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The completed playground.

Morningside gets new playground

Project took two years to fundraise for

The completed playground.
Runners compete in the 2018 Giant’s Head Grind, an uphill race held each year in Summerland. (Photo courtesy of Kim Lawton)

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of the world of summer sports

In a typical year, there are plenty of summer sporting events and tournaments held across Canada

Runners compete in the 2018 Giant’s Head Grind, an uphill race held each year in Summerland. (Photo courtesy of Kim Lawton)
Another option for donating gently used clothing are Diabetes Canada donation bins around town. This one is located at the Aquaplex. Photo by Emily Jaycox

Options around town for donating unwanted items

Missions Thrift Store Ponoka opening June 1

Another option for donating gently used clothing are Diabetes Canada donation bins around town. This one is located at the Aquaplex. Photo by Emily Jaycox
Violet Smith, right, from the Ponoka Food Bank receives the donations from Annette Zandberg, the event’s coordinator from Elite Integrity Services. Photo submitted

Bottle drive benefits local food bank in a big way

Ponoka company’s fundraiser showcases community’s ability to help in a crisis

Violet Smith, right, from the Ponoka Food Bank receives the donations from Annette Zandberg, the event’s coordinator from Elite Integrity Services. Photo submitted
The UVic Vikes draw a big crowd at CARSA for the preseason Canada West game in this 2017 photo. While the size of public gatherings is still restricted, COVID-19 regulations have been relaxed slightly and some people are longing for the time when they are able to congregate once again. (APShutter.com/UVicVikes)

QUIZ: Crowds and solitude

As COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed, here’s a quiz about crowded places and isolation

The UVic Vikes draw a big crowd at CARSA for the preseason Canada West game in this 2017 photo. While the size of public gatherings is still restricted, COVID-19 regulations have been relaxed slightly and some people are longing for the time when they are able to congregate once again. (APShutter.com/UVicVikes)
Masks make money for food bank: Ponoka resident Dean Fraser sewed a total of 423 face masks, with 100 per cent of the proceeds marked for the Ponoka Food Bank. She recently made her donation to the food bank of $4,250, along with 65 masks. Fraser says she will continue to make masks, with a portion of the proceeds going to a community agency. Photo submitted

PHOTO: Making masks, feeding the hungry

Ponoka resident donates over $4,000 to Ponoka Food Bank

Masks make money for food bank: Ponoka resident Dean Fraser sewed a total of 423 face masks, with 100 per cent of the proceeds marked for the Ponoka Food Bank. She recently made her donation to the food bank of $4,250, along with 65 masks. Fraser says she will continue to make masks, with a portion of the proceeds going to a community agency. Photo submitted
Departing officer: Ponoka RCMP detachment commander Staff Sgt. Chris Smiley gives Cpl. Jeff Sehn his sergeant rank epaulets, as Sehn is being promoted to commander of the Redwater RCMP detachment. Sehn has been in Ponoka since 2011 when he joined the Integrated Traffic Unit and was promoted to corporal in 2015. He will be missed, but has committed to returning to help out during the 2021 Ponoka Stampede.                                Photo submitted

Ponoka RCMP officer promoted, moves on to new post

The Ponoka RCMP would like to congratulate Jeff Sehn on his promotion…

  • May 19, 2020
Departing officer: Ponoka RCMP detachment commander Staff Sgt. Chris Smiley gives Cpl. Jeff Sehn his sergeant rank epaulets, as Sehn is being promoted to commander of the Redwater RCMP detachment. Sehn has been in Ponoka since 2011 when he joined the Integrated Traffic Unit and was promoted to corporal in 2015. He will be missed, but has committed to returning to help out during the 2021 Ponoka Stampede.                                Photo submitted
Opening up: Ponoka’s Bobtail Nursery had a nice sized line up on May 16 as many locals may have been working on their yards and gardens over the May long weekend. Photos by Jordie Dwyer
Opening up: Ponoka’s Bobtail Nursery had a nice sized line up on May 16 as many locals may have been working on their yards and gardens over the May long weekend. Photos by Jordie Dwyer
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QUIZ: Exploring gardens

How much do you know about gardening and famous gardens?

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Some of the St. Augustine graduates posed for this photo before schools were closed in March and will now have to wait until the fall for their long-awaited ceremony. Photo submitted                                Some of the St. Augustine graduates posed for this photo before schools were closed in March and will now have to wait until the fall for their long-awaited ceremony. Photo submitted

Ponoka graduates must wait for ceremonies

The disruption of COVID-19 is hitting Ponoka’s Grade 12 students, postponing their…

  • May 14, 2020
Some of the St. Augustine graduates posed for this photo before schools were closed in March and will now have to wait until the fall for their long-awaited ceremony. Photo submitted                                Some of the St. Augustine graduates posed for this photo before schools were closed in March and will now have to wait until the fall for their long-awaited ceremony. Photo submitted
2020 Festival of Trees will not go on

2020 Festival of Trees will not go on

The annual November fundraising event has been cancelled

2020 Festival of Trees will not go on
Victory and liberation: The 75 tulips planted at Ponoka Secondary Campus, which were a gift from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, have bloomed, right in time to mark the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands and Victory in Europe Day. The Liberation of the Netherlands is a public holiday in the Netherlands that celebrates the end of Nazi occupation on May 5, and Victory in Europe Day is on May 8, which commemorates the Allies’ official acceptance of Germany’s unconditional surrender. Photo submitted

PHOTOS: Remembrance tulips in bloom

Victory and liberation: The 75 tulips planted at Ponoka Secondary Campus, which…

Victory and liberation: The 75 tulips planted at Ponoka Secondary Campus, which were a gift from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, have bloomed, right in time to mark the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands and Victory in Europe Day. The Liberation of the Netherlands is a public holiday in the Netherlands that celebrates the end of Nazi occupation on May 5, and Victory in Europe Day is on May 8, which commemorates the Allies’ official acceptance of Germany’s unconditional surrender. Photo submitted
The annual Ponoka Christian School fundraising auction will have an entirely different feel this year, but just as many items to choose from. File photo

PCS auction moves online

Annual fundraiser changed due to pandemic restrictions

  • May 12, 2020
The annual Ponoka Christian School fundraising auction will have an entirely different feel this year, but just as many items to choose from. File photo
Celebrating nurses: Nursing staff at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre gather for a photo on May 11. Photo submitted

Support Ponoka nurses and the Ponoka Food Bank

National Nursing Week is May 11 to May 17

Celebrating nurses: Nursing staff at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre gather for a photo on May 11. Photo submitted
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QUIZ: In honour of mothers

On Mother’s Day, see how much you know about the day and about some famous mothers

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UPDATE: Poster contest extended

UPDATE: Poster contest extended

Kids have one more week to get their entries in

UPDATE: Poster contest extended
The Morton Historical Multi Culture Centre in Clive is coordinating an effort to produce scrub bags for central Albertan healthcare workers. (Photo submitted by Laurie Hermary)

Clive group sewing scrub bags for central Albertan healthcare workers

Morton Historical Multi Culture Centre in Clive is coordinating the effort

The Morton Historical Multi Culture Centre in Clive is coordinating an effort to produce scrub bags for central Albertan healthcare workers. (Photo submitted by Laurie Hermary)
Lacombe FCSS Happy Grams will be delivered to residents in the community who are forced to isolate due to COVID-19. (Image Courtesy: Lacombe FCSS)

Lacombe FCSS ‘Happy Grams’ bring joy to those feeling isolated

Residents are encouraged to drop off words of encouragement to the MCMPL book-drop

Lacombe FCSS Happy Grams will be delivered to residents in the community who are forced to isolate due to COVID-19. (Image Courtesy: Lacombe FCSS)
PHOTOS: Medical, first responders vehicle parade salutes community

PHOTOS: Medical, first responders vehicle parade salutes community

The medical community and first responders of Ponoka showed their appreciation to…

PHOTOS: Medical, first responders vehicle parade salutes community
Ponoka Youth Centre has gone virtual

Ponoka Youth Centre has gone virtual

Program details for all age groups

Ponoka Youth Centre has gone virtual