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Shootin’ the Breeze

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My Little Corner Winter. For a lifetime, winter has been my least favourite season. I was never one to rush off to the tobogganing hill along with the other kids. I was happier snuggled up under a blanket with a good book. It took a great amount of prodding and sometimes even threatening to get me out of my warm nest to spend time outdoors during the winter season. When I became a mom, I tried harder to spend time outside from October (as soon as late fall arrives my mind believes it’s winter) until May (when I could be fairly certain the snow wouldn’t be returning). I did my best, but in retrospect, I was a big whiner and couldn’t find it within me to embrace winter. As I got older, the cold seemed to get colder! Recently I’ve been surprised to find myself having fun out in the snow, even on a few days that weren’t exactly balmy ones. Castle Mountain hosted a media day to showcase their catskiing, and I was the lucky recipient of an invitation. The wind took the day off, the sun shone brightly and there was barely a cloud in the sky – it was a perfect winter day.

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I spent the first part of the morning working on some beginner skills with instructor Jan before it was my turn to ride the cat up, way up, Mount Haig. The snow-covered trees and terrain were amazing to watch on the way up, and I was treated to an even more amazing view on the descent from the cab of the cat. The day was beautiful from every perspective, and I’m looking forward to my next Diana Calder has been actively protesting the proposed logging in the Castle Mountain snow day on skis. A few days later, with a significantly lower area, and shares a poem with our readers. temperature and a fair bit of wind to set the We may take for granted in our mountains tone, I was back outside again. That we have a lovely Special Place This time I was checking out the Frontier Where trees grow tall and peaks glisten Pioneer Turkey Shoot on the pond at KooteWhich very soon could all be laid to waste nai Brown Pioneer Village. I wasn’t dressed as warmly as I should Be deeply scarred and wounded Hills and valleys laid quite bare have been, but this time what kept me New roads ignored heaps of saplings outside for hours in the cold was the atmoAnd growth discarded, like no one had a care sphere. The afternoon was full of laughter as parThe slopes clear cut, not replanted ticipants tried to hit the button with either a No selective logging there regular curling rock or with the misshapen Just helicopters passing heritage rock. Tossing seedlings from the air Most wound up on their bellies with the peanut gallery cheering and heckling them Massive engines and the bobcats Are lurking as we speak on. There were a few spectacular shots and The media have come and gone some interesting deliveries. As protesters stamp their feet People warmed themselves with a trip into the concession shack or by cozying up A diverse bunch are gathered to the fire. This is where I learned much A town and country crowd about the Pincher Creek Curling Club, as Full of hope for such a special place many of the attendees were members. Of which our future may be proud Their excitement was contagious, and I’m looking forward to giving the game a whirl A hardy, brave, committed group Stand through snow and wind and storm myself this winter. Beside the road to watch and warn, for when An epiphany had taken place and I had Spray Lake Sawmills come to attack at dawn discovered that I didn’t need to hate winter anymore! There are few such Special Places The cold snap that followed immediately As this jewel: ‘The Castle Crown’ is the reason why I didn’t write this editoOthers seem protected, just this one rial last week – I needed to see if I could get Picked to fall without a sound... through a week of nasty weather without turning into a hermit with a blanket again. Perhaps you never go there Where the wild things live and grow I know I was guilty of a bit of complainAnd think the wilderness is forever ing, but I believe I wasn’t quite as miserable On the off-chance one day you go or whiny about the whole thing. This past weekend I spent some time In future do not be all surprised at the Claresholm arena and several hours When you see the devastation outdoors at the sled dog races at Elkford, and The rivers, lakes and forests gone did so without my usual complaints about Where you spent your childhood vacation the chill. My nose turned red in rebellion, but I had a great time enjoying the snow and Despite her claim to hear us Alison Doesn’t seem overly bothered the fresh air. We are just the people who passionately It goes to show that a change of attitude love the mountains can be a choice regardless of age or past Refusing to be smothered experiences. Bring on the rest of winter! Shannon Robin Diana Calder, January 15, 2012

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interesting.” Thirteen-year-old Tate Big dreams need attainEverett-Kenny of Elkford didn’t able starting points, though, seem the least bit intimidated and Tate says that because he’s as he warmed up in preparatoo young to have a kennel, he tion for his skijoring race on thought skijoring would be a Sunday. good place to start. After about a year of trainTogether with his grandpa, ing, Tate was participating in Murray Everett, Tate bought his his first competitive event in an first dog and began learning the all-adult field. ropes of skijoring with the help He had three goals for this of Karen Alexander. first derby weekend – “no vet Sierra and her master Tate Everett-Kenny were off to a The first dog passed away bills, no injuries and not to quick start in their heat of skijoring at the Wilderness Clasunexpectedly, and Murray made be last.” After completion of sic Sled Dog Derby in Elkford last Sunday. sure a replacement arrived as a his second four-mile event he Cora says it was the first time this gift at Easter last year. came away with all goals intact. award was presented, and she was Cora says there is “a big bond” beTate’s second race was a wee bit “really excited” by this recognition tween Tate and his grandpa through faster than his first, and he earned which will serve to provide even the dog racing. the respect of the adults in the event. more motivation for their son. Boy and dog must work as a team His parents, Nathan and Cora Tate’s interest in sled dogs was in this sport, and it’s just as much Kenny, were thrilled to see Tate piqued after he first saw the Yukon about the skier pushing his receive a rookie of the year award Quest, which he describes as “very Continued on page 5 during the awards ceremony.

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By Amber Mohl Of Freelance FancyPants It takes a community to raise a child, it’s said, and every child deserves to grow up in a happy and healthy environment. If you knew better would you take the time to learn about resources available to your child in the community? The Early Childhood Coalition strongly believes the first 1,000 days are the most critical in nurturing and stimulating the positive brain development of young minds. The ECC plays a fundamental role in helping communities give their children a positive start toward a successful future. Kim Lewis is the coalition’s com-

munity development facilitator. Her love of children and excitement over the positive impact of constant learning is infectious as she explains the Early Child Development Mapping Project. This is part of the Early Child Development Mapping Initiative launched by Alberta Education, an important five-year, province-wide research activity that will help our communities understand and identify strengths and needs in children’s programming, facilities and services. Families, teachers and communities all play an important role in creating and promoting healthy childhood development. The ECC hopes to enable everyone involved to work together to give young children

a good start in life. Kim encourages you to join their Facebook page and support the Crowsnest Pass and Area Early Childhood Coalition. To learn more about the initiative or to request a group presentation, contact her at 403-564-4532. Another way to involve your family in the social and physical aspects of their lives is to utilize your local Parent Link resources. Parent Link is a great way to meet other parents with children and socialize your little one. Pauline Desjardins is the Parent Link co-ordinator here in the Pass. To find out more about services and programs available to you through Parent Link visit .

According to Tina By Tina Webber It is the 19th of January and we are at the tail end of the deep freeze after the -40 degree weather (brrr!). We do know the cold is coming each year, don’t we? Yet we seem surprised when it does hit. The cold weather seems to be the topic of many discussions, so I will add my comments. January in my childhood didn’t bring anything more than the occasional rain. So, it has taken me all of 37 years to come to terms with winter, accepting it like an unwanted house guest that visits every year. We again get the boots, mittens and winter coats out of the closet to dress children in so many warm clothes that they can barely move. Glasses fog up when you come in from the cold. Dogs that usually look forward to going out are suddenly reluctant. If you drive, you now have to warm up the car, wipe the snow off and unplug it. I lost many an extension cord by forgetting that simple

task, not to mention the embarrassment of dragging it behind. We discuss the temperature and how much snow is expected. Shovelling the sidewalks and driveway are also added treats. These tasks I do not miss, but prefer to watch the scene from my home, where it is always warm and the wind does not blow. I am thankful for the peacefulness the cold and gentle snowfall brings – trees covered in a thin layer of snow outlining their branches, and icicles hanging from rooftops. As I look out today I value the sight, albeit at a distance, a scene that seems to have the serenity of a Christmas card. I am also reminded of the kindness the adverse weather brings out in people. A vehicle stuck in snow pushed free by friendly strangers, a sidewalk shovelled by a kind neighbour, or a car that just won’t start getting a boost from a fellow motorist. Even with all the challenges winter brings, I do not think I would trade it.

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Good Samaritans By Ralph Light Fort Macleod Alliance Church was local headquarters for Operation Christmas Child – the shoebox gift campaign through the Samaritan’s Purse organization. In addition to having individuals pack shoeboxes, we also gathered material for our youth group to have a shoebox packing party in mid-December. Fifty boxes were packed that evening – a big part of the 242 boxes packed as a community and church. Photo courtesy of Michelle Hedley Thanks to the folks at FMAC for their The youth group of Fort Macleod Alliance Church celebrates after filling 50 boxes at their commitment and to the businesses and shoebox packing party on Dec. 13. These boxes are among 242 collected by the church families of the community for supporting from the Fort Macleod community, and will be distributed in the coming months in Haiti this great project. through Samaritan’s Purse.


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fastest and hardest as it is about the dog pulling on the harness. With only a rope connecting their harnesses, Tate and his dog Sierra need to know basic commands such as “hike” (go), “haw” (turn right), and “on by” (ignore the distraction and keep going). Sierra must be motivated to run, and Tate must control her with his verbal commands. The bond between Tate and twoand-a-half-year-old Sierra is a strong one. Tate acknowledges that Sierra is a “member of the family,” and the hardest part about his sport is giving the dog as much time as he can when things are busy. Cora adds that Tate is involved in all of the school sports as a Grade 8 student at Elkford Secondary School. She is “proud of his dedication” and

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anticipates skijoring will be part of their lives for a long time to come. Cora is also thrilled that Karen Anderson has taken Tate under her wing. Tate thinks it’s neat that he had the opportunity to compete against his coach this weekend as there is no junior division for the skijoring event. As far as Tate knows, there’s only “one other kid” competing in the area, and he looks foward to meeting this other young fellow at the upcoming races in Kimberly. His parents have agreed to let him travel to Didsbury to race as well.

Tate considers himself lucky to “get to spend this kind of quality bonding time with his dogs.” He has purchased a second puppy, a chocolate lab named Twix, and looks forward to the day when he is racing with two dogs as the majority of the competitors do. Tate did a lot of babysitting and chores to earn the money to buy his second puppy and is responsible for the dog’s costs and vet bills. He says it’s “a good sport if you’re into dogs” and he most definitely is. Keep your eye on this boy and his dogs.

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Winter Dreams Alyssa Sutter of Claresholm had the privilege of performing her senior bronze free-skate program for a hometown crowd. Skaters from all over southern Alberta attended the three-day competition held at the Claresholm arena last weekend. Claresholm Figure Skating Club president Donna Moses was appreciative of the support the club received from local and area businesses and organizations, parents and volunteers. The competition ran smoothly, the skaters appreciated their gifts and medals, the judges made a point of mention-

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Allister Mills of Claresholm gave an entertaining Address to a Haggis at the Robbie Burns celebration hosted by the Skye-Anna School of Highland Dance in Stavely on Saturday. An added touch was the haggis knife made by Allister’s great-grandfather in 1945 which has only been used to cut the Scottish delicacy. Dancers big and small delighted the crowd. Above right is Tatum Shields of Nanton in the foreground, with Julia Mills of Claresholm and Arden MacDonald of Stavely in the background. See our online version this week for more photos and the rest of the story.

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No suds for Nanton duds By Helen Friesen Nanton Laundromat owner Toni Coupe was dismayed to open up her business on Thursday to find frozen water pipes had put the washers out of service. The laundromat was closed for two days after pipes along the outside wall of the building froze during last week’s extremely low temperatures. One regular customer wasn’t looking forward to the prospect of having to go out of town to do her laundry. “We really need a laundromat here in Nanton,” added local homemaker Jane Gaskell. She knows of people who don’t have their own machines at home. Although Jane has her own machines, she

likes to use the laundromat for larger items and says, “The dryers are excellent.” Fortunately, the pipes thawed without bursting, and the laundromat was back in business on Saturday. Toni laughed the first time she saw the Nanton laundromat – compared to enormous ones she had seen in London, this was the smallest she had ever seen. When she learned the business was for sale, “I made him a cheeky offer, much less than what he was asking,” she says. She was surprised when that offer was accepted and the laundromat was added to her other job of driving the HandiBus. Toni says winter is her quiet time, but throughout the year she meets rodeo families, oil workers, ranch workers and even celebrities.

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made friends could offer important business contacts. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might take pride in wanting to do everything yourself. But now’s a good time to ask family members to help with a demanding personal situation. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Pay more attention to the possibilities in that workplace change. It could show the way to make that long-sought turn on your career path. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your need to succeed might overwhelm obligations to your loved ones. Ease up on that workload and into some well-deserved time with family and friends. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Love rules for amorous Aquarians who can make good use of their ability to communicate feelings. Don’t be surprised if they’re reciprocated in kind. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Fishing for compliments? No doubt, you probably earned them. But it’s best to let others believe they were the ones who uncovered the treasure you really are. BORN THIS WEEK: Your good works flow from an open, generous heart. Nothing makes you happier than to see others happy as well. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Crowsnest Pass festival takes a break By Jerry Lonsbury

African guitars Madagascar Slim had hot fingers on a frosty night as the African Guitar Summit performed at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod. The Juno Award winners promised to warm things up, and they certainly did! For more photos from the evening see this week’s online version at .

After a lengthy meeting during which the fate of the Crowsnest Pass Music Festival was considered, those in attendance came to the difficult decision that this year’s festival should be cancelled. Due to a steady decline in the number of entries and the retiring of several key festival committee members, the move to cancel the 2012 festival was finalized. There is hope, however. Current chairman Jerry Lonsbury indicated several music festivals in Alberta have gone through a process of restructuring and come back strong,

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Wednesday, Jan. 25 – Fort Macleod golf club general meeting - 7 p.m. at the Legion – Teen games night - 7 p.m. at Stavely youth hall – Granum fire department meeting Thursday, Jan. 26 – Junior girls basketball - WCCHS A vs. F.P. Walshe - 4:30 p.m. at Claresholm – Junior girls basketball - Nanton A vs. KHS - 4:45 at Nanton – Science Fair (J.T. Foster grade 7-12 students) - Nanton Community Hall – Chamber of commerce workshop: CIBC’s Retirement Planning - Fernie Friday, Jan. 27 – Combo bonspiel - Pincher Creek Curling Club – Literacy assembly - noon at Canyon School - Pincher Creek – Bingo - 1:30 at Huddleston Senior’s Centre - Pincher Creek – Foothills “AA” Midget Bisons annual Claresholm – MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) every other Tuesday 10 a.m. at Baptist church – It’s Friday, Let’s Play - Fri. 1:30 at West Meadow Elementary School – Indoor walking - Tues. to Thurs. 9 a.m. at Claresholm arena – Legion jitney darts - Fri. 7:30 p.m. Crowsnest Pass – Gymwalk - Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m. at Bellevue community centre – Older adult fitness - Mon., Wed. 10 a.m. at Family Skating Crowsnest Pass – Sun. 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Pincher Creek – Sun. 4 to 5 p.m. (free) Public Skating Claresholm – Sun. 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. (free) Crowsnest Pass – Wed. 2 to 3 p.m., Fri. from 12 to 1 p.m. & Sat. 1 to 2 p.m. Elkford – Sun. 1 to 3 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m. to

– Snow Dreams Festival - Fernie Alpine Resort – Cross country trail grooming course all day - Crowsnest Pass Cross-Country Ski Association – Leslie Alexander & Jenny Allen Live 8 p.m. at Fernie Arts Station

benefit game - Bisons vs. Medicine Hat 7:30 p.m. at Nanton arena – Family Literacy Day at Granum School – W.A. Day School assembly - 10:45 a.m. in Fort Macleod – Atoms hockey tournament at Coleman Sports Complex – Beginner roping clinic - 6:30 p.m. at Horseshoe Pavilion in Pincher Creek – Pajama party - 5 p.m. at Pincher Creek swimming pool – Ghostriders vs. Columbia Valley 7:30 p.m. at Fernie arena

– Combo bonspiel - Pincher Creek Curling Club – Maritime Night - Castle Mountain Ski Resort – Midget hockey - Fort Macleod vs. Taber - 5 p.m. at Fort Macleod – Novice hockey - Fernie 2 vs. Elkford 11:45 a.m. at Elkford – Novice hockey - Fort Macleod vs. Cochrane - 10:15 a.m. at Fort Macleod – Pee wee hockey - Fort Macleod vs. Banff - 2:45 p.m. at Fort Macleod – Snow Dreams Festival - Fernie Alpine Resort

Saturday, Jan. 28 – Nanton fundraising cabaret for vicitims of the Jan. 4 fire - 8:30 at the community centre - Nanton – Crowsnest Pass Art Gallery reopens with “No Particular Topic” - Frank – Leslie Alexander & Jenny Allen Live 8 p.m. at Twin Butte General Store – Atoms hockey tournament at Coleman Sports Complex

Sunday, Jan. 29 – Atoms hockey tournament at Coleman Sports Complex – Combo bonspiel - Pincher Creek Curling Club – Midget hockey - Fort Macleod vs. Vulcan - 4:30 p.m. at Fort Macleod – Pee wee hockey - Fort Macleod vs. Medicine Hat - 10:45 a.m. at Fort Macleod

Bellevue community centre – Take Off Pounds Sensibly - Wed. 6 p.m. at Bellecrest Senior’s Centre

Granum – Fitness walk - Mon., Wed., Thurs. 9 a.m. – Dropinettes - Thurs. 9 a.m.

Fort Macleod – Rhymes That Bind - Tues. 9:30 a.m. at library – Adult walking & fitness - Mon., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m. at community hall – Stay and Play - Mon. 9:30 a.m. at W.A. Day School – Art classes for kids - Sat. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. at Allied Arts building

Nanton – Al Anon - Thurs. 8 p.m. at FCSS building – Lego Club - Tues. 3:30 p.m. at library – Mother Goose Rhymes - Tues. at library Pincher Creek – Adult badminton - Fri. 7 p.m. at Matthew Halton High School – Rotary - Thurs. 11:45 at Heritage Inn

Stavely – Stay and Play 9:30 a.m. at youth hall

noon, Fri. from 1 to 3 p.m., Sat. 6 to 8 p.m., and Sun. 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. (free) Pincher Creek – Wed. 7:15 to 8 p.m. and Fri. 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. (free) Sparwood – Tues. & Thurs. 7 to 8 p.m. and Sun. 3 - 4:45 p.m.

Fri. 11 a.m. to noon Sparwood – Tues. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

p.m. (14+ only) Pincher Creek – Mon. & Fri. 12 to 1 p.m.

After School Rec Hockey Sparwood – Wed. & Fri. 4 to 5 p.m.

Adult Rec Hockey Crowsnest Pass – Wed. 9:15 to 10:15 p.m. Sparwood – Tues. and Thurs. 9:30 to 11 p.m.

Parent & Tot and Seniors Skating Crowsnest Pass – Wed. 1:15 to 2 p.m. and

Public Swimming Claresholm – Sat. 2 to 4 p.m. (free); Mon., Wed., Fri. 4 to 6 p.m.: Tues. & Thurs. 6 to 8 p.m.; Sun. 1 to 4 p.m.; Toonie swims Mon. to Thurs. 3 to 4 p.m.; Mon. & Wed. 7 to 8 p.m. Pincher Creek – Mon. to Wed. & Fri. 4 to 5 p.m.; Mon. & Wed. to Fri. 6 to 7 p.m.; Sat. 3 to 4 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m.; Sun. 3 to 4 p.m. Sparwood – Mon. to Wed. 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs. 1 to 3 p.m.; Thurs. to Sat. 6:30 to 9 p.m.; Mon. to Wed. 8 to 9 p.m. 14+ only; Sat. 1 to 5:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 to 6:30 p.m.; Fri. 4 to 5:30 p.m. (free)

Sparwood – Mon., Wed., Fri. 7 to 10 a.m.

Early Bird Lane Swim Pincher Creek – Mon., Wed., Fri. 6 to 8 a.m.

Water Fit Sparwood – Tues. & Thurs. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Gentle Fit Sparwood – Mon., Wed., Fri. 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Aqua Fit Claresholm – Mon., Wed., Fri. 8 to 9 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs. 5 to 6 p.m. Pincher Creek – Mon., Wed., Fri. 8 to 9 a.m. and 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. (seniors at 3:15); Tues. & Thurs. 11 a.m. to noon and 7 to 8 p.m. Sparwood – Mon., Wed., Fri. 10 to 11 a.m.

Shinney Hockey Crowsnest Pass – Wed. 12 to 1 p.m. Elkford – Tues. 9 to 11 p.m. and Thurs. 1 to 3

Monday, Jan. 30 – Committee of the whole meeting - 7 p.m. at Sparwood council chambers – Senior girls basketball - Nanton vs. Pincher Creek - 6 p.m. at A.B. Daley School in Nanton – Senior boys basketball - St. Mike’s vs. Crowsnest - 7:45 p.m. at Pincher Creek – Nanton town council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 31 – No school - Livingstone Range and Holy Spirit school divisions – “Horse Power” travelling art exhibition opens at Canyon School until Feb. 27 Pincher Creek

– Afternoon fitness - Tues. & Thurs. 4 p.m. at town hall gym Sparwood – Adult badminton - Tues. 8 p.m. at Sparwood Secondary School – Lions Club - every other Thurs. 7 p.m. at MacIsaac’s

Skate & Shoot Hockey Sparwood – Mon. to Fri. noon to 1 p.m.

Lane Swim Pincher Creek – Mon., Wed., Fri. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs. 12 to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. (Masters); Sat. 4 - 5 p.m. and Sun. 12 to 1 p.m. Sparwood – Mon., Wed., Fri. 12 to 1 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Mon. to Thurs. 5 to 6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Parent and Tot Swim Claresholm – Mon., Wed., Fri. 11 a.m. to noon Pincher Creek – Mon., Wed., Fri. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tues., Thurs. 3:15 to 4 p.m.

Family Swim Claresholm – Sat. 1 to 2 p.m. Pincher Creek – Sat. & Sun. 1 to 3 p.m. Sparwood – Sun. 12 to 2 p.m.

Fitness Swim Claresholm – Mon. to Fri. 6 to 8 a.m.; Mon., Wed., Fri. 11 a.m. to noon; Mon. to Thurs. 8 to 9 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs. 8 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.

Special Needs & Aqua Rehab Pincher Creek – Tues. & Thurs. 3:15 to 4 p.m.

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Celebrating 50 years in the Waterton Community Shell drilled its first well in the Waterton community in 1957, discovering sour natural gas and condensate. Construction of the Waterton Complex followed in 1960 and by January 21, 1962 the plant produced its first sales gas into the plant for sale via pipeline. Since that time, the Shell Waterton field has grown and developed to its current state of more than 50 producing gas wells and over 200 kilometres of operating pipelines that carry the gas to the Shell Waterton Gas Plant. The Waterton Gas plant treats this raw gas to produce a clean-burning fuel which is used for homes and businesses in Canada and the United States. Shell is a major local employer in the Waterton region, with over 100 employees and over 140 contractors most of whom live and work in the area. We’re proud to be an active part of this community, supporting the community’s growth and look forward to many more years of responsible development and production.

16th Wilderness Classic Sled Dog Derby – Elkford, Jan. 22

Not everyone was ready to race!

Photo by Jaiden Panchyshyn Ten-dog sprint A list of competitor names wasn’t available at press time – we’ll post the racers and results when they are available.

16th Wilderness Classic Sled Dog Derby – Elkford, Jan. 22

There were many activities to keep spectators occupied and toes warm between the races.

Photo by Jaiden Panchyshyn Ten-dog sprint

Wilderness Classic Derby – Two-dog skijoring race

Karen Alexander

Tate Everett-Kenny

A hot night at the Empress with the African Guitar Summit

Toasting Robbie Burns in Stavely The Skye-Anna Highland Dance Society held their first Robbie Burns celebration in Stavely Jan. 21. The evening was a great success with almost 200 people in attendance to enjoy an evening of Scottish fare (plus some roast beef for those who were averse to haggis), highland dancing and music. Allister Mills recited Address to a Haggis to the delight of the older folk and to the confusion of the youngsters who tried to understand what the poem meant. Allister has made this toast many times before, and was wielding a knife made by his grandfather more than half a century ago for the sole purpose of cutting into the Scottish treat. Allister’s daughter Julia is a dancer with

the Skye-Anna School of Highland Dancing and wore a kilt in the same Dress Gordon tartan as her dad. It turns out that Allister was a dancer until the age of nine when he took up the side-drum in a pipe band with other family members. The kilt Julia wore was actually his second kilt from when he was a wee lad. Hostess of the evening was Louanna Macleod-Jones, owner and instructor of the dance school in Stavely. The school attracts students from neighbouring communities and they performed traditional dances from the beginner Pas de Basques to the complicated steps of the Irish Jig and the Earl of Errol. The dancers delighted the crowd with their performances and brightly-coloured

costumes. The evening wrapped up with a special performance by members of the Lethbridge Pipes and Drums. Many of the young dancers hadn’t seen or heard live pipers before, and seemed awestruck as they watched and listened. Louanna had two goals in mind when planning the evening – one was to expose her students to elements of their heritage, and the other was to kick-start fundraising efforts for a school trip to Scotland in 2013. The cultural aspect of the evening was a hit on all fronts, and between admission, bar sales, a 50/50 draw and an auction of leftover roasts and pies the fundraiser was a success as well.

David Kaminski pipes in Allister Mills and the haggis.

Ready for the opening Fling.

Miss Louanna sharing a moment with her students

Skye-Anna School of Highland Dancing

and Lethbridge Legion Pipe Band

Shootin' the Breeze – Jan. 25, 2012  
Shootin' the Breeze – Jan. 25, 2012  

Jan. 25, 2012 issue of Shootin' the Breeze