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Black Diamond unveils its entry into the Big Valley Jamboree’s Small Town Saturday Night contest. The two minute video produced by Oilfields High School alumni, Zoe Slusar and Bailey Kerluke has made it into the top ten. All that’s needed now is for the votes to start pouring in. The winning town will receive a mini Big Valley Jamboree and $5,000 for their charity of choice, in our case, the Boys & Girls Club of Diamond Valley. So what are you waiting for? Vote at: www.bigvalleyjamboree/stsn/vote All you need is an email address. Pictured above, left to right: Black Diamond Councellor Mike Ross, Boys & Girls Club of Diamond Valley Executive Director Shirley Puttock, Video coproducer Bailey Kerluke, Black Diamond Mayor Sharlene Brown and Economic Development and Events Coordinator (EDEC) David Petrovich.


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cultural 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 ~ 11:00am Yoga in Longview. 403-5583696. -------------------------------------------------------10:45am Book Buddies Sheep River Library. 403-933-3278. -------------------------------------------------------1:00pm Knitting Club Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-933-3376. -------------------------------------------------------1:00pm Whist & Bridge Valley Neighbours Club 403-933-4445. -------------------------------------------------------4pm - Board Game Club at the Sheep River Library. 403-933-3278. 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - TOPS ( Take Off Pounds ----------------------------------------------- Sensibly) at Millarville Rancher's Hall. Mar 19th 7:00pm Foothills Re- -------------------------------------------------------gional Victim Services AGM. 6:00 ~ 7:00pm Belly Dancing Sheep Creek Okotoks RCMP Detachment. 403- Arts Council 403-933-4020. -------------------------------------------------------652-2359. 7:00 ~ 8:00pm - Red Deer Lake Community ----------------------------------------------- Centre - Boot Camp for all levels - Patti: 403Mar 26th 6:30pm Seniors’ Dinner 931-2373. Royal Canadian Legion Turner Val- -------------------------------------------------------7:00- 9:00pm Adult Badminton, Millarville ley. 403-933-4600. School gym. 931-3919. ----------------------------------------------- Community ------------------------------------------------------TUESDAY 7:30 ~ 9:30pm 1st & 3rd week of month. 1st & 3rd/every month 7:00 & 7:30pm Lions Scrapbooking Sheep Creek Arts Council Club Meeting at Legion. Next meeting Sep- 403-933-4424. -------------------------------------------------------tember. Contact Don at 403-931-3587. -------------------------------------------------------- 7:00 ~ 8:30pm YOGA Beginners and all lev2nd/every month 1:15pm Sheep River Li- els, Priddis Community Hall, drops in welcome. Margit 403-931-3649. brary Book Club 403-933-7464. -------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month 7:30pm Millarville Horti- 7:30pm Last/every month. Legion Ladies


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 Water Colour Boot Camp Sheep CreekArts Council. 403-933-4020.

Robb Nash Impact Tour

Growing up Robb Nash never dreamed that music would form such a large part of his life. But after recovering from a near fatal car accident he found purpose in writing songs and performing with his band, Live On Arrival. Despite his musical success he stepped down from the stage and turned to helping youth. To date, Robb has taken his

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Auxiliary No meetings July, August or December. 403-933-4564. -------------------------------------------------------7:30 ~ 9:30pm Last/month. Camera Club Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-2407.

-------------------------------------------------------9:30am Beginners Yoga Class Drop ins welcome. Sheep River Library, Turner ValleyMargit 403 931 3649. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 10:00 ~ 10:30am Around the World with Dance & Play class for Moms & Tots. Sheep WEDNESDAY CreekArts Council 403-933-4020. 2nd Wednesday Pot Luck Luncheon - 12:00 -------------------------------------------------------– 1:00 p.m. Griffiths Senior Centre, Black Di- 1:00pm 1st/every month General Meeting amond. 403-933-4036. Valley Neighbours Club 403-933-4445. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------8:45 ~ 10:00am - YOGA, Beginners and all 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Cards - Griffiths Senior Cenlevels, Millarville Community Hall, drop in tre, Black Diamond. 403-933-4036. welcome. Margit 403 931 3649. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1:30pm 2nd/every month Valley Neigh9:30 ~ 12:00 a.m. Floor Curling Griffiths Me- bours Gardening Club. Bea 403-933-7131. morial Centre, Black Diamond. 403-933- -------------------------------------------------------4036. 1:30pm Chick Lit Group meets every Thurs------------------------------------------------------day at the Sheep River Library. 403-93310:30am ~ 3:30pm 1st & 3rd week of month. 3278. Diamond Valley Quilt Club Sheep Creek -------------------------------------------------------Arts Council 403-931-3989. 2pm - Storytime at Sheep River Library. -------------------------------------------------------- 403-933-3278. 1:00pm - Bridge at the Valley Neighbours -------------------------------------------------------Club. 403-933-4289. 5:00 ~ 7:30pm Fish & Chip Night / Crib at -------------------------------------------------------- 7:30pm Legion Turner Valley 403-9331:30 ~ 3:30pm Last of each month. Volun- 4564. teer Sewing/Quilting Bee. Baby Bags for Lit -------------------------------------------------------for Life Program 403-995-2660. 6:30 ~ 7:30pm TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sen5:30pm Buffet & Darts Drop In Everyone wel- sibly) Valley Neighbours Club. come. Legion Turner Valley 403-933-4564. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7:00 ~ 8:30pm 1st/month. YouthAuxiliary Le6:00 ~ 7:00pm Belly Dancing Sheep Creek gion Turner Valley 403-933-3739. Arts Council 403-933-4020. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7:00 ~ 9:00pm Decorative Painting Sheep 6:30 ~ 7:30pm Gentle Yoga for beginners CreekArts Council 403-933-4578. and those that practice. Millarville Ranchers ----------------------------------------------Hall. Margit 403-931-3649. -------------------------------------------------------- March 22nd, 5:30pm - Welcome 7:00-9:00pm - every Wednesday Adult Bas- Wagon Bridal Fair at the Okotoks ketball, Millarville Community School gym. Foothills Centennial Centre. Fash931-3919. ion show, displays and prizes. -------------------------------------------------------403-938-2532 (Adele) or 403-3707:30 ~ 9:30pm Acrylic Painting Your Way 5386 (Linda). Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-4020.


THURSDAY 2nd & 4th - Quilting at the Griffiths Senior Center. 403-933-4036. 9:00 ~ 10:00am - Red Deer Lake Community Centre - Boot Camp for all levels - Patti: 403-931-2373. -------------------------------------------------------9:30 ~ 11:00am Yoga in Longview. 403-5583696.

story of Finding Purpose to over 750,000 kids in schools across Canada reaching students with his messages of hope and encouragement. Robb believes that everyone has a voice in their heart that they should learn to follow. “Whatever you are going through, you are not alone,” he says with power and conviction. His energy, optimism and message reached all the Grade 10 to 12 students at Oilfields High School last Thursday when he brought his Impact Tour to them. Using a combination of


1st, 2nd, 3rd/month 6:30 ~ 8:30pm Gym Night Longview School - George 403-8089948. ------------------------------------------------------2nd of the month - 7 to 9pm - join the Book to Film Group at the Sheep River Library. 403933-3278. --------------------------------------------------------

songs, humour and videos he impressed upon the audience to “follow your heart and things will fall in place”. Invited to the school to assist the students in their grief process after losing a fellow student last fall to suicide, Robb was adamant that there is always help somewhere, somehow with someone for everyone. He repeatedly told the students “You have the strength to get through anything.” Robb charges nothing for his tour and interacts with his

10:30am - Storytime at Sheep River Library. 403-933-3278. -------------------------------------------------------10:30am - TIPS (Treasures In Progress Society) at the Sheep River Library. 403-9333278. -------------------------------------------------------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 (cut off 6:30pm) & Chase the Ace (draw at 6:15pm) - Buffet Wear Red - Legion Turner Valley 403-9334564.

all the programs offered and enter prize draws. 403-933-3278. ---------------------------------------------March 24th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm RUTH COLLINS: 95TH BIRTHDAY! Please join us as we celebrate with a “Come & Go Tea” at St. George’s Anglican Church Main Street, Turner Valley. ---------------------------------------------SUNDAY 11:00am Regular services Longview Bible Fellowship - 403-808-9948.

---------------------------------------------Mar.25th, 3:00pm Russell Braun ---------------------------------------------- Concert, High River United 11:00 - 2:00 Winter Café at Millarville Race Church. 403-652-3168. Track. 403-652-6557. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11:00-2:00pm Sunday Brunch at Millarville SATURDAY race Track. 403-652-6557. 9:00 ~ 11:00am Breakfast Legion Turner Val- ---------------------------------------------ley 403-933-4564. MULTI-DAY EVENTS -------------------------------------------------------Friday to Sunday, March 16th to 4:30pm Meat Draw, 50/50 & Free Pool Legion Turner Valley 403-933-4564. 18th. High Country Minor Hockey ---------------------------------------------- Pee Wee ‘D’Provincial ChampionMarch 17th, 7pm St. Paddy’s ships. Oilfields Arena, Black DiaNight at the Millarville Racetrack mond. Hall Phone (403)931-3411 to reg- ---------------------------------------------ister as an invited guest. Vote everyday until midnight on ---------------------------------------------- March 20th for Black Diamond to March 17th, 5 to 9pm - St. Pat- win Small Town Saturday Night at rick's Day Dinner and Dance at the Turner Valley Legion #78. Live /vote. If Black Diamond wins EVmusic by Kim Cote. 403 933-4600 ERYBODY wins. A donation goes to the Diamond Valley Boys and or 403-933-4564. ---------------------------------------------- Girls Club AND a mini-version of Mar. 24th, 9:00am ~ 4:00pm “Tree the Big Valley Jamboree is hosted Basics for Tree Owners” Course in the Oilfields Arena! Scott Seaman Sports Rink Club- www.bigvalleyjamboree/stsn/vote house, Black Diamond. 403-933- ---------------------------------------------Send Us Your Events 5272. ---------------------------------------------No Charge For Inclusion Mar. 24th, 12:00 ~ 4:00pm - Open House at the Sheep River Library email: in celebration of their one year anFax: 403-938-2473 niversary in the new building. See Phone:403-933-4283

audience at great length. His dynamic influence was apparent when he invited, and was successful in getting, Jeff Ovens, a quiet, reflective teacher to join him on stage and sing along with him. The afternoon was spent with a group of the Grade 12 students in a talking circle reminiscing their previous year and their grief process. They discussed how they could help others in similar situations deal with grief based on their own experiences and how they handled it.

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Longview Library Literally Speaking

Our Annual Pancake Supper was a great success! Not only was the food wonderful, but the hall looked beautiful with coloured table clothes, fresh flowers, candles and candy dishes---just the setting for Valentines Day. Doris Lesik's presentation of her healing work with the orphans of Indonesia on

Wednesday night was very special and we hope to hear more from her soon. She kindly brought a platter of Indonesian food to share that she had prepared herself. On March 14th at 7pm in the library, Jan Dyke will give a talk, along with pictures, of her and her husband's trip to South Africa-----so mark that on your calendars. We have had a second session with the Marigold Technician on how to download library books to your ereaders. Please come in to the library to see what is available. It's an exciting change in the world of books! Don't forget that the Crib Club is always looking for new members. They play every Thursday afternoon from 2 to 4pm. Two books worth mentioning this month are Empire

Falls by Richard Russo, and very moving and thought proRussian Winter by Daphne voking. Kalotay. Empire Falls is a Happy Reading story set in a small town in Sylvia Binkley Maine and is about the lives of the people who hang out at the Empire Grill on Main Street. Russo delves into the hearts and minds of these patrons and shows how their paths cross and re-cross. He does this with decency, humor and wit. You can't wait to get back to the grill to see how everyone is getting on. Bringing back the Russian Winter is a debut Alberta Advantage! novel that captivates because of its intriguing history of family, memory and solitude. An aging ballerina from the Bolshoi escapes from Stalin's regime to America, arriving in Boston with her invaluable collection of jewels. The portrayal of this aging dancer confined to a wheelchair with only Pat Stier – Candidate her memories for company is Livingstone MacLeod Constituency Assoc.

Longview Youth Group Ski Trip The Longview Youth Group went on a ski trip to Castle Mountain on February 25th. The 34 in attendance enjoyed an amazing day of snow-filled slopes. Everyone enjoyed the comforts

of the motor coach that was so generously donated by Southland Transportation Ltd. Also, a special thanks to our driver, Rick, for his support and skill for our safe journey.

This event was also supported by the donations from the Longview Rec. Board, the Foothills Lions Club, Rick Smith and the organizers of the Longview Youth Group. Thanks to all!

Sheep Creek Arts Council Travel to Argentina

The Annual General Meeting of the Sheep Creek Arts Council will be held on March 25th beginning at 2:00pm, in the Council's gallery at 133 Sunset Blvd in Turner Valley. The meeting will be preceded by a demonstration of dance with Karla and her Diva Dance group and a slide presentation of some of the best photos taken by members of the Turner Valley/Oilfields Camera Club. The Camera Club is one of the oldest continuously running clubs which make up the Sheep Creek Arts Council and the Diva Dance group is one of the newest. The Decorative Painting club has mounted a

display of the work of many of their members on the west wall of the Gallery. Please take this opportunity to view the wide variety of artistic talents in this presentation. As Jackie Brassard has submitted her resignation as president, the election of officers and board members of the Sheep Creek Arts Council is particularly important. We invite all members of the community to come to the Annual Meeting, to join the Arts Council and to participate in the elections. The second free slide show travel evening will take place on Friday, March 30th at 7:30pm. Pat McDonell and Hank Wiechel of the Camera Club, will take those attending on what was a month long tour of Argentina. Join the two photographers on what they describe



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as a trip to a traveller's paradise. Argentina stretches almost 3500km and encompasses a wide variety of geography and climates. Pat and Hank hiked the towering peaks and glacier carved landscape of Patagonia, walked among thousands of penguins, visited Buenos Aires, toured the jungle and witnessed the roar and drenching mist of Iguazu Falls*, said to be South America's greatest spectacle. Please accept this invitation to join the photographic tour of Argentina on March 30th at the Sheep Creek Arts Council located at 133 Sunset Blvd in Turner Valley. Complimentary refreshments will be served. *Note: Iguazu Falls is one of the “New7Wonders of Nature”, recently announced on November 11th, 2011

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Legion Leanings It was an exciting night at the Branch on February 24th. Following the buffet meal, meat draws and Chase the Ace run by the Ladies' Auxiliary and with a good crowd looking on, the Longview Fire Department passed the New York Flags on to their colleagues from Okotoks. This was followed by a couple of presentations by area businesses; first up was a donation by Rose and Geoff Dallyn from the Powderhorn Saloon in Bragg Creek who handed over 10% of the gross revenue from their Remembrance Day opening. The cheque was presented by Comrade Tony Iati on their behalf; secondly Torben Sherwood and Rik Falch of Valley Games in Okotoks who have developed a board game called “D-Day Dice” made a donation that reflected one dollar on behalf of each investor in the endeavour and there were over 2400 of them; thirdly we were able to recognise publicly the donation made by Tilly Jackson in memory of her late father. The approximately $2400 allowed the branch to purchase new computer and copying equipment. We thank all these people for their support of the Legion and the work undertaken on behalf of veterans and the community in general. The Honours and Awards

committee is in the process of finalising this year's list of honourees. Those whose names have been submitted are screened to match national standards following which citations are prepared and submitted to Dominion Command for approval. Our Honours and Awards Night and Installation of Officers is scheduled for May 26th. The three high schools in the area now have all the forms and information needed by students to apply for the new $1000.00 bursaries being made available for the first time this year. Applications from graduating students at these three schools must be submitted through the school. To qualify, a student must be the descendant of a veteran. This refers not only to Canadian Veterans but those of Britain and the Commonwealth countries along with the forces of Canada's allies. We remind students who live in our area but who attend a different public or separate high school that they too are eligible for similar awards. Application forms for these students can be obtained from the Branch. In order to be considered, all applications must be received by the April 30th deadline. In addition to the usual sports programmes on March 10th there was the Ladies' Pie Auction. On Friday March 16th at 7:00pm

we will welcome a group of Irish Dancers. The following Day we will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Dinner/Dance. Dinner is at 5:00pm with the dance starting at 7:00pm. Music will be provided by Kim Cote who brings an impressive musical resume with him. Tickets are $20.00 and should be purchased in advance. On March 30th at 7:05pm we will make the draws for the prizes in our local raffle. Two prizes of $500 and two flat-screen TV's will be given to the lucky ticket holders. There are still tickets available at the Branch. On the topic of gaming, don't forget the Legion Provincial Million Dollar Lottery. When you purchase your tickets please indicate that you support Branch #78 and we will benefit from that. Finally, and following the recent and very successful “Jelly Bean Dance” for children, there will be a party for the youngsters on March 31st at 1:00pm. We ask that parents register their children for this event. Serving Our Veterans, Seniors, Youth and the Community Malcolm Hughes

No Tax Hikes. Period. Wildrose Releases Commitment to Taxpayers Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith announced the fourth Wildrose Commitment to Albertans on February 28th in Calgary - a firm promise not to raise or introduce taxes if Albertans elect a Wildrose government this spring. The Wildrose will release five Commitments in key policy areas between now and the next provincial election. Since January 31st, Smith has announced the Wildrose Commitment to Power Consumers, the W ildrose Commitment to Parents on Education and the Wildros e Commitment to Municipalities. Smith - along with the four Wildrose caucus members - marked the commitment by signing a No Tax Hikes pledge to Alberta taxpayers. Wildrose MLAs have re-

peatedly asked Premier Alison Redford to sign a similar pledge, but she has refused. Instead, she insists on having a "conversation" about taxes - including a review of income tax rates but only after the election. “Today's commitment is all about doing what Premier Redford refuses to do be up front and honest with Albertans about taxes," Smith said. "We think Alberta families and businesses are taxed enough. That's why we won't raise taxes. I hope she will come clean before the election. Albertans deserve to know.” Since Redford became premier, the PCs have indicated they are looking for additional sources of stable revenues. Redford and members of her cabinet have openly mused about increasing sin taxes, bringing

back health care premiums, even implementing a Provincial Sales Tax. Most recently, Redford's Throne Speech confirmed her government will review income taxes after the election. “Premier Redford has ducked and dodged the tax question for weeks," Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson said. "The longer she refuses to rule out tax hikes, the more reasonable it is to assume she will raise taxes. I'm proud of our commitment today. A Wildrose government will not raise taxes. Period.” To read the full commitment, visit:

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From The Lions Den - Lions of the Internet

Submitted by Lion James Lee Everyone seems to be connected with the internet these days, via touch pads, lap tops, phones, wii machines, play station and of course the old stand-by, the desk top computer. New Age and Old School Lions members stay connected via the internet also. We tweet, skype and email information about meetings, community events that include local Lion projects and Lions International initiatives and objectives. You are aware that this is how we do IT. So what is all this computer hype about? What you perhaps are not aware of is Lions, expanding partnership with the Gates Foundation, to save children

across the world from MEASLES. The initiative is entitled One Shot, One Life. We work hand in hand on this medical issue and a plethora of other causes with UNICEF and The World Health Organization. By years end, Lions and our valued partners will have vaccinated 157 million children worldwide in our fight against measles. It costs $1 per measles vaccine dose. The Gates Foundation has challenged Lions to raise $10 million dollars in the fight to eradicate measles worldwide. The Gates Foundation will then match every $2 we raise with $1 from their trust fund. This is just another way that Lions are using the Internet to Serve the communities of the world. Serve is what Lions do!

At the Black and Gold Awards Program at Oilfields High School, Lions Don Ward and Dave Parsons presented a $1000.00 bursary to former student Haleigh Brown, for her extensive community involvement and academic excellence. Haleigh is presently attending the University of Lethbridge, where she is studying Nursing. Recently, Foothills Lions donated $2500.00 to Education Plus for Art workshops and a School Ski Day. The Longview Youth Group received $3000.00 to create Youth Recreation Programs and $1500.00 to the High Country Minor Hockey Association for Player of the Game Awards for the upcoming Pee Wee “D” Provincial Champion-

these beautiful pieces through your donation. This activity materials as a way of express- was organized with the help of T h e A r t P r o g r a m a t ing themselves in a meaningful Mrs. Dyck, Longview School LiLongview School provides a va- way. They used models and pic- brarian, to develop student arriety of experiences for stu- tures to make drawings with in- tistic skills, share their talent dents which include a chance creasing skill and accuracy and give back to the commuto grow and develop as an indi- and developed techniques to nity in which they live. There is vidual; to develop perceptual add detail, create texture, pat- heart and soul in everything awareness; to learn visual arts tern and volume in their com- that goes on at our school. Our skills and concepts; to inter- positions. Students have done school is a supportive environpret and communicate about sketches using paper and pen- ment that empowers everyone art; and appreciate cultural cil and compositions using oil, to do their best and be inand everyday aspects of art. pastels, ink and watercolours volved. We know we need to Our Art Program develops a of flowers and South Western step forward and not back student's understanding of the landscapes. when things need to be done. Because Longview Stu- Our students take great pride four components of reflection, depiction, composition and ex- dents are so very proud of their in being an EAGLE which pression by learning about the school and community, each stands for E (Engaged), A (Acaelements of art (Line, Colour, Grade 5/6 student has do- demic and Athletic), G (Goal Shape, Form, Texture, Space, nated one of their Georgia Setters), L (Leaders), E (ExcelValue) and the principles of art O'Keeffe inspired oil pastel lence Achievers), S (School (Balance, Emphasis, Propor- flower art pieces to the Spirit Promoters). These words tion, Movement, Rhythm /Rep- Longview Public Library for a are about the qualities, charetition /Pattern, Variety and fundraiser. Library Manager, acteristics and behaviors our Joan Maxwell, has organized students stand for. Our stuUnity). Recently, the Grade 5/6 stu- an art exhibit, showcasing dents understand and work on dents have been studying the Longview Talent. Longview Stu- the characteristics of responwork of American Modernist: dent works of art will be on disGeorgia O'Keeffe and creating play and available to be purcompositions inspired by her chased for the entire month of a r t w o r k . S t u d e n t s h a v e March. Please support our loshowed strength in using art cal library, by acquiring one of

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ship, March 15th thru to the 17th at the Black Diamond Arena. Interested in becoming a Lion? Our Membership Coordinator Don Ward can be contacted at (403)931-3587 or email Don at: Bingo starts at 7pm March 16th and 30th at the Valley Neighbours Club. Don't forget to call Lion Barry Crane at 933-5385 or email at: to enter your team in the 1st Annual Lions Curling Bonspiel, March 10th & 11th at the Oilfields Curling Rink. The Foothills Lions Club “Serving Our Community”

sible learning which include confidence, respect, independence, work habits and citizenship every day. These characteristics are an important piece in learning and leading an active, creative and engaged life. It is wonderful to see Foothills School Division students and employees modeling these characteristics and giving back to their community. Our school and community embrace individuals that are caring, genuine, positive, friendly and kind like Mrs. Dyck. Thank you for all that you do!

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Black Diamond 403-933-4348

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Councillor’s Corner: by Councillor Sharon Hart

Yahoo! Friends and neighbours! We have been picked as one of the top ten finalists for the Small Town Saturday Night competition, so I am asking all of those people out there who like to enjoy fun, music, laughter, friendship, and all the other things that go with being able to host a Jamboree, to vote for Black Diamond, on line at, then click on Black Diamond and be prepared to be proud! This year's Volunteer of the Year had four strong nominees : Shelagh Dobyn, Barb Froud, Linda Nelson and Cindy Kluzak. It was a very tough decision for Council to pick a winner, so breaking with tradition, we have decided to have two recipients for the award this year. Barb Froud and Linda Nelson. Congratulations Ladies! We are very proud of all the volunteers and would like to thank the people who nominated them all.


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Oilfields Arena Schedule

Public Skating in the Oilfields Regional Arena is from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday's. Public Skating is free of charge thanks to our local sponsor Sandul's Counter Care Pharmacy. After School Shinny is available: Monday to Friday from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm. This rink is also open to the public when it is NOT booked. All bookings are marked on the blackboard. The small outdoor arena (natural ice) is also open for skating. The Scott Seaman Sports Rink is in operation when the weather is between +9C and -20C, when problems arise due to weather the rink will close until it is frozen, or the outside air temperature rises. Advertising space rental is still available in the Arena. For available ice rental times or advertising space information, contact Les at 403-933-5272.

Pruning Basics For Tree Owners * Saturday, March 24th, 9am – 4pm * Ÿ Do you have trees and shrubs in your yard? Ÿ Would you like to know how to properly select & plant

trees & shrubs for your yard? Ÿ Would you like to know how to prune trees and shrubs correctly? The Town of Black Diamond & the Town of Turner Valley are working together to provide you with training on how to plant & prune your trees & shrubs. This course “Tree Basics for Tree Owners” is open to residents of both towns at no charge. There will be one course Saturday, March 24th to be held in Black Diamond at the Scott Seaman Sports Rink (Change room), 611- 3rd Street S.W. – (back building). This is a six hour course which starts at 9:00 a.m. and finishes at 4:00 p.m., lunch is not provided. Residents from either town may attend this course; registration is required as class number is limited to 30 people. To register call Les at 403-933-5272.

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TURNER VALLEY SCHOOL NEWS The month of March has certainly come u p o n u s quickly and looking at the thermometer confirms that we are getting close to being done with winter. As we move toward warm spring weather we remain clearly focused on learning. We appreciate the participation of parents in the February round of student led conferences. We had nearly 100% participation and the survey results are very positive indeed. March is a transition month in the school year as well as in the seasons. The second term report cards will be prepared by teachers and will be sent home on April 5th. While there are no further interviews scheduled, parents are encouraged to discuss any aspect of their child's learning and school life with our staff. A strong homeschool relationship optimizes learning and successful school experiences. On the sports scene, we congratulate the Tigers on an excellent season in basketball. We had a great wind-up tourney at Percy Pegler School. Next up is a Choir Festival for our Grade 3-5 students, and of course our annual spring theatre production is well under way and will happen March 29th and 30th. Finally, some comments on the annual Fraser Institute Alberta

school ranking that was published in the media on February 26th. While we once again see that Turner Valley School has improved in the academic ratings on this report, we're not feeling too smug yet. Our school does tend to go up and down quite dramatically on these reports. We do analyze the PAT results and add that information to the larger body of data that we collect and analyze each year including provincial test results, staff, student and parent surveys, curriculum reviews and how well we are meeting the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement targets and school goals in our Education Plan. We are proud of the efforts that our staff and students make every day at school and don't rely on judgments from afar to inform. Rather than rely upon a single indicator, we believe that all of these sources must be considered in order to draw valid conclusions about current school effectiveness and to reveal areas for future improvement. ~ Education Together, Rob Bennington ST PATRICK’S DAY St Patrick's Day is on Saturday March 17th. St. Patrick was a priest who chased snakes out of Ireland and was very kind to people. Some of the symbols are shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold and the color green.

For fun, build a leprechaun trap. By Danielle WORLD OF WHEELS Did you go to the World Of Wheels 2012? Well I did, it was fun! They had famous Chip Foose, Zendaya Coleman and a special presentation from the one and only, Bigfoot the Monster Truck. When I was there I got to interview Josh Levair. His favorite car that he owns is a 1969 orange Dodge Super Bee and it was the first car he ever built. He started building cars at the age of 15. In 2009 he won the highest Award, you can get at the show; it's called the Jim Lesley Award. He won it with a 1969 red and white Dodge Super Bee and it was the first time a restored car won it. Even though Josh is in his early 20's studying Criminal Justice at University of Lethbridge, he has already built 6 cars and 1 truck. By Garrett DESTINATION RED DEER This touring art exhibit is open March 5th to April 16th in the school library. This exhibit was developed by the Alberta Society of Artists in partnership with the Visual Art Department of Red Deer College for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program. The AFA Travelling Exhibition Program is financially supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

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Millarville Mutts and Mustangs Get Speaking By Katelyn Braun The Millarville Mutts and Mustangs have just finished our public speaking. In our club public speaking for juniors, Gracie got alternate, Jessie received second and Shannon placed first. In the intermediate class, Nicole was the alternate, I won second and Paula achieved first. And, for the seniors, Rachel accepted second and Cassidy made first. Only three members went on to Area level public speaking and they were Nicole, Shannon and Jessie. No one placed, but everyone still did great. On another occasion, some members went to the race track to bake cookies for the dogs. There were cookies with garlic, blue berries, baby food and peanut butter. All of the dogs loved them and a couple of the boys had a taste, too. We are now starting agility. I think this is our favourite part of training and the dogs love it, too. The horse group has been working on their assessments and has learned a lot from the clinics that they have had. But once in a while they make time to go on a ride with the horses. In just a month or two our lives are going

to be jam packed with 4-H activities. For one, we will have our Achievement Day which is where we have fun little competitions with agility, showmanship and obedience. The horse section will do English and Western pleasure. It is all on the same day so we can see what both sides of our club does. Another event is highway clean-up. We do this every year and it helps club funding. It is not as easy as it looks because you have no idea of what we might find. The biggest event is 4-H On Parade which everyone looks forward to. We have competitions with the other clubs. But before that, we get our ideas together on how we are going to decorate the stable and our dog cages. Can't wait to see how it turns out. Our 4-H club is keeping very busy, but we are having lots of fun.


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Riverwood Estates Welcomes New Showhome in Style

The Riverwood Estates Showhome opening last Saturday was a smashing success, with over a hundred people coming out to visit the new homes in beautiful Black Diamond. The weather was gorgeous and everyone was in high spirits as couples and families got their first looks at the big open rooms, the sparkling kitchens and the brand new sales centre. Both showhomes were packed with people from as far as Cochrane and North Calgary exploring the homes, sampling delicious baked goods from the Black Diamond Bakery and checking out the great paintings provided by Black Diamond's Bluerock Gallery. The kids enjoyed iPads, the "Man Cave" movie theater and the balloon animals and tricks of our amazing magician!

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The best part is, the excitement is still going! People are pouring in to see all the great things Riverwood has to offer. With the promise of gorgeous weather again this weekend, come see what all the fuss is about. While you're here, enter for your chance to win 4 nights at the Residence at Fairmont Ridge, 4 hot springs passes and 4 golf or ski passes. Hurry, before the contest is over!

On February 5th the 4-H multi club had their first public speaking competition at the Square Butte Hall. At the competition our speakers were confident when they were speaking about both their prepared and impromptu speeches. The club members had prepared speeches about animals, people and adventures. The impromptu speeches were interesting to listen to because there were topics that went from “If I could choose my chores they would be?” or “Are your parents good drivers?”. Kashley Meyer, Jade Boucher, Katie Klotz, Jessica Bryk and Katelyn Braun moved to the Area Competition. On February 25th the “Area” clubs had their public

speaking competition at the Millarville Race Track. There were speakers from the whole area. Every person that spoke was amazing and every speech was very detailed and everyone spoke with passion, confidence and knew what he or she were talking about so they could look at the audience. At that competition everyone had to bring something for lunch. We had fruit, vegetables, sandwiches, mini sandwiches and brownies with smarties. There were speeches about animals, your body, adventures, celebrities, hockey players and famous places across the world. Kashley Meyer from Multiclub moved on to the District level – Congratulations Kashley! On March 4th the 4-H

Town of Turner Valley

403.933.4944 ~ 223 Main Street NE Upcoming Turner Valley Council Meetings Start time – 6:30 p.m. March 19 – Regular Council Meeting April 2 – Committee of the Whole April 16 – Regular Council Meeting

Town of Turner Valley Mailing of 2012 Assessment

Notice is Hereby Given that Pursuant to Section 311(1) of the Municipal Government Acct 2000, R.S.A., Chapter M-26 for the 2012 Assessment Notices for the Town of Turner Valley will be mailed the week of March 19, 2012. All Turner Valley property owners are advised that there is a sixty (60) day period from the date of mailing, in which to submit a complaint in regards to the Assessment Notice. Any person may inspect the assessment roll at the Municipal Centre during regular office hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All assessed persons are deemed to have received their assessment notices as a result of this advertisement. An open house will be held with the Assessor April 19th starting at 11:00 am. If you wish to discuss your assessment, please contact the town office at 403.933.4944 to make an appointment. Town of Turner Valley Municipal Centre Box 330, 223 Main Street N.E. Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0

Earth Hour™ 2012

Saturday, March 31 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Town Council invites all staff, residents, and businesses to join with them in showing Turner Valley’s commitment to the environment by participating in Earth Hour 2012. For ideas and more information, visit,, or

Turner Valley Parking Survey

The Town of Turner Valley is reviewing the parking of commercial vehicles on Main Street, between Sunset Boulevard and 8th Avenue N.W. (Dunham Lane). We are interested in your feedback. Should the Town regulate parking of commercial vehicles parked on Main Street? Does this include restricting commercial parking or implementing timed parking or maybe you feel that it doesn't need to be changed? We invite you to participate in the on-line survey and we look forward to reading your responses and comments. The survey is available on the town web site and will remain online until Friday, March 30, 2012.

CONGRATULATIONS TO BLACK DIAMOND Finalist the Small Town Saturday Night Contest Help support Black Diamond’s entry to win a mini Big Valley Jamboree concert by voting daily until 11:59 p.m. on March 20, 2012. There is tough competition from larger communities, so every vote is important. Let’s help our neighbours by supporting this great event which will benefit local youth through the Diamond Valley Boys and Girls Club. Winners will be announced on April 3. INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO VOTE: 1. Click on the following link: 2. Then click on the radio button beside Black Diamond 3. Fill out the information (this only needs to be done the first time) 4. Click on the “vote” button at the bottom 5. Follow the instructions to verify your email (first vote only) 6. THEN, REMEMBER TO GO TO TO VOTE DAILY TILL 11:59 p.m. ON MARCH 20, 2012.

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multi club had their Christmas party (better late than never) and Secret Santa at Laser Quest. The 4-H members had a blast playing laser tag. We played two rounds and then sat down in our room to open our Secret Santa gifts. The 4-H members had to pull a name out of a hat and buy their Secret Santa a gift that was $10 or less. After we had pizza the kids opened their gifts some of them included Christmas plates, nail polish, lip balm, Christmas ornaments and a huge stick of Toblerone chocolate. The next meeting for the 4-H multi club is March 11th at the Square Butte Hall and the theme is “What can you stuff?”

Turner Valley Protective Services Complaint Line

403.863.4341 Town of Turner Valley Office Hours Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Statutory Holidays

TOWN OF TURNER VALLEY Pool Summer Employment Senior and Junior Guards The Town of Turner Valley will be hiring for seasonal full time and part time positions at the Dr. Lander Memorial Swimming Pool for the 2012 summer season as follows: SENIOR GUARDS AND JUNIOR GUARDS The Town of Turner Valley requires a seasonal full/part time Senior and Junior Lifeguards for the Turner Valley Dr. Lander Memorial Swimming Pool commencing May 18, 2012 (weather permitting). These positions will be responsible for staff and summer programs including Red Cross/Lifesaving lessons. Excellent communication, organizational and public relation skills are a must. The job descriptions for these positions are available upon request from the town office during regular office hours or the town website The successful applicant will have the following qualifications: National Lifeguard Service Award, LSI, and Emergency First Aid Applicants must be able to provide copies of valid certifications. Deadline for resumes are: Senior Guard Positions - April 16, 2012 Junior Guard Positions - April 16, 2012 Mail to: Town of Turner Valley, Box 330, Turner Valley, Alberta T0L 2A0 Attention: Cheryl Gross, Pool Operations Coordinator Fax to: 403.933.5377, Email to: The Town of Turner Valley appreciates the interest of applicants and wishes to thank all for applying. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Travel Tracks

foot into the hallowed halls of Dar's Julius Nyrere International Airport. Julius, for what it's worth, *THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES* By Dave Heron held the position of President very aircraft they were cur- of Tanzania from 1961 As I'd indicated in Part 1, Salaam. the journey to Kilimanjaro At 3:00 am, Dark as rently strapped into, while through 1985 and is best had endured aircraft engines Salami is not exactly a wel- others would be transferred remembered as a guy who, when faced with opposition, not quite up to par, ground come sight, especially when on to a waiting aircraft. delays, snow and then, as a your intended destination Exiting into the cool 100 burned entire villages to the final insult to the 335 hos- t h e p r e v i o u s d a y w a s degree temperatures, it was ground, created a series of tages wedged into seats origi- Kilimanjaro. still a tad unclear who would prison camps for the survinally designed for Tonka Even less so when advised re-board the bird, and who vors of the aforementioned Toys, we were about to suc- by the flight crew that some would roll the dice for the des- barbeques and finally, after pushing Tanzania to the cumb to gravity in the quasi of the hostages would con- ignated alternate. capital of Tanzania - Dar es tinue on to Kili aboard the And so began the trek on brink of starvation, left office and moved to England. But not before it seems he turned one of the prison camps into Tanzania's primary international airport. Leaving the comparative luxury of the silver bird's cabin, we're escorted into........... the Arrivals Hall. Actually, it was a combination arrivals hall, departure hall, fast food outlet, magazine store, luggage recycling center, immigration Get the skills employers demand. Diploma detention area and public washroom all rolled into one. programs are available for many exciting areas. Without any noticeable partitions to separate the designated areas. Lit by 6 -fifty watt bulbs of which only 4 seemed to have any life in them. Ÿ Accounting Programs And a motley crew we were. Ÿ Business Administration Arrivals from the recently Ÿ Medical Office Asst. w/Unit Clerk landed big bird. Wannabe departing pasŸ Office Administration sengers hoping to board big bird. Ÿ Payroll Administration Folks who had the hollow Ÿ Microsoft Office Courses look of passengers who'd been waiting for days to get Funding Available to those who qualify out - to anywhere - and had seemingly lost all hope. Locals with nowhere else Career and Business College to go at 3:00am. #2, 28 - 12th Ave SE, High River And 1 supervisor with 3 hats, 9 merit badges, a knock WWW.ACADEMYOFLEARNING.COM ~ off Prada briefcase, a notepad and no pen.

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He was clearly the "go-to" guy. My 1st mistake was entertaining that presumption. "We're destined as a group for Kilimanjaro - where do we check in?" In a tone practiced I presume from years of watching re-runs of The Dog Whisperer, came the response, "sit." It was obvious he was unaware that the airline had cornered the market on that command for the past 14 hours. Although to be fair, the flight attendants weren't packing AK-47's. He was. I sat. About an hour later there was a changing of the guard and the new kid on the block didn't look quite as intimidating. Trying again, I was greeted with a smile but little else. Four questions later I came to the conclusion this one wasn't really all that polite- he was catatonic and until the meds kicked in, further prodding was clearly going nowhere. Suddenly from the corner nearest the washroom - a flurry of activity. Either someone had located the coveted stash of toilet paper or an aircraft was getting ready to load - either way I wanted in on the action. A baggage handler with a clipboard was directing folks down to the gate and in checking with him, it seemed that all but 1 of our group was listed as confirmed on the about to depart Boeing. "What about that 1 passenger?" we asked. "Ah Sir - she traded her camera for a roll of toilet paper so we think she'll be a

while and we've listed her for the next flight." Knowing full well the next flight could be some time after I was scheduled to retire, we stood our ground refusing to board until we were all confirmed as on the manifest. With 6 minutes to go before the Last Plane to Clarkesville bailed, I took a last ditch desperate shot at tipping the scales in our favour. When all else fails, a little bribery has been known to go a long way. "Tell ya what - get us all on and a brand new I-Pad 2's all yours," I quietly let it be known to Mr. Clipboard. Looking around cautiously, he stroked an obscure name off the list, added our passenger and down the ramp we went. About 10 minutes into the flight, our almost left behind passenger said to me, "I really feel badly getting the last seat when that poor man who was confirmed on board was left behind. "Nah don't give it a second thought - he wasn't gonna get on the flight anyhow,” I replied. "Why's that?" "He'll be spending the next few hours searching all over the damn terminal for his IPAD 2." Adios until next time Dave Heron Dave Heron is the owner and operator of: Pace Setter Travel & Tours (1995) Inc; P.O. Box 612, 70 McRae Street, Okotoks. Tel: 403.938.5454 Toll Free: 1.800.206.7223. Fax: 403.938.5568 Email:


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Pledge for the Pedalist

Dick Graham, owner of OK Tire in Black Diamond has been a part of this community for 36 years and has given back to this community in many different ways over that time. Dick has now taken on a challenge that not many men in their fifties would embark on. Dick has decided to join the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer on June 23rd and 24th. Dick says, “This is not a race and I feel confident that I can do it.” Dick knows many people, friends and acquaintances that have been affected by cancer and he feels this is just another way to support this community. This ride is a 200 km bicycle ride from Spruce Meadows to Chain Lakes and back, staying in tents overnight at Chain Lakes Provincial Park. Last year 2280 cyclists raised $8.6 million for cancer research in our Province. I asked Dick what prompted him to undertake this ride; is he an avid cyclist, has he ridden a marathon before? “No,” Dick assured me, “I never even owned a bike until I was 55, not even as a kid.” Finding himself twenty pounds overweight and taking several medications Dick decided it was time to become more active and healthier. He has now achieved that goal and with his doctor shaking his hand Dick has been taken off almost all his medications. Now Dick is faced with a new challenge: raising the $2,500 that is a requirement of entering the ride. To date Dick is almost a third of the way there but needs your support to enable him to participate. If every-

one in this community donated just $1, Dick would achieve this, but realistically, if only 10% of this community donated $10 the same would be achieved. Dick (and the Gateway Gazette) is asking you to pledge your $10 by going to:, clicking on Alberta, then the 'Donate' tab and enter Dick Graham in the search for a participant field. When Dick's name comes up, click on it and then on 'Donate Online Now'. Of course, you can pledge any amount, not just the $10, and help Dick surpass his goal. Cancer touches all of us in one way or another but not all of us are able to ride 200 km in two days to further the research to eradicate this terrible disease. So, please, share the ride with Dick by donating. If you don't want to donate online then stop by OK Tire and leave your cash with Dick, along with a few words of encouragement.

Millarville’s Cool News We are almost finished wrapping up our unit of inquiry on How We Express Ourselves learning about the importance of First Nations People to Alberta. The buffalo were very important to them and they would have special ceremonies before a buffalo hunt. The First Nations People used every part of the buffalo to help them live. Through ancient art First Nations People carved traditional stories about buffalo hunts and fights on rock because they didn't have paper. You can see ancient buffalo hunts on Petroglyphs, which are deep carvings in rocks. Pictographs were also used to tell stories that looked more like paintings then carvings. The stories that were on rock are still there today at Writing on Stone Provincial Park. We are starting a new unit of inquiry on How the World Works. We went to the new Spark Science Center to learn about simple machines and how you had to connect all the different parts together to make them move in one direction and go up and down. We also had time to explore the exhibits; our favourites were Being Human, Creative Kids Museum also Earth and Sky. We will have more updates about our new unit in a few weeks.

The Bachelors Club The Bachelors club is run by Mr. Beacom and it is for boys in Grade 7 and 8 who are interested in making nutritious meals. In the first session they made pizza out of dough from scratch with toppings and their recent session they made omelets and French toast. It's held every second Wednesday where they learn to cook, sew and iron. Archery Grades 5 to 8 finished archery on February 27th and I think that all of us are sad that it is done. In archery we had to do two tests and if we didn't get mastery then we had to do it all over again until we got it and I think that all of us did well. We use compound bows and aluminum arrows. Our challenge was to get our arrows grouped together, as close as possible. Some kids are really accurate! Millarville Community School Grade 6 Exhibition Experience The class of Grade 6 enjoyed and all participated in the Exhibition PYP unit of inquiry. Our focus on our topics was People connect with other individuals or societies through art. When we were getting introduced to exhibition we brainstormed ideas and topics that individuals would find suitable to what

they wanted to investigate. Our research was broad with big questions we used to open research to our topic. Narrowing down our research was difficult because our topics were broad with projects of motorcycle art - Born to be Wild, Drama - All the World is a Stage; Claymation - Got Clay?; religious art - Bridging the Gap, Mario's Realm - Evolution of Video Games , ancient art - Rock of Ages, physical vs. virtual building material - Lego vs. Block Land; art of the visually impaired - The Art is in the Eye of the Beholder and The Art of Murder- criminal profiling. Talking with experts in their field was exciting; just to hear what their opinions were on the topics they worked with for a living. They also gave a lot of information for their final presentations. Grade 6 presented to classes, February 14th, we invited Strathcona Tweedsmuir to our school to watch our presentations on February 14th. We also invited our families February 15th to attend to our learning experience. We all want to thank our mentors, Mr. Thorne, Mrs. Willis, Mrs. Jordan, Mr. Beacom and Mrs. Lederer for their tremendous support and help through the Grade 6 Exhibition experience.


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St Patrick's Day Facts, Trivia and Myth-Busting On March 17th there is a popular saying “There are two types of people in this world - the Irish and those who wish they were Irish” so

the best way to describe St. Patrick's Day is “Everybody is Irish on St Patrick's Day” ¨March 17th is the feast day of St. Patrick, the pa-

Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society Threepoint Kitchen and Catering Available for local catering. All proceeds benefit our non-profit Society.

Green beer, Guiness, live music, great pub food, pots of gold, shamrocks and all the green you'd expect awaits you at St. Paddy's Day Pub Night set for 7 p.m., March 17 at the Millarville Racetrack Hall.

Tickets: $10 for adults / $5 for kids, in advance at the MRAS office or at the door but for MRAS members and invited guests only. If you would like to be invited, please call the MRAS office at 403-931-3411.

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tron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 or 493. He is buried under Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, County Down, and is one of the three patron saints of Ireland. The other patron saints are St Brigid of Kildare and St Columba. ¨St. Patrick was not actually Irish. He was born in England in 287 and was taken as a slave to Ireland at the age of 16. Patrick found religion during his captivity and after 6 years escaped back to his family. He returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. The “snakes” he is reputed to have chased out of Ireland are believed to be representative of the pagans and druids. ¨According to Statistics Canada (2006) the Irish are the 4th largest ethnic group with 4,354,000 Canadians claiming full or partial Irish descent or 14% of the country's total population. That's pretty close to the population of Ireland itself which is about 4.4 million. ¨St Patrick's Day is a public holiday in Newfoundland

GET YOUR GREEN ON! ON EVERYONE is welcome to join us for a wee bit o’ fun. fun

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Music by Mr Mr. Kim Cote Dinner featuring salads, salads Irish stew and a special dessert Everyone’s Irish on March 17th

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and Labrador on the nearest Monday to March 17th each year, however post offices, schools and most businesses remain open. ¨The colour originally associated with St. Patrick was blue; green became associated during the 19th century. Blue is the official colour as seen on Ireland's Presidential Standard or flag, while the Irish Guards sport a plume of St Patrick's blue in their bearskins. A green shamrock was a symbol that St. Patrick had used to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish and 'the wearing of the green' meant to wear a shamrock to display your faith. This was misinterpreted as wearing green garments and a new tradition was born in North America! ¨In Ireland it's bad luck to wear green because it attracts leprechauns (you don't want to the kind of mischief they can dream up for you). Many Irish will wear blue to honour St Patrick on his feast day. ¨Shamrocks have three leaves. Four-leafed clovers are so rare that finding one was considered lucky, but not traditionally associated with St. Patrick.

¨The current Irish flag, adopted in 1919, is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the native people of Ireland, the orange represents the British supporters of William of Orange who settled in Northern Ireland and the white represents the peace that brings them together as a nation. ¨In some Canadian cities, notably Toronto and Montreal, large scale St Patrick's Day parades are held, often on the Sunday closest to March 17th. The parade in Montreal has been held every year since 1824. However, the first recorded celebration of St Patrick's Day was in 1759 by Irish soldiers serving with the British army following their conquest of part of “New France”. In some places there are Irish cultural events. For instance, the Irish Association of Manitoba organizes a three-day festival of Irish culture in the week of St Patrick's Day. ¨At the beginning of March, McDonald's offers its Shamrock Shake. ¨On any given day 5.5 million pints of Guinness, the famous Irish stout brand, are consumed around the world, but on St.

Patrick's Day, that number more than doubles to 13 million pints. Guinness was first brewed in Dublin in 1759 and is the unofficial drink of St Patrick's Day. ¨Traditional Irish dishes often served at St Patrick's Day celebrations in Canada can include Colcannon or Irish stew. Colcannon is a dish of mashed potatoes mixed with kale or cabbage and Irish stew is traditionally made with lamb and root vegetables. Traditional Irish drinks include stout, a dark beer and whiskey. The Americans put their own twist on it and hold that corned beef and cabbage is the traditional dish but the Irish would be more likely to have bacon with their cabbage. ¨St. Patrick's Day did not become a national holiday in Ireland until 1903 and all the pubs were closed for the holiday, so until the 20th century you couldn't celebrate with a pint in an Irish drinking establishment on this day. ¨When celebrating St. Patrick's Day raise your pint and wish your drinking buddies “Slainté!”(pronounced SLAN-cha) which means “health!”.

Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society ST. PADDY'S DAY PUB NIGHT Green beer, Guinness, live music, great pub food, pots of gold, shamrocks and all the green you'd expect awaits you at St. Paddy's Day Pub Night set for 7pm, March 17th at the Millarville Racetrack Hall. Both old and young are welcome with movies, crafts and green punch for the kids. "We want to make it as Irish and fun as we can without actually being on the Emerald Isle," quipped Threepoint Kitchen & Catering chef Stephanie Quackenbush, organizer of the event on behalf of the non-profit Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society. "A local musician, Bill Battensby, will provide his usual excellent music and we know the food and fun is going to be fabulous." Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids, either in advance at the Millarville Racetrack office or at the door but for MRAS members and invited guests only. If you would

like to be invited, please call the MRAS office at 403931-3411. St. Patrick's Day, St. Paddy's Day or just Paddy's Day is a yearly festival of celebrations around the world. It is an annual feast that celebrates Saint Patrick who was one of the patron saints of Ireland. St. Patrick, then known as only Patrick, lived in Britain and then France before eventually finding himself in Ireland where he achieved Sainthood, converting the Celtic people to Christianity, using Ireland's famous three-leaved Shamrock as a symbol to explain the Holy Trinity. St. Patrick died on March 17th and mourning by the Irish soon turned to a celebration of his life. The custom of celebrating St. Paddy's Day has since spread around the world. Threepoint Kitchen & Catering is part of the nonprofit Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society and provides on-site and off-

site catering services in your local area. The MRAS hosts not only events like St. Paddy's Pub Night but also the famous Millarville Farmers' Market, Saturday's, June 16th through October 6th, 9am to 2pm, the Millarville "Run To The Farmers' Market" Half Marathon on June 16th, the 107th Annual Millarville Races on July 1st, Canada Day, the 16th Annual Millarville Rodeo, August 3rd to 5th, the 105th Annual Priddis & Millarville Fair August 18th and the Millarville Christmas Market, November 9th to 11th. For more about the Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society, go to www.millarvilleracetrack.c om For more about St. Paddy's Day Pub Night, cont a c t S t e p h a n i e Quackenbush at 612-6557 or email her at: threepointkitchen@millarv

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When it comes to honeymoons, newlyweds apparently are spreading their wings, heading to destinations all over the globe once their big day has come and gone and it's time to get some much-needed R&R. Here's a list of some of the more popular places to visit for couples once they've made that walk down the aisle. · Hawaii. The most popular of all honeymoon destinations according to a survey of several thousand travel agents, Hawaii offers honeymooners a slew of islands to choose from. Depending on your tastes, you could choose an island that offers some of the planet's best surfing on the world renowned North Shore, with islands such as Oahu and Kauai, featuring some of the largest waves in the world. For those not into surfing but more interested in relaxing, the island of Maui boasts numerous resorts catering to honeymooners. · Tahiti. Equally as beautiful and perhaps


more exotic than the Hawaiian islands, Tahiti is one of a handful of islands in the South Pacific and is approximately halfway between California and Australia. With sparkling blue waters and more seclusion than most honeymoon destinations, the French-owned island of Tahiti is more accessible than you may think. This is especially true for those on the West Coast, as Tahiti is only an eight-hour flight from Los Angeles. · Paris. For those not wanting a tropical honeymoon, Paris is also a popular destination. Considered by many to be the most romantic city in the world, Paris offers all the accoutrements of a modern city, plus a centuries-old history to take in. While many of the more renowned monuments and attractions in the city might feature long lines thanks to Paris' rich tourist industry, simply strolling through the city can be a day in and of itself.

· Las Vegas. If casinos are your thing, Las Vegas is the choice for many a couple's honeymoon, and not just for those newlyweds who choose to tie the knot there. With hotel suites catering to every possible need a human being can have, Las Vegas will certainly offer honeymooners looking for some pampering the chance for ultimate indulgence. · Amalfi Coast, Italy. Second only to Hawaii in terms of popularity among honeymooners, the Amalfi Coast is a stretch of mountainous coastline just south of Naples. Many Europeans consider the Amalfi Coast to be the most beautiful stretch of coastline Europe has to offer, something that has made the region one of the continent's most popular tourist attractions. This has, in turn, made it attractive to newlyweds seeking modern and luxurious accommodations, of which there are many along the coastline.



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Given the focus topic for this issue, we'd like to do a two part article, the first part is the origin of some of the traditions and the second part a couple of cute tips for the wedding. Most people got married in June, because they took their yearly bath in May, however, as the bath was just wearing off a bit the bride would carry a bouquet of flowers, ergo, June bride and bouquet. In the olden days the roofs would leak making the slate floors slippery, to help keep their footing the residents would spread thresh (straw), adding to it as the winter and spring moved on. Because it got deep as time went on they added a block of wood to the front door to prevent it from

Want a wedding shower that incorporates both families' traditions and cultures into the mix? Plan a wedding shower that unites the two families in tradition. The invitations should request that each person prepare a dish - something personal that they make whether it's a family recipe, an appetizer or a dessert. They should write down the recipe for the dish they prepare and put that in their card. Wedding showers can then be a banquet of potluck dishes and the bride to be is presented with a catalog of recipes for the future. This can be a really great treat for a bride who doesn't have a lot of family recipes, or a great way to pass on new traditions from one generation to the next. The recipes can be printed up beforehand and bound in a beautiful book format with a table of contents. The coordinator might go the extra mile for the wedding shower and include a mini-biography of each person who provided a recipe.

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Best Man and Maid of Honour A popularity contest often comes into play when an engaged couple is selecting friends and family members to be part of their wedding party. Often there is great speculation surrounding who will be bestowed the honour of being a bridesmaid or groomsman and who will win the coveted spots of best man and maid of honour. The pressure could ultimately become a cause of undue stress for the happy couple. Before making the decisions based solely on who is a best friend or favourite cousin, consider the responsibilities the maid of honour and best man must uphold according to tradition. This may make pairing the right person with the job that much easier. BEST MAN This is the groom's right-hand man. He has a series of responsibilities, none which should be taken lightly. • Oversees the groomsmen, making sure they are on time for the ceremony, properly dressed and have their boutonnieres on the left lapel. • Ensures that the groom is dressed and ready for the ceremony. The best man may actually help the groom to dress in his tuxedo.

• Introduces people and breaks the ice. • Holds the wedding rings until they are blessed. If a ring bearer will be used, it is suggested that faux rings be tied to the pillow and the best man continues to hold the real things. • Takes care of payment to the clergy and other financial contributions after the ceremony. He may also tie up any loose financial ends with the reception staff. • Ensures that the groom has the marriage license and will subsequently be one of the signatures on that document as a witness to the marriage. • Makes sure that honeymoon travel arrangements have been made and may transport the couple to the airport if necessary. • Returns the groom's tux (and any tuxes from irresponsible groomsmen) to the rental place. • Arranges the bachelor party if one will be held. • Writes and issues a toast at the wedding ceremony. • Dances with the maid of honour. MAID OF HONOUR The maid of honour matron if the woman is married - will handle a number of functions for the bride and wedding


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10 to 12 Months Before If you haven't done it already, this is a good time to announce your engagement and introduce your respective families. Since most reception halls and churches have busy wedding schedules, it is also important to book both as early as possible, preferably at least a year in advance of your wedding day. It's also a good idea to start putting together a guest list around this time and ask your parents whom they'd like to invite as well. Also, since your budget will determine just about every aspect of your wedding, sitting down and determining what you can spend, and developing a savings plan should be first and foremost. 6 to 9 Months Before This is the time when you want to start booking some services, such as a florist, caterer, a DJ/band, and a photographer. However, some of the more experienced DJs and bands as well as photographers might have their schedules booked a year in advance, so this might be something you'll want to consider doing shortly after you get engaged and choose a date. Also, this is a good time to inform any guests who will be traveling significant distances of the date of your wedding. The earlier your guests can book a flight, the less expensive that flight will be.

This is also a good time to order gowns for both the bride and bridesmaids, as some manufacturers require a few months to ship to bridal shops. You might want to ask someone such as your priest or rabbi to be the officiant of your wedding. And much like out-of-town guests will save travel dollars the earlier they learn of your wedding date, you will likely save money, too, if you book your honeymoon around this time.

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4 to 5 Months Before This is a good time to decide on wedding invitations, of which there are many styles to choose from. Also, now is ideal to start hunting for a wedding cake by sampling a number of different bakeries and their style of cakes before ultimately making a decision. Just to be sure, confirm that all of the bridesmaids have ordered their gowns and start looking for a tuxedo for the groom as well as the groomsmen. If you haven't done so already, purchase your wedding rings and let any other people you'd like to participate in your wedding (ushers, readers during the ceremony, etc.) know of your intentions. 2 to 3 Months Before Finalize your guest list and mail out your invitations. If your guest list includes a considerable amount of people who are spread out geographically, mail the invitations as close to 12 weeks in advance as possible. This is also a good time to finalize your menu choices for your guests, and find all your wedding accessories such as the ring pillow, candles, etc. Also, since it is tradition to provide gifts for those in the wedding party as well as the parents of the bride and groom, this is a good time to decide on and purchase those gifts. Just to be safe, confirm that all groomsmen have ordered their tuxedos and finalize all transportation, both to and from the wedding and to the airport for your honeymoon. 1 to 2 Months Before Schedule the first bridal-gown fitting. Also finalize the readings you'd prefer during the ceremony and mail them out to anyone who has agreed to do a reading. If your family prefers to host a small gathering for close family and friends after the wedding rehearsal, the night before the wedding, this is a good time to order any food or drinks you might want to serve that night, or make a restaurant reservation. 3 to 4 Weeks Before Confirm your honeymoon arrangements and see if your wedding rings are ready. This is also when you should get your marriage license and check the guest list to see who has and hasn't RSVP'd. For those who have yet to RSVP, you might want to contact them so you can get a closer idea of what the head count will be. You should also prepare and order your wedding program around this time. 1 to 2 Weeks Before Get a final attendance count and submit it to the caterer as soon as you know of it, while also providing a final seating chart. Pick up the wedding gown and tuxedo. Make sure the wedding party picks up their attire. Also, finalize your vows and confirm all wedding-day details such as transportation, photo schedules, and addresses. And don't forget to pack for your honeymoon. The Day Before This is mainly when you rehearse for the ceremony and make any final confirmations you might have to make. Also, make sure to get some sleep so you'll look good in all of your wedding-day photos.


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Lucky Eleven?

Working towards his goal of owning eleven liquor stores in Alberta, Nik Kaushik will be opening his fourth store in Turner Valley on March 23rd next door to the bottle depot. His nephew, Arjun Arora, will be managing the store for him. Arjun lives two blocks from the store and says, “I really like Turner Valley it’s a quiet, peaceful town.” Nik and his family have been in the liquor business since 2002 when they opened their first store in Calgary, called 11Eleven Liquors. “It turned out to be a lucky name because a year later our daughter, Vaenisha, was born on 11-11-2003,” said

Nik with obvious father’s tomer service. They also pride, “so we decided to plan to provide the best sekeep the name and open lection of wines so residents will be happy to 11 stores.” Since then Nik and his shop locally. family have opened stores in Langdon and High River. “We love to do business in small towns because there are nice, friendly people and a homely atmosphere in them,” commented Nik. Their busi- Left to right: Rimpy and Nik, ness motto is daughter Ravneet, Arjun to provide the and in front Vaenisha best in cus-

Personal Protection Living a Life of Commitment

I've made an observation recently that really disturbed me. In our culture a lot of people are reluctant or flat out refuse to commit to things or other people. I can tell you as a martial arts school owner my biggest challenge is scheduling classes and special events and keeping students on track. I can't tell you how many hundreds of times students haven't shown up for appointments, people don't show up for hypnosis or healthy living sessions, representatives from other businesses don't arrive on time for scheduled appointments, or at all, and even law enforcement agencies bail on commitments to train their staff. I'm going to illustrate what I mean with some personal examples. I'm not going to include names out of respect for privacy for the people involved. NOR IS THIS IN ANY WAY AN ATTEMPT TO GUILT TRIP THE PARTIES INVOLVED. I think it's important to learn from each other. Example #1: I'll be there Monday. Countless times people have attended our seminars and been amazed at both our material and instruction quality. Students leave these seminars having learned more than they thought possible. At some of these seminars up to 80% of attendees approach me after asking for contact information assuring me that they're going to attend regular training. They'll email me for address and class times or they'll call me countless times for details. To date out of the hundreds of people that have done this only 3 students have ever attended

for classes. Example #2: I'll be there, unless something better comes up . I've recently noticed that many people will make a commitment to an event or person and then break it because something better came up. People don't realize that in the case of a personal relationship this makes the other party feel like they're unimportant in your life and like you're only in a personal relationship with them out of convenience. In the case of a professional relationship this costs money and takes valuable resources and employees' time and energy. Example #3: I'd like to, but I'm afraid I'll have to cancel and hurt your feelings. This example gets right to the root of the problem, failure to commit. If you're going to tell somebody that you're going to do something, do it. Unless an emergency comes up, in which case you should make every attempt to communicate to the other party, follow through with promises. I could go on and on about other ways people don't commit to things. I'm sure you've seen countless examples in your own life and been frustrated and invested your time, energy and money to things or people only to have them not commit and now not be able to get your investment back. The most successful people I know in my life make commitments. In terms of Law Enforcement they commit to their oaths of conduct, their departments, their companies and/or their idea of what a professional warrior is. In terms of teachers they are always at class or arrange

for substitutes if they can't be; they commit to their students and to their subject matter. In terms of marriage they commit to their partner through thick and thin and communicate changes in their feelings and in their life. This is how successful people live. On the flip side there are those people who treat the world as disposable. They don't empathize with the other party that they're failing to commit to or breaking a commitment to. They probably aren't doing it on purpose. Our culture is fast paced, impersonal and disposable. Sometimes it's difficult not to get wrapped up in that and live your whole life that way. So my challenge to you is this; start living a life of commitment. When someone asks you if you're going to do something say yes or no and stick to it. If circumstances out of your control change communicate with the other party. Don't waste other people's time, energy, money or other resources. Don't sit on the fence waiting to see if a better option comes up. Don't falter or waiver. I'm warning you now though, it's not always easy. I've committed to some things that I had to follow up on that I regret. I've missed events that I would've liked to attend because I already had a commitment somewhere. But in the long run people will come to depend on you and trust you and your personal and professional relationships will be better because of your commitment to ...well ....commitment. Stay safe, be well. Sensei Tom Gillis


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into our hearts and we truly heard and understood what he was saying to us and belong to Him, we throw off the 'old nature' (this automatically happens when we become His because of what he accomplished by dying on the cross and rising again from the dead) and his nature becomes our nature and so we are like him and will act like him. Here are a few thoughts of His on this: “All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God's anger, just like everyone else.” (Ephesians 2:3 NLT) “..throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.” (Ephesians 4:22 NLT) “Put on your new nature, created to be like God — truly righteous and holy*” (Ephesians

4:24 NLT) * What it means to be 'holy': “Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything — and I do mean everything — connected with that old way of life has to go. It's rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life— a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you (holiness).” (Ephesians 4:23,24 The Message, parenthesis mine) “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.” (Colossians 3:10 NLT) Is your heart fertile towards God and his invitation to a fruitful life? Readers are invited to write Gloria at: , and I will be glad to get back to you.

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are caused by a single event, meaning that the remaining 83% of injuries are a result of overuse. Playing with improper mechanics may not cause damage over a single round of golf, but the average golfer plays 37 rounds per season. Over this type of volume, small flaws in mechanics can become problematic, wearing on joints and tissues that are forced to compensate for an abnormal stance or swing. The low back, elbows and wrists are under significant stress during a golf swing and are the areas most likely to break down over time. Low back pain is a common complaint among golfers. In many instances, this can be the result of undue stress placed on the low back from flawed biomechanics. Flat feet, for example, cause internal rotation at the hips, which may decrease low back stability. Weak lumbar paraspinal muscles may not have enough endurance for a full round of golf, at which point the load placed on your low back falls entirely on your joints, discs and ligaments. These

structures cannot endure as much strain as the muscles and can easily become injured. There are a variety of treatments that can reduce pain and stiffness and help improve your range of motion, and in turn, your swing. Biomechanical issues can be the result of tight or tender muscles. Muscular adhesions that can reduce your range of motion can be treated with Active Release Technique or Graston. Loosening up the shoulder capsule and rotator cuff, for example, can help ensure a more fluid swing. Specific strengthening exercises can also be used to help increase endurance in the low back and other areas that are stressed during a round of golf and adjustments can be used to restore full range of motion to the lumbar spine. ~ Dr. Mike Belding Dr. Greg Morris, Dr. Natalie Carrington and Dr. Mike Belding can all be contacted at the Diamond Valley Chiropractic Clinic, 403933-3088.


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The Extremely Varied Life of An Artist March is here, and tax season is creeping up a bit like a snow storm and it's far too easy to get mired down by negative thoughts or worries! So, bring out the artists! Even I get overwhelmed by negativity… such as, although I may not have made it past the 20k line just yet, I do have: a lovely new laptop, router, car and 4 brand new art students attending my private studio for lessons. More people are contacting me for my artistic services and I've been invited as a Guest Artist in April to a local coffee shop. Things are always looking up. In order to survive, artistic minds must not specialize too much as adaptability is of utmost importance. So many artists that I know are not 'just' artists. They are chemists, engineers, historians, biologists, accountants,

computer programmers, medical instructors, school teachers, gardeners, baristas, store clerks, mechanics, pest control officers, plumbers, truck drivers, massage therapists, bank managers… my list could go on for pages, but you get the drift. Not many are aware of this, but all of these professions and more have creativity and personal expression playing a vital role. And more often than not, it is an artistic mind that becomes the 'problem solver'. Thinking creatively is what we do best. And it's great fun! Just recently, I was involved in an initiative with the Okotoks Arts Council inventing crafts and seeing them through with kids being able to manipulate the materials without help. This seems fairly simple, but as with most public projects, there was much more involved. Awareness of

Views on Vision By Dr. Charles A. Boulet About a year ago, I wrote about buying glasses online. At that time I asked the question ' Should you buy glasses online?' and offered the advice that you most definitely should not. I thought I might revisit this, but with a slight twist on last year's message. For those shoppers looking for a low price (notice I did not say 'good deal'), I certainly cannot stop anyone from buying from online vendors, but my feelings are still the same - it's still not a great idea. So yes, if you want the lowest price on glasses, shop online. At the same time, feel free to order a tune up for your car online or perhaps some dentures. Let the buyer beware proper selection, measurement and fitting of glasses requires that you be present in front of the person measuring and dispensing them. Glasses are not like pants or shoes that can be ordered successfully online. Glasses are medical devices, no less than any custom medical device that can and will affect your health and well-being, like a pacemaker or a hearing aid. Pants, unless they are really tight, especially around the belly, will not adversely affect your health. 'Bad' glasses - either someone else's prescription lenses or the right prescription poorly produced as eyewear can and almost always do lead to mild to severe health and behavior problems, most often

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involving pain, trouble concentrating or reading, dizziness and other problems of spatial perception. All in all, it's a great burden on the person and on the economy more generally as people look for solutions to their medical complaints caused by the great deal sitting on their nose. Vision is our most important system for finding and using information in the environment and is especially critical in the workplace and classroom. When it is out of alignment, or in need of a tune up, it has great impact on how we work, play and feel. One half of my practice is spent treating medical problems of the eyes and vision. The other half is time spent with patients who are having all manner of discomfort related to troubled vision, from tired eyes and blurred sight, to painful headaches and dizziness or issues with attention and reading. More often than not, blurry eyesight is only one of the problems and there are other issues to consider like trouble with nerves, muscles or one of the many complex structures inside the eyes themselves. Online vendors are not only unaware of these issues, they simply are not interested in them. I have over the years 'fixed' vision problems for many people who did buy glasses online and were disappointed to find that even though the

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glasses were new, they were not appropriate for the person, poorly manufactured or they were improperly fit. Our prices are very competitive and we sell excellent products, but we refuse to sell cheap throw-away eyewear because it represents false economy and leads to a poor experience for our clients. We always want our patients to be healthy (as a first priority) and happy - and we bend over backwards to make this happen. We cannot, however, recommend products or production methods that waste our patients' money, time and put them at risk of real medical and behaviourial trouble. People are always free to purchase their eyewear online (so long as it's still legal that is). When the online glasses break, or when the buyer finds they are not comfortable, or feels ill, 'strange', dizzy or if headaches develop, our door is always

open with no quest i o n s asked. In the end, we know that some people will take their business elsewhere. So long as it is a licensed local facility with a doctor on-hand, we are satisfied knowing that they are getting appropriate products, made and dispensed as I have specified them, and medical assistance if needed - important things they will not get online.

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Join us on June 16th, 2012 for the inaugural Millarville " Run To The Millarville Farmers' Market" Half Marathon. This is a beautiful, mostly rural, point-to-point 21.1km race, starting at 7am in Black Diamond, running through Turner Valley and finally heading across paved backcountry roads to finish at the Millarville Farmers Market just as the latter opens for its 30th season. "Most races of this kind start and finish in school yards or parking lots," said co-Race Director Rick Charlton. "Instead, we'll have the 170 vendors in our Farmers' Market welcoming you at the finish line, making this a fairly unique experience in North America. We'll also have a clay-fired finishers medal fashioned by one of our Farmers' Market vendors for every participant. We want to build this into a different experience from most of the races you see." Registration to run costs $65 through to June 1st, then $75 through to registration cutoff. Cash prizes for the top three male and female finish-

ers and sponsor supplied door prizes for division winners. Race package pickup in Calgary, Millarville Racetrack and race morning in Black Diamond. Proceeds from the event will benefit agricultural related programming and infrastructure improvements at the non-profit Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society. "We are hoping our new Half Marathon event will serve to support our local agricultural producers and food artisans through raised awareness of our Farmers' Market," said Mr. Charlton, Vice-President of MRAS. "Our Market is 'Albertacertified,' meaning 80% of what is produced and sold there is sourced within the province." Aside from the finisher medal from a local Farmers' Market vendor, participants can expect other Farmers' Market related swag, as well as a locally-sourced souvenir t-shirt. Organizers are also looking to recruit volunteers to help with a variety of tasks pre and post race. "If you're not a runner, that's not a problem," said


Mr. Charlton. "You can still participate in this half marathon as a volunteer. If you're running or not available that day, you can help us with shifts at the Calgary Marathon Race Expo in late May or with putting together and distributing race packages. There's some volunteer work for everyone." Volunteers can enjoy a complimentary post-race brunch buffet catered by Threepoint Kitchen & Catering at the Racetrack Community Hall as well as receive a commemorative volunteer event t-shirt. "This new event is a good opportunity to look outside our normal volunteer base and encourage folks in our local area who might be curious about us to come out, help and get to know all the other things we do," said Mr. Charlton. "We would love to introduce new volunteers to all we offer at Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society." Those wishing to participate, volunteer or sponsor the Millarville "Run To The Farmers' Market" Half Marathon can find more information at: ww.millarvillehalfmarathon.c om

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19 gateway gazette ~ march 13th - March 26th - tell them you saw it in the gateway gazette! Cancer (June 21-July 22) something turns into cash from any other form, that start from inside, which means with you. by WE’RE WE’RESTEERING STEERINGYOU... YOU... is a conversion of energy -- the actual 'making' of In the current political debate over sex there is the Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) Eric Francis underlying assumption that sex isn't spiritual. Have Recent losses, episodes of stress and various that value is what happens long before that. IN INTHE THE RIGHT DIRECTION! DIRECTION! Aries (March 20-April 19) Mars is still retrograde. You seem to have been reminded of that fact boldly this week, as some arrangement didn't quite turn out as planned. It seems like everything in your life comes back to a reminder to pay closer attention to the kinds of details that you normally can take for granted or overlook. In fact though your reputation casts you as dashing and inattentive, focused only on the future, one of the reasons why you can be so bold is that you do have a knack for making sure the finer points are covered. Yet now there seems to be no limit to the number and variety of details that the universe is capable of producing. You may as well slow down. Although all those small elements seem so effective at holding up progress, in reality each question, issue or puzzle that you resolve is specifically an element of progress. The solutions will arrange themselves into something you recognize, and if you look carefully you may discover that this is the constellation of thought you were missing -- the one that holds the answer that was right there all along but which you couldn't see. The name of the game is pattern recognition. Taurus (April 19-May 20) You may be getting the message to be yourself; in fact it's never been easier. Yet there's a second theme coming through, which is the experience of being yourself and then experiencing some fear or backlash of guilt as a result. That's unlikely to stop you, though you obviously would prefer that reaction not be there. Where it comes from is another question, and knowing the history may help you resolve the matter. However, it really comes down to a decision about what part of your mind you want running your psyche -- and you do choose. Uncomfortable as this may be, I will say this. There are plenty of people who get cocooned into a crypt by that reaction of every surge of real self being met by some shadowy reaction. It's enough to make most people stop proceeding in the direction of their reality just so they can avoid the discomfort of doing so. At the moment, anyway, you don't need to have that problem. I think you're discovering that opening up your options is better protection than shutting them down. Gemini (May 20-June 21) Now is the time to be a politician, and I mean that in the best sense of the word: someone who can work any situation for maximum benefit, who can work the crowd and who is in control of their image. I suggest you boldly advertise what you think is your best idea, and give those discussions time to propagate. Gradually certain specific goals you have will gain popularity, and those will in turn fit a larger pattern that will follow the scheme of bigger plans. If you're working with others, don't delegate the part of your plan that involves public contact. You're the one for that; you're the one with the charm and the charisma. In particular you have the gift of being able to engage anyone in any conversation, which has a way of building trust. More to the point, you're the one with the idea. Even if someone tries to persuade you to have second thoughts or give equal weight to alternatives, trust where you're going. The socalled alternatives will make handy places from which to adapt improvements and enhancements to your far-superior plan.

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you noticed that? Making pleasure a moral issue in any way denies not only that it has some inherent right to exist, but that you're somehow questionable as well. That might be true were we to define 'spiritual' as 'that which does not approve of sex' (or the emotion of desire). But if we define spiritual as 'all that's natural and real' and factor in the spirit of freedom that's supposedly our guiding principle as a society, that would clearly point to other conclusions. You're someone for whom these connections are inborn, intuitive and interesting -- sex is so much better when the natural associations are allowed to be what they are. There are all kinds of control agendas afoot right now, and your role is to subvert their action within your own life. Whether you tap into the highest levels of ethics or the most elementary common sense, liberty means leaving one another be. It also means you're free in the midst of any debate, and not merely free to be powerful; I mean free to choose your pleasure. Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) Others are far less inscrutable than they seem. The feeling that you're looking at someone who has the capability to transform or change their appearance does not change the underlying substance of who they are. Take that as guidance to bring out the most authentic qualities you have, including your goals, and use every tool at your disposal to put your plans into action. Think through your highest goals, particularly in a professional situation. The seemingly most ambitious and valuable ones are those most likely to succeed; that's the way your chart is set up right now. You may have to override some annoying inner message in order to think big, though it's clear which one is true. If you want to give any nagging fears a voice, cut back on waste and do one last check-over of the details, thank your anxiety for doing its job and go back to arranging the world on the largest scale you can imagine. Your best plans aren't really individual; many will benefit from your success, which I know you find appealing. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) You cannot change your beliefs as easily as you can choose to believe what you know is true. This converts the matter to one of choice rather than something you're subject to.As you do this, feel the power of your authentic passion as you crack open the influences that were inflicted on you in the past, and notice what's inside them. Beneath all the control drama is what that control was supposed to be keeping in check -- your drive, your independent spirit and your sense of autonomy. Remember that if you ever happen to feel any guilt about being, or wanting to be, autonomous. Notice whether you can trace any emotion to some religious value or teaching -- and keep that thought conscious. You might ask yourself how it happened that someone else's belief became so influential in your life, if only to serve as something that prevents you from taking action. On the deepest levels, this really is about control. You're taking back control of your life from those who would try to constrain not just you, but everyone. This happens one person at a time, and it has to




disruptions may now be revealing themselves for the gifts they contain. Yet you may not quite be trusting yet, so take your time and listen carefully. It's true that one or perhaps many aspects of your relationship situations is a work in progress. Yet beneath that is a stable foundation that you can build on, and depend on. Make sure you notice this, because it's the real gift of your involvements with others -- the ways that are a demonstration of your common ground and the common values that you share. If you have one reason to feel safe despite the looming sense that one change after the next is acting on you, this is the one. Be confident that your addition to the environment is wholly positive, and is perceived that way by the people you care about. Simply put, you can ignore your doubts and treat your fears merely as psychological or spiritual subject matter to work through and learn from. Whether you're accepting the gifts that come to you or viewing any changes as an adventure, there's neither room nor need for fear in your life. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) The thing to go for is not acceptance or approval -it's the full indulgence in your creative process. There is no audience, or you don't need one; what will serve you best is the spirit of experimentation. Imbibe experience as if it's a form of nourishment. Embrace your mistakes as turning points that can send you in new directions you never would have noticed otherwise. While you're exploring, you may notice that there's a critical voice in your mind, that seems to be shining on you like a projector, complete with soundtrack. However, I would propose that if you notice the critics in your mind, remember that's exactly where they are. You cannot necessarily silence them, but what you can do is make a conscious choice what voices you listen to. Meanwhile, others around you are available to offer their full support -- not as an audience but as peers and potentially as collaborators. Their perception of you is more likely to be the accurate one. I doubt you could think of any ulterior motive they could have, other than to endorse your happiness and affirm your existence. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) Your works speaks for itself, that's true, but don't expect that to be persuasive when it comes to others investing in you. Far from being 'not worth it', the issue is that people rarely recognize quality when they see it. As the one who is being true to your values, make sure that you're the one who is the dependable investor in yourself. Think of this as a process of building the image and the reality of self-sufficiency. While it's true that there is no actual autonomy, there does exist a state where you're more dependent on in-house resources than you are on those external to your direct influence, and that is the longterm direction your life is taking. Obviously resources will flow in your direction; that's the nature of business and art. Yet the ones you want are the ones you don't have to pay back. What you're creating is yours outright, and I suggest you embark on a Buddhist meditation of seeing the value of what you do from a detached place, so you have a chance of recognizing that more objectively. When




Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) One dimension of Pluto in Capricorn is that energy of concentrated lust and soul reaching deep into you and turning over fresh, humid and fertile parts of your psyche. That crust you used to live in just doesn't fit anymore, though the better news is that you figured out that it simply isn't practical. Now that you have freedom of mobility and a craving for life, look at what's being offered to you. Notice the opportunities for creative pleasure that you're drawing to yourself. Don't misread that one; they are not merely 'coming your way' -- rather, your inner momentum and willingness to explore a different facet of yourself every day are acting like an energy magnet. Therefore you can trust what's traveling in your direction, and you never have to give up your power of choice whether you want a certain experience or not. Remember that nothing is stopping you, there are no shoulds or should nots -- only action and its results. At the moment, your astrology says that pleasure is prudent. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) It's good you've pulled back from the edge, and that the last few weeks seem to have gone without serious incident. Regardless of how unstable your life has been for how many weeks, seasons or years, this is a moment of settling down for you. Do what you can to make your home more your own; that will be a therapeutic exercise because it involves experimenting with a commitment. You might also open your mind to decisions about where the right place to live is, if you're not in love with your present location. Whatever it takes to build your confidence, security and sense of grounding, I suggest you do. Time in the kitchen will be more restful than sleep. Make a list of your favorite foods, and go out and get them. This kind of grounding is good for your soul, and it'll be good for your productivity. One discovery you can get into your body is that when you feel good, your life is easier. That's easier than the other way around, and gives you clear direction where to invest your energy. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20 The beauty of this time in your life is that you have the strength and experience to stand up to even the most complicated or pushy people. That they might have 'good intentions' no longer distracts you from your strength or focus, which by the way have their roots in your learning from past mistakes. I don't think you've ever been clearer with yourself that errors in your history are no longer necessary to repeat. Your feeling that you have substance to work with, and to give you a distinct feeling of presence, validates something real, something you suspected. I suggest you proceed as if you expect people to take you seriously. Assume your ideas will be given real consideration. Remember that you've been through very nearly everything, and have repeatedly solved issues and learned to turn any circumstance to your advantage. That was then. What you have now is an abundance of both creativity and focusing power. Just remember to use them both at the same time, and to apply them to everything.


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Exercise Benefits of Gardening While out walking, I noticed that the buds of the poplars are swelling and there is a small hint of spring smell in the air. It kind of woke me up and I realized that in four or five short weeks, we're going to be faced with spring yard and garden work. A big burst of raking, digging and cleaning will be upon us, ready or not. As someone who is 'weight-challenged', I'm always conscious of 'calories in – calories out' and I wanted to see how gardening stacked up as exercise. So here is a bit of what I found out: ` Average calories burned during gardening = 272cal/hour ` Digging = 340 cal/hour ` Mowing = 374 cal/hour ` Raking = 292 cal/hour ` Planting = 306 cal/hour ` Picking fruit or veg. = 204 cal/hour ` Fertilizing/seeding = 170 cal/hour

` Watering = 102 cal/hour It seems to me that the more gardening we do, the more pie we can eat. It will take me an hour and a half to go over the lawn with a dandelion rake in the spring. That equals a piece of long Danish at the bakery! (Not that I would indulge….) But when I think of three or four hours of gardening, I think of pain. Although I exercise regularly, I know there are gardening muscles I haven't used all winter. Recommended exercises to get ready for gardening season include: ` Warm-up stretches, especially for lower back and legs (for raking and digging) ` All push ups to get arms and upper back ready for lifting ` Squats and bends to get ready for weeding and planting ` Arm and shoulder resistance exercises with weights for strength There are lots of garden-

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Do you have a winning personality, a desire to earn extra income working part time and based from home? Do Lost and Found you have a PC, cell phone and a vehicle? We wish to contract an individ- ASTRA is still missing - 2yr old ual who will work flex hours as a Sup- spayed female boxer, uncropped plement Specialist. Duties will ears, docked tail, longer nose, no

Travel Talks at the Sheep River Library “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St. Augustine. This time of year many of us have the urge to jump on a plane so that we can spend what remains of Alberta's winter on a sandy beach somewhere, warmed by the sun. (Let's face it, spring in Alberta is just another way of saying “it's still snowing”.) We would all love to look out on fields that are green, not brown and white. Whatever the reason many of us succumb to the lure of travelling, knowing we will experience things we never would by staying at home:

unusual food, interesting people, different customs to name but a few. My travels have taken me to remote Fijian villages, quaint English towns, large, bustling Asian cities, sombre medieval French cathedrals and many beautiful sandy beaches complete with the pre-requisite sunsets. Throw in some interesting individuals and great food…well, don't get me started. Seeing the world is such a highly prized activity in our family that we recently sent our 18 year old daughter and her best friend off on a 2 month trip to Asia to see how most of the rest of the world lives. This of course was after



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ing about and sharing slides from their trip in 2011. The following month on Tuesday, April 10th, Alison Hancox will be sharing about her adventures as a teacher in Ghana, West Africa. This will be of particular interest to any educators. Tuesday, May 22nd, Bob Huculuk will be filling us in on his boating and biking tour of France. Come and see this country from a rather unique perspective. (Note the change of date for this class from what was previously listed in the FCEC booklet and the library brochure.) We also have a great selection of travel books, some which are guaranteed to make you laugh. Check out Sand in My Bra and Whose Panties are These? Both described as “misadventures from Funny Women from the road”. Any-

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Foothills Regional Victim Services Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting

Monday, March 19th, 2012 7:00 p.m. Okotoks RCMP Detachment The general public is invited to attend. Call 403-652-2359 for more information


they received all the necessary shots, self- defence classes and a mandatory viewing of Taken. She should be back by the time this goes to press, hopefully. However, we can't always drop everything and go when the mood strikes, so the next best thing is to listen to someone else who has. This month, we begin our travel talk series at the Library. Tuesday, March 13th, at 7pm Vivian Johnson and Sharon Chambers will be sharing about their South East Asian Spectacle – a different look at sight seeing in Thailand and Cambodia. They will be talk-

dewclaws, about 50lbs and Fawn (reddish-brown) and white in colour. Missing since Dec 13th. $1000 REWARD. Leslie Brown - (403)8268549 or Dave Brown - (403)6607496 or Boxer Rescue Canada – (780)338-2573 or Okotoks Animal Clinic – (403)938-4096.


Qualified volunteers from our community are offering to provide a free tax-preparation service for residents of Black Diamond and Turner Valley who are experiencing low income situations. Only straight-forward tax returns are eligible for completion by our volunteers - the service does not cover complex income tax returns for people who are deceased, bankrupt or have business, farming or rental income. For more information and qualifying criteria, contact Suzan at Black Diamond Family and Community Support Services 403-933-4348 or email: Application forms are available at the municipal offices in Black Diamond and Turner Valley.

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Scrap Car and Metal Removal. Free pick up and removal of all unwanted vehicles, running or not. Cash for some. 403-601-3521.


Are you looking for a meaningful way to contribute to your community? Consider volunteering for one of these organizations: "Meals on Wheels" - Call Mrs. Campbell at 403-938-7775. Block Parents - High River - Melissa Pryor - 403-649-5260 Block Parents - Diamond Valley - Chelsea Durling - 403-466-4436 or Rowan House - Deanna Tretiak at 403938-6785 or by e-mail at volun

thing by Bill Bryson is always worth a read: Notes from a Small Island (his travels through Britain), The Lost Continent (America) and In a Sunburned Country (Australia) will have you rolling on the floor – especially if you've been there. Don't forget to check out our Law At Lunch teleconference series on Wednesdays at noon. For all our Yoga participants, Sheep River Library - 403-933-3278. High Country Lodge in Black Diamond Recreation & Volunteer Coordinator, Carol at 403.933.4028 or ************************

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Margit will back to start up again on March 15th. BIG REMINDER! Our open house is on March 24th from 11:30. Drop in to the library before then and you can view some of the door prizes that will be up for grabs that day. Remember, you can only win if you come to the open house. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrowmindedness.” Mark Twain.


Please join us as we celebrate with a “Come & Go Tea” on March 24th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm At St. George’s Anglican Church Main Street, Turner Valley (No gifts please)


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has lived and worked with them for many years but is out of touch with her employer. What Marina eventually discovers about the tribe is not what Vogel, the company, is expecting. The Lakashi women remain fertile until they die, allowing them to bear children into their seventies and eighties. If Vogel can bottle the tribe's secret, it could revolutionize the lives of women around the world, much like the birth control pill. Marina battles with questions of ethics and how the tribe will be affected by the outside interaction. The big money will be made by Vogel and although child rearing among the Lakashi is done by "the village," life is not like that in nuclear families in the developed world. Dr Swenson, who had been Marina's mentor at Johns Hopkins, is still as domineering and threatening as ever. From her research team, to the natives, the store keeper, her tenants or her interpreter - she is a force and not








always a pleasant one. Will Marina ever live up to her teacher's expectations? "This is a book about strong female characters and it's not a story about them falling in love or being victimized." It is a dark and unsettling world in the jungle with insects, snakes, poison arrows, cannibals, infections and fevers. There are few modern conveniences. This book draws comparisons with Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", which Patchett freely admits was one of her influences.

& Bel Canto & The Magician's Assistant

...and many other including some non-fiction Sanctuary Line - Jane Urquhart In this novel, the lives of various family members intertwine both literally and fugitively. The protagonist's uncle is married to a cousin, the protagonist's childhood summers are spent at the family farm with cousins who are more like siblings. The Butler name and heritage and farm belong to all of them to create a sense of home.

But time does not stand still no matter how idyllic the childhood. The Mexican workers who arrive at the farm to pick the cycle of fruits each summer lend another dimension to this story, and we learn a great deal about keeping an orchard, about migrant help, lighthouse keeping, Monarch butterflies and life in the military in Afghanistan today. Intrigued yet? There are obviously many themes in this novel, but the complexity of family relationships is the heart of this book. Urquhart has "...a great gift for the historical novel, for the melding of ideas, events and individuals into a significant whole." (The Globe and Mail) It is Liz's memories that generate the flow of this book - some painful, some revealing themselves through the distance of maturity, some which pop up when she revisits a place or picks up a keepsake. The significance may be minimal or shattering and the author does a splendid job of holding our attention until the end. The detail, the emotion, the significance are explored from


within and revealed to us on Liz's terms. I liked this book a lot, as I have Urquhart's other novels. They are well written, the places familiar, the loss of countryside and her lament for its passing remind me of my rural roots. She certainly knows how to connect emotionally with her readers.

& A Map of Glass & The Underpainter & The Stone Carvers ...and many others

Who Knew? According to The Temporary Migrant Labour Program in Canadian Agriculture, 96% of Mexican workers in Canada work on farms remote from towns. They go into town if taken by their employer, to purchase groceries, make telephone calls, mail letters and effect bank transactions. The workers are totally dependant upon the employer to decide the use of their free time - TV, CD players, movies, sports equipment, etc.

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2012-03-13 Grassroots  

Bringing the "Good" of your community to you. The Gateway Gazette is your Good News newspaper serving the communities of the Foothills.