News: August 25, 2014
Council supports free public Wi-Fi in parks and town facilities
by Deanna Mitchener
Laurie Templeton, a manager with Shaw Communications, gave a presentation to town council on their plans for Shaw Go Wi-Fi within the community.
Templeton explained, at the August 19 council meeting, that Shaw would like to install special Wi-Fi access points in various locations around Edson where the public would gather.
"Internet growth has driven our economic development to higher levels. You can now take devices were ever you go, having the ability to access Wi-Fi. The usage is growing rapidly per month. We have gone from 30,000 usages per day, to a million per day when the Olympics were on, to over four million per day when hockey play-offs are happening," said Templeton.
"The good part is Shaw is partnering with a wireless mesh network indoors as well as outdoors,” said Templeton. A wireless mesh network is a communications network made up of radio nodes organized in a mesh topology.
Locals and visitors will have access to free Wi-Fi when connected and would work for both Shaw customers and those who are with other companies through a special log in process.
“You will soon be able to access the internet throughout your community whether you are a customer or a guest at facilities that have the service. Doors will have a sign clearing marking instructions on how to access the Wi-Fi as a guest," said Templeton.
"It is a win-win for everyone. Customers will be happier. Tourists will be able to access Wi-Fi in the parks. People needing to work away from home will have access. And with customers happy, it will generate more customers for us," said Templeton.
Some suggested locations at the meeting include the Kinsmen Spray Park, Talisman Place, and Centennial Park.
Council supported the idea and has given direction to administration to work with Shaw on the project. This comes at no cost to the Town of Edson. Shaw will manage and maintain all Shaw Go Wi-Fi installations.
News: August 18, 2014
Registration begins soon for Edson’s fall programs
by Adrienne Tait
Fall programs will soon be starting with registrations opening in the next few weeks.
Krysta Shack, town recreation coordinator, shared just some of the programs she is excited to see offered in Edson this fall.
There are a couple of new workshops coming to Edson this fall including dance workshops. “We are working on getting a few dance workshops for the fall. Two Step and West Coast swing with instructors from Edmonton coming out to teach them as I have not found anyone locally,” said Shack.
A new youth program is also joining the line up with “Fun Fridays”, a free event through Youth Interagency. Other Youth Interagency programs lined up for the fall include Drop in Dodgeball, Freaky Friday, Girls Night Out, and a trip to Marmot Basin. YIA sponsored public swims take place once per month and are scheduled on Fridays September 5, October 3, November 7, and December 19 from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
Also offered for Edson youth are Power Skating, Hunters Education, and Firearms Safety.
Alberta Culture Days returns to Edson from September 26 to 28.
Edsonites may want to mark the weekend of September 13 and 14 on their calendars in order to participate in Road Hockey Rumble on September 13 and the Annual Terry Fox Run on September 14. The registration for Road Hockey Rumble is September 5 while pledge forms for the Terry Fox run are already available around town.
October will see a focus on health with the 21 days to healthy eating challenge which will run from October 6 to the 26th and the second Active for Life Women’s Conference is set for October 18. Registration for the Active for Life Conference opens will open in September.
The Edson Expand Your Horizons brochure will be available August 25. Edson and area residents are also invited to check out the Edson and area Events website at www.edsonandareaevents.com.
News: August 11, 2014
Edson’s Annual Show N' Shine set for August 17
by Deanna Mitchener
Edson's Main Street will look a lot different on August 17 with Edson’s Annual Show N' Shine happening right on 50th Street this year. "The event will cover from 2nd. Ave., to 4th Ave. All money raised along with donations will be going to the Edson and District Boys and Girls Club," said Calvin Robinson.
"The Boys and Girls Club will have their booth set up for cotton candy, which will be awesome. There will be a wheel-dyno guy coming for anyone wanting to test and see how much power their car has. The dyno is sponsored by Jerry Ford, and Edson Glass Ltd. and C G Graphics are the major sponsors for the Show N' Shine this year," said Robinson.
"We’ll have lots of draws for everyone entering the event. We will also have a few silent auction items to bid on. Registration starts at 9 a.m. until noon on August 17 and voting goes till 1 p.m. We need people to register and be parked by noon so the show can start 1 p.m. sharp. I'm hoping to be handing out trophies by 3:30 p.m. so people traveling a distance can still make it home in good time," said Calvin.
Come on out and support this community event, and bring along some family and friends.
News: August 4, 2014
Bear Lake Jamboree Cancelled
by Adrienne Tait
The Bear Lake Jamboree, which has traditionally taken place on the Labour Day weekend, will not be going ahead this year.
Organizer Alberta Williamson said, “We would like to thank all those who have volunteered in the past 14 years, the musicians, singers, past caretakers, businesses that did free pancake breakfasts, game, dog shows, scavenger hunt and free firewood.”
A number of factors were taken into consideration when the deciding to cancel the Jamboree from municipal and contractual obligations to being unable to reach an amenable usage agreement with venue management.
Yellowhead County Parks and Recreation representative Heather Hawkins said the county would be willing to work with the organizers or any group wishing to take on the event in future years. There are some bylaw exemption matters and agreements that need to be in place between the three parties involved in order for any such event to proceed.
The volunteer run event, which has run for the past 14 years and which organizers have considered a success for the past nine, was to be in memory of former county employee Dick Maynard.
News: July 28, 2014
Peers Gold Dust Daze offers lots of weekend fun
by Deanna Mitchener
Edson and area will be busy this coming August long weekend with lots of choices for activities and community events.
If you are looking for a fun family venue, check out Peers Gold Dust Daze from August 1 to 4.
Events will take place in Peers and three miles north of Peers at Macleod Valley Park where there will be many events for the whole family.
"We have 16 teams come out to participate in the Slo-Pitch tournament. It is sold out every year, with teams on a waiting list. This year we have local teams, some from Wildwood, Evansburg, Whitecourt, and some players coming from Grande Cache and Hinton to play with the local teams. There are four divisions with over $4,000 in cash and prizes to be won. Last year we had over half the money returned and donated back to have diamond renovations done," said Shawn Holden.
Therese Tompkins, with Gold Dust, said, "Gold Dust Daze was started back in 1977 so 37 years ago. This year we are doing the Duck Race again. We haven't done it for a number of years so we are looking forward to that. The race is a fundraiser with proceeds going towards community programs and the upkeep and expansion of our community facility. Tickets are $5 each and the race is on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. from the McLeod River Bridge."
The annual Raft Race will take place with people building all kinds of unique and interesting rafts just for the event. Tube and canoe races will be happening as well.
The pancake breakfasts are hosted by local community groups as a fundraiser. They are always a great way to start the day.
The ‘Show and Shine’ is new this year. They will not be having a competition but entrants will be eligible for a few cash prize draws.
The horse pull is a two day event this year with over $10,000 in prize money. The committee is very excited to have the event back this year.
Stacey Clark has been looking after the Kidz Daze for the past six years, "I started off helping out in the kitchen then each year started doing a little more getting things going for the young kids. We will be set up by the play ground both Saturday and Sunday afternoon with tons of activities for the kids. Obstacle courses, sack races, eggs races, water balloon toss, face painting, rock painting, MYC music demo's will all be included and so much more,” she said.
The Bench Show is a chance for youth to show off their artistic talents and win a few prizes. One lucky person's art work is selected for use in the Community Spirit Calendar.
There will be many fun events to take part in over the weekend including the spectacular fireworks so come and check it out.
News: July 21, 2014
Everyone welcome at Annual Kinsmen Slo Pitch Tournament
by Adrienne Tait
The 35th Annual Kin Slo-Pitch tournament is quickly approaching and Edsonites will once again have the opportunity to showcase their hospitality.
Organizer Darren Martel said there are between 190 and 200 teams registered for the 2014 tournament. A number which is slightly lower than previous years.
With each team averaging 12 people per team and many teams bringing friends, significant others, and family Edsonites can expect to see approximately 2,500 visitors coming to town.
The tournament takes place August 1-4 at Vision Park and in addition to a weekend filled with slo-pitch it features over $60,000 worth of prizes, entertainment each night, a variety of food vendors and kiosks and a Camper’s village.
“The Kiosks are actually pretty neat. Because we try really hard not to double up on the types of food, you get a wide variety out there,” said Darren.
The first baseball games will kick off Friday night with the tournament wrapping up on Monday. The division champions win cash prizes as well as division champion jackets. Martel encourages everyone to come out and catch a game or enjoy the beer gardens.
“It is a Slo-Pitch tournament first. The entertainment is for everybody to unwind at the end of the day. And for the community to come in and enjoy some of the entertainment we do bring in,” said Darren.
The Hangar will have more of a night club theme this year will more dance music, lights and lasers. The Sunday evening theme is “Daisy Dukes and Cowboy Boots” and will feature Canadian Country Music artist Tim hicks. “Anybody and everybody is welcome,” said Martel. “You can come throughout the day. You can go to the beer gardens or you can come in the evening. It is basically a first come first serve.”
There will be a cover charge at the gate to see the entertainment in the evenings. Free bussing is supplied to and from Vision Park to prevent people from drinking and driving.
It takes approximately seven months’ worth of planning and between 20 and 30 volunteers each day to keep the event running smoothly. If you are interested in helping to whether as part of the diamond crew, to help serve behind the bar, or with score keeping you are asked to contact a Kinsmen member.More information is available online at http://edsonkinsmen.ca/ or on the Edson Kinsmen Facebook page.
News: July 14, 2014
Crimes of opportunity increase during summer
by Adrienne Tait
The week of June 30 to July 5 saw investigations into 25 theft complaints, 16 reports of suspicious persons or vehicles, 14 traffic collisions and 11 traffic complaints, 14 false alarms, nine instances of assault, seven responses to mischief or damage complaints, and six each investigations into family relations, assistance calls, and animal calls.
The Edson RCMP also responded to five noise complaints, four investigations into fraud and four incidents of recovered stolen property. There were three each investigations into harassment complaints, drug charges, requests to locate a missing person or people, mental health act investigations, lost or found property.
Also included in last week’s case load were investigations into child welfare, failure to stop or remain and a collision, a false 911 call, two liquor act violations and one possession of a weapon.
Edson RCMP Sgt. Jack Poitras said, “We had 134 calls for service last week. As you can see there are more calls for service in the summer time due to Crimes of Opportunity. There are more people out and about in the nice weather so we want to remind everyone to lock your vehicles. Do not leave anything of value in your vehicles while unattended. Please, if you see anyone attempting to or opening vehicle doors as they walk down the street contact the RCMP and report these people so we can deal with them. If you see anyone damaging town property or private property please call us on those matters as well. The more eyes we have looking after our community, the better it will be for all of us except for the criminals.”
News: July 7, 2014
New Talisman Place sign unveiling
by Adrienne Tait
The new sign and logo were officially unveiled at Talisman Place on July 2. A brief ceremony took place in which Mayor Greg Pasychny thanked Talisman for their contribution to the community and Talisman’s Edson operations manager Chad Wilson spoke regarding how proud they were to make the investment into the community.
Talisman acquired the naming rights to the facility with a donation agreement of $2 million over 20 years. The logo was created by a marketing company once the concept was determined and during a consultation with Edson town council gave their blessing to the final design. “What we wanted to do was capture some of the main activities that happen in the facility. That’s why there’s the hockey, skating and swimming and we also wanted to represent Edson so that’s why the ‘E’ in the circles,” said Wilson.
The opportunity first came to Talisman through the Fieldhouse committee. Wilson said the company viewed it as an opportunity to give back to the community as well as help attract employees into town.
“It’s great. There’s a lot of pride in the fact that we stepped up and did this. People were quite happy that we were the early movers on getting the naming rights,” said Wilson. Support from the Talisman Corporation was positive with the requirement that the Edson office had to make it work within their community investment dollars budget.
“There is a term on it that within five years of the agreement there will be some kind of movement on the Fieldhouse, some kind of commitment, and if there wasn’t we would relook at the investment strategy,” said Chad. That commitment could be in the form of a new facility or an expansion on the existing facility. “Something shovel ready to move forward.”
The Town presented the Talisman Edson office with artwork by local artist Sonia Boyce. Boyce used a variety of mediums including various papers, plaster of Paris, moulds of fossils, and acrylic polymers to create a textured piece that resembles a geological formation. “I Like to repeat patters,” said Sonia. Boyce started creating the piece on the third of January and completed it on the fourth of February. “I worked on it every day for several hours, sometimes eight or nine hours a day other times three or four.”
Chad Wilson said, “Sonia did a fantastic job! We will be proudly displaying it in our office downtown. It is something we have been looking to do. We went to the Arts Council and asked if there are any local artists who would like to display their art in the office and we could do it on a rotation.”
Local artists who would like to have their work displayed are encouraged to contact the Talisman office.
News: June 30, 2014
Amended bylaw restricts dogs from Spray Park
The Town of Edson has decided to include a provision in the
proposed animal bylaw regarding the Town of Edson Spray Park.
After researching the swimming pool, wading pool and water spray part regulations of the Public Health Act is was determined that no person may bring an animal onto the spray park, with the exception of guide dogs or dogs that assist with disabilities.
Councillor Janet Wilkinson said she would like to see more enforcement as there are incidents of dogs running off leash in public parks. “They may not be misbehaving but not everyone is a dog lover.”
Councillor Boyce said he has reservations regarding the new bylaw as being bit by a smaller dog such as a Chihuahua does not inflict as much damage as a large animal which may “have been bred to bite. I don’t like waiting until a dog does damage.”
The Protective Services recommended the amendments to the proposed bylaw be made and presented to council to incorporate into the second reading.
Public Transportation Operating Assistance Grant
The $20,000 Public Transportation Operating Assistance Grant is
intended to help meet the needs of non-profit groups and/or
municipalities for seniors and handicapped. The Town received
requests for funding from Supporting Choices of People, Edson
(SCOPE) as well as the Edson Seniors Transportation Society
After reviewing the applications the town recommended that $6,500 be awarded to SCOPE and $13,500 be awarded to ESTS.
News: June 23, 2014
Increase in cottage and summer home break-ins
by Adrienne Tait
The Edson RCMP responded to 103 calls last week. These calls did not include any ongoing investigations, projects, undercover work, or those performed by units such as the local Sherriff’s office.
There were 12 traffic collisions and 13 traffic complaints. Included in those collisions were a few hit and runs said Sgt. Jack Poitras. There were also 13 theft complaints. Of which Sgt Poitras said the local detachment has done “a good job in identifying those responsible.”
There were right alarms or false alarms originating from either business or residential systems, seven assistance calls and seven mischief or damage calls.
Suspicious persons or vehicles were down to six from 14 while assaults were up to seven from one at the last report. The RCMP responded to six noise complaints, six family relations calls, and six false or abandoned 911 calls.
There were four harassment incident investigations, three failure to comply with conditions, one charge of impaired driving, one arson investigation, one failure to stop or remain at a collision, and one mental health act incident.
The RCMP also recovered two pieces of stolen property and reported two each of animal calls, drug related incidents, liquor act, and lost or stolen property incidents.
In addition to the service calls the local detachment members have responded to, Sgt. Poitras said there has been an increase in complaints of cottages and summer homes being broken into particularly in the Mercoal area. The RCMP are reminding people to ensure their property is secure and asking that anyone with information regarding the break and enters call the local detachment.
News: June 16, 2014
Arts on Fire reignites in Edson and area
Community Arts Network of Edson (CANOE) invites nominations for
the second annual Edson and Area Arts Awards. These awards
will be presented at Arts on Fire on Froday, September 26, 2014
during Culture Days.
2012 and 2013 winners are not eligible for nomination this year. However, those who were previously nominated and did not win are eligible for renomination.
Four diverse award categories will recognize a variety of contributions to the Edson and area arts community: Artist for the Arts, Arts Champion, Cultural Pillar and Young Artist in the Community.
The Artist for the Arts Award recognizes an individual artist who has shown significant support and involvement in the arts of Edson and area.
The Arts Champion Award is open to arts or heritage supporters, donors, volunteers, sponsors, educators, and innovators. It includes those who advocate and stimulate community support for the arts or heritage.
The Cultural Pillar Award is open to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and contributions to the community’s cultural vitality in performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, or culture and heritage.
The Young Artist in the Community Award celebrates an outstanding young artist in any discipline and serves as a reminder that the potential and future of the arts will be realized by our youth.
Nomination forms are available at the Galloway Station Museum and the Red Brick. Forms are also available online at www.edsoncanoe.com. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, September 4, 2014.
News: June 9, 2014
GYPSD budget predicts 1.9M deficit
‘For three years budget predicted deficits which did not materialize’ says Stitzenberger
by Adrienne Tait
The GYPSD board approved the budget for the 2014-2015 school year at their June 4 regular board meeting.
The budget includes a planned overall deficit of $1,944,900. A level that could be sustainable for another year if required Ed Latka, assistant superintendent of business services, told the board.
Latka presented the actual and projected budget numbers from the 2013-2014 school for comparison with the projected 2014-2015 numbers.
The report was broken down into four distinct categories: instruction, maintenance, transportation, and governance/administration.
Latka said that one way the GYPSD differs from some other school divisions is that when the GYPSD allocates funds for teachers they use an estimated standard amount. This means the budget for teachers is based on the number of teachers required and not on a pay scale grid. This allows the division to hire based on the quality of the instructor “without cost skewing the hiring process.”
The total budget for the 2014-2015 is $48.3 million. 77.4% of the budget will go towards instructional costs, 11.2% is designated for plant operations and maintenance, 6.8% for transportation and maintenance, and 4.5% for governance and board administration.
The total amount for both certificated and un-certificated staff has decreased from last year’s budget. Un-certificated staff for the 2013-2014 year was $8.6 million which will drop to $8.3 million, and the certificated staff allocation will drop to $31.8 million from $32.17 million.
When asked if this reflected a decrease in staff Latka said no, “Now that there’s a collective agreement our assumptions are stronger, there are less guesstimates.”
Both Latka and Board Chair John Stitzenberger stressed the need for the board to understand that despite the predicted deficit the budget will evolve throughout the year. “Year after year the government changes the rules of the game midway through,” said Stitzenberger, “It’s important for us to realise this number and recognize the validity of this number but realise things change throughout the year.”
Stitzenberger said each year for the past three years the budget predicted large deficits which did not materialize.
News: June 2, 2014
Line break leave Parkland Lodge without water
Prompt action by town minimizes impact to residents
by Deanna Mitchener
Parkland Lodge experienced a waterline brake on May 25 leaving the lodge without water.
The lack of water didn't disrupt the residents too much although they did have to order Chinese food for one meal and needed to use paper plates for two meals.
Dale Barembruch, head of maintenance at the lodge, said, "As I arrived at the lodge I saw water spewing underneath our sidewalk facing 49th street. I called the town right away and Keith Weisser came to check things out. Weisser called the rest of the crew in and they sounded the pipe to see where the brake was. Water needed to be turned off until the problem was rectified. The crew was back early the next morning and started digging the hole and they found the leak in a six inch line that was cracked."
"Mayor Greg Pasychny came down which was a very nice relief. Pasychny went down town and picked up bottled water for the residents and called a water truck in to be parked by the kitchen for use," said Barembruch.
"I was very impressed with how fast the town crew got the line fixed and we were back up and running on the 26th. Madonna Popwell from the Evergreen Foundation came in to help in case an emergency placement needed to be put into action. Everyone came together working as a team, making things as smooth as could be," said Barembruch.
Cindy Hardy manager at the lodge said, "We are so thankful to the town and our mayor for their prompt attention. Greg Pasychny just seemed to get there and bang we had bottled water and a water truck on hand for the whole duration. What could have turned into days without water was fixed within hours and we were back in use of our water by 1 p.m. on the 26."