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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)
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West Ponoka 4-H Beef Club report

It’s a new year for the West Ponoka 4-H Beef Club. We…

  • Nov 4, 2021
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CP Holiday train at Port Haney Wharf. (Colleen Flanagan-THE NEWS)

CP Holiday Train goes virtual again for 2021, no stops in B.C. or Alberta

The 23rd annual event would have stopped in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

CP Holiday train at Port Haney Wharf. (Colleen Flanagan-THE NEWS)
4-H Canada Logo

November 3 is national Show Your 4-H Colours Day

Show Your 4-H Colours Day is a national celebration put on by 4-H Canada

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Corey Kozack poses in the entrance of the Haunted Barn of Grandview. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.

The Haunted Barn of Grandview celebrates another spooktacular Halloween season

The Haunted Barn continues to grow and has proven immensely popular in its third year.

Corey Kozack poses in the entrance of the Haunted Barn of Grandview. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
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Ponoka FCSS’ Empty Bowls sale to continue this week

Ponoka Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) held its annual food security…

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<strong>Fuel Good Day:</strong> Left, Clayton Morrow, manager of Ponoka Co-op Oils, presents Ponoka Youth Centre (PYC) executive director Beth Reitz with a cheque for $1,255.70, the proceeds of Fuel Good Day. Sept. 21, 2021 was Fuel Good Day in western Canada. When motorists fueled up at a participating Co-op Gas Bar, the Co-op donated a minimum of five cents per litre to a local chairty or non-profit organization. The funds raised will go towards PYC youth programming. “We are very grateful to Ponoka Coop Oils for allowing us to be the recipient this year,” said Reitz. (Photo submitted)

PHOTO: Fuel Good Day donates to Ponoka Youth Centre

Fuel Good Day: Left, Clayton Morrow, manager of Ponoka Co-op Oils, presents…

<strong>Fuel Good Day:</strong> Left, Clayton Morrow, manager of Ponoka Co-op Oils, presents Ponoka Youth Centre (PYC) executive director Beth Reitz with a cheque for $1,255.70, the proceeds of Fuel Good Day. Sept. 21, 2021 was Fuel Good Day in western Canada. When motorists fueled up at a participating Co-op Gas Bar, the Co-op donated a minimum of five cents per litre to a local chairty or non-profit organization. The funds raised will go towards PYC youth programming. “We are very grateful to Ponoka Coop Oils for allowing us to be the recipient this year,” said Reitz. (Photo submitted)
The northern lights, or aurora borealis, was seen over Ponoka on Oct. 11. (Photos by Liam Carr)

PHOTOS: Northern lights over Ponoka

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, was seen over Ponoka on Oct.…

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, was seen over Ponoka on Oct. 11. (Photos by Liam Carr)
Andrea Chia, Boston Pizza Ponoka general manager. Boston Pizza participated in "Turn the Town Teal," by decorating their business with a kit provided by BBBS Ponoka. (Photo submitted)

Support mentoring in Ponoka by ‘Turning the Town Teal’

September is National Big Brothers Big Sisters Month

Andrea Chia, Boston Pizza Ponoka general manager. Boston Pizza participated in "Turn the Town Teal," by decorating their business with a kit provided by BBBS Ponoka. (Photo submitted)
<strong>Sholarship winner:</strong> McDonald’s Ponoka employee Emily Spelrem receives a $1,000 scholarship. L-R: Jerilee Buffalo, Darrelynn Fair, market people lead, Teresa Hoffmann, owner/operator, Spelrem, Ana Marie Ladim, general manager, Tony Hoffmann,owner/operator and Jhoejo Soco, operations manager. The criteria for this scholarship included writing an essay about “why McDonald’s is your favourite place to work” while pursuing education. The Hoffmanns offered five $1,000 scholarships throughout their market. The other four winners are from Wetaskiwin, Blackfalds and two from Gasoline Alley. (Photo submitted)

PHOTO: Scholarship winner

Sholarship winner: McDonald’s Ponoka employee Emily Spelrem receives a $1,000 scholarship. L-R:…

<strong>Sholarship winner:</strong> McDonald’s Ponoka employee Emily Spelrem receives a $1,000 scholarship. L-R: Jerilee Buffalo, Darrelynn Fair, market people lead, Teresa Hoffmann, owner/operator, Spelrem, Ana Marie Ladim, general manager, Tony Hoffmann,owner/operator and Jhoejo Soco, operations manager. The criteria for this scholarship included writing an essay about “why McDonald’s is your favourite place to work” while pursuing education. The Hoffmanns offered five $1,000 scholarships throughout their market. The other four winners are from Wetaskiwin, Blackfalds and two from Gasoline Alley. (Photo submitted)