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By Bonnie Hutchinson

Genius thoughts

In the absence of ideas of my own, I went in search of quotes from other people. Albert Einstein popped up on my screen.
Remember Einstein? He was perhaps the greatest genius of the 20th century, widely considered to be one of the greatest physicists of all time. In 1905, while still in his early twenties, he wrote four ground-breaking papers that made important contributions to the fields of quantum physics and quantum mechanics. He was awarded a Nobel Prize for physics in 1921, and continued to break new ground until his death in 1955.
One of Einstein’s early breakthroughs was his Theory of Relativity–the idea that time and space are changeable. When someone once asked him to explain his theory of relativity, he said, “Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity!”
He also pronounced what are, for me, mind-blowing concepts to consider. “Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.
“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once; the distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
During our lockdown, I especially appreciate this Einstein quote: “I never think of the future–it comes soon enough.”
Einstein’s intellectual achievements resulted in “Einstein” becoming a catch-word to mean “genius.” However, as a child, Einstein’s genius was not obvious to the adults in his life. He was slow in learning to talk, even considered to be stupid. But, at age 12, he taught himself algebra and Euclidean geometry over a single summer.
At a time when the Alberta government has put forward a new Kindergarten to Grade 9 curriculum, it’s interesting to read some of Einstein’s thoughts about education.
Someone once asked Einstein what the speed of sound is. He said, “[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books … The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think.”
Here are other Einstein quotes about education: “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. That is the way to learn the most; when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.”
Einstein made pungent observations about life in general: “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
“A ship is always safe at shore, but that is not what it’s built for.” “What is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right.”
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Given Einstein’s massive achievements, it’s enlightening to read these comments about accomplishments: “Genius is one per cent inspiration, and 99 per cent hard work.” “I am thankful for all of those who said ‘no’ to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” “Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person.”
“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.”
And, in conclusion, here’s an Einstein quote that captures what we’ve all probably wondered sometimes: “A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I or are the others crazy?”
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.

Centra Cam’s annual Bowl-a-thon moves forward

By Murray Green

The 24th annual Centra Cam Bowl-a-thon is going to be held on June 11.
The date has been set, although the format might have options for bowlers. It could be held virtually, and/or in an outdoor setting.
“We are so excited to be proceeding with our annual Bowl-a-thon,” said Centra Cam Bowl-a-thon committee member Vina Johnson. “Will it look different this year? Yes, and we are excited to have everyone be part of it again.”
June 11 will be the Bowl-a-thon date, however, they will start scheduling bowling times as early as June 1. “Our hope is that we will be able to bowl in some capacity at the bowling alley. However, if this is not an option, we will set up bowling right here in Centra Cam’s yard. As restrictions change, we will have a better idea of what we can and cannot do,” explained Vina.
Visit the Facebook page and Like and Follow Centra Cam. They will offer weekly updates, videos and some livestreaming leading up to the event.
“We are hoping to use the 2Home Hardware props from the Bowl-for-the-Green event that is usually held downtown (during Jaywalkers’ Jamboree) every year. We would only have 10 people at a time. That is why we would start on June 1 and have several people each day. Most people will participate virtually.”
This year, Centra Cam will be using a fundraising platform called Charity Village. This page went live yesterday on May 3. The link to start fundraising is https://give.charityvillage.com/Bowlathon2021.
You can donate to a team. Clients are grouped in teams by the first letter of their last name.
They are still accepting cash donations at the Centra Cam main facility if you would prefer to donate in person.
All donations of $100 or more will be recognized on social media and in the local newspaper.
Centra Cam is looking for more challenge teams. So far, teams include Hauser Home Hardware, EMCO, Camrose Insurance (Co-operators) and Boston Pizza.
Bank Challenge Teams to date include Scotiabank, Vision Credit Union, CIBC, BMO and RBC. They would like to see other banks join in as well.
A portion of the proceeds raised will be going towards enhancing and encouraging physical activity for clients.

Federal budget not helping west

By Murray Green

The Canadian budget could be making a bad situation worse.
“More than a year late, swimming in red ink and rife with risky new economic strategies based on the Liberals’ reimagined Canada (sums up the budget). The Liberals appear to be doubling down on their failures,” said Battle River-Crowfoot MP Damien Kurek, when he responded to finance minister Chrystia Freeland’s first budget presented on April 19.
The leader of Canada’s Conservatives Erin O’Toole said, “The Prime Minister wants to test an out-of-control debt plan without any real stimulus, one that abandons the natural resource sector entirely, and provides no real fiscal anchor. This Ottawa-knows-best approach will continue to lead to ballooning housing costs, higher taxes, growing risk of inflation, and will leave millions of Canadians behind.”
MP Kurek echoed the leader’s sentiment by saying, “It is a downright travesty when the Liberals have the opportunity to take tangible fiscal action, and they miss the mark entirely. Further, they recycle old promises on which they have consistently failed to deliver, neglect our oil and gas sector, and fail to present a tangible way out of the worst health and financial crisis in decades.”
Canada’s economy was steered through the Great Recession of 2008 by then Prime Minister Stephen Harper, something that MP Kurek notes, “A Conservative got us through the last recession, and from what we saw today, it is going to take a Conservative to get us through this one. We’ve got a solid five-point plan to see a strong Canadian recovery, while the Liberals seem to think the only metric for success is to spend more money.”

Doing the Cobra-Chicken Shuffle

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By Lori Larsen

Camrose Police Service School Resource Officer Constable John Fernhout finished his demonstration of the Cobra-Chicken Shuffle to St. Patrick Catholic School Grade 3 students, with a token tree hug.

“Be the best you can be and that goodness will spread outward” basically sums up the goal behind the Camrose Police Service CORE [Care for self and others, Online responsibility and integrity, Relationship with self (mental health) and with others, and Establishing boundaries] program offered to grade 3 and 6 students throughout the City of Camrose.
The CORE Program was created and developed by the Camrose Police Service (CPS) and is based on the specific needs of the youth in the community.
CORE combines the strategies of a number of different programs and organizations including: DARE, The Council, Edmonton’s Safe in 6 Program and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. The concept of developing healthy youth who, in turn, will create healthy connections to their communities is specific to Camrose Police Service.
“As the School Resource Officer (SRO) for the Camrose Police Service, I feel one of the most important jobs I have is to teach children about how they can help and serve others in their community in healthy ways,” explained Camrose Police Service SRO officer Constable John Fernhout.
“The CORE Program teaches grade 3 and 6 students that they have a core at their centre made up of their body, mind and spirit. The healthier they keep their body, mind and spirit, the stronger they will be and better able to serve the people around them.”
Unique to Camrose, the CORE program revolves around one basic concept: youth who serve the communities around them in healthy ways will be motivated to make safe and healthy choices in their own lives.
“We are very blessed and grateful to have the support and partnership of teachers, administrators, parents, and the students themselves,” noted CPS Inspector John Corbett. “We are very proud of our school resource program and all of the great work that Const. Fernhout and every other school resource officer and instructor has done in all of our local schools.”
During the CORE program, students participate in seven basic lessons including: meet and greet; introduction to the CORE Program and how it works; caring for yourself so you can serve others; online safety and integrity; relationship with self and others; establishing boundaries; and making good choices; followed by a graduation at the end.
As part of the program, the students are tasked with maintaining their CORE booklets, with the goal of completing tasks and earning points relative to CORE mantra by the end of the program’s seven lessons.
In an effort to encourage the students to dedicate time and sincere effort into the CORE program, Constable Fernhout taps into some unique ways to inspire the students, including a promise of a fun surprise if they complete their booklets.
“All of the grade three   students at St. Patrick Catholic School not only completed their booklets, but did so early,” praised Fernhout.
True to his word, Constable Fernhout paid a surprise visit to St. Pats on Friday, April 16, to not only express his delight with the commitment of the students, but to demonstrate that a little fun goes a long way.
“We learn many lessons from our mascot Cornelius the Cobra-Chicken (a Canada Goose) about community, and leadership,” explained Fernhout. “I promised all the Grade 3s at St. Pat’s that I would do the Cobra-Chicken Shuffle if they completed their CORE booklets.”
After one of the St. Pats teachers dropped off a booklet of pictures and drawings showing the students’ gratitude, Fernhout immediately knew that he had to reciprocate.
“This is what the program is all about, loving and showing gratitude to the people around us. One of the things we talk about in CORE is CCP, or Cobra-Chicken-Power. This is when we do something good for someone else and it causes a chain reaction, and the others also involved feel good and pass it on.”
So, on April 16, in an effort to show the students how grateful he was, Fernhout put his words into action with his version of the Cobra-Chicken shuffle coached by Fernhout’s wife Misty.
“With the help of CPS Sergeant John Tomaszewski, Peace Officer Erin Van Kuppeveld, and St. Pat’s vice principal Michelle Nanias, we gave the Grade 3s the very first Cobra-Chicken Shuffle.”
After three minutes of strutting his dancing skills outside in the front of the school, and to the amusement of the Grade 3 students, Fernhout ran over and hugged a tree.
“I always tell my students to get outside and hug a tree. So I thought I would show them how its done at the end of my shuffle.”
His actions spoke louder than any words could,  as students, teachers and staff alike applauded, laughed and smiled at Fernhout’s demonstration of community spirit.
“This past year has certainly been particularly straining on all of the teachers and students in our schools, and this is an example of one small way that we can try to keep smiling and keep everyone’s spirits up,” commented Inspector Corbett. “We truly recognize how much of a positive impact we can have and what a privilege it is to be able to engage with all of these amazing kids in our schools.”
Bringing CORE to the youth of the community is a passion for Fernhout, and knowing that the actions of one can ripple so far out is not only a lesson he teaches, but lives.
“As youth grow up in our community, they become the core of our City,” he attested. “If we can educate and train our youth to make positive contributions to the people around them, then our youth will be stronger, and the communities around them will be stronger. The core values of the Camrose Police Service are centered on valuing our people and the community. We believe in being part of a strong team, acting with integrity, and caring for others.”
Teaching trust, especially amidst youth and law enforcement, is vital in bridging gaps and building strong foundations in any community.
“Youth who have trust and rapport with their local police service are more connected to the city in which they live. Strong communities develop from citizens who have integrity, care for one another, and the city in which they live. The CORE Program is dedicated to helping youth develop positive attitudes and behaviors regarding their own health so they can better serve the people and community around them.”
To view the video, produced with the assistance of  CPS dispatcher Kelsey Stratichuk, of Constable Fernhout shuffling his way into the hearts of St. Pat’s students and teachers, visit the Camrose Police Service Facebook page.

Ode to moms

By Lori Larsen

Forgoing the gatherings this year on Mother’s Day is not an easy thing for so many people, who cherish this special time to bring the family together and celebrate the matriarch of the home.
“I have always loved and appreciated my mom,” said Dean LaGrange. “But as we get older and go through many of our own challenges in life, that is when you truly respect and value the love a mother has for her children.”
And now, more than ever, during this turbulent time in all our lives,  we need to know that our moms are there, on every level, at every age.
“My son saw right through my mom’s efforts when he said, ‘Do you think Grandma delivers cookies every day because we need cookies, or is it because she misses us?’” commented Marilou Yampolsky.
These special events, that have come to mean so much to us, are being painted with a brush of the new reality, and it is a struggle for so many. But where there is a will, there is always a way, and moms will be the ones to find it.
“Grandma calls every day to hear how the grandkids are doing,” added Yampolsky.
Moms are there through thick and thin, good and bad, joyous and sad.
“Mom, you are the glue that holds a family together,” commented Kevin Hycha. “A person who sacrifices her quality time so we can be safe, happy and loved unconditionally. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers.”
The title of mother not only holds a powerful position in so many lives, but conjures up wonderful memories of being cared for and loved.
“When I think of my Mum, I think of big fry-up breakfast on the weekends, hours in the rink, driving for sports, and ongoing support as an adult,” professed Patricia MacQuarrie. “It doesn’t matter how old I get, I still need to bounce things off my Mum.”
The world of a mother is often defined by refrigerator schedules, sloppy bedrooms, long evenings, half-eaten meals, back-and-forth car trips, forgotten homework, untied shoelaces, dirty laundry, sleepless nights, relentless debates and moments being disliked.
But it is also filled with refrigerator art, sloppy kisses, long hugs, picnics in the park, hilarious science projects, unbridled excitement, dusty little faces, adventurous car trips, curious conversation and moments of pure love.
“How much love can you pack into three lunchboxes every day?” said Yampolski. “So even when they’re away for the day, they just know.”
Through shutdowns, protocols, health measures and tireless new or reused  restrictions, moms will, and are, finding a way. Be it a Zoom meeting, window greeting, or a good old fashioned telephone call, Mother’s Day will remain the same–that one day out of 365 that we dedicate to fierce moms everywhere.
From The Booster family to all you amazing moms, mother-in-laws, grandmothers, aunts and pseudo moms, we wish you the happiest and healthiest Mother’s Day.

1966 Chrysler Windsor still runs smooth

By Murray Green

Bill Gartner of Camrose County still cherishes drives in his 1966 Chrysler Windsor two-door hardtop.
He purchased the automobile back in 1968 in a private trade, which involved his 1964 Ford. Bill jumped at the chance to purchase the smooth running cruiser.
“It only had 35,000 miles on it. Now it is about 135,000, so steady driving. I just love the handling of the car,” said Bill.
He drove it for 10 years before finding another car to have as his daily driver. “I bought a 1976 Chrysler and kind of retired this car in what used to be the Pioneer Garage, at my friend’s shop, because the roof was leaking a bit. I had a little moisture on the floor, and that is when I started to get rust spots,” he shared.
“The brakes were starting to get rusty, a little sticky. My son (Scott) was in high school, and he took it to the shop class as a project and re-did the brakes on it for me. I bought the farm here, and then it was parked in my shed for many years. I parked it at my daughter’s place for 10 years, and then finally brought it home again,” explained Bill.
“One day, I said to my wife, ‘Let’s get the Chrysler home.’ We got a battery and some gas, installed the battery and poured some gas in, and it fired up right away. I insure it as an antique every year, and drive it around the yard.”
Two years ago, Bill took the car to the Camrose Cruisers Show and Shine, but he didn’t have anywhere to go last year.
“My son was using the car for awhile, and he started to re-do the interior and took the seats out to cover them again. He was driving back and forth and one day, he was nailed. The other car was totalled, but my car didn’t have a lot of major damage. The insurance company wanted to write it off, but I wanted to restore it. I just needed a fender, bumper and grille,” added Bill.
“I bought a parts car to switch over some parts. I had a friend, Marvin Klein, who did most of the work for me. That was approximately 15 years ago. The car has been running well and has looked great since then.”
The Windsor sports a 383 engine, automatic transmission and heavy duty suspension on the front end. It had automatic lights that could be set to go off after a time. “When you pulled into the yard, you would still have lights on until you could unload things,” he said.
“I haven’t touched the motor, except to replace a battleship gasket. Other then that, hardly anything has been done to it other than routine stuff. It still has the original shocks on it, and it rides just as smooth as when I got the car. It has been the most reliable car I have ever owned,” said Bill.
The Windsor came with plies tires, but eventually Bill put a new set of tires on it, and the car rode even smoother than before.
“I had to let my license go, so now I just drive it around the farm. If I want to go to a car show, I have someone else drive it for me. The car was used in weddings, and other family members drive it once in a while as well.”

The Chrysler Windsor is a full-size car which was built by Chrysler from 1939 through to the 1960s. The final Chrysler Windsor sold in the United States was produced in 1961, but production in Canada continued until 1966. The Canadian 1961 to 1966 Windsor model was for all intents and purposes the equivalent of the Chrysler Newport in the United States.
The Windsor was positioned above the entry-level Royal from 1939 to 1950. With the demise of the Royal for the 1951 model year, the Windsor became Chrysler’s price leader through to 1960. For the 1961 model year, the Chrysler Newport was made the marque’s price leader, with the Windsor positioned one level above the Newport. On the Windsor, standard equipment included a cigarette lighter, map lights and, new for 1961, a safety padded dash. The last year for the Windsor was 1961 in the United States.
Chrysler replaced the Windsor name in 1962, with the introduction of the non-lettered series, Chrysler 300. Despite the end in the United States, production of a Chrysler Windsor model continued in Canada up to and including the 1966 model year.

Kidney Walk held virtually in June

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Erhard Pinno enjoys volunteering for the Kidney Foundation and promoting the Kidney Walk in Camrose.

By Murray Green

The Kidney Foundation, Northern Alberta and The Territories Branch will be ramping up its efforts for the upcoming Kidney Walk (virtual) on Sunday, June 6.
You can join Western Canada’s Kidney and Transplant Community as walkers lace up to raise awareness and funds for those affected by kidney disease at this year’s virtual walk.
“Because of COVID-19, we can’t walk like we used to, but I’m still hoping that if it is possible, we can have small groups of walkers and social distancing in an outdoor walk in Camrose, perhaps a different group every half hour. I’m going to play that one by ear,” said Erhard Pinno, a longtime volunteer for the Kidney Foundation.
“The information is online. Like all charities, there is additional need for added costs. This is an opportunity to assist those in need to show that we care as a community,” shared Erhard.
“We encourage people to form teams and walk (with restrictions in place) around Mirror Lake, or wherever they want to do it, to create enthusiasm for the Kidney Foundation.”
Erhard started volunteering for the Kidney Foundation back in 1996-97, so he is closing in on 25 years of support.
“It (the walk) became my major fundraising project over the years. We had a March Drive, and then it was changed. Before, fundraising was during a certain time period, and now it is more all year round. The walk is intended to draw more awareness to the Kidney Foundation. Leaving flyers in mailboxes is a good way to tell people there is such an organization.”
He thinks volunteering is a privilege. “It is a way to make it a better community for all. My late wife Lorene was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1995-96, and one thing led to another. In December 1997, she was able to receive a transplant. That was a special time and it changed our lives. It was a new life; after a year, her body adjusted to the new kidney, and it was a new lease on life,” Erhard shared.
“Lorene was able to live a normal life instead of being on dialysis for the prior three years. Together, we were grateful that we had a donor. I can’t say enough about the community and the support we have received.”
The funds help the community and others across the northern part of the province and territories.
“The fundraiser supports innovative research and the ability to offer crucial programs and services to the thousands of people living with kidney disease,” said Samantha Verenka, community development coordinator.
All walkers are asked to raise or pledge $100 to support those living with kidney disease in the community.
“Whether you walk as an individual or part of a team, register today with the Northern Alberta and Territories Branch to improve the lives of those living with kidney disease. Join us we celebrate, honour and advocate for everyone in our kidney and transplant community,” added Samantha.
Don’t panic if you are not able to walk or virtually walk on the day of the event. Walk the Block is a program where you choose where to walk on June 7. It can be in your neighbourhood or indoors as well.
The Kidney Foundation reports that one in 10 people in Canada are living with kidney disease.
For more information, visit www.kidneywalk.ca, call toll free at 1-800-461-9063 or Samantha at 587-416-1608, or email Samantha.Potkins@Kidney.ca.

Education Week celebrates teachers

By Murray Green

Both the Battle River School Division and Clearview Public Schools (south end of Camrose County) are celebrating Education Week from May 3 to 7.
The first Alberta School Week (Education Week) was held Dec. 2 to 8, 1928. Its purpose then, as now, was to call attention to the importance of education and to show the public the good things happening in Alberta schools.
School divisions assure taxpayers that public funds are being put to good use; invite the public into classrooms for firsthand experiences; highlight the partnership between teachers, parents and students; demonstrate the important leadership role that the teaching profession plays in student learning; and celebrate the contribution that all staff and volunteers make in the school. Due to COVID-19, the schools will not be open to the public this year.
 Every three years, the ATA, in collaboration with Alberta Education, chooses a theme to help schools plan activities that send consistent messages supporting public education to the community.
The theme from 2017 to 2020 was Learning is a Journey, and was intended to profile the role that education plays in shaping the province’s future.
Schools want to achieve optimal learning conditions for every child; provide creative and innovative learning programs; ensure students enjoy learning and achieve their learning goals; ensure parents and communities are involved and supportive of learning; include school leaders who are also teachers; provide a well-thought out curriculum delivered by well-prepared professionals; and present opportunities for teachers to continue developing their skills as professionals.
Even though schools are not open to the public or to parents right now, find a way to thank teachers during Education Week.

BRCF assists Women’s Shelter

The Battle River Community Foundation awarded multiple grants totalling $31,500 of support to the Camrose Women’s Shelter Society.
The grants included $13,500 from Foundation funds to support children’s activities at the Shelter, to assist with the cost of providing an intake facility that could accommodate incoming clients for a COVID isolation period, and for discretionary purposes identified by the society board.
An additional $18,000 was awarded through the Foundation from federally funded Emergency Community Support Fund for counselling for children and adults dealing with effects of COVID-19 related isolation, and for assistance with client rental and utility arrears resulting from COVID-19 related employment limitations.
The Foundation grants were awarded from the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, from income form the Foundation’s Community Fund and from the Lily and Jack Kirschman Fund, the Betty and Hugh Irving Family Fund and the Sue and By Reesor Fund.
The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was established by the Foundation Board in April, 2020 to allow for grants for costs resulting from COVID-19 that could not reasonably have been anticipated by community charities throughout the region. The board set aside discretionary funds from income from the Foundation’s Community Funds, which are Funds generous donors have given to the Foundation, with the direction that income be awarded at the Foundation’s discretion and from Field of Interest Funds, set by donors to be awarded in support of programs and facilities located in specified communities or in support of a kind of program like health and wellness or education.
The Battle River Community Foundation exists to support charitable organizations 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.

Augustana celebrates 110 years: drama

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Paul “Sparky” Johnson

By Murray Green

The University of Alberta Augustana Campus is honouring its past 110 years with celebrations this spring and summer.
One of the highlights of the campus is the drama department.
Longtime professor Paul Johnson shared some of his thoughts about his experience.
“I came to Augustana (what was then Camrose Lutheran College) in 1986. At that time, the institution had recently been given degree-granting status and was seeing a huge growth in all programs–drama being one of them. I joined Bob Moore as the second full-time drama professor, allowing us to offer a three-year degree in drama. Bob specialized in Acting and Scene Study classes. I covered the introductory Improvisation courses and the design and building of the sets for our productions. At that point, the department did two major productions each year,” revealed Paul “Sparky” Johnson, professor of drama at Augustana.
“The program evolved with the initiatives of faculty and students. Joel Morello took over for Bob Moore, and Kevin Sutley took over when Joel Morello left. Kristine Nutting has been involved with the department for a lot of years. They each brought and bring their own unique talents and interests to the program. They added to areas where we were otherwise lacking: Clown and Mask; Vocal Masque; Movement; Directing; Voice and Speech. My specialty has always been in improvisation–specifically the work of Viola Spolin and Paul Sills–and that has always been a big part of our program,” shared Paul.
“We desperately needed a performance space. Productions were such a huge part of our program, and we were always having to scramble to rent or borrow spaces in which to build sets and mount our productions. Subsequent to that, we needed a space (workshop) in which to build our sets and properties,” explained Paul, on the working conditions.
Then a church was moved on site to create drama’s own space.
“This was an exciting and challenging time. The Camrose Performing Arts Centre (formerly Camrose Lutheran Church) had been repurposed to house the performing arts in the community. When it was scheduled to be demolished, a group of individuals (including former City counsellor LeRoy Johnson) questioned whether the building could be saved, moved to campus and house the Augustana Theatre program. There was some worry that the community would lose the resource it had in the building, and the university would dominate its use. But, in the end, it was approved and, through a significant grant from the Alberta government, the building was moved and brought to the place it now occupies on campus. I think this physical building really brought legitimacy to our drama program. Students have loved having a space to call their own, and take great pride in the productions and class projects we do there.”
It helped the department change and expand throughout the years.
“The department has continued to evolve with the institution. As programs and majors have evolved, so too has the department. I’ve always maintained that a liberal arts program provides the best environment for a degree in drama, and I’m pleased that the university is taking advantage of that with its innovative and integrative programs.”
With Augustana reaching the milestone of 110 years, what happens next?
“Through our productions and other performances, I think the drama department has provided students (and audiences alike) with a world of discovery, giving application to the many and varied programs of study offered here. The drama department gives the community a glimpse into what we do at Augustana, and helps the institution connect with the public,” explained Paul.
“My hope is that we will continue to become more and more integrative, both with our diverse program offerings and with the community. It has always been beneficial and fun to have members of the community involved in our productions, and I hope that will grow and continue.”

Run to make a difference

By Murray Green

Albertans Helping Albertans Virtual 5K run will be taking place this year. “It will be a virtual five kilometre event. Run with us to make a difference for Albertans facing cancer,” said Michelle Pitt, Alberta cancer Foundation development officer and community relations.
“This May, we invite you to join us for the Albertans Helping Albertans province-wide fundraiser that raises funds in support of the 17 cancer centres located throughout Alberta.”
Sign up and start fundraising for the Camrose Community Cancer Centre at albertacancer.ca/virtual5K. The Camrose Community Cancer Centre is located within the Covenant Health St. Mary’s Hospital  Camrose facility. Call 780-679-2822 for more information on services offered in Camrose.

CPS warns of jewelry scam

By Lori Larsen

Each year, as the weather warms up in the spring, police across Canada see a rise in “distraction thefts” and other jewelry scams which can involve a variety of methods.
“Typically, they involve a suspect approaching a victim in a public setting, explaining that they need money for gas or a meal, perhaps after stating that they have lost their credit card,” explained Camrose Police Service crime prevention and community relations officer Constable Kelly Bauer. “The offender then offers fake gold or jewelry to the victim in exchange for money.”
Bauer added that in other variations, the scammers will use sleight-of-hand distraction techniques to steal valuables from unsuspecting victims, or by switching fake or worthless jewelry for the victim’s real jewelry.
In February of this year, in Camrose, a female victim  listed a ring for sale on Kijiji. A male called her, stating he lived in Calgary, but was in the area and wanted to meet her to purchase the ring.
The female met the male in a public parking lot, where the male took possession of the ring to examine it. A price was agreed upon, and the male asked if they could meet at the bank where he would provide her with cash. The male handed the ring box back to the female and left the area. When the female checked the box, her ring had been replaced with a fake ring.
“These thieves succeed by overwhelming their victims with the element of surprise, or by convincing them to go against their better judgement,” said Bauer.
Bauer said that information indicates that in many of these cases, it involves foreign nationals who are traveling on passports within Canada.
“If they aren’t switching out someone’s valuable jewelry for worthless jewelry, they are then attempting to sell their own fake jewelry to the victim on the basis that they are desperate for money. The scammers are often successful in part because so many people are willing to help a person they believe is in distress.”
Bauer said that people need to be very cautious when helping someone who claims they are in dire need. The alleged victim could very well be sizing up the person who is willing to help as their next victim.

Celebrating the work of the Hospice Society

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Hospice Society of  Camrose and District Grief and Bereavement navigator Lori-Ann Huot is excited to be working with Hospice.

By Lori Larsen

In recognition of the incredibly important work done by Hospice and Palliative Care organizations, May 2 to 8 has been dedicated National Hospice and Palliative Care Week.
For residents of Camrose and surrounding area, the Hospice Society of Camrose and District is known for its continued work in providing vital services and programs for those grieving and those in need of end of life services.
During National Hospice and Palliative Care week, the Camrose Hospice will be dedicating a separate day to celebrate the different programs/services offered at the Camrose Hospice.
For those suffering any loss, Grief and Bereavement navigator Lori-Ann Hout provides grief support for those in need. Huot is a trained grief counsellor, who assists people who may be stressed, overwhelmed, disconnected, lonely and grieving.
“I am so excited to be with the Hospice Society of Camrose and District, a warm and welcoming environment that shares the same philosophy for supporting individuals and families as my own,” said Huot. “The Hospice focuses on providing compassionate care, companionship and support to community members at their time of greatest need. I want to inspire hope and healing and offer compassion and understanding to individuals devastated by the loss or anticipated loss of a loved one, and help them to navigate the grief they experience as a result of these losses.”
Sometimes all it takes is the support of someone skilled in listening, guiding and offering options to  navigate through the journey of grief.
The Nav-CARE (Navigating, Connecting, Accessing) Program is designed to improve the quality of life of those with advanced chronic illness by relieving loneliness, isolation and anxiety through the goodwill of trained volunteers  who are available to be a sounding board.
Hospice volunteer Kristy Wells connected with Trudy Lamoriss at a time when Trudy, whose disabilities made it difficult for her to maneuver outside, needed someone to keep her connected.
The two have since become friends and spend time visiting with each other, chatting on the telephone or visiting (following COVID guidelines) outside.
“When I see Kristy, it fills up my day,” said Trudy, who gets help with paperwork, shopping and sometimes laundry from Kristy.
Now more than ever, during the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdowns and restrictions on gatherings, the iPad program has been a lifeline to many rural residents who may have otherwise been disconnected from the rest of the world.
The 24 Hospice iPads have been loaned to people for art therapy, reading, listening to music, connecting with family and friends on Facebook or Zoom, or joining an exercise class.
“It opens up a whole world to them,” said Hospice volunteer Margo McPhail. “I think it’s extra important. In times like this, it is so important for their mental and physical health.”
Volunteers set up the iPads and offer technical support to help get seniors and others comfortable using the them.
The Hospice eight-week Grief Support group programs offer those who are grieving the tools and skills they need to help move through their grief.
Hospice volunteer grief program facilitator, Mary Ann Pastuck, said the group is for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one, whether that be a spouse, child or parent. “These people are living through the death of a loved one. They need some help moving through the grief process.”
Pastuck added that  the process of talking among the group helps the participants realize they are not alone. “Talking through their feelings is a pathway through their grief.”
The toughest part of any journey of grief is having to walk it alone. The Hospice Grief Support Walking Group is a program that connects others who may be grieving along with Hospice volunteers.
Rosie Llewellyn-Thomas joined the Hospice Grief Walking Group almost four years ago when her husband passed away. The simple act of walking and talking in a safe, confidential group helped her grieve. “I believe it was a lifeline and a lifesaver for me. It is a supportive, safe, soft, joyful place to land, with no expectations.”
Volunteer walking leader, Nicole Luft, said the combination of exercise, laughter, coffee and conversation allows some people to express their feelings of grief. “The group often walks around Camrose’s Mirror Lake (following all COVID-19 protocols), or on the indoor walking track, before stopping for coffee and conversation.”
Conversation, cooking and kinship is a recipe for healing and the Hospice’s Men’s Cooking Circle is offering up a heaping serving.
When Rod Krips’ wife passed away, he was grief stricken. To help work through his grief, Rod joined the Hospice seven-week Men’s Cooking Circle. Each week, the group of men made a meal with skills learned in class, while sharing their grief stories.
“We sat in a group and chatted about experiencing bereavement and sorrow. Everything was said in confidence and we were able to dig deep into our feelings,” said Krips.
“It was conversation, camaraderie and cooking skills.”
During the program, the participants toured grocery stores with a dietician who assisted them in learning about food and received tips on making meals and shopping.
Krips also benefitted from other services offered at the Hospice, including sessions with the bereavement counsellor, reading books from the lending library and connecting with a grief companion. “I wouldn’t have been able to function without the help of the Hospice.”
The Hospice volunteers (over 100) are invaluable to the success of the programs and will never know the incredible impact the giving of their time means to those in need.
Volunteer coordinator, Joy LeBlanc, is proud of all the volunteers and is amazed at the willingness of so many help others in the community. “Depending on the COVID-19 rules, the volunteers can sit by the side of a dying person, offer comfort to someone who has lost a loved one, or offer friendship to the lonely,” said LeBlanc. “What makes a great volunteer is the ability to listen.
“We want them to be present to the other person. A good volunteer is comfortable with themselves and comfortable bearing witness to another’s pain.”
All Hospice volunteers receive training on how to deal with loneliness, isolation, palliative care and how to spend time with someone who is grieving.
In 2020, Hospice volunteers donated more than 3,000 hours of their time and connected with more than 3,300 people in schools, hospitals and homes through the variety of services and programs offered.
For more information on how to become a volunteer for the Hospice, visit the Hospice website at www.camrosehospice.org, or contact LeBlanc at 587-322-9269. If you are unable to volunteer, but would like to contribute financially, click on the “Make a donation” link.
For further details on any of the programs or services offered by the Hospice Society of Camrose and District, visit the website at contact the office by telephone at 780-608-0636.

KidSport searches for equipment volunteers

By Murray Green

KidSport Camrose is looking for community support for a equipment distribution centre to provide equipment for youth in need.
KidSport Camrose is a not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees to children age 18 and under in Camrose and Camrose County.
“KidSport Camrose was approached by Sport Central Edmonton (https://sportcentral.org/) to see if our community could benefit from sports equipment for youth in need. They have over $150,000 in new and gently used sports equipment that they could give our community to then donate to those in need. They believe our community has the capacity to support a local sport central distribution centre that could support our community (both the City and County) long term in order to remove barriers to youth participation in sport,” explained chair Kristy Smith.
“In order to move forward with this opportunity for youth in need in the City and County of Camrose, we are in need of two more things. One, we need $2,500 to make a donation to Sport Central Edmonton for the equipment. The other thing we need is a group of people to take on the managing and operation of the distribution centre. Once the distribution centre is set up, volunteers would most likely only be needed once a month. KidSport Camrose would support these individuals or group in forming a small board to manage and distribute equipment to those in need in the community,” shared Kristy.
KidSport Camrose removes financial barriers for youth in the City and County of Camrose, while Sport Central removes equipment barriers.
“KidSport Camrose is a small board of volunteers that supports their mission and does not have the capacity to take this project on. However, we were able to find a location free of charge for storing and distributing this equipment. Thank you to all the organizations that connected to offer space for this purpose including the Messiah Lutheran Church, Camrose Ski Club, County of Camrose and the CRE. After looking at all the options, the CRE had the best space available to support this charitable cause, and we are very appreciative for this very generous contribution,” added Kristy.
“There is most certainly need in our community as outlined by the number of youth KidSport Camrose has supported in registration fees. In 2019, we funded 165 youth in need with $41,469 paid in sport registration fees.  The 2020 numbers were affected by COVID-19, but we predict even greater need in our community as youth get back into sport following the pandemic.”
Kristy feels it is very rewarding to support local families in getting youth in need involved in sport.
“We have a month to find people to get involved, and should we not find the people, this opportunity will pass on to another community in Alberta.”
If you want to get involved in a Sport Central Camrose board and volunteer, contact Kristy at KidSport Camrose through phone 780-781-1197 or email camrose@kidsport.ab.ca.

Seniors take flight without leaving Camrose

By Murray Green

Seasons Camrose residents boarded airline flight SC421 to Paris, France, with one flight taking off at 2 p.m., and a second following at 3 p.m. on April 29.
Passports were stamped, boarding passes were entered into a draw for a prize, the flight crew went through the safety checks with the residents, and then they were off on a smooth flight.
“Everyone landed back home safely and is talking about their splendid trip,” said Norma Bain, health and wellness manager at Seasons Camrose.
Residents enjoyed a video showcasing Paris and the sites of the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Palace of Versailles, Louvre Museum and Pont des Arts over the River Seine.
“While most Seasons Camrose residents are vaccinated, travel restrictions are still in place. We wanted to provide residents with a fun alternative that can be enjoyed safely from the comfort of home,” added Bain.
Residents who have previously travelled to Paris in person shared some memories of their past experiences in the beautiful city.
A meal consisted of delicious strawberry crêpes, an assortment of cheese and crackers, baguettes, fresh fruit, and complimentary wine and drinks.
Other destinations to come this summer include England, Italy and Mexico.
“The health and safety of Seasons’ staff and residents remain our utmost priority. At the same time, our team members remain committed to keeping residents engaged and having fun until we can return to normal operations,” said Janet London, general manager at Seasons Camrose.

Pollinator perfect yard

By Lori Larsen

Despite the constant teasing by Mother Nature, spring really is here and every time the sun shines and the temperatures rise residents all over the City are out in their yards getting things ready for the season.
For many, part of that preparation involves gardening and with a growing interest in saving the bees,  and helping protect mother earth there is an abundant amount of information on how to plant for sustainability.
The following are a few tips for creating a garden that will attract the bees, butterflies and birds and provide an amazing backdrop to your own little piece of paradise.
Grow plants that produce pollen and nectar such as bee balm, lavender, sunflowers, majoram, pussy willows, lilacs, foxgloves, hollyhocks, lilies, roses and phlox. The choice is endless
“I’ve found that marigolds are a great pollinator and more importantly, the deer don’t seem to like them,” suggested Camrose Green Action Committee member Heidi Bergstrom.
“Try to plant a variety of plants in colour and blooming time to create the best environment for pollinators.”
Use small medium and large plants and plant in bunches to encourage pollination from one plant to another.
Visit local greenhouses for even more ideas on flowers, shrubs and bushes to chose. They can also offer advice on what plants will do well in this zone.
Don’t forget about vegetable and fruit bearers. Raspberries bushes, carrots, lettuces, tomatoes, melons, zucchini, not only are the tasty additions to the garden their flowers attract the pollinators.
Bees love herbs too, in fact herbs boost bee health. Lavender, oregano and thyme help bees fight disease-spreading mites.
Create a place for bees, butterflies and birds to roost and rest.
“Setting up habitats for bees, bats, butterflies and birds will have positive affects on your own yard as well as the environment as a whole.”
Bird and bee houses as well as bat boxes are available in all shapes, sizes and styles and not only provide protection for winged garden friends but can also enhance the look of your garden.
Relax on the weeding and avoid the use of pesticides. Many pesticides,  even organic ones,  are toxic to bees and other beneficial organisms.
Give the bees, butterflies and birds a place for a drink or bath as well. Install birdbaths, water gardens or rain catchers.
Lastly teach tomorrow’s stewards of the earth.
“Get children involved. Recruit them to help build a bird house, plant seeds or have them care for their own flower bed,” said Bergstrom.
It doesn’t matter if you have an acre of land or a patio planter, adding a little colour to your life and a lot of love to the earth is as easy as planting a single daisy.

Births and Deaths

- To Sarah and Ken Bradley, of Camrose, a son on April 24.

- Kim Harris of Bawlf, on April 22, at 57 years of age.
- Dr. Jacob Isaac of Tofield, on April 23, at 96 years of age.
- Susanna Boese Megli of Camrose and New Norway, on April 23, at 94 years of age.
- Timothy Oscar Ekelund on April 23, at 60 years of age.
- Ruth Amelia Grue of Camrose, formerly of Armena, on April 26, at 92 years of age.
- Vernon Irvin Fipke of Camrose, on April 26, at 78 years of age.
- William Henry Taylor Reed of Camrose, formerly of Hamilton, ON, on April 27, at 94 years of age.
- Theodore John Joseph Brinker of Camrose, formerly of Edmonton, on April 27, at 90 years of age.
- Lillian Louisa De Vries, formerly of Delburne, on April 27, at 88 years of age.
- Leonard Thompson of Camrose, on April 28, at 71 years of age.
- Reinhold “Ron” Jacob Blatz of Camrose, formerly of Kelsey, on April 28, at 87 years of age.
- Nathaniel Vance  Ferguson of New Norway, on April 29, at 76 years of age.
- Norman Albert Badry of Camrose, formerly of Heisler, on April 29, at 87 years of age.
- Vera Ethel Swalm of Camrose, formerly of Hay Lakes, on April 29, at 67 years of age.
- Gordon John MacDonald of Camrose, formerly of Rosalind, on April 29, at 92 years of age.