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2020 Valentine’s Issue

February 11, 2020


♥ ! n u F r e t n i

12 pages

Kaelyn and Evan Schwartz enjoy a sunny winter day, sliding down their snow hill.

A variety of merchandise and services, including: Farm equipment and supplies, livestock, building supplies, groceries, entertainment, real estate, and much, much more.

News Stories Brodie shows that all pets deserve a home . . . . . . .


Recycle your empty grain bags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Year of the rat, but not in Alberta . . . . . . . . . . 10

As winter slowly but surely morphs into spring, we look back at some images captured in and around the Camrose area this season. Enjoy and remind yourselves that all seasons can be beautiful, fun and welcoming. But Spring – get here soon, please!

Putting around city in the snow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12


Photos by Ron Pilger


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Deanna: Happy Valentine’s Day! All my love today & always! ♥ Dallas Happy Valentine’s Day to Broderick! Love Grandma & Papa Dearest Jayden Happy Valentine’s Day Beautiful Girl! Love Daddy

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Happy Valentine’s Day My Love! Love Susan

To Austin ♥ Happy V-Day! Nice, Nice, Bro. Love Daddy

Gracie, you are the best granddaughter! I love you! Grandma Carol, Be my Valentine! Forever & always! Love Dan

Desirae I am proud of you! Love Mom Happy Valentine’s Jolene! From Preston Happy Valentine’s Day Cayden, Clay, Sadie, Beau, Reese, Kaysen! Grandma, Papa

We love you Gramma Adele! Love Corbyn, Adleigh, Alyvia & Teijaye Je vous aime bien gros! Maman, Emily & Audrey xoxoxo


Submitted Nora-Lee Rear, executive director of the Camrose Women’s Shelter, received $900 worth of funds and items from Keith Treffry and other members of the BNI Rose City, a local business networking group. During December and early January they undertook a donation drive to support the Camrose Women’s Shelter. The money and items were raised by the BNI Rose City chapter to help support the work of the Women’s shelter. Nora-Lee mentioned that, “It wasn’t that long ago that we watched the transformation of a young child from a withdrawn, angry, scared, wouldn’t talk to anybody kid to a happy, settled, chatty, interactive person. It’s amazing what a difference a few weeks of safety and security will make and that’s what donations allow the shelter to do. Create a safe, secure space for tiny miracles to happen.”

Grannie ~ We love you so much! Love Kiana & Ty My life changed when I met you! Pao loves Chichi

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Brodie shows that all pets deserve a home By Lori Larsen

Never judge a book by its cover and never underestimate the power of love. That is exactly what previous Camrosian Brad Ames, now living in Red Deer, and girlfriend Amanda Richter did when they took a chance on a shelter dog named Brodie. Not necessarily in the market to get a pet, Amanda was browsing the website of Old McDonald Kennels in Red Deer when she saw Brodie’s photograph and drew Brad’s attention to the dog and his plight to find his forever home. “I saw Brodie and I was instantly drawn to him,” said Amanda. “Brad was even interested and so I said ‘Let’s just go meet him. I want to see what his personality is like.’ ” The couple went to meet Brodie and, oddly, as Amanda stated, Brad was the one who suggested taking the dog home. The rest is an incredibly happy beginning to a story that has, literally, gone international. The couple ended up adopting the eight month old mixed breed, knowing that because of an unfortunate incident when he was a pup that left him with facial disfigurement and a blind eye, he might not otherwise be adopted. “There are so many animals in shelters that need to be adopted and it is just such a nice thing,” said Amanda, adding that people are often looking for the perfect dog, but perfect is in the eye of the beholder and despite Brodie’s unique


Amanda Richter Photo Janyna Inverson and puppy Brodie cuddle for a close up. The puppy will make an appearance at the Family Day Carnival at Retro on Feb. 17 from noon until 2 p.m.

looks, he stole their hearts with his abundant energy and zest for life. Once Brad’s sister Janaya (Iverson), from

Camrose, met Brodie she knew she had to do something to bring awareness to the important work that animal shelters do and

that every pet deserves a home; so she created a calendar featuring adorable photographs of Brodie and posted it on social media.

BRCF assists with Animal Shelter programs By Murray Green

The Battle River Community Foundation awarded a grant to the Camrose and Area Animal Shelter Society for spay and neuter programs. The Camrose and Area Animal Shelter Society received$2,500 to subsidize costs for a community based low income families neuter/spay program and microchip program for cats in Camrose. The grant is from income from the Jean and Fred Molnar Fund and the Alice Ofrim Fund, both of which are Field of Interest Funds, dedicated to addressing animal welfare needs. “We are hoping that the cat owners would pay a certain amount and the

Murray Green, Camrose Booster Battle River Community Foundation Ambassador Blain Fowler presents a cheque to Camrose and Area Animal Shelter Society manager, Susan Hertel to help fund neuter/spay and microchip programs.

Camrose Animal Hospital will give us a discount, so this grant would pay for the remainder of the surgery costs,” explained

Susan Hertel, shelter manger for the society. To adopt one of the 89 felines at the shelter, visit Bay 8, 4617-41 Street

on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We ask people to come in and meet the cats before

“We thought we could get Brodie’s message out there about the awareness of adopting dogs (pets),” said Janaya. “I posted this on social media and have received requests from all over the world for calendars. Brodie has over 40,000 followers on Instagram.” The Iverson family are no strangers to adopted furry family members, having four dogs, a bird and a cat that has since passed away, all rescued. Amanda and Brad hope to be able to bring Brodie to the Camrose Animal Shelter’s upcoming fundraiser, to bring even more awareness to the importance of giving forever homes to these loving and devoted animals. The money raised from the calendars sold thus far has been donated to Old McDonald Kennels, the shelter responsible for taking dogs picked up by Camrose County. The message that both Amanda and Brad want to come out loud and clear is that there are many animals out there waiting for their forever homes. “Don’t overlook the dogs (animals) in shelters and, even if you are not in the position to adopt an animal, then donate funds, food, blankets, toys or your time. Anything will help.” For more information on the Old McDonald Kennels, visit www.oldmacdonaldkennels.com or for information on the Camrose Animal Shelter, visit camroseanimalshelter.ca. they adopt, so they can be matched with a good fit and home,” added Susan. The Battle River Community Foundation exists to support projects and programs such as this in East Central Alberta, which benefit the local communities and have a positive impact on the future. Grants from the Battle River Community Foundation are primarily made possible through the generosity of individual donors and organizations that have created endowment funds. The principal of these endowment funds are kept intact and the income is made available annually to support local projects and organizations. Since it was founded in 1995, the Battle River Community Foundation has granted over $6,370,000 to support programs and facilities operated by organizations like the Camrose and Area Animal Shelter Society.

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Happy 10 year anniversary Bambino! Love you so much. J

Meadow, Skylar, Willow ~ We ♥ U! G&G Oppen

Happy Valentine’s Day Mathea & Anton! Love Mommy & Daddy

Leanne Love you forever! Love Greg Lar, Thank U 4 56 years! ♥ U, Lu Happy Valentine’s Day to My Love Mark! Love Micheyl Tay, Killian U R Special … ♥ U Lots! Papa & Nana

Happy Valentine’s Day Vern & Anne! Love Mark & Micheyl I love you, Little Sis! You’re the best! ~ Big Sis Happy Valentine’s Day Weston & Eleanor! Love Mark & Micheyl

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Jase & Jessie You are my loves! ♥ Grandma Trach

Tessa & Seth ~ Mom & Dad Love You!

True love is found in you, Corey! ♥

Happy 25th! Love you for another 25! Love Carol

Cathy, Kristin & Rosie Love Gigo

Submitted Vision Credit Union raised $3,440 through various prize raffle draws held at their recent Christmas party. The donation will help the program purchase equipment and offset costs and fund other items needed in the operation of this program. Audrey Taylor, left, and Dan Hautzinger, right, from Vision presented the donation to Camrose and District Home Support Society board members, left to right, treasurer Velma Babiuk, vice president Doreen Kelly, director Florence Johnson, president Doreen Pushak and director Maria Lobreau. Missing from the presentation were director Terese Mazure and secretary Tracy Culbert.

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CK ~ Happy Valentine’s Day! SK, DK, KK Babe ~ Love you to infinity & beyond! Always & forever



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Agri-food sector attracts immigration workers By Murray Green

Canada is committed to attracting the best talent from around the world to fill skill shortages, drive local economies and create and support middle-class jobs in communities across the country that will benefit all Canadians. Canada is launching a new three-year economic immigration pilot that will fill labour shortages, particularly in meat processing and mushroom production, within the agri-food sector and help meet Canada’s ambitious export targets. “This pilot is another example of how immigration is helping to grow local economies and creating jobs for Canadians,� said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. The agriculture and agri-food industry is an important contributor to Canada’s economic growth

and vitality, supporting one in eight jobs across the country. Agricultural exports hit a new record in 2018, reaching $66.2 billion. Over the past several years, industries such as meat processing and mushroom production have experienced ongoing difficulty in finding and keeping new employees. This new pilot aims to attract and retain workers by providing them with an opportunity to become permanent residents. “The success of our Canadian farmers and food processors depends on their ability to recruit and retain the workforce they need to capture opportunities at home and abroad. This pilot will help to ensure that employers in the agriculture and agri-food sector have the people they need to get the job done, to help drive our economy and to feed the world,� added Marie-Claude

Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot complements Canada’s economic immigration strategy, which includes the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, the Global Skills Strategy, a revitalized Express Entry and an expanded provincial nominee program. “Our government is always looking for ways to promote growth in rural communities. This pilot provides those communities who rely on the agri-food sector, the opportunity to address their labour market needs. It builds upon commitments made in Canada’s first-ever Rural Economic Development Strategy and the successful Atlantic Immigration Pilot,� said Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development. “Today we are delivering

on something that employers, unions, and migrant workers have been calling on government to do for over a decade–temporary foreign workers who come to this country and work hard filling permanent jobs should have a fair and reasonable chance to become a Canadian, regardless of the job they are filling,� continued Rodger Cuzner, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. Employers in the agrifood sector who intend to be part of the pilot will be eligible for a two-year Labour Market Impact Assessment. A maximum of 2,750 principal applicants, plus family members, will be accepted for processing in any given year. This represents a total of approximately 16,500 possible new permanent residents over the three-year duration of the pilot.

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Recycle your empty grain bags By Murray Green

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Since it’s winter on the prairies, it is time to empty grain bags to move last fall’s harvest to dryers and then to market. For growers who use grain bags, that means recycling them instead of landfilling, storing or worse, burning them. For some Alberta farmers this year could be the first time they’ve had an option to recycle. That’s where Cleanfarms comes in. Under the new Alberta Ag-plastic Recycle It program led by the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group (APRG) and operated by Cleanfarms, farmers will find it more convenient to locate places that will take empty grain bags and twine for recycling. For year one of this three-year pilot, Cleanfarms has established 20 collection sites throughout the province. Most are currently taking rolled, tied grain bags of any size and twine for recycling. Some, however, just take grain bags and a few take only twine. The full roster of collection locations and what they take can be found on Cleanfarms. ca. Sites in the program include Ryley and Camrose County’s West Dried Meat Lake Regional Landfill. “West Dried Meat Lake Regional Landfill (WDML) is pleased to be one of the 20 collection sites in the province for the CleanFarms-Ag. Plastic Recycling Program. WDML accepts for recycling the agricultural plastic that is black on one side and white on the other side, as well as plastic twine. Ag-plastic and twine must be clean/uncontaminated and separate from all other garbage in order for it to be recycled through this program. Clean black and white Ag-plastic can be put in the recycling area at WDML at no charge.

Camrose County has a baler specifically used to bale the Ag-plastic to prepare it for pick up in the CleanFarms recycling program, so it does not need to be rolled in order for it to be accepted at WDML. If the Ag-plastic is contaminated or excessively dirty, the farmer can be charged a cleaning fee ($60/hour) and the plastic may have to be disposed of in the landfill,” explained Darren King, West Dried Meat Lake Regional Landfill manager. According to a recent survey conducted for Cleanfarms, 92 per cent of Alberta farmers (growing crops or livestock) would be very (68 per cent) or somewhat (24 per cent) likely to participate in a recycling program for grain bags if a collection site was in their area. Similarly, 86 per cent said they would be very (56 per cent) or somewhat (30 per cent) likely to participate in a twine recycling program if a collection facility was in their area. Farm plastic waste studies undertaken by Cleanfarms estimated Alberta farmers generate as much as 2,500 tonnes of low-density polyethylene grain bags and up to 3,000 tonnes of polypropylene twine annually and all of this is available for recycling. “Alberta farmers are ready and willing to recycle used grain bags and twine, and with approximately 5,500 tonnes of viable agricultural plastic available to be recycled, that’s an unbeatable combination for a successful program. Plus, those recovered resources will be made into new products for farm use. This new Alberta recycling program is a win for everyone,” said Cleanfarms general manager Barry Friesen. Recycled twine is used in many different appli-

cations, including roofing tiles and new twine. Farmers preparing to recycle grain bags should know they need to shake them to remove debris, roll and tightly secure them with twine. Some collection sites have rollers and compactors available, so farmers should contact sites for information beforehand. Twine should not be mixed with any other plastics and needs to be shaken to remove debris, placed loose in a Cleanfarms recycling bag and tied closed. Recycling bags are available at rural municipalities and ‘Alberta Ag-plastic. Recycle It!’ collection sites. Farmers should contact collection sites for hours of operation and to schedule a drop-off time if assistance is required for unloading. Information is provided at Cleanfarms. ca. The pilot is being funded through a grant from the Government of Alberta and administered by Alberta Beef Producers. Cleanfarms is a nonprofit industry stewardship organization committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management of agricultural plastic packaging and product waste. Recycled agricultural plastics are made into new products such as farm drainage tile, flexible irrigation pipe and plastic bags. The APRG is a group made up of over 20 stakeholder organizations from sectors across Alberta representing municipalities, producers, non-profits, recyclers and retailers among others. For a full list of members and more details visit www.aprg.ca.










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Young shoppers are going for more natural and organic foods. “The iGeneration is also known as Generation Z or post-millennials,” said Ava Duering, competitiveness analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Comprised of tweens, teens and young adults aged 18 to 23 years old, they are the first generation born after the inception of the Internet. Because of this, they are named for their involvement with technology and access to information. Duering indicated that they are an important group for marketers to understand for two reasons. They are entering their prime earning and spending years and will soon occupy the desirable 18 to 34 demographic. They are quickly replacing millennials as the young, influential trendsetters. According to Statistics Canada, the iGeneration comprised about 15 per cent of Alberta’s population in 2016. “Alberta is a younger demographic compared to the rest of Canada so the iGeneration has

a greater impact on our economy,” said Duering. They have various food preferences as well. “According to International Food Trends 2018, 60 per cent of adult iGens have had Japanese food in the past three months, versus 25 per cent of baby boomers. This trend holds for nearly all international food types from Indian to Korean.” They are moving towards plant based food. “The percentage of iGens enjoying plant-based meals nearly doubles from junior high students to high school grads and almost half of the iGens say being vegan is ‘cooler than smoking.’ According to market research firm NPD, the iGeneration has higher consumption rates of organic food than any other group.” They are very health conscious. “They are focused on natural, organic, allergen-conscious foods. These attributes have a stronger appeal than low fat and low-calorie. According to a Tufts University report, about 41 per cent of the iGeneration say they would pay more for food they perceive

as healthier, compared to 32 per cent of millennials and only 21 per cent of baby boomers.” The Internet has a huge impact on how the iGeneration views the world. “For them, no question is too complicated to answer. They want to know where their food comes from, how it was grown and harvested, and how it ended up on their plate.” Duering said that since iGens represent about 15 per cent of Alberta’s population, the province’s producers and processors should capitalize on this growing market. “Organic and plantbased food provide continued growth opportunity. Technology is critical in attracting the iGen. A strong digital presence and providing the ability for online shopping is key to market products to this group. Food product labelling, with detailed descriptions of ingredients and sources, helps in the purchasing decision making process for iGens.”



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City council salutes members at large By Lori Larsen

During the City of Camrose regular council meeting held on Jan. 20, council and administration took time to recognize the continued dedication and efforts of volunteers who sit as members at large on various committees, councils, boards and commissions. Mayor Norm Mayer, on behalf of council, thanked the members at large for their service. “Thank you all on behalf of council. As our citizens, we appreciate your volunteering and assisting us with the various committees with which you have served. Thank you kindly.” Recognition was given to Blain Fowler and Barry Graham, Camrose Airport Commission; Valerie Sims, Judy McLean, Laurel Warkentin and Lisa Borin Miller, Camrose Arts Council; Robert Ford and Rick Myers, Camrose Police Commission; Alan Corbett and Elizabeth Luck, Camrose Public Library; Tom Calhoun, Community Transit Advisory Committee; Julie Girard, Municipal Planning Advisory Committee, and Lucy Ernst and Jillian WidemanLyon, Social Development Committee. Members at large present during the meeting were congratulated and presented with their certificates by City of Camrose councillor PJ Stasko and manager Malcolm Boyd.

Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Pictured left to right are members at large present during the Jan. 20 regular council meeting: Robert Ford, Lisa Borin Miller, Valerie Sims, Elizabeth Luck, Tom Calhoun, Rick Myers and presenting on behalf of the City, councillor PJ Stasko. Missing from photo are Blain Fowler, Barry Graham, Alan Corbett, Julie Girard, Lucy Ernst and Jillian Wideman-Lyon.

Year of the rat, but not in Alberta By Murray Green

Although this might be the year of the rat, you won’t find one in this province. At least, not for long. Phil Merrill, provincial rat and pest specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, has been the face and the voice of the Alberta Rat Control Program for more than 30 years. “Someone must have had incredible foresight and said we don’t have rats and we’re only going to battle them in the east. We can do this,” said Merrill. The rats had arrived in Saskatchewan in the late 1920s and moved to


the Alberta border in the 1950s. Before a rat breeding population could take hold, the provincial government launched the Alberta Rat Control Program. “We were half ready for them,” explains Merrill. “Our government was organized enough that we put the health department in charge of them because we didn’t want the disease factor to come into Alberta. The health department looked after it for one year. They then thought it was an agricultural problem and turned it over to the agriculture department.” At that time, the rats

Submitted Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely was greeted to a large turn out from the agriculture community at the Farmer-Led Research engagement on Jan. 21. For those who were not able to attend there is an online survey at Alberta.ca/farmer-led-research-engagement that is open until Jan. 31. She wants to ensure agricultural research in Alberta is led by farmers and that people are getting the best results for their investment.

were moving from one farm to another and the program started with about 800 infestations. Every rat found along the A lber ta- Sask at chewa n border was eliminated. “There were a lot of farms that were infested, and the rats had gone 18 miles into Alberta,” he said, looking back. “It took us a lot of years to whittle that down. We didn’t eradicate them in one year.” In fact, 10 years later they still had hundreds of infestations a year. “About 30 years later, we had it whacked down to 20 or 15 infestations a year. Finally in 2000, we had zero infestations in that rat control zone. Now we just maintain that rat control zone and we get one to three rat infestations a year, coming overland from Saskatchewan.” Merrill said that the number one reason for the program’s success over the years is due to government dedication. “They (the government at the time) said we don’t want rats and we’re going to put money into it. They backed it up with legislation that said that rats are illegal.” The other advantage is Alberta’s geography, a cold north, mountains to the west and southwest, and open and unfriendly prairie to the southeast. “So, it’s just the east that we need to have our rat control zone,” he explained. Merrill noted that

farming innovation and changes in practices have helped contribute to the success of the program. Pig and chicken barns are now enclosed and built with cement floors. Farmers don’t store as much grain on the farm. When they do, it’s in steel instead of wooden granaries, built with steel or cement floors. “You turn a rat in one of those facilities and they can’t live because they have no place to burrow and can’t get away. The risk has dropped a whole lot on our farms. That has helped us tremendously.” As for changes to the program in the last 70 years, Merrill said that it is basically the same, but it changes direction. “We have a higher risk right now from rats coming into the province via transportation means such as recreation vehicles and commercial trucks. We are finding we have to step up our urban pest control because we are getting more coming in on recreation vehicles. Our direction changes a little bit, but it is the same basic program. We don’t want rats and when a rat comes, we get rid of it.” If you spot what you think is a rat, call 310RATS (7287). All rats, even pet rats are illegal in Alberta.

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Putting around city in the snow By Lori Larsen

Don’t let this cold snowy weather “tee” you off. Instead why not grab three friends and some makeshift golf clubs and join Camrose Habitat for Humanity in the fifth annual family fun Putt Up a House snow golf tournament to be held Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. This event is not just for the golf enthusiasts. In fact, it is the best opportunity for non-golfers and golfers alike to get out and have a blast while supporting a great cause. Teams of four golfers will trek, via your vehicle not golf cart, around the city of Camrose, visiting the locations of 18 holes, all sponsored by local businesses and organizations. “We have so many wonderful sponsors and donors who support Habitat’s mission of building strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable home ownership by supporting this event,” said Habitat for Humanity Camrose project coordinator Brenda Murdock. “We have had sponsors that have supported Putt Up a House Tournament since the beginning

when no one knew what snow golf was.” Participants will be given a foam stress ball to use and are encouraged to use their imagination when it comes to clubs. In the past, participants have enjoyed donning team costumes and the organizing committee invites this year’s teams to do the same. The goofier the golfers, the better. “Everyone is encouraged to be creative and have as much fun as possible,” smiled Murdock. “We have had golfers who have played with us every year since the tournament started. To those adventurous, fun-seeking, wintertime people, we say thank you.” Murdock encourages others who have not taken part to give it a go. If you are dressed warmly and have a responsible driver (pun intended), the event can be a lot of fun. Registration this year can be done online which will make the day run a little quicker and smoother, or it can be done the day of the event beginning at 11 a.m. A shotgun start for golf will get things rolling at 12:30 p.m., lasting until approximately 4:30 p.m.

Once the golf rounds are completed, head to the Camrose Resort Casino for the evening banquet. Cocktail hour begins at 4:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 5:30. This year, 50/50 tickets are being sold both prior to the event at hole sponsors (see the website for listing), ReStore or during the morning of the event itself. The winner might have a chance to walk away with $2,500 – a pretty good purse by any golfer’s standard. The event has averaged 60 golfers, and the numbers keep rising; 78 composing 21 teams in 2019. In 2017 and 2018, the event revenue totaled approximately $9,000, and in 2019, it totalled approximately $13,000. The success of the event also relies heavily on the generosity of community donors and hole sponsors. “It is an awesome opportunity to interact with players and promote your business. Profit and not-for-profit organizations are all welcome.” The holes are located throughout the city (map provided) at picturesque locations and may include more than one hole per loca-

tion to cut down on the amount of driving and to encourage some friendly competition between teams. “That was the best thing that we learned and improved after the first few years,” remarked Habitat for Humanity Camrose executive director Cody McCarroll. “There were suggestions that there was too much driving and requests for clusters of holes that increased the social aspect of the tournament.” If you are not one to trek through the snow in cooler temperatures, there is the option to attend just the banquet. “We are happy that this unique fundraising idea has caught on with the community,” said McCarroll. “We are very thankful for all the golfers, volunteers and sponsors who have supported this event. We wanted to do a fundraiser that was a little bit different – a good outdoor, event that includes exercise and some family fun.” For more details or if you wish to sponsor a hole or provide a location, visit the website at habitatcamrose.com or contact Brenda Murdock at bmurdock@ habitatcamrose.com.

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