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MONDAY 9:30am Floor Curling Valley Neighbours Club 403-933-4445. ------------------------------------------------------10:30 ~ 11:30am Creative Writing - Cecily Fowlie Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-9333947. ------------------------------------------------------1:00 ~ 3:00pm Decorative Art Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-933-3947. ------------------------------------------------------1:00pm Euchre Valley Neighbours Club 403-933-4445. ------------------------------------------------------1:00pm Story time for 3 to 5 year olds. Sheep River Library. 403-933-3278. ------------------------------------------------------7:00pm 2nd & 4th week of month Games Night Valley Neighbours Club 403-9334445. ------------------------------------------------------TUESDAY 1st & 3rd/every month 7:00 & 7:30pm Lions Club Meeting at Legion. Contact Don at 403-931-3587. ------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month 1:15pm Sheep River Library Book Club 403-933-3278. ------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month 7:30pm Millarville Horticultural Club (9x per year) Gail 403-9333798. ------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month Foothills Search & Rescue Meeting Oilfields General Hospital. ------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month 7:00pm Legion Executive Meetings (except July, Aug & Dec.) 403933-4600. ------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month 8:00pm Legion General Membership Meetings (except July, Aug & Dec.) 403-933-4600. ------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month Coffee Chatter Nanton SNAPS Orvella Small 403-603-3232. ------------------------------------------------------3rd/every month Coffee Chatter Okotoks SNAPS Orvella Small - 403-603-3232. ------------------------------------------------------3rd/every month (9x year) Valley Neighbours Gardening Club 403-933-7131. ------------------------------------------------------Seniors Alpine Ski Club (55+) gather at COP: mail@seniorsalpineskiclub.com. www.seniorsalpineskiclub.com. ------------------------------------------------------9:30 ~ 11am - Yoga in Longview. Kendra 403-558-3696. ------------------------------------------------------10:00am ~ 2:00pm Beginner Sewing Course Sheep CreekArts Council 403-9333947. ------------------------------------------------------Noon to 1pm - Free hot soup at St. George's Church Hall, south of the RBC, Turner Valley - 403-933-3970 or 403-9333591. ------------------------------------------------------1:30pm Beginner Knitting Club Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-3947. ------------------------------------------------------1:00pm Whist & Bridge Valley Neighbours Club 403-933-4445. ------------------------------------------------------6:00 ~ 7:00pm Latin Diva Workout Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-3947. ------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 9:00pm 1st & 3rd week of month. Scrapbooking Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-933-3947. -------------------------------------------------------

7:30pm Last/every month ~ except July, Aug & Dec. Legion Ladies Auxiliary 403933-4564. ------------------------------------------------------7:30 ~ 9:30pm Last/month Camera Club Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-3947. -------------------------------------------------------

Aug 31st - Foothills Country Hospice 2nd Annual Charity Mixed Golf Tournament at D'Arcy Ranch Allan Herchek at 403-995-4673 or 403-938-9670. ------------------------------------------------------WEDNESDAY 10:30am ~ 3:30pm 1st & 3rd week of month. Diamond Valley Quilt Club Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-3947. ------------------------------------------------------1:30 ~ 3:30pm Last of each month. Volunteer Sewing/Quilting Bee. Baby Bags for Lit for Life Prgm 403-995-2660. ------------------------------------------------------5:30pm Buffet & Darts Drop In Everyone welcome. Legion Turner Valley 403-9334564. ------------------------------------------------------6:00 ~ 7:15pm Belly Dancing Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-933-3947. ------------------------------------------------------7:30 ~ 9:30pm Watercolour Club Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-3947. ------------------------------------------------------7:30 ~ 9:30pm Calligraphy Foundational Hand Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-9333947. -------------------------------------------------------THURSDAY 9:30 ~ 11am - Yoga in Longview. Kendra 403-558-3696. ------------------------------------------------------10:00 ~ 10:30am Around the World with Dance & Play class for Moms & Tots. Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-3947. ------------------------------------------------------1:00pm 1st/every month General Meeting Valley Neighbours Club 403-933-4445. ------------------------------------------------------1:00 ~ 3:00pm Open Painting Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-933-3947. ------------------------------------------------------5:00 ~ 7:30pm Fish & Chip Night / Crib at 7:30pm Legion Turner Valley 403-9334564. ------------------------------------------------------6:00 ~ 7:00pm Latin Diva Workout Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-3947. ------------------------------------------------------6:30 ~ 7:30pm TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Valley Neighbours Club. ------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 8:30pm 1st/month. Youth Auxiliary Legion Turner Valley 403-933-3739. -------------------------------------------------------7:30 ~ 9:30pm Decorative Art Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-933-3947. -------------------------------------------------------FRIDAY 1st, 2nd, 3rd/month 6:30 ~ 8:30pm Gym Night Longview School - George 403-8089948. -------------------------------------------------------1:00pm Nickel Bingo Valley Neighbours Club 403-933-4445. -------------------------------------------------------6:30pm every/other. Bingo at the Valley Neighbours Club, Lions Club 403-9333232. -------------------------------------------------------5:00 ~ 6:00pm Meat Draw & Buffet - Wear Red - Legion Turner Valley 403-933-4564.

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SATURDAY 9:00 ~ 11:00am Breakfast Legion Turner Valley 403-933-4564. -------------------------------------------------------4:30pm Meat Draw, 50/50 & Free Pool Legion Turner Valley 403-933-4564. -------------------------------------------------------Jam with Eva & Company at Cougars Turner Valley 403-933-4412. -------------------------------------------------------10am to 3pm (every Saturday) Longview Village Market at the School Vendors welcome. 403-815-2713. July 3rd to Sept. 10th. --------------------------------------------------------

Aug. 14th 6:00pm. Pig Roast see ad Page 11. Legion in Turner Valley. 403-933-4600. ----------------------------------------------Aug 21st - 8am to 5pm - Priddis & Millarville Fair. ----------------------------------------------Aug 21st & 22nd. Artworks Grand Re-opening of Gallery. 403-8625648. ----------------------------------------------Aug 21st. Foothills Humane Society/Animal House Music Festival Fundraiser. Various Okotoks locations. www.foothillshs.com ----------------------------------------------Aug 21st. Wild Pink Yonder trail ride for cancer comes through High River. 1-780-975-4429. --------------------------------------------------------

Aug 28th & 29th Frontier Cattle Drive, Sierra West - 403-628-2431. --------------------------------------------------------

Sept. 25th. Lions Pin Trading Event at the Legion foothillsliontim@gmail.com. --------------------------------------------------------

Sept 25th at 5:30pm - Wranglers & Rhinestones - Foothills Country Hospice Gala 2010 at the Foothills Centennial Centre - 403-603-0168. --------------------------------------------------------

Oct. 2nd, 10:00am to 3:00pm Pumpkin Patch Tea & Quilt Show. Griffiths Memorial Centre, Black Diamond. Norma Wynne, Coordinator - 403-933-2540. ----------------------------------------------SUNDAY Jam with Eva & Company at Cougars Turner Valley 403-933-4412. -------------------------------------------------------11:00am Regular services Longview Bible Fellowship - 403-808-9948. --------------------------------------------------------

Aug 22nd. Wild Pink Yonder trail ride for cancer comes through Okotoks. 1- 780-975-4429. -------------------------------------------------------WEEK LONG EVENTS

Aug 9th to 13th (Mon to Fri) - 9am to noon at Millarville Community Church - Camp Okotoks sets sail on the high seas for all kids aged 5 to 12. 403-931-1618. --------------------------------------------------------

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Coming Together For Cole

By Todd Curran The one good thing about tragedy is that it brings people together. On August 1st, tragedy was the furthest thing from Cole Irvine's mind until he ran down the beach and dove into the water at Tie Lake, shattering two vertebrae. Cole is still in the hospital recovering from surgery, but friends and family of the 22 year-old are rallying to support him in any way they can. He's got a lot of great people in his corner and I met with a crowd of them who are organizing fundraisers in his honour. “He's always there for everybody,” Cole's friend says. “He's the hardest working kid you've ever met,” says another. “You could be having the worst day of your life until you run

into Cole,” says Lori Collins, Owner of Cougars Sports Bar in Turner Valley. Cougars will be hosting an event in September to raise funds for Cole and his mother Shirley, featuring live music and a variety of auction items to bid on. “This is so Cole and Shirley can get whatever they need,” says Logan Trottier, who opened a trust account for Cole at ATB. “Anyone can donate to the account, which is in trust under John Cole Irvine.” Cole's crew invites you to the gazebo at Royalite Millennium Park in Turner Valley on August 15th for the Sunday Fun Day Festival. Chase Hummel and other local musicians will be taking the stage to dish up some live entertainment at the all

ages show, which runs from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Kids can get their faces painted, enjoy cupcakes sold by Cole's friends to raise funds and be mesmerized by hula hoop performers. The entire event will also be broadcast live via webcam to Cole's room. “We want to give people that haven't seen Cole a chance to say hello,” says his friend T.J. “Everything for this event is being donated,” Lori says. “We want to make it as huge and as much fun as we can to remind the community that we ARE a community. Cole's friends are good kids and they're taking care of their own.” For more information on participating, donating or attending the events, contact Logan at 403-4720249 or Lori at 403-801-9992.

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Putting on those spectacular Discovery Days fireworks displays takes an explosive personality and Alex De Gagne has been lighting up our sky on such occasions for the past five years. Our Rocket Man moved to the Diamond Valley 20 years ago, which was around the time he took up the incendiary art of pyrotechnics. “One of my sons and I took a course together in Calgary and were certified to do fireworks up to six inches in diameter,” says Alex, whose certification was recently upgraded to Fireworks Display Supervisor. “It was a four day course covering basic fireworks safety, handling and setting them off.” “Somebody knew I was licensed and approached

me about doing the Black Diamond Parade Day fireworks,” Alex says. “So I set to work scheduling a program with some nice variety.” Alex ordered the fireworks, organized them and selected a location. Alex has also been an active member of the Foot-

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This is your opportunity to share your views on the BEST and the WORST of YOUR Community. You’ve expressed that you love to hear from us. . . . .We’d love to hear from you! I thought Amalgamation was voted “NO”. I was extremely pleased to read that the Town of Black Diamond is asking its taxpayers whether they agree with financially supporting the Sheep River Library by taking it to a plebiscite. I welcome the opportunity to have a say in whether my taxes will increase or not. At a spring open house Mayor Sharlene Brown gave us figures of what we could expect that increase to be. I understood those figures to represent the cost of giving $250,000 towards the construction of the building, a facility that has always been located in our town and is now going to be in Turner Valley. I question whether the taxpayers of Turner Valley would financially support a facility being built in Black Diamond. In addition, what I have not heard is how much the shared operational costs are going to be. Obviously if we contributed $50,000 or more last year for half the operational expenses then presumably those

costs will triple when the new library is finished at triple the size. That means our taxes will go up for the $250,000 and also for the increase in operational costs. But by how much? I realize that the shared expenses has been a long standing agreement but for a much smaller facility. Now that the library is not the same building that the agreement was based on, does that agreement still stand or do we have a say in that as well? Don't get me wrong, I do agree that this area deserves a new library but did we have a say in how big that facility should be? Who made that decision? I have read that the programs and events at the library have increased both in their scope and in their attendance but I have been reassured by the library staff and board that the cost of those programs and events have been covered by fundraising and do not come out of my taxes. Amalgamation was voted down so why are we amalgamating on a $3,000,000 asset for the Town of Turner Valley?

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Dear Editor The board and staff of the Sheep River Library were shocked to hear that the library operating budget may go to plebiscite this fall. The library has never functioned over budget. Programs and events have increased dramatically (over 10 times) in the last few years with no increases to program budgets. Why was the board never invited to discuss the Library services budget which is less than 3% of the town's total budget? Diane Osberg, Chair Sheep River Library Board All “Letters To The Editor” are more than welcome at the Gateway Gazette and whenever possible we will endeavour to print them. We reserve the right to edit or not publish submissions if they are in extreme bad taste, vulgar or could do damage to other specific persons. Please note that published submissions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Gateway Gazette, staff, associates or family. The Gateway Gazette (along with anyone connected to the Gateway Gazette) does not assume any liability or responsibility in light of the opinions of others. With all of that out of the way, please feel free to send us your thoughts or opinions, preferably by email at: gazette@telus.net, you can fax them to: 938-2473, or you can drop them off in our drop-box at Coyote Moon in Turner Valley or at Pharmasave in Black Diamond.

Dog Days in Turner Valley

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The sun came out and the rain held off while we gathered, with our canine friends, in Turner Valley for the first Dog Days. The High Country SPCA put together this fundraiser in the park during the “dog days of summer”. There was face painting, display booths, free doggie treats and samples, great music, awesome food and an outstanding demonstration put on by Calgary 2x4 AgilEveryone seemed to be having a great time. This hard working group of volunteers will rally once again next year and make this an annual event. If you can lend a hand I know they would really appreciate it or just buy a membership and show your support. Stop by the Nimby Store in Turner Valley to find out how you can be part of this warm hearted group of people!

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Sheep River Library Support Needed, Volunteers Needed * shelving of books * shelf reading in special interest sections * teaching classes and offering presentations * outreach and special one-time projects and celebrations * phoning patrons to confirm class times * posting flyers around the town advertising upcoming events * helping with the move * beautification projects and gardening * fundraising * and of course other tasks which will emerge as we expand Why Volunteer? The power of volunteerism and the impact that it has on any community cannot be over stated. The Sheep River Library is committed to being the central hub of culture and

Fall Programs The Foothills Further Education Council brochure should be in the mail to all MD residents in the next few weeks with the outline of the fall courses. Town residents will have to pick up their copies at the library or the town offices. The line up for this fall includes some spectacular new learning opportunities like snowshoeing, jewellery making, repurposing books and a talk on the New Hospital in SE Calgary. This years travel talks will take us to Kenya, Burgundy, Provence and back to Pakistan. The C.O.W. bus will be here for families and kids and the two wildlife programs will feature Pheasants and Grizzly Bears.

literacy for the communities of Turner Valley, Black Diamond and the western portion of the MD. To achieve this we need community members and organizations to become involved in our day to day activities. Come along and share your skills and experience with us. All you need to bring is enthusiasm, interest and a sense of community. We would like to say a huge Thank You to all of you who have given and continue to give your talent and enthusiasm over the last few years and we look forward to giving a warm welcome to new volunteers. If you are interested in joining our team or would simply like more information, please call Muhammad at 933-3278 or Irene at 933-5322.

A Hero's Return

By Todd Curran In 1944, Private John Garfield Johnston was stationed at the heart of war torn Europe in de Haan, Belgium. Over 60 years later, his friend Susan Raby-Dunne is taking Garfield back there to visit his brother's final resting place and be honoured with a ceremony at the National Liberation Museum in the Netherlands. Susan is raising funds for the September odyssey

by pre-selling copies of a book she is putting together called The Last Day Of WW II: Civilian Memories Of The Liberation. Although the book is not finished yet, it will be a collection of stories told by people who were in Europe during the liberation. “My goal is to raise $5,000 in book sales for the trip,” she says. “The book will be mailed out to everyone who bought a copy in advance and be finished by the first week of November. I took a lot of notes about Garfield's story while he was in Europe and it's pretty amazing.” Garfield lost his brother in the war shortly before

being wounded by a sniper in Holland and shipped home in 1944. He hasn't been back to Europe since the liberation. “I know they're awfully grateful and still take good care of the graves generations later,” he says. “It's pretty nice to know that.” Accompanying the book launch is an event featuring liberation stories told live by the people who were there. “I would like to invite people who were in Europe during the liberation to share their stories and have them considered for the book,” Susan says. “We just have to limit them to two typed pages in length.” Anyone interested in donating can do so at the RBC Bank display in Turner Valley or pre-

purchase a copy of The Last Day Of WW II: Civilian Memories Of The Liberation by calling Susan at 403-8046545 or emailing her at: bonfire@xplornet.com. See the story on page 10 for an example of an accepted submission for Susan’s book.

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Council for the Town of Black Diamond wishes everyone a wonderful summer, and would like to remind all residents that there will be NO Regular Council meetings or Committee of the whole meetings held during the month of August, 2010. Check the Events Calendar on the Town Website for updates and schedule changes.

Members at Large Needed The Town of Black Diamond currently has vacancies for Members at Large on the following Committees: Sustainable Black Diamond Advisory Committee Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Economic Development Committee (EDC) – 2 vacancies exist – Home-Based Business Owner & Member at Large

Parks & Recreation Board If you are interested in becoming involved with either of these committees, please contact the Town Office at 403-933-4348 or info@town.blackdiamond.ab.ca. We need committed people to continue the tradition of caring for our community and its residents.

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Parks and Rec Update The Oilfields Arena is in summer operations, there is pad time available for inline hockey, floor hockey, lacrosse, roller skating (birthday parties or gettogethers) and tennis court rentals. If you are looking for available pad rental times, a room for a meeting or advertising space contact Les at 403-933-5272 for more information. Want more people to know about your business? Advertising space rental is still available in the Arena. Energy update - Solar generation has done well. From September 10th, 2007 until July 26th, 2010 we have generated 7,066 kilowatt hours of power which is equivalent to 7,005 kgs of Greenhouse gasses avoided. The wind turbine on the arena roof has generated 72 kilowatt hours of power. The second wind turbine on the tower behind the arena has generated 131 kilowatt hours of power. Generation figures for this turbine will soon be available for you to view online at http://www.lassothesun.ca Healthy Lawn tips – Keep your grass cut to 3 inches in length & water only when conditions require it – 1 inch of water per week promotes a healthy root system. Outdoor Water Restrictions are in effect until the end of August. Even home #'s Wednesday & Saturdays, Odd home #'s Thursdays & Sundays required times for turf watering 5:00am to 9:00am or 8:00pm to midnight. Please help keep our community clean by using the garbage cans in our parks, leashing your dogs and cleaning up after them.

Municipal Elections are being held in 2010. Nomination Day is September 20th and Election Day is October 18th. Potential Candidates Information Packages will be made available for those considering running for the offices of either Mayor or Councillor. Please check out the town's website www.town.blackdiamond.ab.ca under the What's New section for a link to the packages and other important information about the election.

The following message is simply some background information describing an incident that took place a few weeks ago in the high country area. As far as the RCMP are concerned, there has been no recent incident of cattle rustling in our area. In the days of the old west, cattle and horse rustling were all too common, but today such incidents are rare. Normally our organization has little or nothing to do with such activity. However, rustling is a crime and the name of our organization is the “High Country Rural Crime Watch Association.” If you own horses, that does not mean they are safe from theft simply because a thief can-

not easily put a horse in the back seat of a car. One of our members told us about a recent attempted rustling incident in our area: A lady called me up and asked whether I had anything to do with the Rural Crime Watch. I said that I was a member, so she asked whether the association had anything to do with horse or cattle rustling. I could have said “no” and left it there, but I asked, “What are you talking about?” She said “We live on a dead-end, dead-end road.” She meant that her property had a long driveway and was at the end of a dead-end road that led from another dead-end road. She had

a locked gate and this black truck with a white horse trailer drove up and parked by her gate. It was a new truck with a horse trailer. She got out her binoculars and saw two guys with halters at the top of a hill near some trees. They had no animals and were coming down the hill. So she didn't think too much about it. They had parked their truck about three blocks down from her house. She is an older lady and it took her some time to get her shoes on and go out and speak to them. They were half-way down the hill and she was just starting to walk toward them. She shouted, “Excuse me, can I help you?” They said nothing but ran to their truck

and she said she never knew that anyone could back up a horse trailer that fast. Then they just tore down the lane. I asked her, “Did you call the RCMP?” She said, “Well, I don't know their number.” So I gave her the number. Then I waited about an hour and called her back. I asked “Did everything go OK?” and she said, “Yes, I told them everything.” I asked her where she lived and she told me. We hung up and I went out to do some work with the horses. Then I thought about another member of the HCRCWA, Susan [not her real name], who lives on another deadend, dead-end road about five miles from this woman. I called Susan and told her the story. Susan said, “I just saw a black truck and horse trailer pass our house. I'll call the RCMP.” So she did so. I thought that when all is said and done, this

is something we should talk about. If this kind of thing happens in our area, shouldn't we just phone the people in the area so that they can keep a look-out and report it? Maybe then the RCMP can catch these guys. As far as we know, the above incident had no u n f o r t u n a t e c o n s equences, but had the first lady not acted as she did, she might well have lost some beloved horses. Whether you have horses or not, the moral of the story is that if you see any unusual car or truck in your area with persons wandering around your property or that of your neighbour, do not look the other way. Try to find out if you can help the person or persons who appear “lost”, write down their license number, and if they run away or have an unconvincing reason for being where they are, do not try to stop them

but call 9-1-1 or the RCMP at 403-933-4262. When reporting such incidents to the RCMP, let them also know the location of the incident and the date and time when the event took place. That helps them build a record that is helpful if others report similar incidents. However, compared to many other places throughout Canada, we have a very low crime rate. Our goal is to keep it that way. One other brief note: One of our members wrote us with the following message: “For what it is worth, cars are speeding again like mad on 192nd St W. It's a head's up to anyone wishing to walk, bike or drive along here. Just back from our early morning walk and many are going above 80 km easily — and of course we have many moose and deer along here with young ones right now!”


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Leather, Chaps, Poker & SNAPS

By Todd Curran

A rolling thunderhead of chaps and choppers rolled through the Foothills on July 24th for a charity poker rally. The Leather 'n' Chaps… Ridin' for SNAPS Motorcycle Poker Rally kick started at Gruvstone Lounge in High River, raising money for Foothills Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings (SNAPS). Nearly 100 participants turned out to support the event, which involves collecting cards from several destinations throughout the Foothills, to form the best poker hand. Horseback riders also joined in, leaving from Nanton around noon to meet motorcyclists in High River for the finish.

Kathy Thornhill, whose autistic son, Austin, is literally the poster boy for SNAPS, couldn't have been happier with the services the organization provides. “When a family gets a diagnosis like this, SNAPS connects you with services in the community and helps you through the system until it makes sense,” she says. “They've been phenomenal and my son is receiving an amazing amount of help.” Participants were greeted with door prizes, supper and live entertainment; not to mention a 42” Plasma TV donated by Century 21 Foothills Real Estate for the winning poker hand. The 50/50 draw and silent auction items also contributed to raising over $7,000.

“We're very excited and pleased with the outcome,” says SNAPS Executive Director Orvella Small. “We had riders from Calgary, Red Deer, the Foothills and B.C., and people making donations all along the route.” “There are many parents with kids who have special needs in the community,” says Kathy. “It's great seeing so many people come out to support an organization that supports the people who need their help.” For more information on SNAPS visit: www.foothillssnaps.com.

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Weekend To Remember In the recent article, ON THE ROAD AGAIN, reference was made to “a close encounter of the previous kind” chronicling the tale of our now infamous Justus the Wonderhound dining on a vehicle interior. Seems there's been a few folks who were not in the readership area 2 years ago when the article published and there have been more than a few calls asking for a copy of the prequel. Here yet once again, is the sad but very true saga from 2008 which somewhat explains why we've not been to Banff since.

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ger than the car they're driving. Henry finally arrives just after 3, takes one look at the vehicle, another at the dog, and from a distance asks- "Flat"? "Only on the bottom Henry." An hour's worth of grunting about the flawed technology employed by smart ass engineers who don't have to change the flats themselves, Henry gets the spare mounted on the offending wheel and tosses the old one in the back of our vehicle. At about 4 we make it into the nearest town where Gomer Pyle does an admirable job of actually fixing the flat and remounts the tire while properly stowing the spare where it properly belonged. Arriving into Banff just before 7pm, the Juniper Lodge is a welcome sight.

Entering the lobby with Marmaduke, the wedding party in progress comes to a grinding halt amidst shrieks of "OMIGAWD" as the four legger is actually taller than the check-in counter and most of the guests. It had been a long day and rather than do something simple like order room service, a "Dial A Meal" type program for local restaurants caught our fancy. "Let's try THAT" now falls into the same category as "Let's take the back road". 1 hour and $74 later, 2 pieces of dried chicken and some form of organic bread roll are delivered to our room. Even the dog who has been known to devour the contents of a dumpster, shows little interest. The following day we harness Marmaduke and

By Dave Heron

stroll through downtown Banff. You'd think that a town which regularly has Elk and Grizzlies free roam down Banff Avenue would take this in stride........But No. Instant celebrity status. Somewhere in the Tokyo Free Press last week was a story of an entire tour bus seeing a Sasquatch on a leash . That night, the memory of the previous evening's meal was still fresh, and we decided to try the Juniper's dining room. Although the hotel does accept pets, they do ask that you not leave them alone in the room and setting a 3rd place at the table seemed inappropriate so we did what we've always done. Put him in the back seat of the extended cab for a snooze. The brand spanking new vehicle. The one with fine Corinthian leather seats. H a l f w a y through an outstanding meal, we checked on him - blissfully snoozing away. Twenty minutes later, my lovely bride ventured out to remove the big fella from the truck. Entering the lobby she matter of factly informed me, "he chewed the seat belt on the passenger's side and the driver's seat." Dogs will be dogs I thought, but went out to have a look. My wife, I now know, is the mistress of understatement. Yes - he chewed the seat belt - all the way through. Yes he chewed the driver's seat - RIGHT DOWN TO THE METAL FRAME. "Gone in 60 Seconds" is no longer the title of a memorable movie, it's the description of the interior of a brand new vehicle. As the paramedics were administering heart paddles to me in the lobby, I have a vague recollection of the desk clerk commenting this kind of thing has happened before. Continued on next page


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Weekend To Remember It was an interesting trip Continued from previous home the following day. page. Marmaduke and the "Yeah - we get wild ani- lovely Arlene in the back mals wandering through seat due to the lack of a the parking lot all the time seat belt in the front. I- with a seat belt - but and it sorta spooks dogs." Couldn't have shared only half a seat, sticking to THAT ONE with me before main roads. A quick stop to pick up huh?

By Dave Heron

much needed coffee to go and we're back home in 97 minutes. All's well that ends well right? After quickly stowing our weekend gear at the house, we head up to the dealership to evaluate the damage. The folks at the shop don't know whether to laugh or cry, but they do console me by suggesting they've seen worse. Not for years mind you, but they've seen worse. On arrival back to the office, I discover my wallet's missing and mentally backtracking my movements, I realize I've left it at the coffee shop where an instant before they'd dumped hot coffee all over me, I'd moved my wallet out of the way. "I'm sorry sir, no-one's turned in a wallet". The only thing worse

than realizing your dog has completely eaten the interior of your vehicle, is the feeling you have after canceling all your credit cards that your wallet was in the OTHER pocket and you were too stupid to look before you made the calls. The next time I head out the door with an overnight bag and neighbors ask "going to Mexico for the weekend?" - I'm just gonna say yes. And then I'm gonna ask - "wanna mind the dog?"

ested in making the camp happen.” As not all of the neighbours are in agreement, some expressing concern over potential property value and traffic issues, the future of the camp is currently undecided. A meeting at the Millarville Town Hall may resolve whether the camp is rebuilt to continue functioning on the existing property or be moved to yet another location. “We live in a house on the new

property and would like to operate the camp here after the due diligence is complete,” Linda says. “We also have a lodge that we've moved to Millarville and it's just waiting to be used.” Camp Okotoks is a Christian nondenominational camp that draws participants from churches in the area, and offers day camps in Calgary, in Millarville at the Community Church and over-

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night camps in Sundre at a rented facility. “We're working with community members,” says Linda. “The more community members involved in this the better. We want the community to take ownership of this project. The camp has been operating for so long in the MD that we want another 50 years of tradition.” For more information call Bill or Linda at 403931-1091.

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will be full of local artists with the likes of Bernie Brown, Gaile Gallup and a host of others. This year there will be a children's art tent as well. We encourage vendors to participate as well. Last year we had at least 20 vendors. We'll always make room for anyone who would like to come down and sell their

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still standing. This house was dangerously situated. The main railroad line into G e r m a n y b o rdered the back yard and was frequently a target f o r b o m b a r dments and sabotage. We could see the full length of street from our living room as the house stood at the end of a T. Already for days we were not allowed to venture out very far from home and that particular morning, my father ordered us immediately into the basement. By mid-morning the suspense became unbearable. At one point my father walked upstairs to the living room and without permission, I tiptoed behind him and looked over his shoulder into the street. Everything around us was in total silence. The daffodils were in full bloom, the sun was shining this beautiful spring morning but nobody was to be seen. Nothing moved as if all of life was holding its breath..... And then, in the far distance one lonely figure walks in our direction. We look and look. It can't be true! Is this a Tommy coming our way? We see a healthy looking young man, all by himself approaching cautiously with his gun in readiness, in full battle dress! We just stand there in total disbelief and wonder, Is this for real? Barely able to utter a word, we motion the others to come upstairs. A second soldier appears on foot following the first and before we know it, people tumble out of their houses crying hysterically, hugging and dancing around our liberators despite the occasional bullet still flying through the air. We are free!! That evening, soldiers were all over our house. On the main road two blocks from our house, the army rolled in with an unbelievable show of force at 5 kilometres per hour, bumper to bumper for two days, nonstop. The Allied forces came from the direction of Enschede, the border town. A few days before their arrival, our own house that we'd had to abandon, was still occupied by the Ger-

Marika at Age 12

mans and the intelligence service knew that. One way to get them out was to fire some artillery into it. This was very effective. The thatched straw roof caught fire and went up in flames. The house of friends of ours was also seized and still in reasonably good shape. They had moved out of town. Immediately after our first day of freedom and with the Germans gone, my parents made the decision to move into our friend's vacant house and didn't lose any time to act. This property had a back entrance. We couldn't use the main street and in the middle of all the confusion we moved whatever we had and settled in. On the Allied information sheets this house was marked as 'Occupied,' and they needed it for their own use. My parents spoke English which probably helped a great deal because in the end, we were allowed to stay, but only on the second floor. The rest of the house became an officer's mess and army kitchen and the garden was transformed into a huge tent camp. For about two months we lived with all these men around us. With a mess room, kitchen and cook on the spot, food became instantly available. We were not used to that any more. To our consternation, one day old bread was thrown out. We asked if we could have it and here came the cook with a pile of loaves sandwiched between his hands and his chin. Every evening officers came to visit, a welcome relief for them to be invited into a home setting. We kept in contact with some of them for many years. My parents eventually bought that house and lived there for 35 years. Don’t forget to read the article on Page 5.


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tionship with the customer that he or she will want to Gone are the days when continue. This applies to you received customer ser- customers entering your vice by tying a string to a commercial space or calling $100 bill, tugging it down you on the phone. Get call the store isles until an forwarding, an answering employee took the bait and service or hire staff, but you you slammed a box overtop can easily distinguish your of him until your issue was business by ensuring that resolved. Now everything's an actual person and not done over the phone, leaving some ridiculous robot is takcustomers to navigate a laby- ing the calls during busirinth of touchtone menus. ness hours. After inexplicably reaching a s Time is money for comhuman Customer Service panies and customers, and Agent who you voice your speaking as a Type A perissue to, the shining possi- sonality, I take personal bility of resolution washes offense to deviation from over you. Then, “I'm sorry; deadlines. Punctuality is this is the Complaints On not optional but absolute How We Dealt With Your and a business that fails to Complaint Department. You adhere to an agreed upon need the Complaint Depart- schedule has failed to keep ment, which can only be their word, losing the cusr e a c h e d t h r o u g h t h e tomer's confidence. Life hapTouchtone Menu of Circular pens and things don't Redundancy, but I look for- always go as planned, but ward to hearing from you it's the responsibility of the again soon.” Click. business to repair that Great customer service breach by offering an incenused to be a driving force in tive to earn the customer's any business, but corporate repeat business. conglomerates have obvis Businesses need to lisously held clandestine meet- ten to their customers. ings to reduce costs through P o t e n t i a l c u s t o m e r s equally shabby customer approach a business to treatment across the board. obtain solutions: I'm hunMy bank, for instance, calls gry. What's on your menu? I me at 8:00pm, at home, as a learned the hard way that “courtesy” to inquire about my CD drive is not a cup my level of satisfaction ~ holder and now my PC is full which would increase expo- of java. Can you repair it or nentially if they would stop will it need to be replaced? calling me. But, when I call By being helpful, courteous THEM to make an inquiry, a and knowledgeable, operamachine answers the call tors, managers and staff and says, “Your call is have an opportunity to earn important to us. After all, new clientele simply by liswe're not happy until you're tening to a problem and not happy. If you would like offering solutions ~ even if to speak to a Customer Ser- there's no immediate profit vice Representative, remem- in it. ber your question until one s Throwing in something calls while you're in the extra or putting in addishower.” Click. tional effort gets noticed by Small, locally owned and customers and goes a long operated businesses are way. I recently took my car worth patronizing because to a body shop after an accithey generally offer persondent and the manager took alized service. Word-ofexceptional care of me by mouth travels fast in these dealing with the insurance parts, where friends and company, arranging a rental family offer plenty of positive car, buffing out flaws that reviews for superior busiwere not caused by the accinesses, sharing where they dent and cleaning my car bought that hard-to-find gift inside and out ~ at no addior where they received tional cost! I've told dozens exceptional service. The of potential customers same goes for businesses about this business and will that only offer a substancontinue to recommend it. dard level of service. The After receiving such superb heart of good customer sercustomer service from vice is about creating and them, I'll be bringing my car retaining happy, loyal cusback even if their competitomers. And the recipe is tion charges a little less. simple. Dealing With Disservice Dealing With Customers s For customers, dealing s It begins by greeting with poor service requires customers and offering some tact and manners. assistance, forming a relaCustomer service reps take

grief from unhappy people for a living, so a LOT of them loathe their job and won't be going out of their way to assist a ranting lunatic. s Be specific about your complaint when you are speaking to a customer service representative. No one can help you if they don't know what the issue is. s·Ask to speak to a supervisor or manager if necessary. A manager or supervisor will usually have more options available to effectively fix your problem and be willing to hear suggestions that you have to offer. If you have ways in mind to correct the problem or improve customer service, let the supervisor know. You may be able to offer a solution that the manager didn't think about. s Get the names of who you speak to and, if possible, a direct contact number. Dealing with one person will help prevent you from getting lost in the shuffle. s Bluffing can be an effective tool, but know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em. I've threatened to quit a service before only to have the rep say “I'm sorry to hear that sir, have a nice day.” He wasn't deftly calling my bluff; he just saw an opportunity to end the call. If you're going to make a threat, make it something that actually makes life difficult for them like talking to their manager or getting a full refund. s Write a letter to the company or business owner. Make sure that you include your initial problem, the names of everyone you spoke with, your specific customer service complaints, your proposed solution and your contact information. s It's unfortunate, but accept that you may have to compromise. In some cases, the company may not agree to the solution that you are seeking, so take the Faustian deal that's offered and find a new business to frequent. Taking your business elsewhere makes a powerful statement, particularly if you're dealing with a small business. “If you are unhappy with this article, please list your complaints in a clear and concise manner before directing them through your garburator for processing. If you have not received a reply in six weeks, just wait longer.” Click.

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Personal Protection Often in martial arts and combatives the term “brotherhood” is used. We refer to each other as “budo brother” or the “brother and sisterhood of the shield.” It's been my observation though that while we use this terminology it's quite often the case where we don't treat each other with that level of respect. I've witnessed numerous martial artists and modern warriors stab each other in the back, lie about each other, cheat each other and steal from each other. Even if not to this extreme many warriors today do not show each other the respect that a “brother” or “sister” deserves. Instead they act in a disrespectful manner and as a group we tolerate it. How did this happen? Where did it come from? Who started it? Better yet, who cares? The fact of the matter is if you're going to use that language then be brave enough to back it up with action. Words without action are shallow and meaningless. They are empty. They have no meaning. Words backed by action however can be a powerful catalyst for change. One warrior on their own can inspire a lot of change and good in the

Brotherhood

world, so imagine for a moment what an entire team, or even better, an entire generation of warriors working together could accomplish. Some of you may run your own business. You may be thinking, “But if I do that I could lose my students.” True, you might. As you educate your students to other possibilities they may decide that you're not the teacher for them or that they're more interested somewhere else. But you'd probably lose that student anyways. They'll probably figure that out for themselves eventually. And when they do they might become resentful of you for withholding from them. If however you were honest from the beginning, told them about other possibilities, shared knowledge with other instructors and schools and warriors and exposed them to other ideas, those students will likely leave and still respect you and say good things about you to others. By showing respect to others and by sharing your ideas you create an environment where people want to share with you. In the long run you learn much more and surround yourself with positive like

minded warriors. For example I was at a hot yoga class a few weeks ago. The instructor was great. As I was waiting by the front door to leave another person from the class engaged the instructor in conversation. The student, as it turns out, was an instructor from another yoga studio that teaches the exact same class. They began comparing how they run their class and were genuinely excited to discuss it with each other. By the end of the conversation the “student” was inviting the “instructor” to her class. What I realized was that they both understand that in fact they themselves are students and that to grow you need to let down those walls and have genuine conversations with each other. I encourage you all to learn from the two yoga instructors and let down your walls. If you're going to use terms like “brother” and “sister” then back it up with action. Share your ideas openly and treat others with respect and that same energy will be returned upon you exponentially. Stay safe, be well, Sensei Tom Gillis

The Life of A Professional Artist I'm now officially on my summer vacation. Of course I've taken a few days to clean up after the day camps and I must tackle my studio. This summer has already been a different one for me. I'm no longer 'with' anyone anymore, so my time is my own again. (So, those of you hunky bachelors out there just dying to date me will just have to wait. I'm busy remembering who I am right now! Hahahaha.) That, and I've got an art show to prepare for, and it will take my focus next. I've been feeling normally conflicting emotions such as: freedom & isolation. I'm free to do, think, feel, etcetera, whatever and whenever I want and isolated to see who I truly am without outside influ-

ences. For the most part, I've felt as though I've misplaced something important but I have to accept that I'll never get it back. Weird, but sort of liberating. Anyhoo, lets talk about art. Art is a scary word to people who know people who take art classes. They are either intimidated by it or write it off as beneath them. As mentioned in my previous article, our world's histories are based on our human abilities to draw, paint, sculpt, write, problem-solve, build and admire. Artists must become experts in a myriad of disciplines in order to have great art. Add this to your to do list: Take a day to look up some quaint neighbourhood with neat little shops n' cafes. Then

ask the clerks where you might find local artists' work and PLEASE ask the gallery or shop owners about the artist. Once you get to know the artist, and why she/he creates their work, see if you can find out how they go about it. I can tell you this, you'll be surprised at just how much knowledge it takes to be a great artist. We are experts in our fields as well as incredible net-workers. Get to know some artists in your area and you'll be hooked into such a strong family unit, you'll wonder how you managed without it!

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ABC’s of BBQ, Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em! (Chef Jason Rossington) Summer’s finally here! So why go into a hot kitchen on a hot day when you can enjoy the great outdoors and move that cooking outside? The advantage of BBQing is minimal cleanup, being able to enjoy your guests and the outdoors...plus you can prepare everything in advance for a speedy dinner! Cost: $75 per person Date: September 11th @ 7:00pm Food Therapy 101 (Chef Patrick Dunn) Cost: $75 per person Date: September 22nd @ 6:30pm ABC’s of Country French (Chef Jason Rossington) Cost: $75 per person Date: September 24th @ 7:00pm Sushi (Chef Jason Rossington) Cost: $75 per person Date: September 25th @ 7:00pm

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Cooking with Tea (Amy Holinaty) Cost: $75 per person Date: September 15th @ 6:30pm Cooking for Couples (Chef Patrick Dunn) Join Patrick for a fun night of cooking... learning new recipes and enjoying time together and meeting other like minded foodies... what could be better? Hands on class Cost: $75 per person Date: September 17th @ 6:30pm

Tasting Thursdays Thursdays Stirr! is open until 8pm and will Flavoured Vinegars (Pam Vipond) feature a sampling of various items Cost: $75 per person and product demonstrations. Date: September 27th @ 6:30pm This is not a formal class so feel free to drop by anytime between 6:30pm and 8:00pm Cost: free Make Your Own Dog Treats (Elizabeth Minor) Dates: September 2nd, 9th, 16th, Cost: $50 per person 23rd & 30th @ 6:30pm Date: September 29th @ 6:30pm

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New Fall Classes to Suit Many Interests Submitted by Muriel Dais The fall sessions of classes offered by The Sheep Creek Arts Council will stimulate a wide range of interests. There are new courses ranging from an Introduction to Glassblowing (instructed by Julia Reimer of Firebrands Studio) to Beading on a Loom or Take Along Weaving with Judith Cameron. Blanca Botera will teach Textured Florals in Acrylic; Cindy O'Hama offers a one day opportunity to paint a Ruffled Tulip in oils on canvas and Joan Moore will give a four evening Introduction to Watercolours; as a sample of different styles and mediums for painting. Christmas oriented classes will be offered as well, by such artists as Karina Robbins (from

Nature Arranged) presenting the technique for a Christmas Floral Centrepiece; Barbara Ducharme will co-ordinate two different Christmas card workshops to stimulate creative talents; Nancy Neufeld will demonstrate how to turn a Cypress Knee into an Olde World Santa. Karla Powell has added an advanced Barefoot Diva Class so that her students may benefit from a more intense workout but she will also continue her introductory belly dancing classes and the Dance Around the World class for children and their moms. Continuing clubs within the Council are: Decorat i v e P a i n t i n g , Scrapbooking, Quilting, Knitting, Creative Writing, Camera and Red Cross

First Aid Training. Details, such as times and fees, for classes and clubs may be found in the Foothills Continuing Education booklet which should be available by August 27th in your post office. Most of the classes will take place in the Sheep Creek Arts Council gallery at 133 Sunset Boulevard, Turner Valley. In person registration, and an opportunity to meet the instructors, will take place on September 9th at 7:30pm at the Arts Council. For further information (after August 16th) call Jackie at 403-9382032 or email to sheepcreekartscouncil@g mail.com. The Arts Council welcomes new students and those returning, to a creative and stimulating series of classes beginning in mid-September.

Plan Your Way Back To School (NC)—Ready, set, plan! The race to get ready for back to school is on. Planning and organizing will create a smooth transition from the lazy days of summer to busy school schedules. Introducing routines, getting back to school shopping done early and brushing up on last years lessons are three easy activities that will ease the transition. Stay organized with a family chores chart ü Dividing chores between family members keeps households on track. Starting this routine towards the end of summer will also reintroduce kids to scheduled days. ü One way to keep the whole family on task is by developing a monthly chart that outlines everyone's daily duties. To keep it inter-

esting, switch up chores every month. ü When planning your family's schedule, find a time for adult chores that won't interfere with valuable family time. Laundry, for example, can be done at night after everyone has settled. Back-to-school budget basics ü Be sure to do all your back-to-school shopping well in advance to avoid packed shopping malls and lengthy line-ups. ü Create a back to school shopping budget to save money. From new pencils to a new wardrobe, kids will want it all. Reviewing the budget as a family helps kids understand the difference between needs and wants and can help avoid tantrums and tears. ü Throughout the year,

coupon clipping, buying sale items and investing in quality products can help balance the books. Time for a crash course! ü It is easy for kids to forget some of their lessons from the previous year after two months of summer relaxing. ü A few weeks before school, dedicate about one hour a day to reviewing last year's curriculum. ü Try some fun and engaging activities such as reversing the roles at storytime. Allowing your kids to read their own bedtime story can enhance their reading skills. With these three steps, parents and kids can be ready to go back to school with such little stress - it might even feel like summer never ended.


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Time Management Tips for Busy College Kids Today's college students are busier than ever before. Tuition hikes and higher cost of living have forced many college students to work parttime jobs in addition to their full-time jobs as students. In addition to the need to work, college students are also embracing extracurricular activities in an attempt to make themselves stand out in an increasingly competitive post-college job market. While that ability to multitask might one day prove attractive to prospective employers, it's an ability many students must learn. Time is often a commodity for college students, and managing time effectively can make the difference between a successful student and one who is overwhelmed by stress. * Learn to prioritize. For some college students, the weekend is the ultimate priority. Though this might be a recipe for fun, it's not a recipe for success. Prioritizing both academic and social commitments is a very important step for students looking to manage time more effectively. First and foremost, school

should be a student's top priority. After studies, it's up to a student to choose what's the next most important priority. This is often very difficult, as colleges typically offer a bevy of activities to students. Socializing is an important aspect of college life, but students must be careful not to place socializing too far up the totem pole of their priorities. When prioritizing, it's best to keep in mind education comes first. Keep school and school-related activities high on the list of priorities. * Don't over-extend. Many students love college for the very reason that there is so much to do. In an effort to ensure all students make the most of their college experiences, colleges and universities provide many different avenues by which students can express themselves and become a part of the college community's fabric. However, with all those activities, it's easy for college kids to go overboard and over-commit themselves. Attempting to do too much can lead to feelings of stress and burnout, often resulting in poorer academic performance. When managing time, college students

should schedule some daily time to relax and take a breather. * Keep a planner. Daily planners might seem very adult, but they're also very practical. Students with academic, extracurricular and social commitments should write things down in a daily planner to help keep their heads from spinning. Larger things like midterm exams or research papers don't need to be included in a daily planner. But smaller details that tend to get lost in the shuffle should be written down to help students stay on track and make the most of all of their commitments. * Stay as flexible as possible. While today's busy college students might scoff at the suggestion they stay flexible, flexibility is an important element of time management. Few plans ever go off without a hitch, no matter how well planned they are. Something unexpected tends to pop up around every corner. By remaining flexible with their time, students are putting themselves in positions to better handle these unexpected surprises, be it a sickness, a computer crash, car troubles, etc.

Is Your Teen Ready for an After-School Job? Giving teens the chance to earn money outside of the home can certainly be worthwhile. Jobs teach the value of money and hard work, and also the importance of timeliness and time management. While having a job gives teenagers independence and buying power of their own, that extra money should also teach money management, such as allocating funds for the things kids want (clothing, electronics, etc.) and the things they need (gas for the car). While a teenager should be given some leeway, parents should encourage kids to save for college or big-ticket items in the future. Oftentimes, kids feel like they aren't making a bundle of money, so that makes it all

disposable income. However, opening a savings or checking account can help kids amass savings and see just how much they could be saving instead of spending. In addition to bringing in money and teaching responsibilities, jobs can also help teenagers acquire new skills. Be it an after-school or summer job, the position could expose children to new computer, machinery or clerical skills or even plant a seed for a potential career down the road. Once kids are deemed ready to work, parents should encourage the submission of applications to places teens might be interested in. Include a resume with past experience - even if it is mowing lawns. Some

great first-job opportunities include working in libraries, fast-food chains, restaurants, movie theaters, retail stores and summer camps. When teenagers score that initial interview, offer help in preparing for that meeting but let kids dictate how much assistance parents give. Teach kids about the importance of appearance and punctuality, as well as the value of being articulate during job interviews. Discuss how a teenager's skills might translate into the job market. For example, a child used to cooking dinner for the family might be an ideal fit for the restaurant business, while a voracious reader might be a perfect fit for the local library or bookstore.

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Understanding Adolescents 3 Relationship Characteristics and 4 Tips for Talking with Teens Three Common Characteristics of Teenage Friends 1. Best friends, mortal enemies. It’s not at all uncommon for friendships and social groups to change from day to day in middle school, often without warning or explanation. 2. Phone call fiascos. What starts out as a five-minute phone call between friends can quickly mushroom into an eveninglong, drama-filled call. 3. Appearance changes. In an effort to fit in with a certain group, adolescents often change their physical appearance to look like other members of the group.

Four Tips for Talking with Your Child 1. Wait and listen. 2. Ask “how” questions. 3. Observe from a distance. 4. Make your home a no-cell zone. 3 Step Plan to Family Communication this School Year 1. Picture. Take 5-minutes to recall the events that bring your family together in meaningful ways. 2. Plan. With a list of potentially engaging activities find the family calendar and look for opportunities to designate as “family time”. 3. Promote. By including everyone in the planning process, family time becomes a group effort where everyone has something invested.

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August 10, 2010 ~ Issue #152

Junior High School Student Persistence

By Dr. Charles A. Boulet

Back to School: The Importance of Vision and Eye Health Exams It's back to school time. For some, it's the first time around. Lists are made, wardrobes are reevaluated and parents make every effort to help their children succeed in school. We want our kids to do well, and we also want them to enjoy their time in class. While there is much to do, it is easy to overlook eye health and vision. In general, children in the Foothills are very healthy and have few medical issues with their eyes. Frequently enough, however, children still have learning impediments that are based in vision. August is a great time to bring children in for eye health and vision exams because schedules are generally easier to manage. Still, there are other more important reasons why vision exams early in the school year are preferred. To say that most children have trouble with vision is inaccurate, but research suggests 1 in 5 stu-

dents has enough trouble with their vision that it will affect learning if un-managed. Visual problems are often easy to address, but can they can also be devastating if ignored. A comprehensive vision examination includes evaluation of some factors that are absolutely essential for promoting enjoyable and productive time in school. These factors include: *Assessment of eye health, looking for any sign of dysfunction or disease. *Assessment of clarity of sight. If the eyes have trouble making images clear, glasses are a simple fix with great benefits. *Assessment of visual function. Can the child correctly perceive and interpret the images they see? Can they easily acquire images and text when they need to? Vision simply happens with very little help. Because of this, it's easy to forget that vision does not

always provide the necessary functions for the work we demand of our children. And, while it is relatively simple to correct sight problems with glasses, problems of visual function are often more subtle and elusive, but have a profound impact on performance in school - reading in particular. The controls of a car allow us to move the car around and do useful things with it. If the car is in great shape, but the steering or accelerator are broken, the car cannot fulfill it's useful function for us. In the same way, visual function allows a child to move their eyes and attention to things of interest. Even if the child sees 'clearly', poor visual function will mean that they cannot perform the tasks set out for them. As an example, a child might see a page of text clearly, but if they have difficulty tracking from word to word on the page, reading will be impacted; over the

school year, trouble reading becomes magnified as demands increase. Happily, many visual impediments can be addressed through custom glasses, contact lenses and training. Even if there is no apparent sign of trouble, yearly vision exams are recommended for all students. Subtle impediments to vision can become big trouble in learning and these can change from year to year. For the time it takes to have a full eye health and vision exam, the potential short and long-term benefits to the child easily justify the effort. It can be the difference between doing well and enjoying school and finding the whole thing tedious and frustrating. Dr. Boulet is an optometrist and owner-operator of Diamond Valley Vision Care in Black Diamond (403933-5552 or info@dvvc.ca.) He is also a former high school teacher and continues to work with chil dren who have trouble learning.

How to Help Your Adolescent Thrive in School For some adolescents junior 1. Clarify your expectations, high takes a noticeable dip that particularly in the area of often looks more like a valley. academic achievement. 2. Coach your child to create Three factors contribute to the realistic goals. junior high school dip. 3. Create opportunities for meaningful participation. 1. Unclear expectations from parents, teachers and Additional Opportunities for coaches Meaningful Participation: 2. Unrealistic goals Ÿ Creating an after school 3. Lack of opportunities for study schedule meaningful participation Ÿ Choosing to participate in extracurricular activities How Are You Helping your Ÿ Planning the family dinner Adolescent Through the junior menu high school Dip? Ÿ Suggesting ideas for family vacations Here are a few ideas to try: Ÿ Organizing a family outing Read more at Suite101: http://middle-school-life.suite101.com

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Understanding Adolescents 3 Relationship Characteristics and 4 Tips for Talking with Teens Three Common Characteristics of Teenage Friends 1. Best friends, mortal enemies. It’s not at all uncommon for friendships and social groups to change from day to day in middle school, often without warning or explanation. 2. Phone call fiascos. What starts out as a five-minute phone call between friends can quickly mushroom into an eveninglong, drama-filled call. 3. Appearance changes. In an effort to fit in with a certain group, adolescents often change their physical appearance to look like other members of the group.

Four Tips for Talking with Your Child 1. Wait and listen. 2. Ask “how” questions. 3. Observe from a distance. 4. Make your home a no-cell zone. 3 Step Plan to Family Communication this School Year 1. Picture. Take 5-minutes to recall the events that bring your family together in meaningful ways. 2. Plan. With a list of potentially engaging activities find the family calendar and look for opportunities to designate as “family time”. 3. Promote. By including everyone in the planning process, family time becomes a group effort where everyone has something invested.

Read more at Suite101: http://middle-school-life.suite101.com

Views on Vision

August 10, 2010 ~ Issue #152

Junior High School Student Persistence

By Dr. Charles A. Boulet

Back to School: The Importance of Vision and Eye Health Exams It's back to school time. For some, it's the first time around. Lists are made, wardrobes are reevaluated and parents make every effort to help their children succeed in school. We want our kids to do well, and we also want them to enjoy their time in class. While there is much to do, it is easy to overlook eye health and vision. In general, children in the Foothills are very healthy and have few medical issues with their eyes. Frequently enough, however, children still have learning impediments that are based in vision. August is a great time to bring children in for eye health and vision exams because schedules are generally easier to manage. Still, there are other more important reasons why vision exams early in the school year are preferred. To say that most children have trouble with vision is inaccurate, but research suggests 1 in 5 stu-

dents has enough trouble with their vision that it will affect learning if un-managed. Visual problems are often easy to address, but can they can also be devastating if ignored. A comprehensive vision examination includes evaluation of some factors that are absolutely essential for promoting enjoyable and productive time in school. These factors include: *Assessment of eye health, looking for any sign of dysfunction or disease. *Assessment of clarity of sight. If the eyes have trouble making images clear, glasses are a simple fix with great benefits. *Assessment of visual function. Can the child correctly perceive and interpret the images they see? Can they easily acquire images and text when they need to? Vision simply happens with very little help. Because of this, it's easy to forget that vision does not

always provide the necessary functions for the work we demand of our children. And, while it is relatively simple to correct sight problems with glasses, problems of visual function are often more subtle and elusive, but have a profound impact on performance in school - reading in particular. The controls of a car allow us to move the car around and do useful things with it. If the car is in great shape, but the steering or accelerator are broken, the car cannot fulfill it's useful function for us. In the same way, visual function allows a child to move their eyes and attention to things of interest. Even if the child sees 'clearly', poor visual function will mean that they cannot perform the tasks set out for them. As an example, a child might see a page of text clearly, but if they have difficulty tracking from word to word on the page, reading will be impacted; over the

school year, trouble reading becomes magnified as demands increase. Happily, many visual impediments can be addressed through custom glasses, contact lenses and training. Even if there is no apparent sign of trouble, yearly vision exams are recommended for all students. Subtle impediments to vision can become big trouble in learning and these can change from year to year. For the time it takes to have a full eye health and vision exam, the potential short and long-term benefits to the child easily justify the effort. It can be the difference between doing well and enjoying school and finding the whole thing tedious and frustrating. Dr. Boulet is an optometrist and owner-operator of Diamond Valley Vision Care in Black Diamond (403933-5552 or info@dvvc.ca.) He is also a former high school teacher and continues to work with chil dren who have trouble learning.

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On the Road to Kindergarten Kindergarten will be many children's first foray into school. Their experiences in kindergarten can set the scene for a lifetime of learning. To start laying the foundation for your child's entrance into formal education, consider the following tips. * Identify the school your child will attend. You can call your local school board or simply ask other parents in the area. Some communities assign schools, while others allow parents to choose their child's school. When determining which case applies to your community, inquire about bus service as well. * Some schools have full-day kindergarten programs, while others offer half-day. This may be district-specified or the choice of the parent. * Visit the school to find out about registration requirements. You'll likely have to fill out forms and provide proof of residence. The school also will inform you of any rules they have, including copies of health records, screenings or placement testing. * A routine physical exam and a copy of immunization records will most likely be required. Visit your child's pediatrician to ensure that he or she is

up-to-date with shots and an example of the school's receives a health check- layout and overall atmoup. Proof of dental visits sphere. may be required. * Make friends with parents whose children attend the school. Set up a play date so your child will see some familiar faces on the first day of school. * Talk about attending school and make it seem like a positive experience. Let kids know school is something to look forward to. Some children get excited about kindergarten just because they get to ride the bus. * Shop for a backpack and a lunch box early on so that your child will be excited for school. Enable Kindergarten brings with it him or her to choose supnew experiences for children, such as riding a school bus. Be plies in the theme of sure new students are ready by choice. preparing them for the adven * Find out which types tures that lay ahead. of lessons your child will be learning and begin to * If your child will be practice some of them at attending a private school, h o m e , i n c l u d i n g t h e the school may have regis- alphabet, preliminary tration fees, supply fees, math and writing. uniform requirements and * Always use positive other expenses. It's impor- reinforcement and talk tant to find out about about school in an upbeat these costs ahead of time. way. This increases the * Visit the school with likelihood that kids will your child ahead of time. look at school in a positive Attend a kindergarten light. open house or school tour. * Discuss fears and conThis way kids can become cerns about kindergarten familiar with the premises with your child. This way and won't be caught off you can work out situaguard the first day of tions before the first day of school. A tour will provide school starts.

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There is no longer a need for homeroom teachers at the Junior High School level. Unfortunately, some parents disconnect with their child's school life at this stage. However, students need their parent even more at this level. The parenting approach needs to change with the growing child. Ways for Parents to Stay Connected Volunteer at the school. They need chaperones for dances and field trips. In addition, the staff needs help with fundraisers and tutoring. Check the school website for homework assignments. A student will have several

teachers now, so it will be a little more time consuming than in the past. If a child has academic difficulties, contact the teacher via email, which is a quick way to communicate. Missing homework assignments can sometimes be sent as an attachment in an email. Changes for the Students Junior High means change. Almost everything that was normal in the past will change during this time. Most students will go from having one teacher to having many. Lockers will be in a busy hallway. Many students struggle with the locks. The amount of homework

may increase dramatically. Teachers treat this age group like young adults and expect them to be responsible. Students need to get organized and use a planner or agenda book to keep homework assignments and deadlines organized. One great new addition is extra curricular activities. Students can now participate in school-sponsored clubs, sports, band, choir, etc. Changes that come with Junior High can be scary. However, there will be caring teachers and administrators to help. The most important thing is to be prepared and be responsible.


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Turner Valley Gymnastics Will Continue

Submitted by Gordon Day Turner Valley Gymnastics will be continuing its program this fall. Director Gordon Day made the decision after an overwhelming response from the parents and the community. Several former gymnasts have also volunteered their services. “It has been a major part of the heritage of this area….” was the popular response. “…it cannot stop now.” Established in 1967 along with Millarville, Longview and Black Diamond, whose programs gradually merged into one, Turner Valley remains the oldest continuously operating rural gymnastics program in Canada. The sponsor, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #78, has become Canada's longest continuous sponsor of a gymnastics program in Canada with over 40 volunteers from the parents and interested persons to assist with the training. To its credit, Turner Valley Gymnastics had area competitions and held the Zone Championship con-

tinuously for twenty years. The gymnasts held an impressive position at the Altadore competitions. Praises for the Turner Valley Gymnastics float echoed all over the province, Canada and Montana winning 1,234 awards. Among the cherished awards were the Young Canadian Award, the Ambassadors Award (Canada and US) and the International Award. The float earned each of these three, three times consecutively which is the maximum any float could earn the awards. The float also earned the Float of the Century and the Alberta Jubilee award. It was the longest continuous youth entry in the Calgary Stampede Parade where it earned all the section entries annually and held the Merle Steer Award more than any other entry. It also earned the Klondike Parade Award (Edmonton) for several years consecutively. It continued its success by earning the Sweepstake Award annually in Shelby, Montana and was

the first entry in the Lewis and Clark Parade in Cut Bank, Montana where it also earned numerous awards. At its prime, the float entered 20 parades very year. Members of Turner Valley Gymnastics researched and organized the Sister Cities program which involved Turner Valley, Black Diamond and Cut Bank, MT. The program dwindled due to lack of volunteers to provide an effective program. The program will open in late September and will offer training for Boys and Girls from ages 6 – 21+. Each will be following the Canadian Gymnastics Federation Program. It is hoped that the program will pique the interest of the teenagers as well as the junior ages. Those interested in volunteering will receive a clinic on the 15th September at the Turner Valley School. if you are interested please contact Gordon Day at 403-9333296.

Easy Meal Ideas Students Will Love A brown paper bag or a plastic lunch box. No two items can elicit such fear in the hearts of parents across the country. They seem like harmless items on the surface, but it's coming up with what goes inside that can be truly scary. With more and more schools introducing the “peanut free” policy. The old standby of PB&J sandwiches find themselves out-to-lunch. Day after day, creating new lunch ideas that children will actually eat can be challenging. Parents are often short on time in the evening or the morning before the bus arrives and may be at a loss as to what foods to keep stocked in the pantry, which makes planning lunches a taller order than it may seem. Rest assured that concocting school lunches doesn't have to be difficult. Follow these tips for lunchtime success.

* Think outside the bread. Bread can be boring. Skip the sandwiches and think of other foods that can serve as the wrapping for tasty foods. Tortillas, pitas, pizza crusts and crackers are other ideas for topping or holding items together. * Explore more mature flavors. Who says kids only want bologna and cheese? Ask your child what he or she enjoys eating and stock up on those ingredients. For example, if you enjoy a wrap of grilled chicken with fresh mozzarella and basil, your child might as well. * Make it fun. Pack lunch according to a theme. Maybe Monday is all round-shaped foods. Tuesday may be cowboy themed, with southern flair. On Wednesday all the foods may be red. Your child will be eating the same foods he or she always did but just in a more interesting way.

Chances are if it's fun to eat, the kids will be on board. * Involve the kids. Make a chart that lists foods in specific categories: fruit, vegetable, meat, dairy and snack. Enable your child to pick the combination he or she desires each day. Involving children in meal creation helps make them more in tune with food choices and more likely to eat what they have chosen. * Who says lunch has to be "lunch"? Instead of packing the requisite lunch foods, consider breakfast items instead. Maybe your child will enjoy a banana wrapped in a pancake or yogurt topped with crunchy granola. A mini bagel packaged with an individual serving of cream cheese and jelly could fit the bill, too. As long as your child is eating a healthy, balanced meal, it doesn't matter what the foods may be.

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While you are walking to and from school, please be sure to stay safe by following the crosswalk safety tips:

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The cause of the blaze that damaged the Museum of the Highwood early Wednesday morning remains undetermined. Fire Chief Len Zebedee confirmed the fire originated externally in the south-east corner of the building. “Although the exact cause of the fire cannot be determined, there were a number of factors that contributed to its spreading into the building,” he explained. A large stack of plastic deck chairs, stored near the back fence and a wooden brace, used to support the lintel above a secondary door, provided the fuel that significantly increased the intensity and heat of the blaze. “Plastic chairs are extremely combustible,” said Zebedee “and create a very black smoke. The heat and flames from this were able to reach the overhanging eaves and work their way into

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the attic.” Luckily the fire was contained to the attic area, limiting the amount of damage to the building. Although it will still require weeks of work to clean the water and smoke damage from the main floor, the construction of a new roof is the only major structural work that appears to be required. “The shingles needed to be replaced anyway,” said Irene Kerr, director and curator of the museum. “We had already received a provincial grant to complete this work this year.” Because the fire did not spread into the exhibition areas, most of the collection was preserved. A large portion of the collection of archival photos and original journals were stored in an onsite vault and these were completely untouched by the fire. “We were very lucky,”

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said Kerr “I would say 95 per cent of the collection will be salvageable.” Counterparts from several Calgary museums have already volunteered their services to help with the preservation of the artifacts. The Glenbow Museum, the Military Museum and the Calgary Firefighters Museum have all volunteered to assist with transferring the collection to temporary storage facilities and provide consultation on restoration methods for any pieces that suffered water or smoke damage. Foothills School Division and Christ the Redeemer Catholic schools have offered temporary space in their schools to store the artifacts. Both Zebedee and Kerr praised town staff and High River residents for their support and assistance over the past two days.

“The amount of teamwork and cooperative spirit that we saw from all the town's departments was really wonderful,” said Zebedee. Sue Graham, acting director for the community services department said they have received a great deal of support from local residents who have taken time to help move the artifacts. “We will still need volunteers over the next few weeks as we establish a longer-term storage area for the collection,” she said. Anyone who would like to volunteer is asked to call Tracy in community services at 403-6522110. While the long-term outcome for the building is very positive, it will be closed for the remainder of the summer. Details about where or if the museum will be relocated in the interim will be discussed at the next board meeting.

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We take gender roles entirely too seriously in our society, and I'm here to let you know that you have options. You will see these expressed in the people and opportunities you encounter the next few weeks, and these experiences may come with a sense of needing to make a decision. You don't have to decide anything, and any decision you make can be unmade; what you can do is explore your feelings and experiences honestly and vividly: really get into what you're experiencing. Notice if you feel a sense of vertigo if you unhook some of your false allegiances to the Blue Team and the Pink Team. Notice if the uber-macho men and the beyond-femme women start to seem like cartoons. Look for the wide area where the two are seeking a sacred marriage in your body and soul.

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You are passing through a series of initiations: spiritual checkpoints that are designed to bring you into the present moment. These involve the work that you do, your commitment to personal healing, your presence in your relationships and something basic about your health. For the moment, your health is your sexual health, which relates closely to your sense of emotional wellbeing. If you encounter what seem to be obstacles or limitations, work through each of them persistently and patiently one at a time, until you resolve the issue that's at hand (whatever it happens to be). Look for the integration point of all of these seeming different experiences; they are closely related, and what you learn working out any one of them can be applied to any of them.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) many old mental patterns have been dominating your life. Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) Saturn has entered your birth sign, accompanied by three other Charm, persuasion and to a certain extent seduction are Invent your way to the future. planets - Venus, Mars and Vesta. You may go through a wild appropriate tactics to use in leadership. The truth is most people identity crisis or two this month (perhaps a delayed reaction: have little clue what they want, and even less knowledge of Cancer (June 21-July 22) I trust that your life is settling down from the excitement of the most people went through it last month). I suggest you not make what would benefit the common good. Further, our neighbors past month or two. You are standing on much stronger territory things any more complex than they need to be. Keep them tend to either resist progress or put us in the position where they than you're accustomed to, though you might question how you simple by honoring your devotion to your inner core creativity. beg to be persuaded that it's a good thing. Pay no attention to got there. In fact, you might want to question where 'there' is: That's your gentle passion, your consistency in your those who resist. As for everyone else, some will yield to your that is to say, where you are. You have gone through a growth relationships and the fire that burns within you. You know you self-assertion. Others will be drawn to your attractive spurt and you may be feeling hemmed in by your physical contain many different opposites. You know that you are the one dynamism. Others will be turned on by how devoted you are. environment. Whether or not it's time to move, I have a who must now take over the process of raising yourself into an The rest will respond to simple authority, which you are exuding suggestion for you: you feel cramped by the emotional stuffing adult who both honors his or her role in society. Too often we in bright colors right now. Trust that you have a resource to work with every situation that can be worked, and the ones that seem of your family's history. It is time to break free and find yourself. give this job to others; it is yours and yours alone.+ stuck will take care of themselves. You just need the wisdom to For quite a long time you've been striving consciously to feel know the difference. better about yourself: to love and respect who you are. You don't Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) You are searching deeply and at times desperately for need them or their hallucinated ideas about you. understanding about how your life is changing, and how you will Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) adapt to those changes. You have to do far less than you may Saturn is making many aspects in these weeks and months, Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) Take money matters in stride. Yes, conserve your cash and believe. I suggest working with isolation consciously. Anytime and one by one every aspect of your life will come up for make purchases wisely; most of what you think you need you you feel alone, raise your level of awareness and turn your gaze reconsideration, adjustment and restructuring. Remember that really don't need. You may not believe that, but I could tell you within. You contain everything you seek, and the only way you you are not really making changes to the outer world: you are some funny stories about Mercury retrograde. What the will find that out is to test the theory. Don't go missing on making up your mind about what you want and what is forthcoming Mercury retrograde in Virgo is about, though, is yourself; keep your focus on yourself (rather than, say, appropriate for you. Then you're engaging with the world based understanding how you evaluate yourself: your successes and obsessing over a relationship). When you do this you will face on what you discover. If you try to make your changes from the failures; your value to the people around you; and whether fears that others are reluctant to admit, much less address. You outside you will likely run into confusion and resistance; if you anyone notices how generous you are. The next two months will ask yourself questions about existence that rarely see the discover that to be the case, then tune into what you want and are a reminder to go easier on yourself, and to listen the most light of the human mind.And you can, if you are open, discover a what you have decided is necessary and focus on those truths clearly, with full awareness. Then, what you need to do, or carefully to the people who express their faith and gratitude to lush world of passion, sensuality and contradiction. change, will be obvious. you. At the moment the world is an unusual kind of mirror and you may be doing some sorting out of mixed signals. Just be Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) You can finally get some work done. There is nothing like having Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20 sure you know which is which, and take a day to decide. to obsess over details to slow down a Sagittarian mind. There is You have more influence than you think; this, at a time of nothing like the Sun in Leo to speed up your quest for profound changes when lots of energy is being liberated. Also, Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) At long last, Saturn has left your sign - but not your life. The past adventure. And, as Saturn in Libra would have it, you are about you can put less energy into 'making money' and more into two years have been characterized by pressure to mature, to make a good bit of progress on putting your talent to use in the creative flow: they have finally morphed into the same thing, if enforced changes and increased responsibilities, though I trust world - and I say that no matter how specific and focused your you are willing to allow that to be true. This is the tricky part, you reached that point where you wouldn't trade them for the talent may be. Remember that every worldly success is built on though by now you've figured out that resistance to what you world. Now you have a new project: gaining some mental relationships, and this counts even for those who have no want doesn't get you anywhere. I suggest you experiment with stability. That will be an adventure with Mercury retrograde from interest in other people: those people take an interest in them, focusing the most positive, life-affirming thoughts on what you late August through early September, though you're up for the and there must be some form of reciprocity. You are offering desire, then proceed as if it will come to you. Don't be surprised task. You will have occasion to apply your awareness of the yourself to the world, and you do have plenty going for you. when it does - therefore, make sure to focus on what you consider the most significant or satisfying first. I am not saying significant difference between your opinion about yourself, and Notice who is interested and focus on them. you can bend the universe to your every whim; that's the whole the underlying facts about yourself. Your opinion may change point: keeping your heart and soul oriented on your authentic but the basic facts remain stable: that is how you are now. The truth. other difference is that the facts speak volumes about your integrity, whereas your opinions might be inclined to doubt. Read Eric Francis daily at PlanetWaves.net.

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VOLUNTEERS HELP NEEDED with "Meals on Wheels" deliveries in Turner Valley, Black Diamond, Hartell, Longview and possibly Millarville. Weekdays only over the lunch hour; no weekends, no evenings. Perfect for the retired person. A very satisfying way to help housebound people in our communities. Call Mrs. Campbell at 403-938-7775. -----------------------------------------------------------VOLUNTEERS WANTED at Sheep River Library. Help is needed with working on the floor, re-shelving books and shelf reading. Special project volunteers are needed to help with fundraising for new furniture and shelving for the new facility. Community sign team for the outdoor types needed to help once in a while in putting up wording to announce upcoming events. Call Muhammad at the library 403-933-3278. -------------------------------------------------------------THE HIGH COUNTRY LODGE in Black Diamond is currently seeking Volunteers that

would like to help seniors with the Lodge’s gardens, as well as regularly scheduled activities and outings. The Lodge is also interest in a Volunteer that posses a Class 4 Driver’s License or higher to drive the bus on occasional outings. Anyone interested in these opportunities may contact Michelle Diamond, Recreation/Volunteer Coordinator at 403-9334028 or at recreation.hcl@foothillsfdtn.org. -------------------------------------------------------------BRAINSTORMING VOLUNTEERS Volunteer(s) are wanted to brainstorm fundraising ideas for the Sheep River Health Trust's up and coming events. We are looking for energetic, community minded individuals who want to get involved and help us raise funds to purchase urgently needed equipment at the Okotoks Health and Wellness Centre and Oilfields Hospital. We welcome all inquiries. Brainstorming sessions to started in early 2010. 403-995-5400. sheepriver.healthtrust@albertahealthservices.ca. -------------------------------------------------------------AUGUST 21ST the High Country Lodge will be holding a Fundraising Yard Sale, anyone wishing to donate items to the Yard Sale may contact Michelle Diamond, Recreation/Volunteer Coordinator at 403-9334028 or at recreation.hcl@foothillsfdtn.org. -------------------------------------------------------------AMBASSADORS for the SRHT Volunteers Volunteer(s) are wanted to help promote and advocate for the health trust in various communities we serve. We are looking for volunteers who are engaged in their communities and have a passion for supporting and enhancing health care in our rural area. If you are interested in volunteering at display booths or in your community please inquire within. Call 403-995-5400. sheepriver.healthtrust@albertahealthservices.ca. --------------------------------------------------------------

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By Penny Judson-Benny ~ Registered Dental Hygienist Bad breath or 'halitosis' has a very unpleasant odor. This odor can strike periodically or can be persistent, depending on the cause. Millions of bacteria live in the mouth and in most cases, is the primary cause of bad breath. The mouth's warm, moist conditions make an ideal environment for these bacteria to grow. Some types of bad breath, such as 'morning mouth' are considered to be fairly normal, and they usually are not health concerns. 'Morning mouth' occurs because the saliva that regularly washes away decaying food and odors during the daytime, diminishes at night while you sleep. Your mouth becomes dry, and dead cells adhere to your tongue and to the inside of your cheeks. Bacteria use these cells for food and expel compounds that have a foul odor. In addition, bad breath can be caused by the fol-

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lowing: * Poor dental hygiene – infrequent or improper brushing and flossing can leave food particles to decay inside the mouth * Infections in the mouth – Periodontal (gum) disease * Respiratory tract infections – Throat infections, sinus infections and lung infections * External agents – garlic, onions, coffee, cigarette smoking and chewing tobacco *D r y m o u t h (xerostomia) – This can be caused by salivary gland problems, medications or by 'mouth breathing' * Systemic Illnesses – Diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sinus disease, reflux disease and others * Psychiatric Illness – Some people may perceive that they have bad breath, but it is not noticed by oral-health care professionals or others. This is referred to as 'pseudohalitosis'

A person may not always know that he/she has bad breath. This phenomenon is because odor-detecting cells in the nose eventually become accustomed to the constant flow of bad smells from the mouth. Others may notice and react by recoiling as you speak. Other associated symptoms depend on the underlying cause of bad breath: * Poor dental hygiene – Teeth are coated with plaque, food trapped between teeth, pale or swollen gums * Infections in the mouth – Gums may be red, swollen and bleed easily, especially after brushing and flossing; pus may drain from between teeth; a pocket of pus (abscess) at the base of the tooth; loose teeth or the change in 'fit' of the denture; painful, open sores on the tongue or gums * Respiratory tract infections - Cigarette stains on fingers and teeth, a uniform yellow 'coffee stain' on teeth * Dry Mouth – Difficulty swallowing dry foods, difficulty speaking for a prolonged period of time because of mouth dryness, a burning sensation in the mouth, an unusually high number of dental caries, dry eyes (in Sjogren's syndrome) * Systemic illnesses – Symptoms of diabetes, lung disease, kidney or liver disease A health professional may notice the patient's bad breath while the patient is discussing his/her medical history and symptoms. In some cases, a likely cause may be determined. A 'fruity' breath can be a sign of uncontrolled diabetes. A urine-like smell, especially in a person who is at high risk for kidney disease, can sometimes indicate kidney failure. The medical history may sometimes reveal the source of halitosis. Certain medical conditions as well as medications that cause dry mouth may be present. It is important for your health professional to know your

personal habits such as diet, whether you have a smoking or chewing tobacco habit. Your oral health professional will examine your teeth, gums, and oral tissues. A head and neck exam, as well as breathing habits will be evaluated. Halitosis that is caused by poor oral health can be reduced by using a proper homecare regimen. Brushing and flossing daily is critical. Tongue brushing is also very important as there is a thick film of bacteria present on the surface where the papilla and taste buds are. Periodontal disease and abscesses usually respond quickly to proper dental treatment. Bad breath resulting from chronic sinusitis may be a recurring problem, especially if it is caused by a structural abnormality. Halitosis caused by a systemic illness may be a long term problem that can often be controlled by proper medical care. Daily prevention caused by dental problems can easily control bad breath: * Brush and floss the teeth and gums after meals and before bed * Brush the tongue daily, especially before bed *Clean dentures and oral appliances daily * Use and antiseptic mouth rinse if needed, but this does not replace a good brushing and flossing regimen * Get regular teeth cleaning and periodontal care * Drink plenty of water during the day * Chew sugar free gum * Eat raw vegetables such as celery and carrots to help reduce plaque formation.

'Keep Your Smile For A Lifetime'! Penny Judson-Benny, RDH, is the owner and operator of Mountain View Dental Hygiene Clinic in Black Diamond and can be contacted at 403-9337722.


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Martial Artists Sculpt Supercentre

By Todd Curran The new Foothills Training Services martial arts supercenter kicked open its doors in Okotoks on August 4th, offering self defense, ninjutsu and mixed martial arts classes. The small Foothills Training Services dojo that Sensei Tom Gillis

started in 2004 has blossomed into a training facility for a variety of martial arts, weapons instruction and law enforcement preparation. Their new Stockton Point home in Okotoks is bigger than their previous location, allowing them to offer more services like guided imagery

Faith Forum Looking at this picture of Lake Minnewanka I took in Banff, you might say 'that's a nice picture,' and really appreciate it. If you were to go there and experience it for yourself then you'd know for sure just how wonderful it really is. Or, let's say you're at a buffet and spot that scrumptious-looking blueberry pie. Oh, it looks so good! And that's it, end of story. You have to eat a piece to really know how tasty it is! That brings me to a piece of scripture that I really like: “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” Or, as another paraphrase for this verse puts it: “Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him.” (Psalm 34:8) You see, we might acknowledge with our mind that there is a God out there somewhere. We might suddenly find ourselves in a lot of difficulty and hardship and even pray to God to help. You might feel some peace of mind by doing that. We may call this 'head knowledge.' This is a good start but there is so much more. We are invited by God to “open our mouths and taste, open our eyes and see…” God asks us to do more than just have head knowledge. The reason? Because he loves us so much and wants to be a part of your life. Consider this

for performance enhancement or personal success and wellbeing. “We pretty much destroyed that first place, so they kicked us out,” says Tom, evidenced by a couple of wayward weapons sent flying during disarming demonstrations. Students, instructors and curious hopefuls filled the new training facility, awestruck by combat demonstrations (Oooh, that’s gotta hurt!) and the blessing of the Dojo conducted by Shihan Jay, Tom's Sensei and a Shinto priest. Although the blessing was delivered in Japanese, the essence was to rid the space of negative forces and bring luck, success and best

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wishes to Tom and the training super-center. Offering mixed martial arts featuring techniques used in Ultimate Fighting Championship, children's classes starting in September and other programs, the instructors offer a wide range of services. “Whatever you're interested in, we want to make it available to learn here,” Tom says. “That's our goal.” Much like the essence of yin and yang, Tom promotes martial arts as a pathway to fitness, selfdiscipline, confidence and respect for others. For more information on Foothills Training Services visit their comprehensive website at: www.ftsma.com.

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message God gave us in John 3:16-18: "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.” (From The Message) You see, we need to make this heart knowledge. What are we acquitted from if we trust in Him? From the life sentence of death that we are all under because of wrong things in our life (sin). This is why Jesus came to earth and died and rose again. Eternal life after death is ours and our life here on earth is whole if we have made this knowledge to be in our hearts and not just with our minds. Once this is heart knowledge - a decision you make to believe in Jesus, the Son of God and live for him - then you're able to access all of God's promises for the power to live the kind of healthy and wholesome life you were meant to live (in all areas of life!); and best of all, have the kind of relationship with the God who loved you enough to die for you. This is the same God who has created all the colours and wonderful things of nature and the same one who created the model of families so we could be cared for and loved by fellow human beings. (Even if our families fail us somehow in this - God is there to love and support us as he promised). Has your heart been telling you, you need something more out of life? Have you ever said to yourself, “Is this all there is?” Have you ever wondered if

God was real and is he even interested in you? The answer to this last question is a resounding “Yes!!” As we've pointed out, God is real and loved you this much as he said in the Bible passage above. Your part is to believe what He has said to you (John 3:16-18), and accept this knowledge as a gift from Him. Just tell him this as you would talk to another person. He is that personal and real; one of the great differences between God and a person is that God is always with you and never leaves you when you belong to him, unlike a person who can leave or has to leave at anytime. “Don't be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, 'I'll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,' we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I'm fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?” Hebrews 13:5,6 Does this sound like something you'd like to do? The invitation is open to anyone, no matter who you are or what you've done. That includes those who once knew God in a close way but have strayed away from him and want to return to him. “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20. Feel free to email me and I would love to discuss further with you any questions or doubts you may have or if you'd like additional help in this very important issue of life. It will be the single most important decision you will make as it affects every part of life: now and when these bodies die. I can also help with discussing with you what this life looks like after you make it heart knowledge. I can be reached at: gloriawes@hotmail.com.

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hints to help start you on the way. Watch for fading flowers on strong healthy plants, it may be a good idea to tag them with a twist tie to identify the best selections, try to wait until the seed packages are dry, but before they crack open, or become prey to birds. Then collect on a dry sunny day, wear a pair of rubber or vinyl gloves as some seed heads such as hollyhock or verbena may cause skin irritation. To prevent loss of seeds, or dropping them, use a plastic bucket or small, blotter lined cardboard box. Hold the bucket or box under the seed head tip the seed head over the bucket and pinch or cut off the seed head, collect only one type of plant at a time. If you want to be more particular, collect only one colour range at a time, depending on whether or not the bees have done their job the colour may breed true. Sift through the seeds and clean out any seed case or leaves. Spread the seeds out to completely dry. The best way to do this is in a shallow cardboard box that has been lined with an absorbent material, such as piece of desk blotter, in a dry warm spot. This will prevent mold or mildew. Once the seeds are ready, place them in a paper envelope, date, label and store them in a cool dry place. You may want to experiment with some amounts of seed, for instance, mix dry sand with poppy seeds, it will help keep them dry and save clumping when you want to

plant them. A couple of grains of rice in the envelope will also help prevent moisture. Many North American garden seeds need a cold nap before planting in the spring, so store them in an unheated garage, or garden shed, if you have a spot in your fridge you can “winter” them over by storing the seed envelopes in a small box, make sure the box is sealed tight, to prevent moisture from seeping in. You can collect green seed heads, but allow the seeds to mature inside the casing in a dry sunny window before breaking it open and following the above steps. It's as much fun too, to try different methods of storing. I was surprised one year when we got a free display. The outdoor planters I had used for impatients and aylssium sprouted these plants again when we took the plastic cover off in the spring. I had turned the plants into the earth before we covered the planters instead of tossing them into the compost, I've tried this again with varying degrees of success. Aside from collecting seeds from wave petunias for planting, I've also sprinkled some into small peat pots, covered them with saran wrap and stored them on a cool shelf in the garage. In the early spring I bring them out, lightly water them and sit them in a sunny window. I've also had varying degrees of success with this method for marigolds, nasturtiums and impatients. Continued on next page.

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From My Bookshelf....

As a quilter, that led me to today's author, Sandra Dallas. I have read most of her work and all - whether fiction or non-fiction, are written in a simple style. But don't be fooled! This writer's brain is always way ahead of mine. Just when I think I have a handle on the plot there is another wrench and a left turn in the story. I hope you enjoy these tricky little books as much as I have. Alice's Tulips Alice is a young bride whose husband, a Union soldier in the Civil War, leaves her on his Iowa farm with his formidable mother. Alice is equally talented at quilting and gossip and her letters to her sister are filled with accounts of daily life on the farm, local quilting bees,

the customs and restraints of small town America. When Alice is accused of murder she must rely on support from unlikely sources. Did she do it? Has she finally snapped? The Chile Queen This novel is very different from Dallas' other books. The story is told through four different points of view. There is Addie, who is a madam at The Chile Queen, a whorehouse where "men are taken in and done for." Emma has been sent west by her brother to be married to a man she has corresponded with for months, but has not met. She is stood up by her suitor at the train station, so asks for lodging at what she thinks is a boarding house, The Chile

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Continued from previ- edging and a label, or a clearly defined planting ous page. bed so as not to weed out For best results use a good seedlings. Don't forproduct such as “Damp get the fall is also the time to lift bulbs and corms Off” in the water. Some plants, especially such as dahlia and canna biennials, prefer to be lily. Apart from the joy of planted directly into the watching your garden ground in the fall. If you grow, one of the nicest do this, make sure to moments of seed collectclearly mark the planting ing is sharing. I've mailed bed with either a collar of seeds to friends across

Canada and had the pleasure of receiving news that “my” hollyhocks are happily colouring a garden in Thousand Islands, and Victoria B.C. Hope this has been an enjoyable read and has given you a lead to a new and fun hobby. You can contact Rosemary at: gazette@telus.net.

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By Lynn Willoughby Queen. Her naivety, the resident outlaw bank robber, Ned, the black servant, Welcome, who has actually been running the place, the unbusinesslike Addie, all work to make you, the reader, realize things are not what they seem. Addie, Ned and Welcome talk about what they can do to help Emma - for a dowdy looking spinster hanging around The Chile Queen is just not good for business! This is a story with twists and turns and although all the characters are scoundrels, they are very likeable. However, everyone has his own agenda and this leads to lots of laughter in this delightful page-turner. The Diary of Mattie Spenser A month after they marry, Mattie and Luke Spenser set off in a covered wagon to build a home on the Colorado frontier. Mattie comforts herself by writing in her journal, where she records the joys and frustrations of frontier life, and married life with a handsome but distant stranger. The novel is full of suspense, but is most notable for the story of hardship, friendship, survival and love from unexpected sources. The Persian Pickle Club

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Putting Families into Homes SINCE 1995 “Your Diamond Valley Specialists” Honesty, Reliance, Professionalism

It is the 1930s and hard times have hit Harveyville, Kansas. Crops are burning up and there is not a job to be found. For Queenie Bean, a young farm wife, a highlight of each week is the meeting of the Persian Pickle Club. This group of local ladies is dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip and putting their quilting skills to good use. When a new member stirs up a dark secret, the women must band together to support and protect their own. Dallas once again explores the ties that bind women through good times and bad. " Whiter Than Snow " Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps - nonfiction " The Quilt That Walked to Golden - non-fiction " Crazy For Quilts, A Celebration of the Quilter's Art non-fiction " and several others Who Knew? Secret messages, in the form of quilt patterns, aided slaves escaping the Southern States before and during the American Civil War.

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Shaun Vickers & Sandi Kennedy $549,000 MLS C3410688

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80 Crystal Green Drive, Okotoks ~ Executive Home, backing onto green space full of spruce trees and natural shrubs. A terrific location, a part of the Crystalridge Golf Course. The home is spaciously designed, three bedrooms up and a large bright bonus room. Triple car garage, huge island in the kitchen and all appliances too.

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8 Crystal Shores Bay, Okotoks. Okotoks Lake lot with gorgeous home – spectacular lake views from all floors, two story living room ceiling, gleaming hardwood, granite counters, formal dining room, finished walk-out with steam room, private dock on the lake. Triple car garage with curved driveway and extensive landscaping with levels of patios with shrubs and more.

$350,000 MLS C3405628 #4 Crystal Ridge Gate, Okotoks - a lovely home with lots of great features. A yard of colour and beautifully designed with loads of shrubs, trees, flowers and all fenced in the back, including wide sidewalk and patio of in-lock bricks and bed edges. Three bedrooms upstairs, a finished lower level with bathroom. Main floor laundry room. Heated garage and lovely home with lake privileges.

Okotoks ~ a terrific Mesa condo with great amenity building, nine foot ceilings, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Two titled parking spots one inside and lake privileges at Crystal Ridge Lake.

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Black Diamond walk-out bungalow, four bedrooms and backing onto a huge park area. Mountain views and lovely newer area. Golf/hospital/services within the community.

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2810 ~ 22 St, Nanton ~ a lovely home ready for you with dark stone trimming, large deck, spacious open plan with fireplace and three bedrooms. A lower level waiting for your ideas on a terrific large lot, fenced and parking space for your motor home/RV or extra vehicles. Garage 24 x 22'.

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South west of Okotoks on 112 St W. A terrific 10 acres with newer 3 bedroom/bungalow, large kitchen and terrific mountain view. Fenced for horses - steel barn and good water.

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Peaceful 15.89 Acres Along the Sheep (Creek) River system. 4,000 sq ft home with wonderful features, four fireplaces, heated flooring, 3,000 ft wrapping deck, low maintenance landscaping is in place, just sit back and enjoy! Space for your horses or subdivide and give each parcel some water front… now 1200 linear ft of water edge, south of the River Ford on 160 St W. Tall mature trees, picnic areas and more.

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Black Diamond home- 122 - 2nd Avenue S. – a great 18 acres – PINE LAKE east of INNISFAIL– A wonderful location within three miles of home with two bedrooms, corner lot, lots of trees, room for Pine Lake development, gold courses and beautiful rolling , treed land. A great home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a huge shop, heated with attaché barn and a RV or a few vehicles parking on the lot. variety of corrals, stock water and shelter for horses or cattle.

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$960,000 $295,000 MLS C3436907 3 Acres River front property. backing to the Sheep River

Turner Valley Villa. Nestled in the Foothills, wonderful with 33 acres of untouched River land. This property is on view of the Mountains, circle driveway, double parking pad pavement, a walk-out, 5 bedrooms and huge & garage. A 3 bedroom, fully finished villa with open office/another bedroom, heated floors, four car garage. kitchen and large dining area with large window to enjoy The open plan is wonderful for family and friends to enjoy. Mountains. Dining room, large mud/room and laundry room.

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4 acres Walk to Okotoks - 1000 yards. Lovely walk-out bungalow with four bedrooms plus an office, in-floor heat, Chef's kitchen, granite counters, hardwood floors, a walk to Okotoks's north edge. A barn and fenced for horses. New listing and ready to move right in, lovely immaculate condition.

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West of the Teepee sales north of Dewinton. 98 acres with tremendous mountain panoramic views, eight stall barn, hay shed, riding ring, machine building, all steel and beautifully finished/landscaped and 1 mile to Calgary City limits. Great subdivision property, every lot could have mountain views

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4.56 Acres – Five minutes to Calgary NATURAL TREES, TREES, TREES, near the new Hospital, Cranston and Mckenzie Towne- near the exceptional Heritage Hts School and Heritage Point Golf Club – this new home is nestled in a forest of trees. This lovely home has hardwood floors, heated lower level floors, walk-out, paved driveway, elec gate and more. 202 Sunset Blvd., Turner Valley. A terrific home with Beautiful design, huge rooms, high end finishing in huge lot. Detached garage, a corner for great potential to Executive district. 24 St E/ north of Dunbow Road, ½ mile to Deerfoot Trail. develop. A circle driveway, three bedrooms and lots of trees.

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$280,000 MLS C3436491

Turner Valley a terrific four bedroom home with 23 m wide lot (75') and detached garage. Freshly painted, facing south with lots of sunlight and brightness. On a back alley. Appliances, also washer and dryer.

$850,000

Terrific views and 1000 yards to the north edge of Calgary. Straight west of the new Iron Mills Shopping Center Five bedrooms on the main floor, three bathrooms too. Also finished in the lower level with bathroom/bedroom and family room. A super location for small business and future development.

MLS C3397029

$6,000,000

Full 1/4 SECTION on the west side of Okotoks. Three homes, exceptional development property for acreages or subdivision. The views are spectacular, ½ a mile of Sheep River escarpment. Directly next to Sheep River Developments of high end homes. Good well and water rights from the Sheep River.

MLS C3439532

$1,100,000

4 Acres. West of Okotoks spectacular Mountain Views,

along good paved roads and within two miles of Okotoks limits, schools and services. A terrific location with four bedrooms and a a guest suite with it's own entrance. Rom and fenced for horses, lovely spruce trees, a pond and few neighbors around. A great location for a shop and small business.

MLS C3409628

$6,000,000

15.6 acres Spectacular Mountain views, River Front. An Executive Home and Property – Nestled on a hill, looking out and down the Sheep River, rolling hills and miles of Rocky Mountains. Over 8,000 sq ft finished walk-out bungalow with high tech throughout. In-floor heat in all floors, Geothermal, salt water pool, 2 laundry rooms, inter system of communication and television viewing of gate, front area and more. Outside buildings of 40 x 60 barn/wash bay/work shop & storage area, Shop/RV storage 48 x 60 both heated floors, 16' elec doors & bathrooms. Up-graded throughout, impeccable property and extensive landscaping. Shows 100%x100%.

Rural Properties To Build Your Dream! LAKE, LAKE, WATER SKIING. Lake Area Lots MLS C3390188, C3390193, C3390192 starting at $80,000 for 4 acres, on pavement and close enough to commute. Call for details of area, Sub-division Map, Restrictive Covenant. 12 lots left of 33 total.

MLS C1017210 A half acre in Turner Valley in the Business area. Near the Hotel on a paved road and just off the main street. A terrific location for a shop, office building, day care facility, restaurant or theatre. Maybe further discretionary uses: the town will approve by application. $88,000

MLS C3434698 4.4Acres with spectacular Mountain and City views from the hill south of the village of Dewinton. Well reported 7 gpm $370,000.

MLS C3433134 = $225,000, 10 ac & MLS C3433129 = $99,000, 3 ac & MLS C3433132 = $360,000, 108 acres all at Cowley, good commercial on Highway #3, good camp ground, RV location, sub-division possibilities, near Old Man Dam.

MLS C3434392 Rock Quarry 155 Acres with windmill income and rock income. Beautiful views, just off the #3 Highway, near Cowley. MLS C3418865 79 Acres on top of the world with Calgary and Okotoks sky lines and views and the Mountains too. A terrific parcel of land on pavement between the Okotoks over pass road (552) and the Aldersyde Highway #547. $365,000.

MLS C3364738 47 Acres West of Bowden on 587 hwy/RRd 21, natural tree stands & open meadow, along a good paved road, natural spring $380,000 with SIX thousand SPRUCE TREES PLANTED, yard site, power, well, garage, terrific camping location on pavement. West of Bowden. Walmart 10 minutes, Calgary commute distance. $380,000. MLS C1017501 Abusiness lot in Nanton business district on 23 St. $65,000

Shaun Vickers and Sandi Kennedy Remax Landan Real Estate 403-256-3888 It is a great time for Buyers . . . All listings can be viewed at: www.remax-landan.com

Sandi's email Sandi@SandiKennedy.ca Shaun's email Shaun@ShaunVickers.ca

2010-08-10  

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