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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 or December meetings. -------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 9:00pm Beginner Acrylic Painting Autumn Scene. Sheep Creek Arts Council. 403-933-4020.

---------------------------------------------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 1st & 3rd/every month 7:00 & 7:30pm Lions Club Meeting at Legion. Next meeting September. Contact Don at 403-931-3587. -------------------------------------------------------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 or December meetings. -------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month Coffee Chatter Nanton SNAPS Orvella Small 403-603-3232. --------------------------------------------------------


2nd Tuesday 1:30 to 3:00pm Business Meeting 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. ------------------------------------------------------4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - TOPS ( Take Off Pounds Sensibly) at Millarville Rancher's Hall. -------------------------------------------------------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 or December. 403-933-4564. -------------------------------------------------------7:30 ~ 9:30pm Last/month. Camera Club Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-2407.

-------------------------------------------------------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. Dec 20th – 1:00 pm Longview ----------------------------------------------School Christmas Tea. Enjoy cofTHURSDAY fee, tea and treats while the stu2nd & 4th - Quilting at the Griffiths Senior dents perform a dress rehearsal Center. 403-933-4036. of Charles Dickens' A Christmas -------------------------------------------------------9:00 ~ 10:00am - Red Deer Lake CommuCarol. ----------------------------------------------- nity Centre - Boot Camp for all levels - Patti: 403-931-2373. WEDNESDAY -------------------------------------------------------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.

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9:30 ~ 11am - Yoga in Longview. Kendra 403-558-3696. -------------------------------------------------------9:30am Beginners Yoga Class Drop ins welcome. Sheep River Library, Turner ValleyMargit 403 931 3649. --------------------------------------------------------

10:00 ~ 10:30am Around the World with gion Turner Valley 403-933-4564. Dance & Play class for Moms & Tots. Sheep -------------------------------------------------------CreekArts Council 403-938-4020. Dec 10th, 1:00 to 2:00pm - Cana-------------------------------------------------------- dian Pacific Holiday Train stops 1:00pm 1st/every month General Meeting at Blackie opposite Post Office. Valley Neighbours Club 403-933-4445. -------------------------------------------------------- Food bank donation requested. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Cards - Griffiths Senior Cen- ---------------------------------------------tre, Black Diamond. 403-933-4036. -------------------------------------------------------- Dec 10th, 11:00am to 4:00pm 1:30pm 2nd/every month Valley Neigh- Christmas Shopping Gala, bours Gardening Club. Bea 403-933-7131. Blackie Community Hall and the -------------------------------------------------------- I.O.O.F. Hall. Hockey games in the 5:00 ~ 7:30pm Fish & Chip Night / Crib at 7:30pm Legion Turner Valley 403-933- arena. 4564. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Dec 17th, 10:00am to 4pm - Open 6:30 ~ 7:30pm TOPS (Take Off Pounds SenHouse Okotoks Doggie Lounge sibly) Valley Neighbours Club. -------------------------------------------------------- And Heavenly Paws N’ Hoofs Pet 7:00 ~ 8:30pm 1st/month. YouthAuxiliary Le- House. Jennie at 403-461-4442. gion Turner Valley 403-933-3739. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 9:00pm Beginner Decorative Paint- Dec 24th, 4:30pm Christmas Eve ing for 4 weeks Sheep Creek Arts Council Service - St. George's Anglican 403-938-4020. Church, Turner Valley. -------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 9:00pm Decorative Painting Sheep ---------------------------------------------CreekArts Council 403-933-4578. Dec 24th, 6 to 7pm Candlelight

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

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Christmas Eve Service - Black Diamond Gospel Chapel. ---------------------------------------------Dec 24th, 6:30pm Christmas Eve Service - St James Anglican Church, Priddis. ---------------------------------------------Dec 24th, 6:30pm Christmas Eve Services - Longview Bible Fellowship. ---------------------------------------------Dec 24th, 7:00pm Christmas Eve Service at Lewis Memorial United Church, Turner Valley. ---------------------------------------------Dec 24th, 9pm Christmas Eve Service - Christ Church Anglican, Millarville. ---------------------------------------------Dec 31st, Royal Canadian Legion Turner Valley - New Year's Eve Social. 403-933-4600. ---------------------------------------------Dec 31st, 5:00pm to 8:00pm High Country Family New Year's Eve Celebration – Flare 'N Derrick and the skating rink in 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 11th, 2:15-3:15pm -10th Annual Skate with Santa in Okotoks. Candy canes and hot chocolate. Janette Messer 403-938-8953. ---------------------------------------------Dec 11th, 7:00pm Community Candlelight service at Lewis Memorial United Church, Turner Valley. ---------------------------------------------Dec 25th, 10am Christmas Day Communion service at St. George's Anglican, Turner Valley. ---------------------------------------------Dec 25th, 10:45am Christmas Service - Longview Bible Fellowship. ---------------------------------------------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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Royal Canadian Legion

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Branch #78, Turner Valley

POPPY CAMPAIGN 2011 A HUGE SUCCESS Once again our communities have exceeded the expectations of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 78 Turner Valley. From Bragg Creek in the North, to Longview in the South; from Turner Valley in the West, to Aldersyde in the East; the response from the people to aid our country's vets in need and to assist other needs in our communities was outstanding. This success is not possible without the help of businesses and organizations throughout this area. As the Poppy Campaign Chairman, I wish to thank all of these organizations for their cooperation in allowing us to place Poppy trays in your establishments. I also would like to thank all of the volunteers for their time and effort in distributing Poppy trays throughout our communities. Without your efforts, none of this success is possible. The generosity of the members of our communities was, once again phenomenal and for that we are extremely thankful. The monies donated to this cause are held in trust by the Royal Canadian Legion and may only be used in accordance to strict guidelines laid out by our Dominion Command. Branch 78 will do our best to ensure that these funds are used as much as possible in our own communities while still adhering to those guidelines. The total contributions reached an outstanding $43,000. The last campaign funds were used to assist veterans in our communities and a donation of $10,000 was made to the Outward Bound Program which assists veterans across Alberta to return to civilian life. The fund also provided financial

assistance to the Sheep River Health Trust for equipment that would be used to enhance the health care of vets and the elderly in our area. That donation was for $12,500. For the coming year we will make available six bursaries to three high schools for the children and grandchildren of vets and currently serving members of our armed forces. Three bursaries will be available to students entering a degree course at a university and three will be available to students entering a technical or trades program at a technical institution. We will seek out other opportunities in our area to assist with programs in accordance to Dominion Guidelines. Thank-you, again, to all of you for making this campaign a success. Floyd Schatz 1st Vice-president Poppy Campaign Chairman Royal Canadian Legion Branch 78 Turner Valley

By Brent Gillanders, Contributor Sunday, November 20th found the Bisons in Red Deer to face Pro Stitch. Red Deer opened the scoring when the league's point leader Chris Rauckman put it by Foothill's goalie Dave Rupp to open the scoring. Then Kaleb Burnett followed for the herd after jumping on his own rebound for his first of the season. Credit Colby Walden with the assist. Fast forward to the third period with the herd holding a large margin in shots but still the game was up for grabs. Then the relentless Mack Pretty with a great shorthanded effort put this one away at 11:33 of the third frame with his first tally of the season. Shots in this contest were 3316 in favour of the Bisons. Saturday, November 26th was game day for the Bisons in Blackie against the NWCAA Stamps. Foothills got it going with Josh Younker's first of the season. Mark up Stronski and


Mack Pretty with the assists. Next up was Blayne Gillanders on the power-play with Jesse Clay assisting. Gillanders finished the scoring in the first with Kostelansky assisting. Tied at 3 each going to the second frame, the Stamps got a shorthanded effort to take a 43 lead to the third stanza. Then Foothills amped it up with Claresholm's Jesse Clay with one to draw even with the Stamps. Gillanders took it to 5-4 with Colby Walden and Justin Jones as the helpers. Then Gillanders less than two minutes later put the icing on the cake with his fourth of the contest with Kolton Kostelansky assisting. The Stamps made it interesting with a late one, but ultimately Foothills would prevail 6-5 and take the W.



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Changes in Classrooms Last spring, at C. Ian McLaren, we were experiencing high numbers in the lower grades and low numbers in the higher grade. To compensate, we created multi-age classes so that we could have lower numbers in the younger grades. We researched multi-age classrooms and our research showed that students who participate in multiage classrooms have equal or better achievement than straight grades. As well positive social emotional gains have also been noted in multiage classes. However, low

class sizes in the multiage configuration did not work out the way we had planned as we had 16 new students begin at our school this fall that we did not know about in June. Consequently, we ended up with large classes in almost every homeroom. As many of you may have heard, Allison Redford promised to return education funding to the schools after she became the new premier. This has directly impacted C. Ian McLaren School as we have gained another teacher. As of January 9th, 2012, we

will have another homeroom classroom. Although, this will cause readjustments for students and teachers, we will end up with less multi-age classrooms and smaller class sizes. We are excited that the students will have fewer students in their classes which should result in more concentrated instruction and individual time for each student. If you have any questions or comments please contact the administration team of Mrs. Jones or Mrs. Forchuk.

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wBlue Rock Gallery Submitted by Michel Jackson The Oilfields Curling Club, in con- wRalph's Liquor & Fine Wines junction with the Turner Valley wGrillo's Pizzaria Legion, hosted the Little Brown Jug, wOilfields Curling Club Mixed Curling Bonspiel, November Turner Valley: 18th to 20th. This was the 10th anni- wChuckwagon Cafe & Grill versary of the bonspiel. wGranny's Pizza The dinner and dance was held at wValley Liquor Store the Legion. The kitchen staff out did wCanadian Pizza Unlimited themselves, once again producing a wTurner Inn & Family Restaurant fantastic dinner which was enjoyed by wTurner Valley Legion Br.78 all. The Tune Crew kept everyone hop- wTurner Valley Legion Br.78 Canteen ping to their tunes. Boy, what energy Longview: those two put out, an awesome show wHwy 22 Liquor and Beer Store which made for a great evening. wLongview Steakhouse About the curling….. wLongview Jerky Shoppe There were many hard fought games. But once the rocks came to a halt and the dust settled and the score was counted up, the standings looked like this: “A” Event winner was the Keenan team from the Oilfields Curling Club. “B” Event winner was the Jackson team, also from Oilfields Curling Club. Congratulations, to this year's winners and a heartfelt thank you to all those people who worked so hard to make this year's event such a resounding success. We would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge the generous support that we have again received from our area businesses. Thank you so very much! Our grateful appreciation goes out to you: 2011 “A” Event Winners Michel Jackson presented the winners Black Diamond: with “The Little Brown Jug” wDiamond Valley Restaurant L to R: Katherine Keenan, Peter Keenan wHigh Country Car Wash & Conveand Jackie Stickel. Team member, nience Store Al Pallister, is missing from the photo but front and centre is Micheal Keenan wBlack Diamond Liquor & Cold Beer one of their future curlers. wFoothills Pizza

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Councillor's Corner: by Councillor Jim Deacon

We attended the Remembrance Day Service at Oilfields High School, and I know my dad, who was a veteran of WWII, would have been proud of the ceremony. It was one of the best I have ever attended and it was reassuring to see so many young families there. It gives us hope that the sacrifice of so many will never be forgotten. Christmas is fast approaching, and my wife and I have already been enjoying some of the colorful light displays in town. The Diamond Valley Christmas celebration will have come and gone as you read this and I am sure the Christmas Market in Turner Valley and the Light-up celebration in Black Diamond, complete with Santa and reindeer, will have been a huge success. Anyone who remembers the cold of the 2010 celebration will surely appreciate the mild temperatures we enjoyed this year!

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The Black Diamond Economic Development Committee is looking for a volunteer member to join our advisory board and assist us with business and tourism development in our town. If you are a Black Diamond Commercial Business Owner/Operator, we encourage you to come join in on our public meetings to see if this is a fit for you. Meetings are held every fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm in the Town Office. Contact Cathy at 403-933-4348 or for more info.

Town of Black Diamond 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 The Town of Black Diamond wishes to thank all applicants for their interest and advises that only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

The Town of Black Diamond's annual Christmas Light-Up Contest is underway again this year. Judging will take place on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13th , between 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm. Mayor Sharlene Brown will escort residents of the High Country Lodge, who will judge the Christmas Light Displays. We thank them for volunteering their time again this year! Prizes in both Residential and Commercial categories will be awarded. For more information contact: Verna Staples, Legislative Services Manager, Town of Black Diamond at 403-933-4348.

Year End Reminders from the Tax Department Tax Arrears Penalty – January 2012 There are still some tax accounts that remain unpaid. Notices have gone out to those in arrears. Any outstanding taxes on the last day of December will be assessed a 15% penalty on January 1, 2012. If you are not sure if your taxes have been paid, please give the town office a call and we can check your account. Tax Installment Payment Plan – TIPP's The Town offers a tax installment payment plan which lets a property owner make 12 equal payments on their taxes without incurring any penalties. Please call the office to find out how you can sign up for 2012. Auto Payments for Utilities You may also sign up for automatic bank withdrawals for your utility payments. th The payments are taken every 2 months on the 15 . Call the town for details. Utility Arrears If you miss paying a utility bill, the balance owing is transferred to your tax roll. It will no longer show on your utility statement. Notices went out in November for anyone with an unpaid tax balance which would have included any utility arrears up to that date.

Oilfields High School It seems a little early to be talking about graduation but when you are planning for the perfect graduation ceremony and celebration, the fundraising needs to start as early as possible. The 2012 Grads from Oilfields High School have some creative fundraising happening and that's where you can help out! First you can check out this website: and click on the auction calendar to find OHS 2012 Grad. There are a few items on the site already but there is still room for lots more, so if you have anything you can contribute please contact Grad parent Tim Beer at 403975-5474. You can also bid on the items on the site. Tim's better half, Mari Beer has made some gor-

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geous, one-of-a-kind Christmas cards that are available at $2.50 each. If you didn't already find Mari in front of the Black Diamond Bakery on Light Up night then you can still purchase the cards at Bohemia. $2 from each sale goes straight to the grads, with only .50cents going for materials. If you have ever done scrap booking or any craft, you know there is more than fifty cents worth of material in these cards. Mari also has some wonderful hair accessories for sale at Bohemia that are handmade, too, so think about who on your list you can “dress-up” with these gifts. Mari's cards will continue to reflect the seasons as this campaign continues into 2012 – think Valentine's, Mother's Day, etc.

While the weather is still nippy you can also warm up your hands while warming up to a grad with Hand Warmers. For just $2/pair you can spend time enjoying a winter activity but your hands will stay toasty warm. You'll be sitting on your hands at that next hockey game and it won't be to keep your fingers warm! Many of the grads will be selling these but you can also contact Tim for your Hand Warmers. As the months roll on, more fundraisers will appear – watch for a bottle drive, Cookie Dough sales, raffles, etc. If you have any ideas for fundraising you could share them with this hardworking group. Just call Tim – Grad 2012 Fundraising Committee member - his number again is 403-975-5474.

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Longview Link

The winds have settled a little and everyone is out cleaning up shingles, tree limbs, branches, leaves and many other pieces and parts of things that were missiles in yesterdays big wind storm. Although we experienced VERY high winds, we seem to be one of the luckier places when it comes to damage done. A few of us who were silly enough to think a fabric tent would remain in place in Longview were soon taught differently, and other than cleaning up a few trees that just didn't measure up to the wind speeds we actually faired quite well. Watching the news of the wild fires and seeing first- hand the damage from High River, Okotoks and, making a drive along Deerfoot Trail during the storm, I know how severe the winds were and am thankful that we only had as much damage as we did. Longview has lost two of our long term residents in the past few weeks. Our sympathies go out to the Dewane family in the loss of Pat and also to the family of Lee Lantz, business owner and past member of Council in Longview. Both these men will be missed greatly in the com-

By Chey Nickerson

munity. Get well wishes for Kendra Harding and Terry Brown. Hope you're feeling much better very soon. Just a note to all to drive careful and please, don't drink and drive at any time during the year, but especially during the upcoming holiday season. That's a memory none of us want to keep for years to come. Have a great few weeks. ~ Chey


Longview Library Literally Speaking We have had two very stimulating evenings at the library this month. One was given by Fawna Bews, a Holistic Practitioner living near Longview, who took us through a guided meditation and explained to us how meditation can improve the quality of our lives and relieve the stresses in our life. The second was a presentation by Dr. Ingrid Joulin Kehler who is a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and who has recently opened the Salus Wellness Center in Black Diamond. She told us that TCM dates back several thousand years and its aim is to restore the natural balance in the human body, which when out of kilter, causes illness. Rather than addressing issues of bad health after the fact, as does Western medicine, TCM strives to keep the body whole, balanced and with the life force "Qi" flowing smoothly through it. To achieve this, Dr.Ingrid Joulin Kehler practices Acu-

puncture, using tiny sterile needles on specific acupuncture points on the body to relieve pain and to adjust the flow of the "Qi" and bring the body back into balance. When this is achieved, the body can heal itself without drugs and painkillers. In ancient times, the practitioners of TMC and Acupuncture were paid for their work as long as the patient remained healthy. When one of their patients became ill, payment was withheld until they became well again. We must address our health when we are well, rather than waiting until we are sick. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative time. Joan has several exciting programs in the works for the New Year, so be sure to watch for the announcements of days and times. Jun Young Lee will give a presentation on "Korean Palaces". Doris Lesick will give a talk on Indonesia. Also for the first three

weeks in December Joan invites you to come in and join her for some Xmas Cheer and home baking. She would also like to remind you to be sure to sign up for the programs so that she has adequate time to prepare appropriate seating and space. You can do this by signing up on the sheet at the bulletin board at the Post Office or by calling the library at 403-558-3927. A book you might enjoy. The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee is a riveting novel that takes place in Hong Kong during the second World War. It is an epic tale of war and of a tortured, tangled love story steeped in intrigue. The occupation by the Japanese is horrific, with its brutal camps and corruption. Lee writes with simple, elegant prose, recreating the atmosphere and the history of Hong Kong in the early 1940's. Happy Reading Sylvia Binkley

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Diamond Valley Starlight Celebration Family Friendly New Year's Eve in Turner Valley Saturday, December 31, 2011 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Flare ‘n Derrick Community Centre, Outdoor Skating Rink and Royalite Millennium Park This event will feature skating at the outdoor rink, hay wagon rides, bon fire, a roving performer, gazing at the stars through the library's new telescope and concluding the evening of festivities with a fireworks display. Complimentary hot dogs and hot chocolate will be served. All activities are free for all ages. Co-sponsored by the Foothills Lions Club and Legacy Oil & Gas Inc.

Snow removal

The time has come again to dig out your snow shovels and your mittens. Just a quick reminder, that you are required to clear the snow from the sidewalks within 24 hours of it being deposited. Residents and businesses are responsible for clearing all of the sidewalks adjoining their property. This can be substantial, especially if you live on a corner lot. The Town would like to thank all residents for their ongoing efforts throughout this coming winter season to make the town a safe place to live.

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Holiday Municipal Office Hours The Town of Turner Valley municipal office will be closed the following days during the Holiday Season Friday, December 23: Closed at Noon Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27 Monday, January 2, 2012

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and healthy and prosperous New Year Mayor, Council & Staff Town of Turner Valley

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.

FREE ADMISSION – everyone is welcome.

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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.

Holiday Garbage Pick-up No changes for garbage pick-up over the Christmas Holidays.

Upcoming Turner Valley Council Meetings Start time – 6:30 p.m. Dec 19 – Regular Council Meeting Jan 2, 2012 - Committee of the Whole Meeting For more information:

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Outstanding taxes will be levied a 12% penalty January 1, 2012

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Let's start with American Airlines filing for bankruptcy protection and see where we go from there shall we? Parent company AMR, deciding that the time was right to follow the good old US of A trend of seeking refuge from that nasty old practice of paying bills, filed last week for protection from creditors. Forget for a moment shall we that American Airlines was sitting with a tad over four billion dollars in cash reserves on the day they filed. "That doesn't count," industry experts touted "that's for a rainy day." Okay - we'll ignore the fact it's pouring out there. The reason for filing said a spokesman at American was, and we'll simplify the doublespeak of the press release, "American was disadvantaged by the fact that our competitors had previously all filed for protection from creditors and we hadn't therefore paying our bills was not in the best interests of our shareholders." So there we have it. In order to allow the day traders to continue to reap enormous profits with minimal risk, American Airlines decides to shaft their creditors, their employees and eventually their passengers. This from an airline whose slogan was "Something Special In The Air". It was special all right. Try a purchase order dated July 20, 2011 for 460

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brand new aircraft worth are ya sitting down here kids - 40 Billion Dollars. Forty Billion. And four months later they are claiming financial refugee status because they can't pay the bills? Try that one folks in January with the old credit card company and let me know how it pans out will ya? On the Canadian front comes a tale of two clowns formerly gainfully employed by Blackberry maker Research in Motion. As if Research In Motion didn't have enough problems to deal with. As the story goes, this pair of boneheads boarded an Air Canada Toronto to Beijing flight, and after substantial amounts of ethyl alcohol were tossed down the old gullet, a disagreement of sorts broke out. Things escalated a bit and the two got into a fistfight and as it began to take on the appearance of an NHL semi-final, the two were wrestled to the ground by passengers and crew alike and handcuffed to the seats. The flight was then diverted to Vancouver where upon landing, the RCMP escorted these two rocket scientists to the nearest magistrate where a guilty plea was entered and a $72,000 fine levied. There's of course a rumor circulating that shortly after boarding the flight, these two birds began discussing their Christmas bonuses after

consuming copious amounts of Canadian Club. "I got 40,000 shares of RIM stock", declared the one fellow. Not to be outdone, the other casually mentioned he'd received only 25,000 shares of RIM stock, but, and wait for it here .................. an added bonus of 50,000 shares of American Airlines stock. Testosterone, alcohol and stupidity are never a good mix especially at 40,000 ft. Nonetheless, while filling out their EI applications, they'll eventually come to the realization that the booze consumed on board was probably worth more than their combined stock bonuses. Which of course they could have done before things hit the fan on board had they logged on to their I-Phone to check it out after all - there's probably an APP for that. I can hardly wait for next week. Maybe something as farfetched as a cabinet minister hijacking a Canadian Forces helicopter will hit the airwaves.

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HISTORY Gikan Ryu was founded by Uryu Gikanbo, who was the Daimyo of Kawachi no Kuni (Kawachi province). He lived in the family castle called Uryujo. It is said that Uryu Gikanbo's punch was so powerful that he once broke a sword blade in half. He was also a master of Hichojutsu and Senban Nage. Gikan ryu contains many special kicks, punches and throws and its dynamic footwork is used widely within the Bujinkan system. Unfortunately little of the actual techniques have been taught in the west and so

OF GIKAN RYU Truth, Loyalty, and Justice School little is known. People The Makimono scrolls of think that many of the Gikan Ryu have sections Gikan ryu kamae are off on the kata names, hisbalance because they need tory, secret striking points extensive practice before (kyusho) and strategies they start to "feel" right. used by the ryu, but One of the special research revealed that the teachings of the ryu is makimono, when referring Bufu ni sente nashi (from to techniques, only menthis side there is not the tion the names and do not first strike) which tells us contain the step by step that this was a defensive, instructions as do some makimono. This was done not offensive art. T H E 5 L E V E L S O F in order to keep the teachTRAINING IN THE GIKAN ings of the school secret in case the scrolls were stoRYU ARE: len. From what we under1 Shoden Gata stand there are no densho 2 Chuden Gata in the Gikan Ryu. The 3 Okuden Gata whole range of kata for the 4 Kaiden Gata ryu was taught orally. 5 Menkyo Kaiden


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Hundreds of Thousands of Christmas Lights in ONE Place The Blackie Community would like to remind you that the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is coming to town. If you have never been to see the Holiday Train, scheduled to arrive in Blackie approximately at 1:00pm, Saturday, December 10th, you will be in for a treat. The Holiday Train will stop across from the Blackie Post Office (1201 Railway Ave). The show, put on by artists travelling across the country on this beautifully decorated train, is scheduled to start about 10 to 15 minutes after arrival and will last approximately 45 minutes. The Holiday Train features 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of

thousands of technology-leading LED festival lights and other decorations. One of the cars is a modified boxcar that has been turned into a travelling stage for performers, this year the legendary Valdy will be joined by Brothers Dube and Tracey Brown among others. The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train has been raising food, money and awareness for food banks in communities across Canada and the U.S. since 1999. To date, they've helped raise $5.6 million and 2.45 million pounds of food with their Holiday Train program. The goal of the Holiday Train is to collect food and money for local food banks and to raise aware-

ness in the fight against hunger. At each event, the Holiday Train provides a box car stage, a line up of great musical talents and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, is encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community. The Blackie Community would like to extend an invitation to everyone to attend this wonderful event and only ask that you bring a cash donation or a non-perishable food item for our local food bank. Come for a coffee and a hot chocolate courtesy of Blackie Rebekah's Fairview #115. There will be other festivities happening that day such as a “Christmas

Shopping Gala” from11:00am to 4:00pm at the Blackie Community Hall and I.O.O.F. Hall (behind the Blackie Post Office). Hockey games will be played at the Blackie arena. Chilli and a bun will be served by the Blackie Lions Club and the Blackie Canskate Club. All proceeds go to the Blackie & District Food Bank. Something for everyone! Come out and enjoy the day! Visit our website You can also visit the CP Rail Holiday Train website for more information:

École Percy Pegler School Grand Re-Opening École Percy Pegler School's gym was temporarily transformed into a hip hop concert venue as students, parents, staff and special guests alike rapped along with local indie artist, Transit, at the school's November 18th Grand Re-Opening celebration. Following a $6.9 million modernization project, the school community was excited to formally open the doors of their fully-renovated building. Transit has been a special friend to the school since collaborating with a Grade 3/4 class last year on a music video about the Mavericks of Alberta, set to the tune of his hit song, Calgary: We Are Not All Cowboys, featuring popular Canadian recording artist Jann

Arden singing the bridge and cameos by several local artists and personalities. After addressing the students with a motivational speech about how they can make a difference, Transit had the entire crowd on their feet as he performed two songs including Calgary. Other special guests included Kathy Coutts, granddaughter of Percy Pegler whom the school is named for, Okotoks Mayor Bill Robertson, Reeve Larry Spilak of the M.D. of Foothills, Randy Clarke, Alberta Education's Director, Zone 5 Services and Foothills School Division's Board Chair Diana Froc and Denise Rose, Superintendent of Schools. “It was an amazing

day,” said school Principal Dinah Shortt. “Going through a modernization project is challenging for everyone concerned – students, staff and school families – so it was great to have the opportunity to publicly thank everyone for their support and celebrate our wonderful

new school together.” The formal program in the gym, which opened with a heart-warming video montage of students and staff, was preceded by a luncheon for staff and special guests organized by a group of wonderful parent volunteers.

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Millarville’s Cool News The Grade 2 class in Millarville School has been investigating Numbers and Patterns this month. We recently wrote about the very important number zero. Here are some of the things that we wrote: Zero is a bracelet when you start it. Zero is a baby before it gets born. Zero is a blank page. Zero is an empty water bottle. Zero is when you have no friends. (By Alexis). Zero is a number. There are zero spiders in winter. There are zero

leaves in fall. There are zero bears in winter. Zero is awesome. (By Dax). Zero is the pond with nothing in it. Zero is the sound of the snowflakes when they drop on your mittens. Zero is the trees without leaves. Zero is the ducklings with no parents. Zero is nothing. (By Margaret). Zero is the leaves in winter. Zero is the sound of snowflakes. Zero is the sound of the tide. Zero is the sound of ducks when winter comes. Zero is the snow-

flakes when summer comes. (By Jakob). There are zero trees on cement. There are zero corners on a circle. There are zero kids at school after the bell. There are zero zeros in the number one. There is one zero in the number ten. (By Linden). We have found that there are really only three types of patterns. Patterns are in numbers, letters, art, clothes, buildings and nature. Patterns are everywhere.

TURNER VALLEY SCHOOL NEWS Principal's Message As we enter the Christmas season, Turner Valley School continues to be a very busy place. Decorations are up, lights are lit and excitement is building in anticipation of the celebration to come. A number of activities are planned for the school community and the community at large. We invite all members of our community to join in the celebrations of the Christmas season, especially our concert “The Best Gift Ever” December 21st at 7:00pm. The first reporting period has just been completed and report cards went home December 2nd. By all indications the students of Turner Valley School are progressing very well. While the formal student-led conferences were completed in late October, we want to remind you that parents are welcome to contact the school at any time to discuss their child's progress. Also be on the lookout for access codes to our web-based learner profile that will allow you to monitor your child's progress on line and enhance student learning and com-

munication. The staff at Turner Valley School has been involved in a number of professional development activities that support our goals of improving academic excellence. “The Work” as we call it, in the areas of classroom assessment, reading improvement, math and student engagement that will help us in our mission to go from a “GOOD” school to a “GREAT” school. We have updated our school's three year Education Plan. To better understand how we are doing and what our improvement priorities are, parents are invited to view this document on our website: http://turnervalley.fsd3 We look forward to seeing everyone at our Christmas celebration on December 21st at 7:00pm at Turner Valley School. It is my wish, on behalf of the staff, that everyone has a safe, happy and peaceful Christmas season. Education together, Rob Bennington Winter Safety Tips for December Snowboarding, skiing, skating and sledding are among our favourite win-

ter activities. All of these activities can have a high-risk of injury. Most of these injuries are preventable – winter activities can be fun and injury free. Follow these tips: Look First ‡Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas ‡Check the surface of the area to see any visible hazards ‡Plan activities that have warm shelters and a phone nearby Wear the Gear ‡This includes sport specific equipment, with proper sizing and equipment in good repair ‡Always keep your head protected with a helmet for skiing, sledding, snowboarding and skating ‡Wear several layers, keeping your head, ears, face and hands covered to prevent frostbite Get Trained ‡Take lessons from a certified instructor ‡Always use the buddy system Know your limits. Rest if you are tired. Go inside if you are cold. Remember to use sunscreen even on a cloudy day.

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SAY GOODBYE TO 2011 & CELEBR ATE The Christmas Fair at Longview School on Friday, November 25th was a huge success. It was a great way to start the holiday season and everyone had lots of fun! We thank school council, room reps and parents for hosting such a wonderful Christmas Fair. A special thank you goes out to Michelle Nelson for organizing and Chairing the Christmas Fair, Krista Miller and Tracey Bews for organizing and preparing dinner, Karen Nelson for arranging ticket sales, Stacey McPherson for organizing the Everyone Wins Booth, Krista Faschoway for arranging a visit and pictures with Santa, Donna Gallup for arranging the cake walk, Joan Stuart, K a t r i n a Mikkelsen and Lori Goss for the Elf Shelf. Everyone at Longview School would like to send out a great big thank you to the businesses that supported Longview school by graciously donating items to our Christmas Fair. Your continued kindness and thoughtfulness are very much appreciated. Thank You to: Sobeys: Okotoks, Brant Tractor Ltd, Little Chinook, Highway Service High River, Beautiful Blooms, Country Chrysler, Finishing Touches, Peavey Mart, Sanduls Phar-

macy, Black Diamond Bakery, Chinook Windz Pets Supplies, Sundance Saddlery, Western Financial-Turner Valley, Royal Bank, Graduate Foods, Foothills Pizza, High Country Video, Chuckwagon Café, Studio One, Pharmasave, Longview Steak House, Staples, Merle Norman, Bar U, Village of Longview, Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Delmerie Flowers, Planet Auto, Hayden's Machine Shop, Boothill Gallery, Music Centre Canada, Town of Black Diamond, Longview Jerky Shop, Kel Terra, ATCO GAS, Longview Esso, Little New York B i s t r o , Highwood River Inn, Fawna Bews Energy Healing Session. Everyone is welcome to our School Christmas Concert which is an adaptation by Kathryn Schultz Miller of Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”. The evening performance will be held on Thursday, December 22nd starting at 6:30pm. The dress rehearsal Christmas tea will be held in the afternoon of Tuesday, December 20th at 1:00pm. The overall goal of our drama presentations at Longview School is to foster a positive self-concept in students by encouraging them to explore life by assuming theatric roles and acquiring dramatic skills.

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From My Bookshelf....

The Paris Wife - Paula McLain Ernest Hemingway's rescuing angel was Hadley Richardson, his first wife. She was eight years older than he was, she was tough and sophisticated, frugal and naive. She believed completely and unfailingly, that Hemingway was a great writer. She never waivered from her belief. This book is mostly written from Hadley's point of view, with short chapters interspersed with Ernest's thoughts. She meets Hemingway shortly after he returns from WWI, a depressed and wounded veteran. Ernest, against his family's wishes, marries Hadley and the two leave for Paris to "plunge headlong into the most active literary scene on the planet". They mingle and socialize with novelist Sherwood Anderson, poet Ezra Pound, activist Gertrude Stein, novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. Hadley struggles "...with her roles as a woman wife, lover, muse, friend and mother..." We know that Hemingway used her as his sounding board as he framed his own ideas, and that "...had she not married him, no novelist would be telling her story." or possibly Hemingway's story either! She was his rock, and his last novel, "A Moveable Feast" is her first real voice, in all his fiction. The fast paced, flap-

per lifestyle, where there is always ..."enough drink to fill an ocean" is fine until the Hemingways' son is born and Hadley realizes "bohemian expatriates don't much like babies. And they don't like fidelity either." We all know how Hemingway's life ended and his legacy, especially "The Sun Also Rises". What I didn't know was how Hadley, then later Pauline Pfeifer, and presumably many other women, were necessary to always prop him up and stroke his huge ego. Some women just love a 'bad boy'. This was not light reading, but as always, I loved the history and felt I was living in the life and times of a young Ernest Hemingway. & Like Family & A Ticket to Ride Before I Go to Sleep - S. J. Watson Well, this is a summer thriller to keep you reading into the night! It is a great debut novel. Christine wakes up every morning - in a strange bed, with a strange man. When she looks in the bathroom mirror she sees an unfamiliar, middle aged face. Her hands are not her own, they are her mother's. Ben, her husband, must tell her everyday that she is forty seven, that he is her husband and that she had a terrible accident twenty

By Lynn Willoughby years ago. She cannot remember her past and doesn't have the ability to form new memories. She can only remember what happens today, and as she sleeps through the night, she loses it all. She must start back at zero every morning! There are some minor inconsistencies in the novel - for example, she wonders why there are no photos of Christmas. (How does she remember there is such a thing as Christmas?) She remembers Dr Nash, who is secretly working with Christine - but to his own ends. He wants to present a paper on her uniqueness - that she can transfer things from short term to long term storage in her brain, but she can't retain them. This type of amnesia is virtually unknown. What Christine does have is the ability to distinguish emotions - lying, fear, aggression, nervousness, - in the words spoken and the body language. Because she has no context for the conversation, she hears and sees things the rest of us overlook. But can she trust herself? The one person she can trust, her husband Ben, is only telling her part of her story. Why? To shelter her, as he admits? When she finds a note to herself - DO NOT TRUST BEN - she has no grounding, no footing, no memories to guide her. It is an intricate and gripping tale. Who Knew? Anterograde amnesia is the loss of the ability to create new memories after the event that caused the amnesia. Retrograde amnesia is where memories created prior to the event are lost. Both CAN occur in the same patient.


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What To Do With The Kids Special Report: Top 10 Family Christmas/Holiday Movie or Television Shows What To Do With The Kids (WTDWTK) has just released its latest Special Report just in time for this festive season. WTDWTK contacted parents from around the world through LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook as well as email and asked them to submit their list of favourite Family Christmas/Holiday Movie or Television Shows. A copy of this special report is available for viewing on: www.whattodowiththekids.c om along with a downloadable version. WTDWTK received over 440 movie and television suggestions of programs that date back as far as 1946 and as early as 2004. The most number of comments were by far for the classic black & white Frank Capra movie “It's a Wonderful Life.” Many people commented on how their family would get together just to watch this movie, including the younger ones. The original Chuck Jones animated “How The Grinch

Stole Christmas” beat the Ron Howard live action movie “The Grinch” by a 3 to 1 margin. The voting however was very close with a number of selections ending in a tie resulting in the top 10 list having 13 entries. The Top 10 Family Christmas/Holiday Movie or Television Shows are: 1.“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966 – Animated) 2.“It's A Wonderful Life” (1946) 3.“A Christmas Story” (1983) 4.“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965 – Animated) 5.“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947) “A Christmas Carol” (1951) 6.“Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” (1964 – Animated) 7.“Frosty the Snowman” (1969 – Animated) “White Christmas” (1954) 8.“The Polar Express”

(2004 – Animated) “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation” (1989) 9.“Home Alone” (1990) 10.“A Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992) Honourable mentions go to “Holiday Inn” (1942); “Elf” (2004); “The Santa Clause” (1994) and “The Grinch” (2000). Launched January 15th, 2011, What To Do With The Kids is the website for adults who want to know what to do with the kids. The website features games, crafts, special events, party ideas and downloads including activity sheets, birthday cards, party invitations and personalized awards. It also features a Market Place directory of unique products and services and a Where to Go section filled with kid and family friendly places to go in select cities. Unlike other similar websites, the content is original.

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Legion Leanings

The people of The Foothills area have once again shown their respect and appreciation for the sacrifices of our Veterans and have shown that they care. From Red Deer Lake in the North to Longview in the South; from Okotoks in the East through to Bragg Creek in the West and including the residents of Black Diamond and Turner Valley, we have had a wonderful response to our Poppy Campaign. The Trust Funds that are now available for our surviving veterans and their dependents in need will make sure that we can continue to provide the assistance that so many of them require. How things change though! While we knew that the folks in the area serviced by the Turner Valley Legion had donated very generously to this year's Poppy Campaign, we reported earlier that we would likely fall short of last year's incredible total. That now appears to have been somewhat pessimistic. At the time of writing, with some monies still to arrive at the Branch for wreaths and as individual donations, the total sits at $34,000.00 and counting. A thousand thank yous! A final total will be made public when all monies are received. The Remembrance Day Ceremony in Black Diamond was wellsupported and from all accounts so were those held in Bragg Creek and Okotoks. We thank those responsible for the organisation of those ceremonies. Without a Legion in the Community, it is comforting to know that there are those who are willing to provide this service. It is perhaps worth noting here that we do

have a large number of residents outside of the obvious areas of Turner Valley and Black Diamond who are members of Branch 78. We welcome all who would like to join us wherever you live in our area. With four categories of membership, there is one for almost everyone who can support the Legion's Purposes and Objects. Essentially, we promote Remembrance, Veterans Advocacy and Community Service, including to seniors and youth. Still with the theme of Remembrance, local judging of the Poster and Literary entries from the area schools began over the weekend. Poems, Essays and Black and White along with Colour Posters in the four age categories will be judged in the next week or so. Winners from the three older age groups will be submitted to Area and District Levels. Any success there means that they will be judged at Provincial and perhaps National Levels. As Christmas approaches, members should note the holiday arrangements and closures. On Friday, December 9th, there will be no buffet supper available. The hall is booked for a large party which prevents other meal service. There will be a Buffet on the 16th and that will be the last one for the year. Our last opening night before the holidays is Tuesday, December 20th. We will reopen for the New Year's Eve Gala. The work of the Legion is ongoing, but as we close out the year 2011, we can look back at the advances we have made at the branch as among others we enhanced our Remembrance Activities with Monthly Memorial Cere-

monies at the Cenotaph. These were held from April to October and commemorated fallen veterans of significant Canadian Military Achievements as well as setbacks throughout the past hundred years. We recently installed cochaplains to serve the spiritual needs of our Branch and we welcome them to service; our Entertainment Committee has worked hard to bring more life to the branch and are already well into the planning of events for next year; new Bursary Programmes are approved for dependents of Veterans from the three area High Schools It is also appropriate that we remember the contributions to a better world made by the Men and Women in all branches of the Canadian Forces. While the Libyan mission is over and Afghanistan is no longer a “Combat” zone, those who still serve there are not living in a peaceful place. Forward Operating Bases are no longer manned for the most part by our forces, but there is still danger as we saw only too well very recently. We wish them all a Merry Christmas and a safe return to Canada. On behalf of Branch President Comrade Jackson; President of the LA, Madame Wegelin and the executives and members of both the Branch and the Ladies Auxiliary, may I close by wishing you all a safe, healthy and enjoyable Christmas season. Serving Veterans, Seniors, Youth and the Community, Malcolm Hughes


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Untitled Productions

Bailey Kerluke and Zoe Slusar, originally from the Black Diamond area, are the founders of Untitled Productions, a film company where they enjoy the creative freedom of writing, directing, producing, acting in and editing their own films. The two young, aspiring filmmakers are based in the Calgary area and have been working together since high school to create refreshingly unique and entertaining independent films. Bailey and Zoe began making an impact on the film scene in 2009 when they produced their first independent feature film entitled 'Summer School'; in which they each played 4 different characters. This film premiered at The Plaza theatre in Kensington. In 2010 they made a name for themselves Canada wide, winning 1st place in the CBC's Calgary Short Film Contest with their humorous take on 'Black Coffee'. 2010 was also the year their short 'Nature's Library' premiered at the Edmonton International Film Festival and their short 'Urban Spin' premiered at the Toronto Urban Film Festival. This year Zoe and Bailey broke into the International Festival circuit with shorts screening in New Jersey, U.S.A; Toronto, Canada; Cork, Ireland and more. In October, 2011 Untitled Production's short film 'Nature's Library' toured with Prairie Tales throughout Alberta Art Days. Zoe and Bailey travelled from Milk River to St. Albert, stopping along the way to host screenings and Q&A sessions; as well as giving workshops on Low Budget Filmmaking. But the favourite time of the year for the duo is approaching! As per tradition Zoe and Bailey host a yearly FREE screening event, open to the public, to share their film creations from the previous 12 months. They have had 5 successful screening events to date and are excited to announce their 6th screening! 'Untitled Productions: A Year Through The Lens' Taking place at The Plaza Theatre in

Kensington on Wednesday, December 28th at 5:00pm. Doors open at 4:45pm and admission is free! 'Untitled Productions: A Year Through The Lens' is an amazing compilation of unique short films produced entirely by Zoe and Bailey throughout 2011. The short films include multiple award winners and International Film Festival Selections. Spanning multiple genres, featuring spectacular cinematography, animation, brilliant writing and memorable characters, it's going to be a fantastic mix of shorts and the creative variety is sure to keep everyone entertained! Screening Dates: U Tuesday, December 27th at 7:00pm - Sheep River Library, Turner Valley U Wednesday December 28th at 5:00pm, - The Plaza Theatre, Kensington, Calgary U Thursday, December 29th at 7:00pm - The Stop, Black Diamond. Zoe and Bailey have been interested in all aspects of film and its production since they started working together 7 years ago. The two play off oneanother to create genius scripts, characters that pull the audience into their world and creative film concepts that capture, inspire and make their audience laugh. The duo love being involved in all aspects of creating independent work. It's time consuming and definitely a labour of love with the two entirely self-funding all of their films; handling their entire production and distribution. The two young artists strive to use clever humour, beautiful animation, exciting filming techniques and fresh ideas to entertain their audience. They are proud to produce films that make people think and feel good and they aim to contribute to the world in a positive way through their projects. DVD's of all Untitled Productions previous and current works will be for sale at each event at special screening prices and the filmmakers look forward to meeting everyone!

Mommy, I Saw Baby Jesus!

The annual event heralding the Christmas Season was well attended once again at the Lions Campground in Black Diamond on November 25th and 26th. Each year the Black Diamond Gospel Chapel re-enacts the Birth of Christ enlisting community members and four-footed friends.

Please join us in celebrating the miracle of our Savior’s birth. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service’ Our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service takes place on Saturday, December 24th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Black Diamond Gospel Chapel. It’s a time to sing Christmas Carols, hear special music, and celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world.

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NOTICE OF NOMINATION EVENTS Come Meet WIldrose Nomination Contestants for the Livingstone-Macleod Constituency

We are holding three (3) nomination events in the Livingstone-Macleod constituency. th

December 14 , 2011 – Cowley Community Hall (7pm-9pm) th

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All eligible voters are able to vote at any one of the three events and must be: Wildrose members in good standing, living in Livingstone-Macleod, with a membership acquired before December 1, 2011. Memberships may be purchased at All residents are encouraged to come out and meet the Wildrose Livingstone-Macleod Nomination Candidates.


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Our winters are dry. If it's warm, it's windy, sucking all the moisture out of the air. If it's cold, our forced air furnaces blast out warm air, drying the insides of our houses. Houseplants need much more humidity than they get in our winters. Generally, the thinner the leaf, the more humidity is needed. Thick, waxy or hairy leaves need less humidity. When our noses are dry and our lips are chapped, WE need more humidity. The humidity in most of our houses is 30% or below. Most plants need 40% or more and many require 60% or more. 50 – 60 % is ideal. Symptoms of low humidity are curling and drying leaf tips, a frequent need for water and brown or dropping flower buds. Raising humidity can be tricky as we don't want condensation to form on our windows. Raising the humidity just around our plants is the answer. This can be done by misting frequently. Using a pebble

plants on a table or shelf over the hot air register. Since our registers are usually under windows and the plants need to be beside the window for light, there is usually a need to make some kind of arrangement to accommodate both the plants and the hot air. Houseplants give us so much in winter's darkest days. We get greenery, oxygen and flowers, and even vegetables if we grow an inside winter garden. Efforts to help our plants to thrive inside are rewarded in so many ways. 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 7:30 pm. For information call Sheila at 403–931–3989.

Literacy at Sheep River Library Gorman gives the following list of 10 reasons why we should read: ¨ Reading helps you become an interesting person. (Impress your friends, dates and future inlaws!) ¨ Reading helps you learn how to write correctly. (Get good grades, make your grandmother happy when she reads your wellwritten thank-you notes and impress your future boss who'll promote you because you express yourself so well.) ¨ Reading develops your imagination. (Write terrific stories for school, cook up funny ideas for friends and maybe even earn big bucks writing screen plays for Hollywood!) ¨ Reading entertains you. (No more long boring car rides, waits in the dentist's office or too-long summer vacations when you can't think of anything to do.) ¨ Reading Edge-to-edge designs or custom teaches you about things unfamiliar to Turn old t-shirts into a lasting memory you. (Write A+ reports for Janet Madeyski 403-931-7544 school, impress Email: your friends Priddis, Alberta

Literacy for Life is running a story writing competition for older children in conjunction with Family Literacy Day celebrations on January 27th, 2012. At least one adult and one child must be involved in writing the story. Children must be 12 years of age or younger at the time of submission. The story cannot be longer than 250 words and must include the theme of Passport to Learning. Submit your story in person to the library by January 6th, 2012, to be entered to win a lunch for your family with a local author. If you have read The Reader (or seen the movie) you know that being illiterate has enormous consequences for the main character. Being literate also has consequences. Author Carol

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tray is another way to raise humidity. Fill a tray with pebbles, gravel, marbles or perlite. Add water so the bottom stones are wet and the top ones are dry. Set plants on the pebble trays or set the trays close to the plants. As water evaporates off the surface of the pebbles, humidity increases. Cluster or group plants together. They will benefit from humidity given off through transpiration. Plants give off oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis and a little water is given off at the same time. Plants can help each other by hanging out together on the window sill. Cleaning the surface of the leaves, especially the undersides, with a damp cloth will help to keep the “breathing” pores open. The hot air blowing from our furnaces can dry out our plants if the air is blowing directly on our plants. The air circulation is important but the blast of hot air can cause leaves to wilt and turn brown. Diffusers can help or set

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and earn big prizes on TV game shows!) ¨ R e a ding takes you to places you've never visited. (Read about actors on Broadway, bullfighters in Spain and astronauts in space.) ¨ Reading takes you to times you've never experienced. (Spend a week in Colonial times or experience the burial ceremony of an Egyptian king or learn what life was like when William Shakespeare was writing Romeo and Juliet.) ¨ Reading introduces you to people you've never met. (Find out how the Amish live or how a fireman in New York City spends his day or what an NFL football player's practice is like.) ¨ Reading introduces you to new ideas. (Learn about the beliefs of the world's religions, why some physicists believe that time is circular instead of linear and how scientists speculate that our thoughts can influence the outcome of experiments.) ¨ Reading is FUN! (Laugh out loud! Gasp in disbelief! Feel your heart beating in suspense!)

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Views on Vision By Dr. Charles A. Boulet

A Real Life Example R e a ding Disabilities in the Classroom, Pt 3 of 4 When I met Daniel, he had an obvious dislike for doctors and testing of any kind. He is in Grade 2 and falling behind rather quickly. This has been going on since he began learning to read last year. Daniel's teachers noticed that he had trouble sitting still and paying attention in class, so predictably, following an assessment by a pediatrician, he was started on Concerta (ADD/ADHD medication). That's what it is these days: We discourage 'drug' use, but push 'medications'. It's a very troubling mixed message to be sure. Even though Daniel had been assessed by an optometrist and different medical doctors, no one had noticed a very serious problem with his visual function. Daniel can read very small letters on a chart and, like in so many other cases, this is often taken as sufficient evidence that the eyes are not a problem. Indeed, Daniel's eye health is excellent and, with glasses, he can see very well. He is very highly farsighted, which is frequently an undiagnosed problem, but this had been wellmanaged since he was very young and so he has avoided many additional problems as a consequence. Daniel's reading problem, then, is not an 'eyesight' or eye health issue. It is, rather, an 'eye teaming' issue - this is to say Daniel's eyes cannot work well together. Specifically, Daniel suffers with rather severe 'convergence insufficiency' he cannot draw his eyes

together to look at a near target. This is a simple thing to demonstrate: Get a partner, stand up in front of him and hold a pencil 40 cm in front of his nose. Tell him to look off into the distance - the eyes will spread apart and look as though they are parallel to one another). Then, have him look at the pencil - the eyes will draw together to see the pencil; if this doesn't happen, send your partner to see me. This is the normal behavior, but Daniel simply cannot do this. Of course, reading requires not only that we bring our eyes inwards (cross them), but this action should also be effortless. Even if a child can 'cross' his eyes, if this is with too much effort, it can cause disturbances to reading fluency. When Daniel's eyes try to come together, it is so hard to do that one eye simply 'gives up' and wanders outwards. In the end, while trying to read, Daniel will alternate between his left and right eyes - going to school and learning to read is somewhat akin to climbing 100 flights of stairs, not by walking, but by hopping using one foot at times and the other at other times. This becomes excessively tiresome and downright frustrating, especially given his classmates seem to have no trouble at all. As a consequence, Daniel finds reading tasks onerous and he is smart enough to realize there are differences between him and his classmates. Given that our modern way of teaching relies almost exclusively on reading, Daniel is falling behind. Because reading is a chore, he finds paying at-

tention quite difficult and this translates to distractibility and disruptions in class. When asked to sit and pay attention, Daniel most often obliges at first, but then falls back into the cycle of frustrated reading and distraction. All of Daniel's symptoms can be easily explained by assessment of his visual function. In fact, with very little coaxing, Daniel can easily sit still and pay attention to a given task - so long as it's not reading-based. There are many problems with prescribing medications for what is a behavioral problem and these relate to health and the fact that they don't necessarily 'fix' the problem. Research and experience shows that Daniel's visual condition can be treated very effectively and that doing so smooths the road to reading. Not only that, it's easy to pick up on his condition early, even before a child starts formal reading. Within 5 months, or so, of the start of Daniel's visual rehabilitation therapy, which his parents will learn to do at home, he will be well on his way to catching up from what he's missed. With any luck, he will also be reassessed for ADD/ADHD and his physician will find that in fact the diagnosis is no longer valid and Daniel no longer needs drugs, that is, medication, to survive in school. 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. and


A Special Cookbook The Rising Sun Longterm Care unit at the Oilfields Hospital is hosting a tea on Wednesday, December 7th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. There will be a basket raffle and bake sale as well as the opportunity to purchase their new cookbook for $20. Recipes in the cookbook come from residents, staff and family. If you miss the tea you can still purchase the cookbook from staff or residents – a great gift idea!

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Osteoarthritis – Causes, Treatment, Prevention Osteoarthritis is often referred to as the “wear and tear” arthritis. Although there is some truth to this statement, closer examination of this condition reveals that there are multiple factors involved in its development. In fact, osteoarthritis will also paradoxically develop in under-used joints. A good example of this is the case of a joint which is immobilized by a cast. The immobilized joint will start to show cellular changes that are characteristic of osteoarthritis within a few weeks! Osteoarthritis does have a tendency to affect joints which have undergone a trauma, either repetitive in nature or a single severe episode. A mechanic using his hands over a long period of time may develop it in his finger joints, while a person who suffers a severe whiplash may develop it in their neck. This factor is not the only one however, as many individuals who undergo physical trauma never develop osteoarthritis. Certainly, genetics plays a role in this condition, but if current research holds true, lifestyle probably plays a greater role than genes. We know that the body's ability to produce glucosamine (a key component in joint cartilage) steadily declines as we age. Interestingly, our rate of osteoarthritis seems to increase at about the same pace that our ability to produce glucosamine declines. It is possible that there are some nutritional factors which either enhance or inhibit our body's production of glucos amine, but research is not clear on this yet. There is some research indicating that diets high in meat and dairy tend to create a proinflammatory state in the body, another key factor in the development of osteoarthritis. Finally, we know that poor body mechanics plays a key factor in the development of this condition. Joints subject to abnormal motion patterns due to

poor posture, tight musculature, muscular weakness or poor joint play can start to show signs of this arthritis earlier than their “normal” counterparts. For example, the person who notices that they have more tightness in one hip versus the other will more likely develop arthritis in that tight hip later in life. Treatment of osteoarthritis varies greatly and depends largely on the severity of the condition. At the extreme end of the condition we have full joint replacements, while at the other end we may have individuals who address body mechanics in an effort to prevent osteoarthritis from developing. Osteoarthritis typically runs through the three stages of stiffness, instability and then more stiffness, as the body attempts to fuse the joint. Most individuals, however, will find themselves somewhere in the middle, trying to treat the symptoms of the arthritis which has already started, while also trying to avoid its further progression. These individuals will benefit from a trial of glucosamine sulphate for at least two months. There is substantial research on glucosamine sulphate which shows that it not only decreases the pain of osteoarthritis but also restores function in the joint. There are also a number of natural antiinflammatory substances which show promise for controlling the inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. White willow, turmeric, proteolytic enzymes, bromelain and a natural substance called MSM all have research demonstrating anti-inflammatory effects. These patients should also consider switching to a diet higher in plant products and lower in animal products in an effort to control inflammation. Improving body mechanics is also critical in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Stretching and

strengthening the area can be very helpful, but sometimes difficult to perform due to extreme stiffness. Getting into water, such as deep water aerobics or running, can help with stiffness and allow the individual to perform more exercise with minimal stress on the joint. Seeing a chiropractor is invaluable, as a chiropractic doctor can evaluate overall body mechanics, posture and joint play. Joint play is the small but critical amount of motion which is first lost in osteoarthritis. Restoring this joint play through joint adjustment, mobilization and rehabilitation is critical in the management of this osteoarthritis. Prevention of osteoarthritis is important. Individuals should consider early treatment of injured joints and the surrounding muscles. Paradoxically, exercise which is not too extreme actually helps the joints. The old adage “if you don't use it you'll lose it” does seem to have merit. Movement of joints allows circulation of fluid within the joint. Since it is fluid that nourishes the joint, it is most likely this factor which causes arthritis to develop in the under-used joints. Use of supplements like glucosamine sulphate on a smaller dosage may help prevent arthritis, as well as an overall healthy diet. Finally, assessment of body mechanics, posture, joint play and injury treatment by your chiropractor is critical for the prevention of osteoarthritis. If you have any questions or concerns regarding osteoarthritis please feel free to contact our clinic at 403-9333088. Dr. Greg Morris Diamond Valley Chiropractic Clinic Dr. Greg Morris, Dr. Natalie Carrington and Dr. Mike Belding can all be contacted at the Diamond Valley Chiropractic Clinic, 403-933-3088.

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Aries (March 20-April 19 )Your rational ideas may be coming into conflict with things to take for granted or on faith. If you're in any conflict, I suggest you check where these two seemingly different levels of reality are trying to establish the truth of something, or vying for supremacy. This kind of tension can be uncomfortable, particularly if you find yourself questioning cherished beliefs that you don't want to let go of. It would be worth your time, however, to ask yourself why you believe what you believe. It would be just as worthwhile to inquire whether your ideas about life stand up to the available facts, and for that matter, a few other facts that you are currently digging out. The good news is that baseless beliefs don't really provide you with any comfort, and the even better news is that facts don't always add up to the truth. Taurus (April 19-May 20) You may feel like you've gone through a transformation of some kind, perhaps right down to the cellular level, which has left you feeling raw and vulnerable. At the same time, you're in a highly structured environment, which you may think is limiting you but which is really providing you with a measure of stability as you go through some deep and necessary changes. Therefore you can focus on your growth, trusting that you're supported in that experience. Whether you feel safe is another question, but I suggest you treat vulnerability as an opportunity rather than as any kind of threat.All of the finer things in life -- love, sensuality, desire, self-expression, learning and friendship, are facilitated by your being open, receptive and in harmony with your environment. You may have the feeling that your surroundings are not supportive of these things, but your astrology suggests that you have some excellent opportunities for authentic contact. Gemini (May 20-June 21) Anger is a controversial emotion among spiritual types, most of whom would prefer to outlaw it or at least banish it to the dark side. However, the fact is that anger exists, and it has many causes. Whether it's a productive emotion in the long-run is another question, but in the immediate timeframe it is calling your attention to something that you should pay attention to. The danger of anger is festering on it or turning it inward. Another danger is projecting it outward in ways that are not healthy or respectful, but it's probably better to err on the side of expression rather than suppression. In any event, your attention is being called to a truly significant issue, and you know that you will need to take action sooner rather than later. There is no rush, however; I suggest you investigate your feelings and the history behind them for a

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while before you make any final decisions. Cancer (June 21-July 22) This is a good time to consider what you owe the world, or what you absolutely want above all else to give the world. You may have a significant debt that you are here to pay off in some form of selfless service. Or, you may have noticed that you've been doing that for a long time and need to think of it in a different way. You may be someone who has never considered the concept of world service. It's time to give that idea a thorough and introspective investigation and find out what it means for you. You are formulating a deep relationship to this idea, and something akin to being a spiritual disciple is awakening in you. Whatever the karma behind this awakening may be, you are receiving a deep inheritance. True, you may not think of gaining an inheritance as 'taking action', but what you have is the privilege of authentic participation. Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) You have a creative opportunity to make a lot of money, with the emphasis on creative first and money second. This will require you to take some specific, carefully chosen action, which I suggest you think of as an experiment. You can wait for 'something to happen' but you would benefit from knowing your goal, planning your approach and making a move to see how it goes. An old friend or colleague may be involved, such as in the role of reminding you of an old idea you had, or providing you with some resources or inspiration. During this Mercury retrograde, you may find yourself digging up undeveloped ideas, dreams or desires that serve a diversity of purposes -- and which will enrich your life if you follow up on them. If you're discovering an abundance of these, pick from the ones that you think will make you the happiest. There will be many other benefits. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) You are gaining confidence, but it seems to be a delicate walk because losing your courage is only a thought away. The good news is that reconnecting with your courage is only a thought away. But here is a clue: Being rebellious is not enough to get you there. Rebellion in itself is a tool, not a value, and I suggest you be cautious where you apply it. The uprisings that worked for you as a child no longer work today; the things that got the attention of your parents will no longer get the attention of anyone in authority now. Anyway, there is something else you want from your predecessors, which is the example of their authentic relationship to the world. You will gain confidence by being fully in your environment, and by proceeding if not with a sense of entitlement, a sense of belonging to the human family. You are not an outcast. You are a fully vested participant in life on the planet. Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) I suggest you acquire some political skills, or refine and enhance the ones you have. Politics is the basic game of




human society. It's influenced by many things: privilege, sex, strength, resources and the propensity of certain individuals to violence -- but at the end of the day, to be a skilled player you need none of that. You merely need an understanding of the game and why it is important. I am suggesting this not to get you further entrenched in an idea or an institution of some kind but rather to help you find some freedom. Getting along with others, learning to get your agenda going, and having some skill in give and take, are all essential talents worth developing. In any situation where politics is a necessary art, the antithesis is to stay in touch with your sexual desire. When you lose that vital contact, the game can become dangerous indeed. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) You may be inclined to push a financial deal, but you had better check the details carefully before you sign anything. There is promise and potential here, and possibly the chance to realize a very specific dream or desire. Yet the combination of a stellar Mars aspect (driving you forward) simultaneously with Mercury retrograde (potential misunderstanding or misinformation) is the cause for concern. You could do a handshake deal now, and finalize the real agreement in the last two weeks of the year, after Mercury stations direct and become privy to certain levels of information that you may not be aware even exist. The details count for a lot, and I suggest you invest your time finding out what is going on below the surface. Chances are you will be able to use the information well, and resolve your lingering questions -but those questions have to come to the surface before you can do that. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) You had better make sure your opinions are backed up by some data. It would be adequate to be able to say, "In my opinion, such and such is true, for the following three reasons." I don't mean to undermine your confidence in what you know is right, but rather bolster your confidence when it comes to knowing you're not always right. I would give yourself extra points if you or anyone else spots an error in your thinking, particularly an error of interpretation. This may come from someone who you are sure is inexperienced or uninformed; don't let that stop you from fact-checking if someone nudges you. At the heart of the matter, though, is a lingering question about something you believe and are inclined to hold onto at all costs, despite your doubts. You may think you're a brave holdout, but I would say check the freshness date. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)




I am pretty sure you have not heard of the Red Goat incident in the little town where I live. This consisted of two artists tagging these brandnew, certifiably ugly white tree planters with a stencil of red goats. A little street art caused one of the biggest uproars of the year. Everyone (including me) was suspect in what amounted to a two-week police dragnet. The mayor took it so personally he nearly had an aneurysm. The masses were rallied for a fantastic cause. It was great fun -- and the symbol of the unintentional revolt was a goat, just being him/herself. Over the next few days you're likely to have a similar kind of impulse power, causing reactions you could never have predicted and getting results you were not expecting. This will be fun, if you keep your eye on the effects you're having. For one thing, you have some luscious, charismatic sex appeal working for you. Lest you're in doubt - people are noticing. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) The deepest core of your psyche has gone from spitting out demons, to the sensation of angels flying out the windows of your soul. I would dare say there have likely been a few spaces in between, when you wondered just what it was you were possessed by. All of this is part of a necessary catharsis that will extend into early next year, when Neptune leaves your sign and enters Pisces. This is a phase of resolution; of tying up the loose ends and making sure that you're being honest with yourself, and with the people around you, before you move onto your next major adventure. What feels like madness or turmoil in your soul will connect you to your deepest and most authentic creativity. It only feels like angels and devils when it's suppressed. Then it has a way of turning into art, music and celebration. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20 The emphasis of your charts is focused on your career -- and I suggest that's where you keep the emphasis of your energy flow. There is more happening there than you recognize, and despite a few things that could be going better than they seem to be, you will have energy to spare as long as you moderate your pace and keep your communications clear. This is a seed moment for you, a time when you will make decisions and act on long-delayed plans. But don't stop there. You are under rare astrology that is about expanding your vision and making forays into the world that you might have deemed impossible just months or weeks ago. Part of the emphasis is on partnership; the people you encounter now could prove to be truly significant collaborators. Strive for clarity and you will get clear results.


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I normally start thinking about Christmas around the beginning of November because we have to get our parcels and cards off to family and friends far away. Once this mindset is in place I then collect all sorts of bits and pieces of crafts and cooking tricks to try out and perhaps use to fancy up our Christmas table, tree and decorations. I do love to make citrus balls with oranges and cloves at Christmas and have lots of oranges left over. This year I'm determined to go a step further and make candied citrus peel. My nephew's fiancée uses it all the time and shared her recipes with me. All citrus fruit works very well with this procedure, oranges, lemons,

limes and grapefruits, although I don't like the grapefruit as much as the others. First wash and dry the fruit very well, then if you are lucky enough to have a citrus peeler, which I believe will peel the fruit in long thin curls, prepare the parings. If not you can use a potato peeler and take just the top layer of peel, otherwise, peel the fruit in wedges with a paring knife, scrape as much of the white pith away as you can, then slice the peel into very thin strips. In a medium saucepan add about five ounces of sugar to about eight ounces of water and add the strained juice of the fruit. Stir the mixture to dissolve the sugar, bring the syrup to a

boil, turn down the heat and add the peel; try to keep the peels from sticking to one another as it's just more appealing. Allow it all to simmer until the peel becomes very translucent. Don't stir the mixture during this stage as it will form sugar crystals and don't scrape the sides of the saucepan for the same reason. Once the peel is translucent, strain the peel from the syrup, in a large zip seal plastic bag put about a half cup of sugar, add the peel and gently shake it until the peel is coated. Set the peel on wax paper and allow it to dry, which will take a while, or you can heat your oven to a low setting of 100°C, check every twenty minutes or so to make sure it's not browning. Once

dry, seal the candied peel in an airtight container, use a paper towel as a base to keep the peel dry and store in the fridge. Sounds as if it's a lot of work, but it really isn't. Using orange, lemon and lime all together give so much colour. I'm told the peel doesn't freeze well so you can only keep it for a week or two before using. It is wonderful for fancying up iced cakes or cupcakes, added to drinks, desserts, very fancy as a topping on the meringue on a lemon or key lime pie or as a garnish on almost anything. If it's coming to its “best before” date, chop it in smaller pieces and add it to a cake, cookie or muffin mix delicious zing.

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Creating tomorrow’s heirlooms... As Don Murray, the founder and CEO of The New Oak Tree points out -

“Quality is not afraid of time.” If you want furniture that your grandchildren will inherit with pride then you have to visit The New Oak Tree. Whether you’re looking for a bedroom suite, a stunning dining room set or an eye-catching bar for the family room, every piece at The New Oak Tree is the definition of superior craftsmanship. The furniture he sells in your choice of wood - oak, cherry, hickory, maple, elm and walnut - stands up to the most discerning inspection. This is solid furniture with dovetailed full extension drawers. The slides have ballbearings and it’s all unconditionally guaranteed. If you don’t find something you like in the extensive show room, bring us a picture and your dream piece can be made for you or have your piece customized and sized. These heirlooms of tomorrow are all made with renewable hardwood. The finishes are ultra smooth from strict sanding procedures and no hazardous chemicals are ever used. The attention to detail is exceptional. Don is giving out gift certificates worth $1000 towards your next purchase to the first 300 customers. This offer is valid for any item over $5000. Solid wood, solid service, solid quality - find your heirloom furniture at The New Oak Tree. Visit the huge showroom at 125 First Street East in Cochrane or go online at You can also call 403.932.3306 or toll free 1.855.323.8733.

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gateway gazette ~December 6th - December 19th, 2011 - tell them you saw it in the gateway gazette!

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Priced to sell! Arguably one of the most incredible residential lots you will find in the Foothills. An acre in size and over 180' of Sheep River frontage, loads of mature trees and privacy. This property is one of the largest and prettiest lots in the Diamond Valley and has subdivision potential! Fantastic heated and insulated 30'x68' shop with 14' and 12' doors and 3 phase power. Tons of room for recreational toys, RV's, Boats and ATV's. Solid, older three bedroom home has had some updates. Most of the value is in the land and shop. Recent Real Property Report available. Come see to believe this outstanding $399,900 Riverfront Vista.


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Colin Rollo • 403-815-0922 Incredible River Valley Views! $284,900 Absolutely phenomenal location-3 bedroom bungalow-vaulted ceilings-ceramics and hardwood-huge covered front verandah-large country lot! Don't delay come view this next to new steal of a deal today! Sheep River Homes Two Story! This stunning custom built two story features a very open main floor with gourmet kitchen, beautiful flooring, main floor laundry and spacious entryway. All bedrooms are oversized and the foundation is insulated concrete form to cut down those heating bills! Call today!

Signature Properties Fully Developed 4 Bedroom! $309,900

Located on a large country lot with a huge oversized heated and insulated Man Cave (garage) plus R.V. parking this family home is fully decked out and waiting for you! Call today to view! You won't be sorry!

Brand New Energy Efficient Bungalow! Three bedrooms, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen and open floor plan, over 1350 sq. ft. of luxury living this home on ICF foundation also features 9 ft. ceilings in the fully drywalled and wired basement for easy future development. Call today to view!

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