2017 Year in Review

JULY

July 1-2, 2017: After an absence of about 20 years, the Spruce Point Park Canada Day Rodeo is revived.

July 1, 2017: Kinuso Merchantile wins Best Business – Local Float at the Kinuso Canada Day Parade, which attracts 43 entries.

July 1, 2017: An estimated crowd of 1,000 celebrates Canada Day at Jaycee Park.

Former High Prairie resident Clinton Lewis was honoured for his medical work in 2017.

July 5, 2017: South Peace News reports that former High Prairie resident Clinton Lewis, now a doctor, is appointed a Clinical Fellow in Stem Cell Transplantation at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston for July 2017 to June 2018.

July 6, 2017: Northern Lakes College president and CEO Ann Everatt inks a new five-year extension at $227,990.15 a year.

July 8, 2017: Erin Willier wins a bicycle at the Faust Canada Day celebrations held on July 8, one week later due to numerous events the following week.

July 10, 2017: Owner Vien Truong opens the Medicine Shoppe in its new location in the old High Prairie United Church.

Ron and Diane Ukrainetz were honoured by town council on July 11. Left-right are Brian Panasiuk, Donna Deynaka, Michael Long, Diane Ukrainetz, Ron Ukrainetz, and Brian Gilroy.

July 11, 2017: Ron and Diane Ukraintetz are presented with their nameplates for being High Prairie’s 2016 Citizens-of-the-Year.

July 11, 2017: An often heated public meeting at Faust hears that the former Osmose site should be capped and left alone.

July 11, 2017: High Prairie town council awards four $1,000 service bursaries to Jessica Hesse, Brett Callio, Kayla McNeil and Adrien Dominguez.

July 11, 2017: High Prairie commits to funding the STARS program for four years from 2018-2021 at $8,000 per year.

July 12, 2017: South Peace News features High Prairie teenager Josh Halverson’s successful battle against cancer.

July 13, 2017: Long-time High Prairie resident Andrew Shybunka passes away at the age of 85 years. He worked as a farmer and labourer.

July 14, 2017: The High Prairie Seed Plant celebrates its 50th birthday with a customer appreciation lunch. Howard Greer, an original director on the board, cuts the cake.

July 15, 2017: Parks Day is celebrated at Hilliard’s Bay Provincial Park with many educational activities, food and cake.

July 17, 2017: Park Theatre owners Michael and Darla Smith donate a theatre style popcorn maker to J.B. Wood Continuing Care.

July 17, 2017: Prairie River Gas Co-op opens in a new location in the old GEM yard south of the railway tracks.

High Prairie cowboy Dawson Cardinal enjoyed a successful year in 2017.

July 19, 2017: South Peace News features High Prairie cowboy Dawson Cardinal and the many awards he won during the current season, including the Alberta High School Rodeo Association tiedown title.

July 22, 2017: High Prairie Dolphins win 32 races at their annual swim meet.

July 23, 2017: The High Prairie Royals win the Alberta Mosquito A Tier 1 baseball title after defeating the NEX Pirates 19-13 in Provost.

July 25, 2017: High Prairie town council agrees to send a letter to the Government of Alberta asking them to pay for reclamation of the old hospital site as soon as possible to clear the way for development of the new Northern Lakes College Integrated Campus.

July 25, 2017: History is made in High Prairie when ATCO Electric installs the first three LED streetlights in town.

July 26, 2017: East Gate developer Martin Blair says he is willing to help all parties to get the Tim Hortons store built in High Prairie.

July 26, 2017: Big Lakes County takes the advice of its lawyer, telling then that golf carts are illegal to drive on hamlet roads.

July 26, 2017: Big Lakes County hears the pros and cons of allowing sea cans in hamlets, and decides to seek public input.

July 27, 2017: Rudolph Christian Burkart passes away in Peace River at the age of 86 years.

July 29, 2017: High Prairie mourns the loss of two youth: John Linteris and Montana Blackwell, at an accident at Randall’s Beach.

High Prairie and District Food Bank Society presented plaques to longtime partners for 25 years of dedication and support on July 29. Left-right, are co-founders Brenda Peterson, first president Doreen Willier (McDermott) and South Peace News accounts manager Cori Burgar with food bank president Cliff Nafziger.

July 29, 2017: The High Prairie and District Food Bank celebrates its 25th anniversary with a banquet. Special plaques are presented to co-founder Brenda Peterson, first president Doreen Willier, and South Peace News.

July 30, 2017: The Gospel Sing at the High Prairie Church of the Nazarene is dedicated to Pastor Pat O’Rourke in his memory. Local pastors are also recognized for their service to the community.

July 30, 2017: The High Prairie Sauce win the Alberta Bantam AA Tier 4 baseball title in Stettler after defeating Barrhead in the final.

AUGUST

Aug. 1, 2017: The High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo Parade is held to kick off festivities. The High Prairie and Area Football Society honours the recent deaths of John Linteris and Montana Blackwell.

High Prairie’s Brooke Monteith was crowned High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo Queen On Aug. 1.

Aug. 1, 2017: High Prairie’s Brooke Monteith is crowned High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo Queen.

Aug. 2, 2017: Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee holds a barbecue on the second day of the High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo.

Aug. 2, 2017: South Peace News reports on a letter sent to a High Prairie resident from Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman, telling her that there are no plans to offer dialysis at the High Prairie Health Complex.

Aug. 2, 2017: South Peace News reports on the passing of former councillor and businessman Mike Poulter, who died in his home so an exact date of death was not know.

Aug. 2, 2017: High Prairie resident Marcel Michaud wins the annual Elks ATV raffle.

Aug. 2, 2017: Lawrence Marvel “Skipper” Villeneuve passes away in the Philippines at the age of 75 years. He was involved in farming, road construction, logging, oil exploration and politics.

Aug. 8, 2017: High Prairie town council says the old Esso lot could become a green space featuring a garden. The first of two motions made asks town admininstration to contact Esso to restart negotiations to lease the lot.

Aug. 8, 2017: High Prairie RCMP recover the body of a man who drowns in Lesser Slave Lake. His name is not released.

Aug. 8, 2017: Kapawe’no resident Frank “Frankie” Halcrow passes away at the age of 66 years.

Aug. 8-9, 2017; The High Prairie Dolphins qualify 26 swimmers for the provincial swim meet after regionals conclude at Grande Prairie.

Aug. 9, 2017: Organizers of the Alberta 55-Plus Games scheduled for High Prairie on Sept. 14-17 say they need more volunteers and sponsorship.

Aug. 9, 2017: Big Lakes County joins a group of Alberta northwestern municipalities opposing the province’s efforts to protect land to protect caribou. The move would have an adverse affect on the oil and gas industry by limiting drilling.

Aug. 9, 2017: Big Lakes County gives first two readings to a bylaw to lower the speed limit in all hamlets to 40 km/hr.

Aug. 9, 2017: Big Lakes County enters into a lease agreement with the Grouard Community Association paving the way for an outdoor skating rink to be built this coming winter.

Aug. 9 and Aug. 11, 2017: IDA Pharmacy opens in High Prairie at two locations.

Jase Stecik, 3, shoots water in Spray Away with mom, Crystal Stecik, and sister, Alaina Stecik, 5, at the Penny Carnival Aug. 10.

Aug. 10, 2017: An estimated 290 children attend the High Prairie Municipal Library’s Penny Carnival.

Aug. 11, 2017: High Prairie icon R.J. Williscroft passes away from cancer at the age of 62 years. He operated several businesses including Emerald Trucking and Shadow Creek Resort. He was also a long-time Elks member and past rodeo chairman.

Aug. 13, 2017: Three High Prairie men do well at the Canadian Motorsport Racing Corp. provincial series in Peace River. Jacob Donahue places third in Vet Junior Class, Paul Donahue places third in VET GP anfifth in Vet Junior, and Zac Billard places fifth in MX3 Beginner.

A fire was lit at the Collett Building the night of Aug. 15. The Pin Cushion Boutique was also targeted.

Aug. 15, 2017: Two downtown businesses and two vehicles were lit on fire during the early morning hours. Businesses hit included the Collett Building and the Pin Cushion Boutique. By year’s end, no arrests were made.

Aug. 15, 2017: Two suspects are arrested after breaking into the High Prairie Municipal Library. One glass door is broken.

Aug. 15, 2017: High Prairie cancer victim Josh Halverson donates several items to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton in appreciation for the treatment he received while battling cancer.

Aug. 16, 2017: South Peace News reports on the emptying shelves at the High Prairie Food Bank.

Plans to re-open the High Prairie Tolko mill were presented at an open house Aug. 17. Left-right, are layout contractor Shane Krupinski, Tolko human resources advisor Bronwyn Dunphy, Tolko operations forester Joel Cornish and Jason Berry, owner of Buck Forestry Consulting.

Aug. 17, 2017: Tolko lays out plans for the re-opening of their mill to the public at the Peavine Inn and Suites.

Aug. 17, 2017: Big Lakes County holds their annual charity golf tournament. Later, on Nov. 8, cheques are presented: $10,000 to the High Prairie and District Health Foundation; and $5,000 each to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, and Stollery Children’s Hospital.

Aug. 18, 2017: Vince Cunningham wins the men’s title at the Sir George Bennett Seniors’ Golf Tournament after shooting 76. Judy Hamelin and Diane Willier share the Women’s title after shooting 88.

Aug. 18, 2017: A new tourism map is placed at the entrance to the High Prairie and District Museum.

Aug. 19, 2017: The 1967 time capsule is opened at a ceremony at the High Prairie and District Museum. Parts of the concrete encasing the capsule are packaged and given away as souvenirs.

Aug. 20, 2017: Siblings from Falher win both titles at the High Prairie Open Golf Tournament. Kennedy Turcotte win the women’s title after shooting 159; brother Konrad win the men’s title after shooting 152.

Members of the High Prairie Dolphins Swim Club hold the medals they won at the Alberta Summer Swimming Championships. Left-right, are head coach Jenelle Gallivan, Finn Marko, Brady Park, and relay team members Ella Deering and Daisy Porisky. Missing in the photo are Michael Smith and Ethan McLaren, relay team members, both from Slave Lake.

Aug. 20, 2017: Five High Prairie Dolphins win medals as the Alberta Summer Swimming Championships conclude in Edmonton. Medal winners are: Brady Park wins silver in the Boy’s 7-8 25-Metre Butterfly, and the Boy’s 7-8 100-Metre Individual Medley, and bronze in Boy’s 7-8 50-Metre Backstroke; Finn Marko wins silver in the Girl’s 11-12 400-Metre Freestyle; while the 14 and Under Mixed relay team of Ella Deering, Daisy Porisky, Michael Smith and Ethan McLaren wins bronze in the 200-Metre Medley Relay.

Aug. 21, 2017: Cole Harvey Hansen, who earlier pleaded guilty to assaulting two elderly High Prairie women, fails to show in High Prairie provincial court for sentencing. A warrant is issued for his arrest.

Aug. 23, 2017: Special cameras are installed at the traffic lights on Highway 2 in High Prairie. The special video detection cameras are designed to help traffic flow.

Aug. 23, 2017: South Peace News features the High Prairie Horseshoe Club, under the direction of president Ray Prevost.

Aug. 23, 2017: South Peace News reports on the strong and unpleasant odour of the town’s drinking water. The odour was caused by the large draw of water to fight two fires, plus a thermal turnover. The water was still safe to drink.

Aug. 26, 2017: MacIntyre Park is rededicated after an upgrade, driven by the High Prairie Community Beautification Association. Member Trish Long headed the project by securing grants and donations.

Aug. 26, 2017: High Prairie citizen Lois Dunn is recognized as the town’s Citizen-of-the-Year at the MacIntyre Park rededication. Her name is placed on the Citizen’s Monument.

Aug. 26, 2017: Ramona Bokhout delivers the valedictorian’s address at the St. Andrew’s Grade 12 graduation.

Aug. 26, 2017: The High Prairie Bantam Outlaws lose 36-24 at home to the Grande Prairie Raiders to begin their second season.

Aug. 28, 2017: High Prairie’s Makayla Cox wins the title of Miss Teen Alberta Globe 2017 at the Miss Canada Globe Pageant in Toronto.

Aug. 29, 2017: A meeting called by the Town of High Prairie to discuss the Northern Lakes College Integrated Campus quickly moves in-camera and closed to the public.

Aug. 30, 2017: Big Lakes County ag fieldman Sheila Kaus tells council that clubroot has been found in a county field. Efforts are immediately taken to deal with the matter, which is disastrous to canola crops.

Aug. 30, 2017: Big Lakes County meets and hears about plans to develop safe trails in the Spruce Point Park area.

Aug. 31, 2017: The High Prairie Renegades lose their season opener at home 36-8 to the Grande Prairie Mavericks.

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1, 2017: Alyson Lion, Julia Melnyk, Monica Leonardis and Cheryl Gullason join the staff at St. Andrew’s School.

Sept. 1, 2017: Hannah Madill and Kienen Wilson join the staff at Joussard School.

Sept. 1, 2017: Kyle Schroeder, Alysia Sharpe, Crystal Hopps, Kyla Rae, Verna Isaac and Michael Olsen join the staff at Prairie River Junior High School.

Sept. 1, 2017: Lisa Knudtson, Derek Cooney, David Loogman, Marissa McCarthy, Jesslyn Alguire, Doug Lang and Samantha Rocker join the staff at E.W. Pratt High School.

Sept. 3, 2017: The two-day High Prairie Open Singles Horseshoe Tournament concludes at the Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre. In all, 64 competitors take part, including 35 from the local area. Local club president Ray Prevost wins the Men’s 40B Event.

Sept. 3, 2017: The High Prairie Regals meet at Amiro’s Steak House and decide to begin preparations to rejoin the NPHL.

The High Prairie Renegades pay tribute to fallen teammate John Linteris on Sept. 8 before their game with the Whitecourt Cats by retiring his No. 49.

Sept. 8, 2017: The High Prairie Renegades pay tribute to fallen teammate John Linteris before their game with the Whitecourt Cats by retiring his No. 49. The Renegades lose 42-14.

Sept. 12, 2017: High Prairie town councillors express differing opinions on the proposed location of the Northern Lakes College Integrated Campus. Some councillors favoured waiting until the old hospital site was available – providing demolition started next spring – while others wanted to proceed on land by High Prairie Elementary School.

Sept. 12, 2017: Big Lakes County wins the Best Publication Award for its sector profiles at the Economic Developers Association of Canada awards in Niagara Falls.

Sept. 12, 2017: High Prairie town council denies a suggestion to establish memorial scholarships for John Linteris and Montanan Blackwell, citing it is not their job.

Sept. 12, 2017: High Prairie town council hears it will cost about $1.267 million to provide water and sewer into the northwest area.

Sept. 13, 2017: South Peace News reports on Mayor Linda Cox’s intention to seek re-election in the Oct. 16 municipal election.

Sept. 13, 2017: South Peace News features a past history of High Prairie and area and the involvement of women in politics.

Sept. 13, 2017: South Peace News reports every incumbent councillor in Big Lakes County plans to seek re-election.

Sept. 13, 2017: A water line and truck fill to serve the Prairie Echo area is proposed at a Big Lakes County meeting. The project is estimated at $6 million.

Sept. 13, 2017: Clarence Leonard Chmilar passes away at the age of 73 years. He was a long-time farmer at Faust.

Sept. 14, 2017: The first truckload of logs arrives at the Tolko mill west of High Prairie in preparation for the re-opening.

Sept. 14-16, 2017: High Prairie hosts the Alberta 55-Plus Fall Games. About 300 seniors participate.

Sept. 15, 2017: Kapawe’no First Nation makes history after opening the first licensed day care on a reserve in Alberta.

Sept. 15, 2017: The High Prairie Renegades are blanked 46-0 by the Peace–Wapiti Titans to drop to 0-3.

Sept. 15, 2017: Prairie River Gas Co-op hosts an open house to celebrate the opening of their new facility in the old GEM yard.

A plaque to commemorate new trees planted by Big Lakes County was unveiled at a ceremony Sept. 15. Left-right, are Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee, Tree Canada adviser Sheila Flint and Big Lakes County Reeve Ken Matthews.

Sept. 15, 2017: Big Lakes County plants trees to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Funding for the trees was granted by Tree Canada under the Tree to Our Nature program.

Sept. 15, 2017: The hometown High Prairie Renegades come close to winning their first game in franchise history but lose 20-14 to the Grande Prairie Composite High School Warriors. The Renegades score two touchdowns in the final minute to make the game close.

Sept. 16, 2017: Big Lakes County hosts a fly-in breakfast to promote the airport.

Sept. 16, 2017: The visiting High Prairie Bantam Outlaws lead 26-24 in the final minute but the Peace River Prospectors score a touchdown to win 32-26.

Sept. 17, 2017: Pastor Terry Goerz is ordained as pastor of the High Prairie Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Sept. 18, 2017: Councillor Brian Panasiuk opposes incumbent mayor Linda Cox in the municipal election as nomination day closes. Panasiuk eventually wins. Every councillor in the town and Big Lakes County decides to seek re-election.

Sept. 18, 2017: The High Prairie Regals meet and formally decide to apply to the NPHL for re-entry.

Sept. 20, 2017: High Prairie mourns the loss of John Goede. The long-time Marigold Enterprises employee was well-loved in the community.

Marlene Marczyk, co-owner of Marczyk Stake and Lath, is presented with the Rupertsland Institute 2017 Entrepreneur Award on Sept. 21. The current staff and ownership of Marczyk Stake and Lath are shown above. Left-right are employees Wes McKnight, Ed Emard, and Russ Cuthbert, and owners Marlene Marczyk and Mike Marczyk.

Sept. 21, 2017: Marlene Marczyk, co-owner of Marczyk Stake and Lath, is presented with the Rupertsland Institute 2017 Entrepreneur Award.

Sept. 23, 2017: The hometown High Prairie Bantam Outlaws are blasted 58-8 by the undefeated Wembley Bulldogs to remain winless. Dillon Calihoo scores the Outlaws’ lone touchdown.

Sept. 23, 2017: Long-time High Prairie resident Jean Halaburda passes away at the age of 94 years. She operated a trucking business with her husband, was a long-time Royal Purple member, and did charity work through church groups.

Sept. 25, 2017: Sgt. Warren Wright begins his job as High Prairie RCMP S/Sgt.

Sept. 25, 2017: Big Lakes County denies a request to forgive a $1,500 fine to the Triangle Pioneer Threshermans Association for not getting a proper development permit for their stage.

Sept. 26, 2017: High Prairie town council proclaims Oct. 6 as West Fraser Day.

Sept. 26, 2017: High Prairie town council decides to scrap its presentation of the cheque list at council meetings. Council cited FOIP is a bigger issue than the public’s right to know.

Sept. 27, 2017: South Peace News reports on the High Prairie RCMP’s efforts to crack down on the local drug trade. Drugs are seized at three separate raids and several people charged.

Sept. 27, 2017: The High Prairie Regals are unanimously accepted back into the NPHL at the league’s annual general meeting in Fairview.

Sept. 28, 2017: Sagging attendance at the High Prairie Business Support Network meetings may prompt a new time, attendees discuss at their monthly meeting. Just four people attend the meeting.

Sept. 30, 2017: The hometown High Prairie Bantam Outlaws score on their first offensive possession but are then thumped 48-8 by the Grande Prairie Norsemen in their final home game of the season. The team drops to 0-5.

OCTOBER

Oct. 1, 2017: A bear tries to break into George Bellerose’s Dodge Caravan at East Prairie after he leaves a bag of trash inside overnight.

Oct. 3, 2017: The Golden Walleye Classic Committee makes a $5,000 donation to the High Prairie Fire Department.

Oct. 4, 2017: Over 100 people attend the annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil Walk in High Prairie. The host High Prairie Native Friendship Centre is very pleased with the turnout.

Oct. 4, 2017: Plains Midstream Canada donates $3,000 to the High Prairie Health Care Auxiliary toward the purchase of equipment to improve patient care.

Oct. 5, 2017: Driftpile First Nation and Tolko Industries sign an agreement for the band to operate logyard services.

Oct. 5, 2017: The visiting High Prairie Renegades are blasted 62-6 by the powerhouse Grande Prairie St. Joe’s Celtics to remain winless at 0-5.

St. Andrew’s School student Kelsi Smith, middle, is all smiles after receiving strong support at a fundraiser on Oct. 6. Left-right, are Christian Collett, Ken Kosak, Smith, wellness coach Troy Johnston and vice-principal Carlo Perretta, who had his beard shaved off. Smith holds a bag of hair donated to charity by Johnston.

Oct. 6, 2017: St. Andrew’s students rally for the cause of fellow classmate Kelsi Smith during a fundraiser. Several activities are held to raise money for the cancer victim. At a presentation on Nov. 15, Smith accepts a cheque for $4,509.50.

Oct. 6, 2017: High Prairie Forest Products hosts public tours and a barbecue. High Prairie town council proclaims the day West Fraser Day.

Oct. 10, 2017: Northern Lakes College board chair Dan Vandermeulen attends a High Prairie town council meeting and tells council to support their plan to build near High Prairie Elementary School or risk losing funding.

Oct. 11, 2017: Big Lakes County changes its policy and decides to forward money to councillors for service. Previously, councillors were given $100 a month for time served in a prescribed time, but not paid until service was complete. Now, money is paid at the end of each term. Council renames the policy, first calling it a severance package, to recognition policy.

Oct. 11, 2017: Big Lakes County meets and lists its road projects and highway upgrades wish list. Topping the list is the repair or overlay of Highway 749 from Range Road 163 east to Highway 750.

Oct. 11, 2017: Big Lakes County meets and decides to keep its honourariums the same.

Oct. 11, 2017: Big Lakes County endorses a fire services agreement with Driftpile First Nation to provide the service to the region.

Oct. 12, 2017: The visiting High Prairie Renegades lose 50-19 to the Valleyview Hillside Cougars. After a poor first half, the Renegades outscore the Cougars 13-11 in the second half.

Oct. 12, 2017: Fire destroys the home of Fred and Lyla Korol.

Oct. 13, 2017: A flag raising ceremony is held at the town’s Civic Square to celebrate Foster and Kinship Caregiver Recognition Week. Lesser Slave Lake MLA and Alberta Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee attends.

Oct. 13, 2017: The NPHL is shocked to hear that the five-time defending champion Spirit River Rangers leave the league due to lack of players.

On Oct. 14, the High Prairie Community Beautification Association held its first High Prairie Community Garden Fall Festival. Above, Alice Sohon, left, and her son, Sebastian, 3, have some fun.

Oct. 14, 2017: The High Prairie Community Beautification Association holds its first High Prairie Community Garden Fall Festival.

Oct. 14, 2017: High Prairie Horseshoe Club president Ray Provost wins two awards from the Alberta Horseshoes Pitchers Association. Prevost wins Sportsman of the Year and Most Improved Man for 40-foot.

Oct. 14, 2017: South Peace News reporter Richard Froese wins the Media Award from the Alberta Horseshoes Pitchers Association for his efforts in promoting the sport.

Oct. 16, 2017: Whitefish resident Amy Lea Thunder, 35, is sent to jail for 60 days after pleading guilty to assault. She slapped a police officer.

Oct. 16, 2017: Whitefish Lake First Nation receives a $725,000 grant to purchase five pieces of heavy equipment for its company, Atikameg Construction and Oilfield Maintenance. The grant increases employment opportunities for band members.

Oct. 16, 2017: Lifelong Peavine resident Sammy Lawrence Andrews passes away at the age of 69 years. He was a long-time employee at Buchanan Lumber.

Oct. 16-18, 2017: High Prairie and area residents gather at the Legion Hall to create a special mural mosaic for Canada 150.

Oct. 16, 2017: Brian Panasiuk defeats Linda Cox 415-234 to win the election for mayor in High Prairie. All incumbent councillors are re-elected; Judy Stenhouse is the only new face on council.

Oct. 16, 2017: Big Lakes County elects three new members to its council. Winning are Fern Welch in Grouard, Richard Simard in Joussard, and Donald Bissell in Enilda – Big Meadow.

Oct. 16, 2017: After trying to deliver up-to-date municipal election results, South Peace News’ Website crashes due to high demand. The site receives 4,000 hits in one hour.

Oct. 20, 2017: The visiting High Prairie Renegades conclude a winless season after getting whipped 63-6 by the Peace River Pioneers. The team ends the season at 0-7.

Oct. 21, 2017: The High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce hands outs its annual awards. Among the winners are: Business-of-the-Year [under 10 employees], Jerry’s Store; Business-of-the-Year [over 10 employees], The Boondocks Grill; and Community Spirit Individual Award, Rhonda Keay.

Oct. 21, 2017: Lesser Slave Lake Economic Alliance chair Barry Shawkawi presents a cheque for $2,500 to the High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce to help fund their awards gala.

Oct. 21, 2017: The High Prairie Bantam Outlaws conclude a winless season at 0-6 as they lose to the Grande Prairie Broncos 50-12.

Oct. 24, 2017: A new sign for the High Prairie Medical Clinic is installed at the R/X Drug Mart in preparation for their move into the building.

Oct. 24, 2017: Kenneth Lindsay Sandquist passes away in Red Deer at the age of 49 years. He was the son of long-time High Prairie residents Ken and Marlene Sandquist.

Oct. 25, 2017: South Peace News staff celebrate Jeff and Mary Burgar’s 45th anniversary as publishers of the paper with cake and a lunch.

Oct. 25, 2017: Big Lakes County forms a task force to review recreation grants in its hamlets.

Oct. 25, 2017: Big Lakes County stops control of grasshoppers after being advised they are not authorized to provide services. County staff cannot provide product as they are not a licensed vendor.

Oct. 27, 2017: Prairie River Junior High School student Waylon Lauck is honored by Northern Lakes College and the Canadian Welders Association Foundation. Lauck is presented with a package of welding equipment and a certificate of tuition for one year from the NLC.

The St. Andrew’s Saints junior high school volleyball girl’s team won the High Prairie School Division Divisional Tournament in High Prairie on Oct. 28. In the front row, left-right, are captain Daisy Porisky and Mariah Herben. In the middle row, left-right, are Ella Deering, Abbie Cottingham, Heidi Porisky, Kirsten Bruder and Emily Donahue. In the back row standing, left-right, are coach Jason Cottingham, Zyrene Tabios, Finn Marko, Brooke Gauchier, Allison Donahue, and coach Taneille Crooks.

Oct. 28, 2017: The St. Andrew’s Saints girl’s volleyball team wins the High Prairie School Division volleyball title in High Prairie.

Oct. 29, 2017: Red Earth Creek RCMP are investigating a fatal hit and run at Peerless Lake. The 25-year-old Peerless Lake victim’s name is not released.

Oct. 29, 2017: Henry Alexander Jabs passes away at the age of 83 years. During his retirement, he served the Lord through ministry in Texas and Mexico.

Oct. 31, 2017: Four athletes from High Prairie Scorpion Tae Kwon Do attend the 34th Annual KH Min Tournament in Edmonton. White belt Zayden Salai-Cloutier wins silver medals in patterns and sparring. Red Stripe Kamoule Sharkawi wins silver in patterns and a bronze in sparring. Second degree black belt Amira Sharkawi wins a bronze medal in elite cadet sport poomsae, and a silver in bantam weight junior sparring. Fifth degree black belt Melissa Isaac wins gold in elite U-41 sport poomsae.

Oct. 31, 2017: Students at Prairie River Junior High School collect 387 pounds of food during their Tricks for Eats drive on Halloween night.

Oct. 31, 2017: A High Prairie teenager is hit by a vehicle on Halloween night at the intersection of 53rd Avenue and 48th Street. The boy is treated for minor injuries. Police are looking for the culprit.

Oct. 31, 2017: Northland School Division’s network administrator, Jason Juneau, receives a Making IT Happen Award at the Alberta Technology Leaders in Education Convergence Conference in Calgary.

NOVEMBER

Nov. 1, 2017: South Peace News reports on the cancellation of the High Prairie and District Resource Council’s Radio Auction.

Nov. 1, 2017: South Peace News reports the provincial boundary review released Oct. 19 meets with approval from Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee and Big Lakes County Reeve Ken Matthews. The plan sees very little change to the Lesser Slave Lake riding.

Nov. 3, 2017: Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee presents the Banana Belt Recreation Association with a $10,000 Community Facility Enhancement Project grant for landscaping and other improvements around the gazebo at the hall.

Nov. 3, 2017: St. Andrew’s Grade 7B Language Arts students in Linda VandenBerg’s class participate in the Red Sand Project by filling cracks in sidewalks. The action helps bring awareness to human trafficking and slavery in North America.

Nov. 4, 2017: The High Prairie Regals are given a rude awakening back into the NPHL as they are blasted 10-3 at Falher.

Nov. 6, 2017: The High Prairie Medical Clinic opens in the R/X Drug Mart building in downtown.

On Nov. 8, Girl Guides purchased pet food with the help of Freson Bros. stamps. Left-right are JorJa Auger, Violetta Vasquez, Morgan Jones, Nya Demeule, and Ava Kachuk. In back in leader Kim Gillmor. The pet food was doanted to In The Wood Animal Shelter near Marie Reine.

Nov. 6, 2017: High Prairie Girl Guides purchase $400 worth of pet food for In the Woods Animal Shelter. The $400 value is raised by collecting Freson Bros. stamps.

Nov. 8, 2017: South Peace News reports on the closure of the High Prairie and District Museum until further notice for renovations. The east wall of the building is in bad need of repair.

Nov. 8, 2017: Big Lakes County allots $24,000 of emergency funding to the High Prairie and District Museum for repairs to the east wall.

Nov. 11, 2017: Kaylee Ferguson reads her award-winning poem at the annual High Prairie Remembrance Day service at the Legion Hall.

Nov. 12, 2017: Betty Marilyn Aronson passes away at the age of 71 years. She was raised in the Big Meadow area.

Nov. 14, 2017: High Prairie town council decides to debate a strategy for the new Northern Lakes College Campus at a meeting in Calgary, not in front of High Prairie taxpayers.

Nov. 16, 2017: The visiting High Prairie Regals end a 31-game losing streak dating back to 2014 after defeating the Grimshaw Huskies 7-4. It also ends a 12-game losing skid to the Huskies.

Nov. 17, 2017: Kenneth Murray Brian Rouse passes away in High Prairie at the age of 62 years. He worked as a welder most of his life.

Nov. 18, 2017: The hometown High Prairie Regals whip the Manning Comets 9-3 to end a 15-game losing streak dating back to 2007.

On Nov. 18, Salt Prairie trapper Clarence Cardinal snares a cougar on this trapline near Salt Prairie.

Nov. 18, 2017: Salt Prairie trapper Clarence Cardinal snares a cougar on this trapline near Salt Prairie.

Nov. 18, 2017: High Prairie Tiger TaekwonDo Club members win medals at the Tiger Challenge in Edmonton. Keira Allan wins a gold in sparring and a bronze in poomse patterns. Dahlia Allan wins a silver in sparring and a bronze in poomse patterns.

Nov. 22, 2017: South Peace News features the High Prairie Community Band, now in its third season. The band director is Collin Rattray.

Nov. 22, 2017: The High Prairie Elks present a cheque for $500 to Fred and Lyla Korol, whose home was destroyed by fire on Oct. 12.

Nov. 22, 2017: The Smoky River Junior High School Basketball League begins its 21st season. Defending champs from both the girl’s and boys division lose. The St. Andrew’s boys lose 51-28 to Prairie River. Meanwhile, the St. Andrew’s girls defeat PRJH 35-21.

Nov. 23, 2017: High Prairie Elementary School students put together 43 shoeboxes in the annual Christmas Shoebox Campaign. The shoeboxes are sent to children in Third World countries. The school has participated in the program for years.

Nov. 24, 2017: The High Prairie Regals lose 8-4 at Manning. It’s the team’s ninth straight loss at Manning.

Nov. 24, 2017: An estimated crowd of 1,000 attends High Prairie Light-Up celebrations. Jemma Hesse flips the switch to turn on the lights.

Nov. 24, 2017: Special High Prairie history calendars go on sale as a fundraiser for the High Prairie Community Beautification Association. There are two calendars: one for news, the other for sports.

Nov. 25, 2017: The visiting Fort St. John Flyers defeat the High Prairie Regals 4-1. The Flyers have never lost in High Prairie during their NPHL existence.

Nov. 25, 2017: High Prairie Figure Skating Club CanSkate members participated at the Athabasca Candy Cane CanSkate Elements Event on Nov. 25. Six skaters returned home with certificates for their accomplishments. Addison Dube wins gold in Stage 3; Kalli Wong wins silver in Stage 3; Dwight Tulloch wins gold in Spin Spiral Jump; Jennifer Gray wins gold in Stage 5; Havyn Stout wins gold in Stage 5; and Isabelle Roy wins silver in Stage 5.

Nov. 29, 2017: South Peace News reports that while STARS is pleased a designated landing space has been provided at the new High Prairie Health Complex, they still seek a permanent helipad.

Nov. 29, 2017: South Peace News features the adult Zirka Dancers. It’s the first time in at least five years the group has operated.

Nov. 29, 2017: Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee presents a $125,000 Community Facility Enhancement Program grant to Whitefish Lake First Nation. The money will be used to build a new playground.

Nov. 29, 2017: Big Lakes County hears that 20 fields in the area test positive for the highly infectious clubroot disease in canola.

Nov. 29, 2017: Big Lakes County signs a mutual aid agreement with Sucker Creek First Nation to provide fire protection services. The agreement benefits both parties through quicker response times.

Nov. 29, 2017: Big Lakes County decides to reinstate the Shelterbelt Program after an absence of about five years.

Nov. 29, 2017: Jaylee Wolfe joins the High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce as its part-time executive assistant.

Nov. 29, 2017: Students at Prairie River Junior High School discover what it’s like for their parents at work as they tag along during Take Your Kid to Work Day.

DECEMBER

Dec. 1, 2017: A mild evening blesses the congregation and volunteers as St. Mark’s Anglican Church holds its Live Nativity Celebration.

Dec. 1, 2017: High Prairie seals a time capsule to be stored at the High Prairie and District Museum. The capsule will be opened in 2067.

Dec. 1, 2017: High Prairie Pleasantview Lodge holds its annual Christmas Tea and Bazaar.

On Dec. 2, the High Prairie Native Friendship Centre honoured Helen Grammer, left, as its Elder-of-the-Year at the annual banquet at the High Prairie Legion Hall. Presenting her gift of an angel is centre board chair Vicky Barsalou.

Dec. 2, 2017: The High Prairie Native Friendship Centre honours Helen Grammer as its Elder-of-the-Year at the annual banquet.

Dec. 2, 2017: Levi George scores twice as the visiting Dawson Creek Canucks defeat the High Prairie Regals 7-3.

Dec. 5, 2017: Councillor Michael Long suggests closing the indoor pool and second ice arena for limited periods of time each year to help council balance its books or not increase taxes.

Dec. 5, 2017: High Prairie RCMP are busy investigating the theft of batteries from a cell tower near Gift Lake.

Dec. 5, 2017: Long-time Joussard resident Bernard Gerard Pariseau passes away at the age of 88 years.

Dec. 6, 2017: High Prairie and District Victim Assistance honours its volunteer advocates and board members at a banquet. “They are the unsung heroes of emergency services to provide after care for victims and their families,” says S/Sgt. Warren Wright.

Dec. 6, 2017: The High Prairie Legion awards students prizes at local schools in the annual Remembrance Day contest.

Dec. 7, 2018: The High Prairie Regals end a miserable 24-game losing streak to the Falher Pirates as they blast them 13-6 at the Sports Palace. Lloyd AhKimNachie scores his first four goals of the season in the rout. The last Regals’ win over the Pirates came Dec. 10, 2010.

Dec. 7, 2017: Grade 3 students from St. Andrew’s School help decorate a giant Christmas tree at J.B. Wood Continuing Care.

Dec. 8, 2017: The High Prairie Regals are blanked 8-0 at Grande Prairie. It was the club’s third game in four days.

Dec. 8, 2017: The High Prairie United Church holds its annual Cookie Extravaganza and donates the $700 raised to Marigold Enterprises in memory of John Goede.

Dec. 8-9, 2017: The E.W. Pratt Chargers men’s team places second at the Tonesha Walker Basketball Tournament after losing 83-77 in the final to the High Level Bears. Meanwhile, the Lady Chargers also win silver after losing the final 60-44 to the Worsley Wildcats.

Dec. 11, 2017: Sucker Creek resident Clayton Colin Badger, 42, is sentenced to one day after pleading guilty to his part in causing a lockdown at High Prairie Elementary School.

Dec. 12, 2017: High Prairie town council expresses frustration after the latest delay in the Tim Hortons store. Council hears that Alberta Transportation now wants an upgrade to the intersection leading into the site.

On Dec. 13, the High Prairie Medical Clinic officially opened in the R/X Drug Mart building in downtown High Prairie. Doctors and co-owner Dr. Pam Edwards, left, and Dr. Robin Laughlin cut the ribbon.

Dec. 13, 2017: The High Prairie Medical Clinic officially opens in the R/X Drug Mart building in downtown. Doctors and co-owner Dr. Pam Edwards and Dr. Robin Laughlin cut the ribbon.

Dec. 14, 2017: Big Lakes County adopts its $32.199 million interim operating budget.

Dec. 14, 2017: The High Prairie Regals trail 5-4 after two period but explode in the third period to defeat the visiting Grimshaw Huskies 10-6. It’s the first time in 67 games that the Regals win after trailing after the second period.

Dec. 14, 2017: Big Lakes FCSS staff prepares 61 Christmas hampers for county residents.

Dec. 15, 2017: The High Prairie Miracle Club holds its annual Christmas party. Children take great delight in decorating giant gingerbread footprints.

Dec. 15-16, 2017: The E.W. Pratt Chargers men’s basketball team wins a tournament at Peace River after defeating the Peace River Glenmary Saints 56-55 in the final.

Dec. 16, 2017: The High Prairie Regals are blasted 12-2 at Fort St. John to remain winless against the Flyers, who have never lost to the Regals while a member of the NPHL.

Dec. 20-21, 2017: Santa’s Little Helper distributes 34 Christmas hampers to needy families in the region. Last year, only 19 were delivered.

Dec. 21, 2017: Driftpile resident Patti Burlock wins the High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce’s Passport to Christmas promotion.

Dec. 22, 2017: Jadin Cox receives a $2,000 bursary from the High Prairie Health Care Auxiliary Society. Cox is enrolled in the NAIT Dental Assistant Program.

Dec. 29, 2017: Emma Sanders receives a $2,000 bursary from the High Prairie Health Care Auxiliary Society. Sanders is enrolled in the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene.

 

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