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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)
(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
(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)
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Central Alberta couple celebrates 60th anniversary

They still laugh, hold hands, play crib and fish says daughter

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(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

PHOTOS: Winter Show and Sale

Winter show and sale: The Ponoka Potters Guild held their Winter Show…

(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Marlene Ferguson, president of the Ponoka Legion Ladies Auxiliary, presented Cassidy Burnett from Ponoka with a bursary of $500 on behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary Alberta N.W.T Command. (Photo submitted)

PHOTO: Bursary awarded

Marlene Ferguson, president of the Ponoka Legion Ladies Auxiliary, presented Cassidy Burnett…

Marlene Ferguson, president of the Ponoka Legion Ladies Auxiliary, presented Cassidy Burnett from Ponoka with a bursary of $500 on behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary Alberta N.W.T Command. (Photo submitted)
<strong>Ringing in a milestone:</strong> Ponoka County staff member Debbi Raugust was gifted an engraved ring and a bouquet of roses in recognition of 40 years of service with the county. Raugust has held many positions over the years and is currently the executive secretary. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

PHOTO: Recognizing 40 years of service

Ringing in a milestone: Ponoka County staff member Debbi Raugust was gifted…

<strong>Ringing in a milestone:</strong> Ponoka County staff member Debbi Raugust was gifted an engraved ring and a bouquet of roses in recognition of 40 years of service with the county. Raugust has held many positions over the years and is currently the executive secretary. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

PHOTOS: Ponoka Legion Remembrance Day ceremony

Lest we forget: The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 66 held a…

(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
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Ruth turns 100

PHOTO: Happy 104th birthday Ruth

Happy birthday Ruth: Ruth MacDonald, born on Nov. 12, 1916, turned 104…

Ruth turns 100
<strong>Flight raffle winner:</strong> The winner of the Ponoka Legion’s raffle for a flight above Ponoka was Helmut Wessel. Wessel went up in a Canada-built Harvard plane (one of the last series built in 1952) on Nov. 3. The raffle was to raise funds for the Legion as well to experience what it was like for a pilot that was training during WWII. Pictured here is Wessel, left, with pilot Davis Watson of Yellow Thunder. (Photo submitted)

PHOTO: Legion raffle winner

Flight raffle winner: The winner of the Ponoka Legion’s raffle for a…

<strong>Flight raffle winner:</strong> The winner of the Ponoka Legion’s raffle for a flight above Ponoka was Helmut Wessel. Wessel went up in a Canada-built Harvard plane (one of the last series built in 1952) on Nov. 3. The raffle was to raise funds for the Legion as well to experience what it was like for a pilot that was training during WWII. Pictured here is Wessel, left, with pilot Davis Watson of Yellow Thunder. (Photo submitted)
Smile Cookie campaign: Tim Horton’s Ponoka presented a cheque for $5,236 to the Ponoka Youth Centre (PYC) on Nov. 5 — the proceeds of their one-week Smile Cookie campaign which was held in mid-September. 100 per cent of the proceeds of the campaign went to PYC. Over 5,000 $1 cookies were sold, with some cash donations as well. The success of the campaign shows the town really cares, says Bob Podritske, Tim Hortons franchisee with wife Carol. The funds will be used for youth programming. L-R: Wayne Marsden, manager, Megan Beagley, supervisor, Beth Reitz, executive director of Ponoka Youth Centre and Podritske. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

PHOTO: Smile Cookies donation

Smile Cookie campaign: Tim Horton’s Ponoka presented a cheque for $5,236 to…

Smile Cookie campaign: Tim Horton’s Ponoka presented a cheque for $5,236 to the Ponoka Youth Centre (PYC) on Nov. 5 — the proceeds of their one-week Smile Cookie campaign which was held in mid-September. 100 per cent of the proceeds of the campaign went to PYC. Over 5,000 $1 cookies were sold, with some cash donations as well. The success of the campaign shows the town really cares, says Bob Podritske, Tim Hortons franchisee with wife Carol. The funds will be used for youth programming. L-R: Wayne Marsden, manager, Megan Beagley, supervisor, Beth Reitz, executive director of Ponoka Youth Centre and Podritske. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
<strong></strong><strong>Contest winnings:</strong> Yael Witvoet, who has been participating in the Royal Canadian Legion Ponoka Branch No. 66’s annual poster and literary contest since she was in Grade 7, took away several awards for her entries this year, with prize money amounting to $575. Witvoet won first place in the senior essay, branch level ($50), first for senior poem, branch level ($50), first in senior essay at the district level ($125), and second in senior poem at the district level ($100), and second place in senior essay at the Alberta Command level ($250). L-R: Sybil Evans, chairman of the poster and literacy contest, Yael Witvoet and Marlene Perry, poppy chairman. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Award-winning Remembrance Day writings

Yael Witvoet wins several prizes in Legion contest

<strong></strong><strong>Contest winnings:</strong> Yael Witvoet, who has been participating in the Royal Canadian Legion Ponoka Branch No. 66’s annual poster and literary contest since she was in Grade 7, took away several awards for her entries this year, with prize money amounting to $575. Witvoet won first place in the senior essay, branch level ($50), first for senior poem, branch level ($50), first in senior essay at the district level ($125), and second in senior poem at the district level ($100), and second place in senior essay at the Alberta Command level ($250). L-R: Sybil Evans, chairman of the poster and literacy contest, Yael Witvoet and Marlene Perry, poppy chairman. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)