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Pastor Greg Palmer and family members entertained guests at the Moses’ Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day. From the left is Lusha on violin, Pastor Greg Palmer on the cello, Ethan on violin and Seth on cello. See more on page 19. Photo Sue Chikie.

18th Annual Moses’ Christmas Dinner Sue Chikie Reporter

Community Christmas Supper. Volunteer Jeanne Hussey, served as MC and Helen King’s performance kicked off the live entertainment of pre-dinner Now in its 18th year, Lynda Moses music. once again hosted the annual Ron Moses Entertainers included Pastor Greg

Palmer and some of his family playing Entertainers included; Franklin Woltcellos and violins as well as perform- ers, Phil Willes, Gary Litvany, Ray McMilers Franklin Wolters, Phil Willes, Gary lan and Pastor Greg Palmer and family Litvany and Ray McMillan as they each members. Dinner guests observed a entertained the guests with singing, Continues to page 19 guitar, harmonica and accordion.

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A Look Back At 2013 Karen Nedzielski Reporter Early in January 2013 the weather in the Vermilion area was average but as the month progressed, it took a steep dive. By month-end, the -35 degree weather nipped at the cheeks. Warm daytime weather coupled with an afternoon snowfall, made for slippery conditions causing a three-car collision on the Yellowhead west of Mannville, on Jan. 6. Two people leapt into ditch to avoid being hit. The Vermilion New Year’s baby did not

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Opening the world record breaking challenge for large st toboggan, Lakeland College President, Glenn Charlesworth, tested the slopes before the record breaking toboggan made its attempt.

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arrive until January 8. Lucas Mike Bykewich was born to parents Odessa and Dean Bykewich, and older sister, Madison. The Voice reported on a tobogganing accident which saw 5 year old Mya Jaremco sent to hospital and later underwent surgery to receive reconstructive surgery to her eye socket and eye orbit. A community event was held on Jan. 25 with a silent auction and trust fund account set up. Mya was released from hospital in time for the event and continued her recovery. Becky Scott attended the 2013 Beckie Scott Loppet for the second time in the race’s history. The 2013 edition of the race saw 66 skiers participate. The Lakeland College’s Great Toboggan Ride took place on Feb. 1 as the group

made a world record breaking attempt. The toboggan slid 109.9 metres with 31 riders and during one ride was clocked at 21 km per hour by local police. Colonel Slate, a Barred owl from the Beaver Hill Bird Sanctuary visited Vermilion’s Lakeland College and also Mrs. Moore’s Grade 2 students. Colonel Slate suffered injuries which does not allow him to be released into the wild and remains at the sanctuary. Lakeland College arena was the scene of the PBR bull riding event which kept people on the edge of their seats. H a r p s ’ C a s h Fo r C o m m u n i t i e s announced its winner Paul Yarmuch, who donated his $500 winnings to STARS Air Ambulance after his great-great niece

Expressing that returning to Ve r m i l i o n’s P r o v i nc i a l Pa r k i s like coming home , the Olympic Medal Winner Beckie Scott was in attendance at the 2013 Beckie Scott Loppet held on Jan. 26. Mya Jaremco used the service. February 21 - 27 was proclaimed “Pink T-Shirt Day” in Vermilion in support of the Anti-bullying movement. The proclamation was signed earlier in the month by then-mayor, Bruce Marriot at a Town Council meeting. Excess speed was identified as the cause of an accident involving a snow plow. The accident took place along Highway 16 west of Vermilion on Feb. 17 at approximately 5:15 p.m. The Manitoba semi-tractor pulling a flat deck trailer rear ended a Vermilion Carillion snow plow truck. Prairie EMS responded and both drivers were treated for minor injuries at Continues to page 3




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the scene. Wildrose Opposition Leader, Danielle Smith visited Vermilion at a Rotaryhosted event at the Vermilion Regional Centre on Feb. 28. Accompanying her was MLA for Lac La Biche- St. Paul- Two Hills, Shayne Saskiw. After addressing the audience Smith held a brief question and answer period, followed by an open house where Smith visited with local residents, municipal leaders and members of the media. The Vermilion Regional Partnership announced four deserving Vermilion citizens nominated by their peers to be inducted as Vermilion Region Ambassadors. Marlene Beatie, Glenn Charlesworth, Bruce Marriot and Richarde Van Ee would all be recognised for their contributions to the growth and success of the Vermilion River Region. The induction ceremony took place on March 14 during the Vermilion Regional Partnership Breakfast held at the Regional centre. On March 5 the Village of Minburn was advised by Municipal Sustainability Advisor, Kai So, that Municipal Affairs would be performing a viability study on the Village. Minburn’s viability was in question after Municipal Affairs received a Petition of Dissolution in July of 2012. In the March 11 issue, we reported on the presentation of the 2013 budget as outlined by Alberta Finance Minister, Doug Horner. He said we were facing a number of sizeable changes and the then-current fiscal situation meant they were tasked with making some necessary decisions and “some tough but thoughtful choices.” Referring to the $6 billion drop in resource revenues from the 2012 budget forecasts, as a “Bitumen Bubble,” Horner expressed the government’s anticipation

that this decline in revenue will continue, he further explained that Alberta’s Bitumen is selling at a loss of 30 per cent or $4 billion from world market prices because of our limited market, expressing that this demonstrates a real need for Alberta to access new markets across Canada and around the world and making this job one for the current government. Guided by a new act called the “Fiscal Management Act” Horner explained that this budget fulfils the requirement of the act to have; an operational plan, a savings plan and a capital plan. Premier Alison Redford made a special visit to the Vermilion Valley Lodge on March 15. Redford was accompanied by Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation Dr. Richard Starke. The two greeted the residents and also participated in some of the entertainment. Redford later visited Lakeland College and addressed the 300-plus students and faculty members on topics such as the budget and post secondary education in the future. The Little Royal Rodeo took place with the rodeo contestants rolling into town on March 16, as the temperatures dipped to a chilly -15 while the winds blew and snow fell. March 15 saw members of Vermilion’s Town Council, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Dr. Richard Starke present Vermilion’s Fire Chief, Bill Roth, with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medals were awarded to Canadians who have made significant contributions to their fellow Canadians and community members. On March 20 the Lakeland College’s Vermilion Campus held their Donor and Award Recipient Celebration, an evening that thanked Lakeland College supporters and rewarded the industrious efforts of many in their student body.

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Dewberry’s Mustangs claimed their sixth league championship in March, winning all of their playoff games and out of the top four scoring leaders in the league, three were from the Dewberry team. They also had the top ranked goalie as well. In The Voice’s April 1 issue, the Vermilion Elementary School held its Dinner Theatre, feeding more than 160 diners. “Candid Cabin Fever” played two shows with all the funds raised going toward the school’s hot lunch program. Following the April 10 appearance of Health Minister Fred Horne on the Rutherford talk show where pharmacists heard for the first time plans to reinstate a $1 per prescription allowance and a $10.6 million Remote Pharmacy Access grant of $5.3 million over two years and an extension of 30 days from May 1, on the government reduction to generic medication. Hundreds of protesters picketed in Calgary and Edmonton and many rural independently owned pharmacies closed shop for two hours to protest, gather signatures of support and inform their patrons on the impact these cuts will have. In Vermilion both Apple Drugs and Long’s Value Drug Mart locked their doors at 10 a.m. and remained closed until 1 p.m. blocking their entrances with staff and tables filled with informational material and petitions. Wh en th e Alb er ta B u d g et was announced in March, instead of the 2 per cent increase promised in 2012, the College was handed what amounted to a 7.3 per cent decrease. In a month of review and hard decision making, the Lakeland College senior executive team recommended to the Board of Governors “a return to the College’s core programming.” Program intake suspensions, employee

reductions, administrative group salary rollback, and reductions in travel, maintenance and professional development budgets were among the changes on the chopping block which the Board approved, in an attempt to reduce expenses. Vermilion RCMP performed a search of a residence in early April and discovered nearly half a million dollars in stolen property. Two men were arrested after RCMP were tipped off about a suspicious vehicle on an oilfield worksite near Clandonald, where officers caught them in the act of stealing copper wire and batteries. With incidents of oil lease theft increasing at that time across the province, Sgt. McGinley of the Vermilion RCMP detachment said he was encouraged by the many outcomes from that successful apprehension and stated it was not often officers get to return stolen property to its rightful owners. For the fifth year in a row Lakeland College hosted the Regional Skills Competition on April 26. The competition is one of nine held each year around the province with the other eight running in Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North East, North West, South East, South West and Wood Buffalo. April 26 the St. Jerome school community gathered, staff, students and alumnus to celebrate the historical opening of the school in 1963. MLA, Dr. Richard Starke, Town of Vermilion Mayor, Bruce Marriott, School Board Trustee, Larry Wasylik, School Board Superintendent, Valerie Burghardt and Father Adam Deren addressed all who attended the 50th Anniversary celebration. Eastalta Co-op held their AGM and supper at the Vermilion Senior’s Centre. Continues to page 10



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Christmas Eve Crime Spree Ends With Seven In Custody D u rin g th e ea rly h o u rs of 24 D e cemb er 2013, Vermilio n RCM P were despatched to a home invasion in progress at a rural property near Dewberry, Alberta. A male youth was arrested at the scene while a second adult male was arrested nearby after being located with the aid of a police service dog. At the time of the home invasion, members of Kitscoty Detachment assisted by Elk Point RCMP had located a stolen vehicle nearby and had taken a female adult, a male youth and two female youths into custody. The investigation has revealed that the group was responsible for a series criminal acts throughout the region star ting with a theft of liquor and attempted carjacking in the Cold Lake area. They then committed a second successful carjacking where several elderly females were physically forced

from their vehicle. Excellent descriptions of the attackers allowed police to effectively deploy resources from Cold Lake, Bonnyville, Elk Point and Kitscoty Detachments of the RCMP and the car jackers were soon located and a short hazardous pursuit with police ensued. The crime spree finally culminated with the home invasion and the subsequent arrest of the majority of those involved. During the home invasion two of the males from the group entered a rural residence where they were confronted by the home owner. A violent altercation ensued and the homeowner was able to subdue one of his attackers while the other fled. Others from the group were arrested nearby in possession of a stolen vehicle. The victims of the robberies involving the carjacking although shaken were unharmed. The victims of the home invasion have b een treated for minor injuries and released from hospital. Fa cin g charg es of Ro b b er y an d numerous related offences of violence in relation to the carjackings near Cold Lake are Andy Lacombe (18) and Reena Moyah (18) of Fishing Lake, Alberta, and Tasheena Youngchief (21) of Frog Lake, Alberta. Andy Lacombe, who was wanted on unrelated warrants for arrest, is also charged with Robbery and related criminal offences in rela-

tion to the home invasion. Two males youths aged 16 and 14, face numerous charges including robbery as does a female youth aged 15. A 12 year old, who was in the company of the accused, has been released without charge but remains under investigation. A warrant for the arrest of Myles Lajimodiere (27) of Fishing Lake, also known as Myles Deschamps, has been issued in relation to the robberies near Cold lake and he remains at large. After a four hour rampage spanning over 300 kilometres, a total of 89 charges for property related offences and offences of violence have been laid against the seven accused. The series of crimes is still under investigation with the RCMP wishing to speak to several more subjects believed to be involved. Anyone with information regarding these events is asked to contact their local RCMP Detachment or call Crimestoppers at 1-800222-TIPS (8477). Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Myles Lajimodiere should not approach him and is asked to call 911 with the location immediately. Dewberry is located 200 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

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On the evening of Dec. 21, St. Paul RCM P, EMS and Fire Rescue were called to Highway 29 near Range Road 100. A single vehicle had rolled into the ditch and one person was trapped inside. Emergency crews attempted to free a trapped female but she was pronounced deceased on scene. The three other occupants from the vehicle were not injured as a result of the roll over. Winter road conditions are believed to have played a part in the collision. Alcohol was not a contributing factor. The female was identified as a resident of Goodfish Lake. The collision is Two Hills Hit And Run Collision still under investigation. St. Paul is located 240 KM northOn Dec. 20, 2013 a hit and run east of Edmonton. collision was reported to the Two Hills

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New Year’s Resolutions Karen Nedzielski Editor

Now that the Christmas season is officially over for those who celebrate according to the Julian calendar, thoughts now turn to the coming new year. For those that follow the Ukrainian or Orthodox calendar, the season is just nearing its peak. Jan. 6 will mark Ukrainian Christmas Eve and those celebrating will observe the occasion in their own way, but mainly in a similar fashion. The traditional 12-dish Christmas Eve supper will be served as the sheaf or pail of wheat is brought to the

house as a form of importance of the rich wheat crops of the old Ukraine, which some Ukrainians believe is the staff of life throughout history. For those observing the Chinese traditions, Christmas will come and g o in a n o n cha la nt way. Th e re a l celebrating does not come until the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated on January 31 this year. W h a teve r c a l e n d a r yo u fo l l ow, the New Year is usually a time when p eople reflec t on the past twelve months and reassess goals they have met, or not. New Year’s, resolutions tend to be set and there are of course the usual “get fit” and financial targets to aspire to but like many resolutions set

from previous years, many with fall by the wayside come February-ish. Maybe the resolutions set are unattainable or unrealistic? Why do we do this to ourselves? Each year on Jan. 1, we are already setting ourselves up for failure. During ancient times, the Babylonians made promises to the gods at the beginning of each year, vowing to return borrowed objects and repay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for which the month of January was so named. Knights during the Medieval era took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to

re-affirm their commitment to their chivalry. Somehow these promises, repaying of debts and commitments of chivalry seem so much easier than shaking those extra pounds that we usually pledge. Should you choose to make a resolution or two this year, I suggest you keep them attainable. I too, will be making a “peacock vow” this year to become healthier, more prosperous and to have continued happiness. Wh o kn ows, mayb e I ’ll r u n into some of you at the shopping malls where we can enjoy some deep fried lunch then sit and complain about all the things that aggravate us...

Oops On the front page of the Dec. 23 issue of The Voice, our reporter Nick O’Dea, incorrectly identified the dancers as members of the Vermilion Dance Club. The dancers were actually members of the Keeping Time School of Dance with special guests the Wainwright Dance Academy. The Voice sincerely apologises for the error.

Letter to the Editor Re: “The Price of Dishonesty” Article by Margaret Lonsdale, Published In The Voice, November 4, 2013

public funds. We have done this despite continued opposition from the Liberals who, as usual, advocate for the status quo. We have also referred the issue to the Supreme Court of Canada for their ruling Dear Editor, on the feasibility of reform or abolition. As our Government considers the opin  I would like to express my apprecia- ions of the Court, I will continue to advotion to Ms. Lonsdale for taking the time to cate for an elected, effective Senate with write this column. It is very important that an equal number of seats in each provCanadians remain engaged with politics in Ottawa.  With that said I feel a need to respond to the negativity and charges of dishonesty extending beyond the affairs of the Senate. Lately, I have heard the rational concerns and frustrations of constituents on the Senate. All Canadians, including Ms. Lonsdale, have a right to be frustrated. Four Senators – Liberal Mac Harb and Conservatives Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau – misappro- ince. The Senate plays an important role priated public money. This is unaccept- in our legislative process but substantial able. As I have made clear in the past changes are needed for its survival. The tendency to label all politicians neither I nor the Prime Minister will tolerate wrongdoing of this type. Taxpay- as dishonest can only harm our demoers should not bear responsibility for the cratic system and Canadians’ faith in misconduct of any Senator. That’s why elected officials. With the exception of our Government took action to suspend an identified and infamous few, the men our Senators without pay as soon as the and women of public office are honest, hard-working individuals who serve their Prime Minister learned of wrongdoing. We have gone even further by intro- constituents to the best of their abilducing and passing 11 new measures to ity. The point of the column is to slam all increase accountability in the Senate and politicians and that is wrong. Canada has prevent any future misappropriation of one of the highest standards of account-

ability in the world and this has only been enhanced with the reforms our Government has been implementing since 2006. For instance, one of our first measures after taking office was to bring in the Federal Accountability Act – the toughest accountability legislation in the history of Canada. This landmark legislation allows for more open and transparent government, further scrutiny over how money

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is spent, bans corporate and union campaign contributions, and helps put an end to “buying” politicians and corrupting the system. We’ve maintained a culture of accountability by reforming the MP pension plan, and reducing budgets and travel as a government. We’ve also expanded the powers of Officers of

Parliament and created new institutions such as the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and the Commissioner of Lobbying. Canada now has one of the most accountable and transparent systems of government in the world, but more can be done. Going forward, the newly-introduced Reform Act will do its part to empower local MPs to better represent the voice of their constituents. This legislation will strengthen caucuses as a decisionmaking body, reinforce the accountability of party leaders to caucuses and also restore local control of electoral nominations. I was honoured to second the bill when it was tabled and I invite all Canadians to follow its progress as it is debated in the House. In conclusion: Ms. Lonsdale is right. All Canadians should demand a high standard of accountability, maintenance of integrity, and putting the public interest first and foremost. I encourage Canadians and their families to further engage with policy that is attempting to change politics for the better. Leon Benoit, MP

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Around The Campfire Neil B. Stratton Columnist

Well we got a nice break on the weekend from the deep freeze temperatures, the mercury rose into the plus Celsius, although that wind on Sunday was brutal even though it was still warm out there. The wind basically blew all the snow it took me to plough out of our driveway, side walks and parking lot, which made me so happy, I now refuse to plough it again until it snows. Shhhhh, that’s a little reverse psychology on old man winter, even though it was supposed to snow it hasn’t since I said that…maybe…just maybe, or am I just as stubborn as old man winter? Those strong winds of course made nice big snow drifts everywhere and its making outdoor adventures that much more difficult, well at least to get to those outdoor adventures. I am going to have some time off during the holidays and will want to get outdoors, This coming weekend will the first day of winter, and also the darkest day with the least sunlight. I can feel the symptoms of SAD already, [Seasonal Affective Disorder] a real condition also known as winter depression, winter blues, cabin fever, or simply put going dang squirrely. The cure, getting outdoors in bright daylight hours, or sitting in front of artificial super bright white lights, or heavy medication hmmm… I wonder which method I will pick.

I really don’t have SAD in the sense of depression, during the work week I just get so tired all the time as it’s always dark, all I want to do is hibernate, and everything is an effort to get started. However, on the weekend in the bright sunlight of the day I am ready to venture… maybe that’s why I don’t even mind cutting wood in minus 40C, not exactly an adventure in itself but at least it’s outdoors in bright daylight. Christmas is a family time, the most family bonding time of the year, spending time with my immediate family is priceless, as should be with everyone’s family. The days of taking the family out with the dog team to get our Christmas tree are just precious memories now, as much as I miss the real trees, fire safety is a practice now. With weather permitting I would love to get the family outdoors for a day together, just a couple years ago when the weather cooperated a little better I gathered up the entire family for a day of ice fishing. A little lake nestled in the prairie woodland, called “Shuster Lake” here in the mid west is a small hidden lake that has Brooke trout stocked in it by Alberta fisheries department. Most lakes that are stocked are commonly stocked with the hardy rainbow trout; this lake is stocked with the scrappy and colourful brook trout mostly found in Alberta’s majestic mountain streams. Although the brooke trout are not as fast growing as rainbow trout, or normally as big, they make up for size as outstanding table fare and very tasty fish

fry’s. I had a secret hot spot just off shore that was near two huge beaver lodges or houses as some call them, a secret number of paces from the beaver lodge marked the lucky X on the ice. This was a beautiful day with the sun shining brightly and even the wind cooperated by remaining calm, resulting in a perfect day for ice fishing, it was great to have the entire family there. I have a two person folding ice hut, that was set up with a small radiant heater in it for anyone to warm up without having to leave fishing to do so, but it was perfect anywhere on the ice soaking up the warming sun shine. It seemed that everyone in my family had their own instincts on where the hot spot was near my secret X and soon I was drilling ice holes everywhere nearby. In fact I drilled so many holes I thought we were going to sink the lake ice, actually in wasn’t all that bad with the new gas powered ice auger I had, it made quick work of the chore and soon everyone had their own hotspot. It was one of those days when the fish were biting better than good, it didn’t take long and we had foot long pan fry’s on the ice, and the excitement was exhilarating. Now I am one of those fishermen that get pumped up when I catch a fish, I am not the silent calm type that keeps their excitement and enjoyment to themselves. And my wife Roxanne makes me look like I’m sleeping compared to when she catches a fish, she also gets very excited, and our daughters also inherited our

“fish mania” when one is caught. So when a fish hits a line in our circle there’s a lot of excited “hoopin and hollarin” going on to say the least, needless to say…so much for the secret hot spot, everyone on the ice knows when my family is there. Many come over just out of curiousity just to see what we are catching; I tell them it’s the same as anyone else on the ice except we are having much more fun. The fish were biting so good we were releasing the smaller ones and only keeping the fatties. We had a small fire on the ice and really enjoyed the day. It worked out perfect as before the sun sank in the west we were all “limited out.” Not only did we have a cooler full of fresh trout on ice, but we had a great day on the ice, not only because the fish were biting or the sun was shining but because it was a super day with my entire family. I am now going have to check out a couple of my favourite lakes on my days off and see if we can do that again. Here’s wishing you and yours a safe and Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and the best of the holiday season with family.

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The Ups And Downs Of Flying Franklin Wolters Columnist

Just knowing you had a flyable aircraft sitting in a hangar close by and having the ability to fly it is akin to knowing for a certainty that when you came home you’d be met by a loving spouse with a ready embrace and a loving smile!!! I just loved being able to head for my hanger and know that within minutes I could be soaring above my coulees and enjoying the thrill of being aloft. I didn’t need an excuse really, but if a neighbour or anyone needed to look for livestock or make a speedy trip I could just take off and go and see if I could help. It was mostly fun, but once in a while you could find yourself aloft in air that was turbulent and rough. An analogy would be riding in a boat in calm water you could see why it was smooth riding or also see the waves on a rough day.

The air had ways of indicating turbulence, but to the unknowing a ride in turbulent air was a rude awakening, and you would see discomfort manifesting itself in very remarkable ways. I know I would size up the weather and try to discourage a trip on a warm day with lots of big white fluffy clouds aloft, indicating the presence of lively thermals. You often heard of “air pockets”, that caused the aircraft to drop or rise suddenly, but in reality it was thermals of fast rising air and then equally fast air being sucked down. When the plane traveled from one to the other it would of course suddenly rise or fall in seconds. There was no way of telling when but sure did take you by surprise. You just had to relax and know no matter how rough, you could control the plane. You steered clear of thunderstorms or the like but, I am talking about a nice warm sunny day with a light plane with a little engine and a big wing. You wouldn’t just for fun most times go fishing on a lake rough with waves, well same

with flying if you knew better. It would be hard to convince the uninitiated that you’d sooner not fly today; they would insist it needed to be done “TODAY”. So you’d check out the bird and make ready. If you were smart you’d make sure the barf bags were handy. Well!, I remember this one trip on just such a day that I did forget said bags and headed north to check out a pasture in the back country up there. The air was everything but smooth and I had every opportunity to surf the thermals as we flew along. You do that by pushing forward on the elevators and instead of the plane travelling up with the thermal; it would cause it to go faster instead. I loved doing that trick, but it was a bit disconcerting to a passenger not into that kind of fun. Anyway we did find the pasture and circle a good few times and then headed home. As the day was getting warmer still, the air was livelier and my passenger was starting to get white knuckled and faced too. The trip was seemingly to be

a bit longish by then, but we were nearly home, about then my passenger thought we should maybe give his home a buzz to let the home folks know we were back. Well a couple of 90 degree bank turns at low level made things quiet on board and as I was watching my flying, when I looked over at the rider, I was shocked to see definite signs of distress. The little plane had sliding windows that were a tad small and he had a problem getting his head out. As a result he pulled back on the elevator control and the plane zoomed straight up and was hanging on the prop, as they say. I said “You got to let go or we will stall”. Meaning that we’d lose flying speed. In the excitement the Barf? landed equally on the inside and outside and I did manage to get the plane under control, I’ll never forget the job of the clean up, but it taught me a lesson, “Never, ever press the conditions”. It just never did pay to go beyond your limits. My little plane hated those kinds of conditions and was a little hard to ride in rough air conditions.

Benoit Concerned For The People Of Ukraine Leon Benoit Submitted

Leon Benoit, Member of Parliament for Vegreville-Wainwright, participated in the Dec. 10 debate on the situation in Ukraine. An excerpt of his comments, made in the House of Commons, follow below: “Mr. Chair, I rise today with a very heavy heart and great concern for the people of Ukraine. I come from a consis-

tency where probably a third of my constituents are from Ukrainian heritage and many kept contact, even through the darkness of the Soviet period when Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union. They kept contact, maintained relationships and sent care packages to their families in Ukraine. That has been sustained and today they still feel an extremely close connection with their country of origin. “I feel great concern because not only has President Yanukovych put in place

a customs union with Russia, which, in itself, would not be a bad thing, it would be a good thing, but the concern is that he has ended negotiations on the association agreement with the European Union. That is what really leads to a concern. “I have a question for my colleague. My friends and neighbours, who have now become my family through marriage, in Vegreville-Wainwright, are concerned that what is happening in Ukraine may be a re-Sovietization of the area, that

what is happening may be the start of a movement to an expansion on the part of Russia to a new Soviet-style regime. We do not know how far that would go or whether that would happen. Of course, we all hope and pray that it would not. Is it beyond the realm of possibility? Sadly, I fear not. I think it is possible and I hope and pray that it is not the case. “I want to ask my colleague whether he sees a danger that this movement could be the start of a process that could, in fact, lead to that tragic outcome.”

Lakeland Mall Flood

On Dec. 23, Lakeland Mall suffered a flood due to what is believed to be a frozen pipe which burst as a result of the cold weather which flooded the south east end of the mall. Photos Sue Chikie.

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Revelations And Promises Margaret Lonsdale Columnist

As a kid born on the great prairie where daylight hours are a little sparse in winter, I spent a lot of hours gazing out of frosty windows into the cold, bleak landscape. I like to imagine that I was a deep thinker as a child, but I might have been just a lazy dreamer who liked looking out of windows. That dash between the end of the current year and the dawn of the next one seems a good time to reflect on what has passed and to plan for the future. I return now to my place at the frosty window where I review everything from politics to poetry. I have come to understand that, while I may learn from the past,

it’s best not to dwell there. I’ve learned that, while I may plan for the future, even the best laid plans are subject to change. The end of the year is also a great time to acknowledge a few of the things for which I feel grateful. I feel deeply fortunate, for example, that I’m still here. Bonus that I am in good health and of reasonably sound mind. I feel grateful for a continuing desire to find out more about all the places and people in the world I have yet to discover, even if some of those discoveries amplify my own relative insignificance or ignorance. Although I value personal privacy and require an adequate allotment of solitude, I am grateful for the presence of my everexpanding family and friends, each one of whom continues to inspire and teach me.

No matter where I may travel, no matter how enthralling the landscapes, experiences, and people I may encounter, I am forever grateful for being a Canadian. May I never take that great privilege for granted. I am grateful for many things in this life. I also imagine the new year as a good time to renew a few promises in the spirit of hope for continued progress and improvement. In the New Year, I’m going to edit all of my old video tapes and organize my ten thousand or so photographs languishing in that green Rubbermaid. I’m going to open the boxes in the storage room and definitely deal with their mysterious contents at last. I’m going to get really fit, so svelte that I can wear those pants hanging in my closet since 1983. I’m going to make a

better effort to socialize. I’m going join a cooking class and like it. Maybe a sewing one, too, so I can design my own fashion. I’m going to learn to tune my guitar by ear and get it right the first time every time. I’m going to cut my hair into a neat bob and stop wearing black clothes. I’m going to sell everything and move to Portugal. And I’m going to become a much better person that I’ve managed to be thus far. 2014 promises to be so bright, I’ll have to borrow Timbuk3’s shades from 1987. There will be definitely be big changes in me, for sure. Absolutely. May all your big, shining plans be awaiting you just around the next corner. I wish you all good health, good humour, and just enough adventure to keep it interesting in 2014.

Eliminate Slips, Trips and Falls On The Farm Agri-News Release

While slips and falls can be a real danger in the workplace, an Alberta Agriculture specialist says a few simple precautions can go a long way to ensure safety. “Work around the farm may have seasonal peaks, but even when the push to finish fall work is over, there is always more to do,” says Kenda Lubeck, farm safety coordinator, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Grande Prairie. “Cleaning equipment, performing routine maintenance, and winterizing machines and buildings sometimes

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requires workers to maneuver around objects, varied and uneven footing, and often includes work from heights. This subjects workers to the hazards of slips, trips and falls.” In Canada, over 42,000 workers are injured annually due to incidents of falling. Statistics show that the majority of falls happen on the same level resulting from slips and trips. The rest are falls from a height. Injuries from slips, trips and falls on a farm are preventable, providing the hazards that cause them are eliminated and workers take the time to do their job safely. “Slips happen where there is too little friction or traction between the footwear and the walking surface,” says Lubeck. “Common causes of slips are wet or oily surfaces, weather hazards, loose, unanchored rugs or mats and flooring or other surfaces that do not have the same degree of traction in all areas.” Trips happen when a worker’s foot collides with an object causing a loss of balance and consequently a fall. Common causes of tripping are poor vision (obstructed view or poor lighting), clutter, uneven surfaces and ropes, hoses or cables lying uncovered and unsecured. Another common cause of

trips may be worker fatigue or prior injury leading to restricted and tight muscles. “Both slips and trips result from an unintended or unexpected change in the contact between the feet and the ground,” says Lubeck. “It’s important to keep work areas clutter-free, keep items in a consistent location to prevent unfamiliarity, select proper footwear with adequate tread, and maintain an appropriate pace when walking.” Good housekeeping is the first and most important step in preventing falls due to slips and trips, says Lubeck. Some things to consider are: • Clean all indoor spills immediately. When indoor footing is slippery, be sure to mark the area. • Mark all slick surfaces outside. When possible, move to higher ground to work in a dry area. If the footing is frozen or icy use a de-icing product such as salt to improve traction. • Remove obstacles from walkways and always keep work areas free of clutter. • Secure (by nailing, tacking, taping, etc.) mats, rugs, floor boards, and other work surfaces that do not lay flat. • Cover and secure cables, ropes and hoses that are being used for any length

of time. • Ensure proper lighting in work areas. This includes replacing burnt out light bulbs and repairing faulty switches. • Maintain all indoor flooring and highlight any changes in elevation such as steps or landings. When working from heights, proper fall protection procedures must be used to protect workers from serious injury or death. “It is also important to choose the proper footwear for the job,” says Lubeck. “Since there is no footwear with anti-slip properties for every condition, research such as consultation with the manufacturer is highly recommended. Properly fitting footwear increases comfort and prevents fatigue which in turn improves safety for the worker.” Finally, workers should adjust their pace and stride for the footing conditions and take into consideration any personal factors such as stress or fatigue. “Slips and trips are quite personal incidents; however, they can happen to anyone and are easily preventable,” adds Lubeck. “Be sure to identify potential hazards and take action to eliminate them.”

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Dawns Eats Dawn Hames Columnist

Ringing in the N e w Ye a r i s t h e p e r f e c t t i m e fo r par ties and party food especially if you are staying at home with family and friends. Here are some party food ideas that are sure to be pleasers, such as the hot cheese and onion dip, hot spinach dip, hummus, salsa and guacamole from previous issues of the Vermilion Voice. Be sure to have lots of chips or fresh veggies on hand for dipping. If you are drinking champagne at midnight, then deviled eggs, stuffed mushroom caps and spanakopeita are always smart pairings. You can never go wrong with a cheese and cracker tray that includes pickles and sliced deli meats or sausage. Homemade cheese balls are easy to make and are always a popular offering with crackers. Mini tarts with savory or sweet

fillings are all great hors d’oeuvers. If you have a bit of time, round cookies can be decorated to look like clocks, or simply have 2014 written in icing. Other finger foods include bruschetta on toasted bread and bacon wrapped mushrooms. Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms Slice whole mushrooms partially down the center of the stem. Insert a thin slice of garlic and a thin and small slice of red pepper and/or a fresh basil leaf. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Wrap the mushroom with a half slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Bake at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the bacon has browned. Blot them on a piece of paper towel and then plate them to serve. Fu n N e w Ye a r ’ s Ev e d e c o r a ting ideas for New Year’s dinners or h o m e p a r ti e s i n cl u d e co l l e c ti o n s of old clocks set at five minutes to

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The AGM informed members on the financial updates for the cooperative, introduced the new directors and announced the direction and plans for the organization from General Manager, Gerald Hiebert. The financial report reviewed the financials for 2012, which was a record setting year with total sales of $77,862,768 million for all the Eastalta Co-op facilities. Vermilion Army Cadets emerged victorious after a day of competitive shooting at CFB Wainwright on May 4. The event is a local derby which sees Sea cadets from Wainwright, Army cadets from Vermilion and Air cadets from Lloydminster, competing for the Bud Cotton Continues to page 11

A G o o d S t a r t Fo r F u t u r e Farmers Securing the Patient

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Courage Canada Ride Hits The Trails Riders saddled up for the 9th Courage Canada Ride on May 25. T he damp conditions did not deter local attendance for the ride and evening dinner and dance held at the Innisfree Community Hall. Pictured here Curtis Anderson riding the 17 year old horse “Steel” accompanied by friend and neighbour Allan Nutt as they led the trail ride from its starting point.


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Ukrainian Dancers Take To Alumni Stage

The 2013 Ukrainian Dance Festival kicked off on April 12. In a flurry of colour and ribbons there were over 300 performances from 32 schools that arrived from across Alberta and took to the stage at the Vermilion Alumni Theatre. rolled away from the Vermilion Weigh Scales on June 8 headed for the LloydPaying Tribute minster Exhibition Grounds. On the cover of the April 8 issue was a photo of members from Vermilion’s various The event, organized by Tom Jack, first responders, including Fire, RCMP, Ambulance and Fire Etc. as they formed a colour guard that was piped in during the First Vermilion Protector’s Ball. An A.K.A. Trucker Tom, originally started initiative of the Good Life Institute, the festival celebrated the 95th anniversary of out at the Vermilion Weigh Scale in 2010 and he said his original goal was to see 50 Vermilion’s resurrection from a devastating blaze in 1918. trucks in the convoy. The 2013 convoy on families, friends and communities to would see more than 50 trucks particiContinued from page 10 encourage the students to make thought- pate in the event which is held each year in memory of Tony Rossi, Tom Jack’s Trophy. In the end the Vermilion Army ful and well considered choices when operating or getting into a motor vehicle. cadets took the team trophy with the May also saw a number of high school highest aggregate score. graduates cross the stages and receive Grade 9 students from J. R. Robson recognition for their many years of and St. Jerome attended the 2013 ‘It Can’t schooling. Track and field also played out Happen to Me’ Vermilion on May 7 and front and centre from many area schools. 10. The program uses actors to portray The Vermilion area 4H clubs were a realistic accident scene and takes the busy holding their annual show and sales Grade 9 students through the course and events which garnered the support of processes of the accident. local businesses and individuals as 4H calf The program defines the different roles purchases were made. of police, rescue workers, ambulance and (780) 853-4622 The fourth annual Convoy for Hope hospital personnel explaining the impact

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Performing ‘Dr. Doctor’ the Dance Impressions by Ryan Novice dancers not only achieved a High Gold standing, but were presented with a ‘Most Outstanding’ award as well, at the Vermilion STEPS dance festival held on April 5 - 7, at the Lakeland College Alumni Theatre.

Pink Day Proclamation

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Vermilion Protest

Members from the Vermilion community of persons with developmental disabilities along with staff and service workers from Focus demonstrated outside the office of Vermilion-Lloydminster MLA, Dr. Richard Starke on May 15. The Vermilion demonstration was one of several demonstrations held in the province objecting to the over $42 million in cuts to the access programming, a program which supports the ability of individuals to participate in volunteer, recreational and community activities.

Bantam Roar Wins Tournament

The Vermilion Bantam Roar Lacrosse team attended the Redneck Rumble Tournament in Strathmore. Going undefeated throughout the tournament the team faced their final banner game against the Lacoka Locos and topped them 14-8 for the win. The team later went on to win the Bantam Provincial title. Continued from page 11

recognizing the 100 years of achievements for the College and those of the students who have passed through its educational halls and fields. The streets of Innisfree were all a buzz with excitement as a movie crew moved

village. After seven years of service to the community, the Vermilion RCMP Detachment said goodbye to their Victim Services Coordinator Petra Pfeiffer. As Coordinator for the Battle River Victim Assistance Society, Pfeiffer had overseen the provision of support to victims of crime in Vermilion, Kitscoty, Provost and Wain-

in, transforming the quaint little Alberta town into Cut Bank, Montana. Hopeful cast members lined the sidewalk outside the Seniors Hall in Innisfree to take a turn in front of the cameras for a chance to secure a spot in the movie. Filming in Innisfree wrapped up in August and many of the movie props and signs can still be seen throughout the

wright. Pfeiffer left Battle River for a new position as the Coordinator for Wetaskiwin and District Victim Services Society. As you can tell, the Vermilion area experienced a busy first half of 2013. Be sure to read next week as The Voice highlights events and news from July to December.

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Kiddie Oasis, Indoor Playground, Regional Centre, 10am-12pm Senior’s & Casual Curling, 1-3pm, Wayne, 780-853-6717 Senior Choir, 2pm, Seniors’ Junior Curling After-School League, Registration, 3:45-5:30, Vermilion Curling Rink

Floor Curling 9:30am, Seniors’ Centre Step Intervals 5:30-6:30pm, CLASS, VES Vermilion River Archers, Youth 6:30-7:30pm, Adults 7:30-8:30pm, Whist, Seniors’ Centre, 7pm

2 Cribbage, Seniors’ Centre, 7pm Senior’s & Casual Curling, 1-3pm, Wayne, 780-8536717


Floor Curling 9:30am, Seniors’ Centre Kids Connection, Vermilion Public Library,10:30am Quilter’s Guild School of Hope, 4-10pm, contact Cindi 780-853-6531


Kiddie Oasis, Indoor Playground, Regional Centre, 10am-12pm Senior’s & Casual Curling,1-3pm Senior Choir, 2pm, Seniors’ Centre Junior Curling After-School League, 3:45-5:30, Vermilion Curling Rink Prime Time, 4:45-5:45pm, CLASS, VES B.L.T., 6:30-7:30pm, CLASS, VES


Kiddie Oasis, Indoor Playground, Regional Centre, 10am-12pm Senior’s & Casual Curling,1-3pm Junior Curling After-School League, 3:45-5:30, Vermilion Curling Rink iPad Basics, 7-8pm, CLASS, Public Library

15 Floor Curling 9:30am, Seniors’ Centre Kids Connection, Vermilion Public Library,10:30 am


Floor Curling 9:30am, Seniors’ Centre Kids Connection, Vermilion Public Library,10:30am Quilter’s Guild School of Hope, 4-10pm


Kiddie Oasis, Indoor Playground, Regional Centre, 10am-12pm Senior’s & Casual Curling, 1-3pm Junior Curling After-School League, 3:45-5:30, Vermilion Curling Rink Senior Choir, 2pm, Seniors’ Centre

3 Floor Curling 9:30am, Seniors’ Centre Jr. B Hockey Game, 8pm


Floor Curling 9:30am, Seniors’ Centre Bantam 3 Hockey Tournament, Jan 10-12



Rhyme Time, Vermilion Public Library, 10:15am Senior’s & Casual Curling, 1-3pm Cardio & Sculpt, 5:30-6:30pm. CLASS, VES Farm Curl, Vermilion & District Chamber of Commerce, 780-853-6593 Cribbage, Seniors’ Centre, 7pm Walking Through Grief Meeting, Parkview Alliance Church, 7pm Music Intima, presented by Allied Arts, Alumni Theater, 8pm



Floor Curling 9:30am, Seniors’ Centre Kids Connection, Vermilion Public Library,10:30am

24 Floor Curling 9:30am, Seniors’ Centre Atom & PeeWee Girls Hockey Tournament, Jan.24-26

Jr. B Hockey Game, 8pm


M.O.P.S (Mothers of Pre-schoolers), Glad Tidings Church, 9:30am Rhyme Time, Vermilion Public Library, 10:15am Cribbage Doubles, Seniors’ Centre, 10am

M.O.P.S (Mothers of Pre-schoolers), Glad Tidings Church, 9:30am Rhyme Time, Vermilion Public Library, 10:15am Walking Through Grief Meeting, Parkview Alliance 10am Senior’s & Casual Curling, 1-3pm


Floor Curling 9:30am, Seniors’ Centre Jr. B Tigers Hockey Game, 8pm


Malanka, Regional Centre, 5pm, contact Shauna 780-853-6996 for tickets


Open Stage, Vermilion Folk Club, Legion, 7:30pm


Ridge Riders Snowmobile Expo, Heritage Pavilion, Fairgrounds Ice Sculpting Class, 9am-4pm, The Good Life Institute, Vermilion Stadium Create a Seasonal Planter, Lakeland Country Florist, 780-8534330


Senior’s & Casual Curling, 1-3pm Rhyme Time, Vermilion Public Library, 10:15am Infant Nutrition & Making Baby Food Class, 1-3pm, Provincial Bldg.


Floor Curling 9:30am, Seniors’ Centre Bantam & Midget Girls Hockey Tournament, Jan.31-Feb.2

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Issue 493


2013 Year In Review Leon Benoit Submitted

It is hard to believe another year is almost over! As we say goodbye to 2013 I wanted to take the opportunity to review some of the work my colleagues and I have been doing on your behalf over the past year. One of the most important things I think we have accomplished since taking office in 2006 is our consistent, focused and positive agenda to make Canada’s economy stronger, helping create more good, high-quality jobs. This has included lowering taxes over 150 times, supporting entrepreneurs, opening more markets to Canadian goods with increased trade, and much more. As a result, Canada’s economy remains on the right path and Budget 2013 goes even further. We have a solid plan to balance the budget—on schedule– and continue to cut taxes for Canadian families while helping grow jobs and businesses. During the past session of Parliam ent, 5 0 of 65 G overn m ent B ills received Royal Assent.  Since the House of Commons resumed on October 16th, we have seen two Bills pass successfully through the House and the Senate, with three others expected to receive Royal Assent shortly. While space does not permit me to detail  everything  we have accomplished I do want to focus on some of the issues I feel are especially important to Vegreville-Wainwright.

AGRICULTURE Of course, August 2013 marked the one-year anniversary of providing marketing freedom for Western Canadian Wheat Growers, an achievement of which I am very proud to have been a part. We also continued our commitment to providing relief to Canadian business by reducing red tape through 90 department-specific reforms, which target specific irritants to business, as well as six whole-ofgovernment systemic changes. These refo rms targ et thre e main areas: reducing administrative burden on business, making it easier to do business with regulators, and improving service and predictability. Additionally, we have taken steps which involved several years of work o n C a n a d a ’s fo o d s a fe t y s y s te m through measures such as hiring more than 700 additional food inspectors, increasing the budget of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and, most recently, passing the Safe Food for Canadians Act, increasing penalties for companies that risk the health of Canadians and enhancing the inspection capabilities of the CFIA. TRADE Clearly, trade also plays an important role for businesses throughout this constituency, and I was therefore very happy when, in October, we reached an agreement-in-principle on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union, the largest market





in the world. With over 500 million consumers and a GDP of $17 trillion, this is good news for the hard-working people of Vegreville-Wainwright: deeper trade with the EU will bring good jobs, grow th and long-term prosperity. In fact, key sectors of the local Alberta economy such as agriculture, metal and mineral products, machinery and equipment as well as chemical and plastic products will benefit significantly.  This deal alone would have been an incredible legacy for most governments but for ours it is just one more accomplishment. I am proud of this and our record. Since 2006, Canada has concluded fre e tra d e a g re e m e n t s w i th n i n e countries. In addition to the recent agreement-in-principle with the EU, Canada is currently pursuing trade agreements with more than 25 countries, including large and dynamic markets such as India, Japan and the countries that comprise the TransPacific Partnership.

new criminal offence prohibiting the non-consensual distribution of intimate images; • re-introduce legislation to ensure that public safet y comes first, to prevent violent offenders found not criminally responsible for their actions being released into our communities; • prevent child predators from being let off with only a single sentence for multiple crimes against children; • establish Quanto’s Law which will result in stiffer penalties for those found guilty of harming a ser vice animal; • renew efforts to address the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women; • vigorously defend the constitutionality of Canada’s prostitution laws; • end sentencing discounts for child sex offenders; and • end the practice of automatic early release for dangerous and violent repeat offenders. But for the worst of all criminals, even this is not enough. Canadians do STRENGTHENING THE not understand why the most dangerJUSTICE SYSTEM ous criminals would ever be released I co n ti n u e to s e n d o u t re g u l a r from prison. For them, our Governupdates on the changes we are imple- ment will change the law so that a life menting to Canada’s justice system. sentence means a sentence for life.  Space restraints prevent me from outlining all of the measures underSUPPORTING SENIORS AND way, however here is a list of a few. VETERANS The recent Speech from the Throne We have made helping seniors a emphasized justice initiatives over the priority over the past six and a half coming months and years, including years and we will continue to impleplans to: ment measures to ease their finan• introduce a Victims Bill of Rights to cial burden.  Some retirees—such as restore victims to their rightful place Canadian Forces veterans—may have at the heart of our justice system; left the military but are not neces•  fo cus o n p rote c tin g th e m os t sarily ready to leave the workforce. vulnerable of all victims, our children. Our Government recognizes the valuRecent tragic deaths, including those able skills and training these individuof Amanda Todd, Rehtaeh Parsons, als have to offer and we’ve developed and Todd Loik, have shocked Canadi- several programs to help match busians; nesses with interested CF veterans. • give police and prosecutors new I want to take this opportunity to tools to effectively address cyberbul- wish everyone a wonderful Christmas, lying that involves criminal invasion and all the best in 2014. of privacy, intimidation and personal Leon Benoit, MP abuse. This legislation would create a

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Dr. Richard Starke MLA Vermilion-Lloydminster Submitted

As I begin a new year it is always with reflec tion I look back on the past year and with anticipation I look forward toward the next 12 months. It has been an honour and privilege to work on the behalf of the Vermilio n-Lloydmins ter co ns titu ent s to address your issues and concerns. I have witnessed great achievements and shared many special events with you. From eating lutefisk in Viking to Alberta roast beef and cabbage rolls at various other events it has certainly been a pleasure getting to know more and more people from across the constituency. 2013 was a very exciting and challenging year for me personally with the appointment to Cabinet as Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation. I look forward to completing consultation on and tabling the Alb er ta Sports Plan in 2014. This plan will guide sport and recreation in Alberta for the next 10 years. In Oc tober I a n n o u n ce d th e Alb e r ta To u rism Framework, the first document of its

kind in Canada, to promote Alberta as a world-class travel destination. I truly believe Alberta is the greatest province in Canada. I was proud to witness the tremendous resiliency demonstrated by Albertans in assistin g n eighb o urs a n d total s tra n gers with recovery efforts after the unprecedented flooding this summer. Throughout all the difficulties we have faced as a province in 2013, Alberta remains the economic engine of the nation with low unemployment, robust growth and a businessfriendly environment. With the population passing the 4-million mark this past summer we continue to have the fastest population growth rate of any province. I l o o k fo r wa rd to co ntinuin g to work hard to positively represent the people of Vermilion-Lloydminster in the Alberta Legislature as well as the people of Alberta on the national and international stage. Sincerely wishing you all the best in 2014, Dr. Richard Starke MLA Vermilion-Lloydminster M inis te r of To u rism, Pa r k s a n d Recreation

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Vermilion Atoms Host Tournament And Skills Competition Nick O’Dea Reporter

The Vermilion Minor Hockey Association held a tournament for its Tier 2 and Tier 3 Atom division teams, as well as a skills tournament on the weekend of Dec. 20 and 21. Tier 2 began with a game between Ve r milio n a n d Kit scot y. Th e f ina l score of the game was 12-4 as the winners, Vermilion, washed away the competition. Game two saw Hardisty/Irma take on Kitscoty. The Hardisty/Irma team walked away with the victory with a score of 17-9. The final game saw

Vermilion come up against Hardisty/ Irma. Vermilion could not grasp the victory and Hardisty/Irma took the win with a score of 15-9. Tier 3 began with a match between Vermilion and Vegreville. Vermilion clinched victory in a competitive game with a score of 4-2. In game two, St. Paul played Vegreville. St. Pa u l d e m o l ish e d th e te a m with a shut-out, winning the game 15-0. Game three saw Vermilion take on St. Paul. The St. Paul team secured vic to r y with a sco re of 8-3, thus becoming the Tier 3 winners. The Tier 2 skills competition was dominated by Hardisty/ Irma. The team had two players win four cate-

gories out of six. Breakaway player winner was Jagger Firkus from Hardisty/Irma, who also was the puck handling player winner. The breakaway goalie win n er was D r yd en Sp en cer fro m Hardisty/Irma. Spencer also won the puck handling goalie competition. The hardest shot winner was K a i d e n C h a s e f r o m t h e Ve r m i l ion squad. Ryder Zubiak from the Vermilion team won the hardest shot goalie competition. The overall team skills competition win was taken home by Hardisty/Irma. The Tier 3 skills competition was dominated by two teams. St. Paul

and Vegreville took home three wins in the skills competition with Vermilion leaving the competition empty handed. The puck handling winner was Mannex Zielinski from St. Paul. The hardest shot player winner was Wade Ledoux from St. Paul, and the breakaway goalie winner was Evan Songer from St. Paul. Ve g r e v i l l e p l a y e r D y l a n B a t o g walked away with the puck handling goalie win and the hardest shot goalie win. Brandy Or ton from Vegreville took home the breakaway player winner. The overall winner of the Tier 2 skills competition was St. Paul.

Staying Safe On The Ice NewsCanada Release

Canada’s passion for the game of hockey is well-known, but nothing is more paramount than the safety of the players on the ice. As players become stronger and faster, it is increasingly important to teach them about how to stay safe, from what equipment to wear to how to play with awareness and courtesy.

Re s p o n si b i l i t y fo r s afe p lay o n the ice falls to everyone involved – parents, coaches, kids, and referees. Rules and enforcement of the rules, education, awareness, and strong skill development are all key steps to a fun and safe hockey season. Below are some tips for staying safe on the ice: • D o yo ur resea rch – Th ere a re unlimited resources out there; from h o ckey e q uip m ent ch e cklis t s a n d

Innisfree Minburn 4H News Morgan Nott, Innisfree Minburn 4H Beef Club Reporter Submitted

The Innisfree Minburn 4H beef club held their December meeting on December 4 at the Innisfree Millennium building.

We h a d t wo te a m s p a r ti c i p a te i n this year’s distric t volleyball held on December 8 at JR Robson High School. Ever yone had lots of fun. We also had our Christmas party on December 27 at the Vegreville swimming pool. Our next meeting will be held on January 8 in Minburn curling rink.

fitting guides such as the ones found on, smartphone apps that focus on concussion prevention and symptoms, to blogs that cover practical tips and tricks. • Ta ke th e ti m e – Wh il e h o ckey season can be extremely busy, set aside 15-minutes before and after each game to review some key learning’s and observations with your kids. It could be a quick review of something you read about safety or recog-

nizing a good sportsmanship act your child displayed during the game. • Practice makes perfect – Register your kids for a skills clinic or practice with them on off-days. Emphasise the importance of fair play, teamwork, fitness and a positive attitude while enhancing fundamental skills. Le a d by exa m p l e w h e n p l a ci n g an emphasis on safe play to ensure your kids have a safe and memorable hockey season.

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Vermilion RCMP, ambulance and Vermilion Fire and Rescue responded to a call of a single vehicle roll-over on the south side of the Highway 16 overpass on Dec. 22. The cause of the accident is unknown at the time of press, but it appeared the driver had lost control and hit the southbound guardrail. There has been no word on any injuries as a result of the rollover. Photo Karen Nedzielski.


Issue 493

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School News

Mannville School News Susan Obrigewitch Submitted

The students, staff and some community members all met in the Mannville School gym on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 for a Prostate Cancer Awareness and Fundraiser Campaign. Men, unlike women, were lacking a way to engage in their own health issues and Movember became a way to make people aware of a disease that men can get. Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men.  It usually grows slowly and can often be cured if it is detected. It has been scientifically proven that being tested for prostate cancer saves lives. Throughout the month of November we witnessed a number of “shaggy” fa ces th ro u g h o u t th e s ch o o l a n d community. On Nov. 29, a few brave and nervous men watched as their fuzzy faces were auctioned off. Mr. Dean Shomachuk and Mr. Ken WyardScott joined staff members Mr. Darryl Maron, Mr. Zane Polishuk and Mr. Don Church to have some fun until Ms. Nicole

Laurenceson from Head over Heals carved/shaved various designs into our beards. All of the staff, students and community members who bid were able to suggest the design for Nicole. There were also a few brave students who participated: Davin Carron, Braden Mytz and Fionn Dalton. Not only were bold enough to participate, they had their heads or legs shaved! We had some fun, we brought awareness to this event and we raised some money.  We brought in $2,313. 30 to Prostate Cancer Movember Canada. Thank you for all of those you participated and who contributed! In the effort to raise money for a family in the Philippines, Miss Almberg and the Leadership 7 class hosted a Pancake Breakfast on Dec. 20, 2013. All money raised from the breakfast was donated to Ana Broz, whose family lost everything in the Haiyan Typhoon back in September.  With the help of parents donating supplies, community members’ donations, our small school community raised over $1,000. Ana’s family will now be able to build a new,

Leadership 7 Donation

Miss. Almberg presents Ana Broz with a cheque for the money raised at the Leadership 7 Pancake Breakfast at Mannville School. Photo submitted. sturdier home than the one they lost in the devastation. Miss Almberg would like to thank everyone for all of the support  for a family in need and for the hard work and effort that went into the Pancake Breakfast!  The Grade three social class with Mrs. Campbell enjoyed a “Cultural Tasting Party” as part of their Culture Unit.  Students sampled foods from the four countries they are studying. There was a wide variety of foods

to taste including Tunisian meatballs, couscous, pomegranates, and coconut water (Tunisia); Crema Volteada and Paneton (Peru); Naan bread and samosa (India); peroshke, perohy, pampoushke and kobasa (Ukraine). Thank you to all of the parents who brought in food items in order to make this event possible. Upcoming Dates: PAC Meeting – Jan. 13, Elementary Swim – Jan. 29, Secondary Ski Trip to Table Mountain – Feb. 26, 2014.

Bountiful Crops Make 2013 A Year For The History Books Verlyn Olson, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Submitted

I think Alberta’s producers would disagree with the adage that 13 is an unlucky number as 2013 has been a record-breaker for many commodities grown in our province. Statistics Canada recently released the final crop production estimates and this year is truly a banner year. Total produc tion of principal field crops is up more than 26 per cent from last year and total production of principal field crops is almost 27 million tonnes. Those crops would fill approximately 300,000 rail cars, making a train that is long enough to stretch from Edmonton to Acapulco, Mexico.

Statis tic s C a na da’s third q ua rter data was also recently released and it shows that from January to September of this year the total farm cash receipts in Alberta was a record $9.1 billion. That’s up 2.1 per cent from the same time period in 2012. We are leading the nation and this is great news for all. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the lingo, farm cash receipts i s t h e te r m fo r t h e c a s h i n c o m e producers receive from the sale of agricultural commodities as well as direct program payments to support the agriculture sector. We a l l k n ow h ow f i c k l e M o th e r Nature can be and last year many producers were dealing with haildamaged crops and dashed hopes. T h e 2 012 g ro w i n g s e a s o n w a s a record-breaker with more than

11,000 claims totaling $460 million. T h i s y e a r, M o t h e r N a t u r e w a s a kinder, gentler soul to our producers. For Alber tans, terrific crops are m o r e t h a n j u s t a p i c t u r e -t a k i n g moment. Once the fields are plucked and the bounty is in the bin, it might be easy to forget how powerful the industr y ac tually is. Many tend to forget that Alberta is not just energy, it’s also agriculture. Fo r p ro d u ce rs, m o nth s of wo r k is finally financially rewarded. That cash in hand is often spent in the smaller centers helping rural busin e s s o w n e r s s u r v i ve a n d t h r i ve. Some of those dollars end up in urban malls, restaurants, car dealerships and stores. Either way it’s a win-win for the Alberta economy which hums along with few hiccups

thanks to its residents. To ensure our economy continues to hum along, I am working diligently with my provincial and federal counterpar ts to ensure that the United States’ mandatory Country of Origin Labeling regulation is repealed. It is unnecessary and expensive for our producers and those costs will ultimately trickle down to consumers. For those of us who like to eat, a n d I k n ow th e re a re a few of u s around, a great yield ensures that we can continue to indulge in many of the foods we love, and sell them to markets both near and far. We have much to be thankful for as we head into this busy Christmas season. I wish you all a wonderful holiday and all the best for a safe, healthy and wealthy 2014.

Horoscope/Sudoku and Solutions Ease into the day. Reflect on the past and make notes as to how to avoid making similar mistakes. Don't let anger lead to disappointment or the loss of an important relationship. Impulsive action will make matters worse.


Share your stories and wisdom with young and old alike. Bringing emotional matters out into the open will help you resolve any issues that you don't want to carry into the new year. Make love and romance a priority.


Look for alternative methods to bring cash. Impulsive spending will lead to worry. Don't feel obliged to bail someone out of a financial mess. Charity begins at home and a budget should be put in place. Make your money work for you.


Sign up for an event, activity or class that can help you expand your knowledge and experience. The unique people you meet along the way will revive your interest in socializing. Helping someone out will lead to an unexpected reward.

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Enjoy what life has to offer. The people you meet and the sites you see will give you ideas that you can launch in the new year. Don't let personal responsibilities bog you down. Put a halt to anyone making unreasonable demands.

Explore new possibilities. Offer favors and get into the give-and-take that makes the world go round. Setting up standards to live by and having greater involvement with someone you think is pretty special will lead to your happiness. Love is skyrocketing.

You'll experience highs and lows throughout the day. Feel out situations that could potentially change the way you live or what you do for a living. Adjustments need to be made and resolutions for the upcoming year set into motion.

Share your traditions with someone from a different cultural background. Enjoy learning by participating in community events. Romance is in the stars. Make plans with your lover or go to a singles event to meet someone new who will enhance your personal life.

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Don't make drastic changes for the wrong reason. You are best to ride out any storm you face in business without upsetting your stability. Reaching out to former colleagues for advice will help you see your situation with greater clarity.

Offer assistance to those in need. Your act of kindness will encourage others to pitch in and help. Making a difference in your community will raise your profile. An interesting financial proposition can change the way you live in the future.

Don't initiate change but embrace the adjustments being made around you. Approach your personal and professional life with an open mind and do your best to offer interesting contributions. Give love and important relationship more time and attention.

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Issue 493 December 30, 2013

The Vermilion Voice



18th Annual Moses’ Christmas Dinner Continued Continued from page 1

variety of musical performances which included singing, guitar, violin, cello, harmonica and accordion performances. Linda Moses said there were numerous volunteers who helped in many ways to make the event such a success. Not only did they help prepare the wide variety of meats, but the many other dishes including salads and desserts. A crew of volunteers on Christmas Eve helped prepare some foods in advance as others

helped with distributing and delivering the many meals not only here in Vermilion, but on to Innisfree, Mannville and Derwent, spreading the Christmas joy and spirit of giving that personifies this special annual meal. The 18th annual Christmas event saw 121 meals served in the hall, and an additional 53 were delivered outside of Vermilion to people who Linda Moses said may otherwise, not have had a Christmas meal.

Guests at the Christmas Dinner

The guests enjoyed the entertainment before the beautiful dinner. Pictured here is one of the many tables of guests at the 18th annual Moses’ Christmas Dinner. Photos Sue Chikie.

Relay Distributing, established in 1989, is a fast paced growing business and we are looking for dynamic people to grow with us! Relay Distributing has been serving the Lloydminster, Lakeland and Midwest region for over 23 years.


Amber Bauer entertains

On Christmas Day at the Moses’ Christma s Dinner, Amber Bauer entertained the quests after the meal was served.

Lynda welcomes guests.

Lynda welcomed all and said a prayer before the meal was served.

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Helpers Again

Tom and Gwen Kibblewhite have been helping out with the Moses’ Christmas Dinner for the past four or five years.

Relay Distributing, established in 1989, is a fast paced growing business and we are looking for dynamic people to grow with us! Our service department custom fabricates and services High Pressure Wash Systems, repairs industrial cleaning & coffee equipment. Relay Distributing has been serving the Lloydminster, Lakeland and Midwest region for over 23 years.

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The Vermilion Voice December 30, 2013


Area News

Issue 493




One Horse Open Sleigh, Sort Of...

Boxing Day Birthday

A 100th birthday party was held for Maisie Syer on Dec. 26 in the cafeteria at the Mannville Continuing Care Centre. Maisie (nee Webb) was born in the country of Wales, and immigrated to Mannville where she and her husband, Tom, homesteaded outside of Mannville. Photo submitted.

New Year’s Eve Specials Reservations available for 5pm, 6:30 pm and 8 pm 8oz. AAA Alberta Sirloin with 6oz. Lobster Tail. Chicken Kiev with Mushroom Diane Sauce

8oz. Salmon Neptune

$37.50 $21.00 $23.00

* Served with Caesar Salad to start, Alberta Roasted Potatoes and Fresh Veggies.

Holiday hours

Ralph Hanson, along with his daughter and son-in-law, Robert and Cindy Craig, and their children enjoyed a more modern horse-powered sleigh ride than years past. This photo was taken during the Christmas holidays by Viking Stables owner and thoroughbred horse trainer, Joan Petrowski, who also served as the driver/horse for the ride. Photo submitted.



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