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Continued on Page 2 The 6th annual Rotary Chestermere Lifepath Wellness Amazing Race will test racers strength, endurance, speed, balance, and knowledge. During last year’s event, racers had to canoe passed a small island beside Camp Chestermere. Chestermere Rotary try to ensure some challenges are unique, and something that people don’t regularly get to do. Photo by Emily Rogers

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Dr. Jed Snatic of Lifepath Wellness and title sponsor for the Rotary Chestermere Lifepath Wellness Amazing Race sponsored the annual fundraiser for $10,000. Chestermere Rotary began planning and perfecting the community-wide race in January. It is essential the challenges are tough, but not too difficult, exciting but not dangerous, and that racers can complete the race. Photo submitted by Karen McKee

By Emily Rogers The sixth annual Rotary Chestermere Lifepath Wellness Amazing Race is allowing local business owners to showcase their businesses while raising funds for community initiatives. Up to 20 teams of four members are encouraged to register their teams until Aug. 21 for the annual community fundraiser race, and for a chance to win a $1,000, $500, or $250 prize. “The amazing race is a unique race that no one else in town is doing. It’s an interactive, experiential activity for the businesses in

our town,” said Chestermere Rotarian Karen McKee. The annual race shows Chestermere residents behind local businesses, who they are, where they are, and what they can offer. “It puts a focus on our businesses, that is interactive, and it allows the business owner to put their best foot forward,” McKee said. “We’re going to drive 80 contests that are going to have an experience that they are going to never forget,” she said. Adding, “This way people are getting in the doors, getting to know business owners, and creating a deeper connection.” Throughout the day, racers can expect physical challenges that will test their strength, endurance, balance, and speed, along with puzzles and quizzes. “Bring your brain and your brawn,” McKee said. “You may be in a challenge where it’s pure strength or speed, and your adrenaline is pumped. The next one you need to calm down and get your brain thinking out of that adrenaline mode and into logistical puzzle thinking mode,” she said. Adding, “That’s the challenge of the challenge.” Chestermere Rotary often designs challenges which have multiple components to it, which allows every member of the team to take participate. “If someone on the team has a limitation, they can do a component of the challenge,” McKee said. “We tried to make it all-inclusive, which allows any combination or any group of people with any level of ability to participate,” she added. The funds generated from the Rotary Chestermere Lifepath Wellness Amazing Race will be used towards projects and initiatives in the community, along with international initiatives, such as Global Disaster Relief. “Every year it gets better,” McKee said. This year, Chestermere Rotary experienced many businesses going to them directly and asking if they can be challenge hosts. “At the end of last year’s event, we had challenge hosts saying they wanted to be a part of it next year,” McKee said. The beginning stages of planning challenges begins in January

for Chestermere Rotary. “It’s a lot of work. It takes us eight months to pull this off. We don’t do this lightly,” McKee said. The Rotary Chestermere Lifepath Wellness Amazing Race has to be tough, but not too tough, it has to be thrilling, but not dangerous, and racers have to be able to finish, but not too soon. “We want people to go home a little sweaty, a little wet, a little muddy, with a big smile on their face and some story to brag about at work,” McKee said. Despite the countless hours of dedication, the Chestermere Rotarians put into the communitywide event, it’s a great bonding experience for them, and they all leave with huge smiles on their faces. During last year’s annual For additional information on community fundraiser, Rotary the Rotary Chestermere Lifepath Chestermere Lifepath Wellness Wellness Amazing Race, or Amazing Race teams had to build to register a team by Aug. 21, a fire using materials supplied, please visit the website at https:// and then run to the lake to gather water to distinguish the flames. The Chestermere Rotary Photo by Emily Rogers Lifepath Wellness Amazing Race will begin at 9 a.m., on Sept. 14, with the registration table opening at 8 a.m. Without the support of sponsors, including Dr. Jed Snatic of Lifepath Wellness who sponsored the community race for $10,000, the annual race wouldn’t have been possible.

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Chestermere residents encouraged to support Food Bank during back to school season

The Chestermere Regional Food Bank has been working throughout the year to raise awareness for programs in the community By Emily Rogers The Chestermere Regional Food Bank is preparing for the hectic back to school season with a variety of opportunities for residents to donate needed items. Foodbank donations can be made on Aug 17 during the Pack the Patrol Car event at Safeway, or the Show & Shine on Aug 24, along with bins donations which can be made year-round. “The events we are attending are not ones that have been organized by us. These events are ones we have been invited to be a presence at as people support the food bank,” said Chestermere Regional Food Bank President Laurie Dunn. She added volunteers have been working throughout the year to bring awareness to programs and getting residents to recognize there is a need in the community for the food bank. The food bank will have a table set up to raise awareness of programs, during the annual Show & Shine. “A portion of the proceeds from the Show & Shine the lakeside cruisers give back to the food bank,” Dunn said. During the second annual Pack the Patrol Car event, shoppers will be encouraged to purchase needed items from a shopping list provided by volunteers. “The idea is for people to buy groceries to fill the patrol cars, once they are full the peace officers will deliver it to the food bank,” Dunn said. Shopping lists were given out during the Spring Food Drive and were extremely helpful in gathering items that the food bank desperately needed, but people don’t think about some of the incidental things. “We never have jam and jelly. Crackers always seem to be a tough go, and we never get honey,” Dunn said. “We certainly would never turn away any kind of food,” she added. “People don’t think about things like toilet paper, or feminine hygiene products, but we still need that stuff too.” Throughout the summer, the Chestermere Regional Food Bank has been busy with the After the Bell Program, which provides children in the community snack packs during the summer. The After the Bell program is designed for children to receive nutritious snacks while out of school. “We do the school programs during the year, and once school


is out there isn’t food readily available for kids who need it,” Dunn said. “After the Bell bridges that gap,” she added. The After the Bell program food packs are provided by Food Banks Canada and are available Wednesday afternoons for children. “It’s healthy snacks, supplemented with fruit, or cheese strings that we purchase to go in the packs,” Dunn said. In addition to the After the Bell program, the Chestermere Regional Food Bank has also begun harvesting select vegetables from the community and rural gardens. “We’ve harvested a few things, lettuce is really quick, soon it will be time to do the beets, and the carrots,” Dunn said. “It’s been fairly steady,” she said. At the beginning of the summer volunteers passed out many seeds for the Grow a Row program, where residents grow produce in their own gardens for the food bank. “Hopefully, we’ll start seeing the vegetables come from the people who took seeds for the Grow a Row program for the food bank,” Dunn said. Moving forward, the Chestermere Regional Food Bank is seeking volunteers who are committed to working during weekday evenings. “We have a lot of great volunteers who can come to events but what we seem to be lacking is somebody who can come in on weekday nights,” Dunn said.

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“With back to school coming that’s going to be a big thing, and back to school snacks for kids’ lunches are on our shopping lists,” she said. Along with volunteering, donations are always helpful for the food bank, as it allows volunteers to purchase items, they are short of, or require weekly including fresh meat, produce, yogurt, milk, and eggs. With the Christmas season approaching, Chestermere residents are encouraged to register any events to raise funds for the food bank on the website at “Please register so the food bank can help with food bins, pickups or advertising the event,” Dunn said.

Open Farms Days welcomes Albertans onto the farm Farmers and Ranchers give a peek behind the scenes at annual event

By Jeremy Broadfield If you’ve ever wondered what life on the farm is like now’s your chance to find out. Alberta’s 2019 annual Open Farm Days, Aug. 17th and 18th, gives people the opportunity to visit participating farms across the province for farm tours, a chance to buy locally grown and enjoy activities such as hayrides or petting zoos. “Alberta Open Farm Days is a celebration of the rural lifestyle and an education about where our food comes from,” said Alberta’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda, “I encourage all Albertans and visitors to start planning for this outstanding staycation opportunity at a variety of host sites across the province.” New this year the popular culinary events and open houses will take place on both Saturday and Sunday of the event. “Saddle up for a countryside road trip to meet the producers who grow your food and the chefs who help make it taste great,” he said. Some of Alberta’s top chefs will be featured cooking at the oneof-a-kind culinary events. Using locally grown and raised products, these chefs will be preparing a range of dishes. Unlike the tours, is a cost to the culinary events and people are encouraged to plan their day in advance as the culinary events have been known to sell out. Admission is free to the more than 100 participating farms during Open Farm Days, however some of the activities offered may have a cost at the farmers discretion. Both the tours and culinary events are meant to showcase the importance of agriculture to Alberta. “Agriculture plays a vital role in the well-being of our rural communities, our province and our lives,” said Agriculture for Life CEO Luree Williamson. For more information on Open Farm Days go to



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Dog owners warned to watch out for ticks

Water main flushing in Chestermere The Cove ● Kinniburgh ● East Chestermere Drive August 19 – 30, 2019 Ticks with the potential to spread disease found in the 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., including weekends region By Jeremy Broadfield

Have you ever seen water flowing from a fire hydrant but not a fire in sight? You were probably watching a Unidirectional Flushing (UDF) service. EPCOR will be conducting UDF in Chestermere this month where we flush the water mains to remove sediment and maintain water quality. This process may temporarily result in cloudy water and/or changes in water pressure. Your water remains safe to use. If you experience cloudy water, we recommend that you run your cold water tap for approximately three minutes or until the water runs clear. EPCOR monitors and performs ongoing water quality tests to ensure you have clean, safe water at the tap.


As warm summer weather continues, dog owners are being warned to watch out for ticks when out enjoying nature with their furry friends. Chestermere Veterinary Clinic’s Dr. Gabriela Rotaru said that her clinic has submitted about 20 ticks to the Alberta Health tick surveillance program. She said none of those ticks were identified as deer ticks, the species of tick that carries Lyme disease. Rotaru said that some of their clients have brought in pictures of ticks found on their dogs from the region that resemble deer ticks. “However, it has not been confirmed by analysis,” she said. While its often not know the exact spot that a tick is picked up by dogs or people, Rotaru said that the types of ticks that have been found in areas in and around Chestermere are usually found in places with tall grass or in wooded and bushy areas. While Lyme disease is the most publicized disease risk posed by ticks, it is not the only debilitating disease spread by ticks to people and animals. “Certain ticks have the potential to transmit erlichiosis, babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, anaplasmosis,” said Rotaru. She recommends that people speak to their vet about specific products, such as chews or topical applications that can protect dogs from ticks. Rotaru cautions that the effectiveness of tick and flea collars depends on the active ingredients and while they may provide protection from fleas and ticks, they don’t provide any defense from other kinds of parasite. “Also, if dogs play with each other and accidentally eat the flea collar, this can be very toxic,” she said. Another concern is that the active ingredients in flea and tick collars can interact with other medications one’s dog is taking. “Always talk to a veterinarian before you make a decision which prevention is best for your pet,” said Rotaru.

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When it comes to protection for people walking with their dogs, Rotaru said that the best protection is to wear light coloured clothes, long pants, especially in tall grass and wooded areas. People should use bug spray that contains Deet. People should check themselves, their pets and their gear after returning from hiking or walks. “Walk on clear trails when you can,” she said. If a tick is found, Rotaru encourages people to bring them into the clinic to be submitted for testing in the Alberta Health tick surveillance program. “Testing is free” she said, “only with their help we will have a better idea of ticks prevalence in our province.” Ticks should be brought in contained in a clear plastic sealed bag. If the tick is a pet, she said people should either go into their nearest clinic of call into a veterinary hospital to get instructions on how to properly and safely remove the tick. In people, along with having the tick removed they should see a doctor to be tested for Lyme disease. Rotaru said that patients can develop clinical signs of the disease weeks or months after receiving an infected bite. Common symptoms can include, arthritis and fever with possible heart and neurological problems. There can also be kidney damage. “The other infectious diseases transmitted by ticks can be just as debilitating as Lyme disease is,” said Rotaru, “It is not worth the risk, protect your pet.” According to the 2016 Alberta Health tick surveillance summary report, of 2,781 tick submissions in the province, 234 were identified as deer ticks. Of those, 182 were determined to likely have been picked up within Alberta. Nineteen per cent of these tested positive for Lyme disease. The 2017 statistics aren’t available yet. According to the 2016 surveillance report, 374 ticks were submitted from the Calgary area with 13 deer ticks identified.

Eighteenth annual Chestermere Show and Shine is bringing out 500 antique, classic, and special interest cars One hundred per cent of the funds raised will be donated to local and southern Alberta charities

Approximately 500 antique, classic, and unique cars will be on display during the 18th annual Chestermere Show and Shine on Aug. 24. All of the proceeds raised from the annual show will be donated to local and southern Alberta charities, such as the Chestermere Regional Food Bank, Easter Seals Camp Horizon, and the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC). Photo by Emily Rogers

By Emily Rogers Families and friends are encouraged to attend the 18th annual Chestermere Show and Shine and admire approximately 500 antique, classic, and special interest vehicles on Aug. 24 at the Rec Centre. “The idea is, even if you’re not an avid car nut, you’re still going to come out and see it. We have all sorts of things that are interesting and shiny,” said Chestermere Show and Shine Organizer of three years, John Kittler. He added, 100 per cent of the funds raised will be donated to charities including the Chestermere Regional Food Bank, Easter Seals Camp Horizon, which supports Albertans with disabilities and medical conditions, and the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC). “Last year we donated $14,000 to those three charities,” Kittler said. “That’s the highlight of our little event. It’s not a huge complicated event. We’re able to generate some money that all three of those organizations are pretty thankful to get,” he said. Adding, “Each person who shows their car pays to be there, and the spectators get in for free.” Although there are many car shows throughout the province, Kittler believes the Chestermere Show and Shine is one of the best, because it’s on the grass instead of hot pavement. “This is better than a lot of things,” Kittler said. The Chestermere Show and Shine is an event that brings people from across southern Alberta to Chestermere. “This showcases our city to people who specifically come to visit, and they’re impressed,” Kittler said. The people who come to the Chestermere Show and Shine from

surrounding communities see Chestermere in the best way, with beautiful weather, and a busy lake. “Chestermere is a car town. There are a lot of people here with interesting vehicles and summer toys,” Kittler said. Not only does the Chestermere Show and Shine showcase the community to others, but it also allows residents to meet, and to build relationships. “It’s super social. Friends and neighbours all park next to each other, it’s a good social event for the participants and the spectators,” Kittler said. “People love old cars, that’s the bottom line,” he added. Whenever Kittler drives his old cars, people come up to him, and want to talk about the vehicle, and share stories.

“It’s a real community builder, it’s something that people find interesting, and they want to chat,” he said. “When you have 500 of them in one place, it’s a pretty neat vibe,” he added. For the first time, the Chestermere Show and Shine received a community funding grant from the city. Kittler is extremely grateful for the community funding grant as it allows him to continue the Chestermere Show and Shine. He added, “It’s a fun day on the grass, to see all sorts of shiny things. Everybody put it on their calendar and come on out.” For more information on the Chestermere Show and Shine please visit the website at

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Chestermere Fire Services (CFS) have teamed up with municipal enforcement to ensure lake users are safely enjoying the water this summer. “We’re assisting the Chestermere Peace Officers with their enforcement role, and doing more of a safety component on that,” said CFS Capt. Brent Paquette. After joining forces last year, Chestermere Peace Officers now regularly Patrol the lake while on CFS vessels. Along with patrolling with CFS, the Chestermere Peace Officers have undergone much of the same water rescue training that CFS has. “Rescue wise, and getting somebody out of the water, the peace officers have been training with us,” Paquette said. Teaming up with municipal enforcement was a simple decision because if CHS is out on another call, the peace officers can begin to help in an emergency situation. “If they are already out on the boat, without fire services, they need to be able to start dealing with the emergency before we arrive,” Paquette said.

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“It’s always good to work and collaborate with the other agencies, we work very well together. It’s been definitely a bonus, while they’re doing their enforcement part, we’re doing the safety part,” he said. He added, having the agencies together is financially responsible for the taxpayers. CFS is actively ensuring everyone on motorized, and non-motorized vessels have life jackets that fit correctly and are reminding boaters to make sure all of their equipment is functioning correctly while out on the lake. Although lake users are encouraged to bring all necessary safety equipment with them, they are also reminded to look at the weather prior to going out on the lake. Many lake users do not watch the sky, or notice storm clouds rolling in, which can result in them getting stuck on the lake, Paquette said. “A lot of people seem to get caught out there when bad weather suddenly creeps in,” he said. Boaters are also reminded to put their navigation lights on and leave them on during the evenings or when there is poor weather, he said. Adding, “Navigation lights help us see vessels while we’re out there.” Motorized vessel operators should know what their craft is capable of, if the wind or poor

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follow us, but the wakes that those boats give off is an issue for us,” he said. “Keep those areas clear, if they see us out there working, try to make it a no-wake zone around us. It definitely makes our lives much easier,” he added. Currently, CFS has been busy patrolling the water and ensuring all lake users are having fun safely. “We’ve been fairly busy so far, but nothing major,” Paquette added. “We’ve been out there for a few things, including sinking boats.” CFS should always be called to help with any sinking boats, whether the vessel is in the middle of the lake, or by a dock. “There are other things we need to worry about when we have boats that have taken on water,” Paquette said. From left: Chestermere Fire Services Capt. Brent Paquette and Senior Firefighter Paul McClure get the CFS “We need to worry about rescue boat ready to launch. fuels and oils getting into lake, Photo by Jeremy Broadfield and we need to deal with the hazardous materials,” he said. issues they have immediately,” Paquette said. CFS will get the boat properly “That’s been a very good, and very positive thing,” he said. out of the water, and deal with the petroleum products coming out Adding, “We’re on the same line with the peace officers. We will of the vessel with absorbent pads. give a huge amount of respect to every single person out there, and Although it has been a busy year patrolling the water, municipal we expect the same in return. enforcement and CFS have received an overwhelming amount of “We’re there to help. We’re not there to hinder anyone’s day. compliance and willingness from lake users. We’re completely there to help.” “Everyone is more than happy to try to fix or correct whatever August 15,. 2019 //


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Hello Chestermere! It has been a fun-filled week of rain, wind and pretty awful weather, but that is Alberta for you and we are amazingly resilient (resistant? resigned?) when it comes to the charms of Alberta weather patterns and still manage to enjoy the wonderful things our province has to offer. It is heartwarming to see kids playing outside no matter what the weather. We have to let them know its ok to get messy, wet and dirty, in fact I believe it is imperative. I know that my adult children have way too much screen time, and even now as a family we try to organize time that we are off our computers and phones. It is so easy for the day to pass by and to have spent way too much time in front of our computers because the world is happening so fast all around us. I am the biggest hypocrite when it comes to this as I work all the time, and in fact I am on “vacation” right now as I write this article. Our bodies are not designed to sit inside in front of a computer screen or stare at a phone for hours. This has negative effects on our physical and mental health. Being active if you are able, and even just being able to spend some precious hours outside breathing in the air and getting our eyeballs off of our screens is so important. As we become a more and more urbanized and “tech dependent” society playing in the dirt, the garden, a sandbox, a beach or indeed any way we can get outside to enjoy nature is way better for you than checking out social media. For kids, they learn to interact and organize with one another when they play outside. One of the things I love to see is when kids navigate boulders and old tree stumps, judging and assessing the risk in their play. This is super spontaneous and just so much fun. I am one of those adults who regularly plays with kids in their environment, and for me that level of unstructured play (like building a fort) is my favourite thing to do. My adult children are avid fort builders with their young cousins, and I take full credit for that. I want to chat with you about something very important and difficult. Human trafficking is modern day slavery and it is happening “right

here right” now in our own province. Canadian girls are being sold, in some cases by their own family members for drug debts, and are then the property of pimps or so called “boyfriends” who beat them, torture them and force them to have sex multiple times a day with all the money going to their “owners” to whom they are paying off some made up debt. This is happening to all ages, including children. Many young girls are promised dreams of such things like movie contracts, and just plain and simple love, and are soon pulled into the dark underbelly of human trafficking. This is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. In Ontario, girls are being branded with the names of their owners and are bought and sold like cattle. These girls (it is mostly girls) are Canadian, are forcefully confined, and are transported against their will, locked up, and exploited. The victims of these horrendous violations stay because the predators have threatened their families, or threatened to burn or beat them. These girls have been groomed and are manipulated in the most evil ways by pimps who earn upwards of $200,000 per “worker”. I repeat, this is happening right here, right now in our own province. We are working with groups like RESET, ACT, The YWCA Edmonton, to rescue these victims and help them understand their rights. We must remove them from these manipulative and dangerous situations. These victims were looking for relationships and truly believed that their pimps love them. They are so broken that they don’t believe that there is anything for them after this life that they have been living. We will be starting a task force in the next year to take a look at these horrific crimes and look at how to provide more help to survivors. “The girl next door” legislation acknowledges that this crime could be happening right next door and we may not even know it. We will help empower survivors and help them get their lives back. As always we love to hear from you at 403-207-9889 or

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Wine Time The world of wine is mourning the loss of Harry McWatters, the larger-than-life godfather of BC wine, who passed away last month after more than 50 years in the Canadian wine industry. Faithful readers may recall me waxing poetic about the late and great McWatters over the years, who first came to prominence in 1979 for opening Sumac Ridge, which was the first estate winery in BC. Sumac Ridge has long been a favourite winery of mine, and my feet have trodden the rows at the vineyard many times over the years on my annual pilgrimage to the Okanagan Valley. Sumac Ridge was sold to an international conglomerate known as Constellation Brands in 2000, but McWatters stayed on as president until 2008, when he retired after a long and fruitful career. Retirement did not seem to suit him, as he quickly launched a high-powered viticulture consultancy, and shortly after started up the TIME Estate Winery as a spry septuagenarian. I was fortunate enough to cross paths with the legendary Harry McWatters several times over the years, most recently when I walked into his startup TIME winery a few years back while it was still under construction, and found him enthusiastically pouring wine and regaling customers in the tasting room. I went home that day with two cases of his first release, promising myself to return to see the winery in its full splendor the following year. I never had the chance to return, as the building and vineyard was sold just as the construction was completed, with the TIME Estate Winery moving from the famed Black Sage Road location to downtown Penticton, into a historic theatre converted into an urban winery and restaurant, which is still a top attraction and on my must-see list every time I visit the Okanagan Valley. In addition to founding several wineries over his five-decade career, McWatters was also the driving force behind the establishment of the Vintners Quality Association, the regulatory framework for quality assurance and designations of official appellations for wine regions in Canada. This legal framework is similar to the appellation system in the old-world wine countries of Europe, which guarantees the label

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reflects the specific geographic area the grapes were grown, and revolutionized the free-for-all labeling of Canadian wine at the time, dragging our nascent wine industry into much higher levels of quality. I joined the rest of the Canadian wine industry in raising a glass to honour the memory of the grandfather of BC wine, fittingly with a bottle of Meritage from the TIME Estate Winery, made as a Bordeaux-style blend of the best grapes in the vineyard. While I was lucky enough to have several bottles from TIME resting in my cellar from visits to the Okanagan, there is also wide availability at well-stocked wine shops here in Alberta. The terroir at the vineyard lends itself to growing the grapes of Bordeaux, with both red and white varieties available at your local bottle shop. The White Meritage is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, with an elegant mélange of pear and honeydew aromas, nicely balanced with hints of oak. For the red fans, the Red Meritage is a quintessential Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cab Sauv, and Cab Franc. Aromas of red fruit and spicy pepper dominate on the nose, with silky-smooth tannins nicely rounded by oak ageing. Despite the winemaker exhorting me to lay the bottles down for a few years before opening them, the temptation was too much to resist, so I have already enjoyed a few at home. Their pinnacle wine is a Syrah, and is priced to match. At $35/bottle, the Syrah is expressive of the local terroir, with bold aromas of blackberry, and the ever-present sage that grows like a weed in the area. With plenty of dark plum notes and spice on the tongue, this wine spend a full year in oak, resulting in a full-bodied big red that stands up to dishes like peppercorn steaks or strong cheeses. Our Canadian wine industry was made immeasurably better by the late and great Harry McWatters for over five decades, and we are unlikely to see his ilk again. His legacy will continue with his daughter at the helm of the three family-owned wineries in the Okanagan, as well as the eponymous McWatters Collection, the label affixed to only the best of the best wines. Look for them at a bottle shop near you!

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Dog barks As with so much about dogs’ behaviour, the more you understand about what barking is and how it translates in the dog world, the less miscommunication will happen between yourself and your (or any other person’s) dog. So what is barking and what does it mean? Dogs communicate both through body language and through sounds, one of which is what we know as barking. Unlike human talk, where we can use a variety of words in different languages that mean the same thing, dogs appear to have a universal code of communication. So a bark in one country is the same as in any other country. The trick is to understand the different types of bark and what they mean. Stanley Coren, Ph.d., FRSC, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, has defined three dimensions to a dog’s bark: the pitch, the duration and the frequency or repetition. •Pitch: low-pitched sounds (such as a dog’s growl) usually indicate threats, anger and the possibility of aggression. These are interpreted as meaning: “Stay away from me.” High pitch sounds mean the opposite, asking to be allowed to come closer or saying that it is safe to approach. •Duration: Generally speaking, the longer the sound, the more likely that the dog is making a conscious decision about the nature of the signal and his next behaviors. Thus the threatening growl of a dominant dog that has every intention of holding his ground and not backing down will be both low pitched and also long and sustained. If the growl is in shorter bursts, and only held briefly, it indicates there is an element of fear present and the dog is worried about whether it can successfully deal with an attack. •Frequency: Sounds that are repeated often, at a fast rate, indicate a degree of excitement and urgency. Sounds that are spaced out, or not repeated, usually indicate a lower level of excitement. A dog giving an occasional bark or two at the window is only showing mild interest in something. A dog barking in multiple bursts and repeating them many times a minute is signaling that he feels the situation is important and perhaps even a potential crisis. Coren further points out that barking is an alarm sound. There is no threat of aggression signaled by the dog unless it is lower-pitched and mixed with growls. Let’s consider the interpretation of the most common barks. •Rapid strings of two to four barks with pauses between is the most common form of barking and is the classic alarm bark meaning something like: “Call the pack. There is something going on that should be looked into.” •Barking in a fairly continuous string but lower pitch and slower than the usual alarm bark suggests that the dog is sensing an imminent problem. Thus this sound means: “The intruder (or danger) is very close. I don’t think that he is friendly. Get ready to defend yourself.” •One or two sharp short barks of high or midrange pitch is the most typical greeting sound, and it usually replaces the alarm barks when the visitor is recognized as friendly. Many people are greeted in this way when they walk in the door. It really means, “Hello there!” It’s usually followed with the dog’s typical greeting ritual. •A long string of solitary barks with deliberate pauses between each one is a sign of a lonely dog asking for companionship. •A stutter bark, which sounds something like “Harr-ruff” is usually given with front legs flat on the ground and rear held high and simply means, “Let’s play!” So next time your dog starts to bark, see if you can interpret what he is saying. Better communication means less misunderstanding!

The Need for Speed and Fun Like most good ideas, it started as a dream on a whim: gather kids, build some cars together, and see how far they will go down a pathway in the park. I was there for that first year when a few cars were built as part of a summer day-camp. Now, some six years later, the Chestermere Soap Box Derby “Lake Ridge Classic” has grown into a city-wide street event held annually along Chestermere’s Speedway, Rainbow Falls Link. Sadly last year’s race was rained out, but this year’s event is hoping for good weather and will be held on Saturday, September 4th from noon to 3:30 pm. While finding a prairie hill steep enough on for a race was a challenge, today with the help of a ramp and some creativity, kids are picking up more than a little speed - they’re making some raceway memories. Event organizer Tara Linsley says of the event, “Chestermere’s Soap Box Derby over the past couple years has been one of the events I personally look forward to. The purpose of the day is about community connection. It’s really about creating an event that focuses on fun and relationships with families and neighbours. It’s about the ear to ear grins when kids cross the finish line beaming with pride as they look to see their families and friends cheering.” Other community members are getting in on the fun, too. Local RCMP have been playfully setting up their radar and handing out speeding tickets to speediest racers. Businesses and the City of Chestermere roads department have all been joining in to support the races, too. Neighbours line up lawn chairs and place bets on their favourites, and a team of volunteers work to make the day special. “Our volunteers have just as much fun as the kids do on race day. It’s because of the team of people who plan and showup to help that this event happens. It’s all about making this day special for kids and our community” says Linsley. While colourful boxes on wheels might not break the sound barrier, there is much more at work here. New communities like ours thrive when they create welcoming events for kids right in our neighbourhoods. When our streets become places where we can gather and have fun, from street hockey to block parties, we take big steps towards creating the kind of culture that makes our city special. If you want to sign up your child for the Chestermere Soap Box Derby, you can rent a car for $20 and compete with other kids in our community for fun and raceway glory. Visit for all the details. Even if you do not have kids or yours have grown out of their cars, everyone is invited to come and cheer on these racers. There is nothing quite like the feeling of having your community cheer you across the finish line, and the feeling is even better when you’re the one cheering. August 15,. 2019 //

Lakeside Quilters’ Guild Meeting each month at the Chestermere Recreation Centre on the first Wednesday of each month. Sew days are on the third Wednesday of each month and a sew Saturday each month, excluding summer. Quilting experience not required, new members welcome. For more information please contact Carole at 403-519-0379. June 19 Raffle Quilt Winning Ticket 0752 (Prize has been Claimed) St. Gabriel the Archangel Knights of Columbus (14492) Meets on the second Thursday of each month at St. Gabriel the Archangel High School library. Meetings start at 7:00 pm. Must be a member to attend regular council meeting. Inquiries can be emailed to (Jeff) or call Patrick @ 403-923-0099. The Rotary Club Of Chestermere Our Meetings are from September till June We meet for a Buffet Lunch every 2nd and 4th Tuesday - 11:45 am to 1:00pm at Camp Chestermere, 1041 East Lakeview Rd. Guests are most welcome but must register for the Lunch Buffet. Please contact us through our website or email us at The Chestermere Fine Art Guild The Chestermere Fine Art Guild meets every Thursday at 1pm, at the Recreation Centre North side, upstairs in room 2. Come and explore your artistic potential. Welcoming new members beginner to advanced. Like us on Facebook and email The Walking Connection It’s a great way to connect with other people in your community, improve your mental health and to get some fresh air and gentle exercise. Meets every Monday between 1:30 – 3:00 Ongoing The group meets in front of the Chestermere Public Library, at the gazebo in good weather. Includes: a gentle walk, coffee & connection. There is no charge for this group and we would love for you to join us.(However, coffee is at your own expense) For more information call Yvonne Harris at 403 365-5401 or email The Chestermere Lions Club Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, September to June at the Chestermere Rec Centre at 7pm. Check out our website at or \email us for more information at Chestermere Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Meet and Greet Show “n” Shines every 2nd Tuesday Starting may 21st . thru Oct. at The Dockside Marina starting at 6.30pm. Come and meet other car enthusiasts and share your passion. 50/50 draw proceeds to local charity. See us on Facebook, Lakeside Kruzers Contact Roy Spanko, 403 285-8309



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SPECIAL EVENTS Tuesday, Aug 27th – POT LUCK SUPPER – “End of Summer Luau” Doors open at 4:30pm. Supper at 5:30pm. Bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share! Wine and beer available to purchase. **************************************************** REGULAR WEEKLY PROGRAMS DROP-IN COFFEE HOURS: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings 10:00 am. Drop by for coffee, cookie and a chat; share some laughs! MONDAYS: CHAIR YOGA – 11:30am – 12:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Dropin. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. CARPET BOWLING – 1:00pm. More players are welcome! BRIDGE – 1:00pm – Guests Welcome! EVENING CHAIR YOGA Due to low attendance, no evening yoga until further notice. TUESDAYS: CRIBBAGE FUN NIGHT - First Tuesday of every month – 6:30 pm $5/person Everyone welcome! New Players and All Levels of Skill. WALKING GROUP – 9:30 –10:30 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking outdoors. Meet at John Peake Park. LINE DANCING – **Not running during summer months. Back in September. WEDNESDAYS: CHAIR YOGA – 11:30am –12:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Dropin. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. CARPET BOWLING – 1:00 pm. More players welcome! *Note: 2:00 pm July 17th THURSDAYS: QUILTING – Starts at 9:30am – Making “Comfort Quilts” donated to charities WALKING GROUP – 9:30 –10:30 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking outdoors. Meet at John Peake Park. ARTISANS OF CHESTERMERE – 1:00pm – 3:30pm - All levels of skill! FRIDAYS: SENIORS’ CHAIR EXERCISES – 11:00am – 12:00 pm - Focus is on Strength & Balance. Drop In Class! No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. TAI CHI INTRODUCTORY CLASSES – 1:00 pm – Drop in. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. Wear comfortable clothing. FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES – Starts at 6:30pm - Come enjoy a night of games and socialize! SATURDAYS: POOL & SHUFFLEBOARD – Running again in September. COME SEE WHAT’S NEW AT THE WHITECAPPERS!


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Oh Snap! This program is a hit, so it will continue through August. Press the Snap Circuits together to make siren sounds or make the fan spin. Hook up to your mobile device to add a light today. Sessions run for 1 hour, on Thursdays, August 8, 15, 22 and 29 between 1:00pm and 4:00pm. If you loved it, let us know. If there is enough interest, we will consider running it on Saturdays in the Fall.

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EDMONTON, Alta./Troy Media/ - There’s a lot of talk these days about diversifying Alberta’s economy. (I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be having this conversation if oil was at $100 per barrel but that’s not the case.) It’s time for Albertans to develop the full potential of our greatest natural resource: people. But before we begin to change direction we must purge ourselves of some wrong-headed thinking. Perhaps the most egregious fallacy that Albertans carry today is the idea that the market is the best instrument to determine our future; that getting out of the way is the best thing governments can do to support the economy. What has this attitude meant for Albertans? Over the past four decades, the oil and gas industry has grossed roughly $3.5 trillion of value (and tens of trillions of market capitalization), developing Alberta’s publicly-owned energy resources. Regrettably, the Age of Oil is ending - leaving Albertans broke, with limited options going forward. It’s time to wake up and write a new future. We could do worse than learn from our past. In the early 1960s, the Alberta government (under Social Credit Premier Ernest Manning) defied conventional market realities when it launched the Great Canadian Oil Sands (GCOS) project. Forecasters could see conventional oil and gas wouldn’t last forever in our province, so the government got innovative. Far from leaving our future to the market, it worked with experts in the oil industry to define a workable business solution that would unlock the potential of the oilsands. The result was a publicly-sponsored, private-sector company called Great Canadian Oil Sands. It was clear that global capital markets (investment banks and other institutional investors) wouldn’t finance an unproven heavy oil venture, so GCOS went directly to the people of Alberta. Albertans were invited to invest in their own future. More than 100,000 Albertans (representing roughly 27 per cent of households at the time) purchased $1,500 debentures ($12,000 in 2017 dollars), taking an equity

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position in Alberta’s future. That was a lot of money in 1962 - consider that the average house price in Alberta at that time was only $12,500. Following this successful primary financing, a Canadian subsidiary of U.S.-based Sun Oil Co. entered the picture, investing an additional $250 million to get the project up and running near Fort McMurray. It was the largest single private investment to that point in Canada’s history. GCOS constructed and operated the first commercial oilsands plant, with production beginning in 1967. Today, Suncor, the successor to GCOS, produces more than half a million barrels of oil a day, almost 23 per cent of Alberta’s total oilsands production. It was an early example of average Albertans investing in their future and defying conventional logic in order to change a market reality. And it’s not the only example of Albertans investing in their own future. The Alberta Energy Co. (AEC) is a classic example. AEC was incorporated in September 1973. Like GCOS, AEC was a governmentsponsored private-sector initiative designed to accomplish economic and political goals. AEC’s mandate encompassed a variety of roles in the conventional energy industry and much more. Premier Peter Lougheed felt Albertans should be doing as much of the secondary upgrading and refining of our crude oil as possible, something the market discouraged. AEC was financed in much the same fashion as GCOS. The province invested $75 million (half the initial capital) and then sold another $75 million in shares to 60,000 Albertans. AEC eventually merged with PanCanadian Energy. The combined companies became EnCana, now a significant player in the industry. The challenges are different today. It’s not energy development that’s needed, but a diversification of the economy to unleash the technology potential of Alberta and Albertans, and create a more prosperous future. It’s a big challenge, but as former General Electric CEO Jack Welch used to say, “Control your own destiny or someone else will.” As Manning and Lougheed discovered, if government gets its role right, Albertans will invest directly and heavily in their future.

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Art quilt maker bringing gem quilts to Canada Ten quilting instructors from Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba now have the expertise to teach gem quilting By Emily Rogers Nancy Strath, owner of Bow Bench Retreat, welcomed art quilt maker and creator of faceted diamond quilts MJ Kinman to Calgary for a Gem Affiliate Training retreat. “I love teaching this at my facility, but I can’t reach all of Canada,” Strath said. “I was very excited when MJ offered to come and teach some other people how to teach. Now we can share this knowledge all over the country,” she added. Quilting instructors from the Calgary area, B.C., Saskatchewan, and Manitoba came together to learn the proper techniques in teaching others how to create gem quilts. “I mostly make quilts that are one and done, and a one of a kind that people put on their walls,” Kinman said. Kinman first began gem quilting approximately 25 years ago, after she had received a flyer in the mail with the image of a gemstone. “I had just learned how to quilt. I looked at the gem, and I thought it’s just straight lines, there’s got to be a way to make a quilt out of that,” Kinman said. However, she was unsure how to design the quilt, and how to put hundreds of pieces back together once she cut them up. She began to research quilters and their techniques, and once she found Cynthia England’s picture piecing technique, she knew how to complete the innovative quilt. “The key is freezer paper,” Kinman said. Kinman uses freezer paper as a template, while the back of the paper acts as an adherent to the fabric when ironed, which can be pulled off without leaving a residue. Seven years later, she diagramed the quilt with colour codes and visual clues of where to place the pieces. “It took me seven years to it figure out. Since then it’s captured my soul. I quit my corporate America job five years ago to devote

A group of 10 women from the Calgary area, B.C., Saskatchewan, and Manitoba attended the Gem Affiliate Training retreat in Calgary. Throughout the retreat, the group learned techniques from art quilt maker and creator of the gem quilts MJ Kinman. Kinman was first inspired to create a gem quilt after she received a flyer in the mail with an image of a gem about 25 years ago. It took Kinman seven years to figure out a way to place hundreds of pieces onto the quilt. Since then, Kinman has developed gem quilt patterns, and quit her corporate career to pursue her passion. Photo by Emily Rogers


all my time to this,” Kinman said. “It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done, but it had been the truest, and the rightest thing I’ve ever done,” she added. Roughly a year ago, Kinman developed patterns for other gem makers, and quilting instructors began asking her if they could teach her patterns to their students. “They were independent quilt teachers, and they had people who were interested in making the quilts but needed a little bit of extra help,” Kinman said. During a collaboration, Kinman decided to create the Gem Affiliate Training retreat, which brings people together who want to teach the patterns. “I teach them how to teach,” Kinman said. “I teach them the techniques. I teach them where they came from, tips and tricks, and give them resources that they can’t get when you’re not a part of the affiliate system,” she said. “We’re adding this to the menu of the classes they can offer to their quilting community,” she added. Collaborating with Nancy Strath and her Bow Bench Retreat facility was a simple decision for Kinman, as Strath has experience teaching the gem quilting classes, and knows common questions quilters have, and where they get hung up. “I can talk about where it came from and the ideas, the tips and tricks that I use, but she knows what it’s like to actually teach it,” Kinman said. Kinman’s gem guilts are unique in the quilting industry as there is not an emphasizes on perfection, unlike other projects. “It’s a wonderful, and marvelous industry, but there’s a lot of emphasizes on perfection and precision, and that can cause a lot of fear in people,” Kinman said. “They get all tense, and you can’t have fun when you’re tense. With these patterns’, From left, art quilt maker MJ Kinman was welcomed to Calgary by owner of Bow Bench precision isn’t a priority,” she said. Retreat, Nancy Strath for a Gem Affiliate Training retreat. Throughout the weekend, quilting For quilters who have been told they need instructors from the Calgary area, B.C., Saskatchewan, and Manitoba learned the proper to match their points up perfectly, letting go techniques in teaching others how to create gem quilts, tips and tricks, and the history behind of precision will either freak them out or give gem quilts. Photo by Emily Rogers them a massive sense of relief. “I want to let people know how important friendships, and we’re collaborating, it’s a combination of all of it is to be joyful in your creativity because that’s where creativity our favourite things,” she said. comes from and not to work out of fear,” Kinman said. Strath added, the world is loving gem quilting because quilters “I want to help people restore joy into their quilt making, and to are tired of making quilts like what their grandmothers have made their practice that they can bring back to their studio,” she added. in the past. Although the creation of gem quilts is an innovative project in Calgary quilting instructor, Allison Spence had previously made the industry, the students in the Gem Affiliate Training retreat dove one gem quilt block. However, after she attended the Gem Affiliate right now and understood it immediately. Training retreat, the process became a lot simpler. “I had a blast,” Kinman said. “With this weekend we’ve received a lot more information, and “The weekend went great. It was awesome,” Strath said. now it makes a lot more sense,” Spence said. “We have all gotten to know each other, we’ve formed new “Once I got to sewing, it goes together really quickly. It is well worth it in the long run,” she added. For Spence, Strath, and Kinman getting to know each other, building relationships, and collaborating was a highlight from the weekend. “People love diamonds, and it’s time to bring them to the world,” Kinman said. “It’s exciting because there’s nothing out there like this right now. I get to be a part of that. I get to introduce that to the world and bring joy to other people,” she added. August 15, 2019 //

Is it time for your mammogram? Screen Test is coming to Langdon on Sept 12 - 14, and to Strathmore on Sept 27 – Oct 12, 2019. Alberta Health Services – Screen Test brings breast cancer screening to women across Alberta with its mobile mammography clinics. Call 1-800-667-0604 (toll-free) to book a mammogram. Why should I get a screening mammogram? A screening mammogram is a special X-ray of your breast. Once you’re over 50, it is the best way to find breast cancer early. Screening mammograms can help find breast cancer when it is very small, 2-3 years before you or your doctor can feel it. The earlier breast cancer is found the better treatment can be. In fact most women (about 90%) are now surviving breast cancer 5 years after diagnosis. Who should get a screening mammogram? Women 50 and over should plan to have a mammogram every 2 years and may self-refer. Women 40 - 49 should discuss the risks and benefits of screening with their doctor, and need a referral for their first appointment. There is no cost for this service. For more information visit: Here are some common myths and facts about breast cancer screening: Myth #1: Only women with a family history of breast cancer will get it. The truth is, 80% of women who develop breast cancer have no family history. So it’s important to understand that you are still at risk for breast cancer even if no one in your family has ever had the disease.

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Myth #2: Mammograms can cause breast cancer or cause an existing cancer to spread. Mammograms require very small doses of radiation. Research confirms that the risk of harm from radiation exposure by mammography is very low. The benefits of the earlier diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer far outweigh the risk of the small dose of radiation received during a mammogram. Myth #3: Monthly self-breast exams is the best way to find breast cancer. What is most important is that women know how their breasts normally look and feel – from the whole area of breast tissue up to the collarbone and including the armpit. While it is not necessary to have a regimented method for checking your breasts, call your healthcare provider right away if you notice any unusual changes. For more information, visit

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ing up new options doesnÕt have to be compli-


cated, and parents may discover an array of foods and flavors that their kids will enjoy and ask for in the future. Such can be the case with Greek-inspired gyros. The fillings can vary depending on the ingredients available in the house. For Turkey Meatball Gyros from the Taste of Home: Healthy Cooking


cup finely chopped peeled cucumber


tablespoons finely chopped onion


teaspoons lemon juice


whole wheat pita pocket halves


cups shredded lettuce


cup chopped tomatoes

Cookbook (RDA Enthusiast Brands) by the editors In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs,

of Taste of Home, the meatballs can be made the

egg and seasonings. Crumble turkey over mix-

night before or in big batches and frozen to be

ture and mix well. Shape into 16 balls.

used as needed. The yogurt sauce in this recipe is

Place meatballs on a rack coated with cooking

reminiscent of traditional Greek tzatziki, which is

spray in a shallow baking pan. Bake uncovered

fresh and flavorful.

at 400 F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until no longer Turkey Meatball Gyros

pink. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the

Makes 4 servings

yogurt, cucumber, onions, and lemon juice. Line 1/2

pitas with lettuce and tomatoes; add the meat-

cup seasoned bread crumbs

1 egg

balls and drizzle with the yogurt sauce.

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For Week of Aug 19

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) The Goat continues to create a stir by following his or her own path. Just be sure you keep your focus straight and avoid any distractions that could cause you to make a misstep. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A colleague’s demands seem out of line. But before reacting one way or another, talk things out and see how you might resolve the problem and avoid future misunderstandings. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A personal matter appears to be making more demands on your time than you feel you’re ready to give. See if some compromise can be reached before things get too dicey.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A chaotic atmosphere taxes the patience of the Aries Lamb, who prefers to deal with a more orderly environment. Best advice: Stay out of the situation until things settle. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Tension runs high in both personal and workplace relationships. This can make it difficult to get your message across. Best to wait until you have a more receptive audience. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) This is a good time to take a break from your busy schedule to plan for some well-deserved socializing. You could get news about an important personal matter by the week’s end. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) An offer of BORN THIS WEEK: You’re able to communihelp could come just when you seem to need it. cate feelings better than most people. Have you But be careful about saying yes to anything that considered a career in the pulpit or in politics? might have conditions attached that could cause problems down the line. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Sometimes a workplace colleague can’t be charmed into supporting the Lion’s position. That’s when it’s time to shift #105, 100 Rainbow Road, Chestermere tactics and overwhelm the doubter with the facts. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You continue to earn respect for your efforts to help someone close to you stand up to a bully. But be careful that in pushing this matter you don’t start to do THIS WEEK’S FOOD BANK WISH LIST: some bullying yourself. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Don’t ask others if they think you’re up to a new responsibility. Having faith in your own abilities is the key to dealing with a challenge. P.S.: That “private” matter needs your attention. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) This is a good time to use that Scorpian creativity to come up with something special that will help get your derailed career plans back on track and headed in the right direction. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) While change is favored, it could be a good idea to carefully weigh the possible fallout as well as the benefits of any moves before you make them.

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