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GRASSROOTS ~ December 21st, 2010 ~ Issue #161

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Grassroots ~ December 21st, 2010

AREA ADVISOR ~ Our Community Calendar MONDAY 1st & 4th Monday - Quilting 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. Griffiths Memorial Centre, Black Diamond. 403-933-4036. ------------------------------------------------------9:30am Floor Curling Valley Neighbours Club 403-933-4445. -------------------------------------------------------9:30 ~ 10:45 YOGAfor beginners and all levels, Millarville. Margit 403-931-3649. -------------------------------------------------------10:30 ~ 11:30am Creative Writing - Cecily Fowlie Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-9382032. ------------------------------------------------------11:00am - 11:45am Chair Exercises. Griffiths Memorial Centre, Black Diamond. 403-933-4036. ------------------------------------------------------12:30 ~ 1:30 YOGAfor beginners and all levels, Priddis Community Hall, drop ins welcome. Margit 403-931-3649. -------------------------------------------------------1:00 ~ 3:00pm Decorative Painting Sheep CreekArts Council 403-938-2032. -------------------------------------------------------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 403-933-4600. -------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month 8:00pm Legion General Membership Meetings 403-933-4600. -------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month Coffee Chatter Nanton SNAPS Orvella Small 403-603-3232. -------------------------------------------------------2nd Tuesday 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Business Meeting Griffiths Memorial Centre, Black Diamond. 403-933-4036. -------------------------------------------------------3rd/every month Coffee Chatter Okotoks SNAPS Orvella Small - 403-603-3232. -------------------------------------------------------3rd/every month (9x year) Valley Neighbours Gardening Club 403-933-7131. -------------------------------------------------------9:30 ~ 11am - Yoga in Longview. Kendra 403-558-3696. -------------------------------------------------------Noon ~ 1pm - Free hot soup at St. George's Church Hall, south of the RBC, Turner Valley - 403-933-3970 or 403-933-3591. -------------------------------------------------------1:30pm Knitting Club Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-938-2032. -------------------------------------------------------1:00pm Whist & Bridge Valley Neighbours Club 403-933-4445. -------------------------------------------------------6:00 ~ 7:00pm Belly Dancing Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-938-2032 -------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 8:00pm - Red Deer Lake Community Centre - Boot Camp for all levels - Patti: 403-931-2373. --------------------------------------------------------

7:00 ~ 9:00pm 1st & 3rd week of month. Scrapbooking Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-933-3947. -------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 8:30pm YOGA Beginners and all levels, Priddis Community Hall, drops in welcome. Margit 403-931-3649. --------------------------------------------------------7:30pm Last/every month. Legion Ladies Auxiliary 403-933-4564. -------------------------------------------------------7:30 ~ 9:30pm Last/month Camera Club Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-2407.

----------------------------------------------WEDNESDAY 2nd Wednesday Pot Luck Luncheon 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Griffiths Memorial Centre, Black Diamond. 403-933-4036. ------------------------------------------------------8:45 ~ 10:00am - YOGA, Beginners and all levels, Millarville Community Hall, drop in welcome. Margit 403 931 3649. -------------------------------------------------------9:30 ~ 12:00 a.m. Floor Curling Griffiths Memorial Centre, Black Diamond. 403933-4036. ------------------------------------------------------10:30am ~ 3:30pm 1st & 3rd week of month. Diamond Valley Quilt Club Sheep CreekArts Council 403-931-3989. -------------------------------------------------------1:00pm Book Buddies Sheep River Library. Starts Sept 15th. 403-933-3278. -------------------------------------------------------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 ~ 7:00pm Belly Dancing Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-938-2032. --------------------------------------------------------

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9:00 ~ 10:00am - Red Deer Lake Community Centre - Boot Camp for all levels - Patti: 403-931-2373. ------------------------------------------------------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 403-938-2032. -------------------------------------------------------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. -------------------------------------------------------1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Cards - Griffiths Memorial Centre, Black Diamond. 403-933-4036. -------------------------------------------------------5:00 ~ 7:30pm Fish & Chip Night / Crib at 7:30pm Legion Turner Valley 403-9334564. -------------------------------------------------------6:00 ~ 7:00pm World Diva Workout Sheep CreekArts Council 403-938-2032. -------------------------------------------------------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 Painting Sheep CreekArts Council 403-938-2032.

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.


Your New Year’s Eve Choices High Country New Year’s Eve Family Celebration. Flare ‘N Derrick, Turner Valley. 5:00 to 8:00pm ---------------------------------------------New Year’s Eve Celebration at Royal Canadian Legion Turner Valley. 6:30pm Cocktails. Live entertainment by Bruce Leinan. 403-933-4600. ----------------------------------------------Cougar’s Sports Bar & Grill - Special Surprise DJ. 403-933-4412. ----------------------------------------------Turner Valley Hotel featuring ‘Night Wind’. 403-933-7878. ----------------------------------------------SATURDAY

-January 8th, 2011 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm - OHS Grads are holding a Bottle Drive in Black Diamond. There will be trucks picking up in the community and there is also a drop off spot at the school parking lot. Deb - 403-9314846. ---------------------------------------------SUNDAY Jam with Eva & Company at Cougars Turner Valley 403-933-4412. -------------------------------------------------------11:00am Regular services Longview Bible Fellowship - 403-808-9948.

---------------------------------------------Jan 16th 2:30pm Doors open. Beneath the Arch Concert Series featuring Bow Valley Brass Ensemble. 403-933-7040. ---------------------------------------------MULTI-DAY EVENTS

Dec 20th to Jan 1st Scott Seaman and Small Outdoor Rink in Black Diamond only open Sunrise to Sunset. 403-933-5272. ---------------------------------------------Friday, Jan 21st and Saturday, Jan 22nd. Crib Competition at ----------------------------------------------- 9:00 ~ 11:00am Breakfast Legion Turner Royal Canadian Legion Turner Dec 23rd 6:30pm - Christmas in Valley 403-933-4564. Valley. 403-933-4600. the Park - Longview. 403-558- -------------------------------------------------------4:30pm Meat Draw, 50/50 & Free Pool ---------------------------------------------3922. Send Us Your Events ----------------------------------------------- Legion Turner Valley 403-933-4564. -------------------------------------------------------No Charge For Inclusion Jan 27th Family Literacy Day. Vari- Jam with Eva & Company at Cougars ous Venues. 403-652-5090. Turner Valley 403-933-4412. email:

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Apology edition of the Gateway Gazette, in the Curling News article, I forgot to thank Lars Liquor Store of Black Diamond for their generous support of our Bonspiel. I wish to apologize for

The Oilfields Curling Club, in conjunction with the Turner Valley Legion, hosted the Little Brown Jug, mixed curling bonspiel, on November 12th to 14th, 2010. In the November 23rd

this oversight on my part. It was an honest mistake and I hope that we can work through this together. Sincerely, Michel Jackson Bonspiel Chairman

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Every edition is available online, in original print format. Free for readers to view and a free perk to all Gazette advertisers. Just a reminder that we take a break over the Christmas Holidays to focus on family. Our office is closed December 20th to January 2nd, but we will be checking emails and voicemail. First edition in 2011 will arrive January 18th! Don’t forget it will also include our Annual Who’s Who Supplement, booking has commenced. Deadline is January 12th.

“I feel so good”” one girl exclaimed at the end of a recent hike out by Blue Rock. Now, this wasn't just any hike but the beginning of our Wild Things program. Inspired by Quest at Oilfields and with assistance from the amazing, Kelly Douglas, an Outward Bound Instructor, also from OHS, Wild Things hopes to combine adventure and learning. Our next adventures hopefully will include orienteering challenges, learning outdoor survival and leadership skills, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, a high ropes course and canoeing. We know that these are experiences that many of our students at risk (and we mean at risk of not graduating in a traditional school setting), may never have (or had) a chance to experience. By stepping into the unknown and the outdoors, Wild Things allows us, as teachers and staff,

more opportunities to build meaningful relationships with students, resulting in greater student engagement across all academics. We are already seeing evidence of this as students are more motivated and focused on their

door leadership. These five credits will bring the students one step closer to graduation and beyond. We'd also like to thank our Family School Liaison Counselor, Angela Thiele, for joining us on these trips

school work and attending more regularly. Finally, students who participate in the Wild Things program can earn up to five high school credits in Wildlife courses ranging in topics from orienteering to out-

Everyone is welcome to drop by our school, or call us, 938-4576, to learn more about Wild Things or other programs we offer at Education Plus. Have a safe and happy holidays everyone!

New Library Is Looking Grand; 8 Grand By Todd Curran At a cheque presentation on December 15th, Jamey Eslinger donated $8,000 to the Sheep River Inter-municipal Library

on behalf of TransCanada Pipelines. “We've done quite a bit here in Turner Valley,” Jamey says in regards to

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TransCanada's financial support of the community. “We've got quite a few guys who've retired locally so we like to help out the community.” “This is the biggest cash donation that we've received during our fundraising to date,” says Holly Quan, Chair of the Friends of the Sheep River Library. “We've got a big space in there to furnish,” Chair of the Sheep River Library Board, Diane Osberg says. “This money will be put toward the purchase of equipment and it's going to go a long way.” The Library is scheduled to be up and running in 2011.

5 Diamond Dog Walking, 403-933-5798 Pet & House Sitting Grassroots ~ December 21st, 2010

Merry Christmas from Sheep River Library The year 2010 will be on record as one of deep analysis of services past, present and future for the Sheep River Library. Community awareness and participation has certainly risen through the many open houses, community discussions, planning sessions, building meetings and fund raising initiatives that have been part of the last twelve months. Use of library services has increased not only through the circulation of regular reading materials, but through the other collections such as DVD's, books on tape, large print materials, magazines and special collections. The interlibrary loans have increased tremendously as patrons have become more comfortable with ordering books online from their homes. More recently, the library has seen an amazing increase in the number of ebooks that patrons are downloading onto their personal electronic readers. Computer usage and video conferencing utilization has also increased. The amazing participation in classes, workshops and special events indicate that positioning the library as a 'community centre of lifelong learning' was a realistic goal of the initiators of the 2006 business plan.

Beyond book borrowing, well over a thousand people have participated in over 100 lifelong learning sessions this year. Community support and volunteer participation is the basis for such a successful year. The staff of four fabulous individuals (one full time and three part time) has kept the day to day operations efficiently moving smoothly. They have been supported by an amazing team of volunteers who undertake a proliferation of tasks. Shelf reading and shelving books are a constant time consuming responsibility taken on daily by a large team of people. Others work in the background doing phoning, distributing posters and delivering books to the lodge. Others handle special events such as parade day, Art in the Park, and the Christmas event. Others voluntarily teach classes on a variety of subjects and have even shared their talent by presenting through video conferencing. Artists have volunteered to set up art displays and musicians have volunteered their talent at special events in the library. Another group that is seldom seen but who work many many hours are the members of the board who look after policy implementation, personnel issues, finances and program leadership. Partnership with many

organizations and groups has also enhanced the service level of Sheep River Library. Some of the groups and organizations that have made our year so successful are: Literacy for Life, Parent Link, High Country Lodge, Boys and Girls Club, Beneath the Arch, Lions Campground Group, Turner Valley Elementary, C. Ian McLaren School, Foothills Continuing Education, Sheep Creek Artisans, Sustainable Resources Development, Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation, SRD – Fish and Wildlife, the Alberta Multiple Species at Risk Program, the Wind River Bear Institute, Community Futures Self Employment, McBride Career Group, Full Circle Adventures, Pheasants Forever, Alberta Wilderness Association, Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association and the Writers Guild of Alberta. The Friends of the Sheep River Library have spent hours planning and implementing fundraising strategies to help raise the needed money to purchase furnishings for the new library. This tiny but mighty group have put on special fundraising events as well as instigated the Tiles for Smiles project. A large section of wall near the children's area will display the handiwork of community minded individuals and groups who donated $50 per tile in sup-

port of raising money for the library…then spent time designing and painting each mini masterpiece. Oodles of grant application forms were submitted by this group and the results will be displayed prominently on the honour wall in the new library. This year, a team of skilled building professionals have become a huge part of the library community. Under the construction management of Candor Properties (Ken, Thomas and Todd), Norr Architects, Blue Rock's General Contractor skills and the Town of Turner Valley, an amazing facility has arisen that will answer the needs of library and community services for many years to come. Hours of consultation with library staff and board have resulted in detailed attention being given to service and circulation needs as outlined in Alberta Governments Services Guidelines as well as articulated community needs. As the building approaches it's final stages (walls are being painted and landscaping almost done) and as people peek in the front windows, excitement is rising. The new Sheep River Library will be a structure that we can all be proud of. Thank you one and all for your support of Sheep River Library. Have a great Christmas holiday.

Right to Right and Left to Left And Other Winter Driving Tips On a highway with blowing snow be aware if the wind is coming from the right or the left. This is important because if an eighteen-wheeler comes up behind you travelling faster than you are and wants to pass, you will have better visibility if you let him pass according to the wind direction. If the wind is blowing from the right stay in the right-hand lane and let him pass you on your left. BUT if the wind is blowing from the left move into the left-hand lane and let him pass on your right. This way the snow swirl created from

his truck will blow away from driving too fast for from you instead of into road or traffic conditions. Sudden, hard braking, you. going too fast around a corA lot of people think that ner or accelerating too a big highway truck can quickly can cause your stop better on ice and snow vehicle to skid and even because of their heavier roll over. weight and eighteen Once in a skid, steer in wheels. This is not true! These rigs need more room the direction of the skid. To to stop and can skid just as do this, look where you easily as a four wheel vehi- want your vehicle to go and cle. Give them lots of room. steer toward that spot. Be careful not to oversteer. If A skid happens when you are on ice and skidding your wheels slide out of in a straight line, step on control on a slippery sur- the clutch or shift to neuface. Skids can involve the tral. front, rear, or all four Do not use your cruise wheels. Most skids result

control. Sudden acceleration can cause you to skid. Watch for black ice at temperatures between +4°C and -4°C, where the road surface ahead looks black and shiny. It is often found on shaded areas of the road, bridges and overpasses long after the sun has come out. Drive with low-beam headlights on. Not only are they brighter than daytime running lights but turning them on also activates the tail lights. This makes your vehicle more visible from behind.

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Black Diamond 403-933-4348 Diamond Valley Community Christmas Program There's less than two weeks till Christmas. For some, this time goes all too quickly as it's filled with anticipation and excitement, but for others it can be filled with anxiety and the fear of not being able to pull it all together. Let's face it, although Christmas can stir up the best of feelings in all of us, it can present challenges even at the best of times. There is a great deal of expectation, and for people who are not experiencing the best of times, there can be despair. But it need not be that way. Our community members have demonstrated an overwhelming generosity throughout past years with donations and support to spread the cheer among us all. We have been there for one another in the past and we will continue to be in the future. Partners of the Diamond Valley Community Christmas Program are currently putting together the Food and Toy Hampers for registered recipients, but it's not too late to contribute. Individuals or businesses who wish to support this Community Christmas effort may send donations to either The Foothills Salvation Army at PO Box 5430 High River, AB T1V 1M5 (for toys) or the Oilfields Food Bank at PO Box 1318 Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0 (for food). If you would prefer to donate unwrapped toys, collection boxes are located in the Royal Bank in Turner Valley, the Oilfields Hospital in Black Diamond and the general stores in both Priddis and Millarville. In Okotoks, boxes are located in the Dairy Queen, Western Wheel office, WalMart, Royal Bank and Scotia Bank. Please help us to make Christmas a meaningful and happy time for everyone!

From the Oilfields Arena

Public Skating in the Oilfields Regional Arena is 2:30 to 3:30pm on Sundays and is free of charge thanks to our local sponsor – Sandul's Counter Care Pharmacy. Public Skating on the Scott Seaman's Sports Rink is Fridays 6:00 to 8:00pm and is free of charge thanks to our local sponsor – the Firestarter. After school shinny is Monday to Friday from 3:00 until 5:00pm. This rink is open to the public when it is NOT booked. This rink is in operation when the weather is between +9C and -20C. The small outdoor arena (natural ice) is also open for skating. Advertising space and ice rental is still available in the Arena contact Les at 403-933-5272 for more information and available ice times.

Wishing you all the best on this holiday season from the Arena Staff

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Year End Reminders from the Tax Department Tax Arrears Penalty – January 2011 There are still some tax accounts that remain unpaid. Notices have gone out to those in arrears. Any outstanding taxes on the last day of December will be assessed a 15% penalty on January 1, 2011. If you are not sure if your taxes have been paid, please given the town office a call and we can check your account. Tax Installment Payment Plan The Town offers a tax installment payment plan which lets a property owner make 12 equal payments on their taxes without incurring any penalties. Please call the office to find out how you can sign up for 2011. Auto Payments for Utilities You may also sign up for automatic bank withdrawals for your utility payments. The payments are taken every 2 months on the 15th. Call the town for details. Utility Arrears If you miss paying a utility bill, the balance owing is transferred to your tax roll. It will no longer show on your utility statement. Notices went out in November for anyone with an unpaid tax balance which would have included any utility arrears up to that date.

Council Calendar Dec 15 Dec 16

COUNCIL Meeting 7:30 pm Black Diamond Council Chambers Special Events Committee 7:00 pm Black Diamond Council Chambers All other regularly scheduled Committee meetings have been cancelled due to the Holiday Season

Town Office Christmas Hours ~ The Town Office Will Be CLOSED: Dec 24th, Dec 27th, Dec 28th and January 3rd

Thank You and Merry Christmas The Town of Black Diamond Special Events would like to recognize our sponsors for their participation in Diamond Valley Light Up. Foothills Lions Club ATB Financial Bill Marsh Photography Black Diamond Gallery Pharmasave Anchor D Outfitters Maranda Reprographics and Printing Fire Starter Katherine Kemp Town of Turner Valley Town of Black Diamond A big special HO HO HO thanks goes out to Santa, it would not be the same without you! The Black Diamond Special Events wants to Thank everyone's participation in the November 27, 2010 Diamond Valley Light Up Festivities. It was a magnificent evening. Special thanks go out to all of the Volunteers and Business that made the Diamond Valley Light Up a HUGE Success. The Winners of the Passport Baskets Adult Georgina Kobsar Child Jeniss Allbee

Pictured is lucky winner, Sheila Virgo with the Queen Size Quilt donated by the High River Handicraft Guild for the Rowan House Quilt Raffle. The winner of the Baby Quilt donated by Chinook Quilters was Kealie Gates and the Quilted Runner donated by Rosanne Herchak was won by Margaret Chin.

Grassroots ~ December 21st, 2010

Longview Christmas Lights Town of Turner Valley Christmas Message from the Mayor Christmas is upon us and everyone is very busy with the preparations and the lead up to the festive season. I am sure that the children have already sent their letters to Santa and are waiting for Christmas Eve with great excitement. There is nothing better than seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child. Over the past two months, I have met so many people, and I’ve been touched by the great warmth and generosity of spirit, which this Town represents. On a personal note, I would like to extend a sincere thanks to everyone. Thank you all for the support and encouragement. I am deeply honoured to be the new Mayor of the Town of Turner Valley and I can assure you I, along with all of Council, will work hard to earn the respect of the community so that a positive and lasting contribution can be made to our Town. On behalf of Council and Staff, we would like to wish you the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and love, not only at Christmas but throughout the year. Faith makes all things possible, Hope makes all things work, and Love makes all things beautiful. May you have all the three for this Christmas! Sincerely, Mayor Kelly Tuck

Diamond Valley Market and Light Up A sincere thanks goes out to Katherine Kemp, lead organizer of the Diamond Valley Christmas Market, and her team of volunteers and sponsors, for presenting a great event. It was a huge success with adults and children alike. Special thanks also to the Black Diamond and Turner Valley merchants, Town Councils, EDC and staff for working together to promote the Diamond Valley Market and Light Up events. Both events provided a perfect start to the holiday season.

High Country Family New Year's Eve Celebration Flare and Derrick Community Centre December 31 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This non-alcoholic outdoor event will add warmth and fun to your holiday festivities. Ring in the New Year a little early by joining the community in this family-friendly event. Public skating at the outdoor rink Horse-drawn wagon rides Children's entertainment Hot dogs and hot chocolate Prizes Fireworks (8:00 p.m. at the Soccer Pitch area north of the Community Centre)

Ride to Conquer Cancer Thanks Turner Valley The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer organization representatives presented the Town of Turner Valley with a plaque thanking the Town for its support, help and contributions to the 2010 event. Mayor Tuck accepted the award on behalf of Council, staff, volunteers and the residents. The Town hosted 1,800 participants in 2010 as they rode into Turner Valley on the second day.

Mayor Tuck (right) was presented with a plaque of appreciation from the Ride to Conquer Cancer representatives (middle) Dianna Kennedy, Regional Logistics Manager and Stephanie Szmurlo, Event Coordinator. 403-933-4944 223 Main Street NE

2010 Year End

January 1st, 2011 - 12% Penalty levied on Outstanding Taxes With the year end fast approaching, please note that any outstanding taxes due on the last day of December will be assessed a 12% penalty January 1st, 2011. If you are not sure if your taxes have been paid, just give the town office a call at 403-933-4944. If you have a mortgage company paying your taxes, call and make sure that they have in fact been paid. Are You Considering Budgeting Your Taxes? The Town of Turner Valley offers a Tax Installment Prepayment Plan which enables a property owner to make 12 equal monthly payments on their property taxes without incurring a penalty. If you require additional information, please give the office a call at 403933-4944. Outstanding Utility Bills Sometimes utility bills have been unpaid and as a result are transferred to the Tax roll. Letters will be going out in December informing property owners of any outstanding amounts on their tax account.

The Town of Turner Valley Municipal Office will be closed the following days during the Holiday Season!

December 24th Closed at Noon December 27th

Sidewalks and Snow The arrival of winter has brought the frigid temperatures and a significant amount of snow. Residents are reminded to ensure that all the sidewalks adjacent to their property are cleared within 24 Hours, following the last measurable snow fall. If you are going to be out of town for an extended period during the holiday season or have a rental property, please make arrangements to ensure your sidewalks are kept cleared of snow while you are away. If the sidewalk bordering your property is prone to ice buildup, please ensure you place a salt/sand mixture on your walks to prevent pedestrians from slipping. Clearing your walks not only helps your neighbours get around, but also protects you from any civil liability should a pedestrian slip and injure themselves because of a buildup of ice or snow. Should a resident/property owner fail to clear their walks within the 24 Hour period, a fine may be issued under the Municipal Bylaw. Should you have any questions about the snow clearing bylaw or any other Turner Valley Municipal Bylaw, you may call either 403.333.1263/1203 for more information.

December 28th January 3rd, 2011

OILFIELDS RECYCLING CENTRE CHRISTMAS HOURS OF OPERATION Open Friday December 24 9:30 AM to 12:noon Closed Saturday December 25 Sunday December 26 Monday December 27 Tuesday December 28 Open Wednesday December 29 9:30 am to 6:00 pm Thursday December 30 9:30 am to 6:00 pm Friday December 31 9:30 am to 6:00 pm Closed Saturday January 1 2011 Sunday January 2 2011 Monday January 3 2011 Open Regular hours of operation resume Tuesday, January 4, 2011 9:30 am to 6:00 pm



Grassroots ~ December 21st, 2010

Travel Tracks And To All A Good Flight Twas the night before Christmas and down by the gate Not an aircraft was stirring and the gang was irate Folks and their luggage were lined 20 deep For the trips they had booked at a cost not so cheap. The announcements were saying the flights couldn't go As the runways were packed with with the fresh fallen snow Mother Nature it seems had dealt a bad hand With the planes that were needed- unable to land.

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When down by the check in there arose such clatter I sprang to my feet to see what's the matter Away to the hallway I ran in a flash, Tripped over my luggage and fell on my ass. The flight to Huatulco, the sign began showing Could well be delayed because it's still snowing All over Alberta, but here's a new plan "We've got 12 empty seats on the flight to Japan."

ground Just hand us some vouchers and we'll hang around In the hopes that the weather can cut us a break In the meantime we'll head for a beer and a steak.

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We'll head to the shops in the Christmas tradition.

It seemed but a moment had passed in the air And after the brandy we'd nary a care We started to land, and I yelled with a screech "Hey look to the left, it's The hours they passed a white sanded beach" while we all hung around We descended the stairAnd then from the speakers we all heard the way to clear immigration And tucked in the back sound, On Transat On Delta, of my wild 'magination Were thoughts, that the Alaska and Skywest United, Divided, and the guy in control of the plane Looked a lot like old group flying Sunquest Grab your gear - get a Nicholas "what's his real move, we're about to name"? depart He spoke not a word but Off we ran toward the sound of a jet engine start. went straight to his work Restarted the engines, As we boarded the air- then turned with a jerk And laying his finger craft and glanced toward inside of his nose the front Throttled up down the From the cockpit emerged a most definite runway and up he arose. grunt He climbed to five thouWhen I saw in the left sand and banked it seat a wizened old soul I thought to myself this around Came down through the guy's a bit old Nonetheless if he's able hills and skimmed low past the town to fly us down south And we heard him I'll just keep things quiet and button my exclaim as he flew outta sight, mouth. "Merry Christmas to all, As we roared down the and to all a good flight." runway and leapt to the air I recall wishing my lug- Adios until next time Dave Heron gage were there In the rush to depart in Dave Heron is the owner and the St. Nick of time It seems that our bags operator of: Pace Setter Travel & Tours (1995) Inc; P.O. Box were all left behind. 612, 49 Elizabeth Street,

'No thanks and up yers' yelled the crowd that had gathered While Osaka's a great spot, Tequila's what matters And the beach and the No matter I thought - it's sun and the sand and the the dead of the night bay By the time we arrive Are what we signed up we'll make everything right for so here we will stay, With some plastic and Till the flight we have booked on gets off the cash and a bit of ambition

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Youth Delegates Represent Canada At UN By Todd Curran Participating in this year's United Nations Climate Change Negotiations (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29th to December 10th, is a group of 29 Canadian Youth ranging from 18 to 29 years old. As part of the Canadian Youth Delegation (CYD), they are working to represent the voices and views of Canadian youth and promote a global accord that fairly and effectively addresses the defining climate challenge of our time. The UN climate conferences are the arena in which the world's countries are negotiating to preserve our climate. COP 16 aims to reach an international agreement, allowing the world to unify its response to the accelerating climate crisis. "It's a fantastic opportunity to see the global manifestation of the environmental movement, and to see how the bureaucracy of our political systems deals with the science of climate change. I see my involve-

ment in the CYD and in environmental advocacy in general as a personal responsibility to the future of this planet,” says Lethbridge Youth Deligate Stephen McGlenn. The CYD group has been selected from every region of the country for their variety of backgrounds, cultures and representation of small rural communities and large urban centres. “This year's Canadian Youth Delegation may be the strongest team we've had yet,” said CYCC's National Director, Amber Church, who leads the team in Cancun. “They are a passionate, talented group of youth, who firmly believe that Canada should be leading the world on climate action and climate justice.” “It is vital to include the voice of youth in international negotiations as it is our future that is being negotiated around the table,” said Church. “Their energy and dedication will help to bring a sense of morality and

urgency to the delegates from around the world, who have been tasked with the difficult role of drafting a fair, aggressive and legally-binding international climate agreement.” Canadian Youth Deligate Natasha Peters grew up in Calgary and is currently pursuing her political science and environmental studies education in Ottawa. “I'm in Cancun because I hope to connect with and hear the stories of the thousands of people who came to Cancun, whether inside the UN conference or in one of the many side conferences, because they are worried about the disastrous impact that climate change and environmental destruction are having in their communities,” she says. “I hope to bring these moving stories back to Canada.” We wish her and the other CYDs all the best at the conference. We ALL make the world the way it is.

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Pet Photos with Santa at Pet Planet on Dec 4th raised $390.00! Pictured is Nicole Busch of the FHS holding Tinkerbell who came for her photo and Santa himself! Nicole and the FHS would like to say thanks to CyberSpace (a new social gaming centre

opening on Elizabeth Street) for donating a photo printer; Anson Tam from Third Eye Photography for taking the awesome photos; Pet Planet Okotoks for donating space and advertising; Andrew Smith for spending the whole day cooking

in a Santa Suit and posing with the pets; Maria Gogol Slough for donating a Santa Suit; Karyn Lee for donating a backdrop. And for all of you that came down and supported this endeavor, thank you from Nicole and the Foothills Humane Society!

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We would like to thank our volunteers, Jubilee, Peggy and Jan for all the hours they have put in this past year to make our library the special place that it is. We would also like to thank Ross for taking the donated cans and bottles to the depot and the community for dropping them off at the library in the first place! They are a very welcome source of income. We have had a marked increase in our membership over the past few months. Joan, our librarian, has spent many hours making the library user friendly and welcoming and it seems her efforts have paid off. Our hours over the festive season will be as usual---Tuesday

and Thursday 10:00 to 5:00, and Wednesday 12:00 to 7:00. The library phone number, again, is 403-558-3927. Blanca Botero has arranged for another exciting exhibit from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for early spring and we will keep you posted on the event closer to the time. Two books worth mentioning--A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman is a saga of two intersecting stories about two Sri Lankan women, set against the volatile backdrop of class and prejudice. The latter part of the book is a real page turner and I found myself skipping ahead to find out what happens. Freeman

defines herself as both an activist and an author. The second one is On Beauty by Zadie Smith. On Beauty is set in New England at a university college and in London, England. It is a story of two feuding families--the Belseys and the Kippses. It is full of campus politics, student angst and the aesthetic wranglings of art historians. Smith writes with wit, wisdom and warmth. The book won the Orange Prize for 2006 and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2005. It is a thoughtful, delightful read.

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Millarville’s Cool News The Grade 2 class in Millarville Community School has been very busy this month doing an inquiry into patterning. Our central idea is “people use patterns everyday”. One of our students brought in a book about patterns and we picked our favourite set of patterns. The artist whose work we chose had a website listed so we emailed him in the U.K. to tell him how much we enjoyed his patterning work. He emailed us back and answered all of our questions about how he makes patterns. Then we Skyped our new friend and had a discussion with

him about patterning. For our second Skype with Mr. Dutton, we were thrilled to have him show us how to draw our favourite character in his patterning work. Since our art lesson we have been doing a lot of drawing and a lot of patterning with Mr. Dutton's character who we call “Cheeky Monkey”. If you are interested in Mr. Dutton's work, our class would encourage you to visit his website at: m

Here are some of the things that we have discovered about patterns so far: ¯There are only three

types of patterns: repeating, increasing and decreasing. ¯Patterns are everywhere, in math, in art, in nature, in buildings, everywhere you look. ¯Math patterns help us to make sense of numbers. ¯Patterns give us information. ¯Patterns can make math easier. ¯Art patterns look nice. Our class can't get enough of patterns! We wish everyone a Happy Holiday! Best wishes for all that is good in the New Year from the Grade 2's in Millarville Community School.

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Cooks Up A Christmas Dinner By Jessica Bryk Hello everyone, my name is Jessica Bryk. On November 14th the club got together for our 3rd meeting. There were five people missing. And there were only seven of us. We all cooked up a Christmas Dinner. Here is a list of what we made. Maddy Year Round Spinach Dip. May - Christmas cheese balls. Katelyn - Pumpkin icebox. Jacqueline Vegetable tray and onion dip. Sarah - ham. Elise Easy Christmas quiche. Jessica - cauliflower and cheese. And our leader Stacey made chocolate pep-

permint striped delight, cherry almond trifle, baked rosti potatoes, bacon crab mushroom caps and turkey sweet shepherd’s pie. It was SOOO good!! While we were eating we played telephone. Here is how you play: you come up with a sentence or word, whisper it in the person's ear that is sitting next to you. When the last person hears it they say it out loud and see if it comes out right. It usually comes out weird and funny! We talked about having a Christmas party and everyone decided to go swimming for our Christmas

party. We were going to try to find a date in December for this event, but with the holiday season being sooooo busy, we couldn't manage to get everyone together, so we decided to have our party in January. Our next meeting is going to be about our public speaking speeches and we all hope the swim goes well!! On behalf of the Millarville 4-H Cooking Club, I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!!

Rowan House Raises the Roof

By Todd Curran Rowan House has been rockin' around the Christmas tree this month, raising money for their new High River shelter through a variety of events and supporters. Sensei Tom Gillis of Foothills Training Services in Okotoks held a martial arts seminar and event over the December 10th weekend in honour of Rowan House and a charity helping kids who've been victims of violence. “It went really well!” Tom says. “We had around 40 people come out to the event and raised in the neighbourhood of $7,900 plus food, linens, clothing

and furniture. We're pretty happy.” Featuring a guest instructor from California, a western boxing class was held on the Friday, while Saturday and Sunday were both dedicated to learning traditional martial arts. “We've already heard that a woman leaving Rowan House to make a fresh start will be receiving much of the furniture and putting it to good use,” Tom says. Marj Bird's old-time dance at East Longview Hall on December 11th was another successful fundraiser, putting a little country in the attendees'

Christmas and some coin in the coffers for Rowan House. “It was a good turnout and everybody had a great time,” says Marj. Although the final tally wasn't in, Marj estimates that around $1,500 was raised to split between Foothills Search and Rescue and Rowan House Emergency Shelter. “We got a lot of compliments on how good the music was and the silent auction was a hit.” Rowan House aims to commence the construction of their new High River facility in 2011. For more information, visit

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The High Country Rockies Midget 1 hockey team has enjoyed a tremendous start to the season. The Rockies have a 6-2 record with 46 goals scored for and 23 against as they sit 1st place in the Central Alberta Hockey League standings. Behind the scenes though a much more significant development has occurred as players have developed a "team first" attitude, with leaders Dylan Bosak, Tanner Russell, Justin Jones and Ryden Brogden leading the way. On December 11th, the Rockies travelled to Evansburg, Alberta to compete in a Midget A hockey tournament. After losing the first game 7-5, the Rockies went on a tear going 3-0 with 15 goals for and 6 goals against, on their way to their first Championship of the season. Captain Blake Roney, and tournament MVP Dylan Klopp were leaders both on and off the ice as they exhibited the work ethic required to compete in Midget 1 hockey. In the first game against the Primetime Storm, the Rockies played their best game of the season to that point. They controlled the play at both ends of the ice with excellent puck possession and puck support, but were unable to convert on their chances. After an

empty net goal, the score was 7-5 for the Storm even though the Rockies outshot them 34-18. In the second game that day the Rockies came out flying and opened up a 4-2 lead at one point, but they had a small mental lapse in the 3rd period which allowed Sherwood Park back in the game. The boys were able to pull it out though with a 5-4 win on the backs of strong performances by Wyatt Little Chief and Cole Ouellette. On Sunday, the Rockies faced a "win and you're in" situation as they played a very strong Edmonton SE team. For the first time this season the Rockies played a full 60 minute playoff atmosphere type game. Going into the 3rd period it was a tightly checked 0-0 game due in large part to their goalie Colton Briggs. In the final frame the Rockies exploded for 4 unanswered goals on route to a 4-0 final. After a quick turnaround, the Rockies had to refocus as they played the Primetime Storm again in the finals. The first period showcased a tired bunch of players as the first frame ended 11. On the back of consistently strong efforts by Tanner Tymstra and Kevin Ball, the boys finished the game in complete control. The final score was 6-2. Throughout the tour-

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Div. 4 News from Councillor Suzanne Oel Dear Residents, officials has resulted in a of you as we I have enjoyed working with our M.D. team as I begin this term with Council. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you! I am looking into the concerns you have expressed and look forward to keeping in touch. Council attended the AAMDC (Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties) Conference in November. We had the chance to meet with our Sustainable Resource Development Minister, Mel Knight, to address some of our local issues, including dealing with Off Highway Vehicles. You may be interested in upcoming changes to the AB Public Lands Act; see FAQs on the changes: http://www.srd.alberta .ca/Newsroom/SRDSurve ys/PublicLandsActConsul tationFAQ.aspx. Discussion with Transportation

simple interim visibility plan to the Priddis intersection on Highway 22, until the bridge project moves up in the Provincial planning priority. Of note, MSI Funding (Municipal Sustainability Initiative) will continue to help support our municipality. Additionally, Councillor Barb Castell and I spoke with Frank Oberle, our Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security, regarding increasing RCMP coverage in our area. Our community spirit is alive and well as we work towards a NW Recreation facility and pathways plan. Council is currently adopting the Bylaw and will be forming a Board with both Resident and MD representation. Also, a number of committees will be set up. I look forward to working together with all

put our recr e a t i o n ideas in motion. I continue to work with the High Country Rural Crime Watch Association to keep residents informed with alerts and preventative measures to help with community security and assist the RCMP. For more information, visit: I am currently on 17 committees and will do my best to represent the interests of our area and the whole MD; see “FAQ” on my website for a list. Wishing you a Festive Holiday Season! Suzanne Oel M.D. Office 403-6522341 or 403-931-1905 Home Phone 403-9312711 E-Mail: Website:

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By Todd Curran A group of community minded friends called The Hood, live on the 600 block neighbourHOOD of Black Diamond and have struck again… The collection of six families, who began decorating parade floats and performing other community services around four years ago, recently put on a free Christmas turkey dinner for over 200 seniors in the area. “We invited as many Black Diamond, Turner Valley and Longview seniors as we could,”

ful that they will make the Christmas turkey dinner an annual event. “Everyone was happy with how it went,” he says. “The seniors enjoyed it and I'd like to invite even more people next year.” Another member of The Hood is Black Diamond Mayor, Sharlene Brown, who describes them as, “A really good group of friends that like doing things together for the community. It's a great neighbourhood to live in.”

says Head Hood Jerry Brun. “We ended up with about 200 that came out and enjoyed the dinner.” The dinner was held on December 4th at Griffiths Memorial Centre and required three seatings to accommodate the hungry crowd. “It turned out good,” Jerry says. “We had one seating at lunch and two at dinner, received some wonderful donations from local people and a local band played great music to keep the crowd entertained.” Although The Hood hasn't reconvened since the event, Jerry is hope- Photos by Spence Reichert

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Heaven Can Wait, Carlson's Can't

By Todd Curran Between the Santa Claus Parade, Moonlight Madness and celebrating their 4th Anniversary, Carlson's on MacLeod was THE place to celebrate in High River on December 3rd. Beyond the revelry, excellent music by the Rembetika Hipsters and prime parade seating, the jovial crowd also packed the house to support Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue. As admission was by donation, the rescue shelter was showered with gifts ranging from pet toys to cash, all toward a good cause. Heaven Can Wait provides shelter, care and nourishment to abandoned, abused and homeless domestic animals within High River and the surrounding area. This includes spaying/ neutering, providing vaccinations and tattoo identification and treatment of any other health issues. The rescuers source new homes for the animals through the use of advertising, media, event plan-

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ning, internet, open houses, networking and any other such opportunity that arises to promote adoptions. “We brought in about $1450 for Heaven Can Wait,” says Don Carlson, owner of Carlson's on MacLeod. “We had such a good crowd and when the parade was over, everyone on the street came in. It worked out very well for them.” In addition to the heated patio overlooking the parade route, Don and his staff brought in more support for the animal shelter by making hot chocolate and popcorn to give out. “We do tons of fundraisers here,” he says. “We've raised thousands of dollars for women's shelters, cancer research, Museum of the Highwood, Abbeyfield House, and we're having 70 people in need come for dinner on Christmas Day.” The free dinner comes with all the trimmings – turkey, ham, gifts for the kids, veggies, potatoes dessert. Don tells me that

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Santa is even making an appearance! “The plan is that our guests can get a good meal and take leftovers home too,” says Don. “This is just to help some people in need have a lovely Christmas.” The supportive response from generous locals for events at Carlson's has been spectacular. “So many people want to help out with this dinner that we've actually had to turn volunteers away,” Don says. “People are donating food and Christmas crackers; it's going to be a great day.” Register for the Free Turkey Dinner at Carlson's through the Salvation Army by calling 403-6522195 extension 21. This is an alcohol-free event and additional food donations can be made by calling Don or Brenda Carlson at 403-601-8774. For more information on Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue phone Kim at 403601-2520 or visit

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Submitted by Lion Lona Lineham Saturday, November 27th was a big night in Black Diamond (Diamond Valley Light Up) President Lion Dave Parsons and his committee arranged for Santa's early arrival so he could give all the children a special gift bag. The Lions would like to give a big "Thank You" to Tom Dougall who was Santa again this year. Tom has been Santa at many different events for about 30 years and does a wonderful job. This year we had about 260 children who sat on Santa Tom's knee and had their picture taken with him. Thank you to the 5 girls from Oilfields High School, acting as elves for Santa. Thank you to Lion Bob Griffin and Lion Nancy Bolluck

for making up all Santa's gift bags. The Lions also supplied firewood for all the fires that were burning, to keep you warm that night. It certainly was a great evening. As we celebrate the holidays of various traditions in December and January, let's remember the needs of those less fortunate. The Foothills Lions Club donated $500.00 to the Food Bank. Don't forget the 3rd annual Turner Valley New Years Family Celebration at the Flare ‘N Derrick on December 31st, 5:00 to 8:00pm. Eight Lion members will be helping Hazel Martin and her committee make this a fun evening. There will be free hot dogs and hot chocolate, a sleigh ride around town with Dewey Matthews,

skating, face painting, candy and novelty items for the children, a fire to keep you warm and a magnificent fire works display. I attended this last year and it was just like an old fashion family New Year party that we use to have. The next Lions Bingo will be held on Friday, January 7th, 6:30 pm at the Valley Neighbours Club. The Foothills Lion Club would like to thank all of you for your support throughout 2010. We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year.

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What do Santa and his energetic elves have in common with Literacy for Life, two school divisions, four area libraries, Parent Link Center, Foothills Immigration Services and the Museum of the Highwood? A group of industrious people (who don't really resemble the elves other than their cheerfulness and hardworking attitudes) from each of these agencies are busy planning events to entertain you on Family Literacy Day on January 27th, 2011. While everyone else is busy planning and thinking about the “Christmas Season”, these dedicated souls are wracking their brains to come up with literacy based activities to help families celebrate the art of PLAY during the cold, grey month of January. The winners of the local area Lunch with

Munsch writing contest will be enjoying lunch with local author Jacqueline Guest at the High River Library on January 27th and notable VIP's from the region will be out trying to catch people reading from 11:00am to 2:00pm that day as well. Watch out for smiling people in bright red hats and mitts!! Agencies from around the entire MD of Foothills will be invited to participate with a play based literacy activity on January 27th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Sheep River Library, Okotoks Recreation Center and the High River Recreation Center. If your agency or family is interested in presenting an activity at any or all of the three venues please contact Michele Geistlinger, Literacy for Life, Resource Development Coordinator at 403-

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m.geistlinger@litforlife. com. Thank you to all volunteers and supporters of Literacy for Life for everything you have done over the year for your community through our Foundation. If you would like to view an uplifting video check this out on YouTube at: h?v=x6D9jiEYxzs Literacy for Life would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. We appreciate your continuing support! Don't forget to curl up with your favourite little person and read a great story together. Trust me that this memory will mean more to your child 20 years from now than any present you can think of to purchase today!!

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Two Step 'Round the Christmas Tree Thank You On behalf of Foothills Search & Rescue and the Rowan House Emergency Shelter, I would like to thank all of our sponsors & donors who so generously donated either cash or auction items, those who purchased items, those who bid on items, the volunteers and everyone who attended the Benefit Dance & Silent Auction. Your generosity made the event a memorable success!!

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Can YOU Solve This? 1)

Which number replaces the question mark and completes the puzzle? 7
















2) If a + b = 12, b + c = 15, c + d = 19, then the value of a + d is? 3) In the diagram, EB bisects angle ABC and EC bisects angle ACD. If angle A A is 58 then angle E is E a) 28, b) 30, c) 32, d) 34 degrees or e) none of the above. B D C Answers will be printed in the next issue Answers to last issue’s puzzles: 1) O; in each segment of the diagram are a pair of letters, one of which is the same distance from the start of the alphabet as the other is from the end. 2) A won against B, C and D with scores of 3 - 0, 1 - 0 and 2 - 1. B won against C with a score of 1 - 0 and tied D with a score of 1 - 1 C won against D with a score of 2 - 0. 3) The series consists of the numbers of letters in the words, one, two, three, ....., nine. All “Can You Solve” puzzles have been generously provided by Mr. Larry Berg of High River.

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Secrets - we all have them. Do we keep secrets for ourselves or to avoid hurting others, because we are ashamed of our actions or because we don't want to face the consequences? A Secret Kept - Tatiana de Rosnay It is Melanie's fortieth birthday and her brother Antoine makes plans for them to return to Nourmoutier Island where they spent childhood summers. It is thirty years since their mother died and family holidays ended. But the nostalgic weekend triggers deep and dis-

turbing memories for Melanie and as she struggles to reveal to Antoine what she has remembered, she crashes the car. Although this seems like Melanie's story, it is really about Antoine and his attempt to navigate his life in the midst of a midlife crises. This means dealing with distant and surly teenaged children, caring for his convalescing sister, the past secrets that have present day consequences. How can all of this ever lead him to a peaceful future? Life is messy and this novel attempts to force us

to face that fact. It was not nearly as riveting as Sarah's Key, but the subject matter is universal and well written with characters full of depth. I liked that it was written from the point of view of a male character dealing with all these family issues. Ï Sarah's Key Ï Boomerang The Secret Daughter Shilpi Somaya Gowda In a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to Aisha, her second daughter. But in a culture that favours sons, the only way to save this newborn's life is to give her away. It is a decision that will haunt Kavita for the rest of her life. Halfway around the world, Somer, an American doctor married to Krishnan, decides to adopt when she is told she can never have children. When they see a photo of baby Aisha in a Mumbai orphanage, they pack their bags and head to India. Moving between two

By Lynn Willoughby worlds and two families one struggling to survive the foetid slums of Mumbai, the other working to forge a family, there are questions asked about class, education, gender and culture in our globalized society. The characters are all imperfect, but they do grow, and woven throughout is the story of a mother's love, regardless of circumstance. It is a powerful book and the ending was truly surprising. As Gandhi says "YOU must be the change you want to see in the world." This novel is proof of these words in action. Who Knew? Mumbai, formerly know as Bombay, is the most populous city in India and the second most populous city in the world, with a count of approximately 14 million people. The seven islands that constitute Mumbai were home to communities of fishing colonies.

Teacher Reaches Education Excellence Amy Park, a grade three teacher at Heritage Heights School in Okotoks, received the 2010 Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History on Friday, November 19th at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Park is among an elite group of eight educators from across Canada who was recognized for their innovative and interactive teaching concepts. Each of the recipients was awarded $2,500 and a gold medal. Their respective schools also received a gift of $1,000. “I am beyond thrilled and honoured to receive such an incredible award,” said Mrs. Park. “I can't wait to return from Ottawa to share the experience with my students and their families who have been so sup-

portive of the learning process.” Park, a teacher for eight years and an instructor at Heritage Heights for the past two years, used inquirybased learning to help her grade two, now grade three, students learn about Inuit history and culture. Her class e x a m i n e d a n d researched the cultural significance of several Inuit artifacts borrowed from the Glenbow Museum to understand what the items were used for and their impact on Inuit culture. “The students were really excited by the fact they were literally holding history in their hands and were challenged to think like archeologists, historians and curators,” explained Mrs. Park.

“Through their research, they learned how these tools have been adapted over time and how progress has changed the Inuit way of life while developing a broader understanding of how fragile cultures such as the Inuit are diminishing due to external factors such as technology and climate change.” The students demonstrated their understanding by not only conducting research, but also by creating narrative stories about the artifacts. They then used paper animation and digital photography to produce iMovies, which are now displayed on an online virtual museum. Park says she has received e-mails from people in countries around the world, impressed by the stu-

dents' knowledge and the quality of their work. Check out the students' work by visiting http://ownweb.fsd38.a Movies.html. Since the Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History were established in 1996, five Foothills School Division teachers have been recognized in connection with four different projects. “At Foothills, we are committed to creative learning approaches that engage our students and help them explore their unique gifts and abilities. Amy's award underscores the success of our schools and teachers in this area,” added Foothills School Division Superintendent Denise Rose.

Girl Help: A Great Gift For Guys

By Todd Curran Like expressing anything else, guys convey our Christmas wish lists by saying, “Please don't talk when I'm watching TV.” We assume that as highly advanced communicators, the women in our lives divine our deepest commercial desires from this emotional outpouring. But when the wrapping paper starts flying on Christmas morning, we unfortunately end up with a Thighmaster or coupons for kisses. That might be fine for people who prefer athletic legs and expressions of love (like girls), but GUYS prefer things of real value. This may even warrant the guy giving you a retaliation gift on Valentine's Day, like a football shaped phone. What's a girl to do? Read on. While any guy would loooove a remote car starter, it's also nice to

give an experience. It makes an even better gift if you can share the experience together as a couple. And, if that experience makes a guy relax, look and feel good, you've got a winner on your hands. Whether your guy is an Alaskan trapper who won your affection in a wolverine wrestling match or a suit wearing office drone, part of his job as a guy is to take a certain amount of pride in his appearance. We're coming up on 2011 and thinking it's femmy for guys to work a little aesthetic care into our hygiene regimen is an obsolete belief. In fact, we kinda like it. I recently experienced a men's facial with top of the line men's skin care products at Aesthetique For You in Turner Valley. Aesthetique For You owner Christine Waddell treats a guy right by cleansing, exfoliating and nourishing his skin with products designed specifically FOR HIM. The two Skeyndor Men product lines are geared toward guys under 30 years old and over 30. While the under 30 products replace nutrients and moisture lost while partying on road trips, the over 30 line energizes skin, promoting regeneration and reducing age lines caused by climate, stress and irregular rest. I'll tell you first hand, guys walk out feeling confi-

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Faith Forum

At the very centre of the real and true Christmas story, is Jesus Christ. His story is as follows: “…Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness (the baby in the manger).” (Philippians 2:5b - 7 NIV, plain type mine) “About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David's town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a

Why the Christmas Story? By Gloria Wessner

manger, because there was no room in the hostel. An Event for Everyone There were sheep herders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger." At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God's praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him. As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheep herders talked it over. "Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us." They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the man-

ger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheep herders were impressed. Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they'd been told!” (Luke 2:1-20 The Message) Jesus chose to come as a gift, as well as choosing to give his life for me and for you when he died for us and rose again from the dead. The Christmas story reminds us just how much he loved us, and that he was willing to go the whole distance to provide a way for any of us who will choose Jesus, to have a personal friendship with Him. He did all of this b e c a u s e t h e wrongdoings we each have in our lives prevents us from having that friendship. When I ask him to forgive those wrongdoings in my life and I choose him, he comes to live in my life and I will NEVER lose that relationship with him because when this life is over, I will be with

him forever in an eternal friendship, in His home. That is something no other philosophy, religion or way of thinking can offer or provide. How about you this Christmas? The invitation lies in the form of a baby in a humble manger. Will you accept his gift of life? Readers are invited to discuss things about God with Gloria at:, and I will get back to you. “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:8-11 NIV)

Grassroots ~ December 21st, 2010

OHSPutsRAKOnDisplay By Todd Curran On December 15th, people couldn't stroll downtown Black Diamond without hearing a Christmas carol, being offered hot chocolate or having a door opened for them. This sounds like the work of rowdy teenagers! Hordes of Oilfields High School students fanned out around town committing Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) to participate in their Spirit of Giving Day. The program volunteers all Oilfields School students to enhance the community through caroling, helping elementary kids skate, shoveling sidewalks, making Christmas tree ornaments and more. These great kids volunteer at the Food Bank, attend the Calgary Dream Centre to serve dinner and collect Christmas gifts


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Cold & Flu Season Cold and flu season is upon us. All that shopping, visiting and being kissed over the holidays will surely bring on the sniffles. Having gone through my annual cold and unfortunately complaining about it, I now have some hints and advice to pass on. First and most important, rest, lots of fluids and stay away from susceptible others. All infections should be seen to by a doctor and you would have to ask if any of these hints would interfere or react with any medication that's prescribed. Some of the suggestions are a little tongue in cheek, and some a little dated, but mostly just plain comforting. A favourite of mine; add lemon and honey to taste to a cup of boiling water. Before you drink it, hold it up to your face and breathe in the steam. When it cools a bit drink it down to soothe a sore throat and dry up mucus. Vitamin C galore, lots and lots of oranges, tangerines, clementines and grapefruit; keeps you hydrated, too. Gargle several times a day


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Introducing the "Brookland" presented by BLUE ROCK HOMES Constructed with an ENERGY EFFICIENT insulated concrete foam frame which is 36% more efficient than a conventional home. This beautiful open concept features covered front veranda, 9ft ceilings & rich MAPLE HARDWOOD. Gorgeous GRANITE countertops in kitchen with centre island, dark MAPLE CABINETRY, TILE back splash & upgraded STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. Enjoy the THREE SIDED FIREPLACE from your dining area or cozy living room. Three bedrooms up with master retreat offering dream ensuite and closet. VAULTED BONUS ROOM makes a perfect space for entertaining family & friends. Need more room? The unfinished basement is just waiting for your development ideas. FULLY FENCED & LANDSCAPED. Price includes HOUSE, LOT & GST!

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Grassroots ~ December 21st, 2010

Shaun Vickers & Sandi Kennedy Nanton


MLS C3430663

2810 ~ 22 Street ~ 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 is 24’ x 22'.

¼ Section against Okotoks, Sheep River Development Homes with the sheep river along the north boundary of the land. A spectacular Rocky Mountain panoramic view from across the land. Development property for future executive area with these natural amenities. Three homes all with 3 bedrooms or more. Gentle slopes towards the mountains, makes this a special and interesting property.

Turner Valley



Turner Valley Villa. Nestled in the Foothills, wonderful view of the Mountains, circle driveway, double parking pad & garage. A 3 bedroom, fully finished villa with open kitchen and large dining area with large window to enjoy Mountains.

MLS C3430469

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, 4 acres, a walk to Okotoks's north edge. A barn and fenced for horses. New listing and ready to move right in, lovely immaculate condition

98 Acres and Spectacular Mountain views for all parts of the land- two miles to Calgary on pavement ~ An Executive Home, five bedrooms, swimming pool, horse set up with eight stall barn, wash area, hay storage building and equipment storage. Privacy to neighbors and absolutely wonderful views in all directions. 242 Ave and 48 St W, just south of the corner.

High River



Beachwood Estates ~ Absolutely wonderful location backing to natural park lands, extra large lot. Large rooms over 4000 sq ft finished, two story/walk-out/heated floors on all levels/efficient heat/trees, trees, trees in prestigious. High end features throughout the home, sub-zero/hardwood/huge kitchen/very large bedrooms/garage and also detached garage with 220 plug ins for RV's.

4 Acres. West of Okotoks spectacular

MLS C3436907

3 Acres River front property. Backing to the Sheep River with 33 acres of untouched River land. This property is on pavement, a walk-out, 5 bedrooms and huge office/another bedroom, heated floors, four car garage. The open plan is wonderful for family and friends to enjoy. Dining room, large mudroom and laundry room.

High River



610 - 3rd Street SE -Amature section of High River, on the hill near the water tower. A corner lot with lots of parking and a heated triple car garage (one side tandem parking). Newer renovation of both bathrooms and throughout the main floor. New electric fixtures and wiring, plumbing is all newer too. Treed lot, south facing deck off the dining area. A great home for a family or couple.

MLS C3452909

West of High River, 4.8 acres, 10 gpm well reported, with natural trees, bungalow home with two fireplaces, work shop building and pavement to the property. Beautifully upgraded in the last few years. Wrapping veranda with BBQ area, enjoy year round. Keep a few horses if you wish or enjoy quiet privacy.

80 acres with spectacular mountain and valley view for miles and miles. Just south of 22x highway a couple of miles, so very close to Calgary and right off pavement. Electronic gate and a lovely bungalow home with five bedrooms, large country kitchen and larger attached garage. Also on the property with a 20 gpm well, a large shop of 80 feet long, heated, insulated with large over head doors. A hill is approximately in the center of the property with an amazing panoramic view of the rolling Foothills and spanning Rocky Mountains so close you will feel like you could touch them! On the hill in a spectacular location, a magnificent log home of five bedrooms is situated. The home includes a terrific fire place with heating capabilities as the central focus in the living room. The Chef's kitchen will feed a multitude with a spacious dining area too! Most of the rooms look out to this incredible vista of Mountains. Large covered deck, patios and covered driveway to the front door are just a few of the many features. Heated floors on the main level and lower, walk-out, work room, sauna, family room and rumpus room. Special features of a wine room with sink, large laundry room on the main floor and quad garage. Both homes are in beautiful condition, trees on the land and open pasture, with room for a riding arena in-door or out. Yes sub-division maybe possible here too! A terrific location for a business owner to be if space is needed for equipment. School buses come to the gate, fenced and cross fenced, pasture great for horses. A property ready for your family to enjoy with an extra newer home for Mom and Dad.

Black Diamond 122 - 2nd Avenue S. ~ A great home with two bedrooms, corner lot, lots of trees, room for RV or a few $250,000 vehicles parking on the lot. MLS C3437193

$277,777 MLS C3427447

$850,000 MLS C3449053

$296,000 MLS C3446117


Okotoks NEWER condos in Okotoks ~ Seven: ( one and/or two bedroom apartments) Heated parking garage too!

$370,000 Dewinton Ridge

FROM $165,000


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4.4 Acres with spectacular Mountain and City views from the hill south of the village of DeWinton. Well reported 7 gpm.


MLS C3434698

MLS C3443009

MLS C3437091

MLS C3439532

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

Rural Properties To Build Your Dream! LAKE, LAKE, WATER SKIING. Lake Area Lots MLS C3441323, C3440660 starting at $60,000 for 4 acres, on pavement and close enough to commute. Call for details of area, Sub-division Map, Restrictive Covenant. 10 lots left of 33 total.

MLS C3434392 Rock Quarry 155 Acres with windmill income and rock income. Beautiful views, just off the #3 Highway, near Cowley.

MLS C3418865 79Acres 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 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 campground, RV location, subdivision possibilities, near Old Man Dam.

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 C3434334 47 Acres west of Bowden with a forest of trees, power onto the property and a garage to use while building your dream home. 6000 spruce trees on the land, many are now a good size. Directly off the highway #587 and near Glennifer Lake, golfing and services. A gentle ravine and trees divide the balance of the quarter. Shopping is not far away or Calgary within ¾ of an hour. $380,000.

MLS C1018078 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 Buyer's . . . All listings can be viewed at:

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