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Memorial service rekindles warm thoughts of the dearly departed Joe Machney Reporter The evening of December 8, 2016, was cold in Myrnam and with it came a different kind of chill for the Myrnam Elks and Royal Purple who held their memorial service at their hall. As memories of the ones who have passed on were resurfaced and paid their due respects by the members who attended, the warmth came back to them as the smiles and acts of love and kindness that the dearly departed so effortlessly displayed throughout their days on Earth as not only members of the Royal Purple and Myrnam Elks, but in their day to day lives as well which brought smiles and gratitude for having known these beautiful people. With roses set out on the floor in the form of a cross, Exalted Ruler Terry Axley began the memorial by asking the gathered to join him in singing O Canada.

Brother Chaplin Ed Wowk and then Lady Chaplin Brenda Hladunewich both spoke well of their departed brothers and sisters and that the memories that they have of them shall live on and how their many virtues and their kindly spirits were and still are inspirations that the present members hold close to their hearts. Brother Secretary Nestor Saskiw and Lady Secretary Olga Metrunec then called the names of their departed brothers and sisters as the gathered took a moment to reflect on their memories and that “they no more answer to our earthly roll call.” To honor them further the Ladies of the Royal Purple in pairs formed a cross as part of the memorial ceremony. “The Book of life is closed for those we love so well, but the kindly tales of years well spent are


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RCMP files from December 5 – 11 Joe Machney Reporter December 5 01:03 Report of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was located and a male was arrested and charged. 14:43 Report of fraudulent charges on a credit card. Still, under investigation as the RCMP are awaiting video surveillance. 15:06 Report of child custody order being breached between an ex-husband and wife. 15:09 Report from Canada Post about damaged community mail boxes. 15:32 Report of a driver not stopping for a school bus that had its lights flashing. 15:48 A driver reported that as they were driving down the street they had clipped a side mirror of a parked vehicle. 16:20 Report of a harassing phone call. The caller was spoken to and cautioned. 18:12 911 report of someone being bugged and harassed. Upon member arrival, the complainant said that police weren’t required. 20:35 Member responded to a dispute between a male youth and his mother. As the mother had found the youth with some marijuana and had flushed it down the toilet before the police arrived. The member discussed life choices with the youth. 23:45 A male was located and arrested on outstanding warrants. Upon searching the male they found meth in his pocket. He was charged accordingly. December 6 11:04 911 report of an erratic driver. Member located the vehicle and determined that the driver was not impaired. 14:00 Report of a male entering a residential property and ringing the front door bell. When the male noticed that there were video cameras he tried to hide his face and then proceeded to walk into the back yard. The male was identified by the video but had not committed an offence. December 7 00:11 Report from a female that her common-law spouse was kicking her out of the house but she wanted the cat. The investigation revealed that the female had been assaulted three

days prior and the male was arrested. 14:52 Somebody came into the office notifying the RCMP that they had received a $10 counterfeit bill. Still under investigation. 15:49 Report of theft of a licence plate. December 8 09:54 Report of a check book being stolen out of a vehicle that had also been stolen. Someone had tried to use one of the checks. Still under investigation. 10:05 Report of harassing texts. The suspect had been identified. 10:12 Report of harassing texts. Same suspect as the previous call. 13:51 Report of a vehicle’s mirror striking a pedestrian. Pedestrian requested payment of 15 cans of beer and a pack of smokes. 15:38 Report of threats. Upon investigation, the words spoken did not constitute a threat.

19:12 Report of harassing texts. Same suspects as the previous two calls. December 9 05:51 Break and enter to a residence overnight. Still under investigation. 09:31 Report of theft of copper overnight. Reporting for information only. 10:31 Report of harassing text messages. See previous complaints. 11:31 911 report of a domestic situation between a son and a mother. The son threatened suicide and was taken to the hospital for assessment. He was later sent to Ponoka for further assessment. 15:09 Report of a break and enter. Some cash was taken. Incident is still under investigation.

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15:10 Report of a possible suspended driver. Member attended and the driver had the proper documentation. 15:20 Report of a possible impaired driver. RCMP located the vehicle and a breath demand was made. The driver refused so he was arrested for refusing and was issued court compelling documents. 23:43 Report of loud music. Member attended and the property rep complied with the request to turn it down. December 10 00:08 Report of a break-in to a business. Although the building was empty and nothing was taken. 09:55 A traffic stop was conducted as the licence plate did not match the vehicle. The driver was given a ticket for no registration, no licence and the wrong plate so the vehicle was towed. 18:03 Report of a dog outside in the cold. Member attended and no dog was located. December 11 00:18 Report of a suspicious male. Member attended and identified the male. The male then admitted to be looking for cigarette butts. 09:49 Report of wheels falling off a semi-trailer on highway 16. The company sent a second truck to recover the load and tow the trailer. 13:53 Report of a family dispute, possibly involving a knife. Still under investigation. 15:52 Report of a male trying to flag down people on the side of the road. 17:10 Report of a domestic assault. A female was located and arrested for assault. 19:45 Report of a father attending the Vegreville detachment to meet his ex-wife for the exchange of the children as dictated by their child custody arrangements. He came to say that he held up his part of the arrangement and that she isn’t. However, she came shortly after that. 20:21 Report of a suicidal female. The female was located and had taken some pills and had been drinking. The female was then transported to the hospital for assessment. During the week 9 false alarms, 2 false 911, 5 animal strikes, and 71 calls for service were made in total.

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Past lives are the changing seasons on your journey home Joe Machney Editorial Reincarnation is the continuation of your spirit after the death of your body and is accepted as a part of the life cycle of a human being, on their way to leaving this Earth plain of existence. I feel that there is much truth to this and it is mirrored in the nature kingdoms on this planet as well. It is all about cycles and completion. The Earth goes through four seasons, spring is about birthing, summer is about blooming and growth, autumn is about maturity and wisdom as is seen in all the colors of the changing leafs on the trees, and finally comes winter, which is about sleeping and inner peace, shown by the quietness of a cold winter’s day, and the chill of the night. As the weather warms, it welcomes spring again, and the cycle continues anew. It is beautiful; it is art. Our lives are the same and the cycles are represented in our many lives as we learn and grow to the point where it is time to leave this plain and return to spirit, where we came from. Like a slow-moving river, so do the days and lifetimes of our lives continue on and on, over rock and under tree, slowly but surely making its way to the vast ocean of consciousness that is part of everything. The people that come and go in your life are but streams coming into the river and then changing course as you continue on, some staying awhile and adding much clarity to the clouded, murky bits of your many lives, and others only come in for a short while to add a ripple of excitement to your river. Centuries go by as your life-stream meanders through the many lands, with their hills and valleys, and each time you gather experiences that become buried, but still remain, as you transition from life to life, on your way to completing your journey, your reason for being here. All the way the seasons mirror your path, a reassurance that you are being taken care of, that you are loved eternally, always. As pebbles are thrown into your stream, you flow over them without hesitation, as death cannot hurt you any longer as you understand the truth of life, and your part in the huge ocean of consciousness. The rough waters of emotion only add to your excitement, nothing more, nothing more, as you continue on, life after life, through relationships, through lands, and houses. Through loves and losses, and jobs and schools, one thing always remains, the truth that you are the river of spirit, throughout your many lives and many seasons...always and forever.

Letter to the Editor Name: Cheryl Quinton Occupation: school secretary Likes: my family, outdoors, photography Dislikes: exercise, intolerance

Deb Zaleschuk Once again, the Beauvallon SDA church hosted a spectacular Christmas concert on December 3, 2016. What a wonderful experience! Buckets of thanks to all participants, organizers, and anyone involved in the success of this truly great evening.

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PSAC launches online action aimed at Immigration Minister Jeffrey Vallis The largest union representing federal public service workers has launched a letter campaign urging Immigration Minister John McCallum to reconsider the closure of the Immigration Centre in Vegreville. PSAC members working at the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta were shocked when the federal government announced the plan to move the centre to Edmonton— over 100 kilometres away. The move will have a devastating impact on workers and their families, and the entire Vegreville community. “We’ve received dozens of emotional emails from members worried about what the closure will mean for the future of their careers, their families, and their community,” said Marianne Hladun, Regional Executive VicePresident of PSAC Prairie Region.

memorial CONTINUED from front page what the pages tell. Each one contains a thought as lovely as can be, for us to keep within our hearts enshrined in memory,” The Honored Royal Lady Lilian Konieczny said. “Grant unto us, O Grand Exalted Ruler of the Universe, the spirit of love and Fidelity in this our service to the memory of our Brothers and Sisters who have answered the Last Great Roll Call. May their example inspire in us the true Faith to

“We created this online action so Minister McCallum could see firsthand the distress this has caused for workers and their families, and the support they’re receiving throughout Canada.” The case processing centre has been a cornerstone of the community for over 20 years. With 280 workers— about five percent of the town’s population—it is one of the largest employers in Vegreville. The closure will kill other jobs in the community, close businesses, devastate property values, and undermine the tax base. “The community has really rallied around this issue because this will have far reaching impacts, not just for

carry on the unfinished task – The Brotherhood of Man,” Brother Chaplin Ed Wowk said. The hymn Rock of Ages, the Lord’s Prayer, and more praise of the dearly departed followed with a declaration of both the Elks and Royal Purple’s duty to others as well as a few words of wisdom was spoken most earnestly. Guest speaker Brother Ed Sosnowski, Mayor of Myrnam also said a few words of greetings and appreciation. Amazing Grace and God

Vegreville, but the surrounding communities that rely on Vegreville for services,” said Mike Brecht, CEIU Prairies Representative. “There’s still time to reverse the decision.” The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) represents more than 170,000 workers across Canada, including 280 employees at the Vegreville Immigration Centre. The Canada Employment and Immigration Union (CEIU) is a component of PSAC, which represents the majority of workers at Service Canada, Human Resources and Social Development (HRSD), Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

be with you was sung near the close of the memorial, with a final singing of God Save the Queen to close the ceremony. The evening ended with coffee and donuts and light conversation. As people left, flowers were given to the family members of the dearly departed Myrnam Elks and Royal Purple.

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90 Years Ago – December 15, 1926 On January 1st, 1927, the Ford agency at Vegreville, held for many years by the Barkley Garage, will be taken over by the Thomas Garage the deal having been consummated within the past few days. Checking of supplies, etc. is now under way and the Barkley Garage relinquished the full line turned out by the Ford Motor Co. Ltd. The change is worth nothing as the Barkley Garage has handled the Ford lines ever since the agency was first established here. Thomas Garage is giving up the agency for the Star cars, but will continue of course to furnish repair service not only for the Star cars but for all makes. Messrs. Thomas and Shaw the proprietors, contemplate enlarging their present plant very considerably to take care of increasing business including the Ford agency which in itself requires extensive premises. A local of the UFA was formed at the Parkgrove school house last Thursday, December, 9th. Twenty-two farmers of the neighbourhood were present and all joined. A remarkable feature was that 20 paid up on the spot. J. Sanford was elected president and Robert Wilson secretary.

75 Years Ago – December 17, 1941 Miss Irene Bown of Ranfurly has been accepted for the CWAAF and will leave for Toronto on December 26. Very generous support was given to the students of the Intermediate School on Wednesday last when they held a sale of their work and a Tea in the Nome Economics Room. This was part of their War Work activity for the year and netted the handsome sum of $57.45. Other sums raided for was work include $7.00 for sale of sterilized rags and $8.54 for sale of bottles. These students will make a second call for bottles early in January. Together with the pupils in the elementary grades these students raised for patriotic purposes in 1941 the sum of $153.96. Hairy Hill has been building a lot of new buildings this last year or so. At present the McCormick-Deering Co. are building an implement shop right next door to the Edgehill Hotel.

50 Years Ago – December 15, 1966 2 hour parking time limit goes into effect in the main business area of the town. At present it is suggested that the by-law be effective from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm or normal business hours, but thre is some suggestion that the morning hour be altered. Ken Selph, prominent south Vegreville farmer took over the reins of the Vegreville Exhibition Association last Tuesday night and will conduct the affairs of the group for at least two years. Mr. Selph has long been connected with the association as a director and assumes the office from Dale Cole who was president for the past two years. In recognition of many years of faithful service to the Vegreville Exhibition Association Mrs. Oria Forcade was awarded a life membership by the directors at the annual meeting. Mrs. Forcade joins Mrs. F. W. McCarty as the only two ladies to hold Honorary Life memberships in the Association. The community of Mundare has set June 9th, 1967 as the bid date for their Centennial Celebrations informs Dave Frunchak, secretary-treasurer of the town. At present the town has completed one of its Centennial Projects, the Children’s Recreation Park complete with facilities and many other smaller projects are underway. A project undertaken by the fire department is the decoration of Main Street with diamond shaped fixtures with a candle in the centre. The fixtures will be ready for the festive season this year.

25 Years Ago – December 10, 1991 A 10 week program on well being for older persons, entitled fully alive concluded on Wednesday, December 4. The course was facilitated by Margaret Bosse in her Vegreville home and was sponsored by further education. Fully alive assists older adults in meted the challenge of improving their well being, feeling good about themselves, laughing, having fun, thinking positive and making things happen. Fully Alive participants were Mary Dushinsky, Kay Miskiw, Hilma Hennig, John Toma, Dora Andruik, Elaine James, Vera Kotelko, Pearl Hayca, Anna Gorda and Pearl Toma. Silver Donations totalling $226 raised by Grant Talago of Mowhawk Service Station in Mundare was donated to the Mundare School playschool association on Friday, December 6. The donations were from a free coffee promotion from mid October to mid November at the station. Representing the association was Charlie Gargus and Sylvia Zacharkiw. The Vegreville Kinsmen Club president Daryl Vinet presented Mayor Kay McKenzie with a cheque for $9,416 to the town of Vegreville. The donation is for the purchase of a semi automatic defibrillator to be used by Vegreville Lakeland Ambulance. On hand during the presentation were Kinsmen members, Craig Horon, Brent Bauer and Mike Cooper along with Bill Fisher, Vegreville Lakeland Ambulance manager and Bill Nawrot of the Vegreville Ambulance Board.

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The Vanishing Civilians of Aleppo Gwynne Dyer Did it cross your mind occasionally, in the past week, to wonder where all of the “250,000 civilians trapped in eastern Aleppo” have gone? As the area of the city under rebel control dwindled – by Wednesday morning the Syrian regime’s troops had recaptured three-quarters of it – did you see massive columns of fleeing civilians, or mounds of civilian dead? If several hundred thousand people were on the move, you would expect to be seeing video images of it. If they were fleeing into the enclave the rebels still hold, you would expect the rebels to give us dramatic images of that. And if hundreds or even just tens of thousands of civilians were fleeing for safety into government-held territory, you would expect the regime’s propagandists to be making equally striking images available. “Look!” they would say. “The civilians really loved President Bashar al-Assad all along.” Or maybe the civilians are all dead. Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, warned just a week ago that if Assad’s forces went on advancing, then “the besieged parts of eastern Aleppo” would become “one giant graveyard.” So where are those quarter-million bodies? Or even a few thousand bodies? That’s kind of hard to hide. Here’s a radical thought: Have most of those quarter-million people suddenly become invisible because they were never really there in the first place? All the reporting out of eastern Aleppo for the past three

months has been what the rebel groups wanted us to see, and nothing else. And to them, the presence of large numbers of “defenceless civilians”, the more the better, was their best protection against a full-scale onslaught by the regime. For months, what was obviously rebel propaganda has been shown by the world’s media as if it were the impartial truth. Was it just laziness, or was it subservience to a political agenda set by the West and its main allies in the Middle East? A bit of both, probably. The United States pursued the dream of a democratic, secular Syria. Saudi Arabia and Turkey wanted a decisive victory by the Sunni Arab majority (about 60-65 percent of the population) and an authoritarian Islamic state. But they agreed on the need to overthrow Assad, and left the rest for later. Syrians from the start were much more ambivalent. Few loved the Assad regime, which was repressive and brutal. But many Syrians – including many Sunni Muslims, especially in the cities – saw the regime as their best protection against the triumph of an even nastier Islamist dictatorship. There was never a mass uprising in Aleppo against the regime. Various rebel groups from the overwhelmingly Sunni rural areas around Aleppo stormed into the city in 2012 and won control over the eastern half, but it was never clear that the local residents were glad to see them. On the other hand, it was not a good idea to look too unhappy about it, so over the next four years a great many people left the rebel-held part of the city, whose population gradually dwindled to – well, we don’t know exactly how many remained by this year, but it was certainly not a quarter-million or anywhere near it. And it would appear that when the Syrian army retook most of eastern Aleppo in the past week, most of those people just stayed in their homes and waited to be “liberated”. Some of them will be terrified of being arrested and tortured, especially if they collaborated with the rebels even under duress. And other will simply be relieved that it’s over. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

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Fund raising efforts bring forth fruit Marlene Roth (right) President of Vegreville Hospitals Auxiliary Association, presented Helen Henderson of VTSS with a donation of $500.The Auxiliary also donated $500 to STARS.(Submitted by Yvette Pedersen)


Rachel Farr Mid December 2016, Alberta Transportation will be upgrading intersection at Highway 857 and Highway 631 to a 4 way stop. Improvements will include the addition of stop signs with flashing lights in all directions, as well as installation of rumble strips northbound and southbound at Highway 857. Changes will also be made to the paint markings on the pavement including â&#x20AC;&#x153;stop aheadâ&#x20AC;? on the pavement prior to the intersection. These changes are expected to make the intersection more visible and increase awareness of the stop condition. Please obey all new signage at the intersection. Questions or concerns may be directed to Bill Heaslip at Alberta Transportation at 780-853-8182 or bill.heaslip@gov. ab.ca<mailto:bill.heaslip@gov.ab.ca>


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How Long Does This Investigation Take? Sgt Jerry Nutbrown

RCMP Ponderings Something that a lot of people may not realize is that a single complaint to the detachment may take many hours, and in some cases, days, to investigate. Unlike Steve McGarrett (Hawaii 5-0) or Hank Voight (Chicago PD), we usually donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wrap up our investigation in 44 minutes (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minus commercial time). A single impaired driver investigation can take a member off the road for 6 hours or more. A domestic violence investigation could tie up a member, or members, for 8 hours. When we say investigate, we typically mean

information gathering and documentation and in an impaired investigation, a possible return to the detachment for breath samples. Part of the information gathering is talking to complainants, witnesses, victims, suspects, etc. We also look into any electronic witnesses like security video recordings, dash cameras and the like. If our investigation would be furthered by information from a bank or phone company then an Information To Obtain and Production Order will need to be written, and then authorized by Judge, to obtain the required records. This can take another few

hours for this single task alone. Depending on the type of investigation we may need to deploy or involve other specialized units to assist us. The most common unit we will utilize is our Forensic Identification Unit. This unit is highly trained and meticulous in their work which in turn ties them up for hours on end to complete and document their work. In some cases we may need to deploy our Special Tactical Operations unit to help search an area, our underwater recovery team or maybe air services. This all adds to the involvement and length of time an investigation takes. As legitimate investigations take long enough on their own, it is important to alleviate calls for service that cause us to start an investigation unnecessarily, such as for false alarms and false 911 calls. Investigations are not secret, although we do have investigative techniques that we do not advertise nor discuss

with the public. Investigators go about investigations with a methodical approach always having an eye toward the possibility that the investigation could be examined in detail during a trial. This is where the documentation of the investigation comes into play and this itself takes a lot of time. A false alarm call can take us longer to resolve than a homicide on CSI Miami. Odd though, you rarely see Steve, Hank or other tv investigators writing in their notebooks or sitting down at their desk to document their actions and involvements in investigations.

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Red Cup Distillery upholds tradition

Joe Machney Reporter Rob de Groot along with his wife Barb has given moonshine back to Albertans through touching on a time when life was not all that easy for people. He only uses yeast, wheat, and water in his moonshine, a recipe that his parents before him have been using for three-hundred years. Last week Red Cup celebrated their first anniversary. “We learned to make moonshine in the old country from the bishop, the landlord, or the rich person and we were optimizing the farm in those days. Nowadays it is considered liquor because of the British taxed liquor,” de Groot said. Since Red Cup Distillery opened for business the knowledge about the history of moonshine in the prairies that Rob has acquired is staggering. “When I started I was told that the reason we don’t celebrate moonshine is because there were tough times on the farm. My response was, there were tough times during the dirty thirties and we made moonshine because we had to survive, but look at the character of the people that it created. They were resourceful, innovative, hard-working and proud. They redeveloped British farming techniques into no-till farming and came up with new hybrids including Alsas. They also contacted the Russians which had Russian rye show up during the time of Stalin. Russian scientists were asked to come in and introduce their

rye to keep the soil stuck down. Moonshine was something that was created by the most hardworking people who made Alberta what it is today before we found gas and oil. Since 1945, nobody has had the opportunity to value add grain without having to deal with the Wheat Board, so at Red Cup distillery we’re making stuff pre-Canada Wheat Board. Around here a farmer that I know his dad told him ‘I will not teach you how to make liquor from grain because I don’t want you to lose the farm. From 1930 to 1940 during the dust bowl, many people didn’t make their mortgage payments because the soil was blowing away. They made moonshine to survive but at the same time, they were concerned that the government might interfere because they hadn’t made their payment. So they got away from making moonshine out of grain but that man is 90 years old today and he remembers his dad telling him that. I feel we need to remember that the people who made this moonshine built Alberta not

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because it was easy, but I think we got to celebrate the character of the people that came from it.” As people come from as far as Scotland and so many other places to taste their moonshine, Rob and Barb have got a good start to a good thing as they continue to Uphold the Tradition of great moonshine from the prairies. Cheers!


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Driving drunk or high is driving impaired Becky Oxton

Submitted Driving drunk or high is driving impaired, period. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re caught driving drunk or high, you will face the same consequences. In 2015, nearly half of all 24hour license suspensions in Alberta were due to drug impairment. Across Canada, the Traffic


Injury Research Foundation found that 40 per cent of drivers who died during 2012 tested positive for drugs. A study by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, reports that cannabis creates performance deficits in many skills required to drive safely, such as tracking, reaction time, and concentration. Studies of driving performance (both simulated and on-road) show increased likelihood to swerve, following distance, and speed as a function of cannabis use. Alberta is slightly above the national average for drugged driving at 41 per cent. Eighty-two drivers killed in collisions during 2012 tested positive for drugs. There is a common misunderstanding that driving after using cannabis is safer than driving after consuming alcohol. Another misconception is about the policeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to detect impairment for drug use. Our goal is to debunk the myths around drug impaired driving.

Some consequences of DrugImpaired Driving include: driving while impaired by drugs and refusing to comply with a demand for physical sobriety tests or to provide bodily f luid samples is a criminal offence; and drivers who are pulled over on suspicion of drug impairment may be asked to complete a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, which checks for divided attention impairment. This test gives an officer reason-

able and probable grounds to then ask for a drug recognition investigation. For more information please contact your local police department or your Regional Traffic Safety Consultant Becky Oxton at 78 0 - 55 4 -7218 or b e c k y. oxton@gov.ab.ca.

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Labour shortfall threatens grain and oilseed future LMI research New research suggests that a lack of domestic workers could significantly impede the growth of Canada’s grain and oilseed industry. It is one of Canada’s largest agricultural employers, accounting for 55,800 jobs in 2014, or 15 per cent of the total agricultural workforce. The grain and oilseed industry primarily produces wheat, canola, soybeans, feed corn, pulses (such as lentils and dry peas), barley, oats and fodder crops. In 2014, 5,700 jobs went unfilled because the industry was unable to find enough domestic workers, and this labour shortfall resulted in lost sales of $569 million. Projections indicate that by 2025, as many as 17,400 jobs are at risk of going unfilled. As the labour gap widens, the financial impact could cost the industry even more sales and inhibit its ability to reach its full potential. The extent of the industry’s labour issues was examined as part of a three-year study conducted by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC). The data was published in the Grain and Oilseed: Labour Market Forecast to 2025 study. The industry’s widening labour gap can be attributed to several factors. First, nearly one in three domestic workers currently employed in the grain and oilseed industry is expected to retire by 2025. Second, the industry is unable to supplement its domestic workforce by accessing foreign workers through the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) or the Agricultural Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). And third, a significant shift away from animal production and toward grain and oilseed production in recent years has increased this industry’s demand for labour. The industry faces a number of key barriers that will make it increasingly difficult to recruit workers in the coming years, including a lack of skills and experience in the available workforce, a highly seasonal work environment with long hours of work in season, and operations that tend to be in rural locations where transportation and housing difficulties make it harder to find and retain workers. Additionally, most grain and oilseed

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production is concentrated in the Prairies, where competition for workers in the oil and gas sector has been intense. To address the labour issues identified in the research, CAHRC, with the help of the Government of Canada, has developed agriculture-specific human resource (HR) tools designed to support modern farm operations to manage their workforce. CAHRC offers Agri Skills, online and in-person training programs, and the Agri HR Toolkit – an online resource guide and templates to address the HR needs of any business. For agricultural organizations there are customized labour issues briefings that apply the new research to specific commodities and provinces, to explore the labour implications within their specific area. For more information on these and other CAHRC offerings visit www.cahrc-ccrha.ca. The Grain and Oilseed: Labour Market Forecast to 2025 report can be downloaded at: http://www.cahrc-ccrha.ca or agriLMI.ca. The study data was validated through industry consultations conducted Canada-wide including: 1034 surveys of employers, workers and industry stakeholders; 80 phone interviews; six focus groups for a total of more than 100 participants; and seven webinars focused on specific commodity groups with 100 participants in total. The national, provincial and commodity-specific reports can be downloaded from www.agriLMI.ca.

Protecting a Wet Crop Agrinews With the continued difficulties in getting the crop harvested this fall, an Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) specialist is recommending producers get their crops any way they can, as long as it goes through the combine. “This year’s harvest has been a long, drawn out affair, filled with frustration and disappointment,” says Harry Brook, crop specialist, AF. “Many producers still have crop left to be harvested or are taking it off wet, with grain being binned or bagged or piled at unheard of moisture levels. These crops cannot be left out in the cold for extended periods of time unattended.” When drying grain, there are maximum temperatures that should be used on the various crops. “There are tables that outline the maximum temperatures to be used to dry grain. Don’t exceed those maximum drying temperatures to avoid quality losses. With a large amount of moisture to be removed or a big seed, multiple passes of drying and cooling will be needed. In large seed like fababeans, drying might take three or four cycles to bring it down to

safe storage levels. The cooling is required to let the moisture content in the seed equalize.” If there is aeration, some supplemental heat can be used to help dry down the crop. However, says Brook, in this case smaller bins will be more useful than large bins. “To make this work, the fan has to have sufficient air flow to provide at least 0.5 cfm/bushel before adding the supplemental heat. Success will depend on the cleanliness of the grain and, even then, a load or two will have to be circulated out of the bin and back in to help equalize moistures and prevent dry and wet channels in the grain.” Brook recommends restricting the air temperature increase to 10 C or less as higher temperatures can reduce efficiency and increase the chances of over-drying. For every 10 C increase in air temperature, the relative humidity is halved. “You’ve worked hard for the crop. Now is not the time to let up. If you have crop that is damp or wet, monitor it closely for signs of heating and, if it occurs, take the appropriate measures to retain the value of the crop. It is too costly to do otherwise.”


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Ask the Guys Dear Classified Guys, I used to think my brother Trevor was a fool. Now I'm beginning to realize that he's a genius in disguise. For years he's been buying things in the classifieds while I would buy things new in the store. But when he found out my husband and I were having a baby, he surprised us with everything we needed for our nursery, all in new condition and at a fraction of the new cost. I was so amazed. The only problem is, we found out we're having twins! Since he found such great deals, I want to buy another set of everything like he did. But after razzing him for so many years, I figure I better do it myself. Can you give me a few pointers on finding & buying baby items so I don't make too many mistakes?

• • • Cash: It seems Uncle Trevor may have a few things to teach your children when they grow up. Carry: And considering the cost of children's items, his talents could be very useful to you in upcoming years. Cash: Fortunately, it doesn't take a "genius" to follow in your brother's footsteps. Shopping the classifieds is like shopping any

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catalog. Once you spot an item you need, call the seller and ask more specifics. Carry: The trick to finding a good deal is knowing the value of an item. If you've been shopping for children's items recently, you may be well aware of their cost. Cash: Try to purchase from parents who used things only once. Items that are used through multiple children or passed among family members tend to see higher wear and tear. Carry: If you're still nervous about taking your first "baby steps" toward buying in the classifieds, ask the future Uncle Trevor for some assistance. When he

finds out you're having twins, he'll probably be more than happy to help. Although considering you've razzed him for years, be prepared for a little ribbing in return. Cash: If you can't find everything you need in your local classified section, visit a few yard sales in your area. Baby items are among the most popular merchandise since items are rarely worn out by the time children outgrow them. It's also common to find toys and games still in their original box. Carry: Although if your twins are like most kids, the box may be the best toy of all.

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Twins, triplets and quadruplets are more common today than ever before. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tracked a steady rise in multiple births since 1980 and the pace quickened throughout the 1990's. It has slowed since, but more than 130,000 twins, 4000 triplets and 250 quadruplets are born each year. The increases were attributed to not only fertility drugs, but also to the increased age of women bearing children. Women in their thirties or older are more likely to have a multiple birth than women in their twenties.

With a three-month-old child, I'm always stopping at yard sales to see what I can find to save a few dollars. Last week I found a potty training chair that was still brand new. "I never needed it," the woman explained. "At first my husband wanted nothing to do with potty training. Then I found a way to convince him to take over the process. He had my daughter trained in three months." "That's amazing," I told the woman. "What did you say to motivate your husband?" "Nothing," she replied. "I just showed him the price of diapers." (Thanks to Cassandra J.)

Be Alert When it comes to buying items for children, nothing is more important than safety. Whether you choose to buy your items at a yard sale, through the classifieds or directly off the department store shelves, make sure that the items you choose are safe. Every year many toys, games or baby items are given safety warnings or recalled, yet they are still sold nationwide. Before your next purchase, visit the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov. A few minutes online can go a long way for your child's safety.

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Wranglers make gold final at Shoot for the Summit tourney

Tina Warawa The Shoot for the Summit PeeWee three-day hockey tournament is held by Canmore Minor Hockey out of the Banff Fenlands dual surface arena. The Banff Fenlands arena has one regular and one Olympic size ice surface. The Peewee Wranglers had a day off school as they all headed up to play the first game in the round robin Friday at 4pm in Banff versus the tournament host team Canmore. They walked away with a 7-4 victory. The Peewee team won their way through the round robin to finish second. Their only loss was a 1 point loss to the first overall team Bow Valley. They played Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final with a tied game heading into the second. Both goaltenders kept

them in the very intense gold medal match. The first goals took place at the 9 min mark of the second and opened a scoring run for a big 8-1 gold win for the Wranglers. Several quick goals changed the style of play and the Wranglers kept up the pressure right until the clock hit zero. Goalie Colton Boyko had an outstanding weekend letting in only one goal in the gold final and Rylan Ferguson won the MVP for the gold final game.

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CROSBIE, Robert “Bing” June 29, 1951-December 18, 2015 One year ago today We sat beside your bedside Our hearts were crushed and sore We did our best to the end Till we could not do no more In tears we watched you sinking We watched you fade away And though our hearts were breaking We knew you could not stay You left behind some aching hearts That loved you so much But love lives on forever It will never fade away Because with the love within our hearts You will walk with us forever Always remembered, loved and sadly missed Your wife Linda, children John, Jim (Sheena), Robert (Jennifer) and grandchildren Logan, Kohlson and Bailee

ZALESCHUK, Nick In loving memory of my husband, our father, our gido, great gido and great great gido who passed away December 13, 1999 I have lost my soul companion A life linked with my own And day by day I miss him more As I walk through life alone Dearly loved and sadly missed by wife Nettie, children & spouses, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren

CHOI, Crystal Fay December 7, 1967 – December 12, 2016 On Monday, December 12, 2016, Crystal Fay Choi of Vegreville, Alberta passed away at the age of 49 years. Crystal is survived by her loving family, her husband of twelve years Sang Rog Choi; her daughter Hanna; parents Reinhard and Erna Arnold; two brothers Rick (Nicole) and Robert (Charlotte); mother-in-law Gap-Yeon Jang; along with numerous relatives and friends. A Celebration of Crystal’s Life / Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church (4513 Maple St) in Vegreville, Alberta with Pastor Norm Bleick officiating. Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations may be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church c/o Nicaragua Mission Fund. To send condolences please visit www.autumnrosefuneralhome.com AUTUMN ROSE FUNERAL HOME VEGREVILLE,780-603-5800

HRYNIW, Marie May 6, 1928 – December 12, 2016 On Monday, December 12, 2016, Marie Hryniw of Vegreville, Alberta passed away at the age of 88 years. Marie is survived by her loving family, children Dennis (Marlaine) Hryniw, Dianna (Bill) Bibkewich, Shirley (Marshall) Porcina, Carolyn (Bob) Taciuk and Linda (Clarence) Wawryko; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister Olga Zaharko; along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Marie was predeceased by her husband William; parents John and Sophie Bateyko; sister Anne (Metro) Slywka; brother Johnny Bateyko; brother-in-law Nick Zaharko. A Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Vegreville, Alberta with the Basilian Fathers officiating. Interment to follow in Riverside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the “Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta” or to the “Vegreville Manor.” To send condolences please visit www.autumnrosefuneralhome.com AUTUMN ROSE FUNERAL HOME LTD. VEGREVILLE, 780-603-5800

HALABUT, Susan In loving memory of our dear Mother and Baba, Susan Halabut, who sadly left us on December 11, 2013 Mom, You will never be forgotten We’re reminded of you every day With love and strength you gave to us Before you went away You did so many things for us Your heart was kind and true And whenever support was needed We could always count on you The hands of time will never turn back To when we were together But in the memories we cherish You’ll be with us forever Forever in our hearts Love Rod & Audrey, Patie, Sharon & families

OSADCHUK, John October 21, 1919 - December 13, 2015 In memory of a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather Gone, dear husband and father, gone forever How we miss your smiling face But you left us to remember None on earth can take your place A happy home we once enjoyed How sweet the memory still But death has left a loneliness The world can never fill Until we meet again Forever loved and dearly missed by loving wife Olga, children and their families

SAWIAK, Stefania In memory of a caring and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and loyal friend who cared for and loved us, who passed away thirteen years ago December 19, 2003 The evening star shines on the grave Of the one we loved but could not save Peacefully sleeping free from pain God bless her till we meet again What would we give if we could say We’ll meet and see her again today To hear her voice and see her smile To sit and talk with her awhile But we have lost and God has gained The best one that the world contained You’re not forgotten as thirteen years passed Nor shall you ever be As long as life and memory last We shall remember you Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren

RAWLUK, Terry May 30, 1955 - December 19, 2012 It broke our hearts to lose you But you didn’t go alone For part of us went with you The day God called you home Without you, it’s so lonely here For you’re spending Christmas In Heaven this year Forever loved and sadly missed by loving mother Edna and brother Dale


FEDORUK, ANNA April 8, 1916 – December 10, 2016 On Saturday, December 10, 2016, Anna Fedoruk of Edmonton, Alberta passed away at the age of 100 years. Anna is survived by her loving family, one son Andy (Sandy); two daughters Marie Foster and Jane (George) Skulsky; five grandchildren David (Robyn), Billy (Anne), Hanya (Kent), Claire (Doug) and Robert; eight great-grandchildren Sophia, Nikolai, Elizabeth, Kyler, Ryan, Michael, Jennifer and Victoria; one brother Nick Chilibecki; three sisters Kate Kubin Sophie Gara and Olga (Bill) Rawluk; along with numerous relatives. Anna was predeceased by her husband William A. in 1993; son-in-law John Foster in 1996; parents John and Helen Chilibecki; three brothers Harry (Lena) Chilibecki, Peter (Victoria) and William (Alice); one sister Mary (Steve) Lazaruk; brothers-in-law Tom Kubin and Bill Gara; sister-in-law Eva Chilibecki. A Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church-Mundare with the Basilian Fathers officiating. Interment to follow in Spas Moskalyk Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the “Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church-Mundare” or “Spas Moskalyk Cemetery Fund.” To send condolences visit www.autumnrosefuneralhome .com AUTUMN ROSE FUNERAL HOME LTD., VEGREVILLE, 780-603-5800

SHANDRUK, Madeleine (Gordichuk) November 20, 1922 – December 7, 2016 On December 7, 2016 Madeleine Shandruk of Two Hills passed away at the age of 94 years. Madeleine is survived by her loving family: son, Leonard (Susan); daughter, Linda; one grandson, Lyndon (Holly) Shandruk; one great-granddaughter, Penelope Shandruk; sisters, Marie (Paul) Witmer, Sophie Petruk, and Fiona Swickis; one brother, Raymond (Ethel) Gordichuk; also other relatives and friends. Predeceased by her loving husband, Gordon; son-in-law, Martin Topolnisky; parents, John and Ann Gordichuk; and brothers, Andrew, Adam and Sylvester. Funeral service Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Two Hills. Reverend Wasyl Sapiha officiating with interment in Two Hills Cemetery. In lieu of floral tributes, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Society or a charity of one’s choice. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through www.parkmemorial.com PARK MEMORIAL LTD. VEGREVILLE 780-632-2000 FAMILY OWNED FUNERAL HOME

POPOWICH, Gary N. May 4, 1952 - December 5, 2016 On Monday, December 5, 2016, Gary Popowich of Two Hills, Alberta passed away at the age of 64 years. Gary is survived by his loving family, his wife of 46 years Doris; daughter Deana (Braden) Formanek and their daughters Taylor and Kirstin; son Ryan (Keeley) Popowich and their sons Sam, Jake and Nash; brother Nick (Gail) Popovich; mother-in-law Noëlla Chartier; Gary is also survived by many extended family, friends and his beloved dog, Blossom. He is predeceased by his parents Nicholas and Marjorie; one brother Carl; two sisters Caroline and Marjorie; and fatherin-law Henry. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at the Two Hills Centennial Hall with Fr. Philip Mathew as the Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to S.T.A.R.S. To send condolences, please visit www.autumnrosefuneralhome.com AUTUMN ROSE FUNERAL HOME LTD. VEGREVILLE, 780-603-5800

More than 205 billion litres of raw sewage and untreated waste water spewed into Canada’s rivers and oceans last year, CBC News has learned, despite federal regulations introduced in 2012 to try to solve the problem. In fact, the amount of untreated waste water, which includes raw sewage and rain and snow runoff, that flowed into Canadian rivers and oceans last year would fill 82,255 Olympic-size swimming pools — an increase of 1.9 per cent over 2014.

Canada has quietly imposed additional sanctions on Russian nationals over the annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s ongoing support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The new measures, including asset-freezing and a prohibition on business dealings, were passed by the Liberal cabinet on Nov. 28 and released, without much fanfare compared with the former Conservative government, on the Global Affairs Canada website the same day.

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A family in waiting


Caroline Knowles I am an immigrant. Many years ago (I am not going to say exactly how many) my parents decided to come to Canada, and I am constantly glad that they did. They came because they saw a better future and although it was hard for my mother to leave her family and friends, she was able to go back and visit. It was not an escape so much as an adventure. So now I wonder what it must be like to have to leave home because it has been

destroyed and nowhere near home is safe. Not only that, but the journey of escape itself is also fraught with all kinds of uncertainties, not to mention outright danger. That is the situation for so many people at the moment, particularly in Syria. As I said I am very grateful that my parents brought us to Canada. We live in a peaceful country and can be reasonably sure that when we go to bed at night that our homes and those of our neighbors will still be standing when we wake up. The stores will have the food we need. The hospital will be there if we need it. The power and gas will work. On the whole, we have governments that reflect a societal desire to provide a good environment for the citizens of this country (although I realize we may not all agree on the best way to do that). In addition, we are surrounded by a beautiful, fertile, bountiful land. So in thinking about the refugees waiting to come to Canada, I was also thinking that I am surrounded by people who have not had to go through the trauma of being refugees from danger. However, I was then reminded of something that is so easy to forget, that in fact, I know many people who have had that experience. My own husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family, when he

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was a small child, were briefly refugees in Indonesia. Good friends in Montreal were refugees from the Vietnamese conflict. Vegreville, itself has hosted several refugee families from Vietnam who have gone on to make successful lives for themselves here and elsewhere in Alberta and the country. More recent refugees have come from Burundi and made their Canadian start here and some have moved on to other jobs in Edmonton and Ontario. So once again, Vegreville will host a refugee family, this time from Syria. The family of parents and two little boys is presently waiting in another country for the many steps of the process to be completed. But at this end the Sponsorship Committee has already been able, thanks to the generosity of the community, to raise the funds required to qualify as a sponsor. The amount raised so far is about $19, 000, which is almost 2/3 of the $30,000 needed to ensure funds for a family for the first year. Several events have been put on by the committee to solicit donations. The most recent was the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cupcake Blitzâ&#x20AC;?. About 700 cupcakes were given out to people making donations. Another effort a couple of weeks ago, was shoppers at Co-op, No Frills and Walmart being greeted by volunteers soliciting donations. Donors were able to select some beautiful gift cards in return for their donations. The community has responded very positively to these outreach efforts. The combined total for just these two events was $4,400! The committee has other events in mind for the new year, one is a bottle drive so save your holiday bottles and cans. All this to come in the hope that the process-

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ing of the family, which is already in progress, will allow them to arrive here sometime in 2017. In the meantime, anyone wishing to make a donation (tax receipts can be issued) or to volunteer or just for information can contact Reverend Carolyn Woodall at the United Church (780 632 2338).


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Lions District C-1 Convention

(left to right) Lions International Director, Jennifer Ware, 2nd Vice-District Governor-Frances Sawiak presents Renaye Wade with $600 for RADD. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

Curtis Anderson spoke about his experience with brain injury (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

Representative from CNIB, Connor Pilz gives a presentation on White Cane. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

Up to the platform next was a presentation about White Cane by CNIB representative, Connor Pilz where he stated that due to a campaign CNIB had, this organization was able to give free white canes to visually impaired clients. Going forth then was RCMP Constable Bentley who gave a brief presentation on scams where he explained that scam artists can be aggressive and play on your feelings. Phone the local RCMP if you feel something is a scam. Then PDG, Les Storch introduced retired Reverend Ken Flanagan who officiated with the Celebration of Life Service which helped people recall District C-1 Lions Club member who passed away. This involved prayers, readings, hymns, candle-light of remembrance and roll call for deceased people. “Each member is sorely missed but we have happy memories of life and working with them. Through their services to humanity; they have helped the deaf to see and the blind to hear and promote the spirit of friendship throughout the world. They have helped to build much-needed recreation services and fight the evils of drug abuse,” Rev. Flanagan said. Then everyone was treated to a lunch. The luncheon speaker was Renaye Wade, an accomplished pianist, dancer and student dancing instructor and in her spare time, she was an Assistant Manager at McDonalds. She graduated

in June 2012. Renaye’s life changed on March 15, 2013 when she was in a vehicle that while waiting for a tow truck was struck by a distracted driver. This accident left Renaye with serious injuries; similar to shaking baby. With the help of others, Renaye has formed RADD (Renaye Against Distracted Driving) whose mission is to gain higher penalties and awareness out about distracted driving. Renaye is in the process of working with the Federal Government to make distracted driving a criminal offense. After Renaye’s presentation, she received a continuous standing ovation and 2nd (VDG), Vice-District Governor, Frances Sawiak presented Renaye with a cheque and there was an additional collection of $600 for RADD from the lions who attended the convention. Following this, all of District C-1 Lions Club members presented a cheque for $15,000 to STARS for the academy. “This is a complete honor when Betty-Anne asked me to come to this convention. The academy has been in existence since 2009 and we have trained over 150 paramedics, physician and nurses; primarily in the rural Alberta area, that is our target.” Then District Governor Ron Wackenhut presented a District Award to Past President, Dave Leschchyshyn and Zone 9 Chair, Suzanne Leshchyshyn, both from Sylvan Lake Lions. GMT Lion Bill Stecewicz went forth

to speak about Family-Friendly Lions Clubs where he said in in September 2016, in C-1, 35% were female and 11% were family members. Stecewicz said to plan interesting, family-friendly events and projects. “These projects should be hands-on and active with meaningful activities in it. We need this because there are untapped sources of members and your spouse and kids know a lot of people who might like to join. Belonging will give family members more a chance to spend time together and you can show the younger generation the joys of helping others. Your club will benefit because younger members are more into social media.” PID, Dr. Patti Hill then said her parents always told her when you need to do something, do it and thrive for excellence. “A person should always love generously and you have the ability to share your compassion with others.” Curtis Anderson, from Innisfree was the next motivational speaker. “On June 26, 2002, I was competing in bullriding in the Ponoka Stampede and while riding, I lost my balance and was struck on the head by the bull’s head. I went from being in a wheelchair and took it one-step-at-a-time and was eventually with therapy was able to walk on my own without assistance and today, I drive a vehicle! Half of your recovery is your determination and the other half is having someone around to help you. I make sure to get proper rest, eat well and get some exercise every day. The best way to heal from a concussion is rest because your brain heals when you rest.” Momma Marusia and her Merry Mop then presented a hilarious entertainment that followed with a question and answer period with Lions International Director, Jennifer Ware. The results of the election were called and it was confirmed that Frances Sawiak was voted for and is going up as of July 1, 2016, from 2nd Vice-District Governor to 1st Vice-District Governor. Then the tail twister report and convention report were read. The District Governor’s Banquet was next which had cocktails, a grand march, and a banquet and awards presentation where 2nd Vice-District Governor, Frances Sawiak was the recipient of a Lions International President Award for dedicated work to the club.

Rosanne Fortier The Lions are strong people who make the world a better place to live! Lions Club members need to be the best humanitarian providers in the world were the words of Dr. Patti Hill, Past International Director. Hill was just one of the many inspirational speakers at the Lions District C-1 Convention at Vegreville Social Centre on November 5. Lion LeeAnne Kermode, Secretary for Vegreville Lions Club was the Chairperson for this convention and received assistance from President, Percy Stark, 2nd Vice-District Governor- Frances Sawiak and members of Vegreville Lions Club. There were over 150 people who attended from Red Deer up to Yellowknife and one club was from British Columbia and another one was from Saskatchewan border. The convention opened on November 4 with registration and certificate and then there were a funky sweater and dessert social with entertainment that followed this. November 5 presented Vegreville Lion LeeAnne Kermode with the Flag Ceremony with 341 Mundare Air Cadets. Then the National Anthems were sung by Donna Coulter following this. Mayor Myron Hayduk, Vegreville Lions Club President, Percy Stark and Deputy Reeve Carl Ogrodnick presented the official greetings.


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2300 pounds of food is no chicken feed Joe Machney Reporter Tis the season for giving and what better than to give people a good meal which is exactly what the generous students at AL Horton Elementary School hope to accomplish with the 2300 pounds of food that they gathered together for the food bank this year. To put it in perspective, last year it was 1200 pounds of food. “What we did this year is we staggered it from the other schools. Last year everybody contributed in October and it totally overwhelmed the food bank and then at Christmas they didn’t have enough. This year we thought we’d do it about three or four weeks later, so hopefully this will help them out during the Christmas season,” AL Horton Principal Greg Probert said. “We also gave them a little incentive in the way of, the class that has the most weight, they got a pizza party. So one class from K to 3 and one class from 4 to 6 get a pizza party,” Probert smiled. “Visually this year there is so much more than last year. This community, in general, has been really good with donations.”

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17th Annual Christmas Candlelight Service of Remembrance

Vegreville United Church Jr. Handbell Ringers perform, Peace at the 17th Annual Christmas Candlelight Service of Remembrance. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

Rosanne Fortier Grieving is not something to overcome but something to walk with was the words of Rev. Ken Flanagan. The 17th Annual Christmas Candlelight Service of Remembrance was presented at Vegreville Social Centre on December 4. This event is meant to give support to people experiencing grief and loss. Yvonne Racine, Certified Grief

Recovery Specialist and Ordained, the guest speaker who has been involved in personal and spiritual development for over 30 years gave the main presentation to assist people in their healing journey where she said we all express grief differently and we have a right to grieve. Do what’s right for you and listen to what’s in your heart. Some of Racine’s ideas were adapted from Dr. Alan Wolfelt which

Children’s Ensemble-St. John’s Lutheran Church perform the song, All Through the Night at the 17th Annual Christmas Candlelight Service of Remembrance. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

included taking care of yourself and it is okay to grieve, even long after a significant loss and to talk to people who will listen without judging you. Talk about the person who died and express your faith. Do rituals your loved one enjoyed during the holidays. This Interdenominational Service was complementary with an invitation to light a candle in memory of loved

A Richey Christmas at Warwick Hall

Joe Machney Reporter The Warwick Community Hall has recently been upgraded and restored to preserve the historic canvass curtains that have framed and decorated the stage at the Hall since it was built in the late 1930s through the Heritage Restoration Project. On December 28, Craig Richey, film composer, pianist, and singer-songwriter from Los Angeles will be gracing the stage at the Hall to perform a concert which will be a ‘musical journey that will touch your soul and warm your heart’ says Debra Durrer, a member of the Warwick community. Part of the proceeds will go to Refugee Sponsorship Vegreville. Karen Schmitke is the co-host of the event in charge of the fundraising effort. “We are thrilled to present a world class composer coming to our beautiful community hall,” Durrer said. Craig is a native of North Carolina, who received his musical training as a classical pianist at the

North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School. After graduating from Juilliard, Craig turned his attention to singing and songwriting, producing, and film composing. His first score, When It’s Over, written and directed by Rich Mancuso, received critical acclaim in the LA Weekly after the film’s premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Craig is a Sundance Fellow, having been invited to participate in the 2006 Sundance Institute Composer’s Lab. He was invited back to the lab as an advisor in summer 2016 at Skywalker Sound. Craig has been a frequent panelist at the Sundance Film Festival BMI Film Music Roundtable and has also appeared in BMI Film Music Panels at South by Southwest. His films have premiered at the Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, South by Southwest, Outfest, and Tribeca Film Festivals, among others. The Gymnast won over 26 festival awards including either, and sometimes both, the Audience Award and Grand Jury prize at Outfest, Newfest, and Frameline. A Marine Story followed in its foosteps with a nearly identical record of festival awards, most impressively winning the Grand Jury, Audience, and best actress awards at Outfest 2010. As a songwriter, Craig has three songs featured in Jeremy Leven’s Girl On A Bicycle and has had songs appear in Lovely and Amazing, Friends With Money, The King of Kong, Greenlit, and Answers To Nothing. He and his band present an annual Christmas show, featuring Craig’s original Christmas songs, to benefit children affected by HIV. ‘Mother & Child, Songs of Christmas’ is available on iTunes as are several of his soundtracks.

one. Tranquil music performances blended in with the theme and charmed the audience, as well as scripture readings, prayers, Christmas hymns, and a gift of remembrance for everyone in attendance, fellowship and a plentiful supply of refreshments. This event was presented by Akasu Palliative Care Society, Park Memorial Ltd, Vegreville Ministerial Association and Palliative Care Volunteers.


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VDCC 15th Annual Christmas Arts and Craft Sale Brandan and Lucas Siemers with Santa and his elf at the Vegreville and District 15th Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Arts and Craft Sale. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

Wood Cutting Art and Sewing table where Wayne Hansondid did the cutting-out, Karen Hanson did the painting of the products and Amy Ockerman did the wood- burning. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

Rosanne Fortier A Christmas wonderland reached Vegreville Social Centre on November 19. Vegreville and District Chamber of

Commerce 15th Annual Christmas Arts and Craft Sale featured 33 vendors from many local areas and from Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Vermilion, St. Paul and Hilliard. There were 52 tables laden

with tapestries of artistic riches, crafts and decors that would satisfy every giver who had hearts as huge as Santa’s. This sale was well-attended and it also offered hayrides and a concession stand

by Vegreville Community Daycare and photos with Santa by Vegreville Emergency Services. There was a collection taken for Vegreville Food Bank and Christmas Bureau.

Rangers play a good six periods

Joe Machney Reporter This past weekend was a double header for the Vegreville Rangers as they took on the Lloydminster Bandits on Friday and the Wainwright Bisons on Saturday. Pushing the Bandits to overtime and falling to the powerful Bisons, the Rangers came away with an overtime loss during the weekend for one point. The Lloydminster Bandits started the Friday game with a goal lead in the first but shortly into the second period the Rangers found their stride and tied the game up with a short-handed goal by Lutyck-Neufela, and then another one

by Falconer. Before the period closed the Bandits stole the lead again as the teams shared time in the penalty boxes for a collection of calls varying from tripping to misconducts and fighting. The final period continued tit-for-tat in respects to penalties but through it, all Vegreville got the point they needed to bring the game into overtime when McGee got a power play goal. However, a minute and a half into overtime, Stewart scored the winning goal and ended the Friday game with a score of 4 to 3 for the Bandits. The Saturday game was against a good team and Vegreville knew that going

into it, but that didn’t stop them from giving it all they had. Even though the first period saw them at a three-goal deficit they were able to keep their cool and stay out of the penalty box for the most part. The second period saw the Rangers on the board as Warrington got a power play goal with assists by Kitz and Manz. The last period of the game began with a quick goal by the Bisons as they flexed their muscles again. Not taking the heat lying down, Grykuliak got a goal, assisted by Wozniak around the halfway point of the third. The Bisons scored another goal before the game ended,

making the score Wainwright 5 and Vegreville 2. “I felt the game against Wainwright went really well. We got into some penalty trouble the first period so got down three nothing, but we came back and we had chances but we just couldn’t put the puck in the net. The final for the game was 5 -2 but overall we’re pretty happy, it was a great effort by our kids considering we’re missing a few players. This game and the Lloyd game, I thought we played six really good periods and I feel we gained a lot of confidence,” Scott Langkow Assistant Coach said.

Town of Vegreville donates to Vegreville Lions

Town:Town administration department donates $1 every Friday in exchange for wearing jeans to the office.$365.00 was donated this year to the Vegreville Lions Playground Project.(Rachel Farr/Photo)

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Tackling the Minister of Immigration Joe Machney Reporter Since October 27 when word got out that the Federal Government would be closing the Case Processing Center (CPC) in Vegreville, people in higher positions heard the call and answered becoming liaisons for the people of Vegreville and their plight. Side by side these people joined concerned citizens and people in outside rural communities as they all voiced the need to keep the CPC in Vegreville and directed it at the Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Minister John McCallum through letters and calls. The 280 person job loss to the community alone is detrimental and as the Mayor has said as well as the same sentiment echoed by Counties, towns, and villages in the surrounding Lakeland area, it will have a further reaching impact as far as affecting the intricacies of the community from the schools, to sports, to clubs, to volunteer organizations, and the list goes on. After learning of the Federal Government’s decision, the Town of Vegreville has undertaken a number of immediate steps to voice its opposition to this decision. Letters of complaints

have been written to Prime Minister Trudeau; Minister John McCallum; Public Service and Procurement Minister Judy Foote by the Mayor, Council as well as neighboring municipalities that will feel the impact of the closure. Some of the neighboring communities and dignitaries that responded are varied and cover a wide spectrum of positions crossing over political affiliations and all other borders to serve the common goal. Scott Cyr, MLA for Bonnyville-Cold Lake has written to Minister McCallum, “I am writing to you today to voice my opposition to the recent decision to relocate the Vegreville Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Case Processing Centre to Edmonton. This action, if implemented, will have serious consequences for the economic well-being of communities in central Alberta.” Christina Gray, Minister of Labour stated that “These Albertans have built a life in one of Alberta’s most vibrant communities and asking them to leave their hometown and relocate is very concerning.” “Our Council is expressing its deep concern for the Town of Vegreville and surrounding area on losing such a large

employer. We advocate you to keep this vital facility in the Town of Vegreville,” Kevin Smook, Reeve for Beaver County said in a letter to Trudeau, MacCallum and Foote. Mayor Dave Huppertz of the Village of Mannville also voiced his concern on behalf of the village. “Not only will this directly affect the Town of Vegreville, other surrounding communities such as ours will be affected, which I believe we have residents that live in our community that currently work at the facility as well. The Village of Mannville would like the Federal Government to re-evaluate their current decision to close the center in the Town of Vegreville.” “The county of Two Hills council asks that you reconsider relocating the CPC

to Edmonton to keep our small communities viable by having this Centre remain in Vegreville, not only for the communities, but the citizens well being too,” Allen Sayler, Reeve for the County of Two Hills said in a letter to Minister John McCallum. As these people sent their letters, MP Shannon Stubbs has been in Ottawa fighting on behalf of the town as much as she can to get them to change their minds. Her fortitude and tenacity are like a tiger defending her cubs and as the town and surrounding villages, counties and all the members that represent them do what they can to correct this situation, with hope and clarity the Liberal Government will see the truth in our words and reverse their decision to close the CPC.


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Perogies and Jam’s Gospel Night

Youth Ensemble (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

Rosanne Fortier The best way to praise God is through rejoicing in song and giving to your fellow man. The Perogies and Jam Fifth Annual Gospel Music Night at Vegreville Sunshine Club Centre did this and more to a packed hall of 150 citizens on November 19. Don Harfield from Perogies and Jam was the emcee and said the objective of these Perogies and Jam events is to encourage music lovers to come out and enjoy music, even if they don’t have a lot of money. As always, complimentary food, coffee, and beverages were available. This event featured local performers: Youth Ensemble, Nolia Jarvis, Debbie Fedoruk Singers, and Lutheran Choir, Companions on the Journey

MLA Jessica Littlewood speaks about how wonderful it is to see so many people from the community and all over Alberta attend Perogies and Jam Fifth Annual Gospel Music Night at Vegreville Sunshine Club Centre on November 19. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

and Jean Huston, Rose Safranka and Albert Stewart from The Music Makers. Each of these performers’ musical pieces was well-received by the audience as they kept their tone well through high and low notes, held a cheerful and peaceful melody and created an effect that helped the audience feel they were honoring God through music. The special guest was Cloud 9 who is in the agricultural line of work which made them be naturals at created a country effect as they performed their usual talented performances. After intermission, MLA for Vegreville and Fort Saskatchewan Jessica Littlewood, Dwayne Hlady, President of Vegreville Transportation Services Society (VTSS) and Nick Chrapko entered the stage where they spoke about the two organizations that

the audience’s donations will be forwarded to. Littlewood said it was wonderful to see people from the community and around Alberta come together for this event. Hlady said VTSS really needs support because they provide supplementary payments towards cab fare to seniors and low-income clients who don’t drive. Chrapko then proceeded to say that the Sunshine Club Centre welcomes everyone into their centre and they provide entertaining and information sessions for people. The event collected $1178 for these two non-profit organizations where the proceeds will be divided in half to each one. Don Harfield said this is the first time they held this event outside a church and he was impressed with the generosity of the people who attended.

Lions Club’s Christmas Party

Rosanne Fortier Vegreville Lions Club is a family-friendly club that plans get-togethers and recreational activities for its members and family. On November 22, they took their friendly roar further when they welcomed and showed their appreciation to Lions members and people who helped them through the year at the Vegreville Lions Club Christmas Party at Vegreville Sunshine Club Center. Their party included fellowship and a bountiful buffet created by Chris Bryson who loves to cook and has done cooking for 20 years. Chris will bring East, West Dining to the public at Vegreville Train Station at the beginning of December. Dwayne Hlady really enjoyed Chris cooking this meal as it gave him a chance to be a guest and he didn’t have to cook as he usually does. Vegreville Lions Club helps the community and the world in so many ways. A person just has to be 18 years-old and older and a good citizen who is willing to help with fundraising and bartending to join Vegreville Lions Club.

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