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NOVEMBER 22, 2012

Introducing the rest of our Bantams ...

Submitted by Renay Morgan

We would like to introduce you to the rest of the Hythe Bantam Mustang team:

#12 Matthew Peterson is a 2nd year Bantam in his 10th year of hockey. Matthew plays Defence and his favourite hockey player is Jordan Eberle. The best advice he got from a coach is to "always try hard" and his favourite hockey drill is 'Circles'. Matt's favourite hockey brand is Warrior. When Matt isn't on the ice playing hockey, he likes to play road hockey and volleyball, and he also likes to snowboard. His words of wisdom to others are to "do your best."

#14 Ty May (otherwise known as Mayski) is a 1st year Bantam who plays Defenceand has played hockey for eight years. Ty's favourite hockey player is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; his favourite drill is the 'D Drill'; and his favourite hockey brand is Bauer. Ty's best advice from a coach is to "skate as fast as your sister." Other than hockey, Ty likes to golf and play baseball and badminton. His words of wisdom to others are to "always give 100%."

#16 Dustin Paquette plays Defence and is a 1st year Bantam who has played hockey for seven years. Dustin's favourite hockey player is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; his favourite hockey drill is the 'D Drill'; and his favourite hockey brand is Bauer. His best advice from a coach is to "put lots of effort into it." When Dustin's not playing hockey, he enjoys playing badminton.

#18 Korbyn Belcourt is a 2nd year Bantam in his 9th year of hockey who plays Left Wing. Korbyn's nickname is Tux and you can often hear his Grandma cheering it loudly from the stands. His best advice from a coach is to "try hard." His favourite drill is the 'Horseshoe' and his favourite hockey brand is Under Armour. Korbyn also enjoys road hockey, badminton and basketball. His words of wisdom to others are "if you start a fight, finish it."

We hope you have enjoyed meeting all of the Hythe Bantam Mustang hockey players. Please stay tuned to meet our awesome coaches in the next edition.



Sun, Dec 9 @ 12:50 p.m. vs Valleyview

Sat, Jan 5 @ 1:20 p.m. vs Sexsmith

Sun, Jan 13 @ 12:50 p.m. vs Valleyview

Sat, Jan 26 @ 1:20 p.m. vs Grande Prairie 'A'

Sat, Feb 9 @ 1:20 p.m. vs Grande Prairie 'A'


Sat, Dec 15 @ 12:30 p.m. in Sexsmith

Sat, Dec 22 @ 12:00 noon in Valleyview

Sun, Jan 20 @ 4:45 p.m. in Grande Prairie (Chris MacMillan Arena)

Sat, Feb 2 @ 3:45 p.m. in Grande Prairie (Canada Games Arena)

Sun, Feb 10 @ 12:45 p.m. in Sexsmith

NOVEMBER 8, 2012

Hythe Community Centre Annual Christmas and Small Business Craft Sale

            On Saturday, November 3rd, the Community Centre was buzzing with activity -- in spite of the freezing rain.  Over 45 vendors set up their wares.  The gym was humming with activity as community members bought and sold wares and visited with friends and neighbours.  Santa made an appearance in the morning, and he also came back in the afternoon, much to the delight of the children and some adults.

  The Community Centre and Primary Care Network West Peace sponsored a lunch that was enjoyed by all.  We would like to thank the Primary Care Network West Peace for their donation to the lunch, and Mariann Knapcik, Tina Unger, Ada Rey Dol and Jack Parker for all their help in serving our guests.

            For events like this to be a success, we rely on community volunteers.  We would like to thank Ashley Ireland and Shirley Fisher for all their work in organizing the event.  Ashley spent time on the computer contacting vendors, and Shirley did most of the advertising, organized the gym, helped set up and take down, and kept us all in good spirits.  George Lowen (Santa for a day) was his usual jolly self and thrilled the children with his "Ho ho ho!"  We would also like to thank the girls who looked after the tickets for our draws: Bailey Smith, and Mercedes and Charity Beck.  The face painting table was also busy.  Thanks go out to Cerria Beck and her friend Miss Smith for all their work in painting up beautiful faces for the children.  A special thank you also goes out to those who donated items for the various draws.  And once again, Karla Allcock and her boys did an awesome job of looking after the concession.  We appreciate all their efforts.

            Finally, we would like to thank our community.  Without your support, none of our events would succeed.  We appreciate all your support.


Hythe Thrift Store on the move

            In the new year, the Hythe Thrift Store will be operating out of the Hythe Community Centre. 

            After 25 years of service, Mrs. Berg has decided to retire, but she will be helping the Community Centre organize the venue in its new location.  If the Thrift Store is to be successful and continue to support community groups, we need volunteers to help us run the store.  If you are interested in being a volunteer, please drop into the Community Centre on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, or call 780-356-2778 and leave your name.

            We are looking forward to this new venture and hope the Thrift Store can continue to support the community as the Thrift Shoppe has in the past.

            If you see Mrs. Berg, be sure to thank her personally for her many years of dedication to the Hythe Thrift Shoppe!

NOVEMBER 8, 2012
Introducing 3 more Hythe Bantams ...

Submitted by Renay Morgan

The Hythe Bantam Mustangs would like to introduce the following players:

#6 Neil Slawson is a 1st year Bantam who plays Defence and has played hockey for eight years. Neil's favourite hockey player is Steven Stamkos; his favourite hockey brand is Under Armor; and his favourite hockey drill is the 'J Drill'. Neil's best advice from a coach is to "have fun" and his words of wisdom to others are to "play hard." When Neil isn't playing hard on the ice, he loves to ski and bike.

#7 Thomas Horseman plays Defence and he has played hockey for five years. 'Tommy' is in his 2nd year playing Bantam hockey. His favourite hockey player is Henrik Sedin; his favourite hockey brand is CCM; and his favourite hockey drill is the 'J Drill'. Thomas's best advice from a coach is to "skate hard till you are out of gas" and his words of wisdom to others are "don't play dirty." Besides hockey, Thomas enjoys playing soccer.

#8 Jayme Dumas (a.k.a. Jimmy Sickmits) plays Right Wing and is in his 2nd year of Bantam hockey. He has played hockey for six years. His favourite hockey player is #8 on the Hythe Bantam Mustangs team. Jayme's favourite hockey drill is the 'J Drill' and his favourite hockey brand is Bauer. Jayme's best advice from a coach is "win a period, win a game" and his words of wisdom to others are to "have sick flow and wheel good." In Jayme's off-season from hockey, he enjoys badminton.

OCTOBER 25, 2012

Bantam Hockey Season Well Underway 
Submitted by Renay Morgan

The Hythe Bantam Mustangs' hockey season is well underway, and after four weeks of practices and a full week of power skating, the team is pumped for games. So far they have played two exhibition games -- they played Chetwynd on October 14th and won 11-3, and they played Sexsmith on October 17th, winning 7-3. Two more exhibition games were booked for last weekend -- against Grande Prairie 'A' on October 20th and Valleyview on October 21st.

I am going to introduce our Bantam team, three players per issue, for the next several issues. I will also include an updated game schedule each time -- please accept this as your invitation to come and watch some great hockey in the 'old barn'. Our wonderful team staff this year consists of Henry Paquette (Head Coach), Bart Balderston (Assistant Coach), Howie Horseman (Assistant Coach), Jeff Klassen (Defensive Coach), and Travis Peterson (Team Manager).

And Now Introducing ...

#1 Denton Jones (a.k.a. DJ) is a 2nd year Bantam Goalie who has been playing hockey for 10 years. Denton's favourite hockey player is Dwayne Roloson; his favourite hockey brand is Warrior; and his favourite hockey drill is 'Break Out'. Denton's best advice from a coach is "try hard" and his words of wisdom to others are "to try hard also." When Denton isn't on the ice, he is enjoying 4-H and hunting.

#3 Desmond (Nugent-Hopkins) Howe is a 2nd year Bantam who plays Right

Wing and has been playing hockey for five years. Desmond's nickname is 'Wheels' and his favourite hockey player is Nail Yakupov. His favourite hockey drill is the 'J Drill' and his favourite hockey brand is Warrior. The best advice he got from a coach is "try hard, boys" and his words of wisdom to others are that "everyone is beautiful." Other sports he enjoys playing are badminton and volleyball.

#4 Troy Morgan (a.k.a. T-Roy) is a 1st year Bantam in his 9th year of hockey, and he is a Left Winger. Troy's favourite hockey player is Sidney Crosby; his favourite hockey brand is Bauer; and his favourite hockey drill is the 'Horseshoe'. Troy's best advice from a coach is "work just as hard in a practice as in a game." His words of wisdom to others are to "love whatever game you are playing." Besides hockey, Troy loves to golf and to ski, as well as to play volleyball, badminton, basketball and baseball.

Beaverlodge Cultural Centre News

Opening on Sunday, October 28th will be the show Where the Wild Things Are. This is a group show featuring Carol Mayer, Tanya Proctor, Merv Webber and Laurie Wedler.

"Photography, woodwork, quilting and ink drawings are pulled together for this unique show. As artisans, we see the world in ways that we feel obligated to express through our art. We use the vibrancy, the intense colours, and the fantastic textures of nature to create a window in which the beauty, the power, the majesty, and the diversity of animals can be glimpsed. From a quilted wall hanging, to an ink drawing, to a finely crafted wood picture, to a photo taken at a dramatic moment, our show has something for everyone," writes Carol Mayer.

This show will open at 2:00 p.m. on October 28th, and we invite you to come down, see the show, and support your local artists. The show will run until November 22nd. A list of the upcoming shows for 2013 will be updated shortly, and it will be available at the Cultural Centre.

It has been a very busy fall at the Cultural Centre, with numerous workshops and classes happening. We are very pleased to see so many children participating in the drawing, clay and painting classes. There is still time to register for upcoming programs and we would appreciate your suggestions for others you would like to see us offer. Please check our website at for more information about each of the classes currently being offered.

We have also received some new items at the Gift Shop and we are always looking for new artisans. If you are interested in having work in our Gift Shop, or in having a show in our Gallery, please call 780-354-3600 for more information.

The Cultural Centre is open 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 and on statutory holidays. We are located at 512 - 5th Avenue, just across from the Big Beaver.

Have a wonderful November!

OCTOBER 11, 2012

Peace Country son to perform at the Borderline Culture Series

Roy Forbes makes rare appearance at the Demmitt Community Centre this weekend

No stranger to the Peace River Region, Roy Forbes was born in Dawson Creek and began making up songs in 1967 after receiving his first guitar. Roy began his career as a folksinger, using the stage name "Bim." Even on his folkie albums, there was a country presence and, over the years, the influence of country
music from Roy's early years around Dawson Creek has come to the forefront. His latest recording, Some Tunes for That Mother of Mine, pays tribute to the songs he grew up hearing.

In addition to his solo career, Forbes is a member of the UHF project, along with Shari Ulrich and Bill Henderson. As well, Roy is a producer on other artists' recordings. Roy contributes regularly to CBC Radio One with an occasional, but popular, "Snap Crackle Pop" show. Roy hosts a weekly program on CKUA -- "Roy's Record Room" -- heard every Monday at 6:00 p.m. For this show, Roy delves into his personal collection of 78s to present seldom-heard recordings.

Roy Forbes will be making a rare appearance at the Demmitt Community Centre (south of Hwy 43 on Range Road 132) on Saturday, October 13th, 2012. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 in advance or $27.00 at the door. For further information or for tickets, please call 780-833-2614. Tickets may also be purchased through PayPal by visiting

Come on out on October 13th and find out how much music one voice, one guitar, and one tapping foot can create!


  1. Roy Forbes

  2. Concert-goers at a previous Borderline Culture Series event

  3. Mayor Gary Burgess presents a cheque to Beaverlodge & District Victim Services board members Shirley Cunningham (left) and Janette Adam. The $425.00 contribution from the Village represents the annual contribution from the municipality for its residents' use of this service.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

Speager off to Banff

Congratulations, Alecia!

Congratulations go out to Alecia Speager, who has been recruited by the Banff Hockey Academy to play hockey for the Banff Academy Bears of the Alberta Junior Female Hockey League for the 2012-2013 season.

Banff is a member of the Canadian Sports School Hockey League, which means the team will be competing against other schools such as Edge, the Okanagan Hockey Academy, and Kelowna's Pursuit of Excellence. As well, they will be participating in numerous tournaments across Canada, including the World Sports School Challenge, which will be held in Winnipeg in February.

Alecia helped lead Banff to a 4-2 victory over the Swift Current Midget AAA Wildcats in their opening game of the season.

Alecia will be attending Banff Community High School to complete her Grade 12 while playing for the Bears.

Best wishes for a great season, Alecia!

100 Years Young!

On June 21st, 2012, Ruby Reed and her sisters Sadie Haglund and Alma Jones travelled to Edmonton to celebrate their Aunt Helen's 100th birthday. Looking good, ladies!

SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

A “Fair” Number of Wonderful Volunteers to Acknowledge ...

Kudos to Mother Nature for providing such wonderful weather for the 37th Annual Hythe & District Ag Fair, and kudos to all the wonderful volunteers who helped make this event such a huge success. Thank you to everyone who had a part, big or small, in this year's Fair. Specifically, thank you to:

~ Matthew, Travis and the crew from the Village for mowing every blade of grass sticking up; for setting up and taking down the tables in the Curling Rink; and (yes, I noticed!) for hanging the "Welcome to Hythe" banners along the highway.
~ the Curling Rink and the Arena for the use of their facilities.
~ the Hythe Elks and the Hythe Volunteer Fire Department for the wonderful pancake breakfast.

~ Judy Amendt, Christene Livingstone and Frank Webb for judging the parade entries and ensuring that the parade moved out smoothly. Having the Staggs horse team lead the parade this year was very fitting and emotional.
~ Renay Morgan for organizing the Tradeshow.
~ the Hythe Community Centre for running the Arena concession.
~ Terry Hatfield for the wonderful Church service.
~ the Grande Prairie Marching Band for coming out on such short notice and making our parade complete, and for their performance later in the afternoon. I got a lot of comments on how wonderful the band sounded and on how happy people were to see a marching band back in Hythe after not having had one perform here for a number of years.

~ Randy & Patti Nichol for organizing another successful Heavy Draft Horse Show in the midst of a difficult time for their family.
~ Kim Moodie for organizing the Light Horse Show. (P.S. We need help for the Light Horse Show next year as Kim no longer has kids in this event.)
~ all the people who set up the school work, and all the other convenors and judges of the exhibits. An extra special big thank you to Audrey Crichton and Michelle Huey for taking on the Exhibit venue. This is a big job and once again these lovely ladies and their helpers pulled it off, making it another successful year.


  1. The Staggs family led the parade this year in honour of Merv Staggs, who passed away on July 27th.

  2. Our parade just wouldn't be the same without the “old” fire truck!

  3. Young parade onlooker James Longson – Do you think maybe his favourite floats were the fire trucks?!

AUGUST 29, 2012

This year's Ag Fair: Definitely a “hot time in the old town!”

The parade this year started out with the Grande Prairie Marching Band - they were a real hit.  We hope they return next year.  Everyone enjoyed Bob Reber's old Ford.


6 Ag Fair photos (Photos courtesy of Arthur Amendt)

AUGUST 23, 2012

Encana partners with local 4-H groups

The Encana Corporation partnered with 4-H Alberta to give all 4-H clubs in our area the opportunity to take part in much-needed local food drives. Encana offered this in conjunction with the food drive they did at the Grande Prairie Stompede.

The Valhalla Community School 4-H Multiclub, which is comprised of students in grades 7, 8 and 9 (see photo above), decided in turn to challenge 10 schools in our area to take in food for the food bank connected to their community. Hythe Regional School and St. Mary's School in Beaverlodge accepted the challenge and took part in the food drive.

The amount gathered by the three local schools totaled 343 lbs of food. The Beaverlodge Food Bank received 226 lbs of food and Encana matched it by donating $2.00 for every pound of food, which means that the Beaverlodge Food Bank's matching amount will be a cheque for $452.00. The Hythe Food Bank received 117 pounds of food, and Encana will send a matching cheque for $234.00 to them.

The school that gathered the most food was St. Mary's, with a total of 208 lbs. The Beaverlodge Food Bank will again benefit from St. Mary's winning total by receiving $400.00 from the Valhalla Community School 4-H Multiclub. The $400.00 comes from Encana, which gave each participating 4-H club $500.00. This funding was to help with expenses to carry out the club's plans for marketing and advertising of the food bank challenge. Any of the leftover monies could either be used by the 4-H club or be donated to a food bank.

The Valhalla Community School 4-H Multiclub would like to thank Encana and 4-H Alberta for giving them the opportunity to take part in this food fundraiser. We would also like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Hythe Regional School and St. Mary's School in Beaverlodge for taking part in the food drive challenge.

June 21, 2012

HRS Grade 3 class to Deliver 564 Hugs, Cuddles and Smiles
Provided courtesy of the Peace Wapiti School Division

Knowing that a favourite teddy bear can cheer them up and sometimes take away pain, young students at Hythe Regional School organized a school-wide "Teddy Bear Drive." The Grade 3 class collected more than 500 new and gently-used stuffed toys to give to people in hospitals and nursing homes.

The class of 17 students collected and counted the soft toys that came in each day, and kept track of how many were donated by each class. They offered an incentive prize of Banana Split Parties to the class in elementary and the class in junior high that donated the most cuddly toys.

Jody Johnson collected 140 toys to win an ice cream party for her Grade 8 class, but that number was topped slightly by Erin Lacey in Grade 2, who brought in 141.

In addition to using their math skills, the class wrote letters to local nursing homes and hospitals asking permission to drop off the stuffed animals. The bears are sure to bring at least 564 hugs, cuddles and smiles, but that number will likely multiply exponentially.

Annual visit from the C.O.W. Bus was again a big hit!

The C.O.W. Bus was in Hythe on Thursday, June 14th.

The Classroom on Wheels (COW) visits Alberta communities to remind parents with young children how books and homemade activities promote early learning and literacy development.

Families with children aged 0 to 6 toured the

bus and shared some activities. The bus also donated some books to the Hythe Library. The Classroom on Wheels visits 60 communities each year, and is a project of the Centre for Family Literacy.

June 7, 2012

Beautifying our Community ... One Flower at a Time

On Tuesday, May 29th, a group of students from Hythe Regional School were taken to the Pioneer Home to help plant flowers. What a difference a few flowers makes! Students and seniors alike thoroughly enjoyed their day.

MAY 24, 2012

Valhalla 4-H Beef Club News

By Damon Nayko

Hello all! The past few months have proven to be extremely busy for the Valhalla 4-H Beef Club.

In February, we had our annual public speaking competition. All of our members did an exceptional job with their communications activity. The winners are as follows: Junior Speeches - Emma Balisky (1st) and Damon Nayko (2nd); Intermediate Speeches - Faith Nayko; Intermediate Presentations - Hallie Moutray and Josie Steyer; Senior Speeches - Lauren Kochendorfer; and Senior Presentations - William Moutray and Tyler Vig. A thank you goes out to Kayly Vig for emceeing this event. We also hosted a pie auction during the intermission. All proceeds were donated to Sunshine House (a shelter for underprivileged youth) in Grande Prairie.

On March 3rd, we hosted the District Public Speaking event at Valhalla Community School. It was a lot of work, but we enjoyed having speakers from all around the Grande Prairie area come and take part in the competition. From our club, Emma Balisky placed 2nd in Junior Speeches; William Moutray and Tyler Vig placed 2nd in Senior Presentations; Lauren Kochendorfer placed 3rd in Senior Speeches; and Faith Nayko placed 1st in Intermediate Speeches. Kayly Vig and Sarah Kochendorfer from the Valhalla School club also placed 1st in Intermediate Presentations. On March 17th, Sarah, Kayly, Lauren and Faith travelled to Buffalo Head Prairie to compete in the Regional Public Speaking competition, where they all placed. Lauren received 3rd in Senior Speeches; Sarah and Kayly received 3rd in Intermediate Presentations; and Faith received 2nd in Intermediate Speeches.

In addition to all this speaking, we held our Winter Activity on February 4th. We started with a tour of everyone's farm, and then enjoyed some sledding, a delicious supper, and a movie night with popcorn at the Baliskys' house.

Mini-Achievement Day was on April 21st at the Beaverlodge Ag Barns. It was great to see everyone's projects, as well as the donation steer. A big thank you goes out to Jessica Saastad for doing clipping and grooming demonstrations, as well as to Lexie Balisky for giving an interactive demonstration on showmanship. Hopefully we will be able to remember all this information when Achievement Day rolls around.

Finally, we participated in the annual Highway Clean-up on May 5th. Although it was a little bit windy, we were happy to see that there wasn't much garbage and we finished rather quickly. After a midday barbeque, we make posters and display boards for Achievement Day.

As we head into the final weeks of 4-H, we invite everyone to join us on May 28th for our annual Achievement Day Show and Sale. The show will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the sale will start at 7:00 p.m. To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we are trying to collect 40 bags of non-perishable items for the Food Bank. Anyone who donates a bag will be entered in a very special draw. We will also have a cake, a couple of prizes, and a lot of pictures to commemorate this very special event.

MAY 9, 2012 

Springtime in Paris – and Ireland and England!  What could be better?
Well, not much, according to members of the Travel Club from Hythe Regional School. 

Hythe Regional Junior High Trip

APRIL 26, 2012

Grade 5s Make Hythe Regional School Very Proud!

The school population of Hythe Regional School is a blend of several communities -- the Horse Lake First Nation, the Kelly Lake Aboriginal Community, and the farming and town communities of Hythe and Beaverlodge. It is a K-9 school with a student body population of 420, including 35 Grade 5 students.

Students in Grades 4-9 are offered a language option of either French or Cree. One Grade 5 student is hearing impaired and, as a result, the entire class has also been learning Signed English.

The Grade 5 class's version of 'O Canada' therefore highlights four languages -- Cree, French, Signed English and English.

"O Canada" as sung by the Hythe Regional School - Grade 5 class

The students were very busy in March performing their rendition of 'O Canada'. They were invited to the Peace Wapiti Central Office on March 15th, and then to the Hythe Arena on March 23rd for the Opening Ceremonies of the Hythe Bantam Mustangs Provincial Hockey Tournament, where they performed to a full house.

They were also invited to perform at the opening of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning Together for Success Provincial Conference, where they performed for approximately 300 people.

A video of them has been entered into the Long and McQuade Music Education Contest, which could earn Hythe Regional School a substantial prize for their music program.

Beaverlodge Firefighters Breathe Easier with County Contribution     April 11, 2012 --

The County of Grande Prairie presented the Town of Beaverlodge with a cheque for $19,000 towards the purchase of a Breathing Air Compressor for the Town's fire department.

The compressor will give firefighters the ability to refill the system that provides air for their breathing apparatus, eliminating their reliance on an outside source -- a move that will reduce costs and improve efficiencies.

"Every second in a fire can mean the difference between containing that fire and having it spread even further," said County of Grande Prairie Area Councillor Pat Jacobs. "This equipment provides support for firefighters to do their jobs more efficiently, and that's key in ensuring local residents are receiving the best possible level of fire services."

Breathing air on a fire ground is a lifeline for firefighters. When entering into a toxic environment, firefighters are obligated to wear respiratory protection. Currently, the Town of Beaverlodge has a cascade system in the station to fill air tanks used by firefighters, but without its own compressor, it relies on an outside source to travel to Beaverlodge with an air trailer to refill the cascade system. This is both time-consuming and expensive.

In the situation of a large fire, where firefighters' air cylinders run out and need to be refilled while fighting the fire, there may not be enough time for the safety company to travel to Beaverlodge. The result could be a lost structure.

The County of Grande Prairie and the Town of Beaverlodge have partnered in fire protection for many years. Just recently, the County and Beaverlodge renewed their fire services agreement.

APRIL 12, 2012

County Sponsors New Zamboni for Hythe Arena

A new Zamboni is clearing the ice at the Hythe Arena -- and it happened just in time for the Bantam 'D' Provincial Tournament, which was held March 23rd through 25th.

The Zamboni 445 was used for the first time to prepare the ice for the tournament. Delivery of the machine -- which takes up to a year to build -- was a welcome surprise for tournament organizers, as it had not been expected to arrive until after the event.

County Councillor Brock Smith made a $100,000 cheque presentation to Hythe Athletic Association President Jackie Oakford toward the cost of the new ice re-surfacer, which replaced their aging machine. The funds were committed to the Association last April under the County's 2011 Major Capital Grant Program.

Said Reeve Everett McDonald, who was also on hand for the event: "We all know that arenas are at the heart of small communities across Alberta. These funds play an important role in helping the Hythe Athletic Association maintain this facility for the benefit and well-being of their community for many years to come."

McDonald added that the machine is important in ensuring the arena can provide teams with a competitive ice surface, essential for attracting tournaments like the one held in Hythe in March.

PHOTO CAPTION: County Councillor Brock Smith (left) presents a $100,000 cheque to Hythe Athletic Association President Jackie Oakford.

Small Town Hythe Invades Las Vegas

On March 1st, 10 women invaded the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street in Las Vegas for a five-day reunion.

These women are part of a group of 13 women who went through school together in Hythe and have kept in touch throughout the years. Three of the girls started and finished school together.

In the beginning, the group met every 10 years at various locations. Then it switched to every five years, and now they plan to meet every two years. (Age may have something to do with this decision.)

Although the topics of conversation have changed over the years, the commitment to lasting friendships has remained solid. In the junior-senior high days when they gathered, concerns were about the latest boyfriend or plans after graduation. As the years passed, the conversations switched to husbands, children and careers -- and now discussions are about grandchildren, retirement activities, the latest ache or pain, and the "remember when" stories. One constant is conversation about Hythe and how the community is doing. The girls are thankful for the small community roots that led to this lasting friendship.

You are now wondering what 10 women did in Vegas for five days. Be creative and let your imagination wander. You may hear they gambled lots (some even in the back room with the big boys), or that some had to call home for more money to shop, or that others spent all their time at the 'shows'. However, if you ask the girls, they will tell you, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!"

PHOTO CAPTION: BACK (L to R): Roberta Wyman (Mackenzie), Mabel Hanson (Teulon), Jane Dimitroff (Mackenzie), Barb Sandboe (Oakford), Lynn Wells (Ferris), Edna Sandboe (Teulon), Donna Benson (Weller)

FRONT: Pat Stewart (Fair), Sandy Baker (Kyle), Audrey Jewitt (Fair)

MARCH 28, 2012

Hythe Community Centre Update

Have you wondered about the status of the old Regional Junior High School? Well, the Hythe & District Recreational Society is pleased to announce the purchase of the building from the Peace Wapiti School Division. The old Junior High is now -- officially -- the Hythe Community Centre.

The Hythe Community Centre operates under the umbrella of the Hythe & District Recreational Society, and its governing Board members are as follows:

Chairperson - Terry Hatfield

Board Members - Judy Amendt, Sandy Baker, Vicky Chabot, Rita Friesen, Vera Tyberg

Funding to operate the Centre comes from rentals, grants, fundraising events and donations. Over the last couple of years, many individuals have come together to make the vision of a Community Centre for Hythe a reality. We are grateful to all of those individuals for their outstanding contributions to get that vision on the road to becoming a reality. From that dream, countless volunteer hours have led us this far, and they will continue to move us forward. Thanks to all who have had a part in the Hythe Community Centre.

If you are interested in any particular programs or in volunteering, or if you want more information, please contact the Centre. Office hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our phone number is 780-356-2778, our e-mail address is, and our website can be found at

There may be some confusion in the community regarding the formation of a new organization called the Hythe & District Community Centre Society. This society DOES NOT have anything to do with the Hythe Community Centre (old Junior High) or the Hythe & District Recreational Society. It functions independently on its own.

MARCH 14, 2012

The BEAVERLODGE BANTAM GIRLS have won playoffs and will be going to Zone A Provincials being held in Sherwood Park from March 16th through 18th. Congratulation, girls, and good luck!

BACK ROW (L to R): Pete Slawson (asst coach), Darryl Martin (trainer), Troy Tews (asst coach), Tim Probst (asst coach), Scott Wells (coach), Nicole Jones (goalie)

MIDDLE ROW: Alex Peterson, Keaton Collett, Danya Wells, Paige Bue, Alyssa Martin, Tory Tews, Amie Slawson

FRONT ROW: Abbi Oakford, Toni Savard

MISSING: Darien Probst, Tate Johnson, Bree Rasmussen, Monica Joachim

Stickney Receives 'Young Veterinarian of the Year' Award

The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association presented Dr. Jim Stickney with the 'Young Veterinarian of the Year' award at a banquet held in Edmonton on February 11th. The award included a trip to Chicago, Illinois, where he participated in a three-day 'Emerging Leaders Convention', which was designed for veterinarians throughout the northern United States and Canada to come together and share ideas on veterinary medicine.

Dr. Stickney was not aware that he had been nominated for the award until he was contacted by the ABVMA in early December, and just before Christmas they informed him that he was to be the recipient. In an interview with the High Level Echo, Dr. Stickney is quoted as saying, "I was extremely flattered and very surprised that I had been chosen." He also emphasized that his wife, Dr. Jocelyn Stickney, shares much of the credit. He states, "This really is a joint effort. I couldn't do this without Jocelyn. She does about 90 per cent of the prep work for our road trips and I'm just the truck driver."

The ABVMA asked Jocelyn if she would like to make the presentation, so Jim was further surprised when his wife walked up to the podium. Following are excerpts from her remarks, which give a good synopsis of their unique veterinary practice:

"Dr. Stickney graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in the spring of 2006, and mere months later became the sole owner/operator of Mackenzie Veterinary Services Ltd (MVSL). MVSL is an incredibly unique mobile veterinary facility. It is a 43-foot drop frame van that has been outfitted with a kennel area, a reception/client consultation area, an examination room, a surgical suite, and living quarters. This facility can haul an additional 6,000 pounds of pet food/supplies in storage compartments, and during the winter months Dr. Stickney will tarp down 50 square straw bales to a shelf on the back of the unit for his sled dog clients. The mobile clinic is pulled by a Kenworth that Dr. Stickney is Class One-certified to operate.

"Dr. Stickney prides himself on providing high-quality veterinary services to communities in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories that do not have a permanent vet clinic. In June of 2008, Dr. Stickney formed a stationary small animal and equine clinic in High Level, Alberta, from which the mobile clinic operates. Approximately every six weeks, Dr. Stickney will load the mobile clinic with supplies and make a 10-day round trip to the communities of Hay River and Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories. Hay River has a population of 3,600 people and is 315 km from Dr. Stickney's base clinic in High Level. Fort Smith is a community of 2,400 people that is 581 km from the base clinic. Both towns rely on Dr. Stickney's mobile services for routine and emergency small animal internal medicine and surgical care. Dr. Stickney is also the primary care general practitioner for the humane societies in each of these towns -- the Hay River SPCA and the Fort Smith Animal Shelter.

"Dr. Stickney also services the community of Fort Simpson, NWT biannually. This is an island community of 1,200 people that is 670 km from the High Level base clinic, and it is accessible only by river ferry or ice bridge. Recently, Dr. Stickney has started to service the community of Fort Providence, NWT. This is a community of approximately 700 people that is also only accessible by ferry or ice road. The hamlet of Fort Providence approached Dr. Stickney to bring his mobile clinic to assist with the growing stray dog population. Dr. Stickney has now run four very successful spay/neuter/vaccination clinics in this small community. During the last two-day clinic in November, over 30 animals were spayed/neutered, and almost 50 animals were immunized.

"It is by no means a stretch to tell you that the time and effort required in the planning and execution of these mobile clinics is immense. Sometimes the actual practice of veterinary medicine is the least stressful part of the operation. The task of getting the mobile clinic safely to these distant communities, along poorly serviced highways and often under treacherous conditions (especially during the harsh winter months), is not for the faint of heart. As I have accompanied Dr. Stickney on these trips over the last three years, I have observed the following:

~ Dr. Stickney expertly weaving the 76-foot-long Kenworth/mobile clinic through a herd of bison on the way to Fort Smith;

~ Dr. Stickney siphoning fuel (on the side of the highway) from one gas tank to the other in the Kenworth due to a frozen gas line at -50°C; and

~ Dr. Stickney jackknifing the Kenworth after navigating the Fort Simpson ice road crossing, and consequently blocking traffic for four hours.

"Dr. Stickney always appears to be amused by the special challenges of his mobile veterinary service, and seems to thrive off of those challenges. He has a true passion for veterinary medicine and a great respect for his clients. I have yet to see him cancel or even postpone a scheduled clinic, no matter what the weather or road conditions.

"I truly believe that Dr. Stickney's clientele and patients are lucky to not only have a veterinarian who is so committed to providing veterinary services in this unique fashion, but specifically that the veterinarian willing to reach these distant communities is Dr. James Stickney. He is both motivated and compassionate, but moreover completely devoted to the practice of veterinary medicine.

"Please join me in congratulating Dr. James Stickney as he receives the award for 'Young Veterinarian of the Year'!"

MARCH 1, 2012

They did it!
Beaverlodge PeeWee 1 Blades off to Barrhead!

The Beaverlodge PeeWee 1 Blades (made up of players from four local communities -- Beaverlodge, Hythe, Horse Lake and Elmworth) have made it to Provincials!

The team played a couple of tough games against Valleyview to start off the first round of playoffs. The first game in Valleyview was very intense and fast-paced, with Beaverlodge winding up with a 5-3 victory over the Ice Bears. Valleyview then came to Beaverlodge to try and redeem themselves. They came out ready to play, but so did the Blades! The final score was 4-0 in favour of Beaverlodge. The community support from all of the local communities was amazing!

Round 2 was played against Slave Lake. The Blades didn't know what to expect from them since they had never met up with them before, but they ended up beating Slave Lake 17-3, which sealed the deal.

The PeeWees will be off to Barrhead on the weekend of March 16th to 18th to play in Hockey Alberta's PeeWee "B" Provincials. They are very excited, and all of the local communities are very proud of their efforts.  Incidentally, the team has also just finished league play, where they finished first in their league. Congratulations to all ... and good luck in Barrhead!


TEAM MEMBERS: Wyatt Collins, Ronan Rheaume, Kayden Petherbridge, Braden Lucas, Troy Morgan, Ty May, Carson Balderston, Camryn Wallan, Logan Moon, Chase Koroll, Dustin Paquette, Neil Slawson, Payton Lappenbush, Riley Switzer, Tyler Collins and Ty Grant

COACHES: Brent Rheaume, Ken Moon (asst coach) and Barry Wallan (asst coach)

Leap into Writing”

PEACE LIBRARY SYSTEM, AB - February 10, 2012 --

The Writers Guild of Alberta, in association with the Library Association of Alberta, is proud to present "Leap into Writing", a new Writer-in-Residence program featuring local author Karen Bass.

From March 1st through May 31st, 2012, emerging and/or established writers can participate in one-on-one manuscript consultations with Karen, as well as partake in the various programs and workshops taking place at the Grande Prairie Public Library and throughout the Peace Library System.

Karen was born and raised in the Peace Country. To date, she has had three novels for teens published ... along with a variety of short stories and articles (some in national publications, but most in northern Alberta ones). Her passion is stories -- stories of all sorts ... though her own stories are rarely content to remain short, and almost inevitably want to turn into novels.

Karen is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Writers Union of Canada, the Canadian Authors Association (Alberta branch), and YABS (Young Alberta Book Society).

The "Leap into Writing" kick-off celebration will be held at the Grande Prairie Public Library on Thursday, March 1st, starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information on events and workshops that are happening in Grande Prairie and in your area, please visit

Writers can contact Karen (starting on March 1st) by phone at 780-357-7480 or by e-mail at to make appointments for one-on-one consultations.  

FEBRUARY 16, 2012

GPRC Exhibition at the Cultural Centre

BACS Colour
We once again have the pleasure of hosting the Grande Prairie Regional College Visual Arts Exhibition. This will be the 7th annual show of artwork created by Visual Arts students attending Grande Prairie Regional College. The works showcased come from the creative hands of first- and second-year students studying visual arts and design at the College. A wide variety of works -- ranging from painting to sculpture to drawing to photography to digital design -- will be displayed. The show opened on February 5th and will be on display until March 1st. Be sure to take the opportunity to view this unique work.

Grande Prairie Regional College offers two-year diplomas in Studio Art and Digital Design, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) University transfer program, and it provides a fine balance of hands-on studio- and lecture-based courses. Many Visual Arts graduates transfer into their third year of study at the University of Lethbridge, the University of Calgary, the Alberta College of Art and Design and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, as well as the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Their graduates have gone on to work as teachers, graphic designers and illustrators, entrepreneurs, gallery technicians, gallery administrators, and self-employed professional artists.

Hythe Thrift Shoppe

Hythe Thrift Shoppe Monies given out for 2011

Beaverlodge Regional High School Dry Grad .......... $200.00
Beaverlodge Travel Club ............................................ $300.00
Benefit for Cancer ....................................................... $500.00
Community Calendar ................................................... $30.00
Fair Days (kids' activities) ........................................... $500.00
FCSS Volunteer Appreciation Supper ....................... $100.00
Hythe Arena (ice time for free skating) .................... $1,000.00
Hythe Curling Club ................................................. $1,000.00
Hythe Elks Playground Fund .................................. $1,000.00
Hythe Food Bank ..................................................... $1,000.00
Hythe Legion Wreath ................................................... $30.00
Hythe Library .......................................................... $1,000.00
Hythe Minor Hockey ............................................... $1,000.00
Hythe Pioneer Home and Continuing Care
(Christmas treats) ............................................. $199.34
Hythe Pioneer Home Bus Fund ............................ $10,000.00
Hythe Regional School Special Education ................ $500.00
Hythe Swimming Pool ............................................. $1,000.00
Hythe Volunteer Fire Department .......................... $2,500.00
Missing Children's Newsmagazine ............................ $519.76
Pioneer Home Trust Fund (to help seniors with
their pharmaceutical needs) ............................. $500.00
Stars Air Ambulance ................................................ $2,000.00
Stollery Children's Hospital .................................... $2,000.00
Stollery Teddy Bears (purchased from ATB Financial
and donated to the Hythe Fire Department) ..... $195.00
TOTAL GIVEN OUT FOR 2011 ............. $27,074.10

BACS has a wide variety of classes that we are pleased to offer: hot glass, digital photography, gel medium transfer, needle felting for kids, encaustic, henna tattoo, and abstract art. Be sure to check our website for further information on these workshops. We encourage people to register as soon as possible to ensure that the class they are interested in runs.

The Beaverlodge Visitor Information Centre is also located within our building. At this time we would like to invite anyone who has upcoming events or areas of interest for visitors to our area, to please e-mail us your information and/or to drop off posters or brochures related to the upcoming event. Once the May long weekend is here, the Cultural Centre will be extending our hours of operation as there are a lot of tourists and visitors who drop in for local information. The more we have to share with them, the more our town will benefit. The e-mail address for the Beaverlodge Cultural Centre is, and we look forward to letting others know about the great things happening here.

A "Call to Artists" for the 2nd Annual Juried Show will be available very soon. Be sure to check our website for more information, and also to access the forms. This show will take place during the month of July 2012.

We are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. We are closed on Mondays and on statutory holidays. We are located at 512 - 5th Avenue, just across from the Beaver. For more information, please call 780-354-3600 or visit our website at

FEBRUARY 2, 2011

Hythe to Host Bantam D Provincials!

After Hythe Minor Hockey submitted a bid in November, it was announced recently by Hockey Alberta that Hythe has been chosen to host the Investors Group Bantam D Provincials from March 22nd through 25th.

Provincials are a very prestigious event for our community, and one of the most exciting and recognized events that Hockey Alberta and its members take part in. This is a great opportunity for all our businesses and many, many volunteers to get on board and show Alberta we can have the most successful Provincials ever!

As is the case with any large event, we will be needing LOTS AND LOTS of volunteers. Anything you can do to assist the host committee -- from running a penalty box door, to helping set up tables for the athletes' banquet -- will be greatly appreciated. If you would like to volunteer, please contact:

Stacey Schuett
780-356-3001 (days)   780-356-3767 (evenings)
Sherri Peterson   780-402-9334

More details will be available in the coming weeks as we get ready to rock the barn with great hockey, fun times, and memorable experiences!

JANUARY 19, 2011

Home Support Services Now Offered in Hythe

The County of Grande Prairie is pleased to offer its Home Support services to the Village of Hythe, for a six-month trial period, beginning in January 2012. Greg Gayton, CAO for the Village of Hythe, explains that the agreement ensures residents in Hythe receive the same level of service as their neighbouring County residents. Gayton adds, "This agreement represents a more effective way to administer this much-needed service."

The service encompasses everything from light housekeeping, meal preparation, and driving clients to doctor's appointments and to take care of errands, to respite care. Home Support is a subsidized program in which the fee is based on a sliding scale determined by family income.

Home Support is usually provided to its clients every other week, but it may be provided weekly, depending on the results of a brief in-home assessment, which is completed by the Home Support Manager. "The goal is to provide our clients with an environment that is clean and safe, and which allows them to live as independently as possible," explains Molly Weleski, Home Support Manager.

Although their client base is generally seniors, Home Support also provides services to pre- and post-hospitalized patients. "Anyone who is struggling with both short- and long-term illnesses, and people who are unable to manage their household due to emotional stress, can benefit from this service," says Weleski.

Twelve highly-trained and caring staff members support the existing estimated client base of 120, which consists of clients from the County of Grande Prairie, the Town of Beaverlodge, and the Town of Wembley. Weleski anticipates that there may be a gradual increase to the client base by adding the Village of Hythe. If this proves to be the case, they will recruit and hire more staff to join their team as necessity demands.

Individuals who would like additional information regarding Home Support services should contact the Home Support Manager, Molly Weleski, at 780-532-9727.

Beaverlodge Cultural Centre News

By Debbie Ducharme, Executive Director

Happy New Year!

We are very excited about the upcoming year at the Cultural Centre. We have another full calendar for our gallery, and we already have a wide variety of upcoming classes. We will also be hosting our Juried Show & Sale again this summer. There will be more information to come in the next month.

A solo show featuring artist Leslie Bjur opened in our gallery on January 8th. Entitled "Around the House," this is Leslie's first show at the Cultural Centre.

"Painting is making a joyful noise like praying and singing. For me it is spiritual and alive, like water moving," writes Leslie. "Everything we do is spiritual. We touch these things, find uses for them, and share time with them. Mundane objects are enlarged and often distorted in an effort to convey the magic inherent in everyday interaction."

Leslie's works are primarily pastels done in charcoal, ink, stick, watercolour, crayon and chalk. There are a few washes and glazes in this show as well. Be sure to stop by and see our first show of the New Year!

We are very pleased to have classes already booked for 2012. The following are available:

1. Drawing Workshop
2. Pottery Pets (moneybanks for children)
3. Intro Hot Glass (Valentine's theme)
4. Digital Photography Workshop 
5. Gel Medium Transfer
6. Hot Glass (master class)
7. Encaustic Workshop
8. Hot Glass (pot melt)
9. Acrylic Abstract Workshop
10. Exploring Mixed Media
11. Hot Glass (slumping)

We are still waiting for confirmation on a few other classes, but there will be a lot of fun and learning happening here in the New Year. For more information about these classes, please call 780-354-3600 or visit our website at

The Beaverlodge Cultural Centre is located at 512 - 5th Avenue, just across from the Beaver. 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.