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Vol. LXVIII, No. 18  City Edition – 32 pages  Country Edition – 40 pages  March 24, 2020

Always better – always better read

State of Local Emergency Declared by Mayor Mayer and Camrose Council

Inside City of Camrose . . . . . 3, 4, 5, 10 and 15 Who Can I Count On? . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Out and About . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 and 25 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 to 30 Central Agencies Realty Inc. . 31 and 32

News Features City of Camrose waives penalties on utility bills in response to COVID-19 pandemic. 3 City essential services are safe . . . . . . . . . . 4 BRSD votes to keep Round Hill School open this fall. . . . . . . . . . 6 Homespun Column by Laurel Nadon . . 11 Hynek is a Boys and Girls Club ambassador. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Reflections Column by Bonnie Hutchinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Just Sayin’. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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What does this really mean? What happens next? See pages 3 and 4. Most Camrose residents and businesses are doing their part. That’s the good news. Despite COVID-19 spreading faster throughout the world than bad news posted on social media, there remains just one confirmed case in Camrose/Camrose County and just over 1,400 cases across our country. At this point, all parts of Canada are coping better than Italy, Spain, Germany and what seems to be potentially shaping up in the United States. Here, we have benefitted from: better information flow on the impact if we choose not to properly respect this virus, prompter action by leaders, quicker action by those in the health care sector and better compliance rates from the overall population. Fingers crossed, we have a comparatively decent chance to potentially escape the illness rate and catastrophic loss we are witnessing in other countries. Two prevalent fears have driven this unprecedented move by Camrose Council: observation that a minority percentage of local residents continue to treat this vicious bug in cavalier and casual fashion, and vacationers and snowbirds now returning in droves from all parts of the world; some from areas of very high confirmed case rates. To these groups, we remind you to observe a 14-day quarantine at home, from the time you shut off your car – no exceptions, no excuses. The quicker everyone gets on board, the quicker we will collectively dodge the bullet we all fear.


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Clear your mind and soul with a walk With a few more hours of sunlight and a few more hours of extra time on the hands of many, it is a great opportunity to take advantage of some of the amazing walking trails in our City. “City buildings are closed, but we are continuing to maintain roads and trails,” explained City of Camrose Communications and Economic Development manager Patricia MacQuarrie. The benefits of getting out in the fresh air and participating in physical activity are numerous including improving overall physical and mental health. “The City is keeping public washrooms open and has increased cleaning schedules so that people can still get out of their homes, go for a walk, and have a clean place to wash their hands effectively.” As always, residents are reminded to use trail etiquette and abide by City rules when walking on City groomed trails. All pets must be on leashes and pet owners must pick up after their pets. Stay to the right of centre and use only half the width of the pathway. If riding a bicycle go single file, except when passing and make sure you warn others as you approach from behind by calmly but

loudly speaking, ringing a bell or sounding a horn. If you have to stop on a pathway, move completely off the trail. Benches are provided at a variety of locations for your convenience. When crossing intersections slow down and stop where mandated and look both ways and behind before crossing any roadways or trail intersections. While pedestrians always have the right of way, it serves you well to be extra cautious. If using the trails during lower light situations, ensure you are very visible by wearing light-coloured clothing with reflective material. Outfit your bicycle with lights, reflectors and a bell. Be cautious of hazardous conditions, obstructions or vandalism and report any to the City of Camrose as soon as possible. Become familiar with the trail by getting to know where there are sharp bends, bridge crossings, intersections or hills. Dispose of or remove all garbage by either using receptacles available throughout the trail systems or by carrying it back to your garbage. When riding bicycles or using inline skates use recommended approved Personal Protective Equipment such as helmets,

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padding, bells, horns and lights. No motorized vehicles are permitted on any of the City trails other than authorized City of Camrose vehicles. Despite being out in the outdoors residents using the walking trail systems are reminded they need to still practice safe social distancing by keeping a two metre distance from other users, not congregating on the trails or in parks, using extra precautions when disposing waste in receptacles and using benches or other equipment located on the trails. “We encourage everyone to utilize the excellent natural recreation options we have in Camrose while maintaining social distancing,” suggested MacQuarrie. Until further notice all City operated playgrounds will be temporarily closed as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of COVID-19. For more information on the City of Camrose trails; visit the website at www.camrose.ca. The trails are free and located in beautiful locations throughout the City. Put on a good pair of walking shoes, some weather related clothing and get out and enjoy. There is plenty to be grateful for right outside your door.

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City declares State of Local Emergency If you ha any conc ve ern regardin s noncom g plian telephon ce e 780-67 2- 4426

May take punitive action against rule-breakers from international travel are following the 14-day self-isolation recommendation. “We take following the requirements set out by Dr. Hinshaw and the Province very seriously,” said City of Camrose manMalcolm e take the health ager Boyd. “We have By Lori Larsen and safety of heard about On Sunday, individuals in all in the City of Camrose March 22 the City of the community Camrose Emergency seriously and ask all who do not. Advisory Committee members of our community “We will of Council passed a to do their part in reducing use every resolution to declare e n for c e me nt the spread of COVID-19,” a State of Local tool available Emergency. said Mayor Norm Mayer. to ensure our entire commuMayor Norm Mayer indicated through communication nity’s safety is not jeopardized by a from City Hall that this allows for small number of individuals. We are the local enforcement of the public looking for voluntary compliance but health directives from the Province. we are not afraid to proceed further “As the COVID-19 situation has if necessary.” continued to evolve, the City has taken measures to protect the staff and ensure continuity of essential services,” said Mayor Mayer. “However, our top priority is to ensure the By Lori Larsen In the wake of the COVID-19 ongoing safety and security of our pandemic the City of Camrose will be community.” waiving penalties for all utility bills. Mayer went on to state, “This The City is joining other declaration will ensure the City can municipalities in the province in maintain essential services and waiving penalties for people who deploy necessary staff and resources cannot pay their utility bill during to protect the health and safety of the COVID-19 outbreak. the citizens of Camrose.” “The City will continue to send out utility bills but will not be charging penalties for those who e are following the cannot make payments at this time,” stated Mayor Norm Mayer requirements set during his message to the pubout by Dr. Hinshaw and the lic on March 22. “This is NOT a Province very seriously,” said cancellation of utility charges, but City manager Malcolm Boyd. a deferral of payment to a later date.” Council made the decision The State of Local Emergency following a presentation by City allows the City to use any and all of Camrose general manager of measures to enforce the advisories Finance, Travis Bouck. of the Province. This is especially so “Consistent with the Federal in relation to ensuring businesses and the Provincial government,” are following the protocols for prosaid Bouck. “The City of Camrose tection of staff members and the is expecting that many of the resipublic, such as ensuring symptomdents and businesses within the atic employees are directed to selfCity of Camrose will be experiencisolate, gatherings limited to a maximum of 50 people, and ensuring ing financial difficulty as a result that individuals who have returned of the COVID-19 pandemic.” In order to provide some tem-


Some of the actions the City has the ability to take, include: monitoring for large gatherings, entering buildings to ensure the maximum 50 person limit, or even revoking a business license if there are too many people or if businesses are not allowing their employees to self-isolate if they are experiencing flu or cold-like symptoms. “The City is setting up a call centre to allow residents to report incidents of individuals or businesses who are refusing to comply with the orders of the Province of Alberta,” added Boyd. If you have any concerns regarding noncompliance telephone 780-672-4426. Alberta’s Emergency Management Act allows municipalities to declare a State of Local Emergency any time they believe an emergency exists in its municipality.

City waives penalties


Section 24(1) of the Emergency Management Act state. “On the making of a declaration of a state of local emergency and for the duration of the state of local emergency, the local authority may do all acts and take all necessary proceedings including the following: (a) Cause any emergency plan or program to be put into operation; (b) Exercise any power given to the Minister under section 19(1) in relation to the part of the municipality affected by the declaration; (c) Authorize any persons at any time to exercise, in the operation of an emergency plan or program, any power given to the Minister under section 19(1) in relation to any part of the municipality affected by a declaration of a state of local emergency.”


he City will continue

porary support to residents to send out utility bills and businesses within the but will not be charging penalties City of Camrose, Council approved a motion to pro- for those who cannot make vide the following temporary payments at this time,” stated relief. No penalties to be applied Mayor Norm Mayer. to unpaid amounts for City utilities from March 23, 2020 to the amounts outstanding for any accounts.” June 30, 2020. The question of tax deferral No penalties to be applied to also came up, Bouck said. “Adminunpaid amounts for accounts from tenants, landfill accounts, busi- istration has been advised by ness licenses, facility rentals and Municipal Affairs to delay any other sundry accounts from March decisions with respect to property taxes and tax collection activities 23, 2020 to June 30, 2020. No charges for NSF (Not Suf- as they are anticipating that the ficient Funds) fees with respect Government of Alberta will be proto cheques or direct deposits from viding provincial wide direction with respect to possible deferral March 23, 2020 to June 30, 2020. “The recommendations out- of property taxes and collection lined by administration do not activities.” He stated that he believes the stop the normal billing process Province will be bringing somefor any of the fees and charges within the City of Camrose,” con- thing forward in the coming days. If administration does not tinued Bouck. “The recommendahear from the province by March tions provide customers with the 31, 2020, they will be providing ability to not pay the amounts owing until June 30, 2020 without Council with a report suggesting incurring any penalties for non- a temporary cancellation of penalpayment. However, administration ties on outstanding property tax is not recommending a waiver on balances.

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City essential services are safe

City of Camrose Key Contact Information COVID-19 Information:

Camrose.ca/COVID How to access City Services during the pandemic:


By Lori Larsen

sanitization across our supplies topped up to make The City of Camrose facilities, and we’re taking sure that even if supply administration advises extra precautions in shared chains get disrupted, we that while the COVID-19 work spaces.” are well stocked,” said pandemic has temporarily Boyd said that the City Boyd. changed how people work, has also geared up to cross Both the Camrose it has not affected City of train employees to ensure Fire Department and the Camrose essential service that the City continues to Camrose Police Service took levels. precautions early “We have been in the pandemic proactively taking e have been proactively to provide extra steps to make sure taking steps to make personal protection our staff are protected sure our staff are protected so equipment, increase so that we can sanitation routines that we can continue to provide continue to provide and practice social essential services essential services for our for our community,” distancing. community,” explained City of explained City of Camrose Fire Camrose manager Malcolm Boyd. Camrose manager Department is Malcolm Boyd. closed for walk-in F rom a llow i ng have clean water and that reception service. immune-compromised staff they are able to keep City Camrose Police Chief to work from home where roads clear and safe. LaGrange stated on social possible to staggering City staff are regularly media, “The Camrose lunch breaks, the City has monitoring chemical Police Service wants the put in measures to keep supply levels and keeping their staff healthy. them topped up to protect community to know that “We have rolled out the drinking water system. we stand ready to continue laptops and conference Thus far, the City has not providing police protection call technology to allow had any major issues getting 24/7 throughout these as many staff as possible more supplies from their trying times. Our families live here too, we will get to work from home,” said suppliers. Boyd. “We’ve increased “We are keeping through this together.”


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City facilities temporary closures By Lori Larsen

The following is a list of current temporary City facility closures and respective telephone numbers as per the City of Camrose website. • • • • • • • • • • • •

Camrose and District Museum 780-672-9949 Camrose Police Service 780-672-4444 Chuck MacLean Arts Centre 780-672-9949 City Hall - 780-672-4426 Community Centre 780-672-9195 Fire Department 780-672-2906 Golf Course (Pro Shop) 780-672-2691 Mirror Lake Centre 780-672-7022 or 780-672-4426 Public Works 780-672-5513 Recreation Centre 780-672-9195 Stoney Creek Centre 780-672-9195 (public washrooms are still open) All City Playgrounds

Police chief thanks citizens for patience By Lori Larsen

Camrose Police Service continues to provide our community with stellar service during the COVID-19 pandemic and a message from Chief Dean LaGrange reassures residents the police continue to serve and protect. “On behalf of the men and women of the Camrose Police Service, I want to thank the citizens of Camrose for their patience, as we adjust our service delivery due to the ongoing pandemic,” said LaGrange. “We have closed our front counter and re-deployed resources to our front line patrols, to enhance the vigilance for businesses that have been closed or impacted due to these unprecedented measures. Rest assured, we will continue providing 24/7 coverage for our community. If and when you need us, we will be there for you.”

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The Camrose Community Bus is implementing tactics to help stop the spread of the virus. For more information, visit camrose.ca/en/living-here/transportation. aspx#Public-Transit. The City of Camrose Assessment department suspends property inspections until further notice. If you have received a letter to book an inspection with us, you will be receiving a new letter soon. We ask for your cooperation in filling out the questionnaire to allow us to maintain fair and equitable assessments. For more information, visit the City of Camrose website at www.camrose.ca. The Camrose Booster will make every effort to keep our residents updated on further information via our newspaper, the Camrose Now! app and the Camrose Booster website at camrosebooster.com.

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While City Facilities are Closed,

How Do I...



1. Complete your business license application (found at www.camrose.ca/applications) 2. Send your application to planning@camrose.ca or via fax to 780.672.6316 3. Call 780.672.4428 with your credit card number 4. We will mail out your license when it is ready

1. Complete your permit application (found at www.camrose.ca/applications) 2. Send your application to permits@camrose.ca or via fax to 780.672.6316 or put in the City Hall mail drop box with "ATTN: SAFETY CODES" 3. Contact us if you are sending files over 10MB or if you have plans that will not fit in the mail drop box



1. Complete your permit application (found at www.camrose.ca/applications) 2. Send your application to planning@camrose.ca or via fax to 780.672.6316 3. Call 780.672.4428 with your credit card number

1. Call 780.672.4426 with your credit card number 2. We will mail you your tag(s)



Call the Golf Course Pro Shop at 780.672.2691 with your credit card number.

The purchase of track passes will be temporarily discontinued until further notice. Please call Community Services at 780.672.9195 for more information.



• Email a copy of the ticket to utilities@camrose.ca and then call 780.672.4426 with your credit card number, OR • Drop off a cheque and a copy of the ticket at the City Hall mail drop box

• Call 780.672.4426 with your credit card number, OR • Drop off a cheque at the City Hall mail drop box, OR • Pay through your own online banking (only available with some banks)



• Pay through your own online banking, OR • Call 780.672.4426 with your credit card number, OR • Drop off a cheque at the City Hall mail drop box

1. Call 780.672.4426 for any tax information you may need 2. Pay through your own online banking or by dropping off a cheque at the City Hall mail drop box Unfortunately credit cards cannot be used to pay taxes

SIGN UP FOR A RENTAL APPLICATION 1. Send a copy of your photo ID and lease agreement to either utilities@camrose.ca or via fax to 780.672.2469 2. Call 780.672.4426 with your credit card number

Follow our website at www.camrose.ca/covid for important updates regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus

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Unprecedented challenges By Jackie Lovely MLA Camrose Constituency

Our province faces unprecedented challenges. The combination of an oil price war between Russia and OPEC, and the rapidly expanding threat of COVID-19 has caused disruption around the world. Years of policy that has hindered our energy sector, and blockades that kept shipping via rail blockaded for over a month has made a bad situation worse for Alberta. The coronavirus itself is a threat that appears to be bigger than any pandemic threat Alberta has faced in the last 100 years. In order to “flatten the curve”, there are steps that you can take personally, and steps the government has, can, and will take as we go forward. The most important thing you can do to protect yourself is to wash your hands and socially distance yourself as much as possible. This is key to reducing infections and protecting the most vulnerable in our society. Our government has promised that no expense will be spared as we take on this fight. This is a fight we will win. This doesn’t mean that it will be easy. We have three main priorities as we head into this crisis. The first is to protect the health of Albertans. We have done so by making large investments in health, as well as implementing stringent social distancing protocols. We are also testing at one of the highest rates in the world, testing over 202 people per 100,000 Albertans. Our second priority is to protect the financial security of Albertans. On March 18, we announced a number of initiatives to help Albertans make it through this difficult time. The first measure we announced was a $573 per week payment for up to two weeks for those in selfisolation. This program is meant to act as a bridge until the federal program is ready in April. A second measure we introduced was a 90-day deferral for utility bill payments. During this time, Albertans cannot be cut off from service by their utilities provider. The third measure was an immediate six-month interest free moratorium on student loan payment. This protects students, who are among our most vulnerable when we face large economic shifts. Our government has invested a further $60 million into protection of other vulnerable populations and $30 million of this will go to organizations that work with seniors. The other $30 million will be directed towards other civil society organizations that work with those who need the most help right now. Along with other major banks, ATB is implementing the ability to defer payment on credit products, including lines of credit and mortgages. These steps will all serve to protect Albertans in these difficult times. Our third priority is to protect the economy of Alberta more generally. For that reason, we have taken steps to protect Alberta’s businesses. Small businesses will also have the ability to defer utility bills for the next 90 days. They will also have access to working capital through at least ATB, but also other Credit Unions. In addition, outstanding corporate taxes will be deferred until Aug. 31. Alberta faces one of the largest challenges it has ever faced. It will require bold action and strong leadership. As the situation changes, we are prepared to do more. I encourage you all to access alberta.ca/COVID19 regularly to keep up to date with the most recent developments. Our government is well prepared to take on this challenge, but we are only half the equation. Albertans must pull together in these trying times. I know they can and I know they will. You can contact Jackie Lovely, Camrose MLA, at Constituency Office, 104, 4870-51 Street, Camrose, AB T4V 1S1. Tel: 780-672-0000, camrose@assembly. ab.ca or at Legislature Office, 6th Floor, 9820-107 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5K 1E7.

BRSD votes to keep Round Hill School open this fall By Murray Green

The Battle River School Division voted to keep the Round Hill School open, on March 19 at its regular meeting. Three motions to close the Round Hill School, consolidate Holden/Ryley Schools and close Allen Johnson School (Hardisty) were put on the floor. “I’m so sorry that we have to have these discussions with the school communities. Being a former parent of a student in a closed school, I understand the loss that you have for your school, your staff and your community and you would do anything to hold on to it,” said trustee Laurie Skori. The motion to close Round Hill School as of June 30 was defeated. “I would like to commend the Round Hill community for all of your hard work over the last several years. You have worked tirelessly for your school. Your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated. You showed community spirit and professionalism,” said Skori. “Education as we have known has changed. This Round Hill proposal of having agricultural learning would add a .45 staff person, which is minimal. This program doesn’t need a capital plan and it isn’t costing us more money than it is now. This program has mentors from another school division. We haven’t been getting anywhere doing things the same way. The rewards are that students gain a respect and that is one of our goals. Students grow up caring and having respect for people of all ages,” said trustee Lyle Albrecht. “You

can’t make a square peg fit into a Round Hill.” All trustees spoke about the hard decisions they have had to make. The motion to consolidate Holden and Ryley Schools into one school site, so Kindergarten to Grade 9 is in one school was carried. “That would leave us with 30 students in high school, which is extremely hard to deliver. My concern is the staffing would have a tough time handling that considering staff cuts are coming. Based on the feedback, the biggest concern was options for high school,” added Skori. “I support the motion due to the fact it keeps the continuity of sending all the students of the same family into one facility, instead of two schools 30 miles apart,” said trustee Kendall Severson. “Consolidating is good for making good use, (84 per cent occupancy) of the building. It will help retain students in the future,” said Albrecht. “These are both good communities, but we have to do what is best for families,” said Karen Belich. So far, 31 high school students from Ryley School will be reallocated to Tofield and Viking for next fall. “We could have closed both schools with room to send them to other schools. I would also like to add that the more high school students you have, the more options potentially can be offered,” said chair Norm Erickson. The motion was carried. Then the motion to close Holden School on June 30 was added and that Ryley School would stay open and was carried. Zsuzsanna Hemperger

moved to close Allan Johnstone School in Hardisty effective June 30. The motion was carried. “Currently, they have 48 students and under critical enrolment levels in all areas. Unfortunately, the enrolment has not increased. It has received extra funding to keep it open and we can no longer provide this extra money. If it was funded by the number of students, it would limit staffing and its ability to provide adequate programming. Even if we kept the school open, the parents would be unhappy and send their students elsewhere anyway,” said Skori. “I want to echo how difficult these decisions have been,” said board chair Erickson. In other news, finance manager Cheryl Kropinske revealed through the fiscal monitoring report that the projections of a deficit was at $4,116,000 earlier and that number now sits at about $3,870,000. “Keep in mind that the $4,116,000 we were short is for this year. It will be another $1.9 million less funding next year and another $1.9 less the following year. These are estimated projections,” said Erickson. Assistant superintendent of systems support, Natasha Wilm, went over the capital plan that will be submitted to Alberta Education. It lists C.W. Sears (Tofield) replacement, Hay Lakes modernization and a replacement school for École Charlie Killam School (the middle school in Camrose), Lougheed School demolition funding and Strome School demolition funding. However, demolitions are usually not funded.

Submitted MLA Jackie Lovely was able to give Premier Jason Kenney an update about the Battle River School Division notice to potentially close three schools in the Constituency of Camrose. On March 19, the board decided to keep Round Hill School open.

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Camrose County is closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Alberta. County Administration Building, County Public Works Shops and Agricultural Services Office are now closed to the public until further notice. At this time, County Transfer Stations, the West Dried Meat Lake Regional Landfill and County Seed Cleaning Plant will remain open to the public as an essential service; and operators will be practicing recommended social distancing techniques, including staying a minimum of six feet from others as much as possible in their duties. County services will continue for the time being, with staff working in the office. Members of the public can access these services remotely by contacting the County by phone

during regular hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MondayFriday), at 780-672-4446 or by email as found via the Camrose County website at www.county.camrose.ca/ content/administrationdirectory. The County at this time is committed to ensuring that services, especially essential services, are continued in a regular fashion on behalf of the citizens whom we serve. The public can expect that most issues will be dealt with over the phone or through email rather than in person. Further decisions made by the County will be relayed to all affected stakeholders, including the public as soon as feasibly possible; please follow us on Facebook and Twitter or check our website for regular updates. Residents wishing to make a payment can do so through the drop box locat-

ed at the front entrance. County administration, however, encourages the public to use on-line payments if possible. See the County’s website for more information. For circumstances, services, and/or requests of a special nature such as loading/reloading water station cards, residents are encouraged to inquire by phone or email for further guidance and instruction. Additionally, council has cancelled the March 24 council meeting. April council meetings are still scheduled to go ahead as planned and may be cancelled at a further date. Updates will be provided as decisions on these future meetings are made. For more information about County services, visit website www.county.camrose.ca or Facebook page,

to put conditions, such as having suitable equipment to control the fire on site, on the fire permits that are issued. With the implementation of the on-line fire permit in 2017, Camrose County Fire Guardians rarely issue paper copy fire permits. However, if paper copy fire permits are issued, they

must be submitted to the protective services department as soon as possible. “The on-line permits have been working really well. This is the fourth year we have been on-line and we know instantly if a permit has been issued. If a hard copy is issued, then the person issuing it has to get hold of us to let us know,” said

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Camrose County named several representatives as fire guardians, those who can issue fire permits, at the regular meeting on March 10. Councillor Trevor Miller moved “That pursuant to Section 4 of the Forest and Prairie Protection Act, the following persons be appointed as fire guardians for Camrose County for 2020.” That includes the manager of agricultural services, manager of protective services, assistant agricultural fieldman, seed plant manager, fire chiefs of the fire departments within the County, county administrator and councillors. Every year council must appoint fire guardians for Camrose County. A fire guardian is defined as anyone who has the responsibility of issuing a fire permit for the disposal of burnable debris by open fire. Fire guardians are responsible


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Hynek is a Boys and Girls Club ambassador By Murray Green

Kody Hynek has gone full circle at the Camrose and District Boys and Girls Club. He started out going to connect with others because he was new in the community and wanted to make new friends. Kody attended all of the programs and soon found himself mentoring younger children in the programs. Now he not only assists at the Camrose club, but he is on the National Youth Council for the Boys and Girls Club. Kody, now a 20-year-old, received word that he has been elected to Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s National Youth Council. Members of the council are chosen from hundreds of applications received from across Canada—the 202021 National Youth Council includes members from nine out of 10 provinces. Kody has been part of Camrose and District Boys and Girls Club since 2013— he started by taking part in programs and volunteering and eventually became a staff member in 2016. He is currently the youth advisor, running leadership programs such as Keystone and mentoring junior staff. “Our mentors volunteer in our After School program, which is an hour long from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. That is where we do our training,” said Kody. “I started volunteering in this program when I was in Grade 8. I was part of the Keystone program as a youth leaders that we still have today. I was volunteering and there wasn’t a lot of training or guidance at that time. Its a tricky age, Grades 6 to 8, because they can lose interest or they take up other things. We are trying to keep them in our program and assist them in making positive life choices,” explained Kody. He wants to use the National Youth Council as a platform to advocate for the positive impact the Boys and Girls Club has had on his life and others’. He is currently enrolled at the University of Alberta, pursuing a bachelor of management in business economics and plans to one

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Kody Hynek sets up his equipment prior to leading a mentorship session at the Camrose Boys and Girls Club in the Recreation Centre.

day be CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. “The council has 15 members and I’m one of three from Alberta. Through my experience with the Boys and Girls Club and going to the national youth forum back in 2017, in Ottawa, I had the opportunity to meet the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club and go to the conference. It was a really cool experience to meet like-minded people from all around the country. That introduced me to the national Youth Council.” The National Youth Council (NYC) is committed to providing representation for Boys and Girls Club youth, reflecting issues and goals from across the country, and ensuring youth input into national initiatives and activities. “I was told spots were open on the council, so I applied. I was worried that I would be a little too old for it, but I just made the cut. What I am most excited for is to see other clubs and how they operate to compare. Maybe I’ll end up tweaking my programs because I came across

a great idea to keep the members excited. One idea that I want to bring already, is taking some of our ideas to the national level. We get an opportunity to meet with the board of directors of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and they are always looking for feedback from youth,” added Kody. Appointed for two terms, NYC members serve as ambassadors and role models for other youth across our federation of Boys and Girls Clubs, meet regularly with the executive team and our board to positively influence decision-making on issues related to young people, and receive training on their specific areas of interest. “I’ve been with the program for seven years and a staff member for the past four years. As a participant and volunteer I really feel passionate about the club, what we offer and what we bring to the club. When a staff opportunity opened up, I said absolutely,” said Kody. All NYC members are nominated by local club staff and then chosen from hun-

dreds of applications by a committee from our national team. “I’m hoping with my exposure and experience that I can go on to work for Boys and Girls Club of Canada at that national level.” As well, every two years the National Youth Council create, plan, and execute a National Youth Forum that brings in more than 200 teens from clubs across the country. They find keynote speakers, run workshops and plan day trips for participants. The next National Youth Forum will take place in Vancouver in 2021. “It’s a big deal to have someone like Kody work here. When you have somebody on the staffing team working with youth and running the programs who has been through it and has taken advantage of the opportunities presented to them, it offers a perspective that I even don’t have. Before we had a mentor program, Kody was the mentor program,” said Trish James, program director at the Camrose Club. “We like to think we offer a positive experience

for the youth that we serve. When we have somebody like Kody, who has lived through it and understands what that means, it just takes the programs to another level,” added Trish. “He is the perfect role model for the youth in the program.” Kody valued the opportunities that were presented to him when he needed them the most. He wants to provide that same stability to all youth in the programs. “I found the sense of community here, and it was always a welcoming and warming environment. My parents moved around a lot. By the time I got to high school, it was already my eighth school. Making new friends seemed like a neverending cycle. Just having somewhere to go to establish myself again was very special for me, especially since it was turning me into a bit of a social outcast. My friends were a revolving door,” explained Kody. “The Boys and Girls Club felt solid, a place where I could go every week. I was able to establish new friendships and opportunities that extended off of that, like regional conferences where I got to go to provincial and then national conferences. It was life-changing to be around like-minded people and I established myself. People come from various places and I showed them who I now was, as a staff member, just being able to support the youth. They come from varying home lives and if you can give that extra attention to them, it can change their whole world. Just being able to support them makes me feel good inside,” added Kody. For Kody his work at the Boys and Girls Club is not a job. He calls it a lifestyle. “If I see members or parents in the community, I reach out to them to see how they are doing. In a place as small as Camrose, it feels very impactful. Being a community person is something I value so much. Being in this position, not only helps me be less selfish but, gives me insight on how to be a more selfless person. I like that give-and-take relationship.”

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Murray Green, Camrose Booster Deputy grand knight Wilf McElroy, left, of the Camrose Knights of Columbus Club and grand knight Patrick Elliott, right, present Camrose Neighbor Aid Center program director Jo-Anne Tweed with $877 to be used in purchasing items for the Food Bank. The funds were raised in the community charities appeal raffle.

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We returned from a tropical holiday to find that our world had changed dramatically in one week. We don’t check email or use our phones if at all possible while we are on holiday. Other than the odd overheard conversation about the coronavirus from other travelers, it wasn’t until we got our phones from the safe in our room and checked in for our flight home that we learned we were expected to go into self-isolation upon our return. We learned that our children’s activities had been cancelled and that it was a good thing we were returning right then. Things got crazier and crazier, as the next day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Canadians abroad to return home, and all schools in Alberta closed indefinitely. We are getting used to hearing phrases like “flatten the curve” and “social distancing” and “stick together by staying apart”. We are spending our evenings flipping through news channels, trying to find out what we are being asked to do and what the experts can tell us. The last major world event that had such impact around the globe was the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, which damaged the sense of security that people had about their world. I was studying journalism at Mount Royal College in Calgary then, and television sets were wheeled into the hallways. Our classes that day were spent watching the news, because our professors knew that it was a major historical event unfolding before us. To my knowledge, the last time that schools were closed due to illness was in 1953 during the height of the polio outbreak. Then as now, there was real fear and anxiety in society. This is evident on the grocery store shelves, which we were warned were alarmingly empty, before we returned. My online grocery order was left without 18 items that I wanted because no substitutions were available. No flour, ground beef, or dog food were the most concerning, though my husband seemed equally concerned about the lack of cheezies. Even though politicians are telling the public that the grocery stores are advising that no shortages are foreseen, shortages are being created when people show their fear and anxiety by stockpiling and hoarding not just food, but cleaning supplies as well. It is suddenly hard to find toilet paper, which seems hilarious at first, and then alarming. When I first heard that schools were closing, I thought it would be for a few weeks, like an extended spring break, but it sounds like this isn’t the case. I created a schedule for Nadon Homeschool and researched what each of my new pupils was expected to learn for their grades. We found notebooks, dictionaries, sharpened pencils and cleared off desks. We have completed four days so far, with 3 p.m. woodworking class with dad being the big hit. But who knows, maybe creative writing at 9:30 a.m. with mom will really take off. We tweaked the schedule after the first day and have been in touch with teachers to figure out what we should be studying. On our second day, as I was urging them to hurry up and get outside for outdoor playtime, I made a school wide announcement that Grades 5, 3 and kindergarten would all be allowed to toboggan that day. My Grade 5 daughter noted that their school makes announcements for which grades can toboggan at what recess first thing in the morning. I have also been told that my kindergartener usually gets to play first thing in the morning and by my third grader that French reading is usually in the morning and English reading in the afternoon, not one after another. I think the most important things as everyone tries to navigate through this pandemic are to stay calm, not stockpile food or medicine, and take one day at a time. Nobody knows if spring and summer activities will still move ahead, but losing sleep over it isn’t going to help. I knew that we would still need routine and a schedule, so I created one. It’s been eye-opening to learn what my children are expected to study this year. Who knew that I would be learning so much about Tunisia and Ukraine this year or learning about circuits, but here we go. I’m also grateful for the extra time that we have to spend together, even if it means getting creative with our meals. Stay calm, and for goodness sake, set down that extra dog food and toilet paper and leave some on the shelves for the rest of us.

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A message from Steve Friend, Vision Credit Union CEO

Are rural physicians worth the money?

Lars Hallstrom, Political Studies Augustana Campus U of Alberta

On April 1, physicians in Alberta will work under a new compensation regime. This change follows the decision of the Government of Alberta, under Premier Kenney, to discard the existing agreement with the Alberta Medical Association. The province argues that Alberta physicians are overpaid–for example, earning $90,000 more than physicians in Ontario according to a CBC report in March and so there exists a need to contain ever-

rising costs. Physicians argue that the claims of overcompensation are based on faulty data. They also point to the possibility of significant challenges for rural physicians, including changes to the time at which the complex modified can be charged (at 25 versus 15 minutes). Effectively, this can be seen as a directive to limit the amount of time spent with patients, or to face decreased compensation for longer visits. This debate raises an important question: what happens if physician visits are shortened in order to save money? What do we know, and what scenarios might result, particularly in rural Alberta? Rural Canadians in general, but especially in Alberta, tend to be older than their urban counterparts. Older citizens, by definition, tend to face greater challenges in terms of health. This includes a greater likelihood of chronic disease such as hypertension and diabetes. Older citizens also face compounding health challenges (such as social isolation) due to changing social and behavioural dynamics, and in turn are at greater risk for hearing difficulty, pain, emotional or cognitive challenges, and fear of falling. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that rural citizens have a wellrecognized pattern of deferring medical care. Furthermore, the health challenges of rural citizens are compounded by low population density and travel distances. In the USA, a National Institute of Health study of patient-physician visits in family medicine for citizens over 65, found that the average meeting was over 15 minutes long, even in a context where private medicine already heavily incentivizes shorter visits, and that an average of six or more issues were being raised during each visit. One of the issues is usually primary (often a severe or chronic condition), complemented by four or five other related or unrelated concerns. Research suggests that decreased patient visit times not only decrease patient satisfaction, but also increase the risk of prescribing errors and reduced health outcomes. In fact, some research argues that visit times should be increased to 30 minutes or longer in order to properly meet patient needs. Research indicates that rural and older patients will continue to defer care. That deferral, when translated into a physician visit, will likely require more time than the physician can provide, and the failure of provision will require a return visit (or two or three)–with a decreasing likelihood of patients returning again and again. This will likely result in the following: increased likelihood of hospitalization, with substantial associated costs; additional costs for family members to visit or provide care in hospital (time, fuel, mileage); increased costs for patients, including loss of employment income; and increased risks due to transitions from and between acute care and other care sites. In all of the scenarios outlined above, there are two recurring themes: (1) the cost of the “savings” incurred through the application of authority provided by Bill 21 and Budget 2020 are, in reality, just transferred out to the citizens who are most likely to require care; and (2) the multiplier effects of these practices, as they are implemented, are likely to further compound, rather than reduce, costs of the provision of care in rural Alberta. In addition, these costs will be disproportionately felt by those least able to pay, rural citizens more generally, but particularly those with lower or hourly-paid incomes, lone-parents (80 per cent of which are women), youth and the elderly.

These are extraordinary times. We know that during this time of turmoil resulting from COVID-19, financial concerns are top of mind for many.

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Murray Green, Camrose Booster Camrose Special Olympics bowling athletes and coach Faye St. Onge, far left, show off their bronze medals they just won at the National Special Olympics in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Left to right athletes are Jody St. Onge, Mitchell Banks, Jon Gurr, James McGillivray and Aleena Lazar.

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Compassionate communities combat coronavirus By Lori Larsen

Our world, country, province and communities have experienced times of trouble before and we have come through the other side, not because we shut down, but because we opened up–our wallets, our homes and our hearts. In a fashion spectacularly true of Canadians, we reached out and we will again.

need the right clothing, the right equipment (the recommendations of Alberta Health for social distancing, self-isolation, washing hands) to appropriately don while we are in this storm. “But once you do all that, then you can play and part of the playfulness is the fact that we are on a month long (so to speak) snow day.”

ing outside the box and leaning into the storm. Some grocery stores are offering specific times of the day for seniors or others who may be more vulnerable to come and shop without the worry of large crowds and with one-on-one assistance from staff. Delivery services are being offered by businesses that may not have otherwise offered them, so customers do not have to risk coming out to more public places. Some businesses have even opted to leave items at the doorway, then text or telephone the customer so they know it is there, thus respecting the call for social distancing. In an effort to offer customers goods and services, many businesses have adopted telephone payments through credit card. Restaurants and the fast food industry have expanded delivery services and are encourag-

ing patrons to beat cabin fever with a drive through option. Some businesses are offering and encouraging the use of online services, including some free tutorials, in an effort to keep customers and clients in the loop. The Camrose Booster has also taken steps to ensure residents are getting positive, factual and updated news by ramping up its online presence and continuing to ensure the local weekly paper is keeping residents informed. Neighbours are also helping neighbours with offers to babysit, pick up items at the store, cooking extra and delivering to those in need, donating to assistance programs and organizations, checking in on elderly and mobility challenged residents and lending a shoulder to lean on through the storm. Harder said that after we have taken care of ensuring the proper steps

to keep ourselves safe, we need to play. “Look for the way we can show humanity at its true power and best.” Compassionate communities such as Camrose and surrounding areas are going to survive this temporary test of our resilience, like so many in our communities did during other storms. In referring to the work of Brene Brown, research professor at the University of Houston, author and specialist on the topic of vulnerability and courage, Harder shared wisdom, hope and reassurance. “In this particular time, we are facing socially as we become vulnerable, we will submit to the appropriate clothing of this storm and open ourselves to a deeper compassion to our neighbours. This is when we become a courageous people.”

Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Hospice Society of Camrose and District, program and grief and bereavement coordinator Bill Harder offers words of reason during these trying times.

“The danger in being confronted with a storm, regardless of what kind of storm, is that we will forget who we are and lose our footing and the storm will bowl us over,” described Hospice Society of Camrose and District program and grief and bereavement coordinator Bill Harder. “When we lose our footing, we act not from what is our truth, but from fear.” Harder wisely advised that we need to keep our footing and lean into the storm/wind and laugh with it. “The storm isn’t bad, it is just big.” Metaphorically speaking, Harder inferred, “We

Harder suggested what is important is what we do with that time. “We still need to buy food and all those things. Our children look to us to be mentored in a storm; and we can teach them to be afraid of the storm or we can teach them to stand in awe and wonder at its ferocity, but most important discover our greatest strengths.” Temporary closures of buildings, businesses, facilities has us all concerned, but it shouldn’t close our minds to other possibilities. Local businesses are shining examples of think-

Ron Pilger, Camrose Booster When the going gets tough for Camrose businesspeople, creativity kicks into high gear. Mother Ardelle Kerr, right and daughter Kathleen Riggins, from their family-owned business Quilting From The Heart, began self-producing daily videos when foot traffic decreased at their family business.

Kindness spreads even quicker By Lori Larsen

If anything good comes from the situation the world finds itself in at present, it is the fact that citizens can and are reaching out and taking care of each other. No one knows this better than 83-year-old Camrose resident Jeannette Mackay, who was almost moved to tears by the kindness she received from her neighbours. “My neighbors called me and they said they would help me out if I needed anything,” said Jeannette, who was getting to the point where she needed to get out for some groceries. Then, as though through divine intervention, Jeannette’s neighbour, who lives across the street from her, said she would pick up food or anything else Jeannette needed.

“She said she would put it on the front steps and ring the doorbell and leave and I could pay her later.” Shortly after, another kind neighbour telephoned Jeannette and offered to pick up anything she needed. “I was just so surprised,” said Jeannette softly. “I have no family living here and I was ready to go to the store myself.” With health officials recommending social distancing and advising the elderly to use extreme care, Jeannette was feeling somewhat anxious about having to go out herself. Beholden of the wonderful kindness shown by her neighbours, Jeannette shared a message we all need to take to heart. “I urge people to go and check on their

neighbours, whether old or young, because sometimes young people are not capable of getting out either. If you do that you will feel a lot better.” Camrose and area residents are known for their unselfishness and humanity; and this is one example of people reaching out and making sure those in our own backyards are being supported. “I hadn’t talked to my neighbours since summertime. I am so happy that people around still care.” Jeannette hopes that others will take the lead and make sure their family, friends and neighbours are all being checked.

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Complex modifier changes cancelled By Murray Green

Changes to physicians’ payments for complex modifiers will not go ahead as planned on March 31. “During these unprecedented times, we want to ensure that physicians on the front lines can focus solely on providing patient care. We’ve heard concerns that this change would result in what has been called ‘10-minute medicine.’ While we respectfully disagree with that characterization, we are nevertheless halting this change so that doctors can concentrate on the critical tasks at hand,” said Tyler Shandro, minister of health. “We appreciate the removal of the complex (time) modifier from Alberta Health’s physician funding framework. This is a significant step in supporting patients and physicians. There is still work to be done. We will work in any venue to advance patient care and to reach a formal agreement between physicians and Alberta Health,” said Dr. Christine Molnar president, Alberta Medical Association. A physician compensation advisory committee will be created to examine all aspects of the physician services funding model, and make recommendations supporting the delivery of high-quality patientfocused health services to Albertans. Complex modifiers are intended to provide incentives to doctors to spend more time with patients who have complex medical needs. The first modifier that general practitioners bill for a visit, will remain at the 15-minute mark at the current rate of $18.48. Other complex modifiers will remain available at current rates and current time requirements. Alternatives to fee for service and complex modifiers will be developed with the assistance of the physician compensation advisory committee. The physician compensation advisory committee will be made up of the public, physicians and Alberta Health.

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25 Years Ago This Week – from Mar. 28, 1995 edition • Camrose Lions club presented a $5,000 Holter Monitor to St. Mary’s Hospital as a tribute in memory of the late Bob Burgess. Mr. Burgess passed just one day before the donation by fellow club members. • The Soap Stop advertised their 12th Anniversary Sale with a full page advertisement. • Wendy Gregorwich, Camrose and District Volunteer Action Centre, cautioned that due to shrinking public funding for charities, schools, health, sports and the arts, the Camrose business community is beginning to show many of the symptoms of funding overload. • Deputy Prime Minister Sheila Copps warned that Ottawa’s plan to ban the use of a manganese-based gasoline additive would inevitably increase the use of ethanol.

50 Years Ago This Week – from Mar. 24, 1970 edition • Camrose Firestone Store was promoting four 6:30-13 blackwall tires for the total price of $94.88. • Mulloy Hatcheries & Farm Supply advertised 100 broilers for $24. • Ken Kennedy, born and living still in the Kelsey area, announced his desire to seek the Progressive Conservative nomination for the new provincial constituency. • Alice Hotel announced three beautiful new facilities: Madhatter Cocktail Lounge, Wonderland Dining Lounge and Top Hat Banquet Room.

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BRSD staff to assist with learning from home By Murray Green

In a note to parents and guardians of Battle River School Division students, superintendent of schools Rita Marler outlined plans for March 30. “We have worked to ensure the continuity of student learning remains the focus during this turbulent time. Alberta Education has made a few announcements including Grade 12 diploma exams have been cancelled, for both April and June. As was stated earlier, Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement Tests (PATs) are also cancelled,” she said in her note. There is additional information about the amount of school work students can expect to receive from their teachers. It estimates that students up to Grade 6 should be spending about five hours per week on school work, while students in Grades 7 to 9 should aim for 10 hours and high school students should plan for about three hours per course. There is more detail in the government’s update, including a list of online learning resources you may wish to check out. “We have received several questions from parents about purchasing chromebooks for their children to use while education is being offered in this home-based format. Please understand that you are not expected to purchase any additional resources. If digital learning is not appropriate or accessible to your family, teachers will happily provide paper information and resources.” However, if you are considering a purchase, the technology department encourages you to think about every chrome device (Chromebook, Chromebox, Chromebase, Chromebit) receives regular updates from Google until it reaches its Auto Update Expiration (“AUE”) date. When a device reaches

AUE, automatic software updates from Google will no longer be provided. This means that any device past its AUE date will be more of a security risk than it was before that date. The device will continue to function, but operating system and security updates are not guaranteed. When looking to purchase, it is prudent to look at the list of device models and dates to determine how much time is left before the device reaches its AUE date. During spring break school staff will not be available. They will all return on Monday, March 30. “That’s when you can expect assignments and learning resources for all school-age children to be shared. I am reminded, once again, that the reason for this disruption is to help keep students, families, staff, communities safe and well,” said Marler. “Our BRSD team is doing its best to be flexible and responsive as the situation changes, to help ensure education can continue.”


TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the City of Camrose, in the Province of Alberta, has given first reading to Borrowing Bylaw 3083-20 which will, upon final passage and approval, authorize the proper officers of the said City of Camrose to borrow monies from Alberta Capital Finance Authority or another authorized financial institution by way of debenture issues, to pay for the cost of financing the following project: Bylaw 3083-20 – New Wastewater Treatment Plant The total estimated cost of the aforesaid project is $43,300,000 per the amounts outlined below: Grants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,680,000 Reserves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $21,350,000 Offsite Levies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$11,270,000 Total Cost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $43,300,000 The total net amount to be borrowed for the above project on the credit and security of the City at large by the issuance of debenture is $21,950,000. The debenture is repayable to the Alberta Capital Finance Authority or another authorized financial institution for a period of 20 years, the annual interest rate is not to exceed 9.0%, or the interest rate as fixed from time to time by the Alberta Capital Finance Authority or another authorized financial institution. The Council of the City of Camrose has determined that 100% of the total amount to be borrowed will be repaid on credit of the City of Camrose at large and funded from rates on water and wastewater accounts sufficient to pay all amounts associated with the borrowing under this Bylaw. NOW THEREFORE NOTICE is hereby given by the Council of the City of Camrose that, unless a petition of the electors is received as provided for by the terms of Section 231 of the Municipal Government Act, the said Council may pass the borrowing bylaws. All persons interested are hereby notified and they are required to govern themselves accordingly. The bylaws may be inspected at the office of the Deputy City Manager. Dated at the City of Camrose, in the Province of Alberta this 17th day of March, 2020. The last date of publication of this notice is March 24, 2020. Kim Isaak, Deputy City Manager 5204-50 Avenue, Camrose, Alberta T4V 0S8 Pursuant to Section 1(i) of the Municipal Government Act an “elector” means: A person who is eligible to vote in the election for a councillor under the Local Authorities Election Act. Pursuant to Section 47 (1) of the Local Authorities Election Act, a person is eligible to vote in an election if the person:

✔ Is at least 18 years old ✔ Is a Canadian citizen ✔ Resides in Alberta and the person’s place of residence is located in the local jurisdiction on election day.

A petition may be made by the City of Camrose electors equal in number to at least 10% of the population in accordance with the provisions of Section 223(2)(a) of the Municipal Government Act. The petition for a vote must be received by the City Manager within (15) days after the last date of the publication of this notice and shall contain on each page “an identical statement of the purpose of the petition”. (Further requirements of the petition are provided in Section 224 of the Municipal Government Act.)

Lavonne shares her expertise with the world By Murray Green

Famous Beverly Hills labour nurse and birth coach to some of the Hollywood stars, Sarah Lavonne has ties to Camrose. Popular medical show The Doctors asked Sarah to be on the screen to talk about her expertise in childbirth. She is the daughter of Sandra Miller, who was born in Camrose to Lavona and Ordean Broen. “We live in Minnesota, but Sarah has been a nurse in Los Angeles for about 13 years. A couple of years ago, she left the hospital setting to start her own company. She also has a pretty popular YouTube channel with something like 64,000 subscribers. It is growing very quickly,” shared Sandra. “She has

viewers from 130 countries seeking childbirth education. That is how The Doctors show found her.” Sarah is a board-certified labour and delivery nurse, certified childbirth educator, certified lactation educator counselor and nurse. “She is a live birth coach, so she attends to mothers in the Los Angeles area as well as provides online education classes. She is considered a social influencer in the field of childbirth education. She was asked to come on the show in March because one of the hosts (Dr. Travis Stork, from the show The Bachelor) is expecting a baby,” said Sandra. Sarah’s business Birth Bundle provides coach-

ing, education and support to transform your outlook on your birth and help you to have a positive birth memory. “A lot of her clientele are celebrities, so it is not uncommon for her to be spending a lot of time with people that are famous and household names. She has talked to a producer who was pitching ideas to her; so it has been a running joke in the family that she will end up on television one day.” Sarah helps pregnant women and their partners decrease their anxiety about childbirth so they can have a confident, empowered birth experience. “As a parent, I’m proud of her because she is contributing to spread education.

The fact that she can positively influence the world about childbirth is great. It is about helping the average person, or a poor person, not just the celebrities,” said Sandra. Sarah shares her expert, compassionate nursing directly to mothers. Sarah has attended more than 5,000 births. Your biggest moment is her biggest passion. Her mission is to bundle you with meaningful coaching, the-real-deal education and support so that you can have a confident, empowered birth experience. “Her videos are free and a resource around the world. But she was excited to be in the Paramount Studios.”

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Extending helping hands By Lori Larsen

Now more than ever, communities need to band together to help those less fortunate and provide for the most vulnerable. Camrose residents are encouraged to donate where they can to organizations such as Camrose Neighbor Aid Center, Camrose Open Door and Camrose Women’s Shelter.

support. “This is an unexpected time and Neighbor Aid needs the support of our community more than ever to serve our most vulnerable population. Camrose Neighbor Aid will be open as long as we are capable.” Items needed at the Food Bank in order of importance include: canned peaches /pears /

Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Camrose Neighbor Aid Center program director Jo-Anne Tweed holds up a few of the items they are in need of to help fill the shelves, which helps fill the hunger in our community.

With the latest news on COVID-19 more and more people in our communities are finding themselves temporarily out of work and in need of some assistance. Camrose Neighbor Aid Center program director Jo-Anne Tweed appreciates all the community

fruit, dried spaghetti/macaroni, canned tuna/chicken/ham, mushroom/chicken noodle/vegetable soup, brown beans in tomato sauce, soup crackers, minute rice, baby food and formula, canned mixed vegetables / c or n / st ewed and whole tomatoes, peanut butter, jam, powdered

milk, cereals with less sugar and packet oatmeal. Hyg iene products include: toilet paper, shampoo, bar soap, t o o t hp a s t e , toothbrushes and sanitary napkins/tampons. Specific items for children lunches include: juice boxes, granola bars, fruit cups, pudding cups and applesauce. “Neighbor Aid’s hamper numbers have been fluctuating over the past few months, however, have not increased a great deal as a result of the COVID-19; time will tell,” said Tweed. “New clients requesting a hamper are required to call the Neighbor Aid office to set up a time for a Needs Assessment at 780679-3220.” Monetary donations may be mailed to Camrose Neighbor Center, Box 1936, Camrose, AB T4V 1X8 and On-Line Donations can be done at CanadaHelps.org. For anyone wishing to donate non-perishable products drop them off at Neighbor Aid at 4524, 54 Street. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Other vulnerable people in our community include youth at risk that are being cared for and supported at the Open Door and women and children who have had to seek shelter at the Camrose Women’s Shelter because of domestic violence. Every little bit helps and your generosity and kindness could make the difference in the lives of others in our community.

Murray Green, Camrose Booster Top photo. Camrose Swans and Roses Lions Club director Garry Cunningham, left, and Larry Sharuga, right, presented Meals on Wheels director Maria Lobreau with $500 on March 11 to assist with the program. Bottom photo. Camrose Swans and Roses Lions Club members Mary Cunningham, left, and Gloria Sharuga presented Camrose and District Neighbor Aid Center program director Jo-Anne Tweed with $500 on March 19, to assist with stocking the Food Bank shelves.

BRCF helping out the Food Bank The Battle River Community Foundation awarded a grant of $7,000 to assist in filling the shelves at the Camrose Neighbor Aid Center (Food Bank) in a time when the need may be especially great. The grant is from income from the Bob and Leslie Bell Fund, the Bert and Sharon Bromley Family Fund and the Community Fund. “During this time of uncertainty with COVID-19, we will allow existing clients to designate an alternate to pick up their hamper if they are ill or self isolating,” said Camrose Neighbor Aid Center program coordinator Jo-Anne Tweed. The Battle River Community Foundation, celebrating the 25th anniversary, exists to support 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 Neighbor Aid Center. To learn more about Neighbor Aid Center contact program director Jo-Anne Tweed at 780-679-3220. To learn more about the Battle River Community Foundation, contact Dana Andreassen, executive director, at 780679-0449.



By Lori Larsen

Submitted BRCF executive director Dana Andreassen, left presented the funds to Camrose Neighbor Aid Center program director Jo-Anne Tweed.

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HeydenKaye brings his energy to LPAC By Murray Green

Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye is the new marketing and sponsorship coordinator at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre. Heyden-Kaye enrolled in photography at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts before getting married and then moved to Alberta. “My wife is from Drumheller, so we moved to Alberta. I took a job at the Ponoka News. I was actually born in Africa and then my parents moved to Vancouver Island and eventually to Boston where I grew up,” explained Jeff. Now he has two children, one in Grade 8 and another in Grade 10. His wife works at the Ponoka ParentLink Centre. “I worked my way up to the editor position. I was also heavily involved in the community, board chair of the library and a volunteer firefighter,” he continued. “Over the past few years, I have been taking public relations classes through long distance learning at the University of Calgary. My last class should be finished in April.” He began searching for a position that would put his public relation skills to use. “When I first saw an ad that the Lougheed Centre was looking for someone, I was excited to apply. I’m a big fan of the arts and took pictures for the Calgary Jazz Festival. My wife is involved in plays and we like arts, music especially. It seemed like a good fit for me. When you work in a smaller community and for a newspaper, you develop public relation skills as well. That is one of the things I loved in that position and again in this position,” Jeff said. “I really like Camrose because it is such a welcoming community. I want to get involved in the community and that is exciting for me.” He praised the staff at the Lougheed Centre for laying a great foundation. “I knew that I was making a small change with more public relations. My goal, to start with, is carry on where Tanya Patullo left off and work with general manager Nick Beach to continue the growth. I will be enhancing the social media presence as well,” said Jeff.

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“It’s been an incredible working experience already. It is good timing because I can finish off the season, and then help plan the new season. It has allowed me to take some ownership of next season.” He is examining which shows were popular, how people purchased tickets and understanding the

market. “It’s getting an understanding of that information and tracking it. The Lougheed Centre has a lot of good things to talk about. We have a lot of good shows and we want people to know about them.” He said the team at the Lougheed Centre has been great to work with and has made him feel comfortable.

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Rising to the occasion

A friend pointed out, “It is remarkable how one little virus can have such an impact on the world and our technology. My first observation of the news is that there could well be a nuclear war going on right now somewhere, but it is no longer a front page news story and it won’t get any coverage.” COVID-19 has now reached even East Central Alberta. The pressures and stressors are coming, not only from the virus, but also from the precautions intended to contain the virus. Schools and child care centres are closed. Some people are trying to work from home with little kids running around. Hundreds of events are cancelled; lots of disappointment. Small businesses and farms–already facing tough times–expect even sharper income drops. The pressures and stressors are not eased by the climate of fear and uncertainty that seems to be most everywhere. And no wonder. Not one of us, anywhere on the planet, has experienced this exact situation before. There are experts, like Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, who know how best to prevent the spread of a virus. However, nobody has complete expertise in how to handle a global pandemic, with impacts worldwide and in our personal lives. We are all in new territory, making it up as we go along. ***

Speaking of global, my niece who teaches in an international school in Singapore checked in with her Canadian relatives. “We are good here in Singapore. The government has handled everything very smoothly so far. This last week, our cases have risen quite quickly, though, so more border control and social distancing have been put in place today. We submit our temperature two times per day for school and we take it again at bedtime. We’ve been doing this for about six weeks so we have very good data on what our body temperature normally looks like. We have been at school until now and generally kids have been more healthy than they ever have due to an insane amount of handwashing and parents also being so vigilant that even a runny nose means you stay at home. The government is being very cautious to close schools as they really believe it is one of the safest places for children. The uptick of numbers the last three days has been quite big though, mainly travellers returning home, so we anticipate much more stringent rules very shortly. The people here seem to be following the rules. About six weeks ago, there was one day everyone hoarded toilet paper. The prime minister sent a message stating to stop and the next day everyone stopped. It is quite a rule-abiding country generally.”


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Make Alberta Great Again! This borrowed slogan captures our attention especially in tough economic times, at least until COVID-19 shifts our focus. I wonder if the sentiment: “make Alberta great again” is better expressed as “make Alberta extraordinarily rich, again!” The stock market and feuding oil producers, along with other external financial forces, have taken away much of our once incredible provincial wealth. However, the only way that genuine “greatness” is really lost, is when we, as individuals, or as a society, choose to surrender or trade it in. Alberta greatness is very much evident when a local farm producer (who himself is fighting off the current agricultural monetary crises) makes a discreet offer to give food,

free of charge, to those suffering hunger because of COVID-19. The negative converse of this positive equation is sadly visible in the choices of those carpetbaggers who viciously exploit health fears and supply shortages, in order to make a gouging profit from their panicked neighbours. The farm family members, mentioned in this piece, distance themselves from all narcissistic photo ops and self-glorifying sound bytes. Their motivation, for making this generous offer, is firmly moored to their hope-filled Christian realism: a vibrant spiritual faith yoked to real time action. They are fine citizens of a strong Alberta. Psalm 91. Father Jacques Vaillancourt, Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church, Camrose

Tax season

The 2019 tax season is now upon us and the issue of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax rebate is now front and centre of every tax return. I have found out that in July my wife and I will be getting a rebate one time only from the federal government. Now, we all do agree that something has to be done in order to reduce our carbon footprint. Why does it always have to be the poor who have to take the cuts to what little we do get? Why not the huge companies who produce a larger carbon print than the poor worker who is hardly making ends meet? I do believe the government is going after the wrong people. Lorne Vanderwoude, Camrose

Farmers’ market at Augustana helps students with shopping By Murray Green

University of Alberta Augustana Campus students not only enjoy products sold at the Camrose Campus Farmers’ Market, they have been studying the market. A Farmers’ Market

study was prepared by a group of Augustana students for their Applications in Sustainability Class. Students love the location, local products, atmosphere, quality of items and the variety of businesses. Feedback was given

on how the market could improve. The most popular answers were more vendors and providing music. The market that is normally held at Augustana on Saturdays, is temporary closed until further notice.


So what do we do when we don’t know what to do? Our best. In this case, the practical actions are within everyone’s power. 1. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. 2.  Stay home as much as possible. 3.  Avoid large gatherings and try to stay about two metres away from others. 4.  If you have signs of fever or coughing, self-isolate, as Dr. Hinshaw did when she had signs of a cold. Those are the practical actions. We can also do our best to be our best with one another. Quoting Dr. Hinshaw: “As a third generation Albertan, one thing I know is that we pull together to help our neighbours, from opening our communities to those fleeing from forest fires to pitching in to help clean up after floods…whatever the future of coronavirus, we are stronger together. Don’t let the virus divide us. The days and months ahead will be difficult for all of us. We need to face this pandemic together and respond to this extraordinary crisis with extraordinary kindness. I want to remind Albertans: it is together that we will overcome.” ***

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Murray Green, Camrose Booster Camrose Swans and Roses Lions Club members Jim Taylor, left, and Larry Sharuga presented Service Options For Seniors (SOS) vice-president Lee Krueger with $500 on March 17 to assist with programs.

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New guidelines are in place for how students will learn while in-school classes are cancelled due to the provincial health emergency. Students are expected to be learning regular classroom material starting March 30 in the local area. The government has worked with the Alberta School Boards Association, the College of Alberta School Superintendents, the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Association of Independent Schools and Colleges of Alberta, to identify how to continue teacherdirected learning for students across Alberta. “This approach was developed with a focus on the safety of our staff and students, ensuring resources continue to f low to the education system and providing boards with the f lexibility required to meet the unique needs of their students,” said Adriana LaGrange, minister of education. “I want to thank every Albertan involved in our province’s education system. Everyone has come together to chart a path forward as part of our COVID-19 response – teachers, support staff, superintendents, administrators, elected trustees, parents, education associations, the provincial government and many others. It is important that Albertans know that we are all working towards the same goal– to provide the best possible learning situation for our students during this very challenging and unprecedented time.” For all kindergarten to Grade 12 students, school authorities will offer athome learning opportunities, either through online means or through other accommodations, such as course packages and telephone check-ins. Government expects that every student, regardless of their geographic location or socioeconomic status, will continue to learn while in-school classes across the province are cancelled.” For Grades 4 to 6, education content will continue to focus on language/literacy and mathematics /numeracy outcomes and there will be an opportunity to incorporate science and social

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Winiarski turns truck into family projects By Murray Green

Mark Winiarski of Camrose owns a 1978 GMC Sierra Classic truck. “My daughter Danika and I picked up this truck about six years ago and started building it. This is what we have come up with so far,” said Mark. “I’ve always been a Chevy fan and have always liked the square bodies— the looks and lines. When I came upon this one it was at a good time and a good place to start,” said Mark. “It has a four bolt main 355 engine making about 485 horsepower. It is lowered six and five inches. I built a make-shift tunnel cover for it and put on new exhaust,” recalled Mark. “Everything else is fairly factory on it. The interior is still factory, but there are things that need to be touched up a bit.” The truck features a three-speed transmission. “I’d like to add a super charger or turbo set-up because this truck will be in the family for a long time,” said Mark. “I’m looking for a little more power. This truck’s is good, but not quite enough,” he laughed. “I used some pieces from my first truck such as wheels, steering wheel and tach. It was a 1991, so newer than this. I just wanted to have an older and cooler truck.” Danika assisted on


Murray Green, Camrose Booster Mark Winiarski of Camrose upgraded a 1978 GMC truck to give his daughter and himself a project to complete together. He said that giving up the keys one day will be a tough one. Mark enjoys going to car shows in the summer.

cleaning parts, helped with tools and odd jobs. “The plan at first was for my daughter to take over the truck, but I may have some trouble giving up the keys,” he said. He knows that he may have to add more vehicles for his younger


The third-generation pickups were offered in several equipment level packages or trim packages. Chevrolet/GMC used various names for the trim levels throughout the vehicle’s life cycle and some were rearranged in their class order. The base trims were Custom Deluxe/Sierra, mid-range trims were Scottsdale/Sierra Grande, luxury trims were Cheyenne/ High Sierra, and the top-of-the-line luxury trim levels were now known as Silverado/Sierra Classic. Soft touch materials were used throughout the passenger cabin, such as the dashboard, doors (arm rests), steering wheel, and shift levers. Subtle grained interior panels and bright metal work was used on the inside with high-quality materials also used on the outside, like chrome, aluminium, and polished stainless steel, particularly on top-of-the-line luxury Silverado or Sierra Classic trim levels. Custom Vinyl vinyl or soft Custom Cloth cloth and velour seating surfaces were used along with fabric headliners, door inserts, and plush carpeting, depending on the trim level. Upper class trim levels also used acoustic deadening materials for quieter ride comfort. The wood grain inserts were replaced by bright brushed aluminium inserts for model years 1978 to 1987.

children. Fixing trucks is addicting, that’s for sure.” C/K is a series of trucks that were manufactured by General Motors. Marketed under the Chevrolet and GMC brands, the C/K series included a wide range of vehicles. “My next project will be a 1950s truck, ideally. I’m a mechanic, so I do the work myself. The 1978 body was painted 15 years ago and it was dull, so I polished as best as I could. I was going to paint it, but there is enough flake in it that I will leave it until I figure out what I would like to do with it. The truck has a few scratches to cover,” said Mark. “Some day it will be perfect.” While most commonly associated with pickup trucks, the model line also included medium-duty and heavy trucks. “C” denoted a two-wheel drive; “K” denoted four-wheel drive. All 1978 models got new, flatter dash trim panels, black on the lower two trims and aluminum-look on the fancier two. Base models received the flatter

stainless hubcaps. The gas tank was moved from the right side to the left, and stepsides got new squaredoff taillights with builtin backup lights and side markers, while the rear fenders were smoothed out where the old side mark-

ers were. Fuel doors were added on models equipped with a bed to hide the previously exposed fuel caps. The Rounded-Line generation ultimately ran for a lengthy 15 model years (1973–87).

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Maxine Dorothy Cole (nee McCallum) September 12, 1945 ~ March 14, 2020 Maxine Dorothy Cole (McCallum) was born on September 12, 1945 in Vegreville, Alberta, to parents Malcolm James and Dorothy Elizabeth (Pugh) McCallum. The family lived on the farm that was homesteaded by their grandparents Malcolm and Margaret McAllister at Beaver Lake. Maxine completed her schooling at Mundare School. After graduating, she attended college in Vermilion where she met Allan Cole. They were married in 1965 in Camrose, Alberta. To this union, four children were born: Barry, Patrick, Colleen and Phillip. Maxine enjoyed watching her children participate in their activities. Some of the best times of her life were spent at the ball park, watching her kids playing with The Camrose Merchants fastball teams. Later, she became her grandchildren’s biggest fan as they played ball, hockey or ran in races.  Maxine had many interests. She enjoyed stamping, crocheting, acrylic painting and was an avid reader. She loved her flowers and could often be seen in the yard. Maxine had a strong interest in genealogy and spent countless hours researching her family tree. Maxine believed strongly in community involvement. Over the years, she volunteered in numerous ways, including the New Norway Recreation Association, the Silver Creek Ag Society, the Rose City Bingo Association, and the National Farmers’ Union. She was very proud of the work that she completed with the Beaver Lake Cairn Historical Society. Maxine enjoyed working in various office positions over the years. She was meticulous in her final job as proofreader at the Camrose Booster and was sad that her health forced her to leave ‘the gang’. Relationships with people were important to Maxine, whether it was family, extended family, or friends. She often gave of her time generously, and was always willing to listen. In her humble way, she did not often realize the difference she was making. Maxine passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the age of 74 years. Maxine is survived by her children Barry of Camrose (Jamie, Aleshia and Madison), Patrick and Candace of Sherwood Park (Austin and Autumn), Colleen and Brian MacDonald of Rosalind (Ben, Kate, and Mac), and Phil of Edmonton; and great-grandchildren Lilly, Noah and Arlo. She is also survived by her brother Bruce McCallum of Victoria, BC; her brother-in-law Art Nicholson of Calgary, Alberta; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her husband (Allan), parents (Malcolm and Dorothy), sister (Margaret), and sister-in-law (Margaret). Maxine will forever be remembered for her generosity, energy and commitment to others. Due to Alberta Health Regulations, a private family service was held.  If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions in Maxine’s memory may be made to STARS, Louise Jensen Care Centre. To send condolences, please visit www.burgarfuneralhome.com.

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George Gialet George Gialet of Ferintosh, AB, passed away on March 11, 2020, at the age of 87 years. He is survived by his family Danny (Susan), Gary (Lorna) and Cheryl (Al); grandchildren Charles, Josh, Dawn, Alan, Jenna, Arin and Holly; as well as eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation or to S.T.A.R.S.

GRYWALSKI, Dr. Stanley November 7, 1929 ~ Airdrie, Alberta March 17, 2020 ~ Calgary, Alberta Stanley Grywalski of Calgary, AB, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the age of 90 years, after suffering heart failure. He is survived by his brother, Dr. Alek (Betty) Grywalski; and by friends locally and in Camrose. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph, in March of 1985; and by his mother, Mary, in May of 1978. Born in Airdrie, his family moved to Anthracite and he attended elementary and junior high schools in Banff. He then completed high school in Red Deer. He obtained his B.A., B.Ed., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He commenced his teaching career with Calgary Public in 1956 and served on staff at a number of high schools. In 1971, he became Superintendent of Schools for the County of St. Paul, and in 1973, moved to Camrose to serve in the same capacity for Camrose Roman Catholic #60. While living in Camrose, he was an A member of the Rotary Club and supporter of the Royal Canadian Legion. In retirement, he found time to travel and especially enjoyed the month-long trips with his brother to Poland, Austria and Hungary. Also, short trips were taken to California, Arizona, British Columbia and Hawaii. Much of his time was spent gardening, studying Canadian history, current events and exchanging of ideas with the “Brothers” at the North Hill Mall. A Celebration of Stanley’s Life will be held at a later date. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Stanley’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. In living memory of Stanley Grywalski, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone 403-243-8200.

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Anna Rhoda Fossen May 18, 1919 ~ February 16, 2020 Anna Rhoda Fossen was born on May 18, 1919 at Hastings Coulee, Alberta. She grew up on the family farm with her brother Perry. She worked hard on the farm helping her parents and climbing on top of the hip roof barn. In 1941, she married Einar Fossen and continued to work hard and raise her family. In 1997, she moved to Camrose and built a new home and lived there until her passing. Left to mourn her passing are her children Rhoda (Neil) Kruchten, Einar (Elaine), Pat (Gordon) McTavish and Alan (Mona); fourteen grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, greatgreat-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Einar in 1996, her parents and brother. Rest in peace, Mum. The family of Rhonda Fossen would like to express our deep appreciation to family and friends for the kindness shown, food, flowers and memorial donations. Thank you to the EMS who took her to St. Mary’s Hospital, the doctors and staff in emergency. Also, thank you to Dr. Clarke and staff at the Royal Alex Hospital for the great care given to her. A special thank you to Rev. Hunter for the lovely service, to Colin Yuha and Burgar Funeral Home for their care and understanding, and the ladies for the lovely lunch. In lieu of thank you cards, a donation has been made to Fairview Cemetery (Hastings Coulee) in Rhoda’s name. – Rhoda’s Family

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Donna Mary Pudlowski February 21, 1947 ~ March 15, 2020 Donna Pudlowski, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away suddenly at home in Daysland on March 15, 2020, at the age of 73. Donna was born in Galahad on February 21,1947 to Frances and Dominic Gamroth. She married the love of her life, Peter Pudlowski, from Kopernick District on November 12, 1966, and then took over the family farm in 1967. They were blessed with four children Stan, Dan, Tim and Rosanne. Donna spent many hours cooking for their hungry farm kids and relaxing in the rock garden. In 2004, they sold the family farm and moved into Daysland. It took some time for them to adjust to living in town, but it was comforting to have the church and hospital nearby. Donna spent her time reading “storybooks” and giving a lot of love to her flowers and plants. We often teased her that she could soon open her own greenhouse. Left to cherish her memory are her children Stan (Marj) of Camrose, Dan (Janine) of Camrose, Tim of Camrose, and Rosanne of Camrose; grandchildren Erik, Dylan and Cassidy; step-grandchildren Tyrone (Jen) Wnuk and Angela (Kirk) Ziefflie; five step-greatgrandchildren; siblings Jane (Glen) Rogoski, David (Cathy) Gamroth, Gerard (Lorelei) Gamroth and Angie (Al) Dietz; sister-in-law Marie Gamroth; and numerous nieces and nephews. Donna was predeceased by her husband Peter, father Dominic, mother Frances, stepmother Mary and brother Peter. Due to Alberta Health Regulations, a private family service was held. If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions in Donna’s memory may be made to Centra Cam. To send condolences, please visit www.burgarfuneralhome.com.

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Serving your community for over 110 years Neilson, Rose Marie Irene (nee: Banack) 1950 ~ 2020 It is with profound sadness that the family of Rose Marie Irene (Banack) Neilson announces her peaceful passing on March 19, 2020, at the age of 69 years. Rose was born on July 16, 1950, in Camrose, Alberta. Among her many talents were sewing, knitting, cross stitching, quilting, flower arranging and ballroom dancing. She also loved the outdoors, and in the summer spent many weekends enjoying her family while out camping and fishing. When it was too cold to be outdoors, she’d love to bake cookies, make tea, and throw on a Disney movie or figure skating while creating something with her sewing machine. She was a dedicated blood donor and would even donate platelets. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 42 years, Bob; children, Jennifer (Paul) and Cory (Emilee); and five grandchildren. She will also be missed by numerous relatives and friends. In light of the escalating health crisis, travel restrictions and government guidelines, the family has had to accept that we are currently unable to give Rose the send-off that she deserves. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date. To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley. com. Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home St. Albert Chapel Phone 780-458-2222

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Myrtle Kushnerick On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Myrtle Kushnerick was called to be with her Lord at the age of 98 years. Myrtle was born in Kopernick, Alberta on August 29, 1921. She is survived by her son Jerry Kushnerick; daughterin-law Jane Kushnerick; grandchildren Kristopher (Shalee) Kushnerick, Nicole (Clay) Gunderson and Traci Kushnerick; great-grandchildren Zane, Rhea, Nicholas and Archer; sisters Mable Wynnyck, Elsie (Ray) Holyk and Jennie Babie; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. Myrtle was predeceased by her husband Nick Kushnerick; son Robert Kushnerick; parents Mary and Prokop Faryna; brother Dave (Josie) Faryna; and sister Dora Faryna. Myrtle was a grain and Hereford cattle farmer south of Ryley, with her husband and sons. She was an avid curling fan and loved to be in her garden and flowers. Myrtle committed a lot of her free time to St. Gregory’s Church in Holden. She was a passionate baker and spoiler of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the long term care staff at the Tofield Health Centre for their tremendous care during the last few years of Myrtle’s life. Myrtle will be laid to rest at St. Anthony Cemetery in Edmonton next to her husband Nick. An interment service will take place at St. Anthony Cemetery in Edmonton. In light of the current gathering restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in Myrtle’s memory can be made to the Tofield Health Centre.

Doreen Olive Haugen February 22, 1928 ~ March 16, 2020 Doreen was born to Donald and Agnes Campbell in Round Hill, Alberta on February 22, 1928. She was one of 12 children; as she grew up in their busy home, she reveled in brotherly and sisterly antics, contributed to daily life through cooking and sewing, and made memories she cherished a lifetime. She married the love of her life, Hilmer Haugen, on October 26, 1948, and their eyes twinkled for each other for more than 40 years. Together, they raised four children on a farm near Lake Demay. Between keeping up with the kids, running a household, and helping with the farm, Doreen embraced the fun times with her immediate brood and ever-growing extended family. The couple moved to Camrose in 1976, settled into town life, and started their next chapter as grandparents. As a proud baba, grandma and great-grandma, Doreen made treasured memories that ranged from tea parties and nature walks, to camping and hosting countless sleepovers. She loved giving kisses and watching the grandchildren grow. Doreen will be fondly remembered for her quiet strength, kindness, graciousness, compassion, love of laughter and helping hands. Whether it was special celebrations, community gatherings, WI, coffee dates, travelling or simple visits – as a wife, mother, baba and grandma, daughter, sister, auntie, cousin, friend, or neighbour – she adored being involved in the lives of those she loved. Left to keep Doreen’s memory are her children Maureen (Johnny) Boychuk, Randy (Teri) Haugen and Rick Haugen; grandchildren Lana (Dave) Froehler, Warren (Julie) Boychuk, Jackie (Adam) Newstead, Julie Haugen (Josh), Shane (Melissa) Haugen, Stacey (Bennett) Lyster and Sarah Haugen; great-grandchildren Chloe, Jackson, Brady, Riley, Emily, Reid, Harper, Hope, Sam, Rosie and Simon; sister Shirley Stensrud; brothers Stewart (Jeanne) Campbell and Lester (Donna) Campbell; sister-in-law Marion Campbell; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Doreen’s remarkable resilience was portrayed as she endured the losses of her daughter Maxine and husband Hilmer. She is also predeceased by her parents; son-in-law Bud Kiriak; brothers Albert, Tommy, Donald, Bob, George, William and James; sister Margaret; and many beloved relatives and friends. A private family service will be held, with a celebration of life to be held at a later date. If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions in Doreen’s name can be made to the Huntington Society of Canada or the Cross Cancer Institute through the Alberta Cancer Foundation. To send condolences, please visit www.burgarfuneralhome.com.

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Defend yourself against scams

By Damien C. Kurek, MP, Battle River-Crowfoot

In recent months, scam artists have escalated their attacks on everyday citizens by claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency. These scams usually comprise of someone being contacted by email, phone, text message, or mail claiming to be an agent of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The criminal will claim that you owe money to the CRA and if you do not pay this money, you will go to prison or jail. They will then request that you send funds to them. The fake agents will state that they will accept bitcoin, gift cards, or any other alternative form of currency for payment. If you find yourself in this situation, stop speaking with them immediately and call the Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report them online at www.antifraudcentre.ca. These scams, which have now been widely reported in the media, have resulted in many Canadians losing hundreds of millions of dollars. Law enforcement has been cracking down on illegal call centres who use the guise of the CRA to steal from Canadians every year. Late last year, police in India arrested 32 CRA imposters who had drained Canadians of their hard-earned money. While the authorities have made great efforts to curb this illegal activity, Canadians need to be aware of the methods of fraud in order to protect themselves. We must be on the lookout for email phishing, fake-callers and other methods of theft. The best way to defend against fraud is to arm yourself with knowledge. These attacks can be thwarted by knowing the following: The Canada Revenue Agency will not demand immediate payment by Interac e-transfer, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards from retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, or others. The Canada Revenue Agency will not use aggressive language and threaten to send you to the police or jail. The Canada Revenue Agency will not ask for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s license. The Canada Revenue Agency will not leave voice mails that are threatening or give personal or financial information. The Canada Revenue Agency will not email you a link asking you to fill in an online form with personal or financial details. The CRA is an important institution working hard to maintain the integrity of our taxation system. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a call, email and other forms of contact with the CRA, you can reach out to someone you trust, go into a local bank or government office, or feel free to contact your MP. Together we can help make sure that we and those close to us don’t become victims. You can find more information on how to defend yourself against fraud at the website www.canada.ca/ en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourselfagainst-fraud.html. Thanks to the diligent and relentless efforts of the RCMP and other law enforcement agencies, scams are being minimized. By being vigilant, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from being victimized. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this column you are encouraged to write Damien at 494550th Street, Camrose, Alberta, T4V 1P9, call toll-free 1-800-665-4358, text 403.575-5625, or e-mail damien. kurek@parl.gc.ca. You can also stay up to date with what Damien is up to by following him on social media @dckurek.

Keep them busy and learning By Lori Larsen

With students prohibited from attending school and the temporary closures of licenced day care facilities and other facilities (due to COVID-19 proactive measures) there is a little extra energy around many Camrose and area households these days. The following are a few suggestions on how to keep children busy. Re-discover outdoors

Bundle children up and take them outside to play in the snow and build snow forts or other structures which will require them to use analytical and building skills. Go for hikes and learn about nature. Identify trees and shrubs, birds and other species of wildlife. Learn to snowshoe or ski. If you don’t own sets then help children to build makeshift sets. Play an old fashioned game of hide and seek or tag. This will teach children how to count and every time they are tagged have them spell a word. Have an outdoor obstacle course encouraging children to use what is at

mix it up so children do not become bored. Dance, yoga, aerobics, skipping, obstacle course, running on the spot or using exercise equipment(with monitoring for younger children.) Create craft projects many of which require skills in measuring, cutting, colouring, drawing and building. You can even develop mechanical skills by making actual working objects. Have a painting party where children can create their own works of art. Work with pets including play time but also training, feeding and cleaning. This teaches children responsibility and patience. Do some spring cleaning and organizing. Now would be a good time to take inventory. Not only will this develop important organizational skills but can teach children the value of recyling, repurposing, reusing and giving away. Pull out the board games or cards and have a family round robin of games. A variety of games can improve reading, math, geography, spelling, critical thinking and very important good sportsmanship.

Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster It was all aboard the snow train/fort for these Camrosian children. Pictured front to back Paige Norrie (4 years old), Will Norrie (6 years old), Joe Nanias (4 years old), Olivia Norrie (peeking out of snow fort 8 years old) and Teckla Nanias (5 years old.) They had no problem at all finding fun ways to amuse themselves during an extended Spring Break.

hand, such as wood, branches even snow. When playing outdoors caution children to be mindful of motor vehicle traffic, not go into isolated areas and stay away from larger gatherings, public places and parks. Until further notice all City of Camrose playgrounds have been closed as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Staying indoors.

Build a cardboard box for blanket fort, doing so will develop math, problem solving and physics skills. Set up a treasure hunt and at each hidden spot have a riddle, question or problem for them to solve. Bake and cook together, doing so provides lessons in measurement, nutrition, identification of ingredients, temperatures and science of combining ingredients. E-visit other locations which will teach children not only geography but about other cultures. E-visit art galleries, museums, science centres, zoos, farms. A great resource available is Google Arts and Culture. Experiment with safe science, such as elephant toothpaste, erupting volcanos, making slime or play dough and many others that are available online. In all instances be sure to have parental guidance and use safety gear. Grab the video camera an make your own movies. Creating sets develops building skills, making costumes builds measuring and sewing skills, using scripts builds writing and reading and public speaking skills, filming and recording builds technology skills. Take time out of every day to incorporate some form of physical activity and

Put a puzzle together. Puzzles are especially good for developing motor skills for younger children and helping older children stay focused. Create fact sheets containing facts and pictures. Children will learn to look up information, investigate problems and solutions, draw, colour, read and write. Watch a good movie or children’s learning channels or nature shows. Once again parental guidance is key. Download worksheets to provide children with structural learning. Play music and sing along or practice musical instruments. Study the weather every day and have children record what they observe about the weather throughout the day. Start an indoor garden. All it takes is a little soil, some seeds and some disposable cups, jars or other containers. Write, write and write, whether that be journals, letters, stories, poetry, or even just sentences; it builds vital written communication skills and works on grammar and spelling. Read, read and read some more Even if it is on the computer or in a magazine or a recipe it will keep children reading. It is also very important to give children much needed down time. Allow them to have alone time away from parents and siblings and allow yourself some down time as well. Provide children with healthy snacks and make sure they stay hydrated with water or healthy beverages. Encourage imaginations. Take this unprecedented time in our world to reconnect with family and spend quality time together. The return on that investment will pay off tenfold.

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They said a mask and gloves were enough to go to the grocery store. They lied. Everyone else had clothes on. How long is this social distancing supposed to last? My husband keeps trying to get in the house.


So technically, showing up at the bank in a mask and gloves is now okay. Homeschooling is going well. Two students suspended for fighting and one teacher fired for drinking on the job. When we all come out of all of this, we will all be fat, alcoholics, pregnant or divorced. If you see me talking to myself this week, mind your own business. I’m having a parent-teacher conference. I’ve yet to decide where to spend the next couple of weeks of my vacation. I’m torn between my living room and my bedroom.

I never thought I would see the day when toilet paper would be worth more than western Canadian select oil. During this time period, I think I might wake up early and go running. I also think I might wake up and win the lottery. The odds are about the same.

So I asked Arnie, “Where did you find that toilet paper?” He said, “Aisle B, back.” (Read slowly!) In an unsettling reversal of my teenage years, I am now yelling at my parents for going out. We no longer want to know what introverts do for fun!

“Why is my sister’s name Paris, Dad?” “Because we conceived her in Paris.” “Thanks, Dad.” “No problem, Quarantine.” First time in history we can save the human race by laying in front of the TV and doing nothing. Let’s not screw this up. Having trouble forcing yourself to stay at home? Shave your eyebrows off! Now that we have everyone washing their hands correctly, next week: Turn Signals!

We will always remember the year 2000 as Y2K. I guess 2020 will be remembered as Y2 PLY In a pinch, coffee filters can be used as toilet paper. It does make the coffee taste a little odd though. I asked a Wild Rose Co-op worker where I could find the nuts. He said they’re in the toilet paper aisle. The devil went down to Walmart He was looking for a roll to steal. He was in a bind, clenching his behind, He was willing to make a deal.


For people who still aren’t taking COVID-19 seriously:

Please be aware of your words. Schools closing can be a big inconvenience and brings on stress. However, it is effecting your kids and their routine, too. Don’t let your kids hear you say you are dreading them being at home. Don’t let them feel like an inconvenience or a burden to you. You are their world and their safe place. Love them. Take time to play games with them and talk to them. They sense your fear and frustration. This is hard on them, too.


February 23 – 155 cases February 28 – 888 cases March 18 – 41,035 cases March 23 – 59,138 cases*

CANADA: March 13 – 150 cases March 19 – 801 cases March 23 – 1,432 cases*

*As of press time

Do your part for the good of everyone: Self monitor your health. Self isolate. Practice social distancing if you have to go out. Practice proper hygiene by washing your hands and not touching your face. Keep high-touch surfaces clean.

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Helpful Tips for Writing Classified Ads Which Get Results! Be Thorough

Sure you want your ad to stand out from the rest, but don’t skimp on the sort of information that sells. The item’s condition, size, age, brand name, and colour are some of the basics readers want to know. Without them, your ad may be overlooked.

Steer Clear of Abbreviations

Okay, so you want to include all the important basics. Don’t use strange abbreviations because our ads are designed to spell all the important details. Besides, you are not paying by the line, but by the word, so there is really no need to abbreviate.

Be Honest

Exaggerating your item’s finer points may bring in a lot of responses, but a buyer who’s misled won’t appreciate it and will take his business somewhere else.

State Your Price

The cost of an item is one of the most important concerns of want ad readers. Ads showing prices are ones which get results. Giving a price also serves to “weed out” those buyers not in your price range.

Be Accessible

Including a telephone number or address puts you in touch with potential buyers. Be sure to state the hours you can be reached: a caller who can’t get through the first time often won’t call again.

Don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or problems you may have regarding advertising. Our professionally trained sales staff know the ropes, and would be happy to pass their know-how on to you. That’s why we’re here to help you get the results you deserve.

Call 780-672-3142 4925-48 Street, Camrose ads@camrosebooster.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS EASTER HAM BINGO – Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., Round Hill Community Centre. Hosted by Round Hill Elks. Contact John, 780-672-6074 or Shawn, 780-914-5143.


UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH BAKE SALE – Sat., April 4, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Phone 780-672-2197. 5304-48A Avenue, “Little White Church on the Lake.” Something for everyone. Sponsored by Round Hill and Camrose parishes.


I WANT TO THANK – the staff at Seasons and Bethany Meadows, Spruce Cottage for the care and consideration provided to my dad, Calvin Johnson, during his stay there. Also, thanks to the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital for the great care my mother, Betty Johnson, received during her time there. Thank you to all those who took part in their funerals, to Burgar Funeral Home and to all my family, friends and neighbours for all their love and support during this time. ~ Stanley Johnson

PERSONAL LOST THAT LOVING FEELING? Find it with a personal ad in The Camrose Booster classifieds. Ph. 780-672-3142.

WANTED WILL ACCEPT OLD VEHICLES, machinery, scrap iron, etc. Car batteries (will pay for). Call 780-672-6917 or 780686-5211.

EMPLOYMENT WANTED 2ND BEST PAINTER IN TOWN – 30 years’ experience for all your painting needs. Call Rick the Painter, 780-672-0391.

SERVICES SELF-INKING STAMPS – Every shape, size, and colour. We deliver, right to your office. Camrose Booster Ltd., 4925-48 St., Camrose. Call us at 780-672-3142. DSS CONSTRUCTION Don’t put off those projects any longer! Give me a call and we can plan together. Devin Meakins, Ph. 780-853-1080 J.D.’s SMALL ENGINE REPAIR, SALES & SERVICE – Ph. 780-672-7649. R.J.’S CONSTRUCTION Renovations, bathrooms, additions and repairs. Garages, concrete work. Arborite and tiles. 20 years’ experience in Camrose Call Rob, 780-672-0521 JUNK TO THE DUMP – Free estimates. Garages, Basements, Yards, Light hauling. Tom – 780-678-1847. McTAVISH DELIVERIES LTD. Local and long distance moving Storage Insured and bonded Where your business is appreciated 780-672-5242, Camrose THE SHIRT OFF MY BACK TAILORING in Camrose Tues. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thurs. Evening and Sat.: By Appointment Closed: Sun., Mon. and Holidays Please call 780-672-4793

FOR RENT FOR RENT ADS NOW UPLOADED TO The Camrose Booster Website DAILY! CAMROSE MOOSE HALL FOR RENT Ideal for weddings, banquets, any celebration or special occasion. Call 780-672-2505

MAIN STREET RETAIL SPACE – Ground floor retail space located in high traffic, southerly area of Main Street, Camrose. Generous 1,664 sq. ft. of prime space at 486850 Street. Nicely decorated, air conditioned. $13.81/sq. ft./year, plus share of property taxes, utilities and insurance, boils out to $2,697.07 all-in monthly. Available immediately. Call Blain or Don at 780-672-3142, the fairest, most reasonable people in the business. Aspen Terrace 4920-66 Street Welcome Home! Our one and two bedroom suites include fridge, stove and full size washer & dryer IN-SUITE. We pay heat, water, and parking. Small dogs and cats welcome. Close to SAVE ON FOODS. Call today for availability 780-672-8681 ROOMS FOR RENT in the Scotney and Jacqueline character homes. Both are 2.5 blocks from university in Camrose. Clean, quiet and bright. Rent is $495 - $600 monthly plus DD and includes WiFi, utilities, recycle pick-up, yard care and snow removal. Partially furnished w/ shared laundry. (Some rooms are fully furnished for international students.) This is an affordable, quality accommodation that fills quickly. (Some rooms still available.) No partiers, smokers or pets allowed. Reduced rate over the summer for students. Please call Dave P., 780678-6163. GREEN GABLES – Bright and cheery 2-bedroom with balcony. 5 minute walk to downtown, walking trails. 780621-8495. APARTMENT FOR RENT – 5210-56 Street. 2-bedroom $900. DD $600. Water, heat, basic cable included. No pets, no partiers, no smokers. Call Andy 780-608-9427 or Andrea 587322-0732. EXECUTIVE SUITE – In quiet, well-maintained building, private area of town. 5 appliances. No students, no pets, no children, no smoking/partiers. 780-608-3131. FIRST MONTH FREE! 2-BEDROOM TOWNHOUSE – Spacious and bright, newer building. Located close to downtown amenities, walking paths. High efficiency furnace and ondemand hot water offer wonderful savings on utilities. Private balcony. Upgraded fixtures, cabinetry and flooring. Surround yourself with quiet, courteous neighbours in a friendly, clean neighbourhood. Local owner managed, snow removal provided. Seeking mature responsible adult tenants, no children, no smoking, no pets. First Month Free on a One-year Lease! Phone 780-679-7090.

JUST LIKE NEW – You’ll be impressed! Very quiet adult 4-plex, spacious 2-bedroom, fresh and bright. Balcony. Everything has been replaced. Prefer seniors. Available immediately. No smoking, no pets. For more info and to view, 780-679-2170. COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR LEASE – 2880 sq. ft. 5031-46 Street (old Windwood building). Call Steve, 780608-5222.

CHOOSE YOUR NEW OFFICE Selection of very nice street level offices in newer building in Downtown Camrose * Offices from 100-262 sq. ft. at prices to suit your budget * Some offices may be combined to form a suite * Building is almost entirely renovated and freshly repainted * Quiet, considerate neighbours * Easy access * Lots of parking for customers * Energized parking for tenants * Immediate occupancy Call Blain Fowler or Don Hutchinson, 780-672-3142 days, the fairest, most reasonable fellows in the business! 3500 SQ. FT. BUILDING – fenced yard, 2 washrooms, new roof. High traffic, ready June 1. 4916-46 Street. $857/sq. ft. + GST triple net. 780-608-5032. OFFICE SPACE – in Camrose Professional Centre. Large main office area with two attached offices. $850/mo., first and last required. Mid-City Property Management, 780226-8598. SELF-CONTAINED BAY – 2400 sq. ft., a/c, 2 washrooms, renovated. Water/sewer included. Ready now. 5044-52 Street. $2250/mo. 780-608-5032.

MACHINERY SWATHER NO LONGER ‘CUTTING THE MUSTARD?’ Call The Camrose Booster Classifieds, 780-672-3142.

FOR SALE OR LEASE 150’x50’ LAND – with storage sheds on premises. Fenced, gated. Located at 5315-47 Street, Camrose. $60,000 to purchase or $450/mo. to lease. 780-781-7037.


2013 MAZDA 3 – standard, loaded. Keyless entry. 80,977 km, carfax and mechanical fitness report, weather tech mats. New winter tires and rims available. $11,600 obo. 780281-0017. DADS – LOOKING FOR A CAR WITHOUT A BACK SEAT? Count on our classifieds. We match up buyers and sellers. Phone the Camrose Booster, 780-672-3142.

BOATS, RVS and CAMPERS LOVE CAMPING, BUT TIRED OF SHOVELLING SNOW OFF THE AWNING IN MAY? Say goodbye to your Gulfstream! Move it fast with a Camrose Booster classified. Phone 780-672-3142. SELLING YOUR SEAWORTHY BOAT? Make a splash with an ad in the Booster classifieds! 780-672-3142.

LIVESTOCK / FEED PUREBRED YEARLING GELBVIEH BULLS – for sale from our 40-year breeding program. 780-672-9950. EXCELLENT HAY – 800 square bales. No rain, always covered. Carbon neutral! 780385-2229. RED AND BLACK ANGUS BULLS – Purebred yearling and two-year olds. 780-986-9088. LARGE ROUND HAY BALES – alfala grass and mixed hay, weighing 1375-1500 lb. from no rain to some rain. Loaded out in truckload lots, priced $60 and up per bale. Phone Magnus, 780679-6528, Daysland.

MISCELLANEOUS PIPE – Tubing from 1 1/4” to 3 1/2”. Sucker rod - 3/4”, 7/8” and 1”. Line pipe and Casing also available. Wainwright, AB. 1-800-661-7858.

Double your exposure with a FREE Buy & Sell ad on Camrose Now!

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To Ashley Enokson, of Camrose, a daughter on March 9. To Sarah and Regan Bueckert, of Wetaskiwin, a son on March 12. To Breanne and Matt Burkland, of Camrose, a daughter on March 12. To Abby and John Hofer, of Ferintosh, a daughter on March 14. To Aqueena and Alexander Clennett, of Mannville, a son on March 14. To Jena and Ryan Harrison, of Czar, a son on March 14.


Shirley A nne Louise Henri, of Camrose, formerly of Brockville, Ontario, on March 14, at 76 years of age. Maxine Dorothy Cole, of Camrose, on March 14, at 74 years of age. Jean Stefanishen, of Tofield, on March 15, at 96 years of age. Myrtle Kushnerick, of Tofield, on March 15, at 98 years of age. D on n a Mary Pudlowski, of Daysland, on March 15, at 73 years of age. Doreen Haugen, of Camrose, on March 16, at 92 years of age. Margaret Ann Leeb, of Red Deer, formerly of Strome, on March 16, at 93 years of age. Gordon Everett Hougestol, of Camrose, on March 18, at 95 years of age.

Gym girls earn medals Submitted

Three gymnasts from the Academy of Gymnastics Hopes Program travelled to Lloydminster March 7, to compete in the Battle at the Border. In JO3, Kenzie Thomas improved her performances from the last competition and came home with a fifth on bars, seventh on vault and eighth on floor. Lacey and Mckenna Adloff competed in the JO2 level with each receiving silver medals for their all-around performances. Lacey also won a gold medal for her beam routine. Academy of Gymnastics on Main Street Camrose, is currently taking registration for their spring session if you are interested in getting your child involved in the sport.

COVID-19 PROTOCOL AT CENTRAL AGENCIES Until further notice, in the interest of aggressively doing our part in stopping this virus from further spread, our office will be closed to walk-in traffic. Be assured we remain accessible to your needs.

Insurance Service Phone: 780-672-4491 Toll Free: 800-809-8040

Real Estate Phone: 780-672-4495

Email Email service@centralagencies.com realestate@centralagencies.com Website www.centralagencies.com

Website centralagenciesrealty.com

On a personal note: Since 1962, our commitment has always been providing excellence in customer service to each and every client we have the privilege to do business. While closing our office to face-to-face interactions is painful for us, and likely an inconvenience to our valued clientele, we wouldn’t be doing so unless we deemed it absolutely necessary in the health interests of you, as well as our own staff. ~ Norm, Betty, James, Valerie ~ The Mayer family.

FARMLAND FOR SALE BY TENDER The owners hereby offer the following parcel of land located in Camrose County, for sale by tender, subject to the existing reservations on title: MERIDIAN 4 RANGE 18 TOWNSHIP 47 SECTION 1 QUARTER NORTH EAST CONTAINING 64.7 HECTARES (160 ACRES) MORE OR LESS EXCEPTING THEREOUT: HECTARES (ACRES) MORE OR LESS A) PLAN 1920728 SUBDIVISION 7.17 17.72 EXCEPTING THEREOUT ALL MINES AND MINERALS AND THE RIGHT TO WORK THE SAME The land is located approximately 20 km east of Camrose. There are approximately 120 cultivated acres. There are no buildings or bins on the property. There are no surface leases on the property. Tenders are to be submitted in sealed envelopes marked “LAINEY TENDER”, to Scott Farnham at Farnham West Stolee Kambeitz LLP, Barristers and Solicitors, 5016-52 Street, Camrose, AB T4V 1V7, on or before 12:00 noon, April 9, 2020, and shall be accompanied with GST number and a cheque payable to Farnham West Stolee Kambeitz LLP in trust for 5% of the tender price. No conditional tenders will be accepted and the highest, or any tender, will not necessarily be accepted. Tenders will not be opened in public. The deposits of all unsuccessful tenderers will be returned to them by mail.

You supply the photo in person or by email (ads@camrosebooster.com) and we will add it to your paid classified advertisement at absolutely no extra charge.

CHESTNUT QUARTER HORSE – 6 years old, very friendly, well broke gelding. 4925-48 Street, Camrose, AB T4V 1L7 Phone 780-672-3142 • Fax 780-672-2518 Email ads@camrosebooster.com

ONLY applies to: Auto, Boats, RVs, Motorcycles, ATVs, Pets/Pet Supplies, Lost and Found, Rentals, Livestock, Machinery, Household, Real Estate, and Misc.

Always better – Always better read!

The successful tenderer will be obligated to complete the purchase on or before May 15, 2020. The 5% deposit shall constitute a deposit towards the purchase price. Taxes will be adjusted on closing date. There will be no other adjustments. Should the successful tenderer fail to complete the transaction by the closing date, their deposit will be forfeited. For further information, or to view the property, please contact Kim Lainey or Gerald Lainey at 780-373-2381.

Missed Delivery Policy If you do not receive your copy of The Booster or pre-printed inserts, please report this to us by calling 780-672-3142. We will promptly re-deliver these to city households. Note that we do not have access to certain apartment buildings. In these cases, we ask you to contact your apartment manager to request delivery. Rural readers are asked to report missed deliveries and we will consult with your postmaster to ensure future deliveries. Thank you for being a loyal reader of…

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Kal Tire in Camrose is looking for an experienced


to operate a Tire Service Truck/work truck pad What each day will bring: • Something different! You never know what kind of vehicle or tire you may be required to work on. • You could be inspecting, installing, balancing, rotating, and/or repairing truck, farm or industrial tires and wheels. • Amazing customers to impress with your professional and friendly customer service. • The responsibility to keep yourself and your coworkers safe. • Pride in the work you’ve done keeping your customers safe and on the road, site or field! What kind of person are we looking for? • We are looking for someone who is a commercial tire expert with at least 2 years of tire experience. • A team player willing to take on any tire or any task. • A valid driver’s license is a must. We also need to see that you are responsible on the road by providing a satisfactory driver’s abstract. • This work can be unpredictable – physically; wet, cold, windy weather, etc. And we need someone who will be up for the challenge. What is in it for you? • We will develop your skills and certifications with our excellent training. • Regular shifts with the opportunity for money-making on-call work. • We take care of you and your family with our impressive health, dental and vision benefits. • A retirement savings plan with company matching to help you achieve your financial goals. • Save your money with our staff discounts on tires, parts and mechanical services at all Kal Tire locations. • A truck for your service calls. Interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to apply in-store at 6317-48 Avenue, Camrose, or online today

Intergenerational Programmer If you are outgoing, enthusiastic, want to work with people of all ages, are passionate about bringing meaning to late life through creative engagement, and love being in the great outdoors, then this is your perfect job! This position will develop and facilitate intergenerational programming, both within the library and on-the-go in the community. The Intergenerational Programmer will be operating and coordinating our trio-bike (a motorized tricycle with a cart for passengers in the front), as well as scheduling volunteers and coordinating bike trips in the community. This position runs part-time from April 27 to October 2, 2020, with approximately 24 hours per week, with room for flexible hours. Closing date extended to April 5, 2020.

For more information, go to: cpl.prl.ab.ca/about-us/employment

BIG KNIFE AGRI SERVICES LTD. is looking for reliable Class 1 and 3 drivers for the 2020 season. Experience preferred but willing to train right individual(s). MUST be willing to be away from home for up to two weeks at a time, positions available immediately. Please send resumé and driver abstract to Chris at Bigknifeagri@gmail.com or call Chris at 780-678-7129 for more information.

Power Coop presents electrical safety Submitted

Why should you never approach a downed powerline? What are behaviors to avoid around electrical structures like pad mount transformers? What should you do if you are in a car that hits a power pole? These are some of the questions that Breanna McClarty and Michel Deveau answer in their safety presentations in local schools. Michel and Breanna are both journeyman powerline technicians at Battle River Power Coop and this winter, they have responded to teacher requests for presentations at Jack Stuart, Sifton, Our Lady of Mount

Pleasant and Chester Ronning schools. Breanna said, “We enjoy seeing the students get excited by what we do. They always have great questions and are very engaged in the presentations. I think their favourite part is the Hazard Hamlet, an energized town filled with unsafe actions. There, they can see how dangerous electricity in everyday life can be if you are not aware of your surroundings.” The presentation is intended to supplement the portion of the Grade 5 curriculum that deals with electricity. By bringing people into the classroom who work in the electricity industry, students hear firsthand about

how to live safely alongside electricity. They learn why electricity will travel down a wet tree or kite string and why it is important to obey all signs that say High Voltage and Stay Out. Breanna and Michel always bring an assortment of interesting gear and students can test the weight of a Powerline Technician’s belt, complete with tools that he will carry when climbing a power pole. Ask any student who has attended one of the school presentations what you should do if you are in a car crash with a power pole. They will tell you, correctly, to stay in the vehicle and call 911.


If you have personal items (not related to a profession, trade or business) valued at $100 or less, we will give you a

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Submitted At a BRPC safety presentation, journeyman powerline technician Michel Deveau demonstrates electrical safety using the Hazard Hamlet.

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Tell us what’s happening in your household while being homebound or while practicing social distancing Here’s what’s happening at the Jamie Juneau household “these days” In her words: “This week to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we had some sneaky leprechauns visit and paint our window with washable paint as we slept. The artwork was visible to the sidewalk and street, bringing joy to not only my sons, but anyone who passed by!” For sending us this entry, we will be delivering a tray of delicious Lefse House cinnamon buns to the Juneau household this Friday.

Email us a photo of how you and your family are staying busy passing the time, or coping while being largely “house-bound”. We will publish the best entries received. Next week we will award a family-sized amount of awesome monkey bread from Twists and More for best entry received.

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Affordable country living

By Lori Larsen

Located just two miles off Highway 26 on Secondary Highway 854, approximately 20 minutes from Camrose, this incredible acreage is the perfect spot to raise a family and maybe a few farm animals. Located on the mature yard site, is an immaculate mobile home with three bedrooms and two full bathrooms which means lots of space for the family. Vaulted ceilings and main floor open concept keep the home open to lots of natural light. Laminate wood floors add a touch of style and warmth to the living room, which flows into the dining area and beautiful kitchen with soft coloured shaker cabinets and plenty of counter space. A master suite with a four-piece en suite is the perfect place to unwind after a long day. Two more bedrooms offer the option of turning one into a home office or hobby room and the convenient laundry area has a door leading out to the yard.

A 40’ x 40’ garage/shop, with a standard double door and large overhead doors, is ideal for storing your everyday vehicles and some recreational or larger yard equipment. It is equipped with a 100,000 BTU overhead heater, reinforced with 5” concrete with 2” styrofoam insulation and 2” x 6” construction with OSB finishing. Lots of shelving and benches make it ready to go. Just over eight acres allow you to have a few animals and there are some fenced in areas to help contain them. Growing your own organic vegetables is only steps away and stands of trees offer some privacy and exploration for the children. Come home to a beautiful country setting located at 47218 Highway 854, Camrose County, priced at $319,900. For a private viewing, contact Matthew Mayer at: Central Agencies Realty Inc. 4870-51 Street, Camrose 780-672-4495  Cell 780-781-7088


Matthew Mayer

Submitted Mallory Koch of the Camrose Skating Club, earned a gold medal in the Central Alberta Starskate free skate competition in Sylvan Lake on Feb. 8. The 14-year-old ÉCCHS student has now reached the Star4 level.

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The Central Agencies Realty Team is eager to go to work for you! We’ve been matching buyers with sellers, with integrity, since 1963. Sascha Dressler, 780-781-8242; Ronda Shott, 780-781-7468; Lyndsey Delwo, 780-678-6117; Al-Karim (Al) Mohamed, 587-322-5511; Wally Wrubleski, 780-781-7323; Dalton Reum, 780-678-5224; Graham Wideman, 780-679-8384; Matt Banack, 780-608-9733; Matthew Mayer, 780-781-7088; Cole Walker, 780-679-5544; Tylor Keller, 780-281-0016.

#100, 4870-51 Street, Camrose ~ 780-672-4495 centralagenciesrealty.com ~ 1-800-809-8040





5 BDRM., 1798 SQ. FT. VALLEYVIEW WEST Asking $625,000 CA0183965

valleyview west ~ 5-BDRM. BUNGALOW! Asking $599,900 CA0158173

3 bdrm., 3 baths Asking $566,900 CA0185590

SPECTACULAR 6-BDRM., 4 BATH HOME Asking $539,900 CA0175382

CENTURY MEADOWS 5-BDRM. Asking $525,000 CA0164181

INCREDIBLE MIRROR LAKE VIEWS! Asking $445,000 CA0189911 TERRIFIC BUNGALOW HOME Asking $329,500 CA0180721

CUL-DE-SAC IN CENTURY MEADOWS! Asking $325,000 CA0186846

WOW! WALKOUT BUNGALOWS! Asking $428,162 CA0168185





VILLA AT VALLEY RIDGE Asking $307,900 CA0167872 EXC. BUNGALOW, PERFECT CUL-DE-SAC Asking $359,900 CA0188579

MULTI-FAMILY LOTS 2.5 ACRES ZONED R3 AND MULTIFAMILY ... Exceptional west end location. Call now!


UNIQUE LIVE/ WORK UNIT … in heart of Camrose! Asking $329,900 CA0184197


LOTS GREAT OPPORTUNITY … 85’x122’ lot border! ing 48 Avenue and 48 Street Camrose. Close to R EDUCinED college, schools, downtown, Mirror Lake. Asking $119,900 CA0177494

FOR SALE/LEASE 150’x170’ LOT ZONED M1 INDUSTRIAL! Asking $172,900 CA0182926 1276 SQ. FT. OFFICE SPACE … just west of Downtown Camrose CA0185800

1200 SQ. FT. MOVE-IN READY BUNGALOW! Asking $238,900 CA0190911

GREAT STARTER OR INVESTMENT! Asking $229,000 CA0189173




7662 sq. ft. ZONED C1! Asking $569,900 CA0148931 Spacious (2300+ sq. ft.) comm. bldg. Asking $49,000 CA0174574 PRIME MAIN STREET PROPERTY – ZONED C1 Asking $189,500 CA0183199 lot between Credit Union, Royal Bank Asking $149,900 CA0085343

M&M FOOD MARKET Asking $339,000 CA0143960 Zoned m1 ... Exc. east end location! CA0146778 SUPERB BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN CAMROSE! Asking $499,900 CA0153778 EXC. 5.8 ACRE PARCEL Located just off Hwys 21, 13 junction. Asking $399,900 CA0179914


EXC. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY! Growing residential/commercial cleaning business. Call now!



PARK PLACE NORTH W/GARAGE Asking $199,900 CA0185372

TERRIFIC BUNGALOW HOME Asking $274,900 CA0178555

VALLEYVIEW TOWNHOME! 3 BDRM., 4 BATHS Asking $265,000 CA0183554

26.66 total acres just off Hwy 21, NW OF CAMROSE Asking $929,900 CA0158194 GREAT FLEXIBLITY IN MAYERTHORPE Over 23 acres along Hwy 43 Asking $230,000 CA0168666 SO AFFORDABLE, SO MUCH POTENTIAL … Almost an acre Asking $69,000 CA0177394

BEAUTIFUL, PRIVATE 5.12 ACRE ACREAGE Asking $349,900 CA0185134 CHARMING 5 ACRE PARCEL w/32’x50’ QUONSET Asking $149,900 CA0188718

PRIVATE SETTING – 34.8 ACRES HWY 833! Asking $499,900 CA0189310

1885 SQ. FT. BUNGALOW on 11.05 acres Asking $599,000 CA0143322 BE PART OF THE DUCKS UNLIMITED CONSERVATION PROGRAM! Great bldg. site Asking $239,900 CA0181519


Perfect location, adjacent to Cornerstone commercial area! Asking $6,495,000 CA0151317



Starting from $397,162



PERFECT STARTER OR INVESTMENT HOME! Asking $169,500 CA0184054 4-SEASON HOME Little Beaver Lake Estates! Asking $289,000 CA0181378

SOLD NO MORE LOT FEES, RENT! Asking $160,000 CA0179908 MOBILE HOME ON ITS OWN LOT Asking $74,900 CA0172508

BAWLF 4-BDRM. BUNGALOW! Asking $215,000 CA0173229

FARMS WOW! 70.4 ACRES 2 KM NE OF CAMROSE Asking $299,900 CA0188295


SPACIOUS 4-BDRM. BUNGALOW! Asking $79,900 CA0186789

EXC. BUNGALOW ON LARGE LOT IN BAWLF! Asking $264,900 CA0185424



2435 sq. ft. ZONED C1! Central Camrose CA0148933

8 ACRES, 1088 SQ. FT. HOME, 40’X40’ SHOP Asking $319,000 CA0189861

DOWNTOWN CAMROSE! 4649 sq. ft. Asking $11/sq. ft. CA0143994

A couple more terrific family properties conscientiously designed and carefully built by

160 ACRE PROPERTY east of Camrose Asking $749,000 CA0184968 134 ACRES 4 MILES FROM CAMROSE! Asking $529,000 CA0174974 Build your dream house on 79 acres of pasture, conservation land Asking $199,000 CA0182715 BEAUTIFUL MATURE TREED YARD only 4 miles from Camrose! Asking $699,000 CA0174973 79 ACRES … across from Black Nugget Lake Campground Asking $195,000 CA0184756 150.89 ACRES, 110 +/– CULTIVATED, 20 MIN. EAST OF CAMROSE Asking $429,000 CA0189862

QUIET HOME IN FERINTOSH Asking $174,900 CA0183577 Only 15 min. from Camrose, south side of New Norway, 0.97 acre. Asking $104,900 CA0168713 TREED LOT IN VILLAGE OF RYLEY Asking $75,900 CA0172223




Basement & Non-basement models 1456 sq. ft.

WALKOUT ~ LAKE ESTATES! • 1248 sq. ft. • 25’x20.5’ garage Asking $428,162 CA0168185

2 FULL LOTS IN OHATON! Asking $299,000 CA0184089 NEW NORWAY … 3-bdrm. bungalow on huge lot. Asking $107,500 CA0172315

DAYSLAND BUNGALOW Asking $289,000 CA0177058

QUARTER SECTION 15 MIN. FROM CAMROSE! Asking $797,000 CA0166651

Awesome Community ~ Park ~ ~ Lake, Trails ~ ~ Quality ~ ~ Craftsmanship ~ ~ Finished NEW VALLEYVIEW TWO-STOREY! w/elegance ~ • 2064 sq. ft. • By park/playgrounds

MF CONDO W/OUTDOOR PATIO! Asking $186,000 CA0189030

NEW 1080 SQ. FT. BAYS Asking $1100/mo. CA0177690


Beautiful Walkout Bungalows by Battle River Homes

• Bonus room • 26’x26’ garage Asking $498,162 CA0179793

NICELY FIN. MOBILE priced to sell! Asking $46,500 CA0184562

MF CONDO W/OUTDOOR PATIO! Asking $194,000 CA0189029

3RD FLOOR CONDO – AFFORDABLE! Asking $175,000 CA0189031




Real Estate: Phone 780-672-4495; Email realestate@centralagencies.com; Website centralagenciesrealty.com On a personal note: Since 1962, our commitment has always been providing excellence in customer service to each and every client we have the privilege to do business. While closing our office to faceto-face interactions is painful for us, and likely an inconvenience to our valued clientele, we wouldn’t be doing so unless we deemed it absolutely necessary in the health interests of you, as well as our own staff. ~ Norm, Betty, James, Valerie ~ The Mayer family.



4 BARE LAND LOTS ON 65 ST. Exc. multi-family opportunity! Asking $1,300,000 CA0189036

HUSTLE PARK ... by huge playground and west end amenities! •  30 lots w/alley access, start from $91,190 •  18 cul-de-sac lots, start from $114,290 SOUTHWEST MEADOWS ... by parks, playground and West End amenities! •  14 lots with alley access, from $96,690 •  11 large cul-de-sac lots, from $139,425 Call now for more information!

MOVE-IN READY BUNGALOW Asking $289,900 CA0190732

Majestic Two Storey, by Jubilee and Stoney Creek ParkS Asking $349,900 CA0189331



Insurance Service: Phone 780-672-4491; Toll Free 800-809-8040; Email service@centralagencies.com; Website www.centralagencies.com



BEAUTIFUL NEW HOME, 3 BDRM. Asking $489,900 CA0168564


Until further notice, in the interest of aggressively doing our part in stopping this virus from further spread, our office will be closed to walk-in traffic. Be assured we remain accessible to your needs.


COUNTRY LIVING IN THE CITY! Asking $499,000 CA0184348







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New build • Awesome master Bonus room • Triple garage

2192 sq. ft. walk out 2-storey

Asking $459,900 CA0189414

Asking $529,900 CA0186039

$ 349,900

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• Master planned community • Designed for active adults • No condo fees • Community lifestyle

House • Lot • GST

4001-50 Street, Camrose Phone 780.672.5851 www.ipdi.biz

Zero step entry! 1286 sq. ft.

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