Mike Rainone

The Ponoka High School graduating class of 1954 shown here from left to right

Saluting our Ponoka High School grads since 1911

This week's Reflections looks at the past graduation classes at Ponoka Composite High School.

The Ponoka High School graduating class of 1954 shown here from left to right
No this will likely not be an entry in the 1954 Ponoka Stampede parade; 18.2 per cent of the eligible town voters turned out to vote on Council’s proposed D-37 By-Law back in 1954 to purchase a new garbage truck and grader for the fast growing community. It did not receive the 2/3 majority approval so Public Works employee Metro Hrycyk and his team of horses will have to pull the relic 1932 Chevy garbage truck around town

REMEMBER WHEN: When the town crews had to pull a truck with horses

This week's Remember When looks at how town staff had to use horses to pull a town work vehicle before being able to buy a new one.

No this will likely not be an entry in the 1954 Ponoka Stampede parade; 18.2 per cent of the eligible town voters turned out to vote on Council’s proposed D-37 By-Law back in 1954 to purchase a new garbage truck and grader for the fast growing community. It did not receive the 2/3 majority approval so Public Works employee Metro Hrycyk and his team of horses will have to pull the relic 1932 Chevy garbage truck around town
This 1937 Half-Way Grove girls’ fastball team was very competitive in Ponoka Town and County leagues during our long and hot summers. Shown in the photo from left are: Alice Wierzba

REMEMBER WHEN: A photo capturing a 1937 fastball team

Ponoka News' Remember When looks at the 1937 Half-Way Grove girls' fastball team.

This 1937 Half-Way Grove girls’ fastball team was very competitive in Ponoka Town and County leagues during our long and hot summers. Shown in the photo from left are: Alice Wierzba
This talented Elkhorn Baseball team of the 1920s played in district league and tournament action around Ponoka and throughout the Province. Shown from left to right are

Ponoka was a hot spot for early sports teams

Ponoka News' Reflections highlights the early sports teams of the day.

This talented Elkhorn Baseball team of the 1920s played in district league and tournament action around Ponoka and throughout the Province. Shown from left to right are
One of the countless annual fundraising projects of the Ponoka Fort Ostell Chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire was their delightful Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. In this 1977 photo IODE members from left to right

REMEMBER WHEN: Celebrating Ponoka’s IODE Chapter

Ponoka News' Remember When looks at the history of the IODE Chapter.

One of the countless annual fundraising projects of the Ponoka Fort Ostell Chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire was their delightful Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. In this 1977 photo IODE members from left to right
The Singer Sewing Machine Company has been in business since 1851 and quickly became the best friend of millions of ladies to perform all sorts of magic creations and patch-up jobs around busy homes for countless decades. This classic 1923 Model

PHOTO: Remember When and old sewing machines

Ponoka News' Remember When looks at this Singer sewing machine from 1923.

The Singer Sewing Machine Company has been in business since 1851 and quickly became the best friend of millions of ladies to perform all sorts of magic creations and patch-up jobs around busy homes for countless decades. This classic 1923 Model
Throughout our long and colourful history these cherished old family tea services and silverware have been carefully pampered

A salute and a big hug to mothers of then and now

Celebrating mothers and Mother's Day in this week's Ponoka News reflections.

Throughout our long and colourful history these cherished old family tea services and silverware have been carefully pampered
Remember When? In April 1954 our Ponoka Stampeders won the Intermediate ‘A’ Hockey Championship of Alberta and the right to meet the Trail Smoke Eaters for the Alberta/B.C. title! The thrilling hard-fought best of seven series was played in Trail

REMEMBER WHEN: In 1954 the Ponoka Stamps won their division

Ponoka News' Remember When looks at In April 1954 our Ponoka Stampeders won the Intermediate ‘A’ Hockey Championship of Alberta.

Remember When? In April 1954 our Ponoka Stampeders won the Intermediate ‘A’ Hockey Championship of Alberta and the right to meet the Trail Smoke Eaters for the Alberta/B.C. title! The thrilling hard-fought best of seven series was played in Trail
This 1954 Model Home in the new Lucas Heights sub-division in Ponoka was the initial promotion in central Alberta by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation to offer comfortable affordable homes to new buyers. Thousands of visitors from near and far toured the stylish five rooms 28 by 40 fully furnished show home

1954 was a very good year in and around Ponoka

Ponoka News' Reflections highlights 1954 in Ponoka, which was a busy year for the area.

This 1954 Model Home in the new Lucas Heights sub-division in Ponoka was the initial promotion in central Alberta by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation to offer comfortable affordable homes to new buyers. Thousands of visitors from near and far toured the stylish five rooms 28 by 40 fully furnished show home
Remember When: The first two Doctors in the Ponoka district were Dr. A.A. Drinnan

REMEMBER WHEN: Looking at Ponoka’s early doctors

Ponoka News' Remember When looks at the early days of doctors in Ponoka.

Remember When: The first two Doctors in the Ponoka district were Dr. A.A. Drinnan
This classic home on 51 Street Ponoka was built in 1922

Ponoka’s early doctors would face overwhelming challenges

REFLECTION: Ponoka News' Reflections and the busy days of Ponoka's early doctors.

This classic home on 51 Street Ponoka was built in 1922
Recent graduates of the Mealtime Assistant program at the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury proudly receiving their certificates from Dietician Meredith Kramer are left to right: Jubenell

Saluting our countless community volunteers

Celebrating Ponoka's volunteers in this week's Ponoka Reflections.

Recent graduates of the Mealtime Assistant program at the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury proudly receiving their certificates from Dietician Meredith Kramer are left to right: Jubenell
The Ponoka Volunteer Fire Department members

PHOTO: Remember When looks at firefighters in 1905

This week's Remember When looks at firefighters dealing with a fire call in 1905.

The Ponoka Volunteer Fire Department members
Ponoka Chapter of the Eastern Star officers for 1957 were back row left to right: Twig Taylor

Order of Eastern Star proudly served Ponoka for 94 years

Reflections this week pays homage to Ponoka's Battle River #47 Order of the Easter Star, which has since had to close its chapter.

Ponoka Chapter of the Eastern Star officers for 1957 were back row left to right: Twig Taylor
This amazing photo was taken in 1905 and shows the Canadian Pacific Railway main line at the new Town of Ponoka

Thomas McKelvey was a big part of Ponoka’s first building boom

Looking at Ponoka's building boom with help from Thomas McKelvey in this week's Reflections.

This amazing photo was taken in 1905 and shows the Canadian Pacific Railway main line at the new Town of Ponoka
This classic early 1900s photo was taken on Chipman Avenue in a vacant lot exactly where the Ponoka News is now located. A favourite event in those grand old days was when the First Nations families came to town

REMEMBER WHEN: Catching a pow wow in downtown Ponoka

This 1900s photo shows Ponoka residents taking in a pow wow in what is now the Ponoka News office.

This classic early 1900s photo was taken on Chipman Avenue in a vacant lot exactly where the Ponoka News is now located. A favourite event in those grand old days was when the First Nations families came to town
Those who have lived in and around Ponoka over the years have quickly learned never to take our lazy old Battle River for granted

REMEMBER WHEN: Looking at heavy spring floods in Ponoka’s past

When you have to use the horse and buggy to get to work during heavy floods, in this week's Ponoka News Remember When.

Those who have lived in and around Ponoka over the years have quickly learned never to take our lazy old Battle River for granted
Our first Ponoka arena was built in 1947 and served the growing town and county of Ponoka for over 30 years

Ponoka town councils have always faced long meetings and hot issues

Ponoka town council has faced contentious issues over the many years in town.

Our first Ponoka arena was built in 1947 and served the growing town and county of Ponoka for over 30 years
Shown here is the official program of the first annual Ponoka Fish and Game Association Rifleman’s Rodeo/Sportsman’s Show and trading day that was held on Sept. 4

Ponoka Fish and Game to host 50th annual Rifleman’s Rodeo

This first ever Ponoka Fish and Game Rifleman's Rodeo, and its upcoming 50th anniversary, highlighted in Reflections this week.

Shown here is the official program of the first annual Ponoka Fish and Game Association Rifleman’s Rodeo/Sportsman’s Show and trading day that was held on Sept. 4
The winners of the first Ponoka Fish and Game Association Rifleman’s Rodeo

Remember When: Looking back at the Rifleman’s Rodeo start

Winners of the first Ponoka Fish and Game Rifleman's Rodeo highlighted in this week's Remember When.

The winners of the first Ponoka Fish and Game Association Rifleman’s Rodeo