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January 26, 2021


Vermilion Fire Department Receives Brand New Fire Truck

From left, Rocky Mountain Phoenix sale rep Dave Savostianik, Town of Vermilion CAO George Rogers, Vermilion Fire Department Fire Chief Bill Roth, Town of Vermilion Mayor Caroline McAuley, Rocky Mountain Phoenix sales manager Jay Elliott, and Vermilion Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Anton Krys with the new Rosenbauer 104’ Cobra Platform fire truck. Photo Lorna Hamilton

Lorna Hamilton Reporter

Members of the Vermilion Fire Department and the Town of Vermilion were full of smiles and excitement on Jan 21 as they eagerly awaited the arrival of their brand new state of the art Rosenbauer 104’ Cobra Platform fire truck which cost $1.4 million and was purchased to replace the departments 20-year-old pumper truck. “We are not adding a piece of equipment to the hall we are replacing a piece of equipment. We have a 20-year-old truck that has done its time, its service, and it’s time to get rid of that one and

have this one,” said Vermilion Fire Chief Bill Roth. The new truck (quint as it is called) has both a ladder and a pump. The 104’ ladder (from the ground) is also equipped with a basket which will result in easier rescue from heights as firefighters would not have to carry victims up and down the ladder. It will also add extra safety for firefighters who have to work at extreme heights and can reach any building that is currently in Vermilion. “Last year I had a firefighter fall off a roof and luckily was not hurt, it could have been much worse. In the end, my biggest

concern as Chief is fire safety and keeping my firefighters safe, they will not be working on roofs it will all be done from the ladder and basket” explained Roth. The truck is also equipped with a waterway in front of the basket which can provide the firefighters the opportunity to fight fires from above. It is a tandem axle truck equipped with outriggers to help stabilize the vehicle on uneven ground surfaces and has a function where they can operate the truck remotely if they had to with a joystick. “This will be a frontline truck, this will be the first truck out of the hall on any town

calls from now on, and will be in service for the next 25 years,” added Roth. The new unit was purchased from Rocky Mountain Phoenix from Red Deer but the deal was made in Indianapolis. “We made the deal in Indianapolis as we were down there for the FDIC which is an international fire conference and we specifically went there to find somebody that would build us a truck. We sat with all different manufacturers from all over the country in Canada and the United States and this was the best bang for our buck and fit our needs. Continued on page 6



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President Biden Squashes Keystone Pipeline Within Hours

Lorna Hamilton Reporter

Pr e s i d e n t- e l e c t J o e B i d e n w a s sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20. Within hours of becoming President, Biden squashed the future of the Keystone XL pipeline with the stroke of his pen as he signed an executive order to rescind the Keystone XL construction permit granted in 2019 by predecessor Donald Trump. TC Energy Corporation said in a press release that they are disappointed. “With the action to revoke the existing Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and that the decision would overturn an unprecedented, comprehensive regulatory process that lasted more than a decade and repeatedly concluded the pipeline would transport much-needed energy in an environmentally responsible way while enhancing North American energy security,” stated the release. The release went on to say, “The action will directly lead to the layoff of thousands of union workers and negatively impact ground-breaking industry commitments to use new renewable energy as well as historic equity partnerships with Indigenous communities.” TC Energy also said that they will review the decision, assess its implications, and consider its options but as of January 20, the project will be suspended. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney held a press conference the same day and had strong words for the new President as well as the Prime Minister of Canada. “As friends and allies of the United States, we are deeply disturbed that one of President Biden’s first actions in office has been to rescind the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline border crossing. This is a gut punch

for the Canadian and Alberta economies, sadly it is an insult directed at the United States’ most important ally and trading partner on day one of the new administration,” stated Kenney. Kenney went on to say that this is not how you treat a friend and ally and that he will continue to fight for Alberta’s responsible energy industry and the 59,000 jobs the Keystone XL project would create. “Alberta’s government calls for the federal government and Prime Minister Trudeau to immediately enter into talks with the Biden administration on their cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline in the context of a broader agreement on energy supply and climate action. Failing an agreement with the American government, we call on the Government of Canada to respond with consequences for this attack on Canada’s largest industry. We are not asking for special treatment, simply the same res ponse that Canad a’s government had when other areas of our national economy were under threat from the US government,” said Kenney. Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition the Hon. Erin O’Toole weighed in by saying that today’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline extension is devastating. “Justin Trudeau should have done more to stand up for our world-class energy sector and the men and women who depend on it to provide for their families,” stated O’Toole. ML A for Vermilion- LloydminsterWainwright Garth Rowswell agreed with Premier Kenney’s controlled outrage over the decision. “This act is a serious error which will set back Canada’s relations with the United States. It is difficult to understand the logic or natural justice of the

Executive Order which revokes the permit. MLA Rowswell also went on to say that there are political and economic ramifications of President Biden’s decision. “Canada is the United States closest and most steadfast ally. To revoke a project with no consultation with it stop trading partner is to disrespect the existing bilateral relationship between the two nations. Prime Minister Trudeau must immediately engage with the US President and make the strong case that Keystone XL is vitally important to the interests of both Canada and the United States. He must, albeit belatedly, fight for the project as hard as the Liberal government did for the easternbased steel industry when the previous US administration applied tariffs.,” commented Rowswell.

Economically speaking Rowswell says that Oil and Gas is the largest export to the US currently worth $90Bn p.a. and that over the next ten years, Keystone XL would represent an additional $30 billion in value to Alberta. He also went on to say that “Both the US and Canada, chiefly Western Canada will suffer huge job losses as a result of this order, early estimates are put at 59,000. Numbers such as these can be abstract. The concrete behind numbers such as this is the impact on real people and their families. Incidences of home repossession, family separation, and, worse, will increase. The loss of selfrespect and purpose, while lower on the physical damage scale, is equally as destructive. Add this blow to the battering being experienced by society from COVID-19 and I have grave concerns for Alberta and its citizens,” said Rowswell.

Premier Jason Kenney responding to the announcement of the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline being revoked by President Biden. Photo courtesy of the Government of Alberta

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Reflections Funeral Services Shop Local Incentive

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many local businesses in Vermilion and area have been affected by the constant yo-yo-ing of the public health measure restrictions. With each shut down, businesses have seen a downward slide in their sales and of residents shopping local. Candice Anderson, owner of Reflections Funeral & Cremation, has recognized the struggles local businesses have faced since the economic downturn and came up with an idea to help boost local shopping in Vermilion. “ During these dif ficult times, it ’s b e c o m e m ore a p p are nt t h a n ever how important it is to try and keep our shopping experiences local. Secluded to our homes and small businesses seeing constant regulation, the year 2020 resulted in a large economic downturn. Even so, we want to continue to support our community of Vermilion and surrounding area in any way possible,” said Anderson.

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Anderson approached the Vermilion & Area District Chamber of Commerce with a suggestion to help encourage the ‘Shop Local’ Ideology. “Star ting Februar y 1, the Cham ber will begin accepting receipts that show $50 or more spent locally. Each submission in turn receives an entry into a monthly draw. At the end of each month, a draw will be made of the entered names. The drawn name will then receive a gift of a meal for four people, sponsored by Reflections Funeral Services. The meal/gift certificate will be purchased from a food vendor in our local area, which will change each month. Reflections have dedicated themselves to this sponsorship for the remainder of 2021. This draw will be applied to Vermilion, as well as our neighbouring communities of Mannville, Clandonald and Derwent. A schedule of locations for each month will shortly be released. Please ensure to follow on Facebook for more information and email submission details,” From left, Candice Anderson and Leanne Martin. Photo submitted commented Anderson.

RRSP & TFSA – What You Need To Know


It is that time of year again where you are getting prepared for tax season, and banks encourage you to set up a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or a Tax-Free Saving Account (TFSA). Here is some information to help you understand what these are and why you should get them. An RRSP is a registered retirement savings plan that you establish through a financial institution such as a bank, credit union, trust, or insurance company to which you, your spouse, or commonlaw partner contribute into. Deductible

RRSP contributions can be used to reduce your tax. Income you earn in the RRSP is usually exempt from tax as long as the funds remain in the plan. You have to pay tax when you receive payments from the plan. The benefit of an RRSP is best if the higher-income spouse or partner contributes to an RRSP for a lower-income spouse or partner, because the contributor will receive the benefit of a tax deduction. Setting up a self-directed RRSP is an option as well if you prefer to build and manage your own portfolio by buying and selling different types of investments. Your RRSP has a deduction limit that is often referred to as “contribution room”, and you

can find your deduction limit from your previous years notice of assessment, My Account, or MyCRA mobile app. www. canada.ca provides more information on how to set up your own RRSP. The Tax-Free Savings Account was started in 2009 for individuals +18 years old who have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) to set money aside tax free. There are multiple types of TFSAs; a deposit, an annuity contract, and an arrangement in trust. You can open a TFSA with banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and trust companies. Contributions to a TFSA are not deductible for income tax purposes. Any amount that is contributed is generally

tax-free, including when it is withdrawn. An individual can have more than one TFSA, however the total amount you contribute to all TFSAs cannot be more than your available TFSA contribution for that year. Just like the RRSP, you can open a selfdirected TFSA. To open a TFSA contact your financial institution, credit union, or insurance company and provide them with your SIN and date of birth to register your qualifying arrangement as a TFSA. You can also find your contribution room information through the same sources of the My Account or MyCRA mobile app. For more information about these accounts visit www.canada.ca.

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Alwyn Bowman passed away in the Mannville Care Centre on December 27, 2020 at the age 83 years. He was the third of the family born to William (Billy) and Eva, in Islay, Alberta. He is remembered by his wife, Grace; nieces Karen (Russel) Berezitzky, Darlene (Tim) Gourley; great nieces Jennifer (Ben), Breanne and great nephews Braden, Jared and Ethan. He was predeceased by parents, William and Eva, and brothers John and Robert. He is also remembered by many friends and neighbours. Farming was his life time passion. His many talents included mechanics, welding, and the ability to repair or create almost anything in their shop. Many hours of visiting and repairs occurred with friends and neighbours discussing machinery and/or crops at their farm. He was active in his community and enjoyed curling and bowling in his younger years. He played accordion with friends in their band, Melody Ranchers, at many of the local community halls for weekend dances. He was also an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed many Sunday fishing trips to various lakes in NE Alberta. Once harvest was finished, his fall vacation was a hunting trip to western and Northern Alberta in the hopes of bringing home a moose. Due to Covid restrictions, a private family service was held on December 30, 2020. Many thanks to Rev Anne McGrath for her kind words and conducting a wonderful service for Alwyn. Special thanks as well to Jennifer and Breanne for reading the eulogy and poem during the service. We would also extend our thanks to the pallbearers, you each had a special connection and Alwyn always enjoyed the chance to visit with you all. We offer our sincere thanks to Dr Louw for his years of care with Alwyn. As well to the staff of both Mannville Care Centre and Vermilion Assisted Living, we extend our gratitude for the personal care in these past two years. The family wish to extend our appreciation to the many friends that sent flowers, cards, donations and messages during this difficult time. Your thoughtfulness and kindness will be forever remembered. In lieu of individual thank you notes, we will be making a donation to our chosen charities: Friends of Vermilion Health Care, Mannville Care Centre, Canadian Cancer Society. Sincerely, Grace, Karen & Russel, Darlene & Tim And families



Dawn Hames Columnist

At minus 35 this morning as I write this, the house feels like it needs to be warmed up with some cooking. I have been working a crumpet recipe for two weeks, and I decided this morning was the time to prefect it. About eight batches later over the course of the last two weeks, and ta da. My favourite crumpet recipe. It is made with a sour dough that I started made with yogurt, flour and water, but you can use any bread starter, one made from potato water or the traditional flour and water starter. Check back issues of the Vermilion Voice online for those recipes and detailed instructions. To make


a starter from yogurt, read the label for active lactobacillus culture. Choose plain yogurt with no added sugar, or fruits. If you have a starter already, you can salvage the amounts that you pour off, before feeds and turn it into yummy crumpets. Crumpets are a British favourite, and apparently no one born in Britain can say that they don’t know what a crumpet is. For me this has been a great food adventure. Many recipes use commercial yeast, but I wanted to go back to the healthiest and most traditional form of making crumpets. Crumpets look like a ver y high pancake, taste like fresh fried bread dough with an ever so slightly yeast aroma, and a slightly more developed texture. Where have crumpets been all my life? Hiding out in Britain, I guess. You can eat them hot

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off the griddle, or toast the cooled ones. They can be split open for all the little bubbles inside to be filled with butter and jam. They are delicious toasted, which is a favoured way to enjoy them. You can dress them up by spreading butter into their hot goodness, and then enjoying them sweet with jam, and syrups or savory, with cheeses, soups and stew or as a simple crumpets and tea food experience. Crumpets 1 cup hungry sour dough starter 2 eggs 1/2 - 2/3 cup flour 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon sea salt To the sour dough starter, stir in the eggs, add 1/2 cup flour and the baking powder, sugar and salt and then stir,

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Craig Baird Columnist

By 19 0 3, more people were moving into the area of Bowtell and Breage, b efo r e Ve r m i l i o n ever existed. With Harry Bowtell serving as not only the welcoming committee for the area, but a local guide for incoming settlers from 1903 to 1905, many of the first settlers in the area saw his welcoming face first when they arrived. Bowtell operated a stopping house at the time, and also served as a land agent for the area. The first place many settlers would stay in the area would be that stopping house. As more people arrived in Breage and Bowtell, things like dancers were organized using the instruments those settlers brought with them. There were happy times but there were also tough times. The snow of 1903-04 was a tough one for the people who came the previous spring and summer. There were many problems bringing in provisions from Edmonton and


A look At 1903-04 In Bowtell

from Lloydminster. Typically, seven drivers were needed to travel together, digging their sleighs out of the snow that blocked the way. On one such trip, two men were lost and froze to death attempting to walk alone during a winter storm. Spring would eventually come in March of 1904 but the ice jammed up the river. The river began to rise by 10 feet as a result. One night, the dam of ice broke, sending ice chunks up onto the hill. For the ranchers nearby, that ice provided them with ice well into the summer. In June, the river was now in full flood and several local residents went to Edmonton to get a large amount of planks, enough to carry 13 tons of groceries and stores. It was a tough journey that included riding on the river and dealing with terrible mosquitoes and black flies. They were eventually able to bring the groceries to town, much to the relief of local residents. That year, two bridges were also built. One over Tongue Creek, so named because George Powell broke a wagon

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Continued from page 1 Rosenbauer built the truck in the States and then it was brought down to Red Deer and they finish off the decals and anything else that we needed to be changed. The four of us (from the department on our own time) went to Red Deer for two days and did nothing but run the truck, we went through it from top to bottom, did the final and made any changes that were needed,” explained Roth. The truck was delivered to Vermilion by sales manager, Jay Elliott and sales rep Dave Savostianik who Roth said was super easy to work with and that they were very fortunate they were there with them to build this truck. Each Captain in the Vermilion Fire Department is responsible for a truck and Roth said that Captain Tom Hartwell will be responsible for this truck. Roth also went on to say that with the arrival of the new truck some members of the Vermilion Fire Department had been sent to the Fire Training Centre to obtain their aerial certification and he anticipates it will take approximately six weeks of training every night to train the 15 people he plans to have operating the truck. Due to the COVID pandemic, he can only have

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three to four people training at a time. Mayor Caroline McAuley, Economic Development Officer for the Town of Vermilion Marylee Prior, and CAO George Rogers were also in attendance for the arrival of the fire truck. “Wow! This has been a couple of years in the making, it has been a long time coming. This has been on our books for quite a long time and it is going to bring our firefighting to the next level and provide safety to our firefighters who are out in the field, this is critical, it really is about fire safety. I know people will look at it, and think, do we really need it but it’s a modern way of fighting fires and it will be able to improve safety and reduce time spent on fires because they will be able to fight them from above so this is a critical piece of equipment. It’s not just a new purchase it’s a replacement truck,” stated Mayor McAuley. McAuley went on to say “the truck that this new one is replacing looks amazing but it’s 20 years old and things start to give out.” CAO for the Town of Vermilion George Rogers says they often can’t get a lot of money from the sale of the pumper truck they are taking out of service, so they will be finding another use for the truck within

the operations for the Town. “The truck being replaced will go into our recreation and community services department, we are going to recycle the old truck and use it to help water plants in the summer, help do the flooding for the outdoor rinks, we have a lot of outdoor rinks that need flooding so you know it

will actually get used,” explained Mayor McAuley. Rogers also commented, “I want to commend our Fire Chief and his team of firefighters, this was designed and built by our team. They worked with the manufacturers based on the need and the requirements and efficiency, etc.,” said Rogers.

Front view of the new fire truck sporting the water tower in front of the basket which can be utilized to fight fires from above. Photo Lorna Hamilton

Lakeland College Receives $1.9 Million Grant


The Agriculture and Forestry Department of the Provincial Government was excited to announce their $1.9 million grant and three year agreement to support Lakeland College’s two key programs, The Pulse Agronomy Program and Beef Production Systems Program. Both of these programs provide important research that the Agriculture and Forestry Industry has deemed as priority. The pulse agronomy program is a mixture of extension and pulse research projects across Alberta that facilitates the growth of the agriculture and food industry and enhances rural sustainability. The beef production systems program focuses on livestock disease and pathogens, pain mitigation strategies and production efficiency, including beef forage, feed

rations and genetics. “Through these investments in science and research, we are helping to keep our pulse and beef producers on the cutting edge. This agreement with Lakeland College will support producer-led research priorities in these industries, while cultivating the next generation of agriculture researchers. A win- win!” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “This agreement supports a new model for agriculture research and increases Lakeland’s capacity to produce results of value and better serve commercial crop and beef producers. We are excited to build on our results-oriented research partnerships with industry while also increasing opportunities for student involvement as they develop applied research skills that will serve them well in the future.” stated Dr. Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president and

CEO, Lakeland College. “This agreement is another exciting step for farmer-led research. Agriculture will continue to have a bright future in Alberta with cutting-edge research and research excellence. Lakeland College is an amazing institution that does great agriculture research and we think that with this investment they will be able to continue on in the future,” commented Devin Dreeshan, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. “Lakeland College continues to be a leader in agriculture research and this new agreement will only bolster that reputation. Under the stewardship of Lakeland, we can be certain that this project will support Alberta’s hard-working farmers and ranchers.” said Garth Rowswell, MLA for Vermilion- Lloydminster-Wainwright. “As RDAR interim board chair, in addition to previously announced funding for Olds

College, I am delighted that we are now able to support and significantly augment the work being done at Lakeland College. Lakeland College is a very strong postsecondary institution with significant agricultural assets and potential.” commented Dr. David Chalack, interim board chair, Results Driven Agriculture Research. The grant provides Lakeland College a great opportunity to provide new teaching opportunities of up and coming research as well as growing their research numbers in the Alberta Agriculture region. Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR), a new research arm of the provincial government, has committed $370 million over the next 10 years to fund agriculture research. RDAR has committed this funding to ensure that Farmers and Ranchers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to prioritizing agriculture research in Alberta.

Dangerous RCMP Pursuit Leads To Heavy Charges

Elaina John Reporter

On January 19, after a pursuit that began in Vermilion, a member of the Strathcona County RCMP was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. At 2:30 p.m. that day, two suspects were reported pointing a firearm in the County of Vermilion River. The suspects fled the scene in a black SUV which led to a pursuit beginning at 3:30 on Range Road 542 involving Strathcona County and Fort Saskatchewan RCMP. During the pursuit, an RCMP vehicle rolled near Range Road 540. One

Strathcona RCMP member was taken to the hospital, treated for minor injuries, and released. There are no other injuries to report. The two suspects were stopped on Range Road 544 by another RCMP vehicle and taken into custody. One suspect was identified as Michael Patrick Hill, a 23-year-old man from Onion Lake, and has been charged with assault with a weapon, dangerous operation of a vehicle, flight from a peace officer, pointing a firearm, operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited, possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of

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stolen property over $5,000, and failure to comply. Hill has been remanded into custody and will have a hearing in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on January 27. The second suspect was a 21-year-

old female from Onion Lake and was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, and was released on an Undertaking; therefore, her name has not been released. Her hearing will take place in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on March 17.

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Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association Showcase 20201 Postponed

Greg Buchanan Submitted

January 19, 2021 Lloydminster, SK- The Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association (LAEA) will be postponing Showcase 2021, scheduled for March 26-28, 2021 for the second year. The LAEA Board of Directors and Staff are monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely. As an active community nonprofit organization, our patrons, volunteers

and staff are top of mind during this time. “After extensive review, it has been determined that it is not possible to hold the planned event and also provide a safe environment, and therefore we must cancel Showcase for 2021.” We want to thank all our sponsors, volunteers and guests for the past support and we look forward to a great event in 2022. See you next year!


January 26, 2021 | The Vermilion Voice

Owner Of Baseball Found In Joist During Renos Found

Lorna Hamilton Reporter

In the January 19 issue of the Vermilion Voice, we reported on the ongoing renovations at the old Vermilion Standard building which is being turned into an outdoor adventure store by owners Toland Cochrane and Aaron Hayman. During the renovations, Cochrane discovered a baseball in one of the joists with the name Joanne Cooper inscribed on it. Cochrane said he would like to find the owner of the ball and its history. Since the publishing of the article, the Vermilion Voice was contacted by Monte Gannon son of Joanne Cooper whose name was signed on the baseball. Gannon provided the Voice with his mother’s contact information.

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

The Town of Vermilion has officially announced that there will be an increase of 1.05% to the Water Utility Rates and an increase of 5.57% for Sewer Utility Rates. “We are quite proud of the fact that our solid waste utility rates did not increase this year due to cost savings that compen-

The Voice contacted Joanne Cooper who is currently 80 years old and she explained the story of the baseball. “My mom, dad, and I lived above the Standard office, we had a home down next to my granddad’s property when all my sisters and brother were home, but when they all left Mom and Dad decided to make an apartment above the office. My dad went to work and did most of it (the Renos). I think we moved up there in 1952 and at that time I would have been in grade 7 or 8, I believe and I moved out when I was 17 or 18 and my parents continued to live there until the ‘70s. My dad always liked to encourage me with sports like skating and things like that, but I wanted a baseball because we did that in Phys Ed, so he got it and I had that

to play with up in the apartment. to show her grandkids unless he (Toland) Cooper went on to explain that she can’t had a use for it. think of how the ball ended up where it did but went on to speculate how it could have possibly ended up in the wall joist. “The only thing I can think of is I might have been fooling around with it upstairs because they didn’t fill the whole top with our apartment. They left an open space behind because it was a large space and we didn’t need it all so behind that it wasn’t totally finished there was flooring down but there wasn’t any drywall or anything up there, it was just storage in that area and my dog and I used to sort of play with the ball in the back there. Maybe that’s how it got there,” said Cooper. She went on to say that she would really really like to have the baseball back Joanne Cooper. Photo submitted

2021 Utility Rates Increase

sate for any increase in inflation. Our Water rates increased by 1.05% which is largely due to inflationary increases in costs that are not within our control. The Sewer Utility rates are increasing by 5.57% this year to help ensure that our future reserves are funded sufficiently to replace capital equipment and other assets associated with the wastewater

collection and treatment system. Decreases in grant funding require an increase in our ratepayer revenue to ensure that future generations are not paying for the cost of our current services and that our sewer utility is sustainable and in compliance with federal regulation,” commented Brian Leibel, Direction of Finance and Administration.

The annual revenue that the increased utility rates will be used to support those utilities to cover the costs. “Our utilities are run on a cost-recovery basis and are to be self-sustaining. Tax dollars are not used to support the operations of these utilities. It is a userpay system.” stated Mayor Caroline McAuley.

Lloydminster Exhibition Receives $1,000,000 Grant

Lloydminster Exhibition Submitted

Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association is pleased to announce that Lloyd Ex has received a $1,000,000 grant from the Alberta Government to advance the acquisition of City of Lloydminster property that is located directly North of the current Exhibition property. “Alberta’s Government is helping our partners build strong, healthy and vibrant communities by continuing to support the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP). With a taxpayer investment of 1 million dollars, the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association Ltd. will purchase land and facilities that will allow them to expand their programming and make efficient use of space. Their organization has worked hard to contribute matching dollars to this important project that will expand their community hub, and have a far-reach-

ing and positive impact on all Albertans. Now more than ever, we need projects that stimulate job growth and economic activities, while addressing community needs.” Minister Aheer, Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women. The grant application was applied for early in 2020 by Lloyd Ex with the specific goal to secure land for future growth & expansion. Proceeds received from the grant will go directly to the purchase of the land with the generous support of the City of Lloydminster. “The generous grant from the Alberta Government is a strong endorsement for the Lloydminster Exhibition and the impact our Association has on this area. We are pleased to see the Alberta government shares our vision for the potential this land expansion has for the community of Lloydminster and area. This vision has been in place for the past number of years and

First United Church Donates To Food Bank

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

Peter Walsh, Board Chair of The First United Church, presented a $1000 donation cheque to Derek Collins, coordinator of the Vermilion Food Bank on December 1, 2020. “The Church Board thought that the

food bank may need a bit of a boost, given that COVID was a bit of a strange year,” commented Walsh. Walsh went on to mention “We do like to support local organizations as much as possible as part of our church mission giving.”

it’s gratifying to see all the hard work come Aalbers, City of Lloydminster. to fruition.” Ron Weaver, President Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association. “The Government of Alberta’s investment in the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association will allow the association to expand its footprint and build on its current offerings. Ultimately, the funding will enable the association to continue providing strength and sustainability to the community, and thrive as one of Western Canada’s premiere event destinations.” Mayor Gerald


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The Vermilion Voice | January 26, 2021

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The Vermilion Voice | January 26, 2021

Community and Recreation Funding 2020 Year in Review

County of Vermilion River, Kitscoty, AB Submitted

Despite the challenging times due to COVID-19, the County of Vermilion River is pleased to be able to support local organizations and facilities that provide recreation, arts and culture opportunities, enhance community spirit, encourage active participation along Community Grants Vermilion River Regional 4H: Golden Valley Community Association: Rivercourse Recreation Society: Kitscoty Curling Association: Clandonald & District Recreation Association: Clandonald Agricultural Society: Paradise Valley & District Seniors Citizens: Paradise Valley Memorial Hall: Operational Funding Town of Vermilion: City of Lloydminster: Alcurve Community Recreation Centre: Blackfoot Community Hall: Blackfoot & District Golden Slippers Association: Bowtell Community Association: Buffalo Coulee Community Club: Clandonald & District Ag Society:

The County approved a Park Trust Fund request of $50,000 from the Lea Park Golf Club for their bridge rehabilitation project due to the damage of spring flooding. Park Trust Reserve is set aside for the purposes of a public park or public recreation area and adheres to County policy. These moneys are collected when a land out of a quarter section is subdivided a second time, as permitted in the MGA. Details regarding the approved requests is available within the Council agendas

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with community enhancement projects. The County’s Community and Recreation Funding enables recreation development and ongoing partnerships throughout the region, enhancing access for residents to recreational facility services and programs. The County of Vermilion River has awarded commuClandonald & District Recreation Association: Dewberry Hall Society: Dewberry & District Ag Society: Golden Valley Community Association: Islay Community Association: Islay Curling Club: Kitscoty & District Ag Society – Arena Board: Kitscot y & District Communit y & Seniors Association: Kitscoty & District Ag Society – Kitscoty Community Hall: Kitscoty Golf Club: Kitscoty Curling Association: Landonville Community Association: Lea Park Rodeo Association: Lea Park Golf Club: Marwayne Arena Board: Marwayne Minor Ball Association:


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and minutes under Meeting Agendas and Minutes on the County website. More information on the County’s funding programs can be found under Recreation on the County website. Media inquiries may be directed to: Communications County of Vermilion River communications@ county24.com Deputy Reeve Clint Murray presents Park Trust funding to Shannon Franklin of the Lea Park Golf Club. Photo submitted

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nity grants and operational and capital assistance through the Community and Recreation Funding Program within the 2020 budget. The County looks forward to supporting these initiatives in 2021 to continue community spirit and vibrancy. The funding approvals were as follows:

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My Journey Of Coping With COVID-19

Donna Okkema, Vermilion, Alberta Submitted

In Memory of Dad (Franklin Wolters) As I think back on this past year, it occurs to me that most of the folks that read this paper are rural people. For a large number of us, the spring and covid came straight on the heels of a very difficult and disappointing fall of 2019. We received fall rain and early snow, and though a super human effort was made, we only harvested 40 acres and burnt off many combine belts and bent up the header on the combine in the attempt. It was just too wet. We had to give up and wait. This scenario had never ever happened to us before and was a very defeating feeling. Thousands of dollars sitting out under snow banks. What could possibly be worse than that?? Many input dollars spent and no grain to sell?? I remember a quote I believe came from Chris Hadfield, Canadian Astronaut. Something along the lines of “There is never ever anything so bad, that it couldn’t be made worse”. Enter Covid-19. As farmers, living out in the country, we already understand isolation and working long, variable hours without days off. We understand making do, doing without, and making the best of a situation. We understand sacrifice, responsibility and sticking with a task, no matter what and finishing what we started. We knew we were in for a difficult spring with so much to accomplish. Calving would start and we would have to be combining, baling, hauling bales and clearing fields while getting the seeding equipment ready and getting the seeding done. Then the engine blew up in the grain truck and we had to remove it, take one out of a donor truck we had, and put that one back in. We needed it for trucking grain when we did get combining. When we did get combining the fields were wet and we got stuck repeatedly with the combine. It just seemed to be an insurmountable mountain to climb. Early mornings, late

nights. Long days. An impossibly cold April with way more snow than was normal and -20 weather. Checking for baby calves night and day. Feeding. Chores. Exhaustion. My husband never laid his head on his pillow for days on end. We generally calve April\May to avoid this type of weather. What else could possibly go wrong?? Try getting supplies and doing business when things are closed or on reduced hours due to covid. Can’t pop into a neighbors or even Tim Horton’s for a coffee. Or even just pop to town once in a while for a break and change of scenery with a meal out. It was all closed.   Strange, strange, frustrating times. How did we survive, cope and stay sane?? Well, just put one foot in front of the other. One day at a time. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” ---Franklin D. Roosevelt. “Change your thoughts, and you change your world.” ---Norman Vincent Peale. We knew we had to do it all, had to buckle down, and just do what had to be done. We were not starving, we still had a job, and as long as we kept at it, it would get done, and things would get better. Be positive, take each little victory to heart, and decide what was next on the list. And just do it!! There is no magic to it. Humans are resilient and have survived this long because we can adapt. We now have ways to stay in touch that were unheard of when I was a girl. Facebook, texting, email, Skype. Everybody, everywhere available all the time. We never need to feel alone or lonely. Just reach out to somebody. I have an 82 year old email friend from Regina, that I met through serendipity, and we write back and forth to each other pouring out our feelings and activities for the day. One can never, ever underestimate how much it means to just “get something off our back”. “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is some-

thing to be enthusiastic about” ---Charles Kingsley. On top of all this, I took on a project. That “something to be enthusiastic about”! I love plants, nature and gardening. So, I started a new garden. I turned a spot that had been full of a row of 7 dead Mayday trees (death by black knot), and turned it into a lovely little garden spot with a large raised planter. I planted salad greens in it the end of April and covered it with a tent of plastic and had green onions, radish, lettuce and baby carrots very early. I planted a garden and tended it every second I wasn’t busy doing something else. When I was in my garden “Covid DID NOT EXIST”!! “The miracle is this: the more we share, the more we have.” ---Leonard Nimoy. I shared lettuce and later on beans, zucchini, squash, beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. Bouquets of sweet peas and flowers. I understand that many people took on gardening this spring. Seeds were hard to find and greenhouses emptied quickly as people took to their back yards to get out of the house. I totally understand it. It is relaxing and rewarding and soothes the soul. On a daily basis there is growth, change and always something to look forward to. The day you go out and those first big plump strawberries are ready is a good one. Or

the taste of the first picking of veggies or new potatoes. That first beautiful morning glory flower greeting you. There is always something better than feeling sorry for ourselves and the situation. Look for small ways to have a positive experience. A meal of fresh produce you produce yourself is a feeling of accomplishment that anybody can have. No matter how small the garden. Even a tumbler tomato plant on the deck can produce a huge bounty. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ---Albert Einstein. I have always cut out and saved quotes, and anybody who has been to my house and seen them clipped on the fridge, literally covering the whole surface can attest to that. Sometimes we just need a little reminder of wisdom that can make us think and improve our outlook. I hope that in sharing them and giving my perspective will give somebody else the enthusiasm to try something new and just avoid thinking about covid and how it has changed our lives. We have to hang in there. It will be in the past, some day, and things will get better and it will be a dim memory. The time is going to go by anyway, so we might as well stay sane in the mean time. This too shall pass!!

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We will provide a gift of Food, Personal Items, Cleaning Products, Baby Formula and Diapers.

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Do not let your mate annoy you; patience will be the key. You'll stay out of trouble if you pick projects that will benefit the whole family. Catch up on overdue paperwork.


You will find that valuable knowledge can be gained if you are willing to listen. Be careful while traveling. Today will be hectic.


Someone envious of your popularity may challenge you to a debate. Don't go hog wild when it comes to entertainment or you could find yourself short of funds at the end of the month.


Listen and formulate your course of action. You will be indecisive. Disharmony will result in a lowered vitality. Stress may result in minor illness.


Educational pursuits can bring interesting, helpful people. Don't blow situations out of proportion or you could find that others will misinterpret what really happened.


Stay calm and focus on things that will help you understand the situation better. Get motivated and follow up on some self-improvement resolutions. You will be emotional about family matters.


New romantic partners will evolve through group endeavors; however, the association may not be likely to last. Change will be required to make your life more harmonious.


You may want to take a look at courses offered at a local institute. You can help them with difficult projects. Get involved in groups that can offer intellectual stimulation.


You may find that female colleagues will be more help than you anticipated. You might want to spend some time by yourself in order to decide exactly how you feel. You are best to listen for the time being.


So smile! You have made an accurate assessment of the situation and have come up with ideas that will save money. You will be emotional about money matters.


Try not to get into disputes that will lead to estrangements. Insurance pay outs, tax rebates, or just plain luck. So smile!


Don't push your mate if you want to keep this union going. Find a way to consolidate. You can get a great deal accomplished if you bring work home.



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Buffalo Trail Public Schools

BTPS Submitted

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM BTPS! We were waiting in anticipation for 2021 and having all of our students back in school. It has been so great to have them back in our buildings! BTPS is distributing the Reporting for Year One 2020 of our Four Year Plan 2019-2023. Year One 2019 2020 represents some of the highlights gathered from schools and is linked to each of the assurance domains. The plan is linked here and is also available on our website @ www.btps.ca. It did seem that winter hit BTPS last week. The freezing rain, then snow and high winds made travel terrible for a couple days last week. A positive that has come out of our pandemic learning is that students are able to connect with their classes when travel makes it impossible

Lorna Hamilton

to be at school. We had many students who were able to continue their learning at home during the non-bus days. As we are so fortunate to have our students back in school, we will remind people that schools are limited to essential visitors only. All students fill out the AHS COVID-19 Daily Checklist and stay home when they have the symptoms. This has helped limit the number of close contacts within our schools. Last week, we had confirmation that two individuals at one of our schools have tested positive for COVID-19. Our schools work quickly to let their school communities know this information and there is immediate follow up with contacting all close contacts with isolation information. BTPS is very appreciative of the continued support of our families, students and staff as we keep each other safe. Our schools continue to plan engag-

ing activities and events for our students cases pictures from all schools each within the pandemic guidelines. Our week. This is a great way to see all our BTPS Newsletter on our website show- happenings in one spot.

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On Duty Alberta Paramedic Charged


The Vegreville RCMP detachment received a call on January 2 informing them of an ambulance that was travelling in the wrong direction in the westbound lane of highway 16 near Ranfurly, Alberta just after 9 p.m.

The vehicle was stopped by Vegreville RCMP where they discovered a patient and another male paramedic in the treatment area of the vehicle which was in transport. The 24-year-old female paramedic who was operating the vehicle was consequently arrested and charged with impaired driving of a motor vehicle and impaired driving of a

motor vehicle over 0.8 and was released on an appearance notice scheduled for March 22. The Ambulance service is overseen by Medavie Health Services West and is contracted by Alberta Health Services. Due to the matter being in front of the courts Medavie Health Services West could not

comment on the particulars of the incident. “An employee is currently on leave pending an investigation. As the matter is before the courts we are unable to provide any further information,” said Director of Communications Troy Davies for Medavie Health Services West in an email comment to the Vermilion Voice.

Design-A-Bookmark Challenge

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

The Vermilion Public Library has started a Bookmark Contest that includes all ages, and you can use any means to create it (pencil, crayon, water colour, ink, etc.). The contest ends on February 13. The panel of judges will review submis-

sions and choose a winner from four age categories (6 and under, 7-9, 10-13, 14 and up). One submission per person. Return entry forms in the book slot by Feb 13. A winner from each age category will receive $50 Vermilion Chamber Dollars that can be spent locally at any participating business.

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To participate in the challenge, call the Library to schedule curbside pick-up for the contest entry form. Since the shutdown, the Vermilion Public Library is closed to in-person visits. However, curbside pickup, reference, faxing and printing services are available. Request library materials at www.

tracpac.ab.ca, use theTracpac app, or call the Library Monday - Friday from 10 a.m.5 p.m. for assistance at (780)-853-4288. “Our programming has moved online. Check our website: www.vplibrary.ca or our Facebook page for programming news,” commented Sheila Heit, Programs Coordinator.

Purebred Charolais Yearling And 2 Year Old Bulls Available

Tuesday February 2nd, 2021 At 1:00 PM 90 Top Quality Simm X Bred Heifers, RWF goggled eyed. Red & Red Baldies, Bred to Red Angus Bulls start calving April 5.

For More info call Jerry @ 780-806-8362 116 Black Angus & Red Angus Simm X cows bred to Black Angus or Black Baldies for April 20th calving.

Call Cody @ 780-872-4639 for more info. 120 Simm Ang X cows 75% Black, 25% Black Brockle/Blaze, Bred to Black Simm and Black Angus Bull. 42 day breeding to start calving March 15th. Full herd health.

Call Krista 780-853-1025 Sherwood Farms

Family Farm Looking For Crop And Pasture Land To Rent

Monday February 8th, 2021 At 1:00 PM On offer 40 Hereford Bulls, 11 Black Angus Bulls, 40 Commercial Heifers and 40 Replacement Horned Hereford Heifer Calves.

To view catalogue visit www.dlms.com under “EXT Sale Listings” Contact: Stan Lock 306-753-7884, Brian Thomas 403-348-6468, Brady Moncrieff 306-228-9177, Cole Ayrey 780-753-7239, Jon Lock 306-753-7861 WWW.NORTHERNLIVESTOCKSALES.CA


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Ag For Life Introduces Its Latest Rural And Farm Safety Initiative


Agriculture for Life has announced the launch of its latest rural and farm safety initiative, Mission to Mars. The program is designed to provide critical safety education through a virtual mission to Mars. The Rural and Farm Safety Escape Mail utilizes the logic of an escape room and provides an interactive and playful opportunity to learn about rural and farm safety. The game challenges players to understand and identif y risks and harmful situations which can then be applied to real-life situations resulting in safer environments for youth. The agriculture sector is unique in that children and youth sustain a significant number of preventable agriculture-related injuries. According to the Canadian Agricultural Report, on average there are 101 deaths per year due to agriculture related incidents, eight of which involve children. In an effort to continue to deliver meaningful safety education, Ag for Life has launched the Rural and Farm Safety Escape Mail. Collaborating with

Mobile Escape, Ag for Life is bringing safety messaging to life in a new and never-before-seen way. “Every year there are a number of preventable injuries and fatalities that occur due to many associated rural hazards” says CEO, Luree Williamson. “ The goal of Ag for Life is to greatly reduce this number by providing e d u c atio nal s afet y awarenes s programming to youth and their families.” The Challenge: It’s out of this world. Ag for Life’s Rural and Farm Safety escape mail game utilizes the logic of an escape room - providing an interactive, playful way to learn about safety, while challenging players to understand, identify and mitigate risks in order to keep themselves and their crew safe!  Digital components and physical manipulatives are utilized to encourage problem solving through the story telling narrative. This experience is engaging, valuable, and it’s adaptable to all grade levels. STEP 1 : PREPARE The experience begins with a compelling video introduction. The

video is a recruitment commercial from an Agriculture for Life’s space agency enlisting help to advise on farm safety protocol on Mars! STEP 2 : ENGAGE Recruits will be divided into pairs and given an envelope - the content of which forms the bulk of their interactions. The envelope contains information on agricultural safety as well as manipulatives and things to do. STEP 3: AFFIRM As puzzles are solved, the answers are recorded on the web portal. The facilitator guides the experience, with e a c h c o r r e c t a n swe r p r o g r e s s i n g recruits through the learning modules. STEP 4: REWARD Every good game has a rewarding conclusion, and in this case, the new recruits succeed and are given a ticket to Mars! They will join the first farming crew on the red planet and implement agricultural safety protocol. M o r e i n fo r m at i o n c a n b e fo u n d at www.agricultureforlife.ca/missionto-mars.  Ag for Life aims to foster through e d u c at i o n, a n u n d e r s t a n d i n g a n d appreciation of agriculture and its


fundamental connection to life. About Ag for Life Ag for Life (Agriculture for Life) has the mandate to deliver educational programming designed to improve rural and farm safety while building public understanding around the agricultural industry.  Ag for Life is made possible through the funding and commitment of companies that employ almost 20,000 people in more than 350 Alberta communities. Founding Members include AdFarm, Glacier FarmMedia, Nutrien, Rocky Mountain Equipment, TC Energy and UFA Co-operative Limited. Find out more at agricultureforlife.ca.

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Haying In The 30’s Helped 334 Families In 2020

Lorna Hamilton Reporter

Haying in the 30’s Cancer Support Society located in Mallaig was unable to host their annual two day event last year in August due to the COVID pandemic but that didn’t prevent them from helping cancer patients in 2020. “It’s been a tough year and we lost

money because we couldn’t hold our annual event, but we were still able to help people affected by cancer.” said President Martin Naundorf. According to Naundorf the Society is still receiving donations from people and businesses and that they are still in pretty good shape and able to help. “Last year we helped 334 individuals

which totalled $334,000 so we are pretty happy about that. We can help roughly 30 families a month,” said Naundorf. Due to the pandemic Naundorf said they have been unable to have board meetings as they usually would but are hoping to get things going soon and are hoping to have their annual event in August of 2021, but will know more hopefully by June.

During their down time Naundorf said they were able to do some work on the site which included some new buildings, an overhead shed, root cellar, windmill and they also combated flooding issues. If you would like to help support the Haying in the 30’s Cancer Support Society you can E-transfer or mail in donations.

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The Vermilion Voice | January 26, 2021

St. Jerome’s Catholic School News

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We are well into the new year and couldn’t be more excited to have ALL our students, from K-12, back in the building for in-person learning! All students completed one week of “at-home” learning the first week of January. The staff at St. Jerome’s are so proud of the quality of work done during that week at home. Thank you to all of the Spartans and their families for making the start of 2021 a success! Our first week back in classes brought a rain and snowstorm on Wednesday, leaving the roads and sidewalks very icy. The one advantage was that the hill became a fun place for kids to slide at recess! Students in Grade 3 McMartin went skating on Monday at the outdoor rink near our school. They reported that the ice surface was in great condition and much fun was had by all. These students also began an exploration of the country of Peru. They made relief maps using play doh and then shared their knowledge taking pictures of their maps, videotaping the information, and adding text boxes on the chromebooks. *Interesting fact about Peru, on New Year’s Eve friends and family give

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O ur s c ho o l has purchased three new carts of 23 chrome books each this year, with the second one having just arrived and the third one expected to arrive in February. This has been a necessary upgrade, as we have several aging devices in our school. Many of our classrooms have their own carts, which has been extra valuable

gifts of yellow underwear for good luck and prosperity in the year ahead. Students in Grade 2 & 3 Schmidt wrapped up their science unit on sound with a project that may bring back fond memories for some readers. Students had to build and test a good old fashioned “cup phone.” To fur ther their understanding of community in social studies, Grade 1 students in Ms. Svenungard’s class questioned three very special members of our school community. They interviewed our secretary Mrs. Zayac, Mr. Decker our maintenance man and head custodian, and Mrs. Fillier who is an experienced Educational assistant. We loved it when Mrs. Zayac told us that her favourite time of school each day was Morning Prayer and Oh Canada. When the students asked her why, her response was that it was the time of day that brought the whole school together as a community, singing and connecting with God. Mr. Decker looked like a deer in the headlights when asked by one sweet little girl what his second favourite colour was… as it turns out it is maroon! And the students grilled Mrs. Fillier about who her favourite teacher in the school was. However, she withstood the pressure and remained neutral, saying that she

loves all of the teachers that she works with! Overall, there were many highlights during these interviews and the students loved finding out more about these special people and their role in supporting student learning at our school. In most years, we would have been well into our basketball season by now. But this is definitely not most years! We are still hopeful that we will be allowed to practice basketball this year, but it is unlikely that we will be allowed to play any games. We have kids signed up and coaches ready to go, so let’s hope the situation with Covid improves enough so that we can start basketball activities again. The present Health Order expires on January 21st so we hope to have more information for you at that time.  Upcoming:  -High School Students will be writing exams from January 22-27th.  -January 29- No School for Students (Professional Development for Staff) -February 1- No School for Students (Organizational Day) -February 2- First Day of Second Semester (Grades 7-12) -February 11 & 12: No School for Students (Teacher Convention) -February 15- No School-Family Day!

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Vermilion Elementary School News

this year. Having carts in each class allows for each student to have their own device, which also saves on the need to sanitize after every use. We are also beginning the process of determining whether ‘Interactive Projectors’ or ‘Interactive Panels’ are more suited to our staff and students. Every time a Co-op member uses any recyclable bag at the Cornerstone Co-op store, three cents is donated to local school breakfast programs. VES

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encourages our parents and community members to use recyclable bags to reduce our collective impact on the environment and to help support our breakfast program. We will be having another book fair from March 23-30. So, if you need any books for gifts, then you will have an opportunity to make some purchases all the while supporting our Learning Commons. The money raised goes towards purchasing more books for our

Learning Commons. Dates to Remember: Jan. 29 – No School – Teacher Directed Day; Feb. 1 – No School – School Learning Day for Teachers; Feb. 2 – Dress up All in the Same Color or Dress up with Rainbow Colors; Feb. 8 – Virtual School Council Meeting at 7:00 pm; Feb 11-12 – No School – Teachers’ Convention; Feb. 15 – No School – Family Day; Feb. 19 – 100th Day of School; Feb. 24 – Pink Shirt Day

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