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By Bonnie Hutchinson

The little town that decided
At last count in 2013, the town was 75 per cent of the way to its goal. Preliminary results from a more recent count suggest the town is even closer, with its carbon footprint down by another 22 per cent.
Four things they’ve learned: 1. Start with hope. The man who was inspired to convince the community to reduce its carbon footprint began by telling neighbours about a town in the UK who had reduced its carbon footprint. To his surprise, neighbours bought in.
2. Start small. Enthusiastic neighbours began by convincing others to switch to LED light bulbs. They started trading ideas about how to reduce household carbon footprint.
3. Build momentum. One couple was renovating, and decided to research green technology. Others caught on. A big jump came when the community hall was renovated. Its carbon footprint was reduced by 96 per cent and its need for purchased energy by 91 per cent – not only an environmental benefit, but a cost saving to the whole town.
4. Celebrate every improvement. One woman said, “This community celebrates everything – every little accomplishment, it doesn’t matter how small. And it celebrates together. It’s a wonderful way to live.”
One day when I didn’t even know I was thinking about it, a thought flitted into my mind. I hesitate even to “say” it out loud, it’s so far-fetched. But here it is.
What if every city, town and county or municipal district became...self-sufficient in food? Self-sufficient in energy? And had a zero environmental footprint? What if? When I began to imagine what would happen for the province and country and even world if every community took this on, my mind started reverberating.
I began to think it’s possible to turn around the planetary damage that is not just looming, but already happening.
Do I know how to make this happen? No. But I do know one thing. The starting point is, we have to decide.
Back in 1993, as a chain smoker from the age of 14, I was “planning” to quit smoking. I picked a specific date. In the weeks before that date, I asked everyone I knew who’d quit smoking how they did it.
I heard lots of helpful techniques, but the most useful comment came from my brother. He said, “You’re not ready.” I acknowledged that might be accurate.
Then he said, “You have to decide. That’s it. All the stuff about the patch, or cigarettes without nicotine – that’s just BS. You have to decide. And once you decide, that’s it. That’s how you quit.” He was right. And I did.
So, we’re addicted to stuff that turns out to be bad for us, like cigarettes, which at one time had even medical doctors promoting them (really – I’ve seen the ads) and corporations trying to trash the evidence that smoking harms people’s health.
Now we’re collectively addicted to stuff that turns out to be harmful to the planet that’s the only home our species has. Corporations and others are trying to trash the evidence that says we have a problem and we might have to change in ways that will likely cause discomfort or even pain while we adjust.
We can’t count on governments or corporations to solve this. We have to decide.
And we can more likely influence our own communities than impact governments or corporations. They will follow when they perceive it to be in their self-interest.
Like the little town of Eden Mills, once we decide, we will begin to figure out how, one step at a time. We can start small, build momentum and celebrate small and then larger successes.
Wayne Gretzky famously said, “You miss 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take.”
We have nothing to lose by deciding to give it a shot.
I’d love to hear from you! If you have comments about this column or suggestions for future topics, send a note to I’ll happily reply within one business day.
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Eggertson honoured at Art Walk

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Artist Tommy Acosta, arts director Jane Cherry-Lemire, Mayor Norm Mayer and Lougheed Centre manager Nick Beach unveiled a portrait of Frank Eggertson that will be housed in the Lougheed Centre. This portrait is in recognition to the vision, support and eventual construction of the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre.

By Murray Green

Camrose arts director Jane Cherry-Lemire marked the 24th year of the Art Walk by holding a reception at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Sept. 4.
The Art Walk was led by the City of Camrose for the first five years. “It was decided to approach the Camrose Arts Society to see if they wished to take it over. The arts society was happy to take the helm and has worked hard to continue this great initiative,” said Jane.
“Each year, we have showcased hundreds of artists in nine to 12 venues, many who have been involved since inception.”
 She thanked all those who have helped make the Art Walk a success for 24 years. The artwork will be on display at the Lougheed Centre until Sept. 20.
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A portrait of Frank Eggertson was unveiled to honour his contribution to the arts scene in Camrose.
“Frank was a friend of mine and also served as the Camrose Arts Society president for many years. He was a drummer and a visionary. He recognized more than 20 years ago that Camrose needed a performing arts centre and set about finding ways to make that happen,” recalled Jane.
“He began hounding and stalking Mayor Norm Mayer and then dean (Augustana) Roger Epp and put together a team of like-minded people to get the ball rolling. He is one of those unsung heroes who does not receive the same recognition and he never expected it,” said Jane.
“We lost Frank in 2011 after he moved to BC. It is sad to know that he never got to see his dream manifested and many people have no idea what role he played in the manifestation.”
The Eggertson portrait by local artist Tommy Acosta will hang on the wall near the stairs of the second floor of the Lougheed Centre. “Although Frank would not have wanted a fuss made over him, we are very grateful for this wonderful gesture of recognition,” continued Jane. read more
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Augustana Research Station reaches for the stars

A wet summer has delayed the completion of the new Augustana classroom and observatory at Miquelon Lake.

By Murray Green

The University of Alberta Augustana Campus is expanding, but you may not see any changes on the Camrose landscape.
The addition of classroom space and the Hesje Observatory is being built at the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station over this past summer and should be completed later this fall.
“The new classroom   will be an extension to the existing building and will be able to seat 25 students with desks and about 50 without desks,” said Dr. Glynnis Hood, manager of the research station and professor of environmental science.
It was named the Hesje Observatory in honour of alumnus Brian Hesje, who made a $500,000 gift to University of Alberta Augustana Campus to help fund the construction of the telescope building and classroom space.
“He wanted to support Augustana and existing infrastructure and this was impressed by the imagination and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking presented by Augustana. He wanted to have a big impact on learning and, with Miquelon Lake being only one of 13 dark sky preserves in Canada, this space made sense as the location of the observatory. Astronomy is one of the seven classical disciplines within liberal arts. It is the only one we don’t currently offer at Augustana,” said Sydney Tancowny, advancement communications coordinator at Augustana.
The telescope that will be in the observatory is 17-inches mounted permanently in the observatory (10 metres off the ground), weighing about 50 kg. This will greatly enhance students’ learning experience when it comes to studying the universe.
The addition and telescope benefits not only Augustana students, but all students and learners of all ages.
“For physics and math students, this creates an opportunity to do real observing and measuring on lots of things such as star brightness, star colours and learning about the universe. It’s a great learning facility for students with an observatory and classroom together allows for a field course here. We have had an astrophysics course, which has been more theoretical. This will add an observational part and experimental part to it,” said  Dr. Gerhard Lotz, physics professor who is heading up the observatory portion of the project.
“There have been remarkable discoveries based out of smaller student-based observatories, such as comets,” said Dr. Hood.
“The huge telescopes in Hawaii and Peru often find discoveries, but the astronomers don’t have the time to seek out every one. They often rely of collaborations from others to collect the data. We could try to tie into some of those big research collaborations,” added Dr. Lotz.
“It is a bit of a walk up, there is no elevator, but it will have a nice observation deck. You can get up to 10 people up there at a time,” informed Dr. Lotz. “I hope the computing science students can help us get the telescope up and running as well with analyzes.”
The centre telescope is built separate from the observation deck and stairs, so it will not shake. In fact, the stand is made from cement and goes deep into the ground.
One day, he hopes to observe the telescope from his classroom in Camrose. “We have our technology learning services group working on it, to make Wi-Fi access right to Augustana,” added Dr. Hood.
Augustana staff will be able to offer new in-depth three-week courses for students, increase experiential learning opportunities, encourage senior level projects and support directed studies research initiatives across  both the U of A and Augustana.
“We will have more public engagements where we invite the public to listen to lectures,” added Dr. Hood.
The parks staff are interested in increasing programming. In partnership with the Alberta Parks (Miquelon Lake Provincial Park) and Battle River School Division, a collaboration of outreach programming for school groups, adult education, tourists and lifelong learners – the facility will be a benefit to the entire community.
The station has hosted Grade 11 biology students from Bawlf and Grade 9 outdoor education students from Our Lady of Mount Pleasant last year, and the connection will continue to grow as groups from further away use the space as well.
The U of A’s astronomy club has already visited the station twice this year to take advantage of the park’s Dark Sky Preserve. Miquelon Lake Provincial Park is a dark sky preserve, so it is an ideal place for an astronomical observatory, as there is minimal light pollution to hinder the excellent view of the night sky.
This month, Dr. Glen Hvenegaard and Dr. Hood are teaching a course on research in environmental science and ecology where undergraduate students  will live at the station, while investigating topics relevant to Miquelon Lake Provincial Park.
Since the installation of an All-sky Camera last fall, the station is now part of the 90-country Desert Fireball Network used to locate meteorites to study them. One such occurrence happened just recently, on Sept. 1.
Augustana has a portable telescope with excellent optics and an equatorial motorized mount. It will be used to photograph night sky objects to share with the world.
Another portable telescope, dubbed “Luther” to honour the heritage of Augustana, is handmade by two Augustana students as part of a directed study course. It is on an altazimuth mount and is not motorized, but it is simple to use for viewing the night sky.
Future plans are to expand courses in astronomy to make use of the new observatory tower, domed telescope and portable telescope. read more

RCMP investigate armed robbery

By Murray Green

Killam RCMP responded to an armed robbery at the Hardisty Community Drug Mart on Sept. 3 at about 11:40 a.m.
According to police, a female entered the building with a knife demanding pharmaceutical drugs. The suspect female is described to be heavyset around 200 to 220 pounds, between 5’6” and 5’8” in height, with dark brown hair in a bun, wearing a dark green ball cap, a black hoodie, blue jeans and a pink face shield. Her skin was described as a medium complexion. She spoke with a thick English accent, while making demands.
The suspect female fled the store on foot carrying a plastic grocery bag, but was not located by police.
Killam RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in relation to this incident (or identifying the person responsible). Contact Killam RCMP at 780-385-3509 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the P3 Tips app.

Buffalo Roadshow held at Lougheed Centre

By Murray Green

Join Tim & the Glory Boys for a Buffalo Roadshow concert at 7 p.m. in the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
With a wild, new album in their saddlebags, the boys are cutting a path clear across Canada to play more than 50 shows.
Tim & The Glory Boys are more than just a country bluegrass gospel band. They are multiple JUNO, Dove and Covenant award-winning artists.

Local Terry Fox Run supports research

By Murray Green

The 39th annual Terry Fox Run is a great activity for community members to stay in shape and raise funds for cancer research.
Terry Fox Run organizer Anne McIntosh is hoping for a large turnout this year to support the worth while cause. The run (walk or ride)will take place at the Stoney Creek Centre beginning at 11 a.m. on Sept. 15. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and is held until minutes before start time.
You can participate in either three, five or 10 kilometre distances. The run allows bicycles, roller blades and dogs.
Anne was on the organizing committee in Camrose last year, but this is her first year as the run chair, taking over from long-time organizer Ingrid Urberg. “I remember my mom taking me and my siblings to the Terry Fox run in Edmonton when we were younger and how important it was to follow in the footsteps of Terry Fox. I was motivated to get more involved in organizing the run after losing my mother, Heather, to cancer last summer,” revealed Anne.
Terry Fox Run pledge sheets may be obtained online at
Receipts will be issued by the Terry Fox Foundation for anyone who makes a donation of $20 or more. There is no registration fee and no charge for participating. In the past, Terry Fox Run in Camrose has attracted between 75 and 100 participates, depending on weather. “We would like more than 100 this year and that is our goal,” added Anne.
The Terry Fox Run was initiated in 1980 when Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope for cancer research. Beginning at the shore of the Atlantic in St. John’s on April 12, Terry’s efforts won over Canadians from coast to coast.
“We need your help. The people in cancer clinics all over the world need people who believe in miracles. I am not a dreamer and I am not saying that this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer. But, I believe in miracles. I have to,” said Terry Fox, in a letter to Canadians in 1979 prior to his Marathon of Hope. “The night before my amputation, my former basketball coach brought me a magazine with an article on an amputee who ran in the New York Marathon. It was then I decided to meet this new challenge head on and not only overcome my disability, but conquer it in such a way that I could never look back and say it disabled me.
But I soon realized that would only be half my quest, for as I went through the 16 months of the physically and emotionally draining ordeal of chemotherapy, I was rudely awakened by the feelings that surrounded and coursed through the cancer clinic. There were faces with the brave smiles, and the ones who had given up smiling. There were feelings of hopeful denial, and the feelings of despair.
My quest would not be a selfish one. I could not leave knowing these faces and feelings would still exist, even though I would be set free from mine. Somewhere the hurting must stop…and I was determined to take myself to the limit for this cause. From the beginning the going was extremely difficult, and I was facing chronic ailments foreign to runners with two legs in addition to the common physical strains felt by all dedicated athletes.
For more information contact Anne McIntosh at or call 780-679-1198.
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By Laurel Nadon

This puppy is for me

My niece and nephew came to visit for a weekend this summer. We quickly noted how rapidly our 18-month-old nephew was moving around, so we cleared off the bottom half of the refrigerator, located and removed all marbles from the house and closed bedroom doors to block off small toys left on the loose.
It turned out that it was great preparation for the puppy we adopted a few days later. It is surprising how much having a puppy is like having a toddler around; I am always checking what is in her mouth.
I was hoping that finding a puppy to adopt would be a natural process, that a neighbour’s dog would have puppies or we would be driving in the country and see a sign saying “puppies to give away. Inquire within.” (I had actually started to look for signs like that.) But this wasn’t the case, so we made a list detailing ideas for how to find a puppy. Call local shelters. Call the pound. Ask our veterinarian. Look on the Internet. Ask anyone we know who has a dog. Go to parks and locate puppies; ask owners where they got their puppy. Yup, things were getting a bit desperate as the end of summer loomed.
Then I chatted with my sister-in-law about our puppy search and later that day, she was searching for dogs on the computer as well, texting me photos of would-be new members of our family. One of these photos led to us visiting an animal shelter in the area. One particular fuzzball caught our eye, and we felt like we couldn’t possibly leave there without her. Soon we were back in town, picking up puppy food, a collar, leash, and yeah, we definitely needed some toys for her to chew.
It turns out that people have a surprising reaction when they hear that you have adopted a pet from an animal shelter. Even though our puppy does not appear to have been neglected or mistreated, people say “Nice!” or “That is so great” on learning where she came from. This sort of makes me feel like they think we have been rescuing street urchins or somehow contributing to making the world a better place for all; we just wanted a puppy.
The next morning, I watched some videos and began daily training sessions.
I was worried that it would be hard to choose a name, with children involved. There must be enough pets named Fluffy in the world already (no offence to pets named Fluffy). But she had some dark colouring on her face and throat, which my husband thought looked like a Shadow. And then the kids pointed out that she had been following us around, well, like a Shadow. And that was it.
My husband rented some equipment, purchased materials and spent two days creating an outdoor enclosure where she can still play in the grass, but be safe from coyotes when we go to town. We placed her inside, closed the gate and as we walked toward the house, my daughter said our puppy had gotten her head and paw out of the square mesh. Hmmm. We watched from the house as she proceeded to pop her head and two front legs out, and then kicked and wiggled until her back legs were out as well. I guess that can be her space…when she is bigger and can’t fit through the holes.
Then school was fast approaching. My children went for a sleep-over at my parents’ house and my husband had been called out to work, so I made applesauce. The house was unnaturally quiet. I had a little the-summer-is-ending and I’m-really-going-to-miss-my-kids cry, while burrowing my face into our puppy’s fur. Dogs can be so understanding. Then it dawned on me that this whole time I had been picturing the excitement on the kids’ faces when we brought home a puppy, the fun they would have playing together. I was imagining that this new addition was for them, but no, it turns out that this puppy is for me too. read more

RCMP make arrests in Hay Lakes

By Murray Green

Camrose RCMP received a complaint of an armed robbery that occurred at a Tempo gas station in Hay Lakes, Sept. 3.
One male suspect wearing a balaclava demanding cash and cigarettes, robbed the gas station using bear spray stealing the cash register with an undisclosed amount of cash.
A female store clerk was bear sprayed during the robbery. The suspect male left in a white diesel truck. Camrose, Wetaskiwin and Leduc RCMP members responded. The female store clerk was treated by EMS and transported to Camrose hospital with non life threatening injuries and received medical treatment.
Camrose RCMP members were advised of a vehicle fire on Range Road 213, a short distance from Hay Lakes. They attended that location and a white Ford diesel truck was burning out of control. Witnesses advised a bald Caucasian male was observed in area operating the white truck being followed by an older model dark colored GMC half ton truck with another bald Caucasian male driving and an unknown passenger.
RCMP air services assisted in the search, while  Camrose Police Service assisted in locating the suspects inside the City of Camrose and all three suspects, two males and one female were arrested without incident. All three individuals are known to each other.
Camrose RCMP in conjunction with Wetaskiwin General Investigation Section completed an investigation and charged the Athabasca and Rochester individuals aged 37 and 38 with Robbery with Offensive Weapon, Possession of Stolen Property Under $5,000, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Break-in Instruments. One was charged with Arson and another with Breach of release condition.
All three subjects were brought before a Justice of the Peace. They are to appear in provincial court in Camrose on Sept. 25.

Nurses celebrate grad with pinning ceremony

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Faculty of nursing instructor Sandra Carless presents a reward to graduates during the pinning ceremony.

By Murray Green

The University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing After-Degree Program held a pinning ceremony for 15 nursing graduates from the Camrose site, at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on Aug. 13.
All of the graduates either relocated or commuted to Camrose for this two-year intensive program.
“We are infinitely proud of you and wish you a future of success. We know you are going to do great things because you already have. Nursing is more than the pin you are going to receive today. It is a symbol of everything you have to look forward to in the future,” said Christy Raymond, associate dean of undergraduate programs.
The after-degree nursing program started in 2006. “I decided to talk to my sister, who’s pinning ceremony I attended 47 years ago. And she is still nursing. Based on her advice, I encourage you to always remember why you chose nursing as a profession. After 47 years, what keeps her going, is the feeling of joy she still gets in helping and caring for the person behind the patient,” said Kim Misfeldt, vice dean, Augustana Campus.
A pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. The new nurses are presented with nursing pins by the faculty of the nursing school, but more often, a loved one chosen by the graduate. The nurses recited the Nightingale Pledge based on the 1873 original pledge after the ceremony.
The graduates were Ma Mae-Beth Acain, Melissa Altin, Jocelyn Bamford, Ryan Bell, Andrea Cunningham, Ijeoma Ezekeke, Michelle Gomke, Jenny Kisac, Jesse Lang, Paige Lucas, Bhumiben Patel, Erin Schram, Jennifer Voegtlin, Sandra Williamson and Ashley Wilton.
“All of us strangers became a support system for one another. We shared the load of nursing school together. Companionship and compassion filled the classroom. We were told that we wouldn’t be leaving nursing school the same as we came into it. That is true. We have all been changed by the experiences, but for the best,” said student Ezekeke.
“We have a bright future ahead of us. We have gained knowledge through nursing school to allow our trees (foundation) to grow taller and stronger. We have grown and will become leaders in the places we go to,” added student Bamford.
“By being a nurse, we are helping the community. By helping one person, we are making a big difference. Behind us are memories, beside us are friends and before us are dreams,” said student Patel. read more

St. Mary's Hospital 30 years old this year

By Murray Green

Covenant Health St. Mary’s Hospital Camrose will be celebrating 95 years of community service and 30 years from the current facility on Friday, Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A grand opening was held on June 23, 1989 beside the old hospital that featured wings built in 1924, 1949 and 1969.
“Even though the building is now 30 years old, I still consider this the new hospital. I worked in the old hospital and then moved over to the new hospital. In the grand scheme of things, this hospital has served the community well,” said Karen Burton, one of the organizers from Team Collaboration at St. Mary’s. “We are the hub of so many things. We call this building Reuben because is both rural and urban based. We tell our new hires that if they can work at St. Mary’s, you can work anywhere because you learn both rural and urban situations,” said Karen.
The community is invited for a barbecue in front of the building. “We are going to set up a tent in the far visitors’ parking lot for a free community event with a barbecue, cake and have community leaders out there greeting and talking with people,” said Kendra Ferguson, volunteer and foundation coordinator.
“We have reached out to STARS and the stroke ambulance to see if they would be willing to give tours that day or display ambulances that day. It is possible they can’t make it because of what is happening on that day,” added Kendra.
“We want to set up a table with archives of information on the history of the hospital from its start until present day. We may give tours or have demonstrations,” explained Karen.
“We are going to have a contest called Name the Dinosaur where people have to name staff from pictures taken 20 or more years ago. We have quite a few staff who worked at the old hospital. I remember carrying over supplies to the new hospital. Where the helipad is now was about the entrance of the old hospital,” shared Karen.
Previous staff, board members and guests will be invited to attend the celebration. The hospital mascot, a teddy bear, will have its named revealed at the event. “We want people to see what St. Mary’s does and celebrate both the 95 and 30 years of milestones,” said Karen.
 In 1920, Father M. J. Schnitzler, the first resident priest in Camrose, with the support of Dr. Nordbye, a leading physician, proposed to the town council the establishment of a hospital that would be managed by a congregation of women. Their proposal was adopted and Father Schnitzler was appointed to negotiate for religious sisters and he applied to the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul in Kingston for their help.
It wasn’t until 1923, during the time of his successor, father P. Harrington, that negotiations were completed. The hospital was officially opened on Oct. 24, 1924.
 In 1923, St. Mary’s Hospital Camrose received full approval by the College of Physicians and Surgeons and maintained this status until 1945, when it was lost due to the depletion of doctors required for the war effort.

Infant nutrition classes offered

By Murray Green

Local parents who have questions about feeding their growing baby, have access to a free infant nutrition class offered by Alberta Health Services (AHS).
Led by a registered dietitian, the two-hour workshop highlights why babies need to start on iron-rich foods at six months, how to start introducing solid foods and why progressing to different food textures is important. Parents are encouraged to bring babies to the class, which focuses on creating a positive feeding relationship.
Infant nutrition classes are now offered in 29 communities across AHS Central Zone.
AHS dietitians answer questions and show parents how to make their own baby food using a variety of kitchen tools they may already have at home. Parents learn how to prepare vegetables, fruit, meat and meat alternatives using a number of different tools, including hand mixers, food mills and food processors.
The class ends with a taste test to compare store-bought baby foods, and homemade baby foods for taste and texture.
Infant nutrition classes will be offered in Camrose on Sept. 12 and Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Camrose Community Health Centre, 5510-46 Avenue. For more information and to register, call 780-679-2980.

Diabetes sessions

By Murray Green

Local residents trying to manage pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, are invited to free Alberta Health Services (AHS) information sessions this month.  Diabetes The Basics is offered as a four-part group session led by AHS professionals who share their expertise, provide information and encourage discussions that can help participants better manage their condition.
The session is offered to people at risk of developing diabetes, as well as those who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes.
It will be held Sept. 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Camrose Public Library. For more information and to register to attend, call 1-877-314-6997.

Jardine leads Kodiaks into battle this season

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Camrose Kodiaks coach Clayton Jardine will lead the team into the 2019-20 Alberta Junior Hockey League season after taking over from long-time leader Boris Rybalka.
“It’s been fun and I’m learning by fire, which has been positive. I’m teaching a couple of new systems, but for the most part it is the message that we are going to be the hardest working team in the league,” said an excited Clayton.
“I spent four special years here where I went from a boy to a man. It is a dream come true to return as coach and it is nice to see familiar faces around town as well,” he added.
“The biggest thing is the dream and get back here. It took a couple years to work it out, finish my masters and I coached in Kindersley. You look at the facilities, sponsorship and volunteers, its top five in Canada. I know because I’ve been to most of the rinks in Canada when I scouted in Division 3,” said Clayton.
 “I enjoyed the experience in Kindersley, but the volunteers weren’t there. I was coach and general manager, so it  was a lot of learning. It seemed there was so much to do that the last thing was coaching. It is a lot of work for one person and here I have Boris to help and I can concentrate on coaching.”
General manager Rybalka will be assisting on the ice,  as well as associate coaches Richard Petiot, Brad Huolt, Doug Fleck and Allen York.
“You can’t hope for a better guy to learn from than Boris. I learned a lot as a player and now coaching and I’ll use his knowledge over time. Assistant coaches approached Boris to help me. It is great to have former Kodiaks and Camrose people helping with coaching. They understand the community and the organization. They have a lot of experience. We are all young and want players to get to the next level. We are all passionate about it.”
Clayton has high expectations for the team this year. “We will lean on our experienced players. We have five 20-year-olds and we have three players that just played at a very high level in Russia, so we have a lot of good players that can step up,” said coach. “We have a lot of hard working players, but most of all they have heart and we saw that in the last exhibition game against Drayton Valley where they came back. We have the goalie and defence and our hard working forwards. We want other teams to think about the Kodiaks when we come to their town. It won’t be an easy game.”
The team is expected to get down to 24 players by today.
When asked about other teams outshooting the Kodiaks, he had this to say, “It is a case of the players learning the systems and not  questioning themselves. It is a little different style of what some players are used to.”
 In exhibition play, Camrose beat Drayton Valley 2-1, lost 7-4 to Drayton Valley, lost 5-3 to Drumheller and won 5-4 over Drumheller.
Camrose opens the regular season at home with the Olds Grizzlys on Sept. 13 and the Brooks Bandits on Sept. 14. After a three game road tour, Camrose hosts the AJHL Showcase weekend on Sept. 27 and 28. Camrose is the away team on Friday against Bonnyville and then hosts the Fort McMurray Oil Barons on Sept. 28. All games in the Encana Arena begin at 7 p.m.

Sedgewick school classes to begin this week

By Murray Green

The Central High Sedgewick Public School (CHSPS) opened on Sept. 3 for high school students. Elementary and junior high students should start school on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
The Aug. 14 fire on the roof caused smoke and water damage to the Battle River School Division’s school.
Camp Sedgewick is progressing well. “All the units we need are now on-site. Crews are working to move desks, chairs and learning resources into each unit. Power and heat will soon be hooked up. Staff was able to access Camp Sedgewick starting on Monday, so they could organize their classroom spaces,” said principal William Klassen.
“We are required to have a complete site inspection before the Camp can open. A provincial inspector will be coming from Red Deer to do this on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 10. We will not receive his report until later that day. We cannot confirm that we will be good to go until we receive this approval.”
The school office is currently located at the Recreation Centre, in the lobby of the curling rink/bowling alley.
If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to be in touch with us or

Buffaloes ready for big Football Day

By Murray Green

Camrose Buffaloes Football will be hosting Minor Football Day on Saturday, Sept. 14.
This means a fun day of activities besides a full slate of football. Guests will include some Edmonton Eskimos players and staff.
The Buffaloes are home on Sept. 14 for a game against Seahawks at 2:30 p.m.; they host the Wetaskiwin Warriors on Sept. 21 at 2:30 p.m.; they play in Fort Saskatchewan against the Falcons on Sept. 28 and then play a rematch on Oct. 6 in Fort Saskatchewan.
The Buffaloes are home on Sept. 14 for a game against Beaumont Bears at 10 a.m.; they host the Millwoods Grizzlies on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m.; they play in Leduc against the Cats on Sept. 29 and then play the Bombers in Stony Plain on Oct. 5.
The atom squads, navy and red, will play Wetaskiwin teams on Sept. 14 at 12:30 p.m.
The novice (flag football) club head coach is Pier Juneau along with coach Troy Christie. The manager is Breanna Wilfur.
The novice clubs will take on Wetaskiwin teams at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14. All home games are played at Kin Park.

You can join a choir at Augustana

By Murray Green

The University of Alberta Augustana Campus offers  three exciting musical opportunities through the fall and winter months for those who love to sing.
Mannskor and Sangkor are our non-auditioned men’s and women’s choirs, open to members of the community and students alike. The choirs will explore music from a variety of times, places, and traditions and gain a basic understanding of vocal and musical concepts.
In the process of exploring the bountiful male and treble repertoire, emphasis is placed on creating a sense of supportive community between the members. All Sangkor and Mannskor singers are welcome to sing regardless of musical background and have the option to participate for credit or not-for-credit.
Dr. John Wiebe, a dynamic and award-winning conductor and the director of choral activities at Augustana Campus, leads these choirs.
Mannskor meets on Mondays, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 16.
Sangkor meets on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. starting on Sept. 19.
Both choirs will meet at the Augustana Faith and Life Centre Chapel. For more information about Sangkor or Mannskor, contact the Augustana Fine Arts office at 780-679-1532.
SingAble is a community inclusion choir for singers of all ages, abilities and exceptionalities, as well as their caregivers. You are invited to discover your unique voice through the exploration of music drawn from traditional, folk and contemporary styles in our inclusive environment. SingAble is grateful to be the recipient of the 2019 Innovation Award from the Alberta Council of Disability Services and is presented in partnership with the Camrose Association for Community Living (CAFCL).
SingAble is led by Dr. Ardelle Ries, a passionate music educator, advocate for and researcher of multigenerational and inclusion singing.
SingAble will meet at the Augustana Faith and Life Centre Chapel between 6:45 and 8 p.m. every Tuesday night starting on Oct. 1.
For SingAble information and registration, contact the Camrose Association for Community Living at 780-672-0257.

Governor's Arts Awards

By Murray Green

The theme of Connections and Traditions will feature people, stories, movies and music with famous cellist  Cris Derksen, as the community helps celebrate the Lt. Governor’s Arts Awards program on Sept. 14 at the Bailey Theatre.
Understand Camrose community in historical context and learn about the area’s founders and settlers through music, blanket ceremony, film and theatre starting at 2 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Bailey Theatre.
You can listen to indigenous and settler stories, view films and hear performers. Saturday afternoon begins with Movies and their Makers: ôtênaw by Conor McNally,  Finding Common Ground with Nathalie Stanley Olson and Marquee Rising with Ben Wilson.
In the evening, cellist Cris takes the stage to sooth your soul. ​Movies begin at 2 p.m. and Cris performs at 7:30 p.m.
View indigenous and settler tools in a rural context along the route where cultural contact was a regular part of life from the 1870s onwards, on Sept. 15 starting at 11 a.m. at Fridhem Heritage Church near Edberg (Township Road 440, five kilometres east of Highway 21).

Kodiaks welcome you to a free movie

By Murray Green

The Camrose Kodiaks and the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre will host another Kodiaks Family Movie Matinee and Barbecue on Sunday, September 15.
The barbecue will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 2 p.m.
The family movie Secret Life of Pets 2 is free admission, but you have to receive a ticket at the Lougheed Centre in advance of the show.
Sometime after the events of the first film, Max and Duke’s owner, Katie, gets married to a guy named Chuck and has a son Liam whom Max disapproves of at first, due to his rough play, but eventually softens up to him. Later, Max’s overprotective feelings for Liam develop into an itch, which prompts Katie to get him a dog cone from the veterinarian in an effort to lower his symptoms. Max’s luck changes when Duke reveals that the family is going on a road trip outside of the city.
When Max and Duke’s family reaches a farm owned by Chuck’s uncle, Max grows unaccustomed to the farm’s ways, including local sheepdog Rooster. After an incident with the farm’s sheep, Rooster takes Max out to find one of the missing sheep that ran away.
Rooster’s teaching and encouragement to Max about acting unafraid prompts Max to successfully retrieve the sheep. Rooster allows Max to stay with him overnight as a result. Before departure, Rooster also gives Max one of his handkerchiefs as a souvenir. Catch the movie for the rest of the details.

Breakfast Clubs help

By Murray Green

Breakfast Club of Canada has several programs in Camrose and within  the Battle River School Division.
With the new school year beginning, the Breakfast Club of Canada is preparing to re-open breakfast programs for students in need and is asking Albertans for help in contributing to the over 151 programs that will welcome more than 11,200 children daily this September, some of which are in the Camrose area.
With 16.1 per cent of children living in poverty in Alberta, these children are at greater risk of going hungry every day before school.
With 24 more programs opening in Alberta this year, the Breakfast Club of Canada is working to fundraise across the province and create awareness to ensure no child is left hungry during their studies. Partner stores such as Walmart are accepting donations to assist in the fundraising efforts for the club and every dollar goes towards a healthy and hearty breakfast for students to start their day. Walmart will be accepting donations from Sept. 12 to Oct. 4 at all 408 locations across Canada. Donations are also accepted through the Breakfast Club website

Lefsrud honours his uncle's 1964 Mercury Marauder

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MERCURY MARAUDER David Lefsrud brought out his 1964 Mercury Marauder from storage to start going to car shows in honour of his uncle, who first owned the vehicle.  The Viking area resident now enjoys going to shows with his sons. 

By Murray Green

David Lefsrud of Viking owns a 1964 Mercury Marauder in honour of his uncle.
“I’ve had this car for more than 30 years. I got it from my uncle, who passed away. I have had the car since 1983 and it has only 56,000 original miles on it,” explained David. “I got the car when I was 15 years old. I remember sitting in my uncle’s garage and he had two of these cars. The other one was a silver anniversary edition. After I received it, it sat in the shed for a number of years.”
The Mercury Marauder is an automobile nameplate that was used by three distinct full-size cars produced by the Mercury division of Ford Motor Company.
The car holds a lot of memories for the owner. “It means a lot to me, because he kind of took me under his wing and mentored me a bit when I was growing up. He (Ivor) passed away early in life. He and my dad  (Norman) had a garage dealership in Viking which was the Ford-Mercury and Massey farm implement dealership. Back then the car and farm implements dealers were together,” said David.
“The only thing I’ve ever done to the car is take the engine out and have it resealed. The same with the transmission. I made a few of the usual adjustments, such as brakes. It has never been painted again,” shared David.
“This car is all original. It has never been touched. It was originally bought at Webb’s in Vermilion. I still have the manual and first registration in the glove box. It still has a tag on the door from the last time Webb’s changed oil on it. You can see a little bit of rust on the passenger side, but it has been like that for years.”
The Marauder has a 352 engine with a three speed C4 transmission in it. Deriving its name from the most powerful engines available to the Mercury line, the Marauder was marketed as the highest-performance version of the full-size product range.
“I used it as a wedding car 25 years ago, so it has those special memories as well. Since then I didn’t drive it very often. I just started going to car shows now that I fixed up a truck as well. I have teenaged boys, so they are encouraging me to go to a few car shows to show the vehicles. Other than the car shows, it hasn’t been out of the garage very much.
During its first production run, the Mercury Marauder was a trim option on standard Mercury coupes; the equivalent of the Ford Galaxie 500 and 500/XL, the Marauder was given a fastback rear roofline.

The Marauder name made its first appearance in 1958 as Ford introduced a new family of V8 engines for its Mercury, Edsel, and Lincoln brands. Exclusive to Mercury was a 383 cubic inch (6.3 L) V8 engine. Dubbed Marauder, it produced 330 hp (246 kW; 335 PS) with an optional four-barrel carburetor. Exclusive to Mercury, a Super Marauder triple two-barrel carburetor became the first mass-produced engine sold in the United States with an advertised 400 hp (298 kW; 406 PS) output; the option was available on all Mercury vehicles.
For the first time for a mid-year introduction, the Marauder was introduced as a “1963½” model (as was an entire line of new, sports models from Ford in many of the existing series). All 1963½ Marauders were two-door hardtops.
In sharp contrast to the distinctive reverse-slant Breezeway roofline option, the Marauder hardtop coupe was styled with a sloping notchback rear roofline; matching the same roofline that was introduced at the same time on the contemporary Galaxies. This roofline was optimized to make the large sedan more competitive for stock car racing. Along with the sportier roofline, the Marauder trim package included bucket seats and central console. read more

D'orjay brings life to gospel music

By Murray Green

The Fox and Fable Book and Game Cafe will be hosting a Gospel Brunch featuring the music of D’orjay the Singing Shaman at 11 a.m. on Sept. 28.
She is like turning on a tap of inspiration and possibility. D’orjay is a current Edmontonian and a former Camrosian with deep hometown ties to Irma.
She gave up her lucrative job in the oil and gas industry to be a shaman. It opened her up to breaking free of her own self doubt.
She grew up loving the gospel music to which her grandmother and stepmother introduced her. It’s really about singing with intention, whether it be of religious content or just a song that really speaks to where you are in life.
“My show is family friendly, kids love it. I think people miss singing together and so when they attend the Gospel Brunch, it is really community building,” she said.
“We sing some traditional gospel, old country and mostly I gospelfy popular songs that so many people connect with. As a shaman, I do open the brunch with affirmations that opens the event in a very intentional and beautiful way. I am really looking forward to returning to Camrose and sharing my music and passion with the community.”

Football season opens shortly for high schools

By Murray Green

The Camrose Composite High School season opens at home against the Ponoka Broncs on Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Kin Park.
The Trojans take on the Olds Spartans in an exhibition contest in  Olds on Sept. 7.
CCHS Trojans will also  be hosting Drayton Valley in Kin Park at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 and at home to the Rocky Mountain House Rebels on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
Away dates are on Sept. 20 in Wetaskiwin against the Sabres, Oct. 3 in Sylvan Lake and Oct. 10 in Stettler. Playoffs begin about Oct. 25.
OLMP Royals
In the Alberta Six Man Football League, Our Lady of Mount Pleasant Royals play in a division with the Caroline Cougars, Hinton Wolfpack, Holy Redeemer Rebels, Provost Panthers, Vegreville Cougars and the Vermilion Marauders.

Rybalka, Team AJHL outworked European hockey opponents

By Murray Green

When the final siren sounded the record books showed that Russia defeated Team AJHL 3-0 in the gold/silver match of the Junior Club World Cup in Sochi (Russia).
What the scoresheet won’t tell you is how terrified the European teams were at facing the underdog Canadians from Alberta in all of the games at the tournament.
“The European teams had all of the talent and by rights we shouldn’t have won a game. But our team had something the other teams didn’t and that was heart. I’m really proud of our players because they gave it their all and never quit. Winning the silver was like winning the gold,” said Boris Rybalka, who co-coached the team with Rick Swan.
Goalie Vladislav Okoryak turned aside all 31 shots he faced, while Grigory Denisenko tallied twice, to help lead Yaroslavl Loko to a 3-0 victory over Team AJHL in the championship game on Sept. 7.
The Russian squad had eight high National Hockey League draft picks on their roster and projected three more in the first round of the next draft. “Albertans have one thing most Europeans don’t have and that is a heart and a soul that never quits.”
It took all of half a second for Boris to agree to coach in Russia to complete a coaching chapter for him.
“It was an honour and quite the ride. It was perfect timing. We were getting Clayton Jardine in place to coach. After 26 years of coaching, I wanted someone in place to take over so I can concentrate on being the general manager.  The nice thing was hand picking the coaches for the transition. Then the league phoned me about coaching. We had eight days to get the team picked and ready. We had to have passports in place and the players approved by the Russian tournament.”
The coaching staff, that also included commissioner Ryan Bartoshyk went with only 22 players so everyone could play in all of the games.
“We picked the players over the phone and watching videos. We knew they had talent, but we didn’t know how much until we landed in Russia. This hockey was at the highest level that I have seen as a coach. I knew if we tried to compete with their speed and skill we wouldn’t win. We (coaches) went with something we believed they didn’t have—heart. I give 100 per cent credit to the players. They could have said screw this, we can compete with their speed and skill. The Russian media was in shock. They couldn’t believe an Albertan team of players that haven’t played together could play that well against club teams.”
Team AJHL not only surprised teams by advancing to the semifinals, they beat a heavily-favoured Finland team. They had five or six players drafted by the NHL as well. They have three projected first-rounders this year and we beat them 5-1. I heard commentators say this was supposed to be a Finland-Russia final. The American coach said it will be a Finland-Russia final, so we played his comments to our players in the dressing room before the game. I didn’t realize the game was over before it started.”
This marked the second straight year a team, representing both the Canadian Junior Hockey League and Hockey Canada, has earned a medal at the eight-nation international event while Yaroslavl, the defending Russian Jr. League winners, repeated as champions as they won their third JCWC title in four years.
“This community can be proud of its players. Camrose Kodiak players Robert Kincaid, Lane Brockhoff and goalie Griffin Bowerman all had outstanding showings in the tournament,” praised Boris. “It was a pleasure to watch them grow.”
The squad also beat the Red Army team 5-2 in Moscow.
“It was a great way to finish coaching because everyone bought in and I now can concentrate on raising money for the Kodiaks,” said Boris.
Team AJHL shocked previously unbeaten Kärpät from Oulu, Finland with a 5-1 victory in the semifinals. The only AJHL loss was a close 3-2 decision to the same Russian club they met in the final. The AJHL defeated MODO, Sweden 5-4 and Davos, Switzerland 7-1 in division games.

Walk to cure kidney disease next Sunday

By Lori Larsen

On Sept. 15, join others in the walk to help find a cure and show your support for  those suffering from kidney disease and those caring for them.
The Kidney walk will begin with pledge drop off and registration at 11 a.m., followed by a personal story from Camrose honourary chair Wayne Throndson  and a warm-up from noon until 12:30 p.m.
The 10 kilometre run will begin at 12:50 p.m., followed by those wishing to run the two or five kilometre run at 1 p.m.
Wayne himself does not have kidney disease; however, the effects of the disease have had an impact on his life.
He will be sharing his own family journey with kidney disease that began 16 years ago, which has inspired him to increase awareness and encourage others to support the cause.
Currently, one in 10 Canadians is affected by kidney disease. Those who are battling end-stage kidney failure require dialysis  waiting for a kidney transplant and a second chance at life. This life-saving treatment comes at a cost and has a significant mental and physical toll on the patient, drastically reducing their quality of life.
The funds raised from generous donors during initiatives such as the Kidney Walk and the door-to-door campaign, are used to fund the kidney and transplant community. Specifically the Kidney Foundation provides short-term financial assistance to cover transportation costs to medical appointments and dialysis, medicine, medical equipment and non-insured medical procedures such as dental work so patients can receive a transplant. Other costs for basic needs are covered as well, including groceries, gas cards, rent and utilities, lessening the burdens already placed on the patients and their families.
Put together a kidney team, bring the family for a walk to remember, or come out as an individual and share a common bond with others wanting to help.
Morning refreshments and a barbecue, along with a 50/50 draw add a little fun to an event that has the potential to add so much to the lives of  others.
For more information on the Kidney Foundation, contact by email at or by telephone at 780-451-6900 extension 224 or visit

RONA returns hero campaign for CAFCL

By Murray Green

Lowe’s Canada is returning its heroes campaign. Every Lowe’s, RONA and Reno-Depot corporate store in the country has chosen to support the mission or a project of a local non-profit organization or public school–a hero in its community.
RONA Camrose employees chose the Camrose Association for Community Living as their hero organization.
“Through the Heroes campaign, we are thrilled to support organizations that make a real difference in the communities where we operate. We are committed to helping build stronger communities and taking concrete steps to improve the lives of those around us,” said Jean-Sébastien Lamoureux, senior vice president at Lowe’s Canada. “The strength of this campaign lies in our employees’ high level of engagement to the local cause they have chosen themselves. Some of them will also volunteer their time by helping their partner organization carry out a specific, inspiring project.”
From Sept. 1 to 30, customers from the Camrose region will be invited to make a donation, at checkout, to support the Camrose Association for Community Living. Lowe’s Canada will match 50 per cent of all customer donations up to $2,000 per store.

BRCF assists with Hardisty Cemetery

The Battle River Community Foundation recently awarded grants to the Town of Hardisty for cemetery upkeep and maintenance.
The grants are from income from funds created by donors to support cemetery operations in the Village. The Lou and Charlotte Golka Fund, the Joe Kost Memorial Fund and the Darell and Winnie Goodrich Memorial Fund generated $3,750 for the cemetery.
The Battle River Community Foundation exists to support charitable projects and facilities such as those in the Town of Hardisty, in East Central Alberta, which benefit the local communities and have a positive impact on the future.
Grants from the Battle River Community Foundation are primarily made possible through the generosity of individual donors and organizations that have created endowment funds. The principal of these endowment funds are kept intact and the income is made available annually to support local projects and organizations.
Since it was founded in 1995, the Battle River Community Foundation has granted over $6,350,000 to support community facilities and programs operated by organizations like the Village of Alliance.
To learn more about the Town of Hardisty, contact Sandy Otto, CAO, at 780-888-3623.
To learn more about the Battle River Community Foundation contact Dana Andreassen, executive director, at 780-679-0449.

Reduce vehicle thefts

By Murray Green

Fall in Alberta is a great time to enjoy the outdoors or taking your favourite vehicle for a scenic drive. However, with more vehicles on the road, it can lead to an increased risk of vehicle property crimes.
August was the busiest month for theft of, and theft from, vehicles in Alberta last year. August was also the busiest month for all criminal code-related offences. From June 1 to Aug. 30, 2018 there were more than 3,200 vehicle thefts and over 3,600 reports of thefts from vehicles. RCMP Alberta urges citizens to report all thefts, no matter the perceived severity. If you see something suspicious, call 911.

RCMP seek assistance

By Murray Green

Coronation RCMP are investigating a break-in to a local business that resulted in theft of a motor vehicle. The break and enter occurred between Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. and Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. at D & L Methanol Services, situated in the outskirts of the Town of Castor in the County of Paintearth.
A white heavy duty pick-up truck was stolen from the property. The truck is described as a white 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 with a crane in the bed and business decal on both front doors.
Contact the Coronation RCMP at 403-578-3666 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
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By Lisa Kaastra

Little House on the Slough

If you give your dog a pancake

By Lisa Kaastra

We’d started with the best of intentions.
As any new fur parents, my husband and I wanted to ensure that our newly acquired husky-mix pup Odin would be taken care of to the greatest of health. And that, from the beginning, meant no human food.
Like I said, we started with the best of intentions.
The summer our first daughter was born, I had a hard time keeping up with the bountiful egg supply from our chicken coop and full cartons littered every surface of our kitchen. “At least this way they won’t go to waste,” I’d tell my husband and shrug my shoulders, tossing a few of the oldest eggs in Odie’s direction.
Things may have gone downhill from there.
Soon after, there were the leftover steak bones, the stolen hot dogs, the stolen carrots and the stolen peas. And of course, the abandoned moose legs from a previous winter’s hunt. Yesterday I pulled out a questionable half eaten package of campfire smokies: “Odieeeeee!” and the remains quickly disappeared from the bottom step before the screen door slammed.
I suppose this is the “toddler phase” equivalent of his life, where we put our hands up in the air, look the other way and find ourselves serving up chicken nuggets and fries four days a week. Metaphorically speaking only, of course.
My father-in-law, as part of regular Saturday morning breakfast gathering, often comes home with an oversupply of pancakes. Seeing Odie waiting nearby and always looking for attention, he began to give the beggar a few for his own consumption. But if you give your dog a pancake then—well, he wants more.
And then…he promptly carries them under a tree, digs a hole and buries them.
Perhaps he was saving them for later, but it’s been a few months and, as of yet, no one has seen the return of any breakfast baked goods, pancake or otherwise.
In turn, this emphasizes the importance of Odie’s dental health, nevermind his overall digestion. But can you guess what he likes to do with his regular Dentastix®? He excitedly takes it from your hands and promptly carries it under a tree, digs a hole, and buries it.
Personally, I have my own theory for this pattern of creative preservation. There is no reason for him to bury the bones that he gets because, as it were, no other animal or human on the farm is interested. But the treasured pancakes? Clearly this is an additional tactic of warfare in the never-ending battle against the resident squirrels and there isn’t a doubt in my mind that those cheeky little tree-rodents would like to take some for their own consumption.
So truly, it’s merely tactical. At least, from my toddler-dog’s point of view.
Did I mention that we started with the best of intentions? Rest assured, he’s not always eating the pancakes anyway.
Note: No dogs were harmed in the making of this article. Odin, aka “Odie” is well loved, occasionally brushed and fed genuine store-bought healthy dog food with clean water on a daily basis. read more

Augustana three week field courses

By Lori Larsen

This year marks the third year that University of Alberta Augustana Campus has been offering students an innovative and exciting way to settle into the world of post secondary studies.
 The 3-11 and First Year Seminar calendar was introduced in the fall of 2017. Students take a three-week block course followed by a more traditional 11-week session.
For most full-time students, the 11-week session will typically consist of three to four courses. During the three week block students and faculty focus on only one course. This allows for a more in-depth look at the course while fine tuning the student’s learning skills, in preparation of what they can anticipate during their university studies. The courses are interdisciplinary which promotes connectivity among students outside of a student’s chosen field of study, and by decreasing the work load subsequently decreases student’s stress levels.
“These block week courses allow students to take part in experiential learning and get more out of the classroom than a traditional lecture-based course might offer,” explained University of Alberta Augustana Campus  communication coordinator Tia Lalani.
The goal of the 3-11 calendar is to connect students to the community, develop experiential learning opportunities and create personally fulfilled learners who are ready to pursue their careers upon graduation.
 The new calendar also allows for more flexibility in the method of instruction and provides greater opportunities for learning outside of the typical classroom.
“Numerous faculty, staff and community members expressed a desire to go back to school and enroll in some of the block courses we offered this year,” said Lalani. “The courses range from studying Harry Potter to researching environmental topics at the Miquelon Lake Research Station.”
The course offered at Miquelon Lake Research Station (AUENV/AUBIO 334: Field Studies in Environmental Science and Ecology is co-taught by University of Alberta Augustana Campus professors Dr. Glynnis Hood and Dr. Glen Hvenegaard.
“We teach students how to conduct a field-based research project in Miquelon Lake Provincial Park,” said Hvenegaard.  “Students plan a project, gather data in the field, analyze information, and give presentations.”
To assist in providing the best learning opportunities as possible, the students in the course are required to live and work at the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station.
“We work closely with staff from Alberta Parks and seek to conduct research that supports the work of park managers and environmental scientists. “
Past topics have included water depth in Miquelon water bodies, park visitor motivations and activities, beaver and muskrat habitat use, soil nutrients in different habitats, water quality, Miquelon Lake as a stopover for migrating birds and reclamation success in old oil and gas well sites.
With the new calendar, Augustana is leading the way in providing the best learning experiences for students.

Four Camrose County bridges to be repaired

By Murray Green

Four bridges located in Camrose County will be receiving extensive repairs this year.
County public works manager Zach Mazure reported that three tenders were received for the bridge repair work at the Aug. 13 regular council meeting.
Councillor Doug Lyseng moved, “That Camrose County council award the bridge repair contract to Bridgemen Services for a total tender price of $168,000 including site occupancy and GST, with funding to come from the federal gas tax fund.”
On July 17, the bridge repairs tender was advertised on Alberta Purchasing Connection (APC) website.  The tender closed Aug. 6 with Bridgemen Services coming in with the lowest bid.
“The prices also don’t include the cost of the girders that are required. Camrose County will order the girders to save on costs,” shared Mazure.
His goal is to develop and implement a sustainable long-term plan for maintaining and enhancing the municipalities road network.
“Repairing these structures will extend the lives of the bridges by five to 10 years,”  he added, after being asked how the price compares to replacement.
Camrose County hired Bridgemen Services in 2016 to complete an urgent bridge repair on Range Road 192, north of Township 452.
The requested bridges to be repaired in 2019 are Twp 454 between Rge 183 and Rge 181 (Division 3) that includes replacing all caps, sub-caps, replace girders, upgrade guard rail and replace missing/damaged struts.
Twp 474 between Rge 203 and Highway 833 (Division 4) includes treat and band piles, approach rail repairs, miscellaneous repairs (install steel shim, grout lift pockets and remove old piles). 
Rge 183 between Twp 462 and Highway 13 (Division 5) that includes treat and band piles, bridge rail repairs, backwall repairs and other repairs.
Twp 472 between Rge 183 and Rge 184 (Division 5) that includes replacing caps, place new H piles and other repairs.
All bridges had level one and two inspections completed in 2016, which determined all of the noted issues.
Last fall, Camrose County administration applied to the STIP Grant for all four bridge replacement or repair projects. None of the bridges were selected to be funded.  At this time, Camrose County will cover the cost of just the repairs to extend the life of the bridges by five to 10 years.

Births and Deaths

- To Rosher Ann and Clifford Arogante, of Camrose, a son on August 26.
- To Sara Thirsk and Chad Morrison, of Rosalind, a son on August 27.
- To Kara and Nathan Pederson of Camrose, a daughter on August 30.

- Jonathan AAT-Mensah, of Saltpond, Ghana, Africa, on July 1, at 62 years of age.
- Vera Kontek, of Camrose,  on August 29, at 88 years of age.
- Debra Lynn O’Brien, of Camrose, formerly of Yellowknife, on September 2, at 59 years of age.
- Katherine Wittenberg, of Tofield, on September 3, at 98 years of age.
- William “Bill” Atwood Smith, of Camrose, on September 3, at 90 years of age.
- Elaine Rose Hauser, of Camrose, on September 4, at 74 years of age.
- Sheldon Joseph Poirier, of Camrose, formerly of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, on September 5, at 69 years of age.
- Leo St. Louis of Camrose, on September 6, at 83 years of age.
- Jo-Ann Carter, of Camrose, on September 7, at 74 years of age.