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Vol. 13, No. 4, Tuesday December 19, 2017

Spirit of the season shines bright at Lamont Elementary School By Meagan Desrocher and Mary Jo Alyward For the past two weeks, the students and staff at Lamont Elementary School have been collecting mittens, scarves, toques, toys and food for people in need. Mrs. Janssen, our Grade 1 teacher, and her students are the leaders in our Christmas drive. When asked why we do the Christmas drive, she replied, “Unfortunately, there are families in and around Lamont who are in need of help during the Christmas season. Lamont Elementary has the Christmas drive to do our part in helping the community and giving to those who need.”

Each morning the Grade 1 students head

out with their collection baskets to the classrooms

to collect the donations for the day.

When asked how many items the students


have brought in Mrs. Janssen replied, “We have collected MANY toys! We have collected some food and we are doing very well collecting mittens.” On Friday, the food and toys were picked up by volunteers from the Lamont County Food Bank. On the weekend they will make Christmas hampers with the food and the hampers will be given to families who need them. The mittens will be given to those who need them in our community. Anything that is left will be donated to an organization such as the Mustard Seed in Edmonton.

Lamont Elementary School students Cheyanne Calder and Chael Whaling hold a basket of toys donated to the Lamont County Food Bank for its annual toy and food drive.


Harold James, Chief Executive Officer of the Lamont County Housing Foundation, (second from far right), was on hand to accept a $10,000 cheque from members of Lamont County Council on Tuesday, December 12. The cheque represents the proceeeds from the annual Lamont County Reeve’s Golf Tournament. Pictured from left to right are: Div. 5 Councillor Neil Woitas, Div. 3 Councillor Dave Diduck, Deputy Reeve Dan Warawa, Reeve Wayne Woldanski, Harold James, and Div. 4 Councillor Roy Anaka.

2 - The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Revival of ancient art at Andrew School SUBMITTED ARTICLE Andrew School students from Kindergarten to Grade 9 had the opportunity to participate in soapstone carving on an in-school field trip on Monday, December 11. “ Soapstone carving dates back thousands of years and crosses many different cultures. In Canada, the Inuit have created artistic masterpieces that have become synonymous with Canadian culture. In order to expose our students to the rich artistry and history of Canada we will be bringing in Teacher’s Pet to teach students about the traditional uses of soapstone, where soapstone comes from and the process the Inuit go through to get it. Students will also use various rasps, 3 grits of sandpaper and oil to carve and complete their own soapstone shape,” stated teacher Angela Christensen. Teacher’s Pet came out to Andrew School with all of the supplies required and guided the students through the carving process of a heart (Kindergarten and

Grade 1 students), bear (Grade 2-4 students), inuksuk (Grade 5-9 students), sea turtle (Grade 7-9 students). For almost two hours students worked on their

soapstone, carving and sanding their piece to perfection. Each carving was unique and displayed the artistry of the student. Once the students wrap their carving

they will be taking it home to put under the Christmas tree for someone special to open on Christmas morning!

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North West Refinery reaches new milestone Michelle Pinon Editor

reduce CO2 emissions by 1.2m tonnes per year. Once fully operational, phase one will employ approximately 400 permanent staff. As well, each additional phase would employ 5-8,000 tradespeople over a 5-10 year period. According to the Conference Board of Canada: For the construction phase alone total capital expenditure incurred over the 2007-17 time frame are estimated to result in $7.9 billon in total value added impacts across the Canadian economy, 75,000 person years of total employment impacts, and $1.9 billon in various forms of federal and provincial government revenues.

to attract to our area to work. And not only because of this, it is a well known fact for every direct dollar spent in our region, there is a larger number of dollars spent in our region on indirect economic spinoff from the project. Beyond that, large mega projects such as the NWR project has a large impact on our provincial and even on a national scale. Many have said that mega projects in our country are nation building blocks going forward into our country’s future. I believe this statement has much validity.”

A made in Alberta and stay in Alberta solution was front and centre during a special milestone event on Tuesday, December 12. A ceremonial event was held at the UFA Cardlock in Morinville where Ian MacGregor, Chairman and CEO of North West Refining Inc. (NWR) pumped the first litre of diesel into an emergency services vehicle. “The production of first diesel is a significant milestone for the Sturgeon Refinery. The local community has supported us from the very beginning and we are delighted to take this opportunity to show them our appreciation. This is a project by Albertans, for Albertans and we are proud of what we have achieved together.” MacGregor went on to explain, “For years, we have been extracting bitumen from Alberta’s rich Athabasca oil sands and sending it for refining in the USA where more valuable diesel is produced. It’s not easy to transport this semi-solid bitumen. You have to dilute it to twice its volume to send it through the pipelines and then only around a third of the bitumen becomes diesel. By refining our bitumen here in Alberta, we achieve three main objectives. We’re significantly reducing the volume in the pipeline and claiming more of the value. We’re increasing our market access and taking control of the environmental footprint of our product.” SUBMITTED PHOTOS Currently, the Sturgeon Refinery is producing North West Refinery company executives, dignitaries, elected officials, stakeholders, and customers pose for diesel now from synthetic crude oil and will continue a historic photo to mark the special milestone. to do so until it begins full commercial operations at the end of Q2 of 2018. When fully operational the “Through our recycling Sturgeon Refinery will convert bitumen directly into program (beverage conlow-carbon, ultra-low sulphur diesel. Once Phase tainers, scrap metal), One is complete, it will have the capacity to make we’ve been able to direct approximately 40,000 barrels per day of low carbon, over $400,000 to local ultra-low sulphur diesel and a variety of other high- causes, projects, and demand products such as diluent, vacuum gas oil, organizations in the and natural gas liquids. Sturgeon County region Once the Sturgeon Refinery is fully operational the and beyond since 2015,” refinery will use diluted bitumen supplied by the noted MacGregor. Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission, the Bruderheim Mayor Karl agency responsible for the implementation of the Hauch, who was on hand government’s Bitumen Royalty in Kind policy (75%), for the ceremonial mileand Canadian Natural Resources Limited (25%). stone event, said every The Sturgeon Refinery is the first refinery in the project in the Alberta world to incorporate carbon capture from the outset Industrial Heartland has and will utilize gasification technology to capture the an impact on the commuCO2 produced during the refining process and use it nity. “The NWR project for enhanced oil recovery before safely and perma- has been significant and nently storing it deep underground. The refinery’s will continue to be signifiintegration of environmentally conscious processes cant, because of the large also includes low nitrogen oxide burners and addi- number of workers it tional sulphur recovery. attracts, and will continue According to NWR, fresh water use is minimized by utilizing highly efficient water treatment systems, maximizing air cooling for process purposes, and maximizing water recycling within the facility. Processed water from the North Saskatchewan River will also be treated and reused multiple times. Surface water runoff from within the project site will be contained in engineered retention ponds and utilized for process purposes, again reducing the amount of fresh water being withdrawn from the North Saskatchewan River. By capturing its Ian MacGregor, President of the North West Refinery, CO2 each phase of the (left), was on hand to pump the first litre of diesel for Sturgeon Refinery will one of the company’s customers on Tuesday, December 12 at the UFA cardlock in Morinville.

4 - The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Opinion From Where I Sit: Flaws & Foibles

By Hazel Anaka The other evening we made a special trip to Sherwood Park to see Numero Uno grandson, Grady perform in his school’s Christmas concert. He’s in Grade three at Wye School and this is the first concert we’ve made it to. This Grade 1 to 6 concert needed a

huge venue, the Pentecostal church on Baseline, to accommodate parents, grandparents and siblings. The church is quite magnificent. And the precision with which organizers moved so many kids on and off the stage and rows of risers was a sight to behold. The ukulele group assembled and disappeared several times, along with their music stands. A series of kids also read snippets of Letters to Santa which was the concert theme. An obviously talented music teacher deserves huge credit (or the Purple Heart) for pulling together so many kids performing so many

non-traditional songs, often sung in rounds(!). A professional videotaping was also arranged to prevent the distraction of a million cell phone enthusiasts trying to capture their darling kid. So, what did I see? The usual disparity between kids, for one. There were the it girls in sequined dresses, glittery shoes, and updos. There were others in oh-so-ordinary outfits. There were boys in suits or ties and dress shirts. There were others in their everyday look. There were the usual suspects who either didn’t know the words or why they were there and the keeners you can count on to carry the day.

There were the scratchers (despite the party dresses) and the nose pickers (despite the suits). There were a couple whose behaviour was so out of the norm that you begin to suspect behavioural or intellectual challenges. There were also audience members and kids who were more intent on spotting and waving to each other than doing what they were each there for: either performing or watching. Then you had our group. Four adults trying to get three-year-old Kade through this hourlong event after nearly half-hour spent lining up outside in the cold. A

combination of snacks, a couple trips to the water fountain in the lobby, drawing on the program and watching Paw Patrol videos on the iPad only slightly minimized the crawling under chairs and the (literal) growling at people behind us. Did I mention his fascination with dragons and super heroes like the Hulk? It truly does take a village to raise a child and luckily we’re all committed to civilizing this one. So, if you need a reminder about kids and Christmas, about learning and rehearsing, about the disconnect between appearance and performance, about the notion of being one

among many, about the predictability of human behaviour, get thee to a Christmas concert. The songs were beautiful, the kids were precious, the adults were committed, the audience was appreciative. If you’re lucky you’ll remember the joy/trauma of being on stage yourself or praying that your kid is the wellbehaved non-scratcher/non-nose picker who remembers the words and actually sings. Getting through the holidays (or life), with all our flaws and foibles, is a noble challenge, from where I sit. May you enjoy the blessings of the season and an auspicious new year.

Nourishment for the soul Town of Bruderheim Chief Administrative Officer Patty Podoborozny couldn’t wait to share the news. On Saturday, Dec. 16 she Tweeted: “A big Bruderheim thank you from Mayor, Council and Staff to our municipal and industry neighbours; our Wish Bear tree is empty! Every child’s wish was filled today because of the generosity of so many in such a short time!” The County of Lamont Food Bank posted this message on Friday, December 15: “We are so happy today! Mundare, the small town with the big heart, just brought in 435.45 kg. of food. They saved Christmas for the County of Lamont Food Bank! This was a joint effort from the school

and fire department. Thank you! That same day, there was another post stating; “Today, the Lamont Elementary School dropped off 115.45 kg of food, eight Santa sized bags of toys as well as a cash donation. Way to go kids! On Sunday, December 17 I dropped by the community hall in Lamont to briefly chat and take a few pictures of the volunteers who were helping to assemble the Christmas food hampers. One young lady commented to me: “I know what it’s like to struggle, and I wanted to give back.” Those words were very powerful, and she was using what power she had, to give back to people, people in need who live in the hamlets, villages, towns, and rural

areas of Lamont County. That statement spoke volumes about her character and her unselfishness. Being concerned for the welfare of other people, and putting the needs of other people before your own, is of great significance in my mind, and it was heartwarming to know so many volunteers put hamper day at the top of their Christmas list. The County of Lamont Food Bank will be closed from December 22 until January 7, 2018. They will take requests starting on Monday, January 8 to Thursday, January 11. Thank you for your support and generosity in 2017! Michelle Pinon

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16/60 Hockey League Mundare Bantam AA Brandon Kowal represents his Fort Saskatchewan Rangers in league All Star Game KERRY ANDERSON These are some of the results from the minor hockey league games held recently. (Please note that scores and scoring are taken from the websites, and some game scores and scoring is dependent on proper league entries. Deadline is typically Sunday evenings, so if scores are not noted they may have been entered after this time. Lamont Tier 3 Notice (2-2-0) downed Maskwacis 6-3 on Saturday at Lamont Arena. The game was close until Lamont broke loose for three unanswered third period goals to solidify the win. Ryan Carstairs had a 5point game (4g 1a). Other scorers were; Keelan Cartagena (1g 1a), Matthew Iverson (1g 1a), Evan Wick (2a), Drew Bortnick (1a), and Reid Chudyk (1a). Aiden Chopping stopped 21 shots for the win in goal. Carstairs is second in league scoring with 19points in four games

(17g 2a). He is 2-points behind the leader, who has played four more games than Carstairs. Bruderheim Tier 4 Novice (3-1-0) beat Leduc 5-3 at Bruderheim Arena on Saturday jumping in front 3-0 and cruising to victory. Jacob Kofluk scored all 5-goals in the win. Maxim Dach collected assists on two goals. Liam Ellis got the win in goal. Kofluk now has 28 points in only 4 GP including 24 goals. He now leads the league in scoring by 13 points with a game in hand. Bruderheim was to play at Leduc on Sunday but no score was posted at deadline. Lamont Tier 4 Atoms

beat Camrose 5-1 on Saturday at Lamont Arena. Alex Andruchow scored all five goals for Lamont. Assists went to; Camryn Fossum (3), Adyn Barkhouse (2), Aiden Loran (1), and Ashlynn Dickinson (1). Sandy McDonald got the win in goal, stopping 31 of 32 shots for a .969 save percentage. Lamont skated to a 4-4 tie against Viking on Sunday at Lamont Arena. Lamont had a 4-2 lead in the third period but relinquished two in the final frame to settle for the tie. Alex Andruchow (2g 1a) and Camryn Fossum (1g 2a) both had three-point games. Preston Burback scored the other Lamont

goal. Sandy McDonald was bombarded with 55 shots in the contest, stopping 51. Bruderheim Tier 4 Atoms lost a 7-3 game against Strathcona on the road Saturday, outshot 48-11. Kayden Winslow scored two goals and Andrew Svitich got the other. Wyatt Bartz picked up the only assist for Bruderheim. Bruderheim

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was to host Strathcona 4A on Sunday but no score was posted at deadline. Lamont Tier 4 PeeWees (4-0-1) were to play CR Knights on Sunday but no score was posted at deadline. Lamont Tier 4 Midgets (6-1-0) were scheduled to play Sturgeon at Lamont Arena on Friday but no score was posted at

LAMONT COMMUNITY PLAYSCHOOL Would like to thank everyone who participated in their silent auction held during the Lamont Town Light Up, on November 25, 2017. A huge thank you to the following businesses who donated items: ~ Elk Island Rustics ~ Epicure - Jane Whiting ~ Flower Pot ~ General Auto ~ Green Door Creations ~ Handmade Loft ~ Jantzen Family Creations ~ Lamont Value Drug Mart ~ Rustic Country Designs JS ~ Nailed It Custom Vinyl and Wood Signs ~ Pure Yoga Studio ~ Stawnichy Meat Processing ~ Square One Dental ~ Webbs Machinery Ltd. ~ 9 Round Fort Saskatchewan Thank you again! Your support of our local playschool is greatly appreciated!

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6 - The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Lamont and Bruderheim Elementary School students bring ‘It’s Snowtime’ to life


Lamont Elementary School students (elves) had enough of the hot weather down south and were longing for Santa and some snow to bring in the holiday season, while Tinsel has a heartfelt talk with Old St. Nick. The gloves come on and the sticks come out for a couple of other numbers to thrill the enthusiastic audience on Wednesday, December 13.

Bruderheim students warned the audience to bundle up, rang their bells, sang about snowflakes and sang altogether in a glorious grand finale that was memorable for the crowd of parents, grandparents, siblings and friends on Thursday, December 14.

The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday,December 19, 2017 - 7 SUBMITTED PHOTO

Former Lamont County Div. 3 Councillor Roy Bryks, (fourth from left) was presented with a special plaque and award from Reeve Wayne Woldanski, (third from left) as recognition of his 17 years of service as an elected official on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Also on hand for the presentation were: (left to right): Div. 5 Coun. Neil Woitas, Div. 3 Coun. Dave Diduck, Deputy Reeve Dan Warawa and Div. 4 Coun. Roy Anaka.

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There was a great selection of items available for sale at the Lamont Elementary School Holiday Gift Shop recently. By Cameron Atkinson The first week of December the Original Holiday Gift Shop was set up at Lamont Elementary. Students could come and buy gifts for their family. The prices on the gifts ranged from $1.00 $15.00! If you were wondering… No, the school doesn’t make any money on it, it is not a fundrais-

er. Now a word from Sylvia McDonald “We are doing this event so the children can shop for their family by themselves, to surprise their parents and brothers and sisters with Christmas presents”. Thank you to the parents and volunteers that set up this shopping experience for the students.

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8 - The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Lamont County council hears noise control bylaw report


Sil Industrial Minerals has been operating in Lamont County near Bruderheim for nearly 50 years, and has taken various measures to reduce noise eminating from the facility. Lamont County council discussed the option of implementing a Noise Control Bylaw at its Tuesday, December 12 meeting, during a report that was brought forward by the Chief Administrative Officer Robyn Singleton. Michelle Pinon Editor A report on noise control was brought forward to members of Lamont County council on Tuesday, December 12. Robyn Singleton, Chief Administrative Officer for Lamont County, told council that administration was asked to review the merits and implications of introducing a Noise Control Bylaw. By way of background, Singleton said the county, industry (Sil Industrial Minerals Inc.) and adjacent landowners have been involved in discussions in recent months over noise generation activities from the industrial site which is located northwest of Bruderheim. “Parties from both sides have made representation before council, and the county administration has met with both parties and the Farmer’s Advocate. The Sil’s Processing Plant & Warehouse, operates 24/7, and adjacent landowners have expressed their concern over noise generation from the facility; especially at night and on weekend afternoons. “There are four to five near neighbours with residences that pre-existed the industrial operation…The noise levels are not consistent throughout the day,” stated Singleton. He went on to say, “There is no doubt that activities that generate noise can be nuisances to adjacent properties. The difficulty lies in how the noise would be regulated and how enforcement of noise generation would need to be conducted. Noise is a very complex set of waves generated from source(s) that vary in intensity and frequency. Noise generation may be experienced in audible terms or felt in low frequency sound waves. Simply establishing a decibel level for sound generation would not be sufficient to ensure noise related complaints could be acted upon. Often low frequency sound waves that are below audible decibel levels can be more disturbing to adjacent properties. The Sil Wash Plant is the subject industry. Sil has established a noise monitoring station near one of the residents. The intent is to monitor the noise

levels at the residence so that when a complaint is received they can check against the wash plant activities to see if they can isolate the noise generation point. The difficulty in this methodology that Sil has undertaken is that they are not following any principal guielines that an Acousitic Constant would. No base line has been established, no means of eliminating background noise generation (traffic on adjacent highway, farming activities, etc.) has been considered and the data being collected is being applied in a means that cannot be ratified as a result.” Singleton also noted that SIL Industrial Minerals Inc. has been “proactive” in the discovery and elimination of noise generating sources. Marlea Sleeman, President of Sil Industrial Minerals, told the Lamont Leader that the company has invested financial and human capital to detect noise problems and implement solutions. The company has implemented a noise monitor, has installed noise dampening equipment as well as changed out its back up alarms to help mitigate the situation. Sleeman feels they have dealt with the majority of adjacent landowners’ concerns, and they continue to send monthly noise reports to the county. In his report, Singleton said costs associated with developing a bylaw would be staff involvement to prepare the bylaw documents, and legal counsel’s time, ($4,000 to $6,000) in the review of the bylaw. Monitoring equipment and programming $13,000 to $15,000; annual maintenance of equipment, $1,000 to $2,000, and specialty calibration of equipment $14,000. The main cost would be in the employment of a qualified Pace Officer with the requisite training with the sound equipment and the cost of enforcement through legal means.” Singleton said Peace Officer Steve Crosby does not have the necessary training, nor the time to dedicate to noise monitoring given his current workload. Singleton also pointed out that Crosby’s main duty is to protect the county roads, and resources are directed that way accordingly. The report was accepted as information.




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Mundare School delighted audiences on Dec. 13 and 14 during their performances of the Mundare Dragons Christmas World Tour 2017. Africa, Italy, Hawaii, Canada and the United States were some of the destination spots during this multicultural musical feast. Members of the Grade 6 band, oriff instruments, hand chimes, recorders, ukelele, and beautiful voices were featured during the concerts that were capped off with the singing of Christmas carols.


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County credit card internal control processes investigated to itemize entries so they can keep track of who used the credit card, when they used the credit card, what they used the credit card for, and where it was used. Div. 5 Councillor Neil Woitas also agreed with the suggestion. That recommendation was adopted by council, and will be utilized going forward. In her report, Hackman pointed out: “The internal control processes, procedures and charges are reviewed annually by the County auditor during the annual audit. The auditor’s responsibility is to report to Council should the internal controls and processes in place deemed to be insufficient according to established guidelines. Our Auditors have not reported or identified any deficiencies with the internal control processes in place related to credit card usage and the

Michelle Pinon Editor

An internal report on credit card control processes by Lamont County administration was discussed during council’s December 12 meeting. Debbie Hackman, Director of Corporate Services for Lamont County said that: “While administration is always concerned that we have appropriate internal controls in place, it does not appear that there has been any misuse of credit cards by Lamont County staff. Charges on County credit cards will continue to be reviewed on a monthly basis. Any charges that are not clearly evident by the vendor indicated on credit card statement will continue to be thoroughly investigated.” Div. 3 Coun. Dave Diduck recommended they develop an invoice

overall financial controls utilized at Lamont County.” In total, there are 25 credit cards issued by council members, staff and fire departments, noted Hackman. The limits of the credit cards are defined in Policy 4134 that was adopted on October 13, 2015. “All managers and designated staff are to use the cards solely for Lamont County business purposes. Each individual who possesses a County credit card must sign a Cardholder Acknowledgement and Responsibilities Agreement. In the agreement there is a stipulation of the intended Lamont County business purposed, and if the card is willfully or negligently used the County has the ability to take recovery action which shall include, but not limited to, a deduction from pay-

roll earnings or any other monies owing. A credit card is not physically given to the designated person until the agreement is signed. Should a credit card be misused, the credit card will be surrendered back to the County as per the agreement. All credit card information, (i.e. card number, pin number, signed agreements) are

filed together in a central location in a locked cabinet, which has strict limited access. Only the Director of Corporate Services submits the request for the issuance of credit cards through the ATB, as well as cancelling credit cards. Credit cards are activated by staff in payroll-human resources. Total charges on all cred-

it cards cannot exceed a total of $45,000 at any time per our agreement with the ATB on our corporate account.” According to Policy 4134 procurement card limits are as follows: County Manager, $10,000; Reeve, $10,000; Deputy Reeve, $5,000; Council Members, $2,000; and designated staff, $5,000.

 On behalf of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta, we wish to extend this note of thanks to the physicians and other health professionals in rural communities who have supported the education of our medical learners throughout the past year. Despite the complex healthcare issues in rural and regional Alberta, these teams continue to rise to the challenge of supporting their communities and looking toward the future. Their dedication is greatly appreciated. We also extend our gratitude to the community as a whole, who welcomes these learners and exposes them to the richness of rural life. Without your kindness and acceptance, our learners would not have received as memorable an experience. Thank you for supporting our future physicians!


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______________________ ANNOUNCEMENTS ANNOUNCEMENTS ______________________ The Weekly Review, Tofield Mercury, and Lamont Leader’s Last Issue of 2017 will be on Tuesday, December 19 and we will be closed for a Christmas Break December 20 until December 27. We return back on Thursday, December 28. We look forward to serving you in the New Year! _____________________ COMING EVENTS COMING EVENTS _____________________ New Years Party Sunday, December 31 Viking Seniors Centre at 8 p.m. Bring your Favourite Snack Alcohol Free! Everyone Welcome! 50c ______________________ Kalf's Berry Farm will be at the last Viking Farmers' Market of the year on Thursday, Dec. 21 from 2–5 p.m. Come on out and support your local Farmers' Market. We will have everything Saskatoon that you may require, such as syrup, tarts, pies, jelly, and even gift boxes! Please call us at 780-893-5490 TM50p ______________________ LUTEFISK SUPPER Golden Valley Lutheran Church Friday, January 5, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 – ADVANCE ONLY Contact Muriel at 3362444 49/51c

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______________________ FOR SALE FOR SALE ______________________ For Sale, a Buick Lucerne with 147,000 kms. in nice condition, with new summer tires. For enquiries, please call 780-662-2465. ‘TM 50-1p _____________________ Snowblower - murray 24" sears Electric start starts first pull Like new $425 780-240-7147 50/51p _____________________ HAY FOR SALE

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ALF/TIM/BR/TW mix. small squares, shedded $5. Rounds $50, minimal rain. Call late evenings 780-942-4107 ______________________ HELP WANTED WANTED HELP _____________________ Do you like to clean? Must be mature, reliable and hardworking. Approximately 2 hours each day after school. $14/hr. Call 780-7181408 TM49-50p _____________________ Apiaries of Alberta are looking for five Apiary Technicians (NOC8253), with a pay of $16 $18/hr., depending on experience. It will be a 40 + hour week. Employment is from March to October 2018. Must have a minimum of three years (seasons) working full-time on Canadian style commercial apiary in the capacity of Apiary Assistant. •Two Apiary Workers (NOC8431), with a pay of $13 - $16.50 hr depending on experience for a 40 + hour week mid-July to mid-Sept., 2018. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of honey bees and will assist with colony management and honey extraction. Contact Gerard, by calling 780662-4449 or emailing, also via mail to RR4 Tofield AB, T0B 4J0.



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_____________________ Wanted F/T nanny for 9 year old child. Light housekeeping and meal preparation. $12.20/hr. Please call 780-632-6471. ______________________ MUSIC LESSONS LESSONS MUSIC _____________________ GUITAR LESSONS in LAMONT!!! Mondays at the Lion’s Club building, starting January8th. Half-hour weekly lessons, one-on-one, beginner to advanced, ages 6 and up, any style of music. Top-notch instructor, 20 year’s teaching experience, personable and patient. Please call for details and to book your lesson time! 1-877-413-4810 COMMUNITY MUSIC INITIATIVES 47/50p _____________________ REAL ESTATE ESTATE REAL _____________________ WANTED Small family farm seeking cultivated, hayland, and pasture to rent/purchase in 2018. Competitive rates!! Phone 780-619-7755. Prefer: ST MICHAEL, DELPH, PENO, STAR, LIMESTONE, LAMONT AND ANDREW AREA. _____________________ Restaurant for Sale. 9,000 sq ft building in Sedgewick plus 3 lots 25x100. Dinning room and lounge - 140 seats plus opportunity for additional living space. Call 780-384-3600. Serious inquiries only! tfnCP

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This Week On The Web: Robber stuck in chimney Santa burglar calls 911 for help Last week in California

a 32-year-old man decided to carry out what he may have thought would be a clever robbery plan. Sadly, as the would-be burglar tried to enter his target business Santa style, Jesse Berube’s evening didn’t quite go according to plan. Shimmying down the chimney, the holiday inspired thief didn’t take into account just how

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really happening. The test flight was carried out by Emirates Airlines and started out in Hamburg, Germany. While test flights are a common occurrence and a must before a plane will be delivered to an airline, this particular flight path was the idea of the test pilots and engineers, who wanted to send out some holiday greetings to from Airbus to all aviation fans.

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Lamont County Food Bank volunteers sort, pack and distribute 75 Christmas hampers Michelle Pinon


Like a beautiful hummingbird Susan Campbell could be seen fluttering about the Lamont community hall early Sunday afternoon while volunteers worked steadily at their designated tasks while itemizing, sorting and packing items for 75 Christmas hampers to be delivered to local people in need. With clipboard in hand, Campbell was focused and responsive to questions while sharing information about the 2017 food and toy drive. Campbell, chair of the Christmas Hamper Committee, said the response by businesses, schools and residents in Lamont County this Christmas season has been phenomenal. “It’s very gratifying,” stated Campbell. “We received a lot of corporate donations and community support.” She said many people who hosted corporate events or family functions decided to focus on food bank collection cam-

paigns. As well, local schools once again showed strong support for the campaign, donating both non-perishable food items and toys for children 12 and under. There were plenty of cash donations, and some of that was used to purchase gift cards for kids 12 and over. “We picked up a lot of donations at the town office in Mundare,” added Campbell. She also wanted to give a shout out to the Town of Lamont parks and recreation staff who have assisted with storage and set up of tables. Campbell said the demand and amount of food hampers was at an all-time high, 75, with a significant number of recipients being singles, many of whom are seniors with the balance going to families. The average cost per hamper around $100. It was estimated that around $8,000 worth of food was donated to aide local people in need this holiday season. The County of Lamont Food Bank provides

This volunteer loads a turkey into a box under close supervision. (Below), members of the Lamont Fire Department and the Chipman Fire Department help transport carts of food items back and forth from the sorting to distribution area. emergency food service to those who live in the municipality. It is a community agency run by volunteers which holds a valid Food Handler’s License, and is a member of the Alberta Food Banks. It also works as partners with Family & Community Support Services and Lamont Christmas Hamper. Since the County of Lamont Food Bank began operating in 2012, the need for food hampers has continually risen. For example, in 2012, the Food Bank provided 167 hampers to 538 people. In 2016, the Food Bank provided 452 hampers to 1,345 people. Included in that number were 525 children.

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Christmas Hamper Committee volunteers Pat Jackson, Lori Stahl, Susan Campbell, and Betty Sheptycki stop for a moment to oblige the paparzzi.

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Thank you to the community-minded businesses who supported our Christmas Edition of the Leader! Kerry and family Michelle and family Crystal and family

2 - The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday, December 19, 2017 MERRY CHRISTMAS

Christmas Recipe: Chocolate Almond Macaroon Bars Ingredients 2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs (500 mL) 6 tbsp butter or Becel® margarine, melted (90 mL) 6 tbsp icing sugar (90 mL) 1 can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk) (398 mL) 3 3/4 cups sweetened flaked coconut (925 mL) 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted (250 mL) 1 cup CHIPITS DARK Chocolate Chips or CHIPITS Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (250 mL) 1/4 cup whipping cream (50 mL) 1/2 cup CHIPITS White Chocolate Chips (125 mL) Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9 x 13-inch (3 L) baking pan; set aside. Combine crumbs, melted butter and icing sugar in large bowl. Firmly press crumb mixture on bottom of prepared pan. 2. Stir together sweetened condensed milk, coconut flakes and almonds in large bowl, until well combined. Carefully drop spoonfuls of the coconut mixture over crust; spread evenly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until coconut edges just begin to brown; cool to room temperature. 3. Combine chocolate chips and whipping cream in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM (50%) for 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave on MEDIUM an additional

15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Cool until slightly thickened; spread over cooled bars. Sprinkle evenly with white chocolate chips. Cover and chill for several hours or until thoroughly set. Cut into bars. Reserve leftovers in the refrigerator. Makes about 36 bars.

Tip: • To toast almonds, heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Spread almonds in thin layer in shallow baking pan. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Cool completely.

The year-end brings no greater pleasure than the opportunity to express to you seasons greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and new year be filled with happiness!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 3 PHOTO BY MICHELLE PINON

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TOWN OF LAMONT HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSURE • Town of Lamont Administration Office will be closed December 22, 2017 at 1 pm and will re-open January 2, 2018. • Public Works Department will close December 22 at 1 pm. Closed December 25 & 26, 2017, and January 1, 2018 • Recreation Department will close December 22 at 1 pm. Closed December 25 & 26, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

May you and your loved ones rejoice in the splendour of all His creations during this beautiful and wondrous season. We thank you sincerely for your valued business throughout the year!

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GARBAGE SCHEDULE • Residential and Commercial garbage pick-up during the holidays will remain on Wednesdays. • A friendly reminder to everyone that you CANNOT use your yard waste tote for garbage or recycle during the off season, it will not be picked up. • Reminder that 2018 Tax Installments are due January 1, 2018, • 2018 Dogs Tags are due January 1, 2018 • Christmas tree pickup will be January 18, 2018. Please leave your trees at the curb for collection Thank-you to the Light-up Committee and all the Volunteers who made the Winter Wonder Lights such a big success and a family fun filled day for all.

Mayor, Council & Staff wishes everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

4 - The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday, December 19, 2017 MERRY CHRISTMAS

Classic Christmas Carols We Three Kings We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar. Field and fountain, moor and mountain, Following yonder star. O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light. Born a king on Bethlehem's plain, Gold I bring to crown Him again, King forever, ceasing never Over us all to reign. O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light. Frankincense to offer have I. Incense owns a Deity nigh. Prayer and praising all men raising, Worship Him, God on high. O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light. Myrrh is mine: Its bitter perfume

Breaths a life of gathering gloom. Sorrow, sighing, bleeding, dying, Sealed in a stone-cold tomb. O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light. Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and Sacrifice. Alleluia, alleluia! Earth to heav'n replies. O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Following yonder star. O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright, Westward leading,still proceeding, Following yonder star!

Do you hear what I hear? Said the night wind to the little lamb, do you see what I see Way up in the sky, little lamb, do you see what I see A star, a star, dancing in the night With a tail as big as a kite


With a tail as big as a kite Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy, do you hear what I hear Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy, do you hear what I hear A song, a song, high above the trees With a voice as big as the sea With a voice as big as the sea Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king, do you know what I know In your palace warm, mighty king, do you know what I know A Child, a Child shivers in the cold Let us bring Him silver and gold Let us bring Him silver and gold Said the king to the people everywhere, listen to what I say Pray for peace, people everywhere! listen to what I say The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night He will bring us goodness and light He will bring us goodness and light

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Devices given “time-out” from holiday dinners Holiday dinners should be a time for conversation and family togetherness but too often, they are interrupted by digital devices. In fact, a new survey revealed that 71% of Canadian parents age 25-55 wish they could ban the use of technology during family holiday meals. The Tech Timeout survey - conducted online by Harris Interactive and sponsored by Foresters™ among 1,021 Canadian residents age 25-55 years who live with at least one family member - explored the impact of technology on all aspects of family life. The holidays naturally bring people together so they're an ideal time to remind families to put down their devices and spend some time together techfree."

A majority of these Canadians (64%) agreed that the overuse of technology has had a negative impact on family life. Other important findings from the survey include: • Nearly two thirds (65%) of these Canadians believe their family would benefit from taking a one hour break every day from technology • 56% of these Canadian residents find others' use of electronic devices during family mealtimes at least somewhat annoying • Nearly half (46%) would like to ban the use of technology during family holidays entirely. • On average, these Canadians admit to spending 5.4 hours per day on electronic devices outside of work

Classic Christmas Poem

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Twas The Night Before Christmas Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads. And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer. With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name! "Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!" As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too. And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack. His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow. The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly! He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself! A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk. And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose! He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

From our family at Lamont United Church to your family A very Blessed Christmas with much Hope, Peace, Joy and Love in the New Year.

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And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES (Saturday, December 24, 2016) Our Lady of the Angels Parish; Fort Saskatchewan: 4:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m. Our Lady of Lourdes; Lamoureux: 7:30 p.m. St. Michael the Archangel Parish; St. Michael: 5:00 p.m. Our Lady of Good Counsel; Skaro: 5:00 p.m. St. Clare’s Parish; Redwater: 7:00 p.m. Sacred Heart Parish; Gibbons: 7:00 p.m. CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES (Sunday, December 25, 2016) Lamont Auxiliary Hospital; Lamont: 9:00 a.m. Our Lady of the Angels Parish; Fort Saskatchewan: 10:00 a.m.

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The Golden Wrapping Paper Once upon a time, there was a man who worked very hard just to keep food on the table for his family. This particular year a few days before Christmas, he punished his little five-year-old daughter after learning that she had used up the family's only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper. As money was tight, he became even more upset when on Christmas Eve he saw that the child had used all of the expensive gold paper to decorate one shoebox she had put under the Christmas tree. He also was concerned about where she had gotten money to buy what was in the shoebox. Nevertheless, the next morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, "This is for you, Daddy!" As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting how he had punished her. But when he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty and again his anger flared. "Don't you know, young lady," he said harshly, "when you give someone a present, there's supposed to be something inside the package!" The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling from her eyes and whispered: "Daddy, it's not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was all full." The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little girl. He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger. An accident took the life of the child only a short time later. It is told that the father kept this little gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems, he would open the box, take out an imaginary kiss, and remember the love of this beautiful child who had put it there. In a very real sense, each of us has been given an invisible golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold. Anonymous

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Christmas Recipe

Bacon Spinach Strata Recipe Ingredients 1 package (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms 1 bunch green onions, sliced 2 teaspoons canola oil 1 loaf (1 pound) day old bread, cut into 3/4inch cubes 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese 1 package (1 pound) sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 9 Eggs 3 cups milk 1/2 teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder and ground mustard 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Nutritional Facts 1 piece equals 382 calories, 22 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 204 mg cholesterol, 817 mg sodium, 25

g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 21 g protein. Directions 1. In a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onions in oil until tender. Place half of the bread cubes and 1/2 cup Swiss cheese in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with bacon, cheddar cheese, mushroom mixture, spinach and remaining Swiss cheese and bread cubes. 2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk and seasonings. Pour over casserole. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 3. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 4555 minutes or until a knife inserted near the centre comes out clean (cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly). Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.









Wishing you and your family peace, warmth and happiness this Christmas and a Happy New Year! Jessica Littlewood, MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville Ft. Saskatchewan (780) 992-6560 • Vegreville (780) 632-6840 Email:

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Dr. Seuss Classic

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our Valued Customers!

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

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Lyrics as recited by Boris Karloff from the popular Christmas show You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch You really are a heel, You're as cuddly as a cactus, you're as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch, You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel! You're a monster, Mr. Grinch, Your heart's an empty hole, Your brain is full of spiders, you have garlic in your soul, Mr. Grinch, I wouldn't touch you with a thirty-nine-and-ahalf foot pole! You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch, You have termites in your smile, You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile, Mr. Grinch, Given a choice between the two of you'd take the seasick crocodile! You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch, You're the king of sinful sots, Your heart's a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots, Mr. Grinch, You're a three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce! You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch, With a nauseous super "naus"!, You're a crooked dirty jockey and you drive a crooked hoss, Mr. Grinch, Your soul is an appalling dump heap overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of rubbish

You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch, You're a nasty wasty skunk, Your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch, The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote, "Stink, stank, stunk"!



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Classic Christmas Carol

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

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Everybody knows a turkey and some Mistletoe help to make the season bright Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow Will find it hard to sleep tonight They know that Santa’s on his way He's loaded lots of toys and goodies On his sleigh And every mother's Child is gonna spy to see if Reindeer really know how to fly And so, I'm offering this Simple phrase to kids from One to ninety-two Altho' it's been said many times Many ways “Merry Christmas to you”

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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos


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...and many thanks to you, our neighbors and friends, at this special time of year.

Mayor, Council & Staff

Seasons Greetings Wishing you the Love, Peace, and Happiness that the true meaning of Christmas brings.

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I would like to thank all my friends and fellow County residents for the support you gave me the last four years. To the Lamont County Administration, thank you for all the hard work and dedication you give. I would like to thank the public works employees for keeping our bridges and roads in good condition and all the other things you do with pride and joy. To the Lamont County firefighters who are on call 24-7 to help keep us safe and there when we need them, thank you.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a healthy & prosperous New Year. I am proud to be a Lamont County resident.

Respectfully yours, Robert Malica

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On Santa’s Team My grandma taught me everything about Christmas. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," jeered my sister. "Even dummies know that!" My grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her worldfamous cinnamon buns. Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus!" she snorted. "Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad. Now, put on your coat, and let's go." "Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second cinnamon bun. "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's. I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for. I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church. I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobbie Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class. Bobbie Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out for recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough; but all we kids knew that Bobbie Decker didn't have a cough, and he didn't have a coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobbie Decker a coat. I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that. I didn't see a price tag, but ten dollars ought to buy anything. I put the coat and my ten-dollar bill on the counter and pushed them toward the lady behind it. She looked at the coat, the money, and me. "Is this a Christmas present for someone?" she asked kindly. "Yes," I replied shyly. "It's ... for Bobbie. He's in my class, and he doesn't have a coat." The nice lady

smiled at me. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag and wished me a Merry Christmas. That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat in Christmas paper and ribbons, and write, "To Bobbie, From Santa Claus" on it ... Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobbie Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially one of S a n t a ' s helpers. Grandma parked down the street from Bobbie's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Suddenly, Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going." I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his doorbell twice and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma. Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobbie. He looked down, looked around, picked up his present, took it inside and closed the door. Forty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my grandma, in Bobbie Decker's bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were: Ridiculous! Santa was alive and well ... AND WE WERE ON HIS TEAM! Author Unknown



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Classic Christmas Carol

The Twelve Days of Christmas On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: A Partridge in a Pear Tree On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 7 Swans a Swimming 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 8 Maids a Milking 7 Swans a Swimming 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 9 Ladies Dancing 8 Maids a Milking 7 Swans a Swimming 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree


On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 10 Lords a Leaping 9 Ladies Dancing 8 Maids a Milking 7 Swans a Swimming 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree


On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 11 Pipers Piping 10 Lords a Leaping 9 Ladies Dancing 8 Maids a Milking 7 Swans a Swimming 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree


On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 Drummers Drumming 11 Pipers Piping 10 Lords a Leaping 9 Ladies Dancing 8 Maids a Milking 7 Swans a Swimming 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree





Season’s Greetings

May you have the spirit of Christmas which is Peace, the gladness of Christmas which is Hope, and the Heart of Christmas which is Love! Sincerely, MLA Wes Taylor, wife Eileen, and family. 123-10 St., Wainwright, AB T9W 1N6 780 842 6177

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Lessen the stress of holiday travel Most people would prefer to have their friends and family in close proximity during the holidays. Unfortunately, that’s less and less a reality as the years go by. Though e-mail and cell phones have made communicating with distant relatives easier on a day-to-day basis, the increasingly spread out nature of most families still makes travel an integral piece to the puzzle come the holiday season. Veterans of the holiday travel circuit are well aware of how stressful it can be. But several preemptive steps can be taken to minimize that stress. • Pack early. Many people head to warmer or colder climates during the holiday season. Whether it’s a trip to visit a sibling’s family in Southern California or a family get-together at a favorite ski lodge, chances are strong the clothes you’ll be wearing during your trip aren’t included in your everyday wardrobe. Pack such clothes well in advance of your trip to save time. When it comes time to leave, you’ll only have the essentials left to pack and you’ll be on your way. • Mail gifts, don’t carry them along. Few things are more difficult than hurrying through an airport with luggage and gifts. In lieu of taking your gifts on the plane with you, send them via a shipping service or the post office. This might cost a little extra, but the

money you’ll spend will be well worth it. • Stay in a hotel. The stress from holiday traveling is often heightened by staying at the homes of friends or relatives. That’s often because accommodations aren’t as comfortable as what you might be used to. Book a hotel room in lieu of staying in a friend or relative’s guest room. This will also give your trip more of a vacation-like feel and help create a more relaxing atmosphere. • Get some rest. Traveling, regardless of the season or time of year, is tiring. Plan for that in advance of your trip and try and get some extra rest in the days leading up to your exodus. Whether you’ll be staying in a guest room or a hotel, you can never be sure what kind of sleep you’ll get on the road, so make sure you get some rest in the comfort of your own bed before taking off for beds unknown. • Don’t procrastinate. Putting off making holiday traveling plans is a good way to increase an already stressful time of year. Get together with family and friends a few months in advance and decide what you’ll be doing for the holidays. This will allow you to pick your seat on the plane, book a hotel room in the place you want to stay and will ensure you won’t have any more unnecessary holiday stress than you can handle.


Christmas Recipe

Gingerbread Boy Cookies Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, cubed 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup molasses 2 teaspoons white vinegar 1 Eggland's Best Egg, lightly beaten 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt Decorating icing, nonpareils, red-hot candies or candies of your choice, optional Nutritional Facts 1 cookie (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 64 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 47 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Directions 1. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, molasses and vinegar; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; cool to lukewarm. Stir in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; stir into molasses mixture to form a soft dough. 2. Divide dough into thirds. Shape each portion into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until easy to handle. 3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-




in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. gingerbread boy cookie cutter. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate as desired. Yield: 3-4 dozen.

The word is out... Christmas is on its way and so are our best wishes. Hurum Trucking Ltd. (Bovine Relocators) would like to send a sincere Thanks to all our Customers and wish you all the best that the Season brings, and a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year! Roger & Cindy Ph: 780-336-4962 Cell: 780-385-0507

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