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Town asked for $3M to remove ROFR


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Administration came to council to request direction regarding a land purchase that happened in 1989. Deputy Chief Administrative Ofcer Linda Nelson gave background information on the land purchase. In 1989 the town purchased approximately 580 acres of land from Klaiber Land and Cattle Company Ltd., Cyber Investments Ltd. and 301531 Alberta Ltd. At the time of the land transaction, a ROFR, or Right of First Refusal, was registered via caveat against the lands by the sellers, said Nelson. The ROFR gave the sellers the future option to purchase the land back at the same price if an offer to purchase the lands was made by another buyer, before it is sold to another buyer; i.e. the ROFR holders would need to match the offer to purchase. Nelson continued on to say that at the time of the purchase/sale of the lands a price had not been negotiated, and so the town is not bound to a specic price. The terms of the ROFR also state that the town is not obligated to sell. In addition to the land purchase/sale the town had made an agreement with one of the ROFR holders that they may lease the land for cattle grazing for a period of 20 years, which expired in 2009. When the town took the lands over, negotiations began with the three ROFR holders, resulting in an offer from the ROFR holders, which expired at 4 p.m. on Aug. 30, 2013. One of the ROFR holders has invited the town to make an offer with regard to the removal of the ROFR, and has suggested that the offer be in the vicinity of the most recent offer from the ROFR holders, which was $3 million, said Nelson. For further information, prior to the town commencing negotiations on the removal of the ROFR, it was felt that the ROFR allowed for the land to be subdivided and sold, and that the ROFR rights could still be acted upon on each parcel of land to be sold. The interpretation was not mutual; the ROFR holders felt that the entire land, approximately 580 acres, must be sold as one parcel. Continued on Page 2

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Despite bitterly cold temperatures, six members of the Strathmore High School chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) and Strathmore RCMP held a checkstop Dec. 21 on Lakeside Blvd. After entering the checkstop drivers were screened by an RCMP officer and then passed on to the students who provided them with a package containing information about impaired driving. Doug Taylor Photo

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On Dec 17 the Strathmore Fire Department held a tribute to a fallen soldier at the fire hall on Lakeside Boulevard. 24 year old Cody Patterson, a US Army Ranger and a friend of Strathmore firefighter Tom Sobol, died in Afghanistan of injuries resulting from an improvised explosive device blast. The Strathmore ceremony was led by Fire Chief Muir Furzer and included a prayer led by Pastor Dawn Nelson of the Lord of All Lutheran Church. Doug Taylor Photo

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SHANNON LEClAIR Times Reporter Premier Alison Redford was in Strathmore on Dec. 19 for the grand opening of phase 2 at Sagewood Seniors Community. Almost two years ago to the day the government made a commitment of $7.6million through the Alberta Supportive Living Initiative for the development of the 100 new spaces created in phase 2. The new phase features 35 secured supportive living units, 35 supportive living units and 25 long-term care beds. We wanted to build a community where the seniors had a choice, and a voice, in the type of housing and the level of care and support services they receive and how they receive it, said Dr. Hasmukh Patel, chief executive ofcer for AgeCare Communities. Patel said originally AgeCare wanted Strathmore to have a choice of housing and services for most residents. Unfortunately they could not get the land use designation to build affordable housing for young individuals and families so the vision changed a little and the focus became solely on seniors. When Redford was rst elected she had a meeting with AgeCare, when everything was still on a drawing board. She remembers thinking that once completed Sagewood would be an incredible facility. This is a model where people can truly connect with family, be safe and continue to thrive, said Redford The fact that seniors have choice with respect to where they live and how they live is tremendously important. Providing appropriate living spaces for seniors in their own communities is part of the governments commitment to providing safe, quality continuing care, said Associate Minister of Seniors Dave Quest. Betty Fentons brother Jack Stefanich was in the Strathmore Hospital longterm care unit for over a year. He owns a home in Strathmore and when he was placed in the hospital he was unhappy and wanted to go home. When he heard the hospitals long-term care unit was closing down and that Sagewood would be opening phase 2 around the same time he was excited. He told me to come down here and enroll him immediately, he said he wanted out of the hospital, said Fenton. He had two weeks to go, he kept marking the calendar off asking when could I get out of here (the hospital). Since he has been in here he has improved a lot, he doesnt take his tan-

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Continued from Page 1 Because the town and the three companies did not agree on the interpretation, their argument went to the courts for a decision. On April 2, 2013 the judge ruled that the lands were interpreted as meaning the entire parcel of land. Nelson gave council two different recommendations to choose from: direct administration to continue the negotiations for the removal of the ROFR, or that administration may continue to negotiate on the lands while pursuing other options. Those options include leasing the land for commercial and industrial uses and retaining a portion for town facilities. Councillor John Rempel questioned why $3 million was being requested to remove the ROFR. Administration was unable to answer that question. Councillor Rocky Blokland said he couldnt support a motion of granting the $3 million because it would put Strathmore in nancial dire straits and would curtail any major projects that would come up in three to ve years. We have no municipal land left so for future considerations maybe we should consider keeping the lands for ourselves down the road, said Blokland. Council went with the latter recommendation, where administration may continue to negotiate on the lands while pursuing other options.

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Digging deep
Town of Strathmore council and administration dug into their pockets this holiday season and donated $450 to the Strathmore and District Christmas Hamper Society. Dave Collins (r) chair for the society, accepted the cheque, which was presented by Mayor Michael Ell. This year 189 hampers were filled which is the lowest figure since 2008.

Ornament day at Sacred Heart


Mrs. Evans Grade 1 Sacred Heart Academy students celebrated their last day of school before Christmas break by dressing up like Christmas tree ornaments. Back- Michela Carrier (l-r) Abbey Everett, Karlee Meyers Front- Lucas Munchrath (l) Brynn Beekman.

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The Primary (Grade 1 students) choir along with the Junior (Grade 2-3 students who opt to join) and Senior (Grades 4-6 who opt to join) Choirs of Brentwood school held their Christmas concert for parents and grandparents on Thursday, Dec. 19. The children were under the direction of Carolyn Steeves. The gym was a packed for the performance in the afternoon and parents enjoyed not only the singing but also the wonderful choreography that went along with each song. Manny Everett Photo

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Trinity Christian Academy held their performance of The Nightshift before Christmas on Wednesday, Dec.18 at 7 p.m. The students from preK to Grade 9 had fun participating in the production, which included cast, crew and choir.

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SHANNON LEClAIR Times Reporter Westmount schools gymnasium was bustling with many parent and student shoppers at their annual Christmas Market on Thursday, Dec. 19. The students from Grades 5 and 6 have a number of learning opportunities presented to them before their market of almost 10 years ever opens its doors to this years customers. First off, the students (and their parents) donate their products that they have created. Everything from hot chocolate mixes, ornaments, bookmarks, artwork and baking are available for a small sum of money. It gives the children from kindergarten to Grade 4 an opportunity to buy affordable gifts for their families. The students are taught marketing skills, advertising of their products, how to price their items, supply and demand, and an all important task in this day of technology, to deal with counting out change (a lost art for sure). The kids have a great time making their products, and selling their products but heres the catch none of the money goes into their pockets. All the money raised goes to a charity or organization that they choose beforehand. This year the funds will be split between Strathmores Hope Bridges and the Tim Hortons Ranch in the Kananaskis. Coordinator for this years market was Ms. Cook, who said their grand total raised this year was $2,926. It is wonderful for the kids to recognize the need in their communities, and then to be able to give back is a greater gift.

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VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED
The following boards or committees of The Town of Strathmore require volunteers to serve either a one year or two year term: Downtown Design Review Committee Names Advisory Committee Subdivision and Development Appeal Board The Downtown Design Review Committee will review applications submitted to the Planning and Development Department for development projects in the Downtown District (north, south and central). Recommendations guided by the Downtown Overlay District Bylaw will be provided to the Approving Authority (Development Officer). Time commitment example: meetings shall be held at the call of the chair as applications are submitted respecting the 21 day referral time outlined in the Downtown Overlay Bylaw, but shall be held at least once a year. For more information, contact the Planning and Development Department at 934-3133. The Names Advisory Committee reviews applications submitted in regard to the naming of new subdivisions, streets, parks, and municipal buildings, making recommendations to Council for approval. Time commitment example: 2 after hours meetings scheduled in 2012, hr to 1 hour in length and 1 meeting in 2013. The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board function is to hear appeals filed by citizens or the development industry on decisions made by the Development or Subdivision approval authorities. Time commitment example: 1 2 hours when appeal is filed (one appeal in 2010, none in 2011, and one appeal in 2012) If you are interested in serving your community as a volunteer, please submit a Volunteer Application (available at the Town Office or on the Towns website) to Jennifer Sawatsky, Municipal Clerk; in person or via email: jennifers@strathmore.ca

MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OPEN HOUSE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JAN. 14, 2014. IT WILL BE HELD AT THE CIVIC CENTRE BETWEEN 6PM AND 9PM.

The next regular Council Meeting will be January 8 & 22, 2014

The Town Utility Bills for Route A including Wildflower, Strathmore Lakes, Westmount, Downtown, Thorncliff, Parkwood, Green Meadow, Grande Point, Aspen Creek, & The Ranch have been mailed and e-mailed for Dec 15/13. If you have not received your bill please contact the Town office for a re-print.

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Town Office is closed for the Christmas Holiday and will re-open on January 2nd, 2014.

If you wish to enroll in the Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP) for 2014 and are not currently on the payment plan the town requires your application by January 2, 2014 as the Town Office will be closed from December 24 through January 1, 2014. If you are on the TIPP please note the January 2014 Tax Installment Plan Payment will be debited on January 6, 2014. In accordance with the Town Bylaw 11-23 all taxes remaining unpaid after January 6th, a 9% penalty will be applied to the total outstanding tax balance on January 7th , 2014.

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Council moved to sponsor the 2013 Strathmore ATB Financial Alberta Cup in the amount of $10,000.00 as well as donating the ice and the use of the Civic Centre for the entire event with the funds to come from the financial stabilization reserve. Council gave first, second, third and final reading to Bylaw #13-21 Town of Strathmore Fees Bylaw. Council moved to carry forward the 2013 Water and Sanitary Replacement capital project budgets in the amounts of $420,000 and $300,000 respectively to be combined with the 2014 capital project budgets for water and sanitary replacements. Council approved an increase of $52,000 to the Other Contracted Services budget for Snow Removal in 2013, with the additional funds to be withdrawn from the Financial Stabilization reserve. Volunteers have been trained to offer assistance to seniors Council instructed Administration to draft and bring by providing information on financial programs offered by forward a policy regarding qualification for Free Snow the province. Removal Service. They Include: Alberta Seniors Benefit Program Council direct that Administration may continue Seniors Special Needs Assistance negotiations on the lands described in Certificates of Dental & Optical Assistance for Seniors Title numbered 911 012 758, 901 182 594, 901 182 595, and Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program 901 182 596, and legally described as shown on the at Education Property Tax Assistance tached Schedule A and pursue other options, such as leasing portions of the land for commercial and indusVolunteers will assist with filling out forms, answer questions, and will seek additional information from the appropri- trial uses, retaining portions of the land for Town facilities, such as multi-purpose recreational facility, public ate provincial resource should that be necessary. works yard, or other similar uses. Volunteers are available Monday afternoons from 1:00 pm to Councillor Walls was appointed to the Strathmore Library Board. 3:00 pm. Mayor Ell was appointed to the CFWR Committee. Please call Strathmore FCSS 403-934-9090 to set up Councillor Blokland was appointed to the Chamber of Commerce to replace Councillor Walls. an appointment.

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Another Christmas Hamper season ends


DAVE COLLINS Strathmore and District Christmas Hamper Society, Chair

Weve just wrapped up this years campaign with 189 hampers being lled. The numbers are down a little from last years total of 200. In fact that takes us back to the level ve years ago in 2008. In 2009 with the recession hitting the economy we peaked out at 242 hampers. We werent sure how many to pack this year because of the shortness of the campaign with the calendar working against us, and also the bad weather, so we packed what we thought would be 10 extra hampers. Five of the hampers were booked before distribution and the other ve went on Dec. 18 after we had closed.

The Strathmore FCSS tell me that they have had three phone calls requesting hampers, but of course there is nothing left! Im sure there will be more phone calls each day for the remainder of the week, but the reality is that we have to have a closing date. I dont know the extent of the food donations, but I do know that cash donations have matched last years gures so once again the people of Strathmore and the Wheatland County have stepped up to the plate to ensure that less fortunate families will have a joyous and worry free Christmas and New Year. Global News did a clip on the society that can be found on the towns Facebook page. It reects well on the Hamper Society and the town. Thank you Strathmore for another year of fabulous support.

Holiday cheer!
The Crowfoot 4-H Livestock Club is underway for the 2013-2014 year. This year the club has eight members doing steer, heifer, photography and cleaver projects. The club had their weigh-in for the steers in November and are now working on halter breaking their projects. The club would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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The 25th anniversary cruise (not quite the titanic!)


PAT FULE Fule for Thought So I started this column because I have a unique bucket list. I always felt that Id seen and been a part of many strange and wacky things. Now, however, Im learning that I work (free, mind you) for a slave driver. Hes always pushing pushing hes like a Nike executive running a sweatshop for new sneakers! No sooner do I crank one column out, and hes on me for more! The pressure and strain is tough! Speaking of strain, for our 25th wedding anniversary, we went on a very beautiful and relaxing Hawaiian Island cruise. I mean, what could be more soothing for a guy who not only cant swim, but is actually afraid of deep water? Yep, theres nothing like being out on the open seas, cutting through the waves to settle down a guy! Im not sure if Deb was trying to keep me out of the ships lounges, but she did sign me up for crafts. Yup guys, you heard right, I got to make my own lei (no comments, please family paper!). You can just imagine Canadas least talented handy man using a needle, and fresh owers, trying to make a dainty, yet elegant lei. It was a disaster I looked desperately for another guy who might be hating this as much as me! Oh no, they all seemed to be enjoying themselves, and some of them made better leis than their wives. I tried to stab myself with the needle so I could quit. Then the next day, we were off to a wine tasting session. That one, I looked forward to, because lets face it, it was booze of some sort! The people there were not the types I usually mix with. They were very fancy and had an air about them. I watched them so I could try and mimic them, just so I wouldnt stick out as being uncouth! They all hummed and hawed as the cruise ships wine expert walked us through where the wines were from, the aromas we were experiencing, and the others seemed to know exactly what to do. They sniffed and swirled their wines, and nibbled on the cheeses. Hmmmm this one seems to have a nutty scent and a robust fruity taste, commented one guy with a sweater a sweater tied around his neck (who does that anymore)! Another lady replied, yes, but the nutty and fruity taste is very subtle almost airy. Hmmmm I mimicked, this one has the aroma of sweaty Italian feet, I believe them to be about size 11 or 12 no, no, I stand corrected more like 13! Debbie was mortied, but she did stie a laugh! She was more mortied when I went to drink my sweaty-feet red wine. Just after my sniff of the glass and a try at an elegant swirl of the wine, I went to take a sip. Yep, you guessed it, I spilled all down the front of my new Orange t-shirt! I had a wet blotch of red wine going down my shirt, and there was no chance to be inconspicuous. Deb tried to cover for me. You can dress him up, but you cant take him anywhere, she laughed. I tried to laugh as well, but the red wine stain all over my chest wouldnt let me! Day 3 of our cruise offered us a chance to do an island excursion. As we disembarked, we were met by some goofy animal mascot, I think it was a shark or maybe a sardine. Anyway, this mascot was a bit of a show-off for Debbie. He klutzed around, made her laugh, then at the photo station, he put his n around her shoulders for a picture. That was a bit too much for me, so I shot over! Hey, dont forget me Sharky, I called, as I put my arm around him! There was no way some shy mascot was going to upstage me with my wife on our 25th anniversary cruise! Even now, if you ever see that photo, theres a cute shark, his n around Deb, and then theres me jammed right into his other side so much, that half of his goofy shark nose is scrunched up! Take that, ya big fat tuna! (Fule for Thought is a slice of life humourous column that appears in the Strathmore Times, written by long-time resident, town councillor, high school teacher, coach, husband and father of two Pat Fule. If you would like to get in touch with Pat, you can send him an e-mail at Pat.fule@ shaw.ca)

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Thought for the Week ~ One of the tenacious paradoxes of technology is that we have more choices, but less time to choose.

CSI debunked
Constable Scott Mark of Calgary Police came to demonstrate UV technology on fingerprints to Mr. Beslers Grade 9 Science class at Crowther Memorial Junior High School. Mark debunked and confirmed television CSIs and emphasized the importance of education, citizenship, and staying away from drugs. Stacy Oliveri (l-r), Sam Treacy, Kaleigh Barth, Mason Kennett, Mackenzie Bain, and Constable Mark.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Keeping the Christmas spirit


To the Editor Merry Christmas not Happy Holidays. Christmas is the celebration of Jesus birthday. The reason people give gifts to one another is in remembrance of the greatest gift of all. God loves each and every one of us so much that He sent his son Jesus to earth to live with us, died at Easter and went back to heaven. Of we accept Jesus/Gods gift of love, we receive the greatest gift of all home in heaven forever. It is very sad that Merry Christmas is being called Happy Holidays. Those people/businesses that are promoting this and rely on people buying gifts are hypocrites. Who buys gifts for people on Holidays? Not I. Happy Birthday Jesus! Yours truly, Mrs. Eileen Walker

Pension gone
To the Editor Posties to lose pensions are they out of their minds? I personally am not a postie, but several of my friends are. Did you know that: One of my postie friends may lose several of her ngers and part of her hand because she was ordered to deliver your mail at (neg.) -44 degrees C. Another friend almost lost her life driving home in the blizzard last Monday because she was ordered to stay at the post ofce until 4:00 pm while we were all home snug and warm and safe. The RCMP closed the highway that day. Posties cant get to their sites (your mail boxes) because the snowplows bury the accesses, therefore they must climb over these huge mountains of snow and ice to get to the boxes. All the while, they hope and pray they wont slip and fall and break something, while carrying 40-50 lb bundles of mail plus parcels. All those fabulous flyers you so casually throw away are all sorted, one by one, and carried to your mail boxes. The posties are ordered to deliver them or they will be red. If you nd these yers as much a pain in the butt as I do, phone the post ofce and let them know. You will no longer get junk mail and we will save our posties a lot of time and energy and also save the planet. Rain, hail, sleet, snow, cold temperatures and wind chill the mail must go the through. At the cost of someones life or hand? If it was any other job these brave men and women would get hazard pay in winter. Do they get extra pay when around holidays they have to carry twice the weight (because of yers, parcels, greeting cards, etc.)? No they get the same summer pay. Do not penalize these men and women applaud them. Make sure their pensions are safe! They have earned them! Cheryl Olson Strathmore

Fall 2013 session wrap up


JASON HALE Strathmore/Brooks MLA Recently, Alberta MLAs wrapped up another session at the Alberta Legislature. For my colleagues in the Wildrose, it gave us an opportunity to challenge the government and address the urgent priorities affecting our communities. Early in the fall, Wildrose MLAs helped thwart Bill 28, legislation that would have given power to the PC government to jail or ne elected municipal councilors for failing to comply with mandatory growth boards. We said no, municipalities said no and the government was left scrambling. By the end of session, the government accepted our recommendations and made the necessary changes to this badly written law. On the health care le, a new report showed how, despite record spending, wait times in Alberta have never been worse. We have put forward a patient friendly strategy to crack down on these wait times through the Wildrose Wait Time Guarantee, but the government is more comfortable with the status quo and funnelling our health care dollars to an expanding bureaucracy. I have wrote letters and asked questions to the Ministers and AHS, advocating for expansion of the Strathmore Hospital. I will continue to pressure the government on this very important issue for our community. We also raised the concerns from municipalities and patients about the declining state of our ambulance system across the province. I was very happy to help and support WADEMSA in getting their EMS contract signed with AHS. Almost every day, a Wildrose MLA stood up in the legislature asking why the government is centralizing EMS services away from local providers and having our paramedics tied up in emergency rooms with red tape, or being used as a taxi service for non-emergency transfers. Late in November we received concessions from the Health Minister to x these problems. You can be assured we will be monitoring his progress. Finally, a groundbreaking investigation from the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald revealed the government spent four years hiding the numbers of children who have died in provincial care since 1999. Its a sobering reminder that we cannot let the stories of these children go in vain and that we must do more to support the staff and families who work throughout our foster care system. Government ministers rst responded by saying the number of deaths were not signicant and then repeatedly shut down our requests for a public inquiry into the matter. As the session wrapped up, Wildrose MLAs stood on the principles of free speech and open and fair negotiations in opposing two labour bills. While Wildrose believes in getting good deals for taxpayers through tough public sector union negotiations, we dont believe in stiing free speech or removing a unions ability to arbitrate a deal. And sadly, its another example of how this government is growing increasingly detached from the priorities of everyday Albertans. While they continue to rack up decits and debt with wasteful spending, health care outcomes are deteriorating and vulnerable Albertans are slipping through the cracks. Wildrose believes it is our responsibility to not saddle future with debts they cant pay off. This is a part of the vision the Wildrose and Danielle Smith have for our province. A future, where we can take care of our most vulnerable, respect tax payer dollars, eliminate waste and mismanagement and focus on delivering good public services for all. It is these principles that drive us and why we will ght everyday to put Albertans rst. As the MLA for Strathmore Brooks, I look forward to working for you in the Alberta Legislature. Please feel free to contact my ofce at (403) 362-6969 or (403) 934-4400.

The 2013 Poppy Campaign totals have surpassed $45,000.00. Many, Many thanks to the volunteers who manned the tables at local businesses. Thank you to ALL the businesses that allowed us to display a poppy tray. Thank you to the organizations and individuals who purchased a wreath to lay at the Remembrance day Services. To the young people, thank you for inviting the Royal Canadian Legion to speak at your Remembrance Day assemblies. It is an honour to speak with you and see and hear your respect for our fallen. Thank you to the Town of Strathmore for your continued support of the Royal Canadian Legion, and to the surrounding towns of Gleichen, Carseland, Rockyford, and Langdon. It is due to all of your overwhelming generosity, that we have had the biggest campaign to date. All monies collected are placed in trust, from which money is allocated to the support of veterans and their dependants, veterans needs, the 903 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, bursaries, daily living needs, and the list goes on. A very special Thank you to the Ladies Auxiliary and the 903 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron for all your help, and to my committee. I appreciate you. Lest We Forget Poppy Chairman, Don Good Strathmore Legion #10

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New Years message from the Strathmore Mayor


SHARON MCLEAY Times Contributor When Mayor Michael Ell checks his personal calendar on his iPod, it is lled with many engagements for the New Year. Between council meetings, ofcial social engagements, committee work, training sessions and research and discussion for town business, there is only a little time left to t in personal interests such as singing with the Gleichen choir. His wife often enjoys accompanying him to ofcial events and Ell said she brings a special kind of grace that is shared with everyone they greet. Ell said he is slowly nding his balance in council proceedings and enjoys the challenge and interaction with council members, town staff and members of the Strathmore community. Town councils rst meeting of the New Year will be Jan. 8. I must say council, in the short period of time that we have been together, is very, very good to work with. We have people with different backgrounds, different ideas, and I think we complement each other, said Ell. While we dont always agree with each other, we listen to each other and come together to nd solutions. He said high on his priority list is good communication with town residents. I still want to keep communication with the public open. We had an open house for Christmas and I want to do another open house in the springtime. People contact us, and bring us their ideas, and give us their thoughts, and we want to work with that, said Ell. Ell commented on how input from residents creates an energy that generates ideas and action. He observed this process in the recent Christmas Parade. He commented on all the hard work done by organizers and individuals to put on the parade. He has received feedback that the town could be more involved and offer more help to organizers for events such as this. I was talking with a businessman and they suggested that the town be more involved with the Santa Claus Parade. Some of the discussion from councillors and citizens was that it needs to be a little earlier in day because people have children and there needs to be music, and it could be a little livelier, said Ell. Others suggested lighting trees in Kinsman Park and utilizing the amphitheatre for festive activities. He said this type of discussion is creating synergy between organizers, residents and the town regarding how resources can enhance resident experiences. He would like this type of thing to continue into the New Year and extend to discussion around the downtown revitalization too. He said he is very pleased with the town staff and commented that during the current weather challenges, they have shown their dedication and commitment to our residents. The town responded to highway closures during the blizzard and it
Mayor Michael Ell wants to wish all Strathmore residents Happy Holidays. He is looking forward to seeing everyone in the New Year and setting in place some exciting new plans for 2014.

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tested emergency response plans. Ell said reviews and debriefings will highlight areas of need, and the town and council can ensure resources are put in place to meet those needs. There is an emergency plan in plan in place. Our re department and the rural re department worked very well together in regards to the blizzard emergency we had. I think it helped to save lives, said Ell. Ell said that road crews are responsible for responding to blizzard conditions and keeping citizens mobile; and although their work meant town Christmas light installations were delayed, he thought Fortis and town employees had their priorities in the right place. With the large amounts of snow this year, council assisted the crews this week, to ensure cleared roadways for residents will continue into the coming year, by increasing the snow removal budget. He commended the crews for their diligence and sees that they are nally reaching residential areas. There are many municipalities that do not clear snow from residential areas, said Ell. Ell said that some of the council focus in the New Year will be about encouraging residential, commercial and industrial growth. He said the Chief Operating Ofcer has had some initial discussions with people interested in doing business in town. Ell is aware political wheels sometimes turn slowly, but he wants to keep important issues in the forefront and move them through appropriate channels. While an Economic Development Ofcer didnt make the budget this year, he is still committed to nding ways to have the position developed in the future. He met with Wildrose Community Futures to gain insight into their programs for employment and business opportunities. I think we are looking to get new development for the town make sure it is well thought out and good for the town. Other things we are working on is to try and nd some suitable sites for schools right now, schools are a priority right now, said Ell. He said there are many Area Structure Plans to review in the coming year. He is proud that council didnt increase the debt load with the new budget and it still covers some new infrastructure projects as well. Ell is also planning to visit each committee assigned to council at least once next year. He recently met with the Strathmore Assembly of Youth and commented how fortunate we are to have exceptional and engaged youth in this community. He also wants to meet with Wheatland County councillors and discuss any shared interests.

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SHANNON LEClAIR Times Reporter Weve all seen the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) commercials, or have heard stories in the news about an impaired driver killing someone, but for some reason the consequences dont seem to stick in some peoples minds. On Dec. 7 2011, the Alberta government passed Bill 26, which gives the police more tools to get impaired drivers off of the road if they are over the 0.05 blood alcohol limit, which is 50 milligrams per cent or 50mg of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood. The criminal legal limit is 0.08, which has been a standard for years and is where everything criminal would start. So if you have one drink you should be ne, right? Theoretically yes, but thats not always true. There is also a secondary part of that that says if youre impaired while operating a motor vehicle you can be charged with impaired operation. You do not have to be over .08 or 80 milligrams percent to be charged with impaired operation. Somebody theoretically could be impaired after one drink, said Cpl. Chris Hrynyk with the Strathmore RCMP. In general our message that we like to get out there is if you have been drinking have a secondary plan in order to get home. If you decide to take the risk there are many consequences you could face if caught. Hrynyk said if the driver is under the GDL program and they are caught with any alcohol in their system whatsoever they automatically receive a suspension of 30 days and their vehicle is seized. Its a mandatory thing that we seize their vehicle, even if it is not their vehicle we seize it. So it could be mom and dads vehicle, they lose it, mom and dad lose it, they cant get it out until that suspension is over, said Hrynyk. For a fully licensed driver at the 0.05 mark punishment begins. The rst offences will result in a 72-hour suspension with a vehicle seizure. For a second offence the suspension/seizure period increases, and yet again with a third offence. If someone is caught driving under a suspension, that brings new charges and the vehicle can be impounded under the drivers suspension program. If the driver has driven under the driving suspension and been caught more than once, then the ne again increases. It has only been a year and a half since the RCMP began working with the provincial legislation. In the rst six months they had been implementing and training their ofcers on the new approved screening devices (breathalyzer) on the road. I have not noticed a major decrease, but I have not noticed a major increase either. Unfortunately with impaired driving its one of those situation where we know there are people out there who are drinking and driving, and we know theres a lot of people that are not getting caught, said Hrynyk, who had previously worked in Grande Prairie, listed as one of the highest impaired driving cities in all of Canada. He said since he has been in Strathmore the RCMP have been catching impaired drivers and catching them at a fairly steady rate, which he said is concerning. We want people to be safe, we want to ensure that other users of the road are not impacted by the impaired driver and thats one of our primary goals out there is to identify and detect those impaired drivers and then deal with them appropriately be it provincially or criminally, said Hrynyk. The approved screening device is updated technology that provides different abilities in the way it operates, is quicker than the old one, and is basically an upgraded model with the new technology. Hrynyk said the new instrument can be relied upon a little more reliably than past instruments. If someone is driving a vehicle that is stopped and a request is made for a breath sample and the driver refuses, then they will be charged criminally. Social media has changed the way the RCMP and other police forces do their job, especially when it comes to checkstops. Just because you may not see a checkstop doesnt mean there isnt one, said Hrynyk. The RCMP also has roving checkstops, which is where they are driving around and checking every vehicle they see. The RCMP can stop people for license checks, sobriety of the driver and registration checks, an authority provided by the Supreme Court of Canada. Every person is different, said Hrynyk, and only you know your body, but he said if youre going out for a night of drinking dont get behind the wheel.

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SHARON MCLEAY Times Contributor Christmas is a time where bringing joy into childrens lives is forefront in everyones mind. Encana, Strathmores Encana employees, Global Training, the Elks and many of Encanas local resource-based business afliates came together to change childrens lives, when they raised $22,674 in support of Project Hope. I had heard about Project Hope earlier in the year from one of my friends here in Strathmore. I got the information on Project Hope from him and I thought it would be a good t for what we wanted to do here, said Dean Pawulski, Encanas Production Manager in Strathmore. Encana is active all year in sponsoring the rodeo and sports in Strathmore, plus promoting a yearlong volunteer time-to-cash employee match program; but their Encana Cares program gives each sub-business unit a small amount money once a year to host an event, to support a charity group in the area and the company matches the funds. It is important that we support the organizations in areas that we work in. People in and around Strathmore grant us licenses to do business here, so it is important for us to give back. When we can be in touch with the community like this, it just ties the knot, said Pawulski. To help an organization that helps kids and then the money stays in the community, it was an easy choice. I am proud to work for Encana and more honoured that we can help Project Hope. Pawulski spread the joy of giving, by encouraging Encana business partners to donate when they met for a regular safety meeting. Project Hope came in and showed the group videos of the children at work; then, Palawski said it was an easy sell from there. Linda Tucker, coordinator for Project Hope, said if anyone is interested in coming in and observing the students utilizing the program, they can arrange with her to set up a time. Project Hope is non-prot organization working in Wheatland County for over 20 years, serving children with diverse, learning, physical, social and medical needs within the school environment. Therapists come in from Calgary and provide specialized services like music programs, art therapy and adapted physical education. This program is unique in Western Canada. It is costly and these children absolutely need this support, said Tucker, indicating support is needed not just at Christmas, but all year long. The operating budget every year is over $130,000 and all of that funding goes to the students programs, as Board members are volunteers. While Golden Hills School Division donates the facility and allows the programs to be delivered within the school setting, Project Hope is not funded through the government or the school board. Some people think that when they pay their school fees, a portion of that goes to Project Hope. It doesnt. We have to fundraise for every dollar. So we have to do casinos, rely on clubs like the Lions and the Elks, and private donations and corporate donations like this one, said Corinne Ball, Chairman for Project Hope. Dean contacted us, which we are very thankful for. We werent looking for this, so it is really a bonus for us and very helpful. While Project Hope is sometimes confused with Hope Bridges, it is not the same thing but rather an extension of Hope Bridges and a separate entity. It is important for us that we raise the awareness in the community about the program. A lot of people dont even know about it, said Ball. Tucker said that they have seen extraordinary growth in the students involved in the program. It is essential in developing their skills. When we read the surveys from parents and the children at the end of the year, we see that it changes their life really, it changes their lives.

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GREAT CHRISTMAS Christmas is past, the excitement diminished you may breathe a sigh of relief. It is all but a memory. Why is it or what is about Christmas that creates such excitement and joy? I believe it is both in the giving and receiving that we nd joy. Certainly as an adult, when you get up Christmas morning, it is not to rush to your own stocking or pile of gifts under the tree that gives the most joy. It is in the pausing to watch others opening the gifts you have thoughtfully purchased or made with your own hand that offers true joy. When you witness the thrill of a gift well received the receiver actually gives you the gift of happiness. That said, to receive a gift that has been carefully purchased or created by someones hand, gives delight. All this giving and receiving is an expression of loving care one for another. As Christians we believe that greatest expression of love was Gods gift of Jesus, God with us. God came to earth, not as a powerful ruler lording over all, but as a babe, born in a cave, wrapped in simple clothes, having an animal trough as his rst bed. Shepherds, marginalized and lowly, were the rst to hear the wondrous news. They received the news, the gift, and rushed off to see the child. They left glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. They made known to others what they had been told. As we receive this gift, God with us, Jesus, we receive the love of God. With that comes the peace of Jesus, the peace that passes all understanding. Not only that, you are given the hope of the resurrection! And if that were not enough, along comes joy. Joy comes down from God and embraces the spirit. Joy does not deny anguish or pain. Joy nds God in the midst of it, offering peace, forgiveness and life. It is these gifts we celebrate annually at Christmas, and truth be told, every week as we gather to worship. It is the gift that keeps on giving. Yes, we are the ones that receive this gift and it truly is an indescribable feeling when one accepts this gift. I cannot even imagine the great celebration in heaven as the Giver of the Gift rejoices when the gift offered is accepted. Christmas, after all, never ends. Rev. Pamela Scott Strathmore United Church

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ARYSSaH STaNKEVITSCH Times Reporter The 36th annual Macs Midget AAA World Invitational Tournament is underway Dec. 26 - Jan. 1, with the UFA Bisons as one of the host teams, along with four from Calgary. The top ve teams in the AMHL, other than the hosts, will be joining as well. I think its a marvellous opportunity. A lot of kids dream about playing in the Macs, said Mike ONeil, chairman of the Macs Tournament Committee. Its a tournament that has international nature; we bring people half way around the world. Its a chance to not only show your best but also for the community to come together. The tournament has over 75 NHL alumni; this year, over 800 players are involved (25 boys teams and 15 girls teams), including teams from Alaska, Finland, and Switzerland. Over 1,500 volunteers are needed to put on the event. This is one of the things our boys really look forward to. They know that when they make our team, theyre playing in the Macs, said Bisons General Manager, Wayne Hansen. We want to make sure that we play well -- continue on with what were doing. Whether we win or lose, to us, winning is a by-product of the effort our boys put into it. The Bisons have only won the Macs Tournament once, in 1998. They made it to the nals two other times, falling to the Severstal/Locomotiv team from Russia two years ago and the Vancouver Northwest Giants two years prior to that. Last year, we didnt really play very well, said Bisons forward, Connor Boyd. I think as a whole, we just didnt play our game. Some guys could have been focused on who was in the stands -- werent

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UFA Bisons captain Mackenzie Bauer and assistant captain Mason McCarty stand with the championship trophy during the annual Macs Midget Hockey Tournament press conference Dec. 18 in Calgary.

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Bisons extinguish Flames


ARYSSaH STaNKEVITSCH Times Reporter In their last regular season game of 2013, the UFA Bisons ran over the Calgary Flames by a score of 3-1 on Dec. 21 at home. Zach Giroux had a goal and an assist, as did Shane Fraser; Troy Van Tetering contributed two assists. Our guys, we have good talent on the team, said Bisons coach Dan MacDonald. Sometimes, they dont have the condence to score the way they should. Theyre just getting that now. I think thats really important the more we can share the goal scoring, the better everybody becomes. Team captain Mackenzie Bauer and assistant captain Mason McCarty continued to be out of the line up the latter leads the team in scoring with 30 points in 22 games. Were missing Mackenzie and Mason, and those are tough guys to replace, MacDonald said. I thought we did well without them; the other guys picked it up. It was a nice win. The Bisons last loss was against the Lloydminster Bobcats on Nov. 9, making them now unbeaten in 11 games. The last game they failed to win was a 0-0 against the Sherwood Park Kings, who will also be in the same pool for the Macs Tournament beginning Dec. 26 in Calgary. Both the Bisons and the Kings are tied with 36 points, leading the AMHL standings. Theyre a lot like us, MacDonald said. Theyre a fast team, and they come at you, so we have to be prepared for that thats the biggest thing. We have to deal with the puck very quick, and our defense has to make quick reads. Its a little bit of a test playing that team. With their recent hot streak and 17-62 record, MacDonald feels ready for the Macs Tournament, but not over condent. We certainly feel we can win, thats a good sign, he said. They know that theyre playing all the best teams.

The UFA Bisons continued their winning ways with a 3-1 win over the Calgary NW Flames on Dec. 21 at the Strathmore Family Centre. The Bisons are 9-0-2 in their last 11 games heading into the Macs Midget Hockey Tournament.

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Numbers up, ice time down


ARYSSaH STaNKEVITSCH Times Reporter Numbers for Strathmore Minor Ringette have been steadily climbing, says Guy Bailie, president of the organization. In 2012, girls involvement was up 15 per cent from the previous year; for the beginning of the 2013 season, 191 girls are involved. Our teams are actually doing fairly well this year. We still have 14 teams in Strathmore Minor Ringette. Our numbers are almost 17 per cent up from last year, Bailie said. Weve sort of joined forces with Ringette Alberta to do what they call Come and Try It programs. Essentially, between our association and a group of individuals from Ringette Alberta, they come out and run an introductory session for girls interested in playing ringette. Over the last couple of years, thats brought in a fair number of girls for our association. Come and Try It programs usually run in September, just before the season begins. This is available to all girls looking to join the U7, U9, U10 teams, and the tiered levels of U12, U14, U16 and U19. For the rst year in a long time, Strathmore has an open team, which is an 18+, Bailie said. Its just a startup for this season. We want to feel the water a little bit with that one, and see how the ladies will do with that. I think theyre having a lot of fun. Next year theyll look to put themselves in one of the league. So far this year the open team plays U19 teams or exhibitions against other towns. However, with more ice time, the 17 per cent increase of players could explode to an even higher number. Unfortunately, not much is available in Strathmore, even for the teams that do already exist. Bailie and Strathmore Minor Ringette have tried to model the association using methodologies of longterm athletic development, which is meant to develop youth athletes to stay in sport longer. Some of their guidelines give you a really good practice-to-game ratio, and according to long-term athletic development, with the 14 teams that we currently have, we should be practicing a minimum of 37 hours a week, spread amongst all teams assuming one game each per week, Bailie said. What we currently have in Strathmore is 6.5 hours of ice time. Strathmore Minor Ringette also uses 10 hours of ice time in Rockyford. Even when you add those two times up, were still 20 hours short, Bailie said. As our numbers grow, thats just going to get worse and worse. Well continue to grow our numbers, because thats what we really want to see, but were getting ourselves up against a bit of a wall with limited ice. Its real unfortunate.

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ARYSSaH STaNKEVITSCH Times Reporter With the hockey season underway, Strathmore Minor Hockeys numbers continue to be consistent with recent years. However, Blair Wilson, league president, has noticed patterns in the older categories. Our numbers are pretty much the same, but actually the higher age groups have decreased a little bit, and the lower age groups have increased, Wilson said. You tend to lose players in the peewee, bantam, and midget levels just because theres more things going on with high school sports football, volleyball, basketball. Wilson also suggested that with younger families moving to Strathmore, there are more players for Timbit, novice, and atom groups. Parents of older children are more concerned about the level of contact in hockey, allowed once the players reach bantam. Every parent you talk to is sitting on the fence. They think the contact should be there but at the same time, there are so many injuries, theyre glad its gone, Wilson said. There are very few people that are a denite yes, thats a great idea or no, thats a terrible idea. Im kind of one of those fence-sitters myself. I think its part of the sport, its just not taught correctly. Hockey Canada passed the motion this year to remove hitting all the way up to peewee hockey, and are considering taking contact out of minor hockey all together; it would only take place in AA, AAA, and junior streams. If these players face other teams that have had contact early in their career, they may be considered underdeveloped due to lack of experience leading to more potential injuries. Roughly 380 players are involved with Strathmore Minor Hockey, with ice time becoming more and more limited at the Family Centre. More facilities would be a tremendous benet to the organization. It would also make hockey less expensive equipment, team fees, tournaments, and lessons can reach thousands per child each season. More ice time available means we could put more teams in, Wilson said. It depends on the affordability; theres a limit on how much interest we could get when it is such an expensive sport. But if we could do local house league that didnt involve all the travel, it would really reduce cost. Its a lot less expensive to do school sports.
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On Dec. 21 the Strathmore Storm female midget team played against the Girls Hockey Calgary midget 2B Thunder team. The Storm grabbed an early lead, which the Thunder wasnt able to recover from. Strathmore won the game 7-0.

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Hillevi passed away quietly, late in the evening, at Strathmore Hospital. She lived to an amazing 93 years of age, most of which were spent in the garden at the family farm. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her son Mark (Ann) Ruppe; grandchildren Justin (Cara), Kyle, and Kim (Trent) Ruppe; Justine, Derek, and Janene Puffer, all of Calgary; greatgrandchildren Olive Ruppe; and Caydence Marin and Kyler Puffer, both of Calgary. She was predeceased by her daughter and son-in-law Donna Lee and Billy Powers, and her husband Kramer Ruppe. Hillevi was loved and treasured by all. Memorial donations may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation (1331-29 St. NW, Calgary, T2N 4N2) or the ALS Society of Alberta (Suite 250, 4723-1 St. SW, Calgary, T2G 4Y8). A Celebration of her life was held on Monday, December 23, 2013 at Wheatland Funeral Chapel (Strathmore) at 10:30 a.m. Interment Mountain View Memorial Gardens. To send condolences, please visit www. wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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SHANNON LEClAIR Times Reporter Co-chairs for the 2014 Alberta Cup Wayne Hansen and Blair Wilson made a presentation and a request to town council on Dec. 18. Last year council had supported the Alberta Cup with a donation of $10,000, free ice time and use of the Civic Centre for the weekend. The men were asking for the same sponsorship level again for the upcoming Alberta Cup. Last year council was unable to give Strathmore Minor Hockey (SMH) money in time to make necessary repairs to the Family Centre and build a press box. The best way we found to do that was for us to front it and then through sponsorship over two years to recoup those costs. Any of the prots that come from this 50 per cent of the prots from this event will be put into a separate fund, which was talked about through the minor hockey board, for a new facility at that time, said Hansen. SMH paid the fees themselves, putting them at a $17,000 decit. They hope to recover some of those funds this year. If SMH does turn a bit of a prot then they do have plans of putting 50 per cent aside to go towards a new facility. If we make $50,000 then $25,000 of that would get put into a separate fund held by minor hockey solely for the building and development of a new facility, said Hansen. Council unanimously voted in favour of continuing the same level of sponsorship for the 2014 Alberta Cup.

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ARYssAH STANKEVITscH Times Reporter The Strathmore Curling Club needs more women to grab their brooms and hit the ice to participate in their interclub bonspiels throughout the year. Ladies play Monday nights, men play Tuesday nights, youth play Wednesday nights, with Thursday and Friday reserved for mixed teams. Were looking for more curlers all the time, Joyce Koch said, part of the clubs executive committee. Our youth program is doing pretty good, but were short on our ladies team and our mixed. Everyone is welcome; newcomers had the opportunity to learn the sport at the clubs Learn to Curl session on Nov. 27. Club membership from October to March is roughly $100. They can sign up themselves and we can put them with a team usually, or they can bring in their own team of four, Koch said. The club also offers shorty bonspiels, similar to a drop-in style, with four members needed per team. The rst one of the season is Jan. 4. The Strathmore Curling Rink has a new restaurant as well. Theyre doing a great job theyve got Ukrainian food, all kinds of homemade burgers, Koch said. For Koch, curling is an active way to meet people around town. Come out and see. Its kind of nice to get people out who have never curled, she said. To meet people here, its been great. Its socializing with people and having a little fun.

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KITcHEn EXPERIEncED HELPER & COOK required for Smileys Restarant. Drop resumes at 330 Ridge Road. AREnA cARETAKER nEEDED In ROcKyfORD. $18/hr, Evenings & weekends. Call Mike at 403-901-6408

for local manufacturer. Mechanical and Computer aptitude an asset. Email Resume to: melody@ gsairportconveyor. com or fax to: (403) 293-9774

Labourer

Full time

Bottle Drive
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1st Strathmore Scouts

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Sat., Jan. 4
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2 Full Time, Permanent $13.61 Hourly, for 44.00 Hours per week Experience: 3 years to less than 5 years Skills: Prepare and cook full course meals, Prepare and cook individual dishes and foods, Ensure quality of food and determine size of food proportions, Work with minimal supervision, Prepare dishes for customers with food allergies or intolerances, Inspect kitchens and food service areas, Train staff in preparation, cooking and handling of food, Work with specialized cooking equipment (deep fryer, etc.), Clean kitchen and work areas. Speak English, Read English, Write English. How to Apply with resume to: By Mail or In Person between 9:00 and 17:00 : 510 Highway #1, Strathmore, Alberta T1P 1M6 By Fax: (403) 934-9502

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STILL HIRING

PADI SCUBA Lessons


January 8, 15, 17, 22 6:30 - 10 pm Cost - $250
Strathmore Aquatics Center
Want to try SCUBA first? Do a Discover Scuba program for $40 on any of these sessions. You can also improve your snorkel skills. Do Snorkel Training at any of these sessions for $40. Call or email to register and begin a lifetime of adventure!

2 Permanent, Full Time $13.61 Hourly, for 44.00 Hours per week 3 to 5 years experience required Skills and Duties: Prepare and cook full course meals, Prepare and cook individual dishes and foods, Plan menus, Ensure quality of food and determine size of food proportions, Work with minimal supervision, Prepare dishes for customers with food allergies or intolerances, Estimate food requirements and costs, Inspect kitchens and food service areas, Order supplies and equipment, Supervise kitchen staff and helpers, Maintain inventory and records of food, supplies and equipment, Work with specialized cooking equipment (deep fryer, etc.), Clean kitchen and work areas, Wash dishes. Reading text, Oral communication, Working with others, Job task planning and organizing, Signicant use of memory. Speak English, Read English, Write English. How to Apply with resume to:

Cooks

CUSTOM FEEDLOT & FARMING OPERATION LOOKING FOR FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES


Competitive wages including O.T and other Benets. Valid drivers licence and a good attitude a must. High school diploma an asset. Send resumes to: NAMAKA FARMS INC. Box 2409, Strathmore, AB T1P 1K3 Fax (403) 934-6133

Strathmore Station Restaurant & Pub is hiring


2 Permanent, Full Time $11.30 Hourly, for 44.00 Hours per week Experience an asset Skills and Duties: Prepare, heat and nish simple food items, Use manual and electrical appliances to clean, peel, slice and trim foodstuffs, Portion and wrap foods, Stock refrigerators and salad bars. Wash, peel and cut vegetables and fruit, Clean and sanitize kitchen including work surfaces, cupboards, storage areas, appliances and equipment, Receive, unpack and store supplies in refrigerators, freezers, cupboards and other storage areas, Remove kitchen garbage and trash, Handle and store cleaning products, Sweep and mop oors. Load buspans and trays. Operate dishwashers to wash dishes, glassware and atware, Sanitize and wash dishes and other items by hand, Scour pots and pans, Operate pot-washing machines, Clean and polish silverware, Clean and sanitize items such as dishwasher mats, carts and waste disposal units. Speak English, Read English, Write English. How to Apply with resume to:

KITCHEN HELPERS

403-650-3170 or info@mtaquatics.ca

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Strathmores

HElP WANTED
IRON WING HOLDINGS LTD. now accepting resumes for Journeyman Mechanic and Class 1 Tank Truck Drivers. Send resume: Attention: Laurier Laprise. Email: laurier.l@ironwing.ca or fax 780-396-0078. INTERESTED IN the Community Newspaper business? Albertas weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. FREE. Visit: www. awna.com/resumes_add. php. INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT Operator School. No Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Sign up online! iheschool.com. 1-866-399-3853. Tired of semi truck driving? Haul RVs from USA to Western Canada! 1 ton trucks required. 1-800-867-6233; www.roadexservices.com. JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician(s) in Hanna Alberta. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. offers competitive wages, relocation allowance, negotiable depending on experience. Bright, modern shop. Full-time permanent with benets. Friendly town just 2 hours from major urban centres. More info at: hannachrysler.ca. Fax 403854-2845; Email: chrysler@ telusplanet.net.
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Strathmore Branch Employment Opportunity

Manager, Member Service


THE POSITION Reports to the Branch Manager Under general direction, supervise, motivate and develop teller member service staff. Ensure adequate cash supplies and adherence to security procedures. Responsible for managing day-to-day member service operations, supervising subordinates and for carrying out administrative functions including ensuring compliance with all legislation, regulations, by-laws, policies and procedures. IDEAL CANDIDATE Post-secondary degree or certificate preferred plus four to six years of job related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Completion of CUIC Management Studies Program an asset. Strong people management & coaching skills Strong working knowledge of integrated banking system, Windows XP operating system and Microsoft Office products. Strong verbal and written business communication skills, problem solving and decision making skills Time management and leadership skills COMPENSATION Commensurate with experience Excellent benefit program CLOSING DATE: December 27th, 2013 SUBMIT RESUME TO: People Solutions Department Administration Branch Box 1137 99 2nd Street West Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B9 Fax # (403) 362-4239 Email: careers@chinookcu.com Web site: www.chinookcu.com We thank all applicants for their interest and will be in contact if we can offer an interview.

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New Years Eve, December 31 5 to 9 pm.
Family get together at the Livestock Pavillion on the Agricultural Grounds Fireworks at 8 pm. Pizza and goodies will be served.

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is hiring:

Kitchen Helpers (Dishwashers)


2 Full time, Permanent $11.30 Hourly, for 44.00 Hours per week Experience an asset. Wash, peel and cut vegetables and fruit, Clean and sanitize kitchen including work surfaces, cupboards, storage areas, appliances and equipment, Receive, unpack and store supplies in refrigerators, freezers, cupboards and other storage areas, Remove kitchen garbage and trash, Handle and store cleaning products, Sweep and mop oors. Operate dishwashers to wash dishes, glassware and atware, Sanitize and wash dishes and other items by hand, Clean and sanitize items such as dishwasher mats, carts and waste disposal units. Lifting Up to 9 kg (20 lbs). Speak English, Read English, Write English How to Apply with resume to: By Mail or In Person between 9:00 and 17:00 : 510 Highway #1, Strathmore, Alberta T1P 1M6 By Fax: (403) 934-9502

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WRECKING AUTO-TRUCKS. Parts to t over 500 trucks. Lots of Dodge, GMC, Ford, imports. We ship anywhere. Lots of Dodge, diesel, 4x4 stuff. Trucks up to 3 tons. North-East Recyclers 780875-0270.

pETS

RENTalS
CHINOOK II Condo Living! A wonderful two bedroom adult lifestyle unit located in Chinook II, rents starting from $925.00, 2 appl, coin laundry in building, cable and electricity additional, parking included, no pets please. Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. at 403237-8811.

RENTalS
CHINOOK III. 1 bdrm $800/ mth or 2 bdrm for $900/mo +DD required. Heat & water included. No pets. Call Keli 403-324-2944. 24, 701 Westmount Drive 2 bedroom , partially renovated unit with patio available now. Parking included, no pets. $1150.00 plus utilities. Close to Westmount School. Call the Resident Manager at 403-901-0140 or Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. 403-237-8811.

RENTalS
BRiGhT 3 bdRm. ToWnhoUSE FoR REnT - Available January 1/2014. Front & Back yard, 2 parking stalls, 1 1/2 Baths, 5 appliances, Main r. Laundry, back Deck. N/S, N/P, $1350/mo, $1350 DD. Call (403) 361-0018.

cOMMERIcal
60X48 WAREhoUSE WiTh 19X16 oFFicE located in Rockyford. $1200/mo + utilities. Contact 403-533-3801 or 403-560-6265. DoWnToWn RETAil /CommERciAl SpAcE FoR REnT. 1250 sqft total or individual spaces of 300 sqft or 600 sqft available. Great Frontage. Contact for more information. 403-901-8727.

Sharons Doggie Dos

Full Time help required. $18/hr, Experience is an asset. Must be available days, evenings, weekends. Some duties include coordinate, assign, supervise & review activities of workers, establish work schedules & procedures, resolve work related problems.

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MOTORcYclES
WIN A 2014 HarleyDavidson(R) Road King FLHR. Only 499 tickets sold. 3 early bird draws. $100/ticket. June 20 draw. Proceeds support Harley-Davidson Technician & Motorsports Programs at GPRC Fairview Campus. 1-888-999-7882; www.gprc.ab.ca/fairview.

Professional All Breed

DOG GROOMING.
Strathmore. 20 years experience. Reasonable Rates & Calm Environment.

Please email resumes to info@travelodgestrathmore.com Or in person at the front desk, 350 Ridge Rd, Strathmore Or via fax (403) 901-0016

MaNufacTuREd
UNITED HOMES CANADA invites you to view our Heated display homes. Purchase today at 2012 pricing. Inventory clearance starting at $92,500.; www.unitedhomescanada.com. 148 Eastlake Blvd., Airdrie. 1-800-4617632.

Sharon 403-934-3824

REal ESTaTE
LoVElY 1-BD/1-BATH updated condo in great no pet 30+ complex. Furniture can be included sale. $149,900. #107 43 Westlake Circle MLS C3532342 Call Karen Crosby, First Place Realty 403-680-0424

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WESTMOuNT DRIVE 1 & 2 bedrooms, fully renovated units with balcony or patio. Includes washer/dryer and parking. From $1250.00 plus utilities. Close to Westmount School. Call the Resident Manager at 403901-0140 or Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. 403-237-8811.

Call Shauna For All Your Real Estate Needs.

AUTOMOTIVE SALES PERSON


required at Strathmore Motor Products (GM Sales). Training will be supplied to the successful applicants. Excellent pay plan with above average company benets. Apply in person and/or send resume to Glenn Alexander at Strathmore Motor Products 403-934-3334 or 1-888-934-4434

FEEd aNd SEEd


WANTED. Hannas Seeds seeking distributors for forage, turf, native and reclamation seed. Good commissions. Contact Dave at 1-800-661-1529 or dave@ hannasseeds.com. HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. On Farm Pickup Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252.

REal ESTaTE

Shauna Kenworthy 403-803-4605


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PEACEFUL COUNTRY LIVING $200,000
9 acres SE of Hussar Newer 1152 sq.ft. home Cisterns for water supply Full, unfinished basement

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SOLD

ADULT LIVING CONDO $260,000


3 bdrms, 2 full baths Low condo fees Double attached garage Sunroom with wood burning stove

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REal ESTaTE

MODERN & UPGRADED - $245,000


1088 sq.ft. condo 2 bedrms, 2 full baths 1088 sq.ft Underground parking

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Canyon Creek 403.934.2001

1800 sq.ft. 4 level split 3 bdrms, 2 baths 3rd level walkout A/C and Underground Sprinklers

UPGRADED AND IMMACULATE $398,900

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SOLD

REDUCED

Bungalow on 2 lots 861 sq.ft. 2+2 bdrms, 1 baths 20x20 garage/shop

Small Town Living in Carseland $129,900

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REal ESTaTE
Welcoming New Clients

REDUCED!
Fully developed three bedroom raised bungalow with all new basement development. Total four bed, three bath, main floor laundry, heated triple garage. Nice decks at front and rear. Across from school. Possession anytime. New price $269,900. MLS C3579721.

1421 Acres For Sale Near Rockyford


High producing cultivated farmland just 10 km east of Rockyford, please call for details.

Tina Scott

SOLD SOLD
CALL SHAUNA
CALL LORNA

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CANAL - $389,000 REDUCED Custom built 1431 sq.ft.


home Large canal lot with mature trees 3+1 bdrms, 3 full baths Fully finished walk-up basement

CUSTOM BUILT ON

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SOLD SOLD

LAMBERT VILLAGE CONDO - $139,900 1 bdrm suite Oak kitchen Quick possession! In suite laundry

HANDY-MANS SPECIAL IN ROCKYFORD $116,900

1294 sq.ft. 3+ bdrms, 2 full baths Large, fenced back yard Single attached garage

ROCKYFORD ESTATE AUCTION

CALL SHAUNA

1085 sq.ft. home 3+2 bdrms 2 full baths Large Lot Fully Finished

IMMACULATE BUNGALOW $249,900


Custom built bungalow in Rockyford 1679 sq.ft. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths Double detached garage

Associate Broker

403-901-5388 cell
www.strathmorerealty.ca

Craig Brassard
Real Estate Associate
cbrassard@cirrealty.ca

104 3rd Avenue, Strathmore


The Old Home Hardware Building

403.361.0143

Wishing Everyone a Happy New Year!


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We Have You... on the Move


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11 plus Gal of water Round Pen and Horse shelters Pasture and creek Cozy Mobile

88.2 ACRES $409,900

SOLD

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ASPEN CREEK $389,900!

SOLD SOLD SOLD


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3 MANICURED ACRES

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$669,000

1500+SQ.FT BUNGALOW FULLY DEV. LOWER FULL WALKOUT, CENTRAL AIR. HEATED ATT. GARAGE, SHOP

SOLD

BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM BUILT HOME $439,900!


Quality through out with all the upgrades on oversize lot!

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Fabulous Investment 67.09 Acres West of Strathmore in Industrial Zone County Road In.

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Associate Broker WISHING EVERYONE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!


CALL LORNA PHIBBS 403-874-7660 TO BUY OR SELL!
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$3,500,000

ITS A GREAT TIME TO PUT YOUR HOME OR ACREAGE ON THE MARKET.

32 Years Experience

SOLD
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JUST WEST OF STRATHMORE $415,000

SO THAT MEANS MORE DOLLARS IN YOUR POCKET.

PRICES ARE GOOD AND COMPETITION IS LOW.

LARGE ONE BDRM UNIT ON THIRD FLOOR IN LAMBERT VIEWS OF THE SUNRISE, AND LAKE FROM BALCONY ENJOY PARTIES, POOL & WOODWORKING OPTION TO PURCHASE SINGLE GARAGE.

LIFESTYLE PLUS! $143,900

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DOWNTOWN
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Great Location Commercial Retail Bay Rear Loading No Stairs Purchase or Lease.

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$549,900

1.7 ACRES

A 6.37 ACRE HOMESTEAD YES AND TREES TOO COME TAKE A LOOK!

LETS SET UP AN APPOINTMENT.


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ONE AND HALF STOREY VIEWS OF MOUNTAINS VIEWS OF GOLF COURSE ONLY 10 MINUTES TO CALGARY

SOLD

SOUGHT AFTER!

Gorgeous Triple E 220 sq. ft. Addition Gated Community


PROFESSIONAL COUPLES $319,900

$122,900

106 - 304 - 3rd Ave., Strathmore lorna@lornaphibbs.com www.lornaphibbs.com

YOU WILL BE CONVINCED!!


ITS IMMACULATE IN CAMBRIDGE WALNUT FLOORING 4 BATHS, 4 BDRMS $393,500

SOLD

$389,900

DEER RUN

46.56 ACRES
Many options on this parcel of land, 25 minutes east of Calgary. $599,000.

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All Types Professional Couples. Snow birds, or first time buyers! Stunning upgraded fully finished condo.

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CALL CHANTALE
MLS C3581916

STRATHMORE & AREA 24 HR. REAL ESTATE HOT LINE


BEAUTIFUL LOT IN THE COMMUNITY OF SPEARGRASS $124,000 Nestled Along Banks of The Bow, Beautiful Views, Backs 8th Green, Trees, Allows For Walkout!
Ideal Location to Build Your Dream Home! 128 acres for $424,900 Easy Commute to Calgary (30min) and Strathmore (15min) Close to Golf Course and Bow River. Great Spot for Walkout, Dugout with Access to Irrigation

Keith Garrioch 403 333-8411


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Over 3000 Sq Ft of Developed Living Space Flooring/Paint/Kitchen/ Windows/Water Tank redone Heated Garage and Huge Pie Lot with Alley Access

ONLY $379,900

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Adult Living Condo $264,900


2 Bed + Den, 2 Bath Beautifully Reno'd Enjoy Low Stress Living!

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IMMACULATE HOME! $249,900


Four bedrooms in total, 2 baths. You will love this great home with bright windows throughout, beautiful hardwood, good sized kitchen with newer maple cabinets, lots of room for storage and a huge back yard and deck to enjoy the outdoors! There is plenty of room to build a garage.

MLS C3588262

MLS C3589472

La Shaun Andrews 403 850-4593

Convenient Location Cheaper than rent Quick Possession

BETTER THAN RENTING $70,000

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AZTEC REAL ESTATE AGENTS

MLS C3581941

MARKET EVALUATIONS
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Sheila Bassen 403 361-0390

Large Bedrooms.... Central Air Hardwood Floors + Gas Fireplace Heated Double Garage

TERRIFIC FAMILY HOME $339,900

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Rare Find for $429,900!


Legal Mother-In-Law Suite, 2 Storey on Quiet Cul-De-Sac, 2 Bed, Ensuite, 4pce Bath, on Top Floor with Laundry, 2 Bed, 4pce Bath on Main Floor with Laundry, Bsmt has 1 Bed, 3 pce Bath, Rec Room and Lots of Storage

ADULT LIVING THE COURTYARD


2 Bedroom with Central Air Underground Heated Parking Den, Pantry, Upgraded Appliances

STOP LOOK NO FURTHER!!!!


Backing onto POND/GREENSPACE/CANAL!!!!Quiet CUL-DESAC!! Open concept 3 BDRM Fully Developed WALKOUT!! HEATED garage!!! BRANDNEW CARPET/LINO!!! Call Tracy Larsen (403)901-9143 for your private viewing!!!

MLS C3549056

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20 MINUTES TO CALGARY $489,700


Gorgeous Home with Loads of Upgrades Golf Course Community Must be seen to be appreciated

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ATTENTION HORSE LOVERS! 30 ACRES FOR $859,900 1532sqft Bungalow with Attached 1200sqft Office/ Gym, Triple Garage, Barn, Heated Shop Outdoor Sand Riding Arena, Dugout, Veg Garden, Fenced, Close to Golf Course and Bow River

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Tamara Desjardins 403 874-6486

MLS C3581969

MLS C3567030

Horse Set Up on 80 Acres Prime Location off #9 Highway Huge Home, Barns, Arena, Paddocks

INVERLAKE ROAD OPPORTUNITY $1,400,000

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Lots of Potential Renovate to Keep for Yourself Keep as a Rental!

BUNGALOW ON CORNER LOT $89,900

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MARKET EVALUATIONS
Ron Kaechele 403 934-1097
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QUALITY THROUGHOUT THIS CUSTOM HOME $393,500! FULLY DEVELOPED, INFLOOR HEAT, GRANITE, HARDWOOD ALL THIS WITH AMAZING CARE SHOWS LIKE NEW!

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PEACEFUL COUNTRY LIVING - $200,000
9 acres SE of Hussar Newer 1152 sq.ft. home Cisterns for water supply Full, unfinished basement

MLS C3586835

Paul Kautz 403 875-4166

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MLS C3582153

BRAND NEW CONDO'S 2 BEDROOM, IN-FLOOR HEAT, GRANITE COUNTER TOPS,6 APPLIANCES, AND LOW CONDO FEES $177,900! FULLY DEVELOPED $299,900! 4 BEDROOM, 4 BATHS HARDWOOD, GRANITE, DOUBLE ATTACHED GARAGE PRICE TO SELL! QUALITY THROUGH OUT $344,900! FULLY DEVELOPED BI-LEVEL WITH 4 BEDROOMS 3 FULL BATH, BEAUTIFUL 2 TIERED DECK WITH HOT TUB
ADULT LIVING AT IS BEST! THIS 2 BEDROOM 2 BATH OVER 1060 SQ FT CONDO IS BEST PRICE IN CONDO COMPLEX! UNDER GROUND PARKING, STORAGE LOCKER AND MORE $209,900!

AZTEC REAL ESTATE INC. PUTTING YOU, OUR CLIENT, FIRST! SELLERS AND BUYERS WANTED!
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Great Location Commercial Retail Bay Rear Loading No Stairs Purchase or Lease

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Ryan Kautz 403 875-1170

MARKET EVALUATIONS
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ALL DO FREE

DOWNTOWN
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1800 sq.ft. 4 level split 3 bdrms, 2 baths 3rd level walkout A/C and Underground Sprinklers

UPGRADED AND IMMACULATE $398,900

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27 ACRES
Country residential Highway access Services at property line Gas revenue $149,900
Call Ron Kaechele 403-934-1097

Shauna Kenworthy 403 803-4605

MLS C3592357

MLS C3549894

11 plus Gal of water Round Pen and Horse shelters Pasture and creek Cozy Mobile $409,900

88.2 ACRES

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Custom built bungalow in Rockyford 1679 sq.ft. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths Double detached garage

IMMACULATE BUNGALOW $249,000

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CALL RON

CALL LORNA

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