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    Madena Reimer has survived two bouts with cancer and just recently lost her best friend and mother to the disease, so when her name was drawn from the hat as Albertas Most Loving Person, she was reduced to tears.

    After a year of bad things, this light is needed, she said. And it has been a very tough 2014 for Reimer, who has been long undergoing the ordeal of breast cancer.

    Reimer explained that she

    was diagnosed not once but twice with the disease, and has had several lumpectomies and a double masectomy. Then, last January, a friend of her daughter was diagnosed with brain can-cer. During the last two months of that girls life, Reimer was by her side.

    I was there when she drew her last breath, Reimer said of the 19-year-old cancer victim. Then, just four months later, Reimers mother was also diag-nosed with cancer.

    I flew right back to New-

    foundland right away, Reimer said, and over the next few months watched her mother lose her battle.

    Its really tough, Reimer recalled. Its still tough. See-ing her suffer and knowing you could do nothing? It was devas-tating.

    Returning home, Reimer then lost a friend from the Athabasca Breast Cancer Support group at the end of the year. Without the efforts of her children, there would have been little joy over Christmas, she said.

    Then she found out shed been nominated as Most Lov-ing Person in Alberta by friends. The contest was dreamed up by Cody and Eva Borek who, after purchasing a vehicle from As-pen Ford in Stettler, were given a free trip to Hawaii in March. Deciding theyd rather give it to someone else to brighten their day, the Boreks got Aspen Ford on board (since the tickets were officially non-transferable), and then launched the contest on Dec. 25, 2014.

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    Stacey Lavallie/Independent reporterMadena Reimer, centre, of Athabasca expresses her feelings after her name is drawn as the winner of a free trip for two to Hawaii. Reimer was one of 10 people who, since Christmas, have been nominated in a contest by two Stettler-area residents, Cody and Eva Borek (pictured), and Aspen Ford. Reimer called the experience like a eulogy for the living, since shes around to hear what people truly think of her -- and its all good. Other nominees didnt go away empty handed, walking away with trips and excursions.

  • Independent COMMUNITY Wednesday, January 28, 2015Page 2 The Stettler Independent

    Robbie Burns celebration raises funds for Alzheimers


    For the second year, the celebration of the Bard of Ayrshires birthday has been used to help raise money for research into Alzheimers disease.

    Though the totals arent known, organizer Teresa Fisher believes the event will be on par with last year, or perhaps a little lower as they didnt sell as many tickets this year as last.

    Fisher reduced the num-ber of tickets available as last year she found the event over-crowded.

    The annual celebration of Robbie Burns, Scotlands national poet, is celebrated at Legions across Canada, and elsewhere in the world. Hes most famous for the song Auld Lang Syne, the song sung at Hogmanay (New Years Eve).

    Guests of the evening were treated to a supper of roast beef and mashed pota-toes, with the traditional hag-gis making an appearance.

    The dinner followed the format that Burns suppers follow world-wide, with the piping and cutting of the haggis coming after grace. As the haggis is cut, Burns poem, Address to a Haggis, is read.

    While the event has been happening in Stettler for decades, Fisher has been in-

    volved for nearly 20 years, after being introduced to the traditional event by Marge Spensley. Two years ago, after Alzheimers intruded in her life, Fisher decided to try to raise money for the cause.

    I had my first experience with the disease, Fisher said. My brother is in the first stages of the disease.

    Some weeks, Fisher ex-plains, her brother is on the ball, sharp as a tack, but then he becomes confused.

    He doesnt forget peo-ple, she said, her Scottish burr more evident as she spoke about her sibling. He becomes confused. Do I live here? Are these my things?

    She said that though the disease hasnt affected her own health, watching how difficult it is for her brother and his family has been pain-ful and it made her want to act.

    I didnt know January was Alzheimers month when I decided to do this, she said. It just worked out.

    Fisher decided to co-opt the Robbie Burns supper be-cause its always been well attended, and this year was no different, she noted.

    In addition to the won-derful supper, the gathered guests were treated to a per-formance on the pipes by

    husband-and-wife pipers Mi-chael and Marian McLetchie of Innisfail. The two piped as the Haggis was born into the hall by the official Haggis Bearer, Joseph Kelly. Singer Evelyn Shursen sang The Star oRobbie Burns.

    There was also High-land dancing from dancers with Rhonda McCullochs School of Dance, while Tom Fisher acted as the master of ceremonies.

    No one left the evening with an empty stomach, and Fisher said she cant wait for next year, when she hopes she can continue to contrib-ute to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.


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    A 63-year-old Stettler area man is undergoing psychiatric assessment in Ponoka after his threat to commit vehicular suicide resulted in an hours-long stand-off with Stettler RCMP.

    Joseph Bell has been charged with dangerous driving and flight from po-lice in the incident after he evaded a police blockade on his property and made it onto Highway 11, where he failed to negotiate a turn and crashed. Before he could attempt to drive the truck away again, police dragged him from the ve-hicle and arrested him.

    The incident began after police received a 911 call reporting a suicidal man, later identified as Bell. This is the seventh call to the residence, located 1.5 km from the intersection of highways 11 and 12, for the RCMP. Due to the number of calls and the threats of suicide in the past year, po-lice previously seized fire-arms from the residence.

    They were non-restrict-ed firearms, Sgt. Duncan Babchuk, commander of the Stettler RCMP detach-ment, confirmed. Rifles and shotguns.

    Police were barely in the driveway when Bell alleg-edly barrelled through the responders in his truck, nearly striking an RCMP cruiser. Police pursued as Bell dro