Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

The first and fourth images in this four-image panel feature design work by Derek Jagodzinsky, a Cree designer from the Whitefish Lake First Nation. The second and third images features work by Rhonda Johnson, Cree designer from the Bigstone Cree Nation. Photos by Delorna Makinaw

WATCH: Fashion show highlights Cree designers

The fashion show was part of a Samson Cree Nation conference on MMIW

The first and fourth images in this four-image panel feature design work by Derek Jagodzinsky, a Cree designer from the Whitefish Lake First Nation. The second and third images features work by Rhonda Johnson, Cree designer from the Bigstone Cree Nation. Photos by Delorna Makinaw
Ponoka midget Levi Busat pushed back to keep control of the puck March 15 in the first of three series playoffs game. Ponoka forced a third game but lost 3-2 in a close match-up.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka midgets lose in best of three playoffs

The series was a close one with Edson squeaking a win

Ponoka midget Levi Busat pushed back to keep control of the puck March 15 in the first of three series playoffs game. Ponoka forced a third game but lost 3-2 in a close match-up.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Hungarians and other guests walk up to St. Michael’s Catholic Church on March 17 located just west of Bashaw near Schultz Hall. The event was part of a commemoration of early Hungarian settlers in the region. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

St. Michael’s Church commemoration held west of Bashaw

The celebration acknowledged the history of Hungarian settlers in the area

Hungarians and other guests walk up to St. Michael’s Catholic Church on March 17 located just west of Bashaw near Schultz Hall. The event was part of a commemoration of early Hungarian settlers in the region. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Mecca Glen School’s curlers did so well they competed against each other in the gold/silver match-up Thursday, March 7th in Lacombe. The players are: gold - Colin Sim (skip), Cody Albers (third), Kaydance Engele (second) and Declan Frazer (lead). Silver - Ethan Bloomquist (skip), Kenzie Padgham (third), Brooklynn Olson (second), Nic Hansen (lead). Coaches were: Dan Lea, Tristan Johnson, Kari Albers, and John Olson.                                Photo submitted

Athletes at Mecca Glen did exceptionally well

Curlers and basketball athletes earned quite a few banners

Mecca Glen School’s curlers did so well they competed against each other in the gold/silver match-up Thursday, March 7th in Lacombe. The players are: gold - Colin Sim (skip), Cody Albers (third), Kaydance Engele (second) and Declan Frazer (lead). Silver - Ethan Bloomquist (skip), Kenzie Padgham (third), Brooklynn Olson (second), Nic Hansen (lead). Coaches were: Dan Lea, Tristan Johnson, Kari Albers, and John Olson.                                Photo submitted
Accepting the large $67,000 donation March 13 from the Wheelchair Van Society, now operated through Ponoka FCSS, here is (l-r) Bernice Wilkinson’s niece, Donna Manning, Ed Sito, FCSS; Shannon Boyce-Campbell, FCSS executive director; past van society board member, Lynn Lawrence and FCSS chairperson, Doug Gill.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka woman wills over $200,000 of life savings to community causes

Among the recipients was the Ponoka Health Foundation, the Wheelchair Van Society and STARS

Accepting the large $67,000 donation March 13 from the Wheelchair Van Society, now operated through Ponoka FCSS, here is (l-r) Bernice Wilkinson’s niece, Donna Manning, Ed Sito, FCSS; Shannon Boyce-Campbell, FCSS executive director; past van society board member, Lynn Lawrence and FCSS chairperson, Doug Gill.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
UPDATE: Wetaskiwin hotel up in flames, high school closed due to smoke

UPDATE: Wetaskiwin hotel up in flames, high school closed due to smoke

Fire crews have been dealing with a fire at the historic Rose Country Inn

UPDATE: Wetaskiwin hotel up in flames, high school closed due to smoke
UPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled after Edmonton mother found with boy

UPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled after Edmonton mother found with boy

Edmonton Police cancelled the Amber Alert after the pair were located in Okotoks

UPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled after Edmonton mother found with boy
Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department were called to the scene of a trailer in flames early morning March 15. The driver was hauling two trailers but was able to unhook the semi and the first trailer to prevent further damage. There were no injuries.                                Photo submitted

Ponoka fire crews deal with trailer fire on the QEII

There wasn’t much left of a 53 foot trailer after it went up in flames near Ponoka

Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department were called to the scene of a trailer in flames early morning March 15. The driver was hauling two trailers but was able to unhook the semi and the first trailer to prevent further damage. There were no injuries.                                Photo submitted
When it comes to farm safety, sometimes a simple check list and awareness of safety risks is enough to keep keep safe. For farmers or operations looking to reevaluate their safety plans, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association offers a variety of tools. Farm Safety Week is March 10 to 16.                                File photo

Recognizing safety during Farm Safety Week

Sometimes getting the farm safe for family and workers takes baby steps

When it comes to farm safety, sometimes a simple check list and awareness of safety risks is enough to keep keep safe. For farmers or operations looking to reevaluate their safety plans, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association offers a variety of tools. Farm Safety Week is March 10 to 16.                                File photo
Teachers with Ponoka Elementary got all decked out in fancy 1950s clothing for the BBBS bowling fundraiser on March 8. The event raised just over $20,000. They reached their goal.                                 Photo submitted

Ponoka’s BBBS reach $20,000 goal

The bowl-a-thon fundraiser was a success for Ponoka’s Big Brothers Big Sisters

Teachers with Ponoka Elementary got all decked out in fancy 1950s clothing for the BBBS bowling fundraiser on March 8. The event raised just over $20,000. They reached their goal.                                 Photo submitted
Remember When?                                One of my favourite son-in-laws really loves collecting memorabilia, especially when it comes to our proud military history. He bought this R1155A radio receiver at a garage sale, and it came complete with the original packing case and is in good condition. These units were used for vital communications in the Lancaster bombers and some tanks during the Second World War, and can be discovered along with many other war-time treasures by avid collectors throughout the world.                                Photo contributed

Remember When: Radio receiver from the Second World War

This week’s Remember When looks at the uses of the old receivers in bombers and tanks

Remember When?                                One of my favourite son-in-laws really loves collecting memorabilia, especially when it comes to our proud military history. He bought this R1155A radio receiver at a garage sale, and it came complete with the original packing case and is in good condition. These units were used for vital communications in the Lancaster bombers and some tanks during the Second World War, and can be discovered along with many other war-time treasures by avid collectors throughout the world.                                Photo contributed
Charlotte Winters, PDHF Festival of Trees Event Coordinator

Ponoka Festival of Trees plans on growing

A new marketing coordinator for the festival brings in new ideas and goals

Charlotte Winters, PDHF Festival of Trees Event Coordinator
Keeping an eye out for pea leaf weevil

Keeping an eye out for pea leaf weevil

There are certain tips to ensuring crops are pest free

Keeping an eye out for pea leaf weevil
This classic 1911 photo shows the initial construction of the Provincial Mental Hospital at Ponoka, including the main administration building with the first patient wards for men and women, as well as the Power House and brick chimney and the new water tower.                                Photos courtesy of Prairie Postcards

Reflections: The early construction of then Ponoka mental hospital

Looking at the early development of then provincial mental hospital in Ponoka

This classic 1911 photo shows the initial construction of the Provincial Mental Hospital at Ponoka, including the main administration building with the first patient wards for men and women, as well as the Power House and brick chimney and the new water tower.                                Photos courtesy of Prairie Postcards
Ponoka County has seen around 10 to 49 clubroot infestations from 2003 to 2018 and it’s right in the middle of Lacombe and Wetaskiwin counties, which have seen 50-plus field infested for the same time period.                                Alberta Agriculture and Forestry/University of Alberta graphic

Ponoka County farmers advised to rotate canola crops

The best way to avoid clubroot is to follow best practices set out by Alberta Ag

Ponoka County has seen around 10 to 49 clubroot infestations from 2003 to 2018 and it’s right in the middle of Lacombe and Wetaskiwin counties, which have seen 50-plus field infested for the same time period.                                Alberta Agriculture and Forestry/University of Alberta graphic
OPINION: Maybe we should send Alberta oil via pigeons

OPINION: Maybe we should send Alberta oil via pigeons

A pipeline will reduce our dependancy on an unstable United States

OPINION: Maybe we should send Alberta oil via pigeons
Ponoka Stampede’s Gary ‘Doc’ Harbin passed away after a losing battle with cancer. Doc died peacefully in his home surrounded by friends and family.                                File photo

Ponoka Stampede’s Gary ‘Doc’ Harbin passes away

Doc lost his five year battle with cancer but was surrounded by friends and family

Ponoka Stampede’s Gary ‘Doc’ Harbin passed away after a losing battle with cancer. Doc died peacefully in his home surrounded by friends and family.                                File photo
Magnitude 4.3 earthquake hits Rocky Mountain House

Magnitude 4.3 earthquake hits Rocky Mountain House

A second earthquake in six days hits central Alberta

Magnitude 4.3 earthquake hits Rocky Mountain House
Photos courtesy of the Alberta Sheriffs and Athabasca RCMP

RCMP/Sheriffs find owner of teddy bear

Officers in Athabasca were able to find the owner thanks to a viral Facebook post

Photos courtesy of the Alberta Sheriffs and Athabasca RCMP
UPDATED - Tow restriction in Leduc County, QEII

UPDATED – Tow restriction in Leduc County, QEII

Motorists advised to avoid driving on the QE2 in central Alberta, Leduc

UPDATED - Tow restriction in Leduc County, QEII