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by GEORGE VANDERBURG
for local farmers by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
Comment



Tower has historic value
Seems like fun until someone gets killed




Remembering heroes Edson has been experiencing a
From the rash of road sign vandalism.
Tip Publisher’s Desk These road signs are designed to Rob Merrifield
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
Dana McArthur break away at the bottom in the
of event of a vehicle impact in a
consistent and predictable way to
the Hat save lives and reduce property damage. Alberta organ and tissue
Unfortunately, some vandals must believe it is fun to swing on these signs with
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes such force they deliberately snap the breakaway system causing the sign to fall donation –registry agent launch
over.
Traffic signs, including stop signs, are then left or tossed out onto the road as
the vandals proceed to the next sign. Rob
Since January there have been 150 signs damaged.
Traffic signs are crucial because they provide drivers with advanced notice of
potentially hazardous situations or conditions of the road ahead that may not be Merrifield
apparent. They are particularly important to motorists who are unfamiliar with Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
Unpaid leave to the local roads.
care for seriously Road signs are strategically placed in areas vital to public safety. The absence West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
ill relative of, or damage to, a sign could result in or contribute to a severe crash.
A case in point, three friends in their 20's were sentenced to 15 years in a fatal
stop sign prank in the New York area. They removed a stop sign as a prank and Rob
caused the deaths of three teenagers who drove into the path of an eight-ton
Building Canada Plan truck.
Not only is this a serious crime that puts the safety of the public at risk, it's also Merrifield
very costly, and exposes our Public Works personnel to the added risk of working Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
on roadside repairs.
Rob Director of operations at Edson Public Works, Gerald Pellerin, said the repair to
the breakaway system on each damaged post costs between $200-$300 in new Man in the
hardware and labour.
Merrifield
Vandalizing a sign may seem like a funny prank to someone in town but a fatal Red Hat
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead New signs, such as this playground sign on 55 Street can be spotted throughout town as
accident caused by a missing or damaged sign could result in serious criminal officials try to address safety concerns. Photo Adrienne Tait by Craig McArthur
charges being laid against the offender –maybe it's not so funny anymore?

My
ViewPoint Letter to the Editor
Customer service lacking at kitchen in Farmers Market
by Adrienne Tait

I am very upset with the service in the kitchen at the Farmers Market.
Letter to the Editor We know this has nothing to do with the Edson Friendship Center or the Farmers Market as the kitchen is leased out. Independent seniors’ advocate needed
On Friday, September 12, my friend and I went for lunch there. We ordered our food to take out. After waiting 40 minutes we asked politely how much longer it would be.
The man cooking that day looked at the lady taking our order and said to refund them the money and tell them to go away. I said, “Did you really just tell us to go away”.
'Yes I did' he replied, 'this is not my kitchen.' to fix long-term care: Eggen
Not only were we upset with the lack of service, but to top it off after standing there waiting and watching he was actually licking his fingers, and after he would put food on
a plate then return to touch someone else food.
This was our first time going to the lunch counter at the market this year, and it will be the last time. Sue-Ann Common.
Views & News
Letter to the Editor
by Deanna Mitchener
Writer questions value of County-run campgrounds



I question what the value is for From an ecological and totally self-contained RV complete environment can be curbed.
Yellowhead County residents, to build, environmental perspective, this with all the peripherals such as quads, From a taxpayer's perspective, our
develop, and maintain campgrounds. riverbed camping is totally wrong. The dirt bikes, generators, barbeques, attempts at hospitality through
The case in point that I witness river course from the shrub growth sound systems, and then party/go nuts providing public campgrounds are lost.
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throughout each summer is the random down to the waterline is as much a part for a few days in this 'no man's land at Why should we continue to provide Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
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camping that takes place on the flats of of a healthy river as the part that is the water's edge', is irresponsible on a facilities that are under-used, under- by GEORGE VANDERBURG Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
the McLeod River at the Hwy 32 under water. If you are travelling by number of levels, to say the least. We appreciated, or ignored? This adds MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
bridge. The County has two very nice canoe, I can see pulling up on shore need to respect our environment and nothing to our community. by GEORGE VANDERBURG
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
campgrounds within two km. of this and pitching a tent and making a camp teach our children to tread lightly on it. MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
spot which are nearly always empty, as a reasonable need that leaves a tiny I hope that this insensitive regard to Brian Ficht The Weekly Anchor
while the river bed often has up to 20 footprint. To arrive by highway in a using a pristine and delicate Yellowhead County Member of the
units on a long weekend. I do not Edson & District Chamber &
Evansburg/Entwistle Chamber
understand why this 'boon-docking' is
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