Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

St. Augustine Ponoka’s Triple Threat production proves a delight

St. Augustine Ponoka’s Triple Threat production proves a delight

The school’s musical production featured dramatic lighting, music and set

St. Augustine Ponoka’s Triple Threat production proves a delight
Big celebration: Ponoka Festival of Trees Committee members celebrated another successful festival with a cheque presentation Dec. 20 at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre. This year’s event brought in $93,000. The festival collected almost $500,000 in its five years. Pictured are members of the Festival of Trees committee (l-r) Cec Dykstra, Judy Dick, Lori Jones-Holt, Sherry Gummow, Dorothy Ungstad for the Ponoka and District Health Foundation, and Theresa Turner with the committee. The health foundation will be taking over the Festival of Trees in the 2019 season. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

PHOTO: Ponoka Festival of Trees sees $93,000

Close to $500,000 was raised over the last five years

Big celebration: Ponoka Festival of Trees Committee members celebrated another successful festival with a cheque presentation Dec. 20 at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre. This year’s event brought in $93,000. The festival collected almost $500,000 in its five years. Pictured are members of the Festival of Trees committee (l-r) Cec Dykstra, Judy Dick, Lori Jones-Holt, Sherry Gummow, Dorothy Ungstad for the Ponoka and District Health Foundation, and Theresa Turner with the committee. The health foundation will be taking over the Festival of Trees in the 2019 season. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Edson RCMP arrested two suspects after a chase Dec. 21. The suspects were charged with several offences including break and enter and arson.                                RCMP photo

Edson RCMP arrest two suspects after chase

The two suspects were spotted and tried to evade police during the chase

Edson RCMP arrested two suspects after a chase Dec. 21. The suspects were charged with several offences including break and enter and arson.                                RCMP photo
Wintry road conditions add havoc to Friday afternoon commute

Wintry road conditions add havoc to Friday afternoon commute

Wintry road conditions caused multiple collisions along the QE2 near Ponoka

Wintry road conditions add havoc to Friday afternoon commute
The quick thinking of Ponoka Elementary School teacher Amanda Graystone helped save the life of 5-year-old Kindergarten student Alyssa Jeffrey. She was choking on her lunch and was unable to breathe until Graystone stepped in to help her.                                Photos submitted

Quick thinking Ponoka teacher saves choking student

Christmas will be complete for a Ponoka family after Ponoka Elementary School teacher saves student

The quick thinking of Ponoka Elementary School teacher Amanda Graystone helped save the life of 5-year-old Kindergarten student Alyssa Jeffrey. She was choking on her lunch and was unable to breathe until Graystone stepped in to help her.                                Photos submitted
Poll finds respondents against Alberta separation

Poll finds respondents against Alberta separation

Over 600 Albertans were surveyed their thoughts on separation of Alberta from Canada

Poll finds respondents against Alberta separation
OPINION: Ponoka’s ag event centre should regroup and restart

OPINION: Ponoka’s ag event centre should regroup and restart

Despite power struggles, the Calnash Ag Event Centre has seen profits and success

OPINION: Ponoka’s ag event centre should regroup and restart
Charity Skate: The Ponoka Skate Club held its annual Charity Skate demonstration Dec. 14 at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex. Attendees donated food items to the Ponoka Food Bank and the teams and individuals had a chance to demonstrate their routines as seen in this photo.                                Photo by Cal David

PHOTO: Ponoka Skate supports the Ponoka Food Bank

Ponoka Skate held a fun charity skate to practice routines and support a good cause

Charity Skate: The Ponoka Skate Club held its annual Charity Skate demonstration Dec. 14 at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex. Attendees donated food items to the Ponoka Food Bank and the teams and individuals had a chance to demonstrate their routines as seen in this photo.                                Photo by Cal David
Family skate pond prep: The weather is cold enough and the ice is thick enough for family skating at the Centennial Park pond. Here volunteers help prep the ice for family skating Dec. 16. Benches were delivered Dec. 17. Ice skate trail preparation is soon to come.                                Photo from Ponoka Community, Culture and Recreation
Family skate pond prep: The weather is cold enough and the ice is thick enough for family skating at the Centennial Park pond. Here volunteers help prep the ice for family skating Dec. 16. Benches were delivered Dec. 17. Ice skate trail preparation is soon to come.                                Photo from Ponoka Community, Culture and Recreation
PSC students and teachers pose Dec. 11 after the Santa Showdown fundraiser game and events. The goal of the evening is to raise money for Santa’s Anonymous and $3,300 was raised.                                Photo by Deanna French

Ponoka’s Santa Showdown proves successful event

Ponoka Secondary Campus students and teachers come together for fundraiser

PSC students and teachers pose Dec. 11 after the Santa Showdown fundraiser game and events. The goal of the evening is to raise money for Santa’s Anonymous and $3,300 was raised.                                Photo by Deanna French
St. Augustine students and teachers celebrated Dec. 14 after the fundraiser Goodwill Cup concluded. The event brought in almost $2,000 along with just over 1,000 items for the Safe Harbour House in Red Deer. Photos submitted

St. Augustine Ponoka students raise money/items for those in need

Goodwill Cup brings teachers and students together for Safe Harbour House fundraiser

St. Augustine students and teachers celebrated Dec. 14 after the fundraiser Goodwill Cup concluded. The event brought in almost $2,000 along with just over 1,000 items for the Safe Harbour House in Red Deer. Photos submitted
Former Ponoka CAO Rachel Kunz

Former Ponoka CAO paid out $90,000 in settlement

The matter has been completed with three cheques sent out in town vs CAO claim

Former Ponoka CAO Rachel Kunz
St. Augustine Kings’ Evo Baldovino goes up against Ponoka Secondary Campus Broncs’ Tyrus Cardinal during both senior teams’ first ever league game Dec. 12. The Broncs ended up winning 71-38.                                Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Fan support was strong at Ponoka high school basketball games

Ponoka Secondary Campus Broncs boys and girls ended up defeating the St. Augustine Kings and Queens

St. Augustine Kings’ Evo Baldovino goes up against Ponoka Secondary Campus Broncs’ Tyrus Cardinal during both senior teams’ first ever league game Dec. 12. The Broncs ended up winning 71-38.                                Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Sensational Elvis: The Sensational Matt Cage, playing Elvis, performed at the Ponoka Golf Club Dec. 15 with a strong group of fans enjoying the event.                                Photo submitted

PHOTO: Elvis appears in Ponoka

The Ponoka Golf Club hosted Elvis to a fun crowd

Sensational Elvis: The Sensational Matt Cage, playing Elvis, performed at the Ponoka Golf Club Dec. 15 with a strong group of fans enjoying the event.                                Photo submitted
Christmas joy: Two special weekend concerts were held at Wombold Funeral Homes. The reprise of last year’s concert proved just as popular. Singing were Sheila Bartsch, Kiersten Johnson and Kelly Longard while musicians Brenda Fuzz-Dutz, Orion Donison, Jordan Galloway, Lloyd Jackson and Shan Archibald keep the music going.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

PHOTO: Ponoka Funeral Home hosts Christmas concert

The home held two events to a full crowd

Christmas joy: Two special weekend concerts were held at Wombold Funeral Homes. The reprise of last year’s concert proved just as popular. Singing were Sheila Bartsch, Kiersten Johnson and Kelly Longard while musicians Brenda Fuzz-Dutz, Orion Donison, Jordan Galloway, Lloyd Jackson and Shan Archibald keep the music going.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
The Ponoka Ag Society AGM on Dec. 10 proved contentious as about 80 people attended to speak their displeasure with the society being unable to come to an agreement with the Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka’s ag society board under scrutiny during AGM

About 80 people attended the society’s AGM, which saw three directors replaced

The Ponoka Ag Society AGM on Dec. 10 proved contentious as about 80 people attended to speak their displeasure with the society being unable to come to an agreement with the Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Ponoka RCMP were called to assist EMS and the Ponoka County East District Fire Department Dec. 13 after a teen was struck by a pickup. It is believed he suffered a broken leg.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

UPDATED: Ponoka teen pedestrian suffers injuries after pickup collision

Other Ponoka RCMP files include an Internet scam

Ponoka RCMP were called to assist EMS and the Ponoka County East District Fire Department Dec. 13 after a teen was struck by a pickup. It is believed he suffered a broken leg.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Battle of Ponoka: The first ever league basketball game for both Ponoka high schools (Ponoka Secondary Campus Broncs versus St. Augustine Ponoka Kings and Queens) was a high-energy blast. Here are photos from the exciting evening Dec. 12. The Broncs girls and boys defeated St. Augustine. Full story to come.                                Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

PHOTOS: Battle of Ponoka basketball action

The first ever senior high basketball league game for both Ponoka high schools was high energy

Battle of Ponoka: The first ever league basketball game for both Ponoka high schools (Ponoka Secondary Campus Broncs versus St. Augustine Ponoka Kings and Queens) was a high-energy blast. Here are photos from the exciting evening Dec. 12. The Broncs girls and boys defeated St. Augustine. Full story to come.                                Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Hungry birds: Reader Donna Noble sent in this photo of two birds enjoying a snack from her bird feeder recently. The flying bird is a black-capped chickadee and the one at the suet ball is a downy woodpecker.                                Photo by Donna Noble

PHOTO: Hungry birds enjoy a snack

A Ponoka News reader sent in this photo of birds enjoying a snack

Hungry birds: Reader Donna Noble sent in this photo of two birds enjoying a snack from her bird feeder recently. The flying bird is a black-capped chickadee and the one at the suet ball is a downy woodpecker.                                Photo by Donna Noble
OPINION: Pulling Baby It’s Cold Outside will hurt #MeToo movement

OPINION: Pulling Baby It’s Cold Outside will hurt #MeToo movement

The decision to take the song off the air seems like a bad joke

OPINION: Pulling Baby It’s Cold Outside will hurt #MeToo movement