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Sadie Yellow Wings drags and drops dinosaurs while showing her patterning expertise with a SMART board activity. Canyon School’s celebration of learning last week provided students an opportunity to demonstrate their learning-through-doing to family and friends. The SMART board is a new addition to kindergarten teacher Muriel McPherson’s classroom this year. “It’s been an exciting tool that engages all of the students,” she says. Schools in the Livingstone Range School Division hosted celebrations of learning throughout March.

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My Little Corner I consider myself lucky to have some really cool equipment at my disposal. We’ve got machines that do all sorts of nifty things in our print shop, computer software that can create amazing documents and images, and I’ve got a Nikon camera. I hear Simon and Garfunkel singing in my head whenever I say that! The camera was a gift last year from my husband. He knows of my interest in photography and wanted to give me the opportunity to explore that interest with something a little better than the camera I was using. To say that I was a bit overwhelmed by all the options on the new DSLR is a bit of an understatement. I’ve had to learn by doing – experimenting and trying things over again until I figure out which setting works best in a given situation. Sometimes I think I’ve got it right and am surprised with poor results. A recent example would be photos I took at the 1A girls’ provincial basketball tournament. In between shots I checked them out on the LCD screen and they looked fabulous! I caught great action and didn’t know how I would ever choose the front page photo. When I saw the results I was incredibly disappointed. The adjustments I made to capture the action had increased the noise in the photos to a level that basically ruined them. They certainly weren’t of a quality I could print. Then there were the arena shots at the figure skating carnivals. Shooting under low light and spotlights made things interesting! At the Pincher Creek carnival, Chris Davis of the Pincher Creek Voice and I discussed this challenge. We agreed that photographing the

dress rehearsal meant the potential for better shots, but both of us preferred to attend the real deal. In the end, after much tinkering, I wound up with many noisy photos but also some keepers that were pretty impressive. At the Crowsnest Idol finale, Kimberley Massey of the Pass Herald and I chatted about low-light photography. I’m sure she thought I was a dummy when she started talking about f-stops and my eyes glazed over! I do know what f-stops are, but I wasn’t up for thinking about fully-manual settings that night. She made some adjustments for me, but I still wasn’t getting what I was after. I kept adjusting and shooting and eventually found the right combination of settings to get some lovely shots that night. It appears I have much to learn to get to the point where what I envision as I press the shutter is consistently what the camera records. Finding time to dedicate to mastering my camera is the biggest challenge. On some of my more scatterbrained days I’ve arrived at an event only to discover that my picture card is still plugged into my computer at the office. I’ve had the camera battery die at inopportune times without a spare on hand, and last week went out without a battery in the camera at all! Grin and bear it and do the best I can has become a motto. I’ve also stuck a note in my camera bag which will be helpful if I remember to look at it before I leave! My apologies to anyone who may have wondered why pictures of certain events haven’t been published even though I was there snapping away. My camera and I are still working at developing our relationship. Shannon Robin

STB mailbox Rotary Youth Exchange I would like to commend you for the article you wrote in the March 7 paper. It provided some excellent insights as to how the program works, some of which I was unfamiliar with. It was very well written, and showed the value of one of Rotary’s best youth programs. Thank you. Joyce Zwick, Claresholm Taking a look online I must admit, I hadn’t looked at your paper online before today. It’s wonderful! My friend told me about an event she saw in your paper and so I went online looking for it. Didn’t find it but must say, got quite lost in all that you have there. Good for you. I wish you continued success with Shootin’ the Breeze – a wonderful addition to our regional community. It’s upbeat and positive and I love all the puzzles and cartoons. What fun. Deborah Berg, Pincher Creek It’s always nice to hear that people appreicate the effort going into our online edition every week! There are many extra pages. Our website home page is also updated daily with calendar events, local news, photos, scores and more. Keep the good stuff coming our way!



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When Rory Ingram of Pincher Creek set foot on the Bridge of the Mastodons it was the thrill of his lifetime. Rory had spent 30 years searching for the elusive bridge. At right he is joined by Derek Proc on the peak of the bridge, 8,000 feet above sea level.

Thrill of his lifetime

By Shannon Robin Rory Ingram’s search for the Bridge of the Mastodons began when he was just a young boy. His first glimpse of it was a photo in the Crowsnest Pass history book alongside the story of Jack Vaughn, who found and named the natural arch back in the 1930s. From an early age, Rory hunted and hiked in the Crowsnest Pass area, always with a watchful eye for the bridge. He con-

tinued to look for about 30 years. He read books, talked to people and followed up on many dead-end leads in his quest. It seemed as if Jack had taken pains to ensure the bridge remained a private spot. As proof that persistence and patience pay off, Rory finally spotted it in August 2009, while on a quadding trip with friends Mike Proc and Shelly Steele. “It’s hard to find,” Rory says. “Even once you know where it is, it’s almost invisible.”

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When Rory says you could be looking right at it and not see it, he isn’t kidding. Photographs taken that day clearly make his point. Even when you’re specifically looking for it, the structure is tricky to find from most angles. A bit of daylight shining through a tiny hole, thousands of feet up on the south side of Chinook Peak, is what caught Rory’s eye that August day. Continued on page 5

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Spring Breakout

Enthusiasts of vintage finish off the day. The and custom vehicles dance begins at 8 p.m., look forward to Spring and you can call Jill at Breakout every April at 403-553-3745 for tickets. Fort Macleod. The cost is $15 per The show is the first person or $25 per couple, of the season, and will and includes a buffet be held April 21. This lunch. Proceeds will go happens to coincide with toward Centennial Park. the local trade show and A call for volunteers should draw extra visitors went out in January, and to both events. response has been great. The show is open to Volunteers look after everyone, and all kinds of registration, parking, colvehicles. lecting votes, and setting “Come on down to up and taking down the Main Street and brag barricades. about your car!” exclaims “We likely have Photo courtesy of Ted Buzunis organizer Ted Buzunis. enough volunteers, but Fort Macleod’s historic Main Street we don’t want to turn “It can be a brand new Toyota, a racecar or is a beautiful setting for a car show. anyone away either,” Ted a 1930 Ford,” he says. “If The annual Spring Breakout comes to says. town April 21. you want to show it off, Ted is a champion you’re welcome. It doesn’t drag racer whose interest matter what your vehicle is.” in cars started in his early teens. “We have almost 100 per cent support “I love cars,” he says. “I always have.” from the Main Street businesses,” Ted says. “I’m an old guy, but I’m still enthusiastic The street will be blocked off from 10 a.m. to about this car show,” he says. “I want it to be 4 p.m., so community support is essential. something that continues for years and years. Parking on Main Street begins at 10:30 Long after I retire I’d like to believe there will that morning. be like-minded people to step in and carry on “If the weather is nice we can anticipate with the show.” upwards of 200 cars and about 1,000 to 1,500 The event has been a sign of spring in Fort people,” Ted says. Macleod for two decades, and Ted stepped in “The biggest thing is the advertising,” he as organizer last year. adds. “If we can get the word out then we’ll “I’m kind of a car guy,” Ted says. “People get the people.” came to me and asked me to do it last year The first 100 cars will each receive a comwhen the group who had taken it on weren’t memorative dash plaque and there will be able to stick with it.” T-shirts to purchase and even some freebies. Ted has been involved with the show Visitors can vote on their favourites for the since day one, so it was natural for him to coolest cruiser award after viewing the cars on assume a leadership role when the event was display. in jeopardy. There are no registration or admission With the help of a strong core group of fees, but donations are gladly accepted. volunteers he was able to put together a show “Some people want to commercialize it, on two weeks’ notice. but we want it to be just a show and a comWeather can be a problem for the first munity event,” Ted says. show of the year, and after the efforts to pull The Fort Macleod Playground Society is off the show it was cancelled due to the snow. hosting a cabaret at the community hall to Here’s to a day of sunshine April 21!

A Rose of Congratulations & Thanks

Congratulations to the Sabres who did a fantastic job representing our school at the recent provincial basketball tournament! The team placed silver in a hard-fought battle in the championship game! A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to assist at the tournament, to coaches Paul Erickson and Jim Proudfoot, and manager Debbie Erickson! We would also like to thank the provincials committee for the countless hours put in to ensure the weekend was a success: Leanne Wiebe, LaDonna Schamber, Paul Erickson, Joanne Verbaas, Jim Proudfoot, John Lowry, Matt Hennig, Randy Whitehead, Ron Maufort, Joanne Paton, Duane DeCock, as well as parents and staff who volunteered their time. Thanks to Matthew Halton High School for sharing their school for us to use!

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THRILL, continued from page 3 With rain heading their way, Rory took photos and took note of their location, and the trio called it a day. A few days later they returned to make the journey up to the bridge. They were joined by Rory’s wife Shelley, Mike’s wife Joanne and daughter Kristin, and John Irwin. Their journey started at the Tent Mountain Road, west of Coleman. They followed the well-used trails toward the Gargantua Caves on quads. The trail split after about five kilometres, and they turned away from caves. From here they were able to continue about 1½ kilometres further with the quads. At this point, there was still a good hour’s walk up a steep, grassy slope and across a shale slide to get to the base of the rock leading up to the bridge. At times the group disagreed about which direction they should be going. “You really have to pay attention to where the bridge is and stay focused on where you’re trying to get to,” Rory says. After crossing the field and the shale, the group paused at the rock base. “We were still unsure how to get up to the bridge, and it was a little bit intimidating,” Rory says. He and Shelly Steele continued on while the rest of the group waited. They tackled a semi-veritcal climb for about 60 feet, and from there the incline became less steep. “After 30 years I was thrilled to find it,” Rory says of the moment he set foot on the bridge. He must have felt like the king of the mountain, and as the photos show, he was pretty much at the top of the world! The bridge looks rather scary in the pictures, and it’s hard to imagine what it felt like for Rory to finally stand on the precipice. “It doesn’t look stable, but it’s fine and hasn’t changed much since the original photo,” Rory says. After taking time to savour the accomplishment, and taking photos of the dramatic views, they made their way back down the mountain. A week later, the adventurers were back again, joined by Rory’s son Benn and few others. This time everyone made it up to the bridge. Rory hasn’t been back to the Bridge of the Mastodons since that September day, but he won’t ever forget the thrill of fulfilling a dream. In January, we received a letter from Dawna Runcie of Blackie, wondering if anyone had information about the bridge. This inquiry sparked significant interest from our readers, so we’re pleased to be able to share Rory’s story. Dawna also put out the idea of getting together to have a lunch party on the bridge, and many people have said they’d like to do just that! Rory is willing to lead a group this summer, so there’s a good chance we’ll be planning for an awesome adventure. Getting to the bridge and back is an all-day affair requiring quads for most of the distance. You won’t need ropes, climbing gear or any special equipment, but you will need to leave your fear of heights at home. Pictures are said be worth a thousand words, so this week’s online edition of Shootin’ the Breeze has two pages of photos from Rory’s expedition. Please take time to have a peek at the views from the peak.

Photo courtesy of Matt Henning

Livingstone School students enjoying their new fitness room are, from left, James Lowry, Lane Paidel, Daylan Larson, Aaron Brown, Jesse McKenna, Reid Mosby and Gabbi Feller.

Student body works out Lundbreck students have a new fitness room, thanks to the Livingstone School Sports Booster Club, Fusion Fitness of Pincher Creek, and a generous donation from Peter Maloff of Re/Max Southwestern in Coleman. “We were able to put in a new floor, a weight machine, a squat rack, four bikes, a treadmill, a bunch of free weights and some medicine balls,” says athletic director Matt Henning. “Our students are really enjoying the whole experience and

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Karen Alston shares a story about her late husband Burns with endurance athlete Lonnie Bissonnette at the onset of Day 184 of the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay in Claresholm. In the photo at right, Karen jogs and chats with relay director Jim Richards. Following behind are daughter-in-law Jill and son Ryan and their children Max, Levi and Dani.

Inspired from Cowley to Nanton - Part 5 By Shannon Robin Feb. 23 would be the last day I would tag along with the Rick Hansen Relay. The air was crisp, but the weather was much nicer in Claresholm than it had been the previous day. The relay was set to start from the seniors drop-in centre, and the participants were just finishing their briefing when I arrived. It only took a few minutes to realize

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something special was happening that morning. Three generations of the Alston family were ready to hit the relay trail. Karen Alston of Magrath had been nominated by her son Ryan. He and his wife Jill and their children Max, Levi and Dani had travelled from Cardston to join Karen and participate in the relay. I was already in the pace vehicle, and the team was getting set to go, when Karen

began chatting with Lonnie Bissonnette. She showed a large photograph and told Lonnie she had brought her husband along. “Oh, he wasn’t able to make it?” Lonnie asked. This is when we learned that Karen’s husband, Burns, had passed away only six months earlier. It was 9 a.m. and I already had the nowfamiliar lump in my throat and tears welling in my eyes. Continued on page 9

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Piikani youth preparing for powwow The eight-member Piikani Youth Council has been busy planning a new powwow, set for April 14 at the community hall in Brocket. Seven events are planned for junior dancers aged six to 12 years, teen dancers aged 13 to 17 and adults 18 and over. There are also opportunities for the tiny tots ranging from one month to five years. “A baby in regalia shows that they are going to grow up to be a dancer,” says youth outreach worker Kyle Blood. Categories for the women are traditional, jingle dress and fancy shawl. The men can compete in traditional, grass dance, fancy feathered bustle, and prairie chicken dance styles. Judges consider the dancers’ regalia, footwork and body movements to determine rankings. “The prairie chicken dance is really popular because it comes from Blackfoot culture,” says Kyle. Two special dances carry prize money of $750 each. First is the men’s prairie chicken dance special, and second is the iron man fancy dance for both men and women, which is basically a last-one-standing event. “The longest I’ve seen anyone last in the iron man is 45 minutes,” Kyle says. The regular events have cash prizes and the

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Kyle Blood of Piikani First Nation performs the prairie chicken dance in regalia at the Kyi-yo Powwow in Missoula, Mont., last year. A weekend of music, song and dance is coming up April 14 at Brocket.

first eight drum groups will each receive $100 as a token of appreciation.

“The drummers share their talent and gift of song, and we couldn’t hold such an event without them,” Kyle acknowledges. Fundraising to offset the cost of hosting the powwow is high on the priority list for organizers. Youth council member Alex Shade will have his first opportunity to assist Kyle as master of ceremonies and voice of the powwow. Registration begins at noon and the grand entry will follow around 1 p.m. The registration table is a busy spot as dancers don’t need to pre-register for the event. Kyle anticipates 50 to 200 dancers will attend the powwow. “This is the first big event for them to plan on their own with limited help,” says youth outreach coordinator Leanne Van Loon who works with the youth council. “Most members have really shown maturity within their age and are leading Piikani youth in a positive direction,” Kyle says. “They are stepping up as role models for the whole community.” The youth council is an opportunity for young people aged 14 to 30 to be part of decision-making and programming for youth in the community. For information about the youth group or to donate to the powwow please call 403-965-2022.

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New book from Nanton’s Dave Birrell Big Joe McCarthy, an American dambuster who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, is the subject of a new book by Dave Birrell of Nanton. Dave made extensive use of exclusive video and audio interviews recorded following Joe’s retirement. The biography was written with the cooperation of Joe McCarthy Jr., a long-time supporter of the Bomber Command Museum of Canada, located in Nanton. After training in Canada, a tour of operations with 97 Squadron was only the beginning of Joe McCarthy’s career. Personally selected by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, Joe trained for and executed his role during the Dams Raid, the most demanding tactical air operation of the Second World War. Almost 14 months of special and varied operations with Royal Air Force 617

Squadron followed. These flights included low-level bombing, target marking, amazingly precise high-level bombing, the use of huge, special-purpose bombs against critical targets, and clandestine low-level operations to supply the underground forces in occupied Europe. Through all this, Joe worked closely with, and was highly respected by, many of the legends of Bomber Command including Guy Gibson, Mickey Martin and Leonard Cheshire. Immediately following the war, Joe played a major role in the acquisition and testing of numerous exotic German aircraft before returning to Canada and completing an exemplary postwar career with the RCAF. The book is available at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton or from their website at .

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INSPIRED, continued from page 6 Karen led her family in a jog toward the Porcupine Hills Lodge holding a photograph of herself and her late husband. The relay medal and photo were passed from mother to son and from husband to wife. There were tearful moments and joyous ones as Karen ran with a stroller and clicked her heels a few times. As I watched and listened, I wondered where the people were. Why was a family, who had been through so much, running alone in a relay meant to celebrate the inspirational people in our communities? I knew they weren’t doing this for recognition, but it would have meant something to them for a few people to come out in support as they ran in memory of their husband, father and grandfather. A few honked their horns as they drove past, and I silently thanked them for the small token of recognition. It seemed the 750-metre run ended too soon. I think the Alstons were willing and able to go a much greater distance together. Staff and residents at the lodge appreciated Lonnie’s brief speech and were thrilled when Jill took the medal around the room for them to see and touch. As quickly as we had arrived, crew members were on their way to the next stop in Stavely. I started back toward my vehicle


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and the Alstons quickly caught up with me. I thought I was walking at a decent speed, but apparently not! It was nice to walk a few blocks with them and have the chance to let them know personally how moving their family story was. Burns fought an eight-year battle with cerebellar ataxia. He passed away last July at the age of 56. Ryan describes the rare syndrome as “kind of a cousin disease to ALS.” Hi dad’s first symptom was a feeling that his balance was off. “His speech began to slur and he lost the ability to walk and talk, to see and to eat as the disease progressed,” Ryan says. His mom unexpectedly became a caregiver. “I’ll never look at a caregiver the same,” Karen says. “Watching someone you love disintegrate before your eyes is heartbreaking.” “I just can’t imagine,” Ryan says. “I take my hat off for anyone who’s a caregiver.” “Over eight years he was slowly getting worse,” Karen says. “Every time we turned around there was something new we had to deal with.” “Burns was a huge example to me on how to be positive amidst all odds and how to keep going,” Karen says. “Visitors would leave feeling better than they came because he didn’t want sympathy and was always concerned about someone else.”



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According to his family, Burns was very community minded, and many things like the triathlon he started as a teacher in Magrath are still going today. Ryan has strong memories of his mom cheering for the underdog at these triathlons. “She wouldn’t put up with bullying and always stood up for anyone who was trying to improve their lifestyle,” he says. “I thought it would be a neat thing for Mom to participate in the relay as recognition for the years she spent looking after my dad,” Ryan says. The Alstons wanted to participate as a family, and even the kids knew they were running for Grandpa. “Life’s short and you need to take the opportunity to spend as much time as you can with your loved ones because there are no guarantees in life,” Ryan says. Karen says she’s seen situations worse than her own working as a first responder with the ambulance, and is most grateful that her family had a chance to say goodbye to Burns. “We’ve tried to take on his attitude of not having pity parties for ourselves,” Karen says. “We try to figure out who we can help and who we can reach out to.” Karen admits it was a very emotional day. “We felt united, and that he was still influencing us for the good we could do in his memory and to stay positive.”

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Sunday’s rail jam winners at Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill are, from left, Jordan Sharp, Walker Rangen, Kevin Gferer and Parker Wall. Jordan placed first and Walker second in the 13-and-under group. Kevin was first and Parker second in the 14-and-over group. In middle photo, Passquatch takes a jump into the Slush Cup activities. In final photo, Topanga Cargill, left, and Stephanie Armstong enjoy their last ski day of the season.

’Sno joke! By Amber Lee Mohl It was no joke that Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill’s season ended on April Fool’s Day. Instead, it was a great day of fun and games with the skill-testing rail jam and the annual Slush Cup. Brett and Megan Gurr brought their two young children from Lethbridge to watch the

Slush Cup for the first time. “Friends of ours told us to come out and watch them,” Brett said. “It’s pretty exciting.” Best friends Topanga Cargill and Stephanie Armstrong like different aspects of the hill. Topanga is a fan of the Bully Run for its rocks and jumps. “It’s the black diamond,” she says.

Stephanie’s favourite part of the hill is the terrain park. “It has a whole bunch of jumps and rails,” she says. “This year was a great year,” said manager Dave Morrison. The season started out on the slow side but quickly picked up. “Mother Nature really cooperated with us,” he added. “We had a lot of really good days and the staff did an amazing job.”

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Mark Your Calendar Events and Entertainment - Full details are available in the STB online calendar Wednesday, April 4 – Canyon School assembly - 1:30 p.m. in Pincher Creek – Formal day and Easter dinner G.R. Davis School in Fort Macleod – J.T. Foster School council meeting - 7 p.m. in Nanton – Kraken Summer Swim Club registration - 4 p.m. at West Meadow Elementary School in Claresholm – Minor hockey general meeting - 7 p.m. at the Fort Macleod arena Thursday, April 5 – Bunny Bonspiel - Coleman – Claresholm Animal Rescue Society AGM - 7:15 p.m. at the Claresholm town office – Isabelle Sellon School talent show - 1:15 p.m. in Blairmore – SAEWA open house - 2 p.m. at the community centre in Nanton – Spaghetti supper - F.P. Walshe School fundraiser in Fort Macleod

Friday, April 6 - Good Friday – No school for Livingstone Range School Division students – Beginner roping clinic - 6:30 p.m. at the Horseshoe Pavilion in Pincher Creek – Bunny Bonspiel - Coleman – Death Ballad Love Tellers Tour - 8 p.m. at Twin Butte General Store – Easter egg hunt - 1:30 p.m. at Granum ball diamond (pre-registration required) – Easter Fun Run - 10 a.m. at the Elks Hall in Blairmore – Egg hunt - 11 a.m. at Fishburn Park – No Brighter Futures programs Crowsnest Pass – Dinner, meat draws and moose races - 5 p.m. at Bellevue Legion Saturday, April 7 – Bunny Bonspiel - Coleman – Easter egg hunt and community

social - 3 p.m. at the youth hall in Stavely – Small Spurs Rodeo final - 9 a.m. at Claresholm Agriplex – Spring Fest - all day at Castle Mountain – Last day to view Emergence exhibit at Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery in Frank – Meat draws - 3 p.m. at the Pincher Creek Legion

Tuesday, April 10 – No school for Livingstone Range School Division students – Council meetings - MD of Pincher Creek and Town of Claresholm Wednesday, April 11 – No school for Livingstone Range School Division students – ABS and council meeting - MD of Willow Creek

Sunday, April 8 - Easter Sunday – Bunny Bonspiel - Coleman – Spring Fest - all day at Castle Mountain – New Passquatch search clue Monday, April 9 - Easter Monday – Closing Day and Spring Fest at Castle Mountain – No Brighter Futures programs Crowsnest Pass

Details provided for events can be found by following the calendar link at .

Swimming 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.

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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.

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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. Family Swim Claresholm – Sat. 1 to 2 p.m. Pincher Creek – Sat. & Sun. 1 to 3 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. Special Needs & Aqua Rehab Pincher Creek – Tues. & Thurs. 3:15 to 4 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.

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Art and soul By Amber Lee Mohl Emergence, an annual show of student art, is on display until Sunday at Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery in Frank. The show gives local students an outlet to create masterpieces they can be proud of, and a way to exhibit their talent for others to see and enjoy. Most of the artwork is for sale, and the creations include acrylic on canvas and hardboard, typography design, and freehand and abstract art. Art teachers Sherry Chanin from Crowsnest Consolidated High School and Karen Tamminga-Paton from Livingstone School in Lundbreck are curators. Krisztina Wood, managing director of the gallery, always looks forward to seeing the original artwork. “To me, it’s the most exciting display of all year,” she says. “It’s so colourful and fun.” Krisztina says the display is something many people look forward to. “We get a lot of positive feedback. People really enjoy it.” Next up at the gallery is Franz Koci’s exhibition, Graphic Art, which includes woodcuts, linocuts and serigraphs.

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Thrill of a lifetime – finding the Bridge of the Mastodons

Rory Ingram and his wife Shelley head toward Chinook Peak by quad.

Do you see what I see? Rory points to the tiny hole of daylight at the top of the mountain.

8,000 feet above sea level was the Bridge of the Mastodons!

Views from the climb were spectacular

The bridge is almost invisible even when you know where to look for it.

Rory stands on the bridge of his dreams.

Photos courtesy of Rory Ingram

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Mountain peaks so close you can almost reach out to touch them.

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“The Dressmaker� by Kate Alcott (Doubleday, $25.95) Reviewed by Ealish Waddell It seems like luck when spirited seamstress Tess glimpses celebrity couturier Lady Duff Gordon on the city docks waiting to board the famous Titanic. But it seems like destiny when she overhears that the designer is in need of a new maid for the journey, and within minutes Tess has finagled her way into the position. She quickly finds that her imperious and mercurial new boss isn’t easy to work for, but Tess is determined: She dreams of becoming a fashion designer herself, and this job promises to be her foot in the door to the world of the rich and chic. Then comes the shipwreck and a night of terror and grief. Separated from her patron during the chaos, Tess is relieved to find that Lady Duff Gordon has survived. But

there seems to be some confusion about what exactly went on in the Gordon lifeboat, and some dark rumors begin circulating about the conduct of many of the passengers and crew in the midst of the crisis. As soon as the rescue boat docks in New York City, an inquiry begins. New characters are introduced to exposit and advance the plot, including an intrepid reporter and a dogged politician, but solid, fair-minded Tess remains the clear lens through which we view the revelations of class prejudice, corporate bureaucracy and ignoble fear that can invade even the most basic moments of life and death. While most stories about the Titanic tend to focus, quite naturally, on the high drama of the sinking, this plot deals more heavily with its aftermath -- particularly the psychological and social reactions of and to the survivors, and the contradictions and obfuscations of the investigation into what really happened on that April night. Although the characters at times seem to display a rather modern sensibility, it fits into the overall progressive tone and helps underscore the underlying themes of responsibility, morality and courage. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

By Steve Becker FAMOUS HAND This is a favorite story of George B. Coffin, for many years a well-known author and publisher. The bidding went as shown, but after East bid seven diamonds, West quickly passed, not waiting for South to bid. Not only that, but East-West then improperly exchanged hands, a common practice in some games. South, a stickler for the rules named John Lawman, who by nature was inclined to exact his pound of flesh when an irregularity occurred, now said: “Just a second, please. I haven’t passed. In fact, I’ll bid seven notrump!” West doubled, and, after two passes, South redoubled! West then led the king of spades. “Just a second,” said South again. “Both of your hands are exposed because you’ve seen each other’s cards, and I’m entitled to call your plays in any way I see fit.”

So Mr. Lawman directed West to lead the ten of spades instead. He took the ten with the jack, continued with the nine, calling for West’s eight, then cashed the seven of spades, calling for West’s six. As the spades were being led, declarer forced East to discard the A-K-Q of clubs! Mr. Lawman then cashed the J-9-7 of clubs, compelling West to play the 10-8-6 in that order, and East to discard the A-K-Q of hearts. The same process was then repeated in hearts, declarer cashing the J-9-7 of that suit. On the hearts, East, who at this point was nearing a state of apoplexy, was forced to discard the A-K-Q of diamonds. Mr. Lawman next cashed his heart and club fives, collecting East’s J-10 of diamonds. Dummy’s 9-8 of diamonds then scored the last two tricks to make the redoubled grand slam! (c)2012 King Features Syndicate Inc.

1. Is the book of David in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From 1 Kings 20, how many kings came with Ben-Hadad against King Ahab? 2, 4, 7, 32 3. Which has 1, 2 and 3 books, as in first, second and third? Kings, Corinthians, Peter, John 4. What part of David’s mighty men could run like gazelles? Revlons, Gadites, Madaites, Henochs 5. From Judges 20, what tribe had 700 left-handed men? Benjamites, Samarians, Pharisees, Sadducees 6. Which priest took the first census of the Hebrews? Eleazar, Melchizedek, Ehud, Jabin ANSWERS: 1) Neither; 2) 32; 3) John; 4) Gadites; 5) Benjamites; 6) Eleazer Comments? More Trivia? Visit (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

PHOTO: Paul Ben-Victor Q: A few weeks ago you mentioned the return of USA’s “Fairly Legal,” which I do enjoy, but I was hoping for some spoilers for the show that airs right after that, “In Plain Sight.” -- Vail K., via e-mail A: I do happen to have some “In Plain Sight” info for you, as I recently spoke with series co-star Paul Ben-Victor, who portrays chief inspector Stan McQueen. For Paul, the end of the series is bittersweet, as he explained: “There’s definitely a sense of loss and there’s a sadness there. We had become a family and have gotten even closer, especially over this past year. There’s a real warmth and love on the set. I’m really looking forward to this final season, because while playing Stan McQueen has been great, I’m looking forward to spreading my wings, and there are some very exciting opportunities out there.” One of those opportunities is promoting his new movie, which he stars in and cowrote, called “Should Have Been Romeo.” It was selected to the Newport Beach Film Festival in the featured slot the first weekend of the festival. “We’re real excited about that,” Paul enthused. “They’re focusing the whole event around our movie that first weekend. So, on the heels of this, there’s the last season of ‘In Plain Sight,’ which is something that’s going to be really extraordinary. Especially the last few episodes; they’re just phenomenal.” *** Q: Was “Terra Nova” canceled? -- Mary D., via e-mail A: Despite decent ratings and strong international sales of the sci-fi/fantasy series, Fox decided not to renew “Terra Nova” for a second season. However, 20th Century Fox, which produces the series, is shopping the show around to other networks, and hopefully it can be picked up in time for a fall premiere somewhere else (Syfy, are you listening?).

*** Q: I am a huge fan of HGTV. What happened to Sandra Rinomato from “Property Virgins”? -- Cindy K., via e-mail A: Sandra decided to leave the show after 130 successful episodes to start her new show, “Buy Herself,” which begins airing this month on HGTV Canada, and she hopes for a U.S. HGTV pickup soon. Rinomato stated on her Facebook page: “For the first time in history, a significant number of women are buying real estate on their own, taking charge of their financial situations. ... Women buying real estate is not a fad; it’s history in the making, and I am very proud to be a part of it on TV.” *** Q: What has Christopher Judge been doing since playing Teal’c in the “Stargate” series? -- Henry F., Miami A: Christopher has been doing a lot of voice work in video games and animation, as well as a few guest-starring turns here and there on shows like “NCIS: Los Angeles.” This summer, he is set to appear in “The Dark Knight Rises,” which premieres July 20, and is sure to be summer 2012’s runaway blockbuster. Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at letters@ (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Lemon Squeezer Q: I have an old metal iron squeezer identified as being “The Arcade No. 2.” -- Cathy, Amarillo, Texas A: The Arcade Manufacturing Company of Freeport, Ill., made lemon squeezers during the early years of the past century. The No. 2 is valued at about $15. A good reference is “300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles” by Linda Campbell Franklin (Krause, $29.95). *** Q: I have a bracelet that is identified as being “Big Sister’s Birthday Bracelet,” probably from the 1940s. I am enclosing a picture of it in its packing box. Any idea of its value? -- Jim, Sackville, N.B., Canada

Ham and Scalloped Potatoes Scalloped potatoes as they were intended to taste! Just fill your slow cooker and forget about it until dinnertime. What could be easier? 3 cups diced extra-lean ham 6 1/2 cups thinly sliced cooked potatoes 1 cup diced onion 1 1/2 cups shredded, reduced-fat Cheddar cheese

A: What you have is a radio premium. “Big Sister” was a daytime radio drama sponsored by Rinso Soup that aired on the CBS network from 1936 until 1952. The series featured Alice Frost in the title role. The storyline was set in the fictional town of Glen Falls and revolved around Ruth Evans and the sacrifices she made for her younger sister, Sue, and crippled brother, Neddie. Your bracelet is probably worth about $20, perhaps a little more since it is in the original mailing box. *** Q: I inherited a set of dishes from my grandmother, and I would like to know the value and where I might take it to sell. It is Leigh Ware. -- Wilfred, Albuquerque, N.M. A: The Leigh Pottery Company was started in 1926 in Alliance, Ohio, and continued until the early 1930s. Even though there is some dispute about exactly when the company folded, Lois Lehner, author of “Lehner’s Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay” claims production ended in 1931. If you wish to know the value of your china, I recommend a good appraiser. You have several that are certified

in Albuquerque, including Suzanne Staley,, and 888-758-1118. To sell your china, you might show your set to antiques dealers in your area. *** Q: I have U.S. Navy honorable discharge papers from World War II. I would like to sell them. -- Sheila, Palm Coast, Fla. A: Discharge papers from WWII are fairly common and generally sell in the $10 to $20 range, depending on condition and any supporting documentation.

1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced-fat cream of celery soup 2 tablespoons fat-free half and half 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

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1. Spray a slow-cooker container with butter-flavored cooking spray. Layer half of the ham, half of the potatoes, half the onions and half the cheese in prepared container. Repeat layers. 2. In a small bowl, combine celery soup, half and half and parsley flakes. Spoon soup mixture evenly over top of potato mixture. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours. Mix well before serving. Makes 8 (1 cup) servings. • Each serving equals: About 230 calories, 6g fat, 18g protein, 26g

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in a goofy “Two and a Half Men” kind of way. Despite the parade of women that march straight through his apartment, he is locked up, desperate and alone. When his sister (Carey Mulligan) asks to stay with him for a while, Brandon’s walled-off existence comes to light as his life begins to spiral. It’s racy and full of explicit things. It is not a happy sort of movie, but strong performances and an original script make it worth checking out for cinephiles.

PHOTO: Dennis Farina in “The Last Rites of Joe May” PICKS OF THE WEEK “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol” (PG-13) -- Tom Cruise returns to his loud and lucrative franchise for a fourth installment, and it has all the intensity of a ticking time-bomb strapped under a speeding convertible careening off an exploding skyscraper full of double agents. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team are blamed for a mission gone wrong and have to go rogue to clear their names and stop the outbreak of another world war. Brad Bird (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) makes his directing-real-people debut and delivers the requisite super-cool look, fast pace and gripping action. This time around more lines and screen time are given to the supporting cast (Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg), who hold up their end of the deal. The spy genre has grown weak in the post-Bourne era, but M:IGP delivers a laser-guided, rocket-propelled shot of adrenaline. “The Last Rites of Joe May” -- In the West End of Chicago, Joe May (Dennis Farina),

an over-the-hill hustler, steps out of the hospital to find that everyone thought he was dead. His apartment has been rented to Jenny (Jamie Anne Allman), a single mother with a young daughter, Angelina (Meredith Droeger). While he may be dead to everyone else in his small world, Joe is offered the chance to share the apartment with Jenny. A non-romantic bond forms, and these two new people become the most important relationships in Joe’s life. It’s up-close character drama that has the right mix of bleakness and warmth. I recognize Farina from countless supporting roles, but here he’s the centerpiece as a guy who realizes he’s in the last chapters of his life with nothing to show for it but some pride. “Shame” -- Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a wealthy bachelor in New York. He is also a sex addict -- and not

“Garbo: The Spy” -- This unique and imaginative documentary delves into the story of a Spanish spy who made the D-Day invasion possible, and thus helped win World War II for the Allies. Codenamed Garbo by the Brits, this lone man tricked the Germans into believing that the Normandy invasion was a decoy. He was so good that the Nazis believed him throughout the war, winning him medals from both Axis and Allies. It’s a mindblowing story told with style. TV RELEASES “Bob’s Burgers: Season 1” “Frozen Planet: The Complete Series” “Eight Is Enough: The Complete First Season” “Treme: The Complete Second Season” “Young Justice: Season One -- Volumes 1, 2 & 3” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Don’t Become a Victim of Identity Theft The Consumer Federation of America has a new website designed to help reduce identity theft. is packed with consumer, business and victim resources, as well as the latest news and a section on shopping for identity-theft services. One section on the website explores how well you guard your personally identifying information (PII), even something as simple as your library card. If you were to lose the card, you might not be too concerned as it’s not something connected with your bank account. But if someone checks out and doesn’t return (in effect, steals) books or videos under your name, you’re responsible for the monetary damages.

ID Theft Info suggests making a “PII Chart” to document the identity relations we have with companies and individuals. Who has our name, address, phone number and email address? A security breach in one area can lead to other areas also being breached, and it need not be associated only with financial transactions. Homeowner associations, frequent-flier clubs and churches can all have pieces of our personal information that can be put together. Some suggestions: Use a Post Office box for miscellaneous mail such as club newsletters and church bulletins; disable the GPS photo function on your smartphone; and use only one credit card for online purchases. Don’t sign up with your real name on public Internet sites. Work to limit the amount of information in each section of your PII Chart. When you go to the doctor and fill out the forms, leave out your Social Security number. Ask if you can substitute another form of identification. Don’t use public charging stations or anyone else’s computer for your cell phone, and don’t let anyone else hook their phone

to your computer. Data-stealing malware could be transferred from one to the other. Are you a potential victim of identity theft? Assess your risk with an online test. The higher the score, the bigger your risk. Big point items (indicating a larger risk) are questions about whether you’ve ordered your credit report in the last two years, posted your outgoing mail at home in an unlocked mailbox or failed to scrutinize your monthly bank and credit-card statements. Look around the ID Theft Info website. The more you know, the less likely you’ll become a victim of identity theft. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Make Hummus for an Easy, Healthy Snack It might not be a bad idea to include a globe or atlas when you start pulling together the simple ingredients for making hummus with your kids and their friends. Cooking with an international twist is such a perfect opportunity to teach about geography, history and current events. It’s also a chance to talk about the rich and varied traditions that exist all over the world. This recipe is simple to prepare, and your kids will love it. Just toss things into the blender and let it whirl. As the garlic cloves and chickpeas blend together, questions may abound, starting with, “What is the Middle East in the middle of?” That’s where your maps come into the mix. In the Middle East and here, hummus is a snack or side dish. It is often served with pita bread, the kind with a little pocket inside. You can fill it with cheese, meat and tabouli salad at lunchtime, or, as in this case, use it as a “dipper.” It’s kind of like chips. HUMMUS 1 lemon 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste);

look for it near peanut butter or in the international foods section of your market 2-3 fresh garlic gloves 2 cups canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained 2 tablespoons of water or liquid from drained chickpeas 1 teaspoon salt Here’s the fun: Let your child roll the lemon back and forth on the counter to get the juices flowing. Cut it in half and squeeze it on a manual juicer. Pour a quarter of a cup of the juice into a blender. Pour in the oil, and add the tahini. It’s garlic time. Pop out a nice big clove from the bulb. Press a spatula down hard on the clove, and give it a major whack! Peel off the garlic skin, roughly chop the garlic and drop it into the blender. Add another clove or two according to taste. Toss in the drained chickpeas, water or liquid from chickpeas and salt, then give

everything a spin until smooth. Serve with warmed pita bread. Makes about 2 cups Extra Tips: --Use as a dip for crisp vegetables and spread on sandwiches as a replacement for mayonnaise or butter. --Add a 1/2 teaspoon of cumin for a different flavor. *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” (c) 2012 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.

1. Which band released “See My Baby Jive,” and when? 2. What instrument does Ginger Baker play? 3. Name the group that released “Wasted Years.” 4. “Afternoon Delight” was a No. 1 hit for which group? 5. In what year were 78-rpm records last released? 6. What is the “Deuce Coupe” ballet? Answers 1. Wizzard, in 1973. The song was covered in 1977 by Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids. 2. Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker plays drums. He picked up the nickname “Ginger” because of his red hair. 3. Iron Maiden, in 1986. It was the band’s only No. 1 U.S. rock chart hit. 4. The Starland Vocal Band, in 1976. They picked up two Grammys, and parlayed that win into a short-run summer television show the next year. 5. 1960. The 78s, usually made of a shellac compound, set the standard until after World War II, when larger 33-rpm vinyl albums became popular. Small 45-rpm single-song records rose to popularity in the 1950s, mostly due to the pop music that teenagers were buying. 6. “Deuce Coupe” is an avant-garde ballet by choreographer Twyla Tharp, set entirely to the music of the Beach Boys, commissioned in 1973 by the Joffrey Ballet. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Heart-Attack Victims Can Grow New Arteries DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I don’t remember you addressing this subject, so I thought I would write. In 1997, I had a mild heart attack and went on medicines. Six months later I had another mild incident that led me to angioplasty. Ever since, I have been eating well, exercising and taking all my meds. My cardiologist says I have great collaterals. I have sprouted new vessels for my heart. I thought I should have some kind of intervention, but the doctor says no. Can you discuss autogenesis? Am I related to a starfish? -- R.S. ANSWER: You’re the first writer ever to use the word “autogenesis.” If a starfish loses an arm, it grows another -- autogenesis. Humans have the same ability when it comes to blood vessels. They

can grow new ones, and do so in many instances. Heart-attack victims often can sprout new arteries. It’s a long process. It doesn’t happen overnight. And it doesn’t happen to all people. Count yourself lucky. The booklet on CAD -- coronary artery disease -- discusses how vessels become plugged and how they are treated. To order a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 101W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I looked in the mirror this morning and couldn’t believe what I saw. My right eye was bright red. It looked like someone had punched me. When my husband saw it, he asked if he had hit me while he was asleep. He didn’t. It doesn’t hurt. My vision is perfect. My eye looks frightful. Do I need to see a doctor? -- Y.T. ANSWER: Your question is asked repeatedly. My long-distance guess is a subconjunctival hemorrhage. The conjunctiva is a cellophanelike covering of the eye. Beneath it is a network of invisible blood vessels. When one of those delicate vessels breaks, blood covers that part of the eye. Coughing, sneezing or straining causes the breakage. Sometimes it happens for no apparent reason. The eye looks awful, but no real harm is done. The blood is absorbed in about a week.

You can hurry it up by putting warm compresses over the closed eye. You need to see a doctor if the eye begins to pain you, if the blood stays for longer than a week or if it happens time and again. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Does heartburn cause asthma attacks? It sounds weird to me, but my doctor thinks that’s what causing my breathing problems. He has me on medicines for heartburn. I can’t believe they’ll help. -- J.R. ANSWER: Your doctor isn’t coming from out of left field. Heartburn can be an asthma trigger. Heartburn is officially called gastroesophageal reflux -- an upward shooting of stomach acid and digestive juices into the esophagus, the swallowing tube. The juices can rise so far up that they leak out of the esophagus and trickle into the bronchi, the airways. That’s what sets off an asthma attack. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces 8 ounces sugar snap peas, strings removed 1 tablespoon margarine or butter 1 pound radishes, each cut into quarters Salt and pepper 4 tablespoons snipped fresh chives 1. Heat large covered saucepot of salted water to boiling on high. Fill large bowl with ice water; set aside. To saucepot, add asparagus and snap peas; cook 4 minutes. Drain vegetables; cool in bowl of ice water. Drain vegetables well. 2. Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, heat margarine on medium until melted. Add radishes, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; cook 10 minutes or until tender-crisp. Transfer to bowl; keep warm. 3. To same skillet, add asparagus, snap peas, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; cook 5 minutes or until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally. Stir in 2 tablespoons chives. 4. Transfer to serving bowl; arrange radishes around edge. Sprinkle with remaining chives. Makes 10 side-dish servings. TIP: Asparagus and snap peas can be cooked through step 1 up to one day ahead. Place in plastic storage bag and refrigerate until ready to use.

Peak Season: March, April and May Buying Tips: Look for bright-green, firm, crisp stalks with compact tips and no trace of brown or rust. Buy evenly sized stalks for uniform cooking. To Store: Asparagus is very perishable. Stand the stalks in 1/2 inch of cold water in a container. Refrigerate up to two days. To Prepare: Hold the base of each asparagus spear in one hand and bend back the stalk; the end will break off at the spot where the stalk becomes too tough to eat. Discard the tough stem. Rinse well to remove any sand. Some cooks like to peel asparagus, but this is a matter of personal choice. Leave asparagus whole or cut diagonally into 1- to 2-inch pieces. To Cook: Asparagus can be boiled, steamed, stirfried, roasted or grilled. Serve hot, room temperature or cold. To boil, in a 12-inch skillet, heat 1 inch of water to boiling over high heat. Add asparagus and 1/2 teaspoon salt; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook, uncovered, until barely tender, 5 to 10 minutes (depending on the thickness of asparagus); drain. If serving cold, rinse under cold running water to stop cooking; drain again. (c) 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

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By Samantha Mazzotta Locating Source of Toilet Leak Q: The other day I noticed a small puddle of water at the base of the toilet. I wiped it up, only to notice the next day that the puddle was back. It’s clean water so I think it’s a leak from the tank, but I can’t find any visible drips. The tank itself tends to sweat a bit, so I can’t pinpoint where the water is coming from. Should I call in a plumber? -- Christine H., Toledo, Ohio A: Try a few more things to try and pinpoint the source of the problem. Visually check the tank and the bowl for cracks -- most toilets are pretty sturdy, so it’s unusual for them to crack for no reason, but do check. The tank is more likely to crack, and if so, it needs to be completely replaced. At least it’s easier than replacing the bowl. If you don’t find a crack, check the shutoff valve (usually what looks like a faucet handle jutting from the wall below and behind the toilet) and its attached inlet tube for leaks. Flush the toilet so that the tank begins filling, and observe the inlet components. You may also need to run your hand along the valve, inlet tube and the inlet connection at the bottom of the tank, checking if any water is leaking and running down the inlet tube or the back of the toilet, out of sight. Next, test for a silent leak to confirm whether the leak is happening in the tank or not. Take the tank top off. Flush the toilet and let the tank refill completely. Then, take a crayon or wax pencil and mark the high-water point with a small line. Walk away for 10 minutes, come back and see if the water is still at that point or has gone down. If it has fallen below the line, mark the new water point and leave it for another 10 minutes. Check again to see if the water level continues to fall. If the tank is leaking, check some possible sources of the leak. First, make sure the flapper valve at the bottom of the tank is completely closed. This is one of the biggest causes of a slow leak from a tank -- although it doesn’t explain the water on the floor, as the water leaks through the flapper valve into the toilet bowl. Next, check the seal at the base of the flush assembly, and any other visible seal, for deterioration. Finally, consider that small amount of condensation on the tank. Could it be the cause of the puddle? Try insulating the interior of the tank, or sliding a tank cover over the outside (both available at home improvement stores) to reduce the condensation. Once you’ve eliminated all the smaller reasons for the puddle of water on the floor, it’s time to look at a more serious possibility: that the seal between the base of the toilet and the floor has begun to fail. It’s not a particularly difficult or time-consuming repair, but the toilet will have to be lifted off the base in order for the wax ring, which acts as the main sealant, to be replaced. If you don’t have much experience with toilet repairs, this is where a plumber would come in. HOME TIP: To keep the seals and other parts of a flush assembly in top shape for years, avoid placing a bleachbased toilet cleaner cake in the tank. Bleach can corrode the assembly components. Send your questions or tips to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

By Tony Rizzo PHOTO: Barbra Streisand in “Hello Dolly” HOLLYWOOD -- Seventy-year-old Barbra Streisand will produce and star as Mama Rose, mother of striptease legend Gypsy Rose Lee, in a big-screen remake of “Gypsy.” Streisand has hungered to play Mama Rose, long considered to be the best female role in musical theater, ever. In l959, Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoirs, excerpted in “Harper’s Magazine,” prompted producer David Merrick to option the story for Broadway legend Ethel Merman. Arthur Laurents, who wrote “West Side Story,” was hired to write the libretto. Ironically, Merman didn’t win a Tony Award for her stunning performance. “Gypsy” has been revived four times on Broadway. Angela Lansbury won a Tony Award (l974), Tyne Daly won a Tony (l990) and Patti LaPone won a Tony (2008) for their Mama Rose. However, Bernadette Peters’ Mama Rose (2003), which was considered the first to break the Merman mold, didn’t earn her a Tony. Before he died last May, Laurents, who directed Streisand in her first show, “I Can Get It for You Wholesale,” gave her his blessing to remake “Gypsy,” hoping she’d get right the

things he disliked about the 1962 Rosaland Russell film, made by Warner Brothers. Russell didn’t do her own singing, but was so good as Mama Rose that nobody cared, and with the star power of Natalie Wood, the film was a great success. In l993, Bette Midler won a Golden Globe for her Mama Rose in a CBS TV movie, available on DVD. When Streisand played Dolly Levi in the big screen “Hello Dolly” (1969), only her second film, critics complained she was too young for the role and did a bad Mae West impression. She’ll soon be seen in “The Guilt Trip” with Seth Rogan, set for a Nov. 2 release. Streisand has acquired so much knowledge as an actress and director; she will undoubtedly give the greatest performance of her career as Mama Rose. Remember, you heard it here first! *** Oscar winner and “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg is spreading her wings. Last year she produced “Sister Act” in London and New York, and now plans to produce a documentary about Moms Mabley. For many years, Whoopi talked about Moms Mabley in her nightclub acts and has joined forces with “Laugh-In” producer George Schlatter and Tom Leonardis to bring “I Got Something to Tell You” (one of Mabley’s catch phrases)


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to the screen. In addition, she’ll produce a 22-minute weeknight talk show, a mix of talk, makeovers and humor for Nichelodeon’s NickMom programming block. Hey Whoopi, I got something to tell you -- be careful not to spread your wings too thin! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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PHOTO CREDIT: stock.xchg photo Dinner for Lunch Most people use the majority of their energy between breakfast and dinner, so lunch is necessary to be productive and energetic. Dramatic calorie highs and lows aren’t good for anyone, especially those with diabetes and diet-related illnesses. Researchers at the University of Georgia studied the eating patterns of athletes. Their study determined that men and woman showed higher levels of body fat if they had irregular eating patterns throughout the day, even if they were in energy balance by the end of the day. In addition, compared with athletes who ate consistently through the day (breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner), irregular eaters had worse muscle mass, lower energy levels and poor mental focus. These studies prove that when it comes to lunch, you are what you eat. Good sources of protein, whole grains, vegetables and fruits will help you be more focused, productive and energetic throughout the rest of the day. The beauty of this recipe for Microwave Salmon with Mushroom, Apple and Endive Salad is that it can be quickly prepared for dinner as a warm dish and easily packed for lunch and eaten cold. MICROWAVE SALMON WITH ENDIVE SALAD Olive oil infused with sage and thyme perfectly accents the moist salmon steaks and the sharpness of the endive.

4 salmon steaks (8 ounces each), each 1-inch thick 4 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions, white ends and green tops, roots discarded 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1/2 tablespoon honey 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme leaves or 1 tablespoon dry thyme leaves 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage leaves or 1 tablespoon ground sage 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 6 ounces crimini or button mushrooms, thinly sliced 6 cups bite-size pieces curly endive (also known as chicory), washed 1 large Gala or Fuji apple, cored, seeded and thinly sliced 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1. Rinse fish and pat dry. In a bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons of the oil, onions, vinegar, honey, garlic, thyme, sage and 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Use 2 tablespoons of the seasoned oil to coat both sides of the salmon. Set the reminder of oil aside. Arrange salmon in a 7- by 11-inch microwave-safe baking dish, positioning thickest parts toward outside of dish. 2. Cover and microwave on HIGH (100

percent) for 4 to 5 minutes, giving each fish steak a half-turn after 2 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 4 minutes. Fish should be just slightly translucent or wet inside; cut in thickest part to test. Cover and set aside. 3. Place mushrooms, remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper, and remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a 3-quart microwave-safe casserole. Cover; microwave on HIGH (100 percent) for 4 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. 4. Add any remaining seasoned oil mixture to the cooked mushrooms to make a dressing. Stir in the endive, mixing lightly to coat greens evenly. Spoon endive and mushroom mixture onto 4 individual plates. Top each with the apple slices sprinkled with lemon juice, and a serving of salmon steak. Serves 4. *** Angela Shelf Medearis is an awardwinning children’s author, a culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. She’s known as The Kitchen Diva and is the executive producer and host of “The Kitchen Diva!” cooking show on Her new cookbooks are “The Kitchen Diva Cooks!” and “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Visit her website at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

• On April 4, 1812, President James Madison fires an economic salvo at the British government and enacts a 90-day embargo on trade with England. The embargo did little to forestall war: The British refused to cease harassing American ships, prompting Madison to lead America into the War of 1812. • On April 3, 1860, the first Pony Express mail simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Mo., heading west, and Sacramento, Calif., heading east on a 1,800-mile journey. On April 13, the westbound packet arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound packet by two days. • On April 7, 1891, American showman Phineas Taylor Barnum dies in Bridgeport, Conn. The 81-year-old showman’s sense of humor never deserted him. He requested that a New York newspaper run his obituary before he died so he could enjoy reading it, and the paper obliged. • On April 2, 1902, the first American theater devoted solely to movies opens in Los Angeles. Housed in a circus tent, the venue was dubbed “The Electric Theater.” Admission cost 10 cents for a one-hour show. • On April 5, 1931, Fox Film Corp. drops John Wayne from its roster of actors. Wayne had played bit parts but failed to impress the studio. In 1939, Wayne finally had his breakthrough in “Stagecoach.” He went on to play in dozens of movies, including “True Grit,” for which he won an Oscar in 1969. • On April 6, 1970, Sam Sheppard, a doctor convicted of murdering his pregnant wife in a trial that caused a media frenzy in the 1950s, dies of liver failure. After a decade in prison, Sheppard was found “not guilty” in a second trial in 1966. “The Fugitive” television series and movie were rumored to have been loosely inspired by the story. • On April 8, 1990, director David Lynch’s surreal series, “Twin Peaks,” premieres. The show, with its bizarre characters and baffling story line, became an instant cult hit. Kyle MacLachlan starred as Dale Cooper, an FBI agent assigned to visit a small town in the Pacific Northwest to try to unravel the mystery of the murder of resident Laura Palmer. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Flying With Your Pet DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I have to take a trip across the country in about a month, and I hate the thought of leaving my dog “Snoops” alone, even with a house sitter stopping by. I don’t want to put him into a cargo crate and ship him to where I’m going. Can I sneak my dog on board the airplane instead? -- Sign me “Shhhh” in Little Rock, Ark. DEAR SHHHH: Why sneak your dog aboard? Some airlines allow very small dogs -- those that can fit into a handheld carrier that fits beneath the airline seat in front of you -- to fly with their owner. Check with your airline about this option, any additional fees, rules and restrictions well before your flight. Under no circumstances should you try to sneak your dog into the passenger cabin. You will be found out,

and the complications of your trip will multiply exponentially. Flying your pet, or with your pet, is a common activity and a common worry for pet owners. Some pet websites list airlines with pet travel policies, such as, which recently updated its list. Most interesting is the newly launched airline, Pet Airways (http://www., which doesn’t fly people at all -- just pets (with a human attendant on board to monitor and care for them). No matter how you decide to get Snoops across the country, follow a few important steps when transporting him. Make sure his carrier is sturdy and comfortable and includes his favorite toys and blanket. Don’t feed him less than five hours before his flight. Give him water two hours before the flight. If you aren’t confident in the airline’s ability to transport him, consider leaving him with a sitter or at a pet hotel until you return. Send your questions or tips to ask@, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet carerelated advice and information, visit (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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by Samantha Weaver • It was Scottish author and historian Thomas Carlyle who made the following sage observation: “The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.” • If you’re planning to travel to Washington state with nefarious plans, here’s an interesting law to keep in mind: Any motorist with criminal intent is required to stop before entering a town and inform the chief of police of his or her presence. • Are you more afraid of lightning or sharks? If you look at the numbers, it makes more sense to fear lightning; more than three times as many people die from lightning strikes than do so in shark attacks. • The acids in your digestive system are so corrosive that your stomach must produce an entirely new lining every three days. • As the Black Plague was sweeping Europe during the Middle Ages, some people, for reasons surpassing understanding, believed that plague victims could cure themselves by smelling human waste. • It was in 1893 that the zipper was invented, and it was originally intended to be used in shoes. • If you’re familiar with the Disney film “Cinderella,” you might be surprised to learn some details about the Grimm brothers’ version of the folktale. In their story, Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters are so desperate to marry the prince that they mutilate their feet in order to try to make them fit in the slipper (which, in the Grimm version, is made of gold, not glass). Also, at the wedding of Cinderella and her prince, the stepsisters’ eyes are plucked out by pigeons. *** Thought for the Day: “The tax which will be paid for education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests, and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people to ignorance.” -- Thomas Jefferson (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

nature of Rafe and Nicole’s relationship. Billie, who was now an undercover ISA agent, moved into the DiMera mansion to spy on Stefano. Lexie realized that she was being too hard on Abe and invited him to move back home. Kate demanded to know if something was going on between Marlena and Stefano. Under hypnosis, Hope turned into Princess Gina and kissed John, much to Stefano’s delight. Gabi planted her earring in Chad’s bed. EJ overheard Nicole and Rafe talking about the pregnancy. Wait to See: Kate and Ian share a passionate kiss. Sami stops Lucas from leaving town. (PHOTO: Ted Shackelford stars as “Jeff ” on “The Young and The Restless”) THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

GENERAL HOSPITAL Sonny confronted Johnny about what he was doing with Kate. Dante made an arrest. John, Carly and Sonny all ended up at Kate’s office at the same time. Anna and Elizabeth bonded in their grief over losing their children. Ewen learned more about Connie after putting her under hypnosis. Dante delved deeper into Delores’s background. Sam had another unsettling encounter with John. Meanwhile, Jason and Sonny strategized on how to expose John’s weaknesses. Sonny warned Michael not to get involved with Starr. Kate pretended to be Connie in order to get the upper hand on Johnny. Sam made a surprising discovery about Franco. Wait to See: Heather Webber storms into Port Charles. Patrick returns to work for the first time since Robin’s death.

Friends and family came together to celebrate Eric and Stephanie’s anniversary. Hope tried to deal with her intimacy issues with intensive therapy, but later upped the dosage of her antianxiety medication to calm her nerves. Ridge asked for help in improving the public’s perception of Forrester Creations. Brooke made it her mission to keep Amber away from Rick. Thomas confessed his latest crush to Marcus. Karen was suspicious of Brooke’s job offer to Caroline. Ridge and Karen reminisced about the past and his first love, the original Caroline Spencer. Rick felt caught in the middle of Amber and Brooke’s rivalry. Wait to See: Taylor confides in Thorne about her hopes for her son. Hope suffers a panic attack at Caroline’s party. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS DAYS OF OUR LIVES EJ and Sami were both mistaken about the

in and confessed that her marriage to Kevin was a sham. After a couple of quick proposals, Jeff and Gloria, and Kevin and Chloe, were married in a double wedding. Sharon realized that Adam was no longer blind. Ricky and Daisy found they had a lot in common with their dysfunctional pasts. Nick and Sharon flew to Japan on a business trip, which didn’t sit well with Phyllis. Eden witnessed Ricky and Daisy’s kiss. Daniel explained to the judge why he initially signed away his parental rights. Wait to See: Genevieve’s offer to Jack comes with strings attached. Neil makes a shocking business decision.

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1. One Direction new entry “Up All Night”

1. Taylor Swift No. 3 “Ours”

1. fun feat. Janelle Monae No. 1 “We Are Young”

2. Adele No. 2 “21”

2. Kelly Clarkson No. 2 “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” 3. The Wanted No. 4 “Glad You Came”

2. Jake Owen No. 2 “Alone With You” 3. George Strait No. 4 “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright”

3. Guns N’ Roses No. 31 “Greatest Hits”

4. Dierks Bentley No. 1 “Home”

4. Bruce Springsteen No. 1 “Wrecking Ball”

5. Lee Brice No. 9 “A Woman Like You”

4. Adele No. 3 “Set Fire to the Rain”

5. Passion new entry “Passion: White Flag”

5. Gotye feat. Kimbra No. 5 “Somebody That I Used to Know”

6. Whitney Houston No. 6 “Whitney: The Greatest Hits”

7. Lady Antebellum No. 7 “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”

6. Nicki Minaj No. 9 “Starships”

7. Drake No. 7 “Take Care”

7. David Guetta feat Nicki Minaj No. 6 “Turn Me On”

8. Various Artists No. 3 “NOW 41”

8. Montgomery Gentry No. 10 “Where I Come From”

8. Drake feat. Rihanna No. 7 “Take Care” 9. Flo Rida feat. Sia No. 12 “Wild Ones”

6. Blade Shelton No. 6 “Drink On It”

9. Rascal Flatts No. 11 “Banjo”

9. Gotye No. 16 “Making Mirrors”

10. Miranda Lambert No. 12 “Over You”

10. fun No. 13 “Some Nights”

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10. Katy Perry No. 10 “Part of Me”

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TOP TEN MOVIES 1. The Hunger Games (PG-13) Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson 2. 21 Jump Street (R) Chris Parnell, Johnny Pemberton 3. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) animated 4. John Carter (PG-13) Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins 5. Act of Valor (R) Roselyn Sanchez, Jason Cottle 6. Project X (R) Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Brown 7. A Thousand Words (PG-13) Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washington 8. October Baby (PG-13) Rachel Hendrix, Jason Burkey 9. Safe House (R) Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds 10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D (PG) Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

visible by what number to be a leap year? 5. GOVERNMENT: Who was the first black female U.S. senator?

1. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: Who once said, “He who laughs last has not yet heard the bad news”? 2. MONEY: What is the basic unit of currency in India? 3. LANGUAGE: What does the Latin term “gratis” mean? 4. MEASUREMENTS: A year must be di-

6. EXPLORERS: Who was the first European explorer to see the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean (1513), after crossing the Isthmus of Panama? 7. ANCIENT WORLD: What were the common people of ancient Rome called? 8. GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital of Lithuania? 9. SCIENCE: What is the name of the historical period in which dinosaurs lived?

10. MYTHOLOGY: What was Pygmalion’s profession? Answers 1. Bertolt Brecht 2. The rupee 3. Without payment 4. Four 5. Carole Moseley Braun 6. Vasco Nunez de Balboa 7. Plebeians 8. Vilnius 9. Jurassic 10. Sculptor (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Top 10 DVD Sales 1. Happy Feet Two (G) (Warner) 2. Immortals (R) (Fox)

Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Immortals (R) Henry Cavill 2. The Descendants (R) George Clooney 3. Jack and Jill (PG) Adam Sandler

3. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (NR) (Paramount) 4. The Descendants (R) (Fox) 5. Game of the Thrones: The Complete First Season (TV-MA) (Warner)

4. Tower Heist (PG-13) Ben Stiller

6. Puss in Boots (PG) (Paramount) 7. Jack and Jill (PG) (Sony)

5. The Three Musketeers (PG-13) Logan Lerman

8. The Three Musketeers (PG-13) (Summit Entertainment)

6. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (NR) animated

9. Hugo (PG) (Paramount)

7. Footloose (PG-13) Kenny Wormald 8. Puss in Boots (PG) animated 9. Hugo (PG) Asa Butterfield

10. Footloose (PG-13) (Paramount) Source: Rentrak Corp. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

10. My Week with Marilyn (R) Michelle Williams

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Shootin' the Breeze – April 4, 2012  

April 4, 2012 issue of Shootin' the Breeze