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November 30, 2016 Year 6, Issue 12

Lanterns brighten the night

Photo by Shannon Robison

About 30 children from Beaver Mines, Gladstone Valley and Pincher Creek came together to create lanterns and share their light at the Beaver Mines gazebo on the weekend. Jolaine Kelly led the lantern-making and storytelling. She said, “Are you noticing that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer? As nature starts falling asleep and the world is getting darker, it is up to us to light the world with our own inner lights. We must look inside ourselves and to one another, to light up our world. This light can be seen through warmth, kindness and doing what we know is right.” She also spoke of St. Martin, the patron saint of beggars and outcasts, and the children’s lantern festival held on St. Martin’s Day. The children used their lanterns to light the way for a walk around the path before enjoying treats and family fellowship.

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Lexi Bailer, right, watches as classmate Lilyen Schmidt places an ornament on the KidSport tree at the Pincher Creek swimming pool.

KidSport launches 12 days of Christmas

Submitted by Town of Pincher Creek Parks and Recreation As we prepare for the holiday season, KidSport is hosting a Christmas tree fundraising campaign to help support young people in our community who can’t afford to play sports. “In the days leading up to Christmas, we hope that community members, businesses and organizations will come to the pool and give a donation,” says board member Michelle Spencer. “Their name will then be placed on a Christmas decoration.” Families can apply for funding if they meet the financial thresholds laid out by KidSport Alberta. If an applicant if successful, the money is given directly to the sports organization for fees. “We have a good process for assessing need,” Michelle says, “so you can feel confident that your dollar is being well spent.” “I see a lot of passion for youth sport in Pincher Creek. As parents, I think we all understand the value of organized sport and how important it is for the well-being of youth in a small community,” she adds. “This campaign is a great opportunity to take this passion and make it a reality for a child in need.” KidSport Pincher Creek has been in operation since 2001 and, on average, has been funding 20 to 22 kids each year. But in 2015, the organization saw a 40 per cent jump and is now funding an average of 30 kids per year. Michelle attributes the jump, in part, to the recession, but also to a recent decision that KidSport Pincher Creek has made to help support children in school sports. To help meet the growing need, KidSport Pincher Creek has also invited sports organizations to take in a $1 donation for KidSport for each registration. “We were happy to see the Pincher Creek Skating Club put this in place, and hope that other sports organizations will pick up on this opportunity in the coming years.” Michelle says. In Pincher Creek, an average donation of $200 can provide one child a full season of sport. This truly is the type of gift that will last well beyond the holidays. Charitable receipts can be provided for donations over $20. For KidSport information, donations or applications, please visit the recreation office at the pool or contact Diane Burt Stuckey at 403-627-4322.

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Retiring news broadcaster a storyteller at heart

By Brad Quarin Then, he would hammer out the It’s the end of an era for everyone stories on his typewriter. in Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek and Fires and floods were sometimes area who has depended on local radio subject matter in his reports. His confor at least a portion their daily news cerns weren’t limited to local matters, fix. but also national and international Lundbreck resident Randy issues. Spencer has served as news director Incidents like the Sept. 11 attacks for Mountain Radio, recently happened during his tenure, but he rechristened Real Country, for over was never too shocked to do his job. 40 years. He is retiring at the end of “It’s all news, whether it’s good news or November. bad news,” he says. “He will be missed by everyone,” Other matters were controversial, says DJ Courtney Potts. “Randy is one but Randy didn’t fret about balance. of the last old-school news guys left, “My theory was, if it’s interesting and we were lucky to have him as long enough for me, it’s going to be interestas we did.” ing enough for somebody else.” Originally from a farm near Feedback from listeners was Okotoks, Randy moved to Lethbridge frequent, and he says most was at 18 and studied broadcasting at positive. While a few were unhappy Lethbridge Community College. with what they heard, Randy “It seemed easy to read stories respected their opinions. “You’re only about people,” he says. telling what you can tell,” he says. His education lasted only two He believes the main part of his job weeks before managers at the was telling listeners the facts, and this Lethbridge station CJOC heard him was what they wanted. on student radio and offered him a job. The most satisfying days were when Besides radio, Randy broke into newscasts were completed with no Lethbridge television. Then, his boss mistakes. Photo by Brad Quarin mentioned CJOC had launched a sta“To get through a whole cast withRandy Spencer behind the microphone at Mountain Radio. tion in Crowsnest Pass. out any flaw, mispronunciation of a At the time, Randy wasn’t too word, it’s hard,” he says. familiar with the Pass, having travelled “Perfect cast would make a person’s through it as a boy but never giving it much thought. day. If you can do five of them, that’s even better.” He found TV too chaotic, so he took the new position. Broadcasts were often three or five minutes. At one point years ago, they His job at Mountain Radio involved more than simply showing up and readhad 10-minute newscasts. “I prefer the long time,” he says. “You could tell more ing a script. It was his responsibility to find the stories and write the reports. stories.” Besides covering all kinds of meetings, most of the work could be done at the Jessica Harrington will be taking over news coverage for Real Country, and station, within an eight-hour day. The day would begin at 4 a.m. with prep work, Randy wishes his colleagues well. but the rest came easily. Randy plans to remain in Lundbreck and isn’t sure what he’ll do with all of Many kinds of sources could provide the news. “You find it wherever you his newfound free time. can,” he says. Even rumours could be a starting point.

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Crowsnest Pass welcomes Christmas to the mountains By Brad Quarin Christmastime is here, and Santa Claus is already travelling around the world, spreading cheer as everyone prepares for the holiday. This Friday, he will arrive in Crowsnest Pass for Christmas in the Mountains, a series of events through the week spearheaded by the chamber of commerce. “It’s this really great small-town community event where there’s lots for families to do this weekend,” says Jackie Woodman, the chamber’s office manager. Many of the activities are free, and most take place this weekend. Christmas in the Mountains also showcases local businesses, as the community can get a start on Christmas shopping. If businesses have decorated for the season, staff should consider snapping some photos to enter into the chamber’s decorating contest on Thursday.

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Photos can be uploaded to, to be judged by a panel of chamber members. Jackie says they are looking for “businesses that have gotten into the spirit of the season, especially if they’re creative.” The winner will receive a free ad in the 2017 Visitors Guide. Prime time for Christmas in the Mountains will be Friday, when the Santa Claus Parade travels down main street Blairmore at 6:30 p.m. Any business or group can participate in the parade. It’s helpful if someone picks up a form from the chamber office or downloads one from the website, but you can also show up at the Greenhill Hotel parking lot that day. Judging takes place at 6 p.m. There will be a bonfire at Gazebo Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the chamber is encouraging businesses to stay open late after the parade. A number of businesses will hold open houses on Friday, including Crowsnest Dental from 4 to 7 p.m., with hot chocolate and cookies. The fun continues Saturday, with the Pass Pottery Club holding its pottery sale at Crowsnest Sports Complex from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mountain View Industries is hosting a craft and bake sale at 10 a.m. The chamber is hosting an artisans market at the Blairmore Elks Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the nearby Compass Fellowship will be having its Christmas bazaar from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bazaar is a perfect opportunity for children to buy little Christmas gifts. On Sunday, if there is snow, there will be an all-levels group ski at the Allison-Chinook Recreational Area at 1 p.m. See WELCOME CHRISTMAS, continued on page 6

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Christmas in the Mountains event is something to crow about Submitted by Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce There’s something so wonderful about the start of the holiday season. Christmas lights are popping up everywhere and Christmas music is always in the background. The lyrics to every Christmas classic are dancing around in your head, whether you like it or not! But there’s something particularly special about living in a small town during this time of the year. The Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce is hoping to capture the essence of that small-town Christmas experience, with the celebration of Christ-

mas in the Mountains. What makes this event special? Without a doubt, it’s the warm and welcoming spirit in which business owners and community groups come together to showcase our mountain town. A community parade, a bonfire in the park with Christmas carols, open houses and late-night shopping — these all serve to bring people together and foster connections with small-business owners, neighbours and friends. Living in a close-knit community in a small mountain town is truly something to be grateful for. Please join us in celebrating this special season of giving and gratitude at Christmas in the Mountains.

WELCOME CHRISTMAS, continued from page 5 Santa will make another appearance at Christmas in the Park, happening at Flumerfelt Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Jane Ann Reimer, president of the Coleman Community Society, says it will be the classic event, with wagon rides and hotdogs served by Crowsnest Consolidated High School leadership students. Those attending are welcome

to bring donations of cash or food items for the food bank. Much of the Christmas cheer will spill over into next week, with the Crowsnest Pass Community Choir and Crowsnest Pass Symphony Orchestra having their Christmas concert on Dec. 7. The concert, at 7 p.m. at Horace Allen School, costs $10 per person or $20 per family.

On Dec. 10, you can meet at Spry in Blairmore for some winter trail running at 2 p.m. The chamber is having a big party for small businesses the same evening at Holy Trinity Catholic Church Hall at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

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Santa stays warm, stylish and safe on the job thanks to Spry Advertorial Santa Claus will be at Spry, located on main street Blairmore, on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., to help celebrate the annual Christmas in the Mountains event. Even though he’ll be staying nice and cozy inside, that’s not always the case, because most of his work is done outside. “It sure gets cold out there,” Santa said via telephone interview from the North Pole. “It’s a challenge finding the right clothes to stay warm while I’m trying to get the job done!” Santa says he’ll be sure to check out the great gear at Spry while he’s in town — especially their new line of high-tech outdoor workwear and their studded footwear and traction devices. “People who work outside should be just as comfortable as people who play outside,” Santa says. “And studded footwear has saved me on more than one icy rooftop! Mrs. Claus doesn’t let me leave the house without my Icebug boots.” The staff at Spry say their new focus on outdoor workwear comes from a desire to serve the community’s needs. They would like to thank Bonnie Harry of Work N Play, as she was very encouraging and helpful with the transition to selling outdoor workwear. Spry will stay open until 7:30 p.m on Friday, and don’t forget to stop in to see Santa on Saturday!

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Photo by Cindy Mauthe

Gunnar, left photo, may be newly certified as a search and rescue dog, but he’s already proven that he can save people, beginning with his owner and trainer, Cindy Mauthe. “He’s helped me immensely,” says Cindy, who is still recovering from a traumatic accident last year that claimed the life of her beloved dog Ruger. In centre photo are Cindy and Gunnar. In right photo is Ruger, a certified search dog, who will be remembered by many for his courage, loyalty and work ethic. Rest in peace, Ruger.

Gunnar earns spot on search and rescue team

By Erin Fairhurst The Pincher Creek Search and Rescue team recently gained a valuable new member: Gunnar — an energetic and hard-working Belgian shepherd dog. “He was certified on Oct. 29 in Lethbridge,” says Gunnar’s owner and trainer, Cindy Mauthe of Pincher Creek. “He passed his test and did very well. He’s a great dog.” Not only were Gunnar’s obedience and agility skills tested in a detailed examination conducted by RCMP, but he also had to pass a live search test in an area of 400 by 400 metres, successfully complete a ditch search, and pass a search for objects. To top it off, he’s not even two years old. “He’s a super dog,” says Cindy proudly. “He’s got tons of heart.” Cindy is no stranger to working with search and rescue dogs. Her nationally certified rescue dog Ruger was a well-known and important part of the Pincher Creek Search and Rescue team. “He worked hard, and loved what he did,” Cindy says of her faithful companion, who began his search and rescue training with Cindy when he was just 10 weeks old. Tragically, Ruger was killed in a car accident in April 2015. “It was the worst day of my life,” Cindy says. She was driving home with Ruger when she hit a patch of black ice on Highway 3. Her vehicle rolled four times. Ruger survived the crash but, in the chaos afterward, he ran onto the highway and was hit by a semi truck. “It was a huge loss on many levels,” she says heavily. “I miss Ruger every day.”

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Cindy says that life after Ruger has been marked by many dark hours, but that she’s slowly but surely moving forward. “I had to decide to step up and face life,” she says. “But believe me, I’ve had really unhappy days.” In addition to the loss of Ruger, Cindy suffered a serious concussion as a result of the accident. “I’m still dealing with the concussion,” she says, “but I’ve made huge improvements.” Cindy experienced fatigue, difficulty concentrating, vision and memory problems, as well as emotional ramifications from the accident. “I still get nervous driving,” she says, adding that her friends, family and the community at large have been incredibly supportive since the accident. “I didn’t get here by myself,” Cindy says of her ongoing recovery. “There have been so many people who have helped in so many ways.” And Gunnar has helped too, she says. Gunnar joined Cindy’s family in September of last year, and they started bonding immediately. “He’s really helped me to move forward,” she says. Cindy selected Gunnar from a breeder in Manitoba and says that the day she met him was an emotional one. “It was a very exciting day,” she recalls. “I was happy, but also crying.” Cindy has seven dogs, but Gunnar is the only one she trains for search and rescue.

Hamburger and Christmas Tree Sale Saturday, Dec. 3 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pincher Creek Legion Parking Lot

Come out and help the Foothills 4-H Beef Club support the Christmas Food Hamper Program as club members sell delicious Alberta beef in conjuction with the Legion’s Christmas tree sale.

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All proceeds will be donated to the local Christmas Food Hamper Program. Thank You to Backcountry Butchering and Brylor Ranch for their sponsorship of the beef!

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Pincher Creek Foundation Invitation for New Board Member The Pincher Creek Foundation Board of Directors would like to invite individuals interested in taking a position as a Board Member at Large. Our Foundation is dedicated to assisting Seniors and Low Income Families in obtaining affordable housing. We currently manage Crestview Lodge, Canyon Manor (12 apartments), Canyon Manor & Willow Court Cottages (12 units) and twelve (12) affordable apartments for low income families. All of the units we manage are subsidized and/or funded by the Province and local Municipalities. We operate under the Legislation of Alberta Seniors, the Alberta Housing Act, Alberta Social Housing Act & Regulations and other required Legislation. The position is now available and we invite and welcome interested parties to submit applications or contact us to obtain information. Please contact us at the following: Pincher Creek Foundation – Board of Directors c/o Sahra Nodge, Board Chair P.O. Box 1058, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0 Email: Millie Loeffler, Chief Administrative Officer at: Phone 403-627-3833, ext. 1 In person at Crestview Lodge, 978 Hyde Street, Pincher Creek

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Glenwood nativity display offers spiritual atmosphere for Christmas

By Brad Quarin For a sixth year, the village of Glenwood will celebrate Christmas with one of the holiday’s most traditional decorations — the nativity set. People can visit Glenwood Community Hall to see an extensive collection of the decorations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sondra Smith, chairwoman of the committee that organizes the event, says it is special for the feeling that you get when you go in. “It’s just very peaceful, quiet and beautiful,” she adds. The committee is made up of Glenwood residents who thought the community would enjoy such a display. Everyone in the village is invited to add a nativity set to the collection, and the decorations are arranged for esthetic value. The event was originally held in the church, but the sets needed to be cleared for Sunday, which led to mad dash to remove them on Saturday night. Last year, the event was moved to the hall, with

over 250 nativity sets displayed. This is the first year the event will spill over to a Sunday. Sondra says it is a spiritual experience, and visitors requested a Sunday display. This is also the first time there will be a contest. Those who entered a homemade nativity set or original art or music piece before Nov. 30 will be judged by members of the committee. Fittingly, the first-place prize is another nativity set. To give the feeling of being outdoors, bare trees will be placed in the hall. Pianists will play reverent Christmas music, and if there are music entries in the contest, those will be performed as well. Sondra encourages people to take in the display. Children are welcome, but those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. “It’s a special time,” she says. “A lot of people are impressed.” The display is open from 1 to 7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Lundbreck grads to host Italian Night

By Brad Quarin Italy is a little closer than you think, as Livingstone School is holding its Italian Night at Cowley Hall on Friday, Dec. 9. The grad class of 2017 will be cooking up spaghetti for the supper and bringing desserts for auction. Graduates are receiving guidance in co-ordinating the event from staff members Tracey Preston-Hucik and Chad Jensen. Last year, the auctioneer was Bob Westrop, and he says he will be back. “It’s really good food, and the desserts there

are also wonderful,” says administrative assistant Joanne Verbaas. Funds raised from Italian Night will support great youths as they are preparing for their graduation ceremony. There isn’t a specific goal for the fundraiser, but Joanne estimates Italian Night raised $9,000 last year. There are 180 tickets available, and they can be obtained from grads or by calling the school office at 403-628-3897. Cost is $8 per adult, $5 per student or $20 per family of four. Children five and under get in free.

By Shannon Robison

Saturday afternoon was perfect for a cruise, so my daughter and I loaded up the dogs and hit the road heading south. Our travels took us past the Shell Waterton Complex and through the Gladstone Valley — a favourite drive. The sun was shining, it was +10 and it would have been a perfect late November day had it not been for the wind. We stopped at Butcher Lake but, despite using both feet to push against my door, I wasn’t tough enough to get it to open against the forceful wind that rocked the vehicle. The road was busier than most days we travel it in the summer. People appeared to be hunting for either deer or Christmas trees. At least half of the vehicles we met had a tree with lush green boughs in a truck box or tied to a roof rack. I was caught in a memory of our family trudging through the snow in search of seasonal greenery when I was about 10. For many, seeking the perfect tree is a family ritual and a source of pride. Secret tree-hunting spots are carefully guarded. The combination of evergreen, apple cider and gingerbread cookies is the perfect aroma to evoke memories of Christmases past and to get one looking forward to the season. In a television Christmas special, Charlie Brown mused that maybe all his sad Christmas tree needed was a little love. It’s something we all need, and not just at Christmas time. The thing is, though, Chuck’s tree was fine the way it was — adorned simply with one red ball. That’s worth remembering. When the Peanuts gang lavished the little tree with lights and decorations it became acceptable in their eyes. There may have been a lesson lost in the ending of the show. How awesome would it have been if the kids had simply loved the scraggly little tree for what it was? May your Christmas season be about more than baubles and bells — may love shine brightly around you and your family under the twinkling lights of your own holiday tree.

GUNNAR, continued from page 7 “He started his training at about 12 weeks,” she says. In addition to basic obedience, she started Gunnar with some simple tracking and runaway exercises. “We worked up to about two to three hours of training every other day, with a bit more on the weekend,” she says. “Once the base was built, we backed down a bit.” Cindy and Gunnar also worked with local area “dog whisperer” Judith Snowdon at Shawdowbar Shepherds. Cindy says she’s incredibly grateful for the support she received from Judith and the other members of the canine club.

“Working with Gunnar in that type of setting helped me to rebuild my confidence,” Cindy explains, adding that the training with Gunnar also helped to strengthen her mental acumen after the concussion. “Doing simple things like walking and talking at the same time wouldn’t seem like it should be a big deal, but it was.” Gunnar is well known at the Pincher Creek Rona store, where Cindy works, and she says kids will often ask if they can hide from Gunnar in the lumberyard. “They love it,” Cindy says with a laugh, “and so does Gunnar.” Now that Gunnar is certified for search and res-

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cue, he and Cindy will be available on a standby basis to help out in Pincher Creek and other areas of the province. “We try to go wherever we’re needed,” Cindy says. Gunnar is the only certified search-and-rescue dog in the Pincher Creek area. The next closest certified team is in Lethbridge. The ongoing training and certification requirements are “a lot of work,” Cindy says, “but it’s rewarding.” “There’s the potential to help someone, which makes it worth it.”

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Livingstone School Grad 2017 Italian Night Fundraiser Friday, Dec. 9 Cowley Hall

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10 good reasons to hit the slopes this winter Need some motivation to break out your skis this season? Here are a few arguments that should convince you to head to the hillside instead of down south! 1. To appreciate winter. There’s nothing quite like winter sports to make you truly appreciate the colder months. You might even catch yourself wi­ shing for a blizzard! 2. To spend quality time with family. Since skiing is accessible to people of all ages, it’s a perfect family sport. 3. To meet other enthusiasts. Mountaintops, chairlifts and chalets provide the perfect setting in which to share your passion and clever tricks with other skiers. 4. To take in the scenery. From breathtaking mountaintop views to frosty woodland scenes, skiing goes hand in hand with the wonders of nature. 5. To get some fresh air. Ski trips take you far from the city to take in that clean mountain air.

6. To unwind. The calmness, fresh air and wide-open spaces of the mountain are just what it takes to forget your everyday anxieties. 7. To challenge yourself. With trails suited for any skill, skiing is the perfect sport to test your li­mits. There’s nothing like the rush you get when you finally master that challenging slope! 8. To stay in shape. Spending the day on the slopes burns a significant amount of calories, helps strengthen your muscles (especially in your legs, thighs, arms and core), and improves your balance and agility. 9. To enjoy the après-ski. After a long day of skiing, reward yourself with the food, festive atmosphere and comfort of the cabin. 10. To have a blast! Above all else, skiing is just plain fun. It also provides an incredible sense of freedom. So what are you waiting for? Go get those skis!

The skier’s diet: it’s all about the carbs On your way to the slopes? In addition to making sure you have all the equipment you need, don’t forget to plan your meals! Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to make sure you have enough fuel to hurtle down those many hills without hitting a wall in the middle of the day.

Think carbs

Carbs are fuel for athletes. In other words, it’s crucial to include them in your diet before, during, and even at the end of your day on the slopes. Low blood sugar during physical effort won’t just make you hungry; you’ll also feel cold and your concentration will drop, which can increase your risk of falling. – Start with breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day for a reason! Peanut butter toast, cereal and muesli are excellent carb-rich food choices. Pair them with white cheese, yogurt, milk or orange juice. – For lunch, don’t eat too much, as this could leave you tired. You should also avoid fried foods, which are difficult to digest; the same is true of coffee and alcohol. Instead, reach for a sandwich full of lean meats, and have a piece of fruit for dessert.

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Isabelle Sellon students have been hard at work creating crafts to sell at the artisan market this weekend in Crowsnest Pass. This group of industrious students are committed to supporting a good cause. “We want to help other kids and give them a place to play,” says Jamie Currie. From left are Jamie, Brody Harriott, Aiden Lockhart, Owen Smith, Emma-Mae Meindertsma and Ryleigh Oberholtzer.

ISS students think globally with Rwanda playground project By Brad Quarin The children of Isabelle Sellon School want a new playground, but not for ISS or anywhere near Crowsnest Pass. The students have joined a project to build a playground in Ryabega, Rwanda, and you can support their efforts by checking out their crafts, for sale at the Blairmore Elks Hall on Saturday. Grades 4 and 5A students started on this in mid September, when teacher Lori Groat invited Crowsnest Pass native Amanda Tallon to speak about Rwanda. “This would be a great project to raise awareness for the kids about what’s going on in another country,” Mrs. Groat says. Amanda went to Crowsnest Consolidated High School and is currently living in Rwanda with her husband, Mike. They are working with a Christian organization called Youth With a Mission. One of their projects is to build a playground in Ryabega. The proposal is controversial in the village, as parents are concerned that a playground would distract children from fetching water. When Amanda showed slides of the Rwandan children to ISS students, they were moved by the photos, Mrs. Groat says. One showed a boy in a dirty and

torn shirt. It provided a marked contrast to life here, where children can wake up and put on a nice clean shirt every morning. Amanda spoke about what life was like for children in Rwanda, but Mrs. Groat says the presentation didn’t go into the horror stories of history leading to the present. The fact that Amanda was a person the students could see for themselves also helped them to connect, Mrs. Groat says. The children say they took interest in the idea to help other kids and give them a place to play. They had a zillion ideas about how to raise money, Mrs. Groat says. “They wanted to go crazy.” One month ago, the children had their first craft sale at the school, also collecting donations from other students and their families. The effort raised $140. Another craft sale took place at ISS last week. The next is part of Christmas in the Mountains, with the artisan market taking place at the Elks Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas has long been a time for bringing joy to children. The market may offer a unique chance to double this effort, by buying a small gift and, in turn, helping to give children in another country a fun space.

– For dinner, pasta, vegetable soup, poultry and potatoes, among others, are sure bets. Finally, it’s crucial to stay hydrated throughout the day. This means you need to drink lots of water — even if you don’t feel thirsty — and be sure to keep some energy drinks handy. You should also bring along some snacks (like dried fruits, nuts and cheese) so you’ll have something to munch on between runs. Have fun!

4-H news report Submitted by Kelly Turnbull Hi! My name is Kelly Turnbull and I am the club reporter for Pincher Creek Silver Reins 4-H Horse Club. This year, the club started out a little later as we had only five members to start with, and were looking for new members to join us. Well, we are off to a good start as we now have eight members and are still looking for anyone else who may be interested. If you are interested, please contact Yvonne Terpstra at 403-627-1445 or 403-339-1205. We started Oct. 22, introducing our horses and doing vitals on them. Dr. Amanda Elliott came to help us and talk to us about the importance of doing vitals on our horses. We are very grateful for her help. We are looking forward to another exciting year of learning ahead, and will continue to keep you posted on all our activities.

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Don't let deer get you in a rut Submitted by Crowsnest Conservation WildED Rattlesnakes in Lethbridge; long-toed salamanders in Waterton Lakes National Park; deer, elk and bighorn sheep along Highway 3. These are all examples of southern Alberta wildlife species impacted when their travel and migration corridors are transected by our streets and highways. For many wildlife species, fatalities are the most observable impact of roads. Less obvious impacts can include non-lethal injuries that leave the individual more susceptible to predation, decreased access to necessary habitats that meet daily or seasonal needs, lower reproduction rates, and less breeding or genetic mixing within the population, potentially leading to isolated or inbred population pockets. While rattlesnake or salamander collisions impact the animals, humans are directly impacted by deer-vehicle collisions. The average cost per collision with a deer is $8,121 (based on a 2007 study and adjusted for inflation). This includes the cost of vehicle repairs, the cost of human injury and fatality, the hunting value of the animal, emergency services costs such as towing and accident investigation, as well as carcass removal and disposal. About 90 per cent of wildlife-vehicle collisions along Highway 3, from Lundbreck to the British Columbia border, are with deer. And one of the peak seasons for deer collisions is late October and November as shortening daylight hours trigger the annual rut. Movement rates increase during this time and deer are often distracted following (or fleeing from) a potential mate, particularly from dusk until dawn. Many deer-vehicle collisions can be avoided. Since the deer are preoccupied with romantic endeavours, drivers must keep their eyes open and their speed down so they can respond in time to animals crossing the highway. Use your high beams whenever possible to provide better visibility of roadside areas. Always slow down immediately when you spot a deer in the ditch or on the shoulder as its movement can be unpredictable. Should a deer cross ahead of you, be alert for others — younger animals following a mother or a buck following a doe — as deer rarely travel alone and most often travel in single file. Deer can become mesmerized or blinded by bright, steady lights, so flash your headlights to break the deer-in-the-headlights spell if an animal is frozen in the roadway. Be especially alert around known travel corridors, along creeks or near areas with wooded or shrubby cover. Specific high-collision areas include Lundbreck to Rock Creek, Leitch Collieries, east Bellevue and west Coleman, though collisions also occur outside these zones. If a collision is unavoidable, do not swerve as you risk losing control of your vehicle or being involved in a secondary collision with another vehicle. Instead, brake firmly and then take your foot off the brake at time of impact to reduce the likelihood of the deer crashing through your windshield or windows upon impact. Take caution this fall to ensure you are not surprised by a deer in the rut!

Last Chance results

Passtrak Crowsnest Pass Track & Field Club

Submitted by Ritch Braun The first indoor track and field meet of the season was the Last Chance Track Meet, which took place in Edmonton on Nov. 19 and 20. It’s called the Last Chance because it is the last full track meet prior to Jan. 1, when a portion of the athletes will move up into a new age group. Passtrak sent eight representatives to this meet and they racked up a whopping 13 lifetime-best performances, set 10 new Passtrak club records for their respective age groups and also brought home five gold medals and one silver for their efforts. Macey Mallard competed in her first official track meet as a Passtrak athlete. She had six events in the tyke girls age group (under 10) during the two days of competition and set a new Passtrak club record in every event. Her new records are 11.44 seconds in the 60 metres, 28.62 seconds in the 150 metres, 43.92 seconds in the 200 metres, one minute 45.78 seconds in the 400 metres, 1.44 metres in the standing long jump and 2.11 metres in the running long jump. Sawyer Sawatzky is in the peewee boys division (ages 10 and 11) and produced five lifetime best performances. He ran 10.68 seconds in the 60 metres, 26.85 seconds in the 150 metres and 2:29.09 in the 600 metres. He cleared 3.62 metres in the long jump and heaved the shot put 5.93 metres. Mackinley Mallard completed six events in the peewee girls age group. It was also her first track meet in a Passtrak uniform, so she now has

some standards that she will attempt to beat in her next competition. Jack Bailey, who was in the peewee boys group, improved in two of his events. His new 60-metre best is 10.88 seconds and his new 150-metre best is 28.42 seconds. Paige Richards came up with five new lifetime bests of her own in the bantam girls age group (12 and 13). She ran 8.95 seconds in the 60 metres, 22.05 seconds in the 150 metres, cleared 1.25 metres in the high jump, spanned 3.87 metres in the long jump and tossed the shot put 6.64 metres. She also added a gold medal in the 60-metre hurdles, beating a field of 17 athletes in 10.99 seconds. Ethan Richards ran the best 400-metre race of his life in the boys under-18 category by breaking the tape in 58.10 seconds. Justine Jorgensen represented the club in the under-20 women’s division. She had three events in the two days and did very well in all three. She set a new Passtrak club record of 8.46 seconds in the 60 metres for a silver medal placing. She then measured 4.69 metres in the long jump for a gold medal. She finished off with another club record of 10.02 metres in the triple jump and another firstplace finish. Tiffany Mallard competed in her first official meet as a Passtrak athlete and picked up two gold medals in the masters women’s category (35 and over). She ran 1:29.88 in the 400 metres and jumped 3.33 metres in the long jump. The club’s next competition takes place in Calgary on Sunday.

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CPR and Prime Minister John A. Macdonald. Submitted by Joyce Sasse With Timothee Lebel, he developed the Mississippi Father Albert Lacombe was among the early missiontrade corridor with Europe that serviced his mission and aries who arrived in Alberta in the 1800s. He settled in the vicinity of St. Albert for a while. Lebel’s trade emporium in Pincher Creek. What many do not realize, however, is that the Oblate He improved postal delivery service and worked with the government to establish St. Agnes Public School, which priest spent a great deal of his time in southern Alberta. was chartered in 1896 in the Beauvais Lake district. He was touched by the plight of the Blackfoot people, The Protestant school teacher was always glad to turn his whose Confederacy had once stretched from the North Saskatchewan River near Edmonton to the Yellowstone classroom over to the priest when he visited the school. The list of contributions Father Lacombe made in southRiver, and from the Continental Divide to the Sand Hills of ern Alberta could go on. Saskatchewan. They include his love and respect for the people, his Because of the sparsity of prairie living, the Blackfoot openness to working with those of other faiths, as well as people were nomadic. They lived off the buffalo. So, when the buffalo were no more, they were without his experience in trying to problem-solve big issues and in making connections between European sources and Alberfood, shelter and clothing. They starved. ta’s prairie outposts. In 1837, smallpox decimated their number even more. The presence of his hermitage at the Kootenai Brown In 1877 they signed Treaty 7, which left them to live on Pioneer Village is a reminder of Father Lacombe’s care for small reserves under the management of Indian agents. the people, his pastoral work and his desire to retire near The Blackfoot name for Father Lacombe, Man of a Good the foothills of the Rockies. Heart, reveals the mutual love and respect they shared with December 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of his the priest. Photo courtesy of Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village death. Much of his activity centred in the region which people Archives (accession No. 981.1DD) today refer to as Gleichen, Fort Macleod, Cardston and A 60-minute video of the drama Man of a Good Heart Father Albert Lacombe can be seen at Pincher Creek. I was the scriptwriter and narrator of the play, which He also had a great affinity with the French and Metis featured Doris Blackburn as the teacher, Father Maurice Joly as Father Lacombe who resided in the Pincher Creek and Beauvais district. He was their priest, their friend and the man who had connections with William Van Horne of the and Stephen Crowshoe as the boy.

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A local look back A peek into the hermitage BY ZACK RENSCHLER, REPRINTED FROM APRIL 1, 2015 Imagine an influential figure living because of decay. St. Michael’s Church above a church. No, he’s not God, he’s replaced it in 1902, and the hermitage Father Albert Lacombe. became a residence for priests and was In 1885, Father Lacombe established used for storage. a church and retreat to bring Catholicism After being moved, the mortar in the to Pincher Creek. This was the very first foundation was replaced with concrete, Catholic church in the area, situated where and the 130-year-old building is now the Lebel Mansion stands now. monitored regularly to keep it in the best The Father Lacombe Hermitage, which condition. Pincher Creek’s Knights of served the community for 17 years, now Columbus fund the church to help keep proudly sits at Kootenai Brown Pioneer it in tip-top shape. The statues and stands Village. Arriving at the museum in 1970, you see today inside the hermitage are it is one of 24 historical buildings now from the 1902 St. Michael’s Church, which on display here. Even though it didn’t was demolished in the mid 1960s. make TV, it was still an important move. Brought to the museum by flatbed truck, there were no worries about power lines as it is a low-lying building. The hermitage was constructed out of logs that were harvested from Beauvais Lake and hauled all the way to Pincher Creek. It was called the Father Lacombe Hermitage, for it was a retreat for him and a place of religious study. You may notice strange marks on the left-hand wall, right by the door. That is where stairs used to be for Father Lacombe to climb up to his room in the loft. Interestingly enough, that was his home away from home. The stairs and room were, sadly, not able to be saved after the move,


NOVA SCOTIA TREE: RED SPRUCE The red spruce (Picea rubens) became Nova Scotia’s arboreal emblem in 1988. It’s an important part of the province’s history as the twigs once provided a cure for scurvy and the wood was used in shipbuilding. Today the red spruce is cultivated for lumber. It can survive in most terrains and conditions.

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Quiz Question 1 — Art, literature and entertainment Which Quebec film director is behind such successful titles as Le Déclin de l’empire américain and Les Invasions barbares? Question 2 — History and geography What is Canada’s oldest city? Question 3 — Science and technology What is the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System better known as? Question 4 — Sports and leisure Which Canadian athlete has won the most Lou Marsh Trophies, with four to his name? 3: Canadarm 4: Wayne Gretzky

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Plant pathology (the study of diseases in plants) might seldom be the star of movie plots and mainstream media, but its importance should Margaret Newton (1887-1971) not be underesPioneering plant timated. Indeed, pathologist understanding how and why plants get sick is crucial to maintaining a steady supply of food for the world’s growing population. In the early 20th century, a Canadian plant pathologist gained international recognition thanks to a breakthrough discovery that forever changed the face of agriculture. Her name was Margaret Newton, born in Montreal in 1887. In 1916, cereal crops in Western Canada suffered an epidemic of stem rust that destroyed over 100 million bushels of wheat and cost farmers more than $200 million in damages. As local food supplies slowly recovered from the devastating event, those involved in the agricultural sector scrambled to understand what had happened — and how to prevent it from happening again. W.P. Fraser of McGill University in Montreal was one of the scientists on the case. He was also Margaret Newton’s adviser, and asked his promising pupil to review the samples he’d collected. This simple request led Newton, determined to provide farmers with a solution, to focus her studies on stem rust.

Fast-forward to 1922. Margaret Newton had just become the first Canadian woman to hold a doctorate in agriculture, and her work on stem rust was drawing worldwide attention. When the Canadian government established the Dominion Rust Research Laboratory in Winnipeg (known colloquially as Rust Lab), Newton was an obvious choice for a position at the facility. Described as a persistent researcher who often worked to the point of exhaustion, she eventually made the groundbreaking discovery that everyone was waiting for: successfully cracking the genetic code of the disease. Her findings paved the way for the very first rust-resistant crop varieties. Prolonged exposure to infected plant matter forced Newton into an early retirement from Rust Lab in 1945. She then relocated to Victoria, B.C., and continued to act as the world’s leading authority on stem rust. After saving countless Canadian crops, she helped numerous other countries win their own battles against the disease. Today, for farmers across the globe, stem rust — once to blame for millions of destroyed crops each year — is no longer a threat. When Margaret Newton was born, the world was home to about 1.5 billion people. Currently, seven billion of us share the same space. And while food security is still a problem for many, even in Canada, Newton’s pioneering research — which earned her numerous honours and awards — gave us tools to create a future without hunger.

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CANADA’S LEBANESE COMMUNITY Nearly 200,000 Canadians claimed Lebanese ancestry on the 2011 National Household Survey. These citizens make up, by far, the largest group of Canadians with Arabic-speaking roots. Unlike many immigrant factions, people from Lebanon tend to favour Quebec when choosing a place to live because of the province’s French-speaking majority. Currently, at least half of the community resides in Montreal. Its remaining members are scattered relatively evenly across the country, with Ottawa and Halifax having a slightly higher than average population. The first Lebanese immigrants came to Canada in the early 1880s, mainly citing economic reasons for their relocation. The community remained small until post-war legislation changes prompted a general increase in immigration that lasted through the 1950s and ’60s. From 1975 to 1990, the Lebanese Civil War was responsible for the largest influx of Lebanese immigration in Canadian

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history. During this period, Canada was one of the few countries that implemented programs to help those fleeing the violent conflict. To facilitate the transition, the Canadian government set up an office in Cyprus where Lebanese refugees were processed before travelling to their new northern home. Entrepreneur and TV personality Kevin O’Leary (who starred in Dragons’ Den and Shark Tank) is one of many notable Canadians with Lebanese ancestry. Some well-known athletes who share the same heritage include hockey players Alain Nasreddine and Ed Hatoum and former CFL wide receiver David Azzi. On the more creative side of the spectrum, many Lebanese-Canadians have successful musical careers, including Paul Anka, K.Maro, Norman Brooks and Karl Wolf. Others, like Rawi Hage and Wajdi Mouawad, contribute to Canada’s literary scene with both English- and French-language works.

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Turcott building gets $18K renovation grant The Pincher Creek Historical Society has had much to celebrate this fall. The organization marked its 50th anniversary in September, and earlier this month received a Community Facility Enhancement Grant of $18,349 to put toward renovations of the Turcott building. Moved to Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village almost two years ago, the building requires exterior work on its front and sides. The grant will also cover the cost to finish the basement, providing a workspace museum volunteers can use year-round. Historical Society president Colleen Casey-Cyr spoke highly of the support that comes from both the Town and MD of Pincher Creek when it comes to preserving community history. The grant cheque was presented by Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier earlier this month. From left are MD of Pincher Creek councillor Terry Yagos, Pat Stier, Colleen Casey-Cyr and Pincher Creek mayor Don Anderberg. Photo by Shannon Robison

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Parks Canada staff planted rust-resistant whitebark pine seedlings on Sofa Mountain in Waterton Lakes National Park this fall.

Parks Canada plants 1,000 whitebark pine seedlings at Waterton Submitted by John Stoesser of Parks Canada The life cycle of the whitebark pine starts with a small seed, stashed by a nutcracker, which can grow into a 20-metre-tall, 500-year-old tree. Whitebark pine, a long-lived five-needle species, is threatened throughout its Canadian range by the introduced pathogen white pine blister rust, mountain pine beetle, fire suppression and climate change. It is listed as endangered under the Species at Risk Act as the Canadian population is in decline. Some stands in Waterton Lakes National Park have an 80 to 90 per cent infection rate of invasive white pine blister rust. Whitebark pine is found in all the mountain national parks — Waterton Lakes, Banff, Kootenay, Yoho, Mount Revelstoke, Glacier and Jasper — and Parks Canada teams are actively applying restoration techniques to improve the natural renewal of this species at risk. Parks Canada protects seed-producing whitebark pine trees that show resistance to the

introduced blister rust. These trees are called “plus trees.” We then enhance natural regeneration by planting stock grown from these plus-tree seeds. Some seedlings are also inoculated with spores of a native fungus called Siberian slippery jack, which has a symbiotic relationship with pines and helps the young trees acquire nutrients. When applied to the roots of seedlings prior to planting, the survival and health of those seedlings is greatly improved. Prescribed fire is also used to restore and improve whitebark pine habitat in subalpine regions. These fires replicate natural conditions under which whitebark pine previously evolved and thrived. The process removes competing vegetation and creates nutrient-rich habitat suitable for planting putatively blister rust-resistant whitebark pine seedlings. This fall, Parks Canada planted 1,000 rust-resistant seedlings on Sofa Mountain in Waterton Lakes

National Park. Crews planted the seedlings in an area burned by prescribed fire earlier in the season. As a world leader in conservation, Parks Canada is committed to the long-term restoration and protection of whitebark pine. We will continue to research and monitor whitebark pine and use the results to help direct our future actions. Parks Canada’s whitebark pine recovery effort in Waterton Lakes National Park is part of restoration projects taking place throughout other national parks and with co-operation from provincial, academic and international partners. Glacier National Park in Montana has been helping us by growing our whitebark pine seedlings for the past seven years — up to 6,000 seedlings so far! We also work with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, the United States Forest Service and the British Columbia Forest Service.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Wednesday, Nov. 30 – Crowsnest Conservation Society annual general meeting and social evening — 6 p.m. supper, 7 to 9 p.m. meeting at Country Encounters in Coleman Thursday, Dec. 1 – Christmas Tea and Bazaar — 2 to 4 p.m. at Crestview Lodge in Pincher Creek. Please use golf course parking lot. – Presentation by author Paul Raczka — 7 p.m. at Pincher Creek Municipal Library – MD of Pincher Creek solar energy land-use proposed bylaw public hearing — 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Inn, Pincher Creek – Last day to place commercial printing orders with Shootin’ the Breeze Friday, Dec. 2 – Christmas Craft Market — 2 to 8 p.m. at old Home Hardware building in Pincher Creek – Annual open house to celebrate Christmas in the Mountains – 4 to 7 p.m. at Crowsnest Dental in Blairmore – Annual Nativity display — 1 to 7 p.m. at Glenwood Community Hall – Cowboy Christmas Dinner Show — 1 p.m. at Great Canadian Barn Dance near Hill Spring. Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings! Then take in a festive western performance of Christmas songs and stories. Reservations required: 1-866626-3407.

– Candlelight Christmas service — 7 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church at Heritage Acres – Christmas Craft Market — 2 to 8 p.m. at Community Hall in Pincher Creek – Christmas in the Mountains in Crowsnest Pass — See event details on page 5 – Santa Claus Parade — 6:30 p.m. main street Blairmore Saturday, Dec. 3 – Christmas Craft Market — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at old Home Hardware building in Pincher Creek – Annual Nativity display — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Glenwood Community Hall – Cowboy Christmas Dinner Show — 12 p.m. at Great Canadian Barn Dance near Hill Spring. Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings! Then take in a festive western performance of Christmas songs and stories. Reservations required: 1-866-626-3407. – Pass Pottery Club Christmas Sale — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coleman Sports Complex. Oneof-a-kind gifts made by local artists. – Breakfast with Santa — breakfast 9 to 11 a.m., activities until noon at Heritage Acres – Christmas Craft Market — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Community Hall in Pincher Creek – Hamburger and Christmas tree sale — 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pincher Creek Legion parking lot. All proceeds from hamburger sale will be donated to the Christmas Food

Hamper Program by Foothills 4-H Beef Club. – Photos with Camo Santa — 1 to 4 p.m. at Crockets Trading Company in Bellevue Sunday, Dec. 4 – Largest Christmas Cookie Sale in Pincher Creek History — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek – Coleman Community Society’s Christmas in the Park — 5 to 7 p.m. at Flumerfelt Park in Coleman. Donations to the food bank gratefully accepted – General meeting and election of officers — 2 p.m. in clubroom of Pincher Creek Legion – Annual Nativity display — 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glenwood Community Hall – Blue Christmas service — 2 p.m. at Vertical Church in Pincher Creek Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Mustangs Football annual general meeting — 7 p.m. at Hawk’s Nest at Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Influenza immunization clinic — 2 to 6 p.m. at Pincher Creek town hall – Pincher Creek Seed Cleaning Co-op annual general meeting — 1 p.m. at MD office meeting room – Crowsnest Pass Community Choir and Crowsnest Pass Symphony Orchestra Christmas concert — 7 p.m. at Horace Allen School

in Coleman – Judging day for Pincher Creek Christmas Decorating Challenge — information at Friday, Dec. 9 – Livingstone School Grad 2017 Italian Night Fundraiser — 5:30 p.m. at Cowley Hall Saturday, Dec. 10 – Christmas in the Village — 3 to 7 p.m. at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek. Free admission. – Visit with Santa — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Learning Box in Pincher Creek Monday, Dec. 12 – Pincher Creek Ag Society annual general meeting — 6 p.m. at Horseshoe Pavilion in Pincher Creek Wednesday, Dec. 14 – Angels Within Us annual general meeting — 7 p.m. at Parent Link Centre in Pincher Creek Friday, Dec. 16 – Last day to bring donations for the Pyjama Tree to Shootin’ the Breeze

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This friendly little kitten is in desperate need of a home. Can you help?

Good Samaritans seek home for kitten

By Erin Fairhurst A Hillcrest couple is going above and beyond to find a home for a friendly kitten who’s down on his luck. “He’s about four months old,” says Sherry MacPhail of the kitten who wandered onto her property earlier this month. “We tried to shoo him away, but he just kept crying and he was so skinny.” Sherry and her husband, Bruce, have been feeding the kitten and have created a heated space for him outside their home. But with colder temperatures on the horizon, Sherry says this is only a temporary solution. “We can’t keep him,” she explains, “because we already have four cats and a dog.” Sherry is a volunteer at the Crowsnest Pass SPCA and says the shelter is stretched to capacity. So she’s taken it upon herself to find a “furr-ever” home for her new friend. Wendy Zack, the shelter co-ordinator, says the SPCA can’t express enough appreciation for the many members of the community who care enough to take in cats until they can find new homes. “Sherry and Bruce are awesome people for taking this little kitten under their wing,” she says. The shelter is currently over

maximum capacity for cats and is not able to take in any more until they’ve found homes for their current tenants. “In the past few months, we have been fortunate to have adopted eight of our cats to loving homes,” Wendy says. “But as fast as we can adopt them out, more are dropped off. Sadly, we haven’t been able to get to a manageable level for some time now.” Despite not having room to take any cats in, the SPCA helps to advertise lost, found and stray cats and kittens through its Facebook page. Sherry is also getting the word out by putting up posters around the community in the effort to find the kitten a home. “I feel so sorry for him,” she says. “He won’t survive out in the cold. He shouldn’t have to suffer because of someone else’s carelessness.” Sherry and Bruce are even offering to pay for the cost of neutering the kitten. So why is Sherry so determined to help out one common little cat? “I really care about animals,” she explains. “They are living, feeling beings. Animals can give you so much love if you let them.” If you think you can provide a home to this little kitten, please contact Sherry at 403-562-8302.

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