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Vol. 2, Issue 15


December 19, 2012

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101 Christmases “I enjoy being 100,” said Crestview Lodge resident Mildred Allred after blowing out the candles on her cake on Monday. Mildred was presented with best wishes from many dignitaries, among them Queen Elizabeth and Mayor Ernie Olsen, who praised her agility. Mildred still walks daily, outside if weather permits. “I never had to work very hard,” she says. “My husband was a good worker and I helped out when needed.” Some of her fondest Christmas memories are skating on the outdoor lake with a bonfire nearby and the eagerly-anticipated annual candy bags received by her family of eight siblings.

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My Little Corner By Shannon Robin For hours now, I’ve been struggling to untangle my thoughts and write. Filling this little bit of space is a process that’s always ongoing, and is usually an easy task. I don’t deliberately plan what to write about – the topic generally evolves and is tweaked in my head as the week passes. Most of the time, only one thing is front and centre in my mind, but occasionally several ideas bump and collide, vying to be the one that makes it to print. Last week I was focused – the thoughts I planned to share about Christmas were organized and clear. I was full of Christmas cheer, starting to make plans for our holiday trip to Saskatchewan. I’ve been involved with some wonderful projects lately, and that positive energy has easily transferred into other parts of my life. My worries were few. Who would watch the cats while we’re away? Did I have enough creative juice to design a truckload of Christmas ads? Why was there a huge crack in my windshield? When would I have time to do my Christmas shopping? For the most part it was pretty mundane. My biggest worries at this time of year revolve around scheduling and working out how we can all spend enough time with our family and friends during the short visit back home. I’m finding the older I get, the less flexible I’m becoming. It’s true both physically and mentally. I easily get caught in nostalgia, and basically like things to go my way with minimal change. I’ve always spent Christmas Day at my parents’ home, and honestly can’t imagine it any other way. Of course, things got complicated once I married and became part of a larger family. That’s when the Christmas Day touring began. I don’t think I’ve started and finished the day in the same community for more than 15 years. My daughter thinks this is normal – it’s been this way all her life. The other day I found myself wondering how things will be down the road, when I step up from mom to grandma, and have to share with another family. This led to wondering how I’ll cope when

the first Christmas comes along with someone missing from the dinner table. I know from personal experience that we miss loved ones who’ve passed on just a little bit more at Christmastime, especially if their death coincided with the season. I chose not to dwell on the negative, gave my kid a hug and carried on with the day. The next morning there was media frenzy over the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. I was compelled to listen. There were conflicting reports, as news outlets tried to scoop one another. There was considerable sensationalism, rallying and an enormous amount of outrage, as social media buzzed furiously around the world. Finally I stopped listening, but my heart didn’t stop aching. I felt it even more deeply the following evening as photographs of the victims – beautiful children and women – dominated my TV and computer screens. A huge lump formed in my throat as I heard the story of Victoria Soto, the young teacher who made the ultimate sacrifice for her children – her students. I can’t fathom how, or why, such terrible things happen, but we can all be proud of the heroes. I found myself reflecting again on how important family traditions are, and how devastating Christmas will be for 27 families this year, and forever after. It’s been four days, and I haven’t been able to turn off the empathy. It’s embarrassing to think of the “big” problems I had a few short days ago. I will find someone to look after the cats, this is the last bit of writing before the paper goes to press, my windshield will get replaced, and my husband has offered to help with the shopping. Most importantly, I will get home for Christmas and every chair will be full. For us, life will carry on. For the families of Newtown, nothing will ever be the same. I hope you will keep them in your thoughts, hearts and prayers and hold your own family a little closer this holiday season.

Photo by Brad Quarin

Levi Taylor checks out the goodies for sale at the Compass Christmas Bazaar in Blairmore.

Taking shopping in a fun direction By Brad Quarin The Compass Centre in Blairmore held its Christmas bazaar on Saturday, an event marked by Christmas baking, music and children buying gifts for their parents. Amy Easterbrook, wife of the pastor, organized the event, and describes it as “incredibly well received.” She estimates at least 100 people attended. The gifts children could buy were priced from five cents to $2. The Compass Centre is an evangelical Christian church. It holds worship on Saturday nights and also tries to take part in community activities, “to meet the needs of a different demographic in the community,” Amy says.

Advertising Editorial Share your stories and news ideas! Submitted articles, letters to the editor and photos are always welcome. Shannon Robin, Publisher – Writing, Photography and Design Cary Robison – Editing, Printing and Accounting Brenda Shenton – Administrative Assistance, Writing & Photography Brad Quarin – Writing Stan Skahl – Distribution Daily news updates, sports scores, photos, weather warnings and more! Submit to . Online interactive edition of STB has additional local and syndicated content. Scan the QR code with your smartphone to link directly to our website. Check it out!

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Cheer for all By Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek has a food bank that is busy year-round. Staff at the food bank, located in the Napi Friendship Centre at 622 Charlotte St., will create about 100 Christmas hampers this year. They are working as hard as Santa’s elves to get all the hampers delivered by Dec. 21, when they close for the holidays until Jan. 2. Donations are accepted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Employee Trudy Crow Eagle says the food bank is always in need of donations, whether in the form of cash or non-perishable food. “What we need most is things to make dinners,” she said, pointing out areas in the sorting facility that were close to bare. Kraft Dinner, pasta, canned tomatoes and spaghetti sauces are in high demand. Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village ran a Christmas decoration round-up from midNovember to Dec. 10. President Colleen Cyr spearheaded the initiative to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to everyone’s season. “If you can’t afford your dinner, you probably can’t afford Christmas decorations, either,” she says. “I hope it goes to some families that appreciate it, and they enjoy them.” Henrietta Yellow Horn from the food bank was happy to receive six flats of canned food, plus two boxes of assorted, non-perishable food and Christmas decorations that will go to 70 homes in the area. The decorations were all tested, sorted and bagged by staff and volunteers at Kootenai Brown. “This means a lot, it’s going to help a lot of people,” Henrietta says. “It’s going to help fill the Christmas hampers.” “As people come in, I ask if they need their hamper,” she says, and some have already gone out. Staff and volunteers will also be delivering to people in the area. It does not take much to go from a comfortable position to needing a hand up to get through life. Losing a job, a family break up and illness are among the factors that can send finances into a tailspin. The people at the Pincher Creek Food Bank are doing what they can to help alleviate some of those pressures.

Photos by Brad Quarin and John Hancock Members of the Pincher Planters proudly display their Spirit of Pincher Creek Award. Seated are Noreen Robbins, left, and Rosaleen Berger. Standing behind are Sandra Schwanke and John Hancock. Group members are happy to share their knowledge, and kids taking part in a discovery day last spring were interested to learn how much work it takes to keep the town looking beautiful.

Pincher Planters have spirit

By Brad Quarin

The volunteers known as the Pincher Planters were this year’s recipients of the Spirit of Pincher Creek Award, given by Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce. Since 1997, the group has been known to plant and keep flower beds, trees and shrubs and to hang flower baskets on Main Street to beautify the town. Officially, Pincher Planters has about 20 members, says founding member Noreen Robbins. However, usually a core group of five to seven people show up to work, and organizer Sandra Schwanke says the median age is about 70. “I’m very proud of these women because they work ever so hard, but it’s nearly all grey power,” says president John Hancock. The group encourages young people to take part. The award is another reason to be proud. “It’s because the community recognized what we’re doing,” John says. “They always have, and we’ve had really good support, but this is a physical recognition,” Noreen adds. “I think it’s very special.” It was also unexpected, because the Pincher Planters felt other nominees were worthy. Noreen says she was “flabbergasted” by the win. But maybe it shouldn’t have been so surprising, given the visibility of their work. “It makes the community look like it’s cared for,” Noreen says.

It actually takes a lot of work to achieve that look. John estimates the group puts in 700 hours of work per year, and Noreen notes the summer is their busy season. Usually, the planting needs to be done in a bent-over position. “One lady said Pincher Planters’ motto should be ‘heads down, butts up,’” Noreen says. Fortunately, not all of the work needed to improve the town’s appearance has to be done by the Pincher Planters. The group’s efforts encourage others in the community to improve their own yards, says vice-president Rosaleen Berger. The seeds for the group were first planted when a “community pride meeting” was called for in June 1996. Back then, the town had no flower beds. Eighteen women showed up at the meeting and seven wanted to start a flower bed, Noreen recounts. Now the town has 24 flower beds and 47 hanging baskets, the group says. The Pincher Planters previously received recognition in the national Communities in Bloom contest. One judge commented that Pincher Creek wouldn’t have achieved much in the competition without the group. Still, the $5,500 budget from the town does not cover all of Pincher Planters’ expenses, Noreen says. This means the group must look to the people, including the Legion and service clubs, for donations.

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Santa pulls into town with two trusty mules! love animals, all of us,” she says. By Brad Quarin Lynn Makeiv came with her granddaughter Santa may prefer that reindeer draw his Elizabeth, who’s four. “It was a first experience for sleigh, but families had plenty of fun with a her, so she enjoyed it,” wagon pulled by mules Lynn says. at Santa in the Park in Although Justin Bellevue on Dec. 9. Ames had been at Santa As promised, Terry in the Park before, the Aris provided wagon ride was also a first-time rides around town for experience for Elliott, the event, held by the who’s two and a half. Bellecrest Community “He loved it,” Justin says. Association at Bellevue Terry notes that for Arena Memorial Park. some kids, not just a ride “It was great fun, the but merely seeing a mule kids loved it,” says Justin can be a new experience. Ames of Hillcrest. “It’s “A lot of times, they have always good fun every no idea what to expect,” year.” he says. Terry, originally Some children try to from Crowsnest Pass, pet the mules, but Terry lives in his wife’s homesays you have to be cautown of Lundbreck and tious of them. During raises mules on Tired the rides, kids can sit up Ass Ranch. “Mules keep in the front to get a betus busy,” he says. They ter view of the animals. can be used for hauling However, Terry says he Photo by Brad Quarin hay, but Terry describes has to watch out for kids how he also uses them unexpectedly imitating Forget about the one-horse open sleigh – Terry Aris of Lundbreck treated Santa and the community to in “competitive drivthe sound he makes to mule-drawn wagon rides at the recent Santa in the ing” through obstacle tell the mules to go. Park celebration. courses. Besides his Terry explains his work with mules, he says use of mules by saying he is “basically retired.” “mules are a little stronger, and they’re a little His reputation for working with mules, illussmarter” than horses. Despite this, mules have trated by his website, caused the a bad reputation for being hard to work with at Bellecrest Community Association to invite him first. “Then when they do work, they work very to participate in Santa in the Park and Bellecrest consistently,” he says. Days. This was the second year he brought his His mules have been previously used in mules to the Christmas event, but the first year parades, at Heritage Acres, fundraisers and more that Santa arrived with him on his wagon. personal activities. “It’s a lot of fun, I enjoy the kids,” Terry says. “I don’t have a quad or a Ski-Doo, I got the The kids enjoy him too. Claire Burgess mules,” Terry says. thought the ride was good for her children. “We

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Topping up the Trees of Hope As predictable as a visit from Santa, the good folks at Pincher Creek Credit Union can always be counted upon to show their support for the Trees of Hope campaign. Steve Barfuss and Maggie Olson, trustees with Windy Slopes Health Foundation, recently stopped by with goodies and accepted a donation of $3,500 from Credit Union manager Vicki French and her staff. “The Credit Union are awesome community supporters, giving every year like they do,” says Maggie. “What’s fun and special in 2012 is they helped us break the $12,000 mark in donations.” Pincher Creek Credit Union has donated $3,500 to the Trees of Hope every Christmas for the past five years, bringing their total contribution to $17,500 since 2008. Funds have been earmarked this year for enhancements to the emergency department at Pincher Creek Health Centre. “The renovations that are planned will provide greater privacy for emergency patients and their families, and will make the work area safer for everyone,” Maggie says. The campaign continues through the holiday season, with donations accepted at Pincher Creek Health Centre. You can also give by downloading the Trees of Hope flyer at . The new display created by Boulder Industries staff will be lit each night throughout the holiday season. Donors may give in memory of a loved one, or as a holiday greeting to all. Wishes are written on special decorations and added to the tree on display in thAe foyer at the health centre. “It’s just amazing and really gratifying how donations are pouring in,” Maggie says. “I can’t wait to see where the total ends up this year.”

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Extended Store Hours We have gift cards for for I WANT THAT those hard-to-buy-for Saturday, Dec. 22 people on your list! 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 Check out our 12 to 5 p.m. special prices Monday, Dec. 24 and gift ideas! 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Merry Christmas from Francis & Colleen Cyr

Featuring local foods and gifts

Be sure to check out CRAFTWORKS on our website starting in January!

New hand-knit hats with yarn from Carstairs Woolen Mills

20% OFF Stuffed Animal House toys & slippers Weekend Deli Special Pastrami on Sourdough

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TOWN & COUNTRY Liquor Stores

Town & Country Liquor Stores Wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas!

Please don’t drink and drive!

We would like to congratulate all our customers who have won prizes this year: Kitchen Aid blender - Dale/Diane $100 gift card - Paul $100 gift card - Leyanne $100 gift card - Dan $150 gift card - Sheona $50 gift card - Donna $50 gift card - Jocelyn Fridge - Del/Bill Hockey bag - Kyle/Kathy Fridge - Rod/Connie iPod speaker - Craig/Brad

Jacket - Paul/Jeff 2 Sunshine lift tickets - Jake/Valerie Hockey stick - Mike/Matt iPod dock - Brad/Susan Wake board - Richard/Antonia Golf bag - Lesley/Tori Golf bag - Fonda Jacket - Drake Jacket - Faye Speaker & headphones - Gerri Patio umbrella - Karen/Robert

Golf bag - Brian Camping prize pack - Caroline/ John/Roxanne Cooler - Jordan/Brad iPod speaker tower - Sharon Jacket - Shawn TV/Blue Ray player - Yvette/Emily Patio umbrella - Marlene Fridge - Brett/Pam Suitcase - Doreen 2 passes to Canadian Country Weekend - Lonny

You still have time to get your entries in for a chance to win the following great prizes:

42” TV, bar stools, electric fireplace, dart board, one of 3 Texas mickeys, Krups coffee maker, Boston Pizza gift certificate and an iPad!

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Neat 'n Nifty

Open for Christmas!

Buy 1 piece of clothing at 20% off Buy 2 pieces get 30% off Buy 3 or more and save 40%

Open Monday to Saturday

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Until Dec. 24

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Perfect Posies

Greenhouse Ltd.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fresh Centrepieces, Christmas Trees, Poinsettias and Giftware

Wishes for a Merry Christmas

and the best in the New Year to our customers and friends!

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Exhilarate! 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday


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Enjoy a refreshing and relaxing weekend in Waterton National Park, practicing yoga and x-country skiing or snowshoeing to the majestic Cameron Lake. Keeping in mind the sauna and hot tub await your return from a full day in the fresh mountain air and snow! All levels of experience and fitness welcome! $295 includes 2 nights stay at Waterton Lakes Lodge (double occupancy), and 4 meals and 4 yoga classes. Ski/snowshoe rentals are available at the lodge but are not included in the price.

To register call 403-563-3334

Tuesday to Thursday Receive 10% off when registering before Jan. 15, 2013!!


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Rocky Mountain Lanes Let the Good Times Bowl!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Rocky Mountain Lanes!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the staff here at the Grand Hotel

Dec. 21st Apocalypse Party Music by The Due Clause

Due to Christmas parties and private bookings, please call for availability.

The Grand Hotel Pub and Restaurant

403-562-2695 2132 129th Street Blairmore

403-563-5227 7719 17th Avenue Coleman

Gallery of Sight & Sound Happy Holidays

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Come check out our in-store specials! 403-562-8338 12701 - 20th Ave. Blairmore

Merry Christmas from our house to yours! Darryl & Judi Snowdon Shadowbar Shepherds

Your Telus store with more!

May a ‘good’ shepherd watch over you.

Four Winds Real Estate Thank you to all our staff and clients ... Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year 403-627-2727

723 Main Street

Pincher Creek

Pincher Creek Location 1072 Main Street 403-627-5552

Safety Product Sales Include: • Fire protection equipment • Personal protective equipment • Fall arrest equipment • Respiratory protection • Gas detection & instrumentation • Fire-resistant clothing • Work boots

Services Include: • Portable gas detection • Portable fire extinguishers • Commercial restaurant fire systems • Breathing air equipment • Sprinkler systems • Industrial dry-chemical systems

Serving southern Alberta since 1956

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To those we’ve had the pleasure of serving this past year, a Merry Christmas and the very best in the New Year.

Dr. Greg Steed, Dr. Mark Leishman and staff 403-627-3290 1-800-663-5041

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Wishing you safe and happy holidays! Hedderick Insurance Agencies

Christmas Wishes Granted

May the peace and blessings of Christmas be yours, and may the coming year be filled with happiness. Thank you for your business!

From the Staff at

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May the Magic and Wonder of the Season Fill your Heart and Home. Happy holidays!

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Merry Christmas from residents, staff and volunteers at Vista Village and the Good Samaritan Society

Last Chance for X-Mas Gifts!

Crazy Days Sale! Up to 75% off Boxing Day to January 6 Inventory clear-out Open 7 Days/Week 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

for your patronage in 2012

Cozy Corner will be CLOSED between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2 We look forward to serving you when we re-open Jan. 3, 2013. Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. “a quilter’s playground”

Come check out Nugget and his vintage sleigh!

Bellevue East Access on Highway 3


Pincher Office Products & Christine’s Gift Shop The gift shop is overflowing with Christmas items ... New stock arriving almost daily!

Save up to 40% on office products from our Christmas flyer until the end of December

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403-627-2628 750 Main St. Pincher Creek

Happy Holidays To All!

May you have the spirit of Christmas which is Peace, the gladness of Christmas which is Hope, and the heart of Christmas which is Love.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays From the Residents, Staff and Volunteers at

Crestview Lodge

Dec. 24 & 25 – CLOSED Dec. 26 – Noon to 10 p.m., wing night Dec. 31 – Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Highway 3, Frank

Jan. 1 – CLOSED

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Merry Christmas

Promo Price! Reg. $369 + tax


$299 + tax

from staff at Pincher Creek Veterinary Clinic

Learn how to keep it off for life! • • • • •

Doctor approved Weekly body comp analysis reading included Lose an average of 3 - 7 pounds a week Naturally suppresses appetite Accredited coaching

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Linda Germo 403-892-3874 Crowsnest Pass


Seasons Greetings from the staff and management at

Simply Catering 403-627-8233 403-628-2077

Thank you to my clients for a great 2012. Looking forward to seeing you in the new year! ~ Codie ~

Merry Christmas and warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday

Pat Stier, MLA Livingstone Macleod

Tel: 1-403-646-6256 Toll Free 1-800-565-0962

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The World is Ending Party

Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village would like to thank all of our friends, volunteers and contractors for making our facility so fabulous. The Village saw many changes over the past year. The donation of several buildings changed our landscape; preserving our history into the future. We have dedicated volunteers who helped at our events this year, and a huge thank you is extended to all of the Wednesday work day volunteers!

Wishing everyone the best of the holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Hwy #6 south between Pincher Creek & Waterton

Wishing all of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for your continued support and patronage.

Be sure to visit in 2013 to see all the new exhibits!

Reimer Construction Ltd. Residential & Commercial 403-563-3666 Coleman Wishing you all a happy holiday! Remember we are open New Year’s Eve!

OPEN DEC. 31 4 to 10 p.m. Call for reservations


988 Main Street

Check out our entertainment!

Duane, Jane Ann and staff

Without donations of all kinds, we wouldn’t have such a beautiful, dynamic, community facility.

1037 Bev McLachlin Dr. Pincher Creek 403-627-3684

Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.with Greg Cockerill

Christmas Hours: CLOSED Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 OPEN 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 26 OPEN 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 31

871 Elk Avenue Pincher Creek 403-627-4000

The Rose Peddler

Check out our selection of fresh and silk floral arrangements and wreaths ... While you’re here, check out the purses, jewelry, belts and accessories


Pincher Creek

Christmas Cottage is Open! Christmas Cottage is open and fully stocked at Copy Magic in Blairmore, with a great selection of decorations to make your home festive. Many gift ideas including Bradford collectibles and Willow Tree Angels just to name a few.

Experience the largest Christmas store in the area at Copy Magic

9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays 13219 20th Avenue 403-562-8113 Blairmore

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Scratch & Save Day

save up to 50% Saturday, Dec. 22

20% OFF All Christmas Decorations Firearms Specials All Power Tools on Sale Open 7 days a week

Summit Home Center

10701 20th Avenue



Refresh Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Providence Salon & Spa

Commercial and Residential Service Auto Glass Replacement and Repair Windows and Overhead Doors Custom Shower Enclosures and Mirrors

Check out our amazing selection of services, Christmas treats and stocking stuffers!

637 Main Street Pincher Creek 403-627-4737


673 Main Street Pincher Creek

Christmas wishes from the staff at O’bies! 403-628-3911 120 Breckenridge Ave.



General Mercantile

Cool Christmas Stuff !

$99.95 92-Piece Tool Set

Set Includes: • (8) ¼” drive 6-point deep metric sockets • ¼” ratchet, extension in spinner handle • (10) ¼” drive 6-point SAE and metric sockets • (4) ⅜” drive 6-point deep metric sockets • ⅜” ratchet, 2 extensions • (9) ⅜” 12-point SAE sockets and (11) metric • (2) ⅜” SAE spark plug sockets • ⅜” to ¼” drive adaptor • (17) ⅜” bit sockets • ⅜” universal joint • (5) ½” drive 12-point metric sockets • ½” ratchet • (6) metric combination wrenches


403-627-4331 1058 Main Street Pincher Creek

Stop in for lunch and order your Christmas trays, fruitcakes, shortbread, buns and bread Homemade lunches Specialty Coffees Pastries and Breads Birthday Cakes “To Die For” Chocolate Cake Catering Service

Open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday

403-627-4772 823 Kettles Street Pincher Creek

Season’s Greetings from the Shell Waterton Complex

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Boxing Week

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Bonnie’s Fashions Boxing Week Sale Starts Dec. 26

Wise Men Still Seek Him! Thank you for your support this past year. Wishing you a blessed Christmas & Happy New Year!

Starts Dec. 26

50% OFF

• Selected Sportswear • All Gloves, Hats and Scarves • All Ripzone, Powder Room and Columbia Winter Coats

$30 OFF

All Winter Boots

Work Hard, Play Hard, Look Good

403-627-5475 1014 Hewetson Avenue Pincher Creek

12813 20th Ave. Blairmore

50% OFF All Shoes, Boots & Handbags All Winter Coats Selected French Dressing, Selected Joseph Ribkoff & Selected Picadilly All Scarves, Hats and Gloves

UP TO 70% OFF Selected Sportswear

Your full-service boutique – let us dress you from head to toe!

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Thank You! The Pincher Creek Pioneer Farmers’ Market would like to thank the customers who made our market year a success. Be sure to visit us in 2013 from June to October at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village!


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HUDDLESTUN Senior Citizens News


By Joyce McFarland

Two weeks ago we held our potluck lunch and Christmas social. Carol Van Gilder and Barbara Johnston had prepared the tables and serving area for the 20 people who brought food and gifts for a sumptuous meal and a fun afternoon. After the gifts were exchanged, in the Chinese way of doing things, some people played cards, some remembered a Christmas without credit cards and some went to Crestview Lodge to wish our old neighbour, Mildred Allred, a happy 100th birthday. It was lovely to sit around, to relax and be at peace. We didn’t “have to” do anything – well, just a few dishes. We will continue playing whist every Monday and crib every Thursday at 1:30 p.m., and the next bingo will be on Friday, Dec. 28 at 1:30 p.m. By the time you read this, the December board meeting will have been held and the dates and times of the daily programs in 2013 will be ready, as well as the important date for the annual meeting and election of officers in January. Please think seriously about letting your name stand for a position on the board. There will be openings. New ideas, new perspectives, are the lifeblood of any organization, and we need members to step up to the plate. Otherwise, it will be difficult to make the programs worthwhile. Mulling over some of the discussions during the coffee break at the Christmas social, it is hard to visualize what Fred Huddlestun and the like-minded seniors of his day would think of seniors’ lifestyles today. I can remember when I thought the electric typewriter was the eighth wonder of the world. These thoughts demand that seniors press on to decisions we must make for next year and for the future, because our over-thecounter medications promise that we are never going to go over the hill! At one of the crib games lately, Leny Mace had a perfect score and she didn’t have to share top prize with anybody. She would have liked to weasel out of doing dishes because of her success, but she had to settle on A-plus for drying the coffee cups. A big thank you to Sobeys for donating the doughnuts we enjoyed after the mid-month bingo. The generosity of the managers and staff of our hometown business sector is truly amazing. At the bingo game, Vi Mikilak won the the 50/50 draw and Virginia Belcourt won the $20 blackout. Marion McGarva, Ida Bond, Maxine Haug, Mary Simpson, Joyce McFarland and Art Winch shared the other individual games. June Spak called the numbers and Virginia sold the 50/50 tickets. Good work and congratulations to everybody. Soup and a bun still has a regular spot at noon on the second Tuesday of the month. For December, Carol Van Gilder served homemade chicken noodle soup and light-as-a-feather biscuits to 10 happy diners, resulting in a sizeable contribution to the general funds. When the biscuits were gone, crib boards came out and so rounded out another pleasant afternoon. Another reminder that the last bingo for 2012 will go ahead for sure on Dec. 28, and we will play whist on Dec. 31 before we don the glad rags to greet the new year. Christmas is special. May its message bring contentment and peace to your heart and home.

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Catch the gingerbread man this week By Brad Quarin This Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be your last chance to visit a historic Blairmore building that has been transformed into a giant Gingerbread Hut for the holiday season. The log house, built in the late 19th century, was where famous cowboy John Ware’s wife lived, and is now used by Sutton realtors Wendy Valley and Ann Kibala. “It’s been very pleasant how well received it’s been,” says decorator Suzanne Gonez. “People are curious about the house, it’s obviously an old house, and they love how it’s set up.” Wendy and her friends Jan Perejma and Suzanne came up with the idea one Friday night at Pure Country, where they often plan things to do, Jan says. Suzanne describes the decorating as a “spur-of-the-moment type of thing.” Jan adds that Wendy manages fundraising for Crowsnest Can Do, which aims to establish a recreational centre in Crowsnest Pass, and the Gingerbread Hut can help. Based on the idea that the vertical logs in the house already looked like cinnamon sticks, Wendy’s husband, Rick, helped decorate by cutting up and painting cardboard tubes to make candy canes, Jan says. He also put up the lights and a Styrofoam version of Gingy, the talking gingerbread man from the Shrek movies, Suzanne says. Always a good bargain hunter, Wendy found plenty of supplies at the Coleman second-hand store Bagatelle, Jan notes, adding that “Wendy is

just very crafty.” Jan describes how her husband found the Styrofoam for Gingy on the website Kijiji. After they picked it up in Calgary, it flew off the back of the truck on Deerfoot Trail – “stopping traffic for miles,” Suzanne says with a laugh. When Gingy finally went up, it got a favourable reaction. Before the house was even opened, a little boy was thrilled to see the Shrek character and came to visit, giving the decorators a gingerbread man treat. “That was kind of fun, because he was happy about it,” Jan says. The Gingerbread Hut features the works of various local artists, including Christmas ornaments, pottery by Penny Rinas and drawings by Nichole Yanta. There is plenty of jewelry for sale, including the popular Burmis tree pendant made by Laina Kibala, Jan says. Items are being sold on consignment and a portion of the money goes to Crowsnest Can Do. Visitors can also take part in crafts while at the house. According to Wendy, the house was probably built around 1890 and Mildred Lewis was living there with her family when she met John Ware, a former slave from South Carolina. Ware didn’t live in the house himself, but did visit it. He and Mildred went to Calgary and Ware is remembered for pioneering Alberta ranching. They died in 1905. The Gingerbread Hut is expected be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Photo by Brad Quarin

Jan Perejma, left, and Suzanne Gonez have created a unique experience for all ages at the Gingerbread Hut in Blairmore. The friends’ next project will be running a dance at a winter carnival in February, Jan says.

Shh! Santa’s elves have been spotted By Kerri Robins Santa’s elves are everywhere, just when ya need ’em. And busy, busy, busy! “Obviously it’s no fun being in the hospital at Christmas,” says Jordan Koch, site manager at Pincher Creek Health Centre. “Hopefully our patients will feel the warmth of the season when they see what Santa has brought them Christmas morning.” Santa has been busy but is getting a little help from his friends. This is the health centre’s first Christmas stocking-stuffers project, “and community volunteerism has been amazing,” says chief elf Megan deBoer, Alberta Health Services volunteer coordinator for Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek. “We’ve stuffed 40 stockings for adults and five stockings for kids, and the nurses at Pincher Creek Health Centre will help Santa on Christmas Eve by handing them out to patients,” she says. While stuffing stockings for hospital patients isn’t a new concept, it plays out a little differently each time and never gets old. The brainchild of nursing staff at Chinook Regional Hospital in

the early 1960s, it was funded by the Friends of Chinook Regional Hospital and the hospital auxiliary. The volunteer elves in Pincher Creek are a speedy bunch who pulled off this campaign quickly. The first meeting was held in November, and by Dec. 6 the stockings were sewn and stuffed. “Our local community really stepped up to the plate and pitched in,” says Megan. “We got a kick-start from Windy Slopes Health Foundation with a $500 donation, along with support from McRae Holdings Ltd. and Damberger Trucking.” As for the volunteers? They were modest about their efforts. “It was such a small thing for us to do,” says June LaGrandeur, a local volunteer chipping in on the sewing and stuffing. “I think I can speak on behalf of the ladies I volunteered with that it’s our pleasure to do this if it brings even a small smile to someone’s face.” The stockings were stuffed full of socks, crossword puzzles and pens, lotions, nail kits, tissues, candy and toys and stickers for the kids. And,

thanks to Dr. Bernard Bonertz and Creekside Dental Clinic, patients also received toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste in their stockings. It’ll be a tough call to see who has more fun Christmas morning – the nurses who get to see those happy smiles, or the patients unpacking their stockings from Santa. “We’ve already decided we want to do stockings again next year, and we’re adding basket stuffing to the list for Easter,” says Megan, laughing. Windy Slopes Health Foundation echoed that commitment. “The community and volunteers really picked up the ball and ran with it,” says Donna Schauerte, the foundation’s chairwoman. “It’s wonderful to see such Christmas spirit and dedication in the community and from so many departments at our hospital. Christmas morning will be a little brighter for our patients.” Windy Slopes Health Foundation raises funds in support of priority health care needs at Pincher Creek Health Centre. Please visit www.wshealth. ca for more information.

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Mark Your Calendar Events and Entertainment – Full details are available in the Breeze online calendar – Thursday, December 20 – Canyon School Christmas concert - 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. in Pincher Creek – Livingstone School elementary Christmas concert - 1:15 p.m. in Lundbreck – St. Michael’s School Christmas banquet & dance - 6 p.m. in Pincher Creek – Chamber Sociable - 3 p.m. at Ramada Inn & Suites in Pincher Creek Friday, December 21 – Christmas craft market at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village - 4 p.m. in Pincher Creek – Christmas open house - 2 p.m. at Claresholm constituency office of Ted Menzies – Turkey dinner at Beaver Mines General Store – Twin Butte community Christmas concert - 7 p.m. at the hall – Family badminton - 7 p.m. at MHHS gym in Pincher Creek – Free swimming - 7 p.m. at the Pincher Creek pool – T0K0M0 at Pincher Creek Legion – The World is Ending Party - 8 p.m. at Twin Butte General Store – Apocalypse Party - at the Grand Hotel in Coleman – 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

Creek – Free family skating - 2:30 p.m. in Coleman – Free family skating - 4 p.m. in Pincher Creek Monday, December 24 – Candlelight Christmas Eve service - 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pincher Creek Tuesday, December 25 Merry Christmas - may your home be filled with peace, joy and laughter! Wednesday, December 26 Stay home and relax or catch the Boxing Day specials at local retailers

– New Year’s Eve dance - 6 p.m. at Pure Country in Frank Tuesday, January 1 Happy New Year – all the best to you and yours in 2013! Wednesday, January 2 – Windy Slopes Vacation a Month draw in Pincher Creek

Thursday, December 27 – Crowsnest Pass Christmas bird count Friday, December 28 – Beginner to intermediate roping - 6:30 p.m. at the Horseshoe Pavilion in Pincher Creek – Bingo at Huddlestun Senior Centre - 1 p.m. 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 29 – Free public skating - 10:45 a.m. in Coleman

Saturday, December 22 – Free public skating - 10:45 a.m. in Coleman – Pincher Creek Christmas bird count

Sunday, December 30 – Free family skating - 2:30 p.m. in Coleman – Free family skating - 4 p.m. in Pincher Creek

Sunday, December 23 – Congregational Christmas program - 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pincher

Monday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve dance - 7:30 p.m. at the Pincher Creek Legion

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Boys and girls deck the halls By Brad Quarin

Crowsnest Pass Boys and Girls Club lent a helping hand to get the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre decorated for Christmas this year, making some cool ornaments. The kids created colourful decorations to be attached to plastic cut-out trees, which can be seen at the centre until January. “I thought it was just nice to do something that hasn’t been done at the centre for some time,” says Myriah Sagrafena, a historical interpreter at the centre. “And they did absolutely wonderful, they exceeded my expectations.” Myriah came up with the idea with cashier Jenine Trotz. “We had made a prototype of one of our cut-out trees and thought it would be really nice if we had local kids decorate it,” Myriah says. The centre approached the Boys and Girls Club to reach a variety of age groups and because the club is always looking for activities. Myriah heard they were pretty excited about the project. The children made a number of decorations, including stars, candy canes and bells. To Myriah, the standout was a black and glittered bell shaped like Darth Vader’s head. “A couple

of the others, it was pretty amazing how much glitter they actually managed to get on,” she says. The decorations were then taken to the interpretive centre, where staff attached them to the trees. Last Friday, two days after the decorations went up, Myriah met with the kids and the club’s executive program director, Nicole Pearse. At the same time, the club received a donation from Impact Auto, with office manager Koral Lazzarotto handing over a cheque to Nicole. The owner of the automotive repair shop opted to donate $500 to the club and another $500 to the food bank, Koral says. Staff at the centre are pleased with how the decorating turned out, and initial feedback from the public has also been positive. “A lot of them just said it was nice that we had community involvement, and that they thought some of them were pretty neat,” Myriah says. There weren’t too many visitors during the first two days, but she hopes many more will be able to see the decorations. The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre is typically open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


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Photo by Brad Quarin Boys and Girls Club members helped decorate at Frank Slide Interpretive Centre on Friday. From left are Tivon Runge, Daniella Waite, Brody Harriott and Gabrielle Jackson. See more photos in this week’s online edition.

Photo courtesy of Connie Lassiter Trickster Theatre Company has a knack for getting all students actively involved in their productions. Some Brocket students became larger than life during the show.

Oh, what a show! By Connie Lassiter

Trickster Theatre Company led a one-week artist-in-residency program at Piikani Nation School in Brocket from Dec. 3 to 7. Students and staff, through daily workshops, lectures, demonstrations and rehearsals, created an original play, based on the theme of relationships to the natural world. The final performance, entitled Where I Receive a Gift, was presented Dec. 7 for the community. The play was based upon the teachings of the medicine wheel principles, which are found within all human groups: sharing, kindness, humility, trust, honesty and respect. The medicine wheel provides a model for who we all are as individuals. We have an intellectual self, a spiritual self, an emotional self and a physical self. Strength and balance in all quadrants of the medicine wheel can produce a strong and positive sense of well-being and enrich one’s quality of life. The spiritual life of the Blackfoot people centres upon medicine bundles and their associated rituals. These bundles are taken care of by individuals, and originated from an encounter with a supernatural spirit. These encounters took the form of dreams or visions, which were sought in a typical Plains-type vision quest. A young man, often under the tutelage of an older medicine man, would go out to some lonely place and fast until he had a vision.

Out of reverence for Blackfoot culture and traditions, the playwrights sought the counsel of three Piikani elders – Les Plain Eagle, Louis Smith and Alvin Prairie Chicken. Under their guidance, and supported by Blackfoot language instructors Jeannie Davis and JoAnne Yellow Horn, an original play was crafted. His love of drama and many talents made Randy Plain Eagle, a returning Grade 12 student, the obvious choice to play the role of seeker. The opening scene had his younger brother, Duke Provost, portraying a more youthful Randy. The dream effect was enhanced with black light style drama which produced an alluring vision of turmoil and angst. This was followed by a mesmerizing performance by the Grade 9 class, in which they fashioned a sweat lodge from bamboo. This set the tone for the vision quest which followed. The morning nursery class provided the sunrise and sunset scenes, accompanied by some poignant music. The Grade 9 class performed a hypnotic piece, “Dancing in the Dark,” which focused on the struggles one endures when undertaking a vision quest. The Grade 7 class had the daunting feat of setting the stage for the seeker’s return home through movement and song. Any native gathering would not be complete without an approved amount of humour, and this production met the grade. Along his arduous journey, Randy was attacked by some clever coyotes (Grade 2 class), ravaged by

some nasty, blood-thirsty mosquitoes (Grade 4 class), and enticed with food by a whole township of crafty gophers (Grade 1 class) – all tempting him to give up his quest. The amusing performance by the kindergarten class included asking audience members to play the part of bannock bakers and then horses. In the end, it was the power of the four gifts of tobacco and pipe, sweet grass, sage and red ochre he received, along with the elders’ guidance and teachings, which allowed the seeker to overcome all of the obstacles he met along the way. The Grade 3 class provided the fire in which the seeker once again met the elders to share the significance of his journey. The entire quest was then played out on the screen in shadows by the Grade 6 class. The play culminated with a celebration and a performance by the Piikani School drum and dance troupe. First Nation Student Success Plan funding has given us the chance to bring many new programs to assist us in promoting student learning. These have met with success, and we continue to look for new activities to engage our students in the learning process. Education with a holistic perspective is concerned with the development of every person’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potential. It seeks to engage students in the teaching and learning process, and encourages personal and collective responsibility. The residency provided the school with these unique opportunities. Our request for a theatre residency at the school provided us with further opportunity to actively engage the students and community within the school. Ultimately, the students were able to learn more about an essential part of the Blackfoot culture. Trickster Theatre has been an educational touring program in Alberta since 1980. During that time, the company has presented over 1,000 performances and over 600 week-long residency programs in Alberta schools. They have performed at the Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary International Children’s Festivals. The company has also toured internationally to Denmark, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. Piikani School thanks Trickster Theatre and acknowledges the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for the generous grant we received that enabled us to host this art-inresidency program. We also thank Shell Canada for the funds they provided so that a DVD of the performance could be produced. Every family with children at Piikani School will receive a complimentary DVD of the performance to commemorate the very worthwhile and memorable experience. A special thanks to the staff of First Nation Student Success Plan for your vision and making it possible to initiate this process, and to the parent volunteer coordinator, Lorna North Peigan, and the many parents who helped out in making it a reality.

Thank you Impact Auto! Photo by Brad Quarin

On behalf of Boys and Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass, Nicole Pearse, left, accepts a cheque for $500 from Koral Lazzarotto of Impact Auto.

Deck the halls Photo by Brad Quarin

Members of the Boys and Girls Club created decorations to hang at Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.

Thank you KBPV Photo by Toni Lucas

On behalf of Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, Colleen Cyr, right, presents Christmas decorations to Henrietta Yellow Horn of the Pincher Creek Food Bank.

Thank You PC Credit Union Photo courtesy of Windy Slopes Health Foundation

Maggie Olson, left, and Steve Barfuss, right, traded goodies for a $3,500 donation to the Trees of Hope campaign with Pincher Creek Credit Union manager Vicki French.

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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

Dental Clinic, Crestview Lodge, Denise’s Bistro, Dr. Anderson, Dr. Butler, Fas Gas, Foothills Motel, Green Bamboo, Harvest Coffeehouse, Heritage Inn, Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, Luigis Pizza & Steak House, Matthew Halton High School, McDonald’s, MD of Pincher Creek, Mirror Mirror Salon, Mrs. P’s Coffee Corner, Napi Friendship Centre, North Hill Shell Gas Station, Parkway Motel, Pharmasave, Pincher Coin Wash, Pincher Creek Esso, Pincher Creek Co-op Gas Bar, Food Store and Farm/ Home Centre, Pincher Creek Golf Course, Pincher Creek Hospital, Pincher Creek Legion, Pincher Creek Library, Pincher Creek Meats, Pincher License & Registry, Providence Salon & Spa, Ramada Pincher Creek Inn & Suites, Ruffles Boutique, Robin & Co. Chartered Accountant, Sobeys, St. Michael’s School, Super 8 Motel, The Outdoor Outlet, The Swiss Pub & Grill, Tim Hortons, Town & Country Liquor, Rona, Town of Pincher Creek office, Vista Village, Westcastle Motors, Whispering Winds Village, Wildrose Video and 7-Eleven. Twin Butte – Dungarven Creek Bed and Breakfast, Shintangle Spring Bed and Breakfast and Twin Butte General Store. Waterton – Aspen Village Inn, Bear Mountain Motel, Big Scoop, Crandell Mountain Lodge, Health Club, Laundromat, Pat’s Gas & Cycle Rental, Prince of Wales Hotel, Rocky Mountain Food Mart, Subway, Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters, Trappers Mountain Grill, Visitor Information, Waterton Bagel & Coffee Company, Waterton Glacier Suites, Waterton Lakes Golf Course, Waterton Lakes Lodge, Waterton Springs Campground & laundromat, Wieners of Waterton and Zum’s Eatery & Mercantile.

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Shootin' the Breeze – Dec 19, 2012  
Shootin' the Breeze – Dec 19, 2012  

Dec. 19, 2012 issue of Shootin' the Breeze