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Disaffected residents looking to upcoming election to make changes at city hall By Jeremy Broadfield Almost a year after submitting a petition signed by 5, 493 residents asking the Minister of Municipal Affairs for an investigation into city council, organizers have received their answer. In a letter dated Feb. 16, 2017, Minister of Municipal Affairs Shaye Anderson wrote to petition organizer Laurie Bold stating that he was satisfied that the main concerns raised by the petition had been addressed by Chestermere city council. “I am very disappointed but I can’t say I’m surprised,” said Bold. She posted the letter to the Facebook group I Love Chestermere Too. In the letter, Anderson said that, “based on the commitment made by council to strengthen governance processes related to CUI, I am satisfied that the key concerns that led to the petition request are being addressed. “I have, therefore, decided that an inquiry into the affairs of the council and administration of the city is not warranted at this time.” Although The city did conduct its own third party review on Chestermere Utilities Inc. (CUI) and the utility ratesetting process, Bold doesn’t feel that all her and the other organizers concerns were addressed. “We didn’t want them to do their own review, we wanted municipal affairs to do the review,” she said. Chestermere resident Al Pleskie is part of the group Citi-

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zens for a Better Chestermere and agrees with Bold that not all the concerns have been addressed. “We find it hard to believe that when you have a quarter of the entire population…sign a petition to say that something is wrong here and you simply sweep it under the rug,” said Pleskie of the Minister’s decision. He and the other members of his group and the signatories of the petition are concerned about what they perceive to be mismanagement and lack of transparency at city hall. This is a concern that he believes municipal affairs should have investigated. “I think as the provincial government they should have looked a little bit deeper, maybe talked to a few people that have brought the petition forward,” he said. Pleskie thinks the minister should have asked them, “what are the real concerns here, what are your issues, what are the problems.” Now that the petition process and municipal review process has finished Pleskie and his group are turning their attention to the upcoming municipal election. They are working to find candidates to run in the hopes that they can replace the current council come the election in October. Bold, who is tired after all the time and effort she has put into this said that the entire process has been disappointment after disappointment for her but does plan to continue to support Citizens for a Better Chestermere. “I’m frustrated,” she said, “if the current mayor and council get…reelected in October I am going to be so upset.”

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Chestermere Continues To Be One Of The Safest Communities In The Region RCMP quarterly report shows property crimes increasing in Chestermere By Jeremy Broadfield Chestermere continues to be a safe place to live and work according to the RCMP quarterly report presented to council Feb. 21. “I think things are going well,” said RCMP detachment commander Staff Sgt. Mark Wielgosz. As Chestermere continues to grow, so too does the amount of reported crimes but that crime remains well within the detachment’s capacity to handle it said Wielgosz. Like the rest of the region, property crimes remain the largest issue RCMP are dealing with. Prevention of crime in the community is everyone’s responsibility not just the police. For this reason, Wielgosz is urging the public to report all crimes. “Generally speaking, no matter where I’ve policed a large amount of crime is highly underreported,” he said. “I would encourage the public to do is report whatever issue you face to the police,” said Wielgosz, “it’s hard for us to track what’s going on and where it’s happening unless people are telling us.” Knowledge of crime trends allow police to be proactive in their strategies instead of reactive and waiting for calls to come in. “If there’s a rash of incidents that are happening in one specific neighbourhood then that might force us to take a look at where our members are spending their time or perhaps what is making that community…more attractive for criminals,” he said. Going forward, Wielgosz is started to consult with community members and stakeholders as he starts to plan the new fiscal years’ policing goals and priorities. Wielgosz hopes that the newly proposed Police Communications and Community Link will form part of these consultations.

This community based group is meant to provide Wielgosz with feedback from the community. “It’s to seek an enhanced level of feedback from the community from what their perspective is on emerging crime trends or areas in which they would like to see police focus their attention,” he said. It also provides a conduit for the RCMP to communicate better with the community. “I think…largely the public is unaware of what our activities are and what we’re doing to help keep the community safe,” said Wielgosz. He does believe that members have been doing a good job of raising their profile in the community through attending events such as Life’s Too Shorts and going into the local

schools. “Halloween, for instance, we had a lot of trick-or-treaters that were pretty happy to get candy from the police,” said Wielgosz. Another community initiative that he hopes will continue to grow is the pilot project to register home surveillance systems in Chestermere. The goal of the project is to allow members to more quickly identify possible leads and potentially narrow down their investigation faster through the use of surveillance video. Anyone interested in joining the registry can contact the RCMP at 403-204-8777 ext. 0 with their name, address and contact information. People can choose to join or leave the registry at any time.

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Therapy Dog Gives Children The Confidence To Read


Volunteer and his dog share their therapy with kids By Jeremy Broadfield For five-year-old rescue dog Atlas, listening to Grade 3 students read at Prairie Waters School is the highlight of his week. “He loves coming, this is his favourite thing in the world,” said Atlas’ owner Sheldon Davis. The pair volunteer at the school as part of the Chestermere Therapy Dogs Society’s (CTDS) Listening Tails program. Listening Tails is a six-week program that sees young children read to a CTDS therapy dog once a week for 15 minutes. According to CTDS, by reading to the dogs, children are able to grow in their confidence and reading skills with “non-judgmental listeners.” Working as a therapy dog comes naturally to Atlas who helps relieve his owner’s stress and anxiety. Davis describes all his pets as his therapy companions and he theirs. “All our pets have been rescues and have come with baggage and emotional problems of their own that had to be handled completely different from each other,” he said. Atlas and Davis’ other pets help him to manage his severe anxiety and depression that are a result of brain damage he suffered in a motorcycle accident in 1998. “My dogs are very intuitive and sense trouble building before I am even aware that I’m getting excited,” said Davis. His dogs will come and crawl into his lap, try to give him kisses and cuddles to help him calm down. “That’s my cue to breathe, relax and take control of the situation,” he said. Davis said that the simple physical contact with his dogs can have amazing effects on anxiety and stress. He describes it like a wave of relief that washes over him. “The headaches and pain from other injuries softens a little and you feel safe in that moment and the thoughts that had you panicking just minutes ago don’t even matter. “I can carry that relief with me for quite a while afterwards as well,” he said. Atlas has the same effect on the children when they read to him during Listening Tails. “I see that same melting and relief in the kids as well,” said Davis, “You can tell pretty quickly if a child is actually having trouble reading or if they’re stressed, anxious or frustrated.” One instance that stands out in his memory was a little girl that participated in Listening Tails a couple of years ago. Davis said that this girl was struggling with each word as she read. “Then I see her hand reach out for Atlas’ paw. “As soon as she started rubbing his paw the words started flowing effortlessly,” he said. Experiences like this are common in the program and makes volunteering a wonderful experience. “That’s a reward I hadn’t planned on when starting this journey,” said Davis. It is in these instants of connection and calm that Davis said he feels stress relief that can stick with him for days afterwards. Even before he started volunteering, programs such as Listening Tails held a special place for Davis Davis was born with a treatable form of deafness in both ears. After several surgeries, he gained the ability to hear at age three.

“I think it took nine operations on one ear and seven on the other before I was back on track but I was way behind,” he said. In school, reading aloud terrified him. When students where alternating reading paragraphs in class, Davis would count the kids and then the paragraphs to find out which one he would have to read. “I’d read it over and over as many times as I could before my turn came,” he said. “I wouldn’t even hear the other kids I was panicking so bad,” said Davis, “When my turn came I’d take a deep breath and race through it as fast as I could.” He knows it wasn’t a good method for reading but it got him through most days at school, the only trouble coming when he miscounted and practiced the wrong paragraph. When he first heard of a different visiting reading program 21 years ago Davis said “all I could think is I wish that had been around when I was young.” Ever since then he wanted to be a part of a program like that. Three-years-ago, when his wife showed him an ad for CTDS Davis jumped at the chance to finally be part of a therapy dogs program. He believed that Atlas would make an excellent candidate and the pair have been volunteering ever since. “My boy has not let me down, in fact he makes me look darn good,” said Davis. The whole Davis family now volunteers with CTDS in the various programs that they offer. When Atlas and Davis started with Listening Tails he thought they would be working with children that could read well enough and just need practice. “I had no idea we would be working with kids learning English as a second language and starting at the beginning or kids like me who were way behind,” said Davis. He was stressed out at first to actually help teach the kids to read but now has settled into the role helping to teach the kids when he visits them at their school. Prairie Waters School Child Development Advisor Rachael Lehmann helps to facilitate the Listening Tails program at the school. She said that all the students who take part in Listening Tails show huge improvements at the end of it. “It’s uncanny the difference in the students when they’re done. “It’s noticeable just in their ability to read out loud,” she said. The students look forward to their turn to read to Atlas each week. “A lot of times they don’t even need a reminder,” she said, “as soon as they see my face they know that I’ve come to get them and they run for their book boxes.” Grade 3 Student Kalan Bell is one of the students in the current six-week program at Prairie Waters. In that time, Lehmann said he has made huge steps. The biggest change is in his willingness to read aloud in class. Beyond his reading abilities, Bell has also faced and overcome his fear of dogs. Davis said that Bell “was scared of dogs when he started but now he pets Atlas, feeds him and shakes his hand.” Bell still prefers to sit in a chair when he reads instead of cuddling with Atlas like many of the other kids do when they read.

From left: Prairie Waters School Grade 3 Student Kalan Bell, reads to Atlas, a five-year-old rescue dog and his owner Sheldon Davis. Atlas and Davis were at the school for the Chestermere Therapy Dogs Society’s Reading Tails program. Photo by Jeremy Broadfield

All the students’ love reading to Atlas who loves listening to them. “Atlas loves his kids and looks forward to every visit,” said Davis. When they volunteer, Davis said Atlas becomes very excited. “On the days he knows we’re coming listening…he gets so excited,” said Davis. “That morning as soon as the alarm goes off he’s up and beside the bed just wiggling and…ready to go,” he said. Atlas sticks close to Davis to be sure that he doesn’t leave for the school without him. Another benefit of volunteering is that Atlas, who has some anxiety troubles of his own, also receives some therapy. Atlas’ anxiety problems manifest mainly around adults and strangers, which can cause him to shake as he enters the school. He settles right down as soon as the kids arrive to read. “He gets as much out of it as the kids get out of it,” said Davis. When the students find out that as a rescue dog Atlas was alone as a puppy and has his own fears and anxieties just like them they become very caring. “They get very protective of him and go out of their way to make him feel loved and safe,” said Davis. Those feelings of safety and care stay with Atlas for the day. “He smiles, wags and prances around the house like he’s King for the day,” he said. Lehmann said that the kids are really proud to be in the program. “When they get to come back into the class, the pride that they get to take in being able to say I got to participate… There’s just so much enthusiasm and joy that comes from it,” said Lehmann.


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Avid skateboarder Nathan Hermann, 13, is hoping that soon he will be able to quench his thirst with a new water fountain that he proposed for the Chestermere Skate park. His proposal for the fountain was the winning entry in the 2016 Dave Mikkelsen Award for Youth. “I’m pretty happy,” he said. Hermann wrote in his application that he loves to hang out at the skate park and it would mean a lot to him to be able to help upgrade the park. Chestermere’s Mayor Patricia Matthews that it is always hard to select one winner from the entries they receive each year. “Youth in Chestermere are extraordinary thinkers and some of the most impactful projects we’ve had in this community, like the bike park and skateboard park, have come from them,” she said. She was impressed with Hermann’s entry. “Mr. Hermann is someone who uses the skateboard park and was forward thinking enough to tie a need for water from the users to a way to keep plastic bottles from littering up the park,” said Matthews. Hermann attended the Feb. 21 meeting of city council to accept the $1,0000 award From left: Former Chestermere Mayor Dave Mikkelsen congratulates this year’s Dave Mikkelsen Award for Youth winner Nathan Hermann. which will go towards the Photo by Jeremy Broadfield cost of installing the water

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Yearly inspections aim to improve safety in Chestermere By Jeremy Broadfield Every year, Chestermere Fire Services (CFS) completes commercial fire inspections on all existing and new businesses in Chestermere to ensure compliance with the Alberta Fire and Building Codes. “At the end of the day what we’re really looking for is to make sure that these places are safe for residents and firefighters,” said Chestermere Fire Capt. Joel Fournie. When conducting an inspection, firefighters are looking to ensure that in an emergency anyone in the building can safely exit it or safely mitigate the emergency. This can include checking the location of exit signage, fire extinguishers, pull stations and other safety and fire suppression systems. The inspections also help firefighters familiarize themselves with the buildings and businesses in the city. “If we are to respond to a commercial structure fire, knowing the building really helps us formulate our strategy,” said Fournie. This knowledge can allow firefighters to take the quickest and safest routes into a building to access things such as electrical panels in an emergency. Each of the four duty crews take about a quarter of the businesses in the city and complete the inspections as they

have time over the course of the year. “I think its really positive that we’re engaged in that,” said Fournie. “We like being out, learning about each business, being seen in the community is really important,” he said. The platoons are periodically switched around which helps to build a complete institutional knowledge of the structures in Chestermere. Fournie said that on most inspections any infractions they find are quite simple such as storing combustible materials under an electrical panel. “For one that’s a fire hazard,” he said, “and two, if we need to get into that electrical panel we need space, we’re wearing big gear.” He said that firefighters need three to five feet of space to maneuver when wearing full protective gear. The also check to make sure that fire exits are unobstructed. “It’s making sure again that people are able to get out,” he said. When infractions are found, Fournie said that they try to focus on education and working with the business owner to get them up to code rather than enforcement and fines. “We don’t want people to be scared, we’re there to help you along,” he said.

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Bitter and Twisted The tippling world is awash in a cocktail renaissance, with fancy cocktail bars springing up left and right, usually staffed by bearded bartenders that would not look out of place in a 1920s speakeasy. While your intrepid liquor reporter would welcome a revival of the 1920s fashions like flapper dresses and jazz music, for the moment at least, we will have to make do with fancy cocktails. No fancy cocktail would be complete without a dash of bitters, a widely misunderstood ingredient. The origin of the word cocktail goes back to the early 1800s, describing a new tipple comprised of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters. For those not entirely clear on exactly what bitters refers to, read on for enlightenment. The history of bitters goes all the way back to ancient Egypt, where medicinal herbs were infused in clay jars of wine. However, bitters did not really take off until distilled alcohol became readily available in the Middle Ages, when it was discovered that alcohol made an excellent solvent for extracting and concentrating botanical essences. While bitters were traditionally used as a cure-all tonic for every malady from indigestion to constipation, they did not truly find their niche until pioneering bartenders started using bitters to flavour cocktails. Perhaps the most famous brand is Angostura Bitters, named for the Venezuelan city of Angostura, now known as Bolívar City. Angostura Bitters were invented as a cure for seasickness, and were prescribed to sailors on extended voyages. As Angostura Bitters made their way on merchant vessels to England and North America, it was not long before the queasy sailors began to enjoy a few drops of bitters in their rum rations, which soon evolved to increasingly complex concoctions in the barrooms and taverns of port cities. Modern bartenders reach for bitters the same way a gourmet chef reaches for bottles in a spice rack, and the portions are close to the same. Bitters are often added to cocktails with an eyedropper, as any more than a drop would be excessive. While Angostura Bitters are still popular after two centuries, the beardo hipsters in today’s cocktail bars are equally likely to be serving locally produced craft bitters, sometimes even made from scratch in the back room of the bar.

Your humble narrator has amassed a collection of craft bitters, with assorted flavours and aromatics containing every botanical influence under the sun, with the one unifying factor being the overwhelming bitterness. The process of making bitters is quite simple, generally starting with a neutral spirit such as vodka, then infusing herbs, spices, barks, rinds, and dried fruits in a jar for several weeks. The result is then strained and filtered for clarity, and generally bottled in 50-100mL bottles. The Sazerac is perhaps the most famous cocktail to use bitters, made from rye whiskey, sugar, bitters, and just a dash of absinthe. If dancing with the green fairy is not your thing, stick to the Old Fashioned, made from whiskey (usually bourbon), simple syrup, bitters, and a dash of soda water. You may remember the Old Fashioned as the drink of choice for stylish mobsters in Prohibition-era movies, and it has remained popular to the present day. While cocktail bitters are concentrated enough to be only used a drop or two at a time, several European countries produce digestive bitters, generally consumed in tiny glasses after a meal. A few common examples of digestive bitters include Jägermeister from Germany, or Campari from Italy. These bitters are commonly served after a large meal to aid digestion, and served neat or over ice. However, due to their strong flavours, digestive bitters have also found their way into cocktail recipes. Your humble narrator was recently on one of those Internet dates at an Italian restaurant, and knocked back a Negroni cocktail or two before my date arrived. Made from equal parts Gin, Campari, and Sweet Vermouth, the Negroni cocktail was invented in a caffè in Florence back in 1919, and quickly spread throughout Italy and around the world. While the craftier incarnations of cocktail bitters are available at fancy booze merchants or artisanal markets, the mass-produced bitters such as Angostura and Peychaud’s can be found at your local supermarket. Whatever your taste, ask your favorite bartender for a fancy cocktail suggestions and you will be exposed to different bitters in no time!

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To Nurture Meaning I enjoy talking to teenagers about what they want to do when they graduate. At first many say they are not sure. Maybe they want to attend a school, or work for a company, while others feel the pull to become entrepreneurs. However there is one common theme that eventually emerges in our conversations - teenagers want to do something good. They want to make a difference. They want to change the world for better and leave their mark. They, like many of us, begin their journey with a goal in mind: to find meaning. I hear similar stories from teachers, repair shop owners, moms, cooks, engineers, and farmers. Each began their vocation with a passion for using their skills to do something good for others. We’ve all met kids who say that they want to be a doctor or veterinarian because they want to help people or animals get better. We often begin our journey with others in mind - a generosity of purpose that drives us towards new and inspiring goals. The trouble is this, according to Walter Brueggemann: in our consumer culture, “every human endeavour is monetized.” In other words, we turn people into a product. Doctors, teachers, mechanics, restauranteur, and hair stylists become commodities. We judge them based on their productivity and market value, not on the meaning they bring. Since we judge others by this standard, then we put ourselves under the same light. We begin to believe that we are only as valuable as the work we do, the stuff we make, or the next performance evaluation we face. We see ourselves as a commodity and the cycle continues. There may be another way - a way that involves a return to meaning. Neighbourly

relationships, care for our community, loving others, faith, hospitality, and living generously may seem like quaint ideas, but they are so much more. It is out of these rich and meaningful values that goodness emerges. Much of what we long for and deeply aspire to become is reflected in the beautiful stuff of life that money cannot buy. You cannot buy a caring neighbourhood from a home builder, you cannot buy a loving marriage from a jeweller, you cannot buy faith from a church, and all of our dreams will not be met on voting day. Meaning must be nurtured by us and together as a community. There are several ways we can nurture meaning again in our community. The first is to see the people behind the service being provided to you, to truly value the barista, the mechanic, and the nurse. The second is to view your life not as a series of transactions, but as a growing and connected set of relationships. Having coffee with a political leader, your kid’s teacher, or a neighbour will go much farther than writing a letter demanding that they fix this, teach that, or stop their barking dog. The third way to nurture meaning is to open up our lives to allow the mistakes and imperfections of others. When we do so we become people of grace and grace begins to free us from anger, anxiety, and self-centeredness. May we be the kind of community that offers grace to our politicians, to our dentists, to our plumbers and our child care workers. May we remind them that they began their work with meaning and that they are worth more than what they do. May we nurture meaning in our own neighbourhoods and in our own homes; remembering that we cannot buy what is most valuable and needed in our city.

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Health & Wellness Submitted By Dr Dan Chen. LakeMed Clinic Is prenatal care important? Yes! You can help make sure that you and your baby will be healthy by following some simple guidelines and by checking in with your doctor throughout your preg-nancy. What will happen during prenatal visits? After you find out you are pregnant, you should make an appointment with your doctor. On your first visit, your doctor will start by talking to you about your medical histo-ry and how you’ve been feeling. You’ll be weighed and have your blood pressure taken at every visit. On your first visit you’ll also probably have a pelvic exam to check the size and shape of your uterus (womb), and if needed, a Pap smear to check for signs of cancer of the cervix (the opening of the uterus) and cultures to check for infec-tions. Urine and blood tests may be done on the first visit and again later. Urine tests are done to check for bacteria in your urine, high sugar levels (a sign of diabetes), and high protein levels (which can be a sign that you are at risk for preeclampsia, a type of high blood pressure in pregnancy). Blood tests are done to determine your blood type and to check for: • Low iron levels (iron deficiency anemia) • Certain infections, including HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis • Your immunity to varicella (chicken pox) and rubella (German measles) You may be offered screening tests called FTS (first trimester screening) or MSS (maternal serum screening). This screening is to assess the risk that your baby may have for neural tube defect, Trisomy 18, or Down Syndrome. If you will be over the age of 35 at the time of delivery of your baby, or if you have some specific risk factors or a positive MSS test, you may also be offered an amniocentesis or CVS (chorionic villus sampling). Often an ultrasound may be done around 18 weeks to help figure out when your baby is due, or to check on your baby’s organs and health and the position of the placenta in your uterus. Sometimes ultrasounds are used to follow the baby’s growth. Other tests may be needed if you or your baby are at risk for any prob-lems. Warnings — “Don’t do this, don’t do that” You’ve probably heard all the old wives’ tales, but here are some warnings worth heeding: • Don’t smoke. Smoking raises your risk for mis carriage, premature birth, low birth weight, and many other problems. • Don’t use drugs. Cocaine, heroin, and marijuana i ncrease your risk of mis-carriage, premature birth, and birth defects. If you use drugs, your baby could be born addicted to the drug you’ve been taking.

Don’t drink alcohol. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is the major cause of birth defects that could be prevented, including fetal alcohol syndrome and mental slowness. • Don’t clean your cat’s litter box, or eat raw or undercooked red meat. You could get toxoplasmosis, a disease that can cause birth defects. • Don’t sit in the sauna or hot tub. This raises your risk of miscarriage and birth defects by raising your body temperature. • Don’t douche; it can cause risks while you’re pregnant. • Be careful how much Vitamin A and Vitamin D you take daily: • Vitamin A – don’t take more than 3000 IU • Vitamin D – take at least 1000 IU How much weight should I gain during pregnancy? About 25 to 35 pounds. If you don’t weigh enough when you get pregnant, you may need to gain more. If you’re very heavy when you get pregnant, you may need to gain only 15 to 25 pounds. Pregnancy isn’t the time to diet! It’s best to gain about two to three pounds during the first 12 weeks and about a pound a week after that. Talk to your doctor about how much weight to gain. What should I eat? What you eat feeds your baby, so choose healthy foods and skip the junk. You need about 300 extra calories each day. Be sure to include the following in your daily diet: • Four or more servings of milk or dairy products, to give you and your baby enough calcium to help keep your bones strong • Five to ten servings of vegetables and fruit • Five to twelve servings of breads, cereals, rice or pasta • Two to three servings of meat, fish, poultry, dried beans, eggs, or nuts • At least six to eight glasses of liquids You can find more information from Canada’s Food Guide from Health Canada. There are a few foods that you should be more careful about eating while you are pregnant. • Meat, eggs, and fish that are not fully cooked could put you at risk for an in-fection, so make sure you cook these foods all the way through. • Some types of fish have high levels of mercury, which could hurt your baby. Do not eat more than 2 or 3 servings of fish per week (including canned fish). • Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish, which are most likely to have high mercury levels. • There are two types of canned tuna: “light” (usually skipjack) and “white” (usually albacore). If you eat

canned tuna, make sure it is “light” tuna, which has less mercury. It is safe to have 350 grams (12 ounces) per week of canned light tuna, about two or three tins. Eat no more than 170 grams (6 ounces, or one tin) per week of albacore tuna or tuna steaks. • Do not drink unpasteurized milk or eat unpasteurized milk products. Soft cheeses such as Brie, feta, Camembert, blue cheese, and Mexican-style cheeses such as queso fresco may have bacteria that can cause infections. • If you drink coffee or other drinks with caffeine, such as pop, do not have more than 1 or 2 cups each day. • It is okay to use artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (some brand names: Equal, NutraSweet) and sucralose (brand name: Splenda) while you are pregnant, but you should use them in moderation. If you have the genetic disease called phenylketonuria, or PKU, you shouldn’t use aspartame at all. • Wash all fruit and vegetables. • Keep cutting boards and dishes clean. • You can get all the nutrients you need through what you eat. However, your doctor may suggest you take prenatal mineral and vitamin pills that include: • Iron, to help protect you against anemia • Folic acid — especially early in pregnancy, or even before you get pregnant — to help prevent your baby from having neural tube defects (serious prob-lems with the brain and spinal cord) There are programs to help women access financial help during pregnancy to en-sure a good diet. Talk to your family doctor about what’s available in your ar-ea. Is it okay to take medicine?

The Chestermere Anchor City News Check with your doctor before taking any medicine, including ASA (an example is aspirin). Even medicine you can buy without a prescription can cause birth defects, especially during the first three months of pregnancy. Many drugs can be taken safely when you are pregnant but it is always wise to check with your doctor or pharmacist first. For specific concerns you may want to contact MotherRisk at Acetaminophen and many other medicines are safe. If you take prescription medi-cations, talk to your doctor before stopping them. It’s just to keep medical problems well controlled and so that you and your doctor can figure out what to keep taking and what can be stopped. How long can I keep working? This depends on whether you have any problems with your pregnancy, what kind of work you do, and if you’re exposed to anything at work that could harm your baby. For instance, lifting heavy objects or standing for long periods can be hard on you. Radiation, lead, and other heavy metals, such as copper and mercury, could be damaging. Working in front of a computer screen is not thought to be harmful to your baby. What about exercise? Unless you have problems in your pregnancy, you can mostly do the exercise you did before you got pregnant. You may feel better if you’re active. Some women say staying fit during pregnancy makes labour and delivery easier. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Walking and swimming are great choices. If you didn’t exercise before pregnancy, start slowly. Avoid anything that could injure you or your baby. Avoid getting too hot and drink plenty of fluids to replace your body’s losses from sweating. It’s best to avoid anything that could cause you to fall, such as water skiing or rock climbing. It’s also best to avoid contact sports such as basketball or soccer. Is it okay to have sex? Yes, unless your doctor believes you’re at risk for problems. Don’t be surprised if you’re less, or more, interested

in sex. As you get larger, you may find you need to try different positions, such as lying on your side or being on top. If you have oral sex, tell your partner not to blow air into your vagina. This could force air inside you, which could cause an air embolism. Air embolisms can cause permanent brain damage and even death to a pregnant woman and her baby. What can I do to feel better? Here are the most common discomforts of pregnancy and some tips for handling them: Morning sickness. Nausea or vomiting may strike anytime during the day (or night). Try eating small, frequent meals, and avoid greasy foods. Keep crackers by your bed to eat before getting up. Other tips include eating cold foods or to avoid smelling foods as they are cooked. Talk to your doctor if morning sickness lasts past the first three months of pregnancy or causes you to lose weight. On the posi-tive side, women with lots of morning sickness rarely miscarry. Tiredness. Sometimes being tired in pregnancy is due to anemia, so tell your doc-tor. Get enough rest. Take a daytime nap if possible. Leg cramps. Gently stretch the calf of your leg by pointing your toes upward, to-ward your knee. Constipation. Drink plenty of fluids. Eat foods with lots of fibre, such as prunes and bran cereal. Don’t take laxatives without talking to your doctor first. Stool softeners are safe. Use only fibre laxatives such as Metamucil and Prodiem. Hemorrhoids. Don’t strain during bowel movements. Try to avoid becoming consti-pated. Take several warm soaks (sitz baths) a day and use hemorrhoid ointment if needed. Urinating more. You may need to void (“pee”) more often as your baby grows be-cause he or she will put pressure on your bladder. This can’t be helped and is nor-mal. If it burns when you void, see your doctor. Varicose veins. Avoid clothing that fits tightly around


| March • 02 • 2017 | your legs or waist. Rest and put your feet up as much as you can. Move around if you must stand for long peri-ods. Ask your doctor about support or compression hose. Moodiness. Your hormones are on a roller coaster ride for nine months. Plus, your life is going through a big change. Dont be too hard on yourself. If you feel very sad or think about suicide, talk to your doctor. Skin changes. Stretch marks appear as red lines on your skin. Lotion can help keep your skin moist and may help reduce the itchiness of dry skin. Stretch marks really can’t be prevented but they often fade after giving birth. Other skin changes may include darkening of the skin on your face and around your nipples, and a dark line below your belly button. Staying out of the sun or using a sunscreen may help lessen these marks. They’ll probably fade after you have your baby. Heartburn. Eat small meals often. Avoid spicy or greasy foods. Don’t lie down right after eating. Ask your doctor about taking other treatments. Yeast infections. The amount of discharge from the vagina increases during preg-nancy. But yeast infections, which can also cause discharge and itching, are more common during pregnancy, so it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor about any discharge that doesn’t get better after treatment. Other infections: Your doctor may offer to test you for germs called group B strep-tococcus (GBS) when you are about 36 weeks. A sample is taken from your vagina and rectal area for the test. Babies can catch GBS from the birth canal and get very sick, although it is quite rare. If you test positive, you will be given antibiotics during labour. If you or your partner has genital herpes, talk to your doctor. The risk of passing herpes to your baby is small. If you do not have herpes but your partner does, do not have sex when your partner has a herpes sore. Use a condom during sex while you are pregnant. Talk to your partner about taking medicine for herpes. Abstain from oral sex if your partner has cold sores. Bleeding gums. Brush and floss regularly, and see your dentist for cleanings. Don’t put off dental visits because you’re pregnant and be sure to tell your dentist you’re pregnant. Stuffy nose. This is related to changes in the levels of the female hormone estro-gen. You may also have nosebleeds. Avoid decongestants. Edema (retaining fluid). Rest with your legs up. Lie on your left side while sleeping so blood flows from your legs back to your heart better. Don’t use diuretics (water pills). See your doctor if you have: • Blood or fluid coming from your vagina • Sudden or extreme swelling of your face or fingers • Headaches that are severe or won’t go away • Nausea and vomiting that won’t go away • Dizziness • Dim or blurry vision • Pain or cramps in your abdomen • Chills or fever • A decrease in frequency of your baby’s movements • Burning or less urine when you void • Any illness or infection that doesn’t go away • Been experiencing abuse • Anything that bothers you References from the patient education material of AAFP and CFPC.


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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017 FORD WITT WINS 3rd PROVINCIAL WRESTLING TITLE Ford Witt, Chestermere’s one man wrestling dynamo, defended his ASAA Rural Wrestling Championship, this past weekend, held in Edson. He wrestled 3 matches, in the 56 kg. category. All three matches ended early with Ford holding a ten point superiority. Ford to earned his second consecutive Provincial Rural Championship. He is now preparing for the final school event of his illustrious career, the overall ASAA Provincial Wrestling Championship. Ford will also defend the overall championship he earned last year. These championships will be held at Bishop Grandin High School, in Calgary, on March 10-11th.

LADY LAKERS INVITATIONAL CHS hosted our 34th annual Lady Lakers Invitational on February 23-25. It was an outstanding weekend of basketball, with both of our teams finishing second, against a tough McCoy team from Medicine Hat. Thanks to all the parents who supported the tournament. Thanks, as well to all fans who attended games. SUPPORT OF WHEATLAND CRISIS SOCIETY The Lady Lakers added a charity component this year as part of the 34th Annual Lady Lakers Invitational. Both the JV and Varsity team agreed that it is important to give back to the community. The girls chose the Wheatland Crisis Society, as it helps families in time of need and services our area. After consulting the Crisis Society about their needs, the teams decided on the yoga pant/sports bra theme as it fit right in with athletics. 78 pieces were collected throughout the tournament, as well as cash donations. We are proud that we are able to help, in a small way, families in crisis. JV GIRLS BASKETBALL

The JV Girls had an outstanding tournament, this past weekend, finishing 2nd at the 34th annual Lady Lakers Invitational. The team won their first three games of the tournament defeating Crescent Heights, Eagle Butte and Brooks. In the final, the girls were up against a powerhouse team in the McCoy Colts. The team had lost to them by 35 a month ago, so we looked forward to the re-match and a chance to prove that we are an improved team. McCoy was very physical and the girls had to really step up their game. Down by only 12 in the 4th quarter the girls lost by 19. Although not happy with the final result, the team and coaches were happy with the effort and the toughness shown. This game will help the team prepare for playoffs coming up. Player of the Game t-shirts were awarded to Jenna Merhi, Emily Baker, Paula Krizaic and Carley Smigel. Tournament all-stars were Carley, Jenna and Shae Doughty. This week, the girls are in league playoffs with games at Chestermere on Wednesday and Friday, and, hopefully, in the finals, on Saturday, in Cochrane. SENIOR GIRLS BASKETBALL The Lady Lakers took on their 4A rivals, Foothills Composite, on Wednesday. The team had lost twice to them earlier in the season but came out strong in this game, posting a 55-32 win. Scoring was Kasey Haasen with 12, Camren Longstaff with 10. Cole Isbister and Liv Armstrong each chipped in with 9 points. Next the Lady Lakers hosted their Invitational Tournament on the weekend. The first game was an 81-31 victory over Olds. Scoring leaders were Kasey Haasen with 25, Noah Harris with 10 and player of the game, Katie Smith, with 10. The next game was against Strathcona Christian and the Lakers earned a 64-51 victory. Kasey led scorers with 15, while Cole Isbister. Player of the Game, Natalie McKernon, added 12 points. The team then played McCoy from Medicine Hat and lost to the strong 3A team by a score of 68-54. Kasey Haasen was again high scorer with 23 points and Cadence Meszeros had a strong game with 8 points and was named Player of the Game. The All-Stars for the tournament were Kasey , Natalie and Camren Longstaff. The Lady Lakers start their quest for a banner this week with divisional playoffs on Thursday and Saturday.

JV BOYS BASKETBALL The JV Lakers were idle last week. They hope to wrap up the season with a deep playoff run. Their first playoff game will be on Wednesday, March 1 in the Wilson gym at CHS against Springbank at 7:45. The team would love your support. SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL The Varsity Boys did not play, this past weekend. The boys will host Springbank on Tuesday, Feb. 28 in quarterfinal playoff action and an opponent TBA on Thursday. With two wins they will qualify for their 6th straight league championship game, on Saturday, in Cochrane. The Lakers hope to have a great week of playoff basketball.

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Chestermere Girls Compete in the 2017 Show Jumping Event in Guatemala Submitted by Dan Gretener Last week(Feb.12-Feb.19) six girls from Alberta travelled to Guatemala to represent Canada at the CSI Guatemala 2017 Show Jumping event, one of the premier show jumping events in Central America. Our Canadian team consisted of 6 girls, Rachel MacKay, 10, Calgary, Charlotte Macmillan Reeve, 10, Calgary, Meghan Kellie Atherton, 17, Wainwright, Karissa Enders, 17, Chestermere, Serenity Enders, 10, Chestermere and Kristin Gretener, 13 of Chestermere and their coach Tannis Rae Skinner-Guillen. Chestermere was well represented and proud to be a part. All the girls rode horses that were drawn Monday evening. Of the horses drawn Kristin’s got the most attention due to his name “Hamburger”. Everyone got a laugh out of that. On Tuesday the girls travelled to 3 different farms close to Guatemala City where the 3 younger girls got to meet and ride their horses. At the end of the day the three older girls made it to the show grounds where they met their new mounts and had a test ride. This ride was limited to about 20 minutes and only 7 jumps, that was all the prep allowed before competition started on Wednesday. Prior to their actual competition they were allowed another short warm up of about 20 minutes. This in itself speaks of the skills these girls possess as a number of those they were competing against were riding their own horses that they had trained on for months or years. Competition started on Wednesday and continued through to Saturday. The Canadian Team put on a great show with a number of podium finishes and good rides throughout. At the end of it all Team Canada claimed Second next only to the host team, Guatemala. As for Hamburger, he turned out to be a pretty solid horse, putting Kristin on the podium and making sure she placed in all her rounds. In addition to the competition the girls got to experience the Guatemalen culture with a little bit of sightseeing and exploring between competitions. Meeting riders from other countries and making new friends had to be one of the highlights of the trip. On Saturday evening during the farewell banquet the girls were presented with their trophy for their second place finish. Not only did these girls represent Canada well on the podium they also were wonderful ambassadors portraying their country. Many thanks to the coach Tannis Rae SkinnerGuillen for her organization and coaching throughout this adventure.

Team Canada, CSI, Guatemala, 2017

Kristin Gretener aboard Hamburgo S

Courtesy Kimberley MacMillan-Reeve

Courtesy Guatemala News

Charlotte MacMillan-Reeve 1st place




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Provincial News

Hello Chestermere! I am excited to announce that Brian Jean will be hosting a town hall in April to discuss the results of the PC leadership race and what that will mean in terms of unity, and moving forward to a crucial and necessary change in Government in 2019. We will keep you posted as the details Leela Sharon Aheer roll out, and we look forward Wildrose MLA to seeing you there. Wildrose is the beating heart of Alberta’s conservative movement and to my mind the obvious leader is Brian Jean. Brian has announced that he is willing to step down as Wildrose leader and run for the leadership of a single principled conservative party. Albertans deserve leadership that understands Alberta and the momentum towards 2019 is building. If Albertans choose unity, and it seems that this is the direction that a large percentage of Albertans want to go, then we need to put our egos aside and bring this family together using Wildrose grassroots principles. On the education front, I was astounded as I read that these groups are calling for defunding independent schools: Public Interest Alberta Progress Alberta Alberta Teachers’ Association Public School Boards Association of Alberta Edmonton Public school board Support Our Students (SOS)

CUPE Alberta CBE Staff Association CUPE Local 40 CUPE Local 474 CUPE Local 3550 Unifor Local 52A Calgary and District Labour Council Edmonton and District Labour Council I am totally amazed at the short sightedness of associations trying to restrict your choice. Here are some facts. An article by Mark Milke points out that in 2014-2015 alone independent schools saved the taxpayer $168 million and an astounding $750 million over the previous 5 years. How? The government funds children in independent schools 70% of the instructional grant only. That means that each student is funded at about $5,000 plus some discretionary grants schools can apply for. Compare that to $13,000 per student in the public and Catholic systems. Maybe someone could explain to me how the public system would be able to handle 30,000 more children at double the current cost, hire extra teachers at union rates which are well above the salaries paid by most independent schools, provide supports for teachers, spaces to house these new students, and provide necessary programs that may not be offered in mainstream school. Could someone please explain to me how this will will help this Government fulfill their (broken) election promises to reduce class size,

eliminate public school fees, increase supports in the classroom, and feed our kids at lunch time? The math does not work! Remember, parents pay exactly the same taxes regardless of where their children are educated. Alberta families want choice in education. They want maximum parental involvement, and they want a say in where their education tax dollars are going. Tax dollars are for all of us not just some of us. Education, and choice in education should never be determined through politics. These groups are now playing games with the education of our children. We must preserve choice in education and we want government to be accountable to Albertan parents. While I was pleased to read that Minister Eggen is not pandering to these groups at the moment by giving into their demands, Albertans will be following very closely. To the energy file: I hope you had a chance to read the article by Rick Bell on the carbon tax this week. He states that 6 out of 10 Albertans believe that pipelines would have been approved without the carbon tax. That is because Albertan’s are smart and savvy, and understand that the formula of professed social license plus carbon tax slush fund does not equal pipeline approvals. We will not be bought with our own money, and I can assure you no amount of money is going to save this Government in the next election. As always, we love to hear from you.



Drinking Habits: A Stage West Review By Sarah Papke A journalist, hopelessly in love, disguises as a priest, who disguises as a nun, who disguises as a bishop – all just to be near the women he loves. This is the sort of multi-layered, hysterical mistaken identity you get in Drinking Habits, a farce comedy playing at Stage West Theatre Calgary. Set in the Convent of the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing, the only actual needlework going on is in the audience when they are in stitches with laughter. Two religious sisters, living in a small convent with a seemingly oblivious head nun, are responsible for the sewing and mending of religious garments. However, recognizing that the meagre funds they collect from their pains are insufficient to support the convent financially, they come up with a closeted plan of their own that will keep the convent doors open. While secretly brewing illicit vino and selling it the locals, the sister’s only problem is hiding it from Mother Superior, who happens to consider wine to be the devil’s drink. However, as expected, when mixing secrets and wine, something has to spill eventually. The Sister’s award winning beverage has garnered the attention of a couple of local reporters who are tasked to break the story regarding the source of the mystery drink. The journalists, one career-driven and the other hopelessly in love, will go to any lengths to make front page news. At the same time, Rome has sent a letter to the convent advising them of the immediate arrival of a visiting sister to their humble abode. This spurs on anxiety that the tiny convent is at risk of being shut down. The paranoia that spies are in the midst quickly makes way for accusations and disguises aplenty. Unfortunately, all this attention makes it difficult to cover up the hidden winery from Mother Superior, especially because it is located right under her nose. The ending is impossible to predict and offers pieces to a puzzle the audience did not even know existed. Everyone is working to reconnect with long lost relatives and old flames while members of the clergy busy themselves with trickery – albeit with good intentions. Secrecy mixed with wine always make for interesting confessions – but in this convent – you must be careful whom you confess to. Using common Christian stereotypes, this drama includes (drunken) buffoonery and horseplay alongside comically improbable situations. The result is an enjoyable, entertaining and humorous night out at the theatre. Drinking Habits by Tom Smith is playing at Stage West Calgary until April 16. \

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Baby Storytime Wednesdays at 2:00 pm Drop in for Baby Storytime. This program is designed to appeal to babies and toddlers. Self Check-Out Have you tried our self check-out station? Just scan your Library card and enter your PIN. From there you can check out books or check the status of items out on your account. If it won’t allow you to check out items, just come to the desk. It likely means we have something on hold for you. Gentle Yoga Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm Join certified yoga instructor, Elann Anderson for this $5.00 drop-in program of gentle movement and yoga poses. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Stories to Go! Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45am on March 7 and March 21 Join us for special storytimes at Waiting Room Café, 101, 288 Kinniburgh Blvd. Knitting & Crocheting Tuesdays at 7:00-8:00 pm Grab your needles and yarn and meet us at the Library. All skill levels welcome. Novel Book Club Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 pm The Novel Book Club meeting is Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 pm. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is the book for discussion. Drop-In Pre-school Storytime Fridays at 10:15-10:45 am Stories and songs for pre-schoolers. 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. This Week Thursday March 2 7:00pm Novel Book Club - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Monday March 6 12:00-1:00pm Gentle Yoga Tuesday March 7 7:00-8:00pm Knitting & Crocheting Wednesday March 8 12:00-1:00pm Gentle Yoga 2:00pm Baby Storytime Friday March 10 10:15-10:45am Drop-in Pre-school Storytime 12:00-1:00pm Qi Gong Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 am — 9:00 pm Friday 10:00 am — 5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Chestermere Public Library 105B Marina Road Chestermere, Alberta T1X 1V7 403-272-9025

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NM $5.00 Field Trips Only: 8 Trips – M $480.00 / NM $520.00 (pre & post care extra) CRCA PRESCHOOL CAMPS An opportunity for little ones to have a summer daycamp experience! Ages 3 - 5 years 9:00 am – Noon Chestermere Rec Centre Games, activities, crafts, outdoor play and lots of fun! “WILD WILD WEST” July 12th & 14th “CIRCUS CAMP” July 26th & 28th “JUNGLE FUN” August 9th & 11th “ANIMAL PLANET” August 16th & 18th Cost for 2 day camp: CRCA Members $60.00 Non Members $85.00 CHESTERMERE MIND BODY & SPIRIT EXPO 2017 Sat March 18TH 10 – 4 pm No Cost to Attend! Chestermere Rec Centre (201 West Chestermere Drive) Do you want to feel better and healthier on all levels - physically, mentally, and spiritually? The Expo showcases products, services, and resources for your optimal health & well-being. Experience our Positive Well Being Interactive Room for All Ages and discover a range of skills to help you enhance and preserve your Mental Well Being and learn more about Healthy Eating! Participants will be energized, empowered and educated through interactive displays and activities. If you a relevant service or business and would like to participate, please email recreation@chestermerecrca. com. OUTDOOR SOCCER FOR 2 – 8 YR OLDS May & June CRCA has partnered with Sportball for Preschool Soccer for Ages 2 – 4 CRCA has partnered with Junior Champions for Soccer for 5 – 8 yr olds Check out our website for more info: www.

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Groups & Clubs

Chestermere Events

FREE Lunch & Learn Workshop on The Importance of Fitness As We Age: Join Gord Dewar, Physiotherapist from Chestermere Lifepath Wellness to learn the pitfalls of a sedentary life, fall prevention, the benefits of physiotherapy and the importance of fitness as we age. March 2, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM The Whitecappers Association 201 E Chestermere Dr, All are welcome!! Contact Karen at 403-207-7026 for more information.

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

2017 Chestermere Seniors’ Week, Celebrating 55 +

FREE - MONEY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPS Money Management workshops will help you learn: money management strategies, how to create a budget, ways to build your saving, and ways to pay down your debt to rebuild your credit. For further information, or to register, please contact Olimphya Elizondo at 403-207-7079 or Please note: childcare is available upon request. Date Time Topics March 28 6:30pm - 8:30pm Assets-Build your future April 25 6:30pm - 8:30pm Consumerism-Decide for yourself May 30 6:30pm - 8:30pm Credit-Take charge of it Hope to see you! FREE: COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PROGRAM Need a hand to prepare your tax return? Volunteers can help you prepare your income tax and benefit return if you have modest income and a simple tax situation. Suggested Income level: one person $30,000 one person with one dependant $35,000 (add $2, 500 for each additional dependant) couple $40,000 (add $2,500 for each dependant). To book an appointment please contact CRC at (403) 207-7079 or by email at Chestermere Community Football Association would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 @ 7pm. The meeting will be held in Meeting Room 2 at the Chestermere Recreation Centre. We look forward to seeing you! Chestermere Historical Foundation Meetings and Programs 2017 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.

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

The Rotary Club Of Chestermere 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:

Events at The Waiting Room

The Walking Connection

March 2 : join us for a craft evening ( knitting , crochet , sewing ) at Waiting Room Cafe from 5pm to 7 pm . No fee or Registration required just bring your own supplies . March 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 . March 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 . March 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 , March 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 . March 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 . March 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 . March 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 . March 24. Community Table Top Games Night from 5-8pm. Bring your favorite game or play one of ours . No Registration or fee required. Free family and friends event . March 30 . 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 .

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 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 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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Real Estate Wills & Estates Matrimonial


Monterey Square 201, 2230 68 Street NE Calgary




Let Our Team of Professionals Take Care of All Your Business Needs

No Obligation Hearing Consultations


Chestermere Plaza 106A 300 Merganser Dr. West Located Behind the Pharmacy

Phone: 403.930.3330 #102, 120 John Morris Way, Chestermere

Professionals - Trades - Consultants - Retail - Small & Medium Businesses

Lorli J.S. Dukart

Chestermere Langdon

Lawyer & Notary (403) 216-6837


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• $45.00 Flat Rate to Airport • Pre-bookings available • Transportation to Calgary

Call “Happy” 587.834.5000


#21, 41 Chelsea St. N.W. Calgary

Will Make House Calls And Hospital Visits

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AADL WCB DVA “Private”

Oasis Medical Centre - Chestermere Oasis Medical Centre - East Hills

403 668 - 7776

Tony Southwell Chiropractor


...and a little bit of everything else! Mon - Fri -9am - 8pm Sat 9:30am - 6pm Sun/Hol 10am -5pm 209 - 175 Chestermere Station Way

403 207-2006

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Long Term Vacations / Business Trips / Family Vacations / Care Services for your home available Relax and unwind, Zara Skye give you peace of mind. Insured / Bonded


Bay C 124 East Chestermere Drive

Chris & Amanda Hale 587-578-SKYE (7593)




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House Cleaning Are you looking to have your house cleaned? I’m looking for clients for weekly or biweekly cleaning. Please call Jennifer for a quote 403-617-8095.

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We are the owners of the Chestermere RE/MAX Office. We are agents who each have over 24 years of experience selling homes in the Chestermere Area. Doug has sold over 300 homes here, 78 lakefront. Marjorie has sold 156 homes, 44 lakefront. We waterski, sail, fish, swim and xcountry ski on the lake. We know why Chestermere is a great place to live because we have lived here 25 years! When you choose us, you get us, not an assistant or a less experienced team member. Call today! Doug 403-975-1776 Marjorie 403-909-7975.

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Investment Strategies; One-on-One Advice. Melodie L Kindret, CFP® Financial Advisor .

100 Rainbow Road Suite #203 Chestermere, AB T1X 0V2 403-235-4006

Member – Canadian Investor Protection Fund

Martin Shields, Member of Parliament Bow River Constituency Strathmore office info: 129 – 2nd Ave – Box 2070, Strathmore, AB T1P 1K1 T: 403-361-2980 Fax: 403-361-2989

MP Shields

Horoscope - Salome's Stars

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WEEK OF March 06

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’re correct to want to help someone who seems to need assistance. But be careful that he or she isn’t pulling the wool over those gorgeous Sheep’s eyes. You need more facts. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your Bovine optimism soon will dispel the gloom cast by those naysayers and pessimists who still hover close by. Also, that good news you recently received is part of a fuller message to come. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Feeling jealous over a colleague’s success drains the energy you need to meet your own challenges. Wish him or her well, and focus on what you need to do. Results start to show in mid-March. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You’re likely to feel somewhat Crabby these days, so watch what you say, or you could find yourself making lots of apologies. Your mood starts to brighten by the weekend. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your pride might still be hurting from those unflattering remarks someone made about you. But cheer up, you’re about to prove once again why you’re the Top Cat in whatever you do. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A misunderstanding with a co-worker could become a real problem unless it’s resolved soon. Allow a third party to come in and assess the situation without pressure or prejudice.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Call a family meeting to discuss the care of a loved one at this difficult time. Be careful not to let yourself be pushed into shouldering the full burden on your own. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) An upcoming decision could open the way to an exciting venture. However, there are some risks you should know about. Ask more questions before making a commitment. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Personal matters need your attention during the earlier part of the week. You can start to shift your focus to your workaday world by midweek. Friday brings news. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You’ve been going at a hectic pace for quite a while. It’s time now for some much-needed rest and recreation to recharge those hardworking batteries. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) This is a good time to upgrade your current skills or consider getting into an entirely different training program so that you can be prepared for new career opportunities. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Keep a low profile in order to avoid being lured away from the job at hand. Focus on what has to be done, and do it. There’ll be time later to enjoy fun with family and friends.

BORN THIS WEEK: You can be a dreamer and a realist. You dream of what you would like to do, and then you face the reality of how to do it.

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