By Laurel Nadon
Getting KonMari’ed

My sister-in-law started it all. Instead of coming over to play a board game one weekend, she texted me a photo of her bed, covered in all the clothing she owned.
She said she was following a new tidying method called KonMari, created by Marie Kondo. She was deciding which items sparked joy or were useful and then getting rid of all the rest. The keepers were then folded in a radical new way where clothes are never on top of each other.
Reorganizing and decluttering spaces is at the top of my least favourite part of being an adult list. I typically only reorganize if it appears that the cupboard is booby trapped and my head and/or feet are in danger whenever I open the doors. However, I have to admit that there is a certain good feeling after a space is tidied up. Plus, one of my camisoles was missing and I thought it might be unearthed with a good reorganizing.
A few days later, my bed was also covered with clothing. I held each item up, felt its fabric and really thought about its use. Anything I was keeping because it had been a present, or I thought should look good on me but really didn’t, I gave away. Later that week, I piled everything in my daughter’s room into the middle of the room and started assessing what to keep. Next we did the toys in the living room.
Then I was shopping at a second hand store when I realized that clothes were $2 each. (I realize it is ironic that I would choose to buy more clothes after just freshly ridding my closet of unused items, but I can’t resist a $2 deal). I filled my arms with tops, sweaters and jeans. Usually I can spend a large chunk of time in a change room, because I end up with a maybe pile that I have to try on again.
Today, however, I knew that preschool pick up time was just around the corner. I tried each item on and asked myself if I loved it. Before I knew it, I had gone through the pile and not picked a single piece of clothing. Somehow deciding what I wanted to keep in my home had turned me into a better decision maker and taught me to see what I love more clearly.
Next my sister-in-law loaned me the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Kondo and I realized that I hadn’t been following the KonMari method precisely and likely won’t be. I hadn’t thanked each item for its use before giving it away. I didn’t caress my out-of-season clothing to give reassurance that it will be worn again soon. I haven’t been reorganizing by category–emptying all of the books in the house into one pile seems a bit too traumatic an experience for me.
I am surprised that many people I know have also heard about tidying Guru Marie Kondo. In fact, there are funny Internet videos where unsuspecting husbands return home to discover their living room full of garbage bags and realize they have been “KonMari’ed.” (Though this actually goes against the principles of the book–you’re not supposed to guess what “sparks joy” for someone else).
Getting rid of things that might have future use is a tricky one. I have fond memories from my youth of gathering with family friends around a tablecloth on the dining room floor to fondue together. I know that my fondue pot is just gathering dust right now, but I swear that I will use it once my children are older and can handle being near hot oil and not having their food ready all at once. Then my husband pointed out that we didn’t use the fondue set for the five or so years we owned it before we had children. Hmmmm. Interesting.
And that camisole I had been missing? At the very end of my clothing tidying journey, I closed the final dresser drawer. Only it wouldn’t close all the way. I pulled it out and discovered no less than four shirts, which had overflowed in my haphazard dresser days and become wedged behind the drawer. And among the clothing: my much missed camisole. Maybe it jumped the drawer because it wasn’t getting caressed enough in between seasons. read more


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By Bonnie Hutchinson

True Grit
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:28 a.m. Alex Honnold climbs up and over the top ledge of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in California. A few hikers arrive at the summit, following paths up a valley slope. They smile a greeting, thinking Honnold is a fellow hiker.
They don’t realize he took a different route–the vertical route. Several things are notable about Honnold’s climb.
El Capitan is a granite monolith, about 3,000 feet (975 metres) from base to summit. “El Cap” isn’t just high. It’s a brutal technically challenging climb. Much is almost totally vertical, with no toeholds. After the first 150 metres, the climb back down becomes impossible. Climbers say some parts are “like walking up glass.”
Climbing the El Capitan rock face at all is an amazing feat. But here’s what’s most notable. Honnold climbed El Capitan from base to summit alone–nobody with him–with no ropes, no harness, no safety net, no safety gear of any kind. In the climbing world, that’s called free soloing. Just you, fingers and toes, and the rock. And of course, the drop. Though sections of El Capitan have been free-soloed, a no-rope climb of the entire base to summit was deemed impossible by the world’s most experienced climbers. Honnold is the first and only person ever to attempt it.
A film about the climb won this year’s Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary. The February issue of National Geographic has a story about the climb.
If you want a mind-bending vertigo-inducing experience, check out the film or the magazine piece. Even just the magazine photos made me queasy! Reading about Honnold and the several-years preparation that went into the climb was a study in relentless drive, determination, discipline, focus, perseverance. Planning, physical training and mental preparation were equally important. One of Honnold’s comments: “There is no adrenaline rush. If I get an adrenaline rush, it means that something has gone horribly wrong.” Grit.
Meanwhile, I’ve also been reading about some of the early experiences of people who came to Alberta in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Among other reactions, I’m grateful to be alive now and not then. Learning more about some of the hardships they endured, I’m simply in awe. One true story: in the 1890s, a woman and three children under 12 travelled on a buckboard from Winnipeg to Wetaskiwin. No, she had no other adult with her. The trip took 52 days across grassland and parkland. In Wetaskiwin, she was re-united with two teenage sons who had come ahead of her by train with some cattle, to scout out land where the family might settle.
Stories about the family’s life before and after that trek that have left me wondering, “However did they do that? How did they survive?”  Grit.
I’ve been reading about grit lately–the strength to carry on no matter what; to come through when it really matters. Researchers are studying the qualities that make huge achievements possible. It seems to me there are two circumstances in which grit shows through.
One circumstance is like Honnold’s feat–someone chooses a desired accomplishment that may be over-the-top seemingly impossible, and then maps out a plan and does physical and mental preparation to get there. Inevitably there are setbacks and unexpected challenges, and figuring out new ways to do things. Another circumstance is like the woman who came west, on her own with small children, across a wilderness, to create a new life for her family. Again, the trip took planning, physical and mental preparation, the ability to master unexpected challenges in new ways.
Our global challenges these days require more of the human race than we’ve needed before–like how to make change on a global scale. May we have the grit–the courage, endurance, perseverance, willingness, creativity and determination to get there–literally, to save the world.
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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Truck inspections help keep roads safe

By Murray Green

 Camrose County will join forces with a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement to conduct free farm truck inspections March 25 and 26 at the east end Wildrose Co-op Cardlock bulk gas station.
County Protection Service officers have begun preparation for the annual Farm Truck Check, which is hosted by Camrose County every spring.
“Camrose County has invited officers from Commercial Vehicle Enforcement department of Alberta Transportation, to work alongside Camrose County officers,” said protective services manager, Mike Kuzio. “The Farm Truck Check will be held at the cardlock station. This venue allows the inspections to be held away from Camrose County property.”
Because this is a free farm truck check, no vehicles will be towed and no tickets are issued. Camrose County would like to encourage farmers and product haulers to take advantage of this inspection program in order to avoid any on-highway problems in the future.
Inspections will include critical safety items such as brakes, steering, lights, frames, fuel systems and drive shafts.
Camrose County performs truck inspections on an annual basis, usually near the end of March or the beginning April.
To book an appointment, contact the Camrose County office at 780-672-4449.

Local seniors society to hold AGM

By Murray Green

The Camrose and District Senior Society will be holding its annual general meeting on March 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mirror lake Centre lounge area.
“I encourage all members to attend,” said member Iris Baker. “The society offers anyone over 50 years of age a chance to play 19 different clubs.”
The society has card games such as bridge, cribbage, canasta, stick rummy, as well as dance clubs, such as line dancing, square dancing and social dancing.
“We also have a music jam, where you can come to listen, dance, play or sing. We hold tournaments and have people participate from other areas of central Alberta. We also have the Alberta 55 Plus Club, which holds competitions for games and crafts,” explained Iris.
The activities are a great way to get out and meet new friends and people you might already know. The office at the centre is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to noon for more information.
You can volunteer or receive more information by emailing or visit website or call 780-672-7022.

Community Band set to perform spring concert

By Murray Green

The Camrose and District Community Band will be holding its annual concert on Sunday, March 24 at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre beginning at 2 p.m.
The Community Band, under the direction of Tom Spila, will be joined by musical guests, the Festival City Winds Intermediate One Concert Band from Edmonton, under the direction of Wendy Grasdahl.
A Camrose Arts Council grant has allowed the concert to be presented  as free admission.
Both concert bands will perform a variety of selections, from standard concert band literature and marches to jazz and movie themes. Highlights include Fall River Overture (Sheldon), Deep River (arr. Swearingen), and Songs of Old Kentucky (Karrick) presented by the Camrose and District Community Band, and Suite for Band “New England Sketches” (Milford) and Yesterday (McCartney, arr. Longfield) presented by the Festival City Winds. Augustana students within the Community Band will also perform a piece on their own, entitled “Dance Episodes” (Curnow). There will be light refreshments following the concert.
Since it’s inception in 1995, the Festival City Winds Society has grown steadily.  The program now encompasses groups at a wide range of experience levels from novice to advanced. Grasdahl is well known across Canada as a conductor, adjudicator, clinician, teacher and trumpeter.
Formed in 1983, the Camrose and District Community Band was started by a group of 13 interested local musicians, under Spila, for the purpose of providing a recreational adult band for the community. The original community ensemble, called the Rose City Band, was active in the 1960s, but later disbanded. The formation of the Community Band allowed former Rose City Band members, former school players and interested beginners to join together for an enjoyable evening of music every week, and to acquire and improve skills many thought they might never get the opportunity to work on again.
While the focus of the band is educational, the group provides a wonderful social outlet: members thrive musically and make new friends at the same time. Membership is open to anyone over 18 years of age and ranges from 18 years of age to 90 plus. The ensemble is governed by an elected executive with help from various committees.
Conductor Tom Spila is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education degree majoring in secondary music.  He has recently retired after having taught music at the elementary, junior and senior high school levels for a total of 44 years
The band’s repertoire consists of a wide variety of styles. Performances include local trade shows and events, public concerts and festivals. The Camrose and District Community Band membership consistently totals more than 60 musicians representing a wide array of occupations and people from all walks of life. For many years now Augustana students with experience on an appropriate instrument have been able to join in the band as full members, while receiving university credit for their work.
“Community Band is a valuable experience for a university student because even though the group is recreational, as a community band they are serious about making good music. Also, it is an invaluable learning experience for every musician, from the person who plays once a week to the aspiring orchestral musician. The group strives to maintain an inclusive and warm atmosphere so that it is not long before the students feel at home in this community ensemble. It is more than just a band.  It is a fellowship of musicians,” said Augustana student Andrew  Richards.
Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Camrose Composite High School band room. The season runs from late September to late May. The band welcomes all newcomers so if you are interested, come out to the concert and feel free to talk to members of the band and the director.
Original band member Wayne Werner still performs with the band. He recalled how they used to have a kickoff party and corn roast every fall at his mother’s farm, and during the Christmas season would go caroling.
Another longtime member, Marilyn Zielke, who joined in 1984 commented that every year without fail the band performs “White Christmas.”  She also noted that the difference between the early band years and today is that with the larger more diverse group, they are able to play some more advanced music.
Wayne commented that the quality of music education in Camrose is something that residents should not take for granted. In fact, one of the reasons the band has grown is that previous music students have joined and are now performing alongside their former teachers. At one time, three generations of Wayne’s family were in the band.

Centra Cam winners at annual bowl-a-thon

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KING PIN Bowler Les Knudsen focuses on making a strike in the 22nd annual Centra Cam Bowl-a-thon on Friday, March 1 at Tabb Lanes.
By Murray Green

 Centra Cam Vocational Training Association’s 22nd annual Bowl-a-Thon raised $25,000 on March 1, that goes towards technology services.
It had about 80 to 90 bowlers at Tabb Lanes in the event held to increase the awareness of Centra Cam’s programs and raise funds to offset rising costs.
“The bowl-a-thon is our major annual fundraiser, so we appreciate support from bowlers and the community,” said Shannon Brandt, bowl-a-thon chairwoman.
The bowlers were Centra Cam clients, staff and board members. There were also teams from local businesses and financial institutions.
The teams from local businesses competed for the Challenge Cup, which was won by Hauser Home Hardware and Building Centre who raised $2,913. The teams from the financial institutions competed for the Bank Challenge Cup, which was led by Scotiabank that raised $2,900.
Along with the fun of bowling, all participants had a chance to win door prizes and prizes for the top fundraisers and top bowling scores. You can still make a donation to the bowl-a-thon by contacting Centra Cam at 780-672-9995. read more

Wild night for Fish and Game

By Lori Larsen

The Camrose and District Fish and Game Association has been serving Camrose and surrounding areas as a not-for-profit charitable organization that benefits its members through active socializing and benefits the communities.
“The club was actually started in the ‘20s with Farley Mowat as one of the first members,” noted Camrose and District Fish and Game Association president, Glen Hand. “It faded out and came back in the ‘70s then faded out again and we started it again in 1993.”
At its high point, nearing the end of the year, the club has up to 180 members. As stewards of land and wildlife, club members participate in a variety of initiatives and events that advocate common interests of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. 
“We do a lot of projects including our biggest one, Pleasure Island Trout Pond.”
The wildlife and nesting area for waterfoul, consisting of 122 acres, is located approximately five minutes east of Camrose and is stocked and open for the public day use and is equipped for those who have mobility challenges.
Most recently they began working closely with Battle River Watershed Alliance, educating young people on the importance of maintaining and preserving water sources.
“They are going to be taking students out to Paradise Island for nature walks through the area,” noted Hand.
The club has also affixed a dock out onto the pond, which, among other purposes, allows local high school students to come out and take water samples for educational projects.
“We also contribute the Alberta Wildlife Trust Fund associated with the The Alberta Fish and Game Association,” explained Hand. “The funds go towards enhancing wildlife and land for wildlife. They usually buy property in conjunction with Ducks Unlimited and Alberta Conservation Association.”
The Alberta Fish And Game Association has over 25,000 members province-wide and the Alberta Wildlife Trust Fund has over 100 properties, consisting of more than 45,000 acres preserved for wildlife habitat.
“We also have a scholarship program at University of Alberta Augustana Campus, which we have been doing for 15 years,” said Hand. “And there are youth camps that we usually send four young people to each year where they learn firearms training, canoeing, boat and water safety, archery, wilderness overnight camping, practicing survival skills, swimming and fishing.”
The club hosts a trophy competition every year, which gives people an opportunity to bring in wildlife horns antlers and other items for scoring.
Members spend hours of volunteering within Camrose and surrounding areas for other community events including the Fly In Breakfast, working with local Scouts clubs, the purple martin landlord program (building and maintaining birdhouses), highway clean up and tree planting.
On March 23, join the Camrose Fish and Game Association at their 25th annual banquet and fundraiser at the Camrose Resort Casino.
The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. including a large selection of wild game appetizers for guests to indulge in some different tastes, followed by a roast beef dinner.
Entertainment will be provided by comedian Andrew Grose with 20 years of experience making people laugh, including appearances on Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.
The evening will also host a silent auction featuring a slew of items donated by a variety of organizations and businesses, there is quite literally something for every person’s budget, raffle items and door prizes.
Funds raised during the banquet and other initiatives hosted by the CFGA are used to continue the amazing work they do at Paradise Island Trout Pond, sponsoring local initiatives and contributing to the preservation of our natural resources through the Alberta Wildlife Trust Fund.
For more information on the Camrose Fish and Game Association, visit the Facebook page. To purchase tickets to the Banquet and Fundraiser, contact Jun Mah at 780-672-2890 or Glen Hand at 780-672-2783 or any other club member.

BRCF presents grant to CAFCL

The Battle River Community Foundation recently awarded grants of $3,400 to the Camrose Association for Community Living.
The grants are from income from the Jeff Blaeser Memorial Fund and the CAFCL Fund, both created to support CAFCL operations.
The Battle River Community Foundation exists to support projects, programs and facilities, such as those offered by the Camrose Association for Community Living, 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 Camrose Association for Community Living.
To learn more about the Camrose Association for Community Living contact Esther McDonald, chief executive officer, at 780-672-0257.
To learn more about the Battle River Community Foundation contact Dana Andreassen, executive director, at 780-679-0449.

Two overtime losses sink hockey Vikings

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Augustana Vikings goalie Curtis Skip searches for the puck in the deciding game of the playoff series against the SAIT Trojans in the best of three series.
By Murray Green

The Augustana Vikings hockey team lost a best of three series against the SAIT Trojans by losing twice in overtime.
In the first round playoffs in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference, Augustana won 2-1 on March 7, but then dropped back-to-back 4-3 overtime losses to be eliminated. The second match went into double overtime.
In the first game, all of the scoring was done in the middle frame. Jimmy Sheehan netted an unassisted goal and then Jarod Hovde connected on the power play to provide enough offence to win the game.
Curtis Skip was solid in net allowing just one goal on 35 shots. Augustana fired  41 shots on the SAIT cage.
The Vikings were up 3-2 heading into the final period in the second contest, but couldn’t hold off the surging Trojans. Ryan Groom, Carter Danczak and Cody Young scored for Augustana.
Goalie Skip made 46 of 50 saves, while Augustana recorded 33 shots on goal.
In the deciding match, it was a roller coaster ride for Augustana. SAIT built up a 3-0 lead before the Vikings fought back to tie in the third period. However, SAIT’s Eric Krienke garnered his third to complete his hat trick in overtime to eliminate the Vikings.
Skip turned away 41 of 45 shots for the Vikings. Augustana recorded 465 shots on the Trojans.
Jessica Haenni of Augustana was selected to the 2018-19 ACAC women’s basketball all-conference first team. Teammates Samantha Dargis and Torey Lauber made the second squad.
Mason Hunter of the Vikings was selected to the 2018-19 ACAC men’s basketball all-conference first team. His teammate Nathan Bowie made the second squad.
Rae Metrunec and Rebecca Petrie of Augustana were selected to the 2018-19 ACAC women’s volleyball all-conference north team. Shae Boyes was selected as the Rookie of the Year.
Lyndon Varga and Duncan McDonald of the Vikings were selected to the 2018-19 ACAC men’s volleyball all-conference north team. read more

New Filipino language curriculum developed

By Murray Green

English and French are not the only languages taught at schools around the province.
At a roundtable with community leaders, Premier Rachel Notley announced the government will expand learning opportunities for students by developing a Filipino language and culture curriculum.
Premier Notley met with members of the Filipino community and announced development of a K-12 Filipino language and culture curriculum.
There are about 170,000 people of Filipino heritage in Alberta, and this new curriculum will help these children and youth connect with their heritage and culture. Expanding Filipino language and culture programming to students in kindergarten to Grade 12 follows community requests to improve Filipino language offerings in schools.
“Alberta is a welcoming place made richer by its cultures and languages. As one of the largest and fastest-growing populations, the Filipino community has brought essential skills to our workforce and added so much to our social fabric. Creating a K-12 Filipino language and culture curriculum will ensure this vibrant community can continue to grow deep roots and make this province even greater,” said Premier Notley.
“Providing learning opportunities for students in a variety of language programs helps youth maintain their heritage, strengthen their cultural identity and build language and literacy skills. Strengthening language programs based on local need and demand can be an effective tool in addressing racism. In fact, this is one of the ways we’re acting on the feedback we heard, and commitments we made, in our government’s anti-racism consultations and report,” added David Eggen, Alberta Minister of Education.
Filipino language and culture curriculum is currently offered at the high school level as a locally developed course in some school jurisdictions, including Calgary Catholic School District, Edmonton Catholic Schools and St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools. After the new K-12 Filipino curriculum is developed, Alberta Education officials will work with stakeholders and community partners to identify resources to support the curriculum.
“The official declaration of having the Filipino heritage language in the curriculum of Alberta schools is a historic gift by the Alberta government to the Filipino community. This strongly demonstrates the respect for a culture’s diversity and uniqueness through its language. Programs like this instill pride in students and their heritage, and results in active and engaged citizens,” expressed Dolly Castillo, Filipino community leader.
The K-12 Filipino language and culture curriculum will not be mandatory. School authorities have choice and flexibility in offering language programming that best meets the needs of the communities they serve.
Besides English and French, 26 languages are currently available for study in Alberta, including American Sign Language, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cantonese, Chinese, Cree, Dene, Filipino, German, Greek, Gujarati; Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Nakoda/Dakota, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tsuut’ina and Ukrainian.

Cochrane set to rock

By Murray Green

Canadian icon Tom Cochrane and his band Red Rider are ready to hit the stage at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on March 27.
Tom will be playing his major hits, as well as some tracks of his new album Take It Home.
To quote the title of one of the songs on his anticipated new record, Tom is now “Back In The Game.” True, the Canadian rock icon has never stopped creating or performing, but Take It Home is his first album of new material since No Stranger.
His long and illustrious career, now spanning more than 40 years, has gone from early beginnings as a folk-based singer/songwriter to adventurous rockers Red Rider, prior to achieving massive international success.
Music has been in his life as long as he remembers. When he was 11 years old, he sold his train set to buy a guitar.
“There is a conditioned cycle that has been imprinted on me since I was about 26. You get out there, you read, you talk, you travel, you experience, you do this stuff that creates a life, then you write about it and attempt to record it. Sometimes that is really painful, sometimes it is really joyful. There is drudgery to it. It’s like flying an aircraft in some senses, with moments of complete boredom and drudgery and moments of complete terror, then you bring the whole thing in for a safe landing.”
The aviation analogy is fitting for this son of a bush pilot. (Tom is also a pilot, and was a proud honourary colonel for six years with the 409 squadron in Cold Lake.) He has now touched down with a 12-song collection for loyal fans.

Augustana presents two plays over seven days

By Murray Green

The University of Alberta Augustana Campus winter production class will be presenting two plays starting on March 21. The plays will be at the Augustana Theatre Centre.
Shows will be on March 21 to 23 at 7 p.m. A matinee will be held at 2 p.m. on March 24 and then evening shows at 7 p.m. will take place on March 27, 29 and 30.
Foreplay or: The Art of the Fugue, by David Ives will be the first play. This is a short, comic, one act play about mini-golf.
“It’s about dating on a mini-golf course. A guy is at three different points in his life on three different dates,” explained drama professor Kevin Sutley.
Chuck, a would-be Don Juan, is in three rounds of seduction with three different women.
The second play will be Concord Floral, by Jordan Tannahill.
Concord Floral is a one million-square-foot, abandoned greenhouse and hangout for the local teens.  Two friends stumble upon a terrible secret buried there.  They go looking for answers and set off a chain of events that cannot be stopped.
“This play is about high school students who have a secret. It is revealed that someone has been bullied and a body is discovered. There is a ghost and it is a mystery,” shared Sutley, who is directing the play.
Set in present-day Ontario, Concord Floral re-imagines Boccaccio’s medieval allegory The Decameron, in which 10 teens must flee a mysterious plague.
The plays will feature about 17 students ranging from first- to fifth-year students.
Tickets are available at the door. Warning: This show contains coarse language, sexual content and drug references that may not be suitable for all audiences.

Powell enjoys British Rolls Royce luxury

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RETIREMENT STYLE Dale Powell presented himself with a 2010 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead vehicle as a retirement gift. The luxury and smooth ride is a gift that keeps giving this car enthusiast.
By Murray Green

Former Strome resident, and local landowner, Dale Powell turns a few heads when he takes his valuable prize possession out for a drive.
He owns a rare 2010 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe vehicle.
“The car construction started in 2009 and it took 10 months to build it. The car was brought over to North America in 2010 to the Pebble Beach Concord Car Show. Eventually, there were 10 cars brought over. There were 300 built world wide,” explained Dale Powell, owner of the beautiful luxury car.
“A New York banker bought the Rolls Royce at that car show. I bought it when it came up for sale 10 months later. The new price was $538,000 US. That is the most common question I get,” said the proud owner, who displayed the shiny automobile at the Camrose car show.
“It was featured on the television show Top Drive. In fact, Elton John has the same car and by consequence it is the same colour as mine. Simon Cowell from America’s Got Talent also has one, only his is white. Simon and Mel B were shown driving around in it during a show,” he added about the famous model.
“Some of the features are that all of the wood trim is yachting teak. The Phantom Drophead was to commemorate, I believe, a 1924 Phantom that was built with the same steel. It is all stainless steel trim on this one. The hood is one piece of stainless steel,” shared Dale. “It was pressed without one weld, it’s all one piece. The car is very heavy, 6,200 pounds, so you think it would be sluggish. Not so, it does zero to 60 miles per hour in five and a half seconds. It is powered by a 6.7 litre V12, twin turbo engine that is very gas hungry.”
Those who own a 2010 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead vehicle are usually thinking about power and not concerned about gas mileage anyway.
“That’s about six miles to the gallon. To bring it across the border, it cost me $5,800 in what is a fuel guzzler tax and I raised hell about it. They soon told me that anyone that can afford a half million dollar car shouldn’t bitch about fuel economy, so I couldn’t argue with that one.”
With $500,000 in your pocket why would you choose a Rolls Royce? “Through the years I’ve become a slave to cars. I just love cars. I am a GM (General Motors) man at heart with a collection of Corvettes through the years, and I still have 22 registered vehicles. I retired after 46 years in the oil business and I wanted to buy myself a retirement gift. I went down to the United States to buy myself a new Bentley. I checked out the Bentleys and was quite disappointed. I saw this car and I fell in love. I couldn’t justify it cost-wise because I thought my wife would kill me, but I had one of my sons with me. He talked me into it, that I deserved it,” he laughed.
“It is better to beg for forgiveness, than ask for permission, so I bought it without the wife’s permission. But, I haven’t regretted it at all. It is the most beautiful car I have ever ridden in,” Dale said, who yes, is still married.
“You can do 200 kilometres an hour down the road with the top up and it is absolutely quiet inside. If people talk outside of the car, you can’t even hear them. The soft top is seven layers thick and then lined with Cashmere,” Dale added. “I shouldn’t say this, but doing 150 through the mountains, it just handles like it is on rails. The suspension system corrects itself a 1,000 times a minute, or whatever, and there are no dips or sways. You can jam on the brakes with no dip. It stays level at all times.”
The car has a lot of British extras. “This car is not an exception. It has two spring loaded umbrellas built into the doors, one in each door. To replace an umbrella is $1,200. When you put it back into the holder it senses if it is wet. If it is, there is a dryer and a blower to dry it, so the next time you use it, it isn’t wet or musty,” he shared.
The R and R on the wheels are always vertical and spin back to level for reading at all times.
The Powells still call Camrose home and have ties to the city.
The two-door four-seat convertible features rearward opening coach doors and a two-tone colour scheme that delineates between the upper and lower bodywork and frames the teak wood panelling of the convertible’s tonneau cover.
The exterior is available in more than 44,000 colour combinations. It combines aluminium technology and hand-crafted materials. All in all, the car continues Rolls-Royce’s current design theme, premiered on the Phantom.
A triangular A-pillars with quarter glass, as well as the spring-loaded pop-up rollover hoops behind the rear seats, provide additional strength and protection for the convertible body. read more

Watershed names its OTIS winners

By Lori Larsen

Protecting the future of our watersheds is a top priority for the Battle River Watershed Alliance (BRWA) and in doing so they engage the public in as many awareness and information initiatives as possible.
The OTIS Award, sponsored by BRWA is an initiative developed to recognize businesses, organizations, individuals and youth who go above and beyond to be stewards of the protection and maintenance of our watersheds.
The OTIS Awards are awarded based on the efforts of the nominees (subsequent winners) to bring about awareness and on-ground education on the importance of securing a healthy future of watersheds through initiatives or educational programs.  “The Battle River Watershed Alliance has a wide-variety of programs for youth, adults, families, municipal staff, community leaders, and others, to learn more about the watershed and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to make a positive impact,” explained Battle River Watershed Alliance education and outreach coordinator, Nathalie Olson.
The 2018 winner of the OTIS Award for business category was Nica’s Hair Salon in Camrose. In an effort to reduce the amount of waste, specifically harsh chemicals that would end up in the landfill or washed down the drain and into the water system, owner Lori Krushnerik got on board  with Green Circle Salon-a beauty product waste diversion company to send away foils, colour tubes, papers and plastics for recycling.
As well Lori reuses hair clipping to create “Hair Brooms,” which are used during oil spills to clean the water.
Winners of the 2018 OTIS Award individual category, Don and Marie Ruzicka of Killam, are leading by example
In 1983, Marie and Don along with their three children, moved to Sunrise Farm, north of Killam. In 1995 they took a course on Holistic Management which not only changed the way they farmed the land but their lives, believing that good land management results in healthy plant communities and nutritious products.
Don and Marie were involved in the formation of the Iron Creek Watershed Improvement Society and have also worked on many educational initiatives to connect youth to the land and to farming.  “It is a great pleasure to look around our watershed and see so many people who are taking care of our earth,” said Olson. “These are not just “environmental” people, these stewards are incorporating positive actions into their businesses, volunteer work, and everyday life for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes people think that a small action doesn’t make a difference. I feel that everyone has an impact and can decide what the impact will be.”
Working in the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds BRWA is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization established over 12 years ago dedicated to preserving and enhancing the land and waters in these basins.

Chor Leoni Men’s Choir  to perform
in Camrose

By Murray Green

Chor Leoni Men’s Choir will be presenting a concert at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on March 25 beginning at 7 p.m.
Praised for its excellent intonation and wide palette of vocal colour, Chor Leoni is one of the most active amateur ensembles in North America and performs more than 35 concerts a season to over 15,000 patrons.
With stylistic grace and an adventurous spirit, Vancouver’s singing lions have enriched and transformed people’s lives through singing for more than 25 years.
Chor Leoni has been honoured with many awards at the national and international level including five first place awards in the CBC National Radio competition for amateur choirs. In July 2018, the ensemble won gold medals in the Equal Voices, Folklore and Musica Sacra categories of the Singapore International Choral Festival and sang in both the opening concert and Grand Prix performances.
A few days later, Chor Leoni won gold medals and Choir Championships in the Sacred Music and Male Choir categories of the seventh Bali International Choral Competition. In addition to singing in the opening concert and Grand Prix performances in Bali, the choir also won a special jury’s prize for outstanding choreography. Chor Leoni’s 2016 recording Wandering Heart was a featured CD for Minnesota Public Radio and WFMT Chicago, and received a perfect, five-star rating from the UK’s prestigious Choir and Organ magazine. The choir’s 2018 Christmas recording Star of Wonder was also a featured CD on Minnesota Public Radio this past December.
Chor Leoni prides itself on its musical ambassadorship for Vancouver and Canada and has performed at major festivals and concert venues across Canada and the United States.
Chor Leoni champions new music and has commissioned hundreds of pieces for male choir, ranging from pop and folksong arrangements to modern works. The ensemble has commissioned works by notable composers such as Zachary Wadsworth, Jocelyn Morlock, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Bob Chilcott, Imant Raminsh, R. Murray Schafer, Stephen Chatman, Malcolm Forsyth, Bruce Sled and Steven Smith.
Erick Lichte is the artistic director.

Kodiaks eliminate Mustangs, play Oilers

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Erik Miller of the Camrose Kodiaks watches the puck graze the post during the fifth and deciding game of the Alberta Junior Hockey League playoffs between the Kodiaks and the Calgary Mustangs. Camrose won 6-4 and moved on to the second round against the Okotoks Oilers. Game four of that series starts tonight at 7 p.m.
By Murray Green

The Camrose Kodiaks got the jump on the Calgary Mustangs to build up a 5-1 lead and skate away with a 6-4 victory in the deciding game in the first round of the playoffs, March 13.
Camrose scored first on a Kyler Kupka tally in the close-checking opening period.
The Kodiaks revved the offence in the middle frame with two goals from Carson Welke and single markers from Carson Kurylo and Tyler Schendel. However, two late Mustangs goals brought the game to 5-3.
In the third, Calgary scored to make it close until Jacob Kendall put the game out of reach in the last 13 seconds.
Goalie Griffin Bowerman left the game before making a save in the first when he was run over. Kyle Dumba came in to make 19 of 23 saves for the Kodiaks. Camrose recorded 44 shots on goal.
The Mustangs forced a fifth game when they rallied with two late goals on March 11. The game was tied 3-3 heading into the last four minutes and ended 5-3.
Cody Laskosky, Dawson Schwengler and Lane Brockoff scored for the Kodiaks.
Bowerman stopped 26 of 30 shots directed his way, while his teammates fired 31 on the Calgary net.
In game three, Kupka was the hero as he notched the overtime marker to give the Kodiaks a 4-3 win.
It was McKenzie Welke’s turn to provide the offence as he scored twice and played well. Laskosky garnered the other tally for the Kodiaks.
Bowerman was busy stopping 48 of 52 shots he faced. Camrose recorded 29 shots in the contest.
The series win moved the Kodiaks on to round two against the Okotoks Oilers.
Game four of the series is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Encana Arena. If needed, game six would be in Camrose on March 24 at 7 p.m.

Canmore knocked off Drumheller in the opening round. Their reward—a date with the Brooks Bandits.
Kendall, of Camrose, is one of the three finalists for the RBC Community Award. He is the leader of the Kodiaks Cubs Club, a weekly school visit initiative encouraging students to be physically active and to work on literacy outside of school hours. He is also part of Read to Success, which encourages students in the Battle River School Division to read and meet individual goals. read more

Dunn told arctic stories to junior high students

By Murray Green

Wilderness traveller and photographer John Dunn shared his worldly experiences with junior high students from École Charlie Killam School on Feb. 19.
Dunn has a passion for the vast and rugged landscapes of the Canadian Arctic. Born and educated in England, John graduated in geology from London University and worked in mineral exploration in the Australian Outback.
“I started on the BC coast and went northeast about 8,000 kilometres by paddling, hiking and skiing to the Arctic,” said John to the students.
After moving to Calgary and Canmore, he became a Canadian citizen and pursued his dream of exploring and photographing the Arctic.
Inspiring, informative and visually stunning school presentations are based on John’s long skiing, kayaking and hiking expeditions on Canada’s arctic islands and other wild areas of the country.
He has organized and successfully completed 20 arctic expeditions, totaling over 1,100 days in the field. For his efforts in promoting awareness of Canada’s arctic geography, John was made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Not satisfied with over 11,500 km of sled-hauling,  he plans to be back on Ellesmere Island this year.
Dunn has completed a number of expeditions during his career. Many of them have been pioneering, being the first recorded human-powered traverses of remote areas.
In 1990, Dunn led a four-man team on the first human-powered traverse of Canada’s Ellesmere Island. The 96-day, 1,250 kilometres (777 miles) journey was conducted on skis with the team pulling sleds containing supplies and photography equipment.
In 1994, Dunn and his team completed the first human-powered crossing of Baffin Island, the fifth largest island in the world. The 3,030 kilometres (1,883 miles) journey was completed in 192 days during the northern summer.
In 1997, Dunn completed a 2,500 kilometres (1,553 miles) journey from Tofino on Vancouver Island to Fort Nelson in northeastern BC. This journey started with a solo kayak up the west coast of Vancouver Island, then became a canoe trip up the Inside Passage, and finished with a 54-day hike across the Canadian Cordillera where Dunn was accompanied by biologist Bob Saunders.

Cannabis on campus

By Lori Larsen

The University of Alberta Augustana Campus has implemented new policy addressing the consumption of alcohol and cannabis in select areas on campus, that will take effect in the fall of 2019.
An advisory committee consisting of current Augustana students, staff and faculty, recommended policy based on University of Alberta North Campus policy and Camrose bylaw, an interim policy.
The committee also reviewed feedback from first-year students provided during orientation, first-year seminar courses and smaller, student-based conversation evenings that were held with second-, third- and fourth-year students.
In addition, faculty, staff and students were invited to consider current north campus policies and substance use frameworks at other university campuses. “We had long been hearing about negative unintended consequences of our previous alcohol policy,” said student life executive director of and chair of the substance use committee Randal Nickel. “Legalization and the changes to north campus’ policy gave us a reason to reconsider alcohol at the same time that another major substance with a less supportive general history was becoming legal.”
The following reflects the interim policy on consumption of alcohol and cannabis at the Augustana campus. Smoking and vaping will be permitted in designated areas.
All smoke and vape-free zones around buildings will increase from current policy to 10 metres and smoking and vaping in the quad and in front of the first year residence complex will be prohibited.
Storage of cannabis products in residence in accordance with legally allowable quantities will be permitted.
Smoking, vaping, cooking and growing of cannabis products in residence and other campus buildings will be prohibited.
Alcohol storage and alcohol consumption in personal and private spaces in residences while maintaining alcohol-free zones will be permitted.
Increased access educational resources that focus on low-risk usage and safe-consumption guidelines towards a harm-reduction approach will be available.
Sales, advertising, branding and sponsorship of cannabis and alcohol products on university campuses or at university events will be prohibited.
“The new approach acknowledges that an unfortunate side effect of the old policies was to drive consumption underground; the new policies are more realistic, with a focus on both reasonable limitations and education,” said dean Allen Berger.
For more information contact Randal Nickel at or  by telephone at 780-679-1630.

Neufeld leaves his police chief position

By Murray Green

Camrose Police Service Chief Mark Neufeld will be leaving his position to assume a similar role with the Calgary Police Service.
Chief Neufeld joined the Camrose Police Service in 2017. Since then, the service has been strongly focused on both employees and community. The service is actively engaged with partner agencies and support providers to connect vulnerable individuals with appropriate resources.
In addition, the structure and systems of the police service have been modernized. These changes have enabled the service to identify crime trends and other community issues in real time, and to intervene appropriately to prevent crime, reduce repeat calls for service, and generally enhance community safety and well-being in Camrose.
This change will take effect over the next several months. Police commission chairperson Rob Ford said, “It is with mixed emotions we accept Chief Neufeld’s resignation. We thank him for his leadership and contributions and to our community.  We wish the chief and his family the best in this new endeavour.”
Chief Neufeld indicated how difficult the decision to leave Camrose was for he and his wife, Lynn. “This community embraced us warmly and we have met many wonderful people,” he said, “I am immensely proud of the work of the Camrose Police Service. The women and men, both sworn and civilian, care deeply about each other and this community. Great people committed to serving great people–I think that’s what makes Camrose so special.”

Births and Deaths

- To Melissa Schmidt and Ryan Bjorgum, of Hay Lakes, a son on March 4.
- To Lindsay and Trevor Sharek, of Camrose, a daughter on March 7.
- To Heather and Devin Trenerry, of Metiskow, a daughter on March 8.
- To Nicole and Brian Nelson, of Camrose, a daughter on March 8.
- To Deanna Cookson and Matthew Thompson, of Sedgewick, a daughter on March 9.
- To Marilyn Manalo and Roland Ignacio, of Camrose, a son on March 9.

- Connie Donna Mary Boone, of Camrose, formerly of Quebec, on March 9, at 54 years of age.
- Allan Keith Schweer, of Edmonton, on March 9, at 55 years of age.
- Darlene Ann Zimmer, of Spring Lake District Daysland, on March 10, at 83 years of age.
- Vernon Roth, of Kelsey, on March 11, at 97 years.
- Michael Niehaus, of  Camrose, on March 14, at 87 years of age.
- Hazel Alice Walker, of Heisler, on March 14, at 100 years of age.
- Thomas Clark, of Camrose, on March 14, at 75 years of age.
- Victoria Saboe, of Edmonton, formerly of Camrose, on March 16, at 101 years of age.