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Kiera and Aislyn Wheelock performed the Stepsister’s Lament from Cinderella at the Crowsnest Pass Music Festival Showcase Concert on Sunday, March 16. The concert was a compilation of performances throughout the Music Festival and ended with the Medallion Awards and adjudicators’ Provincial Competition recommendations. For more photos see pages 6 and 7 as well as our Facebook page at CNPFreePress. Photo by J. MacFarlane
A log jam with the potential to bring catastrophic flooding to east Blairmore has been given the green light for clearance. Last week, council approved Speers Construction Inc. from Revelstoke, B.C. to begin removing logs in a steep walled canyon of Lyons Creek. The log jam occurred last spring when debris remaining from the Lost Creek fire was transported downstream and became stuck at a sharp turn in a rock gorge with a width of only 10 metres. A large Douglas Fir became stuck cross-wise and debris piled up behind it. It has been identified as a significant risk to east Blairmore in the event of spring flooding. There are 300 to 500 cubic metres of material, equal to 13 standard logging truckloads, trapped in a gorge 120 to 150 metres deep. The log jam is on crown land but within municipal boundaries. Stephen Burnell with ISL Engineering said Stantec Engineering identified Speers Construction who have significant experience in backcountry emergency work. They were asked to give alternative methods of removing the log jam with pricing and came back with four options. The first option was to bring in small equipment for machine removal of the log jam from the west bank, and then cutting and burning the wood away from the bank of the creek. The cost was $138,600 including GST. The second option was a forestry yarder set up on top of the gully, said Burnell, to pull the logs up and out of the creek. The cost was in the $225,000 range, said Burnell. The third required a helicopter to fly in and remove the logs. The cost was $200,000 to $300,000 and involved a lot of risk, he said. The fourth option was to send in a crew with chainsaws and hand tools to remove the logs and burn the wood on site. The cost was in the range of $255,000. “There was significant discussion and review between Stantec, municipality, provincial and federal regulatory authorities,” said Burnell. “The option identified with the least impact and most efficient and economic approach was the small equipment machine removal of the log jam from the west bank.” Cont. next page...
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MUNICIPALITY OF CROWSNEST PASS NOTICE OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION OFF-SITE LEVY BYLAW NO. 778-2009
The Municipality’s Off-Site Levy Bylaw, is one that outlines monetary contributions that developers pay to the Municipality for specific types of infrastructure. In January 2014, Council approved a four month extension to the moratorium on this Bylaw to allow for consultation with the community. Council will make a decision on this issue in mid-April. Pursuant to section 648 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), all members of the community are invited to a public consultation meeting on: Monday, March 31st 2014 from 7pm to 9pm at the Elks Hall in Blairmore. This meeting will be a brief 10-15 minute presentation, with the majority of the meeting being a round-table discussion. Some of the potential round-table topics may include: • What is an Off-Site Levy? • What are the requirements of the Province of Alberta with regard to the levy? • How do other Municipalities in Alberta ensure new Development pays its way? • If Council chooses not to renew the moratorium, are the current monetary amounts outlined in the Bylaw appropriate? • If Council chooses to extend the moratorium, how will the Municipality pay for certain types of Capital infrastructure? Ken Bourdeau Development Officer 403-563-8833 firstname.lastname@example.org
A mine worker at Teck’s Coal Mountain Operation was killed in an accident on Sunday, March 16. The matter is under investigation. Photo submitted
Log jam at Lyons Creek to be removed, wood burned From page 1... Staff will be on site 10 hours a day, seven days a week until the project is complete, said Burnell. Access to the site would be from the ski hill on a snow road with an excavator with articulating legs. Crews would enter the creek down-
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A 59-year-old coal mine worker is dead following an accident at Teck’s Coal Mountain mine near Sparwood, B.C. early Sunday morning, March 16. No other employees were reported injured. B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines and MLA for Kootenay East, Bill Bennett, said that an investigation has been launched in partner-
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experience gives him a good skill set. “I’ve been a strong voice for my community for 20-some years, so Macleod Conservative Party memI’m just going to take this to a bers selected John Barlow as the different platform. I’ve built my party’s candidate who will now run reputation on integrity. I firmly in a spring by-election. believe I have a strong reputation Barlow, who currently works as in my area... As a journalist, you the associate publisher and editor of have your finger on the pulse of the Okotoks-based Western Wheel your community, you know what newspaper, defeated three other canthe issues are, you know who the didates – Scott Wagner, Phil Rowsources are,” said Barlow. “I’ve land and Melissa Mathieson. built some very strong networks Voting began on March 6 in Pinchof sources and at all levels of er Creek with a second day of voting governments... When I get to in Claresholm on March 7. Another that point I’ll know who to con1,200 ballots were cast on the third tact and I’ll have relationships and final day of voting on March 8 with those key people already in in Okotoks. place.” Barlow will now run in a spring Barlow said he admired Ted by-election in the Macleod constituMenzies and the impact he made ency under the Conservative Party in Ottawa. banner to replace former MP Ted “He showed with a strong work Menzies. A date has not yet been set. ethic and strong character, he His previous political foray into built himself up to the Minister,” politics was in 2012 when he ran as he said. the Progressive Conservative candi“It just goes to prove that if Newspaperman John Barlow won the Conservadate in the Highwood constituency. you’re dedicated and committed, tive Party’s nomination to run as a candidate in the He ran against Danielle Smith, leadyou can have an impact and that’s Macleod riding. The by-election will be announced er of the Wildrose Party, finishing exactly what I intend to do.” soon. second. Barlow grew up in SaskatchPhoto submitted “It definitely gave me some viewan and has been in Alberta for tal knowledge into how the elecabout 25 years first in High River tion process works, but I think the where he worked for the High most important part was the connections ing support and that support comes to the River Times and currently in Okotoks. and the networks I was able to develop forefront with this campaign.” He is married with three children ages through that process,” he said. “I had As a journalist, Barlow also believes his 15, 20 and 22.
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It’s now more affordable for tourist operators and communities to replace or install new tourist attraction highway signs. Announced last week by Dr. Richard Starke, Alberta Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation, the annual renewal fees for the blue and white signs on highways will be waived. Those who have paid their renewal fee since September 2009 will be sent a rebate. The $400 subsidy for the initial permit fee, for up to two signs per attraction, will continue. This permit fee subsidy has been in place since 2008 to assist facility operators by covering a portion of their initial cost of the sign. The subsidy or renewal fee coverage does not apply to logo signs. Logo signs are allowed for gas, food, lodging and other businesses to add their logo on a highway directional sign. The Tourism Highway Signage Program was designed to support the efforts of the tourism industry by ensuring that visitors are provided with the essential information to enhance their travel experience. It was introduced in 2004 and uses the blue and white design that is standard in North America. “We are responding to industry’s request for a more affordable and consistently applied program to make sure visitors have the information they need,” said Minister Starke. For more information on the Tourism Highways Signage Program, visit www.signupalberta.com.
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The pleasures of music
As a tiny five-year-old, my piano teacher Sister Ethelberg (I kid you not, that was her name) loomed large in my life. In her black nun’s habit, Sister Ethelberg was an imposing figure, both figuratively and literally. Ruler at the ready, she’d pace behind me as I sat scared witless on the piano bench. A wrong note, misstep in timing or other hapless error would see her pounce, ruler striking without mercy upon my shaking fingers. Through a combination of Sister Ethelberg’s iron will and my mother’s unwavering passion, I learned to play the piano. To this day, I can’t play in front of anyone, but I can play. No matter how long the lapse, I’m able to read the notes and remember the many pieces of music committed to memory by will and sheer repetition. During last week’s Music Festival, I couldn’t help but reflect on my relationship with music and how far we’ve come. The adjudicators took their young charges and offered nothing but encouragement, inspiration and a passion for music to last a lifetime. The methods may be different, but I believe the results are the same. In spite of Sister Ethelberg’s rein of terror, my love of music has always been a part of me and although the last thing I want is an audience, it never mattered. My enjoyment playing an instrument has been an ongoing source of pleasure, relaxation and stress reliever. A thing I come back to whenever I choose and a small respite from the hardness of life. My hope for all those budding musicians who bravely took to the stage for us last week is that they too will have a lifetime of music’s enjoyment. Kudos to the organizers and volunteers who brought us the festival and reminded some of us why we still love playing. JLM The Crowsnest Pass Free Press welcomes letters to the editor that are of interest to our community. Whatever the subject, there are a few basic guidelines to follow before Crowsnest Pass Free Press will publish your comment. • Letters must be received by 4 p.m. Thursday for the following week’s paper. • One letter per person per month. • Letters should be typed or neatly written and present the issues as clearly as possible in 350 words or less. • All letters must contain the name, address and signature of the writer, and a phone number where they may be reached during business hours. • Anonymous letters will not be published and pen names may not be used, except in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the editor. • The editor reserves the right to edit for length, clarity or reject letters over matters of libel, legality, taste or style. Letters published do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy or belief of this newspaper.
Chuck’s community chatter By Chuck Bennett Publisher
It has been a long time since I wrote a column. Too long, at least in my opinion. Readers may disagree, but I guess that’s kind of the point of a column – it’s an opinion that not everyone is going to agree with, like or even bother to read. Are you still with me? This is the first of what I hope will be many columns in the Crowsnest Pass Free Press. I guess the best place to start would be to introduce myself. My name is Chuck Bennett, and I am the new publisher of this newspaper. I know that no one really cares about stuff like that, but I felt it was important because the real point of this first of many columns is to let readers know why we started a newspaper in the Pass. The simple answer is that we thought we could make it work. Publishing community newspapers is what Black Press does and when the Promoter closed its doors we felt there was an opportunity.
I wouldn’t be totally honest if I didn’t say there were also some competitive issues that drove our decision, but we really wouldn’t be here unless we thought we could publish a quality community newspaper that served the needs of its community. And that is exactly what we plan to do. Here are some facts about us: Publishing Day: Thursdays Circulation: We are currently printing 3,000 papers. For the first time this week we are distributing 500 into the Sparwood and Elkford. But the remaining 2,500 are distributed throughout the Pass (can I say “the Pass” or is that incorrect?). About 1,300 papers go out in the mail and another 1,200 go out to dealers or drops around the community. Last week we had about 400 paper returns so we kind of figure that we are reaching about 2,000 households. That is pretty darn great if you ask me. Printing: We print our newspaper in Cranbrook. We have just upgraded our press centre there and we print seven other East Kootenay community newspapers.
Editor: Joni MacFarlane. Most of you know Joni and we are thrilled to have her on board. Salesperson: Jennifer Pinkerton. Jennifer is the newest member of our team. She is a “local” and I am sure many of you also know her. We also just hired her two daughters to start delivering our newspaper in the downtown core. That is kind of us in a nutshell. Now our job is really to get to know you, our community. That is the message that I really want to leave everyone with today. We are here to serve you, our readers and our community. We want to tell the stories that really matter to our community, from the latest political controversy to the most recent community event and everything in between. We will work as hard as we possibly can to accomplish that. We won’t be perfect, but we will be genuine, honest, sincere and we will always be there to help. That is my personal commitment to you and to this community. My cell phone number is 250-354-7471. My email address is chuckbennett@ blackpress.ca. You can reach me anytime.
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Crowsnest Pass Free Press Thursday, March 20, 2014
Sports facilities’ fee hike proposed By Joni MacFarlane Editor
Equipment was brought in on March 13 to remove ice and slush on 18th Avenue in front of Isabelle Sellon School. Mild temperatures continued melting the heavy snow accumulation while municipal crews keep a close watch on creeks and bridges. Photo by J. MacFarlane
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A lengthy discussion on rates was held last week after administration proposed increases for use of municipal sports and recreation facilities. Many haven’t seen an increase to their rates in years and it became clear that certain user groups, such as those using the ice or the swimming pool, would be hardest hit. Director of Community Services Lyle Hannan presented council with five draft policies to replace 11 existing policies and bylaws pertaining to Community Services. “Most of the policies are very old, have inaccurate or inappropriate references, address only a specific facility, or simply do not reflect current administrative practices and needs of the current day,” said Hannan. “In order to provide effective customer service, we need to ensure that our processes are equitable, accountable, consistent, clear and aligned with Committee and Council expectations.” Currently, concerns or issues are addressed and approved on a case-by-case basis, he added, and a number of gaps, weaknesses and contradictions have been identified. Some include discounts for programs, waiving facility fees, refunds and cancellations. “Philosophical guidelines are required from council on how to set fees,” was also identified. Hannan provided rental rates from other communities and suggested this information gives a
sense of where the Crowsnest Pass sits in comparison to others. For example, currently the rate for ice at the Crowsnest Sports Complex is $116 per hour for adults and $65 per hour for youth, well below the community average, he said. Increasing the rates to get to the average would be greater in the first year, Hannan added, but these increases could be “softened” or split between multiple years if that were council’s wish. Councillor Marlene Anctil expressed concern that the financial impact on minor hockey and the swim club would make it difficult for users. Specifically, said Councillor Anctil, there are 68 kids playing in minor hockey with only eight on one team. An increase of $1,500 per season would have serious implications to those users. Hannan said there were many creative options that could be considered such as splitting the ice time by having more than one team practice at a time. He asked council to provide guidelines on how they want to run the municipal sports facilities. “I think every organization, typically, expects to pay an increase, an inflationary type increase every year,” Hannan said. “But how much more increase do you want to catch up to the average? Or do you want to soften that?” “To me, I think we’re in a unique situation here,” said Councillor Anctil. “Our youth population is declining in a lot of the sports events.” Hannan said he provided com-
parisons with smaller communities, but the Crowsnest Pass does have a lot of facilities. “We actually provide a lot of options for youth here... to the cost of the taxpayer, which is fine,” he said. “But you also dilute participation a little bit that way.... At some point you have to provide a fair rate and it’s really hard to make that kind of judgment.” Increases for the swim club could also be significant because their fees have been so low for so long, said Hannan, that “they’re way out of whack with reality now”. The challenge, he said, is to decide what to do without killing the user groups, but that bring fees closer to the norm. Councillor Anctil argued the Crowsnest Pass could not be compared with other small communities in southern Alberta because they have many more youth. “We can’t compare ourselves to Coaldale and Taber and those places that have umpteen kids. We’ve got kids coming here with 17 kids on a hockey team and we’ve got eight little skaters. If we start putting these fees up, then we’re going to lose what we have here,” she stressed. “I’m not comfortable with this raise in the pool or minor hockey.” It was agreed to wait until council has more information on the impacts to the user groups most seriously affected. These include adult recreational hockey, minor hockey, figure skating, swim club and adult indoor soccer who are paying the same as youth users. This information will be reviewed at council on March 25.
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Top: Isabelle Sellon School Grades 4/5C and 4/5D performed two selections, ‘Sick’ and ‘One Inch Tall’ in the Choric Speech Own Choice category on the first day of the Music Festival March 10. Bottom: Ruby Spranza, Erin Fairhurst, Sophia Groves and Caden Pichurski played ‘Go Tell Aunt Rhody’ with the Turtle Mountain Suzuki Strings at the concert on March 16. Photos by J. MacFarlane
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Top left: Benjamin Cooley performing Led Zepplin’s “The Rain Song’. Top right: Rachel Park singing ‘Much More’ from Fantasticks at the concert on March 16. Middle: Ruby Spranza performing ‘Lightly Row’. Ruby won Silver in the Junior Bowed Strings. Bottom left: Silas Mertz performed White Stripes ‘7 Army Nation’ in the Plectrum Guitar Solo, 8 and under category. Ryann Groat played ‘Danse de Meunier’ at the concert on March 16 and won Outstanding Student in more than one discipline for piano, cello, banjo and percussion. It also happened to be her 18th birthday. Congratulations to all performers for another fabulous Crowsnest Pass Music Festival! Photos by J. MacFarlane
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Funding for community groups to be clarified By Joni MacFarlane Editor
first two groups submit their request and their plans, along with a copy of their most recent year’s financial statement, “so there is some accountability in terms of what they’re asking for”. Category three requests would be subject to an amount of money approved by council in its annual event budget as discretionary funds. “Whatever that amount is, whatever you’re comfortable with...applications would come forward, community groups can make presentations or... through a standardized application process,” said Hannan. Those requests would come to council for review and a follow-up report including an account of expenditures would be required within 60 days of the funded activities, he added. Hannan asked council to consider the types of event they would support such as hosting community events, hosting a charitable event, and representing the municipality at significant events outside the Crowsnest Pass. Certain criteria would be identified, he said, including one application per year per applicant, a maximum value such as $2,000 or 50 per cent of the total cost, and no guarantee of funding. Some of the evaluation criteria council could consider, said Hannan, would be how much funding the group was supplying, how much fundraising they’ve done on their own, their total expenses, and the impact on the municipality. A formal policy will be presented to council on March 25 and funding of events will also be discussed during operational budget deliberations on March 22.
As promised, Lyle Hannan, director of community services, presented council with a draft policy to get direction on funding requests for community groups. Hannan said the municipality often receives requests from groups asking for funding of their events, or other types of municipal support. “Obviously, with new municipal councils, groups want to get a sense of what kind of support they might get from a new council, so you’re likely to see more requests for support,” he said. Hannan said they are policy-driven issues that need to be determined by council. “The idea behind this policy is, how do we deal with these different types of requests that are going to come forward to council?” he asked. “So that administration knows when a user comes forward... [we] have a process where we treat those users the same.” Hannan proposed three categories of funding requests. First, are the groups that provide an operational service such as the Crowsnest Museum or trail maintenance, said Hannan. Support for these groups can be identified and budgeted annually. Second, are annual events and programs, such as the Kananaskis Pro Rodeo, that are typically supported by the municipality. Again, these requests can be identified and incorporated into the annual operating budget, he said. Last, are all other requests such as small, one-time events. He recommended the
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There are obviously many benefits gained from using the freshest of ingredients possible when cooking, and using the zest from citrus fruits is no exception. Whether you are using limes, lemons, oranges, or grapefruit, the zest from these fruits will not only add an abundance of flavor as an ingredient, but also create a decorative garnish if you choose. I will always remember eating peeled oranges as a child and they still had large pieces of the white part of the peel attached to them and tasted very bitter. This is normal. The pale underside of the peel of any citrus is called the pith. It is always more bitter tasting than the flesh of the fruit or the outer coloured part of the peel, called the zest. There are many ways to include zest as an ingredient. A seafood dish, for example, will always benefit from the addition of lemon zest. Lemon and seafood are a classic combination. Limes are often used in salsas and Mexican cooking so their zest will also enhance many of these types of recipes. Basically a rule of thumb would be to use zest in any recipe that already has citrus juice as an ingredient. This being said, the flavor of an orange chicken stir-fry will taste more complete with addition of orange zest added as an ingredient in the recipe or as a garnish on top of the finished dish. Also zest will compliment many desserts as well. Imagine a piece of spiced pumpkin cake topped with a dollop of whipped cream, delicate curls of bright yellow lemon zest, a vibrant green mint leaf, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. As a garnish, zest will brighten up the appearance of the final plating of your recipe, but should almost always be married up with other contrasting colours. In the cake example above we paired the yellow lemon zest with a green mint leaf and the warm rusty colour of cinnamon. For the orange chicken stir-fry I mentioned, use the orange zest, but maybe some thin diagonal slices of green onion as well. Your imagination is your playground in the kitchen and you should experiment as much as possible to bring enjoyment and attractiveness to the table. There are basically three ways to remove zest from citrus fruits. Using a knife is one of them but it is not the most effective way, as you always run more of a risk of removing the bitter white pith as well. You are better off using a micro-plane grater or a zester. Micro-plane graters are the ones being used most on TV cooking shows lately. They are small, long graters with very fine teeth. When placed across the top of a bowl and the citrus fruit is rubbed on it, the bowl will capture the fine gratings of the zest. The downside of using one of these graters is that one always runs the risk of grating too far and getting the white bitter pith as well. I find zesters are a much better tool. It is a small handheld tool that has five little circular blades at one end. When it is dragged across a citrus fruit from top to bottom, it produces beautiful curls of zest while leaving the bitter pith behind. The obvious benefit of using a zester is for the long curls that are perfect for garnishing. The downside however, would be that if using zest as an ingredient you would then have a second step of chopping. If you currently do not own either tool, I would recommend buying a zester instead of a grater. The zester is less expensive, gives you garnishing versatility and chances are if you are cooking, you already have a knife and cutting board out, so chopping the zest for an ingredient is not as much of a chore as you may first think. Whichever tool you choose, please remember that you usually get what you pay for. Don’t expect a zester purchased for one dollar to work very well. Buying premium kitchen tools are an investment into the health and enjoyment of home cooked meals. When taken care of properly they will last you a lifetime and thus be well worth the money you paid.
Crowsnest Pass Free Press Thursday, March 20, 2014
Chamber to produce Visitor’s Guide By Joni MacFarlane Editor
The monthly Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce was held at Popiels in Coleman, highlighting a Visitor’s Guide as well as an overview of Alberta Works and its resources to employers. First, Chamber Director Lisa Lockhart told members the Chamber has partnered with Black Press to produce a four-season, 32-page professional guidebook for visitors and tourists. The Guide will highlight the heritage, recreation and special events in the Pass as well as things to see and do, accommodation and restaurants, said Lockhart. Inside will be a pullout map. Copies will be distributed to Alberta Visitor Information Centres, Visitor Centres in the Okanagan and Kootenay Regions, West Glacier, Montana and locally in hotels, stores, restaurants and businesses. The guide will also be available online through the Chamber website. Advertising opportunities for businesses are available, said Lockhart, and the ad deadline is March 28. Publication date is May 1st. “I really, as a business coach and mentor, encourage you if you have it in your budget, to get your name and business in there,” she said. If successful, she added, the Guide will be produced annually. “It’s all about driving the Crowsnest Pass forward from an economic development standpoint and to drive tourism,” said Chamber President Patrick Sager. “This is something that hasn’t been done a lot in the past.” Next Tara Marconi with Alberta Works gave Chamber made an overview of resources and services available to businesses in the Crowsnest Pass. Alberta Works is part of the Human Services Ministry of the Alberta Government, said Marconi, with
services for both job seekers and employers. Marconi said she’s finds the employer services are under-utilized and they have the ability to assist with recruitment and hiring of staff at no cost to employers. Alberta continues to have the highest employment growth in Canada, she said, and leads the country with 2.7 per cent growth and 4.6 per cent unemployment. However, certain industries and certain locations are short employees, “so any way we can help to get those jobs filled is what we’re here to do”. Some of the employer services available are Employer Connections for businesses with 10 or more staff, career fairs, both in person or virtual, job postings, including assistance with the creation of the posting, and information sessions. Marconi said Alberta Works also promotes training programs in the area as well as working to remove barriers to employment for persons with disabilities. She said, they can help with workforce adjustments in the case of employers who have to close their doors or lay off staff. In such cases, Alberta Works can help with job searches, assist with Unemployment Insurance, and other job transitional issues. Marconi also said if a business needs to let an employee go, they can be referred to Alberta Works for assistance. Wrapping up the luncheon, Sager said there was a position available on the Chamber Board of Directors that he will contact prior candidates about. If any member is interested in the position, please contact Sager or the Chamber office. Finally, Sager said, booths for the 20th Annual Lifestyle & Outdoor Adventure Show have filed up on the home-based business and outdoor adventure side, he said, but a small number are still available on the business side.
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Photographer gives historical insights By Joni MacFarlane Editor
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New Program Director Barbara van Vierssen Tripp also gave a brief Members of the Crowsoverview of many of the nest Historical Society events planned for the year were surprised and honincluding hands-on workoured to have renowned shops for historical skills, photographer Evan drop-in activities for famiInviting the community to come Gushul provide a comlies and visitors, and a new & reflect on 10 years mentary on many of the weekly partnership with photographs taken by his Crowsnest Boys & Girls father and himself over Club. their long and celebrated van Vierssen Tripp said careers. it was a fun year to come At the Annual General to the Museum, “because Live Music: Cold Creek Boys Meeting on March 9, afthere was already some Theme Party: 70’s Theme ter the official business of great bones here at the the meeting was over, a Museum”, in terms of the Jody Wood and staff would like to thank the presentation honouring community being happy residents of the Crowsnest Pass for their support the photographic legaand engaged with the Muthrough the good times and hardships. Here’s to many more years to come. cy of the Gushuls was seum. presented featuring the Board members and Muts to work of notable Crowsseum staff made a plea cert ticke* n o c : in w e nest Pass photografor volunteers and stressed Enter to ida Georgia Lin phers Thomas and Evan that there were a variety of Flor must be present to win * Gushul. duties for anyone wishing Evan Gushul, now 97, to get involved. present for the event, After an election was gave an impromptu narheld, the Board now conrative supplying littlesists of: Fred Bradley Crowsnest Historical Society President Fred Bradley presented known details about their (President), Pat Rypien Evan Gushul with a plaque honouring his contributions. time and place. As well as (Vice-President), Isabel Photo by J. MacFarlane speaking on the advanceRussell (Secretary), Rudy ment of photography, he Pagnucco (Treasurer), and provided many humourDirectors Matthew Heise, ous insights into his famJan Fabro, Lori Prentice, 7902 - 20 Ave (Hwy 3) Coleman, AB an excellent job.” ily life. Belle Kovach, and Dawn Rigby. A host of activities were held in 2013 Tel: 403-562-7552 Afterward, on behalf of the Crows- including participation in Cannest Historical Society Bradley present- ada Days, Rum Runner Days, ed Evan with a plaque to celebrate his Doors Open & Heritage Festifamily’s legacy and contribution to the val, and a very successful HarCrowsnest Pass. vest of Memories in September, Speaking of the vast collection of pho- he said. Many more are set for tographs held by the Museum, Gushul 2014. said, “I’’d sooner see it going to you Strategically, said Bradley, the people as sell it some place, because this goals for 2014 include preservis something you can’t sell. You can’t set ing the community’s historic a price for it. This way, everybody can collection, enhancing the combenefit from it.” munity archives, developing During the business portion of the and implementing education meeting, it became clear the Crowsnest programs, maintaining sustainHistorical Society is barely recognizable ability of museum operations, as the same organization facing finan- creating new exhibits, increascial hardship just a few years ago. ing community awareness and Today, they are financially robust with cultural heritage in Crowsnest a strong membership, new staff mem- Pass, partnering and collaboIt is it time to crawl out of our bly all dried out by the alternating access to hair care of the highbers and an aggressive slate of programs rating with stakeholders, and cocoons. Spring is here, the days indoor heat and freezing outdoor est quality, and stylists will also on the books. increasing the volunteer base. are getting longer, and the warm weather. They will need to be be able to give you an up-toPresident Fred Bradley told members Executive Director Chris weather is here once again. It’s also rehydrated. Use a rich cream the minute look in both cut and total assets have more than quadrupled Matthews said 2012 was spent time to treat yourself to a beauty with a shea butter base or some colour. over the last two years with revenue maintaining the status quo, but treatment so you can embody that gentle almond oil or honey Lastly, don’t forget that the more than doubling through grants and 2013 was a year of “doing” at warm spring sunshine. extract. Soak your feet in a bowl return of spring also means a vigorous fundraising efforts. the Museum. The first step: a deep cleaning of warm water, remove dead skin renewing your makeup kit and “2013 has been a transitional year and Two summer students worked of facial pores. Opt for a clay with a pumice stone, and treat your wardrobe. Leaf through your I’d like to thank all the volunteers. We at the Museum last year, said mask and a scrub. Done on a them to a scrub specifically favourite magazines, find inspiracouldn’t be successful without the sup- Matthews, and he is hopeful weekly basis, these treatments designed for feet. Follow up tion from fashion shows, and take port of the volunteers [and] the excel- they will return. The Museum is will eliminate dead skin and give with some intense moisturizing stores and makeup counters by lent support we’ve had from the com- heavily involved in the Hillcrest a luminous, glowing look to your care. storm in order to find this seamunity,” said Bradley. ““We’re doing Mine Disaster 100th anniverskin in a natural way. Don’t forThe ultimate in spring beauty son’s latest trends. You might also well because the community supports us sary, he added, with an exhibit and the volunteers we do have are doing launch planned for June 18. get to use a moisturizing liquid treatments is to spoil yourself want to treat yourself to a few and a gentle cleanser every day. with a new hairdo. A visit to a happy hours on your favourite Your hands and feet are proba- hairdressing salon will give you restaurant patio! includes three events in Mens or COMMUNITY CALENDAR Ladies league, Friday night entertainment, Saturday night banquet MARCH 28 – Crowsnest Curling and dance. A portion of the entry Club Ladies night, $5 drop-in fee, fee supports the Crowsnest Curling no commitment. No experience Club. Register before April 3. necessary. Details on our website “Crowsnest Curling Club”. APRIL 30 – CNP Parent Link Centre hosts “Diggin’ My Dino” MARCH 29 - Métis Nation of - hands on scientific learning for Alberta Local Council Chinook families with pre-schoolers. Room 1880 AnnualGeneral Meeting 216, Horace Allen School 10 a.m. and 10thAnniversary Celebration. Hours: Tues. & Wed. 9am-5:30pm, to 11:30 a.m. Remember to dress March 29 at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Thurs. & Fri. 9am-7pm, Sat., 9am-4pm, Sun., noon-4pm for mess! Johns Anglican Church Hall, Main Professional Haircuts • Relaxing Hot Shaves Street, Pincher Creek (Across from MAY 28– CNP Parent Link Centre Special Child & Senior Rates Sobeys) Potluck. Last name starting with letters A-M, bring a meat dish, hosts “Eruptions & Explosions” No appointment necessary - hands on scientific learning for Letters N-Z bring your choice of families with pre-schoolers. Room vegetable, starch or dessert. 216, Horace Allen School 10 a.m. 13137 20 Ave, Blairmore, AB to 11:30 a.m. Remember to dress APRIL 17 to 20 – The Bunny for mess! (403) 562-8875 Bonspiel. $280 entry fee per team 958 Main St, Pincher Creek, AB
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