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FORT SASKATCHEWAN, ALBERTA • DECEMBER 7, 2012
THE “STOCKING STUFFER” EDITION SANTA TO VISIT DOW CENTRE Despite his very busy schedule this month, Santa will be making a stop at the Shell Theatre from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. The event will include crafts, cookies, and a special visit from Mr. Claus. There is no charge for the event. Those who would like photos with Santa are asked to bring their cameras along to the event. The ninth annual Enchanted Forest in the Dow Centre. Featuring trees from many local organizations and businesses, this beautiful bit of holiday cheer can be seen from now until January 7th.
FORT SASKATCHEWAN HOLIDAY SHOPPING IDEAS Great places for holiday shopping include downtown retailers bric-a-brac, Treasures Past & Present, and blu poppie. All three offer an awesome selection of gifts and unique items for friends and family alike -- while also offering top-notch advice and stellar customer service, mixed with holiday ambience. bric-a-brac also makes it possible to do out-of-town shopping in town -- as an FTD and Teleﬂora outlet, Carrie & team can assist with your ﬂoral needs, across town or the world! After a day of shopping, you’re sure to want to grab a bite. If you’d like to do so while staying very much in the Christmas spirit, check out Aunty Sue’s and Grammies downtown. Both offer delicious eats amidst holiday decor. And at Sue’s, you can also enjoy the Christmas spirit with longer than normal holiday hours -- 7am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday. If you’re looking for a bit more specialized fare, the Fort also delivers. Gluten-free products as well as homemade soup, sandwiches, salads and desserts are available at Gloria’s Soup Spot, while downtown’s Subjoint and their famous sub sauce make for great eats! And, if you’re downtown looking for daily drink specials, be sure to stop by the Brant Hotel & Bar. They’re also open throughout the holiday season, with offsales always available. When holiday travels take your hunger across the highway, Tyson and his staff at Opa! serve up great Greek cuisine, including souvlaki, spanakopita, wraps, and soups. Looking for
Asian fusion cuisine? Kevin and crew at Wok Box are right next door. Or, if pizza is more your liking, be sure to check out Domino’s, just around the corner. But if style is on the holiday shopping menu, you have some great options! Helen and her team at Blondes, Brunettes and Redheads offer a full range of salon products and services -- including gel nails and mink eyelash extensions. Also offering a full range of spa services is Chamber award-winning salon, The Retreat. Both are offering great specials on gift certiﬁcates right now, too! Also downtown is Linh and her team at La Perla, where the speciality is the latest hair cuts, colours, texturing and ﬁnishing services. And, just a block down 99th Ave., are the high-quality barber services offered by Frankie’s Barber Shop. If you’re wanting to look your best this holiday season, the Fort has you and yours covered. Fabutan has a great holiday package offer -- and has gift certiﬁcates available. If massage or health coaching is on your mind, Britta and team at European Touch just received a shipment of gift cards. Looking for cosmetics? Give local Mary Kay consultant Kristine Osbaldeston a a call. Of course, for body piercing or tattoo services, you can’t go wrong with the pros at downtown’s Pitbull Tattoos. And, if you want to show your friends and family your new look -- or just would like to update your family portrait collection -- give Kevin Bonk Photography a call!
Gifts galore for the pets on your list -- not to mention grooming services -are available at Kingdom Pets. Be sure to visit Jackie and team, who also happen to be offering some great holiday prices this month! Or, does your pet need some exercise? Billie Jean at On The Go Pet Care can help, with dog-walking, drop-in visits and more! Holiday driving also means fuel and car wash needs. Downtown Husky is a great choice -- and is one of the last to offer full service (on Tuesdays). If your car needs a little bit more TLC, such as an oil or ﬂuid change, be sure to visit Jim and team at Jiffy Lube. Or, for more complex needs and repairs, give Jake at Jake’s Diesel a call. And, speaking of cars, if you’re looking to go out and about but don’t want to drive, Fort Taxi is offering $6 in-town fares as a thank you to the community throughout December. Back home, you may want to bake some cookies, keep Santa’s milk cold, or wash the Elves’ uniforms. For those and any other appliance needs, be sure to see Kristen and Ricky at Fort New & Used Appliances! If computing upgrades or maintenance are on your holiday shopping list, Albert and his team at Atomic Computers are there to help, with both PCs and Macs, in both English and French. And, after a long day of shopping, you may want to kick back and watch a movie. If so, check out the latest releases at Movie Experts. ~RS
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SUNNY CHRISTMAS SMILE
THE ISSUE By OEP Editor Judy Sellin This weeks edition of OEP is our ﬁrst Stocking Stuffer paper, which will be a tradition for each Christmas. We have tried to make this a Christmas-focused edition. Next week, we will be back with all of our columnists and regular content. Do enjoy this Christmas stocking stuffer edition that includes Fort Saskatchewan Christmas shopping suggestions, news on Santa Claus, and more! Enjoy!
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Celebrity Smile Edition. Guess who this week’s Christmas Smile is, and check back next week for the answer!
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One of Fort Saskatchewan’s newest retailers is already doing well. Kristen and Ricky Taylor, of Fort New and Used Appliances told OEP this week that despite only opening last month, in addition to substantial local business, they also already have customers from both the Edmonton region and as far away as BC. A family-run business, the Taylors credit a combination of great prices and excellent product condition for their early success. “We are picky about what we put on the ﬂoor,” explained Kristen. Used appliances are cleaned so thoroughly, for example, that customers are often surprised many of the products on offer have been previously owned. Originally from New Brunswick, the Taylors moved to the Edmonton region for Ricky’s work several years ago. The couple recently decided to set up their appliance business in Fort Saskatchewan. “It’s a great city,” said Kristen. “A great city, and amazing people,” echoed Ricky. The store is open seven days a week. ~RS
Charlie was happy to get some shopping done recently in the Fort. She will be celebrating her ﬁrst Christmas.
Spiritual thought: If Jesus was born today what gifts would we offer him? Funny Yoke: Q: How can you tell when a chicken is ready for Christmas dinner?
Random Act of Giving: Donate or give away Christmas ornaments that you no longer use. There are some folks that could really use them to make their tree beautiful.
A: It is “dressed” for it.
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NORAD TO TRACK SANTA An over ﬁfty year long tradition of Santa tracking will continue again this year. The North American
MAIL VOLUME MEANS MRS. CLAUS TO HELP WITH LETTERS Mrs. Claus, the wife of North Pole-based toy manufacturing magnate Santa Claus, will be assisting in the answering of letters sent to her husband this year. In a news release by Canada Post, which assists Santa Claus by delivering mail to his North Pole headquarters via special postal elves, the corporation announced that Santa now receives over one million letters each year from children. Since Canada Post started assisting Santa thirty years ago, some 20 million letters have been delivered. “I’ll be helping Santa reply to the letters this year,” said Mrs. Claus. “Writing a letter is so much fun. I know you like it too – we’ve been getting letters since July from boys and girls from all over the world,” she said. All letters to Santa are personally replied to -- and can be written in any language. “You know, of course, that Santa is ﬂuent in all languages, so whatever the language you want to write to him in, he can reply,” Mrs. Claus said. Letters for Santa should be sent to him by December 17th to ensure adequate time for a response. They can be mailed to Santa Claus. North Pole. H0H 0H0. Santa has also gone electronic in recent years. Letters to Santa can be forwarded via email via Canada Post at canadapost.ca/santa. Videos and other activities are also accessible on that site. ~OEP
Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will track Santa’s journey around the world starting at midnight Mountain Time on December 24th. NORAD’s tracking is be-
coming increasingly sophisticated. A range of smartphone apps are now available for those who wish to track Santa, while “Santa Cams” will also stream videos as Santa travels over various loca-
tions throughout the world. Those interested in Santa’s whereabouts during his journey can also use social media, including Facebook, Google Plus and YouTube. Twitterers can follow
@noradsanta to obtain updates. More information is available on the web at www. noradsanta.org. ~OEP
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SPIRITUALLY YOURS THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON By Judy Sellin
During the Christmas season, many of us are so involved in making Christmas lists, shopping, decorating our homes, doing Christmas baking, and sending out physical Christmas greeting cards and e-cards that it is not always the most joyful time of the year as we hoped it to be. But every now and then during this holiday season, it does us well to stop and listen... to a few Christmas carols that is. While you are driving or sitting in your vehicle waiting for someone to shop, turn your radio dial for a few minutes to a station that is playing Christmas songs. Hey, or even take a Christmas CD to play in your vehicle. At home, cozy up on the sofa with a hot cup of your favourite tea or speciality coffee, shut off the television, put on a Christmas CD, turn off all the lights except for your Christmas ones, and for those of you that have a ﬁreplace, have it going, then listen and reﬂect. Perhaps, this will be one of the best times spent to really get you in touch with Christmas. It is Christmas after all that we all celebrating... if we are celebrators of the event. The tree is called a Christmas tree, not a happy holiday tree. The gifts we give to one another are called Christmas presents or Christmas gifts, not holiday gifts. There is a reason for the this “Christmas” labelling. The preﬁx in Christmas is Christ, which represents Jesus, the Christ child. Celebrating Christmas is not to blaspheme those who don’t, but rather to the contrary. I would suggest we are more focused on Christ and our own spirituality at this time than perhaps any other time of the year. With “His” name being spoken and written everywhere during the Christmas season, how can we not think of Christ Jesus? This is a time for sure, to reﬂect why we celebrate Christmas and why families, friends, and even strangers, and in essence
why the world in general, comes together. I believe it is because of the “Christ” in Christmas, the birth of the Son of God. It was a merry and blessed event that still cause the masses to be more generous and more spiritual at this time of year. If we take the Christ out of Christmas, we will lose more than just a word. ~JS
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A selection of items from the Fort Saskatchewan Pottery Guild. The Guild held a two day sale featuring a huge selection of items from their artisans, last weekend.
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BUSTER THE WONDER DOG: PART 3 By Walter Melnyk
Buster was a very talented dog. If a horse or cow didn’t want to go he would nip them above their hoofs and duck under the fast kick. It was marvelous to watch. Another daily routine was to take a stick and with a ladder we would insert the stick into the wall of a log barn about 10 feet high. The dog would take a run and up the wall he would go, snatching the stick, turning around in midair and run down, he had it perfected to a T. He was also very good with cattle. He would round up the milk cows and chase them into the barn. If a stubborn one didn’t want to go in and take off around the barn, Buster would go the opposite way and make sure that she went in her own stall. All we had to do was to tie the cows up and milk them. The one day an elderly neighbour who lived one and half miles from our place was on his way with a wagon full of wheat. There was a storm brewing in the west so he decided to drive is load into our yard. It happened that all the older boys, dad and the hired man were in the yard as well. I remember that we backed his load into one of the sheds and put his horses in the barn. I looked like the storm wasn’t approaching as fast we ﬁrst thought but anyways we sat along the barn listening to some of the stories that the old gentleman and dad were telling...but Buster had other ideas. He wanted to play so we started to show some of the tricks that Buster could do such as playing dead, catching a stick off his nose, running upside the barn, etc. The elder gentleman was completely dumbfounded when he witnessed what went on. When he ﬁnally started to talk and the ﬁrst words were, “Will you take one thousand dollars for the dog?” That was in the dirty thirties when money was scarce. There is a game on TV where they play “Deal or No Deal” and the answer was “No Deal”. Dad told him that the dog would never be sold for any money and that was the end of the deal. TO BE CONTINUED...
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www.overeasyplease.com BISCUITS & GRAVY: “SEASONS” By Brian Mason The one thing that always s e e m s to grasp me sometimes is the woe people have over the harsh cold of winter, and then during summer, the same screams of the torment of heat. But, I for one can deﬁnitely agree when it comes to the cold. I mean, seriously folks, if God had meant us to live in the colder climates, he would have made us with triple lined fur coats. Either that or a serious mental complex, but that’s another topic of debate. I remember one year right around Christmas, my family was living in that bustling metropolis of Bluff City, Tennessee. Family that was due to come in for the holidays had cancelled due to the likelihood of severe weather, and as it
turns out, it’s a pert near good thing that they did. You see, that year saw the coldest temperatures on record for that area and one heck of a dump of snow... enough to make a LA drug dealer’s birthday bash look like powdered sugar on a gopher’s nose. Everything came to a screeching halt in the town, as the snow piled up and the thermometer plummeted. To say it was looking grim was only the half of it. We lived in an older home, one that was great in the summer as the wind blew through, but hardly for the winter. We ended up huddled around a kerosene heater in the middle of the living room. Once the power went out, Dad was worried about keeping the heat going, and well, with the kerosene supply dwindling it looked pretty bad. We knew the local gas station was still in operation, but it was across town, some ﬁve or six blocks away. Dad hooked up my red plastic sled and put the gas cans inside and began to suit up. I was about ten at the
time, and began suiting up as well. Both Mom and Dad tried to talk me out of it, but I knew dad might need the company and given the conditions, small or not, I was determined not to let him venture out alone. Off we went, stopping now and then in the shadow of a building to shield against the frigid wind, but after some three hours we made it back. Granted, not a magniﬁcent feat by any stretch, but to me it taught a valuable lesson. You see folks, the holiday season isn’t about festivities, gifts, lights, songs or anything really. All that is wonderful, yes, but the true meaning behind the season is the connection, the love and bond of the family and of friends. Without that bond, the season becomes superﬂuous really to where its little more than a social party and not a moment of family growth.
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