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Westerner Park drops parking fees in favour of a smaller facility fee on tickets

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Parking fees will no longer be charged for events happening at Westerner Park. Instead, a small facility fee on each ticket will be implemented. The new fee structure will lower the overall cost to guests while helping keep Westerner Park financially sustainable.

Previously a $7.00 to $10.00 parking fee was charged per vehicle entering Westerner Park during major events. Also, there was a $1 facility fee on each event ticket. Moving forward, guests can now expect to see a $1.00 to $2.00 facility fee included on their event tickets. However, as the ticketing contracts were determined, and prices set in 2019 the 2022 World Juniors will be the only remaining event to have parking fees in place.

As a not-for-profit organization, Westerner Park invests all their earnings back into the improvements of their buildings, grounds and amenities. Westerner Park generates revenue for the sustainability of the organization and continued benefit to the community. The previous parking fee helped the organization to cover the ongoing maintenance of the large parking facilities, ensuring they are safe for their guests. In the new model, the modest facility fee combined with reducing the operating costs of parking administration will ensure the health of our facilities while also improving guest experience.

The public had commonly cited parking fees as a concern and was worried about the potential of rising costs. “We are continually looking for opportunities to enhance the value for our guests and to ensure that our community has a place to come together and celebrate,” says Mike Olesen, Chief Executive Officer. “The changes to our parking strategy is a benefit to our community and we feel it is one example of how we are increasing our value to our guests.”

Westerner Park has approximately 4,000 paved parking spaces in six main lots and 52 handicapped stalls; which can be increased if a particular event requires. Their parking lots are an ideal place to host large-scale outdoor functions and activities such as driver’s training programs, vehicle shows and open-air markets. With over 21 different event venues and six different parking lots, there is always parking that is close to the event that guests are attending. Providing guests with clean, well-lit and ample parking continues to be a top priority.

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Guns and drugs seized by ALERT at Lacombe home associated with drug activity

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News Release from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

Guns and drugs seized in Lacombe

 Three people have been arrested on drugs and firearms offences following a joint investigation between ALERT and Lacombe Police Service.

The arrests took place on May 5, 2021 after a Lacombe house and vehicle were searched by investigators.

ALERT alleges the home was associated to drug activity and investigators seized quantities of methamphetamine, miscellaneous pills, two handguns, and three rifles.

“Organized crime impacts every community, and this investigation is strong example of police agencies working together to take drugs and guns off the street,” said Insp. Sean Boser, ALERT Regional teams.

“This collaborative investigation demonstrates the benefits of agencies working together towards the common goal of reducing crime and creating safer communities in Alberta,” said Sgt. Bryan Zens, Lacombe Police Service.

Charges are pending and the suspects are not being named at this time.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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Ann’s story: having someone to talk to and guide me to be healthier really helped!

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Ann shared her story of working with the PCN nurse towards better health. “I was diagnosed in November 2019 with diabetes and our doctor suggested that if I could lose about 10-15 lbs then I probably would not need to go on medication. He suggested a time frame around end of February and that he would contact a nurse for me to consult with. This was a bit of a shock and I wasn’t sure I would be able to lose so much in such a short time.

We had recently moved from BC to Alberta to be closer to our grandchildren after we both retired. Within 4 months of arriving and lucky enough to get registered with a new doctor my husband found out that he had prostate cancer and a blood cancer called Polycythemia Vera. This just blew us both away. He had no symptoms of any of these diseases. So, for almost all of 2019 we were constantly in at the Cancer Clinic at Red Deer or the Imaging Clinic. This took a huge toll on both of us. I developed high blood pressure, my anxiety level was through the roof, wasn’t sleeping, had ocular migraines and I was also trying to get my weight loss going. I felt I was falling apart.  I didn’t realise at the time that all this was contributing to my being overweight.

I have been a weight watcher member for around 25 years. Had some success then every few years I would go back again but in 2014 after I retired, I decided to try again and along with a friend I lost 22lbs and got down to 130lbs for (5ft) person, I felt good. I kept this off until late 2018. Right now, I am back at 150lbs.

Just being able to talk to the PCN nurse was such a good help for me mentally as I felt I had no one to talk to who understood what I was going through. She helped me understand a lot about diabetes and every month that we met my blood level was decreasing and I was losing a few pounds. However, when my husband was told that his potassium was a bit high, I had to restructure our meals. So, everything he had to avoid was what I was supposed to eat.  The nurse connected me with a dietitian who immediately told me to stop “dieting” as this was stressing me out even more than before. Just to make sure that I still ate sensibly, did some exercise and to put the scale away and only weigh myself once a month. This has really helped, and I am starting to sleep better, I don’t feel nearly as anxious and I have a more positive outlook. I realise that I will eventually lose a few pounds, I might not get back to my 130lbs, but it will take time and I’m fine with that.

I think if I had been back in BC, I would have been able to talk to my friends about what I was going through and I might have got some help quicker. Sharing your feelings is not easy but it sure helps. I appreciated the PCN nurse listening and helping me make a plan to improve my mental as well as my physical health.” 

To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit www.reddeerpcn.com

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