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MEC goes virtual with job fair and services during pandemic

By Chevi Rabbit For Ponoka News Maskwacis Employment Center’s (MEC’s) semi-annual job…

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<strong>Happy retirement:</strong> After working as a psychiatric aide at the Ponoka Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury for 48-and-a-half years, Ray Hart is retiring. He worked on the night shift for 36 of those years. It is believed that Hart may be the longest serving full-time staff member in the history of the Centennial Centre, although Human Resources was not able to confirm. Hart will remain as a part-time, causal staff member. He is pictured here with his wife Linda Hart at the main entrance on March 5. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

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Happy retirement: After working as a psychiatric aide at the Ponoka Centennial…

<strong>Happy retirement:</strong> After working as a psychiatric aide at the Ponoka Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury for 48-and-a-half years, Ray Hart is retiring. He worked on the night shift for 36 of those years. It is believed that Hart may be the longest serving full-time staff member in the history of the Centennial Centre, although Human Resources was not able to confirm. Hart will remain as a part-time, causal staff member. He is pictured here with his wife Linda Hart at the main entrance on March 5. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
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Saluting substitute teachers during appreciation week

Substitute teachers are the focus as Wolf Creek Public Schools and the…

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An undated handout photo of Minister Doug Sweitzer and MLA Jackie Lovely. (Photo submitted)

Minister Schweitzer: Positioning Alberta as leader in industries will move province to recovery

Doug Schweitzer, minister of job, economy and innovation, speaks to Camrose chamber

An undated handout photo of Minister Doug Sweitzer and MLA Jackie Lovely. (Photo submitted)
<strong>Tree trimming:</strong> Town staff have been trimming trees on public boulevards to remove dead wood or low-hanging branches that can pose a hazard. The tree trimming is part of the town’s routine spring maintenance around the community at this time of year. Residents have until the end of March to conduct any necessary pruning of Elm trees before the annual Elm pruning ban takes effect from April 1 to Sept. 30. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

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Tree trimming: Town staff have been trimming trees on public boulevards to…

<strong>Tree trimming:</strong> Town staff have been trimming trees on public boulevards to remove dead wood or low-hanging branches that can pose a hazard. The tree trimming is part of the town’s routine spring maintenance around the community at this time of year. Residents have until the end of March to conduct any necessary pruning of Elm trees before the annual Elm pruning ban takes effect from April 1 to Sept. 30. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
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The dos and don’ts of court reporting

I’ve had the opportunity in the last few months to learn more…

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Dailynn Cripps working with her steer to be ready for show and sale. (Photo submitted)

Ponoka East Beef 4-H report

January and February report

Dailynn Cripps working with her steer to be ready for show and sale. (Photo submitted)
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Hometown Bashaw doctor recognized with alumni award for AIDS work

Dr. Stanley Read, born and raised in Bashaw, is considered a global health leader

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Some events were able to be held at the Calnash Ag Event Centre in 2020, such as the Pacific Equine Sport Fall Festival Jumping show, held Oct. 1 to 4. (File photo)

Calnash Ag Event Centre’s finances ‘very healthy’ overall heading into 2021

The Ponoka Agriculture Event Centre Society (PAECS) held its annual general meeting…

Some events were able to be held at the Calnash Ag Event Centre in 2020, such as the Pacific Equine Sport Fall Festival Jumping show, held Oct. 1 to 4. (File photo)
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Ponoka Elementary School has three COVID-19 cases, including one variant

St. Augustine School has had no confirmed cases so far in 2020

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The history behind the Sturm family home

Rimbey-area residents may have noticed that a long-standing heritage house was recently…

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Letter: Too much garbage around town

Dear editor, I like to go for walks around town. I’ve been…

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On Feb. 20, Ponoka resident Noreen Gorman celebrated her 99th birthday outside, getting some fresh air and enjoying the warm sunny day. Gorman and her late husband Lou, have lived in Ponoka since 1954 and raised six children while operating the Ponoka Pharmacy. Gorman currently resides at Seasons Ponoka, where remains healthy and safe during the pandemic, says her family. Family members were able to sing Happy Birthday to her outside, where she had her own tent/wind breaker set up for the occasion. Gorman’s family delivered cupcakes for all the residents and staff to enjoy. (Photos submitted)

PHOTOS: Happy 99th birthday Noreen

Happy 99th: On Feb. 20, Ponoka resident Noreen Gorman celebrated her 99th…

On Feb. 20, Ponoka resident Noreen Gorman celebrated her 99th birthday outside, getting some fresh air and enjoying the warm sunny day. Gorman and her late husband Lou, have lived in Ponoka since 1954 and raised six children while operating the Ponoka Pharmacy. Gorman currently resides at Seasons Ponoka, where remains healthy and safe during the pandemic, says her family. Family members were able to sing Happy Birthday to her outside, where she had her own tent/wind breaker set up for the occasion. Gorman’s family delivered cupcakes for all the residents and staff to enjoy. (Photos submitted)
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Letter: Ponoka resident questions funding changes for seniors

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Letter: Wear your mask properly

Dear editor, I was in a Ponoka business the other day and…

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Ryan Jake Applegarth of Ponoka, 28, is scheduled to appear at Ponoka Provincial Court on March 12, 2021. (File photo)

Discussions about justice continue as Ponoka murder victims’ court cases proceed

Responses to comments Ponoka Staff Sgt. Chris Smiley made to town council Feb. 9

Ryan Jake Applegarth of Ponoka, 28, is scheduled to appear at Ponoka Provincial Court on March 12, 2021. (File photo)
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Rally to be held outside courthouse for slain Ponoka man

At what may be the last opportunity for Jeffery Kraft of Ponoka…

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Working Parents Benefit may be welcome but is it wise?

More is needed to ensure women can re-enter the workforce

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UPDATED: Ponoka cat owners have until July 1, 2021 to purchase licenses

Town council passed new Animal Control Bylaw Feb. 23

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Shelter operator: passing Rimbey pet bylaw before public forum would be a ‘huge mistake’

It is an offence under the proposed bylaw to own more than three cats over four months old

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