Mike Rainone

The fast and colorful Canadian Pacific Railway Day Liner passenger service zoomed up and down the main line between Calgary and Edmonton and throughout the province from August 30

There’s a fast and flashy new train down at the Ponoka Station

This weeks' Reflections looks at the the historic railroad service in the area.

The fast and colorful Canadian Pacific Railway Day Liner passenger service zoomed up and down the main line between Calgary and Edmonton and throughout the province from August 30
The pioneer woman stood over her hot old kitchen stove preparing a meal for a big rambunctious and busy family at the beginning of each and every day of chores and challenges from dawn to dusk during the early settlement of our Alberta prairies.

A salute to our pioneer women….the first 50 years

Reflections looks at the pioneer women who first came to Ponoka.

The pioneer woman stood over her hot old kitchen stove preparing a meal for a big rambunctious and busy family at the beginning of each and every day of chores and challenges from dawn to dusk during the early settlement of our Alberta prairies.
In June of 1954

Ponoka was once called a two horse town

This week's Reflections looks garbage issues in Ponoka in 1954.

In June of 1954
One of the feature attractions at the Fort Ostell Museum is this commemorative model of historical Fort Ostell

Fort Ostell was a military post for only 50 days

This week's Reflections: Fort Ostell and its history in Ponoka.

One of the feature attractions at the Fort Ostell Museum is this commemorative model of historical Fort Ostell
This classic 1907 photo features the first Case steamer and thrashing machine in the Asker district. Shown in the picture from left to right are the crew (left to right) Jimmy Ward

Early harvests went from horsepower to steam engines

This week's Reflections looks at old steam engine farm equipment and how it changed farming.

This classic 1907 photo features the first Case steamer and thrashing machine in the Asker district. Shown in the picture from left to right are the crew (left to right) Jimmy Ward
Ponoka Teen Town Queen Candidates for 1963 in the top row (left to right) were Shirley DeSpiegelaere

Just in case we forgot our teenage years

This week's Reflections looks at the memories of many years ago in Ponoka.

Ponoka Teen Town Queen Candidates for 1963 in the top row (left to right) were Shirley DeSpiegelaere
The Elkhorn School served hundreds of district students for a half a century from 1902 to 1952. Shown here is the class of 1926 (from left to right) in the back row Pearl Kempf (Kroening)

The long and colorful history of the Elkhorn district

The Elkhorn district west of Ponoka was established in 1890

The Elkhorn School served hundreds of district students for a half a century from 1902 to 1952. Shown here is the class of 1926 (from left to right) in the back row Pearl Kempf (Kroening)
This colorful new display and other unique artifacts at the Fort Ostell Museum in Ponoka are a salute to the great history and heritage of our First Nations people. Their pride and traditions have carried on since their ancestors settled in this area over three centuries ago

Honouring our First Nations history and heritage

This week's Reflections highlights the salute to First Nations at the Fort Ostell Museum.

This colorful new display and other unique artifacts at the Fort Ostell Museum in Ponoka are a salute to the great history and heritage of our First Nations people. Their pride and traditions have carried on since their ancestors settled in this area over three centuries ago
Our great Canadian flag was proclaimed in 1965

The long and proud history of our Canadian flag

This week in Reflections: celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag.

Our great Canadian flag was proclaimed in 1965
These prominent businessmen and builders from  in and around the Village of Ponoka in 1901 were (top row

Cook Myer was Ponoka’s first land guide and village mayor

This week's Reflections looks at Ponoka's first lang guide and village mayor.

These prominent businessmen and builders from  in and around the Village of Ponoka in 1901 were (top row
Cecil (Buster) Doran shows great form in the Bronc riding event at the 1920 Chesterwold Stampede.

Our early beginnings of the thrills and spills of rodeo

Reflections looks at the thrills and spills of old time rodeos.

Cecil (Buster) Doran shows great form in the Bronc riding event at the 1920 Chesterwold Stampede.
Fort Ostell Museum Manager Sandy Alsopp (left) and summer staff members Harriet Evans and Kiana Bugarin stand beside the new “Yesterday’s Toys” display

Fort Ostell Museum prepares for busy summer

This week's Reflections discusses the busy Fort Ostell Museum.

Fort Ostell Museum Manager Sandy Alsopp (left) and summer staff members Harriet Evans and Kiana Bugarin stand beside the new “Yesterday’s Toys” display
This 1910 class photo was taken in front of the Iowalta School west of Ponoka

Early education began in tiny one room schools

This week's Reflections looks at the early schools in Ponoka.

This 1910 class photo was taken in front of the Iowalta School west of Ponoka

Ponoka Stampede salutes the cowboys and the artists

Remember When takes a look at Ponoka Stampede's art show and sale.

The original Bedrock Fitness Ltd. Centre was opened in 1988 in the southeast bay of the refurbished old Ponoka Arena.

Bedrock Fitness was Ponoka’s family fun centre

Reflections: In Reflections this week Bedrock Fitness' history is discussed.

The original Bedrock Fitness Ltd. Centre was opened in 1988 in the southeast bay of the refurbished old Ponoka Arena.
This delightful early photo was taken in 1944 and features the members of the first Concord Ladies’ Group

Concord Ladies group have served community for 73 years

This week in Reflections the Concord Ladies Group is highlighted.

This delightful early photo was taken in 1944 and features the members of the first Concord Ladies’ Group
The Hopewell tunnel at the Alberta Hospital was completed in 1964 and served for several decades  as the vital underground transportation link between the new administration and admitting building and the rest of the massive and busy Psychiatric facility.

The early tales of the Ponoka tunnels

Investigating the underground tunnels of Ponoka for Reflections.

The Hopewell tunnel at the Alberta Hospital was completed in 1964 and served for several decades  as the vital underground transportation link between the new administration and admitting building and the rest of the massive and busy Psychiatric facility.
An early 1920s photo of Railway Street Ponoka shows from left to right: The Skinner and Wilkinson Ford Garage

An early stroll down Railway Street in Ponoka

Railways street in Ponoka a hub of the community - Reflections.

An early 1920s photo of Railway Street Ponoka shows from left to right: The Skinner and Wilkinson Ford Garage
In the early days of the settlement of our town and surrounding districts everyone always faithfully pulled together to help each other in many times of need. This classic early 1920s photo features the Town of Ponoka off in the background

Growing up down on the farm in the early days

In the early days of the settlement of our town and surrounding districts everyone always faithfully pulled together to help each other.

In the early days of the settlement of our town and surrounding districts everyone always faithfully pulled together to help each other in many times of need. This classic early 1920s photo features the Town of Ponoka off in the background

Live theatre will always be great entertainment

Entertainment options have grown with advances in technology.