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Reflections

By Bonnie Hutchinson

Zucchini Wars, Part II:
The Zucchini Strikes Back

 
’Tis the season of sharing the last of the garden bounty. An email from The Camrose Booster reminded me that some garden bounty is more welcome than others: “The mom of one of the gals in the art department just dropped off a shopping bag full of zucchinis,” read the email. “Reminded us of your column about trying to find a home for a bumper crop that you had a few years ago. It was a scream. If you could lay your hands on it, I think it is worth a reprint.”
Here it is. The world has changed since this column was first written–but some things never change.
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Well, I finally did it. I got rid of the last of the zucchini.
The facts of life are, hardly anyone likes zucchini. I didn’t start off knowing that.
“It’s the most wonderful stuff,” someone burbled. “So versatile. You can do so much with it.” Turns out she had a list from a magazine: “72 Things to Do with Zucchini.” Zucchini raw, baked, boiled, broiled, stir-fried, sautéed, stewed, stuffed, deep-fried. Zucchini loaf, zucchini muffins, zucchini chocolate cake, zucchini pie…
That should have been a clue. Anything that takes such earnest effort to use must have a problem, right? I mean, you never see a list that says, “72 Things to Do with Prime Rib.”
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I doggedly started using zucchini in everything.
I was going to a potluck supper. “I’ll bring my fabulous zucchini aspic,” I volunteered.
The hostess said firmly, “You can bring the buns and butter.”
I invited my relatives over for supper. “Are you having zucchini for a vegetable?” they asked suspiciously. “No,” I said, truthfully. “Okay, then we’ll come.”
On the day of our supper, they asked, “What’s for dessert?” “Apple Crisp Surprise.” They looked at the dessert. “Hey, this isn’t apple, it’s zucchini.” “Surprise!”
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I was obviously not going to be able to use all the zucchini myself. I tried phoning a few friends.
“Hi, I’ve got some zucchini. Would you like some?”
“No. Thanks for offering, but nobody in my family will eat it.” Another call. “Hi, I’ve got some zucchini…”
“Take two aspirin and call me when it’s gone.”
Then there were the hard bargainers. “Okay, I’ll take some zucchini, but only if you’ll take a box of green tomatoes.” I was getting desperate. Every time I went for coffee with someone, I took some zucchini. People stopped having coffee with me.
Zucchini became my ultimate threat. My brother was hassling me one day. “Watch it,” I said, “Or I’ll give you some zucchini.”  He capitulated instantly.
I made the mistake of asking some friends one night, “What can you do with zucchini?” I got a lot of suggestions, none of them on the list of “72 Things to Do with Zucchini” and most of them starting with, “You can take your zucchini and…”
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I actually left a couple of zucchinis in someone’s mailbox. She reported that she’d wheeled the car around the corner, looked at her house and said to her kids, “Good grief, what are those green monsters hanging out of the mailbox?” I had visions of skulking around in the middle of the night, leaving zucchini wrapped in a baby blanket and tucked in a basket on someone’s front porch. I would attach a note that said, “I’ve been abandoned. Please take me in.”
Turns out someone actually did something like that a few years ago. Gregory and Irene Pelz of Hay Lakes actually did wrap a zucchini in a baby blanket and put eyes and a mouth on it. The photo was in the October 8, 1996 Booster and was included with last week’s column.
I now know how I’m going to solve the problem of “what to do with the zucchini” next year. I’m not growing any. Meanwhile, does anyone want some green tomatoes?
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I’d love to hear from you! If you have comments about this column or suggestions for future topics, send a note to Bonnie@BonnieHutchinson.com. I’ll happily reply within one business day.

City implements Proof of Vaccination Program for City employees

 By Lori Larsen

During the October 4 City of Camrose Regular Council meeting, council endorsed the City of Camrose Proof of Vaccination Program (COVID-19 Hazard Control Policy), applicable to all City employees.
Council also voted on a motion to include all City of Camrose council members in the Proof of Vaccination Program.
City administration made an announcement to all City of Camrose employees on September 28, informing them of plans to implement the Proof of  Vaccination Program.
According to the report presented to council by City manager Malcolm Boyd, the Proof of Vaccination Program is based loosely on the provincial Restriction Exemption Program (REP), requiring either proof of vaccination or  proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test, in order for City employees to access the workplace.
“The implementation of this program assists in helping to keep our employees, their families and the public safe,” explained Boyd. “It also prevents the issue of a dual standard between patrons and staff in terms of their requirements to enter City facilities.”
The Proof of Vaccination Program (for the City of Camrose employees) will begin on October 18, at which time unvaccinated employees will have to take alternative measures in order to attend work in person if they wish to remain unvaccinated.
From October 18 until November 14, proof of partial vaccination (one dose) is considered acceptable.
From November 15, proof of full vaccination (two doses) will be required.
According to the City Proof of Vaccination Program, unvaccinated employees will need to complete and submit a “privately paid” rapid COVID-19 test with a negative result before entering any City workspace. Employees with valid exemptions will be reimbursed for the cost of the rapid COVID-19 test. As a negative rapid test is valid for 72 hours, testing is anticipated to occur twice weekly, and will occur on the employee’s own time.
Boyd began the discussion by presenting the most current COVID numbers (at the time of the meeting).
“Locally, we have seen our numbers hovering around the 80-100, today they are sitting at 102 in the City of Camrose and 78 in Camrose County. We are dealing with outbreaks at four of our schools and one daycare.”
Boyd commented that other municipalities, including Edmonton, Calgary, St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan, Strath- cona County, Cochrane and  Wetaskiwin, are responding to the current health and safety crisis by requiring their staff to either get vaccinated or to provide frequent proof of negative test results.
He also referenced the announcement by Alberta Premier Kenney requiring all Province of Alberta employees to show proof of vaccination or negative testing. “This is quickly becoming the norm.
“I see it as an operational requirement related to health and safety and within my bailiwick to put this policy in place,” noted Boyd. “Having said that, it is highly politicized and I wanted to make sure that this council was agreeable with the approach, hence looking for the endorsement of council.”
Boyd indicated that the implementation of the Proof of Vaccination Program has been announced to City employees and has, thus far, seen a high number of staff members bringing in their proof of vaccination.
He added that there had been a number of concerns raised by people reluctant to get vaccinated and were awaiting the approval of the associated policy, which he said was in a state of final draft waiting for legal review.
Councillor PJ Stasko inquired as to what type of policy would be in place for council, with regards to proof of vaccination or  proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.
Boyd replied, “This policy (presented) would be administrative, as such, applies to staff, volunteers and contractors. It would be up to council to specify what the requirements are for council and put a motion in place to have those requirements for council.”
Councillor Agnes Hoveland spoke to emails and telephone calls received from citizens with concerns over the implementation of REP received by both herself personally and the City, by providing referenced statistical analysis.
Councillor Max Lindstrand supported administration’s decision, stating it is reasonable and consistent with what is happening in other municipalities within the province. “As the numbers grow in this fourth wave, and the number of deaths, we can’t idly sit by and let this continue.”
Mayor Norm Mayer  commented, “It would be nice to have a magic wand and wave it all away, but we don’t have that. All we have are statistics that are produced by educated people in the field. We have differences of opinion on the other side, but I agree, our responsibility is to the health and welfare of our citizens, administration, employees and council.
“I would entertain a motion that council receive this report for information and provide our endorsement of the approach presented and that approach should also include members of council.”
The motion was moved by Councillor Greg Wood and seconded by councillor Agnes Hoveland. The motion was carried.

Buffaloes football program winding down season

By Murray Green

The Camrose Buffaloes atom football teams wind up the regulation schedule this weekend, Saturday, October 16.
The Navy squad will be playing the Beaumont Bears. The Red atoms take on the Edmonton Chargers.
The peewee Buffaloes will be playing the St. Albert Colts on Sunday, October 17, and will then play the Stony Plain Bombers on Sunday, October 24.
The bantam club hosts the rival Wetaskiwin Warriors at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 17.
Then the team completes the regular season in a road game against the Fort Saskatchewan Falcons on Sunday, October 24, before playoffs begin.

RCMP Corporal receives international recognition

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RCMP Corporal Trent Cleveland holds up the framed keepsake of the IACP award.

By Lori Larsen

Wetaskiwin/Camrose RCMP Unit Commander of Wetaskiwin Integrated Traffic Unit Corporal Trent Cleveland is at the top of his game as a 13-year (as of September 8) member of the RCMP, and was recently honoured with the  International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 2021 40 Under 40 Award.
This award program is designed to recognize 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world, who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession.
Cleveland, previously of Killam RCMP, was nominated for the award by Killam RCMP Constable Jake Rains.
As the only RCMP member on the IACP 40 Under 40 list this year, Cleveland said he is honoured and proud to have been selected.
Cleveland, a home-grown boy, began his career with the RCMP 13 years ago, with his first posting in Fort Vermilion.
“My first choice was Nova Scotia, then British Columbia, then Alberta. So when they told me I was posted to Fort Vermilion, I was like, ‘There’s a Fort Vermilion in Alberta?’”
He completed three years’ service in Fort Vermilion, with a stint in La Crete (Enhanced), where he was assigned the duty of building it to a two-member detachment. In 2011, he was transferred to Camrose until 2014. “I purchased a home in Camrose and spent two-and-a-half years policing Camrose County.”
In 2014, Cleveland was transferred to Wetaskiwin until 2017, when he was moved out to Killam Detachment as Acting Sergeant (Detachment Commander).
In 2018, Cleveland was then asked to go to Coronation/Consort detachments, where he was tasked with amalgamating the two detachments.
Returning back to Killam Detachment in 2019 and having successfully amalgamated Consort and Coronation, he was then asked to do the same with the Killam and Viking detachments (September 2018 until March 2019).
“This allowed the detachments to share resources,” he explained. “The Killam/Viking amalgamation was a project I completed for the RCMP Management Development  Program.”
Cleveland said that by amalgamating the two detachments (which still remained separate detachments), they are able to share resources, which resulted in large fiscal savings for the organization, but more importantly, benefitted the members by affording more time off and not always being on call.
“It balanced their personal and work lives,” said Cleveland, “Which, in turn, improves productivity.”
The overall well-being of the membership is important to Cleveland, who prides his leadership ability in ensuring that all members are recognized for the work they do and given opportunities to advance. “Members do good work and they need the recognition. They tend to get overlooked when we don’t recognize each other. It is important to build people up and it is meaningful when they get support and kudos from senior members.”
And that is something he aims at changing throughout the organization, with his own leadership roles.
“In my career, I have had really good management and leadership, but I have also had some really bad. So I have taken all the good things I learned and use it in my own leadership role. As for the bad, I learn what not to do in leadership.”
He said that the organization as a whole is implementing change in policing operations and leadership. “Change in a large organization such as RCMP can take a long time. But upper management is trying to streamline and looking at how to make the organization even better,” part of which, he explained, is exploring the effectiveness of advancement and promotion.
Cleveland said he never really planned on promoting, he really enjoyed being a constable in general duty. But because he wanted to make some changes, he felt it was time to start taking some steps, not just for his own career, but to make the Service better as well.
“My dad always taught me that things may not always work out the way you want at the time, but to just keep moving ahead.” Advice that has served Trent well, and taught him that despite some disappointments, moving forward is the key to success.
The other key to Cleveland’s hard-earned accomplishments is his dedication to community.
His notion to build a strong relationship between the police and the community not only keeps him grounded, but has been a huge asset for the communities he has served.
“It is always a team effort from administrative staff to sworn members to the community itself.
“I had a pretty blessed upbringing,” he smiled. “Being born and raised in Camrose, and my mom and dad always put us children first. They always had us involved in sports. My dad coached me in baseball and we (children) were always kept busy doing something, and that probably is why I ended up being a police officer.”
The idea of community was no doubt spurred from Cleveland’s strong family ties and an obvious commitment to serve their communities.
His brother is a police officer with Camrose Police Service, his sister a teacher living just outside of Camrose, and Trent’s wife is a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital (Unit 4). They are raising their own four children (three boys and one girl), placing the same importance on family and community.
While in Killam, Cleveland, along with the other members of the RCMP detachment, built connections with the community through inclusive initiatives
“We started the annual pumpkin carving initiative for all children. They carve their pumpkins and bring them to the detachment, where they are put on display,” explained Cleveland.
Then for Christmas, the detachment encouraged children (schools) to do posters, which were in turn used as the detachment’s Christmas cards.
Besides encouraging schools and the youth to partner with the RCMP in community spirit, Cleveland said that other stakeholders, such as Victim Services, were very supportive.
“It is important to get out and talk to the community and other stakeholders and show them the positive side of policing, that we (police) are not just a uniform or badge. We, too, have families and we, too, are people.””
He is learning everything he can about his new position in traffic and admits traffic is quite a bit different then general duty, but is welcoming the opportunity to learn while implementing the same community connectivity.
“I started this program of handing out fast food coupons (donated from participating businesses) to drivers who are making good driving decisions.
“Traffic tends to have a negative image by the public. And, yes, there are expectations to conduct traffic stops and hand out violation tickets, but it is still important to stay community based.”
As for the IACP award, Cleveland is honoured to have been recognized, not only by the organization, but by a fellow member of Killam detachment.
“That is the most rewarding. The award is more about leadership, what I was doing in the community to build members up.”
The 40 Under 40 award isn’t the first accolade Cleveland has received in recognition for his outstanding commitment to the betterment of his Service, but also community. He has also been the recipient of the Scott Burko Memorial Award for his part in the RCMP Supervisory Development Program, and was recognized for his remarkable contributions by the community of Killam during a Community Recognition Night hosted by Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely.
The Commissioned Officer in charge of Eastern Alberta District Chief Superintendent Reimer has also honoured Cleveland with a certificate of appreciation (Honours and Recognition), along with a coveted Challenge Coin for his dedication and contribution to the Eastern Alberta District.
Cleveland’s own personal mandate, when it comes to leadership, is to ensure all the members succeed at whatever their passion is within the organization, whether it be in leadership, general duty, traffic or one of the many divisions.
“When I got into a supervisory role, I really felt it was important to highlight the human aspect of policing–to get involved in the community, attend community events, conduct townhall meetings. Let the community know we are part of the community, too.”
Forward thinking, growing the organization and the individual members, and taking policing to a whole new level are what makes Cleveland an exceptional leader and a valuable asset to the policing community.

Chamber named winners

By Lori Larsen

On Thursday, October 7, Camrose and District Chamber of Commerce held the 2021 Business Excellence Awards Gala at the Jeanne and Peter Performing Arts Centre.
Along with nominees and guests, the Chamber celebrated the outstanding contributions businesses make to Camrose and area.
This year’s winners in  the following categories include:
Small Business of the Year Award Winner:
Lakehouse Naturals Soap Company
Community Spirit Award Winner:
Hospice Society of Camrose and District
Ambassador of the Year Award Winner:
Harold Criggar
Customer Service Award Winner:
Gordon Pasiuk (OleO’s)
Home-Based Business Award Winner:
Crown Photography and Film
Woman In Business Award Winner:
Carla Beck (The Bethany Group)
Innovative Marketing Award Winner:
The Trendy Walrus
Nominees for the following categories included:
2021 Community Spirit Award: Downtown Camrose, Retro (Carmen Krause), SOS Program, Hospice Society of Camrose
2021 Customer Service Award: Denise Vanouck (Fringe Benefits), Gordon Pasiuk (OleO’s), Jenn Henderson (Projects at Centra Cam), Jessie Flores (Projects at Centra Cam), Inessa Makarowski (Norsemen Inn), Leslie Barott (SOS Program)
2021 Home-Based Business of the Year Award: Candles By Megan, Crown Photography and Film
2021 Woman in Business Award: Ashley Szott/Kushnerik (Nature’s Retreat Massage), Tara Vanderwal (Square One Hair Studio), Carla Beck (The Bethany Group), Carol Rollheiser (Wild Rose Co-op)
2021 Ambassador of the Year Award: Harold Criggar, Janaya Iverson
2021 Innovative Marketing Award: Quantum Comics, Fringe Benefits
2021 Small Business of the Year Award: Buckskins Emporium, Five Star Home Solutions, Interiors On Main, Lakehouse Naturals Soap Company, The Spotlight Bistro, Thistle Hill Petting Zoo and VooDoo Film and Tint
The Chamber encourages all residents to celebrate not only all the winners, but also the nominees, and show appreciation for all that local businesses do to keep Camrose and area thriving, by shopping local.

City in good financial standing

By Lori Larsen

City of Camrose Financial Services manager Travis Bouck reported to council on October 4 during the Regular Council meeting that the City’s finances are in good standing.
“The City is looking at a fairly significant surplus this year, largely due to the pandemic, with the closure of our facilities that the City was generally subsidizing,” reported Bouck.
“At the end of the year, we are forecasting having a little over $23 million in our General Reserves and a little over $30 million in our Utility Reserves.”
Bouck said that there was not a whole lot of areas for concern other than a relatively significant drop in revenues at the Camrose Regional Sanitary Landfill. “Our team is working on a strategic direction on the Landfill,” explained Bouck. “The revenues have dropped this year as a result of the increase to rates and competition in the area.”
Bouck said the waving of property tax payment penalties on outstanding balances for the current year until October 4, resulted in an influx of payments received by the City on October 1.
“Unfortunately, there are still some individuals having a tough time making payments, of which penalties are currently being applied, which generally would have been applied already from July, but we did give them that grace. Hopefully, we are able to find a balance in helping out our residents and providing service for good value.”
Mayor Norm Mayer commended administration for the work done on the financial status of the City.  “There has been some hard decisions made in the last year and a half, some of them not as popular as we would like them to be, but ones that were necessary, and as a result, the City is in reasonably good financial condition and has the opportunity of continuing on that basis without having to take any drastic steps further than what is necessary, as we go.”
For full details on the Financial Status Update, visit the City of Camrose website at camrose.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/60637.

Junior Kodiaks tame young Bulldogs

By Murray Green

Camrose Kodiaks built up a 3-0 lead over the Blackfalds Bulldogs and hung on to record a 3-2 victory in Alberta Junior Hockey League action on October 5.
Camrose led 1-0 after 20 minutes, when Jarod Newell scored late in the opening period.
The Kodiaks added to the lead with tallies from Callum Gau and Robert Kincaid early in the middle frame.
Blackfalds fought hard to get back into the game, when they scored midway through the period. They made it interesting when the Bulldogs added another marker midway through the third period. The fact that the Blackfalds power play went zero for 10 was the difference in the contest. The Kodiaks penalty killers had a good night.
Goalie Jackson Fellner made 24 of 26 saves for Camrose to earn the victory. The Kodiaks directed 30 shots at the Blackfalds net.
The next home game is against the Spruce Grove Saints at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 15. They also host the Whitecourt Wolverines on Wednesday October 20, the Canmore Eagles on October 29, and a special Halloween matinee against the Canucks on October 31 at 2 p.m.
The Recreation Centre follows the Restrictions Exemption Program.

Dolter going somewhere with his music video

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Travis Dolter’s new music video was filmed in Camrose at Augustana Campus to go with his new song entitled “Somewhere”. He wrote the song in September 2019 and released it two years later.

By Murray Green

Local country recording artist Travis Dolter is going places with his music. His new hit “Somewhere” is putting  him alongside some pretty fine company.
In just one week, his new song received more than 7,000 clicks, and listeners are liking what they hear.
“I’ve lived in the Hay Lakes and Camrose areas my whole life, so I knew they were several places to showcase. I wanted to bring Camrose into my video,” shared Travis.
When Travis recorded his latest single “Somewhere”, plans were initiated to film a professional video to tell the story of the song.
It was filmed in Camrose by producer  Ken Stead, and he was impressed with the vast array of unique scenes he was able to capture in the City.
“Ken did a great job and the video turned out great as well.”
The video includes footage from the actual location where the song was written on the Augustana Campus soccer field, at about 3 a.m. on a cool and foggy night in September 2019.
“My house had such thin walls and was probably 100 years old. I came back from a show in Cold Lake at like 2:30 a.m., and I wanted to write a song, but didn’t want to upset my roommates,” explained Travis. “It was on a Friday night and people were coming home from the bar. They probably thought I was nuts, playing a song on the soccer field at 3 a.m.”
Dolter was featured as 840 CFCW’s Spotlight Artist of the Month in September. “They have been really promoting my song, which is awesome.”
About 690 stations have played his song.
He grew up on the family farm near Hay Lakes and graduated from Augustana with a degree in Kinesiology.
You can view the video at travisdolter.com and determine which locations you can recognize.
Travis is planning on releasing a Christmas song in November that features a down-home feeling.

Flyin’ Bob ready to entertain local residents


By Murray Green

Flyin’ Bob Palmer is a one-man circus. He will juggle, unicycle, high-wire cycle, use magic and comedy to make your day a little brighter.
He will be performing at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, October 17 beginning at 2 p.m.
His Be The Circus show is an exploration of the three ring circus in Flyin’ Bob’s mind, and all the silliness that entails.
His show is a celebration of risk taking, audience participation, success, failure, useless skills, play, run-on sentences and never giving up.
This performance is free, but you must have a ticket. Tickets are available at the box office, online or by calling 780-608-2922.

 Ilg runs for City of Camrose council in October election

By Lori Larsen

DJ Ilg is running for City of Camrose council in the upcoming October 18 municipal election.
Ilg was born in Valleyview, AB. He said that growing up as an oilfield child meant moving around quit a bit. “I lived in Valleyview, Grande Prairie, Clairmont, Red Deer, back to Valleyview until I landed in Bawlf in the summer of my Grade 8 year.
Living in Bawlf afforded Ilg the opportunity to become involved in many activities in Camrose. “I played all my minor sports in Camrose and moved into the city from Bawlf in Grade 11. That’s where I met my high school sweetheart (Lana Pewar) who is now my wife of 14 years.”
Ilg graduated from Camrose Composite High School in 1999.
“After living in Edmonton for 10 years, when Lana got a job teaching high school in Wetaskiwin we both desired to move back to Camrose to raise our family.”
In 2010, Ilg opened a local restaurant  franchise in Camrose. “After 10 years I left the franchise world to focus on my own local brand that could support other businesses in this community.
Ilg’s suggested that involving residents in council decision making is as simple as listening. “Let voices be heard and try to make decisions that will be for the betterment of our community–bringing residents’ ideas and concerns to the table and to work on collective ideas and solutions.”
He also feels there  needs to be a focus on growth and development in Camrose. “The city has been stunted in growth, with the pandemic not doing anyone any favours. I think technology is the industry of the future. By embracing it we can improve efficiency and attract growth.”
Ilg said agriculture is also extremely important to the Camrose community. “Any way we can improve and expand in that sector is crucial for our success.”
With regards to fiscal challenges Ilg said he believes the improvements needed in the city infrastructure is by far the greatest. “The only way to address them is proper planning and budgeting in short and long term plans.
“I think without question the biggest challenge has been COVID for not only The City of Camrose, but all its citizens and businesses. They have had to make hard choices but went above and beyond trying to help businesses with outdoor patios and extensions of their main businesses to help stay afloat.”
Having moved around a lot at a young age, experiencing different cities and towns Ilg remarked that he never felt a sense of pride and community like he does in Camrose. “The people in Camrose are amazing. They go above and beyond helping each other out and supporting one another. We have great schools and teachers, public facilities and scenery. I am a proud Camrose business owner, proud Camrose family man and proud Camrosian.”

Questions posed to the City of Camrose mayor and councillor candidates:
How do you plan on involving residents in the decision-making processes within the City of Camrose?
What are some of the most important issues/challenges regarding the City of Camrose that you feel can be addressed through council?
How would you promote growth within the City of Camrose, particularly bringing industry/employment to the City?
What are the biggest fiscal challenges in the City of Camrose, and what do you envision as the best way to address them?
In your opinion, of what decision has council been a part in the past four years that has had the most impact on the City of Camrose?
What do you cherish most about life in the City of Camrose?

Szott seeks to increase business

By Murray Green

Corey Szott is a Camrose County candidate in Division 3 (Rosalind-Kelsey).
“I was born and raised on a grain and dairy farm between Rosalind and Daysland. After high school, I went to SAIT to get a Plant Processing diploma and Power Engineering, and graduated in 1991. For the last 30 years, I have worked in the oil and gas sector in several different facilities in central Alberta. In my career, I deal with facility operations, projects, budgets, people management, regulatory, landowner issues plus much more. I was involved in the restaurant business for three years, as well I have been farming in the Rosalind/Daysland area for the last 27 years,” shared Szott.
“I would like to use my previous experience to add to County council. In my oil and gas career, when I would move to a new area, I would usually sit back for a few months and observe, while getting into the budget and talking with every employee about their ideas and experience. After my learning process, I would come to my managers or, in this case, the taxpayers and tell them what I learned, where I think we can make it better and these are the numbers. I would like to do the same as a councillor and take my info to the taxpayers for more frequent, but quicker meetings to make sure everybody is engaged,” said Szott.
“In talking with residents, the roads are on top of people’s minds, but there is a lot more to it and there are limitations what can be done due to budget. Previous budgets show an increase in government transfers for operating, but is this going to continue, so we need to operate better, cut service, or increase revenue. We do not want to cut service or increase taxes and user fees. I really believe by bringing business and development to the County, we can achieve our revenue goals. To bring business we need to be a low-tax, reduced-red tape, open-for-business county as we compete with other jurisdictions for investment capital. The council, I believe, did well with the RJIASP or Railway Junction Plan, joining with the City to promote business, and another project of getting water to local communities. Driedmeat Lake is a great asset, but not anywhere near its potential; it could be made a destination spot,” he added.
“I look around our County and I see potential to grow, like reactivating old oil and gas wells as these commodity prices move higher or produce power with cogeneration. Canada, and especially Alberta, produces a lot of raw materials that we send away to make into products and then we buy those products. Let’s process more here and keep the jobs and business in Camrose County,” Szott suggested.
“Camrose County has been a great place to grow up and live. I do like travelling and seeing the world, but I’m always happy to come back home.”

Questions posed to the Camrose County candidates:
How do you plan on involving residents in the decision-making processes within the County? What are some of the most important issues/challenges regarding the County that you feel can be addressed through council?
How would you promote growth within the County, particularly bringing industry/employment to the area? What are the biggest fiscal challenges in the area, and what do you envision as the best way to address them? In your opinion, of what decision has council been a part in the past four years that has had the most impact on the County? What do you cherish most about life in Camrose County?

Candidates speak in mayoral forum

By Lori Larsen

On October 5, candidates running for positions of City of Camrose mayor and council for the upcoming municipal election were given an opportunity to speak and answer questions posed by citizens during the City of Camrose Candidate Forum held at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre.
The Forum was hosted by the Camrose and District Chamber of Commerce, with candidates live-streamed.
Following are responses to two questions posed to both the mayoral candidates Max Lindstrand and PJ Stasko.
In response to the question: What do think are the greatest needs for our City infrastructure at this time?
Candidate Lindstrand replied, “Our current council has allocated $3.1 million per year for 10 years to make sure our roads are of high quality, and also our sidewalks. We also have in progress a very significant capital project, over $40 million, to modernize our wastewater treatment plant.
“There are a couple of issues that certainly need our attention, and one of them is the fact that we have many people living on the north side of Camrose who do not have access to emergency vehicles during times when long trains cover all of the crossings.
“I think we need to explore that as another infrastructure issue going forward. The other two things that come to my mind that are going to be needing attention in the near future are the library and perhaps a new police station.”
Candidate PJ Stasko replied, “We have put in $3.1 million for ten years. This last council looked at doing the same sort of project in regards to sidewalk infrastructure going forward to prepare some of the sidewalks.
“There is a wastewater treatment plant (project) that is budgeted for over $51 million, and that is the biggest project that Camrose has ever done.
“Also, the services down on Main Street are woefully inadequate and there is a plan forward with replacing them as well. That is one of the tenets of being on council and is something to look forward to.”
 In response to the question: Throughout the 1900s and 2000s, our City was advertised as one poised toward an aging populace. Aside from zoning and approving more private care homes, retirement and assisted living centres, how do you plan on maintaining support for this industry and these citizens? What challenges do you see our elders currently facing and how can we improve quality of life to draw more patrons and workers into this industry?
Candidate Stasko replied, “I think Camrose is very fortunate for having  that hindsight a long time ago.  Just look at the healthcare community and facilities being offered in Camrose, it is becoming a healthcare hub. People move here because of our health care. I think that needs to be supported wherever we can. There is talk about possibly making the mall into a one-stop shopping centre for healthcare needs, as far as imaging, diagnostics and things like that.
“Transit and getting them there is also a concern. I think we have done a relatively good job of running the public transit in the last little while, to make sure the elderly get to their appointments and where they need to be.”
Candidate Lindstrand replied, “Camrose has long been known as a retirement centre. Many folks make a conscious decision to come here. I know of several couples that rated various centres around Alberta and set on Camrose as the place they want to retire and live.
“Seniors represent almost twice the population percentage in Camrose versus the rest of the province. We have seniors in all stages of their lives. We have ‘go-go’ seniors, ‘slow-go’ seniors and ‘no-go’ seniors, and we have facilities to assist in every stage of their lives.
“Most seniors are very active people and we need to make sure we provide recreational activities and other opportunities for them in our community and, really, seniors provide a tremendous economic benefit. The number one employer in Camrose is The Bethany Group, which speaks to the fact that seniors are providing many jobs for Camrose residents.”

Trustee candidates share school concerns

By Murray Green

Battle River School Division trustee candidates spoke about seeking a position on the board during a Camrose Chamber of Commerce forum on October 6.
Doug Algar, Pat McFeely and Melissa Rozema are running for two positions. They were asked about the value of public education.
“Education is the building block for our kids’ success in life, not just curriculum, but how to contribute to society in the world in which they are about to embark,” said Rozema.
“We have choices in life about having our children in the public or private system. We always believed in bringing broad groups of people together. Battle River is about equality. They bring education to all students at all times. They support all students to the best of its ability,” said McFeely.
“The inclusive nature of public education is of utmost importance. It is necessary to have well-trained staff throughout the school division. It is important that we support the staff and parents, it is extremely important,” said Algar.
What is your opinion of the new draft of K to Grade 6 curriculum.
“I don’t want to be too negative, but my opinion is very low. I personally believe we need a total revision. As it stands, it is not good enough. It fails to meet a lot of standards–in fact, the government’s own standards. We need to get teachers involved in making a revision of it. It left out inclusivity in the present draft,” replied Algar.
“I agree it needs a lot of work. I have children in the system, and I can see the gaps when it comes to what they can interpret. We need a voice to go to the provincial government to talk about it, including the students. We need to come up with a plan within the division,” added Rozema.
“I’ve been concerned from the beginning about the lack of involvement from teachers and school boards. In my 30 years, we (teachers) haven’t been out of the process as much this time. Until teachers are at the table providing meaningful input, I don’t think we can go forward with it,” suggested McFeely.
Should neighbouring school boards work together to have transportation agreements?
“I think there is a lot of turmoil in the transportation area. I have heard of frustrations from parents trying to get their kids on buses. I think we can work together, but don’t know what that looks like now. I’m open to finding solutions,” said Rozema.
“I see that as a problem from surrounding divisions. I wish we could work across boundaries with no issues at all. It would benefit everybody and have less anxiety for parents,” said McFeely.
“Sometimes we are busing as few as 10 to 12 kids, perhaps there could be more efficiency in that. The logistics will be a little trickier. We have a history of collaboration within Battle River,” said Algar.

Community bus election day change

By Lori Larsen

City of Camrose administration wishes to advise residents that the Community Bus will only be available to take eligible voters to and from Mirror Lake Centre and the Community Centre Field House on election day, October 18.
The bus will not be making trips to the Norsemen Inn polling station as they previously stated and the bus will not be making trips to and from the CRE as was always the case.

Piecing together some creative art, fun

By Lori Larsen

Letting your creative juices flow is a wonderful way to de-stress. Combine that with the company of other like-minded people and it would be a great way to enjoy a social evening.
On October 21, Camrose Arts Society will be presenting a free Collage Party hosted at the Fox & Fable Book and Game Café, 5017-50 Street, from 7 until 10 p.m.
“Come tear it up and put it back together again,” invited Camrose Arts Society Arts Engagement manager Jason Dufresne. “Hang out with fellow artists and enjoy some refreshments while making a bit of low-stakes art together.”
Materials, such as magazines, construction paper, scissors and glue, will be provided, but attendees are free to bring their own materials or preferred medium as well.
“A collage is artwork made by combining different images and materials, usually with a cut and paste process,” described Dufresne. “We can view our local community as a sort of social collage. We all have our own ideas and perspectives, and we each form a part of the whole collage. Like community, it is about coming together and combining voices. Like life, the results can be harmonious, chaotic or somewhere in between.”
Camrose Art Society is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and supports art throughout Camrose and area and brings to light the value art plays in all our lives.
For more information, visit the Camrose Arts Society website at www.camroseartssociety.ca.

City councillor forum

By Lori Larsen

On October 5, candidates running for positions of City of Camrose council in the upcoming municipal election were given an opportunity to speak and answer questions posed by citizens during the City of Camrose Candidate Forum held at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre hosted by the Camrose and District Chamber of Commerce.
Following are responses to a selected question posed to councillor candidates Ron Baier, Lucas Banack, Larissa Berlin, Lana Broker, Tom Calhoun, David Francoeur, Julie Girard, Anthony Holler, Agnes Hoveland, Kevin Hycha, DJ Ilg, Doug Mackay, Joy-Anne Murphy, Don Rosland, Greg Sharp, Wyatt Tanton, Robbyn Thompson, Troy Thompson and Geoffrey Turnquist.
In response to the question: Indicate what your top two main priorities will be if you are elected to City Council.
Candidate Julie Girard indicated her top two priorities would be councillor accessibility and advocating for the community as well as Camrose’s existing industry.
Candidate Kevin Hycha prioritized continuing with road and sidewalk rehabilitation, as well as addressing infrastructure  needs. His second priority would be expansion of the community bus service.
Candidate Wyatt Tanton indicated his top priority is creating affordable housing, and his second priority would be to provide lower-cost, higher-quality broadband service.
In response to the question: Indicate what your top two main priorities will be if you are elected to City Council.
Candidate Joy-Anne Murphy narrowed the two priorities down to accessibility within Camrose for all residents, and future planning regarding water resources and infrastructure.
Candidate Troy Thompson said his priorities would include representing the community, and expanding events and improving transportation for seniors.
Candidate Greg Sharp said he would ensure open communication between council and residents, and prioritize the difference between what is a request and a requirement.
Agnes Hoveland indicated priorities would be to address the issues of transportation as an essential service specifically the Camrose Connector to Edmonton and continue creating Camrose as an arts destination.
Candidate DJ Ilg said his number one priority would be to maintain a balanced budget, and the second priority would be to promote growth of the community.
Candidate Lucas Banack said his top priority would be advocating for and supporting small and large businesses. His second priority is to be a voice for the community outside the municipality with other municipalities and the province.
Tom Calhoun considered infrastructure and capital projects and exploring water resources for the future as the two top priorities.
Anthony Holler said affordable housing and more senior housing would be his top priorities.
Robbyn Thompson felt keeping a balanced budget and maintaining reserves, and providing more support for businesses were top priorities.
Lana Broker indicated her top two priorities were to give a voice to the regular person, and spend dollars in a responsible manner.
David Francoeur said his top priorities would be to continue upkeep of roads, and to provide transportation options, particularly for seniors and Augustana students.
Don Rosland stated his two priorities included increasing Camrose’s tax base, which would provide more funding, and maintaining infrastructure and building for the future.
Doug MacKay’s top priorities were to ensure council advocates as a voice for the citizens, and being fiscally responsible and continue to build on what has been established.
Geoff Turnquist indicated his two priorities would be to bring more awareness and better utilize existing community support services, and to bring the spark back into the community.
Ron Baier indicated the focus should be on the councillor’s ability to do the daily work as a councillor, and to find out the priorities of taxpayers.
Larissa Berlin said prioritizing being the voice of citizens to ensure they are being heard, and supporting social programs and organizations.
Other questions posed to the candidates included:
what industry councillors would support coming to Camrose;
steps to support recovery of arts, culture and tourism in Camrose;
what community programs or resources in Camrose would they further develop in order to increase inclusitivity in order to make Camrose a safe and more welcoming City for newcomers or marginalized members to live.

 Troy Thompson runs for City of Camrose council

By Lori Larsen

Fifth generation Camrosian Troy Thompson is running for City of Camrose council in the upcoming October 18 municipal election.
Aside from completing his post-secondary eduction away from Camrose, Troy has called Camrose home all of his life. “After completing my education, my wife and I made the easy decision to raise our family here in this great city and I have owned and operated my business here for over 30 years.”
Thompson intends on involving residents in the decision-making processes within Camrose in two ways. “Firstly, by using social media and local papers to spread awareness when there is an upcoming council decision, including possible plebiscites on major city decisions.
“Secondly, I am a great listener, and I would use an open door policy to ensure all Camrosians can voice their thoughts and concerns that need to be brought forward to the council and our mayor.”
Thompson indicated that some of the most important issues and challenges facing Camrose that may be addressed through council include: more complete transportation system, maintenance of the City’s existing infrastructure including roads and sidewalks, maintaining the existing zero per cent property tax increase, and keeping tax dollars in Camrose by offering all community projects to local businesses first before searching else-where.
“To promote growth within the City of Camrose, I would support bringing in new industry and employment wherever possible,” said Thompson. “New industry and employment are vital to our local economy because of the many benefits that come with it. These benefits include providing employment opportunities to workers with young families who will buy homes here, helping to build our tax base in an aging population, as well as providing new amenities that will help to retain those families that are already here.”
He stated that the  most substantial fiscal challenges include paying for the City’s newest major projects and maintaining/operating the existing public buildings. “We can address these concerns by continuing to search out provincial and federal grants and keeping a close watch on our budget.”
In his opinion, the most impactful decision made by the council in the past four years has been to build and invest in new amenities for residents. “This includes the new wastewater treatment plant, public works building, and upgrading our existing aquatic centre.
“Some of the many things I cherish most about life in Camrose include the natural beauty of our city, the safety, sporting amenities, coffee shops, and the concerts at the Bailey and Lougheed.
“I also cherish that Camrose is a caring, giving, and friendly community that I feel proud to call home.”

Questions posed to the City of Camrose mayor and councillor candidates:
How do you plan on involving residents in the decision-making processes within the City of Camrose?
What are some of the most important issues/challenges regarding the City of Camrose that you feel can be addressed through council?
How would you promote growth within the City of Camrose, particularly bringing industry/employment to the City?
What are the biggest fiscal challenges in the City of Camrose, and what do you envision as the best way to address them?
In your opinion, of what decision has council been a part in the past four years that has had the most impact on the City of Camrose?
What do you cherish most about life in the City of Camrose?

Albertans starting to go back to work

By Murray Green

It has taken a long time, but Albertans are returning to work this fall.
“There is still work to be done, but Statistics Canada had good news for Alberta today, with a third straight month of job growth. Alberta added 19,600 new jobs in September, continuing our economic rebound. We’ve now recovered all of the jobs lost since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Doug Schweitzer, Alberta Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation.
“In addition, we saw one of the largest proposed investments in our province’s history from Dow Chemical. Their announcement of the world’s first net-zero petro- chemical plant shows that Alberta is diversifying our economy and is a global leader in emissions reduction,” he added.
“We also had Enbridge’s Line 3 come online, which has led to higher levels of energy exports. It was only the third time in recorded history that Alberta exported four million barrels of oil a day to the United States,” he continued.
“Alberta’s Recovery Plan will continue to diversify today for jobs tomorrow. This year, we have seen our film sector double in investment, our tech sector continues to grow rapidly, and new momentum in our oil and gas industry. Alberta has a bright economic future.”

Candidate Forums

By Lori Larsen

On October 5, candidates running for positions of City of Camrose mayor and council in the upcoming October 18 municipal election were given an opportunity to speak and answer questions posed by citizens during the City of Camrose Candidate Forum held at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre.
On October 6, candidates running for Battle River School Division and Camrose County in the upcoming October 18 municipal election council were given an opportunity to speak and answer questions posed by citizens during the City of Camrose Candidate Forum held at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre.
The forums were live-streamed and are available for viewing on YouTube url https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zguBF8R46A (YOUTUBE October 5th - Mayoral and City Council Election Forums or visit the Camrose and District Chamber of Commerce website at http://camrosechamber.ca/.

Candidates talk about County issues at forum

By Murray Green

Camrose County candidates for councillor positions spoke at the Camrose Chamber of Commerce forum on October 6 to inform voters.
Candidates were asked several questions. In your opinion, what are top three attributes of the Camrose County?
“Number one is the people who live here. Another attribute is the roads, I live on one of the best roads and I want good roads for everyone. Another is the strong administration that we have at Camrose County,” said Lynne Jenkinson.
“I too agree people are the strength of the County. We have good infrastructure with new water lines. Agriculture is the primary industry and focus in this County,” said John Girvan.
“We have amazing assets like places you can go for leisure, community, because we have amazing people that live here. I also think we have very good infrastructure that can draw business interest to create a larger tax base,” said Tina Sroka.
“I agree about the people we have. The resources that we have like coal, natural gas, oil, agriculture land and a river. The other benefit is our location with access to international airports,” said Corey Szott.
“One of our best is agricultural resources. We are sitting on a situation of agricultural growth. We have potential in economic and tourism growth. And we have the people who spend hours making sure their ag society grows,” said Doug Lyseng.
“Definitely the people, the landscape and resources, and I’ve always thought the County has given great value for the tax dollars. The County takes care of its people,” said Ernie Bertschi.
“Our community, our resources and our location. We are in the middle of everything and have easy access that makes us attractive to small and larger businesses. We are centred to a lot of bigger communities as well,” said Kassandra Spruyt.
“Yes, it’s a common theme that people are our top attribute. But to go along with that, the small-town communities. I like going home at night, knowing that I know most of my neighbours. The other is our great farming community. We have good infrastructure, I know farmers can pound out the roads in the spring and fall, but that is something we can work together on,” said Jordon Banack.
“Our Nature Centre is a great example of reclaiming the Blatz gravel pit. It is a place we go with our grandchildren. We have a strong agricultural base and we are fortunate that we are in a good part of the country. Infrastructure is always important in a County. Our roads are in better shape than in some years,” said Don Simpson.
“To me, the greatest attribute is our natural resources. We enjoy all outdoor activities like hiking, biking, kayaking and horseback riding. The infrastructure is good so we can get to the lovely lakes and rivers that we have. I like to see the volunteerism that we have in the communities. The people are wonderful and go out of their way to help,” said Karen Forster.
“I agree with everyone’s responses so far. People are the best attribute. I know that, having moved here from somewhere else. We felt a sense of welcoming right from the beginning. I also agree that volunteerism is strong in the community. The second one is the recreational facilities that we have in our communities. Thirdly, it is our ability to build infrastructure and tie in business and agriculture,” said Wetthuhn.
What is the difference between running a business and the administration at the County?
“You need fiscal responsibility and transparency. Without fiscal control, you don’t have any direction,” said Wetthuhn.
“I agree, you have to have fiscal responsibility. Running a business, you want to be profitable with your bottom line. In the County, you are looking at your tax dollars as your revenue, but it not quite the same focus, although you don’t want to run into the red. You want to make sure your tax dollars are well spent,” said Forster.
“Three things: you need to finance things properly, you need to work with others, and you have to be transparent and be accountable to the residents in the County,” said Don Simpson.
“You want your business and County to be profitable, but in the County, if you are making too much, then you are taxing too much,” said Banack.
“The biggest difference between running your own business and the County is who you are responsible for. In the County, it isn’t always about making a profit, but spending responsibly and for the greater good,” said Spruyt.
“You definitely need to have fiscal controls. You need to create relationships with people and other counties. You need to budget for fiscal controls,” said Bertschi.
“The Municipal Government Act tells us what we can and can’t do. We are also responsible to two other levels of government, so it makes it quite complicated. I also think fiscal responsibility is also very important. We have worked on identifying core services, so we know what we need to provide. Sometimes expectations are far above what we can actually do,” said Lyseng.
“There are differences. You can run up a debt load in the County that you can’t in a personal business. You have to treat the County as a non-profit business, where you still have employees, but you have to serve others (ratepayers),” said Szott.
“It is a process on how you run a County. Councillors make decisions, but they go to Paul King (County administrator) and he then goes to which department it is under. It is a different process. We have to be accountable to the people within our division. It is all about communication,” said Sroka.
“We have many stakeholders and everyone has different wants. We can’t address all of those things. We must prioritize the tax dollars into projects and various areas,” said Girvan.
“In business, you have rules that you must follow. As a County, we are responsible under the Municipal Act. We must make sure that we are accountable and responsible for all public funds and we have to do that in a very transparent manner,” said Jenkinson.
Candidates not at the forum were Carl Bergstrom, Angeline Debogorski, Bernadette Masson, Brian Willoughby, Robert Lee and Kael Crichton.

Vikings’ Bendiksen wins cross-country race

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The Augustana Vikings women’s soccer team player Hanna Boyce drives the net against the Medicine Hat Rattlers in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference action in Camrose.

By Murray Green

At the Stoney Creek Centre in Camrose, Augustana hosted the second Grand Prix race on October 2, and dominated in the women’s event.
Reese Bendiksen of the Vikings raced over six kilometres in 24:39 to capture the event. That was about a full minute ahead of the next competitor.
Caitlin DeBree had a good outing with a sixth-place finish at 27:14. Makayla Sheppard came in 12th, Chloe Funnell was right behind her at 13th, Serena Isley was 18th and Chelsea Cook placed 24th to give the host team first in the team event.
On the men’s side, Nathanael Tabert of the Vikings placed 10th to lead the team. He crossed the line after eight kilometres at 31:02.
Ben Nawrot came in 13th, Sam Nawrot was 17th, Jonas Stoll-Pott placed 26th, Ewan Schellenberg was 37th and Dominic Schellenberg was 47th. As a team, Augustana a placed sixth.
The cross-country running season concludes in Camrose, with Augustana hosting the ACAC Cross-Country Running Championships at the Stoney Creek Centre on October 30.
Soccer
The Augustana Vikings women’s soccer team lost 8-1 to the Red Deer Queens in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference action on October 2.
Anna Goulard scored the lone goal for the Vikings. Goalkeeper Sofia Ovcharenko faced 28 shots on goal in the Augustana net.
The Vikings wrapped up its season against the Ambrose Lions on October 9.

Lefsrud keeps known truck in family

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Derek Lefsrud of Viking knew the history about this truck, as it bounced around the family for many years. It was mostly used around the farm or for hauling goods back and forth to town.

By Murray Green

Derek Lefsrud of Viking owns a 1947 Ford truck.
“My uncle Milton had this truck on the farm and he fixed it up so it would drive. I drove it around and then I found the original motor for it. I fixed everything from under the frame and slowly put it together. I had to buy a two-ton truck to get the right grille. I bought another half-ton to use as parts,” explained Derek.
“I wanted this truck, because you don’t see very many around. I haven’t seen another one at a car show,” he added.
The last year Ford trucks employed 1941 body designs was 1947. Trucks were the first civilian vehicles to come back after the Second World War because they were the workhorses needed to help rebuild the economy.
“Finding all of the parts was the hardest thing to do. It was almost impossible. In 1947, it was a one-year-only model body style and not very many were made right after the war,” Derek said.
For 1947, the macho workman’s truck styling continued with little change. This design would be short lived, because for 1948, Ford ramped up its design team and started production on the F-series pickups–the truck that would one day become one of the best-selling American-made automobiles in U.S. history.
“Last winter, I overhauled the motor, transmission and frame. I drive the truck back and forth to the farm. I will slowly work on it some more, probably all of the body work and add the new grille. I went all the way to Saskatoon to find parts for it,” Derek said.
“One farmer whom I worked for said he knew the guy who owned it new and it was just down the road. Milton’s brother got the truck from him and then his other brother got it and now I have it,” shared Derek.
“It sat in the shed for a few years. Now that I have the truck, I want to keep it–keep it in the family. In restoring it, I went all original as much as I could. The motor is the original flathead 21 stud, V8 engine out of the two-ton truck and Strebs in Camrose rebuilt it for me,” concluded Derek.
While competitors Chevrolet and Dodge were slow to adopt integrated fenders and headlights, Ford did so in a single sweep. The new truck cab had full-width fenders with lights embedded in the catwalk area between the fenders and grille. The grille itself was a waterfall design which was painted in a contrasting color.
A year after consumer production resumed in 1947, Ford leveraged that knowledge to provide even more innovations for its customers.
FUN FACTS
The new trucks were introduced in late 1947 (going on sale January 16, 1948). Standard features included ashtray, glove box and driver-side sun visor, which was unusual on trucks at the time. Options included the “See-Clear” windshield washer (operated by foot plunger), passenger-side windshield wiper and sun visor, and passenger-side taillight.
After the 1947 model year was introduced, a completely new design was planned, which could appeal to various applications, extending further than just having a single purpose. It was similar to the short 1946. Visual differences included the removal of the red accents from the grille and the two small lights located just above it. Ford began titling 1947s in February 1947. For the first few weeks, the 1947 model was identical to the 1946. Ford then restyled the body slightly, first by moving the parking lights from above the grille to below each headlight. Exterior moldings were changed from grooved to a smooth design. A new hood ornament with a blue plastic insert was installed. A new hubcap design became available in March. The interior dash colour was changed from red accent to gold. By September, the roof-mounted antenna was moved to the cowl. Horns were moved in front of the radiator from the engine compartment. The final 1947 models were titled in November.

Operation Impact traffic safety initiative hit the roads

By Lori Larsen

If you were like many others this past long weekend travelling on Alberta roadways, you may have noticed a higher traffic enforcement presence.
In an effort to educate the public and reduce the risks on Canadian roadways, law enforcement agencies across the country took part in the Operation Impact 2021: Be a Hero. Aim for Zero national public awareness campaign aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.
By promoting safe driving behaviours, the goal was to help prevent collisions, save lives, and reduce injuries on the roads.
From October 8th to 11th, police across the country focused on behaviours that put drivers, passengers and other road users at risk including: impaired driving due to alcohol, drugs or fatigue; as well as aggressive driving, distracted driving, and driving without a seat belt.
All of these behaviours can be prevented. According to Canadian Association Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee, most collisions are not ‘accidents’, they are generally the direct result of a conscious decision an individual driver has made.
The statistics speak for themselves. Motor vehicle collisions kill about 2,000 Canadians, seriously injure another 10,000 people, and injure about 165,000 citizens in this country every year.
The goal behind the initiatives slogan Be a Hero. Aim for Zero, is for all motorists to strive for zero problematic driving behaviours at the wheel, thus  reducing collisions to zero.
More vehicles on the roads equate to a higher risk of motor vehicles collisions. That’s why the Thanksgiving long weekend was an ideal time  to roll out the Operation Impact initiative. The more people that can be educated, the better chance of improving road safety.
According to the International Transport Forum Road Safety Data, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada introduced lockdown measures that led to a reduction of 30 to 50 per cent in traffic volume. In April 2020, the number of road deaths had reduced by an estimated 46 per cent, compared to the average for 2017 to 2019.
Unfortunately, driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs remains one of the top causes of death and injury in traffic collisions.
According to the Traffic Injury Research Foundation Road Safety Monitor 2017 Drugs & Driving in Canada, published in October 2018, drinking and driving ranked first (71.3 per cent) among societal issues, with road safety in general ranking third (64.5 per cent).
Canadians ranked road safety issues in the following order: drivers texting while driving (89 per cent), distracted drivers (80.9 per cent), drivers using cell phones (either handheld or hands free) (76.9 per cent), drinking drivers (76.6 per cent), drugged drivers (70.4 per cent), and older drivers using prescription drugs (51.9 per cent).
The numbers speak for themselves. Citizens are generally concerned about the risks involved with poor driving behaviours. Initiatives, such as Operation Impact, show that everyone has a responsibility to make our roads safer.

Battle River Community Foundation support Hospice Society

The Battle River Community Foundation awarded $7,000 in grants to the Hospice Society of Camrose and District.
One grant enabled the Hospice Society to purchase equipment and software that allowed the organization to switch to virtual contact for individual and group meetings in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has proved invaluable to the Hospice Society and will be used over the long term to connect with clients and volunteers and to allow for distanced training during the ongoing pandemic response.
The second allowed the Society and other local groups to participate in suicide grief intervention training.
Both grants came from the Battle River Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund created in the early stages of the pandemic to assist local organizations in meeting the unique challenges presented when the pandemic required an unanticipated switch in program delivery and operations. More than $109,000 in Foundation discretionary spending and direct donor support was moved to this Fund to allow for a quicker decision-making process than what can be done in the Foundation’s regular granting stream. Those funds were exhausted in the current year.
In addition to the equipment and software purchased with the first grant, the Hospice Society received a grant from the Emergency Community Support Fund, available through Community Foundations of Canada, and using money provided by the Government of Canada to support local COVID related projects across the country. That grant, which enabled the Hospice Society to provide communication devices to isolated seniors and expanded the use of the equipment and software purchased, was facilitated by the Battle River Community Foundation.
The Battle River Community Foundation exists to support organizations such as this 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 principals 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 $7,250,000 to support charitable activities in the Battle River Region.
To learn more about the Hospice Society of Camrose and District, contact Pamela Cummer, president, at 780-608-4270.
To learn more about the Battle River Community Foundation, contact Dana Andreassen, executive director, at 780-679-0449.

Be ready for added ballots

By Murray Green

You have the opportunity to vote for mayors, councillors and school board trustees in the October 18 election.
However, you need to be prepared to vote on several other additional items along with your ballot.
You will be supplied with two referendum questions. The two questions are: Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982–Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments–be removed from the constitution?
A “yes” vote would be to send less Alberta money to Ottawa, while a “no” vote would be to keep paying equalization payments.
According to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, key findings include: equalization has cost Alberta taxpayers $67 billion since its inception in 1957; the cost of equalization per Albertan has been $20,200 since 1957; in 2021, equalization will cost Alberta taxpayers $2.9 billion; on average, equalization will cost each Albertan $650 this year or $2,600 for a family of four; Albertans have received less than .02 per cent of all equalization payments. The last equalization payment Alberta received was in 1964-65.
And the second is: Do you want Alberta to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is summer hours, eliminating the need to change our clocks twice a year?
A “yes” vote means you support a permanent change to summer hours and no longer turning clocks forward in March and backward in November.
A “no” vote means you support continuing the current practice of turning the clocks forward in March and backward in November.
Dr. Michael Antle is a professor at the University of Calgary professor in the department of psychology.
Antle disputes the twice-a-year time change because the weeks following the “spring forward” in April, when we switch our clocks ahead by an hour, we see an increase in car accidents, strokes, heart attacks and workplace injuries. However, he asserts that the proposed move to permanent DST is the worse of the two dreadful choices.
The referendum question regarding Daylight Saving Time is a non-constitutional question asked under section 5.1 of the Referendum Act. The result of the vote on the Daylight Saving Time question is binding.
For more information about the referendum, visit www.elections.ab.ca, call toll free at 1-877-422-VOTE (8683), or look on Facebook or Twitter.
Senate
You can also vote for three of 13 candidates to represent Alberta in the Senate. The Order in Council and Writ of Election for the 2021 Alberta Senate Election was issued on June 23 to hold an election to select three Senate nominees, who may be summoned to the Senate of Canada to fill a vacancy or vacancies relating to Alberta.
The candidates are Erika Barootes of Edmonton, Rick Bonnett of Ponoka, Pam Davidson of Red Deer, Doug Horner of Edmonton, Duncan Kinney of Edmonton, Kelly Lorencz of Red Deer County, Mykhailo Martyniouk of Edmonton, Ann McCormack of Mannville, Jeff Nielsen of Olds, Karina Pillay of Southern Alberta, Chad Jett Thunders Saunders of Calgary, Sunil Sookram of Edmonton and Nadine Wellwood of Cochrane.
To be nominated for election, Senate candidates must have collected 500 signatures from eligible electors in Alberta.
Visit www.elections.ab.ca/senate-and-referendum/senate-candidates/who-are-the-senate-candidates/ to receive more information on the candidates.

Housing sales cooling this fall

By Murray Green

The housing mini boom of sales in Camrose has cooled with the weather this fall.
“Compared to last quarter, the average sale price in the City of Camrose is down 4.91 per cent and the median sale price is down 4.53 per cent. The average days on market dropped slightly from 78 days to 72 days, while the number of sales decreased by six. However, it is very important to note that the quarter-to-quarter stats have always been subject to seasonal fluctuations, and therefore should not be viewed in isolation,” said Jacobus Slabbert of the Camrose office of HarrisonBowker Valuation Group.
In the third quarter, the average sale price in 2021 was $310,253, down 4.91 per cent from last quarter, but up 10.8 per cent from the same time last year. The rolling 12-month average increased by 2.51 per cent.
The median sale price was $284,500, which is down 4.91 per cent from last quarter, but up 5.37 per cent compared to the same time last year. The rolling 12-month median increased by 1.27 per cent.
There were 105 residential sales in the City of Camrose in quarter three, which is six less sales than what was recorded in the second quarter, but 11 sales more than 2020 in the same time period.
There were 19 sales of more than $400,000 in the second quarter, which is six less than last quarter. The average days on market was 72, which is six days down from last quarter.
In Camrose County, there were 24 reported sales in the third quarter, which is down six sales compared to the second quarter, and one less than what was reported last year in the same quarter.
The average marketing time was 79 days, which is down 11 days compared to last quarter.
In Flagstaff County, there were four sales in quarter three, down three from last quarter and one less from the same time last year. The average days on the market was up to 166 days, up 34 days from the last quarter.

Crush defeat Barons in opener

By Murray Green

The Camrose Crush senior men’s hockey team defeated the Devon Barons 6-4 in the opening game of the North Central Hockey League on October 2.
Camrose scored two goals in each period to gain the victory. Dylan Wallace and Ryley Bennefield netted the Crush tallies in the opening period.
Then it was Bennefield with his second of the night and Brad Trautman gathering the goals in the middle frame. However, Devon tied the game with four goals in the period.
Camrose turned it up a notch in the final period, with markers from Ross Reed and a second from Wallace.
Crush goalie Connor Dobberthien stopped 35 of 39 shots he faced, while Camrose fired 33 at the Devon cage.
Camrose has its home opener on October 16 against Lacombe beginning at 8:45 p.m. in the Max McLean Arena.
Home opener
“This is an exciting brand of hockey to watch. It was good to see people in Devon enjoying the game. We want more than 1,000 fans at the game to help kick off the season for us. It is fast-paced, hard-hitting hockey with some tough stuff happening sometimes,” said team owner Colin Grindle.
“We are going to have a Teddy Bear Toss at the game to support the Stollery Children’s Hospital.”
A concession will be set up in the Max McLean Arena for Crush games.
“We have a lot of local guys on this team, as well as a few coming back from Europe. We consider Devon one of the better teams and we beat them, so we are excited about what this team can accomplish. We picked up Dalton Reum and Landon Oslanski. We named Tylor Keller the captain with assistants JC Heck and Cody Fiala,” said Colin. “We have had overwhelming support from the community. Our idea is to have it as an experience, not just a hockey game.”
During the intermission, the team will have a puck shoot, where a lucky fan has the chance to shoot from centre ice into the net and win a prize.
For more information, email camrosecrush@gmail.com or call 780-910-7953. Free tickets are available at one of your favourite restaurants in Camrose.

Municipal election, where, when, who

By Lori Larsen

The following information regarding the October 18 Municipal Election is provided to assist all eligible voters on when and where they can cast their votes.
Voters are reminded that they can vote on October 18 at any of the following Election Day Voting Stations:
 
  • Mirror Lake Centre (5415-49 Avenue)
  • Community Centre Field House (4516-54 Street)
  • Norsemen Inn (6505-48 Avenue)
  • CRE (4250 Exhibition Drive)
Voting stations will be open from
10 a.m. until  to 8 p.m. on October 18.
The Restriction Exemption Program (REP) does not apply to elections and will not be in effect for voting purposes at the Voting Stations.
In addition to providing larger spaces for voting and in an effort to keep all people safe and avoid the risk of spreading COVID-19, Advance Voting dates (available to all eligible voters) at the Camrose Recreation Centre (former Augustana gym):
 
  • October 13 from 1 until 7 p.m.
  • October 14 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • October 15 from 1 until  7 p.m.
  • October 16 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Voting stations will be set up at designated times on October 18 at the following institutions for residents of those facilities only: Deer Meadows, Brookside, Faith House, Viewpoint, Rosealta, Rosehaven, Louise Jensen, Bethany Meadows and Seasons.
The following are the lists of candidates running for the position of City of Camrose mayor and eight councillors.
Mayor candidates: Max Lindstrand and PJ Stasko.
Councillor candidates: Ron Baier, Lucas Banack, Larissa Berlin, Lana Broker, Thomas David (Tom) Calhoun, David Francoeur, Julie Girard, Anthony Holler, Agnes Hoveland, Kevin Hycha, DJ Ilg, Doug MacKay, Joy-Anne Murphy, Don Rosland, Greg Sharp, Wyatt Tanton, Robbyn Thompson, Troy Thompson and Geoffrey Ryan Turnquist.
For complete details on the upcoming municipal election visit the City of Camrose website at www.camrose.ca/en/your- government/election.aspx or telephone 780-672-4426.

 

Births and Deaths


BIRTHS
- To Linda-Lee Stewart and Kevin Hahn, of Daysland, a son on September 21.
- To Karly and Jordan Halback, of New Norway, a daughter, on September 23.

DEATHS
- Fred Wiebe of Wildwood, on September 25, at 72 years of age.