Hammertime: Your votes will decide Ponoka’s future leaders Oct. 16

Getting ready for Ponoka’s municipal election

Mike Rainone


Despite all the horrific incidents that have been going on around us in this world it is still so really great to see that so many people are excited to be out and about enjoying this ‘fabulous fall’ as well as taking a very keen interest in the Municipal elections, which will declare the future Ponoka Town Council and leaders of our community on Monday, Oct. 16.

It was an absolutely full house standing room only crowd at the Ponoka Kinsmen Centre last Thursday evening for the annual and always lively Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce hosted election forum. The event introduced the two mayoral and 12 councillor candidates, who were all invited to stand and answer the questions and express the platform that will hopefully make them ready, willing and prepared to serve on Ponoka council for the next four years. You have all had the opportunity to read and hear their energetic campaign promises, issues, goals, and priorities for the future of our town, and now all that is left for all of the eligible voters is to make your important and free choice, and then head for the polls on Oct. 16, take along a family member, friend or neighbour, and your I.D. and then cast your ballot. A big thank you to all the candidates and the voters who have proudly and vigorously gotten involved in this most vital election process.

A salute to Ponoka’s talented ‘golfing twins’

Sadly I don’t get to write too many sports articles any more, but I have always really looked forward to following the year-round participation and successes of all of our individual athletes and teams of all ages in what-ever sports and activity they may choose to take part in.

Ponoka born and raised twins Shaye and Daria Leidenius took the early advice of their parents and have been swinging their golf clubs together since they were little duffers, but have now taken their hard-earned skills into Canadian College level competition. The sisters played at the Ponoka Golf Course until four years ago when they went over to the Wolf Creek Golf Resort and continued their training with club professional Laura Witvoet. Along the way they took part in many Junior tournaments throughout the Province and did extremely well. After graduating from the Ponoka Composite High School in 2015 Shaye enrolled at Red Deer College, joined the golf team, placed seventh with her sister Darla in the pair’s section at the nationals in 2016, and in only her second year she captured the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s title. Daria is currently attending Holland College in Prince Edward Island, and Shaye has just received an offer from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

Yours truly was pleased to be able to follow and write about the very successful professional ladies golf career of Shaye and Daria’s coach Laura Witvoet, who is also a long-standing Ponoka girl. I was also so fortunate to have been able to work for the Leidenius twin’s grandparents, Ken and Audrey McLean, at the Ponoka Herald, where they assisted and encouraged me so much to get involved in my newspaper business. I wish them all the very best of good luck, successes, and a great score-card, long into the future.

Now let’s have a little fun

• It’s almost fall…the time when the neighbours will bring back the lawnmower they borrowed for a quick weekend cut, and then borrow the snow-blower, which they will likely keep all winter.

• Clinic warning: patients will be charged extra for annoying the doctor with any self-diagnosis found on the Internet.

• Did you ever wake up and kiss the person beside you and feel glad that you are alive? My buddy did and apparently he will never be allowed on that airline again.

Hopefully your Thanksgiving weekend was full of blessings with family and friends, appreciation for another great year, and lots and lots of turkey. Raking leaves is of one the best exercise activities of the season, but make sure to get the whole family involved, and then have a great week, all of you.