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NATURE AT THE STAMPEDE

SUPERSTITIONS

Wetlands are an important part of our environment. They are nature’s valuable tool in helping to control erosion and flooding. They are also home to many animals as there is plenty of food there. That’s why the Medicine Hat Interpretive Program from Police Point Park Nature Centre is at the Stampede. This year MHIP has a booth in “Country in the City” in Kinplex II. Check out the cool pond we have set up. There will be lots of hands on fun. Our Nature Interpreters will help guide you in looking for pond critters. There is much to learn about the relationship between plants, animals, and especially the microscopic creatures. Learn what their important role is in their home in the wetlands. So come on down and visit us at the Stampede. If the excitement of Stampede gets to be too much for you, come to Police Point Park to enjoy a quiet walk around the trails or come into the nature centre to view the nature displays. Displays change with the seasons, always something new! For information about any of our nature programs please call the Nature Line 403-529-6225 or contact us at mhip@natureline.info. Look for us on Facebook. Medicine Hat Interpretive Program is managed by the Grasslands Naturalists and is open year round for your enjoyment. Valerie Martins, Natural History Interpreter

An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse, named Buddy. He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull!” Buddy didn`t move. Then the farmer hollered, “Pull, Buster, pull!” Buddy didn`t respond. Once more the farmer commanded, “Pull, Coco, pull!” Nothing. Then the farmer nonchalantly said, “Pull, Buddy, pull!” And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch. The motorist was most appreciative and very curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times. The farmer said, “Oh, Buddy is blind and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn`t even try.

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Never kick a paper cup thrown down at a rodeo.

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Wearing yellow in the arena will bring bad luck.

Cowgirls often wear different color socks for good luck. If you compete with change in your pocket, that is all you win.

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Never read your horoscope the day of competition.

Never eat peanuts or popcorn in the arena. Always shave before a competition.

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Never walk when you can ride, and never stand when you can sit.

Most men are like a barbed wire fence, they all have their good points.

A man is not born a cowboy he becomes one.

Only a fool argues with skunks, mules or cooks.

Behind every successful rancher is a wife who works in town.

Tossing the rope before building a loop will not catch a calf.

Never squat with your spurs on.

Nobody but cattle know why they stampede and they ain’t talking.

Its a mistake to drive black cattle in the dark.

If the rodeo doesn’t kill you, the commute probably will.


Horse Facts

• A horse is usually not considered to be a “horse” until it is 5 years old. Before that, males are known as colts and females are known as fillies. However, it is still acceptable to call a colt or filly a horse.

• Anything under 14.2 when mature is usually considered to be a pony.

• A foal is a very young horse and can be either male or female.

• Horses cannot breathe through their mouths

• Horses height is measured in units known as “hands.” One hand is equal to four inches.

• The tallest horse on record was a Shire named Samson. He was 21.2 hands (7 feet, 2 inches) tall. He was born in 1846 in Toddington Mills, England.

• A horse is usually considered to be 14.2 (14 hands, 2 inches) or taller when mature.

• “Floating” a horse’s teeth means to file or rasp their teeth.

• The oldest horse on record is “Old Billy,” an English barge horse. He was 62 years old when he died, living from 1760 to 1822.


JULY 2010

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re You New to Medicine Hat? The Medicine Hat Newcomers Club Invites you to our Get Together the 4th Monday of every month at St. John’s Presbyterian Church located at 504 2nd Street SE (Entrance off 5th Ave. SE). Call Nick 403-529-9114, Ray 403-5802055 or Norma 403-504-9294.

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J’S Loan Cupboard needs volunteers to assist us in repairing, maintaining and loaning out medical equipment to the community. This enables our client base to stay at home instead of a care facility. We are located at #1, 749-14 Street S.W. Medicine Hat. Phone 403-580-5580. Open M-W-F from 10-2. If you can volunteer please apply at our location.

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unrise Observatory, Medicine Hat Astronomy Club. Come visit us! Drop in on Visitor’s Night or call to arrange a Group Visit. Thor at 403-5261025.

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s Drinking a Problem? Alcoholics Anonymous Medicine Hat 403-5272065 Brooks 403-793-4796

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H & District Live Music WESTERN MUSIC CONCERT Saturday October 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm Medicine Hat College Theatre. Tickets $10 available at Levinson Music & Bill desBarres office Co-op Mall. The concert will feature the Prairie Rose Band & Happy Gang. Special Guests - Keister Family Fiddlers from Chestermere

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he BMF Country Gospel Music Jamboree – August 1-2, 2010. FREE admission. Featuring Robert Larrabee, Elvis Impersonator. Mn’E, Edgar Boschee and Friends, Russell Scherer & Michael Brown, Cross Section, Harry & Gladys Rusk, Bob & Jodi Faith, Christian Cowboys and The Study Family & Natalie Dyck. Sunday 12:00 – 8:30 p.m. Monday 8:00 a.m.

COMMUNITY EVENTS to 8:30 p.m. Monday 8:30 a.m. Free pancake breakfast. Fundraiser barbeque donations. Phone 403-529-5267 or 403527-8439.

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lues at the Bow.com – Bow Theatre in Bow Island proudly presents the winner of five 2010 Maple Blues Awards – Best Entertainer, Electric Act, Male Vocalist, Harmonica and Guitar player PLUS 2010 Blues Music Award (Memphis) winner for Best New Artist – “Monkey Junk”. Saturday, Aug. 2. For tickets or information call 403-5452340.

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ONGRATULATIONS to Sarah McKee on winning the Find the Tie Contest for one FREE Custom Ceiling Tile, valued at $50.00 from Copy Works Design & Gifts.

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A cowboy was trying to buy an insurance policy. The insurance agent was going down the list of standard questions. “Ever had an accident?” “Nope, nary a one.” “None? You’ve never had any accidents?” “Nope. Ain’t never had one. Never.” “That’s hard to believe. No accidents at all?” “Well, a rattler bit me one time.” “Wouldn’t you consider that an accident?” “Nope! The varmint bit me on purpose!”

CRIME STOPPERS

Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving a theft under $5,000. Sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 and 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 unknown culprit(s) siphoned 1900 liters of diesel fuel from three parked semi-tractor shop trucks located at 21 Pembina Dr NE, Redcliff, AB. The approximate value of missing fuel is $1,750.00 Redcliff RCMP are looking for person(s) responsible for a break and enter causing damage. Sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Thursday May 21, 2010 and 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 24, 2010 several vehicles were vandalized and entrance gained to a workshop building located in Irvine, Alberta. Once inside the building, windows were broken and graffiti spray painted. Any information available regarding this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers. Medicine Hat Police and Crime Stoppers needs your help. Between June 19 and June 20, 2010 culprit(s) entered the fenced compound of Southland Motor Sports of 3141 Gershaw Dr SW, Medicine Hat and stole a green 2005 Yamaha 660 Grizzly valued at $4,800. It is believed the quad 4x4 was dragged to a location and placed into an awaiting vehicle. If you have any information to help solve this crime please contact Crime Stoppers. Redcliff RCMP and Crime Stoppers needs your help. Between Tuesday, June 1 and Friday June 4, 2010 unknown culprit(s) entered a property at Rattlesnake Lake. A used, blue and black Yamaha 3000 generator was stolen from this property with an approximate value of $2000. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2000.00 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Remember if you have any information about ANY crime, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, Use WEBTIPS at www.mhcrimestoppers.ca *8477-ROGERS  OR  #8477TELUS.  Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display or call trace.  You do not have to reveal your identity, and if your information leads to an arrest, you qualify for a reward!  Crime Stoppers is a community program that will pay cash rewards for information on any unsolved crime.

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COWBOY SLANG Onions - skunk eggs Beans - Pecos strawberries, whistle berries Biscuits - hot rocks, soda sinkers Molasses - lick, larrup Beef - slow elk Pancakes - splatter dabs, wheelers Coffee - brown gargle Gravy - Texas butter

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QUOTES

1. To a cowpoke what is a “snuffy”? 2. What is a poncho?

• Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.

3. What is a prairie tenor?

• Don’t squat with your spurs on.

5. When was the first Medicine Hat Exhibition held?

• Don’t judge people by their relatives.

6. What was candy floss first called?

• When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

7. William W. Kolb created what in 1908?

• Talk slowly, think quickly.

8. What is dipped in corn batter, deep fried and served on a stick?

• Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time. • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. • It’s better to be a has-been that a never-was. • The easiest way to eat crow is while it’s still warm. The colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller. • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’. • If it don’t seem like it’s worth the effort, it probably ain’t. • Sometimes you get and sometimes you get got.

9. Who invented the Ferris wheel? 10. How much did a rider pay for a ride on the first ferris wheel? 11. What is a revolving circular platform with horses and benches? 12. What carnival game has been around for more than 25 years? Answers: 1) A wild horse 2) A blanket you can wear 3) Coyote 4) Tumbleweed 5) Oct 14 & 15, 1887 6) Invented in 1897 and was called Fairy Floss 7) The red candy apple 8) Corn dog 9) George Ferris 10) Fifty cents 11) Carousel 12) Whac-a-Mole

• Never ask a barber if you need a haircut. • If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around. • Always drink upstream from the herd. • Generally, you ain’t learnin’ nothing when your mouth’s a-jawin’.

• If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there with ya. • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment. • When you give a personal lesson in meanness to a critter or to a person, don’t be surprised if they learn their lesson. • When you’re throwin’ your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else. • Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back. • The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket. • Never miss a good chance to shut up.

• The first gold strike in the Old West was made by Jose Ortiz in 1832 south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in what would quickly become the boom town of Delores. • Billy the Kid was born in New York City on September 17, 1859. • Established in 1827, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas is the oldest military post in continuous operation west of the Mississippi • Though the term “stick ‘em up” is widely used in Western films, it wasn’t actually coined until the 1930’s. • The famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral only lasted about thirty seconds • Sometimes cowboys referred to beans as “Deceitful Beans” because they talked behind your back • Jesse James, the most celebrated bandit in western history reveled in his notoriety and one time he even wrote his own press release about the robbery, which he handed to the engineer of the train before riding away with his men.

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• Tellin’ a man to git lost and makin’ him do it are two entirely different propositions.

QUiz

• Don’t interfere with something that ain’t botherin’ you none.

4. The Russian Thistle is better known as what?

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July 2010 - The Bullet  

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