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Acclaimed local playwright wraps successful tour Andrew Kooman’s anti-trafficking production back in Red Deer for second run BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express


t’s been quite the milestone year for local playwright/author Andrew Kooman. He has enjoyed tremendous success with his play about the battle against human trafficking called She Has A Name which has been featured across Canada over the past several months. The production has another run in Red Deer next month at the Scott Block, where it was first presented back in March of 2011. Burnt Thicket Theatre, in partnership with Raise Their Voice Against Injustice opened the play earlier that month in Calgary’s Epcor Centre as well. The play runs Oct. 2-6, with curtain at 7:30 p.m. There is also a matinee on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. “Personally, it’s really special to bring it back to my hometown,” he said. “People in Red Deer and Central Alberta have been so supportive of the show. I’m so thankful for all the support, so to able to finish it here feels right.” A talk back panel is set for Oct. 6 following the matinee show at about 3:45 p.m. Confirmed panelists include Rachel Hansen, India Field Director, Mission of Mercy Canada; Norma, a survivor and board member of CEASE and Brian McConaghy, founding director of Ratanak International. She Has A Name, directed by Stephen Waldschmidt, provides insight into human trafficking in South East Asia. The story is based on an incident in Thailand where a storage container transporting more than 100 people ran out of gas and was abandoned. About 50 people lost their lives. That tragedy was a kind of a trigger for the plot which is the story of Jason, a Canadian lawyer who is fighting to build a legal case against a human trafficking ring in Thailand. His investigation focuses on ‘Number 18’, a prostitute working in a Bangkok brothel whose testimony could make or break the case. Can he win the trust of 18 and convince her to risk her life to testify for the sake of justice? Kooman, who works at Red Deer College as a public relations consultant, has long been passionate about social issues such as the impact of war, poverty, and the AIDS pandemic, to name a few. He first began work on She Has A Name in 2008. Staging it and taking the production on the road has been an enormous undertaking, but he’s grateful for the opportunities to share the work and for the conversations it has stimulated. “All along the way

INTENSITY - Actors Evelyn Chew and Carl Kennedy from local playwright Andrew Kooman’s production of She Has A Name rehearse a scene from Kelsey Krogman photo the play, which deals with the horrors of human trafficking. it’s been a faith journey because it’s hard to produce theatre. So really, it’s a ‘pinch me’ sort of feeling that it has happened, and that there is interest beyond this tour. That’s exciting, too.” Performances were also held in Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Montreal, Halifax, London, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton and Kelowna. “It’s a huge accomplishment for us to have independently produced this play that has touched people across the country.” He said the actors’ performances are also incredibly moving and it’s not unusual for the cast to receive a standing ovation after the shows. “At the end of a show, a lot of the time, people don’t know what to do. They want to clap but don’t want to. People say they are deeply affected by it – they are emotional. They’re angry, they’re filled with both hope and despair. It’s a drama of deep hope and despair for people. It’s a testament to the director and the actors that very often, there’s a spontaneous and enthusias-




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tic response from the audience once they know that they can clap when it’s over. I’d say the best part is that deep, personal response from people.’ Kooman travels internationally to write and partners with non-profit organizations to teach on writing, creativity and identity. He has a gift for showing the realities many in the world face while pointing readers to practical ways they can help make a difference. In early 2011, a book was released featuring stories by Kooman chronicling the plight of migrants and refugees in Malaysia. He wrote 26 pieces for Disappointed by Hope: 30 Days of Prayer. Although the stories are fictionalized for confidentiality reasons, they are based on actual accounts, case studies and interviews of refugees. He is heading back to Malaysia at the end of the year to work on a second edition. And even though he’s had his hands full with She Has A Name and his RDC job, he’s written two more plays dealing with social justice issues. The first, Delft Blue, is about the Nazi occupation of Hol-

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Budget increased for Centrium expansion The ENMAX Centrium expansion continues, however the original projected completion date at the end of October has been extended and the budget has been increased by $1 million. Reasons for the delayed completion resulted from improvements to the new structural design and a complete upgrade to the originally planned mechanical systems to im-

prove airflow and ensure the comfort of the guests occupying the expansion area, officials have said. “We are disappointed in the delay,” said John Harms, chief executive officer and general manager at Westerner Park. “But following a thorough review, we determined the changes needed to be made to the original design to ensure an enjoyable guest experience.”

Progress has been made, crane and concrete work is completed, the new kitchen construction has been completed on the lower level, the elevator shaft has been installed in the lobby, and the new washrooms in the Parkland Pavilion are also complete. Through the efforts of the contractor and Westerner Park staff, the ice was back in and ready for the season opener on Sept. 21st.


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Red Deer College releases five-year strategic plan Providing details about plans for the future, Red Deer College released a five-year Strategic Plan recently. Entitled ‘A Learner-Centred Future’, the plan was first presented to faculty and staff by RDC President and CEO Joel Ward. “We listened very closely to our community both within RDC and throughout Central Alberta and have responded to the passionate and insightful input from so many who care about the future of the College,” said Ward. “The RDC of 2017 will continue to serve our learners by offering expanded programming including more degrees. Leadership, excellence and innovation will be the hallmarks of how we operate in delivering relevant programs leading to careers, and personal growth for our learners.” The five-year plan was developed through a unique collaborative process that brought together key stakeholders across all College departments and divisions to give input, reflecting the diversity and viewpoints of RDC.

Then, starting last December, 20 groups were formed from RDC staff and faculty who sought input from more than 800 Central Albertans about what the strategic direction of RDC should be over the next five years. “We clearly heard from the community that the Red Deer College of 2017 should be known for engaging students in applied, innovative and real world learning,” said Dr. Gerry Paradis, associate vice president of strategic planning and research at RDC, who helped to facilitate the overall process of developing the plan. “We’re so grateful for the community’s input and role in setting our vision for the next five years at RDC.” Faculty say the RDC of 2017 will be a comprehensive post-secondary institution in Central Alberta with an academic reputation that positions the College as one of the top post-secondary institutions in the province offer-

ing certificates, diplomas, advanced skills training and degrees. Ward said that at the centre of all that RDC does is the learner and by focusing even more on students through this new Strategic Plan, RDC is emphasizing their commitment to graduates who, as full partners in their education, will be autonomous, competent and recognized for their capacity to apply their learning to make a difference in the communities where they live and work. “We have always strived to deliver the best education possible and this plan ensures that we remain on that course and will be the post-secondary institution of choice for learners.” To check out the complete document of ‘A Learner-Centred Future,’ you can visit - Weber for more information.


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POLICE BRIEFS MAN ATTACKED ON QEII NEAR INNISFAIL Police are looking to locate those involved in a vicious attack on a Central Alberta highway last week. On Sept. 20th shortly after 7 p.m., the Innisfail RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit was dispatched to a fight in progress in the northbound lanes of the QEII Hwy. just north of Bowden. According to witnesses, several males were observed fighting with another male on the shoulder of the highway. Prior to police arriving on scene, the suspects fled. As a result, a 28-year-old male suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance by hospital. Police are looking for two vehicles that witnesses observed leaving the scene. One vehicle is described as a black Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck with four younger male occupants. A second vehicle is described as a black Nissan Maxima or Acura with three to

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four male occupants. Police have yet to determine what led up to this altercation but believe alcohol is a factor. Anyone who may have witnessed the event or who has information with regards to the suspects is asked to contact the Innisfail RCMP at 403-343-4135 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

CITY MAN CHARGED AFTER BIZARRE INCIDENT A man has been charged after a domestic assault took place in south Red Deer last week. On Sept. 19th at 6:51 a.m. Red Deer City RCMP responded to a complaint of a domestic assault in south Red Deer. RCMP members arrived on scene to find a female being dragged beside a moving vehicle and saw a male pull the female into the vehicle. The RCMP members pursued the fleeing vehicle

south of the City. The offending vehicle, a pick up truck towing a utility trailer with a quad on it, slowed to approximately 20km/ hr where the female victim was able to jump from the moving pick-up truck. The pursuit continued down a dead-end road and into a field. The truck stopped in the field and the driver attempted to flee on the quad, however, he was apprehended by RCMP members. The accused has seven outstanding warrant and the trailer and quad were determined to be stolen. In total, the amount of stolen property recovered was approximately $100,000. There were no injuries as a result of the collision or pursuit and the man and woman were known to each other. Mark Belisle, 31 of Red Deer has been charged with one count of dangerous driving, one count of flight from police and four counts of possession of stolen property. He also had seven outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest.

MAN CHARGED AFTER HIGHWAY CRASH A Lacombe man is facing charges of drunk driving after a highway crash took place over the weekend. Matthew Lawrence Engelman, 24, has been charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing bodily harm as well as refusing to provide a breath sample. These charges stem from a two-vehicle collision which occurred north of Sylvan Lake on Hwy. 20 at the Aspelund Rd. on Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. It is alleged that Engelman’s vehicle crossed the centerline and struck another truck head on. The driver of the second vehicle, Randy Pinch, 41, of Breton, Alberta was airlifted from the scene via STARS Air Ambulance to the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton and is currently in a coma listed in critical condition.

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More cases of West Nile virus infection confirmed BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Following confirmation of several new human cases of West Nile virus (WNv) infection in the past few weeks, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is again urging Albertans to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause West Nile Non-Neurological Syndrome (formerly known as West Nile fever). Occasionally it can cause the more serious West Nile Neurological Syndrome. Seven human cases of WNv infection have been reported in Alberta this season, including the province’s first case announced Aug. 21. Since that date, AHS has released weekly, updated West Nile virus case numbers for Alberta. This will continue through the end of season. “By releasing case information, we hope to remind Albertans that West Nile virus is still around and that we should all still be taking the precautions we always recommend,” says Dr. Gerry Predy, AHS senior medical officer of health. “Our advice to all Albertans remains consistent: wear insect repellent with DEET; wear long-sleeved, light-coloured shirts and pants; wear a hat and consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.” Four cases have been reported in the province’s South zone. There have also been single cases reported in the Calgary zone, the North Zone and the Central Zone.

West Nile virus was first isolated in 1937 in the West Nile district of Uganda. Since then, there have been outbreaks in Egypt, Israel, South Africa and in parts of Europe, Asia and North America. Officials say there are 44 species of mosquitoes in Alberta and that of these, the Culex tarsalis has been identified as the species most likely to carry and transmit the virus from infected birds to people and horses. The breeding season of the Culex tarsalis runs from mid-June to September. Some people who become infected with non-neurological syndrome show no symptoms at all. However, symptoms that could occur can include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, skin rash, swollen glands and headache. For the small number of individuals who do develop the neurological syndrome, infection can lead to tremors, drowsiness, confusion, swallowing problems, high fever, unconsciousness, paralysis and even death. For more information, visit or call Health Link Alberta toll-free at 1-866-408-5465 (LINK).

THANK YOU RED DEER FOR SUCH A GREAT 50TH YEAR! At this time we would like to acknowledge some of those people that made the 2011 campaign such a success: To all the volunteers that help out at the Christmas Bureau and work tireless hours at our fundraisers so we can continue to do what we love. To our families and friends that help in the time of need when we need someone to stand in the cold at a fundraiser, to drive around to collect toys and take care of the house and family while we are helping others, we love you!

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To all the people who generously donate money and toys, this means so much. Zed 99, KG Country 95.5, Kraze 101.3, Big 10, 106.7 the Drive, The Red Deer Advocate and The Express for all their media coverage and support. We couldn’t do it without you! Special thanks to Bev and Ron Poffenroth and Family, the Wessel Famly and also: Parkland Mall

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OPINION Alberta Culture Days It’s time to focus our attention on the world of arts and culture as the province marks Alberta Culture Days Sept. 28-30. Red Deer organizers have plenty in store for local residents to check out, all in an effort to emphasize just how important arts and culture are to our everyday lives. One way the Red Deer Alberta Culture Days committee is planning to do that is by holding a ‘day without art and culture’ on the day prior to the slate of events running Sept. 28-30. The full title of the designated day is Imagine a Day Without Arts and Culture, and organizers point out that the goal is to help show folks how deeply entrenched the arts are in day-to-day routines. Some of the ideas they’ve come up with include blacking out the beautifully-crafted ghost statues that mark so many places across the downtown area. Essentially, the goal is to encourage people to consider how bland and colourless the world would be without the richness and vitality of art. And sadly, artistic programs are often amongst the first casualties in times of economic restraint. Flipping on the TV, looking at photography, paintings, or the graphics on a computer game are all examples of someone’s spark of creativity. Imagine no landscaping, storytelling, drawing, books, posters, acting, symphonies, novels, festivals or architecture – the list goes on and on.

After the day without art and culture, of course, comes the days packed with samples of the arts. Everyone is encouraged to get out and enjoy a range of activities including the session entitled Tell Your Story: Writing Your Family Stories. One is set to run at the Dawe branch of Red Deer Public Library on Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. and another on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. The ‘Community on Mainstage’ concert runs Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. on the Arts Centre mainstage. The Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival downtown on Sept. 29 with several artists brightening up the downtown area with their intricate chalk designs. The Central Alberta Retired Teachers Association Art Show and Sale runs Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. in the Pioneer Lodge, and the Culture Show and Art Exhibit also is set for Sept. 29 starting at noon in the Scott Block Theatre downtown. Family at Mainstage runs Sept. 30 on the Arts Centre mainstage as well. It runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free with a donation to the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund or the local food bank. For more details about what’s happening, check out the Red Deer Culture Days facebook page, or visit and click on the ‘find events’ link. Opportunities like this – to enjoy local samples of the arts – are important times to see what the community is up to when it comes to stirring up creative energies.

Canada’s younger generation facing declines in standard of living Canada’s economy has more than doubled in size but many of us aren’t feeling better off. That’s why the Occupy slogan ‘We are the 99 per cent’ captured so much attention a year ago. It reminds us that the richest one per cent of Canadians make 14% of total income, and absorbed more than a third of income growth in the last 15 years. But the slogan is incomplete. The change in prosperity is also generational. On average, Canadians who got in the housing market by the mid-70s (newly retired, or retiring soon) have been big winners. Compared to 55 to 64-year-olds in the mid-70s, they enjoy wealth that has risen by around 200%, in large part because housing values have increased


KERSHAW dramatically over their adult lives. But what’s been good for a generation heading into retirement has been bad for their kids and grandkids. The typical 25 to 34-year-old working fulltime today must save for 10 years to put away a 20% down payment for housing in an average school district. That’s twice as long as was required for the typical young worker a generation ago, even though today’s down payment often purchases a smaller yard, a

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Condo, or requires a longer commute. Young people’s wages are losing ground, despite the fact they have more postsecondary education than previous generations. After adjusting for inflation, two young people still bring home little more than what one breadwinner often did in the mid-1970s. Generations under age 45 are squeezed: squeezed for time at home and squeezed for money because they pay higher student debts and housing prices with lower wages. And when they choose to have kids, they are squeezed for child care services, which remain in short supply, and often cost the equivalent of another mortgage. The slogan ‘We are the 99 per cent’ sheds no light on this generational squeeze,

unless it is accompanied by a commitment from Boomers to help their kids and grandkids champion a better policy deal. In the mid-70s, 30% of seniors were poor in our country. Because Canada has a history of building pension and medical care policy to our socioeconomic circumstances, we have wrestled down the poverty rate among seniors to around 5% – lower than rates for any other age group in the country. It is in large part because of this policy legacy that my grandmother is not poor today! And it is also why my parents, inlaws, aunts and uncles have a reduced risk of economic insecurity compared to those approaching retirement a generation ago. It is also time to adapt policy again for a genera-

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tion facing declines in their standard of living. Problem is, markets for wages and housing are difficult to influence. While policies can create minimum wages and some social housing are important, they do little to help the typical 38-year-old today who has debt that is more than 100% of household income because of housing and tuition costs. A generation ago, the norm was around 40%. So we must look to other mechanisms that will reduce time and income pressures as younger Canadians start careers and homes. There are solutions: better benefits for new moms and new dads would ensure that it doesn’t cost younger generations the equivalent of a second mortgage when parents split time at home before

a child is 18 months; $10/ day child care would mean parents don’t pay another mortgage for services on which they rely to have enough employment time to keep up with the rising cost of living. And since the federal budget asks younger Canadians to work longer before claiming Old Age Security, changes to employment practices would free workers to have an extra few hours a week at home each year before they retire. These concrete solutions to the generational decline merit more attention as Canadians aspires for a fairer distribution of our national prosperity. Dr. Paul Kershaw is a policy professor at the University of British Columbia. His column is distributed through


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Letters to the editor

The ongoing and polarizing issues of bike lanes and flouride The Red Deer Bike Lane Pilot Project. It’s everywhere. In the news, online and around the water cooler. People either love them or hate them. Never before has the City been so polarized in its opinion on one singular subject. Or has it? I propose a comparison. An equally important issue that, historically, generates the same kind of passion as the bike lanes. The difference being, this issue doesn’t seem to elicit the same fervor of citizen involvement. The issue is fluoride (or, more accurately, hexafluorosilicic acid). I would like to compare four distinct ways that these issues parallel. 1. Reckless City spending of your tax dollars. I have read that the Bike Lane pilot project will cost upwards of $800,000 to implement and perfect. Comparatively, fluoride seems cheap at $75,000 per year. But when you look deeper you can see that is not the case. Since water fluoridation in Red Deer

began in the 1950’s, we have been washing, watering, showering and cooking 99% of the chemical down the drain. How’s that for wasteful? 2. Inconvenience. Red Deer citizens have made it clear that they do not like to be inconvenienced by taking away lanes previously designated for vehicles. Comparing this item with the fluoride issue frames that inconvenience as an issue of health. Excessive fluoride exposure is well known to cause many health issues, including a painful bone disease (skeletal fluorosis), discolouration of the teeth (dental fluorosis), and has been linked to a range of other chronic ailments including arthritis, glucose intolerance, gastrointestinal distress and thyroid disease. Inconvenient, huh? 3. Percentage of population usage. Bike Lane detractors state that the percentage of those using the bike lanes is disproportionate to the percentage of au-

CitySpeak CINDY This week, Express reporter Erin Fawcett has asked Councillor Cindy Jefferies questions regarding how the City can have an impact to help combat obesity.


Summer provides the opportunity to reflect on the work of council, what have you been thinking about this summer? “Last fall I attended the National Recreation Summit on behalf of AUMA, three trends were identified as big concerns for society -- obesity, poverty and equitable access to services and facilities,” said Jefferies. “Personally, I have been focused on regular exercise and eating a healthier diet this summer - so I have been thinking a lot about obesity rates in our society. I continue to think about one of the stats I heard at the summit. Did you know that in the U.S., for the first time ever, this generation is expected to have a shorter life span than their parents - because of obesity and inactivity? I would like to think that as Canadians we are healthier than that, but we are not far behind the U.S. We have to change our mindset; we have to increase our activity levels. Cities have a critical role to play in reversing these trends.”

The City offers lots of recreation opportunities, but are there other ways the City can have an impact on obesity rates? “Yes- definitely, and coincidentally we are working on many of them already. Through the Movement Study we are looking at ways to make our City more walkable. We are also looking at cycling and our bike lane pilot project is an important piece. We are encouraging more people to cycle by providing the opportunity, making it safer and raising the awareness of the need to share the road with cyclists on our streets,” said Jefferies. “We can also make a difference with better community design guidelines and standards - creating more walkable streets and better connectivity for pedestrians. Good street design and street-scaping also encourage people to walk. Having a good transit service also impacts obesity - transit riders walk to and from their stops and on average lose 10 pounds a year just by taking the bus.”

Are there other changes you think we can make that will have an impact on obesity rates? “Our school boards are already encouraging healthy eating, daily physical activity, and they are trying to promote walking to school, but the provincial infrastructure policies for building schools need to change to really allow our community to encourage students to walk to school,” said Jefferies. “Today many students are bussed to schools clear across the City due to school of choice policies, current provincial infrastructure policies and the lack of funding for new neighbourhood schools. While it makes sense to fill schools up to increase utilization rates, the unintended consequence is the impact on walkability and ultimately on obesity rates and the health of our children. “This is important work for us to do as a community. We all have a role to play and choices to make.”

tomobiles using the same stretch of road. The drivers have, since the implementation of bike lanes, lost the ability of lane choice. This comparison, when framed within the fluoride debate, illustrates the fact that Red Deer citizens have no choice in the matter of fluoridated water, either. The freedom of personal choice is a fundamental right, and should not be taken away. 4. It’s dangerous. The City of Red Deer has implemented a project that may be deemed dangerous, in some ways, to the very citizens it wishes to protect. I think the parallel here is obvious. Citizen involvement should stretch far beyond lines painted on the road. As the final step in their campaign to educate council and citizens on fluoride and fluo-

ride additives, the City of Red Deer recently presented a Fluoride Information Speaker Session at the Sheraton Hotel. Dr. James Beck and Dr. Digby Horne presented important information pertinent to the health and well being of every citizen. For those who weren’t able to attend the Speaker Session, and subsequent Q&A and Debate, it was videotaped and will be available for viewing on the City of Red Deer web site. If you value your individual choice as a free and democratic Canadian citizen, please consider researching this issue, and letting City council know your views. Now is the time for action, the decision is imminent and citizen input is crucial.

Diane Hermary Red Deer

Kudos to Alberta Health Services Thank you to the following amazing people who helped me after I fell and broke my hip. Unit 35 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital was the experience of a lifetime for an 80-year-old woman after an unfortunate accident. Dr. Karbyl, “surgeon extraordinaire” and the brilliant team he has trained. Dr. Odendaol who visited me every day I was in hospital and left nothing to chance. The nurses who looked after me and saw to my every need. The physical therapists who worked with me every day; giving me muscles that I was quite proud of. The occupational therapists who were very helpful and the continual testing to

see how they could help me. The recreational therapists who kept my mind and body alert. The domestic engineers who kept Unit 35 spotlessly clean. The social worker that alleviated problems facing me. Unit 35 is an amazingly well run unit for seniors; it works like a well-oiled machine. I feel lucky to have had the chance to experience poetry in motion when it comes to excellent health care. My best regards to all of the friends I made over a seven week period that was a much better experience than I would have ever anticipated.

B.J. Smith Red Deer

Winter space needed for club With the obesity issues going on with our youth and the couch potatoes created by the video gaming world it was refreshing to find out there were other options for kids who were not interested in sports. When my son told me about Knight Haven it really peaked my interest in signing him up. This organization is a real time role playing fun time for all ages. The kids learn about times like the renaissance, Viking era, the crafts and history of the times. They have battles with soft weapons (which the kids seem to like the best) and have to earn their way up ranks to wear certain armour and climb the ladder to knighthood. What the kids haven’t figured out yet and parents of the organization love is the fact the kids are learning history as they enjoy the play.

While listening to the leader give the kids the weekly updates last meet I came to hear the club does not have an indoor space to hold the winter battles in Red Deer. You see the club leaders are from as far away as Edmonton and Calgary to come to Red Deer every week to provide this type of club to our children. (The club welcomes adult members as well). There are just over 30 members in Red Deer and as the club becomes more well known, I have no doubt the membership will climb. When you child comes home saying they absolutely loved something, as a mother I thought writing this letter was the least I could do to try and find them a place for the winter meets.

Angie Garcia Red Deer

WE WANT READER INPUT Letters to the editor are welcomed by the Red Deer Express. We attempt to publish a cross section of opinion and letters criticizing or praising our writers or content. However we reserve the right to edit every letter if necessary for length, taste, clarity and to eliminate inaccurate or libelous statements. We prefer short concise letters, but will run letters unedited (for length) to a maximum of 250 words. Anything

over this is subject to cutting. To be considered for publication letters must contain the name, address and phone number of the writer. We publish the letter writer’s name and home town at the end of the letter. Please send your letters by fax to 347-6620, email to editor@ or mail to Editor, #121, 5301-43 Street, Red Deer, AB, T4N 1C8.

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UNLEASH THE POSITIVE POWER OF SPORT Sports Day in Canada is back for its third year on Sept. 29 and the City of Red Deer invites residents to unleash the positive power of sport. With only 7% of Canadian children and youth meeting Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines of 60 minutes per day and only 15% of adults getting the recommended 150 minutes per week of activity, sport offers a fun way to get moving. “Learning the value of sport and physical activity at an early age helps develop individuals who continue to remain active throughout their lives,” said Rob Meckling, community and program facilitator. “This is a great opportunity for Red Deerians to try different activities and learn about what is available to them in the community from sport organizations.” To celebrate Sports Day, local sport organizations will be on hand at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre and Collicutt Centre with different activities for all ages. There is no cost for participating, and residents will also find demonstrations and information about ways to get active in our community. The program runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and a complete schedule of events is available at Residents who are unable to attend are invited to wear a jersey, team or club uniform to school, work or play on Jersey Day on Sept. 28. CBC Sports, ParticipACTION and True Sport are the national sponsors of this event, with CBC Sports broadcasting from communities throughout the day. For more information about Sports Day in Canada, visit For more information about the Sports Day in Canada at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR FINALISTS The Red Deer Chamber of Commerce announced the 2012 Business of the Year finalists recently. An adjudication committee comprised of local business leaders selected eight finalists from more than 40 nominees in this annual celebration of business excellence. In the one to 15 full-time equivalent employees category, the finalists are: 360 Fitness, Big Bend Market and The Bra Lounge. For the 16-49 full-time equivalent employees category the finalists are McLevin Industries Inc., Nexus Engineering & Machine Inc. and The Redwoods Retirement Residence. In the 50 or more full-time equivalent employees the finalists are Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites and Westerner Park. Businesses are nominated by the public and Chamber volunteers interview nominees to develop material for the adjudication committee. Winners of the 2012 Business of the Year Awards will be announced at the annual gala, to be held at the Red Deer College Arts Centre on Oct. 17. Tickets are available online at or at the Chamber office, 3017 Gaetz Ave.

CLOSURES ON 32 ST. AND 40 AVE. Phases 3 and 4 of the 32 Street road improvements are underway. Southbound traffic on 40 Ave. will be required to find alternate routes for travel as the south side of the intersection of 32 St. and 40 Ave. will close to traffic. Work on the intersection is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, weather permitting. Residents are reminded to

watch for construction signage, and expect delays at this location. The contractor is taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of the worksite and the patience and cooperation of motorists and residents is much appreciated.

CITY ASSUMES OPERATION OF LIONS CAMPGROUND Online and telephone reservations at the Lions Campground will not be accepted for the remainder of the season after The City terminated the existing contract under which the campground was operated. The City of Red Deer will assume direct operation of the Lions Campground until it closes Oct. 1. “The campground is still open for business; we simply aren’t taking any online and telephone reservations. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis until the end of the season,” said Deb Comfort, Neighbourhood Facilities & Community Development Supervisor. All current reservations will be honoured, and drop-in customers will be accommodated as space is available. Payment will be restricted to cash or credit card purchases. The Lions Campground customer service booth will be open from 5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week with overnight security provided from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. For more information about the Lion’s Campground, call 403-342-8183 or visit

MEDICINE RIVER WILDLIFE CENTRE’S FUNDRAISER Announcing the official launch of Medicine River Wildlife Centre’s most ambitious fund raising campaign ever. Come visit the staff and volunteers on Sept. 29th, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bower Mall. This extensive display will feature the Centre’s new car with its beautiful vehicle wrap featuring Otis the Owl and Charlie the Porcupine. Also, there will be the sale of the 2013 calendar /raffle with this year’s raffle prize being a Great White Shark Adventure off of San Francisco. The Facility Upgrade Project plans and design. The Centre is applying for $1 million dollars in both federal and provincial grants but needs the support of the community it serves to raise the matching funds to complete these major improvements. Last but certainly not least, Otis the Owl will be available to sell and autograph his newly published children’s books. For more information contact Carol at 403-728-3467 or at


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New Hill community celebrates centennial year The turn of the last century was a dynamic time in Central Alberta’s history. The steady ow of new settlers into the region turned into a veritable ood. In May 1905, the Red Deer Land Titles OfďŹ ce recorded the largest percentage increase in homestead entries of any land ofďŹ ce in Canada.


DAWE As the available land near the burgeoning Town of Red Deer was taken up, the new settlers began taking up homesteads farther out. Those who liked open prairie land headed east. Those who preferred forested areas, with its plentiful supply of wood for building materials, fuel and shelter, headed westwards. Many of those who were attracted to the west country were Scandinavians who were used to that kind of countryside in their former homes. Several came directly from Norway, Sweden and Denmark as well as Iceland and Finland. Others had initially settled in such places as Minnesota and Wisconsin and then headed to the new frontier of west Central Alberta. A number settled southwest of Sylvan Lake and Eckville. A particularly favoured area was north of the Raven River. So many Swedish settlers chose land in the district that it became known as Nya Bachen, a Swedish phrase meaning new land or hillside. However, in 1908, when a post ofďŹ ce was established, the postal authorities decided to use New Hill as the name

instead of Nya Bachen. The story of John Falk, the ďŹ rst postmaster, indicates some of the challenges faced by these early pioneers. He had to walk 23kms south to Markerville to deliver and pick up the mail. This trip had to be made once a week, regardless of the weather. By 1911, there were enough families in the district that a decision was made to build a school. Nels Linneberg got the contract to construct the building for $600. However, even with money being worth much more than it is today, the sum was very low. Hence, Mr. Linneberg, with his helpers John Holmgren and John Lauder, used ďŹ eldstones for the foundation. Floor joists were made from hand-hewn tamarack, while hand-hewn spruce was used for the studdings. Once the schoolhouse was ďŹ nished in 1912, it quickly became the community centre, as well as the place where the settlers’ children were educated. Hence, many dances, socials, church services and meetings were held there. The early years were hard and cash was very short. The early settlers faced the backbreaking work of clearing the land and creating their ďŹ rst ďŹ elds and pastures. However, many were excellent craftsmen who were able to erect snug log homes that were so well built that some still stand today. Moreover, most were excellent gardeners, which helped keep food on the table. Several were skilled dairymen. The ‘cream chequesâ€? that they got at Markerville and other local creameries proved a welcome source of cash in the early days. The challenges of creating a new home in a frontier area built a very strong sense

CELEBRATION - Pictured here is the Holmgren/Linneberg Family at Nya Bachen – New Hill, 1912. Helmer, Austin, Holmfrid and Selma Holmgren, Ollie Olson, Henry, Nels, Ture, Freda and Photo courtesy of the Red Deer Archives mg-308-094 Alice Linneberg. of community and helping one’s neighbours. The New Hill Ladies Club was created when two women dropped by to visit a neighbour who was suffering from a broken leg and they decided to organize a group to help the community and their neighbours. In 1918, the residents created the New Hill Telephone Company to provide phone service. This was later reorganized as the New Hill Mutual Telephone Co. Power arrived just after the Second World War with the creation of a rural electriďŹ cation association. Conditions began to change dramatically in the 1950s. In 1950-51, one of the very ďŹ rst oil wells in West Central Alberta was

drilled on the farm of Henry Linneberg. Soon, there was a great deal of oil patch activity in the district. As the roads improved, there were changes to the school. First, the schoolhouse was moved to a new location and put on a cement foundation. In 1956, the New Hill School closed and the students were bussed to Condor and Spruce View. After the school closed, the schoolhouse was converted into a community centre. Thus, the strong community spirit continues. So does the well-earned pride in the wonderful success of the pioneer families in turning a frontier wilderness into a magniďŹ cent agricultural heartland.





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fyi EVENTS The Red Deer River Naturalists are pleased to host a Fall Social starting at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27th at Festival Hall. The fall social replaces the banquet which the club usually hosts in the fall. The highlight of the evening will be a humour-filled presentation by nature comedian and storyteller, Al Batt of Minnesota. Bat is a writer, speaker and humourist. He has written for a number of magazines and books, and has written for movies and hosted TV shows. He has received numerous awards for his humour and conservation work. He provides clean humour with a message. The cost for the evening is only $20 and includes refreshments, including wine (one glass included in ticket price) and delicious homemade desserts. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time at Kerry Wood Nature Centre (403-3462010) or by calling the RDRN office at 403-347-8200. The 15th annual harvest for the community growing project for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank runs Sept. 28 at a 170-acre barley crop located south of Ponoka on Hwy. 2A, at the Spruce Road turnoff. Things get underway at noon with a barbecue, and everyone is welcome. The project is part of the Winnipeg-based Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s mission to ship food and cash to needy countries. Each year, the amount raised is matched four to one by the Canadian International Development Agency. For more information, call Larry Henderson at 782-5218. Ruined Escape Plan and Underside Pattern perform Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at Slumland Theatre (4732 – 50th St.) Proceeds go to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Tickets are $10 at the door, and there is a $7 pre-sale as well. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the bands hitting the stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are being sold at the Red Deer Public Library, and it’s an all-ages show. As part of the Alberta Culture Days festivities in Red Deer on

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Sept. 28-30, Central Music Festival will be se set up in the lobby of The Scott Block lobby from noon to 5 p.m. to sell CDs by local musicians. This is an opportunity for you to get your product out in front of the public when the whole city will be busy celebrating local artists and arts groups. We’ll sell them for you. We’ll have a table set up for you meet, greet and sign your CDs for your fans. We’ll even have room for you to perform a tune or two if you want to. You can drop them off in advance Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at: City of Red Deer Culture Services, 3827 - 38 St. Please mark the selling price on your merchandise. Central Music Festival will take a 10% sales commission that will be put

a Smile comes from “the fleeting moments of vulnerability in our daily encounters - a word, a smile, a glance, a smell. Life spins by. One more moment in time is what we all ask for. It is as radiant as the sunshine – as transparent as the glass I work with - as warm as the paint on the canvas.” In the Blink of a Smile runs until Oct. 20. A reception will be held on Oct. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of Red Deer’s First Fridays. The Harris-Warke Gallery is situated in Sunworks in downtown Red Deer at 4924 Ross St. For more information contact Paul Boultbee at 403-597-9788. Young Cambodian Dancers from Place of Rescue in Cambodia will present a program entitled HOPE

average four to five sing-outs monthly. We welcome anyone to take part. 403-346-7316. The Learning Disabilities Association – Red Deer Chapter is accepting registrations for ongoing multi-disciplinary tutoring, oneon-one developed specifically for learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD and other conditions. Contact Carmen at 403-3403885 or by email at programs@ for more information. Visit Meat draw every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Red Deer Elks Lodge. 403-346-3632. Join us as we celebrate the launch of a new book of essays edited

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Visit us at toward the Central Music Festival Society’s operating budget. Ecole Camille J. Lerouge School is hosting the Fifth Annual Aquathon, (1.5 km run, a 300m swim, then another 1.5 km run, a lead up to the triathlon), for Middle School students. This race has traditionally proven to be very successful as it includes anyone who is willing to try it. Camille hosts it in the fall to pull together the end of triathlon season and cross-country running. There will be approximately 75 students, 50 from Camille and 25 from St. Francis. It will be held at the Dawe Centre on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. The Harris-Warke Gallery announces its next exhibit, In the Blink of a Smile, works by Red Deer artist Andrea Simpson. Known primarily for her stained glass work, Andrea combines some glass pieces as well as works on canvas in this exhibit. In the Blink of


at Deer Park Alliance Church on Oct. 4th at 7 p.m. Admission free; donations gladly accepted. The Red Deer Legion Pipe Band is actively recruiting experienced and inexperienced people from the Central Alberta area who are interested in joining the Band. Anyone with piping or drumming experience, or if you would like to learn piping or drumming, are asked to please contact us at 403-782-7183. Practices are held at the Red Deer Legion on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Do you have an interest in singing for seniors? The Tony Connelly Singers celebrate their goal by preparing 10 programs each year filled with oldies, newer music, sing-a-long and instrumental highlights with a friendly, easygoing atmosphere. We practice from 9:30 to 11 a.m. each Tuesday morning, September to June at the Downtown House Seniors Centre and

by RDC faculty members Dr. Heather Marcovitch and Dr. Nancy E. Batty. Mad Men, Women, and Children: Essays on Gender and Generation focuses on the women and children of the TV show Mad Men, two groups that are not only identified together in this period but are also beginning to gain political and social rights in the sixties. Mad Women on Mad Men takes place on Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the | North Nook, RDC Library RDC faculty Dr. Nancy E. Batty, Joan Crate and Dr. Heather Marcovitch will each read from their essays that are published in the book. The event is part of Library’s Homegrown series, which offers faculty the opportunity to connect with the wider community outside of the traditional classroom setting. The event is free and open to the public. Thursday night dances continue at the Golden Circle on Sept. 27. Admission is $7. Everyone

is welcome. 403-347-6165. The fifth annual Scrabble Benefit presented by GrammaLinkAfrica runs Sept. 28 at the Golden Circle (4620 47A Ave.) Registration is at 1:30 p.m. - play at 2 p.m. Play for fun, complimentary tea/ coffee and cookies, silent auction. Register for pledge forms by contacting Merla at or phone 403-342-5670. All proceeds donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support the African Grandmothers raising their orphaned grandchildren. Tax receipts issued for any donation or pledge over & $20. For further information contact Faye at ca or phone 403-343-1881. Tools For Schools Africa Foundation (TFSAF) is holding an event on Sept. 27th where people can enjoy wine, chocolate, dessert, door prizes and a wide arrangement of jewellery. The money raised will go towards educating girls in Ghana, keeping them in school and providing opportunities for them to get a post-secondary education. The project got its initial start in 2003 and has grown since then to help about 60 girls at a time. They are all from the northern region of Ghana. Tickets are $35 or a five-pack for $150. For more information or to purchase tickets call Lyn at 403-3144911, Jean at 403-343-3097 or Wendy at 403-347-7285. Or visit for more about Tools for Schools. Cookie Walk – Sept. 29 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Sunnybrook United Church 12 Stanton St. Buy your box for $6 and fill your box with your choice of cookies. Shop early for best selection. Complimentary coffee. For further information contact Linda at 403-347-6073. Raise your mug and make your coffee count by hosting a Coffee Break for Alzheimer’s disease. This do-it-yourself fundraiser can be as simple as hosting a coffee party at home, in the office or a public venue, or as elaborate as organizing a coffee-thon using social media. The campaign runs September through October. For more information or to order your Coffee Break kit, please contact Janice at 403-346-4636,

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Week of September 26 - October 3, 2012, or Annual Turkey supper at Blackfalds United Church will be held on Oct. 1. Two sittings – 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and only 100 advance tickets are available for each sitting. Prices are $15 for adults, $7 for kids and under five free. Please contact Holly at 391-2310 for more information or tickets. Also check out our web site at The Red Deer Public Library presents First Thursdays in the Snell featuring soprano, Joyce Emms and pianist Cheryl Cooney, Oct. 4, 12:15 – 1 p.m. Coffee and tea provided by Café Noir. No admission charge (free will donation at the door). Fanatullen Scandinavian Dancers hold dance sessions every Monday night from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Festival Hall, 4214-58 St. Scandinavian heritage not required. 403347-5303 or 403-341-4672. The Salvation Army Presents ‘The Canadian Staff Band in Concert.’ As part of our anniversary celebrating 100 years in Red Deer, we invite the community out to enjoy this band that has established a worldwide reputation for the finest in brass band playing. Concert to take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13th at the Red Deer Memorial Centre (4214-58 St). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in person at the Black Knight Inn ticket office, by phoning 1-800-661-8793 or online at Sacred Heart CWL Annual Tea and Bazaar runs Oct. 13 at the Sacred Heart Church, 5508 48A Ave. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish hall. Admission $5 (includes lunch). Crafts, baking and tea for sale. Perogy Supper runs Oct 18th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Adults $11; children 10 and under $6 at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church. 3932 46 St. Tickets at the door. 403-347-2335. The Great Bend Community Ladies Aid/Dorcas Sewing Circle Harvest Turkey Supper runs Oct. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Delburne Community Hall.

Adults pay $10 each, children six to 12 pay $5. Those under six get in for free. Pay at the door. Golden Circle dances continue Thursday nights from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $7. Everyone welcome. 403-3476165 or 403-309-2520.

SEMINARS Life after loss: a children’s psycho-educational grief group for children ages six to 12. This eight-week seminar runs 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday starting Oct. 16 at Parkland Youth Homes Society. The program is facilitated by qualified therapists who will create a safe environment in which to explore the children’s

productive lives. The course will take place on Thursday mornings Oct. 4 through Nov. 22 at the downtown branch of the Red Deer Public Library. The focus of every session will be on developing knowledge, strategies, and skills that promote wellness, recovery, and resilience. The course addresses a broad variety of topics including effective communication, understanding diagnosis, navigating the system, relapse prevention, mental illness and the family, recovery principles, stigma, and crisis plans. The course is free of charge. To register, call the Canadian Mental Health Association at 403-342-2266 and ask to speak to education program staff.


living with a developmental al disability, mental illness, brain injury, physical disability, and or sensory impairment, has lots of free workshops coming up including Personal Safety, Stress Management, Grief, Handling Change, Communication and Self-Esteem. 403-343-0715.

MEETINGS Are you having problems with someone else’s drinking? We are an anonymous group of men and women who can offer encouragement and support. Call Al-Anon Family groups at 403-346-0320 for a list of meetings in Red Deer and the surrounding area. Blackfalds United Church Youth

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grief-related topics each week through creative activities, art and play techniques, and open discussion. This group interaction helps decrease feelings of isolation and anxiety as a result of their loss. During the fourth week of the program, the group therapists will meet with the parent(s) privately to share their child’s progress and receive feedback about any concerns or needs their child may have. During the final session, parent(s) will be invited into the group for a formal sharing and closure celebration. Parents and children can get more information about the program or register by calling 403-340-8995. Registration is now open for ‘Living Well With a Mental Illness” an eight-week course for people interested in learning more about mental illness and how people experiencing emotional distress or psychiatric illness are increasingly living satisfying and

Art of Friendship is an eight-week course designed to help people who feel lonely or isolated learn and practice the skills that help people make and keep friends. The October course meets weekly on Wednesday afternoons, 1 to 3 p.m. from Oct. 10 through Nov. 28. The October course takes place at the Canadian Mental Health Association office at 5017 50th Ave. Art of Friendship is helpful to people who have lost friends because difficult experiences or disability have affected their confidence level and self-esteem. Empty nesters, older people entering retirement, and people new to Red Deer also report that this course has improved their social lives. Call the Canadian Mental Health Association at 403-342-2266. The fee for the course is $25 and scholarships may be available for people with limited incomes. Cosmos Rehabilitation Society, which supports individuals

Group takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays. Youth from Grade 4 up are welcome to attend. Please check our web site at or phone 403-8854780 for more information. Red Deer Celiac Support Group our meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at Sobeys South, 5111-22 St. in the Coffee Lounge at 7 p.m. Information on Celiac disease, symptoms, diagnosing, gluten free diet, gluten free products, recipes, coffee and samples. For information call Fay at 403-347-3248 or Clarice at 403-341-4351. Meeting schedule for 2012 – Oct. 16 and Nov. 20. Writers’ Ink, The Red Deer & District Writers Club has weekly meetings (every Tuesday) in the old farmhouse at Sunnybrook Farm (4701 30 St.) from 7 to 9 p.m. We meet, share our writing, and offer constructive criticism to one another. We also do our

utmost to improve our craft by Skyping professionals in the field of writing, by inviting guest speakers to our Spring Workshop and to the occasional meeting. Our professional library is increasing as is our knowledge gained from members who are constantly seeking new challenges and sharing successes and failures with the group. Guests are welcome! Gamblers Anonymous meetings are Wednesdays’ at 7 p.m. in the Red Deer Regional Hospital (3942-50 Ave.) south complex, lower level rooms 503 and 504. Gamblers Anonymous phone number is 403-986-0017. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step support group offering a solution for all forms of food addiction. No dues, fees or weigh-in. Central Alberta groups meet in Red Deer, Lacombe and Rimbey. For locations and dates, call Joanne at 403-314-1972. The Red Deer Art Club meets Thursday afternoons at the Golden Circle from 1 to 4 p.m. A $1 drop-in fee applies. New members always welcome. For more information call Gordon at 403-597-0823 or Sharon at 403-340-3532. The Red Deer Art Club meets Thursdays at l p.m. at the Golden Circle. Individuals are welcome to drop in and participate in mini art classes. Drop in fee $1 applies. Phone Marianne at 403-986-2600 for information. Independent Achievers, ‘Business Women Networking Together’ will be having their monthly luncheon meeting every second Thursday of the month from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. Email reservations@ to confirm your attendance the Monday before each luncheon. An Amputee Support Group Meeting, sponsored by the Alberta Amputee Sport and Recreation Association at 7:30 in Room 2207 in the South Complex of the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Meetings the fourth Monday of each month. 403-357-3671.w

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City given award for Ross Street Patio BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express During its most recent annual conference the International Downtown Association recognized the City of Red Deer with a Downtown Merit Award for its work and initiatives related to The Ross Street Patio. The Ross Street Patio, a pilot project to create more vibrant public spaces in the downtown, was among 22 qualified entries in the category of ‘Public Space’. This category recognizes capital improvements that enhanced the urban design, physical function, or economic viability of downtown and the community. The idea for the Ross Street Patio pilot project came from a public consultation

session that was held as part of the City’s Integrated Movement Study. “The Ross Street Patio brought a whole new dynamic into our downtown. As a pilot project it was very successful in showing how streets can be transformed into vibrant gathering spaces,” said Craig Curtis, City manager. This past summer, the patio was home to benches, picnic tables, flowers, trees and the community street piano was there too. A number of concerts and entertainment took place there throughout the summer and many people were seen grabbing a coffee or having lunch at the outdoor venue. The Washington, D.C. based International Downtown Association (IDA) is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and

strives to inform, influence, and inspire downtown leaders and advocates. With 550 members and thousands of friends, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions. “The City of Red Deer’s project received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management,” said David Downey, IDA president and CEO. “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry. The Ross Street Patio is a shining example of excellent downtown management that delivers real results.” In addition, the City is currently looking for feedback on the Ross Street Patio.

There are two online surveys that are available – one for residents and users and one for downtown businesses. The surveys close tomorrow. The results from the surveys will form part of a report to council. The report will also include pedestrian and parking counts that were collected numerous times over the course of the pilot project. The Ross Street Patio was an integral location used in the ‘Best Summer Ever program’, playing host to 24 cultural or musical performances and two evening concerts over the summer. The Ross Street Patio will be removed for the season at the beginning of October.

FALL FUN - Sierra Hauser, 5, blends into a display of scarecrows in Red Deer recently. Cynthia Radford/Red Deer Express

Hemochromatosis - Canada’s Most Common Genetic Disorder Supporting Hemochromatosis Families Hereditary(HHC) Hemochromatosis (HHC) isgenetic the most common genetic Hereditary is the most common disorder affecting Canadians. It is a crippling, potentially fatal condition caused by a defect of iron metabolism that leads to iron overload in vital organs, joints and tissues. The complications caused by the disorder are preventable if a diagnosis is made before the excess iron causes irreversible damage, and effective treatment exists.

Information Seminars are being held: 12094CC4 CHILLIWACK, Innisfail, AB B.C. Saturday, 25, 2012 MondayAugust October 1st Best Western Rainbow CountryCentre Inn Innisfail Library Learning 43971 Way, Close, Oak Room 5300 Industrial 55th Street Continental Innisfail Breakfast served at 9:00 am (Complimentary upon RSVP August Presentation Begins at by 7:00 pm 22nd) Presentation begins at 9:30 am These information seminars will connect hemochromatosis sufferers with others affected by the disorder in the local community. Representatives of the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society will provide information on the diagnosis, treatment and management of too much iron, and updates on the activities of the Society locally, provincially and nationally. All members of the community are welcome. These seminars are part of the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society’s Community Outreach Program and are provided free of charge. Please call 1-877-BAD-IRON (1-877-223-4766) or (604) 279-7135 if you are planning on attending any of the events. More information at

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COURT BRIEFS ACCUSED MURDERER MAKES FIRST COURT APPEARANCE A man accused of murdering a Calgary woman whose body was later found in a bin at a Red Deer recycling facility made his first court appearance last week. Nathan Desharnais, 24, was arrested in Calgary earlier this month and charged with second-degree murder and offering indignity to human remains in connection to the death of Talia Nellie Meguinis, 27. Appearing via Closed Circuit Television, with his hair covering his eyes, Nathan Desharnais, 24, only responded “yes” when asked if he understood his charges when they were read in court. The body of Meguinis was found at a recycling facility in the Riverside Industrial area on Feb. 22nd after police received a complaint of a deceased female. Red Deer City RCMP General Investigation Section and Red Deer Forensic Identification Section were called in to assist with the investigation. After further investigation, RCMP said Meguinis was not murdered in the location her body was found. Desharnais’ arrest is a result of an extensive seven-month investigation that involved the Red Deer RCMP General Investigation

Section, Major Crimes Unit, Forensic Identification Unit, Victims Services and the Police Dog Service. The Calgary MCU, the ‘K’ Division Special Tactical Operations, Polygraph Sections in Calgary and Edmonton, the Calgary Police Service, and the Tsuu T’ina police also assisted. There were 40 investigators who were dedicated to this case with more than 25,000 man-hours spent on the investigation.

PRELIMINARY INQUIRY SET FOR ACCUSED MURDERER A preliminary inquiry has been set for an Innisfail man accused of murdering a young woman in the town last year. Brian Malley, 55, who was released on $10,000 bail and ordered to live with his wife and mother-in-law in Edmonton this past summer. He is charged with first-degree murder, causing an explosion of an explosive substance likely to cause serious bodily harm, death or serious damage to property and sending or delivering to a person an explosive device. A preliminary inquiry will be held from Sept. 9-27th, 2013 in Red Deer provincial court. The explosion occurred inside Victoria

by Erin Fawcett Shachtay’s residence last November in Innisfail. The incident occurred after a package was delivered to the residence which RCMP confirmed was the source of the explosion. Malley was arrested in Red Deer on May 25th. Shachtay, 23, was disabled and in a wheel chair from a car collision. She was also a single mother to a seven-year-old girl. RCMP have confirmed Malley, who had worked as a municipal police officer in Alberta about 30 years ago, had known Shachtay for a number of years and acted as her financial adviser. However, they would not confirm that money was the motive behind the murder at the time.

The six-month investigation into Shachtay’s death was led by the ‘K’ Division Serious Crimes Branch which is responsible for homicide investigations in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions. The investigation also involved support of the local RCMP detachment and many other support units. These included the RCMP’s Post-Blast National Response Team, Explosive Disposal and Technology Section, Tech Crimes, Special Tactical Operations, Criminal Analysis Section, Special ‘I’ Surveillance Units and Forensic Labs in Edmonton and Ottawa. At its peak, the investigation involved more than 70 investigators who worked thousands of hours to gather and examine evidence related to the murder.

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Volunteering in Central Alberta NEW LISTINGS Canadian Cancer Society is looking for a cast of characters for our jury. We are looking for a charismatic group of people to act as a Jury for our 25th Annual Jail N Bail in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. We need between four and six people

per three-hour shift to help us sentence “jailbirds” for a good cause on Oct. 18 at Parkland Mall. Contact Sue at 403-309-5427 or at Family Services of Central Alberta is looking for a childcare assistant on Wednesday afternoons from 12:45 to 3:15 p.m. to assist our childcare providers by


cuddling babies. Strict confidentiality. Contact Sandy Twidale 403-309-8215 or by email at

ONGOING Soccer Coach - Special Olympics Red Deer is looking for an individual to assist with its indoor soccer program. The program goes each Tuesday evening from 6-7 p.m. at Holy Family School, Oct. 2 to March 26. No experience necessary, just a willingness to work with individuals who have an intellectual disability. For further information contact Jerry Tennant at jerry@ Spring Games Operations Committee – Special Olympics Red Deer is looking for an individual with good organizational and interpersonal skills to serve as a volunteer on the Operations Committee for the Special Olympics Spring Games in April 2013. Responsibilities would be in the food services and accommodations area. Time commitment is from September through to April 2013 with a limited number of meetings this fall, increasing slightly after Jan. 1st. Most committee work would be done on your own schedule. For further information contact Jerry Tennant at jerry@ Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery Profit & Ambition Grand Opening! Sunday, Sept. 30th and we are looking for volunteers to be a part of the action! Profit &

Ambition The Canadian Fur Trade, 1779 - 1821 is an exhibit from the Canadian Museum of Civilization visiting the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. From noon to 4:30 p.m. you will step into your role as a MAG Ambassador and take on greeting visitors, making crafts, serving bannock or photographing this event. Contact Karli Kendall at 403-309-8441 or at karli.kendall@reddeer. ca. Family Services of Central Alberta - companion visitor. Do you want to be a friendly contact for a community member with limited ability to venture out of their home? Under the direction of older adult services manager, contact will be made via personal visits to offer companionship (play cards, read a book, activities in the home, recognize them on their birthday, holidays and keep abreast of current happenings in Red Deer and area). Contact Sandy Twidale 403-309-8215 or at Alzheimer Society – Coffee Break Host. Raise your mug in support of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease in your community! This September and October you can make your coffee count by hosting a Coffee Break. We provide the coffee - you invite the people! Donations from your event support front-line programs and services; they provide help and hope for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Contact Janice Fogarty at 403346-4636 or at

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ENTERTAINMENT Singer Randi Boulton gears up for CD release Local songstress thrilled to launch new project BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Singer/songwriter Randi Boulton has been working for this moment for a long time – the day when she would be officially releasing her highly-anticipated latest CD. Fans will have the chance to hear the new cuts and watch the extremely talented, engaging performer during the Sometimes Life CD Release Concert set for Oct. 20 at the Red Deer College Arts Centre. The show begins at 7 p.m. Boulton is thrilled to be performing in a venue that she had dreams about singing in even as a child. “This is the one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little girl,” she says of the concert. “I’d be playing the piano and imagining myself onstage. I would picture myself on the Red Deer College stage – absolutely. “I held onto that – it was precious to me and it drove me.” It’s certainly been a season of dreams coming true. Boulton also had hopes of working one day with producer Russell Broom (known for his work with Jann Arden). That dream also came true, as the two connected with the onset of production for Sometimes Life. Boulton is terrifically-gifted singer – and has been blessed with a charming, warm personality to match. She has a great sense of humour, and she’s a delight to watch on stage – not just for her vocal abilities but for how she connects with audiences. The tunes from Sometimes Life are absolute gems that Boulton can be proud of, from the heartfelt title track, the engaging and catchy sensibilities of Walk Away

to the reflective acoustic richness of Smile. And as the CD came to completion, she has been busy performing throughout Central Alberta with gigs in a host of venues. Boulton got in touch with Broom a couple of years ago through her drummer, and the two clicked immediately. As an avid fan of Arden’s over the years, Boulton had a deep appreciation for Broom’s approach to production. Looking back, Boulton was raised on a farm just outside of Big Valley, and she lived in Red Deer for awhile before settling in Lacombe. Music has always been a passion, and she’s essentially self-taught. Besides being a natural on the piano, her vocal strengths, which run the gamut from tender and sweet to strong and gritty, have always stood out and attracted a loyal legion of fans. It’s hard to believe this gifted woman was at one time quite shy about her voice. “I was a closet singer – I was shy and I wouldn’t sing in front of people,” she recalls. “So I had to really open up. I would sing the Disney movie theme songs at home by myself.” But Boulton started garnering attention at 12 years of age, when she landed first prize in a talent show with her mom. She later won a songwriting contest at 14. That led into being selected to play for Showcase ‘98 in Edmonton. Gradually the confidence started to grow and it was apparent she had something special to share. Her abilities also started shining brighter as over the years she put a stop to the tendency to compare herself with others. “Once you do that, you just feel inadequate.”


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SKY’S THE LIMIT - Local singer Randi Boulton performs at the Red Deer College Arts Centre on Oct. 20. Lindsay Nickel Photography

These days, Boulton is comfortable in her own skin and that sense of authenticity is reflected in her music. It was also felt in her first project, Just Remember Who You Are, which was released about a decade ago. Meanwhile, Boulton is looking straight ahead in terms of what’s next. She’s always been solidly committed to her music and sincere in her belief that a musical gift is to be shared. Not that it’s all been an easy road. A sensitive person, she hasn’t been immune to negative comments that occasionally pop up over the years. “It’s a tough career – you have to really want

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it. There are a lot of sacrifices.” An artist also has to be openhearted – there’s an intrinsic vulnerability that comes from writing songs and presenting them to audiences. And as already pointed out, sometimes people can be hurtful and critical. But others are touched and blessed -- and those are the people who fuel her inspiration and provide those priceless moments that are so meaningful. Ultimately, Boulton wouldn’t have it any other way – music brings such an amazing sense of joy to her life. It’s clear to see when she’s performing – she has a fabulous time onstage and she

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wants her audience to be inspired and lifted up by what they hear. “I want to make that connection with people.” She also has a single-minded commitment to her craft. “I feel that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. I’ve made the sacrifices and put in the hard work,” she says with a smile and an obvious sense of gratitude and contentment. “So I’m ready for whatever is coming.” Tickets for the concert are available at the Black Knight Inn Ticket Centre by calling 403-7556626 or by visiting

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Max & Ruby add second show They hopped across the country with their imaginative Max & Ruby’s Bunny Party, playing for packedhouses of delighted fans last year. Now, join the beloved bunny siblings, Max and Ruby, as they take to the stage for their most magical performance yet, Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite. Due to a fast sell out, producers Koba Entertainment have announced a second show in Red Deer. The shows are set for Nov. 17 at the Memorial Centre (1 and 4 p.m.). Inspired by one of the greatest musical scores ever - Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite – Max and Ruby are ready to bring this holiday classic to a new generation of fans this fall. It’s a glistening snowy winter evening and Max and Ruby have been anxiously waiting for the most spectacular event of the year: seeing The Nutcracker with Grandma. Imagine their disappointment when a snow storm keeps them at home. A story of the Nutcracker will have to do. So vivid is Grandma’s storytelling that the characters in the ballet come to life right before their eyes. Max and Ruby marvel at the sight of many enchanting guests, including a Spanish bullfighter, the Sugar Plum Fairy and a runaway gingerbread man. Ruby is eager to participate in their exquisite dance, but it’s Max who steals the show. Whether it was the sweets, or their lively imagina-

tions, Max and Ruby head off to bed with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. With the classic notes of Tchaikovsky guiding their journey, this is a production created for the whole family to enjoy in time for the holiday season. Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite is the newest live show produced by Koba Entertainment. The company’s roster of celebrated theatrical productions also includes Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon and The Backyardigans: Quest for the Extra Ordinary Aliens. This 90-minute event boasts captivating original choreography by Patti Caplette – who has danced in over 100 ballet performances of the Nutcracker with Canada’s leading dance companies: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet –costumes by designer, Anne Armit, and sets by Gemini Award-winner, Brian Purchaluk. Max & Ruby originated as an enchanting book series by Rosemary Wells and has sold over three million books worldwide. Making their television debut in 2002, Max & Ruby’s playful high jinx are enjoyed by children around the world including Canada, U.S., Finland, France and Sweden. For ticket information, check out or call 403755-6626. - Weber

Explore history at Museum A significant traveling exhibition, profiling the heyday of the Canada’s fur trade, opens Sept. 29 at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. The North West Company, a consortium of Scottish businessmen, French-Canadian voyageurs and their ‘country wives’, Métis bison hunters, and Aboriginal trappers and their families worked together to create a commercial empire. Over a span of 40 years, the Company opened new routes across the continent and laid the groundwork for the Canada we know today. “This is an exceptional exhibition,” states Lorna Johnson, executive director at the Museum. “The story of the fur trade is one of fortune and endurance, and stimulates everyone’s sense of adventure.” The exhibition traces the 40year span of the North West Company, from its formation in 1779 to the amalgamation with the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1821. Visitors will discover Canada’s ‘wild west’ through period maps, documents and objects from the late 1700s. About 90 artifacts, works of

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art and trade goods – such as muskets, metal tools, jewellery and ornaments – and articles of Aboriginal and European clothing are included in the exhibition. Profit & Ambition: The Canadian Fur Trade, 1779-1821, a traveling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, will be presented at the MAG from through to Dec. 9. Everyone is encouraged to come celebrate Alberta Culture Days at the Museum on Sept. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. as well. There will be free food,

fun and children’s activities. The Edmonton House Brigade will also be on site to reenact 1805 and bring the fur trade period to life and the Red Deer Native Friendship Society will share traditional games and activities. There will be two dance performances by Laura and Daniel Allard accompanied by fiddler Rod Soonias and Elder Bertha Poor and team will be frying fresh bannock as well. For more information, check out - Weber

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CRYDERMAN Trouble with the Curve Warner Bros. Rating: PG 115 minutes Despite all the ads on TV and despite Clint Eastwood’s bewildering appearance at the Republican covention, Trouble with the Curve still holds the odd surprise and the old pro turns in an enjoyable and solid performance. Eastwood plays an old time baseball scout. He`s so good he can tell if a player has it or not by the sound his bat makes when it hits the ball. But his eyes are going, he’s starting to trip and bang up his car. So, while he’s scouting out a hot prospect in North Carolina, his buddy (John Goodman) back at head office in Atlanta, gets Eastwood`s estranged daughter (Amy Adams) to show up and help him out. Eastwood’s contract is almost up and the young

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blood at head office, whom depends on computer statistics rather than experience in the field, says he’s over the hill. Adams plays a lawyer up for partnership at her high level Atlanta lawfirm. But, like Eastwood, she knows more than most about baseball. The father and daughter predictably butt heads, but they at least have baseball in common. Meanwhile Justin Timberlake, once spotted by Eastwood as a big league pitcher, shows up as a newby scout and falls for Adams. This is a predictable movie, with by-the-numbers Hollywood plot twists. There are no surprises when the hot prospect turns out to have Trouble with the Curve ball, or the computer hotshot is wrong. But it’s all done so well. This is solid, appealing entertainment. Rating: four deer out of five.

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LIFESTYLE Sneaky things that make you fat Dropping body fat is simple -- on paper. It’s a little trickier in reality, but here are some tips to help you get to your goals. First off, let me tell you this -- the way to drop body fat is to feed your body enough each day to sustain muscle and organs, plus activity levels, and no more. That is where the trick is - the little sneaky extras that we are often unaware of. It doesn’t take much really, just a few simple changes here and there and you can easily drop 500 calories a day - which equates to a pound of body fat a week.


McDERMOTT So where do these sneaky calories hide? Many of them are liquid calories, things we drink without thinking. A large ‘double double’ contains 180 calories. Have one per day for five days and you have added 900 calories per workweek. That’s a possible onepound of fat gain a month. Things like that sneak up on you so easily, and make a big difference. Now, I’m not saying you have to give up coffee - my inbox would fill with nasty messages. What if you made a subtle change though? What if you swapped out the sugar with stevia (which you can buy at any health food store in packets or liquid drops). That drops your coffee by 90 calories per serving; half a pound a month right there. Now, instead of cream in your coffee, what if you switched to milk? That drops another 30 calories off. Your cup of Joe becomes a mere 60 calories per serving, and if you run up a few flights of stairs or park in the far end of the parking lot, you can burn that off. Another sneaky liquid culprit would be fruit juice, pop or drinks like iced tea. A typical 500ml iced tea will donate 150 calories to your daily

intake, a small apple juice at only 300ml is 130 calories. A 330ml can of pop is similar as well at 140 calories average. So if you had one per day of any of those three, you end up with 3,000 calories a month, which is basically a pound of fat storage from excess sugar. While a pound a month may not seem like much, that’s 12 pounds a year, and that’s just annoying. I will say that the best thing to change all of these choices for is water - it has so many benefits it would take another whole article to cover them all. But if changing to water is too much, there are things you can do. Try diluting any of the above drinks by 50% with water - not only will you save money, but you cut the effective calories in half per serving. I’m not a fan of the free varieties of these products, as the artificial sweeteners tend to be unhealthy in their own right. Another excellent way to outsmart the sneaky calories in these beverages is to drink a full glass of water first, and then, if you still feel like the sugary drink, you have at least improved your hydration. For my final little tip – it sounds like a line from the 80s movie about Harry and Sally but it does make a difference -- get stuff ‘on the side’. What stuff ? Butter, salad dressing, toppings, dipping sauces etc. As little as one tablespoon of butter, dressing or any of the other above mentioned extras has nearly 100 calories. Most people would enjoy two or three tablespoons of dressing, and if you get the butter already on your bread, you will easily get more than you bargained for. By having these items on the side, you can add just enough to add some flavour, but not so much that you sabotage your body. Scott McDermott is a personal trainer and owner of Best Body Fitness in Sylvan Lake. He can be reached at 403-887-7667 or check out for more information.

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PGX ďŹ ghts constipation, cholesterol and obesity W. C. Fields, the comedian with the bulbous, red alcoholic nose, when asked if he would like a glass of water, always replied, “Water is for owing under bridgesâ€?. But Fields didn’t know about “The Ultimate Volumetrics Dietâ€?, or PGX.

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JONES Dr. Barbara Rolls, professor of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State University in Pennsylvania, reports in the publication Nutrition Action that, when she was studying the effects of fats, carbohydrates and proteins in food intake, she had a ‘Eureka moment’. People, she concluded, were not regulating their calories. Rather, they were regularly eating the same weight or volume of food. Her next Eureka moment came with the observation that it’s possible to eat a large volume of food and still lose weight if the large portions are low in calories. W.C. Fields didn’t know the secret in the amount of water in food. This doesn’t mean you have to pour water into your favourite meal. Rather, it means adding vegetables to a casserole and dinner plates because vegetables are mostly water. So you

end up with a mouthful of heavier food per bite, but with fewer calories. Dr. Rolls says it’s possible to chew on low density celery, salad greens, tomato, apples and whole wheat spaghetti without gaining excessive weight. But it’s easy to add pounds with high density calorie foods such as carrot cake, brownies, chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter. But trying to sort out the good foods from the bad gets complicated when Dr. Rolls suggests calculating the caloric density of foods by dividing its calories by its weight in grams. It’s a scientiďŹ c approach, but hell will freeze over before anyone does it. It’s less complicated when Dr. Rolls suggests having a low calorie dense soup, salad or an apple at the start of a meal. These ďŹ ll up the stomach, decreasing the hunger reex. I also believe that the best way to tame the hunger reex is by a high ďŹ ber diet. Most North Americans consume 15g of ďŹ ber daily, but they need 35. This means many people have stools as hard as rocks, and suffer from constipation and obesity. The Eureka moment that everyone should experience is recognizing the simple, indisputable fact that ďŹ ber has what’s called â€˜ďŹ lling volume’, which tells the brain the stomach is full. Of course good sense indicates it’s prudent to use dietary means and exercise

to combat obesity. But the wrong foods usually win out, resulting in the current epidemic of obesity and diabetes. So if you’re losing the battle of the bulge, what else can you do? Try PGX. It’s a complex of natural polysaccharides, and gram for gram provides greater ďŹ lling volume than other ďŹ bers. Its soft gels, or granules, when swallowed with meals, expand because of their great ability to absorb many times their weight in water, thus decreasing the hunger reex. It has another important function. High spikes in blood sugar create a yo-yo effect and increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes. PGX, by slowing the digestion of food, moderates blood sugar levels. This lowers what’s called the glycemic index (GI) and decreases

the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Studies also show that overweight and obese people with a low GI tend to lose weight. PGX also decreases blood cholesterol levels by 17%. The minimum dose of PGX is three soft gels or 2.5g of granules daily before, during or after meals with a glass of water or added to moist foods. This creates the same effect as three bowls of oatmeal. However some people feel full on less. You can also use a patient approach by adding one or two soft gels or one gram of the PGX granules to meals throughout the day. So I’d agree with Dr Rolls, there’s more beneďŹ t to water than merely owing under bridges. See the web site For comments info@

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SHOWDOWN - Red Deer Jr. Raiders T.K. Kunaka dodges Drumheller Titan T.J. Smith while teammate Dawson McCrae looks on during a Central Football League bantam game at Great Chief Park this past weekend.

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RDC names new coach to returning hockey squad BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express The news of the men’s hockey program coming back to Red Deer College was already out there so one more piece of the puzzle still remained in the box - who would coach this new squad? That information was revealed last week when current RDC Queens coach Trevor Keeper was named to the post. “Trevor’s wide range of experience makes him a perfect candidate to develop and lead the Kings hockey program into the future,” said RDC director of athletics Keith Hansen. Keeper is no stranger to the coaching ranks having held jobs with

the Red Deer Rebels, the local midget AAA team, the University of Lethbridge and a stint as an assistant coach with the last version of the Kings hockey team back in 2003. For Keeper, the return of the program in 2013 is something he was pulling for and he was eager to jump at the opportunity. “I think the program is really important to the College and the community,” he said about a program which was a flagship for the College and the City, winning seven ACAC championships and three national titles. He is also not afraid to step into the shoes of coaches like Al Ferchuk, Ray Bennett, Ron Kraft and of course Mike Babcock. “It’s an honour to be in their shoes,

where they once were but at the same time they’re good colleagues and peers that I keep in touch with and we talk hockey all the time.” Keeper says the storied history of the Kings is something he is very aware of and he has a game plan in place in order to keep that tradition of strong hockey teams going. “We have a plan for the first four or five years and we want to be right up at the top of the league.” It’s a sentiment which is fully endorsed by Hansen, who as coach of the powerhouse RDC Kings volleyball team for years is no stranger to success. “My goal is to be at least a playoff team next year and hopefully go quite deep into the playoffs.”

For this to work many things had to fall into place, topping the list was the financial picture for the newest RDC sports team. “We have to be able to fund a hockey team and there was definitely a commitment to not take it out of academic dollars so then you have to be creative, you have to work hard within the community to create some other money and we’ve been able to do that,” explained Hansen. Keeper intends to rely on his vast network of contacts spread over many leagues over the years and he’ll be looking at players he knows in Central Alberta but would love to have the roster stocked with players from across western Canada.

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Locals celebrate Grey Cup Train Tour BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express

look at the colourful history of the league, another housing a locker room featuring the jerseys of current players from each of the eight league members and another dedicated to the Grey Cup where fans could get a picture taken with the trophy. “The CFL is not just a sports league, it has so much more to do with Canadian history and you’ll see that in the museum car,â€? said Carley Smith, communications ofďŹ cer for the Canadian Football League.

One cup, 10 weeks, 100 stops. Those are the stats of the Grey Cup Train Tour which made a whistle stop in Red Deer last week allowing dozens of CFL fans from many different teams the chance to see Canadian football’s Holy Grail, some for the ďŹ rst time. Three cars made up the train, one with a




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“We wanted to, in celebrating the 100th year, bring the Grey Cup back to our fans who always travel to see the Grey Cup games so this is the way we’re doing it.â€? The site in the Edgar Industrial Park was packed with activities outside of the train as well but it was the Grey Cup which many fans waited patiently in line to get up close and personal with. The cup travels with a member of the Hall of Fame most times but for this leg of the trip at least there were members of the league ofďŹ ce to keep the trophy safe and secure, said Smith. “We will take the cup to places it has called home and places it has never been before, and each time it arrives, we will host a celebration worthy of

its stature and full of fun,� said Mark Cohon, commissioner of the Canadian Football League. One long-time CFL fan, Jim Sutherland of Red Deer explained why he loves the CFL game and took a bit of a shot at our national past time as well. “Well they don’t go on strike, we know that. They play for a reasonable salary and they have the interests of the fans in mind,� he said. “They’re a long-term tradition. One hundred years of one league. That’s a long time in Canada’s history and well worth celebrating.� The Grey Cup is special, added Cohen. “It’s ours. And it’s time to celebrate it - and Canada.�


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A local legacy I never met Blair Murray during his time in our community. That is my loss. After talking to several people who knew the man, that loss is even greater.


CLAGGETT What he did as a coach and teacher at Lindsay Thurber High School is impressive but more so is how they told the stories about Blair. It seemed he made his mark on so many lives in the time he was on this earth and when people relate stories about him their eyes light up, they speak a little quicker and can’t stop smiling as they tell of what Blair meant to them. One of his former bantam players, Riley Collins told me how much of an inspiration Blair Murray was for him. “He devoted so much time to making us better players and people. He will never be forgotten.” Other players like Tim Hayward and Cody Hawkes spoke of how Blair would open his doors to any of his players who had to make

the trip to Calgary to attend a camp. He was around to take players to practice if a parent couldn’t and through his work as the man in charge of work experience at Thurber, he made sure these kids got a little something to help them figure out what they might be interested in when school was over. It has been almost a year since Blair left his family, players and students far too soon but his actions are still fresh in the minds of these young men and women. If you are curious as to how much Blair was respected, the school was shut down for his funeral and students were bussed to attend the ceremony. This Saturday at Montana’s Restaurant, a favourite of Blair’s, a fund raiser will take place to raise money for the Blair Murray Foundation. In the spirit of the man, the money will go to scholarships directed towards those who might be considered the underdog in society. Those are exactly the people Blair Murray fought the hardest for according to the people who knew him. If you can make it down, you will have done a great service to a man who from all accounts deserves that respect.

GREAT CAUSE - Players sweat it out during a game of ball hockey which raised money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The three-day Heartland Cup Ball Hockey Tournament was organized by Jordan Hindbo in support of his father’s Cynthia Radford/Red Deer Express recovery from a heart attack.



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UNRESERVED RESIDENTIAL Real Estate, Heavy Equipment, Shop & Household Item Auction for Pat & Irene Sorken of Bashaw, Alberta. Saturday, October 6 starting at 9:30 a.m. Real Estate sells at Noon! 1,412 sq. ft. bungalow, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Open House - Sunday, September 30 from 1 - 4 p.m. For more info & terms, call 1-800-667-2075 or view: www. Hodgins Auctioneers Inc., Alberta PL #180827

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METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Best prices! 36” Hi-Tensile TUFF-Rib 29ga. Galvalume $.67 sq. ft. Colours $.82 sq. ft. 40 Year Warranty. ALTA-WIDE Builders Supplies 1-888-263-8254. STEEL BUILDINGS - Reduced prices now! 20x22 $4,455 25x26 $4,995 30x38 $7,275 32x50 $9,800 40x54 $13,995 47x80 $19,600 One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422; Buying or Selling your home? Check out Homes for Sale in Classifieds

Garden Supplies


FOR SALE 4 - 8 foot spruce and lodgepole pine, $35 - $45 plus delivery. Please contact Al 403-305-8201. GORGEOUS SPRUCE TREES 4 - 6’, $37.00. Includes machine planting, fertilizer, bark mulch. Minimum order of 20. Delivery fee: $75 - $100. Quality guaranteed. Crystal Springs 403-820-0961

Misc. for Sale


NEVER SHOCK CHLORINATE AGAIN! Newly Patented! “Kontinuous Shok” Chlorinator. No mess: Effective year round eliminating bacterial growth, smell and slime. Inexpensive. Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON;

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Travel Packages


ONE DAY POLAR BEAR Tours - Calgary and Edmonton departures this fall. Jet to Churchill and experience 6 hours on a polar bear safari; 1-866-460-1415; www.

Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to find the purrfect pet.

SNOWBIRDS! Parksville/Qualicum, Vancouver Island, 600 sq. ft., 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom fully furnished new cottage in forest setting. $975/month,utilities incl. Available November 1. 250-248-9899 or

Grain, Feed Hay


HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. “On Farm Pickup” Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252.


Houses For Sale

BRIGHT & OPEN, age restricted (45+) duplex. 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Oak cabinetry, corner fireplace, single attached garage. In beautiful Gibbons. Asking $218,800. Phone 780-910-6340


Manufactured Homes

FANTASTIC FALL BLOW-OUT! Immediate delivery on all existing 2011/2012 stock. Hugh discounts! Bonuses: washer/dryer, vinyl skirting, O/R microwave - free! Details - Dynamic Modular, Red Deer. 1-877-341-4422;

NEW - EXECUTIVE, 3 bdrm., 2 bath Home in Red Deer. Immediate Possession. 10 Yr. Warranty. Own it for only $1,275/mo. OAC. Call (403)346-3100


Manufactured Homes

SAVE OVER $12,000.! 20’ X 76’, kitchen special, Model 241, reduced to $139,900. 3 left in stock, available for immediate delivery. Toll free 1-855-463-0084; TOO MUCH STUFF? Let Classifieds help you sell it.

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Manufactured Homes

SIX WEEK DELIVERY. Homes 900 - 2650 sq. ft. Basement or piling foundation. 9’ ceilings, drywall. View show homes Red Deer. Free 3D TV for Christmas. Integrity Choice Homes 1-800-221-6801.

YEAR END CLEARANCE! Vast selection: single/20’ wides and like-new pre-owned homes. Too many to list. Delivery anywhere in Alberta! 1-800-461-7632. 148 East Lake Blvd., Airdrie; www.

BUY LAND IN BELIZE - English Commonwealth country in Central America. Large land tracts, sea front properties, Caribbean lots. All types available. For information call Patrick Doyle 210-401-3575.

Automotive Services


BUY A CAR WITH BAD CREDIT! $0 down, 24 hour approvals, low payments, no credit ok. Approval Hotline call 1-888-222-0663 or apply online at

To advertise your service or business here, call 403.346.3356


DO YOU NEED to borrow money - Now? If you own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits will lend you money - It’s that simple. 1-877-486-2161.

When you become part of the KBR Wabi Ltd. team, your opportunities are endless. As a leading engineering, construction and services company, we offer challenging assignments across Canada. Our clients value us because they know, We Deliver.

MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 loan and +. No credit refused. Fast, easy, 100% secure. 1-877-776-1660.

KBR Wabi Ltd. has an uncompromising commitment to Quality, Health, Safety and Environment. These values are incorporated in our daily work and are an integral part of our culture. We are looking for qualified craft professionals and have employment opportunities, in the Mining, Oil & Gas Industry in Fort McMurray, AB, and Dawson Creek & Fort St. John, BC areas, for the following positions:

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CRIMINAL RECORD? Guaranteed record removal since 1989. Confidential. Fast. Affordable. Our A+ BBB rating assures employment/travel freedom. Call for free information booklet. 1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366);

Legal Services


CRIMINAL RECORD? Think: Canadian pardon. U.S. travel waiver. (24 hour record check). Divorce? Simple. Fast. Inexpensive. Debt recovery? Alberta collection to $25,000. Calgary 403-228-1300 or 1-800-347-2540; www.

Misc. Services


DISCONNECTED PHONE? Phone Factory Home Phone Service. No one refused! Low monthly rate! Calling features and unlimited long distance available. Call Factory today! 1-877-336-2274;

Misc. Services


HOME PHONE RECONNECT. Call 1-866-287-1348. Prepaid long distance specials! Feature package specials! Referral program! Don’t be without a home phone. Call to connect! 1-866-287-1348. NEED TO ADVERTISE? Province wide classifieds. Reach over 1 million readers weekly. Only $259. + GST (based on 25 words or less). Call this newspaper NOW for details or call 1-800-282-6903 ext. 228.

Moving & Storage


Complete Moving and Supplies Boxes, Packers & Movers (403)986-1315

Personal Services


TRUE ADVICE! True clarity! True Psychics! 1-877-342-3036 or 1-900-528-6258 or mobile #4486. (18+) $3.19/minute;

Personal Services


DATING SERVICE. Long-term/short-term relationships. Free to try! 1-877-297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call #7878 or 1-888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call 1-866-311-9640 or #5015. Meet local single ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+). OPEN HOUSE - Join this week for only $9.95 a week. Lose weight quickly and safely and keep it off, results guaranteed! Call Herbal Magic today! 1-800-854-5176.

All positions require: Experience in oil and gas is an asset; Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, under pressure, and with sound judgment; Experienced in or willing to work in a camp setting - travel is required on a rotational schedule; Knowledge of health and safety practices, legislation, and recognition that all employees play a part to ensure a safe workplace. Further specifications will be detailed as required for the job site. We offer a selection of competitive wages with incentives, and a comprehensive lifestyle benefits package. We support career advancement through professional training, on-the-job training (OJT), and ongoing development opportunities. Please submit your resume, indicating the position(s) of interest and location of where you saw our advertisement, to: Fax: (705) 647-4451 Online: (Select “KBR Wabi Opportunities”)

Eagle Builders is expanding its facility to double production. We are currently seeking the following to join our team in Blackfalds for all shifts:

You’ll go far with KBR Wabi Ltd. So make a difference in your career, your life and the world.

Find out why we are one of Canada’s Best Employers Opportunities Available in Commercial and Industrial Construction: -Project Managers -Project Coordinators -Estimators -Safety Coordinators

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At Catholic Social Services we believe that all people have value and selfworth. As a Community Disability Worker you provide high quality care supporting children with developmental disabilities and their families. You enthusiastically assist with daily living activities and social events supporting dignity, independence and empowerment. Open to learning new things, you want to become skilled in providing personal care, supporting behavioral challenges, helping with medical needs and implementing programs tailored to individual needs.

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Catholic Social Services also offers: • An Employee Assistance Program • Extensive training provided to new staff and access to ongoing professional development opportunities • A workplace that values and celebrates all of its employees on an ongoing basis

Build equipment on sites. 10 days on, 4 days off. Heights. FT. Road expenses paid. CertiďŹ cation an asset.

We have various career opportunities available including full-time, parttime, contract full-time, contract part-time, weekday, weekend and overnight positions.

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We are looking for people with the passion to expand the quality of life of another, as well as the following qualiďŹ cations: • Grade 12 education or equivalent • Some experience in the human services ďŹ eld • Experience with person with developmental disabilities and with personal care • Class 5 driver’s license and driver’s abstract • Insured vehicle • Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector search included • Alberta Children’s Services Intervention Record Check The salary range for this position is $12.50 - $16.12 per hour. Please send resume, quoting the competition number 12-244 before October 10th, 2012 to: Catholic Charities – Human Resources Office 4811- 49 Street – Red Deer, AB T4N 1T8 Fax: (403) 342-1890 We Are An Equal Opportunity Employer Serving and Employing People of all Faiths and Cultures Since 1961

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Taking in all the goodness that is fall It was a joy to have lunch yesterday with a long time girlfriend; we met at the cutest roadside diner in Bowden called the Starlight Diner which is a new diner car with an otherworld retro feel.


LEWIS We sat and chatted for hours and caught up on life and love and happiness. It is always such a pleasure to visit with her and she always brings me gifts. I always forget this and have to get better at bringing her gifts as well when we meet.

Yesterday she presented me with a tiny candle in a silver pumpkin holder, the scent was warm and cinnamon inspired which I’m sure led to us ordering pumpkin pie and coffee after lunch. It was a lovely gesture and it warmed my heart; there are many ways we can bless our friends and loved ones during these first fragrant days of autumn without it costing the earth. Tiny candles – how much do I love these (as of yesterday), minute glass jar candles with simmering and fragrant fall scents. They can be taken when you travel to fragrance a home away from home such as a hotel room or camper. Napkins – my mom used to

bring me beautiful and seasonal napkins, they are so wonderful and so practical. Scout around dollar stores and specialty design shops for something warm and fall inspired. The next time you visit with a loved one, gift them this seasonal surprise and watch their face light up. Coffee – Nothing brightens a persons day than you showing up with a steaming coffee or tea in your hands, it shows people you love that you are thinking about them and want to make them happy. Usually the time someone pops in with a random coffee is the time I was craving a hot cup and the timing is always perfect. A note – Absolutely low cost and wonderful. Buy a pad of

pretty paper and keep it nearby at your desk or workspace. If a friend or family member comes to mind, take a moment to jot down something you appreciate about them then be sure to drop it off. Mail the note or be sneaky and leave it on their windshield, it will be a lovely surprise when they get into their car. Muffins – If you are a baker, I would like to be your friend. A girlfriend back home in Medicine Hat would leave baskets of muffins on my porch from time to time and it always made me smile. I am not a baker and fresh homemade treats are a sure way to bring joy to my life. A single cupcake works the same magic. My sister baked me homemade

LARGE BARK CHIPS 2 cu. ft. bags Reg. $8.99

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Harvest Festival! One Day Only!

Sunday, September 30th 11am-4pm Come Celebrate the Season!

41st Anniversary Sale! Save 41% off regular prices

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4 Days Only! Sept 27-30 “back to the roots”

buns for my birthday last month and it meant as much as if she had bought me jewelry. No matter how you bless people, the time taken speaks volumes about how much you care. We will never look back on our lives and regret time spent with people we care about. The smallest effort can have an enormous impact on a friends day. Take a moment today to place a tiny fall inspired gift into some ones life, you will bless them and give back to yourself when you see the joy that you have caused. Kim Lewis is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre. Contact her at 403-343-7711 ext. 227 or email her at

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There is an endless supply of different types of homes available for purchase – ranging from condos to townhouses to fully-detached homes. The key is to decide what you can afford and which amenities you prefer before heading out shopping for a new home.

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TURCOTTE Your best first step is to seek the advice of a mortgage professional and get pre-approved for a mortgage. That way, you already know what your price range is – and, therefore, which type of home you’re in the market for – before you begin shopping. Budgeting is also an important part of preparing yourself for the purchase of a home. If you save for a down payment and up-front costs, such as closing costs and emergency reserves, much sooner, you’ll be sure to save enough to cover the many expenses facing a new homeowner, including moving, utility hook-ups, tools, maintenance supplies, window coverings and the list goes on. Once you have the money available to make your home purchase a reality, you should weigh the following options to help decide what type of home is right for you: Condo - a condo makes a great first home because it typically costs less than a townhouse or a detached home, which translates into a smaller down payment. But

there are, however, monthly maintenance fees you must take into consideration when budgeting for a condo. Townhouse - if the condo life is not your forte and you’re not looking for a big yard to maintain, a townhouse may be your best home purchase option. A townhouse costs less than a fully-detached home and results in cheaper property taxes as well. Detached home - if it’s privacy you’re seeking as well as a larger yard, a detached home is your ideal choice. Still, prices can vary drastically based on such variables as whether you’re seeking a spot in the city, a place in the suburbs or a more rural location. Other considerations - the size of the home and property are also important things to consider before you head out shopping. While everyone has their dream home in mind, this is not always a practical purchase choice, especially if this is your first home purchase. Take a look at real estate ads for the area(s) you’re interested in to see what’s on the market and the price ranges. By making your first purchase a modest and affordable home, you will be putting money towards a mortgage that will build equity in that home. And once you’ve paid down a significant portion of that first home’s mortgage, you will then have more money to put towards an upgrade into your dream home. Jean-Guy Turcotte is an Accredited Mortgage Professional with Dominion Lending CentresRegional Mortgage Group and can be contacted for appointments or questions at 403-343-1125 or emailed to

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With winter approaching, dreams of sunny Mexico abound When fall arrives, I’m reminded that February is not far off - it is time to start thinking about a trip to the sunny south. When the sub-zero weather arrives, my husband and I both look forward to escaping from the cold wintery weather and holidaying in the warmer climates to the south. We enjoy our time in the Riviera Nayarit where we can relax in the sun and enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Royal de Cameron Complex. Lounging by one of the five pools in the afternoon, eating at an a la carte restaurant for dinner and then enjoying the entertainment afterwards is just a sample of how we might spend a day. We enjoy going out into the small communities and meeting the local people. At the bustling, brightly coloured markets, we banter with the merchants selling their wares, making these fun places to visit. We have also taken the bus off the resort and dined in the local restaurants. Adults and children can take part in the many planned events that are offered during the day. There are special events most days for children, families and some just for adults. Everything from painting ceramics, learning Latin dancing, playing beach volleyball and many other events may be seen taking place during the day. Mexican Night is always a big hit featuring authentic Mexican food, Mexican mariachi bands, tequila displays and art booths set up. People walk and jog along the long expansive beach. You often find children and adults alike searching for treasured shells that have been washed to shore with the tides of the ocean. Locals can be found fishing for sea urchins along with vacationers out in the ocean surfing the waves, sailing, swimming and learning to snorkel. Others are wandering the beach to see what resort they

FIESTA - Mexico, with its rich culture and welcoming beaches, makes for the ideal getaway during the winter months. want to visit next, while there may be locals peddling their wares. No one is in a hurry. I have had the opportunity to visit the Riviera Maya outside of Cancun last November. The beaches have much whiter sand and the ocean is a more beautiful turquoise colour than on the Pacific side of Mexico. I had the opportunity to visit

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some amazing resorts featuring infinity pools that looked as though they stretched forever into the sea. The grounds here were also beautiful and wellkept. The lush green grounds and beautiful bright flowers are always a delight to see in the middle of winter when white snow seems to dominate the landscape in Red Deer.

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The resort I stayed at, The El Dorado Seaside Suites, was exquisite. There was a pool that ran though the resort, and a couple of buildings had swim-up balconies along with a swim-up bar. Other rooms overlooked the beach, with only a few steps to a cabana where you could relax for the day, or to one of the many chairs that were situated along the beach.

Here too, the food was amazing and there were activities that you could participate in. The restaurants at this resort are more upscale than that of the Royal de Cameron. They have many different types of restaurants that are smaller and more intimate. The food is excellent and made with many ingredients that are grown in a huge greenhouse that also supplies other resorts in the area owned by the same company. The restaurants also have a large assortment of wines and tequila that many people are excited about and enjoy. Many people like to go south for their weddings and honeymoon. It is such a treat to watch the different types of weddings. There is everything from very casual to beautiful fancy weddings. Some people are married on the beach, but one resort has a chapel for those that prefer to have a church wedding. The joy, love, and happiness are felt while observing these events. At these resorts, both The Royal de Cameron Complex and the ones that I visited on the Riviera Maya, the staff and employees are all wonderful. They are friendly, attentive, and all want to make sure that you are enjoying your vacation in their country. Many will go out of their way when they know there is something that they can do for you. All too soon our time in Mexico comes to an end, and we know that we have to head home to the cold of winter. We are both waiting for the time when we are able to retire and spend a longer time in the sunny south. Hopefully that won’t be too far off, but in the meantime we are looking forward to February, especially as good friends will be travelling with us this year! Mary-Lou Farr is a Cruise & Vacation Specialist with Expedia Cruiseshipcenters in Red Deer. She can be reached at 403-341-0177.



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