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Shootin’ the Breeze

December 21, 2011 NANTON


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More than a pretty face Mya Citrigno, 9, of Pincher Creek sported a seasonal design on her face at the weekend trade fair in Pincher Creek. Not only did she look great, she knew that the $5 she paid for the design was going to “help needy children who don’t have Christmas gifts.” Charli Jaenta of the Crowsnest Pass donated her time and awesome face painting skills all day Saturday at the event. Money raised was donated to the Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter Angel Tree project.

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My Little Corner December is a busy month full of school and community activities, parties and gatherings, and anticipation of a few days spent with family over the holiday. I haven’t been able to keep up with all the things I’d like to do. Actually, I haven’t been able to keep up with all the things I need to do! It sounds like New Year’s resolution time! The past weeks have been filled with activity, and I have fodder to generate many stories over the coming months. Sometimes I wish there were 20 pages to fill with the countless good news features and coming events that are ongoing! Choosing what gets published first is a tricky job! We are actively seeking a full-time employee to relieve the work load and allow me to spend more time following up on story leads and writing. I’m excited to see who that mystery person will be, and look forward to finding someone genuinely interested in promoting community goodwill along with our team. The centre spread of today’s issue offers the first showcase stories on advertisers involved in the Pincher Creek Shop Local program.

I’ve spent an entire day being treated like a queen at Providence Salon & Spa, been dressed from head to toe at Ruffles Boutique, and had all of my cell phone purchases and repairs looked after at Beeken Electric. It’s easy to write a story when you’ve been offered great service on every occasion. Shopping at these businesses gives you a chance at winning $2,000 of fuel later in January. I’m burning the late night oil again on Monday evening and it’s with a sense of relief that I can honestly say it will be the last time I push my deadlines to the limit for this year. We are taking next week off to head home to Saskatchewan to spend Christmas with our families, and the next issue of Shootin’ the Breeze will be published on Jan. 4. Our typical travel plan involves leaving after school on Thursday and driving to Saskatoon, which takes about eight hours. We’re fortunate that Dennis’s mom is always happy enough to see us that our middle of the night arrivals don’t bother her too much! The following day we head to our home town of Nipawin, where my parents still live. I can close my eyes and see visions of mashed potatoes, and inhale the wonderful

smells of Mom’s turkey dinner. I’ve always found it interesting that each person’s mom makes the best turkey around, but my mom’s is truly the best! Family time is always too short, but always very sweet and very treasured. We travel back and forth between Nipawin and Saskatoon before making the 11-hour trek back to Pincher Creek. Like most, we have family losses that we remember and feel deeply over the holidays, and this makes the time we spend with our loved ones just a wee bit more important. There are also celebrations of accomplishments and happy events as well. Having even a few hours with old friends brings on the laughter, smiles and tears. My goal is to spend one day doing absolutely nothing. This means turning off the cell phone, letting the laptop rest, and trying to slow down the wheels that are always turning in my head. I intend to enjoy the love of my family in whatever ways present themselves for the day. This will be my gift to myself – one that I often don’t feel I have the time to receive. Merry Christmas everyone! Shannon Robin

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Up for grabs! In tune with Christmas Students from F.P. Walshe School in Fort Macleod joined their bandmates at Matthew Halton School in Pincher Creek last Tuesday to show off their musical prowess. The program ranged from beginner pieces played in unison, to the large

combined senior band sharing a wide range of styles. From left are Rachelle Orr and Marcus Plourde from Fort Macleod on French horn, and Lindsay Sheen of Pincher Creek on trumpet.

How could we not go looking for the “furlined pee pot with a Pilsner beer bottle in it,” after the vivid imagery evoked by that description! It does exist, and according to the rules taped to the bottom of the trophy it can be claimed if at least eight Legion members are present to make the “steal.” There is a coating of dust on the bottle, and the travelling trophy has been at its current location for at least five years. You are allowed to call ahead to verify that the trophy is at a particular branch. Ready, set, go!

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The Source for everything electronic is Beeken their way to Beeken. Ken Neumann is the Ken and Elsie’s son fellow to see for cellular Pat has been working service on the Telus netin the family business work and all the nifty new since 1986 and looks phones and accessories after the majority of that are available. the service calls. Beeken Electric/The The Neumanns Source carries a full line of are available to their electronics including teleelectrical customers 24 visions, satellite TV syshours a day, offering a tems, cameras and accessohigh level of customer ries, game system consoles service. and games, telephones, and Take a look at their all sorts of neat electronChristmas stock and ics that fit perfectly into a you’ll be pleasantly stocking. surprised by the pricKen and his wife Elsie ing. started Beeken Electric in Ken is conscious of 1980 after moving back to the challenge of being their home town of Pinchin a competitive marer Creek from Lethbridge. Ken Neumann setting up a new iPhone – you’ll find phones, accesso- ket with big box stores Originally working ries and service along with TVs, cameras, gaming systems, and all kinds and gets a kick out of it primarily in electrical of electronic gadgets all conveniently located at Beeken Electric/The when a customer comservicing, Ken and Elsie Source in Pincher Creek. ments that his prices purchased a Radio Shack Ranchland Mall. They remained at the are usually the same as franchise in 1986. mall location for almost 10 years until or even less than elsewhere for the same There were ups and downs with the Ken and Elsie moved to their current items. company over the years as it changed location on Bev McLachlin Drive. Beeken Electric/The Source is open to The Source By Circuit City and then The store doesn’t have main street Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 finally to The Source. visibility, but customers who are after p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Ken’s first shop was in the indusgreat pricing on electronics and friendly Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. trial area of Pincher Creek and in 1988 customer service have no trouble finding Earn Shop Smart points at each visit. the Radio Shack store relocated to the

Light show A Christmas tradition for many is piling the family into the car and cruising town to look at the beautiful light displays. The Pincher Creek Communitees in Bloom committee and Perfect Posies Greenhouses have already chosen their top three sites, and we encourage you to watch for results from other communities. First place is 3 Police Cres., second is 1086 Scobie Ave. and third is 933 Macleod St. Honorable mentions go to 26 Spruce Villa, 1044 Rimmington Ave. and 923 Elm St. Whip up some hot chocolate and take your family for a light tour. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who puts such effort into their displays!

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Having a blast at Providence Whether you need your bangs trimmed thought at first was a joke) that she buy the years already. If you’re looking for an up-do or are looking to be treated like royalty for salon. She was hired to cover Lisa’s six-week then she’s the one you want to see. the day, there is something for everyone at vacation and was sold on the idea. Abby Karabacz finds her biggest challenge Providence Salon & Spa in Pincher Creek. Although she knew nothing about hairto be “trying to fit in everyone that wants to The word that keeps coming back to mind dressing, the story is that Rosanna swooped get their hair done.” This tells you that her after you’ve been around Rosanna Higginbo- in and took the bull by the horns and now is services are in high demand. She has been tham and her staff for even a short period of a bit of a hair diva! hairdressing for 12 years, and 4 1/2 years time is “fun.” As you listen to her conversations with have been with Providence. As a full service salon, Providence offers her staff it is obvious that she values their The fun atmosphere of the salon is somehair design for men, women and children, opinions and knowledge. Ideas are tossed thing she appreciates, and her on-the-job skin care treatments, pedicures, manicures, around freely and the ladies appear to always love is working with hair colour. body treatments, vertical tanning, gel nails, be looking toward the future and improving Lisa Stuckey is an apprentice hairdresser hair removal, massage therapy and a variety themselves, learning from their mistakes and who is a “natural” according to Lisa Tompof pampering packages. kins. Lisa Stuckey finds The Head to ‘Toe’tally the best thing about the Pampered package is a shop to be the encourdelightful way to spend agement that is always four hours as queen for there when she needs it. the day. A decadent treat is Lisa has been workincluded, and you’re sure ing at Providence since to be the envy of the rest of September, and has to the clientele. complete 1,400 hours of Providence received hairdressing to complete nominations in three cather apprenticeship. She egories at the local chamis always interested in ber of commerce business trying out new things awards in November. The and has a particular salon received nominainterest in playing with tions in the large business colour. and Spirit of Pincher Creek Sarah Karabacz loves categories and walked the outlet to “stream out away with the award her creative side” that for top notch customer she finds in her work as service. a nail technician. The atmosphere of fun She mentions how her that vibrates through the hands cramped on her Rosanna Higginbotham receives a head to toe touch up from her staff members. building confirms that the From left, the ladeis are Ashylla Chipman, Lesley Reynolds, Lisa Tompkins, Abby first day back to work afaward was well deserved. ter a vacation and points Karabacz, Lisa Stuckey and Sarah Karabacz. Missing is Tricia Niebergall. Two of the three originaout that each job in the tors of Providence are still employed at the promoting a respectful workplace. salon is physically demanding even though salon. Lesley Reynolds was one of the three orig- most people don’t think of things that way. In an interesting change up, former owner inal Providence gals and has been providing Sarah started as the salon’s office manager Lisa Tompkins sold the business to one of massage therapy services for more than six 2 1/2 years ago and switched to nails a year her clients (Rosanna), and became an emyears at the salon. She has seen some staff later. She loves the fast pace of the salon and ployee of Providence. come and go and appreciates that the salon is the days when everyone’s game is on. Lisa explains that the name Providence always a place of learning and growth. Rounding out the team is Tricia Niebersymbolizes “God’s ever-knowing guidance, Lesley has learned to pace herself and gall who drives from Fort Macleod to work love and care.” Her positive outlook is a to respect that she needs to stay healthy to three days a week at the salon. strength to the women working together in do her job well and look forward to a long Tricia took her esthetics training with close quarters. career. Rosanna’s support and encouragement, and Lisa loves her work as a stylist and was The newest member of the group is Ashyappreciates the fact that Rosanna supports all happy to hand over the reins of the managella Chipman who was a bit nervous coming staff members in their ongoing professional ment aspect of the business. in for her first week. development. Rosanna was one of her clients who loved She quickly discovered that she fit in easThe salon is open Monday to Friday and the salon and had a head for business. 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Redefining shopping If you enjoy personal attention and assistance from someone who genuinely is out to make you feel and look your best, then you should check out Ruffles Boutique in Pincher Creek. Karen Andrew is always ready to treat you to a latte and talk about what you’re looking for on any particular shopping day. She knows the location of every little thing in the store and will find something that fits not only your body but also your wallet. Thirteen years after Ruffles became Karen’s business, the boutique is about much more than clothing. Karen has made it her mission to change the way women think about themselves. “We are not perfect or meant to be perfect,” and Karen laments that women are bombarded by media that make them feel self-conscious and bad about themselves. She encourages women to put their best foot forward and be the best they can be. When you walk into Ruffles Boutique you’ll find that every woman is welcome, and every woman is treated equally. Karen is full of creativity and can dress you from head to toe whether you are looking for an everyday pair of jeans and a T-shirt, a professional look or something spectacular for a big night or day out. Desigual, a product of Barcelona, was a new line to Ruffles this fall that few people would expect to find in Pincher Creek. Mexx, Bianca Nygard and Tan Jay are also popular lines in the store. Twice a year Karen heads off to a buyers’ market to order stock for the coming season. She tries to be considerate of other stores by deliberately bringing in lines that aren’t already carried in the area. A challenge for Karen is fighting the notion that Ruffles is a high-end store too expensive for the average person. Once people come through the door they are often surprised to find this isn’t the case — there is a great selection of clothing, footwear, jewelry, handbags and accessories, pyjamas, undergarments and personal care items to meet

every taste and every budget. If you notice the store window displays lit up at night, this is often the work of Karen’s daughter Tara, who now works full-time in the business. Many of Tara’s talents, such as creating store displays, have blossomed and she often “blows my mind with how well she can do things,” says her mom. By the age of 15, Karen Andrew knew she was destined to work in the fashion Karen Andrew stands among her treasures at Ruffles Boutique. industry. She had always loved Here you can find casual, professional and special occasion clothing, jewelry, footwear, purses, winter coats, pyjamas and someclothes, and after thing spectacular to fit every buyer’s budget. a two-week stint working at Marie’s Karen it was a big year – it was the year Ladies Wear in Pincher Creek, she was that Ruffles Boutique became her own. confident it was what she was going to Monica Wright started Ruffles in do with her life. Pincher Creek in the early 1980s, and Karen loved every aspect of workwhen Karen came on board she found ing at the store back in the mid-1970s herself immediately under Monica’s — from dealing with customers and wing. Soon Karen was doing the purtravelling salesmen to creating window chasing and basically running the store. displays. Karen knew she wanted Ruffles to be As with most dreams, Karen’s desire her own and “hounded her (Monica) to operate her very own boutique was a and hounded her until she sold it!” few years in the making — 25 years to be Karen loves inspirational quotes and exact! this is a current favourite: The years following her first job at “While clothes may not make the Marie’s involved a variety of experiences woman . . . they certainly have a strong such as office jobs, selling cars, and even effect on her self-confidence — which, I operating a Victorian tearoom! believe, does make the woman.” — Mary Through these work situations, Kay Ash Karen learned skills such as purchasing, Ruffles Boutique is located at 803 budgeting and management that were Main Street in downtown Pincher Creek essential to stepping successfully from and open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. employee to entrepreneur. Monday through Saturday. Some people dread turning 40, but for Earn Shop Smart points at each visit.

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Looking a little tropical Five-year-old Keely Jordan of Fort Macleod shows off the fancy handiwork of face painter Charli Jaenta while shopping in Pincher Creek with her mom on Saturday. Keely had an easy time finding a few Christmas gifts at the trade show, which had a wide variety of vendor tables to browse through. The trade fair was organized by Kimberley Hurst of Lundbreck and also collected items and cash donations for the food bank.

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Members of the Crowsnest Community Choir and Crowsnest Pass Symphony Orchestra lead the audience in “The First Noel.”

Christmas music rings in The Pass Last Wednesday the Horace Allen School gymnasium was jam-packed for the annual joint Christmas concert of the Crowsnest Community Choir and the Crowsnest Pass Symphony Orchestra. The two groups have been combining their musical talents for several years, and orchestra conductor Jerry Lonsbury says it was “very

gratifying” to have a full house for the evening. Each group had a share of the program and joined together to share Christmas carols with the crowd as a finale. One of those moments that sends a thrill and a shiver up your spine was found in the closing lines of “The First Noel” — you know the

spot where many people try to hit the high notes and really shouldn’t — when the amazing soprano voices were dead on with their pitch and the smiles on their faces were huge! Musicians from the Crowsnest Pass area and beyond practise weekly and each group has a wonderful array of talent as demonstrated in this magical evening of Christmas music. Enjoy the gifts of the season with your family!

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Find complete event details at Wednesday, December 21 • The Spirit of Christmas variety show starts at 7 p.m. at the Claresholm Public Library • Granum School Christmas concert - shows at 2 and 7 p.m. • A.B. Daley School Christmas concert in Nanton starts at 7 p.m. in the gym • Canyon School Christmas concert in Pincher Creek shows at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. • Public skating on Village Pond at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek from 2 - 4 p.m and 7 - 9 p.m. • Livingstone Elementary School Christmas concert in the gym at 1:15 Thursday, December 22 • Granum students visit drop-in centre from 10:45 a.m. to noon • Public skating on Village Pond at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek from 2 - 4 p.m.

Friday, December 23 • Pioneer Christmas Market - Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek from 5 - 8 p.m. • Free pool party - 5 - 7 p.m. in Pincher Creek • Public skating on Village Pond at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek from 2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, December 24 Sunday, December 25 • Carol Sing & Reading Service - Claresholm United • Christmas dinner at A.J.’s Diner in Granum for anyone celebrating alone • Merry Christmas! Monday, December 26 • WCCHS annual alumni basketball tournament starts at 9 a.m. at West Meadow Elementary School in Claresholm Tuesday, December 27 • Crowsnest Pass Christmas bird count - meet at the

conservation office. Wednesday, December 28 Thursday, December 29 Friday, December 30 Saturday, December 31 • New Year’s Eve Gala - Pincher Creek Legion • New Year’s Eve Lobster Bash - Pincher Creek Golf Course Restaurant • Auditorium Hotel New Year’s Eve Extravaganza Nanton • Twin Butte Community Hall New Year’s Eve dance Sunday, January 1 Monday, January 2 • Ranchland Mall draw for 12 $100 gift certificates in Pincher Creek • Claresholm skating club registration - 6 p.m. at the arena

Regular Weekly and Monthly Events Bellevue • Gymwalk - Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MDM Community Centre • Older adult fitness program - Mondays and Wednesdays 10 to 11 a.m. at MDM Community Centre • Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) - Wednesdays 6 p.m. at the Bellecrest Seniors’ Centre Claresholm • It’s Friday Let’s Play - Fridays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at West Meadow Elementary • Tots N Tales - Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11 a.m. at the Claresholm Public Library • Free swimming 2 to 4 p.m. at Claresholm Aquatic Centre • Indoor walking group - Tuesday to Thursday at 9 - 10 a.m. at the Claresholm Community Centre - Break from Dec. 16 to Jan. 2 • Legion activities - euchre at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, jitney darts at 7:30 on Fridays, crib at 10 a.m. on the last Saturday of each month • Free public skating from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. at Claresholm Arena Coleman • Family skating - Sundays from 2:30 - 3:45 at Crowsnest Sports Complex • Adult rec hockey - Wednesdays 9:15 - 10:15 p.m. at Crowsnest Sports Complex • Adult shinny - Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at Crowsnest Sports Complex • Parent/tot/seniors skating - Wednesdays 1:15 - 2 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m. to noon at Crowsnest Sports Complex • Public skating - Wednesdays 2 - 3 p.m., Fridays

noon to 1 p.m. and Saturdays 1 to 2 p.m. at Crowsnest Sports Complex Fort Macleod • Adult walking & fitness program - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. - Community Hall • Rhymes that Bind - Tuesdays 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at RCMP Centennial Library • Stay and Play - Mondays 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at W.A. Day School • Chamber of commerce meetings - first Thursday • Traditional native dance classes - first and third Thursdays of each month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Scout Hall until Feb. 16 • After school art - Thursdays from 3:35 to 5 p.m. at Arts Building until Feb. 16 • Art classes for kids - Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Arts Building until Feb. 25 Granum • Fitness walk - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. • Dropinettes - Thursdays from 9 - 10 a.m. • Fire department meeting - second & fourth Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the fire hall • Town council meeting - second & fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. • Rec board meeting - second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Hillcrest • Crowsnest Pass Quad Squad meetings - second Sunday of each month, 7 p.m. at Hillcrest Fish & Game Club

Nanton • Chamber of commerce meetings - third Wednesday of each month 6:30 p.m. at FCSS building Pincher Creek • Free swimming - Mondays 6 - 7 p.m. • Search and Rescue meeting - first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the fire hall • Free public skating Wednesdays 7:15 - 8 p.m., Fridays 6:45 - 7:45 p.m., Sundays 4 - 5 p.m. (family) • Shinney hockey - Mondays and Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. • Afternoon fitness - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 5 p.m. at the town hall gym Sparwood • Sparwood Lions Club meetings - first and third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at MacIsaac’s • Adult badminton - Tuesdays from 8 to 10 p.m. at Sparwood Secondary School gym • Legion - meat draw Saturdays from 4 - 6 p.m.; pool fun Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; fun darts - Thursdays at 7 p.m. Stavely • Stay and Play - Thursdays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Stavely Youth Hall • Golden Age bridge Mondays at 1:30 p.m. • Golden Age exercises Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. • Golden Age games at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays • Golden Age crafts Thursdays at 9 a.m. • Public skating - 2 - 4:30 p.m.

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Alyssa opens for Gord Bamford’s Christmas show

Alyssa Barbero of Pincher Creek had the privilege of opening for Gord Bamford’s Christmas concert in Pincher Creek last Wednesday. This is the second time 16-year-old Alyssa has shared the stage with the Canadian country music star. Alyssa found it a bit more nerve-wracking to perform for a local crowd but says it was also “really nice because lots of people knew me.” She had a warm-up a few days earlier with a performance at the community carol festival and isn’t sure where or when her next gig will be. Voice lessons have been a regular activity since Alyssa was in Grade 4, and she’s also learning to accompany herself on the guitar. She says that she’s a bit “rusty” but practises quite a bit. One thing she would like to see is a glee club at the local high school. “That would be wicked actually!” The concert was sponsored by ATB Financial, and staff members had a chance to meet Gord before the show. Justin Schoening and Taylor Deley were the lucky winners of autographed guitars at the show and were thrilled. Photo courtesy of Chris Davis of the Pincher Creek Voice The Pincher Creek Gathering was the beneficiary of $1,000 from the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation and $500 from Alyssa Barbero of Pincher Creek took centre stage at the 1996 KAISER TURBOSTAR EXCAVATOR Gord Bamford concert last week. ATB Financial. $40,000 or best offer—call 403-627-3020 ext 224

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