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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. -------------------------------------------------------

Mar 28th, Seniors’ Dinner at the Legion Turner Valley. Roast Turkey $13.00. Book ahead please. ----------------------------------------------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 3:00pm 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 ~ 11:00 am - Yoga in Longview. Kendra 403-558-3696. -------------------------------------------------------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: 403931-2373. -------------------------------------------------------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. ------------------------------------------------------8:45am The Seniors Alpine Ski Club ski Nakiska, meet at "Calgary Recycles" (off the Trans Canada) to carpool. ------------------------------------------------------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. 403-9334036. ------------------------------------------------------10:30am ~ 3:30pm 1st & 3rd week of month. Diamond Valley Quilt Club Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-931-3989. -------------------------------------------------------1:00pm Book Buddies Sheep River Library. 403-933-3278. -------------------------------------------------------1:00pm - Bridge at the Valley Neighbours Club. 403-933-4289. -------------------------------------------------------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 wel-

come. Legion Turner Valley 403-933-4564. -------------------------------------------------------6:00 ~ 7:00pm Belly Dancing Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-938-2032.

----------------------------------------------Mar 9, 6:00 pm Meet-and-Greet with New DV Chamber Executive Come out on Wings night at the Black Diamond Hotel & Bar ----------------------------------------------THURSDAY 8:30am The Seniors Alpine Ski Club ski Mt. Norquay meet at "Calgary Recycles" (off the Trans Canada) to carpool. ------------------------------------------------------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 Sen-

sibly) 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.

----------------------------------------------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.

----------------------------------------------Mar 4th, 12:00 noon DV Chamber General Meeting & Web Presence Session with Brooke Campbell Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Tentative location new Sheep River Library ----------------------------------------------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.

---------------------------------------------Mar 19th at 7:30pm - Lewis Memorial United Church - Doris Daley &

Eli Barsi Concert. 403-933-4114 or 403-933-2167 ---------------------------------------------Mar 13th - Daylight Savings Time starts Spring forward before you go to bed! ---------------------------------------------SUNDAY Jam with Eva & Company at Cougars Turner Valley 403-933-4412. -------------------------------------------------------11:00am Regular services Longview Bible Fellowship - 403-808-9948.

--------------------------------------------MULTI-DAY EVENTS Fri, Mar 18th & Sat, Mar 19th DV Business Expo Mar 18th – Meet and Greet for Business to Business Mar 19th – Open to the Public 10:00 – 4:00pm at Flare ‘N Derrick and New Sheep River Library ----------------------------------------------Mar 3rd to Mar 30th, 2011 - Art Exhibit - FULL CIRCLE - Meeting Point Artists Association at TURNER VALLEY SCHOOL Contact: Carol Webb, 403-938-7359. -----------------------------------------------

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Votes New Leadership

By Todd Curran Newly elected Diamond Valley and District Chamber of Commerce President Clayton Foster is looking for member feedback to enhance the organization and solve challenges. Elections were held on February 9th at the Turner Valley Golf Club and yielded a new board of

directors. “The new board would like to thank the entire past executive for their hard work and dedication, without them the chamber wouldn't be what it is today,” Clayton says. Members of the new board are Treasurer, Melodie Koopman, coowner of Koop's Auto Service in Black Diamond, Secretary, Chris Weingarth, co-owner of Bluerock Gal-

lery in Black Diamond, Vice President, Chris Koene, co-owner of Koene Consulting and Open Roads Media Group in Turner Valley, and President, Clayton Foster, co owner of Stirr! Adventures in Food in Black Diamond and Open Roads Media Group, Turner Valley. Clayton would also like to extend an invitation for everyone to come out and meet the board on Wednesday, March 16th at the

Black Diamond Hotel from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. “I think I speak for the entire 2011 executive when I say we are extremely honoured to be representing the Diamond Valley area businesses as the Chamber of Commerce and look forward with enthusiasm and excitement to the coming year,” Clayton says. Events and general meetings are open to members and non-members of the chamber.



will have draws for free prizes and services. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity for a free computer check up, electrical advice for your next renovation or free handouts. A lunch counter will be selling snacks and refreshments, with the proceeds going to furnishings of the new library. For those looking for more indepth information, plan on staying around for presentations by some of the businesses. Auto Trendz will be talking about your vehicles and how these special personal spaces say a lot about you. Learn how they can help you make that personal statement while maintaining safety and function. With their certified training and experi-

ence, Auto Trendz can provide you with the education to make informed decisions about headlights to taillights and almost everything in between. Their presentation in one of the meeting rooms, will showcase many of the products that they offer from replacing that old broken windshield, all the way to a whole new look and sound that is really you. Warning! This presentation may lead some humans to a love affair with their vehicle! The Swing Doctor will be in on Saturday, March 19th. Turner Valley Golf Club's “Swing Doctors”, C.P.G.A. Professionals Scott Meechan and J.D. Scheller will be giving tips on how to improve your short game. Everything

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Discounts and Prizes at Diamond Valley BUSINESS EXPO On March 19th, the Flare will be the place to be to meet the owners of home based businesses from the Diamond Valley region. Table displays will introduce you to painters, builders, computer wizards and pet people. Meet the owners of Diamond Willow Artisans and discover the interesting retreats. Find out all about marketing and utilizing social networking. What's all the buzz about the events calendar on Open Roads Web Page and the amazing list of behind-the-scenes businesses right here in our town! Are your Pet's Pleased? Come and discover services available to pets. Along with lots of information available at the displays, many of the booths


from pitching to putting will be discussed in their presentation. The first twenty children under ten that visit the Turner Valley Golf Club booth will receive a free golf club. Established in 1930 the Club is a semi-private club that is one of the largest employers in the area. With an increased focus on community involvement, the Turner Valley Golf Club has reduced green fees for locals on Monday and Thursday and will have reduced lesson and lesson packages for locals who wish to improve their golf game. Come down to the Business Expo and check out their pre-season green fee and lesson program discounts.

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Royal Canadian Legion Branch #78, Turner Valley The Branch Executive made the decision to donate $5,000 from the Poppy Fund towards the Hands Across Alberta Launch. This program is the fundraiser for the Outward Bound Veteran’s Program. Last year they pledged $2,500 towards this same program. The Veteran's Program has been designed because returning home should be a joyous event, but the impact that military service has on our soldiers, sailors and airmen

and women often makes the transition back to civilian life challenging. Various mental heath programs and agencies provide professional assistance for those who seek help, but many veterans don't ask. Inspired by the vision of two young soldiers returning from Afghanistan, themselves Legion members, The Alberta-NWT Command of the Royal Canadian Legion and Outward Bound Canada formed a partnership to

offer a specialized program that will help to bridge the gap for Canadian military veterans. The program involves one-week wilderness courses designed to help participants build a supportive community with other veterans and facilitate discussions on readjustment and transition challenges. The courses use adventures and challenges in the outdoors to support successful personal, family and community reintegration.


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Teens Who Want To The Top Teen of North America competition is inviting youth from Alberta to represent their communities in a continent-wide competition to determine who will be North America's most outstanding teenager, to be televised later this fall. Selected candidates will come to Vancouver, BC, for a week this July where they will attend professional workshops on issues directly related to youth, receive training in a variety of genres ranging from interview skills, media relations, modelling training, health and much more. They will interact with youth from all corners of North Amer-

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Friends Of The Sheep River Library Foundation Receive Grant

The Friends of the Sheep River Library Foundation has received a significant grant from Alberta Culture and Community Spirit. The Friends of the Library recently received funds from the Community Facilities Enhance-

ment Program, for the full grant application amount: more than $37,000. This very generous grant means the Friends can fund most of the immediate needs to furnish and equip the new Sheep River Library, including floor cleaning equipment, video

projection equipment, good quality furniture and more. “We are so grateful for this grant,” said Jane Toews, who led the grant application team. “This funding makes many things possible for the new library.”

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A simple definition is business and tourism development. Black Diamond’s Economic Development is: ] A support system for existing businesses ] Marketing initiatives to attract visitors and new businesses ] Partnerships with other communities ] Community events Who Is The Town Of Black Diamond's Economic Development Committee (EDC)? In 2003, the Town established the EDC, made up of community volunteers and representatives, to respond to the town's growing needs for attention and support in business and tourism development. The EDC, under the leadership of Town Council, consists of the following members: Brian Cunning, Chair and Public At Large

Mike Ross, Council Representative Barb Froud, Diamond Valley Chamber of Commerce Representative Betty Paul, Commercial Business Owner Alan Noble, Home-Based Business Owner Dennis Whitaker, Public At Large Jim Haldane, Public At Large As one of the more recent committee members, Jim Haldane said, “ I decided to become a member to encourage an increase in Green Energy and to attract more light industry from that sector.” Alan Noble became a volunteer member because, although he has lived here for fifteen years, he wanted to learn more about his community and become more involved in it. If you would like to follow the activities of Black Diamond’s EDC you can visit

the website at: to see the impressive list of accomplishments and partnerships this volunteer committee have achieved. The EDC continues to implement marketing strategies to promote the town as a destination for visitors world wide and they continuously work to improve the quality of life in Black Diamond by: ] Building and maintaining partnerships ] Increasing our assessment base ] Ensuring that our infrastructure and services are in place ] Ensuring business sustainability ] Raising the profile of the Town of Black Diamond. Without the effort and time spent by volunteers such as these representatives this community would not thrive and flourish.

Nets Naming Rights SustainA b i l i t y Donation In New Sheep River Library You have the ability to help sustain our environment for future generations. According to the World Commission on Environment and Development (1987), sustainability is defined as: "meeting the needs of the present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs." The Town of Black Diamond has links on it’s website to several resources that will make it easy for you to do your part. The Town is doing their part. A policy initiated by Councillor Michel Jackson, has the savings from a ‘green’ project placed in a reserve fund to build up towards the costs of implementing other green projects. Maybe it’s time for you to do your part. We all know about recycling and many of us practice it. But let’s go a little further. The following tips are taken from the:

Sustainability at home: A toolkit that can be found online at: Ask yourself: Can I Reduce My Use? Dish it up Only run your dishwasher when you have a full load. If possible, skip the dry cycle and let your dishes air dry (open the dishwasher door), reducing your utility use. Save Money Insulate your hot water tank and set its thermostat to a lower temperature. Reducing your energy use will save your money. Every 5.5°C reduction saves up to 13% on your water heating costs. Turn it down Turn your thermostat down to about 15°C when you go out or at night when you are sleeping. You can save 10 to 15% on your total energy bill!

Legacy Oil+Gas Inc. presented a major donation of $15,000 to the new Sheep River Library on February 18th. A donation of this size merits naming rights, so the fireside reading area in the new library will be called the “Legacy Lounge.” This will be the library's focal point, centered on a two-sided gas fireplace faced with floorto-ceiling stone, flanked by leather sofas and chairs, washed in natural light from large west-facing windows. The Legacy Lounge will become a community centre for reading and social interaction. The donation was presented in the future Legacy Lounge space, by Legacy's Rathe Mokelky, Field Superintendent, Turner Valley Field Office. “Legacy Oil+Gas believes in community investment,” Mr. Mokelky

said. “We invest in communities where we have a business presence and where our employees work and live. And we're really pleased to be funding the furniture and amenities that will make the Legacy Lounge a great place for people to meet and relax in the new library.” Diane Osberg, chair of the Sheep River Library's board of directors, was on hand to receive the donation, along with Holly Quan, president of the Friends of the Sheep River Library Foundation. “This is the most generous corporate donation we have received to date,” said Ms. Quan. “We are very pleased that Legacy Oil+Gas has stepped up to support this project and we expect the Legacy Lounge to become THE place to meet in Turner Valley.”

Watch future editions of the Gazette for more tips on how you can do your part.

with offers of rides, food or help around the house. Suffice it to say that the offers overwhelmed both us and the actual need. Friends and acquaintances from the Legion, the Griffiths Senior Centre, the Curling Club, Golf Club, Church and the Villas as well as our "Diamond Diners" group were sincerely ready to assist in whatever way they could. We would like to thank each and every one of them, whether or not we took advantage of the offer. We are all so fortunate to live in such a great and caring community. Perhaps our turn will come when we can repay the thoughtfulness of so many. ~ Malcolm and Jenny Hughes.


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Many, Many Thanks Almost six years ago, following a dozen years of "retirement" in B.C., Jen and I decided that it was time to return to Alberta. We went to every community West, South and East of Calgary looking for the place we wanted to be. Ultimately, the decision to locate in Black Diamond was relatively easy and it is one that we have never regretted. The absolute "rightness" of the decision has been re-confirmed regularly over the years: never more though than during the last weeks as I underwent surgery and rehab and Jenny had to cope alone. She was never alone, however, as offers of help in whatever form she and I might need came from all sources. It would be impossible, and perhaps inappropriate, to try and mention all those who came forward

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(L to R): Holly Quan, Rathe Mokelky and Diane Osberg, in front of the stone fireplace that is the centerpiece of the new library's Legacy Lounge.

Wild Bucks

The 4th Annual Wilderness Experience Auction featuring appetizers and desserts prepared by Mark Klaudt of Route 40 Soup Co is set to take place on Saturday, March 26th at 5:30pm at the Oilfields High School in Black Diamond. The event will feature live music by Wild Rose Xpress plus the excitement of a silent and live auction. Tickets are $30. This worthwhile fundraising event is in support of the Quest program at the high school allowing the students to explore deep learning journeys as

well as offering year end community strengthening journeys to the Junior High School students at Oilfields. Because of the tremendous support last year, students at Oilfields High School were able to participate in several unforgettable wilderness expeditions. These expeditions unleash excellence in our youth and help them to discover how much they have to offer others. To donate auction items or purchase tickets please call Carol Gauzer at 403938-4973 or email Locally owned & operated since 1987 Not affiliated with any other driving school.

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Councillor's Corner: by Mayor Sharlene Brown

Get Ready, Get Set the Sheep River Intermunicipal Library is almost ready for the long awaited relocation to the new facility in Turner Valley. The Library itself will be closed for two weeks in March to facilitate the big move. As a result, book return during these two weeks may be a bit of an issue. The Library board will not be charging any fines over that time period for late returns. It may be a good idea to bring those borrowed items back just for everyone's ease of mind. On Saturday, March 19th, 2011 there will be a Business Expo held at the Flare and Derrick, with sessions of interest being held at the new library. Come out and see what local businesses are in our region, what they have to offer, win prizes and experience how we can all try to shop at home. Did you know that each dollar we keep in the community moves its way around six times?? Coming this spring, our Parks & Recreation committee has requested to adopt highway 7 between Turner Valley and Black Diamond. So this year during our river clean up, we will have extra land to monitor for rubbish. The Adopt a Highway signs may possibly be located west at the Turner Valley entrance and east at the Black Diamond town entrance. The Special Events Committee is busy organizing the 42nd annual Diamond Valley Parade. This year's parade marshal will be 2006 Silver Medalist Jason Parker. The theme is “Diversity in our Community - Celebrating our Youth�. There is need for volunteers for this annual event. If interested please contact The bands have been booked, along with a Show'n'Shine at the Gospel Chapel. June 4th is shaping up to be a great time in the Diamond Valley Region.

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A Reminder from Protective Services

During this time of year, the sidewalks can get very treacherous with melting and freezing ice as the weather heats up and cools down. Please be courteous to your neighbours and community, get out there and shovel if it snows and put some ice melt product on your sidewalk when it becomes icy.

Oilfields High School Counsellors Corner!! Post Secondary Most post secondary institutions have started accepting applications. Ms. Morck is available for help with post secondary planning. Scholarships The following are great resources for scholarships, see Ms. Morck for details on other scholarships that she might have in her office. holarships/main.asp :www.scholarshipscana m :www.chfscholarships.c om Students that have maintained a high average in all three grades may qualify for the Rutherford Scholarship. Information regarding this should be available by April. Ms.

Morck will be contacting students that qualify. Grade 12's After diploma exam results come in Ms. Morck will be sending another informational letter and credit check. It will be beneficial for parents and students to review these upon receiving them. Green Certificate Any student that works or lives on a farm has the opportunity to earn up to 16 credits through Alberta Agriculture's Green Certificate program. Students interested in this are asked to let Ms. Morck know ASAP so we can get you registered and so that you can order the required materials. The courses that we offer credit in are: wBeekeeping wField Crop wCow/Calf wIrrigated Field Crop

wDairy wSheep wFeedlot wSwine wEquine Work Experience Anyone that is currently working or planning to work can earn credits for hours that you work. 25 hours = 1 credit. You can gather forms from the front office, see Ms. Morck for further details. RAP Are you interested in a career in the trades? Do you have someone that is willing to sign you as an apprentice? You are allowed to start working towards your apprenticeship! AND you can earn 40 credits towards your high school diploma!! See Ms. Morck after you have an employer who would like to apprentice you.

Attention Hockey Parents! Jeff Ovens and STIX Hockey Academy are offering 2011 Summer Hockey Programs here in Black Diamond at the Oilfields Regional Arena. Registration forms and payments can be picked up and dropped off at Oilfields High School. Jeff Ovens is a teacher in the Quest Program and the Operator of the Hockey Canada Skills Academy at Oilfields High School. This season Jeff is coaching the High Country Rockies Midget Tier 1 team. Jeff has an extensive background in hockey, as he played for Queen's University from 2003-2008, and is currently the Player Development Coach for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL.

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Can't Afford to Have Your Taxes Filed? Qualified volunteers from the community are offering to provide a free tax service for residents of Black Diamond and Turner Valley who are in low income situations. Only straightforward taxes can be completed, the service does not cover complex income tax returns for people who are deceased, bankrupt or have business, farming or rental income. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, contact Suzan at Black Diamond Family and Community Support Services 403.933.4348 or Forms are available at the municipal offices in Black Diamond and Turner Valley.

Funding Applications Now Being Accepted

Family and Community Support Services - The Town of Black Diamond is now accepting applications from community groups who wish to provide programs in 2011. Programs must be preventive in nature and meet provincial and local FCSS criteria. Application forms and guidelines can be printed from the town webpage or picked up from the office. A digital copy of the application can be emailed to and is helpful for expediting the process, although a hard copy is also requested. For further information please contact Suzan Nagel at 403-933-4348.

Millarville Saddle Sores

On a cold January 29th the Millarville saddle sores gathered in the Millarville hall to hold our annual public speaking competition. This is held every year for the members of 4H to Achieve. The club congratulates the winners; in the juniors 1st Aimee Michaelis, 2nd Callie Biddle, intermediates 1st - Juliannne Uchitil, 2nd - Shaelynn Brogden and in the Seniors 1st - Brittney Macdonald, 2nd - Lindsey Ranks. Thank you to AltaLink for sponsoring this event. February has been a very busy month in 4H too. We learned lots about our horses when Pat Stock came out on February 5th and did Horsemanship with us. We had many great opportunities with our horses through our awesome clinic. Our club gathered at the Millarville racetrack to have our winter workshop and our Gym-

khana the following day. I can tell you our horses were sure tired after the gymkhana. Let's just hope we have nicer weather so our horses can get more in shape. The winter workshop project of 2011 was a salt block holder made out of tires donated by Millarville Motors and the other supplies were donated by Rowe Water Systems and the Macdonald Family for coordinating it all, thank you so much. February 18th to 20th was the Junior Winter Bonanza Camp near Water Valley and February 25th to 27th was the Intermediate camp so this has made for a very busy month. We are looking forward to March as we have lots of riding events planned with the onset of spring (we hope). Millarville Saddle Sores would also like to thank Sears for there generous grant to our club.

Random Acts Of Sweetness

By Todd Curran Random Acts of Kindness week ran from February 14th to 18th and ended with a sweet competition at Turner Valley School. All students were given ballots on which they wrote a kind act they performed during the week, and a guess at how many candies were in two jars. “Our grade two class made announcements and hung posters throughout the school to get the whole school involved,” says grade two teacher DawnLyn Morris. Ballots

told of carrying books for people, opening doors and helping out at home. The winners of the Estimation Draws were Grace in Grade 5 and Landan also in

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Grade 5. Honourable mentions to Rylee in Grade 6, Garrett in Grade 4 and Justin in Grade 5 Congratulations and keep up the kind work!

From The Lions Den

We Serve the Community

S u b m i tted by Lion Anne Granberg Last year the Foothills Lions Club donated over $80,000 to several surrounding community organizations and school projects. Lions support many of the student extra-curricular programs, activities, needed equipment and scholarships; fixtures and up-grading in community based facilities such as Health and Extended Care Centres, the Food Bank, Community Gardens and the list goes on and on. On the Lions International level, aid was sent to the Haiti disaster;

adjustable eye glasses to a Third World Country and to the Guide Dogs Program and Clinic that serve the sight and hearing impaired people. Improving the quality of lives of the youth and adults for now and the future is what Lionism is all about. The continuous dedication and commitment given by the club members in various capacities, reaching forward for a common purpose, is incredibly successful in helping the community and having enjoyment socially at the same time. Can you imagine living in a community with-

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out a Lions Club? To achieve a healthy, strong and creative club, the keyword is Membership. More members means more services can be provided. Individuals in the area who would like to share their experiences, talent, fellowship and be involved in on-going projects and other services, please call – President Dave 403-933-4640 or Membership Chairman Charlotte 403-9333688. The Foothills Lions Club “Serving Our Community” 403-933-4944 223 Main Street NE

Oilfields Recycle Center: Notice of change to hours The Oilfields Recycle Center will be experiencing a small change in hours to adapt to the flow of public through the facility. Over the past 5 years the hours for Thursday have been 11:30am to 8:00pm. The depot has seen only a few people use the facility during the hours of 6:00pm to 8:00pm, and is missing the 20 to 30 people who come to use the depot during the hours of 9:30am to 11:30am. To better facilitate the funds and better serve the public needs, we will be changing the Depot hours effective immediately. Most of you who use the Recycle Center have been informed of the need to change the hours, over the past few months. The new hours for Thursdays will be 9:30am to 6:00pm in line with the rest of the week. We hope this will better serve the needs of the public and enhance the flow of the product through the facility. We will continually monitor and survey the situation, keeping the needs of our Recycle Depot in mind. We certainly apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, though all of you we have talked to agree that this change will be for the better. Again, thank you very much for your ongoing support of the Depot. If you have any questions about Recycling, please call or ask when you visit the facility. The same goes with any ideas you might have with Recycling, we would be glad to listen to them. Westend Regional Sewage Services Commission new website:

Turner Valley Family and Community Support Services Board Member Opportunity The Family and Community Support Services Advisory Board is seeking a volunteer member to sit on the committee for a two-year term. Turner Valley Family and Community Services (FCSS) assists local non-profit organizations through funding and program support. The FCSS encourages the delivery of social programs that are preventive in nature and help promote and enhance well being for families and the community. In Turner Valley, a Councilappointed, volunteer board is responsible for setting program policy and reviewing applications for funding. Applicants must be a resident of Turner Valley or live within a five kilometer radius of the town. For more information, visit h t t p : / / w w w. t u r n e r v a l l e y. c a / t o w n hall/municipal-services/fcss.

DIAMOND VALLEY BUSINESS EXPO March 18 - 19 Flare and Derrick Community Centre, Turner Valley Featuring local businesses and organizations promoting local goods and services. Education session, prizes and a chance to explore entrepreneurial opportunities. Friday, March 18 Business Meet and Greet – Business networking session featuring speakers and presentations+ Saturday, March 19 Open to the Public – Demonstrations, draws, attractions and speakers. A chance to meet local businesses and learn about the wide variety of services available in the area. Tables available to rent and for more information, contact the Diamond Valley Chamber of Commerce to register your business.


Need a hand completing your income tax return?

Family Day Scavenger Hunt Thank You

If you need help completing your personal tax return and you can’t afford to pay for assistance, residents of Black Diamond and Turner Valley may obtain assistance.

The Town of Turner Valley wishes to thank the sponsors of the Family Day Scavenger Hunt for their generous contributions including: Coyote Moon Cantina & Espresso Bar, Cheryl Gross, One on One Studio, Capture the Flag, Sandul’s Pharmacy and Pop’s Barbershop.

Volunteers from the community will assist low income clients with simple, straight-forward tax returns. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, contact the Black Diamond Family and Community Support Ser vices 403.933.4348 or email Forms are available at the municipal offices in Black Diamond and Turner Valley.

A special thanks to Barb Savage, Bev Goble, Erin Kesslering, Penny Peter, Maureen Nelson, Kelly Tuck, Gerald and Heather Pfeil, and the members of the Town of Turner Valley Public Works staff and Fire Department for their help in making the event such a huge success and fun for all.

Turner Valley Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Call for applications for funding

Turner Valley Council Meetings for February

Turner Valley FCSS accepts funding proposals from non-profit organizations throughout the year until October 31st For eligibility criteria and application forms, please visit

March 7th - Committee of the Whole March 21st - Regular Council Meeting

Start Time - 6:30 pm


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Royal Canadian Legion Branch #78, Turner Valley

Annual Men’s Fashion Show Who will be crowned your “New Queen”? Come and vote for your favourite!

Saturday, March 26th, 2011 7:00pm 50/50 Draw

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TURNER VALLEY SCHOOL NEWS New Staff Welcome Welcome to Mrs. Aucoin who has joined us to teach grade 3 until Mrs. Muir returns. Mrs. Aucoin is originally from New Brunswick. She said that she was lured to Alberta by the mountains and her love of mountain sport. Mrs. Aucoin graduated in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick and completed her Education degree at the University of Calgary. You can find Mrs. Aucoin at Canada Olympic Park on weekends where she is coordinator for Ski/Snowboard School. When she's not skiing or snowboarding Mrs. Aucoin loves to play soccer in the Calgary Women's Soccer League. She also enjoys hiking and camping. We hope you enjoy being a part of our TV school community. Ask the Principal “What is Mathletics?” Mathletics is a webbased mathematics program that we use at Turner Valley School in addition to regular instruction. This program is the most used on-line mathematics program in the world. It is being used by over 3 million students in 7000 schools world-wide. Alberta students are using a version that aligns with the Alberta Ed. Curriculum. We like Mathletics because: ! It is highly engaging and motivating for our students. ! It is on-line and accessible to students at school and at home. ! It is interactive and responds to student learn-

ing needs ! Students can test their math skills with students from all over the world. Our parent council has provided logins for all Grade 1 to 6 students at Turner Valley School. More information is available at Library News Art Exhibit - FULL CIRCLE Meeting Point Artists Association Display Dates: MARCH 3rd to MARCH 30th. Many immigrants have found Calgary a desirable destination despite the temperamental air mass that governs the city year round. Newcomers are attracted to the many economic opportunities and Calgary's high quality of life. In 1988, a group of ethnically diverse artists coalesced to form the Meeting Point Artists Association (MPAA). Their goal was to promote cultural exchange with no hidden agendas and only the purest of intentions. In the process they hoped to transcend traditional parameters and create a bridge between Canadian and Asian communities through art. To this day the MPAA reaches out to contemporary artists who are interested in blending Occidental and Oriental philosophies in art and life. Full Circle implies no beginning and no end. A variety of concepts are explored in this exhibition, such as the symbiotic relationship between Yin and Yang. In the natural world this is illustrated by opposing forces (dualities)

interconnected and interdependent within a greater whole, such as male and female; day and night; summer and winter. Cofounding member Simon Wong offers the following analogy, “The West is 'yang' and East is 'yin'… In Western art, you find rendering of external subjects with strong light and colour, but Eastern art is 'Yin' which tends to induce thoughts about places you don't see, which you have to find internally or through meditation. That is why East and West should meet and balance each other.” The featured artists include Paresh Athparia, Billie D. Avery, John Chong, Honsun Chu, Helena Hadala, Winnie Ho, Morley Hollenberg, Catherine Huang-Tam, Isabelle Hunt-Johnson, Josette Khu, Lap Lam, Setsuko Onishi Moulton, Ferdinando (Fred) Spina, Pat Strakowski, Simon Y.S. Wong and Myken Woods. This exhibition will be displayed at the Turner Valley School in Turner Valley from March 3rd to March 30th. We welcome your visit to this educational and entertaining exhibition. Full Circle is a touring exhibition developed by the Alberta Society of Artists for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program. This exhibition is currently circulating throughout the southwest/central parts of Alberta. The AFA Travelling Exhibition Program is financially supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

There's A New Marshall In Town

The Town of Black Diamond Special Events Committee has revealed that Olympic Silver Medalist (2006) Jason Parker will be Grand Marshall of the 42nd Annual Diamond Valley Parade. At the Parade, which takes place on Saturday, June 4th, hundreds of friends and families join together to celebrate in conjunction with Discovery Days (hosted by the Town of Turner Valley).

Festivities start on Friday, June 3rd, with the Family Fun Run, followed by a Merchant Festival, Antique Car Show 'n' Shine, Rhubarb Festival and Quilt show throughout Saturday. Over the last 42 years, the Diamond Valley parade has grown from humble beginnings into one of the Best Small Town Parades in Southern Alberta and the volunteers and citizens of Black Dia-

mond take great pride in the event. The theme this year is “Diversity and Youth of our Community”. New this year there will be a pre-registration for participants – this is to ensure a smooth process for each category that is judged. There is no entry fee and the deadline for entry is the 27th May 2011 For more information on Grand Marshall Jason Parker visit:

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Millarville’s Cool News Song Unit The grade seven students in L.A. have been looking at and writing songs and will be making music videos after the week break. They have written their songs about topics such as life experiences and love. They have been working very hard on their songs and also look forward to making the videos. By Kailey Millarville Wildcats Basket Ball Season Boys Basketball has been great at Millarville! We haven't won many games, but are trying hard to win the championships. We have been training quite a lot in hopes to win this season to get our first basketball banner for boys. In Girls Basketball we have won a few and lost a lot, but we had a lot of fun playing in the games. We have hosted two tournaments and have improved at shooting and

dribbling. Come and watch a thrilling and intense Millarville Wildcats Basketball game next year. By Jillian, Ally, Ben, and Keegan Snowshoe Disc Golf The Grade 7 and 8 students went on Friday, February 11th to the WJ Homestead Snowshoe Disc golf course near Millarville. We were the first group as a school to go to the ranch in the snow and it was awesome! The snow was about a foot deep and everyone got a face full of snow! Thank-you to the WJ Homestead. We had a blast! By Allison, Leah, Colton and Wyatt Outdoor Pursuits winter campout On Friday February 11th the grade sevens went on an optional camping trip and made shelters with only a survival shovel and a tarp. That night we

all slept outside in our shelters. There were four groups and only twelve people stayed the night. There was a campfire and we played snow golf and also roasted hotdogs. In the middle of the night a large aircraft went overhead and woke us up, but most of the students had a lot of fun, and a great experience. By Jimmy, Davis, Sally and Noelle Family Dance February 10th, in the Millarville community school, we had an extraordinary night at our family dance. We held the dance to raise money for the Grade 8 grad and the extra money will go to the grade 6 trip to Edmonton, at the end of the school year. Over 220 people attended the dance and had a great time! By Sasha, Julianne, Nathan and Jack

Millarville-Stockland 4-H Beef Club Speak off

By Hunter Egeland On February 9th, the Millarville Stockland 4-H Beef Club held their regular monthly meeting. We handed in our record books to be marked and discussed upcoming events. Our club's Public Speaking was held on February 12th at the Millarville Church Hall. All 11 members gave their speeches and impromptus. We had three junior judges: Angie Dawson, Fran Porter and Staci Arkes. The intermediate judges were Paul Rishaug,

Jill Stephenson and Barbara Castell. And seniors, we had Muriel Dais, Brian Jones and Peter Driedger. Thank you very much to all the judges and helpers, we sure appreciate it!! My speech title was "Are You Itchy?" It was all about lice. During my speech I could see the audience start to itch, I tried my hardest not to. The Junior members who went on to the next level (which is the Area Public Speaking) were: Josh Lee, Hunter Egeland (me!) and the alternate was Dane

Wright. We had a junior member from the High River Stetson's speak with our club but couldn't be placed. His name was Joseph McLean. He gave a great speech on "My Dog Shep". The intermediates that went on were Shaelyn Brogden, Carson Campbell and the alternate was Connor Brogden. The seniors were Brent Arkes, Ben Arkes and alternate Carlie Meyer. Following the speeches, we had a great lunch with all kinds of sandwiches and then squares and cakes for dessert. The Area Speak Off is on February 26th at Millarville Race Track Hall. Good luck to all the members who will be attendi n g . O u r Club's next regular meeting is March 9th at the Millarville Race Track Hall.

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Millarville Preschool Registration Night

Tuesday, March 10th, 2011 7:00pm-8:00pm at Ranchers Hall Meet the teacher and register for the 2011/2012 4-year old Millarville Preschool Program Children must be 4 years old by February 28th, 2012 Program currently runs Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30am – 11:00am September through May at Ranchers Hall, Millarville

Millarville Early Learning Society (MELS) is a parent-run organization who’s purpose is to strengthen our children’s self-esteem, foster the importance of family and community and develop a positive attitude towards learning and school.

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Remarkable Residents By Todd Curran Okotoks local Bjorger Pettersen is an extraordinary man who continues to lead a charmed life following an accomplished career. Pioneer, dreamer and entrepreneur, Bjorger is also a Canadian Ski Hall of Fame honoree. Born in Norway, Bjorger's family immigrated to Canada in 1953 when he was just 11 years old. Settling in Camrose where an uncle was already established,

Bjorger says, “My uncle told me not to bring skis – he said the snow was too sugary. We found this to be wrong and when we moved to Kitimat in 1957 I continued the racing that I had started as a kid in Norway.” After a successful racing career in B.C. that included a move to Prince George where he cofounded the Hickory Wing Ski Club, Bjorger made the Olympic training squad in 1962. The follow-

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ing summer, he unfortunately injured his Achilles tendon and the doctors couldn't guarantee a good result with surgery, so he returned to Prince George and threw himself into coaching cross country skiing. As head Coach of the CSA's Western Division, he was hired to develop, manage and coach the successful TEST program, which became the North American leader that allowed Bjorger to put 7 cross country skiers from Inuvik on the 1972 Olympic team. “In 1960 I skipped school and went to the Olympics in Squaw Valley to learn more about cross-country skiing,” he says. It was here that he met his suppliers to create a leading sporting goods import and distribution company. At only 18 years old, Bjorger launched the first Canadian company to supply a full line of cross coun-

try skiing equipment; Vikski Canada. His company was followed by others designed to service the cross country skiing industry. Another success which led to his promotion to head coach and program director of the National Ski Team for 6 years. “When I left Inuvik in the spring of 1972 I went to the federal government to obtain funding for a national sports training centre, as the northern athletes desperately needed a place to train outside the north – but the answer was no,” Bjorger says. “So I built a training centre at McBride, B.C., which I had until 1985. I put the money up myself and didn't make a dime on it.” Moving into the Foothills in 1989, Bjorger entered the cattle business and prospered for years on ranches around Okotoks and Nanton. “I guess my hobby got too

Pet Ponderings by Tracey Walshaw The RCMP need your help naming a new puppy for their K9 Unit. The RCMP “Name That Puppy” contest has been running for over 10 years and has had a fantastic response! The deadline is March 7th (sorry for the short notice) and the winner will be announced April 4th. It's really simple: contestants can suggest only one name (one entry per person), the name may be for a male or a female pup, it must start with the letter "D" and contain no more than nine letters and one or two syllables, only. Colourful drawings are most welcome too! The contest is limited to residents of Canada you must be 16 years old or younger. To enter just print their name, age, address, telephone number and the suggested name for a puppy on a postcard and mail it to: Attn: "Name the Puppy Contest", Police Dog Service Training Centre, Box 6120, Innisfail, AB T4G 1S8. The contest is open to more than one entry per household as long as each person

big,” he jokes. Unable to ski for the past 10 years due to medical reasons, Bjorger is now a financial advisor with Investors Group and his three grandchildren are his greatest pleasure. “I tried semi retiring but didn't like it, so I went back to school,” he says. “Now I work at home in the mornings and then do business in Okotoks and Calgary.” Even after being inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 2007, Bjorger continues his contributions to the sport. And, after working 12 different Olympics, organizing and promoting the first international FIS sanctioned cross country and biathlon races in Canada and dozens of other accomplishments within the sport, his pioneering influence is felt by everyone who straps on a pair of skis and heads into the back country.

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submits one puppy name per postcard. Be creative and original, keeping in mind this puppy will grow up to be a working officer of the RCMP and not a pet. It could be embarrassing for an officer to be shouting orders to “Precious” in the middle of a tense situation – catch my drift? Check out the RCMP website: While you are thinking about that here are some interesting facts about RCMP Service Dogs: it takes approximately three minutes for one of these dogs to search a car, the dogs can work up to four hours with breaks, there are 112 RCMP dog teams (one human and one canine) in Canada, it costs approximately $60,000 to train a handler and dog team, it costs less than $1000 per year to keep a healthy police service dog on the “payroll” and the average retirement age of a police service dog is seven. In 1935 the RCMP dog section was formed and three German shepherds

were purchased: Black Lux, Dale of Cawsalta and Sultan. 1965 saw the opening of the current RCMP police dog training centre near Innisfail. The dog breeds that are preferred are purebred German shepherds as well as Belgian shepherds (Malinois) and they must be in perfect physical shape. The dogs start training anywhere from 12 to 18 months of age. Basic training takes about 17 weeks, but just like their human counterparts they never really stop training and face a yearly exam of sorts. Duties and responsibilities of these amazing dogs include finding the lost, tracking criminals, protecting VIPs, crowd control (with members of a tactical team), hostage situations, avalanche search and rescue, police/community relations and sniffing out drugs, explosives, illegal alcohol and stills as well as finding evidence at crime scenes and lost property. So, have you thought of a name yet? Hurry and get those entries in!

Family wellness took a giant step forward this week when Alberta Health Services approved the operational plan for the Pediatric and Family Wellness Network, developed by the Steering Committee comprised of representatives of community agencies and services. The goal of the initiative is to provide all families with skills and support for optimizing child and family health. This will also include a point of entry for specialized healthcare and minimize gaps in services provided for children and families in our local communities. The project is the vision of Dr. Robert Haslam, a prominent pediatric neu-

Pediatric And Family Wellness Network Receives Approval

rologist and Past Chair of SRHT. “The future depends on today's children. The Sheep River Health Trust is committed to the health and well-being of the children in our community. We strive to ensure that today's children have positive health outcomes in order to become productive and healthy leaders of the future,” says Dr. Haslam. The Pediatric and Family Wellness Network reflects needs and opportunities to improve access to community health resources for children and families in the Sheep River area. The initiative is supported by trends such as: ó 25.5% of the Okotoks population is under

15 years of age. Many young families do not have the benefit of a family network within the region. ó The most prevalent issues for developmentally vulnerable children are learning and behaviour issues; most of these are preventable with early enough intervention. ó In April of 2008, the United Way published the results of a study on community social needs. Two major recommendations for the Okotoks community were to a) support and build capacity for parents and b) strengthen collaboration among agencies serving children and families.

Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Coming To The Foothills For almost two years there has been a Navy League Cadets Corps in the MD of Foothills, Navy League Cadets is for youth 9 to 13 years old. The Foothills Branch Navy League of Canada sponsor of the Navy League Cadets is now looking to start up a Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps for youth 12 to 18 years old. Sea Cadets, like Navy League Cadets is a naval themed program, they learn life skills such as leadership, citizenship, respect, discipline and teamwork, but the program offers so much more. Some of the unique opportunities for the Cadets are summer camps, International Cadet Exchanges and the opportunity to go on deployment on several types of ships. Cadets apply to go to summer camps, depending on your age you go for 2 weeks, 3 weeks or 6 weeks or go back to the camp as a Staff Cadet. 2 week camps are for General Training, you get to experience a little bit of all that is offered at camps such as sailing, music, boatswain, drill and leadership. By the time a Cadet applies for a 3 week camp they will have chosen one of the above courses to take and 6 weeks courses are a continuation of the training to

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different levels. For older Cadets they also have other courses offered such as Marine Engineer and Shipwright. Staff Cadets are Cadets that help with the training of the younger Cadets at camp. Another good thing about summer camp is that it is free to the Cadets and they get paid to go. When Cadets turn 16 they can apply to go on International Exchanges to places like the UK, Bermuda, Australia, South Korea, Singapore or the US, they can also apply for deployment of a variety of different ships. This past summer it was offered to the Cadets to apply to go on a Canadian Coast Guard ship up through the north for six weeks. Some Cadets have gone on deployment with some of our Naval ships like the H.M.C.S Calgary and learned firsthand what happens on a ship when they go to sea. I have had two older children go through Navy League and Sea Cadets and still have two children in the Sea Cadet program in Calgary, they all loved camp (one did music, one did boatswain one is doing drill and leadership and the other is doing sailing). They like the program and things they do but most of all, at the camps and other

Cadet functions they made lots of lifelong friends. The Navy League of Canada in partnership with the Department of National Defense provides a program full of unique experiences and opportunities for our community's youth. The Navy League of Canada provides the local Branches, which support the local Corps, with the structure, experience and support to the volunteers who run the Branch, who in turn make sure the Corps have what they need to experience the Cadet program to its fullest. The Dept of National Defense while providing support and some unique opportunities for the Cadets also supply their uniforms, training program and training for the Officers of the Corps. So if you think this program is for you or you just want more information check out the National Website and click on Sea Cadets or call Rena at 403-652-3819 or email . If you are 18 years or older and would like to work with youth in a unique program with either Sea Cadets or Navy League Cadets please call the number above to get more information.



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A little something for everyone this time, to break up that cabin fever!

Created by Diane Baher of Okotoks

Find the words in the grid. Words can go horizontally, vertically and diagonally in all eight directions. P L E G E N D D L O G L

Solution to Feb 15th Puzzle

Hey all you puzzle addicts, are you ready to try something new? Picture-forming logic puzzles are the latest rage! And these two-tone colour ones are especially delicious for the artistic puzzler. No guessing required, only do what you know. Simply solve them by colouring groups of squares, based on number clues, to reveal a hidden picture. The basic rules are: 1) The numbers represent how many squares to colour in to form a group or block. 2) Leave at least one square between these blocks. 3) The order of the numbers is the order of the blocks, i.e. Top number for a column is the top block, and left-most number for a row is the left-most block.






































































































































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Steps to solving…Clubs Used only for learning purposes, C1 refers to the first column and R1 refers to the first row, both originating from top left. 1) R5 & R6 – Color all ten squares in row to form block of 10. The number clue shown on left of row is 6, so count 6 squares from the left to right and then count 6 squares from right to left. Confidently shade in overlapping squares. 2) C5 & C6 – Color all ten squares in column to form block of 10. 3) R1 & R8 – Block of 2 is done, color remaining squares with 2nd color. Even one shaded square can lead to others. This same method can be applied when 4) C1 & C10 – Block of 2 is done, color remaining squares with 2nd color. there is more than one number, remembering to allow one empty square in-between 5) R4 & R7 – One of the required blocks of 2 is done, color one square on each end of it groups or blocks. When a group is done (i.e. all 6 squares are shaded in), colour one square on each end with the 2nd color, remaining squares must be the other two blocks of 2, so confidently of it with 2nd colour, and when all groups for a row are done, be sure to colour all re- color them in. maining non-picture squares with 2nd colour. The 2nd colour will be the background 6) C4 & C7 – Same as last step, remaining squares are the missing blocks of 2. 7) All row and column number clues are done, so finish any remaining background and is necessary to help solve the puzzle. squares with 2nd color. This is an amazing exercise for your brain, so try not to get discouraged, as you will Congratulations – you are done! These steps can be varied, just remember to do what become a pro in no time at all! For future reference, these instructions can be found you know first and the rest will follow. on our website at: under “Fun Stuff”. 6





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HOW TO PLAY Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3 x 3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 ONLY ONCE.

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Each 3 x 3 box is outlined with a darker line and a few numbers are provided to get you started!

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3) The ages of OLD and YOUNG total 48. OLD is twice as old as YOUNG was when OLD was half as old as young will be when YOUNG is three times as old as OLD was when OLD was three times as old as YOUNG. How old is OLD? Answers will be printed in the next issue Answers to last issue’s puzzles: 1) 16, sequence of squared numbers

2) (4! + 4.4)/.4

3) ABCDE is 93084 All “Can You Solve” puzzles have been generously provided by Mr. Larry Berg of High River.

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World Day of Prayer 2011

How Many Loaves Have You? Pray for the people of Chile

Submitted by Sandra FarrJones On Friday, March 4th, 2011, the women of Chile invite us to reflect on the many gifts that God has given each of us - and our call to share those gifts. Join with them in the World Day of Prayer celebration as we ask a question that draws us into the Bible, into the real context of Chilean lives and communities. There are several steps we will take together as we address the question asked in the theme: How Many Loaves Have You? The Republic of Chile stretches between the Pacific Ocean and the

Andes Mountain Range in the extreme southwest of South America. It borders to the north with Peru, Bolivia and Argentina to the east, with Antarctica to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west. In the 16th century Spanish explorers came to Chile and went on to conquer it, although there was strong resistance from the indigenous peoples, especially the Mapuches in the south. The conflict went on for four centuries and continues even today with disputes about the ownership of their lands. Chile began its independence on September 18th, 1810, the

Faith Forum

This week’s Faith Forum is going to explore an excerpt from the book of Ephesians in the scriptures. It was written by the apostle Paul to the people who lived in Ephesus, an ancient city near the Aegean Sea in present day Turkey. Paul wrote this to the Ephesians as a reminder of what they had once been compared to who they now were in God because of what Jesus Christ had done for them. I chose to put this into this week’s Faith Forum because it shows what we can be in God if we choose to become a member of God’s family and live the way we were meant to live – in other words, in close day to day relationship with him and for him. “...He (the devil) is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature.” This phrase describes those who have not yet experienced a changed heart by believing that Jesus is God’s Son and

date established as "National Independence Day". Please join us and invite your friends and family to attend the World Day of Prayer service and learn more about Chile and its unique culture and heritage. Join Christians in more than 170 countries around the world and 2000 communities across Canada who will gather on the World Day of Prayer to pray and act in solidarity with the people of Chile. A local World Day of Prayer service will be held at: Lewis Memorial United Church, 125 Royal Ave. Turner Valley on March 4th at 1:30 pm.

God’ s Masterpeice By Gloria Wessner

that he died for them so that they may become a member of God’s family. “By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.” Contrary to some modern thinkers, we are all born with a nature that wants to do the opposite of doing the right thing-the opposite of what God meant for us all to be originally at the beginning of time. “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead (spiritually; unable to respond to God) because of our sins (‘wrong doings’), he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.” This is HOW we even have a chance or even a crack at having the kind of life we were meant to have all along. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved! (rescued, spared from life apart from God)) “For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point

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to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.” “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation (rescued from a life without God) is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:2b – 10 NLT) We are God’s masterpiece! Wow, that makes life worth living! Anyone who feels THAT way about me I figure deserves my attention and consideration…If this life with God is something that you would like to consider or to find, feel free to write me at and I will be glad to discuss any questions you might have.

Rowan House's biggest fundraiser of the year is fast approaching! Our 2011 Hope and Healing Gala is set to take place on May 14th at the Highwood Memorial Centre in High River. Mark your calendars and tell all your friends! Our gala committee is hard at work and planning for this event is well underway. Here's a small taste of what you can look forward to: Classic Motown choreography, stunning costumes and unique harmonies describe the group "Toshi J a c k s o n & t h e Silhouettes”. This glamorous illusion entices the ears and eyes of its audience. A true tribute to Diana Ross & The Supremes, the leader of the group was born and raised in Los Angeles and has worked at Motown Records. Performing at various functions including hotels, casinos and private functions, "Toshi Jackson & The Silhouettes” have also performed with their counterparts - The Legendary Temptations. They feel that the music they sing should reflect a true expression of love which in turn, touches the heart and spirit of their audience.” Also, Larry Ray has been performing Elvis

Presley for 15 years. Winning numerous awards for his impersonating, making radio and television appearances and showcasing in the Canadian Living Magazine have been a few of his accomplishments as an entertainer. He enjoys performing and has the experience to show for it. How you can help: We are a registered non-profit society with charitable status and we rely on the support of community donours to continue our programming and services. Without the amazing support of local businesses and individuals, Rowan House Emergency Shelter would not be able to protect the women and children of the rural Foothills. Currently Rowan House is a tiny two bedroom facility located in the basement of an adolescent group home. We have significantly outgrown our current facility and are in desperate need of a larger, more secure shelter. Every year we turn away more families than we can house. We have purchased land in the Town of High River and raised $700,000 to date. We need an additional $800,000 to complete this facility in 2011. This dream will only

become a reality through the generosity of local businesses and individual supporters. We are asking for your support. This is your opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of women and children throughout the Foothills community. We are requesting a donation of auction items for The 2011 Hope & Healing Gala. Funds raised at this Gala will go directly to build our new Shelter. Please be a proud supporter of Rowan House Emergency Shelter and be a part of making a difference! Other Fundraisers to Watch For: April 2nd – Scrap Booking Convention http://scrapbookinokoto June 11th & 12th - Fury in the Foothills m Also our ongoing fundraisers: HerStory – 2011 Women's Calendar at a cost of $15.00 with proceeds to go toward building the new shelter and Shine: Live the Ultimate Life, a book which is $21.00. There is also a workshop based on this book. All the proceeds from the book go to building the new Rowan House shelter.

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Vision Is Not Sight

Views on Vision By Dr. Charles A. Boulet Vision, and it's most often used inaccurate synonym, 'sight', are very different things, regardless of what the dictionary might have us believe. It's easier perhaps to define 'sight': The ability to perceive images through passive reception of visual signals from the environment.) Poor eyesight could then be defined as blur, say, while good sight could be said to be 'clear' or 'sharp'. Vision, on the other hand, is anything but passive. In fact, most of what we 'see' comes after our eyes have done their job. To use another useful analogy, imagine a sports photographer: the camera he carries and uses to capture images would equate to the eye, roughly speaking. The photographer himself, actively scanning, searching, and anticipating events 'looks' for what is of interest and focuses his camera and attention on significant events. While the camera could take pictures on its own, few would be of any interest. It is the active involvement of the photographer, carefully selecting scenes of interests, then implementing his equipment to capture the scene in a meaningful manner that makes the photograph interesting and worthwhile. Vision relates this way to 'sight' (the film) and the eyes (the camera). Very little of what we perceive is passive, by some estimates 80% of what we 'see' is the act of the mind

rather than the simple reception of light signals in the eye. You can, for example, completely ignore most elements in a scene by simply focusing attention on one element. This is demonstrated when reading (only a few words are ever the focus of attention at any one time) or while driving (we commonly only pay attention to a very few elements in our field of view). To a child learning to read, they must learn to focus their attention to the appropriate letters and words, and do this in the proper sequence. This is not a natural born talent. Vision, as an active process, can be trained and tuned. Like an athlete works with a coach to develop skill and strength, it is quite possible to train visual skills. This all begins by breaking vision down into its simpler components, training them, then building upon these skills to train the ultimate skill: reading. It is convenient to break vision down into two areas: Activities required to find an image on a page, let's say (signal acquisition) and those that happen after the eyes have done their work, in the brain (signal processing). Both signal acquisition and signal processing happen continuously but it seems as though they take turns, one giving way to the other in a sort of dance. It works something like this (in a child who already knows how to read English):

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Let's start with signal acquisition. The brain decides it needs to read a page of words (because it wants to, needs to or because teacher tells it to). It knows to direct the attention of vision to the top left of the page. Numerous parts of the brain coordinate the effort of nerve signals and muscles to direct the eyes towards the first few words. The eyes, head and body coordinate movement so that the eyes are fixated upon the words (multiple nerves and sensory organs are involved with this, including touch and balance). Once the words are in the central field of view, the eyes, working with still other parts of the brain align the image and bring it into focus. When aligned and in focus, the eyes remain fixated upon the words long enough for the brain to capture the image of the words. While fixated this way, the brain is smart enough to calculate the next eye movement using cues from especially the peripheral vision system. At this point, the captured image can be processed. Visual information processing is complex and involves several subcomponents. You might consider the analogy of a symphony orchestra playing a complex piece of music. Various musicians and their instruments add their own sounds and texture, under the direction of the conductor. Likewise in vision (note I did not say 'sight'), image patterns are interpreted by the brain

and these are compiled to yield a complete image. Sub-elements of vision include figure-ground discrimination (what is important in a scene versus what is not), closure (finishing an image without having all the details), spatial elements (where is one word in relation to another, which way do the letters face, where should the next set of letter/words be), memory (including memory of sequencing) and others. When the image has been formed (and this takes only milliseconds usually), it can then be used by 'higher-level' brain functions, such as language processing (reading of the words) and semantic processing (what do the words mean to the child). Finally, signal processing hands over control back to signal acquisition, which already has the necessary coordinates to find the next few words in the sentence, and so with a few quick calculations the eyes are repositioned to find the next words in sequence or move to the beginning of the next line. This sequencing of events happens several times per second in skilled readers and is more or less automatic, with a manual override - that is, you can voluntarily scan the page at your own speed or choose to spend more time looking at some words in particular. Either way, the bulk of the process of reading (and vision in general) occurs in the brain as a deliberate and active process. Visual signal acquisition and processing must be strong and reliable in order to allow reading to occur. If they are deficient, reading may take

Grassroots ~ march 1st - 14th, 2011 15 place but will most often to using a one-size-fits-all be laboured and delayed; approach. More specifithey are pre-requisites to cally, training reading in a reading and are frequently child with visual dysfuncignored in assessments of tion is similar to filling a reading ability. In other bathtub without plugging words, by focusing on the the drain - it's possible, reading problem, we are but not a great use of potentially ignoring the resources. In future articles, I will cause. What is especially inter- delve into greater detail esting is that children with about signal acquisition 'reading disabilities' and processing and almost ALWAYS show trou- describe how these can be ble with signal acquisition trained at home AND in and signal processing the classroom. We will also skills. Furthermore, by look at other things that assessing these skills at a can be done to facilitate young age, we can predict reading acquisition. with some accuracy which children are more likely to Dr. Boulet is an optometrist end up in remedial reading programs. I contend that and owner-operator of Diamond Valley Vision Care in Black Diaby assessing these chil- m o n d ( 4 0 3 - 9 3 3 - 5 5 5 2 o r dren early, we can inter- He is also a forvene sooner and even mer high school teacher and m a k e b e t t e r u s e o f continues to work with children who have trouble learning. resources by addressing specific needs as opposed

C. Ian McLaren Needs Your Help As many of you may already know, C. Ian McLaren School is getting a new playground. May 27th and May 28th have been designated as the installation dates. We are looking for volunteers to help assemble the equipment under the direction and supervision of the manufacturers of t h e p l a yground equipment. We are asking for support from community members, those with children in the school or those without. If you are

interested in donating a few hours of your time on either of these days, please contact the school at 403-9387295. Thanks for your consideration of this. We look forward to a wonderful playground for the children of Black Diamond for the summer.

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Our DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Grad was held on February 4th at 9:00am for our Grade 5/6 students and their parents. Our special guests included Constable Karmen DeGroot, Doug Longson (MD Foothills Div 2 Councillor) and Laurie McCreary-Burke (Executive Director of Dare Foothills). The highlight of the grad was when students shared and presented their DARE projects to the audience and made their personal pledges. Student accomplishments were acknowledged by presentations made by Mrs. Roberts, Constable DeGroot and Ms. McCreary-Burke. Students were awarded a certificate and a medal for the completion of this very important program. A small reception of cake and beverages followed the ceremony, as well as, photographs of the graduating class and individual students were taken with Constable DeGroot dressed in her red serge. In an effort to include all of our Longview Students in recognizing this important accomplishment


and in the spirit of our Eagle Pride, we had the Grade 5/6 students speak about choices and influences of both good and bad peer pressure to the rest of the students at Longview School during Eagle Pride Time. After the Grade 5/6 presentations, all students celebrated with a sock hop and learning dance moves from Mr. Musgrove. The students would like to send a big thank you to both Constable DeGroot and Constable Woods for teaching them the DARE program. DARE graduates include: Roesha Cecil, Chloe Dixon, Jordanna Dixon, Georgia Edey, Josie Hughes, Willow McDonald, Ashley Nelson, Dawson Nelson, Jade Nelson, Kiara Rider, Hope Roberts, Kourtney Berard, Brendon Coyle, Sheldon Coyle, Tuff Dixon, Liam Jantzen, Brodie Meston, Dayna Mikkelsen. Monday Intramurals, Club Tuesdays, Multimedia Wednesdays, Journaling Thursdays and

Pizza with the Principal are all going very well and the students are really enjoying the variety of extracurricular activities happening at the school. Our Eagles Basketball team has been practicing hard with the coaching skills of Mr. Musgrove and Ms. Nelson. The team has played both Millarville and Turner Valley teams in a number of tournaments over the past few weeks. Talent Show and Share was on Friday, February 11th and the students again did an amazing job exhibiting their talents. The next talent show and share day will be held on Friday, March 11th at 1:20pm please come and enjoy the show.

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Dallas, Texas) with a lack of funds, found a way to enhance their curriculum and increase student achievement levels by integrating the arts into each and every discipline. If you're interested, check out this site: One 'big thought' was where children learned about the solar system by 'dancing' it through the instruction of a volunteer choreographer. During their dancing, they also learned grace, poise, rhythm, tempo as well as the verbs: rotate, spin, revolve, etc. If you're a parent who struggles with funds, and you have a creative child, the internet and public libraries often offer free classes. But don't assume that you can't facilitate your own art classes at home. Consider setting up a bunch of paints, oil or chalk pastels, brushes, water, some cardboard or Styrofoam sheets and let the both of you create some fun together. The arts are a simple, yet powerful form of self-esteem building and your children will love the time spent with you… just having fun.

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Failing To Plan Is..........

By Tanya Thibodeau One of the biggest mistakes that many small business owners make when trying to find new ways to market their business is to put all of their eggs in one basket. They will stop one, or worse, all forms of marketing in order to pursue another. A popular trend right now is to stop all print, radio and direct mail marketing to pursue a website and online presence. For most small businesses, this is a very dangerous mistake. Don't get me wrong, having a website is unquestionably one of the most important marketing tools you can have for your business. However, with the options available out there, creating a website should never come at the complete and total financial sacrifice of all of your other marketing efforts. All marketing is a building block process – think Jenga – you remove a supporting block and the whole thing will come crashing down, leaving you to pick up the pieces and start again. Sound extreme? Several years ago a milk company decided that they were on top of the world and that they no longer needed to advertise, so they stopped. Twelve months later their sales were plummeting at a shocking speed. They immediately started to advertise again, but it was too late and it took eighteen months of advertising for them to recover and get their revenues back to where they were before they stopped advertising. “Ok, I get that, but I'm not 'stopping' my advertising, I'm just changing how I'm advertising by getting a website setup.” Really? 1. How long is it going to take your website to be live and fully functional? 2. How long is it going to take your website to show up in search engines?

3. How long is it going to take to establish a network of back links? 4. How long is it going to take for consumers that are in your market area to find out you have a website and to start using it? 5. How are you going to let your market area consumers know that you have a website? 6. What is the purpose of your website? (To attract new customers, to provide existing customers with better service, to be a more detailed online brochure, to expand your business beyond your local market…) Yes, a website is important and I personally believe it is important to every single business in existence. BUT, the needs of each individual business are different and more importantly, the needs of each businesses' customers are different. If your business primarily caters to the more “non-technically inclined” customers and it requires personal appointments, chances are you don't need a big fancy online store for your customers to “shop online”. On the other hand, if your business caters to a more technologically savvy group you'd best have more than your address, contact information, hours and some photos, or you'll lose 'em in 30 seconds or less. So it is very important that you understand who your customer's are and what their needs are. If people ask you questions about your business/services/products in any form, your website should have the answers. If you exclude information from your website because you're afraid your competition will get their hands on it, then chances are your competition already has your share of the market (or is well on its way to getting it). If you're afraid to post information on your website because it might scare away your customers, you need


to rethink what you're doing, why you're doing it and how you're doing it. You need to invest a lot of thought and planning into your website before you take the big jump to get one put together for you. If you don't, then your journey of getting a website setup runs the very serious risk of being a hugely disappointing experience. But even worse than that, if you've also pulled all of your other advertising, your business is going to suffer, I can guarantee it. Never lose sight of the goal – to increase sales and more importantly, to increase your bottom line. Marketing is your only “constant” in enabling that to happen. Cross-marketing regularly and consistently is the most effective means of reaching your goal. Plan, Plan, Plan – this is absolutely key. 1. Figure out your timeline, 2. Decide on your marketing budget, 3. Choose your marketing methods (the more the better, IF you can sustain them financially and in your timetable), 4. Line up your marketing to get the maximum coverage and exposure for the best possible dollars based on these decisions, 5. Create, or get created, your chosen marketing materials – make sure they are interconnected into a “campaign”, 6. Track the success of your campaign, track the origins of your customers on a general scale and profile your customers continuously. Test, Measure, Repeat. Remember: Failing to plan is planning to fail.

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Grassroots ~ march 1st - 14th, 2011 by Eric Francis Aries (March 20-April 19) You feel like you lack the substance or the energy to live up to your potential. I don't think you'll be lacking energy for long, and as for substance, that is a matter of grounding. I suggest that you take the idea of grounding, initially, as focusing on a specific purpose. At the moment, you may find yourself being obsessed over a workrelated goal, but I would propose you might want to shift that emphasis and make it a personal goal. That is, of course, if you think there's a difference. If you don't, more power to you: that's a sign you're already committed to a purpose and identify with it strongly. In truth we're not 'work people' and 'personal people' or 'relationship people', we are one unified critter. The astrology of this moment is about getting as close to your core as you can, and thriving on that passion.


Taurus (April 19-May 20) There once was a writer named Simone de Beauvoir. I've only read her translated into English, but she is amazing. One thing I learned from her appears in your charts this week. She proposes that women and men are conditioned differently on a few key themes, one of which is the purpose of relationships in their lives. Men are trained that their relationships are part of their lives; women, she says, are trained to believe that their lives are about their relationships. I'm with Simone in my observation that underneath the conditioning, men and women have far more in common than most will admit, but this one observation has always impressed me as revealing so much. I can tell you that the astrology of the next few days can show you how big your world is, how many people care about you, and how many adventures you have available.


dilemma, and both polarities can propel you nicely toward your physical ailment has an emotional root. This will be true for many people but you're particularly sensitive to this, and the emotional most cherished goals. nature of what may ail you at any moment may be contagious. It's not necessarily that there is a virus going around, but rather a Cancer (June 21-July 22) Take a breath. This really weird Full Moon is over, and the Moon feeling. It may seem odd to anyone whose sensibilities go in the has entered a more grounded sign - Virgo. You now get to think direction of germ-based Western medicine to think that a feeling about everything you've just experienced. But don't try to make it that leads to the sensation of being ill is contagious, but I am sure make too much sense. Take a light approach to your mental you could come up with many examples in a few minutes. This process. You might try to overcompensate for the warpy works for specific forms of discomfort, and happily the situation uncertainty of the past week with obsessive overthinking. Rather, also points to the remedy existing on the level of understanding put your ideas to work. Ride on the momentum of the Moon - it's those feelings. The Sun making a conjunction to Chiron in the still at full phase. But let it light up your mind with ideas, new health and well-being area of your chart says that you can learn approaches to old problems, and clarity to help you remedy your everything you need to know about how to feel good. self-critical tendencies. One way to catch the energy is to write. And I do mean Friday and Saturday, as soon as possible, Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) particularly if you're feeling the need or inspiration to put For the moment, I don't suggest you trust your emotions. Note what they are, but it would not be a wise idea to act on them, or something into words. make decisions or even judgments. It's a great time for things like art, or sex with people you really, truly trust. Remember that you Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) You like to give people the benefit of the doubt; for the next week or may have some extreme emotional responses or reactions, so so, I suggest you hold them to a slightly higher standard. Verify whoever you share time and space with needs to be able to handle what you're told; you may be particularly inclined to believe people this. One useful approach to this astrology is to study things from you find especially compelling. In this process, the first source of your past that you have reason to doubt. This is a little like taking a information is what you hear from them. You know those times homeopathic approach to something that requires clarity. The when someone tells you, 'I'm a total jerk,' and you forget to notice astrology has a deceptive, unstable quality, but this also gives it a or you think it doesn't apply to you. Then, you're surprised when penetrating effect. It has the feeling of 'too rich for words'. You the person turns out to actually be a jerk. Well, listen to all of that might want to express your discoveries in words, but the words will stuff, and remember it. Be particularly alert to people who tell you be more memorable and poignant if you illustrate them with they have problems with honesty, or with alcohol or other pictures. These don't have to be ones you make, but also movies substances. Be alert to those who only talk about their problems. you watch or images that you find. There are other people available - people who have been there Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) and done that, and are very cool. Jupiter, the planet of Sagittarius, is walking into a 90-degree aspect with Pluto - that's called Jupiter square Pluto. This is Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) You seem to be keeping your clarity and sailing your boat upright designed to give you plenty of confidence in yourself, though I despite some stormy seas around you. If you had a completely suggest you go light with that. There's something passionate warped week at the office, complete with clairvoyant events, about this aspect, but it can be devious and self-destructive. Other dependable people slacking off, other people cranky from getting aspects suggest you may not see the effects of your thinking until no sleep, and probably a computer or two taking on a life of its own. it's a bit too late, so I suggest you delay decisions or 'final In the past, this is the kind of thing that might have spun you conclusions' for about five days. Making any moves or snap around; I foresee a time in your life when you have the pleasure of judgments under pressure is definitely not advisable, but you letting others do all the spinning around and getting dizzy, while might want to save your first impressions for future review. You're you look for productive involvements. You will always be drawn in a potent new phase where your creativity or some vibrant idea is into your community. Make sure you check at least two qualities on taking over your life. The art to art and love is using these potent forces constructively, and considering the greatest good. the short checklist of fun, helpful or interesting before you do.






Gemini (May 20-June 21) Today the Sun enters Pisces, making a conjunction to Chiron (newly arrived in Pisces). The Sun sheds light, and I think this will answer some of your recent doubts about whether you're really 'good enough' to do what you want to do, and whether you have what it takes to focus the talent that you want to express. The thing about seeking your fortunes in some creative way, and with that I would include taking creative approaches to everyday activities, is that your real assets sometimes feel intangible. Chiron's presence in the angle of your chart that addresses reputation and achievement has two main influences: one is to stir up your Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) doubts, and the other is to focus your power. I suggest you work Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) with this polarity. There is good information on both sides of the Your sign is the one cut from whole cloth on the theme of how any You may be totally, completely wrong about a financial matter, so




there is no use worrying. Nor should you get too excited if your balance is $50,000 too high. In fact, you might want to skip the whole money thing until next week, and focus on having fun. One element of your astrology gives you freedom from beliefs about what you think is true for you, and always has been. Another element offers an emotional power surge and an entirely different idea. This may feel like a sudden, fiery burst of awareness that feels like I am who I am. Remember that this is as much about forgetting who you thought you were as it is about remembering something new. In this kind of learning process, both are vital. This will teach you to let go of the habit of doing so much remembering who you were that you don't have space to make a new discovery or two.


Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Karma, translated as simply as possible, is about the results of your actions. The big joke of karma in Western civilization is that we forget that our actions have results (much less consequences), and thus we keep acting as if they do not. This causes a lot of problems, and we may wonder where they all came from. An aspect in your sign this week (a four-planet exact conjunction) is a reminder to study the process of cause and effect. In some ways it's more obvious than it seems; in other ways it's less obvious. Observe both, and see if you can get in on the game and use this mysterious translation from potential to manifestation for your benefit. Remember that there is no effect without a cause, and no cause without an effect. Where you have one you will have the other, which will resolve many mysteries for you - ongoing.


Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20 For the past year, most of the standout astrological events have involved Pisces or one of the planets associated with it. But in that typically fishy way, many have been just outside offstage, behind the scenes or active in the background of your chart. That began to change recently, if you had not noticed from the intensified reactions of people around you, an increase in your sense of presence on the planet, and newfound energy that seems to be driving you toward specific goals. Fears that used to plague you have disappeared like steam. The odd sense that you had no idea what was bothering you has been replaced by a determination to solve your problems and move onto more creative things. The Sun enters your sign for a month today. Take that time and appreciate everything you've done for yourself and the world.


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The goal for the final stages of construction is very close! However systems testing and inspections for tiny details may extend the move-in time a little longer. Shipments of tables, chairs, shelving, desks, computers and lounge furniture are on the way and will be stored until everything in the new building is perfect. Unfortunately some of the sections of books will be boxed as the shelves that they now occupy will be removed in order to be retrofitted for the new facility. Hopefully the programs planned for March will be held in the new facility. If, perchance this is not feasible, the programs will go ahead in the regular location. Our volunteer phoning committee will be calling you to keep you abreast of happenings. The two program sessions that are fast approaching are the Career Exploration on March 8th sponsored by the McBride

Career Group and the Travel Talk on Denmark scheduled for Wednesday evening, March 9th. Books that you have signed out within a week of the actual move will be extended a few weeks until the reopening. No late fines will be charged. If you really want to, you can drop your books off at one of the neighbouring libraries. Of course, people with books on their eReaders will not have that problem with signing out or returning books! The number of books signed out in January is double the number signed out before Christmas. It's so easy! Pick up an instruction sheet next time you are at the library. Are you in need of shelving for your store, business, storage room or meeting area? The tall metal shelving units that exist in the current library are for sale for a nominal or negotiable fee. Some cupboards are also available. And for the asking, you can take one of

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the public computers home since Fortis and Telus are providing the new library with up-to-date technology. Behind the scenes, dozens of residents are preparing for the move. The Open House team has sent out invitations to the Opening Celebrations which will be on Saturday, April 23rd. Food has been ordered, entertainment booked, posters are at the printers and tour guides are signed up and ready to be trained. The Garden Group has been entrusted with the task of sourcing out cement furnishings for the ATB Reading Garden, wicking flower pots for the patio and decorative crockery for the indoor plants. Brides may have a bridal registry! Likewise the library has a Grand Opening “plant” registry at the local flower shops and green houses. Check out the plants that the Garden Group have determined are best suited for the new facility – both indoor and outdoor.

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From My Bookshelf....

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By Lynn Willoughby

Pioneers and Early History

I don't read a lot of nonfiction, but it's a nice change of pace from time to time. Both of the books reviewed today came recommended by friends. Journey Fantastic. With the Overlanders to the Cariboo - Vicky Metcalf This account of the journey west by Catherine Schubert and 200 overlanders, from Fort Garry to Kamloops, is a story of perseverance and fortitude. Not only was Catherine the first white woman to make the journey, but she had three children aged 6, 4 and 2, was also pregnant with a fourth child, had to feed and launder for them, her husband and their two French-Canadian farmhands who made the journey with them. The goldfields in the Cariboo was the reason for this trek. May of 1862 was the departure date. The book is full of vivid descriptions of flora and fauna, musical entertainment around campfires in the evening, warm days and starry nights. Then came the mosquitoes, the blackflies, swamps that seemed impenetrable, miles of deadfall from prairie fires, two hundred foot embankments down to cross treacherous rivers, guides who decamped and warring factions of Natives. Once the party leaves Fort Edmonton things deteriorate even more. Food is more scarce, ammunition runs out so hunting is not an option, pack animals are dropping, rivers rise from the fall rains and whirl away the carved dugout canoe carrying all the Schubert's tents, cooking pots, tools, bedding and their few clothes. Starving and gaunt, Catherine is carried into Kamloops on the 13th of October, giving birth to her daughter that same day. With enormous help from the native women -

mother's tea, help with the birth, care of the older children, understanding and midwifery, the baby is delivered safely. Remembering the sole mainstay of their diet the last week of the journey - rose hips, Catherine names this first white baby born in the Cariboo, Rose. The Schuberts discovered that of the thousands of people seeking gold, only a handful had been successful. The only thing they themselves found was a beautiful country. Catherine lived in different parts of the west until her death in 1918 in Armstrong. There are many stories of this dauntless Irish woman, whose kindness to new settlers, native people, children and women about to give birth, was unlimited. She never forgot the help she received when in need. Although this is Catherine's story, it must be said that the success of the journey was due in large part to the strong belief the Overlanders had that they would reach the Cariboo. They worked tirelessly, starved, shared, cooperated and never felt sorry for themselves. But the Native and Metis guides, hunters, villagers, women and mid-wives play no small part in this successful journey. 1491 - New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus - Charles C. Mann Has history mislead us about pre-Columbian Americas? This book argues that different fields of research and more modern dating methods suggest that the indigenous peoples were more numerous and much more sophisticated than previously believed. Mann attempts to piece together how the Inca Empire fell, that their population numbers far exceeded our previous beliefs and their use of metal was for arts and crafts only. They were not defeated, Mann claims, by steel and horses, but by smallpox and civil war. The Aztecs were also more advanced than we

have been led to believe. The Olmec's culture was extremely advanced as were their methods of agriculture. They bred maize from scratch, as it had 'no wild ancestor.' Some Mesoamerican cultures used calendars and had developed the wheel. They shaped their environment using fire, thus encouraging certain plant and animal life. Their use of zero is widely described as the most pivotal mathematical discovery ever made. It allowed for complex records of long sequences of numbers. "People (Europeans) accustomed to keeping domesticated animals lacked the conceptual tools to recognize that the Indians were practicing a more distant kind of husbandry." This kind of thinking has basically coloured our view for six centuries. Mann concludes with the idea that we must look to the past to right the future. "If modern nations want to return as much of the landscape as possible to its state of 1491, they will have to create the world's largest gardens." Mann makes many very good arguments in this extensively researched book and challenges us to want to know more. I found it fascinating and very readable.

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Household Hints By Rosemary

The experience of a pulled muscle makes you stop and rethink every movement and take careful consideration before you do it again. The fear of being laid up and sore, sent me off to the internet to get advice on how to avoid having another bout. The most common time for back injury is during the winter when shoveling ~ a necessary activity. With all the snow we've had so far this year, there was no way to get out of this chore and I thought it would be a good idea to share my findings. So, for all those shoveling out there, here's some suggestions to help avoid this seasonal problem. First of all, I think I was chilled and that makes the muscles tighten up and less likely to tolerate any stress. Warm up, wear warm clothing and do some simple stretching exercises before starting.

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Wear a back support if possible and use an ergonomic shovel. You can put your back out, or cause muscle spasms, if you slip and fall on the ice, so wear warm boots with good traction. Don't bend and twist to throw the snow, scoop in a forward motion and step in the direction you're going to throw. Lift with your legs and only take the amount and weight you can comfortably handle, don't overexert, scoop up smaller shovelfuls. Take your time and stop for plenty of breaks for something warm to drink. Use the correct tool to break up ice, get a small hatchet, or ice spade, chip away from the edge inward and in small pieces. While breaking up ice, wear safety glasses. Trying to use a shovel for this purpose will put too much strain on your back and will probably damage the

shovel. When the job is done, once again do some slow and easy stretches to loosen up, then take a shower, or better, a warm bath with Epsom salts to ease those hard worked muscles. Sounds funny, but these hints also work for any job you do that utilizes the back, neck and stomach muscles, such as sweeping or vacuuming. I'm inclined to lean forward when sweeping or vacuuming, which is not good for the back, or stomach. It's best to stand straight, loosen up and take small short strokes. If you do “put out” your back, the best suggestions are to get back to normal routine and light work as soon as possible. Apply heat and cold alternatively, and take a muscle relaxant to help ease the pain. Sitting or laying

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down will not speed up the healing process. Although we may complain about having to clear our walk and driveways, most of us are able to get out and about even after the worst weather. There are elderly and handicapped who are confined to their homes throughout snow days or ice storms. This would be a good time to check on your neighbours and help out any shut-ins. If you're heading off to the grocery store, the library or pharmacy, a quick call to find out if you can do a favour for a shutin would be greatly appreciated. Phone anyway, a cheerful chat is always welcome and warming when the snow is blowing from the rooftops. You can send your hints or topics you would like to see hints on to Rosemary at

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Forcing Spring My friend, who lives on the Wet Coast, e-mailed to say she just finished pruning her plum tree and was going to force the branches inside for early blooming. I don't know why she needs early blooming but I know we sure do. Here, if we can get through the snow to our flowering trees and shrubs, whatever pruning need to be done should be done by the end of February, early March. I pruned a branch off my flowering crab this week and the

bark was not yet slipping but I've noted some trees with swelling buds. Early flowering trees and shrubs make good candidates for forcing. Cut long (2 to 3 foot) branches, trim off the lower twigs and re-cut an inch or two off the bottom of the stems. Plunge cuttings into a bucket of warm water sweetened with floral preservative or 7-Up. Store in a cool room away from heat registers and direct sunlight until flowers start appearing. Change water

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every 5 to 7 days. Arrange branches in large heavy vases and enjoy an early spring inside. Double flowering plum, flowering crab and forsythia are good to try. If you can reach some pussy willows, these are a great addition to your early spring arrangements and surely help to bring spring

inside. The Valley Neighbours Garden Club meets every third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. For information call Susan at 403 – 933 – 7675. The Horticultural Club meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm. For information call Sheila at 403 – 931 – 3989.


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