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December 1, 2011

Craft Sale a Huge Success

On Saturday, November 19th, the Hythe Community Centre was full of laughter, visiting, and buying and selling. Over 35 vendors sold wares to a steady flow of customers throughout the day.

Santa arrived at about 12:30 p.m. and visited with both parents and children. A large number of children sat on Santa's knee for pictures, and whispered their Christmas wishes into his ear. The Community Centre partnered with our local Food Bank to serve soup and hot dogs, as well as pie and ice cream. It was refreshing to see the two organizations working together for the betterment of our community. The day was filled with an atmosphere of the Christmas spirit, of sharing, and of good times.

All this was created through the dedication and hard work of the Christmas Craft and Home-Based Business Sale coordinators, Melody Reed and Shirley Fisher. The two ladies were handed a few vendor names and asked to create an event. They did. The vendor list was extensive, the decorations were fabulous, and the atmosphere was friendly and welcoming. Some vendors asked that we keep their names on file, and requested an invite to next year's event. Mel and Shirley worked tirelessly to create an event that Hythe could be proud of, and they did exactly that. Should you run into these two individuals over the Christmas holidays, please let them know that you appreciated their hard work and their commitment to our community.

Marie Elter took pictures of both children and adults with Santa. If you are interested in getting a picture from her, please contact her at 780-512-6032, or via e-mail at We would like to thank Marie for all the time she put into taking these pictures.

Also, thank you to Catherine Dykshoorn and her "wee shadows" for all the snow shovelling they did prior to the event.

In an effort to improve the event for next year, we asked vendors for their input. Some graciously offered their ideas of what was good and where we could improve. We truly appreciate their suggestions. For next year, we suggest local vendors book tables early because we did sell out this year and a few local vendors were disappointed when they were not able to get a table. Please don't wait until the last minute and put yourself in that situation next year.
The success of this event can only be attributed to the involvement and participation of all those who attended -- both vendors and purchasers. We thank each and every one of you.

Door prize winners were as follows:

~ Glass Nail File (donated by Karen Cyre) ......................................... Gwen May
~ Fifth Avenue Jewellery (donated by Karen Cyre) ............................. Kathy Cogbill
~ Christmas Candle Holder (donated by Hythe Community Centre) ..... Chelsey
~ Kids' Basket (donated by Shirley Fisher) ......................................... Cole
~ Snowman ...................................................................................... Christa Isaac
~ Tea Basket (donated by the Robertson family) ................................. Christine Foss
~ Tree Set ........................................................................................ Lexie Orrick
~ Candy Guess ................................................................................. Karsyn May

November 17, 2011

Santa is coming to the Community Centre!
A Hommy-less, grizzly old man   Walked the dark streets of town   Looking for some relatives   Willing to make a donation   to the Food Bank instead of a treat!    The Food Bank received    approximately 40 items   and WE gained a lot of laughs!

An unidentified "Hommy-less" man was successful in convincing a number of Village residents to make much-needed contributions to the Food Bank.
    On November 19th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Santa will be coming from Calgary on his way North.  He will be visiting with the local children at the Hythe Community Christmas Craft and Home Based Business Sale, which will be held between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Hythe Community Centre.  There are 35 tables booked for the sale, which will provide a great opportunity for individuals to do some of their Christmas shopping.  The Community Centre and the local Food Bank, in a joint effort, will be selling lunch.  There will also be door prizes, face painting for the children, and pictures with Santa.
    One week later, on November 26th, the Centre will hold a Christmas Dine & Dance.  Cocktails are at 6:00 p.m.; supper (cooked by Mabel Sudnik) will be at 7:00 p.m.; and a dance will follow at 9:00 p.m. (with music by Ed Bradshaw).  There will also be a silent auction and door prizes.  A draw for $300.00 in cash will be held at 11:30 p.m. -- to qualify, you must be in attendance.  Tickets are $40.00 and can be picked up by calling Vera at 780-356-2634 or the Community Centre at 780-356-2278.

November 3, 2011

Hythe Curling: Always Eventful!

The Hythe Curling Club wishes to thank everyone involved in helping with and working our recent Casino. The

much-needed monies will be spent on updating and improving our facility to help keep our club going. Also, a huge thank you to the painters who put many hours of hard work into repainting the inside of our curling rink. What a welcome improvement to our facility! Thank you also to EnCana and Greg Fraser Electric for taking care of our lighting system in its time of need. We could not continue without great people like you.

This year our Ladies' Bonspiel will be held on February 3rd, 4th and 5th. The theme will be Mardi Gras, so plan ahead for a great costume and a great weekend! Last year our Ladies' Bonspiel theme was The 70s and, as usual, some amazing costumes were put together for the event.

Everyone had a great time -- thank you to all who donated their time and/or prizes. Special thanks to Mel Reed and Shirley Fisher for organizing the event; to Harley Jones, our ever-dedicated "Ice Man"; and to the volunteer bartenders. A great event, as always!

On February 18th, 19th and 20th, 2011, we hosted Curl for the Cure, and thanks to the organizers (Cindy McNeil and Don Pandachuk, along with their crew of helpers), this event was a great success. There was a silent auction on Friday and Saturday, and a live auction on Saturday night. Also, there was a great potluck supper and lots of costumes and fun. This is always a unique event, with each game having challenges for every end. Thirteen teams managed to raise around $10,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. This season we will be holding the Curl for the Cure event on February 17th, 18th and 19th, so think pink and come join the fun in 2012!

Our Closing Bonspiel will be held on March 9th, 10th and 11th -- but there is lots of curling to be done before then!


October 20, 2011

Fire Training Centre Opens

October 4, 2011 --

The County of Grande Prairie's Reeve Everett McDonald, along with members of Council, joined Fire Chief Everett Cooke today at the County Fire Training Centre for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting to mark the official opening of the new facility.

The open house featured an inaugural live run-through demonstration of the training ground, performed by paid on-call firefighters. Afterwards, Council and members of the media went through the facility on an in-depth tour of the Centre.

Construction on the County Fire Training Centre began in July and cost $60,000 to build. It is a multi-storey structure with internal facilities to allow for fire suppression, interior fire suppression training, and interior search and rescue and confined space operations. Specific locations are designated for extrication training, and there is provision for simulated vehicle fires and propane container fires.

County firefighters will begin training in the new facility immediately. Previously, entry-level firefighters were sent to training centres elsewhere in the province, such as Vermilion and Nisku, at a cost of around $3,000 per firefighter. Now, with the County Fire Training Centre operational, any future scheduled entry-level training will save the County $3,000 per firefighter. Even with the cost of the facility, this year alone the County will save around $30,000. The benefits of the training centre don't just stop at training County firefighters either; next year, plans are to incorporate features for high angle rescues, with a long-term goal of becoming a regional training centre.

"It's a great achievement for our firefighters to have their own training centre," boasts proud Reeve Everett McDonald. "Thanks to the generous donations of time and money from multiple corporate donors, we stand here today in this facility that allows us to experience actual fires in a controlled and safe environment."

Adult Learning Council Receives Donation

South Peace Rural Community Learning is pleased to accept a $2,000 donation from EnCana Corporation to be used towards the purchase of new video conferencing equipment. SPRCL is now able to host video conferencing courses for the first time ever! The courses being offered are: Juggling Elephants (learning to use your time and energy more efficiently and effectively); Planning for Post-Secondary Education; Fundraising Ideas (200 ideas for fundraising); and Meeting Skills for Results (focusing on the issues -- what works? -- that produce results).

Together with their partners, they would also like you to know about the 10th Annual Caregivers Conference coming up on October 27th. This one-day conference is for anyone who provides care for a family member, friend or client who is chronically ill, disabled, or otherwise impaired. Come out for a day of relaxation, fun and rejuvenation. The theme this year is "Take Time," so take this opportunity to learn to balance a life of caring for others with caring for yourself.

Be sure to check out the many courses offered within our communities in SPRCL's Fall and Winter Calendar.

For more information on any of the above, please call 780-354-2656, or check them out online at

October 6, 2011

The “Thumb Ring” Campaign

Reminds Drivers about Alberta's New Distracted Driving Legislation

During the noon hour on Wednesday, September 21st, Beaverlodge RCMP and Victims' Services 

handed out "No Distractions" thumb rings in the parking lot of the Beaverlodge Regional High School. Almost 50 rings were distributed to students, and even to some teachers. The RCMP hopes that the rings will remind drivers about the new distracted driving legislation, which came into effect on September 1st.

For Victims' Services, the thumb ring campaign is about more than the legislation; it is about accident prevention and reduction of calls to Victims' Services to assist families in dealing with the aftermath of a distracted driving motor vehicle accident. Hopefully, drivers receiving the thumb rings will take away the message that any act that distracts a person from being able to concentrate fully on his driving could potentially be lethal -- whether or not it contravenes legislation.

September 22, 2011

Cutting the Ribbon on a Sustainable Rural Future
Rural Alberta's most Sustainable Community Centre ready to open its doors!

DEMMITT, AB - September 6, 2011 -

Four years ago, the tiny hamlet of Demmitt (60 minutes northwest of Grande Prairie, Alberta) was at a crossroad. Like most similar-sized communities, it had to decide whether to lock the doors on its aging hall and disband, or else rethink what being a rural community means. Demmitt chose to imagine a new future. This month (Sunday, September 25th) marks the unveiling of the symbol of Demmitt's new start -- its new sustainable Community Centre.

The new 10,000-square foot facility brings together a stunning architectural design with innovative sustainable technology, such as passive solar heating, a state-of-the-art HRV (heat recovery ventilator), and composting toilets. The building also draws on traditional craft building practices, such as straw bale walls, blacksmith-ed railings and, most prominently, a timber-frame structure.

The timber frame embodies the Demmitt Cultural Society's commitment to the community and the environment. Only a few years earlier, these timbers were mountain pine beetle-killed trees. The community r

esponded to the massive infestation of the region's pine trees by focusing on sustainability.

As the Society's President, Peter von Tiesenhausen, observed, "traditional timber framing is a timeless way of building. It has a strong drawing power -- it brings in a diversity of people interested in craftsmanship, and bonds them together for a common goal."

The project has been broadly supported from all levels of government, most importantly the Government of Canada's Community Adjustment Fund, which is administered by Western Economic Diversification Canada. Additional support was provided by the provincial Community Facility Enhancement Program and a County of Grande Prairie Capital Assistance Grant. The building, moreover, was built on-time and on-budget, using careful planning and a considerable commitment from volunteers and local trades.

"Our Government, through Canada's Economic Action Plan, is proud to have supported this important initiative," said Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. "The new Demmitt Community Centre will help enhance the local economy by attracting visitors and continuing to offer opportunities for community residents to come together. I am convinced that this project will foster strong community spirit for generations to come."

The ribbon cutting begins at 4:00 p.m. on September 25th, and it will be followed by a free barbecue. At 7:30 p.m. the Society kicks off the first event in the fourth season of the Borderline Series -- a concert featuring blues master Matt Andersen, Juno-nominated alt-country performer Del Barber, and local blues duo Celeigh Cardinal and Daniel Zeggelaar. Tickets for the concert are available online at, or by calling 780-356-2409.

September 8, 2011

Fair Day was a “fair weather” day!
By Lori Hewitt, Fair Coordinator

Hooray!! The rain stayed away so everyone could come out and play! But in order to play, you must also have volunteers to put on the show, and what a wonderful group of volunteers we had again this year. Huge thanks go out to the following for making this year's Fair the success it was:

  • Matthew Robertson, Travis Peterson and the Village's summer students for all their help moving tables and helping with set-up at the Arena and the Curling Rink, and for making sure everything was mowed and in tiptop shape for Fair day.

  • Michelle Huey for sending out letters to all the businesses inviting them to take part in the parade.

  • The Curling Club and the Athletic Association for the use of their facilities for the exhibits, the trade show and the kids' events.

  • The Hythe Elks and the Hythe Fire Department for the wonderful pancake breakfast.

  • Christene Livingstone, Judy Amendt and Frank Webb for judging the parade entries and getting the floats moved out on time.

  • Renay Morgan for organizing the trade show. There were 18 vendors this year, with a huge variety of wares for sale.

  • Terry Hatfield for organizing and delivering the interdenominational church service, and Mariann Knapcik and her crew for the fabulous music and songs provided.

  • The Hythe Swimming Pool and the Community Centre for taking on the job of running the booth at the Arena. The sold-out taco salad was everyone's favourite!

  • Randy & Patti Nichol for again running a successful heavy draft horse show. If you have never taken in this event, I encourage you to do so next year as it is amazing how majestic and well-trained the horses are ... always a wonder to watch.

  • Kim Moodie and Willow Hauber for bringing back and running the light horse show.

  • The Curling Club and the Hythe Elks for the fabulous roast pork supper. Kudos!

  • The Hythe Mustangs for playing street hockey with the kids. There were some kids playing pretty hard, which in turn gave the Mustangs (who are still officially on summer break) a run for their money!

  • The Valhalla 4-H Beef Club for running the Farm Safety Corral. Kids were thrilled to win new helmets, first aid kits, Movietown gift certificates and piggy banks. Everyone won a prize, and also learned a thing or two about farm safety.

  • Cindy Longson for helping out with all the school work exhibits again this year.

  • Michelle Huey and Audrey Crichton for organizing the exhibit show. People don't realize how big this job is. It requires several days of planning, as well as being on site to organize, to collect entries, to make sure all the setting up and judging is done, and to make sure everything goes smoothly ... which it did. A huge thank you to you both, ladies!

  • All the conveners and judges, and Corinne Peterson, Dianne Brandsater and Audrey Crichton for running the admissions booth.

  • Everyone who entered a float in the parade. We even saw the fire truck from Tomslake, and I heard nothing but good words about our parade from everyone.

  • Everyone who had a trade show table. It's great to see such a variety of things to buy ... from baking to crafts to candles to holidays!

  • All those who took the time to enter their exhibits. The count was down again this year; we need more entries to keep this venue going. People were walking out with some good prize money. My kids alone each won over $20.00 for the things they entered. So start thinking about next year's entries -- don't leave it to the last minute because, as we all know, summer is a busy time for everyone.

  • Everyone who entered horses in either one of the horse shows. The weather was a little more cooperative this year, thus allowing the competitions to go right to the end

Hosting a Fair, with everything for the kids being FREE, also costs a lot of money, so a very gracious thank you goes out to all our sponsors:

Alberta Canola Producers Commission

Artesian Insurance (Grande Prairie)
Artesian Realty & Insurance (Hythe)
ATB Financial (Hythe)
Community Futures (Grande Prairie & Region)
ConocoPhillips Canada

Craig Hewitt Consulting

D. Pearson Northern Ltd.

Donation in Memory of Nils Kjemhus

EnCana Corporation


Houle's Pharmacy

Hythe Bigway

Hythe Fire Department

Hythe Thrift Shoppe

Jim Third Contracting Ltd.

Nodes Construction

Royal Canadian Legion #93

Once again, thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make the 36th Annual Hythe & District Ag Fair go off without a hitch. If I missed anyone, please know that your part did not go unnoticed, and I thank you.

My final thank you is to you -- the community -- for coming out and showing your community spirit. The streets were packed with onlookers for the parade; the chairs were all filled at the church service; the Arena was filled with nothing but laughter from the kids; the bleachers were completely filled with spectators at the horse shows; the Curling Rink was abuzz with people checking out the trade show and the exhibit entries; and both the breakfast tent and the Legion were packed with hungry people. Without your support there would be no Fair. Thank you and see you again ... yes, at least for one more year!

The winner of the Swimming Pool's quilt raffle was Ada Ray, and the winners of the on site 50/50 draws were Marilyn Woloszyn ($100) and Roy Welds ($250). Roy has yet to claim his prize, so if you know Roy, please let him know he has until September 30, 2011 to claim his winnings. He can contact me, Lori Hewitt, at 780-356-3238 (evenings only). If he does not claim his prize by the end of the month, the funds will go to the Swimming Pool.

August 25, 2011

Community Centre Moving forward!

It is difficult to believe that our summer is almost over, but the calendar does not lie, nor do the yellow leaves that are beginning to appear on the trees.

     Over the summer the Centre has undergone a few changes. We completed renovations on the CNRL Conference Room, finished painting the north hallway, and have started renos in the craft room. We also have two new signs outside the building, so no longer do we need to refer to our location as "the old school." The large sign on the lawn was donated by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. It will be used to advertise upcoming events at the Centre.
A sincere thank you to John Lieverse and his staff. As well, over the summer we welcomed Michelle Huey and Renay Morgan to our building. They have opened up MR. Books Bookkeeping.

     With fall approaching, we are now looking at programs.
Wide World of Walking will continue. Anyone wishing to walk the hallways and track their miles is most welcome to join the already dedicated group. Creative Kids will continue with Shannon Kirk, as will Monica Shaw's FCSS-run Play Castle. In addition, we will be offering Zumba with Ellis Van Schuur; Fit in Fitness (this is a circuit class which includes some weightlifting) with Danielle Scott; Sit and Be Fit with Joanne Saunders; Books for Babies with Jennifer Spencer; Drop-in Sewing; and, in all likelihood, a computer class. For information on these classes, please call the Centre at 780-356-2778. If there are other classes you would like to see offered, or if you are willing to offer a class of some type yourself, please call us. Also watch for the start-up of Movie Nights. If anyone is interested in starting a weekly badminton/volleyball evening, please contact the Centre.

     Each time we have an event in the gym, our volunteers struggle to set up the heavy tables. We are now in the process of purchasing lighter, more manageable ones. The proceeds from our first garage sale allowed us to buy 10 tables, and a generous donation from West Fab Manufacturing Ltd. allowed us to purchase another 10. If you or your business is interested in helping with this project, please contact Vera Tyberg, the coordinator for this fundraiser, at 780-356-2634.

     The Community Centre project is a huge one. Making it work takes dedication and hours of labour. We would like to thank the community members who have supported us and who continue to support us, as well as the many volunteers who have put work into this venture. With that being said, watch for information regarding our Open House and Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, September 24th.

Please check our new sign and the Hythe Headliner for dates and times of our events and programs.   

August 11, 2011

C.O.W. Bus Mooves into Town
By Karen Bass

The C.O.W. (Classroom on Wheels) is a bookmobile with a free drop-in program for parents and their children aged from birth to six years. Facilitators model literacy activities and encourage parents to read to their children.

On June 16th, a bus that looked suspiciously like a cow parked in front of the Hythe Public Library. For the third consecutive year, the C.O.W. bus had come for a visit.
Why is this important? Having parents (or someone special) read aloud with their children helps children to learn listening skills, vocabulary and language skills, as well as to develop imagination and creativity. Reading to children helps improve their academic skills -- even math. And how they do in school has an impact on how they function as adults. 
This is hugely important stuff, but if that doesn't resonate for you, think of how special it is to take a few minutes with your child and cuddle together with a book -- it is an oasis in a busy day, one in which memories of togetherness are created.

The Centre for Family Literacy runs the C.O.W. bus, taking it to rural and urban communities around the province. It rolled into Hythe on a rainy morning, but when the rain eased off, over 20 parents and children boarded the bus and enjoyed the chance to read together in a fun and stimulating environment. Jennifer Spencer won a draw to take home a bundle of books to share with her family.

When the C.O.W. bus mooved on, it left a "deposit" behind. Not the kind cows usually leave, but a box full of picture books that will be available for children and their parents to borrow from the library.  

June 16, 2011

New signs are definitely a “Welcome” sight!

The Village of Hythe would like to thank the Hythe & District Chamber of Commerce for purchasing the new "Welcome to Hythe" signs. Thanks also to Corinne Peterson and Renay Morgan for designing the signs and doing the paperwork and planning. A big thank you goes to Stan Hanson for organizing the volunteers and spending many hours installing the signs. The Village would also like to thank the many volunteers who gave time or materials. Thanks to:

Al Greber

Alec McPherson
Barb Hanson
Barry Reed

Bill Greber
Bob Reber
Brian Tollefsrud
Clayton Greber
D. Pearson Northern
Dakota Hogg
Darcy Funk
Dave Arberry

Dennis Ellingboe

Frank Webb

Glenn Peterson

Hythe Bigway - Doug Burdess

Hythe Welding - Kelly Isaac
Ledarco - Bevan Toews & Landon Reimer
Martin Harder
Myles Lacey
Nodes Construction
Norman Hanson
Richard Smith
South Peace Distributors - Max MacAulay

We apologize if we have missed thanking anyone who contributed to the installation of the signs

Photos courtesy of Christene Livingstone

June 2, 2011

Italy, Not Japan, 2011

The Hythe Regional School Travel Club's trip during Spring Break was originally set for Japan. However, when the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit, their plans were immediately and radically altered. Thankfully, their tour company, EF Tours, came through for them in a big, big way. What resulted was one of the best trips ever!



May 19, 2011

HRS: “We Walk Among You”


During the week of May 1 - 7, 2011, staff and students from Peace Wapiti School Division #76 were set to take part in several activities to help raise awareness about mental health. May 4th was "Hats On! for Mental Health Day," and participating schools relaxed their hat rules and encouraged students and teachers to build understanding and awareness of the importance of good mental health by wearing hats to school. On May 5th, a number of schools (including Hythe Regional School) organized a mental health awareness walk. The walk, titled "We Walk Among You," allowed participants to take a break, get outside and, most importantly, bring mental health awareness to their communities. Throughout the week, schools also participated in lessons and presentations to learn more about mental health.

Staff and students from Hythe Regional School walked
through the Village of Hythe for about 40 minutes on
Thursday, May 5th to raise awareness for mental health.

Current estimates indicate that one in five children (aged 4-17) suffers from some kind of mental illness. About 250,000 young Canadians show symptoms of depression and about the same number have persistent thoughts of suicide. One study found that at least 13 per cent of adolescents engaged in some form of self-abuse, such as cutting or burning their skin or hitting themselves. Such practices are usually signs of low self-esteem or feelings of worthlessness, though children who injure themselves are usually of average to above-average intelligence and come from middle- to upper-class backgrounds. Unfortunately, most children with mental health issues are not diagnosed or treated. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, mental health services are often neglected by the Canadian health care system, and services for children receive even less attention.

In May 2009, the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) launched a partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association's (CMHA's) Alberta Division to raise awareness of mental illness among school-aged children. "Mental illness, even in moderate cases, can affect a child's relationship with family and friends, their physical health, and their school performance," says Jonathan Teghtmeyer, an executive staff officer with the ATA. Teachers see many students suffering from stress, depression, eating disorders, self-abuse, and even thoughts of suicide, Teghtmeyer says. "While such problems are family and health issues, they're also educational concerns because they affect a child's ability to learn. Teachers play an important role because they'll often notice a student's mental health situation before the child's parents or medical practitioners." The objective of the ATA campaign is to increase awareness of mental health concerns and to raise funds to support the work of the CMHA. It's also hoped that the project will help teachers recognize the symptoms of mental illness in their students, and learn how best to handle situations that arise in the classroom due to mental illness.

May 5, 2011

Hythe Annual Community Pancake Supper Photo Gallery


Carol Descoteaux was our very efficient pancake flipper!

There was a great turnout at the Community Pancake Supper at the Hythe Legion on April 27th. Did YOU remember to come and take advantage of the delicious (not to mention FREE) meal?

Deputy Mayor Lyle Sipe (left) and Mayor Gary Burgess -- sausage cookers extraordinaire!

 Congratulations to Lori Hewitt (centre), recipient of this year's Ken Brandsater Memorial Volunteer of the Year award. Presenting the plaque to Lori were Ken's daughters, Kenna Peterson (left) and Leah Moon. Lori has decided to divide her $1,000 prize money amongst the three organizations she volunteers for: the Hythe Ag Fair, the Hythe Pool, and the Stollery Children's Hospital. Thanks, Lori!

Monica Shaw presented a "Leader of Tomorrow" award to an outstanding young man -- Peter Dykshoorn.


Entertainment by the Awana Club - winners of the Car rally.

April 14, 2011

Done, but not forgotten, for another year

Hythe Minor Hockey wraps up 2010-11 season

By Renay Morgan & Stacey Schuett

Hythe Minor Hockey held their Year End Wind-Up on Monday, March 21st. The event is always kind of bittersweet as it signals the end of the hockey season, but at the same time it's great to see everyone in one place at the same time. And as usual, the supper was fantastic!!

After everyone had been fed, Minor Hockey President Bart Balderston started the evening off by introducing us to the cutest, toughest junior novice team around! Each year the coaches have the pleasure of choosing three players to receive the Esso medals of achievement: Most Dedicated, Most Improved, and Most Sportsmanlike. This year I had a hard time focusing on what Coach Balderston was saying because of a certain young man who wanted to be at the podium, and involved in all the hustle and bustle. I'm sure I wasn't the only one with tears of laughter running down my face. Being the professional that he is, Coach Balderston picked the kid up and carried on with his speech ... priceless! The Most Dedicated Jr. Novice players for the 2010-11 hockey season were Sam Antonio and Khai Lacey; the Most Improved player was Landon Letendre; and the Most Sportsmanlike award went to Owen Rude. Well done, everyone -- and congratulations on a great year of hockey!

The Atom team was by far the most diverse group of kids anywhere!! Girls, boys, big, small -- this team had it all! Coach Scott Wells did a fantastic job and made it fun for everyone, which is so important to each and every child. I think Coach Wells was almost crying when explaining how proud he was of his team. This year the Esso medals of achievement went to Sydney Morgan for being the Most Dedicated player, Kale Spencer for being the Most Improved player, and Karsyn May for being the Most Sportsmanlike player. Way to go, kids!!

The PeeWee Mustangs had a great year, battling hard to finish third in final league standings. They also went to the last and deciding game in Provincial playdowns, losing in overtime to end the season. It was a hard way to lose, but these young men played their hearts out. It will be a year to remember! This year's Most Dedicated player award went to Carson Balderston; the Most Improved player award went to goaltender Denton Jones; and the Most Sportsmanlike player award went to Ty May. The coaches also had the difficult job of pick a PeeWee MVP for the year. While I'm sure the recipient would tell you all his teammates deserved the award, it was Riley Schuett who was chosen to take home the trophy. Congratulations, Riley!

This year the recipients of the Willie McCallum Memorial Unsung Hero awards were Jr. Novice Matthew Kjemhus, Atom Thomas Wells, and PeeWee Neil Slawson. I'm positive Willie would have approved of these players being chosen. It was great to have Willie's grandson (and Dawson Creek Rage winger) Tyson McCallum there to present the awards!

The recipient of this year's Volunteer of the Year award was the very deserving Stacey Schuett, who always puts everything she has into supporting hockey in our community. Thanks, and congratulations, Stacey!

With the hockey season in the books for another year, there are, as usual, a number of people to thank. First of all, we'd like to thank all our little Mustangs for the heart and soul they put into their games and into representing Hythe. Thanks also to all the parents and grandparents for all the hours spent in the old barn, and to all the kids' dedicated fans for coming out to cheer them on.

Special thanks to our coaches, who gave up so many hours, nights and weekends to our players. Our coaches this year were Bart Balderston, Brian Antonio, Greg Kjemhus, Darren Rude, Kris Spencer, Scott Wells, Clint Cook, Pete Slawson, Kenny Moon, Aaron Miller and Clayton Christie.

We also appreciate the work our Executive puts into our association. Thanks go to President Bart Balderston, Vice-Presidents Dennis May and Brian Antonio, Secretary Erin Lacey, Treasurer Renay Morgan, and Registrar Gwen May. Thanks also to 50/50 Organizer Stacey Schuett, Casino Chairperson Debbie Oakford, Clinic Organizer Leona Gould, and Picture Organizer Kerri Kjemhus.

We would also like to extend a big thank you to our wonderful arena staff. New to our arena this year were Larry and Shauna Adams, who were a great asset and who worked very hard to make our arena look and feel great. Not only was it always clean, but the ice was also superb and the decor was very festive. Thanks also to their helpers, Loyd Bartsch and Kenny Huey. And, of course, thank you to Dorothy Flaten and Darlene Stilwell for once again giving us awesome food to feed our families throughout the hockey season.

While this was definitely one of the most excellent years ever, Hythe Minor Hockey is already looking forward to making the 2011-12 season the best yet! Hockey in Hythe is not only affordable, but it is also a great opportunity for kids to experience being part of a team, to learn sportsmanship, to have fun and, of course, to stay physically active. Hockey is a sport that can be played throughout a person's lifetime, so why not start now? Our fall meeting and registration night will be held during the first week in September (watch for further ads). If you have any questions about Hythe Minor Hockey, or about our registration fees or anything else related to our association, please contact Bart at 780-356-3357 or Renay at 780-356-3616.



    Sam Antonio, Khai Lacey, Sydney Morgan & Carson Balderston


    Landon Letendre, Kale Spencer & Denton Jones


    Owen Rude, Karsyn May & Ty May

  4. HMH PEEWEE MVP (2010-11):

    Riley Schuett


    Stacey Schuett


    Matthew Kjemhus, Thomas Wells & Neil Slawson

April 7, 2011

Bringing the Community Together:
Community Centre Garage Sale a Huge Success

On March 26th and 27th, the Hythe Community Centre held a garage sale where one person's "junk" soon became someone else's "treasure."

Aside from the Community Centre, eight other vendors displayed and sold a large variety of goods to the public. The Community Centre's tables were filled with articles donated by members of the community, and monies from the sale will go towards the purchase of new tables.

In late May or early June we will be holding another such sale. Watch for signs and posters detailing specific dates. Also, when you do your spring cleaning, please gather up any unwanted items and donate them to the Centre. Our goal is to raise enough money to be able to purchase the new tables by the fall. If you need us to pick up your items, please call the Centre at 780-356-2778.

Once again, we wish to thank our community for their donations and for purchasing items. Also, thank you to all the volunteers who helped organize this event. Without you, events like this would not happen.

                                                         Touring the New STARS Base in Grande Prairie

Christene Livingstone and Judy Amendt, on behalf of the Village, recently attended a reception and tour of the new Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) Grande Prairie Base. They saw the STARS Critical Care Simulation Centre, and toured the brand new facility and the STARS helicopters. Very interesting. So thankful that STARS is now in northwestern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia. "TOO MANY PEOPLE were dying unnecessarily," said Dr. Gregory Powell, STARS Founder and President, and Chief Executive Officer. And so, 25 years ago, STARS was birthed. Their mission: the care and transport of critically ill and injured patients


March 24, 2011

Last Borderline Culture Series show at historic Demmitt Hall

Since 1980, the Ray Lake Dancers Community Hall has played host to square dancers from as far away as the Arctic Circle. On Saturday, March 26th, an era will end and a new one will begin as Calgary Blues great Tim Williams plays the last show before the Borderline Culture Series moves to its stunning new home -- the straw-bale, timber-frame, sustainable Demmitt Community Centre.

"You can still feel the energy of dancers from the past twirling across this dance floor," noted the Series' last performer, Canadian folk legend Valdy, at a show earlier in March. Banners line the walls from square dance clubs from as far away as Inuvik, for whom Demmitt was once a square dancing Mecca. This reputation has now extended into live music and sustainable building, and demonstrates the resilience of rural Albertans as they transform and reinvent themselves.

Organizers say the new hall will be complete by the end of the month. A tour of the facility will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on March 26th, just prior to the Tim Williams concert, which begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the concert are available online at, or by calling 780-356-2409. To learn more about the project or to make a donation, please visit

Wii Bowling “League” set to wrap up

For the past several weeks, the Hythe Library has been running a Wii Bowling "League" for kids on Thursday evenings. Participants have been very enthusiastic, and have enjoyed both the bowling AND the snacks that were frequently offered.

The bowling "season" will wrap up on March 24th -- but we still have our Wii and are looking for ideas as to how else we could use it to bring members of the community into our Library. Suggestions, anyone?

March 10, 2011

HRS Panther Win Silver Medal at Districts

The Hythe Regional Girls' Basketball team attended the Peace Wapiti District Championships in Sexsmith on February 26th.

The girls met Bezanson (the team that knocked them out of the tournament last year) in the semi-final. It was time for some payback. Both teams played a great game and the score was close throughout. However, due to the excellent ball movement and passing of the Panthers, they were able to come out on top by a score of 41-33, thus securing themselves a spot in the final against Sexsmith.

The Panthers were very determined in the final and worked really hard. They continued their excellent ball movement, but were unable to capitalize on their chances. Even though they attempted more shots than Sexsmith did, they still came out on the losing end.

Congratulations to the HRS Panthers on a very successful season. They were set to travel to High Level on the weekend of March 4th and 5th to participate in Zone finals. Results were not yet available at press time.

HRS' Stephanie Wilson hustles in on the fastbreak.

New Demmitt Community Centre Nears Completion

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Demmitt's Borderline Culture Series was set to play host to two long-time favourite Canadian performers in March as the Demmitt Cultural Society makes the transition from its old hall to its new 6,300-sq ft sustainable straw-bale timber-frame Community Centre, which promises to be the premier venue for live music in the Peace Region. The Society hopes that these two events will help it raise the final amount needed to complete the project

Valdy, who has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for years, was scheduled to play the old Demmitt Hall on Thursday, March 3rd, and Tim Williams will perform on Saturday, March 26th.

Tim Williams' career began in the coffee houses of southern California in the mid-1960s, and continues today around the world from his home base on the Canadian Prairies. Tim has played festivals, folk clubs, concert halls and roadhouses from Rabat, Morocco to Melbourne, Australia, and from Dawson City, Yukon Territory to Zihuatanejo, Mexico -- all to huge acclaim. His guitar skills are frequently compared to Ry Cooder and David Lindley (and like them, Tim plays a wealth of other string instruments as well), and his songwriting has won praise from the likes of Tom Russell and Willie Nelson. A string of Maple Blues Award nominations (Toronto Blues Society), two Juno Award nominations, five Betty Mitchell Awards for composition/musical direction in Theatre, and roughly a dozen awards from Real Blues magazine (as artist, guitarist and producer) attest to the high calibre of his work.

Prior to the concert on March 26th (which begins at 8:00 p.m.), there will be a tour of the new sustainable Community Centre beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are available at the Crystal Centre Box Office, online at, or by calling 780-538-0387.

To learn more about the project or to donate, please visit

February 24, 2011

Valhalla 4-H Beef Club News

By Damon Nayko

The 2011 year has started off with a lot of fun for our club. We had a fantastic time sledding down the Spring Lake Ski Hill, and Speech Night took place on February 11th. There are some other important events coming up quickly that we need to prepare for.

Our farm tour is scheduled for February 26th at the Moutray farm. It will start at 9:00 a.m. Please bring your own snacks and drinks.

District Public Speaking will take place on March 5th at the Clairmont School. It will begin at 1:00 p.m. Everyone make sure your speeches are ready and rehearsed.

Our bottle drive is scheduled for April 9th. Anyone who wishes to donate bottles can call Pat Moutray at 780-356-2372, and arrangements can be made to collect your bottles.

Beaverlodge 4-H Beef Club News

By Nicole and Katlyn

On February 7th, the Beaverlodge 4-H Club had our meeting. We discussed Public Speaking, which was held at the Albright Hall at 4:30 p.m. on February 14th. Those who placed first go on to the District level of Public Speaking, which will be held on March 5th.

On April 2nd this year, our club is doing a spring workshop in Grande Prairie. We will let you know the time and place later, but in the meantime, WE NEED HELP!!! We will be having a meeting to plan the workshop at the Albright Hall at 7:00 p.m. on February 28th. 4-H members -- please watch for details.

District Bowling will take place at the 10-Pin Bowling Alley in Grande Prairie beginning at 10:00 a.m. on April 9th. Please call Brittany Jones if you want to go.

The Spring Rally will be held in Fairview on April 16th.

Our next meeting is set for March 7th at 7:30 p.m. at the Albright Hall.

February 10, 2011

HRS “A” Girls show well at Valleyview tournament

The Hythe Regional Panthers recently participated in the Hillside Junior High Cougars' Invitational Basketball Tournament in Valleyview. They started off the tournament with a victory over Ridge Valley on the Friday night, and followed that up on the Saturday morning with another victory over Grimshaw.

The Panthers ran into a tough opponent in their third game and, despite leading for most of the first half, ended up losing to Sexsmith, the eventual tournament winners.

Hythe's fourth and final game of the tournament came against the host Cougars. After falling behind by 12 points in the first quarter, the Panthers battled back, eventually taking the lead in the fourth quarter. It was a back-and-forth contest the rest of the way, with the Panthers taking a 2-point lead with 26 seconds left to play. Hillside managed to tie the game with only 6 seconds left, and with Hythe unable to score in the final seconds, the game ended in a regulation tie.

Hythe and Hillside ended the tournament with identical records; however, the first tie-breaker was points-for-and-against. The Panthers had a decided advantage in that department and could have claimed the silver medal; however, they preferred to decide it on the court. Therefore, a 5-minute overtime period was played. The Panthers fell behind by 8 points early and couldn't recover, eventually losing by 3 points.

Prior to the tournament, the girls had played only one game so far this season. They all put forth a terrific effort and played great. Congratulations, girls, and good luck with the rest of the season. Special congratulations to Leah Friesen and Toni Savard, who won the shooting competition for the girls!! Way to go!!

PHOTO CAPTION: Toni "Sureshot" Savard (left) and Leah "Fastbreak" Friesen were the shooting competition winners for the girls at a recent basketball tournament held in Valleyview.

Local photographer a winner in recent contest

Congratulations to local photographer Cathy Bartsch, whose photo Wild at Heart placed fifth in the "Creative Photos" category of the 2010 County/Watson's Foto Source Photo Contest.

The 2010 event boasted the largest number of participants to date, with 49 amateur photographers entering a total of 212 submissions. County Reeve Everett McDonald described the event as a collection of photos that represented the talent and passion that exists in our community. "The breathtaking scenic shots depicted the rustic beauty of our County, and the creative photos captured your imagination," he said.

All of the winners were recognized at an event at the Ramada Inn & Travel Centre on Wednesday, January 26th. The event also served as the official launch for the 2011 contest, which will feature three separate categories: "Scenes of the County," "Creative Photos," and "Old Historic Black & White Photos."

The 2010 photos are available for viewing on the County's website at

January 27, 2011

The Chilly (and Snowy) Outdoors Can Offer Fitness Fun, says TOPS

During this time of year, it's a natural instinct for our bodies to tell us to stay indoors and load up on calories to keep warm and cozy all winter long. But this sort of lifestyle may cause one to pack on the pounds, and can lead to a range of health-related concerns.
While some prefer to head to the gym to keep up their fitness routine, Amy Goldwater, M.S., educator, former body-building champion, and physical fitness expert for TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the non-profit weight-loss support organization, recommends a list of creative outdoor activities to enjoy with family and friends.

"Fun activities like snowball fights, making snow angels, and building a snowman count as exercise and burn calories," Goldwater notes. "For example, a 150-pound person burns an average of 285 calories per hour building a snowman, 319 calories per hour during that snowball fight, and 214 calories per hour making snow angels."
Other winter "fitness" activities to consider include:
- building a snow fort or igloo;
- playing chase, tag, or hide-and-seek;
- having a scavenger hunt for winter nature items -- such as animal tracks, pine cones or birds' nests;
- shovelling a path in the yard to make a maze;
- setting up an obstacle course in the yard with jumps, tunnels, and other challenges; or
- playing frisbee/disc golf on a local course or at home.

All of these activities burn a significant number of calories during participation. In fact, an hour of snow shovelling can burn 340 calories.

Traditional outdoor winter activities are also excellent fitness opportunities, according to Goldwater. Ice-skating, hiking in the snow, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing all offer great cardiovascular workouts. Remember to dress warmly and in layers; stay hydrated; keep hands, feet and head warm with outerwear; and keep an eye on the weather forecast for snow and windchill warnings.
Eat a light snack an hour or two before working out, to add energy and to prevent distracting hunger pangs. Ideal snack options should be low-fat and include things like fruit smoothies; a few handfuls of nuts; hard-boiled eggs; and fast-digesting, high-glycemic fresh fruit like watermelon, grapes, pineapple and bananas.
"Sunblock is important in the winter, too," Goldwater says. "Using an SPF of 15 or higher will help protect your skin from sunburn that can occur when exercising in snow or at high altitudes. Also, don't forget to wear a lip balm that contains sunscreen."
TOPS Club Inc. was established more than 63 years ago to champion weight-loss support and success. Founded and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness information, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings. TOPS has about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. The Hythe chapter meets every Monday at the Hythe Continuing Care Centre.

January 12, 2011

Make your resolutions a reality in 2011

One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to get fit and lose weight. The real challenge, however, is to stick to the plan once you've made it! Start by making resolutions that are achievable, maintainable, good for your health, and behaviour-oriented. If you do this and follow the 11 tips below, next New Year's Eve you will be able to look back and toast your incredible accomplishments in 2011.

#1 - Make one resolution at a time. A single focus increases your likelihood of being successful.

#2 - Make a resolution that is a balance between your body type and your self-image, rather than bowing to pressures from magazines and movies. Basically, there are three body types: tall and slim (ectomorph); round, and therefore inclined to have a round face and chest (endomorph); or mesomorph (larger chest, smaller hips and large shoulders). Everyone is a combination of these types, but most tend to be predominantly one type. Looking and feeling your best is what is important! Get rid of thinking in absolutes. Take your inspiration from real people! Then, rather than being disappointed, you will be thrilled at how well you look and feel with an energetic, healthy body.

#3 - Write down your goals. Studies show that you are far more likely to achieve your goals when you write them down.

#4 - List what you expect to give up to get what you want. You may need to give up some small things in order to reach your goal, but small changes can add up to big successes! One less sugar in your coffee, parking your car for one day a week, or walking around the block on your lunch hour are all small changes that can equal large gains.

#5 - Enlist some expert advice/help. How about reading a great book or article about fitness or healthy eating? (Just be sure first to check out the author's credentials!) If you are choosing a fitness club, look for certified, professional staff with degrees in kinesiology or physical education, and certification or some sort of training from a professional body such as the Canadian Fitness Professionals.

#6 - Check out your attitude and know what motivates you. It's as simple as deciding to be happy with each step you make. If you want to lose weight, for example, congratulate yourself each time you show up at your fitness club, or each time you skip the extra butter on your popcorn at the movies!

#7 - Practice your new behaviour regularly. Once it is part of your weekly routine, it will become easier and you will have a better chance of making it a habit.

#8 - Don't go at it too hard! Remember, only 30 minutes of physical activity three times a week will have a significant impact on how you look and feel.

#9 - Get friends and family onside with your resolution. It's a great way to strengthen your resolve and you'll have your own cheering section. Telling someone about your goal and writing it down is a great success strategy. Also, this could help you identify a great workout buddy, so that you can work toward your goals together.

#10 - Take a holistic approach to your health and wellness. Develop a plan that includes activity, good nutrition and a mental/spiritual component like doing yoga once a week to help alleviate stress.

#11 - Do all of the above!

Remember, often you don't notice your changes as much as others do, so take a picture of yourself at the beginning of your resolution, and then every couple of weeks as you progress toward your goal. And be graceful about accepting the compliments when you get noticed! Good luck!

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