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Local school features full-fledged ‘MicroSociety’ Aspen Heights Elementary is the only school in Canada to offer program BY EVAN BUHLER Red Deer Express


ne would not expect to hear kindergarten to Grade 5 students talk about finances and politics, but at Aspen Heights Elementary School that is exactly what you hear in the hallways. With student-run banks, businesses, elected government, police, post office, newspaper and non-governmental organizations, MicroSociety is a school program in which the students create a real world microcosm inside their school. “We get to learn all kinds of things like banking, responsibility, problem solving, how to work as a team and how to do things in the real world,” said Kade Kully, a Grade 4 student and public relations person at the Buzz, the marketing and newspaper business at Aspen Heights. Three times a week for one hour Kindergarten to Grade 5 students forget about tests and homework and focus on running businesses, holding down a job and paying taxes. “We make sure everyone has a job,” said Mackenzie Ryan, a Grade 4 student and deputy prime minister of the Aspen Heights MicroSociety. Achieved through a means of employment ads and a job fair held at the beginning of the school year there is always the perfect job for every student. Students must apply for the job and go through an interview process, and complete a work performance assessment conducted by their manager. Each student earns a wage in the school’s own currency, ‘stingers’ and makes deposits in the bank. When visitors arrive to Aspen Heights to witness MicroSociety they are escorted to the visitor centre and shown a presentation by the prime minister and deputy prime minister about MicroSociety. Guests are also given a cheque for 20 stingers, which must be cashed at the bank in order to make purchases at the local businesses. With the aid of a government official, visitors are shown all that MicroSociety has to offer.

UNIQUE LEARNING - Zachary Coker-Steel gets a new hairdo complete with coloured hair gel at the spa, as part of Aspen Heights MicroSociety. All the students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 have jobs, run the government, the bank, and the police force. “I like watching everyone have fun when they see MicroSociety,” said Grade 5 student Jordan Raugust, prime minister of the Aspen Heights MicroSociety. Teachers assist students in setting up for each marketplace day then sit back and let the students take over. “I help them prepare and then I can walk away and walk the halls, because they are in control,” said Allen Baile, a Grade 4 teacher at the school. Once the marketplace is open, students are free to walk around and enjoy the many businesses that include Worm Wranglers, a hardware and garden store. Moose on the Loose is like Aspen Heights’ version of Wal-Mart selling a variety of products that include clothes, movies and toys. The Buzz is a marketing and printing store where students

can have their own business cards designed and printed as well. Dream Catchers gift shop, the Book Nook, J&A Smoothies and Penguin Avenue are just a few of the other ventures that the students operate. Students can even get their hair and nails done, or have a massage at the spa while listening to The Sting, Aspen Heights’ own radio station. Students can make requests for two stingers to hear their favourite song played over the intercom. For students that want to be active, they can visit the wellness centre and play floor hockey or indoor soccer. The Royal Aspen Mounted Police roam the halls looking out for students’ safety, and are not afraid to hand out fines for litterbugs or unruly students. Ad-

vertisers walk the halls carrying signs and hollering slogans and announcing services and sales for businesses. In order for MicroSociety to remain operational at Aspen Heights they have had to rely heavily on school-based grants and donations from companies like State Farm, Dow Chemicals, Servus Credit Union and the parent council. “Without State Farm, we would not be able to do this. We have received huge grants from State Farm to do this,” said Baile. Baile estimates that it takes over $30,000 a year to keep the MicroSociety running. As the only school in Canada that offers the MicroSociety program, Aspen Heights hopes to be a model school for others that want to implement the program.

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“Other schools should do this to improve their learning,” said Ryan. Aspen Heights adopted the MicroSociety program four years ago as a way to help motivate and provide their students with real life experiences; something the students were not exposed to beforehand, said Baile. MicroSociety has been a form of self-directed learning for the students at Aspen Heights, and has helped them to excel at math, reading, and language skills, said Vice Principal Kelley Lund. Baile is certain that the students genuinely appreciate and enjoy MicroSociety. “Our kids that are graduated from here, that’s the first thing they say to me when I see them in the community is, ‘How’s Micro?’”

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Council moves forward with rezoning for Aboriginal facility BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express City council has given first reading to rezoning land east of Lion’s Campground for an aboriginal cultural centre and housing development. A public hearing is set for the June 10 meeting when nearby businesses and stakeholders will be able to offer their input as well. At this week’s council meeting, officials with the Red Deer Native Friendship Society were thrilled with council’s unanimous support to pass first reading. The facility would be called the Asooahum Centre. Council was told that Lions Campground, the surrounding park system and trails would still be fully accessible. Since September 2012, a joint steering committee has worked with City staff to identify appropriate land space

for this project. Over 20 sites were explored as possible options. Ultimately, the City-owned site on Riverside Dr. was recommended as the most suitable site that aligns with the vision of the Asooahum Centre and the long-term vision for City planning.

‘IT WOULD FOCUS ON OUR COMMUNITY’S ABORIGINAL HERITAGE.’ LISA PERKINS Stakeholders say the housing and culture site includes outdoor space for programs and ceremonial uses. There would also be a community garden, office space and other interpretive elements. “This is the perfect spot for this development because it

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City pushes for current dispatch system BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express The City of Red Deer will continue to push for the Province to leave ambulance dispatch as is. The Province has announced plans to transfer dispatch services to Calgary this October, but City council has opted to continue advocating for the status quo. The decision to centralize ambulance dispatch came on the heels of a recommendation from the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) in March. “This move towards centralization means the dissolution of the ambulance dispatch business in Red Deer,” said City Manager Craig Curtis. “We urge the Province to reconsider this decision.” Curtis said that City officials have met with local MLAs and provincial representatives in a bid to convince them the dispatch service works best out of Red Deer. “Right now, Red Deer’s dispatch technology enables us to dispatch ambulance and fire at the same time ensuring a high level of service,” said Curtis. “Following a transfer of services this will no longer be possible because of technology limitations. This increases critical dispatch processing time and the chance for human error impacting the service our customers receive.” The City is asking the Province to consider a model of five centres. Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer (central), Peace River (north), and a southern location. “I believe the more than 320,000 citizens we serve through our dispatch service

deserve nothing less than the best and I will persist in advocating for our citizens health and safety,” said Mayor Morris Flewwelling, adding that the City is awaiting word from the province by June 5. “We’ve been carrying on a fairly active advocacy.” Flewwelling added that if the Province chooses not to reverse their decision on the service, “We will ensure our EMS continues to provide the service Red Deerians expect.” Councillor Cindy Jefferies said Red Deer offers an ideal spot for dispatch service given its proximity to so many in surrounding communities. “I think that puts us in a good spot to provide services or to provide back-up if Calgary or Edmonton (needed) it for one reason or another.” Councillor Tara Veer agreed. “We have an integrated service that has been a model for the rest of Canada; for other municipalities in establishing how they want to integrate their fire and ambulance services. “I think we need to do all that we can to ensure we take every step along the way to maintain that level of service.” Councillor Dianne Wyntjes said that in trying to convince the Province to continue dispatch service, the City was being an advocate not just for Red Deer but for Central Alberta at large. “In this case, there’s a saying – if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. We should be the backup, we should continue our dispatch. That will only add to the level of service in EMS versus changing it.”

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Westerner Days line-up announced BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express A family fun-filled tradition is set to take place in July in Red Deer. Westerner Days takes place July 17-21 at Westerner Park. The event kicks off with the annual pancake break-

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cook-off competition, show and shines and more. Ride All Day passes, formerly known as Ticket to Ride, will be sold at participating Central Alberta Mac’s locations beginning June 14 and ending July 16. This pass is $32 and includes the cost of the gate admission and gives purchasers unlimited rides for one day. Kid’s Day will take place July 18 where children 12 and under get free gated entry until 6 p.m. and Family Day on July 21 where a carload of up to six people will get into Westerner Days for $25, including parking. Kids aged 12 and under can ride all day for $15. Meanwhile, last year, 102,665 people walked through the gates during

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Property Tax Notices are in the mail This year’s Property Tax Notices are in the mail, and property owners are encouraged to pay early to ensure their payment is processed on time and avoid late penalties, officials say. Property tax payments are due on or before June 28. Those who choose to pay property taxes in one lump sum can do so by coming in person to the City Hall cashiers or dropping payment off in an envelope in the City Hall night depository located on the east side of the building. The last day for in person payments at City Hall is

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

OPINION The right choice City council’s move to grant first reading to rezoning land for the Red Deer Native Friendship Society’s new facility is a welcome decision. The proposed location, found after extensive research into potential spots, is east of the Lion’s Campground. A public hearing is set for the June 10 meeting when nearby businesses and stakeholders will be able to offer their input as well. This move comes after a lengthy, at times draining and emotional discussion which has been going for quite some time. Last year, council voted down a plan to build the facility in Clearview North after much vocal public disapproval of the proposal. Feelings of discontent had surfaced, and much of the blame had been directed at council. Looking back at that contentious period, it was disappointing to see how some residents reacted – you had to question what the real reasons were for some of the really harsh criticism against the project. During that particular meeting, Mayor Morris Flewwelling had to remind those in attendance of the real reason they were there – to work together to find a suitable spot and keep their personal views and emotions in check. That’s why this week’s passing of first reading on the issue was good news – and it was good to see officials with the Red Deer Native Friendship Society so excited about the move as well. There is still

a public hearing to go through, plus second and third readings of the rezoning, but there was no containing the optimism in Council Chambers Monday evening. Many supporters applauded once the unanimous support for first reading was given. The facility, if approved, would be called the Asooahum Centre. Stakeholders say the housing and culture site includes outdoor space for programs and ceremonial uses. There would also be a community garden, office space and other interpretive elements. Since September 2012, a joint steering committee has worked with City staff to identify appropriate land space for this project. Over 20 sites were explored as possible options. The RDNFS will start work on the design with the help of the community when they host a design charette in late June. At that time, the RDNFS would also need to apply for the appropriate permitting needed prior to any construction. Although we don’t foresee there being as many naysayers this time around, council may hear concerns about removal of trees to build the facility and the potential impact on the land – the river bank in particular. City Manager Craig Curtis did point out that similar work has been done in the past on other facilities in the Waskasoo Park System but natural settings have always been replenished and the cultural richness of the City expanded.

Adjusting to the silence and wonder of the great outdoors Moving just west of Red Deer has been quite the experience for this Red Deer born and raised guy.


WEBER In April, I began renting a suite in Poplar Ridge (okay, it’s not exactly in the middle of nowhere, but still very much feels like rural living to me). Having lived in cities for most of my life, including Calgary and Vancouver and of course Red Deer, it has proved a welcome albeit interesting and even challenging new setting. First of all, there’s the silence. This is something I have grown used to over the past several weeks, but at first it was extremely noticeable. It’s not that Red

Deer is really a noisy, bustling, frantic urban setting, but when you find yourself well outside of the City, the quiet has a subtle power all its own. Secondly, the sounds of nature, particularly at night, are amazing as well. I remember first noticing the crickets – there’s something about it that immediately melts away the stress of any day. There is also a pond near the house where mallards tend to gather, and I’ve grown to enjoy their ‘conversations’ so to speak. It all blends together in a kind of soothing masterpiece of nature. And of course it’s completely foreign to those living in a city. I’ve also noticed myself developing a growing appreciation for nature. Often I’ll be driving home and be absolutely amazed at the brilliance of a sunset. Many times already I’ve pulled over and taken pictures – something I rarely if

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ever even thought of doing when living in the City. Other times I’m struck by the stark beauty of a moonlit night. Just recently I was taking my garbage out and happened to look up at the sky. Against the dark sky, clouds were sailing past the moon and the sight was – and I know this will sound a tad melodramatic – majestic. I could have pulled out a chair and sat there for sometime just watching. There were moments when the light of the moon glowed behind the darker clouds which made its luminosity that much more dazzling. I couldn’t help but think how this was something I again rarely if ever noticed in the City. Stars are another story. As we all know, the so-called ‘light pollution’ of communities gets in the way of city dwellers enjoying the awesome sight. When there are few lights around to get in the way, the night sky offers - time

and again – a striking display of constellations plus it’s of course much easier to spot certain planets as well. It’s amazing how fast the pace of life is these days – we often aren’t aware of it until we find ourselves in situations where there is the gift of silence. Sometimes it’s an ‘uncomfortable’ gift. I’ve talked to people who live alone and say they always like to have some source of noise in the house – perhaps the radio or TV. It can provide a sense of comfort, perhaps. Often, the thought of being alone with our thoughts – in absolute peace and quiet – seems attractive but can almost be too much in our age of non-stop distractions. We are used to noise. Many people who live hurried, stressed out lives find it hard to virtually grind to a halt when vacation time rolls around. The

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very thing we sometimes need the most is the hardest to ‘adopt’ even for just a couple of weeks. I guess where that’s my new ‘digs’ are making such a profound difference in my life. The second I turn onto the road that takes me to my turn-off, I feel calmer. Things begin to slide into a more reasonable, calmer perspective. I pass wide open fields, small ponds lining sections of the highway, and patches of shrubbery and trees. Perhaps Mother Teresa said it best in her reflections of the miracles we find in creation. “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.”


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CitySpeak DIANNE This week, Express reporter Erin Fawcett has asked Councillor Dianne Wyntjes questions regarding council’s approval of the Waste Management Master Plan.


Council recently endorsed the City’s Waste Management Master Plan as a planning document, what can you tell us about it? “Each of us holds the power to make a choice or decision and take an action about our consumption. The Waste Management Master Plan is about the community’s focus to reduce each person’s, family or business amount of waste we send to our landfill,” said Wyntjes. “Through community and stakeholder conversations and studying our community waste practices, we identified what goes into our landfill. The most significant waste diversion opportunities lie with organics, both yard waste and food waste. According to the research of what’s going into our landfill, up to 40 per cent of residential waste can be diverted through an organics diversion program. The review of Red Deer practices also suggests and estimates the greatest diversion opportunities are cardboard, paper and food waste for our commercial sector. Any program changes will have a phased implementation with education and promotion of the changes.

You made a public confession in council a few meetings ago that you don’t compost. Care to comment? “I recycle, but confess, while our household is good at composting our leaf and yard waste, I don’t receive a passing grade for composting kitchen waste. But with our Waste Management Plan, my education and increased awareness of practices and new habits, composting of kitchen waste will be happening at our household,” said Wyntjes. “Citizens should also be aware that we don’t need to wait for organics pick up by the City. We can start composting now in our backyards. Composting is the controlled process and our practice and habit of turning kitchen, leaf and yard waste into humus like material called compost. Humus is the top organic layer of soil. The compost conditions the soil and is rich in nutrients which will reduce or eliminate our need to use chemical fertilizers.” She added in addition to reducing waste going to the landfill, or even waste into a curbside organics program, backyard composting has benefits to people who like to garden or those who want to avoid chemical fertilizer. “Hearing from our City staff, I understand there’s been a lot of interest from citizens, just like me, who want to learn how to compost in their backyard with tips and techniques and where to put the compost,” said Wyntjes. “I’m also hearing composting is quite easy. So here goes with a quick education on composting. Get a kitchen catcher or composting bin to store the organic waste from your kitchen. Know the difference between green materials, brown materials and what’s not recommended. Green materials are uncooked vegetables and fruit scraps, tea leaves and bags, coffee grounds, egg shells, fresh green lawn clippings and leaves, and disease free yard and garden waste of plants and flowers. Brown materials are coffee filters, paper egg cartons, dried brown leaves and lawn clippings, shredded newspaper and brown paper bags, cardboard in small pieces and dryer lint.” She added what’s not recommended and not for composting is meat, fish, bones, fats and oils, dairy products, cooked foods, pet waste and kitty litter, diseased plant material, ripened weed seeds and quack grass. “I’ve been given the tip that to compost, you need both greens and browns. And use twice as many browns as greens. Find an outside location that’s easy to access year-round. Well-drained and sunny is best. The composting site can be on soil, grass, gravel or concrete. You can purchase a bin or build one that contains all the materials in one spot, but you don’t have to use a container for composting to be successful,” said Wyntjes. “Add the green and brown material, and water. Your compost should be as damp as a wrung out sponge. As your kitchen and yard waste accumulate, stir or turn the compost to assist the decomposing process.”

Exactly one month ago today the Benalto Train Station made its historic return journey to its home of origin. It now rests meters away from its new and final location. There are so very many people and organizations to thank for helping our tiny community begin the process of bringing the station back to its roots. Without the interest and support of all the electronic and print media in our surrounding area we could not have shared this exciting, historic move with the world...and we mean world. Calls have come in from far and wide in support of this project. Without the tremendous outpouring of funding donations large and small, and offers of help from volunteers this would have been impossible to achieve. Donations are gratefully welcomed by the Benalto Booster Club, Box 135, Benalto,

AB TOM OHO. Without the assistance and guidance of Sylvan Lake RCMP and Red Deer County Protective Services Patrol Officers the station’s journey would have been much more perilous for Wade’s Housemoving crew, the Fortis Line Lift Team, and for all who were caught in the long line of traffic behind the station. To all of you drivers who were slowly following this 28 ft. high, 75 ton building and allowed it to safely arrive we extend our great thanks for your patience and understanding. Benalto will be celebrating its Centennial next June 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2014 and we invite one and all to come and share our thanks to you for your support of this special place in the hearts of Central Alberta.

Dave More, Co-chair, Benalto Centennial Committee Benalto

Conservative government woes It has been the unwritten mission statement of the Conservative Party of Canada under Stephen Harper that ‘THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS.’ Whether it be attack ads, in-and-out financing, robo-calls, excessive election expenses, exaggerations, statements at variance with the truth, lists used in votersuppression, stone-walling, firing, denying, lawsuits, and distraction. The party members supported it because they believed in the end goals. Now the members themselves feel victimized by the same tactics targeted at the opposition members and the general public at large. First it was the abortion issue, and then it was freedom of speech by Conservative MPs, Senate-gate, the PMO, and then the prime minister himself. The recent Caucus speech by the prime minister was their supposed salvation, the answer, the clearing-of-the-deck, and the final solution but it was a realization that they were now just another set of pawns to be used in the game of politics and that they were the political caste that they were campaigning against. The Conservatives have been vilified for pushing things until they killed the goose that laid the golden egg. Ten percenters, attack ads, election expenses (eg. Labrador), robo-calls, etc. but now the goose called the Conservative base may now be mortally wounded, will the base continue to finance a government that is involved in cover-ups and clampdowns on important conservative issues?

I live in Alberta where it was once considered treasonous to disparage the Conservatives. Now thanks to actions of our Conservative prime minister and our Conservative premier, the word ‘conservative’ has become so toxic that one feels the need for a Haz-Mat suit to use it in conversation. The provincial Conservatives are running to the Wildrose while the federal conservatives are wondering around feeling gobsmacked looking for an avenue of escape. The federal conservatives once believed they were members of a team with an altruistic goal, but now feel that they were just tools used by a few to obtain and maintain power for the benefit of the few. By paying lip service to the hopes and aspirations and the deep beliefs of the members they obtained the goal, and by using dubious moves and by distancing themselves from and suppressing voices of the grassroots conservative base they hope to maintain their power. Conservatives may have hesitantly supported the actions of suppression, condemnation, exaggerations, untruths, attacks, but are now awakening to fact that they may have been the victim of these same actions and they do not like it. We have been told all our lives: “What goes around, comes around” and “You reap what you sow” and the Conservative base forgot these sayings but are now feeling them and are beginning to see that the end does not justify the means. Thank you.

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was astounding. Fifty businesses were destroyed or damaged, as were several residences, barns, garages and other structures. There were many remarkable sights. Walter Good watched a cook stove fly over his head. His wife’s dishpan got wrapped around the top of a telephone pole by the wind. A bundle of pitchforks were blasted out of one of the hardware stores and were later found more than a kilometre away. Two people were severely injured, but miraculously no one was killed. Jack Fuller rushed to the middle of a store to avoid flying glass when the roof began to blow off. He was hit by a piece of timber and crawled towards the door. As he reached it, the front wall fell outwards. He ended up with cuts and bad bruises. The storm proceeded north-eastwards, tearing up the countryside and heavily damaging several farms. As it proceeded across Gull Lake, witnesses saw a waterspout estimated to be as much as 30m high. As the storm roared through the Wetask-

iwin area, further tragedy struck. Three men were killed when the granary in which they had taken refuge was swept away by the whirlwind. There was an incredible rain after the tornado had passed. This turned the torn up ground into a quagmire. In some areas, the hail pounded crops into a pulp and in at least one case, pounded a huge hole in a farmer’s roof. In looking at the devastation along Rocky’s Main St., a witness described it as looking like “A warshelled area, lacking only the shell holes”. Damage was estimated at $250,000, the equivalent of several millions of dollars in today’s money. Still, people marveled that the loss of life from the storm had not been greater. Moreover, almost everyone who had been injured in the storm had a complete recovery. The man who had described the storm as “Three minutes of hell unadorned” added “Three weeks of reconstruction” and “Three years to wipe out the loss” and finally “Three cheers for all the laddies who were carrying on.”



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Hand-knotted rugs to be on display in City BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express An event that will showcase works of art from Pakistan will be onhand in one Red Deer store. The Fair Trade Oriental Rug event is set to take place at Ten Thousand Villages from June 21-29. More than 100 handknotted Bunyaad rugs will be on display and available to purchase. From intricate orals to hand-spun natural dye wool tribals, every Bunyaad rug has been designed by highly skilled and fairly paid adults, said Leslie Jodoin, manager at Ten Thousand Villages in Red Deer. “When artisans know they are paid for every knot they tie, they are empowered to focus on the ďŹ ne details of intricate rugs that will last for generations,â€? she said. “It’s a huge deal for us to get this here.â€? Bunyaad works with more than 850 families throughout 100 villages in Pakistan. “These families are mak-

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paid a fair wage, as well as the men. That’s huge because in that country jobs in their villages are hard

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to come by and jobs for women are harder to ďŹ nd,â€? said Jodoin. “It’s an amazing story.â€? She added these rugs are meant to be heirlooms. “We don’t see the quality of these types of rugs here. They are meant to be passed down to your family. These rugs can last up to 125 years. They truly are works of art.â€? An ‘Introduction to Oriental Rugs’ seminar will be held at the Red Deer store, located at 4925 48 St.) on June 21st at 7 p.m. The one-hour seminar is ideal for anyone considering an Oriental rug purchase or who would like to learn more about the art of rug making, rug care and even room design. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. Reservations are strongly encouraged. “The story behind how these rugs are made is quite incredible.â€? Participants at the event will learn how to make a knot. They will also learn the different patterns from the different regions in Pakistan.

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Summer shaping up with numerous events With the installation of the Ross Street Patio beginning this week, residents can expect the program of free concerts and special events to kick into high gear signifying the official start to Red Deer’s summer. The City of Red Deer is launching its series of free concerts and special events, hosted from June through September, with the official opening of the patio on June 7 beginning at 11:45 a.m. and continuing through the lunch hour. And that’s just the beginning of a summer filled with weekly concerts and events, all free to the public. “Summer is always amazing in Red Deer,” said Peter McGee, special events programmer for the City. “Add world-class entertainers to our amazing parks and public spaces, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate our thriving cultural scene.” McGee said there will be two streams

to the summer events including Summer Sundays at Bower Ponds, a four-concert afternoon series that runs June 23, July 7, Aug. 11 and Sept. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. In the downtown, the City is organizing weekly musical or cultural performances during the Wednesday night downtown market and again at lunchtime every Thursday, both on the Ross Street Patio. Continuing this year are the evening concerts. They will be held on July 5, Aug. 2 and Sept. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. and coincide with First Friday activities held throughout the downtown. “Last year’s concerts and events added vitality and activity to the downtown,” said Charity Dyke, downtown coordinator for the City. “The downtown is our City’s living room and the best living rooms always come with live music and loads of activity.” For details on all confirmed performers

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CITY BRIEFS The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship. The newest scholarship will be awarded annually in the amount of at $1,000 or more for a Central Alberta resident enrolled in a Licensed Practical Nursing, Health Care Aide, or Unit Clerk program. This scholarship has been made possible by an anonymous donor who has had occasion to be admitted to the hospital and found the medical staff to be excellent and realized

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DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET For the fourth year running, the Downtown Farmers’ Market will once again provide an opportunity for market enthusiasts and foodies to shop local. Continuing every Wednesday until Oct. 9, the market will be open from 4-7 p.m. This year, the market will once again be located on Little Gaetz Avenue, spanning from Alexander Way (48th St. to Ross St. keeping 49th St. open to traffic). As a recent accredited farmers’ market of Alberta, the downtown market welcomes back many local and fresh producers from around Central Alberta. As well this year, returning vendors such as ice cream trucks and flower shops offer a diverse and delectable sampling of Red Deer’s bountiful producers. “Our Downtown Market is thriving, every year we grow and get better. This has definitely become the place to be on Wednesdays to shop local,” says Sandy Dempsey, market manager.

The 2013 Business of the Year Awards nominations are open at the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce. The Business of the Year Awards is organized by the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and is held annually in conjunction with BDC’s Small Business Week. There are three categories for awards, which are presented to exceptional businesses within the Red Deer area. The categories include Business of the Year for businesses with one to 15 full time equivalent employees; Business of the Year for businesses with 16 to 49 full time equivalent employees and Business of the Year for companies with 50 or more full time equivalent employees. All companies, Chamber members and non-members are eligible to apply for an award in their respective category. The Awards are given based on the following criteria: customer service, growth, awards, innovative approach to market or product development, media recognition, outstanding features, future expectations and contributions to the community. Nominations will be open until July 26th. Online nomination forms can be completed by visiting nominate. Nomination forms can also be obtained at the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce office or a PDF is available on the web site. The Business of the Year Award event will be held on Oct. 15 at the Red Deer College Arts Centre & Foyer.

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Red Deer RCMP continue to search for a suspect who allegedly fled from them as they tried to initiate a traffic stop. On May 24th at 8:15 p.m. Red Deer RCMP members were on patrol in the downtown core in Red Deer when they spotted a stolen Ford F-350. Police were able to catch up to the vehicle at the intersection of 50th Ave. and 60th St. Police initiated a traffic stop in the lower Fairview neighbourhood, the suspect vehicle initially stopped for police and then reversed into the front grill of the police vehicle and fled from the scene colliding with another police vehicle. The suspect vehicle then hit a civilian vehicle that was parked on the side of the road. The vehicle, with four passengers, then left the scene believed to be heading out of the City. The suspect is described as Native, about 20-yearsold with long curly hair. There were no injuries sustained as a result of this incident.

On May 27th at 10:30 p.m. Red Deer RCMP General Investigation Section received information that Garnet Colby Mcinnes (also known as Colby Mcinnes), 22, would be at a location in Red Deer with the intent of traveling to Lacombe. Red Deer GIS located a vehicle containing Mcinnes and followed it to a residence in Lacombe.

GARNET COLBY MCINNES The residence was contained by Red Deer RCMP, ALERT’s Red Deer Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) and Lacombe Police Service. The south Emergency Response team (ERT) was contacted and deployed to Lacombe. As the ERT team was deployed in

the vicinity of the residence in Lacombe, Mcinnes exited and surrendered to police. There were several other occupants of the residence arrested without incident. The firearm in the picture was seized, along with many others, through the course of this investigation as a result of the tips Red Deer RCMP received. Investigators believe that at various times during the course of this investigation, Mcinnes was possession of these weapons.

Red Deer RCMP have laid several charges against Mcinnes in relation to the armed and barricaded incident which occurred on May 14th. He is charged with kidnapping while using a firearm, breach of probation, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of robbery with a firearm, two counts of uttering threats and two counts of failing to comply with recog-

nizance. He is also charged with three counts of extortion while using a firearm, three counts of forcible confinement and three counts of pointing a firearm.

ARRESTS MADE AFTER DRUG BUST Red Deer’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) wrapped up a month-long drug trafficking investigation with charges against four people and the seizure of over $60,000 in illegal drugs. With help from the Red Deer RCMP, CFSEU-Red Deer executed search warrants at an apartment in the downtown and a business in northeast Red Deer on May 16. The team seized 6,300g of marihuana, with an estimated street value of $63,000. The search also led to 28g of cocaine, a small amount of cash, and drug trafficking paraphernalia. Ronald Allan Rue, 43, and Christina Charchuk, 49, both of Red Deer are each charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count each of trafficking marijuana and possession of property obtained by crime.

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SUSPECT FACES MORE CHARGES A Lacombe County man is facing additional charges after initially being arrested last year. On May 17th, the Blackfalds RCMP laid additional charges against Emyr Morris, 29, of Lacombe County. He is facing further counts of break and enter, indecent act and criminal harassment charges. Morris was initially arrested back in November 2012 for similar type offences in the Clive area. The initial charges pertain to the case involving a suspect entering a home and leaving behind pornographic material and leaving biological material on women’s undergarments. Following these events becoming public additional Lacombe County residents came forward reporting bizarre and troubling similar type events. Blackfalds RCMP continued to work diligently on this case and linked Morris to three additional homes in the area. He is scheduled to appear in Red Deer provincial court on May 31.

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TRAVEL England’s enduring charm – modern and historical BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express There’s nothing like standing near an ancient circle of stones to put one’s life in perspective. I’m speaking of the mysterious Stonehenge, near Salisbury, England. The structure’s grandeur, not in the least eroded by wind and rain of the centuries, speaks to the timelessness of much of what I took in during a trip to the fabled, historically-rich country. London, for example, is an intriguing tapestry of the modern and the wonderfully historic. From the majestic Westminster Abbey to the luminous St. Paul’s Cathedral, there’s an endless list of treasures to experience. Every time you turn around, it seems there is something of historical significance. Towards that end, walking tours are a fabulous way to really experience the city, and there’s a wealth of them to enjoy. Jack the Ripper’s London was fascinating, albeit much of what remains from those terrifying days in the fall of 1888 is long gone. Some of those Whitechapel lanes where five prostitutes were brutally mur-dered are haunted by the images and moods of Victorian London, when poverty gripped those that called this area home. Also fascinating is the Literary Bloomsbury walk, which takes visitors through ‘intellectual’ London. Here is where authors like Virginia Woolfe challenged the restrictive nature of early 20th century London society. T.S. Eliot’s long-time office is also pointed out, as is the church where poet Sylvia Plath was married. But it was the unexpected that continually caught my attention. Walk along several busy modern London thoroughfares and tucked away of to the side will be a Victorian alleyway, complete with original cobblestones – a striking contrast. Or consider the university city of Oxford, with its majestic array of ‘dreaming spires’. Wandering around these sites, replete with centuries of intellectual power and creativity, is an absolute joy. It was here that folks like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis produced their legendary works, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Chronicles of Narnia.

I stood in Lewis’ living room where he did his correspondence, walked around gardens, and spent a few moments taking in the picturesque pond just a few yards from the front of the house. A dream come true for an avid Lewis fan. Another simple pleasure in Oxford was Addison’s Walk near Magdalene Col-lege - a favourite jaunt for both Lewis and Tolkien. Another city of tremendous beauty is Bath with its gleaming limestone architecture and connection to legendary author Jane Austen. I had a similar sense of wonder standing in the room where George Frederick Handel wrote Messiah in a mere three weeks, or wandering the halls and quaint rooms of the home where Charles Dickens’ penned several of his classics. Here, in these places, pieces of history unfold and enrich us still. Exploring places like Trafalgar Square, the crammed Camden Town market, the haunting gloom of the Tower of London, and the bustling Piccadilly Cir-cus offered their own perspectives of London as well. Other fascinating areas and spots include east London’s Whitechapel streets where the Salvation Army was born to the sophisticated air of Bloomsbury, to the Marylebone district which features the famed Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum – it’s all here. Take a walk through the beautiful Hyde Park, and picture King Henry VIII trekking around this very area, which were once his own personal hunting grounds. The regal Hampton Court, located on the southern edge of London, and which Henry called home for a while, is also well worth a visit. Check out the charming shop in classy Mayfair where famed playwright Os-car Wilde picked up his cigarettes (while scandalizing London society in the 1890s). This is also where Winston Churchill bought his favourite cigars. But little can match the magnificence of Westminster Abbey, where each English monarch, save two, has been crowned for nearly 900 years. Tombs are plentiful as you wander the breathtaking church, including those of royal lineage including Mary Queen of Scots and her rival Elizabeth I to legendary writer Geoffrey Chaucer (The Canterbury Tales) and famed scientist Sir Isaac Newton. Many famous writers and leaders

HISTORIC SITE - Buildings in Oxford display an amazing architectural richness. Visitors to Mark Weber/Red Deer Express England have many historically-themed experiences to explore. are buried here as well – check out the famous Poets’ Corner for gravemarkers and memorials to many folks who have penned enduring classics. Another highlight? The tomb of William Wilberforce, who helped to lead the charge to abolish slavery in the British Empire in the early 18th century. Again, it’s that constant sense of history that fueled the delight of simply be-

ing in London, where every square inch is steeped in rich connections to the past. London, with its trendy, colourful theatre districts (Soho) to its glitzy, palatial homes and exclusive shops (Chelsea and Mayfair) literally has something for everyone. But for those with a passion for history, I can’t think of a more satisfying journey.

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Local youngster takes on worthy cause BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express At just five years of age, Red Deerian Addison McMahon knows plenty about lending her hand to support local causes. Addison is busy these days making key chains to sell in support of the upcoming Relay For Life, an annual fundraiser held in June in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Addison already knows that she wants to be a doctor or veterinarian when she grows up, because she wants to help. She’s enjoyed designing the keychains, and has also had some help from her little brother Ben, who is three. Ben likes to make hockey-themed ones, including some with Red Deer Rebels colours. For the kids’ mother, Marni McMahon, it’s essential to develop a desire in her children to help contribute to community

causes. “People think that what she’s doing is so awesome - for a five-year-old to want to participate in something like this.” For Marni, her involvement with Relay for Life goes back a few years. “About five or six years ago, I started participated with a Relay for Life team with co-workers and friends. “When my kids came along, they always participated as well in one way or another.” This year, Addison said she wanted to join Marni’s team for the all-night, 12hour event, which runs at CrossRoads Church on June 14, kicking off at 7 p.m. Relay For Life is described as an inspirational, non-competitive fundraising event that brings folks together to celebrate life and fight cancer. Teams of 10-15 people fundraise individually and as a team to help raise funds for the Canadian

Cancer Society. Teams gather and take turns walking laps all night. Each team keeps at least one member on the track at all times, while all around them the party is in full swing. Officials say teams stay overnight in the decorated tent city, united to enjoy music, food, activities and entertainment and to celebrate life. Meanwhile, Addison is excited about taking part in Relay for Life this year, both as a fundraiser and by taking turns doing the laps with her mom. She also has a knack for raising money for the cause. “She’s the only child on our team, and she’s raised the most money,” explains Marni, who works at Michener Services. Addision has raised more than $1,300. Marni’s team is called Breast Wishes, and their theme this year is ‘Saving One Boob at a Time’, she

adds with a chuckle. “We’re going to be super heroes.” Marni added that it’s important for her family to take part in Relay for Life because cancer has touched their family. “It’s a small effort I can put in every year to do my part towards helping raise money for research and fundraising for cancer. When you are at the event, seeing everyone support each other and how emotional it is for families, how it brings everyone together – it’s just awesome to see. It’s a great experience,” she said. “It’s a good time – even in the rain.” The last couple of events has seen the team raise more than $8,000 per year. To support Addison and Marni and their team, check out http://convio. or email For more information about this year’s Relay for Life, contact Nancy Kumm at 403-309-5432 or email her at

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Reconciliation commission heading to City The Remembering the Children Society is hosting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Feast to Remember the Children of Red Deer Industrial School next month. The event is set for June 6-7 and will be hosted at the Red Deer College, followed by the Remembering the Children Ceremony on June 8 at the Fort Normandeau Interpretative Park. RDC will be the scene of the twoday event that will bring the Truth & Reconciliation Commission to Alberta for the ďŹ rst community hearing of ďŹ ve this summer. The public is encouraged to learn about this ‘untaught’ aspect of Canadian history and the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. Some 2,000 Grades 4–12 students will take part in sessions at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery and the College. On June 8, Fort Normandeau will be the site of a feast to remember the children of the Red Deer Industrial School (1893-1919), which was located across the river from the Fort. This is a partner event of the Red Deer Centennial Committee and is an important part of recognizing Red Deer’s history, ofďŹ cials say. In June of 2012 the ‘Remembering the Children’ Society welcomed the City of Red Deer and County citizens to participate in the third of four ceremonies planned for remembrance of the children who attended the Red Deer Industrial School. Previous ceremonies included the placing of the wooden grave markers on loan within the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery and the 2010 Fort Normandeau gathering of about 500 people which began with a spiritual

blessing of the graves located on the banks of the Kinickinik (Sylvan) Creek followed by a feast at the park. Archival records were displayed and memorial stones were distributed to the families as remembrances while the names of the children were read from school records. Sunnybrook United Church also hosted the ceremonies beginning on June 30, 2012 beginning with the Elders’ spiritual blessing and followed by acknowledgements from the City and County of Red Deer, government representatives, the United Church and leaders from the First Nations Treaty 6 &7 and the MĂŠtis Nation of Alberta. “These ceremonies involving the United Church as a strong supporter, recognize the importance of acknowledging the injustices perpetrated on the children who attended the Red Deer Industrial School,â€? said Richard Lightning, Ermineskin Band, Hobbema. “Our communities still suffer the effects of the Residential School era,â€? he said. First Nations and MĂŠtis representatives have worked with the United Church of Canada in the formation of ‘Remembering the Children Society’ which began as a working group who produced a guide book to help other communities recover residential school cemeteries and history, and now organizes these events. Remembering the Children Society (RTCS) president Charles Wood announced the fourth and ďŹ nal commemoration of the First Nations and MĂŠtis children who attended the Red Deer Industrial School. This commemoration is part of the 100th anniversary events for the City

of Red Deer as well. “We are pleased to have had excellent help and cooperation from the City of Red Deer, the Sunnybrook United Church, the United Church of Canada, the Red Deer College, the Red Deer Friendship Centre, the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, the First Nations Treaty 6 & 7 and the MĂŠtis Nation of Alberta,â€? said Muriel Stanley Venne, vice president of the Society. This event will involve RDC hosting an educational program also involving the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery – ‘Project of Heart’ for students Grades 4-12 from the surrounding area, the City of Red Deer and Hobbema. ‘Project of Heart’ is an inquirybased, hands on, collaborative, intergenerational, artistic journey of seeking truth about the history of Indigenous (Aboriginal) people in Canada. Highlights include activities ranging from interactive exhibitions, survivor/author sessions, ďŹ lm screenings, cultural teachings and artistic expression of learning. Concurrently the formal hearings and statement taking will hear from former students and descendants presenting to the Truth & Reconciliation Commissioner Wilton Littlechild. Evening entertainment will also include First Nations drummers and dancers, and folk singers such as Phyllis Sinclair and MĂŠtis jiggers and dancers. The public is welcome to all parts of the event with the ďŹ nal commemoration to be held at Fort Normandeau on June 8. - Weber


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fyi EVENTS The seventh annual Central Alberta Children’s Festival will be taking place on May 31st and June 1st at Recreation Park in Red Deer. This community festival has had over 30,000 participants in its first six years. Admission is $6 per person or $20 for a family of four. The admission price includes access to all activity centres and live entertainment on both Friday and Saturday. Healthy snacks, water (please bring your own bottle) as well as a BBQ on Friday at 5 p.m. are included in the admission price. The Central Alberta Children’s festival is for children ages 0-99. The festival’s activities include the bubble jump, chalk walk, imagination station, face painting and the ever popular box city. Visit Help Medicine River Wildlife Centre with their summer research and give orphaned wildlife a new family. The Centre is looking to place orphaned wildlife into appropriate wild families and track their success. If you know the whereabouts of any wildlife with young (with an emphasis on deer, coyote and ducklings) please contact the Centre. Your involvement will help orphaned wild birds and animals and assist in international research. For more information call 403728-3467 or visit Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present, Hang-Ups and Insights: The fifth annual IB and AP Art Show from Lindsay Thur-ber Comprehensive High School and Hunting Hills High School held through to June 22 in the Kiwanis Gallery. First Friday opening: June 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Students and Instruc-tors will be in attendance; Refreshments will be served. The Harris-Warke Gallery announces its current exhibit, Rooted in the Arts, celebrating the 2013 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists Awards. Artists have considered and interpreted the exhibit’s theme both literally and metaphorically including ideas of being

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anchored, centred, ce grounded, founded, orig founded originated, established, settled and entrenched. Rooted in the Arts runs until June 22. A reception will be held June 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with Red Deer’s First Friday events. The Harris-Warke Gallery is now situated on the second floor of Sunworks in downtown Red Deer at 4924 Ross St. For more information contact Paul Boultbee at 403-597-9788. Central Alberta Theatre (CAT) is looking for commerce and business-minded people to serve as board members for our board of directors. Positions coming vacant are recording secretary, advertising and media (PR), training and vice president.

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. The Learning Disabilities Association – Red Deer Chapter is accepting registrations for ongoing multi-disciplinary tutoring, oneon-one developed specifically for learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD and other conditions. Contact Jeannette at 403-3403885 or by email at programs@ for more information. Visit

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Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is having a free community information meeting on May 29 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Kentwood Alliance Church (4 Kennedy Dr.) Call 403-309-4206 or 403-3505156 for more information, or check out

Please join us for horseshoes at the Golden Circle is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. The horseshoe pits are located on the north end of the yard. For more information call Ron at 403-346-9861.

Award-winning Tree House Youth Theatre announces Red Deer River Stories Gala Event World Premiere of Red Deer’s of-ficial centennial play. At the Scott Block, 4818 50 Ave. Tree House Youth Theatre turns 25 and Red Deer turns 100! Join us for the gala opening of this “evening of entertainments” on May 30th at the Scott Block Theatre. Learn about your City, enjoy a world premiere and mix and mingle with the cast and crew and honoured guests for a sumptuous reception!

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is holding a triple event on June 30/11/12 28/02/13 10:17 2:51 AM PM 1 at Sacred Heart Church, corner of 55 St. and 49th Ave. The Open House is in the Hall and the bottle drive/BBQ on the parking lot. It runs from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Town and Country Dance Club will host their 6th Festival of Music and Dance on June 1st featuring The Reflections and The Diamonds Band. This event will be held at the Spruce View Community Hall. Doors open at noon; dancing from 1–11 p.m.; beef dinner 5–7 p.m. Free camping. $35 pp. For advance tickets call Doug/Doris at 403-728-3333 or Cliff/Joan at 403-342-4317 or email Shalom’s Spring Gala Dessert Concert, featuring Randi Boulton – June 1st at 7 p.m. at Festival Hall Red Deer. Tickets $35 per person or $250 for table of eight. Phone 403-342-0339 or email info@shalomcounselling. com. Proceeds to support hurt-

ing families seeking counselling at Shalom Counselling Centre. Red Deer Chamber Singers 37th Annual Spring Concert June 2 at Sunnybrook United Church at 2:30 p.m. Come and enjoy an afternoon of choral music at RDCS annual spring concert. The program will include variety of music - classical, theatre, folk and others. One of them is Vaughn Williams ‘Five Mystical Songs’ with guest baritone soloist Robert Mast. Tickets $10 per person at the door or from choir members. Call 403-3475166 for more information. Hunting Hills High School Music Program presents a year-end concert June 4 at 7 p.m. on the Red Deer College Arts Centre, Mainstage. Tickets are $10 each and are available at HHHS Music Room and Main Office. Featuring classical and contemporary performances by Concert Band, Jazz Band, Rock Band, and Drumline students and culminating with a massed band finale of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now. The Career Centre is hosting a post-secondary financing information session at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School June 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A group of Aspire Parents and volunteers are getting ready to walk, ride or roll their way along the trails at Bower Ponds on June 8, for the first ever Walk for Aspire. This new event was created and organized entirely by parents of children with special needs. Walk for Aspire is open to persons of all abilities and all means of transportation (barrier-free access). Registration is $40 per family or $10 per individual. The walk begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a hot dog lunch. Participants meet at Bower Ponds and walk the loop at their own pace. For more information, or to register contact the Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre at 403-340-2606 or visit The Hub on Ross (4936 Ross St.) is the place to be on June 10 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a whole day of arts and culture events to kick-off a weeklong

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SEMINARS Would you like to improve your workplace communication skills? Would a better understanding of Canadian workplace culture help you? Are you interested in getting a promotion or a better paying job? Then this free training for permanent residents and refugees can help. Running at Red Deer College, Aug. 12-30, Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free childminding provided for ages six and up. Proof of completion of LINC 4 or a CLB assessment is required. For more information or to register call the Immigrant Centre 403-346-8818.

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 and seven to 13. 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 selfesteem and active play. For more information, visit Taoist Tai Chi Society has beginner classes running Monday/Friday from 11 a.m. to noon, Mon-day/ Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30

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MEETINGS Annual General Meeting – Red Deer & District Museum Society runs June 11. Meeting at 7 p.m.; program & recep-tion at 8 p.m. 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Red Deer & District Museum Society. Members and the general public are invited to attend, meet the board and staff, and learn about the exciting things happening at the MAG. Mayor Morris Flewwelling will share his personal remembrances of the Museum since forming in

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p.m., Tuesday/Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The first week is free; costs are $45 or $25 per month for seniors and students for four months of classes at Bay 16, Building C, 5580 45 St., Cronquist Business Park. Classes are also available in Lacombe, Rocky Mountain House and Innisfail. For information call 403-346-6772 or email 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

1973. Please note that memberships must be current for 60 days prior to the meeting to be eligi-ble to vote at the meeting. Climb that Mountain Active Living and Goal Setting with a Brain Injury runs June 13 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cosmos, 7428-49 Ave. Presenter: Robert Yoisten. Robert is a certified Health and Wellness Coach who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in 1986. He will present information on brain research, the importance of active living, motivation and goal setting, including how to help a person with a brain injury understand and measure a gain. This presentation from the perspective of a survivor will be of interest to survivors, family members and professionals. There is no cost to attend this presentation, Lunch will be provided. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Please call CMHA at 403-342-2266 to register.

The Parkland Handweav-ers Guild meets the second Monday of the month (not July or August) at Sunny-brook Farm at 7 p.m. New and experienced weavers welcome. For more infor-mation contact reddeerweav-ers@, Darlene 403-7493054, Margaret 403-346-8289, Amy at 403-309-4026. 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 Jo-anne 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 are holding a dinner and meeting June 12 at 12:30 p.m. Members only. Call 403-3094243 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 Shirley at 403-346-7160 or Gloria at 403-754-1655. The Red Deer Art Club meets Thursdays at l p.m. at the Golden Circle. Individuals are welcome to drop in and participate in mini art classes. Drop in fee $1 applies. Phone Marianne at 403-986-2600 for information. 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. Alberta Women’s Institute has monthly meetings; Hillsdown (second Monday, 403-3470100); Leslieville (second Wednesday, 403-729-2420) and Ridgewood (first Tuesday, 403-886-4129).

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articipants of the second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event gathered in the Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Centre parking lot last week clad in high heels to raise money for The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. The groups participating raised $25,000 as of Monday with donations still rolling in. The funds raised will go towards supporting 16 different programs and services that are offered at The Outreach Centre. The walk was started in 2001 by Frank Baird from the old saying, ‘You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes’ and taken up in Red Deer by the Women’s Outreach Centre last year. What started out as a small group of men daring to totter around a park has grown to become a world-wide movement with tens of thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other education, prevention and remediation programs.

Photos and story by Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express TEAM SPIRIT - Clowes Jewellers team (from left, Len Nederlof, Bret Nederlof, Colin Cooper, Chan Bhullar) pose for a photo before the walk, after having raised $1,259 for the walk.

DRESSED TO IMPRESS – Chad Walchuk and Chad Halter push forward in their lady attire for Team Consuella during the walk in their ruby red heels.

HAVING A LAUGH - RCMP Supt. Warren Dosko and Women’s Outreach Centre Maintenance Manager Doug Brown share a laugh before the walk after admiring Brown’s open-toed sling back heels.

WONDER HEELS One participant donned red heels with a pair of inspirational Wonder Woman socks.

RUNNING IN HEELS – Pat Kerr was one of few to run the mile in his high heels as many felt it was difficult enough to walk the mile in their towering shoes.

STRUGGLING – Three men struggle to keep right side up in their heels as they complete the walk.

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R&B duo bringing eclectic sounds to City The Luke Blu Guthrie Band at The Hideout on Friday BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Exhibiting an insightful, compelling knack for crafting and performing, the Luke Blu Guthrie Band performs at The Hideout on Friday. The band is a two-time VIMA-nominated, rhythm and blues duo that electrifies the stage with its alternative roots beat. Consisting of Luke Blu Guthrie and Elizabeth Penney, the pair can be counted on for a powerful, soulful performance that “vibrates the stage with poignant melodies that include slide guitar, masterful finger picking, strong vocals and upbeat bass lines.” Named one of CBC’s independent artists to watch in 2011 and nominated for Male Songwriter of the Year at the VIMA’s in 2012, Guthrie is a growing presence on Canadian radio with live CDs. “In many ways I was always musical,” explains Guthrie, reflecting on his formative years. “Early introductions to reggae, blues, country and jazz gave me an early appreciation for music that comes from the soul. “I have sung since I could make noise and told stories before I could accurately form words. A few blues songs were written around seven or eight but I didn’t get fully into playing live shows until I was about 14. By that time, my love of early country blues and gospel had grown to include rock and socially-aware punk.” There wasn’t a whole lot of passion for music in the family, but that didn’t dampen his enthusiasm in the least. “Despite my family’s lack of interest in playing music (and maybe almost because of it), I continued on my own path and was playing professionally by age 16,” he explains. “Throughout this time, certain writers/players always steered me towards my sound. Influences like Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Mctell, Bob Dylan, CCR, Burton Cummings, Ron Sexsmith and Daniel Lanois helped me reach towards music that fused different styles from the soul. I



call this music Heart Beatin’ rhythm and blues.” Meanwhile, the most recent disc, Oil and Water, saw the band’s fan base explode in 2012. Armed with acoustic and electric guitars, assorted foot percussion and plenty of rhythmic ‘slaps and yowls’, Guthrie has also been an integral part of the Vancouver Island music scene for over a decade. He is widely respected for his versatility and skill as a songwriter, vocalist and guitar player. “As long as the song/music has a message and is coming from an honest place, I have always felt comfortable performing in front of people. One thing I continue to realize is that you have no idea who you are touching through a recording or a video; it may be difficult to get people’s attention these days with a song but when you do, and someone feels the need to effuse this to you, it is the best feeling in the world.” Elizabeth Penney joined the band in 2011. An accomplished bassist with explosive rhythms, she incorporates elements of dance, funk, blues and country into the act. She has more than 20 years of performance experience, and is just as comfortable in a small town venue as she is sharing the stage with some of Hong Kong’s top recording artists. Like Guthrie, she also has deep roots on Vancouver Island and her upbeat, downto-earth spirit permeates her musical and stylistic contributions. “The beautiful coast of B.C. is inspiring,” says Guthrie, adding that his songwriting comes from other places in his heart as well. “I also take much inspiration from North American politics and history. My mom’s side is from the south and our name (Guthrie) was inherited through our former owners in the slave trade. My writing incorporates both the good and the bad side of the human condition.” From festival stages to school workshops, the band’s strong sense of community is evident in its commitment to take

MASTERFUL - The Vancouver Island-based Luke Blu Guthrie Band performs at The Hideout on May 31.

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part in initiatives involving music lovers of all ages. There’s no doubt that the band will continue to be a part of the western Canadian music scene in years to come. “I would hope that people can discover a bit of themselves in my songs,” he says. “I always like it when I hear someone sing a line and I go ‘Hey! I’ve thought that before’. I hope these songs can help people to exam-

ine issues from different perspectives. “To me that is what this is about; telling stories and taking in a different point of view. I would like people to come away from the show with a soulful smile on their face and a rhythmic beat to their step, hopefully they pass it along to everyone they meet on the street.”

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CAT holding auditions for Christmas show The special production will round out the centennial year in Red Deer The holiday season may seem a long ways off but a local acting company is already making plans. Central Alberta Theatre will mark the final month of Red Deer’s Centennial year by staging its first ever pantomime production at the Memorial Centre Dec. 13-21. Cinderella Dances with the Stars promises to be create an uproar with its audiences, CAT officials say. Brought up to date and set in Red Deer this musical comedy variety show will appeal to children of all ages from five to 95. Produced in the style of a traditional English Pantomime, complete with Dame, Panto horse, chase, black light ballet and audience participation, Cinderella is a modern day version of the classic love story crammed with songs,

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dances and hilarious references to Red Deer’s landmarks, people, businesses and popular culture. “It’s a significant undertaking to bring a show like this to the stage for the first time” said Lawrence Hobbs, executive producer. “Pre-production planning began last fall with detailed project planning going on since Christmas at the same time as the script was being written. “We’re hoping to have the cast, production partners and production team in place before everyone goes on holiday in the summer. Rehearsals will get underway right after Labour Day” CAT expect Cinderella will need a substantial volunteer crew to support its cast of 18 plus dancing partygoers.

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if the stunts are more unbelievable (or ridiculous) thanks to the special effects. The plot (something about stealing an invaluable microchip) is beside the point. It’s just an opportunity for Dwayne Johnson to call on Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and the rest of the regulars to help him catch the villain in return for legal pardons. There are several set action pieces, including one with a tank, and the finale, involving everybody and their cars plus a huge Russian plane is impressive if somewhat dragged out. This may be the best of the series. You either like them or you avoid them, but the box office millions show the makers have a formula that works and will follow it to the bank for as long as they can. Don’t miss the plug for Fast & Furious 7 as the credits come up at the end. Rating: three deer out of five

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Pantomimes, or ‘Panto’s’ as they’re called in England, can be traced back to the middle ages as they incorporate traditions of the Italian ‘Commedia Dell’Arte, the Italian night scenes, British music halls and American Vaudeville to produce an adaptable festive institution loved by children of all ages. Retired Red Deer school teacher Albert Azzara is one of the principal creative forces behind CAT’s production. A veteran of 11 Lethbridge productions and Cinderella’s writer/director, he explained Panto’s Christmas tradition and its role reversals with boys sometimes being played by girls and the Dame always by a man. “Audience participation is a key element a pantomime,” said Azzara. “The audience are encouraged to boo the villain when he’s up to no good, argue with the Dame and warn the principal boy (often a girl) when something bad is going on behind them. We’re going to have some great fun this year as the villain tries to prevent a series of dancing princesses as they try to win the hand of the prince in Royal Red Deer’s own ‘Dances with the Stars competition’.”

‘PRE-PRODUCTION PLANNING BEGAN LAST FALL WITH DETAILED PROJECT PLANNING GOING ON SINCE CHRISTMAS AT THE SAME TIME AS THE SCRIPT WAS BEING WRITTEN.’ LAWRENCE HOBBS Meanwhile, Hobbs said that CAT’s work begins in earnest now. “We have to establish partnerships with local dance troupes and corporate supporters and will be holding cast auditions and production team calls in the next few weeks. “My colleagues think the biggest challenge will be to find Red Deer’s own version of Will and Kate. We need a particularly talented singing and dancing young actress to play Cinderella while even Prince Channing of Tatum must be able to carry a tune.” CAT would like to invite all Central Albertans interested in participating in the Cinderella production to a production call meeting at 7 p.m. on June 25th at the Memorial Centre. Folks interested in production, stage management, technical, lights and sound, set construction, costumes, props, make-up, hair, front of house, publicity, concession and more. Questions can be directed to the producer Carole Forhan by email at The required crew roles are listed on CAT’s web site at Auditions will the various roles will also be held at 7 p.m. on June 26-27 at the Memorial Centre as well. Prepared monologues will not be required. The director will ask participants to read roles of his choice and time permitting actors will be allowed to read roles they are particularly interested in. Questions or requests for script excerpts may be forwarded to Albert Azzara at or at 403-342-5895. Descriptions of the roles can be found at

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VOLCANIC SPIRIT – Madison Martin, a Grade 2 student at Joseph Welsh Elementary School, helps Connor Still, a Grade 5 student, erupt a volcano last week. It was made by Connor’s father, Jason Still, as part of the school’s super hero week in which they also raised over $11,000 during a spellathon that will go towards extra-curricular activities for the school. Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express

Four simple strategies to a healthier you Your kids get a cold and you count down the days until it hits you. Your co-worker calls in sick and you just know you’ll be you next. Why is it that you catch every bug going around? Because your immune system isn’t what it should be. Your immune system is responsible for fighting off illness and infection. If it’s not working up to par, expect to get sick. Yes, you must first somehow be exposed to a virus or bacteria to get sick and genetics may determine the strength of your immune system, but your lifestyle also affects how well your immune system can fight off illness. Diet, sleep, exercise, and stress all have a powerful impact on your overall health. What you put in your body affects the functioning of all bodily


WHEELER systems, including your immune system. As you choose what to eat each day, make sure you add plenty of protein. Protein is used by your body to help make white blood cells, which are key players in the fight against illness. Get your protein from lean meats, fish, yogurt, beans, or nuts. If you’re prone to respiratory infections, you’ll need to eat plenty of good-fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel. The omega-3 fatty acids found in these fish boost levels of helper T cells, which help to fight viruses.

Don’t want to catch that cold going around? Then eat your daily eight to nine fruits and veggies. Research has shown eating this much produce may reduce your risk of coming down with a cold by 25%. Pharmacy shelves are filled with immune-boosting pills, but the two shown to be most helpful are Vitamin D and probiotics. Vitamin D increases the production of T cells. It’s hard to get enough Vitamin D from foods, so it may benefit your health to take a 1,000 IU supplement each day. Probiotics work to keep the bacteria in your gut balanced, while also giving a boost to your white blood cells and cutting your risk of upper respiratory infections. Take a probiotics daily as directed. Always check with

your doctor first though on taking supplements. During sleep, your body gets the rest it needs so it has strength to function at its best. While you sleep, however, your immune system is still at work, releasing cytokines. These proteins fight infection. Getting your recommended amount of sleep each night, therefore, gives your body a chance to combat invading viruses. Exercising, without overdoing it, gives a boost to your immune system response. Why is this? As physical activity gets blood pumping through your body and increases your respiration, bacteria get flushed out of your lungs and carcinogens get flushed out in your sweat and urine. At the same time, infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies circulate

faster throughout your body, hormones are released to warn the immune system of invaders, and stress hormones decrease. Need another perk? The rise in body temperature that comes courtesy of exercise helps prevent the growth of bacteria. Get half an hour of exercise five days out of the week for optimal immune system functioning. Ongoing emotional and physical stress places undue strain on your immune system, leading to a release of adrenaline and cortisol. These two hormones decrease the production of T cells. Adopt healthy stress management skills such as exercise, prayer and meditation, therapy sessions, or just some good belly laughs. Jack Wheeler is a personal trainer and owner of 360 Fitness in Red Deer.


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How many patients would agree to 500 chest X-rays? Does the doctor always know best? Normally the answer is “Yes.” But when your doctor orders a CT scan (computed tomography), does he really understand the amount of radiation your body receives? A recent report from the University of California expresses concern about the overuse of the many types of scans performed in the U.S. Canada is not immune

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a single chest X-ray and 1000 times that of a dental x-ray or bone mineral density test. I wonder how many patients would agree to 500 chest X-rays unless they were vitally important? A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine says that 72 million CT scans were done in the U.S. in 2007. After excluding those done for cancer, and in the last five years of life, researchers estimated these CT scans would cause 29,000 extra cases of cancer in the future and 15,500 deaths. Authorities claim that about one-third of CT scans are not needed. Another more recent report in the Public Health Science’s Journal reassures women that a CT scan during pregnancy carries little or no risk to the fetus. But the authors admit that, due to the small number of cases studied, the findings could have a wide margin of error. And children are more susceptible to radiation damage. But what is amazing is the lack of knowledge about radiation dosage. The New England Journal of

Medicine (NEJM) reported in 2007 that a survey of radiologists and emergency room doctors showed that 75% significantly underestimated the radiation dose from CT scans. The Journal also reported that one million children in the U.S were being given CT scans unnecessarily every year to diagnose appendicitis. It could be argued that ultrasound could provide as much information in diagnosing this disease. A few years ago a nuclear engineer told me he had asked how much radiation he was receiving from back X-rays. He was told “The same as you receive from a two hour plane trip.” Later the engineer calculated it would take 1,120 plane trips to equal the amount of radiation he had received. Or that it would take him 28 years in the nuclear plant to receive the same dose as the exposure in the clinic! So what can patients do to decrease the risk of needless radiation? First, realize that some needless CT scans are done because doctors worry about missing a diagnosis, and then being sued. It’s a justifiable

concern so don’t add to it by pressuring your doctor to do a CT scan just to be sure of the diagnosis. Rather, it’s better to say, “Is this test really necessary?” Or “Would ultrasound or MRI show the same result?” Neither of these tests expose you to radiation. Be careful where you get a CT scan. I reported years ago that a survey of X-ray facilities in Ontario revealed that radiation exposure could vary as much as 90 times the normal dose. This disparity was due to old machines, failure to test them regularly and inexperienced technicians. The report by the NEJM also shows that CT scan dosage can vary as much as 13 times the amounts cited. Don’t be fooled by ads promoting the use of full body scans on healthy people to rule out cancer, cardiovascular disease and other disorders. It’s a very questionable procedure. Also, beware the doctor who has a financial interest in a CT scan clinic. See the web site at www. For comments

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YOU’RE OUTTA THERE - The Padres and The Legends of Red Deer Twilight Baseball 30 and Over League faced off Monday night in which Padres Fred Fernandes attempted to steal home and was tagged out by Legends’ backcatcher Brad Macleod.

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Wotherspoon enjoying teaching time in Europe BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express Home is where the heart is according to an old saying and for speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon, home is also where he garnered the bulk of his support for an outstanding career. “This is where I got my start. This is where all the people are who supported me as a kid, as a teenager and developing as an athlete,” he said on the eve of his formal induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in Red Deer. He has a list of athletic accomplishments as long as a speedskating oval but Wotherspoon says being a part of the history recognized in the hall is special. He also took a moment to recognize all the businesses, corporations and individuals who played a role in getting him to

this point, saying they had a huge impact on his life. Trying to pick something from that long list which would stand out in his mind is a difficult task he said but he did point out the ones which resonate with him aren’t necessarily the records set on the ice. “A great race on a day when I was feeling sick or the first time I achieved something,” he explained were examples of what he’s most proud of in his career. Those types of accomplishments were the ones which boosted his confidence, made him feel like he belonged and could compete against the best in the world, he said. “It’s races like that that I’m the most proud of probably because they are the races where I learned the most about myself.” The lessons he’s learned over many

years on the track are now being shared by his pupils as he has been coaching the past two years in a small town in Germany near the Swiss Alps. Wotherspoon says he likes the coaching aspect of his life because it’s very much a multi-dimensional occupation which challenges him to be creative and forces him to rely on his education and his experience. He’s also learning how difficult it can be to manage a team of skaters who may have races on different days in different regions. “I’d say I’m still learning. It’s still something where I make some mistakes and think why didn’t I think of that six months ago,” he said. He’s mentoring a blend of athletes which range in age from 17 to their mid-20’s. “Some are really at an elite level winning races in world cups, some are junior development level hoping just to qualify

for world cups in the next couple of years.” Wotherspoon was a sprinter so he’s also had to broaden his library of knowledge as a skater having to deal with ones who are sprinters, some long distance and some middle distance athletes. “I can’t just say this is what I did and it worked so now you do it and it will work because I’m different than anybody else so I have to use that but also remember what things didn’t work for me and how that can impact on how I relate to my skaters,” he said. He plans on staying overseas to coach for many more years to come but admits he’d like to come back to Canada and share his knowledge with some home grown skaters. “I’m not sure what level or what role I’d be but I’m sure I could find something I’d want to invest my time and energy in.”

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Bucs confident of a strong season BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express There is plenty of optimism in the camp of the Central Alberta Buccaneers as they get set for the start of another Alberta Football League season. Depth at a few key positions and good turnouts to practice are the reasons head coach Duane Brown feels 2013 is going to be a strong year for the Bucs. “At receiver we have 12 guys who could start whereas last year we were struggling at four,” said Brown. The one piece which the Bucs always seem to struggle with lately is getting the big bodies out to play on the offensive line. It’s an issue which leaves Brown wondering out loud where these guys might be hiding when football season rolls around. “It’s holding us a back a little bit,” he admitted. “But it’s not going to stop us. If we can fill that void then we’ll be laughing.” One huge advantage the Buccaneers have in their corner is the fact the schedule has them playing six home games this season with the only road trip late in the season when

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under new coordinator Devon Hand, a former Buccaneer, who is bringing in a system which Brown says is going to be very aggressive. A pair of key players on the defense will not be in the lineup as Todd Lewis blew out his knee in practice and middle linebacker Curtis Dreiger has decided to call it a career. But former Buc Mike Clarkson has returned to the team after playing with the Alberta Golden Bears. At the quarterback position the Bucs are solid with Byron Stearns back for another year and Andrew Stannix ready to step in when needed, Brown said. The Buccaneers open their regular season against the Edmonton Stallions on June 1 with a 7 p.m. start at M.E. Global Athletic Park in Lacombe.

A few ‘tiring’ things in sports There are a lot of things which make me tired these days. A large meal, especially around holiday time, staying up later than 11 p.m., although that time seems to be creeping closer to 10 p.m. and watching the parliamentary channel for more than a minute. There are also plenty of things I’m tired of and in no particular or-



CLAGGETT der, here they are. New York Rangers coach John Tortorella - he’s mad at his players, he’s mad at the other teams’ players, he’s made at the coach of the other team, he’s mad at the officials and he’s mad at the media for asking

“stupid” questions. John, don’t go away mad, just go away. Maybe take a trip to Disneyland, John. It’s the happiest place on earth. Some golf professionals - I’m tired of seeing some of these guys hit a shot, get a sour look on their face as if someone just did something to their breakfast cereal and then we see the ball within 15 ft. of the hole. I know these guys expect more but for us mere mortals that’s a win and I for one am done with the frustrating, almost bored look some of these guys lay out for us. Enjoy the game

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boys and girls! (See Jerry Kelly and Matt Kuchar for examples of how to have fun whilst making big dollars playing a sport.) Baseball bench clearing brawls - Now I use the term ‘brawl’ loosely because 98% of the time there is less fighting going on than one sees on Boxing Day at an electronics store. It looks like slow dance time at the prom more than fisticuffs. I’m tired of the lame jog in from the bull pen by players who want to throw pitches rather than punches. Basketball - not the game but the time it takes for the last 30 seconds of a game to be played. Glaciers move quicker. During one NCAA game this spring I timed the last 30 seconds and it took 12 minutes of actual time for the clock to reach zero. It seems coaches have unlimited time outs and use each one of them every time a whistle blows. Two time-outs per half and we might see the pace move faster than a tree sloth. Now, time for a nap.


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ARTISTIC INFLUENCES – This kitchen in the 2013 Hospitals’ Lottery dream home located in Vanier Woods and built by True-Line Homes has a modern design mixed with functionality in which Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express its walls are lined with aesthetic pleasures that amaze.

Organization is key to household efficiency I’m heading out to relax at the lake for some much needed vacation time and it can’t get here soon enough! The past few weeks have been incredibly hectic and demanding and I am planning little else but relaxing and a bit of gardening. As I’m planning my time in the RV I’m reminded that the space is small and that I have to pack light which is a huge challenge for me. I have been known to take three bags for an overnight trip! Not only does my daily routine need to simplify but the items I deem ‘necessary’ do not always have to accompany me. It makes me wonder if I could perform a more simplified routine at home and take less time


LEWIS to make more time. How do your weeks loom ahead of you? Are you overwhelmed by tasks and errands and endless to do lists? I have been learning a lot about myself and my capacity to do it all – I am finding it is possible but some days the energy is low and the motivation is far, far away. So feel OK to give yourself those days to revive and recuperate. Other days you will feel motivated and strong and ready to

tackle anything (like this morning when I did two loads of laundry before work!) Take advantage of those days and prepare and plan for possible days ahead when you aren’t feeling your best. Gather yourself for a power prep day and simplify your week! Food ingredients, some awesome snacks and your favorite movie. Plan a day when you will have the house to yourself and will have fewer interruptions (I hope that is possible!) Start early in the morning with your first load of laundry while you wait for your favorite coffee to brew. If you have one of those single serve coffee machines, hurry as you only have 30 sec-

onds to throw in that first load! With coffee in hand sit down and write out the menus you would like to prepare for the week, you may have already done this to populate your shopping list or you may be like me and create recipes on the fly depending on groceries. Once your first cup of coffee is finished, it’s time to throw a load of laundry in. You now have one hour to prep the first part of your meals. Brown or sautee all meats that you will be preparing for the week and then once you start assembling your recipes the task is easier because you don’t need to stop and heat up another frying pan. Proteins are cooked, the second load of laundry and the second

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cup of coffee are in order. One more hour to assemble, chop, package and freeze a few dinners. You can whip up six casseroles, lasagnas or stews/chilis in two hours and have dinner covered with one night to eat out or order in. You have now reached my favorite part, load one out of the dryer and load three into dry. You now put up your feet and start watching your favorite movie while folding your fluffy clean laundry. Take a break every hour to switch loads, fold while watching and by early afternoon your power prep day has been very successful! Simply easy and kind of fun. Kim Lewis is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.


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PUBLIC AUCTION Ralph and Shirley Kenzle

#28441 – Highway #596 (Burnt Lake Trail) Red Deer, Alber ta

Sunday , June 2nd at 10 am Sharp

Location: From junction of Highways #11 and 596, west of Red Deer, go 10 km southwest on #596 (Burnt Lake Trail) Selling by Public Auction the Following Assets: Subject to Additions and Deletions

Tractors: John Deere 5300 Diesel FWD 50 hp tractor, (5760 hours) c/w JD 540 Loader, (JD 5300 must remain at farm until Wed, June 5 at 12 noon); Yanmar YM Diesel FWD tractor, c/w Yanmar loader; 1960 case 930 diesel tractor, 6 spd., hydraulics, good rubber (Note: 8ft Leon Dozer Blade sold separately) Collectors Tractors: I.H. W-30 Gas Tractor, steel wheels, McCormic w-6 Gas Tractor, 4 cyl gas Gravel Trucks: 1980 Kenworth W900 T/A c/w Cat 3406 – 425 hp, 15 spd, 46,000rears. 14’ steel box, s/n 908014C Dump Trailer: 2007 Titan t/a Dump Trailer, 12’ box, 7000 #AXLES Trailers and Storage Units: Roadrunner 5’x20’ 4 Horse/Stock Trailer, 1986 Royal T/A 2 Horse Trailer, Older (1950’s) S/A Brandford Storage Van, 27’, Shop Built 21’ h.d. Dual T/A Flat Deck Trailer, (no VIN, off-road use only); Two Small Utility Trailers; 8x40’ Van Body Storage Shed (no under carriage), 2012-11’x20’ Canopy Storage/Garage Unit. 3 PT Hitch Attachments: Maschio 52” Rototiller; 7’ 3 pt Double Disc, Inland 5’ Snow Blower; Dansuser 3 pt pto Post Pounder; 3 pt 2 Wheel Swath Turner; 3 pt 4 Wheel Hay Rake; 3 pt pto Fertilizer/Grass Seeder; 6’ 3 Row DT Cultivator; 2 Bottom Plow; Small ATV Sprayer Farm Machinery: 1994 NH 660 Auto Wrap Round Baler; NH 850 Round Baler; NH 271 Square Baler; Older NH 12’ pto Hay Cutter (Crimper Removed); Semi-Mount 7’ Mower; John Deere #33 S/A PTO MANURE SPREADER; Versatile 44’ pto Auger; A/C 14’ Disc t/a dual wheels, 23” blades; 12’ JD DT Cultivator c/w mounted harrows; 12’ Graham Holm DT Cultivator; 12’ Chain Type Pasture Harrows; 12’ HD 30” Land Packer (like new); 4 Sections Flew Harrows; JD 16’ Surflex Disc; 10’ R.R. Iron Roaddrag Horses – Work Team: 6 & 7 Year Old “Blonde” Belgian Geldings, full brothers, 2000lbs plus weights, broke to hitch. Horse and Livestock Equipment: Good Set of Black Studded HD Leather Work Harness; Other Harness Sets – Collars to 25”, Bridles, Spreaders, Bits, Bells; 3 Stock Saddles, Saddle Bags, Misc. Tack, Electric Fencer, Slide-In 8’ Stock Rack, 2 wheel training cart; Rubber Tired Farm Wagon c/w Pole; Horse Sleigh; Shop Built T/A Hay Wagon c/w Pole (needs finishing); Antique 1886 Emerson Single Bottom Breaking Plow; Bale Feeders, fence posts 10-10’ Corral Panels; 10’ Panel Gate, 9’x15’ Twister Half Shell Galvanized Livestock Shelter; Westeel 2 Ring x 6’ wide Hopper Bottom Feed Bin, 2 barrels of oats; Misc 4”x6” and 10” pipe (various lengths); 20 Sheets of 36” x 33’ Galvanized Roofing/Siding Tools – Shop and Misc Equipment: 30 Ton Hydraulic Truck Winch; Set of 38000 Truck Rear Ends; Lincoln Ranger 250 Amp Gas Welder (305 hours); Oxy-Propane Cutting Outfit; Honda 2” and 3” Water Pumps; Eagle Upright; Shop Compressor (like new); Delta 16” Drillpress; Shop Press c/w 20 ton air/hydraulic jack; Milwaukee Magnetic Drill (like new); Numerous Air & Power Tools, Cuttoff Saw; Battery Tester,; Tools, Jacks, Chains, Boomers, Misc Supplies; JD Chain Saw; Electric Chain Saw Sharpener, Propane Heater ¾ to 1” – 4 to 1 Reduction Wench; Wood Cutting Band Saw; Large A-Frame Hoist; 2 Chain Hoists; 3-500 gal Fuel Tanks and Stands; Numerous Slip Tanks; Shop Built Wood Splitter; Buzz Saw on Frame; 30’ Train Rail; Win-Power 15 kw pto Generator. Coleman 5000 watt generator Household Effects: 2 Colonial Style Living Room Suites; 7 Piece Wooden Diving Room Suite; Microwave Oven & Stand; Colour TV; numerous other household items.

Viewing: Saturday, June 1 from 1pm to 5pm Removal by Wednesday, June 5 at 5pm Auctioneers Note: Owner’s Phone Number 403-350-8446 Auction Terms: Full and Complete settlement on sale day, by cash or guaranteed banking funds. GST will apply on all purchases.

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Benefits of utilizing mortgage brokers The other day I overheard a couple speaking about buying a home and the conversation ended up moving in the direction of mortgages/


TURCOTTE One spoke that they wanted to deal with their bank, the other spoke of wanting to use a mortgage broker. “Why would you want to use a mortgage broker? The bank will get us a great rate and we have a relationship with them, plus remember Mark’s (name changed) deal with their mortgage broker?” This isn’t what I like hearing, so I went over and apologized about overhearing their conversation then defended our profession. They accepted my explanation and I offered my card should they have any questions, and gestured it wasn’t in any way to take

away from the referral that they already had, so as not to seem overbearing, but if their experience was like their friend’s incident they had my information to obtain a different perspective. Our industry has come a long way since the late 70s and 80s whereas brokers were engendered as Herb Tarleks, often called sleazy, greedy, Guido-like loan sharks. As time has passed our industry has changed, organizing professional associations, both federally and provincially and we’ve also brought on regulation to our industry, likening ourselves to the insurance profession. Since the mid 80s, our industry has gone from organizing 2-3% of the mortgages in the country to well over 30%. Everyday our associations ensure that mortgage brokers and agents are kept up to the industry’s highest standards, by showing integrity in every mortgage transaction one has with the public. In every profession there’s going to be a few bad apples that will try and rot the core. And now with over 95% of our clientele having great credit, they come to us for

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the convenience of having almost all banks/lenders at their fingertips. On the flip side we can help those that are struggling with credit issues and obtain private mortgages to help save their home, but those private lenders don’t pay a referral fee like the banks so the mortgage broker then has to charge a fee so that they can feed their family. There are over 14,000 mortgage brokers and agents in Canada, and only 8,000 of them registered at least one transaction last year. These figures should tell you that unprofessionalism can creep into our industry as there’s over 6,000 mortgage agents out there parading like they are professionals because they have a license and didn’t do a single transaction. Just like anything else, if you are searching for a mortgage professional, ensure that you are getting a good one - to me that would mean that you have a few years’ experience and have handled at least 30 transactions in a year.

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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.

403-342-4460 403-347-0277 403-341-9995 403-341-0177 403-346-9331

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Enter in person at the Red Deer Express #121, 5301 - 43 St. WIN A $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO: HIDEOUT LOFT & & HIDEOUT EATS

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