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Ella, Piper and Madison Robinson were among the 19 skaters competing in 20 events during the Calgary Regional STARSkate Invitational in Okotoks on Dec. 7 until Dec. 9. Piper received a bronze while Madison received a silver in the Star 1 category. Photo submitted

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By Emily Rogers Chestermere skaters carved their way through the competition at the Calgary Regional STARSkate Invitational in Okotoks Dec. 7-9. “Overall, I think it went great,” said Head Coach of the Chestermere Ice

Edge Skating Club Heather McFarlane. During the two-day competition 19 skaters, ranging from five years old, to 15 years old competed in 20 events, and brought home 14 medals. “Everyone skated well and had a lot of fun,” Continued on Page 2 McFarlane said.





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“It was a first competition for a lot of the skaters, and that was the highlight of the competition,” McFarlane added. Seeing the athletes go out onto the ice and do what they were taught to do to the best of their abilities made McFarlane and Chestermere Ice Edge Skating Club coach Sonya MacMillan extremely proud of the skaters. All of the skaters went into the competition with their wits and skates sharp, after preparing for four months, by skating four times a week, McFarlane said. The athletes are now looking forward to the next competition in the new year in Rocky Mountain House Alta. “My goal would be for everyone to have an even better competition than the last one, and for everyone to see more improvement,” McFarlane said. Competitive skater, Jocelyn Gaucher is proud of how she performed during the Calgary

Regional STARSkate Invitational. Gaucher trained as much as she possibly could for the competition, even while she was at home. “My program went really well, and I skated as nicely as I could. Even when I fell, I still did great. I didn’t let the nerves of performing stop me or get to me,” Gaucher said. Although Gaucher is proud of how she performed during the competition, if she could change one thing it would landing all of her jumps properly, she said. Gaucher has only been skating for two years but has quickly fallen in love with the sport. “I love the feeling of moving around freely and seeing myself improve. “When I’m skating, I don’t have to worry about personal life and I can move and just let all of my emotions out,” Gaucher said. She added, creating lasting friendships with the coaches and other skaters is something she doesn’t want to lose. Chestermere’s medal winners at

the Calgary Regional STARSkate Invitational were: From the Star 1 category, Greta Williscroft received gold, Ava Jacobs, and Madison Robinson received silver, Piper Robinson, Kaylan Jacobs, Isabelle Cave, Anna Zuev, and Thomas Mulder, all received bronze. From the Star 2 category, Andie Williscroft, and Mikayla Gohring both received bronze, while Tenley Bren, and Leah Cook also got bronze medals in the Star 3 category. Neda Ljaljevic received a sliver in Introductory Interpretive, and 5th place in Star 4, while Jocelyn Gaucher, Grace Peori earned 7th, and 8th place respectfully. Carmela Albornoz, and Michelle Fawcett received 5th and 7th place in the Star 5 category and attained personal bests, while Katlynn Murray received 6th place in Star 6. William Cave also received second place in Special Olympics Level 2, which was a personal best.

Neda Ljaljevic placed 5th in the Star 4 category, and also respectfully received a silver in Introductory Interpretive during the Calgary Regional STARSkate Invitational in Okotoks on Dec. 7 until Dec. 9. Photo submitted


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Council gets Q3 and Q4 Economic Update By Jeremy Broadfield Chestermere city council received the economic development report for the third and fourth quarter at the Dec. 18 council meeting. One of the highlights from the quarters has been the high levels of interest in the Webster Industrial Park sale. “We’ve had a lot of inquiries looking strictly for information,” said Economic Development Officer Tawndra Calhoun. The city’s broker for the sale, Colliers International, has recently completed the marketing brochure for the sale. Calhoun said that with the brochure completed, interested buyers will be able to get the information they are looking for without tying up staff and Colliers International time. Other highlight s from the two quarters included the first ever small business week, hosted in partnership with the Chestermere Chamber of Commerce. The successful event led to the highest turnout for the Chamber Awards with 74 tickets sold for that event. The city also received $38,925 from the CARES Grant which was budgeted for the BRE and the City marketing programming for 2018 and winter 2019.

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Chestermere’s Director of Corporate Services Tracy Buteau has announced her resignation from the city and was honoured for her years of work by council at the Dec. 18 meeting. In her time with the city, Buteau has filled several roles including Acting CAO and director of protective services. ‘It’s been a wonderful 13 years,” said Buteau.

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City looking to require all C o u n c i l l o o k i n g t o h e a r ride share and taxis to r e s i d e n t ’ s o p i n i o n s o n cannabis in the city have a business license growing Personal Cultivation of Cannabis Bylaw tabled to allow Proposed licensing requirements intended to improve accountability of taxi drivers in Chestermere By Jeremy Broadfield Chestermere city council was split four to three in passing the first reading of an amendment to the city’s business licensing bylaw that would require all vehicles providing livery service in Chestermere to have a business license. The amendment to the bylaw proposes that all drivers picking up customers in the city have a valid class 4 license and that, “all livery vehicles picking up customers within Chestermere must obtain a Business License from the City.” The cost of the business license would be $50. In a recorded vote, Councillors, Cathy Burness, Laurie Bold, Mel Foat and Mayor Marshall Chalmers all voted in support of the amendment. Councillors, Yvette Wagner, Michelle Young, and Ritesh Narayan voted against it. “We did pass first reading,” said Chalmers, “But clearly we’re looking to engage the industry whether it’s the local taxi company or taxi companies and or Uber to get their additional input before we move on to second and third reading.” Some of the concerns debated by council included how the bylaw could be enforced on ride sharing services such as Uber. City Chief Administrative Officer Bernie Morton told council creating a tiered system where taxi services and ride sharing services have different regulations where taxis require a license while ride shares don’t would be challenging.


Councillor Wagner also raised a concern about the potential of the amendment to dissuade livery services from operating in the city since without any public transportation there is a need for taxi and ride sharing services in Chestermere. In passing first reading, council and staff can now conduct more public and industry engagement before the amendment is returned to council for second and third reading in 2019. “We want to understand the industry and make sure that we move forward appropriately,” said Chalmers. “This is about engaging the livery service industry and… letting them have their say so we can make the best decision possible,” he said.

further public consultation By Jeremy Broadfield After intense debate, city council decided to table the Personal Cultivation of Cannabis Bylaw in order to conduct more public consultation on the matter. “We wanted to have the opportunity to engage the community for further dialogue regarding this bylaw,” said Chestermere’s Mayor Marshall Chalmers. The proposed bylaw, which passed first reading on Dec. 4, proposes that residents wishing to grow cannabis in singledetached houses or accessory structures in Chestermere will be required to have a license at a cost of $35. The license would then allow a person to grow up to the Federally mandated limit of four cannabis plants. In debating the proposed bylaw, council raised concerns ranging from how the bylaw would be enforced to the fact that through freedom of information laws, people would be able to find out whether a property has had a license approved. Concerns were also raised about how permitting growing would affect real estate values and whether personal cultivation could lead to use of cannabis by minors. Councillor Mel Foat took the position that he would like to see the city take a stand and disallow personal cultivation of cannabis. Council also felt that they had insufficient

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information from the community in regards to what the public want to see for the regulation of personal cultivation of cannabis in the city. In preparing the bylaw, the city hosted a survey online asking for resident’s feedback on whether a license should be needed. The results, which had too few respondents to be considered and accurate gauge of the community as a whole, showed a majority of respondents where against regulation of the growing of cannabis. The survey results conflict with what councillors have been hearing from residents. “After debate, council obviously felt that by tabling it we wanted to have the opportunity to engage the community for further dialogue regarding this bylaw,” said Chalmers. “At some point we have to make a decision but clearly council at the end of the day felt that we at least needed to give it one more kick to try and engage the community on this topic,” he said. Chalmers said that council is working hard to try and get the Personal Cultivation of Cannabis Bylaw right. “We’ll try and do the best we can and get it as close to the mark as we can initially but like all other communities across the country, we’re going to have to live it for a year or two and then adjust as we see where we need to,” said Chalmers.

Dancers one step closer to dream Three dancers given the opportunity to meet and perform with professional performing artists By Emily Rogers Three young dancers recently had the opportunity to experience what living as a performing artist would be like. The Chestermere and Strathmore dancers were flown to Disney World to attend dance classes, make up artistry classes, photo shoots, and perform in the Main Street parade for the “Be Discovered” program. “It was amazing, we got to dance with many people who we have never met before who won the same scholarship,” said Paige Gilmour, 16, from Chestermere who has been dancing for 11 years. Receiving the scholarship came as a surprise to Gilmour after she performed in the “Flying High” Ariel Showcase recital at the Strathmore high school.

“I didn’t know I was going to win anything. I heard name being called, I wasn’t sure if it was actually me. “I was really surprised, it was crazy,” Gilmour said. Traveling to Florida to work on dance and meet professionals in the industry has helped Gilmour be able to network with dancers and encouraged her to take the next step in her dancing career. “I really want to be in a production. I want to try to put myself out there, going to auditions, taking classes, and seeing what else I can do with it,” Gilmour said. For Katherine Voelk, 13, from Strathmore, having the opportunity to be a part of the program allowed her to become more noticed as an individual dancer while performing in a group.

The youngest of the three performers who has been dancing for five years, Mia Srubowich, 10, from Chestermere, enjoyed meeting the other dancers from around the country. Srubowich received her scholarship at the end of a competition and was shocked when she heard her named called. “When they got to the scholarship part I thought I probably wouldn’t win anything because there was over 100 people. “I heard my name being called, I was shivering, I wasn’t expecting to win a scholarship to go out of Canada, it was actually really exciting because I didn’t know I was going to win it,” Srubowich said. Now Srubowich is one step closer to her dream of dancing on Broadway. “I’ve always wanted to dance model in magazines or on websites and do some dancing in movies. “I’ve always wanted to be an actress, and I find the best way to express myself in acting is by dancing,” Srubowich said. Although the week-long trip was tiring, and the girls barely had any free-time, the experience was well worth it to improve their dancing abilities. When Owner and Artistic Director of Expressions Dance Gallery Heather Lawrence-Thomas found out three of her dancers had received the scholarship she had mixed feelings.

“You never know if it’s going to be a money grab or something on the other end,” Lawrence-Thomas said. “In the end I’ve only heard really good things from the parents that it was really worth it, because there was so much involved with the classes, the workshops and the performances,” she added. Lawrence-Thomas is proud of the girls, not only that they won the scholarship, but because they took the initiative to participate, and did a great job. “They could have gone down there and just bombed, but they didn’t. We got really good feedback, they were excellent, they were incredibly well mannered,” LawrenceThomas said. She added, one of the most important things in dance is that the performers pick up new material quickly, especially when working with a new choreographer. “They were able to do that, I’m really proud of them for stepping up,” LawrenceThomas said. For her having the dancers step up and be positive role models for the younger dancers is important. “Making sure they’re setting good examples for others because they are full time dancers. They are very visible, they’re three very-very good dancers, so it’s important for me, that they understand that they have to set a good example for those coming up,” Lawrence-Thomas said.

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By Emily Rogers New Chestermere resident, Don Cassidy, is encouraging locals to become involved in documenting the ecological state of the area with the first Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 29. “I wanted to start [a Christmas Bird Count] in Chestermere and get more people involved,” said Cassidy. “I wanted to have one locally, and let people know what’s flying around here,” he said. Bird watchers can participate in the Christmas Bird Count in their own back yards, or by driving between 84 St. southeast, Highway 564, Range Road 263, and Township Road 231. “People can devote 15 minutes to it, look periodically at bird feeders throughout the day, and then take the highest count they see at one time,” Cassidy said. He added, “In our backyard during the day, we’ll have a flock of house sparrows come in, it can vary from 20, to 60 sometimes. We’ll be looking out there, and the whole back yard is just one solid mass of feathers and movement.” Cassidy’s ultimate goal for the Christmas Bird Count is to identify the different species that make their home, or travel stop during migration in Chestermere. “The health of the planet is always tied to the number of species on the planet, birds are a pretty good indicator of how things are,” Cassidy said. He added, “The Christmas Bird Count will provide a snap shot of what’s going on and will make people more aware of what’s out there.” Cassidy began bird watching seriously two years ago, after he retired from teaching.






“It was a lifelong interest, more generally. The first bird that caught my eye, I was about 11-years-old, but now was time to actually pursue it,” Cassidy said. “I got a camera and started walking through the woods, I wanted to take a closer look at what’s living out there,” Cassidy said. He added, soon after his wife became interested in bird watching as well. “She’s my side kick,” Cassidy said. Although bird watching is a fresh hobby of Cassidy’s, he has enjoyed outdoor hobbies for the majority of his life. “Most of my life I’ve been a fisherman, I kind of changed up hobbies a little bit,” Cassidy said. “You get much more in tune with what’s going on out there in the environment, and then it’s all catch and release. “It’s a hobby that is really low key, it doesn’t really cost a whole lot to get involved in,” Cassidy said. He added, “Once you get a picture of a bird that you can enjoy, you’ve done no harm to the bird or the environment, it’s a fairly quiet type of pursuit.” For Cassidy, it’s not only the pursuit of seeing of a bird he has never seen before that he enjoys, he also enjoys sharing the experience with like-minded people. “They are all very observant, very thoughtful, really gracious, gentle people. It’s amazing,” Cassidy said. He added, “The part that I like is there is no harm done. It’s just an appreciation for what’s alive.” Cassidy is hoping to get more people involved in the Christmas Bird Count, and to get more people interested in bird watching in the Chestermere area. To get involved in the Christmas Bird Count, please contact Don Cassidy at December 27, 2018 //

Don Cassidy and his wife Elaine Cassidy spotted a Northern Flicker taking a quick break on their bird feeder. The Cassidy’s are encouraging Chestermere and Rocky View County residents to get involved in the first Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 29, by either keeping an eye on bird feeders at home or taking a drive around the county. Photo submitted

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the City of Chestermere holiday office closures City Hall will be closed December 24-December 28 and January 1 for the holidays. Phone numbers to be contacted in case of emergency: • Public Works Emergencies: (403) 207-7050 • Sewer/Water Emergencies: Call EPCOR 1-888-775-6677 • Bylaw Enforcement Issues: (403) 207-7058 • RCMP & Firefighters: Call 911

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FROM OUR CLUB TO YOURS Mo Speidal and members, coaches and supporters of the Chestermere Chiefs Minor Football Club attended the Chestermere Lions Club meeting and received a cheque for $3,500 from Club President, Morris Luchka. “The money will be used to buy uniforms and equipment” said Speidel. Your (Lions) support of our club is greatly appreciated. Photo Submitted

A Chestermere Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all ‘round the lake

Riding on ski-doos and leading the pack,

Heading to city hall, that was their aim,

Not a person was stirring, all taking a break;

Was Mayor Marshall Chalmers with a great big sack,

They sped past the Landing, Chestermere Station, and all.

The stockings were hung at The Landing with care,

Faster than speedboats across the lake they came,

And with a bound, when they reached city hall,

In hopes that the Mayor soon would be there;

Up jumped the Mayor, taking his place at the podium there,

The residents were nestled all snug in their beds, With a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his lips, While visions of tax rebates danced in their heads;

He cleared his throat and prepared to speak, Good news! We’ve done it we found a way

With deadlines long met, I settled down for a tiny night cap,

To cut your taxes this winter’s day, And from his sack he drew with a flourish,

When out on the lake there arose such a clatter,

A scroll with the tax rate wrapped in a bow,

I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.

Minus 2 per cent and no cuts to services somehow,

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

And with a wink and a laugh, They were off in a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

And As they drove off, I heard him exclaim,

The moon on the breast of the freshly cleared rinks,

Merry Christmas to all and a happy New Year! –by Jeremy Broadfield based on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But CAO Bernie and six city councillors,


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Breathing deeply

Making household air healthier one candle at a time has found that being able to experiment creating her own scented candles has been rewarding. Lately, McKee has been using mostly peppermint, cinnamon, orange, clove, nutmeg, ginger and occasionally lemon to create her scented winter candles. “Knowing that I’m improving the air quality in my home, and not putting diesel fumes in my home has been a big highlight,” McKee said. Doing as much as she can for her health is extremely important to McKee. “I’m Just trying to attain my best health,” she said. “This time of year, it’s dark by five, and having a candle lit in the room is just such a nice atmosphere, it makes that cozy feeling. So, go ahead breathe deeply, you’re only going to be healthier for it,” said McKee. To see a video of McKee demonstrating her candle making process visit The Anchor’s website at video-gallery/

Karen McKee, founder of Pathway Essentials, is fighting against paraffin wax candles. After researching what is in paraffin wax, and the harmful effects it can cause on the body, McKee decided to start her own line of essential oil scented beeswax candles which are hand-made right in her kitchen. Photo by Emily Rogers

By Emily Rogers Karen McKee is fighting the battle against paraffin wax one candle at a time. McKee had never given a second thought to burning fall scented candles in her home until a dinner guest refused to come inside while a candle was burning. “He took two steps in the front door, stopped dead and said, ‘I have to go, I can’t come here,’” McKee said. In order for the dinner guest to not have an asthma attack, McKee had to air out her house while her guest waited on the front porch. “He told us that he has such sensitive asthma to paraffin wax candles that he’ll go into a full-blown asthma attack,” McKee said. She added, “That led me to start looking into paraffin wax, I always thought of people who have asthma as the canary in the mine shaft. “If they can’t breathe the air, the rest of us probably aren’t doing so well with it either but we just have a higher tolerance level.” McKee began researching paraffin wax and what she found was unsettling. “I was shocked to find out what’s in paraffin wax candles. I immediately said, ‘That’s it we’re not burning anymore paraffin wax candles in this house,’” McKee

said. Paraffin wax is cheap and dirty, she added, it’s a by-product of petroleum refining and when it’s burned it releases toxic fumes into the air. A healthier alternative to paraffin wax candles are soy wax candles, which come from a vegetable wax made from the oil of soy beans. Soy wax burns clean, and doesn’t have the toxins that paraffin wax has, said McKee. However, the ultimate type of candle to burn is beeswax. Beeswax emits a negative ion that attracts some of the pollutants in the air, McKee said, just like plants can clean the air, so does beeswax. “Beeswax candles burning in the air will help with allergies, asthma, and hay fever,” she said. After making the decision to ban paraffin wax candles from her home, McKee began shopping around for beeswax candles, but was surprised by how much they cost. After finding nothing but limitations, McKee decided to take a candle making workshop, and quickly became a convert. “I make my own candles now, I’m really just getting started,” McKee said. She first begins the candle making process by clearing off her kitchen counters, to ensure the wax doesn’t get on anything.

Once she has cleared the space she will be working, McKee assembles all of her supplies, the essential oils she will be using to scent the candles, a chunk of wax, or wax pellets, a melting pot, tea light containers, wicks, and a wooden tray lined with parchment paper to place the candles in to set. “You need a solid surface. If you have to move them, you’re going to jiggle a little bit, it’s going to create a crack in the wax,” McKee said. Once the wax has been poured into the tea light container it needs to cool and set for a minimum of 24 hours before it can be burnt. “It really doesn’t take that much time,” McKee said. “It’s a matter of finding a receptacle, finding essential oils, making sure you have the right ratio, and giving yourself time to do it,” she added said. Although making her own candles at home was challenging at first, it has become a fun and easy activity to fill an afternoon. Now McKee can make a couple dozen tea light candles in less than an hour. “It was challenging getting over the fear that I’m going to mess it up,” McKee said. A fear that was compounded by initially receiving unreliable information about the process. While it was difficult at first, McKee

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Before Karen McKee could melt the beeswax, she needed to break it into small chunks to fit into the pot. McKee has only just begun her candle making journey but is finding it to be an afternoon activity that will later benefit her, and her health. Photo by Emily Rogers


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The Greeks have a long and storied history with wine. While there is archeological evidence of other countries cultivating grapes into various states of fermentation in the days before written history, the oldest surviving written records of winemaking are of Greek origin, dating as far back as the fifth millennium BCE. A uniquely Greek wine is called Retsina, and is one of those love-it-or-hate-it wines that provokes strong reactions from the tippling public. If we turn back the clock to around 2000 years ago, Greece was the preeminent producer of wine in the known world, but since impermeable glass bottles stopped with cork had not been invented yet, wine would spoil quickly due to oxidation from exposure to ambient oxygen. The state of the art in wine storage at the time were large clay vessels known as amphorae. These clay amphorae were used as storage vessels for pretty much everything, wheat grains to wines, togas to tunics, and anything else you might imagine. Even to the present day, ancient shipwrecks have been uncovered in the Mediterranean Sea with

intact amphorae in the cargo hold. Unfortunately, the clay vessels were not airtight or watertight, so merchants would smear pine resin on the interior to prevent liquids from getting out, or air from getting in. You might think of this strategy as the ancient precursor of the Ziploc baggie. Insightful readers may already be wincing at the thought of drinking a wine that has been aged in pine resin, thinking it to be some unholy mashup of Chardonnay and menthol cough drops, and truth be told, you would not be far off. By the year 300 CE, most of the Roman Empire had switched from clay amphorae to less permeable wooden barrels for wine storage, with the exception of the Byzantine portion of the empire, now modernday Turkey, which had acquired a taste for the resinated wines. The traditions continue to this day, with Retsina being a legally protected designation, similar to Champagne or Port. With improvements in viticulture of the last few millennia, the old clay vessels are no longer used, with the flavouring now added by introducing small chunks of pine resin during the

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Lakeside Libations fermentation process, which are then filtered out prior to bottling. My first introduction to Retsina wine was in the early days of the new millennium, as a wide-eyed and naive tourist visiting the Greek Isles, and grabbing an unremarkable bottle of wine at the local convenience store for the princely sum of two Euros, or around three Canuck bucks. Young and inexperienced in the ways of the world as I was all those years ago, I had never heard of Retsina, and assumed it was just another Greek wine. Imagine my surprise when I pried off the crown closure with a bottle opener and received a strong menthol aroma. The first sip was even more shocking, with notes of Pine-Sol cleaner on the tongue, followed by a lasting finish that cleared my sinuses and left my palate with a metallic aftertaste. Indeed, my first experience with Retsina was not pleasant. A more seasoned and worldly wine drinker may have seen the two Euro price tag as a warning sign of low quality, but I was unjaded and unsuspecting in my younger years, so made the incorrect assumption that all Retsina was identical to the bargain-basement

rotgut likely only purchased by gullible tourists like myself. In the fullness of time, as my palate matured into its current world-weary state, I recently gathered up the courage to try Retsina at a Greek restaurant in Banff, and finally realized that I had unfairly maligned the good name of Retsina so many years ago. Modern examples of Retsina are usually made from the Assyrtiko or Savatiano grapes, both popular white varietals that are native to Greece. Faithful readers may recall me waxing poetically about the Assyrtiko grape, especially for its flexibility for pairing with foods. Modern Retsina wines are much more subtle and understated with their pine aromas, and only slight menthol hints in the finish. As a born-again Retsina drinker, I like to enjoy a glass or two at a Greek restaurant, especially when paired with brined olives or stuffed grape leaves. Ask for a recommendation the next time you are dining out at a Greek restaurant, and experience this millenniaold wine style for yourself!

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Home for the Messy Holidays Families are complex. If you’ve celebrated Christmas this week with your extended family, or chose to avoid them this time of year, then you likely had to navigate the complex messiness of it all. There is history, pain, nostalgia, fun, love, and more all wrapped together when we connect with our families. Each year I hear stories of broken families who ache at the thought of coming together around the Christmas tree. Others hold out all hope that this year will be better, and that a certain someone will make good choices. Why is it all so complex? There is a tricky pattern that emerge this week and it plays out in many families over Christmas. We may suddenly experience a world of spoken and unspoken rules when we get together with our families. Is your aunt always in the kitchen? Is grandpa sitting with a beer by fire? Is dad getting angry? Is mom sad? These are often the result of rules and roles and magically appear each time a certain group gets together. Even if we don’t like the rules and patterns we experience, we still turn to them. How we open gifts, hang stockings, how we tell jokes, what we talk about, and when we plan meals all emerge out of a set of rules to help keep the order. Or so we believe. Family dynamics are even more complex than a list of unspoken rules and traditions. Ronald Richardson says that anxiety plays a major role in how we respond to each other. He says that we naturally want to smooth out differences in our families. We prefer to find similarities and known patterns. So when Christmas comes around, we are confronted with a myriad of differences that spill over. To respond to these differences, we work to contain or control others. This anxious

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control elicits four responses, some of them you’ll see in your family this Christmas season. First, some family members will comply and try to do what they are told. Really, they put on a brave face and cover up, but there may not be peace on the inside. Secondly, some might rebel. Doing the opposite is a way of holding on to control. Thirdly, some attack. Strange battles over small things emerge as one family member tries to one-up another. Fourthly, some cut-off. They retreat to a corner, leave the room, or zone out with a TV. Have you experienced any of these this Christmas? In the midst of complexity there is a way to move forward. We begin by realizing that we often respond out of our need to control or our fear of anxiety. When we identify those feelings, we can stop and take a moment to see our situation more clearly. When we do this we can begin to see others, and ourselves, with more grace. We don’t need to make others comply, we don’t need to fight, and we are free to be ourselves with all our warts and quirky characteristics. Healthy families care for each other from a place of non-anxious unconditional high regard. In other words, they learn to love well. Christmas is a hard season, there is no denying it. But it is in the rub of family dynamics that we get to test out the love that we celebrate with the birth of Jesus. When you aim to cede your control over others, live in trust, and love your family well, you are celebrating Christmas. May your Christmas season be full of family moments that lead down new pathways of hope, peace, joy, and love. Merry Christmas.

“Christmas comes but once a year and when it does it brings good cheer”. Please make sure that “brings good cheer” applies to man’s best friend as well. Whether we want to own up to it or not, Christmas time can be one of excess. And things occur that only happen over the festive period. The house, or at least one room, is transformed by adding a Christmas tree(s) adorned with baubles, lights and enough decoration to sink a moderately sized ship! Christmas cards are on display and poinsettias are in full bloom. Humbug I hear a few of you say but that’s for another time! So let’s take some time to view this array of magical wonderland through our furry friend’s eyes. Dogs like a consistent, scheduled lifestyle. All of a sudden, mom and dad are out of the house either doing the endless Christmas shopping or at yet another Christmas party and Fido is having to forego his daily walk and missing the company he’s used to having. All of a sudden the house seems full of people that Fido doesn’t recognize.

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Some of them like dogs but don’t know Fido’s quirks and others don’t particularly care for dogs. Result is that Fido may decide “enough is enough” and take himself off to his crate (“safe space”) or be locked in another room away from everyone. Stress all round for Fido. Now I wonder that those things hanging on the tree taste like? They smell good and they’re hanging at the perfect height for my mouth or maybe if I jumped up I could reach the higher ones too. Yes, you can see what’s about to happen here. Mom and dad return to the house to find the Christmas tree on its side and Fido vomiting, or worse, on the carpet. If you invested in a real fir tree, as compared to a fake version, there are other factors to consider. The oils produced by fir trees can be irritating to a dog’s mouth and stomach, causing excessive vomiting or drooling. The tree needles, meanwhile, may cause gastrointestinal irritation, obstruction, and puncture. If the decorations hanging on the tree are either chocolate or made of glass/plastic, you may find Fido in distress

either through an over indulgence of chocolate or hurting from pieces of glass/plastic in his mouth or worse in his intestines. Poinsettias have a bad rep for being poisonous but, in reality, are only mildly toxic to dogs. Holly and mistletoe are also popular holiday plants. These plants, along with their berries, have a greater toxicity level than the poinsettia. Symptoms of illness form ingesting these plants include intestinal upset, such as vomiting and diarrhea, excessive drooling, and abdominal pain. The chances are very high that, over the Christmas season, more has been charged to the credit card(s) than normal. Do yourself and your bank account a big favour by minimizing the risk of your dog getting hurt through exposure to Christmas paraphernalia and remember to continue to treat them as family, despite all the seasonal distractions. Having said all this, ho, ho, ho and I truly wish you all a merry and safe Christmas and please give your dog an extra belly rub from me!


Mitten Mania

Stay-at-home-mom turns hobby into unique business

Chris Rilling, founder of Chris’s Creations, has been sewing since she was in high school, but has only recently turned her hobby into a business she runs out of her home. Rilling sells mittens which she makes from unique sweaters she thrifts or finds in her friends’ closets. Photo by Emily Rogers

By Emily Rogers Chris Rilling, first began sewing in high school, and eventually started making children’s clothing, pajamas, and quilts. “I’m into the crafty stuff, every year I have made all my gifts for people, one year I made stuffed geese,” Rilling said. “I enjoy sewing, I always had the oldest machines, my dad would get them from garage sales,” Rilling said. Her last sewing machine which was from the 1950’s had the seal of good housekeeping on it, Rilling said. “That was the best machine. I went to a sewing class to learn how to make a pillow, everyone was laughing at my old machine, my old clunker machine. By the end of the


class, mine was the only one still working, mine was the quietest, and mine would start right on the edge,” she added. After working with her old sewing machine for a few years, Rilling wanted to upgrade to something fancier. “This one is easier to thread, it has a few fancier stitches on it, it cuts the thread for you, I just wore the old one out,” she said. Rilling has always enjoyed craft sewing and two years ago was looking for a way to reuse an old sweater with holes in it that she had loved. Her aunt suggested she make a pair of mittens out of the old sweater instead of tossing it away. “I thought oh my gosh that’s a good idea. I made one pair, and one pair turned into

three pairs, and it just kept going,” Rilling said. She added, “Then I had to go look for new sweaters. It just kept going, and I got hooked on it, it was fun, it was fun to sew, and I liked the end project.” The sweaters that Rilling uses for the mittens are either thrifted, or from her friends’ closets. “I’m always looking for unique things, I look at sweaters very differently now,” Rilling said. “It’s not just what the shape is, or what they look like, I look at a sweater and I see mitts,” she added. Although Rilling is busy throughout the day running a day home, she still finds time to work on her mittens. “The motivation comes from it’s a craft, it’s an art. I think it’s really fun trying to find the materials, matching the materials, and matching the patterns, or different colours,” Rilling said. She added, “There really neat to pair together, it’s more than just making mittens.” Rilling usually sews every day, but because she has a day home she only has a few spare minutes throughout the day. “I’m busy with the kids all day. Nap time, I love nap time, that’s my time where I can sit down, and I can do a little bit of sewing. “Weekends, and evenings, nap time, even if I’m up early waiting for kids, I’ll start sewing,” Rilling said. She added, on the weekends her son calls it “Mitten Mania” while she is busy sewing. “I’m just having a great time,” Rilling said. For more information on Chris’s Creations, visit her Facebook page at https://

Chestermere resident, Chris Rilling, works every day on sewing mittens to prepare for craft sales. Rilling sews whenever she has a free moment in between running a day care out of her home. Photo by Emily Rogers

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Honouring alumni who pave the way for upcoming athletes Rocky Mountain Raiders Alumni Game received overwhelming support By Emily Rogers Female athletes were recognized for paving the road for future athletes during the first annual Rocky Mountain Raiders Alumni Game on Dec. 22 at the Scott Seamans Arena in De Winton. “I’m speechless for how it all went, we expected to set the bar, but we didn’t expect to set it that high,” said Rocky Mountain Raiders Head Coach Dustin Borbandy. A highlight of the game for Borbandy was seeing the 34 skaters and two goal tenders chat with each other and reminisce. “That was exactly what we were trying to accomplish,” Borbandy said. “I don’t think [athletes] understood what they were getting themselves into. They just thought there would be a puck drop, and they would go play and enjoy themselves,” Borbandy said. He added, “We wanted to make it a moment they are going to cherish. We want to keep this going, keep recognizing the players from the past, the future and all coming through.” The Rocky Mountain Raiders Alumni Game not only recognized the athletes, but it also honoured the parents and supporters of the organization.

“You see them every day, you take it for granted that they’re on the team, when the teammates move on, you move on as parents and you forget how much they brought to the association and to the program. For me as a parent and a coach, just to get to recognize those people again was a huge honour,” Borbandy said. Although the game was successful, Borbandy regrets that he didn’t advertise the game more. “The support was overwhelming, watching the players faces when they walked through the door, seeing new jerseys designed for them having the jerseys set up in the room, looking like a team, they felt really honoured,” Borbandy said. Without the support from the parents who gave a helping hand, and the players the game wouldn’t have been possible, Borbandy said. He added, “We were looking to have a fun game, but they made it competitive. That’s what we wanted, they are athletes, they wanted to compete, they play at high levels, it was nice to have them back and we hope to see more players come back next year.” The first annual Rocky Mountain Raiders Alumni Game had a successful beginning, with 34 skaters and 2 goal tenders playing hockey on the same team once again on Dec. 22, at the Scott Seaman Arena. The ultimate goal for the first alumni game was to recognize female athletes who play sport at a high level. Photo by Emily Rogers

The first annual Rocky Mountain Raiders Alumni Game honoured the female athletes who have paved the way for upcoming athletes in high level hockey on Dec. 22 at the Scott Seamans Arena. The alumni game brought together athletes for a chance to reminisce, while reinforcing the lifelong friendships they have already made. Photo by Emily Rogers

The first annual Rocky Mountain Raiders Alumni Game brought out the competitive nature of the athletes on Dec. 22, at the Scott Seamans Arena. Head Coach and parent, Dustin Borbandy said the athletes expected to play a casual game, however, the game quickly brought out the competitiveness of the athletes. Photo by Emily Rogers

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Our Community What’s Happening Where Recreation Centre Whitecappers Catch the Next Wave A Social Club for people 50+ years Guests & New Members Welcome! Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 9:30 am to 12:00 noon (Located at the South end of the Recreation Centre) Phone: 403-235-2117, Email: SPECIAL EVENTS Tuesday, January 8th LUNCH & LEARN – 12:00 am – 1:00 pm - Bring Your Own Lunch or sign up for a $5 per person soup lunch. Topic: Cannibas **************************************************************** 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! Drop-in. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. *Note: No Yoga Jan 2nd CARPET BOWLING – 1:00pm. More players are welcome! BRIDGE – 1:00pm – Guests Welcome! CHAIR YOGA 6:30pm – 7:30pm Everyone Welcome! Drop-in. No Charge for members and $2.00 non-members. **Note: No Yoga Jan 2nd TUESDAYS: CRIBBAGE FUN NIGHT - First Tuesday of every month – 6:30 pm $5/person Everyone welcome! New Players and All Levels of Skill. **Note: No Cribbage Jan 1st WALKING GROUP – 10:00 –11:00 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking indoors. **Note: No Walking Club Jan 1st LINE DANCING – 11:15 am - No charge for members and $2/non-member. No sign-up. Drop-in. Great workout & mind exercise. **Note: No Line Dancing Jan 1st WEDNESDAYS: CHAIR YOGA – 11:30am –12:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Drop-in. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. *Note: No Yoga Jan 2nd CARPET BOWLING – 1:00 pm. More players welcome! THURSDAYS: QUILTING – Starts at 9:30am – Making “Comfort Quilts” donated to charities WALKING GROUP – 10:00 –11:00 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking indoors. 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. *Note: No Tai Chi Dec 28th FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES – Starts at 6:30pm - Come enjoy a night of games and socialize! SATURDAYS: POOL & SHUFFLEBOARD – Starts at 7:00 pm – Everyone welcome! COME SEE WHAT’S NEW AT THE WHITECAPPERS!


CRCA FRIDAY SKI/SNOWBOARD TRIPS TO COP – NEW DATES! A supervised CRCA program for ages 9 - 17 Dates: Jan 18 & 25, Feb 1 & 8 Costs for each 4-week session: Lift & Bus M $200 / NM $225 or Bus Only M $68 / NM $80 Bus loads at the Rec Centre @ app 3:20 pm and returns to The Rec Centre by 9:30 pm. Single dates may be available. Email for info. MINI ENERGIZER –Rec Center Main Hall Wed Jan 9th 6 – 8 pm Check out all the great recreation programs and services in Chestermere and the surrounding communities! Clubs and Organizations interested in having a table to share upcoming programs and services info please email to register. Cost per table: Not for Profits – Free & For Profit Groups - $25 CHESTERMERE GO GIRL For Girls Ages 9 – 15 Saturday January 26th from 8:45 – 5 pm @ the Chestermere Rec Centre An action-packed day to promote physical activity to girls in our community. Lunch & t-shirt included! Cost $20.00 Register online at or at the Rec Centre Office starting Nov 20th. For more info email FEATURE PROGRAMS: CRCA PRESCHOOL GYMNASTICS Learn the fundamentals of movement and basic gymnastic skills with fun themes and circuits. Participants in the unparented classes will work on progressive skills Parent & Tot (parented) Ages: 2 – 4 yrs: Mondays: 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm or 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm or 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm Tuesdays: 9:30 am – 10:15 am or 12 – 12:45 pm Preschool (unparented) Ages: 4 – 6 yrs: Mondays: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm or 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm or 6:30 pm – 7:15pm Tuesdays: 10:15 am – 11:00 am or 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Feb 4th/5th – April 1st/2nd (8 wks) No Feb 18th/19th Fee: CRCA Members $120.00 NM $145.00 CRCA PRESCHOOL SPORTBALL SOCCER Rec Centre -Main Hall Sportball Soccer programs introduce fundamental concepts of gameplay and teach the basic skills required to bend it like Beckham in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Coaches zero in on skills like throw-ins, dribbling, trapping and passing in fun, exciting, skill-focused games. Ages: 3 – 4 yrs: Sundays 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Sun Jan 27th – Sun Mar 10th (6 wks) No Class Feb 17th Fee: CRCA Members $105.00 NM $130.00 CRCA PROGRAMS IN THE NEW YEAR Check out the Winter Program Guide now available on line at www.chestermerecrca. com. We have lots of our popular programs back and some interesting new ones! Preschool Basketball and Yoga promises to be lots of fun for preschoolers with Coach Tracy. Youth can try drop in Pickleball on Monday nights and Sportball MultiSport on Wed after school and Sundays. Adults can Learn to Swim, or try drop in volleyball, badminton and pickleball! If there is a program you would like to see offered, please email and let us know!

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Our Community What’s Happening Where Public Library Events Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May your holidays be filled with happiness and peace. Holiday Hours CLOSED FROM DECEMBER 31-JANUARY 1 FOR NEW YEARS EVE AND NEW YEARS DAY Pre-School Storytime Fridays at 10:15-10:45am Drop by the Library every Friday morning at 10:15am for stories, songs and fun. No registration is required. Festive Sweater Day Friday December 28th The Library is dedicating Friday to wearing your favourite festive Christmas sweater for the entire day. Novel Book Club Thursday, January 3rd, 201 7:00-8:00pm The Novel Book Club meets the first Thursday of each month to discuss a monthly book selection. At our December meeting we will be discussing First Grave on the Right, by Darynda Jones. There is also a bonus book, Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neil. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion; no registration is required. Book suggestions for the club are always encouraged! For more information about what’s happening at the Library, check our website and sign up for our newsletter online or pick up a newsletter next time you’re in. Don’t forget to follow and like us on our Facebook and Twitter pages. This Week Friday, December 28


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Langdon Dads Support Group South East Rockyview Outreach Services Times and venues will be determined depending upon interest in the community. Outreach services is planning to launch Langdon Dads, a new program that serves fathers who are seeking peer support and parenting resources in an informal, “learning from each other” social atmosphere. Langdon Dads is open to all South East Rocky View residents. Times and venue will be determined depending upon interest in the community. To get involved please contact Brian Dinter at: 403.207.7050 ext:7131 or email:

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Business Dexterity Dance Makenna Sendecki was hooked on dance from the moment she first tried it as a child. “Every year while growing up, I wanted to take more dance classes,” said the Dexterity Dance Studio owner. “Once I began teaching, I wanted to teach more classes and different genres,” said Sendecki. Eventually, she realized that the best way to feed her passion was to follow her dream and open her own studio. “Having my life revolve around the studio, the kids and sharing my love and passion for dance makes me happy,” she said. After completing her business degree at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Sendecki knew she wanted to open her studio in Chestermere. “I feel like Chestermere is where I belong,” she said. “I’ve always had my heart set on being here, where I grew up, with the community that I know and love,” said Sendecki. Despite being a rapidly growing city, Makenna

likes that Chestermere still has that small-town feel. “I like going to Safeway and knowing that I’ll see somebody I know,” said Sendecki. Fostering that sense of community within the studio and outside of the studio is important to her. Whether she’s decorating for Christmas, participating in community events or dancing in senior centers, Sendecki maintains her community centric values. She opened the studio in September and like most new business owners, the majority of her time is spent making sure that Dexterity Dance Studio is a success. “This is my vision and I work day in and day out to try and bring the vision to life,” said Sendecki. Despite the hours she puts in, Sendecki said it

often doesn’t feel like work. “Lucky for me it’s my passion, I’m not married, I don’t have children, so this is it,” she said. When she does get some free time, she likes to play guitar, spend time with her friends and most importantly hang out with her eight-year-old Shiba Inu, Kola.


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Federal News Dear Editor, This Christmas, families across Canada exchanged gifts. Everything from sweaters to cameras, fishing lures to skis, shoes to basketballs, sunglasses to cell phones. All these gifts have one thing in common: they are made with petroleum products. They are transported to market with gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. The only part of their journey not fueled by hydrocarbons is on the back of Santa’s sleigh – and I’ve heard some theories about Rudolph’s nose. The miracle of hydrocarbons has made the wishes of countless Canadian children come true. It has also kept them warm at night while they wait for the magic of Christmas morning. Oil, gas, and fossil fuels make Christmas happen. You might say that the luckiest child of all is the one who receives a lump of coal in his stocking.

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As cyber wars erupt, Canada must protect itself

If Canada is serious about standing as a sovereign entity, it would make sense to support our tech companies to ensure our security By Eamonn Brosnan Research Associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy

The United States is pressuring Canada to block telecommunications companies from using equipment provided by Chinese company Huawei when building our 5G cellular network for smartphones. The U.S. logic is along the lines of “We don’t have actual evidence that China is using Huawei’s products to spy on us, but we suspect that they have in the past and will in the future.” In court, that wouldn’t be sufficient to be allowed as evidence, much less get a conviction. But this isn’t a criminal court. This is about national security and corporate spying. And a cyber war is being waged that’s similar to the Cold War. The treasures we’re fighting over? Rare commodities in a world that’s rapidly being depleted of natural resources, wealth, and political favours and control. Russia has been suspected of Internet-based attacks in a variety of nations and has become increasingly bold using this strategy. After taking the Ukrainian power grid down in December 2015, Russian hackers, from the statesponsored group known as Dragonfly, seized control of critical computers in the U.S. power grid in the spring of 2016. Groups working for Chinese intelligence have apparently hacked everything from natural resource companies to the Pentagon. It’s believed they’ve directed their activities toward either hacking companies that control access to critical

natural resources or hightechnology equipment, civilian or military. The Chinese government maintains firm control over their companies, governmentowned or private, and these companies are required to co-operate with any national intelligence activities. Huawei and several other Chinese-based suppliers have been caught embedding backdoor access in various digital equipment. It’s not known whether these security lapses were intentional or leftover access for testing that was forgotten and not removed before releasing them to production. Either it was intentional or it was sloppy. It was definitely not secure. In truth, the U.S. has been doing all of these things, too. Many U.S.-based hardware and software suppliers have National Security Agencydirected backdoors installed. This had been heavily documented by Edward Snowden. This NSA program, PRISM, has alleged been used to intercept all manner of communications. There are serious concerns about how much this is used domestically, without warrants and without judicial oversight. In 2010, a malicious worm (it sends copies of itself out to infect other machines networked with the infected machine) called the Stuxnet attacked and destroyed a number of centrifuge machines being used by the Iranians in their nuclear weapons program. The worm was carefully crafted to target these machines and the suspicion is that it was produced by a joint operation of American and Israeli intelligence. It set the Iranian nuclear weapons program back due to the loss of the

centrifuges. This isn’t about ethics or moral outrage. Depending upon where you live, you might agree with some of these cybernetic attacks and feel outraged at others. However, we don’t need to determine who’s right or wrong - this is simply about being pragmatic. China, though a trade partner, is also a competitor that seeks every advantage when dealing with us. The Chinese have engaged in corporate espionage, stealing technology where they can. It doesn’t need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Huawei will install backdoors for Chinese intelligence. This isn’t a criminal court trial. This is national security and suspicion is all that’s needed in the murky world of spies. If Canada is serious about standing as a sovereign entity, it would make sense to support our tech companies. Blackberry, a Canadianbased smartphone maker, has traditionally had the best security of any phone maker. Nortel was a major player in network infrastructure before its financial collapse in the early 2000s. Maybe Canada should take a page out of the playbook of so many other nations and start supporting and encouraging our companies. Companies like these are our only real way to ensure our security and independence from the prying eyes of foreign intelligence operations. It’s high time we started putting the interests and security of Canadian citizens, businesses and government first, and stop worrying about offending a foreign power’s sensibilities.

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Week of December 31

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might be busier than you had expected right now. But between the socializing rounds and the workplace tasks, there are opportunities for special moments with that certain someone. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your creative approach leads to a quicker-than-expected solution to a workplace problem. Now you can devote more time to that proposal you hope to introduce by midmonth. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Technological glitches create problems early on. But by midweek, all runs smoothly once again, and you’re well and truly on your way to meeting all your deadlines. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your energy levels are high, and you feel you can handle everything that comes along. But try to take a break from your hectic pace for some quiet time with someone close to you. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Before you pounce on that shiny new opportunity, take more time to check it out to see how much substance actually lies beneath all that glitter. A family member has important news. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A personal situation you thought was resolved resurfaces, thanks to a possibly well-intentioned move that went awry. Deal with it as soon as possible. Accept the help of a trusted friend. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) That goal you set way back when is finally in

sight. Maintain your focus on achieving it, and don’t allow yourself to be distracted by unimportant demands for your attention. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A temperamental flare-up creates negative feelings that need to be dealt with immediately. But things once again go well after the apologies are made and hurt feelings are soothed. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) An early impulsive act causes confusion. But all is smoothed over once explanations are made. Expect a friend or family member to ask for your kind and always wise advice. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You might have to do some juggling of your priorities, as a personal matter appears to require more time and attention. Put your pride aside and accept help from those who offer it. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Your creative aspect is strong. Not only does it help you accomplish your goals, but it also inspires others. This could lead to a potentially rewarding collaboration opportunity. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Be careful about making major decisions when you’re not really committed to them. And resist any pressure to do otherwise. Better to delay action until all doubts are resolved.

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