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Break and Enter with Theft of Boat

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On July 26th, 2015, Two Hills RCMP received a report of a break and enter to a compound with a boat and trailer being stolen. Sometime between 6 am and 7am, a vehicle struck the compound gate, breaking it and entering the compound. A boat on a trailer was stolen. Security footage shows two trucks leaving the compound, both trucks are noted to be towing boats. Suspect Vehicle 1 – White Ford FX4, four doors with oversize tires, towing a white boat with an orange stripe and orange cover. Suspect Vehicle 2 – Two tone Ford Truck (possibly a one ton) white on top, darker colour along the bottom, four doors, and silver job box, towing a white boat with a green

cover. The boat which was stolen is described as being a 1998 Sylvan 1600; white with a blue stripe and it was on top of a silver/aluminum 1998 Shorelander boat trailer, with a green cover. Two Hills RCMP are seeking the public’s help with any information related to the Break and Enter and Theft. The public are encouraged to call immediately regarding any suspicious activity, especially in the overnight or early morning hours. If you have any information please contact the Two Hills RCMP Detachment at 780-657-2820 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

Benoit pleased to see launch of Dementia Friends Canada

Leon Benoit Submitted Leon Benoit, Member of Parliament for Vegreville-Wainwright was pleased to see the launch of the new initiative Dementia Friends Canada, to support the growing number of Canadians living with dementia. The national public engagement initiative, announced by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, along with Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada will help Canadians understand what it means to live with dementia and how to better support those affected. “This program will help improve awareness and understanding about dementia, which is essential in reducing the stigma attached to the disease,” said Benoit. “For example, simple actions such as being patient, speaking slowly and calmly, and asking short, simple questions, can help

someone living with this disease feel connected and supported.” Over the next two years, Dementia Friends Canada will focus on two complementary streams - workplaces and individuals - with the goal of engaging one million Canadians in a dialogue that will shed light on this disease. Through a dedicated website, video and social media, the public engagement initiative will help Canadians become more aware of the small things they can do to help. It will be run by the Alzheimer Society of Canada with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada. To demonstrate their commitment to helping others who are living with dementia, Canadians are invited to register online at This announcement continues the ongoing work of the Government of

Canada to address Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested over $220 million for research, with Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2015 continuing this commitment by providing up to $42 million over five years, starting in 2015– 16, to help establish the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation. Furthermore, the Government of Canada is working with provincial and territorial governments on a pan-Canadian Dementia Strategy. “With a growing number of Canadians and their families affected by dementia, it is important that we change the discourse around dementia and start thinking of the ways we can work to ensure Canadians affected with dementia are better included in our communities,” concluded Benoit.

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Re: Alberta prosperity didn’t happen by accident (VNA , July 29, p.17) Dear Editor, My understanding of the article is that the prosperity in Alberta in 1994 - 2013 was due not to the “accident” of having plenty of oil and gas, but due to deliberate policies, such as “lower business taxes” and “moderate royalties”. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Venezuela are cited as examples which support the author’s contention. They all have plenty of oil, but not the “smart policy on royalty rates, taxes ...” that Alberta had in that period. The article, as expected from the Fraser Institute, is a warning to the newly elected Alberta NDP government not to reverse the “smart policies” of that period. As also expected, the article is conveniently, if not dishonestly, selective in picking up examples to support its message. Why leave out Norway? Norway now has oil and gas production rates similar to those in Alberta, and it started producing only in 1971. Yet, its “heritage” fund from oil and gas now amounts to $177,000 per person, as compared to $4,300 per person in Alberta (

not-norway/). And here is the most curious thing: that website tells us not to compare Alberta to Norway. Why? Here is a quote cited in the article: “Norway had very high taxes before oil was discovered there and, unlike Alberta, has opted to keep them that way.” These high taxes pay for public education (free university tuition), healthcare, child acre ... etc. So, all Norwegians benefit from the wealth, in terms of public services and “money-in-the-bank”! Not just the select few! Take what the Fraser Institute says with a grain of salt. It is not interested in informing you. It just wants to push its ideology on you, with whatever means is necessary, including incomplete, selective and often misleading facts. “Lower-taxes-will-lead-to-prosperity” applies only to the selected (very) few, not necessarily to the whole population.

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One on One with Sawyer Brown’s Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard Michael Simpson Editor Last week I had the chance to speak to Sawyer Brown keyboardist Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard over the phone from his hangout in Nashville. A gracious and upbeat gentleman, he was excited about Sawyer Brown’s upcoming show in Vegreville at vEGGfest’s August 29 performance. Tickets to the show are still available at or by calling the local Chamber of Commerce office (780) 632 2771. Sawyer Brown will be sharing the Saturday night country show with Doc Walker and local performers The Dungarees. Full show details are available at Check out Sawyer Brown’s website at or VNA: After three decades, is there anything different about how you approach doing a live show? Hobie: No, live shows haven’t changed. When we get out there we go full tilt, we’re always looking for that connection with a live audience, it’s a real thrill for us.

VNA What is the most memorable live VNA: show you’ve ever done?

Hobie The first time we headlined an Hobie: arena was in Salt Lake City. It was unreal. I also remember going on tour with Kenny Rogers and playing FarmAid shows. These are memories we don’t take for granted. VNA: Do you guys get up to Canada VNA much? Hobie: Oh yeah, a handful of times Hobie each year. We’re coming up again soon to Manitoba. The Canadian provinces

are fantastic, and your radio stations will let us play cuts that we can’t play down in the states. We come across people singing along to stuff that people in the States never hear. VNA: When I say Ukrainian, you VNA think…? Hobie: Somehow I think food… you’ll Hobie have to fill me in on that one. VNA: Has your band’s sound changed VNA much after 22 studio albums? Hobie: The heart of what we do is still Hobie the same. We’re a working class band and we write music that our audience can identify with. VNA: If you were souvenir shopping in VNA a place like Vegreville, what would you take with you to remember us by? Hobie: I’m never one who looks for Hobie classy souvenirs. I’m the guy that would buy the pen with the floaty thing in it that rises to the top when you write with it. VNA: I recently bought a lighter in VNA Victoria shaped like a lobster claw. Does that count? Hobie: (laughs) Yes. That’s exactly what Hobie I’m talking about. We’ll see what Vegreville has to offer when we get there.

VNA Which type of Beatle are you? VNA: Hobie: Ringo. Even though I don’t play Hobie the drums, I’m a Ringo kinda guy. VNA: How is the music scene different VNA now compared to starting out in the 80’s? Has the golden era passed? Hobie: The structure and power of Hobie record labels is much different now. The commitment to artists is much different with that 99-cent download instead of an entire album at a time. Radios are now more [more of a] conglomerate than before, and the way people consume music is different. The illegal download sites have more of an impact on artists now, particularly songwriters who are hurt by illegal downloading. I think sites that stream music need to address how they compensate artists as well. VNA: Do you have any questions for VNA Vegreville before you guys come up to play on August 29? Hobie: That is a great question. I guess Hobie the biggest one is – Vegreville, are you rested and ready? I mean, take the day before off work if you need to, get rested up – I’m sure your boss will totally understand because we’re going to rock you.

Federal Gas Tax Fund announced

Leon Benoit MP Vegreville - Wainwright The first instalment of the federal Gas Tax Fund for 2015 is being made available to support municipal infrastructure in Vegreville-Wainwright. “Our Conservative Government is committed to investing in public infrastructure to enhance our economic productivity and create jobs and economic growth across Canada,” said MP Leon Benoit. The Government of Canada’s annual $2 billion Gas Tax Fund for municipal infrastructure provides predictable, long-term funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize their local infrastructure while creating jobs and long-term prosperity. Each year, the federal GTF assists municipalities by providing funding for local infrastructure projects. In 2015-2016, more than $11.3 million will be made available to Vegreville-Wainwright’s communities, with a total of nearly $209 million flowing to municipalities across Alberta. “Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, our Government is demonstrating its ongoing commitment by providing stable, predictable funding to all municipalities, so that Canadian communities can address their local infrastructure priorities,” added Benoit. “The first payment for 2015 will support thousands of infra-

structure projects across the country.” Between 2014 and 2024, close to $22 billion in funding will flow to communities across Canada through the Gas Tax Fund. Of this, Alberta’s municipalities will receive an estimated $2.2 billion in new federal infrastructure funding. Since the program began, the federal Gas Tax Fund has made $15 billion available to support local infrastructure from coast to coast to coast, including $2 billion in 2015-2016 alone.

“The economic success of Canada – and of Vegreville-Wainwright – depends greatly on the strength of our communities,” concluded Benoit. “The Gas Tax Fund is flexible, allowing communities to prioritize local

projects according to their needs. This reliable, upfront funding provides greater certainty for municipalities to plan and carry out projects.”


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90 Years Ago – August 5, 1925 The Vegreville Exhibition Association decided that on each day of the Fair the price of admission to the grounds be as heretofore: 50c; after 5:00 pm this will be reduced to 25c. Admission to grand stand, race track and sports field 25c. Passes will be provided for those wishing to leave the grounds during the day. These will not be good for readmission after five o’clock. Under the auspices of the Women’s Institute, Miss Runions, the Health Nurse, will conduct a Baby Clinic in the hospital tent on both days of the Fair. This will afford everyone an opportunity of having children under school age given a careful examination free of charge. A small airplane from the High River detachment circled over the town and district on Saturday and Sunday. It was piloted by Mr. Dickens, who was accompanied by C.C. Walker, photographer. They came here from Morinville on Saturday, went on to Wainwright and mapped out a new township which has been added to Buffalo Park, then returned to Vegreville to spend Saturday night. On Sunday they returned to Morinville.

75 Years Ago – July 31, 1940 With all the pomp and circumstances necessary to make certain that the draw for the 1940 Ford Coach at the grandstand on Wednesday night would be carried out without fear or favor, Mayor Holden’s eagle eye cast supervisory glances on the operation. A girl to tender years was selected to make the draw, and she put in her thumb and pulled out the plum, which chanced to be ticket No. 6259. The lucky ticket holder of the ticket was a Mr. Sam Hallett, who is or was an employee of the Wallace Bros. Shows. An organization parade of the Veteran’s Volunteer Reserve will be held in the Armouries, Vegreville on Saturday, August 3rd, 1940, at 7:30 p.m. Ex-Service men who wish to enroll in this force are requested to attend the above parade. Following the parade, a meeting of Vegreville Branch of the Canadian Legion will be held. Total automotive orders placed by the Department of Munitions and Supply and its predecessor bodies now comprise 36,000 units costing together with special bodies, wheels and tires, about $67,000,000.00. Of these 10,000 have already been delivered and the productive capacities of plants should reach 5,000 units a month within the year.

50 Years Ago – August 5, 1965 Construction in Vegreville is about $100,000 ahead of last year based on figures accounting for the same period of time. Last year at this time $508,800 in building permits had been issued by the town office compared with $607,200 to July 31st this year. Twenty-nine dwellings are under construction in the town which accounts for a sizeable amount but three structures, completed or underway, for business purposes account for AGT Tower, $80,000, Bank of Montreal, $98,000 and the Professional Building $37,500. The balance is made up from garage construction and alterations to existing buildings. It’s a pretty big car for a little guy but Jim Wispinski, 3 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Wispinski of Two Hills isn’t too concerned. Citizens of Vegreville and district are asked to give some serious consideration to the idea of choosing a centennial flower for Vegreville. This flower, or shrub, would be of a type that would bloom for a considerable length of time each year, and could become a symbol of the town, just as Camrose has become known as the “Rose City”. Some flowers that could be chosen are hollyhocks, peonies, marigolds, or any one of many other varieties of flowers.

Letters Welcomed One role of the Vegreville News Advertiser is to promote dialogue on various issues of concern to area residents. We accomplish this by welcoming Letters to the Editor and allowing various issues to be debated through our pages. All letters must contain the writer’s name, address and phone number. Anonymous letters will not be printed, however the writer’s name may be withheld from publication in special circumstances deemed appropriate by the Publisher. The Vegreville News Advertiser reserves the right to edit letters for length, clarity, spelling and grammar, taste or for reasons of potential libel. The Vegreville News Advertiser reserves the right to withhold letters from publication.

Turkey Joins the War – Sort Of Gwynne Dyer Recently, Turkey joined the war against Islamic State (IS), the terrorist-run entity that now controls eastern Syria and western Iraq. After four years of leaving the border open for supplies and recruits to reach IS, the Turkish government sent planes to bomb three IS targets in Syria. At the same time, Ankara ended a four-year ban on its anti-IS “coalition” allies using the huge Incirlik airbase near the Syrian border. Washington was pleased, since coalition aircraft (mostly American) will now be much closer to IS targets in Syria, and Turkey will also presumably close its border with Syria at last. But there may be less to this change than meets the eye. On Saturday, Turkey broke a twoyear ceasefire with the PKK, a Kurdish revolutionary group that fought a 30-year war to establish a separate state in the Kurdish-majority southeast of Turkey. In fact, since then Turkey has carried out considerably more air strikes against the PKK than

it has against IS. So which war is President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan really planning to fight, the one against Islamic State or his own private war with the Kurds? And why now? Erdoğan has spent more than a decade subverting a secular and democratic system and establishing his own unchallengeable power. At first he was responding to real popular demands for equal civil rights for religious people and for an improvement in living standards. He delivered on his promises, and won three successive elections by increasing majorities. As his power grew, however, he began to indulge his obsessions. He is a deeply conservative Sunni Muslim who shares the widespread Sunni belief that Shia Muslims are not just heretics, but heretics whose power is a growing threat. From the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, therefore, Erdoğan supported the Sunni rebels against the regime of Bashar al Assad, which is dominated by the country’s Alawite (Shia) minority – and he didn’t much mind if the Sunni rebels were head-chopping fanatics like Islamic State or not. That’s why the Turkish-Syrian border stayed open, and the coalition didn’t get access to Turkish airbases. At the same time, Erdoğan opened peace negotiations with the PKK, because con-

servative Kurds who voted for his party on religious grounds were an important part of his electoral base. But then his party lost its majority in parliament in last month’s election. What cost him his majority was the new People’s Democratic Party (HDP), which seduced most of his Kurdish voters away. Conservative Kurds had already got the religious freedoms they wanted from Erdoğan’s party, but the HDP was also advocating equal political rights for the Kurdish minority. Of course they switched their votes. So now, if Erdogan wants to form a coalition government (or even win a new election), he needs the support of the hard right – but they are ultranationalists who loathe his willingness to make deals with the Kurds. To win them over, therefore, he has started bombing the PKK – and on the side he has dropped a few bombs on Islamic State to make the Americans happy. Is Erdoğan still in cahoots with IS? Maybe. Is he actively supporting the other big Islamist group, the Nusra Front, which dominates the battle in western Syria? Yes he is, quite openly, and the difference between these two terrorist groups is only skin-deep. So if you’re expecting a radical change in the military situation in Syria – don’t. Assad is still losing slowly, the Islamist extremists are still winning, and Turkey is still playing a double game. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.


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Protect against tooth erosion AHS It’s no secret; most of your favorite beverages contain a lot of sugar. Sugar in beverages, along with bacteria in the mouth, creates acids that can decay teeth. But did you know that many popular beverages such as pop, fruit juices and sport drinks, also contain acids that can damage teeth and lead to tooth sensitivity and pain? This is known as tooth erosion – the irreversible loss of tooth enamel caused by lengthy and repeated exposure to acidic substances. Teenagers can be particularly prone to tooth erosion because of their tooth enamel and the impact of lifestyle choices, including drinking acidic beverages and poor oral hygiene. Because tooth erosion c a n not be reversed, prevention is important: -Drink water for thirst and milk with meals - Reduce number of acidic beverages and use a straw for drinking them - Rinse your mouth with water to remove acids - Wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth after drinking an acidic beverage to prevent tooth enamel damage - Brush twice a day with toothpaste containing f luoride to strengthen teeth and floss daily - Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and additional preventive treatments T he Eggsperiment Calcium is a major part of tooth enamel. Check out how acid affects calcium, the mineral that keeps an eggshell hard. Gently place a hard-boiled egg with its shell into a container of vinegar until it is completely covered. Let the egg sit for at least 24 hrs. Observe what happens to the shell, how is this similar to tooth erosion?


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Protect against skin cancer Rosanne Fortier The sun is a sneaky friend. It appears to always be smiling in its brightness and warmth. But too much of a good thing can turn deadly if people aren’t careful. Canada has an epidemic of skin cancer. Canadian Cancer Society stated that Melanoma, the type of skin cancer that causes the most deaths is one of the forms of cancer that is increasing. There are around 6,500 new cases of malignant melanoma and another 76,100 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer

expected to be diagnosed in 2015. Fortunately, this type of cancer is the easiest to avoid. The main risk factor is UV radiation from overexposure to the sun and other sources, including tanning beds. People must wear protective clothing and broad-brimmed hats and sunglasses. Sunscreen needs to be used properly. Stay indoors as much as possible and when you have to be outdoors, stay in the shade if you can. The warning signs of skin cancer are changes in the skin such as new growths or precancerous lesions, small, scaly patches on the skin, scaly patches or persistent roughness of the lips, a horn that appears as a funnelshaped growth, or a mole that is abnormal, irregularly shaped, contains many colors, and is longer than the size of a pencil eraser.


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# Holes: 9 Driving Range: Yes Practice Putt: Yes Clubhouse: Yes Pro Shop: Yes Cart Rental: $16/9 holes, $32/18 holes Green Fees: Mon-Thurs. $24/ 9 holes, $32/18 holes. Fri-Sun $27/9 holes, $43/18 holes

Trail Fees: $10 Slope Rating: 131 (men’s) Memberships: Single $525, Couple $790, Family $910, Post Sec. $275, Jr. $180. (Half Price effective August 1st) RV Parking: Yes Phone: 780 656 2121 Website: /

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Alber ta Health Ser vices ALBERTA HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM has a variety of workshops available in the Vegreville area! Weight Wise, Craving Change, Diabetes the Basics and Better Choices, Better Health. Call 1-877-314- 6997 for more information and to register. All classes will take place at the Vegreville Community Health Centre (5318-50 Street) Vegreville Food Bank Is located in the Maple Street Worship Centre at 4615 Maple Street and is open Tuesday & Friday year-round from 10am – noon. Phone 780 - 632- 6002 or email: Vegreville Rotar y Peace Park Bookings please call John Sawiak 780 - 632-3208 Girl Guides of Canada SPARKS – Kindergar ten & Grade 1 to be determined. BROWNIES – Grades 2 & 3 meet ever y Wednesday from 6:00 -7:30pm GUIDES – Grades 4 to 6 meet Thursday from 6:30 8:00pm PATHFINDERS – Grades 7 to 9 meet ever y Wednesday from 7:15-8:45pm. All groups meet at St. John Lutheran Church, 4513 Maple Street, Vegreville. For more information call Pamela 780 - 632-7147 Oil Wives Club of Vegreville. A smile. A handclasp. A world of welcome. Are the links in our chain of friendship. This we believe. Our Association has been around or over 60 years. We are here for any woman whose par tner (or she herself) is involved with in any way in the Oil & Gas Industr y. We meet once a month to foster friendship. Please call Ellen @ 780 - 632-4922 or Shirley @ 780 - 632-3283 for more information.


12 Step RECOVERY AT ROCK GROUP meets ever y Tuesday at 7pm in the upper room at 5014 – 50 St, Vegreville, AB. For info call 780 - 632-2933. www.therockmc. com TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Weigh-in 4:45pm. Meeting 5:30pm at St. John Lutheran Church, 4513 Maple St., Vegreville. 780 - 632-7433 or 780 - 658-2670. Ever y Wednesday Trapshooting Outdoor Range 7:00pm. Contact Geoff 780 - 6321432 341 MUNDARE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR CADETS FREE to join. Join Air Cadets for adventure that will take you from the ground up! Wednesday evenings 6:30 -9:00pm through the school year. Youth 12-18 years welcome. Call 341 Squadron at 780 -7642341. Visit us at or www. Friday Prayers: Weekly Jumaat prayer in Two Hills. If interested, please contact Deen 780 - 603- 6090 or Waseem 780 - 603-8443 Friday Prayers: Weekly Jumaat prayer in Vegreville. If interested, please contact Hesham 780 - 603- 6245 / 780 - 632-2721 or Azeem 780 -885-2627 LOAVES & FISHES Lunch star ting Friday September 10 – 11:30am-1:00pm ever y Friday except stat holidays. Good Food. Bring old friends. Make new friends. All are welcome. 4615 Maple St. (60 St.), VPC Church. No charge.

Basilian Fathers Museum (Mundare). Please visit the Basilian Fathers Museum (Mundare) this summer to see its latest exhibit, “Peter Lipinski: Large and Small Canvases,” along with an ongoing display devoted to Bp. Budka in Canada. The museum is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm and weekends, July and August, 1-5pm.

How Disciples live Bible study and workshops. We meet ever y Friday night at The Rock 5014-50 St. at 7pm. Call for info 780 - 632-2933 or

Vegreville Regional Museum. Located on the site of the internationally renowned solonetzic soils research station of Agriculture Canada (1956-1995), the Museum tells the stories of community life and development chronicling how Vegreville’s unique social fabric has contributed to the harmony of community life since the 1890’s. The Rt. Hon. Donald F. Mazankowski, P.C. Collection: 25 years of distinguished public ser vice of the former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. Home of the Vegreville & District Spor ts Hall of Fame. Open Year Round. May-Sept TuesFri 11-5, Sat-Sun 1-5. Oct-April phone for current hours. 1 km east of Vegreville on Hwy 16A. (780) 6327650

12 Step RECOVERY AT ROCK GROUP meets ever y Saturday at 7pm in the upper room at 5014-50 Street Vegreville, AB. For info call 780 - 632-2933. www.therockmc. com

Historical Village and Pioneer Museum at Shandro. Located on Highway 857, midway between highway 45 and 28 nor th of Willingdon. A proud par tner of the Kalyna Countr y Ecomuseum, this open air museum features 14 major buildings and ar tifacts from 1900 – 1930. Hours: Canada Day weekend to Labour Day weekend Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission by donation, For more information call (780) 603-1198 HEADS UP for A A Meets at Vegreville Hospital ever y Monday at 8:00 PM 3rd floor. Alanon New Beginning Meeting Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Call 780-275-0054 for location. Rotar y Club of Vegreville meets for lunch meetings ever y Monday at 12pm at VALID 4843-49 St., Vegreville. For more information contact Jody Nicholson at 780 632-2418. Ever y Monday 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Join us in the Mundare Drop-In Centre “ Walk-Along” fitness program. Literature available to help you with your personal program. Walk at the Drop- in Centre, and also, weather permitting, we will walk in Ukainia Park. Ever yone Welcome!!

Bible Study at 10 am at the Vegreville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5258 – 46 Ave. Ever yone Welcome.

Royal Purple Lodge #125 meets first Monday of ever y month, except July & August at Elks Hall. Contact HRL Joyce Porayko 780 632-3830 or Secretar y Leah Henderson 780 - 632- 6565. Vegreville Iron Runners Auto Club at 7:30 p.m. at Vegreville Regional Museum. Call 780 - 632-7729 or 780 - 632-3495 Nonviolence Study Group for anyone wanting to learn more about the principals of nonviolence and how to apply them in today’s world. If you are passionate about making a difference, or just curious to learn more, please join us from 7-8 pm. Call Kim at 780 - 658-2550 for location details. Vegreville Elks Lodge #143 meets first Thursday every month except July and August. Meetings are held in the Elks Hall at 7:30 pm. Contact Robert Bennett 780-632-4717. Vegreville Wildlife Federation (Alber ta, Fish & Game Association) Please check website Email: vegrevillewildlife@gmail. com “ Women’s Book Club” meets first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at the Vegreville Centennial Librar y THE RED HAT ROSES, a chapter of the Red Hat Society, an international social group for mature women, meet for fun and friendship at Leonel’s Place at 1:30pm the second Monday of ever y month. See www. THE CLASSY CANADIANS, a chapter of the Crown Jewels of Canada Society, a national social group for mature women meet for fun friendship and caring at Leonel’s Place the four th Monday of ever y month at 1:30pm. See

Vegreville Lions Club meets at Sunshine Senior Centre – 4630 - 49 Street. Meeting 7 p.m. 2ND and 4TH Tuesday except July and August. Kinsmen Club of Vegreville holds meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Vegreville Kinsmen Golf Course. Call Mike Webb at 780 - 632-2666 days

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8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Phone 632- 6617. The Crisis Association of Vegreville operates a HELPLINE for those who are having difficulties in their lives and need assistance. It is a toll-free, confidential ser vice available to those in the 632exchange. Phone 632- 7070.

THE ALBERTA DRAFT HORSE CLUB meetings ever y 2nd Saturday of ever y 2nd month. 780 -764-2099

The Kinette Club of Vegreville meets ever y 3nd Wednesday of the month. Joining the Kinette Club is a great way to meet new friends and to get in the community. For more information, please call 632-2848.

Vegreville Hospitals Auxiliar y Society meets third Wednesday of ever y month, except July and August. Meetings held in EXECUTIVE MEETING ROOM (St. Joseph’s Hospital) at 7:00 p.m. Call 780 - 632- 6323

Viking A A Group meets at the Viking Hospital Multi Purpose Room 8:00 p.m. Wednesday nights.

Royal Canadian Legion Vegreville Branch # 39 General Meeting ever y 3rd Wednesday of September, November, Februar y and June at 7:00pm. All members welcome to attend. The Red Hot Red Hats meet the second and four th Friday of each month at 1:30 pm. See Contact Millie 780 632-2148 Vegreville Garden Club meets the last Monday ever y month at the Seniors Sunshine Club, 4630 – 49 St. at 7:00 p.m. President – Marie Eliuk 780 - 632-2578 The New Vegreville Aquarium Club meets ever y last Monday at 7:00pm at the Vegreville Centennial Librar y “ Writer’s Group” meets last Tuesday of each month at 2:00pm at the Vegreville Centennial Librar y Legacy 4 Health Indoor Walking Program for Older Adults 10 -11am at the Vegreville Centennial Librar y Gymnasium 4709 -50 St, Contact Ir vin Cowan 780 - 632-2977, Jim Nicholson 780 - 632- 6437, Carol Lynn Babiuk 780 - 632-3331 Are you or someone you know living with a Brain Injur y? We can help! The Alber ta Brain Injur y Initiative provides suppor t, coordination and education for brain injur y sur vivors and their families. For more information on our free ser vices call 1-866645-3900

VegMin Learning Society welcomes learners who are interested in increasing t heir skill levels (reading, writing, math and speaking English). Learners work towards’ their personal goals in a small class or 1:1 setting. Do you have a few hours a week to help someone reach their learning goal? Volunteer Tutor Training and ongoing suppor t are provided along with a great volunteer recognition program. Visit www. or call 780 - 632-7920 for more information. Senior Floor Curling at 1:00p.m. ever y Monday & Thursday. Anyone interested please come to the Sunshine Club. 55+. Call 780 - 632-2624. Vegreville Flying Club meets ever y 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Terminal Building VegMin Literacy Program offers free, confidential tutoring for adults over 17 needing help with Basic reading, writing and math skills. Phone: 632-7920 for inter views. Ever yone is Welcome Prayer House 5729 44A st. Veg. Nor th of St. Joseph Hospital come and share your testimony and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ without compromise. Ever y Sunday at 10:30 AM. Also I will pray for the sick believing in God for the answer. But God commandeth his Love toward us, in that, while, we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. RO. 5:8 New hope church of God, Edmonton c. for the Nations Int.Veg. Doing God work together for yor good. J. Abelar. Ph. 632-2843

Tofield A A Meetings held Thursday at 8 p.m. Open meeting ever y 4th Thursday at 8 p.m. at Bardo Lutheran Church Bsmt 4737 - 57 Ave. For info call 662-3893

A A Meeting in Mundare Sunday’s 7PM Town Building, Conference Room 5128 50th St. Contact Rober t 780 - 656-5829

AWANA - a Christian c lub for boys and girls age 3 to grade 6. Meets Thur sdays from 6 : 3 0 - 8 p.m. Now meeting in the Alliance Churc h’s new building at 46 0 6 - 55 Ave.Call 632-2261 for more information

Willingdon & District Fish & Game Assn. Regular meetings, held ever y last Tuesday off each month (excluding July and August) at 7:30 p.m. at the Willingdon Arena upstairs in the Club Room Ever yone Welcome.

UCWLC Meetings to be held ever y third Thursday of each month at Holy Trinity Church Hall at 7 p.m. in Vegreville.

New to town? Join us the 1st Wed of the month for a newcomer’s potluck lunch. 121pm. Bring a friend ! Bring a dish! Call FCSS 780 - 632-3966 for locations & info.

Veg-Al Drug Society an Alber ta Health Ser vices, community funded agency Room # 217 Provincial Bldg., Vegreville, AB. Out patient counselling ser vices for alcohol & other drug addictions and problem gambling. Office Hrs. – Monday to Friday,

A A meeting at Lamont United Church ever y Thursday at 8:00 p.m.


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Legion supports Kinettes Kinette President, Candice van der Torre, accepts a cheque from Vegreville Royal Canadian Legion President, Diane Fausak. “Our legion is proud to be part of the new playground and commends the Kinette Club for their endeavours to enhance our community. This is a very ambitious project, and we were able to contribute $3,740 to the purchase of swings,� Fausak said. (Vegreville Legion/ Submitted)







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A fun filled day at Myrnam

Joe Machney People from Myrnam and the surrounding began taking their spots at the pancake breakfast as early as 8 a.m. on Saturday July 18 at the arena, beginning the fun filled day for everybody. What a day it was! As people talked about how much they’ve been enjoying the recent rain we’ve been having, others at the arena prepared their f loats for the parade part of the day. As the parade started, Constable Lisa Miner headed the parade, followed by beautiful horses and the many f loats that entered. The Myrnam Fire Department ended the procession with much noise and many handfuls of candy. After the parade was over a perogie lunch was provided by the seniors at the Myrnam senior centre where more people attended then last year, enjoying the famous Ukrainian cuisine of perogies and

kobasa. Back at the arena was the pedal tractor pull for the children ages 4 to 11 from the Myrnam and Derwent area. This went on until around 4 in the afternoon and for an hour or so ran parallel with the pony rides, which distracted the children who were finished with pedaling their tractors. The Myrnam Fire Department Silent Auction was a success as well and ended later in the evening. The Bean Bag tournament began around 4 p.m. and when it ended late in the evening, Terry Axley and Rita Markiwsky were crowned “Boss of the Toss” with Dustin Axley and Josh Machney coming in 2nd. At 6 p.m. over 140 people sat down to a steak dinner and to end the evening there were fireworks at around 10 p.m.

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Ask the Guys Dear Classified Guys, Every day when I turn on the television it seems someone is talking about gas prices. I think the topic is more popular than the weather, if you can believe it. Honestly, my wife and I don't think about it much since we live so close to work and put so few miles on our cars. We own an SUV and a Honda Civic. I recently tried selling the Civic to upgrade and was surprised by the number of people who were interested. It actually sold for my full asking price of $7000. The guy who bought it was looking to replace his SUV for commuting to work. Now it has me wondering if I should be selling my large vehicle. With the higher gas prices, does it really pay to get something smaller and more fuel-efficient? I know we save on gas, but how much does it really add up to? Am I just like other people and overreacting?

• • • Cash: As the old saying goes, when it rains it pours. The same can be said for the ever-increasing gas prices. And much like the weather, no one really knows when things will clear up. Carry: As you've seen first

Duane “Cash” Holze & Todd “Carry” Holze 07/26/15 ©The Classified Guys®

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Fast Facts Sun Tan

Reader Humor Pay at the Pump

When it comes to needing energy, we just need to look up. The sun not only makes for a beautiful day, but it’s capable of much more. Outside the earth's atmosphere, the sun's energy is about 1,300 watts per square meter. Although some of that energy is lost in our atmosphere, the sunlight still carries about 1000 watts per square meter by the time it reaches the earth’s surface. That one square meter of sunlight, over the course of a year, has enough energy to replace an entire barrel of oil.

When my car broke down, I didn't know how I was going to get to work. Fortunately, my neighbor stepped in and offered to drive me every day since he works nearby. In gratitude when we stopped for gas on Monday, I offered to fill his tank. I didn't think much of it until Friday afternoon when we were driving home. I glanced at his dashboard and noticed the needle barely moved from the full position. As he pulled into my driveway I commented, "We've driven to and from work all week and your gas gauge hasn't moved. How can your car be so fuel-efficient?" "It just looks that way," he laughed. "The gauge broke two weeks ago." (Thanks to George D.)

In Hot Water hand, the demand for smaller fuelefficient cars has risen dramatically making them a hot commodity in the used marketplace. Cash: Deciding whether to switch cars or not depends on a lot of variables like how much you drive and what kind of vehicle you need, but let's take a look at the gas savings. Carry: If we assume your SUV averages 18 mpg and a smaller more efficient car might average 28 mpg, that's an increase of 10 mpg. Since the average person drives about 15,000 miles per year between going to work, trips to the store and so on, then you could

decrease you gas usage by about 300 gallons. At a price of $3 per gallon, that can save you about $900 per year. Cash: Since the guy who bought your civic paid $7000, he could potentially save enough within eight years to pay for the whole car. It would take even less time if he commutes a considerable distance to work every day. Carry: Given that you don't drive very far to work, your savings might be a little bit less. However the next time you turn on the television to watch the weather, that savings could come in handy for a rainy day!

As energy prices climb, the number of people turning to renewable energy is increasing. Back in 2006, only about 30,000 homes had rooftop solar installed on their homes. That number saw tremendous growth by 2013 to more than 400,000 homes. The US. DOE Annual Energy Outlook projects that by 2020, we could see as many as 3.8 million homes in the US participating in using rooftop solar on their homes. •

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Two – 2250 bu. Butler bins w/new Westeel hoppers $5500 each. One – “Grain Max” 2000 bu. bin - $8500. Phone 780-367-2483

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3 Bdrm Townhouse, $1090/ mo. available immediately. Call Dave at 780-632-0321 or 780-932-0041 2 bdrm mobile home. No pets. Phone 780-632-1551 Vegreville – 1 to 4 Bdrm homes, 2 to 4 appliances, N/S, N/P, References. PH: 780-658-2504 Basement suite, N/S, N/P, $675. Available July 1st. Phone 780-218-2278 2 Bdrm home, $1000/mo. DD same + utilities. No smoking, no pets. Phone 780-940-4951 Lamont; ½ duplex, spacious, 3 bedroom, big kitchen, nice yard. Reference. $1000 per month. Phone 778-755-1313 New 2 bedroom 4 plex, 5 appliances, no pets, no smoking. $900 dd, $900 rent. Phone 780-632-1020 or 780-363-2132

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TO GIVE AWAY RCA 20” Colour TV and Cassette Player. Both in good working order. Phone 780-632-6020 1981 Johnson 25hp Seahorse Outboard Motor with tank and hose still running when shut off. Phone 780-632-1685 2 white and 1 tabby kittens. Litter trained. Very friendly. Phone 780-603-1569 Farm cats/kittens to give away - 2 ½ year old male and female cats; 3 – 1 ½ year old males cats, 1 – 1 ½ year old female cat; 2 ½ month old male and female kittens;1 ½ month old male and female kittens. Phone 780-363-2106

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TRUCKS 1993 Chev 4x4 Ext Cab. For parts. $650. 780-9225999 2002 GMC 4x4 HD ¾ ton Service Truck 340k $3500 780-922-5999 1985 F350 Dually. Extra long flat deck, $1600. 780-922-5999 1997 Ford 7.3 Diesel, 4 x 4, missing transmission. Nice deck, $2800. 780922-5999 2000 Dodge Dakota V8 4x4 Farm Truck. $1,600. 780-922-5999. 2006 Honda Pilot 6 passenger SUV. Loaded. $5750. 780-994-3005

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Interest rate cut underscores Canada’s gloomy economic prospects Jock Finlayson Troy Media What are we to make of the Bank of Canada’s recent decision to trim its short-term policy interest rate by another 25 basis points, taking it to a near record low level of 0.5 per cent? The Bank is frankly acknowledging that the energy-related downturn in capital spending and exports in Canada has been greater in magnitude than it was expecting at the beginning of the year - and the pain is likely to persist. Canada is facing difficult economic adjustments stemming from a less rosy future for both oil and gas markets and those for many other commodities. This is unwelcome news, as natural resource industries supply more than half of Canada’s exports and play a pivotal role in driving business investment in many regions of the country. A world of lower prices for energy and other commodities is a world in which Canadians can look forward to significantly slower growth in incomes than we enjoyed during the decade-long global commodity up-cycle that began in 2002-03. The Bank of Canada’s actions also speak to the reality that, at a time of considerable macroeconomic weakness, it has fallen on monetary policy to shoulder the burden of supporting aggregate demand. Fiscal policy is largely missing in action as the federal government - despite its strong balance sheet - prioritizes deficit avoidance, and several provincial governments struggle to contain escalating debt/GDP ratios. Given current economic conditions and Canada’s rather uninspiring near-term growth prospects, the existing mone-

tary/fiscal policy mix seems far from optimal, at least at the federal level. Finally, the latest cut in the central bank’s (already low) benchmark rate signals that the monetary policy tool box is now almost empty - at least in terms of “conventional” policy tools. A 25 basis point reduction in the bank rate is too small to have any appreciable macroeconomic impact, other than to put more downward pressure on our increasingly enfeebled currency. And with the policy rate set at 0.5 per cent, the Bank of Canada will have little capacity to respond in the event that the economy is hit by additional shocks. One can only pray that no nasty surprises lie ahead. It is remarkable that, six years after Canada’s economy hit bottom at the tail end of the 2008-09 recession, the central bank’s benchmark rate sits perilously close to zero, and “real”, after-inflation market interest rates are negative (or nearly so) for bank savings accounts, GICs and some other fixed income products. Few Canadian forecasters imagined, circa mid-2009, that interest rates would remain at such exceptionally low levels a half decade or more into the future, particularly considering that Canada has posted several years of decent economic growth along with sizable gains in employment. While the central bank is working with the tools at hand to deliver on a mandate centered on manag-

ing inflation, one can’t help but worry about the troubles being stored up as a consequence of year after year of rock bottom interest rates. Frothy housing markets and the accumulation of unprecedented levels of debt by Canadian households are the two most visible features of our present economic situation that have been aided by a long stretch of monetary stimulus. More generally, it is worth asking whether sticking with a macroeconomic policy framework that has encouraged leverage and borrowing on an epic scale while punishing thrift and prudence may be doing subtle but real damage to the long-term foundations of a productive economy. Too large a fraction of the scarce capital and entrepreneurial talent in Canada has been directed into relatively less productive sectors and activities (housing-related investment, financial engineering, and consumer spending),

while too little has been deployed to building the products, technologies, skills, enterprises, and infrastructure that Canada needs to be an internationally competitive 21st century economy. Perhaps such a misallocation of capital and talent is the price that must be paid in exchange for relying so heavily on hyper-accommodative monetary policy to sustain demand and spending in Canada during a period of sluggish global growth. It is too early to render a firm judgment on how all of this will play out in the years to come. But policy-makers would be wise to pay a lot more attention to the downside risks inherent in today’s unbalanced Canadian economy in which consumers, businesses and governments have become used to the comforts afforded by astonishingly cheap money. Jock Finlayson is Executive Vice President of the Business Council of British Columbia.



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We are happy to announce the arrival of CALLIE LILY PYSKLYWYC!! Welcoming her with great joy are parents Daryn & Lindsey and Big Sister Mila Pysklywyc. Grandparents Orest & Irene Pysklywyc and Dallas & Karen Steinke. Great-Grandmothers Jeannine Courchesne and Laura Strauss

LEMKO In loving memory of Cathy Helen Lemko July 23, 1961 – August 6, 1994 Time speeds on, 21 years are gone, Since death its gloomy shadow cast Upon our home, where all was bright And took from us a shining light. We miss that light, and ever will Her vacant place none can fill Here we mourn, but not in vain, For in Heaven, we will meet again. With deep love, sadly missed by Mom, Jean and family

PAZIUK, Terence Edward (Terry) November 25, 1950 – July 29, 2015 On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Terry Paziuk of Vegreville, Alberta passed away at the age of 64 years. Terry is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Heather; two sons Chad and Sean Paziuk; one brother Paul Paziuk; one sister Sylvia Paziuk; mother in law Lorna Hoggins; along with numerous relatives and friends. Terry was predeceased by his parents Peter and Eunice Paziuk. A Gathering of Friends & Relatives will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion – Vegreville Branch. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Kidney Foundation of Canada – Alberta Chapter or the Charity of One’s Choice. To send condolences visit www. Autumn Rose Funeral Home Ltd., Vegreville,780-603-5800



TOPECHKA, Brian April 27, 1950 – August 7, 2008 In loving memory of my dear Son, Brother and Uncle who passed away seven years ago. This month comes with deep regret It brings a day we’ll never forget We had a son with a heart of gold He meant more to us than wealth unfold Always a smile, never a frown Always a hand when one was down He gave us love without measure Care and devotion and measures to treasure The dearest son, the kindest friend One of the best, God could lend The tears in our eyes we can wipe away But the ache in our hearts will always stay A thousand prayers won’t bring you back We know because we tried And neither a thousand tears We know because we cried You left behind our broken hearts And precious memories too. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Mom (Vicki) Brother Barry (Marilyn) and family

LYSAK, Michael & Barbara In loving memory of our dear Mother and Father. Dad went to be with the Lord, ten years ago on March 10, 2005. Mom left us August 8, 2005 to join our Dad and the Lord. May the winds of Heaven blow gently On the quiet and peaceful spot, Where our dear parents lie sleeping And will never be forgot. As we look upon your picture Sweet memories we recall Of two faces so full of love And a smile for one and all Though you are gone forever And your hands we cannot touch We will never lose the memories Of the ones we loved so much. Gone are the days we used to share, But in our hearts you are always there. The gates of memory will never close, We miss you more than anyone knows. We mourn for you in silence, No eyes can see us weep, But many a silent tear is shed While others are asleep. The family chain is broken And nothing seems the same But as God calls us one by one The chain will link again. Lovingly remembered by your Family

RAMSAY, Albert Wayne May 28, 1945 – July 23, 2015 On Thursday, July 23, 2015, Albert Wayne Ramsay of Vegreville, Alberta passed away at the age of 70 years. Albert is survived by his loving family, his wife of 44 years, Iris; children Tamie (Murray) Gilson, Darrell (Cheri-Anne) and Lynette Ramsay (Dale Munro); six grandchildren Glen Gilson, Tamara (Mark) Myer, Kathleen Gilson, Chad Ramsay, Garth Munro and Connor Munro; one great granddaughter Kailey Flynn; two brothers Johnnie (Arlene) Ramsay and Fred (Alice) Ramsay; along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Albert was predeceased by his parents Albert and Ethel Ramsay; two brothers George and Bill; three sisters Mary (Bob) Brown, Mona (Harvey) Paquette and Verda (Irvin) Walterhouse. A Private Family Memorial was held on Friday, July 31, 2015 at Autumn Rose Funeral Home in Vegreville, Alberta. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment to follow at a later date in the Smokey Creek Cemetery, Smith, Alberta. To send condolences visit Autumn Rose Funeral Home Ltd., Vegreville,780-603-5800

BOWN, Jerry Robert (Bob) On July 29, 2015 Mr. Jerry Robert (Bob) Bown of Vegreville, formerly of Ranfurly, passed away at the age of 92 years. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Lorraine; four daughters and two sons, Joan (Wade) Bottorff of Kelowna, B.C., Rob (Sandra) of Ranfurly, Cathy (Myron) Dennis of Sherwood Park, Barry (Diana) of Ranfurly, Aileen Bown (Carl) of Buffalo, and Julie Burgess of Sherwood Park; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents, George and Gertrude; son-in-law, Cam Burgess; and sisters, Irene and Nellie. Memorial service Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Vegreville United Church, 5126-48 Avenue, Vegreville. Rev. Carolyn Woodall officiating with inurnment at Ranfurly Cemetery. In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. To send condolences, visit PARK MEMORIAL LTD. VEGREVILLE 780-632-2000 FAMILY OWNED FUNERAL HOME

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Premiers’ must make up their minds on energy Kenneth P. Green, Taylor Jackson Troy Media Canada’s premiers concluded their most recent meetings last week with the release of Canada’s Energy Strategy, a document that “charts a path for shaping the sustainable development of Canada’s energy future.” The plan

treatment. Pipelines, or rather “energy infrastructure,” did get some positive (although it appears hard fought for) attention in the national energy strategy, with the commitment of ensuring access to market for Canadian energy products. But while often trumpeting the benefits of pipelines, provinces have

includes such undefined recommendations as to “promote energy efficiency and conservations,” “transition to a lower carbon economy,” “facilitate the development of renewable, green and/ or cleaner energy sources,” and “promote market diversification” for Canada’s energy resources, among others. The real problem with the strategy is that, on many levels, it continues the somewhat contradictory approach the premiers have long displayed regarding energy development. While playnig up the importance of the energy sector to the Canadian economy, the premiers’ report actually promotes policies that will cripple it. While laudinig the industry that directly contributes 10 per cent of Canada’s GDP and directly and indirectly employs more than 900,000 Canadians, making it one of Canada’s most important industries, they then accept politicallyderived climate change goals that would require most of that industry to stop growth in only a few years if the targets are to be reached. For example, the premiers accept the internationally set goal of limiting climate change to 2 C. But a recent study in Nature, a weekly journal, suggests that to achieve this Canada will have to leave 85 per cent of its bitumen in the ground. Another study of fossil fuel growth potential under the 2 C target, recently re-crunched by environmentalists, concluded that we must produce zero net new emissions by 2018. If the premiers mean what they say about that 2 C target, they’re accepting the end of Canada’s hope for fossil fuel production growth in only three years. Pipelines are another area that come in for the “we love you, we love you not”

been slow to actually approve the pipeline infrastructure desperately needed to ensure that Canadian energy makes its way to refineries. From the West Coast to the East Coast, proposed pipeline projects continue to languish, contributing to increases in the amount of oil transported by rail. Indeed, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers projects that rail movements of oil will increase from 185,000 barrels per day in 2014 to between 500,000 and 600,000 barrels per day by 2018. The increase in transporting oil and gas by rail in the absence of pipelines poses unnecessary risk to Canadians, since on a comparative basis pipelines experience fewer

incidents. Another good example of contradictory energy policy is playing out in Alberta where the province’s new premier gave a veritable barn-burner of a speech to oil sands industry executives during Stampede while increasing the carbon levy, establishing a panel to

recommend further actions for the Alberta government to take on climate change, and striking a new royalty review which, if it’s anything like the last one, will only drive investment out of the energy sector or into competing jurisdictions. The premiers’ report recognizes the critical contributions that energy production makes to Canada’s economic health, and that demand for energy will only increase in the future. But there and elsewhere, the premiers accept any number of things that will cut against that contribution. It’s nothing new when politicians speak out of both sides of their mouths. Indeed, a cynical person might claim that’s the norm. But when it comes to a sector as important to the Canadian economy as energy, the usual kind of contradictory policy-making is something Canada can’t long endure. Kenneth P. Green is Senior Director and Taylor Jackson is a Policy Analyst in Natural Resource Studies at The Fraser Institute.



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Protect against West Nile virus AHS Summer is in effect in Alberta, and with it: the risk of West Nile virus. Much like you protect yourself and your loved ones from harmful UVA and UVB rays, Alberta Health Services (AHS) reminds you to make a summer habit of protecting yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites, and their potentially severe health consequences. “With exposure to mosquitoes comes risk of West Nile virus,” says Dr. Gerry Predy, Senior Medical Officer of Health, AHS. “Because some mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, it’s important to avoid being bitten at all.” Whether gardening, golfing, fishing, travelling or even just relaxing outdoors, all Albertans should take these simple steps to prevent bites and protect themselves from West Nile virus: -Wear a long-sleeved, light-colored

shirt, pants, and a hat. - Use insect repellent with DEET. - Consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. “These steps can make it harder for mosquitoes to find you, and remember: if mosquitoes can’t find you, they can’t bite you,” says Predy. After being bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile virus, humans can develop West Nile NonNeurological Syndrome (formerly known as West Nile fever) or the more serious West Nile Neurological Syndrome. Symptoms of Non-Neurological Syndrome can be uncomfortable,

including fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, skin rash, swollen glands and headache. For those individuals who do develop Neurological Syndrome, symptoms can be much more severe, including tremors, drowsiness, confusion, swallowing problems, high fever, unconsciousness, paralysis and even death. From 2003 to 2014, more than 775 Albertans have suffered the consequences of West Nile virus infection.

In 2013 alone, 21 cases of West Nile virus infection were confirmed in Albertan residents, 19 of which were acquired within Alberta. “The data shows the very real and potentially severe risk of illness across the province,” says Predy. “Protect yourself, and ensure your loved ones do the same.” To learn more about West Nile virus and reducing your risk, visit www.

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VVA how to paint with watercolours Vivian Annell and Gloria Sen VVA The art of watercolour is an experience to be made. It’s a very interesting and challenging media which produces effects that are very hard to find in other media. Watercolours are available in a variety of colours in tubes or cakes in either student or artist quality. Artist

quality have more colour pigment, producing richer tones in a colour to water ratio. They primary colour of two or three different reds, different yellows and different blues are the starting point. As one gains experience, different colours of greens, browns and violets can be added. The paint brushes one uses are soft, pure natural hair (ie Sable, which are expensive). The most economical brushes are “blend” brushes, which are a combination of natural hair and synthetics. A variety of roundpointed and flat hair brushes are good choices. The type of paper to use should be of 140 lb, preferably cold-press, available in large sheets (can be cut smaller if required) or smaller pads. A palette is needed for mixing colours. Two containers for water,

one for mixing clean colours, the other for rinsing out the brushes. Having cotton rags, paper towels, sponges (for creating special effects) and even an old toothbrush are helpful in certain areas of creating your painting, which can have a combination of blended textures and soft flowing areas. A hair dryer can be used for quicker drying times (do not use hot heat!) between different steps. A hard lead pencil (2-H) for any drawing that one may wish to help achieve their painting, as well as a soft eraser are also good to have. A product called “masking fluid” is available to block out any colour that one may not want to change. Getting started Tape your water colour on all 4 sides to a board that doesn’t bend, for stability and buckling and bending of your watercolour paper. Draw your intended subject with light, but visible

pencil marks. Choose a “mood” for your intended painting and paint a flat wash over the paper. A warm mood will be made up of yellows. A cool mood will be made up of blues. Starting at the top of your paper, tilt

your painting board at a slight angle and wash in your colour with a flat brush. Tilting the surface will help keep the colour wash flowing. Repeat the left to right brush motion, gathering up that wash of colour that has accumulated at the bottom of the previous stroke, thus producing a graded wash throughout the entire paper. One always works from the lightest, softest colours last. Many different methods are used in creating a painting. One of this is a wet-on-wet technique. After the paper has been wet, a colour is applied and allowed to “bleed”, creating some fascinating effects of soft colours and shapes. Dry brush is another method where wet colour is applied to a dry surface, thus creating sharp edges and textured images. Sponges and stiff brushes, foil and plastic paper; these can be used to create additional special effects. All of these add to a wonderful work of art. The scraping of colour, while still wet, with a slightly pointed object to emphasize branches or grass, is interesting. Rolling paper towels over your art work gives rocks a sharp-edged look. Salt applied to a slightly wet surface draws the

colour towards itself, creating star-like images. Watercolour is one of the most interesting mediums to work in. Always challenging, yet controllable according to one’s preference and interest. VVA is a group of local artists supporting and promoting the visual arts in Vegreville. All interested artists are encouraged to contact for more information. The featured artist’s work can be viewed at the Centennial Public Library. Check us out on Facebook at Vegreville Visual Artists. Vivian A nnel can be reached at


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KIDFest a new hit event in Vegreville

Children loved Bob the Minion at the First Annual Summer Sale and KIDFest on Vegreville’s Agricultural Society Grounds on July 25 and 26. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Marie Krieger, owner of Flawless Fit Lingerie Inc. with her daughter, Lindsay and grandson, Sebastian. “We sell custom-fitted bras that doesn’t have any under-wire or elastic,”Lindsay said.(Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Evan Kay and Maria Kolasis Harrigan, vendors for Juice Plus + who came from Edmonton said that they were selling their products well. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Lisa Waldorf, Independent Designer for Origami Owl said that people can make a personal locket, necklace, earrings, watch or bracelet with these stainless steel products. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Rosanne Fortier Vegreville wears a golden cap for providing satisfying shopping experiences for both adults and children! On July 25 and 26, the First Annual Summer Sale and KIDFest were hosted at Vegreville Agricultural Society Grounds. Nicole Basarabowich organized this event which featured 30 vendors, Bob the Minion, and face painting, tattoos, a magic show by Choo Choo the Clown, food trucks, treats and more. Evan Kay and Maria Kolasis Harrigan, vendors for Juice Plus +, from Edmonton said that they were selling their products well. “Juice Plus + has been around for 40 years and it sells a variety of different capsules, gummies, bars and shakes that contain 30 whole foods in each one. They are very nutritious and have no preservatives, GMO’s or pesticides.

“We also have the tower garden which is an aeroponics growing system. It has been around since 2012. It grows your fresh produce indoors all year long. You can grow anything that doesn’t grow on the ground like berries, cucumbers, beans, broccoli and more. Water and nutrients are continuously cycling through the tower, showering the plant’s roots.” Evan and Maria explained. Maryanne Toledo, independent distributor for Sweet Legs said her products had a leg up on the competition. “Our motto is own it, walk it. We are challenging women of all different shapes and sizes to find a print or solid that they like. There is something for everyone. Our leggings range from size zero to 20. They are durable and we have a 30 day warranty if anything goes wrong with a pair.” Maryanne said.

Marie Krieger, owner of Flawless Fit Lingerie Inc. was with her daughter, Lindsay. “We sell tab custom-fitted bras. People should buy this product because it doesn’t have any under-wire or elastic making it very comfortable. It keeps a woman’s breasts centered where they should be. This helps a woman look 10 pounds lighter.” Lindsay said. “We also sell compression socks, invisible tank tops and Capri leggings which are all made out of Firma energy wear. The motto is where health meets fashion. These products can reduce the appearance of cellulite and even regulate small fluctuations in body temperatures.” Lisa Waldorf, Independent Designer for Origami Owl said people can make a personal locket, necklace, earrings, watch or bracelet with these products. Every locket tells a story. They are stainless

steel and will last a long time. Choo Choo the Clown pulls his magical tricks “Is that your name in the morning or the afternoon?” Choo Choo the Clown asked a child volunteer at his show. At first, he continued to tease the kids with innocuous remarks as he led them on with his failed tricks. Then he coupled comedy and magic as he engineered his magic tricks which were out-of-the-barn. The children said wow to napkins disappearing only to turn into a never-ending napkin and then it was transformed into a large cloth with a butterfly on it. Many more tricks captured the youngsters’ attention as laughter streamed through the barn.


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Yaremcio Honey delivers on bees Rosanne Fortier

On July 29, children had a chance to eat honey fresh from a bee hive! In this process, they learned that you have to remove the wax but if you don’t, it’s isn’t harmful to eat. Michael Yaremcio of Yaremcio Honey gave a brief presentation on bees to the Sizzlin’ Summer program at Vegreville Centennial Library. “There is a lot of misconceptions about which bees’ sting. Honey bees don’t usually sting, if you leave them alone and don’t drop or kick their hive. Bumble bees, hornets and wasps more commonly sting.” Yaremcio said. It is always important to exercise extreme cautious if you are allergic to bees.

Michael Yaremcio from Yaremcio Honey educates the children from the Sizzlin’ Summer program about bees on July 29. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Lacey Shandro, one of Sizzlin’ Summer’s Program Leaders explains to Tanner the process bees go through to create honey. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

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Red or bust!

The Vegreville Yarn Bombers continue to help Paint the Town Red with this luxurious hand-knit scarf placed lovingly around the bronze bust of Father Vegre at Town Hall. Paint the Town Red has been a central theme surrounding the Town’s support of the Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce’s 40th anniversary celebrations of the Vegreville Pysanka. (Michael Simpson/Photo)

Troy Dowhaniuk of St. Catherines Ontario, originally from Westlock Alberta, is on a solo mission to raise money for the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital. He started in Tofino, Vancouver Island May 6th and headed east. He can be followed on facebook, and donations can be made at 100% of the money raised goes to the Sick Kids with Cancer research. He biked through Vegreville Sunday, July 12th and stopped for a photo with the Pysanka, then continued on his way. As of July 23rd he reached Thunder Bay, Ontario. Good Luck Troy, see you in St. John’s, Newfoundland. (Judy and Leo Ewaniuk/ Submitted)


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Dr. Recycle heals the environment

Recycle’s childlike nature enchanted the kids while he demonstrated how his awesome toys were created.There was a colorful drum made out of plastic caps, and other items which used plastic milk and yogurt containers, straws and other materials. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

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Children from the Sizzlin’ Summer program make a toy fishing rod out of common recyclable materials at Dr. Recyle’s presentation on July 27 at Vegreville Centennial Library. This session was meant to help children develop a lifetime of eco-friendly habits. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Children can create eco-friendly toys from common recyclables. On July 27, Vegreville Centennial Library invited Dr. Recycle in to do a child and eco-friendly presentation. Oliver Samonte is his real name and even his colorful tie was made from recyclables. Samonte came from British Columbia. He mentioned that he learned to create his own toys from growing up in poverty in the Philippines. Now, he is an instructor for schools, camps, museums and everywhere there are kids around. Also, he teaches about recycling at teacher conventions. He hopes children will have fun and develop a lifetime of eco-friendly habits. Workers and children from many summer programs attended this session. Samonte’s childlike nature enchanted the kids while he demonstrated how his awesome toys were created. There was a colorful drum made out of plastic caps, and other items which used plastic milk and yogurt containers, straws and other materials. “I connected the parts to these toys without glue. I will show you how to reduce buying stuff. This is a penguin, a toy car, pirate ship, wishing well and a helicopter I made.” Samonte said while he demonstrated how to make a whale with recycled plastic and a hole punch. Then he showed the method he used to make a butterf ly. Samonte proceeded to tell the children ten simple steps they needed to do to create their own propeller or toy f ishing rod that they could take home. Oliver Samonte wrote a book titled Creative Recycling which is available through the local library system.

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Little Explorers makes summer shine for children

Little Explorers kicked off on July 6 with a lot of smiling faces and many imaginative ideas.This program is for children ages three to five years-old. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want children to have fun and explore the town and preschool while they gain a sense of their community and get experience playing with others.We offer a lot of crafts and games and have free play so children can gain a sense of independence.â&#x20AC;? Kiersten Rasmusson, Head Teacher said. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Abbey Road on Mazankowski Way

Employees of CIBC were out to honour the 140th anniversary of the RCMP with former detachment commander Sgt. Jeremie Landry while Communities in Bloom Judges were looking on across the street. (Jo-Anne Fried/Submitted)

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Eggcellent results!

Rachel Farr, President of the Vegreville Agricultural Society stands with Chris Humphries, Race Director for Elevation Obstacle Races and Vegreville KidSport chapter members Joel Wright and Leanne Christensen, and KidSport Chair Derek Christensen beneath a most Egg-cellent backdrop, the famous Ukrainian Pysanka. Farr and Humphries were happy to donate race fees to KidSport Vegreville in the amount of $500, which will help families with limited resources cover registration costs for organized sports in Vegreville. The funds included sponsorship money from local race sponsors A+ Cellular, Snap Fitness and the Vegreville News Advertiser. (Michael Simpson/Photo)


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Markets bringing Mazankowski Way to life

Rosanne Fortier On July 18, around 30 one-of-a kind vendors and local musicians revitalized Mazankowski Way in Vegreville for some authentic shopping and family fun. Hundreds of local residents and visitors enjoyed great weather during the event. The rhythmic energy from Perogies and Jam provided a peppy backdrop of sound that had visitors tapping toes while they shopped. The local performing group has had a busy summer so far with appearances in the area at several communit y events. This August Perogies and Jam will be coordinating and providing entertainment at the 40th Anniversary Celebrations at Elks/ Kinsmen Park during vEGGfest. Alice Shnarr, artist and crafter for A llie’s Artistic Indoor/Outdoor Décor sold charming homemade products which included vases, jewellery boxes, key chains, candles,

ornaments, wind spinners and more. “I created these items myself from mixing new and old items. I like to buy them at a yard sale and recreate my products. I want to make something different that no one else has done. I never make the same product t wice and there might be nowhere in the world you can f ind the exact item.” Shnarr said. Pamela Stock ley, independent Epicure consultant for Epicure Selections from Vegreville held a food table. “Epicure sells seasonings that are made in Canada. They have no artif icial f lavors, low to no sodium and no preservatives. They make the food taste amazing. You can add these spices to many foods; they are so versatile. I am a Red Seal Chef who cooks for a living and a culinar y instr uctor at Vegreville Composite High School.” Stock ley said. “These spices are quick and easy. I hunt a lot of wild

game and use the three onion spice for roasts. I make marinade with these spices and grav y with beef stock.” Delicia’s coiffures salon and spa does hair-cutting and beauty services, massage therapy, facials, pedicures, foot ref lexolog y, and make-up application with any hair service. Shirley Trent operated a chair massage at the market. “A person can have a massage any length of time they wish to. A chair massage is unique because a person is sitting up and they don’t need to take off their clothing to have it done. It’s used in exhibitions and a salon setting to promote massage therapy. A massage improves the circulation. A person feels more f lexible, it releases a lot of musculosketal tensions and it helps a person relax.” Trent said. Linda Boyda, vendor for Linda’s Linens sold tablecloths, table top-

pers, runners and doilies. “I have been selling these products for 17 years. They make people’s homes more comfortable. It gives a more softness to the home. My mood changes when I change my tablecloth.” Boyda said. “They make good wedding and shower gifts because they last a long time and are easy to take care of; they’re machine washable and ready to go.” This Downtown Market was organized and held by Vegreville Economic Development and Tourism and Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce to increase economic growth and foot traff ic in Vegreville. It’s also a fun gettogether with child-friendly activities available. Get ready for the f inal market of the season on September 12.

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Review: Papers, please Duncan Korpan-Wood Gaming in the last few years has seen a major shift from huge sprawling multi-million dollar projects towards scaled-down, intimate experiences. The big reason for these changes is the rise of the independent developer. These are typically one or two person teams working on passion projects that span a whole range of subjects and styles. While some of these projects don’t pan out or end up releasing a bug-ridden, unf inished mess, the majority are well crafted releases. Then there are the gems that stand above the rest. One such gem is a game called Papers Please. Originally a PC-only release, it came out on the iPad in late 2014. Unfortunately it was not a widely heralded release and only caught the eyes of those who had heard about this game or were lucky to stumble across it. Papers Please is a game about border security, except it isn’t. The game takes place in Arstotzka, a f ictional communist countr y that has just reopened the borders in 1982 and is very choosy about who gets in. You play as a border checkpoint off icer, checking papers and denying or allowing people into Arstotzka. There are arbitrary rules that get changed daily, terrorist attacks, and rampant corruption! It is very much alluded that Arstotzka is a simulacrum of East Germany under Soviet Russian rule. Ever y aspect of the game plays to this, the music is and brassy, reminiscent of military marching bands. The language is short and brusque with no subtlety, and the sound design is f illed with harsh tones that add tension. The orders you are given are no nonsense and the characters presented are frightened of you or treat you with open scorn. This game does have some humor but it is mostly hidden under the harsh tale that is being told. The tale is one of survival and of a country on the brink of political revolution. You as the gatekeeper of the border have a very important job. You have to check the papers of those crossing. The game starts off with a few rules that are easy to understand and follow, everyone must have a passport that is valid. As the game progress however more rules and required paperwork are added. For example at one point you have to check the passport, entry visa, supplementary ID card and a work visa. One of these documents might have some discrepancy for you to see. Also the government of Arstotzka pays you based on the amount of people who go through your checkpoint. It becomes a bit of a race to have a certain amount of people through the border each day but not to make too many mistakes which can cost you money. Why do you need the money? Well simply put you’re trying to survive. You must pay rent, have heat and food for your family, you also must buy medicine when they get sick. Your family includes a wife, son, mother in law and uncle (Personally I let my mother in law die when she got ill. What that says about my personalit y not withstanding). It does

become a frantic juggle at times. Do you go without heat to feed your family? Or do you go without food to keep warm. The graphics lend to this as well presenting a harsh world through a pixel style hailing from the era of the original 8-bit NES or Sega systems. Each person through the checkpoint looks unique and individual characters stand out and have memorable designs. The checkpoint is claustrophobic and looks dated, the technology presented is old and seems to have be on the verge of breaking down at any moment. This is all told through pixels and is done brilliantly. There are a few issues with the game however; at times the screen can get too cluttered and be distracting. Also the lack of a tutorial can put new players at a severe disadvantage. “You will fail,” seems to be the message. After a few rounds it does get easier and can be done in a hurry. Schadenfreude (taking pleasure in another’s misfortune) plays a huge role, the pleasure of denying someone

access across the border due to an arbitrary rule is good fun. There is almost a gleeful feeling as you make them jump through administrative hoops to cross the border. You f ind yourself catching people in outright lies, conf irming their identities and accusing them of having the wrong gender. The aforementioned leading to some very funny conversations. These serve to make you keep look-

News Advertiser insider PAGE 7 ing as you have a modicum of power and look for any excuse to use it. Overall Papers Please is a unique gem of a game that resonates with player. It tells a tale that sticks with you while crafting a highly believable world that causes the player to think about their decisions and who they affect.


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Sizzlin’ Summer on the rocks Rosanne Fortier This might be the summer where kids develop a hobby that will follow them through life. On July 21, the Sizzlin’ Summer program participated in floor curling at Vegreville’s Senior Sunshine Club Center. These young people’s lives will continue to be bright and solid like sunshine and rocks from intergenerational programs like this one where seniors and kids relate to each other in a relaxed and fun environment. As a result, they learn to develop better lifestyles. “Floor curling is considered an older person’s sport and this is not true. We want to promote it as an enjoyable game for all ages. It’s very important for young people and older folks to learn different

types of sports because it hones their skills and enhances different parts of the body; the brain, muscles and bones. This helps them when they want to take part in other sports, and in skills they need for school or work.” Nick Chrapko, President of Sunshine Club said. “Then children don’t have many chances to participate in floor curling because I believe we are the only facility in the community that has this sport available. Through them, their parents will learn the sport and come into the center with their children to engage in the sport. We have other activities in the center too that we want people to be aware of. We want to promote the club through these intergenerational activities. We hope to make a difference in the community.”

Ping-pong is another activity available at the Sunshine Club. These kids from the Sizzlin’ Summer program play a game while they wait to take part in floor curling. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Children from the Sizzlin’ Summer program learn floor curling at Vegreville Seniors Sunshine Club on July 21. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Legion rides in style

On July 21 and 22, 2015, the Vegreville Royal Canadian Legion volunteer force was fortunate enough to participate in working at the Boomtown Casino in Ft. McMurray. Vegreville Ford generously donated the use of two of their vehicles. We had an Edge and a Flex for our use. We definitely rode in style and comfort and we were so appreciative of Vegreville Ford’s Generosity. We will be able to contribute that much more back into our Community!! We are so fortunate to have such progressive and dedicated businesses here in Vegreville. (Diane Fausak/Submitted)

VBS mixes ingredients for a healthy life

At Vacation Bible School at Vegreville’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church children are learning about The Story of Daniel and how he encouraged a King’s chef to serve healthy food. The whole wheat pancakes and fresh strawberries served are a delicious part of the lesson. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Rosanne Fortier Life is so much sweeter when we make healthy choices. From July 6 to 11, Vegreville’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church paved the way for children to

have a healthy life when they offered Vacation Bible School. There were 13 children from five yearsold to 12 who attended the VBS. The theme was Story of Daniel and his

message was passed through bible stories, crafts, songs, games, friends, fun and more. “We want children to make healthy choices and encourage exercise, nutrition, and that they should drink a lot of water instead of sweet drinks. We are using Daniel’s example from a long time ago, even before Jesus was born where he chose not to eat the unhealthy, rich foods and wine that the

King served. Daniel made a request and spoke to the chef who was in charge of all the captives and asked him if they could try the healthier diet for 10 days. But the chef didn’t want to give them that option because he was afraid it would make people sick and he would lose his job. Finally, Daniel was granted his request and after the 10 days, they were proven to be healthier than all the other people that were eating the King’s food.” Jeannie Windels, VBS Leader said. “We will also go into the Story of Daniel in the Lion’s den and speak about how God was powerful and able to save Daniel from this.”

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