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Alberta Draft Horse Classic

Brian Coleman driving the Mark Messenger memorial hitch. See more photos on page 8. Photo Lorna Hamilton

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This past weekend the Vermilion Ag Society hosted the Alberta Draft Horse Classic. The 3 - day event provided attendees the opportunity to watch the elegance and beauty of the magnificent Percheron, Clydesdales and Belgian

horse breeds in the halter and hitch classes, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a cold one from the Barley Bin, and feasts and treats from the food truck and ice cream truck. On Friday, the day began with the gelding and Belgian line classes with the 4 horse hitch classes in the after-

noon. On Saturday the Percheron and Clydesdale line classes were in the morning with the 6 hitch horse classes in the afternoon. Sunday featured youth line classes, show features such as Best Foal of the Show, Best Yearling of the Show, Best 2 year old of the Show, Best 3 year old and over, and the Supreme

Champion. The event was judged by Randy Robertson from Ontario and Clay Corbiere was the Ring man for the event. ZD Pickering Farms won the Saturday 6 horse hitch class and Sunday the Mark Messenger Memorial hitch won. The Mark Messenger Memorial hitch is from Cheyenne Wyoming.



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Lea Park Rodeo

Dawn Riley

three days for everyone. Usually held in June, the rodeo this year was postponed The 66th Annual Lea Park Rodeo until after the provincial COVID restrictook place this past weekend and once tions were lifted. Rick Kozack, the treaagain delivered an exciting, fun-filled surer of the Lea Park Rodeo Association Reporter

predicts that this year’s rodeo will have been one of their most successful ones, and they were more than ready to provide the world class event that people expect at Lea Park. This year’s events were

filmed by Flow Rodeo and are available by streaming on the Flow Rodeo website. The Association has also created a new website,, which has all the results of the weekend listed on it.

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July 27, 2021 | The Vermilion Voice

Dawn Hames Columnist

After all the smoke we have experienced, due to northern fires in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia I began to wonder if my rhubarb desserts, would have a smoked flavour. Thankfully, the air has cleared, and the rhubarb is as delicious as ever. This square is a much easier and faster version of a rhubarb pie. Even if you do not grow rhubarb, you can usually pick some up at the farmers market, as it is in season right now. Always remember

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that the leaves of the rhubarb plant are poisonous. A compound in rhubarb called rhaponticin has been show to help guard against Alzheimer’s by preventing plaque build up in the brain. Research shows that rhubarb may be beneficial for diabetes as it mimics the action of insulin, allowing the sugar to enter the cell, where it may be burned instead of circulating in the blood. Rhubarb is healthy and balancing for the digestion system and it is mildly laxative, yet helps prevent diarrhea. Rhubarb is not a good food choice for those people that are prone to form oxalate kidney stones. Rhubarb can be easily frozen

for later use by cutting it up into 1-inch pieces, blanching it for 1 minute and then rinsing it in cool water, patting dry and packaging it in plastic freezer bags. Rhubarb is also a good source of fiber, vitamin K, and vitamin C and calcium. For this recipe it is always best to select the younger, less bitter stalks, cut the rhubarb into small pieces. This is a delicious square, that you are sure you will want to add to your recipe collection for the rhubarb fans in your life. Rhubarb Bars Crust 3/4 cup flour 1/3 cup butter 3 tablespoons powdered icing sugar

Topping 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons flour 2 eggs 3 1/2cups cut up rhubarb Mix up the crust ingredients, and press into a buttered 8 x 8-inch pan Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. In a bowl, combine the sugar and flour and stir to blend, then stir in the eggs, and add the rhubarb, and stir until the rhubarb is covered in the sugar mixture. Pour the rhubarb mixture on to the base and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm with vanilla ice cream or cooled. They are delicious both ways.

News Media Canada: Government Fails Local News

Submitted TORONTO, June 9, 2021 – News Media Canada, representing hundreds of print and digital titles in every province and territor y, issued a historic open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada calling on the Trudeau government to act now on their commitment to support local journalists. In an unprecedented effort, publishers called the Trudeau government to task. “For months, you and your Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault, have promised action to rein in the predatory monopoly practices of Google and Facebook against Canadian news media. But so far, all we’ve gotten is talk. And with every passing week, that talk grows hollower and hollower.” Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault repeated the government’s commitment to introduce legislation in the spring of 2021 on various media outlets, including CBC radio, The National Post, The

Globe and Mail, and CTV. News Media Canada Chair Jamie Irving said, “Reporting real news costs real money. There are only two ways to cover those costs: advertising and subscriptions. But Google and Facebook use their control of the Internet and their highly sophisticated algorithms to divert 80% of all online advertising revenue in Canada. And they distribute the work of hardworking journalists across the country without compensation.” Other countries, such as Australia, have tackled this challenge and reined in the web giants. In March of 2021, the Australian Parliament adopted the Treasur y L aws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code) with support from all parties. The legislation requires Facebook and Google to negotiate collectively with that country’s media. Facebook and Google have negotiated compensation agreements with media

companies to pay for content with publishers serving local and national audiences. According to Rod Sims, the Chairman of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, “It’s a huge success,” Sims said in an interview with The Financial Times. “The bargaining and arbitration model (in the Australian legislation) is actually a ver y light regulation in the sense that we want equal bargaining power,” he said. Dozens of small publishers have also signed or negotiated terms following the passage of a February law aimed at getting Big Tech to pay for news. “ Until all news media in Canada can negotiate collectively with Google and Facebook, the two multinationals will continue to use their market dominance to drive terms that are in their interests. Government inaction has created a vacuum and puts some publishers at a negotiating disadvantage without the backstop of legisla-

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From Breage To Vermilion

Dawn Riley Reporter

ally became Vermilion’s first mayor in 19 0 6. Bet ween 19 0 6 and 1914, the Vermilion Brick Factory produced over 1.5 million bricks with the clay, contributing to the growth of downtown Vermilion, including the Imperial Block in 1912 on the east end of the downtown core.

Did you know that Vermilion hasn’t always been known as Vermilion? Like many rural communities in Alberta, the land they occupy now is not necessarily where they started. In Vermilion’s case, Matthew Brimacombe was the first postmaster of the community of Breage, approximately 5 km east of present day Vermilion. Established in 1904, Breage was named after his home town in Cornwall, England. It was the arrival of the Canadian Northern Railway that brought present day Vermilion together. In 1905, the post office was relocated to the railway station and the area was renamed after the red clay that was abundant around the river banks. Brimacombe Imperial Block, built in 1912. followed the post office, and eventu- Photo


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Before I start this column, I wanted to mention that I have recently received a g r a nt fr o m t h e Alberta government to tour historical sites for the month of August. I’ll be visiting every spot from top to bottom, so if you know of some cool history spots off the beaten track, let me know at and I might just feature it on my podcast and YouTube channel. Vermilion has had many visitors over the course of its existence, from the Governor General, to premiers and

Braxton Hoare Columnist

Space which once was a government operation, has since evolved to be dominated by the private sector. With changes in government regulations and advancements in spacecraft technologies, it is now feasible for companies to create their space-ready machines. Space travel has come a long way since the perishable rockets of the past, industries now create reusable rockets that function much more in line with how a commercial airline would. This fundamental shift in the way people think about space travel has allowed for what could be called the new age of space flight. Recently two major billionaires have showcased just how confident they are with their companies’ rockets. Whether it was outrageous stupidity or a well thought out demonstration of success, both Jeff Bezos (Amazon’s CEO) and Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic’s

The Vermilion Voice | July 27, 2021

When Sir Henry Newton Visited

more. One of the more interesting visitors was a man by the name of Sir Henry Newton. Having a knighted individual in town would be a big deal any year, but on Sept. 12, 1925, it was especially a big deal because Sir Henry owned a lot of the land in the area. Sir Henry was the vice president of the British Dominion Land Settlement Corporation and he decided to check out the company holdings, along with some company directors and officials. The company had owned tens of thousands of acres in the district three months prior to the visit and had been able to dispose of a 40,000 acres prior to his visit.

During his visit, he stopped in the homes of several of the immigrants who had bought land from the company to see how they were doing, and how the land was. He would state that he was highly pleased with his trip to the country and was delighted to see the fine progress that everyone was making on the land. Sir Henry and the others with the company would continue to their survey for several more days, and were treated to a banquet in their honour in Vermilion. Once home, Sir Henry would relate to the English directorate on the results of his visit to the Vermilion area. At the time, Sir Henry was also a member of the British Parliament, and had only recently

returned in the last election with a 14,000 majority, so he was in a very good mood for his visit. The year 1925 was a good year for Vermilion, with settlement far exceeding the previous good year of 1916-17. Land was selling for $17 to $22 an acre, and improved farms had sold for $25 to $30. I put out a history magazine that highlights many aspects of Canadian history. It is free and is delivered to your inbox. E-mail me to subscribe at Support the column and my history show at Listen to my podcast Canadian History Ehx on all podcast platforms or at www.

Billionaires Go To Space

Founder) decided now was the time to strap themselves in and go along for the ride. On July 11th, Virgin Galactic’s space plane flew out of the Earth’s orbit and into space. Richard Branson along with a few other astronauts had only a couple of minutes in zero gravity before returning safely home to the ground. Although this wasn’t the first time a company had launched people into space, it was still a momentous occasion, as it was the first time any company was confident enough to send its creator into the zero-G void. Less than a week after Richard’s flight, and already another billionaire has deemed his rocket safe enough to ride. Jeff Bezos strapped himself in on the Blue Origin rocket on July 20th, 2021, making another safe and successful flight by a multi-billionaire to space. There is no question that these trips are a very impressive show of what the current model of privitized spacecraf t is capable of. However, even though impressive there is no doubt that these launches were more for publicity than an actual showcase.

Considering these two companies have been struggling to get funding deals in the shadow of their leading competitor, Space X. Whether or not they have been successful at acquiring more investor awareness will been seen in the coming months. Only time will tell if they can use what funding they may get from NASA or other investors to propel themselves to their endgame, and be able to provide consumer space flight. Although even if they are able to make it a possibility the prices of tickets will most likely scare most people away from space flight, at least for a few decades or so until it hopefully lowers to a more achievable price, similar to how (when accounting for inflation) the price of a plane ticket has dramatically reduced since the first flight. Of course, that is wishful thinking, and there is a high chance that some of these companies will fail to bring in the profits they expect and may even go bankrupt. Only time will tell how this new age of space plays out, but in anticipation for what comes next, I’ll keep looking to the stars. Blue Origin rocket launch. File photo

Olds College Launches Pan-Canadian Smart Farm Network With GlacierFarm Discovery Farm And Lakeland College, Funding From CAAIN

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Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN), the Pan-Canadian Smart Farm Network, lead by the Olds College Smart Farm, includes Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm located at Langham, Saskatchewan, and the Lakeland College Student-Managed Farm - Powered by New Holland at Lakeland’s Vermilion campus in eastern Alberta. The first project for the network will evaluate the functionality, connectivity and value of data collected from a common suite of sensors measuring soil, climate and crop conditions at sites in three provinces. For Dr. Joy Agnew, Associate Vice-President of Applied Research at Olds College and Principal Investigator for the project, the collaboration across different agriculture zones and land bases brings more depth to the results of the evaluation, and that will benefit farmers and developers. “Independent validation of ag technologies is critical and so is ensuring that validation is done using more than a single Smart Farm,” comments Dr. Agnew. “By joining with other partners, we’ll be providing farmers with information that will meaningfully inform their decisions about how and where to use sensor technology.” Each project site has installed METOS Canada’s wireless sensors and devices that provide data including field monitoring, weather monitoring and fore-

casting, water management, disease modelling, insect monitoring and nutrition management. Some sites will use the data to make on-farm management decisions like timing of fungicide application, and will evaluate the benefit of using data to manage those decisions. “Being part of this project builds on our mandate to connect farmers with industry and research partners to find practical solutions to ag challenges,” said Blake Weiseth, Applied Research Lead at Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm and Agriculture Research Chair at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. “We’ve used METOS sensor data in our fieldscale projects for a couple of years and now, having access in real time to similar data from other sites in Canada will expand our understanding of its value.” At Lakeland College, project activities will be integrated into its Crop Technology, Animal Science Technology and Bachelor of Agriculture Technology programs, providing additional real-world learning opportunities for students. “We need to ensure our students understand the value and benefits of using data, and providing tangible experiences is the best way for them to learn,” says Josie Van Lent, Dean, Agriculture Technology & Applied Research at Lakeland. “For producers, our smart farm activities will demonstrate the adoption of new technologies, providing them with independent

assessments of feasibility and usefulness. Overall, this smart farm collaboration will further catalyze innovation in the Canadian agriculture technology sector and support producers.” “ Suppor ting the development of smar t farms is one of our research pillars,” said CAAIN CEO, Kerry Wright. “When Olds College submitted this project for consideration, we were immediately intrigued. Smart farms validate and demonstrate the use of innovative agricultural technology in a specific environment, and they provide opportunities to train students enrolled in post-secondary agriculture programs on the latest trends in ag-tech. The panCanadian network concept’s additional advantage is its oppor tunity to link smart farms across the country, thereby multiplying learnings and increasing the value of any data generated.” Work is underway to find additional smart farm network members across Canada. There will also be opportunities to link the Pan-Canadian Smart Farm Network with other smart farms around the world. “With additional partners come additional opportunities in applied research and education that will help producers maximize technology and data when they’re making those sometimes tough management decisions based on the realities of what’s happening in their fields,” says Agnew.

July 27, 2021 | The Vermilion Voice

Lorna Hamilton Reporter

The Vegreville Ag Society is hosting their Annual Country Fair from August 4-8. The five day event will feature everything that was in their previous year’s lineup including the Midway, chuckwagons, chariots, tradeshow, exhibit hall, market place and kids zone. The horseshow will also be available and will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The much anticipated event will also feature a band shell with local performers and family fun games every day. The parade will kick off the Fair on August 4 at 11 a.m. and you can check out the new route at www.


Vegreville Country Fair The all popular beer gardens will be available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the arena with a cover charge of $5, and there will be a day beer garden at the Synergy Centre everyday with no cover charge. The Grandstand entertain will be a hot spot for attendees with scheduled events including: Hot Rod Tractor Pulls, Farm and Antique Tractor Pulls, a local band for two nights, as well as performances from local Abigail Durie, a Ventriloquist will also perform for two nights and 50/50 draws will happen every day. Gate and ride passes can be purchased in advance; if you buy four gate passes you get the fifth for free if purchased before

July 30. Single day gate passes are $5 for children aged 3-12 years of age, and $10 for anyone 13+ years of age. They will have a five day pass special which is $20 for ages 3-12 years of age and $40 for 13+ years of age. Advance purchased ride passes are $35 per day and ride passes purchased at the Fair are $40 per day, it is good to note that purchasing gate passes in advance will get you through the gate quicker. If you would like to purchase your tickets in advance you can purchase them at the Vegreville Ag Society office at 4753 45 Avenue Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with all forms of payment, tickets can also be purchased at the Pysanka Park Market


on Thursday from 5-8, or at the Rendezvous Park from July 28-30 with cash only. Fireworks will be set off on Saturday at 11 p.m. and your gate pass enables you to watch all grandstand entertainment. “We are thrilled about the grandstand and that we are one of the only places to have a fair with a Midway in Alberta. Our slogan for this year is bigger, better and stronger than ever. We are very proud of our Ag Society members and volunteers and our community for their support,” said Vegreville Ag Society president, Alan Baxandall. For more information please contact the Ag office at 780-632-3950 or email 21081AA3

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Greyhounds Used In Fur Hunting


Back in the day before being transferred to Slave Lake, Marvin Little from Vermilion utilized the Greyhound breed to hunt coyotes for their fur. Little’s hounds were meticulous at the hunt and would only kill the coyotes by choking them out which caused no damage to the hides. “If I had a hound that would try to kill the coyote at the hind he was quickly traded for another one,” commented Little. Little would sell the hides to a fur buying business in Edmonton by the name of Slupker and stated that the buyers were always very impressed with the condition of the hides he would sell them as they had no damage or holes from the greyhound teeth. Little traded in fur for about 20 years and one year his Coyote furs Marvin Little would sell. hounds caught 137 coyotes.


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Is It Time For Your Mammogram

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your healthcare provider. If you’re 40 to 49 or over 75, discuss the risks and benefits of screening with your healthcare provider. You will need a referral if you’re 40 to 49 and it’s your first mammogram, or if you’re over 75. Call 1-800- 667- 0604 (toll-free) to book a mammogram with Screen Test. Breast densit y scores are now included in your Screen Test result letter Breast density is the amount of dense tissue compared to the amount of fat in a person’s breasts. It can be harder to find cancer in dense breasts because this tissue appears white on a mammogram, the same colour as many kinds of breast cancer. It’s common to have dense breast tissue. Dense breasts are only one of many risk factors for breast cancer. Other factors, such as age and genetics, have a bigger impact on your overall risk. You

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Alberta Draft Horse Classic

Jason Bexson driving the Legacy Equine hitch.

Clarke Wallace driving the Wallace Clydesdales hitch. Photos Lorna Hamilton

Tenwell No. 1 Update

Dawn Riley Reporter

The Long Term Management Program for Tenwell No. 1, a historically abandoned well located in the Brennan subdivision of Vermilion, is continuing to be successful in its plan to manage the methane emissions that the well gives off.

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Due to an intervention by the Orphan Well Association (OWA) conducted last September, the gas that was leaking into the surrounding soil is now being directed into a wellbore, resulting in the emissions dropping so much that in some areas, they are below detection. In January, the temporary Active Methane Management System (AMMS), the vacuum unit that captures any gas coming up around the well was shut off, and weekly monitoring has shown that emissions are still under control. The OWA is currently working with Golder Associates to design a permanent AMMS unit for the site, this unit will be smaller and quieter than the present system, and incorporate underground piping and a small fenced in building to house the unit. The timeline at the moment for this unit is the fall of 2021, with construction lasting roughly two weeks, and not affecting the park’s availability to the families of Brennan.

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Ngaire Elaine Genge (nee Sainsbury) June 27, 1965 - July 26, 2019 You never said I’m leaving, You never said goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, And only God knew why. A million times we needed you, A million times we cried. If love alone could have saved you, You never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, In death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, That no one could ever fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn’t go alone. For part of us went with you, The day God took you home.

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The Tenwell Oversight Team (TOT) is responsible for monitoring and making decisions regarding the well. The team consists of personnel from OWA, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Town of Vermilion. Derek Young with the Town of Vermilion is very pleased with the progress of the management program. He appreciates the thoroughness of the OWA, and the open communication lines that they have maintained throughout the entire process. “It has been a fantastic team to be a part of.” Young stated. They have established several contingency plans for various scenarios, and are ready to react if emissions change and methane management needs to be increased. The team keeps the community in the know, and has the resident’s safety as their number one priority. For further information about the management program for the well, visit the OWA website and look under the community heading at:

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Farmers’ Markets Easier To Find

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Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market App now available for download. The process of finding a farmers’ market in the province is made easy through Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s mobile app and website – sunnygirl. ca. The site and app have all the pertinent information on where approved farmers’ markets are located, when they operate, and their contact information. ‘Almost 80 per cent of Alberta households shop in this market channel with customers spending about $70 per visit,’ says Eileen Kotowich, farmers’ market specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. ‘More than 80 per cent of this is spent on local food.’ Kotowich adds that with a minimum of 80 per cent of vendors making, baking or growing the products


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The Vermilion Voice | July 27, 2021

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This weeks “Pet of the Week” is our Kittens that are just too young to be in the Shelter. Some have momma’s and some don’t, so they need some Foster Parents to help them grow big and strong! Our Foster kittens range anywhere between bottle babies to 8-week-old kittens that just need to get up to weight so they can go for their surgeries and then get adopted!! We set you up with everything so, you don’t need to worry about anything. All you need to do is bring them in for their vaccines once every two weeks and then just love them all until they come back to the shelter. If you think this is something you would like to try out, and to help us out please give us a call at 780-875-2809 to inquire more about the Foster Program or go to our website at to apply to become a Foster today!




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July 27, 2021 | The Vermilion Voice

Chatsworth Farm Hosting Visitors For Second Year For Alberta’s Open Farm Days

Johanna Wasylik Submitted

Open Farm Days at Chatsworth Farm went so well last year that Rick, Johanna, Charlotte, Nick and Alex Wasylik, who farm northwest of Vermilion, are looking forward to hosting the event again this summer, on Saturday, August 14th. Chatsworth Farm participated in the province-wide event for the first time in 2020, and is now planning and expanding on last year’s success by adding a few new elements and partnering with new community groups. Open Farm Days is in its 9th year and is a collaborative, province-wide showcase under the umbrella of Alberta Agriculture, Travel Alberta, and the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies that gives all Albertans the opportunity to experience farms and agricultural operations where they can learn more about the farms and farmers who grow and raise their food, and have some farm fun. Open Farm Days at Chatsworth Farm includes tours of the family farm with most of the animals, including beef cattle, sheep, chickens, geese, ducks, and turkeys, plus farm kittens and the family’s livestock guardian dog, Lizzy, and herding dog, Ash.

Guided tours will be held every hour on the hour, beginning at 11 am and ending at 4 pm, featuring machinery demonstrations and also a look at the vegetable garden. After the tour, visitors are encouraged to bring lunch or a snack and a picnic blanket to enjoy a picnic in the pasture. New this year at the Wasyliks’ farm is the Go Nuts 4 Donuts truck with mini donuts, along with community and farm partners including the County of Vermilion River and Ducks Unlimited. There will be pop-up shops from Chatsworth Farm (meat, eggs, garden produce weather permitting), the Old School Cheesery, and Fraîche Flower Farm from Tulliby Lake with garden bouquets. Charlotte Wasylik, who’s in charge of marketing and social media for the family farm, said, “We have something for everyone, and you’ll get the full farm experience when you visit. We love to see that so many people are interested in learning

about locally grown and produced food and seeing the behind-the-scenes of how it gets from our farm to their fork. Lots of Albertans have roots on the farm or want to learn more, so this gives them the chance to rediscover and explore those connections.” Open Farm Days is a free event, with registration required again this year, so don’t delay. Spaces booked up very quickly last year. Even with all restrictions lifted in Alberta, we’re making every effort to provide a safe experience for all of our visitors, including those unable or too young to be vaccinated. Safety on the farm for farmers, animals, and visitors is paramount, so Chatsworth Farm is working with Crowd Design Inc. again this year to ensure that all current health guidelines and protocols are being followed to help offer a safe and enjoyable event for all. The Wasyliks are grateful to Cornerstone Co-op, the County of Vermilion River,

Ireland Farm Equipment, Klassen Cattle Equipment, and Peavey Mart for their support, and to all the volunteers for their help in making this event possible. Chatsworth Farm will be open for Open Farm Days starting at 11 am on Saturday, August 14th, with the last guided tour at 4 pm. You can register at ht tps://alber /farm / chatsworth-farm/ and learn more at www. . You can also scan this code with your phone’s camera to go directly to our event page.

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Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m. (Rodeo Grounds) Grounds Open: 5 p.m.




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Chamber Chili Cook-Off: 12 to 2 p.m. (Downtown Bonnyville) Grounds Open: 5 p.m. Races Start: 7 p.m. Dance (featuring Kendra Kay): 9 p.m.



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Thursday, August 5 Races Start: 7 p.m.

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The Vermilion Voice | July 27, 2021

Local Artist Releasing Solo Guitar CD’s

years ago at the age of 20 after coming 28 years and at Richardson Denture to Canada for music gigs when he was Clinic for 10 years as a Lab TechniDennis Gerik who is originally from playing in a band. Gerik also worked at cian. Texas, made his roots in Vermilion 41 the Vermilion Standard as a printer for Gerik ’s has taught private music lessons in the Lloydminster Public School Division and the Buffalo Trail School Division. He has played in numerous local bands from jazz, rock and country, including Wild at Heart, a popular local band that played functions around Alberta for over 20 years. “I’m a member of FOPA (Friends of the Performing Arts) in Lloydminster and we would go into the schools Reporter



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there and teach private lessons until COVID hit, which moved my teaching online,” explained Gerik. G er ik teac h e s g u i t ar, d r u m a n d sa xophone lessons full-time since 2016 and is hoping to start teaching in-person lessons again in the Fall. Gerik’s hear t belongs to music and it was bred into him through his Dad who introduced him to music through a band he played with. “ My first instrument was a sa xo phone, I started taking private lessons when I was nine back in Texas and t h e n stu d i e d d ow n t h ere. M y Dad was the person who introduced me to music as he played in a Czech Polka Band when I was really young, it was cool! I have always played drums it was something that came very naturally to me also,” stated Gerik. Throughout the pandemic Gerik found himself occupying his time with the one thing he really enjoys - music, and from that he has recorded two CD’s in his recording studio located in the basement of his house titled From the Deepest Winter, and Deepest Winter 2. “Because of COVID my band mates and I weren’t able to play anywhere for close to two years, which was pretty rough, and that is what led to the recording of the two CD’s,” said Gerik. Gerik describes the CD’s as Classical / Jazz and a few popular tunes that have been recast as Classical or Jazz, and said that some of the music takes on a type of “Moody” persona and that some were also composed over 500 years ago. As of right now, the CD’s are in the process of finalizing all the details required for release; but three tracks From the Deepest Winter 1 early release copy were programmed on CKUA Radios - Classic Examples hosted by Mark Antonelli. For more information on receiving lessons from Dennis Gerik you can contact him at 780 -853 - 0083 or by email at

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