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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. April 23rd - Alberta Provincial Elec- -------------------------------------------------------tion. Do you know what riding you 6:00 ~ 7:00pm Belly Dancing Sheep Creek are in and where you need to go to Arts Council 403-933-4020. -------------------------------------------------------vote? 7:00 ~ 8:00pm - Red Deer Lake Community ----------------------------------------------- Centre - Boot Camp for all levels - Patti: 403931-2373. TUESDAY 1st & 3rd/every month 7:00 & 7:30pm Lions -------------------------------------------------------Club Meeting at Legion. Next meeting Sep- 7:00- 9:00pm Adult Badminton, Millarville Community School gym. 931-3919. tember. Contact Don at 403-931-3587. -------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month 1:15pm Sheep River Li- 7:30 ~ 9:30pm 1st & 3rd week of month. Scrapbooking Sheep Creek Arts Council brary Book Club 403-933-7464. -------------------------------------------------------- 403-933-4424. 2nd/every month 7:30pm Millarville Horti- --------------------------------------------------------


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.

7:00 ~ 8:30pm YOGA Beginners and all levels, Priddis Community Hall, drops in welcome. Margit 403-931-3649. -------------------------------------------------------7:30pm Last/every month. Legion Ladies Auxiliary No meetings July, August or December. 403-933-4564. -------------------------------------------------------7:30 ~ 9:30pm Last/month. Camera Club Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-2407.

7:00-9:00pm - every Wednesday Adult Basketball, Millarville Community School gym. 931-3919. -------------------------------------------------------7:30 ~ 9:30pm Acrylic Painting Your Way Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-4020.

-------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 9:00pm Decorative Painting Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-4578.

at the Legion in Turner Valley. Cod Dinner (tickets only available until April 18th). Live Music. 403933-4600. ---------------------------------------------April 28th - 2pm - “Mini Golf” tournament at the Turner Valley Legion Branch 78. Come out and tune up the putter for the approaching golf season. 403-9334600. ---------------------------------------------SUNDAY

----------------------------------------------April 19th, 7:00pm. Centre 78 General Meeting. Griffiths Seniors ----------------------------------------------Centre, Black Diamond. 403-933THURSDAY 7746. 2nd & 4th - Quilting at the Griffiths Senior --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Center. 403-933-4036. FRIDAY April 17th - 6:45 to 9pm - All Candi- 9:00 ~ 10:00am - Red Deer Lake Commu- 1st, 2nd, 3rd/month 6:30 ~ 8:30pm Gym nity Centre - Boot Camp for all levels - Patti: dates Forum hosted by Diamond 403-931-2373. Night Longview School - George 403-808Valley Chamber. Flare N Derrick, -------------------------------------------------------- 9948. 9:30 ~ 11:00am Yoga in Longview. 403-558- ------------------------------------------------------Turner Valley. 2nd of the month - 7 to 9pm - join the Book to 11:00am Regular services Longview Bible ---------------------------------------------- 3696. -------------------------------------------------------- Film Group at the Sheep River Library. 403Fellowship - 403-808-9948. WEDNESDAY 9:30am Beginners Yoga Class Drop ins wel- 933-3278. ---------------------------------------------2nd Wednesday Pot Luck Luncheon - 12:00 -------------------------------------------------------– 1:00 p.m. Griffiths Senior Centre, Black Diamond. 403-933-4036. ------------------------------------------------------8:45 ~ 10:00am - YOGA, Beginners and all levels, Millarville Community Hall, drop in welcome. Margit 403 931 3649. -------------------------------------------------------9:30 ~ 12:00 a.m. Floor Curling Griffiths Memorial Centre, Black Diamond. 403-9334036. ------------------------------------------------------10:30am ~ 3:30pm 1st & 3rd week of month. Diamond Valley Quilt Club Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-931-3989. -------------------------------------------------------1:00pm - Bridge at the Valley Neighbours Club. 403-933-4289. -------------------------------------------------------1:30 ~ 3:30pm Last of each month. Volunteer Sewing/Quilting Bee. Baby Bags for Lit for Life Program 403-995-2660. 5:30pm Buffet & Darts Drop In Everyone welcome. Legion Turner Valley 403-933-4564. -------------------------------------------------------6:00 ~ 7:00pm Belly Dancing Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-933-4020. -------------------------------------------------------6:30 ~ 7:30pm Gentle Yoga for beginners and those that practice. Millarville Ranchers Hall. Margit 403-931-3649. --------------------------------------------------------

come. Sheep River Library, Turner ValleyMargit 403 931 3649. -------------------------------------------------------10:00 ~ 10:30am Around the World with Dance & Play class for Moms & Tots. Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-4020. -------------------------------------------------------1:00pm 1st/every month General Meeting Valley Neighbours Club 403-933-4445. -------------------------------------------------------1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Cards - Griffiths Senior Centre, Black Diamond. 403-933-4036. -------------------------------------------------------1:30pm 2nd/every month Valley Neighbours Gardening Club. Bea 403-933-7131. -------------------------------------------------------1:30pm Chick Lit Group meets every Thursday at the Sheep River Library. 403-9333278. -------------------------------------------------------2pm - Storytime at Sheep River Library. 403-933-3278. -------------------------------------------------------5:00 ~ 7:30pm Fish & Chip Night / Crib at 7:30pm Legion Turner Valley 403-9334564. -------------------------------------------------------6:30 ~ 7:30pm TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Valley Neighbours Club. -------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 8:30pm 1st/month. YouthAuxiliary Legion Turner Valley 403-933-3739.

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.

---------------------------------------------11:00 - 2:00 Winter Café at Millarville Race Track. 403-652-6557.

---------------------------------------------SATURDAY 9:00 ~ 11:00am Breakfast Legion Turner Valley 403-933-4564. -------------------------------------------------------4:30pm Meat Draw, 50/50 & Free Pool Legion Turner Valley 403-933-4564.

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11:00-2:00pm Sunday Brunch at Millarville race Track. 403-652-6557.

---------------------------------------------MULTI-DAY EVENTS April 15th to 21st is Volunteer Appreciation Week. ---------------------------------------------April 21st – 28th - St. George’s (Turner Valley) Annual Spring Rummage Sale - Saturdays: 10 am – 4 pm and Weekdays: 1 pm – 4 pm. Donations gratefully accepted April 19th & 20th: 2 pm -4 pm at the church. Please no furniture or appliances. 403-933-3591. ----------------------------------------------

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On the Map Again....

The Chuckwagon Café has put this area on the map time and time again,

but this time it was with Premier Alison Redford and her entourage kicking off

the first leg of her campaign. Mingling with the patrons and discussing their concerns she presented a friendly, country girl face. I asked what brought her to this area and was told that when she was in South Africa she came back to Canada and whilst driving up Highway 22, looking at the beautiful scenery, she made her decision to return to Alberta. “This area is so beautiful it just spoke to me,” she said. “Plus my family's history goes way back in this area because my father, Merrill Redford, was born in Turner Valley in 1938.” Unable to eat and campaign, Terry Myhre, owner of the Chuckwagon Café, loaded up her bus with lunch-onthe-go.

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Eagles Expo: Our Celebration of Learning was held on March 15th from 4 to 6pm. Parents were invited to visit the school/classrooms and celebrate with their child the learning they have been doing. Students shared portfolios of work, as well as, participated in performance tasks and assessment activities with their parents. Students also shared with their parents how they are doing in all their subjects in the computer lab using Students Achieve. We are having students learn more about using Students Achieve themselves to monitor their learning. We had students show what they know, by navigating the software and sharing their learning with their parents using Students Achieve. We hope that through this activity, both students and parents will know more about Students Achieve and use it more frequently and parents are more than welcome to use the school's computers to access Students Achieve. The number of assessment entries in Students Achieve will vary from student to student; subject to subject and teacher to teacher. They will vary from day to day; week to week and reporting period to reporting period. The quantity of assessments is not what is important, but the quality of the assessments used to measure student understanding of outcomes and enduring understandings. We believe in assessment practices that are balanced, where evi-

dence is collected over time from different sources to ensure it is reliable and valid. Assessments will be formative and summative and include assessments such as observations, conferences, products, self assessments and rubrics. The Learner Profile and Student Achieve report on Academic Achievement and the Characteristics of Responsible Learners. Academic Achievement indicates how your child is performing in relation to the course and grade level learning outcomes in the Alberta Program of Studies. The Characteristics of Responsible Learners contribute to the development of your child as a responsible learner and are an integral part of the learning process. The Characteristics of Responsible Learners provides a description of student's confidence, respect, citizenship, independence and work habits within the classroom. The Characteristics of Responsible Learners are a reflection of student engagement. Our School Improvement Plan at

Longview School focuses on student engagement and how we can go about understanding it and improving upon it through best practices in assessment, understanding by design, differentiation, inquiry learning and technology. Students self assess themselves in the characteristics of responsible learners each month and indicate both strengths and areas for improvement. Besides the student self assessment, we have a teacher assessment of these characteristics and have had students write in their agendas daily on how they have demonstrated these characteristics. This is sent home every month with the classroom newsletter and we encourage parents to discuss these assessments with their child. We have a climate of high expectations for success for all students and staff at Longview School. We focus on teaching and learning for deep and enduring understanding and provide engaging learning opportunities through understanding by design practices.

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$100,000 Donated To “Lions Family Spray Park” I am a Yo u n g Lion, much like a young bull I usually rush headlong into a situation and think about the cliff I just jumped off after the fact. I've always used that analogy, of jumping off a cliff to help me overcome my fear in a situation. At the first sign of doubt I would tell myself out loud “Once you're in the air you can't come back.” After that you automatically take the next step. That's how it was for me when I joined “The Foothills Lions”, just over a year and a half ago. I crushed my doubt and jumped, into a world I had forgotten. My Dad was a Lion in Newfoundland, My best friend and I would tag along wherever Dad took us. Campouts, barbeques, local events, concerts; it kept us out of a little trouble and Thursday was always bingo night. We got 10 dollars a night to help set up tables, sell tickets, call numbers, work the floor and clean up afterwards. 4

hours every Thursday for 4 years, 832 hours of bingo before I graduated High school in 1994, that sounds comical!! $2,080 in total or $2.05 per/hr, I'm sure somewhere, someone would like to call that child abuse and ask for a small cash settlement, I'll settle for all the great memories as my payment. We were introduced to everyone in town and we didn't even know it. It was normal to talk to and respect everyone and anyone we bumped into, 'cause we just might see them at an event soon enough. A small price in my Dad's eye to instill a sense of Community, in a young bull, who's now proud to be a Young Lion. That same sense of Community I want my children to grow up in, is why we opted to raise our family in Diamond Valley. I see it everywhere I go, conversations by the post office, random handshakes, a local movie store, kids running through the local grocery store laughing and being eyeballed as unsupervised by others, joggers waving and events at the

Legion. These everyday events make up the community we now live in. OH! By the way “Those are my kids at the grocery store”. Well, I also choose to help build the best community for Our Children I possibly can, that includes respect for your elders, the Good Samaritans Law and common sense and I won't be getting paid $2.05 per/hr to do it, this time it's for Free. The Quote from Field of Dreams is “If you build it, They will come.” With the one hundred thousand dollar pledge from the “Foothills Lions Club” our children are one step closer to having their own Water Park. Want to help or get involved? Just take the first step, you'll never know where you might end up. Our Thanks Go Out To: The Okotoks Salvage and Recycling Center - donated $5,500 towards the “Lions Family Spray Park” Project. The Foothills Lions Interclub - donated $938 towards the “Lions Family Spray

Park” Project. It is also with great excitement that we received the honour of having the main donation status from the upcoming “32nd Annual Turner Valley Charity Golf Classic and Silent Auction” with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Lions Family Spray Park. Please enter or sponsor a team for this great event, details at the Turner Valley Golf Club. We would like to thank Al Corbin the field construction consultant with Conoco Phillips, for donating eight tandem trailer loads of cut wood, to be used by our campgrounds. Also “The Friends of The Pool Society” have pledged a yet undetermined amount of money towards the Spray Park Project, but are 100% in favour and excited, as are we all at the “Foothills Lions Club” to help the community grow in a positive direction. Sincerely, Lion Barry Crane

The Foothills Lions Club “Serving Our Community”

Millarville Horticultural Club Hello Young Gardeners The Millarville Horticultural Club is hoping to restart its Junior program. We would hand out easy to grow seeds (e.g. Sunflowers, calendula, carrots and seed potatoes) at our May potluck meeting with appropriate advice. The juniors would then plant these in a plot and receive several visits throughout the summer for encouragement and advice. They would then bring their products to our September potluck and be shown the best way to display them so the seniors can ooh and ahh! If they have flowers or vegetables in August in


time for the Priddis and Millarville Fair, they could also enter them there. If any families are interested in joining our Junior program to encourage their children to learn to garden and how our food is produced please call Arlene Visser at 403-933-2885. Our next meeting is on May 8th. Our club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Millarville Church house at 7:30pm. We are also organizing a bus tour to Hole's Greenhouse in Edmonton May 17th. New members are welcome to join.

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Optimal control of GOPHERS (Richardson Ground Squirrel) can be achieved if control work is done at the proper time. Adult Gophers are emerging from hibernation now and will breed immediately. The young will emerge at the end of June.

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W A L K - A - B L O C K Your Customers Will Thank You ASSESSMENT NOTICES WERE MAILED THE WEEK OF MARCH 29th, 2012

Councillor’s Corner: by Councillor Sharon Hart Good day, friends & neighbours! Thank you again to all who voted faithfully for our Small Town Saturday Night competition. We can be very proud that our entry made it to the top 10, with over 60 entries having been submitted! Good job, everyone! Spring has sprung, and with the warmer weather comes a reminder to please ensure your personal safety when walking near the mighty Sheep River and surrounding ponds. The ice is thawing, making waterways slippery, mucky and unstable. Please be safe, and stay off the ice while out walking in the Parks and off-leash area. On that note, please be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your dogs when you are out enjoying the warm spring days. A clean environment is a pleasure to all, I am sure you would agree!


Assessment Information: As an assessed property owner in the Town of Black Diamond, you have 60 days from the date your assessment notice was sent to you to file a complaint with the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board. However, many matters can be resolved without the necessity of filing a formal complaint. If you have any questions regarding the information shown on your Assessment Notice, and would like to speak with the Assessor, he will be available at the Black Diamond Town Office on Thursday, April 26th, 2012 by appointment only. Please call the Town Office at 403-933-4348 to make an appointment.

The MD of Foothills #31 Issued a Fire Ban on March 16th, 2012

FCSS News - Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Program Low-income residents from the Town of Black Diamond, who are unable to complete their basic income tax returns and are unable to pay for assistance, can apply to have volunteer tax preparers process their tax returns. Low income is considered to be $20,000 for singles and $27,000 for a married couple. The program will primarily benefit seniors, students and first time employees within the stated income range. Applicants will complete and submit an application to the Town Office. If approved, applications will be given to the Tax Preparers for processing. For more information, please call Suzan at the Town Office at 403-933-4348.

Please be aware that the MD of Foothills has issued a Fire Ban in the Foothills Area. For more information, please see the “What's New” section on the Town of Black Diamond Website.

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Diamond Valley Discovery Days Market Vendors Wanted Sell and promote local products and services at the 2012 Diamond Valley Parade and Discovery Days event Royalite Millennium Park, Main Street, Turner Valley: Saturday, June 2, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Town of Turner Valley is now accepting vendor applications for table rental at the 2012 Diamond Valley Discovery Days Market. Items must be locally produced. Non-profit organizations are welcome to attend. Reserve your table now for only $25.00. Vendor application forms are available at or by calling 403.933.4944

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 was 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 19 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

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403.863.4341 Town of Black Diamond and Town of Turner Valley Volunteer Appreciation Open House April 19 Sheep River Library National Volunteer Week - Celebrating Community Contributions You’re invited to join us in honouring volunteers. We hope you and your organization’s volunteers can join us for snacks, refreshments, gifts and recognition. Diamond Valley Volunteer Appreciation Open House April 19 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Sheep River Library Turner Valley For more information, contact the Sheep River Library, 403.933.3278 or Proudly supported by the Town of Black Diamond, Town of Turner Valley, Sheep River Library and Volunteer Alberta

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National Volunteer Week celebrates the passion, action, and impact of volunteers. Volunteer Appreciation Week Open House April 15 – 21, 2012 Volunteering is part of our identity as Canadians – we value civic participation and embrace a spirit of community. The tremendous efforts of our 13.3 million volunteers help make Canada a vibrant, safe place to call home. National Volunteer Week, April 15 – 21, is all about taking time to recognize the incredible contributions of our volunteers and letting them know how much their efforts are appreciated.

Volunteering is the most fundamental act of citizenship and philanthropy in our society. It is offering time, energy and skills of one's own free will. It is an extension of being a good neighbour, transforming a collection of houses into a community, as people become involved in the improvement of their surroundings and choose to help others. By caring and contributing to change, volunteers decrease suffering and disparity, while they gain skills, selfesteem and change their lives. People work to improve the lives of their neighbours and, in return, enhance their own. The Town of Black Diamond and the Town of Turner Valley recognize these efforts and wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to those who give so much to our

2012 of the year Congratulations to Linda Nelson and Barb Froud as this year’s winners of the Volunteer of the Year Award. Both Linda and Barb have been serving the Community of Black Diamond for many years, dedicating their time and energy to helping others and working hard to make our community a wonderful place to live. With National Volunteer Appreciation Week

community. To celebrate and honour the countless contributions, we are s u p p o r t i n g t h e Vo l u n t e e r Appreciation Open House, to be held on Thursday, April 19 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Sheep River Library in Turner Valley. Snacks, refreshments and gifts will be provided. The work of volunteers is truly appreciated and we are grateful for the many contributions made. To all community volunteers, thank you. Mayor Sharlene Brown and Council Town of Black Diamond Mayor Kelly Tuck and Council Town of Turner Valley

fast approaching (April 15th to 21st) we’d like to send a special thank you out to all volunteers. You really do make a difference and are greatly appreciated. Be sure to pop by the Sheep River Library between 1:30 and 4:00 on April 19th to help celebrate volunteerism and the difference it makes in the lives of others.

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HATS OFF TO VOLUNTEERS Volunteering is the most fundamental act of citizenship and philanthropy in our society. It is offering time, energy and skills of one's own free will. It is an extension of being a good neighbour, transforming a collection of houses into a community, as people become involved in the improvement of their surroundings and choose to help others. By caring and contributing to change, volunteers decrease suffering and disparity, while they gain skills, self-esteem and change their lives. People work to improve the lives of their neighbours and, in return, enhance their own.

Every day, thousands of people voluntarily give their time and talent to thousands of organizations across Canada. They give their time freely and with no expectation of monetary reward. Their hours of service ensure that many activities are accomplished and many people are helped. The Town of Turner Valley recognizes these efforts and wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks to those who give so much to our community. Your work is truly appreciated and we are grateful for your many contributions. Town of Turner Valley Mayor Kelly Tuck and Council


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WHERE? ... WHEN? Tanzania Jan. 2014 Pace Setter Group Departure

Pace Setter Travel & Tours (1995) Inc When ordinary vacations just won’t do . . .

PO Box 612, 70 McRae Street Okotoks Alberta T1S 1A7 Tel: 403.938.5454 : Toll Free: 1.800.206.7223 : Fax403.938.5568 Email: Website:


Keep your smile healthy, bright and white! Book your teeth cleaning and whitening today!

Penny Judson-Benny RDH Magee Place 4-220 Centre Ave. W Black Diamond AB

PH: 403 933 7722

‘Keep Your Smile For A Lifetime!’

Travel Tracks Ode To A Travel Agent

Hard as it may be to accept that a man of 92 years passed before his time, Andy Rooney had one more column to write. Even though it was never penned, and will never close an upcoming segment of 60 Minutes, I just know Andy was itching to write it. Given the opportunity, Ode To A Travel Agent would have been a great read and probably would have looked something like this: I’ve never understood the appeal of handing my vacation over to a computer. I don’t travel a lot anymore, but when the mood strikes me, I call Jane at the agency around the corner. Someone answers the phone, usually with a pleasant “good morning”, and identifies themselves. I don’t have to press 1 for my preferred language, 2 if I’m on some sort of mobile device, and 3 if I want to listen to Mozart while I wait during their especially busy period. For that option I have a record player. When Jane picks up, her first words are, “Good morning Andy”. It’s comforting to be recognized by name and not a client number. She listens to what I’d like to do and then invites me to drop in the next day to discuss the options over a cup of home brewed coffee. I used to deal directly with the air-

lines. I think in retrospect it made me the cantankerous old bird I am today. When asking for the best available fare to get me from New York to California, the airline would put me through more airports than Fed-Ex experiences in a 12 hour shift. I’d tell them I didn’t really have the time for a cross country tour – if I did – I’d drive. “Just get me there” I’d ask. “Why didn’t you say so?” they’d reply. I thought I had. Perhaps I’d pressed the wrong button when selecting a preferred language. Jane on the other hand, knows what works - and what doesn’t when it comes to my levels of intolerance. She avoids putting me on flights where 1st class consists of knee pads and coconut oil as part of the amenity kit. The driver she arranges to bring me from the airport to the hotel is always holding a sign that says "Andrews". So far, no one named Andrews has ever been on the same flight as I have. The hotel I wind up in has a comfortable bed, a desk, a phone, a television, a bathroom, and an ample supply of coffee packs in the room. I'm not paying an extra $100 a night for membership in a fitness club across the street, a rooftop pool, a ginseng hydrotherapy tub, and a golden re-

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triever in the lobby who I can take out for an early morning walk. If I felt I truly needed these things, I'd have CBS write them into my contract. The truth is I like Jane. She's never going to get rich off the service fee she charges for catering to my whims. But she makes me feel like I'm the most important person she's ever had the pleasure of dealing with. I know for a fact that's absurd. But while I'm sitting in front of her that's how I feel. Unlike when I hit the wrong button on my computer and it tells me I've performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. I think CBS took the same stand with me a few years back. I greet my clients by name at Pace Setter Travel & Tours. 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:

The Oral Health Connection 'Oral Health For Total Health' By Penny Brush, floss, rinse, eat healthy and see your dental hygienist regularly. April 8th to 14th is National Dental Hygienists Week and it is an important to time to remember the integral part that oral health plays in our everyday prevention of systemic disease. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the mouth is a gateway to the rest of the body. We once believed that the worst outcome of poor dental hygiene was tooth loss, but research clearly links oral health to overall health, so far more is at stake. The earliest signs of a number of serious health issues are reflected in the teeth, gums and tongue, often long before a diagnosis is made.

Judson-Benny ~ Registered Dental Hygienist There are millions of bacteria head and neck and check your in the mouth and ignoring oral mouth. Together you will develop health routines can lead to an oral hygiene care plan that inflammation causing these bac- includes prevention and treatteria to grow and spread at ment therapies to ensure the best alarming rates and to find their overall health if possible. If necesway into the blood stream. sary, your dental hygienist may Unchecked plaque on your teeth refer you to other healthcare procan result in gingivitis, fessionals. You can't afford to periodontal disease and tooth wait. Periodontal disease can be decay. Research suggests that prevented and controlled, periodontal disease is a risk fac- thereby decreasing your chances tor contributing to serious life- of other serious illnesses. threatening diseases as lung and heart disease, stroke and diabe- 'Keep Your Smile For tes. A Lifetime!' Dental hygienists have the skills, knowledge and judgement Penny Judson-Benny, RDH, to facilitate early detection of is the owner and operator of Mounthese issues. At a dental visit, tain View Dental Hygiene Clinic your hygienist will assess your in Black Diamond and can be health history, examine your contacted at 403-933-7722.


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Where There’s A Will There’s A Way

Having an inherent interest in all forms of healing modalities has led Sherrine Engelhart on a lifelong mission. Sherrine lives on a ranch southwest of Longview with her husband, Joe and enjoys frequent visits from her two daughters, son and two grand-daughters. The serenity of life in the country completely meshes with her fundamental beliefs in health, whether it's the health of her horses or people. For over fifteen years, Sherrine has had many mentors that have coached her in alternatives such as

Reiki, Tibetan energies, kinesthesiology for horses and more recently cellular membrane release therapy. “A life coach once said to me: Live life as it presents itself – in every situation there are many opportunities,” says Sherrine as she goes on to explain that this teaching has had a positive influence on her own family’s lives too. One of her daughters suffered terribly from migraines and her husband Joe has experienced the aches and pains and injuries of ranching the old way – on horseback.

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Through her research Sherrine bought a Papimi machine that turned out to be the best alternative form of healing her family had experienced. “For Joe it means the difference between doing what he loves to do and being stuck doing a job he is capable of doing,” she explained, “and my daughter is migraine free.” Friends from far and wide would visit their ranch and find healing and comfort in the Papimi. Sherrine has been encouraged to bring the machine to town and her goal now is to be able to provide another avenue for people to explore their own health with her support. Vibration and infrared sauna treatments complete Sherrine's helping hands. The infrared rays soothe arthritic joints and heat boosts calorie burning. Combine this with a ten minute whole body vibration and you have the benefits of an hour's workout at the gym! Sherrine is now available in Black Diamond and encourages you to talk to her about alternative methods of exploring your health that could compliment mainstream medicine. Welcome to town, Sherrine. 403-652-6641

Now open for business! PAPIMI This therapy is an advanced pulsed treatment that produces an ultra fast, short duration, athermic (no heat) broad spectrum magnetic pulse. Sound complicated? Well, the scientific workings are, but in simple language, PAPIMI therapy acts as a battery charger to stimulate your cellular energy or your body's bio-energy. Healthy Cells = Healthy Body Enjoy a sauna before or after your regular exercise to boost your calorie burn! Detoxify with the deep penetrating SAUNA warmth of the far infrared. Relieve arthritic joints with healthy and safe infrared rays as they comfortably soothe your body. Take a little time to yourself to simply relax! These saunas operate at a lower temperature than traditional saunas, but at the same time encourage our bodies to sweat, allowing for a comfortable stay and providing those sensitive to "old fashioned" saunas an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the far infrared.


WBV (Whole Body Vibration)

If you do nothing else for your health, vibration is a must! This machine allows for a 10 minute work out that gives similar results as 1 hour in the gym. Adding a gym membership to this 10 minute workout has shown even greater results through accelerated weight loss and cellulite reduction! The WBV produces vertical vibrations from a side-alternating rocking motion which simulates walking. Our body reacts with an involuntary reflex muscle contraction; when muscles move, you are exercising!

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All Candidates Forum

The Flare 'N Derrick will be the place to be on the evening of Tuesday, April 17th if you want to learn more about the candidates running in the upcoming Provincial Election. There has been a shift in the electoral boundaries. The western corridor of the Foothills are now in the Livingstone-Macleod Riding which encompasses an area starting at Priddis and Millarville to the North proceeding all the way down, through Turner Valley, Black Diamond and Longview, then to the US border in the South, including

the Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Nanton, Stavely, Claresholm and Fort Macleod. The evening will start with the candidates presenting themselves to the Chairperson, David Petrovich, at 6:45pm and 7:00pm will see the Call to Order. If everything flows smoothly and on time it will all be wrapped up by 9:00pm. That's not much time out of your busy schedule to help make an important decision that we will all have to live with for the next four years. The candidates you can expect to

hear from are: Evan Berger for the PC (incumbent), Larry Ashmore, leader of the Evergreen Party and NDP candidate Matthew Halton. At press time the Chamber were still waiting to hear if Pat Stier of the Wildrose Party would be attending. Each candidate will have 5 minutes to introduce themselves and then, following a 15 minute break, there will be a question and answer period. The candidates will then get a chance to summarize their platform at the end of the evening.

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Livingstone MacLeod Constituency *Decrease MLA Salaries *Enhanced Senior Services *Reduce Power Costs *Improve Health Access CONTACT: North Office 403-917-0141 Website Email Visit Pat Stier on Facebook Sponsored & Authorized by Pat Stier, Candidate, 1 888 262 1888


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Honouring National Poetry Month RANCH

Sheep River Library

Horsemanship Facility

s n o s Les kshops r Wo Our experienced instructors will develop a lesson plan tailored to suit your specific needs and wants. You will learn basic horsemanship through to advanced skills. Whether you choose hourly lessons or one of our one, two or three day workshops you will learn horsemanship and riding skills at your own pace. Our half day or full day clinics will hone your skills or help you correct a problem you may be having. Visit our website for all the details.

Ranch Office 403-938-2469 Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm Located 3 miles east of Black Diamond; 8 miles west of Okotoks at Highway #7 & 112th Street West

In honour of the fact that April is National Poetry Month, this week's library submission will be in verse.


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When you board your horse with us your horse joins the herd and a family, our family. We care for your horse as if it was one of our own. Some of our boarders have been with us for over 10 years. Pasture or Paddock board is offered with the use of our indoor arena included in the fee. Visit our website or visit our ranch to get to know us, we’re always home!

Lee Jones Ranch Manager 403-669-3603 Evenings & Weekends Barn & Lessons

With much joy and fanfare on March twenty fourth We celebrated one year since we opened our doors Of our beautiful new building in a brand new location Displays, food and prizes – quite the occasion.

If you prefer to be outdoors now that it's spring And if hiking and camping are much more your thing The “Adventure Smart” talk on the 17th at 7:00 Will ensure all your trips are nothing short of heaven. To follow this up with some other great skills That will also help you avoid any back country spills Come learn how to use a compass and map You'll be sure to always find your way back.

Congratulations to all the prize winners Of books, a Kobo and Wii for beginners. Many thanks to all who came out that day For our First Anniversary – Hip Hip Hooray! So it's back to what we love to do best Books and programs – I do not jest. On Thursdays as usual there's Storytime and yoga. (At neither of these must you wear a toga) OK, OK–you find something that rhymes with yoga! On Friday the 13th the Book to Film movie Will be “The Help” – ain't that just groovy? Monday the 16th Dogtooth will show “Billy Elliot” – with no subtitles you know. It's about a young boy who comes to love dance From the coal mines of North England – he hasn't much chance So a Coalminer's Daughter meets Turning Point fusion? I really wouldn't want there to be any confusion!

For those who love travel and far off lands April 10th, hear Alison as she expands On her trip to Ghana in Africa's west Find out what this teacher does best! Our permaculture series continues on Learn about rainwater harvesting from Evonne This starts on the 18th – and runs for 2 weeks Trust me – she's a true permaculture geek. Don't know what to do on PD Days? There's a movie at 10:30 – ALWAYS! Give us a call a few days before For what will be showing, if you need to know more. So come down and see us and all that is new Like our AV cabinet and new shelves too. Our vending machine is a great addition To keep it stocked healthily is our mission. So please drop in or stay for a while. You will always be greeted with a very warm smile. We love to help you if we can From the help: Sheila, Gita, Brenda and Jan

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Gardeners guess all the time. I've got little seedlings popping up in my flower beds and I'm guessing I spread some seeds of some plant or other last fall. I have to wait and see what they are. I hope they're not weeds. Lost labels in the vegetable garden mean a guessing game. Where are the peas anyway? Envelops and containers of seeds people have given me always lose their labels (if they have labels to start with). Oh, I'll remember what these are. Ha ha. Old seeds need to be used but will they germinate? One way to check is to put a few seeds between layers of paper towels on a saucer. Keep the paper towel wet and check every few days to see if the seeds are viable. This cuts down the guesswork a little. Environment Canada is as good as we are at guessing what the weather will be. After this 'cold

It’s a Guessing Game

and snowy' winter, what will the summer bring? Deep watering of trees and shrubs is done in April so that these plants will have lots of moisture later on in the summer and fall. Because this winter was so dry and windy, spring watering is essential. As soon as the ground will accept the water, go for it. If we have a hot, dry summer, our trees will really need this spring watering. And if we have a cool, wet summer, well, they won't. I'm guessing hot and dry and I'm watering now. Deep watering now is just like fall watering. Leave the hose running slowly at the drip line (outer edge of branches) for fifteen minutes to an hour before moving the hose to another spot on the drip line. The length of time to leave the water running depends on the size of the tree or shrub. Small trees might need fifteen minutes at four

By Karen Brewka

spots around the drip line to get a good soak. Big trees, especially evergreens, will need up to an hour of watering at six to eight locations around the drip line. This means that in the heat of the summer, perhaps with watering restrictions, you won't have to worry about your trees and shrubs making it through the dog days. Have a gardening question or a problem? Send it along to the Gazette and Karen will answer it in her column. The Valley Neighbours Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at Valley Neighbours on Sunset Boulevard in Turner Valley. The club welcomes new members. For information call Bea at 403–933–7131. The Horticultural Club meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm. For information call Sheila at 403–931-3989.


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Legion Leanings Spring Events at the Branch

The mandate of the Legion is Remembrance and within that mandate our annual “Birth of a Nation Day” parade commemorating the enormous victory at Vimy Ridge will be over before you read this. Our ceremony took place a couple of days ago on Easter Monday April 9th. However, it is worth a reminder for all Canadians that on Easter Monday, April 9th 1917, and following a massive three-week artillery bombardment along with some of the fiercest air combat yet seen, Canadian troops started a three-day infantry campaign. It cost thousands of lives with many thousands wounded but they succeeded where all had previously failed. They dislodged a determined and well entrenched enemy from the Ridge and thereby opened up the road to ultimate victory in 1918. This massive success was planned and led by Canadians and the then Prime Minister referred to that day as “The Birth of a Nation.” No longer would Canada be a “Colony” but would take its place as an equal on the World stage. Renovations continue inside the building: storage areas have been cleaned out with additional shelving put up. Along with the painting in the various rooms, trophy cases and pictures have been moved; new bookshelves are installed and we have a brighter, fresher

looking branch to welcome members and guests. Our unreliable sound system is undergoing an upgrade and we hope that it will prove more than adequate for our purpose. We hope that in future we can at least avoid the “sergeant-major” approach to announcements. All this is only possible at little expense to the branch due to a band of dedicated volunteers. They are indeed the lifeblood of our organization. The monthly Pie Auction by the LA., followed by “Minute to Winit” games will take place on Saturday, April 14th in the afternoon. As usual, the branch will be open for breakfast/brunch in the morning from 09:00 to Noon. The Friday buffets are attracting ever larger crowds and we are hosting more than a few visitors each week. All have positive comments to make about the food and great atmosphere and several are requesting memberships. The next big social event is on April 21st when we host a “Newfie Night.” The entire evening is presented by a family from “The Rock.” They fly the fresh fish in from Newfoundland and fry it themselves. They also provide the music for the evening's entertainment. Traditional Newfie ceremonies will also be on the schedule. It promises nothing but fun. Tickets at $30 each can be reserved at the Branch during open hours.

Faith Forum

As I look out at the countryside sitting at my computer this Good Friday holiday I am reminded of a few things. This time of year always brings a renewed exuberance for life as spring approaches and as in our case, the snow continues to melt (and come back at times, much to our chagrin!). Just as winter 'dies' and leaves giving way to new life in the spring season, so Jesus died for us on our behalf so that we could have newness of life, too. It was no small thing that Jesus did for all of us back about 2000 years ago. It was a deliberate, thought out act of love. “That's what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others' sins (wrongdoings), the Righteous One (Jesus) for the unrighteous ones (us). He went through it all—was put

On Saturday, April 28th in the afternoon, there will be a “Mini Golf ” tournament and we invite anyone to come out and tune up the putter for the approaching golf season. Looking ahead to May, we will have the usual full house on Thursday the 3rd as students from our entire area descend on the Branch for the annual Poster and Literary Awards Night. From an outstanding record total of 1019 entries we will present cheques and/or certificates to winners in the various age categories for Poems, Essays, Black-and-White as well as Coloured Posters. We thank the teachers and students for their participation as well as those who volunteered for the enormous task of judging the students' work. Finally please note the annual Mothers' Day Brunch at the Branch on Sunday, May 13th. There will be two limited sittings at 09:00 and 11:00 and you should reserve your seats early by calling the Branch.

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philosophy or religion is the fact that as its leader, Jesus did not stay dead. Just like spring, he came alive again, giving us a chance to accept his gift of deliverance from our selfish ways of being and choosing instead to live


Serving our Veterans, Youth, Seniors and the Community Malcolm Hughes

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to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.” (1 Peter 3:18, The Message, parenthesis mine) The main thing that separates Jesus' way of life from every other

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not for ourselves, but for Him. “He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them”. (2 Corinthians 5:15 NLT) Jesus gives us this whole refreshing way to live, unlike the 'me, me' culture that permeates most of life in so many ways. We can choose to live his way, the most fulfilling life possible this Easter season. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV) Readers are invited to contact Gloria at:





Music by ATLANTIC STORM Enjoy authentic Newfie fun!

Participate in a SCREECH IN ceremony!

Saturday, April 21st Doors open at 5 PM Dinner at 6 PM

Only $30 per person (cash, debit, Visa or Mastercard accepted) (Music only - $20 per person after 8 PM)

A limited number of tickets are available and they are going fast. DINNER TICKET SALES END ON APRIL 18th! NO DINNER TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR! Get yours today and don't miss the excitement!

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Sydney Crosby's Brain Views on Vision By Dr. Charles A. Boulet

It seems we have been studying Sydney Crosby’s brain as a national pass-time for months now. Will he play again? If so, for how long? What is it exactly that’s wrong with him? What about that strange therapy he had at the chiropractor? Mild traumatic brain injury, or mTBI, is complicated. It arises from sufficient trauma to cause local and general inflammation in different parts of the brain - it is the inflammation that alters the function of the brain and this can impact on how we feel and behave. No mTBI case is the same, but they almost always have some element of visual dysfunction - this is because the visual system coordinates with many other areas of the brain and so damage in just about any part of the brain will also cause problems with vision. This can include trouble with headaches, balance, eye strain, focus and coordination of the eyes, concentration, reading, sensitivity to light, sound, even strange taste and smell effects (like favourite smells and tastes, like coffee or chocolate, suddenly being unpleasant or even sickening.) Different therapies attempt to address different aspects of brain injury. Frequently, treatment focuses on giving temporary relief to symptoms, but do little to address the underlying causes. In many cases, patients are given

medication for depression or pain that results from the brain damage, and the associated pain, and these can lead to other complications. My readers are familiar with how important strong and comfortable visual function is for classroom learning. I have also shared a few stories about specific case examples of how proper management of visual function can make life-altering changes in a child’s school experience. The same principles can be applied to the management of mTBI, though in a slightly different way. An mTBI patient of mine drove in to our clinic from Regina, something very arduous for someone suffering near the top of the scale for effects of mTBI - that is, she was very symptomatic. She had all of the symptoms listed above, to a moderate or severe degree. She had experienced a motor vehicle accident in November of 2011 and has had to take leave from work as an emergency room nurse since. She has had numerous imaging procedures and many tests for other medical and related problems. She is documenting her journey on her blog at: http://thepostconcussionsyndromern.wordpre After assessing her condition, and manag-

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ing her visual imbalances, she experienced a remarkable transformation - all within an hour of her arrival. The degree of her discomfort was reduced by 80% and she was able to go outside in the full sunlight with no sunglasses for the first time since her accident. Vision is so fundamental to so much of what we do, if it is ‘broken’, it can completely change our outlook and ability to manage in a visual world. I encourage readers to review ‘Kat’s’ blog and to see if they recognize any of the symptoms she describes. Whether you have had an accident or not, the signs of visual dysfunction are often not obvious. The effect of proper treatment, on the other hand, is very obvious to those affected. Therapy with Kat will continue for a few months, and at this point she fully expects to reduce the number and dosage of the various medications she is using to manage her discomfort, and looks forward to returning to work very shortly. Dr. Boulet is a former teacher and now operates Diamond Valley Vision Care in Black Diamond where he continues to work with children with learning difficulties. Call 403-933-5552. and

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High River Driver’s Education classroom at our shop: April 9th, 10th & 11th 10:00am - 5:00pm

Okotoks Driver’s Education classroom: April 16th, 18th, 20th 23rd, 25th & 27th 4:00pm - 7:00pm at Lakeview Inn

NEW NEW W NEBlack Diamond Driver’s Education Classroom: OHS April 24th, 25th, 26th, May 1st & 2nd 4:00pm - 7:30pm • Class 5 Driver’s Ed. • Class 1, 3 & Air brakes • Brush up courses Locally owned & operated since 1987 Not affiliated with any other driving school

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From My Bookshelf....

First and Second Kings: Maurice and Harold - Mary-Jo Burles This is a small run book by a publishing house in Chilliwack that tells of the lives of Maurice and Harold King - "The True Story of Eccentric Millionaires Who Lived Like Paupers" If you are familiar with the Porcupine Hills area of southern Alberta near Cowley, you will relate to this autobiography and will quite likely have heard of the King brothers. Their land sale in the late 1960s ..."made headlines in the eastern press as well as those in the west. It was said to be the biggest land sale in Canadian ranching history." The brothers arrived in the Porcupine, the foothills area just east of the Livingstone Range, about forty miles north of Pincher Creek, when they were 19 and 20 years old. Maurice was riding a pinto horse, Harold had some wolf traps, four wolf pelts and a shotgun when they arrived to work on the Waldron

ranch, saying they would like to be paid in cattle. They died in their nineties with assets of over $6 million. Neither brother ever married and the black and white photos sprinkled throughout this book graphically show their lifestyle - like the one of the kitchen table littered with dirty dishes, old food and FLIES! They never had electricity or wore anything but jeans - old or older and dirtier. They never cut their hair and rarely shaved. Yet Harold was a brillant inventor and taught himself many useful skills, was a crack shot, grew and canned vegetables and fruit from his garden and loved classical music. Maurice was the financier and either didn't know or just would never disclose how much land they owned. He read extensively and loved to discuss and debate topics dear to the hearts of Albertans - the economy, common sense, gun control, wolves, welfare and of course,

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the government. This book is poorly written, often repeats itself and includes far too much about the author herself. With saying all that, if you live in southern Alberta or you have heard of the King brothers, it makes for an interesting read. As Arthur Black says, "The King brothers prove once again that the characters who formed the backbone of this country were anything but bland." & Cabin Creek Ranch & Be My Guest …….and many children's books The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt This novel, with the very clever title, was a stretch for me to finish. It is a western - complete with gun fighters, gold miners, hookers, bar fights, lawlessness, hard drinking in and out of saloons and California gold fever. But it cannot be viewed as historical. It is often grim, sometimes funny mostly just dreary. Eli and Charlie Sisters are hired assassins, working for the Commadore. They are on their way to San Francisco to kill Herman Warm. There is a lot of remorseless killing before they ever arrive and although I know this may have been the way of the old west, it is nevertheless, disturbing. On their way to San Francisco, Charlie notes, "Its a good place to kill someone, I have heard. When they are not busily burning the entire town down, they are dis-

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Principal’s Message Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Harold V. Melchert March 22nd saw another excellent and inspiring presentation to our community by Laurie Skreslet. It was about four years ago that I invited Laurie to first come to talk to us about his climb of Mount Everest. As Laurie stated on this recent invitation: “Listening a second time or more, one takes something additional away from the experience.” In the summer of 1982, Laurie was one of 21 Canadian mountaineers who set off for the Nepal Himalayas to attempt the highest mountain in the world. The expedition had taken 5 years to plan, $3 million to fund and 27 tons of equipment to outfit. On October 5th, 1982, Laurie Skreslet overcame deadly odds, to become the first Canadian to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. About half of the 23 Canadians who have summited Everest since Skreslet were essentially dragged up the mountain by guides. Laurie was a pioneer in his field. Skreslet appeared on CBC Television's "The Climb", a documentary revisiting the triumphs and sorrows of the historic 1982 Canadian Mount Everest Expedition 25 years later. In 2008, Jason Priestley and William Shatner starred in the CBC's two-part mini-series "Everest" based on the expedition. This film was aired on CBC over this past Christmas holiday season. The hour and a half presentation to our community held the students' interest throughout. This audience included nearly two hundred fifty Kindergarten to grade 8 students, staff, community members and representatives from the

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first improve, to improve you must first practise, to practise you must first learn, and to learn you must first fail. Dean Koontz: Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy. ~ Ted Thorne More From the Students on their Guest Speaker The students in the school from kindergarten to Grade 8 learned many things from this presentation. The Kindergarten class was busy later that day making “Mount Everest” out of playdough and building materials. The Grade One children loved the part that Mr. Skreslet told about visiting the Calgary Zoo when he was four years old. He climbed up Dinny the Dinosaur and that was the beginning of his love for climbing. Deirdre said that she learned “…that if you do something and it doesn't work try it again and again and . . . you can set goals and finish them.” Brayden said, “His message was follow your dreams, it will lead to your destiny.” Paula said that she was “…amazed that he did such things. He was well informed about the topic because he did it himself”. Ethan thought that “…it was cool, the team work. They were willing to just send up 3 people (to the summit) because they were running out of oxygen. They were willing to jump off a cliff to save each other.” Keegan thought, “His presentation was very inspiring.” The staff and students would like to thank Mr. Skreslet for his encouragement to work hard, never give up and always follow our dreams. We would also like to thank the Priddis Millarville Residence Association for organizing this event.

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Priddis Millarville Residents Association (PMRA). This latter organization teamed up with Millarville Community School to sponsor this presentation. Mr. Skreslet took an extended period of time to address student questions at the end of his presentation. The questions were a great indication of the high level of engagement on the part of the students and of the ability of Mr. Skreslet to connect with our young people. His slides were an excellent backdrop to his amazing adventure. If you have the opportunity to watch the CBC movie, it is well worthwhile. From this presentation, there were many messages for our audience. One of note would be the importance of having goals and being committed to reaching that goal. From my perspective, many of our youth think that goals should be easy to reach. This is not always the case and this message came through clearly in the presentation. Be prepared to work hard; do a lot of ground work in preparation to working towards the goal; and anticipate changing course during the venture to reaching the goal were some of the messages that I saw in making this such an excellent morning presentation. Team work and respecting the personal limitations, strengths and role of each group member was another element in making this talk meaningful for our students. We all face challenges, whether they be self-imposed or brought on by life experiences. Some may be Everest in magnitude and some much smaller, but the message and its application is the same. In closing there are a few additional quotes that I would connect to our Laurie Skreslet morning: Dolly Parton: The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. Wesley Woo: To succeed you must

Sharon (Shay) Ford is the newly elected president of the Sheep Creek Arts Council. At the Annual General Meeting of the Council held on March 25th, Jackie Brassard stepped down as president after two years in the position. The rest of the executive and the board of directors remains the same: Brenda Thompson is vice-president, Barbara Ducharme is treasurer, Sheila Virgo is secretary. Those attending the meeting were entertained by Mark Williams showing a

series of photographs of birds of prey. The audience was particularly impressed by Mark's comments and cautions regarding how to take advantage of situations when photographing wildlife. He first showed a baby owl, close up, with the mother sitting nearby; and then a view of the side of his head with a great deal of blood running down, after the angry mother owl had attacked him. Mark is a valued member of the Turner Valley/Oilfields Camera Club. The Camera Club is in its forty-ninth year of activities and is a very important component of the Sheep Creek Arts Council. Karla Powell and seven members of her Diva Dance group also

entertained at the meeting. Their graceful dance movements, combined with expressive hand gestures and bright smiles, really pleased the appreciative audience. An upcoming information session on the use of oil pastels will be offered to those interested in learning about a different art medium on May 6th at 1:30pm by Hope Anderson. Ms. Anderson taught art for many years with the Calgary Board of Education. She has painted using many mediums but is particularly enthusiastic about what can be done with oil pastels. Anyone interested in attending this free information session is asked to pre-register by calling the Arts Council at 403-933-4020.


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Aries (March 20-April 19) Are you wondering what you have to give up in order to get what you want? Try reversing that and, once you've reached a key goal, decide what you won't miss and let it go. This accomplishes at least two things. One is that it removes the bargaining aspect in your thinking, which is a throwback to "if you eat your peas, you can have ice cream." Second, it removes the sacrifice aspect. When you consider what you would have to give up to get what you want, that will have more weight in your mind if what you think you need to give up is more valuable. To the contrary, the thing to release is something that's merely in the way. If you want to get closer to your goal, dedicate time, energy and square footage to the cause. And keep the goal in sight -- it seems to be playing hide and seek, and you seem to be hesitating saying the words "I want." Taurus (April 19-May 20) You seem to be caught in something. From the look of your solar chart, it's an idea. Elaborating further, it seems to be an old idea about yourself, which you don't usually recognize -though you notice when you get caught in it from the feeling of being stuck. Its properties include the sensation of being of 'two minds' about something, which is another way of saying that your goals conflict. This roots more deeply either in not knowing your priorities, or having some attachment to an old idea and a new one that will not work together. Every now and then it's a good idea to go through your goals and make sure that they're still valid for you. Notice what you do that's not on your list, and what's on the list that you haven't done anything about in a long time. Don't be brutal -- simply be real. Then, update your files. You may need to do this three or four times over the next month. Gemini (May 20-June 21) You may have all the pieces of your plan in order, yet may be lacking the confidence to make your first moves. You have time to collect the various elements of what will constitute solid emotional ground, just remember -- even when you have them all, you may not feel like you're standing on concrete. What you're seeking is motivation, and you'll get there more efficiently if you figure out why you're hesitating. It's not because your plan is bad or poorly thought out. Rather, you seem to have an attachment to something in the past, and this is acting like a snag. You'll know this is true if you're involved in what feel like endless emotional details. This kind of obsessive thinking can eat most of your energy and all of your gumption. Make sure you understand what happened in the past, and take the steps to resolve it if necessary. Yet those events have nothing to do with what you're developing now. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Consider yourself a torch-bearer -- not in the symbolic sense, but rather in the sense of someone who is carrying both energy and a visible light in the world. You may not be certain in the ways you're doing that, though I assure you not only that you are, but also that you can do it more effectively. The key concept here is devotion -- the force that moves you from within, with beautiful dependability. You may have to

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clear a lot of things out of the way to do this; certain things you want to do may lose priority as a result. Yet you're able to focus your efforts on something that matters to you and to many other people. I would propose you're doing a better job of this than you think, and that you have the opening to devote some of your energy to the things you've set aside. Make sure that one of these is the thing that's supposed to be the number one priority to a Cancerian -- your home. Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) You may not have unlimited energy, but let's not quibble over the details. You can compensate for when others fall short, and it's a great thing that you have the mojo and the dedication to do that. Yet you're still in the process of learning to do things entirely for their own sake. Your part in a plan or project is your part, without regard to who else has a stake or investment in the gig. The more you're able to focus on your role, the more you'll be able to develop your talent and the more strength you'll have. In fact what you're doing is integral to the entire enterprise, and you would be wise to focus on what you know are the most important goals -- and to doing better work every day. You're gradually approaching a kind of test or checkpoint, where your devotion and healthy respect for authority will come under careful scrutiny -- most particularly by yourself. Keep your focus and mind your agreements. They really do matter. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) You're going to learn something about yourself and your role in a relationship, something that started coming out in the wash midweek. You're also discovering something about an intimate partner. The important thing is you remember these discoveries. I only say this because your chart suggests this might be one of those fantastic intuitive bursts that vanishes like a flash and a puff of smoke. You have some significant decisions pending in your life, and you need accurate information to inform them. Since that information really must come from you, that's the place to pay attention. One reason that's so vital is that your psyche may not be done spewing out disinformation, in the form of (erroneous) selfcriticism, (misguided) attempts to improve yourself and moments where you lapse into forgetting who is who. In these moments, you need to remember what you've learned in the past few days, and remember it well. Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) You can afford to Be Here Now. Just because you're being here now doesn't mean that certain elements of the past or the future are not truly significant. To the contrary, you are committed to letting go of an old way of life, and you are finally figuring out that you can plot your own course and actually get somewhere. Yet the only way to do anything about the results of the past or your plans for what might happen next is to observe what is happening within your mind right now, and in your immediate environment. You may be obsessed with making things add up or make sense -I suggest you ease back on the approach using logic and focus on making your environment beautiful. For example, rather than organizing for its own sake, motivate yourself with the promise of a more pleasing space to work in. If you keep yourself busy with various beautifying projects, you will set a record for how much garbage you clear out of the way. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Your sexual desire nature these days is coming more from your femme side than your macho side, though it's no less



Longview Library Literally Speaking Talent on Display volunteer in the library and has been a great help to Joan, our librarian, for some time. Please drop by to see these. Sanctuary Line by Jane Urquhart, an award winning Canadian author, is a story told in first person about a girl's growing up and coming of age on the shores of Lake Erie in southern Ontario. Her family has owned and operated an orchard for two generations. Urquhart says we enter into a novel four ways - emotionally, intellectu-




abstract, or designed to distract (the concepts are similar). As you have noted, there are a number of dog and pony shows in addition to the wrestling matches and smoke screens. Stay true to your mission as you have stated it to yourself many times, and make sure that everyone around you knows that's what you're doing. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Think of everything you say and do as a commitment; as a promise. That ought to slow you down and put you into editing mode. While you're doing that, listen to the commitment level contained in what others say to you. Analyze things specifically for where they register on the scale of give and take. When someone is speaking to you, what are they offering and what do they want? I suggest you listen with the intent of an auditor. You may find that some people are disconnected from what they want to exchange. Others however are lying about it outright. You will recognize them by an uneasy feeling you have, or the sensation that you 'should' accept something that you're not interested in. Listen to what assumptions people make about you -- especially those who don't know you. And please beware of anyone who is in a rush. Most likely they're trying to exploit what they perceive as a weakness. When in doubt, slow down the movie. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) You're finally figuring out that most people lack 'the vision thing'. They might have facts and skills, but those only go so far. Your astrology is flooding you with ideas, and the ability to imagine what is possible -- with the sensation that you really can accomplish something larger than you ever have. Vision, however, can be blocked. A blindfold can make the ocean or a mountain range disappear. Listening to someone negative can gradually convince you that what you want to do is impossible. Listening to people who cannot envision what doesn't yet exist can interfere with your ability to do so. Therefore, open up only to those who are on the brave side, and who understand that time as we know it moves forward. You might want to keep your plans to yourself for the next couple of weeks, as you gradually get clear. You may have to revise your idea several times to get to the hidden gems of what you're thinking -- though you're well on the way.

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To honour the artists, the artisans and craftsmen of Longview and the surrounding area, we are showcasing one person's work each month in the library. We were honoured to have had the artwork of the students of the Longview Elementary School for the month of March and we would like extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to them all. For the month of April, afghans created by Peggy Gillis will be featured. Peggy is a very enthusiastic

fierce for being receptive. Indeed, you may feel like the ocean that will never fill up. I think it's fair to wonder what you're supposed to do with all of this desire: what's the point? What's the purpose? The answer to that question would seem simpler were what we think of as 'erotic' not perceived as something separate from everything else. What you've been experiencing the past few weeks is curiosity about yourself; you have learned a lot, and what you can explore now is what it's like to express yourself. Don't worry -neither your life nor Western civilization will collapse if you venture into more daring territory. To test the waters, proceed with words and ideas first -- spoken to other people, not just in your own mind. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) If you're feeling more settled within yourself, you can be sure you've worked out a complex issue that had you standing at the intersection of work and career, wondering which way to turn. Life is different when you feel good about who you are. Yet you still may be hesitating about a professional decision - which is a situation that's bobbed to the surface many times in recent years, and which you've probably had enough of. Remember that the word 'career' means running a course, but your life is not a race. I suggest you look back at your trajectory over the past two years, and see where you've actually gone, as opposed to where you thought you were supposed to go. You'll learn something from a careful review of your decisions going back to 2010. You have a decision to make about what to do next -- and it will serve you well to have that be an informed choice, and by that I mean informed about what you really want to do with your precious time. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) So much of what's happening around you must feel like an enormous debate about nothing, conducted by people who don't believe what they're saying. Fortunately, you're situated such that you're out of the direct line of controversy, though people you care about seem to be caught up in the storm; this could provide a way in for you. I suggest you keep your distance on any issue that doesn't meet one of two qualifications -- the first being that it directly affects you, and the second being that it has a significant impact on your environment. These guidelines will filter out anything that's

ally, aesthetically and philosophically. She stirs all four within us with her lyrical, poetic and brilliant prose. As Husbands Go by Susan Isaacs is a murder mystery filled with humour and comedy, yet drawn from a tragic event. The characters are fun, yet the story is profoundly moving. Isaacs is the author of twelve novels and a freelance political writer living in Long Island. Happy Reading Sylvia Binkley Where you want it When you want it How you want it EW AY GAT GAZETTE


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I'm constantly surprised at how quickly students can develop knowledge and skill. Regardless of age or natural talent this quarters' 32 rank promotions in Martial Arts Division and another 13 certifications in Tactical Division are proof that people are capable of great things when they put their minds to it. The purpose of this article is to teach you how the human brain and mind work and strategies to get the most out of your training. Our entire teaching strategy at FTS Inc. revolves around the idea of creating "schema." Schema is the Latin word that "schematic" was derived from. Schematic are basically blue prints of a process or structure. From a mind model paradigm we give our students one of an infinite number of possibilities in the "when-then" spectrum. Basically we create a blue print for questions. For example, "when someone lunges at me with a knife aimed at my stomach, then I'll move to the side, deflect the knife with my hands, wrap the arm and legreap the person to the ground." The student then begins practicing this series of events slow and in control, focusing on every step of the series for technical expertise. Using the mind

model to explain training schema is convenient for students because it means that they can perform mental repetitions of the techniques even when they're unable to attend a training session. By mentally rehearsing the series of techniques the schema is built and reinforced. This doesn't explain the need for repetitions or for performance under stress however. To understand why that makes a difference we must look at the biology of the brain. The brain has neurons in it. Each neuron is built of a receiver and transmitter and a path that a particular message travels down. Each neuron is responsible for conveying one part of a motor skill message from the brain to the central nervous system, to the body part(s) involved and to another neuron so the message can continue. The problem with learning a new motor skill is that the neurons aren't in order or close to one-another. They are scattered across the brain. As repetitions of a series of motor movements are rehearsed the neurons in the brain line up with each other and get close to each other. The brain will actually change shape. When this happens, motor skill responses are fast, powerful and

smooth. One of the things that can speed this process up is to perform repetition under stress. The brain stem part of the brain and corresponding sub-conscious mind don't know the difference between a real event and an imaginary event. For this reason stress can be added to the training and the neurons will line up with fewer repetitions and the schema will be created faster. Strategies for increasing your ability to learn motor skills should include as many senses as possible. Teaching and learning must contain an audio, visual and tactile component. As well, throughout training stop and ask what the room smells like, tastes like and what you are feeling. Next keep notes. Keeping notes is an excellent way to access long term memory stores and will reinforce the schema and help line up neurons. Lastly practice in your mind. Close your eyes, imagine the events or situation you're going to respond to and mentally rehearse the motor skill response. Imaginary training can produce real world results. Stay safe, be well. Sensei Tom Gillis

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Think Spring Administrator's Message It can be said that indeed March has gone out like a lamb, and even though the golf clubs are still in the garage and the lawn is still brown, we are confident that the spring warmth and rains will soon be upon us. We embraced a busy beginning of April and are enjoying a restful Easter break after which we will move into the final phase of the school year. A number of very important events have happened in the area of music & drama this past

month. Our Grade 3-5 choir had an outstanding performance at the inaugural Foothills Choral Festival held in Okotoks. We followed this up with another fine Spring Theatre production. This year we were totally entertained by a great cast in “Enchanted Sleeping Beauty”. Staff and students continue to focus on learning this month as well. Report cards were issued on April 5th. Our staff continues to grow in their own professional learning as well. It was great to see the support and endorsement our school coun-

cil has given to the proposed school calendar for next year. We are proud to announce Chelsea McNutt as a nominee for the prestigious Edwin Parr Award, recognizing excellence in teaching for teachers in their first year. Ms. McNutt is having a fantastic year with her Grade 5 class. Finally, we say thanks to all of our parent and community volunteers for supporting our learning community through a commitment to our children's education by volunteering at our


school. We are humbled by the quality amount of support we receive. Be well and Think Spring! Education together, Rob Bennington Library Leprechauns Leprechauns are mischievous wee fellows who enjoy playing silly pranks on people. Legend says Leprechauns have a secret pot of gold hidden at the end of a rainbow and if you catch one he will lead you to it. We had a lot of fun trying to catch a Leprechaun in the library this year!! The leprechaun trap building contest had many students, especially grade 1's, demonstrating inspired imagination with their tricky trap building skills. No two traps were alike, proving that there are many ways to build a leprechaun trap. Many clever

traps, complete with pots of gold and lucky charms, were built for the 4th annual Leprechaun Trap contest, but the mischievous little elves eluded them all, leaving nothing but gold coins and footprints behind. Students tried very hard, but couldn't catch a single leprechaun in the library. Mrs. Webb has reason to suspect that a tiny green man has taken up residence in the library and hopes that students will build even more magical traps next year. Thank you to everyone who participated this year and a special thanks to Grade 6 leadership students Amy, Sierra and Denae for their assistance in organizing the super-fun St. Patrick's Day activities. Visit our Grande Online for some great photos from Turner Valley School.


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Hay Sales

KROMM HAY SALES Premium Horse Hay Round Bales, 1400 - 1500 lbs Stored in Shed Timothy - Brome - Alfalfa Delivery Available Jeff Kromm 403-995-2583

Delivered Alfalfa Timothy, Grass Mix Round Bales 403-650-8369 Bob Foster Employment

Now Hiring: Part-time advertising sales reps. Completely flexible hours to suit any situation. Requirements: computer, cell phone, vehicle and a friendly personality. Duties will include email, phone and personal contact with businesses to sell both online and print advertising units. Email cover letter and resume to with Attention Tyler in the subject line or call 403938-2469 to speak with Tyler.


Now Hiring: freelance web designer for contract work. Must be profi-

cient in Word Press. Joomla, Homestead, Corel Draw and Adobe CS2 experience an asset, but not required. Graphic and advertising design experience also an asset. Please email: with sample work attention Tanya.

For Sale

Acreage Septic Tank, Cement, Wilbert (sulfur resistant), 1000 Gal, Working Tank, rated for 5 bedroom house, 4 years old, with Effluent Pump, internal piping and 8 feet of Tank Risers to ground level, works perfect, but we now have Municipal Water. Paid over $8,000.00, asking

Oilfields Sports Association is looking for 1 or 2 volunteers to take over our treasurers position. This is a 2-3 hour commitment per month in peak season (spring and fall). Basic book keeping skills required, but we will train. We use quick books. Contact Jen @ 403-880-7206

Annual General Meeting followed by General Meeting

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 7:00 pm Griffiths Seniors Centre Black Diamond Annual dues must be paid by April 12th to be eligible to vote at the AGM

Your Community Centre 403-933-7746

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CLASSIFIEDS $3,500.00 OBO. Weighs 9,000 lbs and has been cleaned. Certification tag. Call 403 620-4493 - Black Diamond.

Garage Sale

GARAGE SALE - PRIDDIS HALL M AY 1 2 t h - 9 a m t o 2 p m . This is a Community Association fundraiser and we thank you for your support.


Horse Boarding between Okotoks & Black Diamond. Pasture $175/mth. Indoor arena. Resident manager onsite 24hrs. Call 403-938-2469. Visit for more info.

Lost and Found

My 8yr old son had his bike stolen March 29th between 4 and 5pm at the C. Ian McLaren School. The bike was his Birthday gift and it was only the second day of him riding it. The bike was locked at the school with a steel cable lock that had been cut. If anyone knows anything please call 403-933-4292. I will offer a cash reward for information leading to the return of this bike in good condition. Description of the bike: CCM STATIC - 24" frame, white frame with red accents, black seat, front disc brakes, full suspension, 21 gears. Thank you for taking the time to read this ad!!!! My family appreciates it.

To Place Your Classified Ad!

Clinic – (403)938-4096.

spot and then print out and mail the registration form, found on the Photography website: In His Image Photographic Services. If you call during the evening or on Family Memories, Family Values, the weekend please leave your name Value Pricing. With our *Portable and phone number along with your Studio* we come to you! Visit our choice of week(s), children(s) website at: name(s) and ages. We will call you back to confirm receipt of the information. Rentals We also accept email reservations Shared Accommodation in Turner at: Valley available immediately. Must 2011 was a blast - everyone had a lot be employed, non-smoker, social or of fun and learned a lot about horses. non drinker. Bright and clean, furnished main floor w/gas fireplace. In- Thank you to all our campers. cludes; tv/dvd, cable, wireless Vehicles internet & utilities. No pets please! Scrap Car and Metal Removal. Free $500 security deposit & $500 pick up and removal of all unwanted monthly fee. Call (403) 938-6596. vehicles, running or not. Cash for

Summer Camps

We're ready ~ are you? This year our camps are running weekly from July 2nd. Call 403-938-2469 to reserve your

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 Sheep River Library - 403-933-3278. High Country Lodge in Black Diamond Recreation & Volunteer Coordinator, Carol at 403.933.4028 or ************************

Volunteer and Lost & Found ads are free of charge. Regular $5 per edition or Feature $15 per edition CALL US TODAY! 403-933-4283 or 403-938-2469


ASTRA is still missing - 2yr old spayed female boxer, uncropped ears, docked tail, longer nose, no 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

Town of Black Diamond Serving Our Community

Parks & Rec Department FULL-TIME, SEASONAL & PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES The Town of Black Diamond is now accepting applications for 1 full-time arena/parks attendant, one seasonal step position, one temporary contract position & one part time attendant. The full time position and step position begin May 1, 2012 and the part time will start asap. Please indicate on your application which position you are applying for. The successful applicants should have previous experience in the operation of an arena &/or parks. Employment application/resumes are to be forwarded to: Town of Black Diamond Parks & Recreation Department P.O. Box 10 Black Diamond, Alberta T0L 0H0 Fax: (403) 933-5865 Email: Applications will be accepted up to 4:30 p.m. on April 25, 2012 Only successful candidates will be contacted.

High quality program in a country setting. High percentage of preschoolers attend Red Deer Lake School for Kindergarten. Teacher: Kimberly Popiel, B. Ed, Master of Teaching Program For children, the preschool years are a time of wonder, questions,curiosity and extensive social, emotional and physical learning. The philosophy of the Priddis Early Learning Program is: POSITIVE EXPERIENCES THROUGH PLAY AND GUIDED INSTRUCTION OPEN HOUSE & REGISTRATION at Priddis Hall - April 17th, 7:30pm Viewing your children as worthwhile individuals and encouraging them to choose from and succeed at various activities, helps develop the feeling of confidence and self-acceptance. It is the Program Policy to provide a quality program for children, rich in variety and opportunity, while always keeping in mind, kids can be kids.

For more information please contact Angie Dawson at 403.803.7614. Registration for the 2012/2013 school year is on-going.

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Real Estate Household Hints By Rosemary

April showers are on the way and with them muddy boots and puppy feet. Nothing like a good welcome mat at the front and back door to reduce the amount of mess that comes into the house. It's also a very good idea to have a boot brush at the entry doors and to teach the children to use it to its best effect. However, animals are another game altogether, if your pet isn't trained to stay on a mat and wait until he/she is dried out and you have wiped their paws, you'd better have a push mop handy. My daughter has a new puppy and, being a small animal, the need to

Spring Tips be in and out is frequent. For the puppy's protection, and to keep mess to a minimum, she has “fenced” off a square at the back door entrance with baby gates, laid newspapers and a mat. Smart idea, also gives the puppy a moment to quiet down before having full access to the house and furniture as she's inclined to race about in excitement once back inside. Of course treats are in order. The crocus' are up and just about finished, the trick of laying human hair around the bulbs worked in one area and not in another. The bulbs that were planted under the lilac tree did not sur-

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vive the onslaught of squirrels who use the tree as a road to bigger and better things; they had a feast and didn't seem to mind the hair at all. One hint I'll take lightly next time. I still think it best to bury the bulbs in a chicken wire basket. Spring reminder time to go through the closet, clean and give away any winter clothing that you don't want to wear next season. Don't forget to also check shoes and purses; if they're in good condition they are much appreciated at women's and homeless shelters. Well, that's it for now - enjoy the showers and look forward to the flowers.

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