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My Little Corner By Shannon Robin

I’ve always marvelled at the connection between music and memories, and how a few notes of a song can take you back in time. I’ve always had a huge music selection. It started with 45s, LPs and cassettes, progressed to CDs and then to digital music. I’m still far from having my entire collection uploaded to my computer, but iTunes tells me I could listen to over 48 days of uninterrupted song. I would guess that several days worth of that music is comprised of Christmas melodies. I have 18 versions of “Silent Night.” Deleting 17 of them would simplify my catalogue, but I happen to like each one for a different reason! One of the most enjoyable things about working late and being alone at the office is being able to sing along with Christmas tunes without bothering anyone. Actually, I might be bothering those stepping out behind the Legion for a cigarette, if my voice carries to the parking lot, but hopefully they don’t mind. Sunday afternoon we took in the Irish Rovers’ Christmas show at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod. It was fantastic, and took me on a tour through many stages of my life. I would have been seven or eight years old when I was treated to my first live concert. It was the Irish Rovers on stage in Prince Albert, Sask. I loved it! I clapped until my hands were raw, and sang along with tunes I had learned while singing with my dad. He does a mean rendition of “Lily the Pink.” As a teenager, the Rovers were back on my music radar again. “Wasn’t That a Party” became an anthem of sorts, and my friends

raved about this “new” band. For me, the music of the Irish Rovers hadn’t taken a break as I passed from early childhood to my teens. As the opening notes of “Black Velvet Band” rang out on Sunday, my memory drifted back to times spent in my grandparents’ living room. They had an old stereo cabinet and this particular song was one I always sought out from their record collection. Grandpa passed away shortly before Christmas, and the combination of music and time of year wrapped around me like a warm, snuggly blanket as the Rovers performed last weekend. They visited Fort Macleod just over a year ago, and I took my daughter along to that concert. It was a full circle of sorts to have her join me at a show that was full of memories and music I will always love. She enjoyed it so much that she wanted to buy a CD afterward, and the Irish Rovers became part of the music collection of a fourth generation of my family. She was quick to call dibs on the companion ticket when I announced I was going to see them again. It’s supposed to be their last tour, so it was wonderful to spend an afternoon with her as the Rovers shared music, love and laughter with a full house at the Empress. We came away smiling and full of Christmas spirit thanks to the band and the crowd. Thanks also to Brent Hutchison and the staff and volunteers at the Empress Theatre who bring an amazing array of musical talent to our corner of Alberta. Once again, you made my day!

The Breeze Mailbox Light up the town Each Christmas, Pincher Creek lights up as residents switch on their illuminations. It is a pleasure just to drive around town to view all the various decorations. Once again this year, Communities in Bloom is sponsoring the Residential Winter Lights Competition. Judging will be held Wednesday, Dec. 12. Please have your lights on between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Four criteria will be used to judge the best three endeavours, which are overall impact, visual appeal, uniqueness, and variety of decorations. We also encourage energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly options, and safety and tidiness. Perfect Posies is donating prize wreaths for first, second and third place. If you wish to have your display included, please phone the recreation office at 403-6274322 to be sure we don’t miss your house. John Hancock

Cowboy Christmas service On Sunday, Dec. 2 we have our 20th annual Cowboy Christmas service at the United Church in Pincher Creek, at 11 a.m. The idea behind the service is that is it has both the rural and the Christmas themes, and that it is led by rural people, so it is authentic. We have numerous rural people taking part in the service, providing music, poetry and speaking. There is a chili lunch following. Everyone is welcome to attend. Brent Woodard Pincher Creek United Church

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Yoga for the food bank Lift your spirits, and those of others who are less fortunate, by joining us for a yoga class on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Bring a donation for the food bank to the Blackbird Coffee House in Coleman. Whether you’re a yogi or not, this is a bit of positive energy at the start of December to help you get the circle of giving and receiving on track. Irm Davies

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Student actors bring a dream to life By Brad Quarin Last Thursday evening, students of Livingstone School in Lundbreck brought Shakespeare’s famous play A Midsummer Night’s Dream to life, with help from their friends at Theatre Prospero. Based in Edmonton, Theatre Prospero is a company that works with Alberta schools to perform plays by the Bard and occasionally other authors. Theatre Prospero returned to Livingstone this month after collaborating on Romeo and Juliet last year. “[This] school’s really fun to work in,” says Liz Hobbs, Theatre Prospero’s associate artistic director. “Everyone’s really enthusiastic and supportive.” This production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, open to the public, included students of Grades 1 to 12 and adult actors from Theatre Prospero. School principal Terri Donald says she is pleased with how it turned out. After Romeo and Juliet, Terri and Liz talked about performing another play that could include more of the elementary school students. They selected A Midsummer Night’s Dream, believing it

Photo by Brenda Shenton From left, Livingstone School students Alexis Bachura, MacKynna Smyth and Kataya McClung are in high spirits at rehearsal last Thursday afternoon while working with instructors from Edmonton’s Theatre Prospero.

would be relatively easy for young kids to perform, Liz says. Although one might think any Shakespeare play would be difficult for young children to grasp, Liz says young kids actually have an easier time than older students with the Elizabethan prose. “It’s sometimes easier to work with the younger ones because they’re not afraid of Shakespeare yet,” Liz says. “They haven’t taken it in school, so they don’t know that they shouldn’t understand what’s going on.” While Theatre Prospero plays are usually funded by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Livingstone School was denied a grant, Terri says. The play happened largely because of a generous donation from parents Simon and Krisztina Wood. Those who attended the play paid what they felt they could for admission, Terri says. Theatre Prospero and Livingstone School had four days to put the production together, says Liz, who served as its co-director. Students from Grades 4 to 12 shared the main speaking roles with Theatre Prospero’s seven actors. In fact, individual characters are shared. One character played by a Theatre Prospero actor in one act is played by a student in another. This might cause confusion, but Liz says this practice is explained to the audience before the show. Sharing makes memorization of all the lines easier, as does rehearsing. Liz says the students often offer suggestions about how the parts should be played, and that they get a variety of benefits from performing. “We give them a chance to be seen and be the centre of attention and stand up and have confidence in themselves,” she says. Among the student actors is Taran Findlater, who’s in Grade 12. He played the character Nick Bottom for the first half of the play. Beforehand, he said he was excited about the role. “I can just really let loose, act like a total weirdo, I guess you can say, just go all out and not care who’s watching.” Indeed, Taran puts a lot of energy into his performance. Taran says he loves acting and hopes he can do

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Photo by Brenda Shenton Kelsey Norman practises her part in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was staged with the actors surrounded by the audience.

some more after Grade 12. He finds the language not so much difficult as interesting. He enjoys working with Theatre Prospero, saying they are easy to get along with and provide useful acting tips. Katie Bramer, a Grade 10 student who played Hermia in Acts 2 and 3, agrees Theatre Prospero is easy to work with. “They’re awesome,” she says. “They’re always happy and there to help you.” She adds that they will try to cheer up nervous students. Katie says she was always interested in acting and has taken drama classes at the school. “And I’ve always just enjoyed having fun with other people like that,” she says. She finds there are benefits in the experience. “I think it gives me more confidence in speaking in front of people, and it gives you some variety in school,” she says. “Which is great, because then you’re more excited to come to school.” Taran and Katie both say they are very proud of the show, while Terri described the production as “incredible.”

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Pioneer school finds a new home

ing ranches, the nearby Sam Levesques often taking on that role. For only one term, The historic Cyr Schoolhouse – formerly in 1930-31, was a teacherage moved in on a portion of the King’s Restaurant structure skids to the school. in downtown Pincher Creek – has been Mrs. Louis Sorge was the teacher that moved to Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village. year, and the teacherage was returned to the Moving the schoolhouse saved it from family farm the next year. A stable where certain demolition and repositioned it as a the students housed their horses adorned useful and beautiful addition to the museum the property. A small structure that could grounds. Now sitting adjacent to the Ward accommodate up to half a dozen horses, the Cabin, this historical treasure will act as an stable did not have a loft but was rememeducational centre for future generations. bered by at least one student for its open Kootenai Brown president Colleen Cyr rafters, which provided an excellent hiding was thrilled with the acquisition. “It still spot for youngsters wishing to avoid attendis perfectly preserved, behind drywall and ing classes. tin,” she says, referring to the modern addiFollowing the closure of the school, the tions covering the schoolhouse. “It has its teacherage became part of the Doug Koehn original wood floors and ceilings.” farm and Sam Levesque acquired the barn. The building was moved Oct. 29, requirA coal-burning potbelly stove heated ing a variety of permits, hours of volunteer the school during much of its history. time, co-operation from Fortis, Shaw and Former students remembered interestPhoto by Toni Lucas the labour of J-Beez Contracting. ing times at the Cyr School, including many King’s Restaurant, on Main Street, was Cyr School, which had become an addition to King’s Restaurant, an encounter with skunks in the 1930s. destroyed by fire in February. Over the was recently moved to Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village. Students were known for teasing, in a years, additions had been made to the strucfriendly fashion, tourists who passed by the ture, and two of them received little or no school’s barn on the nearby road. damage during the blaze. One of the undamaged buildings included what In the early 1950s, just a few years after its closure, the Cyr School was was originally the Cyr Schoolhouse. moved into Pincher Creek by Johnny Green, who had relocated his Betterway Store to the former Upton Store at 696 Main St. This move was a result of Chronicles of the Cyr School the December 1950 Scott Block fire where his business had previously been located. Contractors W. A. Cook and Sons transported the former school By Farley Wuth building into town. The structure, still sporting its original hardwood floors and since proThe Cyr School was one of 39 country schools established in the 1890s and early 1900s which are now part of Pincher Creek’s commercial trading tected by a new metal exterior, was utilized as a rear cold-storage building, attached to the street-facing building via a breezeway. When the former groarea. It was one of only three schools moved into town following consolidacery store was converted to a series of restaurants following Johnny Green’s tion, realizing a second life as a commercial structure. 1976 retirement, the services of this coveted cooler were retained. Enrolment at the Cyr School District No. 2018 dated back to August Disaster struck the front building in 2012 when it was extensively dam1909. Classes were taught there for nearly 40 years, the last school year being 1946-47. It was located on the northeast quarter of S2-T5-R30-W4, land aged by fire, yet history once again spared the former country school. On Oct. 29 of this year, it was moved onto the grounds of the Kootenai Brown eight miles south of Pincher Creek that was formerly owned by pioneer Mac Pioneer Village, where its educational heritage continues to be preserved. Hebert. Of all the local rural schools, it had the distinction of being located Sources for this article included the publication Unfolding the Pages and on the highest elevation at over 5,000 feet. For most of its history, teachers at the Cyr School boarded at neighbour- historical interviews with former students. By Toni Lucas

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Celebrate 10 years with Crockets on Friday! By Shannon Robin

Photo by Brad Quarin Tony Partridge and Nina Ford of Parent Link are pleased to offer an art experience for children aged three to six and their parents, starting this Friday.

Do your kids love art? By Brad Quarin

Parents and their kids will have a chance to create art together when Crowsnest Pass Parent Link Centre presents Art With Tony, this Friday and again on Dec. 7 and 14. The children, aged three to six, will take the lead role in painting, drawing and using watercolours while the parents participate with guidance from local artist Tony Partridge. “It’s an interesting process for the parent as well as the child,” Tony says. “It gives a sense of empowerment to the child and it frees the parent from the responsibility of having to guide their child all the time.” For a child’s every move, like slapping the page with red paint on a brush, the parent must do the same. Parent Link is a governmentfunded program based in Horace Allen School in Coleman. It offers free parenting courses and SPICE play, in which parents learn to play with their children while meeting other families, says educator Nina Ford. Tony, a painter and drawer who lives in Coleman and has been practising art since 1974, developed the program over three years in other school districts, including Lethbridge. He has worked for five years in art therapy, which teaches art based on a child’s stage of development and needs, and says he has dealt with around 3,000 kids. He also works with children with cognitive challenges such as autism. “Art is a very good way of marking stages of development in a child,”

he says. Tony is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design and his work has been featured in galleries and in private collections. Parent Link and Tony previously worked together in teaching a student with special needs. “The art program really worked quite well for him,” Nina says. “It just gave him a new avenue to express himself.” Afterwards, Nina approached Tony to launch Art With Tony and extend the experience to more kids. She is excited about the program. “It’s huge,” she says. “I’m sure most kids aren’t given the chance to be very creative.” Tony adds that young kids need “safe spaces” to “experience autonomy.” The kids probably won’t need much help from Tony when it comes to making art. “Children know what to do with art materials,” he says. “They’re natural-born artists.” Instead, Tony’s guidance is for the parents to imitate their children’s art. “What I want the parent to experience is the experience of letting go,” he says. “It’s a very liberating and freeing experience.” “And it’s a way also of the parent to not just observe the child, but step into the child’s world,” he says. Nina adds that parents often forget what it’s like to be a child. “The vast majority of parents really enjoy the process,” Tony says. Parents interested in registering may call Nina at the Parent Link Centre at 403-563-8157.

This Friday, Crockets Trading Company in Bellevue celebrates its tenth anniversary, and Inez Hendrickson-Fedemma hopes to see both familiar and new customers checking out what the store has to offer. Coffee will be on the house all day, and Inez promises great deals – even the pottery will be on sale! If you can’t make it Friday, Barbara Janusz will be a special guest Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. as she autographs copies of her recentlyreleased novel, Mirrored in the Caves. Barbara is one of several local authors featured in the interesting selection of reading in the book corner. Better still, stop in both days. Styled after an old-fashioned trading post, Crockets offers a huge selection of work by local artisans and authors, clothing, jewelry, maps, books, souvenirs and more. You can sit a spell and enjoy a specialty coffee or tea with a square while you browse through what Inez has to offer. Nugget, the 7½-foot stuffed grizzly bear likeness, adds character and a bit of local flavour to the store. People, young and old, love to pose for photos with the furry statue, and his is a familiar face in local parades. When Inez says she built her business from the ground up, she isn’t kidding! During the summer of 2002 she broke ground, pounded nails herself and constructed Crockets Trading Company, which has become a familiar landmark in Bellevue. Inez and staff members Stephanie Lanting, Jill Strapp and Pam Dobi are knowledgeable about Crowsnest Pass and surrounding area, and are advocates for local offerings. Crockets is popular with locals and with tourists from all over the world. “I love people,” Inez says, and it shows in the cheerful way she deals with familiar customers and with strangers. “The whole area has incredible history and people, and it’s a privilege to share that.” “We have fantastic local artisans,” Inez says. With a vision of representing the wildlife and outdoor beauty of the area, she carefully stocks her shelves. Local items are showcased front and centre, and the majority of the souvenirs, if not crafted locally, are made in Canada. Inez and her husband, David, found Crowsnest Pass attractive in so many ways they were lured to southwestern Alberta from Sherwood Park. “It was a crazy, cool God thing that brought us here,” she says, and while the transition had challenges, they’re proud to call the Pass home. “I had great big rose-coloured glasses on and didn’t know what I was getting into,” she says in reference to getting the store up and running. She needed to work on the business side of things, but after trying unsuccessfully to hire contractors, Inez and David simply started hammering nails and did it themselves. She admits that fitting in as a newcomer was difficult, but says she didn’t ever lose her sense of optimism. “What’s the point of being here if you’re not willing to become part of the community?” she asks while recounting the loneliness and challenges that are now behind her. After running the store solo for many years, Inez now has Stephanie, Jill and Pam working with her. “Truly, we couldn’t do this without a team,” she says. “I can’t do everything, and they take on extra tasks without being asked, are amazing in the store, and help me to continue moving forward.” Inez likely wouldn’t have considered creating a Facebook page, but that’s now been looked after, and if you choose to like the page you’ll be kept up to date on the latest and greatest at the store and around town. “This is all about community, and I consider Elkford and Pincher Creek residents as locals,” she says. “My customers are wonderful and faithful, and have supported me without realizing how much it means,” she says, adding, “I wouldn’t be here without them.” Inez quotes Jeremiah – “Work for the peace and prosperity of your area, for its peace and prosperity will determine your well being” – and says considering the words “points to our part of where we live, and helps me focus on being a part of the better purpose.”


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Let’s hear it for Lindsay! By Brad Quarin Misfortune at home and a basic need to pay her mortgage led Lindsay Dyer to take on more jobs and responsibilities. Because she excelled at them, she is now honoured as Pincher Creek’s employee of the year. “You couldn’t find a better employee,” says Janet Jones, who owns Ranchland Liquor Den and nominated Lindsay in the Chamber of Commerce 2012 Awards of Excellence . Lindsay, who was raised in Claresholm, married Dave Dyer and had twin boys in 1997. The family moved to Pincher Creek in 1999 when Dave took over his parents’ greenhouses. She worked as a secretary at Canyon School, starting about 2004. Dave worked as a rock layer until May of last year, when he began experiencing severe joint and spinal pain that prevented him from continuing his job. On the same day the Dyers were seeing a specialist about the problem, Lindsay’s mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer. “It was a very trying summer,” Lindsay says. Her mother passed away six weeks later. At the same time, Dave was unable to collect disability pay due to a lack of a proper diagnosis. The family needed more income to pay the mortgage while Lindsay grappled with her mother’s passing. “She needed something to keep her mind off of the everyday stresses of life with me and her mom,” Dave says.

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Lindsay found a job at Ranchland Liquor Den, where she worked nights and weekends while continuing as a secretary in the day. She is a store clerk, working with customers and stocking shelves. Janet has owned the store for 2½ years and currently has four employees. She is happy with Lindsay, describing her as friendly, punctual and reliable. “She treats it like it’s her own place,” Janet says, and adds she can leave the store in Lindsay’s care and doesn’t need to worry. In particular, Lindsay turned out to be a great help in the summer when a full-time employee quit to pursue a welding apprenticeship. Lindsay took over her job until she hired a replacement herself. Janet was on vacation at the time and did not have to come back to deal with the crisis. “I don’t think I do anything more than anybody else,” Lindsay says. She describes herself as shy, and says the nomination for employee of the year made her nervous. After submitting the nomination, Janet didn’t want Lindsay to be disappointed. Ultimately she won, and Janet says she’s “absolutely thrilled for her” and feels it was the right choice. Lindsay feels a great deal of pride over the award. “For me, it was knowing that my employer appreciated the work I do for them,” she says. Dave says her family is proud as well, and he told her, “If there was a mother and a wife of the year, you should have won them too.”

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Photo by Brad Quarin Lindsay Dyer was recently named Pincher Creek’s employee of the year.

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Come enjoy the music

By Brad Quarin

Crowsnest Community Choir president Darlene Lys Panek is excited for the upcoming annual Christmas concert and is feeling a little of the usual nervousness, too. The concert, featuring both the local choir and the Crowsnest Pass Symphony Orchestra, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Horace Allen School in Coleman. “I really look forward to it, Christmas is such a beautiful time of year,” Darlene says. “I really like Christmas concerts.” The choir will be singing diverse kinds of music, including the jazzy “Christmas Shopping Blues,” classical pieces and Christmas carols. The variety owes to different choir members being familiar with different types of music, Darlene says. Originally from Edmonton, Darlene worked as a counsellor at NAIT before retiring to the Pass. She volunteers at the SPCA animal shelter and joined the choir in 2003. She’s had her turn as president for two years now, being in charge of communications between choir members and the community. The Crowsnest Community Choir goes back at least 20 years and is made up of local volunteers who like singing. The membership has been primarily female, given too few males interested in joining. “We’d have to have quite a significant number of males in order to change the balance of the choir,” Darlene says. The group is seen as a female choir because it always has been, she explains. In spite of a lack of male volunteers and a couple of members moving or retiring each year, the choir’s size remains stable at about 30 members. “So far we’ve been very lucky,” she says. The group advertises for new members through cable TV, radio and newspapers. “Maybe our performances are helping us quite a bit now,” Darlene adds. No one has to audition, but the choir has to practise at Isabelle Sellon School every Tuesday. “We just want people to come in and enjoy the music,” she says. The choir keeps busy. “We usually have quite a few commitments during the year,” Darlene says. In addition to the Christmas concert, the choir typically performs on Remembrance Day, in its early May concert and at funerals. At the Christmas concert, the choir will sing for the first half of the show and the orchestra will perform during the second half. The two groups may come together for some songs at the end of the show. There will be an admission fee, which goes to instrument maintenance, the use of certain pieces of music and fundraising for the choir, Darlene says. Darlene enjoys the positive energy of Christmas concerts, but there’s always some nervousness before each show. “You never know what’s going to happen,” she says. “But that usually makes you much more alert to following the choir director’s direction, and you make a special effort to really be full voiced.” The two or three Christmas carols will give the audience a chance to join in the singing. “We like to have the audience participate with us,” Darlene says. In fact, audience response is a usual highlight of the choir experience, she says. “You see the toes tapping or they’re mouthing the words along with you, or you can just see that they really got a good smile on their face, and they’re liking where they are at the moment.” “That’s the high you get,” she says.

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ATB Financial and Castle Mountain Resort have teamed up again this year to give southern Alberta kids the opportunity to ski with free lift tickets. From left are Andrew Rusynyk and Wayne Shaw of Castle Mountain, and Donna Schuarte and Adrian Hartman of ATB Financial in Pincher Creek.

ATB supports SnowKids By Brad Quarin Pincher Creek’s ATB Financial and Castle Mountain Resort are extending the reach of SnowKids Next Door, which provides ski passes for children from kindergarten to Grade 6. ATB and Castle Mountain expand on the program each year, says ATB relationship manager Donna Schauerte. Ski passes are now available not only to Pincher Creek, Lundbreck and Brocket but also Crowsnest Pass, Okotoks, Coalhurst and Waterton. “We’re very excited about this partnership,” says Donna, who works on SnowKids Next Door with branch manager Adrian Hartman. The idea began with former ATB manager Joanne Harris, who lived in Banff, which had a similar program. She talked to Castle Mountain about bringing the idea to Pincher Creek as a way to increase numbers at the ski hill. In 2009, the first year, passes were available

to 775 kids. This year, there are 6,000 potential participants, Donna says. ATB is the only sponsor and covers part of the cost, with Castle Mountain making up the difference. Other organizations have been approached to help sponsor the program, but have declined. Donna says ATB likes being the main sponsor. The financial institution gets advertising out of the program, and it also meets its mandate to support the community. As well, SnowKids Next Door encourages children to stay active and may inspire parents to try out the ski hill themselves, she says. SnowKids Next Door has been a success and Donna hopes ATB can continue being involved indefinitely. The program has also been well received by the community. On Feb. 9, ATB will host Kids Day at the ski hill to celebrate SnowKids Next Door and to meet some of the kids who benefit from it. The event will include special promotions, Donna says.

Photo courtesy of Crowsnest Municipal Library

Library improvements on the way A grant to cover the costs of expanding the washrooms at Crowsnest Pass Municipal Library, making them barrier free, has been approved by the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta. Foundation president Barb Cavers, left, and director Murray Pritchard, right, make the presentation to Larry Mitchell, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass councillor, and Penny Warris, library board chairwoman.   Construction will begin soon, and no disruption of services is expected. “This is a much-needed update to the library building, and will help us in making the library services more available to all citizens of the Crowsnest Pass,” says librarian Diane deLauw.


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HUDDLESTUN Senior Citizens News By Joyce McFarland

If you drink coffee twice a day around town, you know all the bad news. We’ll try and stick to the good stuff. At our regular board meeting last week, we were surprised and delighted to have two of our regular paid-up members attend the meeting – the first time ever that the executive members could recall. After their suggestions and some discussion, we decided to hold a potluck lunch on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m., and continue during the afternoon with social visiting or games if you like. Make it an afternoon to sit around and recall the good times, the bad times and memories of a heartwarming Christmas way back when. Make your potluck festive and bring a wrapped gift, costing no more than $5, if you want to join in the fun exchange game. There will be door prizes, and tickets are $1 each. All this from a couple of seniors who don’t play crib or 500 – we aim to please, so come and make their day and yours. Rae Olds set up the Christmas tree and plugged in the lights in time for the Pincher Planters to hold their Christmas party last week in the centre. This is our way to say thank you to that enthusiastic group of people who love gardening and have turned their efforts into a community project we can all enjoy. Bob Neish and Alf Neuberger from the Golden Pecten Club, and on behalf of the Huddlestun Senior Centre, spoke to the town council recently, showing how last year’s water damage had resulted in the need for repairs to our pool table, not covered by insurance. Thanks to a financial commitment from the town to take up some of the slack, Bob and Alf have given of their time to arrange for repair work, which is now underway. For clarity, I should point out that the Town of Pincher Creek is the owner of the senior centre and we pay our yearly rent through memberships, fundraising and donations. The pool table in question was completely refurbished, shortly before the water damage,

Photo courtesy of Megan deBoer Dressed in her Halloween finery, Joyce McFarland, left, and Sue Possnett served cookies and coffee at the Alzheimer’s coffee break held at the Pincher Creek Health Centre. Cookies were donated by Pincher Creek Sobeys, and coffee by the hospital kitchen staff, with all funds raised going to the Alzheimer Society.

with a donation from the Golden Pecten Club and the Legion, spearheaded by Bob, Alf and Bill Bradshaw, pool sharks all. Thanks to these men and the support of town council, the eight ball is back on a level playing field. Soup and a bun is on the menu for Tuesday, Dec. 11 at noon. Cost is $3 and Carol Van Gilder will be our hostess. Pressing on to the busy season and wintry weather, we think it wise to cancel the Wednesday coffee hours for December. The last Wednesday is Boxing Day anyway, so you won’t have time to drink coffee. A reminder that the first important dates on your calendar, except Christmas Eve, are the second and last Fridays of December for bingo, starting at 1:30 p.m. Marion Smith and June Spak will run the numbers and the lunch while Virginia Belcourt handles the 50/50. The last game blackout prize will be $20. Everybody welcome. Cards are two for $3 and extra cards are a dollar each. The weather continues cold but Volker Stevin is looking after my road and Westcastle is looking after my van, so I’ll be in shape for a few holiday programs. My kids warned me that drunk driving is a killer so I am taking their advice about that. Drive safely, and don’t pull out of your parking spot with the heater cord plugged in!

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In loving memory of

Irene Leskosky 1937 - 2012

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beautiful mother, Irene Anne Leskosky (Ozar), beloved wife of the late Thomas (Tom) Leskosky of Burmis, Alta. She slipped away peacefully into the arms of the angels at the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Centre on Nov. 17, 2012, after a brief but courageous battle with lymphoma, at the age of 75 years. Irene was born in Bellevue, Alta., on March 19, 1937, to John and Mary Ozar. Irene was born prematurely at seven months and weighed just slightly over one pound at birth. The family physician did not think she would survive without a proper incubator and offered to take her and care for her, but her parents declined and took her home to raise her, and Irene blossomed and grew into a beautiful young girl. She was raised and schooled in Maple Leaf. Irene’s childhood was cut short, however, when at the tender age of 11 years her mother passed away at 34 years of age. Irene subsequently took over the running of the household, a role she took on with pride and determination and without complaint. She was the third oldest in a family of four, having two older brothers and one younger brother. Her father worked shift work in the mines, and Irene became responsible for the family with some assistance from her father. Irene completed Grade 11 and left school before completing Grade 12. She then worked at the Bellevue post office for a short time. It was during this time that she captured the heart of Tom Leskosky, a shy, blue-eyed farm boy from the Lee Lake area, while attending a Christmas dance. They courted for a short time and were wed in 1955, and Irene left the big city lights of Maple Leaf to live on the Leskosky family farm near Lee Lake. After they were married, they lived on the family farm and had Tom’s mother living with them for the first two years. Her mother-in-law provided some of the education on running a household that her own mother was unable to provide, and Irene adapted to her new role as a farm wife with grace and determination. Their first daughter, Cindy, was born in 1957, followed three years later by a second daughter, Cathy, in 1960. Aside from running the household, Irene also helped out on the farm wherever she was needed, picking bales, shovelling grain, stooking, milking cows, feeding chickens, picking eggs, separating cream, as well as tending the vegetable garden, putting up preserves, etc. Irene took over the farm books, etc. She was self-taught and had a very sharp mind with regard to finance. Due to Irene’s astute business sense, Tom and Irene were fortunate enough to be able to retire in their early 40s and do quite a bit of travelling while they were both healthy. Irene loved to cook and bake and when people came to visit they would often leave Irene’s home with a care package. Irene was also a talented seamstress and could copy anything from a picture, another self-taught skill. She was a very creative person who took great pride in sewing her daughters’ outfits for all of their school activities, dances, Christmas concerts, etc., and sewed both of their wedding gowns. She wore out a couple of sewing machines and sewed over a “million miles” through the years. Irene was a very social person and loved people. One could not ask for a more supportive wife or mother. She always had a very positive attitude and could see a silver lining in almost any situation. She especially loved making people feel good about themselves. Life changed forever for Irene in June 2004 when she was airlifted to Calgary via STARS Air Ambulance after suffering flu-like symptoms, a high fever and going into convulsions. She was eventually diagnosed with encephalitis HSV (chickenpox virus) and suffered a fairly major brain injury as a result of the infection. She had previously undergone treatment for breast cancer in 2001. Once again, Mom faced what seemed like an insurmountable challenge with the same grace and dignity as she had so many times before. About nine months later, after a brief admission to the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at the Alberta Hospital and similar programs in Lethbridge and Calgary, she was finally able to be reunited with her husband, Tom, who was now living at York Creek Lodge, where they were able to live a somewhat normal life until his passing in June 2008. Irene then moved to the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Centre, where she resided until her passing. Because of her loving and gentle disposition, Irene got along well with all of the residents and especially with all of the nursing and caregiving staff. She considered them family and it was more than obvious that the feeling was mutual. During her time in continuing care, Irene endured several more admissions to the various acute-care units in Crowsnest Pass and Lethbridge for diagnostic testing, colon cancer, a broken left hip and finally the malignant mass on her tonsil and lymphoma that she ultimately succumbed to – all without complaint and with remarkable courage, grace and quiet dignity while putting others before herself. We can only hope we can display such courage and dignity when our time comes. Irene is survived by her brother Ron (Shirley) Ozar and their children and grandchildren of Edmonton, loving daughters Cindy (Dan) Yagos of Burmis/Lethbridge and Cathy (Alan) Petrone and cherished grandsons Clay and Cody Petrone of Coleman, as well as her sisterin-law (Bill’s wife) Betty Ozar and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Irene was predeceased by her husband, Thomas (Tom) Leskosky (2008); her parents, John and Mary Ozar; brother Danny Ozar and brother Bill Ozar (2010); and numerous aunts and uncles. Irene’s motto for life was always “Where there is life, there is hope.” Irene’s wishes were not to have a service, but an informal come-and-go reception was held on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at the MDM Facility in Bellevue. If desired, those wishing to remember Irene (Mom) with a memorial donation may consider STARS Air Ambulance or the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Centre.

Arrangements entrusted to Snodgrass Funeral Homes/Pincher Chapel.

Photo by Brad Quarin

Christmas fun awaits at Flumerfelt Park By Brad Quarin Despite some challenges this year, Flumerfelt Park in Coleman will again be the stage for Christmas in the Park, an annual family event held by the Coleman Community Society. The festivities take place this Sunday, starting at 5 p.m. They include carols, games, wagon rides, a visit from Santa Claus and the usual bonfire, in spite of recent turmoil in the Coleman fire department which tends it. “We will be having the bonfire, which was a question mark at first,” says Francine Kilgannon, secretary-treasurer of the Coleman Community Society. She explains the bonfire not only provides an atmosphere, but also has a needed function of keeping families warm during the event. Christmas in the Park offers fun for the whole family. “It’s a good time for people to come and visit,” president Jane Ann Reimer says. The Coleman Community Society is a volunteer organization started by downtown merchants 15 or 16 years ago, Francine says. The group started out with Canada Day celebrations and also holds Pumpkins in the Park after Halloween. Christmas in the Park began 12 years ago with the park being decorated, and has evolved since then to include more, according to Francine. The most recent addition to the event is the outside games which started last year, when Jane Ann discovered seasonal games described on the Internet. These include “snow basketball” and a bowling game using milk bottles as pins.

The wagon rides will continue for a fourth year. The wagon brings people through the park and downtown while they sing Christmas carols. “It’s totally free for anybody – kids love it, but the parents love it too,” Francine says. In the past, excited children have lined up for the rides. “That’s sure been lots of fun,” Jane Ann says. The leadership class from Crowsnest Consolidated High School will offer hot dogs while the community society provides coffee and hot chocolate. The Coleman Legion and Lions Club will also bring candy bags for kids. Francine says Christmas in the Park can draw between 300 and 400 people, depending on the weather. Most of the visitors are from Coleman, allowing them to walk to the event. Besides the firemen situation, the only other real challenge this year was the usual one: the weather. The cold wind can make decorating the park difficult, Francine says. Too much snow two years ago also prevented the society from taking the decorations down until the end of April. “That’s not normal,” Francine says with a laugh. “It was nuts.” The decorating is done by volunteers inside and outside the Coleman Community Society, and the group also tries to raise awareness of the event. Announcements are made and newsletters are distributed at the schools, Jane Ann says. Townspeople are already anticipating the event. “It’s always an extremely fun night,” Francine says. “We have a blast.”


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Mark Your Calendar Events and Entertainment – Full details are available in the Breeze online calendar – www.shootinthebreeze.ca Thursday, November 29 – Your Voice, Your Water - 7 p.m. at Country Encounters in Coleman – Book fair - 9 a.m. at Canyon School in Pincher Creek – Managing ADHD & ADD in Teens workshop - 7 p.m. at CCHS in Coleman – Livingstone Parents Association meeting - 6 p.m. at the school in Lundbreck – Free Brighter Futures Zumba class for parents of children 0-6 (must pre-register) - 10 a.m. at Cowley Hall – Pet care course - 6:30 p.m. at Adult Learning Council office in Pincher Creek – Carol festival practice - 7:30 p.m. at Foothills Community Church in Pincher Creek

– Free skating for parents/tots/seniors - 11 a.m. in Coleman – Free public skating - 11:45 a.m. in Coleman – Toonie open swimming - 6 p.m. at Pincher Creek pool – Free public skating - 6:45 p.m. in Pincher Creek

Friday, November 30 – Livingstone Grad 2013 Italian night - 5:30 p.m. at Cowley Community Hall – 10th anniversary celebration at Crockets in Bellevue – Clothing, book & toy giveaway (age 0-6) - 5 p.m. at Ranchland Mall in Picher Creek – Book fair - 9 a.m. at Canyon School in Pincher Creek – Book fair - 9 a.m. at ISS in Blairmore – Bingo - 1:30 p.m. at Fred Huddlestun Senior Centre in Pincher Creek – Art With Tony (ages 3-6) - 9:30 a.m. at Horace Allen School in Coleman – Shootin’ the Breeze scavenger hunt entry deadline $100 prize! – Coyote Creek - at Pincher Creek Legion

Sunday, December 2 – Yoga for the food bank - 10 a.m. at Blackbird Coffee House in Coleman – Cowboy Christmas - 11 a.m. at United Church in Pincher Creek – Christmas in the Park - 5 p.m. at Flumerfelt Park in Coleman – Legion general meeting - 2 p.m. in Pincher Creek – Stories while shopping - 1 p.m. at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek – Free family skating - 2:30 p.m. in Coleman – Free family skating - 4 p.m. in Pincher Creek

Saturday, December 1 – Angels Within Us - 5:00 p.m. at Pincher Creek Community Hall – Christmas tree sale - 10 a.m. at Pincher Creek Legion parking lot – Clothing, book & toy giveaway (ages 0-6) - 9 a.m. at Ranchland Mall in Pincher Creek – Free public skating - 10:45 a.m. in Coleman

Monday, December 3 – Bellecrest Community Association meeting - 5 p.m. at

Hillcrest Miners club – Toonie open swimming - 6 p.m. at Pincher Creek pool Tuesday, December 4 – Blue Christmas service - 7 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church in Pincher Creek – Your Voice, Your Water - 7 p.m. at Heritage Inn, Pincher Creek – Coleman Community Society meeting - 7:30 p.m. at Coleman Legion Wednesday, December 5 – Choir/symphony concert - 7:30 p.m. at Horace Allen School in Coleman – One-on-one computer classes for seniors - 1 p.m. at Adult Learning Council offices in Pincher Creek – Financial fitness workshop - 9:30 a.m. at Horace Allen School in Coleman – Windy Slopes Vacation-a-Month draw in Pincher Creek – Flu shot clinic - 1 p.m. at Blairmore Community Health office – Flu shot clinic - 1 p.m. at town hall gym in Pincher Creek – Carol festival practice - 7 p.m. at Pincher Creek United Church – Free skating for parents/tots/seniors - 12:30 p.m. in Coleman – Free public skating - 1:15 p.m. in Coleman – Free public skating - 7:15 p.m. in Pincher Creek

Weekly Activities for Adults and Seniors

Published second and last weeks each month. Early childhood, youth and school activities published first and third weeks each month. – C.N.P. indoor soccer - Mon. 5:45 p.m. at Albert Stella Memorial Arena in Blairmore – Cribbage - Mon. 7:30 p.m. at Coleman Legion – Seniors’ fitness class - Mon. & Wed. 10 a.m. at MDM Centre in Bellevue – Community keep-fit class - Mon. & Wed. 10 a.m. at Pincher Creek town hall gym – Adult shinny - Mon. & Wed. 2:30 p.m. at C.N.P. Sportsplex in Coleman – Noon-hour shinny hockey - Mon. & Fri. 12 p.m. at Pincher Creek arena – Gym walk - Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m. at MDM Centre in Bellevue – Fun Texas hold ’em poker - Tues. 6:30 p.m. at Pincher Creek Legion – Co-ed volleyball, age 25+ - Tues. 7 p.m. at Isabelle Sellon School in Blairmore – Crowsnest Community Choir practice - Tues. 7 p.m. at Isabelle Sellon School in Blairmore

– Friends n Sync singing group - Tues. 7 p.m. at Foothills Community Church in Pincher Creek – Toastmasters - Tues. 7 p.m. at Foothills Community Church in Pincher Creek – Afternoon fitness break - Tues. & Thurs. 4 p.m. at town hall gym in Pincher Creek – Foothills Duplicate Bridge Club - Wed. 1 p.m. at Fred Huddlestun Senior Citizen Centre in Pincher Creek – Knitters Skein - Wed. 1:30 p.m. at Harvest Coffeehouse in Pincher Creek – TOPS - Wed. 6 p.m. at Bellecrest Seniors Centre – Adult badminton - Wed. 7 p.m. at Isabelle Sellon School in Blairmore – Cribbage - Wed. 7 p.m. at Pincher Creek Legion – Cribbage - Wed. 7 p.m. at Blairmore Legion – Rotary luncheon - Thurs. 11:45 a.m. at Heritage Inn, Pincher Creek

– TOPS meeting - Thurs. 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church in Pincher Creek – Jam session - Thurs. 2 p.m. at Coleman Legion – Darts - Thurs. 7 p.m. at Pincher Creek Legion – Poker - Thurs. 7 p.m. at Blairmore Legion – Pottery class - Thurs. 7:30 p.m. at Lebel Mansion in Pincher Creek – Meat draws - Fri. 5 p.m. at Blairmore and Bellevue Legions – Darts - Fri. 6 p.m. at Coleman Legion – – – – –

Free pool - Sat. 1 p.m. at Coleman Legion Snooker - Sat. 2:30 p.m. at Blairmore Legion Darts - Sat. 3 p.m. at Blairmore Legion Meat draws - Sat. 3 p.m. at Pincher Creek Legion Meat draws - Sat. 4 p.m. at Coleman Legion

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Open for Christmas! Perfect Posies

Amaryllis Bulbs, Paper Whites, Poinsettias Fresh Centrepieces & Christmas Trees

Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday

403-627-4087 Pincher Creek

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Shootin’ the Breeze and Mountainside Printing will be closed Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 Just a reminder, there is no paper Dec. 26. Advertising deadline for Jan. 2 paper is Dec. 21.

Photo courtesy of Agnes Thibert

Students creating change Grade 9 students at Livingstone School in Lundbreck are proud participants in one of the largest penny drives in Canada. Shown here are some of the students with full collection bags – Ross Cook, Ethan Paridaen, Eric Cadonic, Josee Wiebe, Ryan Grove, Mary Blomgren, Brandon Hilbert, Kori Sandeman and Rebecca Lowry. Each bag holds enough money to provide clean water for life for one person.   Collection bags can also be found at O’Bies Store, Cowley Restaurant and the Windsor Drop-in Centre. As we know, pennies will soon be obsolete. What better use for those forgotten jars of coins than to provide fresh water for a needy community? For more information, visit www.freethechildren.com/wecreatechange .

Candy bags for the kids Wagon rides

Coleman Community Society’s 12th Annual

Frosty hoop toss

Christmas in the Park

Pyramid knockdown

Sunday, Dec. 2

Snow basketball

5 to 7 p.m.

Ice bowling

Flumerfelt Park Just off Highway 3 in Coleman

Obstacle course

Santa will visit and you can warm up playing Christmas winter games or sitting at the bonfire.

Tug of war

Free hot chocolate and coffee Hot dogs $2

Donations to the FOOD BANK gratefully accepted

THANK YOU to the volunteers for decorating Flumerfelt Park for all to enjoy and to the Holy Spirit ladies, Coleman Legion, Coleman Lions, CCHS leadership class, and the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass for their continued help.

Everyone is welcome!

Fits Leather Plus

New Store Just Opened! Ranchland Mall Pincher Creek

Quality Merchandise Sheepskin slippers for men and women Specially priced at $19.99 Large selection of ladies’ leather handbags

Ladies’ Leather Gloves

Regular $58 Sale $34.99

Men’s Panther Work Boots

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Ladies’ Leather Mittens

Regular $38 Sale $24.99

Your Voice, Your Water Thursday, Nov. 29

Tuesday, Dec. 4

7 to 9:30 p.m.

7 to 9:30 p.m.

7701 17th Ave. Coleman

919 Waterton Ave. Pincher Creek

Oldman Watershed Council and Water Matters present:

Come and share

Country Encounters

An evening of desserts and focused conversation about our most precious resource ... water. Shannon Frank, Executive Director 403-382-4239 Lethbridge www.oldmanbasin.org

Heritage Inn

• Your knowledge about water quality and river health • Your priorities for protecting the integrity of the Oldman River headwaters along the eastern slopes.

Evening hosted by SASCI & CCS

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Art with Tony

Photo courtesy of Tony Partridge

A child’s abstract work Tony acknowledges the similarity of the image to a rainbow, saying a rainbow and the sun are common objects for young children to paint and draw.


WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO AS PARENTS?

Parenting Learning Event Brought to you by Pincher Creek Early Childhood Development Mapping Project and Pincher Creek Adult Learning

Who really has the power anyway?

Let’s take a look at WHY we parent the way we do and HOW we can exercise healthy choices to make a powerful positive impact on our children’s future. Presented by La Vonne Rideout who has 25 + years of experience in Early Childhood Development, including a position as Early Learning and Childcare Specialist with the Southwest Alberta Child and Family Service Authority. She is currently working with the EC Mapping Project as the Southwest Community Development Coordinator. La Vonne also has first-hand knowledge of how important the early years are, being the mother of 5 now grown boys.

Wednesday, November 28th Pincher Creek Town Hall Gym Supper 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (FREE)

After supper children will be taken to childcare rooms Presentation will be from 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY please call Adult Learning at 403-627-4478 Childcare provided by Children’s World Day Care

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Find the answers at www.shootinthebreeze.ca Be sure to read Oct. 17 “My little corner” for step-by-step directions – it’s easy for everyone! 1.

Sept. 14/11 – Which team placed first in the peewee division of Crowsnest 3 on 3?

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Oct. 5/11 – What was the name of the play performed at Frank Slide Interpretive Centre?

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Nov. 16/11 – What yummy dish was sold by the Matthew Halton Booster Club as a fundraiser?

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Dec. 14/11 – What did Shael Davidson present to Santa when the CP Holiday Train stopped in Coleman?

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Jan. 4/12 – What is the first name of Pincher Creek’s first baby of year?

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Feb. 15/12 – What is the name of Shane Chisholm’s newest musical creation?

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Mar. 28/12 – What sport was featured on page 12 of this edition?

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Apr. 4/12 – What bridge did Rory Ingram finally cross to fulfill a childhood dream?

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May 2/12 – What organization benefited if you bought a Big Mac on May 2?

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June 27/12 – How old was Andrew Bower when he moved from Scotland to Canada?

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July 25/12 – Which species of butterfly was most prevalent at the annual Waterton count?

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Aug. 19/12 – What was the answer to the Cryptoquip puzzle? Hint – it’s on the last page!

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“Isaac’s Army: A Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland” by Matthew Brzezinski (Random House, $30) Reviewed by Larry Cox “Isaac’s Army” documents one of the most thrilling episodes of World War II and is an account so well-crafted, it reads like a bestselling novel. Matthew Brzezinski, who served as Moscow correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and is the author of several previous books, including “Red Moon Rising,” chronicles the aftermath of Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939. Although the success of the Nazi occupation was never much in doubt, what the German leaders did not anticipate was the will and determination of the Polish people. As Nazi soldiers marched into Poland, a group of dedicated young Jews -- some barely out of their teens -- formed an underground movement and then set out to resist. The

group, headed by Isaac Zuckerman, embedded itself into the Warsaw ghetto. At the forefront of Isaac’s Army were 18-year-old orphan Mark Edelman, Zivia Lubetkin, Simha Rotem and Boruch Spiegel. This small group triggered two of the largest rebellions of World War II and was involved in several of the fiercest battles of the homefront resistance by the Polish people. When members of this courageous army were captured and tortured by the Gestapo, they refused to name names or give up their fellow Jews. This book is important on several levels. It documents that these underground warriors were the first to publically expose to the rest of the world the horrors of Germany’s Final Solution. They also helped raise money to hide many of the Jews who found themselves in jeopardy after the ghettos were liquidated. This is a magnificent book, meticulously documented and a prime example of historical reporting at its gut-wrenching best. With an unforgettable cast of characters, “Isaac’s Army” is, simply put, an inspiring celebration of the will and determination of the human spirit during the most trying of times. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. Is the book of Micah in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. What perfectly square “new” city is described as having walls made of Jasper? Jerusalem, Jericho, Paphos, Gibeon 3. From 1 Samuel, what Philistine soldier was slain by a boy? Joab, Abishai, Dan, Goliath 4. On which “Mount” did Jesus deliver his final discourse? Zion, Olives, Carmel, Pisgah 5. In what book is the phrase, “Could eat a horse” found? None, Acts, Ruth, Ephesians 6. What friend of Jesus was buried in a cave? Sisera, Joshua, Lazarus, Arioch ANSWERS: 1) Old; 2) Jerusalem; 3) Goliath; 4) Olives; 5) None; 6) Lazarus Comments? More Trivia? Visit www. TriviaGuy.com (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


By Steve Becker AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION Here is an example of the great lengths to which a declarer must sometimes go to prevent the dangerous opponent from gaining the lead. Assume you’re in four hearts and West leads a trump. It seems normal to draw trumps and take a club finesse. In the actual case, East wins with the king and returns the jack of diamonds, and down you go. Bad luck, you might say, but the fact is that if you played the hand this way, you weren’t trying hard enough. A much safer line of play is to win the opening trump lead with dummy’s nine, return a low spade and, after East follows low, play the nine! West wins the trick, as expected, and, let’s say, returns a club. In line with your plan to prevent East -- the dangerous opponent -- from taking the lead, you go up with the ace, lead a spade to your king and enter dummy

with a trump. When both defenders follow suit, the contract becomes an absolute certainty. You cash the ace of spades, discarding the ten of clubs, then lead the queen of clubs from dummy, not caring where the king is actually located. You plan to discard a diamond if East follows low on the club queen, thereby guaranteeing 10 tricks even if West has the king of clubs. And if East covers the queen with the king, which he might do in the actual case, you’re still on solid ground. You ruff the king, return to dummy with a trump and discard two diamonds on dummy’s J-9 of clubs to finish with an overtrick. In the actual layout, the unusual care you took at trick two to prevent East from ever gaining the lead nets you 650 points rather than the minus 100 you would suffer if you relied strictly on the club finesse. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


ton Abbey”? I can’t wait for the new season! -- Donna B., Oklahoma City, Okla.

PHOTO: Rachel Boston Q: I was an ardent fan of “In Plain Sight,” and I especially liked one of the series’ co-stars, Rachel Boston, who played Det. Chafee. Can you tell me what else I can see her in now that the show is no longer on the air? -- Betty W., via e-mail A: Rachel, 30, most recently starred in the Lifetime original movie “Holiday High School Reunion,” which aired in November (check your local listings for possible re-airings). As I type this, Rachel is shooting something else for Lifetime -- this time it’s a pilot for a new show, which will air this summer if the network decides to pick it up for a full-season run. It’s called “Witches of East End,” and Rachel told me about the show when I spoke with her recently. “I am working with such an amazing group of women! Julia Ormond plays my mom and Jenna Dewan-Tatum plays my sister. When we were born, our mom cast a spell so we wouldn’t know we are witches. Through a chain of events, we discover who we are and how we can help protect each other and our town.” *** Q: Is there a new “Wizard of Oz”

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A: Louis L’Amour was born in North Dakota in 1908. When he died 80 years later in Los Angeles, 89 of his books were still in print. To find out the value of your books, you should contact some of the excellent usedand rare-book dealers in St. Louis. If you have access to a computer, go to www.abe.com, and type in the titles for current values. Pay close attention to editions and whether the book is autographed by the author. *** Q: I recently purchased an original poster from “The Fleet’s In” starring Clara Bow. It is in excellent condition and still retains its original bright colors. Any idea of how much this might be worth? -- Steve, Brighton, Colo. A: This was a film released in 1928. A one sheet from this movie sold for $3,500 about 10 years ago at auction. Despite our sluggish economy, movie memorabilia has continued to grow in popularity and values are still box-office gold with collectors. For a second opinion, contact Conway’s Vintage Treasures, P.O. Box 40962, Providence, RI 02940.

*** Q: We purchased an Atari Super Pong system when it was introduced a number of years ago. It is still in its original box and has four games, instructions and an AC adapter. The model is NO-C-140. How much do you think it is worth? -- Shirley, Sun City West, Ariz. A: I checked several used electronic shops and monitored the action on eBay, and think your Atari setup would sell in the $50 to $75 range.

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immature behavior. It’s obscene and exquisitely lowbrow. If you can stomach the volume of blue humor, Ted has surprising heart and belly laughs.

PHOTO: Jeremy Renner in “The Bourne Legacy” PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Bourne Legacy” (R) -- The last secret agent to go by the codename Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) set in motion a series of convoluted events that create a firestorm for another rogue operative wearing the Bourne identity (Jeremy Renner). In this case, replacing the star of the series with a different actor is not an indicator of rapidly declining quality standards. Tony Gilroy, screenwriter for the first three Bourne movie, takes over as director for this one. In previous Bourne movies, it wasn’t too hard to keep a handle on what was going on and why it was compelling. In this one, I gave up mid-way through and just started taking in the spectacle. That’s not the worst thing, but it’s not a good sign. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (PG) -- It seems the “Ice Age” franchise is set on teaching children that extinction is long, repetitive, formulaic process. Manny the mammoth, Diego the sabretooth, Sid the sloth (Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, save

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“Why Stop Now” (R) -- Eli (Jesse Eisenberg) has a gift for piano that he’s always been too messed up to pursue. He’s the chief caretaker for his little sister and their drug-addicted mother (Melissa Leo.) He tries to drop his mom off at rehab on the day of his big audition, but she’s not strung-out enough to be admitted. Eili has to go on a wacky adventure with Sprinkles the drug dealer (Tracy Morgan) in order to get his mom high so she can finally get clean. Not funny enough to be a comedy; not serious or thoughtful enough to be a drama. TV RELEASES “Girls: The Complete First Season” “Futurama: Volume 7” “Hazel: The Complete Fourth Season” “Ultra Seven: The Complete Series” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Year Nine” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

“Ted” (R) -- Seth MacFarlane, the creator of TV’s “Family Guy,” brings us this raunchy comedy that goes above and beyond what he can do on television. Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) is a stuffed bear brought to life by a lonely child’s wish. Years later, that child is a man (Mark Wahlberg), and his magic talking teddy is a beer-chugging, profanity-spewing bro who enables

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stars, flowers, animals, skates, etc.). Or use ice-cube trays that come in fun shapes. The wax will harden quickly and pop out of the mold easily. You could put the tray in the freezer for a few minutes to speed up the process. For added effect, pour a contrasting color into the mold after the first layer of wax has hardened. This will produce a two-tone crayon. Try out your new crayon shapes on a piece of paper. And for more fun, you can use them as a puzzle. Just let 4- and 5-year olds put the different shapes back into the candy molds. Extra idea: Keep a crayon handy on the refrigerator for quick note-taking. Simply add a piece of magnet from a magnet strip and set it on the final layer of wax before it completely hardens. *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning se-

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1. From a key ring. They rented rehearsal space in Spartanburg, S.C., and were given a key marked with the name of the previous tenant, a blind piano tuner by the name of Marshall Tucker. 2. The Fifth Estate. Their 1967 “DingDong! The Witch Is Dead” was so popular it was recorded and released around the world in five different languages.

3. ABBA, in 1978. The original title of the song was “Billy Boy.” In the U.S., the record sold even more than the group’s “Dancing Queen.” 4. “Soul Rebel,” in 1970. 5. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” by the Charlie Daniels Band in 1979. The Devil, looking for another soul to steal, challenges a young fiddle player to a competition with the prize being a gold fiddle. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Diabetes Advice and Goals DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What advice can you give to senior citizens with type 2 diabetes? -- W.S. ANSWER: People with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes have similar goals and are given fairly similar advice. Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult onset diabetes and often can be controlled with oral medicines and diet. Type 1 diabetes used to be called juvenile diabetes, and it requires insulin treatment. Those older designations are misleading. Many type 2 diabetics have to take insulin. People with diabetes ought to have a meter that provides the blood sugar (plasma glucose) reading. It’s impossible to adjust medicine or diet without such information. The first reading in the morning, before taking food, ought to be in the range of 70 to 130 mg/dL (3.9 to 7.2 mmol/L). The blood sugar meter is not expensive, and is easy to use. In addition, hemoglobin A1C, another measure of sugar control, should be less than 7 percent. This value is obtained only a

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couple of times a year. Since diabetes is a risk for developing heart attacks and strokes, diabetics are obliged to control the other risks for those two common conditions. Those are blood pressure, which should be less than 140/90 and preferably under 130/80. Cholesterol ought to be lower than 200 mg/dl (5.2 mmol/L). LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) is best kept under 100 (2.6) and the optimum reading for triglycerides (blood fats) is now set at 100 mg/dL (1.13 mmol/L). Diabetics ought to have yearly eye exams. Since obesity is common in type 2 diabetes and since modest weight loss (a 5 percent to 7 percent reduction in body weight) can help, calorie reduction is important. Increased activity controls blood sugar and body weight. The goal is 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the week. Diabetics should get instructions in diet control from a dietitian. In general, 50 percent to 55 percent of calories come from carbohydrates, 15 percent to 20 percent from protein and 30 percent from fats. The booklet on diabetes presents this illness and its treatments in detail. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 402W, 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: My hus-

band was discovered to have sleep apnea. He is now on CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) at night. The problem is that he sometimes gets up as many as 14 times a night to void. I have him on a nonprescription sleep preparation, but he still gets up. Lack of sleep makes him angry. -- L.C. ANSWER: You’re directing your efforts in the wrong direction. His prostate gland is making him get up during the night. His gland doesn’t allow his urinary bladder to completely empty. He urinates only in dribs and drabs. Medicines can enhance bladder emptying. And there are many office procedures that don’t entail long surgery or long recovery that can open up his drainage system. Take your husband to a urologist. *** 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 328536475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Chocolate Gingerbread Cake Baked in a decorative tree Bundt pan, this chocolate gingerbread cake spruces up holiday parties with ease. 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter (no substitutions), softened 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon grated, peeled fresh ginger 3 large eggs 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses 1 cup low-fat buttermilk 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar, for dusting 1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Coat 12cup decorative tree Bundt pan with nonstick baking spray. 2. On sheet of waxed paper, sift together flour, cocoa, ground ginger, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 3. In large bowl, with mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and

sugars until creamy. Beat in fresh ginger. Reduce speed to medium; beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then molasses, scraping bowl occasionally with rubber spatula. 4. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat just until combined, scraping bowl occasionally with rubber spatula. Fold in chocolate chips. 5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert onto wire rack and carefully remove pan. Cool completely on wire rack. 6. Before serving, dust with confectioners’ sugar. Serves 12. • Each serving: About 475 calories, 22g total fat (13g saturated), 78mg cholesterol, 225mg sodium, 70g total carbs, 4g dietary fiber, 7g protein.

Toffee Panna Cotta Simple custard gets a holiday makeover thanks to the warm flavors of eggnog, toasted walnuts and a sweet toffee topping. 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin 2 tablespoons cold water 2 cups eggnog, plus 2 tablespoons 2 tablespoons eggnog, for walnut topping 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons butter 1 pinch salt 1/3 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped 1. In a cup, sprinkle gelatin over cold water. In a 2-quart saucepan, heat 2 cups eggnog until just bubbling. 2. Remove from heat; stir in gelatin to dissolve. Divide among 6 (4-ounce) custard cups. Refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours. 3. In a 2-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar and butter on medium until bubbling, stirring. 4. Stir in 2 tablespoons eggnog, salt and walnuts. Spoon over panna cotta. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at www.goodhousekeeping.com/ recipefinder/. (c) 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved


PHOTO: Sylvester Stallone HOLLYWOOD -- Now that George Lucas has turned over his brainchild, “Star Wars,” to Disney, plans are moving full-speed ahead for Star Wars: 7, 8 and 9. “Star Wars: VII” begins 20 to 40 years after the end of “Return of the Jedi.” R2-D2 and C-3PO would be the only characters continuing through all nine films, though talks have begun with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher to return as Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia (respectively), in their 60s and 70s. Eventually, Hamill’s Luke would hand off his light saber to the next new hope, as Obi-Wan did to him in the original “Star Wars.” In more sci-fi news, Mark Walberg is replacing Shia LaBeouf (star of the first three “Transformers”) in “Transformers 4.” It will pick up four years after the “Dark of the Moon” and is a “total reboot” with a new cast. Director Michael Bay is close to signing “Weeds” co-star Hunter Parrish to fill the gap left by Josh Duhamel. *** Sylvester Stallone is moving faster than a speeding bullet. His film “Bullet to the Head” with Christian Slater and “Game of Thrones” star 8506 - 19th Avenue

Jason Momoa was well reviewed at the Rome Film Fest, but won’t be released until Feb. 1. “The Tomb” pits Stallone against Arnold Schwarzenegger, with Jim Caviezel, Sam Neill and rapper 50 Cent (out September 2013), and “Grudge Match,” which seems like Rocky meets Raging Bull, has Stallone boxing Robert DeNiro. Unfortunately, it’s not due out until 2016. Stallone is currently in Los Angeles, being directed by his “Cobra” costar John Herzfeld in “Reach Me,” with “Moonstruck’s” Danny Aiello, “Hung’s” Thomas Jane, “Princess Bride’s” Cary Elwes, “The Closer’s” Kyra Sedgewick, recent “Hatfields & McCoys” Emmy-winner Tom Berenger, and rapper Nelly. Sounds like something for everyone. And speaking of Schwarzenegger, his autobiography may have flopped, but he’s already filmed “Last Stand,” “The Tomb” and “Breacher,” and has “Captive,” “Unknown Soldier” and “Triplets: The Eve of Never” (a sequel to “Twins”) in various stages of pre-production, as well as a new comic book, “The Governator.” He’s not just “Back” ... he’s “Back” with a vengeance! *** You knew it had to happen ... the first

sequel of “The Avengers” (the No. 3 all-time box-office champ) is headed for ABC. Josh Whedon -- who wrote and directed “The Avengers” and gave us “Buffy,” “Angel,” “Firefly,” “Serenity” and this year’s “Cabin in the Woods” -- is helming “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which stands for “Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate.” Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker are set to star. Wonder why there never was a spinoff of “Avatar” or “Titanic”? “Avatar” would be too expensive for TV, and there’s nowhere to go with “Titanic” but down! 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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a small tube of roofing cement and more than enough metal repair patches that are the same type of metal as your gutters. For example, if your gutters are aluminum, buy aluminum patches; if they’re steel, buy steel. For fiberglass gutters, use fiberglass patching material and gutter repair cement or caulk. Using two different metals could cause corrosion between them. Scrub the area around the spot to be patched with a wire brush. Any rust around the leak should be cut away with metal or aviation snips. Glue the metal patch in place by dabbing roofing cement around the bottom and pressing firmly over the leaky area, then coat the edges of the patch with cement and smooth so the cement feathers out into the gutter area. If leaks are occurring around the joints, check to make sure the gutter isn’t loose or uneven at the joint. If it is you’ll probably need to adjust the nearest hanger(s) or, if these components are damaged or rusted, replace them. Once the gutters on each side are secure, then pipe roofing cement along the joint and smooth down. To prevent buildup of leaves and debris in the gutters, consider investing in gutter screens. These are placed over the top of the gutter runs and discourage larger debris from getting in. Gutter guards should be installed along the entire run.

Prices vary depending on how much you need and the type or brand you need to buy, and of course, whether you install them yourself or hire a contractor to do it. HOME TIP: Gutters should be cleaned and inspected twice a year to make sure they’re free of debris and to locate any damage or deterioration. Send your questions or comments to ask@thisisahammer. com, 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.

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PHOTO CREDIT: stock.xchg photo Pucker Up for Persimmons If you’ve never had a persimmon, now is the time to try it as a snack, side dish or flavorful dessert. Ripe persimmons are a small, orange-red, smooth-skinned fruit measuring from 1 to 3 inches. There are two main varieties of persimmon commercially available in the U.S. Hachiya persimmons are tart and chalky until they are extremely ripe. Hachiyas are used for making dishes like persimmon cookies or persimmon pudding cake, and are eaten only when sweet and liquidy ripe. Fuyu persimmons are shaped like tomatoes and are sliced and eaten like apples. Fuyus are sweeter than Hachiyas, and can be eaten while still firm. American persimmon trees produce a more astringent fruit with a bitter taste. As the fruit ripens, the tannins that cause the astringency coagulate, the flesh becomes soft and the fruit becomes sweet and juicy. Persimmons begin appearing in markets in late September and are available through December. Look for persimmons with taut, glossy skin; avoid fruit with soft spots or bruises. If persimmons are still firm, store them at room temperature and allow them to ripen. To speed up the ripening process, you can put the fruit in a paper bag with a banana or apple. Store soft, ripe persimmons in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Persimmons are high in vitamin A and are a good source of vitamin C and fiber. Persimmon pudding and persimmon cookies are tasty treats. Persimmons also can be pureed and used as a topping for ice cream or cake, or as an addition to rice dishes and fruit salads. This recipe for Persimmon Salad with Toasted Walnuts

uses a sliced persimmon in the salad and another pureed into a vinaigrette as a salad dressing for the fruit and salad greens. It’s a beautiful dish and packed with flavor! PERSIMMON SALAD WITH TOASTED WALNUTS 2 Fuyu persimmons, peeled, chopped (1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces), seeds (if any) discarded 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar or lemon juice 1 1/2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup olive oil 1 Granny Smith, Gala or Fuji apple, peeled, cored, chopped (1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces) 1 Red Bartlett pear, halved, cored, and cut into thin slices 6 figs, halved 7-10 leaves fresh mint, thinly sliced crosswise (stack leaves, then roll up like a cigar and take slices from the end) 2 large bunches frisee, ends trimmed 1 small head radicchio, torn into 2-inch pieces 1/2 cup walnut halves, toasted 1. Puree one of the peeled and chopped persimmons in a blender or food processor with the vinegar or lemon juice, honey, and salt and pepper until smooth. With the motor running on low speed, slowly drizzle olive oil through the feeder tube until mixture is well-combined and slightly thickened. 2. In a large bowl, gently toss together the persimmon slices, apples, pears, figs, mint leaves, frisee and radicchio. Add the vinai-

grette and gently toss the mixture together. Place salad on individual plates. Garnish walnut halves, and serve immediately. (Additional information provided by Tammy Roberts, MS, RD, LD, nutrition and health education specialist, Barton County, University of Missouri Extension.) Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her website is www. divapro.com. To see how-to videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva! on Facebook and go to Hulu.com. Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis


Kitty Potty Training DEAR PAW’S CORNER: We’re going to adopt a kitten from a litter that our neighbor’s cat had. We’ve never had a cat before. I hear they’re easy to house train. How do we do that? -- Sara in Helena, Mont. DEAR SARA: Congratulations on your soon-to-be new pet! A kitten is a lifelong responsibility, so learn as much as you can before you bring the kitten home. Kittens who have reached the right

age to be adopted -- at least eight weeks and preferably 12 weeks, that have been fully weaned -- should be easy to housetrain. A couple of factors might make this training take a bit longer: if the kitten is from a “barn cat” family or from a feral mother, or if the kitten has any hidden health issues. Most cats develop similar elimination habits no matter their environment. They look for a protected place with loose soil so they can bury their waste. In their distant non-domesticated past, they likely did this to stay hidden from predators. Consider purchasing a covered litter box that does not have a mechanical scooper arm -- the automated scooper action could traumatize the kitten. The day your kitten comes home, show it around the house, with the new litter box as the first stop. Place the kitten into the box and let it sniff around. In the days that follow, if you see your kitten scratching the floor and/or turning in place, pick him

up and place him into the litter box, using encouraging words. You may need to do this for a few days -- most cats get it pretty quickly, though. As soon as possible -- even the same day -- after getting your kitten, schedule an exam with the veterinarian. Your kitten will need to be checked for hidden diseases or parasites, general health and given required vaccinations and license. Doing so will save you tons of trouble in both house training and serious health issues. Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc..


(PHOTO: Finola Hughes stars as “Anna” on General Hospital”) THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Bill revealed a new side of himself to Brooke. Steffy made a list of demands before moving back in with Liam. Katie threatened to leave town for good if Taylor let the cat out of the bag. Eric was called away on a business emergency while Stephanie lay on her deathbed. Katie was rushed to the hospital in what turned out to be a panic attack. Brooke took over Eric’s duties for Stephanie at the cabin. Rick and Thomas didn’t see eye to eye on the future of Forrester Creations. Taylor tried to get Katie to calm down during her breakdown. Eric tried to explain to Pam why Stephanie left town. Wait to See: Katie comes home. Caroline gets an earful. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Kristen tried to thaw the ice between her and Brady by thanking him for saving her. Kayla assured Abe that he was doing a great job raising Theo alone. Nick realized that he was in love with Gabi. Eric urged Nicole to

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apologize to Jennifer. John and Marlena argued over her paranoia about Kristen. Brady was convinced that Kristen was a changed woman. Later, Kristen showed her hand by “thanking” Marlena for falling into her trap. Lucas and Sonny agreed to get along for Will’s sake. Nicole startled Jennifer in the middle of the night. Wait to See: Rafe surprises Sami at work. EJ urges Chad to seek revenge against Gabi. GENERAL HOSPITAL Robert slowly put the pieces together regarding Duke. Meanwhile, Duke and Anna were getting reacquainted. AJ realized that Tracy tricked him after he found Michael alive and well. Spinelli made his choice. Edward’s condition took a turn for the worse. Starr helped Michael work through his emotions about his parents. Sonny tried to get a court order to keep AJ away from Michael. Tracy intended to see AJ imprisoned and to take the house from Monica, to boot. Sam had a new theory about what happened to Jason. The Quartermaines honored their patriarch on Thanksgiving Day. Wait to See: Robert corners Duke at the Haunted Star. Molly reveals that she’s writing a new novel. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Nina announced that she was leaving town after catching Paul and Christine kissing. Neil struck up a flirtation with Leslie after hiring her as Jabot’s new lawyer. Sharon admitted to Noah that she set the fire at the ranch. Phyllis told Avery that she

would never be OK with her dating Nick. Jack rushed back to work even though he wasn’t physically ready. Katherine faked a heart attack to see if Jill would call for help -- she did. Devon rejected Tucker’s attempts at fatherhood. Jack surprised Phyllis with a kiss. Victoria struggled to reach for Eddie’s phone after he was shot. Chelsea warned Adam that Sharon was still in love with him. Wait to See: Nina breaks up with Paul. Billy worries that Victoria will find out he was in L.A. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Top 10 Albums

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1. Taylor Swift No. 1 “Red”

1. Taylor Swift No. 1 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

1. Maroon 5 No. 1 “One More Night” 2. Rihanna No. 4 “Diamonds” 3. Ke$ha No. 6 “Die Young” 4. fun. No. 3 “Some Nights” 5. PSY No. 2 “Gangnam Style” 6. Bruno Mars No. 7 “Locked Out of Heaven” 7. Taylor Swift No. 5 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” 8. Ne-Yo No. 10 “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” 9. Alex Clare No. 9 “Too Close” 10. Flo Rida No. 12 “I Cry”

2. Various Artists new entry “NOW 44” 3. Rod Stewart No. 3 “Merry Christmas, Baby” 4. Ne-Yo new entry “R.E.D.” 5. Aerosmith new entry “Music From Another Dimension” 6. Jason Aldean No. 4 “Night Train” 7. Mumford & Sons No. 7 “Babel” 8. Meek Mill No. 2 “Dreams and Nightmares” 9. Kendrick Lamar No. 5 “good kid, m.A.A.d city” 10. Third Day new entry “Miracle”

2. Florida Georgia Line No. 2 “Cruise” 3. Carrie Underwood No. 3 “Blown Away” 4. Luke Bryan No. 6 “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” 5. Hunter Hayes No. 38 “Wanted” 6. Lee Brice No. 5 “Hard to Love” 7. Jake Owen No. 8 “The One That Got Away” 8. Miranda Lambert No. 7 “Fastest Girl In Town” 9. Rascal Flatts No. 11 “Come Wake Me Up” 10. Justin Moore No. 15 “Til My Last Day” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


• Ancient Romans believed that a sneeze was the body’s way of expelling evil spirits that caused disease. Thus, if one tried to suppress a sneeze, it was regarded as an invitation to illness and death. By Samantha Weaver 1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part Two (PG-13) Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart 2. Skyfall (PG-13) Daniel Craig, Judi Dench 3. Lincoln (PG-13) Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field 4. Wreck-It Ralph (PG) animated 5. Flight (R) Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez 6. Argo (R) Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin 7. Taken 2 (PG-13) Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace 8. Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow 9. Here Comes the Boom (PG) Kevin James, Salma Hayek 10. Cloud Atlas (R) Tom Hanks, Halle Berry (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• It was British biologist and author Richard Dawkins who made the following sage observation: “When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong.” • If you’re like 20 percent of American women, you think your feet are too big. • Did you ever wonder why we say, “I smell a rat” when we sense that something is amiss? The phrase dates back to a time before effective means of pest control, when it was not uncommon for a home to be infested by rodents. If a rat died inside a wall, the residents wouldn’t be aware of it until the smell of the decaying body became noticeable. • If you’d like to have a festive New Year’s Eve but don’t want to deal with the crowds in New York City for the iconic ball drop, consider heading to Mount Olive, N.C. Every year the town hosts a celebration in which a 3-foot lighted pickle is dropped into a barrel at midnight.

• The 14-foot model of the Starship Enterprise that was used during shooting of the original “Star Trek” series is now displayed in the Smithsonian. • If you are over the age of 40, you’ve lived longer than the average gorilla. • The first woman to appear on the cover of Business Week magazine, in 1954, was Brownie Wise, the originator of the Tupperware Party. *** Thought for the Day: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” -- Lewis Carroll (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


1. TELEVISION: What famous politician did Alex P. Keaton idolize on the show “Family Ties”? 2. MUSIC: Which 1970s song featured the line, “Jeremiah was a bullfrog”? 3. LITERATURE: What literary figure had a loyal companion named Sancho Panza? 4. GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital of Iowa? 5. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What are omnivores? 6. LANGUAGE: How many letters are in the Greek alphabet? 7. ANATOMY: How many pairs of ribs does a human body normally have? 8. HISTORY: In which year did the U.S. space shuttle first fly into orbit?

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1. Prometheus (R) Noomi Rapace

1. The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) (Sony)

2. Magic Mike (R) Channing Tatum 3. Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Robert Downey Jr. 4. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) animated 5. That’s My Boy (R) Adam Sandler 6. The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Andrew Garfield

2. The Campaign (R) (Warner Bros.) 3. Disney Fairies: Secret of the Wings (G) (Disney) 4. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) (Paramount) 5. Arthur Christmas (PG) (Sony) 6. Magic Mike (R) (Warner Bros.)

7. Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) Tyler Perry

7. Marvel’s The Avengers (PG-13) (Walt Disney)

10. GAMES: What is the movable device used in the game Ouija to spell out messages?

8. The Raven (R) John Cusack

8. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) (20th Century Fox)

Answers 1. Richard Nixon 2. “Joy to the World,” by Three Dog Night 3. Don Quixote 4. Des Moines 5. Animals that eat meat and vegetables 6. 24 7. 12 8. 1981 9. Italian sausage 10. A planchette

10. Dark Shadows (PG-13) Johnny Depp

9. FOOD: What kind of food is mortadella?

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9. Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) Kristen Stewart

9. Prometheus (R) (20th Century Fox) 10. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13) (Lionsgate) (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• Use silicone caulk to make non-skid beads on the bottom of your pet’s dishes. They will stay in one place instead of getting scooted all around the kitchen. • Need a quick ironing job but don’t have time to iron? Spray a clean kitchen towel with a mixture of water and a little fabric softener until damp. Pop it in the dryer with the item that’s wrinkled. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to get all the wrinkles out, and it will smell great to boot!

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• While we’re on ironing tips, here’s a great one from T.C. in Alabama: “If you have mineral deposits on your iron, use a toothbrush and toothpaste (mild abrasive) to polish them off your iron’s face. Rinse with water, and next time, use distilled water for steaming.”

resistant. To get the best finish, paint while the radiator is warm.

• “When driving a nail into a plaster wall, first put down a piece of tape at the spot where you’ll insert the nail. Tap the nail in right through the tape, then pull away the tape to discard. It often will keep the surrounding plaster from crumbling at the site of the nail.” -- W.L. in Oregon

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• On Dec. 1, 1830, French novelist Victor Hugo is due to turn in a draft of his book “Notre Dame de Paris” (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”). Despite his contract, he instead wrote two plays, “Marion de Lorme” and “Hernani,” and the book is not published until 1831. • On Nov. 26, 1862, Oxford mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson sends a handwritten manuscript called “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” to 10-yearold Alice Liddell. Dodgson made up the story one day on a picnic, and Alice insisted he write it down. He published it under his nom de plume, Lewis Carroll, in 1865. • On Nov. 28, 1914, the New York Stock Exchange reopens for bond trading after nearly four months, the longest stoppage in the exchange’s history. The outbreak of

World War I in Europe forced the NYSE to shut its doors on July 31, 1914. • On Dec. 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi, Italianborn Nobel Prize-winning physicist, directs and controls the first nuclear chain reaction. He created a jury-rigged laboratory under the bleachers in Stagg Field at the University of Chicago. • On Nov. 30, 1954, the first modern instance of a meteorite striking a human being occurs at Sylacauga, Ala., when an 8 1/2 pound meteorite crashes through the roof of a house and into the living room, bounces off a radio, and strikes a woman on the hip. The victim suffered a nasty bruise. • On Nov. 29, 1963, one week after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in a motorcade in Dallas,

President Lyndon Johnson establishes a special commission to investigate the assassination. After 10 months the Warren Commission report was released, concluding that there was no conspiracy. • On Nov. 27, 1978, former Board of Supervisors member Dan White murders Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk at City Hall in San Francisco. When White pleaded a “diminished capacity” defense and claimed that copious amounts of junk food caused him to suffer mental problems, the so-called Twinkie Defense was born. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc..


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