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Cleaver winners. (Photos submitted)

East Ponoka 4-H Beef Club holds multi-species judging

The Ponoka district held their multi-species judging at the Lantin Ranch just…

  • Feb 15, 2022
Cleaver winners. (Photos submitted)
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PHOTOS: Ponoka Elementary School shows Olympic spirit

Ponoka Elementary School students and staff showed their support for Canadian athletes…

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The development of the printing press in the 1400s led to the creation of books and other printed materials for the public to read. This file photo shows the first edition of the Alberni Valley News rolling through the press at the Black Press printing plant in Ladysmith. (Alberni Valley News file photo)

QUIZ: Celebrating the joy of reading

Family Literacy Day in Canada is held each year on Jan. 27.

The development of the printing press in the 1400s led to the creation of books and other printed materials for the public to read. This file photo shows the first edition of the Alberni Valley News rolling through the press at the Black Press printing plant in Ladysmith. (Alberni Valley News file photo)
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East Ponoka 4H beef club report

On Sunday, Jan. 16, the East Ponoka 4H beef club held the…

  • Jan 25, 2022
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Get to know Boxing Day

Many people may get their fill of boxes on Christmas Day. However,…

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Santa figures from around the world

Krampus Krampus, in central and eastern Alpine folklore, is hairy with cloven…

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Skate Ponoka held its annual Charity Skate at the Ponoka Arena Complex on Dec. 17. Pictured here, the jumpstart group, ages six to 11, performs a number. (Photos by Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Skate Ponoka held its annual Charity Skate at the Ponoka Arena Complex on Dec. 17. Pictured here, the jumpstart group, ages six to 11, performs a number. (Photos by Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
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Ponoka LTC residents receive Adopt-A-Grandparent gifts

Ponoka General Hospital Long Term Care (LTC) residents, including Marilyn Lane, pictured,…

  • Dec 22, 2021
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Ponoka community Christmas dinner

Ponoka’s Community Christmas Dinner tradition continues

Several groups are coming together to continue the long-standing tradition of the…

Ponoka community Christmas dinner
Ponoka Cadets attend the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy in 2014. (Photos submitted)

65 Ponoka Air Cadet Squadron celebrated 80th anniversary

By Captain Michelle Comeau Over the course of eight decades, an Air…

  • Dec 21, 2021
Ponoka Cadets attend the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy in 2014. (Photos submitted)
Harper Cripps is standing third to the left of the Make A Wish representative. (Photo submitted)

Ponoka 4-H beef clubs give back to Make A Wish Foundation

On Dec. 6, 2021, the presidents of the East and West 4-H…

Harper Cripps is standing third to the left of the Make A Wish representative. (Photo submitted)
Sleigh Run: Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC), the coordinating body for the annual Santa’s Anonymous program in Ponoka, held their first annual ‘Sleigh Run’ food and gift drive on Dec. 2, with the help of members of Ponoka County Fire Services. A total of $924 was raised that evening, along with many food and gift donations. Approximately 140 Christmas food and gift hampers were delivered on Dec. 15. This year is PSC’s 40th year of coordination Santa’s Anonymous. (Facebook photo)

PHOTOS: Santa’s Anonymous Ponoka’s first annual Sleigh Run

Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC), the coordinating body for the annual Santa’s Anonymous…

Sleigh Run: Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC), the coordinating body for the annual Santa’s Anonymous program in Ponoka, held their first annual ‘Sleigh Run’ food and gift drive on Dec. 2, with the help of members of Ponoka County Fire Services. A total of $924 was raised that evening, along with many food and gift donations. Approximately 140 Christmas food and gift hampers were delivered on Dec. 15. This year is PSC’s 40th year of coordination Santa’s Anonymous. (Facebook photo)
Blaze Rain holds some of the donated food items while the bus is loaded Dec. 14. St. Augustine School’s “Pack the Bus” campaign on Dec. 14, 2021 brought in a total of 1,769 lbs of donated food items. The total cash donations recevied has not been totaled yet. The high school students organized a school-wide food bank drive. Each class took a turn brining their donation items to the bus and loading them on. (Photos submitted/Dustin Ellingson)

PHOTOS: St. Augustine’s ‘Pack the Bus’ for the food bank

St. Augustine School’s “Pack the Bus” campaign on Dec. 14, 2021 brought…

Blaze Rain holds some of the donated food items while the bus is loaded Dec. 14. St. Augustine School’s “Pack the Bus” campaign on Dec. 14, 2021 brought in a total of 1,769 lbs of donated food items. The total cash donations recevied has not been totaled yet. The high school students organized a school-wide food bank drive. Each class took a turn brining their donation items to the bus and loading them on. (Photos submitted/Dustin Ellingson)
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Poinsettias for Ponoka care residents

This year, Christmas cheer for Ponoka care residents came in the form…

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Ponoka FCSS busy ensuring residents have a ‘cozy’ Christmas

By Sam Donnelly For Ponoka News Ponoka Family and Community Support Services…

  • Dec 6, 2021
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Christmas tree display is now set up in the Ponoka Civic Building in between the Town of Ponoka office and the library in the lobby. (Photo submitted)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Christmas tree display is now set up in the Ponoka Civic Building in between the Town of Ponoka office and the library in the lobby. (Photo submitted)
2019 Ponoka Broncs file photo. (Deanna French photo)

Ponoka senior Broncs football coach reflects on turbulent 2021 season

Baird: ‘We dropped down to whatever we needed just to keep football alive.’

2019 Ponoka Broncs file photo. (Deanna French photo)
Winter wear: L-R: Ponoka Elementary School principal Nathan McEntee, accepts a donation of winter wear from Halla Letendre and Pastor Rob McArthur from Home Church Ponoka, Nov. 17. Members of Home Church donated $2,500 worth of winter clothing for PES students, including: 26 pairs of boots, 46 gloves, 27 toques, 25 jackets, and 20 snow pants. “We are grateful for such great community connections and support for our students,” said McEntee. Pastor Rob mentioned that with the waves of COVID, they decided to create a new wave, celebrating love. (Photo submitted)

PHOTO: Winter wear donation

Winter wear: L-R: Ponoka Elementary School principal Nathan McEntee, accepts a donation…

Winter wear: L-R: Ponoka Elementary School principal Nathan McEntee, accepts a donation of winter wear from Halla Letendre and Pastor Rob McArthur from Home Church Ponoka, Nov. 17. Members of Home Church donated $2,500 worth of winter clothing for PES students, including: 26 pairs of boots, 46 gloves, 27 toques, 25 jackets, and 20 snow pants. “We are grateful for such great community connections and support for our students,” said McEntee. Pastor Rob mentioned that with the waves of COVID, they decided to create a new wave, celebrating love. (Photo submitted)
Judy Dick, right, publisher of Ponoka News, presents Violet Smith, from the Ponoka Food Bank, with the donations collected from Ponoka News’ food drive during Almost Midnight Madness on Nov. 19. A total of 572 lbs of food and $100 cash was collected for the food bank (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

PHOTO: Food bank donation

Judy Dick, right, publisher of Ponoka News, presents Violet Smith, from the…

Judy Dick, right, publisher of Ponoka News, presents Violet Smith, from the Ponoka Food Bank, with the donations collected from Ponoka News’ food drive during Almost Midnight Madness on Nov. 19. A total of 572 lbs of food and $100 cash was collected for the food bank (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
<strong>Smile Cookie Campaign:</strong> This year, Ponoka’s Tim Horton’s raised $7,157 (quite the jump from last year’s $5,236) for Ponoka Youth Centre (PYC) youth programs. Beith Reitz, PYC executive director, accepts a cheque from Tim Horton’s manager Wayne Marsden, centre right, and co-owner Carol Podritske, centre left. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

PHOTO: Smile Cookie Campaign brings in big donation for Ponoka’s youth

Smile Cookie Campaign: This year, Ponoka’s Tim Horton’s raised $7,157 (quite the…

<strong>Smile Cookie Campaign:</strong> This year, Ponoka’s Tim Horton’s raised $7,157 (quite the jump from last year’s $5,236) for Ponoka Youth Centre (PYC) youth programs. Beith Reitz, PYC executive director, accepts a cheque from Tim Horton’s manager Wayne Marsden, centre right, and co-owner Carol Podritske, centre left. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)