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By Bonnie Hutchenson

Exercise for a cause
or just because

I did not grow up with encouragement to exercise.
Jogging was just becoming a thing. My dad’s comment was a large snort. He said, “I get my exercise being a pallbearer for friends who had a heart attack, while they were jogging.”
The idea of exercise as something that everyone should do was just catching on. In that context, I appreciated two stories about people in my over 70 generation and even older, who are using exercise for more than just their personal health.
In August, Liliana Kujundzic, age 75, climbed 3,534-meter Mount Temple, the highest peak in the Lake Louise area. In a story in the Edmonton Journal, she said it took her 12 hours of tough scrambling and some exposed climbing to make an elevation gain of 1,000 metres.
The former pediatric nurse and entrepreneur said, “When the going got tough on Mount Temple, I thought of the children in the 10 inner city schools I am helping through the E4C school lunch program.” Seven years ago, Liliana began mountain climbing in support of the school lunch program. She has now raised nearly $200,000.
Mount Temple was just one more adventure. Back in 2015, she stood on top of Tanzania’s 5,805-metre Mount Kilimanjaro. In 2017, she hiked to Mount Everest’s 5,364-metre South Everett base. In 2018, she was near the 3,954-metre summit of Mount Robson when weather shut down the climb.
“It’s an eye-opener to go to a school to help serve lunch and see how many children are so hungry they come back for seconds and thirds,” she said. She’s now climbed 65 peaks and plans to keep going–for the children and for the sheer exhilaration of the climbs.
Another older person–99-year-old Marvin Gord–is also using exercise to raise money for a cause. The military veteran, who served with RCAF in Canada and RAF in England, Italy and Africa in the Second World War, is about two months into his quest to walk one million steps before his 100th birthday on Dec. 31.
His goal is to raise one dollar for each step, or $1,000,000, for Baycrest Health Sciences’ Safeguarding our Seniors (SOS). Gord has had ties to Baycrest through his grandmother, mother and wife. He was inspired by British war veteran Tom Moore, who raised millions by completing laps around his garden with a walker before his 100th birthday.
Since July 1 when his campaign began, Gord has walked more than 484,000 steps and raised about $36,000. He walks about 5.5 km a day, six days a week. “I was walking all the time with a purpose,” he said, “But the purpose now is to raise as much money as we can for Baycrest.”
Here’s a third example of exercise for older people, with thanks to the person who emailed it to me. I’m still chuckling: exercise for people over 50.
Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a five-pound potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax. Each day you’ll find you can hold this position for just a bit longer.
After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-pound potato bags. Then try 50-pound potato bags and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-pound potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute (I’m at this level).
Then, after you feel confident at this level, put a potato in each bag.
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.

Keeping children well informed

By Lori Larsen

Returning to school is stressful at the best of times, but add to it the flurry of emotions that many parents and students are feeling this year due to COVID-19, and the transition is even more challenging.
Students, especially younger children, look to parents and trusted adults for answers and often play off their emotions, so it is vital that parents and adults remain calm, stay informed and keep the conversation flowing.
Alberta Health Services offer the following tips on how to ensure students are kept informed.
Begin by telling them that being safe today will help ensure they can have fun all year long.
Let children know it’s okay if they’re sad or scared about COVID-19 and accept their feelings without judging. Emotions come and go and, in most cases, these feelings do not last long.
Avoid telling children not to worry. The goal is to help your child realistically evaluate risk based on reliable information.
Show them healthy ways to deal with stress, such as active living, meditation, regular sleep and healthy eating. They will learn how to deal with stress by watching and copying what you do.
Maintain social connections. If you and your children cannot visit friends or family in person, reach out by phone or video chat. If possible, develop a cohort of up to 15 other people with whom you and your family can visit, without having to maintain two metres of distance. These visits will help maintain your social connections and make you–and those around you–feel less isolated.
Correct misinformation and avoid using language that may create stigma and blame others for COVID-19.
Let children know that you’re there for them and that they can ask you questions.
Focus on how they can protect themselves and others from getting sick. Teach your children ways that they can reduce the spread of germs. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or elbow, and teach them to wash their hands thoroughly and often. Supply them with hand sanitizer for times when they are unable to wash.
Keep routines as regular as possible to provide children with a sense of security and safety. Maintain regular bedtimes, mealtimes and exercise.
Encourage positive thoughts. Talk about the people who are working hard to keep people safe and healthy. Find examples in your community of people doing good things. Find ways to do something kind for others.
Check in regularly to ask how your children are doing. Provide comfort, if necessary, and be patient.
Remind children and youth to take things day by day if they’re feeling overwhelmed. If even this seems overwhelming, then take things hour by hour. Talk to your healthcare provider if they are struggling.
For more information on how to communicate with children, especially during challenging times, visit toughtimes.
Because children learn by example, set a good one. Begin by taking care of your own physical and mental well-being.
If you find your child is still struggling, talk to your family healthcare provider or call Health Link at 811.

Kucy collects tour win in Nisku

By Murray Green

Camrose golfer 14-year-old Jayla Kucy completed her comeback to win the girls U15 division title by three shots at the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour on Sept. 12 and 13 in Nisku.
After a bad first round, Jayla regrouped and was the elite golfer at the RedTail Landing Golf Club when the event was finished.
She fired an 81 on the first day to sit five shots back of the leader. Jayla was totally focused on the second day, firing a 74 with three birdies to surge ahead for the win.
“It feels good to win as my hard work has paid off,” she said to Sadiq Jiwa, marketing and communications manager of the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour. “I stayed positive and used my distance to help reach the par fives in two shots.”
Her total of 155 was three shots better than Eileen Park of Red Deer, who scored a 76 on opening day.
In juvenile boys, local golfer Rory Wutzke shot rounds of 74 and 73 to place fifth, just two strokes off the leader’s pace.
Jace Shannon of Forestburg fired a 77 and 78 to make the top 10.
In junior boys, Devin Kucy of Camrose shot 73 and 72 for fourth place.   
His brother Mason Kucy was eighth with rounds of 77 and 74.
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Pool opens to public

Sept. 18 marked the official ribbon cutting of the newly renovated City of Camrose Aquatic Centre. Pictured left to right are head lifeguard Chris McCord, City councillor PJ Stasko, Aquatic Centre supervisor Lesley Heisler, Aquatic Centre director Marcia Peek, Deputy Mayor Kevin Hycha, Community Services general manager Ryan Poole, Mayor Norm Mayer, councillors Wayne Throndson, Max Lindstrand, David Ofrim and Agnes Hoveland, and head lifeguard Karen-Beverly Dumas.

By Lori Larsen

The ribbon is cut and the long-awaited City of Camrose Aquatic Centre is once again open to the public.
On Sept. 18, City of Camrose Deputy Mayor Kevin Hycha declared the pool open during an official ribbon cutting held at 9 a.m.
Present for the ceremonies were City of Camrose Mayor Norm Mayer, councillors PJ Stasko, Max Lindstrand, Wayne Throndson, Agnes Hoveland and David Ofrim, City Community Services general manager Ryan Poole, Aquatic Centre director Marcia Peek and a select number of City and Aquatic Centre staff and a few invited guests. In an effort to ensure safety of guests and social distancing requirements were maintained, those present for the ribbon cutting were kept to a minimum.
Peek welcomed invited guests. “We are so excited for this day. We have been waiting for this for a long time, but I think you will agree, it has been worth the wait. We have a beautiful facility.”
Peek thanked everyone involved throughout the City and in particular the Aquatic Centre staff for working so hard to ensure the Grand Opening.
Deputy Mayor Kevin Hycha spoke on behalf of Mayor Mayer, councillors and City administration, noting that feedback was acquired from City residents to determine what they wanted in a swimming pool.
“We gathered all the ideas to meet the needs and design. This $23 million project took just about two years to complete.”
Hycha said how the  new facility will not only enhance options, but the Aquatic Centre’s programs as well.
He thanked BR2 Architecture (designer) and Clark Builders (contractor) for ensuring the project came in on time and on budget, “After a few revisions.
“Opening a recreational facility in the middle of a pandemic is not what we were expecting, but I can honestly say council is proud of our staff for ensuring that everything is safely in place for our users during this time.”
Hycha offered shout-outs to the staff of the Aquatic Centre, City staff and multiple businesses and trades that helped to bring the project to fruition.
“I also want to thank the public for being patient throughout this process.”
Hycha ended the ceremony with a big splash and bigger smile as he took one for the team with an official christening of the waterslide.
Users of the pool can expect a bright new facility featuring an eight-lane 25-metre training/fitness pool, a shallow pool, lazy river, tots’ shallow play area, waterslide, steam room and accessible in-ground hot tub, not to mention upgrades to the change rooms and front lobby area.
With the wait over, residents are already responding in a big way to the opening of the new facility. It was fully booked during the weekend of grand opening.
For more information on the Aquatic Centre including: COVID-19 guidelines, pool protocol, scheduling and booking a swim and programming, visit the City of Camrose website at

Restoring balance in Alberta’s workplace

By Murray Green

The proposed Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act should support economic recovery, restore balance in the workplace, and get Albertans back to work.
If passed, this legislation could save job creators an estimated $100 million per year by reducing red tape from daily operations, helping them keep their doors open, and provide jobs for hard-working Albertans.
“Our government was elected on the promise of supporting employee choice and to bring balance back to Alberta’s labour laws. This bill will do just that and will also help businesses save time and money, letting them focus on getting Albertans back to work while protecting workers,” said Jason Copping, Alberta Minister of Labour and Immigration.
Bill 32 should provide employees and employers with clearer and more transparent rules promoting fairness and productivity, including more clarity about rest periods and temporary layoff notices.
“As businesses reopen, we need to support our job creators. We told Albertans we would get them back to work and make it easier to do business in Alberta. That’s exactly what we’re doing by cutting this unneeded red tape,” added Grant Hunter, associate minister of Red Tape Reduction.
“Alberta Construction Association applauds the Government of Alberta for introducing greater flexibility and reduced red tape in averaging agreements, hours of work, and temporary layoffs. Changes to these employment standards support seasonal, remote project-based construction jobs, while maintaining fairness in the workplace,” said Frederick Vine, chairman, Alberta Construction Association.
“Merit Contractors Association congratulates the Government of Alberta for returning balance to employers and their employees though revisions to the Labour Relations Code and Employment Standards Act. These positive changes send a message to investors and job creators that Alberta is open for business,” said Malcolm Kirkland, president and chief executive officer, Merit Contractors Association and a Camrose resident.
To help inform these proposed changes, 5,421 responses were received during an online public survey conducted in November 2019.

Backyard safety for children is important

By Murray Green

​​​​Playing outside is important as it helps​ a child’s development and well-being. It also provides exercise. Watching your child while they are playing in the backyard is important, because backyards can be full of dangers. You can prevent injuries by making sure the yard is safe for kids.
According to Alberta Health Services, falls are the leading cause of playground injuries. Falls from high places and onto hard surfaces can cause serious injuries.
Strangulation is the most common cause of playground death.
Children are attracted to fire and summer/fall brings an increase in burn injuries from outdoor grills.
Almost all trampoline injuries to children involve backyard trampolines.
Dangers in the backyard may involve play equipment, swimming pools, barbecues, lawnmowers and poisonings.
Proper supervision, safe environments, hazard awareness, and participating in age-appropriate activities all help reduce the risk of injury to children in their own or in someone else’s backyard.
​​​​​Supervising a child during play can help prevent injury. Supervision is recommended until the child reaches 12 years of age.
Always have a responsible person watching young children while they play in the backyard.
Watch children play on backyard playgrounds. Be physically near them while they use play equipment or are near or in pools or hot tubs. Stay close enough that you can take action if needed. Stay alert, pay close attention, and anticipate hazards.
Make sure all fence gates are self-closing and self-latching. Have a fence separate the play area from the driveway and garage. Block all balcony stairs with gates that self close and lock.
Do not use backyard trampolines. Jumping on the trampoline is a high risk activity with the potential for significant injury to children and youth. Alberta Health Services and the Canadian Pediatric Society recommend that parents do not buy or use trampolines at home (including cottages and summer residences) for children and youth.
The risk of the trampoline is in the use of the trampoline. ​Parents may think that safety nets, most often sold with trampolines to prevent people from falling off, will reduce this risk, but in reality, fewer than 30 per cent of trampoline injuries are caused by children falling off the trampoline.
Check sandboxes regularly to make sure they are in good repair, with no protruding nails or splintered wood. A sandbox cover is recommended, especially if pets roam freely in your neighbourhood. Cover the sandbox at night.
Use ​​​​​lawn sprinklers or water slides only on grass. Make sure the area is free of obstacles and debris. Teach children to slide sitting up and not to walk or run on water slides.

Police part of community support system

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Camrose Police Service Domestic Violence coordinator Sergeant Scott Sveinbjornson discusses the effort by community stakeholders to create a hub to deal with domestic violence and mental health concerns.

By Lori Larsen

With the onset of COVID-19, families and individuals have been feeling the stress of added pressure brought on by factors often out of one’s control, such as long periods of isolation, sudden unemployment, extended stays at home by children and parents, uncertainty of family finances, and collapses of businesses.
Despite a plethora of information provided by services and organizations aimed at supporting people through difficult times, sometimes the pressure can result in unhealthy, abusive and sometimes violent situations, and can most certainly put undue strain on mental wellness.
Camrose Police Service (CPS) Domestic Violence coordinator Sergeant Scott Sveinbjornson sees firsthand the impact this has had on members of the community and speaks about the actions CPS, along with other community stakeholders, is doing to help prevent it leading to criminal activity and worse, domestic violence.
Working in conjunction with Camrose and District Victim Services Unit and other provincial teams, there are a lot of different portfolios within the position of the domestic violence coordinator, including, ensuring the police are reporting domestic/spousal violence and capturing those statistics quarterly.
“Those statistics aid CPS and other stakeholders, such as Victim Services Unit, to develop resources,” explained Sveinbjornson.
“We also are making sure we are providing proper reporting when it comes to the people involved.”
He went on to explain that what residents see from CPS news releases as far as domestic violence statistics are concerned, may make it appear that there is an overbearing increase in domestic violence statistics. “But actually it is consistent as far as quarterly reporting goes. You might see a bulk, as far as domestic violence goes, but we haven’t actually seen a huge spike in regards to that.
“We also have to be very sensitive with what we can report, especially with regards to domestic violence. The investigation might continue or we might have a more complex case where we cannot report right away.”
For that reason, there may be ebbs and flows in reports and statistics as the police continue to investigate, especially more serious incidents, resulting in months before charges are laid.
Sveinbjornson also explained that the police can only report so much when it comes to these sensitive cases. “Even though we may be called to attend the hospital multiple times, we sometimes cannot report on specifics of the calls because of the sensitivity involved, and if the people involved have been diverted to different areas or organizations.”
Sgt. Sveinbjornson went on to explain how now more than ever, everyone needs to play a role in being stewards to family, friends and neighbours and become aware of the signs of possible domestic violence.
“Because of COVID, there might be an offender (of domestic violence) who is staying home more now, not leaving the home and therefore not providing that relief to their spouse/partner. Then the police aren’t getting those direct calls or seeing those direct signs, because we are not receiving that awareness piece.”
There is often an underlying reluctance to report matters of domestic violence to the police, but Sveinbjornson advises, “People need to know that we are always here to provide additional supports, even though they may not want to go ahead with a criminal investigation. There are additional ways we can get them the support available to them. There may be mental health workers who need to be notified, or financial aid that they may require to get away from abusive partner/spouse.”
Sveinbjornson explained that in the past, the role of the police may have been strictly investigative, obtaining statements to continue investigation to develop a bond with a person coming forward as the victim.
“Now it’s all about what can we do if the victim does not want a criminal investigation. It can be as simple as a safety plan, counselling or a contact number to go to that next level.”
Mental wellness
The onset of COVID has brought about a slew of other issues for the police, and with an increase in mental unwellness, they have found themselves dealing with the repercussions.
“Most of the stuff we are dealing with is on the mental health side,” noted Sgt. Sveinbjornson. “That is what is taxing or causing us the most strain within the organization. A lot of times, the places these individuals need to go to for support and help are either closed or it is after hours. CPS provides whatever care we can give them through the hospital, mental health workers or taking them to an approved facility if they qualify for us to take them there, but for the most part, a lot of the stuff we are dealing with is that strain on mental health.”
The other mitigating factor for police, when dealing with mental health concerns, is to be able to differentiate when the use of illicit drugs is the cause of mental health issues. “There needs to be a balance between illicit drug abuse/addiction and mental health,” said Sveinbjornson. “It is all connected to some degree, and now we are seeing the hardships of long periods where there was crisis with illicit drug use.”
The police find themselves having to finely balance their response when it comes to dealing with the mental unwellness that often accompanies drug abuse and addiction.
“We (police) need to recognize that people are coming from different backgrounds and can’t close the door to diversity. People are dealt different cards in their lives and we are not here to judge, we are here to help people get better, but also hold them accountable.
“We (police) want to give them the opportunity for diversionary programs and give them those breaks. It is a balance of trying to get better and pushing them in the right direction while holding them accountable to some degree at a certain stage.”
In the event that the person has burned all those bridges, however, then the police may be given no option and use discretion, which may include eventually going through the court system.
“We try to find them the right path first, but if those paths don’t lead them to recovery or a better area, then now it is the accountability piece, and I think that is what the public expects.”
Sergeant Sveinbjornson spoke about the changes policing has experienced over the years with regards to diversification when dealing with offenders, especially youth. “Now we have the Youth Justice Committee and Alternative Measures Program that is available to us that can get young offenders into the right programs and offer them a community piece. Sometimes it may involve the courts, where they have to explain themselves and subsequently may have conditions set out. Then the last piece is holding them fully accountable.”
In an effort to provide the best support services available, CPS has been working diligently with other stakeholders in the community to develop a hub program that would involve a variety of other services, organizations and health care providers. “We would have access to specialists such as psychologists or psychiatrists, health and mental health care workers, to develop a team moving forward. But obviously that takes time and funding and resources that we are all trying to combine.”
The conversations taking place between  CPS and partners in Camrose are vital, now more than ever, to help residents struggling with mental health concerns or experiencing domestic violence.
“Now we are at the table communicating–trying to find the best approach for dealing with the people of our community who need us the most, on all support levels.”
Sveinbjornson specifically referred to relationships CPS is building with other organizations, such as University of Alberta Augustana Campus; Camrose Open Door in dealing with youth and young adults at risk; Camrose Women’s Shelter for dealing with women and children fleeing domestic violence; Camrose and District Victim Services Unit, Camrose and District Support Services; St. Mary’s Hospital Covenant Health in working with mental wellness concerns; and Service Option for Seniors (SOS) when dealing with senior abuse; and many more support organizations.
“We are lucky in Camrose to have so many services and support systems available to us.”
What we read in the Camrose Police Service news reports is the tip of the iceberg. Daily, the police service is dealing with a variety of occurrences and concerns, amidst unlawful activity, all of which requires them to wear a multitude of hats, not just the duty cap we see.

Bailey Theatre scheduled to open in about three weeks

By Murray Green

The Bailey Theatre is set for reopening in mid-October. The theatre has been closed since March due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns.
“After 10 years of being open, it was time to fix some things up, so that is what we have been doing. We are moving forward with a relaunch in mid-October. We are now lining up events, both that we sponsor and those from other organizations such as the Rose City Roots Music Society,” said Barb Stroh, vice-president of the Bailey Theatre Society.
“We are trying to book Juno award-winning performer Celeigh Cardinal as one of our first reopening acts,” revealed Barb.
As well as her flourishing musical career, Celeigh is the first Indigenous radio personality on Alberta’s own CKUA Radio Network, and she’s the first Indigenous member of CBC Edmonton’s Radio Arts Column, the In Crowd.
“We will be opening slow with just a few shows to start with. In some shows, like the Burlesque Babylon, they have to figure out how to perform while maintaining social distancing. Most of the shows that we had booked in the spring are trying to book another date. We have to balance safety and finances.”
Board members were also working on a salute to seniors in the spring. “We were working in conjunction with The Bethany Group as a stage sponsor. We also had 39 performers who donated time on our virtual concert and we are contacting those people to find out if they can come back,” added Barb.
The local theatre groups are also putting together new shows in the future. “Dinner theatres were always popular and we are searching for ways to bring something like that back. We know it won’t be a buffet style. Spotlight Bistro is just opening, so we will work with them. We may have to go with a individual boxed meal.”
With the theatre holding the seating limit to 100 people, they are working on virtual tickets as well.
“We are looking at afternoon shows or speakers for the seniors because they would like to attend functions. Maybe they could bring their own lunch. Just saying hello to people you haven’t seen for a while helps your mental health,” said Barb.
“We hope people will come out to the Bailey again. We had good attendance for our Marquee Rising unveiling. Some people will need assisting to get used to watching online, or ordering tickets online.”
Although the theatre was closed, regular bills came in without the facility generating any income. Staff was laid off and volunteers kept up with cleaning and renovations.
“We are looking at all options for people to enjoy the Bailey Theatre again. We have had a lot of encouragement to keep going.”
Check in the next few weeks for new shows at the theatre in mid- October.

Virtual piano concert celebrates music

By Lori Larsen

In a class all of its own, the Augustana Chapel refurbished Steinway piano, purchased 10 years ago, takes its rightful place in the spotlight during a celebration of Augustana’s Alumni Week 2020 with two free virtual concerts to be held on Sept. 27 at 1 and 4 p.m.
Join instructors, alumni and a professor emeritus for virtual concerts celebrating two decades of the Bachelor of Music degree program at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus.
PianoCentric I (Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.)  features an informative presentation by piano technician Jim Hough who will  help build a better understanding of the incredible keyboard instrument.
“Professor Emeritus Milton Schlosser will join us with performances recorded on the Steinway during his time as head of Augustana’s keyboard division,” added University of Alberta Augustana Campus associate professor and director of music Ardelle Ries.
“We are immensely thankful for the dedicated work of Dr. Schlosser throughout his career as he was responsible for establishing the Bachelor of Music program at Augustana 20 years ago, for acquiring this glorious instrument, and for guiding and facilitating the success of so many accomplished young pianists.”
Current keyboard faculty, Dr. Roger Admiral and Inna Luzanac, will also be sharing music from their repertoire.
PianoCentric II (Sunday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.) brings to the stage alumni from the last ten years who have completed or are pursuing graduate studies in music, or are teachers actively involved in the Augustana Conservatory of Music. Featuring presentations and performances of repertoire in a wide variety of styles, from classical to jazz, as interpreted by Elizabeth Clark, Carolyn Cole, Katrina Duce (nee Lexvold), Michelle Kennedy Hawkins, Candice Huculiak, Spencer Kryzanowski and Nansee Hughes (voice), Erik Olson, Tova Olson and Catherine Zinck.
You will be entertained by an appearance by Katrina Duce’s newborn twins, Arianna and Emma, and as an appropriate testament to music in the early years, Augustana Conservatory of Music instructors Michelle Kennedy Hawkins and Carolyn Cole will inspire you with valuable information about Augustana’s unique Keyboard Explorers piano curriculum.
These free virtual concerts can be accessed through Augustana’s YouTube channel
For further information and the event link, please contact or call 780-679-1558.

Lessons off the ice

By Lori Larsen

Since 1997, Camrose has seen an influx of 25 young men between the ages of 16 and 20, settle into the community during their coveted time playing Junior League hockey with the Camrose Kodiaks.
They leave the familiarity and comfort of their homes, located across the provinces (for the most part), and take up residence in Camrose. With the guidance and support of a superb coaching team, community organizations, members and billet families, these young men assimilate into the community.
The transition is not always easy and for these young men, can pose challenges of being away from home for the first time, leaving family and friends and feeling the pressure of performing on the ice.
In an effort to ensure they get the best start they can in the community and to provide them with the guidance needed to be upstanding and contributing members of the community, the Kodiaks organization has been providing the players with a preseason presentation consisting of talks from the coaching team, Camrose Police Service (Constable Matt Rolfe) and sometimes special guests.
On Sept. 4, approximately two weeks after the players arrived, team general manager Boris Rybalka, head coach Clayton Jardine and Central Alberta scout /Constable Rolfe, along with guest speaker, Alberta Junior Hockey Association referee, Sanjeev Bhagrath, addressed the players in an hour-long presentation on the expectations off the ice.
Constable Rolfe, in his capacity as a police officer, began by telling the players there is a certain degree of popularity that comes with being a Kodiak player, specifically within the community of Camrose, noting that because of that, the players tend to be under a microscope when it comes to their behaviour off the ice.
He covered a range of information including:  being mindful of the law; alcohol and drug usage; making sound and responsible decisions; to concerns of mental well-being.
“I’m not here telling you guys what decisions to make, I am here to educate and provide you information to make informed decision,” said Rolfe.
Rolfe assured the players that while they are not given “free passes” when it comes to abiding by the law, he is always available to them, night or day, for extra support.
Rolfe also touched base on the subject of bullying and treating others (including fellow players) with the utmost respect.
On that note, guest speaker Sanjeev Bhagrath spoke to the players about the impact their behaviour has towards others, racism and taking the lead in standing up for what is right and halting racism.
“I am on a crusade to make people aware,” he began, then related his own personal experiences as the recipient of racism. “I was born and raised in Edmonton, which surprises people; they think I was born in India.”
Bhagrath paused. “I am a Canadian. My skin tone is a bit different, but I am no different. We need to take away the colour piece.”
Bhagrath explained his parents grew up in Africa and were very poor. They moved to London where they married, then moved to Edmonton in search of a better life. “They came with $500.
“Neither my dad or mom knew anything  about hockey (ice), but they decided to get me involved in hockey. My dad bought a box of equipment. I put the skates on and ‘little Sanjeev’ (he said referring to himself) went out skating around. No one told me about how to put my skates on.”
He said his father asked a few people at the rink, but not one person would give him the time of day. “My dad wears a turban, he has a full  beard and he is the nicest man I know. He is gentle and volunteers, yet not one person would take the time to try to explain.”
During his time playing hockey, Bhagrath said he was the brunt of racial slurs and comments, recalling a particular game where he checked a player and that player got up and started calling him racial names.
“You know what I did? I clocked him, just sucker punched him, and guess who was standing right there behind the boards–my dad. When I got in the  car, my dad asked what he called me and I told him. His reply was, ‘Don’t ever hit that guy again. If someone calls you a name, take the high road.’
“The other thing my dad taught me was through my officiating, I would always have to work twice as hard as everyone else.”
But Bhagrath learned that, not unlike the players he was addressing, that he had to climb his way through. “Along the way, numerous people said they didn’t think it would happen or they didn’t think I would fit in.
“If you don’t think racism is a part of hockey, take a step back and see what is going on in the world.
“You have an opportunity here, as Kodiaks, to be leaders. You have a platform and should use it to speak up to say something, to educate others.
“I used to keep quiet, but now I say something. You, as a white person coming forward, it won’t bring harm to you, it will only help bolster what I am trying to say. It might be taken a little bit more seriously.”
Bhagrath shared specific stories of incidents where he personally endured racism.
He related an incident during a game where he handed out a penalty to a player who, Bhagrath was told, had made some racial slurs.
Instead of further penalizing the player, Bhagrath chose to educate the player on the fact that Canada is a multiculture society–diverse. He then proceeded to the player’s bench and told the coaching team about the comments the player had made and how he explained racism to him. He told the team that it is unacceptable in the context of the arena to make comments like that. The player left the game, but later came to the officials’ dressing room and apologized.
Bhagrath told other stories of times he was subjected to racism, including one in Camrose involving a spectator making racial slurs as Bhagrath left the ice following a game.
He recalled his father’s advice and took the high road by ignoring the comment, but it didn’t negate the hurt that the ignorant comment caused. “If you don’t think racism happens in Camrose, it does. You as leaders have the chance to have an impact.”
Team manager Boris Rybalka agreed and further explained that the Kodiaks organization has made it their mandate to develop the players as positive role models and leaders in the community.
“The only bad decision in life is the one you don’t make,” he said, implying that the players have the means to speak up. “As an organization, we don’t tolerate bullying or racism. We treat everyone with respect.”
Rolfe added, “You are fortunate, in the sense, that you have a platform in the community that nobody else has. You are thrust into the limelight, but that makes you the tip of the spear in the community of Camrose.”
When referring to racism Rolfe added, “I would say 60 per cent of the time, correct me if I am wrong,  racism occurs because they do not know better. You as leaders can help educate people and stand up and  say, ‘We are not going to tolerate this.’”
He explained that the Kodiaks organization, particularly Rybalka, will turn down players for joining the Kodiaks who may be very talented, but possess poor behaviour and judgement off ice, and will select other players who may not be as talented, but are good people.
Rybalka asked Bhagrath what he felt the hockey organization could do to assist in his quest to educate not only the league, but general society.
“We need a diversity committee in AJHL. We need to be inclusive as an organization, say something and reach out to minority population within your own community.”
He suggested the Kodiaks organization, specifically the players, create a word or phrase that they would be willing to display in the larger forum, the arena, that would relate a message about what they stand for.
“You players are very fortunate, you have a coach who played in the league and understands the philosophy of the Camrose Kodiak organization–Character, Courage and Commitment. An organization that understands there is hockey, but also understands what is going on in the rest of the world.”
On a final note, Rybalka reminded the players that the leadership is within them all. It is their choice to bring it out and use it in a way to affect positive change.

Railway Safety Week focuses on education

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Camrose Police Service warns motorists of the extreme danger associated with railway crossings and not abiding by the laws and railway safety signs and signals.

By Lori Larsen

Statistics indicate that from January to August 2020, there have been 114 incidents, 36 fatalities and 22 serious injuries at railway crossings in Canada; 29 of those incidents occurred in Alberta.
Almost every one of these incidents could have been prevented. For that reason, CN Rail is promoting Railway Safety Week from Sept. 21 to 27.
In conjunction with Railway Safety Week, CN Rail and Camrose Police Service offer the following information to help educate citizens, specifically motorists, on the inherent dangers of railway crossings, and provide information vital to keeping people safe.
As a pedestrian, stay a safe distance from trains and off railway property and tracks. Don’t use train tracks as a shortcut and always obey railway signs and signals.
Railway tracks, bridges, yards, tunnels and equipment are all private property. Trespassing on them is illegal and could lead to a fine of $300 or worse–serious injury or death.
“Never walk or ride on the gravel service roads or green spaces alongside tracks–it is both illegal and dangerous,” advised Camrose Police Service (CPS) Traffic Enforcement officer Constable Sarah Day.
Look, listen and live. Never assume a train is not travelling on the tracks even if the crossings are marked with warning devices or seem abandoned. It is illegal to use them as a location without explicit permission from the railway company. It is also extremely dangerous.
CPS Constable Day Constable John Fernhout (CPS School Resource Officer) have teamed up with CN Police Constable Dean Solowan, to do a school educational rollout on railway safety. “With us having two schools in our community so closely situated to railway tracks, we felt this was very important,” said Day.  Presentations on rail safety will be held at participating schools during Railway Safety Week.
There are approximately 40,000 railway crossings in Canada, and most collisions between vehicles and trains happen within 40 km from the motorist’s home, with 66 per cent occurring at crossings with active warning devices (gates, lights, bells).
A motorist is 40 times more likely to die in a collision involving a train than one with another motor vehicle. “A motorist who ignores the warning devices takes an unnecessary risk with their life and that of others,” warned Day.
Trains are big, powerful and unable to stop quickly. “A freight train with 80 railcars travelling 100 kilometres per hour can take up to two kilometres to stop. An average freight train weighs 5.5 million kg. Compare that to a car, which weighs around 1,375 kg. A train hitting a car is like a car driving over a pop can,” explained CN Police Constable Dean Solowan.
Be aware of how the railway crosses the road. On approach, it may be directly horizontal or slightly perpendicular, so it is always advised to slow down upon approach and look completely to the left and right, remembering your blind spot and peripheral vision.
“Depending on where your travels take you, train speeds vary from five mph to mainline speed of 55 mph. This must be taken into consideration when crossing the tracks,” added Solowan.
Solowan further explained that the number below the crossbuck at a railway crossing tells you how many sets of tracks a motorist or pedestrian has to cross in order to get to the other side. “Remember, there could be more than one train, in any direction, at any time.”
Should your vehicle stall while crossing railway tracks and subsequently be stuck in the middle of the tracks, get out of your vehicle and move at least 30 metres away from the tracks and call 911 (or have another motorist call) or locate the railway company’s emergency number posted on the back of the crossbuck, or on the signal house.
The law
While motorists are relied upon to ensure their safety as well as others, laws are in place and enforced in an effort to maintain public safety.
Motorists need to be aware that, in accordance to the regulations, failing to stop properly at railway crossing when the electrical/mechanical signal gives warning may result in a $324 fine.
As well, failing to proceed through a railway crossing safely after stopping may result in a $324 fine. Likewise, driving past a railway crossing when the gate is closed/being closed/opened may result in a $324 fine.
Not allowing for the prescribed distance when stopping at a railway crossing/stop sign is not only dangerous, but can result in a $405 fine.
“Stop behind any gates or stop lines, or no closer than five metres from the nearest rail and no further than 15 metres back as your sight line decreases down the rail,” said Solowan. “Wait for the train to pass and cross only after the warning signals have stopped and you are certain no other trains are approaching from either direction, on any track.”
In the event you should notice a crossing light is not operating or you observe unsafe conditions at a railway crossing or on a track, call 911 or look for the railway company’s emergency number posted on the back of the crossbuck or on the signal house.
Once again, use extreme caution around all railway crossings and tracks.


County is realigning recycling

By Murray Green

In an effort to save money, Camrose County is realigning its recycling business.
Council decided to stop collecting recycling through its travelling trailer and direct rural residents to the West Dried Meat Lake Regional Landfill (WDML) during the regular meeting of council on Sept. 8.
Currently, the County pays $55,000 for rural resident access to Centra Cam, and an average (last three years) of $38,474 in operational internal costs, for about $93,500 in costs for recycling. “The recycling trailer is coming up to the stage where it will need a replacement,” informed administrator Paul King. “The original trailer cost about $30,000.”
Council learned of a third party to collect the recycling for $48,000 annually. The third option was to disband the recycling program. “We have heard that only 12 people in the County use Centra Cam in the City. This is a big expense for just 12 people. Where would they go now?” asked councillor Trevor Miller.
A discussion followed about collecting the recycling at County-owned property within Camrose. “How are you going to control who and what is being dumped if the site isn’t manned?” said councillor Jack Lyle.
Councillor Doug Lyseng indicated that this should be discussed during budget deliberations and not now as a one off.
Administrator Paul King pointed out that the County agreement with the City of Camrose expired on Dec. 31, 2019, so no agreement is in place at the moment.
“With everything shut down, we haven’t had any recycling since March. Has that cost us extra at the landfill?” asked councilor Don Gregorwich.
There was nothing to speak of or report. The weight was minimal. “It is amazing what has gone into transfer stations in the last four or five months,” stated Gregorwich. “Maybe the public is saying we don’t need recycling anymore, unless they are saving it at home. I’ve only had one person ask me if we are starting recycling again. It is a terrible attitude, but people are not recycling now.”
Council, in a 4-3 decision, voted to withdraw from providing a travelling recycling depot and are directing residents to the land fill to sort.

Hunters are advised to check new regulations

By Lori Larsen

Hunting has deep roots in Alberta and, while it may have changed from a way of survival to a popular sport, the goals remain somewhat the same – get out in the great outdoors, harvest some food and, above all, respect what nature has to offer.
Aside from a sport enjoyed by many, revenues from licencing and other sources are substantial and are used to replenish and protect resources.
Alberta’s 10-year resident hunting license sales average has gone from approximately 115,000 to 122,000, with a peak of 128,000 in 2015. Hunting license sales in 2019 were over 122,000.
With the recent opening of archery for big game and waterfowl hunting season (Sept. 1) on Camrose wildlife management units, and with many residents (City and County) exploring recreational activities closer to home, the 2020 hunting season is bound to be busy.
Prior to heading to those favourite hunting spots, hunters are advised to check with the recently updated Alberta Wildlife Act (Wildlife Regulation) or the 2020 Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations at to ensure they are in compliance with laws and regulations intended to manage and conserve wildlife and protect the rights of property owners.
An increase in interest in hunting and fishing brings with it an increase in desire to access private land.
Anyone wishing to access private land, whether that be for hunting, fishing, trapping, guiding or other recreational activity, are reminded that they must first obtain permission from landowners and/or representatives thereof, prior to gaining access, even if it is not posted on the land.
If you suspect any poaching of wildlife or serious public or private land abuse, call the toll free Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 or visit Both the telephone line and webpage can also be used for emergencies involving wildlife.

Sleeper 1958 GMC features lots of power

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Lorne Swedberg likes the style of the 1958 GMC truck he drives. He bought it for the look, but enjoys the comfort of the modern ride and the big 502 engine.   

By Murray Green

Lorne Swedberg of Meeting Creek owns a 1958 GMC truck.
“I bought this truck in Camrose about two years ago. As you see it now, I haven’t done anything to it. I’ve always wanted a truck like this. I just like older vehicles and the style of this truck,” said Lorne.
While many GMC and Chevrolet trucks are mechanically identical, GMC is positioned as a premium offering to the mainstream Chevrolet brand, with luxury vehicles such as the Denali series.
In 1958, most trucks came with a six-cylinder motor. “When I purchased this truck, it already had a 502 (crate) engine, it’s so not factory. I’ve done a little work on the motor, but other than that, I haven’t done a thing to it,” added Lorne.
From 1939 to 1974, GMC had its own line of six-cylinder engines, first the inline sixes known as “Jimmy’s” from 1939 to 1959, and then their own V6 from 1960 until 1974, of which a V8 and a V12 version also existed. Additionally, from 1955 through 1959, the less than two-ton, domestic GMC gasoline trucks were equipped with Pontiac, Buick and Oldsmobile V8s–whereas the Canadian models used Chevrolet engines.
“It is a fun truck to drive. The truck features a three-speed automatic (original was called a hydramatic) transmission. I don’t drive the truck enough and I wish I had it out more. I like to drive it to watch my grandchildren play ball (last year).”
GMC traces its history to the 1902 founding of the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company in Pontiac, Michigan. In 1909, William C. Durant gained control of Rapid Motor Vehicle Company and made it a subsidiary of his General Motors Company.
“The truck is on a newer frame, an ’80s model frame. With the modern features (such as power steering), it is much more enjoyable to drive. My Roadrunner doesn’t compare with this truck. The truck is so much more smoother to  handle.”
The Chevrolet Task Force was Chevrolet’s successor to the Advance Design series. The Task Force Series ran from late 1955 (second series) through 1959. At GMC dealers, it was called the Blue Chip Series.
The 1955 second series offered standard options and add-ons such as 12-volt electrical systems, Chevrolet’s first V8 engine since 1915 (265 cubic inches), and Fleetside beds in 1958.
To accommodate an industry-wide switch from two to four headlamps, all Chevy passenger car and truck models saw styling changes. Canadian GMC trucks were assembled in either Oshawa or Montreal.
In 1958, it was the first year for new Fleetside bed (called Wideside by GMC) in 6.5-foot (two-metre) and eight-foot (2.4-metre) lengths, with a significant redesign of the front end. All light-duty trucks were now called Apache, medium-duty trucks were called Viking and heavy-duty trucks were called Spartan. Trucks now had four headlights instead of the previous two, and featured a shorter, wider grille running the width of the front end. Parking lights were located in the grille instead of being in the front of the fender. The hood was similar to 1955-56 models, but with a flat valley in the middle. It was the first year for factory-equipped air conditioning. GM promoted its 50th year of production and introduced anniversary models for each brand: Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Chevrolet. The trucks also received similar attention to appearance, while staying essentially durable, with minimal adornment.
The new Apache model came standard with painted grille and front bumper, and could be upgraded to chrome. The new Fleetside model featured a smooth-sided cargo box and larger bed capacity. Model designations were shortened to 31, 32, 35 and 38 series. A recasting of the 283 small-block gave thicker cylinder walls and side motor-mount bosses.

RCMP searching for clues

By Murray Green

Camrose RCMP were dispatched to a report of a break in at the Kingman Cemetery that occurred sometime overnight on Aug. 8.
Access was gained to a secure cargo container and a large amount of lawn maintenance equipment was stolen.
Items stolen included a Kubota zero-turn mower, two Husqvarna gas trimmers with harnesses, a Husqvarna gas backpack blower, two Husqvarna rear bagger lawn mower with Honda engines, some hand tools and several gas/fuel cans. Total value of items stolen is estimated to be more than $23,000.
If anyone has information regarding this break, enter and theft or suspect(s) involved, they are asked to contact the RCMP Detachment at 780-312-7267, or their 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 tips app.

Jardine named a Canada West coach

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Camrose Kodiaks coach Clayton Jardine was  named to the World Junior A Challenge as a coach, despite the fact the tournament has been cancelled. Currently the Kodiaks are playing a series of development games to prepare for the season.

By Murray Green

Camrose Kodiaks coach Clayton Jardine was named as one of the coaches to guide the Team Canada West junior club.                                           
Although the World Jr. A Challenge was recently cancelled, the coaching staffs were named for the event that was to take place in December in Cornwall, Ont., but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada West was to be led by Brian Maloney (Chilliwack Chiefs) as head coach for the 2020 team.  Chosen to work with Maloney as assistant coaches were Paul Dyck (Steinbach Pistons/MJHL); Adam Manah (Sherwood Park Crusaders/AJHL) and Clayton Jardine (Camrose Kodiaks/AJHL).
“While the cancellation of the annual World Junior A Challenge is a disappointment, we are all supportive of the process undertaken to arrive at the decision and of the decision itself,” said CJHL president Brent Ladds.
“Ensuring the safety of our athletes, officials, volunteers, staff and fans is paramount during these current conditions. We appreciate the support we received through the evaluation process from Hockey Canada and the National Hockey League,” added Ladds.
The CJHL president also offered further sentiments. “I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the successful coaching applicants who would have been on site for this year’s event. I know that in the tradition of the WJAC, the Canadian teams would have represented Hockey Canada, the CJHL, and our country in a manner that would have made us very proud.”
With their respective clubs in 2019-20, the eight coaches who were selected to be behind the bench at the 2020 WJAC led their teams to a combined overall regular season record of 291-137-34, while producing a total winning percentage of .667.
Cornwall is expected to host the 2021 World Jr. A Challenge at a date yet to be determined.

Harvest the crop, not crime

By Lori Larsen

There used to be a time when not locking doors and property in the County was the norm. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case and rural residents, specifically farmers during harvest, are reminded that it only takes a second for a thief to get away with crime and your hard-earned property.
For that reason, Camrose County Protective Services and Camrose RCMP are asking rural residents to be extra vigilant.
Operating equipment in fields often involves leaving a vehicle parked unattended, something that criminals are also aware of and use as an opportunity to commit crime.
“Lock your vehicles, even if they are in the field and you think within your line of sight,” advised Camrose County Protective Services manager/Sergeant Mike Kuzio. “It is also vital that all equipment, such as combines, grain trucks and such, be locked when left in fields.”
Even if you have removed the keys from your vehicles, thieves can and will still attempt to “hotwire” the vehicle or steal any contents left unprotected. “Do not keep valuables in plain view if left in vehicles, including and especially firearms,” added Kuzio. “If at all possible, leave them at home where they can be supervised or locked up.”
Locking the vehicle acts as a powerful deterrent to would-be thieves.
While you are in the field, there is a very good chance the criminals know that and will use that opportunity to steal property from the homestead and farmyard. The following are a few tips to keep the farmstead safe as well.
“Lock all equipment when you are not around the farm,” said Kuzio. “Keep homes, garages, barns, quonsets and sheds locked when not in use or unattended.”
Kuzio advised that other property, such as ATVs, trailers, bicycles and recreational equipment, left out are easy targets and should be locked up when not in use.
Locking gates into the property with padlocks, combination locks or keycode access pads is also a great method of securing property and deterring theft.
Other methods for maintaining a secure property include: clearing obstructions and maintaining landscaping to ensure a clear line of site to windows and doors of buildings; installing alarm systems that can be either monitored by a security company or alert homeowners; utilizing exterior lighting and motion lighting; installing anti-theft devices on window tracks and sliding patio doors; and being and having attentive neighbours.
“Know your neighbours and the vehicles they drive so you can watch out for each other,” suggested Kuzio.
“If you see suspicious activity call it in, ‘see something, say something’,” he strongly advised. “Never hesitate to report something that does not look right.”
The inconvenience of securing your property is far less than that of having to report a theft, do without the property during the busiest season, or anytime for that matter, then later deal with insurance, court and other processes of stolen property.
On a final and extremely important note, Kuzio said, “Never attempt to confront or chase a possible perpetrator. Always call law enforcement.”
Property is replaceable, your life is not.
For any emergent situation or situations that make you feel uneasy, dial 911. If you observe any suspicious activity, contact the Camrose RCMP at 780-672-3342 or Camrose County Protective Services at   780-672-4449 or email

Alberta 4-H hires new executive officer

By Murray Green

Kurt Kinnear is 4-H Alberta’s first chief executive officer.
He brings a wealth of expertise to this role, having served in several senior leadership capacities, including 12 years of executive leadership experience in youth development. Kurt is an experienced strategist with a deep understanding of how to build and develop youth organizations through high-level restructures and rapid membership growth.
The organization is now a more streamlined youth development body that combines three former organizations: the 4-H Council of Alberta, the 4-H Foundation of Alberta, and the 4-H Section of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Kim McConnell, an 4-H alumnus, led the engagement process that stimulated the revamped governance and structural reorganization and agreed to serve as interim CEO.
Kurt is an experienced and enthusiastic leader and innovator with a track record of success. He is recognized for his drive and passion for youth, business and leadership. He feels this is a tremendous opportunity to contribute to building the sustainability and growth of 4-H Alberta.
“4-H Alberta is an incredible organization with an amazing legacy and has an excellent opportunity for future growth,” said Kurt. “Its focus on ‘Learn to do by doing’ is needed more than ever by our youth and future leaders. I am excited and honoured to serve our youth and lead our team to make sure we support as many as possible across our province.”
The appointment of Kurt follows a thorough recruitment process overseen by a special hiring committee of the board. “We had some exceptional candidates, but Kurt’s energy and passion for youth development, along with his extensive experience relative to the role, set him apart,” said Lyanne Almberg, 4-H Alberta board chair. “He respects Alberta’s rich 4-H history, which is essential to our community, yet he understands 4-H Alberta needs to embrace change to grow and to deliver even better youth programs to our members.”
Raised on a ranch in Alberta, Kurt understands the importance of 4-H in rural communities. Moving to Calgary and working with urban youth, he also recognizes the impact that 4-H can have on the larger centers. “Out of all the youth programs I have worked with, I believe 4-H has the largest potential to come alongside our youth with practical experiences and skills needed for success in life, filling many of the gaps I see in youth development,” he said. “So no matter where they are from or what they are interested in doing, 4-H Alberta has a program for them.
“I see 4-H Alberta driving boldly into a future of serving more youth, from more walks of life than ever before, while still valuing the amazing legacy that has led this great organization for over 100 years,” Kurt added. “4-H Alberta has an amazing opportunity, and as we work together, I know we will be able to achieve it.”

Community names reflect first pioneers

By Murray Green

Most of our local hamlets and towns were named after the first pioneers. Some places reflect names from countries from where the people came, or even names from Indigenous people.
Hay Lakes
Two water bodies in the area are called Big Hay Lake and Little Hay Lake. Hay Lakes was named after the area and became a village in 1928. This information has been updated from part one.
Martin Heisler owned the land that the railway purchased, so he was allowed to name it. He  was toying with the idea of Alma, a deceased adopted daughter, but Heisler was eventually chosen. Heisler became a village in 1920 and was reincorporated in 1961.
Land commissioner George Urquhart Ryley asked James Bismark Holden, the MLA for Vermilion Valley, if the community could be renamed after him so the two could have villages beside each other. Holden became a village in 1909.
The village was thought to be named by railway official Charles E. Stockdill after Buckinghamshire’s Benjamin Disraeli who was the prime minister of Britain. His house was named Hughenden Manor. Hughenden was a village in 1917.
History has it that Irma was named after a secretary at the railway. Ironically, the first baby born in the new community was named Irma and was the grain elevator manager’s (Harry Burkholder) daughter. The village was incorporated in 1912.
The hamlet was named after Moses Smith Kelsey, a homesteader in the Driedmeat Creek area. The railway was built partly on his land in 1916 and the stop was named Kelsey.
Albert Clements Killam was appointed chair of the Railway Commission of Canada in 1906 and soon the townsite was named after him. He was a lawyer and a judge. Killam was a village in 1906 and a town by 1965.
The hamlet postmaster F. W. Kingsbury opened an office in 1907, but Kingsbury was already used in Quebec, so Kingman was used as an alternate.
The hamlet started in 1908 with the arrival of the railway and a post office opened in 1910. It was named after Nicholas Kinsella, a clerk and stenographer of the Grand Trunk Railway.
At first, the community was named Holms-town after pioneers Gus and Adolph Leedholm. It was renamed after Alberta Senator James A. Lougheed, a Conservative leader in the Upper House. The next community was named after his wife’s uncle, Senator Richard Hardisty. Lougheed’s grandson became Alberta’s premier. It was a village in 1911.
Meeting Creek
Yes, it is true that the area was the meeting point between buffalo hunts of the Cree and Blackfoot people. A post office was opened in 1905.
The name came from the Cree words metosi skaw, which means many trees.
The village, and later town, was named in honour of August Millet, a fur buyer who sold furs to Ben Slaughter and was a canoe man for Father Lacombe. On June 17, 1903, Millet was proclaimed a village.
New Norway
There is no magic behind the naming of New Norway. Norwegian settlers billed it as a new Norway and the name stuck. It became a village in 1910, and recently returned to a hamlet.
New Sarepta
Sarepta was the name of a Russian town near the Volga River where Germans had settled and then went on to Canada. It was called New Sarepta, similar to the naming of New Norway.
The brokerage firm of Osler, Hammond and Nanton that handled the railway land transactions, formed the naming of Ohaton. The hamlet opened a post office in 1906.
Pelican Point
The area of shallow water on Buffalo Lake where the pelicans gathered was named Pelican Point. The hamlet was named in 1979.
The town suggests a Scottish background and the name means mayor. It became a village in 1910 and a town in 1952.
The community had its first post office in 1939 and was named after the school district. It became a hamlet in 1980.
The name was derived from East Lynne and Montrose that were school districts. The post office was opened in 1905 and it was incorporated as a village in 1966.
Round Hill
The name was picked from the shape of the hill to the west of the area. A post office was opened in the hamlet in 1904.
The village was named after George Urquhart Ryley, who was a chief clerk of the Dominion Lands Branch and he also worked for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. A station was opened in Ryley in 1908 and by 1910 it was a village.
What is now a town was named after justice Robert Sedgewick of the Supreme Court of Canada.
The post office was opened under Max Knoll’s name of Knollton. When the railway came in 1906, it was renamed Strome and it became a village in 1910.
James H. Tofield was an engineer and a doctor. He moved to Fort Edmonton where he was an army doctor, and he later settled in the Beaverhill Lake area. A school district was formed called Tofield and soon a post office had the same name. It became a village in 1907 and a town in 1909.
Norwegian residents had a hand in naming the village. A post office was started in 1904, and the train came in 1908. Viking became a town in 1952.
Denwood started in 1906 on what is now the training centre for military, but the name was changed to reflect railway executive William Wainwright. The community moved to the railway site and changed its name. It is now a town.
This is part two of a two part story.
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By Laurel Nadon

Break out the cookie puffs

I don’t do September well. After two months of extended time with my kids (this time, six months), it is always with a heavy heart that I drop them off at school. The first day of school this year, my husband sent me a text in the morning. It didn’t ask how drop-off had gone, because he knew the kids would be fine. What he wanted to know was, how was I doing? He knows.
I had been instructed by a friend that the very first step when returning home after dropping children off and the house seems unbearably quiet, is to turn on the music. Apparently Jewel and Cat Stevens are kind of a downer though, so I am going to need to find some new music or things are going to get pretty weepy around here.
I told my husband that I was fine. So far, I had: run a few errands, enjoyed an impromptu tea on my sister-in-law’s patio, tidied the front closet, eaten four cookie puffs (my comfort food of choice), had a little cry, and gone for a run in the pasture with our dog Shadow. Because this year, things are a little different: all three children are now in school full time. It’s one of those new eras in life that you know will come eventually, and all of a sudden, wham, it is here.
I want my kids to become independent one day and this is one step towards that. But let’s just say that I’m not going to get to a point where I “stop cooking with cheese” to get them to move out like a TV commercial used to say, or start buying them toasters and other mini appliances when they are 12 to prepare them for the day that they move out.
A few years ago on one of the first days of school, I got out plates for lunch and burst into tears because I had brought down too many plates. I just miss those little people!
I thought I was doing better than other years–after all, so far I have bought only one back-to-school shirt (um, I mean for myself). Then the other day, I was in the entrance way of a store and the Winnie-the-Pooh ride was running, with the Winnie-the-Pooh song playing. I halted in my tracks and got a lump in my throat because I could suddenly picture my two little boys sitting on that ride together, with huge grins spread across their little faces.
I have gotten used to having my kids with me while I grocery shop. I ask them questions about what they think we should buy. (Peaches or nectarines? Broccoli or asparagus?) It is actually surprisingly hard not to talk out loud about these things now. While I really don’t like wearing masks, I have found one positive about them–I can mumble to myself all I want while I’m shopping and nobody can see my lips moving. (Though my husband suggested I do my ramblings quietly so as to not draw too much attention to myself.)
While my heart is feeling heavy during this season, there is still so much to do. My garden needs to be emptied and processed; outside windows washed once harvest is over; spaces to clean out; photo albums to make; walks with friends. My mom and I have gone for a few bike rides on these warm fall days. I thought it would be strange without the kids, but we had a lovely time, stopping on a little hill to eat a snack amongst the red-leafed bushes, cheeks to the sun. It’s a time for new adventures and new projects. I’m excited for the kids and the friendships they are making, the incredible things they have already learned…but I am still sad that the time is drawing to a close where I spend my whole day with them. If you see someone from the Moms’ Masked Mumbling Club, try not to stare…we are still adjusting.

Kusalik kept in touch with world through ham radio

By Murray Green

Ed Kusalik of Daysland has spent many nights sitting listening to news around the world with his ham radio.
“I’ve been involved in radio and listening since about 1959. It was in 1965 that I really got intrigued when I was going to high school. I started listening to medium wave, which is your AM band and the shortwave radio, and I was so intrigued that I picked up a RCA receiver. My electronic teacher, Fred Pardo, was instrumental to me in tweaking a curiosity. He said you can listen in on these shortwave stations, you’d be surprised what’s on the air,” said Ed.
“I hooked up the outdoor antenna, and the first radio station I picked up was armed forces radio, television service, and they were running a football game on shortwave to the American servicemen. Then Mr. Pardo told me, you contact the stations and ask for a verification reply. You may get a card or a letter. So I proceeded to write a two-page full report of what I heard. I put the address, armed forces, radio and television service San Francisco, California. Meanwhile, I picked up three other stations. One was from Quito, Ecuador, there was one radio from Sofia, Bulgaria and the third one was HGEI, an independent shortwave station out of San Francisco, California. I sent them all letters within two weeks. I came home from school and my mother said, there is some kind of a postcard for you and it came in the mailbox today.”
It was a nice postcard with the same multicolored, big bold letters KGEI of the radio station, and on the reverse side, it was verifying his report on the date, Dec. 10, 1965. “And it was addressed to me. That was my first verification card. Since 1965, I’ve heard close to 1,400 shortwave stations throughout the world from the jungles of Brazil to outer Mongolia. I’ve heard Antartica forces radio and stations from New Guinea, Indonesia, India, Africa. I’ve got over 60-some binders full. But shortwave is changing, so I decided to get out of ham radio and went to shortwave radio.”
It wasn’t that he lost interest, but he didn’t have time to sit there and talk to people. “Usually it’s a one-way conversation. You know, you talked for about three or four minutes. I proceeded to talk and maybe write down a few comments and that’s how the conversation went. It’s all internet now.”
Ed’s receiver is now actually on his laptop. “With that, I can dial in the frequency, bring up the worldwide map and listen to a remote site, say in Kuwait, I might be able to listen to All India Radio, external service in English at their time, which would not be feasible here in Canada. That’s how shortwave has changed. People like myself are turning that way because we don’t need receivers anymore. You don’t need the antennas.”
At one time, he had over 32 different shortwave receivers in his collection. “I’ve got this recording on a digital recorder and I’ve got proof that I actually heard this. The days of postal reports are gone. Everything is email. I record everything on a digital recorder, transferred into an MP3 file. Then I go to a site and I can upload the audio file to this website, copy the link, send them the link copy and they can actually hear what I heard at that time and frequency. No more typing out, no more writing, no more postage. I tell people when they come over, name me any country in the world, any country, and I’ve got a verification from any country and I’ve got many like this.
“CBC Radio has done at least three interviews on me when the Gulf War was on. Iraq invaded Kuwait, there was Radio Free Kuwait broadcasting on shortwave. One particular morning, I was tuned in and this was relayed by the voice of America transmitters. There were transmitters in Kuwait, but Saddam Hussein decided to take them over this particular morning and this was 10 a.m. our time. That was about 6 p.m. there. I was tuning the frequency and doing some monitoring, and the first thing I heard was The Star Spangled Banner.
“The invasion was on. You do not hear that playing over a free radio station. That was a signal to all the agents and people in Kuwait that the war was on, that the coalition forces were going in to liberate Kuwait. I had firsthand knowledge that the invasion started even before CNN got it. Because I went to work that afternoon at 3:30 p.m., we were listening on the news at five when our lunch break was, we just got reports that coalition forces had crossed the Euphrates River and were heavy into Kuwait City to liberate. Afghanistan went on the air and now it was the liberation of Afghanistan from the Taliban. CBC came with an interpreter and I had the radio broadcast, the first broadcast, and we sat and listened and he interpreted what was being said by the president of the new Afghanistan.
“In 1977, this was back in Chatham, and I was listening in and they were playing disco music and there was a woman and an announcer. All of a sudden, I hear screams yelling gunfire and then the station went off the air. The transmitter was still on. A lady came back on, in a very shaky voice and said, ‘I’m sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but there was a big snake that came into the studio.’
“I collected pennants, newspapers and magazines. In fact, it got me in trouble with the RCMP. Back in 1966, I was really gung ho into listening, sending letters to radio stations. I received items from Moscow, Prague or Hungary, all the east bloc countries. I was getting all kinds of goodies in the mail. I remember I was only about 16-17 years old, and I was receiving things from Moscow. Well, of course, it’s all propaganda, but I noticed all my mail envelopes, they always seemed to be opened then resealed. So this was about July 1966. I still remember, there was a 1965 two-door sedan that pulled into our driveway. Two fellows came out dressed in black. They came up to the farmhouse and knocked on the door. Mother said, ‘They’re the RCMP and they want to know, do you have a son named Eddie?’ I was going by Eddie. Then she said, ‘Yes’. They asked, ‘Is your husband around?’ ‘Yes. He’s out there. Do you want him?’ ‘Yes. We have something to talk to you about.’ My mother was a little scared because of these two men, RCMP, dressed in black. When my dad came in with my mother, now I was outside, they didn’t want me in. Then they hauled me in and they said, ‘You get a lot of stuff from overseas countries, don’t you?’ So I took him into my room with my shortwave set up and all the verifications.
“I got a nice Christmas card from radio showing Fidel with a big long beard. I still have that, you lift up the beard and it says a Merry Christmas. Happy New Year,” he laughed.
“The police wanted to know if I would join up with the communist party. My brother was in the RCMP, my parents Richard and Kate from Czechoslovakia, they wanted to know if any agents had contacted my mother and dad because of the sensitive nature. My brother was in Ottawa. That’s all they wanted to know. Of course they wanted to check up on me and you know, until 1985 or 1986, I was still getting my mail opened up.”

Births and Deaths

- To Kristin Mandrusiak and Michael Hunkin, of Camrose, a daughter on September 9.
- To Robin and Kristjan Johnson, of Hay Lakes, a daughter on September 11.

- Michael Casselman of Tofield, on September 7, at 76 years of age.
- Eleanor Lorraine “Lorrie” Korpak, on September 9, at 75 years of age.
- Elaine Meta Olson of Camrose, on September 11, at 81 years if age.
- George John Boos of Camrose, on September 13, at 82 years of age.
- Keith Ray of Tofield, on September 13, at 56 years of age.
- Wayne Johnson, on September 14, at 57 years of age.
- Gordon Dennis of Camrose, on September 14, at 97 years of age.
- Wanda Brodie of Camrose, formerly of Killam, on September 15, at 84 years of age.
- Dr. Roy Clive Alan Fearon of Camrose, on September 16, at 74 years of age.
- Bertha Johnson of Cereal, on September 18, at 56 years of age.
- Ruby Francis Reed of Camrose, on September 18, at 93 years of age.