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Whitecourt Public Transit ridership has more than doubled, new features on the way

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Driver Mike Morin is one of the friendly faces passengers aboard Whitecourt Transit will see as they enter the bus. Last year saw a massive increase in ridership numbers compared to 2016 with more than double the riders utilizing the local service. Whitecourt Public Transit has become an integral addition to the routine of many members of the community. In fact, the difference from 2016 to 2017 is substantial with more than double the passengers riding on the bus. In 2016, there was a total of 11,433 riders and by December of 2017 a total of 22,990 passengers had utilized the service. In September of last year, peak times were during the morning, afternoon, and evening rushes which allowed riders to get where they needed to go even quicker. “At these times the bus stops every half an hour instead of every hour,” said Director of Community Services, Chelsea Grande. Peak times run from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. “Youth are now taking the bus to school so that has really increased numbers. At the Percy Baxter stop there were 88 riders in 2016 compared to 214 in 2017. It is a large difference.” Another location with high ridership is the new École St. Joseph School which saw 305 riders in just a few short months. “I think that has been a lifeline for students in that area,” said FCSS Manager, Sharon Shannon. The transit access is especially important for students who do not qualify for busing through the schools. For that reason, Whitecourt Transit offers a yearly student pass that

runs from August until August for $275. “Students can use it to get to school, to leave and come back during spares, and to access activities after school or on the weekends.” Being added this year is an app that will allow riders to see the movements of the buses in real-time. “Riders will be able to calculate how long it’s going to take them to get to their next stop and determine if there are any delays. It also allows us to send out mass communications,” she said. Search TransLoc Rider: Transit Tracking on the App Store or Play Store. Along with the new stop at École St. Joseph School, the Allan & Jean Millar Centre and the Whitecourt Library are second and third in the list for most popular stops in 2017. Also popular are Spruce View Lodge, IGA, the Scott Safety Centre, 47 Street/51 Avenue, and the Walmart Shopping Centre stops. Not only are the buses fully accessible with plenty of room for wheelchairs but they have WIFI and a front-end bike rack. This spring they will even have books. “ParentLink has been developing a Books on the Bus program because we know for some it can be a longer trek. We want to provide them with an opportunity to catch up on some reading,” explained Shannon. Parents with Tue., Mar 13 Mainly sunny 20% 5ºC -9ºC N 7 km/h -

young children will find it handy having something to entertain their youngsters while they travel, too. Another round of funding is also helping to bring in seven more benches and five more shelters which will give riders a comfortable wait. They will be popping up a bit later in the year, but riders can expect new shelters at the Walmart stop, Spruce View Lodge, AJMC, École St. Joseph School and 47 Street/ Trading Post Trail. This summer Whitecourt Public Transit and the AJMC are teaming up to offer a combo pack of services for children and students. This includes post secondary students, as well. “The price includes transit service and a pass to the AJMC for the months of May, June, July, and August. We really want people to be out and active during the summer months,” said Grande. One ticket to ride is $3 and there are packages you can purchase to save money on multiple tickets. Youth groups are $1 per passenger and that would include a school function where a class is going somewhere together. Another bonus is the transfer ticket. “Say you’re going to IGA to do your grocery shopping, before jumping off at the store, request a transfer ticket, then within an hour and a half you can get back on the bus using that transfer ticket without extra cost. One transfer per trip.” explained Shannon. Tickets are available at the AJMC, IGA, and the town office. “We’re so excited that community members are onboard with transit and have been utilizing the transit system because it is for everyone. Whether you are trying to be environmentally responsible, whether you are just wanting a low-cost option for transportation, Wed., Mar 14

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New legion president named By Vicki Winger

Retired Corporal Kyle Scott who has held the position of president for the last two years has graciously stepped down and instead pursued the title of Service Officer. Scott says he chose this role “as a means of working directly with veterans which is where my heart is,” and added, “The Le-

gion has a great group taking over.” The new president is Marlene Keller Pinchbeck, along with first vice-president Malcolm Pugh and second vice-president Allen Snow. They, along with the remainder of the new committee members, were sworn in by the District Commander No. 8 Dave Velichko from the Edson Legion.

The Legion has achieved a long list of accomplishments over the last few years and has found more Canadian Fallen Heroes and put faces with the names to place on their wall within the Legion. As well, four more names were discovered that have been added to the Cenotaph and, most recently, a fifth one found. The Legion

also obtained medals for some of our veterans which were passed on to family members. It has assisted in obtaining benefits for some, and Service Records for others. The Field of Honour and upgrades to the cemetery have been remarkable with more improvements coming this year. Headstone replacements for the veter-

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ans in Whitecourt, Blue Ridge, and Mayerthorpe were completed. Another large project that was well received was completing the street signs with the poppies on them. Scott feels it’s very important to restore the dignity our veterans deserve. These are just the tip of the iceberg; the list goes on with so much more. The Legion is not

only here for the veterans but also for the community in general. The newest project Branch #44 has on the books is to give the upstairs of the Legion a makeover. This will consist of replacing all the flooring and repainting. This project should take about two weeks to complete and will begin March 18.

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ARIES

(March 21 - April 20)

A voice of reason may be telling you to slow down, Aries. Listen to this voice and take a breather. You will be glad you did when you get a chance to sit back and relax.

TAURUS

(April 21 - May 21)

Taurus, it can be challenging to measure progress right now, but rest assured you’re on the right track. Trust your instincts and let the results speak for themselves.

GEMINI

(May 22 - June 21)

Gemini, communication is your strong suit this week. You may find yourself in a position to convey difficult directions to others or serve as the mouthpiece of the company.

CANCER

(June 22 - July 22)

Cancer, it may seem like people are judging you, even before they get to know you or your intentions. Be patient and give new relationships time to develop.

LEO

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Your friendly demeanor puts others at ease, Leo. However, they may be so enamored with your personality that they overlook your accomplishments this week.

VIRGO

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See if you can go unseen for the next few days, Virgo. Now is not your time to bask in the spotlight. You might get more done if you sit back and give others a chance to shine.

LIBRA

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Your relationships mean a lot to you, Libra. You want to do everything possible to solidify those close friendships. Be sure to network whenever possible.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Scorpio, you can use a little personal recognition this week, even if you have to encourage others to give you some words of praise. Use those positive words as inspiration.

SAGITARIUS

(Nov. 23 - Dec. 21)

The ups and downs that have defined a romantic relationship are about to become a little more complex, Sagittarius. These plot twists can be exciting.

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You may want to lighten up your mood, Capricorn. Figure out how to express your fun-loving side. Take some cues from friends who can get you to relax.

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Aquarius, people want to share in your current success, but you don’t share the same views — especially when you think your accomplishments aren’t that big a deal.

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Try to escape into a fantasy world for a little while, Pisces. You don’t have to focus on serious tasks all of the time and will enjoy this respite.

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Stop chasing the rush of love and start building a relationship that will last a lifetime. Love is what you make it and how hard you are willing to work to ensure its longevity. It takes two to tango and constant encouragement to stay in step with your partner.

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CANCER

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Compassion, understanding and the will to be a team player are good ways to approach an important relationship. Reluctance to commit is a sign that the components necessary to give your all to someone aren’t unfolding because one or both of you have doubts. The attraction you have to any individual you work alongside or who is off limits should be put to rest. Honesty will be a problem when it comes to relationships. Whether it’s you or the person you are dealing with, a love built on deception will eventually crumble. Show off a little if you find someone enchanting, but don’t lose sight of who you are. If you overstate what you have to offer, it will be a letdown as you grow closer. Let your charm be your enticement, not what you profess to have.

LEO

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Dance like you’ve never danced before. Your confidence and ability to let loose will attract someone equally as free-spirited and willing to jump into a life adventure with you. The realization that love is unfolding will speed up your intention and lead to a forever relationship.

VIRGO

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LIBRA

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Don’t fool yourself into thinking that a relationship that isn’t flawless can’t work. No relationship is perfect, so consider the shortcomings your partner possesses and weigh them against all the pluses that brought you together in the first place. Don’t limit your ability to find love because you are too afraid to make a move. Embrace life and love, and share your feelings with someone you feel can complete you. The person who balances and stabilizes you as well as brings you joy and supports you emotionally is a keeper.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22)

Your gallant, unique and mysterious way of approaching life and love will attract someone just as quirky and interesting as you. Joining forces with the person who fits into your routine as well as brings a little flare and conjecture will hold your interest and be willing to work alongside you.

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PISCES

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What’s happening Mondays: • Whitecourt AA - Monday at St. James Lutheran at 8:00 p.m. • Whitecourt District AG Society - Directors meet at Westward community center on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Monday & Wednesday • Whitecourt Co-Ed Volleyball Leaque 8pm - l0pm at Percy Baxter School for the season or drop in - adults only. Tuesdays: • My Storytime @ the LiLibrary on Tuesdays @ 2 pm. Thursdays: • My Baby & Me Reading Program, 10:30 a.m. at the Library.

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Things to look for when hiring an estate attorney

By Verhaeghe Law Office

If you're reading this, you might think estate planning is far off into the future, even if you're already considering it. But you need to be interviewing an estate attorney, whether you're in your thirties or your fifties. The truth is, 62% of Canadians don't even have a last will, and another 11% have out-ofdate wills. This traps their families in messy legal battles. This is why you need a good attorney to plan and manage your estate.

Know What You Need in an Estate Attorney

Before you do anything else, you should know what you need

from an estate attorney. This includes knowing what they do and what services they provide so that you know what questions to ask them.

What Does an Estate Attorney Do?

An estate attorney, sometimes called a probate attorney, is a lawyer who advises clients on how to get their affairs in order in preparation for the possibility of mental deterioration and death. You're probably thinking of a lawyer who reads the will to family members. However, the duties of a probate attorney don't end with a last will and testament. For example, they may also draft living trusts, help you draft a plan to

avoid estate taxes, and help ensure that your life assets are safe from your beneficiaries' creditors after your death.

Qualities of a Good Estate Attorney

With this in mind, what makes a good estate attorney? Above all, you want to find an attorney who specializes in estate planning. The entire process is complex, and even the best general practitioner may not have the knowledge base required to ensure you and your family receive the best assistance possible. To that end, they should be well versed in the laws in your state and up-to-date on any current changes.

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Opinion Canadians being duped again Dear Editor, Once again, Canadians are being duped. There is currently a huge backlog of grain not being shipped. There are 40 ships waiting to be filled with grains whereas the usual is 10. Why is this? Well there are a number of reasons. When the farmers voted out the “Crow Rate”, they lost their guarantee of grain shipments. The Crow rate was put in place so that the rail lines were subsidized and the shipping rate for grain was reduced. It was a means to help the farmers and expand the development of the west and grain growth. The farmers voted this out and as a result, there were no guarantees and numerous rail lines were closed and the related grain elevators. There was a guarantee that the two rail lines, CN and CP, would not have competition. In return, a bill was passed in 2013 by the pc gov’t, such that the rail lines had to guarantee a minimum amount of grain shipment. This agreement expired in 2017 and the liberals have not extended it. Why wasn’t it set that the agreement stayed in effect until a new agreement was reached? Since we still don’t have any pipelines to tidewater, even after multiple pc gov’ts in both Edmonton and Ottawa, we are shipping more oil by rail and this is competing with grain and other commodities. In order to increase profits and thus payouts to investors, the rail lines have sold off engines and rail cars and laid off works so that they don’t have enough of them to handle the current needs. Federal pc’s want the gov’t to step in and the liberals are letting

capitalism and free enterprise run its course. (How does that work? Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around?) It looks like a lot of politics being played here. So what are the answers? Apparently, the farmers want us to protect them from themselves. They voted out the crow rate (and the wheat board) which would have protected them from this. We need more competition. But how do we allow outside rail companies to use CN and CP lines? Do we need to nationalize the rail lines? Definitely, we need pipelines to tidewater but this will not solve the grain hauling problems. Capitalism does work but when there are monopolies or near monopolies and cartels (I know they are illegal but most people know they exist), it can work to the detriment of the masses. In the short term, the federal gov’t needs to impose an order to force the rail companies reverse the cutbacks as did the pc’s in 2014 (This is indeed happening but not fast enough). Then we need a long term contract, to ensure this does not happen again, with the provision that the contract stays in place until a new contract is signed. This is just common sense and that explains why previous gov’ts haven’t done it. Mostly we need our elected officials to represent us, the people, instead of the big corporations. We need our MP’s, ALL OF THEM, to stop playing politics and work for what is best for Canadians and Canada. Don’t hold your breath waiting for this to happen.

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What is the hardest thing about being a kid?

Felicity Wurban I can't cook by myself.

Payton Cossette I'm not a kid and it's not hard, I'm a big girl.

Freyja Cossette - I want to be able to jump and catch my sister.

Jacob Winger I'm this big and no there's nothing hard.

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Fast facts about famous people

Trivia facts and fun factoids about famous people and not-so-famous people. Jean Harlow was the first actress to appear on the cover of Life magazine, May 1937. Mary Katherine Campbell was the only woman to win the Miss America title twice, 1922 and 1923. Queen Isabella of Castile, who dispatched Christopher Columbus to find

the Americas, boasted that she had only two baths in her life – at her birth and before she got married. Cleopatra’s last name was Ptolemy, and she was Greek rather than Egyptian. The people killed most often during bank robberies are the robbers. The oldest person on record is Methuselah (969 years old). Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse,

was afraid of mice. Adriaan van der Donck was the first and only lawyer in New York City in 1653. Burt Reynold’s father was the chief of police in West Palm Beach, Florida. Before writing 007 novels, Ian Fleming studied languages at Munich and Geneva universities, worked with Reuters in Moscow, and then became a banker and stockbroker. Until he was 18, Woody Allen read virtually nothing but comic books but did show his writing skills. He sold one-liners for ten cents each to gossip columnists.


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I am a grade 7 student who is best friends with a 6th grader. Kids at school bully me because I don't hangout with someone my own age. My friend and I take the same bus and that is the place we get bullied. As soon as we get off the bus we have the bullies waiting for us and they call us names and sometimes try to get us to fight them. It scares me when they try to fight

me. I don't like to fight, and I don't like people being mean to me, so I try my best to ignore what the other kids are saying about me. The bullying makes me hate school, but I am excited for school next year because there is a chance that I might not have to take the bus anymore. If I don't take the bus I hope that the bullying will stop because if the bullying stops, I will be a lot happier.

It is hard to realize that we are all on borrowed time, even harder to understand that our children are also on borrowed time as well. Once you become a parent you live for ...your children, every decision we make is with them and their well being in mind. We try so hard to teach them to be independent, strong and not give up. But sometimes even that is not enough. Bullying is far too real and is getting easier and easier for children to get tortured by their own peers. We need to unite and help put an end to it. Raise awareness and let the schools, children, and parents know it is unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated. We need to teach our children to stand up and speak up for those affected by bullying before it is to late. Teach them the warning signs, above all let them know they are not alone and are loved. As parents it is our duty to install kindness, good morals and above all love for one another. It starts with us.

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Economic forum

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The Whitecourt Chamber of Commerce held its annual Economic Forum on Thursday, March 8 at École St. Joseph Hall. The full-day event featured speeches from different business owners within the community and throughout the province including keynote speaker Ian Hill who is an award-winning business leader with over 1,000 employees to his credit, and Justine Vandenhouten who was joined by representatives in her new venture with Compass Cannabis Clinic. By Serena Lapointe

The Whitecourt Chamber of Commerce held its annual Economic Forum on Thursday, March 8 at École St. Joseph’s Hall. The six-hour event featured several different speakers from various economic backgrounds. Chamber President Paula Miller said business owners learn quite a bit at events such as this. “They learn about what’s happening in the town and the county, as well as new businesses that are starting up and what they will bring to the community.”

The entire event focuses on bringing community businesses together to learn about each other and, in turn, help each other grow and improve their businesses. “It’s a great networking opportunity. As a business you can talk to different business owners about the challenges you face. Networking is probably the biggest benefit of this event. You need to build your business and building a business comes through networking,” said Miller. For those who are not already members of the

Whitecourt Chamber of Commerce, joining them has its benefits, said Miller. “We feel we are a voice for the community and for your business. If you have issues you can bring them to the Chamber and we are constantly advocating on different things that are happening. With these kinds of events it’s about building and growing your network.” Deputy Mayor Paul Chauvet and Woodlands Mayor Jim Rennie both addressed the crowd about the current state of business in their re-

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Job #18-019

WHITECOURT TRANSIT DRIVERS The Town of Whitecourt is your local government at work. Council and staff function on behalf of the community to enhance the quality of life for all residents, with a commitment to the well-being of our community. Our inspiring organization values creativity, helping others, safety, respect, honesty, and team work. We are now hiring casual positions available with the Whitecourt Transit. These positions vary and require early morning, evening, daytime, and weekend shifts, with rotating schedules. The wage for this position ranges from $24.47 to $27.52 per hour. As a Whitecourt Transit Driver you will operate a Whitecourt Transit vehicle with an established route and time schedule with a varying number of stops along the way. Drivers are responsible for collecting fares, responding to customer inquiries concerning transit information, and ensuring the safety of all customers. This position requires attentiveness, good judgment, safe driving habits, exceptional customer service, and an ability to deal with a variety of passengers. Successful applicants will have: • Class 2 driver’s licence; • Clean driving record and experience driving bus; • Current Standard First Aid and CPR certification; • Air brakes endorsement is an asset. Successful candidates must enjoy working with the public, must have above average inter-personal communications skills, and be able to maintain records and statistics on ridership. Prior to being hired, a vulnerable sector record check, intervention check, clean drivers’ abstract, and pre-employment physical must be submitted and deemed acceptable to the Employer. This position will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Please forward your resume to: TOWN OF WHITECOURT Attn: HR/Payroll Clerk Re: Job #18-019 Box 509, 5004 - 52 Avenue Whitecourt AB T7S 1N6 Fax: 780-778-4166 Email: hr@whitecourt.ca

spective areas as did Arnold Viersen, Member of Parliament for Peace River-Westlock Region. Newly-promoted president of Eagle River Casino & Travel Plaza, Eris Moncur, also spoke about the expansion project that is taking place at the casino. The executive dinner provided for forum guests was also graciously sponsored by Eagle River Casino. Following a short break, several business owners took to the stage as part of a business panel to share stories and experiences. Guests included Geoff Stewart, owner of Rig Hand which is a craft distillery in the greater Edmonton area. He focuses greatly on agriculture and

resource development within Alberta by locally sourcing, producing, and distributing his products which can be found at CJ’s Liquor. Justine Vandenhouten was also a guest speaker and was joined by her fellow business partners at Compass Cannabis Clinic. The evening’s key note speaker was humanitarian and award-winning business leader, Ian Hill. He shared his personal journey through trials and tribulations in business and spoke about community projects that were innovative and life-changing. Ian remarked on how much he enjoyed his time in Whitecourt. “I’ve been amazed by the authentic and sincere na-

ture of both the formal and informal leaders of the community and their desire to work together to make the place something special. I was also incredibly impressed with the youth I met today. I got a chance to go to both high schools and spend real time with them, and the future is bright. It’s well in their hands,” said Ian. Up next for the Chamber of Commerce is the Annual Trade Fair taking place on Mother’s Day weekend. The three-day event is always a high traffic area for businesses and is roughly half filled with vendors at this point. To nab one before they are gone, speak with Michelle at the Chamber office at 780-778-5363.


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Wireline Assistant (for Whitecourt division)

Must have clean Class 3. Above average wages. Full Benefit package. RRSP package.15/6 schedule. Send resume and driver abstract to tfurlong@versa-line.com or fax 780.778.2023

Discover what’s possible. XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, is a leading natural gas and oil producer with expertise in developing unconventional oil and gas resources throughout North America. We are committed to ensuring gas is produced in an efficient and cost-effective manner that facilitates safety, health, environmental and regulatory compliance and business stewardship.

Gas Plant Operator, Whitecourt, AB As a key member of our XTO Energy Canada – Whitecourt Kaybob facility, you will provide support to the operations team, ensuring that gas is produced in an efficient and cost-effective manner that facilitates safety, health, environmental and regulatory compliance and business stewardship. Your primary responsibility will be operating and maintaining control equipment, vessels and compressors; performing minor routine maintenance; and reporting malfunctions and failures in a sour gas plant environment. You will also use company computers to manage production records and data. Qualified candidates must have ability to work 7 days ON/7 days OFF, 12-hours-per-day shifts with a rotating schedule (Days/Nights) and may be required to work overtime when required. It will also be required that you work holidays if they fall during normal work schedule.

As a Gas Plant Operator, your responsibilities will include: 18031TI0 • Controlling and monitoring the operations of the plant and making necessary adjustments to maintain optimum plant performance and overall conditions. • Completing daily plant readings and operational reports. • Making routine rounds in the plant to observe and verify all equipment status and overall plant conditions, e.g., liquid levels, pressures, temperatures, flow rates and differential pressures • Performing housekeeping duties as necessary on and around equipment, process area and control room • Communicating with gas control on plant volumes • Notifying all emergency response personnel and plant foreman in the event of a plant emergency • Understanding and abiding by applicable government regulations, e.g., TDG and WHMIS

Successful applicants must have: • High school diploma or equivalent • Completion of Power Engineering ABSA Certification (Class 4) • A valid Alberta driver’s license and safe driving record • Minimum two year’s relevant experience working in a gas processing facility • Ability to work out of the Whitecourt or Fox Creek, Alberta area (not a camp position)

Please submit your resume by March 21, 2018. XTO Energy Canada and Imperial Oil Limited are committed to providing equitable treatment and equal opportunity to all individuals. In certain situations, your application may be used to consider your suitability for other possible opportunities in the company and its affiliates, including affiliates of Exxon Mobil Corporation.

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Industrial Finish Painter Location: Whitecourt and/or Edmonton Alberta If you are interested in building a career in the skilled trades and meet the criteria listed below, we invite you to join a company with experience, integrity and diversity. We have immediate positions for experienced Industrial Field Painters/Sandblasters and support staff in our Whitecourt & Edmonton locations. Pay negotiable based on experience. Job Summary: Perform duties involving all aspects of finish painting preparation and application in an industrial setting. Duties/Responsibilities: • Abrasive blast and apply paint to equipment. • Working knowledge of finish paints. • Operate various power tools in accordance with company safety policies. • Prepare, operate and inspect blast pots and spray pumps. • Understand and adhere to company safety policies and procedures. • Have the ability to work well under pressure. • Demonstrate willingness for continuous self-improvement. • Seek increased opportunities for responsibility to achieve personal growth. • Demonstrate conscientiousness and dependability to produce results. • Recognize company goals and maintain spirit as well as letter of the rules. • Maintain all company records and documents in strict confidence. • Correspond and verbally communicate in a professional manner with customers. • Represent WCT Industrial Inc. in a professional manner with a high degree of respect for all existing and potential clients. • Other duties as assigned. Skills and Experience required: • Previous spray and blast experience on application of finish paints. • Familiar with the operating and safety procedures for airless pumps and conventional spray pots. • Strong team and customer service. Education and Training required: • Preference will be given to candidates that possess automotive and/or industrial related trades.

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Physical Requirements: • Frequent standing and walking throughout the shift. • Frequent climbing, stooping, bending, reaching, pushing, pulling, and twisting. • Required to lift up to 50 pounds. • Must be able to wear a full-face respirator for extended periods. • May be required to work in extremely tight spaces or on elevated platforms. • In lead abatement situations, must have blood lead levels within an acceptable limit. • Must be able to pass Pre-Access Drug and Alcohol Screening • Must be willing to work in remote locations for extended periods

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Forest model lit on fire shows just how important it is to be FireSmart By Serena Lapointe

Photos by Serena Lapointe Photography

Deputy Fire Chief Wayne Andrusiak displays the charred remains of a science experiment to show the difference between a FireSmart forest and a forest that has not yet been treated. The project was part of a bi-weekly series between the Whitecourt Fire Department and the Press which showcased different aspects of fire safety in an attempt to empower community members to become FireSmart.

SHELL CANADA COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM Building vibrant communities together

IN 2018, SHELL IS LAUNCHING A COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM. THROUGH THIS PROGRAM, SHELL WILL INVEST AN ADDITIONAL $25,000 TO NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN NORTHERN ALBERTA. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Non-profit organizations in Fox Creek, Whitecourt, Valleyview, Grande Prairie, and surrounding communities including Indigenous communities, can apply for grant funding for one-time projects that are sustainable after the conclusion of the grant. Organizations not eligible for a grant include:individuals or individual pursuits, for-profit businesses, homeowners associations, fraternal or labour organizations, political organizations, religious organizations for the sole benefit of the organization.

Whitecourt Deputy Fire Chief Wayne Andrusiak wanted to showcase just how important the FireSmart projects are to Whitecourt and surrounding areas, and why treating forests can make all the difference. By showcasing how quickly fire can move in a cluttered forest and how dangerous it would be to fight a fire within that type of environment, he hoped he could really send the message home. Andrusiak just needed to create the ideal scenario. Enter in a roasting container, paper trees, and a little toy house. “The reason I wanted to do something like this is because I’ve been around wildland fires, and the rate that they spread and the heat that comes off a fire, people really wouldn’t have a good understanding unless they were right there. I think this model is a good illustration of how a wildfire actually spreads.” When asked what it’s like to be on the ground fighting a fire, Wayne didn’t mince words. “To be frank, it’s very intense

and it’s frightening. Firefighters die in the bush every year, not so much in Canada but we lose a lot of wildland firefighters in the States and that’s simply to do with the speed in which a wildfire can spread.” In the model (pictured) there is a treated area with a little home, and a non-treated area. In the treated area, the trees are spaced out to three metres, the ground has been cleared up and maintained to reduce the chances of a ground fire lighting up more trees, and the trees have also been treated by removing branches under two metres. There is also an ignition-free space around the home. “You can see from the model how much better access there would be for our firefighters and the reduced fuel also reduces the resources we would need to actually fight the fire.” The non-treated side was made to represent a lot of the forests around Whitecourt prior to their FireSmart treatments. The dryer lint represented the debris on the ground such as broken branch-

es, brush, high grasses, and decaying vegetation while the headless matchsticks represented downed trees. The orange trees played the role of dead trees while the green ones represented ones that are alive. “If we’re talking about 100 tons of fuel per hectare in an untreated forest and as little as 40 tons per hectare in a treated forest, that’s a lot less fuel in an area to burn.” As soon as Wayne flicked the lighter, fire began to work its way through the model. The fire moved quickly along the ground igniting trees as it moved closer to the treated portion of the pan. Once there, the fire dissipated very quickly showing just how significant the FireSmart efforts are. “It was very good. I wasn’t sure if the fire would stop at our fire break, but I knew the intensity would be greatly slowed and that buys our people time to save homes and infrastructure. I’m happy with how it turned out.” To see the video of the model being lit up, visit the Whitecourt Press Facebook page.

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TENDER TND2018-15044 FOR CONSTRUCTION OF HIGHWAY 32 AND RANGE ROAD 125 INTERSECTION – TYPE V SEALED TENDERS will be received at the Woodlands County Office located at Box 60, #1 Woodlands Lane, Whitecourt, AB, T7S 1N3, up to 2:00:00 p.m., MST, Friday, March 30, 2018. The project is to upgrade an existing intersection to Type V as per Alberta Transportation Standards. Work includes road widening, construction of a new turning lane, installing new pavement lines, markings and signage. Tender documents can be obtained from the Woodlands County Office on or after Friday, 9 March 2018. Tenders will be opened in public at the Woodlands County Office in Whitecourt. Woodlands County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Tenders and to waive irregularities and informalities at its discretion plus other conditions as outlined in the Tender documents. The County reserves the right to accept a Tender other than the lowest Tender. William Lacasse Director, Infrastructure Services Woodlands County

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PT. SE 25-59-13-W5M, Lot 2, Block 2, Plan 082-8835

Home Occupation (Major): sale of truck parts

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Bruce Prestidge

Telephone: Toll-Free:

Councillor for Blue Ridge Box 60, #1 Woodlands Lane, Whitecourt AB T7S 1N3 Division 5 780-778-8400 E-Mail: bruce.prestidge@woodlands.ab.ca Phone: 780-779-3917 1-888-870-6315

NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the March 20th, 2018 regular scheduled council meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at the Municipal Office in Whitecourt.

L. Mercier, CLGM, AMAA Chief Administrative Officer, Woodlands County

Bruce Prestidge

Councillor for Blue Ridge Division 5 E-Mail: bruce.prestidge@woodlands.ab.ca Phone: 780-779-3917

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Woodlands County is currently accepting applications for part time relief

Transfer Site Relief Operator Qualifications: Class 5 Driver’s License. Must have own transportation to the sites.

A job description for this position is available at the Woodlands County Municipal Office in Whitecourt or the Regional Municipal Office in Fort Assiniboine. Closing date for applications is March 21, 2018.

Bruce Prestidge

Interested parties may submit their applications to:

Councillor for Blue Ridge Division 5 E-Mail: bruce.prestidge@woodlands.ab.ca Phone: 780-779-3917

Richard Twach, Manager, Infrastructure Services Box 60, # 1 Woodlands Lane, Whitecourt AB T7S 1N3

Successful applicant will be required to provide relief coverage for the permanent operators should they need a medical day, holiday or any other days off. The locations of the sites are Doris Creek, Goose Lake and Anselmo. The relief operator would be expected to carry out the normal daily duties of the permanent operator.

Bruce Prestidge

Councillor for Whitecourt West Division 2 E-Mail: john.burrows@woodlands.ab.ca Phone: 780-706-4747

Councillor for Whitecourt West Division 2 E-Mail: john.burrows@woodlands.ab.ca Phone: 780-706-4747

Telephone: 780-778-8400, Facsimile: 780-778-8402 Email: richard.twach@woodlands.ab.ca Woodlands County would like to thank all applicants; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. John Burrows Councillor for Whitecourt West Division 2 E-Mail: john.burrows@woodlands.ab.ca Phone: 780-706-4747

Councillor for Blue Ridge Division 5 E-Mail: bruce.prestidge@woodlands.ab.ca Phone: 780-779-3917

John Burrows

John Burrows

Bruce Prestidge

Councillor for Blue Ridge Division 5 E-Mail: bruce.prestidge@woodlands.ab.ca Phone: 780-779-3917

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Auctions

4 RESIDENTIAL DUPLEX LOTS - Vulcan, Alberta. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction, March 21 in Lethbridge. Selling as 2 Parcels, Adult Community (45+), fully-serviced. Jerry Hodge: 780706-6652. Brokerage: Ritchie Bros. Real Estate Services Ltd.: rbauction. com/realestate. Business Opportunities HIP OR KNEE Replacement? Restrictions in walking/dressing? $2,500 yearly tax credit. $40,000 lump sum cheque. Disability Tax Credit. Expert Help. Lowest service fee nationwide. 1-844-453-5372.

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FIREARMS WANTED for April 21st, 2018 live and online auction. Rifles, Shotguns, Handguns, Militaria, Auction or Purchase. Collections: Estates, individual items. Contact Paul, Switzer's Auction. Toll-free 1-800-694-2609, info@switzersauction.com or www.switzersauction.com. EDMONTON STAMP CLUB 2018 Spring National Stamp Show. March 24-25, Saturday 10-5 pm; Sunday 10-4 pm. Central Lion's Recreational Centre. 113 Street & 111 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta. Stamp dealers from across Canada. Stamp Circuit books, Door Prize Draw, Junior Stamp table, National-level com-

petitive stamp exhibits (WSP). Free Admission. Free stamp evaluations. For information: www.edmontonstampclub.com.

Employment Opportunities

FREIGHTLAND CARRIERS, a tri-axle air ride flatdeck carrier is looking for Owner/Operators to run Alberta only to 4 Western Provinces. Must have own plates, insurance & WCB. Truck gross revenue is an average $18,000/ month. 1-800-917-9021. Email: dispatch@freightland.ca. MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION! In-demand career! Employers have work-at-home positions available. Get online training you need from an employer-trusted program. Visit: CareerStep.ca/MT or 1-855-7683362 to start training for your workat-home career today! JOURNALISTS, Graphic Artists, Marketing and more. Alberta's weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. Free. Visit: www.awna.com/ resumes_add.php.

Feed and Seed

CERTIFIED SEED. Go early HRS Wheat. Super hardy Pintail, Winter Wheat. AC Juniper, AC Morgan, AC Mustang & Derby Oats. Busby, Seebe, Sundre Barley. Very early yellow peas. High yielding Silage Peas. Polish Canola. Spring Triticale. mastinseeds.com; 403-556-2609.

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SAWMILLS FROM only $4,397 Make money & Save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock, ready to ship. Free info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT. 1-800-5670404 Ext. 400OT. LOOKING FOR a shop? Post Frame Buildings. AFAB Industries has experience, expertise, reliability and great construction practices. For a free quote, contact Ryan Smith 403-818-0797 or email: ryan.afab@ gmail.com. METAL ROOFING & SIDING. 37+ colours available at over 55 Distributors. 40 year warranty. 48 hour

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Manufactured Homes

WE ARE "Your Total Rural Housing Solution" - It's time to let go & clear out our Inventory. Save on your Modular/Manufactured Home. Visit: www.Grandviewmodular.com or www.Unitedhomescanada.com. Real Estate BLANKET THE PROVINCE with a classified ad. Only $269 (based on 25 words or less). Reach over 110 weekly newspapers. Call NOW for details 1-800-282-6903 ext 228; www.awna.com. 320 ACRES of good Saskatchewan land close to Alberta border. Unity, SK. 10-year lease in place paying $21,000 or 5% return. $428,800. Contact Doug @ 306-716-2671 or saskfarms@shaw.ca.

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Tenders

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every Saturday from 11am to 3:00pm Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at the Seniors Circle

Charlton Cattle Co. has 40 years experience raising only easy calving bulls for heifers. Less than 1% assist rate in over 30,000 home-raised and commercial heifers. 50 red and black easy calving yearling bulls (65-80 pound birthweights) with six month breeding soundness guarantee. An easy calving/stress-free spring is just a phone call away!

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Wolverines kick off the post season against the Lloydminster Bobcats

By Serena Lapointe

The Whitecourt Wolverines have entered the playoffs like lions after roaring ahead of the Lloydminster Bobcats with two commanding wins at home. By finishing third in the AJHL North, the Wolverines have clinched home ice advantage which means even more than usual when you consider that during the regular season series between both clubs, the home team always won. On Thursday, March

8 the Bobcats pulled their bus into the Scott Safety Centre parking lot ready to kick off the post-season. Liam Motley opened the scoring early on thanks to a powerplay and, just under 10 minutes later, Estian Coetzee scored on another power play giving them a quick 2-0 lead. In the second, the two scorers from the first period assisted on a goal from Ryan Grant bringing the lead to 3-0, a mere 30 seconds into the period.

The Bobcats managed to tally in a couple and get themselves to within one of a tie but in the third period Brayden Labant, assisted by the same pair that started things off earlier in the game, Motley and Coetzee, added in the games final goal making it 4-2 Wolverines. After a night’s rest, both teams were back at it again for game two on Friday, March 9. Very quickly on it was clear that the Wolverines were in it to win it. An early powerplay for the home boys resulted in a goal by Estian Coetzee giving the Wolverines the lead 1-0. Closer to the end of the period, Ben Evanish tallied one past the Bobcats netminder thanks to a nice pass from Spencer Bast making it 2-0. Jude Butler scored the lone goal in the second period and Tanner Foster added in another on the power play in the third making it a 4-0 final for the Wolverines. The Bobcats tried to get on the board, but Xavier Potvin wasn’t having it

and stopped all 20 shots that came his way taking the shutout and the Viterra Home Star of the game title. Though the third period didn’t have much action goal

wise, it certainly didn’t go without action in general as there were countless penalties dealt out to both teams. In total, 18 were handed out in the third period

alone. Game five in the series, if needed, is slated for Wednesday, March 14 at the Scott Safety Centre. Go, Wolverines!

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Fire Department personnel contain mobile home fire

By Vicki Winger

Early last Saturday evening, a fire broke out destroying a home at Hillpark Trailer Court. Deputy Fire Chief Wayne Andrusiak received the call at 1813

hours. Three fire trucks and a total of 18 members responded. The fire is believed to have originated behind the trailer in a shed. Due to the intensity of the fire, damage spread to

a neighbouring home. Andrusiak said he was pleased with the crew for doing such a good job containing the fire. Firemen remained on scene for several more hours putting out recur-

ring hot spots. The cause of the fire has not been determined. The owners were not at home when the fire broke out; however, the firefighters managed to rescue the family’s pet hamster.

Alberta RCMP welcomes provincial funding to help address rural crime On March 9, the Government of Alberta announced an investment of $8 million that will enable Alberta RCMP to place more employees where they can make the most impact: on the streets and in communities across the province. This investment demonstrates the province’s confidence in the Alberta RCMP’s systematic and evidence-led Crime Reduction Strategy – a collaborative policing approach designed to address the root causes

of crime and breaking the cycle of criminal activity in a community. In partnership with the province, Alberta RCMP has developed an action plan that will enable the Force to address rural crime by adding 39 new officer positions and 40 civilian employees in areas that will ultimately lead to more RCMP officers on the road. The investment represents additional support for Crime Reduction Units in communities that need it the most, six new intelligence-focused

officers, four additional crime analysts and more civilian staff to cut down on paperwork so that officers can focus on investigations, patrols, and engaging with their communities. “Rural Crime Reduction Units are designed to act fast to target repeat offenders who commit the vast majority of crimes in an area,” said Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean. “I can assure you, if you are committing crime in Alberta, we will identify you and we will stop you.”

“Rural police officers are part of their communities,” said Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. “They do difficult and extremely important work every day. I want to thank the RCMP for the work they do to protect Albertans. I’m confident this plan will give our rural police officers more tools in their toolbox to fight crime.” The RCMP is proud to be the rural police force of Alberta. With the cooperation and support of the Government of Al-

berta and other community partners, Albertans can be certain that the RCMP’s crime reduction strategies in rural communities will be innovative, sophisticated and successful.

Quick Facts:

• Each RCMP District is equipped with a Crime Reduction Team dedicated to targeting prolific offenders, particularly in the areas of break and enters, vehicle thefts and thefts of other property. • District Crime Reduction Teams have arrested 219 people, have

laid 469 Criminal and Drug charges and have arrested 170 wanted persons. • The Alberta RCMP Traffic Units (RTU), in addition to promoting highway safety through enforcement activities, are also targeting traveling criminals. In January 2018 alone, the RTU Traffic Units made 9 major seizures of drugs and contraband, totalling in excess of $1.3 million. This resulted in 14 arrests and 19 new Criminal charges being laid.

Upcoming Town meetings Community Services Advisory Board Meeting

Event date: 3/13/2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM The Community Services Advisory Board meets on the 2nd Tues-

day of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre.

Municipal Planning Commission Meeting

Event date: 3/15/2018 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Municipal Planning Commissions deals with land use planning matters with particular emphasis on the Land Use Bylaw. The Commission meets in the large boardroom at

the Town Office (5004 52 Avenue) at 4:00 p.m.

Policies and Priorities Committee Meeting

Event date: 3/19/2018 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Community members

are encouraged to attend Policies and Priorities Committee Meetings. Policies and Priorities Committee Meetings are held the third Monday of each month (except for July and August) at 4:00

p.m. in the boardroom located downstairs at the Town Administrative Office. The Committee provides a forum for all members of Council to discuss community issues.


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Saturday, March 17

Sunday, March 18

Storytime (10:30 am) Intro to Excel (6-8 pm)

My Baby and Me @ AJMC (9:30-10:15 am) Murder Mystery (Teen Night) (6-7:30 pm)

French Story-time @ Daycare Centre (10-11 am) PD Day Activities Beginner Spanish (4:30-5:45 PM)

Storytime (10:30-11:30 am) Family Movie (1-3 pm) Adult Art Therapy (1-3 pm)

Science Sunday (1-3 pm) Book Club (2 pm)

Whitecourt Rotary Club donates $100,000 towards future projects planned for Rotary Park

Photos by Serena Lapointe Photography

On Thursday, March 8 the Rotary Club of Whitecourt enjoyed a presentation from the Town of Whitecourt on the proposed plans for Rotary Park which includes more soccer fields, multi-use courts, another entrance, sun shelters, and an outdoor stage. Acting Rotary President Nevis Prufer presented the Town of Whitecourt with a cheque for $100,000 towards the park projects which Chelsea Grande, Director of Community Services, and Councillor Tom Pickard graciously accepted. By Serena Lapointe

Rotary Park is one of the many shining lights within the community of Whitecourt. It gives residents of all ages a place to play, to enjoy the outdoors, and to get exercise regardless of the time of year. From the waterslides in the summer to enjoying the colours of fall along the trails to skating on the pond in the winter, and everything in between, the park is made for everyone. The Rotary Club of Whitecourt is a big part

of the growth that has taken place at Rotary Park over the years by continually helping to fundraise towards future projects and additions. On Thursday, March 8, Director of Community Services with the Town of Whitecourt, Chelsea Grande, presented the Rotary Club with its Master Plan for the future of the park. With a slide show in hand, Grande shared concept plans for new proposed additions at Rotary Park including new soccer fields,

an outdoor stage, sun shelters, multi-purpose pads such as basketball, tennis, pickleball, ball hockey and badminton, a new entrance and exit, expanded parking, and an Eco Playground and Pumptrack. She also shared plans for other projects outside of the park including Graham Acres and the area around the new École St. Joseph School (the Learning Campus). After showcasing the Master Plan and answering questions from members in attendance,

Grande and councillor Tim Pickard joined current Rotary Club president, Nevis Prufer, at the front of the room. With big smiles all around, Prufer handed Grande a check for $100,000 which will go towards the projects planned for the park. “You guys put a lot into the community and when we say that our mission is to improve the quality of life, we wouldn’t be able to do that without clubs and individuals like you in our community, so thank you,” said Grande as she

graciously thanked the Rotarians for their generous donation. One of the main fundraising events that the Rotary Club of Whitecourt puts on each year is Lobster Fest and this year it lands on Saturday, May 5. With different levels of sponsorship available, Rotarian Jenn Hendrickson is awaiting your call. “We do it once a year and we really need the community’s support. If you haven’t been approached by us, then you can certainly approach us! You can call

me at 780-779-8698.” Along with plenty of delicious lobster, there is also a silent auction during Lobster Fest, and donations are greatly appreciated. “If someone would like to support us that way then they are more than welcome to give me a call.” Supporting events put on by the Rotary Club such as Lobster Fest is a direct way that you can help support future projects within the community including the continuous and fun upgrades at Rotary Park.


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Whitecourt Staples gives a boost to local women entrepreneurs

Photo by Serena Lapointe Photography By Serena Lapointe

Whitecourt Staples celebrated International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8 by inviting local women entrepreneurs to take part in a free market. Sales Manager Cody Stevenson said it’s an important event for the community. “It celebrates women entrepreneurs in our town which is great. We get to help them grow their businesses and help them gain some exposure while also giving a discount to our customers for a few hours. It works

out great for everybody.” With a wide-open entrance at the front of the store, the once-a-year market offers a wonderful opportunity for attendees to reach new customers. “Next year we are going to advertise the event even earlier and see if we can get eight to 10 women to join us. We have lots of room here in the store to support an event of that size,” explained Cody. Tables were set up along the first main corridor of the store and vendors were the first thing

that shoppers saw when they walked through the door. One of the vendors this year was Claire Boulanger who was showcasing her homebased business venture, Acti-Labs, which is a new company to Canada. “I’m very appreciative of Staples for letting me come out and explain my products. It’s great for me to reach new people.” Those interested in learning more about Boulanger’s products can call 780-779-0362. This is the fourth year for the event and next

year is gearing up to be better than ever. “It’s a whole Staples-wide initiative and we jumped onboard right away because being a small community, we know a lot of the women entrepreneurs in town and we want to support them.” Any women who would like to be on the list for next year’s event are encouraged to call Whitecourt Staples and speak to Cody. “We would be happy to have them join us. Thank you to everyone who came out. We really appreciate your support,”

Mud Bogs gearing up By Vicki Winger

For those who love playing in the mud, get ready! The Whitecourt Mud Bogs will be hosting its first ever event on May 26 and 27 at the Whitecourt District Agricultural Society grounds on Highway 32 South. The competition will consist of quads, side-by-sides, and trucks running through the mud pits and, we can’t forget the all-time favourite of many… the lawn mower races. Also, on site will be a beer garden and

lots of activities for small children such as bouncy castles. The event has been organized by a group of local volunteers from the Whitecourt area. As there have been similar events held in other communities throughout the province, the organizers felt an event like this is something they believe would do well and peak the interests of the locals here. While volunteers of the Whitecourt Mud Bogs have been working

hard on this event for the past few months, it’s already proven to be much anticipated by the public who have commented on social media. There is no pre-registration required for the mud bogs or the lawnmower race. It will be done the day of the event. Ticket sales for the dance, evening entertainment, and a midnight catered snack will be sold in advance through the Whitecourt Mud Bogs. Cost is $25/person

and will feature several musicians including local artists Bev Foster and Joe Public. The artists will come together in a collaborated effort, and headlining will be a young and upcoming artist, Brenda Dirk. Camping on the grounds will be offered for a minimal fee of $20 for those who wish to stay overnight. If you would like more information, please visit the Whitecourt Mud Bog Facebook page.

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COMMUNITY CLEAN UP PROGRAM FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY The Town of Whitecourt is seeking non-profit organizations to perform refuse pickup duties within the community, including highway ditches and boulevards. The refuse pickup schedule will run throughout April to the end of October (weather permitting). At least one group is needed for July and one group for August. To qualify for the program, groups must provide a written request to the Town, outlining how the funds would be used, confirming dates that the group would be available to perform the work, and providing an address and phone number for two group representatives. Please note: All those participating in clean up activities must be 9 years of age or older.

Groups must provide a minimum of 12 volunteers, with at least one adult for every two youth (aged 9 to 17 years); and must contribute a minimum of 100 person hours of clean up work to receive payment of $1,000.00 per group. For further details, please contact the Infrastructure Services Department at 780-778-2705. Written letters of application must be received at the following address by 12:00 noon on Friday, March 30: TOWN OF WHITECOURT Re: Community Clean Up Program Application Box 509, 5004 - 52 Avenue, WHITECOURT, AB T7S 1N6 Fax: 780-778-2408 E-Mail: cathysudderdean@whitecourt.ca

TOWN OF WHITECOURT – LAND USE BY-LAW NOTICE OF DECISION The following decision was made by the Municipal Planning Commission

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7pm, Town of Whitecourt Large Board Room 5004 – 52 Avenue The Town of Whitecourt has initiated proceedings to annex a portion of Woodlands County to allow our borders to extend north to the Athabasca River, from just north of Rotary Park to the eastern edge of W 60-11-5-W5. The Town is the majority landowner in the area and would like to have their property within its borders with the River providing a continuous rational boundary for the Town. The bulk of the area is intended for recreational use, along with government services and some residential. We want to hear your thoughts on the proposed annexation. The Public Meeting will be a drop-in format and staff from the Town will be available to answer questions and take comments. If you cannot attend the meeting, we encourage you to call or come to the Town Office during office hours to discuss the proposed annexation.

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Fox Creek School is holding a book fair on Wednesday, March 21 from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m. and Thursday, March 22 from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m.

The Fox Creek School held another successful Family Games Night recently. It was great seeing so many families enjoying the evening.

IOSEGUN LAKE & SMOKE LAKE SEASONAL CAMPGROUND LOTTERY The Town of Fox Creek will once again be offering seasonal camping at Iosegun Lake and Smoke Lake. For the 2018 Camping Season - Seasonal Camp Sites will be awarded by a Lottery Draw System.

Fox Creek’s waste disposal has gone green By Vicki Winger

Green for Life Environmental Inc. (GFL) acquired Sun Rise Disposal effective January of this year. Sun Rise Disposal was owned by local resident John Snyder and his wife, Bobbi Snyder-Witford. They began the company in 1985 and kept it a family business all these years. The couple have now retired; however, their son, Daniel, will remain with the

Company as the supervisor. GFL is a privately-owned company based out of Ontario and boasts over 140 locations across Canada, and recently tapped into the United States market and has over 4,000 employees. The bright colour of lime green is its signature that goes along with their slogan of “Green for Life.” Chad Malanowich, Operations Manager

for the Whitecourt and now Fox Creek area says, “They will keep the current trucks and employees.” Although it will take some time, GFL will eventually rebrand the equipment. Some of the logo changes have taken place already. Malanowich reassures the residents that everything will remain the same including servicing the oilfield sector with their roll off bins.

Please review the following information regarding the draw: • Open only to residents of Fox Creek; • Entries must be received between March 15 and April 20, 2018; • Drawing will take place at 12 NOON on Tuesday April 24, 2018; • You must be present to receive your draw; • Sites must be claimed by the applicant right after their name is drawn by paying a $200.00 Deposit. The remaining fee must be paid by 4:00 pm April 30, 2018 or the site will be forfeited; • Proof of residency must be shown at the time of the draw; • Entrants that were 2017 seasonal campers will have their name entered twice; • You are only eligible to receive one site from the lottery. Any remaining seasonal lots will become available to the public on a first come first serve basis on May 1, 2018 at 8:00 am. Iosegun Lake – 25 seasonal sites available * Smoke Lake – 20 seasonal site available For more information please contact: Town of Fox Creek 102 Kaybob Drive, PO Box 149 Fox Creek, AB. T0H 1P0 780-622-3896, Email recreation@foxcreek.ca


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Truckers could soon face fines in Fox Creek By Vicki Winger

Alberta Transportation currently has large, orange signs posted on Highway 43 in both directions cautioning heavy trucks over 10,000 kg to use the 3rd Street access when entering Fox Creek. This colour signifies an advisory to motorists to show a change is occurring. Soon they will be switched to white with black lettering. Once the switch is complete, it will then become law which is enforceable under the Traffic Safety Act. Fox Creek’s Peace Officer, Josh Towle, has been doing his best to notify truckers of the change. With the amount of traffic, however, he’s stated that, “It would be a full-time job just doing that.” The changes come from the Alberta Government and, as Peace Officer Towle has mentioned, “Once the government makes a law, it’s now his job to ensure compliance.” Once the signs get

switched to white and become enforceable, fines will be issued under Section 57 of the Traffic Safety Act titled Disobeying a Traffic Control Device. The monetary fine is $233 plus two demerits. The same fine will apply for those who do not obey the new truck route signs within the town limits. Peace Officer Towle has been making every effort to educate truckers and advise them of the changes. He hopes more signs will be placed within the town limits to clearly show the

truck route for those who may not be familiar with it. Alberta Transportation has not responded with an exact time frame. In the meantime, Alberta Transportation has addressed the public safety improvements such as lengthening, widening, and effectively delineating access lanes at both entrances into town. New lighting has also been placed along that section of highway. These changes have all been made in hopes of reducing the amount of vehicle accidents that occur at both of

these major intersections. Heavy trucks heading eastbound from the town of Fox Creek, must now use the 3rd Street approach as there’s an acceleration lane when entering onto the highway. Alberta Transportation has also changed the truck route within Fox Creek. Heavy trucks over 10,000 kg are being directed to enter the town using the 3rd Street access. As well, trucks can no longer turn left onto Highway Avenue when entering Fox Creek from 3rd Street but instead

continue north to 1st Avenue then circle around. Redirecting all heavy trucks to enter 3rd Street and follow the truck route signs is to eliminate blocking the intersections of Highway Avenue as well as Kaybob Drive. This will free up the Kaybob Drive intersection and allow easier flow for passenger vehicles entering and exiting town limits. After a long study done by Alberta Transportation, it was felt this would be the best interim solution with regards to the safety of all motorists.

Alberta Transportation has recognized Highway 43 as a major trade corridor and Fox Creek as a significant service destination. Traffic counts for Fox Creek indicate that 7,000 vehicles per day currently travel along the corridor according to a study done by Castleglenn Consultants in 2017. In the past decade, Fox Creek Highway 43 traffic has averaged 1.5 per cent traffic growth year after year. The long-term plan will be to develop a bypass but that’s about 40 years in the future.

COM M UNIT Y RECREATIONAL GROUPS FOX CREEK NORDIC AND TRAIL CLUB

FOX CREEK WADO KAI KARATE

Contact: www.foxcreeknordicandtrail.com The Nordic and Trail Club provides groomed trails and world class bike park for the community. Trails are groomed year round for x-country skiing, walking or fat bike trails.

Contact: www.foxcreek wadodai@hotmail.com Meets every Wednesday and Friday at the Scouts Hall. Junior/family class 6:15-7:15, and Adults/teen class from 7:15-8:30

FOX CREEK CURLING CLUB

Contact: Leanna Iddings 780-622-9755 Recreational, non-contact hockey for ladies 17 and up. Contact for more details.

Contact: Liz Mostowich at 780-622-7150 Season is from October to February. Men’s, Ladies, Mixed and Junior Leagues available.

COBRAS – LADIES REC HOCKEY CLUB

NORTHLAND SNO-GOERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB

Contact: Sheila Gilmour 780-622-9489 Snowmobile Club open to the public. Group of volunteers who maintain the trails and attend meetings as well as host rallys.

Community Calendar March 2018

SENIORS DROP IN CENTER

Drop in Center for residents 50+. Enjoy coffee, cards, puzzles, shuffleboard or visiting.

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Contact: Tanja Marinus 780-622-3485 This club is to provide a location to board horses, have riding arena and round pen. Must be a member to be on property. Meetings held monthly on Monday’s.

Program available for boys and girls aged 5 and up. Runs from September to May on Monday evenings. Call for exact times. Always looking for volunteers to help out.

MINOR HOCKEY

Contact: Christy Dewalt 780-622-4448 or 622-9204 Group is for Ages 4-17 and is founded on idea of helping girls develop leadership skills, self-confidence. Activity based program including recreational outings, games and crafts.

Contact: www.foxcreekminorhockey.com Home to the Bulldogs. Accepts both boys and girls from ages 4-17. Season runs from October to end of March.

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