Peace River Record Gazette

Peace River Record Gazette

We have shared, over the past few months, for the most part, serious stories, or rather stories about serious events. The most recent – about the Smiths – Thelma and Rolland and the establishment of the Northland Indian Mission and eventually the Lubicon Lake Mission School with the nudging and support of people of the […]

9/20/2021 3:02:27 PM

The tenacity of organizers and vendors at Peace River & District Farmers Markets means fresh produce, trays of baked goodies, homespun crafts, creative artwork, and more is available to folks at regular markets. They’re held in the West Hill Plaza every second Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., unless otherwise posted. “The farmers market […]

9/20/2021 2:56:08 PM

Peace River town council will reconsider plans to conduct their last four meetings face-to-face, including the October 25 meeting after the municipal election on Oct. 18. Council’s September 13 regular meeting was held virtually, in Zoom format. Covid restrictions announced on Sept. 15 will re-direct how meetings are conducted. At the meeting, Councillor Byron Schamehorn […]

9/20/2021 2:46:32 PM

As usual we will take a look at some of the information to which we were privy in the last Ponderings in order to catch up with the Smiths and the Lubicon Lake Mission School, or more accurately – Northland Indian Mission School, before moving on.   Poor health in 1957, precipitated by the stress […]

9/13/2021 4:35:42 PM

When we last heard about the Lubicon Lake Mission School, Rolland Smith had explained some of the Mission’s daily routine, including the devotions following the evening meal – “a chorus, or two; scripture reading and prayer of thanks for God’s care through the day and asking His protection through the night.”   Then, it was […]

9/6/2021 4:03:33 PM

Construction of the Lubicon Lake school was hampered by setbacks – many of them. Even so, the Smiths and supporters had their faith, coupled with audacity to keep their goal in mind and persevere. Among their many setbacks – a piece of paper – a permit, which represented permission for the Mission to log. That, […]

8/30/2021 5:51:11 PM

During the Aug. 24, 2021 council meeting, the Northern Sunrise County council moved to declare a state of agricultural disaster in Northern Sunrise County. A combination of excessive heat and lack of moisture, coupled with poor air quality due to smoke, has resulted in severe stress to the area’s crops, hay, and pasture. Carolyn Kolebaba, […]

8/30/2021 5:37:22 PM

As we learned, and expected, fundraising was necessary to oblige the Smith’s mandate to be of service to the many Aboriginal people of northern Alberta and to set up their mission headquarters in Peace River. Funds were needed for every aspect of their mission. This meant – not only asking the people of their church […]

8/23/2021 6:06:07 PM