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Johnson given 12 years for shootout Michael Simpson Editor One year and ten months to the day after a violent encounter with police, Michael Johnson stood before a judge in Vegreville court and received a 12-year sentence for his actions. The incident occurred northwest of Tofield, the climax of a day’s worth of cat and mouse between Johnson and police after he was spotted attempting to steal guns from a rural property while driving a stolen pickup truck. While conducting a search at a farmhouse, police spotted Johnson’s pickup truck and attempted to take him into custody. Johnson was able to get to his truck, running down Vegreville RCMP Cpl. Travis Ogilvie as the officer tried to stop him. Johnson got his pickup stuck in a snow bank and opened fire on police, including Ogilvie who lay wounded on the ground. Johnson grazed RCMP Two Hills Constable Adam Rayner in the arm with a bullet, and was shot in both arms by police in the exchange. After several more hours in the cold, he surrendered to police and was transported to the hospital to be treated for his wounds. On the Oct. 6, 2015 day of his sentencing, Johnson apologized to the communities and people effected by his actions while he was “not functioning with a clean and sober mind. To the families and members of the RCMP, words cannot express how I feel,” Johnson said. He described himself as a generally respectful and law abiding man who made yearly donations to the Big Brothers

program. He was supported by letters of character from his girlfriend, his priest, and his grandparents. His lawyer described him as a model inmate who has since spent his time mentoring other inmates at a boot camp program offered through corrections, working in the prison laundry, and undertaking every type of rehabilitation program available, including bible studies, anger management training, addictions relapse prevention courses, all with above-average grades. The people in Johnson’s corner all agreed that when not on drugs, he was a contributing member of society who cared for his family and friends. Johnson conceded that he was standing before the judge as a result of his “embarrassing” actions and a drug habit he’d been using to cope with depression following a divorce. He admitted he’d made poor choices, and acknowledged those consequences were now having an impact on his family. Judge Pahl admitted just before he handed down Johnson’s sentence that he was impressed with Johnson’s presentation and conduct. He advised Johnson not to leave the courtroom totally discouraged after sentencing, as he appeared sincere in his desire to rehabilitate. His words of encouragement delivered, the judge then made it clear that Johnson’s actions in custody were “too little, too late” to have a major impact on his sentence, particularly when set against a lengthy criminal record that began in 1998, including charges of assault, theft, obstruction, resisting CONTINUED TO PAGE 7

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Michael Simpson Editor The first home game of the season on October 2 had a near packed house for the Vegreville Jr. B Rangers, and fans got an eyeful of solid hockey out of deal after taking the summer off. Vegreville built pressure midway against the Vermilion Tigers through the first period until Dylan McGee drew first blood for the Rangers with a feed from Jared Steinbach on a power play. As the second period got underway, Rangers Assistant Captain Grayson Soprovich was denied on a breakaway by Vermilion goalie D. Brooks, who would shut down any further scoring by the Rangers for the rest of the night, stopping 30 shots by the game’s end which include four agonizingly close shots by the Rangers in the dying minutes of the third. Despite taking an early lead, the Rangers were caught by surprise early in the third when the Tigers slammed two goals past Rangers Goalie Brendan Schultz within 30 seconds of each other. New Ranger Head Coach Randy Rook, a Camrose man who spent previous seasons coaching Jr. B hockey in Ponoka, stood with a father’s patience behind his team, giving instruction at the end of each shift and keeping players focused. Despite the loss, Rook still believes his team gave a winning performance. “I thought it was a very good game. We actually dominated that game as far as I’m concerned,� Rook told the News Advertiser. “The last ten minutes of the third period, [Vermilion] never got a shot. Sometimes the bounces just don’t happen; and I feel like we didn’t get beat by the team, we got beat by their goalie. Unfortunately those games are going to happen. Vermilion’s goalie stood on his head.� Rook said he’s pleased with the performance given by new goaltender for Vegreville, Saskatchewan-born Brendan Schultz, who played last season out of Whitefish, Montana in the WSHL. “Brendan Schultz played outstanding. He stood on his head whole weekend, and the boys were confident in him.� Looking further down the list, Rook said there’s not much he plans to change just two games into the season. “I think our roster is pretty much set, but I only have 20 carded players so I’m looking for solid, big defensemen and another backup goalie. Brendan is the starter CONTINUED TO PAGE 19

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Vortex take on Marauders

Lundyn Baxandall Submitted Oct. 2 had the Vegreville Vortex football club off to Vermilion to take on one of their biggest rivals, the Vermilion Marauders. Due to change ups within the league this year, Vermilion was moved up to Pool A, playing along schools such as Holy Rosary in Lloydminster, Cold Lake, Bonnyville and Westlock. A good, close, rough game can always been guaranteed when these two teams meet and this game was no exception! It was a close 29-18 for Vermilion going into the second half, with a final score of 49-18 at the end of four tough quarters. Nolan Kobelsky (#21) contributed 11 points, quarterback Nicholas Cheremshynski (#2) added 6 points, and Maclean Warawa (#77) nabbed a rouge for 1 point. Cheremshynski had a total of 196 passing yards. Kobelsky had 112 receiv-

ing yards, 1 interception and 1 field goal from 22 yards. William Quinton (#23) led the team in tackles, with 7 on the game, with Jared Kropielnicki (#54) right behind for 6. Kobelsky, Cheremshynski, Carson Brunet (#5) and Dartanin Brison (#34) had a combined 144 rushing yards. The fan presence as usual was phenomenal, including former head coach and current coaching advisor Colby Coers, who made the trek out to cheer the team on. The team appreciates everyone who has travelled with them so far this year. “I am always so pleased to see so many people make the drive to come watch the team play. It has to be uplifting for the team as well, knowing they have such committed support� Vegreville Football Association President Dellas Baxandall said. Vegreville plays their final regular season game on Thursday, Oct. 8 in Athabasca, with one clinched playoff game to be announced at a later time.

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Coats for Kids program in Vegreville United Way Submitted Coats for Kids and Families is a United Way initiative that began in 1992 due to overwhelming requests from families and individuals with limited resources in need of winter jackets. Many families continue to deal with sharply rising living expenses and simply don’t have the means to purchase the clothing needed to stay warm during Alberta’s harsh winters. The most vulnerable among us are children. Without adequate winter clothing, a child will have a difficult time reaching their full potential. In 2013, 7,830 coats were collected, cleaned, sorted and distributed. Vegreville and the surrounding communities have strongly supported this initiative for a great many years. As we move into the fall /winter season

the need for warm clothing is still very much a necessity. In the Vegreville area you can drop off your gentle used coats at either The Rock Ministries outreach center at 5014 50 street or Page The Cleaner, located at Ceramic Cottage at 5017 50 Street. Please note: Page The Cleaner is a drop off for cleaning only they are not the distribution center. Items accepted are: Men’s winter coats, Woman’s winter coats ,Children’s winter coats ,Toques/ mitts and scarves - adult and children’s sizes , snow pants- adult and children’s sizes ,winter boots , insulated work wear - men’s and woman’s , insulated work boots. Anyone in need of a coat can come to The Rock outreach center at 501450 Street and pick up a coat. Please call 211 or 780 632 2933 for hours of operation.

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90 Years Ago – October 7, 1925 The first snow of the season, less than an inch of it, fell here Sunday. Again on Tuesday a couple of inches of wet snow fell, leaving the roads very sloppy and wetting the stooks that remain. This wintery weather is seriously delaying threshing and will affect estimates of time needed to finish. Work on the new rink is progressing favourably. Three of the walls are partly up and the floors of the dressing room laid. The trusses are now being built and it is expected to have them ready for erection towards the end of the week. Arrangements for the taking over of the provincial government poultry marketing plant by the provincial poultry pool are under way between the officials of the pool and Hon. George Hoadley, Minister of Agriculture. This service has been in operation for some years, and has formed a substantial nucleus for the new pool. Pupils of the schools received a half holiday Tuesday afternoon to mark the visit of Premier King to Vegreville. The suggestion that they be granted the half-holiday was made by the Premier before his train pulled out and Chairman Russelll acceded to agree.

75 Years Ago – October 9, 1940 A fire last Saturday afternoon swept along the east side of Main Street in Holden, and destroyed three business places: Ledingham Hardware, Ton White’s office and one other building. Loss is said to reach $15,000.00. the fire originated from a glass container of gasoline, which Mr. Ledingham was handling. The bottom fell out of the glass and saturated his clothing and fire promptly commenced from a gas radiant in the store. Mr. Ledingham was very badly burned and is in an Edmonton Hospital. In 1941 Canada will be producing explosives at an annual rate more than twice as great as the entire production of this country in the Great War. Canada’s chemicals and explosives program now involves capital expenditures of about $60,000,000. This includes the erection of 10 new plants, several of which will equal in magnitude anything of a similar nature existing in the Empire. Vegreville High School Girls have formed a club for the purpose of doing their bit toward the War Effort. About 60 girls are registered for the different activities. Miss Garrison was chosen Honorary President.

50 Years Ago – October 7, 1965 A new 14 unit, completely modern motel is being built in Vegreville. The motel’s main unit, a combination house and office is now under construction at the corner of 48th street and 50th Avenue or Highway 16. That is just across the road from the Hi-Way Motel and a short distance west of the Bluebird Motel where the highway starts through town from the east. With about 20% of grain harvesting completed and with continuing forecasts of good weather most of the cash crop in this area should be off the fields and into bins soon. The long wet, damp, foggy and generally unpleasant spell of weather during September left it’s mark. Grades for wheat here fell from No. 2 to generally No. 4 according to elevator agents here. Some no. 3 is coming in. There is usually wide variety in yields. This seems to depend on the stage of growth of the grain when the hot weather hit last summer. Another factor is shelling of the grain. Some of this is because the recent high winds have picked up the edges of some swaths and tossed them.

25 Years Ago – October 2, 1990 At the regular meeting of Town Council, council gave permission for a fire hydrant to be painted like a cartoon character. A letter from Gayla Robert asked for council approval for the painting of the hydrant, located at 4150-48 St. Council approved the move, provided it was not done at the town’s expense. Vegreville Volunteer Fire Department volunteers were working hard to keep up with the appetites at the Fireman’s breakfast held Sunday, September 30. The crowd was to full capacity from seven in the morning to 11:00. Every member of both the rural and town components of the fire fighters was on hand to help out. The diners were also treated to free hats and pens from AGT, and had the opportunity to buy a $1 ticket for an autographed Oiler hat. Proceeds from the breakfast went to muscular dystrophy. A 15 kilometre base pavement project is scheduled for Secondary Highway 857 north of Bruce. The paving will complete the connector route between highways 14 and 16. The Bruderheim Agricultural Society held its fourth annual draft horse competition on September 15 and 16. Beautiful weather made the day enjoyable for the 10 draft horse and two light horse teams that took part.

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The bad thing about LAWS Gwynne Dyer One of my daughters once proposed that my t-shirt should read: “I don’t support war, but war supports me.” And it’s true, I suppose. So you might assume that I would leap into action, laptop in hand, when I learned that almost 3,000 “researchers, experts and entrepreneurs” have signed an open letter calling for a ban on developing artificial intelligence (AI) for “lethal autonomous weapons systems” (LAWS), or military robots for short. Instead, I yawned. Heavy artillery fire is much more terrifying than the Terminator. The people who signed the letter included celebrities of the science and high-tech worlds like Tesla’s Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, Demis Hassabis, chief executive of Google DeepMind and, of course, Noam Chomsky. They presented their letter in late July to the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, meeting this year in Buenos Aires.

They were quite clear about what worried them: “The key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI arms race or to prevent it from starting. If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow....” “Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group. We therefore believe that a military AI arms race would not be beneficial for humanity.” Well, no, it wouldn’t be beneficial for humanity. Few arms races are. But are autonomous weapons really “the key question for humanity today”? Probably not. We have a few other things on our plate that feel a lot more “key”, like climate change, nine civil wars in the Muslim parts of the world (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, southeastern Turkey, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and northeastern Nigeria) – and, of course, nuclear weapons. The scientists and experts who signed the open letter were right to demand an international agreement banning autonomous weapons, because we don’t need yet another hightech way to kill people. But they are

not “the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms,” as one military pundit described them. They are just another nasty weapons system. What drives the campaign is a conflation of two different ideas: weapons that kill people without a human being in charge, and true AI. The latter certainly would change the world, as we would then have to share our world with non-human intelligences – but almost all the people active in the field say that humanlevel AI is still a long way off in the future, if it is possible at all. As for weapons that kill people without a human being choosing the victims, those we have in abundance already. From land mines to nucleartipped missiles, there are all sorts of weapons that kill people without discrimination. We also have a wide variety of weapons that will kill specific individuals (guns, for example), and we already know how to “selectively kill a particular ethnic group,” too. The thing about autonomous weapons that really appeals to the major military powers is that, like the current generation of remote-piloted drones, they can be used with impunity in poor countries. Moreover, like drones, they don’t put the lives of rich-country soldiers at risk. That’s a really good reason to oppose them – and if poor countries realize what they are in for, a good opportunity to organize a strong diplomatic coalition that wants to ban them. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

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arrest and more. “The fundamental issue here is how much we are obliged to protect police officers while they attempt to enforce the laws that protect everyone,” Judge Pahl said. “You could have surrendered to police, you could have stopped, and put down your gun.” Judge Pahl then handed Johnson a sentence for 10 years for each assault on Ogilvie and Rayner, six months for each count of theft, two years for pointing a firearm at a police officer, two years for each count of possession of a weapon, all to be served concurrently. Added onto this ten-year sentence was 2 more years for attempting to shoot the police officers in the incident, bringing Johnson’s sentence up to 12 years in total. He was given a 2-year, 7 month credit for time spent at the Remand center during trial, for a remaining 9 years and 5 months to be served at Bowden Institution, where Johnson asked to be able to serve his sentence. He will also be under a lifetime weapons ban and must provide a DNA sample to a police database, as well as pay restitution to applicable parties. “When you have completed your sentence, come out with your head up and become a law abiding member of society,” were Judge Pahl’s final words to Johnson before he was led from the courtroom.


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canola, straw and slough hay to feed their animals, partly due to the hay shortage. Producers should be testing their feed to ensure proper nutrition is provided to animals. “Knowing the quality of the forage being used this winter is going to be critical to make it through on a short feed supply,” says Ba r r y Yaremcio, beef

and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre. With many canola crops containing large amounts of second growth and not being expected to be combined, crops are taken for silage or green feed. These crops need to be tested for the standard nutrients: protein; acid detergent fiber; neutral detergent fiber; calcium; phosphorous; magnesium; potassium, and, sodium. This is no different than for any other forage. Yaremcio cautions to keep a particular eye out for certain nutrients when testing as they could have a broader impact on overall animal health. “Additionally, canola is known to have the potential to contain higher nitrate levels, as it’s fertilized more than other crops, so it’s important to check them. Canola greenfeed or silage can also contain high lev-

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october 7, 2015 els of sulfur. If sulphur levels are too high there could be occurrences of polio in animals.” Yaremcio says that the testing done so far this season on green feeds and first cut hay has shown a decrease in protein content from average levels. “This is partly due to the fact that plants tend to mature 2-3 weeks faster than normal in a dry year which increases fiber levels and reduces protein content.” Though feed testing is important during the most routine of seasons, Yaremcio says that’s even more so important after the past dry season experienced by farmers. “If you’re short of protein, the first thing that happens is the microbes in the rumen are not able to repopulate themselves as quickly as they should; therefore, the animals can’t digest the fibers and feed remains in the rumen longer than normal. Over time, feed intake is reduced 5-10 per cent. Even though the animal may appear full the amount of feed consumed isn’t enough and performance will be impaired.” Many farmers are also facing restricted feed availability this year, so knowing how much of a good quality feed to mix with pea straw, cereal straw or slough hay is critical to achieving that proper nutritional balance to keep those animals in good condition throughout the winter. There may be some situations where it will be more economical to move the animals to feed rather than feed to the animals.

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Andrew senior girls V-ball tournament

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Andrew School was a busy place September 25 & 26 as Andrew hosted a senior high girls volleyball tournament. Despite our school not having a team of its own, there was plenty of competition from Lamont, Wainwright, Vermilion, Innisfree, Smoky Lake and Marwayne. The final game on Saturday was a nail biter between Marwayne and Lamont with the Lamont team victorious after three sets. Winning Bronze was Innisfree and St. Jerome’s School in Vermilion won the Consolation event. (Andrew School/Submitted)

AHS Submitted With autumn come a few certainties: f irst frost, Thanksgiving, changing leaves... and inf luenza. Inf luenza – often called the “f lu” – is unfortunately also often confused with stomach illnesses and common colds. The reality is that inf luenza is of far greater risk to our communities than the common cold and stomach f lu. As a severe respiratory illness that impacts the nose, throat, and lungs, inf luenza is a virus that doesn’t discriminate. Though children less than 23 months, seniors, and those with compromised immune systems are at greatest risk, no matter how healthy you think you are: if you aren’t immunized each season, you are at risk for inf luenza. Simply put: good health isn’t contagious, but inf luenza is. And chances are, your friends, colleagues and family members don’t want inf luenza any more than you do. To protect yourself, and others, this season: please, get immunized. Inf luenza vaccine will be available, free of charge, starting

October 20. All Albertans, six months of age and older, are eligible – and recommended – for immunization. Just as with other immunizations, the inf luenza vaccine is your best protection against disease. Each year, the inf luenza vaccine is developed to protect us against the strains of virus likely to circulate in our community, over the next six months. You can’t rely on last season’s immunization to protect you this season. Available at hundreds of AHS clinics around A lberta, and through many pharmacists and family physicians as well, inf luenza vaccine is easily accessible. Last season, more than 3,900 cases of inf luenza were confirmed in Alberta, and more than 100 Albertans passed away with the virus. This season, don’t become a statistic. The vaccine is safe. Inf luenza is not. Why chance it? To learn more about inf luenza, and to look-up your local clinic schedules, visit w w luenza.

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A.L. Horton welcomes Assistant Principal Ralph Arndt

Mr. Ralph Arndt is the new Assistant Principal at A.L. Horton School. He loves being at his new school and looks forward to the learning curve he will experience. Mr. Arndt has been in the classroom for 15 years. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Rosanne Fortier Mr. Ralph Arndt, the new Assistant Principal at A.L. Horton School, greets everyone he meets with a warm hello and handshake. He loves being at his new school and looks forward to the learning curve he will experience. Mr. Arndt has taught school for 15 years. The first school he taught was in Wabasca in the Northland School Division and he taught a year in Hobbema before teaching at other schools. His credentials include a Master’s degree with a background in Science and Education, the Instructor Strategies program which he completed in the summer of 2014 and a Leadership for Tomorrow Program that he finished the summer of 2015. Mr. Arndt lives in South Edmonton. He hopes to move to Sherwood Park in the near future because his family resides there. Mr. Arndt wanted to be a teacher so he could help future generations. “I had a great experience when I was in elementary school where I had a few teachers who I looked up to. They were very kind and gracious, and would play a lot of sports with the kids.” Mr. Arndt said. “I chose to teach elementary school because I feel I can have a bigger impact on children when they are younger because they look up to their teacher more then. I

can mold them into [good citizens], teach them the seven habits. “I think the number one talent a teacher needs to have is patience, understanding and the ability to know that different kids have dif-

ferent needs and you can’t use a one-size fits all approach. You need to have that collaborative approach with the community, parents, students and staff. When children make mistakes you have to take it as a learning experience for them and hope they will make a better decision next time the issue comes up. “My favorite grade to teach is grade four. I enjoy teaching Science the best. I really love technology also. “I decided to obtain a position in administrative leadership because after being in the classroom for 15 years, I wanted to take on a new challenge a nd expand my horizons. “My vision is to support the staff in what they are doing and help all the students in the LINKS program, regu-

lar program or Ukrainian Bilingual to be successful, become contributing members of society and fulfill their full potential.” Mr. Arndt said. “I look forward to working in the community. I’m on the M.O.D.E.L Project, Drug Coalition and interagency committees.” Mr. A rndt added.



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When better health grows on you Rosanne Fortier The earth has everything we need to be healthy, live long and feel vibrant. The Vegreville Garden Club meeting had a packed house at the Vegreville Sunshine Club when they invited Elizabeth Stefanska to be their guest speaker on September 28. Every month, the Garden Club usually invites a speaker and new members are welcome to join the club anytime. Stefanska hails from Poland and has been in Canada since 1987. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 1995 and is a physical therapist and gardener with an interest in holistic health. “Sitting is the new smoking. In the late 60’s, there was a study where they asked college students to lay for a month in bed. When they checked the young football players out after the month, they were in the shape of a 65 year old.” Stefanska said. “The most important part of exercise for your body’s benefit is change of position. When you have to sit down, get up every chance you can.” “If you’re over 40 and you don’t wake up in pain, you probably aren’t

The Vegreville Garden Club meeting had a packed house at Vegreville Sunshine Club when they invited Elizabeth Stefanska to be their guest speaker on September 28. Stefanska is a physical therapist and gardener with an interest in holistic health. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

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Vegreville RCMP On Wednesday September 30th, Vegreville RCMP received an anonymous tip that 21 year-old William Murtagh was observed in Vegreville. Murtagh is known to police and had outstanding warrants for theft under $5,000, possession of a weapon, possession of property obtained by crime, mischief, assault with a weapon, possession of a controlled substance and many more. Vegreville RCMP Members then patrolled and located Murtagh, attempting to arrest him. Murtagh ran from officers through the downtown area and at one time onto rooftops but he was unable to elude the more fleet-of-foot officers. Between officers on foot and officers in cruisers, Murtagh was caught and has since been further charged with Resisting Arrest as well as three additional Fail to Comply charges resulting from his arrest. He was remanded to custody and is to appear in court on October 26, 2015

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alive. I am not promoting any product and have no connection whatsoever with this product but one lady showed me an anti-aging sheet called Earthing-half sheet. She said after sleeping on this sheet with silver thread going through it and she connected it to an electric outlet for six months, her hip and knee doesn’t hurt anymore. I tried the sheet and it worked for me also,” Stefanska noted. Stefanska claimed that when our ancestors ate saturated fat, there were very little cardiovascular diseases. “I am not a dietitian but please draw your own conclusion and be inquisitive. Health is a great business and you need to make it your business and think-outsidethe-box.” A film by Dr. Sinatra was presented then. “The earliest and most primitive form of hea l i ng t he body was putting your bare feet on the ground. When people go to the beach for a vacation, they say they feel rea lly good. T hey are grounding themselves by going in the water and walking in the sand. T his process lifts the automatic ner vous system to a point where it’s functioning better. There are so many toxins in our bloodstream that it becomes so thick. When you put your feet on the ground, you are soaking up millions of free electrons through your body.” Another film which spoke about Earthing (reconnecting to the earth’s energ y) was


shown. “The human body is primarily electrical first, chemical second. When we are standing on the earth, we feel better because our body is electrically stable. This means going barefoot or purchasing a natural product. Earthing reduces inf lammation and stress, enhances circulation, thins the blood and makes it less sticky. It

helps people obtain restful sleep, has a tremendous impact on the quality of life, boosts energy, and reduces pain.” “Sun is good for our health. If you’re going to be in the garden a

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Ask the Guys Dear Classified Guys, When it comes to buying a home, I think there are always more questions than answers. My husband and I found a cute colonial that we just fell in love with. It had all of the amenities we wanted including a wellmaintained yard. We found the home advertised in a classified ad and were the first to respond. The owners are a middle-aged couple who lived in the house for over 20 years. They raised their daughter there until she went off to college last year. The couple was forthcoming about the pros and cons of the house and very easy to negotiate with. We came to an agreement rather quickly. That has me wondering. Since we are buying directly from the owners and developed a friendly relationship, do you think my husband and I need to buy title insurance? If they've lived in the house for 20 years without issue, what could go wrong?

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Carry: That's probably a ques-

tion best answered with Murphy's Law: "If anything can go wrong, it will." Murphy may not have been in real estate, but the rule of thumb probably still applies. Cash: There are a lot of details

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when buying or selling real estate, and as you mentioned, they can raise a lot of questions. Each detail should be handled carefully to make the sale a safe transaction for both parties. And since buying a home is typically the largest investment you'll make in a lifetime, it pays to protect yourself. Carry: You've already done much of the hard work in finding a house that you love. However, don't let your admiration for the home or the owners alter your judgment when dealing with the paperwork. Cash: The purpose of title insurance is to cover a broad range of issues that can arise after you purchase a home or property. It's often used to protect you against

previous mortgages, unknown owners, judgments against the property and a host of other issues that may not be known by you or the current owners. Carry: While you may be looking to save the cost, realize that doing so could leave you unprotected in the future. If you plan on getting a loan from a bank or mortgage company, they may require you to get title insurance before the purchase. Cash: By dealing with the owners directly, you've collected some great information about the house, property and neighborhood. So hopefully the sale will go as smoothly as your meeting with the owners and you’ll prove Murphy wrong!

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Title insurance on your home can be important if you ever have a problem, but how often is it really used? Compared to other types of insurance, the number of claims are small. On average auto and home insurance companies use about 70 percent of their premiums to pay customer claims. In contrast title insurance companies use only about 5 percent of premiums to pay claims.

The captain at our firehouse is always on top of things. We responded to a call for a fire that started with a barbeque and quickly spread to the entire deck. As the guys and I put out the flames, a crowd gathered. When we were done, our captain came forward to investigate. Looking at the crowd, he approached one man in particular. "Sir," he said, "I'm guessing you're the owner of this home and probably the one responsible for the fire." Seeming rather amazed, the owner asked my captain how he knew. "I have had years of extensive training," he boasted. "And besides," he added looking at the man's outfit, "you're the only one wearing an apron that says, 'Kiss the Cook'!" (Thanks to Darren H.)

This Old House If you've traveled to Europe, you know that homes dating back hundreds of years can be quite common. On the contrary, homes found in the United States are relatively young in comparison, with the exception of one house located in St. Augustine, Florida. This home, which resides on Francis Street, dates back to 1562 when immigrants began it’s construction. The walls were made with a stone-like material called "coquina" which is produced from the remnants of seashells. The house still stands today, more than 400 years later. The Spanish owned the home until 1821, when the territory of Florida officially became part of the United States. •

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Village of Ryley - Public Works Lead Position - Full Time – Permanent. The Village of Ryley is looking for an energetic individual who is interested in working in our thriving community. We are looking for a self-motivated, team player to join our team. We offer a supportive workplace setting that promotes transparency, innovation and community building. Duties and Responsibilities: Operation of various equipment and vehicles. Maintain roads and lane ways. Perform a variety of safe and efficient manual labour related duties. Maintenance and distribution of sewage systems as required. Ability to work in all types of weather. Responsible for, and/or oversight of, maintenance and repair of village equipment, machinery and buildings. Must participate in basic safety training as required. Demonstrate good customer service skills. Qualifcations: High school diploma. WHMIS & First aid certifcation would be an asset but not necessary. Valid class 5 Alberta driver’s license is required. Experience in operating equipment. Ability to work flexible hours and weekends. Provide a current drivers abstract. The ability to use hand tools and lift heavy objects. For initial consideration your resume must be received at the village office by October 2, 2015. If you are interested in joining our team please forward your resume to: Janet Winsnes, Village of Ryley, Box 230 Ryley, Alberta T0B 4A0. Phone: (780) 663-3653, Fax: (780) 663-3541, Email: Caretaker For Apartment Building Needed. Experience is not necessary as training will be provided. Retired single or couple is the most suitable and strongly encouraged to apply. Small repair skills an asset. Qualified candidate is expected to move into the building. Fax resume and application to: 780-488-8814 or e-mail:

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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! House for $850 + utilities. 2 Bedrooms. Phone 780908-4066, 780-275-0908. + Damage and Deposit; References Required. Double wide mobile home. Newly renovated, N/P. Available October 1. Phone 780-632-1551 3 Bdrm mobile home. N/P. Available October 1. Phone 780-632-1551 2 Bdrm house Mundare. $850/mo. Phone 780-6320321 Cozy 660 sq. ft., 2 bdrm house with garage. 35 miles East of Edmonton on Hwy. 16. $1200/month including power and gas. Phone 780463-3584 4 Bdrm house in Willingdon, N/S, N/P. Phone 587-2802775 Newly renovated 3 bdrm house, Vegreville. $1400/ mo. Single garage. Call or text 780-686-9608 3 Bedroom Home on Acreage in Vegreville limits. $1500/mth. Call 780-6321376

4 Bdrm house Vegreville. Fenced lot. N/S, N/P, $1600/month, D/D same. Phone 780-632-4487 1400 sq. ft., 3 bdrm house in Vegreville. Main floor with shared laundry. N/S, N/P, $1200/month. D/D same. Phone 780-632-0024

HOMES FOR SALE By Owner. 1 bdrm house for sale, 50x150 ft. lot. New furnace, new hot water tank. Sewage line upgraded. Moving. Must sell. $85,000. Phone Darcy 780-233-9732 Two Hills – Must sell house on corner lot, beautiful view, ready to be renovated. Call John now at 780-709-6963 or Carla at 780-456-4141

HORSES Curly horses for sale. New foals and adults. or call 587-594-2121


For Sale: 2 – 750 MF Combines. Phone 780-6031330 3 – 1984-1985 White 8920 combines w/direct drive or gear boxes for threshing. Shedded. Field ready. Very good condition. Phone 780-764-2152, 780-7180746 1988 18 ft. 722 CI Swather w/Schumaker wobble box and hitch for pulling swath roller. Shedded. Diesel motor. MacDon pick up reel. Excellent condition! Phone 780-764-2152, 780718-0746 For Sale: 1973, C65, Chevy grain truck, excellent condition, new hoist; 1979, 1370 Case tractor, 160 h.p.; 27’ Melcam, cultivator and harrows; 915 IH self-propel combine, diesel engine, low hours, excellent condition, shedded; 21’ CCIL-SP swather. For more information call 780-688-2039. Retired From Farming. 1997 MF 8120 w/loader, 4400 hrs, excellent rubber. $32,500. Phone 780-9943005

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SHARED ACCOMODATIONS Clean, quiet furnished room. Utilities included. Vegreville. $500/month. Phone 780-993-3819

TO GIVE AWAY Farm kittens, orange, 3 months old. Learning to hunt mice. Phone 780-768-2390 To good home, indoor cats & kittens. Fixed. Phone 780632-3868 or 780-275-0042 Farm kittens to give away. Phone 780-658-3382 6 orange kittens, 2 black with white markings; 2 adult orange cats, male & female. Call evenings 780-688-2287 3 – Black Cochin Roosters. Purebred. Under 1 year old. Phone 780-656-2371

PETS TRUCKS For Sale: 1 – 5 month old pup & 1 – 2 yr. old male dog. Border Collie/Blue Heeler cross. Out of working stock. Phone 780-688-2265 For Sale: 1 year old spayed Maremma cross pup. Phone 780-632-1340


1993 Chev 4x4 Ext Cab. For parts. $650. 780-922-5999 2002 GMC 4x4 HD ¾ ton Service Truck 340k $3500 780-922-5999 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


Information Meeting. Libertarian Party of Canada. Rober t McFadzean, Candidate. Friday, October 2, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Vegreville Train Station. Authorized by the official agent of Robert McFadzean. Creative Crafts and Gifts Galore Crafts & Trade Show Sat. Oct.17th, 10am-4pm. Derwent Rec. Centre. Over 90 tables booked to date with many new exhibitors. Over 600 in attendance. Numerous door prizes. Call Debbie Nazarchuk at 780-7412218

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Conservatives pledge action against ISIS in platform Shannon Stubbs campaign Submitted Canada is now a light that burns bright across the world. Through being loyal to our friends, compassionate to our neighbours and staying true to the values that have made Canada the best country in the world, Canada is making a positive difference in global affairs. And at times, we have been required to be courageous warriors in the face of evil that still plagues many regions outside our borders. There is no better example than the role Canada is taking against the so-called Shannon Stubbs, the Lakeland federal Conservative candidate speaks with Islamic State and the unspeakable atroci- reporters in Lloydminster after holding a fundraising event with supporters. ties they are committing against innocent (Photo supplied) men, women and children, and ethnic occupation of Crimea and standing with Ukraine, or and religious minorities. being a leading voice speaking against evil and corI’m proud of the role Prime Minister Stephen ruption, Canada stands strong in the world. Harper and the Canadian government have taken in In this election, Canada can’t risk stepping down joining international forces in its fight to stop ISIS. from its leadership role. Only when a light shines Our support of our allies in this critical mission is in bright can it keep out the darkness. the best of Canadian tradition. ISIS has also threatened Canada and Canadians Left to their own devices, ISIS will continue to tor- directly, so this is a matter of our own national ture and murder innocent people, and will continue security. A re-elected Conservative government will to create millions of refugees fleeing for their lives continue our obligation in fighting ISIS. We are from their homelands. taking measures here at home to ensure Canadians The Liberals and NDP say they will withdraw are protected, including stripping the citizenships of Canada from the international fight against ISIS, convicted terrorists here in Canada, just as is already suggesting Canada should only supply humanitarian done for convicted war criminals. assistance, but the Prime Minister said what advoWe will speak out clearly for our values, and against cates have told him clearly: “without military sup- forces in the world that seek to undermine them. port, all you’re doing is dropping aid on dead peoThis is the vision we have for our country, and it is ple.” this vision we believe that will keep Canada strong On top of our military and substantial humanitar- for years to come. ian assistance, Canada is also playing a key role in supporting refugees. To date, Canada has promised to accept thousands of refugees fleeing persecution from the evils of ISIS. We must ensure Canadians’ safety and security, while we are helping the most vulnerable people with care and due diligence. By sticking to our values, Canada is now more respected than ever around the world. In fact, a recent survey released this past summer ranked Canada as the “most admired” country with the “best reputation” on the international stage. This view of Canada did not happen by accident. Whether it’s been our principled support of the state of Israel, participating in the global coalition on ISIS, leading the world in action against Putin’s illegal



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CARD OF THANKS GRABAS The family of the late George Grabas would like to thank everyone for the love and support during our difficult time. We thank the relatives, friends and neighbors for your kind words, phone calls, cards, flowers, fruit baskets, food platters, visits, emails, prayers and donations. Thank you to the Doctors, and staff at the U of A Hospital for your care and compassion. Great thanks go to the Pallbearers for your help. Thank you to Very Reverend Archpriest Father Slawomir Lomaszkiewcz for officiating the service with the help of Melita Zubritsky and Victor Sorochan. Our thanks to Park Memorial staff for your kindness, professional guidance and help. A sincere thanks to Nadia Melnyk and her helpers for the meal that was prepared. Thank you again everyone for your kindness and prayers. Pauline, Lawrence, Linda, Susan, and Brian and Family KALYNCHUK We, the family of Julia Kalynchuk, appreciate the acts of kindess, love and support extended to our family during the loss of our Mom and Baba. We would like to thank relatives, friends and neighbours for their condolences, cards, flowers, food, donations and prayers during our time of loss. Your support has meant a great deal to us and helped us through this difficult time. With sincere appreciation, we would like to thank Fathers John and Ireney, Roman Kravec and the choir from Holy Trinity Parish for making Mom’s service memorable. We would like to extend a special thank you to all the people who assisted in preparing the delicious lunch and to Gordon and Patricia from Autumn Rose for their guidance and professional manner. We will miss Julia deeply, but take comfort that she is now resting in peace. May God bless you all. Jeanne Yakimyshyn and family


BEZOVIE, Justin Nicholas November 20, 1980 – October 1, 1997 In Loving Memory of our dear Son, Brother and Uncle. We sit here and ponder how much We’d like to talk with you today There are so many things That we didn’t get to say. We know how much you care for us And how much we care for you, And each time that we think of you We know you’ll miss us too. An angel came and took you by the hand, and said Your place was ready in Heaven, far above… And you had to leave behind, all those you dearly loved You had so much to live for, you had so much to do… It still seems impossible that God was taking you. And though your life on earth is past, in Heaven it starts anew You’ll live for all eternity, just as God has promised you. And though you’ve walked through Heaven’s gate We are never far apart For every time we think of you, You’re right here, deep within our hearts. Forever Loved and Sadly Missed Love Dad, Mom, Jamie, Remi, Bailey, Declan, Jocelyn & Darren


FRANKIW, Joe In loving memory of a dear husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who passed away October 8, 2014. We think of you with love today But that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and days before that too. We think of you in silence and often speak you name. All we have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake With which we will never part God has you in His keeping We have you in our hearts always. Forever loved and missed by wife Susan, children & grandchildren & great grandchildren



FRANKIW, Nadie In loving memory of Nadie who passed away 10 years ago on October 12, 2005. Sad are the hearts that loved you, Silent are the tears that fall. Living life without you, Is the hardest part of all. You did so many things for us, Your heart was kind and true. And when we needed someone most, We would always count on you. Those special years will not return, When we were all together. But with the love within our hearts, You will walk with us forever. Your place on earth none can fill, We love you and always will. Forever loved by your husband Eli and your family

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ORLESKI, Mary May 18, 1927 – September 30, 2015 On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Mary Orleski of Hairy Hill, Alberta passed away at the age of 88 years. Mary is survived by her loving family; five children Bob (Donna), Jeanette (Rene) Genereux, Georgina Orleski, Deborah (Bob) Gordeyko and Darlene Zielinski (Tom Melnichuk) ; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother Metro (Diane) Holynski; one sister Elsie (Orest) Hunka. Mary was predeceased by her husband John; her parents John and Alexandra Holynski; one brother Billy. A Funeral Service was held on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Autumn Rose Funeral Home in Vegreville, Alberta (5035-51 Ave.) with Very Reverend Fr. Slawomir Lomaszkiewicz officiating. Interment followed in Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church- Kaleland (Rng Rd 134 –Twp Rd 552 south of Hwy 45). Memorial donations may be made to the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church- Kaleland. To send condolences visit Autumn Rose Funeral Home Ltd., Vegreville,780-603-5800.

HOMENIUK, Mary J. January 2, 1928 – October 4, 2015 On Sunday, October 4, 2015 Mary J. Homeniuk of Vegreville (formerly of Willingdon) passed away at the age of 87 years. Mary leaves to cherish her memory, her sons, Larry (Carol) and Ron (Bev); grandchildren, Jackie (Stojan) Ratkovic and their children, Jacob and Abbey; Todd (Janell) Homeniuk and their sons, Ayden and Cole; Jason (Kristin) Homeniuk and their daughters, Anna and Lily; Darren (Brenda) Homeniuk and their children, Allana and Cameron; Raenell (Greg) Van Hecke and their sons, Jared, Ryan and Linden; and Rhonda (Dave) Beck and their sons, Reid and Miller; sisters, Julie Lastiwka and Kay Dary; sister-in-law, Nettie Ostapiw; along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Mary was predeceased by her husband, John; parents, Alex and Emily Ostapiw; brother, Harry Ostapiw; brothers-in-law, Alex Lastiwka and Mike Dary; and greatgranddaughter, Kara Homeniuk. Prayer service Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Willingdon Recreation Centre, Willingdon. Funeral service Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Russo Orthodox Church, Shandro. Very Reverend (Abbot) Gerasim Power officiating with interment in church cemetery. If so desired, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Russo Greek Orthodox Church at Shandro, c/o P.O. Box 322, Andrew, Alberta T0B 0C0. To send condolences, visit PARK MEMORIAL LTD. VEGREVILLE 780-632-2000 FAMILY OWNED FUNERAL HOME PRESTON, Donald On September 30, 2015 Donald Preston of Vegreville, formerly of Victoria, B.C., passed away at the age of 81 years. Celebration of Life will take place in Victoria, B.C. To send condolences, visit PARK MEMORIAL LTD. VEGREVILLE 780-632-2000 FAMILY OWNED FUNERAL HOME

KOWAL, Marietta Julia September 8, 1956 – October 5, 2015 On Monday, October 5, 2015, Marietta Julia Kowal of Mundare, Alberta passed away after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 59 years. Marietta is survived by her loving family, her husband of nearly 43 years Jim; daughter Vickie (Garry) Kowal Saik along with their daughter Hailey; daughter Julie (Jason) Kowal Campbell and their children Tristan and Adriella; and son Jason (Shannon) Kowal and their children Brandon, Trista and Elizabeth; siblings Leonard (Mary) Lysak, Lorraine (Robert) Lesher, Audrey (Larry) Desjardins and Marianne Lysak; sisters in law Sylvia (Owen) Kother, Sherlyn (John) Taylor; brothers in law Ernest (Debra) Kowal and Sam Wasylenchuk; along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Marietta was predeceased by her parents Mike and Barbara Lysak; two sisters Bernice Wasylenchuk and Theresa in infancy; parents in law Mike Kowal and Mary Kowal. A Prayer Service will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Mundare, Alberta where a Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with Basilian Fathers and Father Paul Lysak officiating. Interment to follow in the Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the “Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church” , “Alberta Cancer Foundation” or to “St. Joseph’s General Hospital – Palliative Care.” To send condolences visit A special thank you to the staff of the Strathcona Emergency Hospital; Royal Alexandra Hospital –Unit 54 ; U of A Hospital – Unit 3E and St. Joseph’s General Hospital for all the care and compassion given to Marietta. Autumn Rose Funeral Home Ltd., Vegreville,780-603-5800

CHARTRAND, Bonnie (nee BLAKELY) On July 7, 2015 Bonnie Chartrand (Blakely) of Viking passed away at the age of 57 years. Bonnie is survived by her loving spouse, Roger Maher; sisters, Heather (Chris) of Ontario, Kory of Saskatchewan, Jennifer of B.C., and Susan of Ontario; brothers, David of B.C. and Bobby of B.C. Predeceased by her parents, Barry and Eleanor. Memorial service will be held in Ontario in the spring of 2016. To send condolences, visit PARK MEMORIAL LTD. VEGREVILLE 780-632-2000 FAMILY OWNED FUNERAL HOME


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Duck a la spud Mundare’s Joseph and Iryna Prystash plucked a duck-like potato from their garden on September 12 and brought it by for authentication to the News Advertiser. While it did look like a duck, it did not quack like one. In fact it had very little to say, therefore, the spud was a dud, duckishly speaking. Darren Berezan,Vegreville Drag Racing Association Club President,donated $400 to Vegreville Transportation Services Society from the VDRA’s Race for Charity in August. Driver Elsie Kisilevich accepted the donation. (Photo Submitted)

Mercey’s heavyweight zucchini Darren Berezan, Vegreville Drag Racing Association Club President donated $400 to the Vortex football club on behalf of the VDRA. Head coach Anthony Bienvenue accepted the donation, which will help offset travel costs for the team this year as they play on the road. (Photo Submitted)

“Lord have mercy!” was the closest printable expression to what Mercey Moroziuk thought to herself when she laid eyes on a 20 pound zucchini she discovered atop her 7-foot high winter compost pile this fall. The big green giant, the size of a small child, was not a planned occurrence and will now culminate in an army of zucchini dishes of different sorts at her home.Several yellow squashes and modest pumpkins have also grown on the pile this year, but this veggie takes the cake. (Michael Simpson/Photo)

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New Rangers Head Coach Randy Rook maintained a paternal presence behind the Rangers bench over the weekend with his team. (Michael Simpson/Photo) CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2

and Levi is the backup, but if we get another backup that’s always good. Coaching in different leagues, this is probably the most talented four lines I’ve coached, whether midgets or Junior. I can roll lines whether it’s a penalty kill or power play and that’s great for any coach to have,” Rook said. “The boys are buying into my system, which focuses on aggressive forechecking and power play style, and from what I saw this weekend no one took a shift off.” Coming into the Saturday home game against Cold Lake, a team which has been a tough experience for Vegreville in previous seasons because of their size, this time around the results were much different as the Rangers skated off the ice with a 6-1 victory. “I think the biggest thing for the Cold Lake game was that the boys had a different atmosphere before the game; they seemed to be more relaxed. Before Vermilion they were maybe pumped up too high, and maybe they were gripping that stick a bit tighter. Against Cold Lake, they stayed level between periods, kept calm and relaxed. This helped their work ethic on the ice. We got that

one bounce against Cold Lake, and everything snowballed from there. It would have been interesting had Cold Lake got that first goal, but we did and so we didn’t have to find out what could have happened,” Rook said. “I think the referee in the Cold Lake game did a great job. When a player like Grayson Soprovich was virtually mugged down in one corner in that game, and he kept his cool and let Cold Lake take the penalty and he was on the ice to get a goal on the power play. That sent a message to the rest of the boys on the team about being cool, and playing like you want to win championships.” The Rangers will be on the road for games against Wainwright and then Lloydminster, which both have strong teams. “We’ll have to capitalize on our opportunities and hurt ‘em on the score sheet,” Rook said. “Our team is geared in this league as one of the top ones this season. I believe that [looking at] our four balanced lines. Other teams can overplay their two lines, but we what happens, bodies get sore and players get tired. I think we’ve got a ton of talent this season and we’re going to use it.”

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Cars help kids get a Jumpstart Even if the weather was cool on October 3, The Whole Canadian Tire Auto Service Team helped with the BBQ and everything involved with the day at Canadian Tire Canada’s Garage Car Show and Jumpstart BBQ. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Rosanne Fortier Canadians are known for serving people and cars of all ages. Canadian Tire Canada’s Garage Car Show and Jumpstart BBQ at Vegreville’s Canadian Tire Auto Service Shop did just that on October 3. Canadian Tire is a Canadian icon that’s been around since 1922. Its heritage is built on automotives. “Vegreville’s Canadian Tire wants to create some awareness that we have an auto body shop. We have a mechanic and a beautiful shop that works on all makes and models of vehicles.” Kevin Peck, who owns Canadian Tire with his wife, Jody since June 2014. Peck reaffirmed his love for the community. “We are having a Jumpstart BBQ and small classic cars show hosted by the Vegreville Iron Runners Club because we want to support the community and vintage cars really add to the event.” The whole Canadian Tire Auto Service Team helped with the BBQ and everything involved with the day. Will McQuarrie, Technician said he wanted to meet members of the community and generate interest in them in the service department at Canadian Tire which offers a full line of automobile services. Jumpstart gives children a well-rounded and active childhood All proceeds from the BBQ go to Jumpstart. Jumpstart is a Canadian Tire’s National charity. The organization supports kids and communities all across the country wherever there is a Canadian Tire and a Jumpstart Chapter. It helps to support families who can’t afford to put their kids into sports. People can contact Vegreville’s Canadian Tire and they will refer them to one of the chapter members who will start the application process. Jumpstart will pay up to $300 per session for the child’s equipment and registration. The glory of classic cars George and Velma Sample performed classic tunes while families browsed the beauty of vehicles from different eras. John Kitz, owner of an immaculately kept 1952 Chevy Coupe, says appearances are everything when it comes to cars. “I keep this vehicle’s appearance sharp by washing and polishing it often. The car runs well, it only has 68,000 miles on it. It used to be owned by my uncle who was a bachelor. When he passed away, it sat in the bush for about 20 years.

My cousin took it and started working on it; he chromed the bumpers and worked on the inside and then he put it back in the bush. I got it from him and finished it off. I repainted it and hired people to do the mechanical work needed for it.” John said. “I like classic vehicles because they bring back something from the past. Vehicles were durable and built well back then. I drive this vehicle around town to parades and events; you charge it, grease it and away it goes.” Rick Van Sligtenhorst displayed his 1937 Chevy Master Deluxe. This vehicle operates really well. Rick maintains it often and it is running and in driving order. The only disadvantage is the parts can be hard to get for vintage vehicles. Gary Linklater, Service Manager of the Auto Department showcased his 1973 Dodge Dart which he purchased recently and continues to make improvement on it. He’s not sure what he wants to do with the car yet and is considering belonging to the Iron Runners Club.


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MLA Littlewood outlines government spending Rosanne Fortier Premier Rachel Notley is not looking at creating a Provincial Sales Tax. This may have been the most succinct point Fort Saskatchewan – Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood could have answered during the Q+A session at the Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce General Meeting at Pomeroy Inn & Suites on September 29. “A few steps in the early days of government were to bring in a progressive tax system and a small corporate tax increase on businesses making more than $500,000 in profit. This enabled the government to bring some stability to the economy and will also help pay for the structural deficits that have been accumulating in our province,” Littlewood said. At a time when the provincial government hasn’t yet passed a budget, there were, understandably, questions on where the money was going. Littlewood had some answers. “We passed an interim bill that served to strengthen our education, health, post-secondary system and our human services system; $103 million helped hire teachers, honor teacher’s contractual agreements, replace grant cuts for the bussing of students and help keep funding in place for students who need supports and assistance to keep up with their class. $40 million dollars was invested in post-secondary education to freeze tuition. FCSS funding was increased by $10 million, $five million was invested in mental health funding and an extra $456 million was spent this year in order to cover the firefighting cost and drought assistance that was over and above the $301 million that is already budgeted for such emergencies,” Littlewood said. “We want to protect our infrastructure so it is there when we need it. When we have an economic downturn, we should not be cutting services that we worked so hard in the good times to build. Of course, we want to protect jobs and the economy. The government will be releasing a stimulus budget this fall that will lay the foundation for where we are in terms of economic diversification, infrastructure spending, and ways of how we can support small business not just [startup], but [also] support new innovative ideas to help them get off the ground. It will give access to capital and trade development for both small and large businesses.” Littlewood stated. “Today, our Premier was in New York advocating strongly for investment because when we invest in our infrastructure, it maintains Alberta as a place that people want to do business. Alberta has the lowest overall Provincial taxes in Canada with no sales tax and we have the lowest Provincial debt at net zero debt owing. “The Alberta Chamber of Commerce hosted the Premier in Edmonton. Premier Notley said we have prudent fiscal managing. The Premier has asked all of her ministers to manage growth. Many ministries will hold their line at zero. Education, Health, Human Services will be limited between two to four percent growth. There is only one way for government to succeed and it’s by being supporting an open, sustainable and increasingly diversified economy. Job creators create jobs in the private sector; not government. We will be honest, thoughtful partners to business owners in Alberta. Alberta will continue to be a healthy place for private investment. “The government has committed to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2018. On October 1, Alberta General Minimum Wage will [increased] to $11.20 per hour and a liquor server’s minimum wage [increased] to $10.70 per hour. When low-income families earn more they spend it immediately at local businesses which helps our economy to grow. Nearly two-thirds of minimum wage earners are adults, nearly half work full-time and nearly 60% are women. “We are maintaining one of the lowest small business tax rates in Canada at just three percent. Alberta is the best place in Canada to start and build a business. We have the best tax regime, the highest productivity rate and a skilled, educated and young workforce.” Littlewood stated. “The Agriculture Industry is one of the sectors the Provincial Cabinet will heavily lean on as it looks to grow and diversified the province’s economy. Alberta is the largest cattle producing province in Canada and the t h i rd la rgest

Fort-Saskatchewan/Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood was the guest speaker at Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce General Meeting at Pomeroy Inn & Suites on September 29. Littlewood said that this was her first meeting for the Chamber and she finds the citizens of Vegreville and area to be very warm and welcoming. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

exporter of agri-food in the country, after Saskatchewan and Ontario. We are continuing promoting Alberta products and opening markets nationally and internationally. We are strengthening programs that farm families rely on in times of emergencies and disasters. The Agriculture Financial Services Corporations has paid out more than $248 million in claims this year.” Littlewood said. “The government intends to protect and strengthen Alberta’s Environment. Municipalities and industries are important leaders in helping Albertans reduce emissions. Our government initiated the Climate-Change Panel which, under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Leach, is engaging Albertans in meaningful discussions and will be providing advice to government on permanent sets of measures. To help reduce emissions, create jobs and lower energy bills, we added $2 million for the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre. We need to develop ‘Made in Alberta’ innovations for renewable energy so we can create more mortgage paying jobs.” Littlewood mentioned. “We will be looking on how to strengthen landowner’s rights, provide fair compensation and due process in surface rights issues. The safe and efficient clean-up of wells is a concern for our government. We will be taking a look at strengthening existing programs that address abandoned and orphaned wells going forward. “This government continues to evolve their energy environment policy as they learn more from the ministry and leading professionals. Part of that work will be concluded with the Climate-Change Panel and the Royalty-Review Panel. Climate change is a key problem that every community and jurisdiction must address, especially energy-producing communities.” Littlewood stated. Littlewood said that she would direct some of the questions citizens asked her to the appropriate minister. One person asked what they plan to do for elderly care. “There will be funding for 2,000 beds over the course of four years. They will be reviewing all the applications for every facility that is already built to see what beds can be fixed.”

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TOWN OF VEGREVILLE Proclamation “2015 Fire Prevention Week” WHEREAS, the town of Vegreville, Alberta is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting Vegreville; and WHEREAS, fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the locations where people are at greatest risk from fire; and WHEREAS, in 2013 fire departments across Alberta responded to more than 2000 home fires that resulted in 23 deaths and 141 injuries. These fires results in $171,732,020 offinanciallosses; and WHEREAS, working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half; and

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WHEREAS, three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alanns; and WHEREAS, in one-fifth of all homes with smoke alarms, none were working; and WHEREAS, when smoke alanns should have operated but did not do so it was usually because batteries were missing, disconnected, or dead; and WHEREAS, half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep; and WHEREAS, Vegreville residents should install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home; and WHEREAS, Vegreville residents should install smoke alanns and alert devices that meet the needs of people who are deaf or hard of hearing; and WHEREAS. Vegreville residents who have planned and practiced a horne fire escape plan are more prepared and will therefore be more likely to survive a fire; and WHEREAS, Vegreville first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education; and WHEREAS- Vegreville residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes; and WHEREAS, the 2015 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” effectively serves to remind us that we need working smoke alanns to give us the time to get out safely. THEREFORE, I, Myron Hayduk Mayor ofVegreville do hereby proclaim October 4-10,2015, as Fire Prevention Week throughout this town, and I urge all the people ofVegreville to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement and to support the many public safety activities and efforts ofVegreville fire and emergency services during Fire Prevention Week 2015.


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Smoke Alarms Jerrold Lemko, Fire Chief Most fire deaths and injuries occur in the home during the hours of 11PM and 7AM when most people are sleeping. Smoke Alarms Save Lives! When was the last

time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? Was it last week? Last month? A year ago? If you’re like many people, you may not even remember. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature of Canadian households that they’re often taken for granted, and aren’t tested and maintained as they should. However, working smoke alarms are a critical fire safety tool that can mean the difference between life and death in a home fire. According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms can cut the chance of death or injury in a home fire in half. Meanwhile, NFPA data shows that home fires killed more than 2,300 people in 2012; many of these deaths could have been prevented with the proper smoke alarm protection. As a member of the fire service for 24 years, I’ve seen the devastating effects of fire first-hand; the burn injuries, the loss of homes and possessions are distressing. What’s even worse is witnessing a family’s anguish after a loved one has been killed in a fire. It’s heartbreaking. As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, 2015, NFPA is promoting “Hear the Beep Where you Sleep!” to better educate the public about the true value of working smoke alarms in every sleeping area. In support of these efforts, Vegreville Fire Department will

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be hosting local campaign activities throughout the month of October. My sincere hope is that all Vegreville and area residents participate in one or more of our Fire Prevention activities, and make sure there are working smoke alarms installed throughout their homes and in all bedrooms and develop and practice a home fire safety plan. These simple steps can help make a life-saving difference, and prevent the potentially life-threatening impact of fire. Here are additional smoke alarm tips to follow: • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement. • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound. • Test alarms each month by pushing the test button. • Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly. • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound and understands what to do when they hear the smoke alarm. To learn more about the “Hear the Beep where you sleep!” campaign, visit NFPA’s Web site at


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Fire Prevention Week Message from Eric Anderson, Reeve, County of Minburn No. 27 Many fatal home fires occur when people are sleeping and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crucial that working smoke alarms are in place to wake residents and give them time to escape. Smoke alarms need to be tested every month and their batteries replaced twice a year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a good idea to keep extra batteries close at hand. These simple steps can make the difference between life and death when it comes to home fires. On behalf of the County of Minburn Council, the County Manager and the Fire Chief I would like to extend a special thank-you to the volunteer fire fighters of our community. The commitment and donation of time from you and your family is appreciated by all residents within the County of Minburn.

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are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out. Here are some important safety tips: 1) Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home. 2) Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do. 3) Test alarms monthly by pushing the test button. 4) Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly. 5) Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it. 6) If the smoke alarms sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place. 7) Call the fire department (911) from outside the home.

Fire Prevention Week Message from Ross Warren, Fire Chief, County of Minburn No. 27 We’ve all heard the phrase “Location, location, location” but did you know that location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm? That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep”. In a fire, seconds count. Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. when most people

I am happy to report that 2015 has been a successful year for fire protection within The County of Minburn. Despite the extremely dry spring, the number of fire calls we have responded to in 2015 has remained low. On behalf of the County Council and County Manager, I would like to thank the volunteer fire fighters of the Vegreville Fire Department, Innisfree Fire Department and Mannville Fire Department for their commitment to the community to keep us all safe.


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Back Row Left to Right: Randy Metrunec, Evelyn Straty, Norm Brake, Sean Dubelt, Jessie Fedoriuk, Chance Straty, Dennis Maksymiuk. Front Row Left to Right: Brad Straty, John Fedoriuk (Fire Chief). Not in photo: Addam Saruk (Deputy Chief), Deb Axely, Terry Axely, Gary Dupuis, Murry Fodchuk, Dan Heartly, Roger Saruk, Carey Yaremchuk, Eric Carty, and Jody.

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Preventing and Reducing Risk from Wildfires Heartland 101 Nearly half a million hectares in the province have been impacted by 1,705 fires so far this year. This makes 2015 one of Alberta’s worst wildfire seasons in the last five years. Regionally since 2010, hundreds of wildfires with varying levels of severity have been responded to in Lamont, Strathcona and Sturgeon counties. Mutual aid and the ability to call on resources and assistance from local municipalities and industry enable responders to minimize wildfire impact to people and property.

At Industry Fire is a hazard identified in all local industry response plans. To prevent and reduce risk of damage to assets from wildfire, industries take the following actions: - utilize vegetation management programs - identify potential fuel sources and mitigation plans - routinely test fire water systems and emergency response plans On October 21st, an emergency exercise will take place in Sturgeon County. The scenario will call for activation of the response plans of industry, the municipality and Northeast Region Community Awareness Emergency Response (NRCAER) mutual aid. Exercises are an effective way for responders to work together and confirm response plans prior to an incident. At Home Residents and property owners can help prevent or reduce risk of damage from wildfires. This fall, take a look around your property and consider the following “Firesmart” tips: 1. Surround your home with a 10-metre defensible

space. Clear away trees, brush, and firewood that could add fuel to a fire. Use driveways, lawns, gravel and landscaping options such as more fireresilient trees to create a fuel break wherever possible. 2. Do not store gas/propane tanks under decks or porches. 3. Assess your roof. Clear away overhanging trees and combustible debris such as pine needles and other vegetation that could act as fuel for airborne sparks and embers. Keep all eaves troughs clear of dry material. If a roof is scheduled for replacement, consider installing more fire resilient roofing material, such as asphalt or ceramic. 4. Be visible in an emergency. Ensure emergency crews can see the address clearly from the road. Be

a community advocate for visible, fireproof street signs. 5. Be “Firesmart” inside the home. Keep one or more fire extinguishers charged and easily accessible. Install smoke detectors inside each bedroom and outside every sleeping area, as well as on every floor of your home. 6. Develop a fire safety plan which includes a home fire drill, and be ready at all times to put the plan into action. For more fire prevention and preparedness information, visit Stay up to date on industrial activity in the Heartland by visiting or following us on Facebook and Twitter.


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Smoke alarms save livesâ&#x20AC;Śwhen they work The sound of a smoke alarm can be a life saver! A smoke alarm gives early warning of smoke or fire danger but is useful only if it is in working condition. Most people who die in fires die from the inhalation of smoke which has toxic gases, and not from burn injuries. Statistics also show most fire deaths happen during the night when people are sleeping. It is vital that smoke alarms can give us the warning we need to get out of our homes quickly in case of a fire. A working smoke alarm means it has a power source, either battery or household electricity, and is able to detect smoke in the air and sound an alarm. When a smoke alarm goes off, it is your signal to get out of your home quickly. Because smoke alarms are designed to detect smoke very early, this gives you and your family precious seconds to escape from homes or buildings before the smoke and fire spread.

Laboratory tests indicate that either type of alarm is equally effective in the home. Many household fires produce detectable amounts of both visible and invisible smoke. Either detector will provide suitable warning for a safe escape from a fire emergency. Nevertheless, to cover all possibilities you may want to install one of each type of smoke alarm as recommended by the Office of the Fire Commissioner. Dual ionization/photoelectric alarms, which combine both technologies in one alarm, are also available. Be sure that, whichever smoke alarms you buy, they have been tested and labeled by an independent testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (cUL) which means the product is certified for the Canadian market, and to the applicable Canadian standard.

Choosing smoke alarms Special Features When you shop for your smoke alarms, you will find ionization or photoelectric alarms. What do these terms mean? Which type is better? An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoke from flaming fires â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like from a flaming pan fire. A photoelectric alarm is generally more responsive to smoke from smoldering fires â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like from a cigarette igniting a slow burning fire on a sofa cushion.

Many smoke alarm models now come equipped with enhanced features. Escape Light: When the smoke alarm sounds, an escape light is also activated, helping you to exit the area. Alarms with Strobe Lights: Some alarms come equipped with strobe lights to alert people who are deaf or hard of hearing. You can also choose tactile notification

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appliances, such as a pillow or bed shaker, which are activated by the sound of the smoke alarm. Lithium Batteries and 10-Year Power Cells: Alarms that use these power sources can operate for up to 10 years without requiring a change of battery. Combination Alarms: A smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm are in one unit. Make sure to note the difference between the sound of each alarm.

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Remote-Controlled Testing Buttons: No need to climb up on a ladderâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;smoke alarms with this feature allow you to use most standard TV/VCR remote controls to test your smoke alarm. Hush Buttons: This feature allows you to temporarily silence the smoke alarm in the event of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;nuisanceâ&#x20AC;? alarm, for example, from cooking fumes. Pressing the hush button automatically switches the alarm to a reduced sensitivity condition for a limited period of time. If a real fire occurs, and the quantity of smoke reaching the smoke alarm is sufficient, the alarm will sound.


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Skippen’s students do their part

Nicole Skippen’s grade 5 class at A.L. Horton prepared for the Sept 23 Terry Fox Run by discussing the man behind the marathon and his goal to help find a cure for cancer.“We decided that as a class, we would try and raise money for cancer research,” Skippen said. “We set a class goal of $1,500, in hopes that we could reach it. In total, our class was able to raise $2,658.This did not include my donation. They went out in groups, throughout Veg, and raised this money all on their own. They are such a passionate young group of kids with enormous hearts. All they want to do is make a difference and raising this money was that difference.” We at the News Advertiser can’t help but agree on a job well done. (Photo Supplied)

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Saving lives with the Man Van, man

Rosanne Fortier Prostate Cancer is a silent disease that has no warning symptoms, and if left untreated, it can be fatal. There’s a non-invasive test that takes five minutes or less and could save men’s lives. On September 25, Vegreville’s ATB Financial sponsored The Man Van from the Prostate Cancer Centre which was located behind the bank. The Man Van offered free baseline PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood tests to any man over 40. This test can inform a man on the amount of PSA in the bloodstream and can often foresee a man’s risk of prostate cancer. Many men dropped by to have a blood sample taken from their arm for the test during the day. “We had 20 men show up in our first hour. It’s essential to have this van because men don’t go out to get tested on their own. It’s not one of those things they think about when they go to the doctor. Also, most men we see are from rural areas or farmers and they are so busy they only go the doctors in emergencies. So, we feel it’s really important to get out to the men so they get tested.” Melissa Mikl, Medical Laboratory Assistant from the Prostate Cancer Centre said. “It’s so important for men to get tested because one in seven men get prostate cancer. 2,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer annually in Alberta, Eight men die every single day in Canada from prostate cancer and if we catch it in the early stages, 95% of cases are treatable.” The Prostate Cancer Centre is a non-profit organization established in 1999 that focuses on the early detection and treatment of prostate. The first Man Van was launched in 2009. They run solely on the generosity of their donors and corporate sponsors. You can access addition information at

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vEGGfest flapjacks serve fabulous results A send-off celebration for ATB Manager Doug Schaffner

During this summer’s smash hit vEGGfest event, the Kinsmen, Kinettes and Elks all worked together to put together a fantastic morning pancake breakfast on August 29. The well-attended breakfast raised $2,500 for the Chamber’s egg-refurbishment project, which must begin with an engineering assessment of the current state of the Pysanka. The breakfast was a success due not only to the inter-club cooperation, but also the terrific corporate citizenship of ATCO Electric for the supply of the grills and tents used at the breakfast. Indeed, ATCO’s presence was far reaching at the event, with tents and support for various locations around the park that day. All clubs are grateful to the community members, both private and corporate, who supported the event which brought Vegreville together. Pictured is Kinette President Candice van der Torre, Kinsmen President Scott Kucherawy, Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Bob Bennett, along with Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce President Darcie Sabados (center) and General Manager Elaine Kucher. (Photo Submitted)

Bone-sport benefits KidSport

(left to right) Rochelle Holynski, member at large for KidSport, Liz Swain, owner of L&R Oilfield Services presents a $685 cheque to KidSport- Tracy Laschowski, member at large and Derek Christensen,Vegreville KidSport Chairman. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Rosanne Fortier L&R Oilfield Services owners Rob and Liz Swain were thrilled to be able to present a cheque for $685 to KidSport recently. L&R Oilfield Services donated prize money from the Vegreville Bunnock Association Skill Challenge which charged $5 for person to enter. The challenge consisted of knocking down as many bones as a person could with four shots. The winner of this challenge was Dene Jamieson. “We chose KidSport to donate to because Bunnock is a great family game and KidSport allows all kids to participate in sports. $435 came from the Bunnock challenge, and L&R Oilfield Services donated $250,” Liz Swain said.

Doug Schaffner, Branch Manager of Vegreville’s ATB Financial stands beside his farewell cake before it gets cut at his send-off party on September 25. Schaffner said he is really going to miss the community of Vegreville. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Rosanne Fortier When a community respects and likes a professional, the feeling is usually reciprocated. Vegreville’s ATB Financial celebrated Doug Schaffner, the outgoing Branch Manager’s new posting as Branch Manager of Camrose ATB Financial Branch with socializing, cake and coffee on September 25. “I’m going to miss the staff at Vegreville’s ATB Branch and their commitment to making Vegreville a great community. I enjoyed all our customers and community because they accepted me and allowed me to be myself.” Schaffner said. “Also, I’ll miss how everyone in the community comes together to make events a success, such as vEGGfest.


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St. Martin’s School’s newly elected school government already seems to have a professional flair to them. (Left to right) Emma G,Town Manager, Keaton, Mayor and Emma H, Deputy Mayor for St. Martinville. (Rosanne Fortier/Photo)

Meet St. Martinville’s charming new executive team Rosanne Fortier St. Martin’s School’s newly elected school government already seems to have a professional flair to them. The town is called St. Martinville and their new Executive team consists of Keathon for Mayor, Emma H as Deputy Mayor and Emma G. as the Town Manager. “I feel good about being elected as Mayor because it will be cool to have some control and be able to change things at the school,” Keathon said. “My duties will be to do public relations and speeches, lead the government meetings, support the work of the administration, review bylaws presented by councilors and represent the town at meetings. Our first meeting went well. We went over how everything goes. We have a lot of ideas planned for St. Martinville. We want to have a police station where we will have students go around and watch the other kids. We feel we need this because a lot of the kids aren’t obeying the rules at recess and at other times.” Emma. H is excited that she got voted to be the Deputy Mayor. “I think it’s good that there’s a student government. Things were fine when the teachers were doing it but it’s better to have the students more involved in the decisions because they know what it is like to be student. “My duties will be listening to concerned citizens, reviewing the bylaws with the mayor, representing the town at meetings, acting in place of mayor if he is absent, ensuring bylaw proposals are properly drafted and explained. “The first meeting went well because we got a chance to get used to everything we have to do and assigned by-laws from last year that we liked. We really liked the general store where we sold healthy food

such as Ritz crackers. “My plan for St. Martinville is to get the students more involved. Some of the students who didn’t get voted on had really good ideas.” Emma H said. Emma. G feels pretty good about being appointed Town Manager. “It’s nice that the students care enough to vote for the executive because by doing this, we get to know their ideas. My duties will be to manage the town budget, town equipment, the town staff, any business or events the town is involved with or leads and review bylaws presented by councilors. “My plans are to listen to the students’ ideas and get more activities in the school. I hope to get back the volleyball team and some sports teams like badminton and soccer.” Emma. G said.

Tasty Heritage

Laura Hughes stopped by with a ripe and massive Heritage Tomato, one she’d grown from seed she had won in a draw featured in a Manitoba-based newspaper, “Grain News”. The seed was sent to her in February and though they were all large tomatoes, Hughes conceded the others were not this oddlyshaped. (Michael Simpson/Photo)

ATB gives vEGGfest top billing Cindy Baydala presents a cheque from ATB Financial to Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce General Manager Elaine Kucher for $1,220 in support of vEGGfest. The cheque is a donation from the ATB Financial Pysanka MasterCard campaign that took place earlier this summer. ATB Financial is grateful to those who applied for their card, which features a local image of the Pysanka on the front, and asks anyone still wanting to speak to a representative at ATB Financial at any time. (Photo Submitted)

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