Dignitaries reveal their resolutions

By Yvonne Dick

New Year’s resolutions have been around for a very long time — 153 B.C to be exact. Started by Janus, a mythical king of early Rome whose name was lent to the month we know as January. Resolutions were set to forgive enemies, make peace with the old year, and welcome in the new year and all the hopes for it.

Ponoka and area dignitaries still make resolutions today. Here are a few of them.

Ponoka Mayor Larry Henkelman: “The town’s resolution is to have open communication between citizens of Ponoka and the town council, by having open houses with council or coffee with council. Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. is our first one.”

Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins: “I have a personal goal that I am going to be doing. I will be accompanying the Canadian Forces this summer in the Nine Million March in Holland in July, and I hereby resolve to make sure that I can march for 40 kilometres for four days in a row by July. I’m going to find out if I can!”

Ponoka Ag Society president Sherry Gummow: “My personal resolution is to become more spiritually and physically fit. Business-wise, we will continue to provide excellent customer service to existing and new customers.”

Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ray Prins: “I have a couple of new year’s resolutions. First of all, I am going to continue to live every day with an attitude of gratitude. Secondly, my wife Pauline and I look forward to spending time with our children and grandchildren.”

Rimbey Mayor Sheldon Ibbotson: “I have a New Year’s resolution every year, and that’s to read my manual for my cellphone. I’ve only ever made it to page 14, but I do know how to use the Internet on it now and I can do a few things on it — I haven’t learned how to text. So my new year’s resolution is to become more technologically proficient.”

Want to know the best thing about new year’s resolutions? If you break them, you can always try again next year.

Just Posted

Stettler’s newest residents overcame fear, bloodshed to come here

Daniel Kwizera, Diane Mukasine and kids now permanent residents

Collision near Morningside south of Ponoka

Highway 2 northbound traffic is being diverted to Highway 2A

Major announcement planned for Tuesday at Westerner Park

Hopes are that the CFR will be relocating to Red Deer

WATCH: Volunteers flood the new ice path

Flooding of the new ice path at Centennial Park begins with smoothing to be done over the weekend

Semi tractor driver dies in Highway 2 collision

The southbound lanes of Highway 2 near Lacombe were closed for some time

WATCH: Ponoka residents enjoy first skate on ice path

A community initiative helped create a skate path for families in Ponoka.

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag for Canada at 2018 Olympics

The pair earned a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games

Diplomacy on agenda at North Korea summit in Vancouver

Foreign ministers from 20 countries are meeting Tuesday to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Kids chained in Calif. house of horrors; parents arrested

Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to home where her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions

‘Reprehensible’: Trudeau abortion policy raises ire of U.S. right

“This man is reprehensible,” tweeted former White House staffer Sebastian Gorka

‘I shouldn’t have to have a husband:’ Winnipeg woman criticizes men-only club

Jodi Moskal discovered the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club continues to ban women as members, as it has done since opening in 1909.

Japan public TV sends mistaken North Korean missile alert

The false alarm came two days after Hawaii’s emergency management department sent a mistaken warning

Toronto girl dies after being pinned between vehicles while picked up from school

Police say an SUV with no driver in it rolled forward and pinned the girl against her father’s car

Vancouver Island marijuana producer bought by Aphria in $230M deal

Aphria’s annual production forecast increases to 230,000 kgs

Most Read