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The Mundare grain elevator was demolished in stages over the past week, with many people stopping to watch the building come down. Although a letter had been sent out to residents, there was only one who had sent in a response against the removal of the elevator, saying it would be a loss for the town. Town of Mundare CAO Colin Zyla said that while it is a shame to see the elevator demolished, the town is not in a financial position to save the elevator.
2 - The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Local cowboy ready to make his mark in the world of professional rodeo Michelle Pinon Editor “It’s a chance of a lifetime; in a lifetime of chance.” Those are just a couple of the lyrics in Dan Fogelberg’s song ‘Run For The Roses’ which pays tribute to the Kentucky Derby, and its horses. Just like the Kentucky Derby is the crown jewel of horse racing, local cowboy Eddie Shepel says the Lamont Bull-ARama is the crown jewel of the bull riding circuit, and he has his sights set on the coveted champion belt buckle. “It’s every cowboy’s dream to win a buckle.” Ironically, up until a year ago, Shepel had never stepped inside the show
ring let alone sit atop a bull. “It’s a bit of a funny story,” chuckles Shepel, who has worked in Lamont for the past three
Bull rider Eddie Shepel years as a project manager at Allied Paving. Shepel went to Bull-ARama with a group of friends as well as his boss Fred Wishloff nicknamed “The Godfather” who was celebrating his
65th birthday. “I said I can do that, and told him I’m gonna ride in next year’s Bull-A-Rama.” However, what started out as a joke, has turned into a serious endeavour for Shepel, who has joined the rodeo club out of Lakeland College, where he trains weekly. Shepel, is also a member of the World Professional Bull Riding Association, Bull Riders of Canada, Lakeland Rodeo Association, and the Wild Rose Rodeo Association. While the 28-year-old is young by most standards, but not in the rodeo world, he is one of the older competitors. Most of the riders are between 16 and 22 years of age. Even his physical stature, 5’10” 200 lbs. is a
disadvantage in the sport as many top bull riders are smaller; but Shepel doesn’t let it affect his mindset or get in the way of his goals with his newfound sport. Just seven months ago, Shepel was playing defensive back with the Lloydminster football club, that won a national championship against the Toronto Titans by a score of 25-19. Shepel is now taking his fierce and fearless attitude onto the rodeo circuit and is determined to have a good showing in Lamont and throughout the rodeo season. His ultimate goal is to qualify for the Canadian Finals Rodeo. “I hope to be in it next year.” His first big accomplishment was getting
on the back of a bull and riding it. That happened last October in Vermilion. The only thing he prayed for was not to go over the head of the bull and get his face trampled on. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. “I almost made it to the bell,” said Shepel who said that achievement in and of itself was a “big accomplishment” in his eyes, and has been the catalyst to further training with the rodeo club, attendance at workshops, and many hours reviewing and studying video footage from various professional rodeos to improve his skills and techniques. But there is no substitute for personal experience. “The best way to learn is to get on and
ride,” says Shepel. He adds that members of the bull riding community have been beyond helpful to him. “Everyone wants you to succeed.” Shepel can’t really put his finger on why he has such a burning desire to succeed as a bull rider, except that as a young boy he dreamed of being a cowboy. “I want to be the best.” While desire and determination can only take you so far, Shepel has the heart to make it happen. “It’s my destiny.” Perhaps, as written in Fogelberg’s song, “Your fate is delivered. Your moment’s at hand.”
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Chipman Soaring Club target of repeated fuel theft RCMP requesting public assistance for crime believed to be work of local resident On April 18th, 2013, the Two Hills RCMP responded to a theft in progress at the Edmonton Soaring Club, just north of Chipman, Alberta. This had been the most recent incident in a long string of fuel thefts from the Soaring Club over the past several months. To date, nearly $4,500 worth of 100 low-lead
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fuel has been stolen from the site. By the time police were able to respond to the location, the suspect had fled. As a result of the thefts, security cameras were hidden around the property. The suspect successfully disabled one camera, but was captured on a second. The suspect is
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described as a male, wearing blue jeans and a brown jacket, possibly with a blue hooded sweater on underneath. The ATV being driven by the suspect is a blue racing/sport style quad, similar to a racing quad manufactured by Yahama, though no brand markings can be seen from the photos. The quad is equipped with tires that possess an â€˜Xâ€™ shape stud and measure approximately 11 inches across. Additional forensic evidence was collected at scene by police. The suspect travels to the Soaring Club via his quad, so is likely a local of the Chipman area. The Two Hills RCMP are seeking any addi-
tional information on the fuel theft. Additionally, the public are encouraged to call regarding ANY activity
that may seem suspicious, especially in the early morning hours. If you have any information please contact the
Two Hills RCMP are currently seeking the publicâ€™s help to identify and locate a vandal they believe to be a local resident.
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4 - The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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Guest editorial: Editor job has its difficulties Yes, the rumours are true. I am leaving the Humboldt Journal/East Central Trader. I have two weeks left here, to train our new editor - Andrea Nicholl, and to say goodbye to the job that has eaten up most of my waking hours over the past 10 years. It’s a difficult job, being the editor of the newspaper in a community of this size. There are certain expectations, certain demands made of the person in this position, and the job itself comes with some baggage. I’ve been waiting for years to share some of the ins and outs of the job, but could never justify a column on it. But at this point, it’s now or never, so here goes. • People expect an editor to be psychic. While I have to say that after 12 years in Humboldt, I have a pretty good idea about what goes on here, I don’t hear everything. If someone has news they want in the paper, just call and tell the editor. He or she is only human, and usually without psychic powers of any kind. • As an editor, not only do you have to try to learn about pretty much everything that goes on, you have to write about it. Sometimes, people are happy with your work. And other times, they are really not. The unhappy ones are the vocal ones, usually. Sometimes, the happy ones express their thanks; it’s too bad that doesn’t happen more often. • Every mistake an editor makes is public. And it’s guaranteed that someone will notice every spelling mistake, every misplaced modifier, every wrong address and feel the need to comment on it, so thick skin develops over time. • Some consider an editor public property. Calls at home, even while on vacation, to “just come and take some pictures” or to complain about a story are not uncommon. • Editors and reporters work while everyone else is at play. Hockey games, banquets, dance recitals, drama productions - other people are there in their leisure time. But reporters are actually on the clock. And yes, it is work.
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• The public only sees half the job you do. There is a very public side to reporting and editing, and another side that’s behind the scenes. The public sees us running around, talking to people and grabbing photos. But they don’t see us back at the office, downloading photos and writing up the event we were just at. They see the end result, but somehow, many think we just pull all that out of thin air in a few minutes. Good stories take time to write. And I like to write good stories. • As an editor, you have to take the flak you deserve, and deflect that you don’t. • The job involves stirring the pot, which can result in positive change but negative feedback, and makes the job uncomfortable sometimes, but rewarding in the end. • You have to accept you will make some people angry, especially those going to court. People up on charges really don’t like having their name in the paper for some reason. For instance, one woman facing drug trafficking charges came into my office a few
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Snow clearing efforts appreciated Editor, Leader,
We would like to thank the councillors of the county of Lamont for the
snow clearing policy that is presently available for seniors. In particular, we would like to thank the operators on the plows,
as they did an excellent job of clearing the roads over a long and tedious winter. Well done by all those involved!
Sincerely, R & Z Trollope Division Five
Community newspapers doing well, dailies poorly For people who mistakenly believe community newspapers are losing ground against other media, there is news for you. Advertising expenditures in community weeklies are healthy and
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growing, according to the annual revenue study conducted by Newspapers Canada. In 2011 more than $1.2 billion was spent on print and online advertising, a 3% increase over the previous year in Canada.
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Combined with America's greatest investor Warren Buffett purchasing 65 papers in 2012, things are looking up for community newspapers. According to a reported Buffett formula
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The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), April 23, 2013- 5
Possible theft of pregnant miniature Australian Shepherd On the evening of April 17th, 2013, a female miniature Australian Shepherd went missing from a residence on Range Road 190 in Lamont County. The missing dog, named Tessa, is less than 2 years old, stands 14 inches high at the shoulders, is
white and grey in colour, and has a partially blue right eye. Tessa was pregnant with a litter of puppies and was due to have them in the next 6 days. The coming litter was advertised online, and the puppies typically sell for $750+ each. The value of the litter
could exceed $5000 total, and may be a possible motive for the theft of the dog. The Two Hills RCMP are seeking any additional information on the suspected theft. Additionally, the public are encouraged to call regarding ANY activity
that may seem suspicious, especially in the early morning hours. If you have any information please contact the Two Hills RCMP Detachment at 780-6572820 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com.
Ford using promotion to help sell vehicles while raising money for Lamont Health Care Centre Heartland Ford is bringing Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited’s Drive 4 UR Community program to the Lamont community in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for Lamont Health Care Centre. For every person who test-drives a Ford vehicle at the Lamont Recreation Centre (4844 48 Ave, Lamont) on Saturday, April 27, Heartland Ford
and Ford of Canada will donate $20 to Lamont Health Care Centre. “We are so pleased to be able to assist the Lamont Health Care Centre with their fundraising goals which in the end undoubtedly will enhance the quality of life of their residents,” said Alice Kshyk, general manager at Heartland Ford. “We are honoured to be able to support the
community of Lamont and to serve as a resource for community engagement. The Drive program also allows us the opportunity to showcase Ford of Canada’s high-quality line-up and innovative safety technologies to parents, teenagers and other drivers.” The event, which will be held from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, will feature the Ford C-MAX,
Lamont Fire Department faces off against high School senior boys in basketball showdown Jazmine Inkster Student Reporter
Members of the Lamont Fire Department were busy shooting hoops on April 11, when they had a fun game against the Lamont High School Senior Boys basketball team. The players all had a good time, with the boys from the high school eventually coming out on top with a score of 44 - 30. Although the fire department seemed to have the initial advantage of height, the school was eventually able to triumph with their endurance through the second half of the game. "We enjoy getting out, and just interacting with people" explains fire team member Scott
Calder. Calder says that the fire department had no expectations when they went into the game, but were just looking for something different for the department to do. "Last year we tried to get a game together, but it didn't really pan out" added Calder. This year the fire department had the benefit of having a couple members who attend the high school, and it was because of one of these members that the game was a go this year. High school student, and department member Kelleigh Scott had approached him regarding the possibility of the gam, and the fire department was "more than happy to jump at the opportunity."
Although the fire department was able to hold out till the bitter end, there was no doubt that they were getting quite the workout. "There's a few of us who haven't played basketball for quite a while" said Calder who also mentioned that there was one member of their team who hadn't played since 1984. All in all, Calder says the Department's team was quite happy with the game, and looks forward to any other opportunities they may have to play with the school teams. "We went in strictly to have a good time, and I think we've achieved that." See Pictures on Page 7
Escape, Fusion, F-150, Mustang, Super Duty and other available models. Since the start of Ford’s Drive 4 UR School and Community programs in 2010, more than 157,000 test-drives at more than 900 events have generated over $3 million in donations for high schools and organizations in Canada. More than $100,000 was raised
in Alberta through both the Drive 4 UR Community programs last year. In addition to raising much-needed revenue for worthwhile causes, the program gives participants the chance to experience firsthand Ford’s exciting new vehicles and leading safety technologies, including: In addition to classleading fuel efficiency,
the Ford Escape features a liftgate with motionsensing technology similar to video games and an upgraded MyFord Touch® system that makes connecting with digital devices even easier. Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license. There is a limit of one test-drive per household.
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General Meeting May 6 : Lamont Arena BBQ: 6:00 pm AGM: 7:00 pm Contact Deb at 363-2335
6 - The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Pony races fun for the children Fun first time event at Bull-A-Rama Jazmine Inkster Student Reporter
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Local clown Zak Yo-Yo will be back at the 20th annual Lamont Bull-A-Rama to entertain the crowd.
Bull-A-Rama Trade Show will offer plenty of variety and entertainment for residents Jazmine Inkster Student Reporter
“We will have some great door prize give aways, the names will be drawn at the end of the day and you do not need to be at the Bull-A-Rama to win,” says event organizer Jen Shaw. Also being put on by Pulse entertainment is a Talent show starting at 2:00 pm for kids between the ages of three and 12, and a $2 western themed photo booth. There will also be a craft area for the kids featur-
ing an opportunity to build your own farm, as well as colouring activities. “We wanted the event to be more of a family event where parents could bring their kids, and the kids weren’t bored walking around while mom shopped. We wanted to be able to have items available for everyone to enjoy.” Shaw adds that they are no longer accepting vendors for the trade show, with the exception of any “very unique vendors”.
There are already a few vendors who will be selling items that are quite out of the ordinary, including one who makes home decor out of saw blades and barbed wire. Although Pulse Entertainment is known mostly for their DJ and Photography work, they have also done a bit of event planning. “This is the first trade show that we are putting together” explains Shaw. So far, she says vendors have not been hard to find, because many of
them knew about the event already. They were all excited about the event and have been awesome to work with thus far, said Shaw. “We have searched for vendors that will add a unique twist on the event, and our goal was to get the community involved in the event as much as possible, and give back” While there is no charge to get into the trade show, attendees are asked to bring a donation for the food bank.
Organizer Steven Trach comes from the St. Paul area and has been doing these pony races with his children for a few years now, with his daughter just having her first race this past March. “My son is five, and he’s done it for four years now in St Paul” Trach says the main motivation for the event is simply to please the crowd and give the children a chance to get involved in the rodeo but in a much safer method. “It’s just like the adult pony racing, but on a much smaller scale,” explains Trach. The ponies used for the children are only about 400 - 550 pounds he adds, saying that they are actually fairly quiet. Although this is the first time the event is coming to Lamont, it is quite popular in other rodeos and events. “People like watching kids. Some of our club members have kids, and we thought it would be pretty neat.” The event overall will probably only last around 15 minutes, with each child taking their turn on one of the ponies. Trach estimates there will be around six or eight ponies during the event. A long time attendee of the Bull-A-Rama, he says that if the demand is there, and it goes well, he would look forward to bringing the event in the future as well.
Congratulations on 20 Years of Bull Riding!! Town of Lamont And Staff
See you at the Ford Drive One 4 UR Community Event At the Lamont Arena Saturday . April 27th . Noon – 5PM
Supporting the Lamont Health Care Center
Lamont County congratulates the Lamont & District Ag. Society. 20 Years and going Strong!
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The Lamont Leader (Lamont, Alberta), April 23, 2013- 7
LAMONT FIRE DEPARTMENT TAKES ON SR. BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM JAZMINE INKSTER PHOTOS
Members of the Lamont Fire Department faced off against the Lamont High School senior boys basketball team on April 11. It was a hard fought game by both sides, with the school team winning with a score of 44 - 30. The game was only intended to be a good time for the two sides, and was well enjoyed by everyone who played. Left: Scott Calder reaches out to block student Tyler Bilawchuk, but the Lamont student gets the pass by his much larger opponent from the Lamont Fire Department.
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