RCMP plead for help finding missing man with dementia who was last seen in Sherwood Park – Edmonton


Strathcona County RCMP issued a plea for help from the public on Friday afternoon as they search for a 74-year-old man with dementia who was last seen in Sherwood Park earlier in the day.

In a news release, police said Robert Marcel Verschaeve may be “unaware of his surroundings.”

Verschaeve was last seen in Sherwood Park at about 1:45 p.m. on Friday. Mounties said he left his rural home near Range Road 232 and Township Road 520 and was last known to be driving his 2011 white Ford F-150 with Alberta licence plate BZX 5010.

“The truck has a water tank in the back and has front-end damage,” police said. “RCMP members have been actively patrolling and searching for Robert to verify his well-being.

Verschaeve is five-foot-seven and about 160 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a red and black jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on Verschaeve’s whereabouts or the location of his vehicle is asked to call the Strathcona County RCMP detachment at 780-467-7741.

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Sherwood Park jewelry to be included in Grammy Awards gift bag – Edmonton


A Sherwood Park jeweler has been selected to be part of this year’s Grammy Awards. A necklace by Rockstar Jewelry will be included in the gift bags for presenters and performers at the music awards this Sunday.

“I’m excited,” owner Jeremy Willuhn said Monday.

“Let’s just say I was glad I was sitting down when I found out.”

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Willuhn has been making jewelry for about nine years. He reached out to the public relations company that does the gift bags last year and has been working since mid-May on the 160 pieces that will be given away at the music awards this weekend. Altogether, Willuhn used about 65 metres of sterling silver.

“I was doing one a day just because I wanted to pace myself but near the end, I was doing three a day.”

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The Sherwood Park company uses gemstones from around the world to create unique pieces, including rings, necklaces and bracelets.

The piece being included in the Grammy gift bags is a sterling silver amethyst bar necklace, which the company said “embodies the simplicity of every piece by Rockstar Jewelry and highlights the beauty of the natural amethyst stone.”

“Made with sterling silver chain and four pure amethyst beads nestled on a piece of sterling silver wire, the amethyst has the appearance of floating on air,” reads a press release from the jewelry company.

While excited, Willuhn admits he’s also a bit nervous about the exposure. His products have never been featured like this before.

“It’s a new demographic so I don’t know how well it will be received. You never know with these things,” he said. “I have no idea how this is all going to end up. Your guess is as good as mine.”

Rockstar Jewelry isn’t the only local company being showcased to some of Hollywood’s best singers; handcrafted lollipops from Fort Saskatchewan’s Sumptuous Lollies will also be given out in the Grammy Awards gift bags this weekend.

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The 2019 Grammy Awards are being held in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10.

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Sherwood Park’s Carter Hart ready to backstop Flyers against Edmonton Oilers – Edmonton


Friends in the summer, foes in the winter.

The two goalies in Saturday’s game between the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers will be Cam Talbot and rookie Carter Hart.

“We skated this past summer together,” said Hart, who is from Sherwood Park. “He’s a really good guy and a great goaltender as well. He’s the guy that I called the night before I got my first start against Detroit.”

The Flyers have won six straight games, with Hart in goal for five of them. He was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for January, going 6-2-1 with a .931 save percentage. It’s quite a turnaround for the Flyers, who were winless in eight in late December and early January.

“You look at those games, it’s not like we were far off. Guys still made sure that they stayed positive,” said Hart.

“Now we’ve gone on this six-game winning streak. I think that just shows the character we have in our locker room.”

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Hart, 20, backstopped Canada to world junior gold in 2018, but he was a story in that tournament for more than just his play. His ritual of being the last player off the ice led to standoffs with opposing players at the end of periods.

“I definitely don’t do that last-guy-off-the-ice thing anymore,” laughed Hart. “I just realized, ‘Is this really going to make me a better goaltender?’ No. Not really.

“There are things in my game that I have a routine with that help me focus. But there are things that sometimes you can’t control. Those are things that you have to push away and focus on the things you can control.”

It’s the first game back after the bye week for the Oilers, who have lost three in a row. Defenceman Oscar Klefbom is hoping to return after missing 19 games with a broken finger. He practiced again Friday morning but isn’t confirmed to be in the lineup.

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Catch the Oilers and Flyers on 630 CHED Saturday with the Face-off Show at 9:30 a.m. The game begins at 11 a.m.

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Witnesses report hearing explosion at Sherwood Park community centre


RCMP are responding to a fire at Strathcona County Community Centre in Sherwood Park. Witnesses who spoke to CBC News report hearing an explosion at the building.​

Chelsea Thoen was at the Strathcona County Library Tuesday night when she heard a « huge bang. » 

« The whole building was shaking and you could barely hear anything except for everything shaking, » Thoen said. 

Thoen said alarms started going off and those in the library began evacuating the building. She told CBC News that a firefighter told her to get out and « start running. »

Police have blocked off the roads in the area to investigate and are asking the public to stay away from the area due to safety concerns. 


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Sherwood Park grannies helping African grandmothers raising orphaned children: ‘We feel a connection with them’ – Edmonton


Grannies here, are helping grannies there.

A group of grannies from Sherwood Park will continue their ongoing efforts to raise money for grandmothers in Africa through an event called Good Words for Africa this weekend.

In partnership with the Stephen Lewis Foundation, The Eastside Grannies will donate all of the proceeds from the event to tens of thousands of African grandmothers who are raising 17 million orphaned grandchildren in a region of Africa south of the Sahara.

They’re raising them because of the country’s HIV/AIDS pandemic.

“We had heard about the needs of the African grandmothers, and most of us firmly believe that had we been born in Africa 75 years ago, their story would be our own,” said Carol Maier, an original member of the Eastside Grannies. “We feel a connection with them.

“When you need somebody, what you need most is a friend. We wanted to be the friends who could help these African grandmothers.”

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The Eastside Grannies raise money through the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign and have been doing so for almost 12 years.

“The only ones who are left to look after the children are the grandmothers,” Maier explained.

“They take care of their grandchild 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the rest of their school lives.”

Good Words for Africa sees attendees gather funds through pledges, show up to the event and play “their best game of Scrabble,” according to Maier.

“We chose Scrabble because Stephen Lewis is the founder of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign and he is absolutely fabulous with words — anytime you listen to him, he’s just an inspiration,” Maier said.

“We wanted some way to earn money using words.

“The first year we tried this, we earned $55,000, which was absolutely gob smacking, and the next year we raised $61,000.”

And though Maier noted that the money raised by the event has declined over the years, some of the 200 groups of “Grannies” across Canada have taken a liking to the format of the event, which originated in Sherwood Park.

“More than 60 groups have used the Good Words for Africa format, and it’s a great moneymaking event,” she said.

“We are thrilled to be the first to have done that. It was serendipity.”

Now, the Eastside Grannies are getting creative and finding new ways to raise money for the African grandmothers.

“We’re going to have a decor show,” Maier explained. “We’re going to ask people who support our cause to donate one treasure from their own homes to our sale, and we’ll take all these treasures and sell them.

“It’s going to be sort of like an upscale garage sale.”

The sale will take place at The Agora in Sherwood Park in the spring. To donate an item, Maier advised people give her a call at 780-464-4195.

The Grannies also hold their annual Rhubarb Rally every spring, their biggest event.

Every treat has rhubarb and it’s symbolic for the Grannies.

“We’re trying to emulate the African Grandmothers. They use what’s available to them to feed their families,”  Maier said.

“In every home site here in Alberta, there’s a patch of rhubarb. So we’re using rhubarb to make rhubarb pies, tarts, cakes, cookies… everything is made of rhubarb.”

The Rhubarb Rally is held at the Bethel Lutheran Church every year and last year’s event saw 240 people show up.

Although over 14,000 kilometres divides them, the Eastside Grannies’ connection with the African grandmothers continues to strengthen, and so do their numbers.

The Grannies started with eight original members, including Maier, and are now up to 30 members.

The Grannies are always welcoming more and if you’d like to become one or get involved with their events, you can visit grandmotherscampaign.org.

Good Words for Africa takes place on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Bedford Village Dining Room in Sherwood Park.

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