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Skills winner Aaron Taves receives a certificate of recognition from Mayor Norm Mayer on Sept. 12. Jessica Ryan/ Camrose Canadian/Postmedia Network

Skills competitor ready for the world

Aaron Taves competed in his first regional skills competition when he was in Grade 11 and has swiftly gone from placing fifth at provincials to winning gold at nationals this past summer in Moncton, NB.

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City council hears poverty reduction suggestions

Following up on its 2014 study of income inequality in Camrose, which highlighted affordable housing, childcare and transportation as challenges for the city, the Social Development Committee presented results Sept. 19 from a 2016 survey of local organizations that reaffirmed the lack of access to affordable housing or emergency shelter in Camrose.

Mayor Norm Mayer is joined by fire and life safety educator Jeff Knopf of the Camrose Fire Department in proclaiming Oct. 9-15 Fire Prevention Week in Camrose. jessica Ryan/ Camrose Canadian/Postmedia Network

Camrose hosts activities for Fire Prevention Week

Does your home have a smoke alarm? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes; NFPA research shows that most Canadian homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are? If you’re like most people, you’re probably not sure.

Lower your flu risk-get immunized

For most of us, influenza will cause a few days of fever, cough and generally feeling unwell. But for some, this highly contagious respiratory disease can lead to severe complications resulting in hospitalization or even death.

Cougars tend to leave the area quickly if they know humans are nearby. Postmedia Network

Fish and wildlife sets record straight on cougars

On Sept. 8, two City of Camrose workers were conducting land surveys near the “old ski jump” when they spotted what appeared to be a young cougar. The cougar showed no aggressive or threatening behaviour and has not been seen again. Since this sighting, Camrose fish and wildlife officers and the Camrose Police Service have received several calls fr

Richard Jiang, Jamine Luo and Ting Ting Li from Edmonton stopped in Camrose, on Sept. 21 on a tour to raise awareness about organ harvesting of Falun Gong prisoners in China.

Call for action against organ harvesting

A small group of Falun Gong practitioners from Edmonton made its way through Camrose and Wetaskwin Sept. 21, adding to a tour that has reached over 300 Canadian communities and drawn attention to China’s killing of conscience prisoners for their organs.

Alberta’s Education Minister David Eggen visited Charlie Killam school Sept. 22. Eggen visited several classrooms, met with students and answered questions.

Minister discusses new curriculum

During his morning visit at École Charlie Killam, Alberta’s Education Minister David Eggen answered questions, listened to the Grade 8 band and watched a group act out a mini story.

Students from across the province learned about road safety Sept, 13. In Camrose, Grade 3 students from Jack Stuart learned about bicycle and pedestrian safety and were given tours of a school bus, a fire truck and an ambulance Sept. 13. Amielle Christopherson/ Camrose Canadian

Jack Stuart students learn about road safety

Few things are as thrilling to elementary aged students as the wailing sirens of fire trucks and ambulances. The Grade 3 students at Jack Stuart school had the opportunity to step inside and learn about both vehicles during Traffic Safety Day Sept. 13.

Trustees Laurie Skori and Lorrie Sitler are reversing roles on the BRSD board this year, taking on chair and vice chair respectively. (Supplied)

BRSD board begins year

The Battle River School Division board of trustees will have familiar faces on the executive for the coming year, though in different seats.

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