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Beverly Celebrates 100th year of Remembrance — Virtually

Only the 18 Participants gathered at the Beverly Cenotaph as ceremonies were presented virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Remembrance Day Ceremonies were scaled down to only 18 people allowed within a fenced Memorial Park. Residents who usually turned out by the thousands were asked to stay home and watch on their computers as Global Edmonton Live Website telecast the event virtually. It was also presented on the Beverly Memorial Cenotaph Facebook page. The actual Beverly Cenotaph became a stage production for the virtual ceremony with the 18 bubble participants presenting the usual program. Bonnie Felker sang a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem and Joe Luce, Chair of the Remembrance Day Cenotaph Committee, delivered the opening welcome address and MC duties throughout the program. It was noted that, of a small town of merely 1,000 people including women and children, 170 men responded to the call and went to war. Our Honoured Hero’s, the names inscribed on the original granite portion of the Cenotaph, were read and acknowledged as the 28 men who did not return, but gave their lives for “King and Country”. A prayer was delivered by Capt. Helen Bennett and

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the Act of Remembrance poem “For the Fallen” was delivered by Honorary LCol. Gord Steinke. Fifteen Field Ambulance MWO Kris Porlier read “In Flanders Fields” followed by the “Last Post” by Bugler Capt. Page. After ‘Two Minute Silence’, “Lament” by Piper Cpl. Dilan Salvisburg followed by Reveille by Capt. Page were performed. Then, A Fly By occurred by RCAF 408 Squadron Griffon Helicopters with Honorary Col. J’Lyn Nye on board. On behalf of the Beverly Business Association and the Community, Mark Stephenson brought gwreetings and read the list of Wreath Acknowledgments of those who normally physically present wreaths. These Federal, Provincial and Municipal Government Representatives along with Community Leagues and Service Clubs were not permitted within the bubble of 18. Nor were City Councillor Tony Caterina, Member of the Legislative Assembly Deron Bilous and Member of Parliament Kerry Diotte, who recorded participatory speeches which were later added to the Celebration video presentation. Closing remarks and the singing of God Save The Queen brought the formal ceremony to a close.

“Seasons Greetings” “Thank You For Your Support!” All the partners in the Community News, would like to wish you all the best for the holidays and the coming New Year! To advertise or share your story, contact Kristel Cowley Email: kcowley@greatwest.ca Phone: 780-722-2590.

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Warm Holiday Wishes

The holiday season is the time of year when we typically gather with friends and family, come together in celebration, and enjoy each other’s company. This year will be different as we keep to our small Covid-friendly bubbles and avoid larger gatherings. We want to make sure the holiday spirit lives in our neighbourhood, albeit in a different way this year. To that end, we are creating a Holiday Display Map. If you would like your holiday display to be included on the map, please email us your location and we will put it on the Holiday Display Map. This way we can walk our community and enjoy the lights while staying in our little cohorts. We will post the map on our website. Please email us at: contact@beaconheightscl.ca.

CASINO Volunteers Needed Jan 5 & 6

On the heels of a terrible 2020, we are lucky to have a casino in 2021. Did you know that funds we receive from this casino can be upwards of $70,000? Those funds, dispersed by the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission, can be used to help with the operational costs of our rink and community building. They are ‘restricted funds’ meaning we can only spend the money in particular ways and our rink building is one of those ways. So this casino and the funds garnered from it will go a long way for our community. Something you may not know is that casinos in Alberta have to be operated by nonprofit organizations on the days they operate. The rationale behind this isn’t of particular impor-

tance to us as a community league. What is important is that we have enough volunteers to run the casino on our designated days. By providing volunteers, we can assure the casino operates and then receive our share of the profits. The ask: we need volunteers. The casino is January 5 & 6 and is at Century Casino at 13103 Fort Road. Shifts take place anywhere from 9 a.m. until 4 a.m. so there are a number of time slots to choose from. If you are interested, please connect with Lee, our casino chairperson at cleespeed@gmail.com. We need your help, please! Also, re Covid-19, Century Casino has its guidelines on their website at cnty.com/edmonton/covid-19.

CHRISTMAS HAMPER ANGEL We have a tremendously kind person in our midst who has taken it upon herself to collect and disperse needed food items. She is now collecting for holiday hampers. The Beacon Heights Community League board of directors passed a motion in November to donate $500 to this cause. Typically the board has a gathering and celebrates a year of accomplishments and hard work; this year we thought differently and made this donation instead. If you’d like to donate to this community food pantry,

message Jessica Kinsella on Facebook at Beverly Heights Community League (Public Group). Also, please respect that individual services like this are meant to be only for one-time or short-term help. If you need assistance or support on an ongoing basis, there are agencies and organizations in our city set up to provide that like: Sage Seniors Association, Christmas Bureau, Edmonton Food Bank.

HOW TO KEEP THE KIDS BUSY THIS WINTER

With Covid keeping us in our small bubbles, it can seem daunting for parents to keep the kids busy. We’ve compiled a list of things to do, some in our neighbourhood, some in Edmonton.

Indoor

• Make food together. Bake cookies! • Make snow angels. • Read books. Take a walk to the Little Free Library near you. There’s one in Beverly and one in Highlands. • Make playdough from scratch. Google recipes. We found this easy one: 1/2 cup of salt. 1/2 cup of water. 1 cup of flour (for mixing in the dough) plus 1/2 cup more for sprinkling/kneading. Food coloring (optional) • Build a fort. ‘Paint it’ with spray paint. (food colouring and water in a spray bottle) • Learn about another culture’s holiday traditions. Use Google to search crafts or holiday traditions you can do that are age-appropriate. Continued on page 3


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Outdoor

• Toboggan (consider Bergman Park, Abbottsfield Park and of course Rundle Park) • Make snowflakes or garland chains from scrap paper. • Visit the library.

• Make handmade cards to deliver to your neighbours and bring some holiday cheer. • Snowshoe/ski/skate. (consider Rundle Park if its open) • Take a walk at Rundle Park. • Take a walk and play I Spy.

WE CAME TOGETHER, APART Summer wasn’t typical for us but some of our community members came together in a safe way. Misery Mountain Boys performed in a front yard and neighbours brought food and drink for themselves and sat in their cohorts to enjoy. A great way to come together as a community, albeit apart.

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Taste of Candora To the Beverly community, The Candora Society is still here to help! We recognize how challenging and stressful things have been over the last many months, and that support, kindness and connection is needed now more than ever. So please know we are still here to help! We too, are navigating this pandemic in the most safe and thoughtful way we know how. We have had to make some changes to the day to day operations and move several programs on-line, but the compassion and heart we have for our community remains the same. In light of the new restrictions, and to ensure the safety of our community, participants, and staff, we ask community members needing support to call the office to book an appointment or receive support over the phone whenever possible. Our Family and Community Resource Staff are available in our main office located in #262 of the Riverview Crossing Mall 3210-118 Avenue. They are ready to support and help you with a variety of resources, supportive listening, filling out and faxing forms, or talking with others on your behalf. We would also like to take this opportu-

nity to let you know that we are offering some exciting new activities through our Discovery Centre. Our new Family Wellness Facilitator will be offering a variety of parent education sessions that will include; unstructured play, managing stress during Covid-19, coffee talk, cooking lessons and other activities to keep families connected over the winter months. Our Family Wellness Facilitator is located #210 in the Riverview Crossing Mall 3210-118 Avenue and is ready to help you all with a variety of community resources, supportive listening and parent education and support. To reach Sam, call 780-474-5011, email sam.trudel@candorasociety.com or you may also visit our Facebook page to complete our survey called Candora parent/caregiver survey this will help us to provide the best programs possible! We hope everyone in our beautiful community stays safe and healthy this holiday season and we look forward to sharing all the exciting things that are to come. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy and healthy New Year. May 2021 be a prosperous year!

Health for Two Candora’s Health for Two and More Program Will be coming soon, please check the website and social media for more information and start dates for registrations

Candora’s Closet! Due to Covid-19 our clothing closet is not running, please check back in the spring to see when this wonderful program will return.

Indigenous Creations Due to Covid-19 our Indigenous Creations is not running, please check back in the spring to see when this wonderful program will return.

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Beverly Heights COMMUNITY LEAGUE Website: beverlyheights.ca Facebook Page: Beverly Heights Community League (Public Group) Main Hall and Family Centre: 4209-111 Ave 780-477-2459 Sports (Rink) Building: 10906-40 Street 780-477-5318 General email: volunteer.BHCL@gmail.com Membership: membersbhcl@hotmail.com Rental Inquiry: rentals.bhcl@gmail.com Let’s stay connected! On behalf of the Beverly Heights Community League board, I would like to extend a thank-you to our members for watching out for one another, offering help, and keeping safe and connected within our community. Although this has been a challenging year, I am encouraged by the compassion, generosity, and positivity shown by our community members in sharing free items, donating to food hampers, brightening our windows with artwork and checking in with neighbours. As we move into winter, we hope you stay safe and please reach out if you need a helping hand. The community league hall and family centre remain closed to rentals until further notice. Programs, events, and the Beverly Active Senior Society (B.A.S.S.) gatherings are on hold at this time. The decision about opening the rink will be made at the December 8th board meeting. Details will be shared on our website and on Facebook. Happy, Joyous, Merry! Wherever you are, whatever you celebrate - we are so thankful for you. Happy Holidays from the Beverly Heights Community League. Join us on Facebook! Although we cannot gather in person, our community spirit is alive on our Facebook page! Search “Beverly Heights Community League (Public Group)”. Simply request to join and you will be asked simple membership questions. We regularly share events, activities, and news stories of interest to our community and it is a great way to keep connected. Community Conversation: Every Sunday watch for the Community Conversation to be posted on Facebook. At 9pm Thursday one winner will be randomly chosen from all the comments on the current weeks’ conversation (including comments on comments) and the winner will receive a BHCL reusable bag! Neighbourhood Window Art: Join us in brightening our windows to entertain those out for walks! Every two weeks we have a new, suggested, window art theme - or you can come up with your own idea. New themes will be shared on Facebook for the new year. -Dec 14: Christmas / Seasonal Celebration Window Art -Dec 28: Ring in the New Year! Window Art (Celebrations, resolutions, dreams, hopes…) -Jan 11: Sunshine and rainbows - anything bright and cheery! Monthly eNewsletter A new monthly Beverly Heights Community League “Community Connections eNewsletter” has launched. Visit beverlyheights.ca and click “about us”, “newsletters”. The link will be posted on Facebook and emailed to those on our membership email list. Would you like to be added to the email list? Email volunteer.BHCL@gmail.com. Check out the November issue for a listing of helping organizations/services in the area. AGM The Beverly Heights Community League Annual General Meeting was held on September 15, 2020. Some board members stayed on, some moved on, and some new members were elected. As always, we want to acknowledge the volunteers who give their time as executive members and directors on the community league board - your commitment through the years is an inspiration. Thank you! The next Annual General Meeting is planned for Tuesday, April 13, 2021. The 2020/2021 board EXECUTIVE: President: Jim Trudel Vice-President: Sheri Grist Treasurer: Jackie Ewanchuk Secretary: Jason Burgardt Past President: David Grist DIRECTORS: Civic Affairs: Chris Keeler Facility Maintenance: Alvin Ewanchuk Fundraising: Tracey Hirtle Membership: Crystal Boyde Neighbourhood Watch: Jackie Ewanchuk Publicity & Communications: Tracey Hirtle Rink Director: Nathan Tuckwood Playground Representative: Noma Morrisey Programs & Social: Crystal Boyde Sports: Vacant Variety Show: Chris Keeler The elected volunteer board is tasked with the community league business, including managing and maintaining our recreation centre and sports building, offering events, programs, and fundraising. Continued on page 6

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The board hosts monthly meetings at 6:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month. Community league members are welcome to attend the monthly meetings. Attendees are required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing protocols. Do you have questions for the board? Feel free to email Volunteer.BHCL@gmail.com or visit our website beverlyheights.ca Get your 2020/2021 Community League Membership Your Community League membership card is valid from September 1 to August 31. Visit beverlyheights.ca/memberships/ for membership benefits and more information. Price: $25 Family $15 Single $5 Senior Get your 2020/2021 Membership Need a membership? Email Crystal at membersbhcl@hotmail.com. Once your information is confirmed she will review your payment options - send an etransfer to treasurer.BHCL@gmail.com or drop off/mail a cheque (payable to Beverly Heights Community League). Once payment is received your card and skate tags will be delivered! Memberships are also available at Edmonton Servus Credit Unions or online at EFCL.org (service charge will be applied). Beverly Heights Variety Show Update (by Chris Keeler) COVID-19 has had a significant impact on all our lives including the volunteers, cast, crew, and of course the fans of the Beverly Heights Variety Show. Normally at this time of year the organizing committee would be actively working with the writers and directors to produce the upcoming season’s show. Volunteers would be recruited and the excitement would be building. Unfortunately, for the first time in fifty years, the ability to plan and produce this annual fund-raising event has been hampered by COVID-19 restrictions. The current mandatory and voluntary public health measures designed to limit the spread prohibits this

The incredibly talented Beverly Heights Variety Show 2020 Cast size of gathering. As a result, formal plans have been put on hold with the hope that at some time in 2021 we might get together again. Stay connected! Facebook: Beverly Heights Variety Show (https://www.facebook.com/bhvarietyshow), Website: beverlyheights.ca/variety-show/, Email: varietyshow.bhcl@gmail.com City of Edmonton Winter Fun! Front Yards in Bloom: Winterscape encourages Edmontonians to celebrate winter in the city and to keep our neighbourhoods looking beautiful! Create a winterscape in your front yard, community hall, office/business building or school by decorating using snow, ice, natural objects and lights. You can nominate your own winterscape or someone else’s! A city-wide contest opens in mid-January 2021 with weekly prizes for best front yard winterscapes. www.edmonton.ca/winterscapes

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Exchange Contact Information: COVID-19 has put a damper on block parties and other ways to connect with neighbours. To help keep your street safe, consider dropping a note in your neighbour’s (or whole block’s) mailbox to exchange contact information. If anyone sees anything amiss or suspicious, they can call or text each other as well as contacting police if warranted. #WALKYOURBLOCK: Another great initiative through Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch is the Walk Your Block program. Neighbours can register, then log each time you walk your block. You can walk together or take turns - more activity is a deterrent to crime. This is not an organized citizens patrol, does not require a screening process or membership. Learn more about registering for the “Walk your Block” program at Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch. Continued on page 7

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Report Crime: Remember if you see something suspicious report it by calling 780-423-4567 or on the EPS Mobile App. If you see a crime in progress call 911 and do not engage. It is better to be a good witness than an injured victim. #9PMRoutine: Check that your property is secure each evening before you go to bed. Check the garage (doors closed and locked), vehicles (windows closed, valuables removed, doors locked) and home (doors locked, valuables out of site, accessible windows are closed and locked). Rundle Heights Park Redevelopment Committee The current playground on 34 Street and 109 Avenue was built in 1989 and is in desperate need of an overhaul. Our goal is to create a safe and inclusive location for all the area families and residents to gather and enjoy. The playground and park areas are used by both neighbouring schools; Ivor Dent School and St Jerome Catholic; plus many local daycares, dayhomes, youth organizations, and residents of both Rundle Heights and Beverly Heights. 50/50 Fundraiser Winner! Congratulations to the winner of the 50/50! At the time of publication, the draw had not been made, but the jackpot is over $5,100. Thank you to all who supported this fundraiser - this is a great start to meeting our fundraising goal! Donate your bottles: Drop off your bottles at the Beverly Bottle Depot and ask that the proceeds are added to the Rundle Heights Park Project. Your donation adds up! Committee volunteers needed: Join the working committee and help support our park project and our community! The Rundle Heights Park Redevelopment Committee is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteers from Ivor Dent and St Jerome schools, as well as members of the Beverly Heights Community League and community. Email stjeromeparentcouncil@gmail.com for more information about the project and upcoming meeting dates. Stay in the loop: Facebook: Rundle Heights Park

Redevelopment Website: beverlyheights.ca/rundle-heights-park-redevelopment/ Abundant Community Edmonton Beverly/Rundle Hello Neighbours, Many of you may have heard the term Abundant Community, and have seen online posts about Neighbouring, but what exactly is it? And why? Abundant Community is an initiative that is based on research of what makes a healthy, thriving community… well…healthy, and thrive. We know that tight-knit neighbourhoods are safer and have less crime, kids have improved school attendance and outcomes, and all members, particularly seniors, are physically healthier. The presence of a support system improves everyone’s mental health. Local businesses are more successful, and informal exchange of goods and services increases the health of the community economy. But how do you create this? The book “Abundant Community” by John McKnight and Peter Block explains it well. Fortunately for us, Edmontonian Howard Lawrence (of Highlands), was inspired by the book and started a pilot project in 2013 called Abundant Community Initiative in Edmonton. The City of Edmonton now sponsors this to take shape in every neighbourhood. The idea is that local residents have gifts, skills, abilities, and knowledge, and that they are willing

to share these to improve their community. How do you support people to share these? You do it one block at a time. You find one person on every block who is willing to be a ‘connector’, who will reach out to meet, and encourage each other to meet folks on their block. Then you have someone who can check in with Block Connectors to share information (that’s me - a Neighbourhood Connector) and we build a foundation of strengths in our community to be shared with one another. I am accountable to a Support Team of neighbours; Ann Nicolai, Jesse Edgington, Debra Jakubec, and Chris Keeler; who help steer and support our progress. What I love the most about this endeavor is that the form it takes is completely unique to our community. We unofficially launched on January 2nd this year with a (packed) House Concert at Chris Keeler and Cat Brooker’s home featuring musician Danielle Knibbe (look her up – she is amazing!). Plans for our second indoor group event were redirected in March due to Covid-19, so we invited neighbours to deliver a small posey of fresh flowers to folks on their block as a reminder we are connected as a community. The response was overwhelming! We ran out of flowers faster than we could have imagined. Continued on page 8

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Over the summer Abundant Community took on a pilot project of a pop-up community garden located in the school yard on 34 St. which had so much interest we actually got more than the maximum allowed plots from the city (shhh...don’t tell). On October 3rd, we offered Coffee and Cocoa in the Park at John J. Olinyk Park where we handed out masks, flyers, and hand warmers to Block Connectors who delivered them to their neighbours. The Beverly and Rundle community is full of kind, caring and generous people who support one another, and we know it does not require an event for neighbours to say hi and check in. There are hundreds of examples of neighbours reaching out to neighbours sharing stories, gardening tips or plants, creating a mini-libraries, and food hampers, or sometimes helping others get groceries or get to medical appointments. We know it is the small gestures that have big rewards. Would you like to be your block’s connector? It’s an informal role that requires nothing more than a friendly hello and introduction to the folks on your block, and maybe a safe, outdoor, get together like coffee in the driveway. Feel free to call or text for more information. As your neighbour, and on behalf of the support team, I would like to thank everyone for your encouragement and support of strengthening our community. This community is so amazing, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Keep Neighbouring! Rayna Haythorne neighbouringbeverly@gmail.com 780-710-5777 (call or text) https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/for_communities/abundant-community-edmonton.aspx

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Beverly Farmers’ Market Operates During 2020 With Covid-19 Restrictions We can’t go any further without firstly, thanking all of our customers who supported us during 2020. We moved to a larger location to permit us to double in size with absolutely acres of parking. We were rewarded with at least triple the customers and all said they loved the new location and spaciousness of the new market. Little did they know is that part of the spaciousness was due to the new Covid-19 requirements. Distancing was paramount as each vendor had to be spaced at least 6 feet from the next and we had to allow 2’ for a shopper at a stall, 6’ away for the next shopper in queue and 10’ for safe walking with- Our ‘Distancing Ferries’ out being too close to shoppers waiting in line. This totals 18’ and due to two rows of vendors, the total space between rows was 36’. No Buskers and no tables to eat at or sit and visit with your neighbors. All we were allowed is to encourage people to shop briefly and we apologize for that. That’s not what we are all about. Creative Customer Builds Sign Continued on page 11

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Norm, the sanitizer & distancing reminder.

We are about ‘stay & visit with your friends & neighbors’ but to be open we had to follow the new regulations. Perhaps by the time we are open in May of 2021, things will have changed. We had to control the entrance and have a separate exit, maintain an entrance sanitizing station and ensure that no more than 100 patrons were on site at any one time. Once our plan was reviewed and approved by AHS, it was full speed ahead to operate from May 17 to October 6. We needed a full time counter (Alex) and two volunteers (distancing ferries Alene & Edie) to remind people to distance themselves in line-ups and generally obey the

Covid-19 rules. We all survived! No one contracted Covid-19 and no cases were traced to the market. The positive of this great support is that we then drew double the vendors from previous years and all were happy with attend this market. In other words, larger customer base and support draws more vendors offering unique products for customers to enjoy. In anticipation of next year, we hope to be in the same location, offering farm and oven fresh products for healthy eating. Thank you again for your great support! See you next Year!!

Alberta Needs a New Economic Direction

By Deron Bilous, MLA for Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview

For decades, governments in Alberta have spoken about the need to diversify our economy. I was honoured to be part of a former government that didn’t just talk the talk, but supported our oil and gas industry while also investing millions into other industries to grow them, creating more jobs for residents of Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview and other Albertans in the process. The current government has removed almost all of those programs. Along with my colleagues, I continue to stand up for Alberta and for economic diversification, and am committed to engaging Albertans in a discussion about the future of our economy. As your MLA, a large part of my role is to represent your thoughts and concerns in the Legislature. You can help me better advocate for eco-

nomic growth in northeast Edmonton by visiting AlbertasFuture.ca and providing your input on Alberta’s economy. This initiative includes several proposals designed to get the economic conversation off the ground: hydrogen, geothermal, childcare, technology, small business supports, and more, with more being added all the time. Alberta’s recovery and growth must be focused on economic security for all Albertans, meaning new, long-term jobs that sustain communities and support families. I have heard from many of you who are worried about job prospects once the COVID-19 pandemic ends, and I have been advocating that our economy must work for everyone, not just those at the top. Rather than looking at diversification as an either-or idea, I believe a rising tide lifts all ships. Recent advancements in technology, including machine learning and AI, do not replace our resource sector, but work with it to make it better.

Many of the priorities on the Alberta’s Future website work in conjunction with others, and together these initiatives can support private sector growth and build a path to the top, where everyone gets a fair shot at success. Alberta’s greatest resource is not the oil and natural gas we’ve been fortunate enough to live under and benefit from – in my time in politics, I’ve discovered that it’s the people who drive Alberta’s economy more than any one resource. I put my faith in the future of Alberta’s economy in hardworking Albertans, and will continue to represent these goals in the Legislature on your behalf. As always, you can submit your ideas to me either through my constituency office or on AlbertasFuture.ca and together we can build a strong, lasting economy. This is a paid column.

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Beverly Memorial Park and Cenotaph History The small mining community of Beverly was incorporated as a town in 1914 and that same year, nobly responded to the call for men to the First World War. Evidence of this response is shown on the Town’s Honour Roll and the names inscribed on the Memorial Stone. With the war over in 1918, the survivors returned to Beverly determined to build a better community. It is in that state of mind that a group of veterans founded an association based on brotherly love; and endeavoured to assist the returned soldiers to adjust themselves to civilian life. Thus was the humble beginning of the Beverly Veterans’ Institute, which was registered under the Companies Act, April 9, 1920. During the first months of the organization it was decided to lay plans to erect a fitting Memorial in tribute to the comrades who gave their lives for ‘king and Country’. A memorial fund was opened and subscription lists were circulated to raise enough money for the project. One of the Charter Members, Thomas R. Dando generously donated two lots for a Memorial Park on which to erect a Cenotaph. Due to the generosity of Mr. Dando, the project got started. The response for funds from the Community was most gratifying and months of work brought the Memorial Park and Cenotaph into reality. On October 17, 1920, less than two years after forming the association, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Honourable G. Brett unveiled the Cenotaph and dedicated the grounds in a colourful ceremony. Every year since the Cenotaph was built and dedicated, a Remembrance Day Ceremony was held on November 11th. Many of those years, a parade was held where all participants marched to the Cenotaph as depicted in the

Massive Crowd Turned Out For Newly Built Cenotaph Unveiling, and Dedication, October 17, 1920

picture below. For the past many years, a service was held at Maranatha Christian Reform Church followed by a marching parade to the cenotaph where additional Ceremonies are held. After WWII, the Town doubled the size of the Memorial Park with the addition of two adjoining lots. The Cenotaph was moved to a more central location and the names of the men from Beverly who gave their lives in the Second World War were inscribed on a tablet and attached to the monument. On October 5, 1958, there was a re-dedication of the Beverly War

Memorial. His Worship, Mayor John Sehn unveiled a tablet in honour of the Beverly men “who gave their lives so that we might enjoy freedom”. In 1961, the City of Edmonton annexed the Town of Beverly and the maintenance of the park and Cenotaph became the responsibility of the Parks and Recreation Department. Annual flower beds were planted at the site, which was intensively landscaped with shrub beds and several park benches. Continued page 13


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Beverly Remembrance Ceremony, November 11, 1933

By early 2000, the Cenotaph was in decay as nothing was done by the City to maintain the monument since amalgamation in 1961. The Remembrance Day Committee formed a Cenotaph Revitalization Committee with the intent to rebuild and raise the Cenotaph & Pad, add new sidewalks and brickwork. With the support of the Beverly Business Association, our City Councillors and the Community League, the work began to design the project, determine the costs and seek funding from various levels of government and private donations. On stage were special guests from the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Rotary Club N.E., the Military and members of the Business and Residential Community along with the Cenotaph Rehabilitation Committee, who all were involved in the rehabilitation of the Memorial Park and Cenotaph. A footnote here is, that to go forward the Committee applied for historic status for the Memorial Cenotaph & Park. This became a unique process as The City of Edmonton previously only established buildings as historic sites. The application was finally approved and came with the first funding of $50,000.00 from the City for Historic sites rehabilitation fund. Based on preliminary tenders, it was estimated the total project cost would be approximately $387,000. Other grants from the Government of Canada-Veteran’s Affairs, the Community Facility

Enhancement Program funded by provincial lotteries and service club donations as well as private donations were being pursued. The Rotary Club of Edmonton N.E. came forward with a $150,000 from their ‘50th Anniversary Legacy Project’ which completely funded the Memorial Park Rehabilitation. Construction could now begin during the 2016 season. With construction complete, a rededication was held on June 24, 2017. The RCMP Pipe band marched into the Cenotaph at 1:50 PM on a warm June afternoon, to signal the commencement of the event. Lt. Governor Lois Mitchell took the stage for the “Vice Regal Salute”, then delivered a special message. Along with Cenotaph Committee Chair, Joe Luce’, Lt Governor Mitchell unveiled the royal blue draped Cenotaph, then laid a wreath in memory of our fallen. Special guests who delivered greetings from all levels of Government were MP Kerry Diotte, MLA Deron Bilous and City Councillor Tony Caterina. Following was a greeting from Loie Unwin, President of the Rotary Club of Edmonton N.E. who not only congratulated the committee on their achievement but also dedicated the park to the youth of the Community by reading the words, which are now inscribed on a plaque attached to one of the entrance pillars: “This park is dedicated to the current and future generations of children and youth living in

the neighborhoods that comprise Beverly. May the memories of selflessness and dedication captured here inspire love and pride in our community. May the programs, activities and peaceful times you spend in this

park inspire you to lead and to participate in making our community a great place to live.” “O Canada” after the “Vice Regal Salute” and closing the event with “God Save the Queen” were sung by Bonnie Felker.


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HANSON FAMILY

compiled and written by Lonnie Hanson It was between 1910 and 1911 Alfred Hanson and old-time friend John Hallstrom wandered and worked together in the United States and would both end up settling in Beverly. John Hallstorm worked with the drainage and surveying of the land helping to get Beverly started. Meanwhile, Alfred Hanson returned to Bollnas, Sweden (he was born here in 1874) to fetch his bride Anna Katrina Magnusson whom he married in 1913 and brought back to Canada. Alfred applied for a job at the time John Hallstrom was working in Beverly. Alfred got a job at the Beverly Coal Mine and worked his way up to foreman. He worked there until he took ill with pneumonia. This took his life at forty-six leaving two young boys Herbert Gustave age 7 and Elmer Alfred age 4 and his wife Anna Katrina to carry on in the old homestead located at 4840-115 Avenue where Herbert was born on October 23, 1913. Anna survived by selling the eggs from her chickens and milk from her two cows to surrounding neighbors and these were delivered by her two sons Herbert and Elmer. This was done on a rotation basis taking full bottles of milk to their customers while bringing back the empty bottles to once again be filled. As the years went on both Herbert and Elmer attended the old brick school in Beverly. They stayed close with their mother who was able to cloth and feed them on a very small income. Anna was active in the Beverly area after the passing of her husband and was awarded “Citizen of the Year “ for her toiling effort in the town of Beverly. Anna passed away on April 11, 1946 at age 76 years this was devastating to her two sons Herbert and Elmer. Herbert met and married Florence Mortson from Waskatneau on November 16, 1940. They eventually had two son’s Dennis born May 22, 1944 and Lonnie born November 24, 1949. Brother Elmer met and married Melmar Hitchcock and they had three children Gary, Brian and Brenda. All children attended their schooling in Beverly and Eastglen High School. Herbert (better known as Herb) was active in sports during his youth while finishing his education at Eastwood school. He played hockey for the Beverly Bushmine Tigers in the 1930’s who won the Commercial Hockey League Championship. He also played for the Cadomin League for a period in his later youth. Herbert wanted to join the army however, he failed the hearing test. He apprenticed to become a house painter and owned his own his own business “The Home Decorator” for over 35 years. Herbert was an integral part of shaping Beverly sports programs; always lending a hand when needed. His brother Elmer went on to join the Air Force while still maintaining a home four doors down from his brother Herbert & family. After the Air Force, Elmer was a town councillor in Beverly located next to the old police station on 118 avenue and 38 street for a number of years then was employed by Swifts Canada until his retirement years later. Both Herbert and Elmer were involved in the Swedish Society in the 1960’s. They attended meetings and yearly luncheon. The boys were proud of their Swedish heritage. Herb and Florence’s sons Dennis and Lonnie both played baseball and hockey in Beverly while growing up as young boys. Dennis played juvenile baseball sponsored by the Beverly Drakes and juvenile hockey for the

Maple Leaf Athletic Club. Lonnie meanwhile played little league for Whalen construction and house league, peewee and bantam hockey in 1961 on Beverly Bantam C Championship team. Lonnie was brought up from peewee to play against Capilano in the old Edmonton Gardens which was quite a thrill for the youngster. Lonnie then coached Bantam AA with the Maple Leaf Athletic club from 1982 until 1986 with the Boston Pizza sponsored team and the Edmonton Police Association sponsored team. Both Denis and Lonnie played for the Turbo Oilers in 1971-72. This was a championship winning team in the commercial Hockey League, in seven games against the WW Arcade at Santa Rosa Arena which their father Herbert Hanson was helping with equipment and managing the team with three other coaching staff. It is interesting how both Herbert in his youth won the Commercial League trophy with the Beverly Bushmine Tigers then to be connected to his two sons team the Turbo Oilers winning the Commercial league trophy as well. Herbert passed away on November 22, 1973. His life was taken by lung cancer caused by the lead fumes in the paint he had endured all those years in his painting and decorating business. Herbert left behind his wife Florence, two son’s Dennis (Pheona) and Lonnie and his granddaughter Charlene. After Herbert’s passing Florence continued renting out their house two doors down from the newer home at 4838-115 Avenue built in

1961 by Fort Construction to try and sustain some income. Times weren’t easy financially in the Hanson household. Florence Hanson passed away on July 20, 1999 at age 79. She did have Alzheimer’s disease however, it was the autoimmune hepatitis that shut down her liver that actually took her life. Continued on page 16

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KeCo Collectibles owners Heather Rowe and son Cole By Cole Rowe

We are so pleased to introduce our little collectible toy store in the Beverly area. Our journey began 5 years ago after my mom (Heather) designed an original “Oil Country” ring, and wasn’t sure how to market it. She decided to rent a table at the Super Flea market on 111 Ave, and 120 St. After a year she was having difficulty opening her booth as she was suffering from a disease called (Sjögren’s) syndrome. I joined her when I was could, as I was going to school and playing in a music band. Eventually, it became my job but was not fully supporting us as it was only open 2 days a week. The collectible’s market has its up’s and down’s and it was

during a sluggish period, the pandemic hit!! The market was closed for three months, then, the initial opening was good as collectors missed our collector’s store. During the 3 months of closure our inventory grew but we couldn’t afford to rent more table space as the rents increased. Eventually we sought out our own store and found this beautiful little place in Beverly at 4504-118 Ave. Although, one might questions, starting a business in a pandemic, we are certain the move is for the best, and so far it’s been very positive. Most of our customers from the market have found us and wished us well and of course supported us with their purchases. Our new customers have also been fan-

tastic, Heather especially loves the kids in the neighbourhood and has insisted on ordering Pokémon cards. We also plan on carrying Upper Deck hockey cards and Magic cards soon. We carry toys, collectible toys, dolls, cool and nerdy things. We also carry some jewelry and of course the rings we have designed, our most popular ring being the Oil Country ring. During regular games my mom does a draw for one of her rings on Facebook when you guess the right score. (Gosh we miss hockey). So please drop by and see us soon even if to just say hi. Also visit us at kecocollectibles.com and Facebook.

Hanson family continued from page 15 After Florence’s passing the Hanson house at 4838-115 avenue was sold and has been occupied by a new owner. In 2004, the Alfred Hanson house at 4840-115 Avenue was torn down and replaced with a newer home. It’s interesting how Herbert and his brother Elmer had lost their father Alfred leaving his wife Anna to carry on in the Hanson home after his passing. Then later in life Dennis and his brother Lonnie also lost their father Herbert who left his wife Florence to continue on in the Hanson home- it seems they have been living parallel lives. Dennis graduated high school and attended NAIT in the Culinary Foods Program. He became a chef for Alberta College and numerous other businesses. In the late 1980’s Dennis opened his own business “Beverly Cycle” for a number of years. Dennis eventually returned to chefing and worked at the Robin Hood School in Sherwood Park until his retirement in 2008. Since retirement he spends his time with his family and is an avid golfer. Music was a large part of Lonnie’s junior high school days playing in his first band the “Vagabonds” who won the best group act in the 1965 Beverly Talent Show. The Vagabonds went to the city finals and came in second to the very young children’s group “Taitums”. Lonnie continued playing for a number of talented hobby bands from country, classic rock, olde tyme and blues music. Lonnie finished high school and worked as a

sales representative for McDonald Tobacco and for People’s Credit Jewellers. In 1978, he became employed with the provincial government Consumer and Corporate Affairs and he was there for over 30 years until a health issue presented itself. In 1976, Lonnie was diagnosed with end stage renal failure requiring dialysis three times per week at the University of Alberta Hospital. He received his first cadaver kidney transplant in 1978, his second one in 1987 and third in 1996. He spent five years on dialysis periodically between transplants. Lonnie has had a number of volunteer positions from canvassing to being director. These included the Kidney Foundation, Edmonton Society for Dialysis, Edmonton Blues Society, Edmonton Folk Festival, Edmonton Jazz Festival and Yardbird Suite, Edmonton Blues Festival and the Red Cross. Dennis and his family reside in Sherwood Park and Lonnie in Edmonton. Dennis and Lonnie both came from good hard-working honest stock and were always respectful of their upbringing in Beverly. (this is a condensed version of the Hanson family binder that is stored at the Interpretive Center this excerpt is taken with the permission of Lonnie Hanson) If any Beverly family member would like to share their story please contact Alene (780) 904-5530.


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Gibril and his family fled from Sierra Leone to Guinea in 1998 due to political persecution when his paintings exposed the dark underbelly of government powers. He lived in Guinea as a political refugee until he was granted resettlement to Canada in February 2014. Before moving to Edmonton, Gibril spearheaded art projects partnering youth with seniors in care facilities in Manitoba. In Edmonton, he has been featured in the Edmonton RISE Awards and designed the logo for the 2020 Heritage Festival. He has been a full time artist for the last 32 years. Gibril’s paintings, like the artist himself, are full of joy. Be sure to seek them out on your next visit.

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Celebrating the new Abbottsfield-Penny McKee Branch On October 22, Edmonton Public Library celebrated the Grand Opening of the Abbottsfield-Penny McKee Branch at its new home in Riverview Celebrating the new Abbottsfield-Penny McKee Branch On October 22, Edmonton Public Library celebrated the Grand Opening of the Abbottsfield-Penny McKee Branch at its new home in Riverview Crossing. The in-person ceremony was led by CEO Pilar Martinez and included a speech by local Councilor Tony Caterina. The Library was also honoured to host Elder Joanne Wood who blessed and smudged the new Branch. The main celebration took place online, with a virtual tour of the space, an online reading of My Ribbon Skirts by Beverly author Shelly Nelson, and a virtual Baby Laptime class featuring Library Assistant Amy [Wong], and the lovable Hemi the Dog. The new Branch is a bright and modern space, with several new features including a Makerspace where Beverly residents can explore and create using new technologies, and a brand new Community Art Gallery.

Ways to play and learn with EPL: Visiting Abbottsfield-Penny McKee: When you visit our library you can still browse the shelves, sign out materials, access public computers, print, fax and copy, and ask staff for help. You can also use our Makerspace iMac computers for photo and video editing or use our digital conversion station to convert your old tapes to digital files. COVID does mean we need to do some things a little differently. The health and safety of our staff and customers is our top priority. Please familiarize yourself with our guidelines before your visit.

• Keep a physical distance of at least 2 metres (about the length of a hockey stick) from others. • Branch capacity is reduced. Minimize your time in the branch as much as possible to allow access to the next customer. If the branch is full, line up outside the entrance. • Seating is limited so keep your visit short and sweet. • anitize your hands upon entering and exiting the branch and before using the computers. • Use the self-checkout machines as much as possible. • A face covering is required.

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EPL2You: Home Service If you can’t make it to an EPL branch for three months or more, we’ll bring our collection to you. EPL provides home service where you live, whether that’s an extended care facility, a seniors’ lodge or your own home. Staff prepare personalized bags of materials just for you that are delivered (contact free) to your door. You may also arrange for a friend or family member to pick up materials at the Library for you. To register for home service, contact the Abbottsfield Branch: 780-496-7839.

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Easy decorating ideas for the home the holiday season or drape on a staircase banister. This can be a fun way to see how your own children or other members of the family have grown. Make mini evergreen displays Clip your favorite pieces of evergreen and push the stems into floral foam. Display in small vases or other containers and place in groupings to emulate an evergreen forest.

The holidays often involve purchasing gifts for close friends and loved ones as well as making a delicious meal the entire family will love. But nothing sets the holiday scene and overall mood more so than beautiful decorations and other seasonal accoutrements. Many people leave no room untouched for the holidays, mean-

ing color schemes or trinkets may carry through from top to bottom. Decking the halls this season can be made even easier with some of these handy ideas. Holiday timeline If you keep holiday photo cards each year, put them in chronological order and hang them from a piece of garland from the mantel

Plan the outside Exterior illumination and other exterior decorations share the holiday spirit with others. It can be overwhelming trying to visualize it all without a plan in place. Take a photo of the house and map out where you want lights and decorations to go. Then with your “map” in hand, you can more readily purchase supplies and start decorating. Go for a specific natural color scheme If you desire an overall holiday feel but aren’t interested in Santa figurines or kitschy elements, decorating with color in mind can be key. It’s easy to tie things together with some natural elements in your desired palette. For exam-

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Sudoku

Horoscope ARIES Someone could be extremely generous to you soon, Aries. It may be out of the goodness of his or her heart, or it may be because of a guilty conscience. You may never know. TAURUS Avoid power struggles at work or even among your circle of friends, Taurus. It is not worth the trouble to get involved, and things will calm down soon. Keep your distance.

SOLUTION how to play: Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 only once.

GEMINI Gemini, this week may be well suited to contemplation about certain decisions that have been on your mind. Find a quiet place and put all of the puzzle pieces together. CANCER Cancer, if you feel like you are ready to make a difference in someone’s life, then be honest about what you can take on. You may need a little help along the way.

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LEO Leo, if you need someone to motivate you, seek out a trustworthy friend with your best interests in mind. A qualified mentor might be the way to go. VIRGO Virgo, sometimes a daily routine can land you in a rut. This is the time to change things up a bit. Mix up your regular schedule by trying a new activity or taking a trip. LIBRA Rough patches will quickly smooth over if you don’t fret about them, Libra. Just have a little patience and everything will work out for the best. SCORPIO Right now stability means much more to you than taking risks. Stick with those people who support you, and don’t worry about sitting on the sidelines for a bit.

SAGITTARIUS Sagittarius, you may not realize it, but you have been slowly pulling back from those around you for some time now. Make a concerted effort to focus on important relationships. CAPRICORN A healthy hobby like exercise can be just what you need at the moment, Capricorn. Slowly increase your workout frequency and take a friend along for the ride. AQUARIUS Aquarius, try to be artistic this week. Don’t worry, you don’t have to create a masterpiece. Working on creative projects can be a form of meditation and help alleviate stress. PISCES You are open to change more so than other people you know, Pisces. It’s a good thing, because last-minute changes are coming.

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Meatballs with a honey-balsamic glaze These delightfully seasoned meatballs are a great complement to your holiday meal. They also make a fantastic appetizer.

Cherry tomato and fresh mozzarella mini skewers These lovely little appetizers are easy to make, delicious and sure to brighten up the holiday dinner table. Feel free to double the recipe so there’s plenty to go around.

Start to finish: 30 minutes Servings: 24 meatballs

Ingredients • 200 grams fresh mozzarella, cut into 24 pieces • 24 small, fresh basil leaves • 12 orange or red cherry tomatoes, halved • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction • 1 teaspoon sea salt • Pepper, to taste Directions 1. On a toothpick or small wooden skewer, place a piece of mozzarella followed by a basil leaf. Add a piece of tomato, making sure the interior side is face down on the plate. Repeat this for all 24 skewers. 2. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic reduction on the skewers. Sprinkle with sea salt and add pepper to taste.

Ingredients • 2 tablespoons butter • 1 onion, finely chopped • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 1/2 cup milk • 1 egg • 2/3 cup breadcrumbs • 1 tablespoon old-style mustard • 250 grams ground pork • 250 grams ground beef • Salt and pepper, to taste • 3/4 cup ketchup • 1/2 cup honey • 2 tablespoons soy sauce • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar • 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction • 2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 204 C (400 F). 2. In a small pan, melt half the butter. Add onion and 1 clove of garlic, and cook over medium-high heat until the onion is translucent. Pour into a large bowl and let cool. 3. In the same bowl, add the milk, egg, breadcrumbs, old-style mustard, pork and beef. Salt and pepper to taste. With your hands, combine the mixture until it’s uniform and then form it into 24 bite-size meatballs. 4. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes. 5. While the meatballs cook, melt the rest of the butter in a pot. Add the rest of the garlic and cook for a few minutes. Add the ketchup, honey, soy sauce, yellow mustard and balsamic vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and let simmer for about 5 minutes. 6. Once the meatballs are cooked, transfer them into the pot and gently mix until they’re well coated in sauce. Place them one by one on a plate. 7. Top the meatballs with the balsamic reduction and chives. Place a toothpick in each one to make them easier to serve.

Start to finish: 15 minutes Servings: 24 skewers

Fresh mozzarella is usually sold in brine in the fine cheese section of your local grocery store.

Gazpacho shooters Does a high-spirited holiday season leave you feeling exhausted? This vibrant and refreshing drink is packed with vitamins that will give you the energy boost you need to continue celebrating. Start to finish: 1 hour 30 minutes (30 minutes active) Servings: 8 small portions Ingredients For the gazpacho • 1 cup croutons • 2 large ripe Roma tomatoes, seeded and cubed • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded • 1 red pepper, seeded • 1/2 red onion, cubed • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed • 2 cups tomato juice • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1/2 teaspoon sugar • Salt and pepper, to taste For the garnish • 1 small tomato, seeded and cubed • 1 Lebanese cucumber, seeded and cubed • 1/2 red pepper, seeded and cubed • Sea salt, to taste

• 16 fresh basil leaves

Directions 1. In a small bowl, place the croutons and add 1/2 cup of room temperature water. Set aside. 2. In a blender, puree the tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, onion and garlic. Drain the croutons and add them along with the tomato juice, vinegar, oil and spices. Continue to blend until the mixture has a smooth, uniform texture. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour. 3. To serve, pour the gazpacho into shooters or small verrinestyle glasses. In a small bowl, mix the chopped tomato, cucumber and pepper. Top each glass with about 1 table­ spoon of the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over each and garnish with 2 basil leaves.


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Red velvet bites Recipes for the season’s special occasions

Santa Claus brownies Are you looking for the perfect holiday dessert? Children and adults alike will enjoy this playful and seasonal twist on traditional brownies.

Start to finish: 1 hour (30 minutes active) Servings: 24 brownies Ingredients For the brownies • 1 cup butter, room temperature • 2 cups sugar • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 4 eggs • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder • 1 cup flour • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the icing • 1/3 cup butter, room temperature • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 2 cups icing sugar • 3 tablespoons milk • 1 cup heavy cream • 1/4 cup sugar • 24 strawberries, hulled

Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 177 C (350 F). Grease a 22 by 32 centimetre (9 by 13 inch) baking dish. Set aside. 2. Using a whisk or hand beater, blend the butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Add the eggs and mix well. Incorporate the rest of the brownie ingredients and blend until the mixture is uniform. 3. Pour the brownie mixture into the baking dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Set aside to cool. 4. In the meantime, whisk the butter, cocoa powder, honey and 1 teaspoon of vanilla in a large bowl. Slowly add the icing sugar and milk while blending the mixture at low speed until it reaches the desired texture. Set aside. 5. In another bowl, mix the heavy cream, sugar and the rest of the vanilla. Blend at high speed until the whipped cream is firm. 6. Once the brownies are completely cool, spread a thin layer of the chocolate icing on top. Cut the brownies into 24 equal portions. Place 1 strawberry upside down on each piece of brownie. Using a piping bag, create a circle of whipped cream around the base of each strawberry and top the fruit with a dot of whipped cream.

Miniature chicken pot pies This dish, served in adorable individual portions, is an ideal meal to help you unwind during the hectic holiday season. Start to finish: 1 hour 10 minutes (45 minutes active) Servings: 6 Ingredients • 6 tablespoons butter • 4 tablespoons flour • 2 cups warm chicken broth • 1 cup heavy cream • Salt and pepper, to taste • 1 onion, diced • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 2 carrots, diced

• 1 potato, diced • 1 cup green peas • 1 cup corn kernels • 1 cup green beans, chopped • 600 grams chicken breast, cooked and diced • 1 package (about 400 grams) all-butter puff pastry, thawed • 1 egg yolk, beaten

Directions from heat and let cool. 1. In a large pot, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over me- 3. Preheat the oven to 204 C (400 F). Coat 6 small ramedium-low heat. Add the flour, and whisk until the kins with vegetable oil cooking spray. Unroll the puff mixture is a smooth paste (commonly called a pastry onto a flat surface and cut into circles that are “roux”). Let cook for a few minutes, then add the about 3 centimetres wider than the ramekins. chicken broth. Mix well and add the heavy cream. 4. Pour the chicken mixture into the ramekins. Use a Salt and pepper to taste, then mix well. Let simmer basting brush to coat the rims of the ramekins with over low heat. egg yolk so the pastry doesn’t stick. Place one puff 2. In a large pan, melt the rest of the butter over mepastry circle on top of each ramekin, making sure the dium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for edge is sealed. Coat the top of the pastry with egg about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the vegetables, and yolk. cook for 3 to 4 minutes until lightly browned. Pour 5. Put the ramekins on a baking tray, and bake in the the vegetable mixture and chicken into the pot of oven for about 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden sauce and mix well. Salt and pepper to taste. Remove brown. Let sit for a few minutes before serving.

This bite-size version of red velvet cake will allow your guests to sample all the desserts at your next holiday spread. You can count on these to be a crowd pleaser.

Start to finish: 3 hours (1 hour active) Servings: 40 bites Ingredients • 3 cups sugar • 3 cups flour • 1/2 cup cornstarch • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt • 4 large eggs • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk • 1-1/4 cups warm water • 1/2 cup vegetable oil • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon white vinegar • 2 tablespoons red food dye • 125 grams cream cheese, room temperature • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature • 2 cups icing sugar • 800 grams white chocolate • 1/4 cup red decorative sugar Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 177 C (350 F). Grease an 18 by 28 centimetre (7 by 11 inch) baking dish. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, use a whisk or hand beater to mix the sugar, flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, buttermilk, warm water, vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, vinegar and food dye. Blend until the mixture is uniform. 3. Pour the mixture into the baking dish, and bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Set aside to cool. 4. In a large bowl, blend the cream cheese, butter and the rest of the vanilla. Slowly incorporate the icing sugar by blending at low speed until the mixture has a smooth, even texture. Set aside. 5. Once the cake has completely cooled, place it in a large bowl and use your hands to crumble it until it has the consistency of wet sand. Add about a 1/2 cup of the cream cheese icing to the cake at a time and mix well. The final texture should allow you to form balls that keep their shape. 6. With your hands, form 40 cake balls and squish them slightly to create a disc shape. Place the balls on a baking sheet, and put them in the fridge for about 30 minutes. 7. In the meantime, melt the white chocolate using a double boiler or water bath. Let the chocolate cool slightly while ensuring it remains a liquid. Using a fork, dip each cake ball into the chocolate so they’re completely coated. Place the balls on a baking sheet and immediately sprinkle the decorative sugar. Put the balls in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.


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