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65 YEARS OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015

Vegreville travelers return safe from Paris

A group of Vegreville residents have returned home safely after being in Paris the night of the recent terror attacks carried out by 7 members of ISIL, a fanatical terror group with origins in the Middle East. (Photo supplied)

Michael Simpson Editor A group of Vegreville residents have safely returned home without harm after narrowly missing being caught up in the violent wave of attacks that swept through Paris, France, on Friday, Nov. 13. In nine separate incidents, gunmen opened fire in restaurants or detonated suicide vests, killing themselves and bystanders. Authorities have the death toll at 129 people, with 433

injured. Shawn Warrington arrived home safely on Sunday morning with several others, happy to be back on Canadian soil. Warrington said the group’s fate could have been much different on Friday night. “We had initially considered going to the soccer game rather than the dinner cruise but opted to not change our plans,” Warrington said. “We were on the evening dinner cruise CONTINUED TO PAGE 12

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Michael Simpson Editor The Village of Innisfree has been named as the Respondent in a court challenge filed by Innisfree resident Grant Bergman against the village’s Tax Bylaw 600-15, which applies a minimum tax that Bergman believes is unfair. “The village council’s 2015 tax bylaw is being challenged on the basis that it’s patently unreasonable; it’s not fair that the poor half the town subsidizes the rich half,� Bergman said. In Bergman’s submission to the Court of Queen’s Bench, he builds his case on the grounds that the tax bylaw results in some properties facing taxes that are 50, 70 or 75 per cent of their assessed value. The bylaw applies to 47 per cent of properties in Innisfree, which will pay minimum of $800 as an unimproved property, while the minimum tax for improved properties is set at $750. Bergman feels that with the high taxes in Innisfree, it’s

an indication that sustainability is in question for the village. “Some citizens want to know what the future may hold. Is Innisfree sustainable? My thoughts are that when you have to charge 47% of your assessment roll a minimum tax, you aren’t viable.� Bergman is also involved with a petition circulating requesting that a viability review be carried out by municipal affairs. “We’ve exceeded the 30% of the population’s signatures that we need, but we’re going for over 50% and we’re going to file it with the minister,� Bergman said. Bergman hopes that the courts will grant an Order setting aside the bylaw, or at least remove the minimum tax provision, as well as have the village reimburse property owners who were affected by the minimum tax, as well as any penalties. The first day of court is scheduled for Nov. 30 in Edmonton. Village council was not in a position to make a statement on the matter at press time.

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Michael Simpson Editor The Vegreville Rangers were able to do what others haven’t been able to this season so far; break the seemingly unbeatable Wainwright Bisons. The Bisons had been on a tear in the NEAJBHL with a perfect 12-0 record before rolling into Veg on Saturday night last week. That game ended with a 3-2 win for Vegreville. “We had a game plan and we stuck to it,� crowed a triumphant Randy Rook, who coaches the team. “The boys had won three games in a row coming into this home game, and once they believed in themselves, they took it to Wainwright in a great hockey game.� Rook had praise for the officiating, which saw Vegreville only take a single penalty in the game. “The refs did a great job, they got out of the way and let us play hockey.� Ranger goalie Brendan Schultz was a force in net for the Rangers, as Rook described the young goalie as “standing on his head� for his team, stopping 35 shots to keep his team in the game. “Brandon Prusko and Derek Miller played a strong defensive game, and it was nice to see Miller as our captain step up and lead the team. Also, Cory Falconer and Wyatt Murphy have been on a hot streak lately, we’ve defi-

nitely seen some of our young guys showing leadership for the team,� Rook said. As the Friday night game draws near, Rook said he hopes his team will keep the momentum going against Onion Lake (9-6), which sits two spots ahead of the Rangers (6-6) in the league. “We’re doing okay on our penalty kill, but there’s work to be done on our power play. Onion Lake has been a strong team this year and they have a single line on their roster that is dynamite. If we can get in there and shut them down, we can win it. The boys know they can beat top teams now, and they’re confident but not cocky, which is right where they need to be.� The Rangers are also fundraising for their team by way of an Ultimate Losers hockey pool. “It’s a great chance for people to win $1,600,� Rook said. The object of the pool is to pick a losing team each week from the NHL in order to stay in the pool until the end to win some cash. The Rangers will use the fundraiser to help purchase equipment used by the team. Anyone wanting more information or to get involved with the pool can contact Pool Administrator Wanda LutyckNeufeld by email at waynen2@telus.net or by phone (780) 603 8016. Participants can also contact any players on the team, or Coach Rook himself at (780) 678 5548.


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Muslims victimized after Paris attacks Michael Simpson Editor A legacy of fear and hatred has been left behind after the Paris killings. Muslims around the world are finding themselves victims of hate crimes after the ISIL terrorist group carried out attacks which killed 129 people. Racial profiling was a phenomenon witnessed by Vegreville business owner and Town Councillor Tim MacPhee who had been vacationing in Paris at the time of the attacks on November 13. “After the attacks, Muslims everywhere had their heads down, and people were giving them dirty looks,” MacPhee said. “When we were sitting in the lobby of the hotel, there was a couple from Panama there, and they were upset that their vacation had been disrupted. A Muslim family was staying at the hotel and they were there with their kids. They were having a conversation amongst themselves when one of the parents started laughing, and the Panama couple snapped at them, ‘what are you laughing at?’ they asked. The parents put their heads down and the family left. There was no need for that; not every Muslim is a terrorist.” MacPhee stated. “The whole thing was terrible for a lot of people. I feel bad for the families of the people that were killed, and I feel

bad for the Muslims that are over there just trying to raise their families,” MacPhee said. The sentiment of holding all Muslims accountable for the actions of a few terrorists is not new to Canadians. Locally, 21-year veteran Doug Marsh was critical of Muslim participation in Remembrance Day services two days before the attacks in a Facebook post on the News Advertiser’s page (facebook.com/ Vegreville). Marsh wrote: “…Yes I should not colour all Muslims with the same brush as members of ISIS or the Taliban,” Marsh wrote, “however until they can prove that they are not associated or have family members that are associated with ISIS or the Taliban, and really want peace, then I have no choice but to… The next time that someone wants to invite members of the Muslim faith to a Remembrance Day service maybe they should ask the veterans how they feel about it first.” Elsewhere in Canada, comments against Muslims manifested into actions. A mosque in Peterborough, Ontario was set on fire around 11 p.m. Nov. 14, a half hour after about 70 people had been inside the mosque celebrating the birth of a young couple’s baby. No one was injured in the fire, which is being called a hate crime by local authorities. In France,

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several mosques, Halal butcher shops and kebab restaurants have been vandalized with hate messages, according to a story published in the UK’s online media outlet The Independent on Nov. 17. Canada’s CBC news reported in Toronto on the same day that a muslim mother was beaten and robbed while attempting to pick up her children from school. Men tore off the mother’s hijab, calling her a “terrorist” and telling her to “go back to her own country” before taking her cell phone and purse. Innisfree resident Grant Bergman said when incidents like the Paris attacks take place, it’s important to hold the right people accountable, and carry out rash actions based on racial profiling. “Terrorism has no religious affiliation; it’s an act of terror. All wars are terroristic acts depending on which side you’re looking at. Paris is experiencing terrorism now like Syria has been experiencing terrorism for years. The difference is nobody is fleeing France right now.” Bergman was in Belfast when the domestic terrorism carried out by the Irish Republican Army was at its peak. “A lot of the terrorism that was done by Catholic Christians in the 80’s equaled the terrorism that took place in Paris recently,” he said.

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So it isn’t an elephant in the room per-say, but there is a large green elephant in the field, just southwest of Vegreville. It’s been attracting curious looks from motorists on their way past town. As it turns out, it’s a promotional statue for Liberty Canola seed, but on its own merit, it’s a beautifully done beast. (Michael Simpson/Photo)

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Thoughts on the Lakeland REA AGM I attended the Lakeland REA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on the evening of November 5th in Vegreville and I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the meeting. But first some history on the events leading up to the meeting. This past June ATCO presented an offer to purchase the Lakeland REA distribution system for just over $30,000,000, which equates to $21,548.74 for each tap or service owned by REA members. The REA Board declined ATCO’s offer and then called information meetings for its members. However, instead of conducting joint meetings with ATCO, so members could ask questions of both sides, the Board held meetings on the same dates and

times as those held by ATCO. At the REA meetings the Board advised members they declined ATCO’s offer and would not be taking the offer to the membership, to allow members to vote on the matter. On this issue all I can say is, I don’t believe it is the “right prerogative” of a nine-member Board to make such a decision; that decision lies in the hands of all the members collectively. Shortly after these information meetings a small group of concerned REA members formed a committee, calling themselves the Lakeland REA Petition Committee. The committee came together because the only way members can get to vote on ATCO’s offer is by petitioning the Board to conduct a Special General Meeting (SGM). At

an SGM all members who attend would then vote, by secret ballot, to either accept or decline ATCO’s offer. Just so you know, if a minimum of 25% of all REA members sign the petition the Board is then required to hold an SGM and conduct the vote. Since then [I feel] the Board has been doing everything they can to prevent this issue from going to an SGM and have been putting up numerous road blocks. The most recent attempt [in my opinion] to prevent members from having their

say, was the Board’s introducing a motion at the AGM to change the quorum requirements to 75% of all members, but only for a vote on a sales offer. If this motion had passed, it would have effectively prevented members from ever being able to vote on a sales offer, as it would be virtually impossible to get 75% of all members together in order to take a vote. This action of the Board flies in the face of basic democratic principles on which our nation was founded and I CONTINUED TO PAGE 17


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FROM THE PAGES OF THE VEGREVILLE OBSERVER

COMPILED BY DAN BEAUDETTE

90 Years Ago – November 18, 1925 Five two-roomed schools have been established in the Vegreville Inspectorate this summer. Seven more district are planning additions for next year and plans have been supplied for this purpose by the Department of Education. These districts which have signified their intentions of building this year deferred operations until next year so as to be able to install substantial buildings of brich or tyle with modern conveniences. The incorporation of the Oakleaf Dairy Company Limited, has been completed and the Company has taken over the business formerly conducted by George E. Scott. The company is now delivering three hundred quarts of milk a day to the consumers of Vegreville, and the people are assured of a dependable and clean supply of milk under the system of pasteurization used by the Company. It is the intention of the Company to manufacture icecream for local consumption and equipment has already been ordered and will be installed shortly. The company also intends to commence the manufacture of cheese in the spring, as soon as a sufficient supply of milk can be obtained from the farmers of the surrounding district.

75 Years Ago – November 20, 1940 Samples of water have been sent to the University for analysis on several occasions since the new well system was completed. Just recently three separate samples were sent; one taken directly from No. 1 Layne Well, a second taken from No. 2 Layne Well and a third from a tap at the General Hospital which is the terminus of the pipe line.. the several complaints made in respect to the quality of the water were detailed in advices sent to the University laboratory. Annexes to the UGG and the Searle Grain Co. elevators in Andrew are now under construction. This will look after and provide room for the balance of the eight bushel quota and probably even make it possible to bring this point in line with the surrounding towns and raise the quota. Carl McClure and his Plymouth car tried conclusions with a CNR train at the crossing east of the station the other evening. The results were disastrous to the car as it will take plenty of 10c sales to meet the repair costs. No one was personally damaged in the accident.

50 Years Ago – November 18, 1965 Gordon Miller, who farms south of town, was involved in a farm accident Tuesday that cost him the loss of one leg. It is reported that Gordon was caught in the power take-off of a piece of farm machinery, and was seriously injured before he could free himself and drive the tractor back to his farm for help. Each year farm machinery is the cause of many serious accidents, and increased safety factors are being constantly sought to avoid this traffic loss of life and limbs. Mr. Miller is presently in St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Vegreville. Canada’s finest, the RCMP lead off the parade from the Legion Hall to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day here. The Royal Canadian Legion standard bearers and a small part of the Legion accompanied them. The Loyal Order of Moose, Vegreville Lodge, has purchased the building on main street, formerly occupied by Vlad’s Tinsmithing. Governor Joe Goshko and members of the Moose have commenced renovations and hope to have the building in top condition before the New Year. The lodge has held two meeting in the building, and have changed the meeting night from Tuesday to Wednesday of each week.

25 Years Ago – November 13, 1990 Vegreville Catholic Separate School District has received approval in principle for new school construction in 1992 and 1993. The approval in principle is part of a new process by Alberta Education. It allows school boards to submit three year requests for capital funding instead of one year requests. The board’s plans for 1992 include modernizing St. Martin’s School. A threshing party held at Ken and Jackie Farion’s farm west of Vegreville on October 28 attracted 80 people, including 30 youngsters. The helpers at the old fashioned threshing bee also enjoyed riding in a 1928 Mack truck, horse drawn wagons, and satisfying their hunger with a wiener roast. The land is ready and access roads are there in preparation for the new NOVA office building on Vegreville’s west end. On April 1, 1991, NOVA’s Alberta Gas Transmission Division will start building a new office along highway 16X. the office will be headquarters for district four, which includes the northeast quadrant of the province, extending west to Lesser Slave Lake and south past Consort. Ninety four of the 157 employees in district four work out of Vegreville. The district operates and maintains 4829 kms of pipeline, 13 compressor stations and 383 meter stations.

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.

Russian Strategy in Syria Gwynne Dyer It’s easy to define the American strategy in Syria, although it is more of a wish-list than an actual strategy. It is “containment” of the nightmarish Islamic State (IS) that now controls eastern Syria and western Iraq, together with the overthrow of the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad and its replacement by “moderate” rebel forces. But what is the Russian strategy? It is now a month since Russian planes began bombing in Syria. For every Russian bomb that has fallen on the Islamic State ten have fallen on the “moderates”, because those are the troops that have been gaining ground against the Assad regime since last spring. The regime’s troops have now taken some territory back, but they lack the strength to reconquer all of Syria. So what next? Moscow was not planning a military intervention in Syria until last July, when the officer in charge of Iran’s military aid to Assad, General Qassem

Soleimani, flew to Moscow to warn President Vladimir Putin that the Syrian army was on the brink of collapse. Neither Iran nor Russia wanted to see extremist jihadi forces take over Syria, and that’s what would have happened: the so-called “moderate” rebels barely exist. The dominant group in the “Army of Conquest” that has taken over northwestern Syria is the Nusra Front, a clone of Islamic State that broke away from it in 2013. The Nusra Front is not “moderate”; it is the Syrian franchise of al-Qaeda. If Assad’s regime collapsed, Islamic State and the Nusra Front would end up ruling all of Syria, so something had to be done fast. Russian air power has stopped the rebel advance for now, but the Russian strategy cannot be aimed at reunifying Syria under Assad’s regime; they know that his army is too weak and fragile for that. So there has to be some kind of diplomatic deal, and the signs are emerging of what Russia has in mind. Putin insists that he will not accept the partition of Syria between the Assad regime (which still controls most of so-called “useful Syria”), Islamic State in the northeast, and another Islamist ministate run by the Nusra Front in the northwest. But that partition has already happened on the

ground, and a ceasefire would freeze it without anybody having to admit that it is permanent. That’s why US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to meet with Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, in Vienna last Friday. Even Turkey and Saudi Arabia eventually showed up at the meeting, and a new session is planned for this Friday where even more countries may show up. It is possible that a ceasefire may eventually emerge from this process, and Lavrov claims that he can deliver Assad’s agreement to it. What would Syria look like in this best possible scenario. It still wouldn’t be very pretty. Assad would keep control of Syria’s big cities, and would rule almost two-thirds of the population. Islamic State would go on controlling eastern Syria (and western Iraq), and would continue cutting heads off in the usual way. The Nusra Front and its allies would rule over the northwest, and impose a somewhat less extreme form of Islamist rule there. If there is no ceasefire deal, the Russians will go on supporting Assad for a while, but they have no intention of taking large casualties. No other outside player – the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia – is willing to commit ground troops to the battle against Islamic State either. So in the end, the jihadis may conquer Syria anyway. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.


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Synergy through board retreats Trina Boymook In early October, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Board of Trustees and the Superintendent took part in a Board retreat at Pigeon Lake. Over two days, the retreat produced invaluable insight and a strong vision for the entire Board. Typically, when you think of a “retreat,” it means taking time away from your everyday routine to recharge and reflect—almost spa-like. A Board retreat is a little different. It’s about taking time away from your daily job routine to do essential, uninterrupted work you wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Throughout the retreat, we had a number of discussions regarding generative governance that identified the Division’s underlying values to drive the strategy, processes, and procedures used by our administration. Depending on the topic, some of these discussions will require a series of additional conversations to gather further information. Meanwhile, other topics will require more time and research to determine the right direction to take. The retreat also offered an opportunity for us to develop a number of work plans for the year ahead. This work included the development of an advocacy plan that identifies areas where we want to focus our efforts. We also reviewed the overall needs of the Division and drafted a preliminary plan for EIPS’ unrestricted reserves. With the number of school capital projects currently underway, the work ahead will include public consultations in the coming year. We have also identified the Board’s priorities for 2015-2016. These work plans also encompass tasks that will be required of trustees and administration throughout the implementation of the Education Act. Following two days of productive meetings, trustees walked away from the retreat both energized and excited for the work that lies ahead. Trina Boymook is the Board Chair for Elk Island Public Schools. Connect with her at 780-464-3477 or on Twitter @TrinaBoymook2.

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ATB carves out VALID donation Cindy Baydala and Shannon Curie of Alberta Treasury Branch Vegreville presented a cheque for $250 to Karen Streets and the fine folks at VALID, including Audrey and Wayne who are featured in the photograph, after the bank held a pumpkin carving contest in the days before Halloween. People had to pay to cast a vote as to which entry they thought was the best. VALID will be using the funds to assist in their Christmas party this year. (Michael Simpson/Photo)

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How was your garden? Vegreville Garden Club The Vegreville Garden Club held their meeting on Oct. 26 with the President opening the meeting and Jane introducing our guest speaker, Mark Dowhaniuk of Destination Gardens. “Gardening has always been of great interest to me and my mother’s garden was dedicated to growing vegetables,” Mark said. He

gave a history of the farm that he now operates, which is in its 5th generation after starting in 1905.

Mark uses his garden to feed many families as a business venture. Beginning as a commercial straw-

november 18, 2015 berry farm in 1996, Mark took over the operation from his mom and has since added Haskaps berries, 2,300 plants in total. He has added 400 canes of raspberries, 3,000 strawberry plants and in 2014 he added 3,000 cabbage plants. On the farm there are 140 raised beds where the vegetables were freshly picked and distributed in baskets to people who paid a membership fee and received a basket valued between $20 - $25 weekly for 10 weeks plus a harvest basket at the end of the growing season. He talked about some of the varieties he has grown and the results he experienced. Beans – Dragon’s Tongue, Beets – Red Ace, Bull’s Blood, Carrots – Ya Ya, Baleros, and many more. Members spoke about their experience with growing their vegetables from varieties to soil conditions and pest control. Many took notes from Mark’s growing varieties and expanding Destination Gardens with more plants and processing some cabbage into sauerkraut. As members put it, nothing tastes good like a freshly-dug vegetable and enjoying the f lavour. Thanks to Mark for his presentation, and we hope to see more vegetables and also about the Haskap berries from Destination Gardens in 2016.


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New benches for hospital Vegreville Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Alberta Command Legion Ladies Auxiliary presented St. Joseph’s Hospital with two benches for visitors and patient use near the front entrance to the hospital on November 3. Presenting to Hospital Administrator Anthony Brannen (left) and Hospital Unit Manager Tracy Watson (right) are Verna Buckland, L.A. President and Julie Welsh, L.A. Past President. (Michael Simpson/Photo)

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on the Seine. We started getting reports of shootings via Twitter and Facebook. We started getting phone calls from loved ones at home who had already heard [about the attacks] and saw lots of police were racing along the river banks to the sites of the shootings and bombings,” Warrington said. At the Stade de France, three separate bombers detonated themselves in separate incidents outside the stadium at 9:20, 9:30 and 9:53 p.m. “[This was] my fourth time in Europe in four years,” Warrington said. “I never really noticed anything out of the ordinary [leading up to the events]. There was some military presence in a couple of the main tourist areas and a heavy police presence which is not uncommon, but very noticeable.” News websites such as Anitwar.com have alleged that France had been receiving

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intelligence warning of imminent attacks from intelligence agencies in Turkey, Iraq and Israel for months, including the day before the attacks. For the travelers, when their boat reached dock, they were quickly put aboard their tour bus and driven back to their hotel. “Everything was locked down,” Warrington said. “Our hotel lounge even closed early and we were told to go to our rooms and stay inside.” The following day, they were allowed to leave their rooms, but were encouraged not to walk in large groups and to avoid all monuments and tourist attractions, which had been closed down. Warrington recalled the streets were very quiet the next morning in Paris. As more information became available on what had happened, Warrington realized his tour group had dodged the violence more than once. “The attacks were in the 10th and 11th district, about 9 kilometers from our hotel. But we were in those areas on a US tour earlier Friday morning,” Warrington said. “It appears that the areas were targets due to the fact that they were in highly congested trendy areas. The Bataclan concert hall is a small venue of only 1,000 so it likely had lower security. The cafés and restaurants hit were full and all have a style of having sec-

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A souvenir Shawn Warrington didn’t expect to take home from his trip to Europe, a copy of the Paris newspaper Le Monde the day following the attacks.“It makes us think though; we had eaten at countless bars, cafés and restaurant just like this,”Warrington said. (Photo supplied)

tion right on the street. It makes us think though; we had eaten at countless bars, cafés and restaurant just like this.” Responsibility for the attacks, carried out by 7 people, has been claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The attackers, some of whom were known to police for previous crimes, were nationals of France and Belgium and possibly other locations in the Middle East. Warrington said that the people of Paris were in the process of picking up the pieces as his group left for home the day after the attacks. “The city was coming together to cope with this all. Paris held three days of mourning, and the lights on the Eiffel Tower have been turned off. It was a somber mood, but by days’ end [Saturday] it ended up that a lot of businesses opened. Some had signs up and were closed. But life was returning to normal.” A map of the attacks that were carried out in Paris on November 13. 1) near Stade de France, 2) Rue Bichat and rue Alibert (Le Petit Cambodge; Le Carillon), 3) Rue de la Fontaine-au-Roi (Café Bonne Bière; La Casa Nostra), 4) The Bataclan Theater, 5) Rue de Charonne (La Belle Équipe). (Wikipedia/Image)


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Fun in the Sunshine Rosanne Fortier It was a sale where vendors could rent a very reasonably priced table. In it were items that enticed even fussy customers to take them home. Vegreville’s Seniors Sunshine Club Centre’s Craft Sale/Flea Market on November 7 wasn’t profit-driven, but was a means to get people in to find out what the club offers. “This sale was meant to get people to meet and get to know our board members and see what we are doing in the community. We are opening up our place to other organizations so they can come and join us and use the facilities here. This sale brings people from out-of-town so they can see what the town is all about.” Nick Chrapko, President said. “Also, people from other dropin centers around Vegreville can come in and we can compare notes and because we all have the same issues and wants and needs, we can learn from each other.”

The Vegreville Seniors Sunshine Club Centre’s Craft Sale/Flea Market on November 7 was a means to get people in to find out what the club offers to citizens and the community. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)


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On Thanksgiving, the New Kiew Catholic Church was filled as parish members and guests attended the Divine Liturgy celebrated with newly ordained Father Jim Nakonechny and parish priest Father Don Bodnar. Following the service everyone proceeded to the parish hall for a potluck Thanksgiving dinner. Congratulations to Father Jim on his recent ordination to the priesthood. Shown in the photo are (left to right) Alter Server Nathen Palsitt, Father Jim holding son Hryhory, Dobrodilka Olya holding son Mykola, Father Don, Alter Server Michael Cymbaliuk. (Kathryn Cymbaliuk/Submitted)

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ATCO Electric and ATCO Gas announced a donation recently that will help Vegreville Composite High School purchase new and safer equipment for its gymnasium. “ATCO Electric has a long history of supporting the communities we serve,” said Sett Policicchio, President, ATCO Electric.“We are pleased to support a project that addresses health and wellness in schools, and provides a safe environment for physical activity,” Policicchio said. “ATCO Gas is pleased to support efforts by parents and the school to provide a safer gymnasium for both students and visitors to the school,” said Bill Stephens, President, ATCO Gas. “Safety is a core value at ATCO Gas and this donation contributes to a safer community that is also healthy, active and engaged.” “Thanks to community-minded businesses like ATCO Gas and ATCO Electric, we’re able to purchase more modern and safer equipment for use by our students and the community,” said Jeff Hollinshead, Principal, Vegreville Composite High School. ATCO’s contribution is part of a larger $250,000 gymnasium modernization project that includes upgrades to the gym’s bleachers, fitness area, basketball nets and mats. (Photo submitted)


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Naturopathic doc runs healthy practice from BDC

Naturopathic Doctor Liona Manuel has been growing her business from zero to a long list of over 200 patients in just under a single year, operating out of a pair of spaces she’s renting at the Business Development Center. Manuel said the success is due in part to the opportunity provided by the Vegreville Economic Development department’s Business Incubator program at the BDC. (Michael Simpson/Photo)

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Liona Manuel opened her doors inside the Business Development Center in March of 2014. Since beginning her work there as a naturopathic doctor, Manuel’s practice has grown to include clients from not only Vegreville, but also people seeking a natural solution to health issues from Edmonton. The Manuel to Health Naturopathic Center is a roadmap to growing a successful small business out of the opportunities that the BDC provides, Liona said. “The Vegreville Business Development Centre has been able to provide my business with all the necessary amenities for my professional business. There is wheelchair access, ample parking, decent-sized rooms and an easy-access location in the downtown core and still much privacy despite being a shared space,” she said. “The centre was also able to provide the proper type of room for my business as the building was previously a medical building.” With two offices rented, Liona’s business has grown with the support she’s received from the community as well. “My business is definitely growing exponentially. I’ve been fortunate to have continual referrals from amazing patients and local health practitioners. In about a year, I was able to grow to over 200 patients. The interest is definitely out there as more and

more people are looking for alternative solutions for their health. I cater to people who not only want alternative therapies, but also those who want an integrative approach to their health (combining both conventional and alternative therapies). As the main Naturopathic Doctor in East Alberta, I have patients coming from Edmonton to Lloydminster, and even outside Alberta, from Saskatoon.” Liona’s take on being able to use the Business Development Center is one of appreciation. “These [types of] programs are beneficial to small businesses in communities as they provide a proper starting point for small businesses. The business centre offers a cost-effective solution with all the appropriate amenities for businesses to start up. Furthermore, it can help businesses connect with other community resources to help improve and expand their businesses.”


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Bohrson wins coveted volunteer award Rosanne Fortier Vegreville’s own Allan Bohrson just received a Recreation Volunteer Recognition Award which was presented by the Honourable David Eggen, Minister of Culture and Tourism. The Awards Ceremony took place at the President’s Award Banquet during the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) Conference and Energize Workshop, at Lake Louise on Oct. 24. “I feel honored [just] to have been nominated, and then winning one of the 4 awards presented in Alberta,” Bohrson said. “I have been volunteering with sports organizations for years, and started getting involved with Vegreville Minor Soccer when my kids started playing soccer in Vegreville. I got involved with soccer when the club was recruiting volunteers to help with coaching and being part of the Executive.” Bohrson has been involved with coaching soccer in Vegreville for more than 12 years, and has been a member of the VMSA Executive for over 10 years, as well as President for the last 5 years. “I am also the 2nd Vice President on the Lakeland District Soccer Association Board,” Bohrson mentioned. “I plan to continue my volunteer work with the Vegreville Minor Soccer Association and the Lakeland District. I would also like to get more involved with the Vegreville Recreation Department to find solutions to have adequate facilities in Vegreville for the very large soccer membership in that we have in Vegreville and surrounding area.” Bohrson admitted to where he was in respect to volunteering in the future. “With the continued growth of the sport of soccer in Alberta and Canada, I hope to be able to help the community of Vegreville in being able to provide a great recreational activity, and continue to work together with Town Council to provide facilities for this sport, so our kids will always have an opportunity to play soccer.” Bohrson said. “Our Vegreville Soccer Association provides a community sports program for all ages of kids. Both the indoor soccer program and outdoor program provide an affordable, organized sport where the kids learn life values such as teamwork, respect, discipline, fair play, and leadership. All of our volunteers put in long hours and lots of extra work, and we are very happy that our Association is getting so large and has a very strong membership. Seeing the positive effect that this sport has on all of the kids and their families is very rewarding, and it makes all of the extra effort worthwhile.” Bohrson added.


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find this very troubling. There are other things about this Annual General Meeting that concern me as well. The meeting was scheduled on a week night (Thursday) with a start time of 7:00pm; Especially at this time of year, I feel starting at 1 p.m. on a Saturday may have allowed more members to attend, e.g. seniors or others who have difficulty driving at night, those with children in school and/or early morning work responsibilities the next day. The registration process was inadequately staffed and as such the meeting didn’t start until about 8:35 p.m. This resulted in the meeting going much later than expected, putting pressure on those attending. This was clearly evident when midway through the meeting many persons started to leave. The Bylaw proposal presented by the Board, to change the quorum requirements to 75% of all members, for a vote to sell, was most troubling. Ironically, the Board was asking those members present to support a Bylaw that would have essentially taken away one of OUR RIGHTS, as members, to choose the future of OUR REA. Fortunately the motion was defeated. With respect to the Bylaw proposal the meeting Chairman allowed REA President Bernie Klammer and a guest from another REA to speak at length about why they thought it was an important Bylaw and why it should be supported by the members present; These two presentations were made prior to the Bylaw being “moved and seconded”. This is contrary to accepted procedure as described in Roberts Rules of Order. I challenged the Chair on a “Point of Order” in this regard, but my objection was overruled, wrongly I believe. Additionally, with respect to the Bylaw proposal, I attempted to introduce an amendment to change from the “75% stated in the original motion” to 25%, which is a more realistic number of members one could hope to have attend an SGM to conduct a vote to sell. Coincidentally there were about 25% of members present at this AGM; a far cry from the typical 10 to 25 members that usually attend; My attempt to introduce this amendment was flatly denied by the REA Board and President. Following the vote the REA President announced those who would act as scrutineers and the 5 individuals named were all either directors or employees of other REAs, who were in attendance as guests by invitation of the Board; I question whether those selected are impartial as they were strongly out-

spoken in favour of the Bylaw; with that in mind I suggested two members be appointed as well. The President declined my challenge and simply named 2 more persons as opposed to accepting any volunteers from the membership, myself included. After the ballot count and the Chairman’s announcement the motion was DEFEATED, a member requested the final count of the vote; This request was deferred to the Board by the meeting Chairman and the Board chose not to release the results. I do not believe the Board’s refusal to announce the ballot results was proper. I believe the mandate of the Board should be to: fairly, honestly and in an open manner conduct all business of the REA in the best interests of all its members and to provide the highest level of service at competitive rates. After seeing the actions of the Board over the last few months and at this year’s AGM, I wonder if they are truly acting in the best interests of their members. I must say I am truly disappointed, to say the least. This pretty much sums up my recall of the meeting. On another note I must say those present conducted themselves in a civil manner and for that I commend all those in attendance. I also want to thank all those who came out and especially those who helped DEFEAT the Board’s Bylaw proposal. If anyone wants more information, want to help and/or want to get their signatures on the petition we have circulating, please contact any of the following: Dennis: 780-6560101; Ed: 780-6566361; Rod: 780656-1106; Joe: 780-632-9414; If anyone is interested they can also visit us on Facebook @: Lakeland REA Petition Committee

Sincerely, Dennis Holowaychuk

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Ask the Guys Dear Classified Guys, I'm moving across country to a new job and putting my house up for sale. Since I lived in my home for over 20 years, I never really had any experience in selling one before. I made the mistake of asking a few friends for advice. While most of their ideas were outlandish, like putting in a swimming pool and having a pool party to attract buyers, there were others that made sense. I have one friend who is very tech orientated. He told me there is a trend to make homes more "wired" so they have more cable TV connections, telephone jacks and computer networking capabilities. He says people are looking to connect their PC's in common areas like the kitchen, near their TV set and even in their bedrooms. I could see this as a definite selling point and a much better idea than a pool party. Before I do anything, can you tell me if it really pays to invest in making my house more "user friendly"? Carry: While the pool party

sounds like a lot of fun, it probably won't help the sale of your house. We're guessing your "friend" doesn't work in real estate! Cash: It is true that newer homes are being built with more

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Buying a home can mean committing to a large monthly mortgage payment. However, that may not be the only new expense. On average, buyers of a newly built home spend around $12,300 on furnishings in the first year. Buyers of an existing home tend to spend slightly less at just under $9,000. And despite the variety of items there are to purchase, there is one common appliance most new homeowners buy first…a new television!

As the father of three teenage girls, my husband has learned three things: he needs an appointment to use the bathroom, he can never use the telephone and he doesn't stand a chance of getting a word in at the dinner table. All in all though, he handles us chatty girls rather well. However, ever so often he lets others know what life is like with four women at home. When we went to look at new appliances for our kitchen, the salesman showed us the latest models. "We have a full line of appliances that communicate with you," he shared eagerly. "The refrigerator can even recite back your shopping list." Unfortunately, my husband was not buying it. "I live with four women," he explained to the overzealous salesman, "I really don't need anything else that talks!" (Thanks to Jasmine P.)

Get Smart data lines in them than older homes. And it makes sense since so many appliances and computers can now communicate with each other. Carry: With today's technology your computer can control your thermostat, preset the coffee pot, and monitor the contents of your refrigerator so the appliance creates a grocery list and tells you when to go shopping. Still, a notepad on the door will probably work just as well! Cash: Although many of these appliances and computers communicate wirelessly, adding structured wiring in new homes is becoming common. On the other hand, retrofitting an existing home to have the same options rarely

pays, especially if you're planning on selling. The vast majority of homes still operate by running wires where and when they are needed. Carry: If you're looking to make your home more appealing and sellable in this market, your best option would be to invest in updating the landscaping or giving the home a clean appearance. Your home's curb appeal is still the number one selling point and the first thing potential buyers notice. Cash: Despite all the technological advances, the most "userfriendly" homes are those that simply look good. Although when you do sell you house, a pool party at your new home could still be a great idea!

It seems appliances may be smarter than we are at helping to save electricity costs. General Electric initiated a program that uses smart electric meters on demand-response appliances to help consumers save money. How does it work? When the utility company is at peak electric usage, they would send out a signal to the smart meter. The meter would in turn send a signal to the smart appliances to not use energy during that time or operate on a lower wattage. As long as homeowners don't override the system, they would use less energy and see a lower electric bill. •

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HOMES FOR RENT 3 Bdrm Townhouse, $1090/ mo. available immediately. Call Dave at 780-632-0321 or 780-932-0041 2 bdrm mobile home. No pets. Phone 780-632-1551 New 3 bdrm duplex Vegreville. $685/mo. Call 780-603-0692. New developments. Advertise your rental property here for as little as $7.95 per week! Double wide mobile home. Newly renovated, N/P. Phone 780-632-1551 3 Bdrm mobile home. N/P. Phone 780-632-1551 Vegreville – 1 to 4 Bdrm homes, 2 to 4 appliances, N/S, N/P, References. PH: 780-658-2504 2 bdrm, 1 bath, main floor, fresh paint, new flooring, clean, bright, spacious, single garage, large fenced yard, heat/water/laundry included. $899/month+DD. Phone 780-904-0393

2 bdrm house in Innisfree. Top floor only. Includes water, power, gas, basic cable, and large fenced yard. 40 km from Vegreville and Vermilion. $1000 per month. Call Tracey at 780885-3759 4 Bdrm house Vegreville. Fenced lot. N/S, N/P, $1400/mo. D/D same. Phone 780-632-4487 Newly renovated, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, Vegreville. Available immediately. Single car garage. New carpets. Call or text 780-686-9608 2 bdrm House, N/P, N/S, $950/mo. + utilities. PH: 780-603-3125 Two hills – 2 bdrm, 1 block to Mennonite School. $525/ mo. plus utilities. Ph: 780709-6963 RENT TO OWN – clean, 3 bdrm, bungalow in Vegreville. 1,080 sq. ft., $1300/month. Call 780993-3819 Newly renovated 2 bdrm house, Vegreville, N/S, N/P, 5 appl. $1100/mo. D/D same. Call Shane 780-6957240 Newer Home. 3 Bdrm, 2 bath, upstairs laundry, full basement, big yard. January 1, 2016. $1300.00. Phone 780-658-2221 Small 2 bedroom renovated house on quiet street. Large yard & deck. Fridge, stove, washer, dryer. Suitable for a couple or 1 person. No smoking No Pets. Available Dec 1st. For application & viewing call 780-603-3908 3 Bdrm with 2 full and ½ baths. Approx. 1100 sq ft, with all appliances. No utilities added. No pets. $1200/ month. Available immedia t e l y. Email: goodviewhomes@gmail. com Willingdon – Mobile all appliances. Or rent to own, $900/mo. PH: 780-3672974

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WANTED CARBON CREDITS – Attention Farmers – Not Completed? Call Today! 780-603-0630, Crystal Wants to purchase minerals and other oil and gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557 Denver, Co. 80201

Leanne Christensen KidSport Whether you cheer for the Edmonton Eskimos or the Vegreville Vortex, the Edmonton Oilers or the Vegreville Jr. B Rangers, sports play a huge part of our everyday lives. Participation in sports fosters an increased quality of life physiologically, socially and emotionally, better functioning in school, and teaches kids leadership and interpersonal skills, pride and team spirit. Research has shown that 1 in 3 Canadian kids can’t afford the cost of organized sports. At a local level, KidSport Vegreville is here to change that. Launched in 1995 after the AGT ‘March of Champions’ Torch Relay, en route to the Canada Winter Games in Grande Prairie, KidSport was left as a legacy in 10 communities, one of which was Vegreville. Today, KidSport Alberta has grown to 39 chapters, providing support to over 100 Alberta communities. 20 years ago, a passionate group of dedicated KidSport Vegreville volunteers made the commitment to keep kids off the sidelines, and paved the way for the current committee to live up to their legacy. From March 1995 to December 2014, KidSport Vegreville has provided grants to 587

How does KidSport Vegreville raise funds? We raise our funds strictly through fundraisers and donations. We’ve been fortunate that KidSport Vegreville has been the recipient of many donations over the last 20 years. All funds raised/donated, stay in Vegreville, and because of your generosity, we’ve been able to increase our funding limit to $300.00 per child per calendar year, allowing kids to participate in over 60 different kinds of sports. Our 2014 KidSport Vegreville/Habs Alumni Fundraiser raised over $12,000; we look forward to more exciting fundraisers in the years to come. Who are our Local Partners? KidSport Vegreville is proud to have 3 major local partners who help make this chapter a success: The Town of Vegreville, The Kinsmen Club of Vegreville, and The Elks Club of Vegreville. We’ve also been blessed to have a great network of resources, willing to assist whenever we ask: Baron’s No-Frills, Vegreville and District Co-op, Vegreville Jr. B Rangers, Vegreville FCSS, Vegreville News Advertiser and the Vegreville Aquatic and Fitness Centre just to name a few.

1985 F350 Dually. Extra long flat deck, $1600. 780-922-5999 1997 Ford 7.3 Diesel, 4 x 4, missing transmission. Nice deck, $2800. 780922-5999 2000 Dodge Dakota V8 4x4 Farm Truck. $1,600. 780-922-5999. 2006 Honda Pilot 6 passenger SUV. Loaded. $5750. 780-994-3005

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1999 Chev Silverado 3/4T, 4x4. Good for farm. $1500. Phone 780-994-3005 2004 Dodge Ram 4x4. Body damage. Farm truck. $1800. Phone 780-9943005 New, complete, exhaust system, fits GMC, Chev, crewcabs. $ 600.00. Phone 780-632-9689 2001 Dodge Cummins Diesel. Sport, RWD, automatic. 196,000K, $11,500. PH: 780-994-3005

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Shoveling 4 Charity. Need your snow shoveled this year? We are a new company looking to make a difference in the community. 25% of your rate will be donated to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Call 780-903-1709 for great rates and help make a difference. In your home babysitting. Days or evenings. Phone Annie 780-632-4530, cell 780-603-8517

SNOW BLOWER For Sale: Like new 27” twostage, electric start. Craftsman snow thrower. $800 Ph: 780-318-3932

Holden Christmas Market. Saturday, November 21 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Holden Community Hall. Crafts, baking & more. Lunch concession, door prizes, horse drawn wagon ride and a visit from Santa. Phone 780688-3852 Christmas Tea and Bake Sale. Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Vegreville United Church. By donation. Come out for tea and fellowship. Check out the Christmas decorations and baking for sale. Apples Crafts 23rd Annual Sale. November 27, 28 & 29th from 10 am – 5 pm. For more information call Ethel 780-658-2676

The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” - Ken Doherty

kids, for a total of $83, 247. Pretty impressive numbers, but we know we have more work to do. So far in 2015, we have funded 57 kids! The current KidSport Vegreville chapter is comprised of Chair: Derek Christensen, CoChair: Rochelle Holynski, Secretary: Lyndsay Haaland, Treasurer: Marc Bredo, and MembersAt-Large: Leanne Christensen, Tracy Lashowski and Joel Wright. At this time, we would especially like to thank each and every one of our past volunteers for their dedication and time to KidSport Vegreville: Past KidSport Vegreville Chapter volunteers include: Ken Wilson, Brian Henderson, Jim Davis, Terry Semeniuk, Paul Wilde, Murray Palamerek, Darcy Sarafinchan, Peter Dobbie, Ruby Wilson, Angie Henderson, Dave Evans, Dennis Zaparyniuk, Ryan Veldkamp, Sonee Ramdowar, Christie Kastendieck, Stacey Helfrich, Shannon Kerr, Dorris Lee, Ashley Ferguson, Toby Starko, and Jody Chadney. How Did We Celebrate our 20 years? During the fall registration night, we held a barbeque and served over 200 hotdogs and cookies for those hungry souls signing up for sports and fun. The barbeque would not have been possible without the gracious donations from Bill and Maryanne at Baron’s No Frills (hotdogs, buns and cups), Glenn at Vegreville Co-op (KidSport cookies), and Vegreville Emergency Services (grill). We were very pleased to have KidSport Alberta’s Executive Director, Erin Bilawchuk, on hand to help with the celebrations. We are also pleased to announce that the cooked leftovers were donated to the Rock Ministries, and the uncooked leftovers were donated to the Vegreville Food Bank.

Where Can you Find us? You will find KidSport Vegreville chapter members giving back to the community by volunteering at Reindeer Lane, the Kids of Steel Triathlon, the Eggcellent Obstacle Race, Spring and Fall Registration Nights, and our Annual Family Day Road Hockey Game. You will also see us in the local parades, handing out goodies and smiles. We meet monthly to learn new and better ways to help kids and to continue to promote awareness of KidSport Vegreville in the community. You can also find us -On our Twitter Page: @KidSportVEG -On our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KidsportVegreville -On our Website: www.kidsportcanada.ca/alberta/vegreville -By Email: vegreville@kidsport.ab.ca -By Phone: 1-888-91-4-KIDS (1-888-914-5437) Where do we go from here? KidSport Vegreville is committed to continuing to provide funding to keep kids off the sidelines, so ALL kids can play. If you have questions, please contact us. If you’re interested in volunteering, please send us a message on Facebook or Twitter, or send us an email. We couldn’t do this without the continued support of our community, and for that, we are all extremely grateful. Here’s to another 20 years!


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MEMORIAM

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BEAUDETTE, Anne In memory of our Dear Mother, and Grandmother To a Life Of Eternal Rest November 16, 2007. It was our Mother’s Love That made our house a home. A place to be remembered Where ever we did roam It was our Mother’s Patience To bring us children up right, Her courage and cheerfulness Made our dark days so bright. It was our Mother’s Thoughtfulness In mending our hearts’ deepest hurts, With her skills and endurance She mended our socks and shirts. It was our Mother’s Gentle Kindness To forgive us when we’d error, She took our troubled thoughts in hand And bowed her head in Prayer. It took our Mother’s Endless Faith Her confidence and trust, With guidance through our pitfalls To be genuine and just. And that is why in all this world There could not be another. Who could fulfill God’s purpose As completely as our Mother. A wish for one precious moment To see you at our door, Fill our home again with happiness We wouldn’t ask for more In Loving Memory. Richard, Jerry, Shirley Anne, Megan and Bill

SLADE, Walter Charles June 13, 1920 – November 9, 2015 The unpretentious WW11 Veteran, Walter Charles Slade, passed away, suddenly, on November 9,2015 at St. Joseph’s General Hospital , Vegreville, Ab. He leaves to mourn his passing, his daughters Shirley Blanche(Ernest William) Preuss of Vegreville and Laura Muriel Janet(Wellington David)Bourne of Bloomington, Ont. Affectionately remembered by grandsons Brian(Shelly) of Peace River and Daniel B.(Annette) of Grande Prairie, Ab.; Clint(Deb), Craig, and Sean(Virginia) in Ontario: great grandchildren, Darren(Jamie),Tanner, Daniel(Krista);Justin and Megan; Christina, Josh and Matthew; Destiny: and eight Great great grandchildren! Regarded by his extended family, Joanne (Lester) Brown and sons Devan, Cory ( daughter) and Dalton of Fort St. John, BC: Very special friends Rhonda and Shade (his protege) Clark. He is survived by his brothers, Leo (Maxine) and Don (Cathy) of Dartmouth/Halifax, NS; sister-in-law, Muriel(Edward)Doyle, brothers-in-law, Frank(Shirley), Stewart(Becky) and Alvin (Doris) Webster, PEI. He was predeceased by his loving wife of forty five years, Emily Blanche (Webster-Warren): his parents, Walter S. and Estella (Nickerson) and siblings, Billy,Estella (Ken)and Arnold (Alice); granddaughter, Karen Lynne Blanche; sonsin-law, Ernie and Dave; brothers-in-law, Eddy and Ken and sister-in-law, Alice. Many nieces and nephews in NS, PEI, BC and Ab., cherish his memory. Wally or Charlie as he was sometimes known (Too many Walters where he resided) enjoyed a very rewarding life! It started when he joined Sea Cadets, the Militia, the Royal Canadian Army (serving in Britain),CNR, RCAF, as a civilian diesel mechanic on various radar stations across Canada, even Tulle, Greenland; DOT as lighthouse maintenance, most notably on Sable Island off NS where he also looked after the famous ponies, and his twenty year career with the Department of National Defense, in Bacarro, NS and Kapuskasing, Ont The family would like to thank the staff at the University of Alberta Renal Insufficiency Clinic, the Vegreville Manor and the local Hospital for their care and Park Memorial for helping with his last wishes: Cremation. There will be no Funeral but a family service in PEI at a later date. Donations in his memory, made to a charity of your choice, will be gratefully acknowledged. His favourite sayings: You always remember, you never forget! Old soldiers never die, they just fade away! And so, we as family and friends, say a loving, goodbye.

Hossay, Duncan Duncan Raymond Michael Hossay of Vernon, B.C. died suddenly on Monday, November 9th, 2015 at Kelowna General Hospital. He was born on February 25th, 1963 in Shelbourne, Nova Scotia to Raymond and Melva Hossay. In 1983, he married Karen and together they had two children, Joseph and Leah. Karen passed away peacefully in 1998. In 2010, Duncan met Suzanne and her two boys, Aaron and Blaine. They began their life together in Vernon where they were involved in many local community organizations around Duncan’s love of cars. Duncan is survived by his soulmate, Suzanne; his son, Joseph (Tina) and their children Rylie, Cadence, Ava and Jayden; mother Melva; sister Patty (Ken) Podoborozny and their children, Kendra and Natasha; stepsons, Blaine (Jamie) and Aaron (Keirah) and children: Josh,Mason and Addison. Duncan was predeceased by his first wife, Karen; daughter Leah; and his father Raymond. The Celebration of life was held in Vernon on Friday, November 13th, 2015. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Duncan may do so to the Alberta Cancer Foundation or charity of ones choice.

SOPROVICH In loving memory of my husband George, who passed away November 17, 1987, son Dennis on November 14, 1999, and daughter Dianne on October 5, 2012 in a tragic accident by a drunken driver. The special years will not return when we were all together. But with love in my heart you will all walk with me forever. Now all I have are your pictures in a frame and memories. They say time heals all sorrows and helps us to forget. But time has only proven, how much I still miss you all yet I mourn for you all in silence, no eyes can see me weep. But many a silent tear is shed, while others are asleep. The family chain is broken, but will all link as God calls us one by one. Always loved and missed by Daisy and Family.

VORSIC, Anna December 30, 1914 – November 15, 2015 On Sunday, November 15, 2015, Anna Vorsic of Vegreville, Alberta peacefully passed away at the age of 100 years. Anna is survived by her loving family, children Sonny (Emil) Gulayets, Richard (Diane) Osadchuk and Josh (Sue) Baney; ten grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; two sisters Mary Osadchuk and Theresa Corry; along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Anna was predeceased by her husbands Alex Wynnychuk, Martin Osadchuk and Frank Vorsic; parents Vasyl and Olena Hewko; son Walter Wynnychuk and daughter Vivian Spence; one grandson Ken Wynnychuk ;one sister Olga Huculak; seven brothers Peter, Nick, Paul, Mike, John, Joe and Walter. A Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church (5705- 51 St.) in Vegreville, Alberta with the Basilian Fathers officiating. Interment to follow in Riverside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church – Vegreville. To send condolences visit www.autumnrosefuneralhome.com Autumn Rose Funeral Home Ltd., Vegreville,780-603-5800


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VVA how to do Expressive Arts Heather Frayne, BSW, Expressive Arts Therapist Many people have heard of Art Therapy, but what is Expressive Arts Therapy? Expressive Arts Therapy is the art of expressing yourself through art,

movement, play, dance, poetry, music - any creative outlet – in order to work through an emotion, process an experience, and ultimately come back to your authentic self. It is low skill / high sensitivity. I have heard so many people say, “I can’t do art. I can’t even draw a stick figure.” At a certain point in childhood we start to worry about how our art looks, and get frustrated when what we put on paper is a far cry from the image in our

heads. And then we stop creating. How sad! Expressive Arts can be a way to come back to our essential creativity. This form of art making is more focused on the process and the simple enjoyment of making marks on the paper. And when this type of art-making meets the human need for self-expression, something powerful happens. In my personal art journey, I tend to lean towards visual art and poetry. Painting in particular has held my fascination of late. Flora Bowley’s book, Brave Intuitive Painting, has

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been a great inspiration. Bowley encourages experimentation and play through a number of techniques such as dripping paint, using your fingers, and turning the canvas around until something emerges that you want to work with. Layering is key. According to Bowley, “there are no mistakes in the creative process. Everything that happens along the way – every dab of paint, every emotion that arises, every brave new choice – is an important ingredient in the final offering. Working from this perspective leaves no room for fear to slip in… there is no wrong way.” This is also a wonderful metaphor for life! Each of the following three paintings were created in this fashion. I had no idea what I wanted to paint when I began. Somewhere in the layering process, images began to take shape, much like when cloud watching. I began to outline these and fill them in. I continued by asking the painting what it needed next – a certain colour? Texture? Detail? It unfolded through this dialogue. In the end, each painting seemed to be speaking a comforting message to me, offering exactly what I needed to hear. It was like it came from me, but from


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outside myself as well. All I can say is, I’m hooked, and don’t plan to stop painting anytime soon! As an expressive Arts Therapist, I do workshops and 1 on 1 therapy in Vegreville. More information can be found on my website: www. autumnleafexpressivearts.com. The VVA Gallery is located in the

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Vegreville Centennial Library , where this featured art form will be displayed. Anyone wanting further information about V.V.A., including becoming a member, can contact mpvarga@shaw.ca or visit VEGREVILLE VISUAL ARTISTS on Facebook.


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Anna Miok, mother of fallen soldier Sgt. George Miok (2009) of the 41 Combat Engineer Regiment, lays the first wreath at the service. (Michael Simpson/Photo)

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Nov. 11 marked a solemn and well attended Remembrance Day service at the Vegreville Social Center with hundreds present to hear words of gratitude, compassion and caution. Beginning with the march on the colours, Legion Padre Rev. Carolyn Woodall led the crowd in prayer. Laying the first wreath of dozens that day was the Anna Miok, mother of fallen 41 Combat Engineer soldier Sgt. George Miok, who had visited Vegreville on several occasions for parade duty and during military exercises. Miok perished with three other soldiers and Canadian Journalist Michelle Lang in 2009, while on his second tour in Afghanistan. The armored vehicle Miok was traveling was destroyed by an improvised explosive device

south of Kandahar City on December 30. In his civilian life, Miok taught religion, health and math to grade 7 students at St. Cecilia’s Junior High School in Edmonton. Legion President Diane Fausak spoke after the laying of wreaths on the Legion, its continued purpose serving Veterans after 95 years and the Legion’s obligation to carry out acts of Remembrance, not only as a gesture of respect for those who served, but also as an awareness to future generations about the true nature and cost of war. Fausak also had kind words to share of the exposure given to Remembrance Day in Vegreville schools. “…it has been my observation that the most significant people who teach our young people about remembrance is our educators, and what a great job they do,” Fausak said. “Once again this year… the effort and dedication that our educators put

into their program is amazing. The students take active roles in the events and you can see that these teachers have been working hard to prepare a very special Remembrance program.” Following Fausak’s words, brief messages were given by Mayor Myron Hayduk and MLA Jessica Littlewood’s constituency assistant Carmen Lastiwka, followed by a series of scripture readings from leaders of faith in the spiritual community of Vegreville took place. This included a first, a public appearance by members of the Vegreville Muslim Association (VMA) who preach messages of peace and tolerance of all faiths, drawing from references in the Qur’an. Following these words, members of Christian churches in Vegreville also delivered readings of scripture from the literary works of their faith.


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Members of the 41 Combat Engineer Regiment sit silent, remembering.

Retired Cpl.Corey Sagstuen speaks of generational sacrifices and commonalities, reflecting after 24 years of service in the Canadian Military. (Michael Simpson/Photos)

Children from the St. Martin’s school singers listen to speeches.The group performed “Peace is flowing like a river” during the service.

Retired Corporal Corey Sagstuen, a 24-year veteran of the military who served two tours in Afghanistan, spoke next. “The halls of Valhalla sing with the songs of many of our brothers, as any warrior knows,” Sagstuen said, before pointing to the 41 CER members in the middle of the audience. “It is the sacrifices of these men, and their commanding officers seated at the front of the room that make

our lives possible. The sacrifices of our generation could not have been made before the sacrifices of the generation before that fought in those great wars.” Sagstuen said he still recalls his connecting to the generation of his forefathers after serving in combat. “It was in 2008, at the Legion in St. Albert. An old veteran came up to me. He said ‘now we have something in common…’” St. Martin’s School Singers sang ‘Peace is flowing like a river’ while an offering was taken, followed by presentations of the Bob and Jean Kelly Scholarship and Ladies

Auxiliary awards to Duncan Giebelhaus, Kaylee Siggelkow and Rachel Stefaniuk. Finally, a dedication was made of the Legion’s 2015 publication titled “Honouring our Heroes” to Mrs. Darlene Krec, whose husband, the late Jerry Krec, had worked with the Vegreville News Advertiser in 1996 to produce the original booklet. “Jerry had great respect for Veterans and how they impacted our lives,” Fausak said. “It was a tribute to these dedicated men and women and it inspired us to reproduce the booklet, adding new veterans and military, our Ladies Auxiliary and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”


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A tiresome, invisible disability

Rosanne Fortier A day in the life of a 20 year-old person can feel like a 90 year-old! I know because I tried on their moccasins. We grow up thinking doctors are ‘pill fairies’ who can cure any ail-

ment. It’s only when a mysterious and invisible illness hits us that we realize we are the only ones who can take care of ourselves. Up to my early twenties, I was bursting with energy at every step. A day with me consisted of a 10 mile

hike or a 15 mile bike ride. I was the employee who enjoyed working so much that I had to be coaxed by my supervisor to take a coffee or lunch break. And yes, I enjoyed taking extra work home. My story took a turn for the worse when I noticed that I had a flu that just wouldn’t go away and no amount of rest would relieve my fatigue. I loved to cook yet I became too tired to lift up a spoon. I walked liked a turtle and sometimes lost my balance or stopped and couldn’t continue walking. My other symptoms were muscle aches, sore throat, lowgrade fever and swollen lymph nodes. I went on many visits to doctors without any of them knowing what was wrong with me. Finally, a specialist confirmed I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A name attached to an illness is the first step to recovery. However CFS trivializes the disease. Yes, a person is tired but I could handle fatigue as a healthy person. The fatigue with this is like the difference between a spark to lightning. It cracks every nerve in a person’s body. CFS as a disease is not one doctors often sign off on for disability applications. In my case, I was rejected for financial assistance and had to walk the double edged sword of having to work but being too exhausted to. Fortunately, my parents witnessed my disabled state and they let me stay at home. For some, the hardest part of living with chronic fatigue syndrome is not being able to work eight hour-days. No one knows the privilege of being able to work at a full-time job until they can’t work. The loss of health is like any loss in life, it needs to be grieved. I allowed myself to do this. Part of the griev-

ing process is acceptance, and once I had done this, I could take control and take steps towards recovering my energy. From research, I discovered that Evening Primrose Oil balances the essential oils missing from a person’s diet. Flax Seed Oil seems to make a difference too. I informed my doctor of my discovery and he was thrilled that I could help myself. My doctor insisted that I focus on eat healthy foods be in bed at least by 8 o’clock every day. This was quite the feat for a person who didn’t enjoy sleeping that much until I noticed I finally felt refreshed from the rest and this enabled me to lead a normal life. I found a low-fat diet with limited sugar and caffeine helps and eating sardines, sunflower seeds and blueberries rejuvenated me. A professional recommended a muscle relaxation tape. I was skeptical at first until I thought that I didn’t have a lot to lose. This really relieved the sore muscles and sometimes it even helped the fatigue. My symptoms still wax and wane but I’m very content that I can work for a part of the day and I’m optimistic that I will be able to work full-time in the future. I believe not getting disability benefits was a blessing in disguise because I did everything I could to recover, contribute and earn some money. I discovered that I could do freelance writing for newspapers and magazines. Getting published really helped my self-esteem. I expect less out of life than I did when I was a healthy person. This chronic illness taught me to balance my life, not take any health for granted and reminded me that everyone has crosses to bear, but that bearing them makes us stronger.


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Mundare Library brings TransCanada Pipelines birthday smiles donates to Breakfast Club

The Mundare Public Library brought cheer and birthday wishes to the residents of Father Filas Manor after a vigorous round of Bingo. Everyone enjoyed the cake and ice cream that was provided. (Lois Zyla/Submitted)

Michelle Cherniwchan of TransCanada Pipelines presents Heather Giebelhaus, Breakfast Club Coordinator, with $2500 for the school snack program. (Community Association for Lasting Success/ Photo Submitted)


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Alberta Health Services 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: vegfoodbank93@gmail.com Vegreville Rotary Peace Park Bookings please call John Sawiak 780-632-3208 Girl Guides of Canada SPARKS – Kindergarten & Grade 1 to be determined. BROWNIES – Grades 2 & 3 meet every Wednesday from 6:00-7:30pm GUIDES – Grades 4 to 6 meet Thursday from 6:30-8:00pm PATHFINDERS – Grades 7 to 9 meet every 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 partner (or she herself) is involved with in any way in the Oil & Gas Industry. 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 (19561995), 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 service of the former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. Home of the Vegreville & District Sports Hall of Fame. Open Year Round. May-Sept Tues-Fri 11-5, SatSun 1-5. Oct-April phone for current hours. 1 km east of Vegreville on Hwy 16A. www.vegreville. com (780)632-7650 Historical Village and Pioneer Museum at Shandro. Located on Highway 857, midway between highway 45 and 28 north of Willingdon. A proud partner of the Kalyna Country Ecomuseum, this open air museum features 14 major buildings and artifacts 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 AA Meets at Vegreville Hospital every Monday at 8:00 PM 3rd floor. Effective Immediately. Alanon New Beginning Meeting will be changing day and time from Thursday to Monday from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Call 780-275-0054 for location. Rotary Club of Vegreville meets for lunch meetings every Monday at 12pm at VALID 484349 St., Vegreville. For more information contact Jody Nicholson at 780-632-2418.

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Every 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. Everyone Welcome!! 12 Step RECOVERY AT ROCK GROUP meets every Tuesday at 7pm in the upper room at 5014 – 50 St, Vegreville, AB. For info call 780-6322933. www.therockmc.com TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Weigh-in 4:45pm. Meeting 5:30pm at St. John Lutheran Church, 4513 Maple St., Vegreville. 780-6327433 or 780-658-2670. Every Wednesday Trapshooting Outdoor Range 7:00pm. Contact Geoff 780-632-1432 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 780-764-2341. Visit us at www.cadets.ca or www.aircadetleague.com Friday Prayers: Weekly Jumaat prayer in Two Hills. If interested, please contact Deen 780-6036090 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 780885-2627 LOAVES & FISHES Lunch starting Friday September 10 – 11:30am-1:00pm every 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 every Friday night at The Rock 5014-50 St. at 7pm. Call for info 780-632-2933 or www. therockmc.com Bible Study at 10 am at the Vegreville Seventhday Adventist Church, 5258 – 46 Ave. Everyone Welcome. 12 Step RECOVERY AT ROCK GROUP meets every Saturday at 7pm in the upper room at 501450 Street Vegreville, AB. For info call 780-6322933. www.therockmc.com Royal Purple Lodge #125 meets first Monday of every month, except July & August at Elks Hall. Contact HRL Joyce Porayko 780-632-3830 or Secretary 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.

“Women’s Book Club” meets first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at the Vegreville Centennial Library 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 every month. See www.redhatsociety.com 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 fourth Monday of every month at 1:30pm. See www. crownjewelsofcanada.com 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 every 2nd Saturday of every 2nd month. 780764-2099 Vegreville Hospitals Auxiliary Society meets third Wednesday of every 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 every 3rd Wednesday of September, November, February and June at 7:00pm. All members welcome to attend. Vegreville Garden Club meets the last Monday every month at the Seniors Sunshine Club, 4630 – 49 St. at 7:00 p.m. President – Marie Eliuk 780631-0770 The New Vegreville Aquarium Club meets every last Monday at 7:00pm at the Vegreville Centennial Library “Writer’s Group” meets last Tuesday of each month at 2:00pm at the Vegreville Centennial Library Legacy 4 Health Indoor Walking Program for Older Adults 10-11am at the Vegreville Centennial Library Gymnasium 4709-50 St, Contact Irvin Cowan 780-632-2977, Jim Nicholson 780-6326437, Carol Lynn Babiuk 780-632-3331 Are you or someone you know living with a Brain Injury? We can help! The Alberta Brain Injury Initiative provides support, coordination and education for brain injury survivors and their families. For more information on our free services call 1-866-645-3900 Tofield AA Meetings held Thursday at 8 p.m. Open meeting every 4th Thursday at 8 p.m. at Bardo Lutheran Church Bsmt 4737 - 57 Ave. For info call 662-3893

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.

AWANA - a Christian club for boys and girls age 3 to grade 6. Meets Thursdays from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Now meeting in the Alliance Church’s new building at 4606-55 Ave.Call 632-2261 for more information

Vegreville Wildlife Federation (Alberta, Fish & Game Association) Please check website VWF. ca Email: vegrevillewildlife@gmail.com

UCWLC Meetings to be held every third Thursday of each month at Holy Trinity Church Hall at 7 p.m. in Vegreville.

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Veg-Al Drug Society an Alberta Health Services, community funded agency - Room #217 Provincial Bldg., Vegreville, AB. Out patient counselling services 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 service available to those in the 632exchange. Phone 632- 7070. The Kinette Club of Vegreville meets every 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 AA 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 support are provided along with a great volunteer recognition program. Visit www.vegmin.com or call 780-6327920 for more information. Senior Floor Curling at 1:00p.m. every Monday & Thursday. Anyone interested please come to the Sunshine Club. 55+. Call 780-632-2624. Vegreville Flying Club meets every 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 interviews. Everyone is Welcome Prayer House 5729-44A st. Veg. North of St. Joseph Hospital come and share your testimony and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ without compromise. Every 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 AA Meeting in Mundare Sunday’s 7PM Town Building, Conference Room 5128 50th St. Contact Robert 780-656-5829 Willingdon & District Fish & Game Assn. Regular meetings, held every last Tuesday off each month (excluding July and August) at 7:30 p.m. at the Willingdon Arena upstairs in the Club Room Everyone Welcome. New to town? Join us the 1st Wed of the month for a newcomer’s potluck lunch. 12-1pm. Bring a friend! Bring a dish! Call FCSS 780-632-3966 for locations & info. AA meeting at Lamont United Church every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. PlayNation Poker, Vegreville Legion. Free live poker every first, second & fourth Wednesday evening at the Vegreville Legion. Register at 6:45 pm and cards in the air at 7:00 pm. For more information, contact allang@playnationpoker. com


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100 People Who Care

NOVEMBER 18, 2015 Lisa Topilko FCSS volunteer Coordinator

Join with other donors to directly benefit a Vegreville Charity! The concept is simple: people sign up to be a member. Members can nominate a local charity to receive up to $10,000. Members bring a $100 cheque to a gathering to learn about 3 local charities and the difference that can be made in our community with $10,000. The 3 charities (nominated by the members) are drawn randomly. Members vote after hearing 3 short presentations from the 3 chosen charities. Majority rules. Whichever charity receives the most votes from the members will receive all the cheques. FCSS is coordinating the very first meeting of 100 People Who Care but FCSS is not handling the cheques at all. Individuals will write their cheque payable to the chosen charity; not to FCSS. The charity requests a cheque so that they have the name and address of the donor for tax receipts. Cash is not safe for the charity to carry around, and credit/debit is not available so donors are asked to please come prepared. We understand that for personal, philosophical or religious reasons there may be certain charities some choose not to support. We highly respect that choice and suggest that the 100 People Who Care model may not work for you. We invite you to look at other ways of giving that are a better fit. Why join 100 People Who Care? Because you want to make a real difference in our community, and you feel that a small donation of $100 won’t really matter. You’re perhaps already living a very busy life. And you want to donate to charity but you want to know that it’s making a difference. 100 people X $100 = $10,000 which will make a significant difference to a local charitable organization. Go to www.100peoplewhocare.org to learn more about this global giving group. Or come to the first gathering at the Sunshine Club on Wed. Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. Watch the Town of Vegreville website (www. vegreville.com) after Nov. 27 to find out which 3 charities have been selected. Please call Lisa at FCSS for more information and to sign up as a member of 100 People Who Care. 78 0 - 6 32 - 3 9 6 6 or ema i l volunteers@vegreville.com


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