10 Questions with Chad Marthaller

1) What brought you and your family to Bezanson?

“I came to Bezanson because my wife, Amanda LaValley, was born and raised out there, As many are aware LaValley’s don’t go far from the nest.”

2) How long have you lived in the community?

I moved to Bezanson in 2003”

3) Are you involved in any organizations in the community? If so, which ones?

“I have been the general Leader of the Bezanson 4H Multi Club for 3 years now.”

4) What is your favourite part about this small community?

“I think the best thing about Bezanson is how close of a community we all are, yes there is a lot of family but even new people that come to Bezanson are treated like family. I like how we have all come together to make Bezanson better. Firehall, skating rink and of course our new community hall that is being built.”

5) What is your best/favourite memory from a Bezanson event?

“I really enjoy the ball tournament, I will also add that the hypnotist that was just in Bezanson was really good too”

6) What are your interests and hobbies?

“Work is a big interest for me lol, that is what I do the most. I enjoy playing hockey and watching my kids in all the sports they are involved in.”

7) What are some of your family’s favourite activities?

“My wife and daughter’s are very big into barrel racing so our summers are very busy driving up and down the road to all the barrel races they attend. My son plays hockey in Sexsmith so in the winters we stay pretty busy watching him play hockey.”

8) It is a typical Saturday, what are you up to?

“Hockey in the winter and of course barrel racing in the summer.”

9) Where is your favourite restaurant?

“I enjoy a good steak and seafood so I would have to say the Keg or Sawmill but I definitely can’t rule out Monty and Katherine Cissell’s Christmas party.”

10) What would you like to see in this community in 5 years time?

“Not a bunch more as I think that’s what makes Bezanson so great. We are a small community that has what in my opinion we need. If we start bringing too much to the community It would take away from the small town living.”

10 Questions with Lianne LaValley


Lianne LaValley (Stierle) was born in Slave Lake, AB and moved around Alberta until grade 2. She moved to Sexsmith until she got married to her high-school sweetheart, Travis which led to her moving to Bezanson and having 4 kids, two girls and two boys.

She now lives on the Smoky River Banks.

1)What brought you and your family to Bezanson?

“My husband grew up here, he loved Bezanson and in no time so did I! Best place to live!”

2)  How long have you lived in the community?

“22+ years”

3)  Are you involved in any organizations in the community? If so, which ones?

“Ag society (former treasurer, current entertainment director, on the building committee), West Smoky Legion-AGLC Chairperson, PWA Grad chair, President of the Sexsmith Football Club and founded and run a support group for Lyme Disease in the Peace Country.”

4)  What is your favourite part about this small community?

“How the whole community is there for the kids, no matter what age and stage of life people are at…Bezanson kids are so important to everyone.”

5)  What is your best/favourite memory from a Bezanson event?

“Grant Moon telling Travis that he was wrong and that he shouldn’t skip my shots from behind the glass because he underestimated me!! Haha Oh, and any air band performance with Leah Binns!”

6)  What are your interests and hobbies?

“Water skiing, downhill skiing, river floats, bonfires, scuba diving, watching my kids in sports, my ladies run group!”

7)  What are some of your family’s favourite activities?

“Camping, bonfires LaValley style….with guitars and singing, family movie nights, visiting great people.”

8)It is a typical Saturday, what are you up to?

“Freezing watching my man cubs play football, watching basketball, visiting friends, board games with the kids, Martini Maniacs dance parties”

9)  Where is your favourite restaurant?

“In Mexico, tiny place only the locals know of….unreal food and even better people!”

10)  What would you like to see in this community in 5 years time?

“Our building all complete and the hub for all the kids.”

 

Compiled by Ally Pilgrim

10 Questions with Pam Rintoul


Pamela Marie Rintoul, also known as Pam Grusie, is originally from Wanham, Alberta. She works for the County of Grande Prairie facilitating a Parents and Tots program for childrens 0-6 years of age, in Bezanson on Tuesdays and in Clairmont on Thursdays. Pam teaches the St. John’s Ambulance Babysitting Course and the Home Alone course. She also works for Watson’s doing seasonal photos, Santa photos, soccer photos and baseball photos. On top of all of that, Pam is a volunteer for the South Peace Family Literacy’s Rhymes Alive Program in the springtime and is a member of the Bezanson Ag Society as a sports coordinator and the second vice president. It doesn’t end here though. Pam is a Bezanson School Advisory Council chairperson, a Bezanson School Booster Club board member, a Zone Official Coordinator for the Peace Volleyball Officials Association, the assigner for all volleyball officials, the Grande Prairie Ladies Volleyball league Vice President and the 2018 Summer Games Officials Technical.

1) What brought you and your family to Bezanson? When we decided we wanted an acreage, we looked at every location, North/South/East/West. We decided on East so the sun was at our back going to and from work. Also, if we decided to have children, Bezanson school was our first choice for education. We found the perfect piece of property for us, 3 acres in a subdivision on RR 41.

2) How long have you lived in the community? 15 years, 2 years of which were of bare land and preparation. 13 years living here.

3) Are you involved in any organizations in the community? If so, which ones? Bezanson AG Society 2nd vice president and sports committee (organize soccer and baseball for the youth in our community), SAC School Council Advisory Board Chairperson, Bezanson School Booster Club, board member.

4) What is your favourite part about this small community? Come as strangers, leave as friends, with my parents and tots program people that come usually have either just moved here or have been here for a while and don’t know how to get involved with the community. We welcome them and they are strangers at the beginning and then they become our friends and get more involved with the community.

5) What is your best/favourite memory from a Bezanson event? Water Balloons at baseball, Family day skating, Dancing at the Golden Leaf and Fireman’s Ball, Mizzula at the school, Christmas concerts, play day, wipeout day. Fall fair. Meet the teacher/community information night (which I organize).

6) What are your interests and hobbies? My family spending time with Gord and Robbie, volleyball, gardening and photography.

7) What are some of your family’s favorite activities? Swimming, boating, camping and going on adventures.

8) It is a typical Saturday, what are you up to? Family time, volleyball, Jr Forest Wardens, in the summer swimming in our back yard or going boating down the river.

9) Where is your favourite restaurant? Dars but that is no longer here so I would have to say Ramona’s pizza to pick up and bring home to the family or China Rose or Boston Pizza.

10) What would you like to see in the Bezanson community in 5 years time? The new hall being used on a regular bases for many different programs for all ages youth, teenagers, adults and seniors, and a playground at the hall.

 

Assembled by Ally Pilgrim

Marching On

February flew by, and March is looking like it’s likely to do the same! We have a full month ahead – and you may notice looking at the calendar that we are not here one Friday all of March!

We will get March off to a jumping start with our Jump Rope for Heart Jump Day (date TBA). Thanks to our students’ efforts in fundraising for The Heart and Stroke Foundation, we were able to send them $3,025.90!!

Our Junior High students are headed to Jasper on March 6-7 for two days of skiing! We wish them a fun and safe trip. (They still have chocolate almonds for sale if you need your fix!) They will be thankful for two extra days to catch up on their sleep while the teachers head to Teachers’ Convention on March 8-9.

Our spring (SPRING!!) Book Fair starts on March 15, and Report Cards go home with students on March 19. The library will be converted into a store the week of March 15-22, and students, parents, and community members are welcome to come shopping first thing in the morning, during recess, and at the end of the day.

Parent-Teacher Interviews are on March 22 from 4:00-10:00pm. Our Book Fair will be open for shopping until about 9:00 that night as well for you to stop in for a look!

Spring Break starts on March 30, and students will be off all the next week, returning to school on April 9.

We are excited to host Missoula Children’s Theatre April 9-14!! They will be getting started first thing in the morning on April 9 and will be working with our students all week to put on plays on Friday and Saturday night. Parents, please note: If your child would like the opportunity to be in the play, they MUST be here first thing on April 9; and please let us know by April 9 if they are unable to be here for performances on either April 13 or 14 so we can allow other students the opportunity to fill those parts. THANK YOU!

Elevation Dogs- Local Dog Kennel

Located: 724048 RDE RD 40
Website: elevationdogs.ca
Email: info@elevationdogs.com
Phone: 780-832-0992
Facebook Page: Elevation Dogs

 

Photo: Aaron, Eva, Clancy and Sunny Peck

Elevation Dogs is a local, family-run, dog kennel in the Bezanson area. Aaron and Eva Peck are the kennel owners as well as their children Clancy and Sunny. The kennel is managed by Rhonda LaValley and the rest of the staff comes from different places in the world from online volunteer sites like Work Away or Help X. These volunteers are required to stay for 8 weeks or longer and they all live onsite. “We really enjoy learning about different cultures and places in the world. We have had volunteers from France, Austria, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Britain and Australia,” says Rhonda.

The kennel has been in operation for around three and a half years. It began out of their garage on their rental property, but it moved onto their own land in 2015. By 2016, the kennel was moved into the current building but only had 6 kennels. Currently, there are 20 indoor kennels and 6 outdoor runs of different sizes as well as a larger run with a dugout. “We have big dreams and plans to expand even further in the future, adding large exercise play pens and an agility course,” says the kennel owners.

What does Elevation Dogs have to offer?

Elevation Dogs offers dog boarding, dog daycare, dog grooming, a gear shop and more. They offer dugout swims, runs on bikes, and leashed walks to provide options for each personality of dog. There is a couch in the playroom as well as a TV to make things more home-like. For the anxious dogs, they have essential oil diffusers that are calming going all the time. Outside, they have outdoor playpens and play structures. In the summer, the kennel also adds kiddie pools and they hang tarps for some shade in the heat. Each Sunday, Kim Verge does professional grooming. She is a certified Master Pet Stylist, specializing in dog, cat, rabbit and guinea pig grooming. She took this through the Maser’s Academy of Fine Grooming in Washington State. On top of this, Eva is currently working on a year-long dog training course through ICS Canada.

            “Every dog’s personality is different just like people and we strive to understand each one that stays with us and we take extensive notes, so we can make their experience here better each time they come.”

-Elevation Dogs

After asking the kennel why they opened up in Bezanson, they explained:

            “We decided to open in Bezanson as we loved the community and wanted to be in the country to raise our family, start our business and farm. Aaron works within the community and was training sled dogs among the Kleskun Hills and when this property came available it seemed to him like a good place to put down some roots. Eva saw an opportunity to offer something within the Grande Prairie area which was not being done. There are many boarding kennels in the area, but she found that none of them were offering what we do in terms of socialization, training and extra activities as well as the opportunities for sled dog tours and sled dog education.”

-Elevation Dogs

Aaron and Eva Peck

Aaron grew up on a farm in Ontario where he always had a love for dogs. After watching Susan Butcher win the Iditarod on TV, he fell in love with sled dogs and decided this was something he wanted to do. This started his sled dog career and in fall 1999, he became a dog handler for Martin Buser, who was a 4-time Iditarod winner, in Alaska. He took Martin’s puppy team and ran in “The Last Great Race” in 1999 which continued to expand his passion. Since then, he has ran the Iditarod 3 times and competed in many races where he was very successful. He has won the 2013 Pedigree Stag Stop Race and the 2017 Canadian Challenge Dog Sled Race. The family will be headed up to Alaska again this February to race in the Iditarod again. We wish Aaron good-luck in the upcoming race!

Aaron’s love for dogs began with his sled dog team where he was able to learn and understand each dog’s personality and feelings. Eva also grew up loving dogs. She grew up on a farm in Switzerland where she had horses, cats and dogs. All of the work put into working with, massaging, taking care of bodies, playing with them and feeding the dog really creates a bond and a very strong connection with the dogs.

Aaron currently has a full-time job working at the Kleskun Hills Bison Ranch. Eva on the other hand, runs the kennel and raises their children. Their two beautiful children are Clancy who is 3.5 years old, and Sunny who is 1.5 years old. On top of this, they take care of the sled dogs, cattle and horses. Other than family and animals, they enjoy camping, hiking and being in the mountains. Eva is also an avid skier and equestrian and Aaron loves running and has participated in Emperor’s Challenge.

Elevation Dogs is a great place for your dogs, whether it comes to grooming, boarding and more. Check them out at elevationdogs.ca for more info. You can also email at info.elevationdogs.com or give them a call at 780-832-0992.

            “At Elevation dogs we want the very best for all our guests. It is why we research everything we use, down to our cleaning products. You can be guaranteed that if we are putting our stamp of approval on something we have gone the distance to make sure its the best product we can offer. All the things we sell in our gear shop are top quality and have been tried and tested on the sled dogs and/or pet dogs.”

-Elevation Dogs

 

 

Written by Ally Pilgrim