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Break-in suspect caught on tape See story on page 12 Police are seeking a man for questioning after he was captured on tape in Mundare using a stolen credit card to purchase ball caps at the Esso.There may be a connection to a break-in which occurred earlier August 17 at a Vegreville home. (Photo Supplied)

Vegreville combats ALS

A Lion’s heart wins a Lions prize

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Drugs and gun seized during traffic stop Two Hills RCMP Submitted On the evening of August 16th, Two Hills RCMP responded to a traffic complaint near the Fas Gas in Two Hills, Alberta. After making contact with the driver of the vehicle, the male was subsequently arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance pursuant to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Two Hills RCMP members seized

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approximately 1 Ounce of Crystal Methamphetamine, a ½ Ounce of Cocaine and a quantity of Oxycodone Pills. A stolen .357 Magnum Revolver was located under the driver’s seat and was readily accessible to the male. As a result of the investigation, Rory Serna, 22 years old of Two Hills, has been charged with 21 Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Charges

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We love these mysterious creations that have been appearing around Vegreville for the past few years. The work of the Yarn Bombers, a mysterious group of knitting enthusiasts who remain anonymous to this point, this Pysanka pole-warmer is one of a few that are themed red in honour of this summer’s Paint the Town Red theme in celebration of the 40-year anniversary of the Pysanka. (Michael Simpson/Photo)

including but not limited to, Possession of a Controlled Substance in Schedule I For the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000.00, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. Serna has been remanded into custody pending his future court appearances. The Two Hills RCMP is continuing to investigate the offences and it is believed that more charges are anticipated. The total value of the seized drugs is believed to be in the thousands and that the drugs were destined for local communities. The seizure of these types of drugs is unusual but is believed to have put a dent in drug trafficking and other related crimes in the area. If you have information, please call the Two Hills RCMP Detachment at 780-657-2820, or Anonymously via Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.


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Men of RJV get shorn for the cause

Michael Simpson Editor A few of the men who work at RJV wanted to exercise their charitable side and do some fundraising for a good cause. JR Sawiak and Wade Pachla, along with Warehouse Manager Perry Wiehart, decided to canvass their coworkers for a charity head shave. What started off as a movement estimated to raise a few hundred bucks resulted in the additional head of management team member Nikk Watts joining Wiehart, Sawiak and Pachla as the sacrificial domes. They had man-

aged to raise $1760 from donations from staff before RJV matched the amount, resulting in a total donation of $3,520 which was allocated to the Breakfast Club program, run by Heather Giebelhaus (seen in photo accepting the cheque from Wiehart, left, and RJV Chief Operating Officer Don Cherniawsky, right) and fellow volunteers who offer up healthy snacks for kids in the Vegreville schools. Giebelhaus estimates around 98 per cent of kids take part in the program. Now that’s using your head boys, good job!

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Alive with Rhythm These children who are from the ages six to 10 years old learn different dance steps from dancing instructor, Laura Fleming at the Vegreville School of Ballet’s Summer Dance Camp which was held from July 20-24. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Rosanne Fortier Children gain so many developmental skills through physical and sensory experiences. From July 20-24, The Vegreville School of Ballet’s Summer Dance Camp took a swing at teaching ballet, jazz, tap and other genres of dancing to kids from three to 10 years old at the Vegreville Cultural Center. “The dance camp was so much fun! It

was fantastic to collaborate with the library for a craft and story. This gave the dancers a break among a lot of dancing. I also infused games and team play into the week,” Laura Fleming, Dancing Instructor said “This camp is great, because dancers get an overview of several genres of dance in an atmosphere that is fun and a bit more casual than the regular dance season. This makes it exciting for

kids who’ve been dancing for many years without being too intimidating for a child who is new to dance. “Dancing is a valuable tool children can use to express themselves. There is an empowerment that comes with the mind-to-body connection created in dancing and there is the added benefit of dance being a great way to encourage physical activity in a child’s life,” Fleming said.

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FROM THE PAGES OF THE VEGREVILLE OBSERVER

COMPILED BY DAN BEAUDETTE

90 Years Ago – August 26, 1925 Practically all wheat in this district was ready for the binder last week but extremely heavy rains on Friday and Saturday made it impossible for operations to continue. Fortunately no wind accompanied the rain and the grain is all standing up well and if the wet stuff stops for ten days or so, most of the wheat will be in stook. It is a good crop, very uniform and fairly well filed out. Singing insects are now on sale by street vendors along the Ginza, the gay “Main Street” of Tokio. The principal warblers of the insect variety are crickets and long-horned grasshoppers. To the Japanese the “song” of the cricket and the grasshopper lends a peculiar charm to the summer evening. The diminutive insects are sold in quaint bamboo cages, decorated with silk ribbons. Prices range from fifty sen to as high as twenty-five yen each. Edward R. (Ted) Horton left last Friday morning for Montreal where he will join the service of the Canadian Government merchant Marine as a cadet. He expects to leave Montreal on August 31st on the S.S. Canadian Cruiser, for the Australian ports of Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

75 Years Ago – August 21, 1940 School teachers and high school students who will be called up for military training during September are urged to elect to take their training during the first two weeks of the month, rather than the second two weeks, so as to avoid conditions undue disruption of the school year. The deputy registrars in charge of the Vegreville registration areas, which comprise North, West and East Vegreville, have quite a contract on their hands. There will be, all told, over 1500 who should register. This information is derived from the preliminary lists of electors in the last Dominion elections, which gives the following: North Vegreville – 448; West Vegreville – 358; East Vegreville – 407; for a total of 1213. These of course are citizens, by birth or naturalization, who were entitled to vote. To these must be added boys and girls 16 years of age and up to 21 years and there must be 300 of them in the town and immediate district. There will also possibly be some residents of these polls who are not British subjects and they must register like all others.

50 Years Ago – August 26, 1965 A fire, believed to have stated when a bolt of lightning struck a church building in Warwick, completely demolished the building about 8:00 a.m. Tuesday. The Vegreville Rural Fire Protection Association unit responded to the call but the tinder dry building was nothing more than a heap of ashes by the time the unit arrived. The building, at one time the Greek Catholic Church in Vegreville, was moved to Warwick when the new Holy Trinity Church was built. In Warwick, it is understood, it was used by the Greek Catholic Parish up to the present. Members of the Vegreville Fire Department are busy these days putting the old 1927 Chevrolet fire truck back into shape. The truck has been partially kept up during the past few years and is used in parades and the like in the community. Under the guidance of Frank Hewko, however, the entire unit has been stripped and is now in process of being reassembled and renewed. Up to the present the only real difficulty faced in the planning is the finding of the chemical tanks that were removed in the middle forties. Finding parts for the truck is also something of a problem but the boys have got a good project going and it will be interesting to see the end result.

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.

Re: ATCO offer to purchase Lakeland REA Firstly, I would like to thank two ATCO employees for giving me the time and opportunity to express my views on July 31 in Vegreville. One person was in the ATCO office with me, the other on a speaker phone and we had a frank, courteous discussion that I felt went very well. Lakeland REA has a Board of Directors that have been voted in and have the right to make decisions on our behalf. I also believe, based on the information they receive, their decisions will be in the best interest of the majority of members. If we feel they are not acting in our best interest, we can let them know when we vote, just like our last provincial election. As ATCO customers, we would lose these voting privileges. Our Lakeland Association does not have shareholders to pay. We have very easy access to our board members for any information we may want to discuss. Not so with ATCO! Our board members are volunteers; the money they receive may not cover their actual expenses. ATCO’s letters to REA members could have been positive if it had the information we needed to make an informed decision. Instead, in my view, it did nothing to help me know what my service would

cost if I became an ATCO customer. The only useful information was the $20,000 benefit I would receive. That may seem like a lot of money, but if I worked 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for $10/hr I would earn $20,800. After ATCO presented their offer to our board, I feel they went out of line when their employees made personal contact with our members by sending letters. If that wasn’t enough, ATCO set up three open house sessions in three different locations, inviting members to be further influenced into accepting their offer. While in the ATCO open house session in Vegreville, I listened to one of their employees take REA members names and phone numbers so ATCO could contact them later to assist them in getting their offer accepted. I feel ATCO is using a hostile method to take over our REA. The following information would help me make an informed decision: - I would like to see, posted online, an actual ATCO customer monthly statement, showing charges used to arrive at the final cost for an average acreage. - What would a new service cost of there was two poles required? If there were more

than two poles what would it cost for each additional pole? - What would it cost for each month if I had a water-well service that I used five months of the year? - What would it cost per month for a 100-amp, 220-volt service to my grain storage bins that I may need two months of each year? - Will there be any changes to the Land Access Agreement we now have with our REA? If so, what changes? - Where are the service crews located for this area? Some things our REA members may want to consider when making their decision: Try and get the most reliable information you can from ATCO. Consider what you have now and what you may have as an ATCO customer. It may be difficult to get the appropriate information from them that you could use as a comparison. If you have a friend who is an ATCO customer that would let you see their statement, it would give you some insight into pertinent information. When the time comes, be sure to vote on what you feel is fair, but remember bigger is not always better. I learn that every time my phone land line is out of service.

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Volunteer appreciation BBQ Hip-hop and you don’t stop

Vegreville Country Fair’s volunteers enjoy all the traditional BBQ food with all the trimmings at the first Volunteer Appreciation BBQ on August 13.

Rosanne Fortier Vegreville Country Fair helps to put Vegreville on the stage. This is due to the fact that Vegreville Agricultural Society spends all year devising the country fair. On August 13, treated the volunteers behind the Countr y Fair to a Volunteer Appreciation BBQ. Rachel Farr, President of Vegreville Agricultural Society gave a brief speech where she said the society really owed the volunteers because they contributed to

making the country fair the success it was; the attendance this year increased by over 100 citizens. Farr then continued to mention the new features that were added to the fair. Lisa Topilko, Volunteer Services Coordinator said she wanted to thank all the volunteers who gave their gift of time and talents to the countr y fair. Topilko also mentioned that it was volunteers volunteering that made the First Appreciation BBQ possible.

Rosanne Fortier On July 16, the Sizzlin’ Summer program broke out with learning through dancing. Special guest, Drea lee, who is a professional dancer, instructed the children. There were many cheerful expressions while hip-hop dancing steps with original gestures and improvised steps colored the morning. Dancing isn’t just meant for physical activity and recreation; it helps children’s development in all areas, including their cognitive and social skills.


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Vortex player in Maui Debbie Humeniuk Football Mom

On July 30th Dayne Humeniuk was off to Maui, Hawaii with 35 other teens to represent Team Alberta. Tim Enger, organizer of Alberta Football, coached his 9th year with each team to Maui, Hawaii. Dayne’s itinerary was packed with 2 practices a day on his 9-day adventure, including 2 games against King Kekaulike High School. In the first game, the Team Alberta took down the Hawaiians with a score of 24-0 followed by their second win with a

score of 14-2. Following the US football rules was a different experience, Dayne said, but he admitted the players caught on quickly. Team Alberta had time in between their practices for some fun also, including a Luau dinner, shopping, free time at the beach and a 3 hr snorkel tour. In Dayne’s opinion, any player that has a chance to do a once-in-a-lifetime trip like this, it’s an experience worth taking.

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Vicki Topechka’s 85th birthday filled with family Rosanne Fortier Vicki Topechka is 85 years-old and loves typing on her laptop. She is a people-person and she always says that living at Homestead Lodge for the past two years is like being on cruise control; everything is ideal and the residents are waited on hand and foot. Vicki’s optimistic attitude and fortitude has kept her sharp. Vicki credits her long life to working hard on the farm and as a book-keeper for many years. She was married 54 years to the right person for her. They had two sons, Barry and Brian. “Barry is a trucker. Brian passed away seven years-ago from cancer. He was an investor for TELUS for 38 years. That time in my life was the roughest time I had and it still isn’t easy. I cope by praying a lot. I belong to Vegreville United Church and sing in the choir; I keep busy. My family and friends have been very supportive. Today, my family, extended family and friends came from across Alberta for my birthday celebration. I didn’t have a large family but now, I have many grand-children and great grand-children,” Vicki said on August 15. Vicki celebrated her 85th birthday with well over hundred citizens at Vegreville Seniors Sunshine Club. Vicki’s grand-daughter, Trudy Topechka gave a speech written by Vicki. “My dream as a teenager was to finish my education, meet the love of my life, get married and have the most wonderful children, and live happily ever after. All of that came true except the happily ever after has been a lot of work. My husband and I moved 13 times, lived in granaries when things got rough, [and at times] were so short of cash that I would do baking to pay for groceries. We were poor but never hungry. “We liked challenges. I updated my education by going to night school and went on to work as a book-keeper. Later, I wrote a book called, Reflections of my life.” (This book is just in circulation for family members.) Vicki’s son, Barry said his Mom is special because she cares a lot for other people. Trudy said her grandma is a great cook. “Grandma is a very hands-on person. She can do almost anything. She went fishing with her grand-children and let me drive her vehicle when I was 14. She is modern and one of the sharpest ladies I know; she reads and stays on top of things and is always trying to get people together. She has been a widow for 12 years but she still keeps active; she just went to B.C by herself a few months ago. Grandma doesn’t feel sorry for herself and is a good example to others.

Vicki Topechka with her son, Barry at Vicki’s 85th birthday celebration at Vegreville Sunshine Club Center on August 15. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Vicki Topechka says that she didn’t have a large family but she has one now with son, Barry and all her grandchildren and great grandchildren who give her so much support and love.(Back row) left to right-Vicki’s grandsons- Greg Topechka and Rob Topechka. (Front row) left to right-Vicki’s great grandchildren-Amy MacKeigan and Eric Topechka. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)


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Break-in suspect caught on tape Michael Simpson Editor Police are seeking public input after an August 17 break-in at a residence on 42A Avenue in Vegreville around 10 a.m. resulted in stolen items. The culprit gained access through a basement window by prying it open while the owner of the home was out for a period of a few hours, police say. “The suspect went straight for the main bathroom, went straight for the prescription medication, took a few items along the way including spare change in a jar and a couple of items like an old watch and a wallet which held credit cards in the

home owner’s name,” RCMP Cst. J. Gagne said. Later on the same day in the early afternoon, one of the stolen credit cards was used at the Mundare Esso from which RCMP were able to get footage. Additional purchases were made in Edmonton on the card as well. After reviewing the footage, police are turning it over to the public for review and assistance in identifying the man in question seen on tape using the stolen credit card. Information can be given to the detachment directly by calling (780) 632 2223 or anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 TIPS (8477).

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B+R Eckel’s Transport takes over Eastline Transfer

Michael Simpson Editor

New logos on the trucks, but the same great service and staff – that’s what B+R Eckel’s Operations Manager Dave Senecal said would be what people notice as a local business changes hands this fall. Eastline Transfer, which began operating as a freight company in Veg back in 1947, will become another branch of the B+R Eckel’s Transport family soon, however staff will stay the same, and Senecal vows to continue to operate under the same principals of customer service and quality that Eastline was built on. “We’ve been working with Eastline through the years as a regional shipping company with mutual customers,” Senecal said. “We hope to offer more through our expanded fleet including daily service to Edmonton and next-day service to Calgary and

Red Deer.” B+R Eckel’s has a fleet of 1800 pieces of equipment which services all the major urban centers between Edmonton and Calgary as well as a huge swath of north and east central Alberta, with a head office in Bonnyville. The community-minded company is celebrating its 50th year in business in 2015 with its 450 employees. Eastline Transfer co-owner Harry Moss wanted to thank his customers on behalf of himself, partner Gord Tebbutt, whose father founded the 67 year old outfit, which runs a tight ship of 8 employees and 16 tractor trailers. “It’s been a real pleasure to serve everyone over the years, and we’ll be around as the paint job changes on the trucks. We’re happy to be working with an accomplished outfit like B+R Eckel’s on the transition, we’ve known them for years to be a great operation,” Moss said.


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Bikers gearing up for Vegreville’s 1st annual Toy Run Shear Brilliance co-owner Jean-Guy Fontaine is counting the days. As President of Vegreville’s 1st annual Toy Run, Fontaine will be among the hundreds of motorcycle riders sweeping through town on September 13 collecting gifts for the Vegreville Christmas Bureau. “The plan is to meet at the Vegreville Walmart parking lot. From there we’ll circle through town and end up at Old School Diner, where Dave Cox is going to be playing music for everyone. We’ve got Chef Hogg’s food truck coming out, a mini-doughnut truck and some fun for the kids as well. It’s going to be a great time,” Fontaine said. Doing a toy run is noth-

ing new to Fontaine, despite the fact that it will be Vegreville’s first. He’s been riding with the 630 CHED Santa’s Anonymous crew for 32 years, right back at the beginning. So far, Fontaine said the local support has been incredibly strong. “Businesses in town are all on board. People can drop off their toy donations all over town, the auto dealerships, the agri-dealerships, basically anywhere there’s a poster. We also will be selling hoodies at the Toy Run to commemorate the occasion,” he said. Chef Hogg’s concession has also been taking donations to the local food bank in exchange for an order of fries. Fontaine said the food

truck has been getting lots of support for the community that way as well. The run will begin at 9 a.m. Santa will be taking time off of his fall schedule to make an appearance as well, Fontaine said.


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Vegreville combats ALS Rosanne Fortier Daily functions that people take for granted can be a struggle or impossible for people living w it h A myot rophic L atera l Sclerosis (A LS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. On August 22, 75 citizens from 1 year old to 90 years young passed on some of their faith for a cure for ALS at Vegreville’s Fourth A nnual A LS Walk at Vegreville Elks/Kinsmen Park.

This walk raised $10,325 for the A LS Society, surpassing their goal of $10K. Just prior to the walk, the local site for the event had listed a total amount of $7,300 raised. A board was displayed where participants wrote who they were walking for . They noted people like Colby (The Champ) Coers, Lawrence Sen, Dad Dalton and Theresa A llen. For the late

Theresa Allen, her father Del was walking on her behalf that day, which happened to be the one-year anniversary to the day since her passing from ALS. Dina Bottrell,

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Del Allen was walking in memory of his daughter,Theresa,who battled with ALS for years.The 1 year anniversary of her passing was the day of the walk, adding heavy meaning for every step Del took that day.(Michael Simpson/Photo)

Vegreville ALS Walk Coordinator a nd C ol by Coer’s sister said Colby is doi ng ok ay, h av i ng not dec l i ned or improved from t he d isease. From speaking to Colby, he showed h is contentment with a smile. “The walk went rea l ly well, ever yone had fun and enjoyed themselves and the weather held

out for us.” Bottrell said. “I feel a walk like this is so essential because it heightens awareness about ALS and raises money so eventually they can find a cure.” Holly Ziegler, a walker for ALS said. Deputy Mayor Michael Simpson went on the full 5 km Walk for ALS in a show of support on behalf of the Town of Vegreville. Simpson said he’s seen how ALS can affect people in the community and how important it is for people to participate in this event to bring awareness to the need to raise research funds to fight this disease. He welcomed ever yone to the event at the kickoff and stated he was glad to see the local support. “Support for events like these are what makes this community, and communities across Alberta, great,” Simpson said. The A LS S o c ie t y of A lberta noted that 60% of the proceeds go to support people living with ALS and 40 % is


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Following tradition, those with ALS or assisting someone with ALS, or walking in memory or support of someone with ALS were given the honour of making the first steps in the 5 km walk. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Vegreville citizens participate in Vegreville’s Fourth Annual ALS Walk which raised $10,325 for the ALS Society which helps people living with ALS and research. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

invested in research to make ALS a treatable, not terminal disease. Last year, the A lberta ALS Society made over 1,600 visits to homes to support people and families impacted by ALS. People still have the privilege to help this cause because ALS Society welcomes donations at anytime at w w w.walkforals.ca You can then select and donate to the Vegreville Walk and the funds will stay in Alberta.

Learning their lines

On August 13, children from Sizzlin’ Summer Day Camp celebrated their second last day of the program with the program leaders teaching them how to do line-dancing at Vegreville Sunshine Club. The 2015 program gave the kids a chance to encounter intriguing guests and charming subjects while they kept cool and made new friends. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

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Conservative candidate Shannon Stubbs supports “Life means life” priority

BACK TO SCHOOL! The first day of classes is MONDAY, AUGUST 31 Elk Island Public Schools is looking forward to welcoming all new and returning students. If you have any questions or need to register there’s still time. See the chart below for dates and times your school is open.

Shannon Stubbs hosted a Campaign Kickoff event with Hon. Rona Ambrose and Leon Benoit in Vegreville on Sunday, August 9. Photo (left to right): Leon Benoit, Linda Benoit, JP Veitch, Hon. Rona Ambrose, Shannon Stubbs, and Shayne Saskiw.

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Shannon Stubbs Campaign Submitted Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that a reelected Conservative Government would make “Life Means Life” legislation its top justice priority in a new parliamentary session. Lakeland’s Conservative Party of Canada candidate Shannon Stubbs agrees that this justice issue is a top priority raised by constituents across the riding and that Canadians want to be protected from the worst type of criminals. “Our world is becoming a more volatile and dangerous place – and it’s important we have the right leadership to keep us safe and defend our beliefs,” said Shannon Stubbs. “The Conservatives have implemented consecutive sentencing, and have taken a strong stand against repeat offenders, rapists and pedophiles, and have eliminated pardons of those convicted of sexual crimes against children. There are certain crimes that have serious impacts not only on victims, but their friends and families as well. We need to ensure that our children are protected and that our communities are kept safe.” All of this is precisely what is at stake in this federal election. Under a Conservative government, Prime Minister Harper will re-introduce and pass the Life Means Life legislation this, which was initially brought forward in March 2015. This bill would amend the Criminal Code to ensure that offenders who are convicted of the most heinous murders or those convicted of high treason will be imprisoned for the rest of their natural lives with no access to parole. This includes murders involving sexual assault, kidnapping, terrorism, the killing of police officers or corrections officers or any first degree murders that are found to be of a particularly brutal nature. “A prison sentence should mean what it says,” the Prime Minister said. “And a life sentence should mean exactly that – a sentence for life.” The Prime Minister also noted that many of these proposals were opposed by Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair, including the Life Means Life Act.


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Love in every spoonful

Sometimes it just takes a craving for dessert to make a difference. Having help from your teacher is a bonus. AL Horton teacher Ms. Deb Hyshka brought smiles to Teah and Mya Uskiw’s faces as Teah handed a blizzard to Ms. Hyshka who purchased this goodie on Miracle Treat Day at Vegreville Dairy Queen on August 13. Teah was diagnosed with eye cancer at nine-months old and was treated at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. Today, Teah is a bright, active girl who leads a full life. Also pictured is Joanne Veldkamp, owner of Vegreville’s Dairy Queen. The profit from the blizzard sales for Vegreville’s Dairy Queen on August 13 were forwarded to the Stollery Children Hospital in Edmonton. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

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Playhouse built for the boy with a Lion’s heart

David Fowler is high above the Lions Club’s executive, Frances Sawiak (third on the right), John Sawiak, Zone Chair (first on the right) with David’s parents-Dwayne and Koreen Fowler and all the wonderful Vantage Builders’ staff who donated the house for the Lions Club’s Playhouse Raffle. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Rosanne Fortier The Vegreville Lions Club exists to help others, especially people like Innisfree’s David Fowler, a nine year-old who has been battling Leukemia since May 2012. This year, David asked his mother if they could buy a ticket for the Lions Playhouse Raff le, and after some coaxing, his mother agreed, allowing young David to pick out their ticket. As it turns out, the Fowlers are the grand prize winners of the Lions Club Playhouse Raff le. This playhouse has glowin-the-dark carpet on the second-level f loor, walls that you can write with chalk on, a sand box area and a ladder that you can climb on. “I’m really happy to win this playhouse. I’ll play with my iPod in it and maybe move an X-Box into it.” David said. Parents Dwayne and Koreen Fowler couldn’t be happier for their son. “David had a rough year but he’s tough, so his journey with cancer has

been quite well for the most part. He only has nine more treatments and he’ll be finished.” Koreen said. “This playhouse is just awesome! David picked the four tickets we bought for this raff le. The playhouse will help David’s life because it will be his reprieve if he needs time by himself; he’ll go to his house.” Koreen said she and her husband would be getting furniture for the house right away. Vegreville’s Lions Club worked tirelessly to raff le off tickets for this playhouse, the profit being used for an addition to the Lions’ Playground and Spray Park. Vantage Builders staff donated the playhouse as their contribution to the community.

David Fowler feels like he’s on the top of the Lions Club’s Playhouse (actually he is) because David is the grand prize winner of this playhouse. David was diagnosed with leukemia in May 2012 but his mother, Koreen admits he is a tough boy who has shown true strength and courage during his treatments.“The playhouse will be David’s reprieve.” Koreen said. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)


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The Clevelands win Lions’ Playhouse Raffle’s second prize

Rosanne Fortier There is saying that what we give is returned to us. That held true in the case where Paul and Fern Cleveland from Lavoy won second prize, a $2,000 shopping spree from REAL Home Furnishings in the Vegreville’s Lions Club Playhouse Raffle. The winners were drawn on the last day of the Vegreville Country Fair on August 8. “It was really nice to win this shopping spree. I buy tickets because I believe in supporting the local community and will continue to do so. Besides, when you buy a ticket locally, your chances of winning are much better than with a 6/49,” Paul said. (Left to right) Frances Sawiak, Lions’ President, Paul Gleveland, Renee Gervais, owner of REAL Home Furnishings, John Sawiak, Lions’ Zone Chair. (missing from photo-Fern Cleveland.)

Lions furnish $1,500 Shopping Spree at REAL Home Furnishings

Alex and Alana MacDonald didn’t have to ride any mid-way rides to get on top because they won third prize in the Vegreville Lions Club’s Playhouse Raffle which was a $1,500 Shopping Spree at REAL Home Furnishings. Alana says she attends Vegreville Country Fair because her aunt, Jerri Ziegler lives in Vegreville. She is a frequent visitor to the fair because she feels it’s one of the best fairs around. Alex agreed. (left to right) third prize winners- Alana and Alex MacDonald, Lions President-Frances Sawiak, Chelisa Gotobed, Owner of REAL- Renee Gervais, Lions’ Zone Chair-John Sawiak. (not present- Owner of REAL-Will Gotobed). (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Freeman Johnstone wins $500 Co-op shopping spree

It’s always worth it to buy a raffle ticket from Vegreville Lions Club. Freeman Johnstone would agree as he was very happy to be the fourth prize winner of a $500 gift card donated by Vegreville Co-op and District for the Vegreville’s Lions Club’s Playhouse Raffle. (Left to right) Glen McLay, General Manager of Co-op, Lyle Zukiwsky, Food Manager of Co-op, Freman Johnstone-second prize winner of a $500 gift card from Co-op, Frances Sawiak, Lions President, John Sawiak, Vegreville Lions Club’s Zone Chair. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

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Ask the Guys Dear Classified Guys, When it comes to buying a home, I think there are always more questions than answers. My husband and I found a cute colonial that we just fell in love with. It had all of the amenities we wanted including a wellmaintained yard. We found the home advertised in a classified ad and were the first to respond. The owners are a middle-aged couple who lived in the house for over 20 years. They raised their daughter there until she went off to college last year. The couple was forthcoming about the pros and cons of the house and very easy to negotiate with. We came to an agreement rather quickly. That has me wondering. Since we are buying directly from the owners and developed a friendly relationship, do you think my husband and I need to buy title insurance? If they've lived in the house for 20 years without issue, what could go wrong?

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tion best answered with Murphy's Law: "If anything can go wrong, it will." Murphy may not have been in real estate, but the rule of thumb probably still applies. Cash: There are a lot of details

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when buying or selling real estate, and as you mentioned, they can raise a lot of questions. Each detail should be handled carefully to make the sale a safe transaction for both parties. And since buying a home is typically the largest investment you'll make in a lifetime, it pays to protect yourself. Carry: You've already done much of the hard work in finding a house that you love. However, don't let your admiration for the home or the owners alter your judgment when dealing with the paperwork. Cash: The purpose of title insurance is to cover a broad range of issues that can arise after you purchase a home or property. It's often used to protect you against

previous mortgages, unknown owners, judgments against the property and a host of other issues that may not be known by you or the current owners. Carry: While you may be looking to save the cost, realize that doing so could leave you unprotected in the future. If you plan on getting a loan from a bank or mortgage company, they may require you to get title insurance before the purchase. Cash: By dealing with the owners directly, you've collected some great information about the house, property and neighborhood. So hopefully the sale will go as smoothly as your meeting with the owners and you’ll prove Murphy wrong!

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Title insurance on your home can be important if you ever have a problem, but how often is it really used? Compared to other types of insurance, the number of claims are small. On average auto and home insurance companies use about 70 percent of their premiums to pay customer claims. In contrast title insurance companies use only about 5 percent of premiums to pay claims.

The captain at our firehouse is always on top of things. We responded to a call for a fire that started with a barbeque and quickly spread to the entire deck. As the guys and I put out the flames, a crowd gathered. When we were done, our captain came forward to investigate. Looking at the crowd, he approached one man in particular. "Sir," he said, "I'm guessing you're the owner of this home and probably the one responsible for the fire." Seeming rather amazed, the owner asked my captain how he knew. "I have had years of extensive training," he boasted. "And besides," he added looking at the man's outfit, "you're the only one wearing an apron that says, 'Kiss the Cook'!" (Thanks to Darren H.)

This Old House If you've traveled to Europe, you know that homes dating back hundreds of years can be quite common. On the contrary, homes found in the United States are relatively young in comparison, with the exception of one house located in St. Augustine, Florida. This home, which resides on Francis Street, dates back to 1562 when immigrants began it’s construction. The walls were made with a stone-like material called "coquina" which is produced from the remnants of seashells. The house still stands today, more than 400 years later. The Spanish owned the home until 1821, when the territory of Florida officially became part of the United States. •

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COMMERCIAL 2000 Windstar. Ex. engine & transmission. Body damage. For parts $750. 780-922-5999 1978 Mercedes 280. 4dr. Like new. 145,000kms only. $3600. 780-922-5999. 2002 Honda Civic, Standard Drives Excellent Needs TLC $3200 780-922-5999 2002 Pontiac Montana Minivan Good shape. $2800 780-922-5999 2001 KIA, 4 cyl, 4 dr, standard, $1600. PH: 780-922-5999 2002 Honda Odyssey. Loaded. 280,000kms. Good shape. $2900. 780922-5999 2002 Suzuki Aerio car, 4 door hatchback, A.W.D., $2800. Ph: 780-994-3005 2002 Dodge Caravan 95,000 kms, good condition, must sell, $3000 Vegreville PH: 306-468-4578

For lease 2,671 sq. ft. commercial space. Extremely high traffic between China Zone and Albert’s restaurants. Large parking space. Phone 780-275-0138 Commercial Rental Space Available, 4929 – 51 Avenue, Vegreville, Alberta. 800 square feet of newly renovated and 400 square feet of storage area. Total 1200 square feet. New furnace, shower, washroom. Water included in rent. Phone 780632-4430 day and 780-6327190 evenings

For Sale: 480 acres, 3 adjoining quar ters. Approx. 245 cultivated/ pasture/dug out. House, garage, outbuildings, and steel bins. Southwest of Vegreville. Phone 780467-3021

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FEED Highland Feeders is purchasing feed barley. Please call the office at 780-768-2466. Oats & wheat wanted. Any condition. Dry, wet or heated. On farm pickup. Immediate payment. 1866-349-2056 Round hay bales. Mixed Timothy/Brome/Alfalfa. No rain. Phone 780-603-4812

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GRAIN BINS Custom Bin Moving 14’ – 19’ Hoppers/Bins, with/ without floors. New and used bins for sale. Wayne (cell) 780-632-0455, (H) 780-658-2433 Two – 2250 bu. Butler bins w/new Westeel hoppers $5500 each. One – “Grain Max” 2000 bu. bin - $8500. Phone 780-367-2483 Asst. of 24 – 2000 – 3500 bu bins. Offers. Phone 780764-2453 (leave message)

SAFE STEP WALK-IN TUB alert for seniors! Bathroom falls can be fatal. Safe Step Walk-In Tub, approved by Arthritis Foundation, therapeutic jets, less than 4” step-in, wide door, anti-slip floors, A mer ic an made. Installation Included. Call 800-379-6390 for $750 off

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HOMES FOR RENT 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 In Vegreville nice house for rent. Nonsmoker, no pets, $1,100.00/month + D.D. and utilities. Must qualify. Phone 780-278-4499 Innisfree - 2 Bdrm House. Top floor only. $1000/mo. Includes power, gas, water, garbage & basic cable. Shared laundry. Phone Tracey 780-885-3759 1 bdrm furnished basement suite. Includes utilities, laundry, TV, internet and phone. $800/mo, D/D $800. Phone 780-632-4851 2 Bdrm home, $975/mo. DD same + utilities. No smoking, no pets. Phone 780940-4951 Older 2 bdrm farm house for rent. Call 780-906-9161

HELP WANTED

Mundare modern 3 bdrm home $750/month. Phone 780-764-3955

Custodial Help Wanted – Monday – Friday 3 to 3.5 hrs daily. Phone 780-6322647 after 6 pm Fax 780632-3111

HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS

Two Hills Swimming Pool has positions available for both part-time and full-time lifeguards. Call Penny 587280-0275 or leave a message at 780-657-2395

Emerson, 8,000 BTU’s, Window, air conditioner, newer, remote. $200.00. 780-632-4950

Small child’s antique trunk, $80.00; Old bathroom cabinet redone $70.00. Phone 780-764-4069 Brand new mountain bike, never been used, and paid $105 selling for $80. Never been outside, inside all of the time. Blue in colour. Phone 587-280-1493

LAND RENTAL

Pasture for rent for 25 head. Phone 780-786-2426

For Sale 12 ft. Altean HD Disc and other 12 ft. machinery. Phone 780764-2372 evenings Wanted Offers: (1) Badger baler (Vermeer) field ready. (2) #500 Kongskilde Vacuvator excellent condition. (3) Swath roller; field ready. (4) Vicon, five wheel rake, good shape. Phone 1-780-658-2160, leave message, will phone back. 400 gal. alum. sprayer tank, cleaned, used for watering. $600; 3 Ton Tyler fert. spreader S.S. V.G. shape $3000. Phone 780896-2181 For Sale: New Holland 1033 Bale Wagon. $3500 obo. Phone 780-367-2510 For Sale: 2 – 750 MF Combines. Phone 780603-1330

LAWN & GARDEN

1 – 1994 3406 Cat engine, recent O.H., 18 speed – 46,000 diff. (no sleeper). $30,000. Phone 780-7642453 (leave message)

Yard and garden maintenance, clean-up and removal, mowing, trimming, rototilling, bobcat work and a lot more. Reasonable Rates. Free Estimates. Serving Lamont, Vegreville & area. Phone 780-718-5629

1997 Swather, 1 – 22 ½ ‘ MF 220-2. Honey Bee knife, UII reel, 92 hp IZZUZU, Kear shears and extra new knife, 1100 hrs. $35,000 obo. Phone 780-764-2453 (leave message)

LOTS

Must Sell, 120’x50’ serviced vacant lot in Mundare. To view driveby5232-53Avenue.Taking offers. Email nancy.c@shaw.ca or call 780-479-4230

MACHINERY

For Sale: JD 6620 Titan II, 2904 hrs. $8,000 obo; 1976 IHC Truck with box and hoist. $2,800 obo. Phone 780-336-4061 1998 Gleaner combine R72, 1400 hrs, 330 hp, 350 bus. hopper, new feeder chains, new elevator, chains, bearings, sprockets, new acc. rolls, new belts, pickup, bearings and sprockets, shedded, at 1100 hrs, Excellent. $75,000 obo. Phone 780764-2453 (leave message)

1 – 11’ 130 Athens breaking disc, 26” blades, tandem wheels. $5,000 obo. Phone 780-764-2453 (leave message) 1 – 1997 IH Loadstar – 330,000 km, IH 532 engine, 10 speed, new C.B. 21’ box and hoist with white cab and blue box, rear remotes, shedded. New tires. $55,000 obo. Phone 780764-2453 (leave message) 1977 – 1 D7G Cat, recent overhaul, ripper, hyd tilt, brush rake. Excellent Shape. $55,000 obo. Phone 780764-2453 (leave message) For Sale: 2 Massey 860’s combines, 540 motors. Field ready. Phone 780-6324609 1987 NH 7R96, 3300 hrs, c/ w Victory p/u; 1984 8100 Hesston 21 ft. swather, rebuilt header, 3400 hrs $12,500 each obo. Phone 780-363-2211


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900 gal poly water tank w/pump on trailer. $1500 PH: 780-367-2228 AVIATION Grads work with JetBlue, Boeing, Delta and others- start here with hands on training for FAA certification. Financial aid if qualified. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 866-453-6204 Protect Yourself From Unsafe Banks! DON’T BANK ON IT! Free book reveals 20 modern banking dangers such as cybercriminals, money-hungry politicians & Too-Big-To-Fail bankers. 800-893-261 LEARNING TO READ can be both fun and educational. Learn more about this wholesome farm book, Richard the Donkey and His LOUD, LOUD Voice at www. RichardTheDonkey.com Dish Network - Get MORE for LESS! Starting $19.99/ month (for 12 months.) PLUS Bundle & SAVE (Fast Internet for $15 more/month.) CALL Now! 1-800-615-4064

MUSIC

Fender guitar model Gemini II $300.00 with case and capo; Violin/case/bow $100.00 Phone 780-764-4069

SPORTING

Bean bag games for sale. Phone Don 587-280-1746

TENDERS

Village of Holden – Marathon Recycler Baler Model V-3620 for Sale by Tender; Bid close date Sept. 18. Call 780-688-3928 for more info.

TO GIVE AWAY

To a good home. 5 month kittens (male and female). Phone 780-603-5812

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AKC STANDARD Poodle puppies, males & females, blacks, browns, reds & apricots, parents genetically tested, good lines, great temperaments, vaccinations current, microchipped, 2 year health guarantee, accepting deposits now. www. OurPoeticPoodles.com 509582-6027 Kennewick AKC WHITE GERMAN Shepherd puppies, 8 weeks, very outgoing & friendly, 1st shots, wormed, parents onsite, $950. Visa, MasterCard & Discover accepted. 520-268-1789 Trout Creek, MT

2011, 1 – 41 Dakota Aluminum tri-axle, air ride, loaded, as new shedded (show trailer in Red Deer) $45,000 obo. Phone 780-764-2453 (leave message)

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The importance of grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren Karen Hitchcock can assist in using their relaThere is often a very special tionship to teach children relationship that exists healthy ways of dealing with between grandparents and conflict, practice forgiveness, grandchildren. For many and be tolerant of others families, the birth of grand- beliefs and values. children can be very So, what happens exciting but it can when grandparents also bring about may not be healthy some complexities or stable and canin negotiating how not engage in a this relationship positive relationship may play out. with grandchildren? Grandparents can All situations are be very effective in different, but the Karin Hitchcock, M. C., CCC Community Counsellor assisting grandchilchild’s safety is dren in a variety of always at the foreways, but one of the most front of the situation. If a important is in learning to grandparent is still able to build relationships. see the child on special occaBabies begin to develop sions and supervision is relationships with adults as required, then that can be soon as they are born. Their arranged with family membrains are wired to connect to bers. If this is not safe, and people who can assist them in depending on the age of the their growth and develop- child, it may be appropriate ment. At a very young age, to share that the grandparent babies begin to learn that is not in a place where the they can build deep emo- relationship is healthy. In this tional connections with case, parents may want to important adults in their create a “grandparent” situalives. Grandparents can help tion whereby an older adult them to create a sense of or couple can serve as surrosafety, teach them that they are part of “the bigger picture,” share culture and family values, and become fun and loving companions. These skills are not the same as parents and grandparents can often become “best friends” for many grandchildren. There are times when these relationships may be challenged by knowing how to deal with some situations. Having open and honest communication between the parents and the grandparents is essential. It is extremely destructive to put children in the “middle” of any relationship. Learning effective resolution skills, compassion, and open communication are important for children. Parents and grandparents

gate grandparents and provide the nurturing relationship between the generations. The experts say that parents and grandparents will often have to work things out to develop this unique relationship. It is recommended that grandparents may have to defer to the parent for advice in activities, gifts, or behaviour. Although your grandmother may have given you cookies and treats, you may have to consult with the child’s parents to ensure that this is acceptable. This communication will need to continue as the grandchildren grow and develop. Healthy grandparents can play a special and supportive role in teaching your children how to build and foster healthy relationships. Karin Hitchcock is the Family Counsellor with FCSS in Vegreville. She is a Certified Canadian Counsellor and is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.


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KOZISKIE The family of the late Walter Koziskie would like to thank our many family members, friends, and neighbours for their kind thoughts, condolences, cards, flowers, donations, and prayers during our time of loss. Your support has meant a great deal to us, and has helped us through this difficult time. A special thanks to Father Joe for the funeral service, and to Gordon and Patty at Autumn Rose for their professionalism and guidance. We will miss Walter deeply, but take comfort that he is now at peace. God bless you all.

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MEMORIAM USKIW, Edward James 1969 – 2002 Hey buddy 13 years have passed since you’ve left this place. You used to say “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space”, Our family sure misses you filling that space, Often remembering your love for life and your smiling face, So rest my friend as the year will go at a quick pace, We love you and your memories we embrace, Fred, Adeline and family and Baba

LELIUK, Randy June 29, 1957 – August 24, 2010 Today recalls the memory Of a loved one gone to rest. And those who think of him today Are those who loved him best The flowers we lay upon his grave May wither and decay. But the love for him who lies beneath Will never fade away. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Mom (Mary), Brothers, sisters and their families.

KUTRYK, Dmetro In loving memory of our dear father, grandfather and great grandfather Dmetro, who passed away August 14, 2009. Time has passed so quickly, It’s been six years ago since you passed away, We thought of you with love today But that is nothing new, We thought of you yesterday And days before that too. We think of you in silence We often speak your name, Now all we have are memories And a picture in your frame. Some may think you are forgotten Though on earth you are no more, But in our memory you are with us As you always were before. A million times we thought of you A million times we’ve cried, If loving could have saved you You would have never died. You left us wonderful memories Your love is still our guide, And though we cannot see you You’re always at our side. It broke our hearts to lose you But you did not go alone, Part of us went with you On the day God called you home. Lovingly missed and always remembered by: Ed and Rose Jacula, Ernie and Jan Cheremshynski, Russell and Betty Berezanski and Anton Kutryk and their families.

NAKONECHNY, Mike February 14, 1937 - August 28, 2005 In loving memory of a dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Time may heal the broken heart, Time may make the wound less sore, But time can never stop the longing For the loved one gone before. Gone where the angels sing so sweet And taken when God knows best. We miss him here so very much, His presence oft seems nigh, But we all hope in Heaven to meet Where no one says good-bye. Recall to mind the way he spoke, And all the things he said His strength, his stance, the way he walked. Remember the good advice he’d given us His eyes that shone with laughter So much of him will never die But live on ever after. As we loved you, so we miss you In our memory you are near. Loved, remembered, longed for always Bringing many a silent tear. Forever loved and deeply missed by your children, grandchildren and loving wife

MELENKA, Lynnale July 11, 1995 – August 25, 2004 In loving memory of our Dear Lynnale who passed away eleven years ago today. Sad was the parting, no one can tell So sudden on Earth the sorrow fell The blow was hard, the shock severe. To part with one we loved so dear. The things we feel so deeply Are the hardest things to say We your family love you We miss you so much A smile so bright That lit up our hearts A hug so tight Nestled close to our hearts! Loving thoughts shall ever wonder To the spot where Lynnale is laid, Of grief leaves us longing To hold you once again And wish that you were here It broke our hearts to lose you. Loved always and very sadly missed! Memory eternal! Gido & Baba Melenka

MICKLICH, Paul In Memory of Paul Micklich August 27, 1920 – August 26, 2014 We hold our tears as we speak your name, But the ache in our hearts remain the same. No one knows the sorrow we share, When the family meets and you’re not there. In our hearts you are ever near Still loved and missed very dear. Wife Lena, children Art, Brian & Darlene and their families

YAKIMYSHYN, Mike In loving memory of Mike Yakimyshyn who passed away 4 years ago August 31, 2011. Dear Mike, Dad, Gido and Great-Gido, Thank you for loving and caring for all of us. You taught us to be strong and continue to live and love. We try to remember your teachings as we continue without you. We love you and miss you. You are always in our hearts and thoughts. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed Anne, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren EWANCHUK-CHOLAK, Anna (nee-Noga) December 6, 1933 - August 26, 1999 Sixteen years have passed, our hearts still sore As time rolls on, we miss you more. This month comes with deep regret, It brings back a day we will not forget. You passed away without a goodbye But the memory of you will never die. We miss you more than anyone knows, Kind and loving in all her ways Upright and just to the end of her days; Sincere and true in her heart and mind. Everyday in some small way Memories of you come our way Our family chain is broken And nothing seems the same But as God calls us one by one The chain will link again, God has you in His keeping We have you in our hearts! Memory Eternal!! Your sisters: Vickie & Alex, Nellie & Roy, Brother-in-Law Ed, Julie & Bill and all their families. PALICHUK, William In Loving Memory of WILLIAM PALICHUK Who passed away on August 21, 2003. We think of you always, We talk about you still, You have never been forgotten, Dad And you never will. We hold you close within our hearts, And there you will remain, To walk and guide us through our lives Until we meet again. Always remembered and sadly missed; Dianne and Lorraine and families

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KSHYK, Jean April 28, 1931 – August 29, 2012 In a quiet country graveyard Where the gentle breezes blow Lies the one we loved and Lost three years ago. Her resting place we visit And place flowers there with care We think of her and Pray in silence And often speak her name But all we have are memories And her picture in a frame. Lovingly remembered by the Family

LELIUK, Nick December 15, 1929 – August 31, 2014 God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered “Come to Me”. With tearful eyes we watched you, we watched you fade away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating hard working hands now rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by your nieces, nephews, and sister-in-law (Mary)

KOWALCHUK, Patricia (nee Lesiuk) It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Patricia Kowalchuk on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Patricia leaves to cherish her memory her children, Karen Herzog, Robert (Laurie), Nelson, Howard, Michael, Glenna (William) Lingley, Patrick (Carolyn) and Jocelyn (Lawrence) Paul; grandchildren, Gregg (Tiffany), Kathryn, Blake, Ryan, MacKenzie, Rory, Steven, Ashley, Cassandra, MacArthur, Meagan, Seanna and Danielle; one great-granddaughter, Anya; brother, Don (Carol); sister, Maxine (Harold) Kobi; as well as many wonderful relatives. Patricia was predeceased by her husband, Marshall in 1994. Prayers Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Willingdon Recreation Centre, Willingdon, AB. Funeral Rite Wednesday, August 26 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Borowtzi, AB. Reverend Father Benny Ambrosie officiating with interment in the Church Cemetery. In lieu of tributes, donations may be made to St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church or a charity of one’s choice. Grant rest, O Lord, to the soul of your servant Patricia. May her memory be eternal. To send condolences, visit www.parkmemorial.com Park Memorial Edmonton 426-0050 Family Owned Funeral Home, Crematorium, Reception Centre

HAWRELIAK, Russel On August 15, 2015 Mr. Russel Hawreliak of Willingdon passed away at the age of 76 years. Russel is survived by one sister, Natalka Frunchak of Spruce Grove; one brother, Ken (Lesley) Hawrelak of London, Ontario; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews; other relatives, and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Tom and Mary Hawrelak; half-brother, Jack; and half-sister, Rose. Funeral service Friday, August 21, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Russo Orthodox Church, Shandro. Very Reverend Father Gerasim Power officiating with interment in Church Cemetery. In lieu of other flowers, donations may be made to Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation. To send condolences, visit www.parkmemorial.com PARK MEMORIAL LTD. VEGREVILLE 780-632-2000 FAMILY OWNED FUNERAL HOME

Yakimchuk, Lawrence H. It is with heavy hearts that his family announce the passing of Lawrence Yakimchuk, of Edmonton, formerly of Vegreville, on Monday, August 17, 2015. He passed away with his family by his side, at the age of 78 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his life partner, Marie Fogen; his children: Rosanne Milliken (Albert), Darius (Tracey), Arlen, Lisa (Colin) Weder, Bernadine (Greg) Bass, and Jennifer (Kevin) Nawrot, as well as their mother, Lillian; two step children, Lorie Morgan and Todd Matiowsky; 15 grandchildren; six siblings: Fred (Rolande) Kimmons, Walter (Margaret), Joe (Stella), Dennis (Ruth) and Evelyn (Jack) Clague as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his father John and mother Fern Holubowich. A special thank you to the staff at the Grey Nuns Hospital Palliative Unit and the Cross Cancer Institute for their exceptional care and compassion. A Celebration of Lawrence’s Life will be held at 12:00 p.m., Monday, August 24, 2015 at Connelly- McKinley – Edmonton South Chapel, 4820 Meridian Street (Meridian Street can only be accessed by heading SOUTH on the Anthony Henday – Hwy 216. The exit ramp is 1 km SOUTH of the Sherwood Park Fwy.) To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com. Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home Edmonton South (780) 468-2222 PIERCE, William Roy (Bill) On August 15, 2015 Mr. William Roy (Bill) Pierce of Mundare passed away at the age of 63 years. Bill is survived by his siblings: Marla Pierce, Dell (Erwin) Dyck, and Kelly Pierce; also other relatives and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Stan and June Pierce. As per Bill’s request, no service will be held. Cremation has taken place. To send condolences, visit www.parkmemorial.com PARK MEMORIAL LTD. VEGREVILLE 780-632-2000 FAMILY OWNED FUNERAL HOME


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Maritime Gospel Aires a fresh breeze at Heritage House when times were simpler than today. Norman said he remembered growing up in a fishing village where Christmas meant homemade presents and the kids thought they died and went to heaven if they received a toboggan. The performances continued with gospel music and every set of music was met with an appreciative applause.

CZAR, Dan M. April 6, 1922 – August 16, 2015 On Sunday, August 16, 2015 Dan Czar of Vegreville, Alberta passed away peacefully, at the age of 93 years. Dan is survived by his loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Geraldine (Byron) Webster; Caroline (Charlie) Jackson, children Brandy (Russell) Joly (Annabelle), Chandra (Michael) Mallais (Bria and Jaxson) and Brett Jackson (fiancée Candice); Rosanne Czar (Dwayne Cox); Donald Czar along with his children Graham (Ashley) McFaull and Blair McFaull; daughter in law Helen Czar and daughter Krysta (Thomas); sister Thelma Leschenko; brother Nick Czar; brother-in-law Glen Hillerud; sister-in-law Lil Czar; along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Dan was predeceased by his wife Olga (nee: Stuparyk); son Dennis Czar; granddaughter Corinne Jackson; parents Mike and Eva Czar; siblings Mary (John) Boychuk, Kaye Hillerud, Bill (Olga) Czar and John Czar. A Celebration of Life Service was held on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Autumn Rose Funeral Home (5036-51 Ave.) in Vegreville, Alberta with Reverend Ken Flanagan officiating. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the “Vegreville Care Centre - Recreation Department.” To send condolences visit www.autumnrosefuneralhome.com Autumn Rose Funeral Home Ltd., Vegreville,780-603-5800.

Norman Rice is one half of the Maritime Gospel Aires,which also includes Shirley Johnson.(Photo Supplied)

Rosanne Fortier The luck of the Irish doesn’t just appear on St. Patrick’s Day. On July 18, residents at Heritage House were treated to a surprise visit from the ‘Maritime Gospel Aires’, an Irish duo based in Edmonton which is comprised of Norman Rice who is Irish and grew up in the East Coast and Shirley Johnson is originally from India.

While this duo performed, residents were seen clapping their knees and some songs were so lively, they could have knocked the socks off their feet. Other songs carried a smooth melody with affection lyrics in them. One song-A Mother’s Love is a Blessing was about Norman’s mother who he said was a nice, quiet woman and the peace-keeper in their family. Another song was about


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VVA How to‌ Pottery (Playing in the Mud) Pam Cole Pottery or ceramics is one of the oldest and most versatile mediums in the art world. The first pot was probably a wicker basket lined with clay to make it watertight. Perhaps it was left in a fire and when the wicker burnt off a clay vessel was left. Clay is used in so many forms, from space age ceramic applications like the tiles on the shuttle to dainty porcelain teacups that light can shine through. Most people use ceramics every day. Plates,

bowls, vases, coffee mugs, cups, ornaments and teapots are all made from clay. Dif ferent clay types and firing temperatures determine if the result is earthenware, stoneware, porcela in etc. Commercial grade ceramics a re pr ima r ily

made in factories in large quantities to assure uniformity. Individual potters can also turn out large quantities of consistent work and are called production potters. Every piece of pottery or ceramics had its beginning in the same manner. In order to become more than a wet lump of earth, clay must go through several stages. Often clay can be found locally and worked into pottery, but it is available to purchase in a clean, processed form that saves a lot of work. Once the clay is formed into an object it must be dried thoroughly. This stage is called green ware and it is fragile and will return to a wet lump if exposed to moisture. Once dry it is then fired to a temperature where it is hard but still not waterproof. This is called bisque. The magic happens in the next stage. Glazes and stains are poured, wiped, sprayed or painted on the bisque surface. Glazes are basically silica (what glass is made of ) with additives that do all sorts of things. Glazes take their colour from materials such as cobalt, nickel, iron and other metal oxides


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that can survive high temperatures. Basically the silica melts into a hard impermeable glass-like covering, be it shiny or matte, crusty or smooth. The temperature for glazes is usually higher than the bisque temperatures. Pottery is primarily fired in electric, gas or wood kilns. There are two types of firing, oxidation and reduction. Oxidation is firing in the presence of oxygen and reduction is firing without oxygen. Depending on the clay type and use, temperatures can vary greatly when firing. Primitive firing is firing pots in many different ways. People use hot bonfires, garbage cans full of combustible material, pit fires and anything that produces enough heat to render the clay stable. Temperatures are generally lower than using traditional kilns. Raku pottery is fired in a fast kiln, then pulled out red hot and placed in containers to f inish as a reduction firing. By depriving the glaze of oxygen, the metal oxides in the glaze become ver y bright and f lashy. Raku and other low fire wares are generally not regarded as food safe pieces. Pottery as a hobby requires a workroom of some sort, basic clay tools, glazes and a kiln to fire.

You can build just using your hands, or you can throw on a wheel, extrude shapes from an extruder or pour liquid clay into molds. The range of things that you can do with clay is almost endless and there are always new techniques, glazes and designs to keep it fresh. To start a hobby in pottery, it is worthwhile taking a few courses in the basics. Most start off with hand building. Hand building requires very few tools. Pots, dishes and sculptures can be made using a variety of methods including pinched pots, coil building and slab forming. Hand building teaches students how to get a feel for the clay and what it can and cannot do. Once the student is comfortable with the properties of clay, they can move on to wheel throwing. Throwing is a skill that requires lots of practice and patience but is well worth mastering. Decoration of the pot can be the most exciting part. Items can be dipped or painted in different colors and designs with glaze or stains. If texture is desired, the clay could have been stamped, rolled, or pressed into different textures before bisquing. Numerous techniques for decoration are well documented in books and courses and on the internet. Glazes can be

bought in a commercial form or made from scratch using basic chemicals found at the pottery supply store. The clay itself is not expensive, but like most hobbies the accessories can strain the wallet if you let it. Clay is easily recycled if it is not fired. It is possible to make your own tools and molds and there are books showing you how to make your own wheels, kilns, extruders and slab rollers. Joining a club or guild is one way to share the costs and get inspiration from other potters. V VA is a group of local artists supporting and promoting the visual arts in Vegreville. A ll interested artists are encouraged to contact mpvarga@shaw.ca 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.

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Canadian Bunnock Tournament

Bunnock’s players seem to be having so much fun. The turn-out for the Canadian Bunnock Tournament sponsored by Pomeroy Inn and Suites on August 22 and 23 really has grown. Ray Gartner, one of the Directors, felt that the increase happened because they advertised the event a lot and bunnock is a great family game. (Rosanne Fortier/Photos)

Rosanne Fortier Who knew throwing the bones could be so exciting? Contestants got the answer at Vegreville’s 7th Annual Canadian Bunnock Tournament, sponsored by Pomeroy Inn and Suites, which had a record number of 34 teams with four participants on each team at Vegreville’s Agricultural Grounds on August 22 and 23. Participants were from nine to 90

years-old and they came from across Alberta and Saskatchewan. “We advertised this tournament a lot and I believe that is what led to the jump in the number of participants. Also, the people are beginning to realize that this is one of the best facilities to hold this tournament in.” Ray Gartner, one of the Directors said. “Also, it’s nice to see families get together to watch football,

hockey, soccer or other games. The great thing about bunnock is it is designed to be a great family and friendship game where all members of the family can be spectators and participate in it; anybody that can throw one bunnock 10 meters can play this game.” Joe Tschirren, one of the directors and a participant offered his impression. “I enjoy participating in this Bunnock

Tournament because bunnock is a familyoriented, relaxing game that is easy for anyone to play.” Bunnock was developed in the early 1800’s by the Russian military where they used the bones of dead horses. Today the bones are made of high quality plastic reproduction of an actual horse ankle.


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7th Annual Canadian Bunnock Tournament winners

First place winners (left to right) Nevin Jarvis, Marion DeJong, Janais DeJong, Justin Fabbi. Rob Swain, Draw Master, presents their plaques to the first place winners. First Place was sponsored by Vantage Builders and Vantage Building Supplies. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo) Second place winners (left to right) Rick Meier, Marlene Meier, Elaine Wandler, Joe Wandler. Joe Tschirren, Director presents their plaques to these second place winners. Second place was sponsored by Webb’s Machinery. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Third place winners (left to right) Jack Ference, Joan Ference, Cody Ference, Andrew Ference. Rob Swain, Draw Master, presents their plaques to these third place winners.Third place was sponsored by Boston Pizza. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Fourth place winners (left to right) Scott Gartner, Jesse Wilkes, Sylvia Mildenberger, Tim Mildenberger. Liz Swain, Director presents their plaques to these fourth place winners. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)


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Protecting your peers as an AMA Road Patrol Rosanne Fortier Allie Oneschuk made the step when she became an AMA Road Patroller at A.L. Horton School for the past three years. In the fall, Allie will be attending grade seven at VCHS. “At the beginning of the year whether it is your first year or not as road patrol, an instructor comes from AMA and teaches all the procedures needed to be on patrol, to refresh your memory. If it isn’t your first year, you get paired up with someone new so you can teach them,” Oneschuk said. “I wanted to volunteer for this position to make sure that the younger kids got home safe. You never know if someone in a vehicle isn’t paying attention and might not see a little kid walking. Small ones can be impulsive and excited and drivers really have to watch for children at all times.” Allie explained. “We make sure that the children

stop before they cross the street but if they cross anyway, we ensure they get across safely.” Despite being a commitment, it’s a reward by itself, said Allie. “It’s quite fun to do this job, you get paired with lots of different people from different grades; you might not know some of them but you get to know them a lot better. It’s about protecting kids which makes a person feel great,” she said. “The safety rules we have to observe are to be on target and pay attention at all times. We stand across the crosswalk; even if someone is crossing from a different crosswalk, we put our signs up. Then we always do the point procedure; where you have your stop sign and yell point if there is someone on your side and they yell point back to you. They yell double-check and you yell double-check back at them and put your sign out to show there is someone crossing the street. “We go through the steps to make sure everyone is paying attention and there is eye contact with the drivers and every-

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Parents and students share feelings on back to school Rosanne Fortier

Allie Oneschuk was a dedicated AMA Road Patrol for three years at A.L. Horton School.Allie will be entering grade seven at VCHS this year and doesn’t know if she can continue doing this but admitted that it is very rewarding to keep the younger kids safe.(Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

one is stopping and it is safe to go. In the case where a driver is speeding by, we would stop the kids and let the vehicle go by because if we try to stop the driver, they might ignore us and keep going and someone could get hurt. Then we might report the driver to the teacher supervisor.” Allie stated.

Every time a new school year starts, students open a binder of fresh opportunities. Opening that binder is not always greeted with uniform enthusiasm. Hannah was the town manager at St. Martinville last year. “I’m slightly upset about leaving St. Martin’s School. I was in grade six in a grade 5/6 class and I’m going to miss my grade f ive friends, my teachers and Mr. Dumont because he was a fun principal,” Hannah said. “I’m excited too because I’m going to St. Mary’s School and having a new start.” Sherry Bogen feels bittersweet about her son, Ryan Boyko going back to school because he is entering grade 12. “He’s getting closer to going to University, getting a job and leaving home and I’m not ready to lose him yet. It’s also exciting to think about him growing up.” Ryan said it is a bit sad and also excited to be going into grade 12 and the following year pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree. “I want to go into the business and finance field after I finish school. Also, we’re moving so I’ll be attend-

ing a new school, I’ll miss my friends in Vegreville but I’m looking forward to meeting new people and expanding my social circle.” Allie Oneschuk will be entering grade seven at Vegreville Composite High School. “I’m excited to go to a new school, learn what my new options are, and have new teachers and different classes. I think I’ll have more independence and get to do my own thing more. I’m also a bit scared because I’ll have to navigate my way around a new place. Also, it’s hard to leave A.L. Horton School because it is a good school and I have been attending it since kindergarten.” Allie said. “I’m unhappy about going back to school because it’s quite a bit of work; I have to wake up early and get used to the routine.” Zackery Farr said. “It is fun also because I’m looking forward to seeing my friends again.” Zack’s mother, Rachel Farr said she’s excited to see Zack go back to school. “It will be nice to have the routine again and get back to everyday life.” Kacie Kisilevich is entering grade four. “I’m a little bit ner-

vous to go back but my Mom and Dad say they are there for me if I need help. I feel that the school work will get harder and harder as I enter a bigger grade.” Her parents reassured Kacie that bigger grades are like climbing a staircase; each grade gradually makes you ready for the next one. A.J. Kisilevich will be entering grade eight. “I feel fantastic about going back to school. I’m really excited about it because I want to meet my friends again; I haven’t seen them in a long time. I like learning and Math.” A.J. commented. A.J. and Kacie’s mother, Sarah Kisilevich said she wished her children were in school already. “At school, they have structure and learn

more. It’s good to have a time to play but after a while, they are ready to go back to school and be back in the routine,” Sarah said.


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Antique tractors keeping it old-school

Michael Simpson Editor It’s a sight you don’t see often anymore, a big 1912 Sawyer Massey steam tractor chuffing its way around, the driver feeding wood into the furnace to keep the “motor” running, injecting water to keep the rig moving. The Vegreville Country Fair featured this working steam tractor and a score of classic farm tractors including McCormicks, Case models, an Oliver, Duetz, Cochshutt, as well as other makes such as John Deere, demonstrating old-school farm muscle spanning the last century. Antique tractor pulls were a pleasure for the fans to watch and the number of entries has grown in the years it’s been reintroduced to the Country Fair. Kendall Fried, who organized the tractor pulls, said the Steamer was a big hit and he was grateful for no breakdowns or issues. Missing was the entries for the 4x4 trucks this year, but it doesn’t mean they won’t be taken next year, Fried said. “I’ve had nothing but good feedback, and I’m open to feedback about ideas for next year,” he said. “We can always change it up and add new things. This is our 5th or 6th year doing it. We were happy with the turnout and we were able to get the show done without running over time. It’s nice to have local people bring their stuff out. Now I have to think of something to top what I did this year,” Fried said. Results are as follows: No water in tank, sled in 1st gear: Magnus Hansen (Daysland) driving a 1949 Co-Op E-3 pulling 2’ Darcy Lencewich (Vegreville) in a 1953 McCormick WD6 pulling 3’ Rob Repp (Vermilion) in a 1952 M.M.U. with a distance of 14.7’ Dean Lencewich (Vegreville) in a 1954 McCormick W6TA pulling 36’ Levi Walter (Vegreville) driving a 1949 Case LA pulling 44’ Bill Kittle (Viking) in a 1937 M.M. KTA pulling 55.3’ Will Gotobed (Ranfurly) with his 1958 John Deere 630 pulling 63.62’ Tom Lencewich (Vegreville) in a 1949 McCormick W4 + Turbo pulling 71.56’ Tom Lencewich (Vegreville) with his 1949 McCormick

WD9 pulling 75’ Dean Lencewich (Vegreville) in a 1953 McCormick W6 pulling 210.34’ Will Gotobed (Ranfurly) in a 1958 John Deere 730 with a distance of 244.2’ Natasha Lencewich (Vegreville) in a 1955 IHC W400 pulling 260.7’ Magnus Hansen (Daysland) in a 1953 Farmall Super M Industrial pulling 298.43’

Creativity by the books

No water in tank, two pulls combined, sled in 1st then 4th gear Greg Ketch (Fort McMurray) in a 1953 Cochshutt 50 pulling 629’ Darcy Lencewich (Vegreville) driving his 1954 McCormick W6-TA Blackie pulling 786.1’ Kendall Freed (Minburn County) in a 1959 Duetz D50 + Nitrous Oxide pulling 790.45’ No water in tank with sled in 4th gear Harty Family (Strome) with their 1912 Sawyer Massey Steamer 68-22 pulling 300+ 2000 gallons of water in tank with sled in 1st gear Brandon Komornisky (Vegreville) in his 1953 John Deere 820 driving 68.05’ Bill Kittle (Viking) in a 1959 Oliver 990 pulling 75.41’ Rawe Ranch’s (Strome) 1954 John Deere R making it 80.31’ Melvin Fried (Vegreville) in a 1955 IHC 600 + Turbo pulling 147’ Melvin Fried (Vegreville) driving his 1959 John Deere 830 a distance of 187.1’ 9000 liters of water in tank with sled in 4th gear Harty Family (Strome) in their 1912 Sawyer Massey Steamer 68-22 pulling 128’ Kendall Fried (Minburn County) in a 1970 John Deere 4620 pulling 146.3’ Melvin Fried (Vegreville) in a 1966 John Deere 5020 + Turbo pulling a distance of over 300’ Kendall Fried (Minburn County) in a 1979 Massey Ferguson 2805 pulling over 300’ The Rawes Ranch also had a 1936 Case C and a 1918 Rumley Oil Pull 14-28 on display at the fair.

Kohen Bridgeman shows the picture she painted at the library’s Arts and Crafts program on July 6. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Rosanne Fortier The library’s Arts and Crafts program is painted with creativity. For the first session on July 6, kids traced and painted an extremely detailed picture with acrylic paints. Carmen Heisler, Library Programmer and Sonora Bohaychuk coordinated this program with the assistance of Vegreville Visual Artists member Diane Fausak. “This project teaches the kids to be creative. To look at a project like this could be intimidating but it’s nice when we could break it down in a couple of simple steps.” Fausak said. “The children also learned how to paint with paint brushes and how to clean them. It teaches responsibility and other life skills. We also want the kids to have fun and realize that they can do this and anything they set their minds to. They can say, ‘look at what I did’ and share their ideas with other people.” This program is meant for children from the ages of eight to 12 years-old and is available on Mondays during the summer months at Vegreville Centennial Library.

Back to school worries, how you can help your child Remember the basic needs Children like all people do not cope well when they are tired or hungry. Anxiety often causes people to forget to eat, not feel hungry, and not get enough sleep. Frequent and nutritious snacks should be provided for your child. Building regular routines prior to school starting is important. Bedtime and morning routines and regularly scheduled meal times help to ease anxiety as they are expected and predictable. Talk to your child and allow them to share their fears Ask them what is making them worried. Let them know that it is normal to feel anxious. Set up a scheduled time to talk, such as bedtime or mealtime. Give your child your undivided one-on-one attention. Reward them and congratulate them for their bravery. Avoid the “it will be fine” pitfall Encourage your child to think of ways to problem solve and look at other ways to affectively deal with anxiety. Help your child develop strategies to

cope with real and imaginary situations. This will give them the tools they need not only now but for any future unexpected situations that will arise. Ways of doing this include: role playing what can be done in the worst case scenario and focus on positive aspects - finding the positive in situations. Remember to keep your own anxiety in check Back to school is anxiety-provoking for parents and guardians as well. Children take cues from the adults in their lives, so the more confidence and comfort you exhibit, the more your child will understand there is no reason to be afraid. Be supportive yet firm. Only say goodbye once and do it cheerfully. Never reward your child’s protests, crying or tantrums by allowing them to stay home from school. Encourage them to talk about what is making them worried but tell them they still have to go. There are lots of resources through your schools, M.O.D.E.L Project and the Library to help with transitions and anxiety related to them.


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Feeling Bubbly Joey Maddison who played Bubbles the Clown at Vegreville Country Fair is seen with some children. Joey projects his energy into working as an educational assistant, swimming instructor and his favorite profession of all, a clown. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Rosanne Fortier Joey Maddison’s life shows how he put order into a disorder. Joey has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He projects his excess energy into working as an educational assistant, swimming instructor and his favorite profession of all, a clown.

He always tells his students that he knows they are going through a tough time but things will get better for them. Joey came from Athabasca to be Bubbles the Clown at Vegreville Country Fair on August 6, 7 and 8. “My brother-in-law’s parents live in Vegreville and I heard how incredible the fair was. There are so many things to do in it, yet it’s not as hectic as the fairs in the cities are. Also, larger fairs usually charge to go into a lot of the attractions and most of the ones at this fair are free to attend.” Joey said. “My life as a clown is very good. I love bringing joy to others. I feed off of other people’s energy and this helps my own life out. The world needs clowns in it because most people take life too seriously. I always loved creativity, thinking outside the box and the arts. As a clown, I get to do things that have never been done before. “At the school I work at, they embrace the clown side of me. They have a clown boot camp that students can attend twice-aweek. The catch is the kids have to behave first.” Joey explained. Joey also visits seniors’ homes. He enjoys being a clown for people with Alzheimer’s disease but admitted that he acts quieter and slows his movement down when he’s around them.

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