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RCMP files from February - 19 - 25 Arthur Beaudette News Advertiser February 19 09:49 – Complainant reports vehicle breaking overnight. There are bike tracks leading away from the vehicle and the driver’s side windows is broken. Members attended. The window was smashed but nothing was stolen. No witnesses or suspects at this time. 14:45 – Complainant called the detachment asking for advice on a court order. After discussion, it was determined that there was nothing that could be done and they would have to contact family law for assistance. 15:42 – Complainant reporting a dirty truck abandoned on the road. There were tracks leading away from the vehicle possibly toward a house. Members attended and checked the house. All was secure. People on site were spoken to and they know who rents the house. No signs of break and enter. 21:45 – Complaint of impaired care and control (vehicle) in Vegreville. RCMP attended and administered a roadside screening test which the driver failed. The driver was arrested and released on documents for court. February 20 10:45 – Complainant called to report a male and female “tripping out� and acting strangely. Members attended and located the male who was displaying signs of drug use. The subject was spoken to and updated the complainant. 13:49 – Complainant called to report that he had sent $900 in iTunes cards to someone in California. The complainant advised that they were trying to get their email changed and the subject said they would do it if they were sent $900. Member advised that there is no way to retrieve the money and this is a scam. 16:04 – Complainant attended the detachment about an email he got from PayPal. He advised that he does not use PayPal and the email stated he owed $200. He realized that this was a scam and was reporting for information purposes. 17:20 – Member conducted a traffic stop. The driver was suspended, the vehicle was towed and seized for 30 days. Appropriate tickets were issued. 22:49 – Complainant reports hearing big bangs in the basement. The family is hiding in the upstairs bedroom. The complainant advised that they could hear talking in the basement. Members attended the location, cleared the

house. No footprints around the outside of the house and no signs of a break-in.

February 21 00:08 – Drivers of a vehicle failed to indicate changing lanes. A traffic stop was initiated. Driver’s license was in suspension. The vehicle was towed and seized for 30 days. The driver was issued 2 violation tickets and dropped off at a location to be picked up by a friend. Driver’s license was seized and mailed back to the insurance company. 07:53 – Complainant reports that a neighbour’s door has been open since the previous day. RCMP attended and cleared the residence. No one was inside. No fresh prints in the snow and no signs of forced entry. The open door may be due to a faulty latch. 13:05 – Complainant called to advise that some time overnight their vehicle window was broken. No witnesses, no suspects, and nothing was taken from the vehicle.

February 22 11:38 – Complainant attended the detachment to turn over a firearm for destruction. Members took the firearm and scheduled it for destruction. 14:09 – Complainant advised that their child is being bullied by another youth in town. All parties were spoken to and it was determined that both youths were roughhousing as they like the same person. 15:01 – Complainant called about an abandoned vehicle in rural Vegreville. Owner of the vehicle was contacted and they advised that the vehicle broke down and that it would be dealt with that day. 16:46 – Complainant attended the front counter to inquire about how to get a peace bond. Advice was given on how to apply for a peace bond. 23:54 – Complainant reports a white truck vs stop sign and snow plow. The complainant advised that the driver of the vehicle is “going crazy� trying to get out. Male was seen walking towards a church. Member attended and located the driver of the vehicle and was arrested for impaired driving. The driver was released on documents for court.

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17:22 – Complainant reports that someone is bothering them. Member called the complainant who was not making sense. Member assisted as best they could and there were no further complaints. 18:30 – Complainant advised that a white SUV was heading eastbound on Hwy 16 with no lights on. Members patrolled but could not locate any vehicle. 22:02 – 911 call from a residence. Members attended the location and spoke to the parties at the home. It was a family verbal argument regarding parenting. It was determined that both parents were unfit to look after the child because it was found outside in -19*C weather and not dressed properly. All parties agreed to place the child with the grandparents until a custody court hearing.

02:00 – Complainant reports a bar patron refusing to leave the bar. Member arrived to find an intoxicated person who was too intoxicated to talk. The subject was arrested for mischief. 15:07 – Complainant called to report their Ex is under conditions not to contact them. They advised that the Ex had sent them an email. This matter is still under investigation. 15:57 – Complainant reports being upset with what is happening at a local business. They would like the business dealt with. The complainant advised they are being talked down to when they are in the business. This matter is still under investigation. 16:00 – Complainant reports they are going through a breakup. They are concerned that the other party has images of them that they could use against them. No offense occurred. They were advised to get a peace bond to prohibit the unauthorized sharing of the images in question. 17:21 – Complainant sent a letter to the Vegreville RCMP advising he was unhappy with the service provided after they had their identity stolen. The letter stated they will beat up anyone who comes to their door. No direct threats were made to anyone. The letter was sent to numerous RCMP detachments


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How Much is Enough? Arthur Beaudette News Advertiser - Opinion One of our readers recently asked me that question. “How much is enough?” There are many things we could have been talking about. Price of gasoline, salaries in the sports industry or snow in March. However, I may have been guilty of instigating this topic with previous articles. The question was referring to government and how much of our money they take. How much IS enough?? The question reminds me of a comedy act I once heard. The comedian was talking about having a few too many in a bar and getting thrown out by the bouncers. He said “I don’t know how many of them it would take to throw me out. But know how many they were going to use.”. He went on to clarify that 6 guys with no necks threw him into the street. When I think of the government in that context, I don’t know how much they NEED, but I know how much they are going to take, and every year they take even more. Anyone who has been around for a while knows that years ago, things may not have been perfect, but at least we had more money in our pockets. Now, some of the only ones with more money in their pockets are federal politicians. And they make sure of this on a regular basis.

Back in 2005, CBC published a brief analysis on Canadian MPs’ salaries. Canadian MPs’ base salaries through history Year Salary 1867 $600 + $6 per day 1901 $1,500 + $10 per day 1920 $4,000 + $25 per day 1945 $4,000 + $25 per day + $2,000 allowance 1963 $12,000 + $6,000 allowance 1981 $32,700 + $14,400 allowance 1991 $64,400 + $21,300 allowance 2000 $68,200 + $22,500 allowance 2001 $131,400 --2015 $167,400 2017 $172,700 Jumping ahead to 2015 another report stated that the Conservative government gave themselves a 2.3% pay raise. 2017 - As of April 1, the base salary for all members of Parliament rose 1.4 percent to $172,700. On top of that base amount, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gets another $172,700, plus a $2,000 car allowance, for his duties as the leader of the government. Trudeau’s pay has gone up from

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Re: “Green Energy” Fairy Tale Turning into a Nightmare for Canada by Gwyn Morgan. (VNA, February 21, 2018) I find Mr. Morgan’s opinion piece, not only lacking in technical accuracy and completeness, but more disturbingly, immoral. It is a similar argument to that put forward to defend slavery based on an economic basis. Read the quotation below, and substitute “fossil fuel” for “slave” and “slavery” and “Canada” for “the South”. “Defenders of slavery argued that the sudden end to the slave economy would have had a profound and killing economic impact in the South where reliance on slave labor was the foundation of their economy.” (http://www. ) The argument for the futility of Canada doing anything to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases could very well have been used to by some individual slave owner for not ending slavery. “What’s the point? Others will just

Letter - CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 Name: Kim Westaway Occupation: seamstress Likes: my family, making a dress fit well Dislikes: sad news on the television, onions.

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Social Marketing “#Customer” Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser The Village of Ryley hosted Brian Siddle of Strong Coffee Marketing Ltd. for a social media marketing seminar for local businesses at the Ryley Municipal Office Thursday, February 22, 2018. The businesses in attendance learned the value of a focused, tailor-made marketing strategy, and some possible ways to appeal to a target audience. Marketing is, in essence, the art of opening good communication with potential customers. And in the world of social media, with thousands of Facebook adds swirling around in search of a customer to find relevancy in them, how can you be sure your voice and the voice of your business is being heard by the right demographic? In this series, we will cover the application of some of these principles, including: Knowing Your Audience Having a Plan Using Reviews/Questions to Improve Your Market Offline vs. Online Marketing Video as a Viable Marketing Option The methods of research and cover-

age will include information from the sessions by Brian Siddle, as well as other marketing professionals, consumer reviews, and practical input from local business owners/marketers form Vegreville and the surrounding areas.

Letter - CONTINUED from PAGE 4 take my business.” Absent in the article is any mention of the devastating effects of global warming on people around the world (more intense and more frequent hurricanes, forest fires …) which are already happening. Unlike Mr. Morgan, the insurance companies worldwide ‘believe’ in climate change. (http://fortune. com/2017/07/25/climate-change-insurance-industry/ ) The statement “The folly of relying on green energy was undeniable”, made solely based on what happened in Ontario, is completely unfounded. The details are still open for debate, but it has been projected that by 2050 – 2055 completely “green” electricity generation is achievable. ( content/pnas/112/49/15060.full.pdf?with-ds=yes ) The question is political, not technical. Obviously, Mr. Morgan would like to persuade the reader to buy into his point of view. “Eco-elves flew in from far and wide to proclaim Canada’s oil and gas industry a major contributor to global warming”. Well, appealing to xenophobia is a well-known and often successful technique. I hope this letter will counter that, just a bit, maybe. What I have learned most from Mr. Morgan’s “fairy tale” is the confirmation that indeed there are people who put profit above anything else, even their own good. --– Albert Liem

Albert. Thank you for your letter. Quite often all we need to do is follow the money. As you stated, the question (or answer) can be political and not technical. Corporations (including insurance companies) are quick to defend their profits and twist scientific data to support their position. Corporations and politicians alike are often masters at this and will tell people what they want to hear to suite their needs and profit from the result. -AB.


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90 Years Ago – February 29, 1928

Warning is being issued to farmers at the present time in connection with the germinating quality of the grain which they propose to use for seed. Where grain has been exposed to the weather over winter as has happened this year in some sections of the province, it is particularly advisable to secure a germination test on this grain before it is used for seed. Who rounds out tomorrow, March 1st, ten years of proprietorship of the Alberta Hotel. Ten years is a large slice to take out of any man’s working period of life, especially when it has been devoted to carrying on a business, which above all other businesses, is subjected to the fiercest scrutiny and criticism. So far, the genial Mike Dutka has come through comparatively easily, although he had had a lot of grief too in recent years. But here he is, on the job, serving the public to the best of his ability and in general making a good, all-round, genuine citizen of Vegreville.

75 Years Ago – March 3, 1943

According to Mr. Fitzallen, secretary of the Local Rationing Board, something over 17,500 ration books were sent out for distribution from this centre. Full returns from other points are not at hand as yet, but he expects that practically all of them were distributed last week. In town, 3,167 books were issued, slightly over the estimated number. The active work of issuing the ration books was done by a committee of ladies, who toiled faithfully every afternoon in the town hall. As consumers, many Canadians may have felt that they have too few coupons entitling them to purchase commodities. The men on the other side of the counter – the retailer, the wholesaler and the importer – have found one of their principal problems in the tremendous number of coupons which they have had to handle. It is estimated that butter rationing alone involves the use by Canadian consumers of approximately ten million coupons a week. When it is remembered that this is not the only commodity rationed and that each coupon had to be transferred three to four times in the process of controlling trade at various levels, the magnitude of the problem becomes clear. The banking system of Canada is providing the ration administration with the benefit of its experience in handling similar transactions and providing an accounting and clearing system on the basis of established practice.

50 Years Ago – February 22, 1968

Butter made at the local Northern Alberta Dairy Pool plant entered in the Inter-Provincial Butter Competition held in Edmonton recently placed with the First Prize Group at the conclusion of judging. Five creameries reached the first prize group; twenty-eight were in the second prize group and three in the third prize group. Butter makers at the Vegreville plant are Peter Pruss and Joe Chwartynski, while the plant manager is Tom Heath. Over a million pounds of butter a year are produced in Vegreville with 1200 cream shippers delivering here. The area covered extends to Chipman in the west to Minburn and from Hairy Hill to Viking. F. Stepanik of Innisfree was the recipient of his 20 year button after completing that many years of service with Imperial Oil Ltd. the presentation was made at an agents meeting in Edmonton on Friday, Febrauary 9th in Edmonton. Mr. Stepanik received his button from Mr. Frank Delchaw, prairie maketing region distribution manager.

25 Years Ago – March 2, 1993

Protesting bill C-113 (UIC bill) are union members and local constituency members. The group picketed outside of Don Mazankowski’s office during the noon hour on Wednesday, February 24. The group opposes the new UIC regulations. In order for the town of Vegreville to employ a special constable a policy and code of conduct must be put into the town’s policy manual prior to the Solicitor General’s office finalizing their approval for special constable status. A special constable, employed by the town of Vegreville would have the authority; - to enforce the highway traffic act, motor vehicle administration act, litter act, liquor act, dangerous dog act and animal protection act, within the corporate limits of the town of Vegreville. – too lay information, serving and executing court documents within the province of Alberta. – to arrange and assist in the prosecution of breaches of town bylaws including the gathering of evidence, the attendance of witnesses and any appearances in court that may be required. The town of Vegreville is hoping to upgrade the bylaw enforcement officer to a special constable status for the purpose of successfully enforcing the town bylaws. Construction coordinator Gary Pinkham puts up the first of seven signs for Vegreville Land – Crescent Insurance and Vegreville Travel. The signs were designed by architect David Murray and painted locally by Rick Cymbaliuk.

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.

Losing prime farmland: Albertans are concerned Dr. Brent Swallow Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences – University of Alberta In regards to the work being done by the Alberta Land Institute about the loss of prime land for agricultural use in Alberta: As Alberta’s cities and major towns grow, so too does their footprint on Alberta’s rural landscapes. A recent report by the Alberta Land Institute contains new insights into the extent of farmland conversion and fragmentation in the agricultural “white zone” of the province. The report completed by a team of University of Alberta professors, including myself, along with graduate students’ shows that urban land use pressures have been particularly acute in the areas around Edmonton and Calgary and the corridor area along the QE2 Highway. Between 1984 and 2013, the amount of land in urban or industrial uses in the Edmonton-Calgary Corridor increased by 52 percent, while the urban area of Calgary tripled. While the pace of conversion of farmland into residential and industrial uses was highest in the 1980s, more than 625 km2 of land was converted from agriculture to residential or industrial uses between 2000 and 2012. The main drivers of agricultural land loss in the corridor were population growth, the price of agricultural land, road density, and degree of fragmentation and land quality. Everything else equal, best quality lands were less likely to be converted than lower quality lands. Nonetheless, much of land converted out of agriculture during the 2000-2012 period was prime crop-land. 35 percent of the converted land was of the highest land suitability class and 34 percent of the second highest land suitability class found in Alberta. This is partly a matter of geography. The Edmonton region, in particular, is located in an area of very rich soil good for farming, making it difficult for urban areas to grow without encroaching into high-quality high agricultural land. The report shows that fragmentation of the frag rural landscape is also ru iincreasing in the corridor area. The proliferation

of rural residential properties is mostly to blame. At the same time, fragmentation outside of the corridor decreased as average farm size increased and pastures were cultivated for crops. There’s no doubt, this is an issue many Alberta residents care about. A survey of 320 urban and rural residents in the Alberta Capital Region revealed considerable concern. Survey respondents indicated that it was important to maintain agricultural land for production of food for local markets, air quality, water purification, scenic beauty and production of food for the global markets. Responding to a choice experiment about their willingness to pay for farmland conservation, about 80 percent of the respondents indicated that there were willing to make a $20 one-time contribution toward farmland conservation in the Alberta Capital Region. Over 50 percent were willing to make a $300 contribution. Respondents were willing to contribute the most to conserve land used for vegetable production, followed by rolling grasslands used for livestock grazing, and by crop and hay land. Municipal councils are at the front line of decision making regarding farmland preservation in Alberta. Both the Alberta Land Stewardship Act and the Modernized Municipal Government Act make municipalities responsible for developing land use plans and designating allowable land uses. Land use plans and decisions should protect both prime farmland and areas of high environmental value. Municipalities also consider tax revenue and service costs. While individual land-owners and developers look for development opportunities, municipal councils need to consider the broad public interest, including the food production and environmental service values of farmlands. The study team is now working with specific municipalities to better understand the challenge of making shortterm decisions that are consistent with long-term objectives.

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What’s New this Tax-Filing Season H&R Block Submitted This tax-filing season, many important changes and improvements were made to services, benefits, and credits for Canadians. Here’s what you need to know.

New and improved credits: Canada Caregiver Credit – This non-refundable tax credit replaces the family caregiver credit, the credit for infirm dependants age 18 or older, and the caregiver credit. It gives tax relief to eligible individuals who have a spouse or common-law partner, or a dependant, with an impairment in physical or mental functions. Disability tax credit (DTC) certification – Nurse practitioners across Canada can now certify the application form for the DTC Medical Expense Tax Credit – If you need medical intervention to conceive a child, you may be eligible to claim certain expenses even if you do not have a medical condition. These expenses are the same as those that would generally be allowable for individuals who have a medical condition. If you had fertility-related expenses for any of the 10 previous calendar years and you have not claimed them, you can request a change to your income tax and benefit return(s) to include these eligible expenses.

New Services: Mailing a paper income tax benefit return to your home – Starting this year, the CRA will mail 2017 income tax and benefits guide and forms book to paper filers. These individuals won’t have to go to Canada Post, Caisse populaire Dejardins, or Service Canada locations to get their printed tax products. Those who want to file on paper and didn’t receive a guide and forms book by February 26, 2018, from the CRA can find what they need online or order a paper copy from the CRA. An order limit of nine packages per individual will ensure all Canadians have access to what they need this filing season. File your taxes over the phone with ‘File My Return’ – This new service lets eligible Canadians with simple tax situations file their return by answering a few questions over the telephone through an automated service. View Transactions and pay balances with ‘CRA BizApp’ – The CRA has released a new mobile app called CRA BizApp. This app lets small businesses and sole proprietors view their business account balances and make payments by preauthorized debit to their corporation, goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/ HST)

Enhanced Services: Don’t wait for your notice of assessment; get an ‘Express NOA’ – This service delivers a notice of assessment (NOA) directly into your certified tax software shortly after you file your return electronically. To use the service, you must be registered for online mail, in My Account and file your return electronically using a certified tax software. ‘ReFILE’ lets you adjust your return using your tax soft-

ware – The ReFILE service now lets you change your return using your preferred certified filing software. Make sure you receive your notice of assessment before sending a change through ReFILE. Get online mail directly in ‘My Account’ – The CRA is adding more mail for individuals to receive directly in ‘My Account.’ This tax season, online mail provides correspondence about tax-free savings accounts, notices of assessment, benefit notices and slips, and more, including correspondence from some of the CRA’s review programs (e.g. requests for receipts.) Pay taxes in person – You can now pay your individual tax, benefits, and credits repayments, and other select payments to the CRA in person with cash or a debit card at any Canada Post outlet across the country. To pay in person, you must first create a personalized payment barcode online. Protect your account with ‘Account Alerts’ – For added security, when a representative is added, deleted, or changed on your account, the CRA will send you an email notifying you of the recent activity on the account. Automatically fill in parts of your return with ‘Auto-fill my return’ – The service lets you or your authorized representatives automatically fill in parts of your 2015, 2016, and 2017 income tax benefit returns with information the CRA has available at the time of filing the return.

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blotter - CONTINUED from PAGE 4 and the complainant does not live in the area.

18:36 – Report of a gas and dash involving a red vehicle. Members spoke with the owner of the vehicle who advised that they must have forgotten to pay. The owner returned and paid for the gas.

February 24 03:07 – Report of a male passed out in front of a hotel. Members attended and spoke with the subject and then helped him to find his hotel room, 05:06 – 911 call of a “girl in the snow”. The caller was demanding an officer but was not making any sense. The complainant was called and spoken to. They advised it was NOT an emergency and he will call the “embassy”. 08:00 – Theft from a store reported. The night before an unknown male entered the store before closing and left out the rear of the store. Items were thrown over a fence. The suspect met with a waiting vehicle. Several items were stolen and video surveillance is to be provided. Still under investigation. 11:03 – Request for a well-being check. The caller could not get in touch with their daughter via cell phone. The daughter was spoken to and advised that the previous night involved drinking and a late night. She was advised to contact her family. 18:29 – Report of a vehicle stopped on the train tracks near Hwy 857. RCMP attended and spoke with the driver who showed signs of heavy impairment. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and released with documents for court.

February 25 19:29 – Complainant reports being assaulted by their ex-spouse’s new partner. Statements were obtained and the matter is still under investigation for charges to be laid.

During the week there were 3 false alarms, 1 false 911, 2 animal strikes and 57 calls for service were made in total.

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Minburn District 4-H Public Speaking Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent Public Speaking is one the most beneficial skills that young people can master. Members of Minburn District 4-H presented speeches with confidence and clear voices at the Minburn District 4-H Public Speaking at Elks Hall on February 24. Each of the speaker’s speech was entertaining, well-researched, and informative. So much so, that I believe this time they didn’t just learn by doing but were able to teach the audience a few things on various topics.

in Alberta. Megan Rudolf spoke about how medicine is expensive and it is essential that all Canadians have access to affordable prescription drugs when they need to take them. Amaya Myhovich’s speech was about how she decided that it might be okay to move to a new school and how she loves her new school and new friends. Anne Neil spoke about how no one has a completely normal life and this is fine because everyone is unique and has different talents.

Public Speaking 1-4-H members who presented speeches-in no particular order-Tyson Rudolf, Jeanathan Cheremshynski, Britt McAmmond, Caiden Steinwand, Linden Stuart, Camille Kassian, Megan Rudolf, Amaya Myhovich, Anne Neil, Abby Pritchard. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

Emcee was Gabrielle Cheremshynski and the presentation opened with the 4-H Pledge. The Honorable Judges-Kate Sanford Mitchell, Linda Sanford, Tracy Laschowski, Sian Vadnais, Lyndon Mansel, and Dave Humpheries were introduced. After this, Tyson Rudolf presented his speech which was about women’s rights and how women around the world are still denied rights. Jeanathan Cheremshynski’s speech followed where he spoke about when he traveled through the prairies with his mom and they headed west through the Rocky Mountains and even saw British Columbia’s forest fires. Brit McAmmond took the audience on a journey through the advantages and disadvantages she experienced going to a small school in Andrew. Up next on the stage was Caiden Steinwand who spoke on the basics of playing basketball. Linden Stuart spoke on how important it was not to waste food and that when we do; we also waste water, time and land. Camille Kassian’s speech was about how it is unfortunate that the Canadian Final Rodeo (CFR) has been moved to Red Deer and how she wished it would still be in Edmonton but at least it is still

Abby Pritchard spoke about and demonstrated how to saddle a horse. Next on the list was Allie Oneschuk who was scheduled to present her speech but due to unforeseen circumstances, she couldn’t attend. Each one of these speeches was met with an appreciative applause from the audience. The winners of this competition were junior 1st-Amaya Myhovich and 2nd was Camielle Kassian. For the Immediate level, 1st went to Tyson Rudolf and 2nd was forwarded to Linden Stuart. At the senior level, 1st was Megan Rudolf and 2nd was Anne Neil.

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Jade Lakusta Takes Zone 7 to the Winter Games Submitted

Jade was part of the Archery team that represented Zone 7 16 year old Jade Lakusta competed in the Alberta Games, a province-wide competition which took place in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo from February

16th to 19th. She was part of the archery team that represented Zone 7 to the rest of the province. Jade has trained with the Vegreville Wildlife Archery Club for the last 6 years as well working with Corey Skinner from Chauvin, Alberta. Jade and her partner (Clay Laronde, from Lamont Alberta) brought home Gold metals for the team event. In the individual class Jade brought home Silver. This is her 2nd time participating in the Alberta Winter Games, and highly recommends that anyone that is able to attend and participate in the games should, as it has been a great experience. Looking forward Jade has goals to further her archery achievements, and possibly strive to try out for Archery Worlds.

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How Much is enough? - CONTINUED from PAGE 4 $340,800 to $345,400. Since I like math so much, I want to compare the last 26 years. 1991 - 2017. In the last 26 years, an MP’s pay has gone from $64,400 to $172,700. For those who don’t like math as much as me, that is better than double (2.68X). I’m not sure how many people make two and a half times what they did in 1991. Elected officials are quick to give themselves raises. I’m sure it is because of all the good they are doing for their employers... US… the taxpayers. Keep in mind that this is ONLY the base salaries. Not the extras like the expense accounts, office expense, bonuses for being in cabinet and in Trudeau’s instance his Executive Chef who he needed to accompany him and his family to India as he played dress-up and embarrassed himself. I suspect that food served in five-star hotels is not amenable to his delicate, refined palate. Trudeau campaigned in 2015 on running “modest” deficits of $10 billion, that figure has consistently ballooned since his election and is now expected to reach $25.5 billion by March 31, 2018. Solid work on that! But from what I remember, the budget will balance itself. Compare these immodest salaries to someone who makes minimum wage and is paid $28,288 (before taxes). Also, think about people who we depend on every day. Nurses, police, firefighters, and teachers. MP’s easily make two to three times more than these professionals who actually do important work. Also, compare our “leaders” to other high profile leaders. Love him or hate him, Donald Trump donated his first quarter salary to a government entity. Elon Musk who is the CEO of Space X and Tesla just shot a roadster into space and makes minimum wage (because of California law); his bonuses are tied to performance. Many top CEO’s take $1 salaries. Like many of the CEO’s, Trudeau doesn’t need the money. In 2013 it was estimated that Trudeau’s inheritance was worth around $1.2 million at the time, and his speaking fees netted him more than $450,000 in his highest-earning year. Similar to Finance Minister Bill Morneau who nets $135,000 per month in dividends from his Morneau Shepell shares alone. So how much is enough? For Ottawa, it’s never enough. But... I know how much they are going to take. Tell me what you think. Email me at

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Back 2 Health Anne Froese Submitted Many People spend a lot of time and energy saving, investing, and planning for retirement. Unfortunately, most of these people will develop chronic and degenerative health problems as they age, which diminish the quality of life they experience in their senior years. It won’t do much good to have a fat bank account if they die of a heart attack or cancer, or suffer from crippling arthritis or other conditions that prevent them from enjoying life as they grow older. Some tips you can follow to save up in your “health bank are: • Eat Quality food. • Drink water and rest daily. • Balance, rest, and exercise. • Use appropriate supplements: Even if you are eating a healthy diet, you can take out some additional health insurance by selecting a few well-chosen supplements. (See our ad in today’s paper for more information.) Super Trio is a great basic program containing three important supplements. Super Supplemental, A high-quality vitamin and mineral, Super Omega 3, a source of the essential omega-3 fatty acids, and Super ORAC, a powerful antioxidant and antiinflammatory blend. Super Trio can provide basic nutrients that may be lacking in even a healthy diet.


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People Need Acceptance Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent February 28 is Pink Shirt Day! This is an anti-bullying movement that promotes acceptance and kindness to everyone. People wear pink shirts to show they agree with this concept. There are multiple reasons why people should support acceptance towards every person. Everyone is unique and has something to contribute that no one else can quite match. People miss out on so much by not welcoming everyone. But this must start with a child’s primary caregivers. From the moment an infant is born, they will fail to thrive or even survive without love. As the child becomes older, the need is not a matter of life or death; but can greatly influence many factors in the child’s life. The parents are the most influential people in a child’s life. Personally, I believe children would never grow-up to become bullies if they come from a loving home. Studies have proven that children really need unconditional love

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and acceptance from their parents. When they receive this, they obtain good mental and emotional health and will turn out well. Parents need to praise and encourage their child in an appropriate matter according to the situation. Children can spot false compliments or a phony. Parental research even added that love makes a child’s brain grow. If parents are supportive when a child tries a new project, the child’s brain (the Hippocampus) grows which is the part of the brain that affects how a child learns, their memory, and how they can cope with stress. A child’s self-esteem is also affected by how much their parents’ support them. Children also need to have time to play with their peers. This gives them a feeling of belonging and helps them learn how to relate to others. However, the need to be accepted never stops as people become older. From a seminar I attended called, The Butterfly Effect, the professionals explained that rejection doesn’t just cause emotional pain; brain scans show that rejection causes the same stimulation in the brain as physical pain and can have more long-lasting effects on a person’s emotional and physical health. And bullying is one of the most severe forms of exclusive and rejection. For these reasons and more, let’s practice inclusive and acceptance and watch our world grow!

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Pay The Police Sgt. Jerry Nutbrown RCMP Ponderings – Vegreville With a title like that, this article could go many ways. The way I am intending on using it, is to inform readers of how traffic generated funds work and maybe to dispel a myth or two regarding traffic enforcement. Although my following comment is not new to this column, the myth persists, and that is that police get a cut from violation ticket fines issued to the public. This is incorrect as we do not receive any funds from tickets or other fines imposed in court. The money is paid to the province who in turn will distribute portions of it as decided by them, but none of it comes to us. There is no financial motivation on the part of a police officer or peace officer to write a bunch of tickets because they aren’t going to get new equipment or other such benefit. Along the same topic line, we do not have quotas. Rest assured that there are no quotas but some enforcement units may have target numbers of particular offenses. Impaired driving is one such offense that a traffic unit may have target goals for. This doesn’t change the threshold of the offense nor the elements that constitute an offense. No officer is going to charge a sober person merely to be able to show a stat for laying an impaired charge. This wouldn’t make it very far through the court system and the officer would certainly be held accountable for it. At the same time, impaired offenders are targeted at different times of year and this can be under national, provincial or local initiatives. Christmas season is one time of year that most drivers know police are out looking for impaired drivers and this isn’t just on a whim. Christmas parties and such create the environment that more enforcement in this area is required. Again, the threshold for an impaired offense doesn’t change from July. There may be targets but no officer will be fired for not meeting a non-existent quota. I have informed the public before

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that traffic enforcement is an expectation placed on us by our contractors. Some members like the duty of traffic enforcement and others prefer different duties. There are specific traffic units that only enforce federal and provincial traffic laws and there is a reason these units exist, traffic enforcement. Doesn’t every driver and passenger deserve to be able to drive about as safe as possible? You can search online the stats for how many motorists and pedestrians are killed each year. The stats on violation tickets issued are used only as information which can include indicating areas of greater non-compliance. We write a lot of speeding tickets because a significant portion of motorists speed and their detection is easy. We don’t see as many drivers driving without insurance so the number of those charged are obviously lower. The money to pay for policing comes from federal, provincial and local coffers. As driving is an extremely common activity with the majority of the public being in a vehicle or transportation of some type daily, does it not stand to reason that we should enforce traffic laws on this common activity? And remember, even if you have contravened a traffic statute and received a ticket, officers are also out there to enforce the laws on other drivers to try and make your next drive a safe one.



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Dear Classified Guys, A few years ago I was a very stressed out guy. My job as a stockbroker had put me on the edge. To get it under control I started taking anxiety medication, signed up for a yoga class and got myself a dog. Everything I read said having a pet would help reduce my blood pressure. It was beginning to work, so to continue reducing stress I even quit my job. Finally, I have my anxiety under control except for one thing, my pet dog. I had found this adorable mutt from an ad in the newspaper and I thought he was perfect at the time. Now a year later, he has more anxiety than I had and is my new source of stress. He chews everything in sight including the furniture. I barely have a shoe left that he hasn't gotten his teeth into. I've tried everything to stop him short of giving him my anxiety medication! Do you guys have any suggestions that can help this cute classified pup?

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energy. Consider making the walks longer if he is a very active breed. Cash: During your walks establish yourself as the leader. That means that your dog should always be behind or beside you and not pulling you down the street. Becoming the authority figure on your walks will go a long way to controlling your dog's behavior in the house. Carry: The good news is that with a little persistence, you and your dog can live a stress free life together. However, maybe it would be better if our animals went to work and we stayed home all day!

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The walls at my vet's office are very thin. When you're in the waiting room, you can hear the conversation in the adjoining patient's room. On my last visit while my cat and I were waiting, I could hear the doctor talking with a pet owner. It seemed the doctor had prescribed some pills for the man's dog, but the dog would consistently spit them out. "I've tried putting them in peanut butter, a piece of steak and even smothering them in cream cheese," the owner explained. "But the dog just wouldn't eat them. I'm guessing these pills must taste really bad." "They probably do," I heard the doctor reply, "They're meant to be suppositories." (Thanks to Rebecca H.)

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Innisfree and District Annual Fish and Game Awards Night and Supper Attendance ran at 500 heads of the happy hunters, fishermen, and their families who all came as part of the Fish and Game community.

Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser The night was emceed by Brandi Leibel, who, in addition to a report on the associations year and keeping the night organized, gave a speech to give thanks where it was due; all volunteers, members, and sponsors. Credits to Louise Bohaichuk and her band of kitchen workers, who served a meal of both game and livestock meat, as well as side dishes, and local volunteers from the library worked hard to keep the food and drink organized and available so that the fish and wildlife members could enjoy the evening. Larry and Dale Dmytriw donated their auctioning services for a large portion of the night, selling a collaboration of products, services, and care packages to the highest bidder. All proceeds from the auction went to the Innisfree and District Fish and Wildlife Association. The Innisfree and District Fish and Wildlife community atmosphere falls into the very definition of ‘community…’ a group of people with a common unity, not only in aspects of their lifestyle, but in their appreciation of each other’s hard work, their understanding of the __ sport, and their ability to have and create good fun. However, the work they do

“Woman Power!” Exclaimed Carol Taylor after receiving her awards in the Archery – Moose, and Archery – Bear categories.

does not only involve hunters and fishermen; with many donations to organizations in Innisfree and the surrounding district, they are an active part of the larger community. Some of these donations include the Innisfree Delnorte School Bursary, the Innisfree & District Agricultural Society, the Innisfree Ukrainian Dancers, and others coming to a total of $4950 of community donations. Brandi Leibel, the Fish and Wildlife President for the Innisfree and District association would like to wish all those fishing and hunting in the upcoming seasons a safe and productive season and looks forward to the entries for the 2018 awards. An Honourable mention of all awards won in Innisfree and District is:

Senior Big Game Bear – Archery – Carol Taylor, sponsored by CPS Innisfree Bear – Ryan Warawa, sponsored by Cecil Paranych

Typical Elk – Arnold Usenik, sponsored by 5K Cannan Farms Moose – Archery – Carol Taylor, sponsored by Innisfree Seed Cleaning Plant Reagan Hryhirchuk, sponsored by MarDar Electric Typical Mule Deer – Archery – Clint Taylor, sponsored by Mannville Beauty Salon Typical Mule Deer – Dan Sullivan, Sponsored by Rhine Holdings Non-Typical Mule Deer – Archery – Terry Kit, sponsored by Ferleyko Trucking Typical Whitetail Deer – Jay Warawa – Sponsored by Kirk Sharp Non – Typical Whitetail Deer – Archery – Luke Warrilow, sponsored by RM Consulting

Senior Bird Canada Goose – Jordan Golka, sponsored by Greater Canadians

Junior Big Game Moose – Jordan Golka, Sponsored by Innisfree Hotel Typical Mule Deer – Logan Nott, sponsored by Petruk Trailer Storage Typical Whitetail Deer – Sheldon Tarapaski, sponsored by Sienna Red Angus

Junior Fish Northern Pike – Boe Myshaniuk, sponsored by Minco Gas


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BARON, Bill In loving memory of my special husband/ best friend who passed away 2 years ago today A cluster of beautiful memories Sprayed with a million tears, Wishing God had spared you But with a few more years. Thanks for the years you gave us And the happy times that We’ve shared, We only pray that when you left us You knew how much we cared. It’s lonely here without you We miss you more and more each day For life is not the same, Since you went away. Until we meet again I will miss you every day, your loving wife Always Marianne Baron

HOOK, John May 28, 1914 - March 4, 1966 In loving memory of our father, John Hook. Remember him with a smile today He was not one for tears Reflect instead on memories Of all the happy years. Recall to mind the way he spoke And all the things he said His strength, his stance, the way he walked Remember these instead. The good advice he’d give us His eyes that shone with laughter So much of him will never die But live on ever after. Lovingly remembered by your daughters Albina & Dianna

SENIUK, Mike June 14, 1935 – February 29, 2016 Calm and peaceful he fell asleep With only memories for us to keep; His charming ways and smiling face Are a pleasure to recall, Everyday memories of you come our way You are still loved and missed by us all. Sophie, Don, Michelle, Darrell, Dylan and Jessica

SARAFINCHAN, Kurt 12 May 1964 - 1 March 2015 Did the sun shine a little brighter, And was the sky a deeper blue? Or was it just a better world, Kurt When we shared our lives with you? You always had a smile to share; Time to give and time to care. Your loving nature, kind and true, Is how we shall remember you. Sasha and Jake


CHMILAR, Olga March 3, 2010 Don’t remember me with sadness, Don’t remember me with tears, Remember all the laughter, We’ve had throughout the years. Then when the summer sunshine, Awakes the flowers in bloom, I’ll walk that light from Heaven, Around the corners of every room. Do the things we did before, The same in every way, Just whisper a little prayer to me, At the dawn of every day. Just think of me as present, Don’t think of me as past, For a wife’s, mother’s and baba’s love is a blessing. In death it still can last. Forget your troubles and your worries, They are mine forever more, I’ll watch and care and love you, From Heaven’s open door. Eight years have now passed and we still miss you so much. Your loving husband Joe, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

MATICHUK, Jeanne In loving memory of a very special mother and Baba, Jeanne Matichuk, who passed away 15 years ago today, March 1, 2003. Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed, and very dear. Softly the leaves of memories fall, Gently we gather, treasure them all. Some may forget now that you are gone, We will remember you no matter how long. Always loved and in our thoughts, Sonia, Karen, Joe and Cody.


POULIN, Jean May 7, 1928 – February 19, 2018 On Monday, February 19, 2018 Jean Poulin of Vegreville, Alberta passed away at the age of 89 years. She was a very warm, generous and loving woman to everyone she knew. She will be lovingly remembered by daughters Dianne (Ron) Humeniuk and Louise Fedoruk; grandchildren Glen (Debbie); Keith (Dana), Douglas (Victoria) and Lisa; great grandchildren Travis, Dayne, Mandi, Abby, Gabby, Grace, Tyler and Dustin; one sister Genie Wenzel-Bill. Jean was predeceased by her husband Louis, son-in-law Donald Fedoruk, two sisters and two brothers. A Private Service for family will be held. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery. To send condolences, please visit Autumn Rose Funeral Home Ltd. Vegreville, 780-603-5800



ELKOW, Nick Orest October 14, 1955 – February 12, 2018 It is with sadness that the family of Nick Orest Elkow of Two Hills, Alberta announces his passing on Monday, February 12, 2018, at the age of 62. It is great comfort knowing that he is now joining his brother Terry, Johnny, infant brother, John and parents, William J.(Bill) and Olga in their everlasting home of God’s grace. Nick is survived by daughter Elsie Hyde, grandson Chase, brothers Ken (Connie), Don (Linda) and Marshall (Joanne); along with numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Autumn Rose Funeral Home in Vegreville with Pastor Wes Stefanec officiating. Donations in memory of Nick may be made to the charity of one’s choice. To send condolences, please visit AUTUMN ROSE FUNERAL HOME LTD. Vegreville, 780-603-5800

JENDRUCK, Nancy Anastazia February 19, 1930 – February 15, 2018 On Thursday, February 15, 2018 Nancy Anastazia Jendruck of Vegreville, Alberta left her family on Earth to join her family in Heaven. Nancy will be sadly missed by all of her family and forever remembered by her children, grandchildren and her great grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters Linda (Larry Boychuk), Audrey (Glen Sustrik) and Lorraine (Ted Dowhaniuk); her grandchildren Ian Sustrik (Amelia), Ryan Sustrik (Janet), Desiray Chimko (Jonathan), Sherry Dubuc (Jordan) and Laureta Boychuk; her great grandchildren Mason and Katelyn, Parker, Brooklyn and Addison, Kenji and Jude; two sisters Rose and Helen. She was predeceased by her husband Bernard in 2010, three brother, six sisters and her parents. Nancy loved and cherished all of her family. She had many talents: cook, baker, barber, cleaner, painter, sewer, furniture refinisher, wine maker, gardener, canning of fruit and vegetables, accountant, fishing, raising three children, looking after the next door neighbour’s children, operating farm equipment, and generally keeping the farm in order and running. She was also a talented quilter and made quilts for all her children and grandchildren. When she was no longer able to plant and care for a garden, you would find her in the garden supervising. No one could plant a garden as well as she could. Nancy’s favourite past time was playing cards right to the end. She was very competitive and liked to win. A Funeral Service was held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Autumn Rose Funeral Home in Vegreville with Pastor Darryl Crocker officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the “Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta” or to the “Lung Association of Alberta.” To send condolences, please visit Autumn Rose Funeral Home Ltd. Vegreville, 780-603-5800

SHULKO, Ernie July 2, 1940 – February 18, 2018 On Sunday, February 18, 2018 Ernie Shulko of Andrew, Alberta passed away at the age of 77 years. Ernie is survived by his loving family, two sons and three granddaughters: Brian (Charlene) along with their daughters Lana (Trevor), Bria and Tyra: Kevin (Tracy); three brothers John (Lucy), Peter (Christine) and Mike (Josie); along with numerous relatives and friends. Ernie was predeceased by his wife Judy in 2015; one grandson Layne; his parents George and Anna; brother Nick (Nancy) and sister Gladys (Steve) Krawchuk. A Prayer Service was held on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Autumn Rose Funeral Home in Vegreville. A Funeral Service was held on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church – Sunland (Hwy 45 North on Rge Rd 161 continue north across Twp Rd 580) with Fr. Ryan Bishop officiating. Interment followed in the Church Cemetery. Donations may be made to the “Holy Trinity Orthodox Church – Sunland” or to the “Alberta Cancer Foundation.” To send condolences visit AUTUMN ROSE FUNERAL HOME LTD. Vegreville, 780-603-5800

Stefanetz, Mary October 25, 1934 – February 26, 2018 With deepest sympathy, we announce the loss of our wife, mother, grandma and friend on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the age of 83 years. Mary is survived by her husband George; daughter Debbie (Garth) Vickery; sons Rick and Bryant (Anna); granddaughter Brittany and grandson Evan; sisters Rose Greckul and Gloria (Bob) Anderson. She was predeceased by her son Dale; parents Bill (Bessie) Tkachuk; brother Mike (Stella) Tkachuk; brother-in-law John Greckul. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Two Hills Senior Citizen’s Centre with Rev. Fr. Benny Ambrosie officiating. Interment to follow in the St. Mary’s Orthodox Church Cemetery – Szypenitz. Memorial donations may be made to the “University of Alberta Hospital Foundation – Stroke Unit” or to the “Vegreville Emergency Services.” To send condolences, please visit AUTUMN ROSE FUNERAL HOME LTD. VEGREVILLE,780-603-5800

MAKOWECKI, Jeanette Lillian October 26, 1940 – February 18, 2018 On Sunday, February 18, 2018 Jeanette Makowecki of Vegreville, Alberta passed away at the age of 77. Jeanette is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Roy and their three children Gary & Nancy Makowecki (children Erika (Caddison) & Justine), Ken & Teresa Makowecki (children Karissa (Jesse), Madieson (Amber), McKenna (Keefe), & McKinley), Karen & Elwood Ziegler (children Colten & Teneil (Brett); brother Ed (Liz) Uhran of Saskatoon, twin sister Florence (Arthur) Kucheraway of Vegreville, brother Jerry (Vicki) Ryan of St. Albert, sister Patricia of Edmonton, stepbrother Gerald (Yvonne) Cusack of Vancouver Island, half-sister Judith (Doug) McDonough of Ontario. She is also survived by sister-in-law Eileen Makowecki of St. Albert, brother-in-law Ed Makowecki (June) of Edmonton, and brother-in-law Darwin (Olivia) Makowecki of Two Hills and numerous nieces and nephews. Jeanette was predeceased by her parents, Michael Uhryn, Mary (step-father William E.) Cruickshank, mother-and-father-in-law Joseph & Entonia Makowecki, brother-in-law Walter Makowecki, sister-in-law Mary (Metro) Rybak, sister-in-law Olga (Peter) Bojechko, sister-in-law Mabel (Victor) Yaremcio and nephew Donald Kucheraway. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Vegreville with the Basilian Fathers officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery. Donations in memory of Jeanette may be made to the charity of one’s choice. To send condolences, please visit AUTUMN ROSE FUNERAL HOME LTD. Vegreville, 780-603-5800

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Tributes GLENN, Art February 7, 1932 – February 19, 2018 On Monday, February 19, 2018 Art Glenn of Vegreville, Alberta passed away at the age of 86 years. Art is survived by his loving wife Joyce; one daughter Angela;

two sons Tyronne and Tyler; numerous grandchildren; one sister Carol; three brothers Rene, Glenn, and Gary; along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Art was predeceased by his parents George and Ethel; four brothers Robert, Larry, Jim and Lesley; one sister Gloria. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at The Rock Ministries with Pastor Wes Stefanec officiating. Donations in his memory may be made to the “Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta” or to the “Kidney Foundation of Alberta.” To send condolences please visit Autumn Rose Funeral Home Ltd Vegreville, 780-603-5800


HAVENS, Daphne On February 23, 2018 Daphne Havens of Red Deer, formerly of Vegreville, passed away peacefully at the age of 95 years. Daphne is survived by daughter, Diane (Jigs) Roy; son, Ian (Debb) Havens; three grandchil-


dren, Keith (Sheila), Ken (Sharon), and Hayley (Jessy); three great-grandchildren, Kaetlyn, Carson, and Summer. Daphne will also be forever remembered by her nieces and nephews in England; and many dear friends. Predeceased by her husband, Chester; sister, Diana; and brother, Derek. Funeral service Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Vegreville United Church, 5126-48 Avenue, Vegreville. Reverend Carolyn Woodall officiating with private interment at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to STARS or Vegreville United Church. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through PARK MEMORIAL LTD. VEGREVILLE 780-632-2000 FAMILY OWNED FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORIUM

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Alberta RCMP and Alberta Rural Crime Watch Association Sign Official Partnership Sgt. Martin Girard – RCMP Media Contact Submitted Edmonton, Alta. - Today, Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean, Commanding Officer, Alberta RCMP and Mr. Trevor Tychkowsky, President of the Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association signed a memorandum of understanding which outlines the roles each organization will play in keeping rural communities safe throughout the province. Rural Crime Watch is a community-led program supported by the RCMP and the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General aimed at reducing crime in rural communities by providing extra “eyes and ears” for the RCMP and promoting Crime Prevention through awareness and education campaigns. “The efforts of Rural Crime Watch volunteers to promote crime prevention in their communities and encourage the reporting of suspicious activities helps Alberta RCMP gather relevant and actionable intelligence – a key component of our intelligence-led Crime Reduction Strategy,” said Deputy Commissioner Todd




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Marksmanship Sheryl Jamison Submitted On February 17, 2018, three cadets from 341 Mundare Royal Canadian Air Cadets attended scholarship boards in Innisfail, Alberta. Cadets who apply for certain summer camps must apply to be accepted - SGT Ryan Moffat, FCPL Ben Jamison, and FCPL Kierstyn Buck attended the scholarship review boards. The cadet applications include a review of a personal narrative, school grades, and a personal panel interview. There were 200+ cadets participating in the Innisfail scholarship boards on this day. The training courses that fall under the scholarship categories include: Advanced Aerospace Course, Glider

Pilot, Power Pilot, Aviation Technology Airport Operations, Aviation Technology Aircraft Maintenance and the International Air Cadet Exchange. The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Air Cadet League of Canada are jointly responsible for the identification of Air Cadets to participate in the National Summer Training Programs. The selection boards were developed to provide a consistent and fair method of selecting cadets and to develop a scoring system to reduce or eliminate inconsistencies. The cadets are scored using 6 specific criteria:


1> Attitude, motivation, knowledge, and interest in Air Cadets 2> Attitude, motivation, knowledge, and interest in the subject matter 3> Education (school report card grades) 4> General knowledge (current event) 5> Dress, deportment and self expression 6> Qualifying exam (for power pilot and glider pilot) Each of the selection criteria has standard qualifying questions that are asked and graded by a panel of three judges. Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities. They make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship, leadership, and community activities. More than 20,000 cadets attend camp each summer. Some former cadets include Marc Garneau, Chris Hatfield (both astronauts), and Maryse Carmichael (the first female Snowbirds pilot). From 341 Mundare RCAC are Matthew Kutryk (he is a fighter pilot and was chosen to fly the Canada 150

CF18 Hornet) and Joshua Kutryk (Canada’s newest astronaut). 341 Mundare Royal Canadian Air Cadets participated in the Zone Marksmanship competition on February 18, 2018. The Cadet Marksmanship program is an Olympic style, challenging, and competitive sports program that is accessible for all Cadets. The Cadet marksmanship program has a history of excellence starting in 1910 when Canada sent a team of cadets to Bisley, England to participate in the competition. 341 Mundare RCAC had their tryouts in November and the successful cadets have been practicing Thursday evenings under the instruction of Commanding Officer (CO) LT AJ Vogrinetz, Civilian Volunteer (CV) Michelle Fan, and Officer Cadet (OCDT) Tim Champman. Cadets that were part of the marksmanship team are: SGT Daphne Bronowski, SGT Ryan Moffat, FCPL Ben Jamison, CPL Jordan Leith, AC Alec Ewanchuk, AC Morgan Lawrence, and AC Austyn Liddle. Congratulations to the marksmanship team.

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Facing camera-Victor Deal, Donna Deal, Margaret Tyler, Pat Skerry. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

Val Rowe, Debbie Zaleschuk, Deb Dyer help in the kitchen. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

VCHS and Education Minister

Katelyn Peden Submitted VCHS was pleased and excited to host Alberta Education Minister Eggen, MLA Littlewood, EIPS Board Chair Boymook, and Trustee Footz on Friday, February 23 for a school tour. It was a privilege to listen to the Minister engage with our students about the issues they are facing in education today while challenging them to find their voice and advocate for positive change. We appreciate that both the Education Minister and MLA took the time to listen to our students and to inquire about their individual projects and studies while they were touring the school. As well, we are energized that the Minister expressed excitement and positivity in regards to the opportunities our students have to build both core and option knowledge and skills here at Vegreville Composite High School.

Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent Citizens of all ages experienced a taste of the rich life at Vegreville United Church 20th Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 13. Shrove Tuesday is meant to give people who follow the Christian tradition of abstaining from eating rich foods during lent, a chance to eat pancakes with all the trimmings. It is also a time to get together with family, friends, and members of the community to enjoy fellowship and fun. And the loveliest baked pies that were for sale disappeared really fast.


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Workshop Musicians Perform! Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent Regional rising talents who participated in the ‘Performance Matters Workshop’ were the performers at the Perogies and Jam Music Night at the Senior Sunshine Club of Vegreville Centre on February 17. Emcee, Don Harfield said Artist Development Coach Rhea led a workshop seven years ago, in 2011 when Perogies and Jam first started. The first performer was a local poet, Mary Leonty who has been writing poetry since 1992 and four years ago she started to take an extra interest in poetry from observing nature. Mary never attended the workshop but she presented a fresh opener to the event when she read two poems she wrote which were well-received by the audience. Following this, the featured artists who participated in the workshop performed. These musicians included -Valentine Thibault from Viking who sang a pleasant set of country songs, Chelsea Malabanan performed some Broadway songs, Julia Dolejsi sang a Broadway song and another pop song, Cally Austin, an 11-year-old girl from

Mundare performed a couple of fiddle tunes where Rob Hughes accompanied her on the cajon (percussion box), Ken Timanson performed Broadway songs from the sixties, Alyssa Werezuk sang and danced to pop songs where she was accompanied by back-up dancers, Wayne Camantique performed folk music, Denver Balid sang some hard rock songs, Jody Quickstad sang old country classic songs, and Abby K who is from Tofield performed some country/pop songs. For an encore, Abby performed, Folsom Prison Blues, as the rest of the workshop attendees joined her on stage. Each of these performances charmed the audience as the musicians added their original style to familiar and new songs. As well, they demonstrated that they mastered the skills they learned at the workshop. Rhea commented that she was so proud of these artists. A concession in the Sunshine Club’s kitchen which was hosted by Chef, Dwayne Hlady and Bob Carter was also available and everyone had a chance to enjoy the free coffee.

Abby K practices playing a country song. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

All the musicians who performed at the Perogies and Jam’s Music Night. (Robert Hughes/photo)

Alyssa Werezuk sings and dances to pop songs with backup dancers (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

The audience listens to the performers who attended the workshop. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

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Performance Matters Workshop

Music Development Coach, Rhea March (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent Musicians who have a flair for music and had the desire to perform even better attended the Perogies and Jam’s Performance Matters Workshop which was held all-day at Senior Sunshine Club of Vegreville Centre on February 17. Perogies and Jam collaborated with the Wendy Brook Festival for this workshop that was presented by award-winning and producing Performer, Producer, and Artist Development Coach, Rhea March. Rhea helped the artists learn how to have real stage presence and perform well. Rhea initially told them that every performer needs to know that being nervous is normal and that the audience wants them to be comfortable and accepted. They should start with a familiar song to connect with the audience at the very beginning. Rhea then performed the song, “Leaving on a Jet Plane’, by Peter, Paul, and Mary. She requested for the participants to sing-a-long to it while she pretended they were performing in the evening for an audience. Emcee, Don Harfield told them that an emcee’s role is to pay attention and make sure everything goes smoothly. Rhea went on to inform the group that musicians need to be prepared and practice their tricks before they get on stage. The musicians should try to touch the audience through their performance and create a special moment where they connected with them heart-to-heart. Performers need to think positive, self-affirmation thoughts that they can do well because their minds have a much to do with their performance as their talent does. Other topics, Rhea covered were microphone technique, vocal dynamics, on-stage banter, warmups, crafting set lists, developing their own authentic stage self, and 20 things not to do. After the workshop, musicians gave their impression of it. Jody Quickstad said he found the workshop very beneficial. Another performer, Julia Dolejsi said she found the workshop to be amazing because she learned a lot about using the mike and emotion-stirring with the audience. Attending the workshop made her excited to perform in the evening.

All the musicians who participated in the workshop (Robert Hughes/photo)


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What a Maritime Concert! Musicians, Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

(Left-to-right) People met PEI Musician, Richard Wood before the concert-Shelley Geislinger, Shirley Preuss, Richard Wood, Delicia. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

Meet the PEI Musicians Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher

Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher are renowned musicians from Prince Edward Island. Richard was born in Prince Edward Island and he started performing step-dancing at seven years old, where he went on to fiddle playing at 11, and piano at 16. He has been performing on the fiddle for 28 years. Richard expressed that there is no greater thrill than performing and seeing the joy it brings people. The advice he would give inspiring musicians is to practice and never give up. The road is going to be hard if you want to do this for a living. You have to save money during the good times. Gordon is originally from Saskatchewan and has been in PEI for 40 years now. He has been performing as a guitarist and vocalist for 63 years.

He enjoys connecting with the audience. The advice he would give people who want to perform music professionally is to practice and keep doing it. Don’t try to be someone else because you never will be. Richard and Gordon have been performing together for 23 years and are based in PEI. Richard is a fiddler and Gordon accompanies him on guitar and is the featured vocalist. Over the years, Richard has performed at many festivals; he even played for the Queen of England, the Emperor of Japan, and Canada’s Governor General and other renowned people. On February 24, these musicians were at their last venue for their concert at the Senior Sunshine Club Centre of Vegreville for the Western Canada tour they went on.

Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent The February 24’s Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher’s Concert hosted by the Seniors Sunshine Club of Vegreville was a real crowd-pleaser to the 100 people who attended it. Perogies and Jam provided the sound system and Don Harfield was the emcee. Don announced that Richard is an amazing fiddler and Gordon is his featured vocalists and accompanies him on guitar. These musicians are based in Prince Edward Island and the concert featured Celtic, music from the Maritimes and Quebec, as well as, other genres of music. The concert kicked-off with an energetic performance of Em Jigs where Richard and Gordon’s fun-loving spirits shone through while their stage presence was just right to enable them to connect with the audience. Richard and Gordon went on to tell short stories and play more high-energy music pieces and soft and moving performances where one song Richard’s wrote called, ‘Finnegan’s Lullaby’ was about his new Godson who he adores. Another tune, ‘Cradle of Canada’ was written to celebrate, Canada 150 last year. They continued with a cover of Don Messer’s tunes and many more performances which included waltz/King’s Court and Nomos Jigs. Each of their performances was followed by enthusiastic cheers, whistles and a rapturous applause from the audience. The finale was met with a standing ovation. Citizens offered their impressions. Shelley Geislinger said the show was awesome because Richard and Gordon did a really good job of performing. Shirley Preuss added she found the show to be lively and Richard did a really good rendition of Don Messer.

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Candice Kropielnicki Submitted (Left to right) Eric Kropielnicki (grandfather) Travis Kropielnicki (father) Ron Kropielnicki (great grandfather) and middle Brier Kropielnicki

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Vegreville Gun Show

- Kyle Wilson from Edmonton brought some of his own personal effects, leftover from when he worked for the MilArm retailer.

NFA associate Callahan Charlton, with the National Firearms Association and Vermilion Gun Club information booth.

Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser Daryl Sapp, of the Vegreville Wildlife Federation, said that the Vegreville Gun Show was put on as a fundraiser for the club, but they are here for the community. guns get played down in the media, but for farmers in rural Alberta, firearms are a part of daily life. They own guns, they shoot gopher and coyotes to take care of their crops and animals. It’s good for us to be able to get together in this kind of environment, to just be together as a group, and make sure we have all the education and supplies that we need to be able to use our firearms safely and effectively, whether it is as tools on the farm or while hunting, or on the shooting range as a sport.” Safety equipment such as high-quality ear protection by MJ Industrial Hearing & Services Ltd. (30-35 decibel reduction) and education from forums such as the National Firearms Association (NFA) and the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) were available in addition to the companies/stores, gun parts, furs, art and tools made out of bullets, and (finally) guns sold by stores and locals. There was also plenty of opportunity for discussion about gun laws, the recent (and regularly occurring) events in the United States, and how to maintain reasonable conversations around the subject of firearms and firearm safety. Pat Doyle of the CSSA, who attended the show in order to be able to have those conversations, said, “6% of the voting population have licenses to own guns. That means 94% are either anti-gun, breaking the law, or unsure of where to stand on the subject. That makes it our job not just to educate, but to lead by example when it comes to gun safety, regulations, and making sure our voice is heard in the larger community.”

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February Town Committee Meeting Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser The Vegreville Town Council held a committee meeting on February 14, to discuss upcoming changes and updates in the community. The Town of Vegreville has received an “Enabling Accessibility” grant to solve mobility issues in the Aquatic Centre. The renovations will include a wheelchair lift, sliding doors between the lobby and arena, and a power assist door in the change room hallway. “I hope we can share this with our public, as exciting as this news is.” The lift will have the ability to turn it off/lock it down for safety reasons when not in use. Dale Lefebvre from the public works office estimated these changes to be made in spring 2018, “Work on these installations will be starting as soon as the cost of equipment is confirmed.” The Town Council also came to a conclusive decision regarding the amendments to the snow removal and sanding policy. The policy covers procedures for priority routes, personal removal, and sanding. Priority snow removal roads are, (in this order) hospital/ emergency access, major arteries such as hwy 16A, assisted living complexes, senior’s residency complexes, schools, and then residential areas. The policy was amended from “senior’s residences,” to “assisted living complexes” to make it easier to distinguish between a home where a senior resides and a complex that houses several individuals who require varying levels of medical attention. This way, the town aims to make those in need a higher priority. Mayor Tim MacPhee said the town aims to be “As clear as we possibly can while allowing administration leeway to use their right discretion on priority roadways. Out of respect for seniors, of course, we will clear the roads around the seniors’ complexes but add them once the assisted living. School areas, assisted living, seniors complex, in that order.”

Water Main Break

Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser On Tuesday, February 27, a fire hydrant near the intersection of 48th Street and 50th Avenue failed, causing a water main break in the near-by area. Within 15-20 minutes, the public works employees managed to have the pump isolated from the rest of the system, and back to normal. Dale Lefebvre, Director of Infrastructure, Planning, and Development for the Town of Vegreville, requested that “Everyone using those roads give our workers some space, as a whole lane will be tied up on either road for fixing the hydrant and cleaning up the spill.” For a point of reference, the affected area is close by the former RJV panel shop on 48th Street.

Vegreville Hosts Basketball Tournament Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser The Vegreville high schools St. Mary’s Catholic High School and the Vegreville Composite High School (VCHS) hosted a basketball tournament on Friday, February 23. Teams from Forestburg, Lamont, St. Paul, Beaverlodge, Elk Point, all participated in the tournament, which was separate from Zones, which also took place for the girls the next day, on Saturday, February 24.

Senior Girl’s teams (Vegreville) VCHS Cougars vs. the Lamont Barons.

Saint Mary’s High School, who invited the media to the tournament, did very well; the Sr. Boy’s team placed third overall, and the Sr. Girl’s team placed fourth overall. As hosts, the school faculty, team coaches, and athletes of both St. Mary’s and VCHS would like to give a hearty ‘Thank You,’ to all those who traversed to the tournament and give their congratulations to the St. Paul FG Miller Crusaders Sr. Girls Team and and the Beaverlodge JV Royals Sr. Boy’s team, who won first place respectively. St. Mary’s Saints Sr. Girl’s coach Mark Koblesky reported, “This past weekend, Feb 23 & 24, the Vegreville Comp hosted a tournament, co-hosted by St. Mary’s. On Friday, the St. Mary’s Saints Girls’ basketball team had a 44-41 comeback victory against Elk Point. That set up a Saturday morning game against St. Paul. The ladies battled and played hard but lost by 12 points. That put the ladies in the bronze medal game, and the Saints came away with a 47-38 victory over Vegreville Composite.”

Senior Boy’s team (Vegreville) VCHS Cougars vs. the Beaverlodge J.V. Royals.

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