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December 3, 2011

Hythe Food Bank set to distribute annual Christmas Hampers

    Greetings from the Hythe & District Food Bank. We want to thank those of you who have given food and money in 2010 to keep us running for another year. This year we have also had many people come in with food from their own gardens, which was great -- thank you!
    The Hythe & District Food Bank is once again asking for your help as a number of items are needed to help fill the shelves and the hampers for this year. We need canned vegetables, canned fruit, boxed cereals, pasta and pasta sauce, soups of all kinds, pancake mix and syrup, tissues and toilet paper. As well, we can receive meat that has been inspected and approved by Government standards.

    More and more families are using the Food Bank, so the need is greater than ever. All money given is used for keeping the Food Bank open, and when it comes to any items we need to purchase, we buy them at the same price that we all pay.
    We have applied to a number of businesses and have received donations from the Hythe Thrift Shoppe, Artesian Realty & Insurance, AFBNA, Hythe Fellowship, and the Valhalla Evangelical Lutheran Church Women. Thank you all for supporting the Food Bank! Additional grant applications have been filled out and now we await due process.
    Our hope is that no one goes hungry in our community, and together we can make it happen. We are happy to serve you!

Christmas Hampers
    During the month of November we were busy compiling a list of the families and individuals who will receive Christmas hampers for 2010. Those people who used the Food Bank during the year will receive a hamper, and they will be receiving a phone call to set up an appointment time for pickup. November 30th is the closing date for nominations for anyone else you think could use a Christmas hamper this year.
    Hamper pickup date (at God Wind Fellowship Ministries, 10004 - 100 Street, Hythe) is on Friday, December 17th. We will call you with your appointed pickup time!
    Thank you again to all the persons, churches and businesses who have donated to the Food Bank so far this year. With your continued support, we will do our best to provide for the needs of members of our community for years to come.
    Special thanks to Bernice & Louis Townsend, Martin Fletcher, Missy Richardson, Wanda DePrez and all those who volunteered to help sort, wrap and tag the gifts that have been donated. We also want to thank the Village of Hythe firefighters and the EMS volunteers for their participation once again in the Annual Fire Truck Run, which will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, December 6th. We appreciate all your years of support. You are all awesome!

November 18, 2010

Beaverlodge Midget “2” Blades finish second at home

    The Beaverlodge Midget "2" Blades hosted a five-team tournament over the November 5th through 7th weekend to help get the new hockey season underway.

    The Blades opened the tournament against Grande Prairie Masonry on Friday night in Beaverlodge. With the help of seven different goal scorers (Dakota Hogg with 3, Matt Horseman with 2, and singles going to Peter Pedersen, Curtis Werbiski, Kory Rycroft, Reid Wallan and Jerico Joachim), Beaverlodge posted a convincing 10-3 win over Grande Prairie.
    Saturday's opposition was a very strong team from Wembley. Davis Isherwood scored the only goal for Beaverlodge (with goalie Jake Gass getting the assist), and the Blades were defeated by a score of 7-1. Despite the loss, the Blades were still able to secure a spot in the semi-final on Sunday morning based on their goals-for-and-against.

    In the semi-final, Beaverlodge and Grande Prairie Masonry once again faced off against each other. The Blades came out firing on all cylinders and played very stingy defence, limiting Grande Prairie to one goal while replying with 7 goals of their own. The team was led by Brian Everton and Curtis Werbiski (each with 2 goals and an assist), and by Bruin Speager with a goal and 2 assists. Beaverlodge's other goals were scored by Matt Horseman and Ace Gouchey, and Davis Isherwood, Reid Wallan and Dakota Hogg all got in on the scoring by posting assists.
Beaverlodge's victory in the semi-final set up a rematch in the final against Wembley, which had posted two victories in round robin play. Beaverlodge came out flying, but couldn't put anything past Wembley's goaltender. A late goal by Wembley left the Blades facing a 1-0 deficit after the first period. Again in the second period, the Blades came out strong, and they were rewarded with an early goal by Matt Horseman, assisted by Brian Everton and Bruin Speager. This tied the game at one goal apiece; however, during the latter half of the second period, Beaverlodge let down their defences and gave up five unanswered goals to go into the locker room down 6-1. But the Blades refused to quit and came out hard in the third, trying to prove that they could play with this Wembley team. Neither team could muster up a goal during the final 20 minutes, giving Wembley the 6-1 victory.

    The Beaverlodge Midget "2" Blades would like to congratulate the Wembley Wildcats for winning their tournament, and they would like to thank Grande Prairie Masonry, Grande Prairie Ramada Sting, and the Sexsmith Raiders for their participation. They would also like to thank all their sponsors, Lisa's Kitchen, the "Icemen" (Amiel and Rick), the coaches and officials, all the parent volunteers, the fans and, of course, all the players. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and had a lot of fun.

November 4, 2010

She shoots ... she scores!

Grades 4, 5 and 6 students from Hythe Regional School walked down to the Hythe Public Library on a chilly Monday last week to enjoy an author visit by Calgary writer Lorna Schultz Nicholson.

Hythe & District Food Bank News

It is time to start getting ready for the Christmas season. All the money and food donated over the past few months is now pretty much used up. We have served 300 individuals this year, which is pretty close to our numbers for 2009. Our budget comes solely from donations from you, the community. Our goal this year is to raise $12,000 for next year and for the Christmas hampers. We have written up many grants to large corporations throughout Alberta. Local businesses have also contributed, and we invite you to continue to contribute as well. Together we are helping those who need a helping hand.

We appreciate you all and look forward to working with you again to make this year's Christmas hamper run a great success.

The Christmas hampers for 2009 took half the funds raised for the Food Bank for 2010. The total cost for these hampers was $4,990.00. All the families who have used the Food Bank this year have already qualified for the hampers. November 30th, 2010 is the FINAL date for nominations for anyone else you know who may need a hamper.

We will be placing collection boxes at the Hythe Bigway and at the Hythe Curling Club. We need canned goods, Kleenex, paper towels, breakfast foods, and canned meats of all kinds. If you would like to drop off unwrapped gifts, these are welcome as well. We will wrap them and then distribute them to the proper age groups.

Once again this year, the hampers will be put together at God Wind Fellowship Ministries (10004 - 100th Street).

Please keep in mind that together we can make sure all needy families in our area will have a great Christmas. Thank you so much to all of you in the community who have a heart for caring.
For more information, you can call 780-356-3230.

October 21, 2010

Award-winning Hythe author Karen Bass tours Northern Alberta

Karen Bass is a fourth-generation Albertan, born in High Prairie and raised on a farm just outside of the town. She went on to attend the University of Alberta and received a psychology degree from the University of Victoria. Karen then returned to Alberta and settled in Hythe to raise her family.

Four years after being hired as the library manager for the Hythe Municipal Library, Karen, who had always been an avid reader, decided to give fiction writing a try. Previously, she had written essays and articles for the local paper, but her real desire was to write a novel.

Her first novel, Run Like Jäger, was published in 2008 and received critical acclaim. It has won the 2008 Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award, the 2009 Christian High School Book Club Reader's Choice Award, the 2009 Silver Medal for Juvenile/YA Fiction from the Independent Publishers Book Awards, and an Honourable Mention for YA from ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year. Written for teens, the book was inspired by a cousin who took part in an exchange program, and it combines Karen's passion for young adult literature, German culture, and World War II.

Karen's second novel, Summer of Fire, was published in 2009 and has also received critical acclaim. To date, it has won the 2010 Gold Medal for Juvenile/YA Fiction from the Independent Publishers Book Awards, and it was selected as an Honour Book by the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, 2010. As with her first novel, Summer of Fire is written for teens and set in Germany, and it also has connections to World War II.

Karen has had the opportunity to visit Germany several times now to do research for her writing. During her readings, she will speak to teens about her research and the writing process, and about how to blend the two.

From October 19th to 22nd, Karen will be sharing her writing talents and experiences with several public libraries and schools that are members of the Peace Library System. She will be visiting the communities of High Prairie, Kinuso, Slave Lake, Red Earth Creek, Wabasca, Calling Lake, Flatbush (Fawcett), and Smith.

Karen's tour is sponsored in part by the Young Alberta Book Society, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Peace Library System, and your local library.

Arta Juneau (right) and Christene Livingstone visit

with the Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta,

at the 2010 Premier's Dinner in Grande Prairie.

October 7, 2010

By Tanya Terry

The Hythe Community Centre has been running now for almost a year. It has been a long, hard road, but thanks to the untiring volunteers that support the project, we have come a long way. I vividly remember how excited I was last year at about this time as we began this venture. With our volunteers, we have spent hours cleaning, painting and organizing. Not surprisingly, the excitement of all the painting and refreshing that we were all so ready to jump into has faded over the past year. There has been so much work done, but there is still much to do. We are in the final stages of room completion, building a certified kitchen, and working on organization and program development. We are definitely on the home stretch as far as a facelift of the building is concerned. Soon we can put the brushes away for good!

During our first year of operation, we experienced a number of successes. Firstly, the Centre was host to some very well-received community events. We hosted a Christmas Supper, a Valentine's Day Bake-Off, a Family Fun Day, and Easter celebrations. The residents of the area, both children and adults alike, loved the wagon rides, not to mention the opportunities to rekindle old friendships and develop new ones. There is nothing that brings event planners more joy than seeing a little one cry as mom prepares to take him/her home because he/she was having too much fun to want to leave!

The Centre was also host to some great programs in the last year. We are planning to host those that were successful again THIS year. Our new programming will begin in October. For detailed information, please check out the new program guide that will be coming soon to your post office box.

Another of the Centre's huge successes this past year has been in the area of procurement of funding. The County of Grande Prairie granted us $20,000 to be used to upgrade the kitchen. New flooring has been installed and new equipment is being manufactured as this article goes to press. We are hoping to have the kitchen completed by early November. We have also been granted $36,500 from the Alberta Lotteries Fund to help in kicking off the Community Centre project. This allows for marketing, advertising signs, and much more. A special thanks goes out to Cheryl King, our local grants specialist, and to Holly Sorgen, Executive Director of Community Futures, for all the time they spent helping me write the grant applications.

Now let's look at what the Community Centre is bringing your way over the next six months: a new sign on the building; a web page so you can keep updated on Centre activities; brochures; shiny floors; Internet access; landscaping in the front of the building; and so much more. The Centre will become that much closer this year to transforming into the multi-functional hub we want it to be.

As I mentioned, starting in October we will again be hosting a number of community events. A Spook Fest has been penciled in for the end of the month. Watch your post office box for information about that and other upcoming events.

Our office hours will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Remember ... The Centre is dependent on its memberships. Please do your part to help us grow by purchasing a membership today. Thank you to all of our members, past and present, for helping us keep the Centre up and running!

The Canol Trail Gang
Submitted by Corinne Peterson

After months of planning and preparing, Danny MacAlister, Greg Calvert, Brian Peterson, Travis Peterson and Rick Calvert had an adventure of a lifetime when the five of them quadded the Canol Trail, beginning at Ross River, YK, and ending up in Norman Wells, NWT.  Their adventure began on August 9th, and they were all home safe and sound by August 28th.  The trail, which was built during WWII, is over 300 km long and includes some dangerous and rough terrain.  The guys crossed mountains and flooding rivers -- through snow, rain, and even a little sunshine.  They ate army rations and had a helicopter drop food and gas, and they got to enjoy many breathtaking views that not many have seen before.  They enjoyed their trip, but were happy to get home, where they could once again have a hot shower and sleep in their own beds.

September 30, 2010

Community group posts bales, passes go, and begins closing

With the autumn leaves beginning to fall, the first straw bales have been laid for the walls of the new Demmitt Community Centre. This phase of the tiny hamlet's innovative, sustainable building project in Alberta's northwest will continue through the Thanksgiving weekend, and involves dozens of volunteers, some having travelled from as far away as southern Alberta.

The volunteers are being guided by Habib Gonzalez, a leader in straw bale construction. Gonzalez, who arrived last week, has worked on over 70 straw bale projects across Western Canada and the U.S.

Straw bale construction, he notes, is ideally suited for the cold winters of the Peace River region of Alberta. "The most dramatic energy savings are in the very warm and very cold climates," he says. The bales will result in walls that are insulated to R-35 or better and, unlike those in conventional buildings, will be breathable and use a renewable material that can be grown locally.

Gonzalez was previously contracted by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to research the performance of straw bale construction. In one of the studies, which involved 11 straw bale homes, he showed that homes insulated with straw bales used 20% less heating energy than homes built using conventional methods.

Demmitt's 6,300-square-foot Centre is scheduled to be completed by next spring. The highly insulated walls will keep the community's operating costs down and keep people at its many events toasty and warm.

The project has been broadly supported by all levels of government, including the federal Community Adjustment Fund, as well as by businesses and community members. Numerous builders are using the project not only for employment, but also to learn about new building technologies.

The community will be holding a second straw bale work bee on the weekend of October 9th and 10th. Anyone interested should visit

September 9, 2010


By Lori Hewitt

               Well, what can I say -- Mother Nature once again decided whether the annual Hythe & District Agricultural Fair would be a hit or not.  The turnout was actually not too bad, considering that it rained most of the day and the temperature dipped quite low.

              The day started off with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Hythe Elks and the Hythe Fire Department.  Then the parade set out -- it was a bit shorter than in the last couple of years, but it was still a good show.  Right after the parade, the trade show and exhibits opened in the Curling Rink.  There was quite a line-up to get in -- maybe because the rain had picked up a bit, or maybe people heard we had an impressive 20 tables rented out for the trade show. 

There really was a great variety of vendors!  Having the trade show and the exhibit show in the same place was a good idea, and it's something we will probably do again next year.

              Also at this time the interdenominational church service was being held under the shelter of the Esso tent; the horse show was getting underway; the petting zoo was open; and Vi opened up her Burger Shak.  The kids' activities started a bit late due to the weather as well, but we were able to have them open until just about 4:00 p.m.  Kids don't mind playing in the rain and this was true on Fair day.


The Curling Club fed 257 people, the Legion's bar did awesome, and the band "Decades" played until midnight.  This group of mostly local guys (Taylor Mitchell, Brant Stilwell, Daryl Brock and James Brooks) really did a great job -- we'll definitely keep them in mind for next year ... that's if they are not big stars by then, because if they are, then I won't be able to afford them!

              The Fair would, of course, not have been a success without the help of a wonderful group of volunteers. 

Thank you to everyone who had a part in the Fair, whether big or small.  Thank you to:


Michelle Huey for helping me with anything I needed -- handing out parade invites, setting up tables, revamping exhibit stuff; proofreading the Fair book; cutting out a million little cards for the exhibit show; organizing and running the exhibit show with her mom, Audrey Crichton; cleaning up the Arena and Curling Rink afterwards; and a bunch of other stuff that is just not coming to me right now.


Matthew and the Village crew for making sure our Village was in tiptop shape, and for setting up and taking down all the tables for the trade show and the exhibits.

The Curling Rink and the Athletic Association for the use of their facilities.

The Hythe Elks and the Volunteer Fire Department for the wonderful breakfast (and hot coffee).

Max MacAulay for the use of his Esso tent.  This year it was a life saver!

Judy Amendt, Christene Livingstone, Frank Webb and Matthew Robertson for lining up, judging, and getting the parade going.

Debbie Oakford for organizing the trade show.

Vi & Jarvis Shail and Dorothy Flaten for running the Arena and Horse Rings concessions.

August 26, 2010

Demmitt, That's One Hall of an Idea!

Raising Timbers and Prospects for a Sustainable Future


DEMMITT, AB - August 16, 2010 --

              Three years ago, the tiny hamlet of Demmitt was at a crossroad.  Like most similar-sized communities, they had to decide whether to lock the doors on their aging hall and disband, or else rethink what being a rural community means.  They chose to imagine a new future.

             The symbol of Demmitt's new start will tower over their picturesque valley by the end of the month.  Demmitt's new 6,300-square-foot sustainable Community Centre will literally rise from the ground during the next two weeks as timber framers from around

western Canada converge in Demmitt and Grande Prairie Regional College's (GPRC) Fairview Campus to build the Centre's massive timber frame.


            The timber framing phase of the project involves a partnership with GPRC's Sustainable Building Workshops Series.  GPRC President and CEO Don Gnatiuk notes that the project fits with the college's firm commitment to sustainability.  "We are very excited to be a partner in this important community project.  Through our Sustainable Building Workshops Series, which is being offered at GPRC's Fairview Campus, we are able to play a role in the kinds of

community initiatives that focus on environmental sustainability.  At the same time, we are moving forward with our own Environmental Stewardship Plan and exposing our students to applied research and training opportunities in sustainable development.  We are proud to be in a position where we are able to have a real impact in the evolving trend towards building sustainable communities."


         The project has been broadly supported by all levels of government, including the federal Community Adjustment Fund, as well as by businesses and community members.


            In addition to utilizing timbers milled from local mountain pine beetle-killed trees, the building also incorporates other sustainable features, including straw bale walls, composting toilets, and passive solar heating.  The Centre will not only require little upkeep and use few resources to build and maintain, but it will also anchor the community with a lasting feeling of ownership, pride and integrity

              Upon completion in the spring of 2011, the Centre will play host to the Borderline Culture Series.  Now entering its third season, the Series has brought top Canadian performers into the heart of rural Alberta.

Check out the seven pelicans that landed on
One Island Lake on July 15th! (Photo Credit: Anne Bartsch)

August 12, 2010

Local boys help bring home the gold

The Grande Prairie Bantam Reds baseball team won Gold at Provincials on the July 23rd, 24th and 25th weekend in Taber, Alberta. They beat Innisfail, Fort McMurray and Okotoks en route to the final against Taber, and ended up winning the game by a score of 9 - 5. The three local boys on the team are Justin Tofteland, Dane Tofteland and Corey Marple.

Alberta offers replacements for trees lost to mountain pine beetle attacks

The Alberta government, in cooperation with Tree Canada and business co-sponsors, is launching the Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle ReLeaf program, which is intended to help replace trees killed by the insects on private or municipal land.

"This program is a way to put the trees back on the land at a highly reduced cost to the individual and our communities," said Mel Knight, Minister of Sustainable Resource Development. "The importance of having trees in a community -- for wildlife as habitat, as air purifiers, or simply as nice things to look at -- cannot be overstated."

"It's encouraging to see the private and public sector working together to combat the threat of the mountain pine beetle," said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President. "We all benefit from having urban and rural forests, and this program will ensure that we will help protect and preserve Alberta's forests for years to come."

Under the Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle ReLeaf program, urban residents, acreage owners and municipalities can apply for funding for new trees to replace those destroyed by mountain pine beetles.

Residents who lose yard trees are eligible for a coupon worth $80 for a replacement tree. The program will contribute up to $3,000 worth of seedlings to replace multiple trees lost in shelter belts and around homes on small acreages, and up to $5,000 worth of seedlings to replace trees lost on municipal property.

Funding is for replacement trees only -- it may not be used to treat infested trees or to protect established trees.

The program is co-sponsored by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Tree Canada and corporate sponsors TELUS and Strive Energy, who collectively contributed $100,000 to kick-start the program. Others interested in supporting this program through donations are encouraged to contact Tree Canada.

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, more than 76 million trees have been planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized eight national urban forest conferences.

Application forms to participate in the program are available from Tree Canada's website at

For more information about Alberta's fight against the mountain pine beetle, please visit

June 3, 2010

Congratulations, Renay!

Derek Peterson presents his sister, Renay Morgan, with the Ken Brandsater Memorial Volunteer of the Year award. Along with the plaque is a $1,000.00 cheque made out to the charity of Renay's choice. Renay decided to give the money to the Hythe Athletic Association to go towards the "new boards" project currently underway. Congratulations, Renay -- and a big thank you to Ken's family for the annual donation they make to the community.

Ladies' Night Out” for Our Pool

Saturday, June 5th saw the Hythe Community Centre full of community and district women enjoying a delicious supper, fantastic entertainment, a silent auction, prizes, a fashion show, karaoke ... in general, an evening of fun! The event was put on to raise money for our local pool.

For the past eight years, Maxine Rowe has overseen the daily operation of the pool. As well, she does the bookwork involved. We would like to thank Maxine for her dedicated services, without which our pool would close. A sincere thank you also goes out to Byron Lowen, who each year cleans out the pool, prepares it for water, and checks the pumps; and to Frank Webb who, for a number of years, has filled the pool with water. Ladies' Night Out is an event that helps fund the operation of the pool, but we also appreciate and thank those individuals who are involved behind the scenes.

Vera Tyberg has organized Ladies' Night Out for 11 years and truly deserves a community thank you for all her efforts and hard work. Each year her daughter Eileen Funk has worked tirelessly by her side to ensure the event's success. If you see these two ladies over the next week or so, please thank them -- without their willingness to organize the event, it would not have happened.

Behind every successful event are the workers who give of their time to help wherever they can. Supper was delicious and we would like to thank the community women who volunteered to make all the salads and bring them to the venue. Thanks also to the ladies who peeled potatoes, and to the Pioneer Home for cooking them. We would like to recognize the bartenders, Allan Tyberg and Wendell Hommy, for not only tending bar, but also for staying till the end to clean up. Thanks to Monica from FCSS for ensuring that the hallways and bathrooms were kept tidy during the event, and for doing some last-minute running off of materials. Thanks to Dylan Funk for helping to wash dishes and for being a "gopher" while the gym was being prepared and taken apart. Thanks to Dwayne Speager for the music and the karaoke. Thank you as well to Candy Robertson, who was our MC. And thank you also to Tanya Terry, Director of the Community Centre, for her efforts with our setup.

Without the community's support, there would be no event. We would like to thank all who donated items for prizes and for the silent auction; the school for the use of their tables and chairs; the Village for always supporting us wherever they can; and all the other volunteers who offered their hands and time here and there. If you looked at the back of the program, you would have noticed the extensive list of individuals and companies that donated cash or food items to help us with the costs. We owe them a huge thank you, too. Most of all, we would like to thank all who purchased tickets -- without your continued support we would not have the event, which translates into not having our pool open.

Once again, thank you, Hythe and district, for caring about our community and supporting our events.

Work Experience Thank You

Grades 7, 8 and 9 Work Experience students Troy, Petra and Zac, along with teacher Ada Ray, are grateful to the Village for giving them the opportunity to experience valuable workplace skills first-hand, along with the opportunity to help keep the community clean and tidy. Students present administrator Christene Livingston with a gift. 

June 3, 2010


Club Donates Bottle Drive Proceeds

The Valhalla 4-H Beef Club recently held a bottle drive and donated all the proceeds to Odyssey House in Grande Prairie. 

Members of the club are pictured with Kathy Shepherd (Director of Odyssey House), and with the cheque for $1,068.25.


County Distributes Recreation and Culture Grants to 51 Groups

Fifteen area communities are receiving operating assistance grants from the County of Grande Prairie this year. In total, $173,967 is being distributed to 51 non-profit organizations and volunteer groups.

"I am pleased that the County has been able to provide many not-for-profit organizations with funding towards the cost of their initiatives," said County Reeve Everett McDonald. "Empowering our volunteers and community partners is one of the keys to developing safe and healthy communities. These grants are a clear indication of our commitment to support the endeavors of these groups."

The grants provide operating assistance to non-profit organizations and volunteer groups that are open to County residents, provide proof of volunteerism and fund raising, and achieve identified goals. Applications are available through any of the County's six recreation boards to eligible community-based volunteer groups, non-profit organizations, municipalities, schools and sports clubs.

Grant monies were allocated to each of the recreation boards as follows:
* Grande Prairie Recreation Board ........................................ $33,134.00
* Clairmont-Bezanson Area Recreation Board ........................ $33,947.00
* Wembley-Dimsdale-Saskatoon Lake Recreation Board ........ $26,504.00
* Beaverlodge-Elmworth-Huallen Recreation Board ................. $25,757.00
* Sexsmith-La Glace-Teepee Creek Recreation Board ............ $30,422.00
* Hythe-Demmitt-Valhalla Recreation Board ........................... $24,203.00

Locally, the $24,203.00 is being divided up as follows:
• Hythe Public Library (Summer Reading Program, after-school program) .....$2,000.00
• Hythe & District Agricultural Society (Junior Lifeguard Program) ................ $4,000.00
• Valhalla Recreation Centre (utilities and insurance) .................................. $4,000.00
• Valhalla Community Library (purchase of young adult books) .................... $2,000.00
• Hythe Curling Club (ventilation system for ice arena) ................................ $1,500.00
• Demmitt Cultural Society (new, sustainable, timber frame and straw bale
community centre, as well as utilities, insurance and accounting programfees) .... $1,500.00
• Valhalla Heritage Society (high-efficiency furnace) .......................................... $4,203.00
• Homestead Hall Association (preschool playground equipment, sand, and
upgrading of existing equipment) ..................................................................... $1,500.00
• Lymburn Community Association (replacing doors in hall) ........................... ....$1,500.00
• Valhalla Community School (swimming lessons, field trips, busing fees) ..... .....$2,000.00

 May 20, 2010


Submitted by Renay Morgan

As many of you may have noticed, there has been some action at the Hythe Arena of late.

The Hythe Athletic Association, with some help from our friends, is purchasing new boards for the Arena. The old boards served us well and held up for many years but, like all things, they now need to be updated for safety reasons.

This is not a small project, but it will be finished in time for the next hockey / figure skating season. A company from Edmonton called "Maple Leaf Gold" is working on the engineering drawings right now, and they will then begin building our boards.

In preparation for the arrival of the new boards, a group of wonderful volunteers have removed the old boards. Thank you to Clayton Christie, Ross Hogg, Aaron Miller, Jackie Oakford, Mike Wells, Scott Wells and Cole Willis. If I have missed recognizing anyone, I apologize!

Along with the new, updated boards come some great advertising and sponsorship opportunities. We are selling advertising on the boards and on the plexiglass around the boards.

If you are interested in this fabulous opportunity [see the list of advertising rates elsewhere on this page], please contact one of the following Hythe Athletic Association executive members:

Scott Wells - Ph: 780-356-299

Jackie Oakford - Ph: 780-356-3921

Renay Morgan - Ph: 780-356-3616

    Laurie Jones - Ph: 780-356-2819

May 6, 2010

Celebrating our Volunteers

By Monica Shaw, FCSS Director, Hythe

Spring is here, and the Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Supper has come and gone.  It was a great party, even for the cooks!  Over 150 families, grandparents, volunteers and newcomers enjoyed pancakes and all the trimmings.

Renay Morgan was the worthy recipient of the Ken Brandsater Memorial Volunteer of the Year award.  What an asset to our community she is!  Renay has decided to donate her award of $1,000.00 to the Hythe Arena.  Thanks, Renay!

This year's Leaders of Tomorrow awards went to Bailee Jones in the 13 to 15 category, and Randi-lyn Voss in the 16 to 18 category.  This is the eighth year that I have been a part of the Leaders of Tomorrow program.  What I realized this year is that, over the eight years, the majority of the youth winning the awards have been from farm families, and they generally belong to 4-H as well.  What an endorsement!

Here is a little information on Randi-lyn and Bailee:

Randi-lyn Voss --

"My name is Randi-lyn Voss and I am a recipient of a 2010 Leaders of Tomorrow award.  I am a volunteer at the West County Vet Clinic in

Beaverlodge, and I work there every day during school, alongside my school sports and my other pay jobs.  I enjoy making time to volunteer, and I helped plan a Food Bank Drive on Halloween instead of going trick-or-treating.  My friends and I collected a lot of food and decided to split the food between the food banks in Beaverlodge and Hythe.  I have also been a member of the 4-H Beef Club since I was nine years old.  Volunteering is a big part of my life and it has helped me to become involved with the community.  It is rewarding to know that you can help out in the community, and it feels good when your work is noticed and appreciated.  This is how I felt when I got the award, and I am very honoured and grateful to have received it."

Bailee Jones --

[Bailee, who also won a pair of Westjet tickets, sent the following note to me in the mail, and I wanted to share it with you, the readers.]

"I would like to thank you for donating the Leaders of Tomorrow award.  It makes me understand that many people around me appreciate what I do.  Without volunteers they would not know what to do.  This award makes me feel like I am doing the impossible, something everyone can do!"


C.O.W. (Classroom on Wheels) -
Thursday, May 6th (check the poster elsewhere on this page for full details)

Books for Babies -
Tuesdays starting on May 11th

Rhyme Time -
Wednesdays starting on May 19th and ending on June 30th

April 22, 2010

Local Photographer Featured in Breast Cancer Charity Project

Local photographer Diane Schuller has one of her photographs featured in the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book project. Diane's photograph, entitled "Spring's Coming?", was selected from over 300 submissions and appears in the book along with 64 other paintings and photographs from seven countries. The project is unique, in that it celebrates our connection with our pets and raises funds for a human cause. The book is a fundraising project for breast cancer charity. Proceeds from all sales are donated to the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade, a registered charity with programs in over 50 countries. Greeting cards and wall calendars will be available in the coming months.

Diane Schuller is an award-winning short story writer who has increasingly added photography to her creative

endeavours. As a freelance photographer, she incorporates editorial, environmental and portrait work. Her favourite subjects are dogs and horses and the people who love them. Diane works from her rural home in northern Alberta and is fortunate to have three office assistants: two Australian Shepherds and a Springer Spaniel. Her husband supports and shares all her interests, as well as dog walking duties.

"When taking photos of clients' dogs, my goal is to capture their dog naturally, whether at play or work, in a curious moment, or interacting with their humans," says Diane. "When I freeze those moments with my camera, revealing the dog's true essence, that is the greatest feeling."

Paws For Charity was created in 2006 by current Nova Scotia resident Sara Harley. Since that time, with the help of many people along the way, she has raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer charity. "I started the Paws For Charity Art Book project in 2009 to combine two of my passions ... raising funds for breast cancer charity (my mom died of breast cancer when I was 21), and my love of animals," says Sara. "Animals bring us such great joy, in good times and bad. I created this book to celebrate our bond with our pets, and to raise funds for an important cause."

The 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book can be viewed and ordered on line. Details about Paws For Charity and the art book project are available at

April 8, 2010

What are we waiting for -- Spring?  You'd better believe it!

"It may not look like Spring right now, but soon there will be ..."


The students in Mrs. Gould's Grade One class at Hythe Regional School talk and learn a lot about the seasons.  Here are some of their ideas on the above statement:


... leaves on the trees and big puddles.  The geese and ducks will come back.  The bears will wake up and come out.

~ Melvin


... rain and puddles, and the flowers will come back.  There will be baby bunnies and the geese and ducks will come home.

~ Madison


... flowers, green grass and baby bunny rabbits.  I will be able to play in my sandbox and ride my bike.  The ducks and geese and swans will come back and have their babies.

~ Chance


... grass and leaves and flowers.  I will get to go camping and play in the puddles.

~ Bennie


... grass and flowers, bees and butterflies.  I will have to help my Dad get ready to seed grain and ride on the tractor.

~ Evan


... flowers and butterflies.  I bought new rubber boots to play in the puddles with.  There will be new baby animals born.

~ Ryan


... green grass and dandelions.  I will be able to go on a picnic with my family.

~ Cassandra


... leaves on the trees, green grass, butterflies and baby rabbits.  I will be able to play outside with my friends with no coat or ski pants and play at the park.

~ Josh


... green grass and rain.  I will be able to play on my bike in the mud and puddles.

~ Caden


... flowers and grass.  I will be able to go outside with no jacket and catch butterflies.

~ Cassie


... flowers and puddles I will be able to jump in.  I will be able to ride my quad through the mud puddles.

~ Ty


... leaves on the trees, flowers, bees, dragonflies and bears.  I will also be able to ride my bike!

~ Keanu


.. grass and leaves.  I will play outside with my dog Jazz.  I will be able to ride my bike with my brothers and the Easter bunny will come to my place.

~ Matthew


... puddles and grass and I will be able to play tag outside with my dog Kaiser.

~ Halle


.... green grass and I will be able to play with my dogs outside.  I will be able to find all of their toys and bones when the snow is gone.

~ Jesse


... flowers and butterflies and bees.  I will be able to ride my bike in the mud puddles and play outside without my ski pants.

~ Glendin


... leaves on the trees and green grass.  I will be able to go outside without a jacket and ski pants.  I might also see a rainbow and butterflies.

~ Konner




(Kenadee and William were absent.)

March 25, 2010

Atoms off to Provincials!

Bottle drive nets $2,205.05 towards trip



              On February 27th the Hythe Atom Mustangs made the 6-hour bus trip to La Crete to play what would be their final game in Provincial playoffs.  They won the game 26-0, sealing their place as the ZONE 1 ATOM D CHAMPIONS.  With the win, the Atom Mustangs won the right to represent Zone 1 at Provincials in Oyen, Alberta on the weekend of March 19th to 21st.

              The team was set to hop on a bus on the 18th to make the 12-hour trip to Oyen, where they would represent not only Zone 1, but also Hythe Minor Hockey and the whole community of Hythe.  We are so proud of all the players.  No matter how well they place at Provincials, it is a great accomplishment just to make it that far.

              On the weekend of March 6th, the team held a bottle drive to raise money for their trip.  Each team member collected bottles from family and friends, and a few went door-to-door in Hythe.  Gwen kindly opened the Bottle Depot on Monday, March 8th so the team could sort and count the bottles.  The grand total for the bottle drive was $2,205.05.  WOW!  How awesome is that?!  The kids also got a lesson in working for the money they raised as they were the ones sorting pop cans and counting plastic bottles.  The Hythe Atoms were ecstatic with how successful their bottle drive, held to raise funds for their trip to Provincials, turned out to be.  Well done, Atoms! THANK YOU to friends, family and neighbours for your generosity!

              We look forward to hearing all about the team's experience at Provincials once they return.  Congratulations and good luck, Atoms!

  COACHES:   Kenny Moon, Henry Paquette, Bart Balderston   MISSING:  Pete Slawson

         BACK:    Karsyn May, Neil Slawson, Dylon Tolway, Logan Moon, Troy Morgan, Ty May, Dustin Paquette

        FRONT:   Tate Cook, Sydney Morgan, Trey Wiebe, Thomas Wells, Carson Balderston

March 11, 2010

Hythe Regional “A” Girls' Basketball Team advances to Zones

The Hythe Regional "A" Girls' Basketball Team played a very exciting game against Sexsmith on Saturday, February 20th, defeating them 44 - 41 to advance to Zone finals, which were to be held in Peace River on March 5th and 6th. Congratulations, girls!

BACK ROW: Coach Dwayne Speager, Katie Patterson, Kaitlynn Hatifield, Leah Friesen, Meagan,Jussila, Monica Camplair, Taryn Arnet, Farron Hill

FRONT ROW: Alecia Speager, Tatiana Harpe, Stephanie Wilson, Taylor Lock, Skye Supernant

February 25, 2010

Community Centre Update

By Tanya Terry


             February at the Centre was a busy, busy time.  We hosted events, started programming, continued painting, and worked hard to make the Centre work for YOU.  We are still working hard to provide great programs for you.  We were glad to have the opportunity to host some great soon-to-be-annual events like the Bake-Off and the Family Day Open House!  We are pleased to see more and more new faces at our events and programs.  It is great to see the regular faces helping to welcome the newcomers to the Centre.  We have done so much work.  The Centre is really starting to look great!  Come on in and check it out!

              As we are a new project run by our tireless volunteers, we are bound to go through some growing pains.  There has been some confusion with programming schedules and times.  We are trying to figure out what times work.  We are changing a few program times and dates, so please keep your eye out.  If you have an idea as to how to help us out through this growing period, please give us a hand.


Valentine's Day Bake-Off!

              Well, thank goodness for the indoor walking program!  Sunday was a glorious day full of a huge variety of homemade goodies!  There was such a wide variety of desserts that it was truly hard ... well, not that hard ... to taste them all.


  Maureen Yuill walked away with third prize thanks to her fluffy mini angel food cakes!  Judy Thiessen came in second with a super creamy lemon cheesecake!  The hard work of these ladies earned them some great gift baskets.


The Community Centre is pleased to announce that the first-ever Annual Bake-Off champion is none other than ... SHARON DIXON!!  Congratulations, Sharon.  Sharon was presented with another great gift basket, as well as a commemorative apron and a beautiful trophy.


The grand prize in the children's category was awarded to Madison Miller.  Madison won the Super Duper Baker trophy for her delicious dirt and worm cupcakes!  Remember, we appreciate the work of children at the Centre, and we hope that you will encourage your children to take part in the many activities that are going on here.


Our thanks to Don & June Pearson and D. Pearson Northern for their sponsorship of the great prizes.

First prize winners in the 1st Annual Bake-Off were Sharon Dixon in the adult category and Madison Miller in the children's category.  Congratulations, ladies!


Family Day Open House!

              We opened our doors on Family Day!  It was a fun-filled day of wagon rides, games in the gym, arts and crafts, and plain old fun.  Nothing is more rewarding than hearing the halls of the building filled with the laughter of children.  I do sometimes wonder if the building shudders a little at all of the running in the halls!  This was a great chance to meet some of our tenants.  If you have questions and suggestions, be sure to come on out to our events. 

We have all sorts of sports equipment -- thanks to our local pharmacist -- and we love to have games in the gym!

              Special thanks go out to Stan & Barb Hanson.  They always enhance our events by offering to bring out the wagon and horses.  Thank you for being such great neighbours!  It's not just the kids who enjoy a sunny afternoon ride in an open wagon!

The Family Day Open House provided an opportunity for attendees to enjoy a good old-fashioned wagon ride, thanks to Stan & Barb Hanson.


February 11, 2010

Hythe Atom Mustangs victorious in Chetwynd – Way to go, Mustangs!


              The Hythe Atom Mustangs participated in a tournament in Chetwynd on January 29th, 30th and 31st, 2010.



They played Chetwynd on Friday night at 8:00 p.m., winning 6 - 0.  On Saturday morning they were back on the ice for a 9:15 a.m. game against Fort St. John.  They ended up with a glorious 22 - 4 victory.  They then had the rest of the day to relax, play mini sticks, swim, and do some team bonding.  It was early to bed and early to rise as the team was back on the ice at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.  Everyone was well rested and pulled off a 9 - 0 victory against Dawson Creek.

              At noon on Sunday they played in the final game of the tournament for first place.  They ended up winning the tournament championship by a score of 12 - 2 against Clairmont.  They showed great teamwork and sportsmanship on the ice, and were well behaved, respectful players off the ice.  Way to go, Mustangs!

 COACHES:                            Henry Paquette, Kenny Moon, Bart Balderston

BACK ROW:                            Dylon Tolway, Tate Cook, Dustin Paquette, Logan Moon, Ty May

FRONT ROW:              Neil Slawson, Sydney Morgan, Karsyn May, Troy Morgan, Trey

                                          Wiebe, Thomas Wells, Carson Balderston

MISSING:                            Pete Slawson (coach)

Hythe Elks keeping busy


              The Hythe Elks are keeping busy this year.

              In the fall we hosted the District Fall Meeting, and had approximately 40 members in attendance.

              In December we joined the Royal Purple for an excellent Christmas supper (prepared by the Royal Purple) at our new home in the Hythe Community Centre.  At the Christmas supper, ER Ken Westwater presented Br Eldon Shail with his 65-year pin (see photo).  Br Shail has been a member since January 1943.

              January saw us host a fun-filled weekend of curling for all ages, from 7 to 79.  Winners of the Fun Spiel were Marty Kyle and Kevin Calvert, along with their sons Chace and Ranen.  Look for the 2nd Annual Fun Spiel, coming next January.

              In May we will be hosting the 2010 Walk for Children.  This walk is a 10-km walk to raise money for the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children.

              Recently we gained a couple of new members -- and more new members are always welcome!  To join us, contact any Elks member or come out to our meetings, which are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 8:00 p.m. at the Hythe Community Centre (old Junior High School). 


January 28, 2010

Beaverlodge Cultural Centre News


              After having had many people go through the building working on different projects -- painting, some new flooring, and cleaning -- we are finally open again.

              Our first opening of the year, which will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 31st, will be the annual exhibition from the Fine Arts Department of the Grande Prairie Regional College.  The following information has been provided by Ken Housego on behalf of the Fine Arts Department:

              "We are delighted to announce our annual Visual Arts Exhibition by students in the Fine Arts Department at Grande Prairie Regional College.

              "This exhibition is by 'instructor invitation' only, as we wish to represent the finest and most unique selection of works by both our first- and second-year students.  Works will be in both traditional and digital media format.  This broad overview exhibition will give the prospective viewer a good insight into our Visual Arts programs, and will highlight the accomplishments of our students, many of whom are local to the Beaverlodge, Grande Prairie and Peace River areas.

              "We are very proud of our students' achievements, and this is an exciting opportunity for the students to have their works on exhibition prior to our year-end show.

              "Please come and help us celebrate!  The Fine Arts Department would like to thank the Beaverlodge Cultural Centre for their ongoing support of our program and students."

              We are hoping to have an updated program schedule for classes shortly.  Be sure to check our website, or stop by the Cultural Centre to see what is happening.

              We are also looking for new work for our gift shop.  If you are an artist or crafts person, or know of someone who is and who would be interested in having their work in our Centre, please contact Debbie at 780-354-3600, or send us an e-mail at

              Our hours of operation are Tuesdays through Fridays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  We are closed on Mondays.  We are located at 512 - 5th Avenue in Beaverlodge, and our phone number is 780-354-3600.



Alberta Winter Games-bound!


Congratulations to Jessie Elsender, Averyl Toews and Alecia Speager, Bantam Female hockey players who will be representing Zone 8 at the Alberta Winter Games in February.  Averyl has been playing for the Bantam Female Lightning in Beaverlodge, while Jessie and Alecia have been playing for the Bantam AAA Female Storm in Grande Prairie.  Good luck to all the girls!




Hythe Elks Funspiel Winners


Congratulations to Mary Kyle, Kevin Calvert, Chace Kyle and Ranen Calvert!


January 14, 2010

Grande Prairie District 4-H News



We are well into our new season of 4-H.  We have 11 clubs again this year; however, we did have one club shut down and one new club join us.  We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new Valhalla School 4-H Club into our District, and also to say goodbye and good luck to those members who were part of the Albright 4-H Club.

              On November 21st, the Peace District 4-H clubs joined the regional clubs in an educational day called "Frosty Fest".  While the parents and leaders went to either the Regional Beef Meeting or the Regional Equine Meeting, or took some extra training in leadership or in keeping diaries, the kids took part in 4-H Jeopardy and some other 4-H games.  It was a fun day enjoyed by all.

              Also in November, the District 4-H clubs got together for their annual curling event in Sexsmith.  Everyone had a great ti

me on the ice -- we had everything from young curlers between the ages of 9 and 20 who were out there for their first time ever, to some curlers who play in a league two or three times a week.  During this event, the clubs also collected some toys that were then donated to the "Big Toy Box", as well as some non-perishable food items that were handed out over Christmas to families that are down on their luck.  The 4-H kids had decided that, instead of winning prizes for themselves during the curling, they would rather help out other families and kids during the holiday season.

              The year 2010 started out with a "Dope on Dope" presentation hosted by the Bezanson 4-H Club on January 9th.  This was a very informative talk about drugs by an ex-cop.  We are planning another workshop for the month of January, and our annual public speaking competitions will follow in February.  We will also have 4-H bowling again this year, as well as the much-loved "Friends of 4-H" dance.  The Grande Prairie District is hosting Regional 4-H Days over the weekend of June 25th, 26th and 27th.  Please, everyone, plan to come out and support our local 4-H kids on that weekend.  Happy New Year! 

Hythe Thrift Shoppe Annual Report for 2009

Dorothy Berg


              Due to the high cost of our utilities in 2009, as well as to other expenses, we are unable to give out as much money as in the past -- our apologies.

              Thank you once again to everyone who has either donated items to, or purchased articles from, our Shoppe.  Thank you, too, to Randy, Mike, Dave and Alton, and to my Special Education boys, Jim and Zac, and their TA Ada.  Without you people the Shoppe simply couldn't function.  Thanks as well to Edna, Ivy, Millie, Krystal, Eva, Ruby, Frances, Jean and Beryl, who once again volunteered their time to make it possible to keep the doors open.

              It seems that some people have the idea that we can sell anything at the Shoppe, but this is not so.  If clothing is out of style, dirty or torn, or if socks don't have mates, no one will buy them.  The same goes for furniture that is scratched or broken, or that has torn upholstery; dishes that are chipped, cracked or stained; bedding that is torn or stained; any electrical or electronic equipment that does not work or is missing parts; toys that are broken; and dolls that are dirty or marked with markers, or whose hair has been cut or pulled out.  PLEASE put these things in your own garbage bin, thereby helping us out with our garbage costs, not to mention the time it takes us to go through it all.

              Children are welcome at the Shoppe -- we have toy boxes with shelves of books beside them so that children can entertain themselves.  However, there is no need for them to run around under the racks or to hit other people.  If they do behave in this manner, they will be asked to stop.

              Also, if you feel you can go somewhere else and get any article cheaper than you can at our Shoppe, please feel free to do so -- but please don't complain to the volunteers.  They are harder to come by than customers.