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Community Christmas Party brining families together page 4

Christmas with Dignity helping families get a sense of control page 6

About 200 people packed the gym at Prince of Peace School to find out what options there are for the future of the Prince of Peace School program.

By Jeremy Broadfield

Teaching youth how to make smart financial decisions page 10

About 200 people packed the Prince of Peace School gym for a public consultation meeting on the future and possible closure of the school. “It was a very difficult meeting, but I feel that it went well,” said

Rocky View Schools (RVS) Board of Trustees Chair Todd Brand. The Prince of Peace program is thriving however RVS does not own the building and the current lease is set to expire after this school year. In 2010, RVS took over the Prince of Peace School program from the

Lutheran Church of Canada but the church retained ownership of the building, leasing the space to RVS. In 2015, the church was granted bankruptcy protection and Sage Properties Corp. was created and administers ownership of the school building. With negotiations ongoing to

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renew the lease, RVS has begun the process of exploring their options in regard to the future of Prince of Peace School. This process led to the public meeting to keep parents and the community appraised of the options for the Continued on Page 6

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Hundreds come out to support Prince of Peace Program school. RVS has identified three possible options for the future of the program: Lease or purchase the school building, move the program & RVS district resident students to an existing RVS school, or close the program. The preferred option, especially by parents is for Either the current building to be purchased or leased or another site found that can house the entire school population. If neither of these can be done, the more than 300 Prince of Peace students who live in Calgary will be forced to attend school at either a Calgary Catholic or Public school next year. RVS can only accept out of district students if there is extra space in a RVS school. If Prince of Peace is closed and the resident students move to other RVS schools, all of the Chestermere area schools will be at or over capacity, preventing any Calgary students from being accepted. RVS has approached the provincial government, who makes the decisions to build or purchase schools, to purchase the school but this request has been denied twice. And while negotiations are ongoing with Sage Properties, their preference is to sell the building to recoup the losses suffered by investors in the Lutheran Church’s bankruptcy. While they will continue to speak with the government, Brand said that the RVS board will also be hard at work looking at alternatives and possible solutions for the school. “That’s what we will be doing over the next couple of months,” said Brand, “we’ll be looking at all options plus we’ll be just fielding ideas and comments from people in the public.” “The bottom line is to keep everyone together at that school we need to have a long-term building in order to do

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that. “And at present we don’t have access to a long-term building to keep all those students together,” he said. Ramona Bagley, who has two children attending Prince of Peace, was at the meeting and agreed that it went well. She was particularly happy to see all the support in the room for finding a way to save Prince of Peace. “I thought the meeting went really, really well,” she said, “it was amazing how much support we had.” While concerned by the possible closure of the school, Bagley was happy to see what work was being done by the school board. “It was interesting to see what the reality of everything is, like as far as…the numbers for maintenance on the building and the cost of the building and what options they’re looking at,” said Bagley. “The optimum of course is being at our present site and with our present teachers and continuing the program,” she said. “We definitely don’t want to break up the family and by dividing it between Rocky View residents and Calgary residents that would break up the family,” said Bagley of the two options that would see the school population split. Bagley said that the next steps for parents is to pass on any ideas to save the school to the school board and then to rally the community and school parents to work to save the school. She is hoping that the greater community can be roused to their cause. “If Prince of Peace does shut down its going to have an impact on Chestermere,” said Bagley. She said that if the Prince of Peace students are forced to move to Chestermere schools, the impacts will be felt beyond just large class sizes and crowded classrooms.


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“It has to do with parking it has to do with field trips,” she said, “it has to do with the gymnasium and events.” “All of a sudden when you’ve got a school that’s at 102 per cent capacity, your Christmas concert gets busy. “And you don’t have any place to park when you come for a Christmas concert,” said Bagley. She also pointed out that user groups that rent space at the Prince of Peace school building will also lose out if the building is closed and sold. “There’s men’s basketball hosted at Prince of Peace… there’s karate tournaments that are hosted at Prince of Peace,” she said, “they won’t have that gym facility or that space to rent anymore.” As a program of choice in the RVS system, Prince of Peace offers a Christian based education within the governance of a public school board. The school is one of three such Christian programs of choice offered by RVS with the others located in Airdrie and Cochrane. “It would be nice to maintain that program that we’ve grown to love and really enjoy the program Prince of Peace offers, it’s a really unique program,” said Bagley. “It’ll be sad to see it go if it does go anywhere,” she said. Those supporting the school are being encouraged to write letters to the Minister of Education, area MLA Leela Aheer and the RVS board. Anyone looking for more information on the campaign to save the school can go to the facebook page #SavePrinceOf Peace. To view the meeting presentation slides or for information on the next steps can go to consultation An interview request was made with Alberta Education, but no response was received by The Anchor by press time.

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Community Christmas Party brining families together By Emily Rogers The Chestermere Regional Community Association (CRCA) is throwing an afternoon Community Christmas Party for families on December 1st. “It’s free family entertainment, it’s right here in Chestermere,” said Recreation Program Coordinator Vicki Klinger. “You don’t need to go all the way into Calgary to have a Christmas experience,” she said. From 10 a.m., until 4 p.m., families can shop at the CRCA Christmas Market, and then head over to the Main Hall for the CRCA Community Christmas Party starting at 1 p.m. Entry is free with a donation to the Chestermere Food Bank. There will be a variety of activities to keep children entertained including, Santa’s Workshop, activity tables, crafts, cookie decorating, making snowflakes, and making Christmas ornaments with pipe cleaners and beads. There will also be the opportunity for kids to meet Santa and get a photo with him between 3 and 4 p.m.


“Anybody is welcome,” Klinger said. She added that any businesses or organizations who want to participate in in the CRCA Community Christmas Party are welcome. “There will be free coffee, hot chocolate, and treats for both parents and children to enjoy”, said Klinger. There will be live musical entertainment from the Chestermere High School Band, the Chestermere High School Choir, and the Chestermere Soundwaves throughout the afternoon. “We’ll set up the round tables in the middle of the Main Hall, people can sit and socialize, and listen to the entertainment,” said Klinger. New to the CRCA Community Christmas Party this year is pony rides from the Inner Equine Journeys, however Klinger said there may be a fee to participate in this activity. Later in the day the second annual Candy Cane Hunt hosted by Macaroni Kid will begin at 1:30 p.m., at the Chestermere Rec Centre. Klinger said having more than one themed event at the Chestermere Rec Centre in one day is really entertain-

The CRCA Community Christmas Party has activities and live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy on Dec. 1 from 1 p.m., until 4 p.m. A variety of crafts including cookie decorating, making snowflakes, will keep children entertained until Santa comes. Families can spend the afternoon together after donating an item to the Chestermere Food Bank. Photo submitted

ing and brings out more families. “That’s what’s starting to happen more and more, we’re all working more and more on those types of partnerships, we’re piggy backing,” Klinger said. She added, “If we have people coming why not do this together and get more of the public out to enjoy something.” The Chestermere Rec Centre is a hub in the community, it’s a meeting place,

it’s a place where residents can meet their neighbours while participating in social opportunities without having to drive into Calgary, Klinger said. “We’re reinforcing families doing things together,” Klinger said, “It’s got all of the elements to a nice afternoon.” Right now, Klinger still needs about 20 volunteers to run activity tables and help decorate for the CRCA Community Christmas

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Party. “You need man power to put this all together, when you have volunteers who step up it’s amazing.” “Without volunteers you wouldn’t be able to do it. We have people who come back each year to help,” Klinger said. She added, in order to host a community event for free, the Chestermere Rec Centre relies on the local business community to help and donate prizes for the raffle

draw, coffee, hot chocolate, or treats. “Every little bit helps,” Klinger said. For information or to volunteer for the CRCA Community Christmas Party please email Vicki Klinger at For more information regarding the Candy Cane Hunt please visit their Facebook page

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Failed Drug Recognition Evaluation leads to suspension and impaired driving charges Chestermere RCMP responded to a complaint of an erratic driver near the Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre at about 10 a.m. on Nov. 1. On arrival, police determined that the suspect vehicle had collided with concrete barriers near Anniversary Park. The driver of the vehicle, a 42-year-old Chestermere resident was given a Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) at the scene. The driver failed the SFST and was brought to the detachment for a Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE) examination. The driver failed the DRE test and a urine sample was obtained. The driver will be facing impaired operation by drug charges once the urine sample results come back from the lab. An administrative driving suspension was issued at the time of the incident with traffic safety act charges for failing to stop at an intersection and careless operation of a vehicle. As part of the investigation, the driver was linked to a collision in the City of Calgary prior to the incident in Chestermere.

Proactive police patrol nabs impaired driver Just before 11 p.m. on Nov. 8, RCMP patrolling in the West Creek area noticed a vehicle without any running lights on being driven in an erratic manner. Police pulled over the vehicle and determined that the driver, a 53-year-old Calgary man was impaired. The driver was brought to the detachment to provide a breath sample. Two samples were taken that registered as 0.29 which is more than two times the legal blood alcohol limit. The driver will appear in Provincial court to face impaired driving charges.

Tips for staying safe during the holiday season Alberta RCMP are reminding everyone of a few safety tips to make sure people have a safe and fun holiday season. The number one tip is to make sure that both vehicles and homes are locked, depriving thieves of crimes of opportunity. Police also recommend that anyone who is away during the holidays to make sure that a friend or neighbour is checking the house. It’s particularly important that mail, newspapers and packages aren’t left on the front step. “An overflowing mailbox is a sure sign that no one is home and thieves are tempted to check that mailbox for holiday gifts,” wrote RCMP in a press release Nov. 15. When shopping and preparing for the holiday celebrations, police recommend that all IDs, vehicle registration, insurance and other important documents not be left in the vehicle. Police also remind people never to leave valuables or electronics visible in the car. “As you do your holiday shopping, don’t give a thief an opportunity.” wrote RCMP. Starting on Dec. 3, Chestermere RCMP front counter will have new operating hours. The front counter for non-urgent matters will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit the Chestermere RCMP website at Contact Chestermere RCMP at: Detachement Administration (403) 204-8777, Non-emergency complaint line (403) 204-8900 Emergencies Dial 9-1-1 November 22, 2018 //


Giving a hand up

Christmas with Dignity helping families get a sense of control By Emily Rogers Christmas with Dignity’s largest fundraiser, the Kids’ Holiday Store Fundraiser, is teaching youth the gift of giving while helping those in the community who need a hand up. On Dec. 15 from 10 a.m., until 2:30 p.m., families can participate in craft activities, join a scavenger hunt at the Chestermere Public Library, take a family portrait with Santa, listen to live music, and get a hot drink at a café, while youth in the family can find the perfect gift for their parents and siblings for $5, at Chestermere City Hall with the help of an elf. “Christmas with dignity is the local community fund, we use that program to draw money from when needs arise throughout the year,” said Senior Coordinator of Social Development and Planning Danielle Fermin. She added, “when Christmas with Dignity originated over a decade ago, parents could purchase a present for their children using gift cards from Christmas

The Chestermere Rotary Club has been involved with Christmas with Dignity for the past three years, as the initiative aligns with Rotary’s areas of focus, whether it be donating cash, volunteering for the Kids’ Holiday Store Fundraiser, or ensuring community members are aware this fundraiser is happening. Photo submitted


Hampers.” “The goal was to give parents a sense of control when there’s instability whether it was from ensuring utilities were paid, trying to catch up on overdue bill payments, or facing evection.” “They’re still able to give their child a present, and have that possible in a dignified manner,” said Fermin. “We’ve moved beyond just providing Christmas hampers to providing money throughout the rest of the year,” she said. “I think one of the things that’s really cool about the Kids’ Holiday Store Fundraiser is there is a lot of community pride, and community ownership. “With Chestermere we’re just a very giving community, we’re kind of surprised when a family is struggling in Chestermere. I see residents coming to rally together when those issues come up,” Fermin said. She added, “People want to help, and give locally.” The Kids’ Holiday Store Fundraiser is a great way for residents in the community to help their neighbours, while teaching youth responsibility, Fermin said. “The best thing about the actual holiday store is you get to see little kids who are going to shop for the first time, they have that sense of responsibility to make sure they get a present for everyone on their list.” “At the same time their learning about how to give back to the community in such a simple and fun way, just seeing them excited and take it so seriously is really exciting,” Fermin said. The Chestermere Rotary Club has been involved with Christmas with Dignity for three years, Rotarian Karen McKee said. “Supporting our community in this way is really aligned with Rotary’s six

Danielle Fermin, helps youth find the perfect gift at the Kids’ Holiday Store Fundraiser for their parents and their siblings. Not only does the Kids’ Holiday Store Fundraiser benefit the community and add to the Christmas with Dignity fund which is used year-round, but it also teaches youth the gift of giving. Photo submitted

areas of focus. Giving back to our community through our volunteer, or through cash donation is part of our mandate as a community service club,” McKee said. “The Chestermere Rotary Club provides volunteers for the Kids’ Holiday Store Fundraiser and ensures community members are aware of the large fundraiser campaign going on.” McKee said, “ being a Kids’ Holiday Store elf and helping the children select a gift is the most exciting part of the fundraising event.” “I really try not to direct them towards something but wait until they see something. You’ll know because their eyes light up, and you realize that you’re a part of helping a child learn the gift of giving,” McKee said. “The gift of giving in my mind is more fulfilling than the gift of receiving, that to

me is so meaningful,” she added. After a child finds the special gift, they move onto the next stage which is wrapping the gift. “They’re so excited, sometimes they’re just bursting with excitement, it’s hard for them to keep that secret for two weeks,” McKee said. “Right now”, McKee said,” there are misconceptions of who can participate in Kids’ Holiday Store Fundraiser, the whole community can participate in this.” “All the children in our community are able to go to the Kids’ Holiday Store Fundraiser to purchase presents for their family,” McKee added. She added, “I’m a huge believer not in a hand out, but a hand up. Most of us in some point in our life have needed it, and I’ve received

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it.” “There have been times in my life when I’ve received a hand up, and while I couldn’t pay that person back, I can pay it forward by helping with Christmas with Dignity.” The Christmas with Dignity fund can help residents at any life stage, Fermin said. “It’s a way to give people a hand up, be more present and not feel like they’re in crisis mode, they are able to get their feet back underneath them and make those important decisions for their next step.” “It will go a long way to help a family or an individual help stabilize a situation that they are in,” Fermin said. Cash, cheque, and credit card donations can be made to the Christmas with Dignity fund until Dec. 21., while

donation bins for the Kids’ Holiday Store Fundraiser are at Chestermere City Hall, and the Chestermere Public Library. “We do struggle quite a bit to get items for the adult male or the youth male in the household. We’re trying to make sure we get new or gently loved so then it’s really exciting when the kids see their parent opening the gift and their generally happy,” Fermin said. For more information on the Kids’ Holiday Store Fundraiser please visit the city of Chestermere website at http://www.chestermere. ca/947/Kids-Holiday-StoreFundraiser. Families who are needing a hand up are encouraged to call the Family and Community Resource Centre at 403-207-7079 to be connected with resources

City finds further savings in proposed 2019 budget Creative solutions to help city save without hurting service levels By Jeremy Broadfield Chestermere City council held their third budget deliberations meeting November 13th. The meeting opened with good news from city staff who were able to reduce the proposed 2019 tax rate by a further 0.2 per cent. This was done by finding a reduction in the city’s contracted services leading to a proposed decrease of two per cent for the 2019 municipal taxes. “We have asked…departments to tighten their belt and we’ve cut back in areas recognizing that we’re not in a healthy economy right now,” said Chestermere’s Mayor Marshall Chalmers. After city administration’s presentation on the changes to the proposed budget, discussion focused on the Chestermere Public Library’s request for increased funding in the 2019 budget. “The Library is an integral part of the city, I do get contacted by a number of residents saying great things about the library itself,” said Councillor Narayan. Originally, the library had requested a funding increase of close to $300,000 but after council refused that increase at the Nov. 5 budget meeting a revised request of $107,000 was brought forward. The requested funds would be used by the library for new programming, library operations, to increase staff salaries to be closer to the provincial average, provide free library cards, and increase the Library’s hours of operation. The desire to see the Library’s staff’s wages increased was the foremost concern.

Currently the Chestermere Public Library pays $6/hour less than other comparable libraries. “I do want our people to be paid fairly,” said Chalmers. While council recognized that the library is an important and vital part of Chestermere, they struggled with increasing the Library’s funding when the rest of the city’s departments were finding reductions and savings in their budgets. “I really like the library,” said Councillor Bold, “when times are a little rough here you need to be creative.” Chestermere’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Bernie Morton came up with that creative solution. Morton proposed that rather than council approve an increase in funding that the Library use its Stabilization Account to fund the increase. With the library using its savings to cover the $107,000 funding increase, Morton said he would then work with the Library to find savings and efficiencies that would allow the library to refill the savings account. “We want the services to be delivered,” said Morton, “when times are tough the library is one of those

resources that is used by our most vulnerable population.” “And it is a beacon of the community, a healthy library speaks to a healthy community,” he said. The proposed action would have no effect on the proposed tax decrease of 2 per cent. While council supported the idea, they have no authority to tell the library how to spend its money. As such, while council can deny the increased funding request, it will be up to the Chestermere Library Board to approve the use of savings funds and to collaborate with Morton to recoup those funds. With budget deliberations now completed, the budget will be brought forward to a regular meeting of council. Once officially presented to council in a regular meeting, further feedback from the public can be heard and council can choose to pass the budget as presented or direct city administration to make further changes. For more information on the City of Chestermere’s proposed 2019 budget or to view the budget presentation go to http://www. November 22, 2018 //


Getting ready for the ice and snow Winter readiness event to help prepare Chestermere drivers for the winter By Jeremy Broadfield Anyone who’s lived, and driven, through an Alberta winter knows that conditions can be quite tricky once the ice and snow starts sticking to city roads. Driving in the winter can be particularly challenging if one’s vehicle hasn’t been maintained. “We spend a lot of time responding to accidents and dealing with things that could have been avoided with…proper tires or maintenance on your vehicle,” said Chestermere Municipal Enforcement Peace Officer Shawn Press. To try and help residents have a safer winter on the roads this year, the city has partnered with Jiffy Lube to provide a Winter Readiness Vehicle Check on Nov. 25. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chestermerians are invited to come down for a free 13-point inspection on their vehicle. “From windshield wipers to tires transmission fluid, engine oils things like that,” said Press. “We wanted to put together a program that helps the people in the community be prepared for the season,” he said. The vehicle inspection will be complimentary with drivers receiving a report with the technician’s recommended work for the vehicle to get it ready for winter. “You can come back and get it done in the future or take it to your preferred mechanic

after the fact,” said Press. While the technicians are busy inspecting cars, Press, who is certified as a car seat technician, along with one of his colleagues will be offering car seat inspections. “To make sure that they’re safe riding around with mom and dad this winter,” said Press. Peace Officers provided the car seat inspections in the summer which received a lot of positive feedback said Press. And while Press hopes that the warm weather holds at least as long as the winter readiness event, he knows that sooner or later winter is coming. “I’m a fan of the nice warm weather, I’ll take this all day long but one way or another it’s inevitable we’re going to get the cold season, we’re going to get that snap of really bad weather,” he said. Regardless of the weather, there will be hot drinks provided while drivers wait for their cars to be inspected. Press’s goal for this event, which he hopes will become an annual one, is to make Chestermere drivers a little more confident in tackling the upcoming winter season. “We want to make sure that the vehicles in our community are able to handle that,” he said. When press prepared the inspection checklist, he made sure to include the kinds of things that are often missed or the work people tend to procrastinate about getting

done. “If you’re anything like me you procrastinate when it comes to oil changes and things like that,” said Press. The technicians will be checking the oil, fluids, tire tread, tire pressure, windshield wipers, and running lights. “It’s quite often that we pull vehicles over or we have conversations with vehicle owners that their head lights are not working properly,” said Press.



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Visibility is a huge issue, Press said that all the traction in the world won’t help if the other drivers on the highway can’t see a vehicle. Press hopes that the event will help keep Chestermerians from being involved in accidents or breaking down on the side of the road this winter. “Hopefully the community comes out and supports the event…and we can make sure everybody’s safe this year,” said Press.

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PUBLIC NOTICE: SUBDIVISION & DEVELOPMENT APPEAL BOARD Take notice that a Subdivision & Development Appeal Board Hearing will be held on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2018 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE CITY OF CHESTERMERE COUNCIL CHAMBERS to hear the following Appeal: 1. SDAB 18-006 224 & 228 West Chestermere Drive Lot 50, Block 4, Plan 101 2596 & Lot 71, Block 4, Plan 101 3358 Re: SB#18-004 An appeal by an affected party against the Development Officer’s decision to approve an application for a tentative Subdivision to divide two (2) existing lots into four (4) R-1L lots with the specified lot variances. Lots 86, 87, 88 and 89 with a 23.8% variance request on lot width. 2. SDAB 18-007 7 Paradise Place – Lot 14, Block 3, Plan 101 3171 – Roll # 60622 11 Paradise Place - Lot 14, Block 3, Plan 101 3171 – Roll # 60624 15 Paradise Place – Lot 6, Block 3, Plan 061 3202 – Roll #60822 An appeal by the applicant against the Development Officer’s decision that the subdivision application is incomplete and thus a decision was not made within the prescribed time frame. Any persons wishing to present a written submission to the Board concerning the above appeal should submit it to the Secretary of the Board, 105 Marina Road before 4:00 p.m. December 12, 2018. The Board will not review submissions prior to the hearing. Under the Municipal Government Act Section 686 (4), interested parties may view the appeal file at City Hall during regular office hours. Further information regarding the Appeal will only be provided upon request. To make telephone inquiries, please call 403-207-7075 during regular business hours. Monica Roberts - Secretary - Subdivision & Development Appeal Board

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Work to restructure CUI continuing with staff changes New Interim Manager hired, and Board Chair resigns By Jeremy Broadfield The City of Chestermere and the Chestermere Utilities Inc. (CUI) Board announced the hiring of Richard Quail as interim CEO and Transition Manager for CUI effective Nov. 14. “He comes to us highly recommended,” said Chestermere Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “He comes with deep breadth of knowledge on how the municipal government act works and how cities work,” said Chalmers, “he understands utilities, he brings all sides…that will really assist the city.” As Interim CEO and Transition Manager, Quail’s role will be to assist the city in the transition from its current corporate structure to one of a number of possible options that the city is still deliberating on. “His sole focus will be working with the city as we move through this transition of CUI,” said Chalmers. “At the last meeting we refined our direction to administration and there’s going to be changes,” he said. Council has asked city staff to prepare an analysis and report on providing additional details and implementation options for three possible options for restructuring CUI. Council has narrowed the options down to: Municipalization, Retain CUI as a shell to hold the company’s debt while operations are brought back into the city, and Partnership or Outsourcing. “It’s all about the transition, this isn’t about trying to operate CUI as a separately owned corporation anymore,” said Chalmers.

As the new Interim CEO and Transition Manager is welcomed into the company, CUI Board Chair Lou Doiron has left. Doiron tendered his resignation from the CUI Board on Nov. 14. With his resignation, all of the members of the board who are not city councillors have left. “All the independent board members have since resigned, the bulk of them in the last two months,” sad Doiron. With Chestermere City Council now also the entire board of CUI, Doiron said they have come full circle since 2016 when board members independent from city council were hired. “It was decided they needed to get the politicians off the board and bring in an independent board,” said Doiron, “Which is when myself and the others were hired.” Doiron cited the process of transitioning CUI as one of his reasons for resigning. “It’s not that I disagree with the end result or what’s trying to be accomplished here but what I do take an issue with is the process that’s gone through,” he said. “They had unbelievable expertise on the board to help them make these decisions, but they chose to ignore that and go out to third parties like KPMG and a legal firm and spent $65,000 to get basically a report that we as the board have been telling them for almost three years now,” said Doiron. He said that the board has been raising concerns about the financial sustainability of CUI since 2016. While he disagrees with

the process, Doiron is happy that this council is acting on the board’s concerns. “I want to make sure the general public understands is this was not some great epiphany by a bunch of politicians.” “This has been championed by the board of directors who have fiduciary responsibilities and have had for quite some time [tried] to finally get somebody to listen,” said Doiron, “fortunately, this council did,” While happy that work is being done, Doiron is concerned that the process is rushed, with council being pushed by residents asking, in his opinion, the wrong questions. “The big question is nobody’s been able to

articulate, it doesn’t matter what it ends up looking like whether its inside the city, not inside the city.” “The question is how is this going to reduce our rates,” he said. Doiron said that from his role as Board Chair, he knows that many of the costs of utilities are fixed. He is concerned that none of the presented transition options will lead to rate reductions, which he believes is what the residents of Chestermere really want. “I’m afraid from my perspective knowing the dollars and cents of it all that that’s just not going to happen,” said Doiron. “The costs are the costs,” he said, “75 per cent of the fixed costs of the utilities in the city are driven by six

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contracts with the city of Calgary and those aren’t negotiable, they’re set by the utilities commission.” Knowing these costs are fixed, Doiron wants to know what the plan is to reduce rates and that if CUI is brought back into the municipality that utility costs will be buried inside of the tax bill. Despite his concerns, Doiron said it was a pleasure to serve on the CUI board and wishes council success in the transition. “I wish no ill-will to the members of Council and I hope the choices they make are successful.” “Their job is daunting, and I don’t envy them at all,” he said. Mayor Chalmers recognizes the concerns that

Doiron has brought forward but is certain that the city is moving forward responsibly with the changes to CUI. “We thank Lou for his time on the,” said Chalmers, “I appreciate Lou’s concerns but we’re confident that we’re moving in the right direction.” “We’re confident that we’ll have our processes in place,” he said. Chalmers said that council would be establishing a transition team at the Nov. 20 council meeting. “That’ll include a member of council, the fellow that’s in charge of CUI now, and Bernie the CAO and legal,” said Chalmers. “So, its step by step and council’s following through to find their best path forward,” he said.


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Portugal is often considered a one-trick pony in the world of wine, being famous for their eponymous Port, but not much else. Prepare to be amazed for the Portuguese wine industry dates back over 4000 years, while the fortified wine you know as Port is only 3 centuries old. In the toga-wearing days of the Roman Empire, the vineyards of the Iberian Peninsula were the envy of the known world, with Pliny the Elder waxing poetic of the wines produced there. Following the decline of the Roman Empire, Portugal faced new challenges in the Middle Ages. The Moorish invasion of 711CE put much of what is now modern-day Portugal and Spain under Muslim rule for several centuries. As you might imagine, the Moorish ban on alcohol damaged the wine trade, but the Portuguese vineyards quickly recovered when the Knights Templar of the Holy Roman Empire reconquered the Iberian Peninsula. A renaissance of Portuguese wine occurred around 1200CE, with England stepping forward to purchase the entirety of the Portuguese wine harvest. It seemed that England had a bottomless appetite for French wines, but England and France also had this habit of regularly declaring war upon each other, so Portuguese wine exports

were seen as a substitute for the wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy that became inaccessible during wartime. The English maintained a near-monopoly on Portuguese wine exports for centuries, ending with the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s. It was during the so-called age of sail that Portuguese winemakers discovered that fortifying their wines with distilled grape spirit helped to stabilize and preserve the wine for the sea voyage to England, and onwards to other parts of the expanding British Empire. Portugal was not spared by the phylloxera epidemic of the 1880s, which ravaged up to 90% of the old vineyards of Europe with an invasive louse inadvertently imported from North America by eager yet clueless botanists. The two world wars did no favours for the Portuguese wine industry either, which remained in a slump until Portugal joined the European Union in 1986. Abolishing the government-controlled wine cooperatives was a condition of joining the EU, which was considered the birth of the modern wine industry in Portugal, finally unshackled by government inefficiencies and bureaucratic meddling. Portugal is still known for low-priced plonk domestically, but the export market must meet a higher standard.

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Vinho Verde is one of the most popular wine regions of Portugal, located along the northern border with Spain. The name translates to young wine, as the wines from this region tend to be released within 6 months of being harvested, and consumed shortly thereafter. Vinho Verde wines come in both white and red varieties, and often have a very slight effervescence from malolactic fermentation occurring in the bottle. My favourite Vinho Verde wine is made from the Alvarinho grape, which attentive readers may recognize

as the Portuguese version of Albariño, my favorite white grape from just across the border with Spain, and also available closer to home in the Okanagan Valley of BC. White wines from Portugal are generally consumed young, and the Alvarhino grape bursts with aromas of jasmine, hints of peach and orange blossom, finishing with tropical notes of lychee and passion fruit. These youthful flavours

tend to fade after the first year in the bottle, so do not put those bottles down in the cellar for a special occasion, but drink them now to enjoy them at their peak. Red wines from Portugal have traditionally been field blends, made from somewhat random assortments of grapes planted in haphazard fashion along the steep cliffs of the Douro Valley. Modern winemaking techniques have been moving away from field blends over the past few decades, as improvements in viticulture steer the winemakers to fermenting a single grape varietal at a time, and later blending the wines after aging in oak barrels for varying periods of time. While many of the familiar grapes like Tempranillo and Syrah are grown in Portugal, the most popular varietal is Touriga Nacional, widely considered to be the signature grape of Portugal. Highly tannic and aromatic, Touriga Nacional is bursting with flavours of rich black fruits, making it a popular blending grape for providing structure to lighter grapes. Portugal still plays second fiddle to its more famous neighbours of Spain, Italy, and France in the world of wine, but has surged in popularity in recent years. Look for them at your friendly neighbourhood bottle shop and take one home today!

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Intrepid Whimsy In October I embarked on a cross-Canada tour talking about the ways that loving our neighbours is changing our lives, our hearts, and our communities. In each city I met amazing people who are discovering this new way to live, and each had a story that marked a deeper and courageous shift. One person I met had never lived in the same place more than a few months and began to question her life pursuit. Although she had chased after everything she thought she needed to have the Good Life, she felt that she was missing something. So she decided to do something bold. She decided she would stay where she was and love the people around her, no matter who they were. She discovered that the best life was not one centred around procuring stuff and she was tired with her life that seemed to pivot on what others did or did not do for her. Rather, she embarked on a journey in a new direction and towards her neighbours. She was starting to see that being a neighbour, loving others, pursuing peace, and creating beauty where she lived, was exactly the point from which she would discover a new way. It was a beautiful story. It takes bravery and courage to stop and take stock of our life. Neighbourism is about a deep shift towards others and that often requires some intentional self-reflection. Do I live my life in insolation? Are others incidental to me? To look around with fresh eyes and a renewed imagination is a big step, but those who take the step towards their neighbour and into their neighbourhood discover something special. They find that the big brave

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step did not produce fear, but whimsy. The novelist Jules Champfleury wrote, “There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten.” He is right. We often imagine bravery as hard and majestic, an undertaking fit for only the strongest and best prepared. Yet kittens venture into the big world with curiosity and delight. They have something to teach us about how we step into our neighbourhoods. No expert, government or professional will transform your neighbourhood. Your neighbourhood is uniquely yours and the people around you are a part of your story. I got a call from a person in a Canadian city asking if I could come and fix their neighbourhood. I had bad new for them: I can’t do it. No one can. Only those who live in your neighbourhood can initiate and sustain the kind of transformation you want. What your neighbourhood needs is you and a dose of intrepid whimsy. What your neighbourhood needs is real people, planting themselves in the midst of a messy community, and showing tangible, simple, and ongoing love. It may be small and subtle, but it could be the bravest way to live that I know. May you see yourself as the intrepid neighbour, full of curiosity about a better way to live. May you step with boldness and hope as you love your city and the people around you. In doing so, you may discover that giving our lives for others gives back in ways we could never have imagined. Fear destroys but intrepid whimsy opens doors to new life and a new way of life.

Love it or hate it but the fact is dogs lick, some a lot. My dog is very much the licker, so much so I’m tempted to rename him Sir Lickalot! So why do dogs lick themselves? As their olfactory system is key to a dog knowing what is happening in the world, they recognize that keeping their nose wet is the most effective way of inhaling odours. Furthermore, they will lick parts of their anatomy that may be sore or injured to help the healing process. Dog saliva has enzymes that kill off bacteria, and when a dog licks himself, it helps to get rid of dead tissue and clean dirt from wounds. Stating the somewhat obvious, dogs lick themselves to keep clean. It’s a shame they can’t lick behind their ears after they’ve rolled in goat poop at the off leash area, but I guess we can’t have

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everything. Licking humans is a totally different discussion. Without wanting to totally burst your bubble, the fact is dogs lick humans for more reasons than simply showing you affection. Going back to basics, if a dog doesn’t like you, it won’t come near you. So the fact that a dog wants to be near you to the point of wanting to lick you shows some form of emotional attachment. However, as with most things canine, the nose plays a big part in a dog’s decision to lick you or not. As we perspire, we secrete an odour. However, depending on why we are perspiring will determine the type of odour that results. We have all experienced that person who is nervous and secretes an obnoxious odour crying out for antiperspirant! But the odour caused by heat is different from the odour caused by being excited which is different from the odour caused by eating, say, spicy food which is different from the odour caused by being anxious. More to the point, with the amazing olfactory sense that dogs have, they can distinguish between the various odours and will respond accordingly. Case in point is the daily ritual that happens

in our home every morning. Having spent 8-9 hours in bed, as with many people, I perspire, which is a great source of salt for my dog. He relishes the opportunity to lick my face, neck and hands and, although I recognize he is glad to be with me, having slept all of ten feet away in his crate all night, I do not fool myself into believing it is all about affection! Another reason why dogs lick us dates back to their predecessors, the wolf. Licking members of the pack showed recognition of status and hierarchy in the pack, whereby pack leaders would be licked by those wolves lower in the hierarchy. And let’s not forget that, when dogs sense a medical condition in us humans, again through smell, they will lick that area to indicate that something is amiss, whether it be an open wound or something lurking beneath the skin. Of course, licking may just be part of a dog’s plan to get treats: the last time I licked this person I received a reward so let’s try it again philosophy. As with most things dog, there is more to it than meets the eye and licking is no exception.



Brothers pursuing their sports dream Langdon hockey duo finding where they belong By Emily Rogers Siblings from Langdon are pursuing their highlevel hockey dream while playing together on the Victoria Cougars team in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). JC and Nathan Ingram, both defensemen, having been playing hockey for the majority of their lives. “I thought [Playing hockey] was the coolest thing you could possibly do,” said JC. He added that when, “I started playing for the Indus Hurricanes, I couldn’t even skate.” Although the brothers have been a part of a team for many years, playing in the VIJHL rather than in a community league is more intense, and requires most persistence, Nathan said. The brothers begin their day with online school in the morning, and then heading off to practice, if they don’t have a game. “Those are the days where we’re really going to the rink to get better, those are our hard work days,” JC said. In-between two work outs the brothers train in a grueling practice, and then head home. “Those are the days when you come home feeling 100 lbs heavier. When we come home we’re so dead tired we don’t want to do anything, but just veg out,” JC said. However, game days are quite a bit different and require preparing the night prior. “You need to go to bed at a good time, we try to wake up pretty early the morning before the game. You have a job to do that day, you’re waking up and getting ready to do that job,” JC said. Nathan added, “You’re thinking what I can do to


make myself feel the best I can for game time.” After the duo wakes up, they try to get moving soon right away, by going for a jog to warm up their legs. “By the time you’re showing up in your suit, you’re ready to go, you’re just waiting until you get on the ice,” JC said. Although it was difficult for the brothers to leave their family and friends and move to another province, they knew it was the only way they could play hockey the way they wanted. “We felt like the move would be fitting and it would really help us grow as hockey players and as people. “We both love the lifestyle, and love hockey, we wanted to play the best hockey we could play. “This is who we are, there’s no place we’d rather be, this is the lifestyle we chose,” JC said. The brothers have their own goals which they are working to achieve together, such as JC attaining a hockey scholarship, or Nathan moving on to Junior A hockey. “This is the right stepping stone to do that, and we thought it was our best option,” JC said. He added, “Initially it was hard, you get homesick, but when you move to a new hockey team it’s your family. Although the siblings felt homesick when they first moved, the Victoria Cougars hockey team volunteers around the community, talking in elementary schools, playing ball hockey with younger teams, and helping with Terry Fox Runs, which keeps them busy. “There’s a real feeling of belonging when you come to a team like this,” JC said. He added, “It’s a weird

thing leaving all of your friends and your family behind, but you’re doing what you love, you’re always feeling included, you’re a part of something that’s bigger than you and it feels good.” Head Coach of the Victoria Cougars, Suneil Karod said, JC and Nathan are both great kids. “JC is confident and likes to talk in the room and has a very good singing voice, while Nate is a bit quieter but picks up things quickly. “They both have good chemistry in the dressing room, having fun, but they also contribute on the ice by playing tough defense and breaking out pucks. They’re reliable and are always team first,” Karod said. The brothers add depth to the team, and their hard work and dedication make the team better day by day, Karod said. “Nate has an edge over JC, from being the younger brother and being pushed consistently by JC,” Karod added. Although the brothers have now found where they belong, it has not always been an easy journey. Both brothers have had to overcome their own sets of challenges throughout the years. JC has struggled with his consistency as a hockey player, and as a person. Living by himself for the first time last year and learning how to juggle academics, and hockey was very challenging. “It makes me have to be accountable for myself and keep myself on a schedule that lets me produce the best results. “It’s put a lot of weight on my shoulders,” JC said. He added, “I had to realize that nobody was going to help me do it, I had to do it for myself.” While Nathan has had to

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learn how to pick himself back up after he’s been knocked down. “Growing up I wasn’t really the best player, I wasn’t always the best skater. “Every year no matter what team I ended up on I would train… [hard] in the summer and then I’d come back and put my best foot forward to try to make the team I wanted,” Nathan said. He added, “It took a while, but I finally found a bit of success. If I hadn’t been so determined to push myself, I wouldn’t be half of where I am today

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as a hockey player or as a person.” Throughout the years, Nathan had moments where he questioned himself, and why he was training so hard. However, he knew he always wanted to play hockey. “At this point, I’m kind of over proving other people wrong, I’m still just trying to prove to myself that I have the work ethic and the ability to be the hockey player I want to be,” Nathan said. “At this point I’m just trying to prove to myself that my work is worth something,” Nathan said.

He added, “I’ve been kicked down a lot of times, and I’ve just kept working for the past five years to get out of community hockey. High level hockey has opened so many more doors for me to develop.” Even though the brothers have dealt with challenges throughout their young hockey careers seeing their improvement throughout the season makes all of the hardships they face worth it. “It’s hard work, it’s a grind, every day you come to the rink, you feel yourself getting a little bit

Chestermere Lake set to host pond hockey championships


Pond hockey bringing hockey lovers together in support of veterans By Emily Rogers

Nathan Ingram, #7, moved to Victoria B.C., to play in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL), with his older brother. The siblings have found where they belong and fit in perfectly with the rest of the team. Photo submitted

better, you go in with the intention of getting better, at the end of nine months the improvement is drastic. For me that’s the most rewarding part of what we’re doing,” JC said. He added, “When I came to the cougars in 2017 it was an instant feeling that I was meant to be here, this is what I was meant to be doing. “When you hit that as a player it’s like striking gold, it makes you so much more confident as a player. It feels like you hit the spring board and you’re just going up.” Playing together on the Victoria Cougars is the first time the brothers have played high-level hockey together, and although it has been a learning experience for both of them, hav-

ing each other to lean on is something that the brothers really appreciate. “In years passed we’ve had our conflicts, I came to this team last year, I thought this was the place to be, this is the best athletic decision I’ve ever made,” JC said. He added, “I’m more emotionally motivated to yell at [Nathan] when he makes a mistake. “Everybody in that room is your brother, but when you have your actual brother there it makes it more enjoyable. I play better with him here.” Even though every member of the Victoria Cougars is close, for Nathan having his brother playing a sport with him that they both love is special. “It makes it really easy to

go out there, try your best, and have someone to talk to if you make mistakes,” Nathan said. The siblings have each other to lean on, and to support each other, but none of this would have been possible without the support from their mother, and their sister. “We couldn’t have got out here without our mom, she’s been our absolute backbone. “She yells at us when we make mistakes, pushes us to be our best selves, but she’s always there when we need a cushion,” JC said. He added, “Our support is super important for us, we couldn’t have done it without my mom and our sister.”

Chestermere’s first annual Western Canada Pond Hockey Championship will show case the community to out-of-towners while raising food for The Veterans Food Bank of Calgary. “I’m involved in minor hockey, I’ve been playing my whole life,” said Canada Pond Hockey Championship Organizer Alex Halat. “I’ve lived in Chestermere the last 15 years, and I’ve always wanted to do something on the lake,” Halat said. He added, “There’s no better time than now. My kids are at an age now where they appreciate it, but we wanted to throw a charitable aspect onto it.” “Throughout the Dec. 27 week-end long tournament people can expect hot chocolate, skates, pucks, sticks and a good time”, Halat said. The Veterans Food Bank of Calgary was going through turmoil when Halat started planning the pond hockey tournament. “I thought let’s do a weekend pond hockey tournament, show case the community, involve everybody, at the same time raise funds and some food for the Veterans Food Bank,” Halat said. “We want people to come to the lake and think this is awesome,” Halat added, “This is what community is about.” Halat’s ultimate goal is to look out onto Chestermere Lake and see 500 people out on the lake at any given time, laughing and having a good time. “I want to build that community winter feel by utilizing our lake,” Halat said. The Western Canada Pond Hockey Championships will also benefit the community by bringing in many out-of-towners. “There will be some economic benefits to our city, to our local business owners. It is around Christmas so it’s probably not as busy, to get that extra three to five thousand people a day coming through our community is going to be nice,” Halat said. The Western Canada Pond Hockey Championships is open to all ages, and every skill level. “The beauty of it is we have everything from tyke which is three to four-year old’s, right up to senior division which is 70-year old’s.

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“We have competitive and non-competitive divisions, regardless if you’ve played hockey or not there’s still a spot for you. We have male and female divisions, we’ve covered every aspect of hockey, there’s absolutely no reason for someone not to play other than they don’t know how to put on skates,” Halat said. He added, “We wanted to make this event readily available for everybody to participate.” Halat is expecting 70 to 100 teams competing during the weekend tournament, currently 20 teams are registered. “We don’t see this not being filled, there’s no question it will fill up,” Halat said. He added, the weekend-long event wouldn’t have been possible without the help from community members, including John Kittler from Chestermere Landing, and Trevor Stewart from Pinks and Plates. “They’ve been amazing to work with, and councils been amazing,” Halat said. He added, “We want to see this thing be a huge success, and we want it to be an annual event. At the rate we’re going now it should be a pretty cool event. “At the end of the day we’re trying to raise food for the Veteran’s Food Bank, they sacrificed a lot, I’m sure we could sacrifice a few hours of our time.” The registration deadline for the tournament is in mid-December. For more information or to register visit the website at or to volunteer message the Facebook page at




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Chestermere High School Athletics Brian Utley - Â

SENIOR GIRLS VOLLEYBALL A HUGE congratulation goes out to the Senior Girls Volleyball team on their 4A South Central Zone Championship win this weekend. After earning 3rd place in Divisionals , the girls carried the momentum into the weekend. They finished their round robin losing a close game to Foothills Composite and defeating Holy Trinity Academy, finishing 2nd. Going into the playoffs, the Lakers faced a rematch with HTA and came out on top winning 3-1. The girls stepped up their game in a very exciting final as they claimed their victory in 3 straight sets. This is the school’s first ever 4A volleyball championship and the first zone championship for the senior girls since 2012. The Lakers season now continues with the 4A Provincial Championships, which are held in Grande Prairie. Well done coaches and players. Best of luck in provincials. JUNIOR GIRLS VOLLEYBALL It was an exciting end of the season for the JV Girls volleyball team, as they travelled to Highwood High School for the 3A/4A Zone Championship. After facing tough competition, the team finished undefeated and took home the gold medal. The most intense game was the final against Springbank, which went to three sets. The Lakers had a slow start losing the first set, but came back strong winning the second and then the third set with a score of 15-13. This is the first gold medal finish in the history of Chestermere High School for JV Girls Volleyball! Brooke Young, setter for the team, brought her positive energy and consistent leadership to the court which played an instrumental role in their victory. Another key player was power hitter Julia Pederson, who peaked at the most critical time of the season and earned the team valuable points with her strong hitting and dependable serving. Coach McLean and the team would like to extend a special thank you to community coach David Wildman who supported skill and strategy development throughout the season. He was successful in building a cohesive team which came together for the end of season victory. Gratitude also goes out to the many family members who supported the team throughout the season. Thanks, as well, go to Coach McLean for all of her hard work. SENIOR BOYS VOLLEYBALL The Senior Boys finished their season with a bronze medal at the South Central Zone Championships, hosted at Chestermere High School. Thanks to Coach Farrell for his time and expertise with the team, this season. Best of luck to the seniors.

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A Busy Weekend for CLS 5th Annual “Volley For A Minor Basketball Cure Cup” at St. Gabriel Round One Concludes & We Helped “Pack the Jack” at U of C School Submitted by CLS Minor Basketball

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, CLS Minor Basketball concluded “Round One” of the division splits for the Calgary Minor Basketball 2018-19 season. CLS teams continue to work hard after completing six seeding round games and three full-league games against some great competition. Our players are improving week-after-week, discovering what they are capable of when they work together as a team! Later the same day, some of our CLS players joined University of Calgary Dinos Basketball for their annual “Pack the Jack” event, in support of Calgary Minor Basketball Association teams. Kids got in for FREE to watch both the women’s and men’s games if they came wearing their team jersey. CLS Minor Basketball players had a great time cheering on the Dinos from the front row; it was


exciting sitting so close to the action! There is no better way to show kids where their hard work in any sport can lead them than to watch the passionate play of our local University and College teams. Both games were fast paced but controlled, with great passing and teamwork which involved some fantastic plays. CLS Bantam Girl’s player Alyssa Marfels said, “The point guards are so inspiring, they don’t give up, even when they have two or three girls guarding them.” When Dinos Forward Brett Layton was asked by the CLS players how he got so tall, he said, “Lots of peanut butter sandwiches.” Layton, a local Calgarian himself, dominated in the men’s game no matter where he was on the court. At 6’ 8” defending the 3-point line or making the block of the game from the paint was second nature for him. He contributed 18 points to Saturday night’s win against the Victoria Vikes.

Did you know Calgary is home to many post-secondary schools with both men’s and women’s basketball teams? If you have not been to a U of C Dinos, Mount Royal Cougars, SAIT Trojans, St. Mary’s University Huskies, or Ambrose University Lions game, we highly recommend it! Postsecondary basketball needs our support, just as much as our local CLS teams do! For more information and weekly updates and scores from CLS Basketball teams, please visit and like CLS Minor Basketball Association on Facebook by searching @clsminorbasketball or on Instagram @clsminorbasketball Pictured L to R: Kyle Pierce & Declan Stanford from CLS Bantam Boys 1, U of C Dino’s Forward Brett Layton, Aislinn Eastland & Rilee Stanford from CLS Tykes, Alyssa Marfels & Rachael Eastland from CLS Bantam Girls 1

Submitted by Mrs. T. Smith

St. Gabriel The Archangel Students came out in full force to once again support the annual “Volley For A Cure Cup” on November 9th. Twelve teams registered for this fun tournament in support of breast cancer. Each team made a minimum donation of $2.00 per player to participate The games were intense, the crowd was alive and the players were exceptional. A junior high and senior high division was created within the competition. The junior high final was between the teams “Jungle Cats” and “Hype 8”. In the end, Hype 8 defeated the Jungle

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Cats. Congratulations to Sophia, Jose, Ava, Gabby, Scarlett, Michael, Shenika and Chase. The high school final saw a matchup of “Viking Pandas” against a lineup of the “Pink Crush”. After a great game, The Pink Crush once again claimed the cup with their powerful serves and hits. Congratulations to Tommy, Kaylie, Zoe, Grace, Ben, Daniel and Paige. In addition, congratulations to the two spirit team winners: “Lil Tykes Who Spike” and “Jungle Cats” as it was a very difficult decision this year due to the outstanding team spirit and uniforms. A very special thank you to all volunteers and supporters of this great event.

Getting Ready for the 30th Anniversary!

Ensuring every Chestermere resident has happy holidays November 19, 2018 – For immediate release With Christmas lights turning on and gifts being purchased, the holiday season seems to be in full swing. For many this is a time of joy, but for some in our community it can be extraordinarily stressful. The Chestermere Regional Food Bank and the City of Chestermere Family and Community Resource Centre are teaming up again this year to organize the annual Christmas Hamper program for residents throughout Chestermere and the surrounding area. “Residents who come to the Community Resource Centre are worrying about basic necessities, and are not able to think about gifts under the tree,” says Danielle Fermin, Senior Coordinator, Social Development and Planning for the City of Chestermere. “So we are calling on to the community for support to give every resident a happy holiday season.” Each Christmas Hamper is put together with the support of many helping hands. Christmas Hampers include all the fixings for a turkey dinner, and are topped off with gift cards for all members of the household (provided through the local basic needs fund: Christmas with Dignity). “We’re also excited to partner with May’s Toy Bank this year as they will be organizing additional presents for children and youth to open up on Christmas Day,” says Fermin. The goal of this program is to ensure that no person in Chestermere goes without a Christmas dinner and that each person in the household has a special gift to open this holiday season.

By Jen Peddlesden Ag Red Ribbon Coordinator 2007-2017 Great food and camaraderie always punctuate the wind up pot luck for the Ag Society Red Ribbon Committee. This year most of the 2017, and some of the 2018 Committee (young and old!) gathered last week to celebrate success and look forward to the 30th year of the Chestermere Country Fair and Red Ribbon Competition. Back in 1989 when Ken Fraser, Helga

Dressel and Diane Bell sat down to plan a local ‘Fair’, did they realize it would become the longest running event in the history of Chestermere? Likely not, and by all accounts it will continue to be so. The Red Ribbon competition, back then called the Bench Show, showcases talent in the community for many things. There are now 13 trophies celebrating various arts, crafts and skills in our community, many donated by engaged community members. If

you want to get involved with the Ag Society Red Ribbon Competition and help “Put the Country back into Community” get in touch with them at or visit the Country Fair FB page for updates and news ChestermereCountryFair/ . There are places for people of all ages to help, and keeping the young people involved as has been the tradition, will ensure that this one of a kind event carries on for a long time yet.

Interested in helping? You can do so by: • Making a monetary donation to the Christmas Hamper program through the Chestermere Regional Food Bank (105, 100 Rainbow Road, Chestermere), o Sponsor a hamper for $100. You will get a tax receipt for donations, and the food purchased with your donation will be matched by Loblaws. • Making a monetary or gift card donation at the City of Chestermere, which will go towards purchasing gift cards for each member of the household. • Dropping off food donations to: Safeway, No Frills, City Hall, the Rec Centre, Sylvan Learning Centre, Chestermere Veterinary Clinic, and the Whitecappers. How to Access the Program If you would like to register for a Christmas Hamper, call the Family and Community Resource Centre at (403) 207-7079 before December 14, 2018. Residents will complete a simple interview process to determine eligibility. Distribution days are December 18 and 19.

Call for Donations: We are looking for new and gently loved items that can be sold as gifts at the Kids’ Holiday Store on December 15. Children at the Holiday Store will be picking out gifts for loved ones for $5.

Donation Bin Locations:

City Hall and Chestermere Public Library from November 12—December 13, 2018

For more information please call (403) 207-8152 or visit All proceeds will go towards the Christmas with Dignity fund. Each gift sold at the store means more money is put back in the community to help families all year long.

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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, November 27th - POT LUCK SUPPER Doors open at 4:30pm. Supper at 5:30pm. Bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share! Wine and beer available to purchase. Entertainment: Karaoke Night **************************************************************** 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. 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 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 – 10:00 –11:00 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking indoors. 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 for November 13, 20 & 27 WEDNESDAYS: CHAIR YOGA – 11:30am –12:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Drop-in. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. 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! SCRAPBOOKING – starting at 1:00 pm. Everyone welcome! Bring your own projects/ materials and share any ideas over coffee! 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 – Starts at 7:00 pm – Everyone welcome! **Note: No Pool & Shuffleboard on Nov 10th COME SEE WHAT’S NEW AT THE WHITECAPPERS!


Watch for the winter program guide available dec 5th Register on line or in person at the rec centre main office dec 5th For program & event info go to www.Chestermerecrca.Com CRCA AGM The Chestermere Regional Community Association Board of Directors invites you to attend their Annual General Meeting on Thursday Dec 6, 2018 in the Main Hall at 7pm. Come have your say as to the direction of the Recreation Centre. You must have a valid CRCA membership to vote. The CRCA is also seeking board members. For more info go to CRCA CHRISTMAS MARKETPLACE 10 – 4 pm Saturday, December 1st Chestermere Rec Centre MPP RM Lots of unique gift ideas! Free parking! This is the way Christmas shopping should be –Community Style!! CRCA CHESTERMERE COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARTY 1 - 4 pm Saturday, December 1st Chestermere Rec Centre Main Hall Admission: Donation to the Food Bank Santa’s Workshop for Kids – Crafts & Activities for kids of all ages! Entertainment Stage with Singers, Musicians & More! Free coffee, hot chocolate & treats! Pony Rides by Inner Equine Journeys (may be small cost) Vendors for the Marketplace, Volunteers & Activity Station Sponsors still needed! For more info call 272-7170 or email CRCA FRIDAY SKI/SNOWBOARD TRIPS TO COP - REGISTER NOW! A supervised CRCA program for ages 9 - 17 Session 1: Dec 7, 14, Jan 11, 18 / Session 2: Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, Mar 1 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. ***NEW*** CRCA FOUNDATION YOGA CLASSES WITH BONNIE HARVEY Tues & Thurs 7:00 – 8:15 pm / Nov 6– Dec 19 Studio 2 Cost for 10 pass card: CRCA Members $150.00 NM $175.00 Cash drop in $20.00 Max 18 participants (first come first served) NATIONAL CHILD DAY PLAYDAY FOR KIDS 0 – 5 YRS Celebrate National Child Play Day on Fri, Nov 23 at the Chestermere Rec Centre from 9:30 am 12:30 pm. This free family event is hosted by Formative 5. Visit the many fun and engaging activity stages hosted by local service providers and play, learn and connect with others in the community. 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

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Our Community What’s Happening Where Public Library Events Fall/Winter Hours Sundays, 12:00-4:00pm Don’t forget, we are open from 12:00-4:00pm on Sundays. Prehistoric Chestermere Saturday, November 24th, 2018 1:00 pm Hear the fascinating story of Prehistoric Chestermere with Cory Gross, Science Educator. What happened to the Mammoth? The Ancient Buffalo? Where did the Camelops go? This is a free family event to be held in the Chestermere Public Library. For more information go to Winter Lights Festival Saturday November 24 4:00pm-8:00pm Celebrate winter and the official lighting of the Christmas lights display in John Peake Park! The Library will be open during the Winter Lights Festival, so join us for Gingerbread Cookie Decorating! Throughout the evening you can cozy up around the fire pits, enjoy delicious food truck fare, go on a sleigh ride, and enjoy the Chestermere High School Band perform on the balcony above the Library. For more information about the Winter Lights Festival please visit the City of Chestermere website at www.chestermere. ca/220/Winter-Lights-Festival. Listening Tails Sunday 2:00-3:00pm Listening Tails (LT) is back! LT is a program designed to help young children improve their reading and confidence in reading out loud by reading to therapy dogs. The children read for 15-20 minutes once a week for 6 weeks in a relaxed environment. Registration is required, so please visit the Library if you would like to sign your child up. Prenatal Yoga Saturdays 10:00-11:00am Join Elann Anderson for gentle postures, breath work, visualization and meditation in preparation for labour and childbirth. Please bring a mat, towel, pillow and water. $10.00 drop in. Gentle Yoga Monday, Wednesday, & Friday at 12:00-1:00 pm Certified yoga instructor, Elann Anderson facilitates this $5 drop-in program of gentle movement and yoga poses. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Conversation Club Tuesdays at 1:00-2:00pm Practice your English speaking and listening skills in a casual setting. Coffee is provided, no registration is required. 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, November 23 9:30am – 12:30pm 12:00pm – 1:00pm Saturday, November 24 1:00pm – 3:00pm 4:00pm – 8:00pm Sunday, November 25 2:00pm-3:00pm Monday, November 26 12:00pm-1:00pm Tuesday, November 27 1:00pm – 2:00pm 7:00pm – 8:00pm Wednesday, November 28 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Library Hours Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Chestermere Christmas Dinner & Dance November 24th Cocktails 6PM ~ Dinner 7PM ~ Dance 8PM-11PM 50/50 Silent Auction Cash Bar $35/ticket Chestermere Recreation Centre - Main Hall 201 East Chestermere Drive Presented by St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish Bringing Christmas to Those In Need A portion of proceeds will be donated to Chestermere’s Christmas with Dignity program and The Food Bank. All guests are invited to bring an item for The Food Bank or an unwrapped gift for Christmas with Dignity. Contact: Call or Text Corinne @ 403-921-7653

Shine a bright light on winter this weekend Submitted by City of Chestermere

No Pre-school Storytime at Li brary, join us at the Rec Centre for Fun activities Gentle Yoga Prehistoric Chestermere Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Listening Tails Gentle Yoga Conversation Club Knitting and Crocheting Gentle Yoga

10:00 am - 9:00 pm 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Chestermere Public Library 105B Marina Road Chestermere, Alberta T1X 1V7 • 403-272-9025 •

Chestermere is about to become a lot more festive at the annual Winter Lights Festival on November 24! The event will kick off the Christmas season with the official lighting of John Peake Park. “More lights and displays have been added this year to make the event extra special,” says Nancie Huneault, Events Planner for the City of Chestermere. “There’s something for everyone to do, so come on out to celebrate!” Celebrations will begin at 4:00 p.m. in John Peake Park with a wide range of activities and performances including: • Christmas market & children’s cookie decorating at the Library • Fire spinner performers • Fire pits • Food trucks • Little toot train rides • Musical performances from local school bands • Sleigh rides • Stilt walkers • Performance by Ice Princesses at 6:15 p.m. at the Pavilion Stage At 6 p.m. the Christmas lights display will officially be lit. The evening will end with fireworks on the lake at 8 p.m. A full schedule of events for the Winter Lights Festival is available at: www.

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Business DiscoverT1X…Discover Chestermere! Submitted by Catherine Proulx

com·mu·ni·ty (noun): A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

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Discover T1X, as the name suggests (T1X is our postal code area) is an invitation to learn more about our businesses, residents, and the many things to do in our great little City. The inspiration for this

DEADLINE: Nov 30, noon Local Business. Local People. Local Stories.

program came from the realization that people often want to do business with people they know they want to support their neighbors and people they care about. The challenge however, is that we often do not have time to really get to know the shopkeepers, the home business owners and the entrepreneurs within our community. There are many people within our City who want to see our business community thrive – we know this from

the variety of social media posts to ‘support local’ and the ongoing kudos shared about local businesses. This program aims to amplify that message by helping residents connect with the people who work hard to offer products and services, create great experiences, and provide local jobs. With this feature, we encourage you to get to know some new faces and find out how these local business owners are contributing to our amazing community.

Chestermere Heating and Cooling Ltd. About five years ago, Kyle Fagnan was inspired to open Chestermere Heating and Cooling Ltd. when commuting to his job in Calgary. As he was heading west, Fagnan noticed that there was a constant stream of HVAC trucks heading into Chestermere from Calgary. “I was like, wouldn’t that be great if there was something in Chestermere that was just kind of dedicated to the people of Chestermere,” said Fagnan, who has lived in Chestermere for a little over 10 years. He decided to take his decades of industry experience and open his first business, Chestermere Heating and Cooling Ltd. “Being local its nice, when I go to people’s homes, they are not just a customer, to me they’re a neighbour,” said Fagnan. The learning curve from employee to business owner was steep.

“I think my biggest challenge right now is just time management,” said Fagnan. When he worked for someone else all Fagnan had to worry about was the job in front of him. Now he has to be mindful of, and make time for, all the other tasks that keep his business running. “Making sure I have time for the paperwork, make sure I have time for picking up material, have time to actually do the job,” he said. “It’s definitely a challenge to fit every little task into an eight or a ten-hour day.” Fagnan has had help from industry mentors, including his family. “My entire family is in the industry as well,” said Fagnan, “it’s kind of nice to lean on them if I have questions.” In particular, Fagnan looks to his father’s example.


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“My dad started Fagnan’s Furnace in Calgary…in 1968 and he still heads the office. “He’s in his 70s and still working six days a week, 10-hour days,” said Fagnan. “He’s definitely my role model for business,” he said. As a business owner and neighbour, Fagnan is dedicated to quality work on every job. “You can’t cut corners or anything like that,” he said, “you just can’t sacrifice the quality.”


Leela Sharon Aheer MLA

Provincial News Hello Chestermere! The world needs more Canadian energy. Did you know that we have the best environmental policies on earth? We produce the most ethical, responsible energy products in the world. Are we such poor storytellers that we are not collectively able to tell our story, a compelling story that rises above shrill activist opposition, and thoughtless government policy to help lift public opinion about ourselves, our resources… our lifeblood…our energy heartbeat. The technical language surrounding our beautiful natural resources I suppose does not lead us to that warm and fuzzy place, or are we just not telling the story the right way because we are caught, in fact we are stuck in concepts and we forget about conscience. Why do you think opposition grew and gained momentum to our oil and gas industry? And a better question, who do you think should be developing natural resources and getting them to countries with burgeoning middle classes… to help those countries out of energy poverty and to help build strong economies here and abroad? Why is the story around the science not told in a way that elevates us as a people…that the industry is good, and that we are good…facts are good. Our magnificent natural resources, our trees, our

mountains…that is foundational, and these things bring meaning to our lives, bring prosperity to our families, and bring us together as a nation. This is more than lobbying, this is about our lives. When we lack an authentic way to speak about ourselves, the world sees that. The world is watching governments in this country handcuff their own people. The world is watching as people grow tired of a fight, one that they should not need to fight, for something that belongs to us… something that represents freedom, social stability, compassion, authenticity and has created the world we live in now. The regressive language that is used against our own energy sector, and the people who work in the energy sector is unacceptable. Why would we rather buy oil from our biggest competitor, and worse from places like Saudi Arabia that simply murder people who get in the way of their own ideology like the horrible murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Why are we not telling a story, a national story of connection, how resources have brought us together as a country and as a nation. Why are we not building up our nation at a time where creating pipeline infrastructure means something bigger! We could be building the morale of a country through claim-

ing what is ours and being to so proud of the product that you are filled with joy at the opportunity to help seed growth and prosperity. The keep it in the ground and no more pipelines legislation that is set in motion causes the inability to produce and market ourselves in the global market. We should be so proud of our natural resources and our incredible responsible resource development. When are the words I love Alberta going to truly mean something, and when will we hear those words from the governments that say they represent us? We are tired of being called names, and we are desperate for the world to see us as we see ourselves, and I hope one day to see that love that I feel reflected in the eyes of the governments who are the decision makers. I have several energy heroes that I stand beside every day. Please read the articles and information from the incredible Vivian Krause. She is standing up for our industry everyday with grace, common sense and intellect as she follows the money of who fund the campaigns to landlock Alberta oil. She is standing up! Another of my heroes is Cody Battershill who fights every day for our incredible energy industry, and as he says, “Natural resources is a great story, and all of us should be telling it.” As always we love to hear from you.

Martin Shields MP Bow River

Federal News Canadians across the country were shocked to learn this month that Statistics Canada wants access to our personal banking information – without our knowledge or consent. Statistics Canada wants the financial transaction data and personal information of 500,000 random Canadians to develop their ‘new institutional personal information bank.’ The information being requested includes bill payments, cash withdrawals from ATMs, credit card payments, electronic money transfers and even account balances. And the 500,000 figure is only for the first year of data collection. Under their plan, Statistics Canada will eventually have access to the banking information of millions of Canadians. I have heard from many

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of you on this matter, and I want to make my position clear: I believe this is a completely unjustifiable intrusion into our private lives by this Liberal government. The Liberals have defended this policy by suggesting that the data will be perfectly secure. I simply do not believe they can guarantee that. In fact, I recently had the opportunity to review over 800 pages of privacy breaches that have occurred under the Liberals’ watch. How can they possibly be sure your data will be secure with that kind of record? In this new age of hacking and cybersecurity breaches, it is grossly irresponsible to place all of our financial data under the care of one government entity. I can’t imagine a bigger ‘jackpot’ for those wishing to steal our banking information.

Furthermore, the government should have made a case for why they even believe they need this data. Instead, they launched the policy in secret without Canadians’ knowledge. That is just plain wrong. Protecting the personal information of Canadians is an integral role of government, and I have joined my Conservative colleagues in calling on the Liberals to cancel this policy. I can be reached in Ottawa at martin.shields@parl. My Brooks office can be reached at 403-793-6775 or martin.shields.c1@parl., and my Strathmore office at 403-361-2980 or martin.shields.c1B@parl. Please don’t hesitate to contact me about any federal issue.


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Week of November 26 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A project benefits from your organizational skills that get it up and running. Your success leaves a highly favorable impression. Don’t be surprised if you get some positive feedback soon. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Spend time on practical matters through the end of the week. Then begin shifting your focus to more-artistic pursuits. Resist being overly self-critical. Just allow yourself to feel free to create. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Restarting those creative projects you had set aside for a while will help provide a much-needed soothing balance to your hectic life. Besides, it will be like meeting old friends again. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A change in plans could make it tough to keep a commitment. But stay with it. You’ll get an A-plus for making the effort to do what’s right and not taking the easy way out by running off. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Lion’s enthusiasm for a workplace policy review is admirable. But be sure you know who is really behind the resistance to change before pointing your finger at the wrong person. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You can expect to have to do a lot of work through midweek. Devote the rest of the week to checking your holiday plans in case some need to be adjusted to accommodate changes. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Try to avoid signing on the dotted line in

the early part of the week. You need time to study issues that weren’t fully explored. Later in the week might be more favorable for decision-making. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A new development could snarl travel schedules or other holiday-linked projects. Some flexibility might be called for to deal with the problems before they get too far out of hand. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Relatives seek your advice on a matter you’d rather not be involved in. If so, use that sage Sagittarian tact to decline the “offer,” so that no one’s feelings are needlessly hurt. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A shift in planning direction might help you speed up your progress toward achieving that long-planned goal. Trusted colleagues are ready to offer some valuable support. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An unexpected demand for settlement of an old loan could create some pre-holiday anxiety. But you might not really owe it. Check your records thoroughly before remitting payment. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) It’s a good time to get into the social swim and enjoy some well-earned fun and games with those closest to you before you have to resume more serious activities next week. BORN THIS WEEK: Your ability to sense the needs of others makes you a wise counselor for those seeking help with their problems.



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1. MOVIES: Which 1990s movie featured the famous line, “I’m king of the world!”? 2. U.S. PRESIDENTS: What is the name of the song that is played sometimes when the president of the United States appears in public? 3. ORGANIZATIONS: Carrie Chapman Catt was a founder of which U.S. group formed in 1920? 4. MUSIC: Roger Daltrey was the lead singer of which famous rock band? 5. ANATOMY: How many pairs of ribs does a human being have? 6. HISTORY: In what city did Hitler commit suicide at the end of World War II? 7. LITERATURE: What 18th-century statesman and inventor once wrote under the pseudonym “Silence Dogood”? 8. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the traditional birthstone for January? 9. FOOD & DRINK: What cocktail is made from rye whiskey, absinthe, a sugar cube, a dash of bitters and a lemon twist? 10. U.S. STATES: Which state’s nickname is the Tar Heel State? © 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.




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