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5115 50 Ave
Ponoka, AB T4J 1R5
(403) 783-3122

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Saluting Ponoka's 20th century landmarks and early founders - Ponoka News

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The colourful and exciting history of Ponoka and surrounding districts began way back in the 1870s at the Battle River Crossing (now Highway 2A south bridge), which at that time was a vital supply point along the first rugged wagon trail between Edmonton and Calgary. After 1891 when the Edmonton/Calgary railway line came through the tiny Village of Ponoka, N.W.T., a large working station building was constructed and initially called Siding 14.A steady stream of settlers from Canada, the American northwest, and Europe then came into this area to establish their new homesteads, to clear and seed the lush agricultural land, and to slowly establish their livelihoods and raise their traditionally large families.This humble settlement next to the railway line and the surrounding rural districts grew at a rapid pace, and in 1904 Ponoka was officially declared as a town and became a vital service centre to the entire area. From the very beginning the strong agricultural roots of both the Town and County of Ponoka, the powerful pre...
http://www.ponokanews.com/community/saluting-ponokas-20th-century-landmarks-and-early-founders/

Obituary: Harry Vold - Tri-State Livestock News

Friday, March 17, 2017

Pueblo, Colorado. He was born January 29, 1924, the third of four sons, to Nansen and Kirsten Vold in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Vold grew up in the Asker area east of Ponoka, Alberta. His education included a youth training school that taught etiquette along with a high school curriculum. Proper manners and the lessons learned from growing up in the Depression served him the rest of his life. Following in his father's footsteps, Vold started auctioneering at age 15. He was self-taught, but his preparation and personality resulted in him being sought after as an auctioneer the rest of his life. Harry was an auctioneer for one year at the Edmonton Stock Yards, and then for 8 years at the Calgary Stock Yards. Vold and his brother Ralph, along with Bill and Shorty Jones, then purchased an auction barn in Ponoka, Alberta. Vold, Jones, and Vold, was a very successful auction business for over 50 years. Vold continued to work as the auctioneer at special events until just a few years before his death.Vold was a cowboy. Growing up in the Depression era times were hard, and as a child Vold broke and traded horses to help earn money. Along with his brothers, Vold built the Asker Stampede Grounds ...
http://www.tsln.com/news/obituaries/asdasda-99/

A reflective Father Bob Haggarty looks back on his time in Lillooet - Bridge River Lillooet News

Thursday, April 12, 2018

I said to the seniors, ‘If you can’t get along with the Catholics, you’re free to leave!’” It should be noted the seniors have not gone anywhere. Originally from Alberta, Father Bob was ordained in 1971 as a priest in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). The Order was founded in 1816 and has had a presence in British Columbia since 1858. The apostolic Oblates focused on outreach to remote and/or wilderness areas, which B.C. was at the time of the Gold Rush. “The Oblates were there, right at the beginning of the colonization of B.C.,” adds Father Bob, who says those early priests were so young that they were described as altar boys. He can quote the early history of the Oblates in B.C. chapter and verse, but is also fascinated by Canadian military history. He says that’s related to one of his mother’s brothers, who went overseas with the RCAF during the Second World War and was killed in action. “My mother had all these letters and pictures but had no time to organize them. But I thought, ‘If we don’t value his contributions, who’s going to?’ He sacrificed his life for this country, so I felt I owed him that and so I took every photo and every scrap of paper and put them in order.” After he began living here, Father Bob became intrigued by the history of local veterans, particularly the “Boys of Lillooet” whose names are inscribed on the cenotaph on the lawn outside the District Office. “I said to myself, ‘Who are you? Who are you?’” He then spent years researching their lives and eventually produced two volumes (World War One and World War Two) of priceless biographical material - old black and white and sepia photos, precious personal letters written from the front lines, military records and his own conversations with their siblings and other family members - that preserves the memory of the “Boys of Lillooet” for posterity. “Those fellows grew up here, lived within a five or 10-mile radius of downtown Lillooet and they never came back,” he says softly. “I thought they should be remembered and we should be proud of them.” Father Bob believes “history is made up of local people. It’s more than what Prince Charles has done. It’s people who are walking down the street. There’s history there, too.” He continues, “And it’s a good story if you go back and find out what happened. I remember hearing an interview with Mark Forsythe on the CBC and he was coming to Lytton for a public forum on the Gold Rush. It was also about the opening up of the Lillooet area and it was an eye-opener, too. I believe in history and I like to know history. I think the history of Lillooet makes you appreciate the place where you live. And for visitors, so much of B.C.’s history took place within a half mile of here.” He says, “Sometimes I’ll go down to Seton Lake and just sit there and I’ll ask people who are visiting for the day if they know where they are and what happened here. It makes it more interesting for them if they know some of the local history.” Father Bob acknowledges he’s “dealing with the reality of being a senior” and some health challenges involving his eyesight, but hopes to continue living here. “Why would I want to leave Lillooet?” he asks. “The environment here...
http://www.lillooetnews.net/news/local-news/a-reflective-father-bob-haggarty-looks-back-on-his-time-in-lillooet-1.23255506

Conservation group says Alberta grizzly, Bear 148, shot dead in BC - CTV News

Thursday, April 12, 2018

PM EDT EDMONTON -- Conservationists are mourning the death of a female grizzly bear that had been moved from a popular area west of Calgary this summer to a remote park in northwest Alberta. Stephen Legault of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative said Bear 148 was shot by a hunter on Sunday after wandering into British Columbia from its new home. Legault said the bear was just becoming old enough to have cubs. "What is really sad is that we have lost the potential that this grizzly bear represented for the further recovery of the threatened species in Alberta," he said Wednesday. He noted that grizzly bears are often killed after being struck on highways and by trains. "The fact that this bear was killed by a hunter illustrates the fact that there are many threats to these animals." The B.C. government plans to ban the killing of grizzly bears for trophy, but not until after this hunting season. Parks Canada and the Alberta government later confirmed the death of Bear 148. "This outcome underlines the need for more collaboration across jurisdictions to co-ordinate wildlife and people management at a landscape level," Parks Canada said in an email. Bear 148 was moved in July from its range near Banff and Canmore, Alta., to Kakwa Wildland Park. The bear never hurt anyone but had gotten too close to people dozens of times since it was born in the Banff National Park a...

Calgary murder victim Nadia El-Dib laid to rest on Easter Sunday - Globalnews.ca

Thursday, April 12, 2018

RCMP officer was injured after a shootout west of Edmonton near Evansburg, Alta. on Thursday night.WATCH: Mason Davis captured this audio from a police scanner during the tense moments when an Alberta RCMP officer was shot and a murder suspect killed west of Edmonton near Evansburg.It started when RCMP said an officer spotted a man who was believed to be wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, and a chase began after he failed to stop his vehicle.In the confrontation that followed, police say the suspect was killed and the RCMP officer suffered minor injuries. Sgt. Brian Topham, 59, was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton after a bullet grazed his head. He was released on Sunday.READ MORE: Evansburg RCMP officer recovering after shootout with murder suspect west of EdmontonLet's block ads! (Why?)...