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Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce executive director Denise Bryan-Williams was selected by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to join other executive directors on a trip to Ireland in October. (Photo submitted)

Bringing ideas from the Emerald Isle to Sylvan Lake

It’s always interesting to be able to see how another country does…

Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce executive director Denise Bryan-Williams was selected by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to join other executive directors on a trip to Ireland in October. (Photo submitted)
Sylvan Lake resident Tanner Whidden gave his presentation to town council on Monday, Oct. 24, regarding better accessibility to the lake. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)

Sylvan Laker advocating for better accessibility to the water

When you’re able-bodied, it can be all too easy to look past…

Sylvan Lake resident Tanner Whidden gave his presentation to town council on Monday, Oct. 24, regarding better accessibility to the lake. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)
The Lakeside Recovery Centre would be located on 80 acres of land that includes a 10,000-square-foot building previously used as a conference centre and church. (Black Press file photo)

Lacombe County recover centre opponents not giving up

Recovery centre must still receive development permit approval to proceed

The Lakeside Recovery Centre would be located on 80 acres of land that includes a 10,000-square-foot building previously used as a conference centre and church. (Black Press file photo)
Council voted 6-1 in favour of making the Lakeside Recovery Centre a discretionary use in an agricultural district. (Photo by BLACK PRESS news services)

Addiction recovery centre takes another planning step in Lacombe County

Zoning changed to allow for recovery centre but development approval still required

Council voted 6-1 in favour of making the Lakeside Recovery Centre a discretionary use in an agricultural district. (Photo by BLACK PRESS news services)
Bettenson’s Sand and Gravel Co. laid the dirt down at Westerner Park’s Peavey Mart Centrium on Saturday night, ahead of the 48th Canadian Finals Rodeo this week. (File photo via LinkedIn)

From ice to dirt: Peavey Mart Centrium transforms for CFR in Red Deer

After Friday night’s Red Deer Rebels game, Westerner Park staff was already…

Bettenson’s Sand and Gravel Co. laid the dirt down at Westerner Park’s Peavey Mart Centrium on Saturday night, ahead of the 48th Canadian Finals Rodeo this week. (File photo via LinkedIn)
The 48 edition of the Canadian Finals Rodeo begins Wednesday at Westerner Park’s Peavey Mart Centrium in Red Deer. (Advocate file photo)

CFR a boost to Central Alberta businesses

48th edition of the national championship rodeo begins Wednesday

The 48 edition of the Canadian Finals Rodeo begins Wednesday at Westerner Park’s Peavey Mart Centrium in Red Deer. (Advocate file photo)
Sylvan Lake town council discussed increasing ATCO Gas and Fortis franchise fees during Monday’s council meeting. (File photo)

Sylvan Lake town council divided on increasing franchise fees

During the Monday, Oct. 24, regular town council meeting, councillors were asked…

Sylvan Lake town council discussed increasing ATCO Gas and Fortis franchise fees during Monday’s council meeting. (File photo)
The east playground at Steffie Woima Elementary School has been around since the school opened and it needs to be replaced. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)

Steffie Woima fundraising for new playground

Staff and students at Steffie Woima Elementary School are putting their heads…

The east playground at Steffie Woima Elementary School has been around since the school opened and it needs to be replaced. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)
Pictured is the incident command post at the summer villages office in Sylvan Lake. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)

Lacombe County played out emergency scenario

LREMP brought together 13 partner communities for full-scale emergency exercise

Pictured is the incident command post at the summer villages office in Sylvan Lake. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)
(Advocate file photo)

Stettler man sentenced to four years for manslaughter

A Stettler man was sentenced to four years in prison for manslaughter…

(Advocate file photo)
In 2022, quality for canola, as pictured, was above the five-year average. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)

Harvest results in above-average yields

Alberta’s crop producers continue to show resiliency despite dry growing conditions and the rising costs of farm inputs

In 2022, quality for canola, as pictured, was above the five-year average. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)
Sylvan Lake RCMP, in conjunction with other local police forces, made a significant drug seizure on Oct. 18. (File photo)

Sylvan Lake RCMP make significant drug seizure

In September 2022, the Sylvan Lake General Investigation Section (GIS), in partnership…

Sylvan Lake RCMP, in conjunction with other local police forces, made a significant drug seizure on Oct. 18. (File photo)
Central Alberta mayors gathered together for the annual Walk with the Mayors in Penhold on Oct. 25. (Photo submitted)

Walk with the Mayors brings awareness for Snow Angels program

Sylvan Lake Mayor Megan Hanson joined the Central Alberta Falls Prevention Coalition…

Central Alberta mayors gathered together for the annual Walk with the Mayors in Penhold on Oct. 25. (Photo submitted)
Sylvan Lake’s Brett Gardiner recently launched Chase The Good, an initiative to give back to the community. (File photo)

Lakers finding happiness

Long-time Sylvan Lake resident and rodeo announcer Brett Gardiner wants people to…

Sylvan Lake’s Brett Gardiner recently launched Chase The Good, an initiative to give back to the community. (File photo)
Shari Britton, with the Sylvan Lake Community Food Bank, stands in front of full shelves at the food bank after a shopping trip thanks to donations. However, the shelves will be empty again by the end of the week and need restocking. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)

Food bank struggling with increasing costs and demand

According to the Consumer Price Index, Albertans paid an average of 6.2…

Shari Britton, with the Sylvan Lake Community Food Bank, stands in front of full shelves at the food bank after a shopping trip thanks to donations. However, the shelves will be empty again by the end of the week and need restocking. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)
Wolf Creek Public Schools recently received $100,000 to put towards dual credit programs within its high schools. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)

More dual credit programs coming to Wolf Creek schools

Students at Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) have more opportunities than ever…

Wolf Creek Public Schools recently received $100,000 to put towards dual credit programs within its high schools. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)
A rural crime watch sign on the way into Eckville. The Medicine River Rural Crime Watch covers Eckville and the surrounding area and reports suspicious activity to the RCMP. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)

Residents helping to reduce rural crime

For members of the Medicine River Rural Crime Watch (MRRCW), looking out…

A rural crime watch sign on the way into Eckville. The Medicine River Rural Crime Watch covers Eckville and the surrounding area and reports suspicious activity to the RCMP. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)
Janelle Silvey, left, and volunteer Sharon Alexander have been standing watch over the Flags of Remembrance display at Centennial Park, to prevent any further vandalism and they’re asing for more volunteers to help out. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)

Volunteers protecting veterans flags

Veterans Voices of Canada raised its Flags of Remembrance for veterans on…

Janelle Silvey, left, and volunteer Sharon Alexander have been standing watch over the Flags of Remembrance display at Centennial Park, to prevent any further vandalism and they’re asing for more volunteers to help out. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)
Liz Lozo, programmer at the Eckville Municipal Library, stands with the plaque the library received when it was given the Canada Post Community Foundation grant. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)

Eckville library wins grant

Dollars to go towards library’s After School Adventures program

Liz Lozo, programmer at the Eckville Municipal Library, stands with the plaque the library received when it was given the Canada Post Community Foundation grant. (Photo by Michaela Ludwig)
Alberta has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Philippines to help fill the nursing shortage. (File photo)

Alberta looking outside of Canada to lessen nursing shortage

The departments of Advanced Education, Health, and Labour and Immigration are launching…

Alberta has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Philippines to help fill the nursing shortage. (File photo)