Dr. Muneer leaving Tofield abruptly – Physician who bought clinic and home here moving on to Edmonton

Dr. Mohammad Muneer has practiced in Tofield for the past three years but says he has made the difficult decision to leave the community, citing several reasons for what appears to be an abrupt departure.

The clinic on Tofield’s main street will close as of Friday, Feb. 28.

Dr. Muneer spoke at his clinic Tuesday, Feb. 21 to try and explain his position to the public, which he says has always been good to him as a physician.

However, he cited professional reasons for leaving. “I feel a huge disrespect from the other doctors. Continue Reading

It’s Round 2 at Ministik School – Parents score points with impassioned arguments against closing rural school

It was Round Two at the Ministik School Feb. 15 where the community heard that closing the elementary school would save Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) $533,000.

To many at the public meeting, that was not enough to justify the loss of their school.

Former Ministik student Spencer Shandro, now a businessman, said the $533,000 was not be a savings because those funds would not be going to another school. “The numbers will remain the same,” he said.

And sending Ministik students to Fultonvale would simply Continue Reading

Public outrage over elder abuse charge – Outpouring of sympathy from people on social media

Bill Yarmovich is the elderly man who is being defended by the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society against what the society is calling “virulent ongoing elder abuse.”

His story has caused a stir in media outlets and gone viral over the Internet.

He has received an outpouring of sympathy for his position on local social websites as people expressed their outrage over his situation.

Yarmovich, 86, sold his house in Ryley to pay a $4,000 painting bill from the village. Continue Reading

Here’s what else is making news in the Feb. 21, 2017 edition of The Tofield Mercury, on news stands now!

– Village of Ryley solicitors write letter to the public stating the village “has gone out of its way” for elderly man with $4,000 painting bill who sold his house to pay it;

– Letters to the Editor: Paint/lawn bill for bylaw enforcement in Ryley “exhorbitant;” Sad that nobody in small village helped elderly man who couldn’t paint his house as ordered;

– Parliamentary Report by Battle River-Crowfoot MP Kevin Sorenson – Liberals take away tax credit from armed forces troops;

– Loose Ends columnist Carol Livingstone states: “I’d Rather Believe in Zombies;”

– 16/60 Minor Hockey Report: Tofield Tier 5 Atoms finish Interlock season unbeaten;

– Tofield Quilters sew for charity during 150th Canada challenge;

– Family literacy celebrated with libraries and seniors;

– Beaver County holds regular meeting Feb. 14 – motions passed on roads, BMS, waterline study and more; May the forage be with you and your herd;

– Also inside this edition of the Mercury: Real Estate ads, Help Wanted Ads, Business and Professional Directory; EXTRA ads from sister newspapers; Tofield and Area Church Directory; Upcoming community and other events; Classified and Blanket advertising; and much more!!!

Ryley man sells home to pay $4,000 village painting bill – elder advocacy group calls it “virulent, ongoing elder abuse”

A Ryley resident’s cause has been taken up by the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society (1992) after he was forced to sell his house to pay a $4,000 bill from the village for painting his house.

Bill Yarmovich will have to move out of his house in Ryley within two weeks. The closing date for the sale is Feb. 21. He said this was done to pay the Village of Ryley’s bill, which could not be paid any other way.

Yarmovich had been ordered by the bylaw officer to paint his house. Yarmovich started to paint it but at 86 years of age found it difficult. He got a third of the painting completed after falling and breaking Continue Reading

Board changes meeting format after Ministik parents call it “manipulative”

A crowd openly rebelled against the format laid down by the Elk Island Public School (EIPS) for a meeting Feb. 7 on the possible closure of Ministik School.

“We’re not little children,” said Gordon Falk. “This feels manipulative,” to loud clapping and cheers from those filling the school’s gymnasium.

Called a “divide and conquer” tactic by the parents, the format broke up the Continue Reading

Arena filled to the rafters at Battle of the Badges: Louie DeBrusk drops puck

A truly fun event pitting local RCMP members and firefighters against one another in a hockey match-up called the “Battle of the Badges” drew an arena filled crowd Saturday afternoon in Tofield.

The official puck drop was completed by former Edmonton Oiler Louie DeBrusk, and the game took off with both teams playing hard for three 25-minute periods.

The event was a fundraiser for several causes, including the Tofield Lions (ticket sales), Tofield Minor Hockey (concession), 4-H Bits ‘n Spurs Horse Club and local Food Bank (silent auction) and Beaver County Victim Services (50/50 ticket sales).

Live auctions were held during intermissions with DeBrusk and Jonathan Toews jerseys, an alumni print, and trailer being auctioned off from centre ice.

The game was filled with … for more see the Feb. 14/17 Mercury

Here’s what else is making news in the Feb. 14, 2017 edition of The Tofield Mercury, on news stands now!

– Baby of 2016 Contest Winner – Maci Lynn Campbell with parents and brother receive gifts;

– 2017 Sweetheart Contest Winner – Barry Prince, entered by his wife, Maureen, wins prizes from participating businesses;

– Opinion Page: Editorial – Ministik parents hear a different reason for closing their school; Letter – Bullying at school hurtful and unacceptable, says parent;

– Loose Ends columnist Carol LIvingstone is “Seeking Comfort” in her latest offering;

– Tofield and Area Health Foundation hosts Valentine’s Gala;

– Holden Crop Management locates new business one mile east of village;

– 16/60 Hockey results: Tofield Novice Parker Stewart-Cantin has 7-goal game;

– Census reveals population drop in local towns and villages – Beaver County’s population rose by over 200 in five years;

– This Week on the Web: Girl from Spruce Grove finds comfort with rescue dog; Video footage shows husband save suicidal wife by the ponytail; Peculiar parking ticket causes laughter in courtroom;

– Tofield RCMP and staff compete in Battle of the Badges hockey game with Tofield firefighters;

– Louie DeBrusk drops the puck in Battle of the Badges;

– Also inside this edition of the Mercury: Business and Professional Directory; Help Wanted Ads; EXTRA ads from sister newspapers in Lamont, Viking and Flagstaff County; Tofield and Area Church Directory; Real Estate sales; Community Events; Classified and Blanket Alberta advertising; and much more!!!

Holden Lodge evacuated due to fire in commercial dryer – Smoke damage means residents can’t return immediately

Holden Lodge residents were evacuated in the early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 2 after a fire in a commercial dryer created so much smoke as to make it unsafe for them to stay.

The fire in the dryer was noticed by night staff when smoke started billowing out of the laundry room. Two staff attempted to put it out with fire extinguishers but that was unsuccessful so they called 911 Continue Reading

Public meetings on possible Ministik School closure start this week

One of two public meetings on the fate of Ministik School is scheduled for Tuesday this week (Feb. 7), with the other set for Wednesday, Feb. 15. Both will be held at the Ministik School.

Coordinating the effort to save the school is Pauline Gurnett, who has three children attending the school. Tammy Reil has two children and Karla Hope has one at the school, with another due to enter kindergarten next fall.

Hope’s son, Judah, 4, is a familiar face in the school already, and wants to attend Ministik.

“He’s excited,” says Hope. “He’s Continue Reading