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U O Y ~ April 24th, 2012 ~ Issue #194


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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.

1st & 3rd/every month 7:00 & 7:30pm Lions Club Meeting at Legion. Next meeting September. Contact Don at 403-931-3587. -------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month 1:15pm Sheep River Library Book Club 403-933-7464. -------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month 7:30pm Millarville Horticultural Club (9x per year) Sheila 403-9313989. -------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month Foothills Search & Rescue Meeting Oilfields General Hospital. -------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month 7:00pm Legion General Membership Meetings. 403-933-4600. No July,August or December meetings. -------------------------------------------------------2nd/every month Coffee Chatter Nanton SNAPS Orvella Small 403-603-3232. -------------------------------------------------------2nd Tuesday 1:30 to 3:00pm Business Meeting Griffiths Senior Centre, Black Diamond. 403-933-4036. -------------------------------------------------------3rd/every month Coffee Chatter Okotoks SNAPS Orvella Small - 403-603-3232. -------------------------------------------------------9:30 ~ 11:00am 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. -------------------------------------------------------6:00 ~ 7:00pm Belly Dancing Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-933-4020. -------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 8:00pm - Red Deer Lake Community Centre - Boot Camp for all levels - Patti: 403-

----------------------------------------------April 30th Lewis Memorial United Church Annual Turkey Supper. Two seatings: 4:30pm and 5:30pm. $13 for adults, $5 for children from 5 to 11 years of age, children 4 and under admitted free. Take-out: 4:00pm to 6:30pm at $13 each. 403-933-4114. ----------------------------------------------April 30th 7:00 - 9:30 pm Tom Berthal presentation talk on parenting OHS. ----------------------------------------------

931-2373. -------------------------------------------------------7:00- 9:00pm Adult Badminton, Millarville Community School gym. 931-3919. ------------------------------------------------------7:30 ~ 9:30pm 1st & 3rd week of month. Scrapbooking Sheep Creek Arts Council 403-933-4424. -------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 8:30pm YOGA Beginners and all levels, Priddis Community Hall, drops in welcome. Margit 403-931-3649. -------------------------------------------------------7:30pm Last/every month. Legion Ladies Auxiliary No meetings July, August or December. 403-933-4564. -------------------------------------------------------7:30 ~ 9:30pm Last/month. Camera Club Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-2407.

and those that practice. Millarville Ranchers Hall. Margit 403-931-3649. -------------------------------------------------------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 ~ 8:30pm 1st/month. YouthAuxiliary Legion Turner Valley 403-933-3739. -------------------------------------------------------7:00 ~ 9:00pm Decorative Painting Sheep CreekArts Council 403-933-4578.


tune up the putter for the approaching golf season. 403-9334600. ---------------------------------------------May 5th, 9am to Noon - Project Green Day. Clean up of parks, walkways, river and pocket gardens in Diamond Valley. ---------------------------------------------May 5th, 10:30am to 3pm - Emergency Preparedness Open House at Turner Valley Fire Hall. Displays, Demos and BBQ. ---------------------------------------------May 26th, 7:00pm - Okotoks Men's Chorus presents "Men with Tunes" at Okotoks United Church. okotoksmenschorus. com. Tel: 403-938-2506. ---------------------------------------------SUNDAY

1st, 2nd, 3rd/month 6:30 ~ 8:30pm Gym Night Longview School - George 403-8089948. THURSDAY 2nd & 4th - Quilting at the Griffiths Senior ------------------------------------------------------2nd of the month - 7 to 9pm - join the Book to Center. 403-933-4036. 9:00 ~ 10:00am - Red Deer Lake Commu- Film Group at the Sheep River Library. 403nity Centre - Boot Camp for all levels - Patti: 933-3278. -------------------------------------------------------403-931-2373. -------------------------------------------------------- 10:30am - Storytime at Sheep River Library. 9:30 ~ 11:00am Yoga in Longview. 403-558- 403-933-3278. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3696. -------------------------------------------------------- 10:30am - TIPS (Treasures In Progress SoWEDNESDAY 9:30am Beginners Yoga Class Drop ins wel- ciety) at the Sheep River Library. 403-9333278. 2nd Wednesday Pot Luck Luncheon - 12:00 come. Sheep River Library, Turner Valley-------------------------------------------------------– 1:00 p.m. Griffiths Senior Centre, Black Di- Margit 403 931 3649. amond. 403-933-4036. -------------------------------------------------------- 1:00pm Nickel Bingo Valley Neighbours ------------------------------------------------------10:00 ~ 10:30am Around the World with Club 403-933-4445. 8:45 ~ 10:00am - YOGA, Beginners and all Dance & Play class for Moms & Tots. Sheep ------------------------------------------------------11:00am Regular services Longview Bible 6:30pm every/other. Bingo at the Valley levels, Millarville Community Hall, drop in CreekArts Council 403-933-4020. Fellowship - 403-808-9948. welcome. Margit 403 931 3649. -------------------------------------------------------- Neighbours Club, Lions Club 403-933- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1:00pm 1st/every month General Meeting 3232. 11:00-2:00pm Sunday Brunch at Millarville -------------------------------------------------------9:30 ~ 12:00 a.m. Floor Curling Griffiths Me- Valley Neighbours Club 403-933-4445. race Track. 403-652-6557. 5:00pm Meat Draw (cut off 6:30pm) & morial Centre, Black Diamond. 403-933- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------4036. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Cards - Griffiths Senior Cen- Chase the Ace (draw at 6:15pm) - Buffet Wear Red - Legion Turner Valley 403-933------------------------------------------------------MULTI-DAY EVENTS tre, Black Diamond. 403-933-4036. 10:30am ~ 3:30pm 1st & 3rd week of month. -------------------------------------------------------- 4564. April 21st – 28th - St. George’s Diamond Valley Quilt Club Sheep Creek 1:30pm 2nd/every month Valley Neigh- ---------------------------------------------(Turner Valley) Annual Spring Arts Council 403-931-3989. 11:00 - 2:00 Winter Café at Millarville Race bours Gardening Club. Bea 403-933-7131. Rummage Sale - Saturdays: 10 -------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------- Track. 403-652-6557. 1:00pm - Bridge at the Valley Neighbours 1:30pm Chick Lit Group meets every Thurs- ---------------------------------------------- am – 4 pm and Weekdays: 1 pm – Club. 403-933-4289. day at the Sheep River Library. 403-9334 pm. Donations gratefully acSATURDAY -------------------------------------------------------- 3278. cepted April 19th & 20th: 2 pm -4 1:30 ~ 3:30pm Last of each month. Volun- -------------------------------------------------------- 9:00 ~ 11:00am Breakfast Legion Turner Valpm at the church. Please no furniteer Sewing/Quilting Bee. Baby Bags for Lit 2pm - Storytime at Sheep River Library. ley 403-933-4564. -------------------------------------------------------ture or appliances. 403-933-3591. for Life Program 403-995-2660. 403-933-3278. 5:30pm Buffet & Darts Drop In Everyone wel- -------------------------------------------------------- 4:30pm Meat Draw, 50/50 & Free Pool Le- ---------------------------------------------come. Legion Turner Valley 403-933-4564. 5:00 ~ 7:30pm Fish & Chip Night / Crib at gion Turner Valley 403-933-4564. Send Us Your Events -------------------------------------------------------- 7:30pm Legion Turner Valley 403-933- ---------------------------------------------6:00 ~ 7:00pm Belly Dancing Sheep Creek 4564. No Charge For Inclusion April 28th - 2pm - “Mini Golf” tourArts Council 403-933-4020. -------------------------------------------------------email: -------------------------------------------------------- 6:30 ~ 7:30pm TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sen- nament at the Turner Valley Legion Branch 78. Come out and 6:30 ~ 7:30pm Gentle Yoga for beginners sibly) Valley Neighbours Club. Fax: 403-938-2473

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Upcoming Car Seat Clinic In Turner Valley Turner Valley Peace Of- straints is critical in ef- clinic. Emergency Service

ficers will hold a Child Seat Clinic for all Foothills residents. The free clinic will run from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Turner Valley Fire Hall, which is located at 102Main Street in Turner Valley on April 26th. The use of child seat re-

forts to promote traffic safety in the Foothills. When properly used, child safety seats significantly reduce fatalities and injuries in a motor vehicle collision. All parents or perspective parents are encouraged to attend this free

personnel will be on hand to inspect current child seats, assist with the proper installation of child seats and answer any questions about current Provincial and Federal Legislation and the use of Child Restraint Seats.

Ready, Set, Go . . . . . Turner Valley Triathlon Returns

Mark July 1st on your calendar to be in Turner Valley for this 4th annual event of athletic endurance. Participants can enter as individuals or teams. The day starts bright and early at 8:00 am in the pool in Turner Valley. Once the required laps (500m for adults) are completed the athletes get on their bikes and head west of town for a 20K ride. Once back in town, the athletes will finish with a 5K run along the Friendship Trail between Turner Valley and Black Diamond. The deadline to register

is June 24th and there is a limited number of participants that can be accommodated so register early! Another incentive to get your name in early is the newly designed athletes' tshirt - the deadline for that is June 17th. All ages are welcome to take part and the youngest athletes (age 3 to 17) will only be required to partake of a modified version of the adult race, based on age. This Kids of Steel event gets started at 10:00 am. Check out the requirements and schedule for your kids on the website:

the TVT offers a 6 week Online Training Camp, starting May 8th, on the website. While you are in the website, check out the photos and results from previous races:

Volunteers are also needed for this event, so if you want to help out you would be most welcome. Just go to the website to sign up. If you just want to watch, then plan to be at the Dr Lander Memorial Pool by 7:45 am for the opening ceremonies and then cheer on the athletes as they work their way through the course. The day promises to be a lot of To get in shape for this fun!

Showing Gratitude

Volunteers are an integral part of any community and as such need to be shown our gratitude. Every organization, event, club, school, town, church, etc, etc has their band of trusted volunteers. The Towns of Black Diamond and Turner Valley made sure all of our volunteers realize just how much they are needed and appreciated by hosting an open house for them last Thursday, April 19th during Volunteer Appreciation Week. The Family and Community Sup-

port Services (FCSS) of both towns joined forces and put on quite a spread at the Sheep River Library in their honour. There were gifts for all volunteers and 'hugs' from the mayors and councillors to say a huge 'thank you'. FCSS coordinators, Sue Nagel (Black Diamond) and Irene Waring (Turner Valley) did an awesome job of organizing this event, as they always do – so 'thank you' to you guys as well. Della and Al Dickie spent the afternoon entertaining the more than seventy people who dropped by to show their gratitude.

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Ever had one of those moments when you think “Oh, what the heck? I may as well enter.” Those were the thoughts that went through Conrad Kardash's mind as he was picking up the Esso Participation Medals for the High Country Rockies Minor Hockey Association. So he filled out the ballot form and entered the Rockies into a draw for $10,000. Well, guess what? He received a phone call to say they had won! Can you imagine getting a call saying your entry has been picked to win $10,000? I guess his first reaction could have been, “Oh, sure another telemarketer!” and then realizing it was for real - pretty exciting! The random draw awarded three hockey groups $10,000 each as part of Esso's celebration of their 30th Anniversary as minor hockey advocates.

Esso received over 18,000 entries, nationwide and the three winning groups were all from the west: St. Alberta, South Delta B.C. and High Country. Jon Harding, Public Affairs Advisor for Esso Imperial Oil presented the cheque to Ross Tucker, High Country Minor Hockey Association's President and Director Conrad at the Oilfields Regional Arena on April 19th. Ross said, “This money will go towards those much needed extras that are at the top of our wish list. We always hope there will be funds left over from the season's fees to cover these items, like new jerseys, but there never is.” Jon said, “While it is the 30th Anniversary of our Medals of Achievement Program it is also our 75th Anniversary of being associated with hockey. Back in

the 30s Esso had a gas product know as Esso 3 Star Gasoline and Hockey Night in Canada selected the Esso 3 Stars of the games.” “We (Esso) love hockey because Canadians love hockey and they are our customers.” Established in 1981, the Esso Medals and Certificates of Achievement program recognizes players who contribute to the game of hockey through dedication, effort and fair play. It has never been about rewarding a player for having a great slap shot or superior skating skills. By acknowledging players' dedication, effort and fair play, the program hopes to go beyond hockey, to build champions in life. Under this free program, three medals of achievement: most improved player, most dedicated player, and most sportsmanlike player, are available to every hockey team registered with Hockey Canada. As well, each team can receive certificates of participation to recognize the efforts of every player on the team. To date, nearly two million Esso Medals of Achievement and over 30 million Certificates of Participation have been awarded to young boys and girls all across Canada on behalf of Imperial Oil. Thanks Esso, for supporting the youth of our community.

C. Ian McLaren News Virtues at CIM

Each year C. Ian McLaren School identifies virtues that we will work on in our school. This year our virtues have been: kindness, forgiveness, honesty, respect, responsibility, fairness, striving for excellence and acceptance. During the month of March, our school focused on responsibility. Staff identified students who exhibited responsibility and these students

were recognized with a CIM Cougar certificate at our most recent assembly. We were impressed and

extremely proud of all the students who received an award for being responsible.


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Spring Theatre

The students and staff have been very busy in preparation of our spring theatre production of Aladdin by Kathryn Schultz Miller on Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:00 pm at Longview School. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the performance. Roles have been assigned and scripts handed out. Leading up to the performance, students are extremely busy in rehearsals, learning scripts, making props and organizing costumes to wear. Students and staff always put a great deal of work in preparing for o u r d r a m a p e r f o rmances. The dress rehearsal tea, which Longview School will host with the gracious support and help of our School Council and parents, for community members and seniors is a wonderful event and will be enjoyed by all during the afternoon of Tuesday May 1st at 1 pm at Longview School. We decided to extend this dress rehearsal tea tradition from our Christmas per-

formance to our Spring Theatre as well since it is so well received and attended. It provides an additional opportunity for individuals to see the performance if they are unable to attend the evening performance. The dress rehearsal provides a great opportunity for students to work through

the performance in a supportive environment. They receive feedback and an opportunity to reflect and make changes to improve their performance. A Big Thank You goes out to Ms. Hoyle and Ms. Karran as co-directors, Mr. Musgrove and Ms.

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and acquiring dramatic and presentation skills. It is very important for all of our students to be involved and engaged in this school wide activity, with every student having a part in the production. Such a large scale project brings the whole school together which fosters

school pride and team building. We are a team at Longview School where everyone plays an important role, has responsibilities and high expectations. Our students take great pride in being an eagle. EAGLES stand for E (Engaged), A (Academic and Athletic), G (Goal Setters), L (Leaders), E (Excellence Achievers), S (School Spirit Promoters). These words are about the qualities, characteristics and behaviors we expect from and foster in our students. Even though we are a small school we think, act and dream big. Our school is a supportive environment that empowers students, staff and parents to work together and do their best. There is heart and soul in everything that goes on at our school and it is the staff, students and community that fosters this. Students would like to thank their moms, dads, family and friends for supporting their drama productions and in making them a huge success!


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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. A control program is very effective now BEFORE they breed. A Gopher is above ground only about 6 hours of any day, so shooting at them is not all that effective compared to an effective Bait. We suggest our anti-coagulant Bait. The Bait will control them by baiting their holes, or placing the Bait in Bait Stations. This Bait is made by a Pest Control Co. and is very effective if used properly! The Bait is safe to use around Pets & Wildlife. Acreage owners are allowed to use anti-coagulant Bait as are Farmers & Ranchers. *Beware of retail outlets “POISON products”.



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Councillor’s Corner: by Councillor Sharon Hart

Diamond valley PROJECT GREEN DAY

Good day, friends and neighbours! The fresh snowfall we had is turning our lawns green and freshening everything up. The moisture is welcome and as always, when it drains from our roofs, we need to make sure that our down spouts are free and clear from our neighbour's property. Let's be responsible pet owners: make sure we clean up after our dogs when we are walking them, and remember that letting our dogs run loose is against the Bylaws of our Town. I had the unsettling experience of being stalked by a dog that was running loose, and it worries me that this animal was very aggressive towards me. I would hate to see an incident in our community where someone was attacked and bitten while out walking or playing in a park. Once again, please be responsible with your pets for the consideration and safety of everyone!

* Volunteers Needed! * (Black Diamond &Turner Valley)

SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012 – 9:00 am – 12:00 noon Meet at: SCOTT SEAMAN SPORTS RINK (Black Diamond) Or at: VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE (Turner Valley) (come early to sign in and get your work assignment) Bring your work gloves and be sure to wear proper footwear. Following the cleanup volunteers are invited to come to the Scott Seaman Sports Rinkfor a free BBQ lunch!

PROJECT GREEN DAY Clean up includes: Sheep River Banks Parks, green spaces, pocket gardens and the Friendship Trail Main Street Turner Valley


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.

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Economic Development Committee 7:00 pm COUNCIL 7:30 pm Municipal Planning Commission 7:00 pm

May 7th

Committee of The Whole

Sheep River Library They have a body, wheels, a motor, a steering wheel, brakes, seats and, most important, some kind of fuel to make them run. This is where they differ from other vehicles we see on the road –they use sunlight for fuel. So, instead of your child sleeping away this precious day off school, register them for our PD day program which begins with a movie at 10:30am: Bailey the Lost Puppy and the Solar Car talk at 1:30pm. Our Spring programming is in full swing with the following courses for your education, enlightenment and enjoyment. On April 24th we have Search and Rescue doing a repeat of their Map & Compass Reading at 7pm. If you have ever puzzled over how to decipher the markings on a map or wondered how a compass actually works then this is the class for you. McBride Career group will instruct about

7:30 pm

Council Chambers Council Chambers Council Chambers (as required) Council Chambers

Millarville’s Cool News

Solar Car at “It's not as simple as being able to pick a black car instead of a blue one. They are all going to have this material in their fuel systems.” Source: The Huffington Post Since our opening a year ago we have seen all kinds of vehicles parked in our lot: cars and trucks, movie trailers, a mini-donut truck and Reggie the Rooster, the Millarville Fair mascot, towed behind a pick up. But all of these pale in comparison to the vehicle that will be on display May 4th at the library. The University of Calgary Solar Car Team will be giving a talk and demonstrating their solar car as part of our PD Day programming. Members of the team will give a talk on solar cars and particularly about their unique design. Generally, solar energy automobiles are similar to other everyday cars in that they have the characteristics of a car.

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Interview Skills at 1pm the same day. If you know you will be having a job interview in the near future it will be well worth your time to attend this class. If you have passed the age where employment has any interest for you then you can come to our Classic Movie Matinee at 2pm that afternoon for a screening of Hitchcock's suspenseful film Strangers on a Train. On Thursday April 26th we have yoga at 9:30am and Storytime at 2pm. May 2nd our permaculture series continues with Gardening as a Community Tool at 7pm. Our DocProbe series also concludes that night with: A Drummer's Dream also@ 7pm. May 4th features the PD Day Program mentioned above with TIPs and Storytime both starting at 10:30am. Our permaculture series ends on May 8th with Deck and Balcony Gardening at 7pm.

Wildcats Athletics News We are in the homestretch of a very successful and exciting year in our athletics department. Some highlights include hosting a divisionwide cross country meet for our elementary cross country team, increasing our athlete participation school-wide, and earning a championship trophy in girls basketball.

Perhaps the most exciting event in Wildcats athletics will occur on May 17th, when we host a school-wide track meet. This event will involve every student from kindergarten through grade eight, and promises to be a day in which we celebrate sport and the athletes who participate in it. Our students will participate in a series of running,

jumping and throwing events (differing by grade level), with our junior high students having the opportunity to continue on to the divisional track meet later in the month. We are excited to engage with the community in this event, and look forward to seeing everyone come out to join us!

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Week at Oilfields High School Monday, April 30th will kick off “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Week” at Oilfields and the man to do that is Tom Barthel of Street Smarts Counselling. “Tom is a man who has gone through many years of mental illness, depression, drug abuse, homelessness and now he works as a counsellor in Red Deer but he also does speaking engagements where he feels he can make a difference” said Paulette Morck, Oilfields High Guidance Counsellor. Tom will be the keynote speaker on Monday morning but he will be back that evening to speak to the parents and anyone else who would like to sit in on

this. The week will be filled with activities and events for the students. Among these will be a Health Fair on Wednesday with displays on the week's theme, put together by the students themselves. The Junior High will be focusing on healthy bodies with displays on eating, exercise, etc and the Seniors' focus will be healthy minds. Other organizations have been invited to set up their information booths as well, so you can expect to see Alberta Health Services, among others. This fair is open to parents as well as members of the public. Thursday morning will fea-

ture another guest speaker, Kaillie Humphries from Canada's Olympic bobsled team. She won her 2nd gold medal at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. The afternoon will wrap up with a ceremony that could prove to be quite touching and significant for the students. Paulette summed up what this week will mean to the Oilfields High community best: “We want to ensure that we are 'catching' any of the kids that are slipping through the cracks who are not maintaining health and wellness due to choices they are making or experiences they are having.”


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Solar Car

Comes to Turner Valley

The University of Calgary Solar Team are known for their development of solar cars and competing in solar challenges around the world, such as the WSC this past October held in Australia. They also try to promote environmental awareness through our solar cell initiatives. In their effort to spread environmental awareness they often conduct school visits throughout Alberta. On these visits they have a 20 minute presentation which is followed by the viewing of one of the solar cars. One of these events is the Schulich Axiom Alberta Tour and this year they will be coming to Turner Valley on the afternoon of May 4th! Being partnered with BP Energy, the Turner Valley Elementary School is participating in the A+ for Energy program with the EcoTeam Infomercials project. This makes Turner Valley Elementary the perfect host for this event. Because it's a PD Day the school is inviting everyone to come see the Axiom solar powered car at the Sheep River Library parking lot on Friday May 4th at 2pm.

Ask the Principal How do students make transitions at Turner Valley School? At Turner Valley School we strive to create the best possible learning environment for our students. A very important aspect of this environment is coming into and leaving a grade. The two major transitions that occur at our school are entering kindergarten and leaving at the end of grade six. We have established processes for all the transi-

tions at our school. In kindergarten, we communicate with the various preschool programs that have kids coming to our school. We hold an orientation meeting to familiarize parents with the school and the kindergarten program. We also conduct initial assessments so that we can plan our program to effectively meet the needs of all of our new students. In Grade 6 our students begin their transition by becoming a “Driller for a Day” where they spend a day in Jr. High at their new school. After that the new administration comes back to our school and spends time orienting the students to the new school and doing some timetabling with our students. Once students are in our school they make their transition from grade to grade. These transitions are carefully planned as well. Teachers meet and collaborate so that they can plan for the needs of the new students that are coming into their class. We believe that paying attention to transitions helps students and their parents confidently progress through the school system.

Town of Turner Valley

Turner Valley Protective Services Complaint Line


403.933.4944 ~ 223 Main Street NE

Emergency Preparedness Week Open House

Upcoming Turner Valley Council Meetings

Town of Turner Valley Office Hours

Start time – 6:30 p.m. May 7 – Committee of the Whole May 22 – Regular Council Meeting

Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Statutory Holidays

Diamond Valley Parade and Discovery Days Country Market Millennium Park, Main Street, Turner Valley Saturday, June 2, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Public Works Department Seasonal The Town of Turner Valley is looking to hire a seasonal labourer for the 2012 season. Ÿ This individual must be self-motivated, able to follow written and

Vendors Wanted Sell and promote local products and services at the 2012 Diamond Valley Parade and Discovery Days event. 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.

Call for Volunteers The Diamond Valley Parade and Discovery Days in the communities of Black Diamond and Turner Valley. Duties are varied, but will include: greeting guests to the park and the children’s activities area. If you are interested in being a part of something important in our community and working along with fun and enthusiastic individuals please contact Hazel, Community Events Coordinator, at to learn more about the volunteer opportunities.

Saturday May 5, 2012 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Turner Valley Fire Hall Vehicle Extrication Demos SAR Mobile Command Unit and much more..... Emergency Service Show & Shine BBQ

Allies in Public Safety ▪ Emergency Management Services ▪ ▪ Fire ▪ RCMP ▪ EMS ▪ ▪ Foothills Search and Rescue ▪ ▪ Protective Services ▪ ▪ Conservation Officers ▪ ▪ Stars Air Ambulance ▪

oral instructions and enjoy working outdoors. Ÿ All applicants must possess a class 5 driver's license and be able

to work alone. Ÿ This Position is 40 hours per week starting May 22 and going until

September 10. The candidate must be a post-secondary and/or high school student who is seeking employment. A detailed job description and application may be obtained at the Town office or on the website at Interested applicants please send resumes to: Personnel Committee Box 330 223 Main Street NE Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0 Fax: 403.933.5377 Email: Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on May 10, 2012.

Project Green Day Volunteer Opportunity Community Clean Up Black Diamond and Turner Valley Saturday, May 5, 2012 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Join in this fun community clean up event. Volunteers are asked to register the morning of the event at the Scott Seaman Sports Rink, Black Diamond or Visitors Information Centre, Turner Valley For more information at and


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Travel Tracks By Dave Heron PJ's have long range aircraft, when the entire flight crew calls in sick, these massive aircraft are detrimental to airport operations by taking up massive amounts of real estate by sitting on the ground for days on end. And on and on it will go until election day when the voters will cram the polling stations for hours on end to pick who they believe should wear the crown of top dog. Of course it won't really matter who takes home the blue ribbon. The morning after the prom, life will still go on. Interest rates, fuel prices, off shore budget cuts, and global slowdowns will dictate who travels where and for how much. And each of the two contestants will find they still have a task to perform. Whether prey and predator switch places is what the ballots will have decided. But as in the Serengeti, the predator doesn't always take home the bacon, and the prey can often live to a ripe old age. Politics, airlines, and the Bermuda Triangle. Just three of life's ongoing mysteries.

It's Election Time

No not that one. It's over. We awoke Tuesday morning to appreciate the old adage – “be careful what you ask for – you may get it”. It's time for the airline industry in Canada to face the electorate. And what a campaign this would prove to be. On one side we have the Progressive Jackpot team whose red Maple Leaf has adorned the tail of its aircraft since 1937. As with other progressive jackpots, coins have been pumped into this machine for eons building up the hype to massive promises of prosperity to hopeful beneficiaries. Years however of breakdowns, malfunctions, inaccurate readings of just how much was in the kitty, and staff hurling insults at you while you patiently waited in line for your turn to pull the handle have dulled the luster of this once popular contender. Rumors of its top leaders raiding the coin box at regular intervals have done little to attract a new generation of supporters. Rising quickly to the position of top contender is the Wild Card gang who's rise from obscurity in Alberta a number of years ago have made them crowd pleasers across the country. With a single aircraft type and a labor force that appears to go out of their way to service the needs of the public, they look like a team that's poised to move from second fiddle to 1st chair.

The fact they've managed to balance the books for the past fourteen years would suggest a degree of fiscal responsibility that has thus far eluded the Progressive Jackpots. Definitive “in-yourface” logic however does not always translate well at the polling station. The campaign could get nasty. The Progressive team will point out that they've been doing what they do for 75 years and as such are far better positioned to address the needs of the travelling public. The Wilds will counter by suggesting that insanity is best defined by doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. Of course the Wild will be chastised by mental health professionals for inflammatory remarks and the rhetoric will continue. The Progressives will campaign on the strength of their comfortable seating arrangements and airport lounges while the Wild will take out full page ads to promise that if they ever get to the stage where their passengers spent as much time sitting on the ground as Progressive's did, they'd make the chairs and lounges available as well. The PJ group will appeal to the long haul traveler with slick ads promoting their international connections – something the WC folks can't offer. WC will appear on Meet the Press suggesting that although the

Adios until next time Dave Heron Dave Heron is the owner and operator of: Pace Setter Travel & Tours (1995) Inc; P.O. Box 612, 70 McRae Street, Okotoks. Tel: 403.938.5454 Toll Free: 1.800.206.7223. Fax: 403.938.5568 Email:

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Turned-Around Trouble Teaching Kids Today

Tom Barthel had a terrific life until he hit his teen years and trouble found him. At 16, he found himself awash with very low selfesteem and like so many young people, he turned to drugs to drown his sorrows. One thing led to another and all his issues led him to the wrong crowd, dealing drugs and a brush with the law. At 23 he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and survived a suicide attempt. This was the catalyst to his turn around. He began his journey to become successful in beating his illness and addiction. He discovered alternate strategies that achieved his goals and he started a job. Tom will be sharing his success stories with students at Oilfields High School on Monday, April 30th as the keynote speaker to their week of Healthy Bodies, Healthy

Minds. That evening, he will be discussing his beliefs with parents. Tom says that his focus is on young people and thier mental health and drug addiction problems. Where it REALLY comes from. Most people misunderstand this completely and that is why kids are still struggling. According to Tom kids have an adult problem and after listening to him parents will never view raising their kids the same way again. Parents are the key to the kids success and changing the way parents communicate will enable the kids to solve their own issues, themselves, successfully and willingly. At his talk he will divulge what works on kids today. Parents can pre-register for this talk, to be held at Oilfields High School on April 30th from 7:00 to 9:30 pm by going to the website:

May 5th, 10:30 to 3:00pm Turner Valley Firehall BBQ: Burgers or Hot Dogs & Pop $3

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Longview Link By Chey Nickerson Congratulations to the ARC committee on being approved for a summer program for Healthy/Active Living Initiatives. The GO ME program will be up and running through the summer so watch for upcoming details on the programs and dates. Grass Clippings/Leaves – They can be placed in the proper area at the treatment plant, but again NO branches so please respect this. Longview Campground is

open for the season and all inquiries should be directed to 403-333-0211. Once again we ask pet owners to make sure that they clean up after their pets. This problem has become much more than just unsightly as we are hearing about many health issues related to dog/cat feces being left laying around. Be responsible and clean up after your pet! Just a reminder that there is an upcoming First Aid

Course to be held in Longview in June. For more information and dates please call George at 403-808-9948 to register. Spring Clean up will be May 21st, 22nd and 23rd in Longview. Call 403-558-3600 for details. Longview Stampede Committee is looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please phone 403-861-9724. Have a great week, Chey

Legion Leanings

With a busy schedule of upgrading and painting behind us, at least temporarily, we are moving into the summer months which are equally active with ceremonies, parades and Remembrances. Before highlighting upcoming events though there is an important requirement that has to be emphasised for all members and visitors. This deals with the Sign-In book located near the entrance to the Branch. There are more than a few members who are bringing guests into the Branch and are not signing them in. These guests, who must be signed in on every occasion that they enter the Branch, include the member's spouse if he or she is not a member of the Branch or the LA. Similarly, members

of other branches must also sign in to use the Branch facilities. One other very important point is that a member who is not actually carrying the current (2012) membership card on his or her person must also sign in to use the Branch. These regulations are not ours but apply to all Private Member Clubs including Legions. We have seen Branches shut down “on the spot” by an inspector who found violations of these procedures. Upcoming dates to remember include: Saturday, April 28th (all day) - District 5 Rally in Calgary. 3 members will represent us. Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 pm. - Poster and Literary Awards.

Emergency Preparedness Open House

Sunday, May 6th at Noon. Monthly Cenotaph Memorial Ceremony Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00 pm. - Monthly meeting and Election of Officers. Sunday May 13th at 9:00 and 11:00 am - Mothers' Day Breakfast. Saturday, May 26th at 7:00 pm. - Installation of Officers and Honours and Awards Night. See you at the Branch. Serving Veterans, the Youth, Seniors and the Community Malcolm Hughes

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Mother's Day Breakfast Sunday, May 13th Seatings: 9:00am and 11:00am

Carnations for the Moms Adults ~ $12.00 Youth 11 and over ~ $12.00 Children 6 to 10 ~ $6.00 Children 5 and under ~ $3.00 To reserve please call 403-933-4564 Royal Canadian Legion Branch #78 121 Sunset Blvd. East, Turner Valley Office 403-933-4600 ~ Canteen 403-933-4564 Email: ~



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From The Lions Den

It's all in the Numbers

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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.

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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!

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- Trees planted last Submitted by Lion year by Lions Worldwide 7 million (our target numJames Lee The band Three Dog ber was 1 million) - Lions donations to Night crooned One is the S.T.A.R.S. to date - $2.5 Loneliest Number. Sales often advertise, two for the million (Lions lent them price of one. In baseball it $ 5 0 , 0 0 0 , g a v e t h e m is always three strikes and $50,000.00 at the incepyou are out. Numbers can tion of the S.T.A.R.S. Probe numbing. They perme- gram 25 years ago and ate our lives and every- have been a key contributhing we do. Numbers tor ever since) - 35 – number of years have created employment That Jimmy Carter, former opportunities; we have statisticians, accoun- US President has been a tants, inventory control Lion - 200,000 – number of specialists, you name it and we have put a number athletes worldwide that on it. I drive a Ford 350 have been provided with replete with a numbered free vision screenings and door lock. By punching in eye wear by Lions. This is a numbered code, I can done through a special lock my keys in the truck p a r t n e r s h i p p r o g r a m and still get in to drive it forged with the Special away. We are told that Olympics Organization. - 30,000,000 - people there is order in numbers and strength in numbers, to date, prescribed and proa record number of times vided with eyeglasses, surgeries and visual impairin our lives. How do numbers apply ment accessories worldto Lions Clubs you might wide, through Lions Eyequery? Well here are a few sight Initiatives - Lions Sight First have Lions numbers you might treated 26 million people not be aware of.

since 2004 and recorded a 9% reduction in blindness and visual impairment globally. Phenomenal! - $38.6 million dollars Lions donations and grants last year in our quest to serve our communities. - 70,000 - number of people furnished with blankets, medicine, clothing, food and water last year. So there it is, just a sampling of a number of projects that WE SERVE. If a number of you are interested in becoming more than a Number, in our great Service Organization, please entertain the idea of contacting Lion Don Ward, our Membership Co-ordinator at (403) 931-3587 or email him at: The next Lions Bingos are April 27th and May 11th at 7pm at The Valley Neighbours Club in Turner Valley. The Foothills Lions Club “Serving Our Community”

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Submitted by Muriel Dais On Sunday, May 6th at 1:30pm, the Sheep Creek Arts Council will host a free information session on the use of oil pastels. Hope Anderson, a retired art teacher from Calgary, will be outlining the distinctive characteristics of oil pastels. Ms Anderson is very enthusiastic about his medium and wishes to share this pleasure with other artists. She hopes that after hearing her presentation, those present and their friends, might wish to participate in a workshop at a later date. Ms Anderson has been a landscape painter, primarily, but is now including flo-

ral paintings and still life compositions in her portfolio. Examples of her work are hanging in the Arts Council gallery at this time and interested people are invited to come to view them at 133 Sunset Blvd., Turner Valley. Hope is quoted as saying that “my enthusiasm for working with oil pastel only grows and grows since this is such a versatile medium. Because of my own sensitivities to solvents, I have dad to develop techniques to replace solvent washes. Having experience with water colours has an influence on my oil pastel work and I have discovered that very soft pencil crayons work well with oil pastels also.” She is looking forward to sharing her explorations with the endless techniques and discoveries

with other artists. Those attending the information session will have an opportunity of “making a mark” on paper using oil pastels. So that Ms Anderson will know how much material to bring with her, we ask that you register with the Arts Council by phoning 403-933-4020 or by calling Muriel at 403-933-4578. Doug Swinton will be offering a two day painting workshop (May 26th and 27th) open to all students of any level and using any medium of their choice. The arts council is also well advanced in planning the annual Rhubarb Tea and Quilt Show coinciding with the Diamond Valley Parade and Discovery Days events on June 2nd this year. Look for further information coming on all of these activities.


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Gardens Galore Ogre Rings By Karen Brewka While eating Easter dinner at my nephew's, the conversation went to aerating the lawn. My nephew was going to rent an aerator and, with some of his friends, was going to go yard to yard, aerating their lawns. Of course, I went into lecture mode and started to tell the story of fairy ring and why it's so important to clean the aerator between each use. His eyes were glazing over as I reviewed this fungal disease. I realized that most of the men I have talked to over the years about fairy ring had the same glazed look. Fairy ring is an ancient and natural fungus that lives all over the earth. Especially obvious on the prairies where some rings can grow to enormous sizes, these rings have been seen from overhead growing to a quarter section and larger. The fungus grows in arcs and the arcs can coalesce into rings. As they grow, they clog up the soil with mycelium and keep water from penetrating. The grass inside the rings often dies. The rings appear as darker green that the surrounding grass and will sprout small mushrooms after a rain. I checked and so far there is still no control for fairy ring. A researcher at the Alberta Research Council in Edmonton has found a bacterium that seems to inhibit the

growth of fairy ring. This is in the research stage as we speak. There is nothing we can do to cure this disease. We can mask the arcs and rings by making sure soil fertility is good so the ring is not darker than the surrounding grass. Poking holes in the ring with a garden fork will help water to penetrate into the soil and help keep the grass alive. So, back to the lecture… I was speaking about the importance of cleaning and disinfecting the aerator tines before and between uses so as not to spread fairy ring to other yards. Most men ignore this admonition. Maybe if we changed the name from fairy ring to ogre ring, these manly men would listen up and take more care to stop spreading this disease with lawn care equipment. 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 403–9313989

The Life of An Artist’s Mind

Boy have I ever been through the ringer all through the month of March and April, I've been wrestling kids in and out of wet bathing suits, running back and forth to and from the pool and the preschool, keeping up with my drawing classes and my private lesson students, working late into the night on commissions, volunteering madly with Arts Council events and preparing for my double exhibit at Bluerock Café in Okotoks. Artists must keep busy in order to continue to be successful. And inspiration can come from anywhere: discussions over coffee, a new perspective on an old idea, connections between seemingly unconnected things or thoughts. Here are a couple of insights into the mind of an artist - at least this one. Okotoks' Blue Rock Café holds some 18 pieces I've created over the past few years. As I wandered around the exotic plants and swimming koi fish at Calgary's Devonian Gardens, I happened to catch a tiny moment where the ripples in the water looked just like musical symbols.

It was as if the fish were moving rhythmically and I was lucky enough to catch it. Another collection on display is a few of my portrait series which deals with masculine emotions. I have found in our society, that while women and girls are 'allowed' (if not expected) to display the softer emotions freely, men and boys are taught to swallow them and show only the harder emotions. I wanted to bring awareness to this unfair reality. Interestingly, while I worked on them, I discovered each piece dictated a style that would best represent the portrait of said emotion, not unlike how emotions show themselves in us. Faces of celebrities were chosen because they represent the men that have already been accepted by society - for their emotions. And so, plans are in the works to create a femaleinspired series, I have already titled: The Goddess Series. And my inspiration for this is all around me in my everyday life.

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208 Main Street, Turner Valley her Honda 250 parked outside the store. Riding through the Kananaski's countryside is another love of hers. Sarah is also a guest columnist of the Gazette when she writes her Valley Vines column to either introduce us to a new wine or explain the significance of one. Stop in and pick her brains on which wine to pair with that perfect dinner you're planning or ask for her help with organizing the drinks needed for your next big event.

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The woods around our house are waking up after the long winter sleep and I'm fortunate enough to be able to wander at will and enjoy the wild side of plants. I also enjoy taking my grandchildren along and like to get them to identify species. This is the best time of year as the undergrowth isn't too high allowing you to get deeper into the trees and therefore reach the wilder areas of the woods. A favourite with all children is pussy willow and they are quite happy collecting several branches to decorate the Easter table. Once Easter is over I use them in dried flower arrangements.

Another favourite is forsythia, at one time there was a farmhouse just past where our home was built, the lilacs and forsythia give credence to that. If a couple of branches of forsythia are cut just before the flowers open you can put them in a vase with warm sand they will blossom and last several days. A very old apple tree is still trying it's best to flower and fruit, we don't eat the apples, but it's great for the children to climb. Whenever possible we try to have the children bring little notebooks and write down what they've seen, most importantly to spot poison ivy and poison oak. A little

harder to find are Solomon's seal and jack in the pulpit. Note is taken of where the wild raspberry and thimbleberry are clustered and the swampy area checked out to see if the snapping turtles and frogs are awake yet. We try to make it a photo safari and armed with garden cutters, long sleeves and rubber boots it makes a wonderful way to spend the day. Wherever you live there are hiking trails, campgrounds and woods to explore, get out there and enjoy them, take the children along and while you're teaching them you'll learn a thing or two as well.

Longview Library Literally Speaking The library's mandate is to provide a life long learning centre for the community of Longview. To insure this, we encourage the use of the inter-library loan system, which provides a great access to a vast amount of knowledge. We encourage both adults and children to do this, and Joan, our librarian is very happy to help you. Alison Chudleigh, Reiki Master, gave an enlightening talk at the library on Wednesday evening about what Reiki is (a natural healing modality), how it is administrated, and what it does. It creates deep relaxation, reduces

blood pressure, accelerates the body's ability to heal itself, but most of all, it removes energy blockages that are the cause of dis-ease. It was a very special evening. The library will be showcasing the handmade leather purses of Marie Hummel, a well known Longview resident, during the month of May. On May 2nd at 7:00 pm please join Sherrine, a recent arrival to Longview, as she presents a talk on Papimi Therapy. This process is used for pain relief and healing and works at a cellular level. We Need to Talk about

Kevin by Lionel Shriver is a captivating and thought provoking story about a high school student who kills 7 of his classmates and a teacher in the school's gym. It was made into a movie and was showing just recently in Calgary. The story is told by his mother in a series of letters that she wrote to his father, beginning when Kevin was in her womb. The book portrays the many influences young people are under to-day and how it is sometimes very hard to cope. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is a very moving story told by a

very loveable dog named Enzo. Enzo lives with a family that is undergoing very stressful and heartbreaking times. Enzo is a remarkably wise, supportive and observant soul, full of warmth and concern. His owner is a racing car driver and racing is used as a metaphor for the challenges the family must face. If you are a dog or animal lover, this book will touch your soul. The book is much more profound than its cover suggests, which has Enzo driving in a racing car, sporting a red scarf. Happy Reading Sylvia Binkley



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The jaw joint, also known as the temporo mandibular joint or TMJ for short, is a very small joint, but is often the cause of much distress in many individuals. There are some parts of the body which we use every day in a very conscious way. This best example of this is probably our hands. There are other parts of the body that we tend to use in an almost unconscious way. Eating and talking are almost second nature to most of us. We pay little attention to how often we do it or how vigorously we do it. Further, our jaw muscles are very connected to our emotions. Clenching our jaw when we are stressed or angry is something we do very unconsciously. In addition, we are very prone to clenching or grinding our teeth at night, either as habit or as part of a stress response. The fact is we need to pay more attention to this small joint before it becomes a big problem. First, we need to understand what makes the TMJ unique. The main factor involved in the TMJ is that it actually consists of two joints on either side of our head. Further, each joint is essentially connected by a bar or the lower jaw bone. This point is important because it stresses the fact that the jaw joint is all about symmetry. Each jaw joint is controlled by its' own set of muscles. The result

What A Pain In The Jaw!

is that if one set of TMJ musculature is tight and weak, the jaw will operate in a very imbalanced way. The other unique factor to the TMJ is the forces involved in its' motion. There are relatively huge forces involved in chewing. Although the muscles that work the jaw are small, they are incredibly strong. More importantly, the forces involved when we clench or grind our teeth are essentially double the forces involved in chewing! So what does this all mean to the average individual? First of all, jaw problems are very common. Most of us have a favorite side to chew on, which makes our jaws slightly imbalanced to begin with. Second, most of us are prone to a stress response, which often involves jaw clenching or grinding. You may think that you don't clench or grind, but often your dentist or dental hygienist will tell you otherwise. Third, dental work may change your natural bite. It is clear that dentistry is a very advanced healthcare field, but every time you get a filling, a small change in your natural bite may occur. To summarize, TMJ/jaw problems are very likely to occur in your life if you don't take precautions. Symptoms of TMJ problems include jaw pain, neck pain, teeth pain and headaches. Any individual with chronic headaches must

include TMJ syndrome as a possible diagnosis due to the fact that it is so common. Unfortunately, most TMJ problems are asymptomatic for a long time. If an individual can have the TMJ assessed prior to symptom development, the chance for positive outcome is greatly enhanced. Some of the most successful treatment involves a multidis ciplinary approach. Treatment of the imbalanced musculature with Active Release Technique or acupuncture can be very successful. Treatment of bite issues and asymmetries by a dentist may also be critical. Finally, management of stress may also be a critical factor. In summary, if you have TMJ symptoms, then you need to start treatment as soon as possible. If you are unsure if you are developing a TMJ problem then you may need to consult with your dentist, dental hygienist, and/or your chiropractor in order to fully assess the issue. As with all conditions, early intervention is your best chance for a positive outcome. Dr. Greg Morris

Dr. Greg Morris, Dr. Natalie Carrington and Dr. Mike Belding can all be contacted at the Diamond Valley Chiropractic Clinic, 403933-3088.

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Common Concerns: Cataracts ‘Cataract' is a clouding of the eye's natural 'lens', the rubbery crystalline sphere that is suspended just behind the 'iris' or coloured ring of the eye. Cataract is not a disease, but certain types of cataract can help identify disease and injury. When you look at yourself in a mirror, you will not 'see' the lens because it is clear and the inside of the eye is dark. Sometimes in photographs when the eyes glare red from the camera's flash, you can see small imperfections in peoples' lenses in silhouette against the light bouncing back. The natural crystalline lens in the eye is like a firm but soft rubber ball when we are young. Tiny fibers attach to the lens and pull on it outwards to flatten it and this is what helps us to focus light onto the light sensitive tissue in the eye (the retina). As we age, the lens absorbs UV rays from the Sun, and other chemicals in our bodies, and slowly becomes yellowed and stiff. In about our midforties, we start to notice that we can no longer focus as well as we used to and this is because of the stiffening of the lens. As the lens yellows over time, we notice that even with glasses on, things still

appear smoky, like looking through a dusty windshield. This is one form of cataract, the most common kind that we all get eventually. There are still other forms of cataract - like congenital cataracts that appear out of nowhere in newborns, or traumatic cataract from injury to the eye - but the most common forms, as I said, will come to all of us in time. There are, thankfully, some simple things we can all do to minimize the impact of these cataracts: Don't smoke, exercise, control blood sugar and generally limit intake of refined sugars, eat a diet rich in antioxidants (fruit, vegetables), wear sunglasses outside and safety glasses in high risk environments like when welding. Cataracts are easy to spot and assess, but they creep up on us slowly. Advancing cataracts will change your need for glasses by changing the 'prescription' required people tend to gain more farsightedness and more astigmatism as cataracts 'grow'. Changes in the clarity of eyesight after 40 is a sure sign of changes in the lenses in our eyes. For a time, simply changing the prescription of the glasses worn will accommodate for

most of these changes and still provide excellent quality of sight. However, beginning around the mid- to latefifties (depending on health) most people will start to notice a bit of light fuzziness in their vision even with glasses on. Generally within 5 - 10 years of this, cataract surgery can be advised to improve vision. Optometrists are your primary care specialists in Alberta for eye health and vision concerns. Call our office to book an appointment if you are concerned about your eyes, or feel cataracts may be interfering with your vision - this care is covered under Alberta Healthcare benefits. We will be happy to do a full assessment of visual health and function and tell you exactly what is going on and describe the various options to you, from quality eyewear solutions to referrals to the best cataract surgeons. Reach us at 403-9335552. 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

Turkey Time in Turner Valley Lewis Memorial United Church Hosts Annual Dinner Gobble, Gobble, you are invited to attend the Annual Turkey Dinner on Monday, April 30th, hosted by members of the Lewis Memorial United Church in the Valley, 125 Royal Avenue in Turner Valley. Once again, members and friends of the Lewis Memorial United Church, in the Valley, will provide the area communities with a sumptuous feast of roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, cole-

slaw, dinner rolls, fruit pie and beverages served family style in the lower level or via “take-outs”. “Each year our volunteers manage to out-do themselves in supporting this event and the Diamond Valley communities look forward to the great food and wonderful hospitality,” said co-event coordinator, Carol Williams. This year's dinner will be co-coordinated by Carol Williams and Dona Lyons, with each being responsible for a certain function.

New members and friends are added to the team each year, so new ideas and fresh perspectives are never lacking. There will be two seatings - 4:30pm and 5:30pm, tickets are $13 for adults, $5 for children from 5 to 11 years of age, with children 4 and under admitted free. All tickets for the take-out service from 4:00pm to 6:30pm are $13. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or by calling the Church office at 403-933-4114.

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From My Bookshelf....

The Midwife of Venice Roberta Rich Insight into Venice in 1575 is the propellant for this novel. Fashion, food, transportation -whether by gondola or slave ship homes of the very wealthy, Jewish ghettos, midwifery and contraception of the time made for an interesting read. The sharp demarcation between Jew and Gentile shows us aspects of life that are almost unbelievable today. The Inquisition is always in the background with the threat of torture for anyone who disobeys their many laws or the standard mores. Hannah, a Jewish midwife, is commissioned by a wealthy Venetian Count to deliver his child. The Countess has been labouring for two days and is near death. It is totally against rabbinical law for Hannah to be midwife to the Countess, and also puts everyone who lives in the ghetto in grave danger, especially if the Countess were to die. Nevertheless, Hannah safely delivers the baby and saves the life of the mother. She is desperate for the money. The 200 gold ducats she is paid will pay the ransom for her husband who is a slave on the Isle of Malta, being sold to one vicious slave owner after another. The stories of Hannah and Levi alternate chapters so we not only experience life in Venice, but also the life of a literate slave in Malta, trying desperately not to be sold to a ship owner where he will be chained to an oar in a galley until he dies. I have read better novels,

but historically this one gives a wealth of insight into various cultures, classes, religions and life styles of the times. The enormity of trade from all parts of the world was fascinating; the devastation of Venice when it was hit by the plague and quarantined with the body count rising every hour was grim indeed. History and its lessons will always be my favourite kind of novel and, if you are familiar with the short story by O. Henry called The Gift of the Magi, you will have a clue as to how this novel ends. The Virgin Cure - Ami McKay This novel started out with lots of promise to be a good read. However, as the story unfolded, I felt the author missed the best storyline. It should have been about the first women graduates of the Women's Medical College of the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women. Instead, the book follows the early life of Moth - daughter of a gypsy woman and a runaway father. The glimpses of New York in the 1870s occur not only from Moth's perspective, but from newspapers, posters, articles, postcards, diaries and newspaper ads. Moth comments that as the wealthy matrons of New York promenade from Stewart's to Stern's to Tiffany's "knowing that our dreams, our wishes, our secrets are what hold up the buildings that now fill Manhattan's sky." However, at this same time it was estimated that over thirty thousand children lived on the streets of


By Lynn Willoughby New York and many more wandered in and out of cellars and tenements as families tried to put food on the table. Moth's life is one misfortune after another. Although her mother tries to keep them fed by reading the future for customers in her crystal ball, they are almost always hungry, as is everyone on Chrystie Street. Eventually, when Moth is twelve, she is sold to the wealthy Mrs Wentworth as a ladies maid. She is warm and clean for the first time in her life, but she is also abused by Mrs. Wentworth. The grand dame herself is being punished by her husband who is away from New York during the summer heat. Mrs. Wentworth and her staff live in a stuffy, hot house that has been boarded up for the summer and are never allowed to be seen outside!! With the help of Nestor, the butler, Moth escapes, only to end up in a brothel. Here she is groomed by Miss Everett to be brokered as a "fresh maid", a "certified virgin". As syphilis was rampant, and with no remedy, the deadly myth of "the virgin cure" was without racial or economic boarders. Next to Moth's friendship with Dr Sadie, the only good thing to come from this time in her life is when she is selling picture postcards at a freak show/museum/circus, run by a little man who was once employed by P. T. Barnum. Sounds heart-breaking? It was and I was glad when I finished. McKay's first novel - 'The Birth House’ was also reality based, but I enjoyed it much more. This one just seemed to go from one tragic situation to a worse one, with little to alleviate Moth's life. Who Knew? During the nineteenth century the boxing world employed professional "blood suckers". Their job was to suck the blood from fighter's wounds in order to prolong the match. Where you want it When you want it How you want it EW AY GAT GAZETTE


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secure is a matter of experience. Cancer (June 21-July 22) This weekend's Taurus New Moon describes how your financial opportunities are expanding. Taurus is situated in one of the houses in your chart most closely associated with sources of income, and this is an area of your life that has been flowering during the past year -- or at least the potential is there. I am aware that money is a huge sticking point for many people, and it's not any easier when every time you look at a news website there is more economic bad news. If you're the exception to the rule, it won't be because you're lucky -- rather, it will be because you know what you want, and you know an opportunity when you see one. When you do, I suggest you act promptly, make a commitment and take action. You have already thought this one through five ways from Friday. You have sorted out the details; you understand the risks; you know what's required of you.

Aries (March 20-April 19) You're the one who must address your own insecurities. Nobody else can do it for you, and you don't want them to. This would be a great time to investigate and see just what is stirring up your fears. If we're using astrology, it looks like you might be having panic attacks or at least experiencing a lot of nervous energy as you feel your own creative potential surge. I trust that you've already figured out that you have an alternative, but if not, here is what I suggest. This thing commonly called 'creativity' means existing on the edge of your own thoughts. Most people don't stay there; they cannot, because it's too nerve-wracking. However, your astrology over the next week is going to have you surfing the wave of time with your mind poking into the future, and to work that edge you must pay attention without getting panicky. Confidence doesn't feel like a Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) king on his throne. It feels more like riding a If you've been feeling unusual potential but bicycle. don't feel like you've had the ability to manifest it into something real, that is about to open up. Taurus (April 19-May 20) In a word, the way to get from here to there is If you're feeling some unusual tension within leadership. I can break this down to three yourself, I suggest you consider what will be ideas as they express themselves in your the central theme of this birthday season for current solar chart: one is perspective. It's you: making sure you understand your essential that you have an overview of your motives. That's to say, I suggest you constantly environment, including what your colleagues refer back to why you want whatever it is you and those 'above' and 'below' you are doing. want. What is driving you to make choices, to Two is values. Make sure that what you're favor certain people, or to desire certain doing is consistent with what you believe, and experiences? Why do you feel about yourself what you are willing to stand for. If you do this, the way that you do? These questions have you won't have to worry about your reputation. answers -- in fact, they may have two answers Third is nourishment. In your current each. So the decisions you make are less about incarnation of leadership, you need to feed the the outer expressions of things and more tree without depleting yourself. Fortunately about connecting with what is driving you. Pay you have a lot to offer, particularly in the way of special attention to when those motives ideas and inspiration. If you find yourself conflict, and note this as a potential source of blocked, pause and invent a solution. There is any paralysis. A related theme of this spring is no limit to the information available, and you taking a trip back to the past, and while you're will be told everything you need to know. there, disconnecting from the values you once acquired that no longer serve you. You'll find Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) plenty -- and you'll be happier without them. Mars has stationed direct in your sign, and the Sun is about to enter your fellow Earth sign Gemini (May 21-June 20) Taurus. Mercury, your ruling planet, is Over the next few days, you may get the feeling positioned so that you may be able to clarify that you understand your fears better than some issues that have been putting a you ever did. These may arrive in waves of relationship under some stress. In short, your psychological insights that shed light on astrology is a lot happier now than it was a certain factors from the past. When this week ago, and I wonder how you're doing in process is flowing, you'll be able to make light of this. If issues that you thought you connections to certain elements of your resolved show up again, I suggest you resolve experience and your behavior patterns in this them using a squeegee and not a shovel. era of your life. Looking at your solar chart, I You're most likely dealing with the residual would propose a few questions. To what extent cleanup, not a recurrence of the central issue. are you carrying around someone else's sense The past few months have been an extremely of loss, disappointment or grief? Can you see productive time for some, but have come with how this has shaped your life? Your life is more complications than seems necessary. about what you have to offer. The more you The way to put that behind you is to pause offer what you have, the more you will discover before you assume the worst about anyone or what you possess. One of the few ways to feel anything. Remember that you have the safe is to experiment with the feeling and see capacity to solve any problem you can identify, what happens. I know this may seem like and the talent to develop the many ideas that doing things backwards; you might think that have come to you this year. one acts safe when one feels safe. Feeling







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Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) What seems to be a block is really a question of seeing your options and alternatives for what they are. If you project into the long-term future, there seem to be two paths you can take, and at times you feel the pressure to commit to one of them even before you're sure where it leads, or what you might be giving up. I don't think you need to rush any decision that involves finding your true life path. The options you see today are not your real choices. The contradictions and paradoxes that are influencing you now, no matter how subtly, will be replaced by more satisfying questions as the season unfolds. Polarities that today seem to contradict one another will have a way of resolving into something entirely new, and this will shift the way you see yourself and the world. So if things don't make perfect sense right now, don't waste your energy stressing, or trying to put together pieces that don't fit. You will soon see that the edges of reality are more flexible than they seem.


Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Do you want your relationships to be easy, or do you want them to be real? I suggest that you see things in terms of these two options, at least initially. By real I don't mean difficult; challenges usually show up in the context of denial or resistance rather than by a conscious embrace of what is so. However, I suggest you notice the way that you tend to make other peoples' issues into your own problems. Being real also means being real about knowing where the edge is between you and somewhere else, and knowing when it's appropriate to cross over that line. Clearly you are being drawn into a deep situation of some kind, if only by your curiosity. The place where a warning should go off is when you find yourself adopting problems that simply are not your own, on the excuse that you love someone. The thing to focus on is creative purpose and a kind of calm, centered passion about life itself - not the relationship.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) There is a difference between starry-eyed romance and friendly, creative passion. It's a distinction I suggest you take note of, because it's one of the central themes of your life. From one angle of your chart you've got this strong pull into the identity as the perfect partner. Yet to do this, you have to ignore or put a veil over some of the more conflicted feelings you have about that role, one of the most significant of which is the way it tends to compromise your independence. You have another option, which is a vibrant kind of creative collaboration, which leaves the portals open to wider possibilities than you can have in a conventional format of relationship. Keep in mind that the pull between what is considered normal and acceptable and what is considered unusual can create plenty of conflict, especially if you involve yourself worrying about the ways that others might judge you. Borrowing from Erica Jong, I'm talking about the difference between being half of a relationship and a whole person.



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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) You know something, though I don't think you know how true it really is. In other words, don't be surprised when you discover that you were right. Now, being right isn't everything, and some have gone so far as to say it's the opposite of being happy. But I'm not talking about righteous -- I mean that you have a hunch, a flash of insight or an idea that is actually valid. I suggest that rather than just letting it go, you keep working with it, and take the whole matter deeper. The reason you might not do that is that somehow the truth makes you nervous. You can be sure, in any event, that it will have impact. What good would it be otherwise? We don't need any more trivial 'information' in the world right now. Here is the influence I see this revelation having: you just might feel less isolated. Would it feel good to learn that you're not alone, that others are going through a similar experience, and that you can learn from one another? That's what I see in your charts for the next few days.



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Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) What's developing in your solar chart is about a lot more than money, but let's at least start with the financial aspect of the discussion. This involves an idea that you've been developing, something you probably thought was not worth a lot in economic terms but might be valuable otherwise. Yet there is a substantial economic value, which is rooted in how you're working with an idea that's ahead of its time, but right when 'the time' is about to catch up. There's a message about you catching up as well, and by that I mean that there's finally room in the world for what you've got going. Just a few years ago you might have decided it was impossible for that to be true. Then you started to see where you could maybe slip in edgewise. Suddenly there's a huge opening -- but it doesn't look like people are having one of those Nike sneaker stampedes. Don't let that fool you. I don't know what it is, but you're in possession of something that people not only need -better still, it's something that they want. Even though you're not motivated by money, keep your financial strategy in the front of your Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) If you quiet down what your whirling, rapidly mind and you'll do well with this, whatever it might be.

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moving mind is saying, you'll discover that you know something in your gut, and knew it all along. Given that this something is about you, you might wonder how it is that you somehow missed the obvious. That's always a good question, though the obvious is so bold and has such deep implications that I could see it making you a little restless. You might say that the truth is so large that it's difficult to see, something that's often the case. The central theme here is who you are becoming. You've been in a transformational process that has been working under the surface layers of awareness. Yet now it's starting to bubble up to the top. You are seeing the extent of the changes you're going through, and this in turn is giving you a sense of your trajectory. What you're getting now is just a little sample of the incoming energy; this will gradually ramp up over the next six weeks until you discover, somehow much to your surprise, that you really are this entirely different person you suspect you're becoming.

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Jim Coleman Financial Advisor Raymond James Ltd. (403) 938 9715

Rate subject to change. Raymond James Ltd., Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

32nd Annual Turner Valley Charity Golf Classic & Silent Auction

Friday, June 22nd, 2012 Shot Gun Tee Off 1:30 p.m. Turner Valley Golf Club FOOTHILLS

Fundraiser for Youth at Risk Programs Foothills Lions Childrens’ Spray Park Turner Valley

• Best Ball (Texas Scramble) Entry Fee $115.00 (Includes 18 holes of golf, power cart, beef au jus dinner and at least one prize)

Dinner only $30.00 Hole Sponsorship Available for $200


For more information contact Tyler Bray 403-933-7746 or 403-933-4283 Please make cheques payable to Turner Valley Charity Golf Classic

Background photograph by J. Malenfant

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

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

Water. Paid over $8,000.00, asking $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 .

KROMM HAY SALES Premium Horse Hay Round Bales, 1400 - 1500 lbs Stored in Shed Timothy - Brome - Alfalfa Delivery Available Jeff Kromm 403-995-2583 This is a Community Association fundraiser and we thank you for your support.

Photography In His Image Photographic Services. Family Memories, Family Values, Value Pricing. With our *Portable Studio* we come to you! Visit our website at:

Rentals Shared Accommodation in Turner Valley available immediately. Must be employed, non-smoker, social or non drinker. Bright and clean, furnished main floor w/gas fireplace. Includes; tv/dvd, cable, wireless internet & utilities. No pets please! $500 security deposit & $500 monthly fee. Call (403) 938-6596.

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


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• Renos • Service Work • Gasfitting • Furnace Replacements • Tankless Hot Water • Softeners • Filters • Reverse Osmosis

Horse Boarding

DJ Ranch


Horsemanship Facility


620 WHITERIDGE ROAD NE CALGARY, ALBERTA, T1Y 2Y8 TEL: (403) 280-6826, Cel: (403) 617-2367 Fax: (403) 590-9002 E-Mail:

• 24-hour Onsite Manager • Family Operation • Indoor Arena • Affordable Rates

LIQUOR STORE Black Diamond Liquor Store Sun - Thurs 10am - 10pm Fri & Sat 10am - 11pm

(Beside the Esso)


101 Centre Ave,


Black Diamond

Fax: 403-271-7969



Terry Johansen AT BDT







Colin Rollo 403-815-0922 Signature Properties

Ph: 403.933.2722 206 Main Street NW, Turner Valley Sun - Thurs 10am - 10pm Fri - Sat 10am - 11pm


Donna Turner Registered Massage Therapist








SEPTIC • Pump Installations • Line Flushing • Septic & Holding Tanks • Portable Toilet Rentals • Frozen Culverts & Lines • Camera Line Inspections

For All Your Septic Service Needs



h Relaxation & Therapeutic Massage h Cranio-Sacral Therapy

Kruschel O.D. EYE CARE CLINIC Comprehensive Eyecare For The Entire Family HOURS Tues & Wed 9am - 9pm; Thurs 9am - 8pm Fri 9am - 5pm; Sat 9am - 12 noon (EXCEPT FOR HOLIDAY WEEKENDS)

In an emergency, please call Dr Kruschel 403-938-0577 27D McRae St., Okotoks - W of Post Office 403-938-2191

Cell: 403-813-7742 Office: 403-933-3088 Sheep River Centre Black Diamond, AB


403-899-2172 403-287-3252

Don’t let your business get lost in the web . . .

AQUACLEAR DRILLING INC. • Domestic & Industrial Water Wells • Well Servicing & Repairs • Shock Chlorination • Air Rotary Drilling • Professional Service & Quality • 25 years experience

Lewis Parkhouse Owner / Operator

EYE CARE Dr. Cindy




M o re t h a n j u s t a h o r s e s t o re !

401 Government Rd South, Black Diamond


S u n d a n c e S a d d l e r y I n c. Tel: 403 933 7707


403-804-6727 or 403-933-BEER Wine Boutique

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personalized home design & plans - town & country - additions


Template Sites

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Creating what Rome wasn’t built in a day! you need & You decide what timeline will building from work with your budget. there. Monthly Web Design the way it should be. plans available. 403-933-4283 ~

Rod 403-861-5956 HORSE BOARDING

C. Ben Pond

Nur turing the Growth of your business is our business!

Semi Retired Plumber

Print Advertising Online Advertising Marketing Materials Web Design Good News Only Social Media 403-933-4283 or 403-938-2469 Blogging Offline to Online Integration



Cell 403-771-9097 High River, AB


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Dedicated to Finding The Water You Need . Call Before You Drill ! Call Tollfree - 877-388-7388


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