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PUBLISHED BY COPY WORKS DESIGN & GIFTS VOLUME 11.11

MEDICINE HAT`S MAGAZINE

“Interpretive Centre Article” 3 “Remember” 4 “Blue & Gold Macaws” 8 “Our Daily Bread” 10 “Winter Weddings” 12 “Blind Decorating for Christmas” 19


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MEDICINE HAT INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

emembrance Day will be on The Police Point Park Nature Friday November 11th. Centre will be Closed Friday More and more Christmas displays are popping November 11. up everywhere. It seems pretty standard to start setting up Christmas displays the day after Halloween. The commercialization of that holiday has gotten way out of hand and I don’t want to spend 2 months preparing for one holiday.

Understandably, the smaller company’s need to compete with the larger big box stores, but some see this as being disrespectful. For people that celebrate Christmas, the joy of that holiday should not outshine Remembrance Day. It would never even occurred to some that decorating before Remembrance Day could be considered disrespectful and I suspect there are many people who aren’t aware of this either. Personally I have always observed Remembrance Day and wear my poppy with pride. Standing in the crowds by the Cenotaph in Veterans Park gives me time to reflect, a day to honour our Canadian fallen heroes, veterans, the men and women who serve our country. A day to honour the sacrifices made by soldiers and their families in the name of peace and freedom from oppression. A day to remember how lucky I am, and a day to be proud that I am Canadian.

The Christmas Season is when we can celebrate what winter holds in store- snow, skis, sleds, warm drinks, icicles, glittering icecovered trees, fireplaces, snowmen, snowball fights, skating, that nip in the air that gives us a healthy glow, a refreshing walk in the cool crisp air, and looking for animal tracks in the freshly fallen snow in Police Point Park. And just because someone has put their decorations up early doesn’t mean they are disrespectful. I think they just really like Christmas. By Valerie Martins, MHIP, Natural History Interpreter

Police Point Park Nature Centre

Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday Sunday and some Holidays Nature Line: Phone:(403)529-6225, FAX:(403)526-6408

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MILITARY HUMOR The reason the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines squabble among themselves is that they don’t speak the same language. For example, take a simple phrase like,

“Secure the building.” • The Army will put guards around the place. • The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors. • The Air Force will take out a 5-year lease with an option to buy. • The Marines will kill everybody inside and make it a command post.

As Remembrance Day approaches I reflect on Canada’s latest fallen heroes in the Afghanistan conflict. No greater act of patriotism or sacrifice is offered than giving one’s life for their country. Those who have fallen did not know us but were willing to die for the ideals of freedom and democracy. Without knowing your name they gave their blood and last breath defending our families. Terrorists bent on world domination and the destruction of our way of life, stole them from their loved ones, our nation and the world. We are grateful beyond our ability to express for their actions. Yet others among us say we’ve no place in Afghanistan. Canada shouldn’t support the 35 countries operating in theatre choosing opportunity to berate George Bush. In World War One and Two, Korea and the numerous conflicts in which Canada’s been involved, there have ways been those who want freedom on the cheap. These Liberal NDP pacifists and enemy sympathizers are quite happy to leave the dying to some one else; all the while critical of those protecting their very right to spout their cowardice. They’ll point to lowly sports icons as heroes while listening to leftist celebrities disparaging government. The Taliban vote will definitely go their way. Each year at the cenotaph fewer veterans are with us while World War One vets are alive throughout our memories. I challenge any to read accounts of Victoria Cross recipients without shedding tears. They threw themselves on grenades, stormed machine gun nests or risked their lives saving comrades. These are the stories Canadians need to hear. Our important role of peace keeping is not our heritage but one of being a nation of warriors. Canadian soldiers were respected and feared by Nazis, Koreans and even North Vietnamese. Sadly some of the equipment used to day saw battle in Germany, to the shame of Liberal governments of Trudeau forward. Introduce your children to a vet and let them hear truth first hand. Next time a soldier stands in line behind you at Tim Horton’s, British or Canadian, buy their coffee and thank them.

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Military Truisms

• “Aim towards the Enemy.” [Instruction printed on US rocket launcher] • When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is no longer our friend. [From a US Field Manual] • Don’t ever be the first, don’t ever be the last, and don’t ever volunteer to do anything. • If your attack is going too well, you are walking into an ambush. • If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly. • The problem with taking the easy way out is that the enemy has already mined it. • Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than you are. • Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons. • Don’t draw fire; it irritates the people around you. • No combat-ready unit has ever passed inspection. • Any ship can be a minesweeper . . . . once. • If the enemy is in range, so are you. • Tracers work both ways. • Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. The bombs always hit the ground. • Five second fuses only last three seconds. • If you can see the enemy, he can see you. • Friendly fire isn’t. • Incoming fire has the right of way.

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BLUE & GOLD MACAWS

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.

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It sings because it has a song. The Blue and Gold Macaw is of the Parrot family, it is a rather large Bird, reaching from 30 to 36 inches long. It is from the South American Rain forest, and even though the rain forest is dwindling, is not considered endangered. Both male and female are colored the same, males faces sometimes flush a pink color when excited. They usually mate for life and rarely take another mate, if one should die. The pair can produce young after about 9 years of age, sometimes sooner, and sometimes later. They nest in tree holes in the wild, and large boxes or wine kegs in captivity. The birds have a very long life span, living well past 75 years if all it’s needs are met. They make good pets to an experienced bird person, as they can learn many words and whistles and sounds. To a inexperienced person, the screaming can drive you crazy, most of the time screaming is done for attention, which these birds require lots. This is not a condo or apartment type pet! The Blue and Gold Macaw, has a very varied diet, which is comprised of seeds, nuts, fruit (fresh & dried) veggies and pellets. It can not eat Cherries, avocado, caffeine, or chocolate, as their bodies cannot digest it, and it becomes toxic. As pets they can eat some pasta, and a bit of cooked chicken. Try to stay away from fatty foods as they can put on weight and suffer heart attacks just like us. The blue and gold will bond with it’s human owner, which can be as strong as a pair bond. Even after many years apart, the blue and gold will remember a owner, and respond as it did years before. They have 3 babies at a time, but must not be bothered while raising them, as they sometimes turn on the young when they feel threatened. They are very seldom available, and you probably will have to buy from a breeder. Some are available on selling sites, but beware of scams. Most breeders will want to talk or may want to interview you to see if their birds are right for you, and if you are right for their bird! For more info email: gz1806@telus.net. Next month - The White Peace Dove

- Chinese Proverb


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Bread

then take the bread out and listen the ows and aws as they gaze lovingly at that loaf of bread. Dish out the soup and enjoy.

Basic Bread

The history of bread dates back 30,000 years. “To break bread” is a phrase which dates back to biblical times, to this day the breaking of the bread holds special meaning for many families. When we talk about our grandmother or great grandmother, we remember those delightful smells in her kitchen. You’d be good all day just to get one of her cinnamon buns. Breads fascinated me. How a simple mixture of flour and water with yeast becomes a wonderful loaf of bread has always thrilled me. Raisins, dill, garlic, cheese, olives, onions, fruits, nuts, even chocolate can be added to this amazing delight. Add a stew or soup and you have dinner fit for a King or Queen. Now this is a great time to be outside enjoying the color show Mother Nature has on display. Why not take your family for a drive in the country. Fresh air, quality family time, and a color show to boot, does it get any better than that?

6 - 6 ½ cups flour 3 Tablespoons sugar ½ cup oil

Mix warm water, and sugar until dissolved, sprinkle yeast over water, make your soup, when you have a nice sponge add the water and oil, put the yeast, water, oil and flour in your mixer with a dough hook and mix until the bowl is clean and the bread is well kneaded. Don’t bother with letting it rise, (this will make 3 loafs of bread), put in loaf pans or why not make two loafs and treat the family to cinnamon buns with the other loaf, use your imagination and have fun, add olives or sun dried tomatoes, raisins and caraway seed are always a nice addition. The bread will rise in the loaf pans while you are out having fun. Put the bread in a cold oven set to 350 and bake approximately 25 min. Bread is done when it sounds hallow when tapped on the bottom. Now it’s said to let the bread cool, oh please, go ahead cut it, spread with real butter, and watch the delight the your family’s face. This is a rule worth breaking, now that’s a treat.

Well it could! Get the crock pot out, put together a soup or stew, and while you’re at it, make some bread to enjoy with the soup (Receipt to follow) Grab the family and go enjoy the day. Do you really think our pioneer sisters, sat around waiting for bread to rise? Of course not, and don’t you either, do something you like and let the bread take care of its self. Home again, tired and hungry, put the bread in the oven, pour yourself something nice to drink, clear the family table, put your feet up and listen to the sounds of the kids bickering, and your partner snoring, this sure sounds comfortable to me. In no time flat the bread is done, call the family to the table,

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3 Tablespoons yeast 2 cups water

Wala, Warm homemade bread.

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Until next time, Bon Appétit

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CHRISTMAS RIBBON CANDY In June 1986, F.B. Washburn Candy purchased Sevigny’s Candy, its major competitor in the ribbon candy business, making Washburn Candy the only major producer of this delicacy. The ribbon candy business has grown and the product is shipped throughout the United States and Canada.

Ribbon candy is a hard candy, typically between 4 and 6 inches long and about 1 inch thick. Flavors include peppermint, cinnamon, bubble gum, lime, berry and peanut butter. Ribbon candy has changed little over the years in its taste and design. True ribbon candy is pretty to look at and nicely decorates a candy dish. Ribbon candy is flattened, then folded up into a looped ribbon. It can be one color or a myriad of colors. It is often striped at the ends or in the middle. Ribbon candy is most popular at Christmas but can sometimes be found at various times throughout the year. Ribbon Candy is simply hard candy flattened out into long ribbons and then folded up like little puffs and twists. They’re usually pretty colors and often flavored according to those colors. The candy itself is kind of neat to eat. Messy, but pretty interesting. You can’t just break off a little loop, it seems for each loop that you want the other half is pulverized into shards as you break it off. A full ribbon, which is a little over an ounce and looks huge is only about 60 calories. So if you are looking for a little holiday indulgence that won’t fatten you up so fast, a couple of ribbons instead of a piece of pie ala mode might save you about 300 calories.

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Christmas Quotes

“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.” - Larry Wilde “A Christmas shopper’s complaint is one of long-standing.” Anonymous “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” - Norman Vincent Peale “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” “I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” - Harlan Miller “Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.” - Charlotte Carpenter “A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small.”- Eva K. Logue “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” - Peg Bracken “Something about an old-fashioned Christmas is hard to forget.” - Hugh Downs “Christmas, my child, is love in action.” - Dale Evans “What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” - Agnes M. Pharo “One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” - Andy Rooney “If there is no joyous way to give a festive gift, give love away.” - Unknown P. 11


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The first Christmas greeting by SMS was a simple ‘Merry Christmas’ In 2004, the German post office gave away 20 million scented stickers free to make Christmas cards smell like a fir Christmas tree, cinnamon, gingerbread, or a honey-wax candle This is the very first commercially produced Christmas card. It was drawn in 1843 by John Calcott Horsley of Torquay, England, at the request of Sir Henry Cole An average household in America will mail 28 Christmas cards each year and see 28 eight cards return in their place.

As early as 1822, the postmaster in Washington, D.C. was worried by the amount of extra mail at Christmas time. His preferred solution to the problem was to limit by law the number of cards a person could send. Even though commercial cards were not available at that time, people were already sending so many home-made cards that sixteen extra postmen had to be hired in the city. The first Christmas stamp was released in Canada in 1898 and not Austria in 1937 as some claim. England originated the Christmas card. They were invented by school boys who wanted to practice their writing skills. The boys would create Christmas greetings for the mother and father. The greeting “Merry Christmas” is preferred by 53% of us. 21% like “Happy Holidays” and 12% prefer “Season’s Greetings”.

• It’s okay if you’re a little bottom heavy. • Hold your ground, even when the heat is on. • Wearing white is always appropriate. • Winter is the best of the four seasons. • It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection. • There’s nothing better than a foul weather friend. • The key to life is to be a jolly, happy soul. • We’re all made up of mostly water.

Three Wise Women (as opposed to Three Wise Men)

Do you know what would have happened if there had been Three Wise WOMEN instead of Three Wise MEN? The WOMEN would have: 1. Asked directions, 2. Arrived on time, 3. Helped deliver the baby, 4. Cleaned the stable, 5. Made a casserole, and 6. Brought practical gifts (like diapers!)

• You know you’ve made it when they write a song about you. • Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize! • Don’t get too much sun. • It’s fun to hang out in your front yard. • There’s no stopping you once you’re on a roll.

Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents. At bedtime, the two boys knelt beside their beds to say their prayers when the youngest one began praying at the top of his lungs. “I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE.. I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE.. I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE..” His older brother leaned over & nudged the younger brother & said, “Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn’t deaf.” To which the little brother replied, “No, but Gramma is!”


ALL I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIFE I LEARNED FROM SHOPPING Get it now. Tomorrow it might be gone. If it’s on sale, you need it. Never ask your mother her opinion. You can always take it back. You’ll grow into it. Know when to yell, “Charge!” By the time you need it, you’ll lose ten pounds. If they’re working on commission, they’re lying. If you put it on your credit card, it’s not really spending money. Shopping is patriotic. It’s good for the economy. If you’ve still got checks, there must be money in the account. You can always get more credit. If you want it, you deserve it!


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nd Annual Home Business Christmas Show & Sale, November 26 from 9-3, Cypress Centre Pavilion. More than 50 Home Businesses. Door prize tickets in support of the Medicine Hat Food Bank and the Bitter Water Rescue Ranch.

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ldtimers Hockey Challenge, 23rd Anniversary. Legendary Hockey Heroes vs Medicine Hat Firefighters Hockey Team. Sunday, November 20 at 6:00p.m., Kinplex Arena. Tickets $20.00 each from Players Bench Sports, 541-2 Street S.E. or call 403-526-6904. In support of the Medicine Hat Firefighters Burn Fund.

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lues at the Bows- Historic Bow Theatre in Bow Island. Texas Roadhouse Blues by Smokin’ Joe Kubek featuring B’Nois King. Saturday, November 26. Show starts at 9:15 rush seating. For tickets or information call 403-545-2340. Sponsored by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

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eorge - A Heartwarming Drama with a Twist of Comedy written and directed by Debi Stodolka. Presented by The King’s Players and Glenview Nazarene Church. November 25, December 1, 2 and 3. Tickets $25.00 available at Glenview Nazarene Church or call 403-5299300 for more info. www.kingsplayers.ca

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Another season change is upon us and with it comes the concern on how to help keep our homes warm in the winter months. Budget Blinds have great custom made products to help with such concerns. Shutters reduce energy costs and increase home value. R value can be doubled by installing a shutter that creates a nonconductive air gap between the window and shutter surface. If you really want to save heat - and significantly reduce traffic noise so you can sleep at night - you’ll need to install insulating shutters. Perfect for any décor wood shutters are classic windows covering, yet their timeless elegance makes them the perfect choice for any style of home. Our real wood shutters are made from 100% North American hardwood. Shutters are available in stained and painted finishes that can be color-matched to your existing trim. Louver sizes are also a matter of choice, with 2 ½” louvers, 3 ½” louvers or the dramatic 4 ½” louvers. Custom shutters can be crafted to fit any window, including curved windows and windows with unique dimensions. Custom shutters are the perfect window treatment for those that enjoy sleeping with the window open, as it is the only window covering that won’t move in our gusty southern Alberta winds. Cellular shades have both light-filtering and room-darkening qualities. And while their design looks simple on the surface, look closer and you’ll see that cellular shades not only look great, they also have insulating properties. What makes cellular shades better for energy efficiency? Cellular shades trap air in the cells, (wood blinds have slats) keeping the warmth in and the cold air out in the winter months. In the summer these shades help keep the cool air in & the heat out. With energy-saving efforts on everyone’s mind, what could be sweeter? Cellular shades absorb sound to make rooms comfortable and cozy. Cordless shades meet the highest safety standards for keeping children and pets safe from harm. When choosing a cell size for your cellular shades, consider your window size. A 3/8” cell size is great for a small to medium sized windows, while a ¾” cell size complements large and oversized windows. Choose 3/8” double cell

for enhanced insulations and light filtration. Also with features like top down bottom up and continuous cord lift, there is no end to the cellular combinations you can have. The Eclipse shade offers endless choices for decorating windows. These shades are best know for their versatility – offering everything from softened view and UV protection to complete light and privacy control, by combining both pleated and cellular shades together. Motorization can change the light and climate control in your room with the touch of a button. Custom window coverings should not only look good they so also be functional. If you’re looking for coverings that are easy to operate and safer for children, pets, seniors and people with disabilities, you should consider a motorized window covering. Motorization virtually eliminates the use of dangling cords and allows you to adjust hard-to-reach windows with ease. Depending on the product, you can raise and lower coverings, tilt louvers or vanes and set your motorized window coverings on a timer to open and close when you’re not at home. Coming in the New Year to Budget Blinds is Somfy’s new ToHomA home automation system. This new system will allow you to control window coverings, lights, lamps and your heat and air conditioning systems without the expense of rewiring your home. Image having the ability to lower your window covering, turn on a entry way light and start the fireplace all on your way home from work with your smart phone. Customers often ask us how to introduce an accent color into the home especially for the holidays. An accent color should be repeated three times. Once on the floor, such as a rug, once in the middle, like with pillows and then once above eye level like in a valance. This helps your eye move through the room in a series and helps the room to flow better. For more information on shutters, cellular shades or any other products from Budget Blinds, call 403 580 3203 for your free in-home consultation, and together lets dress up your windows.

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