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December 12, 2012

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Jackie Therriault is a long-standing contributor to the Pincher Creek Carol Festival. She played at the first festival in 1960 and has since missed only two or three. At the first festival, she taught herself how to play the “new” two-keyboard organ, provided by Thornton’s Furniture. Jackie, along with Brenda Squair, provided the prelude music for the 52nd annual festival, held Sunday at Pincher Creek Community Hall. Jackie is still an active piano teacher who says she’s “been trying to retire for the last 10 years.” You can often catch her playing for seniors at Crestview Lodge, Vista Village and Whispering Winds Village.

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My Little Corner By Shannon Robin Have you joined me in breaking out the Christmas music yet? It’s hard not to get swept up in the spirit of the season with community performances and school concerts filling dates on the calendars. Oh what fun ... I was sorry to miss the combined concert of the orchestra and community choir in Crowsnest Pass last week. I enjoyed it thoroughly last year, and have heard the show was just as good this time around. It was a joy to sing along with hundreds of others at the carol festival in Pincher Creek Sunday evening. Last Christmas I was a voice in the crowd. This year I took on an alto part in the community choir and saw things from a different perspective sitting in the front row, on the stage, facing the audience. Singing alto is a considerable challenge for me. It’s the right place for my low voice, but I still found many notes to be a little higher than my range. When those particular spots came along I just opened my mouth and shut up rather than screeching. Even more difficult than the high notes is the struggle between accepting the role that suits me best and my Type A personality thinking I need to be the boss who sings melody. I tried to sit with the soprano section at the first practice, but slunk away without a word after trying the first piece. Somewhere along the line, I was given the impression that not having the lead part meant you weren’t cutting the mustard. Through listening to what was going on around me, though, it was clear just how important each part was. Many of the women singing alto simply chose to – they could reach the soprano notes easily, but opted instead to create beautiful harmony. I was also impressed by the number of men in the choir, who added richness to the overall sound with their tenor and bass voices. They warmed up their tone when directed, and held their own against the women’s voices that outnumbered them four to one. Bessie Carlson kept the music flowing with lovely piano accompaniments, and director Diana Smith bubbled with enthusiasm during practices and the performance. It takes a great deal of skill to direct or accompany a choir, and Diana and Bessie make a wonderful team. We all left practices with music in our heads and smiles on our faces.

Our final run-through had a few shaky spots, but it all came together for the evening performance. When we weren’t singing, we enjoyed the other performers and the story of Christmas, read by Claire Johnson and Elise Wocknitz. I know Claire’s mom and dad, and it was nice to see pride glowing on their faces during her reading. That same look of pride made parents and grandparents of Canyon School choir members stand out among the audience, as the children sang under the direction of Kathy Brown. Kathy also directed the Crowsnest Pass Community Choir and sang with the Pincher Creek choir. From the stage, it was fun to watch the animated way she communicated with her singers. After two big concerts in one week, I hope she had a chance to put her feet up and perhaps enjoy a glass of wine Sunday night. Alexandra Morgan showed the strong talent of youth in the community. Amelia Woodard and Lisa Manners also brought down the average age of our choir. It’s always awesome to see young people choosing to participate. The combined band from Matthew Halton High School and F.P. Walshe displayed more youth talent under the lively direction of Rick Bullock. They even managed to make a few people jump to attention in their seats, with an unexpected boom from the bass drum, which was lots of fun. Several people in the audience sang along with Dana Connelly and Dan Skierka, toes tapped gently to the sweet sounds of the Rocky Mountain Fiddlers, and bodies moved with the syncopated Caribbean rhythms of the Crowsnest Community Choir. Brenda Squair and Jackie Therriault provided lovely accompaniment and prelude music with their easy musical partnership of piano and organ. Caroline Johnson earned a standing ovation for her contributions to the festival that date back to 1966, and extended her congratulations to the committee who keep it going. From where I sat, it was a great evening! I hope you’re finding community spirit and joy this month that will carry through the coming year. Check our calendar page for more Christmas concerts coming this week. And remember, we’re always thrilled to have readers share photos and video.

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The Breeze Mailbox At the gallery This is the last week to catch The Collector at Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery, if you haven’t had a chance to see the show yet. The gallery then will close on Monday for winter maintenance and year-end preparations. I will return to the office Jan. 7 with limited office hours and a rather large paintbrush. It is time to make the walls fresh for 2013. The gallery will reopen Jan. 26 with the opening reception for the local, non-juried show No Particular Topic, running until Feb. 24. Other upcoming shows and events at a glance: March 2 to 31 – Emergence, from our local high school students. April 6 to May 5 – Judy Trafford’s Bizarre Bird Bazaar. May 11 to June 9 – a collection of paintings and photographs from our longtime members Jeanne and Robert Allen. The annual chili bowl feast is on Feb. 2. Watch for more info and a call for talented chili makers in the new year. Music festival is the first week of March. Workshops and classes will resume as early as February with social dancing, paper making, drawing classes and art journalling in store. Watch for the adult education calendar, out in January, for more information. Allied Arts and the gallery have had a successful year. Our attendance record shows a huge increase. All our scheduled workshops have been well attended and enjoyed by both participants and instructors. More students than ever attended the summer fun art classes designed by our summer student, Paige Chanin. Financially we are doing great, too. If you’d like to read the full report on what happened during 2012, Allied Arts’ annual general meeting is scheduled for Feb. 19. Everyone is welcome. Coffee and cookies will be served. And last but not least, heartfelt thanks to all our dedicated volunteers who keep this place going and who help make my life easier on a daily basis. Thanks to those who helped with our fundraisers and those who came and enjoyed our receptions and events. Everyone who comes through these doors supports the arts in our community and contributes to a public art gallery’s success. Krisztina Wood Crowsnest Pass Allied Arts Association

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Photos courtesy of Linda Hammond Young entrepreneur Shawn Hammond, shown hard at work in his one-boy egg operation, was honoured recently by Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce.

Ain’t nobody here but us chickens ... and Shawn! By Brad Quarin

Some kids love puppies, others cherish turtles, and still others get excited over rodents of various kinds. However, Grade 3 student Shawn Hammond is all about chickens. He also loves eggs, and selling them earned him the junior entrepreneur award at Pincher Creek’s 2012 Awards of Excellence. At the young age of eight, Shawn went to the Heritage Inn on Oct. 17 and received recognition from the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce, alongside several grown-ups. “When I was walking out I felt so big,” says Shawn, now sporting a Mohawk hairdo. There weren’t any chickens on the family farm when Shawn was five, though his dad had chicks there as a kid. Shawn’s own fascination with chickens started with his strong preference for eggs for breakfast. “We’re usually always running out of eggs,” he says. “I want eggs, I don’t like anything else for breakfast. I don’t like cereal, I don’t like toast.” His mother, Linda Hammond, recounts how Shawn started reading about chickens, and decided how he would like to keep them.

It wasn’t as simple as you might think – Shawn determined how he wanted to build the nests, what kinds of chickens he wanted and what colour of eggs he wanted. Then, last Christmas, he got his first batch of chickens as a present, kept where his dad’s chicks used to be. “He didn’t play with anything else,” Linda says. “He stayed out there and played with his chickens.” Those chickens are considered pets, and he named some of them. “I like just watching them play,” Shawn says. They also have a practical purpose, producing about five dozen eggs every five days, Shawn estimates. This leads to a surplus of eggs in the fridge, Linda notes, which is why Shawn sells some of them to neighbours, including several regular customers. The eggs sell for only $3 per dozen, compared to the $4 that grocery stores usually charge, Shawn says. In this case, a lower price does not mean lower quality. Farm eggs are fresh, he explains, whereas grocery store eggs can be two months old. At any rate, feedback has been good. “They

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say they really liked the eggs, and they buy more and more,” Shawn says. “Can’t complain about farm eggs,” says his mom. Today, Shawn has 22 chickens. Not all of them are from the original batch, as some have passed away. “They die of old age,” Linda says, and this teaches Shawn about the “life cycle.” The Hammonds don’t kill the chickens for meat, although they buy some at the store. An ideal chicken for laying eggs is not an ideal chicken for eating. “They’re scrawny, there’s no meat on them,” Linda says. Shawn and his dad even make their own chicken feed, combining grain, wheat, barley, oyster shells and little rocks. The rocks help make the yolk yellow, and the oyster shells make the eggshells harder, Shawn says. Naturally, Shawn and Linda are both proud of the award. Shawn’s ambition is to take over his father’s farm when he grows up, and the award suggests he can do that. He wants to keep pigs, sheep, cows and horses. For now, though, he’ll be satisfied with more chickens.

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Bears get a little too close for comfort By Brad Quarin

It wasn’t exactly a Country Bear Jamboree, but with nine bears on a southern Alberta rancher’s land in one night, it came pretty close. Ryan McClelland, who runs McClelland’s Meat Processors near Beaver Mines, received widespread media attention after he called Fish and Wildlife officers on Oct. 14 about an unusual problem. He found an adult male bear in his garage and another in his meat department. He then saw a sow and three cubs had broken into one granary, and a second sow and two cubs into another. The number of bears was remarkable and the sightings came too close for comfort. “You don’t like to see them that close,” Ryan says. “The one in the garage was right there.” The dog was the first to notice something was wrong, and Ryan saw the 400-pound bear in his garage. The one in the meat department on his land was 575 pounds, he says. He saw the others while driving his truck. “We’re not there to shoot the bears,” Ryan says. Instead, he called Fish and Wildlife. Fish and Wildlife officers from around the community, including John Clarke of Crowsnest Pass, were on the scene within 15 minutes of the call, Ryan says. “They were there right away and they were very effective.” The officers set a trap that night but didn’t catch anything. However, with more traps the next night they caught the bear that had broken into the meat department. The bear was old and had barely any teeth, and was likely looking for an easy meal. It was probably the same bear that previously tried breaking into a neighbour’s house, Ryan says. It had to be put down. Ryan describes the next few weeks as uneasy. There were still bears in the area and his children had to walk to the school bus stop. Eventually, the other captured bears were moved to Kananaskis. “There hasn’t been anything around for a couple of weeks,” he says. The number of bears was unusual, but simply having one on a rancher’s property is not. “The ranching community has been tortured by the bears,” Ryan says, adding that neighbours have had similar problems and ranchers get no compensation for damaged property. He believes the bear problem now is different from what things were like when he was a kid. “It’s just changed,” he says. As a result, his kids don’t camp out anymore. McClelland’s Meat Processors is a busy company with 300 cows. They sell beef and also processes meat brought in by hunters.

Photo by Brad Quarin Canyon School teacher Lina Anastacio joins several members of the Leadership Club with food bank donations collected by Pincher Creek students.

Students lead the way with community service By Brad Quarin

Students of Canyon School in Pincher Creek did their part in a Christmas food bank drive that ended Friday, organized and encouraged by the school’s Student Leadership Club. Food was brought in by students, their families and school staff. The club’s role was to make announcements and posters to create awareness of the drive. “In their classrooms, they helped to get the other students excited and knowledgeable about this activity,” says teacher Lina Anastacio, who is one of the club’s team leaders. The club, made up of kids from Grades 3 to 6, asked students to gather non-perishable food like cereal, rice and pasta. The kids collected that as well as many canned goods, including a variety of fruits and vegetables, Lina says. Student enthusiasm rose as boxes of food were collected over a short period of time. Last Friday was the last day for students to bring in food, and then it was up to the Leadership Club to carry the boxes and stack them in principal Carole Goodreau’s van. The school then arranged for club members to see the food brought to the Napi Friendship Centre, providing “a first-hand experience of what it means to do a service activity,” Lina says. “We’ve always done a service activity for the

community,” she notes. They did a food bank drive years ago, and last year they collected money for the Humane Society. It was the students in the club who decided to do a food bank drive again this year. Besides leading the drive, club members previously greeted parents and officials, handed out programs and made presentations at the Remembrance Day assembly. They also served hot dogs at a “hot food day” in October and made posters to create awareness of a policy of not using school microwaves this December, Lina says. Four or five student leaders attended We Day at the Calgary Saddledome to gain ideas for helping the community, and then presented what they learned to the others. “The biggest message they got was that one person can make a difference,” Lina says. “That was really nice.” The Leadership Club, which until this year was called student council, is one of the clubs students can choose to join, Lina explains. The clubs offer different activities, and the school tries to place kids in their first or second choice of club. Carole and Lina open the Leadership Club meetings with icebreaking games and sign up members for activities, but the teachers don’t do the student leaders’ work for them. “This is an opportunity for students to take on a leadership role in this school,” Lina says.

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Come run with Santa! By Brad Quarin

The first Santa Fun Run in Crowsnest Pass is set to start this Saturday at 10 a.m., subject to the weather, at the Blairmore Elks Hall. The fun run isn’t for charity but rather is meant “to keep the community active,” says organizer Tracey Linderman. It’s also not a race. Participants can simply walk and can bring their kids and dogs. “People are welcome to dress up,” Tracey notes. A Santa hat or elf ears could be appropriate. Prizes will be available for participants in random draws. With Brooks as a sponsor, prizes will include items like gloves, toques, T-shirts and scarves. There will also be toys like Air Foam Finger Shooters. There will be a waiver to sign at the start of the event, which Tracey says is typical for fun runs. There is no traffic control, so participants will have to watch for cars. “Runners are responsible for their own well-being,” she cautions. Everyone is welcome, and there are no entrance fees or registration beforehand. Fun runs are put together “throughout the year to support family fun,” says Craig Harriott of the Sole Survivor Foot Race Society. The local volunteer group co-ordinates the events with the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass. The society is also responsible for Sole Survivor, the Rum Runner Days race last held in July. Each of the fun runs follows the same fivekilometre route, Tracey says. There are typically three fun runs during the year, around Halloween, Easter and Valentine’s Day. However, Craig says, this year his mother passed away, causing the Halloween event to be postponed until December and become the first Santa Fun Run.

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Photo by Shannon Robin Brenda Macdonald, centre, calls “game on,” as Ty Tracey and Jaiden Panchyshyn challenge themselves and their communities to some competitive fundraising. Ty, Brenda’s son, came up with the idea of a marathon floor hockey game to assist with the cost of Brenda’s upcoming double lung transplant. He and his friends from Crowsnest Pass have challenged Jaiden and her friends from Pincher Creek to a duel in February. It’s not just for teens – read on to learn how you can get involved.

Teens accept dare to change a life

By Shannon Robin

You’ll want to mark Feb. 1 to 3 on your calendar because something very cool will be happening in Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek. You may recall an article in the Breeze a few weeks back saluting Champions for Brenda – a number of people and organizations who have come forward to assist Brenda Macdonald of Coleman with the financial burden her family faces as she prepares for a double lung transplant. Brenda’s son, Ty Tracey and a group of his friends have adopted Champions for Brenda as their name and motto. Jody Peebles has been instrumental in helping Ty, Taylor Armstrong, Brittney Newton and Jaiden Panchyshyn put their ideas into action. The teens have six ideas in the works. The first will play out today at lunchtime with a taco-in-abag sale at Crowsnest Consolidated High School. The biggest idea is the marathon floor hockey game that will be held in early February. Ty’s idea has grown into an attempt to knock off the world record for longest game, which is 50 hours. Ty, Brittney and Taylor put together a video challenge, daring Pincher Creek to take them on in both the hockey game and the fundraising. Jaiden accepted the challenge, and now they all

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have their work cut out for them. There are many logistics to be solidified in coming weeks, but first on the agenda is finding 30 players for each team, aged 14 to adult. If you want to be involved but don’t think you’re up for the physical challenge, they also need volunteers to help with everything from entertainment to childcare that weekend. And, of course, pledges will be accepted from anyone who would like to support Brenda’s cause. For now, if you’re interested you can contact the group on Facebook at Champions for Brenda Macdonald. If you’re in Crowsnest Pass you can contact Jody at 403-563-5785 or peeblesj@lrsd.ab.ca . If you’re in Pincher Creek you can contact Shannon Robin at 403-904-2227 or shannon@shootinthebreeze.ca . An interview on Global Television last week has generated provincewide interest in what Champions for Brenda have in the works. It has also generated some substantial financial support, including a $5,000 donation from the Sutter Group in Edmonton. Together, these awesome kids dare you to take part in their challenge, and work together to save a life and set a world record.

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Afternoon of cookie delights By Brad Quarin

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Sisters take time out for tea There was a packed house last Thursday as residents and community members alike enjoyed each other’s company and shopped for homemade baking and crafts at the annual tea and bazaar at Crestview Lodge.   From left, sisters Audrey Gross, Grace Fitzpatrick and Jean Cleland continue their long-standing tradition of attending the Christmas tea. They’ve been taking in the event since the 1980s, when their mother was a resident at the lodge.   “We had close to 200 people, and we sold 1,000 tickets for the raffle,” says Crestview CAO/manager Millie Loeffler.   Funds raised are used to benefit the residents, and often they choose to donate a portion to charity.

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You won’t have to go without fancy homemade baking this Christmas, thanks to Pincher Creek United Church. The congregation will hold its Christmas cookie walk next Tuesday, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the church basement. “We’re bringing it back this year,” says church member Caroline Johnson, who is doing some of the baking. They’ve had the cookie walk in the past to raise funds for the church, though not for the last two years, says organizer Jean Murray. The baking will be done by members of the congregation, and Caroline says they stress quality. Six cookies in a bag will sell for $2, while three bags will sell for $5. Some of the cookie bags will have a variety of kinds. Those kinds won’t be ordinary ones like chocolate chip. They’re “definitely gourmet quality,” Jean says. She’s also personally baked some butter tarts and rum balls. You don’t have to be a member of the United Church to pick up some treats. “Anybody is welcome,” Caroline says, and it’s “a good chance to pick up some Christmas baking.” “It’s also a social occasion,” she says, and they have fun planning the event. The United Church has Christmas cookie walks in other communities, and it was Jean who brought the idea to Pincher Creek after reading about it around 2000 or 2001. The Pincher Creek church also recently held its cowboy Christmas service, featuring cowboy music in a decorated church, complete with a wreath made of barbed wire. “That was very successful,” Caroline says, explaining the service is meant to recognize the rural way of life.

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One day left for angel trees By Brad Quarin

The Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter is once again collecting food and gifts for youngsters this Christmas, and has set up angel trees to help the town donate. The angel trees will remain out until Thursday. Good Samaritans can pick up an angel from one of the trees, which will contain information about the gender and age of a child in need. An appropriate gift for that child can then be placed under the tree. “The community’s very generous” and the shelter’s past programs have been successful in collecting gifts and food, says Julie Coleman of the shelter. The angel trees have been used for about six years, and this year they went up around the end of November. Toys of all kinds have been collected, while generous locals have stopped by with cash donations and non-perishable food. The shelter is also receiving help from Matthew Halton High School, including Susan Robinson’s class. St. Michael’s School has provided six food hampers, thanks to Lori Jo Ettenhofer’s class. Angel trees can be found at Sears, Creekside Chiropractic, the Royal Bank and Walmart. To donate, please place your unwrapped gift under the tree, with the angel attached. The shelter can be reached at 403-627-2114.

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A donation and tons of appreciation Miss Rodeo Pincher Creek, Chelsea Stokke, left, recently presented a $500 cheque to Lynn Brasnett of Pincher Creek Fire Brigade. The donation is in appreciation of emergency personnel keeping an eye out for the wellbeing of participants in this year’s ranch rodeo.   Chelsea is active in team roping and has been fortunate enough never to have required medical assistance during a rodeo, but is well aware of the possible dangers riders face.    “Things were pretty quiet this year, but I’ve seen some pretty good wrecks,” Lynn says. Emergency staff are noticeable at all local rodeo events, but most people aren’t aware that the manpower provided by Lynn and other EMS workers is unpaid volunteer time.   Donations like this go toward equipment not in the budget, such as a carbon dioxide monitor. The crew also volunteer as bartenders at events and run casinos as part of their fundraising efforts.   The ranch rodeo is touted as a demonstration of western heritage in a fun and competitive way. “Most people don’t know what the ranch rodeo is about,” Chelsea says. She’s been involved in the ranch rodeo most of her life and is also an active volunteer in the community.

Gingerbread fun at Livingstone Livingstone School students at Lundbreck enjoyed an afternoon of fun with gingerbread Monday, creating their own Christmas treats. Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Cafe in Coleman has been donating gingerbread houses to the school for the past 10 years. The decorated houses are on display around the school and will be special gifts for students to share with their families. At right, Jessica Lowry and Brett Keeler proudly display their creations. Photos by Jessica Jensen

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Eider down provides winter comfort

Winter is here and Christmas is coming. The chill in the air has me thinking about burrowing under the covers with a good book and some hot chocolate. The pillowy softness of a down-filled comforter is sure appealing on the days the wind howls through the eaves. Lately I’ve been wondering where the softness comes from. I mean, I know it comes from down feathers, but from what bird? It turns out that down feathers may be collected off many species of birds. Species that experience more temperature fluctuations throughout the year have more down feathers, which help the birds to retain body heat and increase buoyancy. Historically, down has been taken from sea birds, some species of wild fowl, and gulls. In Europe and other parts of the world, some colonies of nesting eider ducks have been protected from predators so that down can be collected during the nesting season without harming the ducks. It takes about 50 eider duck nests to amass about two pounds of down, so this product is fairly expensive to acquire on the market. Goose down is a lot easier to acquire and therefore less expensive. However, eider down is still available today. Eiders are large ducks that make their home on the ocean. There are four species – common eider, king eider, spectacled eider and Steller’s eider (which is not actually of the same genus, or family, as the other species). Description – The common eider is one of the largest duck species found in Europe and North America, reaching up to 71 centimetres in body length and 110 cm in wingspan. The common eider can weigh up to seven pounds, and holds its head below body level during flight. With a bulky build and a large, olive-grey, wedge-shaped bill, the common eider is easy to identify. The male common eider sports a black cap, with white to pale-green cheeks, and a green patch at the nape of the neck. The breast is often white to rosy coloured, with a black belly, tail and lower-wing feathers. The back and upper parts of the wings are white. Legs and feet are grey. The female common eider is similar to other female eider species, but readily differentiated from other duck species by the size and the shape of the head. Females are brown to grey with heavy barring on their backs, breast, sides and flanks. Range and habitat – The common eider is fairly abundant bird. In North America, the population is estimated at around two million birds that winter along the temperate east and west coasts, and summer in the arctic. Globally, it is distributed over the northern coasts of Europe and eastern Siberia as well. Wintering may be done in large flocks.

Foraging and other habits – The common eider dives to feed. Its feeding habitat includes shallow water around submerged reefs, rocks and ledges along the coastline. Preferred foods include crustaceans and molluscs. They eat crabs by ingesting the legs and claws first, then swallowing the body whole. Mussels, a favourite food, are eaten whole also. The shells are crushed in the eider’s gizzard and then excreted. Common eiders are colonial breeders that nest on the coastline or on coastal islands. Colonies can range in size from 100 to 15,000 individual birds. Females often return to the same island they were hatched on, which has resulted in many of the birds at a colony being related to each other. The eider has developed interesting co-operative breeding behaviours,

such as laying eggs in the nests of relatives and teaming up to share the work of raising the young. Common eiders form breeding pairs in autumn, and may stay together for several years. Nesting usually begins as soon as the ice and snow have receded. Nesting habitat may be open areas, grasslands or under shrubs or trees, but the birds prefer a clear line of sight all the way around the nest. The nest is built close to the sea and is lined with down plucked from the female’s breast, which makes eider down relatively easy to harvest once the nesting season is over. A clutch of four to six greyish-green eggs is incubated for around 25 days, during which time the female does not eat, but instead relies on fat reserves it has accumulated for this purpose. The nest is abandoned immediately after the eggs have hatched and the chicks are dry. The female takes the young to shallow water along the coast.

Photo courtesy of Laura Whitehouse, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


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Heritage survey wrapping up Margaret Keer, left, owns a local historic home and Nancy Schatz is a volunteer with the Pincher Creek Municipal Heritage Project. Both attended an open house and meeting recently at the town office, where municipal co-ordinator Diane Burt Stuckey and heritage consultant Farley Wuth presented a summary of the project as it nears completion. Diane and Farley also made a presentation to town council this week. Approval for the project, which is funded by Alberta Historical Resources, was received in February 2011. Since then, 18 volunteers have been identifying, surveying and photographing 360 pre-1950 properties and archeological sites.

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The community choir was more than 40 voices strong Sunday as they performed at the annual Christmas carol festival in Pincher Creek. The group was directed by Diana Smith and accompanied by Bessie Carlson.

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Mark Your Calendar Events and Entertainment – Full details are available in the Breeze online calendar – www.shootinthebreeze.ca Thursday, December 13 – MHHS Christmas concert - 7:30 p.m. in Pincher Creek – McDades Christmas - 8 p.m. at Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod – Brighter Futures free Zumba class for parents of children 0-6 (must pre-register) - 10 a.m. at Cowley Hall Friday, December 14 – McDades Christmas - 8 p.m. at Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod – Canyon School choir - 11:30 a.m. at Crestview Lodge in Pincher Creek – Piikani Nation Christmas parade - 10 a.m. in Brocket – Christmas craft fair - 10 a.m. at Piikani Resource Development (Peigan crafts building) in Brocket – Family badminton - 7 p.m. at MHHS gym in Pincher Creek – Art With Tony (ages 3-6) - 9:30 a.m. at Horace Allen School in Coleman – Common Soul at Pincher Creek Legion – Seniors luncheon program (invitation only) 12 p.m. at Crestview Lodge in Pincher Creek

– Free skating for parents/tots/seniors - 11 a.m. in Coleman – Free public skating - 11:45 a.m. in Coleman – Free public skating - 6:45 p.m. in Pincher Creek Saturday, December 15 – Christmas craft/trade show - 10 a.m. at Pincher Creek Community Hall – Sleigh rides - 1 p.m. at Ranchland Mall in Pincher Creek – Intangible Cultural Assets: Reflections of Korea, opening reception - 1 p.m. at Lebel Mansion Gallery in Pincher Creek – Free public skating - 10:45 a.m. in Coleman – Santa Fun Run - 10 a.m. at Elks Hall in Blairmore – Waterton Christmas bird count Sunday, December 16 – Free family skating - 2:30 p.m. in Coleman – Free family skating - 4 p.m. in Pincher Creek Monday, December 17 – CCHS band Christmas Concert - 7 p.m. in Coleman

– St. Michael’s School Council - 6:30 p.m. at the school in Pincher Creek – Legion Ladies Auxiliary meeting - 7:30 p.m. in Pincher Creek Tuesday, December 18 – Horace Allen School Christmas concert - 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. in Coleman – C.N.P. governance & priorities committee meeting - 2 p.m. at municipal office in Coleman – C.N.P. regular council meeting - 7 p.m. at municipal office in Coleman – Christmas cookie walk - 4 p.m. at Pincher Creek United Church basement Wednesday, December 19 – St. Michael’s School elementary Christmas concert - 1 pm. in Pincher Creek – ISS School Christmas concert - 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. in Blairmore – 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 – 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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Time for Tea Photo by Brenda Shenton

From left, Jean Murray, Marjorie Rigaux, Wayne Camber and Jocelyn Elliott enjoy some festive goodies and refreshments last Thursday at the annual Crestview Lodge tea and bazaar. There was a packed house for the afternoon as residents and community members alike enjoyed each other’s company and shopped for homemade baking and crafts. “We had close to 200 people, and we sold 1,000 tickets for the raffle,” says Crestview manager Millie Loeffler. Funds raised are used to benefit the residents, and often they choose to donate a portion to charity.


Crestview Lodge Tea & Bazaar Photo by Brenda Shenton

Crestview Lodge resident Bob Thomas chats with Sharon Scott, the resident services co-ordinator, as she refills his coffee at the Christmas tea last week. Bob enjoyed visiting with everyone at his table.


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Thank You To these businesses for making Shootin’ the Breeze available to their patrons! Beaver Mines – Beaver Mines General Store

Castle Mountain – Castle Mountain Ski Resort

Bellevue – Bellevue Inn, Bellevue Legion, Bellevue Super Stop, Bellevue Tourist Information, Bellevue Underground Mine, Crockets Trading Company, Crowsnest Campground, Crowsnest Medical Clinic, Kinga’s Hair Shoppe, Sutton Group Real Estate, The Old Dairy Ice Cream Shoppe, The Crowsnest Angler, Turtle Mountain Pharmacy and Wild Rose Confectionery.

Coleman – Alberta Tourist Information Centre, A Nest of Needles, Bagatelle, Best Canadian Motor Inns, Blackbird Coffee House, Chris’ Restaurant, Chippers, Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Cafe, Coleman Legion, Coleman Sportsplex and Curling Club, Cozy Corner Fabrics, Crowsnest Cafe & Fly Shop, Crowsnest Medical Clinic, Crowsnest Mountain Resort, Crowsnest Museum, Grand Union Hotel, Husky, Hwy 3 Services Centre, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, Popiel’s Restaurant, Re/Max Southwestern, Rum Runner, Servus Credit Union, Stop Inn Motel, Subway, The Health Hub, Vito’s Family Restaurant, Western Financial Group and 7-Eleven.

Blairmore – A&B Liquor Store, Ben Wong Restaurant, Bite Rite Denture Clinic, Blairmore Hospital, Blairmore Legion, Blairmore Library, Border Building Materials, Chakras Spa, Child and Family Services, CIBC, Crowsnest Dental, Crowsnest Pass Golf & Country Club, Crowsnest Rentals, Feelin’ Knotty, Greenhill Hotel, Greyhound, Headlines Unisex Hair Design, Highwood Motel Restaurant, Home Hardware Building Centre, John’s Barber Shop, Lampi’s Flowers & More, Liscombe Chiropractic, Lost Lemon Campground, Mac’s Convenience Store, Mountain Side Medical Clinic, NIT InterCultural Campus, Public Health Unit, Rocky Mountain Optometry, Side Street Stylz’s, Side Trax Diner, Simply Exquisite Day Spa, Sobeys, Spokes Motors, Stone’s Throw Cafe, SuperValu, The Cosmopolitan Hotel, The Gifted Crow, The Rose Peddler, Tim Hortons, Tin Roof Bistro, Top Gunn Automotive, Water Magic & Laundromat and York Creek Lodge. Brocket – Crowsnest Trading Post, Miikaypi Centre, Piikani Band Office, Piikani School and Piikani Youth Outreach.

Cowley – Back Country Butchering, Cowley Restaurant & Pub, Pincher Creek Co-op and Village of Cowley office. Frank – A&W, Fas Gas, Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery, Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Frank Slide Liquor, Goat Mountain Getaway, Ken Roome and Pure Country. Hillcrest Mines – Adanac Adventures, Hillcrest Miners’ Club and Turning Pointe Dance Studio. Lundbreck – O’bies General Mercantile Pincher Creek – A&W, Alberta Works, Allied Arts, Alyam Acupuncture & Wellness Clinic, Ascent Dental, Associate Clinic, ATB Financial, Blue Mountain Motel, Bright Pearl Restaurant, Canyon School, Castle Ford Sales, Celestial Sweets, Creekside

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