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Funding goal getting close for LTC beds

Several large donations were received during ‘Unfestival of Trees’ fundraising campaign

Hayley Wianko, left, and Brooke Hansen. (Photo submitted)

Celebrate mentoring during National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of…

Harold Sharkey, Leanne Meyers and Brad King as they shopped to gather ingredients and supplies for the Christmas dinner they prepared for the Hub. Submitted/ Harold Sharkey.

Wetaskiwin locals make Christmas dinner for 24/7 Integrated Response Hub

Full turkey dinner and sides donated to Wetaskiwin’s Integrated Response Hub this Christmas.

Katie Hodges, left, and Aubree Reynolds hold up one of the pictures they made and delivered during Christmas time. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Ponoka News carriers deliver more than the paper

Katie Hodges and Aubree Reynolds have become well-known on their route

Katie Hodges, left, and Aubree Reynolds hold up one of the pictures they made and delivered during Christmas time. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
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PHOTOS: Merry Christmas Ponoka

Ponoka has holiday spirit: Many homes around town are decorated for Christmas,…

(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Tom Lam, left, and his family and staff pose for a photo.
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Old Iron Horse spreads holiday cheer with 150 free Christmas meals

By Chevi Rabbit For Ponoka News Old Iron Horse Restaurant and Lounge…

Tom Lam, left, and his family and staff pose for a photo.
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3-year-old Nathaniel O’Blenis holding the chocolate bear that Gary the garbage man gave him. Photo/ Amanda O’Blenis.
 3-year-old Nathaniel O’Blenis holding the chocolate bear that Gary the garbage man gave him. Photo/ Amanda O’Blenis.

Wetaskiwin boy tracks down his favourite garbage man to give him a Christmas gift

Community gets behind local Wetaskiwin mom and son in their quest to find Gary the garbage man.

3-year-old Nathaniel O’Blenis holding the chocolate bear that Gary the garbage man gave him. Photo/ Amanda O’Blenis.
 3-year-old Nathaniel O’Blenis holding the chocolate bear that Gary the garbage man gave him. Photo/ Amanda O’Blenis.
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VIDEO: Ermineskin First Nation Candy Cane Lane drive-thru

By Chevi Rabbit For Ponoka News Ermineskin First Nation created a two-day…

(Photos submitted by Chevi Rabbit)
Photo by Andrea Swainson

Sounds of the Season: Together in Song

A virtual Christmas Concert by local performers presented by Sylvan Lake News

Photo by Andrea Swainson
Photo/ Facebook: Samson Cree Nation

Santa visits Maskwacis with the help of Maskwacis RCMP

Maskwacis RCMP assisted Santa on his mission to hand out toys to the children of Maskwacis.

Photo/ Facebook: Samson Cree Nation
Santa’s Anonymous preparations at Ponoka Secondary Campus. (Photo submitted)
Santa’s Anonymous preparations at Ponoka Secondary Campus. (Photo submitted)
The home of Ramie and Alexis Tucker, located at 97 Lakeway Blvd., is a brightly lit holiday spectacle, one the locals look forward to every year. (Photo Submitted)

Brightly lit Sylvan Lake house a local holiday tradition

Locals look forward to the holiday spectacle put together every year at Ramie and Alexis Tucker’s

The home of Ramie and Alexis Tucker, located at 97 Lakeway Blvd., is a brightly lit holiday spectacle, one the locals look forward to every year. (Photo Submitted)
Donations received for Coats for the Cold. (Submitted file photo)

Doors closed, but Coats for the Cold continues to serve those in need

Due to Ponoka currently being under enhanced watch status by the province,…

Donations received for Coats for the Cold. (Submitted file photo)
Tom Ford poses for a photo alongside some of the fruit cake which was made using his super secret recipe. ford has been making and selling the Christmas cake for 19 years, but since moving into the Manor he agreed to allow ladies at the United Church to make it for him. (Photo by Leah Bousfield)

Rimbey United Church keeping local holiday tradition alive

A small group of women worked with Tom Ford to bake and sell his holiday fruit cakes this year

Tom Ford poses for a photo alongside some of the fruit cake which was made using his super secret recipe. ford has been making and selling the Christmas cake for 19 years, but since moving into the Manor he agreed to allow ladies at the United Church to make it for him. (Photo by Leah Bousfield)
“Three Generations Ribbon Skirt” sewn by Melody Cardinal and photographed by Darlene Hildebrant. (Photo submitted)

Ponoka and Maskwacis women share meaning of ribbon skirts

By Chevi Rabbit For Ponoka News Indigenous ribbon skirts have become a…

“Three Generations Ribbon Skirt” sewn by Melody Cardinal and photographed by Darlene Hildebrant. (Photo submitted)
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Rimbey woman gathering Christmas gifts for seniors at Valleyview Manor

Margaret Tanasiuk says she doesn’t want anyone to feel forgotten on Christmas morning

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Ponoka Red Apple. (Photo submitted)

Ponoka Red Apple’s toy drive has begun

Store is partnering with Ponoka Secondary Campus’ Santa’s Anonymous to distribute donations

Ponoka Red Apple. (Photo submitted)
(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

FortisAlberta’s ‘Lights of Joy’ bring smiles to Ponoka seniors

Residents of Golden Leisure Lodge treated to a light display

(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
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(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
<strong>Food drive:</strong> Ponoka News’ Almost Midnight Madness food drive collected 410 lbs of non-perishable food items for the Ponoka Food Bank, as well as $137 in cash donations. Pictured here, Ponoka News publisher Judy Dick, right, presents the cash donations to Violet Smith from the food bank. At this time, the food bank is most in need of staple items such as soup, canned tomatoes, cookies and toilet paper, and any other food items and essentials — even diapers can be donated. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

PHOTO: Ponoka News food drive

Food drive: Ponoka News’ Almost Midnight Madness food drive collected 410 lbs…

<strong>Food drive:</strong> Ponoka News’ Almost Midnight Madness food drive collected 410 lbs of non-perishable food items for the Ponoka Food Bank, as well as $137 in cash donations. Pictured here, Ponoka News publisher Judy Dick, right, presents the cash donations to Violet Smith from the food bank. At this time, the food bank is most in need of staple items such as soup, canned tomatoes, cookies and toilet paper, and any other food items and essentials — even diapers can be donated. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)