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Magical tradition shines brightly in The Nutcracker Classic Christmas tale set to dazzle local audiences this season BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express


here is little else in the way of theatrical entertainment that says ‘Christmas’ quite like The Nutcracker. The Red Deer College Conservatory of Ballet presents the magical show Dec. 15-16 at 1:30 p.m. plus an evening show on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. on the Arts Centre mainstage. After more than 100 years, Tchaikovsky’s stunning musical score, set against the story of an epic battle between mice and toy soldiers, still draws holiday crowds. Over the past several years, it’s turned into a sparkling annual tradition at Red Deer College as well. “The show this year is going back to its roots,” explains director Tania Strader, who has been involved with the annual production for 14 years. “We are going back to the traditional. However, there are always a few surprises. I believe that we can always make something great even better with new ideas. “There are so many dancers that come back every year, like myself, that by adding new ideas it also keeps it fresh for the cast as well.” In the classic story, Clara receives a cherished nutcracker from her mysterious aunt Drosselmier. After everyone has turned in for the evening, strange things begin to happen. Clara watches as rats and soldiers battle for victory in an epic fight. Clara is guided through falling snow and taken to the Land of Sweets where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy who dances magically. Strader said some of the veterans of the cast were chatting about how they would love to be in a role again that they haven’t been in since they were kids. “They just love being part of this magical Christmas tradition and really would be anything I needed them to be,” she says. “The veteran dancers even can remember roles that I haven’t included for years and will start dancing them when I play the music. That love for the ballet, its traditions and for our little ‘nutty family’, is amazing. Tradition is important.” As Strader points out, in a fast-paced world where folks are in a constant rush, it’s nice to come back to something that is so familiar. This year, she’s also managing the biggest cast she has ever had. “We have a cast of 60 dancers and range from age three to adult. We are now at the point in rehearsals where we are rehearsing scenes and not just the dances. This is when dancers start not to just do the steps but dance the steps and create the magic that the audience will see.”

Strader said that in just 14 weekends of rehearsals, her young cast has pulled off what professional companies accomplish. “My dancers ask if I have the ‘tingles’ after I watch them dance. This is the ultimate compliment for them. If I get the ‘tingles’ that has meant I have stopped watching the dance as a director and was able to just enjoy the movements - the dancers had few mistakes, they used every ounce of their being to perform the movements, and the overall impression was a work of art. “That is what I like the most - when all of our hard work turns the ballet from being a bunch of individual dances into a work of art and then I get the ‘tingles’. Strader explains that it’s her love of ‘tradition’ that keeps her excited about the production and returning year after year to direct it. “It’s always exciting meeting new dancers but it is also exciting have my regulars come back every year and see how much they have grown as artists. I love to see what the cast is capable of and the magic they can help bring to one of the most famous ballets.” The Nutcracker ballet is based on a book called The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, published by German writer E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816. Hoffman, a German writer, composer, caricaturist, and painter, was known for his stories in which supernatural characters reveal people’s hidden secrets. Of course, there’s the sweeping, elegant score written by Tchaikovsky as well. He began work on the project in early 1892 before beginning a tour of the United States, completing it later that summer. Many versions of the story have been published as children’s books, and it’s been said that in his stories Hoffmann combined wild flights of imagination with vivid and convincing examinations of human character and psychology. As a ballet, The Nutcracker made its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in December of 1892. “Christmas has always been a very special time for me,” said Strader, reflecting on the show’s success. “It’s a time for family, friends, traditions and an over-abundance of good tidings and cheer. The Nutcracker allows people of all ages to experience the magic of the season with family and friends and the tradition that envelopes feelings of joy, hope and beliefs that there is still good in this world.” Tickets for all performances are available through the Black Knight Ticket Centre by calling 403-755-6626 or by visiting




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Council not willing to do another police review BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express City council has voted down a request to take a look at the police service levels. Councillor Paul Harris put a Notice of Motion forward at this week’s meeting in hopes of gaining a better sense of what the service levels are for the City’s RCMP. “I put this Notice of Motion out there for a number of reasons. The policing study that we looked at originally was not likely a document that should have determined police resources. We often talk about the per capita cost from municipality to municipality as it relates to policing and there is an assumption in that discussion that crime is equal in every municipality and so we can make a municipality to municipality comparison,” said Harris. “In the same way we talk about the national average – how many police officers should exist on a per capita basis based on the national average.” He added he has heard from citizens that they are concerned about RCMP follow up when they call with a complaint or inquiry. “I think it’s important that Red Deer citizens know what to expect from the RCMP and when they’ll follow up and when they’ll not follow up. I have had comments from citizens very recently about the RCMP not following up and not understanding why and when that rationale applies,” said Harris. “Currently we have about 332 case loads in the City per frontline officer which begs the question when we’re looking at other communities which have around 190 case loads or less, what things might be falling off the table in our own community.” He added as council heads into the operating budget in January, he doesn’t want to allocate any more money to the RCMP without knowing what the service levels are. “Throughout the country we are seeing crime rates dropping and the cost of policing rising. Going into the budget I have a very high concern that we have as yet undefined service levels that we’re trying to work towards but at the same time we might be asked for new staff without an accurate indication of what those service levels are that we are working towards. “I think we need to address the service levels before we can allocate any dollars properly. I don’t think it’s fair for our administrative staff or the public to simply increase funding when service level expectations are not clearly defined.” Fellow councillors were not in favour of Harris’ motion. “I won’t be supporting this motion. I think it’s impor-

‘I HAVE HAD COMMENTS FROM CITIZENS VERY RECENTLY ABOUT THE RCMP NOT FOLLOWING UP, AND NOT UNDERSTANDING WHY AND WHEN THAT RATIONALE APPLIES.’ PAUL HARRIS tant to send the message to the RCMP that we want them to be our service provider,” said Councillor Cindy Jefferies. Councillor Lynne Mulder was not in favour either. “I will pull my hair out by the roots if we have to undergo another policing review. We spent $150,000 doing the first one and I don’t think the community would support that again,” she said.

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Remembering the Christmas season of 1942 As Christmas approaches, it is interesting to reflect back 70 years to a very different Christmas - one that occurred during the tragic Second World War. Red Deer, at the time, was a community with less than 4,000 residents. Many local families faced a Christmas with one or more loved ones far away. For the first two years of the war, with the exceptions of the Canadian airmen in the great Battle of Britain, the Canadian navy during the Battle of the Atlantic and the courageous, but ultimately doomed efforts of the Canadians to defend Hong Kong in December 1941, most of the Canadians in uniform had seen little in the way of direct action. Many were posted to training camps across Canada and England. The situation changed on Aug. 19, 1942 when the Canadians took part in the Dieppe Raid. It was one of the worst military disas-


DAWE ters in Canadian history. Of the 5,000 Canadians involved in the raid, more than 900 were killed and nearly 2,000 were taken prisoners of war. Central Alberta was hard hit, as one of the units in the raid was the 14 Calgary Tanks. While no residents of Red Deer and district were killed at Dieppe, 21 were taken prisoners of war. These men suffered greatly during their imprisonment, including being shackled for more than a year after their capture. Moreover, it was not until the end of November 1942 that the family of Horace Gerard, who had been in the Battle of Hong Kong a year before, learned that

he had been taken prisoner of war on Christmas Day by the Japanese. While the news from overseas was bad, things were not great on the home front either. Winter started on Oct. 23 with the first significant snowfall. On Nov. 15 and 16, Central Alberta was hit with one of the worst blizzards on record. Days would pass before streets and the district roads became passable. With people finding it a struggle to get around, merchants found the traditional Christmas shopping rush was slow in getting started. Moreover, major retailers such as Eaton’s announced there would be no evening shopping hours that year. With wartime rationing, many things were no longer readily available. There were restrictions on the amount of tea, coffee, sugar and butter people could buy. As the winter weather set in, a very ominous shortage developed.

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Coal, which was the major source of heat, became hard to buy. Despite these many challenges, people got ready for Christmas as best they could. The stores managed to offer some Christmas sales, including women’s ‘festive frocks’ for $6.95, men’s ties for 50 cents, electric toasters for $3.95, large dolls for $2.98, toy trains for $3.49 and

paint sets for 19 cents. Fortunately because Red Deer was located in an agricultural heartland, turkeys and Christmas hams remained in good supply. In the days leading up to Christmas, the Canadian Pacific Railway reported passenger traffic was more than twice what it had been in December 1941 as people travelled to visit family and

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A closer look at homelessness: report One quarter of Red Deer’s homeless have either full-time or part-time employment, and nearly one in four women who are homeless have children with them, according to the Red Deer Point in Time [PIT] Homeless Count 2012 Final Report. The City of Red Deer, in partnership with the Red Deer & District Community Foundation, conducted Red Deer’s first PIT Homeless Count to determine the overall scope of homelessness and provide a baseline to inform strategies for ending homelessness in Red Deer. “The Final Report provides those working to end homelessness with a more detailed picture of who is homeless, factors that may be keeping them homeless, and more importantly, what supports and resources are needed to help them exit homelessness,” said Rebekah McDermott, coordinator with the EveryOne’s Home Leadership Model. “Gaining a better understanding of the homeless population in Red Deer is a critical step in assisting them into permanent housing with access to the supports they need.” Ninety-eight volunteers surveyed both sheltered and unsheltered individuals within Red Deer City limits on Oct. 16. Occupancy totals were obtained from shelter providers and a comprehensive outdoor enumeration was conducted to capture the most accurate number of homeless persons possible. A total of 279 people were found to be homeless on Oct. 16. In addition to providing a snapshot of homelessness in Red Deer, the Final Re-

port also gives a better understanding of the sub-populations affected by homelessness. Detailed information on Aboriginal persons, unaccompanied youth, women, homeless families and the chronically homeless, as well as how programs that are designed to help the homeless which are available around the City are being used is included. One in four respondents reported having either full-time or part-time employment, but were unable to afford housing. Most indicated that if more housing were available, if rents were lower, or if they had enough money for the first month’s rent plus a damage deposit, they would not be homeless. Women comprised 32% of the homeless population, and nearly one in four women who were homeless had children with them at the time of the count. The Final Report also indicates that the majority of homeless persons encountered considered Red Deer home; 65% of respondents reported living in Red Deer for more than one year. The remainder typically came from somewhere else in Alberta or other provinces. Only 3% were recent immigrants to Canada. The PIT Homeless Count comes as part of EveryOne’s Home: Red Deer’s 5 Year Plan towards Ending Homelessness. Future counts will be conducted every two years. For more information, read the full report online at - Weber



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OPINION Celebrating responsibly Tis the season for celebrating – and that means inevitably a spike in partiers who have one drink too many and then decide they are fit to drive. Recently, MADD Canada launched the 25th annual Project Red Ribbon with the aim of preventing impaired driving this holiday season. It’s just in time for the annual slate of office parties, family get-togethers and other functions to serve as a reminder of the importance of not drinking and driving. Project Red Ribbon runs through to the first Monday after New Year’s, during which time MADD Canada volunteers are out in their communities distributing red ribbons to the public to attach to their vehicles, key chains, purses, briefcases and backpacks. Over one million ribbons are distributed to Canadians during Project Red Ribbon. The ribbon reminds people to plan ahead for a safe ride home if they’re going to be drinking. It also serves as a tribute to those who have been killed or injured in impairment-related crashes. It’s frustrating that the numbers of reported impaired drivers are as high as they are, in spite of constant educational and awareness campaigns and the tireless efforts of MADD volunteers. For some reason, people still choose to get behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking assuming they are

in complete control. The cost to such irresponsibility is staggering. Every year, between 1,250 and 1,500 people are killed and more than 63,000 are injured as a result of impaired driving, officials say. Even with the recent toughening of provincial laws, including the lowering of the legal blood alcohol limit, these numbers aren’t decreasing significantly as would be hoped. In 2009, the last year for which numbers are available, it was estimated that 2,575 individuals were killed in motor vehicle crashes in Canada. MADD Canada estimates that at a minimum 1,074 of these fatalities were impairment-related. However, in MADD Canada’s opinion, the 1,074 figure is a conservative estimate, due to the underreporting that results from the inability to test surviving impaired drivers and from the need to rely on police reports. Officials remind citizens to never drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver. And if you see a driver you suspect is impaired, call 911 to report it. Meanwhile, to avoid potential tragedy, it’s as easy as simply planning ahead by arranging for a designated driver, calling a cab or ensuring you have someone you trust to pick you up when it’s time to head home. We hope all Red Deerians take time to make plans and choose wisely this holiday season when it comes to alcohol consumption.

Remember, Santa Claus is a senior citizen too Poor Santa. Every year it’s the same thing. Harness up the reindeer. Supervise the loading of the sled by the elves. Then work all night delivering gifts to children all over the world. Christmas Eve is tough work, and he is not as young as he used to be. After a hard night’s work he returns home at the North Pole where he flops down on the couch with a bad case of heartburn. Too many cookies. Mrs. Claus rolls her eyes and sends Rudolph off to the 24-hour pharmacy to get the antacid. You see, Santa is a senior. Always has been, always will be.


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North is pricey and hard to come by, and he hasn’t actually been to see a doctor or had his optometrist update his prescription bifocals in years. I’ve often wondered if Santa feels that seniors like him get a raw deal. Christmas is all about children, after all. Its focus is on the magic of hope and expectation in little eyes as NORAD tracks Santa on Christmas Eve. What Santa doesn’t tell us is that each year he also receives letters from seniors requesting a few little things. I think that Santa is profoundly saddened by these letters. You see, seniors don’t ask for gifts for

themselves. If anything, they ask for basics like toiletries, batteries for hearing aids, reading glasses, bus tickets; even books or stationery. But it’s the seniors who ask for gifts for their own grandchildren that really grab at Santa’s heart. He knows that although Canada has made great strides in eliminating seniors’ poverty, too many of our older adults still live a low-income lifestyle, especially in major urban centres where costs of living are high. He probably knows, for example, that almost 30% of Calgary seniors live on annual incomes of less than $28,000. It’s no better The Red Deer Express is a proud newspaper of

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in Toronto, where 12%, or 72,600 seniors, are considered low income. Santa hoped perhaps Vancouver seniors were doing better. Not so, with 15.5% living a low-income lifestyle. At the end of the month on such a small income, there isn’t a whole lot left over for basics, and certainly not for gifts or something special like an outing. And there is certainly no raise or bonus to look forward to in the future – just a ‘fixed’ income. Santa chuckles softly to himself as he realizes that the income isn’t fixed at all; it is actually broken and needs repair. Forget about dreams of a special dinner out

or a vacation somewhere warm. And after a lifetime of working hard, isn’t that just what we want to do in our retirement? Then there are the socially isolated seniors, who don’t often get out due to mobility issues. What they really want is for Santa to just drop by for a chat and a cup of tea. So this Christmas season, I urge you to remember and reach out to the elders in your life, like Santa. True, they have seen many Christmases, but now, each one is a gift in itself. Arlene Adamson is the CEO of Calgary-based Silvera for Seniors. Her column is distributed through www.troymedia. com. 2010

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CitySpeak DIANNE This week, Express reporter Erin Fawcett has asked Councillor Dianne Wyntjes questions regarding the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance.


As one of your council responsibilities this year, you’ve been appointed as the City’s representative to the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA) board. What can you tell us about the work? “The Red Deer River watershed is known as the area of land that drains rainfall and snow melt into the Red Deer River and all its tributaries of smaller rivers, wetlands, lakes and streams, which are also smaller watersheds. The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance is a multi-sector, non-profit organization that promotes the good use and proper management of water in the Red Deer River watershed. The Red Deer River watershed encompasses the area from Sundre to the Saskatchewan border and has a length of 724 kms,” said Wyntjes. “The RDRWA was created in September 2005 and is one of 11 watershed planning and advisory councils in Alberta. Watershed Alliances across the province partner in the delivery of the province’s Water for Life Strategy. One of the Alliance’s first major undertakings was to determine the overall health of the watershed. The RDRWA reported on this with their ‘State of the Watershed’, released in 2009.” She added in order that residents in the Red Deer River Watershed area have increased awareness of issues affecting the watershed, education, community and stewardship outreach is also important work for the RDRWA. Member volunteers in the RDRWA’s outreach committee are busy with students and teachers, as well as being available to participate at events in Red Deer and throughout Central Alberta. Activities such as tours of rivers, lakes and streams are popular and educational. “The RDRWA is supported through provincial government funding and municipal partnership funding, corporate and individual donations and sponsorship.”

Why is watershed planning important? “We turn on our taps for drinking, cooking and bathing. We flush the toilet, water our gardens, walk along the river and enjoy recreation river activity. A healthy watershed supports aquatic and wildlife habitat. Water is necessary for growing our food and livestock production. Industry requires water usage for production of goods and services in our economy. Everything that happens on the land eventually affects water. And, we’re all users of water; we cannot live without it,” said Wyntjes. “Over 70 cities, counties, special areas, towns, villages and summer villages are in the watershed. Many draw water from the mainstream river. The City of Red Deer’s per capita consumption in 2011 was at 382 litres per capita per day, with residential consumption averaging 211 litres per capita per day. Our water usage is close to the Alberta average of 395 litres per capita per day (2009). When we compare our usage to Canadian municipalities of our size, we are below the average of 489 litres.” She added watershed management is important as both quality and quantity of water must be left behind for the next 100 to 1,000 years. “A water management plan must strike the balance between wise use and conservation,” said Wyntjes. She added there’s a term used in the RDRWA, called ‘Beneficial Management Practices’ (BMPs). “It means voluntary and proactive actions industry or individuals can undertake for the betterment and conservation for the health of our watershed. Citizens, organizations like the City, agriculture and industry adopt these beneficial management practices. The RDRWA likes to hear about practices benefitting our Red Deer River watershed and recognizes good stewardship programs and individual commitments through its Watershed Ambassador program.”

How will the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance develop the watershed plan? “It’s been happening. The plan is called the ‘Integrated Watershed Management Plan – IWMP’. Since the fall of 2010 the RDRWA has been working to bring the community together to build the plan. This includes municipalities, agriculture, industry, conservation groups, government and other stakeholders. All members of the public are welcome to attend community meetings to learn and share information about the health of the watershed,” said Wyntjes. “Focus to date has been on surface water quality. Research and analysis is on wetlands, riparian areas and land use. Water quantity, groundwater, terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity is on the agenda for next year. Draft reports will be shared with the public and stakeholders for feedback and comments. Once we’ve completed the work (anticipated spring 2014), the same level of participation and commitment will be significant in the implementation through our collective actions and decisions.”

How can people get involved in the plan? “The plan is being built and it’s important to be part of it. The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance wants to hear from you on the work done to date and how we can improve on better managing our Red Deer River watershed. The success of the plan relies upon as much stakeholder participation and input throughout the process.”

Reader says November wasn’t just about ‘Movember’ You may have noticed an influx of mustaches (recently). But November wasn’t just for the guys. Did you know the popular Movember campaign - an event that sees facial hair grown in exchange for pledges that benefit men’s health programs, including prostate cancer and mental health awareness, shares the second last month of the year with Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, and Mouth Cancer Action Month? Raising awareness is crucial in the fight against all cancers of which there are more than 200 different types. So, while mos are meaningfully being grown for bros, the Canadian Cancer Society wants to let the ladies know that they’re loved too. Three women courageously shared their cancer stories with us in our newest awareness video You Are Loved. It is our

hope that the conversation captured in this video will inspire all women to start their own conversations with their loved ones and doctors. Ladies, you have a 40% risk of being diagnosed with some form of cancer in your lifetime. Please know that your family and friends love you, and they want you around for many more years. So it’s vital that you know the symptoms to recognize and the questions to ask your healthcare provider. Because, in most cases, catching cancer in its early stages is the key to beating it. Watch our video and join the Canadian Cancer Society’s free health reminder program at Also be sure to share this important message of love and hope.

Dan Holinda, Executive director Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division

Building resiliency in youth Everyday in the news we read about the tragic consequences of bullying, addictions, mental illness, family violence, abuse, assaults and sexual exploitation on our youth. In Canada, suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds. In all daunting situations every parent wants to know ‘How do I protect my child? How does one youth find the inner strength to cope and another continue to struggle? Why do some children consider suicide? How do we build resiliency? Resiliency is the ability to overcome the challenging events in our life and to function as well as before and eventually move forward. It is the ability to ‘bounce back’. It involves accepting all that life throws at us, learning from the good and the bad and becoming stronger. Building resiliency is complicated as we are dealing with human beings. A protective factor for one person may be a risk factor for another depending on their situation, experiences and the circumstances. However, these 10 characteristics can assist in developing healthy and respectful environments where children thrive and build the strength to adapt and grow. 1. Develop empathy - teach children to understand and sympathize with how others feel. 2. Good communication - teach children to become assertive communicators for win-win situations.

3. Strong problem-solving skills - teach children confidence in making good choices. 4. Dedicated to learning - teach children to be interested in school and increasing their knowledge. 5. Goal driven - teach children how to set goals and strive for them. 6. Involved in engaging and rewarding activities - teach children a sense of purpose and belonging. 7. Hopeful about the future - teach children that things change and will get better. 8. Solid relationship with one or more adults - teach children to build a support network. 9. Live in a safe community - teach children to feel safe and secure. 10. Live in a well-functioning family teach children how to engage in positive relationships. For those times our children are not feeling strong, be strong for them. Remember, there are agencies out there who want to help and support your families through the precarious life events that are cast at us. In Central Alberta you can find support at Suicide Information & Education Services. Call 403-342-4966 or email

Mary Dawn Eggleton Youth Education Coordinator Suicide Information & Education Services

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Local teen wins Junior Teen Miss at provincial finals BY TANIS REID Red Deer Express Local teen Ann-Marie Rogers-Cooper has landed the coveted title of Jr. Teen Miss in the National Canadian Girl Pageants. The Alberta Provincial Finals were held in Edmonton on Dec. 2. Rogers-Cooper also took home a $50 scholarship. About 45 girls from across the province competed for the prestigious titles ranging from Baby Miss to Teen Miss. In this natural pageant, where competitors wear minimal make-up and no fake hair or teeth, Rogers-Cooper, 16, participated in formal wear, casual wear and the ‘pink’ option where she was all decked out in the category’s colour. “I like being all dressed up and feeling pretty.” Winning at this pageant qualifies Rogers-Cooper to represent Alberta at Nationals that will be held in Vancouver in July. However, in January she will be competing in Miss Teen Canada World. If she places in this pageant she will be unable to attend Nationals for National Canadian Girl Pageants due to scheduling conflicts unless special arrangements can be made. Rogers-Cooper started taking part in pageants two years ago after she lost her sight in February of 2010. She was diagnosed with optic neuritis, which is inflammation of the optic nerve. It may cause sudden, reduced vi-

sion in the affected eye. She went to bed one night with a bit of a headache and when she awoke in the morning she couldn’t see anything out of her left eye. The optic neuritis eventually spread to her right eye as well, however, her sight started to improve about a year after the trouble started. “I see as good as I can see now, but I don’t remember what it is like to see 100 per cent.” Due to a five-month stay at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Rogers-Cooper lost confidence in herself. “I missed half of my Grade eight year and I just felt out of place,” she said. “I had no confidence in myself so I started pageants. I was good at them so I kept doing them.” She admits that she got the idea to start participating in pageants from the well-known TV show Toddlers & Tiaras. It was the beautiful puffy dresses that caught her attention and she now owns some of her own dresses that she adores including an extremely sparkly yellow ball gown. Rogers-Cooper still has not regained her sight to 100 per cent but she refuses to let it hold her back. Ultimately, it’s her no nonsense attitude that will get her through life and through pageants. “It is not one of those things that I dwell over,” she said. “It’s happened. Deal with it. It’s done. So I just accept it.”

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COUNCIL BRIEFS VEHICLE NOISE TO BE ADDRESSED City administration will wait to see the results of new technology introduced in Calgary before making a decision on vehicle noise. Council had requested administration research the success of Edmonton’s Vehicle Noise Bylaw and to bring back a report and potential amendments to the Community Standard Bylaw. Since the request was made, Calgary has initiated technology that has a broader scope of detection than that provided by Edmonton.

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Council voted in favour to delay amendments to the Community Standards Bylaw until a review of the success of the new technology being tested by Calgary can be done. Council will also wait for a review of the City of Calgary assessment and evaluation of the equipment and a review of the costs to purchase and implement the new equipment. Councillor Paul Harris said he thinks waiting six months to deal with the issue is too long. “In talking with colleagues in Calgary, their study isn’t going as well as they had hoped.”

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Councillor Lynne Mulder said she hopes the community knows the issue is still being dealt with. “This has been on the books for three years. The community thinks perhaps that this has been left to die on the vine,” she said. The motion was tabled for up to six months to allow administration to consider other options.

COUNCIL PASSES 2013 ELECTION BYLAW Red Deer City council passed the 2013 Election Bylaw Monday night.

The City’s message for next year’s election, which will take place Oct. 21, is ‘Make this Election Yours’. Nomination day will take place Sept. 23 where candidates for mayor, City council as well as both Red Deer Public and Red Deer Catholic School boards will have from 8 a.m. to noon to officially declare their candidacy. Hour of voting on Oct. 21 are set to take place from 8 a.m. until noon. Advanced votes will also be held at the Red Deer Museum on Oct. 5th, 11-12th, 18th and 19th.

United Way campaign nearing goal As of today, $1,660,926 or 83% of the United Way’s annual fundraising goal has been achieved. United Way staff and volunteers have been in a hub of activity working to remind the community that change starts here, in Central Alberta, through their donation, officials say. “So far this year we’ve been fortunate to see some really strong, successful employee campaigns like those run through DOW/ MEGlobal, Alberta Health Services, Shell Canada, Ing

& McKee, Costco and NOVA Chemicals. With each new donation, we are closer to achieving our community goal,” said John Knoch, 2012 volunteer campaign co-chair. The money raised during this campaign will go directly back into the community and provides consistent funding to over 30 programs and services in Central Alberta. “This year’s goal includes an increase of over $50,000 from what was raised last year, which

needs to come from new sources and donors. We hope people will think about those 107,000 people who were helped last year and the many more that will require our help this coming year,” said Buck Buchanan, 2012 campaign co-chair. Last year, 19,613 children and youth received mentorship opportunities, camp experiences, nutrition and education support and tools to reach their full potential.

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Hope available all year long at The Outreach Centre BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Christmas offers most people a happy time but it’s the couple of months following that can take an emotional toll. Staff at the Suicide Information & Education Services are working hard to ensure the community knows about the services they offer – not only during and after the holidays but all year through. Mary Dawn Eggelton, youth education coordinator, does presentations at 274 schools across the region for students from early elementary to high school age. “I speak to the students and we offer them support. We also offer an confidential online support service,” she said. “Adults are accessing it as well.” As to the holiday season, she said youth can feel a significant sense of ‘let down’ following the busyness of Christmas holidays. It can heighten a sense of depression and vulnerability, she said. The holidays can also be particularly hard for those who have lost someone to suicide, added Laura MacNeill, executive director. “As you come up to the anniversary dates and the various holidays, that can be very challenging – whether it’s Christmas, birthdays or anniversaries. Our group is really working on these tough times and how to help people manage those. It’s really about building a support system.” It’s also important to keep the lines of communication open. “When someone dies from suicide, typically people become afraid to talk about it. You don’t get the same reaction as when a (loved one) dies from something else. We as a society need to be comfortable in holding and hugging that person the same regardless of how their loved one has died. And to be comfortable in talking about it.” Eggelton agreed. “If more people are more open talking about it, those (considering suicide) will be open to seeking help.” As for her ongoing work with youth, she finds the early part of the year to be an especially busy time. “I find that during January and February I tend to get some really high needs schools. Last year, February was very hard,” she said. “My presentations are very interactive. I will have kids that will break down, so we need to then make sure they get their support. I really try to make a personal connection with each kid in the presentation. That way, if things are bugging them, we can really address it.” With the early elementary age, presentations focus on talking about feelings. At the Grade 6 level, the conversation is about bullying. Grade 9 students learn about healthy dating relationships and Grade 7 students learn all about handling stress. “Actually, my first stress presentation is at Grade 4, and then my really in-depth one is during Grade 7.” At that point, she also discusses the physiological impact stress has on the body and coping mechanisms. “The high school material is also all about suicide prevention.” MacNeill emphasized the ultimate goal is for people to be mindful of how they are feeling throughout the year. “If we have support systems in place, know who to access in the community, know who we can safely turn to, then we can handle the different seasons and events that happen in our lives. Our goal is to have healthy children who grow into healthy adults – getting that cycle going in a positive direction.” Besides a focus on the younger set, the agency also offers adult education programs. ‘Blueprint for Success’ is a men-at-risk program designed for men working in the industry and trade sectors. It addresses mental health issues such as depression these jobs can bring. Sadly, sometimes there aren’t many signs that a person plans to take his or her own life. As Eggelton pointed out, about 80% of the time there are warning signs. “For youth it’s much higher – about 95 per cent of the time.” But when there aren’t any signs, it can be because the individual has already decided to commit suicide and so has arrived at a place of peace. They can

seem better because they’ve come to a place of resolution. Common warning signs, however, include when someone starts giving things away, tidying up their affairs, talking about death, showing a significant increase in stress, or increasingly turning to alcohol or drugs. “The number one red flag is hopelessness.” Friends and family would do well to always follow up when they see such signs, she said. Meanwhile, the agency is holding a fundraising raffle. “All the proceeds go back to our youth programs in Central Alberta,” said MacNeill, adding that the Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization with limited government funding. Tickets are $5 with the grand prize being a two-night stay for two at the Smokey Bear Campground resort, second prize is three hours of free ink time with Art & Soul Tattoo and third prize a one-hour session with Hazzardous Material Photography. MacNeill said the raffle serves as the agency’s main fundraiser of the year. Also coming up is the Decadent Dessert Night on Dec. 14 at the Red Deer Rebels game. That particular fundraiser has been held for 19 years. For more information about the raffle or about the services provided by Suicide Information & Education Services, call 403-342-4966. The draw date is Dec. 21.

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fyi EVENTS Visions Country Gospel presents a country gospel and Christmas concert at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church (18 Selkirk Blvd) on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. One half of the proceeds go to the Nicaragua Education Fund. For tickets, call Debbie at the church at 403-346-3798 or David and Sharon at 403-347-1044. Suicide Information & Education Services is holding a raffle. Tickets are $5 with the grand prize being a two-night stay at the Smokey Bear Campground resort, second prize is three hours of free ink time with Art & Soul Tattoo and third prize a one-hour session with Hazzardous Material Photography. For more information, call 403-3424966. Draw date is Dec. 21. You’ll have a chance to win a Great White Shark Adventure in San Francisco when you purchase a Medicine River Wildlife Centre 2013 calendar for $20. To purchase your calendar/ raffle ticket and support the work of the Centre west of Innisfail, contact 403-7283467 or visit The Salvation Army, Red Deer Christmas Kettle Campaign runs through to Dec. 22nd. Volunteers are needed to ring the bells at the kettles in locations throughout the city. For more information on the Red Deer Christmas Kettle Campaign call Jane at the Salvation Army in Red Deer at 403-346-2251. Funds from campaign are essential in providing much needed assistance to the less fortunate at Christmas and throughout the year. Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present our Members Only Show and Sale: A Juried Exhibition in the Kiwanis Gallery of the Red Deer Public Library until Jan. 1. The Alberta 55 plus Games are coming! The 2013 Alberta 55 plus Winter Games will be held

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in Calgary Feb. Fe 13 -16, 2013. Consequently the zone qualifying Consequentl playoff schedule is in full swing. Entering any one of these events could qualify you to attend the Canada 55 plus Games in Strathcona County in 2014. For more details, check the web site at or call Rosella at 780-608-1391. Parkland Garden Center is hosting their 19th annual craft show Dec. 15th. Visit our Food Lane, have a coffee or hot chocolate while enjoying our market and beautiful themed trees. A donation to the Food Bank is greatly appreciated. Love to sing? Hearts of Harmony, a chapter of Sweet Adelines

Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus is preparing music for the Christmas season. They invite all interested men to join them on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ (68 Donlevy Ave.) The group has numerous sing-outs planned for the Christmas season and welcome men of all ages to sing with them. No experience is necessary. For more information contact David at 403-342-1318 or Marvin at 403-343-0223. Visit the web site at The Harris-Warke Gallery announces its next exhibit, Connecting Places, paintings by Red Deer artist Galia Kwetny. Born in the former Soviet Union, Galia arrived in Canada in 2002

Bureau. Boxes are set up for your convenience. We will be accepting donations until 6 p.m. on Dec. 15. For those that can’t stop by on this day but want to donate - donations are taken daily from 1 to 6 p.m., 7 days a week. There will be lots of good food, prizes, raffle tickets, etc. happening all day long. For every $5 purchased, $1 will be donated to the Red Deer Food Bank. Ice Cream cones purchased will be 50% off for the entire day. A delightful educator from the Pacific Northwest will lead the service of the Unitarian Fellowship of Red Deer on Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Cronquist House. Samaya Oakley is the intern minister at the Unitarian

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Visit us at International, is an a cappella chorus for women of all ages who love to sing and harmonize. Rehearsals are Monday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Davenport Church of Christ (68 Donlevy Ave.). Join us any Monday night, you will be welcome. Experience the joyful sound of four-part harmony with a group of wonderful women. For more information, call Nancy at 403-357-8240, or our director, Sheryl @403-7424218 or check out the web site at Central Alberta Singles dances run Dec. 15 with Lost Highway and Dec. 29 with Randy Hillman. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. Members and invited guests only; new members are welcome. For information, call Elaine at 403-341-7653 or Bob at 403-304-7440. The Red Deer Wildrose

Fundraiser – Dec. 15 - Red Deer Food Bank /Christmas Bureau: Candy Faces (10 a.m. to noon only) so bring your little ones to get their face painted for $5 (half of these proceeds will go to the food bank). Cone Castle supports both the Red Deer Food Bank and Christmas Bureau. Stop by and donate a nonperishable item for the food bank or a new toy for the Christmas

Red Deer Wildrose Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus invite you to our holiday show ‘Home for Christmas’ on Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Davenport Church of Christ (68 Donlevy Ave.) Special guests include the Hearts of Harmony (Sweet Adeline Chorus) and the students of the Lindsey Thurber High School Chorus. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the door. Childen under 12 are admitted free. Refreshments following. Proceeds to the Red Deer Christmas Bureau. Also accepting items for the Red Deer Food Bank. For information call 403-342-1318 or 403-3430223. Visit ‘In the Spirit of Christmas’ is a programme of readings and music for the Christmas Season. It is on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 4929 - 54 St. Silver collection. For more information please contact Elizabeth at 403-347-2114.


having spent some time as an art instructor in Israel. Galia produces large paintings of ‘coded landscapes’ or imaginary places in which she creates environments that combine almost recognizable features of ‘place’ with the energy and the urgency of feeling evoked by the memory achieved through the use of dramatic colour and gesture. Connecting Places runs until Dec. 29. The HarrisWarke Gallery is situated in Sunworks in downtown Red Deer at 4924 Ross St.

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Church of Calgary. She is also a trainer for the youth office of the Unitarian Universalist Association. She will speak on The Art of Peace Making and will probe the difficulties of justice work in accordance with the Unitarian Universalist principle. Everyone is invited, and there will be coffee and conversation to follow. For more information, call Bruce at 403-340-2642. A ‘Christmas gift-wrapping’ fundraiser will be held at Liberty Christian Fellowship on Dec. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Funds will support a mission trip to Mexico in February. Dessert and coffee will also be available. The suggested donation amounts for wrapping the gifts is $3 to $7 depending on the size of the gift. For more information, call the church office at 403-342-7800. Centennial First Night runs Dec. 31 at Bower Ponds from 6 – 9 p.m. The event includes skating,

Central Music Festival presents Christmas Carol Project Dec. 20, 7:30 pm at the Red Deer College Art Centre. Enjoy an evening of Edmonton musicians, singers and songwriter performing an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Tickets are available at the Black Knight Ticket Centre. The Red Deer Food Bank will be accepting donations at the door. The Senior Citizens Downtown House has cribbage every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $3. Whist runs every Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Fun Contact Bridge runs every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Cost is $3 as well for both of these activities. Tuesday night dances start at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $6 and everyone is welcome. For more information, call 403-346-4043. 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

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Week of December 12 - December 19, 2012 atmosphere. We practice from 9:30 to 11 a.m. each Tuesday morning, September to June at the Downtown House Seniors Centre and average four to five sing outs monthly. We welcome anyone to take part. 403-346-7316. Old-time dances run at the Red Deer Legion every Wednesday evening. Smorg at 5 p.m. with dance at 7:30 p.m. Cover charge $6. Country music runs Friday and Saturday evenings 7 to 11 p.m. 403-342-0035. Golden Circle dances continue Thursday nights from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $7. Everyone welcome. 403347-6165 or 403-986-7170. The Learning Disabilities Association – Red Deer Chapter is accepting registrations for ongoing multi-disciplinary tutoring, one-on-one developed specifically for learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD and other conditions. Contact Jeannette at 403340-3885 or by email at programs@LDRedDeer. ca for more information. Visit 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.

SEMINARS Starting in January, Tree House Youth Theatre is offering a new program for youth aged 9 – 11 years. Young actor’s studio – tall tales and beyond - is an exciting program for young performers that introduces them to character study, voice, movement and performance as they explore folk and fairy tales from around the world. This program will have public presentations at the end of it, in early May 2013. Registrations can be made directly from our website through Paypal, or by contacting Tree House by phone or email. Call 403-986-0631 or email Local residents looking to manage their cholesterol and blood pressure can access an

upcoming information session to better understand their heart health. Heart Wise is a free, group session offered by Alberta Health Services (AHS). Nutrition and food services professionals will share their expertise and guide discussions that can help individuals manage their heart health. The session is open to anyone interested in developing a healthier lifestyle and is recommended for residents diagnosed with high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol or people diagnosed with risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes or family history. Participants will learn about high blood pressure: its causes, risk factors and complications;

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Lounge at 7 p.m. Information tion on Celiac disease, symptoms, ms diagnosing, gluten free diet, gluten free products, recipes, coffee and samples. Meeting schedule for 2012 – Nov. 20. For more information, call Fay at 430-347-3248, Clarice 403-3414351 or email Red DeerCeliacs@ for information.

Red Deer Public Schools Community Programs is hosting several classes on everything from teen make-up and belly dancing to an employment workshop and self-help Jin Shin. Register online at communityprograms.rdpsd. or call 403-342-1059. Cosmos Rehabilitation Society, which supports individuals living with a developmental disability, mental illness, brain injury, physical disability, and or sensory impairment, has lots of free workshops coming up including Personal Safety, Stress

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

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high cholesterol: its causes, risk factors and complications; heart healthy diets and lifestyle choices, how to measure blood pressure and setting goals to live better. Heart Wise will be held Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Education Room of Bethany CollegeSide, 99 College Circle. Participants must register. For more information or to register, call 1-877-314-6997. MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do it!) is a free community program – aimed at promoting healthy weights and lifestyles. The program, offered through Alberta Health Services, is for children ages two to four (now underway), and seven to 13 (starting in January). Through MEND, children and their families learn about healthy eating and mealtime routines, nutrition labels, portion control, setting goals to encourage healthy habits as a family, building self-esteem and active play.

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 Group takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays. Youth from Grade 4 up are welcome to attend. Check our web site at blackfaldsunitedchurch. com or phone 403-885-4780 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

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 Pottery Club meets

Tuesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Contour Studio at the Recreation Centre, downstairs. New members always welcome. For more information call Sharon at 403-347-8061 or Karen at 403-347-0600. Central Alberta Pioneers: Meet old and new friends at the Pioneer Lodge on the second Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. Entertainment and lunch. Call 403-309-4243 for more information. ‘Friends Over 45’ is an organization for women who are new to the Red Deer area or who have experienced a lifestyle change, and would like to meet new friends. New members are welcome. For information phone Gloria at 403-754-1655 or Shirley at 403-346-7160. Pioneers – meet old and new friends at 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Pioneer Lodge. For more information, call 403-343-8387. Turning Point, an office representing several social agencies, hosts a Red Deer & Area Transgender Support Group twice each month. For more information, call 403-346-8858. The Parkinson’s Society Education and Support Group runs the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Davenport Church of Christ. 403-346-4463. 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.

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Toys piled up at City Hall when the City collected more than 380 donations in lieu of payment for parking tickets issued between Nov. 1st and Dec. 7th. “Red Deerians are always very generous with this program. These toys help the Red Deer Christmas Bureau get one step closer to meeting its goal that no child wakes up without a toy on Christmas morning,” said Fred Dieno, parking coordinator. Of the 7,577 eligible parking tickets, 386 were paid for with toys. With the early payment rate in effect, the total value of tickets collected was over $9,400. “The quality of toys we received was phenomenal. It is obvious that a lot of thought went into the donations, and many donated items were worth far more than the value of their ticket,” said Dieno. Citizens donated everything from puzzles to mp3 players, stuffed animals and hockey sticks.

The Red Deer & District Community Foundation has granted the Butt Ugly Anti-Tobacco Program $5,000. Butt Ugly is an award-winning education program first created and piloted in Red Deer in 1995. The program provides in school programming about healthy choices with a focus on a tobacco-free lifestyle targeting middle school-aged teens. Youth engagement through the use of educational dramatic enactments, peer to peer interaction, tobacco refusal skill training and problem solving are essential and integral parts of the approach. Students from Red Deer’s high schools help teach their younger, middle school-aged peers (Grades 6 and 7) about the dangers of tobacco use and how to stay tobacco-free. Every middle school in Red Deer and many of the middle schools in the Central Alberta area receive the production as the cornerstone of their Grade six or seven school tobacco reduction education program each fall.

BAZAAR SHARES CHRISTMAS CHEER Westerner Park’s 27th annual Christmas Bazaar delighted shoppers last weekend with over 200 exhibitors offering everything from clothing and accessories to home decor, gourmet treats and more. Thanks to the support of patrons and Westerner Park’s donation, the Red Deer Food Bank received 1,410 lbs of nonperishable food and the Red Deer Christmas Bureau received $6,500. Westerner Park’s Christmas Bazaar is organized as a community contribution event and is produced by the Westerner Park staff.

PRIORITY SNOW REMOVAL UNDERWAY As of today, City crews will begin removing snow from Priority 4 roadways. These roadways include collector roads on bus routes as well as residential streets adjacent to schools. One work crew will start in the Kentwood area and work south, while another crew will start in the Vanier Woods subdivision and work north. Depending on the weather, this operation is expected to run until approximately Dec. 21 with crews working six days a week, excluding Sundays.

However, if Red Deer receives a heavy snow fall, Priority 4 removal will be postponed to focus on Priority 1 and 2 roadways. ‘No Parking’ signs will be placed on the roads a minimum of 12 hours before they are plowed. If vehicles are left parked on signed streets they will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Residents are also reminded to keep a safe distance from all snow removal equipment. A snow and ice control map showing the six priority levels and their corresponding streets is available on the Public Works department page at the City of Red Deer’s web site, To report any unsafe roadways, phone Public Works at 403-342-8238.

PERMITS SHOW STEADY GROWTH The value of year-to-date residential permits continues to grow over the previous year, with 103 residential permits issued in November. Leading the way for residential permits are the new subdivisions of Garden Heights and Vanier East. Commercial permit values show a substantial increase over this time last year. A permit valued at $7,070,000 issued to PCL Construction Management Inc. for renovations to the new Target store at Bower Place Shopping Centre contributed to the rise in permit values. Monthly statistics are posted on the City’s web site at

WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE 2013 NOMINATIONS OPEN The nomination process for this year’s Red Deer & District Community Foundation Wom-

en of Excellence Awards is underway. Deadline for submission of nomination packages is on March 29, 2013 at 4 p.m. A complete nomination package must be received by Collins Barrow Chartered Accountants and Consultants, #300, 5010-43rd St. The postal code is T4N 6H2. (Attn: Ms. Marsha Smalley). Envelopes must be marked ‘Women of Excellence 2013’. Nomination package are posted on the Red Deer & District Community Foundation’s web site at There are 11 categories for the Women of Excellence Award and they are: Agriculture; Arts, Culture & Heritage; Athletics, Recreation and Fitness; Business and the Professions; Community Building; Education and Training; Entrepreneurship; Environment; Health and Wellness; Human Services and the Young Woman of Excellence.

SHADE OF AMBITION CAMPAIGN Parkland Mall is accepting applications for the third annual Shades of Ambition campaign which will be held March 7th to 27th. Shades of Ambition is an annual event hosted at Parkland Mall where three charitable organizations sell pieces of a large mural to raise money for their programs. The charity that sells the most pieces will also win a $7,500 donation from Parkland Mall, second place will win $5,000 and third place will win $2,500. Application forms are available at www. under Events and Promotions. Deadline for applications are Jan. 5th. Contact Krista at 403-343-8997 for more information.



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POLICE BRIEFS DECREASE IN VIOLENT CRIME IN CITY The City’s 2012 crime statistics show a decrease in violent crimes from 2011. At this time last year, the City saw four homicides in 2011 versus two this year, and a 17.6% decrease in sexual assaults from 2011, year to date. However, one statistic that rose considerably was robbery. In 2011, 80 robberies took place in the City, so far this year there have been 162. Break and enters are also on the rise. In 2011 there were 787 break and enters in Red Deer and this year to date the City has seen 990. One of the areas Red Deer City council’s strategic direction focuses on is safety. Work has started with the community, City administration and council to identify how policing, crime prevention and community involvement can impact the safety of the community, officials said. “Crime is just one factor in measuring the overall safety of a city, but its impacts are important to everyone, and we need to continue to work together to identify crime prevention and enforcement programs that work for Red Deer,” said Mayor Morris Flewwelling. The Crime Prevention and Policing Review identified options and alternatives related to

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community safety, and that work continues to develop solutions that will work for Red Deer. In October, council reviewed the next step for crime prevention and community safety that will assess the current situation, gather community input, review best practices and provide a framework for establishing a community-based Red Deer model to help make the community a safer place.

POLICE INVESTIGATE CREDIT CARD FRAUD Throughout the last month a number of Red Deer businesses have reported being victimized by individuals/groups using stolen, canceled or otherwise defective credit cards. The suspects will attempt to purchase a large quantity of merchandise using a credit card. An error message will appear on the pin pad after the card has been swiped. The suspect or suspects will then manipulate the pin pad in some manner which allows the sale to be processed and they then leave the store with the merchandise. The credit card company later contacts the business and informs them of the fraud. RCMP encourage businesses to advise staff to not manually enter any credit card

number and to observe customers when they are in possession of the pin pad. Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to call Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.

STRUCTURE FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION A structure fire that took place late last week continues to be under investigation. Just after 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, Red Deer Emergency Services Dispatch Centre received a call reporting a structure fire at 3201 - 44 A Ave. When Emergency Services crews arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from a garage located on the property. The fire was put out shortly after crews arrived, but the structure sustained smoke and fire damage. One person was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

DRUGS AND FIREARM SEIZED AFTER BUST Police have seized numerous drugs as well


as a firearm from a home that was searched recently in Red Deer. On Dec. 3rd members of the Red Deer RCMP Street Team executed a search warrant at the residence of Rudy Christianson. Upon entering the residence, police found Christianson, Llana Holt as well as one other female and two males. A search of the residence resulted in seizure of cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, marijuana and oxycontin, drug trafficking paraphernalia, a .38 caliber handgun as well as a ‘stun gun’. Police have charged Christianson, 32, with three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of a controlled substance. Christianson was released and will appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on Dec. 20th. Police have charged Holt, 33, with three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a controlled substance. She was released and will appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on Dec. 14th. There were three children living in the residence and Child and Family Services Authority is involved.

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ENTERTAINMENT Picture the Ocean touring nation in support of CD Attractive, polished ‘alt-pop’ style reflected throughout engaging project BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Wielding a breezy, accessible light touch to crafting pop tunes, Edmonton-based band Picture the Ocean performs at The Vat on Dec. 22. Jesse Dee, Jacquie B, and Matt Blackie have essentially made the Canadian highways their home and even the subject of a few songs, but after a summer of playing with Aussie funk/soul princess Aurora Jane, both as her band and with her as their bass player, they decided to hop on a plane with Jane and keep going. They toured the UK and Europe and India through the fall. All this before they finally returned home to Canada and embarked on a tour which takes them from Ontario back to B.C. and Alberta. Somewhere in the midst of last summer’s wild rides back and forth touring the country with a few different musicians, Jesse Dee & Jacquie B found themselves with a new permanent member to the band – percussionist Matt Blackie. The new name reflects that change as well. “Picture the Ocean is really just a new name for our old band,” explains Dee during a tour stop in Winnipeg. “Me and Jacquie B had been wanting to change the name for awhile.” The new moniker is actually a line from one of their newer tunes that ended up on their last CD, and the feel of the phrase nicely encapsulates the sensibilities of the band, he said. “It really captures what we are doing now.” These days, the group barely slowed down as they recovered from jet lag from being in transit for some 30 hours from their return trip from India. They’re happy to be on the road again on native soil, introducing their tunes to as many folks as they can before settling into a much-


POWERHOUSE TRIO – Edmonton-based band Picture the Ocean brings their unique ‘alt-pop’ style to The Vat on Dec. 22. deserved break post-Christmas. That’s when Jesse said he will hunker down and let the inspiration of their international journey translate into a slate of new material for the next CD. “I do get inspired by travel, but I find that I need some time to reflect on it. I’m not really a ‘road’ writer. So I’m looking forward to some time off so we can all get some writing done.” India in particular was tremendously interesting with its vibrant culture, busy cities and rampant poverty. “Western music there has kind of been catching on over the past 10 years or so, so the scene isn’t like here where venues have come and gone and bands have come and gone. But they


were really receptive to our music – I don’t think they had ever heard a band like us play there.” Although Jesse always liked music and sang here and there growing up, he never considered it as a full-fledged possible career until after high school graduation. That’s when his folks gave him a guitar for Christmas. But creative energies flourished once he started studying music, and he soon enrolled in jazz studies at Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan College. As to Jessie Dee and Jaquie B’s collaborative adventures, the results are energy-fused live shows packed with passion and wit. They’ve been churning out tunes for several years, and aren’t wary of melding styles and exploring

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fresh sonic territory on every recording. Meanwhile, Picture the Ocean plays enjoyable alt-pop and rootsrock; somewhere between The Band or Fleetwood Mac, and Ani DiFranco or Luke Doucet. Their self-titled debut, recorded in Edmonton and released last June, is a collection of songs and stories which have developed in the last year of hard touring together as a trio. Careful consideration went into the vision for the project. “We had a lot of meetings and talked about how we wanted to record it – we wanted to capture a good, ‘live’ sound.” Replete with glistening guitar sounds, those striking, signature Jesse and Jacquie harmonies,

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and expert musicianship from Blackie, the record indeed draws influence from many of today’s contemporaries. In the meantime, Jesse remains as passionate about making music as ever. It’s not all fun and glamorous, but the magic of writing songs and connecting with audiences is as alluring as it’s always been. “There’s always so far to go – you are never done. There’s always another thing you could learn to do, or a perspective you can have. That’s what I like about art,” he said. “It’s continually a learning experience, and there are always bigger and better places to go with it.”

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Dave McCann plays New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve in City Dave McCann and the Firehearts will be heading to the The Hideout for New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. Showtime for the acclaimed singer/songwriter is 8 p.m. Americana-edged rock and roll tangled with the continuous trail of broken strings, headlights and a lot of laughter. These are

some of the guiding forces behind Dave McCann and his fourth release Dixiebluebird. Produced by guitarist, producer and Nashville alticon Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris, Todd Snider, Mavis Staples, Rodney Crowell), Dixiebluebird has been described as McCannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strongest work to date.

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A wealth of road and heart-worn original material that lays a torch to the inďŹ&#x201A;uence of bruised country soul, heartfelt Americana and southern tinged rock and roll. Dixiebluebird also brings transition, with an introduction to Dave McCann and the Firehearts. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new name, but the same superlative line up - long time guitarist Dave Bauer, multiinstrumentalist Pete Loughlin on bass, Tim Williams on drums and all the sagacious force of Charlie Hase on the pedal steel guitar. Dixiebluebird was recorded at the Toybox Studio - a backyard studio hidden out in the old neighbourhoods of east Nashville. Owned and operated by Eli â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lijâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shaw and aptly named after its incredible collection of historic and vintage gear - compressors, mics and the analog MCI console that was rescued out of Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Criteria Studios after the 1970s. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recorded the luminaries - Neil Young, Steven Stills, Elvin Bishop, Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, the Marshall Tucker Band, the Eagles, and that historic heartfelt rock inďŹ&#x201A;uence can be sensed.

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From the title track Dixiebluebird to the high-caliber rockers like Bloodpines and Fireheart or following through to the pendulant swerve of Tuscaloosa Blues and Unfamiliar Ground listeners can hear right off what this band is all about. Previous releases Shoot The Horse (2008), Country

Medicine (2004) and Woodland Tea (2000) garnered McCann international acclaim with fans and critics alike and found him sharing the stage with both legendary performers and the overlooked heros of the musical world. Songs from Country Medicine and Woodland

Tea were also included in the award-winning sound track to the ďŹ lm Hank Williams First Nation as well as the TV series. The ďŹ lm sound track ended up taking home Best Music in a Motion Picture at the Nashville Film Festival in 2005. -Weber

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CRYDERMAN Playing for Keeps Alliance Rating: PG 106 minutes In Playing for Keeps Gerald Butler plays a former pro British soccer star of the likes of Beckham whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moved to Virginia to be

near his ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and nine-year-old son. His sports career is over, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard up for cash and looking for a job as a sports anchor. By the usual combination of circumstances he starts coaching his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team. He turns out to be a good coach and soon, surprise, surprise, the team is in the ďŹ nals. His fame and looks also make him very attractive to a trio of horny soccer moms played by Uma Thurman, Judy Greer and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much to do except throw themselves at Butler. But

heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more interested in getting back with Biel and developing his relationship with his son (Noah Logan). Dennis Quaid plays the rich, jerky father (and Thurmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband) of one of the soccer kids. No surprises here. The movie doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell us the back story but you can guess Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character let fame go to his head and groin, but ďŹ nally grew up and wants his family back. He is buff, handsome, charming and not immune to the charms of the soccer moms. Of the female actors only Biel gets to play a real believable charac-

ter. The movie is pleasant, sentimental, often heartwarming and easy to take, but strikes few sparks. As romantic comedies goes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s somewhere in the middle of the pack. Rating: three deer out of ďŹ ve

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LIFESTYLE Staying on the health train through the holidays Living a healthy lifestyle is no easy task - especially when the holidays roll around. Everywhere you look, extra calories and delicious but fattening foods beg to be consumed.


WHEELER And it seems the hosts to every party will not take “No” for an answer. So how do you stay strong in the face of culinary temptation? It’s not easy, but with a few steps it can be done. The easiest way to control what temptations you’ll face is to bring the festivities to your house. There, you can plan the menu and know every ingredient in every dish. Don’t want to take a stand against pecan pie topped with whipped topping? No problem. It’s your house, your menu, your rules. Simply don’t make it, and you’ll never have to worry about it. If you have other people bringing foods, let them handle a dish that is difficult to turn into a fattening temptation. Dole out responsibilities for salad, vegetables and bread. This allows friends and family to contribute something besides doublechocolate bars filled with chocolate and topped with chocolate syrup. Not able to throw a holiday shindig at your place? Then you’ll want to do a little eating before you leave your house. Eat a good-sized snack consisting of healthy foods, such

as carrot sticks and peanut butter crackers. These will help you feel full faster and prevent you from overeating at the party. Once you’re at the party, begin your meal by downing a glass of water. Then instead of diving face first into your plate, sit back and relax for a few minutes. The holiday season is about being with family and friends, so instead of turning the focus on food, enjoy the people around you. As you eat, take time to sit back and enjoy every bite. After all, many holiday foods aren’t served year round and you rarely get together with such great loved ones, so make the most of it without consuming the most possible calories. Regardless of what you do to avoid overeating and fighting the urge to fall for temptation, you’ll not get through the holidays unscathed if you’re not mentally prepared for the temptations that will come your way. Well before the holidays descend, you should come up with a game plan. What will you say when offered a tasty, yet unhealthy treat? How often will you let yourself indulge in holiday cheer, via cookies, cakes and pies? What will you do to ensure you don’t overdo it? How will you react if you do overdo it? Who will help you stay accountable throughout the season? Having answers to these questions will give you the upper hand when treats are trying to get to you. Being mentally prepared for the temptations sure to come your way will give you the strength to hang tight to your healthy lifestyle.

As important as the foods you’re tempted with is what you choose to drink. While you may not care for cakes and pies, you may be prone to drink down extra calories in the name of good cheer. Want to keep yourself

from drinking your way to calorie overload? Then you’ll need to drink limited amounts of alcohol, punch, and calorie-laden eggnog. Instead, opt for water, hot apple cider, hot tea, and diet soda in moderation. Your

mouth will feel refreshed and your belly won’t grow by leaps and bounds. You can do this! You can make it through the holidays. Don’t ruin all the hard work you have put in through the last 12

months just for a couple of weeks of over indulgence. Make plans, prepare and be ready. Remember, you are worth it! Jack Wheeler is a personal trainer and owner of 360 Fitness in Red Deer.

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JONES If so, there’s a good chance the diagnosis is ‘Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). This condition is one of the most commonly diagnosed problems in this country. However, most people are treating it the wrong way, destroying their bowels with laxatives. It’s smarter to use natural therapy. Dr. Linda Lee, professor of gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins University, says that when patients complain of IBS symptoms she first rules out serious disease such as stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis and bowel malignancies. These more serious problems are more likely to be present if

patients also complain of weight loss, being wakened by pain, or seeing blood in the stool. Dr. Lee usually starts treatment by cutting out foods that may be difficult to process and are upsetting the GI tract. For instance, some people may be sensitive to even small amounts of gas production. As we get older the body manufactures lesser amounts of lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose, a carbohydrate present in milk products. These unabsorbed carbohydrates reach the colon where bacteria ferment them and produce gas. This solution, cutting down on milk products, can make a huge impact on abdominal discomfort. Lee adds that if lactose intolerance isn’t the problem, she then checks to see if the symptoms are due to celiac disease, an allergy to gluten. This protein is present in many grains. The GI tract can also have difficulty absorbing other carbohydrates such as fructose. Patients with this problem should avoid soda and packaged goods such

as cookies. Do you love beans, but know they are notorious for producing large amounts of flatus? So you make a point of saying “no” to beans, fearing that you might expel flatus at a most inconvenient time? If that’s the case there’s a unique way to circumvent this embarrassment. Dr. Lee says that beans contain raffinose. It’s the culprit for such eruptions. But she adds that beans are a healthy food and that there’s no reason to remove them from your diet. Rather, there’s a simple way to destroy the gas beans produce. Just soak beans in water with a little baking soda. This draws out the raffinose. Then toss out the water. Another solution is to take Beano, an enzyme supplement. This product decreases the amount of gas by breaking down poorly absorbed carbohydrates. Have you ever wondered why mints are traditionally offered after meals? For patients who still have problems, Lee prescribes an antispasmodic which relaxes intestinal muscles. She


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ONE-ON-ONE - Red Deer Rebels Black forward Jeremy Klessens attempts to reach the puck before Calgary Bison defencemen Ayden Roche-Setoguchi at an Alberta Major Bantam AAA Hockey Tanis Reid/Red Deer Express League game. Calgary beat Red Deer with a score of 7-6.

Impact of hockey lockout felt by locals BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express Hockey in one form or another has always been a part of Bill Ranford Sr.’s life. Whether it was playing during his military career, watching his son Bill Jr. toil in the National Hockey League as a player and now a coach, seeing his grandsons hitting the ice in the Western Hockey League in Kamloops or the midget level in Stettler and now swapping lies with his friends in his cozy little sports card shop. “I watch more hockey than any 100 people I know,” he said. So you can understand how his blood pressure rises whenever the NHL lockout is mentioned.

“The last lockout in ’05 I had to ‘lend’ my store some money to be able to keep going and it took me until a year ago to pay it back,” said Ranford. The latest situation isn’t bringing back any fond memories and Ranford says the customer traffic during a normal season can be light but now with the players in a boardroom instead of a dressing room, the impact is tremendous. “It’s really affecting my business, probably up to 70 per cent down,” he said. He blames himself though for putting the focus of his shop heavy onto hockey which he figures is about 98% of his business. “Without the players playing, without the new cards, without

the rookies, people just aren’t interested.” Bill Jr. who has been a coach in Los Angeles for the past six seasons is also being impacted by the lockout and Ranford says his son is just as anxious about the situation as the regular fan might be. “He wants them on the ice as much as any person, any fan I know of and it’s not happening and he’s not pleased either,” he said. When it comes to the fans Ranford says back in 2005 hockey lovers were just waiting for the lockout to end so we could just watch hockey but now there is some real unhappiness from fans whom he has known for years, he said. “It really exploded when (NHL commissioner Gary) Bettman

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talked about taking two weeks off and here we’re just waiting and waiting for hockey to start.” Ranford says in the last lockout fans took sides for the most part blaming one over the other but this time the anger over the situation is being directed almost evenly to both owners and players, he said. Ranford isn’t convinced there will be a deal to salvage a season and even if there is he thinks the fan reaction will be a shock to the players and owners. “I think this time and I hope I’m wrong but I don’t think Canadians are going to come back as strong as they did in ’05.” When it comes to the little guy being impacted by the lockout

Ranford says he feels strongly about how the security staff, ticket takers, parking lot attendants and concession workers who have been hit hard. “Those were the people who always made me feel welcome at a game,” he said. But the small business owner stops short of feeling sorry for his own situation. “In all honesty, this is a hobby for me and I’m enjoying it tremendously but I want hockey,” he said. “ I don’t care about this (his shop) as much as I do want them back on the ice. “The NHL is a big part of my life and I miss it and so do my friends and my customers.”

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Mitch Evanecz reflects on qualifying school BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express It was another step closer to the goal of playing on the PGA Tour for Red Deer’s Mitch Evanecz after making it to the final stage of qualifying school in LaQuinta, California. He posted rounds of 74, 69, 73, 70, 75 and 71 to finish in a tie for 139th out of 172 players but he says the experience he gained was worth the grind over six days. He wasn’t totally pleased with his play but felt if he gained a shot on each of the nine holes over the six days it might have been a different story and he intends to build off of that. “That final stage is so tight, you change one or two shots and you jump 10, 20, 30 spots,” he said. “It was a tight race and I just fell a little short.” It’s the last year the Q School will take place as the system changes to allow

players to move up the ladder on the Tour in order to gain entrance to the PGA Tour. “I think it’s encouraging because now I have some status so I can try and use that next year to either stay on the or work my way toward the PGA Tour,” he said. In all his golf experience up to this point Evanecz said this was the most gruelling and stressful time he has ever spent on a golf course. “You just want it so bad (the tour card) that it’s tough to not force things out there and not get frustrated,” he said. If there was one thing he can take away from this whole experience he figures it might be the fact he felt like he belonged out there with players who had some PGA status at one point. “I was very comfortable all week. I feel my game is good enough to play there,

playing with those guys.” With partial status on the tour the plan at this point is to get into as many events as he can to enhance his shot at reaching the PGA. “They kind of tell you the number of players who got in (to the PGA) last year so you can judge it off that but at the same time you really don’t know.” He is currently looking at events in the southern states when the finishes a four-stop swing through South America sometime near the end of March. The main focus will be on that tour but he might fit in some Canadian Tour events as well. “It’s all experience now,” he said. “I mean the has proven itself to give the guys experience enough to play on the big stage and that’s where I want to focus.”

HANDS UP – Emma Newton, a Lindsay Thurber Raider, jumps in the midst of a sea of Hunting Hills players to make a basket at a recent game between the two high schools. Thurber Tanis Reid/Red Deer Express defeated Hunting Hills 49-42.

Graham James deserves harsher punishment

Normally this space is reserved for less than serious thoughts on sports but this time around I thought I would spit out a few words on a subject which has left


CLAGGETT a sour taste in my mouth. This past week the Manitoba Court of Appeal was the site of an appeal by the crown on the sentence handed to former hockey coach Graham James. The crown argued hand-

ing a two-year sentence to a man who abused a number of young men dozens of times over many years is not right and more time should be added. It would seem this would have been a no-brainer to the judge hearing the original case but she bought into the story painted by James’ lawyer on how he is remorseful and is a changed man. Right, and the coyote was never going to chase the roadrunner ever again. James went through 30 hours of rehab and claims he’s a better man. David Copperfield couldn’t pull off that illusion but James’ lawyers did and now the case is where it is. If there was some justice

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COMFORTABLE - This spacious living room in a McGonigal Show Home in Red Deer hosts a warm fireplace, making this room cozy for a party of friends or a party of one.

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Warming up your home as temperatures drop Baby its cold outside! The older I get the less tolerant I am to cold weather. I know it’s an age thing when my fiancé and I talk about moving south for the winter, do we get thin-skinned as we age? I am sure that by moving to a warmer climate we would miss Christmas in the snow but at this point I’m ready to take that chance. There is opportunity to warm up your house while still being stylish. Think about how a cocoon is built to protect the inhabitants inside, it’s all about layers. Take a look at the rooms in your home your family spends the most time in (excluding bedrooms because there are always cozy blankets available to snuggle under!) Is there a way you can


LEWIS layer these rooms to add warmth and comfort during the cold winter months? Of course there is! Start with the colour and scent of a room. Deeper shades on walls and furniture combined with warm spicy scents will help a room feel toasty, even if it is only psychologically. Cinnamon, vanilla and apple are all very good choices. When I applied paint to our new condo the room magically transformed from a stark white space to a cozy retreat, everyone who visits comments on

how ‘warm’ it is. The best way to layer colour in a room is to choose varying shades of the same colour and use it in different elements. This is called a monochromatic colour scheme in design and is used successfully with neutrals and most colour palettes. For example, my walls around the windows are a dark teal (C2 Titan) and I have layered on top of those walls drapery fabric with a chestnut brown background and teal and bronze polka dots. The colour then fades to a teal/ grey tone in my area rug and in various accessories around the house. The layering not only compliments the colour theme but also serves to block the cold from com-

ing in the windows when I draw the drapes closed. Texture is also a very important part of layering. If you have leather furniture and hardwood floors you are probably in need of some texture especially in the winter months. An area rug will give the toes something to dig into and various blankets, toss cushions and drapery will buffer the room and keep sound transfer to a minimum. Keep chenille, wool, velvet and flannel nearby for your family and guests to snuggle up to on cold nights. Bright satin fabrics and silks are not the warmest choices for fabrics so you might want to switch out those elements in the winter. These accessories can be very stylish if you keep

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the colours of your room in mind. I recently saw some cable knit pillows and throws in a store, they looked very cozy. If you have the space, why not consider an electric fireplace for ambiance and a bit of warmth? I don’t use mine often but even having the flame on gives the room an instant coziness and you actually feel warmer! The same goes for candles – used on tables or on wall sconces this will give immediate ambiance and warmth to a room without wreaking havoc on your utility bills! Stay warm, keep winter outside and stay fashionable all at the same time. It’s time to go shopping! Kim Lewis is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.




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Considering the range of mortgage options I’ve been a mortgage agent since September 2006, and I find myself humbled to still be in this fun and exciting everchanging business. Like any other business it takes years to create a loyal following of clientele and I have the best clients on the planet as they refer their friends and family to me almost daily. My business really started rolling in 2007 and 2008, and many of those clients are coming back to me to renew their mortgages, but the lenders I sent them to oftentimes are not as loyal to their client base as they profess to be, which makes my job even easier to do upon renewal time. Mortgage renewals for banks and lenders can be the most profitable kind of mortgage out there, and take heed - banks and mortgage lenders alike can be very aggressive in keeping your business. Oddly enough, the most often asked question I get from my clients upon the renewal of their mortgage is, “Why won’t they offer


TURCOTTE me the best rate up front like you do, Jean-Guy? If they like me so much, like they tell me, why are we playing this back and forth negotiation, it feels like buying a car in the 80s?” Truth is, banks and mortgage lenders know that Canadians can be very complacent thus they provide a very easy way of renewing the mortgage but offer a rate that is almost always higher than their best rate offerings, because they know that most people will simply sign it and send it back without as much as a phone call to double check their offering. I have found over the past couple of years that the lenders’ rates can be 0.20% - 2.25% higher than the current best wholesale rates

out there. And that many Canadians simply sign the form without researching or a simple phone call to their local mortgage professional to find out what they can actually get. They advertise for you to be loyal to them, yet don’t provide the same respect to you with regards to offering you programs that are at market pricing, unless you call them on it. How does that make you feel? Most people get a bad taste in their mouth once they find out that the lender they were with, were offering them rates that aren’t even competitive. The best part is, you don’t have to stay! There are lenders out there that want your business. When it comes time to renew your mortgage, you have options. There are lenders out there that will make your transition very smooth by paying for your switching/ transferring costs, such as legal, appraisal and discharge costs, and then to top it off, they’ll provide you with the best programs and rates in the market.

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the bank can go on their merry way and do the same thing they did to you as they did this time around. Jean-Guy Turcotte is an Accredited Mortgage Professional with Dominion Lending Centres – Regional Mortgage Group.

Homemade solutions refresh kitchen appliances With a little bit of elbow grease, and everyday household ingredients, your kitchen appliances can look (and smell) like new for years to come. Dishwasher: most homeowners believe that the regular use of a commercial rinse aid is enough to keep a dishwasher clean. Melissa Glover, an appliance specialist for Lowe’s, stresses that regularly cleaning the seams and liner of your dishwasher is also imperative to its effectiveness. “Over time, residue and food particles build up, and can affect the outcome of your wash cycle. Bacteria buildup can also cause lingering, unpleasant odours.” Glover recommends using a scouring pad dipped in baking soda to remove residue and stains from the interior surface and crevices of your dishwasher. Next, fill the detergent pocket with lemonade powder (yes, lemonade) and run a regular cycle (or cleaning cycle). The ascorbic acid in the powder will help to safely remove any remaining buildup, and will leave your dishwasher smelling clean and fresh. Oven/range: cleaning an oven can be a tough job. However there are natural and effective alternatives for cleaning - even the toughest baked-on spills. Start by loosening any baked-on food inside your oven using a plastic spatula. Next, squeeze the juice from two lemons into an oven safe dish, and throw in the lemon remains. Turn on your oven and bake the lemons/ juice for 30 minutes at 250 degrees. The citric acid will help to loosen any residue that

may still be inside your oven, while releasing a fresh lemon scent. Using the rough side of a scouring sponge dipped in baking soda, scrub away the remaining debris and wipe the oven clean using a cloth and warm water. You’ll be amazed at how fresh your next lasagna will taste, after being baked in a naturally cleaned oven. Refrigerator: it’s hard to believe that the cleanliness of your fridge can impact the taste and lifespan of your non-perishable foods. Glover further explains that cleaning your refrigerator monthly with natural ingredients can dramatically extend the life and quality of your produce. Start by removing all of the food from your refrigerator and discarding items that are aged or expired. Combine one-half cup of baking soda with 1 tbsp of vinegar and stir to form a thick paste. Apply a small amount of paste to a soft scouring pad, and scrub away any stains that may exist. Follow by wiping the refrigerator clean with a damp sponge (an old toothbrush can be used on small spaces and crevices as well). Shelves and drawers should be removed for cleaning if necessary. Don’t forget to vacuum the undercarriage of your fridge, and to wipe down the outside using a cloth with warm water and vinegar. The same steps can be followed to clean your freezer, however you’ll need to work quickly and use hot water to rinse. Keep a small carton or bowl of baking soda at the back of fridge to help keep it fresh.


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COLD CONSTRUCTION – A new section of Vanier Woods has been started. Seen here are Tanis Reid/Red Deer Express two new homes in different stages of completion.

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Red Deer Express

CLASSIFIEDS 403.346.3356


Announcements .....................................0005-0030 What’s Happening .................................. 0049-0070 Garage Sales ............................................ 0100-0650 Employment ............................................ 0700-0920 Service Directory ..................................... 1000-1430 Items to Buy/Sell ..................................... 1500-1940 Agricultural .............................................. 2000-2210 For Rent ................................................... 3000-3200 Wanted to Rent........................................ 3250-3390 Real Estate ...............................................4000-4190 Open House Directory ........................... 4200-4310 Financial ..................................................4400-4430 Transportation ........................................ 5000-5240 Legal/Public Notices .............................6000-9000

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403.347.6620 #121, 5301 - 43 Street Red Deer, Ab. T4N 1C8 Monday - Friday 8:30am $ ():00pm#(1''gd$,1''gd






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BUSY OILFIELD CONTRACTOR is seeking experienced Office Manager(s). Two different aspects of the job may be applied for: Core aspect: responsible for office administration; human resources; labour standards; inhouse computer system; accounting; payroll; job costing; financial reporting and statements; year end audit; supervise staff of five; work with safety staff and other supervisors. Secondary aspect: work closely with owners regarding business development opportunities; work with all levels of government regarding permits, land development, etc.; develop business plans for operational and financial planning. Please submit resume indicating which job aspect(s) you are applying for. Include three work related references and salary expectations. Attention: Felix Schroder, Schroder Oilfield Services, Box 777, Wabasca, AB, T0G 2K0. Fax 780-891-3150. Email: felix.schroder@


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Truckers/ Drivers


MORGAN CONSTRUCTION & Environmental Ltd. COLLISION SEEKING JOURNEYMAN - Looking for experienced Low Bed Truck Drivers. or 2nd/3rd year apprenMust have at least five tices. Positions for body, years experience hauling prep and refinishing techniheavy equipment, clean cians needed for our car Class 1 driver’s licence, and light truck division. ability to drive a winch Top wages, bonus protractor, & experience grams and benefit Sales & pulling up to 40 wheels. package. Fax resumes to Distributors Competitive wages, full (403)343-2160; e-mail benefits & opportunity for year round work. Email or drop off in person @ SOAP STORIES resume: #5-7493-49 Ave. Cresc., is seeking energetic Fax Red Deer. retail sales reps for 780-960-8930 or apply in Parkland Shopping person: 702 Acheson Centre in Red Deer. INTERIOR HEAVY Road, Acheson, Alberta. $12.50/hr. Email EQUIPMENT Operator Resume to School. No Simulators. You can sell your guitar In-the-seat training. Real for a song... world tasks. Weekly start or put it in CLASSIFIEDS dates. Job board! Funding SUCCESSFUL PROMOand we’ll sell it for you! options. Apply online! TIONAL company seeking Manager with strong VAC & STEAM Truck 1-866-399-3853. managerial and sales Operator. Valid Class 1 or qualifications. Located in MORGAN 3, Safety Tickets, Top Bonnyville, Alberta. Call CONSTRUCTION & Wage, Camp Work, Gerald 1-866-826-1949. Environmental Ltd. - LookExperience an Asset. Email: ing for experienced Heavy Email/Fax Resume: Equipment Operators, 780-458-8701, Foremen & Labourers for work in oilfield & heavy Trades civil construction projects. NOW LOCATED in Competitive wages, full Drayton Valley. BREKbenefi ts & opportunity for KAAS Vacuum & Tank Ltd. AN ALBERTA year round work. Email Wanted Class 1 & 3 CONSTRUCTION resume: Drivers, Super Heater company is hiring Dozer Operators with all valid and Excavator Operators. Fax 780-960-8930 or apply in person: 702 Acheson tickets. Top wages, Preference will be given to Road, Acheson, Alberta. excellent benefits. Please operators that are experiforward resume to: Email: enced in oilfield road and NORTHERN ALBERTA Phone lease construction. clearing contractor seeks 780-621-3953. Fax Lodging and meals experienced Buncher and 780-621-3959. provided. The work is in Skidder Operators for the vicinity of Edson, work in Northern Alberta. Something for Everyone Alberta. Alcohol & drug Subsistence and accomEveryday in Classifieds testing required. Call modations provided; Contour Construction at jobs@commandequipREQUIRED FOR AN 780-723-5051. Fax ALBERTA trucking 780-488-3002 company: One Class 1 Start your career! Driver. Must have a PYRAMID See Help Wanted minimum of 5 years CORPORATION is now experience pulling low hiring! Instrument boys and driving off road. Technicians and ATTENTION ROOFERS Candidate must be able to Electricians for various and Siding Installers. Epic pass a drug test and be sites across Alberta. Roofing & Exteriors Ltd., willing to relocate to Send resume to: an industry leader, is a Edson, Alberta. hr@ Calgary based company Scheduled days off. Call or looking to hire skilled Lloyd 780-723-5051. fax 780-955-HIRE. professional siding installROADEX SERVICES TJ LOGGING of ers, roofers, foreman, lead requires O/O 1 tons for Whitecourt, Alberta is hands and fully equipped our RV division and O/O accepting resumes for crews to work this coming Semis and drivers for our experienced Heavy Duty winter. We offer full-time RV and general freight Operators, Buncher, Hoe, work for those who deck division to haul Processor Dozer, Skidder, qualify. Apply now while throughout North America. Delimber for immediate there are still openings. Paid by direct deposit, employment. Fax resume Contact Donavan Aspin, benefits and company fuel 780-778-2428. Roofing Division Manager, cards. Border crossing 587-228-0473 or Contact required with valid Will Letkeman, Exteriors passport and clean Truckers/ Division Manager, criminal record. 403-615-3565. Drivers 1-800-867-6233; EQUAL TRANSPORT, CENTRAL PEACE Edson, Alberta. Class 1 SEEKING CLASS 1 NATURAL Gas Co-op Ltd. Drivers Needed. Top Drivers with off-road fluid requires full-time Gas wages paid! H2S certified, hauling experience. Will Utility Operator. Experirelocate. Year round work. off road experience ence, safety tickets an required. Company paid Above average wage, asset. Clean valid driver’s benefits & bonuses. Fluids appealing benefit licence required. Forward hauling experience prepackages offered. Trophy resume: ferred. Send resume & Buck Oilfield Services, Whitecourt, Alberta. drivers abstract in Fax 780-864-2044. confidence to: Email: Email resume: Mail: Box 119, Spirit River, T0H 3G0. Fax 780-728-0068. Fax 780-706-2389.

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deadline: Monday @ 2 p.m.





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BIG STRAPPER AUCTIONS 4625-46 Street, Lacombe Phone:403-782-5693 Next Antique Sale: Sun., Dec. 2nd at 1pm Regular Sales: Wed., Dec 5th & Dec. 12th (last sale of season) Come in & buy OFF THE FLOOR til end of year! ******** MOVING in January to NEW Location at Moose Hall 2 mi. South of Ponoka on Hwy 2A ******* RESUMING Weekly Sales Wed., Jan. 16 @ NEW location @ 6pm Check web for full listings & addresses


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MEIER GUN AUCTION. Saturday, December 22, 11 a.m., 6016 - 72A Ave., Edmonton. Over 200 guns - handguns, rifles, shotguns, miscellaneous. Call to consign 780-440-1860.

METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Best prices! 36” Hi-Tensile TUFF-Rib 29ga. Galvalume $.67 sq. ft. Colours $.82 sq. ft. 40 Year Warranty. ALTAWIDE Builders Supplies 1-888-263-8254.

Sporting Goods


AS SEEN ON T.V. Quigley-Ford custom long range rifle scopes. “Field & Stream” Best of the Best 2010. $50. discount with this advertisement. Offer expires 31-03-13; 705-351-2333.

Travel Packages


HAWAII ON THE MAINLAND, healthy low-cost living can be yours. Modern Arenal Maleku Condominiums, 24/7 secured Community, Costa Rica “friendliest country on earth”! 1-780-952-0709; Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to find the purrfect pet. Central Alberta’s Largest Car Lot in Classifieds

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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.


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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. HOMEOWNER? Need Money. Bank said no? Apply online; call toll free: 1-866-488-8337. MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 loan and +. No credit refused. Fast, easy, 100% secure. 1-877-776-1660.



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ARDON HOMES Winter Clearance. All homes priced to move and ready for quick possession. Visit Ardon Homes north of Sherwood Park. 780-801-1166; CROSS COUNTRY HOMES. 20 X 76 Show Home now open and priced below $120,000. All Show Homes ready for quick possession. Visit us in Acheson. 780-470-8000; NEW - EXECUTIVE, 3 bdrm., 2 bath Home in Red Deer. Immediate Possession. 10 Yr. Warranty. Own it for only $1,345mo. OAC. Call (403)346-3100 or (403)347-5566 UNITED HOMES CANADA has a wide variety of stock units that must go! Visit our Heated display gallery today! 148 East Lake Blvd., Airdrie. 1-800-461-7632; www.unitedhome

TIRED OF SEARCHING FOR BUYERS? Placing a classified ad is an easy and affordable way to make your wares the focus of attention among potential buyers. What are you waiting for? Contact us today and start turning the stuff you don’t want into something you do want:




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Service Directory


To advertise your service or business here, call 403.346.3356

Legal Services

Questions? Comments? Story Ideas? Let us know how we’re doing. Your opinion is something we always want to hear. Call or contact us at [403] 346-3356 phone [403] 347-6620 fax #121, 5301 43 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 1C8

Careers F/T or P/T Positions Available!



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HIRING? Look no further… place a CAREER AD in the Red Deer Express The Express prints 28,500 copies weekly with FREE DELIVERY to Red Deer City households, PLUS rural distribution inside our convenient newspaper box locations…we guarantee increased exposure! Just send us your logo and ad content and we’ll do the rest.

For as little as $121.50 +gst* you can place your ad in our well-read Careers section. Our community newspaper is published each Wednesday and due to our focus on local people, stories and issues, we enjoy high readership. #121, 5301-43 St., Red Deer, AB ph (403) 346-3356 | fax (403) 347-6620 1-888-367-4460 1-888-367-4460

HAVE YOU MET YOUR If you would like information on how to effectively advertise your business or service give one of our experienced Sales Representatives a call.



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View The Clues has changed! We have decided to change up our contest. Rather than looking in the classifieds we want you to focus on the many local business advertisements in the paper. Below you will find five phone numbers listed. What you have to do is match the phone number to the business. We still offer the prize of a restaurant gift certificate from one of the City’s many great restaurants. You still enter the contest the same way, by filling out the contest form and dropping off at the Express office prior to entry deadline listed.

403-314-3442 403-342-0085 403-347-4211 403-340-0066 403-342-5010

______________________ ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ ______________________

Enter in person at the Red Deer Express #121, 5301 - 43 St.

403.309.0905 #1, 4810 Gaetz Ave. Red Deer (downtown)


HOW TO PLAY: Fill-in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 only once. Each 3x3 box is outlined with a darker line. You already have a few numbers to get you started. Remember: You must not repeat the numbers 1 through 9 in the same line, column or 3x3 box.


NOVEMBER WINNER: MARK STEVENS Name: _______________________________________ Phone: _______________________________________ #121, 5301 - 43 St.


CLUES ACROSS 1. 1st Hall of Famer Ty 5. Coat with plaster 9. Reciprocal of a sine (abbr.) 12. Jai __, sport 13. Straight muscles 14. 10 = 1 dong 15. Peru’s capital 16. Of a main artery 17. Latin for hail 18. Give birth to a horse 19. Colors material 20. Triglyceride is one 22. Take a plane hostage 24. Margarines 25. A tributary of the Missouri River

26. Bring up children 27. 3rd tone of the scale 28. Light boat (French) 31. Relating to geometry 33. Cursed, obstinate 34. Aluminum 35. Sec. of State 1981-82 36. Barn towers 39. Bonito genus 40. Deep ravines 42. Spirit in “The Tempest” 43. Small restaurant 44. Bambi for example 46. Actor DeCaprio 47. Ambled or strolled

49. Cleanse with soap and water 50. Atomic mass unit 51. Var. of emir 52. Supplemented with difficulty 53. Manuscripts (abbr.) 54. Frambesia 55. Auld lang __, good old days

CLUES DOWN 1. A young cow 2. Collection of miscellaneous pieces 3. Mali capital 4. Onion rolls 5. “10” actress Bo 6. Performs in a

play 7. Iguana genus 8. Fox’s Factor host 9. French hat 10. One who rescues 11. Female students 13. Rolls-__, luxury car 16. Slow tempos 21. Relating to the ileum 23. Irish flautist 28. Sleeping place 29. Indicates position 30. Prepared for competition 31. One who shows the way

32. Of I 33. Decayed teeth 35. Seraglios 36. More free from danger 37. Great amounts 38. Surreptitious 39. Arabian greeting 40. Angel food and carrot 41. # of ancient wonders 43. Ball of thread or yarn 45. To interpret: explain 48. Doctors’ group


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For the month of December, Red Deer Toyota is proud to support the efforts of two local organizations; the Red Deer Food Bank and Toy Drive. Please stop in for a visit, enjoy our coffee and friendly staff and perhaps bring by a donation of a non-perishable food item or non-wrapped child’s toy. Help us make this a Happier Christmas for the less fortunate. SALE




2012 RAM 1500 CREW CAB 4X4


28,900 / 202/bw


20,500 kms.





2010 HYUNDAI SANTA FE AWD 4DR V6 AUTO GL 56,500 kms.

21,900 / 160/bw




44,400 kms.

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14,900 / 123/bw $



40,200 kms.

33,900 / 243/bw




45,000 kms.

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46,900 kms.

24,900 / $204/bw




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2011 TOYOTA VENZA FWD V6 25,400 kms.

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20,600 kms.

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#C80251 15,500 kms.

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2011 TOYOTA SIENNA CE V6 46,500 kms.

26,900 / $200/bw









# C40291



29 900 / 215




2010 TOYOTA TACOMA DBL CAB 76,800 kms. SR5 4X4 V6 *3 $ $ , /bw








39,300 kms.


67,607 kms.


15,900 / 179/bw











2012 GMC SIERRA 1500 SLE 29,900 kms.

30,900 229/bw $




2009 TOYOTA VENZA FWD V6 56,400 kms.

22,900 / $189/bw








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67,100 kms.

23,900 / 195/bw







39,900 / 324/bw







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58,800 kms.



92,600 kms.

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*Payments are based on $0 down, bi-weekly at 5.99% O.A.C. *1/60 months; *2/72 months; *3/84 months; *4/96 months. See dealer for details.

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We can get you financed! Call or email for your credit application, together with a current paystub and bank information. 100% confidentiality guaranteed. (O.A.C.) Credit application available at

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Financial Services Manager (403) 348-2259


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Red Deer Express, December 12, 2012  
Red Deer Express, December 12, 2012  

December 12, 2012 edition of the Red Deer Express