More necessary to keep seniors friendly

Regarding the rebranding of Ponoka; it seems to me you missed the boat years ago when you did very little to support

Dear Editor:

Attention: Ponoka town council and the chamber of commerce

Regarding the rebranding of Ponoka; it seems to me you missed the boat years ago when you did very little to support Alberta Hospital Ponoka as the province decided to downsize the hospital.

For many years I have felt most of your efforts have gone toward the Ponoka Stampede — an event that lasts for one week of the 52 available each year.

But we can’t change the past and I applaud your attempt to brand the town as “Senior Friendly.” I see signs on some stores (the ones that haven’t closed yet). As a senior citizen, I’m not sure how that’s working. Retail stores in the downtown area are closing with alarming regularity. Businesses have not made washrooms readily available for seniors who are walking — but we can’t buy shoes in Ponoka anyway. Greyhound has totally abandoned any semblance of passenger service for small towns, and even larger ones for that matter.

If you really want to support seniors, here are a few suggestions:

• Try to attract a department store where we could buy some basics, including shoes

• Encourage existing businesses to provide washrooms for customers

• If you can’t bring the stores to us, find a way to provide scheduled transportation to and from large centres such as Edmonton or Red Deer at least once or twice a month.

Apparently, Red Deer is providing bus service from Red Deer through Sylvan Lake to Rocky Mountain House daily. I am sure Ponoka could come up with a way to accommodate people with an alternate method of getting to where the businesses are if you can’t bring the stores to us. Maybe our friends and family could also come to see us occasionally if such a service were available.

Costly? Maybe, but so is seeing people move to a more senior-friendly community.

Elva Long

Just Posted

Ponoka Stampeders zero for two against Stettler Lightning

Stamps prepare for Sunday home game against the Cochrane Generals

Ponoka cowboy Vernon (Bud) Butterfield passes away

The Ponoka Stampede Association announced his passing Friday

Ponoka’s ag event centre busy with show jumping event

Equine show jumpers came to the Calnash Ag Event Centre for a show jumping event

Environment Minister clarifies misconceptions in Bighorn proposal

Minister Shannon Phillips speaks to concerns around the Bighorn Country

Three Ponoka men and one youth charged in assault case

Police obtained a search warrant and located drugs and sawed-off shot gun

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

WATCH: Team Alberta in Red Deer this weekend to prepare for Canada Winter Games

About 250 Team Alberta athletes toured venues and tested out facilities Saturday

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Ponoka RCMP are looking for a missing man

Police say he may be in Drayton Valley and they are worried for his wellbeing

Dog dies saving B.C. family from burning home

Homeowners safe but one pet missing, another confirmed dead following fire

Most Read