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Vol. 2, Issue 20

January 30, 2013

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My Little Corner By Shannon Robin Most of us have endured bullying to some degree, and recognize the problem it’s become. Over the past few weeks, anti-bullying campaigns have been catching my attention. The most significant bullying situation I’ve faced personally started when I was 10 years old. I was the new girl at school and, unfortunately, caught the attention of a less-than-savoury fellow in my class. He exuded meanness, and bullying was part of everything he did. I became a target of this boy and his sidekick simply because I wasn’t interested in his affections. They followed me, pushed me, shouted insults at me and terrified me. A friend stuck up for me in a recess altercation, and after the principal had a chat with each kid and our parents, the overt bullying at school let up. But this didn’t stop them from shadowing me, taunting me and terrorizing me. My parents spoke with the police, but this wasn’t helpful unless they saw the bullying in action. This carried on over the course of several years, and they also picked on my younger sister. Both bullies dropped out of school by junior high, which, thankfully, meant there was less contact. Both spent time incarcerated for various endeavours, and the sidekick hanged himself in a jail cell before he was old enough to graduate. The bully made provincial news headlines in Saskatchewan by the time he was 20, for an incident that was deemed sexual debasement. From the time these two were young boys they were doing horrible things to themselves and to others. I can’t imagine how much worse they might have been with modern technology at their fingertips. Things like stalking could have been so much worse than what I went through so many years ago. Kids now face bullying in ways that seem impossible to protect them from. Author Victor Lethbridge spoke to elementary students in Brocket, Pincher Creek and Lundbreck last week about bullying. He reminded the audience that sometimes we get so used to things, like bullying, that we don’t even see what’s going on in front of us.

Victor showed commercials we’ve all likely seen on TV, and engaged the kids in discussion in a manner that worked. He didn’t read his new book to them. Instead, the illustrations were projected on a large screen and he became the story as he shared Little Chief and Mighty Gopher – The Pemican Frenzy. The kids laughed, listened and learned, and I’m sure most will want to read the book after experiencing it the way they did. He told the students to be heroes – by walking away from bullying and asking for help. It seems like such simple advice. As I left the school, a teenage girl ran back inside. Her head was down and she was sobbing. I hoped, by chance, she would run into Victor in the hallway and find a friend. Bullying is most often associated with young people, but it happens at all ages. It hurts deeply and damages self-esteem regardless of a victim’s age. People are bullied verbally, socially, physically and through social media and other online means. It happens in schools, on playgrounds, in families, at work, and in organizations. It’s everywhere. The worst thing is that it’s often covered up. Victims are often afraid to tell anyone because they think it will make things worse. Bystanders are afraid to intervene because they don’t want to become targets themselves. Some are afraid that leaving a situation means the bully wins – others may get an incorrect impression, which generates additional stress. It takes strength to know when it’s time to walk away and courage to take the first step. As someone who has been bullied as a child, a teenager and an adult, I know firsthand how rotten it feels. Every now and then I run into my old bully on visits to my hometown. He still calls out my name, even from the other side of the street, and I am just as frightened as I was 34 years ago. He isn’t the only person to have bullied me, but he is the one who has left the deepest scars. Bullies aren’t guaranteed success, they succeed only when we allow them to. Bullying happens everywhere, every day, and we all lose when it does. Be kind to one another – a little bit of kindness truly goes a long way.

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The Breeze Mailbox Come kayak with us! The Pinch o’ Crow Creekers kayak club is starting our winter sessions at the Pincher Creek pool on Wednesday nights. These are not for members only, but for anyone who would like to get acquainted and give kayaking a try. Just drop in on Wednesday, from either 5 to 6 p.m. or 7 to 8 p.m. Bring your swim suit; the club will provide boats, paddles and other gear. Pool sessions will continue for the rest of winter and into spring. The format is an informal drop-in, with help and instruction on a catch-as-catch-can basis with our volunteer instructors. We have set aside the early session for youth and parents. There is no fast rule on that, but younger boaters will probably get more individual attention at the earlier session. The second session is suggested for teens and adults. The town raised the rates at the pool in the fall, and we have to follow suit and raise our rates to afford our pool costs. But, we are still the least expensive kayak pool program out there. The fees go to pool rental – all instruction is on a volunteer basis for these sessions. Rates are $8 for a single drop-in, $40 to book seven sessions, or $90 for a season pass of 17 sessions. For more information, contact Chuck Lee in Lundbreck at 403-628-2336 or, or Bob Frantz in Crowsnest Pass at 403-562-7964 or . Pinch o’ Crow Creekers

Help for handling vision loss Once a month, a vision support group meets at Creekside Condominiums. Co-ordinated by volunteers from the Pincher Cowley Roaring Lions, the group was set up to assist members who have vision loss to work with organizations like CNIB. During information sessions at each meeting, members find out about the latest equipment available to enhance their daily living. A representative from CNIB will come down to the meetings and bring a piece of equipment such as the UltraOptix magnifier. This magnifier has a scratch-resistant lens and LED illumination, which allows the person to read fine print. Other pieces of equipment that have proven to be helpful are the talking alarm clocks and watches. There is a catalogue available that lists many different aids that can allow a person with vision deficiencies to continue to be independent. This group also provides opportunities for members to discuss and interact with each other, providing a support system. Interested persons are welcome to attend to learn more about vision loss and the types of programs and equipment that are available. The next meeting is this Thursday at 2 p.m. in the common room at Creekside Condominiums. Susan Ames Vogelaar

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Karen passes the Ruffles crown to a new queen By Shannon Robin After 14 years of encouraging women to be the best they can be, and look the best they can, Karen Andrew has sold Ruffles Boutique to Amber (Queenie) Kirkman. Karen is well known not only for her Pincher Creek business, but also for her community work, especially when it comes to women dealing with breast cancer. As a survivor herself, Karen launched an annual fundraiser that raised almost $300,000 for the cause. She recently received a Diamond Jubilee Medal to recognize her efforts, but that’s a story for another issue. Cancer treatment, recovery and life afterward take a toll, and Karen acknowledges it was time for a priority change. “I realized that you can’t do it all and that it was time to let some things go,” she says. “My body hurts all the time, so I knew it was time. It’s not so much that I was ready as that my body was ready.” Karen was ready to take her life in a new direction, and just happened to know a customer who was in a similar position. “I’ve known Queenie forever and a day,” she says. “We were talking one day and the light bulb came on – I knew this girl was Ruffles material.” It was a perfect fit! “This was my baby for a long time, and I needed it to go to someone special,” Karen says.


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‘You should be one of those people who tells other people what to wear.’” “I’m a big girl now,” Queenie says with a laugh. She then turns to Karen and says, “I’m your minion. When I grow up I want to be just like you!” Both women burst out laughing. This is their style of business relationship and friendship. Karen asked Queenie along to attend a buying market, and got a kick out of the experience. “On the first day she hardly said a word – she was like a deer in the headlights,” Karen says. But by the second day she was asking questions, and by the third, acting as if she’d been doing it all her life. After their trip to market, Queenie was all in. And, as Bill Andrew supported Karen’s ownership, Queenie’s husband, Greg, did the same. Photo by Shannon Robin The business officially changed hands Oct. 1, 2012, and Queenie wasn’t intimiKaren Andrew, left, and Queenie Kirkman share a sense of fashdated one little bit. “I’m so ready to do this,” ion along with a sense of humour. If you’ve shopped at Ruffles, you’ve likely had a giggle at the pillow saying “Your husband she says with genuine enthusiasm. called, he said to buy anything you want.” A few weeks later, the two women walked up together at the Pincher Creek “I believe the universe looks after us and that we and District Chamber of Commerce Business were meant to connect.” Awards to accept the small business award for the “I’ve always had an interest in fashion,” year. It was a fitting way for Karen to step back Queenie says. “When I was in high school, the librarian (Margaret Hanna) always used to say,

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You can help shape a winter carnival By Brad Quarin Crowsnest Can Do is out to start a new community tradition, a Crowsnest Pass winter carnival, to be held for the first time from Feb. 22 to 24. And you can have a hand in deciding what the annual event will be called and what it will include. The carnival will be a fundraiser for Crowsnest Can Do, a movement to establish a recreational centre, but will be continued even after such a centre is opened. The society is also reaching out to other groups to help plan events. “We’ve actually had really positive feedback from all sorts of different places,” says Wendy Valley, who manages fundraising for Crowsnest Can Do. “It seems to be growing daily.” The idea for a carnival has been floating around for years, Wendy says, and Crowsnest Can Do decided to take action at the end of 2012. She acknowledges this doesn’t leave much time for planning the inaugural carnival. “We didn’t really expect anything big, but we were really hoping to kind of get it started, so that next year we could have a nice, big, publicized event.” The idea is to “break up the winter,” to give residents something to do between Christmas and spring. “Our goal is to try to get the community together, to participate in different, fun events,” she says. These events will take part in different areas, including Bellevue, Blairmore and Coleman. As to what the carnival will look like, a dance and dinner at the Blairmore Elks Hall is in the cards, and the Calgary band Tequila Rain is already booked. It is meant to raise money with a silent auction and a 50/50 draw. As well, clubs and businesses can prepare a float or dress up their vehicles

RUFFLES, continued from page 3 and for Queenie to step ahead – the proverbial icing on the cake. “I was 40 when I bought Ruffles, and former owner Monica Wright was 50,” Karen says. “Now Queenie is 40 and is coming in with a whole new spin on things and an amazing level of enthusiasm.” Karen feels a business improves with each new owner and says it’s a natural evolution. She’s confident Ruffles will continue to be successful under Queenie’s reign. “Queenie is honest and passionate, but I’d say her gratefulness and fashion sense were most important to me,” Karen says. “Lots of us get opportunities in life, but not all of us are grateful for them.” For the first while after Ruffles changed hands, Karen spent a fair bit of time at the store. Now she’s there the odd day. Karen will continue to be


for a night parade. “It would be absolutely awesome if they can participate,” Wendy says, adding it’ll give people a chance to be creative. The carnival will have an overall theme, likely to be continued in future years, of Crowsnest Pass history. Just going through the history books should give interesting costume ideas that are “a little outside the ordinary,” she suggests. Beyond that, much is up to the community to decide. The name of the carnival will be determined by a contest. “It would be great if kids could come up with their ideas,” Wendy says. Crowsnest Can Do made a list of possible activities individuals, groups and businesses may take an interest in. These range from face painting to curling and ice sculpting to sleigh rides, and possibly just enjoying a bonfire with hot dogs and hot chocolate. Different groups may run such activities as fundraisers for causes besides Crowsnest Can Do, or just for fun. One activity on the list that seems like a sure thing is a frying-pan-tossing contest. Wendy explains the objective of a recreational centre for the Pass is important to her because it’ll be something for everyone, including children and seniors. When she lived in Calgary, there was a leisure centre close by that she could take her children to. “I lived over there,” she says. “I just would love to see other people have the benefit of something like that.” Other planned events for Crowsnest Can Do include a general meeting open to the public on Jan. 30, and a golf tournament in the summer. For more information, contact Wendy at 403563-0500 or .

a face of Ruflles, now with Queenie smiling right beside her. Queenie plans to continue providing the type of shopping experience she feels sets Ruffles apart. “I want people to walk out feeling good about themselves,” she says. Both ladies feel strongly that excellent customer service is why small, independent businesses continue to survive and thrive. Neither is afraid to suggest something different that may fit or suit a customer better. To them, it’s all part of making women feel important and worthwhile. Karen loves not being in high gear all the time now, but says there are lots of ideas swimming around in her head, and she intends to pursue them with passion. “I plan to continue Karen’s legacy, but with my spin on it,” Queenie says. “It has the same vibe and energy, but now it’s my energy. It will now and always be Ruffles.”

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Senior Citizens News By Joyce McFarland

Down to brass tacks. It’s not easy living up to the things we wrote down on Jan. 1. The annual meeting was held on Jan. 22 with the biggest crowd ever, 20 people, to vote in a new executive. Leny Mace is the new president, Barbara Johnston is secretary, June Spak is treasurer and Lorriene Chapman is vice-president. Stepping down, but not out, are Joyce McFarland, Connie Brown and Joe Bruder, with Lorriene holding her position for another year. At the start of the meeting we bowed in silence to remember three of our faithful members who died in 2012 – Harold Burgess, Iva White and Jane Rutledge. They all worked hard for many years to help make the senior centre the reality we enjoy today. Went to Boston Pizza – first-class meal and service. Leaving, I missed the step down from the booth and took a tumble, forgetting my own good advice: “Ladies, don’t fall, it is the beginning of the end.” Back to the good news. Memberships are rolling in at the centre. The pool players and the duplicate bridge club are on board. The daily programs are picking up now that the holidays, the flu and the bad weather are over, but keep your boots handy for the May storm. The February programs will remain the same while the new executive takes time to settle in, then we will all need to be willing and enthusiastic volunteers to follow up on the suggestions voiced at the meeting. Please talk the talk and walk the walk, now that the new board has been given the mandate to serve our seniors and our community in this fresh new year. John Goluk has the calendar for February ready for you to pick up, and the special events are written on the green board by the information table. Now that I am not the president, if you tell me you forgot your calendar, I will throw up all over your Gucci shoes!

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Chili and art headline at the gallery By Brad Quarin

cello. No Particular Topic has been runCrowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery ning for nine years, and under that has reopened with its annual show No title since 2007. It had a variety of Particular Topic and is preparing for its names before that, such as Currently I popular Chili Bowl Fest on Saturday. Am ... in 2006. The festival is an annual fundraiser While No Particular Topic is for the art gallery. “Some people say it’s still up, the ninth annual Chili Bowl a highlight of February,” says Krisztina Fest takes place at the art gallery Wood, managing director of the Allied on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arts Association. “It’s very popular,” Krisztina says, No Particular Topic opened last and they’re planning for about 200 Saturday and runs until Feb. 24. It is an people. opportunity for anyone in Crowsnest Festival volunteers bring Pass and the surrounding area to send homemade chili, and visitors receive in two works, which will be displayed pottery bowls made by the pottery at the gallery. As the name of the show club. Each person can try one or two suggests, there’s no required subject helpings of chili, though they won’t matter. Photo by Brad Quarin be able to taste every kind. “The “We always have a great turnout,” emphasis is on the pottery bowls that Krisztina says, and she is “very happy” Lynette Jessop with her work of glass, acrylic and light titled “Fragments.” See our people get to keep,” Krisztina says. online edition this week for more photos, or stop by the gallery for a first-hand view. with what the gallery received this The fee, $10 per adult or $7 per year. “I have more than enough to The artist behind the installation piece child 10 or under, also gets you a hang.” “Fragments” is Lynnette Jessop, who says the work breadstick and two cookies. You don’t have to make Altogether, there are 46 two-dimensional summarizes how she sees only a projected image of chili in order to come. works, meaning paintings, etchings or photos, and her daughter, who lives in San Francisco. The glass Besides being a fundraiser, Allied Arts has a lot one installation artwork, which she describes as a came from her car window, which was smashed of fun with the chili festival and does it partly to see piece with mirrors which projects onto the wall. “It’s when she was visiting her daughter. the smiling faces. Krisztina herself is making a pot a good mixture,” she says. For the first time, the opening of No Particular of chili, specifically vegetarian chili as an alternative The works were created by 25 artists. Many of Topic was accompanied by live music, provided by to the usual meat ones. them have had work featured in the gallery before, local performers Wendell and The Deb. Wendell The gallery is located at 14733 20th Ave. but some are new, perhaps having just moved to the Kisner plays guitar while Debbie Goldstein plays (Highway 3) in Frank. Pass or living in Pincher Creek.

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Austin Harrison was one of several kids and their parents who enjoyed an evening out in their pyjamas Friday at the Blairmore library. Photo by Brad Quarin.

ISS students in Blairmore dressed up in celebration of Literacy Day. Darbie Fraser, left, came as Tom Sawyer and Alice Murray as Cindy Lou Who. Photo by Brad Quarin.

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Family Literacy Day was a hit at Isabelle Sellon School, with a variety of colourful characters spotted in the gym enjoying a hot breakfast and watching The Cat Came Back. Students and staff dressed up as their favourite fictional characters last Friday, with everyone from Batman to Anne of Green Gables represented. Student council chose the costume route after Halloween turned out to be a snow day. “We weren’t here on Halloween, and we were supposed to dress up, so we decided to do it on Family Literacy Day,” says Grade 4 student and student councillor Darbie Fraser. She came dressed up as Tom Sawyer.

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Darbie’s favourite costume belonged to Grade 5 student Alice Murray, who came as Cindy Lou Who with a funky hairdo. “My favourite book is How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Alice says. Another unique costume was Emmett Morrow’s Monster from Monster by A. Lee Martinez. Emmett describes the character as a “cryptobiological containment and rescue agent, pretty much a monster catcher.” “I thought it was interesting, the variety of books,” says principal Paul Pichurski. The hot breakfast was made possible by Mac’s donation of egg patties, which were also served after Halloween and in the Christmas season.

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A bit o’ Burns and bagpipes Hayden Varley piped in the haggis Friday night at Cowley to start off a celebration of the life and works of Robbie Burns. The crowd enjoyed a traditional Scottish meal by Barry and Sophie Carney, and toasts and memories were shared. See our online edition at for more photos and video of Hayden piping solo and in duet with Margaret Hanna. Tae Rabbie!

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Mirror images of the past By Brad Quarin

Ribbons will be cut and Pincher Creek’s Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village will celebrate some important growth. An official dedication of five heritage buildings is planned at the downtown museum for 2 p.m. on Sunday, and you can attend for free. “This is an exciting event,” says curator Farley Wuth. “It’s another innovative illustration of how we’re preserving local history.” The five buildings are from the Pincher Creek area and were donated and moved to KBPV to serve “our mandate to help preserve and promote the local history,” he explains. Refreshments will be free and there could be tours, though it’s principally an indoor event. One of the five buildings was a barn for horses belonging to the North West Mounted Police, back when they were still called that. The barn was built in 1878 close to where the Pincher Creek library is now, and the other buildings in its complex burned down in 1939, Farley recounts. The barn was donated to KBPV by Rafael and Suzanne Hul, who will be there to dedicate it on Sunday. It had to be taken apart to be moved and was reassembled at the museum. Another building is the Cyr schoolhouse, which was for students from Grades 1 to 9 from 1907 to 1947. Later, it became a storage facility

for Betterway Grocery Store on Main Street in Pincher Creek. It was moved to the museum in the fall and will be dedicated by the Main family. The Cyr family will also be there to dedicate two of the buildings, the Cyr and Gietz houses, which they arranged to come to KBPV. The Cyr house was built by the family in the 1920s and inhabited until the 1960s. It is noticeably larger than the Gietz house and is filled with household artifacts, including personal items that belonged to the Cyr family. The Gietz house was part of a Mennonite homestead east of Pincher Creek. The one-storey frame building was constructed in the 1920s. Alfred and Tina Gietz owned the property for a number of years. Canada’s chief justice, Beverley McLachlin, who grew up in Pincher Creek, is their niece. The fifth building was an oil storage building that has been converted into a doctor’s office, to accommodate the medical artifacts owned by KBPV. These include authentic medicine bottles from local pharmacies and a 1950s nurse uniform donated by Dorothy Bernard (nee Cox). The building will be dedicated by longtime residents and retired Pincher Creek doctors, Lorne and Rhonda Collins. Museum staff ask the public to come in through the James Avenue entrance.

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Baskets of goodwill

By Brad Quarin

A penny may not be much to you or me, but sometimes a little goes a long way. There have been a number of penny drives led by local groups and schools lately, aiming to raise money for good causes. “Everybody’s got pennies lying around,” says Dan Crawford of the Rotary Club of Pincher Creek. “That little handful of pennies can save someone’s life.” Dan and Rotary Club president Gerry Alex came up with the idea of holding a penny drive to combat polio, a disease now mostly found in countries like India. The goal is ambitious: “We’re trying to eradicate polio in the world,” Dan says. A polio vaccination costs about 20 cents, and after setting up pails and posters in Pincher Creek locations such as banks, the Rotarians raised about $650, Dan says. The campaign went on for about five or six months before being taken down in early December. The leadership club of Canyon School started it up again for a week starting Jan. 20, putting containers in classrooms. The students also made posters and announcements on the intercom. “I think it’s so great,” says principal Carole Goodreau. She says the Rotary Club donated to the school playground, so in a way Canyon School was giving back. Meanwhile, local schools have jumped on board with the international charity Free the Children, which aims to raise money to provide water for poorer places. According to Free the Children’s website, it takes $25 to provide a lifetime supply of water to an individual. Livingstone School in Lundbreck ran its penny drive during November and December, and raised nearly $2,000, says assistant principal Mary Krizan. A group of Grade 9 students attended We Day and afterwards set up posters, jars and bags around the school and at businesses in Lundbreck and Cowley. Livingstone School also received some support from Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce, though Crowsnest Consolidated High School held its own penny drive.

“I saw these students change,” says Mary, who describes how they became generous and enthusiastic. The students want their money to go to Ghana. Many being athletic, they feel a connection to that country because of its national soccer team, Mary says. She feels they had a “great response” from the community, and people would stop by the school off the highway because they heard about the campaign on Mountain Radio. Likewise, Crowsnest Pass residents called CCHS to chip in their pennies for weeks after the drive officially ended, says teacher Lori Prentice. “We’re amazed at how it went,” she says. CCHS doesn’t know the final amount raised for Free the Children, but it was probably over $1,000. The Pincher Creek and Blairmore Elks are also continuing their penny drives. Pincher Creek’s project, Making Dollars Out of Cents, has been going on for two years. Exalted Ruler Rick Clark says it will continue until there are no longer any pennies to collect. There are 20 million pennies in Canada, and “people have to get rid of them,” he says. The money raised by the Pincher Creek Elks goes to treatment of children with hearing and speech disorders. The Elks have set up boxes in restaurants and stores in Pincher Creek. The Blairmore Elks’ penny drive is similarly going to a children’s fund, in which families can apply for financial assistance for hearing aids or medical expenses, says organizer Otto Krug. There’s no specific goal as to the amount of money to be raised, and the idea of collecting pennies just came from the fact that they’re being ended. Otto says they’ve deposited $300 so far. “The pennies don’t have to be rolled,” he says, and adds anyone can donate a larger amount at the Blairmore bus depot. Rick is unsure how much Pincher Creek has raised so far, but it’s probably over $1,000. “It’s not bad for a small community,” Rick says. “It all adds up.”



Photo by Jessica Jensen

Dallas Hale, left, and Melanie Parker counted pennies with fellow leadership group members Friday afternoon at Canyon School in Pincher Creek. Students collected 25,650 pennies to help Rotary International eradicate polio in India. Group leader Lina Anastacio says the students grew more and more excited as the pile of pennies grew. When asked, the kids were quick to say polio is a “very bad disease,” and are proud to know their contribution could save about 1,700 lives.

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Come meet the bear dogs By Brad Quarin Man’s best friend is lending a paw to help Fish and Wildlife officers deal with bears, and you can learn more and meet a couple of the canines. Bear dogs are the focus of the third wildlife presentation brought to you by Alberta Parks and the Pincher Creek Community Adult Learning Council. Fish and Wildlife officer John Clarke of Crowsnest Pass plans to be at the Pincher Creek library next Wednesday at 7 p.m. And he’s bringing two of the dogs, Koda and Kuma, with him. “They’re the stars, you gotta bring them,” he says. You can meet the dogs personally or watch from other libraries by videoconference. John explains the bear dog program started in Blairmore in 2001 with dogs Kuma and Mica. Mica, who belonged to officer Kirk Olchowy, passed away last year, while John’s dog Kuma is 12 and will be retiring this year. John’s second dog, Koda, is six. The dogs aren’t just for work. “They’re service dogs, but they’re pets at home,” John says. He is a dog person. “You would have to be.” Fish and Wildlife deals with resource management, John says, including hunting, fishing and problem wildlife. The officers might be called when a bear comes near people, at which point they will clean up what attracted the bear. They may also have to chase the bears from

certain areas, which may involve yelling, rubber bullets, letting the dogs bark or releasing the dogs. The dogs can also sense bears and alert the officers of their presence. Chasing bears is good for the animals as well as people. “It protects the bear, saves his life,” John says. He’s been working across Alberta for 24 years and has lived in the Pass for 12 years, and loves his job. He got the dogs to use as wildlife service dogs, and their training started when they were 10 weeks old. “It’s a game, it’s not hardcore training,” John says regarding the puppies. Koda got a bear hide to play with. For the wildlife presentation, Heidi Eijgel of Alberta Parks approached John, who says he’s done hundreds of similar presentations in the past. To John, it’s important to educate people about the program. “I’m always volunteering my time,” he says. He and the dogs have also been featured on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. “People are quite aware of the dogs in southern Alberta,” he says. This is fortunate, because bears live in our area and movies tend to portray them as man-eaters. “When you do these independent presentations, it helps,” John says. For more information, visit .

Summer 2013 Mine and Museum Interpreters Required BELLEVUE UNDERGROUND MINE

The Experience …

• Interact with visitors from around the world! • Work in a historically authentic underground coal mine.

The Duties … • • • •

Lead guided mine tours and educational programs. Work with school groups, general public and people of all ages. Share stories of what life was like for a coal miner. Gift shop, admissions and general ground maintenance.

The Skills …

• Creative, outgoing. • Team Player/Independent Thinker. • Current Standard First Aid Certificate.

Employment Period: Wages: Application Deadline: Interviews:

April 29 – September 2, 2013 $14.50 per hour (30-37 hr/week) February 8, 2013 February 18-20, 2013

Interested applicants may send resume with cover letter and references to: Crowsnest Pass Ecomuseum Trust Society Bellevue Underground Mine P. O. Box 519, Bellevue, Alberta T0K 0C0 Phone: 403-564-4711 Email: Visit:

Photo courtesy of John Clarke

Kuma is retiring this year after serving as a bear dog in the area. Karelian bear dogs are used to teach bears to recognize and avoid human territory. You can meet Kuma next Wednesday at the Pincher Creek library, or join the presentation at the Blairmore library via videoconference.

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM We are looking for retired business people, professionals and farmers interested in mentoring young entrepreneurs in their field of expertise. Honorarium available. For more information please contact Dennis at 403-627-3313. Resumes can be forwarded to: Robin & Co. Box 1060 Pincher Creek T0K 1W0 or emailed to

SCHOOL REUNION June 28-30/13 The students of


from 1953 to 1965 extend an invitation to

St. Michael’s

students of the same years Moments to Remember

Please contact Eva Campbell at 403-627-4207 or Gayle Stephen at 403-627-2228 by Feb. 28, 2013

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New officers for Coleman Legion The installation of officers for the Coleman branch of the Royal Canadian Legion was held Jan. 6.   Seated, from left, are past president Gus Kollee, secretary-treasurer Debby Greenwood, president Rejean Levesque, first vice-president Ed Srembicki, second vice-president Jim Coyle and installing officer Wayne Shaw.    Standing, from left, are executive members Ray Aubin, Ken Warburton, ReneJahn, Ron Stewart, Ed Smith and Lynne Hammond.

Photo courtesy of Debby Greenwood

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Mark Your Calendar Events and Entertainment – Full details are available in the Breeze online calendar – Thursday, January 31 – Intermediate knitting class - 7:30 p.m. at Lebel Mansion in Pincher Creek – No school for St. Michael’s & Livingstone Range schools – Coffee & conversation for ESL learners - 5 p.m. at Mrs. P’s (Ranchland Mall) in Pincher Creek – Ladies’ hockey - 8:30 p.m. at C.N.P. Sports Complex in Coleman – Free shinny hockey - 12 & under, 1:15 p.m.; 13 & over, 2:30 p.m. at C.N.P. Sports Complex in Coleman – Vision help group meeting - 2 p.m. at Creekside Manor common room (500 Adelaide Cres.) in Pincher Creek Friday, February 1 – Champions for Brenda floor hockey fundraiser at CCHS in Coleman – Family badminton - 7 p.m. at Matthew Halton High School gym in Pincher Creek – Kids Valentine’s Day art - 2 p.m. at Lebel Mansion 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 – Fun Fridays (ages 6-12) - 2 p.m. at the library in

Blairmore – Accidental Artists group - 2 p.m. at Lebel Mansion in Pincher Creek Saturday, February 2 – The Range I Ride opening reception - 2 p.m. at Lebel Mansion in Pincher Creek – Champions for Brenda floor hockey fundraiser at CCHS in Coleman – Legion crib tournament in Blairmore – Chili Bowl Fest - 11 a.m. at C.N.P. Art Gallery in Frank – Flight of the Crows Loppet cross-country ski event - registration 9:30 a.m. at Allison-Chinook Recreation Area ski trails Sunday, February 3 – Historical building dedications - 2 p.m. at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek (use James Avenue entrance) – Champions for Brenda floor hockey fundraiser at CCHS in Coleman – Super Bowl tailgate party - 3:30 p.m. at Pure Country Grill & Pub in Frank – Free family skating - 4 p.m. in Pincher Creek Monday, February 4

– Lundbreck Citizens Council AGM - 7 p.m. at Windsor Heritage Drop In Centre in Lundbreck – Bellecrest Community Association meeting - 7 p.m. at Miners Club in Hillcrest – Friends of St. Michael’s meeting - 7 p.m. at the school in Pincher Creek Tuesday, February 5 – Search & Rescue meeting - 7 p.m. at the Pincher Creek fire hall – Coleman Community Society meeting - 7:30 p.m. at Coleman Legion – Crowsnest Pass council meeting - 7 p.m. at municipal office in Coleman – Beginner dance for couples - 7 p.m. at Lebel Mansion in Pincher Creek Wednesday, February 6 – Winter Walk Day - see – Windy Slopes Vacation a Month draw at the Pincher Creek hospital – Drop-in kayak pool sessions - 5 p.m. at the Pincher Creek pool – Wildlife and Wild Places lecture series - 7 p.m. at Pincher Creek library – Free skating for parents/tots/seniors - 12:30 p.m. in Coleman

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 – Fitness class for seniors - Mon. & Wed. 10 a.m. at MDM Centre in Bellevue – 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 in 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 – 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. 7:30 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 – Ladies’ hockey - Thurs. 8:30 p.m. at Sports Complex in Coleman – 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

* Detailed information can be found in the online calendar at

List your event by calling 403-904-2227 or emailing

Listings are free for non-profit groups, service clubs, schools, youth organizations and events advertised in The Breeze.

See yourself at Teck, visit:

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Pincher Creek Offers Our Customers Photo by Brad Quarin Crestview Lodge staff and residents present Richard Levesque of Pincher Creek Sobeys with a plaque in thanks for his generosity. From left are activity co-ordinator Cathy Klein, resident John Sinnott, Richard, and lodge manager Millie Loeffler.

Sobeys shows community spirit By Brad Quarin Crestview Lodge is grateful to Pincher Creek Sobeys for the store’s recent donation of gift certificates collectively worth $1,000. “I think it just shows that Sobeys has true community spirit, and they’re very much a part of our community and a supportive part of our community,” says lodge manager Millie Loeffler. On Jan. 23, Millie presented Sobeys owner Richard Levesque with a plaque expressing thanks for the grand gesture. Richard explains the two $500 cards were given out as part of Sobeys’ Time for Sharing program. “It’s our way of giving back to the community for supporting us,” he says. The Time for Sharing certificates go out every year around Christmas, Richard says. While the money comes from the head office in Edmonton, the local store decides where it goes. “It’s a great program for Sobeys,” he says. In this case, Richard wanted to show appreciation for the loyalty of Pincher Creek residents, emphasizing Sobeys is locally owned and operated. He picked Crestview Lodge as the beneficiary this year while going through letters requesting donations. “It was kind of an easy fit,” he says. However, Millie says the donation was unexpected. “It was a surprise, and it’s very generous of them, we’re just really pleased,” she says. Millie explains the donation will be used to “enhance our recreation program or activity program.” The money will be spent at Sobeys, and will help with the functions and special occasions that Millie says they have as often as possible. In particular, they celebrate holidays and monthly birthday parties, often with music and entertainment. Millie describes Crestview Lodge’s service to the community as providing affordable “independent living” to seniors, which means seniors can stay active. The social activities offered “keep our seniors connected to the community.” “It’s not institutional at all, it’s very home-like,” she says. Crestview Lodge is supported by the Town of Pincher Creek, the Municipal District of Pincher Creek and Cowley. Millie herself lives in Cowley and has always lived in the area. Outside of Time for Sharing, Richard says Sobeys gives throughout the year, also supporting fundraisers, school charities and sports tournaments.

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Courtesy carry-outs on your groceries FREE DELIVERY within Pincher Creek CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY Every first Tuesday of the month Rewards for shopping at Sobeys = FREE GROCERIES Free to sign up! Competitive Pricing Guaranteed freshness throughout the store

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Brenda Macdonald of Coleman is in need of a double lung transplant to save her life. Expenses in excess of $70,000 must be covered, and Champions for Brenda will donate all money raised from the game to Brenda and her family. You can make a difference!

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Lovely tutu’s & Candy Bouquets

Face painting

Together we can SAVE A LIFE Connie Hill Mariane Kutcher Andrew Fairhurst Brett Newton Dane Newton Dillon Newton

Mike Squarek Adam Hanuse Michael Kenney Steven Burles Ty Tracey Jim Tracey

Marc Sciarra Dennis Robin Caleb Bailey Ryan Peebles John Sciarra Logan Wakaluk

Brock Wakaluk Mollie Paton Triston Slywka Alex Budgen Galen Paton Calvin Duarte-Pedrosa

Colton Newton Ryan Sciarra Cheryl Norman

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No Particular Topic

Artist Rose Gail and acrylic “Blue Crow.”

Photo by Brad Quarin

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Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery

Artist Jean K. Blackall and mixed media collage “Taproot.” Jean, from Blairmore, says she works in the abstract to capture the “reaction” to something, rather than the thing itself. Photo by Brad Quarin

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No Particular Topic

Artist Laurie Rea with her acrylic works “Dawn by the Old Mill Stream,” top, and “Old Barn.”

Photo by Brad Quarin

Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery

Artist Michael J. Leeb and “Swimming Concretions.”

Photo by Brad Quarin

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Artist Lynette Jessop with “Fragments,” an installation of acrylic, glass and projected light.

Photo by Brad Quarin

Family Literacy Day at ISS

Dress as your favourite fictional character ... Colby Snider as Bear from Bear in the Big Blue House

Photo by Brad Quarin

Family Literacy Day at ISS

Dress as your favourite fictional character ... Maeye Rothlin as Anne of Green Gables

Photo by Brad Quarin

Family Literacy Day at ISS

Dress as your favourite fictional character ... Emmett Morrow as Monster from Monster by Lee Martinez.

Photo by Brad Quarin

Family Literacy Day at ISS

Dress as your favourite fictional character ... Darbie Fraser, left, as Tom Sawyer and Alice Murray as Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Photo by Brad Quarin

Family Literacy Day at Blairmore library

Pyjama party at the library! Laura Gilbert with her daughter Sophia Photo by Brad Quarin

Family Literacy Day at Blairmore library

Pyjama party at the library! Rhyming games Photo by Brad Quarin

Family Literacy Day at Blairmore library

Pyjama party at the library! Austin Harrison Photo by Brad Quarin

Images of the Past – The Cyr house at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village

Due to a file error, additional KBPV photos will be in next week’s online edition. Be sure to stop by the museum Sunday afternoon to check the buildings out in person! Photo by Brenda Shenton

No bullies, please!

Engaging kids through puppetry and song Photo by Shannon Robin

Napi’s Playground Elementary School Cruising with Victor Lethbridge Photo by Shannon Robin

Address to the Haggis

Margaret Hanna at Robbie Burns celebration in Cowley

Photo by Shannon Robin

A few in their Scottish finery

Can you name their tartans and the one on this page?

Photo by Shannon Robin

Hayden Varley doing his thing

Photo by Shannon Robin

Pennies for Polio

Canyon School Leadership Club

Photo by Jessica Jensen

Pennies for Polio

Canyon School Leadership Club

Photo by Jessica Jensen

Pennies for Polio

Canyon School Leadership Club

Photo by Jessica Jensen

Pennies for Polio

Canyon School Leadership Club

Photo by Jessica Jensen

Pennies for Polio

Canyon School Leadership Club

Photo by Jessica Jensen

Crowsnest “Can Do” Society (CCRS) Crowsnest Cultural and Recreation Society c/o Wendy Valley Phone: (403)563-0500

CROWSNEST PASS WINTER CARNIVAL February 22, 23, 24 – 2013 Theme: “History of Pass and its People”

Visit the museum or browse through the impressive gold history book “Crowsnest Pass and its People” for surprising, unique costume ideas! “Pass people” will be encouraged dress and decorate relative to this theme (week prior to and including the event weekend).

Name the Carnival Contest

The carnival will be officially named for subsequent years as an annual event (details to be announced).

Night Parade

To be held the evening of February 22nd (Friday)

Theme dance, band, and silent auction February 23rd (Saturday) sponsored by the CCRS. Support

the vision of a Crowsnest Pass recreational centre by sporting your “finest dusty duds” and attend this funfilled activity!

Would any of these ideas interest you, your group, or business?

Events will be operated by individual groups, clubs, people, or businesses. They can encourage community involvement “just for fun”, be fund-raising events, and/or promote a business or an entrepreneur. All proceeds will go to the individual sponsor of each event. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

25 yard dash-dogs pulling toddlers on sleighs/toboggans Avalanche awareness Bonfire & hot chocolate, cider, hot dogs Boot hockey Bridge competition Bowling event Cross country ski event Curling event Dance demonstrations Dog sled race Dog training demos Downhill canoe race Face painting popcorn stand Frostbite foot race Frying pan toss Fun hockey game (eg. parents vs. kids) Games of skill Goulash cook off (sampling at different businesses) Horse drawn wagon rides Horseshoe tournament Hot dogs, hot chocolate around bonfire Human dogsled team Ice candles around town Ice canoe race

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Ice castle or igloo (frozen blocks from milk cartons) Ice fishing derby Ice sculpture contest (maybe art gallery?) Ice slide Karaoke (outdoor event?) Kite flying Light show Log cutting contest Lumberjack antics Marathon Matinee Merchant specials during the week Mountain fun relay (downhill, cross country, bike) Pancake breakfast Photo contest Scavenger hunt Silent auction to benefit individual groups Skating Ski hill event &/or demos Skijoring (skiers pulled by horses) Sled dog demos Seniors event Sleigh rides Snow ball (a modified baseball game) Snow golf Snow sculpture contest (could be individual residences) Snow sculptures on main by gazebo Snow tunnel Snowmobile event or demo Snowmobile mini rides Snowmobile poker run Snowshoe event Snowshoe race Snowshoe race Soap box derby Street hockey tournament Toboggan races Torchlight parade Tug-of-war Wood splitting contest Zombie walk (a fun walking parade of “zombies”! Popular in Europe)

Show your support and enthusiasm by participating in this positive, upbeat community venue! Volunteers greatly appreciated. Contact Wendy Valley at (403)563-0500

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