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Local athletes head to Vancouver this summer Three Special Olympic swimmers excited for summer games in July BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express


hree Special Olympic swimmers are off to Vancouver this July to represent Red Deer in the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games. Mikel McIver, Hidde Geurts and Elliot Moskowy have all qualiďŹ ed for the Games, which will be held at the University of British Columbia. The Games begin on July 8th, where over 2,000 athletes, coaches and ofďŹ cials will partake in the events. Coach Hayley Goring has been with the boys for the last four years on their journey to Vancouver. “These guys have been working hard for a long time and quite a few seasons,â€? said Goring. “Because it’s a four-year cycle, that means they’ve had to be training the entire time and trying very hard to qualify.â€? Goring explained the trio travels extensively throughout Alberta all year round going to various meets. “They have gone above and beyond what most athletes do to get where they are,â€? said Goring. “Their times improve every meet they go to, which is awesome to watch.â€? Guerts has been swimming since his parents put him into the earliest lessons with the City of Red Deer. “It wasn’t until his Grade 10 gym class when he was 16 at Notre Dame that his lifeguard said to his teacher he had great potential and suggested he try Special Olympics swimming,â€? explains Guerts’ mother, Anneke Willers. Guerts will be swimming the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 100m IM and the 50m buttery.

VANCOUVER BOUND - Elliot Moskowy, Mikel McIver and Hidde Geurts hop in the pool before a practice at the Michener Aquatic Centre. Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express

Guerts explain the group couldn’t be more excited for the event and stated that he “Feels good about itâ€? and is “Very pumped to be able to do it.â€? “With how hard we’ve been working, it is great to see results in the fact that we qualiďŹ ed for Vancouver, it is just tremendous,â€? said Guerts. Moskowy, who has been a part of Red Deer’s Catalina Swim Club since Grade 5, is a national gold medal swimmer. He will be swimming the 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 100m IM and 200m IM during the events this summer. “It feels most extravagant and most exciting to be able to compete at this level,â€? said Moskowy. “It is the moment that I’ve been waiting for a long time and

mostly pure determination and relentlessness went into getting to this point.� Moskowy’s mother, Laurie Moskowy is thrilled her son has made it this far and believes Vancouver will “Be a great personal growth opportunity as well as be a lot of fun.� “The great thing about the boys is that they have a bit of friendly competition together that I think pushes them to be better,� she said. “It helps to have someone in the club to compare yourself to because it pushes you to be better.� Last year Guerts and Elliot travelled to Sherbrooke, Quebec to attend the National Special Olympics competition where they were chosen as the two male swimmers who would represent Alberta. Elliot came home with two gold and three silver

medals. Guerts ended up ďŹ fth overall, ďŹ nishing just hundredths of seconds away from a medal in multiple events. Guerts’ mother explained, “Every day they are doing something to better their times in the pool. Hidde and Elliot go to Ignite Fitness twice a week for dry land training where they do CrossFit.â€? McIver has been swimming for nearly 18 years competitively since he was 12, making this his second trip to the Special Olympics Summer Games. His last trip to Brandon, Manitoba for the national event eight years ago landed him a number of gold and bronze medals. This year McIver will be swimming the 25m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 25m backstroke, 50m backstroke, 25m breaststroke,

and 25m buttery. “I’m very pumped for the competition and am just trying to stay focused,â€? said McIver, who spends his spare time working for the Red Deer Rebels as well as Eastview Sobey’s when he’s not swimming. McIver has assisted in pregame prep for the Rebels for the last 14 years where he has had the opportunity to do dry land training with them such as riding the bikes, doing push ups, sit ups, and pull ups, as well as running stairs to prepare for his upcoming event. McIver’s parents Rob and Deb McIver love the community surrounding the Red Deer Special Olympics team. “It’s hard to describe the feeling of excitement at these national competitions but they are always a

really great time,� said Rob. Deb added, “There’s a huge social aspect to the event - they have a huge opening ceremony with all of the athletes, they all eat meals together and do everything together as a group, and at the end of the event there’s a large dance with all of the athletes.� These three Red Deerians agreed the thing they love most about swimming is the ability to be able to see themselves getting better when they look at their times. “I love being able to use the different techniques and methods in swimming and be able to work on my endurance,� said Elliot. “It is incredible to watch yourself improve in your different strokes and it feels like a great accomplishment in the end.�

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Local businessman lands jail time Warren Fertig sentenced to five years in historical sex assault case BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express A former teacher and local businessman who admitted to raping a student in the 70s was sentenced to five years in prison last Friday. Warren Fertig, 73, pleaded guilty to one count of rape in Red Deer court last year. The former teacher and founder of Allan Dale Trailers & RVs, was initially charged in September 2011 with one count of rape, one count of sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 14 and one count of sexual intercourse with a female between the age of 14 and 16. These charges stem from May 2010 when Red Deer RCMP initiated an investigation into a historic sexual assault after receiving a complaint. Fertig, who was a teacher at River Glen School at the time of the crime, had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student between 1975 and 1977. The female student was 12-years-old when the relations started and 15 when it ended. Fertig was aged 35 when the offenses began and was 37 when they ended. Crown Prosecutor Jason Snider had asked that a sentence between two to four years to be served in a penitentiary be handed down, while defense lawyer Alain Hepner asked for a conditional sentence. Court heard in an agreed statement of facts, details of a sting operation that took

place in August 2011 after the victim, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, filed a complaint with police. The victim acted as an agent with police and went to Fertig’s business, Allan Dale Trailers. After their first meeting at the business, they agreed to meet for lunch and exchanged cell phone numbers. During their lunch meeting the following day, court heard that Fertig told the victim he was head over heels for her and also discussed their previous sexual encounters. Fertig initially pleaded not guilty but changed his plea after a preliminary inquiry took place. He has stated his actions were an error in judgment. “He (Fertig) has put himself at a risk of a sentence of up to life imprisonment. This is a serious sexual assault upon a child over a period of time. You were caught in a sting operation and almost reveled with the victim about your early sexual acts,” said Judge Norman Mackie. “This was a morally despicable interaction. The bottom line is that this activity was not an error in judgment it was several criminal offenses. It was the continuum of self-indulgence over a three-year period. “You breached trust not only to the victim but to your profession of teaching. You attempted to steal the life of a woman who has turned out to be more powerful than you.”

In addition, dozens of letters of support were also received and given to the court from Fertig’s family and other community members. “It makes one wonder how it could all come to this,” said Mackie. “The innocent outpouring stems from something you’ve hidden from them. After being caught by the woman’s strength and the smarts of the police, you have been exposed.” The victim said she felt justice had been done after Friday’s verdict was handed down. “I’m satisfied with the sentence. I think it’s fair. It’s important that people are penalized for their actions and it’s a crime against a child and it severely affects their life and it has to stop,” she said. “The sentencing is definitely appropriate for what has happened. The power is not with him anymore, I am not afraid. I do feel better about myself. I had to take this risk to make life worth living. It is done and I’m at a better place and now I can heal.” In earlier court proceedings, the victim read a statement to the court. “My childhood was stripped from me. My childhood was stolen. I was naive and vulnerable,” she said, adding she was not only a student of Fertig’s when the offences occurred, but she also babysat for his family during that time as well. “He raped me for three long years.” She added Fertig would drive her to ei-

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Progressive Conservatives alter leadership selection process The Progressive Conservatives have shifted the process of how they will select a leaders. After meeting for several hours in Red Deer on Monday with party members, President Jim McCormick said the first PC leadership vote will take place on Sept. 6. “And the second vote, if necessary, will happen on Sept. 20. Every Albertan who has purchased a PC membership will be eligible to vote,” he said. “A candidate who receives more than half the total votes on the first ballot will be declared the PCAA leader. If not, a second ballot will take place between the two candidates who receive the most votes.” He also said that each candidate will have to pay a $50,000 non-refundable deposit as part of their nomination. A nomination date hasn’t been set as of yet, he said, but it is expected within about 10 days. “There was a great discussion amongst our executives towards setting up a clear set of guidelines for our new leadership selection,” said McCormick. “It’s not a responsibility we took lightly and we put together a set of rules that will see the best candidate become the new leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta and premier of this province.” The party has seen enor-

mous changes over the past week. Former Premier Alison Redford announced her resignation last Wednesday. Her approval ratings had slid, two members of her own government had stepped down and rumblings of misspending public funds had been dogging her over the past while. “Quite simply, I am not prepared to allow party and caucus infighting to get in the way of building a better future for our province and for all Albertans,” Redford said last Wednesday. “And that is why I am announcing today that with a profound optimism for Alberta’s future, I am resigning as premier of Alberta.” Dave Hancock was officially sworn in as her replacement on Sunday. MLA for Red Deer South and Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations Cal Dallas said he is looking forward to working with Hancock. “I have admired and appreciated the work that Dave has done as a public servant from my election in 2008. He is a consummate professional in terms of understanding the process and understanding how to garner feedback from Albertans on important issues and he is a consensus builder. I think he has been a good mentor for me and I am looking forward to serving Premier Hancock.” Dallas also reflected on his time in the Redford administration.



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privacy settings on social media accounts, to be very cautious about whom you befriend online, and to not let anyone – friends or strangers – talk you into doing anything that you wouldn’t want your family, your employer or your friends to see.� RCMP say instances of people being talked into taking and sharing compromising photos and videos of themselves are on the rise. “People feel safe using apps such as SnapChat, where they believe their photos are disappearing within seconds,� says Knelsen. “In reality, every time a new technology or a new update on existing technology comes along, it is followed by work-arounds by those

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OPINION Conservatives look ahead Last week’s resignation handed down by former Premier Alison Redford was not a shock to many Albertans. The last several months for her have been rocky to say the least – accusations of overspending, bullying, members of her own party saying so long and such. Ultimately, she really had no choice as it was clear the public had pretty much had it (approval ratings slid to new lows) and no doubt pressure was being put on her from within as well. What is shocking is to see how this sense of entitlement holds on, in spite of the fact it’s clear the public is getting extremely weary of it. These are good times for some, but many Alberta families and residents aren’t exactly charging ahead economically. To see those in government positions spending money so irresponsibly (the $45,000 trip to Nelson Mandela’s funeral for one example) doesn’t sit well with regular folks. Following Redford’s resignation we heard many comments that the issue runs deeper than with just her. Some point out the Progressive Conservatives have simply been in power for too long. With that comes a creeping sense of entitlement, and being obviously out of touch with Albertans. When you feel like you can spend thousands of dollars of taxpayer money on a

trip, which wasn’t really necessary for you to attend in the first place, the writing is really on the wall. Her response was surprising as well – Redford obviously wanted to see the whole thing just blow away, but it wouldn’t. She was eventually forced to pay it back way after the fact – too little, way too late. Albertans’ confidence, already wavering, was shaken and the end was inevitable. As Redford moves on in her life, and continues with the party, it will be interesting to see what newly-appointed Premier Dave Hancock does with his new position. This is a huge opportunity for him to show that change is indeed possible, even within a party that’s been running things for decades. Earlier this week, party members met in Red Deer to hammer out changes in leader selection. On Sept. 6, a first vote will take place for a new premier and if one candidate has more than 50% of the vote, they will be elected. If none of the candidates receive more than 50%, a second vote will take place on Sept. 20 between the top two nominees. Albertans can only hope that changes like these and a new attitude in the party itself will make for a more responsible government that is far more sensitive to the people it serves.

Awkward moments and how to handle them Remember the time you loaned a neighbour your ladder but had to bug him to return it? Or the time you were out at a restaurant with friends who ordered two bottles of wine and then just divided the bill in half even though you and your spouse shared one glass between you? How about the time that your daughter had condensed all of her science binder into two pages of organized study notes and was asked by a friend if she could borrow the pages so that she could make photocopies? Often the awkwardness of these moments leaves us speechless. I’d like to offer some thoughts on what to say: In the first scenario, the lender might have believed that he was doing the


DIMERMAN neighbourly thing by saying ‘of course’ when he was asked to loan his ladder to the guy next door. I’m sure that most neighbours would do the right thing and return it in a timely manner. But what if he doesn’t? What if a week or a month go by? He may even wave as you both go out to your cars in the morning and hoping that seeing you will jog his memory, you say nothing. But the next

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time you see him outside, you might say, “Hey neighbour, you finished with my ladder?” At this point, you are likely wishing that you hadn’t loaned it to him in the first place. A few days later, you may leave a sheepish message on his voice mail reminding him about the ladder again. What I’d suggest you do is this: knock at his door and say “Hi. I’ve come to get my ladder.” Be prepared for him to rudely say: “Wow. That ladder must mean a lot to you.” He may even storm outside with you, retrieve the ladder and without even a thank you, shove it into your hands. You will likely make a note to self: be careful who I loan stuff to. Even though

it is your ladder and he’s in the wrong, the borrower has turned things around to make it seem as if you - the lender - has the problem. If someone doesn’t have the decency to return things in a timely manner and appreciate your generosity, then he should be embarrassed about his behaviour, not you. Don’t give up on being generous to people who appreciate it, and absolutely assert your rights. Splitting bills at restaurants can bring about some awkward moments. Some people feel uncomfortable asking for separate bills. Perhaps because they don’t want to be perceived as being stingy or cheap. However, my take on this is that everyone is entitled to or-

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der off a menu according to his or her means. It’s especially difficult when the restaurant’s policy is not to split bills. You may feel doubly uncomfortable about using a calculator to divide the bill according to what you ordered. My theory is that if you are dining out with good friends, then they should respect your restrictions. If not, then perhaps they’re not the friends you thought they were. Honesty is the best policy. Before you even place an order, you may say something like, “I hope you don’t mind if we ask for separate bills this evening. We have a budget we’d like to stick to.” If your daughter, for example, relays uneasiness about a friend asking for something that she has put

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Sylvan Lakers excited after Hockeyville announcement Town is one of two communities left in competition BY KALISHA MENDONSA Red Deer Express Sylvan Lakers erupted in cheers this past Saturday night when they gathered in the community centre for the latest Hockeyville announcement that brought them another $100,000. “I had pins and needles in my legs and I was shaking,” said Mayor Sean McIntyre as he beamed over the broadcast that Sylvan Lake had become a finalist in the competition. Being in the top two for the Kraft Hockeyville Tournament means that Sylvan Lakers now have over $150,000 to put towards the re-construction of their arena which collapsed earlier this year. “The money is just the icing on the cake for us. In a community our size, you don’t get the opportunity that often to come together

for a cause that affects everyone,” said McIntyre. “This is Hockeyville, but really what it means is an expression of community spirit.”

‘WHAT THIS WAS REALLY ALL ABOUT WAS PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER WHEN THEY REALLY NEEDED TOO.’ SEAN McINTYRE For Sylvan Lake to receive this prize money means that they can begin construction and expansion of the old arena. As an active lifestyle town, Sylvan Lake has been hit hard with the loss of the facility for large meetings, hockey games, Boy Scout meetings and more. The new facility being built will also include a curling rink, new senior

and childcare facilities, a walking track and conference spaces, officials say. McIntyre said, “I’m just so incredibly grateful for everyone coming together. “What this was really all about was people coming together when they really needed too, and Sylvan Lake has a history of that. It’s amazing for me to see the community I know and love come together in an effort like this – it’s so rewarding, it’s amazing.” Leading up to the announcement, roughly 250 Sylvan Lakers gathered in the community centre to enjoy a live performance by local band West of the Fifth, hot dogs and a large projection screen broadcasting the Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers game. The energy was palpable as the crowd donned Sylvan Lake Lakers jerseys, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers gear, and

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showed their support with signs and cheers for the town, in high hopes they would be moving onto the final bracket of the competition. The announcement of the winner is on April 5. “To see everyone get behind this effort is incredible, because it’s more than just hockey,” said McIntyre. Like most in the room, the mayor could hardly contain his excitement, embracing his wife as soon as the announcement was called and eagerly matching the citizens’ joyous reactions. “Although we could be crowned Hockeyville, this is Sylvan Lake passion and community spirit, and it’s amazing to be a part of.” The final winner will be presented on April 5. Both communities of Sylvan Lake and Kingston, Nova Scotia will receive $100,000 but only one will receive a visit from CBC and the opportunity to host a 2014-15 NHL hockey game.

EXCITING - Mayor Sean McIntyre joins with Sylvan Lake residents at the community centre in anticipation of the latest Hockeyville competition announcement this past weekend. Kalisha Mendonsa/Red Deer Express

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Mural removed for repairs Red Deerians might notice something missing as they cruise down Alexander Way. Gallery Concept, the iconic mural on the north wall of the Country Club facility (4710 Gaetz Ave.) is being dismantled and removed from the wall for repairs. Created by artist Michael Downs, the mural features a series of windows and frames that transforms an ordinary wall into a vivid world-class art gallery and dress shop. It is painted on portable Dibond panels with treated wood backing support. “One of the panels came loose recently and we discovered that the plywood sub-structure underneath Gallery Concept was in pretty bad shape,â€? said Pat Matheson, public art coordinator with the City of Red Deer. “Repairing the substructure will prevent any further damage to the mural and eliminate any risk to pedestrians or trafďŹ c in

the area.� The mural will be safely stored at the City’s Civic Yards facility while repairs are underway; though at this time, it’s not known how long Gallery Concept will be in storage. “This mural is a big part of the Alexander Way streetscape and the City will endeavor to return it to its original condition and home as quickly as possible,� said Matheson. “We will let the public know as soon as we put plans in place for its re-installation.� Pedestrian access to Gaetz Avenue will remain open while the panels are removed. Downs is well-known for his teaching style and methods used by professional artists. He emphasizes training the eye to see both shape and color, to quickly improve skill level. For more information on the City’s Public Art program, visit www.reddeer. ca/culture. - Weber

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EDUCATION Program brings donated books to local students BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express A Red Deer-based reading program is working to put books into the hands of local youngsters. Organizers with YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) announced that generous donations from the students of Mattie McCullough Elementary School have headed to students at Fairview Elementary. Students at Fairview received 550 books in newly-painted boxes – thanks to Carrie Waldo’s Grade 9 art class, said program coordinator Jock Mackenzie. “It’s about a year old,” he said of the program. Mackenzie has served as coordinator for Reading College, which runs in the summers and will be heading into its third year this year. Held at Red Deer College, it aims to help kids strengthen their reading skills. “It occurred to me after that

was over that a lot of these kids just don’t have books,” he said. “So I thought I’m going to create YIMBY Reads.” YIMBY officially got underway in January of 2013. He first approached staff at Mattie McCullough, asking if they could ask students to bring books knowing they’d be given to someone else in Red Deer. “About 1,500 books later, they said ‘Yes, this program is working’,” he added with a laugh. Mackenzie later took the books to other schools. Before long, other schools were collecting books for more donations across Red Deer. Last spring, Mackenzie thought about the boxes the donations were delivered in. Donations allowed him to purchase boxes and labels, and local students even donated time to paint the boxes. “Everywhere I turn, someone says we can help you by doing this.”

It’s the perfect complement to Reading College, which provides programming to not only build skills, but increase interest and motivation to read as well. Reading College was launched through the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools in partnership with RDC, said Mackenzie. Students identified by teachers in targeted schools as struggling readers were invited to be part of the program. Each day includes reading, writing and technology centres. Mackenzie is also hoping the whole concept behind YIMBY goes even further in the community. YIMBY could fit with a wide range of causes, from collecting donated sports equipment to musical instruments. “We could recycle stuff that people don’t use anymore and get people reading, playing or (involved in other activities).” He’s also looking for help with


BRILLIANT BOOKS - Jock Mackenzie looks over boxes of donated books that will be available at Fairview Elementary School as part of a book up-cycling program he started called YIMBY. Students Elana Waffle, 9, Josh Carnduff, 10, Ian Witwer, 10, and Verenice Rodriguez, 9, were among the first Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express to pick out a book they’d like to read. YIMBY Reads in terms of sorting and delivering the boxes of collected books. For more information, or to

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EDUCATION More educational options with new schools BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express Red Deer’s overcrowded elementary schools will receive a welcoming relief this fall with the opening of two new K-5 schools. Residents north of 39 St. who wish for their children to receive a Catholic education may register their children at Father Henri Voisin Elementary School located in the Clearview Ridge district. The Catholic K-5 elementary school is currently under construction and began taking registrations in late January. Principal Denise Kofin said the reception from the community to the new Catholic school has been immense with more than 100 students already registered to attend in September. Kofin is a former vice principal at Ecole Camille J. Lerouge School and is thrilled to be in the position of opening a new school. The new K-5 Catholic school has the potential capacity to support 300 students. Kofin explained the school is already fully staffed with nine teachers and a secretary.

“I think not only our Catholic schools and elementary schools but all schools in Red Deer are (becoming overcrowded) and these new schools are going to help significantly,” said Kofin. “We are really going to be focusing on authentic learning here at Father Henri and try to use the community and community members to help students learn.” For those wishing to enroll their students in a public elementary school Ecole Barrie Wilson School in Timberlands will be opening this September and will welcome both French and English students Grades K-5. Superintendent for the Red Deer Public School District, Piet Langstraat explains that with the opening of this new school, the public school district opted to restructure the attendance boundaries for public schools in the City to shift some of the weight off of other overcrowded schools. “The reaction has been very positive to the restructuring,” explained Langstraat. “Parents are understanding in the fact that the boundaries needed to change and for some parents it means a change of schools yes, but it also means their chil-

dren will be attending a brand new school.” In accordance with the restructuring, Ecole Barrie Wilson Elementary will welcome students from the subdivisions of Garden Heights, Clearview Ridge, Clearview Extension, Timberstone, Vanier Woods, Vanier East and Laredo for students in their English programs. Those wishing to enroll in the French immersion program at Ecole Barrie Wilson School are welcomed from Timberstone, Rosedale Estates, Rosedale Meadows, Deer Park Village, Davenport, Deer Park Estates, Devonshire, Lancaster Meadows, Lonsdale, Lancaster Green, Laredo, Vanier Woods and Vanier East. “We are thrilled to be getting this school because it begins to address some of the pressures of our elementary school population,” said Langstraat. “It is a much needed school and it will be completed on schedule with a capacity of 500 students with the opportunity to expand to 600 in the future.” Ecole Barrie Wilson will be headed by Principal Chris Good, who has been transferred from Oriole Park Elementary.




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EDUCATION Is graduate school right for you? If you have a four-year degree, yet still feel unfulfilled in your career and educational background, you may be feeling the pull of graduate school. With such advantages as new professional opportunities and greater financial freedom, a graduate degree can be tempting, to say the least. However, the challenges of grad school can seem overwhelming, especially for working adults who rely on steady income, health insurance and other benefits. And with all the time constraints associated with work, school and everyday life, you may be wondering if graduate school is worth it. Well, in most cases, a master’s degree or Ph.D is worth the challenge. Grad school can offer a number of advantages,


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feel grad school will help you achieve them; you feel that while it may be difficult, you have the necessary time and energy to devote to graduate studies. The first step in obtaining a graduate degree is deciding how you want to study. Are you interested in attending school part-time or full-time? Are online classes right for you, or would you prefer a more structured environment? No matter what you decide it’s important to choose the option that best suits your needs. Next, you’ll need to gather your transcripts and take the Graduate Records Exams, or GRE. The GRE is similar to the ACT and SAT exams, and consists of three portions - verbal, analytical and quantitative.

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Just before midnight on March 23, Red Deer RCMP responded to a report of an unconscious and apparently deceased male in the area of 48 Ave. and 53 St. in Red Deer. On arrival, RCMP and EMS confirmed that the male was deceased. Red Deer City General Investigation Section and Major Crimes investigated. An autopsy was conducted on Monday morning in Calgary which determined the death as non-suspicious. RCMP will not be releasing any further details.

RCMP WARN ABOUT SCAMS Over the past week, three Red Deerians have reported receiving phone calls from scammers claiming to be calling from Canada Revenue Agency. The callers claim the person they have contacted owes money in taxes; in one case, the caller also claimed to be representing Citizenship and Immigration Canada and said the intended victim also owed ‘immigration fees’. The fraudsters instruct their potential victims to re-

pay this bogus debt via gift cards purchased from local retailers that the caller will then arrange to receive at a later date. The fraudsters asked for amounts ranging from $1,300 to $1,500 in gift cards from retailers such as Safeway and Home Depot. “We’re glad to report that, to our knowledge, no one in Red Deer has fallen prey to this scam. Instead, people are following our advice and reporting these suspicious calls to the police,” said RCMP Cpl. Sarah Knelsen. “This latest fraud does demonstrate how persistent and audacious scammers are, however. They’ll say anything to try to talk you out of your money.”

by Erin Fawcett As a result of the investigation, one male concealed items on his person. When confronted by staff a struggle ensued. The male caused damage to the store in his attempt to escape. The male fled on foot and was picked up in a dark coloured truck by Glenn’s Family Restaurant. At this time Blackfalds RCMP are trying to identify the suspects involved. Suspect one is described as a Caucasian male with

short brown hair, wearing jeans, a black winter coat with an orange lining, grey hooded sweater, grey baseball cap and black shoes with white around the soles. Suspect two is described as a Caucasian male with longer dirty blond hair, wearing a grey baseball cap, white sunglasses with black lenses, grey jacket and dark coloured shoes. Police are requesting that anyone who can assist in identifying either of the suspects to contact the Blackfalds RCMP Detachment at 403-885-3300 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. (Supect2.jpg, Suspect3. jpg)



Police are asking the public’s help in identifying two suspects who allegedly shoplifted items from a local retail store. On March 22, Blackfalds RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of shoplifting at the Synik Clothing store in Gasoline Alley. Prior to police arrival the males fled the store, with one male being a suspect in a theft of clothing.


Four prisoners residing in the Red Deer Remand Centre have been charged for their involvement in an incident that took place inside the Remand Centre on March 5. At 5:10 p.m. that day, Red Deer RCMP were called to the Remand Centre to assist correctional peace officers in managing a disturbance in one of the units. Streets were closed around the centre as a precautionary mea-

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Geng, 22 and Athiang Geng, 23, have all been charged with mischief over $5,000 and participating in a riot.

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Looking back on the spring of 1951 Central Alberta has just experienced one of the snowiest winters on record and a surprisingly cold February and March. While there has been lots of talk of the winter of 2013-2014 being the worst on record, harsh winters are actually common in this part of the world. Moreover, while there are hopeful signs of spring, some of the worst snowstorms on record have happened in springtime. One example of a challenging winter which ended with a late, cold and snowy spring occurred more than 60 years ago in 1950-1951. The winter got off to a brisk start in November 1950. There was a slight warm spell in December, but the weather soon turned very cold and snowy again. For three consecutive months, more than 30 cm. of snow fell each and every month. Towards the end of January, a bad blizzard hit. More than 15 cm. of snow fell in two days. High winds created huge drifts. Conditions got so bad that the provincial Department of Highways was


DAWE forced to suspend plowing until the winds subsided. As it was, two plows got stranded, one at Alix and another at Bentley. After the storm finally ended, the Municipal District (County) of Red Deer announced that it had purchased a new “blower” type of snowplow to try and keep the rural roads open. Conditions remained treacherous, both in the rural areas and in the City. In one bad accident, a truck rear-ended another at the top of the South Hill. One of vehicles burst into flames. The occupants were severely injured. Conditions turned even worse in early March. Temperatures fell to their lowest levels of the winter. On March 8, the weather station in Red Deer recorded -40C. There were reports of temperatures as low as -50C. west of Sylvan Lake. On Thursday, March 15, another terrible blizzard

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27th for an evening e of multicultural poetry at the HUB on Ross (4936 Ross St). Enjoy local poets Elena Rousseau, Jock McKenzie, Mark Bretherton and Zafar Nadeem and learn how poetry affects different cultures. The reading starts at 7 p.m. For more information contact Avery Acheson at the Central Alberta Refugee Effort, or 403-346-8818. The Red Deer River Naturalists are pleased to host Dr. Jocelyn Hudon, curator of ornithology at the Royal Alberta Museum to talk about Project Sapsucker, at their meeting on March 27. The meeting will be held at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre and begins at 7 p.m. There is no

Are you interested in attending a socially conscious shopping adventure complete with desserts and refreshments? On behalf of the Servants Anonymous Foundation of Calgary you are invited to join us on March 31 to purchase one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry in support of the fight against sexual exploitation and trafficking of women. This ladies dessert night and shopping party is being held at the Lacombe Evangelical Free Church (4619 C&E Trail, Lacombe) from 7–9 p.m.; it’s a drop-in shopping party so come and go as you please but if you want to learn more about the SA Foundation and this Global Wonders venture make sure you are around at 7:30 p.m. when the SA Founda-

SOULFUL NOIZE, a band featuring musicians with disabilities will be performing at The Hub on Ross Street for an evening of toe-tapping music. This event is on April 4th starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $15 per person or $30 per family. What makes this band so unique is that almost all the band members live with some form of disability, mental health needs or acquired brain injury. All members share similar tastes in music, and connect with each other and their audiences through their passion for music. Check out the new exhibit in The Hub – Jennifer Holmes presents ‘A Mixture of Everything’ - mixed mediums on display. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. on April 4.

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Spring Fever dance at Innisfail Legion Auditorium March 28th. Doors at 7:30, dance to start at 8 p.m. $20 per adult includes lunch. Music by Crossroads Classic Rock & Country Band. Hosted by Town & Country Dance Club. 403-728-3333 for details. The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories is recruiting volunteers to work a bingo shift March 30, 10:30 – 3:30, at Red Deer Bingo Centre in the position of chair, paymaster, card cash controller or card seller; all volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Please contact Janice Fogarty, manager, community relations at 403-342-0448 or for a list of other dates and times from which you can choose.


tion will give a presentation on why we are doing what we’re doing. We hope that you will consider joining us by attending, by mobilizing your friends, family, co-workers and community in the fight against sexual exploitation and human trafficking. RSVPs are not required but are recommended to ensure there are enough desserts and refreshments for everyone – email lefc.globalwonders@gmail. com or call 403-782-6141. The Red Deer Public Library presents First Thursdays in The Snell. The April 3rd concert will feature violinist Heidi Baumbach and pianist Cheryl Cooney performing works by Dvorak, Korngold, and Beethoven. It runs from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Coffee and tea provided by Café Noir. The Snell Auditorium, Red Deer Public Library. No admission charge. Donations accepted at the door. We are thrilled to announce that

Sheraton Celebrity Dance-off 30/11/12 28/02/13 10:17 2:51 AM PM Gala in support of Big Brothers, Big Sisters runs April 4 but tickets are on sale. For tickets, call 403-348-8503 or drop by the You th and Volunteer Centre at 4633 – 49th St. Shalom Counselling is offering a number of workshops including Reaching to the Margins – a community-building workshop on April 4 from 8:30 – 4 p.m. at West Park Nazarene Church (3920 57 Ave.) Cost is $30 per person. Include those isolated by mental health challenges, set healthy boundaries and prevent compassion fatigue. The Power to Parent workshop will take place Saturdays from April 26 – May 3. Cost is $85 per person or $165 per couple. Another workshop is Bringing Baby Home on May 3 and 4 at the Red Deer Hospital. Cost is $180 per couple and babies over three months old are welcome. The final workshop is Downsizing and Moving

Forward – a course for baby boomers, seniors and those helping parents downsize. It will take place on May 24 from 9 – 1 p.m. and the cost is $50 per person. To register for any workshop call 403-342-0339. The Alberta Dahlia and Glad Society is hosting its fifth Annual Dahlia Tuber and Gladiolus Corm Sale on April 5 at Bower Mall in Red Deer. Death with Dignity: A Conversation - April 3, 7 p.m. at Sunnybrook United Church 12 Stanton St. Red Deer. Speakers: Dr. Victoria Seavilleklein, Clinical Ethicist and Dr. Michael Thain. To preregister and for more information contact Linda Ervin, Sunnybrook United Church 403-347-6073. The Central Alberta Council on Aging meets April 1 at 9 a.m. at the Golden Circle. The meeting is on the expanded scope of pharmacy service for seniors with Patrick Jones, a fourth year pharmacy student at the Red Deer Co-op. Another topic will be physical activity – the foundation of well-being with Monica Morrison of the Golden Circle. There is a $3 charge. For more information, call Shirley Thomas at 403-343-0767 or Ron Rose at 403-346-8115. Travel Memories runs April 2 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Red Deer Public Library, Downtown Branch, Waskasoo Meeting Room. The featured speaker this month will be sharing her two years of CUSO volunteering experience in the villages of West Timor, Indonesia. 403-346-2100. Central Alberta Quilters’ Guild Annual Quilt Show is happening on April 4 and 5th at Parkland Pavilion Westerner Park. Show hours are Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featured quilters are Donna Deis and Elizabeth Hanson and guest artist Sherri Hisey of Border Creek Station Pattern Co., Ontario. 403-7826700, St. Vladimir Easter Bake Sale runs April 5th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 3932 - 46th St. Easter breads paska and babka, cabbage rolls, pyrohy, butter lambs and baking.

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Week of March 26 - April 2, 2014 Charlie Russell Speaks in Red Deer on April 5 at 1 p.m. ‘50 Years Living with the Great Bears in Canada and Russia and the Return of the Grizzlies to Southern Alberta.’ Russell will be sharing insights gleaned from 50 years of researching grizzly bears, black bears and Kermode ‘Spirit’ bears in the wilds of Alberta, B.C. and the Russian far east. His indepth understanding of bears, which enabled him to safely live with hundreds of wild bears, is now helping ranchers in southern Alberta find some comfort with the grizzlies that are moving onto their land. There will be a question and answer session and Russell will be available for book signing in the lobby. Doors at noon, slide show at 1 p.m., ticket price $25 at Carnival Cinemas.

are available in apple, blueberry, cherry, raisin, peach, rhubarb/ strawberry and rhubarb raspberry. Pies cost $12 each and are available for purchase between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on April 8-9 at the Museum. 403-340-3511. Daytime Documentaries runs April 9 from 2-4:30 p.m. Red Deer Public Library, downtown branch, Waskasoo Meeting Room. This month’s documentary will be Revenge of the Electric Car. By 2006, as many as 5,000 electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. Today, the electric car is back with a vengeance. A discussion will follow the film. Coffee and tea will be served. For more information, contact Donna Stew-

The Ladies of Sunnybrook Farm are selling pies again this year with funds raised going to support the Sunnybrook Farm Museum and their 2014 educational programs. Ready to bake pies

Writers’ Ink Spring Seminar runs April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Westpark Middle School Library 3310-55 Ave. Red Deer. Topics: How to research - Michael Dawe. How to get your book in print - Dave Rideout. How to add humour to your work - Blaine Newton. Cost - members $40 nonmembers $50. Lunch included in cost. Pre-register with Carol 403350-7480 or Lauranne 403-2274761 Limited to 50 participants. Family Services of Central Alberta presents Managing My Money. Are you stressing about how to manage your money? Do you make impulsive purchases?

noon; Tue/Thur 9:30 - 10:30 30 a.m. Evening: M/W 6-7 p.m. m and Tues from 6 to 8 p.m. Continuing classes year-round sessions available for those who have completed Beginners or who have learned Taoist Tai Chi in the past. Times scheduled for M/W 7:15-9 p.m. and Tue/Thur 10:30 a.m.- noon. Classes also available in Lacombe, Innisfail, and Rimbey. Please call for more information – 403 346 6772. Our new location is in Port O Call Centre at #100 – 4419 50th Ave.

MEETINGS The annual meeting for the Red Deer Ramblers Hiking Club will be held April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre.



Canadian author Corinne Jeffery will embark on a spring tour to celebrate the completion of her Understanding Ursula trilogy. She stops at Coles at Parkland Mall on April 6 from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. The trilogy is a historical fiction that tells the tale of the Werners, a German-Lutheran family that immigrates to Canada in the early 1900s. The Understanding Ursula trilogy weaves through generations of family drama, secrets, and controversy. On behalf of the Business Leaders Network, we invite you to the 11th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. An opportunity to support and honor our community, along with the Mayor Tara Veer as well as the Mayor of Red Deer County, Jim Wood. It is with great excitement we announce our guest speaker, Mike Love. He is the founder and director of Extreme Dream Ministries and the internationally known Youth Conference called YC. Hear an inspiring word from one of Canada’s greatest Christian leaders. This event will be held on April 8th at the Parkland Pavilion, Westerner Park in Red Deer. For tickets or more information, call 403-396-5206 or email mayorprayer@



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art or Priscilla at 403-346-2100. GrammaLink-Africa Fabulous Fabric sale runs April 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gaetz United Church 4758 Ross St. Unused fabric, notions, yarn, embellishments. Everything fro the knitter, quilter, fibre artist and home sewer. Cash only. All proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. For further information phone Mary Ellen at 403-340-1365. Holy Week Services - April 14 at 12:05 p.m. at the St Luke’s Anglican Church – Wayne Reid preaching; April 15 at 12:05 p.m. at Gaetz Memorial United Church - Marc Jerry preaching; April 16 at 12:05 p.m at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church- Jeffery Rock preaching; April 17 at 12:05 p.m: Knox Presbyterian Church - Linda Ervin preaching. All services followed by a soup and bun luncheon. 403-347-6073.

Never seem to have enough money in the bank? Do you wish you could find a way to pay down debt? We also cover topics such as How to Improve Credit and Setting Financial Goals. For more information, call 403-343-6400 or register online at Living Well with a Mental illness is open to anyone in Central Alberta with an interest in mental health. This includes people with a mental illness, their friends, family members, and the general public. Attendance is limited to 15 participants. To register call the Canadian Mental Health Association at 403-342-2266 and ask to speak to education program staff. This free course is co-sponsored by CMHA, Central Alberta Region, and the Red Deer Public Library. Taoist Tai Chi: experience a relaxing, holistic, low impact exercise. Beginner Classes times scheduled daytime: M/F – 11 a.m. to

Information and guidelines will be provided, scheduled hikes will be discusses and sign-up available for extended hikes. Guest speaker will be Dr. Maureen McCall on The Effects of Altitude on Hiker’s Health. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. On May 10, the Ramblers will participate with the Canadian Wildlife Federation initiative to encourage outdoor activity. For information, visit www.reddeerramblers. com or email rdramblers@gmail. com or call 403-343-8126. TOPS – Take off Pounds Sensibly – head into the spring season with confidence by joining us and being in shape for summer! We meet every Monday in the basement of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. The weigh-in occurs between 6 and 6:45 p.m., and the program starts from 7 to 8 p.m. Feel free to drop in for a free evening or call Kathleen at 587-272-2727 for more information about the group.

The MS Society of Central Alberta hosts a MOMS Group – a recreational based support group for moms diagnosed with MS or living with someone diagnosed with MS who have young children. Monthly activities – locations vary. For more information, email Brenda.anderson@mssociety. ca or call 403-346-0290. Are you having problems with someone else’s drinking? We are an anonymous group of men and women who can offer encouragement and support. Call Al-Anon Family groups at 403346-0320 for more information or a list of meetings in Red Deer and the surrounding area. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step support group offering a solution for all forms of food addiction. No dues, fees or weigh-in. Central Alberta groups meet in Red Deer, Lacombe and Rimbey. For locations and dates, call Joanne at 403-314-1972. ‘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 about the group or coming events, phone Shirley at 403-343-7678 or Shirley at 403-346-7160. 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. For more information about the group, call 403-346-4463. Independent Achievers, ‘Business Women Networking Together’ will be having their monthly luncheon meeting every second Thursday of the month from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. Email reservations@ to confirm your attendance the Monday before each luncheon. Addict in the Family Support Group is a confidential, professionallyfacilitated support group. Meetings run every second Thursday at 4920 – 54 St. from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information about the group, call 403-342-0895.

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COURT BRIEFS MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN COURT A young man charged with murder, who was on the run for more than a year before being captured by police, made a court appearance in Red Deer on Tuesday. The accused, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act because he was a minor at the time of the offense, is still in the process of getting a lawyer. He will return to court April 10.

On March 13, more than a year after Lloyd Sarson, 25, was murdered in Red Deer, a team of police agencies across Alberta and B.C. arrested the 18-year-old fugitive, wanted for the crime. Sarson was found dead in a vehicle in an alley in the morning hours of Jan. 1, 2013 He had been shot in what police believe to be a targeted attack. Earlier this month the accused was arrested in a Vancouver apartment. The arrest occurred without incident.

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ARENS IN COURT NEXT WEEK Rodney Arens, 36, is set to make a court appearance April 4 in Red Deer provincial court on charges that were laid against him in December in Sylvan Lake. On Dec. 21st, Sylvan Lake RCMP responded to a complaint of a possible impaired driver in Sylvan Lake. Upon locating the parked and running vehicle, police located the driver, slumped over the steering wheel. After wak-

ing the driver and speaking to him, he was arrested for impaired care or control of a motor vehicle. Police have said after a search of the male and the vehicle, they located cash and crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana. Arens, of Red Deer, is facing numerous charges stemming from the incident including impaired care or control of a motor vehicle, obstructing an ofďŹ cer and resisting arrest, failing to comply with conditions and

drug related charges. In addition, Arens is awaiting trial for an incident that took place in 2010 in Red Deer. In that incident he is charged with impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, three charges of refusing to provide a breathalyzer sample and breach of recognizance. He has pleaded not guilty to all of those charges. A trial

for these matters will be held April 22 – June 20. Arens was told by the court last year that he had to be prepared to proceed for the trial after many delays in the case. Theses charges stem from a crash on Canada Day in 2010. A 13-year-old boy was killed in that crash. He was also charged last spring with failing to comply and a number of TrafďŹ c Safety Act charges including failing to hold a valid driver’s license.

It’s time to have that difficult talk with your Mom and Dad. Are you ready? Being constantly concerned about your Parent’s safety and well-being can take its toll. SPRING SAVING – This female downy woodpecker can be spotted bathing in the sunshine at Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express

Don’t you wish Mom and Dad could be part of a welcomingg community where they are respected, surrounded by friends, caring staff and social activities? We know that when it’s time for your Parents to consider moving out of their home it can be a difficult decision it’s not an easy topic to discuss. As Red Deer’s premier Independent and Assisted Living residence, Symphony om m Senior Living has a great reputation of taking care of Mom and Dads. Call us today and we’d be glad to listen and share information that will help. We can also arrange a d. personalized visit-it makes all the difference in the world.

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CITY BRIEFS POTHOLE REPAIR BLITZ ON TRACK Pothole ďŹ lling is well underway throughout Red Deer. “So far public works has responded to and repaired more than 1,125 potholes throughout the community. “On average we can ďŹ ll anywhere from 11,000 to 14,000 in a year,â€? said Jim Chase, roads superintendent. “Although it is very difďŹ cult to repair all as they occur, we are making strong headway to get ahead and reduce the backlog.â€? Potholes are ďŹ lled yearround, but with the freezethaw cycles the area experiences this time of year, they are occurring more frequently so there is a dedicated pothole crew. Potholes are formed when moisture enters a crack in the pavement, then freezes and expands in cold temperatures. The expansion puts pres-

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sure on the crack, causing the asphalt to break away, resulting in a pothole. Vehicle trafďŹ c over the pothole can cause the edges to crumble, which increases the size. Some potholes in Red Deer will require repeated temporary patching until the street dries and permanent patching can be done. “We understand the frustration motorists experience with potholes, but we really do appreciate their patience as our crews work diligently to do repairs,â€? said Chase. “We would like to remind motorists to be cognizant of our workers on the roads and to remember to slow down when passing.â€? Potholes can be reported to public works by either calling 403-342-8238 or using the Report a Problem tool at Potholes that are determined to be a hazard will be given immediate attention.

IMAGINE A LIFE IN POVERTY Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA) and the United Way are proud to announce the ďŹ rst Poverty Simulation in Red Deer on May 14. This three-hour, no-cost event, allows participants to experience a month living in poverty, based on the lives of real families in Central Alberta. The organizers hope that those who attend will leave with a greater understanding of the challenges and obstacles that are faced when living on a limited income. “This is such a great opportunity for people to really put themselves in the shoes of those who are living with a low or limited income. We believe that this will be a rewarding and eye-opening experience for those who participate,â€? said Lori Jack, CAPRA representative.

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The event will be limited to the ďŹ rst 85 participants and the on-line registration can be found on or call 403-3433900. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Lori at 403-343-3900.

CLEARING SYLVAN LAKE The Sylvan Lake Manage-

ment Committee is urging ďŹ sh hut owners to remove the ice ďŹ shing huts from Sylvan Lake as soon as possible. The committee is aware that the huts do not need to be legally removed from the lake until March 31, but with the poor ice structure and the warm temperatures owners may ďŹ nd that waiting

until March 31 is too late. OfďŹ cials say that unfortunately, all too often ice ďŹ shing huts are abandoned on the lake during the spring thaw. Debris can include wood, gasoline, furniture, propane bottles and plastic which ends up settling to the bottom of the lake or oating to the surface.

SINGING STRONG – The Central Alberta Refugee Effort hosted a cultural mosaic event this past weekend at Festival Hall, which featured the talents of many different cultures. Delicia Adams, Shanelle Adams, and Grace Page were part of a performance by the SamaKalisha Mendonsa/Red Deer Express sana Choir.

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RDC students support young hospital patients A school project at Red Deer College is both inspiring the minds of college students and bringing smiles to the faces of young hospital patients. RDC students enrolled in the unit clerk program have developed more than 200 ‘distraction kits’ which are used to help young patients in the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre Emergency Department cope through their stay. The kits, filled with fun toys and treats, were officially donated through the Red Deer Regional Hospital Foundation last week at a presentation in the hospital. “It’s definitely a project that takes a lot of time and effort and it’s really been rewarding to see it all come together,” says Michelle Romans, a unit clerk student and president of the project team. “It just puts a different perspective on things for us, and it’s a special experience to be able to give back to the community like this as part of our coursework.” The kits are organized for boys and girls, and are divided into different age groups, from newborns to children nearing their teenage years. Along with the kits, the stu-

dents also donated fun homemade pillows to provide to the young patients. The project was completed for Care 4 A Cause, an initiative developed by RDC instructor Brenda Stevenett, who was looking to provide a well-rounded learning experience in her curriculum. “Since I adopted this initiative into the class, the goal has been to provide a project in which students work together to experience the importance of communication, teamwork and showing compassion for the community. These are all essential elements in the work of a unit clerk,” said Stevenett. Each semester, students are tasked with a project for Care 4 A Cause in which they must organize fundraising support for a health care initiative. They elect a president and vice-president to help lead the project, and work together, along with Stevenett, to develop the end concept. The team fundraised $3,049.50 which covered the costs for the contents in the distraction kits, along with pillow materials. Leftover funds will be donated to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Foundation.

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FAMILY FUN – This past week’s snowfall gave good conditions for snow shoe enthusiasts. Kari Idland and Maureen Durrant seized the opportunity to have a snow shoeing adventure Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express at Kerry Wood Nature Centre.

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Saturday, April 12 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. @ Parkland Mall Outdoor displays close at 5 p.m. and are weather permitting

to get a building permit. We will also be set up outdoors (west side of the mall) from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (weather permitting) where you will be able to see equipment and demonstrations by Red Deer Emergency Services and the RCMP.

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Slush Cup at Canyon BY KALISHA MENDONSA Red Deer Express

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PUBLIC NOTICES Notice is hereby given that at its meeting to be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the Council of Red Deer County will consider the following bylaws.

CLOSURE OF ROAD PLAN Bylaw No. 2014/4 to authorize the closure and sale of a portion of undeveloped Road Plan 982 0764 in the NE 29-37-27-4 and West of Plan 012 5513, Lot 9A. Area: 0.039 hectares (0.097 acres) more or less.

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CLOSURE OF ROAD PLAN Bylaw No. 2014/6 to authorize the closure and lease of a portion of original Government Road Allowance, Range Road 40, located adjacent to the SW 31-34-3-5. Area: 1.62 hectares (4 acres) more or less. The intent is to close and lease a portion of road that was privately constructed for the sole purpose of access to this property.

Bylaw No. 2014/5 to authorize the closure and sale of a portion of undeveloped Road within Plan 1026087 located between Plan 1026087, Block 3, Lot 9 and Plan 972 1942, Block 3, Lot 1. Area: 0.27 hectares (0.66 acres) more or less. The intent is to sell and consolidate this portion of land with the adjacent property located in Gasoline Alley on the west side of Laura Avenue south of Lantern Street.

On the 25th day of March, 2014, under provisions of the Land Use Bylaw 2006/6, Red Deer County Municipal Planning Commission issued decisions approving the following applications: Discretionary Use NE of DELBURNE 1. H. & H. Jackson – location of an existing cottage on Pt SW 3-3922-4.

The intent is to sell and consolidate this unused piece of undevelopable property with the adjacent property located at the corner of Lantern Street and Leva Avenue. In exchange, the County will be acquiring a piece of this adjacent property to be used as part of the County road right of way.



SYLVAN LAKE 2. A. Halvorson – location of a second dwelling (manufactured home) on Lot 1, Blk 1, Plan 132-5459, SW 9-381-5. RED DEER 3. T. & A. Visscher – Construction of a 1000 sq. ft. detached garage on Lot 1, Blk 1, Plan 892-2054, SW 19-38-26-4 (Forest Green Estates). A PUBLIC HEARING prior to further consideration of the proposed bylaws WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, County Office, 38106 Rge Rd 275, Red Deer County, Alberta (west of Hwy 2 on 32 Street / C&E Trail Overpass). The hearing will be conducted under the chairmanship of the County Mayor for the purpose of hearing comments on the proposed bylaws. The hearing will be informal with persons wishing to speak being recognized through the Chair. Presenters will be requested to state their name and address for the record.

The Municipal Government Act provides that any person(s) may appeal a Discretionary Use approval within 14 days of the date of the decision being advertised by paying the required appeal fee and by filing an appeal in writing against the decision with the Red Deer County Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, 38106 Rge Rd 275, Red Deer County, Alberta. A Permitted Use approval may not be appealed unless the decision involves a relaxation, variance or misinterpretation of the Land Use Bylaw. For further information, contact Planning & Development Services at 403-350-2170.

For the final day of the 2013/2014 season, skiers and snowboarders can head to Canyon Ski Resort for a little light-hearted competition in the slush. “It’s just a fun way for us to end the season on a high note and have fun doing so, and it leaves people looking forward to next season,” said David Martel, an employee at Canyon Ski Hill. The annual event happens on the final day of riding season. It is a competition that involves contestants jumping over, or into, a large ice-cold slush puddle in hopes of scoring high points. This year the Slush Cup falls during spring break, which has been dubbed ‘Spring Fever 2014.’ “Every day is a different theme. We offer prizes that range from prizes in the cafeteria to lift tickets for best costumes each day,” said Martel. Volunteer judges come together to give the constants a score out of 10, which translates into points to be totalled. The winner will receive a season pass for the 2014/2015 winter season at Canyon Ski Resort. Martel said that the first year Slush Cup was created, about 50 people competed, most of who signed up that day. This year, he says they expect between 30-50 competitors. Grand West Hot Tub rentals will continue to donate a hot tub for the competitors to warm up in after they try the jump. Spectators can observe from the deck of the lodge as they cheer on the jumpers. To enter the competition is free. The only thing that contestants have to purchase is a lift ticket. If they are season pass holders, the event is absolutely free of charge. “One thing we have done this year is we are asking all the registrants to bring an item for the Red Deer Food Bank just to contribute to the community a little bit,” said Martel. Slush Cups are a common aspect of many ski resorts to celebrate the snowy season and bring in the spring. The event will take place at Canyon Ski Hill from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 30.

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If you prefer to submit comments on these bylaws in writing, the information you provide may be made public, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The public may inspect: - a copy of the proposed bylaws by visiting our website at or at the County office located at 38106 Rge Rd 275, Red Deer County, Alberta, during regular office hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MONDAY through FRIDAY.

HELPING HANDS - Director of Potter’s Hands Ministries, Chris Salomons, prepares coleslaw at the Potter’s Hands downtown soup kitchen where the homeless and the hungry Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express may come for meals.

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Volunteer opportunities in Central Alberta For more volunteer opportunities, call Volunteer Red Deer at 403-346-3710.


for two DIRECTORS to participate on our dynamic Centre Board. Contact TerryLee Ropchan at 403-9869904.

Alzheimer Society of Alberta is urgently recruiting volunteers to work bingo shifts for the positions of chair, paymaster, card cash controller and card sellers. Contact Janice Fogarty at 403-342-0448.

Schizophrenia Society of Alberta is currently seeking volunteers to assist with our special events. Contact Jenaveve Goodwin at 403-342-5760.

Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre is accepting applications now for a second  co-chair. Contact TerryLee Ropchan at 403-986-9904.

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is looking for a digitization assistant volunteer to help with scanning, watermarking images, and data entry. Contact Debbie at 403-3418614.

Family Services of Central Alberta is looking for a few talented and conscientious volunteer board members. Contact Liz or Sandy at 403-309-8215. Red Cross is seeking Health Equipment Loan Program Assistants to help with Unloading and loading the Red Cross Van. Contact Yvonne Bauer at 403346-1241.

FEATURED LISTINGS: Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre is looking for event volunteers to help with Decorating, Balloon Raffle and 50/50 Raffle. Contact Tera Johnson at 403-340-2606. Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre is accepting applications now


Bethany in Red Deer is seeking volunteers for recreation, feeding and pastoral opportunities. Contact Ann at 403-357-3702. Canadian Blood Services needs hospitality volunteers for their blood donor clinics. Contact Heather 403-755-4334. Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Prairies/ NTW Region is recruiting Committee Planning Members for the First Annual Batting Against Breast Cancer™ slo-pitch tournament. Contact Kara Wozniak, email kwozniak@ or call 1-866-3022223.

volunteers to help load equipment to be taken to the warehouse to be sanitized and unload equipment that is ready to be used. Should be physically able and  available once in 10 days from 11 a.m. to noon for approximately 45 minutes. Contact Yvonne Bauer at 403-346-1241. Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) is recruiting for volunteers for various positions, to help newcomers with settlement in the community. Contact Cristina Franco at 403-346-8818 ext. 248. CNIB is looking for volunteers to make a differ-

Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre is currently looking for volunteers to help with our Supportive Transportation Program as we provide transportation to clients who need to go to medical appointments and to clients who attend lunch on Wednesdays at the Golden Circle. For more information, please contact Diane at 403-343-6074 ext. 108.

Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Waskasoo Environment Educational Society are looking to recruit volunteers to help with occasional special events. We offer a friendly supportive working environment and somewhat flexible hours! Contact Marg at 403-3462010. Red Cross is looking for volunteers for the Disaster Management Program. Contact Matt Sawatsky at 403-346-1241. Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre is in need of volunteers for its Pastoral Care Program to help porter and accompany patients

Red Deer Food Bank has volunteer opportunities in our Warehouse and at our fundraising events. Contact Alice at 403-3425355. Whisker Rescue is recruiting for foster homes for cats. An ideal opportunity for anyone who cannot keep a cat long term or would like to try cat ownership. 403-348-8501.

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Cruises offer services for those with disabilities Cruise lines aim to create an atmosphere comfortable for the vacationers with disabilities. The cruise lines have recognized the areas of need so that travelers with specific disabilities can enjoy cruise line traveling even more. The cruise lines have welcomed the opportunity to make their mark with bringing in the comforts and state of the art levels for people with mobility, hearing, visual disabilities and children with disabilities. Individuals young and old with disabilities are cruising more than ever. Cruise lines have responded in a positive direction, in more ways than just elevators and a speedy processing during embark and debarkation. Mobility disabilities have been addressed in numerous ways. Aside from the abundance of elevators, ramps, automatic doors throughout the ship, corridors aim to please with widths which support 180-degree turns. Research surrounding accessible staterooms and setup are constantly being upgraded with new features as well. Accessible balconies have been installed for vacationers to enjoy the morning coffee and sights. Research has also shown major concerns which can be found in the bathroom. Lower sinks and vanities, fold down shower seats and strategically placed hold bars have been placed to help address those concerns. Also, to support people with mobility limitations, cruise lines have complimentary foldable wheelchairs, walkers and canes. Although cruise lines support the use of motorized aids, they do not provide them on board. If the passenger requires a motorized wheelchair or scooter, there are reputable companies that the customer will be referred to for rental purposes before embarking on the cruise ship. Bear in mind when using the mobility aid, they must also be stored in the stateroom and not in the corridors. The features to support the needs of the mobility disabled are endless. Inquire about more details with your travel agent. People with hearing disabilities require a different angle. Single or unassisted individuals can find comfort in their staterooms with up-to-date and state-of-the-art technology to bring ease of living onboard.

COMFORT – Vacationers with specific disabilities can fully enjoy the cruise experience. Visual cues and tactical alerts which are heavily depended on have been installed. Not only throughout the ship, but in the personal stateroom, these are installed for fire alarms, doorbells and telephones to name a few examples. Throughout the ship, there are other items like assisted listening systems in the theatres and sign language interpreters which all can be used to benefit the customer. In addition the above visual impairments can have great concerns among the guests especially for the first time, single or unassisted cruiser. Cruise lines have responded with service animals being welcomed with open arms on board! With 30 days notice, your support animal will have the necessary set-up to be able to live comfortably onboard with their owner in the stateroom. However, do understand that the necessary paperwork is required to disembark at each port in which could be a new country.

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In addition to the service animals, once embarked, guests may have the opportunity to have a personalized orientation tour from one of the crew members onboard. Other features to enjoy on the ship and staterooms are Braille for reading signage or menus, or the waiters and waitresses will, without a doubt, read it to their guests. Also, audio call signs at elevators and automatic doors can be found throughout the ship that can aid with a visually impaired guest. Finally, the industry’s little guests: children with disabilities. In addition to the above-mentioned ways of assistance, children’s programs have been specialized to meet individual needs. With that being said, the activity groups for children with disabilities are grouped by ability, not age. In addition, the babysitting offered on board has certified crew members to watch children while parents/ guardians may leave their staterooms to enjoy the ship on their own time.


While parents/guardians are absent from their staterooms, they will have individual pagers that are connected to the babysitter. Therefore they can rest knowing that they’re only a quick page away from their little ones! In the end, all people requiring special needs before, during and after disembarking a ship have many companies to research and to choose from in the industry. Most cruise lines aspire to be leaders for those who require a variety of other options in order to live more comfortably onboard. And it shows. Overall, the comfort and safety is a priority with the cruise lines; it is obvious. With the positive additions, constant research and feedback from the industry’s guests, the cruise lines will keep moving forward in a positive direction, in an area of cruising that keeps growing year by year. Rachel Tripp is a vacation and cruise consultant with Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Red Deer.

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ENTERTAINMENT Duke Thompson featured at library’s centennial event Former City resident keeps close ties with Red Deer after moving to U.S. BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Red Deer Public Library’s 100th anniversary celebrations continue with a visit from a very special musical guest on April 5. Duke Thompson, a former resident of Red Deer, will be featured during the Keyboard Conversations with Duke Thompson presentation which begins at 7:30 p.m. It’s a free concert marking the centennial of the RDPL, and it takes place in the Snell Gallery. Thompson has a soft spot for Red Deer he explains during a recent interview from his home in Havre de Grace, Maryland, where he founded the Maryland Conservatory of Music in 2001 and serves as president. He also keeps busy on other fronts, teaching, recording and performing as well. He has four CDs to his credit. In his coming show, he’ll be performing tunes from all four projects which include Greatly Gershwin, Lots to Consider, These Hands Rock and his latest project Dr. Duke as Lincoln. Meanwhile, Red Deer’s music scene just hasn’t been quite the same since Thompson settled south of the border. The popular Red Deer College teacher, businessman and extremely accomplished musician always wowed local audiences with his sophisticated, polished approach to playing. Thompson holds a doctorate degree in piano performance from Arizona State University. He taught at RDC for 17 years. After relocating to Maryland, he’s been able over the years to share his musical gifts with a wide audience on the east coast, with performances in New York City and the Baltimore area. Thompson was born in Edmonton but raised in Maryland. After finishing up his post-secondary studies, he learned of a teaching post at Red Deer College and took it. He thought he’d stay for a couple of years, but ended up staying for 17. “My life’s been kind of a ping pong match between Alberta and Maryland,” he chuckles. “But I always had a fascination with Canada because out of six children, I was the only one born in Canada. So I’m the only one with Canadian citizenship,



and I always loved that as a kid. I used to root for all the Canadians in the Olympics because that was my unique thing as one of six growing up. It set me apart; I loved the idea that I was Canadian.” As to his love for music, it was sparked at an early age. “I was seven. We all came home from school one day, and there was a great big grand piano there. My mother said ‘Who wants to take piano lessons’, and I raised my hand. It was just something new to do.” Learning the instrument came very naturally to him, he recalls. And even though he’s lived state-side for several years, he returns regularly to Red Deer and retains a strong affection for this area. He remains co-owner of The Vat, a popular local pub as well. And speaking of The Vat, he will be doing a concert there on April 6 at 3:30 p.m. “I was in Red Deer from my 20s through to my 40s – pretty significant years of my life. So it’s a very special place for me, no doubt about it.” But the past several years – although successful - have brought serious challenges his way. In 2007, Thompson crashed into a tree during a night drive home and nearly lost his life. He says his height (six ft. six ins.) saved him. Had he been shorter, his head would have sustained deadly injury but as it was, his left shoulder and side took the brunt of the horrendous impact. He was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore. Other injuries included a collapsed lung, a severe concussion, a shattered shoulder and broken ribs. As he healed, he found he had a brand new passion to write and arrange his own original songs. Much of the material on Lots to Consider resulted from that period of his life. “I started writing music almost as a therapy. And ever since then, over the past seven years, I write music that reaches very, very deep inside. I really reach into the spirit and soul, and that’s my newfound love for music - that it’s such an emotional expression. “I also have come to love music so much more in the last seven years because I’m writing my own music, and I’m doing my own arrangements,” he says. Although classical styles were the main focus for

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GIFTED ARTIST - Acclaimed pianist Duke Thompson will be performing at the Red Deer Public Library on April 5th in Keyboard Conversations with Duke Thompson. The event is part of the photo submitted library’s centennial celebrations. many years, now he’s branching out into other genres including everything from the blues to Americana to classic rock.

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Courage My Love performs this week When you’re a young rock ‘n’ roll band—courage is throwing yourself into your music fully and completely. It’s stepping onto a stage and just giving it all you’ve got. It’s touring new places far from home, and opening up, scars and all, to your fans. Courage is saying

what you really think. It’s being unafraid of change, of becoming who you really are. Courage My Love - the band - is all of these things. They perform at the International Beer Haus March 28. The Kitchener-based band consists of twin sis-

ters Mercedes Arn-Horn (vocals, guitar) and Phoenix Arn-Horn (drums. vocals) with their friend Brandon Lockwood (bass). Call them a power trio, pop-punk, alternative metal. They grew up on it all. But don’t miss the message: they have no appetite for destruction. They do

not seek to destroy. Courage My Love is here to uplift, inspire. Becoming, the band’s new EP, produced by Chris Perry in Toronto, is eight tracks bled out of Courage My Love during a period of exciting changes. “Our first EP For Now came out when we were 17,” explains Mercedes. “When you’re our age, a lot can happen in two years.” And plenty did - like heavy rotation on MuchMusic/MusiquePlus, more than 3.8 million YouTube views and being on Alternative Press Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Bands to Know in 2012. “Before we went on tour we’d never been away from home,” says the guitarist. “You meet all these new people, and you learn about yourselves. We’ve all grown a lot. That was the inspiration for Becoming.” Opening track Skin and Bones captures the fear and longing of leaving something behind. “We’re too old to die young,” they sing over thunderous beats, the heart of the matter. Hardknocking first single You Don’t Know How cranks it up, intense and defiant.

the International Beer Haus on March 28. By the time the EP closes with the haunting ballad Dark Wood, Dark Water, about finding the one thing that pulls you out of the darkness, Courage My Love’s mission is clear: rock out, be happy, stay true. For this next generation of musicians, that means truly embracing social media. With their popular DIY podcasts and viral videos,

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Courage My Love not only connects with fans, they reveal more of their true selves. It’s all part of what they do best. “This whole band is about being yourself,” says Phoenix. “You don’t need to play by the book to be successful. Being a girl isn’t that big of a deal in music anymore. You don’t need to have a certain look. Break the rules, stand apart.” - Weber

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Muppets Most Wanted starts out with a rousing musical number about sequels, fitting since this is a sequel to Disney’s successful relaunch of The Muppets from 2011. Hard to believe the first Muppet movie was way back in 1979 and here we are still going strong 35 years later.

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This time out the gang signs up with a shady producer (Ricky Gervais) who takes them on a world tour to Berlin, Dublin and London. Meanwhile, Kermit the Frog is mistaken for an international criminal named Constantine who looks just like him. So Kermit is imprisoned in a Russian gulag while Constantine takes over his role in the show. Yes, I realize this is a little hard to believe, but who said the plot of a Muppet movie has to be believable? Fozzie Bear and others realize Kermit’s position and help him escape from the gulag (where Tina Fey plays the commandant). Soon everyone shows up in London where Gervais and Constantine are trying to steal the crown jewels. The movie is lots of fun and light entertainment for kids and parents. It’s a movie that doesn’t take itself seriously for a moment and even works in funny homages to old Busby Berkely films and Apocalypse Now. There are doz-


CRYDERMAN Muppets Most Wanted Disney Rating: G 112 minutes ens of often funny cameos with everyone from Ray Liotta and Danny Trejo to Celine Dion and Frank Langella. Nice to see those un-aging characters still have it in them to entertain another generation. Rating: three deer out of five

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Johnny Cash tribute band heading to Red Deer BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Fans of the legendary sounds of Johnny Cash won’t want to miss out on tribute band David James and Big River, landing at The Vat March 27. James produces his own particular vocal originality. His take on Cash’s signature sound is nothing short of amazing in its similarity to the ‘Man in Black’. The vocals are spot on as is the swagger. “It’s not only about the voice. It’s about living and breathing the man – his posture, his mannerisms, his moves, and his quirks,” explains James. “I want our audiences to go home feeling like they just observed the man himself.” You’d swear it was the real Cash singing such classics as Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, I Walk the Line and Get Rhythm. James was raised in Tofield. Country music was a mainstay amongst most of his friends and family - his father made it his mission to introduce James to artists he referred to as ‘the real deal’. That of course included artists like the legendary Cash. James admits he wasn’t a huge fan of Cash right from the getgo back in those days, but he always had a strong respect for the man. And meanwhile, as he got a little older, heavier types of rock beckoned.

“I played in bands for years. And a lot of people said ‘You’ve got a great voice, Dave.’ It was a low voice. I told them it’s alright, I’ll sing country when I get older. “Be careful what you say – the universe might just make it happen,” he adds with a laugh. One day, he caught the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line back in 2006, and something clicked. A love for the kinds of tunes Cash created was growing. And it was also during this time that he was busy performing cover songs in bars and clubs throughout western Canada and beyond. After a show, James picked up his guitar at the bar and sang to a small after hours gathering. After playing the last chord of Ring of Fire, he looked up from his guitar and everyone there sat with mouths open, speechless and stunned at what they had just witnessed. “What?” he asked, concerned that he had lost his touch. The silence was broken by a guy at the bar. “Are you Johnny’s twin?” he asked. “Because dude, this is what you should be doing.” “I kind of slid into it naturally,” he explains of the later process of forming a tribute act to Cash. “I had naturally mimicking abilities.” But it’s been a process of perfecting the persona of the musician.

CLASS ACT - David James and Big River bring their stunning tribute to Johnny Cash to The Vat on March 27. James nails Cash’s mannerisms and voice down pat. In fact, he was honoured to provide Cash’s voice to the soon to be released movie My Father and the Man in Black, proving he is the most authentic Johnny Cash tribute artist in the business. As mentioned, he sings all of the great Cash songs including Solitary Man, Get Rhythm and newer songs like Hurt and Rusty

Cage. And rounding out the guys in his band are Todd Sacerty, Colin Stevenson and Duncan Symonds. Sacerty’s respect of the song-writing prowess of Cash is reflected in his playing and performance. As noted on James’ web site, “His firm belief in remaining true to the integrity of brilliantly written music is one of the primary reasons for the band’s success.” Stevenson was “hand-

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picked” for his role as drummer. “Cash was the man, it’s as simple as that,” said Stevenson. “We bring back to the people what they are missing since his death, and long may it continue.” Symonds was born in Toronto. He moved to the west coast at an early age and soon after began his pursuit of music. He quickly became a fixture on the music scene, touring and

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recording with several successful acts. As to the enduring quality of Cash’s many hits, James has his own theory. “It’s honest music. It was not directed at rich folks and millionaires. It was just simple everyday stuff that a working man could relate to. Your standard working class folks. “And of course, that’s the mass of the population.”



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The five things to do to change your life Really it comes down to following that dusty old owner’s manual for human beings that we have gotten so far away from. The fact is, human beings have not changed at all in the past 20,000 years, some scientists say as far back as 50,000 years. But look at how our planet has changed in just the past 114 years - our food supply, what we drink, how we live, where we live, how we stay warm, and stay safe - all of that has changed. Yet we still have the same body that was designed back then, and if we want it to work well, there are five rules to follow: 1) Start eating better. The oldest tip in the book, and still the most valid. I was talking to some people about certain things they liked to eat – junk food. Stuff that has no business even being called ‘food’, stuff that was made in a lab, not a field or a forest or a lake or an ocean. I asked if they knew it was unhealthy. “Yah, but it tastes good!” Seriously? I cannot wrap my head around that. Why do we, as a species, eat stuff daily that is not good for us? I get that life is no longer designed to support healthy eating, and that the cheapest, easiest things to eat are not healthy. I guess I just think it is worth it to eat good food. Single ingredient foods like meat, fish, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit, grains, etc. Simple, healthy, original design food. Use spices to make it fun, not chemicals. I guarantee that if you change this one thing, it will change your life. 2) Move your body. An-


McDERMOTT other oldie right? Absolutely. We were designed to move, to walk daily, to carry heavy stuff, to run, to jump, to be constantly moving. Sitting at a desk, or in a vehicle all day is the single most unnatural thing there is in being human. It

destroys us. Sitting ruins circulation, nerve function, causes us to gain fat, lose muscle and a host of other issues. We need to move every single day and that could be as simple as going for a walk after supper every day. Strength training is also critical to keep our bones strong and muscles functioning. ‘Use it or lose it’ is definitely in play. 3) Drink water more than anything else. Again, this is what we were designed to drink. All of that other stuff was invented long after humans were, and it is

inappropriate. I prefer my water filtered. I greatly appreciate that the City gets water to my tap safe and free from contamination by using things like chlorine to kill the bad stuff. Right before I drink it, I use a filter system to remove all that, just like I take bread out of the plastic bag before I cut off a slice and eat it. I am thankful for the bag, but I don’t eat it. 4) Hang around with happy, fun and interesting people. If you don’t have friends like that, then start

by being happy, fun and interesting. Then you will be the person people will want to hang around with. As human beings we thrive on community, and that includes all aspects of life. It is more fun to go for a run with friends, go to a movie with friends and eat with friends. It is good for us on a very deep, genetic level. Friends are important to your survival. 5) Unplug and get some rest. Read a book, one that is written on paper and doesn’t require power. Shut off the TV, the computer,

the phone, the tablet and the radio. We didn’t have any of that 114 years ago and we certainly didn’t have it when humans started out. In our modern society, we are so busy, and everything is in fast forward, and we need to just stop, and reset once in a while. Change these five things for a week and just see what happens when you follow the ‘original manufacturers specifications’ for being a human. Scott McDermott is a personal trainer and owner of Best Body Fitness in Sylvan Lake.

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Forget cholesterol numbers - how’s your mitochondria? “You’re so like your mother, you have so much energy!” friends have said to me. I admit energy-wise they’re right. My father preferred to sit in his chair analyzing mathematical problems, while mother was high-octane gas. She never stopped running around. But I didn’t know why I inherited her energy until I read a report in the Nutrition Action Health Letter about mitochondria. So, here’s how you can increase your energy level.

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JONES It’s said that precious things come in small packages, and there’s no better example than mitochondria. Each cell in our body contains up to 2,000 mitochondria and, although tiny, they make up to 60% of the volume of muscle cells and 40% of heart cells. Simon Melov, director of the Genomics Core at the Buck Institute for Age Research in California, reports that “Mitochondria are the power plants of our cells, tiny furnaces within the cells of our body that burn food for energy.” But why am I so like my mother? Mitochondria have their own genetic material. But unlike the DNA in the cell’s nucleus, which comes from both parents, mitochondria DNA is passed down from mother to child. This is also why I have the chance of living into my 90s, as did my mother. Tory Hagen, a researcher at the Linus

Pauling Institute Corvallis, Oregon, says, “Mitochondria have been called the Achilles’ heel of the cells in aging.” Essentially, the healthier the mitochondria the longer the life. These tiny mitochondria furnaces are continually using oxygen to burn fat, protein and carbohydrates to generate energy. This oxidation process results in the formation of free radicals, the metabolic ash that may also damage mitochondria. Mark Mattson, chief of the Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Section at The National Institute of Health, says weakened mitochondria may leave people susceptible to Parkinson’s Disease or accelerate the downward trend of Alzheimer’s Disease. So how can you increase the number of mitochondria? First, never forget the importance of exercise. David Hood, a researcher at York University in Toronto, says exercise can increase the number of mitochondria by 40 to 50% in six weeks. It’s necessary to walk, run, bicycle or swim briskly for 20 minutes three to four times a week. You must continue these exercises to maintain healthy mitochondria and younger muscles. In 2002, Dr. Bruce Ames, a researcher at the University of California, and his colleague Tory Hagan, made international headlines. They reported that old, sedentary rats (roughly equal to humans aged 70 to 100 years) perked up and danced the Macarena after being fed carnitine and lipoic acid. Lipoic acid is an antioxidant, and according to Hagen carnitine pushes fat into mitochondria and gives a boost to their activity. Ames and Hagen also discovered that

rats given these two nutrients had less mitochondria damage in their brains and in beagles, increased short-term memory. This combination of carnitine and lipoic acid is called Juvenon, and there is considerable information about it on the web site The problem is that this remedy is patented, not cheap, and only available by calling the toll-free number 1-800- 309-0970. I asked Dr. Andrew Weil, professor of integrative medicine at the University of Arizona, if this study made any sense. Weil is an internationally-recognized expert on alternative medicine. He’s traveled widely to study medicinal plants in South America and Africa and has been a major proponent of omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin

D and health benefits of fruits, vegetables and fish. He says that Juvenon is a remarkable health supplement and takes it daily. But he neglects to say whether if makes him dance the Macarena! So what’s the message? Rats lacking the right nutrients get tired, don’t want to run on a treadmill, nor swim too far and cannot find cheese in a maze. Humans react the same way if they fall into the trap of consuming too many packaged foods laden with unhealthy ingredients. If that happens, mitochondria do not function efficiently. Adding a little carnitine and lipoid acid may prompt you to start dancing the Macarena! See the web site at For comments email

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PHOTO FINISH - The Red Deer ‘AAA’ Optimist Chiefs took on the Lloydminster Bobcats last Friday night at the Red Deer Arena where they shut out the Bobcats 1-0 in the first of five games in the Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express play-off series. Quentin Greenwood of the Chiefs drove to the net to score the only goal of the evening.

Local tennis player finds her stride in sport BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express The attraction to the game of tennis began innocently enough for 13-year-old Kirsten Prelle with her older sister being the spark which ignited a fire inside the Sylvan Lake teenager. “My sister was registered for a summer camp for tennis and she got hooked on it so I was always hanging around the club waiting for her to be done her lessons,” she said. “So I decided to pick up a racquet and start playing as well.” Some eight years later she is still at the game she loves, mainly because it’s an individual sport which means whatever result is gained during a match, good or bad, it’s solely on her shoulders. She does play other sports like soccer, volleyball, basketball which are of course team efforts but tennis appears to be the centre of her sports universe.


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A shot that is somewhat fitting for her approach to sports. “I’m very competitive and aggressive when I’m playing my sport.” She says her style of play is patterned along the lines of a pair of hardnosed players in retired Belgian star Kim Clijsters and current world #2 player Li Na of China. She adds Canadian rising star Eugenie Bouchard is also on the list of players she admires. She keeps her tennis edge all year round by training at the Red Deer Tennis Club and says it’s been a great help having that facility on hand. “The Red Deer Tennis Club has been amazing ever since I got there. The coaches and the staff are so nice.” She directs the credit for most of her success on the court towards coach Rene Simon. “He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever


had. I like the European style of tennis and I had a coach like that in B.C. and he’s (Simon) just like that.” For Prelle tennis is very much a yearround activity as there are tournaments through the winter and of course many others through the summer months which doesn’t leave much time for her to play school sports. She says coaches have been very flexible when it comes to granting her leave to go play tennis which accounts for about six hours a week. Heading into the nationals Kirsten says she’s putting her efforts into getting her game in top shape. She prefers forcing her opponent to adapt to what she is doing and not the other way around. “I don’t want to switch my playing style because I’m really strong where I am.” Given her resume to this point it would be hard to argue with that game plan.





“I love tennis. It’s my favorite sport,” she proclaims, leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind. She is currently the Alberta under 14 champion following the provincial tournament earlier this year at the University of Alberta and that victory punches her ticket to the national tournament in Vancouver this coming weekend against girls across Canada in the U14 age category. That prospect doesn’t scare her one bit as she was the provincial U14 champion at the tender age of 10 so she goes into the nationals filled with confidence, relying on what has allowed her to reach such a pinnacle in her career. “I have really good fight when I’m down,” she said. “I never give up and I’m really calm on the court.” Her favourite shot is what she terms a swing volley, which is when her opponent hits a high ball back and she will counter with a forehand or backhand out of the air.





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Local skeleton athlete perfects skills BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express Sliding down a hill in winter time is something most Canadian kids still do at some point in their lives but very few get to reach speeds of more than 100 km/h . For 16-year-old Jeremiah Huo of Red Deer, that is the number he passes when sliding down the track on his skeleton sled. “My best (speed) was about 118 kilometres,” he said. “It actually feels like nothing after you do it for awhile.” He was down in Calgary looking to try out for the bob sled racing but he was too young for that so skeleton was his next choice and he doesn’t regret it one bit. “So I took a few practice runs in the ice house which is just a mini hill with ice

and I practiced that and I was like, why not try the real thing?” The speed factor was a big influence for him to stick with the sport which he says is very technical, requiring some mental strength as well as the physical aspect.

YOU’VE JUST GOT TO LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR BODY IS SAYING SO YOU DON’T HURT YOURSELF. JEREMIAH HUO He says watching other competitors is a good way to get better as you see how they handle the track but you also have to stay healthy to compete. “We are going so fast and there’s so much pressure, so much force on your

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body, some days you think you can go for another run down the hill and you do it and get a giant migraine,” he said. “You’ve just got to listen to what your body is saying so you don’t hurt yourself.” He really likes training on the track at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary with Alberta Skelton members because of what it offers the athletes. “Our track is very technical compared to Whistler so it’s a really good development track to just in general learn different pressures and just learning about corners,” he said. “It’s a good starting track.” He was involved in a provincial race at the beginning of March in Calgary and placed 9th overall in what was his seventh race of his young career. “It was actually surprisingly pretty good. It was a pretty good day and it was almost my best.” Looking down the road Jeremiah says making it to the Olympics would be great but the immediate goal is a little more within his reach. “In a couple of years it’s just to go to different tracks in North America and try to race against other guys in North America first,” he said.

TEAM EFFORT - Dustin Eckstrand tells his team members Matt and Mike Danko to hurry the rock down the ice during a recent match at the Jack and Jill Bonspiel at the Pidherney Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express Centre.

Jays looking ahead to better days Last season the Toronto Blue Jays management team took a stroll through the free agent store and maxed out their credit card. It was a signal to their fans they we’re all in to win but instead their full house was beaten by a royal flush and by flush I am referring to a toilet. As in the season swirled its way into the sewer. In all fairness to the Jays brain trust, they could not have predicted the injury to Jose Reyes, the sparkplug of the offence, leaving him

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out of the lineup for quite some time. Nobody thought that knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey would have a knuckleball that didn’t knuckle. Some may have predicted a flop for Josh Johnson but certainly not to the extent that he would be hit harder and more often than the tee used in tee-ball. There were other failures in the system so once things started to fade to black, Blue Jay fans settled into next year mode and pondered what free agent wizard would be grabbed to lift the spirits of the fans. Alas, somebody had cut up the Jays’ credit card so the free agent mall was a no-go zone for the Jays. Yes they signed catcher Dioner Navarro but the Jays’ issue was more in front of home plate and not behind it so much. So this means whatever was already on the shelves in the winter was what was going to be served this spring. The starting rotation will have Dickey, Mark Buehrle and Brandon Morrow with the last two spots a bit unsettled but Drew Hutchison and Esmil Rog-


CLAGGETT ers might be the names penciled in. You can white out Rickey Romero and Marcus Stroman as they are minor leaguers now and J.A. Happ who owns an era which is closer to a phone number than a pitching stat could be on the bus as well. Gone is the revolving door at second base with young Ryan Goins taking the job to start the year. Moises Sierra and Anthony Gose will make it interesting in the outfield and a healthy Brett Lawrie should keep the offence less offensive. So without some big name free agent to focus on, Jays fans will see some fresh faces in the lineup and management is hoping this bunch pays and doesn’t put them in debt.

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WONDERFUL WALLS - This beautiful sitting room of a Broder Homes & Developments show home in Blackfalds features accented red walls which are offset by the white trim and furniture. Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express

Tips brighten up your home with spring’s arrival It is the first day of spring, yeah right! I’m sitting under a blanket watching a fist class blizzard outside my window. This has been the longest, coldest winter I can remember and I am so ready for it to be over. There are a few things that I have been doing to cope with the dull grey days. Citrus is my first defense, not only is it good for you but the scent helps to lift the spirits. Long after you have peeled an orange the fragrance stays on your hands and it is an instant lift when you inhale that wonderful aroma. Citrus peels are also fantastic to use in your sink disposal unit as it freshens and deodorizes the blades. Any tropical


MECKLER fruit scent will help to take you away momentarily as you inhale its wonderful aroma. Spend a little extra and pick up a passion fruit or pineapple and indulge in a tropical getaway. Be conscious of the light in your home, it can be tempting to shut the world out to avoid looking at the depressing snow but even that bright white light is great if it floods your home. Allow as much natural light as possible into your home and

make a point of sitting next to those exposed windows, even if you have to don fuzzy slippers and a blanket to enjoy the light! If you are itching to start spring planting but have to wait for those 5 ft. snowdrifts to dissipate, bring the outdoors in. I am not much of a gardener but I find that fresh flowers are especially important right now. Flowers like tulips and daffodils will bring an exciting burst of spring into your home. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, this would be a good time to start some bedding plants or herbs from seeds, the sun is warm enough to start developing those tender young plants in a south exposed window. The first sign of life will instantly revive

you long before any life starts showing outside. Where would an article of mine be without me talking about colour? It is officially spring so you are legally allowed to bring colour out in your wardrobe and your home. Paint those toenails bright coral and feel free to paint your bathroom that perfect shade of lemon yellow, what else can you do on a snowy day? Take that dark corner of your home and revive it with paint or some brightly coloured art, your spirits will be instantly revived. Bring back your favorite summertime food – true Canadians barbecue as soon as the snow is off their grill!

Nothing will feel more spring like than homemade hamburgers and corn on the cob. Toss up a fresh salad and then roast marshmallows over the bbq for s’mores. The time for hearty stews and comfort food is over. Why not push summer a little bit, even if your backyard is still covered with snow? The days are getting longer and it is warming up, even if it seems like Mother Nature is taking her sweet time. Just hang on a few more weeks and spring will arrive, it has to! Every year the anticipation seems almost unbearable but spring always arrives to our endless joy and delight. Kim Meckler is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.


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Is a Home Equity Line of Credit right for you? Taking a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of HELOC A Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) can be a great tool for a person looking at investing, ipping homes or just to be used as an open mortgage. But on the other hand, a HELOC can be a very dangerous mortgage.


BOURKE Let’s look at some of the HELOC’s features. A HELOC is fully open so it can be paid off with very little to no penalty. Some people use this as an advantage if they purchased a new home but currently have a home for sale that has not sold. Adding a HELOC to the purchased property makes it easy for a lump sum payment when the listed home sells. A HELOC is re-advancable. A HELOC will work

just like a credit card. As you pay the amount owing down, you have access to the funds again. This is one of those advantages that can be both a positive and a negative. On the positive side, if you are looking at purchasing a home to renovate and sell, you would only need to apply for the HELOC once. If you add this to your current home, you can use the funds to purchase a home and renovate it. When you sell the home again, pay off the HELOC and you are back to square one for the next one. On the negative side, depending on how you are with money this could get you into a lot of trouble. If you had $20,000 to $30,000 sitting available to you and you don’t think you could walk past that quad or boat that is for sale, this is NOT the product for you. Toys are fun, but is borrowing equity against your home the right way to get

it? Most HELOC’s have a minimum interest only payment. Again this is another good/bad beneďŹ t. If you look at our ďŹ rst scenario with the person that bought a new home but is still carrying his old home until it sells, an interest-only payment is a good thing.

‘AS YOU PAY THE AMOUNT OWING DOWN, YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE FUNDS AGAIN. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE ADVANTAGES THAT CAN BE BOTH A POSITIVE AND A NEGATIVE.’ Their intention is to put a lump sum against the home and, with possibly carrying two mortgages paying interest only on one could make it easier until it sells. On the negative side, I have also seen too many people adjust their lifestyle to the interest-only pay-

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ment and only make the interest payments. In doing this, you just make a mortgage a lifetime mortgage. If all you are doing is paying interest, obviously your principle is staying the same. In ďŹ ve years time you still owe the same amount. Depending on the lender you are with, some will only let you go interestonly for a certain period of time, before it needs to be locked in. This could really get you in trouble when your payment turns into a principle and interest payment and it doubles. HELOC’s oat on a variable rate. Most rates on a HELOC are going to be around prime +.50% to prime +1%. With prime today at 3%, this could put you at 4%. Most economists agree that the prime rate should stay steady until the spring of next year, but anything can happen.

If you have a $250,000 HELOC a 1% rate increase will bring your payments from $833 (approximate) to $1,041 (approximate). That is more than $200 extra in just interest per month. You can lock the rate on your HELOC. Most lenders will allow you to lock in a portion or the entire outstanding amount on your Home Equity Line of Credit. If you have a balance of $250,000 and you want to lock in $200,000 and leave $50,000 oating on the HELOC, you can do that. You can lock this in for a one to 10-year ďŹ xed rate at any time. The thing to remember on this is you are NOT locking in the rate your HELOC is currently at. You would be locking into the ďŹ xed rate mortgage that your lender is offering at that time. With most banks, after your ďŹ xed term is ďŹ nished, your mortgage goes back into the HELOC revolv-

ing portion. The interest is compounded monthly, not semi-annually. The interest you are charged gets added to your mortgage on a monthly basis versus semi-monthly like the ďŹ xed rates. If you are planning on doing a large lump sum payment to the Home Equity Line of Credit, this could work out alright. If you are looking to just carry this as a regular mortgage, this could work out to costing you more in interest charges. These are just a few of the advantages/disadvantages to a HELOC. There are many rules when it comes to qualifying to obtain one. You must have an excellent credit history, strong income and in most cases at least 35% equity with still one hold out in Alberta needing only 20%. Scott Bourke is a licensed mortgage broker in Red Deer with Dominion Lending Centres Regional Mortgage Group.

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