Jr. B Tigers Selection Camp

Players trying out at the Jr. B. Tigers Selection Camp Hockey season is fast approaching and although the association is uncertain at this time when it will begin the Jr. B Tigers still held a selection/training camp this past weekend from Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 19 at the Vermilion Stadium with a inter squad game on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. The camp held two skates with one on Friday evening from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. COVID 19 precautions were put in place including hand sanitizer and players were asked to bring their own labelled water bottle and towel. The camp was a success with approximately 35 player ranging between the ages of

Midwest Family Connections Programming

Harrison at MFC’s Play and Learn. Midwest Family Connections (MFC) hosted a “Play and Learn” Event at Vermilion’s Heritage Museum Park on September 16. MFC is based out of Lloydminster and offers year-round programming within a 100-kilometre radius. Due to COVID-19, the Play and Learn event is the first event MFC has hosted in Vermilion in six months. The Play and Learn event consisted of a story, activities, some developmental information, and a take-home craft. “Play and learn is basically based on bringing the community together, and empowering parents,” explained MFC staff member Desiree Gatin. MFC is currently offering additional programming through Zoom, and hope to resume regular prog

Cornerstone Co-op Fuel Good Day

Lorna Hamilton Reporter Cornerstone Co-op along with other Co-ops throughout Western Canada held their annual Fuel Good Day on September 15. During Fuel Good Day 5 cents of every litre of all grades of gasoline and diesel fuels purchased was donated to a local charity or non profit organization and this year Cornerstone Co-op has chosen to donate the proceeds to the local food bank. “This year we are donating to the local food banks,” said Vermilion Cornerstone Co-op gas bar assistant manager Arleigh Reid. During the day Co-op had volunteers such as Mayor Caroline McAuley, CAO for the Town of Vermilion, George Rogers, Community Economic Development Officer for the Town of Vermilion, Mary Lee

Art In The Park

The Naciuks selling masks and other sewn creations. Photo Elaina John The Good Life Institute (GLI)’s annual Art In The Park event returned this year on September 12. Various artists, artisans, and food vendors had their products displayed for sale near the pollinator gardens. Usually, Art In The Park would be hosted at Heritage Park, which is currently undergoing some upgrading. Painting classes were also hosted in the Senior’s Centre. “We’re just happy that the COVID rules have opened up a bit,” commented GLI board member and Economic Development Officer Mary Lee Prior. Without stage two of Alberta’s reopening strategy, the Good Life Institute would have had to cancel the event. Art in the

Orphan Well Open House

Diagram showing long-term gas management infrastructure to be installed in late Semptember. Photos Elaina John Orphan Well held an open house on September 12 to discuss a long-term strategy for managing methane gas emissions from an abandoned well near a playground in Brennan Subdivision. The well has been monitored and evaluated thoroughly by Orphan Well and the committee it has formed with various experts such as Alberta Health Services, Golder Associates, Husky Oil, Cenovus Energy and more. Evaluations of the well began in 2013, and it was discovered that a small amount of methane was being released through the soil around the well. “All of us agreed that the risk around this well is very

Striker Lanes Now Open

Tuesday Ladies League. Photo Elaina John Striker Lanes is now open with COVID-19 guidelines. The bowling alley was permitted for reopening when Stage 2 of Alberta’s COVID-19 Relaunch Strategy was initiated on June 12. However, with the uncertainty of business, its doors remained closed. The bowling alley is usually closed during July and August. Striker Lanes is allowing for social distancing where possible and has decided to leave mask-wearing optional, with the exception of mandatory masks for bowling coaches. “We definitely want to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible,” said Kim Abrams, Striker Lanes owner. Currently, the bowling alley is only facilitating public bowling, with no

Lakeland Rowing Club

The Rowing Club out bright and early on September 10. Photo Elaina John The Lakeland Rowing Club allows people to learn and enjoy rowing within the provincial park on the Vermilion River. People of all skills levels are welcome. In June, Rowing Canada established COVID-19 guidelines, which allowed the Lakeland Rowing Club to continue. College rowers have been going since the second day of class. The College rowers, aged 18 to 28, were able to begin rowing at the usual time of year with specific limits. The College crew was able to row but in a limited capacity, only rowing in singles, doubles and pairs and learn to rows - where we teach new rowers - could only happen in singles. The Row Club

Vermilion Goes Back To School

Joy age six, Logan age 8, Wade age 4 and Grace age 10 on the 1st day of school. Sue Chikie K-12 schools in Vermilion began with COVID-19 protocols in place, on September 1. Both VES and St. Jerome’s began with scattered days, in which about half the students began school on the first day, and the other half began on the second. September 3 was VES and St. Jerome’s first day at full capacity. “We have a good plan,” commented VES Principal Calvin Anhorn, “We’re finding everything we do requires new thinking,” he added, as the mode of operation in all schools has changed greatly due to COVID-19. “Young people adapt to change much easier than adults. The kids were so excited to be back that the

Grand Reopening Of Vermilion Businesses

County Of Vermilion River Gas and Utility Department barbecuing for Grand Reopening attendees. Photo Elaina John On Thursday September 3, Vermilion’s Chamber organized a Grand Reopening of Vermilion Businesses, which included a BBQ supper and goodie bags containing swag from participating businesses. The barbecue offerings were burgers barbecued by the County of Vermilion River Natural Gas Utility Department, who were able to hook up the barbeque to their natural gas truck. As well, homemade Saskatoon pie was served. “The goal of the event was just to infuse some optimism and joy into the community as well as promote the amazing local businesses that we have here in Vermilion and area,” comm

Class Welcomes New CEO

CLASS CEO Jalene Mauws. Photo submitted On September 1, Jalene Mauws was welcomed into her new position at CLASS as CEO. In January 2019, Mauws was attracted to an advertised open job position at CLASS as a program coordinator, and saw the job as an opportunity to become more involved in the community. “I just felt the need to apply and it worked out,” Mauws said with a chuckle. CLASS is known most for what it offers within Vermilion, not in surrounding areas. As CEO, Mauws is looking forward to extending their reach and raising awareness about CLASS programs, so those who might benefit understand and take the opportunities CLASS offers. Additionally, Mauws looks forward to building the rela

Bird Hill Liquor Store

Bird Hill Liquor Store sign. Photo Elaina John On August 20, Bird Hill Liquor store opened its doors. Situated at Prairie Place (Corner of HWY 41 and College Drive), Bird Hill Liquor’s location was a liquor store previously. However after the previous liquor store closed, the spot in the building was left vacant. “After having a lease space sit vacant and customers pulling at the locked door we felt this was a project we both could take on while still heavily involved in our main industries respectfully,” said Shawn Jacula. Owners Shawn and Bethany Jacula are well-equipped for running Bird Hill Liquor, as Bethany brings her experience in the service industry and Shawn brings his experience i

Upper Level Art Gallery

IMG_1746 Glasswork by Marg Varga. Photo Elaina John Upper Level Art Gallery in Craig’s Cornerstone opened on September 1. The Art Gallery is a showcase for local artists from all over the Lakeland area, and some as far as Edmonton. “It was just really good timing,” Upper Level Owner Heather Millan commented. Millan conversed with a friend over the idea and soon it was put into action. “It’s a definite need, the artists had nowhere to showcase,” Millan explained. Millan reported that it only took four weeks to reach out to artists and set up the showcase. Due to COVID-19, many art shows and opportunities to showcase art have been cancelled. Upper Level Art Gallery gives artists an opportunity

St. Jerome's Graduation

Back Row- Row 7: from left, Leighton Veitch, Jamie Dolen, Austin Starko, Chris Ah hang, Josh Bagoyo, Declan Laurence, Row 6: Austin Swan, Jarek Voltner, Evan Sader, Noah Despins, Kent Mandocdo, Roben Espera, Row 5: Dawson Allen, Sean Ulrich, Diego Laurence, Kayden Bardoel, John Carlo Celiz, Gabriel Dyjur, Row 4: Matthew Beaudette, Sky Bodurka, Maranda Westergaard, Piper Fougere, Marc Langawin, Maica Miel, Row 3: Ashley Abrams Rowe, Brenna McFarlane, Kyla Woywitka, Rachel Campbell, Jayden Heinrich, Rona Sumalileng, Row 2: Tara Martin, Megan Krys, Liese McIntyre, Jorja McIntyre, Kaden Hayman Row 1: Bottom - can barely see, Amanda Collins, Lara Millan. The graduation ceremony was originally sch

Neudale Veterinary Services Takes Over Dewberry Clinic

Neudale Veterinary Services Owners Cory and Gina Neumann. Photo submitted Dr. Cory Neumann, owner of Neudale Veterinary Services, has recently taken over ownership of the veterinary clinic in Dewberry, Alberta. “I have always wanted to work at my chosen profession in rural Alberta and near where I call home,” Dr. Neumann explained. Dr. Neumann has lived mainly in the local area, first around St. Paul, and most recently near Myrnam, where his grandfather, Steve Ewanec, and extended family farm. Dr. Neumann worked for previous clinic owner Dr. Brenda Spark during the summers while in university, and worked for another year under Dr. Spark after completing his education. Dr. Spark will continue

Vermilion And Area Garden Club Wraps Up

Albertha Van Wageningen and Vermilion Mayor Caroline McAuley after the unveiling of the plaque dedicated to Albertha. Photo Sue Chikie The Vermilion and Area Garden Club had a wind-up event and unveiled a plaque made in recognition and honour of dedicated club member Albertha Van Wageningen on August 27. Albertha was an executive member of the club when it first started in 1984 and continued in that role for 30 years. For the remaining five years, she continued to be involved with the club in a less intensive role. Kim Mcminis opened up the celebration with a few words. Alice Stafinski, former president of the club, spoke on her gratefulness to Van Wageningen for the helpful advice she had g

Team Vermilion Rides To Conquer Cancer

Team Vermilion ready to it the trails on August 29. Photo submitted On August 29, Vermilion’s team of seven cyclists hit the trails in and around Vermilion to raise money for cancer. Ride To Conquer is typically an event held in Calgary where cyclists ride to Sundre, but this year, due to COVID-19, plans changed. Originally, Ride to Conquer had postponed the event to 2021, however in early July, announced that they would be doing a virtual ride instead. Team Vermilion’s captain, Darren Bratrud, has been participating in Ride To Conquer for three years, and Team Vermilion has been participating for the last two. “Fundraising got hot and heavy in the past two weeks,” Bratrud commented. As of A

APEGA Celebrates 100 Years Of Public Safety

On April 10, 1920, the Government of Alberta passed the Engineering Profession Act, to apply and enforce regulations to engineering projects. Out of the Act, the Government established the regulatory entity now known as the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). APEGA is a self-regulated association that enforces clauses of the Engineering and Geoscience Profession Act (EGP Act) to ensure public safety and maintain jobs in the engineering and geoscience industries. “The whole industry has expanded over the past 100 years,” commented Nancy Biamonte, APEGA’s Chief Membership Services Officer. The engineering and geoscience industries extend far out of the r

Constable Jean-Michel Fortin

Constable Jean-Michel Fortin. Photo submitted Fresh from training, Vermilion welcomed a new RCMP Member, Constable Jean-Michel Fortin in April. Many of Fortin’s family members were serving in Military positions when Fortin pursued a career in business. However, once Fortin started a family, he decided to alter his career path. “I supposed chasing dollars wasn’t enough anymore, so I had to find my niche,” Fortin explained, “I was definitely a black sheep for a little while,” he added with a chuckle. Vermilion is a common first posting for RCMP officers, as Lakeland communities allow new officers to experience specialized units and policing in different population densities. Lakeland communiti

The Alan Jackson Experience

Aaron Halliday performing at the Legion. Photo Elaina John On August 20, The Alan Jackson Experience returned to Vermilion. Tribute performer Aaron Halliday entertained Vermilion locals at the Legion, performing classics from the famous Country artist, and introduced his own original songs throughout the night. The Legion was one of Halliday’s first shows after COVID-19 wiped out his busy tour schedule for this year; apparently the busiest year of his career as an entertainer. His schedule included a visit at the Legion in April, which was postponed to the August 20th. Thankfully, many of Halliday’s planned venues have scheduled for next year, but Halliday was more than happy to be back on s

Blanket Exercise

Blanket Exercise participants listening as participant Brad Gallamore reads a “scroll”, as part of the exercise. Photo Elaina John The organizations Vermilion Unites For Equality and They Build Bridges banded together on August 22 to host a blanket exercise. Blanket Exercise facilitators and organizers of They Build Bridges, Kevin John and Debbie Semeniuk, have done numerous blanket exercises, but this is the first one they’ve put on in affiliation with Vermilion Unites For Equality. A Blanket Exercise is an immersive educational experience in which participants represent Indigenous peoples and facilitators narrate the history of oppression inflicted on Indigenous people during the colonizat

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