May 19, 2020

Webb’s Machinery assumed ownership of Tri-Ag Implements in Wainwright, Consort, and St. Paul on March 16. 
According to Webb’s Machinery president, Scott Webb, the opportunity came about after they were approached by the owner of Tri-Ag in January. After expressing interest, they completed inventory, assessments, etc. throughout February and March.
“This was an ideal opportunity because their locations surrounded our current l...

May 6, 2020

Kathy’s Greenhouse opened for the season on April 27, and will be open seven days per week until the end of June.
Owner, Jason Andersen, has been looking after things for the past 10 years when he took it over from his mom (Kathy), and the greenhouse has been in business for the past 35 years. 
They offer a large variety of bedding plants, vegetable transplants, and a gift store. They will soon have seeds and seed potatoes ava...

May 6, 2020

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The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will cross the country to salute Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19.  This unique mission is being aptly dubbed Operation INSPIRATION.
“We’ve been asked to do what we do best… inspire Canadians. Through Operation INSPIRATION, we not only want to salute the front-line health care workers, first responders, and essential workers, but also all Canadians doing their part to sto...

April 29, 2020

Left: Vermilion 4H Beef Club member, Paetyn Herzog.

Right: Clandonald 4H Multi Club president, senior member Robyn Axley with her market steer, Ferdinand. Photos submitted

The Vermilion and Clandonald Interclub 4H Beef Club decided not to hold their annual show and sale due to COVID-19 and the decision directed by 4H Canada to practice social distancing. 
Both clubs’ members voted to sell via private treaty on the rail. Each m...

April 22, 2020

Two black bears emerged from their den near Jackfish Lake on April 8. 

April 22, 2020

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Along with other parts of the province, locals have been sewing approximately 1,600 scrub bags for health care workers as a way to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 
The bags can be washed along with the staff’s scrubs when they arrive home in order to help stop the potential transfer of the virus to their families. The plastic bags that many were using previously were said to be possible contaminants. After...

April 22, 2020

The Sask-Alta Radio Club participated in World Amateur Radio Day on April 18. 
The event was hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada, and according to amateur radio is more popular than ever, with over three million licensed operators.
Participants take to the airwaves each year during the worldwide event to celebrate the day that the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was formed in Paris (April 18, 1925). 

April 16, 2020

The Vermilion Voice was asked to join a conference call with Premier Jason Kenney on April 9, for an update on the pandemic and multiple crises that the province is facing.
According to Premier Kenney, at that time there were nearly 1,450 confirmed cases in Alberta. Of those, 44 had been hospitalized (16 in the ICU), and 29 had passed away. 
“We are early in the curve and expect it to get significantly worse. We expect the vir...

April 16, 2020

On April 6, MP Shannon Stubbs participated in the following Q and A discussing a range of subjects to inform constituents about recent events. 
1. What would you like to say to frontline workers throughout Lakeland?
“While it sounds simple, I would just say Thank You. I know that there are many hands working together to keep essential services available to residents. They put their own health and well being at risk, in order...

April 9, 2020

On April 2, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, provided the following statements during her update on COVID-19 and the ongoing work to protect public health:
“Today, I am reporting that we confirmed 96 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. This brings the total number of cases to 968. 
Of these, 174 people have now recovered. That is 32 more than yesterday. We suspect 108 of our total cases may be commun...

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