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IN THIS ISSUE 3. Thanksgiving Giggles, Turkey Facts 4. Interpretive Article, Turkey Terms 5. Community Events 7. Thanksgiving & Harvest Quotes 8. Thanksgiving Quiz 10. Wordsearch, Crossword 11. Letter From The Editor, Contest

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Asked to write a composition entitled, “What I’m thankful for on Thanksgiving,” little Timothy wrote, “I am thankful that I’m not a turkey.”

TURKEY Facts:

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and the butcher is just locking up when a man begins pounding on the front door. ‘Please let me in, ‘says the man desperately. ‘I forgot to buy a turkey, and my wife will kill me if I don’t come home with one.’ ‘Okay, ‘says the butcher.’ Let me see what I have left.’ He goes into the freezer and discovers that there’s one last scrawny turkey left. He brings it out to show the man. ‘That one is too skinny. What else you got?’ says the man. The butcher takes the bird back into the freezer and waits a few minutes and brings the same turkey back out to the man. ‘Oh, no, ‘says the man, ‘That one doesn’t look any better. You better give me both of them!’

• Turkeys are able to adapt to a wide variety of habitats. However, most turkeys are found in hardwood forests with grassy areas. • The best time to see a turkey is on a warm clear day or in a light rain. • Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead. • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining.

What key has legs and can’t open doors? A Turkey.

• Turkeys spend the night in trees. They fly to their roosts around sunset. • Turkeys fly to the ground at first light and feed until mid-morning. Feeding resumes in mid-afternoon. • Gobbling starts before sunrise and can continue through most of the morning.

Martha had a parrot called Brutus, the only problem was that Brutus cussed something awful. Now Martha was having her in-laws over for Thanksgiving, and so she needed to train Brutus quickly not to swear.

• A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing. Their field of vision is about 270 degrees. This is the main reason they continue to elude some hunters.

Just before her Mother-in-law was due Brutus cussed terribly, so Martha put him in the freezer for 2 minutes to literally cool off. Then she opened the door and took out the parrot along with the turkey. ‘And have you learned your lesson about cussing?’ Martha asked the parrot. Brutus the parrot took one look at the dead turkey and said: ‘I sure have. But I have one question, “What did the turkey do?” ’

• A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds. • Age is a determining factor in taste. Old, large males are preferable to young toms (males) as tom meat is stringy. The opposite is true for females: old hens are tougher birds. • A turkey under sixteen weeks of age is called a fryer, while a young roaster is five to seven months old. • The ballroom dance known as the Turkey Trot was named for the short, jerky steps a turkey makes.


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Canada celebrates Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. Our harvest season occurs earlier here during the year and it is for this reason that Canada celebrates its fall harvest or Thanksgiving before the US Thanksgiving. It is the day to give thanks for the bountiful harvest. Thanksgiving is also one of the few times of the year where we stop to appreciate just what extraordinary lives we live. We get a chance to count our blessings - not just food and friends, but satisfying work, our good health, the many shoes we have, and the roof over our heads many We carry a responsibility - to teach our children to be truly thankful. As part of being thankful for the season’s bounty Police Point Park celebrates fall with our “Annual Fall Festival” on Sunday September 19, from 10am to 4pm. Bring the kids to a fun in-thepark festival. Full of rich autumn not-to-be missed activities, decorative displays, and interactive events. Many are Free! Everything from face painting, kids crafts, games, treasure hunts, and buildyour-own scarecrow. Find some of the best local produce and preserves in our “farmers market.” Roast your own Hot Dogs over the open fire while you enjoy live entertainment. We are thankful 365 days of the year, and this year we wanted to thank some amazing people. On Saturday, October 2 here at the Nature Centre we are opening a new exhibit “Celebrating Friends!” An exhibit about Police Point Park and the special people that make it the wonderful place that it is. Opening Ceremonies at 1 PM. Valerie Martins, Parks Interpreter

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SEPTEMBER 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 403529-9114, Ray 403-580-2055 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 403-526-1025.

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s Drinking a Problem? Alcoholics Anonymous Medicine Hat 403-527-2065 Brooks 403-793-4796

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anadian Red Cross Society urgently needs volunteers. Call Debra (403) 526-3048

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H & District Live Music WESTERN MUSIC CONCERT - On Saturday October 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm, Medicine Hat College Theatre. Tickets are $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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his ONE Moment: Skills for Caregiving – an informative workshop for any individual providing care to a family member or friend. November 4, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Chinook Village, Terrace Room (2801 – 13 Avenue S.E.) This event is open to all types of unpaid caregivers, who deal with the daily stresses of caring for a loved one. For more information and to register, please contact

COMMUNITY EVENTS Melanie at the MS Society 403-529-6797. Cost: $15.00 includes buffet lunch.

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erman Canadian Harmony Club invites you to their annual Oktoberfest and the Club’s 50th Anniversary, Saturday, Oct. 2nd at the Harmony Hall in Redcliff. Cocktails at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 7:00 pm. Entertainment by the Calgary mixed Choir “Singgemeinschaft” and our Harmonie Choir. Dance to the music of the Harmony Band. For more info please call 403-5483556 or 403-528-3139.

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omen’s Cancer Support Group – a local group of women at all stages of their cancer journey. Come join our lively group! There are a variety of topics to discuss. Speakers, books, dvd’s and other resources are shared to ease the frustration of the information maze, but most of all we share trust, friendship and good humour. Every 4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Next meeting: September 22 at the Victory Lutheran Church, 2793 Southview Drive S.E. (Rides can be arranged). Need more information – call Alwyn 403-5264647 or Linda 403-526-8051.

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he Water Run ’10 – presented by Pinnacle International. Give the Gift of Water, Saturday, Oct. 9th at 10:00 a.m. (5,10K) and 10:10 a.m. (3K). The Water Run in conjunction with the YMCA and CHAT television are excited to be involved in raising funds to bring clean water to the Turkana people of Northern Kenya. You can make a difference; run, walk or sponsor a runner. The run starts and ends at the downtown YMCA. The gift of water is the gift of life. For more information go to www.thewaterrun.ca or call Ava at 403-487-3769. Nehemiah Construction Ministries.

CONGRATULATIONS

to Frieda Gehring on winning the Find the Horse Contest for one FREE Stampede Word Frame Art, valued at $40.00 from Copy Works Design & Gifts.

CRIME STOPPERS

Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving a theft over $5,000. Sometime between June 9, 2010 and July 9, 2010 unknown person(s) removed a 2004 orange Case 95 XT skid steer from the storm pond behind Wal-Mart, belonging to Industrial Backhoes of 102- 1686 32 St SW, Medicine Hat. The skid steer is estimated to weigh 9000 lbs and approximate value of $45,000.00. Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving a theft over $5,000. On July 18, 2010 at about 5:00p.m an unknown Dark male, entered Wright’s Jewelry located in the Medicine Hat Mall, 3292 Dunmore Rd SE and approached a show case cabinet. The male leaned over the counter and was able to open the cabinet obtaining 5-6 jewelry stands containing various diamond rings. Estimated loss to Wright’s Jewelry is $100,000.00 Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving a Mischief under $5,000. On July 5, 2010 at 9:30p.m a silver Jeep Liberty was reported driving in circles at a high rate of speed in the parking lot of Badger DayLighting at #4-3326 15 Ave SW. The resulting behavior sprayed rocks at the building which broke several panes of glass. Estimated damage is $600.00 Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving a robbery from an employee of the Silver Buckle located at 687 South Railway St SE, Medicine Hat. On July 2, 2010 at about 1150a.m the employee left the establishment and attempted to enter her vehicle when confronted by a Caucasian male, 5’9 with a stocky build and wearing a white t-shirt with a black touque and large sunglasses. The male demanded bags from the employee, one of which was her purse. Becoming inpatient, the disguised male utilized what is believed to be “Bear Spray” to incapacitate the victim. The male then fled on foot to the passenger side of a newer white Ford F250 truck, which was outfitted with a headache rack, and was believed to have blue decaling on the doors. The truck was driven by a second unknown male. Please visit Medicine Hat Police Website for news release and photo of person of interest to police in this matter. 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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A lot of Thanksgiving days have been ruined by not carving the turkey in the kitchen. ~ Kin Hubbard If you wish to make an impact for one year, plant corn; if you wish to make an impact for a generation, plant a tree; if you wish to make an impact for an eternity, educate a child. ~ Anonymous Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. ~ Og Mandino Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy. ~ Ralph Ransom Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart

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Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca If we say it long enough eventually we’re going to reap a harvest. We’re going to get exactly what we’re saying. ~ Joel Osteen Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted”. ~ David Bly He that has a good harvest must be content with a few thistles. ~ Spanish Proverb Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” ~ Jim Davis Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. ~ W. J. Cameron Who does not thank for little, will not thank for much. ~ Estonian proverb It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak. ~ Phyllis Diller I love Thanksgiving turkey...it’s the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~ W.T. Purkiser Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. ~ William Faulkner


THANKSGIVING QUIZ

1. When was the first Thanksgiving celebration? 2. Where was the turkey first domesticated? 3. What is a female turkey called? 4. What is a male turkey called? 5. What sound does a female turkey make? 6. What sound does a male turkey make? 7. How many feathers does a mature turkey have? 8. How fast can wild turkey run? 9. What is the name of the skin that hangs from a turkey’s neck?

10. Which country consumes the most turkey per year per capita? 11. What is the best way to defrost a turkey? 12. The Guinness Book of Records states that the greatest dressed weight recorded for a turkey is what? 13. The Horn of Plenty, or Cornucopia, which symbolizes abundance, originated in what country? 14. Which Western Ontario town is the world’s largest producer of turkey eggs? Answers: 1) 1621 2) Canada 3) Hen 4) Tom 5) Cluck 6) Gobble 7) 3,500 8) 25mph 9) Wattle 10) Israel 11) In the refrigerator 12) 39.09 kilograms or 86 pounds 13) Greece 14) Strathroy


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Interesting Stuff 1. Is it OK to baste my turkey with engine oil?

4. Should I leave the giblets in their plastic bag during cooking?

2. Should I carve my turkey with a 16in Redmax or should I get out my Stihl Electric Chain Saw?

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Down 2. Group of English protestants. 3. Fruit cooked in pastry 5. local inhabitants. 6. Port from which May flower sailed. 7. Ship on which Pilgrims sailed. 8. Grain plant, also called ‘maize’. 10. Season between summer and winter. 12. Big meal to celebrate something.


Letter from the Editor

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ATTITUDE

ith everyday life being so busy and so many ways to turn with so many draws from the world how is your attitude? Do you enjoy every day? Do you walk with a spring in your step? Or is everyday a burden? Do you live in the past or do you look forward to tomorrow?

– WHAT’S YOURS?

Just as a flower opens up ever so gently also does your attitude. You can’t force a real true smile on your face as you can’t force a flower to bloom. It must come from within – you must come to terms with yourself and your destiny to draw upon the strength and courage to absorb every moment of every day with the best of you. Whether you are at coffee with a friend, at work or at home – is your attitude controlling you or are you controlling your attitude. You will go through each day whatever it brings your way – with joy or with sadness or with anger – your choice. Spiritually you need to build your spirit as the mind can take you down. It is the strength of the spirit that makes the difference. What are you doing today to feed your spirit and not just your mind or body. In this day of communication the mind is being plummeted with so much from computers, internet, phones, tv, radio, newspaper all producing a flood of

wants and fear of disasters – how do you stay balanced? The answer – feed your spirit, draw from a strength and wisdom that is bigger than you. Attitudes can be affected by our personality, the environment around us, what we feel towards others, our selfimage, our experiences and growth, who we spend our time with, our beliefs and our choices. Your attitude can make a big difference in your life such as speaking positive victorious words instead of gloom and doom. Attitude is the outward fruit of the inward root, is it your friend or your enemy? You can change the course of your life by your attitude.

Editor Donna Bengert donna@copynet.ca

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