December 14, 2021 Country Booster

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December 14, 2021

Inside... A variety of merchandise and services: Farm supplies and services, job opportunities and holiday greetings!


a photo of your farm! See page 8

News Features Cut your own tree for Christmas


MLA Lovely pushes for more vets


Local 4-H club funds


Church photo by Lori Larsen

Pictured is the Highland Park Evangelical Free Church, established in 1905, that once stood just south west of New Norway. (along with a couple typical images from bygone decades) See inside story on page 4.

The little country churches and community halls scattered throughout the countryside were once a hub of activity – places where people congregated to share in faith and each others’ lives. These buildings represented the structure of community and housed the important role of coming together for the sake of being together. As we head into the holiday season and Christmas quickly approaches, we are reminded of the importance community plays in all of our lives.

From the team at The Camrose Booster, we wish everyone the merriest of Christmases and a healthy and joyous New Year.

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Cut your own tree for Christmas By Murray Green

Camrose County Administration, Agriculture Services, and West Dried Meat Lake Regional Landfill will be closed the following dates: Friday December 24, 2021 (closed at noon) Saturday December 25, 2021 Monday December 27, 2021 Tuesday December 28, 2021 (Landfill open) Friday December 31, 2021 Saturday January 1, 2022 Monday January 3, 2022 (Landfill open) Check the website for Transfer Site hours.

Thank You! With Our Thanks for Your Patronage

The nicest thing about Christmas is sharing it with wonderful friends and neighbours like you. Thank you for making our year special in so many ways. We wouldn’t be here without the support of kind folks like you.



As 2021 comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your tremendous support this season. We look forward to serving you again next year! “Any size job welcome, big or small.”

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You are allowed to cut your Christmas tree, if you follow some rules. The Personal Use Forest Products Permit allows Albertans to harvest trees from designated Crown land areas for free. The permit has been available for decades, under previous names such as Forest Product Tags or TM66. The permit is valid for 30 days and allows the holder to harvest up to three Christmas trees that are five cubic metres. The permit can also be used to transplant up to 20 trees. “This is the most popular time of year for the permit,” said Wendy Machan, information specialist with Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development. Last year, nearly 18,000 Alberta families harvested Christmas trees with the permit. Getting a Personal Use Forest Products Permit before harvesting Crown trees is the law. The permit is only valid for personal use tree cutting, not for reselling trees. “You can get a permit online 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” added Machan. “This permit is an important tool for helping us keep track of the harvesting activities out in our forests. It also outlines the rules surrounding harvesting trees from Crown land and provide tips to the permit holder on how to harvest trees safely.” Personal use tree cutting is only allowed in approved areas and is taken into account when Alberta authorizes the annual allowable cut for sustainable management of Alberta’s Crown forests. Harvesting Christmas trees in Alberta provincial parks and recreation areas is strictly prohibited and carries a large fine. The only exception is designated areas in Cypress Hills and Castle Provincial Parks with a valid, separate permit from Alberta Parks. “This year, we launched a new interactive map to help Albertans know exactly where they’re allowed to cut a tree,” shared Machan. “Simply click on the interactive tool and navigate to your desired location. You’ll notice landmarks like major roads, waterways and boundaries are clearly marked. Once you’ve found where you want to go, you can take the digital map out with you or print a copy of the page before you leave for the forest.” For more information, connect from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday) by phoning 780-4276807, toll free 310-0000 or email

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MLA Lovely pushes for more vets By Murray Green

Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely presented a Private Member Motion asking the government to recognize the important work of rural veterinarians and explore ways to increase the number of veterinarians serving rural communities. Alberta’s legislative assembly passed Motion 524, which urges the government to explore ways of increasing the number of veterinarians serving our rural communities. The motion by Lovely also recognizes the critical role rural veterinarians play in our economy. “Veterinarians play a critical role in rural communities and agricultural economies,” said MLA Lovely. Some rural communities are experiencing shortages, so Alberta’s legislative assembly has passed Motion 524 to explore new ways of increasing the number of veterinarians serving our rural communities. Lovely’s motion also recognizes the critical work rural veterinarians do, day in and day out, for rural farmers, ranchers and families. A briefing document from Alberta Veterinary Medical Association with information on the profession, including workforce numbers, economic impacts and some key messages, has been made. Included in the document is a link to the 2020-21 workforce study. A presentation was made to Alberta Labour and Immigration examining workforce partnerships on November 24. Workforce shortages will impact both the veterinarians and the technologists, posing a risk to the health and welfare of animals, security and safety of food supplies and the economy within Alberta and all of Canada, if not addressed. Alberta’s veterinary profession, together with the government and stakeholders, is taking a leadership role to address this issue of shortages, so that lives and livelihoods can be protected. Communities in Alberta often have committees to attract doctors to rural areas in a similar manner.


Murray Green, Camrose Booster Hastings Lake Bible Camp held a Hastings Lights event on November 26 to 28 that featured decorated campsites. Several entries were from the Camrose area. The drive-through light show held a freewill offering to raise funds for the spring and summer camps next year. Friends Melody and David Brager and Marlys and Len Sorenson created a scene entitled “A Nostalgic Nativity Scene”.

JOY, LOVE, PEACE AND HARMONY Wishing you every happiness this holiday season.

We are very proud to serve this fine community and wish all of our neighbours peace and contentment during this holiday season.

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Little church on the hill

travel by horse and wagon, or in the winter, horse and sleigh,” said Elnice. “In the severe winter season, we would be wrapped in blankets with warm stones at our feet to keep warm. There was a horse barn on the church yard for the animals.” In the beginning, the church was heated by a large stove surrounded by a tin jacket, which stood in the back corner of the church,

purchased through a memorial organ fund in the name of Elizabeth Backstrom. Over the years, the church’s Sunday School program grew from 20 to 140. Each summer, the young people and children of the Sunday School attend church camp at Red Deer Lake. “As a child, I attended HPEFC for church services

study nursing,” said Elnice. “But in the time from then until 1964, an outreach ministry was started in New Norway. The gradual transition was hurtful to some during this time. “When we drove up to visit the church and cemetery the other week, I was so surprised to see just how small the building was. In my childhood memories, I recall a much larger building.” The little church on the hill located in the country held its last services in 1964, and on November 8 of this year, due to safety concerns, the boards and mortar were taken down and the building laid to rest. “Going to church meant so much to me then and throughout my life,” remarked Judy. “The ‘Church on the Hill’ will always be a cherished memory. This was the best kind of community to grow up in–the best place to live. I always felt safe loved, and I always felt supported in this community. Like a lighthouse is a beacon in

with pipes running the full length of the building. “Lighting was provided by kerosene lanterns and these were hung from the ceiling on rods,” recalled Elnice. In 1950, Calgary Power was installed, providing electric power. Songs in the Night, a 15-minute radio program that aired over CFCW, was sponsored by the church in 1957 for one year. In 1958, the church affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America. In 1969, a Hammond electric organ was

and Sunday school with my family,” remembered Judy. “I loved to go to Sunday school. I would have my lessons all prepared, and I looked forward every Sunday to learn more about Jesus from the Bible.” To keep up with the growing needs of the church and congregation, a new church was built in the Village of New Norway in 1960, an additional wing built in 1965, and a new auditorium built in 1975. “My time in the area finished in 1959, when I moved to Edmonton to

a harbour, so too, was the Highland Park Evangelical Free Church a beacon of hope down through the ages. The church stood on the hill for all to see from miles around–reminder of God’s presence, God’s goodness, and God’s love to everyone.” While the cemetery and a plaque are the only physical reminders left, if one closes their eyes, the voices singing hymns, the laughter of children and the sense of community this little church built still linger in the fresh country air.

By Lori Larsen

Sitting atop a grassy knoll strong and proud, the sounds of voices inside, children playing outside, enveloping a sense of community–the rural church is steeped deep in tradition and history. Sadly, the voices fade, the buildings weather and some, eventually, will give way to the weight of the aging walls as is the case with the beautiful original Highland Park Evangelical Free Church, which once towered above the treeline down the gravel road amidst the grass one-quarter mile north of Highway 611 on Range Road 214. “The Highland Park Evangelical Free Church congregation of families became our community,” said past congregation member Judy Augustin. “They were our neighbours, our school friends and our classmates (from the New Norway and Ferintosh districts). We grew up together, we knew each other, and we fellowshipped together. “I grew up on a farm four miles south of New Norway, and two-and-ahalf miles from the Highland Park Evangelical Free Church (HPEFC),” explained Judy. According to the Highland Park Evangelical Free Church (1901-76) booklet, the early roots of the church began in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when a group of Christians who had built a church in the New Sweden area, gathered with a group of Swedish settlers who had immigrated to Canada. The Swedish settlers asked the pastor of the New Sweden Church to conduct services amidst their congregation. In 1901, the pastor of the New Sweden church, along with other members of the church, organized and named the church the Swedish Evangelical Bethel Congregation. Services were first held in the newly-built school building, but in 1906, a decision to build a dedicated church was made. The church took three years to complete at a cost of $669. In the beginning, services were conducted in Swedish, but as the church congregation grew with more and more Englishspeaking people attending, there was a need to slowly change both the Sunday School classes and services to English. By the 1940s, the service was done in English. “So the story goes, that all who attended the service each Sunday would vote on whether the service would be conducted in Swedish or English, and the most votes would settle the question,” explained past member of the church Elnice (Enarson) Doell.

Sharon Schwartz, Camrose Booster Above photo: The Highland Park Evangelical Free Church sign remains as a reminder of the community built by the little church on the hill. The photo below depicts the church as it stood on November 7 prior to it being brought down.

“My family members tell the story that greatgrandpa Enarson was visiting church one Sunday, and when he found out the service was to be in English, he got up and walked out, quickly making arrangements to return to Sweden. His words were something like this, ‘If they can’t talk in Swedish, then I choose not to remain in Canada.’” According to the Highland Park Evangelical Free Church (1901-76) booklet, for 23 years the church pastors came from the United States, two from the Congregational and two from the Swedish Covenant. The first pastor was offered room and board of $2 per month paid by the congregation members. Over the next years, different accommodation setups were arranged until 1946, when a house was purchased in the village of New Norway to serve as accommodation for pastors for many years to come. “In the time before the church was established enough to have a pastor, the sermon would be read by one of the men from a book of sermons that the church had,” noted Elnice. “We had a pastor (Clarence Strom) in the 1940s, and I remember the members of the congregation would supplement the pastor’s salary by giving garden produce, baking and farmgrown meat according to the season.” In 1946, the board approved a suggestion by the pastor to open a work in New Norway. After discussions with the Fridhem Baptist Church board, permission was granted to Highland Park to use the Baptist Church and the facilities were rented until eventual purchase in 1953. Communal prayer and service was a large part of people’s lives, and gathering at a church to share often meant long trips in not-so-luxurious modes of transportation. “Before there were cars and snowplows, people would

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The Estate of Tim Ekelund hereby offers the following land for sale by tender, subject to the existing reservations on title: Parcel 1 - Part NE 19-44-16-W4 (29.53 titled acres) Parcel 2 - SW 30-44-16-W4 (133.31 titled acres) Tenders are to be submitted in sealed envelopes marked “Ekelund Tender”, to Andreassen Borth, Barristers and Solicitors, #200, 4870-51 Street, Camrose, Alberta T4V 1S1, on or before 12:00 noon on January 21, 2022, and shall be accompanied with a cheque for $5,000.00, and GST number and are subject to right of first refusal. Tenders will not be opened in public. The highest, or any tender, not necessarily accepted. Unsuccessful tenderers will be notified by mail, and their cheques returned. Successful tenderers shall be obligated to complete the purchase on or before March 1, 2022, and their cheque shall constitute a deposit towards the purchase price. For further information, or to view the property, please contact Chris at 780-994-9494.



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Local 4-H clubs receive extra funding By Murray Green

Several 4-H clubs in the area received extra funding for this winter. The FCC 4-H Club Fund will have $100,000 in funding distributed to

more than 200 4-H clubs across Canada. In Alberta, 60 4-H clubs, districts and regions received a combined total of $29,400. The FCC 4-H Club Fund provides up to $500

in funding per club, district, or region to support initiatives and activities or covering costs associated with local events. Continued on page 7

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Local 4-H Club funds

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“Thanks to FCC, our strong partner for more than 25 years, this fund will once again serve as an important resource for 4-H at the grassroots level, supporting the exciting activities of our 4-H clubs across Canada,” said 4-H Canada CEO Shannon Benner. “Through support from the FCC 4-H Club Fund, 4-H youth leaders have the opportunity to further their engagement in activities and programming in the areas that they are passionate about, empowering them as engaged and responsible youth who effect positive change, not just within their communities, but around the world.” The FCC 4-H Club Fund is part of a generous $250,000 commitment by FCC to 4-H in Canada for 2021-22, providing support not only at the local club level, but also towards the programming and initiatives of 4-H Canada and provincial 4-H organizations. “Many of our customers and employees have benefited from 4-H programs. Others have seen firsthand the excitement and enthusiasm in the faces of young people participating in these activities,” said Todd Klink, FCC’s chief marketing officer. Area clubs receiving funding include the Bashaw 4-H Beef Club, Beaver 4-H District Council (Holden) and Hay Lakes 4-H Multi Club.

STARS serves rural areas By Lori Larsen

Since STARS first began in 1985, there has been over 45,000 missions flown, with a goal to provide service to anyone in need throughout the province, at no cost to the patient. In a report to the City of Camrose council in September, STARS Foundation, Senior Municipal Relations liaison Glenda Farnden presented statistical analysis on the amount of service calls from 2016 (August) to 2021 (August) for areas near Bawlf, Bashaw, Camrose (hospital), City of Camrose, Edberg, Ferintosh, Hay Lakes, Meeting Creek, New Norway and Rosalind. Near Bawlf, the statistics are as follows: 2016–0, 2017–0, 2018–2, 2019–1, 2020–1, 2021–1; for a total of 5. Near Bashaw: 2016–0, 2017–0, 2018–0, 2019–0, 2020–1, 2021–1; for a total of 2. City of Camrose Hospital (critical inter-facility transfers): 2016–26, 2017 –38, 2018–31, 2019–25, 2020–17, 2021–14; for a total of 151. Continued on page 8

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Board Members pictured from left to right: Debbie Tkachuk, Romesh Persaud, Michelle Majeski, Christine Dietz, Kelly Bauer, Greg Burns

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to the community for their efforts and support of the

2021 Charity Check Stop. Because of your generosity, we can continue to aid and assist victims of crime and tragedy by providing community support programs, working in partnership with the Camrose Police Service and the RCMP.

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olds, As another holiday season unf who have s folk e nic the all we’re reminded of ally rewarding. helped make our year especi duly noted, are Your support and friendship this special e hop We and much appreciated. for you and gs ssin ble of list g season holds a lon health, , yours, including love, friendship . rity joy and prospe

Job duties and responsibilities: • diagnose and inspect equipment for faults and malfunctions • repair, adjust and replace defective parts on equipment • perform updates, pre-season and pre-delivery inspections • complete necessary paper work in a timely fashion • attend necessary training sessions both online and at manufacturers’ locations • other duties as required Job qualifications: • Journeyman status as a Heavy Equipment Technician is a MUST • experience working on agricultural equipment is an asset • experience working on Bourgault and/or AGCO equipment is an asset • an aptitude toward electrical/electronic/computerized systems is an asset • a “diagnostic” mentality is a MUST • excellent time management skills including the ability to work with minimal supervision • must be able to use electronic equipment for diagnosis/repair and record keeping • must be competent in the use of a computer • high degree of mechanical aptitude including problem solving skills is “key” • ability to operate agricultural equipment for diagnosis and repair purposes • must have required tools to perform the job duties • Journeyman Agricultural Technician is preferred, but consideration will be given to other qualified applicants • must be able to meet the physical demands of the job duties • able to communicate effectively • must have standard Class 5 driver’s license with acceptable driving record The successful applicant for these positions will need to be: • a team player • in possession of a positive attitude • conscientious of repairs and repair times • able and willing to work extended hours when required • willing and able to keep a clean and tidy work area (vehicle) • willing and able to take direction, as well as initiative with a can-do attitude We offer: • competitive wages • benefits package, including health and dental coverage • a matching RRSP program • tenure bonus We would to thank all applicants in advance; however, only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted. Please forward resumés to: Blaine Heck at 4716-38 Street, Camrose | Phone 780-672-2452

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Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely, on behalf of the Province of Alberta, presented the Century Farm and Ranch Award to, left to right, David, Doug and Gwen Sheets, seated, in recognition of 100 years of family farming in the Ohaton area. Missing from the photo was Tammy (Sheets) Boden. Gwen and husband Lloyd, who passed away in 2008, took over the family farm that was established in 1918 by Robert Sheets (and family).

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STARS serves rural areas Continued from page 7

City of Camrose (scene calls): 2016–6, 2017–3, 2018–7, 2019–2, 2020–1, 2020–0; for a total of 19. Near Edberg: 2016–0, 2017–0, 2018–0, 2019–1, 2020–0, 2021–0; for a total of 1. Near Ferintosh: 2016 –0, 2017–0, 2018–0, 2019–1, 2020–1, 2021–0; for a total of 2. Near Hay Lakes: 2016– 0, 2017–2, 2018–1, 2019–2, 2020–0, 2021–1; for a total of 6. Near Meeting Creek: 2016–0, 2017–0, 2018–0, 2019–0, 2020–1, 2021–0; for a total of 1. Near New Norway: 2016–0, 2017–1, 2018–0, 2019–0, 2020–0, 2021–0; for a total of 1. Near Rosalind: 2016 –0, 2017–1, 2018–0, 2019–0, 2020–0, 2021–0; for a total of 1. All total (average of 34 missions per year/approximately $250,000 service value): 2016–32, 2017–45, 2018–41, 2019–32, 2020 –22 and 2021–17; for a total of 189. “The City of Camrose and County see an average of three missions per month, which represents approximately $250,000 service value per year for your residents,” said Farnden. “Partnership ensures that STARS can provide critical care anywhere,” commented Farnden, adding that during the pandemic, STARS remains under strict protocol to protect operations. “We continue to see an increase in stress-related missions such as heart attack, stroke and drug overdose,” said Farnden. “STARS averages eight missions per day and currently, one in five are COVID related.” She also noted that the pandemic continues to impact STARS funding revenue, explaining that the STARS Lottery remains the single largest funding source for STARS, and despite the pandemic, the lottery not only proceeded, but sold out providing crucial operating funds. Farnden said the Calendar Campaign significantly decreased with the inability to travel to rural communities during the pandemic. “STARS cannot survive without community support,” noted Farnden. She said that many rural communities recognize STARS as an essential service, and therefore, they provide annual support that STARS can rely on. “Municipalities uphold a key role in giving hope and a chance for life to thousands of patients. These partnerships ensure that the highest level of critical care is available and provide for a robust health and safety network for Albertans.”