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Habitat For Humanity Says Thanks

April 14th Habitat for Humanity held its key presentation ceremony and volunteer appreciation dinner.

Present were Chair members; Bryce Ashlin-Mayo, project chair and honorary chair members George and Phyllis Webb. Treasurer Eleanor Sanderson and Coordinators; Linda Jacejko (volunteer), Brenda Ritz (public relations), Barry Gordey (construction), Clint McCullough (construction), Ron Roth (property) and Linda Van Den Dolder (fundraising). Family Partners Kathy Leckie and Holly Fergusson and new home owner Dawn Knudsen and family along with a host of volunteers who participated in making a miracle happen.

Through the delicious dinner each coordinator and chair person took to the stage describing their part in the project, the history of how in 2009 a group collected to find a solution to affordable housing, the partnering with Habitat for humanity. Each coordinator was called upon to share their story and each expressed their gratitude to Vermilion’s generosity and giving spirit. Barry Gordey, Construction Coordinator, expressed his gratitude not only to the line up of contractors always at the ready during this build, but to his rescuer Sterling who shared his vast experience and time though out the construction.

New home owner Dawn Knudsen received her giant home key and spoke to her part in the project, from application to sweat equity to move in day. Included in her recitation was the humorous story of having to explain the difference between Habitat for Humanity and Real Home Make-over when young family members confused the two.

Winding up the speeches and wearing two hats this evening Clint McCullough, Habitat for Humanity Construction Coordinator and Vermilion Town Council Member, addressed the guests stating, “The way this town has come together and worked together is absolutely wonderful.”


Bigger and Better

The 5th Annual Home and Garden Show, sponsored by the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce opened its doors to the public April 21st after a tremendous transformation to the stadium, which saw exhibitors constructing trade booths and even a small home.

There were 42 exhibitors for the 2012 show displaying everything from Watkins and Tupperware products to Husqvarna Lawn mowers and chainsaws.

An area was set aside to home two bouncy castles for the younger visitors and was handily located right next to the booth manned by Sprinkles the Clown from Kitscoty who specializes in balloon twisting.

Old favourites who returned this year to share their wares were; T Zone Health, 5th Avenue Jewellery, Enviro Club and Wild wood designs. New booths to the Home and Garden show were; Daroma, Jandel Homes, Polar Windows, Body by Vi and the Sunroom Superstore to name a few.

Chamber representative Anna Giesbrecht stated, “I am really impressed with the quantity and calibre of speakers this year.” The show hosted nine speakers, who offered advice and insights on; practical landscaping, garden path landscaping, interior decoration, artisan cheeses, prairie gardens, home décor, container gardening and lily production.

A steady stream of visitors brought approximately 1000 visitors to the show on its first day and even had VIP political visitors Danny Hozack stopped by on Saturday, Richard Starke and wife paid a visit to the show on Sunday and Richard Yacejko manned a booth during the event making himself available for questions from show patrons.

Visitors were eligible for one of 10 door prizes through out the event with a singular grand prize draw for a garden shed filled with tools drawn Sunday.


First Time For Beef And Brief

A testament to the Annual Steak Supper the Mannville Recreation Centre was filled to near capacity with the 300 diners who had come to enjoy steak supper with all the trimmings. Diners had arrived from Vermilion, Mannville, Minburn, Clandonald, Innisfree, Myrnam and beyond to partake.

Held April 22nd, the Agricultural Society partnered for the first time with M-M-IF.C.S.S. who sponsored with Volunteer Alberta Enhancement Funding a guest speaker for this annual event in recognition of Volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

Guest speaker Brenda Robinson is promoted as a speaker, trainer, writer and consultant with a passion for working with people. Utilizing comedy Robinson addressed the Mannville diners on communication, positive working skills and keeping life interesting and exciting, teaching her audience about themselves and others.

Ag Director Johnny Bielesch commented, “I is an awesome night with awesome food and great community involvement. This has always been a good fundraiser and I’m glad to see the people come.” Bielesch also expressed gratitude to the donors of silent auction items and the donator Highway Services who provided the society with the steaks.

The society plan to utilize funds raised from the evenings steak supper towards the repair of the facilities roof.



Return From Vimy Ridge

J. R. Robson students returned from their Easter Holiday visit to Europe, which culminated in a stop to participate in the Memorial Ceremony at Vimy Ridge.

Dubbed the “National Student Tour”, the J. R. Robson student trip was organized through the Vimy Foundation and EF Tours, who assisted the 15 students, 8 parents and J. R. Robson instructor Lorne Maier in making the trip. The group met up with 3,500 fellow Canadian students to represent Canada at a significant 95th Anniversary honouring the 1917 battle of Vimy Ridge.

According to Lorne Maier, who attended the trip with the J. R. Robson students, the group returned home quite exhausted after nine days of touring; Amsterdam, Belgium, Normandy, Paris, Vimy Ridge and several World War I Commonwealth cemeteries.

Of the Anniversary ceremony Maier described it as a long, cold, wet and amazing experience. “Witnessing that many people all sharing the same experience was moving. The students began the long day at Vimy with a 2.5 km procession with all the other 4000 participants through the small town of Givenchy at the bottom of the ridge up to the monument and the nearby cemetery where some of the Canadian soldiers who died at the battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917 are buried. We then all moved to the Vimy monument for the long official ceremonies which included the Canadian Gov-General. It should be noted that all of our students stood for the entire day in cold wet conditions, and never complained once,” stated Maier. Who felt the students left the ceremony with an appreciation however small of the conditions (weather wise) that the Canadian soldiers would have experienced on April 9th, 1917.

Visiting several of the Commonwealth cemeteries, the students also visited and located the graves of Canadian soldiers that each student had researched prior to the trip. They also attended the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres, a site where the locals hold a remembrance ceremony every day at 8:00 p.m. since 1918, to honour the soldiers who were never found and presumed dead. “There were so many amazing experiences and stories, too many for one short email. However it was definitely a trip of a lifetime!” concluded Maier.



Shoppers Swarm Garage Sale

The Fifth Annual Rotary of Vermilion Garage Sale, hoisted the doors at precisely 4 p.m. on April 19th. Greeted by the over 60 shoppers who had begun to form a line up starting at 3:30 the door opening was met by a small stamped.

The shoppers fanned out quickly through the large Agricultural Society garage, some knowing precisely which item they had come to purchase, from previews emailed to local businesses, others slowly making their way amongst the laden tables in pursuit of that must have item.

Items were sold on an offer basis, which meant that as each purchaser filled their arms or located boxes to fill they were checked out quickly.

This was not a give away sale however, “We value the donations that our community have given us so we ensure the prices offered are fair,” noted a Rotary organiser during the preparations.

Last year the Rotary Garage Sale achieved a whopping $5,000 in funds and the organizers hope see those figures as high as possible. The funds from this year’s sale will be sent to assist in the renovation efforts at the Lieutenant Colonel Craig Armoury, specifically the battleship linoleum floor.

Set to a good start the first hours of the Garage sale saw tables emptying out quickly as bargain hunters located desired treasures and whisked them away.

The Rotary garage sale took in over $8,000.  The Rotary would like to recognize all of the communities support, and all the useful donated, quality items and of course the support of the buyers! We sure couldn’t have done it without the community. All this money will be invested back into the community, of course.




Lakeland Hosts Skills Competition

The 2012 Skills20 Competition got under way at the Lakeland College Vermilion Campus on April 19th. With an early morning registration of 7:30 students were presented with competition information, waivers and Anniversary Lakeland College book bags before they headed to their assigned competition areas for a brief safety meeting.

In this regional competition junior and under 21 category, challengers participated in; culinary, carpentry, electrical, auto service, hair dressing, TV video production, welding, auto body repair and cabinet making. Winners of this regional competition will move on to the Provincial Skills Competition to be held in Edmonton on May 10th and 11th, with an opportunity to further qualify for the 60 Team Canada spots available. This team will represent our country in the National Competition to be held also in Edmonton on May 14th and 15th.

Started in Barrie Ont. in 1988, a group recognizing the shortage of skilled trade workers endeavoured to spawn greater interest in their youth. Gaining the support from industry and government over the next two years the first competition was held in 1990. With its success Skills Canada leaders then sought participation from other provinces bringing Alberta on board in 1992. Making 2012 the 20th anniversary of this competition in Alberta. As quoted from the skills web site, former president Terry Cooke stated, “Skills Competitions at all levels help raise the profile of Skilled Trades and Technologies by showcasing these industries and creating excitement among today’s youth. For nearly two decades, Skills Canada Alberta has done an excellent job in helping young Albertans explore careers in the Skilled Trades and Technologies, and I look forward to the organization’s work ahead.”

Top three winners across this year’s regional events at Lakeland College were; Carpentry; first Ben Bates from J.R. Robson, Joey Spooner and Brett Lornez from Lloydminster Composite. Cabinetmaking; first place finisher was Karen Woldshyn of Lloydminster Composite, Aaron Olson from Camrose Composite and Robyn Moussseau from Kiscoty High School. Auto Service; first and second went to Steven Oleksyn and Dylan Mari from Lloydminster Composite with a third place finish was Joseph McLaughlin from Mannville School. Culinary arts; first place was Madison Huseby from Camrose Composite, MacKenzie Stewart of Lloydminster Composite and third CZesna Carreon from Holy Rosary. Hairstyling Junior; was dominated by Lloydminster students with first and third going to Holy Rosary students Mikayla Rozka and Dlaney Bruneau and second place achieved by Lloydminster Composite student Cassia Kindopp. Hairstyling Intermediate; first place winner was Haley Lee from Holy Rosary, with Dreau Holt taking second and Carley Aldous third both from Lloydminster Composite. Welding; first place went to Sean Stewart from Lloydminster Composite, Zachary Mason from School of Hope in second and John McLaughlin from Mannville School achieved third. Electrical Wiring; had Tanner Scarf in first, Logan Turgeon in second and Garret Kiechinger achieving third, all from Lloydminster Composite. TV/Video production; had first place team Benjamin Musgrave and Evan Yusep from Lloydminster Composite, with Holy Rosary supplying the second and third place teams of Joey Hurley and Shawn Doll in second and Cara Ellingboe and Ryan Zorgdrager in third.



Soccer Season Kicks Off

With their first practice April 16th, the Vermilion Soccer Association began their 2012 season.

The club currently has 230 children registered for this season across the numerous age groups ranging from under 6 to under 18. The Association will be on the field practicing Mondays and Wednesdays evenings with a start time of 6:30 p.m.

April 21st will see the Association out doing prep work on the field, as they ready the fields for line painting and work to undo the damage discovered April 15th , from off roaders who tore up the field doing donuts in a vehicle, anyone who knows who may have been involved is asked to contact Sean Kingston at 780-853-6098.

The week of April 30th the Soccer Association will be hosting a coach from Challenger Sports in Britain, this coach will share skills and techniques with the young athletes. April 22nd, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th there will be clinics held for coaches and referees. More information and the times for these clinics are available through the association’s website at