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BGC Williams Lake staff includes youth outreach worker Dylan McGuire (back from left), youth engagement worker with NOOPA Jo O’Connor, youth engagement worker Mycaela Ryckman, independent living co-ordinator Derek Godin (front from left), manager of club operations Krista Harvey and harm reduction co-ordinator Laurel White. The group is welcoming the organization’s, formerly Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District’s, new name, BGC Williams Lake. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Boys and Girls Club rebrands to ‘BGC Canada,’ citing push for gender-inclusivity

Club says it already opens its doors to all kids and teens and its name should reflect that

Photo Courtesy of Anam Rural Youth Association

New mobile crisis service helping rural Central Alberta youth

There is a new organization aimed at helping at-risk youth and their families rural Central Alberta

Janessa Dunkle holds up a copy of The LTC Gazette.
Submitted photo.

Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Extendicare residents enjoy their very own ‘gazette’

The LTC Gazette was first introduced in the spring of last year

  • May 3, 2021
Ocean Scheerschmidt, and her dad Brad, raised $1,100 for an Alberta-based veteran support program. 
Kevin J. Sabo photo

A Castor youth has fundraised for an organization dedicated to helping military veterans and first responders

The Hoggin Alberta Veterans Ranch is receiving an $1,100 donation from ten-year-old Ocean Scheerschmidt

  • Apr 23, 2021
Ocean Scheerschmidt, and her dad Brad, raised $1,100 for an Alberta-based veteran support program. 
Kevin J. Sabo photo
Madelyn Boyko poses along with a number of the bath bombs she makes with her mom, Jessica Boyko. Madelyn says she enjoys making the bath bombs with her mom as it is a special time for just the two of them. (Photo Submitted)

5-year-old Sylvan Lake girl selling bath bombs in support of younger brother

Madelyn Boyko is selling bath bombs for CdLS research in honour of her younger brother

Madelyn Boyko poses along with a number of the bath bombs she makes with her mom, Jessica Boyko. Madelyn says she enjoys making the bath bombs with her mom as it is a special time for just the two of them. (Photo Submitted)
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A SAGA member (left) poses as Jessi Hanks (right) with Castle Restaurant puts up a safe space sticker to display on the restaurant’s front door. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.

SAGA Wetaskiwin works with local businesses to display they are a safe space

The safe space stickers show that its a safe and inclusive space.

A SAGA member (left) poses as Jessi Hanks (right) with Castle Restaurant puts up a safe space sticker to display on the restaurant’s front door. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
Minister Rick Wilson poses with Katie at the Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin, both wearing her Pink Shirt Day design. Facebook/ Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin.

Wetaskiwin Boys and Girls club Pink Shirt day design focuses on kindness

Katie with the Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin created this year’s Pink Shirt Day design.

Minister Rick Wilson poses with Katie at the Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin, both wearing her Pink Shirt Day design. Facebook/ Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin.
Roscoe received a drive-by parade from family, friends and the Wetaskiwin Fire Service. Submitted/ Karen Grant.

Wetaskiwin resident celebrates his 100th birthday

Roscoe Grant marked a milestone historical event with a major milestone birthday.

Roscoe received a drive-by parade from family, friends and the Wetaskiwin Fire Service. Submitted/ Karen Grant.
County of Wetaskiwin Peace Officers Dan Rabel (left), Nick Sahl (centre) and Associated Ambulance Paramedic Shawn Moffitt (right) at the 2019 Free our Finest event. They are all part of the Wetaskiwin Free our Finest team participating in the Polar Plunge this year. Submitted/ Nick Sahl.

Wetaskiwin area first responders team up to Polar Plunge; fundraising for Special Olympics Alberta

This is the 10th Anniversary of the Polar Plunge and will be done virtually by the teams.

County of Wetaskiwin Peace Officers Dan Rabel (left), Nick Sahl (centre) and Associated Ambulance Paramedic Shawn Moffitt (right) at the 2019 Free our Finest event. They are all part of the Wetaskiwin Free our Finest team participating in the Polar Plunge this year. Submitted/ Nick Sahl.
Action on the curling ice created on Pigeon Lake. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.

Curling rink on Pigeon Lake has massive popularity and support

One of the rink creators, Corey Kozack, says rink is already booked into March 2021.

Action on the curling ice created on Pigeon Lake. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
'The Coronavirus Isn't Scary' by Kristy Walker.

Sylvan Lake author pens first children’s book about COVID-19

“The Coronavirus Isn’t Scary” by Kristy Walker teaches children to take care of themselves

'The Coronavirus Isn't Scary' by Kristy Walker.
Balzac Billy has been predicting Alberta's spring weather on Groundhog Day for many years. (Contributed by Balzac Business Community Association)

Balzac Billy predicts more winter

The Groundhog’s Day tradition continued at the Blue Grass Nursery with a live video

  • Feb 2, 2021
Balzac Billy has been predicting Alberta's spring weather on Groundhog Day for many years. (Contributed by Balzac Business Community Association)
South Pigeon Lake firefighter Cade Johnston organized the “Walk for Wayne”. Johnston poses at the end of the walk with the fire hat he carried during the walk, signed by all who joined the SPL firefighters that day to be given to Wayne, and the donation boot. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.

South Pigeon Lake fire walk across Pigeon Lake in fundraiser for Chief battling rare cancer

Firefighters from SPL and community members took to the lake for “Walk for Wayne”.

South Pigeon Lake firefighter Cade Johnston organized the “Walk for Wayne”. Johnston poses at the end of the walk with the fire hat he carried during the walk, signed by all who joined the SPL firefighters that day to be given to Wayne, and the donation boot. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
'The Coronavirus Isn't Scary' by Kristy Walker.

Sylvan Lake author pens first children’s book about COVID-19

“The Coronavirus Isn’t Scary” by Kristy Walker teaches children to take care of themselves

'The Coronavirus Isn't Scary' by Kristy Walker.
Dorothy Schnell

Castor resident celebrates a century!

Dorothy Schnell, a 12-year resident of Paintearth Lodge, will be turning 100 this year

  • Jan 17, 2021
Dorothy Schnell
Harold Sharkey, Leanne Meyers and Brad King as they shopped to gather ingredients and supplies for the Christmas dinner they prepared for the Hub. Submitted/ Harold Sharkey.

Wetaskiwin locals make Christmas dinner for 24/7 Integrated Response Hub

Full turkey dinner and sides donated to Wetaskiwin’s Integrated Response Hub this Christmas.

Harold Sharkey, Leanne Meyers and Brad King as they shopped to gather ingredients and supplies for the Christmas dinner they prepared for the Hub. Submitted/ Harold Sharkey.
3-year-old Nathaniel O’Blenis holding the chocolate bear that Gary the garbage man gave him. Photo/ Amanda O’Blenis.
 3-year-old Nathaniel O’Blenis holding the chocolate bear that Gary the garbage man gave him. Photo/ Amanda O’Blenis.

Wetaskiwin boy tracks down his favourite garbage man to give him a Christmas gift

Community gets behind local Wetaskiwin mom and son in their quest to find Gary the garbage man.

3-year-old Nathaniel O’Blenis holding the chocolate bear that Gary the garbage man gave him. Photo/ Amanda O’Blenis.
 3-year-old Nathaniel O’Blenis holding the chocolate bear that Gary the garbage man gave him. Photo/ Amanda O’Blenis.
Photo by Andrea Swainson

Sounds of the Season: Together in Song

A virtual Christmas Concert by local performers presented by Sylvan Lake News

Photo by Andrea Swainson
Photo/ Facebook: Samson Cree Nation

Santa visits Maskwacis with the help of Maskwacis RCMP

Maskwacis RCMP assisted Santa on his mission to hand out toys to the children of Maskwacis.

Photo/ Facebook: Samson Cree Nation