November 8, 2022 Country Booster

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November 8, 2022

Lighting Up THE COUNTY

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In an effort to get residents in the holiday spirit, Camrose County will be holding a Light Up the County contest from December 5 to 22. Residents, businesses and organizations are encouraged to “light the way” to holiday fun with festive holiday displays. For complete details, see the full story on page 4.

Camrose County Krause family, mom Nichole, 12-year-old son Ryland and 14-year-old daughter Morgan (dad Mike was conveniently unavailable), got a head start on putting up some Christmas lights. Morgan was especially wrapped up in her decorating duties.

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News Features County council renames Trautman as Reeve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRCF Dinner celebrates community builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manderson Centennial Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Camrose County is setting the holiday mood with a Light Up Camrose County Contest to be held December 5th until the 22nd. The goal is to encourage residents, organizations and businesses of Camrose County to light up the county with the twinkling of holiday lights. “This is an excellent opportunity to create traditions and memories by loading up family and friends, filling up your cups with hot chocolate and sharing the joy that holiday lights bring,” explained Camrose County economic development officer, Lina Petkeviciene. Contestants can send a photo of their display to linap@county.camrose.ab.ca by December 5th and it will

be uploaded on Camrose County Facebook page for people to vote, or register their address by November 30, so people can come to see their display in person and then cast their vote. A map of the participating locations will be created and available on the Camrose County website and Facebook page, or a hard copy can be picked up at Camrose County office (3755-43 Avenue, City of Camrose). Residents can recommend the best overall community display to linap@ county.camrose.ab.ca by December 22nd. “This could be your hamlet, village or subdivision,” suggested Petkeviciene. Follow Camrose County on Facebook and vote for

your favourite display between December 5 and 22. “Prizes consisting of sponsors’ gift baskets will be awarded for three of the most festive displays and yard signs placed by the property,” explained Petkeviciene. “The most festive hamlet, Camrose County will make a Christmas feature.” Besides enjoying a fun light tour around the county, this is a perfect opportunity to check out the uniqueness of all the municipalities that make Camrose County a wonderful place to visit, play, work and live. More information on the upcoming Light Up Camrose County contest will be available on the County website and Facebook.

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County council renames Trautman as its reeve By Murray Green

Camrose County named Cindy Trautman as reeve for another year at the annual organizational meeting on October 25. Councillor Tina Sroka nominated her to continue as reeve with no opposition. Councillor Don Simpson was named the Agricultural Service Board chair and Doug Lyseng was appointed the Municipal Planning Commission chair. The only change to committee appointments was that Simpson took over the Camrose Public Library board position from Carlene Wetthuhn. Sroka will be the Camrose Chamber of Commerce liaison. The County added a po-

sition, a seat at the Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP). Wetthuhn agreed to fill the position on the CAEP. Council agreed to move the start times for regular meetings to 9 a.m. Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month except July, August and December when only one meeting is generally held. The County established the per diem rates as the same as last year, $219.50 a day or $109.75 for a half day for representatives at large. “I move that Camrose County council approve the mileage rates based on the reasonable per-kilometer

automobile allowance suggested by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and shall be adjusted annually to reflect CRA rates,” said councillor Wetthuhn. The federal mileage rate was 61¢ per kilometre for the first 5,000 kilometres driven and 55¢ per kilometre driven after that. Administration checked with several other municipalities and found that this is now the common mileage rate policy applied. Jamie Aicken, Zach Mazure and Teresa Gratrix were named as members of an independent committee to hear and determine appeals pursuant to the Weed Control Act.


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The Estate of Eileen Mohler hereby offers the following land for sale by tender, subject to the existing reservations on title: Parcel 1 – SW-35-48-18-W4 (158.97 titled acres) Parcel 2 – NW-26-48-18-W4 (158.97 titled acres) Tenders are to be submitted on one, or both parcels, in sealed envelopes marked “Mohler Tender”, to Andreassen Borth, Barristers and Solicitors, #200, 4870-51 Street, Camrose, Alberta T4V 1S1, on or before 12:00 noon on November 23, 2022, and shall be accompanied with a cheque for $5,000.00, and GST number.

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Members of the Wetaskiwin RCMP and the Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit made arrests in the first degree murder investigation of 63-year-old Brian Dupe from Westaskiwin. After a report on October 20 to the Wetaskiwin RCMP that Dupe had gone missing and had not been seen since October 14, an investigation ensued with the assistance of the Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit. Through the course of the investigation and with information received from the public, human remains

believed to be Brian Dupe were located in a rural area west of Alder Flats, late in the evening of October 22. An autopsy was completed by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office on October 24, which confirmed the identity of the remains is that of Dupe. Investigators obtained a warrant for a 27-year-old male suspect, for First Degree Murder and asked for the public’s assistance to locate the suspect. The suspect was located and arrested at approximately 4:15 p.m. October 26 by the Wetaskiwin RCMP

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BRCF dinner celebrates community builders By Leslie Cholowsky The Battle River Community Foundation (BRCF) held a Community Builders dinner on Saturday, October 29 in Killam to honour Sharon and Jack Moser. The evening drew more than 250 people in all, and by early estimates, raised over $40,000 towards a new BRCF fund in the Moser’s name. Mosers accepted the honours being offered in the humblest way possible, turning the focus from themselves to other members of the community who they said both helped them on their journeys as volunteers, but who were also community builders in their own right. The couple was piped into the packed venue by Battle River Pipe and Drum Band members Ian Malcolm and Kari Fox Newby. BRCF board member Neil Lunty acted as master of ceremonies for the evening. “Jack and Sharon, I’m sure that like most past honourees, when you eventually, and after much persuasion and with a lot of reluctance, agreed to be our honourees for this year’s rural dinner, I’m sure you didn’t quite know what you were getting in for. “These fundraising dinners that we hold have a twofold purpose: one is to recognize worthy persons who’ve spent years contributing unselfishly to their local community, and you both certainly qualify on all counts, Jack and Sharon. “The other purpose of these dinners is to establish new funds within the BRCF. This year, a fund will be founded in Jack and Sharon’s name, which will provide them the opportunity to keep on giving back to their community in perpetuity.” He added, “The ‘perpetuity aspect’ of the funds within the foundation can more clearly be seen if one reviews past community builder dinner honourees. “Some of the honourees have passed on, but their funds continue, and are still giving back to their communities in their names.” Lunty gave a special mention of 2015 nominee, the late Ken Drever, BRCF Ambassador Emeritus, who had strong ties to both Camrose and to Flagstaff County. “Many of you here knew Ken well, or were at least aware of his overwhelming generosity. Ken was one of the original founders of the BRCF in 1995. He was always one of the biggest boosters of the Foundation; and if he was not the biggest contributor over his lifetime, he had to be very close to it.” Lunty pointed out that several of Drever’s family were in attendance and also that Saturday would have

Jack and Sharon Moser were celebrated at the BRCF’s Community Builders Dinner, held in Killam on Saturday, October 29. During the evening Heather Chevraux, left, and Jim Hampshire, right, gave tributes to the couple.

been his 93rd birthday. In his honour, Pat MacKinnon created a special birthday cake honouring Ken. Lunty introduced auctioneers Dale Jones and Darrin Holben, to hold a special auction for the cake as well as the traditional auction of the first two tables to eat. Lunty said that Jones has acted as auctioneer at all but one Community Builders Dinner, and related that Jones had a serious farm accident in June, with “a long recovery process”. He added, “We are delighted that he has returned to our stage.” As Jones began the auction, he said, “Here we have this special cake, and a moment for us to celebrate a very dear friend.” BRCF secretary Stephen Kambeitz filled in for chair Kevin Gurr in his welcome. Kambeitz talked about the origins of the Foundation, the growth of the fund, and how it gives back on the strength of its growth, without ever losing its principal. This ensures that the individuals who have set up funds, like the Mosers, and other community builders, will contribute to their communities in perpetuity. Lunty reported that of the grants paid out by the funds, over $2 million has come to the Flagstaff County area. He called on Heather Chevraux to give a tribute to Sharon and Jack. She said, “The first words that came to mind as I thought about Sharon and Jack were: helpful, generous, adventurous and, of course, a lot of fun to be around.” She talked about meeting Jack as her son’s hockey team’s manager, and how

he reached out to her when she was struggling, offering to take her oldest to every practice. Chevraux said that Sharon is “one of the most generous people I know. Sharon’s generosity extends beyond her family and friends.” As an example, she listed a number of organizations in which Sharon has been involved. She spoke about Sharon’s manner, that she is “kind and gracious of manner; soft-spoken and respectful. Sharon just has that positive energy vibe that makes you feel good to be around.” BRCF Director Jim Hampshire gave the next tribute. He introduced himself first, saying, “I’m from… a little bit east of here…a special evening like tonight is not a roast, but a recognition from the community accomplishments of Jack and Sharon; but we would be remiss if we didn’t tell a couple of stories.” Kidding aside, Hampshire painted a picture of an enduring friendship, of a couple who shared their time with family and with community. “The Killam community is so lucky to have families like the Mosers, who continue to be such good volunteers–always ready to be involved and give their time and see projects through to completion. They are strong supporters of facilities, groups, their church, and the many activities of their children and grandchildren. “Sharon calls Jack a social butterfly,” Hampshire added, “This is evident by the wide variety of friends here tonight. “This well-deserved couple are putting their

time and generosity into making our communities better, just like the Foundation’s philosophy. “I count myself fortunate to have Sharon and Jack as longtime friends; even though our addresses are geographically different. We have managed to look beyond local rivalries and enjoy each other’s company for over 50 years.” The live auction followed next, featuring cookies and pickled eggs prepared by Sharon, and also tarts and fudge prepared by Jack’s two sisters, Norma Jean Bieleny and Rita Moser. Moser’s son Justin donated a handmade wooden sign, and Sharleen Chevraux donated a John Deere Wall hanging. Three unusual lots included auctioning off Murray Gaume, Brent Child (and his grain truck), and Jack himself (along with a couple of loads of gravel). Jones and Holben have a reputation for not only being efficient auctioneers pulling the best dollar for each item, but also entertaining, and Jones has a tendency to go straight for the heart. Jones thanked board member Sharleen Chevraux for the work she put into promoting the evening. Jones said he’s had the unique privilege of watching not only what Sharon and Jack have done in the community, “but it goes back to their parents, and it goes back to their siblings. Tonight we are really celebrating something that was taught to this family. Through the years I’ve had the experience–and a wonderful experience–of watching this family learn what it is to be generous,

not only with their money, but with their time and the talents we’ve already talked about. We are sitting in a hall tonight in which Jack’s dad played such a major role. There are other things we would find as we look around town. That is something that is taught, it is literally taught. “This family learned it, and they learned it from Mom and Dad. It goes back in a long history. What I love about the BRCF is that they not only honour those who have done these things in the past, they hand out money in the present, and there’s nothing but a bright future that lays ahead.” After the live auction, Jones auctioned a half of a beef, donated by he and his wife. The beef itself is donated directly to the Flagstaff Food Bank, but those present could also contribute $100 each to the BRCF as part of the donation. Two of the Moser’s four sons were able to come, and both Justin and Adam thanked their parents. “We appreciate all the time that you put in when I was a kid,” Justin said, adding that he didn’t fully appreciate it until he was doing it with his own kids. Adam Moser said, “It’s not every day you get a chance to roast your mom and dad.” He, too, thanked them for teaching him to contribute to his community. Sharon and Jack Moser then had an opportunity to respond. Jack said, “Jim, you did say this isn’t going to be a roast, and it isn’t. You are very dedicated to this Foundation and it took you a long time…I asked you so many times, ‘What part of no don’t you understand; I don’t want to do this’? “Jim has been a true friend my whole life, even if he is from ‘across the creek’. I love the guy like the brother I never had.” Jack told a story about when he and Sharon wanted to get married in Hawaii. “Of course, I had to go to my dad and tell him what was going on. That was my first mistake. “He wouldn’t hear of it. What could be so stupid? He said getting married was a big deal. “He told me, ‘You’re going to get married in a church, not on a beach; you’re going to have a reception.’ “At the time, I was 24 years old, I couldn’t understand that. I said, ‘So what you’re saying is that we’re getting married for you, not for us?’ And he said, ‘Someday, you’ll find out that life isn’t all about you.’ Continued on page 8


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Dominion president Bruce Julian presented the symbolic first poppy to the Governor General, Mary May Simon at Rideau Hall on October 25. The Poppy Campaign launched on Friday, October 28, when poppies become available to all Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Each year, over 20 million poppies are distributed in communities across Canada. Officially adopted in Canada in 1921 by the Great War Veterans’ Association (the predecessor of today’s Royal Canadian Legion), poppies are recognized as the national symbol of remembrance for the 117,000 Canadian men and women who gave their lives during military service around the world. The funds raised each year during the National Poppy Campaign go back into programs and services for veterans and their families. For more information, visit www.legion.ca/poppy. In Camrose, Tag Day

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Centennial Farm Manderson By Lori Larsen

Manderson Farms, located north east of Ryley and west of Haight, has taken its rightful place alongside other longlasting Alberta family farms as the recipient of the Alberta Centennial Farm and Ranch Award. The homestead farm was founded in 1916 by James and Arthur Manderson, followed by brother Fred after he returned from the First World War. In 1918 tragedy struck the family with the passing of Arthur from the Spanish flu. Fred married Agnes and together the couple raised their four children Margret, Jean, Daniel and Ruth on the home quarter. Tragedy once again struck the family in 1937 with the passing of Jean at the young age of nine from blood poisoning, after being punctured by a nail while playing in the barn . Danny returned home in 1952 with his (soon-tobe) wife Ollie to start his farming career and rented the house across the road from the homestead while building his own family home, which was completed in 1953 just in time for the bridal shower. The couple raised 10 children; Garry, Lorna, Ronald, Carol, David, Brian, Allan, Philip, Karen and Kenny and in 1972 eldest son Garry along with his wife Theresa returned home to the farm from Edmonton. Garry and Theresa had three children;

Christopher, Patrick and Cheryl. Father and son continued to farm the homestead together for many years during which time there was always a huge garden and a separate potato patch of equal size. Farming cattle, hogs and chickens along with grain and grass land kept everyone on the farm very busy. After retiring from the everyday duties of farming, Danny and Ollie turned their focus to yard beautification, which included flower gardens and a pond with waterfalls. The “chicken house” was converted to a wood shop for Danny’s special projects. Along with the demands of farming both Garry and Theresa worked jobs off the farm, Garry driving school bus in Ryley for 28 years. During the busier farming times such as seeding, haying and harvest, Garry and Theresa’s son, Patrick, would help at home or in the fields and in 2013 he moved home permanently and started a small cattle herd and continued to farm. In 2014 Patrick and Charlotte once again added chickens and hogs to the farm. Outside of their busy farm lives the family has always found time to be involved in the community, specifically the church and church groups, school sports, youth groups, 4-H, community gatherings and local events.

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Community builders Continued from page 6 “He said ‘Getting married over there is the most selfish thing you could ever do.’ At that time, I didn’t understand, but I do now. “Looking back at the last 50 years, this town and area have been very good to me. I’ve made a living here, I’ve made a lot of mistakes here. My kids have grown up here, they went to school here, they played their sports here. This is home. “This community doesn’t owe me anything; I owe this community. To everyone here, thank you for coming out, we really appreciate the crowd.” Sharon spoke next. “What a privilege it is that Jack and I are being honoured here this evening by the BRCF. “As we are aware today, it would have been Ken Drever’s 93rd birthday today. What better way to honour his memory than coming together for a Foundation dinner? “Mr. Drever was a valued member and made a lasting impact along Highway 13, and he continues to do so today because of his beliefs and the support of his family, friends, community, and the BRCF. There are those who have gone before, those who are currently serving on the board. Each one is leaving a legacy. “I would like to gratefully acknowledge those who do the work to continue on the mission which sponsors the spirit of giving. “We live in a small town, but we have done some pretty great things here. I look back at some of the people whom I was privileged to volunteer alongside, and who are no longer here with us. She talked about other Killam volunteers, who have now passed away, who inspired her. “All of these people were invested in their community and were always willing to step up and get the job done. “I couldn’t have had better mentors. I have worked alongside many of you here this evening. “I would not be here tonight without you, as together, we have made things happen. “No person is an island. We are all part of a bigger community, and by working together we can contribute and continue to make this a great place to live.” The Sharon and Jack Moser Fund created at the dinner is a living fund, which can be grown through future contributions to this fund in honour of the Mosers or in memory or in honour of any loved one at any time.