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gateway gazette ~ November 22nd - december 5th, 2011 - tell them you saw it in the gateway gazette!

AREA ADVISOR ~ Our Community Calendar MONDAY

2nd & 4th Monday - Quilting 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. Griffiths Senior 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. ------------------------------------------------------11:00am - 11:45am Chair Exercises. Griffiths Senior 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. -------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month 6:30pm Legion Executive Meetings 403-933-4600. No July & August meetings. -------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 9:00pm Beginner Acrylic Painting Autumn Scene. Sheep Creek Arts Council. 403-933-4020.

---------------------------------------------Nov 28th, Seniors’ Dinner at the Legion Turner Valley. No dinner in October. 403-933-4564. ----------------------------------------------Dec 12th, 4:00 to 8:00pm - A High River Tradition! Bring your family for fun on the ice. Food bank donations are accepted! Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex. 403-652-4042. ----------------------------------------------TUESDAY

ing Griffiths Senior Centre, Black Diamond. 403-933-4036. -------------------------------------------------------3rd/every month Coffee Chatter Okotoks SNAPS Orvella Small - 403-603-3232. -------------------------------------------------------9:30 ~ 11:00 am - Yoga in Longview. Kendra 403-558-3696. -------------------------------------------------------10:00 ~ 10:45am Art with Little Ones. Sheep CreekArts Council. 403-933-4020. -------------------------------------------------------10:45am Book Buddies Sheep River Library. 403-933-3278. -------------------------------------------------------1:00 or 7:00pm Knitting Club Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-933-3376. -------------------------------------------------------1:00pm Whist & Bridge Valley Neighbours Club 403-933-4445. -------------------------------------------------------6:00 ~ 7:00pm Belly Dancing Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-938-4020. -------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 8:00pm - Red Deer Lake Community Centre - Boot Camp for all levels - Patti: 403931-2373. -------------------------------------------------------7::00- 9:00pm Adult Badminton, Millarville Community School gym. 931-3919. ------------------------------------------------------7:30 ~ 9:30pm 1st & 3rd week of month. Scrapbooking Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-933-4424. -------------------------------------------------------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 No meetings July & August. 403933-4564. -------------------------------------------------------7:30 ~ 9:30pm Last/month. Camera Club Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-2407.

----------------------------------------------Dec 20th – 1:00 pm Longview School Christmas Tea. Enjoy coffee, tea and treats while the students perform a dress rehearsal 1st & 3rd/every month 7:00 & 7:30pm Lions of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Club Meeting at Legion. Next meeting Sep- Carol. tember. Contact Don at 403-931-3587. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------WEDNESDAY 2nd/every month 1:15pm Sheep River Library Book Club 403-933-7464. -------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month 7:30pm Millarville Horticultural Club (9x per year) Sheila 403-9313989. -------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month Foothills Search & Rescue Meeting Oilfields General Hospital. -------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month 7:00pm Legion General Membership Meetings. 403-933-4600. No July &August meetings. -------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month Coffee Chatter Nanton SNAPS Orvella Small 403-603-3232. -------------------------------------------------------2nd Tuesday 1:30 to 3:00pm Business Meet-

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2nd Wednesday Pot Luck Luncheon - 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Griffiths Senior Centre, Black Diamond. 403-933-4036. ------------------------------------------------------8:45 ~ 10:00am - YOGA, Beginners and all levels, Millarville Community Hall, drop in welcome. Margit 403 931 3649. -------------------------------------------------------9:30 ~ 12:00 a.m. Floor Curling Griffiths Memorial Centre, Black Diamond. 403-9334036. ------------------------------------------------------10:30am ~ 3:30pm 1st & 3rd week of month. Diamond Valley Quilt Club Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-931-3989. -------------------------------------------------------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 welcome. Legion Turner Valley 403-933-4564. -------------------------------------------------------6:00 ~ 7:00pm Belly Dancing Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-938-4020. -------------------------------------------------------6:30 ~ 7:30pm Gentle Yoga for beginners and those that practice. Millarville Ranchers Hall. Margit 403-931-3649. -------------------------------------------------------7:00-9:00pm - every Wednesday Adult Volleyball, Millarville Community School gym. 931-3919. -------------------------------------------------------7:30 ~ 9:30pm BeginnersAcrylic Painting Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-4020.

----------------------------------------------Dec 7th – 6:30 pm High Country Winter Concert in the gym at Oilfields High School, Black Diamond: Featuring Band students from Oilfields, C. Ian McLaren, Longview, Millarville and Turner Valley schools. ----------------------------------------------Dec 21st – 7:00 pm Turner Valley School “The Best Gift Ever” drama and musical production also featuring performances by the school choir and Grade 6 Band students. -----------------------------------------------

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-------------------------------------------------------6:30 ~ 7:30pm TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Valley Neighbours Club. -------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 8:30pm 1st/month. YouthAuxiliary Legion Turner Valley 403-933-3739. -------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 9:00pm Beginner Decorative Painting for 4 weeks Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-938-4020. -------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 9:00pm Decorative Painting Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-4578.

----------------------------------------------Dec 22nd – 6:30 pm Longview School Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. ----------------------------------------------Dec 22nd – 6:30-8:00 pm C. Ian McLaren School – Black Diamond Christmas activities and carols. ----------------------------------------------Dec 22nd – 7:00 pm Millarville Community School Christmas concert. ----------------------------------------------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. -------------------------------------------------------5:00pm Meat Draw & Chase the Ace (draw at 6:15pm) - Buffet - Wear Red - Legion Turner Valley 403-933-4564.

2nd & 4th - Quilting at the Griffiths Senior Center. 403-933-4036. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Nov 25th, 2:00 to 8:30pm - Dia9:00 ~ 10:00am - Red Deer Lake Commumond Valley Christmas Market, nity Centre - Boot Camp for all levels - Patti: Flare 'N Derrick, Turner Valley. 403-931-2373. -------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------9:30 ~ 11am - Yoga in Longview. Kendra - Nov 25th, 7:30pm - Live Nativity at 403-558-3696. -------------------------------------------------------- Lions Campground, Black Dia9:30am Beginners Yoga Class Drop ins wel- mond. Black Diamond Gospel come. Sheep River Library, Turner ValleyChapel. 403-933-4957. Margit 403 931 3649. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------10:00 ~ 10:30am Around the World with Nov 25th - Annual Longview Dance & Play class for Moms & Tots. Sheep School Christmas Fair. Doors CreekArts Council 403-938-4020. open at 5:00pm. Tickets: $6 in ad-------------------------------------------------------1:00pm 1st/every month General Meeting vance or $7 at the door, includes dinner. 403-601-1753. Valley Neighbours Club 403-933-4445. -------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Cards - Griffiths Senior CenDec 2nd - The 25th Annual Santa tre, Black Diamond. 403-933-4036. -------------------------------------------------------- Claus Parade and Moonlight Mad1:30pm 2nd/every month Valley Neigh- ness. Parade starts at 6:30pm bours Gardening Club. Bea 403-933-7131. and many business will stay open -------------------------------------------------------until 11pm. 5:00 ~ 7:30pm Fish & Chip Night / Crib at 7:30pm Legion Turner Valley 403-933- ---------------------------------------------4564.

Dec 2nd, 2:00 to 9:00pm Christmas Craft Fair Highwood Memorial Centre. 403-652-4042. ---------------------------------------------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. --------------------------------------------------------

Nov 26th – Nanton Lights the Way Christmas Festival. ----------------------------------------------Nov 26th – Distinctly Nanton Market 10:00am to 6:00pm. Nanton Community Centre. ----------------------------------------------Nov 26th, 2:00 to 4:00pm - St. George's (Turner Valley) Christmas Tea and Bake Sale. Fancy sandwiches & homemade cakes for tea and lots of baked items for sale. ----------------------------------------------Nov 26th, 7:30pm - Live Nativity at Lions Campground, Black Diamond. Black Diamond Gospel Chapel. 403-933-4957. ----------------------------------------------Dec 3rd – Royal Canadian Legion and Town of Turner Valley Children's Christmas Party. Breakfast with Santa 9:30am and11:30am. 403-933-4564. ----------------------------------------------Dec 3rd, 1:00 to 3:30pm - High Country Lodge Annual Tea & Bazaar. $5.00 per person at the door. There will be a raffle, silent auction, crafts and baked goods. Carol Bishop 403-933-4028. ----------------------------------------------Dec 3rd, 10:00am to 3:00pm Community Christmas Fair Highwood Memorial Centre. 403652-4042. ---------------------------------------------Please note change from our print version Dec 3rd, 5:00pm Diamond Valley Light Up, Black Diamond. Photos with Santa, Pet photos with Santa, Chilli Cook-off. ----------------------------------------------Dec 10th, 1:00 to 2:00pm - Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stops at Blackie opposite Post Office.

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Food bank donation requested. ---------------------------------------------Dec 10th, 11:00am to 4:00pm Christmas Shopping Gala, Blackie Community Hall and the I.O.O.F. Hall. Hockey games in the arena. ---------------------------------------------Dec 31st – Royal Canadian Legion Turner Valley - New Year's Eve Social. 403-933-4600. ---------------------------------------------Dec 31st, 5:00pm - Family New Year's Eve Celebration – Flare 'N Derrick, Turner Valley. ---------------------------------------------Dec 31st - Children's New Year's Eve Party, Okotoks. 403-9388950. ---------------------------------------------SUNDAY 11:00am Regular services Longview Bible Fellowship - 403-808-9948.

---------------------------------------------Dec 4th, 1:00 to 5:00pm - Market Square’s 1st Annual Christmas Festival. Gym at Okotoks Rec Centre: www.themarketsquare.ca. ---------------------------------------------MULTI-DAY EVENTS November 18th to December 23rd A Christmas Past, Okotoks Museum, 49 Elizabeth Street ---------------------------------------------Wednesday, December 14th to Saturday, December 17th: Oilfields' Senior High Performing Arts Department presents an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby. Tickets at the door – $2 for December 14th matinee (12:45 pm) and $5 for evening shows December 15th to 17th (7:00 pm). ----------------------------------------------

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Oilfields Food Bank News

Contributed by Ida Wegelin, Oilfields Food Bank Chair Oilfields Food Bank is now preparing for its annual Christmas Hamper Program. This year, basically, because of the increased usage, the increased price of food and the fact that we are coming into line with the Okotoks and High River Food Banks, we will be offering the makings of a full turkey dinner instead of a general hamper, to all registered participants. In order to register, those with children should register with Sue, FCSS coordinator, at the Town Office in Black Diamond (also your children will be registered for their “Santa Bags”/toys). Adults without children may register at the Food Bank

(at the United Church in Turner Valley) any Tuesday between 1:00 and 3:00pm. Anyone needing a “turkey dinner” who is unable to register in person please call Wendy at 403-933-5859 or Sue at the Town Office in Black Diamond. Registration should be done as soon as possible – preferably before November 30th – in order to allow us to plan and purchase for the dinner hampers. Regular hampers will be available for those who need them but we wish to remind folks that the Food Bank is an emergency food source. We are here to help those folks who experience a short term emergency. National Food Bank guidelines suggest that there

should be no more than six (6) visits a year. If more visits are deemed necessary we hope to investigate the reason and assist in directing to other help. Our communities of Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Longview, Millarville, Priddis and the MD surrounding those areas are extremely responsive and generous in that all donations of food and money to support our Food Bank come from our local and former residents. We thank all of you for your continued support. As alluded to the cost of operating our Food Bank is increasing – we often see 10 to 15 hamper recipients a week. The Firemen were out on their annual pickup blitz on the evenings of

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November 14th and 15th. Donations may be dropped off in the pick-up boxes throughout the community, dropped off at the Food Bank any Tuesday between 1:00 and 3:00pm and money donations may be mailed to Oilfields Food Bank, Box 1318, Turner Valley, AB, T0L 2A0. We thank the many volunteers who in the past have come to help pack our Christmas hampers. This year we will not require that work force, so will be selecting packers. Again, thanks to all who have helped and are helping to support Oilfields Food Bank. Merry Christmas.

Christmas Shopping in the Spirit of the Season There are many ways you can help Rowan House Emergency Shelter while you are doing your Christmas shopping. Once again we are asking for gift cards for our Christmas Campaign. Gift cards allow our women the dignity of buying what they feel they need for their family at Christmas. We accept gift cards for food, gas, clothing, toiletries and toys. You can choose from local grocery to big box stores. All will be greatly appreciated. Gift card drop boxes will be set up at a number of local businesses by mid November. Call the office at 403-9386785 for more details. Thank you for your generosity. Why not pick up a book by a local author as a truly unique gift. Rest Your Head on the

Wind is a woman's story about a passion for motorcycles, travel, self discovery, veteran advocacy, war healing and personal transformation. The author, Susan Raby-Dunne, has been both an explorer of the open road and a spiritual adventurer. She has lived life-by-motorcycle for over thirty years. Join her on an eclectic journey of the soul and the saddle from the highways of Canada to America and Europe. Rowan House receives a $4.00 donation from the sale of each book donated by Susan Raby-Dunne. The book is available for purchase at the Chuckwagon Cafe in Turner Valley. Both Coco Rouge in Okotoks and Vespucci in High River have an account set up in Rowan House's name. If you are looking to

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donate gently used clothing these two stores will forward the proceeds to Rowan House. Now is a good time to clean out our closets! If you prefer to do your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your own home in your pjs then Shop and Share is for you! Just go to the website www.shopandshare.ca and select from a wide range of well known, brand name stores and then have a portion of the proceeds donated to Rowan House. It's free for you and for Rowan House so create an account today! Visit our website, www.rowanhouse.ca or call 403-938-6785 to DONATE. We wish you and your family all the best this Holiday Season!

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Arts Council Update Each year the Sheep Submitted by Muriel Dais The Sheep Creek Arts Council wishes to announce the name of the winner of the 2011 Scholarship. Laura Spencer, a graduate of Alberta High School of Fine Arts, has been granted the Five Hundred Dollar scholarship. Ms. Spencer is enrolled in the Theatre Performance programme at Mount Royal University. During her three years of attendance at the High School of Fine Arts in Okotoks, she participated in the Mainstage productions and has also had employment in front of house at regional theatres.

Creek Arts Council provides scholarships for high school graduates who live within the bus zone of Oilfields High School and who wish to continue their educations in some aspect of the arts. Past recipients of these scholarships have studied in a wide variety of arts related programmes and have been most appreciative of the financial assistance received. The "Octoberfest" celebrated by Sheep Creek Arts Council on October 22nd was a great success for those attending. The music of "Longhaul" was most enjoyed and the dance floor was always occupied. The artists who made their works available for the silent auction were certainly

appreciated. This first "Octoberfest" promoted by the Arts Council was a financial success as well, but more importantly, it brought in community members who might not otherwise be aware of the programmes available at the Sheep Creek Arts Council. After many months of effort the new sign announcing the location of Sheep Creek Arts Council and Valley Neighbours' Club has been erected at the west end of the parking lot. Sheila Virgo and her committee are to be thanked for their negotiations which have resulted in this very attractive sign. As you drive west on Sunset Boulevard in Turner Valley, please look for the sign.

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Club Reporter: Danielle Bradish Millarville-Stockland 4-H Beef Club held their first meeting of the year on October 12th. This meeting was a reorganizational meeting for all the club members to meet with the old and new members. At this meeting we decided on who our executives should be. For our President we have Brent Arkes who was vice president last year. Our new Vice President is Shaelynn Brogden; our new Secretary is Reil Lowry; our new Treasurer is Carson Campbell; our new Club Reporter is Danielle Bradish; our new Historian is April Jardie; our new District Rep is Olivia Smith. We have a large club this year with eighteen club members and

three Cleaver Kids. Club members are Ben and Brent Arkes, Danielle Bradish, Ethan Beck, Finn Blatz, Shaelynn Brogden, Carson and Elizabeth Campbell, Hunter Egeland, Josh French, Amy and April Jardie, Lars Lang, Reil and Nolan Lowry, Carlie Meyer, Wyatt Runge and Olivia Smith. Our Cleaver Kids are Emma Campbell, Sage Runge and Justin Watkins. With our Cleaver Kids we have sheep projects instead of the standard cattle project. With all the positions filled we ended our first meeting of the new 4-H year. The clubs next event was weigh-in at Black Diamond Land and Cattle Company on November 6th. The weather started out cold but turned into a beautiful

day with lots of sunshine. All the steers and heifers looked healthy and fit as they walked out of the trailers. Thanks to the excellent handling equipment provided to us we were able to tag and weigh all our projects. Weigh-in went smoothly with only a couple of exceptions due to excited animals. The steer's average weights were in a good starting range for 4-H Beef material. Everyone seemed to have a good time helping to tag and weigh all the calves. With all the animals back in their trailers weigh-in was over and everyone left. Millarville-Stockland 4-H Beef Club gives a big thanks to Black Diamond Land and Cattle Company for letting us use their facility.


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Mutts and Mustangs are Good to Go

By Katelyn Braun, Club Reporter The Millarville Mutts and Mustangs 4-H Club just started our new year about a

month ago. Karen Barnert and D'Arcy Falasconi have come back to be our leaders once again, much to our delight. Our new

Longview Link If you've had a few minutes to drive through Longview lately, you may have noticed the great work that continues in front of the Village Office. The fence is complete and any extra leftover materials have been moved until next spring when the project continues. Thanks to Ivor and Cliff as well as Chase for working so hard to complete that phase of the project before the ground freezes and the snow flies! Great job guys!

Longview School will be hosting a Christmas Fair on November 25th at the school. Check with the school for more information on this event. Also in December the Christmas Tea will be held on December 20th and the Christmas Concert will be on December 22nd. More information on these to follow. The monthly Council meeting will be held in Council Chambers on November 18th and December's will be held on

executive is Rachel Falasconi/ President; Jolene Bohn/ VicePresident; Nicole Oliver/ Secretary; Nathan Glatt/ Treasurer;

By Chey Nickerson the 9th at 3:00pm. The Longview Jams are back at the Twin Cities Saloon on Saturday afternoon starting at 4:00pm. An acoustic jam is held on Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00pm to round out the weekend. Welcome back to Pat & Heather Case. Keep an eye out for events in the Village on the signs in front of the office and we'll try to keep you updated on all events. Have a great week Chey

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HISTORY OF SHINDEN FUDO RYU - Immovable Heart School

Dakentaijutsu Jutaijutsu The founder of this school, 'Izumo', learned Chinese Kempo boxing. Today some of this is still noticeable within the techniques. Izumo Kanja Yoshiteru is also credited as being the founder of the Kukishinden Ryu Happo Hikenjutsu (Chapter 3). Above the door of Toda's dojo, there was a nameplate, which read "Shindenfudo Ryu Jutaijutsu". In the dojo there was a set of rules displayed for all of the students to abide by. These rules are from the Shindenfudo Ryu Densho and are listed as follows: 1. Know wisdom of being patient during times of inactivity. 2. Choose the course of justice as the path of your life.

3. Do not allow your heart to be controlled by the demands of greed, ease or pain. 4. Sorrow, pain and resentment should be regarded as natural qualities to be found in life. Therefore, work to cultivate an inmovable spirit (heart). 5. Hold in your heart the importance of family loyalty and aspire greatly for the ways of the pen and the sword with balanced determination. Observing the 5 rules above is the law of the Dojo. Written at New Year, Meiji 23 (1891). ~Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu The secret principle of Shindenfudo Ryu is the "Principle of Nature". The Shindenfudo Ryu has two styles of taijutsu: Dakentaijutsu and Jutaijutsu. In the

Dakentaijutsu there are no formal kamae and the use of natural posture is emphasized, while in the Jutaijutsu there are 5 kamae. The training levels in the Dakentaijutsu are: Ten no kata (8 kata) Chi no kata (8 kata) Shizen Shikoku no kata (12 kata) The training levels in the Jutaijutsu are: Kamae (5 kamae) Shoden no kata (16 kata) Chuden no kata (11 kata) Okuden no kata (8 kata) Hojojutsu is also taught in this Ryu-ha. It is used along side the taijutsu, to help restrain the opponent. The school uses several different types of yari, ono (war axe), O-tsuchi (war hammers) and naginata.

Katelyn Braun/ reporter and Paula Josefiak/ historian. Mutts - The mutts have already learned lots with our two new trainers: Julie Gomke who runs Animal Instincts in Priddis and Cassidy Barnert, who is a Senior member. The first group is working on heel on leash, sit, stay and the basic commands. The advanced group is working on the basic commands too, but the new thing that we are learning is the clicker, which is meant to replace the treat. But with some dogs, the treats are too important to them and one of those dogs is mine,

who thinks treats are too important to lose. But some dogs do not care about treats as much. Horses - The horse side of the club is working on the basics, handling and the anatomy of the horse. Their trainers are Niki Breslawaski who is helping the members with their dismounting skills and Dawn Kidd is teaching the mounting skills. We are glad to have both these ladies working with us. Both riders and their mounts are working very hard. The club has just volunteered at the Millarville Racetrack gate for the Christmas Market on Friday, Sat-

urday and Sunday. We had a lot of fun. It was cold but we made it. This will help cover some of the cost of the arena rental for our club. We are also seeking interested businesses, community groups and families who are interested in sponsoring advertising space on our cargo trailer to help the club offset the costs of maintenance, insurance and purchase of the trailer. For more info email us at millarvillemutts@radius .ca This was our first month and what an adventure, but there is plenty more to come.

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Phew! While it is not yet over, the Campaign to ensure that our Veterans in need can continue to rely on assistance from the Poppy Trust Fund is wrapping up as we write. While we will probably fall a little short of last year's incredible total, the citizens of our area have once again come through in these hard economic times. We thank you all for your unwavering support. This campaign is a long one through the planning, execution and wrapup, though its public face only begins locally with the presentation of the poppies to our civic leaders. It is possible only through the dedicated assistance of many, many volunteers; they help distribute the poppies throughout the region, sit with boxes at the various large stores and service/pick up those boxes that were placed around in banks, stores, restaurants and schools. Amidst all this was the preparation for the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony. This year once

again, a packed house was the order of the day at Oilfields High School where the service was led by our co-Chaplains. The assistance of the Oilfields Cubs and Scouts added to the ceremony as did the presence of several members of the RCMP Detachment along with members of the Air Cadets. Later, a Branch Colour Party attended to assist with a short ceremony of Remembrance at the Okotoks Oilers' Hockey game. All our area schools hold their own Remembrance Day Ceremonies and we veterans who attend are always moved by the efforts put into the presentation. Music, videos and recitations are often part of the programme and the respect with which the speakers' talks are received is a tribute to the schools, the teachers and the students. We are now awaiting the expected deluge of entries for the Poster and Literary competition. These will be collected shortly and put to the judges. If

our past history is to be relied on, Turner Valley Branch will once again receive more entries than any other branch in Canada. We thank our schools and teachers for taking part in these annual events and reminding our young people of the huge importance of remembering the debt we owe our service personnel. Services to veterans in need are available by contacting the Service Officer at the branch. This is a very confidential service and names of those who make use of those services are never announced. At this time, more than ever, as the use of local food banks as well as the dedicated veterans' food bank in Calgary is increasing, we must be ever vigilant in protecting our veterans from the effects of economic or medical hardship. We are seeing more and more stories of homeless veterans, many suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder resulting from their service in various theatres. Pride can often prevent them

from coming forward to seek help so somehow, we have to find ways to reach out to them. In Branch business, our Early Bird Membership drive is entering its final phase. All 2012 dues paid on or before November 30th will entitle the member to an entry into the draw for one of six offers to refund the money or pre-pay 2013 dues. There has been a significant increase in enquiries about membership in the Legion and several new member applications were approved at the November meeting. We welcome any who can subscribe to the goals of our organisation whether or not they have a military background. There are several membership categories and most people can be accommodated within our structure. If you are interested in the ever-popular seniors'

dinners, please be sure to phone and book your seats for the Christmas Dinner to be served on Monday, November 28th. The menu will include turkey and all the trimmings and the hall will surely be seasonally decorated. This is always a heavily booked event and delay will almost inevitably result in disappointment. The annual New Years' Eve gala is presently in the planning stages. Details will be announced shortly. December is a busy month for Christmas Parties at the branch. Some of these, depending on the size of the group, could require the use of the entire building and would mean that normal operating hours are restricted. Please watch for announcements if any such were to occur. The popular "Breakfast With Santa" is set for Saturday, December 3rd. Parents please reg-

ister your children for this event in order to be able to attend. The Branch will be closed during the holiday period but actual dates are not yet available. Again, please watch for announcements. The very successful indoor sports programmes will all take a break over the holidays. Last dates for participants will be announced as will the dates for starting again in January. Area A play downs for pairs Cribbage players are scheduled for Turner Valley Branch on Saturday, November 26th. There will not be a general meeting in December. We will resume in January. ~ Serving our Veterans, Seniors, Youth and the Community. Malcolm Hughes

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Brrrr!!! Old Man Winter is creeping up on us! The fact we have not had much snow so far is a blessing. ATCO Gas is still busy installing mains, but the project is winding down until spring. The Black Diamond Fire Department held its annual food drive for the Food Bank on November 14th and Turner Valley Fire Department were out collecting food on November 15th. I hope the residents from both Towns gave generously, as the Food Bank is an important organization that needs all of our support. The Town crews will be getting the snowplows and sanding trucks ready to go and preparing to tackle winter on the streets of Black Diamond. Please remember to take the time to drive safely on the winter roads and try to get out and enjoy some sort of fun activity in the snow!

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Christmas Assistance Program 2011 – Santa Sacks & Dinner Packs * Register Before November 30th! * FCSS of Black Diamond & Turner Valley, in partnership with the Oilfields Food Bank, Foothills Salvation Army, EMS & community volunteers, are once again providing assistance to families through the coming Christmas Season. Application forms for Christmas Dinner Hampers and Santa Sacks will be accepted at the Town of Black Diamond Office until November 30th. Pick up day for packages is December 14th at the Oilfields Food Bank, located in the lower level of the United Church in Turner Valley. For more information contact Sue Nagel – 403-933-4348; or go to the websites: town.blackdiamond.ab.ca or turnervalley.ca

Oilfields Regional Arena FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Town of Black Diamond is now accepting applications for 1 full-time Arena/Parks Attendant. This person will be part of an energetic team which maintains the arenas and parks within the Town of Black Diamond. Experience in Turf maintenance, &/or Arena levels 1 and 2 certificates would be an asset. The successful candidate will be required to work shift work – which includes evenings and weekends, position also requires a physical active person operating weed eater, mopping floors etc. A valid class 5 license is required. Employment applications/resumes are to be forwarded to: Les Quinton, Parks and Recreation Manager, Town of Black Diamond P.O. Box 10, Black Diamond, Alberta T0L 0H0 Fax: (403) 933-5865 Email: orarena@persona.ca This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Only candidates that have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your applications. Public Skating in the Oilfields Regional Arena is 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday's. Public Skating is free of charge thanks to our local sponsor – Sandul's Counter Care Pharmacy. * After School Shinny is available: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm; Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 4:45 pm. * This rink is also open to the public when it is NOT booked. All bookings are marked on the blackboard. The Scott Seaman Sports Rink is in operation when the weather is between +9C and -20C, when problems arise due to weather the rink will close until it is frozen, or the outside air temperature rises. Advertising space rental is still available in the Arena. For available ice rental times or advertising space information, contact Les at 403-933-5272.

TURNER VALLEY SCHOOL NEWS Internet Safety Learn about llamas, read up on your favourite skateboard star or study a stegosaurus. You can do all these things online and then email or text message your best friend about it. But when you're moving through cyberspace, you need to stay safe. It comes down to just a few simple guidelines: 1. Don't communicate with strangers online and never agree to meet in person. 2. Tell a parent or another adult if a stranger contacts you in a chat room or through email or text messaging. 3. Don't enter contests, join clubs or share your personal information for any reason, unless your mom or dad says it's OK. Personal information includes your name, address, age, phone number, birthday, email address, where you go to school and other facts about you. No Talking to Strangers Since you were a little kid, your mom or dad has probably told you not to talk to strangers. The same goes for the online world. It's easy to meet a stranger on the Internet. You might visit a

chat room or get an email or text message from someone you don't know. It can be fun to make new friends, but do not communicate with strangers you meet online. Don't talk to them, agree to phone them or email them photos of yourself. To a kid, this can seem kind of silly. Why not make a friend with someone who likes skateboarding just as much as you do? The writer might seem really nice and tell you how you sound really smart and cute. Unfortunately, kids have been tricked online by people who pretend to be something that they're not. Someone might lie and say they're in sixth grade, too, when they're really all grown up and they don't even know how to skateboard. Some kids have found themselves in a dangerous situation when they agreed to meet the mysterious online "friend" in person. Let your parents know if a stranger emails you, sends a text message or starts a conversation with you in a chat room. The email could be from a person or a company trying to sell you something. A grown-up should decide what's best to do, which may include changing your email

address or telling the police. Keep Your Privacy Anybody who uses the Internet has been asked to sign-in, log-in or create a personal profile. Kids need to check with a parent or grown-up before doing so. Why? This information could be used for reasons you wouldn't like, like getting a lot of junk email. Another word about email: If you have your own account, let your mom or dad know before you reply to email that asks for your personal information. Some email looks official, as if it was sent by your Internet provider, but it's actually a trick to get your personal info. Another way to keep your privacy is to choose a screen name or email account name that isn't your real name. For instance, instead of "Jack_Smith," why not choose: "Sk8boardKing21"? Only your friends and family will know your code name! Information from Kids Health Website 2011. See www.kidshealth.org


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403.933.4944 ~ 223 Main Street NE info@turnervalley.ca Experience a Country Christmas in Black Diamond and Turner Valley Diamond Valley Christmas Market Flare & Derrick Community Centre Main Street, Turner Valley

December 2 and 3 Market will feature local crafts, art, kitchen creations and fantastic food vendors.

Friday, December 2, 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Saturday, December 3, 10:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Historic Downtown Black Diamond Christmas Light Up Saturday December 3, 5:00-9:00pm Featuring shopping specials and fun activities in the downtown area! Photos with Santa Claus and his team of reindeer at the Black Diamond Town Office. Chili Cook-Off happening at many Black Diamond downtown businesses. Come out and vote for the best chili.

Hay rides, food & fun!

Cul-de-sac Garbage Pickup Reminder The Public Works Department is asking for the assistance of all culde-sac residents. Parking your vehicles in your driveway or garage on garbage day will prevent blockage and ease the access to your bin.

Family New Year's Eve Celebration and Skating Party Saturday, December 31, 2011 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Turner Valley Flare N Derrick Community Centre and Outdoor Skating Rink This family-friendly outdoor event will add warmth and fun to your holiday festivities. Skate under a starlit sky with family and friends on New Year’s Eve. Featuring music, children’s entertainment, a bonfire, free hot chocolate and hot dogs. Spectacular fireworks will conclude the evening of festivities, co-sponsored by the Foothills Lions Club. FREE ADMISSION – everyone is welcome.

Diamond Valley Christmas Assistance Program

Residents needing a little help with Christmas can register for the Diamond Valley Christmas Assistance Program. Applications for assistance must be made in person at the Town of Black Diamond municipal office before November 30 to ensure your family gets a Santa Sack and/or a Christmas Dinner Pack. Pick up day is December 14th at the Oilfields Food Bank in Turner Valley. Contact Suzan Nagel, 403.933.4348 for more information. Co-sponsored by the Black Diamond and Turner Valley Family and Community Support Services

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Residents are reminded to ensure that all the sidewalks adjacent to their property are cleared within 24 Hours, following the last measurable snow fall. If you are going to be out of town for an extended period of time during the holiday season or have a rental property, please make arrangements to ensure your sidewalks are kept cleared of snow and ice. If the sidewalk bordering your property is prone to ice build up, please ensure you place a salt/sand mixture on your walks to prevent pedestrians from slipping. Clearing your walks not only helps your neighbours get around, but also protects you from any civil liability should a pedestrian slip and injure themselves because of a build up of ice or snow. Should a resident/property owner fail to clear their walks within the 24 Hour period, a fine may be issued under the Municipal Bylaw. A Turner Valley Protective Services complaint line 403.863.4341 has been implemented to better manage calls and to deal with them in a timely manner.

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The Town of Turner Valley offers a Tax Installment Prepayment Plan (TIPS) which enables property owners to make monthly payments on their property taxes without incurring a penalty. Please give the municipal office a call at 403.933.4944 for additional information. Reminder: 12% Tax Penalty January 1st, 2012 for all outstanding taxes

Turner Valley Council Meetings for November Start Time – 6:30 pm Dec 5th – Committee of the Whole Dec 19th – Regular Council Meeting For more information: www.turnervalley.ca

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Come enjoy breakfast with Santa, gifts, candy, hayrides and crafts. All children 12 and under are welcome to attend. Register early. There is only room for 75 children at each party.

Call 403.933.4564 or 403.933.4600 and leave a message with your children’s name, age, gender and contact number to register your children by November 30th.

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Lal Dadrah of Amritsar India graduated from the school of hard knocks last week with two very valuable lessons that will probably stick around a while. The first was that midNovember's not a particularly great time of year to visit Birmingham UK. The second was that if obsessive compulsion forces you to make the journey, don't fly with an airline headed by someone with a name like Dick Fluck. Dick it seems, is listed as the head monkey for an airline calling itself COMTEL, an Austrian based outfit with two airplanes at their disposal. At their disposal however's not quite the same as owning the two airplanes is it? No - that distinction goes to a Madrid based outfit called Mint Aviation who owned the 18 year old birds that will factor into this story that we'll eventually get around to telling. Neither of these two fine outfits however were the outfits whose names were on tickets sold to the general public - that distinction goes to SKYJET and ASTONBURY, two UK based outfits that predictably on November 17th, folded faster than the Liberal Party of Canada. On the morning of November 15th, Lal and 200 or so of his fellow travellers boarded the Comtel/Mint/Skyjet/Ast onbury flight in Amritsar with the goal of arriving in Birmingham some ten hours later. Armed with their web receipts for the flight and a few bits of coinage to cover on board costs such as purchasing safety demonstration cards and washroom vouchers, few could contain their giddiness in anticipation of letting Mother Nature water the Birmingham gardens for the next six months. Except of course for Bubba Johnson in seat 21D who would soon discover that his web booking skills weren't going to get him home to Birmingham, Alabama quite as soon as he'd anticipated.

For most, the first sense that something was a tad amiss came when passengers noticed after landing that everyone on the ground looked like cast members from The Sound of Music. Snow capped mountains at the edge of the runway coupled with the announcement "Welcome to Vienna" added a nice touch to the mystery as well. It was when flight attendants began passing the hat to cover fuel and other costs that concern began to set in. Except for Bubba in 21 D who came to realize that Momma was really 'gonna give him a whooppin' if he missed Turkey Day. As the story began to unfold, it seems that Comtel owed a few folks a few dollars. Some creditors went as far as to suggest that Comtel's president Tricky Dick - had Flucked them over once too often and decided to hold the aircraft and the passengers somewhat captive until an amount said to be roughly $40,000 was collected in cash - and turned over by the passengers to the crew. Passengers were advised the only way they'd be permitted to continue on to Birmingham would be to pony up. Most agreed - Bubba however indicated he'd need to use an ATM in the terminal which is of course the last anyone on that flight saw of Mrs Johnson's boy. A day late and few dollars short, the Boeing 757 landed in Birmingham and before discharging the passengers, presented each one of them with autographed crew photos to commemorate two milestones: 1. I t w a s t h e 1 s t recorded hi-jacking of passengers by an airline itself 2 It was pretty much the last flight sold through SKYJET who unceremoniously shut down a couple of days ago. Dick Fluck and the cast of Comtel will have - I suspect - a bit of a tough go

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over the next little while. That said - their website's still up and running and under the Welcome Aboard section it says, and I kid you not here folks - "Enjoy our unique service during your flight." Mint Aviation, the owners of these aircraft, have reclaimed their planes and are currently retrofitting them with a new type of seatback in-flight entertainment system that's coin operated. It shows the usual route maps, 4th run movies, day old sandwich selections etc, but a new feature will allow passengers to view the amount of debt accrued by whichever outfit decides to charter these birds in the future. When it reaches a certain level - a fuel gauge will appear on the screen and as the needle edges closer to E, passengers will have the opportunity to insert coins into the slot to keep things in the air. For the convenience of passengers, each aircraft will be outfitted with ATM's as well as credit card point of sale processors. As for Bubba? Seems he made it home in time for the holidays. He's planning his next trip on Google. Off to Australia in January. Not quite sure if I should fire off an e-mail to him as a reminder that there's more than one Sydney......... Nah. If a tourist from Birmingham UK survived his oops a couple of years ago winding up in Nova Scotia instead of Australia as a result of his on line expertise - let's leave Bubba be. Adios until next time Dave Heron Dave Heron is the owner and operator of: Pace Setter Travel & Tours (1995) Inc; P.O. Box 612, 70 McRae Street, Okotoks. Tel: 403.938.5454 Toll Free: 1.800.206.7223. Fax: 403.938.5568 Email: pacesetter@nucleus.com


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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Bernard Schlink's 1998 novel The Reader tells the story of an illiterate young woman's struggle to function in the world. We see how she arranges her life to survive without having to ever read or write and the lengths to which she goes to ensure that nobody discovers her secret. It is a source of continual shame that she cannot read the stories she loves to hear read to her. Some find it hard to believe that in this day and age, with the access to education for all, there are still those who are considered to be illiterate. In June 2000, Statistics Canada and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the final report from the ground-breaking 1994 International Adult Literacy Survey. It disclosed that almost 50% of Cana-

dian adults can't work well with words and numbers. The survey showed that 22% of Canadians have difficulty reading and have few basic skills or strategies for decoding and working with text. 26% of Canadians read but do not read well. Canadians at this level can deal only with material that is simple and clearly laid out. 33% of Canadians can read well but may have problems with more complex tasks. This level is considered by many countries to be the minimum skill level for successful participation in society. 20% of Canadians have strong literacy skills, including a wide range of reading skills and many strategies for dealing with complex materials. These people can meet most reading demands and can handle new reading challenges. The survey also showed that the higher a nation's literacy skills, the more likely its population is to have healthier habits and lifestyles. Those with higher literacy skills tend

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which was a very relevant way for students to understand the impact of war at their own level. Following the presentations of wreaths by each grade and a minute of silence to remember, we watched a video tribute created by Emma Wight, a former student of Oilfields High School. The moving video exemplified the effects of war from the past to the present day.

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That… The International Monetary Fund's annual review of Canada supports the Government's plan to return to balanced budgets in the medium term. Your Government is focused on what matters to Canadians – job creation and promoting economic growth. The IMF is maintaining its positive outlook for Canada thanks to our sound and stable economy, along with the positive measures taken in the Next Phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan: A Plan for Jobs and Growth. This is yet another example of Canada's global economic leadership, which includes: approximately 650,000 (net) new jobs created since July 2009 – the strongest job growth record in the G-7; The World Economic Forum, for the fourth consecutive year, ranking Canada's banks as the soundest in the world; Forbes magazine ranked Canada as the

best place in the world for businesses to grow and create jobs; IMF and OECD forecasting Canada's economy will be among the strongest in the G-7 this year and next; and Fitch Ratings, Moody's and Standard & Poor's all give Canada an AAA credit rating. But Canada is not immune from the economic turbulence facing the global economy – especially from Europe and the United States. That's why your Government is working hard to implement the Next Phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan – and its job-creating measures like the Hiring Credit for Small Business. For more information: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/11109-eng.asp That… The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced that Bill C21, the Standing Up For Vic-

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That… Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney has been named Chairman of the Financial Stability Board, an international agency dedicated to building a more resilient and efficient global financial system. We congratulate Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney on his appointment as chairman of the Financial Stability Board. The Board was established in 2009 to strengthen financial systems and to promote the stability of international financial markets. It is the first time a Canadian has headed an international financial institution of such wide scope. His appointment is both a tribute to his personal qualities and a reflection on Canada's superior performance in monetary, fiscal and financial sector policy areas. For more information: http://www.bankofcanada.ca/2 011/11/press-releases/bank-ofcanada-governor-mark-

carney/ That… The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced in the Economic and Fiscal Update that the Government is taking targeted action to support jobs and economic growth. Canadians gave your Government a strong mandate to stay focussed on what matters – creating jobs and economic growth. That is why the Government is continuing to take action to support jobs and growth in the Economic and Fiscal Update. As part of the Economic and Fiscal Update, we are: reducing the increase in next year's EI premiums from 10 cents to five cents per $100 of insurable earnings; and continuing to protect Canadian jobs by extending work-sharing for up to 16 weeks. The Economic and Fiscal Update also highlighted other measures we are taking to create jobs and growth across Canada, including: rebuilding

the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard; investing additional funds to modernize and expand capacity at priority border facilities; and investing in maintaining and improving federal infrastructure. We are on track to eliminate the deficit in the medium term. However, we are not immune to the turmoil in the global economy. We will continue to be pragmatic and flexible given the ongoing financial crisis in Europe and the uncertainty in the United States. The Economic and Fiscal Update demonstrates, once again, that your Government's top priority is the economy and our low-tax plan to create jobs and growth. For more information: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/11114-eng.asp

Millarville’s Cool News Recently, the Grade 6 class of Millarville Community School helped with the organization of the Turner Valley food bank. We put in a lot of effort towards the food bank. Some said that we would not get finished in time but as a result all the items were packed up. We helped organize over a hundred bags of food for the Turner Valley food bank. We help out the food bank for people who aren't as fortunate as us. When you make a donation people will be filled with joy that there is food being donated to such an advantage. The Remembrance Day assembly, Thursday

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10th 2011, saw the Grade 6 class performed the poem In Flanders Now by Edna Jacques. Two people carried up wreaths from each classroom from K to 8, decorated with the symbols of remembrance. The kinders did the poppies; the Grade 1 class did Winnie the Pooh bear; Grade 2 did the crosses; Grade 3, the dove; Grade 4 did the horse; Grade 5 did flags; Grade 6 did the Vimy memorial; Grade 7, the identification tags; Grade 8, the yellow ribbons. A boy from Grade 5 named James Varty helped with bringing the wreaths up to the stage. Mr. Garth Pritchard shared his photos and experiences in Afghanistan, where he worked closely with the Canadian military as a war correspondent. This was an eye-opening presentation. There is a trailer outside of our school to collect bottles for a fundraiser. The funds from the bottle drive goes towards our Edmonton trip at the end of the year. We do the bottle drive every year and this year Mr. Fisher lent us his trailer. In our archery class we took the test to use the bows on the range and you needed to get mastery to step foot on the range. We just completed the navigation course, where we had to use compasses in outdoor pursuits to complete a pre-set course.


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Diamond Valley Positive Parenting Workshop Series Ever wish your child came with an owner’s manual? Foothills School Division is pleased to host a series of FREE workshops to support parents and guardians. November 22: Bullying: What Parents Need to Know Ryley Hatchard of Rowan House will explain what bullying is and the warning signs, how to talk to your child about bullying and what to do if you suspect they are being bullied or are bullying others. Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: Turner Valley School—114 Royal Ave.

November 29: Chaos to Calm: Creating Structure & Routine in the Home Marianne Dickson, Executive Director, Wild Rose Community Connections will share practical strategies and talk about the benefits of structure and routine. Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: Turner Valley School—114 Royal Ave.

TO REGISTER for workshops and free child care contact: Angela Thiele, 403.938.4973 or thielea@fsd38.ab.ca Jim McFarlane, 403.938.7295 or mcfarlanej@fsd38.ab.ca

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Longview School Council will be having their annual Christmas Fair on Friday, November 25th at Longview School. Tickets are $6 dollars in advance and can be purchased at the school office and $7 at the door on the evening of the Fair. Doors open at 5:00 pm and dinner is served from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. It is a ham dinner with all the fixings and dessert. Activities will run from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and include a cake walk, everyone wins booth, elf self, photos with Santa as well as a 50/50 draw, bucket raffles and silent auction items. It is a wonderful and fun evening and a great way to start the holiday season and support Longview School. Everyone is welcome to attend! Students enjoyed the Halloween Parade and Carnival on Monday, October 31st. A big thank you goes out to Ms. Hoyle for taking the lead for this special event. The Grade 5 / 6 class did a wonderful job of organizing and running the dif-

ferent stations. Our celebration included all of our kindergarten students when kindergarten was switched to Monday from Tuesday. It is great fun for everyone to see each other dressed in their Halloween best and all students really enjoyed this type of Halloween Celebration. The Remembrance Day service was held at 10:00 am on Thursday, November

10th. Thank you to Mrs. Winfield, who took the lead on this assembly. Everyone, all staff and students, did such a wonderful job in recognizing those individuals, past and present, who have served our country so well and with such dignity. Our students take great pride and honour in planning, decorating and presenting for this service. All classes contributed beauti-

ful art work and made wreaths for the wreath laying ceremony. We greatly appreciate the address by Retired Master Corporal Ken Harris who represented the Royal Canadian Legion, Mayor Ivor McCorquindale and Neil Howk who escorted the students during the wreath laying ceremony. Each class did a presentation of some type. Kindergarten presented the poem, Poppy. The Grade 1 / 2 class presented a couple of poems Little P o p p y a n d Remembrance Day. The Grade 3 / 4 class presented the poems, Freedom Road and What Heroes Gave. The Grade 5/6 class did the reading of Flanders Fields and sang the song Ode to Peace. Also, thank you to Flynn Roberts for playing March by Robin Adair on his chanter. Many parents and community members also attended the service and expressed their appreciation for the wonderful job the students and staff did.

Foothills Performing Arts The Foothills Performing Arts 4-H Club began their fifth year of operation with a re-organizational meeting in September at the Foothills Composite High School. An executive was elected and new members were introduced to Blacklight Theatre. Blacklight performances are in complete darkness, where people and objects that glow move to songs and even play while trying not to bump into things. We recently experimented with blacklight during our October Halloween party where we played many games in our costumes. Our members are enjoying many drama activities varying from 'Ninja to Sharkie', but our main focus is presently on improv. Our club would like to thank you, our community, for helping us at our

is Black & Green Bi-Annual Electronic Recycle Round Up that was held in October at Country Living. As a club, we collected TVs and computer equipment, as an environmental fundraiser; we raised over $500.00 which we are going to spend on costumes for our blacklight performances. The Foothills Performing Arts 4-H Club showed their colours at the Corporate Partnership Appreciation Event on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 in Crossfield, Alberta. Our club provided an incredible display which included videos playing of past Monologues and Achievement Days. The members and leaders all enjoyed speaking to the sponsors and learning more about the amaz-

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ing past, present and future of 4-H. In conclusion, the Foothills Performing Arts 4-H Club is having an amazing National 4-H month and will continue to show their green throughout the community in the month of November. Gabrielle Wilson Club Reporter


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If your holiday halls are decked with stacks of paper bags, mounds of crumpled wrapping paper, an array of random ribbons and a gaggle of gift tags that are destined for the local landfill, it's time to add a little "green" to your gift-wrapping regimen. Given that the average household's waste jumps by more than 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day and that holiday debris adds an additional one million tons per week to landfills, there is a lot that everyone can do to recycle, reuse and reduce during the holidays. According to Eco-Chick.com, "If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet. If every family wrapped just three presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year could fill a football field ten stories high. If we each sent one card less, we'd save 50,000 cubic yards of paper." Here are some ways to go green and even save green on gift packaging this year: Recycle: Conventional wrapping paper typically cannot be recycled since it is often coated in metal foil or is plastic laminated. But if the paper rips and doesn't glitter or shine, it can - and should - be placed in the recycle bin along with other paper products. Check with your local recycling pro-

vider to find out which types of wrapping paper they accept. The good news is that recyclable wrapping paper is increasingly available from both online and brick-and-mortar retailers such as Amazon.com, Office Depot and UncommonGoods.com. Reuse: Before the opening of the gifts begins, set aside a box for collecting reusable boxes, wrapping paper, gift bags, bows, ribbons and other decorative items. Even if wrapping paper is torn, it can be used for craft projects, packaging filler or to enclose smaller gifts the following year. Gift bags are also great candidates for reuse. If the surface of the bag is marred from removing ribbon or a bow, the spot can be covered with other decorative items or scraps of used wrapping paper. Reduce: Recycling and reusing boxes, wrapping paper, ribbon and gift bags is a big step in the right direction. But the best way to avoid waste is to reduce the use of these items in the first place. Rather than wrapping gifts in paper, consider using scarves, old tea towels, cloth napkins or leftover fabric. If you're crafty, consider creating your own simple fabric sacks that can be easily sewn by hand or machine. If you're not, try painting an old pillowcase and tying it up with fabric ribbon, string or even shoelaces. And don't forget newspaper! The comics make colourful gift wrap any time of year, particularly for kids.

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The house needs some decorating with this Christmas wreath. Draw the path starting at 4 and counting by 4s up to 400.

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From My Bookshelf.... ChristmasReadings By Lynn Willoughby

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Community Hall and the I.O.O.F. Hall. Hockey games in the arena. Monday, December 12th, 4:00 to 8:00pm - A High River Tradition! Bring your family for fun on the ice. Food bank donations are accepted! Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex. 403-652-4042. Saturday, December 31st – Royal Canadian Legion Turner Valley - New Year's Eve Social. 403-933-4600. Saturday, December 31st, 5:00pm - Family New Year's Eve Celebration – Flare 'N Derrick, Turner Valley. Saturday, December 31st - Children's New Year's Eve Party, Okotoks. 403-938-8950. Foothills School Division Christmas Concerts HIGH COUNTRY REGION Longview School Friday, November 25th – 5:00-8:00 pm School Council Christmas Fair. Tickets are $6 at the school office or $7 at the door. Ham dinner with all the fixings followed by activities (cake walk, Santa photos, 50/50 draw, bucket raffles and silent auction.

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Tuesday, December 20th – 1:00 pm Christmas Tea. Enjoy coffee, tea and treats while the students perform a dress rehearsal of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Thursday, December 22nd – 6:30 pm Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. High Country Winter Concert Wednesday, December 7th – 6:30 pm in the gym at Oilfields High School - Black Diamond: Featuring Band students from Oilfields, C. Ian McLaren, Longview, Millarville and Turner Valley schools. Oilfields High School - Black Diamond December 14th to 17th: Oilfields' Senior High Performing Arts Department presents an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby. Tickets at the door – $2 for December 14th matinee (12:45 pm) and $5 for evening shows December 15th to 17th (7:00 pm). Turner Valley School Wednesday, December 21st – 7:00 pm “The Best Gift Ever” drama and musical production also featuring performances by the school choir and Grade 6 Band students. C. Ian McLaren School – Black Diamond Thursday, December 22nd – 6:30-8:00 pm Christmas activities and carols. Millarville Community School Thursday, December 22nd – 7:00 pm Christmas concert.

Hours of Operation Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Sunday Noon to 4:00 pm Monday-CLOSED

South Door

Speciality baskets can be made by special order

B

Diamo nd lack

Bakery & Coffee Shop

Breakfast, lunch, coffee or tea served daily

We have a wide variety of breads, cakes, pastries, cookies and Danish deli items to choose from Main Street, Black Diamond ~ 403-933-4503

Give The Gift of Music This Christmas! Now accepting students for Guitar, Drums and Piano Try the first lesson for

FREE!

BACH DOOR MUSIC STUDIO

Black Diamond 403-819-1139 ~ 403-933-5737

www.bachdoormusicstudio.ca

We’re collecting for our local food bank and would love your help! We will match any cash donations up to $5

#

$25

Ÿ valid on regular priced merchandise Ÿ must be present at time of purchase

Ÿ 1 per purchase Ÿ valid until Dec. 10, 2011

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Customer loyalty cards now available

Sierra West Cabins & Ranch Vacations

403-933-4818

Log Cabins, Horse Accommodations, Trail Rides, Cattle Drives & Authentic Western Charm! Frontier Cattle Drive

127 Centre Ave. SW, Black Diamond

Join us for Light-Up December 3rd Starting at 5pm In-Store Specials & Draws Shortbread & Apple Cider British Christmas Imports now in Kids fishing pond for children 10 and under

Merry from the Christmas W hole Herd at DJ Ranch Lessons Boarding Ranch Office 403-938-2469 Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

www.djranch.ca

Day Camps Gift Certificates Located 3 miles east of Black Diamond; 8 miles west of Okotoks at Highway #7 & 112th Street West

D

RANCH

Horsemanship Facility

July 14 & 15 and Aug 11 & 12, 2012 • Class 5 Driver’s Ed. • Class 1, 3 & Air brakes • Brush up courses

www.highriverdrivingschool.com

403-628-2431

Locally owned & operated since 1987 Not affiliated with any other driving school

www.sierrawestcabins.com

High River Driving School 403-652-1262 Okotoks Driving School 403-369-2656

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Experience the Holiday Magic in store at... December 3rd during the Black Diamond Light Up Don’t forget your photos with Santa! Free Prescription Delivery, Flu Shots, Faxing and Photocopying Service, Ear Piercing, Gifts, Digital Photo Kiosk, Cards, Party Supplies and Toys • Open Sundays & Late on Weekdays • • 124 Centre Avenue West, Black Diamond • • Locally Owned and Operated 403-933-7979 •

ONE ON ONE S S Come in and see our great selection T T of stocking stuffers, flat irons and U U D Perfect Christmas Gifts! D II 403-933-4840 O O 110-1st Street S.W. Black Diamond

November 18th to December 23rd A Christmas Past, Okotoks Museum, 49 Elizabeth Street. Friday, November 25th, 2:00 to 8:30pm - Diamond Valley Christmas Market, Flare 'N Derrick, Turner Valley. Friday, November 25th, 7:30pm - Live Nativity at Lions Campground, Black Diamond. Black Diamond Gospel Chapel. 403-933-4957. Friday, November 25th - Annual Longview School Christmas Fair. Doors open at 5:00pm. Tickets: $6 in advance or $7 at the door, includes dinner. 403-601-1753. Saturday, November 26th – Nanton Lights the Way Christmas Festival. Saturday, November 26th – Distinctly Nanton Market 10:00am to 6:00pm. Nanton Community Centre. Saturday, November 26th, 2:00 to 4:00pm - St. George's (Turner Valley) Christmas Tea and Bake Sale. Fancy sandwiches & homemade cakes for tea and lots of baked items for sale. Saturday, November 26th, 7:30pm - Live Nativity at Lions Campground, Black Diamond. Black Diamond Gospel Chapel. 403-933-4957. Friday, December 2nd - The 25th Annual Santa Claus Parade and Moonlight Madness. Parade starts at 6:30pm and many business will stay open until 11pm. Friday, December 2nd, 2:00 to 9:00pm Christmas Craft Fair Highwood Memorial Centre. 403-652-4042. Saturday, December 3rd – Royal Canadian Legion and Town of Turner Valley Children's Christmas Party. Breakfast with Santa 9:30am and11:30am. Saturday, December 3rd, 1:00 to 3:30pm - High Country Lodge Annual Tea & Bazaar. $5.00 per person at the door. There will be a raffle, silent auction, crafts and baked goods. Carol Bishop 403-933-4028. Saturday, December 3rd, 10:00am to 3:00pm - Community Christmas Fair Highwood Memorial Centre. 403-652-4042. Saturday, December 3rd, 5:00pm Diamond Valley Light Up, Black Diamond. Photos with Santa, Pet photos with Santa, Chilli Cook-off. Please note change from our print version. Sunday, December 4th, 1:00 to 5:00pm - MarketSquare’s 1st Annual Christmas Festival. Gym at Okotoks Rec Centre. www.themarketsquare.ca. Saturday, December 10th, 1:00 to 2:00pm - Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stops at Blackie opposite Post Office. Food bank donation requested. Saturday, December 10th, 11:00am to 4:00pm - Christmas Shopping Gala, Blackie

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Community Hall and the I.O.O.F. Hall. Hockey games in the arena. Monday, December 12th, 4:00 to 8:00pm - A High River Tradition! Bring your family for fun on the ice. Food bank donations are accepted! Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex. 403-652-4042. Saturday, December 31st – Royal Canadian Legion Turner Valley - New Year's Eve Social. 403-933-4600. Saturday, December 31st, 5:00pm - Family New Year's Eve Celebration – Flare 'N Derrick, Turner Valley. Saturday, December 31st - Children's New Year's Eve Party, Okotoks. 403-938-8950. Foothills School Division Christmas Concerts HIGH COUNTRY REGION Longview School Friday, November 25th – 5:00-8:00 pm School Council Christmas Fair. Tickets are $6 at the school office or $7 at the door. Ham dinner with all the fixings followed by activities (cake walk, Santa photos, 50/50 draw, bucket raffles and silent auction.

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Tuesday, December 20th – 1:00 pm Christmas Tea. Enjoy coffee, tea and treats while the students perform a dress rehearsal of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Thursday, December 22nd – 6:30 pm Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. High Country Winter Concert Wednesday, December 7th – 6:30 pm in the gym at Oilfields High School - Black Diamond: Featuring Band students from Oilfields, C. Ian McLaren, Longview, Millarville and Turner Valley schools. Oilfields High School - Black Diamond December 14th to 17th: Oilfields' Senior High Performing Arts Department presents an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby. Tickets at the door – $2 for December 14th matinee (12:45 pm) and $5 for evening shows December 15th to 17th (7:00 pm). Turner Valley School Wednesday, December 21st – 7:00 pm “The Best Gift Ever” drama and musical production also featuring performances by the school choir and Grade 6 Band students. C. Ian McLaren School – Black Diamond Thursday, December 22nd – 6:30-8:00 pm Christmas activities and carols. Millarville Community School Thursday, December 22nd – 7:00 pm Christmas concert.

Hours of Operation Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Sunday Noon to 4:00 pm Monday-CLOSED

South Door

Speciality baskets can be made by special order

B

Diamo nd lack

Bakery & Coffee Shop

Breakfast, lunch, coffee or tea served daily

We have a wide variety of breads, cakes, pastries, cookies and Danish deli items to choose from Main Street, Black Diamond ~ 403-933-4503

Give The Gift of Music This Christmas! Now accepting students for Guitar, Drums and Piano Try the first lesson for

FREE!

BACH DOOR MUSIC STUDIO

Black Diamond 403-819-1139 ~ 403-933-5737

www.bachdoormusicstudio.ca

We’re collecting for our local food bank and would love your help! We will match any cash donations up to $5

#

$25

Ÿ valid on regular priced merchandise Ÿ must be present at time of purchase

Ÿ 1 per purchase Ÿ valid until Dec. 10, 2011

VOUCHER #

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Christmas 2011 BIRTH OF A NEW CHRISTMAS TRADITION This is making it's way around via email, Facebook and other Social Media. Christine Stinnissen of Brooks, AB forwarded it onto

us because she feels it makes a very good point. Let us know your thoughts, better still ~ Shop Locally This Year.

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Canadians with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods - merchandise

that has been produced at the expense of Canadian labour. This year will be different. This year Canadians will give the gift of genuine concern for other Canadians. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by Canadian hands. Yes there is! It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chineseproduced wrapping paper? Everyone - yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local Canadian hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, Canadian owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down big bucks on a Chinese made flat-screen or computer? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed or lawn mowed for the summer or driveway plowed all winter or games at the local golf course. There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember folks this isn't about big National chains - this is about supporting your home town Canadians with their financial lives on the line

to keep their doors open. How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the Canadian working guy? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. My computer could use a tune-up,and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running. OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a movie, play or ballet, at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands. Honestly people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip. You see, Christmas is no longer about draining Canadian pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging Canadian small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Canadians, we care about our communities and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new Canadian Christmas tradition.


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Heavenly Paws ‘N Hoofs Pet Massage Benefits of Therapeutic Pet Massage:

To the millions of pet owners across the globe, pets are more than just furry friends around the house. Pets put many people in a good mood and can also make for a valuable addition to families with children, instilling a sense of responsibility in kids they might otherwise never learn. But pets are also a very personal choice. Such a reality makes giving a pet as a present during the holiday season a difficult proposition - one that requires careful consideration of the pros and cons before making a final decision. The Pros * Companionship: Pets make fine companions and many people think giving a pet as a present during the holiday season is a great way to put a smile on a lonely friend or relative's face. However, when giving a pet in the hopes it will provide companionship, be sure to find a pet that's known for liking attention, such as a golden retriever, and not a pet that doesn't require much care or appreciate the attention. * The surprise element: Oftentimes, when a family pet dies it takes awhile before the family is ready to get a new pet. However, if sufficient time has elapsed, the surprise element of a new pet at the holidays can make it one of the more memorable holidays ever. The same can be said when giving a child their first pet. For moms and dads who have decided the kids are ready for their first pet, the holidays make a great time to surprise them with a Fido or Morris of their own. * Cost: Particularly in the current economy, not all families can afford to adopt

or buy a new pet. While they might be able to afford to feed and care for a pet, the initial costs (some adoptions can cost several hundred dollars) might be well beyond their budget. For gift givers who can afford the costs of adoption or the purchase price from a breeder, giving a pet can be a gift the family will greatly appreciate. The Cons * Personal choice: Pets don't take long to become a member of the family. And that's often because pets are a deeply personal choice made by the pet owner and his or her family. Giving a pet as a gift might be a nice gesture, but many people would prefer to pick their own pets. * Timing: Not all families are ready for a pet. Even parents who want to add a pet to their home should consider if the timing is right. Are kids ready for the responsibility of a pet? Is the family ready to add another member? Timing should also be a consideration for those thinking of giving a pet to someone they

don't live with. It might be a nice gesture to give newlywed friends a pet, but they might also be trying to have a baby and might not have the time to care for a pet. * Allergies and additional health considerations: Not everyone can have a pet in their home. Many people are allergic to animals. It could prove a disaster to give a kitten to someone who is highly allergic to cats. Shoppers who are unsure if a friend or loved one has a pet allergy should avoid giving a pet as a present. In addition to pet allergies, another medical concern is some people might not be physically capable of caring for a pet. Dogs, for instance, need to be taken on daily walks or, at the very least, taken outside to relieve themselves. What's more, training a puppy is no small task. If a friend or family member does not appear capable of caring for a pet, consider a different gift.

Stimulates Circulation Alleviates Pain Enhances the Body and Mental Wellness Increase Blood Flow and Nutrients to Promote Healing Canine Excessive Barking Reduces Stress Fear of being touched Fear of loud noises Respiratory problems Calming

Equine Enhances muscle tone and motion Reduces inflammation and swelling Releases tension....relaxes muscles

Because You Love Them

Call to book your massage: Equine: 403-461-4442 Canine: 403-938-3643 at The Okotoks Doggie Lounge ~ Jennie - Certified Canine and Equine Massage Therapist

O’Ryelee’s

Dog House

Pet Grooming and Gifts Over 20 Years Experience 2 Groomers on staff Large, open kennels 116 Government Road, Black Diamond

403-978-1661

EVERYTHING

for Your Other “Kids”

Like Santa, you know if your pet has been naughty or nice. Chinook Windz has great Christmas presents for your pet. What is Santa bringing your pet for Christmas?? We have a great selection of Xmas toys and treats - and all your pet supply needs

Chinook Windz Healthy Pet Supplies (north of the 4-way stop)

102 Centre Ave E., Black Diamond

Phone: (403) 933-3344

healthypets@chinookwindz.com www.chinookwindz.com


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Happy Holidays from

Black Diamond Liquor (Beside the Esso)

403-933-2757 th

Please join us Dec 24 for our Annual Customer Appreciation Day! th

Dec 24 - 10am - 6pm Dec 25th - Closed New Years Day Open at Noon All other days - Regular Hours

We wouldn’t be here without your support.

Thank You for Everything!

Season’s Eatings from all of us to You!! Call us to book your Christmas Party today! Visit us while you are out enjoying the Christmas Events during Light Up and grab a Candy Cane for the kids!

Holiday Hours: Dec 24th & 25th Closed Dec 26th Open at 4:00pm Evening Buffet

202 Centre Ave Black Diamond

403-933-3122 B

Buffet Fri, Sat & Sun 5:00pm to 8:30pm Lunch Buffet Mon - Fri 11:00am - 2:00pm Sunday Brunch 11:00am - 2:00pm

Diamo nd lack

Bakery & Coffee Shop

Diamond Valley Restaurant Our bakery is happy to offer a large selection of cookies, shortbread, fruit cakes and pastries for holiday gift giving. Speciality Danish items such as rye bread and Danish pastry are available throughout the year and are a must during the holidays. Come in and have a coffee or stay for breakfast or lunch and let us help you make your shopping easier. Main Street, Black Diamond 933-4503

FOR ALL YOUR BEAUTY NEEDS ~ By Appointment Only ~

Facial treatments and products for men and women. Gift certificates and service packages available. Manicure, pedicure and facial package - $145 Manicure & pedicure package - $65 15% discount on any waxing 140 Main Street, Turner Valley 403-618-3978

Holiday entertaining

How~To Guide t o H o l i d ay H o s t i n g

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he holidays are once again right around the corner and families across the country are preparing to reunite. With hosting family and friends on the holiday horizon, the following guide can help those responsible for entertaining the troops this season become the holiday host with the most. Prepare for the Feast * Plan ahead. The key to minimizing holiday-induced anxiety is to plan in advance. Take inventory now to make sure you have the essentials you will need to serve your holiday meal - both basics and serving pieces. * Save time and space. Use serving pieces with warming trays to free up essential cooking space on your stove. To create additional space in your oven, use a three-tier oven rack on one side that leaves the other side open for more bulky food allowing you to cook more than one dish at a time. * Think off the wall. If you're hosting a buffet, set up the buffet table away from the wall to utilize both sides of the table to serve food. Add unique, multi-level serving dishes to give your table a fresh look. * Offer your guests a choice. Set up at least 2 urns for your party, one with coffee and one with hot water for the tea drinkers. Consider a third for decaf. Gear up for the Guests Once you've prepared for your holiday feast, give your home a fresh face with a few simple and affordable updates. * Seasonal solution. Transform your entertaining area by replacing sheer window treatments with more luxurious ones made of taffeta or chenille in warm, rich colors of the sea-

son. Pick the length that suits your style. More formal looks are achieved with longer treatments. Drape a throw in a rich burgundy or chocolate over the back of your couch and update your decorative pillows with covers that tie in with your existing decor. * Bathroom make-over. It doesn't take a coat of paint to freshen up the guest bathroom. A new bath ensemble and some decorative seasonal hand towels will do the trick. Fresh flowers and scented lotion on the counter are welcoming treats. * Guest bedroom blues. Looking to breathe some life into a guest bedroom? Start with the bedding. Since it's typically the biggest piece of decor in the room, changing the bedding alters the overall look and feel of the room. Add several extra pillows to the bed for that picture perfect catalog look. * Entertaining essentials. Being prepared helps avoid last minute panic. For the main event, make sure you have enough chairs for guests (including folding chairs) and consider whether you need an extra folding table to serve as a "kids" table or dessert station. For overnight guests, be sure you have clean towels and sheets and that you can put your hand on the extra inflatable mattress in case of a surprise guest.


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Household Hints

Black Diamond

Gospel Chapel

By Rosemary

Christmas Craft and Candy Anyone who has been reading this column for a while knows that I'm a picture and frame nut. While out shopping I dropped in at a small specialty store in our village that stocks all sorts of different Christmas items. One that really caught my eye was a wooden cedar shingle that had been made into a family Christmas photo display. I always like ideas that I can adapt and make myself. In this case it was easy enough to see the materials needed. The local home renovation center carries cedar shingles in packages, but I was able to ask for and get a couple of loose pieces for a couple of dollars. The shingle can either be covered with Christmas fabric or left natural. Using old Christmas cards cut out images of Santa, snowmen, reindeer or elves. Cut out the faces and insert behind a photo of a family member. If you have snowmen, their tummies can be used as a frame. I have one that I like very much made by using cards with front doors, cut around three sides of the frame of the door and insert a picture of the whole family; the children will love it when they open the door and see their family standing behind. It can be further embellished with stars, more ribbon, sparkle or whatever takes your fancy. Punch a hole in the shingle about a half inch down from the top and about an inch in, using Christmas ribbon (red and green plaid is my favourite), you can either tie a bow at the punch holes or at the top join of the ribbon to hang it up. It can also be adapted for a children's project by using a piece of cardboard instead of wood and covered with Christmas wrapping paper instead of fabric. The best is that you can also add a shingle

each year by punching a hole in the bottom and attaching another frame with ribbons. While on the subject of ribbons, I looked up a recipe for ribbon candy, I remember my grandmother making at the kitchen table when I was young. I never realized how much work actually went into the setting of the candy. The ingredients are, three cups of granulated sugar, one cup of corn syrup, one quarter cup of water, peppermint extract, red and green food colouring, vegetable spray and vinyl gloves. My grandmother didn't use gloves or vegetable spray, she buttered her hands. Warm the oven to 120 celsius, prepare three cookie sheets by covering them with a buttered parchment paper. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and boil until the mixture reaches a soft candy stage. At this time add the extract and pour the candy onto the cookie sheets in equal amounts, sprinkle one with red colouring and another with green and put two aside in the warm oven. Allow one set to sit and form a “skin�. Once the candy is cool enough to handle start to spread it with your hands, pushing and pulling it over itself. Then pick it up and stretch it out, twist and stretch again. Return this one to the oven and do the same procedure with the others. Once they all have a glossy look, flatten them out with a buttered rolling pin or by hand until about a quarter inch thick, place them on top of one another, the clear in the middle, and slice into strips. Ribbon up the strips with your fingers and cut at two inch intervals. Allow them to cool and wrap them loosely in wax paper; wonderful old fashioned taste.

Proudly presents

A living nativity

This Christmas, come and experience the birth of Jesus. The seventh annual Living Nativity features two performances with live animals, hand crafted scenery and complimentary hot chocolate and goodies to provide a warm and memorable experience. A wonderful time for all ages!

Location: Lions Club Campground (303-5 St SW, Black Diamond)

When: Live Performance at 7:30pm Hay Rides begin at 6:30pm

On Friday, November 25 & Saturday, November 26 Admission is free; our gift to your family.

Come and begin your Christmas season in a meaningful way.


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Sugar & Spice and everything nice - that's what our cookies are made of

Bakery & Coffee Shop Main Street Black Diamond 403-933-4503

Let us help you with your holiday favourites. We have a wide range of cookies, shortbread, pastries, cakes and fruit cakes. Come in for breakfast, lunch or coffee and do your shopping with us

Diamond Valley Dental

Open House ~ Dec 3rd during Black Diamond Light Up Everyone is invited! Hot Chocolate, & Soft Drinks

Hotdogs & Lots of Snacks! Come enter our Arcade contest:

Highest Scores on each Pole Position and Galaga wins an Electric Toothbrush. ($150 value)

There’s a good reason fitness club memberships tend to spike come January. After a holiday season spent party-hopping and letting diets fall by the wayside, many people look to the gym as the means to helping shed those inevitable holiday pounds. Perhaps no food is more popular around the holidays than cookies. Cookies are as much a part of the holiday season as Christmas trees, long lines at the mall and kids searching the house for presents. For those with guests to entertain this holiday season, the following recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies, or one of the variations, is sure to please.

DJ Ranch Chocolate Chip Cookies Makes about 72 cookies 2/3 cup butter, softened 2/3 cup shortening 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup brown sugar (packed) 2 eggs 2 tspn vanilla 3 cups flour 1 tspn soda

403-933-2225

Variations Substitute: 2 cups salted peanuts for the chocolate chips. Flatten each cookie with the bottom of a glass that has been dipped in butter and sugar or 12 oz butterscotch or peanut butter chips for the chocolate chips or 2 cups raisins for the chocolate chips or For a festive touch, use 2 cups of red and green glace cherries, cut into small chunks

1 tspn salt

Heat oven to 375°F.

Keep a supply of the cookie dough in the freezer. Wrap in aluminum foil, freezer paper or plastic wrap. Thaw until just soft enough to handle.

Cream butter, shortening and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix thoroughly.

Both baked cookies and cookie dough can be frozen and stored for up to nine months.

12 oz semisweet chocolate chips #18 - 402 Centre Ave W., Black Diamond (strip mall) Mon & Wed: 8:30am to 5pm, Fridays in the future

Blend in remaining ingredients. For a softer cookie, add an extra ½ cup flour. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Cool slightly before removing from sheet.


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The Christmas countdown has begun and the days will no doubt fly off the calendar like they do every year. Before you know, it's only a few days until the holiday is here. Those who haven't yet started shopping may feel pressed for time and worry that they will not be able to find gifts for everyone on their lists - at least gifts that don't look like they were afterthoughts. But good gifts can be found in the eleventh hour. Adults * Visit the local liquor store for a bottle of wine in the price range desired. Wrap it in a wine bag or leave it as is with a nice bow. * Pick up passes to a local attraction, such as an amusement park or a museum. Put together tickets for a play paired with a soundtrack of the production. * Food is often appreciated. A box of fine chocolates or one of those edible fruit arrangements will be a tasteful, and tasty, gift. * Fill a large bowl with a scooper, sprinkles, cherries and other toppings for making ice cream sundaes. * Pick a gift that embraces the holiday spirit. Holiday

Christmas 2011 Gift Card Campaign

For your Christmas event please contact us and one of our experienced staff will be more than happy to help.

Ph: 403-938-3370 ~ F: 403-938-9970 E: towerhillwines@telus.net www.TowerhillWines.com

4-100 Milligan Drive Okotoks

Teenagers * Teenagers can be finicky, so a monetary gift will be one-size-fits-all. * Teenage girls may appreciate a gift basket of delicious scented lotions. * Passes for movies can make date night less expensive. * Consider a gift card or e-gift coupon for digital music downloads. * Give a subscription to a teen magazine so that everyone can keep abreast of their favourite celebrities.

There's Holiday Magic

Support Rowan House this holiday season by purchasing a gift card! Gift cards give our clients the dignity of buying what they feel they need for their families over Christmas. We accept gift cards for food, gas, clothing, toiletries and toys. You can choose from local to big box stores. All are appreciated! Bring your gift cards to the following drop-off sites in Turner Valley and Black Diamond Bohemia: 128 Government Rd. Black Diamond Chuckwagon Cafe and Cattle Co: 105 Sunset Blvd. Turner Valley For more information visit our website at www.rowanhouse.ca or call us at 403-933-3370. Merry Christmas

Towerhill Wines

music, ornaments or table decorations can be used this year or next. Children * Pop into a toy store and pick up a cuddly stuffed animal. * Buy an art set for older children, full of paints and markers. If a complete set can't be found, make an art package with a bunch of supplies packed into a gift bag. * Choose an educational gift that is still fun, like alphabet flash cards or puzzles. A subscription to a children's magazine would also work, seeing as children love getting mail. * Few kids will turn down a DVD of their favourite television characters. The DVDs should feature an ageappropriateness rating to make choosing one even easier.

in store at... Black Diamond

Need a last minute gift? Can’t get out to shop? We can create a custom basket for you Call us! 403-933-7979 • Open Sundays & Late on Weekdays • • 124 Centre Avenue West, Black Diamond • • Locally Owned and Operated •

Stuck for an idea?

Lessons Day Camps

VALLEY LIQUOR

Gift Cards Not sure what Rye or Wine to buy?? Give them a gift card so they can pick what they want! Loadable with any amount you want!!

Ranch Office 403-938-2469 Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

www.djranch.ca

Perfect Stocking Stuffer! Located 3 miles east of Black Diamond; 8 miles west of Okotoks at Highway #7 & 112th Street West

www.valleyliquor.ca 206 Main Street NW 403-933-2722

Holiday Hours Dec 18-20 10am-10pm Dec 26-29 10am-10pm Dec 21-23 10am-11pm Dec 30 10am-11pm Dec 24 10am-7pm Dec 31 10am-10pm Dec 25 CLOSED Jan 1 noon-7pm


Maizie’s

Antiques & Ironworks Western Artisan Wares 2116 - 20th Street Nanton

403-646-2448

The Idea Garden “DIY Publicity Kits for Entrepreneurs”

Sheelagh Matthews 403-933-5174 www.ideagarden.net shee@ideagarden.net

Seasons Greetings from The Haywire Cafe in Longview Bring in this ad and receive a free dessert Wings on Thursdays! with any purchased 118 Morrison Road entree Longview wendthru@gmail.com

www.haywirecafe.com

403.852.7952

Seasons Greetings from Sarah and Staff Enjoy the Holidays Please Don't Drink and Drive

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Gardens Galore

Nothing about winter gets me as much as the short days. Hibernation is looking better all the time! One of the good things about short days is my Thanksgiving Cactus. Well, really, it's a 'between Canadian and American Thanksgiving' Cactus. It's filled with blooms and more buds are coming. (The Christmas Cactus has rounded lobes on the leaves and the Thanksgiv-ing Cactus has pointy lobes.) Christmas and Thanksgiving Cacti set flowers based on day length. These and many other plants are sensitive to day length and flower according to a set photo period. If I lived in Yellowknife, my plant would probably be a true Canadian Thanksgiving Cactus. But I wouldn't notice because I would be hibernating. Chris Curray (2011) in The Simple Gardener, Inc. explains photoperiodism very well. “What causes the differ-

ences in the flowering time of these two species is a photo-periodic response. These plant initiate flowers in response to the shortening days of summer and fall and are termed short day plants. A short day plant with a critical photo-period of twelve hours will flower when the days are twelve hours or shorter.” So the Thanksgiving Cactus started to respond around September 15th (twelve hours of day light) and began to form flower buds at the ends of the branches instead of more leaves. The flowers started to appear a couple of weeks ago. It looks like flowering will last for another couple of weeks. Lots of flowers are day length sensitive and the forced flower industry has taken advantage of this to manipulate blooming time. That's how we get poinsettias and chrysanthemums blooming in time for Christmas sales. The growers use black cloth to cover the plants for

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twelve hours (or however long that particular plant needs to have a p h o t o - p e r i o d i c r esponse) in order to get buds to initiate at just the right time The covering must be perfect – no light, not even moonlight – for as long as it takes for perfect flowering. If you ever get a chance to tour a production flower greenhouse before Christmas, take it. It is a beautiful sight. Acres of flowers all blooming at the same time! The Valley Neighbours Garden Club has changed its meeting times. Now they meet on the second Thursday of each month at Valley Neighbours on Sunset Boulevard in Turner Valley. The club welcomes new members. For information call Bea at 403–933–7131. The Horticultural Club meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm. For information call S h e i l a a t 403–931–3989.

Investment In Safety: New Funding For Railway Crossing Improvements In Okotoks The Honourable Te d M e n z i e s , Member of Parliament for Macleod and Minister of State (Finance) announced that the Government of Canada is providing up to $196,580.00 in new funding to improve safety at the Lineham Avenue railway crossing in the town of Okotoks. “Our Government is increasing its commitment to rail safety,” said Menzies. “While Canada has one of the safest rail systems in the world, improvements can still be made. This additional funding will go a long way toward enhancing safety and helping to save lives.”

This year, the Government of Canada is providing almost $14 million in new funding for the Grade Crossing Improvement Program (GCIP). The GCIP supports projects to upgrade railway crossings and improve safety where road and track meet. The Lineham Avenue Railway Crossing will have LED flashing light units installed, gates, constant warning time control and dual-tone multi-frequency signaling (DTMF) activation control. Transport Canada works closely with railway companies and communities to identify grade crossings that require safety improve-

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GCIP, eligible railway crossings are upgraded, relocated or closed, based on factors such as traffic volume a n d a c c i d e n t h i s t o r y. Improvements may include installing flashing lights and gates, linking crossing signals to nearby traffic lights or adding new circuits or timing devices. Transport Canada finances up to 80 per cent of the total cost of grade crossing improvements, with the balance provided by the railways and road authorities.

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The ins and outs of the Gateway Gazette circulation The Gateway Gazette is classified as a Community Newspaper. This isn't just the “style” of newspaper based on the type of content included. This is an actual classification that impacts our circulation. One of the biggest things that this classification impacts is that we do not receive “publication government grants” to help with the costs associated with printing and mailing our paper. We also do not charge the readers within our home base to receive the print version of the Gazette, which means that the only revenue that enables the Gazette to exist comes from the advertisers. The second biggest thing impacted by our classification as a community newspaper is the fact that in specific areas we are allowed to mail to 100% of all mailing addresses without having to put address labels on each paper. Flyers and other unaddressed mail are not allowed to do this. Because of this, we don't supplement revenue by accepting flyers, which keeps the Gazette neat and tidy. So who gets the Gateway Gazette and how? Our home base includes Priddis, Millarville, R. R. #8 Calgary, Turner Valley, Black Diamond and Longview. Therefore, anyone whose mailing address has the postal code of: T0L 1W0, T0L 1K0, T2J

for RR8 Calgary, T0L 2A0, T0L 0H0, T0L 1H0 – should be receiving the Gateway Gazette every two weeks via Canada Post no matter what. We also mail outside of these areas to Bragg Creek and Okotoks RR1 and RR2 residents. So if your postal code is T0L 0K0, T1S 1A1 or T1S 1A2 AND you accept flyers in your mail (not counting the ones that come inside other publications), then you too should receive the Gateway Gazette every two weeks in your mailbox. If your mailing address includes any of the above postal codes and you do not receive the Gazette every two weeks, talk to your post office to find out why. If your mailing address is not within one of the above postal regions and you randomly get a copy of the Gazette, this is because of our rotational circulation that we do to help increase awareness and to grow the circulation of the Gazette. For these people, there are two options to becoming a regular reader of the Gazette. 1) Our paper is provided online, in original print format for the world to see for free. Simp l y g o t o www.gatewaygazette.ca and click on “Readers” in the top menu bar. 2) We do offer a subscription for the print version for only $25+gst per year. This is just under the actual cost of printing and mailing 25 editions in one year. The Gateway Gazette

is unique in its concept of hyper-local, good news and we are dedicated to spreading that good news as far and wide as we possibly can. We are also dedicated to drawing in as much of that good news from other areas as we possibly can. Having said that, we are also a small business, with a very lean and modest staff. We are not part of a corporation or tycoon media conglomerate that uses this publication as a tax write-off. We are a family of individuals and the Gateway Gazette is our bread and butter to support our families just the same as everyone else. To clear up a common misconception, the Gateway Gazette is in no way affiliated with the Western Wheel either. It's just us monkey's here and loving it! If you would like to see this fun and unique community newspaper grow and expand, but have no need to advertise, we do have another option for you. You can sponsor the delivery of the Gateway Gazette to specific postal code areas. This is done on a cost only basis of the printing and mailing costs for the number of papers needed for a particular postal code area – the Gazette does not calculate in a profit margin for this sponsorship. If you think this would be of interest to you, call Tanya at 403933-4283 to discuss the details of the available areas and the cost of sponsorship for specific areas.


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Spotlight On Our Communities Each edition we will be showcasing one of the many communities that we deliver into. This edition we are pleased to introduce the following community:

Priddis

WHATEVER THE OCCASION... The Hamlet of Priddis is located a short 15 minute drive southwest of Calgary just off Highway 22. In addition to the general store and gas station, there is a Post Office, a restaurant and several specialty shops. This, off-the-beaten-track, hamlet was named after Charles T. Priddis, an early homesteader in the area. He was born in England in 1844 and settled in this area in his mid-fifties after living in Ontario, Texas and Calgary. Travelers returning to Calgary would leave mail at his shack for local homesteaders. When the time came to put up a Some Annual Events Stampede Breakfast post office and regular mail service was requested, the authorities used Fall Supper the Priddis name for the district and Charles was the postmaster. He Craft Sale helped start the Priddis School by donating land for the building. He Turkey Bingo donated the acre north of the school yard to the Priddis Farmers and Garage Sale Ranchers Hall and a parcel across the street for St. James Anglican Church. The 45 seat, wooden church was built in Family Themed Dances 1904 and consecrated in 1906. New Year’s Eve Dine & Dance Always a beehive of activity, Priddis sports a basketball court, tennis courts and a hockey rink/skateboard area. The Priddis Community Hall, also built in the early 1900s is right beside Fish Creek where a playground, picnic tables and a Christmas Tree Burning & Skating Party new gazebo on the front lawn can be enjoyed by visitors. Numerous area groups still use the Hall on a regular basis: First Boy Scout Bottle Drive Priddis Beavers/Cubs and Scout's, Foothills Continuing Education Program, Men's Non-denominational Breakfast, Men’s Breakfast Priddis Early Learning & Preschool Program, Flying Needles Quilting Guild, Priddis Panthers Hockey Association, Priddis Pony Club, Priddis Volunteer Fire Department and the Westoe Women's Institute.

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The Oral Health Connection Oral Health For Seniors

By Penny Judson-Benny, Registered Dental Hygienist

Your teeth can last a lifetime with proper home care and regular dental visits. No matter what your age, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing a minimum of twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and seeing your dental provider regularly for professional cleanings and examinations. What special oral health issues should I know about as I approach my senior years? Even if you brush and floss regularly, you may face certain issues in your later years when it comes to oral health. Wearing dentures, taking medications and general health conditions are some of the issues many seniors face. Your dental and medical providers can help you meet most of these challenges quite successfully. Cavities and decay on the root surfaces of the teeth are more common in older adults. It is important to brush with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and see a dental provider regularly. Daily fluoride rinses can be used as an added preventive measure to try and prevent decay. Sensitivity can be an increasing problem as one ages. Your gums may recede over time, exposing areas of the tooth that are not

p r o t e c t e d b y t h e in order to chew and enamel. These areas begin the process of are particularly prone digestion in the mouth. to pain when in con- The denture needs to tact with cold or hot be comfortable enough food/drinks. Sensitiv- so that it can be worn ity to cold air can also consistently. Regular occur. If you experi- visits to your dentist or ence sensitivity, try an denturist is important. anti-sensitivity toothGum Disease is a paste. If the sensitivity potentially serious conpersists then it is dition that can affect advisable to have your people of all ages, espedentist check the cially those over the age areas of concern as a of 40. A number of faccavity or crack in the tors can increase the tooth may be the severity of gum dissource of discomfort. ease, including: a bad Dry Mouth is a com- diet; poor oral hygiene; m o n c o n d i t i o n i n systemic diseases such seniors and one that as diabetes, heart dismay be caused by medi- ease and cancer; stress cations or certain medi- and smoking; certain cal disorders. If left medications that can untreated, dry mouth influence gum condican cause damage in tion. the mouth. Your denBecause the earliest tal provider can rec- stages of gum disease ommend various meth- are reversible, it is ods to restore moisture important to spot it in the mouth, as well early on. Regular visits as appropriate treat- to your dental provider ments and products to can insure early detechelp prevent problems tion and treatment of associated with dry gum disease. Always mouth. remember, it is easy to Existing Health prevent gum disease Conditions such as from developing in the diabetes, heart disease first place, by practicand cancer can affect i n g p r o p e r o r a l your oral health. Be hygiene. sure to let your dental provider know of any general health issues 'Keep Your Smile For you are facing. It is A Lifetime!' important that he/she understands the whole situation and can meet Penny Judsonyour special needs and Benny, RDH, is the requirements. owner and operator of Dentures can make Mountain View Dental life easier for many Hygiene Clinic in Black s e n i o r s , b u t t h e y Diamond and can be require special care. contacted at 403-933Proper fit is important 7722.

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“Just Watch Me” Video Contest ~ Albertan Amongst Finalists

What do a video producer, fitness studio owner, digital signage designer, coffee house restaurateur and local internet provider all have in common? They are all Top 5 finalists in the Just Watch Me! video contest, and they need your vote to win. The video contest is for entrepreneurs with self-identified disabilities or ongoing health conditions living in rural Western Canada, and is being run by the Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP). “Contest entrants had to submit short videos that express why self employment works for them and share stories of business success,”

explains Paul Pelletier, General Manager of Community Futures St Paul – Smoky Lake Region. “Our hope is that these videos will inspire others to consider being their own bosses.” This week, judges announced their top 5 picks, and kicked off a public voting part of the contest. Members of the public have until November 26th to go to the Just Watch Me contest website and vote for their favourite video: communityfuturesp anwest.ca/contest. The entrepreneur with the most votes wins $1,000 and the winner will be announced on December 2nd, in recognition of the International Day of

Persons with Disabilities (December 3rd). “Voting results are posted on the contest website just like election results, so each entrepreneur and their supporters can instantly see where they are in the standings,” says Pelletier. “This is creating a bit of friendly competition in many communities across Western Canada and has been the subject of some water cooler banter this week.” The "Top 5" Entrepreneurs are: ¬ Chris Gaulin, Wi-Fi Country Inc. Russell, Manitoba ¬ Lisa Gandier, Alexa Media Morden, Manitoba ¬ Jacki AzureTownsend, Smart Health Dauphin Dauphin, Manitoba,

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From Flanders Field To......Us At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year in this century the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #78, Turner Valley held their largest Remembrance Day Service ever at the Oilfields High School in Black Diamond. The honour of being the Silver Cross Mother this year fell to Jenny Hughes seen in the photograph below with her grandson, Christopher. The laying of the wreaths at the Legion’s Cenotaph in Turner Valley was followed by lunch and fellowship in the Legion.

The Flu and You As President and CEO of Alberta Health Services, I see firsthand our physicians, our clinicians and our nurses working to improve our health care system every single day; working to ensure the right care is available, right when you need it. They are working flat out to help you be healthy and also to help you stay healthy. Our goal is to create the best-performing publicly-funded health system in Canada and we are committed to

realizing that goal. We cannot do that alone. You are an active participant in your own health. You can make a big difference in protecting your own health and the health of those around you by doing something simple this fall and every fall: get your flu shot. Each year, we see the impact of influenza on our communities. Each year, we also see the impact of influenza on our health system and, in particular, on our

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e m e r g e n c y d e p a r tments and hospitals. When Albertans get sick with influenza, our wait times increase and care becomes less accessible. Emergency care isn't immune to influenza and, without a flu shot, neither are you. Alberta's influenza immunization clinics opened around the province on October 17th, offering annual flu shots, free of charge, to all Albertans six months of age and older. As of November

5th, AHS has immunized 322,916 Albertans against influenza. This is a good start, but we have a long way to go. Last year, we immunized more than 830,000 Albertans. This sounds like a big number, but we know it was not enough. We still saw hundreds of cases of influenza last year. Week over week, influenza-related visits to our emergency d e p a r t m e n t s increased. And, regrettably for some, influ-

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The Forest Industry in Southwestern Alberta Alberta's forest products industry stands at a crossroads. In one direction, there is a past filled with the ups and downs of boom times and lean markets. In the other are the possibilities the future holds – new markets, cutting-edge technologies and vitality. In this series of three articles, we examine forestry's historic and current activities in southwestern Alberta and the challenges the industry faces as it prepares for the future. Forestry has been a large part of southwestern Alberta for well over 75 years. Early sawmills were typically small operations, employing a few men and making products that were primarily destined for the local marketplace. The industry looks a lot different these days. GPS (Global Positioning System) units and helicopters have replaced compasses and horses. Even the smallest sawmill is technologically advanced compared to the large mills of the past. Today, forest products manufactured in this region are sold around the world. What has not changed is the importance of the industry to the region. Today, there are more than 3,500 people directly employed by the forest products industry in southern Alberta and the industry generates in excess of $800 million in revenue for the region, including taxes, purchases and payroll. “Forestry has a significant economic impact on southwestern

Alberta,” said Livingstone-Macleod MLA Evan Berger. “In terms of the economy and jobs, contributions to the tax base or defining local culture and identity, forestry has a big impact on our region.” The fates of forestry communities and the forest products industry are inextricably linked. “Maintaining strong communities is critical to the future of our company and to the industry as a whole,” said Barry Mjolsness, President of Spray Lake Sawmills. “We work really hard to make sure that southwestern Alberta is a great place to live so that we can attract and retain skilled workers. We want to play a major role in the future of the region and we have invested heavily here.” The industry has backed up its commitment to the community by supporting numerous projects and community organizations. Spray Lake Sawmills (SLS) made a significant contribution to the construction of the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, provides $7,000 in scholarships to local high school students on an annual basis, and donates lumber to affordable housing projects and other worthy causes. Investing in the future means not only making communities a better place to live, but also ensuring that the environment is protected. “It's our job to protect our forests and manage them responsibly for future generations,” explained Gord Lehn,

Woodlands Manager for SLS. “We need to plan our operations and ensure that they are sustainable. Spray Lake spends considerable time working with different groups, the Government of Alberta and other industries to make sure that we are using the land base in a responsible way that minimizes cumulative effects.” Like any other industry, forestry has its challenges. The mountain pine beetle, slumping American economy and strong Canadian dollar are examples of today's challenges. While it tackles these challenges, the forest products industry requires the support of communities and government. “We are working really hard to increase efficiency, find new markets and deal with the pine beetle and other challenges” said Mjolsness. “The support of the people of the southwest region, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada has been instrumental in our efforts to keep our industry going and maintain jobs. We are optimistic about the future, but at the same time realistic about the work that must be done today.”

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CFIB relieved by lower EI premium hike for 2012

After calling for a freeze of Employment Insurance (EI) rates in 2012, small business owners can breathe a half sigh of collective relief with today's announcement by the federal government to lower the expected Employment Insurance (EI) premium rate increase by half. "It is clear Finance Minister Flaherty has heard the concerns of Canada's entrepreneurs by taking action to lower the planned EI hike," said Dan Kelly, senior vicepresident for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). CFIB is pleased government opted for a more modest EI premium rate increase of $0.07 per $100 in insurable earnings for employers and $0.05 for employees. This move will reduce the burden on business and leave more money in the pockets of their employ-

ees. With over 15,000 petitions from small businesses across the country delivered to all federal MPs in recent days, CFIB is renewing its call for an expansion and extension of the EI hiring tax credit. “In a fragile global economy it makes good fiscal sense to support the job creators in Canada. But, as rates will still go up in 2012 -- the extension and expansion of the EI hiring credit in the next budget is crucial to help offset this premium increase,” Kelly said. Furthermore, CFIB is urging government to finish and move forward on its promise to review the way EI rates are set in the future. “We are look-

ing to the EI rate setting consultation review to come up with solid recommendations to allow the EI system to work better during periods of economic uncertainty so we do not have to face increasing rates at the worst possible time,” concluded Kelly. As Canada's largest association of small- and mediumsized businesses, CFIB is Powered by Entrepreneurs™. Established in 1971, CFIB takes direction from more than 108,000 members in every sector nationwide, giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all levels of government and helping to grow the economy.

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Town of Black Diamond

Views on Vision By Dr. Charles A. Boulet

Serving Our Community

Public Works Department It’s the right time to join the Town of Black Diamond, a Town of about 2300 citizens, situated in the majestic foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. Just a half-hour south of Calgary, the Town is a gateway to the ranchlands along the Cowboy Trail. A spectacular setting, friendly rural atmosphere, fascinating history, and a thriving artistic community are just a few of the qualities that give the Town its unique appeal.

Equipment Operator I – Publics Works Working under the direction of the Public Works Supervisor, you will safely operate various motor equipment for the daily municipal maintenance operations which includes; water, waste water, solid waste, roads, and general maintenance of municipal infrastructure. On call and over time work will also be necessary. This work involves responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of motorized equipment and may also assist in the guidance of other semi-skilled and unskilled employees in the performance of manual tasks related to equipment operation. Each equipment operator has an important obligation to themselves, associates, and the public when operating a municipal vehicle and should at all times conduct themselves in a professional and safe manner. Must be able to communicate well, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences, and possess strong customer service skills. A Valid Alberta Class 3 with air drivers license is required.

This a full time position, 40 hours a week, at a pay range of $ 41,912 - $ 54,496 per annum. If you are seeking a challenging and rewarding career where you will make a difference. Please forward your resume and cover letter in confidence quoting 01-12-PW-EQII to pwmanager@town.blackdiamond.ab.ca The Town of Black Diamond wishes to thank all applicants for their interest and advises that only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Public Works Department – Operator The Town of Turner Valley has an immediate opening for a full time individual to join the Public Works Department. This individual will assist with a variety of daily activities including: the operation of light and medium duty vehicles, heavy equipment, basic maintenance of equipment, maintenance of streets, lanes, boulevards, trees, signage, parks and open spaces, assistance with weekly garbage pick-up and assist with the maintenance of the water and wastewater distribution systems. Additional desirable knowledge and skills may include: mechanical aptitude and problem solving skills, safety and first aid training and other trade experience. Working conditions will include being exposed to hazardous materials, heavy equipment, outdoor environmental conditions and work sites. Participation in the on-call rotation will also be required. The Candidate will have a valid Class 3 with Air Brakes Alberta Driver's License, excellent interpersonal and public relations skills to work within a team environment. This is a full-time, permanent position working 40 hours per week with a comprehensive benefit package. A detailed job description may be obtained at the Town office. Deadline for applications: Friday, December 2, 2011 noon Interested applicants please send resumes to: Town of Turner Valley Attention: Superintendent, Public Works Box 330 223 Main Street NE Turner Valley, Alberta T0L 2A0 Phone: (403) 933-4944 Fax: (403) 933-5377 email: admin@turnervalley.ca The Town of Turner Valley appreciates the interest of all applicants; however only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. Please no phone calls.

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The Elephant in the Room Reading Disabilities in the Classroom, Pt. 2 of 4 No one will disagree that children with reading trouble should receive help, in some form, and the longer a reading problem is left unaddressed, the consequences will be more severe and the remedy more complicated. What's better is when you train visual skills to go along with reading training. Either way, while intervention in reading and learning problems is important, more important is early intervention and prevention. Even slight problems can grow silently, slowly marginalizing students and amplifying their frustration with school. Worse yet, reading impediments can make reading a tedious chore which then closes the door to a world of learning and discovery for a lifetime. You don't have to want to go to college or university to benefit from strong reading skills. And yes, reading and learning problems can often be avoided. Every week in clinic, I meet at least a few adults who feel that they have been somehow “shortchanged” in school - had they known then what they know now about their vision, they might well have followed a different path. In some cases, the frustration with schooling and reading is so intense that there is a deeply embedded sense of anger with the school system. Careful assessment of behavior, especially visual behavior, can quickly pick up potential problems, then corrective measures can be applied immediately. As a Province, we don't do this, however. We do things the way we do

because that's the way we do them and that's the way we will always do them. Meanwhile, other jurisdictions have shown that a proactive approach to reading and learning problems assessing ALL children as they enter the 13-year schooling cycle - saves money and saves families much anguish. In vision problems alone, around 25% of school children, and nearly all of those affected with reading and learning problems, have impaired visual skills or eyesight. These children are sitting in classrooms with no knowledge of their problems, struggling against their vision and they will never know how things could be easier, if only someone looked a little closer. In some areas, like in the Diamond Valley, the rates of problems with vision appears to be even higher than average which indicates an even greater need overall. Currently, however, the schools have no plans for early intervention, neither locally nor provincially. With the prevalence of hidden vision-related learning impediments alone, how often they are misdiagnosed as other problems, and the potential to avoid many of these problems in the first place, there is no reason to let students suffer needlessly for lack of a proper vision and developmental examination when they start school. This issue is important to all of us and I will come back to it in Part 4 (now available online at www.LearningManagem ent.ca). Part of the problem is that there is a general conception that vision is the same as “eyesight”. “Eyesight” is a noun, it

refers to the clarity of the image formed in the eye. “Vision” is a noun, but its nature is much more of a verb. Vision is an active process that integrates all of our senses, except for smell and taste. If one element is out of balance, everything else is affected. Reading eye charts does not detect problems with vision, other than blurry eye sight. Yet, that is the extent of vision checks currently. Imagine taking your car to the mechanic for a check and he kicks the tires, checks the tires' tread and says “yep, she's good”. I don't think I'd pay that bill or feel confident in the assessment. Often enough, reading impediments manifest or are interpreted as other learning disabilities (LD) - even if the supposed LD is well treated, there will not likely be any improvement unless the underlying visual dysfunction is addressed. This is a problem of education - professionals are simply not taught to pay attention to the single most important sensory component required for learning (vision). I know this from my own training in psychology and education. Still, the signs of reading impediments are almost always there to be seen when a child is having trouble and a trained eye can spot it even before the trouble arises. It's an easy thing to look early and can save a lot of unnecessary cost and grief.

Dr. Boulet is a former teacher and now operates Diamond Valley Vision Care in Black Diamond where he continues to work with children with learning difficulties. Call 403-933-5552. www.dvvc.ca and www.LearningManagement.c a.


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Volunteers

Casino Volunteers needed! The Friends of the Sheep River Library have been slated to manage a casino on February 14th and 15th, 2012. Forty volunteers are needed to cover the day and evening shifts for the two days. This will be a major fund raiser for the library and upcoming costs during 2012. If you can help, please call Holly at 403-933-5890. Lots of help is needed, so please volunteer for one of these days. ************************ The High Country Lodge in Black Diamond is currently seeking Volunteers who would be interested in leading our “Saturday Night Sing a Long” program from 7:00 – 8:00. If you enjoy the company of seniors and love music please contact the Recreation & Volunteer Coordinator, Carol at 403.933.4028 or email: recreation.hcl@foothillsfdtn.org. ************************ Help needed with "Meals on Wheels" deliveries in Turner Valley, Black Diamond, Hartell, Longview and possibly Millarville. Weekdays only over the lunch hour; no weekends, no evenings. Perfect for the retired person. A very satisfying way to help housebound people in our communities. Call Mrs. Campbell at 403938-7775. ************************ Rowan House is looking for volunteers in the following areas: Public Awareness/Education Volunteers (Our BRANCHES PROGRAM), Fundraising Volunteers, Storage Organizer Volunteer, Volunteers to Pick up Donations. Training will be provided as needed. For details on these positions check out the website: http://www.rowanhouseonline.org/about -us.html and click on the latest newsletter or for more information contact Gisele Funk at 403-938-6785 or by e-mail at: volunteer@rowanhouseonline.org. ************************ High River Block Parent Program. Volunteers Needed ASAP - website design, freelance writing, educators for schools (training provided), committee members to ensure program sustainability. For more info call Melissa 403-649-5260 or like our Facebook Page. ************************ Chelsea Durling is looking for two volunteers for the Block Parents program in the Diamond Valley area. If you are interested please contact her at 403-4664436 or durling02@hotmail.com. ************************

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Minister Ted Menzies Announces Funding for New War Memorial in Longview, Alberta On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of VeteransAffairs, the Honourable Ted Menzies, Member of Parliament for Macleod and Minister of State (Finance), announced support for a new monument to honour Veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. “It is our sacred duty to remember and honour our Veterans and the brave men and women in uniform who serve Canada so selflessly,” said Minister Blaney. “The memorials we build today will forever reflect our nation's gratitude to the generations of Canadians who allow us

to live in peace and freedom.” “Our Government is proud to support projects that help keep the memory of our Veterans alive,” said Minister Menzies. “Our community war memorials serve as lasting reminders of the achievements and sacrifices of our Veterans and the men and women who continue to serve our country today.” The Village of Longview is receiving a maximum of $4,680 through the Community War Memorial Program. The project will include the construction of a new memorial commemorating those who died in Cana-

dian military service and those Veterans who served Canada as peacekeepers. The new memorial will be installed in front of the Village of Longview's municipal office. Through the Community War Memorial Program, our Government is fulfilling its commitment to further commemorate the courage and sacrifices of our Veterans and members of our armed forces by partnering with community groups and local organization to build new cenotaphs and monuments. Applications to the Community War Memorial Program can be submitted at any time during the year

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gateway gazette ~ November 22nd - december 5th, 2011 - tell them you saw it in the gateway gazette! by Eric Francis Aries (March 20-April 19) Are you feeling like you're about to explode? That's what it looks like from your chart, more or less. There is indeed something in you that's pushing to be reborn into the world, which is a version of yourself that has faith in your own confidence. You keep going through this, and every time you hope you'll get it right. Try this visualization. You're standing face to face with a being you perceive as much greater than yourself: taller than you, enormous on a scale different than human, and the essence of creative power. Now imagine this being morphs into someone who resembles you, before your eyes. It is you, and you can 'become' this seemingly separate entity -- and then you remember. You've made a promise to yourself. It feels more like a sacred vow, and you know that the time has arrived to honor that commitment. But how? I am sure you know. Taurus (April 19-May 20) You may feel like you're out of place, in over your head or that too much is expected of you. Yet at the same time, you're a determined, persistent person, who loves a challenge and who has some real ambitions to do the right thing in the world, and for the world. How can both conditions be true at the same time? Well, they can be, though the meeting point is making peace with being called to live up to your potential. Yet called by whom? If it feels like you're being called by someone or something outside yourself, you may be projecting the matter. But then, that's often how 'callings' arrive in our lives. We are presented with opportunities, and the means to explore them. What is presenting itself directly to you, in your immediate environment or your mental environment? What are you doing in response? Gemini (May 20-June 21) When we admire someone, the question is, are we seeing something in them, or seeing something about ourselves that we identify with in them? And is one more legitimate than the other? These are questions you have to ask for yourself, with regard to one particular relationship. Both conditions may turn out to be true. This would also be worth inquiring about if the situation is a negative attachment of any kind, which might be a judgment or the perception of someone as egotistical, self-serving or arrogant. I know that first impressions mean a lot; if that is the case, go back to your very first impression for more information. In the meantime, I suggest you give this involvement the rest of the year to work itself out, and make careful observations before you take any action or make any commitments. In the world of personality, anything can be a mirror, so use your discernment.

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Cancer (June 21-July 22) This may feel like a particularly messy or alienated time where your relationship commitments are concerned, but what if those mattered far less than being true to yourself? You may think that you've lost your way, but your astrology suggests that your true quest has just begun. It's far less about your relationships and more about a soul journey that you've been preparing to embark upon. Most of the time, this gets confused with having a 'soul mate', which is a distraction from the elemental truth that your journey through the world is an experience unique to you. The intimacy you're seeking is a state of spiritual harmony with yourself. This is something you can share with others; and the more in tune you are with yourself, the more meaning their self-presence will have for you. I would just remind you that this is not about relationships, it's about being in tune with your own existence. Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) The next few days you may feel like you're walking through a fog. It's likely you've driven through a fog, and you know what to do: slow down, increase your mental focus, and relax at the same time. The problem with this fog is that it has a psychic charge to it, and the charge is a kind of reactivity. If you have any sensation of mistrusting others, or the feeling of lurking betrayal, slow down. I don't know the source of these thoughts, but a careful reading of your solar chart advises caution about believing your own fears. Once the Sun enters your fellow fire sign Sagittarius next week, you will proceed with new confidence, but I suggest you be vigilant any time you feel your confidence falter. You're stronger than you think, and your awareness gives you more information than you know. Proceed with care rather than caution, and faith rather than hope. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) Be careful what promises you make for the next few months; make sure you're fully prepared to come through immediately when you offer something to someone. I also suggest you conduct an inventory of promises you've made but have not kept. You don't have to fulfill all your old commitments at once, though I suggest you keep them in mind, and get in contact with anyone you feel you've neglected and let them know you're aware of that fact. You're doing this more for your own sake than for anyone else's. The chances are that you've injured people far less than you may fear, if at all. Yet the way things go in our particular world, people are always grateful when someone voluntarily makes amends. Often the result is a greater overall gain than if the whole thing had not happened, coming with the subtle but authentic feeling of faith in humanity being restored. Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) You've had an unusual week, that's for sure. I suggest you write some diary notes about what you experienced, thought, felt, heard and said

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guidance, but you may still have your doubts. I suggest you take a look at why you feel that way. It may be reluctance to take any guidance at all, or it may be that you're questioning their motives. You may be concerned that you'll have to rearrange your life if you change your mind about something. But most likely you're resisting information that comes from this elusive thing known as intuition. Fear may be getting in the way of your own subtle senses, and you may think you're getting conflicting information. Anyone who is offering their viewpoint is likely to have a lot deeper information than they're letting on. If you want to know more, ask. In the end, you're responsible for any decisions you make, but decisions are best made having considered several points of view. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) You may feel like you're under some unusual pressure that you have no idea how to respond to. It's like the air is getting heavier and the walls are growing closer in, but I suggest you pause and ask how much of this is some combined effect of your mind and your feelings. This is adding up to a sensation that feels like it's coming from your environment. I suspect this is true, though you'll have confirmation (and some relief) soon enough, when the Sun changes signs to Sagittarius next week. Meanwhile, Neptune has just stationed direct in your sign, about to exit after a 12-year journey. There's some natural advice that comes with this: you have a window of a few months to tidy up any matters of self-deception that have afflicted you going as far back as you can remember. The pressure you may be feeling is the need to be real with yourself, something that's best done gently. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20 I suggest you do a little study of the times when taking care of your own needs was used against you. This can include anything from being responsive to your own feelings to taking care of your dietary needs. Start with your parents and other dominant adults who were present when you were a child. One result, especially for you, can be a guilt complex around taking care of yourself, which many try to assuage with self-neglect. It doesn't work. But neither does fighting for the 'right' to look after your own basic interests. You can go a long way by noticing when you're having either response -- guilt, or fighting. You may have the impulse to run from either. I suggest you hang out with the feeling and see if you can map it out, and learn something from it. Then, observe how you feel as you focus on basic self-care with a clear conscience. I know, it can be a little strange.

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Faith Forum

The word 'salvation' is a word that many people aren't very familiar with and isn't used very often. We seem to know the word 'redemption' more than the word 'salvation.’ Dictionary.com gives a few meanings of the word: “1. the act of saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc. 2. the state of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc. 3. a source, cause or means of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc. 4. Theology - deliverance from the power and penalty of sin; redemption.” What is interesting about all of these meanings is that all of them are found in one person, Jesus Christ. Through His action on the cross of dying for all our wrongdoings and then rising again from the dead, He did definition number one. Because of his actions just mentioned, we who choose to believe in Him and have that personal relationship with Him, have as our own, definition number two: being in 'the state of being saved'. In definition number three, Jesus Himself is

What is Salvation?

By Gloria Wessner the Source and the Cause for our else! God has given no other being able to be saved and He pro- name under heaven by which tects us from the eternal damn- we must be saved.” ing effects of sin. Instead, we get The members of the council to go to heaven to be with Him. In were amazed when they saw definition number four, again the boldness of Peter and because of His selfless actions on John, for they could see that the cross, He has delivered us they were ordinary men with from the power and penalty of sin no special training in the (as mentioned in number three) Scriptures. They also recogand given us redemption. nized them as men who had The following story emphabeen with Jesus.” (Acts 4: 8 – 13 sizes from God's word the truths NLT) stated above. There is one more section of “Then Peter, filled with the God's word that is very timely in Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rul- light of this article: ers and elders of our people, “For God says, are we being questioned today “At just the right time, I because we've done a good heard you. deed for a crippled man? Do On the day of salvation, I you want to know how he was helped you.” healed? Let me clearly state to Indeed, the “right time” is all of you and to all the people now. Today is the day of salvaof Israel that he was healed by tion.” (2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT) the powerful name of Jesus How about you? Are you ready Christ the Nazarene, the man to receive his gift of salvation you crucified but whom God today? Readers are invited to raised from the dead. For w r i t e m e a t Jesus is the one referred to in gloriawes@hotmail.com and I the Scriptures, where it says, would be more than happy to 'The stone that you builders visit with you or write with you rejected has now become the how to receive this very special cornerstone.' gift from God. There is salvation in no one


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