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Beaver County declares state of Agricultural Disaster

Michael Simpson Editor Last Wednesday, Beaver County posted notice on their website that the County had declared a state of Agricultural Disaster after extreme drought conditions have left many crops far below proper development levels. Beaver County Reeve Kevin Smook said rains have been so sporadic that some areas still have not received much moisture at all. The past weeks of fits and starts of rain have come “too little, too late” for many farmers, who are also dealing with exorbitant feed costs for cattle. Hay bales typically priced around $40-75 a

bale are hitting prices as high as $140-175. A recent severe hailstorm in central Alberta has added to that problem, said Beaver County Division 5 Councilor Arnold Hansen, who had plans to buy from the area until fist-sized balls of ice crushed hay for miles near Red Deer. Hansen said livestock producers are being affected by the high cost and limited supply of feed, and doesn’t expect crops will come in that well after such a slow start to the growing season. All of these were factors in the County’s decision to make the call. “It was a judgment call we made

after talking to producers and consulting our Agricultural Fieldman,” Hansen said. He’s worried about the decision some livestock producers will have to make about culling herds to make sure there’s enough feed to go around. Hansen said it could have a major impact on the provincial cattle count in coming years. In spite of facing these multifaceted challenges, Hansen said as stewards of the land, farmers and ranchers don’t want to push the land too hard to recover their money by other means because it could have an CONTINUED TO PAGE 16

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Michael Simpson Editor Being a politician, the suppers are immense. Over the course of 22 years, local Member of Parliament Leon Benoit has likely attended hundreds of suppers, if not thousands. The flavour at a recent supper held at the Mannville Riverview Golf Course was different for Leon this time however; he was not there to bring greetings on behalf of the Prime Minister, talk about new programs or hand out grant funds. He was there to be thanked, again and again and again, for his many years of work on behalf of constituents. Provincial MLA’s Dave Hanson and Wes Taylor attended. Taylor will no doubt be working on his Ukrainianspeak after acting as MC to a patio filled with “sky’s� and “chuk’s�, and though both were new to the provincial game, they were both grateful to Benoit and the Federal Government for the steering provided over the years. Local municipal politicians (current and retired) were out in droves from Vegreville, Two Hills County and Two Hills proper, St. Paul County, Willingdon, Sherwood Park, St. Paul proper, the MD of Wainwright and more. Notably, Federal Ministers Kevin Sorensen (Finance) and Diana Ablonczy (Former Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Seniors, Foreign

Affairs) joined the group for supper and jokes, giving Benoit occasion to groan as Sorenson took the mic to say a few words as he feared a hearty roast was imminent. Despite a few joking remarks, the consensus of the group was that Benoit, among the original 52 members who marched to Ottawa in 93 to form the opposition before winning the government seats ten years ago, was part of the movement to change the country for the better. Pundits can debate the success of the Conservative party until the end of days in this effort, but no one can deny the reductions in taxes, or the steady hand the Conservatives held during the 2008 recession and international banking tremors that caused turmoil abroad. On the eve of a new federal election in October, there was an air of uncertainty about the outcome, particularly in a province that had just bucked a 44-year provincial government off its back with Tory roots. But future forecasts to the side, Benoit sat, smiling at the memories that came out during speeches, including his penchant for losing umbrellas, hats, briefcases and cell phones all over parliament hill in his hurried haste to be on to the next appointment. He received personal thanks from many farmers on behalf of MD Wainwright Reeve Bob Barss

for his work keeping Strychnine in the hands of farmers, saving the industry at least $500 million in losses due to gopher infestations. He was also lauded for strong support for families on the Wainwright army base, his work with aboriginals beginning in 1997 with a task force to address social issues assist integration of First Nations peoples from reserves into mainstream society. When finally it came time for Benoit to speak, he had to pass along his heartfelt thanks to his staff, who worked on behalf of constituents to help them resolve issues or get information. “It was a real team effort,â€? Benoit said. He thanked everyone for the opportunity to serve them, from the bottom of his heart. “22 years ago a group of us marched into Ottawa and we were going to change this country‌ how stupid was that? But we did‌ I’m so grateful to my colleagues and to Prime Minister Harper,â€? Benoit said. The Conservatives have lain claim to have brought taxes down by 35 per cent, grown the economy, helped families and kept the nation stable in times of global economic turmoil. There was no doubt that people present appreciated the work the party had done during their time in office. The standing ovation at the end of the supper, however, was strictly for Benoit.

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Response to Letter to the Editor

Sweet-Coulter bids farewell

In last week’s edition of the Hiway 16 News, the Vermilion Voice, the Vermilion Standard and the Vegreville News Advertiser, a Letter to the Editor was published titled “Innisfree – Do Not Pay Minimum Tax”. The Council of the Village of Innisfree would like to take this opportunity to clear up any confusion surrounding these matters. The Letter to the Editor suggests the application of a minimum property tax is illegal. This is incorrect. Levying a minimum property tax is legal in accordance with Section 357(1) of the Municipal Government Act, which states, ‘Despite anything in this Division, the property tax bylaw may specify a minimum amount payable as property tax’. Alberta Municipal Affairs has approved the Village of Innisfree’s 2015 Tax Rate Bylaw and minimum tax rate. The Village of Innisfree contacted several Alberta municipalities to determine their minimum property tax procedures. Out of 31 municipalities contacted, 20 municipalities did levy a minimum property tax for their budget. Village of Innisfree 2015 Property Taxes are due on August 31, 2015. A 12 per cent penalty on unpaid current taxes will be applied on September 1, 2015, a 2 per cent penalty on October 1, 2015, and a 2 per cent penalty on November 1, 2015. Any person with questions regarding the Village of Innisfree 2015 Property Tax levy is encouraged to call the Village Office at 780-592-3886.

Thank you for all your support last season! After 8 seasons as a Head Coach at the Junior B level, I have accepted the position of Head Coach and GM of the English River Miners Junior A Hockey Club of the SIJHL (Superior International Junior Hockey League) in Ontario. We are a member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League along with the AJHL, BCHL, SJHL, and MJHL Junior A leagues out west. I would like to thank the entire community of Vegreville for accepting me and treating me like family. I wish the Rangers all the best in their future and thank them for the opportunity they gave me to develop as a person and coach last season. Thank you also to everyone at AL Horton, Tracy Laschowski and the MODEL project, and all the referees I worked with last season in Vegreville and the surrounding communities. I absolutely loved my time in Vegreville and I have made memories and friendships that will last a lifetime! Thank you everyone. Sincerely, Derek Sweet-Coulter

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Hail Damaged Crops Agri-News Recent hailstorms in parts of Alberta have decimated some crops, prompting producers to look at their options. “In a lot of cases, the crop leaves were stripped away completely and stalks are only four to six inches tall,” says Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist, Alberta Agriculture and

Forestry, Stettler. “In these cases, this material is completely written off. However, if the crop was seeded a little later, and the head was just emerging out of the boot, there might be a chance for some second growth.” Crops that were damaged but not destroyed may be cut for greenfeed, or cattle may graze what remains.

Correction In the July 22 issue of the Vegreville News Advertiser article regarding the Patients’ Comfort Society, there are errors that require correction. Most importantly, it’s worth clarifying that Mary Jane Jones is not, in fact, deceased and is very much alive (which is terrific news!). A motor was purchased by Mary Jane Jones and her late husband Harvey Jones, for which the Society is most grateful. Second to this, Pat Miller is appearing in the photo as a representative of her mother’s estate, the late Mary Coons. Mrs. Miller is not a member of the Hospital Ladies Auxiliary as was stated.

However, storm damage to crops can result in problems with nitrate accumulations, especially if the crops were heavily fertilized in the spring to optimize yield. “It takes about four days after a storm for nitrates to accumulate to peak levels in hail damaged crops. If the plants are recovering from injury, at about two weeks after the storm the nitrates levels will return to normal and the forage should be safe to feed.” “If you can see that the leaves are

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drying off and you are losing yield and quality, then you need to get in and cut the crop for silage the crop or put it up as greenfeed. In that case, it’s essential that it is tested for nitrates and that the levels are known before any of it is used as feed.” “Over the past three or four years, we’ve found that nitrates aren’t as serious a problem as was once thought. However, the proviso is that you have to gradually adjust the animals to these high nitrate feeds.” Yaremcio recommends putting the herd out to feed for a couple of hours in the afternoon for the first three to four days, and then for three to four hours the next few days. After ten days of this gradual increase, cattle can be left out to graze continuously. “Producers should also supplement the cows through a mineral program. When switching from a regular pasture to hailed out material, one thing that will likely be low is magnesium. You’ll probably want a product with two to five per cent magnesium in it. A 1-1 or 2-1 mineral will work fine as long as it has the extra magnesium to prevent downer cows.”


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90 Years Ago – July 29, 1925 When Constable Nalder and his associate cop were motoring peaceably along Railway Ave. last Friday night, they were accosted by two men who demanded a ride. With the ready courtesy known only to the chivalrous A.P.P., Constable Nalder replied: “Certainly, hop right in.” So Jimmy and Danny hopped right in and enjoyed a most sociable ride to police headquarters. But when the cost of gas, wear and tear and the general overhead expenses of the police force were checked up, it was found that Jimmy and Danny were out an average of $25.00 each. Both Jimmy and Danny concede that Constable Nalder is entirely out of his element in the police uniform; they say he should be a regular licensed taxi chauffeur as his charges are fully equal to any they have hitherto experienced. Two room schools have been organized in the following school districts north of the town; Desjarlais, Boian, Zhoda, Oleskow, Brody, and the Sich S.D. is giving the matter consideration. Other schools in which a decision will be reached very shortly are: Miroslawna, Shepaenge, Krasne, Wolin and Kiew.

75 Years Ago – July 24, 1940 Roy Lisogor of Hairy Hill, manager of the Vegreville Stampede, which was abandoned owing to heavy rains on July 13th, and postponed date of July 17th, is naturally regretful that is was found impossible to carry on. He told the Observer last Thursday that very considerable expense had been incurred. Over sixty riders were in town ready to go ahead. Large corrals had been constructed at the exhibition grounds. Over one hundred head of bucking broncos and steers were rarin’ for action and a full program of stampede events had been arranged. But is all had to be called off. Any further postponement was out of the question due to the close dates of the Vegreville Exhibition. Officials of the Vegreville Exhibition are making preparations for the largest afternoon crowds in its history as Jimmie Lynch’s internationally famous Death Dodgers will offer their amazing routine of thrillers with stock sedans as the grandstand feature each afternoon starting on Monday, July 29th. This show is free to the kiddies on Monday. Each afternoon’s program will be rounded out with a series of spectacular drives, including single, double and triple ski jumps. Roman steeplechase races, wing-over with stock sedans and a breath-taking slice for life from the rear of a speeding sedan.

50 Years Ago – July 29, 1965 Highlighting last Sunday’s round of entertainment in Vegreville was the official opening and fly-in breakfast of the Jaycee AirPark. First group of fliers to arrive at the landing strip were Arnold Holmes and Clyde Watt both of Edmonton followed immediately afterwards by Arthur and Clarence Skalin of Camrose. Wally Stark, chairman of the trailer award committee, and Dr. Francis Schulte, president of the Vegreville Jaycess presented Mrs. Myrtle Sen with her prize in conjunction with the fly-in breakfast. Steve Pawliuk officially took over the presidency of the Vegreville Rotary Club from Al Scholton at a recent meeting of the club. Norma Ferguson and coach Ron Ferguson of Vegreville, accompanied by Wendy Brown of Vermilion, travelled to Lethbridge at the weekend where the two girls competed in the Women’s Open Pentathlon competitions held in that City. When to totals were tallied in the five events, Norma placed third and Wendy sixth.

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.

The Hardest Word to Say Gwynne Dyer It’s hard to say sorry, but it’s even harder to say you’re sorry for a genocide. Saturday was the 20th anniversary of the murder of between 7,000 and 8,000 people when Srebrenica was taken by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995. The town’s population was swollen by refugees who had fled there to escape the “ethnic cleansing” that was being carried out against Muslims elsewhere in eastern Bosnia, because it was a United Nations-designated “safe area” defended by NATO troops. When the Bosnian Serbs finally took Srebrenica in July 1995, the Dutch troops who were there to carry ot the UN’s promise decided they’d rather live and let unarmed civilians die. So all the Bosnian Muslim men and boys between the ages of 14 and 70 were loaded onto buses and driven up the road a few kilometres. Then they were shot by Serbian killing squads, and buried by bulldozers. It took four days to murder

them all. The crime has been been formally declared a genocide by the UN war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia. Both the Bosnian Serb president of the time, Radovan Karadzic, and the Serban military commander at Srebrenica, General Ratko Mladic, are awaiting verdicts in trials for directing genocide. You would think that even the Serbs cannot go on denying that it was a genocide, but you would be wrong. There are some Serbs, like journalist Dusan Masic, who call it what it is. His idea was to have 7,000 volunteers lie on the ground before the National Assembly in Belgrade last Saturday, symbolising the approximate number of Muslim victims at Srebrenica. “On July 11, while the eyes of the whole world are on the killing fields near Srebrenica”, he said, “we want to send a different picture from Belgrade....It will be a story about... a better Serbia.” But that better Serbia has not actually arrived yet. Words matter. Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandr Vucic, who seems to have changed his mind about Srebrenica since his early days in Serbian politics, still cannot bring himself to use the word “genocide” when he talks about it. Back in 1995, Vucic was a radical nationalist who declared in

the Serbian National Assembly, only a few days after the Srebrenica massacre, that “If you kill one Serb, we will kill one hundred Muslims.” By 2010, however, he was saying that a “horrible crime was committed in Srebrenica.” Vucic even traveled to Srebrenica on Saturday, a brave gesture for a Serbian prime minister who must contend with an electorate most of whom do not want to admit that Serbs did anything especially wrong. But he still doesn’t dare say the word “genocide”. The voters would never forgive him. Most Serbs would acknowledge that their side did some bad things during the Balkan wars of the 90s, but they would add that every side did. They will not accept the use of the word “genocide” – whereas that is the one word Bosnian Muslims have to hear before they can believe that the Serbs have finally grasped the nature and scale of their crime. That’s why, when Vucic was at Srebrenica paying his respects in the cemetery, some Bosnian Muslims started throwing stones at him. His glasses were broken, and his security detail had to hustle him away. It was a stupid, shameful act, and the Bosnian Muslim authorities have apologised for it. But the Serbs and their neighbours will never really be reconciled until the Serbs say the magic word. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.


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An open letter to all Lakeland Rural Electrification Association (REA) members If you’re a Lakeland Rural Electrification Association (REA) member, you’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of information lately. You’ve probably also seen some negative ads published in your local newspapers and are wondering what to make of it all. ATCO Electric and our employees have been at the receiving end of those newspaper ads and we’d like a chance to clear the air. ATCO Electric has a Wire Owners Agreement with Lakeland REA that expires on December 31st of this year

and it’s up for renewal. This Agreement exists because ATCO Electric and Lakeland REA operate and maintain interconnected electrical systems. ATCO Electric’s system is the backbone that Lakeland REA poles and lines are connected to that deliver electricity to Lakeland REA members. The Agreement also allows ATCO Electric to submit a proposal to purchase Lakeland REA’s distribution system. Because we think Lakeland REA members would consider this as a viable option to sustain its electrical

service into the future, we made an offer to Lakeland REA members to purchase the system. To characterize this as a ‘hostile takeover’ attempt is simply not true. This is an offer that you, as Lakeland REA members, can either accept or not. It is your choice. And in order for you to make an informed decision, we’ve been providing fact-based information to members through brochures and information sessions. We’re an Alberta-based company in the business of building and maintain-

ing electrical infrastructure in a service territory defined for us by the Government of Alberta, and Lakeland REA falls within that service territory. We currently serve 254 communities in rural Alberta and we’re good at what we do – we’ve been doing it for 85 years. We’re also proud to live, work and volunteer in those communities and we believe the members of Lakeland REA can benefit from our local services too. We are committed to providing information to Lakeland REA members so you can make an informed choice about the future of your electrical service. We encourage you to ask questions of us and of your Board. This is a big decision and one that should be made based on trust and facts rather than on fear and misinformation. It is your choice. If you have any questions, let’s talk. Please visit an ATCO Electric office or call us at 1-800-668-2248.

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Coping with big emotions in children Karin Hitchcock, emotions. Some children find this M. C., CCC easier than other children. When a Have you ever seen a young child child becomes upset, sad, angry, or having a temper tantrum? It’s usu- frustrated, try to encourage the ally difficult to watch as you know child to use words to describe his the child is having challenges with feelings. For example, an adult feelings and self- control. might say, “You look like you are Developmentally, most children angry,” or “You have a sad face have tantrums or melttoday. Do you feel sad?” downs as they experience Adults can also place a simemotions and don’t know ple “feelings” chart on the what to do with them. fridge or wall and can refer Children do not come to it when the child is upset. with the capacity to know This can also be accompahow to handle their feelnied by pictures of faces ings. For parents, grandwhich express emotions. parents, and caregivers, You can easily google a Karin Hitchcock, M. C., CCC Community Counsellor knowing how to coach “feelings chart,” and print children in recognizing one off for your child to use and responding appropriately to regularly. emotions can be a lifelong skill that Adults are encouraged to use simple will provide a foundation for future language and a gentle tone and to relationships. You can teach a child praise the child when he uses words how to deal effectively with their to express his feelings. Even if the emotions. child is angry with a parent, it’s There are several key outcomes for important to acknowledge that peoadults to keep in mind. Learning ple do get angry with people they how to cope with emotional respons- love. But it is not okay to hit, bite, or es is a life-long process. We all know hurt someone when angry. When someone who responds with inap- angry (or sad, or happy, or frustratpropriate (and sometimes frighten- ed) a child (or an adult) does not ing) behaviour when she doesn’t feel have permission to hurt someone in control of her emotions. Building else. It’s important to distinguish this capacity in our young children the difference between the emotion is extremely important. We can start and negative behaviour. when children are very young and Children can also benefit from continue to build effective strategies understanding the cause of their as children grow. emotion and the trigger that creates First of all, it’s important for adults the emotion. For example, a child to teach children the language of may be upset when plans change

and she may feel sad and frustrated. An understanding parent will help the child to label the emotion, discuss why the child feels the emotion and give the child some choices. A parent may say something like, “You seem very sad that we couldn’t go to the park today because of the rain. What other things can you do to make yourself feel better?” If the child cannot come up with some solutions, the parent can always provide some ideas, such as, “Do you need some quiet time in your room?” or “Do you want to watch a special movie and have some popcorn?” or “Do you want to build some lego with me?” These solutions help children to identify that they have options and choices for how they deal with their feelings. Most parents find that when they teach their children how to label and regulate their emotions, the tantrums often decrease and alternative behaviours appear. And finally, it is so important for adults to model how to cope effectively with their own emotions. If parents are able to talk about how they deal with emotions in healthy ways, children learn positive coping strategies for emotional regulation. I have often worked with parents who punish their children for swear-

ing when angry, but in turn, swear at their children or partner when they are angry. Parents might say, “I’m feeling upset right now, so I’m going to go for a quick walk so that I can feel better.” This provides your children with an effective and appropriate way of handling emotions. As a parent or caregiver, you can help your child to cope more effectively with emotions. Karin Hitchcock is the Family Counsellor with FCSS in Vegreville. She is a Certified Canadian Counsellor and is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.



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Robyn Singleton appointed Chief Administrative Officer of Lamont County Lamont County Submitted Lamont County is pleased to announce the appointment of Robyn Singleton as the new Chief Administrative Officer, effective August 1, 2015. Mr. Singleton brings a wealth of experience and leadership to Lamont County, having previously

served as City Manager for Brandon Manitoba, County Manager for Thorhild County and County of Lethbridge, and Chief Commissioner of Strathcona County. His background includes a Juris Doctorate from the University of Manitoba, and his Q.C. was received from the Government of Manitoba. He has been a lawyer for more

than 35 years, and has taught Municipal Law for the University of Alberta Continuing Education for the past 8 years. He is also the only Canadian Lawyer to have received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association in Washington D.C. As CAO for Lamont County

Mr. Singleton will work alongside council to grow and diversify the county’s economy, ensuring that county infrastructure is well-developed and standards for development are clearly set. Lamont County is located in east central Alberta, 62km north east of Edmonton. With a population of approximately 4000 rural residents, the County shares the north and east borders of Elk Island National Park and incorporates a large portion of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland within its western borders. The TransCanada Highway runs east/ west through the heart of the County and the North Saskatchewan River wraps around the northern edge of the County to create a natural boundary.

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New Horizons a boon for seniors facilities Rosanne Fortier By way of the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Conservative Government is getting on the wagon to help seniors’ lives. The provision of the NHSP, a federal grants and contribution program, creates projects which are coordinated or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. This program offers these funds to community-based projects, pan-

Canadian projects and pilot projects that are geared to social isolation and intergenerational learning projects. Economic Action Plan 2014 increased funding for the NHSP by $50 million annually for this project. Community-based projects are programs that activate seniors and address one or more of the program’s five goals: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance. These projects are eligible to receive up to

$25,000 per year per organization in grant funding. The NHSP 2014-2015 Call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects was launched on May 13, 2014, and is now closed. Pan-Canadian Projects are meant to assist seniors to protect themselves from elder abuse. These projects are eligible to receive up to $750,000 in funding for up to three years. Pilot projects provide funding to prevent seniors’ isolation by offer-

ing better social support networks and resources and initiating community interventions. This program is the driving force that supports intergenerational learning project. Organizations can receive up to $100,000 in federal funding over a maximum of 24 months, 50 per cent of which is being matched with funding from other sources. To find out more about these programs, check out Seniors.








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Ministers, MLA’s tour Industrial Heartland Alberta’s Energy Minister, Honourable Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education Honourable Lori Sigurdson, and local MLAs including Fort Saskatchewan – Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood, met with industry and municipal stakeholders today to tour Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.The tour showcased over $13 billion in new industrial projects and employment for 25,000 people in the region. (Photo Supplied)


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Who needs work? Several groups were taking it easy over the weekend and catching some sun and fish at Rainbow Park Reservoir south of Vegreville last weekend. (Michael Simpson/Photo)

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accumulated negative impact down the road. He hopes at the least the recent rains will help some farmers bring in an average crop at best, provided the weather stays frost free during harvest. Hansen said situations like the drought, coupled with machinery costs that have risen by 40 per cent in


recent years are factors that make it tough to entice a new generation to undertake farming as a career. Other crops that are being written off will be used for forage for cattle herds, said Beaver County Ag Fieldman Aimee Boese. The federal government announced on July 23 that it will provide tax

deferrals for certain areas in the prairie provinces and BC that will offset losses for livestock producers. Portions of sale proceeds from breeding livestock for one year can deferred to help replenish the herd the following year. Two Hills County Deputy Reeve Elroy Yakemchuk said his county is close to considering calling the same

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state of disaster if conditions don’t improve. In Minburn County Ag Fieldman Darwin Ullery said the last 8-10 days have seen significant improvements with the recent rain. “The problem is with pastures and hay feed,” Ullery said. “In 2002 when we had our last big drought, we never received rain until mid-august. Most crops were written off and farmers were able to make insurance claims and sell the crops as salvage for cattle feed. This year the crops look like they’ll make it so there’s no feed for cattle. The emergency is more in the livestock sector than the annual crops and grain farming. The recent rains were still early enough to improve the grain crops but pretty late for grass, hay and pasture,” Ullery said.

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Alberta prosperity didn’t happen by accident Mark Milke Troy Media In a famous explanation of why voters choose the governments they do, a 1990s-era adviser to Bill Clinton remarked, “It’s the economy, stupid.” That’s not wholly accurate; voters toss parties out (and vote parties in) on matters other than unemployment rates and incomes. The recent Alberta election is only the most obvious example. Nonetheless, economic facts matter, at least to anyone not independently wealthy and who needs a job and income. Here I will purposely note the 1994-2013 period, because Alberta’s NDP campaigned on a platform to reverse many of the policies implemented in those two decades restrained government spending (the first decade), lower business taxes, moderate royalties, and reduced and flatter provincial personal income taxes (the second decade). The following then is a reasonable standard by which the new government can be measured in future years. Economic growth: Between 1994 and 2013, Alberta’s economy grew faster than any province in 10 of those 20 years; Saskatchewan recorded six first place finishes, British Columbia was tops twice and Ontario once. (In one year, 2009, every province was in recession). Over the 1994-2013 period, Alberta’s annual average GDP growth was 3.6 per cent - much higher than the national average of 2.7 per cent. Alberta thus also trumped Ontario and Quebec (2.7 per cent and 2.3 per cent respectively) and other western provinces such as British Columbia and Saskatchewan (2.6 per cent each) and Manitoba (2.5 per cent). Private-sector investment: Between 1994 and 2013, Alberta topped the charts with private-sector investment (non-residential). Of the almost $2.9 trillion in private-sector investment in all 10 provinces. Alberta attracted $893 billion, or 31 per cent. The next largest destination for private investment: Ontario, $743 billion or 26 per cent. Those big numbers are why per worker, private-sector investment in Alberta topped every other province. On an annual average between 1994 and 2013, Alberta per worker

private investment was $37,285, followed by Saskatchewan ($29,024), and Newfoundland and Labrador ($23,303). Alberta tripled British Columbia ($12,116) and Manitoba ($12,080); Alberta easily beat Ontario ($9,132) and Quebec ($8,836). All that private-sector investment in Alberta drove down unemployment. Between 1994 and 2013, Alberta had the lowest average annual unemployment rate in the country, at just 5.4 per cent. That was followed by Saskatchewan (5.5 per cent), Manitoba (5.6 per cent), British Columbia (7.4 per cent), Ontario (7.5 per cent) and Quebec (9.1 per cent) with Atlantic Canada much higher still. Population growth: Unlike some provinces, Alberta’s unemployment rate was not the result of workingage people leaving the province. Rather, the opposite was true. Between 1994 and 2014, those in the 15 to 64 cohort increased by 59 per cent in Alberta. Compare that to British Columbia and Ontario (28 per cent), Saskatchewan (19 per cent), Manitoba (18 per cent) and Quebec (12 per cent). It’s vital to note that Alberta’s prosperity did not result from permanently high oil and gas prices. Over the last two decades, the province prospered through high and low commodity prices. From 1994 to

1999, oil prices were as low as $11.35 a barrel and as high as $26.10. In the 2000s, oil prices never reached where they are today (about $60) until 2005. Natural gas prices were similarly low for extended periods before a few sharp increases coupled with the recent steep drops. Also, the mere presence of oil and gas doesn’t guarantee prosperity. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec all have decent oil and gas reserves but choose to block most development. Internationally, Venezuela has plenty of oil and plenty of poverty. There’s a reason why Alberta has prospered: in part, mostly smart policy on royalty rates, taxes and regulation (and in part the “boring” necessities such as rule of law, property rights and other foundational elements for prosperity that are generally common Canadawide). If the new NDP government in Alberta wants to help Albertans prosper, the above-noted statistics and successes should remain in mind. All those positive numbers didn’t occur by accident. Mark Milke is a Senior Fellow at t he Fr aser Institute.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES CANADIAN TOWING BUSINESS for sale in Trail & Castlegar, BC. Close to skiing, golfing, airports, hospital. Option to purchase land. Interested parties only, or 250-231-1173 (daytime only)

COMMERCIAL For lease 2,671 sq. ft. commercial space. Extremely high traffic between China Zone and Albert’s restaurants. Large parking space. Phone 780-275-0138

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HELP WANTED The Viking Preschool Association is currently accepting applications for a certified teacher with a minimum Level 2 training, commencing September 2015. Starting wage is negotiable based on qualifications and experience. Please submit resumes to: Viking Preschool Association Box 807 Viking, AB T0B 4N0 by July 31, 2015. For more information please call Melanie Van Den Bussche at 780-385-6074. Experienced body man and paint person to do body work and paint on numerous vehicles. Call Danny 780-270-6046 Make $1000 Weekly!! Mailing Brochures From Home. Helping home workers since 2001. Genuine Opportunity. No Experience Required. Start Immediately.

Immediate Employment Opportunity. Cook’s Helpers, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. The Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society is looking for Cooks Helpers – 6 part-time (weekend) positions and one full-time position to start immediately to September 7, 2015. If you have a strong work ethic and some cooking experience, please forward your resume to chrystia.chomiak@friendsukraini

HOMES FOR RENT Advertise your rental property here for as little as $7.95 per week! 3 Bdrm Townhouse, $1090/ mo. available immediately. Call Dave at 780-632-0321 or 780-932-0041 2 bdrm mobile home. No pets. Phone 780-632-1551 Vegreville – 1 to 4 Bdrm homes, 2 to 4 appliances, N/S, N/P, References. PH: 780-658-2504 Basement suite, N/S, N/P, $675. Available July 1st. Phone 780-218-2278

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Must Sell! Vacant lot in Mundare, 120’x50’, reasonable offers. Call 780-4794230 or email: nancy. Vacant lot in Smoky Lake 65 x 150 serviced, treed, fenced. Great for modular or build your dream home. Phone 780-709-6963


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Lamont; ½ duplex, spacious, 3 bedroom, big kitchen, nice yard. Reference. $1000 per month. Phone 778-755-1313

For Sale: 3650 Case IH Baler with new 540 PTO shaft; 1 – 9 ft. Badger haybine; 1990 Chev ½ ton. Phone 780-656-6141

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

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Where Is Cloud Data Actually Stored? Arthur Beaudette Tech Talk

First off, you may be wondering why, or if, you should care about With the rise in popularity of these details. Does it matter one cloud-based data storage, more way or the other where the data people are asking where and how center is based? The answer is yes, information is actually it does matter–particularly stored by cloud providers. if the facility is located in a More precisely, what exactly country outside of your own. is the ‘cloud’, and how secure Physical security is just as is storing and sending inforimportant as network secumation through the virtual rity in regards to protecting network? It’s important to cloud-based data. TECH TALK have a basic understanding Compiled By: Since clients are entrusting Arthur Beaudette VM S of how your information is these data centers to transbeing handled–particularly mit their stored data to the aspects of a service provider them whenever they need access, that you should be cognizant of in people rely on the safety of the order to ensure the safety and pri- facility and equipment within. This vacy of your data. has a lot of implications for the Cloud computing is a relatively provider, including the electric wirnew concept for the majority of ing supporting the workload of the consumers. Essentially, it refers to server network, the heating and the network of computers used by cooling system within the facility, companies to store and transfer the physical security of the facility users’ data as a service. A typical and servers, and the techniques cloud storage system includes a used to protect people’s private master control server that connects data from malicious hackers and to both the client computers (i.e. cyberattacks. Furthermore, laws you) and usually a network of sev- and regulations for secure data eral database storage servers. protection may differ from country Advantages of cloud storage to country, so using a provider with include being able to access your foreign data centers may pose more data anywhere at any time and of a risk depending on the counnever having to worry about run- try. ning out of space on your own device. With the cloud, you aren’t forced to carry around a physical storage device with you– your data is accessible from any device and location with internet access. Furthermore, the growing amount of data in the world that is being created, shared, and stored across the internet–especially with the rise in global correspondence and networking– has made limited storage space a real concern for consumers and businesses alike. On the f lipside, cloud-based storage providers simply need to network additional database servers to the master control node to resolve any growth in demand. It’s also important to note the risks involved with cloud computing and storage. While not all providers share the same level of vulnerability, there is an inherent risk of corruption and data loss, as well as data theft when handing your data over to a third-party. All of the data is still stored on hard drive arrays in servers that are susceptible to many of the same faults as the storage in your laptop or desktop computer. So while you may not experience the effects of data loss directly, the IT teams maintaining data centers still do and have to act accordingly. Depending of which provider you use, the data center could be based in a different country, or possibly even a different continent. Some of the larger cloud providers have several data centers which could be spaced apart from one another across several different locations. YSTEMS

Means used by providers to secure the data stored include data encryption and authentication, i.e. requesting a user name and password to access the information. While these tactics do a pretty effective job at safeguarding sensitive information from being available to the general public, advanced hackers have in the past found ways to get around the security measures in place. Reliability-based concerns refer to the issues that can arise if the cloud storage network is prone to technical failure or if the company isn’t in a financially stable position to keep up with advanced security measures and monitoring. The recent uprising of cloud-based products and services has increased the prevalence of cyberattacks, identity theft, and online security breaches. Most cloud providers invest a great amount of money to measures preventing the corruption and theft of their servers and data stored within. Even so, it’s important to understand the physical and network-based threats facing virtual data storage to select the best option for keeping your private information safe and secure.



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LAYNE MARK ADAM SAWCHUK Arrived June 12th at 1:04 p.m. to proud parents Katryna and Mark Sawchuk. Weighing 6 lbs., 4 oz., 19.25 in long. Grandparents Darrell & Loretta Downie, and Peter & Violet Sawchuk. Great grandparents Harvey & Gloria Downie, Vera Havens, and Victoria Weremey.

MEMORIAM HUDEMA, Katie In loving memory of a dear wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who passed away August 2, 2014 God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you, and whispered “Come to Me”. With tearful eyes we watched you, we watched you fade away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands now rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Alec, Judy, Len, Jerry, Linda and families


In loving memory of HAMALIUK, John George April 18, 1920 – July 21, 2013 The moment that you tragically died Our hearts split in two One side filled with memories The other died with you. We often lay awake at night When the world is fast asleep And take a walk down memory lane With tears upon our cheeks. Remembering you is easy We do it everyday. But missing you is a heartache That never goes away. We hold you tightly within our hearts And there you will remain Life has gone on without you But it will never be the same. Forever in our hearts. Till we meet again. Love Always. Wife Mary and Family

In loving memory of JONES, Marlene Janet (nee Hamaliuk) December 23, 1944 – January 10, 2013 Softly the leaves of memory fall Gently we gather and treasure them all Unseen and unheard you are always near. Precious memories of days when you were here. What would we give if we could say We’ll meet and see you again today. To hear your voice and see your smile To sit and talk with you awhile. Your memory is our keepsake With which we’ll never part. God has you in His keeping, We’ll have you forever in our hearts. To walk with us throughout our lives. Until we meet again. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed Mom and Family HORON In Memory Nick Horon – July 10, 1990 Nadia Horon – August 13, 1983 The years are quickly passing, Though we still won’t forget. For in the hearts that loved them, Their memory lingers yet. Loving and kind in all their ways, Upright and just to the end of their days. Sincere and true in their hearts and minds Beautiful memories, they left behind. Loved and missed by your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren

SRIBNEY, Trudy Jane May 9, 1960 – July 30, 2014 It broke our hearts to lose you But you didn’t go alone A part of us went with you The day God called you home. A million times we’ve missed you A million times we’ve cried Our lives go on without you But nothing is the same, So many things have happened Since you were called away So many things to share with you If you were here today. We hold you close with our hearts And there you will remain To walk with us through our lives Until we meet again. Forever loved and missed By Your Parents and Family In Loving Memory

BATIUK John S. Batiuk August 1, 2005 It’s hard to believe that ten years have passed since God took you home. You would have loved your nine great grandchildren (and the tenth on the way) and would have been so proud to know that one shares your name. You served your family and community for so long and so well. Rest In Peace. Lovingly remembered and missed Your family and friends

ZUK, Dave Dec.29, 1949 – July 25, 2011 In Loving Memory of Our Dear Brother-in-Law and Uncle. A beautiful life that came to an end, he died as he lived, everyone’s friend. In our hearts a memory will always be kept, of one we loved, and will never forget. Love, Randy, Elaine, Jordon & Janelle

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BRAUN In Memory of John F. Braun December 18, 1933 – July 29, 2014 We hold our tears as we speak your name, But the ache in our hearts remain the same. No one knows the sorrow we share, When the family meets and you’re not there. In our hearts you are ever near Still loved and missed and very dear. In loving memory, Tena, Jim and Darleen, Barry and Marilyn, Randy and Sharon, Brian and Shereen, grandchildren and great grandchildren

SASKIW, Brenda Michelle March 24, 1965 – July 31, 2004 In our hearts your memory lingers Sweetly tender, fond and true. There is not a day dear Brenda That we don’t think of you. Your gentle face and patient smile With sadness we recall You had a kindly word for each And died beloved by all. We miss you always our hearts are sore As time goes by, we miss you more. Though absent you are very near Still loved, still missed and very dear. Mom & Dad, Your Sister & Brothers and their families

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Cash Flow and Short Term Break Points Agri-News “The current dry conditions are creating short term cash flow stress in farmer’s businesses,” says Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist, Agriculture and Forestry, Edmonton. “Livestock producers are being placed in a position where they have to make business decisions in short order. Crop producers are looking at what can be salvaged. This is when pushing your pencil will really pay off - helping you keep flexibility and objectivity in your decisions.” Fundamental to business success is satisfying each of the key aspects of affordability, profitability and desirability in assessing your management alternatives. “Buying feeding days is currently the prime example,” says Dehod. “The first step of assessing affordability relates to whether or not you can cash flow the feeding option … if you can’t cash flow your way through, profitability and desirability aren’t even issues. This means determining your cash flow break points.” The cash flow budget includes only cash inflow and outflow items. These are further broken down to operational (receipts and expenses), capital (purchase or sale of assets) and debt (interest and principal) flows. The budget also accounts for contributions to and withdrawals from (e.g. family living requirements) the business. AF has a tool called the Cash Flow Analyzer to help with the process “To start, inventory your resources and your desired outcomes,” says Dehod. “The primary outcome is to protect your profit and not increase your expenses. For different farms, in different areas, the strategy to do so can differ. Only you can inventory your resources and options.” Accounting statements, an AgriProfit$ or CowProfit$ business analysis, summaries from accounting records, or even tax-filing information can be used as a reference for building a cash flow, says Dehod. “Work from whatever you have available - the result will put you in a position to make more knowledgeable decisions.” A break point is the threshold level beyond which a choice or decision doesn’t make sense. “To define the break point, or cash flow load you can carry, your first step involves setting a base line. Estimate cash inflows and outflows without incorporating the alternatives you’re considering to buy feeding days. From here to the balance of the year, include only those cash items you know will happen ... the

rest are by choice dependent upon the alternative you select.” The second step is to lay out potential scenarios and build in the cash flows relating to each. “For instance, if you’re grazing down a portion of your cereals and will have to buy additional feeds, project out the associated cash expenses and revenues.” The third step is to identify cash shortfalls and match them with potential sources of funds. “At this point, the break points involved with your management options become clear,” says Dehod. “If the plan you choose to manage through feed shortages doesn’t generate sufficient cash to meet your needs and goes beyond your ability to finance, then another option needs to be pursued. “Step four takes you back to the second step, working in different options and variations until you come to a clear and objective choice on an alternative that

allows you to cash flow yourself through to when other choices or opportunities come available.” When major decisions need to be made in short order, ensure that you’ve taken into account the short term ability of your operation to generate sufficient cash revenues to cover the additional cash loads, says Dehod. “Identifying up front your short term break points, where cash-in is insufficient to cover cash-out, will allow

you to act on your choices more quickly and with more confidence. It will also give you increased clarity when you move on to the issues of profitability and desirability of the management alternatives.” To assist with decision-making during dry conditions, information and links are available through the Options for Alberta Producers in Dry Conditions webpage.


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Sport detection dog trials in Mundare Michael Simpson Editor Dog owners had a chance for their fourlegged family members to give their schnozzles a testdrive in Mundare on July 25-26. T he Sporting Detection Dog A ssociat ion sanctioned an event put together by certif ied dog trainer

Local certified dog trainer Roseanna Gullekson and her beagle, Maverick, participated in the sporting detection trials that Gullekson arranged with the help of a core group of volunteers including Nicole Fried, Jen Nawrot, Suzanne Hunt, Joanne Thielen and Lori Krug. (Michael Simpson/Photo)

Roseanna Gullekson, who has been teaching people to train their does for about a decade. Gullekson is based out of Vegreville after moving a few years ago from St. Albert with her husband, who works with ATCO. “We taught about 70 dogs a day

through our grooming and training facility,” Gullekson said of her former St. Albert-based doggie business. The event itself, held at the Mundare arena, is part of a new sport in Canada. “It’s a game based on drugdetection for dogs,” Gullekson explained. “It stimulates them, owners get to know their dogs better and they have fun.” Specif ic essential oils are placed on a Q-tip or cotton ball and are hidden in containers. Dogs are timed and scored, must indicate to handler where target is. Winterg reen was one target odour, as well as pine scotch and pine long-leaf. The dogs participating were “civilian This standard Schnauzer was enjoying all of the prospective scents dogs” that have in the bins before settling on the big score. Schnauzers are above- enjoyed a life as average in intelligence and have been widely used for detection pets. “Agility is a work by police forces in Europe.(Michael Simpson/Photo)

popular sport for dogs but not all dogs can play,” Gullekson said. “All dogs however have noses that are better than anything we possess. Another little known fact is that dogs have a gland in the roof of their mouth that allows them to taste the air like snakes do. This game kind of teaches people about that,” she said. Prior to taking place, dog owners had registered online and have done a measure of training to properly participate in the detection trials. A variety of breeds were present, from We st H igh l a nd Te r r i e r s and Australian Sheperds to labradoodles and Jack Russell terriers. Approximately 90 dogs were registered for the event.

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Vegreville Chamber Antique Tractor winner supports Kinettes

Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce President Darcie Sabados (right) was happy to present Kinette President Candice van der Torre with a cheque for $600 following the Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Golf tournament held on June 19. The Kinettes graciously accepted the donation as they moved closer to being able to set up a new park on 47 Street in Vegreville. (Michael Simpson/Photo)

The 2015 Antique Tractor Display winner at the Vegreville Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Event this year was Dwayne Laschowski with his 1949 JD AR Tractor. Congrats Dwayne! (Roly Dennill/Submitted)


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Trooper here for a Good Time at vEGGfest

Michael Simpson Editor The Vegreville News Advertiser had a chance to catch up w ith Trooper lead singer Ramone “Ra” McGuire for a few questions about the band ’s upcoming performance at vEGGfest on August 28. Tickets are still available for purchase at Here’s what Ra had to say… V NA: Have you ever passed through Vegrev il le before (on purpose or accident?)

V NA: How many times in a year do you think you eat perogies? (you can substitute cabbage rolls if you wish) Ra: I eat both Cabbage Rolls and Perogies (and Borschch) many times a year. V NA: The Vegreville Pysanka was unveiled 40 years ago. What were you up to at that time? R a : Trooper’s f irst a lbum was released the same year as your Pysanka was unveiled.

Ra: Yes. V NA: W hen you hear the name Vegrev il le, what comes to mind immediately (if any thing?) Ra: We played in Vegrev il le 14 years ago and we enjoyed the show. To answer your question about what comes to mind, my lack of a more detailed memor y has less to do with the f ine people of Vegreville and more to do w ith my advancing years.

V NA: After touring for decades, what’s the driving factor for staying on the road when other bands hang up the spurs? Ra: Luck ily for us the gig is still an enormous amount of fun. This is a band of brothers and we still really enjoy the touring - all the shows are sold out and we’re treated ver y well wherever we go!

V NA: Do you ever have moments where you look back and think “ how did I end up here? ” Ra: This has been a long and exciting career, w ith one sometimes hard-won reward leading to another - so I’m prett y clear on how we got here. What I wonder, sometimes, is how we got so lucky. V NA: After so many years of writing music, do you ever run out of melodies and lyrics? Ra: When I was a k id, I loved listening to music on the radio so much that I really did worr y that they would run out of melodies and lyrics. It was a serious concern for me. So far, though, it doesn’t seem to have happened. V NA: Does the band have any plans to put out another album? Ra: No. We write some songs now and then but don’t see any point in releasing a collection of them.

V NA: W hat ’s the toughest par t about being a Canadian music icon? Ra: The toughest part about being a Canadian music icon is the interviews. They’re brutal (;-) V NA: Do you ever hear your song on the radio and change the channel, or turn it up? Ra: I used to not really enjoy hearing our songs on the radio because it brought back the struggle of mak ing those songs into a record. Now, though, when I hear one, it’s more like getting a ca l l from an old friend. Time heals all wounds, I hear. You can stay up to date with Trooper via social media. Trooper’s website and social media links are as follows: We b s i t e : w w w. t r o o p e r. c o m , Facebook : facebook .com /t rooperband, Twitter: t, Instagram:


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Vegreville’s CiB attempts fourth national award

Judges- Brad Beatty and Lorraine Flanigan Vegreville Town Council, town representatives,ViB Chairperson, Ellen Johnstone and Vegreville’s CiB committee members who were present for a meeting and reception at the Council Chambers on July 24. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Rosanne Fortier Communities in Bloom is a friendly competition that is about making our town the best it can be. For 2015, ViB is aiming for a fourth national award. On July 24 Vegreville Town Council, town representatives, Vegreville’s CiB committee members and residents were present for a meeting and reception at the Council Chambers. The meeting initiated with the introduction of the 2015 judges from National Communities in Bloom. Lorraine Flanigan arrived from Toronto. She is the editor of the Toronto Botanical Garden magazine Trellis. Brad Beatty is from the City of Stratford in Southern Ontario and he is a graduate of Carleton University and a City Councillor. Vegreville Mayor Myron Hayduk presented Pysanka pins to the judges. Hayduk stated that CiB has had a big impact on Vegreville; since becoming involved provincially, then nationally, Hayduk said there is a noticeable upswing in the pride that people in town put into their properties, and pride in the work of the Town itself in serving citizens. Volunteer Services Coordinator Lisa

Topilko’s address included all the new initiatives that volunteers have ventured on. “Intergenerational activities have flourished in our local seniors’ Sunshine Club. Also, In the Nest is a program that welcomes families who are new to town and shows the families all the great things Vegreville has for families to do. This year, we have the Paint the Town Red initiative and our vEGGfest 40th Anniversary Celebration of Pysanka is coming up at the end of August where thousands of visitors will come and we will be ready! Topilko serves over 150 charities and non-profit organizations at the volunteer center, and estimates there’s an army of 1,600 people volunteering around town and in the county. “FCSS supports those volunteers and their leaders,” Topilko said. Brianne Giles from Infrastructure, Planning and Development spoke next. “Some of this department’s accomplishments are installing solar lighting on the east side of Vegreville’s signage on Highway 16A, we purchased LED festive pole decorations [to replace bulbs with higher energy consumption], are

working on new columbarium construction and landscaping in Riverside Cemetery, host annual hazardous waste round-ups and started a compact f lorescent tube recycling program. “Construction of a new 83-room hotel complex is almost complete. Plans are being developed for the new southeast industrial park and for completion of the 75th Street business park. In 2014, the town saw eight single-family residential homes starts, one manufactured home start and six multi-family residential homes starts. In 2015, we have had three family residential home starts. The department is also working on the north park drainage projects. This project will serve to direct storm water away from town. Also, the un-useable field will be used for a pond or as a recreational area. “At the end of 2014, the Town of Vegreville’s Tourism Information Booth officially received its accreditation as a visitor information center from Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation and Alberta Information Providers. To become accredited, the town must meet 16 specific qualifications.” Ellen Johnstone, Chair of ViB was pleased to make an announcement next. “The goal for this year was to apply for a grant from CN EcoCONNEXIONS, From the Ground Up to help with a new park on the North end of 47th Street along the walking trail. Council supported the ViB committee with this project. We were successful in obtaining a grant from CN for the total $25,000 towards the project. Vegreville was one of two towns across Canada that received

the full grant amount. There were 159 applications and 36 grants approved. The award said that CN is proud to support sustainability initiatives in the communities CN serves. The Town of Vegreville was chosen as an outstanding example of a municipal greening program. Vegreville has also been working to promote arboreal health through awareness efforts. “We got the news out to the community about the damaging effects that Black Rot has on trees in town. Instructions on how to remove safely and cleaning of tools following was wellreceived by residents,” Johnstone said. “On July 13, the 2015 Beautification Project for the North walking tail on 47th street was started and completed on the 20th of July. It is wonderful to see this change. Please drive by and take a look.” This reception was continued with a downtown walking tour where tour guides-Johnstone and Tymchyshyn showed the judges history plaques, store fronts and flowers, country administration, post office and old train station, Rendezvous Park and Ceramic Cottage. Then the judges met Community Peace Officer, Dustin Angle and toured the many beautiful and functional sites around town, including Vegreville’s Community Garden, Cenotaph, Splash Park and Lions Playground, VALID, Central Recycling Drop-Off Centre, Vegreville Materials Recovery Facility, Holy Trinity Church, Elks Park, Pioneer Centennial Park, 47 Street North Walking Trail Beautification Project 2015, 49 Street, Peace Park, Our Lady of the Highway Shrine, Dog Off Leash Area, Ball Diamond and Betty Jean McPherson Playground, Vegreville Riverside Cemetery and was followed by supper at the Vegreville Kinsmen Golf Club.

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Ruptash’s directorial debut in LA’s Lounge Theatre KKMWJ Productions, are thrilled to announce Troy Ruptash (The Real Don Draper’ of Madmen), will be making his directorial debut with “Sibling Rivalry.” A unique combination of two shorts - “Lone Star” and “Rosemary with Ginger” Opening September 5th, at The Lounge Theatre 2. Troy has been a member of The Aquila Morong Studio since 2012. In 2014 he was asked to join the teaching staff at the studio. Ruptash is most often recognized as ‘The Real Don Draper’ of Madmen. He was last seen on stage as Richard in The Aquila Morong production of Time Stands Still directed by Vicky Jenson and as Peter/Ray in Blackbird at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts directed by Wilson Milam. Other credits include Justified, The Mentalist, Murder in the First, Longmire, CSI New York, NCIS: Los Angeles, Without a Trace, The West Wing, Desperate Housewives, recurring roles on Prison Break and David E Kelley’s

Boston Public as well as the features 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, Friends With Money and the upcoming feature Dig Two Graves with Ted Levine. Troy plays Marc Maron’s brother ‘Josh’ on Maron for IFC and can be seen in the series lead role of ‘Chuck’ in Firsts: The Series. Troy worked with Signature Theater at The Public Theater in NYC as well as Classic Stage Company and New York Stage and Film. This production marks Troy’s directorial debut. Troy is the son of Vegreville residents Larry and Lil Ruptash.

Emotional Health and Maturity

What is it? Emotional maturity is the ability to recognize and express both positive and negative emotions in ways that are healthy, respectful, and appropriate to the situation. It is al-so empathy and the willingness to help and comfort others. Why is it important? Children who are able to concentrate on task and show patience, and are able to understand and get along well with others, are chil-dren who are prepared to learn and succeed— at school and throughout life. What can I do to build my child’s emotional health and maturity? Your child is constant-ly watching and learning from you. This makes you your child’s first and best teacher of emo-tional maturity. But you don’t need to teach “a lesson”—just look for teachable moments. Start by watching your child. See what he or she is doing, then join in. Children learn by playing, so have fun and be confident that how you are being—helpful, kind, caring, patient and so on—is what they are learning from you, day after day (The UEY Red Deer Project is funded by the Government of Cana-da’s Understanding the Early Years Initiative.) Tips to enhance children’s emotional

maturity: 1. Help the children gain an understanding of their feelings through the use of books, board games, puppets, interactive storytelling or role-plays. 2. Teach children to identify and verbalize their feelings, as well as to read the emotional signals from other children and adults. (For useful tools to promote emotional literacy, visit www.kellybear. com. 3. Watch a child’s facial expressions, posture, play or art work for signs that a child is experi-encing a strong negative emotion. Then offer constructive ways to defuse it, such as paint-ing, dialogue or taking a “time out.” 4. Accept emotional responses as legitimate, even if you don’t like the behavior the feeling produces. For example, when a child hits, the feeling of anger is demonstrated. Stop the child and say, “It’s okay to feel angry; it’s not okay to hurt others. Talk to me about what your feeling.” Communicate understanding and empathy by reflecting the observed emotion. For example, say, “You seem sad” or “You seem upset.” Then, if the child confirms your reflection and begins talking, be quiet and listen. (See “Helping Children Cope with Anger” in Teacher Ideas, www.kellybear. com .)

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The Shriners are Coming to a Parade Near You Submitted When people think of the Shriners they quite often think of clowns, the funny hats they wear, men riding in little cars or on tiny motorbikes, or circuses. We don’t deny that we have a lot of fun, but we have fun with a purpose and there is a serious side of the Shriners. The concept of Shriners International was formed by a group of Masons in New York City in 1870 and the first official meeting of the first Shrine Centre was held on September 26, 1872. There are approximately 300,000 Shriners world wide with nearly 200 Shrine Centres in North & South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. In June 1922 Shriners International opened the first Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport, Louisiana. Our hospital system now operates 22 Hospitals for Children, throughout the Continental United States, Hawaii, Mexico City and Montreal, Quebec. In August of this year we will be opening a brand new state of the art hospital in Montreal on the McGill University Campus, replacing the original hospital. Shrine Hospitals provide specialized care for children requiring treatment for orthopedic needs, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries and cleft lips and palates. Our hospitals also provide state of the art research facilities in all of these areas. All care provided at a Shrine Hospital is at no charge to the patient or family. In Canada this doesn’t seem like a big deal but families in the United States could potentially be facing a cost of tens of thousands of dollars to treat a child. It currently costs us approximately 3 million dollars a day to operate

our chain of hospitals. This is accomplished without any government funding or refunds for patient care from insurance companies. Our mission is to: Provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries, and other special healthcare needs with-in a compasionate, family centered and collaberative care environment. Provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals. Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families. This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin, or ability of patient or family to pay. The Shriners of Northern Alberta have approximately 700 members and support nearly 100 patients attending Shrine Hospitals in Montreal, Quebec; Portland, Oregon; and Spokane, Washington, or whichever hospital can provide the appropriate treatment. We also support patients that receive their treatments at local clinics and hospitals, including the Glenrose Hospital, under the direction of the specialists at one of the Shrine Hospitals. In addition to financially supporting the Shrine Hospitals, Shriners support care for children in our local communities. The Shriners of Northern Alberta have provided financial support to the Glenrose Hospital, The Stollery Children’s Hospital, Kids with Cancer programs, Camp HeHoHa, The Rite to Learn Foundation that operates a specialized learning facility for children with dislexia, and a number of other local causes.

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Alber ta Health Ser vices ALBERTA HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM has a variety of workshops available in the Vegreville area! Weight Wise, Craving Change, Diabetes the Basics and Better Choices, Better Health. Call 1-877-314- 6997 for more information and to register. All classes will take place at the Vegreville Community Health Centre (5318-50 Street) Vegreville Food Bank Is located in the Maple Street Worship Centre at 4615 Maple Street and is open Tuesday & Friday year-round from 10am – noon. Phone 780 - 632- 6002 or email: Vegreville Rotar y Peace Park Bookings please call John Sawiak 780 - 632-3208 Girl Guides of Canada SPARKS – Kindergar ten & Grade 1 to be determined. BROWNIES – Grades 2 & 3 meet ever y Wednesday from 6:00 -7:30pm GUIDES – Grades 4 to 6 meet Thursday from 6:30 8:00pm PATHFINDERS – Grades 7 to 9 meet ever y Wednesday from 7:15-8:45pm. All groups meet at St. John Lutheran Church, 4513 Maple Street, Vegreville. For more information call Pamela 780 - 632-7147 Oil Wives Club of Vegreville. A smile. A handclasp. A world of welcome. Are the links in our chain of friendship. This we believe. Our Association has been around or over 60 years. We are here for any woman whose par tner (or she herself) is involved with in any way in the Oil & Gas Industr y. We meet once a month to foster friendship. Please call Ellen @ 780 - 632-4922 or Shirley @ 780 - 632-3283 for more information. Basilian Fathers Museum (Mundare). Please visit the Basilian Fathers Museum (Mundare) this summer to see its latest exhibit, “Peter Lipinski: Large and Small Canvases,” along with an ongoing display devoted to Bp. Budka in Canada. The museum is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm and weekends, July and August, 1-5pm. Vegreville Regional Museum. Located on the site of the internationally renowned solonetzic soils research station of Agriculture Canada (1956-1995), the Museum tells the stories of community life and development chronicling how Vegreville’s unique social fabric has contributed to the harmony of community life since the 1890’s. The Rt. Hon. Donald F. Mazankowski, P.C. Collection: 25 years of distinguished public ser vice of the former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. Home of the Vegreville & District Spor ts Hall of Fame. Open Year Round. May-Sept TuesFri 11-5, Sat-Sun 1-5. Oct-April phone for current hours. 1 km east of Vegreville on Hwy 16A. (780) 6327650 Historical Village and Pioneer Museum at Shandro. Located on Highway 857, midway between highway 45 and 28 nor th of Willingdon. A proud par tner of the Kalyna Countr y Ecomuseum, this open air museum features 14 major buildings and ar tifacts from 1900 – 1930. Hours: Canada Day weekend to Labour Day weekend Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission by donation, For more information call (780) 603-1198 HEADS UP for A A Meets at Vegreville Hospital ever y Monday at 8:00 PM 3rd floor. Alanon New Beginning Meeting Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Call 780-275-0054 for location. Rotar y Club of Vegreville meets for lunch meetings ever y Monday at 12pm at VALID 4843-49 St., Vegreville. For more information contact Jody Nicholson at 780 632-2418. Ever y Monday 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Join us in the Mundare Drop-In Centre “ Walk-Along” fitness program. Literature available to


help you with your personal program. Walk at the Drop- in Centre, and also, weather permitting, we will walk in Ukainia Park. Ever yone Welcome!! 12 Step RECOVERY AT ROCK GROUP meets ever y Tuesday at 7pm in the upper room at 5014 – 50 St, Vegreville, AB. For info call 780 - 632-2933. www.therockmc. com TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Weigh-in 4:45pm. Meeting 5:30pm at St. John Lutheran Church, 4513 Maple St., Vegreville. 780 - 632-7433 or 780 - 658-2670. Ever y Wednesday Trapshooting Outdoor Range 7:00pm. Contact Geoff 780 - 6321432 341 MUNDARE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR CADETS FREE to join. Join Air Cadets for adventure that will take you from the ground up! Wednesday evenings 6:30 -9:00pm through the school year. Youth 12-18 years welcome. Call 341 Squadron at 780 -7642341. Visit us at or www. Friday Prayers: Weekly Jumaat prayer in Two Hills. If interested, please contact Deen 780 - 603- 6090 or Waseem 780 - 603-8443 Friday Prayers: Weekly Jumaat prayer in Vegreville. If interested, please contact Hesham 780 - 603- 6245 / 780 - 632-2721 or Azeem 780 -885-2627 LOAVES & FISHES Lunch star ting Friday September 10 – 11:30am-1:00pm ever y Friday except stat holidays. Good Food. Bring old friends. Make new friends. All are welcome. 4615 Maple St. (60 St.), VPC Church. No charge. How Disciples live Bible study and workshops. We meet ever y Friday night at The Rock 5014-50 St. at 7pm. Call for info 780 - 632-2933 or Bible Study at 10 am at the Vegreville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5258 – 46 Ave. Ever yone Welcome. 12 Step RECOVERY AT ROCK GROUP meets ever y Saturday at 7pm in the upper room at 5014-50 Street Vegreville, AB. For info call 780 - 632-2933. www.therockmc. com Royal Purple Lodge #125 meets first Monday of ever y month, except July & August at Elks Hall. Contact HRL Joyce Porayko 780 632-3830 or Secretar y Leah Henderson 780 - 632- 6565. Vegreville Iron Runners Auto Club at 7:30 p.m. at Vegreville Regional Museum. Call 780 - 632-7729 or 780 - 632-3495 Nonviolence Study Group for anyone wanting to learn more about the principals of nonviolence and how to apply them in today’s world. If you are passionate about making a difference, or just curious to learn more, please join us from 7-8 pm. Call Kim at 780 - 658-2550 for location details. Vegreville Elks Lodge #143 meets first Thursday every month except July and August. Meetings are held in the Elks Hall at 7:30 pm. Contact Robert Bennett 780-632-4717. Vegreville Wildlife Federation (Alber ta, Fish & Game Association) Please check website Email: vegrevillewildlife@gmail. com “ Women’s Book Club” meets first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at the Vegreville Centennial Librar y THE RED HAT ROSES, a chapter of the Red Hat Society, an international social group for mature women, meet for fun and friendship at Leonel’s Place at 1:30pm the second Monday of ever y month. See www.

THE CLASSY CANADIANS, a chapter of the Crown Jewels of Canada Society, a national social group for mature women meet for fun friendship and caring at Leonel’s Place the four th Monday of ever y month at 1:30pm. See Vegreville Lions Club meets at Sunshine Senior Centre – 4630 - 49 Street. Meeting 7 p.m. 2ND and 4TH Tuesday except July and August. Kinsmen Club of Vegreville holds meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Vegreville Kinsmen Golf Course. Call Mike Webb at 780 - 632-2666 days THE ALBERTA DRAFT HORSE CLUB meetings ever y 2nd Saturday of ever y 2nd month. 780 -764-2099 Vegreville Hospitals Auxiliar y Society meets third Wednesday of ever y month, except July and August. Meetings held in EXECUTIVE MEETING ROOM (St. Joseph’s Hospital) at 7:00 p.m. Call 780 - 632- 6323 Royal Canadian Legion Vegreville Branch # 39 General Meeting ever y 3rd Wednesday of September, November, Februar y and June at 7:00pm. All members welcome to attend. The Red Hot Red Hats meet the second and four th Friday of each month at 1:30 pm. See Contact Millie 780 632-2148 Vegreville Garden Club meets the last Monday ever y month at the Seniors Sunshine Club, 4630 – 49 St. at 7:00 p.m. President – Marie Eliuk 780 - 632-2578 The New Vegreville Aquarium Club meets ever y last Monday at 7:00pm at the Vegreville Centennial Librar y “ Writer’s Group” meets last Tuesday of each month at 2:00pm at the Vegreville Centennial Librar y Legacy 4 Health Indoor Walking Program for Older Adults 10 -11am at the Vegreville Centennial Librar y Gymnasium 4709 -50 St, Contact Ir vin Cowan 780 - 632-2977, Jim Nicholson 780 - 632- 6437, Carol Lynn Babiuk 780 - 632-3331 Are you or someone you know living with a Brain Injur y? We can help! The Alber ta Brain Injur y Initiative provides suppor t, coordination and education for brain injur y sur vivors and their families. For more information on our free ser vices call 1-866645-3900 Tofield A A Meetings held Thursday at 8 p.m. Open meeting ever y 4th Thursday at 8 p.m. at Bardo Lutheran Church Bsmt 4737 - 57 Ave. For info call 662-3893 AWANA - a Christian c lub for boys and girls age 3 to grade 6. Meets Thur sdays from 6 : 3 0 - 8 p.m. Now meeting in the Alliance Churc h’s new building at 46 0 6 - 55 Ave.Call 632-2261 for more information UCWLC Meetings to be held ever y third Thursday of each month at Holy Trinity Church Hall at 7 p.m. in Vegreville. Veg-Al Drug Society an Alber ta Health Ser vices, community funded agency Room # 217 Provincial Bldg., Vegreville, AB. Out patient counselling ser vices for alcohol & other drug addictions and problem gambling. Office Hrs. – Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Phone 632- 6617. The Crisis Association of Vegreville operates a HELPLINE for those who are having difficulties in their lives and need assistance. It is a toll-free, confidential ser vice available to those in the 632exchange. Phone 632- 7070.

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The Kinette Club of Vegreville meets ever y 3nd Wednesday of the month. Joining the Kinette Club is a great way to meet new friends and to get in the community. For more information, please call 632-2848. Viking A A Group meets at the Viking Hospital Multi Purpose Room 8:00 p.m. Wednesday nights. VegMin Learning Society welcomes learners who are interested in increasing their skill levels (reading, writing, math and speaking English). Learners work towards’ their personal goals in a small class or 1:1 setting. Do you have a few hours a week to help someone reach their learning goal? Volunteer Tutor Training and ongoing suppor t are provided along with a great volunteer recognition program. Visit www. or call 780 - 632-7920 for more information. Senior Floor Curling at 1:00p.m. ever y Monday & Thursday. Anyone interested please come to the Sunshine Club. 55+. Call 780 - 632-2624. Vegreville Flying Club meets ever y 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Terminal Building VegMin Literacy Program offers free, confidential tutoring for adults over 17 needing help with Basic reading, writing and math skills. Phone: 632-7920 for inter views. Ever yone is Welcome Prayer House 5729 44A st. Veg. Nor th of St. Joseph Hospital come and share your testimony and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ without compromise. Ever y Sunday at 10:30 AM. Also I will pray for the sick believing in God for the answer. But God commandeth his Love toward us, in that, while, we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. RO. 5:8 New hope church of God, Edmonton c. for the Nations Int.Veg. Doing God work together for yor good. J. Abelar. Ph. 632-2843 A A Meeting in Mundare Sunday’s 7PM Town Building, Conference Room 5128 50th St. Contact Rober t 780 - 656-5829 Willingdon & District Fish & Game Assn. Regular meetings, held ever y last Tuesday off each month (excluding July and August) at 7:30 p.m. at the Willingdon Arena upstairs in the Club Room Ever yone Welcome. New to town? Join us the 1st Wed of the month for a newcomer’s potluck lunch. 121pm. Bring a friend ! Bring a dish! Call FCSS 780 - 632-3966 for locations & info. A A meeting at Lamont United Church ever y Thursday at 8:00 p.m.


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Aunt Aldea’s love a life-saving force Rosanne Fortier “You’re crying for water! You have to drink the whole gallon full or I’ll drop all the water on top of your head!” Achille’s caregiver shrieked. Achille continued to whine because he was two years-old and he missed his mother who had recently died of unknown causes, leaving behind seven children. It didn’t help that Achille’s father refused to support or care for the kids. So, this was the home, they obtained for Achille in haste. It was the late 30’s and most families in the small town lived in poverty. Rumor was that this woman took Achille in believing she would benefit financially from it. But Achille’s sisters soon discovered that their youngest brother was mistreated and told an adult to help them take him away. “Auntie Aldea will give you a good home,” they said as they attempted to dry off Achille’s tear-stained face and wet clothing on the train. Upon their arrival at Aunt Aldea’s residence, Achille remembered chipped wood and paint scattered outside the ramshackle house with a straw roof. But this was soon forgotten when a tall woman rushed out with her arms opened. “Welcome my child! Since I am a spinster, I’m delighted to have you stay with me.” Aldea was a caregiver for her mentally

handicapped sister also. This woman was really bright until she developed a fever at ten years-old which left her with the maturity of 12 years-old for the rest of her life. Like some adolescents, Aldea’s sister had more wisdom than a normal person at times. Life went on and Aldea left the older kids in charge of Achille while she went to work scrubbing the floor of the church on her hands and knees. She returned home with calloused hands and feet. Her wages were only enough for one person to live. So, the house was chilly all the time and the soup bones donated for the dog wasn’t enough food for all the kids. Hence, she investigated and found a steady home for the oldest girl and the rest of the kids were sent to an orphanage. Achille was your typical child who didn’t always listen. He found his aunt’s matches one day and he thought it would be so neat to create a spark. He went to her closet and set some clothing on fire. Neighbors were fascinated by all the smoke and while everyone was busy observing the flames, all of Aldea’s clothing was destroyed. “Make sure you never play with fire again!” she told Achille while she whispered to others nearby, “Even if I have to wear the same dress for a month, Achille is more precious to me than any material belongings.” Achille loved to roam the hick town and play with his friends. He also enjoyed seeing how many bottles and cans he could collect. One day, he found a bunch and bought an icecream cone with the money he sold them for. His friend asked if he could have a lick. Achille agreed. But Achille’s heart sank as he watched his friend rush away, taking Achille’s ice cream with him. He told his aunt what happened and she told him to give her the money next time and this incident would never occur again. Little did Achille know that she was planning to save the cash for them to build a suitable house that he would own someday. Another time, on the baseball field, all of Achille’s friends cornered

him and said that Achille found a purse and kept the money instead of trying to locate the owner. Achille believed they were envious of the attention and love his aunt gave him. Finally, he managed to escape from their grasp and he ran home. When he told his aunt, she replied, “That is funny because I overheard one of those boys saying he found a purse and intended to keep the money. I Achille is with his wife, Jeanne on their wedding day. Achille is grateful to his will storm over to Aunt Aldea for the house he and his new bride could return to because his his mother’s and aunt made sure to save all the money from Achille’s bottle collecting days as tell her.” a young lad to build a house. (Photo Supplied) Achille that he gave her a good life and Aldea could not look past the hurt expression on Achille’s she never regretted raising him. Achille face as he watched other children enjoy said he wouldn’t be the person he is today their toy trains, trucks, cars and planes. if it wasn’t for her upbringing and her Achille was fond of toy planes himself, example she gave from the sacrifices she and often busied himself making paper made for her sister and him. When times airplanes to fly. Taking what little money were hard at his job, he always rememshe had, Aldea went to every business and bered his aunt’s words and he stayed 35 home and she asked if they had a toy years with the same company. Writer’s note: Achille is my father. He is airplane they wanted to sell. On Achille’s birthday, he found a toy airplane on a still grateful for all his aunt did for him, chair. One wing was bent, but it didn’t especially the morals and work ethic she matter because he saw his aunt’s love on instilled in him. The love of family does not need be restricted to the roots of a single every inch of the toy. Aldea was quite attractive and when a tree. Aldea’s example of selflessness allowed few local men heard that she was still the creation of a whole new family through single because her two fiancés died, they Achille and demonstrated the light of a asked her on a date and one of these fel- single warm heart is enough to keep a famlows continued to pursue her. Eventually, ily safe through life’s darkest hours. he asked her hand in marriage but on the condition that Achille be put into a boy’s home. This man said he was too old to bother with a child. With her head up high, Aldea said, “If you don’t want Achille, you can’t have me. If you are capable of opening that door, I suggest you walk out right now while I still think a bit fondly of you.” Achille was around to support Aldea when her mentally handicapped sister died. When Aldea became older, the work she did for a living became too much for her and she had to go on relief. Achille loved learning and going to school but his marks were slipping as he got to the older grades. His dream was to be priest but this would mean that his aunt would have to support him for many more years. As a result, he went to work instead. Achille came home from his job downhearted many times. His aunt always told him that he had a good job for the amount of education he had. He listened to her and together they built a fairly nice house with this income and the funds from Achille’s aunt, Aldea in her 20’s before she raised Achille’s bottle collecting days when he Achille. Aldea never got married because both of her fiancés died before the wedding day. But she was a kid. When Aldea was 80 years-old, she told raised her nephew,Achille and helped care for her mentally handicapped sister. (Photo Supplied)

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