more hectic for a working mother than the morning, when she must get ready for work while getting the kids ready for school and ensuring they have a good breakfast. Some moms even drop their youngsters off at school. That’s a lot of tasks to tackle before you even sit down in your office to answer the first e-mail or listen to the morning’s first voicemail. To make mornings less frantic, get a head start the night before by laying out the next day’s clothes for you and encouraging your kids to do the same. Preparing lunches, packing a gym bag and even setting the coffee maker can all be done the night before to save you time and make mornings more relaxing. • Take public transportation to work. Public transportation may not be available to all working mothers, but those with access to a train, subway or bus might want to take advantage of that opportunity. If you do, you can spend your daily commute catching up with work instead of sitting in traffic behind the wheel of your car. Even if public transportation takes a little more time to get you to work than driving yourself, that extra time can be spent preparing for the day ahead. • Catch up on work over the weekend. The weekends are a time when many working mothers look to unwind, but spending an hour or two catching up on work on a Saturday or Sunday morning is a great way to make the week a little less hectic. As the week progresses toward the weekend, set aside certain tasks that aren’t urgent but can be easily addressed in an hour or so over the weekend. This frees up time during the week to tackle larger projects and might even allow you to leave your office earlier on weekdays. • Prepare or even cook meals in advance. The days of yore when mom cooked all the meals are largely a thing of the past, as nowadays both parents tend to share cooking duties. Moms can cut down on the time it takes to serve up family meals on weeknights by cooking meals in advance. Think of dishes you can prepare on the weekends and then freeze until you’re ready to serve. Or purchase a slow cooker that slowly cooks your meal all day while you’re out and about. By the time you and your family arrive home at night, dinner will be ready and you will have more time to relax after a long day. • Share the work. Sharing your workload pertains to both home and the office. At home, don’t feel like you have to be a superhero capable of handling all of the household tasks like cooking, cleaning and walking the dog on your own. Share these responsibilities with your spouse and even your children when they’re old enough. At the office, don’t be afraid to delegate tasks to your coworkers or ask for favors from coworkers who might be able to help.
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Shop for mom - Patrons file in front of the numerous vendors at the Mother’s Day Market held at the Hudson’s Green Community Activity Centre on Sunday, April 30. There were a variety of potential gift ideas ranging from handmade soap and jewelry to cooking items and clothing. Photo by Jordie Dwyer
Saturday, May 7 MOM’S CELEBRATION
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And some are pink We are so excited I can hardly think. On May 7th we’re going to have a ball And show how much we love you all. We’re celebrating our 10th year! So get in the car and bring your family dear. If you show up somewhere around lunch We might feed you a bunch!
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prayers before eating?’ ‘Oh no ma’am, I don’t have to, because our mom is such a great cook.’ A mother’s personal day-to-day dictionary of meanings: Top Bunk: Where you should never put a child wearing Superman jammies. Puddle: A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes right into the middle of it. Two minute warning: When baby’s face turns red and they begin to make strange noises. And then we have Feedback which is the inevitable result when the baby doesn’t appreciate strained peas or chocolate ice cream. Grandparents: That wonderful older loving couple (our parents) who think that our children are wonderful even though they are sure that we are not raising them right. As we salute the mothers of the world, we must also never forget the dads because they are also a share partner in ‘the family fun formula’ of that amazing, ever changing, and totally unpredictable 24-7 world of bringing up children from tots to teens. We must never forget that, to be in our children’s memories tomorrow, we have to be in their lives today and that although those little duffers may outgrow our laps, they will never ever outgrow our hearts. Have a great week, all of you.
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ZAP Theatre ready for new production at United Church Promotional poster for ZAP Theatre’s production of Sympathy Jones. This is the first year ZAP is hosting their play at the United Church, which goes for two weekends. Opening night is set for Friday, May 13. Photo courtesy of ZAP Theatre
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BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE PONOKA NEWS Anyone familiar with the hijinks of the classic television sitcom Get Smart will be able to enjoy ZAP Theate’s newest production Sympathy Jones. Replete with 1960s references, ambience and set design, this will be ZAP’s first time putting on a play at the United Church, now with its tiered seating, explained director Daniel Allers. “We’re super excited about that.” “We really needed a larger stage. Something we can do some stage isolation with,” he added of the United Church stage. Approximately 30 people make up the cast and crew that have created a fun recapture of the 1960s genre of movies, except this time it’s for the stage. Allers says it’s a classic good versus evil play that is lighthearted and full of comedy and musical numbers. “It’s an enchanting play that is a little bit different from your standard show,” he said. Expect fun, laughs and
some definite intrigue. “You’ll find a rocket ship on stage.” No spy story could be complete without an “alcove of death,” a place where almost every hero-versus-villain story meet up in an easyto-escape last stand. Allers says they have created a fun set for this last face off. Actors are from 18 to 26 years old, many of whom are familiar with the ZAP productions. Not only can the thespians act, they can sing as well, which makes for a fun production. ZAP’s productions have no ticket fees, instead the group asks for donations, which helps pay for the productions and provides money to an orphanage in Mwanza, Tanzania. Working with the Central Alberta Home School Choir, ZAP Theatre has been supporting the orphanage for several years now and the plays help continue that support. Allers estimates $180,000 has been raised through different efforts starting in 2008. ZAP Theatre started in 2012. Sympathy Jones plays for two weekends with opening Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society announces OPEN AUDITIONS FOR “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” Tuesday, May 10 & 17 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Thursday, May 12 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Come prepared to read some lines and sing a song! Ponoka United Church For more information please call Linda at 403- 783-2685 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
night on Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. with a matinee the next day at 1:30 p.m. and evening performance at 7 p.m. The same hours hold for the weekend after. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the play start. For more information check out www.zaptheatre. ca or on Facebook.
Drop-ins welcome at all events. Regular jam sessions every Saturday at 1pm May 15 - Gospel Concert 7pm - concert will be a variety night Billiards - Weekdays 1:00pm. Mon through Sat – 50 cents per game. Honour system Monday Bridge 1:00pm Monday Whist - 1:30pm Monday Yoga - 6:30pm Tuesday Canasta - 1:00pm Tuesday & Thursday Exercise class 9:30am Tuesday Shuffleboard - finished until Fall Wednesday Sewing Guild 9:30am to 4pm Wednesday Cribbage 1:00pm Wednesday Yoga - 6:30pm Wednesday Duplicate Bridge 7:00pm Thursday Floor Curling - 1:00pm - Apr. 28 - finished until Fall Thursday Weaving 1:00pm Welcome to drop-in to see how it’s done Thursday Bridge 1:00pm Thursday Art Club Drop In Noon to 4pm Friday “500” 1:00pm Saturday Yoga 9:30am Memberships available for 2016 - $10.00 per person. To rent our facility contact Dorothy @ 403-783-3027 or George @ 403-783- 3514 or leave a message @ 403-783-5012. Rentals are increasing and we would like to invite our town administration, business groups, and general public (Wedding, funeral, and Birthday groups), to inquire about rentals services and prices early in their planning. We may fit your bill!
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Ponoka sends much less waste to landfill BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE PONOKA NEWS
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In just several months of being in operation, the new waste management program has helped reduce garbage going to the dump by just over 50 per cent. That was one of the key details passed out Wednesday, April 27 during the Town of Ponoka’s update on the program. CAO Albert Flootman told attendees in an open house at Kinsmen community centre that from October to December last year the town collected 86,000 kgs of landfill waste while from January to March 42,000 kgs were picked up. “These are numbers worth celebrating.” He said that while there are some concerns about the smell of garbage during the summer months with a bi-weekly pickup, the intention is to encourage recycling. First and foremost for the town is being a good steward of the land. Landfills are also expensive to operate. Flootman said a landfill is highly engineered and takes planning and development before being approved. In some cases, getting approval can be problematic as the province is pushing for a more sustainable program. While some residents have raised concerns that garbage collection costs $6 more per month and is being reduced to bi-weekly pickups, Flootman said two other streams of collection have been added to the program: recycling and yard waste. “Before the program, we estimate that Ponoka was diverting 90 per cent of our waste to the landfill,” explained Flootman. Considering the province’s mandate to divert 80 per cent of waste away from the landfill, the town needed to act and make
changes, he said. Had the town continued with the same waste management program, a contract update would have been required, which would have added $8 per month to the program and no recycling. As for the yard waste, this also helps reduce the amount of composte going to the landfill. The greens bins in the town are where residents can put their yard waste. Collections for yard waste have already started with collections occurring weekly until October 31. Residents can also take their bins to the town transfer site if they desire. Flootman told residents that the program is in its early months of operation and planners hope to have further statistics annually that will help clarify the amount of waste being diverted. The evening concluded with a presentation by the Recycling Council of Alberta followed by one-on-one questions from residents to planners.
CAO Albert Flootman speaks to town residents Wednesday, April 27 at the Kinsmen Community Centre during an update on the new waste management and recycle proPhoto by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye gram.
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Exhibition aims to encourage young First Nation artists Ermineskin artist Chris Carlson with one of his paintings being exhibited at the Nipsis Cafe on Friday, April 29. Photo by Mustafa Eric
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An Ermineskin artist launched a new initiative to support the up-and-coming artists of the Maskwacis bands to allow them to explore, showcase and market their art at a place they could feel at home. Chris Carlson opened an exhibition called “Fourth Friday” on April 29 at the Nipsis Cafe at the building of the Samson band office displaying his and three other prominet First Nation artists’ drawings with a view to encouraging more young art enthusiasts to come forward with their creative talent. “Four is fundamental in First Nations culture, you know there are four directions and there are four seasons, among
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other fundamental elements that are identified with the number four,” said Carlson. “This is why I named this exhibition the Fourth Friday and I will repeat this exhibition four times a year and always the fourth Friday of the month.” He said his goal was to open a path for the artists of all four bands of Maskwacis community so that they “can prosper” by using the opportunity of an exhibition space four times a year, something he described as “a stepping stone” for them to open to wider world. One of the prominent artists invited to display his works at the exhibition, Ryan JasonAllen Willert of Siksika Nation, his traditional First Nation name “Heavy Shield”, said he was exhibiting his work to motivate young artists.
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Tips for finding ways past tough financial times BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE PONOKA NEWS In a financial slump? The sooner you talk with your bank, the better. Financial advisors across the province are working to get the message out to homeowners and businesses that the sooner people reach out to their bank, the faster advisers will be able to find a solution. Lisa Colangelo, TD Bank’s vice-president of the Edmonton region, says the bank has a program called TD Helps, which works with homeowners on upcoming challenges. If the bills start to mount and there is the potential for missed payments, Colangelo says that is the best time to talk to the bank. Analysts will look at each individual circumstance when helping figure out a solution. Colangelo said there may be options to create flexible mortgage payments, defer the payments or consolidate loans if necessary. There are many ways to find a solution, she said. “We want to speak to all Albertans about how to help them,” said Colangelo. Situation not as bad as it seems While there is an economic slowdown the trick is not to get caught up in the hype. Rob Bennett, ATB Financial’s executive vice-president, suggests that the economy has slowed down but the layout of the land is not as bad as it appears. As a Crown corporation, ATB continues to lend to businesses and individuals in the province, said Bennett. He used recent personal bankruptcy numbers to illustrate his point. In January 2016 there were 390 personal bankruptcies compared to 278 in January 2015. While there is a bigger difference, Bennett takes a global perspective when considering the data. The January 2015 bankruptcy data is also the lowest number of personal bankruptcies since 1992. The 2016 numbers are the third lowest on record since 1992, January 2014 is the second lowest since 1992 at 236. And in January 1994, there were 395
bankruptcies in the province. Since that time the Alberta population has increased but the net number of mortgages has stayed relatively the same. “There’s no question that the economy is going through an adjustment. People are going through an adjustment,” said Bennett. He suggests the issues Albertans are facing now is an issue of cash flow. “Shoring up capital, shoring up cash flow before more headwinds hit is really, really critical.” Getting through the tough times, however, necessitates a conversation with homeowners’ banks to put them in a position of strength. Bennett said financial advisors will help a person create a plan of action one case at a time. Bennett took data on bankruptcies from the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy. Evaluating a business model In any economic climate, but now more than ever, companies should evaluate their business viability. Janeen Lemay, branch manager of Ponoka Servus Credit Union, suggests companies have to look at their assets, available equipment and employee skill sets. While these questions are important, Lemay reiterates the importance of communicating with the bank. “We need to get them qualified while there is still quality,” said Lemay. Planning with a lender or bank will help a company find where they can reduce costs but keep afloat. She suggests, with preparation, there may be ways companies can take advantage of provincial grants and projects coming down the line. A mistake she sees some small business owners make is blurring the lines of personal and professional assets. Lemay advises small business owners pay themselves first and take care of their family and home. Leveraging personal property can be a risk if the company were to go into receivership. In an effort to work with central Alberta companies and create some networking opportunities, Lemay is organizing a work-
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shop for some time in June. The focus of the workshop is two parts: looking at the state of the economy and finding ways to adjust and how to create a business and
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IT’S A HOT ONE - Ponoka Fire Department firefigher Brooke Makkinga hits the truck hard while Derek Braun and Jesse provide backup on the hose line during a live fire training exercise during the department’s regular practice on Monday, May 2. The active practical was part of the department’s 1001 firefighting course it is holding for its 2016 recruit class. Upon completion of the course with a written and live fire testing in one month’s time, the department will expand its fully certified firefigher contingent by about 10 members. Photo by Jordie Dwyer
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BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE PONOKA NEWS This year Telus will spend $7 million towards its fibre optic improvements in the Town of Ponoka. More homes and businesses will be able to take advantage of the gigabit-enabled network, states a press release from the company last week. This is part of an overall $4.5 billion fibre optic infrastructure investment in the province set to be
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Alberta small business confidence up after six month slide Alberta small business confidence gained 2.1 points in April (28.6) according to the Business Barometer index published monthly by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Alberta results are more than 35 points below the range of a healthy growing economy. “For the first time in six months, this small uptick in small business confidence is a welcome change. Let’s hope we’ve now seen the floor on confidence levels, but it certainly has a long way to climb,” said Amber Ruddy, CFIB’s Director of Provincial Affairs for Alberta. Despite the small rebound in the overall outlook, 42 percent of small businesses in Alberta still describe their general state of business health as ‘bad’. This measure is up five points from the previous month. Only 15 per cent describe the current business situation as ‘good’, largely unchanged from March. Insufficient domestic demand is the top limitation for 73 per cent of entrepreneurs, up four points from last month. Small business hiring plans are are still negative, with 35 per cent of owners expecting to cut back and only 11 per cent looking to hire. Cost constraints stemming from wage pressures are a concern for sixty per cent of small businesses. “Signals from the Premier that there will be a large jump in the minimum wage has many business owners on edge. The Alberta government must do everything in their power to at least stop compounding the challenges of small firms,” said Ruddy. On a scale between 0 and 100, an index above 50 means owners expecting their business’ performance to be stronger in the next year outnumber those expecting weaker performance. Normally, the
economy is growing at its potential when the index level of between 65 and 75. The national Business Barometer index is 59.2. The provincial numbers were: PEI (70.8), Nova Scotia (64.6), British Columbia (65.4), Ontario (62.6), Quebec (62.2), New Brunswick (57.5), Manitoba (54.0), Saskatchewan (48.8) and Newfoundland & Labrador (46.4). The April 2016 findings are based on 672 responses, collected from a stratified random sample of CFIB members, to a controlled-access web survey. Data reflect responses received through April 18. Findings are considered accurate to +- 3.9 per cent 19 times in 20.
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Young 4-H kids in the spot light: 4-H member Jackson Cline gets some tips from judge Greg Bowie who helped out Monday, May 2 during the first day of the 4-H show and sale. Look back next week for more stories and photos. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
VJV MARKET REPORT MARKET REPORT APRIL 27, 2016
On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 2963 head of cattle went through our rings TOTAL - 2963
SLAUGHTER CATTLE D1 - D2 cows D3 - D4 cows Good Holstein cows Medium Holstein cows Heiferettes Bologna Bulls
100.00-110.50 85.00-97.00 88.00-94.00 75.00-85.00 115.00-130.00 115.00-135.50
Feeder bulls 120.00-140.00 Good Bred Cows Older Bred Cows 1,250.00-1,650.00 Good Bred Heifers: Cow/calf pairs (younger) 2,200.00-2,500.00 Cow/Calf pairs (older) 1,700.00-2,000.00
STOCKERS AND FEEDERS Good Feeder Steers 1000 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 900 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 800 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 700 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 600 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 500 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 400 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 300 lbs Plus:
135.00-149.25 145.00-168.00 150.00-181.50 170.00-195.50 200.00-221.00 205.00-225.50 210.00-229.75 220.00-254.00
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of the corn lost in Brazil to drought and soybeans lost in Argentina to floods, but now I am questioning whether or not it has priced in the extra US soybean acres that has been bought since the November 2016 contract has jumped more than $1.25 in the past 7 weeks to above the coveted $10/bushel handle in Chicago. With only 30 per cent of the US corn crop planted as of this past Sunday (well ahead of the 16 per cent 5-year average), there’s still plenty of time for more than just 1 or 2 million acres of prospective corn area to switch over to beans. Even with expanded acreage, the bright minds
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over at the University of Illinois believe that average 2016 U.S. corn and soybean prices could come in closer to $4.25 and $10.50 respectively in 2016. This is mainly due to slightly smaller global production this year than what was previously estimated, and U.S. exports getting a good push through the end of the marketing year. Why? As mentioned, the U.S. dollar has fallen a bit, meaning it makes U.S.-priced commodities cheaper. Conversely, other currencies are appreciating against the Greenback, including the likes of the Brazilian Real (+12 per cent since the beginning of 2016), Russian Ruble (+12 per cent year-to-date), Canadian Loonie (+10 per cent YTD), Australian Dollar (+6 per cent YTD), and Eurodollar (+4 per cent YTD). The Canadian Dollar, specifically, continues to make incremental gains towards 80 cents USD, surpassing 79 cents briefly last week and then coming back and holding strong above that level (as of this time of writing). In the past 2 weeks, while Minneapolis spring wheat futures have jumped about 2 per cent, net cash prices have actually be unchanged-to-lower in Western Canada (currency problems!) On the flipside, the higher Loonie couldn’t hold onto canola, which has rode the coattails of soybeans, pushing up above $500/tonne on the Winnipeg ICE futures board for the first time since last August! continued on page 39
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Camrose tournament offers good soccer practice for Ponoka teams MUSTAFA ERIC PONOKA NEWS The annual Sunbreaker soccer tournament in Camrose held over the weekend turned out to be a good occasion
Kara Wareham of Ponoka’s U12 girls is trying to control the ball as Storm Stoeckli follows the position in the background during their game against Rocky Mountain House in the Sunbreaker tournament in Camrose on Saturday, April 30. Ponoka lost 5-1. Photo by Mustafa Eric
for the eight Ponoka teams taking part, but not one for medals or bragging rights. Ponoka boys showed up in full roster at Camrose’s Rudy Swanson Recreation Park with U18, U16, U14 in addition to two U12 boys’ teams taking up the challenge of the competition. As for girls, U16, U14 and U12 teams were listed as participants. No Ponoka team made it to the gold medal game but the closest any of the Storm teams got to any medal was one of the U12 boys’ teams, who were not good enough to roll over Lacombe. The results for the Ponoka teams were as follows: U18 boys handsomely beat Camrose 4-1 but lost to Lacombe 2-1 to miss the chance to go to finals. U16 boys won over Lacombe by 1-0 but lost to Sylvan with same score. As for U14 boys, they were good enough to to trounce Rocky Mountain House 6-2, but lost to Red Deer 4-3. Of the the two U12 boys teams, Y team lost to Camrose 8-1 and made an early exit while U12 United boys team beat the hosts Camrose with an impressive score of 11-3 before defeating Wetaskiwin 10-2. In the semi-finals, however, they could not resist the onslaught by the Lacombe team and lost by a score 9-2. On the girls’ side, U16 team lost to Lacombe 6-1 but drew 1-1 with Stettler. U14 girls lost both of their games, 5-2 to Camrose and 3-1 to Stettler, while U12 girls lost 5-1 to Rocky Mountain House and 4-0 to Camrose. U12 girls’ coach Steve Greene said he was expecting good things to come from his team after their performance in their first game together. Men’s soccer season underway Meanwhile, regular season games got underway in the Battle River Men’s Soccer League last weekend with Ponoka’s Storm winning their first match against Diablos
by a score of 2-1. Scorers for Ponoka were Elzard Visscher and Eric Ehscheid. Ponoka men’s next home game will be on Monday, May 23 at 6 p.m hosting Stettler’s newly assembled team.
Ponoka’s U12 United boys’ team almost made it to the gold medal game on Sunday, May 1 at the Camrose Sunbreaker tournament. Photo by Mustafa Eric
Ponoka wins big in provincials hosting bid BY JORDIE DWYER PONOKA NEWS Less than a week after the king of events is done, Ponoka will be hosting another huge event. It was announced last week that the Ponoka Minor Soccer Association (PMSA) has won the bid to hold the both the Under-18 boys and girls Tier IV provincial championship tournaments scheduled for July 8 to 10. “When I heard our bid was the winner, I was a bit surprised,” said PMSA president Rob McArthur. “I’m excited as both of our teams should be strong contenders for their league and the provincial titles.” He added each team has a strong coach in place and many of the players
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because if you take these types of opportunities away, there is a lot more at stake than just holding a tournament. When we hosted the provincials three years ago, the now mayor came out to see the final between a pair of out of town teams and was blown away by the 300 or more people on the sidelines watching.” And so began the process of building the bid for this year, as the association received money and assistance from the town shortly after the last election for new fields. “Initially, it was going to be a five to six year project for us,” McArthur stated, but then the group got a chance to raise some money through the Ponoka Stampede. “We raised about $29,000, giving us
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the ability to make it all happen in just one year along with the town chipping in with more money for nets and equipment,” he added. A very dry summer last year hurt the new fields and meant several repairs were needed, but according to McArthur, the rest it gave the fields was the best thing they could have done. “Everyone worked hard and the town listened to us explain the fields are coming along and will be ready soon,” he said. “And after putting our best foot forward, they are looking just gorgeous and we are going to have four great fields for soccer this season.” In addition, the bid won due to the strong support network of volunteers and parents.
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Eloquent moves shown off by horses and riders BY JORDIE DWYER PONOKA NEWS Most people think of rodeo, barrel racing or jumping when they think of horses. However, there is one event that is in the summer Olympics that many forget about and it involves control, grace, precision and nerves on the part of both the rider and the horse. That event is called dressage and was on full display over the weekend at the Calnash Ag Event Centre where the Parkland and Area Dressage Association hosted their Dressage Daze III test competition day as well as the Alberta Silver Provincials championship. More than 45 entries participated on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 in a total of 63 classes in both youth and adult categories including traditional dressage, western and English, which were also split between the Wild Rose provincial competition and the Silver elite event that can lead to national and international competitions. A couple of local riders were among the competitors. Ponoka’s Alissa Cline on her horse Rebel Without A Cause earned a score of 61.932 in the Wild Rose junior/ youth 314 class on Saturday then put up a 64.545 mark in the Wild Rose junior/youth316 class before posting Sunday scores of 65.122 and 62.308 respectively in the Wild Rose junior/youth 415 and 416 classes. Meanwhile, Jennifer Peers from Tees and her horse Topper took part Sunday in the adult amateur category and in the Wild Rose 412 class finished with a mark of 50.185 then earned a 50.588 in Wild Rose 411 class to go along with her 62.222 mark in the Wild Rose 312 class on Saturday and a 60.938 in Wild Rose 310 class. The fundamental purpose of dressage is to develop, through standardized progressive training methods, a horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to perform and maximize its potential. At the peak of a dressage horse’s gymnastic development, the horse responds smoothly to a skilled rider’s effort-free guidance while the horse willingly performs the requested movement. Modern dressage demonstrates success at the various levels through performance tests - which involve a prescribed series of movements equating to a score for each move and how well it is executed.
Karen Daoust from Red Deer rides Maddox through a test in one of the top classes competing for a provincial title at the Parkland and Area Dressage Association Dressage Daze and Alberta Silver Provincials on Saturday, April 30 at the Calnash Ag Event Centre. The two-day weekend event saw more than 45 entries in dozens of classes and categories including those that may go on to compete at a national level. Photo by Jordie Dwyer
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GOING FOR GOAL - Junior B Locos’ player Dylan Rowley takes a shot on net Sunday, May 1 against the Calgary Axemen. The Locos lost a close 7-6 game. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Cuts unavoidable for Wolf Creek schools
Town sees savings in crack sealing and paving BY JEFFREY HEYDEN-KAYE PONOKA NEWS
Classrooms will be impacted, teachers stay at same level BY JORDIE DWYER PONOKA NEWS A second straight multi-million dollar budget deficit has forced the hand of Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS). Trustees learned at their meeting on Thursday, April 21 that the division was facing a $2.6 million deficit for the 2016-17 school year and that the cuts they avoided this school year would not happen next time around. In 2015-16, the board passed a balanced budget that saw them draw on operational reserves to the tune of $2.263 million to maintain their present teacher and staffing levels. Unfortunately for WCPS, that level of subsidy was not sustainable and in an all-day special meeting of the board of trustees on Tuesday, April 26, a plan from administration was presented - and approved in principle by trustees that will keep the number of teachers at the same level, but will eliminate 41 other positions and cut spending to meet the $2.6 million reduction necessary to balance the budget. “That was the starting point for the board, who were engaged in the process and really wanted to minimize the classroom impact,” said WCPS acting superintendent Jayson Lovell in an interview last week. “They focused on two things in generating this budget - providing a safe, caring and welcoming at-
mosphere for students in order to continue to build a high level of achievement, and to give a high level of support to staff and teachers so they can continue to develop the skills necessary to help the diverse needs of students. The issue was how to support doing those two priorities while meeting that $2.6 million target (for cuts).” To date, there remains about $147,000 in savings to be found, while the board has allocated $2 million to operational reserves on an overall division budget of $87 million. Lovell explained the reserve allocation is important as a contingency considering there could be unexpected costs, especially with WCPS set to open a new junior high school in Blackfalds this fall. “The board was challenged with this budget that will impact staff and some in the classrooms, but they approached it with a clear understanding that they needed to balance out the cuts,” said Lovell, who added the division anticipates a drop of 38 students in the fall with the added fall in provincial funding. “The government did give us a budget with stable funding and enrolment growth support, but given the circumstances, it was difficult since the board did not having the benefit of the reserves it had back in 201213. This is the new reality we have to deal with and there will be a period of adjustment moving forward.”
Principals learned the affect the cuts would have on their schools in face-to-face meetings with Lovell and other administrative staff last week, while the rest of the WCPS staff and teachers were informed of the decisions in communication over the weekend. Among the major cuts were four positions lost at the division office and reductions to departmental budgets for a saving of about $591,000 and $1.8 million with the loss of 29 educational assistant positions, one school social worker and seven learning coach positions across the division. Other budget changes include no spending from reserves and higher costs for teacher and staff salary grid increases as well as the new carbon levy that takes effect in 2017. Teacher staffing levels will remain nearly unchanged at 338 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions - down just 1.71 FTE from 2015-16 - with school administration being provided with more time to support teachers and their professional development funding staying the same. One important aspect that will remain at this year’s levels is the support for students that need the most assistance through the maintainin of the 14 full time inclusion coaches along with keeping the 134 full time level four educational assistants. Funding for facility and bus maintenance will be kept at the current levels
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while WCPS will implement its new Bright Futures Play Academy Program for preschool education in eight communities. Lovell stated some of the people affected by the job losses may be offered positions in the new program. For their part, trustees recognize the position they are in and that there remains work to be done. “The decisions we have made were thoughtful and we realize we still have some work to do and questions to be answered,” said board chair Trudy Bratland in an email last week. ”I can tell you that the board appreciated the work that the superintendency team did prior to the discussions as well as their ability to answer any questions we had of them.” The budget will be again up for discussion at their next meeting tomorrow (Thursday, May 5) with final approval scheduled for June.
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In Loving Memory of Marie Thompson April 24, 2015
Marv Morrow 1938 - 2006
It has been ten years. Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
No one knows how much we miss you, No one knows the bitter pain We have suffered since we lost you Life has never been the same. In our hearts your memory lingers, Sweetly tender, fond and true. There is not a day, dear mother, That we do not think of you. Love Your children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren
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In Memory of JEANETTE KRAFT April 5th, 1928 - May 1st, 2006
Our beautiful Angel.... Four years ago as we sat holding your hand you took that fateful last breath....and in that second our lives would forever change, our family chain broken. Though time has passed now the sorrow still surfaces mixed in with the joy of watching your children grow, seeing you in each one of them, whether it’s your big heart, your beauty, your features or ever lasting loyalty .....they all have pieces. They are the precious gifts you left us.... Candace we miss you so much and no amount of time will ever lessen our heartache, as new life experiences present themselves. I know you are there beside each one of us, looking over as you always were and forever remaining our rock. So even though at times there are sad tears.....we are slowly learning what the happy tears are like, as you gave us so many precious memories to reflect on. You were a loving mother, mom and dad’s pride and joy, a sisters best friend, an amazing aunt and adored by your brothers. Forever missed but never forgotten, loving you forever and a day Candace Anne Love Curstin, Courtney, Cyle, Mom and dad, Shayne, Chloe, Shaun, and Gale and Bobbi
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Fond memories linger every day Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear Till we meet again, In God’s Grace Forever in our thoughts and missed by all your loving family
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Bashaw & District Victim Services Will be honouring Victims and Survivors of Crime through out the summer at various community awareness events in our detachment area. Come and visit our table during our first event in ALIX, Spring Market at the Community Hall, on May 7, 2016, from 10 am - 3 pm The 2nd event will be in DONALDA at the Red Lamp Market, on May 15, 2016, 10 am - 4 pm. The 3rd event willl be in BASHAW, Farm Safety Day Camp at the Ag Grounds, June 10, 2016, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. The Last event will be at the SCHULTZ HALL on Hwy 53, (about 32 kms. E. of Ponoka), Farmers Day BBQ and Family Fun on June 10, 2016 Doors open at 5 pm.
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Beef on a Bun The family of Ron Kraft would like to extend a thank-you to everyone for their kind expressions of sympathy, words of comfort, prayers, cards, lovely flowers, visits, phone calls and memorial donations. He will be missed forever and live in the hearts of all who knew him. Your kindness and thoughtfulness will always be remembered by the Kraft family.
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3, 5520 Hwy 2A (Across from Husky)
OIL-BERTA CONSTRUCTION. Position available for Experienced H.D. Mechanic. Maintaining aggregate and heavy equipment. Good facilities. Please send resumes to: Email: oilbertacats @xplornet.com. Fax 780-674-2496.
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RIMBEYDENTALCARE DR. STEVE CALDER BS C DDS
BIG STRAPPER AUCTIONS
at The Moose Hall, 2 miles south of Ponoka on Hwy. 2A.
Family Friendly Dentistry Box 1100 4905 50 St. Rimbey, AB T0C 2J0
Ph. (403) 843-2173 Fax: (403) 843-2607
DENTAL CLINIC 403-783-5225
5118 - 51 Ave., Ponoka, AB T4J 1R5
www.birchlanddental.ca • DR. RICK BARR • DR. STELIAN LISMAN
- General Dentistry - Orthodontics - Cosmetic Dentistry - Bonding - Veneers - Bleaching - White or Gold Fillings - Crown and Bridge - Implant Restorations
Weekly sales Wednesdays @ 6 pm Antique sale 1st Sunday of month June 5 @ 1 p.m. TO BOOK YOUR SALE CALL 403-782-5693 or 403-304-4791 Check website for full listings www.bigstrapperauctions.net Like us on Facebook
LAKE FRONT RESIDENCE - Pigeon Lake, Alberta. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction, June 15 in Edmonton. 1313 +/- sq. ft., 1 1/2 storey home - 0.2 +/title acres. Jerry Hodge: 780-706-6652; Broker: All West Realty Ltd.; rbauction.com/realestate.
“WE ENTHUSIASTICALLY WELCOME NEW PATIENTS”
EYE CARE Drs. Heimdahl, ZoBell & Kallal 403-783-5575 1-800-662-7168 WWW.4YOUREYESONLY.CA
5120-51ST AVE, PONOKA
ADVANCED EYE HEALTH & VISION EXAMS CONSULTATION & REFERRAL SERVICES DESIGNER EYE WEAR & CONTACT LENSES INSURED MEDICAL EYECARE SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL AGES
NEW PATIENTS ALWAYS WELCOME
OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Friday 8AM - 12:30PM • 1PM - 5PM
Bamboo Flooring Clearance Blowout! Expires May 13 $1.99 sq. ft.
Reg. $5.99 More durable than hardwood and more affordable than you may think! Many Colors available. 403-346-4877 Toll Free 1-800-226-1221 420, 7700 76 St. Close Red Deer, AB
This space could be yours for
PER WEEK plus $2.25 webcharge
LOGS Semi loads of pine, spruce, tamarack, poplar, birch. Price depends on location of delivery. Lil Mule Logging 403-318-4346
BEAUTIFUL SPRUCE TREES 4-6 feet, $35 each. Machine planting: $10/tree (includes bark mulch and fertilizer). 20 tree minimum order. Delivery fee $75-$125/order. Quality guaranteed. 403-820-0961
Misc. for Sale
POLY TOTES FOR SALE. 1 cubic meter volume poly liner with nylon valve and filler cap, metal basket contained on pallet frame. Not for potable water use. Singles or volume discounts. Contact 403-362-5252 or email@example.com. REFORESTATION NURSERY SEEDLINGS of hardy trees, shrubs, & berries for shelterbelts or landscaping. Spruce & Pine from $0.99/tree. Free shipping. Replacement guarantee. 1-866-873-3846 or www.treetime.ca.
Misc. for Sale
SAWMILLS from only $4,397. Make money & save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & dvd: www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT. 1-800-566-6899 ext. 400OT
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
The easy way to find a buyer for items you want to FOR fast results: Classified sell is with a Classified Want Ads. Phone 1-877- want ad. Phone 1-877-2233311 223-3311.
Farm Custom Work
A-STEEL SHIPPING CONTAINERS. 20’, 40’ & 53’. 40’ insulated reefers/freezers. Modifications possible windows, doors, walls, as office, living work-shop, etc., 40’ flatrack/bridge. 1-866-528-7108; www.rtccontainer.com.
• Floater • Pasture • Crop • Sprayer • Hayland Land • Tillage - Kello Disk - Lemkin
Ph: 403-782-7722 Fax: 403-782-7499
IRRIGATION Ponoka Irrigation
• Underground Irrigation • All Makes/Models • Expocrete Retaining Walls
4204 38 Street Ponoka, AB T4J 1A8
PUREBRED red and black Angus bulls. 1 and 2 year olds. Semen tested and delivered. Vicwin Farms 403-784-3517, 403-318-7363. RED and black Angus bulls, will be semen tested and delivery can be arranged. E & L Ranching in Bowden, Eric @ 403 391-2259. Evenings @ 403 224-2396 WE ARE “Your Total Rural Housing Solution” Save up to $9000 on your Manufactured Home during our 45 Year Anniversary Celebration. Visit: www.Unitedhomescanada.com www.Grandviewmodular.com
LOOKING to purchase gov’t grazing lease or rent pasture. Call Jeff 403-396-7300.
Grain, Feed Hay
Round hay bales 1st & 2nd cut Alfalfa x Timothy No rain, can deliver Call 403-704-0158 BRIGHT SEED WHEAT BARLEY CERT. HARVEST-HRS CERT.COPELAND-MALT CERT. REDWATER-HRS CERT. COWBOY-SILAGE CERT.FOREMOST-CPS CERT. COALITION-FEED FABA BEANSPEAS-CERT. LIMERICK FLAX-CERT. SOREL SEED OATS CALL DAVE HM.780-855-2240, CEL. 780-678-6329
Major Unreserved Bankruptcy Public Auction Sale as awarded by MNP Ltd: Complete Dispersal Of Rainbow
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 10:00 am sharp 12842-141 Street, Edmonton, AB
12345May 17th, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm VIEWING: Tuesday, and Sale Day from 9:00 am to Sale Time.
RING 1, STARTS AT 10AM: Selling ofﬁce furniture, wood working tools, hand & power tools. RING 2, STARTS AT 10:30AM: Selling restoration equipment, cleaning equipment and inventory, approximately 20 trucks from 2006 – 2015, a 20ft seacan, and a Clark electric forklift
Visit www.auctions.ca For More Info,Photos And Listings GARY HANNA AUCTIONS LTD. (780-440-1075) 11303 Yellowhead Trail NW, Edmonton
MAJOR ANNUAL SPRING R.V. REPOSSESSED & CONSIGNMENT AUCTION SALE
SEED Barley & Seed Oats for Sale. 2 Row & 6 row high yielding varieties available. Suitable for grain or silage. High germination & vigour. Seed treating available. On Farm scale. Larry Trautman, 403-783-1564 Mark Trautman 403-704-3157
selling all manner of RVs: trailers, boats, quads, motorcycles and miscellaneous items
SATURDAY, 12345 MAY 14 , 2016 Sale at 10:00 am Call today for info on consigning your RV units
GARY HANNA AUCTIONS LTD.
11303 Yellowhead Trail NW, Edmonton • 780-440-1075
Check our Website for Photos & Listings @ www.auctions.ca
HEATING & EAVESTROUGHING
Commercial - Residential Installations - Repair
3912 - 66 St, Ponoka www.wcmltd.ca
CABRAL CONCRETE Ponoka / Wetaskiwin, AB
SPECIALIZING IN: ~ Curbs / Sidewalks ~ ~ Driveways ~ ~ Basement Floors ~ ~ Stamped Concrete ~ ~ Exposed Concrete ~
Ph: 403-783-6428 Cell: 403-783-1905
Bovine Veterinary Services On-Farm Mobile Veterinary Services Ultrasound-aided ReproducƟve Programs CETA CerƟĮed Dairy and Beef Embryo Transfer Herd Health
Phone 403-391-1684 ʹͶ
Dr. Bruce Wine
TREE SERVICE Hillbilly Tree Mulching Ltd. • FENCE LINES • CUT LINES • POWER LINES • PIPELINES • BRUSH & BUSH • STUMPS MULCHING TO SUIT ALL NEEDS
Can do trees up to 15” wide
Southwest Industrial Park 4102-64 St., Ponoka 403-783-5200 8 a.m. - 5 p.m Mon. to Sat. • Open late Thursday 24-hour Emergency Call • Dr. Kelly Loree • Dr. Leighton Coma • Dr. Trevor Hook • Dr. Jasmine Hardy • Dr. Candace Wenzel
Reaching 6000 households weekly
VIEWING: FRIDAY MAY 13th, 2016 FROM 1:00 PM TO 4:00 PM
FOR SALE. Simmeron Simmentals, fullblood full Fleckvieh bulls, yearlings and 1-2 year old polled and horned, A.I. bloodlines, very quiet, muscled. 780-913-7963; www.simmeronranch.ca.
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.
International Restoration Of Alberta
“Committed to your comfort”
FORAGE SEED for sale: Organic & conventional: Sweet Clover, Alfalfa, Red Clover, Smooth Brome, Meadow Brome, Crested Wheatgrass, Timothy, etc. Free delivery! Birch Rose Acres Ltd. 306-863-2900.
Call 403-783-3311 HEATING
For Rent #3000 - #3200 Buying or Selling your home? Check out Homes for Sale in Classifieds
$35 per week this space could be yours! Plus $2.25 webcharge
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Ponoka Veterinary Clinic FOR RENT Dr. Murray • Murray Jacobson, DVM • Jacobson Clayton West, DVM Dr. Clayton West • Nicole Macdonald, DVM • Katie Graves, DVM Dr. Ashley Shannon
Mon. - Fri. 8 am - 5 pm Sat. 9 am - 4:30 pm
24 Hr. Emergency 403-783-4348
5502 - Hwy 2A Ponoka, AB
Advertise your business in the Business Directory! PLUMBING
PONOKA PLUMBING & HEATING • JOURNEYMAN PLUMBER REQUIRED We now carry a complete line of Ritchie Stockwater parts 5110 -50 Street Box 4414 Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1R7
Hours of Business: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5 pm 8:00
Available June 1
3 bdrm, clean, bright, updated home incl. fridge, stove, washer, dryer, dishwasher. No pets
Available Immediately Executive style 3 bedroom upper suite in duplex Suitable for working person or couple Oak kitchen 5 appliances All utilities and cable and internet included $1200 per month plus D.D N/P, N/S Call 403 341-9660 See Red Deer Kijiji for photos and e-mail
FOR RENT in Co-Op Subdivison 1200 sq ft home with garage Appliances incl
WATER WELL DRILLING SERVICE
AVAILABLE JUNE 15 3 bdrm house, 2.5 bathrooms double garage, N/S, N/P , utilities not included $1550/mth plus $1550 D.D. References required Phone 403-783-2202 or 403-783-2726
PONOKA: 5 bdrm. duplex close to all amenities. Avail. Immed. 403-704-1221
WATER WELL SERVICE
• Install & Service Pumps • Shock Wells • Pressure Systems Serviced & Installed Home: (403) 783-3712 Cell: (403) 704-3413
ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS HERE FOR JUST
35 PER WEEK. $
REACHING 6000 HOUSEHOLDS PER WEEK.
ONE & TWO BDRM APTS FOR RENT Close to schools Includes heat & garbage Rent $700 - $775/mnth Call Irene at
AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY Large 2 bdrm walkout suite, Bath & 1/2. $950/mnth utilities incl 403-790-6011 Available immediately Bachelor suite $700/mnth utilities incl 403-790-6011
Investments ......................4410 Money Wanted ................4420 Money to Loan ................4430
SHARED accommodation in Rimbey for 58 year old woman who travels extensively. Need kitchen privileges and desire covered motorcycle parking. Contact CFernie.CA@gmail.com or phone/text Christine Fernie at 902-309-9420.
Transportation #5000-5300 Public Notices
Financial #4400 - #4430
WA N T E D 2008 SUZUKI C109, 1800 CC ALL the bells & whistles!! 44,600 kms.
Phone Randy Mohl at
Never laid down.
$7600. o.b.o. (403)318-4653
Public Notice #6000
5704 Hwy 2A North, Ponoka
Public Notices ..................6010 Special Features ..............6050
NOTICE OF APPLICATION Confined Feeding Operations Stuart Vander Ploeg (Climax Farms) has filed application RA16001 with the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) to obtain approval to construct a new 500 dairy heifer confined feeding operation on NE 1-43-24 W4M in Ponoka County. The application is to construct a new heifer barn (182 m x 25 m) and a solid manure pad (30 m x 30 m).
Filing a Statement of Concern Real Estate #4000 - #4190
Realtors & Services..........4010 Houses for Sale................4020 Houses Wanted ................4030 Condos/Townhouses ........4040 Acreages ..........................4050 Acreages Wanted ............4060 Farms/Land ......................4070 Farms/Land Wanted ........4080 Manufactured/ Mobile Homes ..................4090 Income Property ..............4100 Commercial Property ......4110 Industrial Property ............4120 Cottages/Resort Property ..4130 Businesses for Sale..........4140 Buildings for Sale ............4150 Lots for Sale ....................4160 Out of Town Property ......4170 Investment Opportunities ..4180 Mortgages Bought/Sold....4190
Farms/ Land 3 bedroom town home with 5 appliances. Close to schools/recreation/shopping. $1,100.00/month, $1,100.00 DD. Smoking on deck only, no pets. Water, sewer, garbage included. Call Mary 403-783-6609
PONOKA 1 bdrm. well Money maintained quiet adult building, no pets, $735/mo. To Loan + power, heat/water incld. NEED A LOAN? Own avail. June 1. property? Have bad credit? Brian 403-348-6594 We can help! Call toll free * RIVERSIDE APTS. * 1-866-405-1228; Newly renovated www.firstandsecond 1 & 2 bedroom units in mortgages.ca. Ponoka: 3724-45 Street. 403-357-0287
$1150/mnth plus D.D. plus utilities
Water Well Service
Three bedroom country home, 5 kilometers East of Ponoka. Pasture/ AVAILABLE MAY 15TH Land N/S Pastureland $1400.00/mth Wanted + utilities for 20 – 30 $1400.00 DD cow/calf pairs. Call 403-704-4401 Call Coyne
JESSE ZINTER Office - 403-783-5489
• Water wells drilled • Water wells serviced 403-783-2220 WEBSITE@DARCYSDRILLING.COM
5 PARCELS OF FARMLAND near Hondo, Alberta. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction on June 9. Over 475 acres of Farmland & Grazing Lease. Contact Cody Rude: 780-722-9777; rbauction.com/realestate. PASTURE & hay land. 400 - 8000 acres year round water. Management available. Central Sask. Natural springs excellent water. Grazing available. Other small & large grain & pasture quarters. $150k - $2.6m. Doug Rue 306-716-2671; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buildings For Sale
POLE BARNS, Shops, steel buildings metal clad or fabric clad. Complete supply and installation. Call John at 403-998-7907; email@example.com.
Any person who is directly affected by these applications may submit a statement of concern to the NRCB. The statement of concern must be received by the NRCB on or before June 2, 2016. Submissions should be made to the NRCB address provided below. A copy of the statement of concern will be sent to the applicant for review and comment. Statements submitted regarding the application are public records. Your statement of concern should include your name, the legal land description of your residence or landholdings, mailing address, phone number, fax number (if applicable) and a detailed summary about how you would be directly affected by this application. Failure to submit a statement of concern may affect your rights to apply for an NRCB review.
Viewing the Application A complete copy of the application and supporting documents submitted to the NRCB under Agricultural Operation Practices Act may be viewed on line at cfo.nrcb.ca or during regular business hours at the Red Deer office of the NRCB. If you require further information, please contact the approval officer listed below. Francisco Echegaray, Approval Officer #303, 4920 - 51 Street Red Deer, AB T4N 6K8 firstname.lastname@example.org T 403-340-5027 F 403- 340-5599
The closing date for submissions: June 2, 2016 Dated at Red Deer, AB, on May 4, 2016 www.nrcb.ca
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The right place to find the right person for the job.
INVITATION TO TENDER On demolition of house and garage at
5111 – 52 Ave., Ponoka Tender would involve demolition and removal of all structures including all concrete. For information on tender call 403-783-6168 or mail tender to Site 15, Box 9 RR1, Ponoka, AB. Public Notices T4J 1R1
NOTICE OF APPLICATION Confined Feeding Operations Marcel Aarten (Seventh Wave Farms Ltd.) has filed application RA16028 with the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) to obtain approval to expand an existing confined feeding operation on SW 10-42-28 W4M in Ponoka County. The application is expand the existing operation to 50,000 broiler chickens, to construct a (15.2 m x 36.5 m) addition to the existing broiler barn and to construct a (21.3 m x 21.3 m) solid manure storage pad.
Say Cheese! - Board member Haley Amendt (left) and Ponoka Jubilee Library manager Jaclyn Berry prepare some burgers at the fundraiser lunch barbecue held at The Brick on Thursday, April 28. The money raised from the event, along with a portion of the proceeds from sales that day at The Brick, will be used to support library programming. Photo by Jordie Dwyer
Star Wars come to library BY JACLYN BERRY
Filing a Statement of Concern Any person who is directly affected by these applications may submit a statement of concern to the NRCB. The statement of concern must be received by the NRCB on or before June 2, 2016. Submissions should be made to the NRCB address provided below. A copy of the statement of concern will be sent to the applicant for review and comment. Statements submitted regarding the application are public records. Your statement of concern should include your name, the legal land description of your residence or landholdings, mailing address, phone number, fax number (if applicable) and a detailed summary about how you would be directly affected by this application. Failure to submit a statement of concern may affect your rights to apply for an NRCB review.
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First off, we have to say thanks to everyone who came out to our fundraiser BBQ last week. We always appreciate when people are willing to come to spend their hard earned money to help benefit the library. And thank you to Andrew Middleton at The Brick, who made the whole thing happen. When someone is willing to make an event like that happen for us it really makes us appreciate the town that we live in and the community members within it. We hope to see lots of people out tonight for our ‘Chop the Mop/May the 4th Be With You’ event. We’ll start the evening at 5 with Jerry Siemens, library board chair, chopping his hair off, to the delight of all that have watched it grow these past few years. His goal is to raise $500 for the
Canadian Cancer Society, so even if you’re unable to come to our event tonight you can still donate at: http://convio. cancer.ca/goto/Chopthemop. Then, we will move on to the Star Wars portion of our evening. We have a bunch of Star Wars-themed prizes to give away, so be sure to come decked out in your best Star Wars costume. There will be games and crafts for the younger kids to enjoy, and the older crowd can sit down and enjoy a screening of the newest movie in the franchise: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. We’ll have sandwiches, popcorn, drinks and cookies out for everyone to nibble on. And at the end of the night, one lucky participant gets to take home a DVD copy of the movie. But you have to be there to win, so come on down, and have a great time with us on ‘Star Wars Day’. We want to remind everybody that our Children’s Story Time runs through until the end of May, every Monday and Friday morning at 11 a.m. Children will be introduced to the library
and reading through a new story, and use their creative little minds to put together a unique craft. There are different programs offered on the Monday and Friday, so feel free to come to every one. We ask that parents stay with their children, and younger children are more than welcome to accompany their older siblings. And for the older kids we have ‘Board Games & Pizza’ on Saturday, May 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. Ponoka Jubilee Library invites ‘tweens & teens’ (9-14) to come down to the library for some fun. Games will be played and pizza and pop will be served. There is a small fee, contact the library to find out about it or if you have any questions or dietary concerns at 403-783-3843. Coming soon: Check out ‘The Weekenders’ by Mary Kay Andrews. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the Belle Isle ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers that her island home is being foreclosed. Now her husband is nowhere to be found. Time to investigate.
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Overall, the market is trying to price in Plant 2016 concerns in North America with rain in the forecast across the Midwest, but are also being driven “crazy” by varying estimates on the size of South American crops, despite better weather helping the harvest in Argentina and crop development in Brazil. Plant 2016 is ahead of pace in the U.S. and recent shots of precipitation (be it rain or snow) in Western Canada has made those yelling about soil moisture quieten down a bit. Factor in some recent swings in currencies, the market is supporting higher U.S. exports for all 3 major row crops (wheat, corn, and soybeans), which would be a significant switch from the usual spring
slowdown. To growth, Brennan Turner President and CEO | FarmLead.com Brennan Turner is originally from Foam Lake, SK, where his family started farming the land in the 1920s. After completing his degree in economics from Yale University and then playing some pro hockey, Mr. Turner spent some time working in finance before starting FarmLead. com, a risk-free, transparent online and mobile grain marketplace (app available) that has moved almost 180,000 MT in the last 2.5 years. His weekly column is a summary of his free, daily market note, the FarmLead Breakfast Brief. He can be reached via email (b.turner@farmlead. com) or phone (1-855-332-7653)
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