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By Jeremy Broadfield To the delight of fans, the Chestermere Public Library was transformed, almost like magic, into Hogwarts, the witchcraft and wizardry school, from the Harry Potter series Feb. 2. “I would call it a roaring success,” said Chestermere Public Library Assistant Director Cathy Burness. The transformation was part of the international Harry Potter Book Night hosted by libraries and bookstores the world over. “We think it went really well,” said Burness, “we had about 120 people here who were extremely excited.” Many people, including library staff, came dressed as their favourite characters for the evening. “There were several Harry Potters,” said Burness. The library staff and volunteers embraced their roles and the theme of the evening completely, dressing as Hogwarts’ professors Continued on page 2

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and posing for photos with the excited kids. “Staff really went above and beyond embracing their characters,” she said, “we also had people who just worked their tails off while we were doing all that stuff.” Burness described the staff as still buzzing the day after the event. “We were all very excited,” she said. Along with getting to meet their favourite professors, kids had the opportunity to do several activities, the most popular of which seemed to be the scavenger hunt. All night kids were running about the library with their robes trailing behind them as they searched for the clues. “I like all the activities and how they have everything themed to Hogwarts,” said eleven-year-old Rayelle Hermann. She liked the scavenger hunt the best and had the hardest time finding the diary. “It’s just a lot of fun,” she said. There was also a draw for a collectable Harry Potter wand, a Harry Potter Toque and collectable Hogwarts letters for everyone who came in costume. Hermann though the collectable Hogwarts letter was “really cool.” Wearing black robes and a black witch’s hat, Hermann didn’t dress as a specific character from the books, but drew her inspiration for her costume from the series. “I thought of the Hogwarts robes because that’s what a Hogwarts’ student would wear,” she said. Burness attributes the popularity of Harry Potter to how well written the books are and their relatability to children. “He clearly is an underdog and it’s really nice to see the underdog win,” she said. Hermann agrees about the quality of the books. “The books are just really good,” she said, “I just find it a really good book,” she said “I like magic and fantasy.” Her favourite book is book three, the Prisoner of Azkaban. Hermann told some spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read the book when explaining why she liked it. “I like they find out that Harry has a godfather who’s Sirius Black and he didn’t actually commit the murder,” she said. Like his daughter, Raymond Hermann is a fan of the series. “I read them…probably 10, 15 years ago, more or less when they first came out,” he said. His favourite was the first one, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. “A whimsical kid with a wild life coming to head,” he said, “as a kid, wouldn’t that be…just incredible to do all that,” he said. He thought that the library did a great job capturing the feel of the books with the Harry Potter Night and hopes that it will encourage kids in the community to keep reading.

From left: Professor Sprout, played by Gisele Pflug helps seven-year-old Lochlyn Dillabough with his word search activity at the Harry Potter Book Night at the Library Feb. 3. Photo by Jeremy Broadfield

Bagpiper Marjorie Zander leads in the Haggis carried by Malcolm Cox at the Robbie Burns Dinner at the Whitecappers Jan. 31. Photo by Jeremy Broadfield

Hagrid, played by Gerhard Pflug chats with one of the kids at the Harry Potter Book Night at the Library Feb. 3 Photo by Jeremy Broadfield

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CHS to host South Central Curling Zones Bonspiel By Jeremy Broadfield For the first time, Chestermere High School (CHS) will be hosting the South Central Curling Zones Bonspiel Feb. 10 and 11 at the Chestermere and Indus Curling rinks. This bonspiel is a chance for the curling team, CHS students and staff to showcase the time and effort that has been put in by the teams in the lead up to zones. “Hosting zones gives parents, family and community members an opportunity to see students excel outside of the classroom environment,” said CHS Curling Coach Margie Bremer in an e-mail. This year CHS has one girls team, one boys team and two mixed teams made up of kids with a wide range of experience. “Players on our teams range from those that are very new to the sport, only taking it up this school year, to those that are involved in U18 Club play,” she said. Some of the teams play and compete together outside of school. Other have experience from either middle school or with Indus and Chestermere junior curling. As host, CHS will have a team in each of the boys, girls and mixed division. Each division will have eight teams competing drawn from seven school districts. Participating districts are: Mountain View, Rocky View, Grasslands, Wheatland, Rangeland, Foothills/Bow Corridor, Three Hills/Drumheller and CHS as the host. Teams are selected in each school district through a series of playoffs to pick the top teams to compete at Zones. The winning teams from the South Central Curling Zones Bonspiel will go on to compete at the Alberta High School Provincial Bonspiel in Lethbridge, March 2 -3. Bremer said that it is both an honour and a privilege for the athletes and coaches to compete at provincials. “It takes hard work, dedication and skill to earn a berth in any provincial competition,” she said. Although she would like to see her students succeed and compete at provincials, Bremer said that success doesn’t necessarily always mean winning. “Success is not always measured in wins.

“Athletes and teams that play their best, learn new skills and strategies and have fun while doing it are all experiencing success,” she said. Coaches will always want their athletes to perform to the best of their abilities regardless of the outcome. “If that means they win games, trophies or banners; that’s fabulous,” said Bremer, “if it means they have a great game, do their best but do not advance, that’s okay too.” She is hoping that the competitors that are new to curling will play with confidence and develop a love of the sport. “For the more experienced curler, our hope is that they grow as individual athletes and as a team,” said Bremer. In addition to benefits of hosting, namely getting to compete in each division without first winning the Rocky View playoffs, CHS has several responsibilities as host. They are responsible to organize both the curling venues and all of the support services need for the bonspiel. “You need appropriate facilities and their staff in order to accommodate the number of athletes and games that need to be played in a short amount of time,” she said. Included in this is scheduling ice makers to maintain the rinks, umpires and other officials, and food services for both the athletes and fans. “Chestermere Curling Club and the Indus Curling Club provide those facilities for us,” she said. In addition to the logistics of the tournament, Bremer and the other CHS organizers are responsible to create the tournament schedule. “This involves communicating with all the school divisions about which teams will be attending the Zone Bonspiel and then filling in any gaps in team numbers that may exist,” said Bremer. Staff, students, parents and other volunteers will all be helping to bring the competition together. “It takes a dedicated team of Coaches, School Athletic personnel, parents and volunteers to organize and run such an event. “We have both an excellent team of Coaches and school personnel,” said Bremer.

Valentines Laced Laughs Coming To Chestermere Fifth Laugh Madness supporting the food bank with February show By Jeremy Broadfield The laughs are coming back to the Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre with a Valentine’s Day themed Laugh Madness 5 on Feb. 11. “Laugh Madness focuses on bringing the community together to share nothing but good times and laughter,” said event organizer Arnold Henry. In addition to the Valentine’s theme, they are featuring 6 comedians at the show including up and coming comedian Natalie Johnstone from Strathmore. Johnstone was the winner of the amateur comedy night also organized by Henry in November 2016. She was selected as the winner by a panel of local judges. A chance to perform at Laugh Madness 5 was the prize. “Natalie Johnstone may be new to the comedy scene but her confidence on stage tells a different story,” said Henry, “She is hilarious.” Henry describes the comedic lineup as world class while still being local so that the audience can relate to the material. “We really wanted to focus on comics that

have been making a name for themselves in Canada as well as keeping the talents close to home, such as Calgary and Strathmore,” he said. Henry believes they have put together a really strong and funny line up for the show. “We don’t ever hire comedians until we have seen their performances in person,” he said. They are bringing back Kris LaBelle to host the show for the fifth time. “He is a talented and a very energetic entertainer who really knows how to engage with the audience,” said Henry. Also performing are up and coming comedians Bobby Warrener, Todd Ness and Brett Forte who was awarded the 2016 Top New Comic at Yuk Yuk’s Calgary. Laugh Madness 5 Headliners is Chris Gordon. “[He] brings a whole new meaning to stand-up comedy, you have to see it to believe it,” said Henry. In addition to the comedy, DJ, Sherman Hype will perform. There will be a red carpet entrance, prizes for best dressed couples, best dressed single ladies and Chestermere’s most liked couple. “We will also have raffle door prizes donated by local businesses,” said Henry. They are also collecting donations for the Chestermere Regional Food Bank and donating part of the ticket sales. “We are spreading love by encouraging our attendees to bring food donation items,” he said. They will be presenting the food bank with a cheque at the beginning of the show. Henry said that they chose the food bank because of the economy and how it is affecting many of the families in Chestermere. “The food bank is a great resource for struggling families,” he said, “we wanted to do our part to support and ensure that there is enough food to help feed the needy.” Tickets are on sale online at

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CRCA encouraging people to disconnect from their devices this Family Day By Jeremy Broadfield

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The Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre is hosting the fourth annual Family Day Unplugged event promoting community connections Feb. 20 in the MPP room. “It’s a day for people to disconnect from technology and to reconnect with family, friends, their community,” said Chestermere Regional Community Association (CRCA) Recreation Program Coordinator Vicki Klinger. Running from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the event will see the CRCA partner with local community organizations to offer free unplugged activities. “Everybody is so connected to their iPads et cetera, this was sort of a day dedicated to saying hey lets turn those off,” said Klinger. As our work lives continue to become ever more connected and reliant on technology so too does our leisure time and that of our kids. “You go by the playgrounds and a lot of the time you don’t see a lot of kids there,” she said, “I think kids have lost that free play aspect.” Klinger is finalizing the details for the

will be there. Activities will include board games and carnival style games like a bean bag toss. “It’s funny how you almost think of things like that as old fashioned fun,” said Klinger, “things that didn’t used to cost money, penny carnival type games.” There will also be free chili, buns and hot chocolate courtesy the Chestermere Lion’s Club. Klinger is also using the event to highlight the kinds of activities that are available in Chestermere that are free or don’t require a person to sign up for a regular program schedule. Organizers are hoping to inspire Chestermerians to start unplugging a little bit more at home too. “Friday night is a good night to have family game night or something,” said Klinger, “If you could encourage a few families to try that I think they’d have a lot of fun with it.” There is a value to disconnecting from electronic devices, especially for children who can be overstimulated by the constant screen time. “I think its about community building,” she said. “Whenever there’s an event, that’s an opportunity to see your neighbours and say hi,” said Klinger. She believes that the idea for Family Day Unplugged was originated by community services organizations in northern Alberta and has

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All Things Scottish Celebrated By Chestermere Whitecappers

Traditional haggis highlights Robbie Burns dinner By Jeremy Broadfield The Chestermere Whitecappers celebrated Robbie Burns with the monthly potluck supper Jan. 31. “The celebration…of all things Scottish,” said Chestermere Whitecappers’ Treasurer Todd McBride, “you have the haggis, the haggis and the bagpipes.” The official program started with the piping on of the haggis by bagpiper Marjorie Zander. Malcolm Cox followed her through the dinning hall carrying the plate with the large haggis on it to the front of the room. Cox’s father and Whitecappers President Graham Cox was to recite Robbie Burn’s poem “Address to a Haggis” but had to back out due to poor health. Instead of a live rendition of the poem, organizers chose to play a video of it found on YouTube. After the address was finished the piper led Cox and the haggis back to the kitchen for the start of the meal. Everyone was encouraged to try a taste of haggis with their dinner, although it is an acquired taste. “The haggis is something…if you try the haggis you’ll say ooh, tough man to eat haggis,” said McBride with a grin. As it turns out, McBride hasn’t been able to develop a taste for haggis. “I thought I could eat anything, but I tried

that haggis last year…there’s something about the sheep wool flavour to it,” he said with a grimace. “You’ve got to be a Scottish highlander to eat haggis,” said a laughing McBride. In addition to the haggis and bagpipes there was live music played throughout the evening to a full house of club members and guests. To streamline the event, the Whitecappers held their Robbie Burns Celebration a little late to coincide with the monthly potluck dinner. Robbie Burns Day is officially held on the poets birthday, Jan. 25 and celebrates Burns as Scotland’s premier poet. Born on the 25th of January 1759, Burns is regarded as the national poet of Scotland and his birthday is celebrated around the world. After his death on July 21 1796 Burns became a cultural icon in Scotland and Scots around the world. The celebration of his life and works took hold in the 19th and 20th centuries, and continues to grow in popularity among Scots across the globe. As Robbie Burns said in his most famous poem “Address to a Haggis.” “Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care, And dish them out their bill o fare, Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware That jaups in luggies: But, if ye wish her gratefu prayer, Gie her a Haggis”

Local Musician Leela Aheer performs at the Robbie Burns Dinner at the Whitecappers Jan. 31. Photo by Jeremy Broadfield

Bagpiper Marjorie Zander leads in the Haggis carried by Malcolm Cox at the Robbie Burns Dinner at the Whitecappers Jan. 31.

The Whitecappers club was filled for the Robbie Burns potluck dinner at the Whitecappers Jan. 31. Photo by Jeremy Broadfield

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Scotiabank Sponsors Chestermere Minor Hockey Donation to help kids in Chestermere keep playing hockey By Jeremy Broadfield Chestermere’s Scotiabank is sponsoring the Chestermere Minor Hockey Association with a cheque for $1,000 and some swag for the players including uniform patches, toques and bags. “Anytime somebody steps up in the community and helps us provide that outlet for kids, it’s fantastic,” said CMHA Vice President Chris Wallin. “Scotiabank is a big supporter of hockey in Canada,” he said. The bank’s sponsorship stretches from the NHL down to minor hockey. “We’ve supported junior hockey with the world juniors, we were a major contributor to the world cup,” said Scotiabank Small Business Advisor Greg Moffatt. He said that by supporting minor hockey in the community Scotiabank is able to act like a local business even though it is a large international company. “Minor hockey allows the big bank to…act like a smaller institution,” said Moffatt.

“They bring it down to the local level whereby they provide some funds that goes to CMHA which will be used to help out families,” said Wallin. Scotiabank has been a major sponsor of Chestermere minor hockey for over 15 years, Moffatt has been a part of the bank’s sponsorship efforts for the last two years. “Hockey, it’s such a huge part of the Canadian culture,” said Moffatt. Chestermere has 33 CMHA hockey teams with a total of 450 players. The kids range in age from three-year-old to 21. They play in everything from Tiny Mites up to Junior C. Wallin said all the players will really enjoy the swag that Scotiabank is providing. “The kids will be happy to take their…bags and their toques,” he said. One of the most exciting things included in the sponsorship package for the kids are entry forms to the Scotiabank Skaters contest. The winner of the contest gets to hit the ice with the Calgary Flames.

“They get to skate out with the flag with the Flames at the singing of the National anthem,” said Moffatt. The financial donation, will help the CMHA to support families hit by the downturn that can’t afford all the fees involved with playing minor hockey. The donation from Scotiabank will be added to the association’s Short Handed Fund and will be used to help pay the fees of players whose families can’t afford them. Annual fees to play starts at $325 for Tiny Mite and go up to $2,500 for PeeWee AA. “We give lots of kids the chance to participate in sports, learn some life skills,” said Wallin. “It helps them develop all kinds of life skills, leadership skills being part of a team,” said Moffatt, “it allows them to get those teamwork skills.” Additionally, support for the CMHA has a ripple effect in the community. “We’re the biggest users of the rec centre,” said Wallin. “So the more people we can keep going through the rec centre, the better,” he said.

From left, Scotiabank Manager Leighton Milliken, Chestermere Minor Hockey Association Vice President Chris Wallin, and Scotibank Manager Greg Moffatt. The bank is sponsoring the CMHA with a cheque for $1000 and swag for all the teams. Photo by Jeremy Broadfield

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Hello Chestermere! It is constantly amazing to me how much talent and expertise there is in this province, and I am humbled everyday by the incredible people I meet, and their willingness to share their expertise with me. This week we were invited to the Schulich School of Engineering to learn about a process Leela Sharon Aheer whereby deep coal that cannot Wildrose MLA be mined may be able to be turned into gas through a process known as coal gasification. This process turns the coal into gas, and then captures the CO2 and other gases, separates them for transfer, or uses them on-site to produce electricity. All with minimal surface disturbance! Dr. Chen of the University of Calgary who is truly an amazing person has developed this technology and the sophisticated modeling used to refine it. There are many advantages to this process as well as some concerns that need to be addressed through testing, but as a result Dr. Chen is receiving an award from the Government of Canada for his work and research into this technology. These are the kinds of innovations that are born in Alberta. Dr. Chen has fostered one of the world’s top centres for modeling, attracting students who end up being in high demand worldwide. In addition he has been instrumental in establishing a satellite research facility of the U of C in Beijing! I was so proud to meet Dr. Chen and to find out about this incredible research and

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the potential for our coal industry. This week we were told by numerous scholars that Alberta requires a sales tax. Absent was talk about greater efficiency or cuts to Government spending. They believe that our spending is close to other provinces, and since other provinces are doing it why shouldn’t we? I mean you can see how sales taxes have helped Ontario, that shining beacon of fiscal responsibility with the world’s highest non-sovereign debt. Not to be outdone, our Provincial Government is running per capita deficits that are about twice Ontario’s at its worst! The rhetoric that giving rebates to those in need when bringing in a regressive tax is interesting, because if you keep those dollars in their pockets that dollar is actually a dollar. A dollar that has gone through the government bureaucracy is less than a dollar. We would have to have a 5% sales tax to bring in 5 billion dollars to make a dent in the governments debt. The scholars have spoken my friends, what say you? On the education portfolio, there is never a dull moment. This week we commented on the secrecy around the “most sweeping reform of the school curriculum undertaken in the history of public education in Alberta” according to the Education Minister. This unprecedented curriculum redesign and process is not just “evergreening” or tweaking, it is a pedagogical change that may or may not change the entire way the curriculum is taught from k-9. We have no clarity on who is in in these working groups, nor have we been invited to participate. The only reason we will find out who is in those working groups is because the government was FOIP’d and now must disclose

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In America’s coarsened social discourse, expertise is reviled, and researched facts are replaced by fake news and egregious self-promotion By Mike Robinson Columnist VANCOUVER, B.C. /Troy Media/ – Baby boomers grew up in a world where the principles of democracy were taught in high school by social studies teachers who became misty eyed describing the Athenian Agora. The great public squares in the Greek city states saw the citizens gather to hear reasoned discourse about issues, presented by heroic logicians and statesmen, who presented all sides of a problem before a vote was called to decide the issue. War against Sparta or not. The construction of the Parthenon or not. Construction of the aqueduct to Thebes or not. No matter the issue, the citizens debated, thought, reconciled, often compromised and cast their votes. Their democratic will ruled. Yes, there were some problematic underpinnings to the process. You had to be male. You had to own real property in the city state. You couldn’t be a slave. You had to be of adult age. But otherwise, the checks and balances worked and the system produced decisions that stood. If there were any challenges on the grounds of candidate illegitimacy, election tampering by foreign state spies or gerrymandering of electoral districts, I don’t recall hearing about them from Mr. Coxwell in Social Studies 10. There was also an effort made to show boomer students that the contemporary newspaper media grew from Greek roots and was based on the citizens’ need to know. Columnists were diligent in their research. The facts underlying the issues were gathered so they could be studied and understood. Issues were delineated and often debated by experts in the media. We were taught that expertise was of high value. By virtue of burning the midnight oil, attending respected institutions of higher learning, and impressing one’s professors with critical and original thought, successive generations of experts were milled from local timber. We also learned that experts behaved with decorum and grace, avoided profanity and spoke naturally in paragraphs that built into chapters. It was natural for the wise citizen to consult expertise before voting. That was how opinions were formed. And then the Internet was born. The boomers were all out of school by the early 1980s when email, search engines and algorithms began their onslaught. In this new environment, citizens could publish their opinions

with speed and impunity. You no longer had to speak face-to-face in debate or argument. Now you could hide behind the wall of the Internet. Extreme profanity and coarseness entered public discourse. Perhaps most subversively, algorithms tracked your search and ‘like’ preferences online, and began to suggest other articles, websites and ‘experts’ for your reference and enjoyment. Out of this came the now-famed echo-chamber effect. As soon as you clicked your computer on, you could be assured of a steadily reinforcing diet of like thought. And prejudice. In this evolving new social media, newspapers, their diligent reporter research and the consulting role of experts have all but disappeared. Granted, there are still some big, well-financed and broadly-read papers and magazines (mostly in the United States), but overall the trend is pronounced. Arguably, we are paying a high price for this loss. To start with, simply review the quality of democratic practice evident in the recent U.S. presidential election. Without much fear of contradiction, I think that this election has revealed a deeply coarsened social discourse in America. Expertise has been broadly reviled, doubted and ridiculed. Researched facts, issues and plausible solutions have been replaced by fake news, ad hominem argument and egregious selfpromotion. Perhaps most disturbing, the new president of the United States was able to earn electoral college victory in spite of using misogynist, xenophobic and racist rhetoric, mocking the disabled and denying the science underpinning climate change. When I think back to my high school classes on the roots of democracy, perhaps the strongest point made was that great societies produce great leaders. The role of great leadership is to champion what Abraham Lincoln referred to in his first inaugural address as “the better angels of our nature.” For some reason, America has veered away from their counsel. In their place, we are being waylaid by a culture that denigrates compromise, treats all opinions as equal in value, enables belittling comment and normalizes anger. These are not promising values for governance or civilization. It’s high time to query their origin and to summon back the better angels. © 2017 Distributed by Troy Media

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Premier Officially Recognizes Black History Month By Jeremy Broadfield

Alberta’s Premier, Rachel Notley, officially proclaimed February as Black History Month in recognition of the contributions that people of Caribbean and African descent have made to Alberta. “Black History Month gives us the chance to learn more about the black experience in Alberta, to hear stories of struggle, of hope and of triumph. “It’s an opportunity to reflect on our history and to inspire Albertans of all backgrounds to work towards a better Alberta for all of us,” said Notley in a press release, “our diversity is our strength and it should be celebrated now and for years to come.”

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Long Live Lagavulin Your intrepid liquor reporter was browsing the shelves at my friendly neighbourhood booze merchant, when a particular bottle of whisky caught my eye. I was looking for a nice single malt scotch to replenish the liquor cabinet, after all the good stuff was devoured by my guests on Robbie Burns Day. Whether they just really liked the whisky I was serving, or if they were trying to wash down the haggis will remain a mystery, but it did give me the opportunity to peruse the wares of my local liquor retailer. Imagine my surprise to find a special limited release of Lagavulin, commemorating their 200th anniversary. Just holding the bottle in my hands seemed to transport me to the wind-swept shores of Islay, the tiny island in the Inner Hebrides, located just off the eastern coast of Scotland. Islay is one of the five geographically protected designations for Scotch Whisky production, the others being The Highlands, The Lowlands, Speyside, and Campbeltown. Despite being a tiny island with a population of only 3000 people, Islay is home to eight different whisky distilleries, including Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Lagavulin, and Laphroig. Much of the island is a peat bog, which has contributed to the unique and distinctive taste of Islay whiskies. Both the fresh water that flows through riverbeds thick with peat, and the malting barley being heated over a peat-fueled fire, will impart smoky and medicinal notes to the whisky, resulting in strong flavours of diesel, iodine, seaweed, and a host of others that are either admired or reviled by whisky drinkers, with seemingly no middle ground. While your intrepid liquor reporter is not a peat fiend, I do enjoy a moderately peated whisky, and Lagavulin has long been one of my favourites. Although the Lagavulin distillery has been operating since 1816, the same site was home to several illicit distilleries as far back as 1742, so this 200th anniversary is really measuring how long taxes and business licenses have been in place, rather than how long whisky has actually been in production. Illicit distillation increased rapidly in Scotland after the first excise tax in whisky in 1644, leading to 50 unlicensed and illegal distilleries for every

one licensed distillery. This calamitous state of affairs lasted until taxes on whisky were eased in 1823, allowing the illicit distilleries finally go legit, ushering in the modern era of the Scotch whisky industry. Lagavulin is well-known for their use of shortnecked pot stills in the distillery, which allows for only minimal fractionation of the heavier fusel oils from the lighter spirits, resulting in a much heavier and stronger flavoured whisky. Distillation technology advanced rapidly in the 1820’s, with the invention of continuous distillation column still disrupting the spirits industry in only a few short years. Unlike the traditional batch distillation method used in pot stills, column stills allowed for continuous distillation, in essence acting like a series of pot stills, with each layer of the column still feeding the next. While Scottish and Irish whiskies have clung to their traditional batch distillation methods in pot stills, pretty much the rest of the world has moved to continuous distillation column stills, which are able to produce a much higher proof alcohol in a shorter period of time, although proponents of the older pot stills claim that authentic flavours are lost during continuous distillation in a column still. The most common release from Lagavulin is a 16-year single malt, although the 200th anniversary was commemorated with releases of 8-year and 25-year bottlings. Not having $1600 to spare for the 25-year bottling, your humble narrator settled for the more reasonably priced $100 bottling of the 8-year single malt. Taking the bottle home for an immediate sampling, your intrepid liquor reporter was greeted with the familiar aromas of seaweed and diesel oil while nosing the glass, with salty hints of smoke and toasted grains on the tongue. The finish was subtle and long, and not as overpowering as the 16-year bottlings. For those who enjoy peated whiskies, Lagavulin is consistently rated as one of the best in the world, and is widely available here in Canada, ranging in price from around $80 up to thousands and thousands of dollars for the rarest of bottlings. If you don’t want to spring for an entire bottle, order a wee dram at your local drinking establishment and see for yourself!

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Gritty Community There are times when we want to quit.

character quality. We may celebrate this

These are the moments where we wonder

trait in athletes or entrepreneurs, and we

if we can take another step in our relation-

make heroes out of self-made stars. How-

ships, projects, work, or family responsibili-

ever the truth is that real transformative

ties. Perhaps the passion is lost, the good

grit is shaped in community. It is shaped

feelings are few and far between, or we just

in the hard times, but often when we are

cannot see another way around our prob-

surrounded by others who encourage us

lems. We call these moments “dark nights

along. When we are at our limit and another

of the soul” and they can certainly feel very

person comes along to remind us that we are

dark. Sometimes these challenges test our

valuable and loved, that’s when we find the

resolve and we buckle under the weight.

resolve to take the next step. In our home,

Yet often when I look back through the story of my life I notice that the hard times were often those moments that increased the tensile strength of my character. I had to make hard decisions to stick it out, find new support, welcome fresh wisdom, and open my life to new possibilities, faith, and trust. All of this became the foundation that supported me when I needed to know I was not alone. Getting through the hard stuff of life with hard work and perseverance is called grit. It is a vital character quality that gives us the focus we need when the going gets tough. It is a quality we can teach and exemplify

it took the support of a loving mother to teach a toddler that she can get through her challenge. “I got this!” is a mantra born out of a caring family - one that has each other’s back. It takes community to bring out the best in us. In our neighbourhoods and in our city we face a mountain of challenges. Job loss, rocky marriages, family hardships, and anxiety are just the start of those difficulties looming in our community. As we face these, will we do so together or alone? Will we discover that friends and neighbours are waiting to encourage us along and help us

to our kids, for example. Our three year old

find the way through? Could we become a

daughter has had a hard time getting her

‘Gritty Community’ that steps into the chal-

hair brushed after a bath. She would cry and

lenges each of us bear?

complain whenever we would sit her down

May we never buckle under the weight of

and start working the knots of her hair. So

anxiety because no one was there to help us

my wife taught her to say, “I got this! I got

carry the burden. May we never underes-

this!” every time she would feel the tug of

timate the power of our words and actions

the hair brush. Now, more than a few times,

to help others face difficulties. And may we

we’ve heard her whispering to herself while

become the grittiest city shaped by the kind-

carrying heavy things around the house, “I

est neighbours. For as Margaret Wheatley

got this! I got this!”

once said so wisely, “Whatever the problem,

Yet grit is more than an individualistic

community is the answer.”



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Youth Are Change Agents Learn More About In Reducing The Impacts Your Calgary Catholic Of Disasters School District Board Of Trustees!

(NC) Youth are a vital part of our communities. They offer a fresh perspective as they understand and recognize that the actions of individuals and communities can help reduce the impact of disasters and improve resilience. Today’s youth want to participate fully and effectively in their communities, and to be included in important policy decisions. There has been a more concerted effort to reshape youth activism, including their awareness of and participation in disaster risk reduction. More and more, youth are being recognized as change agents that can provide fresh perspectives and creative ideas on policy discussions impacting their communities and countries. This perspective is acknowledged across borders. In 2015, 186 countries endorsed the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Its goal is to improve the response to disaster risk and to substantially reduce harm to livelihoods as well as to the social, economic and cultural spheres. A guiding principle of the Sendai Framework is to engage youth in disaster risk reduction by calling on societies to promote youth leadership and to empower young people by bolstering their inclusion in governance and decision-making. An example of how youth are being engaged in discussions surrounding disaster risk reduction is the United Nations Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduc-

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tion in the Americas (, Held in Montreal, Quebec from March 7 to9, 2017,the meeting will bring together key stakeholders. These include public officials, government and non-governmental organizations, private sector leaders, academics and Indigenous representatives committed to improving national and international coordination of emergency management. It will also include activities specifically targeting youth. These activities recognize that youth can contribute to advancing discussions about innovative and non-traditional ways government, organizations, the private sector and individuals can reduce the risks and impacts of disasters. Follow the discussion on Twitter by using #SendaiAmericas. Additional information is available online that can help all of us take action before disaster strikes and make our communities safer and more resilient. Learn how to make an emergency plan and kit (https:// yprprdnssgd/index-en.aspx) and how to be flood ready (



Our Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees, along with our senior administration, have identified four key priorities for the 2016-2017 school year: Faith Formation, Academic Excellence, Student Wellness and Success for our First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students. We recognize the provincial direction around eliminating the achievement gap for our FNMI students and our district has worked in an authentic partnership with our broader community, and in particular, with our Elders and Indigenous communities, to create learning opportunities that are responsive to this mandate. While we are inspired by the success of all of our students across the district, the success that our FNMI students have seen in many facets of their education is exciting. In reviewing our Accountability Pillar data, we celebrate the fact that our FNMI students exceed the provincial average relative to diploma success, high school completion, Rutherford Scholarship eligibility and transition to post-secondary education. Our FNMI team has crafted strategies that



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Chestermere High School Athletics Brian Utley -

CURLING Four Chestermere teams competed in the Rocky View Championships last Friday, at the Airdrie Curling Club. The girls team finished second and the Chestermere 2 team took third in the mixed event. Congratulations on all four teams for competing well. This weekend, Chestermere hosts the South Central Zone Championships, for the first time ever. Best of luck to our teams that qualified. They will be battling for a spot in Provincials. WRESTLING Congratulations to Ford Witt who won the Golden Bear Invitational, at the University of Alberta, this past weekend. Ford wrestled in the 56 kilogram weight division, which had fourteen wrestlers in it. He dominated his four matches that all resulted in a ten point superiority technical fall, or by a pin, which led him to win the tournament with no points scored against him. JV GIRLS BASKETBALL WINS SILVER MEDAL Congratulations to the JV Lady Lakers who had a great week of basketball. On Wednesday the girls posted a dominating 65-26 win over WH Croxford. On the weekend they participated in the very tough Holy Trinity Academy tournament, in Okotoks. In the first game the team was up against a very physical and tough Bowness team. The girls were down 10 with 7 minutes left in the game. The team never quit and mounted a furious comeback resulting in a 6 point win. This was and incredible effort by the team. On Saturday the Lady Lakers survived a sluggish first half to defeat the host HTA squad by 18 points. In the finals the girls faced a tough McCoy team from Medicine Hat. The CHS girls were no match for this talented team losing by 29. Players of the game t shirts were awarded to Jenna Merhi, Hannah Harris, and Paula Krizaic. This week the team travels to Springbank for a league game with the Phoenix. On Friday the team travels to Hanna for their invitational tournament and four games against high school competition.

VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL The Lady Lakers won their league game, last week, against Croxford High School. The team had a strong showing, with leading scorers Kasey Haasen, Camren Longstaff and Cadence Meszaros. The Lakers also had a season best performance from Natalie McKernon who had 15 assists. The girls then played in the Sir Winston Churchill Rose Tournament in Calgary. Their first game was a tough 57-35 loss against the 4th ranked 4A team in the province, Spruce Grove. The player of the game was Marissa Boisjoli who had her best game since coming back from knee surgery. The second game of the tourney was the fourth meeting of the year against Chinook Coyotes. The Lady Lakers had a strong performance winning 76-46. The player of the game was Katie Smith. High scorers were Camren Longstaff, Kasey Haasen, Noah Harris and Cadence Meszaros, all in double digits. The final game of the Rose tournament was against another competitive 4A team from Edmonton, the O’Leary Spartans. The game was a nail biter and the Lady Lakers earned a one point victory, giving them a 3rd place finish. Noah Harris was player of the game. Kasey Haasen was the leading scorer and rebounder in each game and was chosen as a tournament All-Star. The Lady Lakers have a league game against Springbank on Wednesday and will then play in the Western Canada RIT, this weekend. VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL The Varsity Lakers defeated WH Croxford, last week, 84-72 in Rocky View League action. The boys competed in the tough St. Mary’s Tournament. Although they did not win any games, this was valuable experience to help them prepare for playoffs. This week the Lakers host Springbank on Tuesday and are off from tournaments this weekend. JV BOYS BASKETBALL The JV Boys lost their league game last week, against Croxford. This Tuesday the JV Lakers host Springbank in a Rocky View matchup. On the weekend the boys travel to Strathmore to participate in their final invitational tournament. BADMINTON Badminton tryouts are talking place until February 16th, at lunch, in the Wilson Gym. See Ms. Everson for more details.

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Chestermere/Indus Modified Mixed Bonspiel 2017 By Marla Forth

The Chestermere and Indus Curling Clubs hosted their Annual Combined Modified Mixed Bonspiel on January 27th, 28th, & 29th, 2017 . The qualifications to enter were that the Skip and Third must be of opposite genders. It was great to see teams with 3 Women and 1 Man, or 3 Men and 1 Woman as well as true Mixed teams with 2 Men and 2 Women competing in this Spiel. Teams alternated their draws between the two ice rinks, the ice conditions were great and the competition was very close with several

games going to an extra end or needing a measure to determine the winner. The two clubs have a terrific relationship, and great fun was had by all! There were 24 teams vying for the top spot in 3 Events and in the end it was the Dupont team from Lethbridge that defended their title from last year by winning the A Event. Their team consisted of Skip - Nanette Dupont, Third - Bill Kohuch, Second - Shirley Kohuch and Lead – Val Leahy . The Lee team from Indus captured the B Event; Skip - Brent Lee, Third – Jocelyn Baxter, Second – Emma Gingras, Lead – Darren Schulz. The Hedin team from Chestermere took the C event; Skip -

Kim Hedin, Third - Shauna Logan, Second – Michael Spies and Lead - Louise Spies. Chestermere is taking registrations for their Open Bonspiel being held Feb 23rd to 26th, teams may consist of any gender combination. Email us at if you are interested in entering this event, you may choose to start either Thursday or Friday evening. Enter soon as we are only accepting the first 16 teams registered! Visit our Website at for all of our Chestermere Curling Club news!

Chestermere Lakers Novice 2

Chestermere Lakers Novice 2 Team presenting a plaque to the Chestermere ATB Branch Manager Kindy for his team sponsorship. Picture left to right: Remi, Tayler, Ethan, Kyler, Branch Manager Kindy holing the presented plaque, Raiden, Max and Justin. Thank You Chestermere ATB and Kindy for making it happen. Go Lakers!!!!!



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Sports in Chestermere Artifacts Sought by CHF

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Thanks to the Chestermere Public Library the Historical Foundation has displayed many artifacts over these past few years. CHF finds interesting local themes for the thrice yearly displays. The first display for 2017 is “Sports in Chestermere,” and CHF is seeking the loan of any small artifacts showing what sports we have on or around the lake over the past 101 years ( the dam having been completed in 1906). Icefishing, summer fishing, snowmobiling, skating, swimming, sailing, boating, etc. Though we have limited space it would be fun to see what can be turned up that would show how much ‘sporting’ enjoyment and pleasure

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has been had over the many years of the lake’s existence. Already on display in the photo gallery are memorabilia from the Chestermere Water Ski Club. If you think you might have something you could loan for about 4-5 months ( you will receive a loan agreement form from CHF) please let us know. You can email from the website or call Jen 403 200 8046 or Kay 403 279 1036 . (The trophy photo is from a rowing contest in the 30s, the skier is Bunky Kunkel, the skaters are Agnes Clarke and Jean Whittaker) Also, anyone curious about the firetruck progress please see the updates on the webpage. It is looking really good!

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Try our new self check-out station. We are excited to show you how it works and what it can do for you. Remember to bring your Library card. Gentle Yoga Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm Elann is taking a break this week, but Gentle Yoga will be back Monday, February 20. Knitting & Crocheting Tuesdays at 7:00-8:00 pm Grab your needles and yarn and meet us at the Library. All skill levels welcome. Qi Gong Fridays at 12:00-1:00 pm Come in for a guided meditation on abundance and self-healing. Calm the chaos with this drop in program hosted by Jo Mangan level 4 Qi Gong instructor and/or Michelle Aris. There is a $5.00 drop-in fee. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing. Stories to Go! Tuesday, February 21 at 10:15 am, Tuesday, March 7 at 10:15 am and Tuesday, March 21 at 10:15 am Join us for special storytimes at Waiting Room Café, 101, 288 Kinniburgh Blvd. Baby Storytime Wednesdays at 2:00 pm Drop in for our new Baby Storytime program. Drop-In Pre-school Storytime Fridays at 10:15 am Stories and songs for pre-schoolers. This Week Tuesday February 14


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Recreation Centre VALENTINE JELLYBEAN DANCE for Gr 4 – 9 Fri Feb 10th 7:00 – 9:30 $7.00 Rec Centre Main Hall Volunteers are always needed! Email if you can help out. FAMILY DAY UNPLUGGED - Mon Feb 20th @ the CHESTERMERE REC CENTRE 1:00—4:00 pm in the Rec Centre MPP Room by the office. It’s all free! Free chili and hot chocolate compliments of the Chestermere Lions Club. Pop up activities both indoors and outside. Family Skating on the Lake at Anniversary Park. Board Games and lots of Family Fun for All Ages! Unplug and Be Active Chestermere - On Family Day and Every Day!! For more info to get you active and engaged in Chestermere programs & events, check out CHECK OUT THESE GREAT PROGRAMS ON OUR WEBSITE: Preschool: Swim Lessons, Soccer, Floor Hockey, Learn to Skate, Parent & Tot Drop in Gym Time, Sportball Youth: Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, Soccer Skills, Musical Theatre, Lego Challenge A Family: Drop In Basketball Fri nights Adult Drop In Programs: Badminton, Volleyball, Basketball, Pickleball Missed the program start date? We will prorate late registrations if there is still room in the program! FRIDAY SKI/SNOWBOARD TRIPS TO

COP A supervised CRCA program for ages 9 – 17 Individual days may be available. We will prorate late registrations. Session 2, Feb 3 & 10 and Mar 3 & 10. E-mail for more info and to check on individual day’s availability. DROP IN FLOOR HOCKEY FOR AGES 7 – 12 YRS WITH COACH CONROY! Sundays 5:30 – 6:30 pm@ the Chestermere Rec Centre Main Hall February 12th - April 2nd (8 wks) No Feb 19th & 26th CRCA Members $5.00 (exact change only) For more info on all of our programs or recreation@chestermerecrca. com EXCITING DAYCAMP OPPORTUNITES ARE COMING THIS SUMMER AT THE CHESTERMERE REC CENTRE. WATCH OUR WEBSITE : for details or email!. BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKAGES ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE CHESTERMERE REC CENTRE For all your event needs, contact Jocelyn at 403-272-7170 or email Like and share our FACEBOOK PAGE to get all the latest program and event info! Check out the Winter Program Brochure on our website For info call 403-272-7170 or email Register for programs online or in the office!

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Lakeside Quilters’ Guild

Paint your wine glass/beer stein evenings Queen B Studio will be hosting paint your wine glass/beer stein evenings every other Tuesday starting February 7th family friendly event, come on out and get rid of the winter blues. Time 7 - 9 pm food and drink specials available. Call Barb 403-815-3732 to reserve your spot today. QiGong Join us for this ancient art of moving “Chi” energy with gentle breathing and easy to follow movements. Taught by a level 4 Chi Gong specialist. Every Friday at the Chestermere Library Chestermere Historical Foundation Meetings and Programs 2017 February 21 ~ Chestermere – A Train Station for Chestermere March 21 ~ Who Were the Early Cottage Residents? April 18th ~ A Yacht Club at Chestermere – History of the CYC May 16th ~ Chestermere’s Natural History – Wetlands and Birds ****Check for locations; all presentations are at 7:30pm following the meeting 6:30pm. No charge. Everyone welcome.

Meeting each month at the Chestermere Recreation Centre on the first Wednesday of each month. Sew days are on the third Wednesday of each month and a sew Saturday each month, excluding summer. Quilting experience not required, new members welcome. For more information please contact Carole at 403-519-0379.

2017 Chestermere Seniors’ Week, Celebrating 55 + The 2016 Seniors’ Week was very successful and the planning for the 2017 Chestermere Seniors’ Week, June 5-11, has already begun. Seniors’ Week will be full of invigorating activities, energizing events and inspiring workshops of learning, laughing and sharing. What would you be interested in? What inspires and motivates you? Your ideas are valuable and we would like you to share them with us in 6 easy daytime meetings. Join in the fun. Call Holly @ 403-272-1338 for more information.

Chestermere Toastmasters Club Chestermere Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater selfconfidence and personal growth. Effective September 13, we meet every Tuesday, from 7:00pm 8:15pm at City Hall . Visit us online at

Events at The Waiting Room The Rotary Club Of Chestermere Feb 7 . Join us for Stories to go . Every Alternate Tuesday’s at 10.15am -10.45am at Waiting Room Cafe . Meet other parents while kids enjoy their stories . Free and no Registration required . Feb 9 . Come meet the La Leche League . Join other pregnant or breastfeedingMoms for information , support and networking over a “Cafe au LLLait” at Waiting Room Cafe on Thursday February 9th from 1-3pm . No fee or Registration required . Feb 9 . Join us for a craft evening ( knitting , crochet , sewing ) at Waiting Room Cafe from 5-7pm . No fee or Registration required . Just bring your own supplies ,

Meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Rec Centre Lounge at 6:00 pm. Everyone welcome. Please email for more information.

The Chestermere Fine Art Guild meets every Thursday at 1pm at the Recreation Centre North side, upstairs in room 2. New members are welcome. Like us on Facebook and email

The Walking Connection Thurs 1:30 pm Meet at the Waiting Room Café – Suite 101, 288 Kinninburgh Blvd Why not join us for a ½ hour walk and a ½ hour coffee? It’s a great way to connect with other people in your

Feb 16. CAN ( Chestermere Area Networking ) Are you a local business ? Business owner or sales rep ? Join us at Waiting Room Cafe on February 16 at 8.30-9.30am No fee or Registration required . Feb 16 . Join us for Craft evening (knitting , crochet , sewing ) at Waiting Room Cafe from 5-7pm. No fee or Registration required . Just bring your own supplies .

community, improve your mental health and to get some fresh air and gentle exercise.There is no charge but coffee is at your own expense.For more info call 403 365-5400 ext 2 or email yvonne.

The Chestermere Lions Club Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, September to June at Mountain View

Feb 17 . Community Table Top Game Night . Every 3rd Friday of the month . From 5-8pm. Bring your favorite game or play one of ours . No Registration or fee required . Free family friendly event . Feb 21 .Join us for stories to go . Every alternate Tuesdays at 10.15am to 10.45am at Waiting Room Cafe . Meet other parents while kids enjoy their stories . free and no Registration required . Feb 23. Join us for craft evening (knitting , crochet , sewing ) at Waiting Room Cafe from 5-7pm. No fee or Registration required . Just bring your own supplies .

Funeral home on 17th Ave SE and Garden Rd at 7pm. Check out our website at or \email us for more information at

Chestermere Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Club members cruise in every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from April to October (weather permitting) at the West Creek Plaza, 300 Merganser Drive. Come join us! We also cruise as a group to other Show N Shines, hold an annual poker rally, have monthly meetings, have a Club BBQ, and other social events throughout the season. New members are always welcome. Follow us on Facebook. For more information on the club, call Bob at 403-387-9226

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Obituary FARCH, Fred Neergaard November 8, 1932 - January 31, 2017 Fred Farch of Chestermere passed away at the Peter Lougheed Hospital on January 31, 2017 at the age of 84 years. Fred will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years Margaret; his children: Doris Johnson, Keith (Wendy) Farch and Audrey Farch and his grandchildren Stuart, Ann, Madisson and Hunter, all of Calgary. He will also be sadly missed by his sister Kristine Farch/Cline (Terry) of Osoyoos and sister-in-law Janis (Douglas) Alton of Mississauga as well as many nieces and nephews. Fred was predeceased by his parents Freda and Harold Farch and his siblings: Eip (Slim) Farch (Joan), Tim Farch (Helen) and Alice Eveno (Alex). Fred was born at the Calgary General Hospital and grew up on the family farm, west of Olds, AB, where he attended Ennerdale District school. When the family returned to Calgary in 1949, he earned his Journeyman Carpenter Certificate at S.A.I.T. Fred worked for Alberta Trailer Sales (Atco) as a carpenter and set-up man. Later with his S.A.I.T. friend Gordon Befus, they formed their own pre-fab homes business (Befar Industries). This soon became a professional building moving company, a speciality Fred loved. Fred and Margaret travelled extensively together and later purchased a winter home in Sun City, AZ. Fred loved his citrus trees and enjoyed old and new friendships until his last trip home in January 2017. Friends from the 50’s - 80’s will fondly remember the summer waterskiing and the winter crack-the-whip skating parties at the Chestermere Lake cabin. The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff of Unit 42 at the PLC Hospital and special thanks to Dr. J. W. Fanning of Strathmore for his friendship and continuing care over the years. Fred’s Celebration of Life will be announced in late spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s memory may be made directly to the Parkinson Society of Southern Alberta, #102, 5636 Burbank Crescent SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1Z6 ( To express condolences, please visit

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