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VOL. 72 NO. 19

72 YEARS OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

Chipman Fur and Feathers Market

Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser Chipman fur and feathers market, held annually for the past four years, was presented for the first time in conjunction with the Chipman Agricultural Society on Saturday, May 11.

When the Fur and Feathers Homesteader Market first started, organizer and co-founder Nichole Gory said that it was a means to connect with other local farmers and hobby farmers.

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Two Hills Runs for X-Ray

Meeting Discusses High School Closure

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RCMP files from May 6 - 12 Arthur Beaudette News Advertiser May 6 06:42 – complainant reported that their Ford Edge was stolen overnight from their driveway. The owner still has the keys. Still under investigation. 10:00 - Report from Mundare area of a 53’ trailer with house moving equipment stolen from a property. 11:24 – Report of the contents of a purse stolen from an unlocked vehicle. The complainant was informed by the bank that one of her cards was used in stores following the theft. 15:26 – Traffic stop conducted on a local highway when the officer observed the driver using his cell phone. Voluntary Penalty of $287 was issued. 15:48 – Report of a vehicle being rummaged through and items (including a garage door opener) being taken. 16:35 – Theft reported from a local liquor store. The suspect was wearing a grey hoodie and baggy blue jeans. Under investigation. 00:42 – Report of a suspicious vehicle (blue Kia 4 door sedan) sitting outside the neighbours house. It was there an hour ago for 10 minutes. It is now back and it’s possible the female is being dropped off. Members patrolled but the vehicle was gone. May 7 09:20 – Call to detachment asking for advice regarding the sale of a vehicle. The caller indicated that he had sold a vehicle 2 years ago, but the buyer has not removed it from his property. This is a civil matter. 10:46 – Complainant attended the detachment to report the theft of $150 in cash. The investigating officer tried to follow up with the complainant and witness, however, neither answered or returned phone calls. 14:27 – Report of a blue and white CCM 21 speed mountain bike being stolen from a back yard. Under investigation. 18:17 – Report of theft of tools from a storage yard. Tools are locked in trailers and the theft occurred in the last week. Under investigation. 21:37 – Report of a male who was laying on a bench in Vegreville. Members attended and found the male sitting up and intoxicated. Members provided a ride home for the man and his dog. 23:02 – Report of the theft of a cell phone from a local business. The cell phone company was contacted and the phone was pinging near Kitscoty. Video surveillance was reviewed and a suspect

was seen taking the phone. Under investigation.

May 8

00:12 – Caller reported HEARING a vehicle that was speeding in the area. No description provided because the vehicle was not seen, only heard. 13:16 – Complaint from a friend about someone who was having troubles and was at an unknown hotel in Vegreville. Members were able to locate the individual who stated that she had a “date” in Vegreville but the other party had stranded her. Members spoke with her and ensured she was ok. She had made arrangements to head back to Edmonton. 14:20 – Report of a long extension cord plugged into the complainant’s outlet and going over the fence to the neighbour’s property. 18:04 – Traffic collision involving a Ford Escape which failed to yield to a Ford Super Duty resulting in a T-bone collision. Police, fire and EMS were on scene, an investigation was conducted and a ticket was issued to the driver at fault. 18:09 – Complainant called to request that an individual be removed from her property. Members attended and could not determine the actual events that transpired leading up to the call. There was no evidence of any criminal offence. The subject of the call was removed from the property. 19:33 – Two young males were reported driving a golf cart on Hwy 631. Members located the vehicle and conducted a stop. The driver indicated that they had found the cart on their property. The driver was issued a voluntary penalty of $310, the occupants were provided a ride into town and the golf cart was towed.

May 9

08:57 – Report of theft from a Vegreville business. Approx. $2500 of merchandise was stolen. Surveillance and a description of the vehicle was provided and a suspect was identified. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending. 09:05 – A parent called to ask for advice about their son’s drinking with friends on private property. Members provided guidance. 09:32 – Complaint of excessive speed on 50th Street in Vegreville. Members spoke to the registered owner of the vehicle and advised them of the complaint. The complainant was informed. 16:56 – Traffic enforcement resulting in multiple speeding tickets.

May 10

09:12 – Report of a rural property where a chain on the gate had been cut. It did not appear that any of the buildings on the property had been accessed. 11:34 – Traffic stop conducted in Lavoy resulted in a driver who had warrants out of Medicine Hat being arrested on those warrants. The driver was later released to attend court in Medicine Hat.

May 11

02:20 – While on patrol on Hwy 16, members observed farm equipment parked in the left (fast lane side) shoulder of the highway. The equipment had no emergency lights or reflectors. The equipment was towed because it was a traffic hazard. 10:40 – Report of a break and enter to a rural residence. There was evidence of forced entry and it was determined that items were stolen. Fingerprints were taken and the investigation is ongoing. 11:19 – Report of a break and enter to a rural residence. Entrance was gained by removing an AC unit and crawling through the opening. Multiple items were stolen. The investigation is ongoing. 14:41 – 911 call of a hit and run involving a semi and a car on the side of the highway providing someone with assistance. The owner of the car followed the semi driver. Members attended and the driver of the semi was spoken to. Charges pending. 19:15 - Shoplifting complaint. The subject fled in a van down highway 16. Members located the vehicle and the driver and passenger were both arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and theft. Both had outstanding warrants.

May 12

Nothing of note.

During the week there were 96 calls for service. 20 of the calls for the week (mischief, theft, Mental Health Act, disturbing the peace, etc.) were related to one individual with mental health concerns who is currently under assessment at the U of A Hospital. Other calls included 1 false alarm, 2 false 911s and 4 animal strikes.


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Art Walk 2019 Preview and Canada Train Book Launch Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent Artwork is the heart and soul of a community! The Art Walk 2019 Preview and Mural Mosaic Canada Train Book Launch was a free event at Vegreville Centennial Library on May 4. It was an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the arts in Vegreville and area. The event opened in the Library gymnasium with a showcase of art pieces, which will be part of the future Vegreville Art Walk. Live music performed by local musicians, Sophia Kim, and Colleen Albert, and free refreshments and beverages added to the event

Vegreville Visual Artists (VVA) collaborated with Tourism, Recreation, and Culture Coordinator for Town of Vegreville, Anya Langkow to work with Vegreville Centennial Library, as well as, the Tourism Advisory Board for the event. VVA committee members approached and invited 25 businesses to be part of the Art Walk which will happen from June 1 to September 30. The Town of Vegreville will be inviting tourists and local residents take part in the ‘Borrow a Bike’ program at the Elks/Kinsmen Park. Participants can use a bike for free and will need to pick up a pamphlet (map), from the Visitor Information Center, which lists all the participating businesses in the Art Walk. Bikers can take the tour from the Egg at the Elks/Kinsmen Park and continue on the bike paths. The Path will take them in front of the Vegreville Train Station and to businesses in downtown Vegreville. The businesses were matched up with an artist from V.V.A., based on the type of business,

space, and choices made by business owners at the Preview event. Later in the evening guests attended the Mural Mosaic Canada Train Book Launch where artist, Phil Alain gave a presentation. The book was created by Phil Alain, Paul Lavoie, and Lewis Lavoie and a team of artists who worked on the mosaics at schools and community centers. Each of the mural mosaics speaks of different communities across Canada and the dif-

ferent ways communities celebrate together. This book was a way for all of Canada to celebrate Canada 150 and to see all of the mosaics from across Canada in the book. Alain explained that it was because of the mural in Vegreville, this project was born! This project had at least 1400 students, teachers, and community members from Vegreville, paint a tile for the Canada 150 Mural Mosaic-the first Canada 150 train car in the project. This mural is displayed on the side of ATB Financial. Alain went on to speak about how the book was put together, while he gave anecdotes about their journey across Canada. Alain said this project really unified Canada as everyone was able to paint a tile. It eventually became the most inclusive and respectful project people could imagine. Alain and Lavoie also had the book available to buy while they did a book signing. After this, Langkow presented Alain and Lavoie with a souvenir of Vegreville and V.V.A. Spokesperson Marg Varga suggested that these artists should be awarded the Order of Canada, for the way they unified Canada through this project and the arts.


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Vice-Admiral Mark Norman Arthur Beaudette News Advertiser - Opinion By now, most Canadian’s should have heard of the name Mark Norman. Vice-Admiral Mark A. G. Norman is a Royal Canadian Navy officer who took up the post of Vice Chief of the Defense Staff of Canada on August 5, 2016. Over the past year, Vice-Admiral Norman has been the center-figure in a battle with the Canadian government. On January 16, 2017, Norman was relieved from duty after being accused of sharing sensitive information during the procurement of supply ships for the Navy. He was subsequently charged with Breach of Trust. Much like the SNC Lavalin case, there seemed to more questions than answers surrounding the Norman case. One of the most staggering items was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proclaiming two times that the case would end up in court even before Norman was formally charged. There was also the issue with Mark Norman being denied help with legal bills from the Department of National Defense. One of only three (out of 41) requests in the past two years. Meanwhile, staffers testifying at the then pending trial WERE to have their legal bills covered. Federal employees can apply to have their legal costs covered under a special program for public servants facing legal issues arising from the course of their employment with the government.

After almost 1.5 years of meetings, the Privy Council Office (the government office that supports the Prime Minister and the federal cabinet) finally handed over unredacted meeting notes that had been made when Crown prosecutors met with senior government lawyers. These were some of thousands of documents requested by Norman’s defense team. Of the notes, Justice Heather Perkins-McVey pointed out that there appeared to be questionable conversations between prosecutors and Privy Council lawyers. Just Perkins-McVey also indicated that with notes context was impossible to determine. Despite not having context, the appearance is not one of transparency by the government. A familiar tone recently. Last week the Public Prosecution Service of Canada suddenly dropped the case stating that new information acquired allowed them to come to the conclusion that there was “no probable prospect of conviction.” Public Prosecutors also continued to insist that there was no political interference in the case. This commentary sounds a lot like a child saying “I didn’t do it” when you walk into a room, or almost everything surrounding the SNC Lavalin case. A couple items of note that seemed to have escaped prosecutors until recently: Norman was one of at least a dozen people who had access to and the ability to share the information in question. Ex-defense minister Peter MacKay indicated that Mark Norman was acting under the authority of the Harper cabinet to speak with the Quebec shipyard about

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A heartfelt thank you to the community of Vegreville. 10 years ago, you showed immense kindness, generosity, and support when we lost our beloved son and brother Andrew McLean. Andrew was a newcomer to the area when he died in a single vehicle accident just outside Viking on May 16, 2009. As we mark this anniversary it has never ceased to amaze us how the community of Vegreville wrapped it’s arms around us, perfect strangers, in our time of mourning. We are so very thankful and inspired by the compassion shown. Thank you, your kindness will never be forgotten...

The McLean Family, Vancouver Island, BC

- Thank you McLean Family for your kind words. The people who live and work here know how wonderful our small communities are. It is great to hear that during a difficult time you found some comfort in that. - AB Name: Tracy Ezio Occupation: Disability Support Worker Likes: my family, the outdoors. Dislikes: arrogant people, cold weather


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Question of the Week....

The Town of Vegreville has sent out the Combined Assessment and Tax Notices last week. Are you aware of all the services you receive for your tax dollars?

To vote go to Vegreville.com and vote on the poll on homepage or stop by the Town office

VALID Hot-Dog Sale at Co-op

Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent There can be many reasons to indulge in hot-dogs, especially with summer approaching. However, one of the most valid reasons to enjoy this treat is when

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it helps a valuable cause, just like it did on May 10th, with the Vegreville Association for Living in Dignity (VALID) Hot-Dog Sale at Vegreville and District Co-op. All the proceeds from this sale will be forwarded to VALID which is a non-profit organization that helps people with developmental disabilities. The funds will be used for community accessed programs for the clients who used the services at VALID. As always, the Co-op donated the first 10 dozen wieners and buns, as well as the condiments.


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from the pages of the vegreville observer

Compiled by Dan Beaudette

90 Years Ago – May 15, 1929

While pursuing his rounds on Monday night, Constable Henley

noted some suspicious actions on the part of a couple of men near

the Bon Ton store. Calling on Bob Howie for assistance, Constable Henley was able to secure one of the men who had found his way

into the cellar beneath the store through an open window. The other man escaped. The captured man alleges that he and his

comrade had just come over from Camrose and were cold. Noting the cellar window open, they took advantage of it and were just

endeavoring to get into some warm place for the night, without

any sinister designs on the store, the safe or any of the Bon Ton property.

Work has already started on the co-operative store which is to be

erected this summer in Lavoy. A large cellar has already been dug. The walls of the cellar are of cement. The building itself has already

been started. All work is being done by D.H. Valentine and J. Bowman.

75 Years Ago – May 17, 1944

On Friday, May 12th, some of the principals of the Vegreville

General Hospital staff acted as hostesses to a large number of guests, chiefly members of the Queen Elizabeth Guild – an auxil-

iary ladies’ organization to the hospital. The newly purchased anatomical chart, the “Torso” and an electrocardiograph, the

recent gift presented by the members of the guild, were displayed, both appliances clearly indicating their manifold uses, thus charging ones thoughts with a sense of pride in a contribution which

represents in some measure the medium of assistance in the worthy accomplishments of this fine institution.

Miss Betty Cole, who recently graduated from McTavish Business

College, Edmonton, spent the week end at home, returning to Edmonton on Sunday to take a position in the office of the Douglas Printing Co.

Reported as “missing” in August last, the two sons of Mrs.

McKenzie of Warwick are now officially listed as “killed in action.”

The boys were Ft. Sgts. Alex and Douglas McKenzie and lost their lives in the battles leading up to the occupation of Sicily.

The Royal Indian Navy has a personnel thirteen times greater than

at the outbreak of war. R.I.N. ships played their part in the battle of the Atlantic in the operations against the Italians in East Africa, the campaign in Iran, the operations in the Dutch East Indies’ waters,

the defence of Singapore, the battle of Burma and the invasion of Sicily.

50 Years Ago – May 15, 1969

The Sod-turning ceremony for the new Vegreville United Church

was conducted at the building site on Sunday morning following

morning worship by the Rev. H. J. Miller. The site where the ground was broken was the area on which the tower for the new church will

be located. Work on the remainder of the building has proceeded

at an exceptionally good rate and foundations have already been set.

Fishermen of this area are advised that the fishing pond at the

eastern outskirts of town was provided for children under 16 and

oldsters over 70, who otherwise find travelling to lakes to fish next to impossible. It is requested therefore that adults between the

ages of 16 and 70 refrain from using the pond. It happens that

there is only one time during the year that fish can be trapped and used for stocking purposes, and as a result it would hardly be fair

for adults to fish the pond out and deprive those entitled to their summer fun.

25 Years Ago – May 18, 1994

Vegreville residents and businesses will see little difference in

their property tax bills this year.

County of Minburn teachers will take a 5% wage cut for the 1994-

95 school year. Teachers voted 44 to 21 (68%) in favor of the cut.

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.

Long Term Spending Restraint Needed in Alberta Franco Terrazzano Canadian Taxpayers Federation

When Saskatchewan’s former New Democratic Finance Minister Janice MacKinnon says you have a spending problem, you listen. After all, she was the minister that helped avoid the fiscal iceberg that nearly sunk our next-door neighbours in the 1990s. “Relative to the rest of Canada . . . (Alberta) is a big-spending province in virtually every area,” MacKinnon said. “So that’s correctly what the focus should be on. Get that spending under control.” MacKinnon will head-up a panel of financial experts charged with outlining a path to balancing the Alberta government’s budget without raising taxes. After years of runaway spending, finding areas to cut shouldn’t be a tough task for the expert panel. The United Conservative government is taking over after the New Democrats’ operating spending grew faster than inflation plus population growth every year between 2015 and 2017. This followed a decade-long Progressive Conservative spending spree which doubled the province’s program expenses. Albertans could save billions of dollars if per person spending for health care and government salary levels were brought in line with the average of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, according to a University of Calgary report. Billions more should be saved by ending subsidies to rail car companies, the petrochemical sector, oil upgraders, renewable energy producers, tech and media production businesses. The real challenge isn’t finding cuts today, but making sure governments don’t erode the province’s finances tomorrow. In 1993 the Alberta Financial Review Commission reviewed the province’s finances and made many straight forward recommendations including eliminating overspending, balancing the books and running surpluses to pay down the debt. These recommendations helped keep the province’s sinking fiscal ship afloat and set a course for then-Premier Ralph Klein to hoist the iconic “paid in full” sign in the

summer of 2004. But even with another boom, we eventually threw it all away again. After paying down the debt, Alberta’s financial situation turned eerily similar to the Lougheed-Getty era which triggered the original 1993 review. In 2009 Alberta’s law outlawing deficits was scrapped and Alberta has not had a truly balanced budget since. By the time the Progressive Conservatives were defeated in 2015, the Alberta government burned through more than $16 billion in savings in the now defunct Sustainability Fund. Albertans are now left paying for a “big-spending” government that has a multi-billion-dollar deficit and a $60-billion debt tab. “Sadly, sometimes these lessons have to be relearned,” stated new Premier Jason Kenney. Albertans have already learned the key lesson: we can’t let politicians spend as their hearts desire — real limits need to be put in place. Fortunately, there are models around the world which have successfully limited politicians’ ability to erode government finances. The Alberta government can take notes from Switzerland, Norway, Alaska and many other U.S. states, which have saved better for a rainy day or have limits on excessive spending. A variation of Colorado’s taxpayer bill of rights could be implemented where all increases in revenue beyond inflation plus population growth are used to pay down the debt, and once the debt is repaid, the money is returned to taxpayers or saved. This policy would limit overspending in the boom years, while providing savings for years with lower government revenue. After years of ballooning government, finding cuts today isn’t the hard part. The real challenges and opportunities are for the government to lay a framework that will leave future generations protected from irresponsible politicians trying to win elections on their dimes. (This column was published in the Calgary Sun on May 10, 2019.)


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Mundare Fish Fry

Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser On Friday, May 10 the Mundare Fire Department held their 2nd annual fish fry at popular request from the community. Throughout the evening, people trickled in and out of the fire hall for some fish and chips served up fresh by the firefighters. As the event was just beginning, half of the crew went out on a fire call,

but the remaining were able to hold down the fort well enough on their own. “That’s just how it goes,” said Mundare Fire Chief Glenda Dales. In addition to the fish and chips, desserts, coffee, condiments, and beverages were served at the back. All proceeds from the fish fry will go towards training and education opportunities for Mundare firefighters.

Junior Gardeners Encouraged to Compete in Contest Junior Gardeners Committee Special to the Advertiser Here are a few tips from the Vegreville Agricultural Society for all youngsters planning and presenting a small garden. 1) Mark your rows at the time of planting with permanent and weatherproof markers. This will help you remember what you’ve planted and where the plants should be. 2) Keep your seed packages to past into a journal. This doesn’t have to be elaborate… a scribbler with the date of planting and choices of seed and week to week entries will be a simple record of your progress. 3) Mark-down which vege-

tables and flowers you choose and why you like them. Keeping a record of the name of the variety of vegetables (e.g. corn, Northern Sweet) will help when it comes to choosing items for your next garden. Some children take a few photos and paste them into their journals. Some make drawings of the plants as they grow taller. Be sure to record your problems as well. Sometimes seedlings are patchy and uneven. You might have to re-seed or try another variety. Solving growing problems will help you be a better gardener. 3) Ask your parents for some fertilizer. Well-rotted manure or liquid fertilizer (20-20-20 diluted) will give

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fur and feathers - CONTINUED from front PAGE No more scrolling through Facebook or Kijiji ads hoping to run across something “as good as it looks,” the Fur and Feathers Market was created to help create local people with local animals, products, and artisans. “A lot of the time, people don’t know where they can buy their food homegrown, or where to buy their own chicks to raise and butcher,” said Gory, “We mainly just wanted to connect local people and local farmers to give everyone a little more exposure.” Vendors came from local farms, and counties in the

Edmonton area to sell their goods and connect with others. While she still organizes and plans the event they can now also enjoy the exposure and help they receive being under the “Agricultural Society” umbrella and the new partnership. The Chipman Agricultural Society also helped organize a concession stand, along with the Tofield Packers. A big rush of attendance at the beginning slowly trickled to a halt throughout the event, as the afternoon sun began to bore down more. There was free entrance for the public, and a little something for everyone; in addition to the many vendors, there was also a petting zoo, seed planting, and a booth led by Lamont Fish and Game where children could make their own birdhouses. “It was our best attendance yet,” said Gory, “I look forward to seeing how we grow in the next years!”

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Innisfree-Minburn 4-H Beef Club May Report Camille Kassian Club Reporter – Innisfree-Minburn 4-H Beef The Innisfree Minburn 4-H Beef Club held its May meeting on May 1, in Minburn. We discussed many things but mostly our upcoming Achievement Day at the end of May. Our Mock Achievement Day for our members will be on May 15, in Minburn. We will be having a Grooming and Showmanship workshop put on by two of our senior members as well as a Judging workshop that evening. We also will be practicing leading our steers around the show ring. We will be having a cleanup at the Minburn Ag Grounds to get ready for show day. We will also be helping to set up and clean up for the Courage Canada Trail Ride in Innisfree. We have done this in the past and we have always enjoyed helping out for this worthwhile cause. Our Achievement Day will be at the end of May (more information can be found by contacting a club member. Everyone is welcome to attend. Our club is looking forward to Achievement Day. We have recently started a Facebook page for people from the public who are interested in joining the club so that they can see what we are doing for activities and what we are doing with our projects, and see if they might be interested in joining. This was a group effort, and we’re glad that it’s up and running! Our next meeting will be in Innisfree, June 5, at 7pm.


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Mother’s Day Lori Thickson Life’s Little Moments

My Mother’s Day this year was a wonderful weekend for me. Spoiled Saturday and Sunday! We went to dinner Saturday night at The Andrew Bar. A prime rib buffet! Who can turn that down?! The food was great and there were about 30 people there. Dessert was served at our tables, and while I’ve never had Cheesecake Bites before, I’ve decided they’re a new favourite! After quieting down from our meal, a gentleman by the name of Jo Macdonald set up on the stage. Now, I was raised on country music. The older, the better. When he started to sing, I had to stop and actually turn around. I couldn’t compute how George Jones got into the bar! Jo did some amazing Willy and Merle too (for you younger folks, that’s what country is all about) and the evening was a hit for me. It brought back some treasured memories of

driving on the back-roads with my Dad as a kid, radio blasting the classics. Brought tears to my eyes a few times. Sunday was amazing too. My husband and daughter cooked me an awesome turkey dinner! Not sure why turkey, but I was happy with it just the same. I was so full afterwards, I could barely get out of my chair to mosey my behind up the stairs to bed. I slept better than I have in a long time. Turkey really does do that to you! Today, it’s back to the business of being a wife and mother. I love it anyways. If I get spoiled like that, even 1 day per year, it’s all worth it! I hope my readers had a great Mother’s Day too. Whether you’re a Mom, Gramma, Step-mom, Fur Mommy or any of those roles, I truly wish you to know how important you are and that you are loved and cherished, although they may not always show it. Until next time my friends! Be safe and look after each other.

Derwent Voted Canada’s Second Most Rider-Friendly Town in Round Two Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser In the competition to be Canada’s most Rider-Friendly town, the Hamlet of Derwent in Two Hills County has quietly worked its way up to the top of the list as the end of round 2 of voting comes to a close. Competing against places across the country in the Yukon Territories, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, Derwent has stood its ground with 236 votes by the last day of voting. The town one place ahead of them, Hafford, SK, has 376 votes, and the nearest behind them in the race got only 41. Some of the places listed in the competition got as little as two votes. This isn’t the only time a community within the County of Two Hills was awarded a top spot for recognising and appreciating riders and their community. In 2016, The Town of Two Hills campaigned for the same position, and was awarded 1st place by voters in the contest. Though Two Hills clearly won off of their merit as hosts of the Run to the Hills Memorial Bike Rally, a fallen biker memorial monument, and camping areas for bikers at their rest stop, some may wonder what the much smaller Derwent has to offer riders as they travel through. A quick internet search as well as a word of mouth askaround amongst some rider friends overwhelmingly brought back the result that relatively new business The Golden Gopher Café, Tattoo & Gift Shoppe helped create a welcoming atmosphere for riders looking to stop for a bite to eat, or some trinkets (or new ink) to commemorate a new adventure. Also boasting rider-friendliness in Derwent is the Derwent Hotel and bar, as well as Derwent Pizza. Round three of the voting will take place from May 17thJune 2nd, 2019, on the Canada’s Most Rider Friendly Contest website. Voters can vote once per day throughout

round three. See https://riderfriendlycontest.ca/

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Vegreville United Church Tea and Bake Sale

Rosanne Fortier News Correspndent Vegreville United Church May 4, Tea and Bake Sale shined in as bright and popular as any spring day. The volunteers who were selling the baked goods, Jane Tennant and Val Rowe said within 15 minutes of the sale, most of the desserts were sold. Then for a low price for the tea, people were treated to

petite sandwiches, tea, coffee, and cupcakes with strawberry or lemon sauce, and whipped cream. This event was a fundraiser for the church. As well, it was a chance for family, friends, and acquaintances to get together.


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Mother’s Day Sentiments at Homestead Lodge’s Tea

Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent People of all ages were able to express to their mothers how special she is when they got together with her to attend Homestead Senior Citizens’ Lodge Tea and Raffle on May 11. For a low admission price, people were treated to open-faced sandwiches, a fruit platter, and a variety of teas, coffee, juice, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Many mothers and daughters attended this event together. Jane Freeman was with her mother, Mary Boyko. Jane said her mother turned 90 years old on the day of the tea, May 11. Jane said moth-

ers are important because they do everything. They put us through our toddler’s years and are there for lessons and all our activities as we are growing up. Jane said that her mother; Mary is special because she always did so much. When Jane’s father had a stroke and he was in the auxiliary hospital, her mother made a meal every Sunday, so her father could come home and see the family during this gathering. Amanda Broadwall was with her grandmother, Margaret Phillips. Amanda said she thought mothers are

important because they are always very supportive and she appreciates the guidance they give her. Amanda’s nine-year-old daughter, Leighton Phillips added, they are the reason we are alive. Margaret said mothers are important because they influence their children and they teach them to be gentle and help them be good people. Vera Gallant said mothers are important because mothers are the foundation of the family; they are there to show love, support, and encouragement. “Without my mother, Mary Kitt, I wouldn’t be the person I am today,” Vera admitted. This event was opened to everyone and was a nice outing for people of all ages as it lightened their workload, gave them a chance to spend time with their mothers, gave residents some friendly company, and was a fundraiser where all proceeds from the tea and luncheon will go towards extra activities for the residents and the residents’ care and comfort since the Homestead Lodge is a non-profit organization, they rely on the generosity of the community. From which, Activities Coordinator for Homestead Lodge, Cxene Brooks said they always get a lot of love of support from people and businesses in Vegreville.

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Ms. Hyshka’s Grade One Class Create Speeches Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent A.L.Horton School’s Ms. Hyshka Ukrainian Bilingual Grade One Class was able to share what they love while they sharpened their public speaking skills when they presented speeches for Education Week on May 9 and May 10. The students spoke with confidence and poise, and they even created a poster to add an extra effect and clarification to their speeches. Kali Zorniak spoke about all the fun she had this Easter when she found her LOL Doll in the basket. Jake Hayduk’s speech was called, “My Dogs” where he spoke about all the adventures he had with his two dogs. Andrea Stark’s speech was about her cat where she helped people understand why she loves her cat so much. Pearl Wasykiw’s spoke about her two piggies and how thrilled she was to find her piggy when they visited a farm. Teagan Van Brabant’s speech was about his dog, Walter. Nick Montemurro had a knack of helping people have a vision of the cutest of his 14 chicks he has on their farm. Ainsleigh Christians spoke about her dog, Nacho who is the same age as they are, six years old. Erica Mochnach’s speech was about how much she loves her dog, Boomer. Elliot Agnemark spoke about her holiday where she swam with the dolphins. Lucas Siemers’s speech was about his family and how much he loves them. Emily Wiebe spoke about her dog, Lucy who is 93 in human years. Annie Weleschuk’s speech was about her trip to Mexico and how she was able to swim everyday over there. Aiden Ezio spoke about his cat, Bubblebee.


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Education Week’s Wrap-Up Assembly

free price. Then all during the week, each classroom was asked to decorate their door to make it the bestdressed door in the school. The Lighthouse Team hosted a Cookie Sale on May 7. May 8’s Multicultural Day embraces multiculturalism by giving information, showing dancing or music, and offered other activities which all grades to participate in. On Friday’s May 10, the Energy Club presented Career Days where they requested all students dressed-up to show everyone what they wanted to be when they grow up. Education Week wrapped-up with an assembly in the gymnasium where the entire school body gathered to watch a video created by Miss. Bicknell from photos people submitted which showed all the fun experiences the students had in their learning journey so far. Vegreville Garden Club After this, the class with the BestDressed Door was announced and the Perennial Plant Sale winners were Miss. Harris’s Grade Five Friday, May 17, 2019 Class who was awarded a pizza party. 8:30 a.m. at Elks Hall

Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent Learning never ends during a person’s lifetime. A.L. Horton School fulfilled this concept when they gave an endless supply of interesting, educational, and engaging experiences during Education Week 2019 which this school celebrated from May 6-May 10. A.L. Horton School’s Mission Statement is the school is a place people go to accept one another, learn through leadership, and honor principles that build the greatness in you. The theme was, Learning is a Journey. The events featured were a used book sale all week in the library where students could purchase books for a next-to-

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people raising money for the run this year.” Some people walked or run, and there were people who brought their babies in strollers or dogs on leashes to join in as well. This year, the most donations overall were collected by the Coutu family. Over the past many years, they have raised money for different things the Health Care Centre needs. In it’s earliest years, the run raised enough money to replace all the beds in the hospital with brand new. This year’s funds will go towards new equipment that’s needed for the X-Ray machine. “They just need a few additions so they can do more specialized testing, so that people in need of certain emergency care don’t need to go into the city to get it.”

Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser This year’s 16th annual walk/run for the Health Care Centre in Two Hills raised money for new x-ray equipment on Saturday, May 11th, with enourmous support from the Town, County, and people from the community. The marathon gave options for as many kilometres as runners wanted to undertake, in 2.5 incriments. When they reached the finish line, they all went to the Two Hills Health Centre for a hot dog lunch served by the Ladies’ Hospital Auxiliary volunteers and final ceremonies led by site manager Tammy Tarkowski. Tarkowski said that one of their goals is always to improve from the year before. “We get people to run by donation, and it’s great to see so many

MARK NORMAN- CONTINUED from PAGE 4 the matters at hand. It isn’t clear whether the Mounties or the Crown knew before laying the breachof-trust charge that Norman had clear direction from the Harper government, however, PM Trudeau DID seem to know that the matter would end up in court. If this all sounds like a witch hunt to you, then you are not alone. Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was, in part, responsible for the successful procurement that provided our Navy with the vessel it required, on time and on budget. Dare I say that this is all too often a rarity in government. For this, he was treated like a criminal even before any evidence was provided. Now that the case has been dropped, there are even more questions than answers. If you do some research, you will see that, like the SNC Lavalin case, this one has a bit of a stench to it. One of the most striking comparisons is how Mark Norman has been treated vs someone like Mr. Omar Khadr. The RCMP didn’t question Vice-Admiral Norman himself. Why would they not ask for the accused’s side of the story? They also didn’t question members of the Harper government who approved the ship. A debacle, to say the least. CTV Reported that in a letter submitted on May 12 Opposition MPs called for the House of Common’s Standing Committee on National Defense to hold an emergency meeting on the government’s conduct in the investigation and prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. Much like the SNC Lavalin investigations, we can see where this too is headed.

In a press conference following the decision to stay the charges, there were some closing remarks as well as a parting shot by Mark Norman’s lawyer Marie Henien at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. ‘Fortunately, Vice-Admiral Norman didn’t fire the females he hired,’ she said. Mark Norman’s closing words... “I would like to thank all of the media for your dogged pursuit of the truth.” “I am confident that at all times I acted with integrity, I acted ethically and I acted in the best interests of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Forces and, ultimately, the people of Canada,” he said. Vice-Admiral Mark A. G. Norman. A name of a fine officer serving our country and one you should remember. A name I hope will no longer be dragged through the mud by our government. Tell me what you think. Email me at abletters@newsadvertiser.com


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Community Invited to Participate in Skate Park Design Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser Since Vegreville Town Council approved a request sent by a letter from Elk Island Public Schools asking consent to grant the 2.5 acres of land beside the Composite High School to the Town for a new skate park, the Rotary Club of Vegreville has been hard at work getting started on partnerships and planning for the park. Now, they are inviting the public to join in on the deliberations, at a meeting on May 23 in the Vegreville Composite High School cafeteria at 6:30. At the meeting, Rotary’s partners and designers on the project NewLine Skate Parks will present some of their own past designs in order to get the creative process started in designing the skate/BMX park that suits Vegreville’s needs. Guests will be able to share their opinion on the type design for the park so that both artistically and practically, the park will fit the Vegreville community’s needs. To help the discussion along, NewLine will have some pictures of

other parks that they have done throughout North America. For the most part, they are looking for input on what will fit into the landscape and culture of the area. According to NewLine’s mission statement, found on their website; “The goal of this public space is that it incorporates locally inspired arts and sculpture, inviting socializing areas sustainable development principles, and strong connections in surrounding amenities.” Based on the input from a community survey collected by Rotary Vegreville over a year ago to see what the community may want, the community overwhelmingly said that yes, they wanted another skate park. They hope that those in the community who will be using the new park after it’s development in summer 2020 will be present at the May 23rd meeting, to participate in it’s design. The park will be located in the northeast corner of the school grounds, with Highway 16A access at the information booth.


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Tributes MEMORIAM

MEMORIAM

SOROTSKY, Helen In loving memory of Helen Sorotsky May 14, 1987 We think of you in silence, We often speak your name. All we have is memories And your picture in a frame. Our hearts still ache in sadness And our tears continue to flow. For what it was to lose you, No one will ever know. Love Tracy & Wanda, Darcy & Carol, Tammie & Brian and their families

CYMBALUK, Victor In Loving Memory of Victor Cymbaluk May 19, 2011 Every day in some small way, Memories of you come our way, Though absent, you’re forever near, Still missed, loved, always here, Your loving memory we’ll always keep. Sadly missed and forever loved, Emily and family

RADZICK, Sheldon July 23, 1979 - May 13, 2014 To hear your voice and see your smile To sit with you and talk awhile, To be together in the same old way Would be our greatest wish today. So please God take a message To our precious son up above, Tell him we miss him terribly And give him all our love. Missing you everyday Love Mom, Dad & Clayton

WESLOSKY, Ed (Slim) June 5, 1926 - May 11, 2012 God saw you getting tired So He put His arms around you And Whispered “Come to Me” With tearful eyes we watched you fade away. Although we loved you dearly. We could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard-working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He chose to take the best. It’s lonesome here without you We miss you every day. Life doesn’t seem the same Since you have gone away. When days are sad and lonely And everything goes wrong, we seem to hear you whisper “Cheer Up and Carry On” Each time we see your picture you seem to smile and say, “Don’t cry, I’m in God’s hands, we’ll meet again someday!” Love Gail, Lambert, Dean, Lesa and grandchildren

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FARYNA, Dora February 20, 1924 – May 7, 2019 It is with deep sorrow and sadness our family announces the passing of our sister Dora Faryna at the age of 95 years. She will be fondly remembered by sisters: Myrtle Kushnerick; Mabel Wynnyk; Jennie Babie and Elsie (Ray) Holyk; also, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her parents Prokop and Mary Faryna; brother David (Josie) Faryna; brothers in law: Nick Kushnerick; Joseph Wynnyk and Bill Babie. A Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church (7007-109 St.NW) in Edmonton, Alberta with Basilian Fathers officiating. Interment to follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery – Edmonton. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the wonderful staff of the Mundare Mary Immaculate Care Centre for their kindness, support and care for Dora. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to “St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish” or “Mary Immaculate Hospital (Mundare) Foundation.” To send condolences please visit www.autumnrosefuneralhome.com AUTUMN ROSE FUNERAL HOME LTD. VEGREVILLE, 780-603-5800

GREGORYCHUK, Mary June 17, 1921 – May 12, 2019 On Sunday, May 12, 2019, Mary Gregorychuk of Vegreville, Alberta peacefully passed away at the age of 97 years. Mary is survived by her loving family, two grandsons Rouslan (Svitlana) and Lubomir (Zoriana); four greatgrandchildren Maria, Alex, Stanislaw and Nastia; daughter-in-law Nina Fedorouk; along with several nephews in Australia and many relatives in the Ukraine. Mary was predeceased by her husband Bill Gregorychuk; parents Vasyl and Katerina Tymchuk; son Yaroslaw Fedorouk; and a brother Peter Tymchuk. A Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Vegreville, Alberta with the Basilian Fathers officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the “Vegreville Homestead Lodge” or “Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church.” To send condolences, please visit www.autumrnosefuneralhome.com AUTUMN ROSE FUNERAL HOME LTD., VEGREVILLE,780-603-5800

Ask Auntie Sofiya Auntie Sofiya Advice Hello everyone. My name is Sofiya. You can call me that if you want but everyone I know calls me Auntie. My family came to Canada many, many years ago. Too long for me to remember. I bring some of their strength and wisdom with me to this day. That is why I love to help people. It seems like that is what I was meant to do. I’ve learned in my life that people do things their own way and everyone is different. From simple things like how they fold their laundry to how they handle the things life throws at them. The many ways of people and their lives still amazes me. No matter who they are or how they deal with life’s ups and downs doesn’t mean they don’t need a little help and guidance every so often. This is where I seem to come in. I take what people tell me and look at it with that person’s

demeanor and mannerisms in mind. I try to advise them what would be the best thing for them to do. It may not be easy or what they want to hear, but to me, it is what’s best. I also take great pains to keep whatever anyone tells me in the strictest confidence. If it’s something truly harmful, then I’ll tell them what I think they should do and what I will/ will not do. I think this is why people seem to trust me. No silly games, just common-sense advice. I also know when I don’t really know the answer. I will say that, then I will do my best to find that answer, if that person still wants my help. Folks seem to appreciate the effort. I seem to have rattled on long enough. Please, if I can help in some small way, let me know and I will relate as best as I can to your struggle so that together, we can find a solution. I don’t know everything (not even close), but I can promise I will do my best for you. Email me here: askauntie@newsadvertiser.com. Thank you for listening.

Veg AL-Drug Society Celebrates 40th Rosanne Fortier week on Monday’s and Wednesday, so they see clients at News Correspondent this location and at their main office. Veg AL-Drug Society celebrated 40 years of beneficial Armitage also mentioned that they had wonderful partservices to the community with an Open House on May 7 nerships in the community as a lot of the work they do is at their site at the 217 Provincial Building. in prevention and promotion with many agencies, organiEveryone was welcomed to attend this Open House which zations, and groups in the community. featured meeting the staff and support staff of Veg Al-Drug, enjoying snacks, birthday cake, and coffee. Veg Al-Drug Society services are free and confidential. Professionals indicated their mission is to assist people through treatment, prevention, and education to achieve enhanced mental health and wellness free from the harmful effects of addictions. Program Manager, Colleen Pidzarko-Armitage explained that Veg Al-Drug Society was incorporated on February 20, 1979. They are a contracted agency of Alberta Health Services. So, they do addiction and mental health prevention and promotions. They also do addiction treatment which (Left-to-right) Professionals at the Open House-Administrative can be one-on-one or with family. This is for alcoSupport, Peggy Allen, Addiction Counselor, Tracy Semeniuk, hol, other drugs, tobacco, gambling, or concurrent Program Manager, Colleen Pidzarko-Armitage, Manager with AHS disorders. They work closely with mental health for Community Addictions and Mental Health, Brenda Nelson. therapists as well where they run a clinic at the (Rosanne Fortier/photo) Vegreville Community Health Centre two days a


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JUNIOR GARDENERS ENCOURAGED TO COMPETE IN CONTEST - CONTINUED from PAGE 7 your plants a nice boost. 4) Judges always like to see a sign indicating which area is your garden, especially if it’s in the same area as your parent’s garden. Judges will ask you questions about how you took care of the growing things and will want to know that you tried very hard to look after things yourself. 5) Remember to water gently and regularly… we can’t always rely on rainfall at the right times. Learn to use a hoe and try to identify which plants are unwanted weeds. 6) The judges will phone prior to visiting your garden. If you absolutely can’t be home during the time of judging, they will visit your yard and give you a written comment sheet later. Judges will take pictures of your garden and display them in the Exhibit Hall during the Fair. Prizes are pre-

sented on the grandstand before one of the evening shows. 7) Remember, this contest is to help you have fun growing food and flowers. Let you imagination run wild and have fun! Enjoy your garden! Older junior gardeners are invited to become junior judges in training for selected garden produce categories during the Ag Society’s fair bench show competition. Put your experience to work in mentoring our new gardeners!

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Meeting Discusses High School Closure in Andrew Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser A public meeting on Thursday, May 9th, offered one last step of consultation between the Elk Island Public School board and the people of Andrew about what can be done to improve programming options for students at the Andrew School. After discussions with students, teachers, and parents, which are all recorded and available on the school board’s website, the board has decided to bring forward the option of closing grades 10-12 at the school at their next EIPS board meeting. Mark Liguori, Superintendent for EIPS, opened the session with a brief history of the consultation process and a few of the ideas that they have for the future of the school. The Q and A period, led by moderator Jeff Speedy, a director with EIPS, covered a lot of ground, with concerns coming forward about transportation, cause of the shutdown, the questions used in consultation with the students, and the future of the school when it can no longer boast


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K-12 programming. Because of low enrollment, Andrew School has been faced with the challenge of helping their high school students achieve the same quality of education as their peers from larger schools. “For example, in math class, there might be several slightly different levels in the same grade, all being taught at once. Some students can succeed in that environment, but not everyone can. A lot of students find it helps to be in a class with other students who are learning the same thing so they can help each other study.” Explained Ligouri, “When we were asking the students what they wanted their high school education to look like, they overwhelmingly said that they wanted to take options classes and do work experience, to help them prepare for the careers they might have in the future.” In these consultations with the students and teachers, they were asked open-ended questions in round table discussions. While the grade 11 students said that they wanted to be able to graduate from Andrew School, younger students and Junior High students put a stronger priority on being able to take more classes, even if they would have to take the bus to Vegreville or Lamont. The current boundary within the school division places Andrew students as residing between GE RD 183, down RGE RD 175 to Township 551 and Township 545, and up the eastern edge of Lamont County to the North edge. After the high school closure, elementary and junior high students will retain the same boundary, while a new boundary will be drawn that separates students between the Lamont High School and Vegreville Composite High School districts. As for the future of Andrew School,

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Mothers’ Love at Royal Purple Luncheon Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent There was a double-dose of love at the Vegreville Royal Purple Mother’s Day Luncheon and Bake Sale at Vegreville Elks’ Hall on May 9 as the Canadian Royal Purple Society Lodge No. 125 were raising funds to support many nonprofit organizations which benefit all of humankind and people came out in doves to celebrate their mothers and motherhood. Many people treated their mothers to a lunch of open-face sandwiches, salads, cheese, coffee, tea, and juice and desserts which included strawberry shortcakes or lemon shortcakes. Sherry Beaudette was with her mother, Virginia Pichota. Sherry said mothers are important because mothers nurtured us and they are not only our moms but they are our friends and without them, we wouldn’t be over here. “My mom is my strength, my rock, and she’s everything to me and I love her!” Sherry said. Michelle Henderson said mothers are important and she agrees with everything Sherry said. “Moms are the ones who help you when you need them; they are there to listen to you, to offer advice and guidance.” Lillian Dulada mentioned mothers are important because they are the root of everything. They raised you, guide you through life and stir you in the right direction.

David Ziegler said mothers are important because they raise children. Peggy Pawliuk said mothers are important because they provide unconditional love and they love their children no matter what their children do, as well as, they accept their children for who they are. Bessie Pawliuk said mothers are essential because children need the guidance, teaching, and love they provide. Marg Henderson said mothers are important because they are role models and teachers for the rest of us. Susan Stecyk added she agrees with everything Marg Henderson said about mothers. Cleta Dieken said mothers do so much for the family; they do all the things fathers can’t do or don’t like to do and they do some of the things that fathers do too. At this event, the new Honored Royal Lady, Shirley Preuss was busy helping serve the luncheon, many of the members who were too numerous to name were also helping at the luncheon in some matter, and long-time member of the Royal Purple, Marg Henderson and Associate Lady, Susan Stechyk played hosts to the bake sale. There was also a free draw for door prizes of flowers which were won by Leona Kunnetz, Victor Saskiw, and Josephine Proniuk.

Elaine Mullins with her mother, Marg Henderson. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

Respite Care, a Viable Option

Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser When people become caregivers of their aging loved ones, there are a lot of things to consider. “What if something happens while I’m at work?” or “What if we take a vacation?” are common questions that may be asked. Marjory Henderson, a Vegreville resident who recently used respite care with Points West Living, recommends respite as a viable option for shortterm needs. Marjory came to Vegreville in 1946. She was married in 1948, and had two children, a son and a daughter. Her son has since passed away. She has five great grand children and two great-great grandchil-

dren. Marjory worked at Sears as sales catalogue manager from 1978 to 1993, and she has lived alone since her husband’s passing in 2002. She still lives in her own home. The idea of respite care was first presented to Marjory when her daughter, who lives in Stony Plain, was planning to take a three-week vacation but didn’t want to leave her mom alone, with nobody to call in an emergency. “My daughter went on holidays, and she didn’t want me to be in my house where I wasn’t in contact with somebody,” said Marjory, “So she got on the phone, and this is where I’ve ended up. I’m very pleased with how things have turned out.”

While her daughter was away, Marjory had the use of a call button, which allowed her to call somebody if she needed anything. If she pressed the button, a health care aide from the nearest Points West Living Facility – Homestead Lodge – would come over to help her out. Throughout the three weeks of her daughter’s vacation, Marjory said it went very well. “I have nothing against it, absolutely no complaints. Everything has gone very well for me… mind you,” she chuckled, “I’m not a complainer.” Nearing the end of her daughter’s vacation, Marjory said that she thinks she may use respite care in the future.


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Vegreville School of Ballet Spring Recital Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent The Vegreville School of Ballet Spring Recital presented heart-stopping choreography and performances from all ages of dancers and a variety of dance genres on May 11 at Vegreville Social Centre. This event opened with a solo and duet show in the early afternoon where it continued with the main show later in the afternoon where dancers clearly demonstrated they take great pleasure in entertaining a large audience when they performed graceful dance steps while other dancers moved the crowd with original and

Hip Hop 5 performs The Mode. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

energetic pieces. Former Vegreville of Ballet’s dancer, Dawson Brunet who has gone on to take intense dance training at Edmonton School of Ballet, performed two dance pieces and was acknowledged for her accomplishments and passion for dancing. A dancer, Deprise Weslake who participated in Vegreville School of Ballet since she was three years old and who will graduate this year and will attend university was mentioned. The many awards and sponsorship sponsors, teachers, and class’s assistants, parent association, parents, volunteers, and everyone who helped to make this year the success it was for the dancers were also acknowledged.

Little Minis 5 performs Dance Magic. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

Students’ Expressions of Love for Their Mothers

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Community Church Open Its Cupboards Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent

Vegreville Alliance Church considers itself a community church which loves to invite people in as they follow Christ’s example of helping others when they can. On May 4, this church offered their Bi-Annual Open Cupboard event which provided a venue where anyone can obtain

free clothing and household items, as well as, free refreshments, coffee and beverages. All the items were donated by church and community members. This event is also environmentally friendly and is an excellent way to recycle and find a home for no longer needed items.

There were many interesting items which were free for anyone to take. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

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Personal Safety a Safety Tips – Rural Crime Watch Alberta What is Personal Security? Personal Security involves taking steps to keep yourself safe and protecting yourself from situations that are potentially violent or criminal. Personal Security is important because property can be replaced but YOU ARE IRREPLACEABLE. Personal Security involves:

Recognizing, anticipating, and assessing the risk of a crime occurring. Being aware of your surroundings at all times, and not placing yourself in situations which might jeopardize your safety. Remember, suspects can be very unpredictable and may have weapons. When in doubt, CALL POLICE FOR ASSISTANCE All of the following can be used as a checklist. Safeguards at Home: Ensure your house number is clearly displayed so emergency vehicles can find your house quickly. For Rural Community Residents, ensure you know your legal land address as emergency personnel cannot respond to box numbers.

Keep premises secure at all times (including garages and vehicles) Ensure the man door from the garage to your home is always locked. Change door locks when you move into a new residence. Install a one inch dead-bolt. Do not rely on door chains Install and use a peephole in the front door. Never open the front door to a stranger. Secure sliding windows and doors. Consider installing an intrusion alarm. Lock patio doors with second locking device when possible. Keep your outside entryways and driveway welllit. Use motion sensor lights. Keep shrubbery from concealing windows doors and windows. This prevents hiding places. Dogs are great deterrents Record serial numbers of valuable items and keep the list in a secure place. Keep a home inventory list that is always up to date. This inventory can include photos or videos of your home and property. Do not leave notes on doors or mailboxes advising that you are not home. Never hide keys outside your residence. Leave spare keys with a trusted neighbor or family member. Periodically change the security code on your electronic keypads. Keep your doors locked when you are inside. If you are in your backyard it is good practice to keep your front door locked. If your keys are lost, you should change your locks. Ladders or tool boxes should be secured. These can be used as break and enter tools. Keep windows locked. Keep drapes closed at night. Keep lights on in some rooms.

When a stranger asks to use your phone, do not let him/her in your house. Offer to call for assistance on their behalf. Be extremely cautious about letting anyone into your house. Do not be fooled by a well-dressed person. Verify identification of sales and service people. Check with their company via telephone call to see if they have sent a representative out. Note: This is applicable to police officers as well. Police officers always have credentials that can be verified by calling your local detachment. Keep an eye out for your neighbors. Don’t volunteer information about them to strangers. Report suspicious people and/or vehicles to the police in a timely manner. Garage doors, fence gates, and garden sheds should be locked when not used. Grills, lawnmowers, BBQ’s and other valuables should be stored in a locked garage or shed. If left out, ensure they are hidden from view with a tarp and securely locked to a stationary point. If you have recently purchased a major household item (Television, computer, etc.…) do not leave the empty box outside in plain sight. Take it to a recycling depot immediately or keep it out of sight until your scheduled recycling pickup day. By law, all firearms must be stored in a locked gun safe with any ammunition stored separately from the safe Telephones: Never reveal your name or address to a stranger. Never tell a stranger that you are alone. Don’t be afraid to hang up the phone. Report indecent, harassing, and/or scam phone calls


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fety and Security to your local police detachment. (For unwanted calls from telemarketers, call 1-888-382-1222 to register your phone number with the Federal Government on the Do Not Call list). Create the Illusion of Occupancy If you are away from your residence: Leave your home in the care of someone you trust and let them know where you can be reached in case of an emergency Arrange to have newspapers, flyers, and mail picked up Arrange to have the grass cut, leaves raked, or snow removed as necessary. Have someone check both the inside and outside of your home periodically while you’re away. Use timers on interior lights and motion sensor lights for the exterior Have a neighbor park their car in your driveway or your designated parking stall. If you have a garage, keep the door closed and locked so no one can see if your vehicle is gone. Turn the ringer on your phone off or set your answering machine or voicemail to pick up on the second ring. Do not leave specific information about your absence on your message. Do not share you vacation plans on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.…). Have a neighbor park their car in your driveway or your designated parking stall. If you have a garage, keep the door closed and locked so no one can see if your vehicle is gone. Turn the ringer on your phone off or set your answering machine or voicemail to pick up on the second ring. Do not leave specific information about your absence on your message. Do not share you vacation plans on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.…). If Your Home Has Been Broken into If you return home and discover your home has been broken into: DO NOT ENTER, call the police immediately. Wait at a safe place (i.e.: a neighbors) for the police to arrive. If you have entered your residence, do not touch anything or clean up until the police have arrived as you may disturb evidence. You can start making a preliminary list of items you notice missing. If You Suspect Someone is Outside Your Home: Call the police immediately and stay on the phone with the dispatcher until the police arrive. Remain inside. Turn on the lights. If a Person Gains Entry to Your Home: Call the police and keep the line open to the dispatcher if you are not able to speak. Do not engage that person. Try to leave through another door. If a Person Traps You Inside Comply with their demands If you are physically attacked, use whatever means you can use to fend off the attacker. If You Are Attacked: Call the police as soon as you are able to. Try to obtain as much of a description of the attacker(s)

as you can. This would include the following: Ethnicity Approximate height and weight (small, medium or large build) Hair color Approximate age Scars/marks/tattoos or any other distinctive features such as piercings. Clothing description Did the attacker have an accent? Were any weapons used? If so, what? Did he/she leave in a vehicle or on foot? Direction of travel (did they leave out the front door, back door etc...). If Attacker is Unarmed: Employ basic self-defense techniques. Kick, bite, scratch, and punch – the throat, eyes, face, knees and groin. When Out Walking: Plan your route, avoid short cuts through vacant lots, unlit areas or parks.

Be aware of your surroundings. Know what is going on around you and exactly where you are. Limit distractions such as texting, talking on your phone or listening to loud music Carry a cell phone with you in case of an emergency. Use assertive body language and walk with confidence. Keep your head up! Always carry identification. Do not carry large sums of money or valuables. Use Cross-walks. Wear bright clothing. Carry a flashlight at night. Walk facing traffic. Never assume a driver has seen you. If a vehicle stops, do not approach unless you feel safe to do so, and even then, do not approach too closely. Have your keys ready when you get to your car. Check your seat before entering and then drive away as soon as safe to do so. Predators have an opportunity to approach you if you sit in your car. Walk to your vehicle with your cell phone ready to use in case of emergency. Report suspicious people and/or vehicles to police as soon as possible. If You Are Approached or Attacked: Be assertive – sometimes this can be enough to deter an attack. Head towards a group of people. Cause a scene – scream – run away. Only you can decide to resist or not. If the Attacker Has a Weapon: Comply with the attacker’s demands. A thief normally wants money – give it to him/her. If Assaulted on the Street: Try to escape. If unable to flee, comply If able to flee – don’t run blindly. Avoid darkened streets and alleys What We Ask of You: Report incidents to the police as soon as possible. Time is of the essence. Do not hesitate to call the police for fear that you are “inconveniencing us” or that we “have better, more important things to be looking after”. We are here to help you and we take all calls seriously and record the information.

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Auto Theft Safety Tips – Rural Crime Watch Alberta Auto theft is a serious problem across Alberta… vehicles are stolen for a variety of reasons: For use in other criminal activities For parts For export in black market trades For transportation For resale to unsuspecting buyers, using a false vehicle identity Quick Facts: Over the course of 2016, 4,865 vehicles were stolen in Edmonton, a 41% increase from the 3,453 vehicles stolen in 2015. Incidents of auto theft have remained high in 2017, with 3,085 thefts from January through September, similar to the 3,076 thefts that occurred during the same time period last year. Many stolen vehicles had keys left inside. Every year, people are injured or die as a result of auto theft. When it’s in the hands of a thief, a stolen car is like a loaded gun. Stolen vehicles are a threat to public safety and a drain on police resources. Stolen cars are also frequently used to commit other crimes, particularly drug trafficking, break and enters and robberies. Stolen property, drugs and weapons are routinely recovered from stolen vehicles. Auto theft is not a victim-less crime. Auto theft costs Canadians millions each year, when you consider health care, policing, legal, and out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles. It Takes Very Little Time for a Professional Their to Steal A Vehicle. Here are some tips to help you avoid being a victim of vehicle theft: 1 Lock your vehicle. If left unattended, activate any security systems. 2 Close windows and sunroof when leaving your vehicle unattended.

3 Don’t leave your vehicle running, if unattended – even for a second. 4 Park in a well-lit area. 5 If parking in the same lot, park your vehicle in different spots each time. 6 Distractions can happen – always make sure to take your keys with you. 7 Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. If you can’t take them with you, lock them safely out of view. 8 If you have a garage, park inside. Make sure to keep vehicle and garage doors locked. 9 When at home, don’t leave your keys by the front door. Keep them in a safe place away from entrance ways. 10 Don’t leave ownership and insurance documents in your vehicle. Take them with you.

PERSONAL SAFETY AND SECURITY - CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 Do not assume that someone else has called us regarding an incident. We prefer to have multiple calls over no calls at all. Please follow the instructions given to you by the call-taker/dispatcher. These instructions are being given to you as they have been proven to help keep you safe until help arrives. Reporting Events Involving People: Description of the individual(s) involved which includes: Ethnicity Height Weight (small, medium, large build) Age Hair color Clothing Marks/scars/tattoos/piercings

Weapons (if so, what type) Alcohol/drugs Did they leave on foot or in a vehicle Direction of travel Anything else Reporting Incidents Involving Vehicles: Vehicle Descriptors: Color Make/Model Year Style (SUV, Truck, Car, Hatchback, etc.…) License Plate Anything Else (Dents, Broken Windows, Spoilers, Tinted Windows, etc.…) Number of Occupants Direction of Travel Any weapons seen?


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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club at Library Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent Vegreville Centennial Library now has a Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club which is held every four weeks on a Saturday and is free to join. The club’s first meeting was in January 2019 and they have four members now and they would gladly welcome and encourage new members to join their club. Founder of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club, Ian Stewart has a real passion for reading these types of books. Stewart said this club was started to give people a chance to meet people in the area who share a common interest in science fiction and fantasy books, as well as, it helps to promote reading. “Science fiction and fantasy are a unique form of literature because it is taking an idea and exploring it; especially with science fiction, it is looking towards the future and thinking if things progress as they are what will happen? There is a long tradition of writing about the world now in allegory. For example, the series: A Song of Ice and Fire which is the series of novels the Game of Thrones is based on, could largely be interpreted as a novel about climate change and about a lot of inactivity because the world is coming to an end and the people are more focused on who sits on the throne than working together to combat a threat that could kill uncounted people. That idea will stick more with somebody through telling a story that engages them than all of the dry facts in a text. There is a lot that can be done with that; there is a lot of power and potential in those types of stories.

Founder of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club, Ian Stewart reads a science fiction book. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)

‘’Science fiction is also a very hopeful form of literature because in order to write about the future; you have to be able to imagine the future too; even something like distopian science fiction where it is writing about a world where things are horrible, the author is thinking, this could happen but we need to prevent it. “Right now, we are really coming towards the great ages of science fiction and fantasy literature because there are a lot of changes where there are a lot of new voices and a lot of prominent authors are women and especially women of color. One of the most interesting trends is Afro-Futurism which is science fiction which is primarily focused on settings in Africa or about the African’s Diaspora. “To join the book club, contact the library. Even if people don’t want to join the book club and they just want some recommendations from Stewart on literature, they can contact Stewart at vegsff@gmail.com.” Stewart added.


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may 15, 2019

Vegreville Town Council Makes Strides towards Economic Diversity Economic Diversity Enhancement Plan, Vegreville Airport usage, and more from the May 13th Town Council Meeting in Vegreville. Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser A presentation from MDB Insight at the May 13th Vegreville Town Council meeting highlighted some key points in the completed Economic Diversity Enhancement Plan. The purpose of the plan is to generate a framework for a balanced and growing economy in Vegreville, which Mayor Tim MacPhee says will not be placed on the backburner. “The most important thing right now is defining what actions we need to take, and moving forward as quickly as possible to check things off of that list.”

Said MacPhee. He also expanded that one surprise in the study’s findings was how little economic leakage there is in Vegreville’s retail sector, with a relatively high 76% of shopping being done in Vegreville when compared to other town’s it’s size and proximity to larger centres. The plan was approved as presented, and Mayor MacPhee says that as soon as possible, items from the EDEP will be added to council agendas so that they can take action in the near future. In rebuttal of a presentation made last meeting by the Vegreville Flying Club, the Vegreville Speedway Society attended to present their side of the story concerning the Society’s usage of the Vegreville Municipal Airport in 2019. It was determined that racing will continue as-is this year, with considerations to have better-organized security, and one person in charge of cleanup on the runway. “We’re only using the track for 0.005% of the whole year,” said Walter Gegolick, a Vegreville Speedway director. “And we’re always thinking of things we can do to be a good thing for the whole community… We’re here to find out if there’s anything we can do to improve upon that.” In order to keep the peace between both organizations, Mayor MacPhee suggested a meeting before the 2020 season with members of VSS, VFC, and Town Council, to discuss operations in the year ahead. The Town of Vegreville Monthly Cash Statement for the month ended March 31, 2019, was received and filed. After spending less than the budgeted amount on the current 2019 Capital Works Project, Town Council approved an addition to the Project, with 62 Street Reconstruction from Highway Avenue to Industrial Avenue at an estimated cost of $370,000. Town Council also approved to enter into an agreement with Alberta Counsel to develop a Government Relations Plan. Mayor Tim MacPhee says that having someone to consult when dealing with federal or provincial government officials could make a big difference for the town. “This idea was first brought up as we were dealing with the federal government’s decision to close the CPC,” Mayor MacPhee explained. “Now, having a new provincial government and potentially a new federal government as well, it will be crucial to have someone who can help us with the ins and outs of dealing with those different levels in Vegreville’s best interests.” As well, the first reading of Bylaw No. 14-2019, in regards to Manufactured Home Communities, was approved on May 13th. The Bylaw proposed that the owner of a manufactured home community shall be the assessed person recorded on the assessment roll in respect to a designated manufactured home on a manufactured home community, and seeks to have manufactured homes registered as homes, rather than vehicles. More notes from this week’s council meeting will print next week. The full minutes are available on the Town of Vegreville Website.

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